Comments Off on Driver in fatal Martin County crash, Jessica Bechtel, had Methamphetamine, other drugs in her system

MARTIN COUNTY, Ind. – A woman had methamphetamine and other drugs in her system when she caused a crash that killed a Martin County man, police say.

According to Indiana State Police, the crash happened around 2:40 p.m. on Monday. Jessica Bechtel was going southbound on U.S. 231 near County Road 700 North when her Dodge Durango crossed over the center line.ethethwrtwr

Terry Tapp, Martinsville, was going northbound in a Chevrolet Traverse and saw the Durango coming toward him. Both drivers swerved to avoid one another; Bechtel’s SUV missed the Traverse but struck the camper trailer the vehicle was towing.

  • Man killed during crash in Martin County
  • Police say driver had methamphetamine and other drugs in system
  • Four children riding with her were injured
  • U.S. 231 was closed for two hours for the investigation

Debris from the trailer went through the front passenger side window, striking and killing Tyson Willkie, a passenger in the front seat of the Durango. Four children in the Durango with Bechtel were injured, police said; one of them went to Daviess County Hospital before being transferred to an Evansville hospital. The other three children were treated and released at the scene.

Police said further investigation showed Bechtel had methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepine in her blood. She was arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail on multiple charges, including operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 18 and neglect of a dependent (placing dependent in a dangerous situation).

U.S. 231 was closed for two hours while police investigated the crash.



Police: Driver in fatal crash had methamphetamine, other drugs in system


Comments Off on LaFayette woman finds Jeffrey Lynn George, 49, on Methamphetamine prowling in the weeds on her property

Thanks to a dog barking, a LaFayette woman discovered a man on methamphetamine prowling in the weeds on her property.

The man tried to run from police, but was captured and charged with possession of methamphetamine, obstruction of an officer, and prowling.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports, on Sunday, July 3, around 3:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on the 700 block of Colerain Street, where a woman said her dog alerted her to a prowler on her property hiding in the weeds beside her fence.

She said the man seemed under the influence of drugs. She started to call 911, when 49-year-old Jeffrey Lynn George took off running towards a nearby church.

George was reported wearing an orange shirt, blue jeans, and a dark blue ball cap turned backwards.

George was located within a close distance, sitting on a chair, but without a shirt on.

Once he noticed the police, George took off running into the woods behind a residence.

He was later discovered hiding behind a large tree near the residence.

Once police began to detain him, a bag of methamphetamine was located on the ground underneath his body.

George was transported to the Walker County jail without incident.


Comments Off on New Mexico prison inmate caught smuggling Methamphetamine in USB book

It’s one of the craftiest prison drug smuggling attempts New Mexico corrections officers have ever seen.

Enough meth to net $2,000 behind bars has slipped in through an e-book for inmates.  NM_prison_inmate_caught_smuggling_meth_in_USB_book-syndImport-111856

It was the perfect cover — an educational tool.

The old-school-looking devices have full-length books loaded on them in the form of USB drives that can be read on a computer. Inmates typically get them through a catalog — they just usually don’t come with a big surprise inside.

New Mexico Corrections Department Deputy Secretary Alex Tomlin explained the devices to KOB.

“[An inmate] can plug it in and read his book, and it just keeps them from having to stack up books,” said Tomlin. “They may have five or six of these where books would be all over the place.”

They’re available through catalogs and ordered through private companies.

Isidro Dominguez is in prison for murder. But his reading habit is what will likely keep him in jail longer now.

One of those little USB books addressed to Dominguez was ever-so-slightly buckling at the seams.

“And when he popped it open, sure enough, it was full of meth,” said Tomlin.

When Tomlin says “full of meth” she means it — more than 10 grams of the illegal drug was packed into the cartridge.

At a highly-inflated price inside the joint, it’s easily worth $2,000.

“There is a good likelihood that he was going to sell it,” said Tomlin.

Tomlin says staff will search all past shipments to Dominguez.

“The investigators will look at all of his property,” she said.

The USB housing was even doctored to look like government property, which the books are not. It’s even more indication someone on the outside was likely helping Dominguez.

“We’ll do everything we can to hold him accountable and hold whoever sent it accountable,” said Tomlin.

The New Mexico Corrections Department has reported the incident to police as a criminal matter, so once an investigation is completed Dominguez will likely face new charges.

Internal consequences for breaking prison policies also may include additional time.


Comments Off on Stacy Foster, 25, an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, charged with bringing in Methamphetamine, hidden in her vagina, that led to five overdoses in the jail

An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center has been charged with bringing in methamphetamine that led to five overdoses in the jail on June 4.

The report was released Tuesday by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department following a public records request from the Clovis News Journal.

