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Could a neighborhood dispute lead to drug charges?

Your neighbor isn’t exactly your biggest fan, and the feeling is mutual — but your neighbor has lately begun to insinuate that they think you’re up to “something illegal.”

In fact, they suspect you’re operating a meth lab. Could this actually lead to legal problems? Possibly.

All it takes is a phone call to get an investigation started

These days, it doesn’t take much more than a phone call and someone’s suspicions to get the police wondering if you’re “breaking bad” in your home making meth.

What kind of evidence does it take to start the ball rolling? Consider this list of things that the authorities consider suspicious and indications of a methamphetamine lab:

  • Chemical smells
  • Drawn curtains or blackout shades
  • Evidence you’re dumping trash
  • No trespassing signs and dogs
  • Security measures like fences
  • A lot of visitors

Merely being “secretive or unfriendly” is even listed as a possible sign. If the police take your neighbor’s complaint seriously, they may then go looking in your trash the next time you put it on the curb to look for items used in the production of drugs — which includes such innocuous things as coffee filters, rolls of duct tape and allergy medication.

Maybe you’re remodeling the kitchen and your friends are coming by to help on their off hours — and you simply have your curtains drawn because you think your neighbor is nosey. But that may not sound as innocent as you think to the authorities.

If the police come knocking, know your rights

If the authorities decide to ask questions, you can bet that they’re taking your neighbor’s drug manufacturing allegations seriously. Protect your interests by invoking your right to remain silent and seek experienced legal guidance.