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Meth labs may be set up at campgrounds, rest areas, homes, motel rooms, abandoned cars, garages, storage sheds and vacant buildings.  A typical meth lab includes a collection of chemical bottles, glassware, hoses, and pressurized cylinders. The cylinders can take many forms, including modified propane tanks, fire extinguishers, scuba tanks and soda dispensers. The tanks usually contain anhydrous ammonia or hydrochloric acid – both highly poisonous and corrosive.

 The most common chemicals used to start the meth-making process are over-the-counter cold and asthma medications that contain ephedrine or pseudoepherine as decongestants or stimulants. Other common chemicals and equipment found at meth labs include:

•Red phosphorous


•Starter fluid (ethyl ether)

•Acetone, toluene, alcohol or paint thinner

•Camp stove fuel (naphtha)

•Anhydrous ammonia (in propane tanks or coolers)

•Drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide (lye)

•Lithium batteries

•Sulfuric acid, muriatic acid, phosphoric acid

•Hydrogen peroxide

•Glass containers (cookware such as

Pyrex or Corning ware)

•Plastic or rubber tubing


•Propane tanks (with corroded, bent or tampered valves)

•Coffee filters (with red stains or ephedrine residues)

•Camp stoves or hot plates

 •Kitty litter

How can I tell if a meth lab is present near my residence?

Some of the warning signs of a suspected meth lab include:

•Strong or unusual odors (solvents, ammonia, ether-like, vinegar-like, pungent, acrid orfoil sour)

•Unusual security systems or other devices

•Increased activity, especially at night

•Unusual structures

•Renters who pay landlords in cash

•Excessive or unusual trash

•Discoloration of structures, pavement and soil

What should I do if I suspect the presence of a meth lab?

DO NOT ENTER a site that you think may be used for cooking meth. Call your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another longtime industry: methamphetamine.

For the first time, the EPA’s “Brownfields” program is covering the cleanup of former meth houses, and the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.


It’s sometimes called “third-hand exposure.” Toxic residue from meth production and use can permeate drywall and carpet and linger on countertops and in ventilation systems.

That’s what the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority discovered in some of its public housing. The north Idaho tribe just received a $200,000 grant to gut six tribe-owned homes.

“A number of them were just party homes,” said Heather Keen, the tribe’s spokeswoman. “And the level of cleanup that will need to be done so that they’re safe to inhabit was just more than the Tribal Housing Authority was financially prepared for.”

The EPA also gave the Tacoma Housing Authority $600,000 to test and clean out some of its publicly owned family housing.

This is the first time these grants have covered meth since Congress expanded the definition of Brownfields in 2002 to include drug contamination.

The EPA’s Brownfields program is aimed at making contaminated sites useable again. These have historically been commercial and industrial sites. Communities often apply for grants to clean up former gas stations, mechanic’s shops, dry cleaners, salvage yards, factories, logging mills and grocery stores.

Exposure to meth residue is associated with numerous health problems, especially in children. Problems include neurological damage, asthma, respiratory illness and, when women are exposed during pregnancy, birth defects.



COQUILLE — Coos County’s chief prosecutor says drugs were a factor in the events leading up to the killing of a California man near Bandon last fall.

Coy Daniel Smith was sentenced June 30 to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

The homicide sentence will run consecutively with a 26 month sentence he’d already received for burglary and first-degree theft — a total of a little more than four years.

Smith will also have to spend 36 months under post-prison supervision and pay $3,530 in restitution.

Smith, 40, originally faced first-degree manslaughter charges in the Oct. 3 death of 42-year-old William Drews following an altercation involving Smith at a residence on Bill Creek Lane.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said Drews’ estranged wife had lived in the trailer with two other men, and been in on-again off-again relationships with all three.

He said that members of the group had been using methamphetamine the night of the murder, and had been trying to get more shortly before Drews’ death.

“The victim had a very high level of meth (in his system),” Frasier said. “Coy Smith was the one bringing the meth.”

By the time Smith arrived, a fight had broken out between Drews and one of the other men, Jeremy Perry.

