A 29-year-old man faces trial on charges of making methamphetamine and risking a catastrophe following a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Gary Christian Long is accused of setting up a portable methamphetamine lab in the Horsham Days Inn on Easton Road on April 4. He is being held on 10 percent of $10,000 bail as well as detainers for probation violations in Bucks and Montgomery counties. 545006a6660a0_image

Following testimony from Horsham Detective Sgt. Larry Bozzomo, Long’s attorney, Louis Busico, argued Bozzomo was not an expert in methamphetamine manufacturing and as a result, the testimony and evidence was not enough to support the charges.

District Judge Harry Nesbitt said Busico’s arguments were germane for trial, but police had made their prima facie case and ordered Long held for trial.

Long is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, risking a catastrophe, illegally dumping methamphetamine waste, possession of precursor chemicals with the intent to use them to make methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, recklessly endangering another person and a charge of flight to avoid apprehension that was added shortly before the hearing began.

Long was arrested in May by Philadelphia police on DUI and drug possession charges. Bozzomo testified police attempted to arrest Long at the hotel based on warrants for his arrest in multiple counties for violation of his probation and failure to appear for trial on charges in Bucks County. The detective testified that, as police attempted to enter Long’s room, Long jumped from a third-floor window to a mulch pile and fled.

Bozzomo said he saw various household chemicals, observed a “chemical odor” in the room and, with the assistance of firefighters, had the building evacuated. Bozzomo introduced a state police report cataloging what was found in the room and concluding Long had put together a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab — a system of creating the powerful stimulant using household chemicals shaken in a soda bottle or similar container to initiate a reaction.

Long is being held in Montgomery County prison. He is scheduled for formal arraignment in the Montgomery County Court on Dec. 17.








Anti-drug trafficking police arrested nine Nigerian nationals on Sunday night in three separate Phnom Penh locations for drug possession and distribution after undercover police bought 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine from one of the men, police said.

In Song, deputy chief of the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug police, said undercover officers arrested one known dealer in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmei II commune after agreeing to purchase 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine from him valued at $2,600.

“After questioning the first suspect, our anti-drug police went to two other rental houses in Choam Chao commune in Pur Senchey district, which eventually led us to arrest nine Nigerian men,” he said.

The drug bust was the result of a monthlong operation approved by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to establish the Nigerian gang’s activity, said Yen Panharith, acting chief of the drug police’s Bureau 9.

“The men are Nigerian citizens and were very active selling drugs throughout the city at nighttime and during the day,” he said, adding that members of his unit masqueraded as buyers to snare the suspects.

“We spent a month watching their activity and with the approval of the municipal court prosecutor, [our undercover agents] first bought 20 grams from the dealer and then set up a bigger deal for 100 grams,” Colonel Panharith said.

As soon as the second transaction took place, police pounced and the suspect led officers to Borey Phiphup Thmei housing community in Traipang Thloeung village, where they arrested six others. Two men escaped with drugs but were later picked up empty-handed after being spotted by police wading through flooded rice fields nearby.

“They are now in our custody and we are questioning them one by one to find out their boss, as they have many tactics to sell drugs throughout Phnom Penh,” said Col. Panharith.

Abayomi Koledoye, president of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Cambodia, said he was still waiting for authorities to disclose information on the suspects’ identities, but he cautioned against allowing the illegal activity of a handful of people to stigmatize the entire Nigerian community in Cambodia, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding and engaged in legitimate business.

“This issue is a big problem for us…but how do we monitor this recalcitrant element unless they are caught by law enforcement agencies?” he said.

“I continue to appeal to media organizations to speak on behalf of the hundreds of well-meaning Nigerians living here and not to look at us through the eyes of a few that are determined to get rich quick.”







In another example of how there seems to be no limit to the ways in which drugs are smuggled into the United States, officials said Tuesday that they arrested a man in a wheelchair for trying to move a load of methamphetamine at the remote U.S.-Mexico border crossing of Presidio.


