DURHAM (WTVD) —  It’s been two years since the National Precursor Log Exchange known as “N-plex” went into effect at North Carolina pharmacies.

The program tracks and limits how much pseudo-ephedrine you buy. The drug is the main ingredient — for meth production.

But meth is still on the rise in our local neighborhoods. Across the Triangle, authorities report there are more and more meth lab explosions — in family neighborhoods.

Susan Mowery knows why unlikely people are getting addicted to meth. The former meth addict remembers how she felt when she was on meth.

“Ten foot tall and bulletproof is a good example of what it makes you feel like,” she said.

Mowery and her husband made meth in their home and bought the main ingredient at their local pharmacies.

“I would go into Wal-Mart and get the Sudafed and somebody else would go to the CVS. We would kind of canvass the stores and then we’d switch up,” she remembered.

Mowery and her husband also sold meth until a frightening explosion early one morning.

“He was shaking up ingredients in a mason jar. It busted and ignited and he went up in flames right in front of me,” she explained.

Her husband survived, but they divorced.

She now counsels drug addicts at TROSA, a substance abuse recovery program in Durham.

While Mowery left meth making behind, many have not.

Meth production is skyrocketing, especially in suburban neighborhoods.

In January of this year, Attorney General Roy Cooper said the N-plex program is leading to more meth busts.

When the law went into effect in 2012, authorities broke up 460 labs and arrested 1,400 people for meth trafficking, manufacturing and possession.

The law was supposed to make it much more difficult to make meth by restricting access to pseudo-ephedrine.

But last year there were 100 more busts and more than 2,000 people arrested.

“We know what we’re catching, but all the stuff that we’re not catching is hard to quantify,” explained SBI Special Agent Todd Duke.

Duke relies on the computer system in pharmacies for tracking the sale of pseudo-ephedrine.

“It’s a useful tool to help us do a targeted investigation,” he stated.

But, meth makers have changed their recipe in recent years.

Now, they need just one packet of Sudafed to make a one gram bottle of meth which sells on the street for $100.

“It is an extremely simple process. It’s just several ingredients that are available commercially anywhere, and a plastic bottle,” Duke said.

At the TROSA recovery program in Durham, Mowery is seeing more and more meth addicts, which may leave you wondering if the database tracking your purchases of cold and allergy medicine is having much of an impact on reducing the danger of meth making in our neighborhoods.

“As long as there are always people willing to take that risk, it’s going to be there,” she said.












A traffic stop of a Dodge truck without a bumper or license plate led to the arrest of an Englewood woman on drug charges.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Graham said it was just before 10 p.m. Thursday when he spotted a White Dodge truck on Reagan Valley Road missing the bumper and license plate.

Graham stopped the truck and told the driver why she had been stopped. Graham said everybody in the truck was acting nervous and he asked if there was anything illegal inside. The driver said there wasn’t and gave consent to search the truck, according to the arrest warrant.

Upon searching it, Graham said he found a partial hand rolled item in a purse on the passenger side thought to be marijuana. He also allegedly found a black bag containing a green, leafy substance also thought to be marijuana, a bag with a with a crystal substance in it, a bag with a white powder substance in it thought to be methamphetamine, three used needles, a spoon with residue on it, a glass pipe with residue on it and a straw containing a white residue.

A passenger, Julie Mae Shaw, County Road 504, Englewood, said all of the items belonged to her, according to the arrest warrant. She was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.












A man appeared in court Monday on allegations he burned his girlfriend with a cigarette lighter, slapped her with the side of a butcher knife and told his sons to get rid of evidence of his meth use after he injected himself with the drug.

Police arrested 33-year-old Dewey Brandon Bear Don’t Walk Jr. on Sunday morning in the 600 block of Howard Avenue after his girlfriend contacted law enforcement, according to charging documents.5473e4fd9941c_preview-620

On Monday, Bear Don’t Walk appeared by video from jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court, where Justice of the Peace David Carter set bond at $50,000 and scheduled arraignment for Dec. 5.

