DES MOINES – Home sellers would have to disclose to prospective buyers whether the property for sale had been used to make, use, store or sell methamphetamine drugs under a bill being considered by a state Senate subcommittee.

Authorities remove chemicalsAuthorities remove chemicals at a suspected meth lab in 2011. Home sellers would have to disclose to prospective buyers whether the property for sale had been used to make, use, store or sell methamphetamine drugs under a bill being considered by a state Senate subcommittee

 

Senate File 2001 would make it a fraudulent practice not to provide the information during the sale or transfer of real property. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, also would require informational materials on the health risks associated with contaminated real property if the disclosure statement indicated the property had been used to cook, use, sell or store meth.

Jochum said she filed the bill after a northeast Iowa couple told her they bought a house and then were surprised to learn it had been used as a location for a meth lab.

“After they had purchased it, they found out that it had been a meth home and they had to spend thousands of dollars to decontaminate that home so they could live in it,” she said, “and until they decontaminated it, they weren’t going to be able to live in it because of public health concerns.”

Jochum’s bill got an initial look by a three-member subcommittee Thursday but the measure was table so lawmakers could gather more information.

Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, expressed concern the bill was broadly written so that “real property” could be construed to require disclosure for every structure on a property, not just a house. “If it’s a barn, clearly no one’s going to live in that barn,” he said. “Would this require me to disclose?”

Subcommittee chairwoman Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids, said she believed the disclosure would protect the buyer, the seller and the bank that might have a financial stake in a property, but she agreed the panel needed more information before it would take action to advance it in the legislative process.

Jennifer Kingland, a lobbyist for the Iowa Association of Realtors, which opposed the bill as drafted, expressed concern that the disclosure would attach a stigma to the property that could lower the value of adjacent properties and cause it to be vandalized or sit vacant as unsellable.

Kingland noted that disclosure forms for property transactions already address potential environmental hazards that would apply to places where meth had been manufactured. She said realtors would prefer lawmakers focus create way for property owners to certify that a property where meth was made has been cleaned up and is livable.

 

 

 

 

 

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With the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the power of addiction continues making national headlines.

And now, a tragic story with a deadly twist, is back in headlines locally.

In 2011 methamphetamine killed a 19-year-old pregnant girl and the baby she was carrying.

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This case was anything but routine, especially with the latest development.

The mother of that 19-year-old girl kept using and selling meth even after her daughter’s death. It’s a drug with that kind of grip.

This afternoon, a drug treatment therapist for women said she’s met with many women who have expressed, “I love my children, but I love meth even more.”

Today, April Flood is in federal custody because she was a meth dealer.A notable one in Murray County. This even after what happened to her own daughter in September 2011.

NewsChannel 9 shared this story with  Ansley Silvers, a program director at Highland Rivers. It’s a drug treatment facility in northwest Georgia and Silvers deals with women. “One would think that would be your bottom and that you would quit using when you lost your child and your grandchild, but everybody’s bottom is different,” Silvers said.

Flood’s daughter, Megan Long, was a pretty 19-year-old girl with a two-year-old son Mason and another child on the way in September of 2011.

Long’s mother was in the car with her during a routine traffic stop.

Pregnant at the time, she stuffed a bag of meth inside of her. It burst and killed her and the baby. Allegations surfaced that her mother told her to do it, but Flood was never charged for that.

Now, Mason is almost five and living with Megan’s father and aunt Lynn Williams. This afternoon, Williams spoke about what meth has done to this extended family. “It’s torn this family completely apart you know. We all lost. She (Flood) even lost. But the main concern, he’s (Mason) lost a lot more than anybody.”

Last year, Flood lived at 826 Old Highway 411 in Murray County. Undercover drug agents started buying meth from her.
They made several buys and police say she was a longtime user, even after her daughter’s death.

Silvers said meth has that type of hold on users, “I’ve heard the women say over and over again that they just lost themselves to it. They existed because of meth.”

Williams agreed, “You think anybody that has been in this situation, it would at least open their eyes up and see what it has done, but it hasn’t in this case.”

Flood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and eight years of probation after that. Meanwhile, the drug treatment therapist told us 67 percent of the women they see across at 12 county region of northwest Georgia are addicted to meth.

 

 

 

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Niland, California – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrest two suspected narcotics smugglers and seized more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a compartment within the vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 27-year-old man driving a green 1995 Honda Accord, along with a 47-year-old male passenger as they approached the Highway 111 checkpoint located near Niland, California  A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle and the driver was referred to secondary for further inspection.

During the inspection agents discovered multiple individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a natural void behind the radio underneath the dashboard of the vehicle. The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 13.99 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $167,000.

The driver, a United States citizen, and the passenger, a Lawful Permanent Resident from Mexico were taken into custody. The men, vehicle, and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

 

 

 

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Le MARS | Authorities investigating a house fire Friday morning arrested a Le Mars man on several felony charges, including arson, burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

No injuries were reported.

About 9:24 a.m., the Le Mars Fire Department was dispatched to the first block of 4th Street NE for a structure fire on the first floor of a two-story apartment complex. The fire caused extensive damage to the building but did not reach the second floor, fire Chief David Schipper said.

