Ironwood, MI (NNNCOW.com) – Two Ironwood, Michigan residents are behind bars tonight after tens of thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine were confiscated from their home earlier this week.

On Thursday, officers with the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team (G.I.A.N.T.) executed a search warrant at the 200 block of Kennedy Street in Ironwood.

There, they found $75,000 worth of methamphetamine, along with several other controlled substances, cash, and vehicles.

37 year old Richard Hill has been charged with two felony counts, including delivery and manufacture of meth and another count for possession. 37 year old Rebecca Suzik is facing the same charges.

Bond has been set at$ 750,000  for Hill, and $500,000 for Suzik.

The matter is still under investigation, and authorities say additional charges and arrests are possible.

 

 

 

 

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The big question is why meth labs exist in Columbiana County.

Last month the county drug task force, Salem Police Department and the County Sheriff’s Office discovered the sixth meth lab within a year. This one was discovered at a West Pershing Street home.

A week earlier the drug task force, DEA out of Youngstown, New Waterford and East Palestine Police departments raided a meth lab at a Silliman Street residence in New Waterford.

On Dec. 29 county deputies went to an East Eighth Street home in Salem to serve a warrant and discovered a meth lab in an upstairs bedroom. Fire department and hazardous cleanup personnel are called to help secure safety in very dangerous situations.

Last year the drug task force handled 148 cases, up from 85 cases for each year from 2001 to 2012. In 2013 they seized more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, 530 grams of crack cocaine and 140 grams of heroin. Heroin has been the drug of choice in the county since 2005, reported task force commander Lt. Brian McLaughlin in January when that agency received $100,000 in additional funding from the county’s general fund. The ingredients are easy to find, easy to make and cheap, he said.

Methamphetamine, advises the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug. It is a white, odorless, bitter tasting, crystalline powder that can be taken by mouth, smoked, snorted, dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Smoking or injection delivers the drug to the brain very quickly for an immediate and intense euphoria that doesn’t last very long. Users “binge and crash” because they repeatedly dose themselves.

Users may experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia and mood disturbances and display violent behavior over a long term period of use. Other symptoms may include psychoses like paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions such as the sensation of insects crawling under the skin.

“Chronic methamphetamine use is accompanied by chemical and molecular changes in the brain. Imaging studies have shown changes in the activity of the dopamine system that are associated with reduced motor skills and impaired verbal learning. In studies of chronic methamphetamine users, severe structural and functional changes have been found in areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory, which may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems observed in these individuals,” advises NIDA.

Hazardous chemicals are used in the production of meth (aka crystal, chalk, ice).

“Toxicity from these chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab is shut down causing a wide range of health problems for people living in the area,” NIDA informed.

Some cooks are using the one-pot method, throwing all the chemicals together in one container and waiting for the chemical reaction to create the meth, reported Mary Ann Greier of the Salem News.

The raid in New Waterford resulted in Children Services being called in. Published reports advised that, though the children were in school at the time of the raid by authorities, they would be attended to medically due to the exposure to the toxic chemicals and to a natural gas leak in the home. They were to be placed in alternative custody.

Why do meth labs do business in Columbiana County?

How do you know if your home ever housed a meth lab?

 

 

 

 

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As he spiraled downward from civic-minded citizen of the year in Port Orange to meth-making motel dweller, Pete Atwood has confounded the people who once knew him as an affable and responsible individual who worked tirelessly for his community.

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But in the last five years, the 66-year-old Atwood has been arrested six times, half of those apprehensions for cooking meth in roadside motels with people half his age, police reports show.

His most recent meth-cooking incident on Feb. 10 in room 12 at the Town & Country Motel in Port Orange got him arrested along with two women, one of them a 21-year-old.

In 2012, the year he was arrested three times, he deserted his wife of 36 years and emptied the couple’s bank account leaving his former spouse “penniless” to the point she had to apply for food stamps, divorce papers show.

Those who have known him for more than two decades described a man who cared about his city — Port Orange — and who was involved with almost everything from entertainment to planning and zoning. Those same people are wondering what they could have done, if anything, to help thwart Atwood’s free fall into a world of drug addiction and drug manufacturing.

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“His is a story of a real community tragedy and a real personal tragedy,” said John E. Evans of DeLand. “I don’t know what happened to him.”

Atwood’s ex-wife Jayne Atwood believes her former spouse’s dive into drug addiction began in 1992 after he was in a car accident. Jayne Atwood said it was then her husband started taking pain pills. Port Orange Mayor Allen Green, who said he’s known Atwood about 30 years, said Atwood once told him he had back pain when he worked in food management.

“He said he took pain pills for his back. If that’s what got him in trouble, I don’t know,” Green said.

Like Evans, Green hailed Atwood for his extensive work in the community.

“His involvement in this community was amazing,” Green said. “I’m saddened by the current results and I don’t know how to help him.”

On Oct. 30, 2012, Atwood told a Daytona Beach Shores investigator that he had a “problem with being addicted to methamphetamine,” an arrest report shows.

That day the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety arrested Atwood and a 32-year-old woman inside Unit 6 at the Famous Shores Motel, 3738 S. Atlantic Ave.  Atwood said he kept chemicals needed to manufacture meth under the kitchen sink of his motel room, the report shows.

Atwood pleaded no contest to a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine and was given drug offender probation by Circuit Judge Leah Case in May 2013. He violated probation in August of that year after he was again caught manufacturing meth and was re-arrested, court records show. His probation was revoked in October 2013 and he served 102 days in the county jail.

He was released on Feb. 8 only to be arrested again on Feb. 10 at the Town & Country by Port Orange police, a report shows. This time, Atwood invoked his Miranda rights and asked for an attorney, the arrest report shows. He is still in custody at the jail and has repeatedly declined requests for to be interviewed.

When she filed for divorce in July 2012, Jayne Atwood’s petition for dissolution of marriage summarized hers and her husband’s final days together: “He deserted me with all the overdue bills. He transferred joint funds to an unknown bank account. He left me penniless and failed to pay mortgage, property taxes and income taxes. He is hooked on crack cocaine and is hiding out. I have had severe stress and mental abuse.”

Reached by telephone earlier this week, Jayne Atwood said her former husband “was a good person.”

That’s not disputed by either Evans or Green. Both men said Atwood is the type of person who would help anyone and they recalled Atwood’s heyday in Port Orange when he was part of Family Days with founder Al Bell.

Atwood came into the Family Days fold after he met Bell and he soon became vice president of the board. In 2007, after being involved with several organizations in Port Orange, Atwood was honored as the Citizen of the Year by the Volusia League of Cities. He was also on the board of the Friends of the Bandshell, and was a planning commissioner for Port Orange in the mid-2000s.

Atwood and Bell were investigated by Port Orange police in 2008, though, when both were accused of stealing money from Family Days. Bell was never charged, but at the time Port Orange police said Atwood stole $21,395 from Family Days between October 2005 and October 2007. Atwood pleaded no contest to a charge of grand theft in 2009 and he was sentenced to two years probation with adjudication withheld, court records show. Atwood repaid more than $8,000 to Family Days, court records show.

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No one knows when Atwood began his dalliance with meth, but when he was arrested by Daytona Beach Shores detectives in 2012, he told one of the law enforcement officers that he had “manufactured methamphetamine in the past,” the arrest report shows.

Evans, who was president of Family Days until early last year, said he believes “temptation got in the way” of Atwood.

“He got involved with someone who used recreational drugs,” Evans said of Atwood. “Apparently he developed some skills for making meth. You ask yourself, is there anything we could do to help?”

 

 

 

 

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  • Brett Pearson claims drug abuse clouded his judgement while planning the attack
  • Brett Pearson and Robert Miller, both 17, face murder and attempted murder charges
  • Pearson’s mother was found shot dead in her Oregon home on Wednesday

In a tearful jailhouse interview, 17-year-old murder suspect Brett Pearson has revealed how meth abuse led him to plot a shooting that would kill his mother and injure his father.

‘None of this was supposed to happen,’ he said, sitting in the Marion County Jail. ‘I should still be sitting at home with both my parents eating dinner. I should wake up every morning in my bed going to school, getting my education. I should see my girlfriend tomorrow  morning at 11 o’clock and spending the day with her, making her dinner.’

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Pearson’s mother, Michelle Pearson, 44, was found dead in their Oregon home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday along with husband Bill Pearson, 57, who was also seriously injured by gunshots.

Bill Pearson is expected to recover from his injuries but remains hospitalized.

Pearson spoke of his horrible regret and detailed the meth use that led to that horrible day in an interview with Fox 12.

‘Regardless of being under the influence, it’s still a decision I  made,’ Brett Pearson said. ‘It’s still something I did. It’s  still something that was very wrong and should never have happened.’

Pearson said his friend, Robert MIller II, 17, was the one who shot his mother. He admitted to shooting his father himself.

Miller is also facing murder charges and police have yet to confirm who they believe fired on who.

The boys had planned the shooting while high on meth.

‘I want people to know that I am sorry for what I did, not because I  got caught, not because I’m sitting here in this garment, not because  you’re in front of me,’ Pearson said. ‘But  because I’m truly sorry that I let myself make the choices I made and  that I got so far gone that I decided to try to take somebody’s life,  including my own parents.’

Both boys will be tried as adults.

They are being held without bail.

Brett Angus Pearson was pulled over by police about 90 minutes after the body of his mother was found.

Miller was arrested at a Salem motel he had checked into.

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Pearson allegedly posted a chilling message on Facebook in the hours before the murder, and friends of the teenager say he had talked previously of killing his mom.

In the Facebook post, made at 5.12pm on the day of the murder, he wrote: ‘Life’s about to change in a number of ways!’

The comment was ‘liked’ by his co-accused, Miller.

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‘Brett told me a couple months ago, that in a joking but serious manner, “I’m going to kill my parent”,’ Teya Zimick told Koin.

‘All my friends laughed because we were like, “You are not going to kill your parents, Brett”.’

She added that when she brought it up recently, Pearson said he had been joking.

Police arrived at the Pearson family home in Keizer just before 11.30pm, after an alarm was activated inside it.

When officers went inside they found Mrs Pearson had died from gunshot wounds. Her husband had been shot and was taken to hospital. He is expected to survive.

