To think drug manufacturing like in Breaking Bad couldn't happen in the UK

(101 Posts)
WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:01:14

I've recently started watching Breaking Bad (to fill in for The Walking Dead grin) and have got to season 3 (so no spoilers please!).

I just don't think someone could manufacture drugs like that in the UK.
We have no open, unclaimed land. Every piece of land is accounted for. Every house and persons living in it are accounted for. We can't use fake names just like that.

There's loads of other reasons but am I being naive to think this? I've heard of weed factories in houses, but how common is this? If someone used a caravan as a drug lab, where would they park it without someone smelling the emissions?

I'm not planning on becoming a drug lord, I promise grin, just very intrigued by how drugs are manufactured and distributed in the UK.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 28-Apr-16 22:06:04

There is less meth in the UK. It's rife here in North America. But there are some.

Ever see a house boarded up? Ever see a house where they never open the curtains? You never know. However, because of the much more available other drugs, we don't use as much meth.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Thu 28-Apr-16 22:07:25

Cannabis farms are fairly common my BIL grows cannabis plants

sooperdooper Thu 28-Apr-16 22:10:03

Of course every house and building aren't accounted for and occupied, there's plenty of boarded up buildings and disused warehouses, or what if theyre just owned by criminals?

BastardGoDarkly Thu 28-Apr-16 22:10:23

Maybe not meth so much, but drugs are being made in the UK surely ?

cozietoesie Thu 28-Apr-16 22:11:29

I would imagine so.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Thu 28-Apr-16 22:15:42

If breaking bad was in the UK.....

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steff13 Thu 28-Apr-16 22:16:14

I was on a grand jury last year, and we heard a case of a "meth lab" in a cooler, one of those small soft-sided ones that is meant to hold a 6-pack. It doesn't have to be a whole big operation. This one was found in a hotel room.

I don't know what the statistics are for the UK, but people live with meth labs in their homes. They can be in the kitchen, the basement, a shed, anywhere. People don't always notice the smell. I think people would be surprised what their neighbors get up to.

TiggerPiggerPoohBumWee Thu 28-Apr-16 22:18:54

Never heard if squatters? And why do you think people don't use false names?
There is empty property and land all over the place.

WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:18:54

I've seen houses boarded up but they're usually being renovated grin. as for drawn curtains, I'm afraid I'm guilty of that, as we live on a very busy road and have massive windows so easy to look inside!

I've heard lots about cannabis farms but what about serious drugs like heroine, cocaine...are these being manufactured in the country?

Wouldn't empty warehouses be an obvious place for the police to be suspicious about? I'm just comparing to BB, they use loads of open unaccounted for land to do their "cooking" because the country is so vast compared to the UK.

nancy75 Thu 28-Apr-16 22:19:00

in our old house the house next door but one was raided and it was floor to ceiling cannabis plants in every room, this was in a very respectable well to do area!
The police spent hours emptying it and filled a whole lorry with plants.
We the neighbours didn't have a clue.
The place was only discovered because the landlord had been told about a leak by next door and when he couldn't get hold of the tenants he turned up with keys and an emergency plumber.
Needless to say the tenant was never seen again

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 28-Apr-16 22:20:44

Heroine and cocaine are imported and cut usually. Meth labs and LSD labs have been found in this country

WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:20:57

mumoftwoyoungkids grin brilliant!

frikadela01 Thu 28-Apr-16 22:22:23

When I was a nursing student we had a presentation from the police about drugs and the officer said that the precursor chemicals used to make meth are highly regulated in the UK. He also said that the availability and low cost of other drugs like crack and heroin means that meth has never really taken off.

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 28-Apr-16 22:23:20

Google Operation Julie

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 28-Apr-16 22:23:32

It's clearly easier to cook meth in the desert than in a suburban semi. But the actual reason it doesn't happen more is probably supply and demand. People use coke and speed, not meth.

WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:24:05

Maybe I am naive about using fake names. It's just everything is so "proper" here and it's hard to just disappear in the system. Maybe not though.

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 28-Apr-16 22:24:52

Oh and watch Saving Grace

WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:27:17

It's such a horrifying drug (meth). The before and after pics of people who've been taking it are shocking. Wonder if cocaine and heroine are the lesser evil.

WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:27:50

I'll google that now FiveGoMad

BarbaraofSeville Thu 28-Apr-16 22:29:16

There's lots of remote farms where very few people pass. It could easily happen here.

Have you never experienced true wilderness in the UK? There's loads of it in Wales, Scotland, Peaks, Pennines, Dales, Dartmouth etc.

WakeUpFast Thu 28-Apr-16 22:29:39

SORRY IM GOING TO LEAVE THE THREAD FOR A BIT BECAUSE THERES A FUCKING MOUSE IN MY HOUSE!!!!!!!!

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 28-Apr-16 22:32:03

Wonder if cocaine and heroine are the lesser evil. I've been around a lot of addicts, professionally. And while you can argue the recovery rates, how 'addictive' something is or is not, what it does to your body and so on, that is rarely the point. Someone can fuck their life up and die on anything from bath salts to speedballs. From champagne to meth.

Addiction is pretty dreadful and no part of it is the lesser evil.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 28-Apr-16 22:32:18

Give the mouse some meth.

GatherlyGal Thu 28-Apr-16 22:32:32

Is the mouse on drugs???

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