A Lebanon woman who faced charges linked to multiple meth labs appeared in court Thursday.


Candas Boatwright, 32, was charged with promoting methamphetamine manufacture, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident Jan. 3 where Wilson County sheriff’s deputies discovered a meth lab while serving warrants at a Lebanon motel.

The meth lab, found at the Knight’s Inn, was not active. Two other suspects were also charged in the incident.

Lebanon police previously charged Boatwright with possession of drug paraphernalia Dec. 13 after officers found a meth lab in a vehicle she was a passenger in during a routine traffic stop at the Burger King on N. Cumberland Street.

Boatwright was also charged with initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine and promoting methamphetamine manufacture for another incident March 11 where Lebanon police found another meth lab at the Travel Inn on Murfreesboro Road.

On Thursday, Judge David Durham appointed Boatwright an attorney. Her next court date will be a disposition hearing set for Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m.


The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is seeking those responsible for operating a meth lab deputies found across the street from an elementary school Friday.

methamphetamine were reportedly found by law enforcement

Deputies arrived at 1 Winco Ave. in Spartanburg to search for two individuals believed to be manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

No one was at the residence but deputies found lithium battery packs, cold packs, boxes of pseudoephedrine, coffee filters, melted bottles and other items in an outside trash can, the report states.

Deputies executed a search warrant and once inside found small face masks, metal cutters, a small bowl wrapped in tin foil containing a small bag, multiple syringes and 10.59 grams of methamphetamine in total.

According to the report, the lab inside the residence was found across the street from Lone Oak Elementary School. The home is also within a half mile of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s campus at 800 University Way.

The materials found inside the home were placed into evidence, the report states.








Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents have arrested three people near Robeline, La.  on felony drug  and weapon charges, that resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine, pharmaceutical narcotics and weapons according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

Sheriff Jones said, On Thursday morning July 10th, at approximately 7:40am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a welfare concern call which  resulted from an overnight domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Burket Slough Road, in the Spanish Lake Community near Robeline, La.

Deputies say upon their arrival, they spoke with the female victim observing bruises to areas of her body.

Deputies say while they were checking the residence for a suspect involved in the domestic disturbance they observed suspected narcotics in plain view in the residence.

Three people inside the residence identified as Chuck Anthony Mitchell, Donna L. Prothro, and Savannah Maria Weeks were detained while deputies requested the assistance of additional deputies assigned to the patrol division, criminal investigations division and  Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force.

As the investigation progressed, agents with the Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge to search the residence of Chuck Mitchell, located at 275 Burkett Slough Road, Robeline, La.

A Task Force spokesman stated during a search of the residence, agents seized approximately 17 grams of suspected methamphetamine with a potential street value of $2125 dollars, (60) sixty suspected alprazolam pills with a potential street value of $300-400 dollars,  (70) seventy suspected hydrocodone pills with a potential street value of $400-700 dollars, various legend drugs, drug paraphernalia, surveillance equipment, (5)  five rifles, (2) two shotguns, and electronic equipment.

As a result of the investigation, deputies arrested:

*Chuck Anthony Mitchell, 52 of 275 Burket Slough Road, Robeline, La.,  booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule III Hydrocodone with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule IV Alprazolam with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1-count of Illegal Possession of Firearms in the Presence of Controlled Dangerous Substances.

Mitchell has been released on a $45,000 dollar bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Judge.

*Donna L. Prothro, 52 of 275 Burket Slough Road, Robeline, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule III Hydrocodone with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule IV Alprazolam with Intent to Distribute, 1-count of Illegal Possession of Firearms in the Presence of Controlled Dangerous Substance, and 1-count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Prothro has been released on a $35,000 dollar bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Judge.

*Savannah Maria Weeks, 22 of the 2500 block of Robeline-Provencal Road, Robeline, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine.

Weeks remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Deputies say the investigation into the domestic disturbance is continuing and that they have identified a  suspect involved in the  disturbance.   Criminal warrants are expected to be filed.

Deputies believe that seized narcotics was intended for distribution in  west Natchitoches Parish.

The narcotics investigation is also continuing as detectives are attempting to identify sources, and other suspects involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in that area.

Involved in the investigation and arrests were:  Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force.

The case will be turned over to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Deputies ask that if you see suspicious activity in your community to contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318.352.6432 or the Natchitoches Drug Task Force at 318.357.2248.










Agents with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force dismantled a methamphetamine lab on Tuesday night at a local apartment and arrested one woman, according to a Wednesday night press release.

Samantha Smith, 29, who gave an Executive Drive Apt. 2A address, was booked into Montgomery County Jail on charges of initiating the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.


