If you find debris in a road ditch, or anywhere else in Dickinson County, and it looks suspicious, STAY AWAY. If the debris is the remnants of a meth lab, the chemicals present are toxic, dangerous to your health and even potentially explosive. Call the Sheriff's office immediately at 712-336-2793. If you have information on the manufacture, distribution or usage of meth, call Crime Stoppers at 712-336-2345.

Items that may be present at a dump site

  • Empty ephedrine or pseudoephedrine bottles or containers
  • Lye
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Gasoline can
  • Duct tape
  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • 20 lb propane tank converted for anhydrous ammonia with the fitting turned blue or greenish from chemicals
  • Iodine crystals
  • Denatured alcohol or HEET gas line additives
  • Hydriodic acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Table salt
  • Stove fuel, lighter fluid, or white gas containers
  • Lithium batteries, which have been peeled open
  • Sulfuric acid or containers
  • Rock salt
  • Brake cleaner
  • Pyrex or Corning dishes
  • Plastic jugs, bottles, funnels, tubing
  • Distilled water
  • Muriatic acid
  • Paint thinner
  • Red phosphorus, sometimes wrapped in coffee filters
  • Plastic containers with hoses duct taped on
  • Starter fluid cans which contained ether
  • Drain cleaner containers
  • Hot plate
  • Blender

Warning signs that a person may be using

  • Doesn't sleep for days at a time
  • Seems "ditsy"
  • Memory loss
  • May have rapid unusual arm and hand movements
  • Excessive talking, hyperactive behavior
  • Poor coping abilities
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Can't sit still
  • May scratch at the skin until it bleeds (feels like bugs--"meth mites")
  • May have open sores
  • May have a strange body odor
  • Loss of weight of very thin
  • May be secretive about certain acquaintances
  • May be very unkempt and not concerned about cleanliness or appearance
  • Interest in others drops off. May stop caring for their own children and become hostile towards parents and other concerned family members or friends
  • May have episodes of paranoid behavior
  • May have episodes of aggressive/hostile behavior
  • May become physically aggressive towards others

Location & Contact Info

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Physical Address
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1200
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

(t) 712-336-2793
(f) 712-336-1946