Mobile meth lab busted in downtown Saranac Lake

State police, Saranac Lake village police and the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department deal with what firefighters say was a mobile methamphetamine lab in a vehicle Friday night in the downtown parking lot next to Wholesale Furniture. (Enterprise photo — Don Hare)

SARANAC LAKE — Village firefighters say they and village police were called to assist state police with deactivating a meth lab on Friday night around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to Wholesale Furniture on Main Street.

The alleged meth lab was reported to be contained in a vehicle.

Two fire trucks with nine firefighters responded to the call and stood by while state police deactivated the drug-making apparatus. Fire trucks went out at 7:46 p.m. and returned to the station by 8:48.

State police are in charge of the investigation and could not be reached for comment. It was unknown whether anyone has been charged with a crime.

Methamphetamine, or meth, can be made in a container as small as a 2-liter bottle. Chemicals such as phosphorus or muriatic acid are mixed with over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine to produce methamphetamine through a “cooking” process. The process produces toxic chemical residue and is highly explosive.

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