WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Police in Wilmington are seeing more meth labs in our community.
Officers believe the increase is due to the fact that it's getting easier to make meth.
The new method to make meth is called "shake and bake." All the cooks need are a few ingredients and a one liter plastic bottle to make the drug.
In the past, meth operations required a lot of equipment.
"It is no longer the more elaborate labs people think about with all the beakers and tubes," said Captain Jeff Allsbrook from WPD.
Allsbrook said the increase in meth is concerning.
The new method also makes it easier than ever to transport, making meth even more dangerous.
"It's such a volatile liquid and highly explosive," said Allsbrook. "It's dangerous for the communities where these people are living and it's dangerous for law enforcement. It is such a small lab. It can be contained in one bottle. They can literally take it in their car with them or when they're walking so it presents a problem for us as well."
Police executed a search warrant at a home on Navaho Trail today, where they believe two suspects were making meth using the "shake and bake" method.
Just last week, police arrested five people methamphetamine-related charges. Allsbrook said they were making meth using this method as well.
Allsbrook said you can help police by calling them if you see signs of meth making in your community, which includes:
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