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BEVERLY — Police say a man was arrested on drug charges Saturday after he walked away from an interview with officers and hid bags of methamphetamine in the pet food aisle of a store on Rantoul Street.

Hector J. Rodriguez, 19, of 27 Home St., Beverly, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute class B methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute class D marijuana, according to a department press release.

The incident began as officers in the area of Rantoul and Pleasant streets were attempting to conduct field interviews of two males “believed to be involved in a previous incident that is currently under investigation,” police wrote.

During the interview, one of the males — Rodriguez — walked away from an officer and went into the One Stop Market at 174 Rantoul St., police wrote.

After they finished the interview of the other male, officers went to the market and observed Rodriguez “duck down in between an aisle in the store,” according to the statement.

“After observing this, officers attempted to talk with Rodriguez, who had ducked down in the pet food aisle of the store and initially ignored officers before finally engaging them in conversation,” police wrote. “Rodriguez told officers he went into the store to get a snack.”

Rodriguez was allowed to leave the store, but an officer searched the area he had been in, suspecting he might have “secreted something in the aisle where he had been ducking down,” police wrote.

Police say the officer found two bags of methamphetamine in the store. Later on, five bags of marijuana were reportedly found on Rodriguez himself.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1612854162/Police-Man-hides-meth-in-stores-pet-food-aisle

 

 

Walter White may have ended his run as a meth producer on television Sunday night, but in Bethlehem the story of meth producers and dealers keeps rolling on.

Two days before a high-profile case involving the meth lab explosion that rocked Greenleaf Street in March came to a close in court, Bethlehem Township policearrested another alleged meth maker working out of a shed behind a Sixth Street home.

The front window of 1965 Greenleaf Street was blown out after a basement lab exploded there in March. (Patch File Photo)

The front window of 1965 Greenleaf Street was blown out after a basement lab exploded
 
 

Davina Bowler, 39, of Palmer Township—the last defendant from the Greenleaf Street explosion—pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of possessing ephedrine in Northampton County Court on Friday and was sentenced to six months of probation, according to The Morning Call.

The cases have been closed on Bowler’s three co-defendants, with 40-year-old Daniel J. Houser taking the brunt of the punishment—a 4½ to 11-year prison sentence handed down in July.

Houser claimed after one hearing that he acted alone in cooking meth at 1965 Greenleaf St. in the city’s northeast neighborhood.

Nonetheless, co-conspirator Jeffrey Caulfield, 29, got a one-to-two year prison sentence and homeowner Elaine Noone, 65, also pleaded guilty to possession of ephedrine and is serving three months of probation, according to the newspaper.

The explosion and fire, which resulted in six injuries, happened about three hours before police had planned to conduct a drug raid there. The home had been a target of a city and township police investigation of local meth trade.

Two days before Bowler’s guilty plea, township police raided a shed behind 1450 Sixth St., where they allege Thomas Stocker, 31, has been cooking meth. Stocker told police he has also been living inside the shed.

Police also arrested 51-year-old Dawn Marie Stocker, 51, who lives inside the Sixth Street home.

In another high-profile case, Anthony “Skinny” Serratore of Bethlehem was sentenced in May to five to 10 years in prison for being one of the leaders of a Valley-wide meth ring that distributed as much as a pound of meth every week, a quantity with a street value of $90,000.

Gary Kuehner, 32, of Bethlehem was charged in April with being a leader of a meth ring that stretched from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley and allegedly distributed $7 million worth of drugs over the past five years.

 

 

 

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COLUMBIANA, Alabama — For anyone who thinks Shelby County doesn’t have a methamphetamine problem, Sheriff Chris Curry pointed to a clandestine lab bust by Pelham police officers at a motel that happened less than a month ago.

“Three officers just doing a routine response to a call ended up having to have medical treatment” for exposure to a lab, Curry said about the Sept. 9 discovery in a motel room at the Oak Mountain Lodge.

“That’s just the tip of the iceberg as we see meth cooks in homes and apartments where there are children and we see the damage to the lifestyle and the families,” Curry said. “We should all know that we have a real problem with meth. Alabama has that problem and Shelby County has that problem.”

At a press conference this morning at Davis Drug in Columbiana, Curry along with Shelby County District Attorney Robby Owens, state Sen. Slade Blackwell of Mountain Brook and pharmacy owner Jim Davis Jr. spoke about changes to state law that help limit access to ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

“Alabama is actually leading the nation in our campaign against meth and smurfing,” Blackwell said, referring to the term used to describe the purchase of the common over-the-counter allergy medicine pseudoephedrine for use in making meth.

On Oct. 1, 2012, the state became the first to launch an anti-smurfing campaign to raise awareness of the illicit practice, Blackwell said. Smurfing happens when “people come into drug stores like here and they buy pseudoephedrine, and they take that and turn that into meth, which is very addictive and hurting our society,” he said.

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Speakers at a press conference on Shelby County’s methamphetamine problem on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Davis Drug in Columbiana include state Sen. Slade Blackwell of Mountain Brook, Sheriff Chris Curry, pharmacy owner Jim Davis Jr. and District Attorney Robby Owens

 

 

 

Although the act of buying pseudoephedrine for use in making methamphetamine is a felony, pharmacies throughout Alabama utilize a tool that helps the businesses, as well as law enforcement and prosecutors, curb illegal purchases of the allergy medicine.

The statewide database, known as NPLEx, or the National Precursor Log Exchange, tracks pseudoephedrine purchases made by customers, who are limited to 7.5 grams per month.

“You have to present an ID, a driver’s license or properly accepted ID, and they enter the information in the database for other pharmacists to see it,” Owens said about how the system works. As a result, pharmacists like Davis are “able to go into that database and be sure the person is not buying more” than allowed under law.

Davis said the system helps him determine whether sales of the medicine are legal to customers. “As a pharmacist, my main job is to perform a service in the community,” he said. “It’s comforting to know we have friends in law enforcement we can turn to when questions arise of illegal activity.”

The database is “simple to use and offers immediate confirmation whether or not to sell,” Davis said.

Curry said the database helps with law enforcement investigations as methamphetamine continues to change in how it’s made.

“It’s undergone a lot of changes. The actual meth and producing the meth has changed, becoming much simpler, much more mobile,” Curry said, noting that manufacturing can happen in a cooler in the back of a car.

“What’s driving this is the availability of meth is easier to make so our choice is to make it harder to get. If we can limit access to necessary ingredients,” that can help curb use and production, he said.

According to a subcommittee report of the Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force, Shelby County remains one of the top 10 in the state for selling pseudoephedrine.

From January through March this year, Shelby County was fourth highest with roughly 46,282 grams of the medicine sold. At the same time, there were almost 2,265 grams blocked for purchase, according to the database figures and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Commission.

By comparison, Jefferson County had almost 102,313 grams sold and 7,184 grams blocked for purchase, while Mobile County had 95,013 grams sold and 8,937 grams blocked, according to the report.

