Garfield County Sheriff: Don't Touch Toxic "River Bottles"

Feb 13, 2018

UPDATE: 2/13/2018, 3:05 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh

Similar-looking bottles found in late January in the Roaring Fork River near Basalt could have been a cold-cooking method for making methamphetamine.

UPDATE: 2/13/2018, 2:08 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh

Four bottles wrapped in duct tape and filled with a paper substance and an as yet unknown purple or blue liquid were found along the rivers in the Basalt area. Walt Stowe of the Garfield County Sheriff's Office told KDNK that the local Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency are investigating the finds, focusing on who is doing this, what's in the bottles, why are they wrapped in duct tape, and the distribution extent. Law enforcement wants to know if this a local incident or is it happening in other places in the state? Stowe told KDNK that the DEA determined the liquid as corrosive, flammable, and hazardous to human health but has not yet determined its composition.

POSTED: 2/13/2018, 1:33 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh

Over the past week, residents of Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties have witnessed an influx of bottles turning up on river banks. The bottles look like water bottles but have been completely covered with duct tape. Most are filled with a blue or purple liquid and a paper-like substance.  According to the Garfield County Sheriff, the contents are corrosive, flammable, and hazardous to human health. If you see a “river bottle”, don't pick it up or move it. Instead, note the location and call local law enforcement.