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A Dodge County couple who told police they were trying to escape from Fremont because the town was sinking into the earth pleaded guilty to meth charges Monday in Dodge County District Court.

Robert Radin, 26, and Rochelle Radin, 28, both of Fremont pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.

Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass told the court that around 3:45 a.m. March 15 a deputy with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on a routine patrol near Old Highway 275 and Morningside Road observed a purple Mustang parked for a period of time in the middle of a gas station parking lot. Glass said the deputy noticed there were two adults and two children in the vehicle when he went to check on the welfare of the occupants.

When the deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Robert Radin, Radin told the deputy he was trying to get his family out of Fremont because it was going to sink into the earth.

When the deputy took Radin to a cruiser, his wife, Rochelle Radin gave authorities a metal dish containing meth. The couple later admitted they used meth between March 14 and 15.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered in each of the defendants’ cases, and, pending their application to drug court, a sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 23.





An Aiken man said he found bags containing materials to make methamphetamine near the back of his home, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to a home on the 100 block of Missy Lane at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to a sheriff’s report. The homeowner told them he found a backpack and a duffel bag “with products in them to make drugs.”

The homeowner said the bags belonged to a male suspect, who has been living with his daughter in a shed at the back of the home, police said. The two suspects have reportedly been seen in a wooded area near the back of the home late at night and early in the morning.

The case has been turned over to narcotics investigators.



MACY — A narcotics investigation led to the recent arrest of a Fulton County woman on several drug charges.


Shelly Maness, 35, Macy, was arrested on two felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of an illegal drug lab and possession of marijuana over 30 grams, according to the arresting agency, the Fulton County Sheriff Department.

The sheriff department’s investigation led to a search warrant for Maness’ property in the 6000 block of Old U.S. 31 in Macy. During the search, police say, officers found components and ingredients used to manufacture meth, including a tank of anhydrous ammonia. They also reported finding meth and marijuana plants.

She is being held in the Fulton County Jail on $10,000 bail. Other arrests are expected as a result of this investigation, according to police. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit assisted with the investigation.



— Two people were arrested on Easter Sunday after the deputies with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous complaint about a possible meth lab near Cassatt.

Narcotics officers discovered a meth lab in an outbuilding adjacent to a home on West Drive, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.


Sheriff Matthews said Debra Page Grooms, 44, and Lloyd Otis Sams, 40, who had just been evicted from the residence, were arrested when they returned during the search.

“In addition to the meth lab in the building, deputies discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in their vehicle,” Sheriff Matthews said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, offials from the cleanup company said the toxic waste produced from this operation may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in the state. Initial estimates for the cost of this single cleanup is between $10,000-$12,000.

“This is the sixth meth lab seized this year in Kershaw County,” Sheriff Matthews said. “Methamphetamine and methamphetamine manufacturing is a growing problem in our state and country. We will be relentless in addressing this crime before it gets out of control.”

Grooms and Sams, who have previously been arrested on narcotics violations, are being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.





Methamphetamine Lab Leaves Large Cleanup Bill

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) – Deputies arrested two suspects after the discovery of a methamphetamine lab over the weekend.

Officers say they got a complaint call Sunday about a possible meth lab on West Drive near the town of Cassatt. When they arrived, officers say they found the lab off to the side of the home.

As they were investigating, officers say 44-year-old Debra Page Grooms and 40-year-old Lloyd Otis Sams came by the home, then tried to drive off. Officers arrested the two, and discovered that they’d been evicted from the home recently.

Investigators say they found a mobile meth lab in their car.

Sheriff Jim Matthews says the cleanup company hired to remove the lab says that the costs for this particular lab may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in the state. Matthews says it’s estimated it will cost between $10-12,000 to clean up the site.




White City, Ore — A White City man is behind bars after the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement team and US immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations served a search warrant at a home in the 8000 block of Division Road on April 18th for narcotics trafficking.

