When a meth lab explodes it releases caustic and carcinogenic chemicals, according to Joey Rabon, a captain with the Jackson County Drug Task Force.
The chemicals are absorbed into furniture, walls and carpeting and can cause a number of negative health effects.
A meth lab essentially turns a place into a hazardous waste site, Rabon
The drug task force relies heavily on pictures of the evidence in these types of cases, Rabon
The contaminated materials are usually taken outside by law enforcement.
Officers then wait for a hazardous materials company from Panama City or Tallahassee, contracted by the federal government, to remove the materials, Rabon
The drug task force only leaves with samples of the liquids found at the scene.
After the evidence is gathered by the drug task force and the hazardous materials are taken by hazmat, the site is basically out of law enforcement's hands, according to Rabon
said it is then the property owners responsibility to do "whatever it takes to make that room livable."
Despite the hazards, there are no regulations in Florida that Rabon
knew of prohibiting someone from entering or inhabiting the site where there was a methamphetamine lab.
"It's your home, I can't tell you not to go in your house," he
said the danger extends to hotel rooms and apartments.
"You don't want to go lay your head in the same motel room that a meth cook was in there cooking two days ago," Rabon
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