A 15-year-old Fresno County girl may lose her sight after trying to cook methamphetamine, following steps from a simple search on her cell phone. There is more on the dangers of the internet and drug use and what’s being done to fight it.

The dangers of methamphetamine use are no secret.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says, “They live for that high.”

An addiction that wreaks havoc on people, families and children, and in the case of a 15 year old Fresno County girl, it had a blinding effect; literally.

Sheriff Mims says, “She’s very gravely injured. She got her formula wrong and it blew up.”

A search warrant explains it all. It was a Thursday night, just weeks before Christmas.  The was inside of a family member’s mobile home on the outskirts on Kerman.  She told deputies she was craving meth so bad, that she took extreme measures and tried to cook it on her own.

“This is an example of just how addictive methamphetamine is,” says Sheriff Mims.

According to the affidavit, the teen had tried meth before. She says it was given to her by her aunt’s boyfriend.  And that December night, she wanted it again, so she turned to the internet and searched.  With bits of pieces listed on websites, the girl gathered several household items and mixed them together.  The formula and procedure was incorrect and eventually exploded in her face.

Former meth addict Cleadus Shelton says, “Maybe this shook her to her core and it has woken her up.”

Cleadus Shelton knows what it’s like to live with such a powerful addiction. He was hooked on meth for more than 15 years and didn’t get clean until he was sent to prison.  Today, he’s a certified substance abuse counselor at Westcare.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” says Shelton.

So is the teenager, who we spoke with multiple times over the phone. At first she agreed to share her story with us as a lesson to others, but later changed her mind.  She was burned so badly, she lost sight in both eyes.  She tells us she now has blurred vision in one eye, and in the other – despite surgery – her vision may never come back.

Shelton says, “It’s very sad that today a 15 year old can access some simple information online and out these over the counter products together and not realize the danger.”

We did a simple search of “how to make meth”- the same words the teen typed into her phone. Snippets of documentaries posted on YouTube popped up, although none showed the complete process.  The search warrant says the girl did view YouTube videos, but also had other web sites in her phone’s search history.  Many of the sites list ingredients along with step by step instructions of how to complete the shake and bake met making process.  It’s a scary proposition for parents – the volume of harmful information on the internet.  For law enforcement, it’s a challenge to keep track of.

“They do have some freedom of speech to be involved in talking with people. They’re anonymous. They use code names; fictitious user names.”

Rachel Capello, a special agent with the Department of Justice, says law enforcement does work closely with social media sites, which also typically have their own security teams.   You Tube tells us it has teams around the world that flag videos quickly if they violate guidelines.  Dangerous or illegal activities like hard drug use are prohibited, unless it’s part of a documentary.  But, at the end of the day, education is the best tool.

“We do education programs and we do outreach at elementary schools and we have learned that we really need to target younger now,” says Capello.

For the 15 year old girl, it didn’t save from life-altering injuries – burns that may have taken her eyesight for good, but she did tell us she now wants to warn others about the dangers of meth use, given a second chance to make a difference.

“And how powerful is that?, ” says Shelton.

Sheriff Mims says had the girl gotten her formula right, she could have been charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine

 

 

 

 

http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/eyewitness-news-investigates-special-report-blinded-by-meth

 

Two hours after the case against him was dropped, Adrian Attwater packed his bags and left town.

He had no real plans, nor any real choice.

The courts might not hold him responsible for the calamity that took place on the beach in the early hours after Australia Day in 2011, but others would attempt to take matters into their own hands, provoked by the circumstances around the death of the woman who can only be legally identified as “Norma”.4t3tq1trwe

In Maclean – a northern New South Wales town on the banks of the Clarence river, where racist epithets like “coons” and “darkies” can still be heard in everyday banter – Norma, an Indigenous woman, and Attwater, a white concreter, had bonded for years over alcohol.

“They were friends,” a woman who knew the pair says. “They looked after each other.”

Norma was “beautiful, happy-go-lucky” but simply had “no direction”, she says.

Attwater was from a decent family of “battlers”, could be rowdy on the drink but was essentially “harmless”, the woman says.

The pair, friends for about five years, moved between Maclean’s three watering holes, “depending on which venue they were barred from at the time”, another mutual acquaintance says.

In the last year of Norma’s life, when she had no fixed address, she alternated between the homes of close relatives, who cared for her seven children, and Attwater, whom she had begun seeing.

She used to stay in the second bedroom of his parent’s modest rented house, a stone’s throw from the river that Attwater’s father Richard once worked as a commercial fisherman.

“I fed her. I used to make sure she had a shower and was clean,” Attwater’s mother Margaret says. “She stayed here for weeks on end.”

Margaret Attwater says she tried to talk Norma into seeing a doctor about her drinking, which was constant. The 33-year-old, who had suffered physical abuse at the hands of other partners, would sometimes show up with bruises and welts from other men, she says. Margaret Attwater said her son, then 36, whose “on-again, off-again” relationship with Norma carried over about nine months, was “brought up not to hit women”.

“He never hurt a woman in his life,” she says. “He never hurt her.”

The events of Norma’s final hours, according to findings by the NSW state coroner, emphatically show this last statement to be untrue.

An inquest in November 2014 found Norma bled to death after a sexual encounter with Attwater and his friend Paul Maris on an overnight camping trip on Ten Mile Beach, half an hour’s drive from Maclean. The trio had been camping around the coast and drinking together over three days prior.

A sex act performed by Attwater in the back of Maris’s 4WD ruptured an artery inside Norma. Medical experts attested she was likely in severe pain before she fell unconscious and died on a blood-stained mattress in the back of the vehicle.

Norma suffered internal injuries that one forensic pathologist said were “more severe than those which occur in even precipitous childbirth”.

It was not those injuries but a “jagged” 45mm laceration on the outside of her vagina that would likely have left Norma in extreme pain in her final conscious moments.

Attwater later told a paramedic they had had “wild sex”.

It was not their first sexual encounter.

But coroner Michael Barnes ruled Norma, whose blood showed up alcohol content exceeding 0.33% as well as traces of methamphetamine, was too intoxicated to give “meaningful consent” to the sexual exchange, which abruptly ended when Attwater showed Maris blood on his hand.

Barnes rejected Attwater and Maris’s claims that Norma did not cry out in pain, that she remained conscious after the sex and only later collapsed after going for a swim to wash the blood from her legs.

It was Attwater’s failure to seek medical attention for the helpless woman that led to her death, Barnes found.

Instead, Maris siphoned fuel from his 4WD tank and burned Norma’s blood-stained clothing and the foam mattress. He claimed he did so because of the foul smell of the blood.

Barnes concluded this was among the lies both Attwater and Maris told out of fear the truth would reflect badly on them.

While acknowledging Norma’s death as accidental, Barnes rounded on the men, expressing “the court’s contempt and disgust for the callous disregard for her welfare shown by her supposed friends”.

Margaret Attwater recalls her son being “in shock” in the aftermath of Norma’s death.

“He was devastated. For three days he didn’t talk. He just sat there,” she says, pointing to his old bedroom.

By the time Barnes’s damning assessment brought the disturbing details of Norma’s death into the public light, both Maris and Attwater had left the Maclean region – the latter working in mines in central Queensland.

Finding himself in the crosshairs of a dogged Grafton detective called Grahame Burke, Attwater had been charged with manslaughter, and Maris as an accessory, more than three years earlier.

Both cases were dropped by the office of the NSW director of public prosecutions (DPP) before reaching committal in March 2012.

But Maclean is a small town and enough word had spread about the case to make Attwater an obvious target of hostility for some.

“He had to leave town,” Margaret Attwater says. “He got threatened with his life.”

Margaret Attwater says she witnessed some of the threats. She and her husband were separately met with abuse and pelted with objects as they walked the street.