“Yes, there’s meth all over Shelby County,” Curry said. “Does the usual citizen, the normal citizen … see meth? No, they don’t, but it’s there and it’s affecting the health of our community and it’s affecting the economy of our community.”

 

 

 

 

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/09/meth_in_shelby_county_persists.html

 

ALLEGAN, MI — Drunken driving and juvenile delinquency cases have dramatically declined in Allegan County.

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According to Prosecutor Frederick Anderson’s annual report, last year there were 459 cases of drunk driving in Allegan County, down from 530. But from 2003 to 2006, Anderson’s statistics show drunken driving cases ran in the high 600s and 700s, with the worst year being 2006 with 777 cases.

Anderson attributed some of the decline to more people being aware of changes in the law. “The penalties for drunk driving are substantial,” Anderson told the Allegan County Board of Commissioners in delivering his annual report Thursday, Sept. 26.

Another decline has been in juvenile delinquency cases. There were 516 cases last year. That compares to just over 500 cases the year before, but just under 900 back in 2003.

Anderson credits the county’s diversion programs designed to reduce repeat offenses. “I’d like to think we’re successful because the numbers are going down,” he said.

He also said there’s been a lot of financial savings to the county in court time and supervision.

While juvenile offenses and drunken driving cases are on the decline in Allegan County, methamphetamine is not, according to the prosecutor. Meth labs discovered in the county jumped from a low of six in 2007 to 54 in 2012, and meth-related convictions have increased, Anderson said.

“It just inundates our court docket,” he said.

The number of criminal sexual conduct cases has rose from 88 in 2011 to 117 in 2012. “This is the most we’ve ever had in my 21 years as prosecutor,” Anderson said.

“They’re very severe in nature,” the county prosecutor said of sex assault cases. “They involve children” as well as the developmentally disabled, he said.

Numbers of CSC cases for previous years were 75 in 2010, 76 in 2009, 83 in 2008 and 63 in 2007, according to the report.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/09/drunken_driving_cases_declinin.html

 

SANTA ROSA BEACH — A man and woman were arrested Friday in a meth lab bust at 504 Musset Bayou Road.

Law enforcement officers arrived at the home at about 8:30 p.m., according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. They had a warrant to search the premises.

Brett Phillips, 32, and Robin Cooper, 28

Brett Phillips, 32, and Robin Cooper, 28

 

 

Several individuals were inside but wouldn’t come to the door. SWAT team members were called in, and when they entered the home they discovered methamphetamines had been cooked in the kitchen.

During the more than six-hour search they also found a shotgun, ammunition, marijuana, methamphetamines and a stolen blue scooter, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Brett Phillips, 32, and Robin Cooper, 28, who live at the home, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Phillips was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/two-arrested-in-meth-lab-bust-in-santa-rosa-beach-1.211004

 

 

An apartment near a church in Plymouth contained a dark secret: a methamphetamine lab, police said.

Plymouth police went to a small apartment complex at 796 State Road, which is near St. Bonaventure Church, at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, where they found activity “consistent with a small methamphetamine lab,” said Police Chief Michael Botieri.

“One of the residents in the apartments saw suspicious activity and smelled some things that were suspicious,” Botieri said.

Plymouth police, along with US Drug Enforcement Administration agents and a hazardous materials response team, secured evidence from the apartment, including drug paraphernalia, manufacturing instruments, and various chemicals, police said.

“It’s really a quiet, mostly residential area,” said Sheilah Burleigh-Segatore, coordinator for religious education at St. Bonaventure. “It’s a tightknit community. I would have never suspected anything like that going on.”

The apartment building, which contained four apartments, was evacuated during the raid, police said.

Police made no arrests at the scene, but arrested the tenant of the apartment, 38-year-old Kerri Mahoney, Sunday night in Lakeville. Mahoney was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B substance, police said.

“It appears the setup was big enough that we believe she was selling,” Botieri said.

She was to be arraigned Monday in Plymouth District Court, police said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/09/30/meth-lab-discovered-across-from-church-plymouth/F6m39uoFqfSMBZVfA3ZL6K/story.html

 

When 38-year-old Bradford Ford pulled into the Airport Thruway Walmart’s parking lot Saturday night to allegedly hand off 140 grams of methamphetamine, the Columbus Police Special Operations Unit was waiting for him.

Ford, who is charged with trafficking nearly three pounds of meth, faced additional charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug related objects during a Monday morning Recorder’s Court. His girlfriend, 31-year-old Jessica Parsons, faced the same charges, as she was arrested during a search of Ford’s home.

 

Jessica Parsons

Bradford Ford

Bradford Ford

 

The bust started, an agent told the court, after investigators received information from “a reliable source” that Ford was planning on selling meth at the 2801 Airport Thruway Walmart.

Ford was found in the parking lot, still inside his vehicle. After police detained Ford, a K-9 unit pointed officers toward Ford’s alleged meth hiding place — a brown shopping bag in the front passenger floorboard with $14,000 worth of meth.

Though Ford withdrew his initial plea of guilty during the hearing, officers contend it was Ford’s cooperation that allowed agents to seize an additional 1,192.2 grams of meth.

At Walmart, he allegedly told police he was waiting to drop off the drugs to another man for $60,000. That person was never apprehended.

Later, at the police station, Ford told agents they could find almost $120,000 worth of meth, along with more than $20,000, at his 7500 Edgewater Drive residence.

The next morning, agents executed a search warrant at the Edgewater Drive house, where Ford lives with his parents. Ford had given agents a basic layout of the home and said they could find the drugs in a camouflage Duffle bag in his bedroom.

However, when police arrived, Parsons told police she had thrown the drugs away.

According to officers, Ford instructed his girlfriend to clear the house of evidence if ever he did not answer his phone in a timely manner. She allegedly admitted to doing so, and shoved the large amount of meth, some synthetic marijuana, syringe, spoons, scales and hydrocodone into a trash can in the back yard. Inthe bedroom, police said they also found more than $25,000, $9,000 of which was under Parson’s pillow. The total weight of the meth was 2.91 pounds, one of the largest hauls the Special Operations Unit has made.

Due to the volume of meth agents found between Ford and Parsons, Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond for both’s meth arrest. They were both given a $101,000 bond on the remaining charges. Their cases will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ARNAUDVILLE, LA (WAFB) – Detectives said a man accused of abusing his grandmother admitted to slipping drugs into her food to make her sleep while he would smoke crystal meth in her attic.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Todd Richard, 34, of Arnaudville, is charged with cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of the infirmed and distribution of Schedule II drugs.

Todd Richard (Source: St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office)
Todd Richard
 
 

Deputies said they began investigating the case after receiving an anonymous tip the 78-year-old woman was being abused by her grandson.

According to reports, the victim told investigators she had given Richard $7,000 since January to pay her bills. After her water was turned off for over three weeks, she discovered her bills were not being paid.

Detectives said they questioned Richard and he confessed to putting narcotics in her food and smoking meth in her attic.

“Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, not even our elders,” Capt. Megan Vizena, spokesperson for SLPSO, said in a written release. “They are usually our most vulnerable victims and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. If you notice changes in a senior’s personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on. Remember, it is not your role to verify that abuse is occurring, only to alert us of your suspicions.”

Richard remained in the St. Landry Parish Jail as of Monday morning. Bond has not been set.

 

 

 

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/23568170/deputies-man-drugged-grandmother-smoked-meth-instead-of-paying-her-bills

 

 

fter officials find what appears to be a “rolling meth lab” parked in a secluded area, two suspects flee from police inside a silver Ford Rapter pickup truck, firing multiple rounds at pursing state police troopers, before the vehicle slams into a home; the truck’s occupants immediately leave the vehicle behind and take refuge in a nearby empty house. Hours later, one suspect is in custody and the other is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

While it sounds like a scenario that might be cooked up by writers for the illicit methamphetamine-focused television show ‘Breaking Bad,’ the scene is what police say played out Friday in Fayette County.

Rolling Meth Lab

Officers in containment suits search the car as Horry County police officials investigate a rolling meth lab in the South Strand Commons shopping center at S.C. 544 and U.S. 17 near Surfside Beach, S.C.,

 

 

 

Police said that Donald Ray Brown, 53, of Buckhannon, W.Va., was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a single-story home at 216 Center Ave., North Union Township, where he had barricaded himself for more than 9 hours.

Brown’s alleged accomplice, Jessica Lynn Phillips, 28, also of Buckhannon, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault, attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, three counts of reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police and several other charges in connection with the police chase that led to the standoff.

And, officers say, the entire incident began when a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officer spotted the couple acting suspicious and detected elements that led him to believe Brown and Phillips were operating an illegal methamphetamine lab.

According to information compiled by the Associated Press, illegal methamphetamine labs — including mobile meth labs — are continuing to grow in popularity across the nation, especially in suburban areas.

Police have reported spikes in meth lab seizures in Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia, and authorities said there is evidence that inner-city gangs are becoming involved in meth production and distribution.

In an October 2012 report, the Associated Press indicated that Mexican “super labs” are increasing production, making meth more pure and less expensive and then using existing drug pipelines in big cities to move the drug.

And while meth labs and “meth culture” might be new to the region, where police say heroin and prescription narcotics remain the illegal drugs of choice, meth labs are on the rise in the surrounding areas and meth use and production are becoming popular in illegal drug circles, officials said.

“Meth labs have been around for a while, and we have trained and prepared for it,” Fayette County District Attorney Jack R. Heneks Jr. said, noting that he has attended training seminars regarding meth labs and officers across the county have received training regarding the dangerous and volatile nature of the drug. “We have had no (people who run) meth labs prosecuted in Fayette County, and my task force members have not reported any interaction with methamphetamine production.”

Whereas when officers kick in a door in a drug raid and seize marijuana or heroin or crack, methamphetamine is not something officers can so easily take custody of, Heneks said, adding that the drug is not only dangerous to those who consume it, but those who manufacture it.

“We are aware of it and officers are trained in understanding what could happen if a lab were to be discovered,” Heneks said. “It is very dangerous to move into an active lab operation.”

State police Trooper Stefani Plume said that troopers have been preparing for problems associated with methamphetamine use and meth labs for some time and noted that prepared and informational sheet about meth labs that was sent to area media outlets in March of 2012 when production began to ramp up across the region.

Officials said that the mobile meth production has skyrocketed as drug “cookers” have learned that they no longer need to be in a secluded area to avoid detection because of chemical smells as over-the-counter cold medications can now be used in a method known as “shake and bake.”

Police say the cold medicine is combined with a toxic additive, like battery acid, and then shaken together in plastic soda bottles.

Heneks said that pharmacies keep detailed logs to “closely monitor” the sales of medications used often in the creation of meth in an attempt to combat illegal production.

But that hasn’t slowed illicit production of the drug cropping up across Pennsylvania.

On Christmas Eve, police said they discovered a mobile meth lab in the parking lot of a Philadelphia area Walmart.

This summer, police near Wilkes-Barre charged a Mount Carmel woman with multiple drug counts after officers found her making methamphetamine in a mobile home, in the presence of her three young children.

And the day before the police chase and standoff in North Union Township, a state police trooper in Jefferson County was shot while attempting to serve a search warrant on a suspected methamphetamine lab.

 

 

 

http://www.heraldstandard.com/new_today/meth-labs-pose-double-threat/article_d1e68e11-65ef-5e5d-9d76-fc3f34f77c2b.html

 

 

Two people in Gibson County were arrested on manufacturing meth charges Monday morning.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office says they went to 105 W. Oak Street in Fort Branch after a drug tip.

Drug tip leads to meth lab discovery in Fort Branch

 

 

Officials say the owner of the residence, 33-year-old Bradley J. Kelley, gave officers consent to search the property.

According to authorities, one pot methamphetamine lab and several items associated drug paraphernalia and manufacturing items were found shortly after beginning the search.

Bradley and his wife, 35-year-old Melissa Kelley, of Princeton, were both taken to the Gibson County Jail.

They are being charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamines, a Class B Felony, and Neglect of a Dependent, a Class C Misdemeanor.

Both Bradley and Melissa remain in custody with no bail.

 

 

 

 

http://gibsoncounty.14news.com/news/news/173933-drug-tip-leads-meth-lab-discovery-fort-branch

 

 

CLARKSVILLE — After a nearly month-long investigation into methamphetamine activity taking place at a Clarksville home, police found an active lab and made four arrests at the residence Friday.

Clarksville Police investigators received a tip that a working lab was in the home located in the 100 block of Fallsview Drive, and two Clarksville officers went to the home about 5 p.m.

On the steps leading to the home police found Paula Denton, 40, McDonald Avenue in New Albany, and Bradley Wagoner, 35, Branchville, who were both immediately placed into custody and later arrested.

As one of the officers reached the top of the stairs, he reported smelling an odor associated with cooking methamphetamine.

The officer knocked on the door, and was told by someone in the home to come in.

After entering the home the officer saw one of its residents Kay Jecker, 38, and Craigery Hawkins, 30, of Spencer, Ind., both of whom would be later arrested.

“I also immediately noticed several 2-liter bottles with tubes coming out of them and a thick cloud of some type of white vapor,” the officer put into the police report.

The officer then saw Hawkins throw a syringe on a bed nearby.

Police ordered everyone outside of the home due to the volatile nature of the apparent methamphetamine production.

The Clarksville Fire Department was called to the scene in case of a possible eruption or fire, and the Indiana State Police was contacted to safely process and dispose of the methamphetamine lab materials. A fan was also set up in the home to remove the fumes.

Wagoner was found with a substance that tested positive for crystal methamphetamine in his shorts pocket during a pat down by police.

Several syringes, coffee filters, straws, and glass pipes were found in the home, police reported.

