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FILMORE, Calif. (KABC) — A 36-year-old Oxnard man was arrested for possessing two loaded rifles and an ounce of methamphetamine Friday.

Rodrigo Jasso Ortiz was arrested in the parking lot of the Sespe Saloon located on the 200 block of A Street in Fillmore around 10 p.m.

A law enforcement official performing a bar check contacted Ortiz as he was sitting in his vehicle and discovered the loaded rifle on the seat next to him.

During the later investigation, a second loaded rifle was found under Ortiz’s seat along with an ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sale.

Ortiz was arrested for several weapon and drug charges and booked into the Ventura County Jail. Authorities said the methamphetamine seized had an approximate street value of $2,800.



 Cantonment man was arrested after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found him stopped on I-110 with meth and a meth how-to book.

William John Hubner, Jr. age 56, was charged with DUI, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture and distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substances without prescriptions. Hubner was booked into the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $259,500.

About 2:04 a.m. Saturday, the Florida High Patrol received a call of a suspicious vehicle stopped on I-110 at the 4.5 mile marker. The trooper discovered Hubner was “impaired on several different controlled substances”, according to a FHP report.

As the vehicle was being searched, the trooper discovered several bags of methamphetamine, drug equipment, several plastic bags, as well as a book on different meth weights and manufacturing percentages.

The FHP said Hubner was manufacturing and selling meth out of his vehicle.



An investigation lasting several months has culminated in two arrests and the seizure of what Capt. Gil Slouchick of the Columbus Police Department called Sunday a “significant” amount of methamphetamine.

Slouchick, commander of the department’s special operations unit, said the 2.91 pounds of methamphetamine is one of largest seizures he can recall here and that the street value is $132,196.

“It is a great conclusion to this investigation,” Slouchick said.

The warrant was served at 2 a.m. Sunday at 7508 Edgewater Drive.

Slouchick said, in addition to the methamphetamine, also seized at the scene was hydrocodone.

Arrested at the scene was Jessica Parsons, 31, of Columbus.

Taken into custody at a different location was Bradford Ford, 38, of Columbus.

Both were arrested without any resistance, Slouchick said.

Both will appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court at 9 a.m. Monday.

According to the Muscogee County Jail, both Parsons and Ford have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession and use of drug related objects as well as possession, manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance.


South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and a Rapid City Police officer were treated for exposure to chemicals after a traffic stop that led to drug-related charges for two people.

The trooper stopped to check on a suspicious vehicle off of West SD 44 on Saturday night, according to the Highway Patrol. Drug activity was observed and a subsequent investigation revealed numerous chemicals that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

During the course of the investigation, the trooper and a Rapid City Police officer became exposed through contact and inhalation to acids in the vehicle. They were transported to a hospital where they were treated and released.

The two people in the vehicle were taken into custody on drug-related charges.

The Division of Criminal Investigation assisted.



NEW CASTLE — Housing Authority of Lawrence County’s trespassing list might have been crucial in cracking a methamphetamine lab that, according to police, operated in a county housing complex.

County authorities filed operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, and other offenses Thursday against Richard Baynes, 20, of 3665 Needles Highway, Laughlin, Nevada; Adam Jacobs, 21, of 4106 Hollow Road, New Castle; Victoria Grace Pappas-Pappakostas, 21, of 3315 Cloverlane Drive, Apt. 309, New Castle; and Jeffrey Albert Shelpman, 25, of 814 Washington St., New Castle.
After arraignment before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson, Jacobs was released on $5,000 bail. The other three suspects were placed in Lawrence County Jail after failing to post $5,000 bail each.

According to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Melissa Amodie, police were called just before 2:45 p.m. Sept. 18 to 809 McGrath Ave., New Castle, in the housing authority’s McGrath Manor public housing development. When officers arrived, Baynes, Jacobs, Pappas-Pappakostas and Shelpman were in the apartment, along with a juvenile girl.

None of the five people lived in the apartment, but they said the resident gave them permission to be there. However, police and housing authority security ascertained that Pappas-Pappakostas is on the authority’s trespassing list. The list includes people who are not permitted on public housing property in Lawrence County, usually because of prior criminal convictions.

Police took Pappas-Pappakostas into custody on suspected violation of the trespassing ordinance. After clearing the house, a police search uncovered several containers of liquid consistent with methamphetamine manufacture. The search also turned up items — such as lithium batteries and empty boxes of over-the-counter allergy medicine — commonly used to make methamphetamine.

Police charged all four with operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegally dumping methamphetamine waste, conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine laboratory and illegally dumping methamphetamine waste, manufacturing methamphetamine with minors present, possession of liquefied ammonia gas, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, Pappas-Pappakostas was charged with defiant trespassing.

The manufacture with minors present, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children stem from the juvenile girl being in the room with the four suspects.



  • Ex-Gloucestershire community policewoman  Andrea Waldeck is facing execution for smuggling drugs into  Indonesia
  • She was arrested in April after tip off  to police
  • The 43-year-old has revealed she could  not bear to let loved ones in Britain find out she may face the firing  squad

A former community policewoman facing  execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia has revealed how she tried to stop  friends and family in Britain discovering she may face the firing  squad.

Speaking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday  inside one of Indonesia’s toughest jails, Andrea Waldeck, 43, said she had been  so appalled at her plight, she could not bear to let loved ones find  out.

Only close family members were told of her  arrest and many friends only found out the truth when she appeared in court in  Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya last week, where prosecutors announced  she faced a possible death penalty.

Jailed: Ex-policewoman Andrea Waldeck (left), 43, is facing execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia. Above, she is pictured with prison guard Eru inside Medaeng Prison in SurabayaJailed: Former community policewoman Andrea Waldeck  (left) is facing execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia. Above, she is  pictured with prison guard Eru inside Medaeng Prison in Surabaya


Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of  methamphetamine – known as crystal meth – with a street value of about £100,000  on a flight from China to Surabaya in April.

The former Gloucestershire community  policewoman and youth worker once gave teenagers advice on staying away from  drugs.

But she is believed to have fallen into the  clutches of an international drug-smuggling syndicate after leaving the UK to  teach English in China.

In signed statements to police, Waldeck  admits smuggling the crystal meth from Guangzhou, China, where she said she was  promised £3,100 by a British man she named only as Joe in return for being a  mule.

But police were tipped off and put her under  surveillance when she arrived alone and checked into Hotel 88 in the city centre  on April 28.

