CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg police officers are receiving additional training about methamphetamine as they investigate local production of the highly addictive drug.

Police recently arrested one man, Patrick Ryan McInnis, for allegedly using a vehicle as a mobile meth lab. They are investigating two other labs found in late December.

“You haven’t seen a lot of (methamphetamine) on the East Coast. It’s a new phenomenon for us,” Chambersburg Police Chief David Arnold said.

Investigators are unsure whether the three labs are related, he said.

McInnis, 23, of Fort McCord Road in Chambersburg was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pennsylvania State Police associated with the agency’s clandestine lab team are providing training for Chambersburg’s officers, and officers are also going to training sessions through other organizations, Arnold said.

The police chief said he would recommend that other area law-enforcement agencies participate in similar training.

“We’re hoping it’s not a trend,” he said.

Methamphetamine can be produced using some common household items like cold medicine, soda bottles and batteries. But the production sites can quickly become highly toxic and explosive.

Last July, an in-home lab exploded and caused a fire in the Borough of Waynesboro. Two people — Logan Buchanan, 31, and Josie McCormick, 34 — were charged after that incident.

McCormick is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in December to operating a meth lab, according to online court records.

Buchanan is headed to trial on charges of possessing chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, operating a meth lab, risking catastrophe and causing a catastrophe.

Emergency crews encountering meth labs take special precautions, using protective gear in the handling of materials.

“We’re trying to be extra careful with these things,” Arnold said.

Chambersburg Mayor Darren Brown did not return two phone calls and an email seeking comment about the methamphetamine issue in town.

 

 

 

 

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VESTAL — A December report on the lack of laws requiring landlords or property sellers to tell buyers or renters if a meth lab operated at the property has the attention of state leaders in Albany.

The report also showed that New York lacks clear regulations for decontaminating a meth lab site before it can be occupied again.

“I could not agree more with the need to strengthen standards for that because of the volatility of meth labs and the toxicity of what is in these homes,” said Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy after a Thursday meeting of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council at Binghamton University in Vestal.

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Duffy said he would discuss with Gov. Andrew Cuomo if the state should have a greater role in protecting the public from leftover contamination in former methamphetamine labs.

The Central New York Media group, which includes The Ithaca Journal, the Star-Gazette in Elmira and the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, in December reported that New York and Pennsylvania have no laws requiring landlords or property sellers to disclose to buyers or renters if meth was made at the property, and that neither state has a standard or guideline for making a former meth lab safe for habitation.

“Standards should be strict,” Duffy said. “I think it would be a good thing for legislators to present. I would say Governor Cuomo would never argue that fact.”

The state Commission on Investigation wrote in a 2005 report to the governor and Legislature that the state ought to consider whether it needed to create standards for meth lab decontamination.

Nearly nine years later, the committee’s recommendation isn’t on the minds of many state decision-makers and legislators, some of whom are learning the state hasn’t set such a standard after inquiries from the Central New York Media group.

“In my last three years in Albany, I’ve never heard this brought up, but I’m acknowledging, it is a great point,” Duffy said Thursday.

“I will carry that message back to the governor, and I also think perhaps that would be a great opportunity for legislators on both sides, in both houses, to take a look at that as well and see if we can strengthen those regulations across the state.”

Duffy said he would speak with with the commissioners of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health so a review of medical, chemical and environmental factors might show if any applicable regulations need strengthening.

In New York, legislation proposed by Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, would require disclosure of a property’s status as a former meth lab and set a standard for remediation.

After The Central New York Media group published its watchdog report about the gaps in New York and Pennsylvania’s meth laws, Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, wrote a guest column for the newspaper, reiterating his support for more protection. His district includes Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates and the western portion of Tompkins County, including the City of Ithaca.

“I’ll also be pushing legislation in 2014 to require sellers of homes that were previously the site of an illegal meth lab — and therefore contaminated with the hazardous chemicals left behind by meth labs — to disclose this information to potential home-buyers,” O’Mara wrote.

On Friday, O’Mara said setting a cleanup standard for making a former meth lab habitable should also be part of a new law.

O’Mara said he is having the Republican committee review Kennedy’s bill. He also said he would seek more input from the New York State Association of Realtors. “One of their comments was that a hazardous environmental condition is already required to be disclosed,” O’Mara said.

O’Mara said he is also talking with state police about whether there are any up-to-date law enforcement databases about meth labs they can make available to the public, so they can more easily look up a house’s status.

It could be some time before Kennedy’s bill is discussed in the legislature. On Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo is set to release his budget; O’Mara said he expects the Legislature will have most of its attention on the budget for a few months. “Typically after the budget is when legislative matters are covered more in-depth,” he said.

“I think I’ll work with Sen. Kennedy’s office on the legislation he has, and see if that’s something we can move forward with to provide what we might feel would be appropriate disclosure of these circumstances,” O’Mara said. “It is certainly an increasing problem, whether it’s in rural or urban settings.”

Also Friday, state Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, whose district includes Broome, Tioga, Chenango and part of Delaware counties, said the report had gotten his attention.

“This is a serious and troubling issue,” Libous said in a statement. “I’ll be examining it with my colleagues in the Senate and working toward a solution that addresses these concerns for families and home-buyers.”

To become law, a bill must also pass both houses of the Legislature. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, said Friday he thinks the Assembly should discuss the issue.

