LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Four West Columbia residents have been arrested in connection with the Friday seizure of methamphetamine laboratory at a residence just outside the city.

Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized about 8 grams of meth from a lab that was being operated at a home on Kensington Court near West Columbia, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.



Arrested were Tonya Marie Holland, 31, of 121 Kensington Court, West Columbia; Eddie Mart Jordan, 49, of 121 Kensington Court, West Columbia; Kayla Elizabeth Mattoni, 31, of 2830 Oakwood Drive, Unit 6, West Columbia; and Paul Edward Worrell, Jr., 38, of 121 Kensington Court, West Columbia.

At about 8:14 a.m. Friday, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to 121 Kensington Court to investigate a lead that a meth laboratory was being operated at the residence, the Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies detected a strong chemical odor coming from the home and saw white smoke flowing from a bedroom window at the rear of the house.

Jordan and Mattoni are charged with manufacturing meth and possessing meth with the intent to distribute. Holland and Worrell are charged with manufacturing meth. All four were being held on Saturday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.


A report of a chemical odor coming from a neighbor’s house led to the discovery of a meth lab, police said.

Bruce W. Albright, 55, of 3125 Central Ave., was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony.

He also is charged with unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of an illegal drug lab, both Class D felonies.

The neighbor who complained of the smell coming from the Mead Village home where Albright lives had suspected possible drug activity, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.







(BEDFORD)- Two Bedford women were arrested after police found meth at a home in the 400 block of N Street Saturday night.

According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley officers were called at 11:47 p.m. to the area after a report of a parking problem.

When police arrived they found a vehicle blocking a driveway with a purse on the roadway next to the car.

“At that time Rebecca Lake came out of the house and told police she didn’t know who threw the purse in the roadway or who it belonged to,” Parsley says. “Then later, Miss Lake handed officers a small bag that contained meth and one pill.”

Police then asked for permission to search the purse, which Lake admitted was hers.

“Inside the purse officers found a syringe that had blood on it and that was filled with meth,” Parsley added.

Lake then allegedly told police there were more drugs inside the home at 414 N Street.

“She told officers that her and Deanna Jones, the homeowner, had flushed some of the drugs when they saw police pull up to the house,” Parsley says.

Jones gave police permission to search the home and officers found another small bag of meth inside.

Lake, 45, of 3939 Washington Ave., and 45-year-old Deanna Jones, of 414 N St., were both arrested on charges of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.







If you’d like to spend a few minutes saying, “Wait a second, that doesn’t sound right,” I invite you to read Anita Wadhwani’s story over at the Tennessean about all the ways our database of people convicted of meth-related crimes is not actually keeping pseudoephedrine out of the hands of said convicts.

Just 65 of Tennessee’s 95 counties have reported meth convictions to the TBI this year, Farmer said. Some reports come into his office without the necessary information, while other counties that do report to the registry are reporting only a fraction of their cases. 

Adding to the problem is that many meth offenders are convicted under broader state drug laws, making it difficult for criminal-court clerks, who are required to report the convictions to the TBI, to distinguish meth crimes from marijuana, cocaine or other offenses.


So, the deal is that the clerks are supposed to report the convictions to the TBI, which then updates the registry that pharmacists are supposed to check against. But it’s not always clear which convictions are specifically for meth and some counties don’t bother to report it.

Here’s my list of questions:

1. Did we really pass a law requiring the state keep a list of people convicted of meth-related crimes, but provide no mechanism for compelling various counties to participate?

2. Did lawmakers really not talk to the clerks who would have to do this or lawyers or anyone before passing this law in order to discover that it might be impossible for a county clerk to tell which convictions are for meth-related crimes and which are for crimes related to other drugs?

3. If it really is so difficult to tell meth-related crimes from the crimes related to other drugs, what’s going on with the counties who are providing information to the TBI that doesn’t seem inadequate? Someone’s bullshitting here. Either it’s hard to tease out the meth convictions from the other drug convictions, in which case, all counties’ numbers should be much lower than the TBI might expect or it’s not that hard and the excuse is hollow.

4. Special Agent Tommy Farmer who heads the TBI’s Tennessee Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force. Wadhwani reports “‘No registry, no matter how good it is, is going to stop meth,’ said Farmer, who believes the only effective way to combat the epidemic is to return pseudoephedrine to prescription-only status.” Pseudoephedrine is completely banned in Mexico. Does Agent Farmer think that Mexico doesn’t have a meth problem?