“They shouted, ‘You fucking killer’, to me and Margaret, throwing shit at us,” his father Richard Attwater says.

Neither Norma’s dismayed family nor police were satisfied with the DPP’s dropping the case and immediately pressed for the inquest.

Detective Sergeant Burke was singled out for praise by Barnes for his “tireless efforts” in leading the death investigation.

“A less compassionate officer might have concluded that someone who habitually consorted with people such as Maris and Attwater should have been aware of the risk of being mistreated,” Barnes said.

“Sergeant Burke did not shirk the burdens of his oath of office by selectively valuing human life: he undertook a thorough and professional investigation for which I commend him.”

The coroner’s referral to the DPP to once again consider renewing charges against Attwater and Maris went unanswered for over a year.

Then the Daily Telegraph reported this week that the DPP, Lloyd Babb, had “come under fire” after recently advising Norma’s family that his office’s position on charging the men was the same as in 2012. They would not be pursued, in spite of the coroner’s recommendations. It did not reveal his reasons.

However, the next day, the Sydney-based tabloid reported that the NSW attorney general, Gabrielle Upton, had approached Babb and secured an agreement that he would “review the matter”.

“This is a truly horrible case and my thoughts go to the family and friends of Norma,” Upton said.

It is not clear why the DPP first dropped the case in 2012, nor why Babb had decided not to proceed in 2016 before Upton’s representations.

Former NSW DPP Nicholas Cowdery says the basic test prosecutors apply before deciding was “the same in every case”.

First, they need to show a prima facie case, proving the elements of the offence “on the admissible evidence”.

Second, they needed to judge whether there was a reasonable chance of a conviction.

Finally, even if there were a reasonable chance, prosecutors must consider whether it was “in the general public interest” not to proceed, with the prosecutor’s guidelines alone giving 23 examples of such scenarios.

Cowdery says it is the point about “admissible evidence” that can sometimes show the gulf between coronial findings and what is a likely verdict in a criminal case.

“It is going to vary depending on the case and it’s an area where there is a bit of controversy from time to time,” he says.

“The problem is this … the coroner can act on any information the coroner thinks is appropriate to come to his or her decision.

“That includes usually a whole a lot of material that is not necessarily able to be proved in a criminal case … second-hand hearsay and rumor and unsourced reports and all kinds of information which … don’t satisfy the legal test of admissibility of evidence in a criminal proceeding.”

The same issues arise when the DPP gets referrals for possible charges from the Independent Commission against Corruption, the Police Integrity Commission or a royal commission, Cowdery says.

“When the matter’s referred to the DPP, the DPP has to start again,” he says.

Cowdery says the DPP is obliged to maintain two-way communications with a victim’s family but will generally not mount a public explanation of a decision – unless the question of public confidence arises.

“I frequently ignored the front page of the Daily Telegraph – there’s nothing new about that and I think more people should,” he says.

“But if I thought there was a risk the community was being seriously misled by reports that really were wrong, then I ventured into the fray.”

In this case a newspaper front page coupled with a request from an attorney general proved difficult to ignore.

It remains to be seen whether the DPP will air for public understanding his office’s reasoning upon its third review of the death of Norma – a shocking event where the details of a coroner’s report appear to cohere with a tabloid morality tale.

But it provokes from Richard Attwater, his head bowed as he contemplates the renewed public vilification of his son, the same question surely in the minds of Norma’s parents and siblings, who have to explain to their children why she no longer comes to see them, not even to visit.

“Tell me this – what’s going to happen now?” he says.

The best answer probably lies in something his wife says minutes earlier – again, a sentiment likely shared by Norma’s family: “It’s been a nightmare for years. It just won’t settle down.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/06/death-that-shocked-a-town-case-reopens-on-woman-who-died-after-sex-with-two-men-on-remote-beach

 

ANDERSON — Two people were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine out of an Anderson hotel room.

Anderson police were dispatched to America’s Best Value Inn, 5810 S. Scatterfield Road, after a manager reported someone was selling drugs out of Room 122.56b521cb90d3d_image

A cleaning staff member reported a guest had asked her if she wanted to buy any “ice” while he held up a small bag with a white substance, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When officers approached the room, the door was open. Julie Cazzell, 26, was standing in the doorway, police said.

Mathew R. Schott Jr., 25, was lying on the bed in the room with arrows and a large crossbow. Officers asked several times for Schott to move away from the crossbow and to remove his hands from a blanket covering his lap, according to the affidavit.

Officers said there was a short, cut straw with white residue on it in plain view, as well as a several cell phones, police said.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers found both suspects’ identification and a bag containing white crystal-like rocks, which testing determined was 13 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also found an envelope with several Xanax bar-shaped pills inside and a small plastic bag containing marijuana.

Schott and Cazzell were arrested on charges of a Level 2 felony dealing methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and a Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

 

 

 

http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/two-suspected-of-dealing-meth-out-of-hotel-room/article_33a0e546-cc33-11e5-84b0-676be6696cb1.html

 

HOLLEY, N.Y. — In a drug bust in Orleans County Thursday, authorities arrested four people in connection with an illegal methamphetamine operation in the Village of Holley. The two men and two women are accused of making, possessing and selling meth.HollyHotelMethBustMugs_1454622716446_177410_ver1_0

The Orleans County district attorney said the four suspects lived at the Holley Hotel and had a meth lab set up in their rooms. The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force arrested Angelica Hyer, 22, Christopher Price, 28, Michael Parkinson, 31, and Samantha Jo Willams, 20. District attorney Joseph Cardone says the task force, with cooperation from the owner of the Holley Hotel, executed a search warrant at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies arrested the four suspects and seized the drugs and paraphernalia.

“First of all, the manufacture of meth is extremely volatile. There is a chemical reaction involved in the making of it. It can be extremely explosive and they really put the other occupants of the Holley Hotel at risk. The use of the drug is extremely detrimental to someone’s health. It can cause changes in the way their brain operates. It is addictive and so we are real pleased that we were able to make arrest and hopefully put a stop to this,” said Joseph Cardone.

This was a month-long investigation. The Orleans County Sheriff says this kind of illegal drug activity will not be tolerated in this county.

“We need to weed that out of our community. We cannot tolerate that at all. Any of that behavior we need to address it. With the public’s help I think we can do that,” said Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower.

All four suspects face felony drug charges. The case will now go to a grand jury.

 

 

 

 

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2016/02/5/orleans-county-methamphetamine-bust.html

 

(KNOXVILLE) A traffic stop this week by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Interstate 40 in Knox County resulted in the discovery of some 29 pounds of crystal meth, the THP announced Friday.

Juan Munoz, 48, of Dallas, Texas., was charged with possession of a schedule II drug in connection with the stop. He was being held in the Knox County jail.Juan%20Munoz_1454708524682_189060_ver1_0

THP Trooper Jonathan Scott stopped Munoz on Monday afternoon for what authorities said was a traffic violation. He was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban on eastbound I-40, according to THP.

The driver gave several stories about where he was going, according to THP.

Scott asked to search the Chevy. His K-9 had signaled in a walk-around that drugs might be present in the SUV.

Troopers Kevin Stroup and Greg Roberts went to help.

Inside one of the seats, they found a package of crystal meth, also called ice, that weighed 1.1 pounds.

A further search led to the discovery of 23 packages totaling 29 pounds of crystal meth tucked inside several seats, according to THP.

Authorities seized the drugs, the Chevrolet and $378 in cash.

According to Bill Gibbons, commissioner of the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the state is a major drug-trafficking corridor.

 

 

 

http://www.wbir.com/news/crime/29-lbs-of-crystal-meth-seized-in-knox-traffic-stop/33383741

 

DILWORTH, Minn. (Valley News Live) A man is facing several drug related charges after police say the man tried to ditch meth and hide drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop.