“Obviously, we have a big meth problem in our area and in our region in the state, and we need to take actions to protect residents, and this is another step that I see could be helpful,” Palmesano said.

After an inquiry from the Central New York Media group for the December watchdog report, Sen. Gene Yaw, whose district includes Bradford County and part of Susquehanna County, has partnered with Sen. John Rafferty Jr. to champion the measure in the Senate.

“Since 2006, Pennsylvania has moved to strengthen laws related to the operation and production of methamphetamine labs, but more is still needed,” Yaw said in a statement announcing he and Rafferty would be prime sponsors of the Disclosure of Methamphetamine Property Act.

The bill would require owners or sellers to disclose a property’s former meth history and require the state Department of Health to set standards for removing hazardous materials from former meth labs.

If it becomes law, when a meth lab is discovered, the state would put a lien on the property until it is decontaminated. Police would be required to tell the health department about the meth-making activity, and the lien wouldn’t be removed until the health department certifies the property is safe.

“As best as we can, it keeps people from moving into these homes that have been contaminated,” said Sean Moll, of Newberry Township, Pa., a legislative aide to Rafferty.

Moll said the measure has seven additional co-sponsors, or nearly 20 percent of the Senate, and is likely to be introduced in the coming weeks. Sen. Joe Scarnati, whose district includes Tioga County, Pa., is a co-sponsor.

 

 

 

 

 

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The number of methamphetamine cases is the rise across South Dakota.

The Aberdeen American News reports that there were 1,229 meth-related arrests in 45 counties last year compared to 669 in 36 counties in 2012. Data show there were 402 arrests in 30 counties in 2011.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says the 49 agents from the state Division of Criminal Investigation are spread thin.

Jackley says one extra agent was added last year to northwestern South Dakota to help with problems related to the oil boom in western North Dakota.

 

 

 

 

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WAUSAU — A young woman, “tweaking” on meth, runs into traffic on Grand Avenue and nearly is crushed by rush-hour traffic.

A man, high on crack cocaine, threatens to throw himself off the Scott Street bridge.

Two 14-year-old girls admit to having sex in a Wausau motel  with men they just met while smoking crack.

An 8-year-old girl swallows her mother’s meth at a home in Wausau; the girl barely escapes death when her grandmother rushes her to the emergency room and calls police.

And those are the success stories, said Wausau Police Capt. Greg Hagenbucher, because no one died.

The stories, all documented in Wausau Police Department incident reports, are shocking — and increasingly common, said Hagenbucher, who keeps detailed records of all drug-related crime in the city. In 2007, Wausau police dealt with methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine 44 times, or an average of less than once a week.

Last year, that number nearly quadrupled to 155 cases, equivalent to three meth-, heroin- or cocaine-related crimes every week in just the city of Wausau.

“If you didn’t know about a drug problem in town before, you will, after reading our reports,” Hagenbucher said. “Probably two or three times a week we are dealing with some type of incident involving meth, heroin or cocaine.”

Hagenbucher’s numbers do not include cases handled by the Marathon County Special Investigations Unit; rather, his report includes routine traffic stops and other cases where officers find a drug connection. Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel said life is much different in the city now compared with 33 years ago, when he first joined the police force.

“Heroin is something we never saw years ago,” Hardel said. “Now we deal with it almost every day. We want our community to be safe. When you look at the statistics we have and the amount of drugs we’re seeing, it’s pretty clear that drug use has become a major issue that we need to continue to fight.”

Partnering with Wausau to investigate drug activity, the Special Investigations Unit, or SIU, aims to crack down not just on drug users, but the often well-organized traffickers who bring drugs in massive quantities from Chicago, Milwaukee or Madison. Marathon County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Schneck, head of SIU, said he has seen meth and heroin use skyrocket in the area, shepherding in misery, pain and property crime the likes of which Wausau has never experienced.

“Addiction creates ripples through the community,” Schneck said. “We’re not only seeing more drug use, but the violence associated with the drug trade is a huge problem. A huge amount of property crime is directly associated with drugs. Then you have dealers ripping off dealers. It’s just an enormous problem.”

A ‘good’ daughter goes bad

Fifty-six-year-old Deb, who lives in Rib Mountain and works for an insurance company, thought heroin was a “’60s drug” used only by criminals who shot up in darkened back alleys in big cities’ crime-riddled neighborhoods. That changed in 2011, when Deb caught her daughter, then-20-year-old Katie, shooting heroin into her vein in the bathroom of their home.

“How does a good, church-going, middle-class kid from the ’burbs go from an athlete who goes on mission trips to shooting up on her father’s birthday?” said Deb, who asked Daily Herald Media to withhold the family’s last name over fears that publicity could jeopardize her daughter’s fragile recovery. “How does it happen? Heroin wasn’t even on my radar.”

Deb said her daughter’s downward spiral began in 2008, when Katie, a Wausau West High School junior, was injured in a basketball game. Katie’s shattered knee required multiple surgeries and months of painful rehab accompanied by strong painkillers; Katie quickly became addicted, Deb said.

By the time Katie was 21, the once-stellar student with dreams of becoming a nurse lost her job working as a CNA, dropped out of school and began stealing from her parents and relatives to support her growing addiction to heroin, Deb said. Katie tried rehab twice without success; first, as an inpatient at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, then as an outpatient at North Central Health Care in Wausau.