“Clarksville Police Department responded to a call at the complex where children were complaining of a chemical smell and a burning sensation in their eyes,” said Sgt. Kyle Darnell, Director of the 19th JDDTF. “They called us for assistance and we searched the apartment”

Agents collected components used in creating methamphetamines, which lead to the quarantine of the entire building, as the apartments in the building share an attic and ventilation system.

“The neighbors, who were innocent in all this, found themselves displaced because of the meth being manufactured in the apartment,” Darnell said.

Along with CPD, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS provided assistance at the scene.









PEABODY — A Peabody man whose effort to manufacture methamphetamine literally went up in toxic smoke was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday.

Joseph Penachio, 35, will then be on supervised release for four years and must pay $7,095 in restitution, U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton ordered during the sentencing.

Penachio pleaded guilty in March to a charge of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Back on July 29, 2012, police and firefighters were called to the Holiday Inn on Route 1 on a report of acrid smoke pouring from Room 119.

Inside the room was a makeshift meth lab.

According to a government sentencing memorandum, Penachio had mixed starter fluid with ether and pseudoephedrine when chemical smoke began pouring from the unstable mixture.

Prosecutors said Penachio was attempting to make meth using a highly dangerous “one pot” method. As the toxic smoke poured from the room, Penachio fled, prosecutors said.

They later determined that he had used the wrong type of battery in the process.

Investigators also found evidence that there had been a fire in the bathroom.

A total of 192 adult guests and staff members, and 25 children, were evacuated from the hotel as firefighters and a team from the Drug Enforcement Administration rushed to stop the reaction that was causing the smoke.

A number of firefighters and guests complained that the smoke was burning their throats and lungs.

Federal prosecutors argued for a two-year term, citing the hazards Penachio created, particularly to children who were in the hotel at the time. They also pointed to his prior criminal record.

His attorney, William Cintolo, asked for a year in custody, in a sentencing memorandum that detailed a troubled childhood, addiction and mental illness, and also included anecdotes about his client’s family life (Penachio and his girlfriend have two children).

“Joseph’s actions in this case cannot be explained or treated as a rational choice,” said Cintolo, who explained that Penachio’s source for meth had dried up. He was “alleviating his emotional pain,” said the lawyer.

“Like the mythological Phoenix, a regenerated Joseph Penachio will rise from the ashes of his past drug use,” wrote Cintolo.










A Rome woman arrested Thursday in connection with a March kidnapping on Alexander Avenue was additionally charged Friday with drug trafficking, according to Floyd County Jail records.


According to jail records:

Brandi Nicole Lanham, 35, of 11 Alford Road, was additionally charged Friday with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking methamphetamine.

Lanham was arrested Floyd County police officers Thursday at Kenny Newberry Paint & Body Shop on charges stemming from a kidnapping and assault on March 27.

Warrant information released Thursday stated that she and three others kidnapped, beaten and held a Rome woman hostage at a residence on Alexander Street.

Police said that shortly before she was arrested on Thursday, Lanham had pulled into the body shop in a 2004 Ford F-150 to pick up her boyfriend.

Police arrested her on the warrants on the kidnapping allegations and searched the pickup truck.

Inside they found five small bags suspected methamphetamine that were hidden several, separate containers —a black and pink camouflage tin, a black velvet bag, a pink rubber zipper bag and a small pink bag.

The total weight of suspected methamphetamines was more than an ounce, according to the statement of criminal charges.

Also found in the truck were scales used for weighing meth, glass pipes for smoking the drug, a spoon with suspected methamphetamine residue and a syringe loaded with suspected liquid methamphetamine.

Lanham remained behind bars without bond late Friday.










A former homeless Medford man once lauded for helping others break away from the streets will spend more than six years in prison for punching and stomping a tenant to death during a methamphetamine-fueled attack last year.

John Troy Lopes, 51, was sentenced Friday to the mandatory minimum of 75 months in prison for his guilty plea to a second-degree manslaughter charge in the beating death of Charles Ward Puzak.

As part of Lopes’ plea agreement, prosecutors agreed Friday to drop a more serious charge of first-degree manslaughter as well as two felony assault charges for which Lopes was indicted in November.

Had Lopes been convicted on the first-degree manslaughter charge, the mandatory minimum under Oregon sentencing law would have been 10 years in prison.

A visibly anguished Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia said in court that the litany of defendants in his courtroom whose methamphetamine-related violence ends up harming people “is getting to me.”

“This is so tragic,” Mejia told Lopes. “Again, it’s methamphetamine resulting in violence, violence that results in the death of a human being. I have no options, so I will sentence you.”

The 61-year-old Puzak was one of several people with whom Lopes shared his house in the 2300 block of Howard Avenue, authorities said. The pair had drank several beers and Lopes had used methamphetamine before they got into an early-morning fight Sept. 15 over the way Puzak spoke to Lopes’ girlfriend, according to Medford police.