5. Along those same lines, under what circumstances would the TBI not advocate for making pseudoephedrine prescription-only? We’re failing to keep people from making meth. Better make pseudoephedrine harder to get. But don’t we all know that, if somehow our “war” on meth were working, that would be evidence that we needed to just get tougher and wipe out the scourge once and for all?

Don’t get me wrong. Meth is terrible. And we have a lot of folks in Tennessee ruining their lives and the lives of people in their community with it. But there’s also not a single case of prohibition in our country actually working. Addiction is a health issue. You’ve literally changed the way your body functions and the way your brain is wired. You can’t make it illegal to have a health issue and expect the health issue to care. If that were so, lord almighty, outlaw cancer today.

And I just don’t see that we can ever make the production of meth so difficult that folks just give up on it. I don’t know what the solution is, but what we’re doing isn’t working. And doing the same thing, but better, doesn’t seem like it can work, either.







LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Police say a meth lab caused an explosion at a local assisted living complex in Fairdale.

Police say around 5:30 Sunday evening an explosion occurred in the 500 block of Mt. Holly Road.

The location was at Jude’s Place Apartments, a center for the disabled and elderly.

56-year-old Michael Lyle was charged with 'manufacturing meth'.
56-year-old Michael Lyle was charged with ‘manufacturing meth’.


MetroSafe dispatchers say an explosion was reported around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and windows were blown out of a building.

MetroSafe dispatchers say an explosion was reported around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and windows were blown out of a building



A neighbor tells WDRB there have been multiple meth incidents this year.

56-year-old Michael Lyle was charged with ‘manufacturing meth’. Police say a warrant also served for ‘Receiving Stolen Property over $500′.



LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Authorities were on the scene of a meth lab explosion. Crews were called to the 500 block of Mt. Holly Road in Louisville, according to MetroSafe..

MetroSafe dispatchers say an explosion was reported around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and windows were blown out of a building at Jude’s Place Apartment, which is intended for disabled or elderly people with a need for assisted living.

According to Louisville Metro Police Department, their team is processing the scene. No injuries have been reported yet and no arrest has been made at this time.








Police recently uncovered a meth lab that was hidden under a bridge on Steels Corners Road.

An investigation in partnership with the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department led officers to a lab hidden under the causeway bridge that passes over Mud Brook stream in the 600 block of Steels Corners Road.

Equipment for making meth was found in and around a tent that had been set up underneath the bridge.

Police found the tent, camping fuel, tubing, mason jars and other elements of a lab.







BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County taxpayers will be footing the bills for testing and cleanup of a closed county elementary school, where evidence of methamphetamine production was discovered.

The former Valley Pike Elementary School, near Bristol, already had been heavily vandalized — somewhere around $125,000 worth — before meth lab remnants were discovered inside the building.

Meth contamination delays action on former Valley Pike Elementary

The former Valley Pike Elementary School already had been heavily vandalized before meth lab remnants were discovered inside the building




Due to the potential contamination from the chemicals used to make meth, the building currently is quarantined. The county is required to test and clean up any meth-related contamination before it can even try to sell — or tear down — the old school building, Administrator of County Buildings Claude Smith said last week.

Smith and County Purchasing Agent Kris Davis presented information on Valley Pike to the Sullivan County Commission’s Building Committee during a called meeting of the group on Sept. 18.

The Building Committee subsequently directed Davis to contract with a Johnson City-based company for the testing, which Smith said would run around $20,000 for 150 samples throughout the building to test for contamination.

The extent of a cleanup effort will depend on the extent of contamination found by the testing.

Smith said once the company gets the go-ahead, the testing could be completed within three weeks.


A recent nationwide report indicates seizures and arrests associated with methamphetamine labs decreased in 2012.

It’s a positive trend that local drug agents said hasn’t reached the Shoals.

“We get calls about spent labs all the time,” said Curtis Burns, director of the Colbert County Drug Task Force. “Earlier this week, we found one in a garbage can. We’re seeing as many as ever, actually even more on the sides of roads.”

Authorities said Colbert’s task force has investigated 70 meth cases this year, seizing 45 labs in the process. In 2012, the agency investigated 85 cases and confiscated 84 labs.

“I wouldn’t say those numbers indicate a decrease,” Burns said. “I’m glad seizures are down in some places. I wish it was here. But what we are seeing shows there is still a meth problem around here, a very real problem.”

Lauderdale County Drug Task Force agents also have been busy, investigating 17 cases involving meth labs since June. Agents said in 2012 they worked 52 cases involving meth labs.

