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(Riverton, Wyo.) – A teenager babysitting two young children in Riverton has been charged with Minor In Possession and Child Endangerment after admitting that she had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day and then drank six “shooters” of alcohol while looking after the kids.Tialyssa Armour

Riverton Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tialyssa Armour. The incident allegedly took place at a home on Heather Drive.

The mother of the children came home at 9:21 p.m. Saturday and found Armour gone from the house, vomit on the back door and her two children all alone inside. She told police she had hired the teen to look after her kids while she was at work. The kids were okay.

Police found Armour “in the area” laying in the back seat of a small pickup truck. A breath test revealed her blood alcohol level was .20% BAC. The legal level is .08%.

Inside the home officers found several broken items, including a mirror and a coffee cup and an overturned coffee table in the living room.

When questioned, Armour allegedly told officers that she started drinking at 4 p.m. and that she had used meth earlier in the day.

It was not reported if the alcohol came from the home or if the teen brought it with her.

Armour was arrested and taken to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.

MURFREESBORO – A traffic stop Tuesday night led to the arrest of a Murfreesboro man who is accused of kidnapping and beating a woman over the course of more than two weeks, according to Murfreesboro Police Department records.

Thanath Lont Sayadeth, aka, “Lucky,” was wanted on two outstanding warrants stemming from the allegations reported in March.B9317134004Z_1_20150427134902_000_G5PAKFK23_1-0

On March 25, a 20-year-old woman reported to Officer David Kelch that she was kidnapped, drugged and beaten by several subjects, including a man nicknamed “Lucky,” over several weeks beginning March 8.

“The original incident was a series of gang-related crimes in which the victim was not a random target and was known to the suspects,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

He explained the woman was likely a victim of a gang initiation.

The victim said she was kept in different motel rooms in Murfreesboro, handcuffed to a toilet, tasered and had a gun held to her head.

On March 12, she was blindfolded and placed in the trunk of her own car and transported to a house on Center Pointe Drive in Murfreesboro.

She told Kelch she was then placed in a bathtub, had a towel pressed into her face and bleach poured onto the towel. She said she was then drugged, injured by a Taser and beaten by different men and women until she was finally released March 25.

“Since then the subjects have kept tabs on her and used her to get information about their rivals,” Kelch said. He added the victim had injuries consistent with her story.

Since the reported kidnapping, Murfreesboro police have been on the lookout out for the alleged perpetrators.

Detectives Michael Levy and Chris Gann reported Tuesday night they saw a custom-painted motorcycle fitting the description of one owned by the suspected kidnappers.

“I was able to observe the motorcyclist through the front of his helmet and it did appear to be the subject,” Gann reported.

The detectives then conducted a traffic stop and identified Sayadeth.

During the traffic stop, Sayadeth said he had “ice,” also known as methamphetamine in his pocket, Gann said in the report.

The detectives found 15.1 grams of a “crystal-like substance” in a plastic bag in Sayadeth’s pocket during a search. It tested positive for meth, he said. They also found a second bag of the substance, weighing 1.1 grams in another pocket.

The detectives arrested Sayadeth, 41.

Sayadeth was charged with extortion and especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, simple possession of methamphetamine and criminal simulation.

He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $575,000 bond. He was later released. Sayadeth is scheduled to appear May 20 in General Sessions Court.

Sayadeth has a previous conviction for selling drugs, according to previous coverage.

635657308258679359-tressa(NEWS CENTER) — On Saturday April 25, Cumberland County deputies responded to a home in Standish for a report of a family disturbance. While investigating the disturbance deputies got information of a suspected meth lab at the home.

Members of the MDEA went to the house at 1 Woodland Avenue and with permission from the home owners, conducted a search of the home and property.

Two “one pot” labs were located and two older labs were also found discarded along the wood line of the property.

Timothy Schoubroek, 32, and Tressa Sprague, 35, were both arrested for manufacturing meth and violating their conditions of release on a pending theft charge. Both were transported to the Cumberland County Jail and were held without bail pending a court appearance scheduled for April 27, 2015.635657308258367357-timothy

Additional charges for endangering the welfare of a child are being reviewed by the States Attorney General’s Office regarding the presence of five children living in the home ranging from ages 4 to 14. Two of the children 8 and 6 years of age had been living in New Sharon, Maine at the location of a previous meth lab MDEA dismantled on March 27, 2015 on Farmington Falls Road, New Sharon.

The Department of Health and Human Services has been contacted and is assisting.

This was the eleventh methamphetamine laboratory related incident responded to by MDEA in 2015.

Assisting in this incident were deputies of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the State’s Department of Environmental Protection.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. —Kentucky State Police say they are investigating after two bodies and a meth lab were found in a burned building.Harrodsburg-meth-fire-jpg

Media report someone reported seeing smoke at the former Chubby’s Auto Sales in Harrodsburg on Saturday evening and called dispatchers.

Firefighters arrived to find the bodies of a man and a woman inside a room where the fire was contained. Police say the meth lab was found during an ensuing investigation.

Mercer County Coroner C. David Ransdell identified the man as 50-year-old Douglas Carter and the woman as Carol F. Anderson, who was in her 40s.