When police began investigating the matter on Sunday, the victim had swelling and bruising around her mouth — and a cigarette burn near her left eyebrow.

She reported that she was in bed at about 1 a.m. when Bear Don’t Walk accused her of cheating on him and started punching and slapping her.

Bear Don’t Walk’s two sons had been sleeping at the time, but woke up during the assault, court records state. He ordered his two children and girlfriend to sit on the kitchen floor and wouldn’t let them leave, she told police.

He “took a lit cigarette and burned (her) on the left side of her eyebrow,” charging documents state. When she tried to get away, Bear Don’t Walk choked her with both hands, according to prosecutors.

Charging documents did not list the children’s ages.

After telling his sons to leave the room, he then took a butcher knife and “slapped it against (his girlfriend’s) leg. He then held it to his throat,” court records say.

The woman was able to get the knife away from him and hid it. When she called 911, records say, Bear Don’t Walk took the phone from her, told a dispatcher that his son had made the call by accident and refused to give her back the phone.

Later, Bear Don’t Walk reportedly found a spoon and told his sons to retrieve an eyeglasses case that had two syringes in it.

The woman told police that Bear Don’t Walk “prepared to inject himself with methamphetamine and at one point asked … for her help,” court records say. “After the defendant injected himself with the methamphetamine, the defendant told his sons to flush the needles down the toilet and wash the spoon.”

He eventually gave the woman back her cellphone, and she was able to call 911.

Inside the home, police found a spoon that appeared to have meth residue and a knife where the woman said she had hidden it.

Bear Don’t Walk faces felony counts of aggravated assault, an alternate count of partner or family member assault, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint, destruction of or tampering with a communication device and drug paraphernalia possession.















WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Police found 17 one pot meth labs and 15 hydrochloric gas generators when searching a suspicious vehicle in a Churubusco parking lot.

Officers with the Churubusco Police Department went to the parking lot on Sunday around 11 a.m. They found a 1999 GMC with Ryan Sells, 20, and Eric D. Alderfer Jr., 27, inside. As an officer was preparing to search the vehicle, one of them men told the officer there was an active meth lab in the vehicle.whitley-co-meth

The Whitley County Drug Task was called in, along with the Indiana State Police methamphetamine team. They also found methamphetamine, chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and paraphernalia including syringes.

Both Sells and Alderfer Jr. were taken to the Whitley County Jail.











Methamphetamine crimes have been a chronic problem in Southeast Missouri. Modern technology and cooperation from local governments have significantly helped law enforcement officers combat the issue, but officials said the state has not yet managed to solve its meth problem.

State Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-O’Fallon, last week released the latest 2014 data generated by the state’s pseudoephedrine tracking system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx. The system has been in use in Missouri since 2011 and is operational in 30 states, including Illinois.2233357-M

So far in 2014, the NPLEx system has helped block the sale of 23,682 boxes of pseudoephedrine in Missouri, according to data released by Bahr. That stopped 59,245 grams from possible diversion into methamphetamine.

NPLEx allows pharmacists in participating states to log purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine by scanning the customer’s photo ID. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Access to the logs are limited strictly to law enforcement officials who may use the data to track illegal purchases, monitor persons of interest and look for patterns. By tracking illegal purchases, officials can more easily identify possible meth criminals and establish probable cause to obtain search warrants and make arrests.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol keeps statistics on county methamphetamine incidents, based on methamphetamine laboratory seizure incidents entered into the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System. The county-by-county and statewide data are cumulative totals of three types of seizure classifications: operational labs, chemical/equipment/glassware seizures and dumpsites.

Statistics from the highway patrol show four meth incidents have occurred in Cape Girardeau County from the beginning of the year through July. Two incidents were reported in Perry County and four were reported in Scott County. The statistics did not indicate any meth incidents had taken place in Bollinger County.

The total number of incidents reported throughout the state so far is 615.

Nearly 1,500 meth incidents were reported statewide in 2013, meaning the state so far is on track for a smaller 2014 total. Cape Girardeau County might also report a lower number than last year’s incident total of 15.

