Tulsa storm drain used as meth kitchen

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Updated: 10/12/2011 3:51 pm Published: 10/11/2011 6:11 pm

Clean up will continue on Thursday as the city continues to clean out storm drains that were being used to make meth.

Most meth cooks are mixing the highly-toxic, highly-addictive chemicals in a plastic bottle.  It’s known as the one-pot or shake-and-bake method.

Last week police busted Glenn Reese, 43, for having a bottle of meth inside his backpack at the Wal-Mart at 81st and S. Lewis Avenue.

On Monday, that investigation led police to a storm drain near that Wal-Mart where more meth was discovered.

Above the manhole where police found an active meth lab there is a strip mall, apartments and a Wal-Mart.

Any rain causes all the debris including meth making materials in the drain to be flushed into the Arkansas River.

Roy Teeters who oversees the storm drainage system for the City of Tulsa Public Works Department says there are more than 1,000 miles of storm drains in Tulsa.

Sizes range from a basketball to a dump truck.

The tunnels are large enough to attract a meth cook who used one of those tunnels as his kitchen.

Police say a hundred yards back through the tunnel that drains into Fred Creek they found they found an active meth lab, a discarded bottle used to make meth and meth-making materials.

Above is the manhole is where a hairstylist works.

"Crazy, scared, not safe,” says Haircuts Now stylist Rachel Hollingshad.

Before anyone went down in the hole Tulsa Firefighters Confined Space Rescue Team dropped the bucket and used a claw-type tool to collect the potentially toxic mess and the air was tested.

"There could be hazardous matter from car exhaust, decomposing matter such as leaves that could displace the oxygen, there are any number of things that could have killed him just by entering,” says Team Captain Jerry Gibbens.

However, it just wasn’t the meth cooks down in the tunnels.

Officers say homeless people were living in the tunnels.

They found a couch, a chair, clothes and stolen property.

"There are people who let their kids run around, there are kids who walk to work here and just walking in and out carelessly and then not knowing what's going on is the shock,” says Hollingshad.

Teeter says city crews will be hauling out the trash out of the tunnel Wednesday morning.

Meantime, Tulsa Police continue to battle a meth problem.

This year they’ve recovered 1,107 meth bottles at 342 meth lab scenes.

Last year they busted 323 meth lab scenes.

Teeter says they cannot put up barriers to block pedestrians from using the tunnels.

If they did, the drains could get clogged from the debris and cause flooding.

City workers encourage anyone who suspects illegal activity going on in a storm drain to call the Mayor’s Action Line at (918) 596-2100.

They also encourage everyone to stay out of the drains. 

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DrJKH - 12/16/2011 2:07 AM
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FACT: David Starkey (StopMethLabs) has a criminal record. FACT: I'm a graduate student in biology and a medical student about to graduate, as well as an officer in the OK National Guard, and David Starkey KNOWS THAT. FACT: David Starkey can't dispute the facts I gave WITH REFERENCES, so he chooses to lie about me. Personal attacks won't help you get around facts, Mr Convict. http://tinyurl.com/6geqbma

DrJKH - 11/14/2011 7:46 PM
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FACT: Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is NOT required in order to make meth. There are at least NINE other substances, many of them easily available, that can be made into meth. FACT: PSE is the ONLY safe and effective decongestant available. FACT: Cold and allergy sufferers will be punished by this new law enforcement fad, while it won't affect meth production one bit. FACT: This WILL raise the price of PSE. FACT: This WILL raise the cost of health care. FACT: The DEA and the DOJ say that gel caps and liquid can be used to make meth. See for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/43q4b5c FACT: Gel caps and liquid are ALREADY being used to produce meth. See for yourself from this article dated 2005: http://tinyurl.com/3z7revt FACT: We have been told before that the previous laws have virtually wiped out meth production. We all know that turned out to be a pack of lies from the SAME PEOPLE that are pushing this new bill. See for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/cuzq3of (PowerPoint file) FACT: Any time a law is aimed at punishing law abiding citizens instead of criminals, it doesn't work.

watchdog11 - 10/14/2011 12:09 AM
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Looks like Tulsa is going to have to weld iron grates over all the sewer entrances to keep the mole people from making meth underground. Lovely....lets not do anything to stop meth production though....lets all just pretend it is all hunky dory until someone blows up a meth lab near a natural gas or methane leak....

TurfTamer - 10/12/2011 2:49 PM
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@stopmethlabs Proof? you know, like an independent source? Not the source selling the drug. I read the PDF but there was no date on it (so when are they going to start producing it?). IF its true it sounds great!

StopMethLabs - 10/12/2011 12:03 PM
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There is new meth proof pseudoephedrine that two companies are making right now. We should pass a law that if you want to sell pseudoephedrine in Oklahoma then make it meth proof. The drug lobby is fighting this because it will cut them out of a billion dollar meth cook market. You can search the meth proof pseudoephedrine under Tarex or Impede.

kitschdeva - 10/12/2011 8:33 AM
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Really? Who wrote this article? Not a Journalism student I'm certain. Maybe one of the Meth addicts found in the tunnel?
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