Stacy Foster, 25, remains in the CCADC, where she is charged with three separate probation violations. She has two $3,000 cash-only bonds and a $7,500 cash or surety bond, but a detainer has also been placed on Foster.

The report does not list the date Foster was arrested.

According to the incident report from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office:

• The department was called to the detention center June 4 in reference to a possible overdose by a female inmate. When deputies arrived, they saw an inmate who appeared unresponsive carried out of her cell. A detention center employee told deputies that was the fifth inmate transported to Plains Regional Medical Center that evening for a possible overdose. All five were believed to have swallowed methamphetamine.

• The employee also said that based on a tip from an inmate, a search of the annex was conducted in the morning. The search produced suspected methamphetamine, and later in the afternoon inmates were showing symptoms of possible overdoses. Staff told deputies they believed Foster might be the source of the drugs.

• The deputies went to PRMC, and were told staff was waiting on the swallowed substances to pass out of the systems of three inmates. A fourth inmate was still being evaluated and a fifth was intubated and listed in critical condition.

• One of the first three inmates was interviewed and said she’d swallowed a “twenty” of methamphetamine but refused to say where she acquired it. The second inmate said she had purchased $50 in methamphetamine, but also refused to disclose the source.

• The third inmate said she purchased $40 in methamphetamine, injected herself with some and swallowed the rest to avoid detection. She said the product was low quality. Deputies said they knew Foster brought in the drugs, and the inmate confirmed it.

• The fourth inmate refused to answer questions at the hospital. The fifth inmate could not communicate due to her medical condition, and was sent to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

• The first four inmates all tested positive for methamphetamine. The fifth inmate was never interviewed or tested. She was released shortly after her return from the hospital, and investigators couldn’t locate her at a listed address.

• Interviews revealed Foster brought the drugs into the jail in a body cavity, was hiding them in her bra, and trading them for either commissary items or money placed on her account ledger.

• Foster denied allegations against her.




Inmate charged with bringing meth to jail


Firefighters returning to their station from battling a brush fire on Franklin Boulevard early Tuesday morning got a surprise when they walked inside and found a stranger, dressed in firefighter gear, sitting at a table waiting for the crew’s dt_common_streams_StreamServerdwsdreturn.

Freddie Jess Sarenana, 36, of Eugene, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, first-­degree criminal trespass and second-­degree criminal mischief.

He was taken to the Lane County Jail.

According to Eugene police, Sarenana broke a window at the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s East 33rd Avenue fire station with a rock around 4 a.m. and climbed inside.

Police said he then climbed on top of a fire truck and laid down on the roof for a while.

After climbing off the truck, Sarenana then changed into some firefighting pants and belt and put on a fire hat, police said.

Officers said Sarenana was compliant when he was arrested. He was found with methamphetamine in his possession, police said.


Comments Off on Christofer Chesson-Dennis, 24, tells Brooksville police he needs directions, gets arrested for Methamphetamine and drug possession

BROOKSVILLE — Christofer Chesson-Dennis pulled into a parking lot north of downtown early Saturday and told two police officers he needed directions.

But police say it was Chesson-Dennis who wound up giving officers directions — to his drugs.501293049_17531286_8col

Chesson-Dennis, 24, was driving a Jeep Liberty north on N Broad Street about 12:30 a.m. when he slammed on the brakes and turned into the parking lot of a real estate office where two Brooksville police officers were parked, according to an arrest report. The Spring Hill resident told officers he had pulled over to ask them for directions.

The officers smelled burned marijuana coming from inside the Jeep and asked Chesson-Dennis if he had any contraband. He admitted he had a “weed bowl” on him and pulled a marijuana pipe from the driver’s seat cushion.

When the officer said he was going to search the car, Chesson-Dennis said he had a bag of methamphetamine and a pipe in his shorts pocket, police said. The clear rocks in the bag tested positive for methamphetamine. The pipes also tested positive for marijuana and meth, according to police.

Chesson-Dennis of Shady Hills was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was released Tuesday from the Hernando County Detention Center after posting $1,000 bail.



A Rome man was in jail Tuesday after police said they found him walking around McHenry Primary School at 3:20 a.m. with drugs.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Joseph Weldon Hubbard, 36, of 50 Wallace Drive, initially gave police a false name 577bf08015149_imagewhen they approached him at the school on McHenry Drive.

When officers searched him, they turned up methamphetamine in a small pill bottle, marijuana and a number of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills.

Hubbard is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with the intent to distribute and felony possession of Schedule II narcotics.

He’s also facing misdemeanor charges of contempt of court, possession of marijuana, possession of drugs not in an original container and providing police a false name.

Hubbard was being held on a $10,100 bond.