“The number of labs isn’t down here; if anything they may be increasing,” said Lauderdale Drug Task Force Director Tim Glover. “It seems we get more and more calls about meth and labs.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration reported that in 2012 there were 12,694 meth lab reports involving lab seizures, arrests or dump sights. That is 5.5 percent lower than the 13,390 cases worked in 2011.

“You can’t draw conclusions from the numbers because it’s all based on reporting, and you don’t know if every agency is reporting,” said DEA spokesman Rusty Payne. “The only conclusion you can get from the number is that meth is still a big problem.”

Lawrence County Drug Task Force Director Amard Martin said his department isn’t seeing as many large labs. He attributes that to an increase of smaller “one-pot” labs.

Martin said most of the one-pot cooks are used by individual users.

“You just don’t see the big labs like you used to when meth started popping up in the area,” he said.

Martin said most of the larger quantity of meth that is being sold on area streets is being shipped in.

The one-pot or “shake-and-bake” labs, as they are also called, involve plastic soft drink bottles. The process involves mixing pseudoephedrine and other ingredients.

“They can make these in their cars and then ride down the road and throw it out,” Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson said. “We have people who find bits and pieces of meth labs scattered all over the side of the roads, where the items have been thrown out of a car window after the cook finished.”

Drug agents said the remains are potentially dangerous and can hurt those who are unaware of what they are handling.

Glover said a suitcase was recently found on the side of a Lauderdale County road by members of the county’s road department. The suitcase was filled with ingredients used to make meth.

“There is no telling what will be found on the roadways,” Glover said.

Burns said methamphetamine is a problem agents deal with on a daily basis.

Glover said he could assign two drug agents to investigate nothing but meth cases and they still couldn’t keep up.

“It’s a never ending battle,” he said.







LAKEPORT – The service of a search warrant by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force on Tuesday, resulted in one arrest and the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana and a firearm, which was reported stolen.

On Tuesday narcotics detectives secured a search warrant for a home and property on the 1100 block of 11th Street in Lakeport. At approximately 5:16 p.m. detectives served the warrant.

During a search of the home, narcotics detectives reportedly located and seized approximately 36 grams of methamphetamine in the bedroom occupied by Katherine Eve Johnson, 33, of Lakeport.

The methamphetamine was allegedly concealed inside a purse, which was sitting on a shelf in the bedroom closet. Detectives reported that inside the purse was a digital scale, several small plastic bags and a spoon and on the same shelf, was a Heckler & Koch .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was loaded.

Central Dispatch conducted a record check on the firearm and discovered that it was reported stolen by the Santa Ana Police Department. Narcotics detectives also reportedly located two digital pound scales and a large plastic tub containing 5.2 ounces of processed marijuana in the same bedroom occupied by Johnson. The stolen firearm, processed marijuana and scales were seized as evidence.

In the backyard detectives reportedly located and eradicated 26 marijuana plants. The plants were allegedly concealed by an 8-foot black plastic fence. A search of Johnson’s vehicle reportedly produced another 7.6 grams of methamphetamine, which was in an eyeglass case in the center console.

The reported estimated street value of the methamphetamine was $4,300.

Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed and possession of known stolen property. She was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.

Anyone with information that can assist the task force with this effort is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at 263-3663.







Smoke it, inject it or snort it. Any way you ingest methamphetamine, it’s still a fast-acting drug known for its visually horrifying and life-altering effects.

And now the destructive drug is on the rise in Missoula County.

Following a spike of individuals charged with felony possession, distribution and sale of methamphetamine in 2007, meth-related crimes in the county dropped in 2008 by 42 percent and again by 19 percent in 2009. For the next two years, the numbers remained relatively constant, until 2012, when meth-related felony charges jumped by 30 percent.

Missoula Detective Sgt. Ed McLean said 2013 is on course to surpass 2012 in the number of meth-related charges.

McLean is a supervising officer on the Missoula Drug Task Force – a drug-fighting cooperative that boasts representatives of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and the Missoula Police Department.

He was only authorized to release the percentage increases and not the actual numbers that the force collects from the cooperating organizations.


McLean has hard lines etched into his face and speaks candidly, albeit off the record, about drug busts that have taken an emotional toll on his well-being. He has seen people lose their families because of meth and interviewed addicts so far gone they look “like an infection.”

The increase is obviously disturbing to him, but he doesn’t see an obvious explanation – the why.

