SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Deputies are searching for a person who was cooking meth in Sissonville.

A lab was found in a camper along Bessie Lane about 2:00 p.m. Monday.


Deputies found the lab while they were serving a search warrant in an unrelated case.

So far no charges have been filed in the case.

Deputies say they are still trying to figure out who was actually cooking the drugs.




A brother and sister from Lenoir City were arrested Sunday and charged in connection with manufacturing methamphetamine as well as elder abuse after authorities found 12 “one -pot” meth labs in the home they share with their disabled mother.

Steven James Bowers, 22, and Monica Renee McCulloch, 29, were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for drug use, possession of drug paraphernalia and elder abuse.

Monica Renee McCulloch.Steven James Bowers.


McCulloch also was charged with violation of probation, according to a Loudon County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Each was held on $30,000 bond pending a 9 a.m., Sept. 4, Loudon County General Sessions, according to the Loudon County General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office.

Officials said deputies were attempting to serve a warrant for violation of probation on McCulloch when they found what was believed to be a one=pot bottle used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

After escorting the residents from the home, investigators found 12 additional one-pot meth labs inside the residence, authorities said.

According to the news release, the Tennessee Meth Task Force was called to the residence to assist with the hazardous materials cleanup efforts where numerous meth making materials were discovered throughout the house. In addition to the drug and probation violation charges, elder abuse charges were also placed against both siblings because their mother, who also lives at the house, is disabled, officials said.

Authorities said the two knowingly and willfully allowed her to remain in the residence while methamphetamine was being manufactured, exposing her to fumes of the manufacturing process as well as chemicals used in the process.



OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal authorities say 17 people have been arrested after a lengthy methamphetamine investigation in western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.

The office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg (gihlj) in Omaha said Tuesday that all 17 are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of meth.

The investigation included federal agents and officers from several local and regional law enforcement agencies in Nebraska and Colorado. Officers seized more than three pounds of meth and $8,000 in cash.

Gilg’s office says the arrests occurred in Ogallala and Brule in Nebraska and in several western Nebraska and eastern Colorado communities.



More than a dozen arrests were made in an ongoing organized crime investigation in Tom Green County. Law Enforcement says Meth is being smuggled from Mexico, and distributed here.
As part of an ongoing organized crime investigation, 13 individuals were arrested Monday in connection with illegal distribution of Methaphetamine. Ten are charged in engaging in organized crime. Investigators say many involved are members or associates of several gangs, including, the Zetas Cartel and West Texas Tango Blast.

Sheriff David Jones says, “We do have gang activity here, and they’re mainly engaged in the distribution of illegal narcotics.”

Jones said the majority is being manufactured in Mexico; however, some is being produced here in San Angelo.

Although these gangs are not commonly known to associate with one another, Jones says this case appears to be an exception.

“When it comes to making money most of the time they are going to get together, and conduct criminal activity to make that money.”

Jones says while the population increase has a positive economic impact on our community, it can be a perfect window for an opportunistic drug dealer to expand clientele.

“It affects everybody. Our kids. It definitely affects the public.”

While we know these gangs will continue to operate in our area, local law enforcement remain committed to their apprehension and persecution.

“There is so much profit to be made in narcotics. This is something we’re going to fight for a long time, so each time, each arrest we make is something that we’ll detract from their activity. But other people will pick-up where they left off, so, this is a continual fight.”


A Santa Rosa County Narcotics Unit served a search warrant on an East Milton home, revealing a methamphetamine operation resulting in the arrest of four people, according to Sheriff’s reports.

Daniel Perkins, Brianna Knight, Chrisha Knight and Michael Bishop were arrested for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine when the warrant was served Aug. 20 on a home located on Alton Court, off of Hickory Hammock Road in East Milton. They were present in the master bedroom at the time, according to reports.


Reports indicate deputies found two plastic bags filled with one gram of methamphetamine each, marijuana stuffed underneath a mattress, and the chemicals and homemade laboratory equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

There have been more than 25 methamphetamine-related arrests in Santa Rosa County so far this year, according to officials. Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine is a second degree felony.

Bishop, 31, of Pace, is currently in jail on one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and has a $10,000 bond.

Brianna Knight, 22, of Milton, is currently in jail on one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and a probation violation. She has a $10,000 bond.

Chrisha Knight, 24, of Milton, has one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and is being held on $10,000 bond.

Perkins, 31, of Milton, is charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. He is currently in jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond.



As of July 31, 1,093 methamphetamine labs have been seized in Indiana. That’s an increase of more than 16-percent from the same time period last year and is more than 31-percent higher than the number of labs busted as of July 31, 2011. “Since 2006, we have more than doubled the number of labs we have seized,” said Sgt. Niki Crawford, Meth Suppression Section Commander with Indiana State Police.