Comments Off on 2 men stop hijacking suspect, Eric Timothy Davidson, 27, of Gainesville, attempting to take car with child inside – he had Methamphetamine on his person

A Gainesville man allegedly attempted last week to hijack a car with a child in the backseat, police said.

Eric Timothy Davidson, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted motor vehicle hijacking. He was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.Eric_Davidson

Before noon Friday, Davidson allegedly approached a man at the Browns Bridge Road Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near the gas pumps. According to the warrants, the suspect is accused of demanding the man’s “wallet, keys and cell phone by threat” of a firearm “which was located in (Davidson’s) shorts pocket.”

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Davidson left the scene on foot as officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart.

At the nearby Xtreme Clean Auto Spa, a woman was vacuuming her Toyota Yaris at the Browns Bridge Road car wash, police said.

“She had her child in the backseat, who was restrained in a child safety seat,” Holbrook said.

According to the warrants, Davidson was allegedly fighting with the owner before putting “the car in drive in an attempt to leave the location with said child.”

“Two male subjects witnessed the accounts and intervened,” Holbrook said. “They initially thought it was a domestic dispute between the two parties, but they soon found out that was not the case.”

Holbrook said the men detained Davidson until police arrived. Police found a revolver and a quantity of methamphetamine on his person, according to the warrants.

Holbrook did not know whether the men were connected to the business.

Davidson was additionally charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of crime, possession of methamphetamine and attempted armed robbery.


Comments Off on Darlington County deputies find active Methamphetamine lab in a vehicle – Rhonda Brooke Lloyd, 24, Suzanna Leigh McCavley, 33, and Craig Allen Elias, 45, arrested

DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) – Darlington County deputies discovered an active meth lab inside a vehicle in Hartsville Monday night.ghstrhrhrwhwer

Darlington County deputies found the meth lab during a traffic stop near Ruby Road and North Fifth Street Monday.

According to Sheriff Byrd, Hartsville Fire and Phillip Recovery responded to the scene to help decontaminate the scene and clean up the methamphetamine waste.bnsrhbrhr

Rhonda Brooke Lloyd, a 24-year-old resident of Hartsville, Craig Allen Elias, 45, and Suzanna Leigh McCavley, a 33-year-old Cheraw resident, were all arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and disposal of methamphetamine waste.




Darlington deputies find active meth lab in a vehicle


Comments Off on Kristin Turner, from Gage County, arrested for Methamphetamine

A woman was arrested shortly after noon on the Fourth of July near the Casey’s gas station on West Court Street for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.577bfa57d8b1a_image

The Beatrice police officer dispatched to the location found a pipe and approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine on Kristin Turner, according to the police report.

Turner is held at the Gage County jail. Her bond setting is scheduled for Aug. 2 at an amount of $5,000 with a $500 deposit.


Comments Off on 10 women and men arrested in Madison, Ind., on Methamphetamine charges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Ten people have been arrested by the Madison Police Department on various drug charges.

The arrests, all made in the first five days of July, are all for charges involving methamphetamine.10921108_G

The ten suspects are pictured to the right. Here are their names and charges:

  • Kyle Earl, 19: Dealing methamphetamine level 4 felony. Bond set at $10,000.00 cash only.
  • Billy Meadows, 53: One count of dealing methamphetamine, a level 3 felony, one count of dealing methamphetamine, a level 4 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony and possession of legend drug, a level 6 felony. Bond set at $25,000.00 cash only
  • Malinda Birge, 24: Two counts of dealing methamphetamine, level 3 and level 4 felonies. Bond set at $25,000.00 cash only.
  • Chandra Raisor, 42: Dealing methamphetamine, a level 3 felony. Bond set at $20,000.00 cash only.
  • Patricia Warren, 47: Two counts of dealing methamphetamine, level 4 & 5 felonies. Bond set at $15,000.00 cash only.
  • Pamela Sutter, 50: Dealing methamphetamine, a level 5 felony.  Bond set at $10,000.00 cash only.
  • Craig Jones, 43: Dealing methamphetamine, a level 4 felony. Bond set at $20,000.00 cash only.
  • Brian Skirvin, 47: Two counts of dealing in a controlled substance, a level 5 felony. Bond set at $5,000.00 cash only.
  • Abigail Jackson, 30: Dealing methamphetamine, a level 4 felony and dealing in a controlled substance, a level 4 felony. Bond set at $25,000.00 cash only.
  • Jacob Jackson, 33: Dealing methamphetamine, a level 4 felony. Bond set at $25,000.00 cash only.



Comments Off on 52-year-old woman from Bondi charged with commercial supply of Methamphetamine

A BONDI woman will face court in Coffs Harbour today charged with supplying almost 1kg of methylamphetamine.

