Neither drug nor arson charges will be filed against against five people seriously burned in an August car fire in Lake Worth, a case that authorities suspected was sparked by a mobile "shake-and-bake" meth lab.
Evidence of chemicals or drugs was destroyed by the fire, said Lake Worth fire marshal Mike Voorhies on Thursday.
“Some type of chemicals created a flash fire in the back seat of the car,” Voorhies said. But, he also stated that, “We sent in samples, but it wasn’t enough to indicate what was in the car.”
Shake-and-bake meth is made by combining unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle and shaking it. But one tiny mistake can create an explosion. The Lake Worth case raised the question about whether this method has come to North Texas.
Local drug enforcement officials say, however, this portable process is much more popular in Midwestern and Southern states.
Texans, it seems, still get most of their meth from Mexico, authorities say.
Read more in this report from Domingo Ramirez Jr.
-- Bill Miller