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Jessica Tucker’s inability to shake her meth habit ultimately led to the 28-year-old’s death.




Alane Tucker, pauses as she talks about how her daughter Jessica died at 28 in Pittsburgh, Pa. during an interview at her home in East Sparta





Her parents say they turned their back on her when drugs were more important to her than anything else. Over the years, she had made their lives a living hell.

Additionally, they needed to protect Jessica’s little girl, who was with them. So who could blame them for turning a blind eye? They blame themselves.

Jessica’s mother, Alane Tucker, recently told me that she and her husband, Randy, should have made sure she knew they were there for her.

“We made a grave error. Yes, we struggled for years. Yes, we did everything that we thought we could. Yes, at the time it seemed right — but death changes everything,” she said, mincing no words.

On Tuesday, Alane will be speaking at the Meth Lab Community Forum in Akron. The message: Be a parent, not your kid’s friend.

Jessica was a brilliant child. At 14½, she graduated from high school. At 15, she was enrolled at the University of Akron. When she applied for jobs, employers hired her, even though the positions were more appropriate for someone much older. She was breezing through life.

“She had the world wrapped around her little finger,” explained Alane, who confessed that because she was an executive for a large international company, she tried to be her daughter’s pal to compensate for the time she spent working.

But when Alane suspected her teenage daughter was abusing drugs, she resigned her position to keep a closer eye on her. Still, in her early 20s, Jessica discovered methamphetamine.

The man who was her daughter’s meth cook, Alane explained, drove Jessica from Akron to a vacant apartment in Pennsylvania where he set up a very primitive meth lab. In February 2010, he abandoned her there, taking her car, phone and clothes. During one of those history-breaking snowstorms, Jessica headed outdoors.

“She was found wandering around Pennsylvania in her pink pajamas trying to find someone to let her use a phone. She went into a jewelry store and asked to use their phone,” the mother explained.

Overhearing Jessica’s conversation, the owner suspected the young woman was in some kind of trouble and phoned the police.

Officers followed Jessica back to the vacant apartment, where they found the lab. As she was being arrested, the malnourished Jessica fell down some stairs and was taken to the hospital. There, they discovered that the young woman had, over some period of time, sustained beatings that caused broken bones to her face and ribs, and even a stab wound.

So why hadn’t she left?

“You don’t leave your cook when you’re hooked on meth,” offered Alane. “And our door was locked … she had nowhere to go. I’m not sure she would have come, but we still needed her to know that the door was open.”

When the hospital released her, a police officer who sympathized with Jessica decided not to handcuff her. And as they walked toward the cruiser, Jessica ran away, across the parking lot.

Looking over a barrier and back again at the officer who was in pursuit, she slipped over the wall. Though the area appeared as if it had a gradual decline, it was much steeper, and Jessica fell 35 feet to the ground. Four hours later, she took her last breath.

No friend

While the meth wasn’t the direct cause of death, Alane said the events that Jessica’s cook set in motion led to it.

The 39-year-old man whom Alane identified as Jessica’s cook did not face charges in the young woman’s death. Still, he is serving a 12-year sentence for the illegal manufacturing of drugs.

There’s a delicate balance between enabling a troubled soul and keeping communication open. And though I reminded Alane that she did what was right at the time, she flinched — explaining that she and Randy are tortured for having kept their distance from Jessica, whose daughter, Claire, is now 10.

“You have to almost make yourself numb because you can’t bear the torment. And so you have to close it off and shut it out because the torment never leaves,” she said. “I have a … little girl to raise. When you are given a different chance, you do things differently. This one is much more sheltered. This one will not have the freedoms that Jessica did. This one is not given the things that Jessica was given.”

Again, the message: Don’t be your child’s buddy.

“I will never be Claire’s friend,” promised Alane. “I will always be Grandma who will always, always, be there guiding her.”






Hopeless by anyone’s standards: Three felonies, hooked on meth, countless hours of jail time and enough mug shots to wallpaper one of her kid’s bedroom door.

With a rap sheet that reads like a hardened criminal, Alisha hit bottom in life – at thirty. But her impassioned cry for help after 14 years of methamphetamine addiction didn’t go unnoticed.


On left, Alisha Bryans’ jail photo in 2001 and Alisha today on right. She lives drug-free and serves on the Elijah Family Homes board in addition to volunteering with Word of Faith church Bible studies at the Benton County jail.

Who heard her – and changed her life – is the last page in this story.

To see Alisha Bryans now, she could pass for a typical “20-something” mom even though she’s 37. Fresh-faced and with a sparkle in her eye, this former drug addict remembers the easy road downhill – and the tough uphill climb to who she is today.

“I grew up in an addicted family,” the petite brunette remembers of what she thought was normal at the time. “Both my parents were hooked on marijuana and my mom occasionally used meth, although she hid it from my dad.”

By the time Alisha was 11, she was stealing marijuana and smoking with her sister’s older friends. Meth became her drug of choice at thirteen.

“My best friend’s mom was a drug dealer,” Alisha says about the girl whose mother supplied meth in exchange for endless babysitting. “So easy. She got us right where she wanted us,” referring to the long hours she spent caring for the woman’s four little children.

