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      Meth site identification

      Empty soda pop bottles, Coleman Camp Fuel, pseudoephedrine, batteries, coffee filters.

      The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says these are very common items that you will see "meth cookers" use to manufacture meth.

      And, it could be in your backyard.

      "The biggest thing is identifying the chemicals that they use to manufacture meth. You know, things like solvents, like Coleman Camp Fuel is pretty common, pop bottles that have the labels ripped off and they have kind of a funny looking sludge inside of them. Some of them will have straws coming out of it, that's what we call an HCL Gas Generator, said Tim Sholander, Detective Lieutenant Team Commander for UPSET.

      UPSET held a special presentation today to talk to those interested in learning more about the meth problem in the U.P., and how they can identify the dangerous cook or dump sites.

      A group from the North Country Trail Hikers attendance.

      Many meth dump sites are found on hiking trails, or back in the woods.

      Lorana Jinkerson said she knew a lot about meth and dump sites already, but wanted to educate herself more on the topic.

      "To see the actual pictures of what to look for really has been the best thing for me. Knowing what to look for as far as the bottles without the labels on them," said Jinkerson.

      UPSET officials say knowing what you're looking at, and the difference between trash and a dump site, could save your life.

      Tim Sholander says everything included in meth and a dump site is hazardous and dangerous, and should never be dealt with by anyone but a trained professional.

      "Stuff has been found all over the place. Earlier just last year we had one at North Star Academy, just behind it. We've had it along Marquette Mountain Trails. So, we're just trying to educate the public so they know what to watch out for, make sure they don't touch the stuff, call their local police and then UPSET will come and respond and clean stuff up," said Sholander.

      UPSET said it costs about $25,000 every year just to clean up the meth sites they find.

      In 2013, they cleaned up 52 meth dump sites.

      Sholander says he expects this year's number to be much higher.