They pounced after she took a call from Joe  in China the next day with instructions on who to pass the drugs to.

Andrea Waldeck worked as a PCSO for Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012
Service: The 43-year-old worked as a PCSO for Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012

Service: The 43-year-old worked as a PCSO for  Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012


Officers burst into her room, strip-searched  her and found the bags of crystal meth hidden in her bra and underwear and taped  to her waist.

Waldeck said she had been desperate to keep  her situation secret.

‘It wasn’t too difficult at first because I’d  been living in China for a year before this happened,’ she said, speaking in the  stifling heat of the visitors’ enclosure at Surabaya’s Medaeng  prison.


‘I didn’t want my family and friends to find  out what had happened. I didn’t contact them or let them know for a long time.  But in the end it had to come out.’

Waldeck said she was already reconciled to  the fact she might face the death penalty.

‘I’ve known for some time that the offences  I’m charged with carry that sentence so it didn’t come as a surprise when it was  raised in court,’ she said.

Asked how she felt about the prospect of  death, she smiled and replied: ‘I’m not a conventional person. I can’t say any  more about it than that.’

Wearing an orange prison jacket over her  jeans and polo shirt, Waldeck refused to say whether she will plead guilty,  although she insisted the outline of the case presented in court last week was  ‘bull****’.

She said she hoped to have an opportunity to  speak out in court. Her next appearance is on Tuesday and prosecutors expect her  to be convicted and sentenced within two months.

Drugs: Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of methamphetamine ¿ known as 'crystal meth' (pictured) ¿ with a street value of about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in AprilDrugs: Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of  methamphetamine ¿ known as ‘crystal meth’ (pictured) ¿ with a street value of  about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in April


‘I want to write a book about my  experiences  here,’ she said. ‘I don’t want anyone else to have to go  through what I’ve been  through.’


After her arrest, Waldeck  co-operated with  police in a double sting, first meeting a contact who  was arrested as he  arrived to collect the drugs from her hotel, and then flying under police guard  with the other suspect to the capital  Jakarta.

There, on May 2, Waldeck and the other  suspect took part in a further sting, meeting another of the drug syndicate’s  members in a Jakarta street where he was arrested after they passed the drugs on  to him.

Prosecutor Deddy Agus Oktavianto said  Waldeck’s co-operation might save her from the firing squad.

Last month, Indonesia's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for grandmother Lindsay SandifordLast month, Indonesia’s Supreme Court upheld the death  sentence for grandmother Lindsay Sandiford


But her case mirrors that of Lindsay  Sandiford, the British grandmother on death row in Bali for smuggling cocaine in  2012, despite co-operating with a police sting.

Waldeck was transferred to   chronically-overcrowded Medaeng prison a month ago, after spending the  first  four months after her arrest in police cells in Jakarta.

She is the only Western prisoner in Medaeng  prison, where she shares a cramped cell with 16 other women.

She seeks solace through the 150-strong  Christian community inside the prison, attending services in a church within the  grounds.

‘She comes to church every day and it gives  her strength,’ said a Christian guard who has befriended her. ‘Andrea is  heartbroken over what her friend in China did to her.’

The suspects arrested in the stings Waldeck  helped with – Indonesians Bayu Pracana and Hendrick Lesmana – are awaiting  separate trial.

Waldeck is originally from Rustington, West  Sussex, but later moved to Brecon in Wales, where her brother Mark still  lives.

Her mother Sue Barrett, 64, from Hereford,  said her family and Waldeck are being helped by the legal action charity  Reprieve. When news of Waldeck’s arrest broke last week, friends in England were  stunned.

The wife of a police community support  officer who worked alongside Waldeck described her an ‘intelligent and  conscientious’ woman who devoted her former police career to helping youngsters  recognise the dangers of drug use.

Sue Bennett, whose husband Ken regularly  patrolled the Cheltenham beat with Waldeck, said: ‘The idea she could be  involved in something like this is totally out of character.

‘The Andrea we knew went out of her way to  help youngsters and actively discouraged them from drugs.’





There is no entertainment value in it, but the state of Tennessee’s ability to get meth under control is breaking bad.

In television’s acclaimed drama series of that name, it’s the ex-schoolteacher antihero who has gone to the dark side because of his health and personal crises; here in the real world, it’s the system for catching meth makers that has gone awry.

If you’re not worried yet, you should be.

The state is supposedly dependent on its offender registry to stop addicts and drug dealers at the point of purchase for over-the-counter cold medicines, which are the most common building block for making methamphetamine. But the database has more gaps than a meth addict’s jawbone.

<b>Smoking ruins are all that remain after a meth lab blew up inside this house. </b>

Smoking ruins are all that remain after a meth lab blew up inside this house



This frustrating news comes after the Tennessee Meth Offender Registry was ushered in just two years ago as part of what was heralded as a major initiative to stem the meth problem.

Instead, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation now concedes our state soon will be No. 1 in the nation for meth-lab seizures — good, in that the labs are being found and destroyed, but also a benchmark of meth dealers’ success, especially because law enforcement supposedly had made meth a priority years ago.

Things haven’t gone as advertised.

Unless local court officers around Tennessee are committed to the job, the registry cannot be comprehensive. You can’t enter the name of a convicted meth offender unless you have documentation of past offenses. And only 65 of 95 counties have reported meth convictions to the TBI in 2013 so far — even though anecdotally, the bureau and other law enforcement authorities know that meth touches every county in Tennessee.

Knox, for example, had 430,000 residents in the 2008 Census and has long had a problem with meth cases; yet, there are only two people on the registry from Knox County. As a result, the dozens or hundreds who are not registered can continue to walk into pharmacies and buy cold medicine, which contains pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth. It makes the supply chain for addicts a nonstop stream of one of the most toxic, addictive substances ever known.

Even as grim as the aforementioned TV show can get, it doesn’t give the average person the real picture of meth addiction. That couldn’t be shown on TV — viewers would cringe and turn the channel — but it continues to unfold in Tennessee communities large and small.

Court officers complain the arrest information they’re given seldom narrows it down for them to determine meth was involved.  And some people on the registry still manage to buy pseudo­ephedrine by scamming the pharmacist with fraudulent IDs or other methods.

Most infuriating is that there is no unanimity of resolve on fighting meth. Pharmacists complain the registry is flawed, court officers complain about law enforcement, and the pharmaceutical industry is more worried about the effect on sales if the state were to  make cold medicines prescription-only.

