A child’s worried phone call prompted sheriff’s deputies to remove 5.6 ounces of methamphetamine from the streets.

According to jail records, Javon Demar Manning, 32, was arrested by Sgt. Ronnie Endsley for possession of more than four and less than 200 grams controlled substance Penalty Group 1; possession less than two ounces of marijuana; assault causes bodily injury family violence; unlawful carrying a weapon; possession of drug paraphernalia; and unlawful possession of firearm by felon. Manning was released on $32,250 combined bond.

Chief Deputy John Depresca said around 12:40 a.m., Sunday, March 9, the sheriff’s office received a call from a child who said his mother and a man were fighting at their home on Highway 79 North near County Road 338.

“When they arrived they were told that Javon Manning had run into the woods prior to their arrival,” Depresca said. “They asked to check on the child who was OK. The female was identified as Jennifer Lemieux who had some scratch marks on her face and neck.”

Deputy Chris Welk and Sgt. Ronnie Endsley noticed a white Ford Expedition unoccupied in the backyard with the engine running.

“When they looked inside they saw a clear plastic bag holding marijuana, a loaded 45 caliber handgun, loose ammunition on the floor, several one hundred dollar bills, and some digital scales,” Depresca said. “Further check of the vehicle disclosed a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamines.”

At this time, Manning was arrested after reappearing from the woods, Depresca said.

In all, police confiscated half-ounce of marijuana, 5.6 ounces of methamphetamines, $4,165 in cash, the guns, scale, and the Ford.

“If the state can prove that the property was obtained because of the sale of narcotics that’s where the seizure comes in, but that has to be decided by a judge or jury,” Depresca said.







An Iowa City woman faces charges for child endangerment and hosting a gathering for drug use after police allegedly found meth and pot in her apartment.

Caryn M. Freeman

Iowa City Police responded to a caller who indicated that 27-year-old Caryn M. Freeman was using drugs in the presence of her six-year-old son in her Lucas Street apartment, according to police complaints.

Upon contact with Freeman and three other unnamed adults at the apartment at about 11 p.m. Sunday, police noticed hypodermic syringes and prescription pills lying on the floor and marijuana and meth residue on low tables, within reach of the child, according to police.

A search of the apartment, of which Freeman and her child are the only occupants, turned up additional quantities of meth, pot and prescription pills, police say.

Police also searched Freeman’s car and found more meth and paraphernalia, according to police.

Freeman has been charged with a class D felony count of gathering for use of drugs, a serious misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and aggravated misdemeanors for child endangerment and keeping a drug house.

Freeman is being held in the Johnson County Jail.










Dubai: A nurse and an employee have denied possessing a tiny quantity of methamphetamine for trading purposes.

The 34-year-old Filipina nurse, J.T., was accused of possessing 0.53g of a mind-altering substance (methamphetamine) for trading purposes.

Drug enforcement officers were said to have seized the methamphetamine, which was hidden in the nurse’s underwear.

Meanwhile her 33-year-old countryman, R.J., was accused of possessing 0.46g of the same banned substance, also for trading purposes.

The nurse was solely charged with consuming methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Drugs prosecutors have asked for the defendants to be given a life sentence and a maximum fine of Dh200,000.

“Of course not… I did not posses any substance for trading purposes. I did not consume any banned material,” said J.T. before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

R.J., also entered a not guilty plea before presiding judge Urfan Omar.

The employee was cited admitting, according to prosecution records, that he purchased the methamphetamine from the nurse.

Meanwhile the nurse was quoted confessing, according to prosecution records, that she obtained the methamphetamine from a person called Louis and then sold it to R.J. for Dh4,500.


A drug enforcement officer testified to prosecutors that an informant alerted them that R.J. was in possession of a mind-altering substance that he intended to sell for Dh2,500.

“We arranged with the informant to set an appointment with the defendant and we provided him with money to purchase the methamphetamine. We photocopied the money to use as future evidence against the suspect in court. The informant met the defendant in front of a mall in Al Muraqqabat. As soon as the informant sealed the deal with R.J., police raided the location and arrested the Filipino employee. The police money was seized in his right hand. Upon confrontation, he immediately admitted that he sold the banned substance to the informant,” said the officer.

