A 24-year-old West Salem woman was charged Friday with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine after jailers discovered nearly 2 ounces of the drug in her bra. 542989157e284_image

Police were called Wednesday to the Shadow Run Lodge in Onalaska where the innkeeper said that people were in and out of one room and wanted the occupant removed.

According to a criminal complaint, Melissa Ozleplebici let them into the room, where police saw a digital scale and a large quantity of gem bags and a small bag with what appeared to be meth at her feet.

Ozleplebici refused to let officers search the room until they returned with a search warrant, which turned up a meth pipe and Adderall and oxycontin pills.

As she was being booked into jail, a jailer heard a crinkling plastic sound coming from Ozleplebici’s bra, and she eventually produced two bags containing a total of 53 grams of meth.

In addition to possession of meth, Ozleplebici was charged with possession of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and an illegally obtained prescription as well as felony bail jumping for violating the conditions of bond in an earlier drug case.

The meth charge carries a prison term of 1 to 25 years and up to 15 years on supervision.

Ozleplebici is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.









A La Crosse man was busted for drugs when he fell asleep before he managed to get high, authorities reported.

According to a complaint, someone called police early Saturday to complain about a man sleeping on a table surrounded by drug paraphernalia in the Giant Wash laundromat on Charles Street.

Police found Cheng Xiong, 30, sitting in a chair with his face on the table with a ziplock bag of meth by his foot.

When woken, Xiong said he came to the laundromat around 11 p.m. to smoke meth but passed out. Police confiscated 1.1 grams of meth and a pipe. He was charged Friday with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor bail jumping.

A $5,000 warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court.








COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Behind the mug shots and crime scene tape that surround busted meth labs are the faces not seen. These young faces have seen things far beyond their years.


“I was pregnant when I was 15 and had (a baby) when I was 16, so we kind of grew up together. I started using crack cocaine when I was 17,” said a recovering meth addict who only wants to be identified by the name Michelle.

Michelle and her son went down a path that kept them going into and out of motels.

“We went from hotel to hotel,” she said. “I let him do drugs. He knew that I was doing drugs. He was pretty much on his own at 14 years old.”

Soon, Michelle found herself using meth and making it.

“All day, looking for ingredients and people to help with ingredients,” she said. “I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating. It was very obvious that I was on something. He knew what I was doing.”

Michelle was stuck living with the consequences when something went terribly wrong.

“Um, basically the way meth is made now, you basically build a bomb,” she said. “The whole thing exploded. I spent my 31st birthday in a hospital in Augusta in the burn center. The whole left side of my body and my abdomen and both of my legs were burned pretty bad.”

But there’s more than one way meth can disrupt a childhood.

“When I saw it on the news, I laid down on the floor and started crying,” said Summer Reynolds, a daughter of a former meth addict.

Summer’s mother, Shannon Gleaton, said she did her best to shield her children from her meth addiction, which meant telling her children lies.

“I mean they know when they are not coming first,” Gleaton said. “And they know when their parents are sick.”

That leaves children with unanswered questions.

“Sometimes I would wonder where she was living,” said Vivian Sheppard, Gleaton’s daughter.

Eventually, the S.C. Department of Social Services stepped in and removed both Michelle and Gleaton’s children. Both mothers soon found themselves behind bars.

“They showed up at a hotel, and they took him that day,” Michelle said. “I remember that day. That was a really bad day. There was nothing that I could do. I knew that the situation that we were living in was not good.”

Gleaton remembers DSS’ involvement in her family as well.

“They said someone called DSS on me,” Gleaton said. “They gave me a hair follicle, and I didn’t pass it.”

Vivian remembers leaving her mother.

“It was hard,” she said. “They didn’t tell me anything, but my Dad put me in my Aunt Jessie’s place, and I just stayed there.”

Summer wondered when she would see her Mom again.

“I always hoped that she would come back,” she said. “I knew she would. I figured she wasn’t just going to abandon all her kids.”

Michelle and Gleaton had to fight to get their children back in their care. And the impact of what their children saw and the contaminants they were exposed to may have consequences far beyond what doctors or social workers can gauge.







WINONA, Minn. — Winona County officials say two people have been taken into custody and one of them has been hospitalized for suspected methamphetamine ingestion following a high-speed chase.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude told KTTC-TV (http://bit.ly/1qQDiUH ) Monday a Minnesota City gas station clerk reported a car had stolen gas multiple times in the past week. Deputies followed the car when the clerk called again Sunday.

The chase reached 100 mph before Wabash County authorities used spike strips to disable the car.

Ganrude says authorities found a scale and a small bag of meth outside the car. He says the driver told officials he had eaten some of the meth. The man’s condition worsened and he was flown to a hospital, where he was in custody.

The passenger was arrested on a previous warrant.








PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Deputies in Morgan County arrested two people on meth-related charges.

The arrests come after law enforcement authorities say they found materials used in a meth lab at a Days Inn in Priceville.

Police responded to the hotel just after midnight to check on a guest.

