While you may possess chemicals for innocent reasons such as your artwork, home or car repair project or simply for cleaning purposes, police may see things differently. Drug task forces are always on the lookout for signs that someone may be engaging in drug manufacturing or trafficking.
A lot of empty containers stacked outside of your house for a variety of chemicals may give them the impression that you’re up to no good.
Which chemicals can be suspicious?
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug that’s formulated largely using a variety of household chemicals, such as bleach and acetone. Cat litter is also commonly used to produce this toxic and highly addictive drug as well. Cold medicine contains high percentages of pseudoephedrine, a stimulant that is also a main ingredient in meth. Even brake fluid has been used in manufacturing meth and could raise suspicions among law enforcement. So too could chemicals that you use to keep weeds out of your garden or maintain your pool’s ph balance.
An instance in which you discarded pots and pans that you were using for an innocent reason, such as in your soapmaking or candlemaking business, could also raise suspicions. Many of the pots used to “cook up” meth take on an eerily similar appearance to those used for crafting purposes.
Have common household chemicals resulted in your arrest?
While it’s unlikely that your case will move forward to trial once prosecutors more closely review the evidence in your case, an arrest and addressing subsequent legal problems is enough of a headache. Law enforcement agencies are on high alert for meth manufacturers and dealers here in Arkansas. Don’t let them ruin your life if you weren’t doing anything wrong.