Where is the concern about stopping the spread of meth use? Even if you have no sympathy for the current addict, shouldn’t you put your best effort into stopping them from selling and making more of it and grooming new customers? Shouldn’t you show a shred of compassion for the children of meth dealers, who live in houses or motel rooms or travel in cars that are time bombs of volatile drug ingredients?

Tennessee desperately needs to get a handle on this. Meth is only going to start showing up in more towns and more families unless we do.



Nexafed, a tamper-resistant dosage form of the nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine, has been shown to be pharmacokinetically equivalent to Sudafed brand of the same nasal decongestant.

These data, referred to in my December article on Nexafed, have now been published in the peer-reviewed journal, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The authors include two scientists from the manufacturer, Acura Pharmaceuticals, and a pharmacokinetics investigator from the contract research organization, Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.  The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse is currently ranked 10th in impact factor out of 29 substance abuse journals according to Journal Citation Reports at Thomson Reuters.

The advantage of Nexafed over other formulations of pseudoephedrine is the use of Acura’s proprietary IMPEDE technology that prevents extraction of the drug for illicit synthesis of methamphetamine. But as with any such abuse-deterrent technology, the formulation must not interfere with the desired therapeutic use of the drug.

In this study with human volunteers, the investigators demonstrate that Nexafed brand of pseudoephedrine is bioequivalent to Sudafed, meaning that the drug is absorbed into the blood and metabolized to an essentially equal extent in terms of both concentration and time after oral dosing. The report has been named Editor’s Pick of the Month for September 2013 by the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Bryon Adinoff, M.D., Distinguished Professor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. As such, the article is currently freely available for download and viewing.

Public Dangers of Methamphetamine Use and Manufacture

Methamphetamine is a chemical relative of amphetamine but gets to the brain faster and to higher concentrations when taken orally, snorted (insufflation), smoked, or injected. According to the illicit drug education site, methamphetamine produces a stimulant effect characterized by increased alertness and energy with an elevation of mood, or euphoria, increased sociability, and heightened perception of one’s surroundings or “intellectual expansion.” The overlap between the effects of methamphetamine and amphetamine owe to the fact that the former is metabolized to the latter. Most of these effects are due to the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain’s pleasure and reward center.

However, long-term methamphetamine use leads to addiction, psychotic behavior, severe damage to the teeth and gums, severe depression and even suicidal ideation. Some effects are due to the drug itself while others occur from carryover of highly-toxic chemicals used in the synthesis of the drug.

Over 1.2 million U.S. citizens have used methamphetamine over the last year according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). In 2011, methamphetamine was cited in 103,000 U.S. hospital emergency department visits.

Clandestine laboratories are commonly located in rural areas and present health risks and potential for explosions due to the chemicals used in meth manufacture. A modified, small scale meth synthesis approach called the one-pot method, or shake-and-bake, or rolling the bottle involves the combination of all reactants in a two-liter soda bottle allowing the drug to be made quickly, without a heat source, and in cars or homes. Roadside trash collection volunteers have been warned to not handle two-liter bottles containing liquid that is not soda due to the explosion hazard and risk of exposure to toxic reactants (PDF example).

Believe it or not, methamphetamine was actually approved as a drug in the U.S. in December, 1943. Sold under the brand name Desoxyn, methamphetamine has a legitimate use in treating attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and in short-term treatment for refractory obesity. Desoxyn was originally sponsored and marketed by Lundbeck as a Schedule II drug but was sold earlier this year to Recordati Rare Diseases (PDF). As one might expect, prescription sales of methamphetamine are highly scrutinized. However, therapeutic doses of methamphetamine (5-10 mg) are much lower than those misused for recreational purposes.

Gumming Up Pseudoephedrine Use in Methamphetamine Synthesis

As noted earlier, pseudoephedrine is an easily accessible starting material for illicit synthesis of an important drug of abuse, methamphetamine, and, to a lesser extent, ephedrone or methcathinone. As anyone in the U.S. knows from visiting the pharmacy counter, sales of pseudoephedrine are restricted to a limit of 3.6 grams per day or 9 grams per 30 days as a result of the 2005 Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA). The typical 96-pack of 30 mg pseudoephedrine tablets adds up to 2.88 grams of pseudoephedrine base (Although it’s usually sold as a hydrochloride salt, all calculations are normalized back to the pseudoephedrine free base). The act also limited sales of other starting materials such as phenylpropanolamine and ephedrine, both withdrawn from the market for other health concerns. (Ephedrine can be sold in some states).

Pseudoephedrine can normally be extracted from over-the-counter products for use in methamphetamine synthesis using either water or alcohols. But Acura has been one of several companies to develop tamper-resistant formulations to prevent misuse of either addictive substances or, in this case, unregulated manufacture of an addictive substance.

Acura’s IMPEDE technology creates an unmanageable viscous gelatinous mess when any attempt is made to selectively dissolve the pseudoephedrine for meth synthesis (below). In fact, Acura has seven other tamper-resistant drug formulations in development and currently sells Oxecta, an aversion-based formulation of oxycodone that includes a highly-irritating ionic detergent to prevent crushing and snorting of the powdered drug.

According to the report, 97% of pseudoephedrine could be extracted from Sudafed using water and 89% with methanol. In contrast, no pseudoephedrine could be extracted with either solvent or even a solution of hydrochloric acid.

But regardless of the tamper-resistant technology, the challenge remains that the formulation should not impair the legitimate medical use of the drug. Acura has now effectively demonstrated this for their Nexafed product.

The study used a cross-over design, meaning that the 30 human volunteers would first receive the same 60 milligram dose of either Nexafed or Sudafed, have blood drawn at various times for pseudoephedrine measurements, and then be subject to a “washout” period during which the drug is completely metabolized and eliminated. Only then would the other version of the drug be administered and the process of blood collection repeated. The advantage of the crossover design is that each subject receives both versions of the drug, allowing the researchers to account for any interindividual variations in drug absorption, metabolism, distribution, and excretion.

The time-concentration summary curve for this study demonstrates that Nexafed (Impede) is 92-96% as bioavailable as the control formulation (Sudafed brand). This value is well within the FDA guidelines of 80% to 125% for bioequivalence of two products. The authors of the report provided me with a version of the curve that includes error bars at each blood draw timepoint.

Calexico, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Monday discovered approximately $110,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed inside a hidden compartment built into the undercarriage of a vehicle.

Shortly before 8 a.m. on September 23rd, CBP officers encountered a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, driven by a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen, and referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.