A policewoman testified that she arrested J.T. in Ajman. “When I searched her, I found two plastic pouches that contained methamphetamine hidden in her underwear,” the policewoman told prosecutors.

Presiding judge Omar said the court will appoint two lawyers to defend the suspects when it reconvenes on March 31.







A growing German craze for crystal meth is spreading to stressed-out workers and students, a government study suggests.

School pupils and university students are among a growing number of groups outside the typical drug scene found to be regularly using crystal meth, according to the health ministry study out this week.


In the first government commissioned survey of its kind, scientists from the Hamburg Interdisciplinary Centre for Addiction Research asked 400 crystal meth users to list their reasons for taking the drug, Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Beyond the “pleasant effects of the substance,” half of those asked listed stress caused by their jobs or studies as the reason for using it, the magazine said.

One third of participants said “school and studies” was a motive for using it. Stressed parents were also at risk of sliding into drug addiction, the study said.

The highly-addictive synthetic stimulant is known to cause serious, long-term health problems and can have devastating effects on regular users’ physical appearance.

The drug, the use of which several studies have indicated is becoming more widespread in Germany, attacks the nervous system.

Long term, it can lead to nerve damage, memory and concentration problems as well as heart problems and psychosis.

  “We need more information [on use of the drug],” Marlene Mortler, the government’s commissioner for drug related issues told Spiegel.

There is “evidence that the drug has spread from the German-Czech border into other regions, especially larger German cities,” she added.

Figures indicate growing numbers of crystal users in Germany in the past few years, with 2,556 new users coming to the attention of authorities in 2012 – a 51-percent increase on the year before according to Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) numbers.







Youth outreach workers and counsellors say they aren’t surprised an increasing number of young Albertans are seeking help to overcome addictions related to crystal meth.

Data provided by Alberta Health Services shows that 1,116 people between the ages of 12-24 sought treatment for meth-related addictions during the 2012-13 reporting period, a spike of 45 per cent over the four-year average.

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Calgary police, meanwhile, also encountered meth more often in 2013, with 122 cases involving the drug compared to 90 the year prior.

Danene Lenstra, a program lead at the Alex Youth Health Centre, said she’s seen a substantial increase in clients addicted to meth in recent years. She said the drug is often used as a “coping mechanism” or “escape” but often leads users down an even darker path — paranoia, aggression and inability to sleep are just some of the short-term side effects.

“The kids I’ve seen over the longer term I would say are absolutely changed forever,” she said. “Even when I’ve seen them cleaned up, they were never the same.”

Calgary police have consistently come across increasing amounts of meth in recent years. Total cases involving the drug have jumped 335 per cent over the past half-decade when you consider meth was encountered just 28 times in 2009. But investigators have suggested some of the increase could be attributed to stiffer crackdowns on dealers and traffickers.

In September, city police touted a meth bust that saw $1.2 million worth of the drug taken off city streets, making it the single largest seizure of the substance in the city’s history. Investigators followed up that haul with a $210,000 bust the following week.

But answers as to why the dangerous substance appears to be more popular in recent years among young adults and even minors are tough to pinpoint, according to those helping people combat addictions.

“Ultimately, I just think it’s curiosity,” said Peter Baka, program co-ordinator with The Last Door Recovery Society, which aids clients from across North America. “Other kids are doing it, they want to see what it’s like so they experiment.

“The problem is you don’t really know you have a problem until you do,” he continued. “That’s the pitfall of someone experimenting with drugs.”

Alberta meth addiction clients ages 12-24

  • 2008-09: 811
  • 2009-10: 681
  • 2010-11: 726
  • 2011-12: 851
  • 2012-13: 1,116







MUNCIE — Four people were arrested at a downtown Muncie apartment Sunday afternoon after a methamphetamine lab was discovered.

