Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department have recovered three meth lab dump sites over the course of four days.
The first recovery took place on Jan. 29 when a patrolling officer discovered chemicals and other items used in a meth lab dumped in a dry creek bed under Farm Road 2040, about one-half mile east of Highway UU.
The second recovery came as a result of a citizen's tip that led officers to private property along Farm Road 1165, approximately one mile south of Farm Road 2035.
On Tuesday, officers responded to the report of a citizen's discovery of a chemical generator that is used in the meth crystallization process. The chemicals in the discarded containers were toxic.
"The leftover litter from a meth lab can be extremely toxic and poses a threat to the public," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "If handled improperly, the discarded chemicals can cause burns to the skin and inhalation problems.
"Toxic meth lab remnants are defined as hazardous material," DeLay continued. "Specialized clean-up crews must be called in to safely remove and dispose of the toxic garbage."
DeLay said sheriff department personnel were called to the sites to oversee the clean-up and disposal of the hazardous materials.
The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes.
Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Tips may also be submitted through the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at www.blcrimestoppers.com. Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward.