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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seefeldt is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Myers was also booked on three outstanding municipal warrants.

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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Warrants say the trafficking took place on May 21st.

Laffan is being held on $60,000 bond.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neighbors who learned of the arrest expressed surprise.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among SANDAG’s findings:

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

- half found meth easy to get;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The trial continues.

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Court documents provide no additional narrative about the alleged act.

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

Bond was set at $60,000.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘So many loopholes’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An emerging trend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHANDLER, Ariz. — A man was arrested on Monday after he offered methamphetamine in exchange for sex to an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl on social media, according to court documents.

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Stephan Kyle Platerio, 29, allegedly contacted an undercover social media profile throughout June and July asking to smoke “g funk,” slang for methamphetamine, with a 16-year-old girl.

The male officer operating the undercover social media account gave Platerio’s phone number to a female officer to pose as the underage girl on the phone. This officer told Platerio that she was 14 years old, but Platerio kept talking to her and agreed to pick her up, smoke “g funk” with her and engage in sex.

Platerio arrived at the Chandler location that the two agreed to meet at and described his location and the vehicle he was in. Police arrested Platerio without incident and found the phone he had used to talk to the undercover officer in his possession.

The suspect admitted to contacting the underage profile and said he initially thought she was 16, but learned she was 14 before trying to meet with her. Platerio faces charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

 

 

 

 

 

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ELKO — An Elko woman who was spotted hanging around a suspected drug dealer was arrested with an alleged 8 grams of methamphetamine hidden in her bra, according to police.

Officers saw three men, one of whom was known to police from a previous drug investigation, acting suspiciously in a parking lot on South Fifth Street on Sunday near a gold colored four-door wagon, a police report states.

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Ariel Hammond, who was in the driver’s seat, eventually drove away with two of the men in her car.

Police ran Hammond’s license plate and learned that it had expired the day before, according to the police report. The car also fit the description of a vehicle that was reportedly near the scene of a recent home burglary.

Officers pulled over the car and told Hammond her license plates were expired, and that her vehicle had been in the area of a burglary.

When asked whether she had loaned out her car, Hammond replied she was going to “take the Fifth,” — referring to her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination — but said no one in the car had it the night before, a report states.

Hammond refused to let police search her car, according to the document, but a trained K-9 allegedly detected drugs later, giving police cause for a search.

Police allegedly found a glass pipe coated with a white residue and a hypodermic needle. Inside her purse, officers reported finding a prescription pill.

Hammond was placed under arrest, at which time she removed a sandwich baggie from her bra. Inside the baggie were about five smaller individual baggies each containing meth, according to police.

Because of the way the drugs were packaged, police believed Hammond intended to sell the meth, Lt. Ty Trouten said.

Hammond was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic device, possession of a controlled substance for sale, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription.

Her bail was set at $36,780.

 

 

 

 

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – Police arrested a woman after she stole around $400 from a fruit and vegetable stand in Franklin on Saturday.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Rayna J. Russell approached a woman who was working at the stand and asked her if she could have some money for gas because she was almost out.

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The woman said she started walking towards her home to see if she could find a gas can. She said Russell then reached over the stand table and grabbed the black cash box. Russell then fled the scene in a truck.

The victim gave police a description of the vehicle and Russell. Police were able to find Russell driving near SR 252 and SR 135 and pulled her over.

During the traffic stop, police found out Russell was driving while suspended with an indefinite, altered interim license plate on the truck. Police also found a lighter and a hypodermic needle in her pocket. Russell told the officer the needle was for meth.

During a search of Russell’s car, police found scales two more needles, a butane lighter and the black cash box from the produce stand.

While officers searched Russell at the jail, they found $330 in cash in her bra and marijuana in her underwear. According to police, while at the jail, Russell said she hadn’t had meth for 12 hours and she was going to start withdrawing.

Officials said Russell was charged with conversion, altered registration plate, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of marijuana.

Russell’s bond amount was doubled because she was on probation in Marion County, according to police.

 

 

 

http://wlfi.com/2014/07/27/police-woman-stole-400-from-produce-stand/

 

 

PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The number of meth busts around West Michigan remains high and local departments report an increase in people using the drug recently.

A local woman is once again working to highlight the problem and stop people from using in the first place.

This weekend will mark the 4th year of prevention with the Festivalooza.

“I come from a life of using methamphetamines,” said Jewel Dailey, the organizer of the Festivalooza.

Dailey spent 14 years using meth.

Nearly 5 years ago she graduated from the drug treatment court program in Van Buren County and moved on to bigger and better things.

“I was given a vision, you would say, to help out our community and help change things that I helped damage,” said Dailey.

It led her to organize and event to educate the public about the dangers of meth.

Together with Freshwater Community Church, they are on their 4th year of fighting the drug together.

“We try to combine family fun, a lot of activities with education about the dangers of meth and it’s prevalence in our community,” said event coordinator Jason Bull.

Over the last 3 years the event has raised nearly $60,000 to support the drug treatment court, the county substance abuse task force and Dailey efforts to go into the schools to stop the problem before it starts.

“Going into schools to do prevention and awareness. I mentor women out of the drug court treatment program. I think prevention and awareness is the key to keeping a community safe from the drug,” said Dailey.