The 52-year-old woman was arrested yesterday afternoon after police allegedly discovered the drugs stashed inside her vehicle.

The drugs were allegedly found after the woman’s car was stopped while travelling northbound on the Pacific Hwy through Coffs Harbour.

The woman was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where she was charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs.

She was refused bail to appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court today.



Comments Off on 206 individual user quantities of Methamphetamine found in SUV found in SUV in Lincoln – Caleb Smith, 36, arrested

A Lincoln man was arrested Sunday night after police say they found dealer quantities of meth in his SUV.

Police pulled over Caleb Smith, 36, about 10:30 p.m. for running a stop sign at 26th577be230977e9_image and Orchard streets, according to a probable cause affidavit for his arrest.

Officers found a bag with about an ounce and a half of meth in a shoe on the passenger in the SUV, documents say.

They arrested Smith on suspicion of possession of meth with the intent to deliver and possession of money while in violation of a state statute.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine a growing problem as arrests rise, Concord police say

The arrest of two men suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine in a Perley Street duplex Friday is the second case involving the production of the illegal drug in Concord in as many weeks, police said.

“We’ve seen the prevalence of meth steadily increase,” Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley said. “We’ve seen a lot of possession of meth, and also separate incidents where meth is involved.”

Concord isn’t alone.

After so many years in law enforcement, you begin to notice some trends in crime, Franklin police Chief David Goldstein said.

“There’s a cycle of drugs that can be substantiated through hard numbers,” he said. “There seems to be a constant search for something.”

Meth – and most illegal drugs – never really go away, Goldstein said.

“None of this stuff has ever left. It’s always in the background,” he said. “We’re still out here fighting a good fight.”

In recent years, more and more New Hampshire drug users seem to be choosing methamphetamines. According to data from Concord police, from 2012 to 2015, the annual number of arrests involving meth in the capital city rose from 15 to 107 – more than a 600 percent increase.

Data from 2016 show Concord to be on track for an even greater number of meth-related offenses – 58 were reported in the first four months of the year.

“I think if you would run our records from 10 years ago, you saw almost nothing,” O’Malley said.

O’Malley said most users obtain the illegal drug by purchasing it from out of state or manufacturing it themselves, often using a “single-pot” method to create small batches of the substance. The Perley Street case on Friday involved the latter.

Police found what appeared to be a meth lab in the basement of the building, and a state police clandestine lab expert later confirmed the report, according to court documents.

Following an anonymous tip, officers arrived at the gray duplex at 25 Perley St. to perform a welfare check on a 4-year-old child and follow up on previous tips about a meth lab. They arrested James Mott, 31, and Adam Roz, 41, both of whom had outstanding warrants on unrelated charges.

The child was brought to the hospital for a medical evaluation and then released. It took about seven hours for a responding team from the Drug Enforcement Agency to remove hazardous materials and search the premises. After that, O’Malley said residents would have been able to re-enter the building.

At least two other adults were at the scene Friday but not arrested. Officials sent evidence to a lab, O’Malley said, to determine if charges related to manufacturing meth will be brought forward.

Cases like this have not been all that uncommon, he added.

O’Malley referred to a case last fall when Concord police officers seized almost $40,000 in cash and more than 30 grams of methamphetamine from a Bow Street home after nearly a dozen people were arrested.

More recently, officers responded to calls from people who spotted 26-year-old Edward Hill throwing burning items out of the second-floor window of his South Main Street apartment. Hill was arrested June 16 and charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of Suboxone, both felonies.

Police have seen a number of cases where a person possessed both heroin and meth, O’Malley said. Though both are dangerous, he said, the chemicals involved in methamphetamine manufacturing pose an extra threat.

“They’re both bad,” he said. “They’re both very concerning. But the laboratory method adds an element of concern and fire hazards.”

Goldstein said from his experience, more people are using the “single pot” method to manufacture the drug in bottles and bags, increasing the risk of fires or explosions.

“Safety is always first and foremost. Don’t ever touch it,” he warned.

Six years ago, Franklin launched a task force to combat drug use throughout the community. The program focuses on prevention initiatives in local schools, Goldstein said.

“We’re trying to solve a problem before it becomes a problem,” he said.

It’s just one part of the push to ultimately reduce the number of cases involving methamphetamine and other drugs, Goldstein said. But despite police efforts, New Hampshire is in the throes of a drug crisis.

“And think of the reason why,” Goldstein said. “If we focus on a particular drug or class of drugs, why won’t they go on to something else?”


