Pictured are the items from a meth lab found in a backpack Sunday night on Oglethorpe Boulevard in Albany.
ALBANY — An officer with the Albany Police Department came across a backpack that apparently contained the remains of a portable methamphetamine lab, officials say.
An officer patrolling the 1000 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday spotted a suspicious male walking in the area. When the officer approached him, he took off running but dropped a backpack he was carrying. After being dropped, the officer noticed that the contents of the bag were smoking, police officials say.
The Albany Fire Department and the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit were both notified to provide assistance. The drug unit was able to confirm that the backpack contained the remnants of a portable meth lab.
Included in the pack was a generator, two types of drain cleaner, a pill grinder and bags. The smoke was coming from a seal on the generator that had come loose, ADDU investigators say.
Portable meth labs have become more and more familiar to drug agents in the area, although Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the drug unit, indicated that carrying the products in a backpack is a unique concept.
It also has potential to be a dangerous situation, he said.
“It can be extremely dangerous if a person drops it or throws it. There is a possibility that something could have happened to himself,” Berry said.
There was no sign of meth or blister packs in the backpack, which likely means the suspect ran off with the finished product, Berry said.
The backpack would have also been a hazard to others who could have inhaled its contents, the unit’s commander said. The APD officer who discovered the bag was checked out by medical personnel is okay, Berry said.
Officers are searching for the suspect, who has been described by the APD as a white male 40-50 years of age weighing 190 pounds and is 5-feet-10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white polo striped shirt and blue jeans. After dropping the backpack, he fled westward toward Slappey Boulevard, Berry said.
Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the drug unit at (229) 430-5150.