No motive has been suggested for the killing and friends of the Pearson family were shocked to hear of it.

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‘I’ve known them for 10 years, just  really nice people. I  don’t know what would have brought this on,’ Theresa Whisenhunt told KGWW.

Pearson and Miller have been charged with murder, attempted murder and  conspiracy to commit murder. They will be tried as adults.

 

 

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A Hanceville woman was arrested by Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents on Thursday for previously selling meth to undercover officers.

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A CNET agent, who remains unnamed for safety reasons, said Vicki L. Cupp, 42,  was arrested just after noon on Thursday at Maplewood apartment complex in Hanceville near Wallace State Community College. She was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The CNET agent said they previously purchased several hundred dollars worth of meth in multiple purchases.

“We made a buy on two different occasions from her, she was selling methamphetamine,” the CNET agent said. “We did surveillance and once she walked down the stairs from her apartment she went and got into her vehicle. We pulled up behind her and she got out and asked what was going on. We told her she was under arrest for distributing methamphetamine. We were able to arrest her without incident.”

Both CNET agents and the Hanceville Police Department were involved in Cupp’s arrest.

“We didn’t find any methamphetamine on her at the time of her arrest,” the CNET agent said. “She was aware we were looking for her.”

Cupp is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $60,000 property bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.cullmantimes.com/local/x787206297/Hanceville-woman-arrested-for-two-counts-of-drug-distribution

 

Charleston, WV - A conference committee report with a compromise for Senate Bill 6 did not meet the 9 p.m. deadline for conference committee reports and was not taken up in the final hours of the regular legislative session.

On the last day of the 2014 Legislative session March 8, an amendment adopted March 7 came under reconsideration regarding Senate Bill 6, regulating the sale of drug products used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, moved to amend the March 7 amendment. The original amendment adopted late March 7 allowed the county commissioner to enact a prescription-only ordinance in relation to the sale of drug products that can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine for the particular county.

The adopted amendment was born as a compromise in response to the push for a statewide mandate for prescription-only pseudoephedrine in the legislation.

Shott explained that he wanted to tweak his original amendment so that a county commissioner would only be able to implement a prescription-only pseudoephedrine ordinance after a majority of the county’s residents voted in the affirmative through a voting referendum.

The bill as a whole was also up for passage, with debate for and against coming from both sides of the aisle. The bill passed the House by a vote of 63 to 34, but it still must clear the Senate before it competes the legislative process.

 

Under the proposed bill, an exception would apply for the legal possession of pseudoephedrine if it was purchased in a lawful jurisdiction. In other words, if a person with no previous criminal record purchased pseudoephedrine where the sale of the product was legal, that individual would not be liable for criminal prosecution.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

A bill to limit the amount of cold medicines on the streets being used to make meth has passed in the WV House of Delegates.

     The bill would allow county commissions to make drugs used to cook meth available by prescription only and to limit the amount of cold medicines that can be purchased each year.
     It allows people to purchase 24 grams of pseudoephedrine annually… that’s half the current limit.
     In addition, the bill would now allow pharmacists to refuse to sell Sudafed and similar drugs to people who are not regular customers at the pharmacy.

PHUKET: Phuket police this afternoon (March 9) confiscated crystal methamphetamine worth more than B7 million from drug sellers who they believe are part of a wide network of drug sellers working between Nakhon Sri Thammarat prison and the Ta Chat Chai entrance to Phuket.

Police were first given a tip off that a prisoner from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, named as Kee Honsaithong, was one of the leaders in a gang who were bringing drugs to Phuket. Police were told there would be a delivery on board a Bangkok to Phuket bus, so they checked buses when they came through the checkpoint.
Inside one bus they found Sunthorn “Torn” Limsakul, a 37-year-old Phang Nga resident, with 950 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or ya ice. He admitted he was “hired” for B10,000 to bring the drugs to Phuket.
Police also confiscated another 1,000 grams of ya ice near Srisoonthorn Temple on Thalang Road in Phuket Town.

 

 

 

http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-police-bust-drug-network-crystal-meth-worth-b7mn-confiscated-45042.php

 

Missouri Representatives Stanley Cox (R-118) and Kenneth Wilson (R-12)have announced that they have filed House Bill 1787—anti-methamphetamine legislation aimed at helping Missouri fight back against methamphetamine production. The bill, similar to legislation authored by Senator David Sater (R-29) and filed in the Senate earlier this year (SB 625), implements reasonable monthly and yearly limits on pseudoephedrine (PSE) sales in order to prevent its illegal diversion into methamphetamine.        

Additionally, the bill prevents “returns” of PSE-based products and blocks any person who has been found guilty of a drug felony offense from purchasing these medicines without a prescription.                             

“In Missouri’s ongoing fight against meth production and abuse, it is essential that we implement balanced and effective policies that give law enforcement officials the tools they need to do their job,” said Cox. “HB 1787 will do just that. By implementing practical purchasing limits and establishing a drug offender block list, this legislation will give much-needed leverage to the officials on the frontlines of this battle. In Oklahoma, lawmakers passed a similar meth-offender block list that has led to a 50 percent decline in meth lab incidents in that state. These policies are particularly important because they go after the criminals responsible for creating Missouri’s meth problem while maintaining the rights of law-abiding citizens who depend on basic cold and allergy medicine.”                                   