“Nothing worked,” Deb said. “I felt so helpless.”

Katie finally turned to Wausau Health Services, the city’s lone methadone clinic, for help after a family member threatened to turn Katie in for stealing valuable jewelry and selling it for quick cash, Deb said.

“(Katie) knew at that point she would be going to jail,” Deb said. “She finally said, ‘I don’t want to live this way anymore.’ My husband drove to the pawn shop and bought all the jewelry back. And then we went to the methadone clinic.”

Katie has been clean for about 18 months and is now a student at Northcentral Technical College, where she is pursuing a degree in healthcare administration.

“By the grace of God, my daughter is alive,” Deb said. “She’s one of the lucky ones, so I guess you can call this a success story. She didn’t die; she didn’t end up with huge legal problems. But this is a battle she will be fighting her whole life, and there’s always that fear that she’ll go back to using again.”

The unlucky ones

Drug-related deaths also are sharply up, said Marathon County Medical Examiner Jessica Blahnik. In 2012, six people died of drug overdoses; that number more than doubled in 2013, to 13 deaths.

“Unfortunately, it’s a growing trend,” Blahnik said. “These figures don’t even include alcohol-related deaths.”

Police vigorously investigate every drug-related death, said Schneck, the county SIU leader, and when investigators can unravel the mystery of who provided the fatal dose, suppliers face reckless homicide charges — a felony that typically carries a hefty prison sentence upon conviction.

Most recently, 25-year-old Kevin Mason of Wausau was sentenced in September to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2011 heroin overdose of Justin Selves, 26, of Kronenwetter. Tyshun Meeks, 27, of Chicago faces first-degree reckless homicide charges in connection with the death; a jury trial is set to begin in June.

In a separate case, Kyle Kennedy, 22, of Mosinee will be sentenced Jan. 31 on charges of delivering heroin to Michael Dixon, 24, who was killed in a March 23 crash after injecting the drug. And charges are pending against Lucas Zuehlke, 30, of Coloma and Nycole Creed, 33, of Wausau on accusations they were involved in the March 11 overdose death of Thomas Knickerbocker, 30, of Wausau.

“Our investigators know who the dealers are, and when we can figure out who gave that last dose, they can go away for a long time,” Schneck said. “Putting these guys away is the best thing we can do, because that’s the one thing dealers worry about.”

‘We did everything right’

Drug users defy stereotypes; they are basketball players, cheerleaders, honor students and class valedictorians, said Melissa Dotter, coordinator with the county’s Drug Free Community Program. Fueled by curiosity, boredom and peer pressure, teens are increasingly at risk for becoming addicted to drugs, she said. That addiction has spread like wildfire in central Wisconsin, destroying families, lives and futures regardless of social status.

“The most common phrase I hear from families is, ‘We did everything right,” Dotter said. “These are not bad kids. These are not people you’d pick out as potential drug users.”

Despite the sharp increase in drug-related crime, police say they are doing all they can to stem the flow of deadly drugs to the community. Officers are better trained in how to spot possible drug use during traffic stops and other routine calls. For the first time in more than 25 years, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department employee roster includes three K9 officers trained in drug detection and Wausau will add two K9 officers in the coming months.

“If we were less vigilant about what we’re doing, you’d see even more drug activity,” Schneck said. “There’s no street corner dealing here, where it’s out in the open. If we weren’t picking away at it every day of the week, that’s exactly what would happen. You don’t get rid of it, ever, but you have to keep trying.”

 

 

 

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GREENVILLE, Mich. – The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post investigated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the City of Greenville on Sunday.

CMET detectives developed information about methamphetamine production taking place at a residence in Greenville.

MSP Lakeview troopers responded to the scene in an attempt to arrest the homeowner on an outstanding warrant and investigate the reports of illegal activity taking place at the residence. When troopers from the Lakeview Post attempted to make contact with the residence the occupants refused to answer the door.

The residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained. The Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team responded to the scene. After a brief standoff, the occupants of the residence exited and were arrested.

CMET then responded and a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was removed from the residence. A 43-year-old male, 17-year-old male and 23-year-old female were arrested and lodge at Montcalm County Jail on methamphetamine related charges.

CMET was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Greenville Department of Public Safety, and the Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team. CMET is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operating in Montcalm, Newaygo, Mecosta and Ionia County. CMET consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Ferris State University Department of Public Safety.

This investigation continues and anyone with information can contact Silent Observer or CMET at 1-800-342-0406.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Methamphetamine use among Kiwi women of child bearing age is on the increase, a researcher says.  

    Development psychologist Trecia Wouldes says intervention is vital to educate women of the dangers if they take P during pregnancy.  

    The Murrrays Bay woman is leading research at the University of Auckland looking at the behavior and development of 110 children exposed to methamphetamine prenatally.  

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    The research is part of the Infant Development Environment and Lifestyle (IDEAL) Study, which comprises of four US sites and one in New Zealand – the largest of the five sites.  

    It is the only study of its kind worldwide.  

    Dr Wouldes says the study began when the Alcohol Drug and Pregnancy Team at the National Women’s Hospital noticed a high number of mothers exhibiting comorbidity – a link between psychiatric problems and drug use.  