“Smugglers have no scruples when it comes to getting narcotics across the border,” John Deputy, port director for Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday in announcing the arrest. “It is unfortunate, but even individuals with disabilities can serve as an avenue to smuggle drugs.”

Arturo Chavez Solis was the only passenger in a taxi that arrived from Mexico to the West Texas town. A U.S. border inspector allegedly noticed “suspicious” bulges on his thighs, then had Chavez wheeled into an area where the officer found bundles of methamphetamine taped to his legs.

Chavez, 41, of Chihuahua, Mexico, told authorities he thought he was smuggling marijuana and was to be paid $200 for his efforts, according to a document filed in federal court.

Prosecutors contend that as Chavez is from Mexico and likely to flee, and faces more than 10 years in prison, he should be held in jail without bail. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Presidio, which is west of Big Bend National Park, doesn’t see nearly the amount of drugs captured as other border crossings, but a generation ago was across the border from the home turf of Pablo Acosta, a major marijuana trafficker who inspired the excellent book, Drug Lord, by Terrance Poppa.







IDAHO FALLS – Three people were arrested and more than six ounces of methamphetamine seized Friday at an Idaho Falls motel.

According to police reports, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Motel West Room No. 290 after receiving information about possible drug activity.

During the search, deputies discovered 186 grams of suspected methamphetamine and $1,729 in cash.

Shane Shipley, 42, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Debra Jenkins, 56, was arrested for possession of paraphernalia, and frequenting a place where drugs are sold and Savanna Lemmons Acor, 30, was also arrested and charged with frequenting a place where drugs are sold.

All three suspects were booked into the Bonneville County Jail Friday.







SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Marijuana use among men and woman arrested in San Diego County last year reached a 14-year high, and methamphetamine use was up for the fifth year in a row among male arrestees, according to a San Diego Association of Governments report released today, Mon., Oct. 27.

Researchers compiling the “2013 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region”‘ found that 71 percent of arrested men and 69 percent of arrested women tested positive for at least one illicit drug. According to the report, 2013 was the first year that men who tested positive for drug use outnumbered women.

“Seeing a high level of drug use among individuals arrested and booked into our jails isn’t new,” Criminal Justice Research Director Dr. Cynthia Burke said. “But these rates are the highest we have seen since we started the drug monitoring program in 2000 — with 71 percent of males and 69 percent of females testing positive for marijuana, meth, opiates or cocaine.”

SANDAG officials said methamphetamine use among male arrestees has been climbing steadily over the years, but last year’s figure of 41 percent was a 10 percent jump from 2012’s number. Methamphetamine use among women arrestees fell slightly, from 47 percent in 2012 to 46 percent in 2013.

Illegal use of prescription drugs rose 5 percent last year, and authorities said Vicodin, tranquilizers and Oxycontin were the most frequently abused.

Of the 953 inmates interviewed last year, 91 percent of men and 88 percent of women said they had used marijuana at some point in their lives.

Researchers also found that 69 percent of the women and 57 percent of the men had tried methamphetamine. Around four in five had also been arrested more than once.

“The relationship between drug use and criminal activities is complex.

Many of the individuals we interviewed for the study have other issues besides drug addiction, such as unemployment, homelessness, gang involvement or a mental health condition,” Burke said. “About two in five have gotten drug treatment before, but for most, it was not voluntary, but court-ordered. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for this complex problem.”

The report found that cocaine use among inmates was less prevalent than it was in 2000, but figures related to heroin or other opiate use were higher than 14 years ago.








PALMETTO, Fla. — Authorities said five children have been removed from a Tampa area home after a 12-year-old brought illegal drugs to school.

The boy told school administrators he found the drugs in his parent’s bedroom.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Manatee County Sheriff’s officials found seven grams of methamphetamine, a “dime bag” of cocaine and one marijuana blunt to his Palmetto middle school last week.

Investigators said no drugs were found in the boy’s home when it was searched.

Officials said the children were removed from the home as the investigation continued.








Natali+Rose+GitelmanWAYNESBORO, Va. — The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Maryland woman early Sunday morning after they found her passed out in a wrecked car loaded with suspected methamphetamine.