“It is crucial that Missouri lawmakers design policies that are tough on meth crime,” said Wilson. “Yet we also must remember to protect the responsible choices of law-abiding citizens. House Bill 1787 accomplishes both of these tasks. It will be another critical tool for state officials in their effort to eradicate meth. ”                                    

Details of HB 1787:                                    

• The bill lowers the monthly limit of pseudoephedrine-based medicines that an individual can purchase from 9 grams to 7.2 grams                                    

• The bill adds the provision of a yearly purchase amount of 60 grams without a prescription                                    

• The bill lowers the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can legally possess from 24 grams to 14.4 grams                                    

• If pseudoephedrine is purchased and then returned to the pharmacy, it still counts towards an individual’s 7.2 gram total                                    

• A person who has been found guilty of any drug felony offense must obtain a prescription for any product containing pseudoephedrine.

 

 

 

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MASON CITY | A Clear Lake man arrested Friday in Mason City has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Chad R. Tannahill, 45, was arrested by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a warrant at 3:49 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of North Madison Avenue following a short foot chase, according to the sheriff’s incident log.

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After a short investigation at the scene, Tannahill was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Tannahill is now serving a 29-day sentence in the Cerro Gordo County Jail for failure to pay child support, as well as being held on $10,000 cash bond on the meth charge.

 

 

 

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First responders from throughout the Tuscarawas Valley gathered at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Friday for training to deal with a growing problem — the number of methamphetamine labs in the area.

The two half-day sessions were sponsored by the New Philadelphia Police Department and the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office with training provided by Detective Sgt. Joe Mullet and Sgt. Tim Stryker from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department.

Holmes County has had experience with illegal labs in recent years. Mullet is considered to be the area’s leading expert regarding meth lab operations and is certified in dismantling and removing labs.

Talking with the media before the first session began, Mullet said he would explain to first responders what ingredients are used in making meth, how it is cooked and what they should look for at a crime scene.

Making meth is “a very easy process, but a very dangerous process,” he said.

The two men want to help first responders recognize the signs of a meth lab and then get out, so they can contact those who have hazardous-materials training to clean up the site.

“The last thing we want to do is see someone get hurt,” Mullet said.

Stryker described meth labs as “ticking time bombs waiting to explode.”

Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer said more labs were being seen in the county.

“This is something that has been a local problem in the last few months,” he said.

Describing it as a “dangerous and destructive crime,” he said it leads meth addicts to steal to get the money to pay for their addiction and causes families to fall apart.

In the past, meth labs had been a problem confined to urban areas, such as Summit County. “In the last decade, we had a couple of cases in Tuscarawas County,” Styer said. “We’ve had almost a dozen cases in the last three months.”

It has gotten much easier to make meth today than it had been in the past, leading to the increase in the number of labs. “You don’t have to be sophisticated to make this stuff,” Styer said.

The products necessary to manufacture meth are readily available at stores and are inexpensive to obtain, Stryker said.

Those who abuse meth spend between $200 and $300 a day. Abusers turn to cooking meth to feed their habit and to earn money as well, he said.

Those who use meth usually have major health problems as a result.

Every meth cook has his own recipe,” Mullet said. “We had one in Holmes County using rat poison. That was his special ingredient so people knew it was coming from him.”

Stryker had advice for neighbors who might live in the vicinity of a meth lab. They should learn to recognize the sights and smells associated with a lab. A burning ammonia or sulfur smell is often an indication. Other signs include traffic coming and going from a house at unusual hours and someone burning trash in the night.

If residents see these signs, they should contact their local authorities, he said.

 

 

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AHMEDABAD: For Walter White, the central character of the hit American television drama series ‘Breaking Bad’ that revolves around formation of an illegal methamphetamine laboratory by this chemistry teacher, it was leaving behind good money for his family. However, for Mayur Trivedi, a city-based MBA graduate, it was to pay the dues and make good money through the trade that drove him to establish a makeshift laboratory in Astodia.

A team of Ahmedabad zonal office of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Trivedi, 43, a resident of Krishnanagar, Naroda, from his residence and busted his lab at Mandvi ni Pol on Friday. The breakthrough came after a Delhi-based drug dealer Javed was arrested by NCB sleuths in Jodhpur on March 6, along with 18kg charas (hashish).

Hari Om Gandhi, zonal director, NCB, told TOI that it is a big success for the agency as the team busted the lab before it could produce the commercial methamphetamine. The agency seized four kg of ephedrine and 680gm of methamphetamine.

“Trivedi was into extracting precious metal after recycling of PC spare parts. He had come in contact with a Mumbai-based person whom we don’t want to name at this juncture. Trivedi had complained to him around six months back about dwindling revenues from the business when he proposed the idea of drug manufacturing that can be highly profitable. Trivedi was asked to prepare the required chemical compound and the person’s associate provided the raw material and took responsibility of the distribution,” said an NCB official.