Officers smelled a meth lab coming from the guest’s room.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and drug task force were then called to the scene.

Law enforcement authorities say they found the materials used in a meth lab in the room and behind the hotel.

Deputies arrested Shawn David Caudill and Sarah Nicole Moore.

Both are charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.








Meth is a huge problem across the nation, as highlighted by the plethora of methamphetamine-related news stories that flood the Internet every day.

This powerful, illegal substance can affect individuals and families in ways they might never suspect, as homes that were former meth labs are now being made available to the public. So-called “meth houses” may be offered at a steal of a price, but they aren’t necessarily every flipper’s or homeowner’s cup of tea.


Understanding the Issues with Meth Houses

While the meth and hardware used to produce it might be long gone from a house, the toxins that were used as part of the meth-creation process will always remain. These substances embed themselves into the walls, carpet, air ducts and even the ceiling. Not only can these dangerous substances linger for years, but they can cause serious illnesses to the inhabitants – or even the rehabbers – of a property that was formerly a place where methamphetamine was made.

Consequently, people cannot hope to purchase a former meth lab and simply move in. To be certain that the structure is safe, steps have to be taken to remove all the toxic materials from the home. This process is neither efficient, nor is it cheap; it can cost up to $25,000 to comprehensively rehab a home (or much more) and properly dispose of biowaste.


Three Considerations Before Rehabing a Meth House

Aside from the necessity of cleaning a place where meth was produced, it’s important to consider some other factors, including:

  • How you will find the right people to thoroughly clean and properly dispose of the materials. Many companies may claim to have the inside scoop on fixing meth homes, but that doesn’t mean they do. Be very careful; if you sell a known meth house and it isn’t healthy, you could be sued if the new owners become ill.
  • It may be tough to re-sell your investment because you will have to disclose it was a meth house to any potential investors. While some families feel comfortable living in this type of residence after it has been gutted and cleaned, others will not.
  • Some meth houses are located in neighborhoods where non-meth homes are tough to sell. If this is the case, you may be better off turning your former meth house into a rental property. You’ll still have to get a clean bill of health, but you won’t have to worry about trying to woo buyers who would rather not purchase this type of home. Plus, in some states, landlords do not have to disclose that their rental properties were meth houses.


Two Rehab Options

If you do decide to purchase and rehab a meth house, your costs will vary depending on how you decide to clean out the biowaste.

The less expensive option is to hire an experienced professional to clean the air ducts and wipe down every surface with a special meth cleaner. Make sure to test every room and the garage to confirm that all biowaste has been removed.

The second way to rehab a meth house is to completely gut the home. You will still want to do a detailed cleaning with a special meth cleaner before you gut the home. Flipping a meth home can be very profitable and new home owners will like that it is brand new inside.

Should you be tempted to invest your money in a meth house, it may be best to talk to other buyers who have expertise in this arena. That way, you can ensure that the process will go as smoothly as possible, and you won’t spend more time than is necessary making the property inhabitable and safe.








Alaska State Troopers reported that a 42-year-old Kodiak woman had been arrested on numerous charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance when investigators discovered she was concealing $24,000 worth of heroin and $2,500 worth of methamphetamines inside her body as she tried to board a plane from Anchorage to Kodiak.

Investigators with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team contacted Tamra M. Jones at the Anchorage airport Saturday “as part of a long term narcotics investigation,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch. After contacting Jones, investigators obtained a search warrant and took her to a local hospital, where a scan was performed and “revealed that Jones was concealing in her body a balloon with smaller items inside it,” troopers said.

“Jones voluntarily removed the item which was turned over to law enforcement.”

Troopers said the balloon contained more than 24 grams of heroin and more than 8 grams of methamphetamine, and alleged the drugs were intended for sale in Kodiak.

Jones was taken to the Anchorage Jail, where her bail conditions were set at $25,000 and supervision by a third-party custodian.








LEE CO., GA (WALB) – Investigators announced six indictments Monday that stem from arrests of some of the biggest meth traffickers in South Georgia.

Amanda Mason, Melissa Hall, and Earnest Ware and Christie Phillips and Braxton Collins were all indicted by a federal grand jury last week in Macon.

They were all charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

The charges stem from arrests made in March and May of this year, when Mason and Ware were taken into custody.

Officials said more than a half-pound of meth was confiscated in their arrest, valued at $22,000.

According to a report, Hall was denied bond by the federal magistrate.

Ware and Mason will have a detention hearing Tuesday to decide if they will get a bond.

In addition, Kenny Thornton of Bonifay, Florida was indicted by a previous federal grand jury for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

Thorton, Mason, Hall, and Ware were all involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Lee County and Albany area.

Mason was first arrested in March for distribution of methamphetamine, bonded out then was arrested again June 19th during a traffic stop.

34 year-old Earnest Ware was arrested June 12th during a road block, after investigators learned he was on his way back from Atlanta.

Photos of Braxton and Collins were not immediately available.

Investigators said they expect more federal indictments to be made.







