You have just described 98% of all meth labs I have been in. Whilst squalor doesn’t necessarily equal meth, meth almost always equals squalor. I busted a meth house about two weeks ago, and nearly gagged at the sight (thanks to the respirator, I couldn’t smell anything). By contrast, I busted a marijuana grow last weekend, (which also included other drugs and a baby) in an otherwise very nice house (see photo).
Squalid living conditions are one of the visual indicators for identifying clandestine drug labs, meth labs, and meth houses. Even drug houses that may not meet your State’s definition of a “drug lab,” may still contain elevated levels of meth, LSD, and a variety of chemical and biological exposure issues.
Although I have thousands of photos from drug labs that will never see the light of day, if someone is interested in drug lab photos, I have posted many such photos at:
I’m currently getting, on average, about one lab every two weeks (about 30 in 2006). Yesterday, I received a subpoena to testify later this week in a criminal case (in an undisclosed State) involving kids in a meth house. Plenty of time to slay some dragons!
Caoimhín P. Connell
(The opinions expressed here are exclusively my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my professional opinion, opinion of my employer, agency, peers, or professional affiliates. The above post is for information only and does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)