Remains of meth lab found on Magnolia Beach
April 13, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office found remnants of a small methamphetamine lab on Magnolia Beach on Monday.
A beach-goer saw suspicious plastic jugs in a trash can and reported it to authorities, Sheriff B.B. Browning said.
Officials scoured the beach for dangerous materials, but it all appeared to have been discarded in the trash can, Browning said.
Besides the person who reported the plastic jugs, Browning said patrons were not on the beach when the drug remnants were discovered.
Browning said the sheriff's office must call an outside environmental agency to destroy the remains of labs.
"It's really expensive when you have to destroy (a lab), and of course, we have to bear the costs of it," he said.
Browning said meth labs, such as the one found on the beach, are uncommon in Calhoun County.
"One year, we took down six meth labs, so we've got them pretty well scared here," he said.