Still, the teenager couldn’t get enough of the drug. Before long, she began stealing money from her parents. Not only did the pilfering go unnoticed, she was also able to hide her meth addiction and frequent absence from high school classes.

By the time she was 16, Alisha’s parents discovered her habit and she was on the road to the first of many rehabilitation programs.

“I could have taught the classes,” says Alisha about her six times in rehab over the years. “I did it for my parents, my husband, my probation officer, but not for myself.”

In spite of this kind of help, her life continued in a downward spiral that led to three children, a failed marriage – including loss of child visitation rights – and a lot more jail time.

Life wasn’t pretty – nor was Alisha. An arrest photo in 2001 captures the dead stare of a gaunt, hopeless young woman.

But when she moved from Albany, Ore. to Tri-Cities, Wash., with her then-divorced mom, Alisha thought she could start over. Still, the past – and her habit – dogged her steps, resulting in more jail time. Eventually, though, drug counseling began to have some effect.

“I thought I was doing pretty well because I was holding down a job and only used meth on my days off,” Alisha recalls about her skewed perspective.

Without much effort she had connected with new drug-using friends. However, one night as she mingled with her regular crowd she spontaneously jumped into a car with some guys she didn’t know. Before the joyride in the stolen vehicle was over, Alisha found herself in the middle of a standoff with police, a sawed-off shotgun within arms reach.

Fortunately, one policeman recognized the trembling and weeping young woman, a victim of her spontaneous decision. Knowing Alisha had been out of trouble for quite some time, he decided to give her a break.

“He looked me in the eye and he said, ‘Let this be a wake-up call,’” Alisha remembers the straight-talking moment on the almost deadly night.

Alone in her apartment the next morning, the broken woman kneeled beside her bed and cried out to God, pleading for a second chance. A feeling of love, forgiveness and comfort was immediate.

“It was a presence that I felt, an assurance I didn’t have to go it alone,” Alisha recalls.

Filled with newfound courage and purpose, Alisha called her drug and alcohol counselors knowing the consequences of admitting her drug use. She was arrested shortly thereafter, and the uphill journey began with six months in the Benton County jail.

It was there that a visiting pastor encouraged Alisha to join the inmates Bible study group. That first meeting was the start of a closer walk with her Savior-God and the road to recovery.

Eight years later, this married, drug-free and inspiring young woman reads the scriptures daily as she cuddles her surprise “miracle child” – a little boy conceived in spite of doctors’ diagnoses of the unlikelihood.

“My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11,” the attractive mom says with a smile as she quotes the familiar words from the Old Testament, “’For I know the plans I have for you…to give you a future and a hope.’”

Alisha Bryans is proof that God sees the hopeless – and knows they are not.

Lucy Note: After her life-changing cry for help in 2006, Alisha Bryans now lives drug-free. She serves on the Elijah Family Homes board in addition to volunteering with Word of Faith church Bible studies at the Benton County jail.



Beijing: The cases of several Australians potentially facing the death penalty in China for drug trafficking are centered around the southern province of Guangdong, a notorious hub for methamphetamine production and home to an anti-drug sweep that has netted hundreds, including dozens of foreign nationals.


The spate of arrests of Australians – as many as eight in recent months – prompted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to issue a travel advisory on Thursday warning travellers of the severe drug laws in China, while also noting the “substantial risks involved in carrying parcels for others which may conceal narcotics”.

While DFAT says it does not intend to reveal specific details of the Australians arrested, Fairfax Media has learnt of strong concerns that at least some of the Australians involved could have fallen foul of business-related scams which in turn have led to the suspects – unwittingly or otherwise – becoming drug couriers.

“We have some concerns that there may be a pattern in the cases of some of the individuals being arrested,” a DFAT spokesman said on Friday.

It is understood the issue had been raised in the most recent bilateral meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Sydney last week.

One source said while there have been previous unreported instances of Australians being arrested in China for drug offences, the current spate was “unheard of” and “highly unusual”.

The barrage of arrests has stretched the workload of the consulate in Guangzhou, the provincial capital, with diplomats not usually involved in consular assistance also being pulled across to help with consular meetings and dealing with families.

Guangdong authorities launched a spectacular drug raid in December as part of the broader anti-drug sweep codenamed “Operation Thunder”. More than 3000 paramilitary and police swooped in helicopters and speedboats in 109 separate raids which culminated in the confiscation of more than 3 tons of methamphetamine, also known as ‘ice’, and 23 tons of raw materials. Almost a hundred foreigners, mostly of African background, were arrested in one raid alone, according to state media.

In a separate, high-profile arrest, 71-year-old Japanese senator Takuma Sakuragi – who also runs a private business in China – was detained and charged with drug trafficking in October after being caught with 3.3 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Mr. Sakuragi, who pleaded not guilty to the charges in court last month, said he was convinced to travel from Nagoya, Japan to sign “certain documents” in Guangzhou to recoup $US701,000 that he had lost from investments. He said he had no knowledge of the drugs hidden in the retractable handles and soles of shoes in his suitcase, which was given to him by his business associates from Nigeria and Mali.