Smith joined the fray, and at some point in the altercation, kicked Drews in the head.

“The injury that killed this guy I don’t think I’ve ever seen,” Frasier said.

An autopsy later determined that Drews died of blunt force trauma to his head and neck.

Frasier said that when Smith kicked Drews in the head, the blow severed arteries that ran along the man’s spine to his brain stem.

Drews was pronounced dead on arrival at Southern Coos Hospital.

Smith fled the scene, but later turned himself in at the Bandon Police Department.

Had the case gone to trial, Frasier said, he would have presented the death as unintentional.

“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind Coy did not intend to kill this guy,” he said.

As of Friday, the Oregon Department of Corrections hadn’t calculated an estimated release date for Smith, who’s currently held at the Coffee Creek Intake Facility in Wilsonville.




  • A 49-year-old and 32-year-old arrested on Friday night
  • Heavily armed police stopped them in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s north
  • It is believe the two Mexican nationals were operating a cartel out of Manly
  • Australian Federal Police searched three properties in the city
  • Also discovered $2 million in cash and two guns
  • Men are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel targeting Australia

Two men allegedly operating a Mexican cartel out of Sydney’s beachside suburb of Manly were held up at gunpoint by police in dramatic scenes on Friday.


Federico Gonzalez Magana and Juan Vergara Rodriguez have been charged with possession of $30 million worth of drugs thought to be crystal methamphetamine.

The Mexican nationals share the same address and fronted Parramatta Bail Court via video link on Saturday, communicating through a Spanish translator.

Bail for the pair was refused. They will reappear again in Central Local Court on Wednesday.


The 49-year-old and a 32-year-old were arrested on Military Road in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, in front of school children who filmed the incident after heavily armed police stopped traffic and surrounded their car.

Vergara-Rodriguez and Gonzalez-Magama were pulled from a red vehicle, handcuffed and lined up against a shop window.

Police said the drugs seized represent 300,000 street deals of meth and the men are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel targeting Australia.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) members searched properties in Manly, Pennant Hills and Moore Park and found about 30 kilograms of a substance believed to be crystal meth.

They also discovered about two guns and $2 million in Australian cash, suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

The men have been charged with drug possession and dealing in the proceeds of crime, following a joint investigation between the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).


ACC National Manager Investigations Richard Grant said: ‘This is a drug that is ruining lives, wrecking careers and pulling apart families.’

‘The ACC and AFP are serious about removing these drugs from our streets, and we will continue to work together to stop organised crime groups from harming the Australian population.’

Police said they were arrested after they were supplied with intelligence by the ACC through its Eligo National Task Force, which is tracking illicit money flows in the country.

AFP Manager Serious and Organised Crime Commander Scott Lee said the operation was a result of close cooperation and intelligence sharing between the AFP and the ACC.

‘This joint-agency operation is testament to our combined determination to stopping criminals from profiting from the importation of drugs into Australia’, Commander Lee said.

Both men were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs reasonably suspected of having been imported, and dealing in money reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

Forensic tests are being carried out to confirm the exact weight and purity of the drugs seized, police said.




GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A jump in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea over the past year in rural southwestern Oregon has state and local health officials alarmed and puzzled.


Ruth Helsley, sexually transmitted disease program manager for the Oregon Health Authority, tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier the reason is unclear.

She and Josephine County medical director Dr. David Candelaria say the sudden increase may be related to an increase in methamphetamine use, which increases sex drive and lowers inhibitions.

State figures show Josephine County saw an increase of 270%, from 10 in 2012 to 37 in 2013. In Douglas County it went up 1,050%, from two cases to 23. Jackson County saw a 387% jump, from 31 cases to 151.

The statewide increase was 18.5%.



DECATUR, Alabama — Decatur police investigated complaints of methamphetamine use and sales coming from a home on Cedar Street this week.


Officers with the anti-crime unit said they went to a home in the 1000 block Thursday because numerous meth complaints were coming in. They said they found an unspecified quantity of meth inside. They said the resident, Christina Ann Hogan, also had meth on her. She was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and will be transferred from the city jail to the county jail on a $2,500 bond.




