2011 Louisville meth lab locations [Opinion: The Arena]

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Metro Louisville Meth Labs, 2011

Lots of folks here in Louisville live under the mistaken impression that the modern phenomena of neighborhood meth labs is peculiar to places like Bullitt County and big city ghettoes.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Last year, Louisville Metro Police busted a record 104 meth labs, right here in Derby City.  And, if you look at a map of the locations, you might be surprised.

Methamphetamine2.jpgA meth lab is a clandestine drug lab containing a collection of materials and ingredients used to make Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine) and is made mostly from common household ingredients. These ingredients are mixed and cooked together to make meth and the harmful chemical mixtures can remain on household surfaces for months or years later. There may be health effects in people exposed to chemicals to make meth before, during and after the process. Therefore, each lab is a potential hazardous waste site, requiring evaluation, and possibly cleanup, by hazardous waste professionals.

Meth labs have been discovered in hotel and motel rooms, restaurants, barns, private homes and apartments, storage facilities, fields, vacant buildings and (moving or stationary) vehicles. A minimum of 5 to 7 pounds of chemical waste are produced for each pound manufactured.  Death can result from exposure to this chemical waste. Acute exposures can occur in non-drug users during or immediately after making meth.

meth-lab.JPGThe warning signs of a meth lab are:

  •     Strong odor of solvents.
  •     Residences with windows blacked out.
  •     Iodine or chemical stained bathroom or kitchen fixtures.
  •     Travel trailer or RV parked on the property.
  •     Increased activity, especially at night.
  •     Excessive trash.

The most common chemicals used to start the meth making process are over-the-counter cold and asthma medications. Typical brands include Sudafed, Revive, and Mini-thins, which contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine as decongestants or stimulants.

  •     Plastic Tubing
  •     Mason Jars
  •     Propane tanks
  •     Camp stove fuel
  •     Empty pill bottles
  •     Ephedrine or pseudo ephedrine tablets
  •     Empty cans of toluene, alcohol, or paint thinner
  •     Ammonia
  •     Starter fluid
  •     Glass Containers
  •     Coffee filters with red stains
  •     Funnels
  •     Rock salt, iodine
  •     Lithium batteries
  •     Hydrogen peroxide

Louisville Metro Police busted 104 meth labs during 2011; some, perhaps, in neighborhoods near you.

meth mug 1_0.jpg7709 3rd Street Rd 09/22/11

3849 S 5th St 05/25/11

227 N 26th St 04/06/11

403 N 42nd St 08/24/11

E Adair St & Phillips Ln 05/24/11

4204 Angel Terrace 10/14/11

2020 Auburn Dr 04/07/11

Bardstown Rd & Goldsmith Ln 05/23/11

Barricks Rd & Hutcherson Dr 03/03/11

403 Beau Brummell Ct 07/25/11

Belmar Dr & Cardinal Dr 01/05/11

Blackberry Dr & Elderberry Ridge Ln 02/15/11

Blackberry Dr & Elderberry Ridge Ln 02/16/11

Blevins Gap Rd & Lonesome Hollow Rd 10/06/11

Bold Forbes Blvd & Seabiscuit Way 04/20/11

meth mug 2.jpg5409 Bramers Ct 10/19/11

4409 Burnt Cedar Ln 01/14/11

7127 Cane Run Rd 03/17/11

8000 Cane Run Rd 04/17/11

7510 Cane Run Rd 11/08/11

324 Cecil Ave 10/16/11

10500 Cedar Creek Rd 03/26/11

3409 Charlane Pky 07/30/11

1328 Clara Ave 07/24/11

Clay Ave & Garrow Ave 10/25/11

4305 Diamond Way 04/08/11

Diane Rd & Pendleton Rd 02/25/11

Diane Rd & Pendleton Rd 03/02/11

Dixie Hwy & Ashby Ln 03/22/11

meth mug 3.jpg4209 Dover Rd 02/08/11

834 Dresden Ave 02/14/11

7801 Edna M Rd 07/13/11

2511 Elliott Ave 06/04/11

Elmwood St & Larchmont Ave 03/04/11

1030 Euclid Ave 10/21/11

W Evelyn Ave & S 2nd St 01/30/11

813 W Evelyn Ave 03/26/11

Farmers Ln & National Tpke 02/01/11

9702 Farmers Ln 11/12/11

3511 Fleetwood Dr 07/22/11

4213 Foreman Ln 06/24/11

4623 Frel Rd 05/18/11

812 Gagle Ave 12/11/11

meth mug 4.jpg6307 Greenwood Rd 03/25/11

Greyling Dr & W Manslick Rd 10/24/11

6618 Holly Lake Dr 03/11/11

6618 Holly Lake Dr 09/02/11

6626 Huff Ln 04/22/11

1318 Huntoon Ave 05/25/11

10610 Jefferson Hill Rd 07/11/11

Kessler Ave & W Manslick Rd 10/04/11

Kinross Blvd & Welford Ave 08/21/11

La Fleur Way & Closter Wood Dr 09/19/11

6220 Ledgewood Pky 06/01/11

4403 Lees Ln 02/10/11

meth mug 5.jpgLower River Rd & Beach Rd 08/25/11

2124 Lytle St 12/03/11

2622 Madison St 07/14/11

4325 Malcolm Ave 12/13/11

5005 E Manslick Rd 03/25/11

5138 Maryview Dr 10/14/11

6908 Memory Ln 07/22/11

1731 Meyers Ln 04/05/11

7408 Michael Dr 07/19/11

3203 Mildred Dr 06/22/11

Minor Ln & Outer Loop 01/06/11

Mitchell Hill Rd & Rayhill Rd 06/21/11

Moorewick Way & Shirewick Way 01/06/11

5212 Mount Holyoke Dr 02/04/11

New Cut Rd & Palatka Rd 02/02/11

New Cut Rd & Orchard Hill Dr 10/05/11

5901 New Cut Rd 05/27/11

6009 Oakdale Ln 04/20/11

235 Ottawa Ave 10/13/11

3916 Peachtree Ave 09/18/11

Pebblebrook Ln & Cameo Ct 05/20/11

Pendleton Rd & Medora Rd 06/29/11

1314 Penile Rd 05/28/11

1803 S Preston St 05/06/11

9500 Preston Hwy 08/13/11

7121 Preston Hwy 10/04/11

7100 Raggard Rd 03/16/11

7407 Rainbow Dr 12/13/11

2918 Rio Rita Ave 12/11/11

River Rd & Riverside Dr 07/24/11

6808 Shareith Dr 07/14/11

7312 Shepherdsville Rd 01/20/11

Shepherdsville Rd & Ronwood Dr 01/22/11

Shepherdsville Rd & Ronwood Dr 01/29/11

South Park Rd & Woodpointe Blvd 03/11/11

My First Meth Lab.jpg312 W Southside Ct 10/19/11

11901 Standiford Plaza Dr 05/31/11

3702 Susan Ln 04/19/11

3106 Talisman Rd 04/21/11

1401 Taylor Ave 01/18/11

Taylor Blvd & Lynnhurst Ave 03/02/11

7008 Terry Rd 05/10/11

Tom Wallace Rd & Mitchell Hill Rd 08/19/11

4214 Trio Ave 12/16/11

500 Wainwright Ave 06/06/11

Wheeler Ave & Strader Ave 09/27/11

719 W Whitney Ave 01/05/11

Wiltonwood Ct & Cedarwood Dr 02/03/11

Zorn Ave & Riedling Dr 06/06/11

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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