Perry County reported only a single incident last year. Scott County reported seven and Bollinger County reported three.

NPLEx has also been touted as a way to prevent “smurfing,” a term used to describe the process of circumventing restrictions by recruiting additional buyers to purchase medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

NPLEx data provided by Bahr showed that compared to last year, 10 percent fewer individuals had purchased pseudoephedrine through the third quarter of 2014.

Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force director Mark McClendon said the area saw its biggest improvement once cities began adopting ordinances requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine. After that, the number of meth labs in the area decreased, he said.

But the area still has a meth problem, McClendon said. While it’s less commonly manufactured in Southeast Missouri, it’s still being imported from other states or Mexico.

“We still have a tremendous meth problem, but it’s importation. That’s where the problem is,” he said. “The labs are not nearly as common as they used to be. … There’s still lots of imported meth in the area. It’s very prevalent.”












NOGALES – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s officers arrested two Mexican national men and two U.S. citizen women for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in separate incidents through the Port of Nogales on Sunday, Nov. 23.

A 34-year-old Mexican national from Sonora, Mexico was apprehended after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers at the DeConcini crossing of 48.6 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within the seats of the suspect’s 2006 Honda Odyssey. The drugs found were estimated to be worth nearly $146,000.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officers in separate incident of 19.65 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within the rocker panels of a 47-year-old man’s 2008 Buick Lacrosse. The Nogales, Sonora resident was arrested for attempting to smuggle the contraband worth nearly $59,000.

A Tucson woman was apprehended at the same port after a CBP narcotics detection canine found multiple packages of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in her 2006 Kia Sorento. The cocaine, weighing 7.8 pounds, heroin, weighing 4.65 pounds, and the methamphetamine, weighing 9.6 pounds, had a combined value of about $176,000.

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Another Tucson woman was arrested at the port after a CBP detection canine discovered fifteen packages of cocaine and heroin in the rear passenger seat of her KIA Sorento. Eight of the packages contained nine pounds of 48, four packages contained four pounds of heroin and three packages contained seven pounds of cocaine. The drugs had a combined value of over $156,500.

All the drugs and vehicles were process for seizure and the suspects were referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.










Note: Heroin has been in the spotlight across the nation this year. The drug appears to be making a comeback after years of declining use, a trend that’s been happening since at least 2007, according to the National Institutes of Health. But what’s the situation in Yuma County? 

LOS ALGODONES, Baja Calif. – Heroin use has seen a slight rise here and other communities south of the border, but drug treatments specialists discount the likelihood of it superseding methamphetamine as the narcotic of choice among addicts.

“We’ve seen a small increase in the use of heroin,” said Maria de Jesus Cuen, who heads the Center of Rehabilitation and Recovery from Drug Addiction and Alcoholism, a nonprofit treatment center in Los Algodones.

“Here the drug ice (or methamphetamine) has displaced it” as the most commonly used drug, “but some people use both drugs.”

A psychologist by profession, Cuen heads up a treatment center that serves about 40 drug users. About two of every 10 patients admitted to the center are heroin users, and similar statistics have been recorded in nearby San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., where heroin addicts make up about 15 percent of about 2,000 drug abusers treated by 21 centers.

“We’re not so much worried about a rebound in heroin use over the last two years – it has been very light – but what does concern us is that methamphetamines are so damaging,” said Laura Martinez, president of the Sonora state Association of Rehabilitation Centers. “Of every 10 people who use them, at least three are going to need psychiatric treatment.”

Martinez, who has more than 15 years of experience treating addicts, said methamphetamine use exceeds heroin use not only in San Luis Rio Colorado but throughout northwest Mexico.

“In different ways, but drugs are enormously destructive,” she said. “Heroin enslaves people, it takes away their will, and its high addictive. With methamphetamine what happens is a destructive process in the neurological system that can occur even if they’re consumed only one time.”

