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I just received some very graphic pictures.  These are pictures of a man named Dale who was running a meth lab, and had been doing it for quite sometime.  But this time it was the day it went very wrong.  In 2011 while making a batch of meth, he said he knew as soon as he saw the spark that it was going to explode right in front of him.

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His entire body was on fire; for 7 long seconds he was on fire.  This is the damage caused in such a short amount of time.  He said that he could see his flesh on the floor next to him he could smell and see his flesh still burning.

He should not have survived – but he did. These pictures are quite graphic and maybe hard for people to look at, but it doesn’t get more real than this!

The last photo is of how he looks today. lab explosion 22

If these pictures aren’t enough for people to see what can happen, I don’t know what is. He has given permission to use his photos as an example about the dangers of cooking meth. They were taken by the doctors and nurses who took care of his burns.

They are graphic.

Police allege a Fitzroy man attempted to set a teenage girl on fire as he raped her, according to court documents.

Charge sheets tendered to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday allege Abdirizak Hashi, 29, sprayed the girl in the face with an aerosol can and attempted to set the gas alight as he raped her twice. One of the rape counts is alleged to be digital.

They also allege he committed four armed robberies inside 30 minutes, the first of which allegedly occurred 40 minutes after the attack on the girl.

The court heard Mr Hashi was now withdrawing from the drug ice.

Defense counsel Domenic Care told the court Mr. Hashi, of Fitzroy, suffered from schizophrenia and used drug of dependence methamphetamine.

He requested Hashi see a psychiatric nurse as a “matter of urgency”.

Magistrate Amanda Chambers remanded Mr. Hashi, who was not in court, in custody to return to court on February 20. There was no application for bail.

Police allege the girl, believed to be 15, was assaulted in Drummond Street, Carlton, about 11.30 am on Thursday.

It is then alleged Mr. Hashi attempted to hold up a Caltex service station in High Street, Northcote with the make-shift flame-thrower, before robbing two hotels in St Georges Road, Northcote and Scotchmer Street, North Fitzroy and a supermarket on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Mr Hashi faces 16 charges, including rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment, four assault-related offences and three counts of attempted armed robbery.









Edward Flores 39 A veteran mailman distributed methamphetamine while driving along his Texas route in a U.S. Postal Service vehicle, investigators charge.

Edward Flores, 39, is facing felony narcotics charges following a 10-month investigation by state investigators and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Flores, seen at right, is free on $10,000 bond.

According to cops, Flores has worked for the postal service for more than 20 years. His wife is the postmaster in Lorena, a city outside Waco where the couple lives.

During surveillance operations, investigators watched as Flores, wearing his mailman’s uniform, delivered methamphetamine. The probe of Flores–who worked from a Waco post office–was prompted by tips to law enforcement that narcotics was being sold from his residence, as well as from a U.S. Postal Service vehicle being driven by a uniformed worker.

During a raid last week at Flores’s home, cops seized methamphetamine worth $17,000.








U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Wednesday an unidentified individual who tried to smuggle more than $3.5 million worth of liquid methamphetamine at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, according to a news release.Image courtesy of Border Patrol

The driver was attempting to cross the checkpoint when officers referred his white Ford pickup truck to a secondary inspection at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint on north U.S. Highway 281. Agents found the liquid meth, weighing 112 pounds, in one of the vehicle’s gas tanks.

The San Antonio Hazardous Material Team was summoned to safely extract the narcotics from the gas tank, according to the news release. The driver was arrested and released to the Corpus Christi Office of Homeland Security Investigations- along with the narcotics and vehicle used in the smuggling attempt.






The flashing red and blue lights, a major police presence, and a homemade device that looks like something you would find in a trash can.

We’re talking about a meth lab bust.

During the past year in Harrison County alone, officials have made 10 busts and even more arrests. Add in Holmes, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties, the drug task force has responded to more than 300 meth labs.

The numbers just proving that more and more people are experimenting with meth.

The sight has become far too common. But what we haven’t seen is what this drug is doing to those who use it. For some, meth is turning into the drug of choice.

“A lot of people that are on meth you know, you see they’re all scabbed up,” said Tim Miller, a former meth addict. “It feels like they’ve got insects crawling through their veins.”

They know the drug inside…

“It’s the compulsion of the high that just keeps that you just can’t let it alone,” Miller said.

And out …

“Sunk in face, umm black under the eyes, I thought at the time that it was very unnoticeable,” another ex-meth addict, John Beachy, said.

“My family just thought I was getting depressed. And really I was just — you know — I was high,” Miller said.