Initially reluctant, Trivedi took up the offer eyeing huge profit. The middleman in Mumbai got Javed and Trivedi on board after which Javed and his associates provided Trivedi with the chemicals required for the process a few months back. The investigation, so far, has revealed that Trivedi was given 5,000 tablets of ephedrine, one of the most important components for the drug.

“It was agreed that Trivedi would be paid from the proceeds of the drug sale. He even created the first batch of the drug using the available resources. The deal, however, did not strike as Trivedi could not deliver the quality required by drug suppliers. Javed had told Trivedi to try again with help of experienced hands and the plan was put on hold. Meanwhile, Javed got caught and spilled the beans on him,” said the official.

NCB team left surprised

NCB officials were surprised the see the meth lab as the makeshift arrangements made out of the resources commonly available at any household were right above a bustling locality. The building itself has a doctor on the ground floor and residential quarters on the first floor. It is the second instance when a meth lab has been busted in the state. Earlier, a team of NCB had nabbed three persons for running a laboratory near Vadodara in 2008.

Hari Om Gandhi, zonal director, NCB, said they have sought the accused’s remand to ascertain whether other persons are also involved in similar activities in the state.

Meth is highly profitable

Methamphetamine or meth is also called ice due to its coldness felt on tongue. The crystal powder can be taken in multiple ways. While the primary market is overseas due to its price of up to Rs 2 crore per kg, several Indian cities have also seen use of the psychotropic drug used primarily in rave parties. A number of persons get involved in the trade as while the raw material cost Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh, it fetches 100% returns,” said a senior NCB official.

 

 

 

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Breaking-bad-Ahmedabad-style/articleshow/31690547.cms

 

A Crawford county man is facing some serious criminal charges, after police say they broke up a meth lab he was running in his Crawford county home.

 

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State police drug agents discovered the suspected meth lab, along with ingredients used to make meth, inside a home on North Chestnut Street in Linesvile on Monday.
They took 51-year old Charles Geiring into custody at the scene.
Geiring was placed is in the Crawford county jail, with several charges filed against him.
The state police investigation continues.

 

 

 

http://www.erietvnews.com/story/24818334/crawford-county-man-charged-with-making-meth

 

 

Six suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai security forces who seized illegal Methamphetamines at the scene, police said Saturday.

BANGKOK: Six suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai security forces who seized illegal methamphetamines at the scene, police said Saturday.

The clash occurred late Friday evening in a mountainous border area in the Mae Sai district of northernmost Chiang Rai province — part of the Golden Triangle region.

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“Six bodies were found at clash site along with seven bags of methamphetamines,” Colonel Nattawut Yuwan, commander of the Mae Sai police, told AFP by telephone.

“We suspect they were hilltribe (Muser) people,” he said, adding the suspects had been travelling by foot and the clash happened quite close to the border with Myanmar.

There were no reports of any casualties among security forces.

Clashes between police and drug traffickers are fairly common in Thailand’s remote border regions.

Thailand has seen a marked increase in seizures of methamphetamine — which is relatively cheap and easy to make — often smuggled from neighboring Myanmar where armed rebels use profits from narcotics to fund their operations.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/six-drug-suspects-killed/1025302.html

A married couple is behind bars, accused by deputies in the east of running a meth operation.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says that it arrested 46-year-old Herbert Garriss and 44-year-old Angela Garriss both of 2145 Camp Leach Road in Washington on March 7th.

The 2 were arrested after officials say while investigating stolen property said to be at the pair’s home, a number of plastic bottles associated with the “one pot” method of manufacturing meth was seen cooking in a shop on the property.

Officials say they cleared the building and investigators with the drug unit, as well as agents with the SBI responded to the scene.

Officials say evidence of several “one pot” meth cooks were located in the shop, along with precursor chemicals, solvents, and 3 grams of prepackaged meth. In the residence, officials say they found evidence of meth use including snorting straws and smoking straw. 11 firearms were also seized, according to investigators.

Herbert Garriss has been charged with manufacture methamphetamine, possess/distribute methamphetamine precursors, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling to facilitate drug activity, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Angela Garriss has been charged with possess/distribute methamphetamine precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Herbert Garriss is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under no bond. Angela Garriss is being held under a $10,000 secured bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.witn.com/news/crime/headlines/Beaufort-County-Deputies-Bust-Up-Alleged-Meth-Operation-249137491.html

 

A woman from Livermore and a man from Fremont face multiple felony counts after a Feb. 25 traffic stop near the intersection of Maywood Drive and Springdale Avenue, according to police reports.

Crystal Marie Brush, 29, of Livermore was arrested on several outstanding felony warrants: an Alameda County auto theft warrant, a grand theft warrant from Fremont, another grand theft warrant from Pleasanton and a misdemeanor warrant for possession of a switchblade from Dublin.

Brush was also arrested for felony possession of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamine and two narcotics, hydrocodone and Norco.

Doug Deacon Buffey, 53, of Fremont was originally arrested on a felony probation violation. However, during a search at the Pleasanton Police Department, 2.1 ounces of methamphetamine were discovered in his underwear, according to police reports. Buffey was then arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale and smuggling a controlled substance into jail, both felonies.

