Clandestine methamphetamine 'meth' laboratory

The versatility of the ECCO Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometer has been further explored during a recent study into the instruments ability to rapidly detect and identify each of the ingredients associated with the production of methamphetamine, lithium, iodine, and phosphorous.

The production and use of methamphetamine, commonly referred to as 'meth', 'crystal meth' or 'ice', has become a scourge of many countries worldwide with thousands of lab seizures taking place in the US every year.

The ready availability of the pre-cursor chemicals for the drugs manufacture make it possible for small scale production of methamphetamine to take place in Clandestine Laboratories, often run by gangs and organized criminal groups, for distribution on the black market.

The Foster + Freeman ECCO represents a fast and accurate method for the identification of illicit compounds recovered from these illegal drug laboratories, providing investigators with a powerful tool in the fight against a crime that has continued to escalate during the last decade.