A 36-year-old Chinese man who killed two infants after taking drugs has been executed, a court in China’s southern Guangdong Province said today.

The Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Zhongshan sentenced Huang Mingxing to death on charges of hacking two babies to death after taking drugs. He was executed yesterday.

Huang was under the influence of crystal meth when he killed the babies, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

He said the drug caused him to hallucinate that the two families would kill him, so he decided to strike first.

The court, however, found he was of a clear mind when he committed the killings, the report said.




HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) – A search warrant served at a Hammond motel room resulted in two arrests and the seizure of a small meth lab.

Following an extensive investigation, agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department executed a search warrant on July 16. Officers searched a room at the 190 Hotel, located in the 3600 block of U.S. 190 in Hammond.


A search of the room found a one pot methamphetamine lab, two HCL generator and precursors used to manufacture meth.

Kristopher Payne, 26, and Stephanie Parker, 25, were both arrested.

Payne, of Albany Louisiana, and Parker, of Loranger, were both charged with manufacturing meth. Parker was also on probation for a previous charge of operating and creating a clandestine lab



Governor Kitzhaber’s Department of Education is pressuring school districts to adopt Brad Victor’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education program. The Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside is one of the ways in which Brad Victor showcases that program.

The mantra is being repeated everywhere in Oregon.  Our children need this sex education because abstinence does not work. Almost all of our children will have sex early and often.  Therefore we need to teach them how to reduce their risks.

The logic is crystal clear:

  • Sex is very pleasurable and therefore kids will have sex early and often;
  •  Unfortunately, sex may also be harmful and result in pregnancy or other socially transmitted diseases;


  • We must teach kids how to reduce the risks of sex.

That same logic can be applied to any number of other human activities. In fact, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), one of the principal sponsoring organizations for the taxpayer-funded Adolescent Sexuality Conference, extends that logic to the use of methamphetamines.

In CAP’s  “A Young Male’s Guide To…. ” the use of methamphetamines and the use of sex are intertwined.  Let’s look at what the CAP authors actually say to our young people.



Like sex, meth “sends pleasure messages to the brain,” you can take meth orally or it can be “injected or inserted into the anus,” “it’s cheap,”  and the “high lasts for a while.”  Like sex, the use of methamphetamines usually “starts out being a social experience, but can become an addiction.”

And some of the benefits of meth are, in fact, sexual.  Meth allows you to “have lots of sex with lots of partners for long periods,” and it allows you to “lose all sexual inhibitions.”


Meth can also cause mental and physical exhaustion, depression, “extended psychosis,” and liver and kidney damage.  The sexologists don’t believe sex, in and of itself, can be harmful, but they know that sex can lead to pregnancy and “other socially transmitted diseases” and they know the effects of diseases like AIDS, cervical cancer, and, untreated syphilis are easily as dangerous as the effects of methamphetamine addiction.

Risk Reduction

So CAP tells its young readers how to reduce the risks of meth use just as it tells its readers how to reduce the risk of sex.  The readers are told:


“Don’t overdo it. Watch your intake; don’t share works. [needles. tuters,]; eat. Drink water;Sleep. Allow your body to Recover; Don’t hesitate to get help; Listen to what your body is telling you.”

Most of which might also be recommended to young people who are having a great deal of sex with many different partners.

It is all so simple and straightforward.  It’s all so logical.  How can it possibly fail?

Governor Kitzhaber’s Department of Education is bringing this advice to young people in your neighborhood.

A version of this story was originally published in the U-Choose Education Bulletin.


A federal grand jury in Knoxville has indicted nearly five-dozen people involved in an extensive methamphetamine production operation spanning Anderson and Campbell counties.


The grand jury returned five separate indictments July 16 against 59 people in a conspiracy to manufacture meth, according to a news release Thursday from the U.S. Attorney Bill Killian’s office.

Among the defendants, 22 also are indicted on a charge of conspiring to distribute meth.

“The investigation has shown that individuals involved were purchasing pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and using that pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in Anderson and Campbell counties,” the release states.