Their causes of death weren’t immediately available.

Police say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

pearsonThe Scott County Sheriff’s Office states that a Sikeston man was arrested and faces charges stemming from an incident on Friday.

Jeremy B. Pearson, 35, of Sikeston, Mo. has been charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and property damage.

Deputies were dispatched to a home on Stone Drive. Pearson is accused of breaking the glass from the front door of the home after he fled when he found out police had been called to the residence.

Pearson was later located by deputies when they discovered him hiding near a pump house just west of the home.

Pearson was searched and reports state that a syringe was found on his person.

Reports state Pearson admitted to officers that the syringe was used to inject methamphetamine, the syringe was found to still contain a clear liquid substance.

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Pearson was transported to Scott County Jail where he is held pending a $2,500 cash only bond.

A Piketon resident was arrested and charged with illegal assembly after a search by the Piketon Police Department resulted in finding chemicals and other items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

According to the Piketon Police Department, on April 24, Assistant Chief Brandi Davis and Patrolman Corey Clemmons executed a search of the premises at 206 Riverview Circle in Piketon. During their search, several chemicals and other items commonly used in the manufacture of meth were reportedly located, and it was also discovered that one person had suffered severe burns from these chemicals. Nearby residents had to be evacuated due to the hazardous nature of these materials.

Lori C. Jenkins, 44, of Piketon, was arrested and charged with illegal assembly and transported to the Scioto County Jail. James Bachtel was transported to the hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

The Pike County Hazmat unit and 400 Fire Department were called in to secure the hazardous materials and to make the scene safe.

This search was a result of the ongoing investigation into drug activity at that location, according to the police. More charges are expected.

meth_seizureCHINO ( — A routine traffic stop in Chino led officers to nearly 70 pounds of methamphetamine valued at an estimated $1.5 million, police officials said Monday.

Police officers patrolling the east side of Chino stopped a gold Toyota minivan Friday in the 6300 block of Riverside Drive for an equipment violation, Chino police spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez said.

During the stop, officers were given permission to search the vehicle. A police canine assisting in the search alerted officers, who found the several bags of methamphetamine, Gutierrez said.

The driver, 34-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of San Bernardino, was charged with possession for sales of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the case Tuesday.

SAFFORD — Authorities believe they apprehended a woman driving under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine with a young child in tow.

Priscilla Rose Lacey, 29, was arrested late Saturday night for aggravated DUI-drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lacey was initially pulled over for stopping past the painted white stop lines on two occasions; at 8th Street and 8th Avenue and at Central Avenue and 8th Street, according to a police report.

Upon interviewing Lacey, the officer noticed puncture marks on her neck and both arms that are consistent with IV drug use. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a glass water pipe with apparent methamphetamine residue.

Lacey’s passenger allegedly admitted to recently smoking methamphetamine, but declined ownership of the pipe. After Lacey confirmed the pipe was not her passenger’s and no illegal items were found in her possession, she was allowed to leave the scene.

A young child who was found in a safety seat in the back of the vehicle was released to Lacey’s father, who had been called to the scene. Officers then attempted to take a blood sample from Lacey but were unsuccessful due to the existing scar tissue on her arms.

Lacey was then transported to the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center where hospital staff attempted unsuccessfully to retrieve a sample through her hands and feet among other areas. She was then taken back to the Safford Police Department where a urine test showed the presence of opiates and methamphetamine. Additionally, a drug recognition expert officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said he believed Lacey to be under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine.

Lacey allegedly told an officer that she injects nearly a gram of heroin a day on top of her prescribed Oxycodone. She said her drug addiction began after she was prescribed the Oxycodone for pain from injuries sustained in a vehicular collision. She said she built up a big tolerance to the Oxycodone and began using heroin to supplement her existing prescription pill addiction. Lacey did not explain her methamphetamine use.

After completing their investigation, officers released Lacey to her father with charges pending urine test results from the DPS lab in Tucson.

PETALING JAYA: The woman who was recorded stripping off her clothes in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the police on Sunday.

“A urine test was conducted on the suspect who was detained following a report of public indecency under Section 509 of the Penal Code, and her urine tested positive for methamphetamine,” said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah.

He said the suspect was a 32-year old spa worker in Kuala Lumpur.

On Saturday, police arrested the Sabahan, who was caught on video removing her white jacket, black blouse and her bra at the popular tourist street during an argument over her refusal to pay for her meal.

ACP Zainol confirmed that the woman was nabbed at a hotel in Jalan Sultan at about 5.30 am.

In the video, she was seen arguing with another person and later took off her clothes.

The incident took place at 4.30pm on Thursday.

“She had eaten at a restaurant in Petaling Street and refused to pay for the food,” ACP Zainol said.

He said the woman might have been tipsy then as she had consumed two bottles of beer at the restaurant.

“She scolded the owner and taunted her,” he said, adding that the restaurant owner did not file a police report.

The woman stripped, apparently to avoid settling the RM18 bill.

She had gone to the chicken rice restaurant with a man, described by witnesses as Caucasian.

