The Oklahoma Highway Patrol discovered a portable methamphetamine lab just after midnight Friday/Saturday during a traffic stop of a speeding semi-trailer truck on 221st Street South in Okmulgee County.
After writing a speeding ticket, the OHP trooper questioned a passenger, David Williams, about a chemical smell. The passenger fled, but the trooper pursued and apprehended Williams. A brief struggle occurred and something involving a liquid burst in the man’s pants, with a liquid dripping down the man’s pant leg.
Police investigated the leak and determined there was an active meth lab in William’s pants. A portable meth lab is also known as a one-pot lab.
Paramedics checked out William’s health and well-being, and a hazmat response was called out to clean up the spill on the roadway.
Following a discovery and seizure of a methamphetamine lab, there is often a low exposure risk to chemical residues. However, even short-term exposure to high concentrations of chemical vapors that exist in methamphetamine laboratories can cause severe health problems or even result in death. Exposure to these substances can occur from spills, volatile air emissions, fires, and explosions. Contamination risk is eliminated by sanitizing the area.
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