Comments Off on Year in review: Methamphetamine labs a growing problem in 2014

The equipment and ingredients to make methamphetamine are easy to get and simple to put together. The process creates volatile chemical combinations that can explode, fumes that can debilitate, and finally, a drug that destroys lives.

This year, the number of meth labs continued to escalate.

In February, Coaldale police charged Jason John Shiffert, 33, with operating the meth lab at 11 E. Ruddle St.

In April, Mahoning Township police charged Todd Cermak with making meth at his Nis Hollow home.

In May, Nesquehoning police charged Eric Joseph Willing, 34, of 132 E. Railroad St., with operating a meth lab in his home.

In June, Lansford police, along with the Carbon County Drug Task Force and the state Office of the Attorney General arrested William Barnes, 36, for operating a meth lab out of his home at 237 W. Patterson St.

In July, Lehighton police charged Matthew Scott Haydt, 26, of 189 S. First St., with making the drug.

In October, authorities found a meth lab being operated by William McFarland, 48, in Lower Towamensing Township.

Also in October, the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team was in Tamaqua after police discovered a meth lab in a vacant apartment at 130 E. Broad St.

People making meth in their homes endanger family members, often children, by exposing them to fumes and the possibility of explosions.

They also endanger firefighters and ambulance crews responding to the explosions. Meth addicts are often violent, and neglect their children. It’s almost impossible for them to hold down jobs, and so they depend on public handouts for food, shelter and medical care.

While the cost of making meth is cheap, the cost of caring for neglected children, cleaning up the hazardous waste resulting from meth manufacturing, the cost of keeping meth addicts jailed, and the hours spent by firefighters, police and ambulance personnel are expensive.








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