During the inspection, officers utilized a detector dog who alerted underneath the vehicle. An intensive search revealed a non-factory compartment in the vehicle’s undercarriage that contained 10 packages of methamphetamine. The narcotics weighed 5.73 pounds, with an estimated street value of $110,000.

The driver, a resident of Coachella, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.

The subject was transported to the Imperial County Jail for arraignment.

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.



FARGO — Federal court officials have released documents accusing 13 people in a methamphetamine conspiracy that resulted in the overdose deaths of two people from the Dakotas.

Brock Fish, of Bismarck, is the only defendant named in all six counts of the indictment. He’s charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs resulting in death and intent to distribute meth within school zones in Bismarck, Mandan and Hague.

Court documents show that the conspiracy resulted in the deaths of 39-year-old Douglas Peterson, of Pollock, S.D., on Dec. 20, and 59-year-old Cheri Bettis, of Mandan, on Feb. 6.

Fish’s lawyer, Brenda Neubauer, and U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon declined comment.

The indictment seeks nearly $50,000 in drug proceeds from Fish, Bretton Link and Andreas Samsa.

Trial is scheduled Nov. 18 in Bismarck.



IN 2000, Neil Mellor was working for a drug crisis information service in Victoria when he fielded a call from a distraught mother being terrified by her daughter’s boyfriend.

The young man was experiencing a violent episode and the woman feared for the safety of herself and her loved ones.

“He had gone psychotic and was wrecking the house,” Mr Mellor said.


“It took four police to subdue him. He had never had an episode of violent behaviour before.”

The call is believed to be the first made to a drug crisis centre in Australia concerning crystallised methamphetamine.

Mr Mellor is a 33-year veteran of alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Today he lectures at the University of the Sunshine Coast, as well as seeing clients in private practice.

Since taking that first call he has seen the use of crystallised methamphetamine – colloquially known as ice – increase dramatically.

Now he fears Australia could be following a pattern similar to the United States and heading towards an epidemic.

One of the major problems with ice is that it is relatively cheap and readily available.

It is often made in backyard laboratories from unknown ingredients. It is highly toxic and its side effects are severe, especially for first-time users.

The ice age

Australian authorities began becoming concerned about ice in the early 1990s, however, it was not until a decade later that it started to become more prevalent.

Rates of ice and methamphetamine use in Australia are high compared to other western countries, with 2.5% of people over 14 reporting they used it in the previous 12 months.

Rates of use in Queensland, and on the Sunshine Coast, are difficult to establish, however, there is evidence to suggest its use is increasing in other states.

Mr Mellor said while all illicit drugs were dangerous, ice was especially so.

Users display poor impulse control, high levels of aggression and violent behaviour.

His comments follow the Daily’s report of a court case involving 19-year-old Beau William Glen, who narrowly avoided jail after assaulting a police officer during an amphetamine-fuelled rage.

He pleaded guilty to seven charges in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, however, was given probation after magistrate Cliff Taylor took into account the fact it was his first criminal offence.

Glen’s lawyer claimed the incident was out of character for the apprentice carpenter and it was his first experience with the drug.

Mr Mellor said ice was particularly dangerous for first-time users, many of whom were not aware of its effects.

“It’s dangerous for two particular reasons,” he said.

“Firstly it can be made in a backyard and of a poor quality or it could be high potency – so its ingredients are of an unknown origin.

“Secondly, it’s highly toxic. It’s a poison. People who might take recreational drugs such as ecstasy might take it not knowing the consequences and therefore it could be very dangerous.”

The next epidemic?

Mr Mellor said growing rates of ice use led him to fear an epidemic was developing in Australia.

There was evidence to suggest use was increasing and availability of ice made it cause for concern.

The Sunshine Coast was poorly equipped to deal with ice addiction, mainly due to its lack of accessible detoxification programs.

While there are private detox facilities, many are expensive and out of reach for those in lower socio-economic brackets.

“(An ice addict’s) only option (for treatment on the Sunshine Coast) is hospitalisation at Nambour Hospital, and that facility relies on someone already being withdrawn,” he said.

“It is limited in what it can provide to users suffering acute withdrawal.”

Mr Mellor said the lack of detox facilities meant many Coast addicts had to travel to Brisbane for treatment.



DeWITT TWP – Police suspect that methamphetamine was being cooked in a home that was destroyed by fire in southern Clinton County Thursday morning. The fire happened shortly before 6 A.M. at a home in the 1000 block of Meadownlawn Avenue.

Police say the 51-year-old man renting the home was taken to the hospital with severe burns.The Clinton County Sheriff Department Hazardous Material Team was used to decontaminate the site. Police say the house is a total loss.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – A Greenville County golf club was evacuated Thursday after golfers found meth in a wooded area near the course.

It happened at the Donaldson Golf Club, which is a public course, on Perimeter Road.

Just off the golf cart path, close to the fourth green, Harold  Alexander said he and his golfing buddy found some weed killer  containers.


“He just thought it belonged to the clubhouse and they had been killing weeds,” said Alexander.

They took the containers to the club house.

“The owner, he took the top off and he said it had a really vile  smell, almost knocked the top of his head off, he said. So that’s when  he called the Sheriff’s Department,” said Alexander.

Greenville County’s Hazardous Materials team, EMS and the Donaldson Fire Department rushed to the scene and evacuated the club.

Crime scene tape was put up around golf carts and trees at the 9-hole course that was originally built in the 1940s as a private golf  recreation facility for officers of the United States Army Air Base,  later called the Donaldson Center.

“It’s okay, I didn’t have a great round that first nine anyway. So  I’m waiting to go back out and get a chance to get them back,” said  golfer Gerald Smith, who works at the club.

The Donaldson Golf Club is unique in that it is still a part of a  working air-strip used by military and private airplanes, according to a golf website.

“It is very common to have a C141 fly right over your head as you prepare to hit a tee shot or make a putt.”

Smith got in a little putting practice while the investigators tested the contents of the containers.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office now says they were from a meth lab.

“You see all kinds of things on a golf course. You see everything.  You never know what you’re going to find. This is amazing, though,” said Smith.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said deputies do not know how long the containers had been out there, but Alexander said he’d played  the course the day before and did not see them.

Meth labs can be as small as a 20-ounce bottle and the contents can  be volatile. The Sheriff’s Office said if you see a container and you’re not sure what’s in it, do not pick it up and do not open it. Instead,  call law enforcement immediately.



