ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. -- Neighbors in one St. Johns County community say they have noticed suspicious activity in the area over the past four months.
On Thursday, a young boy found evidence of a meth lab while taking in the trash can for his mother.
Authorities say they found Pseudoephedrine, iodine salt containers, a plastic bag with sludge, a cooking vessel and used filters in the trash.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said methamphetamine is a growing problem in North East Florida
"As law enforcement officers, we've noticed a direct correlation with the economy. It's easy to make, it's not hard to find out how to make it and its very addictive," said SJSO Sgt. Catharine Payne.
She said meth not only causes fires, but it is a biohazard for the environment.
So what should you watch out for?
-Authorities say to look for a plastic bottle with a smoky or watery substance: this could be a one-pot lab.
-Also, look for used containers or propane fuel or acetone, cold medicine and even fertilizer.
First Coast News