Denton was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Jecker was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Wagoner was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Hawkins was preliminarily charged with possession of syringe and visiting a common nuisance.

 

 

 

http://newsandtribune.com/local/x862171088/4-arrested-in-meth-operation-in-Clarksville

 

 

A woman from Cotter, Arkansas is facing numerous drug charges in Baxter County following her arrest on Saturday.

Sheriff John Montgomery says 38-year-old Lisa Pederson was in possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and dozens of prescription medications when deputies responded to a residence in Henderson on a report of a woman being drugged.

Lisa D. Pederson

 
 

Pederson reportedly fled on foot when officers arrived. The drugs were found in a backpack in her possession, and in her pants pockets. Pederson is charged with a total of 8 felony drug counts, and one misdemeanor count of fleeing.

Pederson also was found to have an outstanding felony warrant out of Marion County. She was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond on the Baxter County charges and $5,000 bond on the Marion County warrant.

Pederson is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on October 24th.

 

 

 

http://www.krzk.com/17157/woman_faces_numerous_felony_drug_charges_in_baxter_county.html

 

 

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 38-year-old Lisa Darelene Pederson of Cotter on numerous felony drug charges, according to Sheriff John Montgomery.

At 8:23 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Brian Davis was dispatched to 10828 U.S. Hwy. 62 E., Apartment 3 in Henderson in regards to a woman saying she had been drugged. Montgomery said when Davis arrived, Pederson fled on foot into the woods. Davis drove down the roadway and observed her laying in some bushes beside a tree at the edge of the woods. As Davis got out of his vehicle, Pederson jumped up and began running into the woods. After approximately 40-50 yards, Davis was able to apprehend her and take her into custody.

When she was apprehended, Pederson had a backpack in her possession, with several syringes and other items of paraphernalia inside the backpack. Pederson also reached into her pants and dropped a glass pipe on the ground that contained suspected methamphetamine, Montgomery said.

 

After being booked into Baxter County Detention Center, Pederson was found by a jail matron to have an additional syringe and a plastic bag that contained numerous pills. Montgomery said the pills later were identified as three morphine pills, 11 carisoprodol pills, three oxycodone pills, two oxycontin pills, 5 diazepam pills), 15 alprazolam pills and five packages of suboxone strips. In addition, a crystal-rock substance with an aggregate weight of .1 grams was found and tested positive for methamphetamine. She also had a small amount of marijuana.

 

Pederson was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, three felony counts of possession of Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of Schedule III controlled substance, two felony counts of possession of Schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor fleeing.

 

Pederson also was found to have an outstanding felony warrant Marion County. Montgomery said she was released on $10,000 bond on the Baxter County charges and $5,000 bond on the Marion County warrant.

 

 

 

 

http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20130930/NEWS01/130930003/Cotter-woman-flees-arrested-numerous-felony-drug-charges?nclick_check=1

 

 

NSW police admit the proliferation of suburban drug labs is beginning to resemble the US TV series Breaking Bad, about a chemistry teacher who cooks up meth in his backyard.

The comment by NSW Drug Squad commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham comes after explosions in two suspected Sydney drug labs within 24 hours.

 Breaking Bad

 

Two men, aged 37 and 40, suffered horrendous burns in the first blast, at Barden Ridge in Sydney’s south on Sunday night.They were both listed as critical after emergency surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital.

A third man was burnt in a separate explosion in Bankstown yesterday afternoon.

Det Supt Bingham says NSW police are finding an average of two drug labs a week – 86 so far this year.

About three-quarters of them are in suburban areas.“It certainly does look like an episode out of Breaking Bad with the explosions we’ve had at Barden Ridge, and we had another one overnight,” he told ABC radio.

“We’re going in this morning to determine whether (the most recent one) was a lab or not but it appears that it may well have been.”Det Supt Bingham says the operations range from a “high school lab to the full scientific apparatus”.Most of them are of a commercial scale, including the Bankstown set-up where police have allegedly found sophisticated equipment.

“We’ve certainly arrested chemistry students,” Det Supt Bingham said.“Anywhere from someone with no background in chemistry but they’ve learnt it off the internet (to) some highly-skilled lay chemists who learn their trade through the criminal element.

”He said many of the solvents and chemicals required to make amphetamines were toxic and highly flammable, especially during the evaporation process.

“We’ve had quite a few explosions where people have died or been seriously injured,” he said.

Police urged neighbours to look out for strange smells, chemical containers and blacked-out windows, as part of a new campaign targeting illegal drug labs in NSW.

The campaign will feature a poster identifying seven tell-tale signs a house is being used as a clandestine drug lab.

Det Supt Bingham said already this year police had closed down 86 labs used to manufacture drugs including ice, speed and ecstasy, and 163 hydro houses where cannabis was grown.

“Many of these drug dens blend into regular suburbia and neighbours may have no idea what the house is being used for,” he said.

“We are hopeful that this new poster will educate members of the community on the signs that distinguish a drug house from a regular home.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/chemistry-students-running-meth-labs-says-police/story-e6frg6nf-1226730546855

 

Someone apparently thought the goings-on at Jonathon and Sara Pulley’s house at 5610 N. Bluegrass Circle odd enough to report it to the Department of Child Services, which responded Monday afternoon, triggering allegations the Pulleys were making and selling methamphetamine.

Caseworkers called Tippecanoe County sheriff deputies to the east-side residence around 1 p.m. Monday.

After search warrants were obtained and the Indiana State Police meth clean-up team arrived, police say they found one of the largest one-pot methamphetamine labs police have found,  Tippecanoe County sheriff Sgt. Andy Cree said.

Arrested were Jonathon Pulley, 22, and Sara Pulley, 23. They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent — the couple’s 2-year-old child, whom caseworkers removed from the house and checked out at the hospital, Cree said.

Jonathon’s twin brother, Michael C. Pulley, also lived at the residence and was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

http://www.jconline.com/article/20131001/NEWS03/310010020/3-charged-meth-lab-bust?nclick_check=1

 

Methamphetamine incidents are on the rise as Boone County receives its 8th case of the year.

On Thursday, the Boone County Sherriff’s Department received its eighth case in connection to the drug in a northern Columbia home. Last year, Missouri State Highway Patrol reported over 20 cases last year.

Methamphetamine bag

Boone County health officials say an increase in methamphetamine incidents in the county could provide easy access for drug abusers

 
 

Boone County Detective Tom O’Sullivan said the number of incidents so far this year is consistent with previous years. O’Sullivan said lately it is individuals over the age of 40 who have been caught producing the drug.

He said the battle with methamphetamine is still going on but there are some ways to stop it.

“Hopefully some of these people, through rehab or incarceration, get off meth because it is a one way dead end road that usually wines up in death or incarceration,” O’ Sullivan said.

According to Heather Harlan, Certified Reciprocal Prevention Specialist at the Phoenix Program, the proximity of these labs could provide easy access for drug abusers. However, addiction to meth is not the starting point for substance abuse.