A 17-year-old Manning man was arrested Saturday by the Manning Police Department after allegedly selling more than $10,000 of his father’s property through use of the Internet.

James E. King III of LeGrand St. in Manning was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent greater than $2,000 for allegedly selling the property through use of Craigslist, according to MPD Chief Blair Shaffer.

King’s father is James E. King Jr., who was denied bond Aug. 21 for charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; exposing a child to methamphetamine; manufacturing methamphetamine within a half-mile of a park; disposal of waste from the production of methamphetamine; and assault and battery.

The elder King allegedly manufactured methamphetamine in his home, and video taken by the younger King of this activity led to the father’s arrest.

“Essentially, since his father’s been gone, this young man has been posting his father’s property on Craigslist and selling it,” Shaffer said.

According to reports, the theft was discovered by the boy’s grandfather, who noticed several items missing from the home.

The younger King was granted a $5,000 personal recognizance bond shortly after his arrest. The elder King was taken from the jail to his home to assess what was sold.

Items included a Craftsman reciprocating saw valued at $300; a Ryobi weed eater valued at $175; and Echo string trimmer valued at $269; a utility trailer valued at $400; a Craftsman cut-off tool valued at $150; an industrial drill valued at $200; Bostich sockets valued t $75; a floor fan valued at $350; an Echo blower valued at $269; a Murray string trimmer valued at $125; a Makita adjustable polisher valued at $500; a chain saw valued at $100; a skill saw valued at $75; a Tennant vaccum valued at $500; a lawn mower valued at $100; a cordless drill valued at $45; two ozone machines valued at $1,000; an industrial come-along valued at $800; attachments for string trimmer valued at $450; cleaning chemicals valued at $1,000; four shop vacuums valued at $800; two hand trucks valued at $200; a floor jack valued at $75; a Dremel tool with attachments valued at $250; wheel barrow valued at $100; assorted Craftsman tools valued at $2,000; an Igloo cooler valued at $50; a Jig saw valued at $75; a Kobalt power supply valued at $200; and a mini-air compressor valued at $75.








A 26-year-old man will face court after allegedly breaking into a number of rooms at an Alice Springs hotel.

Detective Acting Superintendent Peter Malley said it is alleged a number of rooms were unlawfully entered between September 28 and September 29.

“Police were called to the scene when staff members located a majority of the stolen items in one guest’s room,” Detective A/Superintendent Malley said.

“Police seized a number of the recovered tools and televisions and arrested the 26-year-old man at the location.”

The man has been charged with seven counts of unlawful entry, seven counts of stealing, possessing methamphetamine, possessing a trafficable amount of a schedule 2 drug and administering a dangerous drug to self.

He was arrested yesterday, remanded in custody overnight and will face court today.







CARRABELLE, Fla. (WTXL) — Franklin County Deputies say a recent meth bust at a local mayor’s home is helping to have a significant impact on the drug trade in the area.

5421a12a89355_image 5421a1117c3a3_image

Carrabelle Mayor Wilburn “Curley” Messer says he was surprised when a joint task force of Franklin County deputies and Carrabelle Police officers came knocking September 19 on his door at his home on Third West Street. It’s where law enforcement served a search warrant and eventually arrested Mayor Messer’s grandson, Justin Massey, and a second person, Sylvia Keith, on a series of drug charges.

At the same time, law enforcement served search warrants at a second home on Carlton Millender Road where they arrested Dennis “Lake” Beebe and Lake Ann McCullar.


Mayor Messer told WTXL that his grandson would “come and go” from his home, but was unaware of his grandson’s drug activity. Captain Creamer says they also do not believe Mayor Messer had any involvement in Massey’s alleged drug activity.

All four arrests at both homes, Captain Creamer says, are related.

Captain Creamer says they did not find any evidence of meth being cooked at Mayor Messer’s home, however a search of both homes combined did turn up methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine, hydrochloride, marijuana, digital scales, lithium batteries, coalman fuel, acetone, a propane blow torch, ammonium nitrate, a syringe, empty pseudoephedrine packs, and glass smoking pipes.

Investigators say these items are consistent with the manufacture, sale, and use of Methamphetamine.

Police records show a 2006 Hummer was seized as contraband from the residence on 3rd West Street.

Justin Massey and Sylvia Keith were arrested from that address.

Occupants of the Carlton Millender Road home, Dennis “Lake” Beebe and Lake A. McCullar, were arrested as well.

The arrest report shows all of the subjects were detained while the searches were conducted.

Charges include Possession of Listed Chemicals, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Legend Drug without Prescription, Cultivation of Cannabis, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.








Pomona police recovered about 150 pounds of marijuana and several ounces of methamphetamine when they went to a Pomona residence in response to a call from the neighborhood, police said Monday.

Officers went to the home in the 300 block of East Bonita Avenue at 6 p.m. Sunday to check out a report of possible marijuana cultivation and found “several large marijuana plants growing in the rear yard of the location,” said Pomona police Corporal Manny Ramos.

“As officers were conducting their investigation, the occupant of the location began to destroy the marijuana plants,” Ramos said. Officers secured the location while they awaited a search warrant.