More people are making, and getting busted for, meth in Indiana, and efforts to restrict the drug’s main ingredient don’t seem to be helping


Meth labs are growing despite the sale of the drugs main ingredient, the decongestant psuedoephedrine, being restricted more. This year, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a measure that places an annual limit on how much of the drug can be legally bought at pharmacies. But Crawford says meth makers are getting around the law by simply using more people to “smurf”, or buy the drug for them. Most – 89-percent – are also using the “one-pot” method for making meth, the ‘one pot’ often being a 20-ounce plastic bottle. “It’s much quicker, it’s much easier. But unfortunately for the public, for the meth cookers themselves and for our folks who are certified on the State Police to work these meth labs, it’s much more volatile,” said Crawford.

That means more people are getting hurt because of meth labs, either while making the drug or while police are busting the operation. So far this year, 17 law enforcement officers have been hurt during meth lab seizures, the same number as all of 2012. 18 adults have been injured in meth labs across the state; three have died.

Crawford says police are also finding more children inside homes where meth is being made, which can lead to more jail time for meth makers. “Many times, there will be a neglect of dependent charge filed on that defendant as well as the manufacturing or possession or whatever state law they are violating,” Crawford said. State Police have found 306 children in or near meth labs so far this year, roughly a 50-percent increase over the same time period in each of the last two years.

Vanderburgh County leads the state, with 65 meth labs seized so far. Delaware County is a close second with 64 lab busts. Marion County, by contrast, has seen only six meth labs taken down in 2013.

While Crawford wouldn’t specifically say Indiana should make pseudoephedrine available only by prescription, she did point out the results after two other states did so. “Oregon and Mississippi now require a prescription for it. Oregon has seen a 96-percent decrease in their meth labs, and Mississippi saw a 74-percent decrease,” Crawford said.





A Dade City man was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting a teen in March who had passed out after injecting meth, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.




James Christopher Simonds, 31, remains in the Land O’ Lakes jail and is charged with sexual battery by using an intoxicating substance to incapacitate a victim. Bond is set at $50,000. 

On March 26 at 4 p.m., Simonds, 13705 23rd St., was at an undisclosed location in Dade City with a 17-year-old girl. While standing in the kitchen of the location, the girl used a syringe to inject methamphetamine, deputies said. 

Simonds told investigators that about 20 minutes later he had sex with the teen, deputies said. During intercourse, she had what appeared to be a seizure, the arrest report said. 

The girl, who was unresponsive at the time, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

While hospitalized, the teen told detectives she did not recall having sex with Simonds and that her clothes had been changed while she was unconscious. Simonds, according to deputies, placed the girl into a pair of his boxers.



KEARNEY — A Kearney man has been sentenced to 185 days in jail after trying to conceal methamphetamine in his derrière.

Travis Keyser, 29, was sentenced last week in Buffalo County District Court for attempted possession of meth and violating the sex offender registration act, both misdemeanors. Judge John Icenogle gave him 100 days credit for time already served in jail.

Travis Keyser

Travis Keyser



In August 2012, a state Department of Roads employee contacted a Nebraska State Patrol trooper to say there was a suspicious vehicle repeatedly driving back and forth over the Odessa Interchange overpass. The trooper went to the area and stopped the vehicle for speeding.

Keyser was identified as the driver and was arrested on suspicion of driving under suspension. Because of Keyser’s behavior, court records say, the trooper became suspicious Keyser was concealing drugs.

The investigation revealed Keyser had an estimated 3 grams of meth concealed between his buttocks, records say. Keyser was taken to the Buffalo County Jail where a search was conducted and a plastic bag containing the suspected drug fell out of the leg of his shorts.




SPRINGFIELD — State police said Tuesday that troopers had seized more than a pound of methamphetamine from a Springfield motel room on Friday night.

Police arrested two men from Fresno, Calif., on drug charges in connection with the case. An investigation is continuing, police said.

 State police troopers seized more than one pound of methamphetamine from a motel room in Springfield’s Gateway area last Friday

The investigation began shortly after 5 p.m. Friday when a state trooper stopped a Mercedes-­Benz sport utility vehicle for unspecified traffic violations as the vehicle pulled into a Motel 6 parking lot near the corner of Gateway Street and International Way, police said.

The trooper used a drug-detection dog to help him find approximately a half-ounce of methamphetamine in the SUV, police said.

Troopers then searched a room at the motel, where they found and seized more than one pound of crystal methamphetamine, cash, stolen identification cards and other evidence, police said.