“There is no concrete reason. There’s none. You are dealing with an illicit substance that everyone knows is bad for you,” McLean said.

He said that many people charged with meth distribution, sale or possession claim that economic hard times have forced them into the profession of drug dealing.

But those defenses offered to him by people facing felony charges related to methamphetamine aren’t viable excuses, in McLean’s opinion.

Meth use, as well as other drug use, boils down to a supply and demand issue.

McLean said the economic growth and job explosion in the Bakken oil fields and Missoula’s location along the Interstate 90 corridor – connecting Spokane to Montana – are two factors to take into consideration when examining the increase.

“There’s an increased demand in the Northwest for methamphetamine that’s infectious,” he said. “When you end up having shipments coming through, it increases the supply in our area.”

The source of the drug is coming directly from Washington or California – but he won’t point to Mexico as the original source.

But for McLean, that’s really beside the point.

“As long as you have demand for it, somebody, somewhere is going to make it,” McLean said.


Last week, a woman found in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia set fire to a bathroom in the emergency room at St. Patrick Hospital.


She said she was trying to kill herself.

According to court documents, the woman, Rachel Thompson, was driving through Missoula County on Interstate 90 with her boyfriend Frederick Slack. The two Washington natives were on their way to a wedding in Las Vegas, but ended up in Justice Court and then the Missoula County jail instead.

Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech told Thompson that she had a terrible drug problem before setting a six-figure bail.

The woman was in hysterics.

Brian Yowell is a public defender who represents a fair number of individuals facing meth-related charges.

“That drug just makes you do it,” Yowell explained. “It’s like rocket-power cocaine.”

When he started in the office nine years ago, meth use was more prevalent because the federal government hadn’t made restrictions on the substances used to make methamphetamines – like some over-the-counter cold medications.

But Yowell said a crackdown on meth labs, as well as the federal regulation that now forces consumers to show identification before purchasing some cold medications, have really curbed the drug’s sphere of influence.

Education and advertising about the adverse side effects of the drug have also helped.

The 2012 numbers haven’t hit the 2007 “danger point,” McLean said.

But why the increase in 2012? Yowell suggests the success of smuggling from meth labs south of the border as a possible explanation.

“They don’t stamp ‘made in Mexico’ on their product,” Yowell points out. “But the Washington labs have to get their supply from somewhere.”

As for Yowell’s clients, they aren’t sure where the drug comes from.

Many of Yowell’s clients facing meth charges are in denial that they have a problem and aren’t able to understand the gravity of their situation. They optimistically believe the judge will release them, while their families and lives fall apart.

“You are in the eye of the storm when you are consuming,” Yowell explained. “You can’t see swirling walls of disaster all around you.”

“It’s scary and the commercials don’t exaggerate it,” he added.


There’s a silver-lining in McLean’s numbers.

He said the percentage of juveniles facing meth charges isn’t increasing – a fact that McLean attributes to the Montana Meth Project’s in-your-face advertising and educational programs that give young people solid knowledge they can base their decisions on later in life.

He presents seminars to high schools where he displays grotesque photos of meth addicts – a tactic that is usually more effective than describing the neurological and physiological effects.

“I had one case where I was dealing with a young mother with a 3.7 GPA at the University of Montana, who starts using methamphetamine and the subsequent decline in behavior resulted in the loss of her child (to Child Protective Services),” he said.

“I don’t feel she would have made those decisions had she had a good knowledge base and realized what the consequences would have been of partying up with methamphetamine,” he added.







An assault in the county Friday morning just outside of Bonne Terre led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab near a school in city limits.

The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a charge of second-degree assault. The Bonne Terre Police Department is seeking charges related to possession of the methamphetamine lab, first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, and manufacture of methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school. 

According to the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 7 a.m. Friday deputies were dispatched to an assault on Stormy Lane. They discovered a male victim with lacerations to the forehead and back of his head. The injuries appeared to have been made by a blunt object. He was transported to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment.

At 7:20 a.m. Bonne Terre Police responded to a disturbance call of a male and female fighting at the corner of M.C. Black and Route K. Officers discovered a male and a female hiding behind a shed and they were detained.

During the ensuing investigation, Bonne Terre Cpl. Stan Jaco located a portable drug lab in a bag the suspects had with them. Members of the Mineral Area Drug Task Force responded to the scene to dismantle and investigate the portable lab. The task force determined there was enough of the drug to qualify for a trafficking charge.

Both suspects are in the St. Francois County Jail. Charges could be filed next week.







