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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.”

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Twin Ports, MN (NNCNOW.com) — 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.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/16-people-nabbed-in-elaborate-methamphetamine-bust-in-Twin-Ports–274965331.html

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/09/clandestine_meth_lab_found_in.html

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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THE Central Grampians Drug Action Taskforce has welcomed the release of the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ‘ice’, in Victoria.

The report reinforces the extremely harmful physical and social impacts of the drug ice, particularly on individual health, families and children and its strong connection with violence and aggression and other criminal behavior.

Given the complexity of the issues surrounding the drug, the report calls for a coordinated response through multifaceted strategies set out in an action plan and framework overseen by an all-of-government Ministerial Council on Methamphetamine.

The chairperson of the Inquiry Committee, Simon Ramsay MLC, participated in the Community Ice Forum organised by CGDAT in Ararat recently and took away the message that there is a strong desire in local communities to be educated and informed in order to prevent the problems associated with this insidious drug.

Marianne Hendron, chair of CGDAT, said the group was particularly interested in the report’s recommendations around the need to engage communities to address methamphetamine use through Community Action Partnerships.

The report recognises that the harmful impacts of methamphetamine use go beyond the individual user, hence an all-of-community response including by the government, the community and private sectors, such as user groups, families and family support groups, individuals and organisations, is needed to combat this problem.

“It is the committee’s view that this can best be done through the establishment of (methamphetamine) community partnerships,” Ms Hendron said.

“Such partnerships should comprise of government and non-government representatives with relevant expertise in the area of drug-related issues.”

The report also highlighted particular challenges with treatment services in rural settings, such as issues with accessing services, the difficulty of maintaining anonymity, and insufficient AOD specialists working in country areas.

In addition, many rural and regional areas may not have previously experienced a significant problem with illicit drug use and are therefore not well equipped to address it.

The report acknowledges that the harmful use of other drugs including alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and ecstasy as well as pharmaceutical medication, are all more prevalent than methamphetamines and any approach should be flexible enough to be able to address other problematic drug use should the situation arise.

Ms Hendron said that the objectives and approach of the CGDAT were very much affirmed by the report’s recommendations, including the view that local communities have a distinct role to play in addressing and ‘owning’ the methamphetamine problem. “As the report suggests, we have established a working group that provides a focal point for local planning and implementation of community action targeting the identified problem – involving representatives from local health services, local government and community groups,” she said.

The CGDAT does not receive any funding and has limited capacity to undertake activities, however Ms Hendron the group is committed to providing further community education forums, disseminating current and accurate information and is in the process of developing an action plan to address information and education needs across the Central Grampians.

“It is our hope that the government will back up the proposals in this report with a realistic allocation of funding to support this important community prevention work” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

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A 25-year-old man made an initial court appearance Wednesday on charges alleging he was dealing methamphetamine from a Billings hotel and reached speeds of up 100 mph, through a school zone, while fleeing police on a motorcycle.

Police arrested Jensen Blake Waldron on a warrant Monday. He appeared by video on Wednesday from the county jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony charge of drug possession with the intent to distribute and five misdemeanor charges.

Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez set Waldron’s bond at $10,000.

Charging documents state police were contacted Monday by a hotel employee about possible drug activity at a hotel on the 4900 block of Southgate Drive.

Police responded, and the hotel employee said he wanted everyone cleared from three rooms rented to one person, Waldron, court records say.

Police reported that when officers went to enter one of the rooms with the help of the hotel employee, they learned Waldron was fleeing on a motorcycle.

An officer followed him but called off the pursuit when Waldron reached an estimated 100 mph through a school zone on South Billings Boulevard, charging documents state.

Waldron was later arrested on a warrant on the 1100 block of Bench Boulevard.

Police searched one of the hotel rooms and reported finding multiple bags of suspected meth and a bag of pills identified as the controlled substance phentermine. Police also reported finding a syringe kit, a suspected meth pipe with residue and what appeared to be a price list of drugs, court records say.

Waldron is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges on Sept. 16 in District Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lexington police have arrested a man and woman accused of hiding meth in the same room as a 3-year-old child.

