EXTREMELY VOLATILE CHEMICALS: “Active” meth operation discovered on Cape Cod Hospital property… DEA Clandestine Lab Team sent in… Suspect in custody… taken to ER due to reaction… [CRIME SCENE VIDEO]

EXTREMELY VOLATILE CHEMICALS: “Active” meth operation discovered on Cape Cod Hospital property… DEA Clandestine Lab Team sent in… Suspect in custody… taken to ER due to reaction… [CRIME SCENE VIDEO]

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UPDATE — 12/3/2016 — 12:00 NOON —  The following is the actual YPD press statement:

Police Arrest Homeless Man for Meth Distribution

On Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:00PM, Yarmouth Police Officers, Yarmouth Natural Resources Officers, and Cape Cod Hospital Security converged on the area of the former cranberry bogs off Bayview Street adjacent to Cape Cod Hospital.

The purpose of this pre-planned cooperative effort was to issue trespass notices to the homeless people that have established camps on the property and have become a nuisance to the surrounding neighborhood which has seen a spike in criminal behavior among some of the individuals; including a recent violent attack on a Yarmouth Natural Resources Police Officer.


CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT ATTACK  —>  COPS: Shirtless man attacked officer during local bog encounter… tried to take his gun… stole badge instead… captured at gunpoint…


At approximately 2:30PM, the team of Officer[s] discovered a remote camp site that contained five tents. Officers announced their presence, but did not get a response from anyone inside the tents. When the Officers checked the tents to ensure no one was inside, two tents were found to contain the items generally associated with a ‘shake and bake’ or an improvised methamphetamine lab. Officers found 5 gallon propane tanks, several dozen batteries, a burner, unlabeled 2 liter bottles with cloudy liquid, and an array of household chemicals. In one of the tents, Officers observed fresh and unspoiled food and two recent prescription bottles in the name of Stewart Catchings.

Officers immediately secured the scene and contacted the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Upon seeing the pictures sent to them from the scene, the DEA activated and deployed their Clandestine Lab Unit, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, as well as the Massachusetts Hazardous Chemical response unit to the scene.

Shortly after locating this camp site, Officers found Catchings exiting the bog on a bicycle. He was detained and ultimately placed under arrest for manufacturing methamphetamine.

During the booking process at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters, Yarmouth Police Proactive Anti-Crime Unit Officers spoke with Catchings and he stated that he “is a safe cook.”

After rendering the scene safe, the following items were seized from the two tents:

• 2 liter bottle w unknown substance

• backpack containing 4 vials of powder/residue

• clear tube

• bottle of muriatic acid

• bottle of lye

• lighter fluid

• 32 oz. Coleman fuel

• coffee filters

• various hand tools

• energizer battery package

• box of cold pack

• bottle with residue

• clear tube w/ cap

• blue trash can

• assorted clear tubes

• Gatorade bottle with hole in cap

• Sudafed wrappers

• camping stove

Some of the items recovered tested positive for the presumptive presence of methamphetamine. The items with powder and unknown substances are being submitted to be analyzed at the crime lab.

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, chalk, ice, and crystal, among many other terms, it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.

Catchings—who is well known to Cape Cod Law Enforcement—is currently being held at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters on $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The Yarmouth Police Department highly commends the work of each of the local, state, and federal Law Enforcement and Public Safety agencies involved in this dangerous case; as well as the members of Cape Cod Hospital Security Team.

The Yarmouth Police Department reminds everyone that no one is allowed on the property in question and anyone found in the area without permission is subject to immediate arrest.

Refer To Arrest: 16-1261-AR





[This release was prepared and distributed by the Command Staff of the Yarmouth Police Department.]


Initial HN Coverage & Video:

WEST YARMOUTH – [DEVELOPING] – The chemicals were so volatile, that after just touching and recognizing one of the bottles, a member of the Fire Marshal’s Office, already wearing an aluminum decontamination suit, reportedly jumped from the tent to suddenly put on a breathing apparatus; the chemicals so toxic, they could easily tear a person’s lungs apart like tissue paper.

It was quite clear, officials were dealing with an active meth lab.