A Lake Elsinore man who was allegedly found Thursday with guns, ammunition and illegal drugs, has been arrested.

Robert Lee Hansen, 61, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of illegal narcotics while armed with a firearm, and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to a report from Sgt. David Cardoza of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station.

“There have been previous complaints to Riverside County Code Enforcement about illegal activity, narcotic activity, and illegal dumping in the area,” the report stated.

The deputy questioned the travel trailer driver, which turned out to be Hansen.

“During the course of the contact, the driver … exhibited the symptoms of narcotic use. The driver was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, two firearms, and live ammunition during a consent search of his travel trailer,” Cardoza’s report continued.

Jail records show Hansen remains in custody at Southwest Detention Center in lieu of $25,000. He is due to appear in court Sept. 24.

According to jail records, at least one of the firearms in Hansen’s possession was loaded. Based on jail records, it appears Hansen’s weapons were registered to him.







A Wichita man was arrested on smuggling charges Thursday evening after customs and border patrol agents in El Paso, Texas seized just under two pounds of meth from his vehicle.

It happened just after 7 p.m. Thursday while officers were performing an enforcement sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the Bridge of the Americas.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted authorities to a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe that was entering the U.S. from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release.

Officers scanned the vehicle and “spotted anomalies” in the rocker panel area of the SUV, where they found five methamphetamine-filled bundles with a total weight of 1.9 pounds.

Burt Allen Smith, 27, of Wichita was arrested on federal smuggling charges and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“The important work that CBP performs at the port of entry helps keep this nation safe and secure,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats.”

Further information about the case was not released.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Smith was incarcerated from November of 2006 until July of 2011 for drug and forgery convictions.

Meth labs, whether large or small, are dangerous. Chemicals used in making meth are dangerous, the process of making meth is dangerous, and the waste left behind is dangerous.
Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant typically made in “laboratories” from common materials, many of which are readily available to the maker. Recipes for the substance and step-by-step instructions can be found on the Internet, making it possible that a meth lab could be located in nearly any neighborhood in any city, any rural setting, or even campers and fish houses.
Meth can be made in a variety of ways. It can  be “cooked,” shaken in a plastic bottle with less heat exposure – the “Shake and Bake” method, or steeped as in the “Nazi” method.

Many of the ingredients used in making methamphetamine are toxic, flammable, or explosive, making it dangerous for the maker and anyone nearby, especially children who may be exposed to chemicals used during the process.
“I don’t think you need a degree in chemistry (to make meth),” said Valley City Police Chief Thompson. “If you’re brave enough to follow the directions you find on the Internet, just about anybody can do it. The problem is, the chemicals involved in this are so dangerous that if you make a mistake, or if you read the directions wrong, or if you understand the directions wrong or the directions are wrong, you can easily blow yourself up.”
Most methamphetamine that finds its way into the local area originates in either Mexico or Canada where ingredients are more readily available than in the U.S. where state and federal regulations have made purchasing pseudoephedrine – a key meth ingredient – difficult.
In fact, earlier this month, police in Ontario, Canada seized more than $40 million in methamphetamine, including 120 kilograms of pure meth – enough to make four million pills, 110,483 meth pills, and 14 kilograms of meth powder waiting to be pressed into pills, in and around Toronto, according to CBC News, Toronto.
And the quality of meth coming into the area is very high quality, unlike earlier when meth was likely to contain impurities.
Obtaining enough ingredients locally to make the drug for personal use is easier, according to Thompson.
And while it’s not likely to find meth mega-labs in and around Valley City, Thompson doesn’t discount the possibility of finding smaller labs, though he’s not heard of any thus far during a little over a year in the community.
Meth labs, even small ones, leave tattletale signs, most notably an odor. According to Thompson, “cooking” meth produces a strong, unique chemical odor, similar to the smell of cat urine. The odor is unmistakable and “once you’ve smelled it you never forget it,” said Thompson.
Inside the meth lab a visitor may notice a yellow haze that clings to walls, ceilings and virtually every surface.
Other signs to look for include strange ventilation – including open windows on cold days; unusual trash like empty cold tablet packages, lithium batteries that have been torn apart, used coffee filters with colored stains or powdery residue; empty chemical or solvent containers; empty soda bottles with holes in the top or with tubes coming from the top; or plastic or rubber hoses, duct tape, rubber gloves or respiratory masks.
Because of the toxicity and volatility of meth during the production process, police who encounter a meth lab must call haz-mat teams. Firefighters who encounter meth lab fires can do nothing without haz-mat assistance.
If a building containing a meth lab goes undetected, it can remain dangerous for years after the lab is gone. According to the U.S. Department of Health, unsuspecting residents of former meth houses could develop a cough, a rash or headache from exposure to methamphetamine residue.
Anyone who suspects a meth lab should call police, said Thompson. His department will take every precaution to protect the safety of the informant, he added.








