The operation of a meth lab, which is a moniker given to a facility used to manufacture methamphetamine, is largely defined as meth manufacturing. A meth lab can be defined as any location in which large quantities of the drug are made through the chemical combination of the various ingredients used in meth manufacturing.
As opposed to the charges of methamphetamine usage or methamphetamine possession, math manufacturing carries with it a far more severe charge due to the large quantities of meth located within the meth lab. From a law enforcement standpoint, the presence of such a large quantity of any illegal, addictive substance constitutes an ‘intent to distribute’, which supersedes a ‘small quantity sales’ charge.
As a result, in addition to a possession charge, those involved in meth manufacturing can be susceptible to charges ranging from corruption of a minor, intent to distribute, smuggling, and illegal manufacturing. These charges will vary dependent on the quantity, the number of offenses, and the size of the operation.