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GROW OPERATIONS & METH LABS - WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?


Finding Grow Operations - Signs to look for

  • Residences whose windows are blacked out, or covered with blinds that are never opened.
  • A residence that appears unoccupied, but where someone shows up periodically and who appears unusually secretive and/or private.
  • People taking suspicious materials or garbage away from a building, such as plastic sheeting, plant stocks, fertilizer bags, plastic piping, large amounts of soil etc.
  • Loud fans and/or modified venting areas on a house or other building.
  • A "skunky" smell coming from a building (marijuana in the budding/flowering stage emits a strong, distinct odour).
  • An unusual amount of electricity being used, or unusual electrical hookups to a house or other building.
  • Humming sounds from lights or electrical transformers.
  • Unusually warm buildings, for example, snow may melt off buildings in the winter, or there could be sweating or condensation on the siding or foundation.

The telltale signs of a meth lab

  • Unusual smells, such as the odour of ammonia, acetone, etc.
  • Homes or other buildings with blacked out windows.
  • Renters who pay in cash only.
  • Unusual amounts of traffic - unusual or suspicious comings and goings.
  • Unfriendly and/or secretive neighbours.
  • Occupants who seem to have no visible means of support, yet who appear to have lots of money.
  • Unusual or apparently excessive numbers of glass containers being brought into the building.
  • Excessive garbage, including large numbers of containers for items such as drain cleaner, solvents, lye, iodine, etc.
  • Suspicious trash including red-stained coffee filters, bed sheets or towels.
  • Garbage left with a neighbour, or neighbours who take their garbage away by themselves.
  • Occupants who appear to only leave the building to smoke. 
 excerpted from article sponsored by the Calgary Real Estate Board

 

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