A recent rise in heroin use notwithstanding, Martinez said methamphetamine became the narcotic of choice among hard drug users owing to the ease of accessibility of ingredients to make it.

Cuen agrees. “It may be that methamphetamines are being produced in any place at this very moment. A few years ago there were these bad odors in the community. We thought it was sewage, until one day they discovered a (meth) lab in a house nearby.”

Apart from a small increase in heroin use, Cuen and other drug treatment specialists are noticing what they call a new and disturbing trend among youth who take up drugs.

“Now they are skipping directly to use of the hard drugs, there’s no longer that step that they used to take where they started with the softer drugs like marijuana,” said Cuen. “Another case we see more and more is that those who use methamphetamine also use heroin or some other drug.”

As one example of a rising incidence of hard drug use among youth, Cuen cited the case of an 18-year-old heroin addict who was recently admitted to the Algodones treatment center.

“It’s something I hadn’t seen in many years,” she said. “We’ve treated heroin addicts, but ones who are much older, not a woman so young as that. It’s sad to see that. She was vomiting and she couldn’t sleep. The withdrawal from heroin is so hard.”

In another case, a heroin user who had recently undergone treatment in Algodones died in a fall from a second-story died in San Luis Rio Colorado after jumping out of the window in what Cuen says now was a suicide.

Even though heroin use has seen an increase, Cuen believes methamphetamine will remain the most heavily used hard drug for the foreseeable future.

“Here in Algodones, Ice is the drug that is used most often. It’s cheaper. (Addicts) steal electrical wiring or car batteries and sell them to buy it. We have seen that because of drug addiction there are a lot of thefts.”

Economic factors are complicating the drug problem in Los Algodones, Cuen added.

“Here a lot of attention is placed on the (commercial area of Los Algodones) because of the tourism, but you see addicts in the other areas. It’s worse in the summer, when there’s almost no work. I ask myself, if we were to go house by house to do a survey, what would be the result? It would be that in two of every home, there would be someone with an addiction.”

Even if they successfully complete treatment, former heroin users risk relapse, said Cuen, since limited opportunities are afforded them in Mexico to be reintegrated into society.

Martinez said it is difficult to predict what will be the future trends in illegal drug use in Mexico, but she foresees methamphetamine continuing to be heavily used for many years to come.

“Starting about 10 years ago we began treating more and more people who had abandoned heroin for methamphetamine,” she said. “The reasons they had for doing that were that (methamphetamine) was cheaper and easier to obtain. And they liked the high they got a little more.

“Changes in drug use happen over the long term. Methamphetamine are here to stay.”












GLEN CARBON — Three men could get up to 30 years each in prison for allegedly making methamphetamine in a vehicle after a police officer stopped the car they were in because of an expired plate.

Charged Monday were George E. Holliday, 44, Bobby L. Harper, 27, and James E. Bailey Jr., 30, all of Granite City.

Each of the men is charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

The suspects are charged with unlawfully participating in the manufacture of between 100 and 400 grams of the drug in a vehicle protected by one or more firearms.

They are also accused of possessing acid and an organic solvent, materials used in the meth cooking process.

The weapons charge alleges they possessed a Jennings .32 caliber automatic handgun. Holliday, the driver, was accused of driving on a revoked license after having previously been convicted of that same charge.

Authorities said the vehicle was stopped on Saturday because the registration was expired, and an officer found possible evidence, including suspected methamphetamine, in the vehicle.

Aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing is a Class X felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. All three men have previous felony convictions.

Bailey has a record dating to 2006 when he was convicted of theft. He also has convictions for aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. At the time of his arrest Saturday he was facing charges of methamphetamine posses ion and possession of methamphetamine precursor. Those charges are pending.

He pleaded guilty on April 14 to a charge of unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials and unlawful possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to impact incarceration.

Harper has felony convictions dating to 2005 when he was found guilty of burglary. He also has one other conviction for burglary, and two convictions for probation violation. There were two pending charges of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing against him.