China’s harsh drug laws state that people found guilty of possessing more than 50 grams of meth or heroin could face the death penalty. In 2010, four Japanese nationals were executed by China on drug-trafficking charges. Two Koreans were executed on drug distribution charges last month.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday acknowledged there were a “number” of Australians detained in China on drug charges, and that the cases were being dealt with “in accordance with the law”. She said drug crimes were universally recognized as a serious threat to society, while adding that China’s drug laws did not distinguish between nationalities.



MARSHALL COUNTY, Alabama – A 25-year-old Grant woman was charged with endangering her newborn after the baby tested positive for methamphetamine shortly after its birth, according to Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls.


Kimberly Karen Peters, 1272 Old Union Road was charged Thursday with chemical endangerment of a child and is being held in Marshall County Jail. Bond has not been set.

Walls said the infant is in stable condition. “We are being assisted in this investigation by Alabama Department of Human Resources,” he said.



Five men were arrested with 194,000 methamphetamine pills and 5kg of ice, or crystal methamphetamine, in a major drug bust in Nakhon Nayok province on Saturday.

The arrests and drug seizure were announced in a press conference chaired by deputy police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau on Sunday.

Pol Gen Pongsapat identified the five as Wallop Yooyen, 37, Sira Benhajisalem, 31, Suriya Pradapyat, 29, Witthaya Jitsuk, 29, and Kowi Maliwan, 29.

He said the five were nabbed in a sting operation in the car park of Princess Sirindhorn Medical Centre on Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok road in Ongkharak district of Nakhon Nayok province after they showed up with the drugs to pick up money from a policeman acting as a decoy.

A police team arrested the five while they were handing over 194,000 methamphetamine pills and 5kg ice of crystal methamphetamine and seized from them four cars, two guns and many other articles.

The five were charged with having illicit drugs in possession with intent to sell.

Police are still looking for another member of the gang identified as Suchart.


When does Methamphetamine kick in?

Posted: September 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

There are a number of factors which affect the onset of meth and its effects on the body. One important factor which influences drug onset is mode of administration. Methamphetamine hydrochloride can be inhaled (smoked), snorted, injected, or ingested, with injection and inhalation producing the most rapid onset and ingestion resulting in delayed onset.

In general, once methamphetamine is absorbed, the biological effects are the same regardless of the route of exposure. Peak blood methamphetamine concentrations occur shortly after injection, a few minutes after smoking, and around 3 hours after oral dosing. More here on how d-methamphetamine works, with a section for your questions about why people use meth or problems with meth at the end.

Meth active ingredients

The main ingredient in meth is methamphetamine hydrochloride. This chemical is present as wither a yellow or white crystalline powder or as “ice,” a large, usually clear crystal of high purity. What are the components of these forms of meth?

Free base (“methamphetamine base”), is the initial product of meth and is a liquid at room temperature. The hydrochloride salt is produced from the free base by bubbling hydrogen chloride gas through it. However, methamphetamine also contains one optically active carbon atom. Consequently, there are two isomeric forms of methamphetamine, called d-methamphetamine and l-methamphetamine. The d-isomer is more potent than the l- isomer; most all of the methamphetamine produced by illegal labs is the d-isomer. d-methamphetamine is a controlled substance in the United States and is only available by prescription for legitimate medical uses in the treatment of ADHD or short term treatment of obesity.

Factors that influence meth onset

For a drug to work, it must enter the body, dissolve into a solution, be absorbed by the body and the distributed to sites of action. And in the process, a number of different factors can affect the rate at which drug onset begins. These include:

  • Drug bioavailability – Intranasal and smoked methamphetamine are well absorbed. Although intranasal or smoked routes may decrease the risk of transmission of blood-borne diseases, exposure to methamphetamine and the possibility of drug-related complications remain substantial.
  • Drug form – Meth comes in several forms, including powder, crystal, rocks, and tablets. When it comes in the crystal form it is called “crystal meth.” The type of meth you take will influence onset of effects.
  • Mode of administration – How meth is abused affects onset of effects. Routes of methamphetamine administration are varied, with prior reports of exposure via nasal insufflation, IV administration, ingestion of liquid formulations, and a single case report of intravaginal exposure. Each of these effect onset of effect. Also, the producers of meth change the way that drugs dissolve in order to modify solubility characteristics, and therefore slow or quicken drug onset. Here is a general list of fastest to slowest drug delivery forms:



  • Liquids, elixirs, syrups
  • Suspension solutions
  • Powders
  • Capsules
  • Tablets
  • Coated tablets
  • Enteric-coated tablets



When does meth start working?   

Methamphetamine is readily absorbed from the GI tract and absorption is usually complete by 4-6 hours. How long can meth last? Effects persist for 6 to 12 hours and may persist up to 24 hours after large doses. Peak plasma levels of meth occur within 1 to 3 hours, varying with the degree of physical activity and the amount of food in the stomach.


When does meth peak?

Peak blood methamphetamine concentrations occur shortly after injection, a few hours after smoking, and even longer after oral dosing. Following oral administration, peak methamphetamine concentrations are seen in 2.6-3.6 hours and the mean elimination half-life is 10.1 hours (range 6.4-15 hours). Following intravenous injection, the mean elimination half-life is slightly longer (12.2 hours).