Friday Gateway arrests (1)

Friday Gateway arrests (2)

The suspects are identified as the SUV’s driver, Robert Dewayne Lacey, 44, and passenger John L. Miranda, 45.


Both men were lodged in the Lane County Jail but have since been released, police said.



Men had over a pound of meth, fake ID

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Oregon State Police Troopers say a drug dog helped sniff out over a pound of meth.

State police say that just after 5:00 pm Friday, a Trooper stopped a Mercedes SUV as it pulled into a Motel 6 parking lot near Gateway Street and International Way.

The two occupants were identified as the driver, Robert Dewayne Lacey, 44, and his passenger, John L. Miranda, 45, both of Fresno, California.

Troopers say that with the help of a drug detection dog, an investigation found about a half ounce of meth in the vehicle.

State police say the investigation then led them to a room at the Motel 6 where they found and seized over a pound of crystal meth, cash, stolen identification and what they say is other evidence related to meth distribution.

Troopers say both men were arrested and lodged in the Lane County Jail. Lacey was charged with several crimes, including unlawful possession and distribution of meth, possessing fake ID and identity theft, among others. Miranda was charged with unlawful possession and distribution of meth.

State police say the Lane County Sheriff’s Office advised both men are no longer in custody at the jail.

OSP is continuing the investigation.


Children at risk as makers of stimulant methamphetamine entice young with candy flavours and Facebook sales

The pills come in a pretty rainbow of colours – purple, pink, orange and green – and boast flavours such as chocolate and strawberry to mask the bitter concoction of drugs inside.

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Thai police with confiscated methamphetamine. In raids this June Thai authorities burned 31m methamphetamine tablets, valued at $34m


But far from being the confectionery it is designed to resemble, yaba – which translates to “crazy medicine” – is a mix of methamphetamine, better known as crystal meth, and caffeine that can leave users awake for days.

Long the drug of choice for adults in Thailand, yaba producers are now trying to sell it to children through Facebook, Thai authorities say.

“Yaba [producers] are trying to change their product to meet the demands [of] targeted groups,” Dr Viroj Verachai, of the Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment, recently told the English-language daily The Nation. “These flavours help the users take the drug more easily, but it could severely affect their [central] nervous systems.”

Yaba tablets are small enough to fit into a straw and are generally swallowed, or crushed into powder and snorted, smoked or injected.

As the drug has gained popularity over the years, so has its potency – increasing in its methamphetamine concentration from 20% to as much as 95% for yaba’s more pure, crystalline form, “ice”.

Verachai said that roughly 75% of those seeking treatment at drug rehabilitation centres in Thailand were yaba users, with the remainder seeking help for ice. Doctors warn that chronic use can lead to hallucinations, anxiety and psychosis.

As individual yaba tablets are sold for up to only 200 baht (£4) each, the drug is easily accessible and highly popular with various social classes in Thailand. It is said to help factory workers toil long hours and socialites party all night long.

In May, a 41-year-old monk told police he took the drug to help him lose weight, while in July one of the stars of the popular teen series Hormones caused a scandal when photographs of her using yaba went viral.

The drug is produced predominantly in the Golden Triangle, a remote, jungle-studded area where Thailand, Burma and Laos join and ethnic armed militias rule a trade estimated to be worth $8.5bn (£5.5bn).

Data from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that about 1.4bn yaba tablets are produced there each year; a 2011 report stated yaba was the drug of choice in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea.

Yaba has made its way to North Korea, where it is reported to be mass-produced in government factories to be sold in China then traded back from there and consumed by up to 50% of adults in northern areas, replacing conventional medicine.

While the Golden Triangle has long been a centre for opium production and smuggling – it is the world’s second-largest opium producer after Afghanistan – yaba production is now spiralling there as well.

Made in isolated factories and labs that can be easily abandoned or dismantled, the drug is mainly created in the forested hills of Shan state in the Burmese corner of the triangle, where policing is minimal and labs difficult to find. Crackdowns have had varying success.

A 2003 war on drugs by the then Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, led to more than 2,500 people being killed in three months as police followed orders to act “decisively and without mercy” against suspected dealers.

While popular, the campaign raised questions over just how sure police were that many of those killed were actually involved in the drug trade and by 2011, the authorities estimated that nearly one in 60 Thais was a methamphetamine user.

Just one year later, the public health minister estimated that nearly 7,000 children aged seven to 17 had been rehabilitated for methamphetamine use within the first half of the year alone.

A second crackdown took place between April and June last year, when a joint operation between China, Thailand, Burma and Laos called Mekong Safe seized almost 10 tonnes of drugs, and more than 2,500 suspects were arrested.

