Yesterday, at 11 a.m. police raided a second Lancaster home within a three week period where evidence was recovered indicating that the occupants were operating a “Shake and Bake,” or One Pot Meth lab.
Ronald and Vivian Green of 1229 Weems Road were removed from the home following the execution of a search warrant by Lancaster, Richmond County, and Northumberland Sheriff’s Departments.
Assisting the deputies were a Virginia State Trooper, Virginia Emergency Management Team, EMS, White Stone Fire Department and the Building Inspection Administrator.
Indictments will be sought from the Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury.
New on the scene, “Shake and Bake” is the easiest and possibly most dangerous way of making meth.
Using the one-pot method means that meth cooks can make meth in one sealed container which is generally flipped upside-down to cause the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth.
This method generally produces meth in smaller quantity, but doesn’t make it any less dangerous. The chemical reaction going on inside the container, which can be anything from a fuel can to a soda bottle, causes an extremely high amount of pressure to build up within the container after being shaken.
This method is highly dangerous and can result in can cause a large and potentially deadly explosion.
The remnants of the chemicals that remain in the container are generally muddy brown in color and are toxic. If you suspect someone of making meth using this method please contact authorities as soon as possible. These types of meth labs are considered to be mobile ticking time bombs.
If you come across a discarded container that you suspect was used in the making of meth, do not touch it; contact your local Sheriff’s Office immediately.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office: 333-3611
Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office: 580-5221
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office: 462-5111
Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office: 493-8066