“There was major fire and smoke damage throughout the first floor,” he said.

The fire caused about $50,000 in damage and was put out within about 40 minutes, Schipper said, but the investigation that followed continued for about five hours.

That investigation led to the Le Mars Police Department arresting Zachery Dean Port, 23, of Le Mars, for violating a no-contact order. Port had been living in the apartment but had been ordered by a court to stay clear of the premises, Le Mars police Sgt. Bob Bendlin said.

“One of our officers observed Mr. Port in the immediate vicinity of the residence when he had come out of a location where he was hiding,” Bendlin said.

Further investigation showed Port had just left the home when police arrived on the scene and was responsible for setting fire to the building, Bendlin said. The cause of the fire “was suspicious in nature,” a statement released Saturday by police said, but neither Bendlin nor Schipper would comment further since the fire is still being investigated.

“His version of events is different from what we believe happened,” Bendlin said. “Our investigation shows he is responsible for setting the fire.”

Port faces a count of first-degree arson, a class B felony carrying up to 25 years in prison for conviction.

After Port was taken into custody, police say they discovered he was carrying a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Due to prior drug convictions, Port faces a class D felony for possession, which carries up to five years’ imprisonment and a $7,500 fine for a conviction.

Police also discovered Port had been removing property from the residence that was not his to remove, Bendlin said. For that, Port faces a count of second-degree burglary, a class C felony carrying up to 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for conviction.

Police also charged Port on one count of first-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony, and for violating the no-contact order and possessing drug paraphernalia, both simple misdemeanors.

As of Saturday afternoon, Port was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Plymouth County jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Plymouth County for Feb. 17.

 

 

 

 

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To the dismay of San Diego County officials, methamphetamine is making a comeback among local drug users eager for a quick high and drug sellers looking for big profits.

In the mid-1980s, the county earned the unofficial title of the nation’s meth capital. In 1985, an official with the Drug Enforcement Administration told the Associated Press that San Diego “is to crystal meth what Bogota, Colombia, is to cocaine — the capital, the center.”

Several reasons were suggested: proximity to Mexico, presence of biker gangs, and sprawling rural areas where meth labs could operate undetected.

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The numbers fluctuated year to year but by late in the last decade, officials were cautiously optimistic that the meth wave was being reversed, through education, vigorous enforcement and additional treatment programs for addicts.

Now meth use is again increasing among users and sellers.

County political and public health officials this week announced a slew of depressing statistics:

–The number of deaths attributed to methamphetamine has increased 55% from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, 217 people died due to meth, second only to the 245 deaths in 2005.

–Arrests for meth sales and possession are up 56% from 2008 to 2012.

–The percentage of adults who test positive for meth after being arrested rose to 36% in 2012 from 24% in 2008.

“Make no mistake,” said Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. “Meth is death.”

The day after the statistics were released, the U.S. attorney announced that 45 people linked to six street gangs have been indicted for methamphetamine trafficking and other charges. Raids were made at eight locations.

In 2008, 144 cases of methamphetamine drug crimes were prosecuted in federal courts in San Diego and Imperial counties, officials said. In 2013, the number was 910.

“We will not allow our neighborhoods to become headquarters for drug-pushing, gun-toting gangsters,” said U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy.

And on Friday, San Diego County sheriff’s deputies arrested 17 persons in a drug raid on a home in El Cajon where a variety of drugs were seized.

Among the possible charges for some of the 17: supplying methamphetamine to transients living in a riverbed in nearby Santee in exchange for stolen property.

 

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Deputies arrested 17 people in connection with a narcotics investigation in El Cajon Friday, including a suspect accused of supplying methamphetamine to transients in exchange for stolen property, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

The drug bust happened around 2:30 p.m. when law enforcement officials served a search warrant at a house in the 1200-block of Peach Avenue.

Detectives had been investigating the resident of the home, 41-year-old Peter Dann, who’s suspected of supplying meth to transients in the Santee riverbed in exchange for stolen goods.

“There was no stolen property. No, that’s all false,” said Susan Dmochowski, who was arrested in the raid.  “They wasted a lot of taxpayers’ money on what they did, coming in here like that. I mean, it was like an army.”

Dann was arrested at the home and booked into San Diego Central Jail on various charges, including sales of methamphetamine, possession of psilocybin, possession of marijuana and the manufacturing of concentrated cannabis, or honey oil. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The search warrant also yielded the arrests of 16 other adults inside the home who were taken into custody for a slew of charges ranging from being under the influence of a controlled substance and drug possession to arrest warrants, officials said.

“They took us all down for under the influence,” said Dmochowski.

A teenager was in the home at the time of the bust. Child Protective Services took the teen into protective custody, while the teen’s mother was arrested for child endangerment.

The girl’s father, Tim Fish, maintained his daughter wasn’t in danger.

“She wasn’t in the [suspect’s] house. She was in the house behind the house, where they’re straight and clean,” said Fish.

Inside the home, deputies and detectives discovered and seized unspecified quantities of meth, pot and psilocybin. Items related to drug distribution and manufacturing of concentrated cannabis were also seized at the scene, according to officials.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said the residence was in such poor condition, an official from El Cajon Code Enforcement was called to the scene to inspect the home and determine if it’s in compliance with city codes or if it falls under the guidelines of an abatement process.

