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It’s one of those good news, bad news tales.
The City of Greenwood now has the ways and means of addressing some of the most hazardous situations, meth lab cleanup. Equipped with a trained crew and a $400,000 HAZMAT response truck, the city’s fire department is ready for a variety of emergency situations, from chemical spills to train derailments to gas leaks. Its response list includes meth lab duty, the hazardous task of cleaning up those places where the drug is manufactured once law enforcement has done its duty and broken up the meth manufacturing operation. And sadly, it seems, the meth cleanup muscle will get the most flexing.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re not hoping for derailments, chemical spills and gas leaks. Rather, we are taking note of the fact it seems meth busts are occurring nearly once a week within Greenwood County. That is the bad news in this tale. Meth is a tremendous scourge on our society. It is one of the most destructive drugs out there. Certainly it destroys the lives of the users, but meth is particularly menacing in that it has such great potential to destroy the manufacturers and nearby innocent people.
While the places meth is created are referred to as “labs,” there is nothing about them closely resembling a scientific laboratory setting. Kitchens, outbuildings, crawl spaces and even vehicles are turned into makeshift labs in which the manufacturer blends household chemicals and over-the-counter medicines into a poisonous concoction. Things can and all too often do go wrong during the manufacturing process, everything from accidental spills that release harmful fumes to explosions.
In many cases, meth labs are being operated in homes where children are present and exposed to the harmful chemicals — chemicals that can affect the central nervous system and cause death. It is not unusual to find labs operating in neighborhoods and even apartment complexes where neighbors also can be affected as a result of exposure to the chemicals or, in some cases, explosions. And what meth does to the user is something straight out of science fiction. If you have never seen before-and-after photos of a meth user, take a break from Facebook and other Internet sites and do a little exploration.
We know law enforcement in Greenwood County is pouring efforts into closing down meth labs, and we commend the efforts. We know the officers, as well as the cleanup crews, are putting themselves at great risk in what seems to be a never-ending battle against meth. Frankly, we’d be OK if law enforcement’s drug war would concentrate troops more on the meth battlefield and less on the sidelines where recreational pot users make for easier targets.
Yes, we are glad Greenwood was able to secure the HAZMAT response truck. It helps keep the responders safe and properly equipped. We just wish there were not such a need in our area. Wishing won’t change the situation, however, and so we fully endorse law enforcement’s diligence on that battlefield.

 

 

 

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West Virginia State Police have arrested a Philippi man accused of stabbing a woman after she allegedly threw his box of money and meth into the woods.

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State Police were dispatched by Braxton County 911 to Milroy Road in Ireland for a stabbing. A woman told police that her boyfriend, John Edward Hull, 44, stabbed her in the arm after an argument. The woman said she had a gray box that belonged to Hull that contained keys and money, and she had thrown it into the woods, according to a criminal complaint filed by Senior Trooper G.H. Jones. Troopers noticed the woman had multiple bruises on her face.  The woman told troopers Hull had punched her, grabbed her by the throat, and choked her. After troopers located Hull, they said he denied hitting the woman, but said they had been fighting about friends he recently invited to his residence. He also told troopers the woman stabbed herself, said the criminal complaint.

When officers located the box in the woods, they found it had $1,155 in cash, along with 3.9 grams of meth inside, according to a criminal complaint.

Hull is charged with two counts of felony malicious wounding.  He is being held in Central Regional Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wboy.com/story/26151479/troopers-philippi-man-stabs-woman-after-throwing-box-of-meth-cash-into-woods

 

WATERLOO | A Waterloo woman was arrested after police allegedly found items used to make methamphetamine in her vehicle Monday.

According to court records, officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Hammond Avenue and South Street at about 9:45 p.m. They found Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, coffee filters and a jar with tubing and sludge.

Officers allege the driver had been buying pseudoephedrine cold medicine and selling it to others to make meth.

The driver, Morgan Lea Myers, 24, of 1834 Ellington Road, was arrested for conspiracy to manufacture meth. Her bond was set at $50,000.

 

 

 

 

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JONESBOROR, Ark. (AP) — Police say twin brothers in Arkansas will soon be together after one tried to mail methamphetamine to the other who was in jail

The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1u2xprG ) that 27-year-olds Brandon and David Buck were charged July 2 for meth possession. David Buck posted bond, but his brother remained incarcerated with a parole hold.

Craighead County Deputy David Bailey says he was monitoring inmate phone calls Sunday when David Buck told his brother he was going to mail him meth. Bailey says the drugs would be hidden under the label on an envelope.

Authorities say they intercepted the letter that contained suspected meth Tuesday.

Drug Task Force Agent Charles Garr says he plans to seek an arrest warrant for David Buck.

Online jail records did not indicate an attorney for either brother.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-Arkansas-man-tried-to-mail-meth-to-jail-5658678.php

 

Secret labs operate on an industrial scale, buoyed by smugglers who set up drug houses in cities.

DALLAS — Mexican drug gangs are flooding Texas with more and more cheap, pure methamphetamine, according to law officers, drug criminals and statistical data assembled by The Dallas Morning News.

Clandestine Mexican laboratories operating on an industrial scale produce meth in liquid form. Traffickers smuggle it across the border, convert it into crystalline form and set up drug houses in small and large cities. The distributors sometimes pose as normal families and expose their children to dangerous chemicals used to convert the meth from liquid to crystal.

The meth trail often ends in a spasm of human misery.