“We had a disagreement about how he was handling himself in my home,” Lopes told Mejia in court.

Witnesses told police that Lopes attacked Puzak, punching and kicking him 10 to 15 times each before dragging him outside and stomping him on a curb, police said.

Methamphetamine and alcohol were both involved and, I think, fueled his behavior,” defense attorney Donald Scales told Mejia in court.

Puzak never fought back and was conscious when police arrived. He was even conscious when he was getting treatment at Rogue Regional Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed Puzak with a traumatic cranial hemorrhage.

Lopes was arrested at the scene and a grand jury indicted Lopes on felony assault charges two days later.

Puzak’s condition deteriorated over time and he died Oct. 10. A subsequent autopsy ruled his death a homicide, and Lopes was later indicted on the manslaughter charges.

Scales said in court that his own forensics expert reviewed Puzak’s medical records and agreed that his injuries suffered at the hands and feet of Lopes likely led to his death.

Since his arrest, Lopes has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail, having never raised the $50,000 bail required for his release.

Lopes was homeless when he first began using a Central Point shelter in 2009. Shelter workers said once he got on his own feet and rented his own house, he regularly opened it to as many as 10 homeless people at a time. He even gave lifesaving CPR to a homeless man at the shelter in January 2013, a shelter manager told the Mail Tribune in November.

“He charges nominal rent,” Scales said in court. “He basically gave them a place to stay.”

A carpenter by trade, Lopes had no criminal history in Oregon until August 2012, when he pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of methamphetamine, court records show.

No members of the general public were present in the gallery during the 10-minute hearing.













Check in to the wrong room at a motel or hotel and you may bring home more than great memories of fresh smelling linens, plump fluffy towels, stylish furniture, and a comfortable bed, according to recent news from the Associated Press.

motel-room-300x222Stay in a motel or hotel room that’s been used to make meth and you may find your eyes and skin get irritated, your asthma may act up, or your stomach may feel so nauseated that you feel like you have to vomit.

The Associated Press reported that DEA records that they obtained showed evidence that nearly 2,000 motel and hotel rooms have been used as meth labs over the last 5 years and those figures only reflect the ones that have been reported to them.

John Martyny, an industrial hygienist, meth researcher, and associate professor at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, is considered an expert on meth lab chemical contamination. Martyny says that people are more likely to blame cigarette smoke for any respiratory problems they experience while spending time in a motel or hotel room. Yet, motel and hotel rooms that have been used as meth labs by previous renters can make you sick, if they haven’t been decontaminated. Experts say that contamination caused by toxic chemicals used to make meth can last more than a decade.

According to American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), methamphetamine labs can be set up and produced in less than four hours, which is typically done between midnight and 4 a.m.

Although, the AH & LA says they are working with law enforcement to shut down these labs, many motel and hotel rooms are still being used by meth cooks to manufacture methamphetamine.  In fact, the trend is growing. According to Joseph Mclnerney, president and CEO of the AH & LA,  “meth lab cooks may check in to the hotel late at night and cook their meth throughout the night before leaving early the next morning. Under the influence of meth, a meth cook can stay awake all night without any problem. In fact, meth addicts can stay awake for several days without sleeping.”  Their lack of sleep, however, makes them extremely dangerous, as their lack of sleep coupled with their addiction to meth can make them extremely irritable and highly prone to becoming violent.  It is also common for them to hallucinate or experience delusional thoughts. Paranoia is always a central part of their thought processes, as well. They are always worried that someone is going to do something to them i.e. arrest them, steal from them, hurt them, etc.

Warning: Knocking on the door of your hotel neighbor or calling them because they are making too much noise in the middle of the night may put your life at risk -weapons are almost always found when meth lab busts occur.

Why do meth cooks like to use motel and hotel rooms as meth labs? Using a motel or hotel room to make meth helps meth lab cooks keep their homes from becoming contaminated. It also protects their home and family from becoming involved in a meth lab explosion. Setting up a meth lab in a motel or hotel also keeps their neighbors from smelling the fumes of a meth lab cook coming from their home.  Motels and hotels are also popular spots for meth dealers to sell the finished product to their customers. They may rent rooms for a night to sell meth in addition to renting it to use as a meth lab.

While setting up a meth lab in a motel or hotel room is highly advantageous to meth cooks, it is extremely expensive for the motel and hotel industry, who may rent rooms to hundreds or thousands of individuals every month. The cost of testing and decontaminating a single room can cost the motel / hotel owner anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000, according to the AH&LA. Like private homeowners, who rent to others who use their property to make meth, or those who have bought a meth lab home without knowing the history of the home, motel and hotel owners are responsible for footing the cost of cleaning up the meth lab contamination.