“People begin with substance use issues with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. They don’t begin with methamphetamine,” Harlan said.

She said that before getting law enforcement involved it is important for the communities to look more seriously into providing resources for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

 

 

 

 

http://kbia.org/post/more-meth-incidents-boone-county-concern-health-officials

 

 

Lebanon police arrested at least one person after an active methamphetamine lab was found in a motel Monday night.
 
 
Ronald Fay Wilson(jared Felkins • Lebanon Democrat) Police remain on the scene of an active meth lab found in Southland Motel on Monday night.
 
 

Lebanon police arrested at least one person after an active methamphetamine lab was found in a motel Monday night.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, officers found the meth lab just before 8 p.m. inside a room at Southland Hotel at 1107 N. Cumberland Street.

According to jail records, police arrested Ronald Fay Wilson, 46, of Lebanon, who was apparently a resident at the motel. Charges weren’t immediately available.

Bowen said officers stabilized the scene and called in the Meth Task Force to properly dispose of the meth lab.

“We are lucky to have officers trained to handle situations like this,” Bowen said. “Something like this can be dangerous to officers who are not properly trained to deal with an active meth lab.”

 

 

 

http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/article/crime/244161

 

 

Last year Eaton County had one of the highest rates of meth lab busts in the entire state.

 

 

In Charlotte alone police said the rates are double what they were just a year ago, and it’s not just meth.

“There is concern with the community because they’ve seen some of the incidents in town this year,” said Jeremy Poortvliet with the Charlotte police department.

The boom in reported meth labs is something that’s been reported on News 10 several times in recent months including two incidents this past March.

Poortvliet said it’s a growing epidemic–not just in Charlotte–but communities across the state.

“It is a cheaper drug to produce and it has some of the same effects as other drugs,” he said. “But it seems to be more harmful and is easier to come by and people can produce it.”

Monday night Charlotte police and Recovery Network Inc. hosted a “Community Emerging Drug Trends” forum to educate the community in hopes of curbing the trend.

“We’d like to give them knowledge of the signs so they can observe if someone is abusing drugs or someone’s producing methamphetamine.”

Those in attendance, like Tim Haney a local substance abuse counselor, said the unique partnership is a good starting point to tackling the issue.

“Something you don’t see a lot is the police working with recovery organizations,” he said.

“Instead of just saying it’s a problem where we need to put people in jail but saying this is a problem we’ve identified and people need to get help.”

Monday night’s presentation also stressed the problem goes way beyond meth and also includes synthetic and prescription drugs too.

Darby Monks, a clinician with Eaton Behavior Health, said the forum provided a good basis of community support and hoped it was just the beginning a bigger initiative.

“I’d love to see every community member out here, whether you’re struggling with addiction or finding recovery, or worried about your neighbors,” she said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Charlotte-Police-Working-to-Tackle-Growing-Meth-Epidemic-225905751.html?ref=751

 

A 28-year-old woman was arrested in Centralia on Sunday for allegedly selling methamphetamine while her two young children were in her car with her, Centralia Police Chief Larry Dudgeon said.

Michelle R. Poe of Rocheport was arrested on suspicion of six felonies: one count each of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts each of first-degree child endangerment and transporting a controlled substance with minors. Bond has not been set.

 

Poe was arrested at 6 p.m. after police observed her selling one-sixteenth of an ounce of methamphetamine out of her vehicle, Dudgeon said. It wasn’t until she was pulled over that police knew her children — two girls, ages 6 months and 18 months — were in the car.

“We watched the transaction, and in that little car, you could not see those child seats,” Dudgeon said. “Imagine our surprise when we stop the car and start to extract her and see those babies in the car.”

Another one-sixteenth of an ounce of methamphetamine was found on Poe when she was searched, Dudgeon said.

Dudgeon declined to say where the transaction occurred but said it’s a known drug house police have been investigating. After some of his officers took care of the children while family was contacted, the girls were taken to stay with one of Poe’s aunts in Boonville, Dudgeon said. Off-duty officers were called in and helped change diapers and feed the infant, he said, before driving the pair to the aunt’s house.

Poe has several previous convictions, according to online court records, including misdemeanors for stealing and hindering prosecution and two felonies for marijuana possession.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/30/13) – In week 11 of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, this week, the last in the series, the topic for discussion is the impact of Meth on the environment.

Most of us have heard of meth and the way it strikes down families. We have heard of the children that are sometimes referred to as meth orphans. We hear of the anhydrous burns and the meth lab explosions. We also hear of the dramatic effects of meth on the body and mind. It is a cruel drug that has no respect for persons.

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There are other consequences as well. One of the many ways that meth is adversely affecting our way of life, is by the toll it takes on the environment. For every pound of meth that is manufactured there are five to six pounds of toxic waste that are left behind.

I remember the first time I ever found meth waste. I was turkey hunting about 15 years ago and found a pile of starting fluid cans out in the woods. At the time I didn’t have a clue why they were there, I just found it strange to see starting fluid cans out in the middle of the woods. I now realize there were other items left behind that were also used in the manufacturing process.

I have explained in other articles that the ingredients that are used include starting fluid, anhydrous ammonia, lithium battery acid, liquid fire, (drain opener) and ephedrine. There are also other ingredients that are used at times, including alcohol, acetone, Coleman fuel, and a host of other toxic items. When the meth cook is finished with the product, he/she is often unconcerned about the meth trash. The cook site will be cluttered with containers and packages, these are not only eye sores but are damaging to the environment.

One of the pieces of equipment used – that becomes extremely dangerous is known as a gas generator, also called a smoker bottle. This is used in the final phases of making the drug; it will usually contain drain opener and common table salt. The acid in the drain opener along with the salt creates a gas (hydrogen chloride), commonly referred to as hcl. These bottles will most likely have a tube running out of the top of them to extract the gas into the meth oil, this works to create the finished product. When these toxic bottles are left behind, and they almost always are, they soon begin to dissolve because of the acid contained inside of the bottle. The contents will be absorbed into the ground, and at this point the ground will be contaminated. The remains of a meth lab are going to impact the environment in a number of different ways. It is obvious that there will be both short and long term effects on the soil, water, air and vegetation.

Recently, I was alarmed when I saw a gas generator bottle that had dissolved. In the remains of the bottle there was a large amount of salt. I am an outdoorsmen and I happen to know that most wildlife is attracted to salt. I have been trying to find some information on how our wildlife and livestock might be affected if they attempted to ingest the salt left from a gas generator. I have spoken to authorities on a state level that indicated that to their knowledge this issue has not been raised. Everyone that I have talked with seemed very concerned about the possibility of this impacting our wildlife. This could also be reason for concern with aquatic life. It is not uncommon for meth cooks to throw remains of a meth lab into a creek, river or pond.

Please report any meth lab trash to law enforcement so that it can be properly disposed of.

If you suspect illegal drug activity in your community please report it online at www.muhlenbergcountysheriff.com or by calling 1-888-959-8477.