A Dilworth police officer stopped a vehicle on the 500 block of 2nd Avenue SE in Dilworth on Sunday, January 31st.COLT+D

The officer says the driver was identified as Coltt West Decoteau. Officers say Decoteau initially tried to give the name of a family member and attempted to hide drug paraphernalia before being ordered out of the vehicle.

The officer says Decoteau threw two small bindles of suspected methamphetamine into the roadway when he got out of the vehicle.

Decoteau was arrested and his vehicle was taken to the Dilworth police department pending a search warrant.

A search warrant was executed on February 4th where officers found two aluminum style water containers that appeared to be full of water.

Officers looked in the containers and could see several pill shaped items on the bottom. The substance in both containers was tested and gave a positive reaction for methamphetamine.

A continued search of the vehicle turned up a quart size plastic oil bottle and 2 gallon size plastic containers of antifreeze. Police say all three containers appeared to have clear water like liquid in them, all three containers tested positive for methamphetamines.

Investigators say all of the packages were sealed and transported to the BCA Lab for further testing. They say at this time all containers are suspected to be containing “liquid methamphetamine”. It was approximately three total gallons.

The BCA will determine content and weight at the State lab.

Decoteau was taken to the Clay County Jail and current charges sent over to the Clay County Attorney’s office include: 5th Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalis, Obstructing Legal Process, Giving a Peace Officer False Name, No Driving License, No Proof of Valid Insurance and No Seat Belt.

 

 

 

http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/headlines/Man-accused-of-having-several-gallons-of-liquid-meth-in-vehicle-367816151.html

 

A traffic stop Wednesday on Fortification Street resulted in the largest interdiction seizure of methamphetamine — reportedly valued at $3 million — in state history, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.meth-bust-mugs-drugs-jpg

Officials said in a news release that the discovery was made by a Hinds County K-9 unit after a 2015 Toyota Corolla was pulled over on Fortification Street, near   I-55, for careless driving. Authorities said two men inside the vehicle told law enforcement they had traveled to Jackson from Atlanta to visit friends.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle was searched with the occupants’ consent. During the search, 30 kilograms of methamphetamine was found.

The Sheriff’s Department would not give The Clarion-Ledger the names of the two males who were arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking of a controlled substance. In an email, Sheriff Victor Mason says the department has not released the suspects names at the request of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He also indicated that others are involved and the investigation is ongoing.

On Jan. 26, Hinds County deputies made what was then the largest seizure in the county’s history — $1 million in cash.

 

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2016/02/05/79881744/

 

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) – A traffic stop in Hinds County on Wednesday led to the largest interdiction seizure of methamphetamine in state history.9813706_G

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office says the seized narcotics have a street value of over $3 million.

The discovery was made by a Hinds County K9 Unit, when he pulled over a 2015 Toyota Corolla on Fortification Street for careless driving. Authorities say the vehicle was occupied by two men who were headed to Jackson from Atlanta. Georgia to visit with friends.

After consenting to a vehicle search, a deputy found 30 kilos (66lbs) of methamphetamine/ICE.

The two men were arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of a Controlled Substance.

 

http://www.newswest9.com/story/31151414/hinds-co-traffic-stop-leads-to-largest-seizure-of-methamphetamine-in-state-history

 

JACKSON, Miss. —The largest seizure of methamphetamine in Mississippi’s history was discovered Wednesday during a traffic stop, according to Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason.

Authorities said they pulled a 2015 Toyota Corolla over on Fortification Street, near Interstate 55 for careless driving.

After the driver agreed to a search of the vehicle a deputy found 66 pounds of methamphetamine or ICE, authorities said.

The drugs have a street value of $3 million, investigators said.

Deputies arrested and charged two men with aggravated trafficking of a controlled substance.

The names of the men have not been released.

 

 

http://www.wapt.com/news/central-mississippi/largest-ice-bust-in-states-history-found-after-traffic-stop/37840152

 

SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. — A law enforcement coalition took down a methamphetamine and oxymorphone ring Friday morning in Scott County, where a recent HIV outbreak contributed to epidemic levels in southern Indiana.

The takedown was six months in the making, and involved five federal search warrants leading to the arrest of 10 people on charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in Scott County.IND_SCOTT_COUNTY_MAP_1454680489741_31423372_ver1_0_640_480

The DEA, Indiana State Police and law enforcement in Scott County all collaborated on the bust.

Those arrested were:

  • Bennito L Rodriguez, a/k/a Benny, 38, Scottsburg, IN.
  • Brooklynn G. Mack, 29, Scottsburg, IN.
  • Rashawn A. Vaughn, a/k/a Ray, 41, Louisville, KY.
  • Eric L. Gude, 36, Indianapolis
  • Rashaan S. Perkins, a/k/a Phil, a/k/a D, 21, Detroit, MI.
  • Anthony L. Hardy, 39, Indianapolis
  • James D. Haney, 56, Austin, IN.
  • Justin M. Roberts, a/k/a Booger, 38, Austin, IN.
  • Travis D. Brock, 34, Scottsburg, IN.
  • Michael A. Doyle, 38, Scottsburg, IN.

According to Drug and Violent Crime Chief Bradley Blackington, the defendants face 10 years to Life imprisonment if convicted.

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“Scott County was targeted by an organization with the goal of infesting that community with drugs, including the prescription painkiller Opana,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler in a release about the bust. “This became an epidemic and local law enforcement asked for our help. Today, I am pleased to announce that the organization has been dismantled but this is only a start; one aspect of a bigger solution.”

Investigators began looking into the ring in June 2015, and allege that Bennito L. Rodriguez and his wife Brooklynn G. Mack were orchestrating the supply of Opana (oxymorphone) and methamphetamine in Scott County. Law enforcement officials believe those two got their supply from sources in Louisville, Detroit and Indianapolis. Similar operations in Detroit and Louisville followed Scott County’s arrests.

Scott County experienced an outbreak of HIV cases in 2015, due in part to intravenous drug abuse with substances such as heroin and Opana. Normally the county would report less than 10 cases of HIV annually, but in the last 13 months reported 188 cases. The county implemented a needle exchange in April as one means of slowing the spread, the first of its kind in the State of Indiana.

Opana has a street value of up to $160 and can be dissolve and injected by up to four individuals to get high, according to law enforcement.

“A public health crisis will not be solved by simply arresting those who illegally sell drugs,” Minkler added. “It also requires a reduction in demand for illegal drugs. That can only be accomplished by all of us-federal, state and local authorities along with public and private partnerships working together for prevention and treatment.”

“Scott County is one of the many great communities in our nation that is experiencing the pharmaceutical drug and methamphetamine epidemic that is turning Americans into drug addicts,” said DEA Associate Special Agent in Charge Karen I. Flowers. “DEA will always stand with our local and state partners to fight this epidemic.   Today’s work is the beginning of a safer, stronger and healthier Scott County.”

“I am grateful for the participation of our state and federal partners in this operation,” Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain said. “This should be an indication to drug dealers throughout the county that our law enforcement agencies are working together to get drugs off our streets.”

“The DEA and the US Attorney have tools in their toolbox that are not available in state prosecutions, which make these types of outcomes difficult for us to pursue with local resources alone,” said Scott County Prosecutor, Jason Mount. “As one can see, these investigations can be long-term and intensive. We appreciate their joint efforts in this matter, and look forward to continuing to work together in both federal and state prosecutions.”

“For those that are addicted, we want to point them to the services they need to end their addiction,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “But for those who are trafficking and profiting from those suffering the misery of addiction, we will work tirelessly with our local and federal partners to put them in prison for a long, long time.