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Police say they received a tip from child welfare and responded to an apartment on Daniel Court. According to court documents, Kayla Nicole Posey, 27, consented to a search. Officers say they found three individually packaged baggies containing meth in the room, and $209 in cash hidden under a mattress. Police say Posey’s 3-year-old daughter was in the room.

Officers arrested Posey and Socrates Martinez-Hipolito, 21, on Tuesday. They both faces charges including trafficking in a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.lex18.com/news/two-arrested-after-meth-found-in-room-with-child

 

 

 

A Volusia County man was arrested after deputies making a well-being check at this home discovered the residence full of smoke from meth being cooked, an arrest report shows.Sidney Koster

Sidney Koster, 55, who works for a fence company, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of meth. He was being held Wednesday in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $35,000 bail, records show.

Earlier Tuesday morning, a deputy made a traffic stop while investigating an assault on a Katherine Cowart and asked that a well-being check be made at Koster’s home at 1320 Wesley St. near Daytona Beach.

When deputies arrived at the home at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, they smelled a strong chemical odor associated with meth cooking and smoke coming out from the cracks of the front door, a report detailed.

Deputies knocked on the door several times and eventually Koster, who said he owns the house, opened the door and stepped out. Deputies could see that the house was full of smoke. When asked about the chemical smell, Koster said he was cleaning his carpet and the smoke was from burning incense sticks, investigators said.

 

 

 

 

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GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) – Greenville County deputies said they are investigating a stabbing that sent a man to the hospital on Wednesday.26493429_BG2

Dispatchers said the stabbing was reported at a home on Amarillo Trail in Greer about 2:30 a.m.

Lt. Robert Watley with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said when officers arrived, they found the victim with a puncture wound underneath his arm and a slash wound atop his head.

The 30-year-old victim was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but deputies said the suspect was not on the scene. Watley said they have identified a person of interest in the case and would follow up with the victim before arrest warrants were signed.

He said those involved knew each other, and the stabbing happened after some type of fight.

Watley said they were also investigating a connection to drugs at the home. Deputies said a meth lab was found at the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the post–Walter White world of methamphetamine trafficking, the stereotype of the average meth cook has broken down, but even so, Apo, a name he used to protect his identity, did not fit the mold. He met me in an East Beirut bar in a nicely pressed pink Ralph Lauren shirt. He was well groomed, slightly shy, and had an air of sweetness that didn’t match up with the image of Mickey Rourke in Spun. The “Walter White of Lebanon” had agreed to talk to me now that some time had passed since prison.

Apo was raised 20 minutes outside Beirut. He described himself as “not a perfect student, but good. The best in his family, at least.”  Like so many other Lebanese youth, he continued his education after high school, and began a mechanical engineering degree at a major Lebanese university.

In 2005, two years into his mechanical-engineering degree, Apo’s trajectory changed dramatically. It started with the emergence of the underground party circuit in Beirut. Trance and house broke onto the Lebanese music scene, and as in so many other countries, drugs followed—mostly ecstasy, cocaine, and speed. The scene was centered around smaller nightclubs—“BO18,” an old converted bomb bunker, and “the Basement,” now defunct—as well as larger venues like Forum de Beyrouth and Biel, an event space on the waterfront. Both Apo and a friend of his who asked to be called Sami described it as their favorite moment growing up in Lebanon, a time of naïve youthfulness. They agreed, “Lebanon was banging.”

Apo and his friends spent weekend after weekend chasing girls and raving. But they were curious about the chemicals they were experimenting with. They scoured the web to find out about various combinations of chemicals that made up the pills they were taking, but their interest homed in on a drug that was possible for them to produce. “It was like heaven, ignoring the side effects,” Apo noted when describing his initial impression of meth. “You’re productive, not sleepy, friendly,” he added. A set of insecurities every young adult can relate to.

They started cooking for their friends. It was a cheap alternative to the pricier drugs on the market, and it wasn’t a crowded field. There had been rumors of an Armenian cook who had escaped to Yerevan years before, but apart from that meth was a new phenomenon for Lebanon. Apo told me it took him seven months to master the hang of cooking. They sourced Sudafed from local gym clubs, which sold it as an appetite suppressant. The precursor chemicals, which are hard to source in America, were purchased from the same companies supplying their university laboratories. He and his friends set up makeshift labs wherever they could, but usually in the basement of their parents’ apartment buildings.