Appearing in court between Monday and Thursday this week, all 59 people pleaded not guilty.

The indictments follow a similar, large-scale investigation that resulted in federal indictments against 42 Anderson County residents for various methamphetamine-related charges in March 2013.




A 44-year-old Austin woman was in possession of 14 different Social Security cards during a traffic stop, authorities said.

A deputy constable made the stop at F.M. 158 and Dansby Lane at about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday after watching a Hyundai four-door fail to stop at a stop sign, according to court documents.


In the arrest report, the officer said he knew the driver, Jana Janean Closs, had been arrested on drug charges in February and had just “departed from a suspected drug house.”

A search of the car yielded the 14 Social Security cards, driver’s licenses from New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ID, a New Mexico birth certificate and a Texas ID, authorities said.

Jail staff later found almost 4 grams of methamphetamine in Closs’ sock during the booking process and required additional officers to pry the baggies from her hands, according to court documents.

Closs was charged with fraudulent possession of identifying information, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, as well as possession of methamphetamine, prohibited substances in a correctional facility and tampering with evidence, each of which is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She remained behind bars Friday in lieu of $90,000 bail.





Meth and mailboxes. Drug addicts are targeting them to get quick cash. In Austin, crooks are currently at work in the 78749 zip code.

Fixing broken mailboxes isn’t how Fred Romero normally spends his days. But, a string of burglaries in south Austin has Fred undoing the damage caused by suspected meth addicts.


“They’re looking for cash to buy their drugs,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Sullivan.

To get it they come at the lightweight aluminum doors on some older mailboxes with a crowbar.

“The actual break-ins are probably three to five a week,” said Sullivan.

Bill Ford just had his mailbox cleaned out.

“Calling creditors, banks, investment accounts,” said Ford.

The damage he’s worried about is financial.

“Having a couple of cards cancelled and reissued to get new numbers on them,” said Ford.

He’s also concerned that his older neighborhood mailbox in south Austin was an easy target.

“It looks like you could get in with a screwdriver,” said Ford.

The U.S. Postal Inspector showed us a side-by-side comparison of why older aluminum mailboxes need to be upgraded to thicker sturdier steel.

“It is more easily defeated than the thicker metal,” said Sullivan.

Until they’re all switched out postal workers will be on the move repairing the damage from drug addicts.

Sullivan says the best way to protect your mail is to empty your box every day. In addition, since most mailbox burglaries happen on Friday and Saturday nights, never let your mail accumulate over the weekend.



GRAYSON COUNTY, TX — Narcotics officers say Methamphetamine is coming into Texas by the truckload, and Grayson County is on that route.

Twice a month Grayson County holds a grand jury, and this week, nearly half of all indictments are meth related felonies.


“There’s definitely an upward trend in the number of individuals we’re coming across with meth or selling metho” said Jeremy Cox, a Sherman Police detective.

Fourteen people in all face charges ranging from possessing the drug to trying to sell it. And that’s this month alone. Last year the district attorney saw 174 meth related cases. So far this year, they’ve already seen 183 cases.

“It’s a problem,” said Britton Brooks, Grayson County Assistant District Attorney. “Grayson county knows that. We are trying to do what we can do to put a stop to that problem and put these meth dealers behind bars.”

The most well known way to make meth is by going to the pharmacy and getting drugs that contain pseudoephedrine but authorities say the majority of meth they’ve seen doesn’t contain pseudoephedrine at all, but a chemical called P-2-P, and that chemical is not sold the in United States at all.

“Ninety-five to 98 percent of the meth that we’re seeing is coming from Mexico,” Cox said.

Federal regulations on pharmaceutical drugs brought a decline to meth use between 2007 and 2012 but with the demand still there it’s made it’s way back to Texoma.

“It’s just easier to get it from out of country sources,” Cox said.

Mexican meth is also more potent, and meth deaths for 2013 in the state of Texas are higher than ever, but there is one number that remains down, the number of meth labs.

“You’d find large meth labs, regular sized meth labs everywhere, but nowadays you don’t seem them like that anymore because the large amount of methamphetamine that is coming from Mexico,” Cox said.