 

 

 

 

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/law-enforcement-take-down-methamphetamine-ring-in-scott-county

 

The Meth Next Door

Posted: 6th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

http://fav-meth-head-of-the-day.com/living-with-other-peoples-meth/

Since this started this site, I have received many e-mails from people sharing their experiences with other people’s meth. By that I mean people who were sickened and had to move because they were living where meth was being cooked and were overcome by the toxic fumes that were produced during the manufacturing process.  Others have experienced various illnesses when traveling when they inadvertently stay overnight in a motel room where meth had been cooked or smoked.

This happens far too often, and people feel powerless to do anything about it. If they report the problem, they face potential retaliation from the people cooking the meth ‒ they don’t want to get caught.

And the authorities can’t be everywhere either.

So I decided to create this page (see link at top). People can report their experiences here without fear of retribution.  Maybe if enough people speak up, the authorities will begin to take this problem more seriously.

You can post your experiences by adding a comment in the “Have Your Say” box in the link at the top of this page. You will have a voice!

 

If you are worried about your anonymity, just e-mail your experiences to me at meth.doc55@gmail.com and I will post it for you.

If you want me to include a city, state or region in your description of your experience living with other people’s meth, just let me know.

  1.  Cora says:

    I know all about living near a cottage industry of meth labs, sorry to say. It seems to now be a way of life for many in the Rust Belt of America; the Midwest, in this case. Just sorry I had to experience it in a town that doesn’t know what to do about it.

    Up to a year and a half ago there were no fumes from hell every night of the week that make it difficult to breath, take an unknown toll on you physically, wake you up in the middle of the night like the nightmare that it is. When it began I lived in another house that now sits vacant. A beautiful old Victorian that no one could live in now because the people next door are still cooking meth night and day. Because of the way the houses were built, the meth vapors come in through the windows and circulate throughout that old house, making it impossible to take a breath of air that is not loaded with poison.

    So when this all began and I was trying to do something about stopping the fumes coming into the house. I did all the usual things; called the cops, wrote letters to the Mayor, the Sheriff, even called the fire department. Nada and nada. It’s worked out very handily for the meth cooks next door. They drove me out and there is an absentee landlord who hasn’t a clue about the extent of the damage they have done – and continue to do, to his property. The old woodwork has been saturated with meth fumes. Who knows what kind of hazardous waste has been dumped on the property. Isn’t it 6 lbs. of meth waste for every pound that’s made? It is truly bizarre, and a little scary. And the rest of the neighbors, who knows? Rarely talk with them and everyone has pretty much disappeared into their houses. Just thankful I don’t own one around here! Won’t be worth much once they’ve trashed the rest of the neighborhood.

    As for law enforcement and the “powers that be”, I would love to know what the real story is. But I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes here with drug enforcement or any other. So I will fill in the blanks. DE is not educated on new methods of cooking meth that make a meth lab easy to hide. Consequently, they don’t recognize what they’re looking at on a search. And I think the DE is only interested in the guys who are pulling down 100000 a day besides, not the “mom and pop” meth lab. I think they actually don’t care about it around here. Bigger fish to fry? Maybe. And maybe this has been going on for a lot longer than I realize.

    •  KC says:

      Cora, I feel your pain. I, too, have experienced the unwanted intrusion of other peoples’ meth into my living space–not only one space, but multiple times–in a rental situation. At first it takes you a while to figure out what the heck those odd smells are and questioning why you feel so “off.” I had never heard of of methamphetamine before (this was before the television show ‘Breaking Bad’). Once I figured it out through extensive online searching of smell and symptom descriptions, my mind was opened to a world that, frankly, sometimes I wish I never knew. It’s been said that ignorance is bliss, and well, I see people in everyday life living nearby and driving through fumes that they might assume are just “city smells,” and I wish that I, too, had no idea of the toxicity around me.

      In my situation, I moved into an apartment that had been renovated extensively. I thought nothing of it beyond a need for the building to want to stay modern in the real estate world, but that was a naive assumption. New carpets, new cabinets, new counter tops, new fixtures, new refrigerator and stove could not mask what took place there for God knows how long before I moved in. As the winter set in and the windows became closed with the heater on, I found I had a hard time sleeping and my brain felt muddled. I was craving sugar a lot and felt that maybe I was diabetic because my eyes seemed blurry and irritated and I was urinating more frequently and feeling just exhausted during the day.

      As it turned out, I had bought into double trouble: Not only was the apartment I was living in a former meth lab, but my downstairs neighbor made meth everyday in any way he could, with the full participation of the building’s manager. It was a nightmare experience trying to explain something I knew little about to a manager who was there to gaslight (deny) me every step of the way.

      I finally got out of the lease, thankfully by going over his head to his boss who had no idea but who finally believed me after investigating all on his own and speaking with the police (who, it turned out, had tried to arrest this manager once before during an investigation with another case that involved a woman living across the street–and this was in a so-called “good” neighborhood!–but lacked enough evidence), but the hell was far from over: not understanding how chemical transfer works, I brought all if the belongings I could fit in my two vehicles and it ruined them. It didn’t matter how much you had the car professionally detailed; you would get dizzy driving it, even with the windows down, and a metallic taste presented in the mouth. This was replicated by many car service people. I ended up losing both my vehicles and everything I owned.

      Health wise, it was pretty scary, too. The week after I left that awful place after having lived there for only a few months, I experienced secondhand detox feelings and got the worst lung infection of my life. I believe it was my body’s attempt to clean my lungs out now that I was out of direct danger. When I coughed and used my hand to cover my mouth, what came out of my lungs left painful chemical burns on my hands.

      There was never any financial amends and there still are no laws on the books in my state to be able to protect consumers from meth labs in residential settings, both former and active. When you speak with the police, they tell you that they will look into it, but given how widespread the problem is that they simply don’t have the funds like they would like to. When you speak with lawyers they tell you that they can’t help unless someone dies or is seriously injured because of it. When you talk to friends and family who have (thankfully) never experienced it, they think you’re crazy and overreacting, but it’s a very real, painful, sickening phenomenon.

      You’re not alone!

SCOTTSBLUFF,Neb – A Scottsbluff woman is facing a string of charges after being stopped by police in a store parking lot.Dezera-Husted-jpg

Twenty seven year old, Dezera Husted, is charged with having fictitious license plates on a vehicle with no valid registration, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment. Scottsbluff P.D. stopped the woman in a Wal-Mart parking lot after discovering that the license plates on the 2002 Pontiac Grandam that she was driving belonged to another vehicle.

Law enforcement then hand-cuffed Husted after an officer discovered drugs in the vehicle. Police confiscated over 13 grams of methamphetamine from the 27 year old`s purse along with a glass smoking device.

Husted confessed to possessing methamphetamine at the time of the arrest and was taken to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kotatv.com/news/nebraska-news/scottsbluff-woman-is-caught-with-over-10-grams-of-meth/37803720

 

A Batesville woman has been charged with manslaughter in the December death of her 3-month-old infant.

Rebecca Mae Cox, 29, was formally charged with manslaughter in Independence County Circuit Court on Tuesday, court officials said. She also faces two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.9794723_G

Cox surrendered to Batesville police Tuesday and was being held in the Independence County jail Thursday afternoon in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

According to an affidavit, Batesville police officers responded to Cox’s address at 1501 N. State St. about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13 after a report of an infant not breathing. Officers were met by the infant’s father, Michael Goodman, 34, who came out the door screaming and crying and said, “My baby is dead.”

Inside the house, officers found Cox on a bed holding 3-month-old Elijah Michael Goodman and crying, the affidavit said. An officer began administering CPR to the child until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the infant to White River Medical Center in Batesville, where the boy was pronounced dead.

Elijah Goodman’s body was sent to the state Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

The state Crime Laboratory returned its autopsy Jan. 13, labeling the cause and manner of death of the 3-month-old “undetermined.” The autopsy report noted that the case was complicated by several factors, including health issues with the infant, the behavior of the parents and the “possible unsuitability of the home,” the affidavit said.