Hotel and motels don’t actually rent out rooms that have been used as meth labs, do they?

According to meth lab cleanup professionals, like Joe Mazucca from Meth Lab Cleanup, LLC, the odds are that they do. Nearly 70% of of the contaminated properties that his company deals with are never reported. Those properties include all types of property including motels and hotels.

If a motel or hotel isn’t listed on the DEA’s website, then it’s safe, right?

The short answer to that question is – NO! The meth labs listed on the DEA website are only a partial list of meth labs that have been found in the U.S. The DEA list only includes information about busts that have been reported to them by law enforcement agencies, who submit that information to them on a strictly voluntary basis. Law enforcement agencies are not required to give that information to the DEA, therefore you shouldn’t view DEA lists of meth labs as complete lists.









Renter, realtors, home buyers, and home owners often miss the signs of a meth lab, which may appear to look “odd” but not so odd that it sends up a red flag.  A word of advice: If you think something is odd, weird, or unusual, you should listen to what your gut is telling you. Ask questions and investigate the history of the home before you buy or rent it. Talk to the local health department, the local and state police departments, and the neighbors may help you to learn more about whether the previous occupants may have been meth users, meth cooks, or if a meth lab bust occurred at that address.

What you see inside and outside of a home may help you to identify a meth lab home, but you should keep in mind that many former meth lab homes have been “cleaned up” by their owners. Does the home appear as if it’s undergone a total rehab? Does it have new flooring, new rugs, new kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and new paint? Ask yourself “why is that”? Looking “new” is not a guarantee that a home is not contaminated by meth or meth lab chemicals. The only sure way to find out if a home is contaminated by meth is to have the home professionally tested.

*According to estimates by law enforcement agencies and meth lab cleanup contractors, only one out of ten homes where meth has been manufactured, have ever been discovered by the police. Buyer and renters beware!

Chemical stains on flooring

Chemical staining on walls and floors often result when chemicals spill during the meth cook.  Floors and carpets are often stained or damaged by meth chemicals that can include liquids such as hydrochloric acid. A former meth lab may also have brand new flooring and carpets, which can signal that the previous flooring was damaged because of meth lab chemical spills.

Fixer-upper buyers beware! Also, keep in mind that meth lab homes may look brand new and not show any of the damages you see in the pictures listed here. Unscrupulous sellers who buy meth lab homes at rock bottom prices often cover stains with carpeting and new flooring and paint walls to minimize any questions or concerns about the home from prospective buyers or renters.



Burned grass or vegetation

Meth lab cooks may cook meth outdoors or burn empty pseudoephedrine packages or blister packaging for cold, allergy, and sinus medicines, to avoid raising the suspicion of anyone seeing the tell-tale meth signs in their trash. Cooking outdoors is remote locations in another way to avoid being detected by neighbors who may smell the chemicals they’re cooking. Cooking outdoors also keeps their homes from getting contaminated or exposing their children to the hazardous chemicals they’re cooking with.  If you see burn pits, stained soil or dead vegetation it may indicate areas where meth lab chemicals have been dumped.


Kitty Litter

Kitty Litter is often used by meth lab cooks to soak up spilled chemicals.  In the first picture, a meth lab cook uses this kitty litter container as part of their meth manufacturing process. Tubing is commonly found at meth labs, where it is often connected to a variety of containers.


Do you see kitty litter in unusual locations? It could indicate that someone used it to absorb a chemical spill.



When someone is addicted to meth, meth is ALL THAT MATTERS.  The effect of meth on users makes it difficult for them to get organized and keep the kind of focus it would take to keep their house neat and tidy.

Renters who are using meth and/or making meth will try to avoid having their landlord come in to inspect their home, due to its condition and to prevent the landlord from seeing anything that might evoke questions.  Neighbors and other visitors are also avoided by meth lab cooks, for the same reasons.

Windows  are often  covered or blacked-out to keep prying eyes from seeing inside.






Strange Plumbing

Strange plumbing, vent systems, and/or  electrical connections in a house should make you question why someone would have a plumbing, wiring, or electrical system like that in their house, basement, attic, or garage. Could the plumbing be installed to make it easier to dump chemicals without being detected by anyone outside of the house?


Could venting systems be installed in basements to vent out meth lab fumes? Are electrical outlets or wiring found in weird places?



The windows on basements and garages made be covered or painted to keep others from seeing what’s “cooking”. Exhaust fans are common, as well.



Police often find different types of glassware in meth labs, including glass bottles, jugs, and glass cooking containers.


Plastic Bottles

Meth cooks who use the “shake and bake” method, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, typically use commonly found plastic bottles to make meth. Water bottles, soda bottles, sports drinks bottles, juice bottles and other plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes are being used to make meth. Meth made in these bottles frequently explode causing fires and burn injuries to people in their vicinity.


