Meth Training for Wiregrass

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Some local law enforcement officers are learning a new way to handle meth busts, cutting the time it takes to break down and gather evidence.

Officials say what they learn here will save their departments time and money.

It’s not a chemistry lab, but the materials are considered very dangerous.

Area police are learning how to properly clean-up a meth lab in order to collect evidence needed.

"The purpose of this training is to teach officers how to dismantle a lab, how to properly package, transport and store the material without having to wait on a clean-up crew," says Corporal J.R. Ward with the Alabama Bureau of Investigations.

This is how it works:

Each of the officers will separate and segregate the hazardous material and put them into a container to be transported to a forensics lab.

All of the excess will be put in a hazardous material container to be transported to a holding unit to be picked up and discarded in a proper location.

It may sound simple enough, but there's more.

The officers must know a little chemistry to package these chemicals because some are dangerous if combined.

Once they learn how to transport the items, the narcotics unit is ready to do their own clean-up, which saves time and money.

"It benefits the officers from not having to wait so long for us to come out. It benefits us to not to have six different offices in the State of Alabama," says Terry Hughes, Private Contractor for Cleanup.

"This training here is allowing the officers to go ahead and cleanup the material and also do their job more effectively and more productively without a lot of wasted time. This is also saving their department manpower and it's also saving their department as far as money they're paying out in overtime," says Ward.

All of the agencies involved will be taking their materials they recover from any future busts to Dothan for pickup by private contractors to send to labs and properly discard the excess.

This is a two day training.

The training is the first of its kind in the southeast United States.

There were nine different law enforcement agencies from the Wiregrass at the training.


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