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[*] posted on 17-8-2018 at 19:12
Guess who just got raided boys


Was walking through house, saw someone in front yard. Went outside, found 4 officers coming up stairs. Bit awkward. They asked if I lived there, they explained why they showed up.

Apparently neighbor saw me doing reaction on porch, and today their suspicions of there being an illicit drug lab were confirmed when they saw me shooting pizza box with bow and arrow back in my yard.

Police came and saw lab/notes/bow and left. But it goes to show the fantasies that grow in people's heads when they see chemistry shit. "You're making Cyanamide? What does it do? What is it for? Why chemistry when there are so many other options?" Fuck.

A big part of this was the bow and arrow, they called off operation when they found it. Can anyone actually imagine a drug lab guarded by dudes with replica midieval weapons? "Tyrone, send these niggas a volley". The meme is true.

Still pretty shaken up but yeah guys keep a lab notebook you won't regret it.

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[*] posted on 17-8-2018 at 19:29


Good thing it wasn't a LONG bow.

Which country?

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[*] posted on 17-8-2018 at 19:58


How do you think they would have responded if you'd required them to sign a non-disclosure agreement to see your lab notebook?



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[*] posted on 17-8-2018 at 22:49


This honestly sounds pretty reasonable to me. What if you HAD been manufacturing explosives or drugs? After all, the police are responding to a concerned neighbor. Also, not sure this really counts as "getting raided", but more of a check in by the police to make sure nothing illegal is going on.
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[*] posted on 18-8-2018 at 15:41


Somewhere on this forum is a post I put up about three and a half years ago of a very similar incident in Nevada. Nosey neighbors. Police and fire trucks. My lab notebook is what SAVED MY ASS. They straight told me that folks keeping notes were not generally who they needed to worry about. Glad it worked out for you.



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[*] posted on 18-8-2018 at 16:29


This also seems to fit inline with how it usually happens. Somebody gets suspicious and calls the police.

Keep it above board and use some common sense. That's all.




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[*] posted on 18-8-2018 at 17:27


If they come and visit like that, it's called a "knock and talk." It's standard police procedure. Their objectives are 1. see if you confess to anything 2. see if you have any knowledge that will help them solve crimes 3. see if there is any evidence of crime in plain view 4. gain consent for entry.

I'm pretty sure they have to gain consent for warrantless entry on a knock and talk in all common law jurisdictions. In the U.S., you can't be required to answer any questions. I'm not sure about in other countries.

There are at least two similar situations. In a welfare check, the police can actually gain entry without a warrant if they think you are in danger, but they can't use any evidence that they find in criminal proceedings against you (at least in the U.S.). They do have to listen to you if you tell them to go away.

If they have a search warrant, they can enter without consent, detain everyone in the area, conduct a search, seize evidence, and arrest people if they have evidence of a crime.

If they have an arrest warrant, they may do something like a knock and talk but with more teeth. I'm not exactly sure what the rules are, but police departments are very bureaucratic and compartmentalized... I've heard stories of people getting raided for fraud and being handed back their drugs by the police mid-raid before being asked to come down to the station.




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[*] posted on 19-8-2018 at 21:28


I live in Canada, in Victoria, BC. Honestly I get the chemistry suspicion thing but it has been brought to my attention that the neighbors were terrified that I owned a bow and arrow, and thats the only thing that surprises me in hindsight. Since I'm a university student (fairly young) I imagined that this sort of shenanigan was commonplace. But it is Canada, after all. I guess all of that died when they started teaching boys to dress up as girls and dye their hair instead of messing around with sticks and treehouses.

Honestly I am really impressed by my local police force, the more interactions I have, the more convinced I am that they are real solid dudes. Although I was nervous at the time ("raid" was an exaggeration, I admit) and their obvious intent was to sponge me for anything potentially incriminating, Apart from one blockhead, the general attitude was that they were genuinely concerned that a misunderstanding was creating neighborhood tension (albeit some allowance to caution). Any tricks or tactics employed were just the least confrontational way to judge if the situation was okay. I know that there are some libertarians on here who may disagree, and that likely wouldn't like the idea of cops on their property, but I'm just saying it how I see it.

Yeah so overall I should go back on the tones of my original post and say that it was really fine. They made an attempt to make me less nervous by asking interested questions (I don't care if they were forced, it was a nice gesture) such as "How long did it take you to make the bow? Must have been a lot of work. Did you have to steam it? What kind of wood? Etc". And they made an effort to be polite/ grateful when I offered to show them my lab and notebook (although I think there was some tension when I tried to explain the chemistry of what I'm doing to the officers with no chemical background). So yeah it was aight. My biggest concern would be that they would make extrapolations based on what I had there, I once had a guy get super heated since he saw me with Acetone or Iodine or something they had in breaking bad.
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[*] posted on 20-8-2018 at 06:36


Quote: Originally posted by Daffodile  
I live in Canada, in Victoria, BC. Honestly I get the chemistry suspicion thing but it has been brought to my attention that the neighbors were terrified that I owned a bow and arrow, and thats the only thing that surprises me in hindsight. Since I'm a university student (fairly young) I imagined that this sort of shenanigan was commonplace. But it is Canada, after all. I guess all of that died when they started teaching boys to dress up as girls and dye their hair instead of messing around with sticks and treehouses.