One day, Apo and his crew started a cook in one of their parents’ apartments. Half way through the process, everything lit on fire.  It was out of control, and fire spread quickly to the balcony. One of his friends grabbed the fire extinguisher to put it out, but the extinguishing chemicals mixed with the meth fumes, blanketing the entire apartment in thick, white dust. Seconds later, Apo’s friend’s mom walked through the door, astonished. They told her it was a university experiment gone wrong. She bought it.

“It was boys being boys,” Apo told me. “In the beginning it was just, go with the flow.”

Once the gang perfected its cooking method, they gave out product to their closest friends, and partied harder than ever. In a country where youth unemployment is expected, Apo had found his purpose. “It’s an art; you’re painting something.”

His art quickly turned to business. Within seven months, Apo and his crew saw a potential market when friends of friends came knocking. One batch every two weeks turned into two every week. They were happy to be making money, but they were also making addicts, themselves included. “A year of good fun and then paranoia kicks in, a lack of sleep, and you get thin. When you want to sleep, you can’t sleep,” Apo explained. This, in combination with the influx of money, created an atmosphere of distrust among the original friends, who were now no more than greedy partners. What had started as “meth among friends” had become a drug operation that spread beyond Apo’s largely Armenian crew and inadvertently infiltrated the Lebanese party scene. Meth was on the rise in Beirut.

The crew had managed to stay beneath the police radar, but Lebanon is a small country. Unbeknownst to them, one of their customers was also an informant for the police. The informant had kept quiet as long as he was getting his supply. But the partners’ paranoia, driven by a lack of sleep, left them with the feeling the operation was spinning out of control. They started to say no to people. Around the same time, Apo began to understand the depth of his own addiction. He wanted out and headed to a hospital to get clean. Meanwhile, Apo’s partner had cut off the informant, who then headed to the police.

Four days after Apo’s release from the hospital, the cops came knocking. They knew everything. He was tried and convicted, and sent to Rumieh, the largest prison in Lebanon, where he served four years. For a boy brought up within the traditional Lebanese family structure, prison was an adjustment. It took him six months to find his feet. He used Xanax to control his anxiety, but he was determined. “If people throw you in a desert, you just have to survive,” he told me.

Apo was released from prison, still this side of 30. He returned to school, where he is now finishing his bachelor’s degree. He said the police are letting him live a free life and don’t check up on him anymore. He’s not proud of what he’s done, but “it’s definitely a story to tell your kids when they grow up.” He has a new group of friends, but in regard to his old partners, he said, “I still respect them. Shit happens.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tahlequah police officers discovered methamphetamine after stopping a man suspected of shoplifting from Wal-Mart the previous day.

Officer Cory Keele was patrolling late Saturday evening when he saw a vehicle that officers believed was involved in a shoplifting case on Friday. Keele said the truck was moving at a high rate of speed and failed to maintain its lane, so he tried to stop the truck. 5410cd467354a_image

The vehicle continued driving and finally stopped inside an apartment complex. Bradley L. Johnson, 35, was driving the truck and was “very talkative” with “exaggerated” movements, Keele reported.

Johnson told Keele his license had been stolen, and when he tried to retrieve insurance information from the glove box, Johnson’s body tremors sent papers flying inside the vehicle.

After giving Johnson sobriety tests, officers arrested him for driving under the influence of a drug. He refused to take the state’s blood test.

“I went back up to the vehicle to start my inventory process and I noticed a shotgun shell sitting in the driver seat,” Keele said. “The information during the shoplifting investigation that had happened the previous night told us the suspect involved stole a gun tactical light and shotgun shells.”

Officer Thomas Donnell determined Johnson was the suspect from Wal-Mart’s theft, and that the vehicle he was driving was used in the alleged crime.

During a search of the vehicle, Keele also found a a gun tactical light that appeared to be the one taken from Wal-Mart. Behind the driver’s seat, Keele discovered a glass jar with a tube, wrapped in green tape, and containing a white residue inside of it. The substance field-tested positive as methamphetamine. Detectives also responded to inspect the jar and determined it was not part of an active meth lab, but was likely being used as a smoking device.