Yesterday afternoon, police officials were checking a homeless camp in a wooded area on Cape Cod Hospital property when they came across an active meth operation set up within a makeshift outdoor tent compound.

As you will see in the following video, the site was loaded with volatile chemicals, explosive gasses, containers, and a stove used to cook meth.

Yarmouth Detectives secured the scene and called in members of the DEA Clandestine Meth Lab Team from Boston.

When HN arrived, the scene was teaming with personel from the DEA, Yarmouth Police, Yarmouth Fire Department, Yarmouth Natural Resources Department, and others…

The illicit operation was using what is known as the ‘shake and bake’ method to make meth. It’s a dangerous process which involves skipping normal steps and mixing hazardous chemicals together in a risky way to make meth faster than typical methods.

The first thing the DEA team needed to do was to make the scene safe. They then proceeded to collect and secure evidence.

After “phase one,” and as you will see in the video, HN traveled along with officers into the woods to get a better look at the camp.

The site still had an unbearable toxic smell, but the dangerous chemicals and components of the operation had already been made stable or removed.

HN learned police had already arrested a suspect reportedly involved with the lab. But while at police headquarters, the suspect needed to be taken to the CCH emergency room after reportedly experiencing some type of bad reaction due to chemical exposure.

Members of the DEA team advised police to put aside the suspect’s clothes and backpack for them to collect. Due to high contamination readings, even the suspects clothes were considered volatile.

Stewart Catchings, age 31, currently “homeless” in the Hyannis/ West Yarmouth area, remains in YPD custody for his involvement in the illicit meth lab operation. At the time of this report, Catchings was said to be at CCH being treated for exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Yarmouth Police detectives recognized the active meth lab yesterday at about 2:37PM. Officials remained on scene throughout the afternoon and night, with a clean up crew finally clearing the scene shortly after 11:00PM.

The following video begins with still images from the scene shortly after it was discovered. It also shows still images of DEA agents arriving in the woods to make the scene safe. It then switches to HN video, which includes a tour into the wooded area to get a closer look at the scene.
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YouTube Video – More information on Meth…




Discovery Channel on YouTube – More info on ‘shake and bake’ method for making meth…




Robert Bastille


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19 responses to EXTREMELY VOLATILE CHEMICALS: “Active” meth operation discovered on Cape Cod Hospital property… DEA Clandestine Lab Team sent in… Suspect in custody… taken to ER due to reaction… [CRIME SCENE VIDEO]

  1. Joan December 3rd, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I am very happy that YPD found this camp. These chemicals are extremely dangerous.


  2. J. December 3rd, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I am happy this was taken care of. The Natural Resources Department has been alerted to the presence of tents in that area several times, as I have noticed them during walks.


  3. john December 3rd, 2016 at 9:45 am

    This is what kills it for people that are just out here surviving. Literally, just surviving. One bad apple does spoil the whole pie. Now people will relocate to other sections of wooded areas. Nobody is going to the shelter. It’s half empty every night. They have thrown 6 or 7 people out with “lifetime bans” for the smallest of reasons. So where do people go after that? The instinct to survive far outweighs any minor infraction that camping may be. I was camping and have packed up all my belongings, cleaned my area completely as requested by one of the officials, got complimented on my site and clothing and am fortunately heading to greener pastures. A roof and a job. I wish the best for all that have to struggle just to survive in an anti-poor community. That is what this area is. The shelter under present management is not the answer.


  4. Cinerary December 3rd, 2016 at 9:45 am

    How unfortunate little Stewie, this wannabe stupid “chemist” didn’t burn himself up in the process of mixing this garbage together.


  5. Anonymous December 3rd, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    The wicked witch of Erin Ln must have kicked him out of her basement and he ended up in the woods.


  6. Anonymous December 3rd, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    You are an insensitive terrible person to wish that they burned themselves. You better not ever have anyone you love be sick with addiction, no wait heaven forbid that anyone that is sick with addiction KNOWS YOU


  7. wicked witch December 4th, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Yes, Stewart Catchings ended up in the woods at not in the basement in Dennisport, because allegedly there was no room amongst the elaborate marijuana grow operation going on. Thank God at least marijuana becomes legal at the beginning of the year. Let’s not be too real.


