Meth Lab: Wal-Mart Customer Thought She Was Genius

Meth Wal-mart – A Wal-mart customer was arrested for trying to create a meth lab. Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon, 45, is seen on video surveillance footage walking around the store for 6 hours collecting all the chemicals needed to make the ingredient in a bottle.

Halfmoon told officers she was “too broke to buy the chemicals” and she thought it was genius to take them out of the store.

“She didn’t have the money to make the purchases of the chemicals that were needed so she was taking what was needed in the bottle,” Officer David Shelby told Fox 23′s Abbie Alford. “When I saw her, she had just finished mixing sulfuric acid with starter fluid in a bottle,” he added.

“When firefighters were on the scene, she made statements to them that is what she was doing, she was attempting to obtain these chemicals and was in the process of trying to manufacture meth. However, she said she was not very good at it,” he added.

One police officer was taken to a local hospital to be treated for burns after the chemicals ate through his gloves.

Earlier this year, police said another man, Glenn Reese, was busted in the same Walmart with a mobile meth lab in his backpack.

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Larger labs are usually run by gangs or organized crime intending to produce for distribution on the black market. Smaller labs can be run by individual chemists working clandestinely in order to synthesize smaller amounts of controlled substances or simply out of a hobbyist interest in chemistry, often because of the difficulty ascertaining the purity of other, illegally synthesized drugs obtained on the black market.