Methamphetamine manufacturing is on the rise using common household items sold in stores. Purchased alone, the items described below do not represent narcotics activity. Frequent or large quantity purchases of one or more of these items may, however, be an indication of methamphetamine manufacturing.

Items to Watch For

  • Common cold pills containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine
  • Acetone
  • Alcohol (Isopropyl or rubbing)
  • Toluene
  • Engine Starter (ether)
  • Coffee Filters
  • Heet (Methanol/Alcohol)
  • Table Salt
  • Batteries (Lithium)
  • Propane Tank (Anhydrous Ammonia)
  • Red Devil Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • Matches (Red Phosphorus)
  • Pyrex Dishes
  • Muriatic Acid

Do you suspect a problem?

Is there an increase in sales of the above or similar products?

Do people frequent your store and buy large quantities of the above or similar products?

If so, please complete a "Suspicious Transaction Report" and

  • Fax it to the KBI @ 785.296.0915 or
  • Mail it to the KBI:

    Kansas Bureau of Investigation
    1620 SW Tyler
    Topeka, KS 66612