Re: [SCA Newcomers] OT ~ propane tanks
- In a message dated 5/18/2008 12:38:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Meth cooks are getting the propane tanks from the exchanges at Wal-Mart,
Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling
them with anhydrous ammonia (which they now have a recipe for by the way).
After they are finished with them, they return them to the store.
They are then refilled with propane and sent back for you and me to buy.
Please che ck such stories on _www.snopes.com_ (http://www.snopes.com)
before sending them to various lists. In this case, the story is in their What's
New section currently, dated May 5, 2008.
_snopes.com: Methamphetamine and Propane Tanks_
Briefly, while Snopes agrees that propane tanks are used to hold this stuff,
and that the stuff is corrosive to them, that is as far as there is any
evidence to support this story. There are no news stories or police reports
regarding finding such tanks holding propane and for sale anywhere. There are
also lots of reasons why this story doesn't make sense logically.
First, meth makers have no use for propane. Why would they bother to return
a tank for refill? It would make more sense to dump it in the woods or
Second, using the tanks for anhydrous ammonia creates an obvious, very
visible stain around the fittings at the top of the tank. Bringing one in for
return would be tantamount to saying to someone who would recognize what they
are seeing (because they've been told by the police to watch for it) "Hi, I
used this tank to make Meth!" and alerting the authorities to the presence of
these criminals in the community, in a situation where the person receiving the
tank might very well be able to ID the person who dropped it off.
Third, the tanks are inspected before they are refilled, and there is no way
any seller would take the liability of refilling and placing out for sale a
tank that is so obviously compromised.
Barbara Thompson (Brangwayna Morgan has no clue about any of this stuff).
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