 

 

 

 

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Criminal offences dropped by 7.4 per cent in the past year, although sexual assault offences rose by 10.8 per cent, while illicit drug offences dropped 20.6 per cent.

Statistics New Zealand figures out today show there were 365,185 recorded offences in the year to the end of June, compared to 394,522 a year earlier.

Ten of the 12 police districts recorded falls in recorded crime, with Auckland having the biggest reduction at 16.8 per cent, followed by Wellington at 13.6 per cent and Waitemata at 13.3 per cent.

Police Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard said the 10.8 per cent rise in sexual assault offences was likely to be a result of greater trust and confidence in police rather than a spike in offending.

“We believe that historically sexual violence is under-reported to authorities,” Rickard said.

“Police are heartened that victims of this type of crime are coming forward and we want to assure them that police take all complaints of sexual violence seriously.”

The 20.6 per cent drop in illicit drug offences was mostly in cannabis cultivation and possession. There were increases in several dealing categories including conspiring to deal methamphetamine.

“Our intelligence indicates that the price of methamphetamine remains high but steady which indicates that supply is stable,” Rickard said.

Unfortunately methamphetamine is not going away. Police will continue to commit resources to disrupt supply and reduce the harm these drugs cause.”

Dwelling assaults rose by 1 per cent with 25,167 offences in the latest financial year.

While the family violence category had not been included in official statistics since the 2011 calendar year, the dwelling assaults category did provide one indicator of family violence that occurred in the home.

“Family violence continues to be a serious problem in New Zealand,” Rickard said.

Police had made many improvements to the way they worked with families suffering from violence, and would continue to work to enhance its service to those families and strive to bring offenders to account.

Given a 0.5 per cent growth in population, the overall 7.4 per cent drop in offences, meant that per head of population offending dropped by 7.9 per cent.

Rickard said the figures were a credit to police staff committed to making New Zealand communities safer. Recent significant technological changes, including the introduction of mobile devices for front-line staff, were also having a major effect on crime prevention, Rickard said.

Recorded crime in the Canterbury police district grew by 5.4 per cent but remained well below pre-earthquake levels. The 42,722 offences recorded in the 2012/13 year were 20.5 per cent lower than the number of offences committed in the 2009/10 year.

“Our challenge in Canterbury is to maintain the positive gains we’ve made in the post-earthquake environment through proactive policing and a focus on crime prevention,” Rickard said.

In terms of criminal categories, unlawful entry and burglary dropped by 10.1 per cent, theft reduced by 9.2 per cent, robbery, extortion and related offences were down 8.2 per cent, property damage was down 6.1 per cent and fraud, deception and related offences fell by 5.1 per cent.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9229864/Crime-in-NZ-The-big-picture

 

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Charges are filed for Friday’s devastating fire that destroyed Reach Incorporated in Eau Claire.

Brandy Harrington was charged Monday with two counts of arson and a charge of possessing meth. She’s suspected of setting the fire that destroyed the Reach building, and another fire several blocks away that gutted a garage.

Police say Harrington’s boyfriend, David London, said she admitted to him that she set the Reach fire. He suspected she did it because she was jealous that he had talked to another woman. That woman lived at the home where the garage fire broke out. London has also been charged with possession of meth and resisting an officer.

Investigators say he also told them that the couple had gone into a shed alongside Reach because they were cold and wanted to smoke meth. The fire started in the shed then spread to the Reach building. Detectives say they detected flammable liquids on Harrington’s shoes. Investigators also say that Harrington’s father reported that she had called him Friday and said she had set a building on fire.

 

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Brandy Harrington

 

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David London
 
 
 
Press Release: On Friday, September 27, 2013, Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue personnel responded to two separate structure fires on the northwest side of the City of Eau Claire.
 
The following information details the events surrounding the investigation of those fires:
 
On Friday, September 7, 2013, at 3:04 a.m., Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at Reach, Inc., located at 2125 3rd Street.
 
At 6:39 a.m., Eau Claire Police and Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a garage fire behind the residence at 1827 Whipple Street. Eau Claire Police Detectives immediately arrived on scene of the Whipple Street fire and observed David G. London who was identified as having knowledge of the fire. He was questioned regarding the fires and implicated Brandy K. Harrington for starting the fire at Reach, Inc. He also suspected that she started the fire on Whipple Street because she was jealous that he spoke with a woman who lived at that residence. London was arrested and held in jail on Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest charges.
Eau Claire Police detectives located Brandy K. Harrington walking in the neighborhood later that morning. She was questioned regarding the fires and was ultimately arrested and held in jail on Possession of Methamphetamine charges.

 

Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall’s Office was requested to assist in the investigation. Eau Claire Police detectives and DCI Special Agents conducted interviews and a neighborhood canvass to gather information.

The Eau Claire Police Department Crime Scene Unit, the Eau Claire Fire Inspector and the State Fire Marshall’s Office worked throughout the weekend to gather physical evidence and conduct additional interviews which corroborated the information previously provided showing that Brandy Harrington was responsible for setting both fires.

The Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office formally charged Harrington with two counts of Arson along with the initial charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. David London was formally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting an Officer.

On Monday September 30, 2013, Harrington and London appeared in Eau Claire County Circuit Court. Harrington received a $10,000 cash bond. London received a $4,000 cash bond.

The Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division, the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Eau Claire Fire Inspector continue to investigate the fires and the circumstances surrounding them.

The Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue appreciates and recognizes the assistance provided by the Altoona Fire Department, Township Fire Department, City of Eau Claire Public Works Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall’s Office. We also appreciate the cooperation of the neighbors and citizens of the City of Eau Claire as related to the investigation of these cases.

 

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – An update on Friday’s devastating fire that destroyed Reach, Incorporated in Eau Claire.

A police department spokesman said Monday that Brandy Harrington was charged with arson. She’s suspected of setting the fire that destroyed the building.

Harrington was arrested Friday on charges of possessing methamphetamine. Harrington is also being investigated for a garage fire that occurred several blocks away, several hours after the Reach fire.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wqow.com/story/23568643/2013/09/30/arrest-made-in-suspected-eau-claire-arson

 

 

POLICE suspect an explosion in a Sydney garage, which left two men in a critical condition, may have been triggered by an active drub lab.

Emergency services rescued two men, aged 37 and 40, from the burning building at Barden Ridge late Sunday.

Both victims had suffered significant burns.

They were placed in an induced coma at the Royal North Shore hospital where they remained in a critical condition on Monday night.

Drug squad and HAMZAT officers were sent to the scene where police allege equipment used in the production of methamphetamines was discovered.

 

 

 

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/meth-drug-lab-may-cause-garage-explosion-sydney/2036306/

 

 

The production of methamphetamine has seen drastic changes in the past five years.

Although many people think of a scientific laboratory with kettles and beakers when they hear the term “meth lab,” Indiana State Police Trooper Rusty Slater says that is not at all what officers are seeing now on the streets.