Upon searching the home and vehicles, authorities say they found 6 pounds of methamphetamine as well as over $30,000 in cash. Police say scales and packaging were also found on the premises at the time of the search.

28 year old resident is in Jackson County Jail on the following charges.

Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine

Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine

Galvan-Solorio’s bail is set at $1,010,000.

Police say the bust was part of a two month long investigation.





A Nacogdoches couple was arrested in a traffic stop on Saturday where deputies seized 16 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

After receiving reports of drug activity in the area, deputies noticed a vehicle driving with no headlights on CR 104 at about 1:00 a.m. Authorities then pulled the vehicle over.

Deputies noticed the car’s two passengers were acting suspicious and nervous. At this time, deputies searched the vehicle, which led to the discovery of methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills.

Billy Mccarta, 40, and Wendy Cline, 34, both of Nacogdoches, were taken into custody at the scene and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. Both were charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

Deputies also reported searching a home the previous night on the same county road. During this investigation, Lisa Lintz, 48, of Nacogdoches, was found to be in possession of two grams of meth. She was charged with delivery of a controlled substance.




Three Ohio County residents were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and in prescription pain medication Friday after an investigation by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department.

According to department, Brandon L. Elms, 35, Cebert C. Baize, 27 and Brittany M. Baize, 28, all of Hartford, were charged at late Friday with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Elms was also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, while Cebert Baize and Brittany Baize were also charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine.



FALFURRIAS, Texas — Some fake red fire extinguishers have yielded more than $2.7 million worth of methamphetamine at a South Texas border checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials late Monday announced details of the bust at the Falfurrias (fal-FYOO’-ree-uhs) checkpoint on U.S. 281.

Authorities using a drug-sniffing dog were led to the tool box of a pickup truck. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered nearly 86 pounds of methamphetamine in four containers that look like fire extinguishers.

Investigators did not immediately provide further details on Friday’s drug bust.



A suspect who required medical attention while he was in the custody of Long Beach police died after going into medical distress at a local hospital.

According to Long Beach Police Department, 43-year-old Rolando Sanchez died Tuesday, April 15, five days after he was arrested on April 10 for possession of methamphetamines in the area of 25th Street and Baltic Avenue. Sanchez was booked in Long Beach City Jail and was awaiting arraignment when jail staff making rounds noticed him acting abnormally.

“Although awake, he was unresponsive to questions about his behavior,” a press release about the incident states. “A nurse was called in to assess his condition and a decision was made to have paramedics transport him to the hospital for further evaluation.”

At the hospital, Sanchez went into medical distress for unknown reasons and after being released from custody, his treatment was continued by hospital staff. Sanchez died last Tuesday night around 10PM.

Because he was still in jail when his medical issues began, Sanchez’s passing is being considered an in-custody death and investigations by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the Long Beach Police Department’s Homicide Detail are underway.



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 41-year-old woman spent part of her Easter Sunday behind bars after police say she tried to make a buck moving drugs.

According to a criminal complaint, Brenda Kimes agreed to deal more than 2 pounds of crystal meth offered up by an undercover state cop.


State police stormed in soon after and arrested Kimes for drug trafficking.

Two months ago, online court records show Kimes was arrested on other drug charges.

She’s being held at MDC on a $10,000 bond.



A 31-year-old man was arrested at an Aptos motel Friday after two days earlier eluding officers attempting to serve a Gang Task Force warrant, police said.

Iran Perez, an area transient, was arrested Friday at the Rio Sands Hotel on various weapon and drug charges, along with being a felon in possession of firearms, said the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Gang and Narcotics Task Force.


Members of the task force, assisted by the Santa Cruz Police Department Emergency Services Unit, attempted on Wednesday to detain Perez for the search warrant on the 800 block of Capitola Avenue, police said.

Perez escaped detention, however two handguns and methamphetamine were located in his belongings, police said.

GTF officers eventually tracked the fugitive to a room at the Rio Sands where he was arrested without incident and in possession of more controlled substances, police said.

