Butcher and electrician imprisoned for meth lab
A blocked toilet led to the convictions this week of a small town butcher and an electrician on charges of producing illegal narcotics in what's been called Austria's largest meth lab.
According to a report in the news daily Heute, the pair of Breaking Bad style meth manufacturers have been sentenced on Tuesday to six and five years respectively.
The court in Krems in Lower Austria found that the two men, Charles I. (52) and Klaus K. (47), from the small resort town of Harbach near the Czech border had constructed one of Austria's largest meth labs - producing 2.5 kilos of the deadly and highly addictive drug.
The pair unfortunately failed to properly dispose of the residue of the meth manufacturing process, leading to a blockage in the public sewage system. When council workers investigated the blockage, they found a chemical mess which led them to bring in the police.
A raid in October found that the butcher and the electrician, both early retirees, were supplementing their pensions with the proceeds of drug dealing and meth cooking.
After the local council checked out the problem, they referred the issue to police, who executed a search warrant, and discovered precursor chemicals, four unregistered guns, prohibited ammunition, illegal pyrotechnics, 300 grammes of unlicensed methamphetamine, as well as special equipment for meth production and an extensive laboratory.
Over the past years, they imported more than 42,000 cold medicine tablets from Romania, which they smuggled into Austria to use as precursors for meth production.