When does meth wear off?

The effects of methamphetamine on humans are profound. The stimulant effects from methamphetamine can last for hours. Often the methamphetamine user remains awake for days. As the high begins to wear off, the methamphetamine user enters a stage called “tweaking,” in which he or she is prone to violence, delusions, and paranoia.


Risks of meth addiction

Meth use can quickly lead to addiction. For one thing, its long half life and duration of effects are attractive for their euphoric effect. However, you can quickly become physically dependent on meth and it causes tolerance. People who abuse meth start needing to take more of it to get the same initial high. People who usually eat or snort meth might start to smoke or inject it to get a stronger, quicker high. Additionally, the psychological need for meth can compel continued use, especially when underlying psych-emotional issues go unresolved.


People trying to quit taking meth can experience any of these common effects:

  • Be unable to feel happy
  • Feel a very strong need to take meth
  • Feel angry or nervous
  • Get really tired but have trouble sleeping


Reference Sources: OEHHA: Methamphetamine

TOXNET: d-methamphtamine

PublicSafety: Methamphetamine – How It’s Made

NIDA: DrugFacts – Methamphetamine

NIDA for teens: Methamphetamine (Meth)

NHTSA: Methamphetamine (and Amphetamine)

NCJRS: Methamphetamine: A Dangerous Drug, A Spreading Threat

Justice: Meth Awareness

NCJRS: The National Methamphetamine Drug Conference

NCBI: Bottoms Up: Methamphetamine Toxicity from an Unusual Route



MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – An ongoing investigation involving federal and local law enforcement officials led this week to the arrest of a Santa Rosa man and the seizure of three pounds of methamphetamine.090914lcsomethbust

Hugoberto Quintanilla, 34, was arrested following a Tuesday morning search warrant service in Middletown, according to Lt. Steve Brooks of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Brooks said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration with the service of federal search warrants and arrest warrants in Middletown, Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

He said the service of the federal search warrants and arrest warrants was the culmination of a six-month joint investigation related to the importation and trafficking of methamphetamine into Lake County.

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday DEA agents and members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force responded to an address in the 15000 block of Main Street in Middletown to serve a search warrant, Brooks said.

During the search three pounds of methamphetamine was located and seized, according to Brooks.

At that time, Quintanilla was arrested for possession and distribution of methamphetamine. Brooks said Quintanilla later was transported to a federal holding facility in San Francisco.

One additional suspect was arrested during the service of search warrants in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, Brooks said.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force can be reached through its anonymous tip line at 707-263-3663.




(Walhalla, SC) The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca woman yesterday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.


41 year old Lisa Renee Reynolds of 14 Padgett Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:46pm.

Deputies responded to the Padgett Street address on the Utica Mill Hill Thursday afternoon due to accusations from Reynolds that her husband had stolen prescription medication from her. Reynolds also accused her husband of having a bottle with meth making substances in it which she said she dumped the contents of out in the yard of the residence.

According to deputies, the husband was not home at the time of the call.

After being questioned concerning the meth lab, Reynolds took deputies to an outbuilding where deputies observed several items used in the manufacturing of meth. Narcotics agents were notified and arrived on the scene and a consent to search form was signed by Reynolds for deputies to search the property and residence.

Deputies then discovered a shake and bake meth lab inside a suitcase in the residence, along with several items that are used in the manufacturing of meth in the residence and the outbuilding. Reynolds told deputies that she had not poured out the contents of the meth lab but put the shake and bake lab in the suitcase.

Deputies arrested Reynolds on charges of manufacturing meth and placed her on a Temporary Custody Order until warrants could be obtained, which they were this afternoon.

A minor child was found sleeping inside the residence and was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice on an outstanding pickup order.



WALKER, LA (WAFB) – A husband and wife are behind bars after items used for making methamphetamine were found in their vehicle.4727468_G

“Not only is the manufacturing of methamphetamine extremely dangerous, but so is the handling, transporting and storage of the lab components,” said Capt. John Sharp, Walker Police Department. “As a consequence, experts in the removal, handling and cleanup of the materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine are critical, in order to reduce the risk to the public and officers.”

The items were discovered at roughly 4:30 p.m. on Vera McGowan road in Walker on Thursday, Sept. 11. Officers were initially contacted by a concerned citizen who reported a suspicious vehicle in the area.

“Contact with the vehicle occupants was made and they were told that the presence of the vehicle had been reported to be suspicious,” Capt. Sharp explained. “A routine field interview with the occupants was then conducted.”

Officials say the officer was interviewing the individuals when he saw a pipe in the car.

“Seeing the drug paraphernalia, the officer sought and obtained the couple’s consent to search the vehicle,” Capt. Sharp noted. “While searching inside of the vehicle, several component parts of what is commonly known as a ‘one pot meth lab’ were found. A search of the trunk-area of the vehicle yielded the remaining components of the ‘one pot’ device.”

Brandon Ducharme, 34, and Selena Ducharme, 35, were both arrested. During a search, the officer also located a small amount of marijuana.