After the warrant arrived, officers recovered “approximately 150 pounds of marijuana, several ounces of methamphetamine, miscellaneous possible stolen property and a large amount of ammunition,” he said.

Forty-year-old Gary Lewis was arrested at the scene and booked at the Pomona City Jail, with bail set at $30,000, Ramos said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s inmate records indicate Lewis is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 30.







WHEN government closes a window, the market opens a door. Sadly, this describes the methamphetamine problem in Oklahoma.


This state has been a national leader in the meth manufacturing crackdown, finding ways to restrict the purchase of ingredients used to cook meth. But as fewer meth “labs” are being found and shut down by state authorities, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.

The reason is that the domestic supply disruption has been met with a foreign supply influx. This isn’t a new development, but the latest numbers are startling. Meth demand isn’t going down, but the supply chain has added more links to Mexico.

Meth labs shut down by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD) fell from 830 in 2012 to 421 in 2013. Meth overdose deaths rose from 140 in 2012 to 167 last year.

Meth users are buying product brought in by Mexican cartels. This is happening partly in response to the home-grown meth lab crackdown. Also, the Mexican stuff’s quality is apparently improving.

“The Mexican cartels are filling the void left by these people who still need meth but can’t cook it anymore,” said Mark Woodward, spokesman for OBNDD.

Fewer labs mean fewer accidents such as explosions and fires that destroy property and harm people not involved in the meth cook itself. That’s the good news. The bad is that such labs still exist and users are dying at an increasing rate: The 167 meth overdose deaths last year compares to 40 in 2008.

Meanwhile, a legislator is pushing a registry for those convicted of meth manufacturing. State Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, likens this to the sex offender registry. In principle, citizens can learn whether any registered sex offenders live near their homes. In practice, though, this method has shortcomings. Resources must be found to keep track of offenders, to make sure they report address changes. Also, the system can concentrate offenders in certain areas in which landlords look the other way when renting residential space. Such concentrations expose nearby residents to a higher risk if they can’t move to a safer area.









SALT LAKE CITY – Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly used a baseball bat to assault a woman and later assaulted an officer after being confronted while smoking methamphetamine inside of a vehicle Saturday night.

The suspect is believed to be the same person involved in two incidents involving two police agencies.

Salt Lake City police responded to a woman Saturday around 7 p.m. who had been assaulted by a man, reported to be her ex-boyfriend, wielding a baseball bat. The assault occurred at a Top Stop, 1309 Foothill Drive. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Sgt. Chamberlin Neff of the Utah Highway Patrol said a short time later he was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked not far from the location of the first incident in the area of 1700 South and Foothill Drive. He said at that time he was unaware of the first incident involving SLC PD.

He said he approached the vehicle, which is when the suspect escaped and assaulted the officer in the process.

“Walked up, approached the male–who had been smoking methamphetamine in his driver’s seat,” he said. “The male attempted to flee. The male was tased. The male was successfully able to flee on foot.”

The suspect escaped through the passenger’s side of the vehicle and fled on foot.

Neff said he is OK but declined to provide further details relating to being assaulted by the suspect. Sgt. Todd Royce with UHP said at some point during the encounter the suspect’s vehicle went into reverse and struck a police vehicle. He said dash camera footage of the incident could be released later this week.

Police set up a containment in the area and searched for several hours but were unable to locate the suspect.

The identity of the man is known to police, however Neff said they are not releasing his name at this time. He is described as being a white male who stands between 5-feet 8-inches tall and 6-feet tall. He was last seen wearing jeans and a white hoodie. He was barefoot, and Neff said the man had scrapes on his face.

The suspect is likely to be armed, and Neff said anyone who sees the man or who has knowledge of his whereabouts should call police at 801-887-3800.








 ST. GEORGE — Two 19-year-olds were arrested on drug charges Wednesday afternoon when St. George Police officers responded to a drug complaint at a house in St. George and could smell marijuana emanating around the garage.


St. George Police officers responded to a drug complaint at the residence of 695 N. 500 West in St. George and came in contact with Kaden Amon Silvia, who said he was one of the renters of the house, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Cameron McCullough. They also encountered Hunter Riley Winn, another renter of the house.

“I could smell the distinct odor of raw Marijuana coming through the cracks of the garage door,” McCullough wrote in the statement.

McCullough wrote in his statement that he asked Silvia if there was any marijuana in the house and Silvia said no. Further, that officers asked Silvia for consent to search the house and Silvia said no. Officers then requested a search warrant for the house from 5th District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox, who granted the warrant, and officers proceeded to conduct a search of the house.

During the search, officers located a black safe under a pile of clothes in Silvia’s bedroom. McCullough asked where the key was and Silvia pulled the key from his pocket. Inside the safe were four glass pipes, a bundle of baggies containing suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale and a propane torch.

Officers also noticed a 5-gallon paint bucket with a solid cardboard rectangle taped to the top of it. Underneath the cardboard were multiple baggies used for holding methamphetamine and a glass pipe. The baggies matched the baggies that were found in the black safe.