This arrest marks the third gun seizure in 2014 by the Gang Task Force, according to law enforcement.





As community leaders and law enforcement brass from across the state gather in Casper this week for an annual conference on drug abuse, new and pressing issues are affecting communities across Wyoming.

Chief among them are the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and the prevalence of high-grade methamphetamine in the state, believed to be the work of Mexican cartels.

The annual Meth and Substance Abuse Conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday. The conference is meant to inform law enforcement, counselors, therapists and medical professionals about trends and strategies to recognize and reduce drug use and drug-related crime.

This year’s gathering is the first after the legalization of marijuana in Colorado at the beginning of this year.

To this point, local law enforcement has reported an increase in marijuana-related busts in Casper in 2014, a trend that has likely held across the state, Natrona County Sheriff Gus Holbrook said earlier this year. Detailed statistics have not been released, however.

Dale Quigley, manager of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s investigation support team, is giving a presentation on that topic.

Officer Joe Nickerson, of the Casper Police Department, a co-chair for the event, said the conference, which is in its 11th year, helps police and other professionals pool resources and techniques to more effectively fight drug problems across Wyoming.

While the slated presentations touch on a variety of topics, including marijuana, meth remains a primary focus of the two-day event.

Statewide, meth arrests in 2013 jumped one percentage point from each of the previous three years. About 3.5 percent of all arrests last year involved meth.

In Casper in 2013, that number was 4.5 percent, also an uptick of about one percentage point over previous years.

Holbrook told the Star-Tribune he attributes that uptick locally to economic growth in the city.

Nickerson said local meth is more potent and higher-grade than what the area has previously seen as well.

“The majority of our meth is what we consider high-grade, factory-produced coming out of Mexico,” Nickerson said. “It’s not the same kind of meth you’ll see cooked back in a shed. You’ll see a little bit of that home-brew type stuff, but we’ve really been effective in eliminating those.”

Nickerson said Casper police work with the state’s Department of Criminal Investigations, which in turn works closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“We have close communication with those agencies,” he said.

Nickerson said law enforcement is still gauging whether the increase last year is part of a larger trend or whether it was a “bad year.”

He said the bright spot in the news was that the vast majority of people arrested last year for meth were adults, not juveniles.

“We’re not seeing an increase in young people, which is good,” he said. “Our arrests have been adults, a lot of previous users and people like that.”





CLIMAX, MI — Two suspects are facing criminal charges after police say they broke into a Climax Township home and made methamphetamine.

Deputies responded to the 8300 block of S. 43rd Street Sunday at 11 p.m. on the report of a home invasion, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. The property owner had been informed that lights were on and people were inside the recently vacated home.

When the owner arrived at the home, he noticed people in the home and tried to get them to leave. Then deputies arrived and located an active meth lab inside the home. Two suspects were identified through the investigation, police say.

The hazardous materials have been removed from the home, and police are seeking charges against the suspects.







Deputies find meth lab in vacated home

CLIMAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Chemicals were removed from a recently vacated home Sunday night after authorities found an active meth lab inside.

Around 11 p.m., authorities were called out 8300 block of South 43rd Street on a possible home invasion. The owner of the property had been told that the lights were on and people were inside the property.

Since the home had recently been vacated, deputies were called in to see who was in the home.

Deputies found an active meth lab inside the home and two suspects, a 34-year-old and a 35-year-old, were identified. It is unclear if the two were arrested on scene.

Authorities say the hazardous chemicals were removed from the home.




LAURENS, S.C. — After wash owners discovered crystal methamphetamine materials in the trash at their carwash, the Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate.

The officers used special equipment to sort through the garbage and several items associated with the drug were found.

Among the items found in the trash were bottles of pill wash, Sudafed capsules, lithium batteries, butane fluid and bottles containing a white residue, the article noted.

The items were documented and then properly disposed of, according to the article.