This post was originally published on July 16, 2009.









Signs of a Meth Lab

Posted: 11th July 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

Homemade “kitchen” meth labs can look so ordinary that they may escape detection by the untrained eye. Discarded containers that have been used to make meth using the one-pot method are dangerously contaminated but may look harmless. You can help make your community safer by learning the signs of a meth lab.

If you think you have spotted a meth lab or the remnants of meth production, call 911.  Do not examine or investigate it yourself.
Cold Medicine
A large quantity of cold medication packages or containers is a strong indication of methamphetamine production. Pseudoephedrine, found in cold medicines, is the key ingredient for homemade meth.

Organized Pseudoephedrine Purchases

Meth cooks and addicts try to bypass pseudoephedrine purchase limits by purchasing small amounts at multiple pharmacies, sometimes working in groups. Driving from pharmacy to pharmacy to purchase pseudoephedrine is known as “smurfing.” Law enforcement officers are now using sophisticated computer databases to identify “smurfs” and stop their meth production.

Chemical Smells
A telltale sign of a meth lab is a powerful chemical smell. The odor of an active meth lab may smell like:
  • Paint thinner or vanish smell
  • Ether or a “hospital smell”
  • Sour or vinegary smell
  • Ammonia-like smell (like the smell of window cleaner, fertilizers or even cat urine)
Meth labs are usually equipped with items such as:
  • Pyrex, glass or Corning containers, mason jars or other kitchen glassware (These may be fitted with hoses, clamps, or duct tape.)
  • Plastic soda bottles (This may be the only evidence of meth labs that use the one pot or shake and bake method.)
  • Rubber tubing
  • Dust or respiratory masks and filters
  • Funnels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Large plastic storage containers or tubs
  • Containers of multi-layered liquids
  • Coffee filters or other items including bed sheets, used as strainers and stained red
  • White powdery residue
  • Sheets or other coverings on windows
  • Gas cylinders or tanks that may contain anhydrous ammonia (especially if the gas cylinder has a blue top. A chemical reaction causes the brass valve to turn blue when used to store the gas.)










HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – Not one, but two working meth labs in a home.
An accused Harrison County meth cook lived in a house with his wife and three kids. His wife claims she didn’t know what was going on, and the police say they believe her.
So would you know what to look for if this was going on in your back yard?
During the last 10 years, meth labs have changed, and they’re pretty hard to spot — most of them as small as a 2-liter soda bottle.
“It’s a shake-and-bake operation and he has led us to believe he has done it on the road,” Harrison County Sheriff Ron Myers. “And here it’s very dangerous, especially with his kids in the house.”
Many people wonder how no one else at the home knew there were dangerous chemicals inside, especially Moon’s wife and three children?
Myers says she didn’t know. But there are things to watch and smell for that could be hints something isn’t right.
Here are just a few of the things to watch for: Unusual strong odors, like the smell of cat urine, ammonia, or other chemicals. Residences with windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, plywood, sheets, blankets — and also excessive trash.
These are all hints that something could be out of the ordinary.
In this particular case, investigators said the hint that tipped them off to a possible meth cook operation was the NPLEX system that tracks cold medicine sales.







Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force was notified by the Lafayette Fire Department Haz-Mat Unit on Wednesday of a fire that was the result of meth lab explosion.

Metro Agents responded to the location which was 417 Louveteau road and upon arrival was informed that one subject had been taken to a local hospital to be treated for burn injuries related to the meth lab explosion.

Agents located approximately one gram of meth in the residence. Metro agents arrested Shannon Sullivan who was charged with creation of a clandestine meth lab and possession of meth.

John Sullivan who was taken to the hospital to be treated for burn injuries will be charged with creation of a clandestine meth lab, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, and simple arson upon his release from the hospital.









SPRINGFIELD — A duffel bag containing the ingredients to make methamphetamine was removed from Buck Creek State Park over the weekend, the first time a meth operation has been found inside the park, authorities said.

A hazardous materials crew and specialists from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called to the reservoir about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, officials said, after a passerby noticed the duffel bag and thought something seemed off.

“It contained what appeared to be a disposable meth lab,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Central District Law Enforcement Manager Brad Copeland.

It’s possible that the perpetrators left the materials to cook while they watched from a safe distance, Copeland said. The chemicals used to make meth are highly caustic and flammable.

The investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been identified. The hazardous materials were safely removed by BCI officers and no contamination occurred in the park, Copeland said.

He oversees officers at 12 parks, including John Bryant in Greene County, and said mobile meth labs are rare in Ohio State Parks.

“We’ve had them before on state property,” he said. “This isn’t an epidemic within Ohio State Parks by any means.”