Officers charged Natali Rose Gitelman, 31, of North Potomac, Md. with a felony, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana.

On Oct. 26 at approximately 4 a.m., officers responded to the Sunoco, 1175 East Main Street, to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked on the lot. The caller indicated that the vehicle was improperly parked with two people apparently passed out inside. When officers arrived, they found Gitelman, in the driver’s seat, and a 34-year-old man sleeping in a heavily damaged 1996 Toyota Camry.

The officers woke the subjects and investigated the damage. Gitelman told the officers that she was en route from Maryland to Georgia when she crashed on Interstate 64 near mile marker 99. During the course of the interview, Gitelman admitted having marijuana and a pipe in the vehicle. The officers recovered the items inside the vehicle. Gitelman’s male passenger told the officers that she was traveling to Georgia to pick up drugs and that he was “just along to be security;” however, he was only armed with a BB gun and a knife.

As the search of the vehicle continued, they found several rock like items in a purse that Gitelman said belonged to her; however, she claimed the suspected drugs weren’t hers. She told the officers that she found the items on the floorboard of her car. She told them she was sure it was methamphetamine because she tasted it and knows what meth tastes like.

The officers field tested the rock like items, which yielded a positive result for methamphetamine. Several others items that are related to drug distribution, i.e. scales, cash, glass containers, plastic baggies, were also located during the search of the vehicle.

The male passenger was released but officers arrested Gitelman at the scene. She is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

She also faces traffic charges from the Virginia State Police for the car crash.








(KMSP) – Meth used to be found in mostly rural areas because of the smell and danger associated with making it. But over the last few years it has made its way into the metro and is growing in popularity with younger users.

“Devastating, just destroyed me and made me someone I didn’t want to be at all,” Nick from Savage, Minn. said. He started abusing Adderall in the 9th grade, and then graduated to pot, cocaine, and heroin. But when his friends introduced him to meth, he found the “high” he was looking for.

“It was that invincibility,” Nick said. “It was that power. I was The Hulk and I’m going to smash you now.”

Nick is one of a new wave of drug users getting hooked on the illegal stimulant. After peaking in popularity in the late 90s and bottoming out in the mid-2000s, thanks in part to public service campaigns like “Faces of Meth” which show the damage the drug can do to a user’s mind and body, local addiction counselors say meth use has done an “about face” in Minnesota.

“It used to be meth was a rural thing, a rural cultish clique of people making their own meth and selling it to their circle,” Dr. Joe Lee at Hazelden said. “Now it has gone mainstream. Gangs are selling it. Other organizations are selling it right in the city.”

Dr. Lee says meth manufactures no longer need a big lab which could possibly explode to make their product.With a new method called “shake and bake,” all it takes is a few chemicals in a plastic pop bottle to create a cheaper version of the drug. According to Dr. Lee, shows like “Breaking Bad” have unintentionally made meth more attractive to a new generation of users.

“The irony really is that despite all the dangers on the show of using methamphetamine, kids still cling to the glamorization of the drug use and that’s how powerful the media messaging can be,” Dr. Lee said.

“I’ve seen every episode of Breaking Bad,” Nick said. “I idolized the show.”

Nick says it was more the price and availability of meth that made him want to “break bad.” But in the end, the temporary “high” didn’t outweigh the reality of hitting rock bottom.

“Anything is better than that,” Nick said. “Really, it will literally destroy your life.”








dt_common_streams_StreamServerwertgFriday, a possible first in the area.

Athol police arrested Joseph Hamel, 28, and subsequently called the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit and the Drug Enforcement Agency to remove a portable meth lab from the back of his mother’s car. Methamphetamine labs are famously combustible.

Crystal methamphetamine is an established problem drug in much of the rest of the country, but is rarely heard of in western Massachusetts.

“First time that I’ve ever dealt with it,” said Athol Police narcotics officer and Northwestern Anti-Crime Task Force member Jarret Mousseau.

“Hopefully it’s an isolated case,” Mousseau said.