While being interviewed, Silvia admitted that he distributed meth to his friends in exchange for money. Silvia’s cellphone received a text message while officers were in his room, the text message was from someone asking Silvia if he could spot him a bag, McCullough wrote in the statement.

Through further investigation, police officers located within a drawer of Winn’s dresser: two methamphetamine pipes; a spoon with suspected heroin; multiple syringes; and tin foil with track marks, according to the statement. In the garage, a red tool box with Winn’s initials written on the side of it was found. Winn told officers where the key was which was located in Winn’s bedroom.

The tool box contained additional drug paraphernalia including multiple syringes, a clear small baggie with suspected meth in it and tin foil with track marks, according to the statement; and inside a box of books, officers found a blue glass pipe containing suspected burnt marijuana.

Silvia and Winn were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Silvia was charged with a second-degree felony for possession of meth with intent to distribute and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. According to bookings information Silvia’s current bail stands at $10,680.

Winn was charged with a third-degree felony for possession of heroin, a third-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine, a class A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. According to bookings information Winn’s current bail stands at $12,630.

Winn and Silvia both had their initial court appearances Thursday.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.









ELLWOOD CITY — A complaint to police about a mysterious odor led to the discovery of a “one pot” methamphetamine lab Thursday in Ellwood City.

Michael Joseph Tomasello, 55, of 423 Spring Ave., Apartment 1, Ellwood City, was charged with operating a methamphetamine lab and other offenses Thursday morning. According to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright Jr., Ellwood City police responded just after 10 p.m. Thursday to a report from a neighbor of a strong chemical smell in the building.

Officers arrived at Tomasello’s apartment and confirmed the chemical smell and located a type of acid commonly used in the production of methamphetamine. The officers received permission to search Tomasello’s apartment and contacted the state police’s Clandestine Lab Response Team to assist.

Items found in the search included used coffee filters, two packages of an over-the-counter medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries and charcoal starter fluid — all items commonly used in the production of “one-pot,” or small, batches of methamphetamine.

Police took Tomasello into custody after the search. During questioning, he said he and two other people were manufacturing the methamphetamine, police said.

In addition to operating a methamphetamine laboratory, Tomasello was charged with delivery or possession with intent to deliver, using ammonia gas-related chemicals, conspiracy to manufacture with intent to deliver, conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine lab, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Melissa Amodie and placed in the Lawrence County Jail after failing to post $10,000 bail.









Two people headed to a drug-treatment program in California were stopped in Wilsonville with methamphetamine, heroin and a neglected snake in their car, according to deputies.


Deputies responded to a report of suspicious people in a car at the Chevron station near 95th and Elligsen at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The deputies learned the two people in the car, identified as Lacey Kiser, 22, of Marysville, WA, and Jacob Stoner, 19, of Arlington, WA, were heading to a rehab program in San Bernardino, CA.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of meth, heroin and a snake, according to investigators.

The deputies reported the snake appeared to be in distress and called an expert from International Reptile Rescue to respond to the scene.

The expert said the ball python was in distress, “severely neglected” and its life was in danger.

The owner of the snake, Stoner, was charged with animal neglect, as well as possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

Kiser was arrested on the charge of possession of a controlled substance-heroin.

They were both booked in the Clackamas County Jail.

The snake was placed in the care of International Reptile Rescue.









MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A “one bottle meth lab” was discovered in an apartment on South Ocean Boulevard.

Myrtle Beach police received a tip that led them to the Shady Rest apartments Saturday.

Officials did a knock-and-talk with the renters but were denied consent to search the room, according to the police report.

The renters were then evicted by the property manager who searched the room for damages and found a hidden bottle.

Myrtle Beach officers contacted drug enforcement units who confirmed the bottle appeared to a “one pot lab,” according to the report.

According to police, a field test was done and the substance in the bottle tested positive for methamphetamine.

Samples were collected and sent to SLED for testing.









Methamphetamine manufacturers are the Wile E. Coyotes of the drug world.

They know how to circumvent the law, often with mixed success, and how to improvise, using all sorts of nasty ingredients to produce their illegal and highly addictive product. But there’s one ingredient they cannot forgo — pseudoephedrine or PSE, contained in cold medicines used by allergy sufferers, who must sign in at pharmacies to get a limited amount monthly.

That requirement complicates the lives of meth cooks who cannot possibly get enough allergy medicine on their own. So they recruit personal shoppers — addicts, girlfriends, the homeless, students, people desperate for money and drugs — to do their dirty work, to purchase sufficient quantities of cold tablets. These so-called smurfs, who have a way of standing out like an open wound in pharmacy waiting areas, are a royal pain for pharmacists, law enforcement and the public.

Smurfing is about to get very unpleasant. A new, statewide public education campaign, announced last week by Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso and an assortment of top law enforcement officials that included Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, will include signs at every pharmacy warning smurfs that their shopping habits could earn them a felony conviction and up to 10 years in prison.