    In 2001 the number of referrals due to methamphetamine use was 10 per cent. By 2003 that number had grown to 59 per cent.  

    “When we looked at what drugs that was associated with for the majority it was P. At the time there was nothing in the literature to say how that was going to impact their children.”  

    Mothers, some of whom have had two or more children while on P, have been recruited from North Shore, Auckland and Waitakere hospitals.  

    Most of the mothers are from low socio-economic backgrounds and are generally not well educated, she says.  

    Dr Wouldes says the aim is to monitor their children until they reach puberty.  

    The New Zealand mothers are not only more likely to have psychiatric problems related to their methamphetamine use, but have also been found to drink more alcohol than their US counterparts.  

    Dr Wouldes says it is typical for substance abuse to entail a combination of drugs. Alcohol and methamphetamine is a common cocktail, she says.  

    “When we asked the women why P over other drugs they said because they can party all night, drink without getting drunk and get up in the morning and go to work. They also said it helps to keep them slim, so in that sense it is very much a women’s drug.”  

    So far the effects of methamphetamine on children seem largely behavioral and therefore treatable, Dr Wouldes says.  

    Of particular concern is the “double whammy” that sees these children go on to be raised in a high risk home environment.  

    Results so far indicate a higher rate of preterm births, growth retardation and possible outcomes such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

 

 

 

 

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A Frenchman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Francois Giuily, 48, was detained on Sunday at Bali airport with more than three kilograms of the drug hidden in plastic bags in his suitcase lining.

Airport customs chief I Made Wijaya says the drugs have a street value of $US511,280.

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Giuily could face the death penalty under Indonesia’s tough anti-narcotics laws as well as a 10 billion rupiah ($830,000) fine.

Several foreign nationals are on death row for drug-related offences in Indonesia.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January last year after being found with $2.4 million worth of cocaine in her luggage as she arrived in Bali.

Rare early release

The latest arrest comes as another French national, Michael Blanc, was freed Monday on parole from an Indonesian jail more than 14 years after he was caught smuggling drugs into Bali.

Blanc had been imprisoned in a jail in the south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

He was arrested the day after Christmas in 1999 at Bali airport with 3.8 kilograms of hash hidden in diving canisters.

The 40-year-old, who has always maintained his innocence, was originally given a life sentence under Indonesia’s tough anti-drugs laws, which provoked outrage in his native France.

Blanc’s sentence was cut to 20 years and he received several remissions.

Following a lengthy battle with Indonesia’s complex legal system, he finally succeeded in being granted parole, which is rare for a foreign prisoner.

Under the conditions of Blanc’s parole, he must remain in Indonesia until the end of his sentence in July, 2017.

 

 

 

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Miley Cyrus made “twerking” famous. When Jacob M. Peterson tried the provocative dance, he wound up being arrested on three drug charges.

Peterson, 24, of 4609 225th Ave., New Auburn, is charged with possessing methamphetamine, possessing drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct-party to a crime. All of the charges stem from Nov. 27 in the town of Cleveland.

According to a criminal complaint:

A deputy responded to a domestic call at Peterson’s residence. The deputy saw Peterson “twerking,” and at times hallucinating. Peterson admitted to using methamphetamine earlier.

Drug paraphernalia was found in the residence and a test for methamphetamine was positive.

A $5,000 signature bond was set for Peterson, who will appear before Judge Steven Cray at 11 a.m. Feb. 27.

 

 

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A Gastonia couple used their home to manufacture methamphetamine, according to police reports.

Cassie Patrice Hawkins and Chad Michael Adams were in the process of cooking drugs when charged, a police officer wrote in the report.

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Hawkins, 27, and Adams, 33, both of Dean Street, were charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors for methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Adamswas assigned a $100,000 secured bond. Hawkins was held without bond.

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BANGKOK, Jan 18 –Saraburi highway police seized over 2 million pills of methamphetamine (meth) worth Bt600 million hidden in a pickup truck heading towards Bangkok.

Deputy national police commander Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung and Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) secretary-general Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen jointly chaired a press conference on the seizure of 2,244,000 meth pills in the central province of Saraburi.

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The meth pills were wrapped in waxed paper and packaged in 12 sacks Saraburi highway police had set up a checkpoint on Highway number 21 (Pukhae-Lonsak road) in Chalermphrakiat district and noticed a black pick up truck driving at high speed. The driver defied a police order to stop the vehicle and turned the truck around to escape the police. The police followed the truck for about 20 kilometres into the provincial seat, where the truck then lost control and hit a railtrack fence. Two smugglers abandoned the vehicle and fled from the scene. The police found the drugs after searching the truck.

Police said there were six smugglers in three cars. It was believed that the smugglers may be members of drug lord Yi Say’s trafficking network. The drugs were enroute to customers in Bangkok, police said. In the southern province of Surat Thani, police arrested Saudee Jehha, deputy chairman of Narathiwat’s Bang Po Tambon Administration Organization as he was smuggling 200,000 meth pills valued at Bt60 million.

Mr Saudee told police that he took advantage of rallies in Bangkok to smuggle the drugs into southern provinces. In the northen province of Chiang Mai, Mr Somkiat Wiboonsantisuk was arrested by police as he picked up a 4 kilogram parcel of crystal meth or “ice” worth Bt20 million.

