Basalt officials are warning the public to be wary of containers they find in or along the banks of area rivers after police found what are suspected to be cold-cook vessels for methamphetamine.
The Basalt Police Department received a report Wednesday of suspicious bottles submerged in the Roaring Fork River beneath what is known as the 7-Eleven Bridge. The Police Department recruited the Basalt Fire Department for help retrieving the containers.
“It turned out to be 14 bottles consistent with a cold-cook method of making methamphetamine,” Assistant Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw said.
In cold-cook meth making, a cold medicine is combined with substances such as ether, lighter fluid and liquid Drano, then shaken for several hours. The resulting compound is extremely volatile.
Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott said it is not known if the containers were placed in the river intentionally or if they were discarded. “We don’t have any suspects or leads at this time.”
The containers used for cold-cook meth would hold less than a gallon and would be filled with a cloudy liquid and some sort of paper or metal fragments. Anyone who spots such a container should not handle it and should immediately report it to authorities, officials said.
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