Here are a couple idiot of the day suggestions, thanks to someone who learned it the hard way:
-Don't cook methamphetamine in your car. Dumb.
-Don't have a mobile meth lab in a car where the driver has a suspended license and a warrant out for their arrest. Common sense, folks.
-If you see a cop also getting gas at the station, come back later. Just to play it safe.
-Just don't run meth labs. Period.
-Give up on life.
A cop in Maple Plain busted two men from Independence when he stopped at a convenience store to fill up his gas tank. The cop did a routine check of license plates and discovered this person had a warrant out for their arrest and proceeded to search the car. And there it was! A cooking meth lab, in the car!
More from the Star Tribune:
A 48-year-old Independence man and a passenger, a 27-year-old man also from Independence, were arrested last week on suspicion of drug manufacture.Drug investigators confirmed one container had anhydrous ammonia and amphetamine that must be "cooked" to make meth.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on April 28, the 48-year-old man pulled into Olson's Market, on Hwy. 12, towing another vehicle on a dolly. A West Hennepin police officer had stopped for gas there. A routine check of the license plate on the vehicle showed that the owner had a suspended license and a warrant for his arrest. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver and his passenger were arrested.
A search of the vehicle revealed an overwhelming odor of ammonia. Drug paraphernalia, containers and other items were located "that confirmed the presence of a methamphetamine lab," said West Hennepin Public Safety Director Ray McCoy.