Batesville police investigator Kyle Williford came to the house after being contacted by officers Dec. 13, the affidavit said.

Williford entered what he described as a “cluttered” house with “numerous alive and dead roaches on the kitchen floor.” In the bedroom, Williford saw dirty clothes on the floor, along with old food lying on the floor beside the crib, according to the affidavit. Inside the crib was the dead baby’s twin brother, Keegan, who was lying on his back and sleeping.

About 9 p.m. Dec. 13, Williford was contacted by an Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division investigator who forwarded an anonymous report regarding the infant’s death. According to the report, Cox “admitted that she was high on methamphetamine and did not know what happened.”

The report said after Elijah was pronounced dead and the family returned to the house, Cox was holding Keegan and making statements such as, “How could God take the child I don’t resent and leave the one I do.”

The state police investigator tried talking with Goodman and Cox the night of Dec. 13, but both were asleep and couldn’t be awakened, the affidavit states.

When visiting the house, the investigator was met by two people who said they didn’t live there but were homeless and sometimes stayed at the house.

Keegan stayed at the house of Mark Goodman, Michael Goodman’s brother, on the night of Dec 13. Mark Goodman told the investigator that his brother and Cox used drugs “regularly,” according to the affidavit.

After an investigation by the state police’s Crimes Against Children Division and the state’s Children and Family Services Division, Keegan was taken into the custody by the agency.

On Dec. 14, a different Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division investigator met with Michael Goodman and Cox.

“Rebecca admitted to [the investigator] of using methamphetamine daily for the past three weeks and … to last using methamphetamine” either Dec. 12 or the morning of Dec. 13, according to the affidavit. She’d also taken a Valium the night of Dec. 12, and Michael Goodman admitted to both methamphetamine use and taking a Valium during the same period, the affidavit said.

Both tested positive Dec. 14 for methamphetamine and benzodiazepines, a class of drugs to which Valium belongs, the affidavit stated. Cox also tested positive for marijuana, according to the affidavit.

On Dec. 19, Williford interviewed Amber Goodman, the mother of Michael Goodman, who also lives at 1501 N. State St., according to the affidavit.

Amber Goodman told Williford that she once heard one of the twins crying and when she entered the bedroom she saw one of the babies on the bed crying with Cox’s 9-year-old son standing over it, the affidavit said. Goodman said it appeared the boy had been jumping up and down on the bed, making the baby bounce, and that Cox was in the bedroom laughing, the affidavit stated.

Williford interviewed Cox on Dec. 22 after advising her of her Miranda Rights, which she waived, the affidavit said.

Cox said that during the night Dec. 12 she got up to use the bathroom and placed both babies face down on their stomachs and side by side in the same crib, according to the report.

Cox told Williford that she woke up the morning of Dec. 13 and checked on the babies, which was when she discovered Elijah wasn’t breathing. Cox said when she picked up Elijah, roaches crawled out of the infant’s mouth and on his back, the affidavit said.

She told Williford she suffered from depression, was bipolar, had “split personalities,” recently had been suicidal and had postpartum depression. Cox said she began seeking treatment for postpartum depression a couple of days before Elijah was found dead.

Cox later told Williford that she smoked methamphetamine in the same bedroom with the twins, and that living conditions in the house were “horrible” and “not safe for any kid.”

Michael Goodman, who was on parole from the Arkansas Department of Correction for previous drug convictions at the time of Elijah’s death, is being held at the Tucker Unit.

Goodman has not been charged in the infant’s death.

 

 

 

 

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/feb/05/mother-charged-in-infant-s-death-201602-1/

 

Mom who admitted to throwing baby charged with manslaughter

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 woman, who admitted to throwing her now-deceased baby across the room, now faces neglect and manslaughter charges.

Police arrested Rebecca Mae Cox, 29, of Batesville on Tuesday on suspicion of manslaughter and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, Cox told investigators she found her 3-month-old son dead in his crib next to his twin brother.

According to court documents, Cox said she “noticed cockroaches crawling out of his mouth.”

When police arrived at the home, located in the 1500-block of North State Street, one of the officers administered infant cardio pulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance crew arrived and took the baby to White River Medical Center. The child was pronounced dead.

During their investigation, police learned that Cox “did not have a connection” with her deceased son and “could not stand him or stand holding him.”

The Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division reported receiving an anonymous tip from someone who “witnessed several disturbing behaviors” from Cox, including “tossing” the infant from some distance to his father, identified as Michael Goodman.

A witness, according to the affidavit, reported hearing Cox asking on the night her baby died “how could God take the child I don’t resent and leave the one I do?”

The witness also claimed Cox “admitted that she was high on methamphetamine (the night the baby died) and did not know what happened.”

During questioning, Cox reportedly told detectives neither she nor Goodman used drugs around the babies.

“But later admitted to smoking methamphetamine inside the house and in the same bedroom where the babies were present,” the court documents stated.

Cox told police, according to the affidavit, she had used methamphetamine “daily” for three weeks prior to the baby’s death.

She said when Goodman voiced his concerns that she might not be able to care for the children because she could not hear them crying, Cox reportedly told detectives she was “able to stay up though because she had been using methamphetamine.”

According to the affidavit, she tested positive for methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, and THC (marijuana).

Goodman also tested positive for methamphetamine and benzodiazepines.

Cox also stated she knew the house was “bad” and the living conditions were “horrible.”

According to the court documents, investigators reported finding piles of dirty clothing and old food in the floor of the bedroom where the babies slept.

An investigators stated the house had a “severe” roach infestation.

“The roaches were observed crawling on the floor, table, appliances, furnishings, countertops and high chairs,” the affidavit stated.

The investigator stated in his report leaving documents and a business card on the kitchen table and “within seconds roaches were crawling over the documents.”

On Jan. 13, Batesville investigators received the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory autopsy results.

The medical examiner labeled the cause of death as “undetermined,” stating the case was “complicated by numerous factors” including the baby’s health and the “investigative information regarding the behavior of the parents and the possible unsuitability of the home.”

Cox is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond at the Independence County Detention Center.

No word on what, if any, charges Goodman faces. According to the affidavit, he was on active parole at the time of the baby’s death.

The Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services took the other baby into custody.

A medical exam at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, according to the affidavit, revealed the infant had “bruising on the hand and elbow…and a hemorrhage in his left eye.”

Region 8 News talked with neighbors in the area who said they were shocked this happened.

Joan Chartier and her husband saw police cars the day the baby died, but never thought something like this was happening.

“We seen them carrying out a little baby and you know I kind of teared up a little bit but we just figured it was probably SIDS or maybe the baby had some problems,” Chartier said.

Chartier said the neighborhood is normally quiet and friendly.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kait8.com/story/31132221/mom-who-admitted-to-throwing-baby-charged-with-manslaughter

 

A mother and father were arrested after their newborn infant was found to have methamphetamine in its system Wednesday night, according to Edmond Police. Officers found both parents, Christopher Thompson and Sacy Stegall, in the designated INTEGRIS Edmond Hospital room with their baby.56b3dc8ee82cf_image

“The baby’s test results showed a strong positive for methamphetamine, while the mother tested slight positive for methamphetamine,” said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond Police spokeswoman. “Hospital personnel notified the Oklahoma County DHS office who took the baby into protective custody.”

INTEGRIS staff reported to police that Stegall, 25, was transported by EMSA Tuesday after giving birth to her infant Tuesday, Wagnon reported.

Stegall and Thompson were arrested when the hospital discharged Stegall. Police stated that Stegall and Thompson, 39, were found to have outstanding warrants issued by Logan County.