Johnson was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center and booked for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers also plan to seek warrants against Johnson for the theft case.

Booking records show Johnson was released with a $6,000 bond Monday.

 

 

 

 

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Federal authorities have charged two Missouri women with drug trafficking after a Potter County deputy found 8 pounds of methamphetamine in their rental car during a traffic stop last week.

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The women were charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.

On Sept. 5, a deputy spotted a gray 2014 Chevrolet Camaro convertible traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 and clocked it on radar traveling at 84 mph in a 75 mph speed zone.

The deputy stopped the Camaro and identified the driver as Christine Marie Endsley, 36, and confirmed that the passenger in the vehicle was Danielle Nicole Crider, 25, according to a criminal complaint.

The deputy talked to Endsley, informed her she would receive a warning ticket and directed her to his patrol car.

While interviewing Endsley, the officer noticed that she appeared very nervous and that parts of her story did not make sense, according to a criminal complaint.

The deputy also spoke to Crider about her trip, and her story about the trip differed from Endsley’s account.

The officer again talked to Endsley, and asked her if she had anything illegal in the vehicle.

The officer then named several narcotics by name, and Endsley answered “no” to each item the deputy inquired about.

When the officer asked Endsley if she had any methamphetamine, her answer was spoken under her breath, which was different from her answers to other questions, according to the complaint.

The deputy then asked to search the Camaro, and Endsley refused to permit the search, and began crying.

A canine unit called to the scene alerted on the Camaro, and deputies searched the car.

Inside the vehicle, officers found five packages containing methamphetamine wrapped in black electrical tape. Officers also found two pistols and two large plastic baggies of methamphetamine in a plastic container.

A magistrate set a $30,000 bond for Endsley on Wednesday. The magistrate ordered Crider to remain in custody pending further hearings in the case.

 

 

 

 

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Eleven people, including five members of the same Blenheim family, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday after an undercover police operation.

Seven men and four women appeared in front of justice of the peace David Whyte facing a total of 95 charges, including possession and supply of class A, B, and C drugs, including methamphetamine, ecstasy, cannabis and cannabis oil.

The offences allegedly took place between April and Tuesday this week when police raided seven houses in Marlborough looking for drug activity.

A 16-year-old male was also arrested, but did not appear yesterday.

All of the defendants are charged with participating in an organised criminal group. They did not enter pleas to any of the charges.

The majority of the defendants were calm when they appeared in the dock, supported by family members and friends in the public gallery.

Tyrone Teoti Macdonald, 24, a vineyard worker, shouted for his charges to be read out. “I don’t even know what I’m charged with,” he said.

Rex Brandon Caldwell, 45, who faces 20 charges – the highest tally – said sorry to his mother who could be heard sobbing quietly in the gallery.

The justice of the peace did not have jurisdiction to grant bail to those charged with possession or supply of class A drugs.

He remanded 10 of the accused in custody to reappear in front of a judge on Tuesday next week, while one woman facing a lesser charge of selling cannabis was remanded in custody to reappear on Friday.

The police operation involved 44 Marlborough police staff and a drug detection dog and handler from Christchurch.

Five houses were raided simultaneously in Elizabeth St, Budge St, Scott St and in Picton on Tuesday morning.

A further two houses in Blenheim were searched in the afternoon.

Police believed two neighbouring houses in Elizabeth St had been operating as tinnie houses for some time.

Stolen property was also recovered during the raids.

FACING CHARGES

Rex Brandon Caldwell, 45, faces 20 charges, including offering to supply and supplying methamphetamine and LSD; offering to sell ecstasy and morphine; and offering to sell and selling cannabis.

Jessica Nicola MacDonald, 33, faces five charges, including selling cannabis, possession of a pipe to smoke methamphetamine, and possession of utensils for smoking cannabis.

Tyrone Teoti MacDonald, 22, faces six charges, including selling cannabis, offering to supply methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and utensils, and possession of firearm ammunition.

Sloan Daniel Louis MacDonald, 36, faces 14 charges, including selling, supplying and possession of cannabis; and supplying methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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