A wooded area with thousands of acres is likely to tempt meth makers, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly, but it hasn’t been a problem on county or state land locally.

“They’ve found ways to cook it almost anywhere,” Kelly said. “The bad thing is an innocent bystander could walk up on this.”

But the low cost of heroin in the area has kept the prevalence of meth down, Kelly said.

On Wednesday, his deputies made a bust of three alleged drug-dealers in New Carlisle in which a large amount of heroin and cash was seized.

“But these individuals, according to our investigation, also had meth,” Kelly said.

All law enforcement officers in the state are trained to look out for and recognize the ingredients and tools used to cook meth, Copeland said.

“If you see a bag or container that doesn’t look right, notify a local officer,” he said.









HAMLIN – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies uncovered an active methamphetamine operation in Hamlin, late last week. The lab was found just hours before the annual Fourth of July parade which saw hundreds of families descend on the county seat for the annual parade. The location of the lab, at the Barbara Apartments on Anna Avenue, is a short distance away from where groups assembled for the parade just a few hours after the apartment had been evacuated and made safe.
The arrests came Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier and Deputy D.T. Bryant, along with colleagues, visited the apartment to serve a search warrant. Upon searching the residence, the deputies found 10 drug injecting devices containing an unknown liquid residue, coffee filters with a white powdery substance, and vinyl gloves. Also found were cold packs, hydrogen peroxide, plastic tubing containing a white powdery substance, all materials used commonly in the production of meth. In the kitchen, the officers found two plastic soda bottles in a grocery bag. A strong chemical odor was detected from the bottles. The same bottles had white powder inside. The deputies identified this as a gasser bottle used in the production of meth. Deputies confirmed to The Lincoln Journal that the situation was treated as an active meth lab.

The two accused were named as James Michael Randolph, 29, and Holly Faye Roberts, 24, both with an address at the apartment. They were taken to the Lincoln County Courthouse for processing and arraigned by Lincoln County Magistrate Sophia Tully at 3.45 p.m. Bond was set for each at $25,000. The pair was then transported to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville by Deputy Bryant and newly appointed Deputy Ashworth. They remained incarcerated at press time (Monday) for this issue of The Lincoln Journal.
Randolph and Roberts are expected to appear again in magistrate court in due course. Charges for the two included operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, meth possession, felony conspiracy, and possession of meth precursors. 








Today, 23-year-old Brandie Jeddou of Taylorville was sentenced to two years of probation for aggravated unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing, after admitting she had the ingredients to make meth.

Brandie Jeddou

Back in May of this year, 36-year-old Josh Moore and Jeddou were arrested after police found an active meth lab inside their home, which was just blocks away from a school.

Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing.

One count was aggravated because a 7-year-old boy was living at the home at the time of the arrest. Moore is spending 15 years behind bars.








The Otero County Narcotics Enforcement Unit seized more than an ounce of methamphetamine after searching an Alamogordo motel room on Monday.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House said the unit, acting on a tip, arrested Presciliano Ancira III after serving a search warrant at his motel room.

Ancira, 51, is charged with one count of first-degree felony trafficking by possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

The Sheriff’s Office also seized $131 in cash taken from Ancira at the time of his arrest, court records show.

House said the Otero County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Alamogordo Police Department assisted in the search of the motel room in the 200 block of Panorama Boulevard.

“Upon arrival, they located Presciliano Ancira inside the room,” he said. “Once inside the room, they located approximately 31 grams of methamphetamine, which had been separated in several areas of the room.”

House said that as narcotics agents searched the room, they also allegedly located drugs in Ancira’s pocket.

According to court records, agents found an ash tray containing “large shards of a white crystal substance” inside a night stand and more in a box beneath the bed.

The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine, and agents also found numerous items of paraphernalia throughout the room, court records show.

Ancira has a prior conviction for drug trafficking and another case pending in 12th Judicial District Court, according to court records.

“He’s been arrested a number of times,” House said.

Alamogordo Police arrested Ancira in March for alleged methamphetamine trafficking following a traffic stop, according to court records.

Ancira allegedly told police in that case that he only gave the methamphetamine away when “entertaining” female guests, court records show.

He allegedly told Alamogordo police in the earlier case that he picks up an ounce about every three months while traveling in Phoenix, paying $600 to $800, according to court records.

Ancira was jailed at the Otero County Detention Center in of a $51,000 bond pending his appearance in court, according to court records.









Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 29.8 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $89,400 and arrested one suspected smuggler Wednesday.

Agents assigned to Blythe Station working at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 78 referred a vehicle to a secondary inspection area after a working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband inside the vehicle.

After the driver reportedly consented to a vehicle search, agents allegedly discovered 14 shrink-wrapped packages of meth hidden in two non-factory compartments within the gas tank.