Both were booked into the Livingston Parish Correctional Center. They are each charged with creation and operation of a clandestine laboratory (methamphetamine), simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brandon Ducharme had outstanding warrants for no simple and aggravated cruelty to animals.

Selena Ducharme is being held in lieu of a $101,000 bond. Brandon Ducharme is being held in lieu of a $111,000 bond.


IDAHO FALLS, IdahoAs the Idaho Meth Project holds its “Givin’ Meth the Boot” event, an Idaho woman is speaking out about her addiction to meth.

Cyn Reneau said she was addicted to meth for 100 days.

Although it cost her a six-figure job and her family, Reneau said she was powerless to resist when offered her first hit of meth eight years ago.

“At that point in my life, I had never been drunk, I had never tried any illegal drugs,” said Reneau.

“I made an impulsive decision, and I obviously made the wrong one.”

For the next 100 days, Reneau said she was devoted to getting her next fix.

“Even something as simple as brushing your teeth and taking a shower isn’t important. All that matters is that next high,” said Reneau.

Reneau said meth made her so paranoid she became obsessed with changing the locks to her home.hqdefault

“It didn’t matter if it was 2 o’clock in the morning or 2 o’clock in the evening, I’d be out there with a screwdriver changing doorknobs,” said Reneau.

Reneau’s family — even her young daughter — came second to drugs.

“I actually was two hours late picking her up from the hospital because I needed to score my dope,” said Reneau.

Toward the end of her meth experience, Reneau said she was consuming about $1,000 worth of meth each day — two ounces.

She didn’t give it up until police raided her home in front of her two daughters. She says she still recalls what she said to the officer who arrested her.

“I looked him square in the eyes and said, ‘I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep. I’m finally safe,'” said Reneau.



TERREBONNE PARISH, La. —Authorities in Terrebonne Parish seized pounds of methamphetamine, counterfeit cash and a digital scale in a drug bust early Friday morning.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 48-year-old Christopher Reding in connection with the investigation.


Authorities said a search warrant was executed at a home in the 5200 block of West Main Street about 5:30 a.m.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Houma Police Department, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police worked in conjunction with the investigation surrounding the distribution of methamphetamine.

During the search, investigators seized over 7 pounds of meth — 6.7 lbs. was acquired in one large container, with an additional .8 grams acquired in a second location.

Authorities also seized $1,860 in cash, along with $140 in counterfeit currency.

A digital scale was also acquired during the search, which authorities said had been used by the suspect for weighing the methamphetamine.


The street value of the drugs was estimated at approx. $750,000.

Reding was arrested on two counts of distribution of a CDS, possession with intent to distribute, illegal proceeds derived from drug transactions, possession of drug paraphernalia, monetary instrument abuse and failure to possess of drug tax stamp.

Authorities said they seized Reding’s Chevy Silverado, Harley Davidson motorcycle and a custom-made motorcycle from the residence.




THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) – Cold medicine, ice packs, empty Gatorade bottles – it’s all part of an unsettling new trend in methamphetamine labs.

“It’s very portable,” said Sgt. Adam Dufrene with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force. “Most of the ingredients you can get in a store, you can put it in my backpack, an ice chest, the actual manufacturing you can do in a car.”


Dufrene says it’s called a “one pot” lab. This new way of making meth has been popping up in the bayou area. It’s easy to make, easy to move, and sometimes hard to spot.

Back in July, a former Golden Meadow officer and two others were arrested for making meth in a quiet neighborhood in Cut Off.

“Terrible,” said neighbor Chad Cheramie, who lives nearby. “I would’ve never thought of it. We couldn’t believe it.”

But these small labs still pose a big danger – they’re highly explosive.

“It’s probably more dangerous because you have a lot of people doing it,” said Dufrene. “Not a lot of education. And because of being on the increase and being popular – a younger crowd is getting their hands on it.”

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office started cracking down on meth labs several years ago. The number of busts are as follows:

- In 2011, 12 busts were recorded.

- In 2012, that number dropped to six.

- The department reported five busts last year, 2013.

- But this year, 2014, that number doubled. Ten meth lab busts have already been reported.

“Some part of the manufacturing process is being glamorized in certain shows and they’re downplaying the dangers,” said Dufrene, citing the popularity of shows like “Breaking Bad.”

And to fight this growing problem, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office says they continue to reach out to schools and communities.

“The more we get it out there the more we find we can combat the problem with greater ease,” said Dufrene.

The task force has been offering training to local EMS, fire departments and surrounding parish law enforcement. They say it’s played a big part in finding and shutting down these labs.



SHEFFIELD — Information found at a methamphetamine lab dump site led to the discovery of an active lab at a Sheffield residence and the arrests of two woman, officials said.

Samantha Jane Pinto, 45, 1215 Southwest 13th Ave., Sheffield, and Tiffany Michelle Fennell, 28, same address, are charged with trafficking methamphetamine and first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, according to Curtis Burns, director of the Colbert County Drug Task Force.

Drug agents said warrants for the same charges have been issued for Matthew Bradley King, 33, who also lives at the residence, and his father, Charles Huston King Jr., 53, same address.