The two were arrested at around 6:03 p.m. Brush is being held at the Santa Rita Jail with multiple bond amounts totaling $135,000. Buffey remains at the jail in lieu of $45,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2014/03/08/pleasanton-police-seize-out-of-town-felons-in-traffic-stop

 

A Porterville man and woman were booked Saturday morning at the Tulare County Jail after Porterville police found a pipe bomb, illegal explosive materials, marijuana and methamphetamine in a home in a mobile home park.

Police responded to a suspicious activity call at a mobile home park in the 700 block of East Worth Avenue at 10 a.m. and found a pipe bomb and other explosive materials.

Porterville Fire Department and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office explosive demolition experts responded, and neighboring residents were evacuated until the bomb material was deemed safe.

Detectives also found marijuana, methamphetamine and evidence of marijuana cultivation in the suspects’ residence. A 56-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were arrested.

JACKSON COUNTY — Two Jackson county residents behind bars Saturday for cooking methamphetamine in a home they shared with a two-year-old.

The Uniform Patrol Division of the sheriff’s office and the Department of Children and Families led a joint investigation into the home of 2826 New Hope Road, responding to allegations of drug manufacturing.

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Resident Krystal Hunter, 29, let officers inside but 26-year-old Ronald Grant III refused them access to a bedroom. Officers smelled a strong chemical odor, which led them to the remnants of methamphetamine cooking by the stove. A two-year-old child was in the home at the time.

Further investigation led to two bottles used for cooking, meth ingredients, less than 20 grams of marijuana, and a glass pipe.

Grant and Hunter are in the Jackson County Jail facing several charges including child abuse.  The two-year-old is with its maternal grandmother.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/Two-Jackson-County-Residents-Arrested-After-Cooking-Meth-249154851.html

 

Five people involved with a methamphetamine operation have been arrested by members of the Davenport police Tactical Operations Bureau and NETS unit.

According to arrest affidavits filed by Davenport police officer Brandon Koepke, officers served a search warrant about 10 p.m. Friday at 3509 N. Main St., Apt. 8.

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Inside the apartment, officers seized items used in the what is known as the one-pot method of manufacturing methamphetamine, including a reactionary vessel containing sludge and lithium with more than 5 grams of detectable methamphetamine, according to Koepke’s affidavit.

Officers also seized pseudoephedrine blister packs, coffee filters, HCL generators, Coleman camp fuel, an empty bottle of lye, sulfuric acid, cold packs and lithium battery components. They also seized a quantity of methamphetamine.

The residents of the apartment, Jarad Paul Postell, 32, Melissa Renee Miller, 32, and Randy Joe Kirk, 28, are charged with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine. Each of the three was being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Postell also is charged with hosting a drug house. Kirk is also being held on a parole violation and a Muscatine County warrant. Miller is being held on a Muscatine County warrant, too.

Two men caught leaving the apartment, Kevin Anthony Cunningham, 25, no home address given, and John Alden Sullivan, 25, of 3575 Marquette St., Davenport, also were arrested while being in possession of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Cunningham is charged with one count of drug possession and delivery. Sullivan is charged with three counts of drug possession and delivery. According to the affidavit, officers found him carrying 0.55 grams of methamphetamine, 20 individually wrapped packages of high-grade marijuana weighing 33.95 grams and a digital scale. Officers also found 0.95 grams of methamphetamine on the ground near Sullivan, according to the affidavit.

Cunningham and Sullivan also were being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on cash-only bonds of $100,000 each.

The charges involving the manufacture, possession and delivery of methamphetamine are Class B felonies under Iowa law that carry prison sentences of up to 25 years if they result in a conviction.

 

 

 

 

http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/five-arrested-in-davenport-methamphetamine-investigation/article_5589c71d-04d0-573f-b27e-6d97833703d5.html

 

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) — A Stewartville man is facing multiple charges after evidence of meth was found in his home where children were present.

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Sgt. Tom Claymon of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called Wednesday about 10 a.m. to a mobile home at 2014 Lark Lane Northwest in Stewartville. A woman told deputies that her husband, Michael Fisher, was a meth addict and had relapsed and was hallucinating.

Claymon said Fisher flushed meth down the toilet before deputies arrived but didn’t throw out the bag it had been in.

Fisher was arrested and faces charges of fifth-degree possession and meth crimes involving children.

 

 

 

http://www.kttc.com/story/24905036/2014/03/06/evidence-of-meth-found-in-stewartville-home

 

 

Few places in the world have meth-heads like Arizona does.
While the number of exploding meth labs isn’t as high as it used to be, the meth users still seem to be as high as ever. Now, after much research of the New Times criminal meth-head archives, we bring you 10 of the absolute meth-iest crimes allegedly committed by Arizona meth-heads:

10.) Naked Meth-Head to Cops: I’m Naked in Field to Get “Closer to God”

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How do you get closer to God? According to Juan Jose Peralta it involves smoking meth, stripping down in a Mesa field, and exposing himself to kids. Police responded to the report of a naked guy “waving his arms wildly in the air,” with his genitals in full view of a man and his 13-year-old son in May 2011. When police showed up and asked him what he was doing, he told the cops he just “wanted to feel closer to God and the Earth.”
9.) Meth-y Mom’s Baby Overdosed On (You Guessed it) Meth

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​Most people don’t do meth. Most people don’t let their 9-month-old kid die from a meth overdose. Most people don’t then give birth to another child with a circulatory system full of meth. By those standards, Veronica Marie Linares allegedly doesn’t qualify as “most people,” according to what Glendale police said in January 2011.