The investigation into Dann and the other adults arrested in this bust is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case should contact the sheriff’s department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

This drug bust comes days after county health officials and leaders released figures in San Diego’s annual “Meth Report Card.”

Though no longer considered the “meth capital of the U.S.,” local officials made it clear this week that methamphetamine continues to be a major problem locally, with a 55 percent increase in meth-related deaths in the county since 2008.

 

 

 

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OXFORD, Maine — Eight Mainers have been arrested on charges of making and selling methamphetamine in Oxford County.

State drug enforcement agents and police made the arrests Friday after a three-month investigation.

Agents say an organized group of people had been routinely buying the components used to make the drug, including the cold decongestant pseudoephedrine. Agents and police searched homes and a vehicle throughout the day on Friday and dismantled five meth labs.

They arrested 52-year-old David Thompson and 31-year-old Mico Thomspon of Gilead; 35-year-old Rodney Levesque, of Oxford; 36-year-old Scott Hart and 28-year-old Amanda Thompson of Albany; 28-year-old Joshua Spencer and 24-year-old Heidi Owens of Greenwood; and 38-year-old Joel Mills of Mason Township.

It was not immediately known if the defendants are being represented by lawyers.

 

 

 

 

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ALLLIANCE – Two women who’ve been to prison before for making meth were arrested again Thursday when police raided one’s home and found them making more.

Stark County Jail records said Danielle M. Ferguson, 28, of 1323 S. Arch Ave., and Ashton A. Pitner, 22, of 915 S. Arch, were making meth in Ferguson’s bedroom at 3 p.m. when police found them.

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Stark County court records show both women were still on probation and that Pitner had been wanted since Jan. 15 on a capias warrant charging her with aggravated drug possession and felony drug trafficking.

Police seized an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine from Ferguson’s home and drug-making instruments and paraphernalia, the jail records said.

Each was jailed on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, felony drug possession, possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia possession.

Pitner was charged with additional counts of drug paraphernalia possession and drug possession, and she was arrested on the warrants, the jail records said.

Both women went to prison in 2011 for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals used to make methamphetamines, the court records said.

And both remained in the jail early Friday. Ferguson was held in lieu of $51,000 bond and Pitner was held without bond pending court hearings.

 

 

 

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Rome, N.Y. — When officers saw Nicholas S. Rotolo walking along Culverton Road in Rome at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday carrying a outsized gym bag, they thought something was suspicious, Rome police said.

An officer stopped to speak with the Rotolo, 28, but he threw down the bag and ran off into a wooded area.

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Upon inspection, police found the duffle bag to contain an active methamphetamine production lab.

Police followed the man’s trail to an abandoned house in the former Wood Haven Housing complex.

Rome Police’s Special Response Team and state police set up a perimeter around the abandoned complex, while detectives commenced an investigation to determine where the suspect might have been headed.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, police found and arrested Rotolo in a vacant apartment in the area.

Rotolo, who has no permanent address, has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetimine, a felony, and misdemeanors criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Rotolo was arraigned in Rome city court. He is being held at the Oneida County Correctional Facility.

 

 

 

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A man and woman are behind bars after narcotics agents discover three active meth labs at a Bossier City apartment complex.

Brenda Brown, 39, of Bossier City and Matthew West, 26, of Shreveport were taken into custody Thursday evening at the Parkland Villa Apartments in 3100 block of Shed Rd.

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Brown and West were booked into the Bossier Maximum Security.

Brown was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and one count of distribution/manufacturing with intent to distribute Schedule II controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine.

West was charged with on one count of possession of marijuana and one count of distribution/manufacturing with intent to distribute Schedule II controlled dangerous substance – methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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An 80-year-old man from Sacramento, Calif., who smuggled methamphetamine cross-country, could have faced 11 to 14 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but was instead given home detention in light of his age and infirmity, and a sealed government motion.

A felony sex offender since a 1961 conviction who also served time a decade ago for gun possession, Dominick Spickle pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

In 2012, he had been crossing the country with his Chihuahua, Peanut, bringing highly pure crystal methamphetamine from a young relative to a dealer in his native Westmoreland County. He took responsibility for more than half a pound of the drug transported in two trips before an undercover state trooper busted him.

“It’s perplexing that someone his age was involved in drug dealing,” said U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti, who sentenced Spickle to time served based on 21/2 months he spent jailed last year, plus five years of probation including a year of home detention.

The judge said he was the oldest person she had ever sentenced. She said the prosecution’s motion drove her leniency.

“I was just under stress and was afraid of losing everything I owned when I done this,” following a robbery of his house that cost him his savings, Spickle said.

Assistant federal public defender Marketa Sims said there was no need to deter similar people from committing his crime. “There’s not going to be a floodgate of 80-year-old men getting involved in this activity.”

Spickle’s co-conspirator, Kevin Nicol, 58, of Penn Township, was sentenced to five years in prison for the same crime. His meth connection, Joseph Rojas, 28, of Elk Grove, Calif. — the great-grandson of Spickle’s sister — has not yet been sentenced but likely faces around 10 years in prison.