Authorities said the dump site was found Wednesday afternoon on Cherokee Pike in Sheffield.

Working with the Sheffield Police Department, Burns said during a search of the site, items were located that led to the residence on 13th Avenue.

Burns said agents and police went to the residence and received permission to search the house and the area.

“We found an active lab and a used lab inside the residence and three more used labs in a burn pile outside the house,” Task Force Agent Troy Seal said.

He said during the search of the house, officers found 412 grams of liquid methamphetamine with a street value of more than $4,000.

Seal said a variety of items used in the manufacturing process as well as plastic bags and syringes were inside the house.

Seal said Colbert County Department of Human Resources has taken custody of Pinto’s 9-year-old daughter.

Pinto and Fennell are being held in the Colbert County Jail on bail of $50,000 each.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Matthew King or Charles King Jr., are asked to contact any local law enforcement agency or Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.




A 60-year-old ‘Walter White wannabe’ and a 77-year-old pensioner are among 10 men charged with cooking up a plot to make crystal meth, methamphetamine and ecstasy to flood the drug market in Bristol.

Bristol Crown Court heard claims that David Nash, 60, intended posing as a specialist in biofuels to enable him to research and purchase the chemicals required. Stephen Mooney for the prosecution said: “The defendants agreed to set up a number of laboratories in which a variety of different drugs would be produced. Those drugs were ecstasy, crystal meth and amphetamine.”

Crystal meth is an attractive proposition for would-be drugs manufacturers because there is no need to smuggle organic ingredients, said Mooney.

Crystal meth is a relatively new drug in the UK but has been widespread in the USA for many years,” the prosecuted detailed. “Crystal meth, clearly, was attractive to these defendants, but you need access to the raw materials. You could be the greatest baker in the world, but if you have no ingredients you have nothing.”

Police were covertly following those said to be involved, recording conversations including one between Nash and 77-year-old George Rogers on a trip to Slough to meet others involved in the alleged plan, before driving to the West Midlands where the lab was to be set up, the Bristol Post reports.

“Nash told Rogers he had a great deal of confidence in his cookery,” Mooney told the jury. “It is not unknown for laboratories [making drugs] to explode, which was one of the reasons police stopped it when they did. For those who watch television, there is a programme called Breaking Bad. The principal participant is involved in cooking crystal meth. It has dropped into popular culture as well.”

All 10 men – aged between 26 to 77, and from across the south of England – deny the charges against them. The trial continues.breaking-bad-lecturer-ryszard-jakubczyk

In the cult US TV show Breaking Bad, middle-aged chemistry teacher Walter White begins cooking crystal meth after learning he has terminal cancer.

Earlier this year chemistry lecturer Ryszard Jakubczyk was jailed for nine years after trying to build a crystal meth laboratory in the garden of a house in Grantham, Lincolnshire.





Three Mason City residents will go to jail for their involvement in a meth distribution ring. Forty-two-year-old George Lynn Perry, 42-year-old Angelita Gutierrez pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and 47-year-old Dave Charles Schaer was found guilty by a jury.

The evidence showed all three were supplied with large quantities of meth, which they then sold. Perry and Gutierrez were each given a five-year sentenced. Schaer had a previous conviction on a felony drug charge, and was sentenced to 156 months in prison.

Twin Ports, MN ( — Duluth Police, and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent crimes Task Force, have arrested 16 people after a three day operation focusing on methamphetamine trafficking in the Twin Ports.

Police refer to the sting as “Operation Icebreaker“.

Authorities say the arrests are the result of several narcotics investigations that have been going on in region over the past year.

16 people, ranging in age from 23 to 55, were arrested Friday in connection with trafficking methamphetamine.

8 of the 16 arrested have prior felony convictions.

Police say items seized during the arrests included: 47 grams of meth, $2,418 and five firearms.




A 35-year-old Commerce man and an 18-year-old Nicholson woman were arrested recently on drug charges, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office report released Friday.

Matthew Lee Archer and Kristen Brooke White were arrested Sept. 5 after investigators received information they were involved in illegal drug activity, a spokesman said.

During the probe, deputies said an undercover officer made drug purchases from Archer.

As a result, a search warrant was obtained for his home, where he and the teenager were found in possession of methamphetamine, deputies said.

Archer faces three counts of possession with intent to distribute, two counts of using a device to facilitate a transaction, two counts of selling meth.

White is charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute





In 2012, the Drug Enforcement Association uncovered 11,210 meth labs across the country. Every state had at least two incidents of methamphetamine labs.


What if the house you’re looking at used to be a meth lab? “Manufacturing or ‘cooking’ meth can leave behind large amounts of toxic waste,” says the Washington State Department of Health.

Luckily, many governmental organizations are on the lookout for these toxic homes. The Illinois Attorney General’s office compiled a list of what you might see at a former meth lab.