8.) Meth-Head Mom Allegedly Shot Up 5-Year-Old Kid With Meth

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Just last week, an admitted meth user’s 5-year-old daughter tested positive for meth, after the girl complained about her mother sticking her with needles, police say. Jacqueline Trousdale, a 30-year-old Phoenix resident, was the subject of “several” ongoing Child Protective Services investigations, according to court documents, which included allegations of pimping out her toddlers.

7.) Jesus Told Meth User to Drown Her 3-Year-Old Son in a Puddle

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A Mesa woman who was spotted holding her 3-year-old son facedown in puddles in March claimed that Jesus told her to drown the boy, according to authorities. The woman, 30-year-old Victoria Soliz, eventually would tell a doctor that she was taking her medication regularly, which is a problem, because she told the doctor that crystal meth is her medication.

6.) Meth Addict Beats 85-Year-Old Mother to Death

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Robert Troutt told police he beat the hell out of someone he thought was impersonating and attacking his mother in January 2010. Turns out, he was high on meth and had attacked his own mom, who died after the beating, in which Troutt caused her brain to bleed, and nearly tore off one of her ears.

5.) Scottsdale Meth-Head Has Naked Picnic in Dollar Store Bathroom

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After getting high on meth for four days straight in March 2011, Scottsdale resident Shane Christian Chavis went into a Phoenix dollar store, and locked himself in the bathroom. Eventually, an employee opened the bathroom, and found Chavis naked, chowing down on food he’d just stolen in the store. Chavis put his clothes on and left, but not before spraying at least 10 cans of Silly String “all over” the store, according to police.

4.) Meth User in Motorcycle Massacre

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In one of the more high-profile court cases in recent history, Michael Jakscht, a dump-truck driver, was allegedly high on meth when the dump-truck driver ran over eight motorcyclists, killing four of them, in March 2010. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison late last year.

3.) Naked Meth-Head to Cops: “Come and Suck it” (Said While Masturbating Behind Motel)

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Police found Theodore Ruiz masturbating in a fenced-in area behind a motel in December 2010, and when they asked him to come out of the area, Ruiz gave his infamous response: “You come back here and suck it.” Ruiz repeated his response several times in his brief stand-down in police — in which he was masturbating the entire time, even after being pepper-sprayed.

2.) Meth Head Tells Dad About Corpse in His Apartment

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Erik Grumpelt lived with his girlfriend for more than two months — after he killed her. In May 2011, Grumpelt kneed his girlfriend in the abdomen several times, until she was unresponsive. He spent the next two months with her corpse, before telling his dad, and trying to commit suicide. Grumpelt was sentenced earlier this year to 14 years in prison.

1.) Meth-Head Put Baby in Freezer

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Chance Kracke is the poster-boy for meth-head crime. Kracke but his 7-month-old son in the freezer, because he wanted to make a snack, and said the floor was too dirty for a kid. He still put the baby on the dirty floor anyway, in what’s literally one of the most disgusting apartments of all-time, with “hundreds” of cockroaches, rusty razor blades, feces and urine everywhere, broken glass, chewing tobacco spit, and meth paraphernalia. Police discovered his other son, almost 2, had also swallowed a screw.

 

 

 

 

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2013/06/meth_crime_arizona_top_10_phoenix.php

 

In a case of life imitating art, methamphetamine with a tint of blue, just like Walter White’s “Blue Sky” product, is turning up routinely on the streets of Phoenix, cops say.

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Meth dealers tell their customers the blue powder will get them higher, says Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson, but narcotics officers say it’s likely just average meth with some food coloring thrown in.

Phoenix police make small seizures of blue meth every week or two, he says.

Coloring meth to look like the fictional high-quality stuff in the popular TV show Breaking Bad apparently is part of a trend to make the drug look better to users.

Efforts to restrict the sale of pharmacy drugs used to make meth have worked fairly well over the years, he says, but folks still manage to make meth with pseudoephedrine. The problem for meth makers is that the allergy-relieving drug contains chemical “binders” that help it retain the form of a pill. That may leave the finished product looking lumpy and gross, Thompson says, so the illicit chemists will “wash” the meth with other chemicals or by straining it through coffee filters. The finished product has a more-appealing, “flour-like” appearance.

“The bottom line is, it looks prettier,” Thompson says. “Throw in a few drops of blue food coloring and you’ve taken a product and made it a little more marketable.”

It’s not just in Phoenix: In January, a Homeland Security official announced that blue meth had been showing up in the Four Corners region and in New Mexico.

Phoenix officials have conducted no tests on the blue meth being found, meaning no one but the person who made it knows for sure what’s in it.

 

 

 

 

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/03/blue_meth_found_frequently_in.php

 

Cattle ranchers and law enforcement in the American West are fighting a tough new battle to protect the herds — keeping meth addicts from stealing their cows and selling them to finance their drug habit.