Witnesses said the woman’s companion then got into a scuffle with the restaurant operator when she was not allowed to leave.

The duo fled when policemen arrived at the scene.

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A LaGrange woman was busted for methamphetamine early Saturday morning.

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, officers were dispatched to an area near State Road 9 and County Road 450 South after someone called 911 to report a vehicle was pulling a motorcycle out of a field.

Officers located a vehicle with a tow strap attached to the rear belonging to Arielle Aldrich, 24, LaGrange.

During the investigation, LaGrange County K-9 Officer Tyson indicated drugs may be present in the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s department.

Aldrich was arrested and initially charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, Aldrich is awaiting trial on several drug-related charges from a Nov. 2014 case. Aldrich is charged in that case with possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia. She’s scheduled for trial Aug. 18.

A Gwinnett County hamburger joint likely won’t be appealing to drug buyers anymore after the arrest of a man who police say was dealing while at work at a Buford Drive Checkers.

Derek Stargell, 34, is facing multiple charges after his arrest on April 16, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

He was arrested by the Gwinnett Metro Task Force after he had sold drugs to an undercover cop on three occasions at the Checkers located at 919 Buford Drive near Lawrenceville, the sheriff’s office said. Stargell was in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin when he was arrested.

He is charged with selling marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Stargell is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee police departments.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force can be contacted by the Drug Tip Line at 770-670-5180 or by email at

553e44e96d9aa_imageGREENSBURG – A report of “a strong chemical odor” in a Greensburg neighborhood led to the arrest of two men late Thursday.

According to documents filed in Decatur Circuit Court, police arrested Joshua L. Jones, 31, and Quentin J. Reed, 30, both of Greensburg, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. The former charge is a Level 6 felony; the latter a misdemeanor.

The men were arrested following an investigation by Greensburg Police following a report that a person in the 400 block of West North Street was manufacturing methamphetamine and that a man had recently given or sold methamphetamine to another person in the area.553e44e979599_image

Investigating officers said they “smelled a strong chemical odor” upon arriving at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of the area in which the alleged meth manufacturing occurred.

Greensburg Police Patrol Officer Matthew Terkhorn said he encountered a man sitting in a truck near the intersection of West North and North Ireland Street, who quickly exited the vehicle and began walking toward a residence located at 401 West North Street, according to a police narrative summarizing the case.

An uncapped syringe and a small quantity of methamphetamine were subsequently located on the man, who was identified as Jones.

As the investigation continued, police discovered a tent located on the property of 401 West North Street which Reed told officers he occupied. Reed gave permission for officers to look inside the tent where they allege they discovered a syringe that appeared to have been used tucked underneath a mattress, and a spoon that contained a powdery substance.

Police said they found more syringes, drug paraphernalia and a powdery substance not identified in the report after searching the tent.

Both men were taken to the Decatur County Jail without incident. Both suspects made their initial court appearances Friday where preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered. Attorney Tamara Butler was appointed to represent Reed, and Attorney Steven Teverbaugh will serve as defense counsel for Jones.

Reed’s trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 in Decatur Circuit Court. No bond had been set for his release by Daily News press time Friday.

Jones remained jailed on a $750 cash bond Friday afternoon. His trial was set for 9 a.m. Aug. 25 in Circuit Court.

DURHAM, N.C. – Durham investigators have arrested an 18-year-old female from Texas on drug trafficking charges.

Officers arrested Miriam Landin Sunday after recovering 847 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth $847,000.

Landin was charged with two counts of level III trafficking meth and one count possession with intent to deliver.

Landin was placed in the Durham County Jail under a $2.5 million bond.








MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Methamphetamine use has returned to epidemic levels in the Twin Cities not seen since 2005, according to a new research report. Meanwhile, more people than ever have been treated for heroin addiction.

The report, entitled “Drug Abuse Trends in Minneapolis/St. Paul: 2015″, was released Monday by Drug Abuse Dialogues. Carol Falkowski headed the research.

“The next methamphetamine surge isn’t looming around the corner — it is here right now,” Falkowski said.

In 2014, 11.8 percent of treatment admissions in the Twin Cities were due to meth addiction. That’s compared to 12 percent in 2005.

Meth busts by law enforcement are also on the upswing. In Ramsey County, 128 pounds of meth was seized in 2014. That’s compared to only 16 pounds in 2013.

Another alarming fact: a record 14.6 percent of treatment admissions were for heroin in 2014 – 37.5 percent of those being individuals between 18 and 25 years of age.

“We have yet to eradicate the heroin problem here,” Falkowski said. “And for the first time almost as many admissions were for heroin (3,208) as were for marijuana (3,246).”

Other highlights of the report include a small drop in treatment admissions for opiates and downward trends reported for synthetic drugs. Exposure of MDMA, however, has increased three-fold.

The full report is available here.

SPANISH FORK — A couple and their friend were arrested Sunday afternoon on charges related to possession of methamphetamine, which police reports state was kept near a toddler’s crib.

Officers conducted a narcotics search warrant Sunday afternoon on the residence of Michael and Ginger Butts. Their friend, Duane Smith, was living in a trailer on the property. Police documents state officers received reports that the three were selling methamphetamine from the property.

