OPP supports national methamphetamine strategy

ORILLIA – The OPP is one of many Canadian police services collaborating with the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime (CIROC) to educate, protect and inform the public about the negative impacts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs.

“Methamphetamine is pervasive in all of our communities and has contributed to crimes of violence and property crimes,” OPP officials state.

“The numbers of methamphetamine seizures in Canada has continued to increase since 2010 and poses a threat to the safety and well-being of our communities.”

Methamphetamine and synthetic drug labs can be found anywhere. Indicators of a lab may include:

– suspicious activity, secretive behavior and individuals who may avoid neighbour interactions;

– occupants attend for short time periods and at odd hours;

– chemical odours;

– garbage contains numerous chemical containers, glassware, bags full of soil or garbage are never put out;

– location has excessive security;

– evidence of chemical dumping grounds on or near premises (burn pits or dead spots on lawn);

– windows covered; and

– odd items being brought inside the location – equipment, glassware, chemical drums, etc.

If you see indicators of a methamphetamine or synthetic drug lab, remain at a safe distance, do not approach suspects and call your local detachment at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).