Jacksonville police arrested four suspects in connection with operating a meth lab after police learned suspects were buying a “suspicious” amount of materials used to manufacture the drug, according to a press release by Jacksonville Public Safety Spokeswoman Beth Purcell.

The four suspects face the same charges: three counts of possession and distribution of meth precursor and felony conspiracy.

The following suspects were charged: Steven A. Malpass, 48, and Christine Seymour, 36, both of 1547 Catherine Lake Road; Sybil Batchelor, 57, of 402 Hickory Road; and Jack Ames II, 32, of 106 Ash Street.


Update: Police seeing ‘more and more meth labs’
Meth bust

From left: Christine Seymour, Jack Ames II, Steven Malpass and Sybil Batchelor were arrested and charged with meth possession and conspiracy, among others, in connection with a meth lab operation in a garage on Ash Street, Jacksonville. Jacksonville police closed the street during the investigation Friday



Ames, who is held on $187,000 bond, also is charged with manufacturing meth and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Police said meth labs house such volatile ingredients, which can catch fire or explode, explaining Ames’ weapon-of-mass-destruction charge.

Batchelor, Seymour and Malpass were held on $67,000 bond.

About 3 p.m. Thursday, Jacksonville Police Special Operations Division detectives received information from a confidential source that suspects were buying a “suspicious” amount of meth precursors and the tip included a description of the vehicle that had just left the store where the materials were sold, according to the press release.

Detectives located the vehicle at the intersection of Hickory Road and U.S. 258 and conducted a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle revealed precursor chemicals used to make meth, according to the press release.

The investigation led detectives to a residence at 106 Ash Street, where the garage was used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the press release. 

Jacksonville Police Lt. Ronnie Dorn, investigations supervisor, said Friday afternoon that evidence showed meth had been cooked in the garage previously, but there was not an active lab when officers showed up at the scene. Officers blocked the roadway and secured the area.

N.C. State Bureau of Investigation responded and was at the scene to “provide site safety,” along with Jacksonville Fire Department, Southwest Volunteer Fire Department and Onslow County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Deputies, according to the press release.

Seventeen pit bulls were located in buildings on the property and one animal was chained inside of the garage.

Onslow County Animal Control removed the animals. The dog inside of the garage was sedated, removed by law enforcement officers and turned over to Animal Control for transport to their facility for decontamination and to monitor its health. Neither Bettis nor Dorn commented as to why the dogs were on the property Friday and Dorn said, “it would be speculation as to that part of it.”

Alan Davis, the director of Onslow County Animal Services, said the dogs were in fair condition, with good body weight, but he said they did have some skin problems. Davis said Friday that all the dogs are on “hold” status as Animal Control investigates who owns the dogs and whether it is safe for them to return home.

He said they have determined they belong to multiple owners and some belonged to residents of 106 Ash Street. He also said some of the dogs belong to someone living as far away as Fayetteville.

Once the animals were removed, an initial assessment of the crime scene determined that there was no immediate public safety concern. An SBI chemist was dispatched to process evidence at the site. The homeowner was notified of the bust. 

On Thursday, residents of the neighborhood were participating in routine activities. Children were jumping on trampolines while others were grilling on the porch. Some residents sat in lawn chairs in their yards. Bettis said there was no immediate danger to the public, and investigators determined an evacuation was not necessary. Bettis said Friday that no one was injured.

This is the fourth meth lab dismantled within Jacksonville city limits this year.

“We’re seeing more and more meth labs,” Bettis said Friday.

Bettis encourages anyone who has any information about methamphetamine abuse to call the JPD at 910-455-400 or Crime Stoppers at 910-9383273. Callers can remain anonymous.

Dorn said even if callers are not sure about what they are seeing, he said to call it in.

“We’d much rather air on the side of caution,” he said, due to the toxicity and the instability of meth labs.

All four suspects remained in custody Friday at Onslow County Jail.





ASHTABULA — A 28-year-old Ashtabula woman was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officials received information of her possible involvement in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Maria Wooten, of 1627 W. 19th St. Apt. A, was arraigned Friday afternoon in Ashtabula Mun-icipal Court. She was charged with two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation      of methamphetamine, according to a court spokesperson.

Wooten entered no plea during her arraignment and was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond, according to a court spokesperson.


Detectives from the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department along with TAG officers and a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation agent were notified by the Madison Police Department of a subject purchasing pseudoephedrine, commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, in excess of legal limitations, according to reports.

Wooten was identified, by still-camera images, purchasing the medication with a young child present, according to reports.

ACSO Det. Taylor Cleveland and Det. Brian Cumberledge responded to Wooten’s apartment with TAG officers and the BCI&I agent. Wooten reportedly came to the door with her 5-year-old child, according to reports.

Detectives asked her to separate herself from the child so the child was not present while they spoke, but Wooten refused to do so. Detectives advised her they were conducting a drug investigation surrounding her and she was likely to be charged as a result, according to reports.

While detectives were standing outside the apartment, a chemical odor was detected from inside the apartment. When Wooten was asked about it she reportedly told detectives she “smells it all the time as well.” She reportedly said “some people a couple apartments away were just arrested for drugs,” according to reports.

Detectives reportedly asked Wooten for permission to enter her apartment to further speak to her about their investigation; however, Wooten reportedly became very defensive and asked if they had a search warrant, according to reports.

After several attempts to gain permission to enter her apartment, Wooten finally allowed them in, according to reports.

Cleveland began searching kitchen cabinets and reportedly observed a “one pot” style meth lab inside a plastic 20 ounce bottle. It was not active and reportedly contained waste product left as a result of making methamphetamine, according to reports.

Wooten reportedly immediately broke down emotionally stating the meth lab was not hers. She was arrested and Ashtabula County Children Services was notified to assist with the child, according to reports.

Wooten’s live-in boyfriend arrived at the apartment and was arrested on an outstanding warrant with Lake County. He reportedly began giving detectives explanations for the meth lab, according to reports.

He reportedly told detectives someone came into the apartment through the attic and placed the meth lab in the cupboard. He also reportedly told detectives he finds meth labs “popping” up around the apartment complex all the time and he takes them into the apartment so children don’t find them, according to reports.

Detectives also found other meth-related items in the wooded area directly behind the apartment complex, according to reports.

A family member was contacted to take custody of the child in lieu of the child going with CSB, according to reports.

Both Wooten and her boyfriend were transported to Ashtabula County Jail. Wooten is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 10 in Ashtabula Municipal Court.