The event is this Saturday at Paw Paw Middle School from 2 to 7 p.m.

It is $7 per person or $25 per family and includes lunch, a kids’ zone with games and live music.

 

 

 

 

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Ever since Bea Banta moved with her husband into an apartment at Hurricane and Adams streets in Franklin, she’s been worried about some of the houses around her.

Banta regularly sees strangers coming by houses on Hurricane at all hours of the day and night, and police are called to nearby homes at least once a week, she said.

In the past two years, police have found a dozen meth labs throughout Banta’s neighborhood, which is about a half-mile from downtown Franklin, in or near houses on Hurricane, Yandes, Kentucky and Adams streets, according to data from the Indiana State Police.

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/local_story/County-meth-problem-growing_1406596050/

 

Bismarck, ND – A Mandan man was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a drug conspiracy that prosecutors say trucked into North Dakota more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine that was linked to the overdose deaths of two people.

Joseph Thomas Senger, 53, and a dozen others were charged by indictment about a year ago in U.S. District Court in Bismarck with conspiracy to distribute drugs resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

Senger and defendant Brock Fay Fish of Bismarck each faced a separate charge for distributing meth allegedly used in the overdose death of Senger’s girlfriend at the time, 59-year-old Cheri Bettis of Mandan, on Feb. 6, 2013.

Fish and his girlfriend, Billie Jo Kirkpatrick, also were charged separately for allegedly supplying the meth consumed in the Dec. 20, 2012, overdose death of Douglas Wayne Peterson, 39, in Linton, N.D. Peterson was from Fish’s hometown of Pollock, S.D.

Fish, a truck driver who has lived in Bismarck most of his adult life and was charged in all six counts of the indictment, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty July 10 to the drug conspiracy charge. His sentencing is set for Oct. 20.

At his plea hearing, the 50-year-old Fish testified that he needed money to get his truck outfitted for work in the oilfields. He said a California man – Bretton Robert Link, one of the 13 original defendants – introduced him to the possibility of trafficking in meth, according to a transcript from the hearing.

Fish testified that he would fly out to California and drive trucks back to North Dakota for a truck dealer, hiding the meth in his clothes bag. He said he would pay $5,000 per four ounces of meth in California and would turn a $4,000 to $5,000 profit on it back in North Dakota.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers said Fish also obtained meth in 2012 and 2013 from a second source in Arizona, defendant Robert George Schaner.

Investigators eventually executed a search warrant at the farm of defendant Gerald Lee Schneider, where they found Link and defendant Andreas Samsa in a vehicle with $48,427 in cash. A 5-pound shipment of meth that had been delivered to the farm and divvied out to the co-conspirators just before authorities arrived, Myers said at the plea hearing.

Federal charges against Link were dismissed in January after he pleaded guilty to Class AA felony criminal conspiracy last October in state district court in Emmons County. He was sentenced to 40 years in state prison, with 20 years suspended during five years of supervised probation.

The other defendants indicted on the federal conspiracy charge were Rodney Lee Braun, Charles James Chadwick, Dale Kenneth Fish, Dee Augusta Gillette, Justin John Hinkel and Dean Derwood Windhorst.

Brock Fish, Windhorst, Link, Samsa, Schneider  and Gillette also were charged separately with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within a school zone.

All of the defendants have either reached plea agreements or pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and are awaiting sentencing.

Myers and defense attorney Stormy Vickers of Fargo jointly recommended that Senger serve a 144-month sentence. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Senger to 139 months, giving him credit for five months served in a halfway house.

“I plan to live a sober life after this, that’s for sure,” Senger told the judge.

http://www.wday.com/content/mandan-man-sentenced-meth-conspiracy-linked-2-deaths-0

Three methamphetamine labs were found over just three days time last week in Oconee County. These labs represent some of the residential dangers associated with the manufacture of this illegal and highly dangerous drug, but there are hidden dangers on the roadside too. Many of the materials used to make meth are highly toxic either by themselves or when mixed and require special clean-up procedures. An increasingly popular way to make this drug is by using two-liter soft drink bottles. When manufacturers are finished, they simply toss these bottles alongside roadways. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt warns that these two-liter soft drink bottles are dangerous. “If you see a two liter drink bottle and it looks really suspicious, don’t even pick it up, for sure don’t open it, just walk away, call law enforcement, report what you find and let law enforcement come out and deal with it.” There is always a presence of life threatening gases in relation to any meth lab, even those labs that are created in drink bottles, and the chemicals used in the process of making meth can cause different injuries and reactions to the human body. Once again, do not touch suspicious soda bottles, call law enforcement and report them.

 

 

 

 

 

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SALTON CITY, Calif.A suspected narcotics smuggler was arrested Saturday  after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station found several bundles of methamphetamine hidden in her SUV.

According to a release, the 36-year-old woman was stopped around 8:20 p.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint.

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A secondary inspection was ordered after a canine detection team alerted agents to her Chrysler Pacifica. While searching the SUV, agents said they found five bundles of meth hidden under the rear seat.

The methamphetamine weighed 12.5 lbs. and had an estimated street value of $81,250, according to Border Patrol release.

Agents said the suspected smuggler is a United States citizen and she was taken into custody Saturday night. The drugs and her SUV were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

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