Holliday has a previous conviction for driving under the influence, for which his license was revoked. He also has a conviction for felony driving on a revoked license.












Waterloo Region, Ontario – During October and November 2014, members of the Strategic and Tactical Services Drug Branch in partnership with the General Investigations Division Crime Management Team, Strategic and Tactical Services Intelligence Branch, and officers from Neighborhood Policing Central Patrol, conducted an investigation into illegal drug trade activity with a focus on methamphetamine.Meth Sales and Use On Increase

The investigation was launched after police received information and determined that the sale and consumption of methamphetamine was on the increase in the community.

Police executed three search warrants during November and arrested 15 local residents; 9 males and 6 females. Investigators have laid 65 charges including Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Methamphetamine).

Additionally, police have seized 4 ounces of Methamphetamine, 6.6 grams of cocaine, Hydromorphone pills, Oxycodone pills, Cannabis Marihuana with a total value of $10,522.

  • November 6, 2014: warrant executed at Kitchener residence. Six people arrested – 19 drug charges, two stolen property, two breach court order and one weapons charge.
  • November 19, 2014: warrant executed at a Kitchener motel. Five people arrested. One female arrested earlier in the day- 13 drug charges and seven breach court orders
  • November 20, 2014: second warrant executed at same motel.

Two males arrested same day. Charges related to Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

  • November 23, 2014: one male arrested and charged with two drug offences and one breach court order.

For additional information about methamphetamine or other drugs, please visit our website at link below.

Police are asking the public to remain vigilant about illegal drug activity and to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Anyone with information is asked to call the Drug Branch at 519 653 7700 ext. 8446 or Crime Stoppers 1 800 222 8477.











The parents of a Nebo man alerted authorities after finding him unconscious with a large amount of drugs, detectives said on Monday.

Deputy Adam Burnette of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Brandon Darrell Bates, 27, of Watermelon Lane in Nebo, with felony possession of methamphetamine.5473960d325ee_image

Detective Curtis Stuteville added felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Nov. 3, Bates’ parents called for deputies to come to their house. They reported that Brandon was unconscious and unresponsive and had narcotics with him.

Lt. Chris Taylor said officers found two bags of methamphetamine, totaling 17.9 grams, and paraphernalia on Bates.

The suspect was taken to The McDowell Hospital for treatment. After he was discharged, Burnette arrested him on the felony possession offense. The case was then turned over to Stuteville, who added further charges.











THE tide of amphetamine addicts seeking help from The Salvation Army is swelling, with an alarming increase in the number of addicts accessing their services during the past 12 months.

The latest statistics from the organization reveal the proportion of Brisbane cases had increased by 40 per cent in the past year.

The number of users the charity was supporting at its Brisbane recovery services centres has grown from 14 per cent of their workload in 2010 to 24 per cent in 2014.

More amphetamine users are now seeking help from The Salvation Army than cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and gambling addicts combined.

The Salvation Army Recovery Services clinical director Gerard Byrne said there had been a plain shift towards highly dangerous and addictive drugs.



Former amphetamine addict, Simon Cahill, 34, from Queensland, entered the Salvation Army’s Dooralong Transformation Centre on the NSW Central Coast in August last year. He has since graduated and is on the road to recovery.     


“In the case of amphetamine type substances, this can be a major harm to the community as it is associated with violent behavior and mental health problems,” Mr Byrne said.

While alcohol continued to present the highest number of cases at the facilities, it dropped from 54 per cent of people in 2010 to 47 per cent in 2014.

Simon Cahill, who has been clean for 19 months, said the epidemic of crystal methamphetamine – or “ice” – has exacerbated in the past two years.

The 34-year-old was introduced to the drug at parties. But following a relationship break-up in 2011, he began using methamphetamines.

A corporate worker who had run businesses, Mr Cahill’s life plunged into addiction, relentlessly chasing his next hit.

He became hopelessly hooked on ice and willed himself to stop – but feared what would happen if he did.

He lost 25kg, wouldn’t answer calls from his parents, and turned to peddling drugs to feed his habit.

