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Rome Meth Labs Busted

The number of methamphetamine labs found New York state tripled last year. And this year there could be even more. According to local authorities, our area reflects those state-wide numbers--with more of the dangerous drug labs busted each year. Over the several days two days, two meth labs were found in Rome.
The number of methamphetamine labs found New York state tripled last year. And this year there could be even more. According to local authorities, our area reflects those state-wide numbers--with more of the dangerous drug labs busted each year. Over the several days two days, two meth labs were found in Rome. At any minute a meth lab, whether it's in a vehicle or a home, can explode, igniting anything around it and exposing people to highly dangerous chemicals that can cause health problems and even death.
It's a seemingly average street in the city of Rome but, until yesterday, it was also home to a Methamphetamine Lab.
"There's protocol in place, obviously getting everyone away from the area, it's very volatile, there's contents that are poisonous not to mention some of it's explosive flammable," said Robert Swenszkowski of Oneida County Sheriff's Office.   
Anthony Armstrong, age 47, was arrested and charged with illegally making meth after police were called to his home for a domestic dispute. His alleged operation is among a steadily rising number of meth labs in our area--with the Western portion of Oneida County seeing a good chunk of the activity.
"Today as we speak, probably in the last few hours, another working meth lab appears to have been found, and some people were exposed and they're actually being treated," said Swenszkowski.
The long-term health effects to those exposed or even living next door to a meth lab can be devastating, so look for the tell-tale signs.
"Unusual trash, foul odor, makeshift ventilation because you need it so you'll see holes in the wall or certain tubular structures sticking out of the house, usually the windows are covered with blankets, he said."
And it's not just homes we have to worry about, mobile meth labs can be even more dangerous...and they're more difficult to track down. The flammable materials used to make meth could mean danger for anyone on the road and it's easy and cheap to make using household materials and online directions.
"It says make sure not to get any water on them or even sweat off your hands or it will catch fire," said Swenszkowski federal bans prevents customers from buying large amounts of Sudafed and other meth ingredients. But authorities say criminals find a their way around the law by teaming up. As always, you're asked to report anything suspicious to law enforcement.
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