Nogales, Ariz. - A Mexican national was arrested Friday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 34 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

 click for hi-res CBP officers located and seized meth that was hidden within the smuggling vehicle's tires.
CBP officers located and seized meth that was hidden within the smuggling vehicle’s tires.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 57-year-old man for an additional inspection of his Chevrolet truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the rear and spare tires, officers removed 22 packages of meth worth more than $536,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.








CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Police said they found pills, meth and knives in a Cedar Rapids woman’s car after a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

A Cedar Rapids police officer pulled over 22-year-old Alisha Cryder at 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Second Street SW. Police learned Cryder was driving with a suspended license. Her license plates and insurance card were expired, police said.

After arresting Cryder for driving while suspended, police searched her vehicle. Police said they found numerous prescription drugs in separated bags, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials. Officers also found several knives in the vehicle that exceeded the legal blade length.

Cryder was taken to the Linn County Jail and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, Iowa drug tax stamp violation, carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended license and various driving infractions.







ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Police say they have been responding to more reports of clandestine methamphetamine labs.

State police say they found more than 100 meth labs last year, double the number the year before.

So far in 2013, troopers have been called to 93 clandestine labs or incidents and they’re looking for the public’s help in dealing with the growing problem.

Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, a state police spokeswoman, says police are typically finding “one-pot meth labs,” unlike the larger-scale operations depicted on the cable television show “Breaking Bad.”







BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE:  The body found at the apartment has been identified as that of of Birmingham.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case can call the Birmingham Police Department (205) 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.

ORIGINAL: Police response to reports of a gunshot resulted in the discovery of a dead body at an apartment and a meth lab in Birmingham on Friday morning.

Officers with the Birmingham Police Department responded to an apartment after neighbors reported hearing a gunshot.

Upon arrival, officers found a body inside the apartment and noticed an aroma commonly associated with meth.

A HazMat team was called to the scene and confirmed that the smell was meth.

Four officers were sent to the hospital for protocol reasons.

Police are working to clear the scene of danger.

The body has been removed from the apartment but it has not been identified, according to Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department.

There are currently no suspects at this time.


Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country is manufactured in “superlabs” here or, usually, in Mexico. But the drug is also easily made in small clandestine laboratories, with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold medications. To curb production of methamphetamine, Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2005, which requires that pharmacies and other retail stores keep logs of purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine and limits the amount of those products an individual can purchase per day. A few States have even made pseudoephedrine available only with a prescription. Mexico has also tightened its restrictions on this and other methamphetamine precursor chemicals. But manufacturers adapt to these restrictions via small- or large-scale “smurfing” operations: obtaining pseudoephedrine from multiple sources, below the legal thresholds, using multiple false identifications. Manufacturers in Mexico are also increasingly using a different production process (called P2P, from the precursor chemical phenyl-2-propanone) that does not require pseudoephedrine.

Methamphetamine production also involves a number of other easily obtained chemicals that are hazardous, such as acetone, anhydrous ammonia (fertilizer), ether, red phosphorus, and lithium. Toxicity from these chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab has been shut down, causing a wide range of damaging effects to health. Because of these dangers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided guidance on cleanup and remediation of methamphetamine labs.







Methamphetamine use can lead to dangerously elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and decaying gums, a local physician who treats users said on Thursday.

Waynesboro police and the Virginia State Police raided a suspected meth lab on Sherwood Avenue on Tuesday, charging two people with manufacturing meth. Suspects Jesse Hamilton Balin, 23, and April Bradley Riddle, 38, both of Waynesboro, are to appear via video hookup in Waynesboro District Court for an advisement hearing this morning, according to the Waynesboro Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

Meth medical

Cleanup continues at the Sherwood Avenue property where police busted a suspected meth lab on Tuesday


Items seized from the house were taken to a state laboratory in Roanoke for testing. The lab is reported to be the city’s third meth lab discovered this year.