When officers arrived at the residence, Michael Butts, 50, was encountered outside in the yard. Police reports state officers found a bag with .6 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket. He was read his Miranda rights, and he told officers he smoked meth 30 minutes before, according to arrest documents.

As officers entered the residence, they found Ginger Butts in the kitchen. She was read her Miranda rights, and she too told officers she’d smoked meth earlier that day and that there was meth in their master bedroom, police reports state.

According to police reports, officers found 13.7 grams of meth in a nightstand in their master bedroom. Their 2-year-old grandson was asleep on the bed, just feet away from the meth.

A typical user amount of meth is about .1 to .2 grams, meaning there were more than 100 individual doses in the nightstand.

A baggie with 3.6 grams of marijuana was also found in the nightstand, police reports indicate. The couple has three children in the home, who, according to police reports, “could have easily accessed and consumed the drugs which were located in the residence.”

Duane Smith, 44, was found in the trailer parked in the driveway, and was arrested on an active warrant. Police searched the trailer and found a bag of one gram of meth in a sunglasses case, police reports state. Syringes, a digital scale and more baggies were found in the case.

Michael and Ginger Butts were both booked into Utah County on suspicion of one first-degree felony charge of possession of meth with intent to distribute, three third-degree felony charges of child endangerment, and one class A misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Duane Smith was booked on suspicion of one second-degree felony charge for possession of meth, and one class A misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

What might have been the routine arrest of a Eugene man wanted for failing to appear in court on drug charges turned into a deadly shootout with Salem police officers.635655841717866525-hawkins

Before Friday’s tense, hours-long standoff ended with the gunman mortally wounded in a Wal-Mart parking lot, he had repeatedly fired his weapon at police while ignoring their demands to surrender, Salem police said.

His shots wounded a police dog in the head and narrowly missed a SWAT officer during the standoff before he was hit with a hail of police gunfire.

He was taken to Salem Hospital. Salem police said Friday night that he had died.

State police on Saturday identified the man as Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49, of Eugene. An autopsy conducted Saturday by Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson determined that Hawkins was shot nine times. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the chest.

These and other details from the daylong confrontation that took place in the Wal-Mart Super Center on Turner Road SE in South Salem began to emerge Saturday.

The incident was the first fatal shooting by Salem police since May 2014. One of the officers involved in Friday’s shooting, Officer Trevor Morrison — as well as police dog Baco — were involved in the earlier shooting, too.

According to court records, Hawkins had been wanted since December 2014 on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Lane County. He was originally charged with delivery of methamphetamine.635655194307629633-Shooter47321

Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department, said Saturday that the investigation of the shooting has been turned over the Oregon State Police, which is standard procedure. Any further details about the incident would be released by state police or the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Okada gave this account of Friday’s standoff:

It began shortly after 11 a.m. when Salem officers approached a man they believed to be wanted near the parking area of the Wal-Mart at 1940 Turner Road SE. The man was later identified as Hawkins.

During that initial contact, the man fled into a bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and refused to comply with commands to come out.

Morrison and Baco also responded to assist. The suspect came out of the vehicle, and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. No officers were injured, but Baco was shot in the head. The suspect retreated back into the bus.

Baco was evacuated for emergency veterinary care as officers secured the area. Baco was released a short time later with only minor injuries.

Officers from Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene to set a safety perimeter and assist.

The Salem Police Department SWAT Team responded, secured the area and immediately began negotiating with the man. Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours, trying to get him to surrender. During the negotiations, the man fired shots from the vehicle toward officers, at one time narrowly missing a SWAT officer.

As the negotiations and shots continued, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau sent additional tactical officers and equipment to assist in the situation.

After several hours of negotiations, tactical officers used armored vehicles equipped with battering rams to rip open up the walls of the vehicle in order to be able to see where the suspect was and what he was doing. Once the inside of the vehicle was exposed, the gunman refused to comply and had a handgun.635655029202501669-SAL-standoff-FIVE

At that time, 6:28 p.m., officers fired at the suspect. He was struck several times and fell out of the bus, and he was taken into custody and transported to Salem Hospital.

The Salem Police officers involved in the initial incident were Officer Chad Galusha, Officer Robert Owings, Cpl. Tim Dezotell and Morrison. The tactical officers involved in the shooting of the suspect were Officer Joshua Edmiston, Officer Vincent Dawson and Officer Sean Bennett.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which also is standard procedure.

At the Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday, few clues of the tense standoff remained, except for police crime-scene tape. The bus had been towed to an impound lot, and a street sweeper was cleaning up small debris left over from the attempts to end the standoff by ripping open the bus.

UNION CITY –  Four people were arrested when police staged an early morning drug raid at a Union City motel, seizing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.B9317109117Z_1_20150425124308_000_GPDAJRP79_1-0

Union City police said they entered Room 11 at the Ambassador Motel, 125 W. Chestnut St., about 1:25 a.m. Friday.

Arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia were:

  • Teddy Allen Christopher Hunt, 26, 339 N. Main St., Union City.
  • Derek Allan Morrison, 25, 305 S. High St., Union City.
  • Aaron Michael Sturgill, 30, Bradford, Ohio.
  • Amy Lynn Gambill, 25, Celina, Ohio.

Morrison also faces a preliminary charge of obstruction of justice. A Union City police officer wrote in an affidavit that when officers entered the room, those found inside were ordered to get on the floor, but Morrison instead dropped “what was later found to be drug paraphernalia” in a toilet.B9317109117Z_1_20150425124308_000_GPDAJRP5C_1-0


The affidavit reflects police found “multiple individually packaged” bags of heroin.

Randolph County Prosecutor David Daly’s office on Friday was granted a 72-hour extension to file formal charges in the case before the defendants would otherwise be released from the Randolph County jail in Winchester.

Hunt was convicted of battery resulting in serious bodily injury in Randolph Circuit Court in 2007.

Sturgill, formerly of Winchester, has Randolph County convictions for attempted theft (in 2010) theft (2008) and driving while intoxicated (in 2007).

Morrison remains on probation for a 2013 possession-of-marijuana conviction, also in Randolph County.

Two Ohio men were arrested on cocaine-related charges at the Ambassador Motel in March.

Ice is destroying lives and its pervasive use needs to be confronted by the community, says retiring Supreme Court Justice John McKechnie.431378509-1ajonrs

Stepping down from the bench this week to become head of the State’s corruption watchdog, Mr McKechnie said he had hardly dealt with a criminal case in the past 10 years that had not in some way been associated with methamphetamine.

In an interview with _The Weekend West _ after presiding in the State’s top court for 16 years, retiring as the Supreme Court’s longest- serving sitting judge, Mr McKechnie gave his views about the causes of offending, continuing resource issues and an unrelenting workload, the prohibitive cost of civil litigation and his strong belief in the jury system as a “great counter to tyranny”.

Mr McKechnie said by the time ice use led offenders to the Supreme Court, it was too late – even though by the time of sentencing they often had a genuine desire to stay off the drug.

“If they have committed a serious offence, judges do not regard the fact that it was committed while under the influence as worthy of much consideration,” he said.

“What I have observed is that methamphetamine is rife within the indigenous community and the cause of tremendous misery and hardship.

“The level of aggression in meth-fuelled violence is often of a higher order than that fuelled by alcohol.”

On WA’s high rate of Aboriginal incarceration, Mr McKechnie said there were too many societal issues that had not been adequately addressed and that applied to most offenders.

“It is worthwhile thinking occasionally about the causes of crime,” he said.

“Here are some in no particular order – poverty, lack of education, mental health issues, lack of positive male role models.

“There are far too many absent fathers, substance abuse and early exposure to sexual and other violence.”

Mr McKechnie, who managed the court’s dangerous sex offender list, said many repeat rapists and pedophiles dealt with by the specialist laws, which can hold offenders in jail or place them on supervision after they have served their full sentence, were significantly intellectually handicapped.

“For both of these classes of people I have constantly suggested a form of secure accommodation which can adequately protect the community while assisting their re-entry,” he said.

Mr McKechnie said in the Supreme Court’s civil jurisdiction, the high cost of litigation continued to put it beyond the reach of most ordinary people.

Reflecting on what he would miss after moving to the Corruption and Crime Commission, Mr McKechnie commented with both the sense of humor and deep sense of respect for the rule of law for which he has become known on the bench.

“There are the obvious things,” he said. “When I walk into the room, everybody stands and everybody laughs at my jokes.

“Seriously though, I will miss most the collegiality and friendship of my fellow judges.”







A Butte district judge told a 26-year-old woman using methamphetamine since she was a teen that she was on a dead-end road at her sentencing Thursday.

Jeri Phillips received a two-year sentence with the Department of Corrections with a recommendation for placement in a drug-treatment facility followed by pre-release after care.

Judge Brad Newman ruled Phillips had violated the terms and conditions of her probation and revoked her previously suspended sentence for the criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

State Probation and Parole Officer Charlie Martin testified Phillips had done poorly, was terminated from her place of employment and had possessed meth and marijuana. He cited her “continuous use of meth” and a custody case involving her children as indicators Phillips needed to take care of herself to help her to care for her family.

“Our goal is to keep her out of prison,” Martin said. “She needs a treatment program.”

Newman said he shared Martin’s concerns, adding a sentence without drug treatment “doesn’t do anybody good.” Phillips would return to the community with the same issues, he said.

“Ms. Phillips, you haven’t hurt anyone other than yourself. … You haven’t left any victims in your wake. You’re on a dead-end road,” Newman said, adding the sentence would give her at least one more chance to be reunited with her children.

UTAH COUNTY — “I started really young. … I started using meth when I was 17,” he said.

“From there, I liked it too much. You come to this point where you start feeding the addiction, not the high.”

Methamphetamine is, according to statistics from arrests made within Utah County, one of the most widely abused drugs in Utah County, along with heroin.

In 2015, someone was arrested for dealing meth in nearly every city in Utah County. And even more have been arrested for possession, according to arrests.

Zach, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, used to be among those who regularly used meth and other drugs to “feed the addiction.” He started at 17 and got sober in 2011.

