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Easter Egg Hunt Turns Up Meth Component

Posted March 24, 2008

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— Local and federal authorities were investigating the discovery of a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine, which was found outside a local gym before an Easter egg hunt.

Beth Whitman said she and a partner at The Fusion Factory, a dancing and cheerleading gymnasium, were hiding Easter eggs for a children's hunt Saturday when they found a Thermos by an outdoor air conditioning unit. When they opened the container, the liquid inside started to foam out, Whitman said.

"We tossed it and ran. Then the smell came," she said.

The liquid inside was anhydrous ammonia, a volatile ingredient in fertilizer that also is a key component in methamphetamine.

"We find these types of ingredients disposed of sometimes by the side of the road, in ditches, laying out in the woods, anywhere," Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said.

A clean-up crew from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration disposed of the chemical. Several children, ages 12 and under, remained inside The Fusion Factory during the incident, and nobody became sick from exposure to the chemical.

"To dispose of dangerous chemicals in a place where they could be harmful to children, the very people we're here to protect, (is unthinkable)," Whitman said. "You feel a certain sense of violation, that nobody has any more respect for the children involved."

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  • fkhaywood Mar 25, 2008

    If you would look up anhydous ammonia on Wikepedia you will find that there are several other uses (at least 6) for this component other than the manufacture of meth. Look the Diazo process of making blueprints and blue-line prints that used to be used by almost all architects and engineers for construction drawings. I have, in the past, spent many days running off blueprints for projects in front of a blueprint machine with a tank of anyhydrous ammonia sitting in the corner of the room to feed the machine.
    Incidentially, I am not a 'drughead'. I don't use drugs, never have, and never will; nor do I know any thing about their manufacture. But I do know about manking blueprints!! What proof is there that this was there as a result of drug manufacture? Get the straight facts first before you condemn.

  • Joe Blow Mar 25, 2008

    My question is why on earth would you ever open it!?!?

  • grandmagail Mar 25, 2008

    "...that nobody has any more respect for the children involved."
    Since when these idiots have respect for the children when they make it in homes where children are?

  • bushretard Mar 25, 2008

    The meth heads were probably trying to siphon off the AC unit's refrigerant...and were too cooked to realize they left their thermos bottle.

  • colliedave Mar 25, 2008

    "To dispose of dangerous chemicals in a place where they could be harmful to children, the very people we're **here to protect**, (is unthinkable)," Whitman said. "You feel a certain sense of violation, that nobody has any more respect for the children involved."

    Law inforcement and parents are the oned to provide protection. Your task is to teach.

  • Jermaniac Mar 25, 2008

    Got Meth?

  • Lblum Mar 25, 2008

    Read per the article: "The liquid inside was anhydrous ammonia, a volatile ingredient in fertilizer that also is a key component in methamphetamine." Do not let the headline dictate your emotions.

  • ml0829 Mar 25, 2008

    It was probably not being disposed of. The anhydrous ammonia was most likely being stored there.

    Have a fuming/dangerous chemical known to be the hardest component of Nazi methamphetamine to obtain and store? Store it outside somewhere where it can be obtained easily but not traced back to you.

    Should have staked out the place.

    /Bach.Sci. Forensic Science, took a class from the Arkansas SBI on Nazi methamphetamine when it was just a glimmer in the eye of a meth cook in the Ozarks.

  • renesbmw Mar 25, 2008

    if the authorities determined it was ammonia, i hardly think even they could confuse it with tea.............like oh my said, what kind of tea are you drinkin?
    i know that erwin isn't the news hub of the state, but i hope they aren't that hard up to be noticed

  • wstarhawks Mar 25, 2008

    Here come Peter Cottontail, Staggering down the bunny trail.....

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