For a user, it’s the high over the physical. The meth high is unlike alcohol or other drugs.

“Just felt like you could go and go and go, you know?” Miller said.

“The first word that comes to my mind is invincible,” Beachy said. “I literally did feel like I could do anything.”

Miller and Beachy bring a voice to those faces of meth. Between them, they spent 5 years addicted to the illegal chemical concoction.

For Miller, a truck driver at the time, it was all about getting ahead at work.

“When I did it for the first time I, I mean, I felt like I could drive all the way to California without sleeping,” he said. “I felt like I couldn’t deal with life without being high.”

Beachy, meanwhile, was a 19-year-old looking for a good time in the wrong places.

“Each thing was not quite good enough,” Beachy said. “After time and it was like OK, let’s try the next step. And just eventually keep making bad choices and you keep going down the row of drugs, and I ended up at meth.”

It’s a drug and addiction that’s baffling to authorities.

“Any time that you put lye, ammonium nitrate … Coleman fluid, lithium battery and to make that cook, and all that stuff says it’s harmful if you ingest it or inhale it, why you’d want to do that to your system,” Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers said, “I don’t know.”

Regardless, it’s a scene they run into time and time again.

“I was talking to the task force leader,” Myers said. “They’ve had 372 meth labs this year.”

For Miller and Beachy, their meth use never resulted in mug shots. But it was still a lifestyle and past they regret.

“It pretty much tore our family apart,” Miller said. “When you felt like you had to have it to survive, it’s a totally different feeling than when you’re doing it just to have fun.”

Both men have since turned their lives around. Beachy has been clean for 8 years – Miller for 10.

“I thought I wasn’t hurting anybody but myself,” Miller said. “But you know, in all reality, it changes your personality to the point where you don’t — we’ll I guess you’re in denial. You think there’s something wrong with everybody else but yourself, and it’s not worth it.”

Even now, these former users are still working to move forward hoping to put their history with meth is where it belongs – behind them.

Both men went to rehab and they say they wouldn’t have been able to stay clean without a solid support group. If you, or someone you know is addicted to meth, there are groups out there that can help, including one listed below:


Grace Mennonite Church

5750 County Road 77, Berlin, OH 44610

(330) 893-3110

The group for meth addicts/ recovering meth addicts meet s every Friday evening at 7:30.








ADA — The Pontotoc County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty against two people charged with murdering Ada resident Garry Gray. 546e9821235da_image

On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison filed a bill of particulars on each of the two defendants, 46-year-old Bryan Keith Ross and 32-year-old Kendra Renee LeFors. The documents must be filed in order for a jury to consider the death penalty, should the case go to trial. Ross and LeFors were in court Thursday. They are due back in court April 3, 2015, for a preliminary hearing.

In the documents, Tillison said Ross and LeFors “…should be punished by death, due to and as a result of the aggravating circumstances…”

Tillison said Ross met three of those circumstances and LeFors met two. For both, he said, “the murder was especially heinous, atrocious and cruel” and there is a probability that both Ross and LeFors would commit additional violent crimes and be a “continuing threat to society.”

Tillison also listed that Ross was previously convicted of a felony involving violence or the threat of violence to a person.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Ross served 20 years of a 30-year sentence — from 1988 to 2008 — for larceny of an automobile, feloniously pointing a firearm, attempted first-degree burglary and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Both Ross and LeFors are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, first-degree robbery and larceny of an automobile.546e97b8d7843_image

Gray, 67, was found in his apartment Aug. 31, with severe head trauma from being beaten and had his throat cut in several places. He died at an Oklahoma City Hospital several days later. He had been on life support since he was hospitalized.

Ada Police Detective Kathi Johnston said both Ross and LeFors took part in the murder. According to a court affidavit filed by Tillison, the two caused Gray’s death “by then and there beating and stomping the face and head of … Gray and slashing his throat with a knife, with the deliberate intent to unlawfully take (his life).”

Although Gray wasn’t found until Aug. 31, Ross and LeFors were arrested by a park ranger in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur Friday, Aug. 29. They had Gray’s 2001 Cadillac, credit and debit cards and checkbooks with them.

Johnston said Ross and LeFors used Gray’s credit cards at various ATMs in the area to get cash.

Ross had a bloody knife, which has since been sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation crime lab to determine if it is Gray’s blood on the knife. Officials are still waiting on the results.

