MUNCIE, IN (WVUE) - Police officers found a meth lab inside a restroom at a Walmart in Muncie, IN.
Employees of the store contacted members of the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Team Thursday around 11:30 p.m. after finding a suspicious backpack in the men's room.
Troopers found a backpack with an active meth lab inside. Members of the team dismantled the lab, removing chemicals from the premises.
The health department was called in for an inspection. It closed both the men's and women's restrooms until they could be decontaminated.
Police say with warm weather approaching and outside activities increasing, the chance of encountering toxic and hazardous meth trash or a meth lab also increases.
Rather than a meth cook blowing up or contaminating their house, they will leave the deadly chemicals in public places to return later and get the finished product, police said.
They will often times dump their trash, which includes Sudafed blister packs; Liquid Fire drain cleaner bottles, battery casings, and plastic drink bottles with white residue in the bottom, in rural or desolate areas, or in alleys or vacant lots.
The investigation into who left the backpack is ongoing.