In one case, a 14-year-old boy, high on methamphetamine, climbed through a bedroom window with two of his friends to rape his 13-year-old sister before hitting her in the head with a hatchet. She survived but was left with the wobbly motor skills of a toddler.e5yea5yeyopjieryjpe

In another, drug dealers used a screwdriver to decapitate a “snitch” before turning on each other, with two of the killers shooting the third one in the head and burning his car.

“The stories are shocking,” said Amy Proctor, a criminal justice instructor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She drove 10,000 miles crisscrossing the western United States to study the meth epidemic’s impact on the country’s Native American population. “It’s affecting tribes everywhere.”

Proctor concluded that drug cartels are specifically targeting Indian communities, singling them out as relatively easy places to do business. Poverty creates a sort of labor pool for cartels as people become desperate to make money. Rural isolation helps to keep non-tribal law enforcement away. And for many tribes, their own law enforcement lacks the manpower to cope with the cartels.

“Isolation. Poverty. Lack of law enforcement,” Proctor said. “It’s the perfect storm for letting a drug cartel infiltrate a community.”

With many drugs, violence becomes an outgrowth of the black market as addicts rob and steal to support their habits and dealers resort to drastic measures to defend their turf, Proctor said. But with meth, violence seems to be “a direct result of the drug use itself,” she said.

“There’s a ripple effect, causing sex abuse and domestic abuse and all kinds of violent crimes,” said Proctor, who used federal grant funding to visit 10 tribes in five states, from Oklahoma to California, as part of her study. “Tribes all across the country are seeing the effects.”

Native Americans suffer higher rates of violent crime than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, according to Proctor’s study. Per capita, American Indians are twice as likely as the general population to become victims of violent crime, according to Proctor’s analysis of the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Despite the widespread problems, the research project ultimately made Proctor more optimistic about the future of Indian tribes and cultures.

“I saw a lot of people — especially young people — fighting hard every day to preserve their cultures and pass them on to the next generation,” she said. “It was the greatest experience of my life.”


Comments Off on Melissa Ann Bell, 30, Joseph Russel Carter Jr., 40, and Daniel Pellew, 43, charged in Serena Inn motel room Methamphetamine lab bust in Goldsboro

GOLDSBORO — Authorities say three people were caught cooking meth in a motel room last week.

Goldsboro police were called to the Serena Inn on Corporate Drive last Wednesday night to investigate a strong chemical odor coming from room 219. 1467611186_7e31Officers found three people inside the room manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, which also responded to the emergency call.

Police arrested 30-year-old Melissa Ann Bell, 40-year-old Joseph Russel Carter Jr. and 43-year-old Daniel Pellew at the motel room. All three suspects were charged with methamphetamine offenses and Bell faces an additional charge of probation violations.

Effler said portions of the motel were evacuated due to fire and chemical vapor dangers associated with meth manufacturing. The Goldsboro-Wayne County Drug Squad, which includes Goldsboro police and Wayne County deputies, called in State Bureau of Investigation agents to help dismantle the lab.

Goldsboro firefighters also responded and stood ready in the event of a fire or explosion, Effler said.

Carter was booked into the Wayne County Jail under a $600,000 secured bond.

Pellew’s bond was set at $10,000 and bond information for Bell was unavailable.


Comments Off on Mary Cottrill, 29, Ilberto Spicer, 30, and Clayton McCowan, 47, arrested after Methamphetamine bust in Richmond

RICHMOND, Ind. – Police arrested three people during a methamphetamine bust in Richmond over the weekend.

According to the Richmond Police Department, officers arrested Ilberto Spicer, 30, in the 1100 block of South E. Street on Saturday morning.ujktkdttjkdghjd

He faces seven preliminary charges, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, dealing methamphetamine, possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, possession of a stolen handgun, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Police also arrested two other people at the scene, Mary Cottrill, 29, and Clayton McCowan, 47. Both are charged with visiting a common nuisance. Cottrill faces an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia, police said.

All three were taken to the Wayne County Jail.



Police arrest 3 people after methamphetamine bust in Richmond



Comments Off on Methamphetamine, other drugs found on 27-year-old Shana Leeann Smith of Royston, and Pablo Andres Gaviria-Matiz, 22, from Athens, during traffic stop

An Athens man and a woman from Madison County were arrested Thursday afternoon after their pickup was stopped and they were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and other drugs, Athens-Clarke County police said.

An officer who saw them acting suspiciously at the Athens Gardens apartment complex followed them onto Lexington Road and used the truck’s cracked windshield as a pretext for a traffic stop, according to police.

The driver, 27-year-old Shana Leeann Smith of Royston, gave police a fake name and driver’s license, and a search of her purse turned up a vial of meth, clonazepam pills and straws, police said.