Johnston said LeFors had been living with Gray for approximately two months before the murder, but he had asked her to leave because she was causing problems for him at his apartment. Detectives said during interviews, Ross (who said he was LeFors’ boyfriend) and LeFors (whose husband is currently serving time in prison) claimed they believed Gray wasn’t treating LeFors right, and that was their explanation for why they killed him.

Ada police detectives believe robbery for money and possessions was the motive. LeFors had been out on bail after being charged Aug. 4 with felony possession of methamphetamine and, Tillison said, she has criminal histories in three other states.

The arrest and discovery

National Park Ranger Heather Hamilton was patrolling in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area when she saw Ross and LeFors arguing near Gray’s vehicle. She radioed for backup, confronted the two and separated them.

Ross said they had “just been playing with each other,” Hamilton said in a report. “As I spoke with Ross, I could smell the strong odor of what smelled like cat urine. This odor is consistent with methamphetamine.”

Hamilton detained Ross and during a search, found he had “many knives,” she said. “I took several knives off Ross’ person. One of the knives was a hunting knife in a sheath. I later examined the knife and observed it was covered in dried blood.”

Ross also had a black bag with a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue and a red, plastic straw containing methamphetamine residue, Hamilton said.

During a search of the vehicle, rangers found a black box containing syringe needles, scissors and a spoon containing methamphetamine residue. Rangers also found LeFors’ purse which contained four credit/debit cards with the name “Garry Gray,” Hamilton said. “(We also) located two checkbooks with Gray’s name on them. (LeFors’) purse contained $658 in cash and several more syringe needles.”

Rangers noticed Ross had blood on his shoes. Ross told officers he had been rabbit hunting to explain the blood on his shoes and the knife. He said they were going down by a river to smoke some meth, according to the report. Hamilton said Ross was cooperative during the arrest, but LeFors fought with rangers, claiming she had defecated herself and needed to use the bathroom.

“Ranger Henderson observed LeFors reach down her underwear in between her buttocks and remove several plastic baggies and clench them in her fist,” Hamilton said. “LeFors began to kick us and head butt us away while clenching her fist. Ranger Seitz was able to peel each finger back until I was able to retrieve the baggies.”

Hamilton said the baggies contained substances that field-tested positive for codeine and methamphetamine. Rangers ran a check for warrants.

“They confirmed LeFors had a warrant out of Arkansas for possession of methamphetamine, but (Arkansas) would not extradite. Also found in the vehicle was a double-barreled shotgun and two rifles.

Ross was then arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm while committing a felony, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lefors was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

Both were taken to the Murray County jail. Hamilton continued to try and get in contact with Gray until Aug. 31. When she could not reach him by that date, she phoned Ada police, who conducted a welfare check at Gray’s apartment in the 2500 block of Oakhurst Drive.

Gray was found lying on the floor of his apartment with labored breathing. Police called for medical help and secured the area as a crime scene. They said most of the trauma was to the back of his head.







United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Thursday that a federal grand jury indicted four people in a cocaine and methamphetamine distribution operation.

The operations took place in Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Red River parishes.

Those named in the 16-count indictment are: Shawn Swift, 35; Linda Brown, 59; Ricky Swift, 62; and Jarvis Randle, 26.

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and cocaine base from Jan. of 2013 to Oct. 2014 in Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Red River Parishes.

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of 39 weapons seized during the investigation of this case and more than $360,000.

Specifically, the indictment states that $89,700 was seized during a traffic stop on Sept.; $237,753 was seized from the home of Ricky Swift and Linda Brown on Oct. 21 and $40,457 was seized from the home of Shawn Swift on Oct. 21.

The defendants face various possible penalties depending on the drug quantity involved and their criminal histories as listed below:• Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Cocaine – up to 20 years in prison, and for some, up to life in prison, and up to five years of supervised release:

  • Distribution of Cocaine and Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to
  • Distribute Cocaine – up to 20 years in prison, and for some, up to 40 years in prison, and up to five years of supervised release;
  • Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking – a mandatory five years in prison consecutive to any other sentence and three years of supervised release;
  • Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon – up to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release;
  • Possession of Firearms with Obliterated Serial Numbers – up to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release; and
  • Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises – up to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release. The defendants also face a fine of up to $5 million and forfeiture of the money and property seized in the case.

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Operation named “Not So Swift.”

The FBI, ATF, DEA, Louisiana State Police, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.





Four people were arrested after Prince William County police uncovered a methamphetamine lab at a Red Roof Inn in the Manassas area, according to police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

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Samuel Hoak, 21, and James Kiger, 45, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Lindsey Elizabeth Erngstorff, 24, and a 17-year-old, who was not named because she is a juvenile, were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The suspects were arrested Nov. 4. The adult suspects are due in court Jan. 9.