But a year on, the trade is far from stemmed. Just last week, police seized 1m yaba tablets stashed in the roof of a pickup truck in Chiang Rai, while in May several people were arrested after 400,000 yaba pills, and 7kg of ice were seized in Bangkok.

Porous borders and corrupt officials mean that the trade requires massive cross-participation from various governments, as well as various and government agencies.

On a recent visit to That Phanom, in Thailand’s Nakhon Phanom province bordering Laos, the naval commander of the regional Mekong river patrol unit, Captain Surasak Suwanakesa, told the Guardian that his force regularly intercepted illegal shipments of rosewood, cannabis, yaba and dogs destined for dogmeat in Vietnam and China on the 155 miles of river borders his unit patrolled. But bribes are so common, he added, “you could make millions on this border if you wanted to”.

Pushing yaba


Bangladesh is the latest country in Asia to report a surge in use of a methamphetamine pill known as yaba, with research suggesting that criminal syndicates in Burma are targeting users in the country.

The number of methamphetamine pills seized by police each year grew from 36,000 in 2008 to nearly 2 million in 2012, according to Bangladesh’s Department of Narcotics Control.

Research by the Jane’s Intelligence Review journal suggested that “the trafficking organisation inside Myanmar [Burma] is deliberately providing a promotional rate for exports to Bangladesh”.

The surge is reflected in rehab centres in Dhaka. Tarun Kanti Gayen, a clinical psychologist and director of CREA (Centre for Rehabilitation of Drug Addiction), said that until around 2011 80% of clients were heroin addicts, but now yaba users account for up to 70% of the centre’s clients. Gayen says it is “drug peddlers or dealers who fuel the demand, they bring yaba and young people rush into it and they get hooked”.

Tarique, 24, is a client of CREA in Dhaka, and has been using the drug for 10 years. This is his second spell in rehab; said: “Nowadays everybody is selling yaba, you can find it across the street. Four to five years back it was rare, but now it’s dangerous; you can find yaba everywhere.” Joseph Allchin, Dhaka



The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people for trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine following a joint investigation with the North Port Police Department, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

After developing information that there was a meth operation at a residence on Los Rios Street, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant just before 9 p.m. Monday, according to the report.

                     Hatfield                                                       Grote                                                        Ward
Inside, detectives found a large container with chemicals, items used to manufacture meth and other paraphernalia. Detectives seized a total of 228 grams of methamphetamine and arrested the four residents of the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Jason Ward, 31, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of listed chemicals.

Eric Boucher, 25, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals, manufacturing methamphetamine and resisting arrest without violence.

Jessica Grote, 27, and Alycia Hatfield, 23, are both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals.

Sarasota County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team assisted law enforcement in the raid, ensuring the residence was safe before detectives entered, according to the sheriff’s office.


Four arrested in North Port meth lab bust

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -A joint investigation between the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and North Port Police has led to the arrest of four people for trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a home in the 4500 block of Los Rios Street in North Port just before 9pm Monday night.

Alycia Hatfield, Jessica Grote

Alycia Hatfield, Jessica Grote 

Jason Ward, Eric Boucher
Jason Ward, Eric Boucher


The Sarasota County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team ensured the residence was safe, and once inside detectives found a large container with chemicals, items used to manufacture meth and other paraphernalia. Detectives seized a total of 228 grams of methamphetamine and arrested the four residents of the home.

31-year-old Jason Ward has been charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Listed Chemicals.

25-year-old Eric Boucher has been charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemicals, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

27-year-old Jessica Grote and 23-year-old Alycia Hatfield are both charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Listed Chemicals.



WELLSVILLE — A woman with a past charge for bringing drugs to the Allegany County Jail involving a child was charged Monday night with having a meth lab in a trailer in Wellsville.

Amity-based State Police charged Valerie L. Allen, 26, of Wellsville, with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Several different units made up of police responded to a trailer across from the old Wellsville Drive In on state Route 417 between Wellsville and Andover Monday night along with the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department.

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Investigators examine some of the items found at the trailer Monday night


After two women were taken into custody and to the Amity-based State Police barracks for questioning, troopers in protective gear and masks searched the home and brought out the alleged meth lab materials.

Senior Investigator Walter Mackney of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force said there were no incidents, no injuries and the trailer has been fully cleared and cleaned. He said the neighbors are not in danger.

“This was an investigation by the Drug Task Force and the Wellsville Police Department for three or four weeks,” said Mackney. “They are all professionals, the fire department, the Wellsville Police Department, the New York Police SORT (Special Operations Response Team) team, the CCERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) team, our SWAT team and CNET personnel.”

Investigators will meet with Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep to discuss further charges or other arrests. Allen was being held on the one charge and had not been arraigned as of press time.