Cattle rustling is a crime straight out of a John Wayne western, combined with a modern “Breaking Bad” twist.

Law enforcement says meth addicts will sneak onto to ranches and farms to steal cows, worth around $1,000 a head, and then sell them at auction for money.

In one instance, caught on surveillance footage at a ranch in Missouri, thieves backed up a big rig to the cow pen, and one by one, coaxed the cattle onto a trailer. The thieves cleared the pen, except for one lone cow.

Cattle theft is a serious crime. These days the penalty can carry up to 10 years in jail.

Chief agent Jerry Flowers of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture’s law enforcement division and his nine special agents make up a crack unit dedicated to taking down cattle thieves, patrolling Oklahoma’s vast prairies and cattle ranches.

Selling stolen cattle is not relatively hard to pull off, police say. Livestock markets can move thousands of cattle in a week, and many of them aren’t branded.

“I’ve had people call me up and say ‘Hey Jerry, I’ve had a couple steers stolen.’ I say ‘what do they look like?’ ‘Well they’re 500 pounds and black steers,'” Flowers said.

Recently, Flowers and his agents were tracking two suspects, one-time ranch hands David Wallace and Larry “Snag” Smith. The two men were accused of stealing 100 cows from Oklahoma rancher Jet McCoy of “The Amazing Race” fame.

McCoy said his cattle were taken gradually and it took a while before he noticed they were gone. It wasn’t until he took a plane up to survey his land, to make sure they hadn’t just wandered off onto a neighboring property. For McCoy, $100,000 worth of stolen cattle is serious business.

“It’s no surprise to me that in the old days when they found somebody stealing cattle and horses that they’d just strung ‘em up,” he said.

Eventually, Flowers said he and his agents learned Wallace and Smith had taken cattle to a livestock market in Atoka, Okla. Police said the two suspects left a paper trial at the stockyard, and the agents quickly caught up with them.

Both men now are in custody but have yet to enter a plea.

For Flowers and his agents, these sort of modern-day American cowboy heroes, being on the job is more than just a whiff of a bygone era.

“It’ll never end,” Flowers said. “I still enjoy every morning, getting up pulling my boots on and enjoy the thrill of the hunt, when we go out and chase these outlaws.”

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wild-west-cops-chase-outlaws-stealing-cattle-meth/story?id=22820002

OAKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine Drug Enforcement served three search warrants Friday, which resulted in one arrest. The warrants were part of month long investigation into methamphetamine production.

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MDEA served two warrant at 11 Center Street in Oakland and the other to a room at the Waterville Fireside Inn & Suites on Main Street. After MDEA’s inspection, a wing of the motel was evacuated. An initial assesment revealed evidence of meth manufacturing in the motel room. Due to the explosive danger of the meth materials, officials evacuated the motel. The team members, wearing protective suits, will search and clean the room at the motel and at the Oakland location.

MDEA also seized a vehicle in Skowhegan that is connected to the investigation. Federal, state, county and local police as well as local fire departments, EMS and Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection all assisted the MDEA. There are several other people being question in connection to the meth production.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/271765/314/MDEA-finds-meth-lab-in-Waterville-motel

 

SCOTT, LA (WAFB) – Two people have been arrested in Scott, La. on drug related charges.

According to the Scott Police Department, 36-year old Randy Ward and 31-year old Amanda Elizabeth Olivier were taken into custody after a meth lab was discovered in the trunk of Olivier’s vehicle.

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Police pulled the vehicle over and contacted the Scott Fire Department and HazMat to the scene where a laboratory was later found in the trunk along with several other drug paraphernalia for producing and using meth.

Ward admitted that the equipment belonged to him, and Olivier told officials that she had knowledge that the equipment was in the trunk of her vehicle. They were transported and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Once inside that center, jail deputies conducted a search on Ward. A total of 4.2g of meth and three 2mg tablets of Xanax were found hidden in Ward’s sock.

Ward was charged with creating a clandestine laboratory, possession with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute Xanax, possession of drug paraphernalia, and intro of contraband into a penal facility.

His bond was set at $26,000.

Olivier was charged with principal to create or operate a clandestine lab and she also had an active warrant for theft from Lafayette. Her bond was set at $5,750.

 

 

http://www.wafb.com/story/24910701/meht-lab-found-in-trunk-of-vehicle-in-scott-la

 

 

Grant County — Authorities in Grant County helped confiscate 6 pounds of methamphetamine and arrest three men during a drug investigation.

Eduardo Garcia Gonzalez, 25, Santos Gomez, 33, both of Quincy , and Matsu C.K. Thornton, 31, of Waterville, were arrested Thursday after they were caught selling more than a pound of meth, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

State and federal authorities raided properties in Waterville and the Yakima Valley following the arrests, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities found meth, guns, ammunition, cash, drug paraphernalia and a bulletproof vest.

Authorities estimate the six pounds of methamphetamine has a street value of more than $80,000.

The three suspects were booked into the Grant County jail, the sheriff’s office said. Garcia Gonzalez was allegedly carrying a gun when he was arrested and could face additional charges.

Grant County’s narcotics team joined forces with the Columbia River Drug Task Force, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.