Police in Tennessee have warned that large quantities of the dangerous drug being flushed down toilets during drug busts by panicked dealers could be getting into the ecosystem – with potentially deadly results.
The warning comes after one suspected “Breaking Bad“ dealer was caught flushing a large quantity of the banned substance, plus other items of drug paraphernalia, when theyraided his home.
Andy Perry was charged with a series of drug-related offences and 12g of methamphetamine, plus 24oz of liquid meth, were seized during the bust.
“If you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way”
Cops made a fairly relaxed announcement about the danger on Facebook, saying: “Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay…
“When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent downstream.
“Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.”
They say that the drug is already endangering water fowl, adding: “Ducks, geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped-up on meth would do.
“Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama.
“They’ve had enough methed-up animals the past few weeks without our help.”
The police announcement concluded by offering a partial amnesty for people who wanted help disposing of drugs, whether they are prescription or illegal.
It continued: “If you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”
While the cops’ statement was lighthearted, there is some evidence that reptiles can become dangerously affected by illegal drugs.
In a raid on an Australian lab producing crystal meth, police received a meth-addicted python.
The snake had absorbed the fumes and particles from the air as the drug was manufactured, becoming confused, erratic and highly aggressive.
It was so affected it needed six weeks of detox, reported ABC news.