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CLINTON — The Clinton Police Department is investigating the discovery of a portable meth lab found at a Clinton park.

Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers said two bags, referred to as a “one pot” or “shake and bake,” were discovered Friday at Kiwanis Park. The bags were turned over to the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team and Task Force 6 for further investigation.

“Methamphetamine production is extremely dangerous and can be hazardous to anyone who comes in contact with an active lab or it’s disposed contents,” Lowers said on Monday.

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He declined to discuss how police learned of the existence of the materials.

“In comparison to traditional meth labs that required a much more sophisticated setup of heating materials, glass beakers and an abundance of ingredients, the “one pot” or “shake and bake” method has increased in popularity due to the use of less material under portable circumstances where a small amount of methamphetamine can be produced in a home or vehicle and materials discarded along roadways, parks and garbage receptacles,” Lowers said.

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Common materials found in the production of methamphetamine include, but are not limited to, plastic drink bottles, cold and allergy pills, cold compress packs, lighter/lantern fuels and common household cleaners, he said.

“Any time suspicious packages are discovered or any time illegal drug activity is suspected, please do not handle, open or manipulate suspicious items and notify police immediately,” he added.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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