Don't Mix Meth With Minors

By Dirk Hanson 04/13/11

Couple busted for trying to disguise meth lab as a day care center. Really?

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Hey, here's a neat idea: Why not open a methamphetamine lab in a quaint suburban house—and disguise the operation as a childcare facility! You could place a cute sign on the front lawn calling it, oh, we don’t know, Kit Kat’s Place, in Morganton, North Carolina. And maybe you would even get away with it, unlike the couple recently busted after drug agents traced a large purchase of pseudoephedrine, a precursor compound used to make meth, to an address that turned out to be Kit Kat’s Place, which advertised itself as as the most caring child-care facility in town. As luck would have it, there were no children in the home when a team of  investigative officers wearing Hazmat suits carted away the alleged meth lab last week. The couple’s own four children were taken to the Burke County Department of Social Services. THe speedy duo is currently awaitng trial in the Burke County Jail.

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Dirk Hanson, MA, is a freelance science writer and the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is also the author of The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution. He has worked as a business and science reporter for numerous magazines and trade publications including Wired, Scientific American, The Dana Foundation and more. He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. Email: [email protected]