Honestly I am really impressed by my local police force, the more interactions I have, the more convinced I am that they are real solid dudes. Although I was nervous at the time ("raid" was an exaggeration, I admit) and their obvious intent was to sponge me for anything potentially incriminating, Apart from one blockhead, the general attitude was that they were genuinely concerned that a misunderstanding was creating neighborhood tension (albeit some allowance to caution). Any tricks or tactics employed were just the least confrontational way to judge if the situation was okay. I know that there are some libertarians on here who may disagree, and that likely wouldn't like the idea of cops on their property, but I'm just saying it how I see it.

Yeah so overall I should go back on the tones of my original post and say that it was really fine. They made an attempt to make me less nervous by asking interested questions (I don't care if they were forced, it was a nice gesture) such as "How long did it take you to make the bow? Must have been a lot of work. Did you have to steam it? What kind of wood? Etc". And they made an effort to be polite/ grateful when I offered to show them my lab and notebook (although I think there was some tension when I tried to explain the chemistry of what I'm doing to the officers with no chemical background). So yeah it was aight. My biggest concern would be that they would make extrapolations based on what I had there, I once had a guy get super heated since he saw me with Acetone or Iodine or something they had in breaking bad.


I am glad to hear it turned out alright. Just be mindful that this might not be the end of it. Think of the authorities as a sensor net. They report back and it gets processed and follow on decisions made, so still be careful.




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[*] posted on 20-8-2018 at 12:00


Yeah I am a bit concerned about that but when they left the talking one said that he didn't think or see a reason for them ever to come back, and that set my mind at ease, although hopefully not too much.
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[*] posted on 20-8-2018 at 14:17


there is an extensive thread here on the australian raiding experience. seems most of our raids are initiated by customs notifications on glassware imports.



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[*] posted on 30-8-2018 at 14:39


Ah the police states in so called 'developed' countries are quite an amazing achievment . Exactly what a highly ignorant public 'educated' by the state would support.
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[*] posted on 31-8-2018 at 03:06


Quote: Originally posted by learningChem  
Ah the police states in so called 'developed' countries are quite an amazing achievment . Exactly what a highly ignorant public 'educated' by the state would support.


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Herr Haber, haha! Thanks you just made my day =)

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[*] posted on 9-9-2018 at 14:31


That's just crazy! Sometimes science lovers can have tough times like these. I hope the police apologized for causing any disruptions in your daily routine.
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[*] posted on 10-9-2018 at 10:28


Experiment responsibility. Kind of like drink responsibly
The moral of this story

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Surely home chemists on the interwebz have some advice as to how to avoid Mr. Coble's fate and still conduct chemical experiments in their residence?


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Im suprised out of all the news stations england the country with seemingly the stricktest laws against chemicals


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[*] posted on 10-9-2018 at 10:50


I think the police were concerned because there was evidence that he'd caused multiple fires previously. He may have been inexperienced, but after catching his apartment on fire twice, he should have realized that what he was doing was dangerous.



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[*] posted on 10-9-2018 at 12:17


If something catches on fire, you are likely doing it wrong.
Unless it is bbq or flambe.
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[*] posted on 26-11-2018 at 17:09


Haven't been raided but I'm certain that was only because my neighbors felt extremely uncomfortable reporting me because they knew me and I was a massive figure in the community I used to live at so they likely feared unintended consequences or backlash. I'll admit straight up that if not for that, I absolutely would've been incarcerated because amateur chemistry is super illegal here where I'm from and people have been Swatted or even killed over their labs. In fact, I use all sorts of software to evade detection by the feds for that very reason and because my research seems to almost constantly get me in trouble with my ISP.



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Quote: Originally posted by The jersey rebel  
if not for that, I absolutely would've been incarcerated because amateur chemistry is super illegal here where I'm from and people have been Swatted or even killed over their labs.


Killed? Where do you live, North Korea?




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[*] posted on 27-11-2018 at 11:32


@Symboom.

Your supposition about home chemistry being "banned" in Texas is erroneous. Yes, Texas does want you to tell the cops if you have glass. One of our moderators lives in Texas, and reported a very low key, friendly contact with the police over glass. Yes, a bit intrusive, but not a ban by any stretch.




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[*] posted on 27-11-2018 at 21:16


Quote: Originally posted by DrP  
Quote: Originally posted by The jersey rebel  
if not for that, I absolutely would've been incarcerated because amateur chemistry is super illegal here where I'm from and people have been Swatted or even killed over their labs.


Killed? Where do you live, North Korea?

You couldn't tell from his location tag and name? Obviously he lives in the middle of a massive superfund site.




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Quote: Originally posted by Melgar  
Quote: Originally posted by DrP  
Quote: Originally posted by The jersey rebel  
if not for that, I absolutely would've been incarcerated because amateur chemistry is super illegal here where I'm from and people have been Swatted or even killed over their labs.


Killed? Where do you live, North Korea?

You couldn't tell from his location tag and name? Obviously he lives in the middle of a massive superfund site.


I thought he might be sporting a controversial bright new jumper.

Yea - it's clear - but they kill you there for home chemistry? I find that hard to believe. I can't have understood him properly.




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