On Monday, Hamel pleaded innocent at his arraignment in Orange District Court to three charges of manufacturing, possession with intent to distribute and simple possession of methamphetamine, a Class B drug. Judge David Ross ordered Hamel held on $25,000 cash bail.

Hamel’s address is variously listed in court papers as the apartment in which he was arrested, 159 Park St., Apt. 3, Athol, and a Blackington Road, New Salem address. In explaining his decision to hold Hamel on bail, Ross wrote Hamel reported himself to be homeless and living seasonally in Maine.

According to Mousseau’s police report, he and another officer, acting on a tip from the Park Street apartment building’s landlord and with permission from the apartment resident, searched the apartment for a portable meth lab and found Hamel, whom they arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Ross set a second bail of $25,000 on those charges: warrants from a 2008 case in which Hamel was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a prescription opioid, half a Percocet, without a prescription.dt_common_streams_StreamServereweew

Tipped off that the lab was in a PT Cruiser driven by a man matching Hamel’s description, Mousseau questioned Hamel. Hamel allegedly admitted that all the chemicals needed to make meth were in the trunk of the black PT Cruiser, the car belonging to his mother and driven to the parking lot by himself, and later described manufacturing the drug to sell it for profit in a recorded interview.

Members of the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit, DEA, Athol Fire Department and more Athol Police and members of the Anti-Crime Task Force responded.

Mousseau said the lab and ingredients all fit into a large laptop bag. “It’s highly portable, you could bring it inside, you could carry it in the woods, you could do it in your car, it’s very small and portable,” Mousseau said.

Hamel cooperated with the investigation and later told police that he had left some of the finished product under a mattress inside the apartment, according to the report. Mousseau wrote the tenant told him to “get it the hell out of there” when told of the meth, worried his 4-year-old son would find the drug.

Police seized unidentified pills and less than a gram of a flaky white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.







MUNCIE – Two people had to be decontaminated Friday after a meth lab allegedly popped on them.

On Friday, officers arrested and booked Richard Morris, 41, of 1400 E. Fifth St., and Amanda Doss, 27, and Dusty Norris, 23, both of 1613 E. First St. The trio has been accused of making and selling methamphetamine in Delaware County.

Authorities received a complaint about suspicious activity taking place at Morris’ residence, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers searched the home, and allegedly found several items commonly used to manufacture meth.

Several guns and knives were also found throughout the house, documents said. There was also hypodermic needles found in the kitchen, as well as several plastic bottles containing a crystal like residue.

Doss allegedly told police that she and Norris had a meth lab pop on them, causing her skin to burn. A decontamination site was put up at the scene and the two people were decontaminated before being transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, documents said.

All three suspects were preliminarily charged with four felonies, with the highest being dealing in methamphetamine. They remain at the Delaware County jail on Monday under $35,000 bond.

In other police news:

State troopers and local officers arrested three people over the weekend for allegedly conspiring to manufacture meth.

The group was arrested Friday after officials were tipped off to a meth making scheme, according to an affidavit. Paraphernalia and ingredients, including empty pseudoephedrine packs, were also found in Davis’ house, documents said.

Derrick Davis, 34, of 17909 N. Wheeling Ave., and Spring Miller, 26, and Jeremy Williams, 37, both of 1816 E. 23rd St., were all preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance, in addition to several misdemeanors.

As of Monday, all three remain in custody at the Delaware County jail.







 Police say a man carrying meth and armed with a large machete tried to fight an officer early Tuesday morning.

According to police, around 3:45 a.m. CSPD Officer Spicuglia spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle driving slowly behind several shops in the area of North Academy and Flintridge. When Spicuglia stopped the driver, he noticed the man was carrying a machete.

The driver allegedly turned combative once the officer started searching for other weapons. Police say he tried throwing several punches at Spicuglia, but was quickly detained and taken into custody. After he was arrested, police say Spicuglia found meth on him.

The suspect has been identified as John Britten.








Christina OsborneA visit from social services resulted in the arrest of a Cumberland woman on multiple drug charges including manufacturing methamphetamine.