Chatham-Kent police Intelligence Unit have arrested 28 people and seized a quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and fentanyl during a five-month investigation.

The accused face over 100 charges including possession and trafficking controlled substances, weapons charges and obstructing police.

Chatham police




Officers used seven drug warrants to search various residences throughout Chatham-Kent during what police dubbed Project ATAM.

Drugs seized include 52.2 grams of methamphetamine, 530 mg of fentanyl, 35.75 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of cannabis, 3 cannabis plants and one gram of psilocybin.

The combined street value of the drugs seized is estimated at $ 17,160.

Officers also seized $6,970.00 in cash.



The hit AMC series Breaking Bad highlights the sad  but true reality of alcohol and drug abuse, portraying an  industry often filled with desperate people who commit increasingly desperate  acts. Unfortunately, rampant meth use in the United States not only destroys the  lives of addicts and their families, but the greater U.S. economy as well.

In the beginning of the series, Walter White, a brainy but nebbish chemistry  teacher at an Albuquerque, N.M., high school, is diagnosed with terminal lung  cancer. With a pregnant wife and a son who has cerebral palsy, all he can think  about is what his family will do when he’s gone.

breaking bad


White pairs up with a former student who has become a crystal meth dealer,  and together the two begin producing and selling an especially pure form of the  drug.

As  White becomes more and more embroiled with law enforcement and competing  dealers, he begins to lose his sense of self and reality. Every day he acts more  like his alter ego “Heisenberg” to everyone, including himself.

Who knows what will become of White and his family? All we can do is hold our  breath and wait for the Breaking Bad finale, which  airs Sunday, Sept. 29, on AMC. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at how  the show’s silent adversary, methamphetamine, is impacting our financial  reality.

Breaking Bad Numbers: How Does Methamphetamine Affect the United  States Financially?

Meth Use Alone Racked Up a $23.4 Billion Bill in 2005

The emotional costs of methamphetamine cannot be measured — but the economic  impacts can. According to a RAND Corporation study, “The Economic Cost of  Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005,” methamphetamine cost the United  States $23.4 billion in 2005, with addiction, drug treatment, premature death  and other effects factored in.

However, this figure is only an approximation; the RAND study provided an  estimated range of anywhere between $16.2 and $48.3 billion in costs.

“When you look at drug use in this country, the loss to society is in the  billions,” said Gregory A. Smith, M.D., executive producer of American  Addict and American Addict 2. Additionally, Smith explained that  because users often indulge in more than one kind of drug, methamphetamine use  is often inextricably linked to other types of substance abuse.

While meth use places a serious hamper on the U.S. economy, punitive measures  against users rack up additional costs, as well.

“Working at countless treatment centers in South Florida, I have witnessed  first-hand the horrible impact of methamphetamine addiction on the entire United  States,” said Sierra Kline, SEO coordinator at the Florida House Experience, a  drug and alcohol treatment facility. “The number of drug-related  [incarcerations] not only costs average Americans, but also does little to help  the underlying problem of addiction.”

The War on Drugs: Higher Criminal Justice System Costs

According to the U. S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence  Center, the annual costs of drug-related crimes in the United States is in  excess of $61 billion. A 2010 National Drug Threat Study found that ice  methamphetamine and crack cocaine cause a majority of drug-related crime.

Methamphetamine has also “affected folks’ increased engagement with our  criminal justice system,” added Oliver McGee, an analyst and former U.S. deputy  assistant secretary under Bill Clinton.

Based on RAND’s study, McGee explained that methamphetamine especially  strains the U.S. criminal justice system.

“The study’s overall call for increased investments in ‘preventive measures’  clearly points out that many of the economic costs [include] criminal justice  burdens,” McGee said.

According to Southeast Missouri State University, it costs approximately  $30,000 to $40,000 to house one inmate per year.

Increased Costs to Tax Payers

“There is a lot of man power with the government,” noted Jorge Trevino, a  partner with Trevino & Gayed, LLP. Referring to the federal government’s war  on drugs, Trevino explained that a surplus of law enforcement officials is  necessary to enforce the government’s laws on alcohol and drug abuse.

According to Addiction Treatment Strategies, it costs $2,000 to $3,000 for  federal or state drug agents to clean up a meth lab. Nationwide, the Drug  Enforcement Administration disbursed money to clean up more than 10,000  methamphetamine labs, costing taxpayers between $20 and $30 million.

Detox and Rehabilitation Costs

Depending on where an individual goes for treatment, costs can be as “low as  $10,000 to $20,000, to $60,000 to $70,000 per month per patient” Smith  explained, adding that it “requires more than a month of treatment” in addition  to a sober living facility for adequate treatment.

According to RAND, treatment for methamphetamine addicts cost  $545 million in 2005.

Unnecessary Medical Costs From Methamphetamine Use

RAND also noted $351 million in methamphetamine-related medical  costs, as well as $61 million used, in part, to treat injured victims and remove  bodies from explosions at meth labs.

Lost Productivity

According to RAND, in 2005, $687 million was lost in productivity due to  methamphetamine use.

Why? “Methamphetamine shifts our moods and causes mood swings, resulting in  various thinking disorders, like anxiety, paranoia, even depression.” McGee  explained. “[It] only escalates such cranial-abdominal thinking disorders.  This has a substantial and direct impact on … affected folks’ overall  productivity and personal economics.”

While most modern Hollywood productions tend to glamorize drug use in  America, Breaking Bad stands out not only for its incredibly talented  crew of writers and actors, but also for its harshly realistic portrayal of what  meth addiction does to people. We may be saying goodby to the series forever,  but we have a long way to go before the same can be said of meth use and its  detrimental effect on our economy.





Plain Dealing, LA – Local law enforcement agencies in our area participated in a week’s worth of training geared at preparing them for encountering meth labs.

Jake Kelton is a meth lab trainer for police, deputies, and firefighters. He says it’s key that local law enforcement know what to do when they come across a meth lab. “If they have a bad day, and that thing ignites, that’s a 4 thousand pound missile coming directly to you. So it’s not just the chemicals, it’s what happens when it explodes. You (North Louisiana) have enough meth labs in your area, a lot of meth labs in your area, and they’re this type so these guys have to be trained.”
After hours of training and tests, comes the hands on exercise where they have to properly disable and process a real meth lab. “These guys are going in for an initial assessment. Their job is to decide whether there’s a meth lab inside that location or not.”
It’s a grueling process, but Kelton says, the training is invaluable and will save lives. “It costs your community thousands of dollars. Every time they find a meth lab it costs thousands of dollars to process. But when these officers are trained to do this process themselves, they’re saving you thousands of dollars to go out there.”
It can cost up to $12,000 to clean up a meth lab. Louisiana had 55 meth lab incidents in 2012. Since law enforcement have to order special equipment to disable and process meth labs the cost is shared by those convicted of making or having a lab and tax payers.

