New Way Of Making Meth In Oklahoma

Friday, March 13th 2009, 12:34 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The way to manufacture methamphetamine has changed and Tulsa area law enforcement agencies want residents to be aware of the change and what to look out for now.

To make meth, it once took almost a makeshift lab of sorts to create the illegal drug. That way created a very bad odor.

Now, law enforcement says criminals are turning to the "shake and bake" method.

Tulsa County Sheriff Sgt. Bob Darby says the new method is easier, quicker and has less of a smell.   As the name implies, specific chemicals are added to a 2 liter pop bottle, then shaken to manufacture methamphetamine.

The new method is almost as dangerous as the previous method, because when shaken, the bottle gets hot and can explode in the hands of the operator.

Darby says there is also the possibility that an innocent person could find a bottle on the side of the road.

"They pick it up, start shaking it, causing it to react and creates another hazard," said TCSO Sgt Bob Darby.

See what the DEA says about methamphetamine.

Darby says law enforcement is asking for residents to be aware.

In a video interview, Darby showed News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright, what some of the common everyday products that are being used in the new "Shake and Bake" method.

Some of those products include:  

  • Aluminum foil
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Coleman camp fuel
  • Rock salt
  • Lithium batteries
  • Instant ice compresses
  • Coffee filters

Darby asks if you see someone standing in line waiting to buy a number of these products, to report it to your local law enforcement agency and they will follow up.

"All these things together are not illegal, but once you start combining some of these things together, chances are they are up to no good," TCSO Sgt. Bob Darby said.

Darby says they don't want to bust everyone, just those who are doing illegal activity.

The number to call to report meth activity is 592-METH.

Editor's Note:  We understand there is a risk that someone could use the information in this story to try to manufacture meth.  However, we agree with law enforcement that alerting the public to the dangers of this form of meth manufacturing outweighs that risk.