Christina M. Osborne, 27, was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Bargo on Friday.

According to the citation, Bargo and Officer Mark Saylor went along to assist social services with a complaint concerning Osborne. Upon request from police, Osborne consented to a search of the home and cars.

Bargo said a search of the residence turned up several items including several large white oval pills with 800 on one side and the letters GAB on the other. Officers also found a needle inside a drawer. A garbage can was found to contain a green bottle with a white salt-like substance inside and a needle.

Social services removed the children from the residence.

Osborne was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

Osborne was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $50,000 full cash bond.








LAREDO, TEXAS (CBP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized 40 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamines (meth) in an enforcement action at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge.

“The detection of this seizure can be attributed to the primary officer’s interviewing technique and the keen observation skills from the officers operating our non-intrusive imaging system,” said Acting Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry.meth+seizure4

The incident occurred on Oct. 23 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Ford Expedition for a secondary examination.

CBP officers conducting non-intrusive imaging system inspections noticed anomalies within the vehicle. An intensive examination of the Expedition by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 114 bundles that allegedly contained 40 pounds of crystal meth.

CBP officers seized the Ford Expedition and the narcotics, valued at $806,000. CBP officers arrested a 34-year-old Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in connection to the seizure and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

CBP’s Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.






img_2527EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – A car crash in East Palestine Sunday turned into a more serious situation for authorities on the scene.

Police told WKBN they found a suspected mobile meth lab while investigating an accident on East Market Street near James Street.

A firefighter responding to the crash said he saw 22-year old Jordan Wales go to his trunk and take out a bag. Police said there was a plastic pop bottle inside used to mix chemicals to make methamphetamine.

Officer Alex Pryor was treated at the scene after inhaling fumes while searching the bag. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force was called to secure the scene.

Wales was charged with illegal possession of chemicals used to make methamphetamine. He was immediately arraigned on Monday and held on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.








JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Drug Task Force agents say they found “several one-pot meth labs” inside a car after that car went up in flames.5411752_G

The Johnson City Police and Fire Departments responded to the car fire around 10:30 Monday morning below the I-26 overpass, just off East Main Street in downtown Johnson City. Although police say several vehicles were parked near the car, no other cars were damaged and fire crews were able to put out the fire quickly.

DTF agents says a man and a woman are in custody. Investigators say the woman suffered minor burns. Both have since been de-contaminated, according to the DTF.

Tara N. Hall, 28, and Simon Hughes, 31, of Johnson City were arrested on charges of felony drug paraphernalia and felony possession of methamphetamine.5404941_G

Investigators say they found six “one-pot” meth labs and 10 other bottle components inside the car.

Officers say the car was registered to Hall, who was operating the car at the time of the fire.

Both Hall and Hughes are being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on October 28.










Update: Police say 2 arrested after meth lab mishap results in car fire

Police said a city couple was arrested on felony drug charges after they caught their car on fire while trying to make methamphetamine.

On Monday morning, Johnson City police arrested Simon Hughes, 31, and Tara N. Hall, 28, both of 293 Austin Springs Road, Apt. 98, after emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot between East Main and East Market streets, under the Interstate 26 overpass.tara%20hall%202

In the arrest report, police said Johnson City firefighters from Fire Station 3 had extinguished the vehicle fire by the time officers arrived, but the vehicle, a white 1995 Honda Accord, had been consumed in the process. Additionally, police said firefighters told them a woman at the scene kept trying to retrieve items from the burning car, even after firefighters instructed her to stay back. Police said that woman, who was identified as Hall and as the car’s owner, was treated for minor burns to her hands at the scene.

Once the fire had been extinguished, police said, officers then began to search the vehicle. According to JCPD Capt. Debbie Botelho, who was at the scene, that search resulted in the discovery of what police would later determine was the cause of the fire.

“We did locate components of a meth lab,” Botelho said. “It looked to me like they had little shake-and-bake bottles.” 