The district attorney’s office said that some first time meth offenders with no prior convictions may only receive probation and drug couseling, but the majority of people they see are repeat offenders, which results in prison time

BEREA — Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.


Officers conducting a drug investigation said they noticed William J. Gilbert, 28, exit a motel room acting suspiciously, according to a BPD news release.

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After being advised of his rights, Gilbert told police he was carrying a one-step meth-making device, the release added.

Three other adults and a 17-year-old were found in the motel room Gilbert exited. The adults were arrested and the minor, who was a ward of the state, was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Gilbert, who resides at the motel, was charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor and drug paraphernalia possession.

Brent A. Oliver, 23, of Berea, and Jessica Brock, 27, of Richmond were charged with the same offenses as Gilbert.

Ranissa Lainhart, 26, of Paint Lick was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.

All four were taken to the Madison County Detention Center where each remained Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.

Another drug investigation led to a search and two arrests July 18.

Officers searched the home of Sherry Sturgill, 33, in the Big Hill community, and found a half gram of crystal meth as well as marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia, according to a BPD news release.


She was charged with first-degree trafficking and possession of a controlled substance as well as drug paraphernalia possession.

Shannon King, 37, of Berea was also at the home, the news release added. He was charged with first-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

Both were taken to the detention center, from which King was released the same day. Sturgill remained incarcerated Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.






 HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – Huntsville police confirmed Brandi Vinson Hamby and Brian Jackson Hastings are in jail for the meth bust in Huntsville Wednesday night.


It happened at a home on Oshaughnessy Avenue. Investigators were checking up on someone when they found parts of a meth lab behind the house. They later found a one pot meth lab inside.

Both were charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance first degree.

Hamby’s bond is set at $50,000 and Hasting’s bond is set at $250,000.

Hastings was indicted in 2013 following an arrest in 2012 for operating a clandestine meth lab.



— A pair of Tri-City teens were arrested with stolen property, methamphetamine and a loaded pistol after a neighbor spotted them burglarizing a Kennewick residence, according to police.

A neighbor on the 3200 block of West 19th Street saw a man and woman carry a large flat screen TV out of a residence Wednesday morning and load it into a white van, Sgt. Ken Lattin said. An officer spotted the van a few blocks away and stopped it.

Liliana Ponce and William E. Perez, both 18, were detained while the witness came to the scene and identified them as the suspects in the burglary, Lattin said. Perez had a warrant for his arrest and there was a no contact order between the teens.

Officers found stolen property from the residence on West 19th Street in the van, along with a .22-caliber pistol and meth, Lattin said.

Both teens were booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of multiple charges.

Police are investigating if the teens are suspects in several recent residential and commercial burglaries around Kennewick. Around $10,000 in tools and a safe were stolen in the break-ins.


A Sikeston woman is in jail facing felony charges for meth labs found in her home. 44-year old Sherrie Jane Hamlin is charged by the Scott County prosecutor’s office with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possessing meth precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth paraphernalia. About 3:04 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Sikeston DPS responded to assist the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department on an ongoing investigation at a home on the 100 block of Comstock Street.  New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens says  the investigation was into counterfeit money that  led into Scott County. Hamlin gave officers permission to search the home. DPS Captain Jim McMillen says officers found what appeared to be meth lab items in the garage, kitchen and a bedroom.
Hamlin was in custody at the Mississippi County Detention Center on $25,000 a cash or surety bond. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.



A man just released from prison arrived home Wednesday to open the door and find a nude stranger standing inside his house, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The man said he had been told by friends that while he was incarcerated for most of the past month, several people had been living in his Cordova home. He said he allowed a woman to live there but he was told she had let several others move in.

For that reason, after leaving jail, the man asked deputies to escort him to his residence to see who was there. Deputies and the man were greeted by the nude man, who did put on a towel. The towel man said he was the only one there at the moment.

Deputies asked the towel man if there was anything illegal in the house since they detected an odor.

According to the report, the towel man admitted, “there was some meth waste that he had not gotten rid of yet.”