Baku, Azerbaijan – About 4 percent of Iranian school students have used methamphetamine at least once in their life mainly in the ages between 16 to 17 years old.

The drug consumption mainly has occurred in the schools’ testing periods, deputy secretary-general of the Iranian Anti-Narcotics Campaign Headquarters, Alireza Jazini said, the country’s Mehr news agency reported on April 21.


He also went on to say that some 1.1 percent of the school students have experienced ecstasy pills. Jazini remarked that synthetic narcotics including methamphetamine and LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) are also used among university students, adding that hopelessness about the future, lack of leisure time and lack of self-confidence are the main reasons of students’ tendency towards narcotics.

He went on to say that on average 10 people a day die of drug abuse, remarking that some 2858 drug addicted people died in the country in the last Iranian calendar year(ended on March 20).

The statistics say there are about two million drug users in Iran, with some 10 percent of that amount are women.

Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States. It was reported that some 500 tons of drugs were seized in the country during the last Iranian calendar year.

The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates.

Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized drugs as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.



Three persons were arrested April 15 after a meth lab was found within the City of Licking, authorities said.

A multi-agency investigation found components of a methamphetamine laboratory. Three persons were arrested at the scene, said Cpl. Patrick Burton of the Licking Police Department.


Arrested were: Heather Lenore Polk, Licking; Diana Wilder, Licking; and Wayne Roam, Fenton. Each was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacture a controlled substance (meth) in a residence within 2,000 feet of a school, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine precursor drug with intent to manufacture meth and unlawful use of meth.

Members of the South Central Drug Task Force, Texas County Sheriff’s Department and Licking Police Department K-9 Unit assisted in the investigation.



DAYTON — A woman cleaning her yard for a backyard Easter Sunday cookout discovered meth-making remains in her fire pit.

Police were called this afternoon to the 100 block of Pleasant Avenue, where they confirmed two mobile methamphetamine operations were found in the yard behind a home.


A police drug unit removed over-the-counter cold medicine and two plastic beverage bottles, including a 2-liter with a tube inside. Also found was a gas generator and other drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Police urge residents to call 911 if they spot a possible meth lab.



A 29-year-old Napa man was a passenger in a vehicle stopped this week along 1600 Silverado Trail for a vehicle code violation, according to police.

A records check of the man, Kurt Johnson, aka Kurt Garrett and Kurt Daniel, showed he was on searchable probation, and during the subsequent search by officers, a clear plastic container containing suspected methamphetamine fell from his pant leg onto the ground, said the Napa Police Department.

Johnson was arrested Tuesday at 8 a.m. for alleged possession of a controlled substance, committing a felony while on bail/probation and a probation violation, police said.



April 14: An hour before she walked into the Walmart store with two men, the woman lit up a hit of methamphetamine.


At the store, she selected underwear, shirts, pants, a pink jacket and a purse, and walked into a fitting room. Two loss prevention officers watched — one from the sales floor, the other via security camera.


The woman left the dressing room, not carrying anything — but the edges of the pink jacket peeked out under her hoodie. She walked to the front doors. Officers stopped her in the parking lot, escorted her back inside and called police.


Two officers drove to the store in the 1900 block of South Union Avenue. The woman was waiting for them. She was 26. She’d been banned from another Walmart, in Marysville, in December 2012.


She admitted stealing the jacket. She said she’d decided not to take the other stuff.


While officers interviewed her, the loss prevention team watched the security cameras. They saw two men working as a team. One walked ahead of the other, picking up items and putting them down. The second man followed, picked up the items and stowed them in his pants: lighters, an ashtray, a propane bottle.


A loss prevention officer remembered that the men came in with the woman earlier. Police officers called for backup and waited. The men walked out of the store, into the arms of waiting police.


One man was 35. The other was 24. He carried a small baggie of meth. He’d been cited for shoplifting three hours earlier at a Home Depot.


“I am sorry,” he said, after the baggie fell out of his pocket.


How long had he been using?


“For a while now,” the man said.