Upon that discovery, police said, Hall was taken into custody and officers contacted the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force to process the scene. Police said Hall denied any ownership of the materials — which was later determined to be six one-pot labs and 10 other bottle components — saying someone else put them in her car while it was immobile within the last two weeks.

During the course of her conversation with officers, police said, Hall said her boyfriend had been riding with her before the fire and she had dropped him off at Medical Care, located across the street from the parking lot at 401 E. Main St. Police said the boyfriend, who was later identified as Hughes, emerged from Medical Care and began to walk away from the parking lot. After officers caught up with Hughes, police said, he also denied any knowledge of the presence of drug paraphernalia inside the car. Police said despite those denials, both Hughes and Hall were decontaminated and taken into custody. simon%20hughes%202

After Hughes and Hall were taken away, police, fire and Washington County/Johnson City EMS workers remained at the scene to assist Task Force personnel as they sorted through hazardous materials at the scene. Task force agents burned some of the hazardous materials left at the scene, while other items were collected and itemized. The car was towed away from the parking lot around 2:20 p.m.

Hughes and Hall were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony drug paraphernalia. They were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where they were each being held on $20,000 bond. Their arraignments were scheduled to take place this afternoon in Sessions Court. 

Police said two city residents were arrested on felony drug charges after they caught their car on fire while making methamphetamine.

On Monday afternoon, Johnson City police arrested Simon Hughes, 31, and Tara N. Hall, 28, both of 293 Austin Springs Road, hours after police responded to the vehicle fire.941e9e0b33b96fafd26baf4adcf4c1b9

According to a JCPD press release, officers arrived at the parking lot of 401 E. Main St. to find a white 1995 Honda Accord engulfed in flames. Police said the subsequent investigation revealed the fire began as a result of the manufacture of methamphetamine in six “one-pot” labs. Additionally, police said they found 10 other bottle components.

Hughes and Hall were each charged with felony drug paraphernalia and felony possession of methamphetamine and were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where they were each being held on a $20,000 bond. Their arraignments were scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon in Sessions Court.












KUALA LUMPUR: Seven Iranian drug suspects, including the syndicate’s kingpin, were nabbed after a month-long surveillance.

They were picked up together with a Malaysian woman, all ages between 22 and 46, at several locations here last week. KL04_271014_DADAH

Seven cars used by the syndicate, including a Mercedes Benz and Volvo, and over 7kg of methamphetamine worth about RM1.1mil were seized.

Federal Narcotics (NCID) director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the arrests came after surveillance carried out by the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING).

“We arrested seven Iranians, including two women, and the Malaysian woman in the raids from Wednesday to Thursday (last week).

“They were picked up at locations in Jalan Kuching, Mont Kiara, Penchala Link Highway and Desa Sri Hartamas,” he told reporters.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence.








A company that operates this state’s pseudoephedrine tracking system claims its software is helping to drive down sales of the drug. And a company representative along with a detective from Louisiana told members of the West Virginia news media that the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) is also helping law enforcement track and prosecute people who are using pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine instead of using it to treat the sniffles.

“It has proven itself to be effective,” said Bridget Lambert, president of the West Virginia Retailers Association, which hosted a media event for the NPLEx system last week.

NPLEx, which was first brought on line in West Virginia in January 2013, allows law enforcement and retailers to track purchases and block sales to individuals who exceed purchase limits. In this state, individuals may purchase no more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per day, 7.2 grams in 30 days or 48 grams per year.

NPLEx is used in 30 states, including all of West Virginia’s neighbors except Maryland. The software is produced by Appriss, a company based in Louisville, Ky. And the NPLEx system is supported by the West Virginia Retailers Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is the same pharmaceutical lobbying group that fought heavily this year against a state proposal to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only except for the tamper-resistant forms like Nexafed and Zephrex-D.

According to data provided by Appriss, sales of pseudoephedrine have declined from 2013 to 2014. Here in West Virginia, the NPLEx system tracked 728,825 grams of pseudoephedrine sold in January through September of 2013 but only 456,883 grams during the same period this year, a decrease of about 37 percent.