“Thompson’s warrants were for Possession of CDS ($10,000 bond); Possession of CDS ($2,500 bond); Obstructing a Police Officer ($1,900 bond); Possession of CDS, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and DUS ($400 bond),” Wagnon said. “The baby’s mother, Sacy Stegall, had a warrant for Assault and Battery.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.edmondsun.com/news/local_news/baby-tests-positive-for-meth-parents-arrested/article_29c96bb8-cb95-11e5-9592-2f2ddceea994.html

 

Gainesville police officers went to an apartment Tuesday evening to check on the welfare of a woman and walked in on a meth lab where three children were living with the suspected cooks.

One of the suspects said he had cooked up a batch of meth the night before and evidence – including a strong smell of ammonia – were obvious, according to a police report.tu9opt7op7op

The officers went to the Village Green Apartments at 3101 NE 15th St., unit D30, to evaluate Casey Rush, 27, for a potential Baker Act after being called by a social services coordinator, the report said.

Rush opened the front door and the officers detected a strong odor of ammonia, which is used in the manufacture of meth. The officers observed several chemicals used in the manufacture of meth along with drug paraphernalia in plain view.

Steven D. Bryan, 31, was asleep inside the apartment. A search of Bryan uncovered a Crown Royal bag containing meth, three capped needles, several baggies, and a digital scale, the report said.

Bryan admitted that he had made meth in the apartment the night before and the remains of the “cook” were inside.

Rush’s three young children live in the apartment. The state Department of Children and Families was contacted and workers took custody of the children.

Since Rawlings Elementary School is across the street, Bryan was charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia.

The apartment was locked down and Gainesville Alachua County Drug Task Force members responded and prepared a search warrant for the residence. The unit’s Clandestine Lab Response Team responded and cleaned the location of all of the hazardous meth making materials.

Both Rush and Bryan were arrested and taken to the Alachua County jail. Bryan was being held without bond set on charges of maintaining a drug dwelling with children present; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rush was being held without bond set on three counts of child neglect and one drug count.

 

 

 

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20160203/articles/160209918?tc=ar

 

SAN BRUNO — An Oakland woman was arrested early Thursday morning after she was found with a fake ATM card and methamphetamine, according to police.

Police said an officer saw two people acting suspiciously in a parked car on the 600 block of Huntington Avenue around 1:13 a.m., and a subsequent investigation revealed one of the occupants, 29-year-old Ashleigh Hvizda, was in possession of a fake ATM card and methamphetamine.

Hvizda also had arrest warrants for charges including possession of methamphetamine and vehicle theft, according to police.

Police said Hvizda’s companion — James Gleason, 43, of San Francisco — had a fake California driver’s license.

Hvizda was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for the warrants, forgery of an access card and possession of methamphetamine, according to police. Gleason, meanwhile, was cited and released.

In an unrelated case late Wednesday night, a San Bruno man was arrested for a parole violation, according to police.

Police said an officer saw 50-year-old Steven Sawyer acting suspiciously near Crystal Springs and Elm avenues around 11:48 p.m. He allegedly provided a false name, but the officer quickly figured out his true identity and discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest for violating the terms of his parole for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction.

Sawyer was subsequently booked for the parole violation, as well as possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

 

 

 

 

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CONYERS — A couple found out that hanging out down by the river isn’t all it’s cracked up to be after they were stopped and drugs were found in their vehicle. They are both facing possession charges.

According to an incident report by Rockdale County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen McCullough, about 7:20 p.m. on Jan. 27 he responded to a home on Yarbrough Road. The resident said someone in a black Jeep was on their property.

McCullough drove down near the dead end of the road and saw headlights coming out of the woods. He pulled in front of the black Jeep and stopped it, finding a female driver and male passenger inside who were identified as Melinda Lee Byers, 31, of Texas and Christopher Matthew Baker, 22, of Conyers. Byers said she was in Georgia visiting her husband and hanging out with Baker. Baker told the officer Byers had wanted to go somewhere and hang out, so they drove to Yarbrough Road to walk to the river.

McCullough reported that Byers seemed alert, but distracted and could not concentrate on one thing at a time. He said it was 48 degrees outside, and she was wearing jeans and a tank top and was starting to perspire. He reported that he suspected she had been using methamphetamine.

A second officer arrived, and they asked Byers and Baker to step out of the Jeep. McCullough said he was starting to ask for consent to search the vehicle when he allegedly saw a glass “meth pipe” on the floorboard on the left side of the driver’s seat. He retrieved the pipe and it had a white haze inside it and a crystal-like substance in the bowl.

Byers and Baker were placed under arrest and searched. In Baker’s left front pocket was allegedly found a chrome and black pipe. Inside the pipe was a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

A further search of the Jeep found a cough drop box wrapped with a rubber band. Inside the box was a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. In the seat pocket was a blunt package with two cigars and a clear plastic cigarette wrapper containing a clear crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Both Byers and Baker were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, and two counts of possession and use of drug-related objects.

 

 

 

 

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Needing to fund her supposed addiction to methamphetamine, a Belle Plaine woman was arrested after allegedly selling a half-ounce of the drug to a police informant last Thursday afternoon (Jan. 28).

Amie Renae Robertson is charged with two felony counts, one for possession of methamphetamine and the other for selling the drug. She had a bail hearing in Scott County District Court Monday.

Judge Caroline Lennon set her bail at $8,000 cash ($75,000 bond). Robertson is subject to random testing and other conditions. She remained in the county jail Tuesday morning and is due back in court Friday (Feb. 5).

According to the criminal complaint, agents with the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force used a reliable confidential informant to set up a sale of methamphetamine. The criminal charge says the informant purchased a half-ounce (14.2 grams) of meth from Roberts using $560 in marked bills. The transaction took place in the parking lot of a business on the 1000 block of East Commerce Drive.

Robertson was arrested shortly after the transaction was completed.

The informant confirmed Robertson, 30, sold meth, the charge states. Police searched Robertson and found, the charge states, she was carrying the marked bills. They also found in her vehicle an additional 13.7 grams of methamphetamine beyond what was sold to the informant.

According to the criminal complaint, Robertson admitted selling the meth to the informant. It said she admitted to selling meth “to make some quick cash” to support her own drug addiction.

Robertson claimed no knowledge of the additional methamphetamine police found in her vehicle.

 

 

 

 

http://www.belleplaineherald.com/Content/News/News/Article/Woman-30-Arrested-for-Meth-Possession-Sale-in-Belle-Plaine/7/48/7696

 

ASHEBORO — A child’s possible exposure to a methamphetamine lab has resulted in the arrest of three Trinity residents on drug-related charges.

The arrests were reported by Randolph County Sheriff Robert A. Graves, in his first press release as sheriff, on Wednesday.web1_web---Mashburn

Patrol deputies responded to a 911 call at High Point Regional Hospital’s Emergency Room on Monday regarding a juvenile who had possibly been exposed to a meth lab. The sheriff office’s Vice Narcotics Unit and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation were contacted and a search of a Trinity residence was conducted.

At 6130 Meadowbrook Drive, Trinity, detectives located a methamphetamine lab in the residence and seized components used in the meth manufacturing process.

Three individuals were arrested and charged as a result of the search:

  • Jason Kyle Martin, 23, of 3244 Mountainview St., Trinity, manufacture methamphetamine. He remained in Randolph County Jail on Wednesday under $50,000 secured bond.
  • Dylan Bryant Vestal, 24, of 6130 Meadowbrook Drive, Trinity, manufacture methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance. He also remained in Randolph County Jail on Wednesday under a $5,000 secured bond.
  • Ashley Dawn Mashburn, 23, of 6130 Meadowbrook Drive, Trinity, manufacture methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance. She was additionally charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in connection with the methamphetamine exposure of the juvenile, according to the sheriff’s office. Her bond was set at $2,500 secured.

