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Meth lab found in Shreveport casino, officer highlights drug's dangers

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SHREVEPORT, La. -
The search is on for a second suspect involved in Thursday's meth fire at Sam's Town Casino. Police say Dawn Meredith, 30, of Bossier City was arrested yesterday in connection with the meth finding. She and the other suspect are accused of cooking the drug in their room and storing the components to make it in an air vent. 
Smoke from the labs triggered a fire response. Narcotics officers point out the meth labs were mobile and found in a suitcase. This method of cooking the drug, often called "shake-n-bake," doesn't require special equipment, just a plastic bottle to shake. Meth labs in general are dangerous and often cause serious fires. Mobile meth labs are most common because they make cooking meth simple, cheap and fast.
"Nowadays, the want to speed it up," Sgt. Carl Townley, with Caddo Sheriff's narcotics, said. "They want is all self-contained. They pour pretty much everything in that one bottle and shake it up."
Townley is a narcotics expert. He says when meth is cooked its actually a serious chemical reaction taking place. That reaction produces hazardous, cancer causing gases and other materials, which can irritate the flesh or cause almost instant death.
"It's a big concern. It's a big danger," Townley said. "We have to go in an wear SBCA and protective clothing to be able to walk in and dismantle these labs and render them safe."
Again, meth can be cooked anywhere using the bottle method. Townley says you can spot a lab near you usually by the smell it produces. He notes it smells strongly of chemicals or strong urine like ammonia smell. You can also keep an eye out for strange activities at odd hours.
"Meth heads don't sleep. Meth dealers don't sleep," Townley said. "They'll have people in all night long. So, that's always a clue to look out for."
Townely stresses to call the proper authorities if you believe a meth lab is near you.
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