“Once you get really heavily involved in it, it gets to the point where you get sick unless you do it,” he said.

“People need to be aware that it is a dangerous drug,” said Sgt. Scott Rich of the Orem Police Department. “When people become addicted to meth, it’s a hard lifestyle.”

Health effects

According to the Foundation for a Drug Free World, methamphetamine stands out from many drugs in that it is a synthetic, further enhancing its volatility. Meth is commonly made using cold remedies or other common drugs as a base. These are then mixed with other chemicals, such as battery acid, antifreeze or even lantern fuel, to deliver the hazardous substances to the user via syringe or inhalation.

Bruce Chandler with Utah County Health Department helps with the treatment and prevention of drug addiction every day. From what he’s seen, health effects from meth abuse begin immediately after consumption.

“It has pretty marked health consequences pretty quick,” he said. “It’s like putting rocket fuel in a Volkswagen.”

Chandler said the energy spike is a central, initial appeal of meth.

“It gives you boundless energy,” Chandler said. “You lose weight, you feel like you’re on top of the world and can accomplish anything.”

But the side effects of the energy high are incredibly harmful. Chandler said meth can cause one to refuse food for days, refuse sleep and have panic-related hallucinations.

Once the high wears off, then comes the crash. The user will typically sleep for a few days, all the while not eating and furthering the unnatural weight loss.

“I could barely sleep at all,” Zach said. “I would wake up in the middle of the night, drooling, my muscles would be tensed up. It was gross.”

Chandler said all the side effects combine to make the drug more abused by women than men.

“This is the first drug where there were more women than men [abusing],” he said. “That energy, that thought that you can be super-mom, that sort of thing, was pretty appealing.”

But that’s just the short term effects.

Unlike heroin, meth use cannot kill, Chandler said. He said it can lead one to make poor decisions, which may result in death, but it cannot kill. But it can decay one’s life.

The following is a list of the long-term health consequences of meth abuse, provided by the Foundation for a Drug Free World:

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
  • Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Strong psychological dependence
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy

“From the inside out and the outside in, it really nails people,” Chandler said.

How the drug came to the U.S.

Meth is not new to the country, despite its recent popularity. It was actually used in World War II to keep troops awake on both sides. In the 1950s, it was prescribed to people as a diet aid and anti-depressant.

But in 1970, it was made illegal in the country, and 20 years later, Mexican drug cartels built their massive laboratories near the California-Mexico border, bringing meth to the community.

“Anyone that wants to get into it can access meth fairly easily,” Rich said.

“It’s disturbing to me to know that our country has such an insatiable appetite for these drugs,” said Lt. Dennis Harris with Utah County Major Crimes.

Harris said in addition to the large-scale labs, mom-and-pop meth shops were common 20 years ago.

“People were making methamphetamine in their bedrooms and their kitchens,” Harris said. “We as a task force were responding weekly to numerous meth labs.”

But Utah legislators banned many of the means and methods “cooks” used to make meth, making the kitchen labs uncommon.

Prior to this ban, Utah was one of the biggest distributors of precursor chemicals in the country, Harris said.

Its presence in Utah now

Since kitchen labs became less common, meth is primarily obtained through dealers, Rich said.

“Most of the meth we’re seeing is coming out of Mexico,” Rich said. “We used to have more homegrown labs. Every once in a while, we’ll have a lab, but usually they go to Salt Lake, get meth, come down here and deal.”

Salt Lake City, Rich said, is not only the capitol of the state but also the capitol of the meth underground. Many contacts from Mexico live in Salt Lake, he said, which may be why it is a hot-bed for drug distribution.

“I think you have, for a lack of better term, a better connection,” Rich said.

Meth-related arrests have occurred in every city in Utah County in 2015. The Provo/Orem area has more total arrests, but when it comes to arrests per capita, the cities are right on par with most of the county, according to statistics from arrest records.

But oftentimes, arresting a user, or even a dealer, is just scratching the surface of the meth business.

“Many times, we’re only hitting the tip of the iceberg,” Harris said. “[Distributors] may be distributing to 20-30 different people.”

“Utah is the crossroads of the West, literally,” Chandler said. “A lot of drugs, regardless of the flavor, that are made in Mexico come right up through here.”

Police prevention

Combating meth abuse is a constant battle as drugs seem to appear out of nowhere across the county. The major crimes task force works with other county agencies to fight crime in every city.

But drug dealers are becoming harder and harder to identify for police officers and even harder to track down.

“We’re always trying to stay a step ahead,” Rich said. “It’s tough because the people who bring it in are knowledgeable about their trade and they try to keep us a step behind.”

Rich said people who bring drugs into Utah County are very knowledgeable about the laws and about the parameters that they can work in. Those parameters, Rich said, are the most difficult part of the job.

Getting clean

Zach said he had an epiphany one day, after overdosing on several different drugs, that his life was going nowhere if he kept using.

“It just scared me so bad that I didn’t want to be living that life anymore,” he said.

This surprised him, because he never believed he could get clean.

“I was so far gone,” he said. “I never even thought when I was in the thick of it that I’d have the strength to stay clean for so long.”