Joshua D. McClellan

Arrested were Heather R. Miller, 36, Bobby J. Strunk, 37, Joshua D. McClellan, 38 and Benjamin J. Nixon, 35, at an apartment at 619 N. Madison St. at 12:10 p.m. Sunday after being found with an active “generator” and meth precursors on the second floor of the residence.

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An investigation into the location of Heather R. Miller, wanted in connection with a variety of charges including possession of illegal substances, led county officers to the Madison Street apartment where Miller was staying.

According to police, a ”burned marijuana” smell was emanating from the apartment while Miller was being questioned at the front door, prompting police to search the building for evidence of illegal substances.

Upon entering the apartment, a chemical smell consistent with meth cooking was apparent, and items commonly used to manufacture meth led police to the discovery of the active meth lab.

After chemical testing, state police confirmed Nixon had methamphetamine in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

All four suspects were preliminarily charged with dealing meth.




Four arrested after meth bust in Muncie apartment

MUNCIE — Police say a methamphetamine lab was found cooking in an apartment across the street from a Muncie church in the middle of its Sunday school services.

The incident was reported just after noon Sunday at an apartment at 619 N. Madison St., where Delaware County sheriff’s deputies were reportedly looking to serve an arrest warrant on Heather Renee Miller, 36.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police were greeted by Miller at the front door of her apartment, which was emitting a “strong odor” of marijuana. As she was taken into custody, Miller requested officers take her upstairs to put on some shoes, and when they got to the second floor, they found three men:  Joshua D. McClellan, 38; Bobby J. Strunk Jr., 37; and Benjamin J. Nixon, 35.

Upon clearing the apartment of other possible occupants, police reported finding an active methamphetamine lab, as well as “materials … consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine” in a room upstairs.

The Indiana State Police’s Methamphetamine Suppression Unit was called to the scene to properly dismantle and dispose of the meth materials. The incident occurred while The Ambassador’s of Christ church was conducting its Sunday school services across the street, Deputy Anthony Johnson wrote.

According to court documents, all four of the subjects inside the house had purchased pseudoephedrine – the key ingredient in meth – at least once this year.

When interviewed by police, Miller allegedly admitted she was “attempting to cook a batch of meth” on Sunday, but “she wasn’t able to get the meth to ‘cook off.’” She’s preliminarily charged with dealing and possession of meth, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.

McClellan, 1808 S. Mulberry St., is preliminarily charged with dealing in meth and visiting a common nuisance. According to the report, McClellan allegedly told officers he had purchased pseudoephedrine because he was sick, but police noted the pack in his possession had not yet been opened. McClellan said “he was so sick that he was not able to take the tablets because he ‘went to sleep’ after he bought the pills,’” Johnson wrote.

Nixon, 1920 E. DePauw Ave., is preliminarily charged with dealing and possession of meth, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. He allegedly admitted to police he had purchased pseudoephedrine and went to Miller’s apartment “for an hour while (they) produced methamphetamine.”

Strunk, 11613 W. Ind. 28 in Redkey, is preliminarily charged with dealing in meth and visiting a common nuisance. According to the report, Strunk allegedly admitted he had used meth and purchased pseudoephedrine recently to make meth, but denied being involved in the production of meth Sunday.

Miller (no bond), McClellan, Nixon and Strunk ($50,000 bonds) were each being held Monday at the Delaware County jail.







TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A multi-agency task force dismantled a Terre Haute methamphetamine ring Saturday that was responsible for distributing more than $1 million worth of the drug across Indiana, according to police.

Officers from the Indiana State Police, DEA and the Vigo County Drug Task Force arrested five individuals Saturday as the result of a fourth month investigation, police said.


Marcus McKinley Pizzola, 35, of Terre Haute, is accused of importing 4-pound shipments of methamphetamine twice a month from suppliers in Georgia, according to police. Pizzola then transported the meth to Vigo County for distribution by mid-level and street-level dealers.

State police say Pizzola distributed more than 50 pounds of meth, with an estimated street value in excess of $1.1 million, over the past eight months.