Addicts go to prison or die from medical complications. Social service agencies take their children away. Some addicts bottom out and seek a return to normalcy at places such as Wellspring House, an eight-bed residential recovery center nestled in a quiet Irving neighborhood.

That dozens of Mexican syndicates control the retail meth market throughout Texas comes as no surprise to Brian Lane and other addicts who help each other maintain sobriety at Wellspring House.

“My dealer was a Hispanic female with a connection to people from Mexico,” said Lane, who recently celebrated two years of meth-free living. “We were getting really good stuff.”

Federal drug-enforcement analysts estimate that more than 90 percent of the meth in Texas comes from Mexico.

“Jeff,” an articulate and likable 19-year-old addict, bounced his leg nervously as he told his story. He had been dealing meth and injecting it for three years by the time he arrived at Wellspring House.

“We got it from the Mexicans, diluted it with a cutting agent to stretch 1 ounce into 2 ounces, and then sold it to white guys around East Texas,” said Jeff, who would only talk if his real name wasn’t used in this report.

“The drug house looked like a run-down shack. Inside, there were pounds of dope and stacks of money. You felt lucky to go in there and even luckier to make it out.”

The downward spiral

Lane’s love affair with meth, a powerful stimulant, almost ended a decade-long relationship with his life partner, Jonathan Boyd. By the time Lane’s addiction reached its worst point in 2012, he wanted to die. Sometimes, Boyd wanted him to die, too.

A cousin had introduced Lane to meth in 2008.

“I suddenly developed so much energy,” he said.

Boyd had smoked pot one time and drank an occasional cocktail or glass of wine. But he was naive about the dark world of drug addiction and manipulative addicts.

“My credit cards went on vacation,” he recalled. “They would disappear at night and return in the morning.”

Night after night, after Boyd fell asleep, Lane would rifle through his wallet, sneak out of the house and spend the night gambling in seedy, windowless gaming parlors stuffed with electronic slot machines.

“The places all had security cameras and doorbells you rang to get inside,” he said. “They checked you for weapons, and that was about it.”

Bags of dope exchanged hands. People smoked it in bathroom stalls. Lane, glassy-eyed and wired, sat on a stool for hours, feeding $5 bills into a slot, repeatedly punching the “Play” button and watching the machine’s icons spin.

Lane’s dealer nicknamed him “White Boy” and “Casper.” As his addiction deepened, he grew more erratic.

Boyd often came home from work to find his partner maniacally disassembling garage-door openers, entertainment-center remotes and other electronic devices, pieces scattered everywhere. Sometimes, the meth so debilitated him, he could barely feed himself.

“I was high all the time,” said Lane, who says he stole thousands of dollars from Boyd during his three years of meth abuse. He also stole Boyd’s tools and hocked them at pawn shops.

One night, Lane and his dealer made a mistake. She took him to a drug warehouse where gangsters converted the liquid meth into “ice” and sold it to distributors. The house — actually a small apartment building — sat on a cul-de-sac behind a shopping center just off Interstate 20 in Arlington.

Armed guards weren’t happy that the dealer brought Lane to the drug house. They started yelling and tried to block Lane’s car from leaving the property. The dealer jumped out of the car to explain, and Lane had to drive over a curb to escape into the night.

“It was terrifying,” he recalled. “The only reason they didn’t kill her is she moved so much dope for them.”

A haven for treatment

Boyd finally got fed up with his partner and threatened to end their relationship unless Lane went to rehab. They chose Caron Texas, a treatment center in Princeton, a small town in Collin County.

“When I dropped him off at the treatment center, I really was planning on never picking him up,” Boyd said.

John Dakin, the clinical director at Caron, convinced Boyd that he, too, needed treatment because of emotional trauma caused by his partner’s addiction. His attitude evolved during counseling and he stuck with Lane despite the repeated betrayals.

“The cost and toll of meth on our society is well-documented,” Dakin said. “It’s probably not going to stop.”

After rehab at Caron, Lane enrolled in a sober living program at a residential treatment center. And the idea for Wellspring House came to him and Boyd. They bought the two-story home in Irving, got trained for the program and opened in 2013.

Currently, six of eight Wellspring House residents are battling meth addiction. They stay as long as they want, but they must be employed, or enrolled in college or a trade school, or engaged as full-time community volunteers.

Revival after a lull

Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 because domestic meth cookers had gotten out of control. They could walk into any grocery store and buy cartons of cold pills containing pseudoephedrine, mix them with other chemicals and process the noxious brew into methamphetamine.

The new federal law put tight controls on pseudoephedrine and other so-called precursor chemicals used to cook meth.

And the law worked.

“We saw meth production go down starting in 2006,” recalled Jane Maxwell, a senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin who has tracked the illegal drug market since the 1970s. “But then it started back up in 2008.”

Mexican drug cartels noticed the lull in U.S. meth production. They saw an opening and began establishing networks in Texas cities, where they also sold marijuana, black tar heroin and cocaine.

But meth became their special product, and they committed resources to it in a big way. The other three crop-based drugs were vulnerable to government eradication programs and weather conditions that affected harvests.

Cocaine required the Mexicans to share profits with Central and South American drug gangs that control the coca fields and processing labs. A lot of the American heroin market is controlled by trafficking groups in Asia and Europe.

“What Mexicans can control is the methamphetamine market,” said Ben West, a drug market analyst for Stratfor, an Austin-based “global intelligence” company that analyzes world events for its clients.

No one knows for sure, but some analysts estimate that as many as 150 Mexican drug gangs, many of which have splintered off from major cartels, have established operations in Texas. The situation resembles America during Prohibition, when criminal gangs sprang up to fight each other for control of the illegal whiskey industry.