In May, Slep reported Valerie Allen allegedly sold two Suboxone film strips to her mother. The drugs were allegedly hidden in a baby toy being carried by the girl and, on Nov. 4, the mother allegedly took her to the jail with the toy to sell the drugs to Valerie Allen’s husband.




Though crystal meth has a reputation as an American street drug of the late twentieth century, its origins go back to late-nineteenth century Japan. At that time, a chemist synthesized the first dose of this notorious stimulant out of a plant used frequently in traditional Chinese medicine.


Over at The Appendix, Benjamin Breen has a fascinating article about the unassuming prehistory of some of today’s most notorious narcotics, from LSD to marijuana and meth. Perhaps the most startling part of his story concerns the origins of meth:

Methamphetamine was synthesized by a middle-aged, respectable Japanese chemist named Nagai Nagayoshi in 1893.

A member of the Meiji Japanese elite, Nagayoshi devoted much of his energy to the chemical analysis of traditional Japanese and Chinese medicines using the tools of Western science. In 1885, Nagai isolated the stimulant ephedrine from Ephedra sinica, a plant long used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

The year before, in July 1884, Sigmund Freud had published his widely-read encomium to the wonders of cocaine, Über Coca. Cocaine was radically more potent than coca leaves, and chemists the world over were on the lookout for other potential wonder drugs. It’s likely that Nagai hoped to work the same magic with ephedra—and in many ways he did. Ephedrine is a mild stimulant, notable nowadays as an ingredient in shady weight-loss supplements and as one of the few drugs permitted to Mormons.

But in 1893, Nagai blazed a chemical trail that would live in infamy: he used ephedrine to synthesize meth . . . In 1919, a younger protégé of Nagai named Akira Ogata discovered a new method of synthesizing the crystalline form of the new stimulant, giving the world crystal meth.

It wasn’t until World War II, however, that meth became widespread as a handy tool for keeping tank and bomber crews awake. By 1942, Adolf Hitler was receiving regular IV injections of meth from his physician, Theodor Morell. Two years later the American pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories won FDA approval for meth as a prescription treatment for a host of ills ranging from alcoholism to weight gain.




ust 26, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Chicago police carried out a big meth bust on the city’s Northwest Side.

Officers recovered five gallons of meth from a home at Wellington and Central.


Police say they found the drugs while executing a search warrant.

A hazardous materials team was called out, but there was no fire or explosion.



ZEPHYRHILLS, FL – A Pasco mother is accused of keeping her five children in a mobile home that was used to make methamphetamine.

Deputies arrested Terri Adkins, 30, on Saturday at her Zephyrhills home on Ryals Road after firefighters were summoned to the scene, and discovered a meth lab. 


A deputy interviewed Adkins, who admitted to keeping her five children around possibly explosive chemicals. Adkins also confessed to participating in meth-making by obtaining Sudafed from local stores. The affidavit quotes Adkins as saying that she uses meth to “numb herself”.

Adkins’ children were removed from her home by Child Protective Services. She is charged with child neglect.

Jacksonville, FL — The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shut down several blocks of Phillips Highway Sunday afternoon after a meth lab was discovered at the Emerson Inn.


Meth lab found at Emerson Inn
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shut down several blocks of Phillips Highway
Sunday afternoon after a meth lab was discovered at the Emerson Inn

At least a dozen police cars were spotted by an Action News viewer along Philips Highway at the scene near Belair Road South.

Jacksonville police tell Action News that all of residents of the inn have been safely been evacuated from the property and that firefighters are on scene helping police with their investigation.

MOOERS — The aftermath of a fire that destroyed a Bashaw Road mobile home saw three charged with making methamphetamine.

State Police arrested Roger W. Duprey, 35; Mary E. Jennette, 24; and Roger A. Geraw, 42, after investigating the blaze at Duprey’s home at 127 Bashaw Road on Aug. 23.

The fire was considered suspicious, police said.

        Mary E. Jennette                      Roger W. Duprey                      Roger A. Geraw

 Roger A. Geraw (left) and Mary E. Jennette talk with a state trooper outside of Geraw’s mobile home at 133 Bashaw Road in Mooers on Aug. 23 following a fire that destroyed Roger Duprey’s mobile home at 127 Bashaw Road earlier that day. All three were taken into custody and face charges for manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine

Duprey, Jennette and Geraw each face charges of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Duprey, Jennette and Geraw were arraigned in Chazy Town Court and taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, $20,000 bond.

The fire erupted on the morning of Aug. 23; the mobile home was already engulfed in flames and heavy black smoke as firefighters arrived shortly before 9 a.m.


Mooers Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Dan Dumas said afterward that Duprey had been living with his mother, Linda Duprey, next door, at 131 Bashaw Road, because he had been remodeling his home.