These in-your-face postings have turned out to be strong deterrents in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana, and Pruitt thinks that success can be replicated in smurf-filled Oklahoma.

Oklahoma already has succeeded in reducing the number of clandestine meth labs by an impressive 50 percent. Law enforcement must be the Roadrunner to stay ahead.

Meth cooks can’t cook when their larder’s bare; Wile E. Coyotes need their minions.

Smurfs aren’t too smart in their choice of bosses or line of work. We’re betting, however, that the new campaign makes them read the handwriting on the wall.








TERRELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Authorities say Terrell County Correctional Institute prisoner Timothy Gee was high on meth when he drove off on a motor grader Thursday afternoon. When it got stuck in a creek, he took off on foot.

4868579_G Timothy Gee was captured in Randolph County Friday morning, but it took officials a while to find the piece of road equipment he hijacked.

Crews use heavy equipment to free a motor grader stuck in the mud. Randolph County deputies discovered it late this morning after following tracks through thick vegetation, hours after Timothy Gee was caught.

“What he did is he drove about a half a mile down through the woods. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies saw where he had drove it and they kind of followed it by foot down to where it’s at. Luckily it’s only about 30 yards off of the road in the woods, even though we can’t see it,” said Terrell County Prison Warden Billy McClung.

Terrell County Sheriffs deputies say 52-year-old Timothy Gee, an inmate at the Terrell County Correctional Institute, was operating the grader when he drove off from work detail Thursday afternoon. Gee told authorities he was high on meth and didn’t want to get caught.

“He did state that somebody gave him some bad meth,” said Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens. “So I don’t know how you distinguish the good meth between bad meth, because in my opinion all of it’s bad.”

Randolph County deputies found Gee walking on highway 41 around 8:30 this morning, but he couldn’t remember where he left the motor grader.

“He claimed that when he got stuck it was after dark and he got off the motor grader and started walking. And the darkness maybe turned him around,” Bowens said.

Crews had to use a bulldozer to clear the vegetation so they pull the grader out of the mud.


“I know it is damaged some. I’m hoping it’s just superficial. It’s really muddy right now and it’s got some dents and dings. I’m hoping that’s all. We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” McClung said.

Officials say they’re not exactly sure where Gee got the meth. He now faces charges of escape and theft by taking a motor grader. US Marshals took him to Lee State Prison.









LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Authorities in Clark County have arrested two people on charges of meth possession and neglect of a dependent.


Jaycee Davis, 46, and Agnes Davis, 43, were arrested at their home in the 200 block of Blue Ridge Road in Charlestown, Indiana on Friday afternoon, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

The pair was arrested after police conducted a search of the residence, during which they reportedly found meth and other drug paraphernalia.

The pair is also charged with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.








 TULARE, Calif. (KMPH) – A Tulare man is facing drug charges after police in Montana say they found $200,000 worth of methamphetamine in his hotel room.4883776_G

George Garcia Villa was arrested in a Billings, Mont., hotel room. Police say someone told them about the six pounds of meth, digital scale and $1,700 in cash found inside the room.

A Los Angeles-area man was arrested along with Villa.










BRISTOL, Va. — A city police officer conducting a random traffic stop on Saturday discovered an active meth lab in the vehicle’s trunk.


Sgt. Steve Crawford said an officer stopped a small two-door car with a busted windshield in the 3000 block of Lee Highway.

“The officer became suspicious and asked to search the vehicle,” Crawford said.

At first, the officer located marijuana. The officer then located ingredients used to cook methamphetamine and then an active lab in the trunk.

The vehicle’s two adult occupants were taken into custody. There was also a small child in the vehicle. Crawford said the child was taken and released to a family member.

Police remained on scene for several hours Saturday and were working on filing charges against the two adults.








COMMERCE – After receiving information methamphetamine was being cooked in a mobile home in Commerce, Chadrick Gale Fields and Matthew Robert Brady were both arrested for meth possession.


According to the affidavit for arrest by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Investigator Chris Morris, Fields, 46, and Brady, 44, were both on probation when items were allegedly found in the home, located at 102 East D Street, Commerce, which are used in the manufacturing of meth.

On Sept. 18 Morris and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Detective Holli Goforth went to the home after receiving information Fields was manufacturing an odor associated with meth was smelled inside the home, the report said.

While being questioned Brady asked if he could go to his bedroom to put his shoes on. Morris said he observed an open beer on the table near Brady’s bed. When asked if there was anything else in the room that he shouldn’t have, Brady allegedly pointed to a dresser drawer and said, “I think what you’re looking for is in there.”

The report said a piece of aluminum foil with a brown burnt substance, which field tested positive for meth, and a green leafy substance, which field tested positive for marijuana, were both found inside the dresser drawer.

While outside being questioned if there was a meth lab in the home, Fields began stating that the meth found in Brady’s room was his and that “Brady had nothing to do with it.”