The evidence suggests that drug gangs based south of the border are slowly extending their distribution networks by establishing relationships with Texas criminals.

Take the case of Jerry Don Castleberry, 72, a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang. Every so often, according to federal court records, he made the 200-mile round trip from his eastern Texas home in Longview to pick up a few ounces of meth from his Mexican distributor in Dallas.

Castleberry sometimes traded firearms for meth. But he got arrested and is now serving a long prison sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/deluge-of-meth-from-mexico-spreads-across-texas/2014/07/30/399c12b8-eff3-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html

 

Ridding the area of illegal drugs is a lot like a gardener trying to remove all the weeds from all of their flower beds. By the time they’ve pulled the weeds from the last bed, new weed seeds have germinated in the first bed. Also new strains of weeds have come in. So it goes with illegal narcotics.

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Two decades ago the craze was a high-purity methamphetamine called “ice.” The name comes from its appearance, large, clear crystals that resemble chunks of ice. It’s back in Lee County and the surrounding area.

“There was a shift from 20 years ago when there was a lot of ice, to about 10 years ago when all that shake and bake stuff was happening, up until 2010 when you couldn’t get the base ingredient, Pseudoephedrine, without a prescription,” said Capt. Marvis Bostick, commander of the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit (NMNU). “That killed everything for awhile, but now four years later, we’re back where we were 20 years ago, back to ‘ice.’”

From October 2009 to September 2010 the NMNU handled 591 meth cases, from October 2010 to September 2011 — 251, from October 2011 to September 2012— 238, from October 2012 to September 2013 — 273 and from October 2013* to June 2014 (not a full year) — 211 cases.

A law was passed in Mississippi in 2010 which required a prescription for the purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine.

“Some counties have higher meth rates then others. Take Tishomingo County. It’s easy for them to get Sudafed (one of the common pseudoephedrine sources), since they border Alabama,” Bostick said. “In Lee County it’s almost rare for us to have someone cooking meth anymore. The only time someone considers cooking is when they can’t find any ice.”

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. High doses or chronic use have been associated with increased nervousness, irritability, and paranoia. That’s one reason the NMNU is glad the cooking phase is nearly gone.

“We’ve got a certain amount of folks who are going to use dope. Being realistic we’d rather have them buying it, instead of cooking it, because of the dangers to kids and old folks when were cooking it, causing house fires and the like,” Bostick said.

This crystal methamphetamine reportedly comes from either California or Texas, and is transported to the area by transport trucks. The violators refer to the methamphetamine as “chrome.”

“We work to try to interrupt the supply, you know trying to get the higher folks who are bringing it in. But my priority is respond to local calls where drugs are in a neighborhood,” Bostick said. “Meth is just a problem for us. It doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. We are making headway. We just need the public’s help.”

The North Mississippi Narcotics Unit can be reached at 841-6583.

* Pontotoc and Monroe counties withdrew from the NMNU in October 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.leecountycourier.net/articles/2014/07/30/news/doc53d94cc4d7539462164450.txt

 

The Face Of Methamphetamine

Posted: July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Channel 8 takes a closer look at a drug that’s wreaking havoc on our community: Meth. We talked to experts in the field including undercover agents, medical administrators, dentists, and several recovering Meth addicts to learn more about this growing problem.

Smoking Meth for nine years, Jesse said the drug aged her significantly, “I look like I was a 65 year old woman, and I was 35.” She has a history of abuse, child custody issues, and deaths of close family members. Jesse said she smoked Meth to soothe her pain. “Like, just makes you numb your body, after what all I went through I numbed myself,” Jesse said.

But her solution didn’t last. She said at first “You get a rush, and it’s like ‘Oh I’m happy all over again.’ But when it comes down it’s like ‘Get away from me. It’s like the devil come out of you,'” she said.

An undercover drug agent told us that Meth users are unpredictable. “You’re talking to someone that is on it, they could just completely go off and then you’re having to fight somebody,” he said.

Once Meth users are arrested and taken into custody, the issues continue in jail. At David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa, Health Service Administrator Kathy Loehr said “The ones that are high, typically are very agitated. They can become very violent.”

Detention officers like Kendall Dan make rounds on inmates every 30 minutes. Officer Dan said “It gets really sickening back here when they’re out here and they’re really high and then they start coming down.”

Former Meth user Jesse said while the body goes through detox it can purge itself from both ends, sometimes lasting more than a week.

Kathy Loehr said there are serious health issues from doing Meth for a long period of time. Loehr said, “People that are using illicit substances it changes the chemistry makeup in their body.” Loehr added that Meth becomes the only thing that helps users feel normal again. After just one hit, it takes two years for the body to recover.

The ingredients used to make the drug include lithium from batteries, Drano, lighter fluid, ephedrine, and red phosphorous from matches.

Dentist Fred Blythe works three days a week at David L. Moss, he said he deals with “Meth mouth.” Showing us pictures on the wall of Meth users whose teeth are black from rot or broken off at the gum line. Dr. Blythe said “the chemicals attack the teeth . . . It makes them grit their teeth and so they’ll break them loose.” Dr. Blythe then has to cut out the roots from the user’s gums.

Meth is said to be one of the hardest drugs to quit. For Jesse, jail was her first step to recovery. “I got busted, and I guess God said it’s time for you . . . I mean you hit rock bottom. I seen a lot in my life and I wish I never did,” Jesse said.