The number of pseudoephedrine purchases blocked by the NPLEx system and the number of individual purchases also fell. Krista McCormick, an Appriss account manager, said she believes the drop is attributable to the NPLEx system.

A detective in the St. Tammary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisana said the system has helped law enforcement in that state track and prosecute manufactures of meth. He said in his practice, the system was helpful in allowing tracking of suspects.

In Kanawha County, the number of meth labs located annually from 2006 through 2013 by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has ranged from a high of 73 in 2008 to a low of 22 in 2010. There were 30 located in 2013 and as of Oct. 8 this year the sheriff’s office has located 17 labs.








NANTICOKE — A methamphetamine lab is believed to have been the source of an explosion that blew two doors off their hinges at an apartment building here on Saturday night.

The State Police Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement posted and cordoned off the building on Lee Mine Street after the blast, which occurred at about 8 p.m.

The posting states: “A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location on 10/25/14 by the Pennsylvania State Police. Known hazardous chemicals have been disposed of pursuant to law. However, there still may be hazardous substances or waste products on this property either in buildings or on the ground itself. Please exercise caution while on these premises.”

Several people who allegedly were cooking meth inside the apartment building fled after the explosion. About a half dozen units in the building were evacuated. Emergency personnel in protective hazmat gear removed chemicals from the building.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Additional information was unavailable Sunday night.








WASHINGTON CITY — In addition to driving under the influence and various other traffic charges, a Washington City man was arrested for felony drug possession Thursday after officers discovered he had more than lint in his socks.Gary

Officer Colton Skeem, of the Washington City Police Department, pulled over Gary Henderson, of Washington City, for a traffic stop after seeing him drive by, running his registration and discovering his motorcycle was uninsured, Skeem wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

After being pulled over, Henderson told the officer his motorcycle was covered by insurance and began looking for the appropriate paperwork. While Henderson did this, Skeem noticed the mans’s speech and body movements were slow.

Henderson was unable to find any insurance documents.

When Skeem asked Henderson to perform field sobriety tests, Henderson said he recently had surgery on his foot. He removed one of his shoes and a sock to show Skeem and other responding officers a surgical scar on his foot. He then placed the sock in his pocket, replaced the shoe on his foot and began attempting to perform the tests, Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson failed the field sobriety tests. Skeem left him temporarily with a fellow officer, and shortly thereafter, that officer alerted Skeem that Henderson was pulling his sock apart and there was a small bag of suspected methamphetamine inside the sock.

“Gary advised he did not know what (the bag) was and that it wasn’t his,” Skeem said in the statement.

Henderson refused to participate in a drug test

Skeem arrested Henderson for suspected DUI metabolite and transported him to the Washington City Police Department. Once there, Henderson refused to participate in a drug test, Skeem said in the statement, so Skeem submitted an e-warrant, which was approved. The Washington Fire Department responded to draw Henderson’s blood.

“Gary was then transported to jail for DUI metabolite and possession of Methamphetamine,” Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine; a class B misdemeanor charge for driving with a measurable controlled substance in his body; another class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; a class C misdemeanor for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement; and a class B misdemeanor for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Henderson was booked on $7,030 bail. He has since posted bail and been released from custody, according to current bookings information.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.








Detectives have charged two men after seizing nearly $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in Broome.

Police executed a search warrant last week and allegedly found 48 grams of the drug inside a car parked at a Broome hotel.

A 28-year-old Mandurah man has already appeared in the Broome Magistrates Court charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possessing unlawful cash and possessing a smoking implement.

His 31-year-old co-accused, who is from the north-west, is due to appear in the Port Hedland Magistrates Court at a later date.








A Humboldt County parolee allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine allegedly drove a stolen golf cart on the 101 freeway in an effort to escape from the California Highway Patrol.

