Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,002,765)
There is an observation of a law enforcement need to locate One Pot meth lab cooks apart from - or complementary to - reliance on informants or structural fires, which may delay [any] discovery to months or years after numerous successful clandestine cooks. One Pot cooks likely have unique signatory effluents, but to date this chemistry remains uncharacterized. Knowing these effluents, COTS equipment could be used to detect active operations at standoff distances.
A major goal is to utilize detection of illicit methamphetamine along with One Pot reaction compounds in the environment to research and develop a suite of chemical detection methods and instruments demonstrating feasibility for use as chemistry-based law enforcement tools for discovery of meth user communities and One Pot meth labs apart from - or complementary to - informant reliance. We seek to provide an experimental basis to non-intrusively narrow down the location of One Pot labs to the neighborhood level via sewage water sampling.