 

 

 

 

http://courier-tribune.com/news/local/child-s-possible-exposure-leads-three-meth-lab-arrests

 

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) – A 6-month investigation has culminated in the arrest of a “major meth dealer,” according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Johnny Beam, 63, of the 2600 block of Barbara St. in Bossier City, is charged with Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamines) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of 9796462_GSchedule III (Hydrocodone), Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance with a Firearm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation was conducted by the Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force, with help from the DEA Narcotic Task Force, which includes Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.

BPSO says a search of Beam’s home turned up about 2 pounds of methamphetamine (Ice), with a potential street value of approximately $90,000; two firearms; $952 cash and hydrocodone pills. A 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was also seized.

Police say Beam has been dealing methamphetamine in this area for some time now, but this arrest assures another drug dealer is out of business in Bossier Parish.

“I commend our deputies and officers on our Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force and the assistance from the DEA Narcotics Task Force,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

“Getting drug dealers off of our streets to keep our families and children safe is a top priority of mine, and I applaud our team for this outstanding arrest.”

The investigation continues, and agents say more property seizures and future arrests are possible.

Beam was arrested at his home and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Tuesday afternoon. His bond is set at $110,500.

The Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force comprises deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Bossier City Police Department.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ksla.com/story/31133853/bpso-major-meth-dealer-busted-in-bossier

 

LAMAR COUNTY, GA (CBS46) – The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department said two men driving a mobile meth lab crashed into the median of I-75 near Barnesville.

It happened just after 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75 close to where it crosses State Route 36.9805062_G

When officers arrived on scene, they found what appeared to be chemicals used for making methamphetamine inside the car.

Investigators said 35-year-old Dustin McMillan fell asleep at the wheel.

McMillan and his passenger, 31-year-old Jeremy Fulghum, are both from Georgia, but by Thursday afternoon, investigators had not determined what town they are from or where they were headed.

The discovery of the chemicals forced deputies to close the interstate until they were sure the substances were contained safely. Among other things, the ingredients for making methamphetamine are flammable.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Captain Todd Pippin described one of the chemicals as being extremely harmful, adding, “It will burn and scortch your lungs. A single breath could actually kill you.”

At one point, traffic was stopped for 10 miles in both directions.

No other cars were involved in the accident.

Both men survived the crash and are in jail, awaiting a first appearance before a judge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.cbs46.com/story/31139695/rolling-meth-lab-found-inside-crashed-car

 

Windsor Police arrested four Windsorites, two men and two women, Tuesday afternoon after the suspects alleged attempted to ram police cruisers in an attempt to escape.

At approximately 2 pm February 2 officers from the Target Base Unit recognized a black Ford Fiesta, which had allegedly been involved in a convenience store theft earlier in the day, in the area of Erie Street West and Pelissier Street.

The vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Halifax, was stopped in a Tecumseh Road East parking lot with the assistance of patrol officers and the K9 Unit. The driver of the vehicle then allegedly appeared to intentionally ram the police cruisers before coming to a stop.

Officers removed the driver, a 32-year-old man, and placed him under arrest after a brief struggle. He was also found to be breaching bail conditions and wanted on outstanding warrants.

The male passenger, 31 was also placed under arrest and found to be in possession of a weapon, breaching bail conditions, and wanted on outstanding warrants.

Two female passengers in the back seat were also arrested, and found to in possession of a quantity of drugs. Officers also seized a quantity of methamphetamine following a search of the vehicle. In total 14.9 grams of methamphetamine and three Nabilone pills were seized.

Douglas Kenny, a 32-year-old male, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Dangerous Driving, Resist Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, four counts of breach of Recognizance, and outstanding warrants.

Christopher McNeil, a 31-year-old male, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, seven counts of Breach of Recognizance, and outstanding Warrants.

Jordan Irwin, a 25-year-old female, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, Possession of Methamphetamine, and outstanding warrants.

Victoria Heckley, a 23-year-old female, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at www.catchcrooks.com, or submit a tip on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/6262404-four-arrested-on-multiple-charges-after-ramming-police-car-with-stolen-vehicle/

 

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Stockton man’s death sentence for murdering four people in 1997 with a gun he had stolen from the van of an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy.

In the unanimous ruling, the court rejected defense arguments that police had coerced Louis Peoples into confessing to the murders during a marathon interrogation after his arrest.920x920tjudtj

Peoples had worked as a tow truck driver in Stockton for seven months before being suspended in October 1997 for testing positive for methamphetamine. Later that month, prosecutors said, he called the company for a tow late one night, using an alias, and fatally shot the driver, James Loper, 29. Peoples called the company the next day, using his real name, said he was sorry to hear about Loper’s death, and asked to return from his suspension but was turned down, the court said.

A week later, prosecutors said, Peoples robbed a liquor store and killed the owner, Stephen Chaco, 39. He was also convicted of robbing another liquor store a week after that and fatally shooting the owner, Beson Yu, 56, and a clerk, Jun Gao, 46.

Peoples, then 35, was arrested a day after the second robbery. After questioning, police said, he led them to a vacant lot near his home where a pouch was found containing a .40-caliber Glock handgun that had been stolen in June 1997 from the van of Michael King, an off-duty Alameda County deputy who was visiting Stockton.

Police said they also found a folder in Peoples’ backpack that was labeled “Biography of a Crime Spree” and contained news clippings about the crimes and a note saying he had been motivated both by revenge and the need to support his wife and two children when he was unemployed.

His lawyer said Peoples had been molested as a teenager, and presented psychiatric evidence of brain damage from his methamphetamine use. Because of extensive local news coverage, his trial was transferred to Alameda County, where an initial jury deadlocked on his sentence — voting 8-4 to spare his life, according to the defense lawyer. But a second jury returned a death verdict in 2000.

In his appeal, Peoples’ lawyers argued that detectives had unlawfully coerced him in a 12-hour interrogation session that lasted until 4:45 a.m.

The court said Peoples denied guilt for the first nine or 10 hours before admitting the crimes. The detectives first tried to win his trust by suggesting he hadn’t meant to shoot anyone, and later told him that his wife had implicated him and that they would “drag” her into the case and “lean on” his 12-year-old stepson if Peoples didn’t cooperate, the court said.

Those tactics did not cross the line into illegal inducements or coercion, the court said.

The detectives “never offered him leniency for his confession and never threatened a harsher penalty if he remained silent,” Justice Goodwin Liu said in the 7-0 ruling. While threatening to drag Peoples’ wife into the case, the officers never suggested that they would charge her with a crime, Liu said. And although Peoples showed signs of fatigue during the questioning, Liu said, the detectives gave him numerous breaks, and food and drink, and repeatedly offered him the chance to speak with a lawyer, which he declined.

Additionally, Liu said the trial judge, Michael Platt of San Joaquin County Superior Court, spoke “discourteously and disrespectfully” to Peoples’ lawyer throughout the trial but never did so in the jury’s presence. A state commission later removed Platt from office for fixing traffic tickets and other misconduct.

Phillip Cherney, Peoples’ appellate lawyer, said Thursday that Platt, with the Supreme Court’s approval, had also allowed the prosecutor to present a misleading view of the defendant as a remorseless killer. Finding the proposed defense evidence unreliable, the judge excluded letters Peoples had written to his family, expressing remorse, and barred testimony by the pastor for one of Peoples’ victims, who would have said he spoke with Peoples and considered him genuinely remorseful.

Platt’s rulings prevented the jury from hearing “powerful evidence” that Peoples had become a changed man in his nearly three years behind bars, “once the meth was out of his system“ and “it began to settle in what he had done,“ Cherney said.

The case is People vs. Peoples, √S090602.

 

 

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Death-penalty-upheld-for-man-convicted-of-killing-6807770.php

 

FACTORY making the highly-addictive drug used by terrorists and ISIS fighters has been uncovered by rebels in Syria.Capture-3_2670891a

Tablets and syringes were found inside hotel rooms used by the ‘zombie-like’ gang before last November’s Paris atrocities.