Zach celebrated four years of sobriety on April 24. Zach went cold turkey when he got clean, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Zach went through intense cravings, and he said it felt like his body was in a constant hunger for drugs.

“The craving is really, really tough,” Chandler said. “The withdrawal from meth is actually pretty easy. … But getting over the craving is the hard part.”

Chandler said neurologically, the craving is damaging because of the intense emotions connected to memories of getting high. He said users remembered those highs and crave them, deeply.

But if the user can get clean, Zach said the hardest part was looking at who he was as an addict.

“I think the scariest thing was that you feel like you’re living in the world, but you have no sense of reality,” he said. “And you don’t realize that until you get sober when you realize how wrapped up you were.”


Zach said he has a lot of friends who still use drugs, and it hurts him to know there’s little he can do. He said the more one pushes, the greater the chance their loved one may push away.

“That’s the hardest part,” he said. “Obviously, you know what’s best for them and you just want them to get clean. But the decision must come from them.”

Harris said he tries to keep perspective to never lose hope in those he arrests.

“The thing I do understand is these people are someone’s child,” he said. “They are loved. There’s someone who deeply cares for them.

Rich said people need to recognize the signs of drug use and abuse to help prevent further damage to a user.

Though drug use within Utah County is statistically lower than more populous areas in the state, methamphetamine use still permeates through Utah County with people becoming addicted every day.

Meth is out in the public,” Rich said. “It is what it is. It’s highly addictive and it’s highly dangerous.”

For those addicted to meth, Zach urged that they find treatment as soon as they can.

“The longer it goes on, the harder it is to quit. The more people you’ll lose, the more relationships you wreck,” he said. “It will give you nothing but pain.”

INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2014) — Indiana may be the new meth capital of the country. In 2013, the state led the nation with more than 1,700 methamphetamine busts, which outranked last year’s leader, Missouri.

Indiana made the top of the list last year, followed by Tennessee. Missouri is now ranked third, with Ohio and Illinois right behind.

Indiana State Police aren’t surprised by the numbers but called the issue a big concern. Officials attributed the spike in meth seizures to better policing and partnerships with communities.

However, those who make and deal meth are using new techniques to get around the law.

“They’re making more meth and more often,” said 1st Sgt. Niki Crawford, Commander of ISP’s Meth Suppression Section. “They’ve got somebody coming through their door on a regular basis with a box [of ingredients], and all they need is that box.”

It is a drug culture unlike any other — a world where dealers are addicts and make their own product. The key ingredient of meth, pseudoephedrine, is also cheap, easy to find and legal. It’s commonly found in cold and flu medicine on store shelves.

“We’ve got this whole culture that’s been created to subvert these laws,” said Crawford. “You’ve got people who will go out and spend $8 on a box of pseudoephedrine and in return will get $50 in drugs or cash.”

State laws limit the amount of pseudoephedrine each person can buy and require pharmacists to check IDs, but Crawford said those are not preventative measures.

Instead, groups of individuals known as “smurfs” will buy the maximum amount legally and add it together for large-scale production.

“What we have in the books should be there. The problem is they figured out ways to get around it,” said Crawford. “Just like any other crime, we are going to continue to fight.”

Other states like Oregon and Mississippi have taken extra steps to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine. They’ve enacted laws classifying the drug as a controlled substance, which would require a doctor’s prescription. Both states have seen a drop in meth seizures recently.

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The (MAN) is asking northwest Ohio citizens to be aware of possible methamphetamine lab dump sites along roadways.meth%20mgn

Individuals who manufacture methamphetamine often dispose of the cooking vessels and gas generators along roadways to avoid detection, posing explosion, fire and inhalation dangers to travelers and those picking up debris.

The MAN Unit requests citizens and organizations that pick up roadway debris use caution. Grabbers, chemical resistant gloves and fire resistant gloves should be used. Use adult supervision and educate the youth on what to look for. Those items include any bottle containing white granular substances with dark or metallic pieces mixed in. Also, any bottle with a rubber hose attached to the cap or with a lid that has a hole drilled in it with salt like substances inside.

The MAN Unit seized 95 meth labs in Williams, Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Putnam Counties in 2014.

If these bottles are located, contact your local law enforcement agency. You can also contact the MAN Unit at 419-782-8709.

188337-5c0a85a2-e7e4-11e4-9321-13d21702e16cMETHAMPHETAMINE is the new target of Australia’s police and drug agents as the country wrestles with an “ice epidemic.”

But despite the devastating effects, some are even turning to the drug to give them an edge in their professional pursuits. With the high pressure and fast paced environment of many workplaces, a competitive advantage can be appealing. No matter how extreme.

Tim is the director of a removalist transport company. He used ice for many years while at work. “I found that I could stay awake longer and get much more work done,” he told

Paula, aged in her 40s, previously worked for Microsoft as a software development engineer and admits she used the drug in a dangerous bid to boost her performance.

“I discovered meth in my early 30s and quickly realized the potential benefits to my career,” she told

While clean and sober now, she said she initially turned to the drug “due to the highly competitive environment and insane deadlines I faced on a daily basis.”