He told police that the parcel was mailed from the northeastern province of Khon Kaen and he was delivering the drug into the southern provinces. He was paid Bt30,000 for each shipment.

 

 

 

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A bill introduced by Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) would increase the minimum penalty for methamphetamine convictions.

HB676 would increase the mandatory minimum sentence for manufacturing, selling or possessing with intent to sell at least 28 grams of meth to 10 years.

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The current mandatory minimum sentence is three years for more than 28 grams and five years for 227 grams or more.

“The Virginia Sheriff’s Association and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office supports this bill,” said Capt. Mark Torbert. “As we see a marked increase in methamphetamine use in the county, increasing the mandatory minimum sentence for convictions will be better for the community.”

“It’s a safer environment for our citizens with meth dealers off the street,” he added. “The increased sentence would also be a deterrent to those committing the crime in the first place.”

Sheriff’s offices also support a bill introduced by state Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Glade Hill) to make homes safer after methamphetamine labs are discovered.

SB31 would require the health department to establish a program to certify that buildings that were previously a methamphetamine lab site are safe for human occupancy.

“Most labs in Franklin County are found inside residences or buildings, like garages or workshops, very close to residences,” Torbert said. “The chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine are toxic so it’s necessary to ensure the environment is safe for human inhabitants.”

“The bill is well written because it specifies that the financial burden for the certification process does not fall back on the locality,” Torbert added.

The bill would require the person convicted of the crime to pay the cost of certification. Virginia law already requires those persons convicted to pay for the cost of lab cleanup.

Those costs are high, Torbert said. The cost of cleanup ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 for a small lab. The larger the lab, the higher the cost.

From May to December 2013, Franklin County spent $11,443 in meth lab cleanup, Torbert said.

 

 

 

 

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Marion County deputies arrested two people in a Mehama residence Friday, Jan. 17, for separate outstanding warrants.

Jessica King, 35, and Steven Nida, 45, were arrested at King’s residence after 9:30 p.m. King reportedly had methamphetamine paraphernalia in her possession.

Information obtained on scene led officers to learn that Nida, who was wanted for two outstanding felony warrants, was hiding inside the home, according to Chris Baldridge, spokesperson for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies approached the house, only to find its doors locked. They forced their way in and searched the house, finding Nida in the attic. A small caliber handgun was found at the home.

Both were taken to Marion County Jail. King was booked for an outstanding bench warrant for second-degree burglary and cited for unlawful possession of methamphetamine. She is no longer in custody.

Nida is in custody for his warrants on charges that include 10 counts of felon in possession of a firearm and failure to appear on the charge of attempt to elude. His bail is set at $115,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

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For most 12-year-olds, even in today’s complicated times, the biggest worries of the day come in the form of grade stress or whether or not the team tryout or play audition went well. Perhaps the overwhelming desire to place in the junior livestock show substantially preoccupies preteen minds.

For Tom Anderson, that was the age when he first tried methamphetamine. (Tom Anderson is not his real name. He agreed to tell his story only if he could remain anonymous.)

It was given to him by a high-school aged co-worker during a shift they were both working at a Graham establishment he would not name.

“He asked me if I wanted to try some, so I did,” Anderson related. “I didn’t like it, and then he said there was another way to do it.”

That’s when, at the ripe young age of 12, Tom Anderson began shooting meth into his veins. He preferred that method to snorting it up his nose. He said that the first time he injected the drug, he was hooked.

“It just electrified my whole insides,” he related. “It made me feel powerful, like I could do anything. I could go nonstop for weeks on end without sleep.”

For the next two decades, Anderson was a regular user, secretly getting high while the bulk of his direct family remained ignorant of his activity.

The story of his daily routine as an addict reads like that of a disciplined go-getter, except for the fact that what drove him to do anything was the pursuit of more meth.

He would lie in bed most nights but wouldn’t sleep. He would get out of bed at 4:30 a.m., do a shot of meth, eat breakfast, do another shot, go to work, do another shot during lunch, and so on and so on.

 

 

 

 

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MAIDEN N.C. – Two people were arrested early Saturday morning after police say they discovered a meth lab in their vehicle.

Hollie Huffman Harris, 37, of 2761 Mount Olive Church Road, Newton, and Brent Allen Stidham, 37, of 3963 Circle Street, Maiden, were charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Harris was also charged with felony probation violation.

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Police stopped a 2000 Dodge Neon shortly after midnight on Water Plant Road, a news release from the Maiden Police Department said. Stidham was driving and Harris was a passenger.

An officer noticed items consistent with a one-pot meth lab inside the vehicle as he was speaking with the suspects, the release said. Items police said they found in the car included two-liter plastic drink bottles with residue, modified plastic bottles and empty pseudoephedrine blister packs.

The State Bureau of Investigation assisted Maiden Police in the investigation and cleanup.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Harris was held with a $95,000 secured bond. Stidham was held with an $80,000 secured bond. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Lincoln County sheriff’s officials said a massive  house fire on Remington Drive in Fayetteville on Friday started because  of a meth lab explosion.

“I smelled smoke, and I thought  something was burning in our house,” said neighbor John Derm. “I looked  outside and saw the smoke. At that time, you couldn’t see across the  street, the smoke was so bad.”