BELLINGHAM — The owners of the Villa Inn are moving toward cleaning eight rooms contaminated by methamphetamine use at their north Samish Way motel.

The contamination was detected through tests conducted by the Whatcom County Health Department. Every room tested came back “hot” for residue from meth being smoked inside — for a total of nine out of nine.

One contaminated room was cleaned earlier this year.

As part of the cleanup, the inn applied for and received a building permit to remove and replace sheet rock and insulation in rooms 4, 5, 7, 9, 25, 36, 40 and 42.

Contamination levels were 44 to 290 times the current cleanup standard, according to Jeff Hegedus, environmental health supervisor with the Whatcom County Health Department.

A man who answered the phone at the Villa Inn on Thursday, Nov. 20, declined to comment. The owners are Jodh, Surrinder, Balwant and Sarbjit — all with the last name of Ghag, according to the Whatcom County Assessor.

The health department approved the cleanup plan on Oct. 23, just days before the Bellingham City Council voted to begin condemnation proceedings against another meth-contaminated Samish Way spot, the Aloha Motel.

The Villa Inn’s contaminated rooms, marked on the outside with orange stickers, can’t be used until they’ve been cleaned to acceptable levels. The inn is at 212 N. Samish Way.

Whatcom County requires cleanup if tests show contamination levels at 0.1 microgram per 100 square centimeters and higher.

Meth is a highly toxic and addictive drug that can be injected, snorted, smoked or ingested. Residue left behind — on surfaces like walls, carpets, curtains and countertops — when someone smokes meth contaminates a property and poses a health risk to occupants.

Dizziness, nausea, headaches, throat irritation and weight loss are among the symptoms people might experience if they’re in a contaminated space.

The health department manages such cleanup projects.

A state-certified contractor has submitted a cleanup plan to the health department, which has approved it subject to conditions that include an asbestos survey.

Cleanup could cost $6,000 to $10,000 per room; the Villa Inn’s owners are responsible for the cost.

Bellingham police conducting investigations, and some room residents, asked the health department to test the rooms; the health department doesn’t have the legal authority to go in and test on its own.

The Villa Inn and Aloha Motel, 301 and 315 N. Samish Way, have been a focus for Bellingham police and officials because they were among those receiving the  highest number of police calls.

Mayor Kelli Linville and the Bellingham City Council are moving forward with condemnation proceedings against the Aloha Motel, because it has long been a hub of crime and drug activity.

The case was up to a year in the making and part of an overall plan to clean up Samish Way and deal with other problem motels in the area, officials have said.

The owners of the Aloha are listed as Sang and Mi Yi.









Idaho State Police teamed up with Nez Perce Tribal Police to bust what they say was a methamphetamine trafficking ring being operated out of a hotel room at the Clearwater River Casino in North-Central Idaho.

Police said they arrested six people on Nov. 18 and seized a quantity of meth in the raid. Sarah Rasmussen, 38, of Clarkston, Wash., was charged with a felony count of trafficking meth, and five other suspects were arrested for frequenting a place where illegal substances are used. One was from Lewiston: 37-year-old Lisa Bond; and the other four were from Clarkston: 41-year-old Chris Tannhaill, 35-year-old Tommie Davis, 35-year-old Rodney Olson and 48-year-old Guy Bumpus.

All six suspects were booked into the Nez Perce County Jail.







KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Two arrests have been made at a Kalamazoo hotel near Sprinkle Road where police suspect meth was being made inside a room.

They also found a handgun.

Right now a 23-year-old man and 25-year-old woman are being held on outstanding warrants.

Additional charges including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and making meth are being submitted to the prosecutor’s office.

Police say they were working on a tip.






Often there is a public perception that methamphetamine possession is a “victimless” crime.

Since there isn’t a wide production of pharmaceutical methamphetamine, it is usually manufactured in clandestine labs. It has been determined that for every pound of methamphetamine produced, there are more than five pounds of hazardous waste generated. Often that waste is improperly disposed of, dumped near public roads and dumpsters and creates a risk to public safety.

In addition, the manufacturing process involves many factors that create inhalation and fire risks where there are countless injuries and deaths document around the country as a result of meth production.

There are also other indirect effects on innocent members of the community. Burglaries, robberies, assaults and sometimes murder, are a result of methamphetamine addiction and/or the manufacturing and distribution of the substance.