Crime scene and narcotics investigators were called to the residence after the towel man said under oath he had been making methamphetamine the previous night, the report states.

The case is still under investigation.





JACKSONVILLE, Fla.A 29-year-old woman appeared in court Thursday morning after she was arrested on several charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, child abuse and animal abuse.

On Monday, Jacksonville police approached Amanda Manning after an anonymous caller reported about a possible meth lab at her home. Police said Manning agreed to let police search her home.


During that search, police found a burn pile in the backyard, as well as the chemicals and equipment used to make meth. Police also noticed a thick haze that permeated throughout the home. They found meth-making chemicals, marijuana pipes and a loaded handgun in one room of the house. A hazmat team was called to remove the items.

According to a police report, investigators said the active meth lab was also in close proximity of a child’s bedroom, making it very likely for a child to breath toxic fumes.

Police called on Animal Control to remove two puppies that showed significant signs of being exposed to a toxic environment.

According to a police database, on July 4 Manning made one purchase for a 96-count of “Whal-Phed,” a common amount and brand of ephedrine used for meth manufacturing. Manning denied having any knowledge of a meth lab inside the house.

According to a police report, there’s mention of a male living inside the home with Manning. His identity has not been released, and it’s unclear whether he will face charges.





LLANO — A 30-year-old Burnet woman pleaded guilty July 10 to intoxication manslaughter and received a 13-year prison sentence for her actions that led to the death of her 4-year-old son.


Officials said Bobbie Jo Aull was driving under the influence of methamphetamines when she crashed her pickup truck Feb. 18, 2013, on Texas 16 just north of the Llano city limits. At the time, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers recovered “baggies of crystal methamphetamine and needles” at the crash site, according to DPS officials.

Aull’s son, Andrew, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.


Toxicology on the mother tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamines, DPS officials said.

Llano County Assistant District Attorney Stacy Burke said Aull faced a possibility of 20 years in prison but pleaded guilty and accepted the 13-year term. Though the woman might not have intended to kill her son that day, Burke said Aull made decisions leading up to the fatal accident and the child’s death.

“She certainly made some very bad choices: one, to engage in the use of narcotics to begin with; and second, to drive while under the influence of those narcotics,” Burke said. “Her other son (Andrew’s twin) lost a sibling at a very young age.”





A TRUCK driver who went berserk after taking methamphetamines has been placed on a suspended jail sentence and good behaviour bond in Dubbo Local Court.

Kurt Campbell Presnell was remorseful and embarrassed when he faced Magistrate Andrew Eckhold on charges of possessing a prohibited drug and resisting police.

The court heard Presnell had been “floridly psychotic” at the time of the June 6 offending.

“The behaviour was out of character,” a barrister said.

“He is an extremely lucky man – it could have been a lot worse.

“The resist against police was low-end. He was trying to get away from a confined space.”

The court was told Presnell, 29, of Gwabegar, had family support and excellent prospects of rehabilitation.

Magistrate Eckhold described methamphetamine as a bad drug.

“I see it all the time,” he said.

“(The drug) causes people to become much stronger. It results in violence and dreadful situations.

“People (in the trucking industry) take speed because they are under pressure, forced to drive too long and too far.

“Drivers are required to do something very boring for a long time and are expected to react very quickly when something goes wrong.”

Magistrate Eckhold said Presnell had an outstanding record and was unlikely to re-offend.

“There is a need for general deterrence,” the magistrate said.

Methamphetamine is not only used in the trucking industry. It is surprising to see who uses the drug in the community. It causes a lot of problems.”

Prosecution facts tendered to the court said Presnell left Wagga Wagga saleyards on June 5 in a Kenworth prime mover towing two trailers loaded with stock.

Heading to Dubbo, he felt tired on the approach to Tomingley.

Presnell pulled into a rest stop at 1am. He later left the rest area and drove to Tomingley East Road where the truck had a major mechanical failure.

At 6.30am Presnell was found standing near the truck waving a stick and calling out to people that could not be seen, suggesting he was hallucinating.

Presnell was wearing shorts and no shirt or shoes when the temperature was only five degrees Celcius.