Today she’s clean more than five years. Her kids are back in her life, and she’s grateful. “I’m happy. I’m blessed, I get to spend time with my grand baby,” Jesse said.

Her supporters keep her strong, along with the memory of her mug shot that shows the damage Meth did to her. “It makes me not want to pick up again. Because next time I might be dead and I don’t want that to happen for my children. I don’t want them to get a phone call saying ‘Well, this what happened to your mama.’ I don’t want that. I want to get the message out what drugs can do to somebody,” Jesse said.

Read April’s Testimony

 

 

 

 

http://www.ktul.com/story/26157611/the-face-of-meth

 

An ex-con with a history of domestic violence — including a 1996 incident where he shot and wounded his then-wife — has been arrested by Salt Lake City police for allegedly holding another woman against her will in his RV.

SLCPD Detective Veronica Montoya said William Steven Chaney, 53, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping; second-degree felony domestic violence/aggravated assault; and third-degree felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and mayhem.

Chaney, according to 3rd District Court records, pleaded guilty in 1996 to second-degree felony attempted murder for shooting his wife in the leg and then engaging in an armed standoff with police that ended with officers shooting him in the chest.

About 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Chaney’s 36-year-old girlfriend called SLCPD from a Salt Lake City hospital to report she had been kidnapped and held for four days in the RV she shared with Chaney. When she tried to leave, he allegedly threatened and assaulted her, kicking her in the face and cutting one of her fingers.

The woman said Chaney also stole her cellphone to keep her from calling for help. On Tuesday, however, he dropped her off at a hospital to get stitches in her finger, and that is when police were called.

Police located Chaney at the RV, which was parked near 2000 South and 900 West. Officers allegedly recovered the methamphetamine from Chaney’s pocket during his arrest.

In addition to the felony counts, Chaney also was under a federal hold order relating to alleged parole violation.

Chaney has been in and out of Utah State Prison over the past decade, according to Utah Department of Corrections spokewoman Brooke Adams.

He was paroled in 2004 after serving less than eight years on the attempted murder count, but was back behind bars for a parole violation in May 2006, being released once more seven months later. In November 2007, though, another parole violation put him back in prison.

He was again released in May 2008, only to return on a parole violation in September 2009. In January 2011, Chaney was turned over the U.S. Marshals and released on supervised probation in late July 2012 until late June of this year.

 

 

 

 

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New Germany, Minnesota, woman was arrested Sunday at Treasure Island Resort and Casino with approximately 47 grams of methamphetamine in her purse, according to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Monday.

Amy Mae Seefeldt, 27, is charged with felony first-degree drug sale of 10 grams or more of methamphetamine and felony first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of methamphetamine, which both carry a maximum sentence of no less than four years and no more than 40 years’ jail time and a $1 million fine.

Prairie Island tribal police received information that Seefeldt, who had a felony warrant out for her arrest, was at Treasure Island Casino, according to the complaint.

Officers approached a woman, who matched the Driver and Vehicle Services photo for Seefeldt, on the floor of the casino and when asked if she was Amy Seefeldt she told officers she was Amy’s sister, Ashley, and didn’t have any identification card to verify her name, the complaint states.

Seefeldt was informed she was under arrest and upon a search of her purse officers found three bags of a crystal-like substance which later tested positive for methamphetamine, authorities said, along with a black spoon with white residue.

According to the complaint, officers also found a Minnesota picture ID for Amy Seefeldt, along with her name on them in the purse, but she continued to insist she was Ashley Seefeldt.

Upon intake to the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center, the intake officer found another bag in Seefeldt’s purse which tested positive for meth and weighed just less than one gram, the report states. The total weight of methamphetamine found in Seefeldt’s purse weighed 47.05 grams, according to the complaint.

The complaint does not list the weights of the first three bags of methamphetamine.

In 2012, Seefeldt was convicted of felony fifth-degree drug possession — not small amount of marijuana in Scott County.

Seefeldt was also charged with giving a peace officer a false name, a gross misdemeanor which has a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $3,000 fine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor with up to a $300 fine.

Seefeldt is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

 

 

 

http://www.republican-eagle.com/content/treasure-island-arrest-yields-15-pounds-meth

 

 

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say 13 people have been arrested after search warrants were served in Gilbert and Chandler after a seven-month drug and stolen property investigation.

Gilbert police say those arrested Wednesday morning are accused of selling heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and stolen property including guns.

They say the property has been stolen from homes and businesses around the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Authorities say 10 people were taken into custody Wednesday morning and three others on Tuesday after two search warrants related to the investigation were served in Phoenix.

They say the investigation still is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/13-arrested-in-Phoenix-area-stolen-property-probe-5657629.php

 

Amarillo police arrested two people on drug charges after officers said they sold $10,000 worth of methamphetamine to an undercover officer Tuesday at a parking lot in southwest Amarillo.

About 4 p.m., Billie Jeanne Ramirez, 28, and Dewey Bob Myers, 56, met the undercover officer at the parking lot in front of Hobby Lobby, 3318 S. Bell St., police said.

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Ramirez sold the methamphetamine to the undercover officer, who arrested Ramirez and Myers, police said. They were taken to Randall County jail and booked on first-degree felony charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams, police said.

The charges are punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Myers was also booked on three outstanding municipal warrants.

 

 

 

 

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-07-30/pair-arrested-after-selling-meth-undercover-officer

 

Caddo-Shreveport narcotics agents serving a misdemeanor bench warrant found meth labs at a home on Crouch Dam Road in north Caddo Parish Tuesday.