Methamphetamine addiction is often a fueling factor of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect. When children are found to be at risk of abuse or neglect, they are removed from the environment. Although efforts are made to place those children with a responsible family member, there are many cases where the child is placed in foster homes. The financial responsibility of foster care is a burden of the taxpayer.

Additionally, hospital bills and recovery programs are rarely funded by the methamphetamine user, but rather, the society pays the tab for those services in the form of increased cost of care and increased taxes.

Only with the combined efforts of multiple jurisdictions, as evidenced in recent cases, in conjunction with public awareness and support, will society feel the relief from the community effects of drug crimes.






HARTSELLE, Alabama — Morgan County investigators took three family members into custody during a methamphetamine bust in Hartselle on Thursday.

Morgan County Jail personnel confirmed Christopher Byrd, 44, Valerie Byrd, 42, Brianna Byrd, 18, were all booked as a result of the bust. They are all charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Morgan County investigators could not release information by phone Thursday night because the investigation is still ongoing. They said a press release and mug shots will be available Friday morning.’s news partner, WHNT News 19, reports deputies were executing a child pickup order at the home when they smelled marijuana and spotted drug paraphernalia. They got a search warrant and called in drug agents who reportedly found a used one-pot meth lab and 140 grams of liquid meth oil.

A 6-month-old and a 15-month-old were in the home. They were released to the custody of the Department of Human Resources, WHNT reports.






BLACKSBURG, Va. –  Nearly every week, all around the WDBJ7 viewing region, someone is being arrested for using or making methamphetamine.

Police departments email newsrooms mug shot after mug shot of the people charged with meth crimes, but there are others faces we rarely see – the children left behind.

We recently met a 13-year-old girl who ran away from home. She told WDBJ7’s Orlando Salinas that her father had been arrested and charged with making meth. A neighbor took the girl in. This is her story, “Children of Meth.”

We met 13-year-old “Georgia” over the summer in Blacksburg at a park shelter. “Georgia” came with “Jenny,” the woman who had taken her in.

They sat next to each other while Salinas sat across from them.

Georgia was obviously nervous. She’d agreed to speak about how crazy and disconnected her young life had become even before her father was arrested and charged with making and using methamphetamine.

“Well, I don’t really remember a lot but he locked me out of the house one time for like three days,” Georgia said. “So he could make [meth] and not have to worry about me and my brother coming in the house.”

At 13, Georgia said she’d been in and out of several schools, homes, towns and states.

“I don’t think [my life is] stable because we move a lot down there and we just hop around, live with other people and we get evicted a lot,” she said.

Georgia has unwillingly joined the ranks of tens of thousands of children across America, who’ve become collateral damage in what’s been described as a losing war against methamphetamine.

The Virginia Department of Social Services tracks the number of children removed from homes because their parents sell, make or do drugs. The agency said it does not keep records on how many children are removed because of one particular drug like methamphetamine.

Jadee Ragland is a social worker in the Montgomery County Department of Social Services.

“At Social Services, we don’t necessarily put all the blame on one particular drug,” Ragland said.

During the 2013 fiscal year — the latest records available — between the eleven counties and two cities in the New River Valley area, 78 children under the age of 18 have been placed in foster care because of their parents’ involvement with drugs. That stat comes from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

The number of kids removed from homes because of parental drug use is actually much higher. Why? Social Services says many children who are removed end up in the care of extended family, and for now, those numbers are not included in the total.

Back under the park shelter Georgia speaks so softly, we asked her several times to speak up. She said her father drank a lot, “[But] I didn’t think that he would ever do meth.”

Georgia described the Hazmat teams from one year ago, the same day her father was arrested and charged with making methamphetamine in their Blacksburg home.

“These people looked like giant marshmallows. They came in there and took him and they got the stuff they were making [meth] with,” Georgia said.

Removing children from a home, where it’s suspected that meth has been made or used, places social service workers smack in the center with toxic and explosive chemicals used to make meth.

So dangerous, that some social service workers receive special training when dealing with children of meth. Sometimes, Ragland said, it’s just too dangerous.

“Then at that point we do meet them at the scene. If there are children involved, however, we are not allowed to go in until it is cleared,” Ragland said.

Now meet “Jenny,” the woman who agreed to secretly let Georgia stay in her home. A huge risk on several fronts because Georgia’s father, who had legal custody, had no idea where his daughter was.

Jenny said the teen showed up at her door, saying her father had kicked her out.

“I can’t turn my back on this child. She has no one and I will fight for her,” Jenny said.

What if the father said ”I know she’s here, give me my daughter.”







LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 14 people in what prosecutors allege was a major methamphetamine ring that funneled drugs from Texas to south Louisiana.

The Advocate reports ( the 20-count indictment, unsealed Wednesday, is the result of a more than yearlong investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies in Acadiana.

“I think this case should majorly disrupt the flow of methamphetamine in this part of the state,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Alec Van Hook said.

Prosecutors allege methamphetamine was purchased in large quantities in Texas and then distributed throughout southwest Louisiana, mainly Lafayette and New Iberia, over several months in 2014.

Agents also seized $5,400 in suspected drug proceeds, a pickup and several firearms, according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Joseph Shepherd said the case highlights a shift in recent years in the production and distribution of methamphetamine, which has moved from small-scale local operations to highly organized interstate networks.

The case also is further evidence that methamphetamine is now firmly established in the drug culture of south Louisiana, said Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, whose agency helped in the investigation.

“At one time, the meth problem was really up in the mountain states,” Ackal said.

Now, Ackal said, his deputies are routinely dealing with the drug.

“We fight that on a daily basis,” he said.

Indicted on various drug-related charges in the case are:

Gary Hunt, 58, of Spendora, Texas; Elliot Jolet, 34, of New Iberia; Anita Desormeaux, 42, of New Iberia; Ko Chanhkongshinh, 37, of Youngsville; Jenee Lynn Hargrave, 29, of Scott; David Lowery, 32, of New Iberia; Everette Dupuis, 39, of New Iberia; Michael Guidry, 44, of Erath; Tyrone Howard, 42, of Youngsville; Kevin Jefferson, 31, of New Iberia; Nared Souphannavong, 29, of New Iberia; Brandi Boullion, 27, of New Iberia; Dewey Migues, 35, of New Iberia; and Corey Freyou, 37, of New Iberia.

Twelve of the 14 people charged have been arrested. Authorities were still searching for Dupuis and Hargrave.





Wednesday’s raid of a methamphetamine lab in southwest Medford netted a second arrest, the son of the lab’s alleged owner.

Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement task force officers found 33-year-old Stephen Everett Reid in the home during their search Wednesday morning and arrested him on a probation violation stemming from a past assault case outside of Jackson County. His involvement at the lab is under investigation, police said. He remains in the Jackson County Jail without bail. Stephen Robert Lyon

Reid’s father, Stephen Robert Lyon, 54, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession and manufacture of methamphetamine. Lyon is in the Jackson County Jail on $30,000 bail.

Police served a search warrant at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Lyon’s home, 1118 S. Holly St. The search stemmed from information given to police about narcotics seen at the home. MADGE investigators discovered the methamphetamine lab during the bust and found Lyon in the back bedroom, according to a probable cause affidavit. Investigators say the operation appeared to have been active for several months. The affidavit says chemicals found on scene included Coleman fuel, acetone, muriatic acid, Epsom salts, formaldehyde, ethyl alcohol, mercury chloride and liquid and powdered drain cleaner.

MADGE worked with the Oregon State Police’s Clan Lab Response Team to process the evidence and dispose of the dangerous chemicals. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has deemed the home hazardous.

The affidavit states Lyon denied making methamphetamine in the home, stating instead that he was making plastic. The affidavit says he then changed his story to say he was making amino acids, then fentanyl, a synthetic opiate.

As far back as 2007, local law enforcement has discovered only five methamphetamine labs around Jackson County. The last discovery of note occurred in 2012. In 2006 alone, police discovered six. That year was the same year Oregon passed legislation requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medicines such as Sudafed.

Court records show Lyon has multiple convictions for possession of controlled substances in Jackson County. Records also show Reid pleaded guilty to two Jackson County car theft cases back in 2002.







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. MAIN-Face-of-meth-Jamie-Lynn-France

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.”










Law enforcement officers said they are keeping an eye out for the newest form of methamphetamine that is being seen in larger Texas cities. They also said they have seen a significant increase in the amount of standard methamphetamine seized this year in the San Angelo area.

A new form of an old drug, liquid methamphetamine, is pouring into some Texas cities like Dallas and Houston. State DPS Captain Brian Baxter said liquid meth has not yet hit San Angelo.

“We’ve not seen much of it here. I’m sure that it’s possible though,” Baxter said.

Instead, in the Councho Valley, the powder form of meth remains king. Baxter said a lot of the drug’s popularity is due to the $4,000 price decrease over the past four years.

Meth in general has increased. Seizures out of the San Angelo CID office in 2013 were right around a 1,050 grams…just over a kilogram. In 2014, we’ve seized over 6,400 grams…which is just over 6 kilograms,” explained Baxter.