Her passenger, Pablo Andres Gaviria-Matiz, 22, of St. Andrews Court, was found to have a vial identical to Smith’s.

Between them inside the pickup was a speaker box containing more pills, a digital scale and a marijuana grinder, according to police.

Smith and Gaviria-Matiz were each charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of prescription medication outside of the original container.

Smith was charged with an additional count of possession of a controlled substance and giving false information to police.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office placed a hold on her release because of a warrant for her arrest for an unspecified offense.

BROOKVILLE — Indiana State Police Master Trooper Detective Chip Ayers told attendees of Stayin’ Alive Coalition’s open house about the effects meth has not only on the user, but also the community.

“The average meth cook teaches 10 others to cook meth a year,” he pointed out.

Every pound of meth produced leaves behind 5 or 6 pounds of toxic waste that can be expensive to clean up …. The average cost for ISP to respond to a meth 577b32196e8eb_imagelab and clean it up is $3,000. It takes almost $10,000 every day from the state budget to clean up meth labs, and taxpayers are paying for it.

Meth accounts for up to 90 percent of all drug cases in Midwest communities.” He explained that many of the prisoners in area jails are there for breaking into houses or shoplifting. “Why did they do that? They needed money to buy meth, so they stole the ingredients.”

Dangerous mix

“Meth is called the devil’s dandruff. There are a host of environmental issues associated with it. Its production is dangerous. Each and every time they (meth manufacturers) make this drug, they’re making a bomb ….

“Meth is illegal. You can’t get a prescription for it. The drug causes psychotic effects, similar to paranoid schizophrenia. It’s very difficult to communicate with them (those on the drug) and to make them understand you are trying to help them.

“One of the most common crimes they commit besides homicides, robbery, battery and burglary is child victimization. Because of how meth affects the human brain, it will cause users to act out in bizarre manners. They will look for victims they can easily control, like children …. There are also hyper-sexualized effects.

“Meth affects the user and the community …. We also have a problem in Indiana with heroin. However, heroin mostly affects the immediate family and friends of the user and the user himself. You don’t hear about heroin labs blowing up … (and) it’s brought into our state.

“Meth does affect others. I can’t tell you how many of those labs are found on someone else’s property or barn or they’ve disposed of their garbage on others’ property …. Everyone lives downstream.”


Ayers noted, “Meth-induced paranoia has led to numerous murders and suicides in the state. Users don’t trust their family and friends …. Meth users are the hardest to treat of all drug users.”

For example, if law enforcement officers picked up 100 meth users off the street, “we could send them all to a program that they could successfully complete. But 94 percent of them would go back to using meth. That’s 20 percent higher than those who use heroin or other narcotic drugs.

“Meth also increases the risk of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence … (and) 35 percent of children who are taken from the labs test positive for meth. It’s synthesized from common chemicals and starts as a gas …. (the youngsters) are more susceptible to those chemicals.”

He announced, “Meth kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke. It speeds everything up. Your heart rate could be 119 beats per minute to 147-168. The highest I’ve seen is 219 beats a minute, and this lasts for five, six or eight hours. It’s like the motor of your car. You can’t run it hard for hours, or it will break down …. People don’t die of a meth overdose. They die of these complications ….

“Because it’s an amphetamine, normally about 72 hours is how long it will stay in your system …. It is a Schedule II controlled substance. It is a stimulant. Users have to be doing something. They may count how many books are on a shelf.

“It produces a longer, more powerful high than cocaine. It goes by a lot of different names: crank, crystal, glass, ice, speed, chalk, go fast, Annie, dope.

“Years ago, when people referred to dope, they were talking about marijuana. Today it’s heroin or meth.”


“Your brain is made up of electrical impulses. As people use meth, the synapses (structures that permit neurons or nerve cells to pass electrical or chemical signals to other neurons) become enlarged, and they can’t complete thoughts. This affects the pleasure and reward center of the brain through the release of dopamine.

“If someone pays you a compliment, it gives you that warm feeling. That’s dopamine. Small amounts are released during times of pleasure. One of the most common times is during human sexuality.”

He compared the dopamine to a 16 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew. “The first time you use meth, the entire contents of the bottle are released through your body. Everything feels good, so you gotta do it again. The problem is, it takes the body seven years to make this much dopamine. So they get the physical high, but don’t get the euphoric high. They keep using, hoping they will feel it again. That’s why it takes a meth addict seven years to get clean.”

Some of the other effects include elevated blood pressure, chest pain, damage to blood vessels in the brain, kidney and lung disorders, cancers, brain damage, malnutrition, chronic depression, hallucinations, deficient immune system, blood clots, athetosis (writhing or jerking), irritability, extreme nervousness, insomnia, confusion, tremors, incessant talking, anxiety and aggression.

