These photos show the shocking impact of crystal meth abuse on the once stunning looks of a former beauty queen.
Jamie Lynn France, 23, was crowned Miss Teen Oregon-World in 2009 but five years later the devastating impact of drug use on her looks can be seen.
France is being held on $30,000 bail after being arrested for possession of the drug which was made famous by hit TV series from Breaking Bad.
France was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, heroin and Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction.
Police arrested her after a raid on a drug den where two children aged four and seven were living with their parents.
Officers found heroin and methamphetamine in the house ‘within easy reach’ of the two young boys, garbage, dirty mattresses and ‘generally chaotic’ conditions.
Keizer Police Department said they were releasing the before and after photograph of Jamie Lynn France to show the ‘terrible’ effects of the crystal meth and drug abuse.
France was arrested on November 19 after a five-month investigation into a report of the sale of methamphetamine from a house in Keizer.
Erin Wells, 37, was arrested and the children, who were at home at the time of the raid, were taken into care by a relative. Husband Jarrod, also 37, who was allegedly selling crystal meth from the house on Saundra Lee Way was arrested a short time later.
After a tip, the suspected drug dealer was caught with Jamie France, formerly of Redmond, at the Rodeway Inn, a discount chain of hotels, in Salem, Oregon.
Officers said they found a few grams of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, records of drug sales and other items.
A search of the Wells’s house yielded more than an ounce of heroin, several grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushrooms.
Police said drug records and other evidence of the sales and possession of controlled substances were recovered and seized as evidence.
Erin Wells is being held on $195,000 bail and faces three drug charges and two counts of child neglect. Her husband is being held on $415,000 bail and faces 13 drug related charges, including two for child neglect.
A spokesperson for the Keizer Police Department said: “During the search of the Saundra Lee Way address, investigators found household items and garbage stacked; generally chaotic conditions.
“A mattress that had been previously burned was found as were burn marks on carpeting and indications of smoke damage.
Numerous hand-held torches were found throughout the home and were used in the distribution and use of the controlled substances.
“All the smoke detectors except one had been removed from the home.
“Heroin and methamphetamine were strewn throughout the home and were within easy reach of the two children.
“The investigation revealed that in addition to selling controlled substances, the three adults were regularly using the substances.
“Keizer Police Department would like to take this opportunity to caution against the use of illegal controlled substances because of the terrible long-term affects to the user, their families and our communities.
“Jamie France, formerly of Redmond, Oregon, was the 2009 winner of the Miss Teen Oregon-World competition.
“We have included photographs taken both before as well as following the abuse of controlled substances for each of the people arrested in this case.”
Crystal meth use in the USA is reaching epidemic proportions and is manufactured in homemade meth labs by amateur chemists and drug dealers.
More than 13 million people over the age of 12 were believed to have tried the highly-addictive drug, according to a 2008 US government report.
Its use has become part of TV history when Breaking Bad, about the exploits of a terminally ill teacher and a drug dealer, became a phenomenon across the globe.
The show starred Bryan Cranston as chemistry teacher -turned-meth king of New Mexico and Aaron Paul as low level street dealer Jesse Pinkman.
Both actors won a raft of Emmy Awards and the show was critically acclaimed and lauded with plaudits for writing and originality.
Ex-beauty queen from Redmond arrested in drug raid
KEIZER, Ore. – A 23-year-old who lived in Redmond and won the Miss Teen Oregon-World competition five years ago was arrested Wednesday when Keizer police conducted two raids as part of a long-running drug investigation.
KPTV reports Jamie France was one of three people arrested on methamphetamine charges, but the more serious crimes in the case, which dates back to June of this year, involve Erin and Jarrod Wells. Each of them face child neglect charges because two young boys, ages 4 and 7, were home at the time the search warrant was served.
Jarrod Wells, 37, was found in a Salem motel room about three miles from the home with France, who was crowned Miss Teen Oregon-World in 2009. Police said they discovered heroin, cocaine, meth and records of drug sales in the room at the Rodeway Inn, according to The Oregonian.
Police also said they found heroin and methamphetamine strewn about the home and within easy reach of the two boys at the home on Saundra Lee Way. They also found garbage stacked, a burned mattress, numerous hand-held torches and generally chaotic conditions, officers said.
The Statesman Journal reports Friday that France was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, methamphetamine and Suboxone (an FDA-approved treatment for opiate dependence) and taken to the Marion County jail with a $30,000 bail.
“One of the points we’re trying to make is that most people believe your heroin and controlled substance users are just losers, and that they’re not every day average or ordinary folks,” said Keizer Deputy Police Chief Jeff Kuhns told the Salem newspaper. “But what we’re finding out more and more is that they are truly people that came from good lives, and they’ve ruined their lives by becoming involved in these drugs.”
In 2009, France was a senior at Redmond High School when she was crowned Miss Teen Utah-Oregon. A press release congratulating her on the victory described her numerous charity activities and a list of hobbies typical of any active Oregon teenager: Reading, writing, hiking, riding bikes and hanging out with friends.
France also emphasized her love of animals and a strong belief in fighting animal abuse, describing an overseas opportunity to volunteer at an endangered tortoise refuge as “an amazing experience.”
She went on to compete at the Miss Teen United States-World Pageant in Houston, Texas in July of 2009. Photographs posted to the pageant blog at the time show a glowing, smiling France posing with fellow contestants.
But at some point between the pageants and her Wednesday arrest, France was involved in a car accident that resulted in a back injury, Kuhns said.
“That’s part of her history,” he said. “She was prescribed painkillers and once that ran out, she turned to heroin. It’s a very common story.”
This pattern is all-too familiar to Salem-area police.
“We’re seeing more and more of it because there are systems in place now that have made a big impact on pharmacy fraud,” Kuhns explained. “People presenting multiple prescriptions at multiple pharmacies are now being identified or prevented from getting painkillers. So while those systems are well-intentioned, this is part of the fallout we’re seeing.”
“Some people who became addicted to controlled substances legally prescribed to them at one point are now having to turn to illicit drugs to feed their habit,” he continued. “One of the easiest is heroin.”
Back in January, France and an 18-year-old driver were cited for DUII after their cars collided head-on on Highway 26 near Manning in Washington County. Her passenger and both drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
On Sunday night, France posted a link to her Facebook page on the news of the Redmond death of Jamie Garr, a 19-year-old whose body was found that day in a dry canal near Timber’s Bar and Grill.
“This is so sad,” France wrote, noting that Friday night, another Redmond resident, Sam Villa. 21. was found in a burned-out car on her street in northwest Redmond. She said she’d known Garr since she was in middle school “and I was there at Timber’s that night, trying to help her family find her. … I’m not sure if this is some sort of sign or not, but I feel deeply for both families.”