In May, police discovered the remnants of a meth lab in a camper located behind the 131 Bashaw home, State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison told the Press-Republican then.

Arrested in connection with that bust were Warren B. Inman, who lived at that address, and Donald J. Labarge Jr. of Champlain.

Police tracked down that lab, Davison had said, after a local business owner had reported the theft of “an abnormal amount of lithium batteries.”

After the recent fire, Malinda Burleigh, who owns some of the land where several Bashaw Road mobile homes sit, told the P-R that loud music often issues from 131 Bashaw Road, and cars are always coming and going.

“There’s always partying over there,” she said.

She also said Mr. Duprey had been questioned by State Police on the morning of the blaze.

“I was there when the cops were talking to him.”

Duprey, Jennette and Geraw are set to appear in Mooers Town Court at 6 p.m. Wednesday.



COLUMBUS, Ohio – During a news conference in Columbus, the growth of methamphetamine cases was one of several topics addressed by the Attorney General.

He pointed to statistics over the past three years, which show a dramatic increase in reported meth cases in the state; jumping up from 375 in 2011 to 770 so far in 2013.

Attorney General Mike DeWine attributes part of the problem to the fact that meth production is no longer just found in meth labs in houses and building, but more so in what is called one pot operations.


“You know they can do it in a very small space. They do it with 20 ounce pop bottles, plastic bottles they do it with Gatorade bottles,” DeWine says.

DeWine did not pin-point areas where the most growth has been reported, but we found that the Mahoning Valley is not seeing an increase in methamphetamine cases.

“We have a drug problem in the county and without a question heroin is the drug of choice through out Mahoning County,” says Canfield Police Chief Charles Colucci.

Other area law enforcement stated that heroin is by far a bigger problem here than meth and those who treat addiction agree.

“I think for a number of years now they’ve been preparing us for crystal meth and in this area. We just have not seen a huge increase in usage,” says Larry Moliterno of Meridian Community Care.

DeWine did warn the public of an added danger, saying these one pot meth bottles are being discarded as trash.




ANCHORAGE, Alaska -— Two men were indicted by a grand jury Monday on charges related to the death of 14-year-old Jena Dolstad, who was injected with a fatal drug dose days before Christmas 2011.

Sean Michael Warner, 28, was previously charged by the State of Alaska, and he now also faces six federal charges: drug trafficking resulting in death, distribution of heroin resulting in death, distribution of heroin and methamphetamine to a person under 21 years of age, drug distribution near a school, and maintaining a drug house near a school.

The grand jury also charged another man, Max Raymond Jewett, 36, for alleged drug trafficking and distribution related to the case .According to the indictment, unnamed “others” may have been invovled with the death of Dolstad, who was allegedly taken to a party at Warner’s Turnagain home on Dec. 22, 2011.

“The young girl had agreed to try something ‘new’ as witnesses phrased it,” said Anita Shell, Anchorage Police spokeswoman, describing the girl’s desire to inject heroin. “But she was afraid to inject herself. So he attempted to inject her several times, but was unsuccessful.”

State charging documents indicate Warner’s first attempt was on the bathroom floor. That is when, prosecutors say, Warner had her lay on his bed and, while using his belt as a tourniquet, injected 25 to 30 units of the morphine-like drug into her arm.

She had an adverse reaction, according to the documents, and witnesses described attempts at CPR to help the girl’s breathing, but she continued struggling. At one point she reportedly began convulsing. It took Warner four hours to call 911, prosecutors said.

According to the documents, she had four different substances in her system: heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Shell said the girl died a week later from complications.

Warner is fighting the state charges.



SAN DIEGOMethamphetamine, cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of about $900,000 were found in a pickup truck’s gas tank at the Otay Mesa port of entry this weekend and the truck’s driver was arrested.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed “discrepancies” with the 1995 Ford F-150’s gas tank around 12:30 p.m. Sunday and sent the truck and its driver, a 53-year-old Mexican man, for a more in-depth screening, officials with the CBP said Monday.

Drugs in gas tank access panel, Aug. 26



Officials did not explain the discrepancies, but an imaging system helped officers find 33 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 11 pounds of cocaine, about six pounds of brown heroin and two and a half pounds of white heroin hidden in the gas tank, according to the CBP.

The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested and taken to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The drugs and truck were seized by the CBP, authorities said.





VALDOSTA, GA — The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men after a chase reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph ends in a crash.

Officials say that Sunday night around 10:15, deputies assisted troopers from the Georgia State Patrol with a traffic stop of vehicle believed to be transporting narcotics.