The driver was arrested and the meth and vehicle were seized.









BILLINGS – We’ve known for years the dangers of methamphetamine, and Montana law enforcement and mental health experts take on the fight every day.

But a recent trend of high drug use and violent crime is now putting community members and law enforcement at greater risk.

A fatal downtown Billings stabbing on June 19 and then two weeks later a gun battle in the Billings Heights. The suspects in both cases were under the influence of drugs.

“We have irrational, unpredictable behavior, we have desperate people who are trying to get more money to purchase drugs,” said Billings Police Chief Rich St. John.

He says the city tackled this issue head on about a decade ago by stomping out homegrown meth labs and putting suspects behind bars. But St. John says that today more and more drugs are coming in from across state lines.

“The last few years we have a constant supply and a stable supply of methamphetamine from Mexico. By the time you get to Billings, you’re about $2,000 an ounce – and the further east you go for the Bakken for example, they’re getting $3,000.”

“We do see that Billings is becoming kind of a highway to the Bakken for methamphetamine. Heroin is on the uptake. So we do see a lot of that just by the virtue of where Billings is located,” added Rimrock Foundation Director of Learning Malcom Horn.

Methamphetamine is known to make users agitated, restless and heightens anger. “They may believe that there is a violent thing they need to protect themselves against, they may act violent,” Horn explained.

Chief St. John says, the violent behavior puts the community at greater risk. “We’ve always had the violent encounters but didn’t seem to be as frequent and week in and week out. We had them every once in a while. Maybe two to three times a year.”

The Montana Meth Project reports that more than 30% of Montana teens report that meth is easy to get – second only to Marijuana.









Whitfield County deputies checking on a sex offender found 11 pounds of marijuana and nearly a pound of methamphetamine in the man’s home, authorities said.

Deputies were trying to find out where Trinidad Saenz was living. Sex offenders are required to register their addresses with law enforcement.


Saenz was supposed to be living on Hester Circle, but deputies tracked him to Maple Grove Drive. They also heard he was selling drugs.

Narcotics and state probation officers went to Maple Grove Drive on Thursday and searched the home. They said they found drugs valued at $50,000, along with a handgun and more than $7,000 in cash.

His girlfriend’s two children were living in the residence, which is a violation of his status of probation as a sex offender, according to a news release.

Saenz, 35, was charged with trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine; possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of marijuana and methamphetamine; possession of tools for the commission of a crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and failure to register as a sex offender.

He is being held without bond.








 CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A woman was arrested Wednesday after authorities found a methamphetamine lab inside her Clarksville apartment and vehicle.

The 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force charged 29-year-old Samantha Smith with initiating the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Clarksville Police were initially called to the apartments on Executive Drive on Wednesday night after reports of children complaining of a chemical smell and a burning sensation in their eyes.


Drug Task Force Agents were called to the scene and searched the apartment. They dismantled the lab and collected the components used to make meth.

The building also had to be quarantined as the apartments share an attic and ventilation system.

“The neighbors, who were innocent in all this, found themselves displaced because of the meth being manufactured in the apartment,” 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Sgt. Kyle Darnell.


On Thursday, the residents were still not allowed back inside.

“It’s a hardship on the families that shouldn’t have to be,” said neighbor Alonzo Haney.

Sheriff John Fuson said neighbors did the right thing by calling 911 when they smelled the strange odor.

“You may get a headache or you may have an issue that you don’t think a whole lot about, but it could be breathing something from your neighbors if you live in an apartment complex or even a house,” he said.


Smith was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 bond.









CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake Police Department’s newest K9 team discovered methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Thursday.

The team of Officer Travis Lenz and his K9 partner, Dex, found the drugs and arrested 40-year-old Clearlake resident Jerry Jones during the stop, according to a report from Sgt. Rodd Joseph.

Just after 3 p.m. Thursday Lenz conducted a traffic stop on a maroon GMC pickup in the area of 31st Avenue and Boyles Avenue for a simple vehicle code violation, Joseph said.

The driver, identified as Jones, had symptoms of recent controlled substance use. There also was an adult female passenger in the vehicle with Jones.

Based on Jones’ symptomatology of recent drug use, Joseph said Lenz conducted an under-the-influence investigation.

At the completion of the investigation, Jones was arrested for being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, Joseph said. The female passenger was released at the scene.

Joseph said Lenz conducted a search of the vehicle incident to arrest with Dex, who is a cross-trained narcotic and protection K9.

Dex alerted to the presence of contraband in the vehicle’s gear shift selector, Joseph said.

Lenz examined the gear shift selector and discovered a hidden compartment. Upon further inspection, the hidden compartment was found to contain more than 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, Joseph said.