Baxter said the liquid form of the drug used to be commonplace at hidden labs in the early 2000’s.

“A clandestine lab… it was bigger in the early 2000’s.. we seized a lot of methamphetamine labs where people were manufacturing their own meth and part of that process would be to produce the meth base, which is in liquid form, before they powder it out so to speak,” continued Baxter.

Larry Doty of the Alcohol Drug Abuse Council said the local Sarah’s House for Women and Children is seeing some of what Captain Baxter is seeing. Doty said methamphetamine remains the drug of choice for many recovering addicts at Sarah’s House.

“Probably about 75-80% have been using methamphetamine in one form or another,” Doty said. “We probably have more people smoking the meth than injecting it.”

Both Captain Baxter and Doty said methamphetamine is likely to remain popular next year. But, neither are sure which form it will be in.








ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County man is facing a one million dollar bond for trafficking meth after he received two pounds of the drug in the mail, according to police.screen-shot-2014-11-19-at-5-42-02-pm

Officials say Victor Ramos Ordaz was arrested on Monday after he received two pounds of meth in the mail.

They say they found the meth in the mail as it was being sent to Ordaz’s Albertville home.

At his initial appearance Wednesday morning, a judge set a one million dollar bond for Ordaz.screen-shot-2014-11-19-at-5-44-53-pm

He is being held in the Marshall County Jail.








buckets of meth2The discovery of a meth lab in a San Diego-area condo complex last week was an unusual find for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and highlights a growing trend of drug smugglers.

DEA agents discovered the first large-scale liquid meth conversion lab in the San Diego area on Nov. 13.

While conducting a drug bust at 754 Broadway in Chula Vista, agents seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and found what they believe is the first meth lab of its kind in the county.

“The conversion laboratory was right near the border in Chula Vista. That is unusual. We don’t usually see that. They’re usually further up inland in the LA County area and not near the border”, said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Karen Flowers.

A DEA chemist who did not want her identity revealed told NBC 7 smugglers are simply dissolving the drug in various solvents – water, alcohol and even gasoline to name a few.

“When it’s dissolved in alcohol, it’s then repackaged in the alcohol bottle and resealed at the top,” the chemist said. “We’ve seen it smuggled in gasoline tanks. So you’d see the gasoline in the bottom layer and the liquid meth in the top layer.”

Flowers said liquid meth is more difficult to detect than when it’s in its crystal form. The reason is because it can be hidden in something as common as a water bottle.

Once the substance in its dissolved form crosses the border, it’s then dried out at a conversion lab and converted to the crystal form most drug users are used to seeing.

Huge, icicle-like crystals make the product appear more valuable to drug users, even though in reality that may not be the case.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 23 years and this is the first time I’ve seen a finished product in that state,” Flowers said. “To see it that pristine. I think the end user will see that and pay a high premium for that.”

Flowers said two cups of dissolved meth can make about one cup of meth, which could then sell for between $3,500 to $9,000 on the streets.

Flowers says the agency is using a multi-layered agency approach to combat the problem. The DEA specifically is looking to dismantle drug organizations that manufacture and smuggle illegal substances, meth in particular.

According to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), a record number of at-risk adults in San Diego County are using illicit drugs – mostly notably marijuana and methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine use among male arrestees has been climbing steadily. In 2013, 41 % of them tested positive for meth, representing a considerable jump from 2012 (31%).

To report meth abuse or activity in your area, visit the DEA website where you can e-mail an anonymous tip or contact the San Diego DEA division directly.

Citizens can also call the San Diego County Methamphetamine Hotline at 877-NO2-METH or 877-662-6384.







A grand jury has indicted five people in connection with an alleged methamphetamine-fueled identity theft ring that operated in Jefferson County and the Denver area and circled around check and document fraud.

The 38-count indictment was announced Wednesday by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say the ring stole personal and financial information to create fraudulent checks and documents that later allowed them to create drivers licenses and other identification documents.From right to left

“Members of the enterprise are alleged to have transacted the fraudulent checks to obtain cash, merchandise property and services,” the office said in a news release. “The proceeds were used for the group’s living expenses and methamphetamine use.”

The group broke into mailboxes in housing units or neighborhoods to get the personal data, the office says.Charges in the case include violations of the Colorado Organized Control Act.

Those arrested include the alleged leader Matthew Hickcox, 36, Robert Hickcox, 46, Michael Hope, 29, Justin Kormos, 26 and Shannon Kramer, 34.