Drug causes medical issues

Dr. Asher Brand, an emergency room physician at Augusta Health and the medical director for the Central Shenandoah EMS Council, said an overdose of meth  can cause “super high blood pressure, seizures and sudden cardiac arrest.” He said overuse of the drug can trigger a dangerous rhythm in a person’s heart.

The dental issues are caused partially by the neglect of dental hygiene, Brand said. “People start neglecting themselves. All of their gums decay in part because of neglect,” he added, saying the drug also constricts blood flow to the teeth.

While meth leads to an increased awareness and alertness, it also causes users to “become anorexic,” Brand said. “It (the drug) makes you not want to eat,” he said.

Brand sees patients monthly in the Augusta Health ER for meth use. He said there are outpatient treatment options and some psychiatric options. “There are also treatment facilities for the wealthy,” he said. Cuts in state funding have limited the options in that venue, he said.

Crystal Myers, the clinical manager for Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s outpatient behavioral health program, said the treatment for meth use can be intensive.

She calls the drug one of the most addictive substances. Dealing with the addiction through counseling and education can take a short or a long time, Myers said.

“People are at different stages,” she said. “It (treatment) can be short-term or it could take years.” Myers said there are documented cases of people relapsing to meth use seven times.

Myers advises family members to be on the lookout for symptoms. She said one issue with meth use is denial by the addicted person. It may take a trauma to get the person’s attention. “Sometimes it takes negative consequences such as loss of a job, a relationship,” she said.

Virginia legislators are well aware of the lack of state funding for drug addiction, according to a Shenandoah Valley senator.

Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has both chaired a commission on substance abuse and patroned a study by the Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on addiction treatment. Hanger said the state money for treatment is not enough. He said the potential expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program could offer more funding for addiction treatment.

Brand said one of the major complications with drugs purchased or manufactured illegally is the composition. “You do not have the slightest idea what is in there,” Brand said.

There is one legal meth product, Desoxyn, Brand said. This product is marketed in 5-milligram tablets and is used to treat obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.






Chatham-Kent police have issued a warning to anyone who is involved with the  purchase or use of drugs such as ecstasy and speed.

Police say they have recently investigated incidents involving members of  the community, specifically young people, purchasing what they believe is MDMA  (ecstasy), only to realize the drug they bought is in fact Methamphetamine  (speed).

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Officers say both drugs are synthetically produced and the buyer/user will  never know what ingredients are in the drug. Past seizures of ecstasy found meth  as an ingredient, MDMA, caffeine and other carcinogens.

Police are trying to get the message out to youths that synthetically  produced drugs come in various forms such as pills, capsules, crystalized powder  and may look similar in appearance.

They warn these drugs are extremely dangerous and there is no way of knowing  what combination of ingredients they contain and it could prove to be  deadly.








A Muskogee man allegedly injected methamphetamine in front of a police officer Thursday and is in jail on a drug possession complaint.

Justin Higgins, 22, was suspected of shoplifting at the Family Dollar at 2400 W. Okmulgee St., said Muskogee police.

Justin Higgins

Officer Michele Ogden said as she approached the store at about 2:45 p.m. a man ran and got into a red sport utility vehicle.

“There’s an employee standing (outside) smoking a cigarette,” Ogden said. “And he points at him.”

Higgins was sitting on the driver’s with his back to Ogden and appeared to be reaching into the passenger seat, she said.

Ogden said she told Higgins to turn around and grabbed his arm. Higgins turned around with a medical syringe in his hand, stabbed it into his arm and injected himself, Ogden said.

The officer had her gun out and ordered Higgins out of the vehicle. Higgins allegedly said he injected himself with methamphetamine to cover for his girlfriend, Ogden said.

Higgins was arrested on a complaint of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia possession and several warrants in Muskogee County.

Higgins is being held on $10,000 bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility

The girlfriend was suspected of shoplifting as well, but Ogden said nothing was found on her.







Two Valley men have been found guilty of conspiring to distribute narcotics in prison, federal prosecutors say.

Roman Borquez, 46, of Peoria, and Ralph Moreno, 52, of Phoenix, were convicted of offenses including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona on Friday.

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Borquez was also found guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin, the statement said.

Prosecutors said evidence at the trial showed Borquez, a member of a Mexican prison gang, conspired with others in Arizona to send him narcotics while serving time in a federal prison in Safford.

Borquez’s associates sent him heroin contained in two greeting cards that were intercepted at the prison, authorities said.

Evidence also showed that Borquez also arranged for the sale of methamphetamine with a Hawaii-based drug dealer.