He also revealed some of the signs of meth drug abuse: dilated pupils that are nonresponsive to direct light, weight loss, central pallor (pale skin), sweating, body odor, bad teeth/meth mouth, scars or open sores that don’t heal and meth mites/crank bugs. “They actually believe a spider bit them and laid eggs on their arms. The drug causes the body to feed on itself.”



MANILA, Philippines — Philippine police have seized about 180 kilograms (400 pounds) of high-grade methamphetamine worth 900 million pesos ($19.2 million), officials said Monday, in a major haul for the government of new philippinesdrugs_jpg_size_xxlarge_promoPresident Rodrigo Duterte, who has promised to wipe out crime and corruption within six months.

National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said police and drug enforcement agents seized the methamphetamine hydrochloride, known locally as shabu, in 180 plastic bags on Sunday in an abandoned farm in northern Cagayan province’s Claveria town following a tip from an informant.

Authorities are investigating whether it was smuggled into the Philippines by a foreign syndicate or was manufactured locally, officials said.

“We know that there in the north, in the Cagayan area, which is the nearest point going to China and Taiwan, the shabu coming from abroad is docked there,” dela Rosa said.

He also said more than 100 armed drug dealers have been killed in gunbattles with police since last month and thousands of drug users have surrendered to authorities during the intensified anti-drug campaign. The drug users will undergo mandatory drug treatment.

Nine policemen from different regional offices who tested positive for illegal drugs in mandatory tests last Friday will face criminal and administrative charges, he added.



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A 25-year-old West Hancock Avenue resident was hospitalized early Wednesday after she was found unresponsive in the restroom of RaceTrac on Atlanta Highway, with a needle on the floor next to her arm and suspected methamphetamine in her purse, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Anna Marie Carrollton was taken by ambulance to Athens Regional Medical Center.

Criminal charges were pending the testing of the suspected meth at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab, according to police.


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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. — Sunday around 8:30 p.m., Indiana State Police served a search warrant at a residence on Georgetown Road near Columbus resulting in the discovery of methamphetamine and the arrest of four occupants.gew0gue-0t9

The investigation by the State Police began when they responded to assist Bartholomew County probation officers with a home visit at the residence. During a check of the residence by probation officers, a plastic bag containing approximately 140 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was discovered. State police then took the lead in the investigation and obtained a search warrant to search the residence.  During a search, drug paraphernalia was located inside of the residence in addition to the bag of crystal gh8pugyq8methamphetamine.

Four occupants of the residence were arrested on drug related charges. William Money, 49, Columbus, was arrested for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.  Christina Turnbloom, 27, Columbus, was arrested for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Shara Turnbloom, 25, Edinburgh, was ghwe4jiu4uarrested for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and visiting a common nuisance.  Nicole Dennis, 27, Edinburgh, was arrested for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and visiting a common nuisance.  All four suspects were transported to the Bartholomew County Jail.

All suspects await initial appearances in the Bartholomew County Courts. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected in connection with this case.



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GREENEVILLE — Twenty-seven East Tennessee residents involved in a major methamphetamine distribution ring have been charged in an 80-count indictment in federal court.

The indictment came in U.S. District Court in Greeneville back in May. It charges the 27 defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth. Six defendants were also charged with possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses.

One of the defendants — Christopher “Bubba” Wayne Munsey of Morristown — has agreed to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6. He faces 10 years to life in prison and an $8 million fine.

Fifteen of the defendants appeared in federal court last week and pled not guilty to the charges.

All 27 individuals named in the indictment hail from Tennessee, with a majority living in Morristown: Joel Hosea Beasley, 36; Guy Mayns, 31; Christopher Allen Williams, 47; James Guinn, 36; David Lee Sicilia, 31; Andrew Harville, 28; Nathan Carroll, 36; Jamie Lee Bray, 24; Darinda Sue Beasley, 36; Jeremy Kane Jones, 30; Timothy Shannon Maner, 35; Christopher Wayne Munsey, 26; Morgan Alan Moore, 30; and James Calvin Hale, 38.

The other defendants come from Greeneville: Jeffery Brian Wills, 27, and Jenny Louise Musson, 32; Mooresburg: Steven Dwight Hopkins, 46; Kellie Hopkins, 23; and John Nathaniel Beasley, 19; Russellville: Erica Sue Harris, 34; Larry Wayne Martin, 52; and Tim Parvin, 38.

Additional defendants include Rickey Dale Munsey, 47, Washburn; Maria Smelcer, 42, of Mosheim; Tomasena Miluv Payne, 28,Talbot; Eric James Reedy, 32, Rogersville; and Donald Edward Grey Jr., 40, Bean Station.