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One full day after the fire, smoke  still wafted from piles of brick. Debris covered the steps leading to  where a home once stood. Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said  the fire that destroyed a home less than 4-years-old was all started by a  simple one-pot meth lab.

“It’s a scary thing to know this is right across the street from our house, from our family and our children,” said Derm.

Blackwelder  said homeowner Teresa Baker was using the place as a “party house”  where guests could find meth. He said the sheriff’s department had been  monitoring the home for a while due to suspected drug activity. Baker’s  charges include promoting and manufacturing meth in a drug-free school  zone.

“We’ve got an elementary school right up the street here, less than half a mile up the road,” said Amy Derm.

Blackwelder  also told Channel 4 that Baker has a previous charge for driving into  oncoming traffic in Lincoln County last September. Her vehicle  eventually bumped into a patrol car. Her charges include a DUI, evading  arrest, vandalism and reckless endangerment in that case.

 

 

 

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TRIAD — The N.C. Department of Justice says improved technology helped state and local authorities uncover a record number of meth labs in 2013. State Bureau of Investigation agents responded to 561 meth labs in 2013, an increase from 460 labs found in 2012. Of those meth labs, 81 percent used the “one-pot” method, portable labs which make small amounts of meth, according to the SBI. Also known as “shake-and-bake” labs, one pot meth labs use a small amount of pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter decongestant, to make meth in a plastic soda bottle. The labs are easy to conceal and move, making them more challenging for authorities to find. While there were no labs in Guilford County, the report shows there were three labs in Davidson County and four in Randolph County. State authorities have access to information about pseudoephedrine purchases through the National Precursor Log Exchange, helping them to identify likely meth cooks and find more meth labs.  Pharmacies log all purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine through NPLEx. The system also helps block illegal sales of meth’s key ingredient. The system has worked for Thomasville police, who discovered a meth lab in May 2013. Investigators observed a delivery of pseudoephedrine pills and camp fuel, key ingredients in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, being received by William Jerome Smith, of 325 Taylor St. According to police reports, when they entered the home, they found a working meth lab. “The NPLx is what led to the investigation. It allows on-demand, real-time access to pharmacy (records),” said Detective Brad Saintsing. “It gives law enforcement the availability to monitor suspicious buying patterns and watch specific individuals who exceed the limits by state law.” Smith, 49, was arrested and charged with possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. Saintsing said the department still sees a lot of meth-related arrests. “We are still seeing it out there,” Saintsing said. “Meth is gaining popularity again, and this is an excellent tool to monitor it.”

 

 

 

 

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Adams County Circuit Court Judge Scott Walden couldn’t guess what percentage of his daily court docket is made up of methamphetamine cases, but he admits, “It’s a significant portion of what we’re dealing with today.”

Illinois has severely stiffened its meth laws since Walden joined the bench in 1996. All meth-related charges are felonies. The most serious meth charges are on the same Class X level as violent crimes, meaning that people found guilty of those charges face between six and 30 years in prison.

Illinois lawmakers have tried to make it more difficult for meth users to get the products needed to make the drug. The state passed the Methamphetamine Control and Community Act on Sept. 11, 2005. That act created a new offense called aggravated unlawful meth manufacturing, a Class X felony that calls for mandatory prison time. If meth is manufactured where children live, in a multiunit dwelling like an apartment complex or hotel, or if it is manufactured where the elderly or disabled live, then the offense is classified as aggravated.

The state also adopted stricter purchasing guidelines for pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in meth. A person can’t buy more than 7,500 milligrams in a 30-day period. Authorities say the most common size pill boxes contain 2,880 milligrams.

Have the measures worked?

“If you would look at our numbers, you’d say no,” said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. David Roll, a member of the Meth Response Team based in Quincy.

Meth appears to be used now more than ever before in Adams County, but law enforcement officials have more ways to track who is using the homemade compound.

When anyone buys pseudoephedrine pills, he or she must show ID and sign for the pills. That data is then entered into the National Precursor Log Exchange. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators provides the purchase log at no cost to states that legislate pseudoephedrine sales. The recording is done in real time, meaning that seconds after the drug is bought, authorities can see who has bought pills.

“It makes it a little easier for us,” Roll said of the national exchange logs. “Now we have that available at our fingertips instead of having to manually go through a pill log like they had in the past. You can get someone’s history and see who is on the logs, where have they been buying and how much have they been buying. Oftentimes, you can get correlations on who is working together. You can see Subject A buying five minutes before Subject B at the same store. You know they are connected.”

Meth cases have helped swell the case files in the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office. There were 809 felony cases filed in Adams County in 2012, the second year that at least 800 felonies had been charged in the county.

Those totals are a far cry from when Jon Barnard took charge of the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2004, when fewer than 600 felony charges were filed. Because of meth, that load has steadily grown through the years.

“We set a record (for felony cases in 2012),” Barnard said. “In the category of good news, a lot of that is explained by more effective and more aggressive prosecution and law enforcement efforts. The bad news is that meth accounts for somewhere between a third and 40 percent of felony cases we handle. If you take that number away, it tells you how enormous a problem this has become.”

Barnard knows that in spite of any laws or pill logs, the problem is going to persist.

“(The national exchange log) is a very effective tool for law enforcement to help us track these people,” Barnard said. “For me to tell you that it has stopped or significantly retarded the efforts of meth cooks would be a gross overstatement. What we have now seen is this resurgence.”