 

 

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In small town and rural Indiana, you can see the gaunt, ghost people. They have rotting teeth. They drive beat-up pickup trucks and old Pontiacs, sometimes with kids standing in the backseat. They can be tracked on a ritual tour of drug stores in a tri-county area.

And when they do their work, the crude harvest is methamphetamine, or crystal meth. The cooking pots are often discarded behind the trailer, or down in the creek, or along side the county road. Sometimes the motel they’re in explodes and burns.

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In Indiana: The Methamphetamine State, 2013 was a despicable and banner year, following 2012 that had us ranked only behind Missouri and Tennessee in meth production. According to Indiana State Police statistics, 1,808 labs were busted, up from 1,437 in 2011 and 803 in 2006. Of course, the cops don’t get all of the labs busted. There are probably four or five times that amount chugging out crystal meth at any given time.

In 2004 when Our Man Mitch had barnstormed across the state in his RV1, there were 1,137 lab busts, and the future governor heard all about it from the local cops and social agencies. The year 2006 was a bit of an anomaly, as the Indiana General Assembly passed laws trying to crimp the bitter harvest by limiting the amount of pseudoephedrine purchased over the counter at CVS or Walgreens.

By the time Gov. Mitch Daniels left office, there were 1,726 lab busts and the county jails were filling up with broken cooks and their pregnant old ladies.

The remedy is not working.

The 2013 stats are particularly appalling, because 458 kids were found on the lab premises, up from 388 in 2012, 185 in 2009 and 125 in 2007.

When it comes to death inside a meth lab, 27 adults were killed, including four in police action shootings, two in pursuit crashes, 10 in explosions, two suicides and three homicides. There were two kids killed and 13 injured, including seven burned in fires, one chemical burn, four exposed to chemical vapors and one poor young soul who swallowed chemicals.

There were 100 law enforcement officials injured in Indiana’s meth industry. Repeat, 100 cops injured.

All of this mayhem and action could make a great Hoosier version of “Breaking Bad,” the TV show that entertained so many of us over the past several years.

How had the Indiana General Assembly dealt with this so far this session?

Three bills that would have required prescriptions for the purchase ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, reclassifying them as controlled substances, appear to have died in the House Public Health and Courts and Criminal Code committees, and another in Senate Correction and Courts Committee. Only one bill — HB 1248 by Rep. Ben Smaltz — got a hearing. It appears there wasn’t enough time to deal with the legislation, the House having been quite busy with the constitutional marriage amendment and feral cat bills.

Terre Haute Police Sgt. Chris Gallagher and Officer Ryan Adamson testified on HB 1248 about how rescheduling pseudoephedrine as a controlled substance will reduce the clandestine production of meth. “I don’t think the issue is going to go away,” Gallagher told the Tribune-Star, “and I can only hope that each time I testify, a few more legislators will get turned around on the issue.”

And Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt told the Tribune-Star, “It’s our problem as far as the meth epidemic in this area, and if we can get our local officials to make it prescription-only by local rule, then it takes that decision out of state hands, and we can deal with it here.”

Indiana prosecutors, pubic defenders, police chiefs and the Indiana State Police Alliance favor the restrictions. The Consumer Health Care Association opposes, and they have one hell of a lobbying team at the Statehouse.

According to Justin Swanson of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Tennessee now allows 18 local communities to restrict over-the-counter sales, and meth lab production has been reduced between 44 percent and 77 percent in those locales. A Vanderbilt University Poll in December revealed 65 percent support across all party lines.

But the rescheduling in Indiana is not to be.

Asked about the statistics on Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence said, “Clearly we have work to do. We have no higher duty than public safety.” He added, “It’s going to take a coordinated effort.”

Just not this year.

The House did pass a bill by state Rep. Wendy McNamara that requires that property that was once a site for meth labs or a dumping ground for the drug be listed on a website until 90 days after it was certified decontaminated. McNamara sponsored the bill after a home appraiser was sickened by a former meth lab in the course of his work.

It’s kind of a CarFax for homes. It attempts to address a symptom of the epidemic. It is not a cure.

Nothing against the McNamara bill, but in essence, the General Assembly this year is prepared only to deal with the fallout of crystal meth, as opposed to doing something to stop or limit its production.

But let’s give the General Assembly credit. At least we’re making some inroads on the feral cat issue.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two men were arrested Friday afternoon when a traffic stop in a school zone turned into a drug bust, officials said.

Waco police officers stopped Orlando Vences, 29, and Israel Cruz, 19, on the 700 block of North 25th Street at 12:15 p.m., Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The officers were helping a U.S. Marshals task force find a wanted suspect when they made the stop, but after they pulled the car over, police saw what they believed was methamphetamine inside the car, Swanton said.

Officers held Vences and Cruz, then reportedly discovered three ounces of methamphetamine, 33 morphine pills and 30 generic Xanax pills, according to the spokesman.

Swanton said Vences and Cruz were taken to McLennan County Jail and each charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance in a school zone, one for each type of drug.

Cruz and Vences were not booked into the jail by Friday evening, so bond information was not available.

 

 

 

 

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A Hellertown woman who initially denied any involvement in the meth lab operating in her apartment building has been sentenced to Northampton County Prison as part of a plea deal.

Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden today sentenced Joan Hummer to eight to 23 months in Northampton County Prison followed by two years of probation for conspiring to operate a meth lab. Hummer must also serve 25 hours of community service and take urine tests for the first six months of her probation, McFadden ordered.

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Members of the Northampton County Drug Task Force raided the apartment she shared with her two adult sons, Chad Hummer and Nicholas Reynolds, and her 12-year-old son Aug. 1. Authorities said the family produced methamphetamine in the basement of the building in the 100 block of Main Street and sold it out of their second-floor apartment.

At her preliminary arraignment in August, Joan Hummer denied not only making or selling the drug but any knowledge of the lab’s existence.

“I don’t understand. My son wrote in a statement that I didn’t know anything, and I don’t know anything,” she told District Judge David Tidd.

Police had to remove hazardous materials from the lab out of the basement, according to court documents. Neighbors likened the home to Grand Central Station due to all the people coming in and out of the apartment.

In return for her plea, prosecutors agreed to drop 11 other charges, including delivering methamphetamine, possession of the ingredients used to produce meth, illegal dumping of meth laboratory waste and risking catastrophe.

Of the five people charged out of the raid, only the 27-year-old Reynolds has charges remaining.

Chad Hummer, 30, was sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in state prison back in December for manufacturing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. Lindsey Zacot and Samantha Allen were given time-served sentences for possession of ephedrine in October.

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Hellertown meth mom: ‘I’m an idiot’

 

You don’t need to tell Joan A. Hummer that she was dumb for allowing a methamphetamine lab to be run at her Hellertown apartment.

She’ll tell you that herself.

“I’m an idiot, when it comes down to it,” the 53-year-old mother said in court Friday. “I didn’t want to face it.”

Hummer spoke those words as she faced sentencing from Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden after earlier pleading guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to operate a meth lab. She’ll serve eight to 23 months in county prison, plus two years of probation, McFadden decided.

Hummer, two of her sons, and two others were charged after a police raid Aug. 20 at the family’s borough home on the 100 block of Main Street. Authorities discovered foil packets containing suspected meth and items used to make the drug, including drain cleaner, batteries, various chemicals and coffee filters, according to court records.

Hummer’s older son — Chad Hummer, 31, is serving 31/2 to seven years in state prison after admitting in December to meth delivery. Her younger son — Nicholas L. Reynolds, 27 — has unresolved charges.

In court Friday, Joan Hummer’s attorney, Alexander Karam, said his client bought ingredients for the meth lab but was in denial that it was being run, and did not herself use the drug. Karam said the arrest has separated Hummer from her youngest son, a 12-year-old who was living with her at the time but is now being cared for by relatives.

Before the police raid, the mother said, her son Chad’s weight had fallen to 99 pounds amid his addiction. She said she believes that his arrest saved his life.

“I just kept ignoring it because I didn’t want to face that he had a problem,” Joan Hummer said.

McFadden told her that she had a responsibility as mother to do better, even if Chad Hummer was an adult who was no longer under her direct care.

“I know,” Joan Hummer said. “It’s disgusting.”

The two others arrested in the bust — Lindsey M. Zacot, 24, and Samantha A. Allen, 22 — pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Both admitted in October to illegally possessing ephedrine, a sinus medicine used to produce meth. Zacot received one to six months in county jail; Allen got six months of probation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State police found two methamphetamine labs in a Madison Heights motel this week.

Acting on a tip, troopers executed a search warrant at the Bestway Inn on South Amherst Highway in Madison Heights at about 3 p.m. Thursday, First Sgt. Tony Barksdale said.                      

Investigators discovered two small meth labs in a motel room. Barksdale described them as “one pot” labs, which sometimes are called shake and bake set-ups.

Jonathan D. Larson and Jessica A. Hanson, both 30 from Lynchburg, were in the room when police arrived.

They have both been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Police also searched Larson’s car in the motel parking lot, where they found more evidence of drug manufacturing, Barksdale said.

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ROCK HILL — An “unusually large amount of lithium batteries” and brown crystal flakes that police thought could be methamphetamine or heroin were found Thursday in the car of a Rock Hill woman who police say missed court appearances on charges ranging from burglary to illegally possessing muscle relaxers.

Police say Stephanie Brook Montgomery, 40, was speeding on East Main Street at about 9:48 a.m., according to a Rock Hill police report. Officers stopped her as she turned into a gas station on South Anderson Road.

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Police learned she was wanted by the York County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court on trespassing, larceny, burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Carisoprodol, possession of Clonazepam and unlawful possession of Tramadol.

In a federal criminal database, police reported that Montgomery is “known to abuse drugs,” the report states.

Montgomery gave police permission to search her truck, where they found a piece of tightly-wrapped aluminum foil tucked inside a black coat on the front seat, the report states. Inside the foil, police identified a brown flaky “substance” that an officer believed was either methamphetamine or heroin.

They also found what the report referred to as an “unusually large amount of lithium batteries,” commonly used to manufacture meth.

Montgomery told police the jacket belonged to a drunk woman to whom she gave a ride home after the Super Bowl, the report states. Police found two other pieces of clothing on the front seat. Montgomery claimed them, police said.