The vehicle was initially stopped by a trooper near the 20 mile marker on the interstate but fled when the trooper and deputies began to approach the vehicle.

Troopers and deputies pursued the vehicle north on the interstate reaching speeds of around one hundred {100} miles per hour and at one point attempted to ram the pursuing troopers vehicle.


30-year-old Kenneth Murray Youmans is being charged
with possession of substances with the intent to manufacture
methamphetamine and open container.
33-year-old Charles David Lynn is facing charges
of possession of marijuana and open containerl
29-year-old Adam John Tate faces charges of
aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing
and attempting to elude, driving under the influence,
driving with a suspended license, speeding, driving
with a suspended registration, and defective equipment.

The vehicle was stopped near the thirty mile marker utilizing a P.I.T. maneuver causing the vehicle to crash.

The three occupants, 30-year-old Kenneth Murray Youmans, 33-year-old Charles David Lynn and 29-year-old Adam John Tate were arrested.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers and deputies located all the components and ingredients for a methamphetamine lab which had not yet been assembled.

During the investigation, Youmans claimed ownership of the lab components and ingredients. Deputies and troopers also located a small quantity of marijuana, which was claimed by Lynn.

Youmans is being charged with possession of substances with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and open container.

Lynn is facing charges of possession of marijuana and open container.

Tate faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and attempting to elude, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, speeding, driving with a suspended registration, and defective equipment.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information about this case, or other crimes to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or online at



HOULTON, Maine — Two southern Aroostook residents have been charged with drug offenses after police in Houlton uncovered a methamphetamine lab in the area earlier this month.

Houlton police Chief Butch Asselin said Monday afternoon that the case began to unfold Aug. 18, after police went to a Foxcroft Road home in Houlton searching for Justin Lincoln, 25, for a probation violation.

Shortly after their arrival, Officers Stephen Nason and Gary McGuire received consent from the property owner to search the residence and several outbuildings on the property, according to the chief.

Officers discovered what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab in an unattached outbuilding and located a number of precursor items used in connection with the manufacturing of the drug. Asselin said that the officers notified the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and requested their lab team.

Agents executed a search warrant on the residence later that evening with assistance from the Houlton Fire Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

During the search, evidence was gathered which indicated that methamphetamine had been actively manufactured at the location. The chief said that the evidence indicated that Lincoln was the person responsible for the drug production.

Because Lincoln was not found at the residence, Houlton police continued their investigation into his whereabouts. On Aug. 23, police received a tip that Lincoln was at the residence of Jennifer Cote, 37, of Linneus.

Houlton police Sgt. Eric Crouse and Officer Ben Drew went to Cote’s place with wardens from the Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Border Patrol. They found Lincoln and when searching him, located and seized a number of items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine on his person.

They arrested Lincoln on the outstanding probation violation.

Based on other information gathered at the Linneus location, Cote was charged with trafficking in Schedule W drugs. She has since been released on bail.

The drug involved was methamphetamine.

Lincoln was charged with two counts of unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs and is currently held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.


Due to incorrect information provided by police, the wrong last name and age of the female charged in the case was listed in the initial version of the story. She is Jennifer Cote, 37, not Jennifer Clark, 27.




LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – A weekend traffic stop resulted in two arrests, and the seizure of methamphetamine, heroin in counterfeit currency by a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy.

Dylan Thomas Bacon, 34, of Kelseyville, and 26-year-old Jacklyn Marie Ruth of Citrus Heights were arrested following a traffic stop, which occurred last Friday, Aug. 23, according to Lt. Steve Brooks of the Lake County Sheriff’s office.

At 10:45 p.m. last Friday, a patrol deputy was traveling westbound on Scotts Valley Road in Lakeport, directly behind a gray Ford Mustang, Brooks said.

Drug paraphernalia and counterfeit currency were taken during a traffic stop

in Lake County, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

He said the vehicle approached the intersection of Riggs Road and Scotts Valley Road and entered the left turn lane. The vehicle drove onto and crossed over the double yellow lines prior to the indicated turning area, then traveled onto Riggs Road and entered the opposite lane of traffic.

The deputy conducted an enforcement stop near the intersection of Riggs Road and Scotts Valley Road, Brooks said.

The deputy contacted the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as Bacon, as well as Ruth, who was a passenger in the vehicle, according to Brooks.

Lake County Central Dispatch advised Bacon’s license was suspended and that he was on Post Release Community Supervision probation with a search and seizure clause. Brooks said Central Dispatch also advised that Ruth was on probation out of Sacramento County for forgery, with a search clause.

The deputy had both subjects exit the vehicle. He noticed Bacon was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. The deputy said Bacon was trembling uncontrollably and sweating profusely. The deputy administered a series of tests which Bacon failed, Brooks said.

