Cornell Police reaching out for info after finding apparent meth-making materials this weekend

October 22, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

The Cornell University Police Department is asking the community to share any information they may have about household chemicals found in a backpack on Sunday morning. Police say a concerned citizen notified a CUPD officer at about 10:30am on Sunday of a suspicious backpack on Maple Avenue.

Members of Cornell's Environmental Health & Safety staff worked with the New York State Police contaminated crime scene response team to handle the contents of the backpack safely, and determined that it contained household chemicals that are typically used in the production of methamphetamine.

Cornell said in a statement that materials used in meth production typically include items such as "drain cleaner, fuel for lanterns or camping stoves, solvents such as ether and toluene, muriatic acid, table salt, and common cold medications. Poor handling and disposal is known to cause chemical, fire and health hazards."

They ask anyone with information about the backpack and its contents to call Cornell Police at 607-255-1111. Anyone observing such materials in the future is urged to avoid moving or touching them, and to contact law enforcement authorities.

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