Police charged Montgomery her with speeding and possession of methamphetamine.

She is being held at the York County Detention Center, where she has been charged with seven failure to appear charges on a $3,000 bond.

A woman has been charged with child neglect after her son, who died shortly after birth, was found to have methamphetamine in his system.

Teresa Kay Vandiver was charged Friday with the felony in Oklahoma County District Court.

The baby, Joseph, died at Southwest Integris Medical Center on Aug. 16, 2012, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Both she and the baby tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

Vandiver denied using drugs, but said she’d used meth in the past and thought she had gotten pregnant in April.

She also told investigators that she could not recall all the previous pregnancies she had, but this was not the first infant she had lost to preterm birth.

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A stillborn girl Vandiver gave birth to in September 2011 also had methamphetamine in her system, the investigator wrote.

A Department of Human Services report said that she has nine other children, according to the affidavit.

One of those children had tested for methamphetamine at birth in 2007, the affidavit states, and the baby and her three older siblings were taken into custody.

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DPS seizes $623,000 worth of meth in home

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested five people and seized about 17 pounds of methamphetamine and $12,000 in cash Wednesday, Feb. 6, in a Lubbock home after a search.

DPS investigators searched the home about 1:45 p.m. in the 4800 block of 35th Street as part of an ongoing investigation into individuals in Lubbock linked to a Mexican drug cartel, according to a DPS news release.

There, officers reportedly found methamphetamine contained in 13 bundles with an estimated value of more than $623,000.

Shortly before the search, a DPS trooper stopped and seized a vehicle linked to the investigation.

The suspects — four Mexican citizens and one U.S. citizen — face charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, money laundering and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Officials did not release the identities of the suspects as the investigation is ongoing, according to DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt.

“Since we’ve linked it to Mexico, it’ll be ongoing for quite a while,” he said.

While DPS led the investigation, troopers were aided by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Border Patrol and the Lubbock Police Department.

 

 

 

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 6 (UPI) — Watch out  Walter White, scientists can now sniff out meth labs with the help of a device  that analyzes the odors of downstream sewage — the high-tech version of a  police investigator snooping through garbage.

Scientists at Tennessee Technological University recently tested their  device, called the Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Sampler, by placing it in  the midst of flowing sewage at three separate locations. A small sponge-like  membrane in the middle the device soaks up chemicals, allowing water and  dissolved materials to flow through freely. After a few weeks, the absorbed  material is collected and analyzed.

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During their experiment, the researchers found that one of their three  devices tested positive for methamphetamine. The research was recently published in Science of The Total Environment, and the  authors believe the work is proof that their device could be useful to law  enforcement.

The goal of the operation was to prove the device worked, not to initiate a  criminal investigation, the scientists say. The specific information about where  the meth was identified will not be turned over to police.

Regardless, other scientists are impressed. “The paper showed a proof of  concept that it is possible to qualitatively determine either presence, or  absence, of a polar compound of interest in raw sewage,” Tammy Jones-Lepp, a  chemist at the EPA, told Discovery News.

If adopted as a police tool, it might mean Walter White would have to abandon  any operations that rely on public sewage systems for waste disposal and go back  to driving five miles into the desert to cook his Blue Magic.

 

 

 

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Law enforcement agencies in Eastern Carolina have another form of a deadly drug on their radar.  Liquid meth, or methamphetamine manufactured in liquid form, has started showing up to the west of us in our state.

“Drug manufacturers are constantly looking at ways to stay one step ahead of law enforcement,” said Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace.  “So this is just one of those measures.”

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The meth can be hidden in a soda bottle, and when it gets to its final destination and the liquid evaporates, the crystal meth is all that’s left.

“It would be extremely hard to locate,” says Investigator Jason Tyndall with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.  “What they do is dilute it down in water or some kind of liquid form.  At that point it’s almost undetectable at that point.  It’s just hard to find.”

Sheriff Wallace says the meth can also be consumed in liquid form, so it isn’t just used for transportation purposes.

 

 

 

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LEWISBURG — The February session of the Greenbrier County Grand Jury was dominated by methamphetamine-related charges.

Fifteen of the 43 people indicted by the grand jury this week are charged with a total of nearly 60 separate meth-related crimes, including operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy to manufacture meth and exposing children to methamphetamine manufacturing.

According to a report this week in The Charleston Gazette, meth lab seizures statewide nearly doubled in 2013, going from 287 in 2012 to 533 labs last year. In Greenbrier County, no meth lab busts were reported in 2012, compared to last year when 19 labs were seized, primarily in the county’s unincorporated areas.

A complete list of those indicted appears below. Cases assigned to Judge Joseph Pomponio are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 21 at 9 a.m..; those assigned to Judge Jim Rowe will be arraigned March 3 at 9 a.m.