Brooks said the deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and noticed two purses on the floorboard of the passenger seat. Ruth told the deputy that both of the purses belonged to her.

During a search of the purses the deputy located several glass pipes commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, 7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a hypodermic syringe containing 11 milliliters of suspected methamphetamine, 5 grams of suspected heroin, digital gram scale, counterfeit twenty dollar bill, counterfeit ten dollar bill, counterfeit five dollar bill and 5.6 grams of marijuana, Brooks said.

From left, Dylan Thomas Bacon, 34, of Kelseyville, Calif., and 26-year-old Jacklyn Marie Ruth

of Citrus Heights, Calif., were arrested for drug-related charges following a traffic stop on

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013


The suspected methamphetamine and heroin were tested using a NIK color test kit. Brooks said the suspected methamphetamine flashed blue, indicating a presumptive positive for methamphetamine. The suspected heroin flashed purple, indicating a presumptive positive for heroin.

Bacon was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license and for violating PRCS probation according to Brooks.

Ruth was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, transportation/sell a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Brooks said.

They were both transported the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked. Jail records showed that both remained in custody on Monday, with Bacon being held on a no-bail hold and Ruth’s bail set at $35,000.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force can be contacted through its anonymous tip line at 707-263-3663.




Cooking illicit “meth” to serve West Virginia’s pathetic addicts causes grotesque harm. A study group of police and health officials met in Charleston, and reporter Eric Eyre listed these findings:

• After an illegal meth lab is found in a home, it may cost $17,000 for specialists to cleanse the place to make it safe for human habitation again. All possessions must “go right to the Dumpster.” Landlords suffer huge losses when tenants cook the narcotic and taint properties.

• Innocent neighbors, relatives, children, landlords — even police and paramedics — become victims of toxic fumes from the criminal labs. Two state troopers were forced to retire because meth pollution gave them lung diseases, and six Kanawha County deputies have been hospitalized by exposure.

• Kanawha was forced to spend heavily for a special truck, equipment and “moon suits” to deal with the menace.

So far this year, the number of meth labs found in West Virginia has doubled. More than 100 have been nabbed in Kanawha County alone. These numbers imply that state crackdown efforts aren’t curbing the epidemic.

Criminal cookers send stooges to drug stores to buy over-the-counter cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine, then use crude chemical processes to turn the pills into the narcotic methamphetamine.

Some legislators such as former Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, sought to break the illegal operation by requiring doctor prescriptions for the cold remedies. But drug firms — which reap large profits from remedy sales — sent high-paid lobbyists to defeat this plan. Instead, the Legislature approved a sales-tracking system that shows little success, so far.

House Health Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, asked new Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — a former Washington lobbyist for the drug-makers — to investigate to learn how many cold remedy purchases go straight into meth-making. Some national estimates put the rate as high as 80 percent. But Morrisey refuses to say whether he will inquire.

Mississippi is one state that requires physician prescriptions for pseudoephedrine purchases. During the West Virginia study group meeting, a Mississippi mayor said by conference call that his state’s number of meth labs fell from 698 in 2009 to just 85 last year.

We hope legislators pay attention to Mississippi’s huge improvement — while West Virginia plunges the opposite direction.

Here’s another possibility: Acura Pharmaceuticals sells pseudoephedrine pills that can’t be processed in meth labs. If criminals try, only a worthless gummy gel results. Perhaps West Virginia could limit over-the-counter sales to those safe pills.

The meth plague is hurting West Virginia severely. Conscientious leaders should try to reduce the damage.





CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) — The discovery of a mobile meth lab in a vehicle forced the evacuation of a Clarksville apartment complex early this morning.

Clarksville Police were called to the Olde Towne Village Apartment Homes on Irving Drive about 3 a.m. Monday after residents there called to report a suspicious vehicle with a man sitting in it. When officers arrived, they approached the car and saw an active meth lab.








Investigators tell WDRB the man in the truck — Donald McKim Jr. — consented to a search of his motel room at America’s Best Inn on Eastern Boulevard. Police briefly evacuated other motel guests, searched the room and found another active meth lab.

Police arrested McKim at the apartment complex. A woman in the motel room, Deborah Andres, was also arrested.

Many residents of the apartment complex were awakened by the officers knocking on their doors, and some were asked to evacuate because of the possibility that the meth lab found in the pickup truck could explode.

Bob Lega said officers gave him a choice.

“He said that I was at the extreme end of the blast zone, which was comforting, I guess,” Lega said. “He said that I could leave or just say in the back side of the apartment because of the danger of exploding glass.”

Officers say McKim was released from the Floyd County Jail on other meth charges on Aug. 2.