Ameren workers learn how to spot meth labs

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DECATUR -- Some roadside litter may be a meth lab. And police want extra eyes on the lookout, so they're teaching Ameren workers how to spot meth-making materials.

Ameren representative Kent Frantz told WAND it's a daily risk their employees face.

"With facilities out in the country, employees are coming in contact with things like this all the time," said Frantz.

Ameren employees from across the state were at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel Thursday morning learning the ins and outs of meth labs. The state police meth response team was there leading demonstrations. Employees were learning what to avoid, how to spot meth labs, and what to do if one is found.

State Police Meth Response Team agent Troy Davis told WAND that accidentally walking up on meth materials isn't uncommon.

"They [Ameren employees] felt like they had seen this stuff before, but they didn't know what it was," Davis said.

He said they are household items, commonly overlooked as trash -- like empty bottles and cans.

"It is garbage," said Davis. "That's what it looks like. But a lot of people feel like it's probably something they passed up. So we always hope that maybe that'll get different companies or businesses to report it, and let us know."

Those reports can also tip them off to new leads and certain areas to watch out for, Davis said.

And it's not just Ameren workers who should look out. Davis encourages anyone who sees anything suspicious to call police.

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