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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:01 AM
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What are my neighbors smoking--crack or meth?
Boy do I resent having to do somebody else's drugs just because I live in an old building. I haven't tried either drug except second hand. Are the effects the same? I wake up in a complete frenzy with my entire apartment in a stinky fog, my heart rate nearly doubled, my throat sore. I'm running around at 5:00 AM opening all the windows to try to air the place out. The smell is chemical-y and nauseating. I HATE MY NEIGHBORS!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:04 AM
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1. Call the fire department - that chemical could be explosive
Seriously, don't put up with crap like that.
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:06 AM
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3. I think that should be my next step--landlord didn't seem to care
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:09 AM
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6. Call the cops NOW.
You don't pay rent to be forced to do illicit drugs against your will. If the landlord won't handle it, the cops surely will.

Call them now. 911. It's that easy. And then tell the dispatcher exactly what you told us. You aren't breaking any laws and you pay rent. You deserve better.

Let us know what happens.

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Truman01 Donating Member (733 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:28 AM
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16. I agree, call the cops, it could be a meth lab.
If it is, everyone in your building is in danger.

TC
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 11:03 AM
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23. No shit
A building in the first apartment complex that I lived in burned down because of a meth lab in it. I came home to a mob of guys in HazMat bio suits that had cordoned off the whole area.
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:06 AM
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2. Can you move?
Why does your landloard permit this?
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:09 AM
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5. He's new at landlording, tried to make excuses
I'm in a duplex for the first time, which I discovered has even less sound/smell proofing than an apartment.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:13 AM
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9. He's about to learn a serious lesson...
that he should take complaints like yours very seriously.

Call the cops. You are aware that exposure to meth manufacture can cause serious health problems? I agree with the poster down this thread. Pack some clothes, just in case you aren't let back into your apartment while the police investigate the other apartment.

Call now.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:08 AM
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4. I think meth labs emit a strong chem smell...
start packing--if it IS a lab, you'll probably not be allowed in for awhile...those chems are highly explosive.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:10 AM
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7. That's what I am betting it is.
Strong smell is the giveaway.
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:13 AM
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8. Boy would I like to see all of them go up!
I'd love to take a drug test right now just to see what I'm inhaling.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:17 AM
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10. If they are manufacturing, which is what it sounds like...
Edited on Mon Dec-13-04 10:19 AM by Maddy McCall
it won't be just their duplex that is evacuated, but the whole city block. Meth labs are extremely dangerous--very flamable--smelling the caustic chemicals is bad enough, but if one spark happens in their apartment, POOF! Up goes a whole city block.

On edit: What you may be smelling is anhydrous ammonia, which is also used to make bombs. That's what Tim McVey used to bring down the OK fed building.

Seriously, you really need to call the police, get some stuff together, and stand back, in case you are forced to evacuate.
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blueknight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:19 AM
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11. ms,
what state are you in? i know hear in ky the police and fire depts are VERY familiar with the smell of illegal labs
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:26 AM
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14. Minnesota
I called the cops once and they said they didn't smell anything and they couldn't do anything unless they actually saw them doing it. They were NOT very helpful.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:21 AM
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12. Crack smells like burning plastic
when smoked and pretty similar when being cooked up (I had a neighbor in L.A. and I thought the refrigerator was on fire -- smells like burning plastic and kind of that electrical fire smell).

Meth smells like a chemical BO (sweat) times 100. Good luck.
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:28 AM
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17. I bet it's crack--it does have that plastic-y smell
That stuff is so vile. I grew up in the 60s and 70s when all we had to smell was pot and I thought it smelled wonderful!
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Gyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:24 AM
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13. Meth lab
Extremely explosive and stinky. Call the police.

Gyre
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TX-RAT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:26 AM
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15. May be cooking meth or may be huffing
Either way call the police and report it. Are there children living there?
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:36 AM
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18. No kids, thank god
But at 48 I'm too old to be babysitting the college-age idiots upstairs. If they want to do drugs they can move back to the dorm or buy a house.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:37 AM
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19. if the cops won't / don't respond, call the FBI
and tell them.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:44 AM
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20. Or the DEA
Very likely to take interest in a potential drug manufacturing situation.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 10:53 AM
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21. I'm hoping the anhydrous ammonia bomb smell might get all their att'n. !
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 11:03 AM
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22. Don't phone the police--- phone the fire department
Tell the 911 dispatcher that there is an unusual odor in your apartment that you believe is coming from a neighboring unit. Tell them the substance is irritating your throat... what it smells like... whatever else... and request firefighters.

Police have to play by rules and you can bet that your neighbors (if they have any brains at all) are listening to the police scanner. Firefighters protect property and, as such, do not need warrants and the other red tape which limits the police. They have the authority to enter every apartment in your building -- if something is there, they'll find it.

Another bonus prize is that firefighters are typically EMTs. They'll be able to treat whomever has been exposed to these fumes immediately.
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MsAnthropy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 11:14 AM
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24. Fantastic! I didn't know that--thanks so much for the info.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-04 12:09 PM
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25. Excellent advise
If the firefighters see something illegal going on they will call the police.
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