KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Police say they've seen a spike in meth-making materials being dumped outdoors, posing a serious health hazard to the community.
Troopers say criminals often manufacture the drugs at home and then drive a long distance to dump the materials in effort to hide the evidence.
Now, they've launched a joint effort with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to clean up the dangerous dump sites and catch the criminals responsible for them.
"They're abandoning chemicals in the woods and off to the side of the roads," Sgt. M.L. Simpson said. "And in dump sites where you used to only see TVs and old tires."
Simpson says one of their main concerns is that children or pets will stumble upon the drug trash and become exposed to harmful chemicals.
"If someone dumps a bunch of meth trash and children are playing around, they could get curious," he said.
Henry Lipinski lives in Tornado near a mountain that troopers identified as a dump site. He says a lot of trash ends up in his own yard and on his neighbors' properties.
"I wish the law would catch every one of [the culprits]," he said. "They throw it in my yard and my dogs carry it around...then I have to pick it up."
Troopers say if you're caught doing the disposing, you'll face drug-related charges along with hefty fines for littering.