Liquid meth shows up in Alabama

Published: Dec. 13, 2005 at 11:21 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2006 at 2:12 PM CST
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A new form of meth has surfaced in North Alabama.

The Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit ran across a liquid form of the drug.

"It was kind of a surprise to find something new right in the middle of I guess the meth epidemic that we've had for so long," says Ricky Phillips, commander of the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit.

Liquid meth surfaced in Arab on two different people in two different locations about two weeks ago.

"We just kind of stumbled up on it by accident and investigating it, found out that it was already pretty common on the streets," says Phillips.

Phillips says the new drug is new to Alabama and is relatively unheard of across the nation.

But earlier this year, U.S. officials ran across liquid meth that was being smuggled in from Mexico.

It was hidden in tequila bottles.

"Being in liquid form, it can be disguised in any kind of container," says Phillips.

While Phillips says there's not much difference in how the drug is used, the big concern is how it can be concealed.

There's also a fear that it's even more potent than it's crystal counterpart.

"The guy we got this from said comparing it to ice or regular crystal meth that it was stronger and better than any that he had used," says Phillips.

Phillips is alerting surrounding law enforcement officials on the new drug and how it can be hidden.

"We've put together a flyer that we've put together, getting out to all the local patrolmen to be watching for it," says Phillips.

Investigators aren't sure how liquid meth is made, or exactly what's in it.

A sample was sent to the Alabama department of forensic science to find out.