A Vernon woman is facing charges after officers found her at her home making meth, according to Walton County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, deputies responded to 80 Boonie Lane in Vernon, in response to a complaint of an individual manufacturing methamphetamine in a shed.


Once on scene, investigators located Jamie Sheldon Burke, 35, in a shed on the property. Two bags were retrieved by investigators containing items used in the “Shake and Bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine. One bag contained an active “Shake and Bake” cook vessel with methamphetamines.  Investigators collected 5 additional cook vessels, which were located in the shed.

Jamie Burke of 80 Boonie Lane, Vernon, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a second degree felony and Trafficking in Methamphetamine, a first degree felony.

Burke was transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections.



EDINBORO — Officials with the Erie County Office of Children and Youth, accompanied by Pennsylvania State Police, were checking out a mobile home in a small park off Route 99 in Washington Township when they were overcome by a “heavy chemical odor” inside, police said.

The odor, and the discovery of suspicious items inside, led to a search Wednesday afternoon that uncovered what is believed to be an active methamphetamine manufacturing operation inside the small, white trailer at 48 Hall Drive, just south of the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania campus.

Investigators said they also found two young girls, ages 5 and 2, suffering from open sores, neglect and respiratory distress, police charge in case documents filed in the drug investigation.

The girls were taken to the emergency room at UPMC Hamot at about 5 p.m. Wednesday for injuries “due to chemical exposure and neglect” as police scoured the mobile home and seized 10 “one pot” meth labs, hundreds of grams of suspected methamphetamine and “dozens of items of evidence,” police said.

Two adult residents of the trailer were taken into custody. Gerald A. Ryan, 50, and Genevieve M. Brown, 27, were arraigned Wednesday night by Harborcreek Township District Judge Mark Krahe on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacturing of methamphetamine-child injured, possession of precursor chemicals and endangering the welfare of children.

Ryan and Brown remained in the Erie County Prison on Thursday on $50,000 bond each.

Investigators in the drug case could not be reached for comment Thursday. But according to information filed with the criminal charges, investigators learned in January that the two were “heavily involved” in the western Erie County “drug culture,” specifically the manufacturing of meth.

Police said an Erie County judge ordered an OCY caseworker to inspect the mobile home based in part on previous complaints and an open investigation into the welfare of the girls, according to information with the charges.

Investigators finished their search of the mobile home Wednesday night and plastered a bright yellow sticker, warning readers that a suspected meth lab was seized from the premises, on the front door, below a diamond-shaped window covered with newspaper.

“The meth business is closed,” a neighbor said Thursday morning.

Wednesday’s search was the third conducted at a suspected meth manufacturing site in the Erie region this week.

Agents with the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control, assisted by state police, seized suspected meth, drug ingredients and the byproducts of meth manufacturing from an upstairs apartment on West Main Street in downtown Girard on Sept. 20. The case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed yet, said Dennis Tobin, the bureau’s regional director.

Bureau members and Meadville police impounded a van and found a suspected “one pot” meth lab and drug precursors inside in an investigation Wednesday. Devanie M. Coudriet, 32, of Saegertown, and Ashley M. Stewart, 23, of Guys Mills, were jailed on charges in that case.

“People are using it so people are going to manufacture it,” Tobin said of the recent lab seizures. “It’s not something that’s going to go away because so many people are addicted to it. Where you have an individual who wants it, you’ll have an individual who manufactures it.”



The series finale of the TV show “Breaking Bad” airs this Sunday (Sept. 29). For five years, viewers have watched Walter White’s descent from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to drug kingpin as he manufactures methamphetamine.

The synthesization of methamphetamine, seen here in its crystal form, leaves behind long-lasting hazards.

The synthesis of methamphetamine, seen here in its crystal form, leaves behind long-lasting hazards


Although the show depicts the bizarre side of the meth industry, the real-world history of meth is much stranger. From its use by the Nazis as a war aid to its variant “Smurf dope,” here are six strange facts about methamphetamine.

Meth history

In 1887, scientists first isolated the chemical ephedrine from a shrub called Ephedra sinica, which had been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. In 1919, chemists manufactured methamphetamine by combining the plant’s active chemical with red phosphorous and iodine.

People soon noticed the stimulant’s appetite-suppressing, mood-boosting, and focus-inducing properties. In World War II, Adolf Hitler distributed methamphetamines to soldiers to boost morale and help keep soldiers alert. And during the 1950s, amphetamine was a component of a popular diet pill that housewives used to keep slim. [7 Diet Tricks That Really Work]

Home cooking

Unlike cocaine, heroin and marijuana, in which the drug’s key ingredient is primarily harvested from crops, producing methamphetamine requires transforming precursor drugs. Compounds such as ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredients in decongestants such as Sudafed, must undergo chemical reactions to become the illicit drug.

Only a handful of laboratories around the world make these chemicals at any scale, according to a 2011 “Frontline” documentary on the meth epidemic. Huge quantities of meth are produced by Mexican drug cartels in superlabs.

But “freelancers” who make the drug at home steal decongestants from pharmacies and combine them with toxic solvents and chemicals in dangerous home labs. The chemicals used to manufacture meth are volatile and can lead to explosions, and the toxic waste left behind is extremely difficult to clean up.

Blue myth?

On the show “Breaking Bad,” Walter White’s trademark drug is so pure, it looks like powder-blue rock candy. In reality, pure meth is typically white or clear, because it reflects all wavelengths of visible light.

Purity is a measure of how uniform the chemical composition of the drug is, and even tiny amounts of impurities can add color to the drug. However, blue meth itself isn’t a myth. Several years ago, drug dealers began selling “Smurf dope,” or methamphetamine that has been tinged with a pigment or dye to appear blue, USA Today reported.

Smurf dope has the same chemical activity as the less colorful, white variety.

Similar drugs

Methamphetamine is a cousin of stimulants routinely prescribed to children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin have similar effects as methamphetamine, and the body actually metabolizes methamphetamine into amphetamine.

