New Dangerous Meth Cooking Technique Trending in Vermont

By Alex Rose

Published 06/18 2014 06:25PM

Updated 06/18 2014 06:51PM

Jericho, Vt.- When you hear the term Meth Lab, you may jump to a stereotype of a big operation you've seen on TV.

In reality, it seems we are seeing more meth labs pop up in Vermont, but on a much smaller scale.

On a normal day, this neighborhood in Jericho is quiet.

”It's a very friendly place,” said resident Jessica McGee, “Normally, you don't see a lot of stuff going on."

But on Wednesday Vermont State Police, Underhill Jericho Fire Department, State HazMat and more rolled up to 100 Sunnyview Drive for a Methamphetamine drug bust.

”It looks like a large response but considering the unknown chemicals involved, that is the standard rollout for that type of a call," said Vermont State Police Captain Paul White.

Police got a warrant for that address after they say Terry Bettis Senior called to report his son was in violation of a court-ordered curfew, and that he believed Terry Junior was making meth in his apartment.

Neighbors say Bettis lived in a room above his parent's garage. State Police say they did find the ingredients to make meth.

”It sounds like it's a teenager experimenting and, unfortunately experimenting with some dangerous stuff," White said.

The one-pot method that law enforcement believes Bettis used is dangerous because it mixes all the ingredients for Methamphetamines into one bottle.

The pressure in the bottle could build up and burst, releasing toxic materials into the air.

And when the cook is done, the user could take the crystal meth out of the bottle, and throw away the rest, which is poisonous sludge.

"I know that here in the state of Vermont we are fortunate that we are still pretty sheltered compared to what they see in other parts of the country, White said. “But it's definitely here, it's coming, it's on the rise."

State Police tell us in general, when they make a meth bust, it's traditionally this type of one-pot method they come across.

Another purpose of this one-pot method police say is to make the meth quicker and with fewer ingredients, which is key since federal law regulates how much Pseudophedrine you can buy.

Bettis has been arrested before, on multiple counts of burglaries, breaking into schools and a health center for the purpose of stealing drugs.

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