Indicted were:

Adkins, Owen Otis II, 30, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Allen, William Wyatt, 81, White Sulphur Springs; failure to register as a sex offender or provide notice of registration changes (2 counts)

Arbaugh, Charles Colton, 23, Alderson; forgery

Avery, James Roger, 36, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Barker, Richard Wayne, 27, Eccles; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Bennett, Matthew Scott, 30, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory

Bennett, Sara Michelle, 24, Maxwelton; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Bevins, Amanda Beth, 23, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts); child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death (2 counts)

Bevins, Anthony Alan, 25, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts); child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death (2 counts)

Blankenship, Cephas Anthony, 39, Lewisburg; burglary (2 counts); petit larceny (misdemeanor); conspiracy to commit burglary (2 counts); grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Boothe, Jeffrey Andrew, 25, Charmco; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts)

Burns, Michael Dallas, 59, Meadow Bridge; malicious assault

Canterberry, Heather Elaine, 38, Rainelle; delivery of a controlled substance – oxymorphone (3 Counts)

Carper, Brent Stephen, 21, Fairlea; conspiracy to commit burglary (2 counts); conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Carter, Timothy Allen, 39, Ronceverte; sexual assault in the first degree (2 counts); sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child (2 counts); incest (2 counts)

Chaney, Travis Matthew, 33, Clintonville; breaking and entering; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Cosgro, Joseph Allen, 32, Ronceverte; forgery (13 counts); uttering (13 counts)

Fox, John Joseph, 32, Layland; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Frias, Genaro Wayne, 25, Clintonville; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory

Godfrey, Terron Iion, 25, White Sulphur Springs; failure to register as a sex offender or provide notice of registration changes (2 counts)

Hicks, Bruce Lee, 29, Ronceverte; fraudulent use of an access device (6 counts)

Hodge, Roger Anthony, 25, Rainelle; manufacturing a controlled substance – marijuana

Holliday, Christopher Eric, 25, Crawley; uttering (5 counts)

Jones, Tyler Ryan, 21, Lewisburg; sexual assault in the second degree

Lilly, Gregory A., 44, Rupert; fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence of alcohol; driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance – second offense; driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol – first offense

Loudermilk, Jade Ashley, 30, Rupert; breaking and entering; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Moody, Joshua Lee, 23, Ronceverte; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – methylphenidate

O’Dell, Joshua Dean, 38, Rainelle; forgery (4 counts); uttering (4 counts)

Rambo, Alexa Rae, 23, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts)

Ramsey, Angalique Dawn, 30, Meadow Bridge; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Ramsey, Anthony Lee, 52, Asbury; voluntary manslaughter

Ray, Ralph Edward, 25, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Rogers, Jerry Calvin Jr., 38, Hines; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Rogers, Jerry Calvin Jr., 38, Hines; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Sanford, Thomas Theodore II, 38, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Smith, Woodrow Martin, 64, Ronceverte; sexual assault in the third degree (12 counts)

Smith, Woodrow Martin, 64, Ronceverte; sexual assault in the third degree

Soucier, Richard Edgar Jr., 51, Lewisburg; attempt to disarm an officer; battery on a government representative (2 counts); obstructing an officer

Starcher, Brittany Lynn, 23, Lewisburg; fraudulent use of an access device (9 counts)

Stull, Erik Benjaman, 20, Lewisburg; sexual assault in the first degree

Thomas, Joseph Michael, 24, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Thomas, Stefanie Rochelle, 32, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Turner, Larry A., 34, Marlinton; delivery of controlled substance – oxycodone

Winters, Leslie Abigail, no age given, involuntary manslaughter

Yates, Debra Lynn, 32, Lewisburg; burglary (2 counts); petit larceny; conspiracy to commit burglary (2 counts); grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

 

 

 

http://www.register-herald.com/todaysfrontpage/x1280777666/Meth-related-charges-dominate-grand-jury

 

A Rocky Mount man was indicted earlier this week on methamphetamine charges in connection with a fire that gutted an apartment building on Wray’s Chapel Road in October.

Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr., 45, is charged with possession of ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

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The fire that started in an upstairs bedroom of Hansen’s unit at Green Akers Apartments was caused by Hansen’s alleged attempt to cook meth, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

Inside the bedroom, investigators discovered equipment and ingredients consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The fire quickly spread to the adjoining unit, Russell said and gutted both sides of the two-story structure. The damage is estimated at $275,000.

Hansen and his wife, Leslie, sustained minor injuries from the fire, Russell said. They were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The owner of the apartment building, Dillard Akers, was insured.

The fire displaced another couple, Mike and Sheila Ramey, who lived in the adjoining unit, Russell said.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

 

 

 

 

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POMEROY — The man accused of raping his teenage stepdaughter entered a guilty plea Thursday morning to three of the eight counts he was facing in connection with the case.

Joseph G. Stewart, 39, of Middleport, pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree; rape, a felony of the first degree; and sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

Stewart will spend the next 17 years in prison as a result of his plea. The change of plea hearing came on the day he was scheduled to go to trial for the crimes.

Stewart was indicted last year on five counts of rape, each one a felony of the first degree; one count of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the first degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree; and sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

In accordance with the plea agreement, five counts of the indictment were dismissed along with case 13CR163. Stewart was originally indicted under case 13CR163, but was re-indicted to add additional charges and clarify the charges.

According to the indictment, the methamphetamine-related charges occurred on or about Aug. 21, while the rape charges occurred from June 30 to Aug. 18.