Agents planned to arrest Tatum Burroughs after he alleged missed his misdemeanor marijuana trial date Monday. When they arrived at 8386 Crouch Dam Road, they noticed arrival they noticed a strong odor coming from behind a shed, where they found two active one-pot meth labs, said Cindy Chadwick, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

After further investigation, they found three additional meth labs, a small amount of methamphetamine, a rifle and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Agents were led to a neighboring residence at 7750 Jack Todd Road, where they discovered more items used to manufacture meth, Chadwick said.

The officers arrested Richard Burroughs Jr., 45, of 8386 Crouch Dam Road, on two charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and one charge of meth possession and Jerry Oliver Jr., 42, of 7750 Jack Todd Road, on two charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Tatum Burroughs, Richard Burroughs’ son, was not at the house and will not be charged in connection with the meth labs, Chadwick said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140730/NEWS01/307300037/Routine-arrest-visit-uncovers-north-Caddo-meth-labs?nclick_check=1

 

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTYAn Onslow County woman was arrested Tuesday by the Jacksonville Police Department for trafficking methamphetamine, according to arrest warrants.

The warrants say Melissa Laffan, age 40, from Richlands is charged with 3 counts of felony trafficking between 28 to 200 grams of methamphetamine.

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Warrants say the trafficking took place on May 21st.

Laffan is being held on $60,000 bond.

Her first appearance was scheduled for Wednesday in Onslow County District Court.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wcti12.com/news/police-onslow-co-woman-arrested-for-methamphetamine-trafficking/27232944

 

The arrest of a local police supervisor authorities say confessed to manufacturing methamphetamine for personal use has sent shockwaves through the Lafourche Parish law enforcement community.

Sheriff Craig Webre reported on July 22 the arrest of 37-year-old Sgt. Ashley Pollard of the Golden Meadow Police Department and two civilians following a three-month long investigation.

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The officer’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Anna King, who resided with him in Cut Off, and his brother, Courtney Pollard, 33, of Golden Meadow, also face charges.

Ashley Pollard, an Iraq war veteran, had earned the respect of fellow officers over 16 years of service in three police agencies.

“Not Ashley, it couldn’t possibly be Ashley,” said one officer last week immediately after being informed of the arrest. He asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to communicate with the media concerning the case.

Pollard resigned from Golden Meadow immediately after confessing his involvement to detectives.

“Prior to his admission of meth use on Monday, neither the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office nor his employer had any indications he was actually using meth and it is our understanding he performed his job duties without issue,” said Webre’s spokesman, Deputy Brennan Matherne.

The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force began actively investigating the case in April 2014. Through the investigation, agents learned the Pollards allegedly produced methamphetamine for personal use, and King purchased pseudoephedrine and other products for methamphetamine production. Agents obtained arrest warrants for all three individuals, as well as a search warrant for the residence in which Ashley Pollard and King reside.

Matherne said Pollard told investigators that he began using the drug to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder related during his deployments as both a soldier and a marine.

Evidence of meth manufacturing was discovered during a search of Pollard’s home.

All three were booked with one count each of creation/operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance. All three were released on bond. District Judge F. Hugh Larose set Ashley Pollard’s bond at $10,000, King’s at $5,000 and Courtney Pollard’s at $25,000. Courtney Pollard’s criminal history includes 14 prior arrests for charges that included battery, drug possession and contempt of court.

Neither King nor Ashley Pollard had criminal histories. A review of prior Lafourche Parish cases by the Tri-Parish Times reveals that the bonds set are consistent with similar cases where private use of meth is alleged, rather than dealing or distribution.

“I am sorely disappointed in the actions of this former officer,” Police Chief Reggie Pitre said. “The Golden Meadow Police Department has no tolerance for criminal behavior, and we want to reassure the public that this officer’s actions are not a reflection on our department as a whole. My sincere hope is that this ultimately results in him getting the treatment and help he needs.”

In an interview last week, Pitre called the case “a bitter pill.”

Golden Meadow Mayor Joey Bouziga is personally acquainted with Pollard, and referred to him as “an outstanding young man.”

Pollard had served with Golden Meadow for six years, after his discharge from the military.

He began his law enforcement career with the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office, serving from November 1998 to June 2003, and worked briefly after that for the Port Fourchon Harbor Police.

While a deputy, Pollard was a member of the department’s honor guard and of the agency’s Crisis Management Team, which functions like a SWAT unit.

Pitre and Bouziga both said they were not aware a criminal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office involved one of their officers.

They were assured by Webre’s staff that his drug use was not made known until his own admission, and are confident nobody knowingly placed the public in any danger.

Neighbors who learned of the arrest expressed surprise.

“There were never any problems,” said Ralph Curole, who saw Pollard coming and going in his police car on a daily basis. Curole and other neighbors said deputies told them there were no indications that the meth manufacturing operation had put them in any danger.

“They said it was a small amount,” Curole said.

Officials who have spoken with Pollard said they found his claim of self-medication plausible, although former meth users interviewed for this story said they failed to see how the drug, which can induce feelings of paranoia and other unpleasant effects, would be useful for that purpose.

But mental health professionals say that in their experience PTSD patients are at increased risk for use of the drug, which overcomes the absence of normal emotion that those people can suffer.

Pitre said the case has enhanced his desire that agencies dealing with PTSD may need to do more to assist.

 

 

 

 

 

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CRESWELL — Lane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 50-year-old man after he allegedly barricaded himself in a Creswell Super 8 motel room and said he had explosives on Monday evening, the sheriff’s office said.