He punched a man, causing bleeding, and paced up and down near the prime mover waving the stick and threatening to assault anyone who approached.

When police arrived they saw belongings from the truck strewn over the road.

Presnell was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and provided an inconsistent version of events.

Witnesses told police they saw Presnell swallow a large rock of a crystal substance obtained from the truck.

When officers opened the door they found packages of a crystal-like substance in the glove box.

Presnell admitted “I’ve taken speed, lots of it”.

Prosecution facts said the truck driver’s mood was changing and he became increasingly agitated and aggressive.

At one stage he went to the rear of the truck and said “Walk away there is a dark cloud coming and we are all dead.”

Police found four headlights on the truck had been smashed. An eagle ornament from the front of the prime mover had been removed.

Prosecution facts said Presnell picked up a rock and said “I am going to hurt someone.”

Ambulance paramedics refused to transport Presnell because of his drug-induced behaviour.

He was placed in the rear cage of a police vehicle and taken to Dubbo hospital. On arrival he lifted himself onto the roof of the vehicle in an effort to escape from police.

Officers took hold of him as he attempted to flee. Presnell swung his arm and struck a female officer causing her to fall and injure a knee. Presnell was subdued with capsicum spray.

The next day he could not recall anything after leaving Wagga. He did not remember damaging the prime mover, purchasing methamphetamine, assaulting a man, resisting police or arriving at the hospital.

Presnell could not offer any explanation for his actions.

“All I can remember is something burning,” he said.

Presnell was placed on a 12-month suspended jail sentence and nine-month bond.





GAYLORD — An explosion at a Gaylord storage unit and arrests made at a Bagley Township residence — all within the past week — may be prompting the question “Is methamphetamine use on the rise in Otsego County?”

The answer is a clear yes, according to Brett McVannel, Gaylord City Police chief.

Meth is becoming more and more popular in Northern Michigan — definitely,” McVannel said.


Detective Lt. Kenneth Mills from the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (SANE) unit explained why methamphetamine is especially destructive.

“It is unique to other drugs because it affects communities in so many other ways,” he said. “First of all, there is the addictive factor. You take it once, and you’re addicted.”

Mills also said methamphetamine is not readily available for sale but must be manufactured and can be made with ingredients that are relatively inexpensive and easy to purchase.

“There is also the explosive nature, and the danger to those inside the labs — and there are often children in that environment,” he said.

Mills noted that the waste from manufacturing methamphetamine is problematic.

“The waste is hazardous, dangerous and expensive to dispose of,” he said.

Law enforcement officials are working hard to keep the drug in check.

“Typically what happens is someone pops up and starts cooking, then teaches others, and it could spread from there,” Mills said. “We’ve had that happen, and we’ve been able to identify them, round those people up and arrest them. We’ve been fortunate to do that so far, so we’ve been able to keep it contained. The guys have done a good job.”

Mills made reference to SANE arrests including 10 individuals charged with operating or maintaining a methamphetamine lab.

An unrelated incident Saturday involved a 36-year-old Gaylord man who, as of Thursday, remains hospitalized with critical injuries in a downstate burn unit after an explosion occurred while he was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a storage unit on South Otsego Avenue.

“This kind of incident is not unique to the state, but it is unique to us,” Mills said. “The explosion — we’ve only had two where there have been significant burns.”

The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

“We can’t release the name,” McVannel said. “First and foremost out of respect for the family and then because of all of the legal issues.”

McVannel referred to the fact that the man has not been arrested for any crime and also referenced the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which ensures privacy regarding medical information and records.

“The report has been forwarded to the prosecutor,” McVannel said. “When the suspect is medically clear and if the prosecutor deems there is enough evidence, he will be arrested. He is a victim of an explosion with charges pending and an ongoing investigation.”




The caller on July 8 reported a man stopped his car in the middle of the highway and got out and started doing jumping jacks and pushups. He then got back in the vehicle, drove a short distance, and did it again.

Selma police said they found Danny Ray Hodge, 42, on his hands and knees beside Jones Street. When he saw officers, he ran back to his car and got in the driver’s seat.