 

 

 

 

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Angelina County, Texas (KETK) — Deputies with Angelina County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop that ended in the arrest of an East Texas woman.

It happened on Friday when deputies stopped Tracy Thomas, 42, and searched her vehicle.

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Thomas’ vehicle revealed 117 grams of methamphetamines, 3.2 grams of Heroin, 3.4 grams of marijuana, .5 grams of morphine, $1,530 in cash, and numerous illegal prescription medications including Xanax, Hydrocodone, Carisoprodol, and Clonazepam.

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Thomas also possessed hundreds of small zip lock style bags commonly used in the sales of illegal narcotics along with two digital scales.

The total street value of the methamphetamine alone was about $11,700.

Thomas was booked into Angelina County Jail for the manufacture and/or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of morphine, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FORT WAYNE, Ind (21Alive) — A 31-year-old Fort Wayne woman has been arrested for possession of Methamphetamine.

Shortly before 10 a.m., Officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Emergency Service Team and detectives from the Fort Wayne Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division served a search warrant at 712 Putnam Street.

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After conducting the search, Michelle Lynn Felts was arrested on charges of possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Nuisance, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

 

 

 

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The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office reported finding 29 one pot meth labs after a house fire at 4905 Birch Street. Officials believe may have been caused by one of the clandestine methamphetamine laboratories exploding.

Investigators noticed the smell of a meth lab upon arriving and upon entering the structure immediately recognized a fuel can, a one pot clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and other items consistent with a meth lab in the kitchen area.

Upon searching the entire residence, investigators located 29 one pot laboratories as well as other items used in the production of methamphetamines. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Rapid Response Unit responded and collected and disposed of all hazardous materials.

The investigation continues by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

 

 

 

 

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MANCHESTER — Employees who followed policy are credited with helping police and fire officials contain a suspected methamphetamine lab Friday evening at the La Quinta Inn & Suites on Front Street.

“They did a nice job recognizing there was an issue and calling the authorities,” city police Sgt. Christopher Goodnow said. “They were very helpful and forthcoming with anything we needed there.”

Lt. Todd Boucher said police were obtaining a search warrant for the room.

 

“We are investigating what we suspect to be a meth lab,” Boucher said.

Goodnow said firefighters were able to remove dangerous materials from the room. Two employees were treated for what Goodnow said were not life-threatening injuries.

David Roedel, co-manager of the hotel’s owner, Roedel Companies, said Friday night that a room had been reserved for two nights and, when the occupants asked for two more nights, employees entered the room to clean it and conduct a security check per the company’s policy. They noticed an unusual odor and “hazardous materials” in the room and the hotel’s general manager called the police and fire departments, he said.

“I give all the credit in the world to our professional staff,” Roedel said. “Without them sticking to policy and procedures, this might have gone unnoticed for the duration of their stay.”

Goodnow said no arrests have been made in connection to the hotel incident. He said two people were arrested on “unrelated” charges, but did not have their names as of Friday night.

Roedel said this is the first time he can remember an incident like Friday’s happening at the hotel. He said the hotel remained open throughout the incident.

 

 

 

 

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say staffers at a Manchester hotel found a meth lab operating in one of the rooms there after a guest called the front desk asking to stay there longer.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1dA5oR1 ) that the staffers at the La Quinta Inn and Suites on Friday noticed hazardous materials and an odor while enforcing a policy that requires them to check on a room when someone asks to extend their stay.

The staffers shut the door and called the police. Police and fire officials evacuated guests in the room next door and three hotel staffers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police said they know who rented the room and were speaking to that person but there were no arrests reported as of early Saturday morning.

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A suspected meth manufacturer is behind bars after returning to his home that caught fire Thursday night.

Ralph “Fast Eddie” Stroud is charged with manufacturing meth, and burning of a home, both felonies.

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Multiple fire departments were called to Stroud’s home on Highway 11 near Pink Hill after it caught fire.  They returned Friday morning when that fire flared back up.

Sheriff Chris Hill says he is very confident there was a meth lab in the home, and that meth ingredients exploded, sparking the fire.

Stroud was out on bond for a previous meth arrest when Thursday night’s fire occurred.

He was arrested back in August and released on a $200,000 secured bond.  Now, Stroud is jailed on a $400,000 secured bond.

“This investigation will continue and I expect other charges may be filed against Stroud,” said Sheriff Hill.   “Although he is innocent until proven guilty, he has demonstrated through his actions his disregard for the law and shown that he is a danger to this area and I hope that is taken into account when he sees his day in court.”


 

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Multiple fire departments were called to the scene of a fire that flared up again in the Pink Hill area of Lenoir County just before 5:00 a.m.

As of 7:45 a.m., Highway 11 in both directions was open with no delays.

Officials say ingredients to make meth were discovered inside the home at 5626 Highway 11 in Pink Hill last night.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says while last night there were concerns of chemicals dispersing in the air, that is not a concern this morning despite the rekindling.

Sheriff Hill says they can’t say for sure at this point if the meth was the cause of the fire.

Sheriff Hill says they are currently looking for Ralph “Fast Eddie” Stroud, who lives at the home that caught on fire and is out on bond from other meth charges.