The woman admitted knowing the men but said she’d just met them. She changed her story and said she’d met one of them a few days earlier. She said she’d been off meth for a while and had just started using again.


Officers booked all three into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft, burglary, drug possession and prior arrest warrants.





Customs officials in Ho Chi Minh City seized one kilogram of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient for producing methamphetamine, on Thursday from a personal package bound for Australia.

The substance was discovered hidden among dried food products and disguised as instant tea powder.
After two powder samples tested positive, the shipment was transferred to the municipal crime lab, which flagged the illicit contents.
The shipment had been sent from a person in the Mekong Delta’s Ca Mau Province.
A police investigation remains underway.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing/smuggling 100 grams of heroin or cocaine or 300 grams of other drugs face capital punishment.

PATASKALA — A new report ranks Ohio among the top states for seized methamphetamine labs last year.

Ohio ranked fourth in the country in 2013 as authorities uncovered 1,010 labs, chemicals and glassware used in the drug’s cooking process. Indiana topped the national rankings last year, followed by Tennessee and Missouri.

The report was done by the Missouri Highway Patrol, based on numbers from the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System, a database run by the U.S. Department of Justice. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported the results in early April.

Ohio moved up from seventh in the rankings in 2012, when it ranked behind Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Oklahoma. Ohio had 709 reports of labs, materials and chemicals seized in that year.

“The labs that they’re seizing (in Ohio) are the mom-and-pop styles,” said Ralph Weisheit, a criminal justice professor at Illinois State University and an expert on methamphetamine. “The typical meth cooker doesn’t learn from the Internet or from a book. He or she learns from friends, from people. That’s why meth spreads like a disease, it goes from person to person.”

Locally, Pataskala Police have not had to deal with any recent meth lab seizures, but Police Chief Bruce Brooks said that does not mean meth — and accompanying labs — are not an issue in Licking County.

“We’re fortunate enough not to deal with it so much here in the city, but as a county we deal with it on a regular basis,” said Brooks, pointing out the Pataskala Police partners with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, which does occasionally handles meth lab seizures.

In January, a meth lab was found at a home in Thornville.

Pataskala Police last dealt with a meth-lab-related issue in 2010.

That incident occurred when a patrolman in a cruiser approached a stopped minivan on Mink Street. Two men in the minivan threw a tank out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The tank, police quickly learned, contained anhydrous ammonia, a nitrogen-based fertilizer drug dealers sometimes use to make meth. Pataskala ultimately had to pay to dispose of the tank and the resulting cleanup.

Pataskala Police may not have seized any meth labs since that incident, but Brooks said his officers periodically discover meth during traffic stops.

“We’ve seen an uptrend here in heroin arrests where people also are in possession of meth,” Brooks said. “They’re using (meth) to level out and go to work, try to function.”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said methamphetamine has hit epidemic proportions across the state, especially in rural Ohio, where investigators find remnants of labs in fields and highways.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation tracks meth lab seizures by federal fiscal year. The state’s police officers report voluntarily, so there are likely more seizures than the statistics reflect.



COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI – A traffic stop early Saturday led police to a house east of Kalamazoo where they found several suspected methamphetamine labs, investigators said.

Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputies obtained a search warrant for the house in the 6000 block of Chubb Avenue in Comstock Township at about 5 a.m. following a traffic stop during which suspected meth was found inside a vehicle, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

At the house, investigators said multiple people were found, including a young child.

Deputies also found “suspected methamphetamine, components for manufacturing methamphetamine, and several methamphetamine labs in the home and on the property,” according to the news release.

Investigators said the case will be submitted for review to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s with requests for charges against “multiple individuals.”

Several people were arrested at the scene on other charges, according to the news release, and Children’s Protective Services was called to the scene because of the child that was found inside the house.

Joplin police seized about a pound of methamphetamine and $2,000 cash in a traffic stop Thursday at 17th Street and Maiden Lane.