William Michael Cameron Jr. allegedly broke appliances, electrical fixtures and furniture in the motel room when deputies responded to the call at 5:54 p.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies evacuated the motel and spoke to Cameron for about 10 minutes through a loud hailer before he exited the motel room through the front window and surrendered, Sgt. Brian Jessee said.

Cameron was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine, and deputies found a small amount of meth in his motel room, Jessee said.

Deputies did not find explosives in Cameron’s room, the sheriff’s office said.

Cameron was lodged in the Lane County Jail on the charges of first-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – One in 10 youths booked into Juvenile Hall tested positive for methamphetamine last year, up from 4% in 2012, according to a report released by the San Diego Association of Governments Tuesday.While the regional planning agency based it findings on a relatively small sample – 13 tested positive and 121 did not – a survey turned up some disturbing figures.

Among SANDAG’s findings:

- 85% used meth even though they believed the drug was extremely bad or very bad for them;

- half found meth easy to get;

- those who tested positive started using the drug, on average, when they were 14 1/2 years old and used it more than 16 of the past 30 days;

- 85% of those who tested positive had arrest records, compared to 67% who weren’t using;

- 23% of meth users had suicidal thoughts compared to 9% of others;

- 54% of users had a history of running away, as opposed to 36% of non-users;

- 31% of those who tested positive for meth claimed gang membership, compared to 17% for non-users; and

- 54% of users sold drugs, while 36 of those who didn’t use meth sold drugs.

The study also found that youths using methamphetamine tried alcohol and marijuana at younger ages than those who did not use meth.

Also, SANDAG found that 92% of the young meth-users were boy and 85% were Hispanic.

Statistics released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that methamphetamine-related deaths rose for the fifth straight year in 2013, with 190 deaths blamed on meth, compared to 142 in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

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DeKalb County Drug Task Force officers arrested three people in the Whiton community after finding drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and two methamphetamine labs, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Bobby Loyd Sanders, 55, Geraldine; Regina Gwen Wiggins, 49, Guntersville; and Travis Matthew Newman, 28, Guntersville, were arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Wiggins also had active warrants from previous drug charges in DeKalb County.

All were transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center were they remain awaiting bond hearings.

“We have been working the Whiton area due to an increase in burglaries,” Harris said. “These contacts produced the information that got these people arrested. We are still looking for any suspicious persons or activity, so we appreciate all the help we get from the public.”

 

 

 

 

 

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A paraplegic who is allegedly a drug dealer nicknamed ‘Hot Wheels‘ hid methamphetamines in socks while receiving treatment at Royal Perth Hospital, a court has heard.

Ryan James Salton appeared in the District Court of Western Australia in a hospital bed on Wednesday, charged with several offences including possessing drugs with intent to sell or supply.

The charges relate to three incidents between September and November 2011 when police allegedly found Salton in possession of several drugs including including cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine and a cutting agent known as ‘MSM’.

Prosecutor Robert Wilson said mobile phones believed to belong to Salton contained text messages that showed he was involved in the drug trade.The court heard one of the texts asked for ‘tick’ and said they knew they were good for it because ‘you guys scare the f out of me’.

Mr. Wilson said when police visited Salton in hospital, they allegedly found four bags of methamphetamine hidden in socks in his tracksuit pants as well as a ‘sweet puff’ pipe.

The same type of pipe was found at a Morley house Salton was renting,

Mr Wilson said.Before the hospital incident, police found Salton in bed next to a toiletry bag containing his personal belongings and several drugs at a separate Morley house where Salton was also believed to be living, the court heard.It is alleged electronic scales, a gun and a CCTV system that monitored access to the building were also found at the house, as well as $5000 in a wheelchair.

Salton’s defence lawyer did not give an opening statement.

The trial continues.

 

 

 

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FORT SMITH — A Fort Smith man and woman will remain in federal custody pending their trial on drug conspiracy charges after they were arrested earlier this month in possession of 7 pounds of methamphetamine.

U.S. Magistrate James R. Marschewski ruled Monday that William Alexander and Rosa Sharon were a danger to the community if released after hearing testimony that they dealt in large amounts of methamphetamine and had guns in their Fort Smith home. Marschewski also said Sharon was a flight risk because she had no ties to the area.

The couple are charged in a magistrate’s complaint with one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

A Fort Smith police officer pulled over a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe that Sharon was driving with Alexander as a passenger July 13. After getting a consent to search the vehicle, officers found an electronics box in the back seat that contained 7 pounds of methamphetamine, according to testimony during the hearing.

Under investigation for months, the couple were followed to and from Oklahoma City, where federal drug agents say Alexander bought the methamphetamine for distribution in the Fort Smith area.

The agents sent in a confidential informant in December who bought an ounce of the drug from Alexander.

After his arrest, according to court records, Alexander confessed to selling large amounts of drugs in the Fort Smith area and that his wife, Sharon, helped by driving him to Oklahoma City, interpreting Spanish for him in phone calls to his drug source, weighing out the drugs and counting the money.

During the hearing, Alexander’s relatives testified they were told Alexander and Sharon supported themselves from the sale of his share of a furniture store in California 18 months ago and from the sale of Sharon’s home there from a previous marriage.

Relatives who live in Johnson County testified they didn’t know that Alexander and Sharon were involved in selling drugs or that Alexander admitted to being a heavy methamphetamine user.