A Phoenix-based FBI violent street gang task force comprised of federal and state investigators infiltrated Borquez’s drug trafficking organization, where they seized three pounds of methamphetamine, authorities said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office statement did not name Moreno’s role in the drug trafficking organization. But the statement said a search of Moreno’s home produced an AR-15 rifle, a .40 caliber handgun, a small amount of marijuana and over $75,000 in cash. Prior felony convictions for drug trafficking prohibited Moreno from possessing either weapon.

The case was tried before U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn O. Silver over two weeks earlier this month.

The two men face maximum penalties of up to life in prison, more than $10,000,000 in fines, or both, authorities said.

Silver is scheduled to sentence the pair on Dec. 16.







Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds on Sept. 16 reported that seven persons have been charged in connection with an investigation of methamphetamine and heroin offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Edmonds reported the arrests of the following persons:

Ty W. Dalton of 115 Kohler St. in Anna, who has been charged with one count of conspiracy: unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class 1 felony; one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony; one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony; and two counts of methamphetamine related child endangerment, both Class 2 felonies.

Jeanne L. Dalton, also known as Jeanne L. Rowan, 42, of 115 Kohler St. in Anna, who has been charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, both Class 1 felonies; one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony; two counts of methamphetamine related child endangerment, both Class 2 felonies; and two counts of unlawful use of property in violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, both Class 2 felonies.

Jenny D. Spurlock, 30, of Jonesboro, who has been charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Meagan L. Miller, 20, of 390 Nimmo Rd. in rural Dongola, who has been charged with one count of conspiracy: unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class 1 felony; and 10 counts of unlawful purchase of methamphetamine precursor, all Class 4 felonies.

Chance C. Chapman, 18, of 190 Pine Tree Ln. in rural Cobden, who has been charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Larry D. Ledbetter, 27, of 4390 State Forest Rd. in rural Wolf Lake, who has been charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Frankie L. Fowler, 20, of 116 Casper Church Rd. in rural Anna, who has been charged with one count of methamphetamine delivery, a Class 2 felony; and one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony.

Charges were filed following a four-month-long investigation of alleged methamphetamine and heroin activity at a residence at 115 Kohler St. in Anna. The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

On Aug. 16, Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant and arrested Ty Dalton, Jeanne Dalton and Frankie Fowler at the 115 Kohler St. residence.

Each of the seven defendants subsequently were indicted by a Union County grand jury.

Each of those who were arrested were being held on $100,000 bond at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro.

The residence at 115 Kohler St. and two vehicles also were seized as part of the investigation and forfeiture actions filed by the Union County state’s attorney’s office are pending in Union County Circuit Court in Jonesboro.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Murphysboro Police Department, the Anna Police Department, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Union County animal control assisted in execution of the Aug. 16 search warrant.







WILDOMAR – A 22-year-old woman already on probation was facing possible new criminal charges today after her arrest in Wildomar on suspicion of heroin and methamphetamine possession.

A deputy on patrol in a marked vehicle stopped the driver of silver Honda Civic in a shopping center in the 23800 block of Clinton Keith Road around 5 p.m. Monday and discovered that the woman, 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Donovan of Lake Elsinore, was on probation for drug-related offenses, said Sgt. David Cardoza of the Riverside County sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station.

The sheriff’s department did not immediately say what prompted the deputy to make the stop.

What is believed to be methamphetamine was found inside the car and Donovan was placed under arrest and taken to the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta for booking, Cardoza said.

“While being processed into the correctional facility, jail staff members discovered heroin and multiple prescription pills concealed on the subject’s person,” he said.

Donovan was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, heroin and schedule IV narcotic medication as well as a probation violation, Cardoza said.

WILDOMAR – On Monday, September 16, 2013, at approximately 5:00 PM, an officer on patrol in a marked vehicle was driving through a shopping center in the 23800 block of Clinton Keith Road when contact was made with the driver of a silver Honda Civic.

The driver of the vehicle was on county probation for narcotic-related offenses with search terms. The vehicle was searched, and methamphetamine was located in the Honda Civic.

The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine, and was transported to the Southwest Detention Center. While being processed into the correctional facility, jail staff members discovered heroin, and multiple prescription pills concealed on the suspect’s person.

The suspect, Megan Elizabeth Donovan, 22 years old, and a resident of the city of Lake Elsinore was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and schedule IV narcotic medication, and violation of probation.

Anyone having further knowledge or information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-245-3300, or after hours at (951) 776-1099.