Officials say the group stole about $9,000 and that there were 50 victims, including individuals and businesses.

The U.S. Postal Service investigated the group before presenting evidence to the district attorney’s office. Two of the defendants, Robert Hickox and Hope, remain at-large.








Dubai: A nurse, who intended to sell a tiny quantity of methamphetamine that drug enforcement officers found hidden in her underwear, will spend life in prison after losing her appeal on Wednesday.

The Dubai Appeal Court upheld the life term against J.T., the 34-year-old Filipina nurse, after she was convicted of possessing 0.53g of methamphetamine for trading purposes.

Drug enforcement officers seized the mind-altering substance in J.T.’s underwear during a sting operation.

Her 33-year-old countryman employee, R.J., was also caught in possession of 0.46g of the same banned substance.






On Tuesday, agents with the West Tennessee Drug Task Force and Deputies from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office went to 375 Old Dyersburg Hwy. in Dyer to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on Miranda Gaines.

While at the home, officers got consent to search the home from its occupant, Justin Freeman.

During the search, officers found the remains of multiple methamphetamine cooks scattered throughout the home along with various chemicals that were to be used in future methamphetamine cooks, police said.

Also discovered in the home was paraphernalia that was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as using the drug.

Freeman was d charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Freeman is currently incarcerated at the Gibson County Correctional Complex and at the time of this release bond has not been set.

Gaines was later arrested for the outstanding warrant but was not charged with the methamphetamine lab in the home.

The Tennessee Meth Task Force responded to the scene to help remove and hazardous materials and the home was quarantined.

If you suspect illegal drug activity in your community please contact the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office at 855-1121 or the West Tennessee Drug Task Force at 784-0555.






San Diego — A recently developed Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV)-based medication has the potential to offer substantial protective effects for patients attempting to cease methamphetamine use. This research is being presented at the 2014 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition, the world’s largest pharmaceutical sciences meeting, in San Diego, Nov. 2-6.

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, is an addictive substance that can cause brain damage, organ failure, stroke, open sores, rotting teeth, mania, paranoia, obsessive compulsive behaviors, psychosis, and death. Meth increases the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine, and chronic use has been found to be coupled with chemical and molecular changes in the brain. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 12 million people nationwide aged 12 or older have used meth in their lifetime. Currently, there are no FDA-approved therapies that specifically treat meth abuse.

Dr. Eric Peterson and colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences used AAV particles to deliver genes that produce high-affinity anti-meth antibody fragments in mice. The animals were injected with either the AAV-based medications (AAV-scFv6H4 or AAV-scFv7F9) or saline as a negative control. To test the extended functionality of the AAV medications, one milligram per kilogram of meth was administered 50 days after the initial dose. Serum samples were then taken 30, 60, 120, and 180 minutes after meth dosing and analyzed for sustained serum concentrations of meth. Mice injected with AAV-scFv6H4 exhibited a significantly higher concentration of meth at 60, 120, and 180 minute time points, suggesting that meth was sequestered in the serum by the circulating AAV-scFv6H4 and AAV-scFv7F9 molecules.

“The goals of this project are to integrate antibody engineering and gene therapy technology to generate a long-acting (months to years) antibody-based medicine that will both protect patients from relapse to meth use and minimize treatment failures associated with long-term patient compliance,” said Peterson.

Medications designed to diminish the psychologically rewarding effects of meth abuse could offer substantial protective effects for patients wanting to stop drug use, especially if they have the ability to reduce medical setbacks caused by relapses. Anti-meth antibody-based therapies that tightly bind and sequester meth away from its sites of action in the brain are showing promise as a viable treatment option. In addition, they are non-addicting and suitable for use in combination with existing behavioral therapies.

Extensive characterization of this therapy is the next step for Peterson and his team. Future experiments will include testing different high affinity antibody fragments (with extended half-life versions of these fragments), efficacy studies in animal models of drug abuse, dose-response studies, and assessment of safety and immunogenicity. The group recently received a four-year National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse grant to support this research.

This work was supported by NIH/National Institute on Drug abuse grant R01 DA036600





LEWISTON, ID – Six people are in the Nez Perce County Jail tonight after being arrested Tuesday at the Clearwater River Casino.sara rasmuissin

Sara Rasmussen of Clarkston was arrested for felony trafficking of methamphetamine. She faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.

The five others were arrested for frequenting a place where drugs are trafficked. They face a fine and/or up to 90-days in jail.

Idaho State Police detectives and Nez Perce Tribal Police are still investigating this case.