Pizzola was arrested Saturday on U.S. 41 in Vigo County on a return trip from Atlanta, Georgia. Inside his vehicle, police say they found 3-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of marijuana.

Police also executed search warrants on four accused associates of Pizzola, netting a total of 4 pounds of methamphetamine, five pounds of marijuana, $12,000 and 12 firearms. The marijuana was estimated at a street value of $16,000.

Along with Pizzola, suspects preliminarily charged with felony dealing methamphetamine were: Stacy L. Holden, 32, Terre Haute; Robert E. Richey Sr., 54, West Terre Haute; Steven Scank, 42, West Terre Haute; and Jon Bryan, 48, Terre Haute.

Additional charges were expected to be filed against all five, according to police.







Nguyen Van Tha got high on crystal methamphetamine and wanted to kill his friend Ngo Thanh Hoang while the duo and their girlfriends partied a little too hard at a hotel in the beach town of Vung Tau on Wednesday.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau police arrested Tha, Hoang and two women, Nguyen Thi Tham and Nguyen Thi Phuong – all from Ho Chi Minh City – at around 8:30 a.m. on March 5 after Tha had held Hoang hostage for almost five hours.
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All four arrestees subsequently tested positive for the drug.
Police have warned about increasing cases of people committing crimes under the influence of methamphetamine, especially “ice” (crystal methamphetamine), as the drug trade has grown in recent years.
“Ice use is spreading from big cities to industrial zones and rural areas,” Major general Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the Drug-Crime Police Department at the Ministry of Public Security, was quoted by the government website as saying.
Ice age
Tuan said methamphetamine is being smuggled into Vietnam from Laos and China as well as being made locally.
“Many criminals are those who had been sent to work abroad where they learned how to make methamphetamine,” he said.
On March 5, Nghe An police arrested Truong Ngoc Duong after three years in hiding after his drug-production ring was busted and several of his subordinates were arrested in Hanoi in 2011.
In another case, Quang Ninh police on February 25 arrested Lam Truong Giang, also on ice-production charges.
Police seized his equipment, chemicals and documents with methamphetamine formulas at his apartment in the province’s Ha Long Town.
Giang confessed that he had been making methamphetamine since last July, selling it to local drug users in town.
Police have also engaged in several methamphetamine drug busts at airports and border gates recently.
On February 26, border guards at Quang Ninh Province’s Mong Cai Border Gate arrested Nguyen Phu Cuong for smuggling nearly five kilograms of methamphetamine from China into Vietnam.
Cuong confessed that he bought the drug from a Chinese man in Guangxi’s Dongxing City and hid them in two speakers to smuggle into Vietnam.
Killer dose
On February 27, a 21-year-old man in Hai Phong City’s An Duong District severed part of his penis with a razor after using methamphetamine.
The man, identified only as B., was admitted to the Viet Tiep Hospital before being transferred to the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi where doctors managed to reattach a severed part of his organ.
In another case, Tran Tuan Khuong of Hanoi was arrested on January 2 for cutting off his hospitalized sister’s leg while high on methamphetamine.
Khuong, 43, said his sister was screaming about being possessed by a ghost, so he severed her leg, thinking the massive flow of blood would release the ghost from her being.
The sister, Tran Thanh Dung, 50, was being treated at Saint Paul Hospital for her cervical cancer, which had spread to her brain.
He claimed to have had no intention of harming her.
Nguyen Cong To, deputy director of the hospital, said that Dung was rushed to the emergency department with her right leg cut off at the knee but they were unable to reattach it.
‘No available rehabilitation plan’
A Hanoi-based police official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the use of crystal meth has become more common nationwide despite media campaigns to the contrary.
“Crystal methamphetamine causes paranoia and aggressiveness. Many people assume that every one is their enemy after using drug and the begin to attack or kill,” he said.
“The delusion is even stronger in those who had used heroin before,” he said, adding that drug users may harm themselves or others under the influence.
He said it is difficult to monitor methamphetamine users because they are not categorized as a group of drug users that must undergo mandatory rehabilitation when caught using.
“Moreover, there is no available rehabilitation plan for methamphetamine users,” he added.