Jones ultimately was arrested for a misdemeanor violation of being under the influence of a controlled substance and several felony violations including transporting a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and having a hidden compartment in a motor vehicle, Joseph said.

The vehicle Jones had been driving was impounded. Joseph said Jones later was booked into the Lake County Jail.

Joseph said Dex and Lenz graduated K9 training approximately two weeks ago, and this is the K9 team’s first narcotic find.









Police have seized a significant amount of methamphetamine with a street value estimated at around $80,000.


A 34-year-old Takaka man is facing Class A drug charges after he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon.

The man was initially stopped for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt, however when the officer noticed drugs in the vehicle he invoked powers to search the vehicle.

The search unearthed numerous sealed bags containing crystal methamphetamine, high grade cannabis and a significant quantity of cash.

Inspector Steve Greally said this was the third significant seizure of methamphetamine in recent weeks.

“This has to be one of the largest ‘street stop’ seizures of methamphetamine I have seen in recent years and we believe it will put a significant dent in the supply of this socially destructive drug in our community.”

The Takaka man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine for supply, supplying methamphetamine and possessing cannabis.

CLINTON (WATE) – An Anderson County man has been arrested and charged with raping a child as well as manufacture of methamphetamine.

Jason Edward Lee, 33, is charged with rape of a child, sexual battery by an authority figure, promotion of meth manufacture and failure to appear.


A grand jury indictment alleges the sexual abuse happened between November 2 and November 4. They allege Lee touched the child’s private parts and clothing for the purpose of sexual gratification.

The grand jury also says Lee unlawfully obtained chemicals and materials for the purpose of producing meth.

He is being held on $126,500 bond.









A man who attempted to smuggle liquid meth in Jarritos Mexican soda bottles through a local international bridge was arrested, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.

The man was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the controlled substance, a criminal complaint filed July 3 states.







POCATELLO — Cyn Reneau said 52 percent of male inmates in the state claim that their crime and their incarceration is related to methamphetamine abuse. Eighty-nine percent of Idaho’s female inmates attribute their incarceration to meth use as well.

“That means that either they stole to get meth, or did something crazy while they were on meth, or were caught with meth,” Reneau said.


    “Encourage kids to enter into a contract with a trusted adult and promise not to put themselves in harm’s way and let them know that, if they get in harm’s way, they can always call, and you’ll come get them,” Reneau said.

    Reneau, developmental education director for the Idaho Meth Project, said there are 400 secondary schools in Idaho, and she tries to hit as many as possible. Her message and presentation is also available on DVD, and her program has been incorporated into a number of middle school health classes.

    Reneau said 93 percent of Idaho teens reports seeing at least one Idaho Meth Project ad per week.

    Describing herself as a cop-turned-junkie-turned-advocate, said her addiction lasted just 100 days, but as an intravenous user, Reneau pumped huge quantities of meth into her veins and created $52,000 in debt before she was arrested.

    “The smartest thing my family ever did was not bail me out of jail that night,” Reneau said. “I hate to say it, but I would have been right back there if they would have.”

    Reneau said methamphetamine withdrawal can last for months and that’s why a lot of addicts start using again.

    “You have the shakes and you vomit and you sweat,” Reneau said. “When you just think that you can’t live, the buzzing starts, buzzing in your ears and that can last for months.”

    Meth is synthetic and  manufactured using a number of abrasive, toxic and poisonous substances; acetone, commonly found in finger nail polish remover, Lithium from batteries, hydrochloric acid, Sudafed, paint thinner, red phosphorous, lye, sulfuric acid, ammonia, toilet bowl and drain cleaner can all be used to concoct methamphetamine.

    Reneau said 80 percent of the meth in Idaho comes from Mexican drug cartels wreducing the number of local meth labs. For more information about how to start a conversation about meth, go to methproject.org.

    “Don’t think that you kid is a good kid and he won’t be exposed, failing to have the talk is, in my opinion, lethal,” Reneau said.

    The 30-member Pocatello Kiwanis Club hosted District officers during the Tuesday luncheon.

    Prior to the one-hour meeting, Pocatello Attorney Mark Nye announced that former Gov. John Evans passed away Tuesday morning and he asked members to keep the Idaho Democrat and his family in their thoughts.

    Utah Idaho District Kiwanis Governor Jim Spinelli said the group raises money to support projects that serve children.

    Spinelli lived in Pocatello for seven years and now resides in Hailey. He said Kiwanis clubs are working to make this year’s convention, set for Aug. 1 -3 at the Clarion in Pocatello, more family oriented.

    The district encompasses all of Idaho and Utah and represents 52 Kiwanis clubs with a combined membership of more than 1,400.

    Spinelli expects about 100 members and their families to attend the convention next month.

    Revas Turner of Twin Falls is the incoming District Governor, he will assume the position following the August convention.