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LAS VEGAS — The drug methamphetamine is becoming a common thread among some of the dangerous crimes committed in the valley.

In fact, the family of Jerry Howard, the man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Kathy Shines, 54, had allegedly just started using the drug, according to his family.6400062_G

“He was on something that he should have never been on,” said Ron Howard, the father of Jerry Howard. “He said I can’t believe I did that dad.”

Metro Police said meth is a problem in Clark County.  8 News NOW looked into other cases involving suspects on the drug; and much like Howard’s case, their crimes were also bizarre and deadly.

“I had no idea where I was, or what was happening,” said Natasha Jackson, who was on meth when she allegedly committed a crime.

Jackson is accused of going on a deadly crime spree with her boyfriend in July 2014.

In a jailhouse interview, she said, “He shot me up with methamphetamine.”

William Jacobsen is accused of killing a man during a road rage episode in Nov. 2014.

Vanessa Murphy: “Were you on drugs?”

William Jacobsen: “I had taken a sleeping pill, but that’s it.”

Officers said they found methamphetamine on him the night of the crime. In a jailhouse interview a week after the deadly shooting, Jacobsen admitted to pulling the trigger, but he said he was having trouble remembering everything about that night.

“I’m kind of fuzzy on the details,” Jacobsen said.

In Sept. 2014, Justin Rector was arrested for murdering and dumping the body of a Bullhead City, AZ girl. Police said he had smoked meth before he allegedly killed 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella.

“The consequences of meth use are catastrophic,” according to David Marlon, President of Solutions Recovery.

Marlon said an estimated 10 to 15 percent of his clients get help for meth addiction at his drug and alcohol treatment center.

It’s an epidemic. Its in our communities and it’s not something that should be treated lightly. It’s a very dangerous drug,” Marlon said.

Marlon said meth is easy to get, cheap, and highly addictive. However, using meth can lead to acute psychotic episodes; in other words, the drug user could snap.

“People, who use meth, get really crazy. It leads you down a terrible road” he said.

Ron Howard said his son was a good example of what can happen when you use meth.

“I am so sorry; please forgive my son. He’s off the streets getting the help that he needs,” he said.








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