Earlier this month Tony Abbott announced a special task force to tackle the growing problem of methamphetamine addiction.

“As a citizen and as a parent I am appalled at what is happening on our streets and in our homes,” he said. But the Prime Minister made no mention of the workplace, where methamphetamine’s stamina kick is appealing to those desperate to get ahead.

Earlier in the month, an investigation by Victorian police revealed that one-in-12 truck drivers in Victoria are using the drug ice to fight off fatigue and keep driving longer. Last year 156 truck drivers were caught with methamphetamine in their systems and that number has already increased by 20 per cent this year.

As for Tim, his company has over 100 employees and he managed to conceal his habit from them, as well as his friends and family for three years.

Tim has been a self-described, “casual drug user” for most of his life. He first tried meth four years ago at the age of 32, when he was unable to purchase cocaine one evening.

“It was very compelling,” he recalled.

He said the stimulant allowed him to enjoy partying without cutting into his work life and eventually began using the dangerous drug to aid his performance on the job.

Tim’s senior role means he spends a lot of time in the office, sitting at his computer. “My e-mail inbox is my work life,” he joked.

When he needed an extra hit of energy, he was able to duck off with his pipe.

“I would be smoking a pipe in the toilets and blowing the smoke out the window,” he says.

“At the beginning I was strong and could use the extra focus.” But after a while “I was working longer but not better.”

He stopped going to the gym but would make sure to “eat well and take lots of vitamins” to prevent his appearance from diminishing too badly.

After three years of using the drug, Tim came clean to company management in what he says was a “terrifying” moment.

“The hardest part was the social stigma and finding specific and appropriate help for my privileged situation,” he says.

He eventually attended a Thai rehabilitation retreat called The Cabin, and was able to overcome the drug that he had been using as a professional crutch for so long.

The face of a methamphetamine user is becoming increasingly middle class and stories of high functioning addicts like Tim are not entirely unique.

“A high functioning addict denies they have a problem because of what they are achieving on a daily basis,” said psychologist Cameron Brown.

“They consider their substance abuse a reward or coping tool and a boost to help get them through their demanding day.”

Given the historical use of the drug, it’s not surprising that people have attempted to harness amphetamines (of which meth is a more potent version) to assist them.

In the 1930s, amphetamines became widely available in America in an over-the-counter inhaler used for nasal congestion, marketed under the name Benzedrine.

During the Second World War methamphetamine was used by both sides to allay fatigue in troops.

Today, variants of the stimulant can be found in prescription-only medicines used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, according to the Australian Drug Foundation.

But the more pure and more potent version of methamphetamine can wreak havoc on the human body. Among the many harrowing physical long term effects include increased anxiety, paranoia, depression, heart and kidney problems and an increased risk of stroke.

The brutal murder of 10 month old baby Zayden during a Bendigo burglary in 2012 shows the depths of horror that can be 187377-bd03df28-ea39-11e4-bd2f-54c4d1c998c8brought about by using ice. Addict Harley Hicks was jailed for 32 years for beating the infant to death during a burglary spree while high on the drug.

It is an incredibly destructive substance and one police have called the biggest challenge facing them today.

PHOENIX – A grandmother is facing several charges after she was found to have been under the influence of meth during a crash in February.KNXV%20Lycrecia%20Vernon_1429901313179_17269453_ver1_0_640_480

Lycrecia Vernon, 60, was reportedly driving erratically near 35th Avenue and Greenway Road, weaving through lanes and oncoming traffic in the early afternoon of February 18. She collided with a car driving the opposite direction near Beverly Lane, causing her car to roll and the victim’s car to catch fire.

A sample of Vernon’s blood found amphetamines, methamphetamines and alprazolam in her system.

Her 3-year-old grandson Lucious, who was in the car with her at the time, died nearly a month later after being on life support. He had been improperly buckled in the vehicle and suffered a severed spine, according to court documents.

The driver of the other vehicle had life-threatening injuries including several broken bones and internal complications. She had to be placed on a ventilator.

Vernon was arrested Thursday on counts of manslaughter, child abuse, aggravated assault and endangerment.

A Thurston County judge set bail at $70,000 for Frank K. Knoblock Jr., a Lacey man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Thurston County Narcotics Task Force informant.

Knoblock was arrested Wednesday and booked in the Thurston County Jail. He appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor on Thursday.

Tabor found probable cause for three proposed charges: first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and felony harassment.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Thompson said Knoblock has a criminal history including nine felony convictions and 20 misdemeanor convictions.

Thurston County Narcotics Task Force detectives began investigating the suspect after a confidential informant reported that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by Knoblock during a controlled methamphetamine buy, according to court documents. The informant said she had climbed into a car with Knoblock and a female suspect in an attempt to buy methamphetamine, and they drove off with her inside. They took her to a house.

The informant reported that Knoblock held a handgun to her head while Knoblock and a female suspect questioned her about an attempted controlled buy earlier in the month. Knoblock told the informant that if he found out she was a snitch, there would be a bullet with her name on it.

The female suspect then drove the informant to a grocery store near her home, according to court documents.