Items allegedly found inside Fields’ bedroom include a light bulb converted into a smoking pipe with a brown burnt substance which field tested positive for meth, small baggies with a white powdery substance, numerous small baggies, “Fuzion” digital scales, lithium batteries, numerous coffee filters, broken glass pipe with burnt residue, instant cold packs containing ammonium nitrate and numerous new and used syringes, the report said.

Although there were items found in the home which are used in the manufacturing of meth, no lab was found, the report said.

The report said Brady refused to consent to a urinalysis to determine if meth was in his system.

According to court reports, Brady is currently on probation for driving under the influence dating to May 23, 2013. He has been remanded to the custody of the Ottawa County Jail.

Court records said Fields is currently on probation for obtaining controlled substances with false information on May 15, 2013 for which he pleaded guilty and received 10 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. All but 10 days was suspended.

Fields has been remanded to the custody of the Ottawa County jail. The State of Oklahoma has moved to revoke his probation. He is scheduled to return at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 in the Ottawa County Courthouse.








To most of us, ice is a commodity best used to keep the beers cold. But for an apparently growing number of Australians, it’s a potentially lethal incarnation of an illicit drug that’s driving violent crime up and addicts into early graves.


Despite the deceptively benign colloquial name “ice”, methamphetamine – or crystal meth – is reportedly one of the most virulent forms of illicit substance authorities have seen in recent years.

The use of amphetamines has been stable since around 2001, according to the Australian Drug Foundation, however its form has changed and it’s this shift that’s causing most concern. The use of the drug in its powdered form (mostly referred to as “speed”) has decreased sharply in recent years in favor of the more potent, and therefore more potentially lethal, crystal methamphetamine – ice.

But while mainstream media reports have helped form a public perception of society in the grip of an “ice age” of epidemic proportions, drug-world weary police and some health professionals see it more as another trend in the ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of people who turn to illicit substances for a raft of psychological and physiological reasons.


Among those at the pointy end of the drug war is Detective Inspector Rod Blackman, Crime Manager of the Orana Local Area Command (pictured). As a seasoned officer, he’s seen trends come and go and says the chief concern with the drug ice is that users are playing Russian roulette with every hit.

“Amphetamines and methamphetamine has been around for a long time. The difficulty with methyl amphetamine is that it’s manufactured by criminals, so the quality varies dramatically. They’re not interested in quality control.”

The difference, he says, between the equally disturbing misuse and abuse of oxyodone-based drugs – known colloquially as “hillbilly heroin” – is that they’re pharmaceutical, so while similarly dangerous used incorrectly, the quality is consistent.

“There’s a raft of different chemicals out there being sold as drugs on the black market, all of which have different results on humans.”

So those turning to ice because it’s the new trend, and it’s readily available, are playing with their lives?

“Absolutely. If you don’t know where it’s come from, it’s inherently dangerous because you just cannot simply predict the effect on your body. There’s been no shortage of overdoses, no shortage of people with permanent mental health issues as a result of the psychotic episodes coming out of some of these drugs – it really is Russian roulette.”

The rise in the use of ice has come about thanks to what Blackman calls a “heroin drought”. We’re victims, effectively, of our own success at tackling heroin imports into this country.

“It’s now very difficult to get heroin into Australia,” he says, adding that the drought has been global. “Heroin is a very different drug, with different properties – but ice is equally addictive. All drugs are addictive.

“There’s a lot of theory about the addiction – both psychological and physiological – and certainly for methyl amphetamine users there seems to be a lot of evidence about the psychological addiction to it as well as the physiological addiction.”

As to the idea that the use of ice has reached epidemic proportions, Blackman is circumspect.

“It’s probably just another wave in the cycle of clandestine drugs. If you were to look back over history you would see peaks and troughs of all different types of drugs. In the late 90s, early 2000s heroin was peaking. There was a lot of it around, so you had drug users committing lots of break and enters to support their highly expensive, highly addictive habits. That petered out with the difficulties getting heroin.”

Then, he says, there was the “new wave” oxycodone based drugs – similar in effect to heroin, being an opioid analgesic.

“Being pharmaceutical grade, quality was assured and they were relatively easy to come by once oxycodone was deregulated, and practices like “doctor shopping” came into vogue. So there was a sharp elevation in oxycodone misuse.

“That’s now changed because the manufacturers and providers of oxycodone have varied it to make it very difficult to extract for clandestine use. So now we’re seeing them go back to amphetamines and methamphetamines.”

Effectively, rather than spawning a whole new raft of drug-addicts, the rise in the use of ice is more a shift in the current drug of choice – back to the future.

That’s not to say any of this is good news. Quite to the contrary, says Blackman, who sees the direct effect of drug crime every day.

“The main thing is that you do get violent crime associated with methamphetamine use, there’s no doubt about that. Most clandestine drugs are expensive and heavy habits create heavy turnover in terms of crime.”

Anecdotally – and averages are difficult to determine given the different physiological effect of the drug on individual users – the cost of a “hit” can vary between $40 and $100.

“Some users could quite easily have a $300 a day habit, and that puts it up there with heroin at its height.”

The funding for such an expensive habit needs to come from somewhere, and it’s to crime that many desperate users turn. Most ice addicts aren’t the types to hold down regular jobs, says Blackman.