More and more houses for dairy farm workers are being used to manufacture meth.

A meth-testing company, Federated Farmers and the police all say their isolation isn’t the only thing that makes them perfect for cooking up the drug. eight_col_cowsThere’s also the easy access to chemicals on a dairy farm, plus the crazy hours that farm hands can put in.

“It’s a bit of a perfect storm for them. They are living in secluded areas and a number of precursor chemicals are available in the farm sheds,” meth-testing company SDF Property Inspections owner Simon Fleming said.

Dairy workers are also working long, hard hours, he said.

“Some use drugs, like meth, to get through the day, as they manufacture it because they have access.”

Methamphetamine is made by mixing various chemicals. Pills for cold remedies are often used as the basis for the production of the drug.

The meth “cook” extracts ingredients from those pills and to increase its strength, combine the substance with chemicals such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze, many of which are commonly found in dairy sheds.

At a recent Federated Farmers meeting, the issue was raised in conjunction with a rise in positive farm worker drug-tests, Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis said.

“It’s starting to happen a lot,” Lewis said.

“We have had a few members write to us and speak to us about it, raising concerns.”

When methamphetamine is cooked in a house, the toxic fumes from the chemicals infiltrate everything, including the walls, curtains, carpets and furniture.

The resulting pollution can cause acute health effects, including asthma, skin rashes, eye irritations, headaches, nausea.

“Look,” Lewis said, “90 per cent of farm workers will be the hardest working, most honest, decent people. There is just a handful of people who aren’t.”

He knew of a Waikato dairy farmer who drug-tested his staff recently and 75 per cent returned a positive result.

If meth houses kept popping up on the dairy farms, it could have long-term implications for the employees, Lewis said.

Dairy farmers would start reconsidering offering the houses on their farms, he said.

“It’s become a lot of risk and very little comeback.”

He said more farmers are asking for information.

“They want to know what is the standard required, what they need to do and what is the standard of testing.”

As a result, Federated Farmers is looking at putting together a nationwide roadshow to educate farmers around safety.

Coromandel-Hauraki Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes agreed the ingredients are there for dairy farm houses to be used to cook meth.

“I’m quite certain that’s the case.”

He urged farm owners to be vigilant.

“Do reference checks before you let anyone stay at your properties. If you see people coming and going at all times of the day and night, go and see what is happening,” Hughes said.

“Don’t ignore the signs. It is your property and you are allowed to check on it if you are suspicious.”

Keeping up regular checks on the property within contractual obligations was a good idea also, Hughes said.

You’ll never stop people who want to do drugs, though you might stop them from manufacturing meth.

“If they can’t do that, those types of people will always find different things to do.”



Thirty “drug dealers” have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as Philippine president on Thursday, police said, announcing the seizure of nearly $20 million worth of narcotics but sparking anger from a lawyers’ group.

Duterte won the election in May on a platform of crushing crime, but his

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) investigation unit check the body of one of the five suspected drug pushers killed in a police operation in Quiapo city, metro Manila, Philippines July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) investigation unit check the body of one of the five suspected drug pushers killed in a police operation in Quiapo city, metro Manila, Philippines July 3, 2016

incendiary rhetoric and advocacy of extrajudicial killings have alarmed many who hear echoes of the country’s authoritarian past.

Oscar Albayalde, police chief for the Manila region, said five drug dealers were killed on Sunday in a gun battle with police in a shanty town near a mosque near the presidential palace.

“My men were about to serve arrest warrants when shots rang out from one of the houses in the area,” Albayalde told reporters, saying police returned fire and killed five men.

Four guns and 200 grams of crystal methamphetamine were recovered. Three others were killed in other areas in Manila on Sunday and 22 were killed in four areas outside the capital.

More than 100 people have died, mostly suspected drug dealers, rapists and car thieves in stepped up anti-crime police operations since the election on May 9.

Edre Olalia, secretary-general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said the killings must be halted.

“The drug menace must stop… Yet the apparent serial summary executions of alleged street drug users or petty drug lords which appear sudden, too contrived and predictable must also stop,” he said in a statement. “The two are not incompatible.”

In the north of the main island of Luzon, drug enforcement agents and police seized a shipment of 180 kg (400 lb) of “shabu” (methamphetamine) worth about 900 million pesos ($19.23 million) from either China or Taiwan, national police chief Ronald dela Rosa said.

The shipment was unloaded at sea and brought to shore by small fishing boats before delivery to Manila’s Chinatown, he said.

On Sunday, the Maoist-led New People’s Army rebels issued a statement supporting Duterte’s all-out war against drugs, saying it might conduct its own drug operations against soldiers, police and local officials.


($1 = 46.8020 Philippine pesos)