Police Lt. Matt Stewart said an officer found the cash on the person of the driver, Marvin S. Sills, 40, of Riverton, Kan., and the methamphetamine in the vehicle during a search with the aid of a drug-sniffing police dog. A pound of the drug costs about $18,000 and is worth about $90,000 when broken up and sold in small amounts at street level, he said.

Both Sills and a passenger were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute. The Jasper County prosecutor’s office filed the charge on Sills, but the passenger was released without a felony charge.




BOND COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) – A 30-year-old inmate held on methamphetamine production charges in Bond County allegedly escaped through a vent, officials say.

The Bond County Sheriff’s Department says Andrew Walker escaped through a vent which led to an outer room, broke through a drop ceiling and then left through an egress door.

Authorities say he had been present on his last cell check. Walker was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and white shorts. He is described as 6 feet tall and 170 pounds with short brown hair.

The Greenville Police Department and Illinois State Police are assisting with the search for Walker.




Most of the arrests in Mayes County include methamphetamine, leading to the highest number of incarcerations.

Heart racing, adrenaline pumping, nerves on high alert.

This is how Investigator Jason Treat of the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office responds to every methamphetamine bust.

“If I didn’t fear for my safety, I think it’d be time to find a new profession,” said Treat. “I think a lack of fear allows carelessness to sneak in.”

Treat said it has become common knowledge that Mayes County has a meth problem. As a special agent assigned to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics taskforce, he’s seen his fair share of busts.

It’s a quiet county, with one Walmart and a church on every corner, but…

“What people don’t know is how much evil is around them on a daily basis,” said Treat. “Its like a living nightmare.”

Foul-smelling labs that could explode at any time are worked by people who have no respect for the law. The “cooks,” usually addicts themselves, have burned the skin off their hands, have sunken eyes, hollow cheeks, rotted teeth and head-to-toe meth sores. It does sound like a nightmare, but Treat said it’s an every-day scene.

“Who are the addicts? They’re not always who you think,” Treat said. “It’s your neighbor, your co-worker, the cashier that checks you out at the store, the owner of a Fortune 500 company, it could even be your spouse.”

Treat said meth, like its addicts, knows no bounds.

“The dealer is the person who just got out of prison and sees no other way to make a living. It’s the person giving you food at the drive-thru window, or the old lady down the street that everybody loves,” said Treat.

In a county as small as this one, with a problem this huge, the odds are high you’ll run into a meth addict or user anywhere you go.

The casual user may show few symptoms to the untrained eye. But as the effects of the homemade drug are highly addictive, there aren’t many that stay casual users for long.

“The user who has been using more for longer, is more noticeable to the general public. They grind their teeth, they have unexplainable body movements and sores from picking meth bugs,” said Treat, of sores caused by users digging at their skin to remove imaginary bugs.

Cooks, dealers and addicts are all a danger to the community.

“Addicts are a threat because they are driving down our roads with school kids in the crosswalks and our families sharing the road. These are the people so paranoid they shoot out the door of their house at the mailman or trash man because they’re paranoid someone is out to get them and their drugs,” said Treat. “As a parent, I hate to see it but often meth addicts are people more worried about getting high than they are about feeding their toddlers.”

Dealers prey on the volatile addicts, knowing they’ll soon be searching for their next fix.

“They know that the kid starting to get bored with marijuana will soon be talked into trying meth and become another junkie willing to trade a box of pseudoephedrine for a bump of meth.

“It’s a dangerous world,” said Treat, who knows just how seedy the meth world can be. “The methods may have evolved, but it’s all just as dark.”

Treat said it all starts with pseudoephedrine, cold medicine, but rather than curing anything it’s making the problem worse.

He said training is crucial as the other ingredients in meth are commonplace household items.

“These cooks are using common kitchen and household ingredients,” said Treat. “But what they’re cooking up is a felony charge.”

Treat said the county, which used to be the meth capitol of the state, still has a meth epidemic, but also has devoted law enforcement officers willing to face the evil head on.