“People with methamphetamine addictions would find it very hard to function in day-to-day life. If you’re staying awake for three days in a row, there’s the old what goes up must come down thing. They crash very heavily not to mention some of the other adverse effects.”

It’s stating the obvious to say there’s no easy answer to the scourge of illicit drugs, but Blackman believes the best defense is education.

“We have to take away the desire to use drugs. There is no market if you don’t want to buy. We need to keep having the conversation with our kids. Is one drug more dangerous than another? I wouldn’t pick one – because tomorrow it may be something totally different. Just another peak – because they’ve all been around for a long time.

“We just have to work hard around changing people’s attitudes to taking drugs.”

And for those who think it can’t happen to their kids, or in their nice neighborhood street, Blackman has a blunt message.

“You’re absolutely kidding yourselves. But you, the community need to be our eyes and ears.

“We represent you, we investigate matters on your behalf in our community. Be vigilant about what is going on. If a house in your street is suddenly getting a lot of vehicular traffic for short periods of time, unexplained, or even out of the usual, report it. We all have a vested interest in that. If you’re aware that somebody is involved in the drug trade then put your hand up and be counted, anonymously or otherwise. Again, it’s those who sit back and say ‘well it’s not my business’ who are kidding themselves.”


Epidemic isn’t a word that sits comfortably with Dr Lee Nixon (pictured).

The addiction medicine specialist and director of the Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment unit at Orange’s Bloomfield Hospital says the use of emotive terminology in discussions about the use of methamphetamines isn’t helping.

“Epidemic is a dangerous word. It suggests that everyone in the community is at risk, and I think that’s overstating the situation.”

Nixon is adamant that the whole debate needs an injection of perspective, and points a learned finger at society’s abuse of legal drugs. If you’re looking for a real baddie, he says, look no further than cigarettes.

“For a drug that causes death, nicotine is by far the most dangerous – it kills 15,000 or more Australians a year. If you’re looking for drugs that cause death, disability and distress, then alcohol comes way ahead of anything else.”

By comparison with booze, ice’s high profile of is all out of proportion according to the medico who has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of addiction treatment.

“Like alcohol, most people use methamphetamine recreationally without coming to a lot of harm. People who have a reason to get addicted – usually a combination of genetics or life experience – come to a lot of harm through the use of either alcohol or methamphetamine. For a small percentage of those people the doses build up and up until things become really chaotic.

“And those are the people who are capturing the attention of the public at the moment – they’re the face of the “epidemic”.

Nixon echoes Detective Inspector Rod Blackman’s assessment of the wax and wane cycle of illicit substances.

“Drugs become more or less popular, often because fashions change.

“At the moment we’re at a point where there’s a lot of methamphetamine around which ties in with a lot of young people’s view of the world, and certainly it’s being used quite a lot. So we would expect that the percentage of people who actually get into trouble will translate to a much larger number of people than in the past.

“If that’s an epidemic – then we’re having an epidemic.”

The rising hysteria about the “ice age” is more a product of visibility than any greater threat posed by this particular drug, he believes.

“The people who get addicted to ice are those who are most chaotic, and some of the people in that situation are at risk of developing drug induced psychosis. They’re the ones who feature in the news as the perpetrators of violence – they’re the ones who come to the attention of the public through usually psychotic related violence.”

But Nixon also sees the level of hyperbole surrounding ice as a result of a public preference for keeping horror at arm’s length.

“Ice is a “safe” thing to be concerned about. People don’t want to hear about the effects of alcohol because most people have a drink every so often – it hits too close to home. Whereas we can be horrified and self-righteous about something “they” do – “they” should do something about “them”.”

Still, the doctor is conscious of in any way dismissing the harmful potential of ice for both users and the communities in which they live.

“I don’t want to underplay the risks of ice. It’s a drug that can lead to huge distress and can often permanently damage people’s lives,” he says, conceding that an ice-induced psychosis is “more dramatic than with most other drugs”.

He goes through a litany of significant risks associated with ice, over and above the aforementioned psychosis.

“Things like blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and a predisposition to depression or other mental health disorders can be exacerbated by its use. People who inject ice also run an increased risk of contracting hepatitis-C – even more so than heroin users, because the injections tend to be more impulsive.

“Then there are all the other types of risk generally associated with using illicit substances and having to raise money you can’t afford – so people are often pushed into sex work or crime to support their habit, which leads variously to things like undiagnosed and untreated sexually transmitted disease, or to prison sentences. There are a raft of negative things that come with it, and I don’t want to underestimate the dangers of using ice.

“But we do need to keep perspective – alongside the fact that most people who are users don’t grow horns and a tail immediately and that there are worse drugs in regular use in our society.”

Asked to acknowledge that the use of illicit drugs is never a wise choice, Nixon chooses his words carefully.

“In the best of all worlds, yes, that’s true. The more potential vulnerabilities you have in your background, the later you start experimenting with any mind-altering substances the better. That includes alcohol.”