Marschewski questioned inconsistencies in information the couple gave federal probation officials. He said Alexander stated in his financial report for the court that he had no assets but that Sharon reported they had $225,000 in cash. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Fowlkes read from the report that Alexander also wrote down he had six cars and pickups and a motorcycle.

Marschewski also noted the probation report stated that Alexander had drug possession convictions in California in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

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MUNCIE — City police say a mother suspected of possessing meth abandoned a toddler at the side of a motel swimming pool in an escape attempt when they showed up to arrest her.

The events leading to the apprehension of Amy Dale Wheeler, 34, 707 S. Umbarger Road, on Saturday night began on Friday night when police stopped two mo-peds at 14th and Shipley streets.

One of the mo-peds, which was stolen, was being ridden by a juvenile boy who was Wheeler’s son, according to city police officer Brian Jackson.

During the traffic stop, Jackson said he learned that Wheeler, who had been evicted from Pinewood Apartments, had left the boy, his two brothers and a sister in the custody of her parents because a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

“I was advised she sells her food stamps for drugs and does not help with buying food for her children,” Jackson said in an affidavit of probable cause. “I also learned she was currently at the Best Western (3011 W. Bethel Ave.) with … her children swimming. I was told she may have drugs in her possession while watching her children as well.”

When Jackson and another officer approached Wheeler at the indoor pool, she was holding a young child.

“She put the child, looking to be around 12 to 18 months, down next to the pool, then quickly walked to the west door exit,” Jackson reported.

Ignoring two “stop, police” commands, Wheeler allegedly ran but did not make it far before she was caught and handcuffed after trying to pull away while her arms were pinned behind her back.

A 12-year-old child was holding the younger child, who turned out to be age 1. Jackson said he saw the 12-year-old grab the toddler before he started the foot pursuit.

Shortly after the arrest, a female friend of Wheeler’s showed up at the pool with Wheeler’s purse, which the friend said she had gone to retrieve from the room she had booked for Wheeler and her kids.

Police searched the room and the friend’s purse and found no drugs.

However, Jackson says he found a burned spoon in Wheeler’s purse that tested positive for meth, and also retrieved four syringes and several cotton balls from the purse.

The friend was not charged but the hotel manager asked her to leave.

Wheeler had been charged last summer with possession of meth, false informing, speeding and maintaining a common nuisance.

In May of this year, Wheeler pleaded guilty to the latter charge, a felony, and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation; 40 hours of community service; and substance abuse evaluation.

But a month later, a warrant was issued for her arrest for failure to comply with probation. Besides being arrested on Saturday night on the arrest warrant, she was preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of meth and resisting law enforcement.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Richlands woman is accused of having more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Melissa Ann Laffan, 40, of 9 Mile Road was arrested Tuesday by Jacksonville Police Department on three charges in trafficking methamphetamine.

Laffan is accused of having between 28 and 200 grams of the drug on May 21, according to warrants.

Court documents provide no additional narrative about the alleged act.

Laffan also has Onslow County District Court dates on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine, felony conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession and distribution of drug paraphernalia, selling a Schedule 2 controlled substance and delivering a Schedule 2 controlled substance — all scheduled for Aug. 21, according to the N.C. Court System database.

Bond was set at $60,000.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit was called out to mitigate a meth lab found in a bathtub at the Relax Inn, 1327 River Valley Boulevard, at 6:10 a.m. Sunday.

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Lancaster police were originally called to the motel for a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend in one of the motel’s rented rooms. When police arrived, the report said the man had left but the woman was there and allowed police to go inside.

Soda bottles with white residue and other components commonly used in manufacturing meth were seen in the room’s bathtub, according to police reports.

The woman was arrested Sunday but has not been formally arraigned on drug charges.

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) – Paint thinner, battery acid and drain cleaner are just a few of the highly toxic chemicals used to make meth. When these ingredients are mixed together harmful fumes are released.

“We see children in these homes,” DEA Supervisor Special Agent Toby Schwartz said. “The guardians of these innocent children, they don’t care. They are strung out. They are just making enough meth to get through the day. These labs are combustible. There are a lot of volatile chemicals laying around, glassware, just dangerous items.

In 2009, there were 692 meth labs reported across the state, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN). Of those, 349 were active labs, not only putting the makers and their families in danger, but also the community.

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To combat the dangerous problem, Mississippi joined Oregon in passing a law requiring a prescription for the main ingredient pseudoephedrine. The results have been dramatic. According to MBN, there has been a 98 percent decrease in meth labs.

“It was a very helpful law, just unfortunately drugs are an addiction, and you take away one source from an addict. They are going to find another avenue to get it,” Schwartz said.

Some are still making meth. This year, MBN reports 21 labs statewide, two of those are still active or in use. The majority of the labs busted have been discovered in South Mississippi.

“We definitely see a lot of people going across state lines,” Hancock County Narcotics Director Jeremy Skinner said. “Especially being a county that boarders Louisiana, where it’s so readily available. And Louisiana doesn’t have any real regulations on pseudoephedrine.”

Skinner said his department keeps a close eye on pseudoephedrine sales in Louisiana by customers from Mississippi. But the even bigger trend when it comes to meth in Mississippi is imported meth.

“We have seen a big influx in meth from other parts of the country or Mexico, and a lot of meth is in ice form,” Skinner said.”

Mexican meth is coming in by the pounds right now,” Schwartz said. “It’s more dangerous, it’s more potent, it’s more addictive. It gives former users of meth a greater high and a stronger addiction.”