  8. wicked witch December 4th, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Some are sicker than others. I am the wicked witch of Erin lane. And if you’re an active alcoholic Or drug addict, apparently, you to can seek the wicked witch’s help. Addiction does not discriminate against any social or economic background, neither does she.


  9. Bethanne hutchngs December 4th, 2016 at 9:38 am

    And on a blessed Sunday.


  10. Brittany December 4th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I hear that addicts can suffer from terrible mental problems as well, I know nothing about either affliction because I was born blessed normal.


  11. No name December 5th, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Sounds like [someone] can’t take blame for her own faults and has to pass the blame around. When She doesn’t realize she’s pissed a lot of people off . Just google her name. She’s ruined a lot of people’s lives. Poor [someone] on the verge of killing himself cause of this horrible drug dealing women.


  12. screwface December 5th, 2016 at 10:35 am

    nice to see the ‘HOMELESS OF CAPE’ aka [someone] has 5000 cash bail and is back on streets that’s a lot of empty cans to collect . wish we all could do so well bein “homeless”


  13. Anonymous December 5th, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    [Someone and someone] also stored and sold heroin from a stash house operated by [someone]. On March 12, 2016, [someone] left [someone] a sample of heroin at her home for her to try. That night, [someone] overdosed, was found unresponsive by local authorities, and was administered Narcan which ultimately saved her life.This was on Hyannis news


  14. Youhannes "Hyannis" Rutty December 5th, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Well, if you grew up in Cape Cod, and you chose to be in the underworld or dregs of this society, good for you. Its all about sticking it to the people who wanna see you down or in stereotypes, not enforcing their ideas or making them happy to see you fall


  15. I H8 BUMS December 6th, 2016 at 11:51 am

    You’re all bums illegally occupying land that isn’t yours. You think it isn’t harming anyone but it takes resources to make sure you bums don’t freeze to death over the winter. It takes resources to keep you off of Main St scaring away business. It takes resources to deal with your drinking and drug use and violence. It takes resources for you smelly fks to occupy the same space as us normal people with ambition and careers and we’re all tired of dealing with it. You people should be captured and caged and sent off to a remote island where you can all be bums together. You people just roam around all day, getting high or drunk and contribute absolutely nothing to society.


  16. Brittany December 8th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    What is sad is that people tend to forget that when you hit the send button it is out there forever. Enough with the mad slinging, everybody gets dirty.


  17. Becky December 8th, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    You’re all bums illegally occupying land that isn’t yours? Well, that’s is a really great point! Now that you brought it up,. . . Let’s examine that shall we. Christopher Columbus came to America, hum, Amerigo Vespucci,anybody, ?well so Good ole Christopher came to America, a land that was already occupied by, hum, Native Americans, and raped,robed,and pillaged, and someone thought, well let’s over look the obvious and give him a holiday. So, let’s talk about Australia! Oh dear oh dear what will the English do with their disgraced and downtrodden? Hum. . . . At least most of the aborigines decided to remain that,aborigines, and they learned to get along quite well with the walk-abouts. So,Portugal shipped their jailed people over to Cape Verde, where in turn they came to America, but some how got lumped into the African-American nationality, which they were inslaved by the Americas. So. . . . In response to I HATE BUMS. . . . OH , did you lose your train of thought, it just reminds me of an old SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKITT. . .JANE YOU IGNORANT. . .


  18. I hate illegal aliens December 10th, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Once again I find your hatred here. Keep loving the cheap labor. Get it while you can. If you really think that every person out there on the streets aspires to be poor you are about as intelligent as a bag of rocks. People like you are what keeps people down in the streets. I will happily work for everything I own. In fact I’m absolutely positive that I could out work you. My morals are stronger than yours. Fucking douchebag.


  19. I H8 BUMS December 12th, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Nope, my train of thought is fine…..here’s another thought for you…. this isn’t 1492. Indians got their casinos and free booze. They can stfu and so can you. America is ours now. Get over it or try to take down the government.

    So yeah, that bum is illegally occupying land that isn’t his, making drugs (which you probably blow him for) and turning cape cod in to a bigger cesspool than it already is. So take some Ritalin, get back to one train of thought, kiss my ass but wear a mask so I don’t catch HEPC from you.