Rusty Slater

Rusty Slater

 

 

Slater, a trooper in the Pendleton District, which includes Fayette, Randolph, Union and Wayne counties, recently attended advanced meth training at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Academy in Quantico, Va.

“What we see a lot of now is the one-pot method, where they just put a bunch of household chemicals in a plastic bottle and let it react,” Slater said.

While at Quantico, Slater’s training included tactical entry into a home with a meth lab, while wearing a gas mask and protective clothing. Officers also were given training for explosives and first aid in addition to classroom training and hands-on experience.

Slater, a seven-year veteran of ISP, was the only Indiana officer to attend the 40-hour training course. Last year, Madison County (Anderson) led the state with 92 meth lab seizures, followed by Vanderburgh County (Evansville) and Delaware County (Muncie). Both Madison and Delaware counties are in the Pendleton District.

According to state statistics, Wayne County had 15 meth lab seizures in 2012, with Randolph County having six and Fayette and Union counties two each. Henry County had nine seizures in 2012.

Statewide, ISP located 1,663 clandestine labs in 2012, an increase of exactly 300 from 2011. Before 2009 when the one-pot method began to become more popular, ISP never located more than 1,137 labs in a year (2004, before numbers around the state dropped to fewer than 900 labs statewide in both 2007 and 2008).

Because of the increased amount of production, Slater said anyone who notices the following signs or products should contact local law enforcement or the Indiana State Police immediately: strong ammonia or solvent smell, rubber air line tubing, camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings and propane tanks with blue or green discoloration around the valve.

“These chemicals are dangerous,” Slater said. “They can cause fires or explosions, and if you are near the chemicals, you can get (chemical) poisoning — especially if you are living in an apartment building next to someone making meth.

“But you really never know. A lot of people are now carrying the bottles in backpacks and transporting them because it is easier to conceal.”

According to ISP, 81 percent of labs located by authorities in 2012 were of the one-pot variety.

Additionally, Slater that one-pot cooking systems and their leftover materials are being found in fields and wooded areas in rural locations. If you find these materials, do not attempt to handle them or move them, but call Indiana State Police meth tip line at (800) 453-4756.

 

 

 

 

 

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Trilogy Center for Women in Hopkinsville is celebrating five years of helping women kick substance abuse so they can transition back into healthy lifestyles.

Woman tells her story of recovery

Heidi McCormack, 49, sits on campus at Western Kentucky University, where she is expected to graduate in May. Five years ago, McCormack was one of the first women to stay at Trilogy Center for Women, a transitional living program for substance addictions

 

 

 

With a big celebration and open house coming up at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, one of the first women to go through Trilogy told her story of addiction and the long road back to normalcy.

The beginning of the end

Growing up, Heidi McCormack, 49, was “a very spoiled kid.” She got pretty much everything she wanted and enjoyed an affluent life with her parents in Bowling Green.

When she was in high school and her parents decided to move to Arizona, McCormack decided she wasn’t going.

“I didn’t want to go so I graduated as a junior and moved into Bemis-Lawrence (Hall) up here and started college,” she said. “But, as a 16-year-old without any supervision, I just didn’t have what it took.”

After three semesters, she dropped out of Western Kentucky University, got married and had her first child, Carrie.

At that point, McCormack viewed herself as a “functioning addict.”

She used marijuana recreationally for years with no major consequences. But when the millennium hit and methamphetamine made its way to Bowling Green, she developed a serious addiction.

“That was the beginning of the end,” she said.

Euphoria

McCormack got a feeling of “euphoria” from using meth. On top of the high, she experienced rapid weight loss and lots of energy. She didn’t need sleep.

“It was very appealing — in the beginning,” she said.

Soon, she started to lose her ability to reason.

According to www.methproject.org, the use of meth provokes delusion, hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis.

McCormack also experienced withdrawal from her normal life. She didn’t want to work, isolated herself from anyone who didn’t use, and experienced “huge” mood swings.

Within five years, she was a regular meth user and dealer. She was divorced, loving a new man and raising her children — Carrie and two sons, Robert and Michael.

She also landed her first set of felonies.

One morning, she woke up to someone beating on her front door, but she was certain it wasn’t a customer looking for their next hit.

“It was early and it wasn’t a pleasant knock,” she said. “I went to the door, looked out the peephole, but somebody had their thumb over it so I didn’t answer the door.”

Later that day, she and her boyfriend strapped Robert, who was 1 at the time, into his car seat and started to leave the apartment complex when a police cruiser pulled sideways to the nose of their Honda.

“He got out and pulled a gun and said, ‘Heidi McCormack, get out of the car,’” she recalled.

She said a million things were going through her head, but called it an “aha” moment.

McCormack was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. She was lodged at Warren County Regional Jail and later sentenced to one year of drug court from 2003-04 and five years of probation.

Kentucky’s adult drug court is set up in three phases that take at least a year to complete, according to a report by the Legislation Research Commission. Each phase requires “less-frequent monitoring and less-rigid requirements.”

McCormack was required to take random drug tests, attend weekly meetings and maintain a job. She said it didn’t change much.

“For me, it was a matter of getting through and being compliant (with) the consequences I’d been given,” she said. “In the back of my mind, I was going right back to the life I was living.”

After passing, she went back to selling meth.

The spiral

In December 2005, McCormack’s mom died from cancer and that following August, her boyfriend died.

The single mother of three said her coping skills were shot and the spiral started.

“I just decided I would numb it away,” she said. “Once you get to that state of trying to numb, you continually try to just stay numb. It’s a very deceptive mindset.”

Her only semblance of a support system was her circle of meth-using friends and customers. She found herself saturated in the high life.

McCormack said her days began to revolve around meth.

“Most nights you don’t go to bed,” she said. “In the morning, your kids get up, you fix them breakfast, you get them where they need to go, and you continue on through your day doing the same thing … deal after deal revolving through the front door.”

By this time, McCormack said Carrie was in her early 20s and knew about her addiction. However, her sons, who were 5 and 3, had no idea.

The day everything changed

One day during the summer of 2008, McCormack and the boys decided to have a water balloon fight.

The front door was propped open for them to run back and forth filling up with more water as needed, but an unexpected visitor quickly dried up their fun.

Their mom’s parole officer walked right in for a surprise visit. McCormack remembers locking eyes with her “P.O.” at the end of her hallway.

“I’d been up for about 10 days,” she said. “She took one look at me and knew.”

Police searched the house and Carrie came to pick up her brothers while McCormack sat on her loveseat in handcuffs.

“I knew everything was over,” she said.

She was set to do a minimum of 10 years in prison. She was lodged in Warren County Regional Jail for four weeks and then moved to Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pee Wee Valley.

For the former spoiled kid, “prison was a whole new world” and it wasn’t where she wanted to be.

McCormack started going to every church service in the prison’s chapel and applied for the substance abuse program.