 

Fire crews in Lenoir County say ingredients to make meth have been discovered inside a house that caught on fire.

The fire broke out after 7:00 p.m. at 5626 Highway 11 in Pink Hill.

The Southbound lanes of Highway 11 in that area were closed.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says they can’t say for sure at this point if the meth is the cause of the fire.

Sheriff Hill says they are currently looking for Ralph “Fast Eddie” Stroud, who lived at the address and is out on bond from other meth charges.

Stroud and two others were arrested on meth charges back in August by the sheriff’s office after a four-month investigation.

Prior to that arrest, Hill says Stroud  had been to prison twice for manufacturing methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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A woman arrested during a Sempronius meth lab bust in November is facing a new set of drug-related charges.

After her case was presented to a Cayuga County grand jury, Theresa M. Estebanez was arrested on a warrant Thursday morning and accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, said an Auburn State Police spokesman.

The 31-year-old Sempronius woman was charged with two counts of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, all felonies.

She was also charged with second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

The spokesman said Estebanez was remanded into the custody of the Cayuga County Jail pending arraignment.

Estebanez first appeared on troopers’ radar on Nov. 11, 2013 after a caller raised concerns about the welfare of the children living at 2314 Route 41A.

After finding the children safe but unattended, troopers decided to look for Estebanez, the children’s mother, at 2287 Route 41A — the residence next door to her Sempronius home.

That check resulted in four arrests.

After observing lab equipment and chemical reagents used to make meth inside a detached garage off of Richard D. Casterline’s home, troopers interviewed Estebanez, Casterline and two other adults inside the residence.

Speaking after the November arrest, Investigator Greg Scmitter said all four adults eventually made confessions.

“One of them confessed that they were smoking meth together and one individual confessed that they were manufacturing methamphetamine,” he said.

Casterline, 37, was charged with criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, both felonies, along with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all misdemeanors.

Estebanez and the other two adults present — Shawn P. Ward, 36, and Jane M. Ward, 30, both of Homer — were each charged with second-degree criminal possession of manufacturing material, a misdemeanor.

 

 

 

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A Lafayette woman faces methamphetamine possession and dealing charges after a traffic stop on Wednesday.

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Prosecutors said the Lafayette Police Department made a routine traffic stop at Greenbush and N. Ninth Streets 6 p.m. on Wednesday. One officer involved noticed the passenger Bonny Ahlrich, 51, of Lafayette reaching into her purse after LPD had told her not to do so.

They asked if Ahlrich had weapons and she allowed officers to search her purse. Upon further investigation of the bag, the officer found several empty stamp-sized baggies, commonly used for packaging controlled substances.

A K-9 officer arrived at the scene and confirmed the presence of narcotics. Authorities said when asked, Ahlrich told officers there was nothing illegal in the vehicle, but officers noted suspicious behavior as something may be concealed on her person.

LPD conducted a further search of Ahlrich and her clothing. At one point during the search, she jumped back from the officer and admitted, when asked, to having “ice” on her. Police found more than five grams of meth that Ahlrich had hidden in the front of her pants.

Prosecutors said Ahlrich later told to police she was using meth again and selling the drug “because it was easy money.” She admitted that she had sold methamphetamine before that night and that she intended to sell most of the baggie that officers had found.

Ahlrich was charged with two Class A Felonies for possession of methamphetamine and dealing in methamphetamine.

According to prosecutors, Ahlrich was convicted in October 2005 of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. In September 2004, she was convicted of possession of marijuana.

 

 

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Bonny Lou Ahlrich, 51, of Lafayette was charged with two Class A felonies Friday after police allegedly found methamphetamine in her possession during a traffic stop Wednesday at Ninth and Greenbush streets.

Each count — dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine — could result in 20 to 50 years in prison.

Ahlrich was a passenger in a PT Cruiser that was stopped by police. Court documents do not indicate why the car was stopped.

Police said Ahlrich acted suspiciously during the stop, once reaching into her purse after police asked her not to, according to court documents.

Police said they found several empty stamp-sized baggies commonly used for packaging controlled substances. A K-9 detected a narcotic odor in the vehicle. While police searched Ahlrich, she admitted to having “ice,” or methamphetamine, down the front of her pants.

A field test proved the substance positive for meth in the amount of 5.3 grams, police said.

The traffic stop occurred within 1,000 feet of Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club, a youth center.

Ahlrich’s priors include possession of heroin and cocaine in 2005 and possession of marijuana in 2004.

 

 

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WALLA WALLA — The recent overdose death of a 20-year-old Waitsburg woman was probably related to illegal methamphetamine use, authorities said.

“What we have here is that it does appear … based on other evidence at the scene, that it would be methamphetamine,” Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John King said this morning.

Mariah Hofer, 20, was found unresponsive Tuesday in the bedroom of her home at 19391 E. Highway 12. Paramedics determined she was dead at the scene.

Also found unresponsive at the home was Richard Perez, 26, of Walla Walla., who was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center and is still being treated there, according to officials. Methamphetamine use is suspected in his case, too, King said.

Investigators report there is a criminal element to the two overdose deaths but have no suspects in custody or persons of interest.

An autopsy has been ordered, which will include a toxicology report on Hofer.

So far this year there have been three drug related deaths in Walla Walla County, according to Coroner Richard Greenwood.

 

 

 

 

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