Officer Running Meth Lab in His Home
(NJ) – Christopher Walls, a police officer with the Long Branch Police Department, was arrested on Sunday. Police originally responded to a domestic disturbance call that came in Saturday night. While the officers were investigating the situation, “another resident in the home alleged Walls was involved in suspicious narcotics activity.” Officers discovered chemicals and equipment necessary for manufacturing methamphetamine in the basement and a shed.
New Jersey State Police Called
The Long Branch police immediately called the New Jersey State Police for help with the dangerous situation and hazardous materials. The State Police sent their hazmat team to safely collect the chemicals and dismantle the lab. The hazmat team was able to identify methamphetamine residue in some of the lab equipment. That indicates that Officer Walls had successfully produced the highly addictive drug. None of the articles say what he did with the meth he made.
Public Safety at Serious Risk
Police officers have committed all kinds of crimes, including killing people. However, they tend to get in trouble more for police violence and police misconduct. Christopher Walls may have been a completely different level of danger.
While searching the property detectives found “books related to making methamphetamine, explosives, and poison.” Walls also had multiple weapons and “high-capacity magazines” that were stored in an unlocked safe. The meth lab, itself, was highly dangerous. A mistake, when mixing chemicals, could cause an explosion that could take out a city block. According to a neighbor, Walls had lost weight lately, leading us to wonder if he had been sampling his product. This was a tragedy waiting to happen.
Officer Charged with Multiple Offenses, Including Child Endangerment
Christopher Walls is 50 years old and has been in law enforcement for 19 years. According to RLSMedia.com, he
“…is charged with first degree maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) production facility, second-degree possession of a firearm during the course of a CDS offense, second-degree risking widespread injury, second degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree manufacturing CDS (methamphetamine), and third-degree possession of CDS (methamphetamine).”
Signs of a Meth Lab
Meth labs are frequently in isolated locations such as forests. It’s not because the drug manufacturers care about public safety, but because the creation process has a strong smell that gives it away. The U. S. Forest Service has listed the below as signs of a meth lab.
Unusual, strong odors like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals.
Coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red paste, or small amounts of shiny white crystals.
Glass cookware or stove pans containing a powdery residue.
Shacks or cabins with windows blacked out.
Open windows vented with fans during the winter.
Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, engine starting fluid cans, HEET cans, lithium batteries and empty battery packages, wrappers, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
Unusual amounts of clear glass containers.