The indictment alleges that from June 30, 2013, to Aug. 18, 2013, Stewart engaged in sexual conduct with another when he purposely compelled the other person to submit by force or threat of force. The charge of sexual battery in the indictment states that no person shall engage in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the offender, when he is either the other person’s natural or adoptive parent.

Victim’s Assistance Director Theda Petrasko addressed the court on behalf to the victim. She gave details of the crime and stated that the victim was in agreement with the plea deal to avoid being compelled to testify at trial.

Stewart chose not to address the court other than answering yes and no to questions asked by the judge.

Judge I. Carson Crow accepted Stewart’s guilty pleas and proceeded directly to sentencing.

Crow followed the recommendations of council, sentencing Stewart to the maximum prison term for each charge, to run consecutively to one another.

Stewart was sentenced to 11 years on the rape charge and three years each on the charges of sexual battery and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine. He will also have to register as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.

Stewart was remanded to the custody of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office to await transport. He has been jailed since his arrest Aug. 21. His wife, Brenda Stewart, who is also charged in the case, remains in the Middleport jail and is scheduled for trial later this month.

The Stewarts were arrested Aug. 21 following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at 60 1/2 Cole Street in Middleport.

At that time, deputies, along with Department of Jobs and Family Services-Children Services workers interviewed a minor female who alleged forced sexual abuse by her stepfather, Joseph G. Stewart. After interviewing the minor child’s mother, Brenda A. Stewart, along with the stepfather, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred, according to law enforcement.

Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift and Sheriff Keith Wood have said officers with both departments responded to 60 1/2 Cole Street following up on a tip received through Meigs County Children Services regarding a methamphetamine lab and possible sexual abuse of a minor at the residence.

The Stewarts live in an apartment at that address, according to Swift.

While searching the residence, deputies allegedly located a one-pot reactionary vessel and white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine, along with chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine. The apartment building with around 25 residents — including some children, according to the sheriff — had to be evacuated due to the dangers from the methamphetamine lab.

 

 

 

 

 

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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  — A Peachtree City homeowner thought he was removing trash from his yard, but he discovered potentially explosive materials used to make methamphetamine.

Police told Channel 2’s Carl Willis the chemicals were still volatile and could have exploded.

The homeowner, who did not want his name published, said he found lighter fluid, pseudoephedrine boxes, and some sort of mixture swirling inside of taped-up soda bottles.

“I called (police) and said ‘I think someone threw a meth lab in our front yard,'” he said.

It was two one-pot methamphetamine cooks also known as “shake and bake” meth according to police.

Soon, the quiet street on Hip Pocket Road needed a hazmat crew to make it safe again.

“It turned from one cop, to three cops, to detectives to the GBI and they had to get some federal task force up here from Valdosta,” said the homeowner.

Police said materials used to make a small batch of meth were still a threat to explode from an unstable chemical reaction when the homeowner picked them up.

“If it had sat here for much longer and pressurized like that it could be powerful enough to blow your hands off,” he said. “That’s their words, not mine.”

The cheap and easy way to make meth has been spreading for years.

If meth makers don’t vent the gases in the containers, often two-liter soda bottles, the contents could blow up in a fiery ball.

Investigators took finger prints and evidence from the scene, and police said they made two arrests.

Douglas Shamrock, 29, and Shaina Windom, 25, from nearby Tyrone were booked into jail Tuesday.

“It makes me angry,” said the homeowner. “That somebody would throw basically a bomb in the front yard.”

HARTS – A Lincoln County couple was arrested and charged following a methamphetamine bust last week, led by Lincoln County Sheriff Ken Farley and his team, assisted by Trooper Frye of the West Virginia State Police. Sheriff Farley was joined by several of his deputies, acting on information provided by a confidential informant. The officers executed a search warrant at a McClellan Highway home in Harts on Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2014. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier provided details on the investigation to The Lincoln Journal, late last week.
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According to a criminal complaint from Deputies Shepherd and Clark, the two individuals accused in the matter are Brent Ellis, 28, with an address in Harts, and Jessica E. Ellis, 28, of the same address. Inside the premises, the deputies discovered several meth precursor items with paraphernalia used for the cooking and using of methamphetamine. Small amounts of white powder, tin foil cut into strips with a burnt yellow and orange sticky substance, a torn corner of a plastic bag with white powder residue were all found, as were empty ink pen tubes with residue identified by the accused as meth. Also found was altered Sudafed in a red fuel-like substance, Drano, plastic tubing, coffee filters, kitchen plates with residue, rubber gloves, matches, inhalation devices, and iodized salt. All the items were said to be easily accessible by the minor children living at the home.

Both of the accused were charged with:

•Operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.

•The purchase, receipt, acquisition, and possession of substances to be used as a precursor.

•Possession of a schedule III substance (methamphetamine).

•Conspiracy, construction of section, penalties.

•Intent to deliver a schedule III substance.

 

Brent Ellis was also charged with:

•Three counts of exposure of children to meth manufacturing.

•Three counts of child neglect resulting in injury; child neglect creating a risk of injury

•Driving while license was suspended or revoked. After processing by the officers, the pair was taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. They are expected to appear in Lincoln County Magistrate Court in due course.

 

 

 

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