  1. Unusual odors such as urine, ammonia, or rotten eggs could indicate meth production. These odors may stick around even after the producers have vacated.
  2. Meth producers may cover windows to keep outsiders from being able to see in. The windows may be blackened with paint.
  3. Strange ventilation systems allow those producing meth to get rid of the toxic fumes production creates. They may also have “home-made” fans or furnace blowers.
  4. Meth producers will also have elaborate security measures, such as multiple “keep out” signs, guard dogs, or cameras around the property.
  5. Dumping toxic substances in the yard may cause dead vegetation, with brown or black grass in patches across the lawn.

You can also cross reference with this national  register of found meth labs. You should contact your local health officials if you suspect your home was previously used for meth production.




INNOCENT homeowners are being forced to shell out up to $80,000 to clean and refit rental properties which have been turned into clandestine methamphetamine labs.

As the ice scourge spreads through Victoria, the call for specialized meth lab decontamination is growing.



Operators say some homes need to be stripped back to the wall studs to rid them of invisible toxic chemicals, sometimes costing more than $70,000. And for some, the bill is not covered fully — or at all — by their insurance.



“For many properties the levels (of methamphetamine) are so high to begin with, because the property has been used for that activity for a long time, that we will take out the kitchen, the bathroom, the cabinetry, anything that will trap those organic contaminants and a lot of the plaster on the internal framework will be removed,” Dr Cameron Jones, owner of Biological Health Services, said.



Meth lab cleaners say they have tested and cleaned hotel rooms, factories, rental properties and repossessed homes.

For some owners of rental properties, the first sign that their property has been used as a meth lab comes with a prohibition notice from council ordering a clean-up.




Steve Penn, from TACT Bio-Recovery, said he had done clean-ups of clandestine meth labs in tiny country towns, in a high-rise apartment and in the suburbs.

“It is not just a general clean — it’s catastrophic,” Mr Penn said.



He said discovering their property had been used as a meth lab was devastating for landlords.He said the chemicals used often ate away at light switches and corroded taps and fittings, as well as contaminating plaster, roof insulation, carpets, curtains and contents.


He had even heard of boats being used as meth labs.  Dr. Jones said the clean-up cost could be more than $70,000 but averaged $20,000 to $25,000.

“These gaseous vapours tend to go everywhere in a home,” Dr Jones said.



A fight between a man and a woman Wednesday evening (Sept. 10) led St. John Parish authorities to discover a meth lab inside a home in LaPlace, according to a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office release.


Deputies found the “clandestine methamphetamine laboratory” around 6:15 p.m. inside a home in the 400 block of Birch Street, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities accused 36-year-old Jason Hicks of fighting with 33-year-old Michelle Orgeron.

Hicks and 34-year-old Kristy Salazar were renting a room from the home’s owner, 58-year-old Paul Crotwell Sr., authorities said, while Orgeron and fellow LaPlace resident Michael Richardson, 39, were visiting the home with Orgeron’s two daughters.

Hicks is accused by deputies of striking the two girls, ages 11 and 8. Orgeron and her two children refused medical attention, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Hicks was gone when deputies arrived, authorities said, but a search of the home turned up the meth lab as well as three grams of marijuana and a half-gram of methamphetamine.

Deputies called in specialists to safely remove the lab equipment, authorities said.

All five individuals have been booked on the charge of creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, the Sheriff’s Office said.


Salazar and Hicks were also booked on charges related to the possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, authorities said. Hicks was also booked on two counts of cruelty to juveniles and two counts of simple battery. He and Orgeron were also booked on a disturbing the peace charge.





FLINT, MI — Remnants from at least nine alleged methamphetamine cooks, as well as some unused supplies, were seized by police during a raid of a Flint home Thursday morning, Sept. 11.

Flint police arrived at the home in the 2200 block of Corunna Avenue near West Court Street in Flint around 1 a.m. after receiving a call about possible drug activity.

While talking to people in the home, police saw materials commonly used in meth labs in plain view and smelled a strong chemical odor, according to Detective Sgt. P.J. Moore with Flint Area Narcotics Group, a multi-jurisdictional task force operated by the Michigan State Police.

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Using a search warrant, officers discovered remnants from at least nine suspected one-pot meth cooks and unused supplies, Moore said.

Moore described the lab as average in size. He also said the one-pot cooking method is common, but not any less dangerous than other methods.

“The one-pot method is very dangerous… I would say it’s not a matter of if they’re going to catch fire or explode, but it’s a matter of when,” Moore said. “The bottles that are used to cook meth often times fail and explode or catch fire.”

Officers cleared the scene around 10:30 a.m. after neutralizing and removing the remnants of the meth lab, which will be taken care of by a company that specializes in chemical disposal, Moore said.

Four people were taken into custody and lodged in the Flint City Lockup, according to Flint police. Flint police say they are preparing information for prosecutors to review for possible charges.





WINDER – The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon detailed a drug arrest they made earlier this week that netted 569 grams of crystal methamphetamine, worth about $62,000 on the street.


According to Barrow County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Guthas, the arrest and drug seizure happened Tuesday during the execution of a search warrant at 150 Brookview Terrace, Apt.13, in Winder. Winder Police were also involved in the investigation.

Investigators were notified by an out of state agency regarding a suspicious package being shipped from Mexico to the address, according to Guthas.