Two individuals including a Topeka woman were booked into Jackson County Jail on Sunday in connection with drug-related crimes, Sheriff Tim Morse said in a news release.

Brandy Mae Schaal, 37, of Topeka, and Joel A Wegele, 49, of Holton, were booked in for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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The two were arrested after the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 10114 K-16 highway west of Holton.

Morse said bond is pending for the two.







FLIPPIN — A Yellville man and Flippin woman both were arrested Thursday on a variety of drug-related charges, according to Flippin Police Chief Dusty Smith and Marion County Sheriff Rogers Vickers.

Robert Cobb, 49, of Yellville, was arrested and charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver and unlawful use of a communication device, all Class C felonies; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class D felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.


Barbara Chapman, 37, of Flippin, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, unlawful use of a communication device and furnishing prohibited articles to a secure facility, all Class C felonies.

Both arrests followed a joint investigation by Flippin Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force.

During the investigation, officers made purchases of meth from Cobb and secured a warrant for his arrest. On Thursday, officers located Cobb in a vehicle at a business in Flippin and conducted a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, officers located an amount of meth.

Following the traffic stop, officers from each department executed a search warrant at Cobb’s residence. During that search, warrant officers located an additional amount of meth, an amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia related to the use of meth and marijuana. Cobb was arrested without incident and transported to Marion County Jail.

During the investigation, officers learned that Chapman was in possession of an amount of meth and planned to deliver the drug to a location in Flippin. She was detained following a traffic stop.

While Chapman was being processed at the jail, officers located an amount of meth in her clothing.

Cobb was released on $25,000 bond from Marion County jail. Bond for Chapman was set at $10,000.







A forensic scientist says the discovery of a ‘P’-lab in a luxury apartment in central Wellington is unusual, but not unprecedented.

When police raided the apartment in a Chews Lane building on Friday looking for signs of drug dealing, they were surprised to find a pot full of bubbling chemicals on the stove, as well as 50g of methamphetamine ready for sale.

The building had to be evacuated for most of the day.

A Forensic and Industrial Science employee, Nicholas Powell, says he has dealt with cases of methamphetamine, or ‘P’, being cooked in similar circumstances before.

“I recall three or four apartments in one hotel in Auckland,” he says, :and a few years ago now – I think in the mid-2000s – there was a methamphetamine lab discovered on the 17th floor of the Ascot Metropolis Hotel in Auckland.”

Mr Powell says meth labs can be small and highly portable, and he’s not surprised that other Chews Lane tenants had no idea the lab was there.







Two Abingdon residents face nine felony charges after being arrested Saturday by the Washington County, Va., Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Matthew Rhoten, age 32 and Mary Margaret Thomas, age 50, who both lived in the same Calla Road apartment, were arrested at their residence, according to a written statement.

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Rhoten is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. At the time of his arrest, Rhoten was out on bond on a previous manufacturing methamphetamine charge.

Thomas is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors in the manufacture of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of a firearm while manufacturing methamphetamine.

A search warrant executed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, DEA, Virginia State Police, Abingdon Police Department and the Bristol Virginia Police Department.

Both were transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon where they are being held without bond.







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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do meth labs do business in Columbiana County?

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







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

Pete Atwood Pete Atwood is shown in his most recent Volusia County Branch Jail mugshot after his Feb 10, 2014 arrest

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

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

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

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

Pete Atwood poses atop the slide in the amusement area of Port Orange Family Days, in this October 3, 2002Pete Atwood poses atop the slide in the amusement area of Port Orange Family Days, in this October 3, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pete Atwood theft 2007

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

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

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







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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The boys had planned the shooting while high on meth.

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

Both boys will be tried as adults.

They are being held without bail.

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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






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


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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

Details of HB 1787:                                    

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

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

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

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

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












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

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


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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

NCB team left surprised

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

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

Meth is highly profitable

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







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


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







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

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

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

Bags filled with methamphetamine powder l

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

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

There were no reports of any casualties among security forces.

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

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