French police believe the evil killers launched their killing spree while high on the lethal ‘Terror Potion’ which has also fueled the war in Syria.

ISIS chemists are producing millions of the cheap, easy-to-make amphetamine pills that help keep fanatics awake for days, turning them into wide-eyed Jihadi junkies.

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The highly-addictive pills put ISIS fighters in a state of euphoria, and the terror group is believed to making millions in revenue through sales of the drug

The small tablets, named Captagon, are produced in Syria and are widely available across the Middle East.

It is thought that the trade of the drugs brings in millions in revenue for ISIS, providing funding for weapons and ammunition.

Now the al-Nusra Front – a rebel faction fighting the Syrian government – has found a factory making the drug and confiscated thousands of the pills plus chemical equipment near the city of Aleppo.

This combination of photos made in Paris on November 18, 2015 shows the suspected mastermind of the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks, 28-year-old Belgian IS group leading militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud (Top), French Bilal Hadfi (bottom L) one of the suicide bombers who blew himself outside the Stade de France stadium, Samy Amimour (center R), one of the suicide bombers who attacked a Paris concert hall, suspect at large French Salah Abdeslam (center L), and an unidentified man (bottom R) suspected of being involved in the attacks.

French officers believe the Jihadis who committed the Paris atrocities were high on the powerful amphetamine

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The drug was first produced in the West in the 60s to treat hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression, but by the 80s was banned in most countries because of its addictive properties and no longer has a legitimate medical use.

The “Terror Potion” nickname was gained because of its shockingly powerful effects.

It’s usually taken in pill form but it can be dissolved into a liquid and injected.

Seifeddine Rezgui, the killer who caused carnage in Tunisia in the summer, took a Captagon pill before carrying out his shootings.

It has become the drug of choice for ISIS fighters – who are bizarrely permitted to take it despite being strictly banned from drinking alcohol.

The drug’s active ingredient is metabolized by the body into the stimulants amphetamine and theophylline.

Lebanese psychiatrist Ramzi Haddad says the drug has the typical effects of a stimulant.

He explained: “It gives you a kind of euphoria. You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.

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“Production is cheap and simple, requiring only basic knowledge of chemistry and a few scales.”

Syrian state media regularly mention Captagon pills, which sell for between as little as £2.50 as one of the items government forces seize alongside weapons when they capture ISIS fighters or raid their bases.

A drug control officer in the central city of Homs said he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning.

He said: “We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain. Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows.”

And a former fighter in the Syrian civil war spoke of the effects of the drug, revealing: “The brigade leader came and told us this pill gives you energy. Try it.

“So we took it the first time, and we felt physically fit, and felt like if there were ten people in front of you, you could catch them and kill them.”

Photos of the drugs find were yesterday posted online by Terrormonitor.org.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/6905235/Factory-that-makes-Terror-Potion-turning-ISIS-fighters-into-drug-fuelled-Jihadi-junkies.html

 

In 2002, 18-year-old Matthew Medlin’s first adult mugshot featured an extremely good looking man. At the time, he probably had no idea he was about to enter a life of crime and addiction:

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Fast forward fourteen years—this past Saturday, 31-year-old Medlin found himself in a four-hour police stand-off, during which injected himself with meth.

Multnomah, Portland police were called after getting reports that a man was climbing on trains in a rail yard.

When police attempted to approach Medlin, he jumped into an open-topped car, stating he had been on a 26-hour meth bender, and refused to leave.

They tried to talk him down, but he just shot up more.

Eventually police were able to detain him, and he was charged with Criminal Mischief and Trespass, and given a $7,500 bail.

The man arrested that day looked nothing like the once-handsome young man from 2002.

Throughout the years Medlin had been jailed numerous times. Here is he in 2007:

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In 2013, he was arrested for sex abuse, burglary and assault:

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Here he is again in 2013:

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And again in 2013:

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As the years went on and his crimes became worse, so did his appearance.

Then in May of 2014, despite being just six days away from release, he decided to mount an escape.

Police found him less than ten hours later due to his now distinctive facial tattoos, which feature two pointed ‘eyebrows’ and four tear drops:

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Fast forward two more years; this is what Medlin looked like last Saturday after he was brought in:

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Medlin is currently in jail awaiting his court date.

 

 

 

 

https://www.ijreview.com/2016/02/528782-14-years-of-mugshots-show-the-disturbing-decline-of-a-meth-addicted-sex-offender/

 

A man who says as a teenager in 1991 he was repeatedly coaxed into a laundry room and a bathroom and then sexually abused by two female staff members at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn has filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against the state.

The man, now in his early 40s, was 16 at the time of the alleged abuse, according to his lawsuit filed last week in Marion County Circuit Court.19661215-mmmain

The man claims that one of the employees gave him cigarettes daily, provided him with methamphetamine and repeatedly molested him in a bathroom.

The man also claims that another staffer started making comments about how he was attractive and repeatedly sexually abused him in a small room used to fold laundry.

The lawsuit lists the two women and the Oregon Youth Authority — which is the state agency that operates MacLaren — as defendants. He knew only one of the women by her first name.

The other woman couldn’t be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Youth Authority, which operates MacLaren, said the woman worked for the authority from 1986 to 1996, which is when she resigned. She apparently hasn’t been charged with any crimes.

The agency’s spokeswoman, Ann Snyder, said she couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, citing the pending litigation.

The suit identifies the man by the pseudonym “John Doe.”

After he was released from custody, he joined a motorcycle club and began a life of crime, the suit states. He didn’t realize the detrimental effect the alleged abuse had on his life until April 2014, when he attempted suicide, went to counseling and for the first time talked about what happened, the suit states.

Doe hadn’t reported the MacLaren employees to police or others, the suit says, because he didn’t see the behavior for what it was.

The suit states that Doe also had been sexually and physically abused by a relative before he ended up at MacLaren — and that at least one of the women was aware of that.

The suit states that sexual abuse at the youth prison in the 1990s wasn’t just isolated to Doe. The suit claims that the two women abused at least three other boys — and that one of the women ended up marrying a youth offender after the two had a sexual relationship at MacLaren.

The lawsuit faults the Oregon Youth Authority for allegedly “fostering” an atmosphere where sexual abuse of youths was known and ignored or condoned.

In a 2014 lawsuit, a different man who was held at the youth prison in the late 1990s when he was 15 filed a $22 million lawsuit alleging that the prison turned a “blind eye” to sexual assaults he suffered by notorious child predator Frank James Milligan – a “group life coordinator” at MacLaren. That suit is scheduled for trial in April.

A 2015 state report outlines efforts by the Oregon Youth Authority to comply with the federal law — the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act — at all 10 of its facilities, which house about 650 youth offenders. Those efforts include reporting and investigating complaints of sexual assault. In 2013, which was the latest year available, there were six reports of youths claiming staff-to-youth sexual misconduct, and one report was substantiated. That same year, there were three reports of staff-to-youth sexual harassment and all of those were substantiated.

Portland attorneys Jesse Merrithew and Lynn Walsh are representing Doe.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/02/lawsuit_maclaren_youth_correct.html

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- After being sentenced to more than three years in prison, a rural Horton woman is facing additional charges.

Many Signals Communications is reports that 23-year-old Ellen Keo was sentenced Friday in Brown County District Court. MSC says in September she attacked her boyfriend with a tomahawk. The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries to his face.ellen+keo+web1

She has been charged with aggravated battery, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. She was also ordered to pay more than $64,000 in restitution.

Brown County Attorney Kevin Hills tells MSC that Keo had a large knife on her during sentencing.

After sentencing, she was taken to the Brown County Jail where she was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

She now faces a felony count of traffic in contraband in a correctional facility along with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Brown-Co-woman-facing-more-charges-after-allegedly-having-meth-in-jail-cell-367395531.html