However, because illicit meth has undergone a process called double methylation (as opposed to being methylated just once), it is processed in the body more quickly and powerfully.

Meat connection

Meth has plagued Midwestern states such as Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. Experts say meth got a foothold in the heartland in part via industrial meat processing plants.

Jobs in these factories are among the most dangerous and physically taxing in America: Workers have to “process” chickens, cows or pigs at a blistering rate (up to 140 chickens per minute, according to current USDA rules). Meat processing workers came to rely on meth in order to be quicker, sharper and more alert, according to Nick Reding’s book “Methland,” (Bloomsbury USA, 2009).

The same plants play a role in Mexican drug organizations’ distribution networks, as migrant workers who move across the country from plant to plant can spread the drug, according to the book.

Ugly effects

Long-term methamphetamine use has some ugly side effects. Chronic use constricts and eventually destroys blood vessels, inhibiting the body’s ability to repair tissue and aging skin. Meth users also sometimes hallucinate that insects are crawling under their skin, leading them to pick at their skin until small sores form.

In addition, meth dries out the salivary glands, which makes it easier for mouth acids to erode tooth enamel and the gums, allowing cavities to gain a foothold. Addicts’ habit of teeth-grinding, combined with a hankering for sweet foods during meth highs, only worsen the problem. That leaves many users with rotted teeth and the characteristic “meth mouth” shown in many anti-drug campaigns.



BROOKSVILLE — Hernando detectives have arrested a Brooksville man and woman for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in their home on Fruitville Street while their teenage daughter was at home.

Wayne Lee Snell, 40, and Charity Burr, 35, were both taken into custody Friday morning. They each remained behind bars at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of bail totaling $31,000.

According to arrest affidavits, detectives executed a search warrant about 8 a.m. Friday at the couple’s home, which is only about a half-mile from Nature Coast Technical High School. Property records show that Gary and Patricia Burr own the three-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile house.

It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, relationship there was between Charity Burr and the owners of the home.

Once authorities got inside the house, they allegedly found Snell and Burr in possession of equipment and chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine, lye, acetone and glassware.

Following a Miranda warning, Burr told detectives that her 15-year-old daughter had been at the house during the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Burr’s daughter later confirmed that statement to authorities.

The girl was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

During a search of the home, authorities also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the master bedroom.

Detectives then arrested Snell and Burr and transported them to the county jail. They each face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; being in possession of a place or structure for the sale, trafficking or manufacture of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor; and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both Burr and Snell have had a number of run-ins with local authorities: Snell has faced previous charges including aggravated assault, domestic violence and more than a handful of traffic violations, while Burr has been charged previously with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.




SEMINOLE — Deputies arrested four people Thursday who they said were involved in running a methamphetamine lab at La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park.

George McClelland, 44, was arrested on charges of trafficking and possession of methamphetamine. Michael Bice, 50, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine and unlawful possession of listed chemicals. Sheila Stout, 47, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of listed chemicals.


Narcotics detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office investigate a methamphetamine operation at the La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park on Thursday.

Narcotics detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office investigate a methamphetamine operation at the La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park on Thursday


All three lived in the mobile home park at 5101 Seminole Blvd.

William Sansoucie, 59, who lived in another mobile home, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of listed chemicals.

Outside the mobile home Thursday, there was a spread of leftover evidence: liquid detergent and Gatorade bottles, a brown hydrogen peroxide container, a mason jar and a blue tool box.

A man in a hazardous material suit crouched over the spread. The “cookers” had already been taken away, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cristen Rensel said, and the rest of the evidence was left outside for testing and disposal by a cleanup crew.

A yellow toy dump truck lay a few feet away in the yard. A dog, called Misty, was tied to a post nearby.

DeeDee Brazeau owns the Groomer’z, a shop next to the park. About 10 a.m. Thursday, her phone rang. A caller told her to “lock your door right now,” she said.

She turned around, looked out the window and saw an officer with a mask and gun heading in her direction. She grabbed the schnauzer she had been grooming and locked herself in the shop’s bathroom.

“I never smelled anything, never heard anything, never knew it was going on,” Brazeau said.

An October 2012 raid in Largo led detectives to watch La Tropical Oaks, Rensel said, which in turn provided cause for a warrant and Thursday’s bust.

“What if it exploded?” Lauri Curran, a stylist at the Mirage Hair Salon nearby, asked. “The whole neighborhood would have shut down.”

Riley Wallace, the salon’s owner, saw Drug Enforcement Administration vehicles and men in masks heading into the trailer. She put it together quickly.

“It’s like Breaking Bad,” Wallace said.


JOHOR BARU: The Johor Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle RM1.3  million worth of methamphetamine through the Sultan Ismail International Airport  in Senai on Wednesday.

In the  incident, a Vietnamese was detained and remanded to facilitate the  investigation.
State Customs  director Datuk Ramli Johari said the 6.74 kg cache was packed in several  packages in the baggage carried by the suspect.
“The suspect  was travelling from Vietname to Senai with transits in New Delhi, India and the  Kuala Lumpur International Airport,” said Ramli.
He said the  case is being investigated under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs  Act.
This is the  second such case uncovered this month.
On September  12, a 22 year old South African woman was arrested at the same airport for  smuggling in 4.9 kilogrammes of methamphetamine worth about RM931,000.






SEPTEMBER 26, 2013-  Methamphetamine.   It’s a drug that’s growing in usage across Erie County-with one bust after the next.
Experts call it an explosive drug that can rock your world and cause serious bodily harm in more ways than one.
Dennis Tobin, the Regional Director of the Bureau of Narcotics, says the region has experienced an uptick of meth abuse.
He says meth labs are being discovered regularly and are often more difficult to find because they are smaller….
Typically one pot labs found in cars, living rooms and garages across the area.
Tobin warns meth is highly addictive and toxic because it is made out of many household cleaners, acids and sometimes even gasoline.

He says when the chemicals are mixed they can create potential explosions.
Doctors at Saint Vincent Hospital say the effects of the drug are detrimental to your health-aging your body quickly, causing rapid weight loss, brain damage and sometimes even death.
Tobin says spotting a meth lab is difficult, but be aware of what people are throwing in the garbage.
He says people constantly discarding of bi-products, batteries, canisters and coffee filters could be an indicator that they are manufacturing meth.
Health experts say if you know someone that is abusing meth, approach them privately and encourage them to come forward and seek help.
They say there are several resources and treatment options available in the county.