Police said they found six small baggies of methamphetamine in the car.

According to court records, Hodge was currently on probation and wearing a GPS tracking device. He was released from prison about three years ago. His arrests include charges of rape, kidnapping, larceny, and drug possession.

He was jailed on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intend to distribute. Bond was set at $40,000.




ENID, Okla. — A 54-year-old Enid woman is facing felony drug charges after police said she called and said she thought her methamphetamine was laced with something.

Lynette Rae Sampson was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.


Sampson faces two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the felony charge and up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine on the misdemeanor.

She appeared Thursday before Special District Judge Brian Lovell via video from the Garfield County jail. Sampson is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond and was ordered to return to court Aug. 25 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, at 5:09 p.m. Monday Enid Police Department Officer Aaron Barber went to 308 W. Illinois to speak with Sampson.

Sgt. Tim Doyle had told Barber that Sampson had called him at the police department and told him she had methamphetamine in a tin container on her kitchen counter, according to the affidavit.

Barber knocked on the front door of the home and Sampson told him, “I’m glad you came,” according to the affidavit. Barber asked if he could speak with her, Sampson said yes and the two walked into the living room.

Sampson began telling Barber she thought her “ice” was laced with something, according to the affidavit. Ice is a common slang for methamphetamine.

Barber asked Sampson to show it to him and Sampson walked into the kitchen with the officer, showing him a tin container on the counter.

Sampson opened the tin and also showed Barber a hollowed out light bulb containing a white residue Sampson said was methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. She also showed Barber two small bag containing a white crystalline substance.

Barber asked Sampson what the bags were and Sampson said, “Just quarters.”

Sampson went into the living room and sat down, according to the affidavit, and began hearing things and sweating profusely. Barber asked if she had used methamphetamine recently, and Sampson said she had smoked meth a couple of hours before he came over, according to the affidavit.

Sampson asked Barber to not take her to jail, according to the affidavit, and Barber advised her she was being placed under arrest.

Barber field tested a portion of the white crystalline substance in one of the bags and it tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. The bag weighed .2 grams and .3 grams.

EPD Capt. Jack Morris said such cases are what keep police work interesting.

“Once you think you’ve seen it all, something new will surprise you,” he said. “It’s sad people who utilize these drugs don’t realize how it effects them, and what they can do to you.”





An Auckland man who supplied scores of guns to gang members and sold methamphetamine to his own 19-year-old daughter has been jailed for nearly six years.

Peter James Edwards, 58, pleaded guilty to supplying 72 firearms to people without licences and supplying methamphetamine.


Judge Nevin Dawson said 63 firearms, mainly cut-down pump-action shot guns with pistol grips, had not been recovered and were in the hands of West Auckland gang members.

The judge told the Auckland District Court today that police had noticed members of the Head Hunters gang were often located with similar firearms.

The stocks and barrels were cut down, often with pistol grips added, and the serial numbers removed.

Barrels on some guns had been threaded so they could have a silencer attached.

Investigations determined that Edwards, a beneficiary, had spent $50,000 over 18 months on firearms from Gun City stores in Auckland and Christchurch.

He had used his legitimate firearms licence to also purchase 16,000 rounds of ammunition and folding stocks, pistol grips and silencers.

Edwards told police he would sell the guns to people who turned up at his house.

He did not know their names and he declined to help police locate the weapons.

Judge Dawson said text messages seized from Edwards also showed he had supplied methamphetamine 42 times over the space of a year.

He sold his daughter $500 worth of methamphetamine on her 19th birthday and supplied her half a gram a week after that.

He also supplied meth to a 25-year-old woman and sometimes injected her with the drug.

Judge Dawson said Edwards’ drug offending was “thoroughly scurrilous” and involved a breach of trust with his daughter.

Supplying firearms to gang members had placed the community at risk and was “among the most serious offences of this type of offending”.

The judge began his sentencing, unusually, with the maximum sentence for supplying firearms to unlicensed people.

The drug offending was added to that resulting in a sentence of five years, 10 months in prison.