Apartment Trade Show Takes Aim At Meth

Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 10:07 pm
By: News On 6

By Craig Day, The News On 6

TULSA, OK - The work goes on to solve Tulsa's deadly meth problem.  Several have died because of apartment meth lab fires.  That has prompted warnings from emergency crews and a Mayor's Summit to deal with the problem.  Now information about the danger is included in a big trade show taking place at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds.

The Oklahoma Multi-Family Housing Association's annual trade show alternates years between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

There are booths set up on just about everything concerning the apartment industry.  But, among the dozens of vendors, one booth in particular is taking on special importance this year.

Rather than showcasing services and products, the booth has information to fight Oklahoma's dangerous meth problem.

"It's some pretty bad stuff," said Tulsa County Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Darby.

"This is one of those areas where it never hurts to have as much information as possible," said the association's president, Greg Guerrero.

The booth includes common ingredients for making meth on display so apartment and property managers can get a good look.

"Give them a visual on what we're looking for, what they are looking for," said Tulsa County Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Darby.

Tulsa knows the danger of apartment meth labs too well.  A rash of fires at apartments and housing complexes killed three people.

Event organizers say the trade show is a perfect opportunity to provide information because it's the one time all members of the association can get together in one place.

"Not everyone in the industry has had the problem, but everyone has the potential for having to deal with it," said the association's president, Greg Guerrero.

The apartment association wants to be proactive in providing information and raising awareness, and possibly saving a life in the future.

Of course, police and firefighters say the most important tool in fighting the meth problem, is to have alert neighbors who report suspicious activity.