Crank Callers

| December 3, 2001

Crank Callers, Will Rizzo, Missoula Independent
Methamphetamine producers are packing up their labs and heading to isolated national forests, where creating the drug and dumping its toxic byproducts is easier to get away with. Forest crews -- especially in Montana and the Idaho panhandle -- have seen the number of meth labs jump more than 400 percent in the past year, reports Will Rizzo in the Missoula Independent. While the cost of removing the toxic materials can be several thousand dollars, the labs most notable impact is on health and the environment. Their byproducts kill vegetation, stain soil purple, and produce noxious fumes hazardous to humans.
--Kate Garsombke
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