Schwartz said meth confiscated from homemade labs tests around 20 percent pure meth, while the imported meth is showing results of anywhere from 97 to 99 percent pure meth.

This imported meth is dangerous for the user, but again like meth labs, imported meth also presents a hazard for the community.

“It does if the drug cartel members show up,” Schwartz said. “Fortunately, they are in transit when they are in our area. The DEA, along with state and locals, have done a good job of keeping them out. We have caught them in transit, but they are setting up shop in rural parts of Mississippi.”

As the war on meth continues to evolve, law enforcement agencies and lawmakers must continue to work together to try and get a step ahead of the problem.

According to DEA agents, meth users usually use abut a gram of meth at a time. Imported meth is selling on the streets of South Mississippi for around $120 to $150 a gram. This, agents said, can also present other dangers such as meth users having to commit crimes to pay for their habit.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Livermore woman was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen credit cards and methamphetamine in San Leandro on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

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At about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a San Leandro police officer ran a routine records check on a vehicle traveling on San Leandro Boulevard near Davis Street, police said.

The records check revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Hayward on June 5, according to police. The officer pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver, identified as 30-year-old Stephanie Lamb, police said.

Lamb was arrested and booked into jail for possession of the stolen vehicle, as well as possession of stolen credit cards and possession of methamphetamine, police said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The teenager sits quietly in a Mumbai rehab clinic, a victim of India’s emerging fad for the drug crystal meth, which experts say is spurred by loopholes in the country’s giant chemical industry.

“It made me feel powerful,” said the 19-year-old undergraduate student, who began taking the drug with friends at college last year and was soon snorting up to 40 lines of the dangerous stimulant in a single session.

“We would just sit and keep doing it,” he told AFP, declining to be named as he recovers from his addiction.

While meth has long been a scourge across east and southeast Asia, staff at the rehab centre in Mumbai’s Masina Hospital say it only surfaced as a concern in the city in the past 18 to 24 months.

“Before that we’d never heard of it. Of late we had a small (addicted) boy aged 14 come in and he opened our eyes,” said Ali Gabhrani, director of the centre.

India is home to one of the world’s biggest chemical industries and is a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are both legally used in medication such as decongestants.

Along with China, India is the most commonly cited origin of illicit shipments of these precursor drugs destined for meth labs abroad, particularly in neighbouring Myanmar but as far afield as central America and Africa, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

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But concern is growing about the clandestine manufacture and consumption of meth within India itself, with Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in recent weeks taking up a “war footing” against the drug.

“It’s very much a local product,” ATS chief Himanshu Roy told AFP.

“It’s a new age drug, it’s easy to manufacture, the ingredients are available.”

‘So many loopholes’

Experts say meth’s precursor ingredients are both made illegally in India and diverted from legal sources in the chemical industry, despite regulations designed to prevent this and ensure a paper trail of payments.

“There’s a really strict regime but in the last 15 years there have been so many loopholes,” said Romesh Bhattacharji, a member of the Institute for Narcotics Studies and Analysis in New Delhi.

“Officialdom doesn’t enforce it; they don’t check,” he told AFP, blaming “collusion and corruption” for the drugs siphoning.

India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) gets quarterly returns from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers on sales of ephedrine, but Bhattacharji said nothing is done with the information.

Vijay Kumar, the NCB’s deputy director general in Mumbai, said they maintained the database of returns “to cross-check if there are any violations later”, adding that they had busted four illegal meth labs since 2013 in west and south India.

But he said anyone could buy pharmaceutical products containing ephedrine over the counter in India. As early as 2007, an illicit meth lab was found in Mumbai extracting precursors from such products, according to the UNODC.

“You can’t restrict these chemicals because they’re essential for legal use,” said Kumar.

While users are drawn to feelings of euphoria and energy brought on by meth, which affects the central nervous system, excessive doses can trigger violent behaviour, convulsions and even death from respiratory or heart failure.

Meth comes in powder, pills or in the crystal form that Mumbai users said they crushed with cards and snorted, although the drug can also be swallowed, injected and smoked.

Addicts at the Masina clinic told AFP they were buying it for as little as 1,000-2,000 rupees a gram ($17-33), making it far cheaper than cocaine which cost them up to 7,000 rupees.

“It can proliferate into new groups and categories — younger professionals, college and even school children,” said Roy.

An emerging trend

Amphetamine-type stimulants, including meth, are an “emerging trend” in India, with most users in their early twenties, according to an exploratory UNODC study in five states released in January.

“Meth produced in India is undoubtedly for the local market which has the right elements to grow and make significant profit for producers,” said Jeremy Douglas, UNODC’s representative in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

He pointed to the sheer market size in the country of 1.2 billion people, which has a youthful population and rising disposable incomes.

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Pushpita Das, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, said India had traditionally been a “transhipment” country for such drugs rather than one with big consumption problems.

“But now we see this consumption of synthetic drugs increase,” said Das, who called for greater regulation especially in northeast India, near the Myanmar border, where most of the country’s meth seizures take place.

Seizures of meth across Asia have tripled in five years to record levels, with use and production growing in line with the country’s expanding economy, according to a UNODC report in May.

In terms of Asian consumption, meth has evolved from a drug mostly taken by poor workers, often to help them stay awake during long shifts, into one increasingly popular in the youth party culture.

At the Masina clinic, a recovering 34-year-old said a “huge crowd” of youngsters was now staying up late on south Mumbai’s iconic Marine Drive to take the drug, available from cigarette sellers on the street.

“It screws up their lives. It’s so addictive you want it again and again,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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