The end of a long road of drug addiction

In December 2008, McCormack was transported back to Warren County for her last hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge John Grise. She was a familiar face, and it was the last time he wanted to see her.

Grise sent McCormack to Hopkinsville’s Trilogy Center for Women, which had opened just two months before. It turned out to be the help she didn’t know she needed.

“It was so different from drug court … like a breath of fresh air,” she said. “There wasn’t razor wire or guards with guns that would shoot you if you ran.”

Director Holly Perez-Knight said Trilogy stands for sobriety, self-sufficiency and safety. The program, which is now six-months long, is a part of the Recovery Kentucky initiative and women must be homeless or at risk of homelessness to live there.

Many of the staff members have recovered from substance abuse, which McCormack said made them seem more genuine.

“They had walked in my footsteps in their own lives and that lent them credibility with me,” she said.

For nine months, she followed a daily routine

that included cooking, cleaning, learning and recreation.

She and her classmates “trudged” past Western State Mental Hospital to sessions that taught them the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and how to implement the program into their lives.

Although everyone was there for a different drug, she said the addiction was all the same.

Most of all, she said she found positive ways to fix the dysfunction in her life and develop normalcy.

Now, McCormack is a senior at WKU and expects to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Afterward, she hopes to land a job or internship at a similar treatment center; however, she said her felonies are still on her record for another year.

Despite the possible setback, she plans to work toward her master’s degree.

When her daughter faced a similar addiction, she begged the judge to send her to Trilogy as well.

Perez-Knight said Carrie graduated from the program earlier this year.

“You’ve not just changed Heidi’s life, but you’ve changed a family,” the director said.

McCormack said the program has been invaluable to her family.

“It makes you remember that everybody’s here with a greater purpose and it’s not to be sticking dope in your body every day,” she said. “It reawakened something in me that had been dark and dim for a long time.”

 

 

 

 

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The most striking thing about the methamphetamine crisis in America can be seen by looking at a single map.

Meth isn’t a big city problem.

Most drugs have been associated with urban life — acid in San Francisco, Prohibition in Chicago, cocaine in the New York nightclubs of the 80s. But meth is a completely different animal: It’s rural, consumed not by monied elite on the East and West Coasts, but by white working-class Americans in the Mid and Southwest.

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How Much Meth Does Your State Cook? These Maps Show the Drug’s Foothold In America

 

 

Meth is a blue collar drug, and you can make it at home. Over the years, its manufacture has been more refined, to the point where it can now be cooked in a bathtub or basement, or a self-made lab.

Methamphetamine is a synthetic chemical, unlike marijuana, which grows naturally. The person making the meth takes ingredients from common cold pills (hence the new restrictions on buying medicines that contain pseudoephedrine). The initial synthesis process is actually very easy, according to Breaking Bad’s chemistry adviser, Dr. Donna Nelson. Making a pure and high quality product is the hard part, she said.

 

 

To increase the product’s strength, the meth “cook” combines the substance with chemicals such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze. These dangerous chemicals are potentially explosive, and because the meth cooks are potentially drugged out and disoriented, they are often severely burned and disfigured or killed when their preparations explode.

Still, this hasn’t kept meth from taking America by storm. Since exploding onto the American drug scene in the 1980s, meth has spread rapidly across the U.S, but we haven’t nailed down a single stronghold for it. In 2005, an analysis by Slate.com showed that U.S. newspapers had used the title “Meth Capitol of the World” to describe over 70 different American towns, cities, and countries, from California to New York.

Perhaps one of the most well known and highly acclaimed books about meth in Middle America is Nick Reding’s Methland, for which he spent two years immersing himself in meth-stricken Oelwein, Iowa. The New York Times book review wrote that Reding’s book was an “unnerving investigative account of two gruesome years” and describe the town “a railroad and meatpacking town of several thousand whipped by a methamphetamine-laced panic whose origins lie outside the place itself, in forces almost too great to comprehend and too pitiless to bear. The ravages of meth, or ‘crank,’ on Oelwein and countless forsaken locales much like it are shown to be merely superficial symptoms of a vaster social dementia caused by … iron dominion of corporate agriculture and the slow melting of villages and families into the worldwide financial stew.”

Reding wrote that meth had a “seeming distinctiveness among drugs” because of “the general resistance to associating narcotic use with small towns.”

So where are these “small towns?”

The below maps show where meth labs have been identified and seized. Indiana, Tennessee, and Missouri have the highest rates of lab incidence.

The below interactive map from CNN shows meth labs per county.

In Tulsa County, Oklahoma, police identified 979 contaminated meth lab sites — the most of any county in the nation. In a 26-month period, The Tulsa Police Dept. cleaned up 690 labs at a cost of $118,560,000.

Next up on the graph is Jefferson, Missouri, where there were 472 sites. Outside of labs, the Missouri State Highway Patrol seized 37,295 ounces of methamphetamine in 2011.

Other notable sites of lab concentration include: Summit, Ohio (353 labs); Kanawha, West Virginia (235 labs); and Kalamazoo, Michigan (318 labs.)

Breaking Bad takes place in Bernalillo county, New Mexico. Of all 33 counties in New Mexico, Bernallilo has the highest number of illegal meth labs (97), even though it’s the third smallest in terms of area: 1,1666 square miles. (The county has the largest population, at around 670,000.)

Click on the photo to go to the interactive site and scroll over your county.

 

Below: distribution of drugs. Red is methamphetamine; blue is cocaine; green is marijuana.

(Source: National Drug Assessment Survey 2007.)

 

Methamphetamine transportation routes.

 

Aggregate responses from local law enforcement when asked which drug posed the largest threat. (Over a quarter of them answered meth, over cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills.)

(Source: National Drug Intelligence Center.)

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million people (0.4% of the population) reported using methamphetamine in the past year alone, and 440,000 (0.2%) reported using it in the past month. The average age of new methamphetamine users in 2012 was 19.7 years old.

Reuters columnist Jack Shafer, who has written extensively on the drug, said in an interview with PolicyMic that he has never adopted the word “epidemic.” First of all, he said, stimulants of the same sort have a 70-year history in the country. “I don’t think that meth is a mystery drug,” he said. And if we’re not calling alcoholism use or tobacco use an “epidemic,” why would we use the word for another drug?

But the thing is, it doesn’t matter what we call it. It’s a problem, yes, but it’s not about meth — it’s about something greater. As Reding writes in Methland, “In truth, all drug epidemics are only in part about the drugs. Meth is indeed uniquely suited to Middle America, though this is only tangentially related to the idea that it can be made in the sink. The rise of the meth epidemic was built largely on economic policies, political decisions, and the recent development of American cultural history.”

The Washington Post wrote of Methland that “it makes the case that small-town America is perhaps not the moral and hard-working place of the public imagination, but it also argues that big city ignorance — fueled by the media — toward small-town decay is both dangerous and appalling.

 

Reding summed it up. “If there was a chance to see the place of the small American town in the era of the global economy, the meth epidemic is it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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