The warrant came as a result of a controlled delivery of the package. Authorities at some point intercepted the package. Undercover agents then delivered it to the residence, where it was accepted by the suspect, according to Guthas.

The suspect, identified by authorities as Lucero Arroyo, a 25-year-old woman from Mexico, had already opened the package when investigators executed the search warrant.

According to Guthas, the meth was in five individual packets.

Arroyo is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking in methamphetamine. She was being held without bond.

Guthas said the investigation is ongoing.




Police: Woman accepted meth shipment from undercover deputies

Apparently, the delivery drivers looked normal enough, but they were far from it.

A Winder woman was in jail Thursday after she allegedly accepted a package of methamphetamine from Mexico, delivered to her apartment by undercover deputies.

Lucero Arroyo, a 25-year-old from Mexico, was arrested Tuesday when Barrow County sheriff’s deputies reportedly found the package — containing about 1.25 pounds of the drug — in her apartment at 150 Brookview Terrace following the delivery.

“The search warrant was the product of a ‘controlled delivery,’ where Sheriff’s officials were notified by an out of state agency of a suspicious package being shipped from Mexico,” sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Matt Guthas said in a Thursday news release.

When deputies executed the search warrant, they found that Arroyo had opened the package, Guthas said. Inside the box, they found five bags of the drug, enough to go for about $62,000 on the street.

Arroyo was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking in methamphetamine. She remained in the Barrow County jail Thursday while awaiting a hearing to apply for bond.




 A roundup of law enforcement opinion in Southeast Texas shows the top dangerous-drug problems still is methamphetamine, whether clumsily cooked in someone’s microwave locally or imported from perhaps Mexico.628x471a

The other usual suspects are about the same — marijuana, cocaine, synthetic marijuana including the chemical stew comprising “bath salts,” also known as “kush.”

Prescription pill abuse also is high on the list even though legislation has helped close down the so-called “pill mills” and the doctor-shopping that addicts used to buy large amounts of painkillers like hydrocodone.

Recent reporting by the Drug Enforcement Agency shows that an old form of drug is making something of a comeback in PCP-dipped tobacco cigarettes or large marijuana-filled “cigars.”

PCP in Southeast Texas has taken on a new name — “gumbo” — but it’s just a variant on what law enforcement has seen for years, a survey of Southeast Texas sheriffs and police said this week.

“We haven’t seen anything like that here in Hardin County,” said Sheriff Ed Cain. “We’re not really seeing anything new. We’re still seeing meth, prescription pills and synthetic marijuana like bath salts.”

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said the most common illegal substance is methamphetamine “without question.”

Capt. Troy Tucker of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force that includes Nederland police and Port Neches police, said the top two substances the task force encounters are methamphetamine and heroin, which is generally clustered around the Port Arthur stretch of the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel.

Prescription pills are a big problem, he said.





More than 20 area gang members were arrested following a 10-month law enforcement investigation that also netted 9 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a dozen firearms, Department of Justice officials said.

Killeen and Temple police departments, among others, assisted federal and state authorities Thursday in the arrest of 21 Aryan Brotherhood members and associates, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman’s office.

Among those arrested were ranking brotherhood members Wayne Huisinger, 54, of Belton, and Robert Eaton, 39, of Kempner, for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation.

A federal grand jury indictment, unsealed Thursday afternoon, charges 20 of the 21 arrested, as well as four others who were already in custody before Thursday, with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Robert Helms, 29, of Temple, was also arrested Thursday morning and charged by a federal criminal complaint with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Helms faces up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction.

The indictment alleges that since November 2013, the defendants conspired to distribute various amounts of methamphetamine.

During this 10-month-long operation, investigators conducted several controlled methamphetamine purchases. To date, authorities have seized approximately 9 pounds of “crystal” methamphetamine, 15 firearms, more than $9,000 and other assets in connection with this investigation, according to the release.

“These charges resulted from unprecedented collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement targeting a large-scale prison gang involved in violent organized crime over three counties in Central Texas,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher H. Combs

. “This effort not only exemplifies our commitment to prevent gang violence and criminal activity from poisoning our communities, but it also sends a clear message that we will relentlessly pursue and prosecute the leaders and members of these violent criminal enterprises regardless of where they lay their heads.”

“Operation ‘La Flama Blanca’ has inflicted a debilitating blow to the network of shadow and often violent facilitators of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, of the Houston Division. “This operation highlights a deliberate and strategic effort to cut off and shut down the supply of methamphetamine trafficked by the Aryan Brotherhood and the corresponding impact that this horrific drug inflicts on our communities.”

The defendants face between 10 years and life imprisonment for distributing more than 500 grams of meth, and between five and 40 years imprisonment for distributing between 50 grams and 500 grams.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and several state and local law enforcement agencies between Lampasas and Waco participated in the investigation.




FARGO, North Dakota — Five people from the Jamestown area have been charged in a federal drug case.

Donald Ringdahl, Arne Otterson, Keith Case, Barbara Case and John Beyer are charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Authorities say the conspiracy involved large quantities of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana. The drugs were allegedly distributed in North Dakota and Oregon.

Trial is scheduled for Nov. 4 in Fargo.