According to a CHP press release, Cory Peterson allegedly stole a golf cart from the Sun Valley Bulb Farm in Arcata at 7:46 a.m on Friday and crashed into a parked car. The Times Standard reported that the CHP responded to the alleged incident and found the 35-year-old a half hour later driving the golf cart south on U.S. Highway 101 from Giuntoli Lane.golf-cart-AP

Peterson allegedly tried to evade the officers by stepping on the accelerator and was reported to have reached speeds as high as 10 mph in the southbound lanes, center median and shoulder. Assumedly, deciding that running may be a faster way to evade the officers, he took to foot and was apprehended “within seconds.”

The Standard reported that Peterson was booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of felony vehicle theft, felony drug influence and evading police.








Elisha Horn, also known as Elisha Ann Resler 34, was charged Thursday with possession of meth, a felony.

Horn who has failed to appear in court to face charges twice this yaer, was found at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police went to a home in the 2300 block of E. Philip on a tip that she was there.genThumb

Police found and searched Horn as well as her belongings, and they found paraphernalia commonly used for smoking meth, multiple syringes, a scale, bag of marijuana, as well as a small empty zip lock baggie having faint residue that later field tested positive for meth, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

Horn was charged with two counts of meth possession, plus failure to appear, and she is also charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, both of which are infractions.

She faces a total of $45,000 in jail bonds.








800px-Crystal_MethJakarta. Police say they have arrested three men — including a prison guard — involved in an operation to supply large amounts of crystal methamphetamine to Cipinang Prison.

The drug ring was exposed on Sunday, after a plan to pick up one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in East Jakarta was botched, and a member of the ring detained in a citizen’s arrest.

A Cipinang Prison inmate, who is already serving a life sentence for drug smuggling, has been arrested, along with a former inmate at the prison — identified as Gilang — and the guard.

Not in this neighborhood

Gilang was detained by residents on Sunday after leaving a package containing the drugs at a mobile phone kiosk in Jatinegara, police said.

The kiosk owner, after alerting a security guard named Suharto to the package, called Gilang — who had bought credit for his phone at the kiosk — to come back and pick up the package. He was detained by residents when he returned.

According to testimony from Gilang, he was ordered to drop the drugs at the kiosk by the Cipinang Prison inmate, who police have identified as Y.F. The guard was to pick up the package and deliver it to Y.F, police claimed.

Up to 20 years

Gilang, who told police he met Y.F while serving five years at Cipinang, said he was to receive Rp 10 million ($830) for successfully dropping the package off. He has been charged under the 2009 Law on Narcotics and could face up to 20 years in jail.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Afrisal, head of the drug division at the East Jakarta Police, said the crystal meth was to be sold to prisoners.

He said he would coordinate with the directorate general for correctional facilities at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in his investigation into Y.F’s dealing inside the prison. Y.F is serving a life sentence at the prison on drug charges.







ebc8dcbb96e8eb15576ee3e3c37e9e1bLes Stroud, host of Survivorman, is having trouble with what Humboldt folks call normal life. (Remember, he’s up here shooting an episode of his show.) This morning, he wrote on his Facebook page,

well – I’m [in] Hoopa California in the mountains trying to shoot this episode – and man!!!! everything is going wrong – this is the craziest shoot i have ever attempted – i have been here a week and i have nothing to show for it – rain held me back – cameras not working right – people messing up – just never ending….maybe its all the smell of pot in the air – every bend in the road you smell a new flavor of pot – deep in the surrounding hills there are numerous pot farms and meth labs – it’s a dangerous place and i am trying to keep clear of those areas….I’m headed out in an hour deep into the forest yet again to hopefully stay….crazy place – but incredibly beautiful….

Hope he isn’t blowing away today or getting struck by lightning….And, joking aside, we’re glad we’re not out in that storm today.








RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Four people have been arrested after a drug bust in Box Elder yielded nearly a pound of methamphetamine and $2,500 in cash.

Authorities say the home is owned by 44-year-old Sheila Buchholz, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, and possession of meth. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bitly.com/1zsb5Op) that 42-year-old Christopher Block, 21-year-old Miranda Clark and 54-year-old Bradley Dethlefs are charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police also confiscated a gun and drug paraphernalia from the home on Old Calvary Road.

Court documents do not list lawyers for the defendants.