“I thought the drugs were keeping my life manageable – but (in reality) my life was unmanageable,” he said.

“It took over – slowly but it definitely took over my life. With drugs, I didn’t have to think about my emotions. You go to any lengths to get on.” He said the day that he was dragged away in handcuffs after a police raid on his home, he felt a sense of relief.

“I literally thank god it’s all over, and it can only get better from here,” he said.

Mr Cahill credits The Salvation Army’s Bridge Program with rebuilding his life.

“It has given me a whole new perspective on life and dealt with my issues,” he said.











During a six-year span, the number of responses by North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation to clandestine labs — or locations where illegal drugs are manufactured — has risen by more than 250 percent, from 157 in 2007 to 561 in 2013, SBI data shows.

Not all of the labs, which involve toxic and hazardous chemicals, were used to manufacture methamphetamine. But Todd Duke, special agent in charge of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation’s Special Services unit, said about 98 or 99 percent of the labs are methamphetamine related.54710ea6dafe6_image

The process to deconstruct a lab is laborious, tedious and dangerous, due to toxic chemicals and gasses created by the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A mistake made while dealing with these labs can jeopardize workers’ safety.

Before SBI officials deconstruct a lab they must obtain a search warrant, Duke said. Anyone entering the area needs a HAZWOPER certification, proving they have been trained to work with hazardous materials.

Agents have special equipment to keep them safe. But the scene itself must be safe before anyone can enter.

“The first thing we’ll do is assess the scene and monitor the air and assess the flammable levels,” Duke said. “If it is dangerous, we air it out.”

Part of securing the scene involves mitigating hazards. “If you have a reaction taking place, we’re going to do whatever we can to stop the reaction to make sure it doesn’t blow up,” Duke said. Then, the process is similar to evaluating any other crime scene, the main difference being agents’ hazmat suits.

Agents will locate any items related to the drug or manufacturing, such as needles, written notes, finished products or smoking devices. If they’re searching a home, agents will scour the perimeter of the yard. Many times manufacturers will toss items out of windows, Duke pointed out.

After evidence is documented, what the SBI calls a hot zone is set up, normally in the yard of a residence. There, chemicals are separated based on compatibility, Duke said, and unknown items are tested. The process to deconstruct the lab usually takes several hours.

When reports are completed and chemicals have been sampled, everything is stabilized, separated by group, packed into buckets and transported to a holding facility. From there, a hazardous waste contractor will transport the items to a deconstruction facility. Chemicals can’t be stored in evidence rooms.

Duke normally sees clandestine labs inside residences. But due to an increasingly popular manufacturing technique known as the “shake and bake,” or “one-pot,” method, methamphetamine can be produced nearly anywhere because, “it’s small, portable and you don’t need a hot plate or stove to cook,” Duke said.

“Basically, since 2010, it’s increased every year as far as the manufacture method of choice,” he added. “So far (in 2014), 85 percent of our responses have been to one-pot or shake and bake.”


When illegal drugs are being manufactured in your neighborhood, it affects the whole community, not just those involved.

Lt. Jason Beebe, who oversees Catawba County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics unit, gave four tips on how to identify an area where there is a methamphetamine laboratory.

» CONSTANT VISITORS: “Heavy traffic in and out of a residence and the visits are very short, (ending) within a matter of minutes,” Beebe said.

» ODOR OF BURNING EVIDENCE: “If you see a lot of burn piles and burn barrels, and if while those items are burning, if there is a strong chemical odor when they’re burning,” Beebe said, “or if (you) smell a strong chemical odor in the air that just doesn’t seem to fit the area that you live in.”

» UNUSUAL TRASH: “Used syringes, spoons with burn marks, tourniquets, straws, the cold packs that you buy at any Walgreens or CVS that’s torn open and emptied out, they use the nitro sulfate that are inside those things to react,” Beebe said. “Empty cans of camping fuel, batteries that have been cut open where the lithium strips have been pulled out of the batteries; those are all indicators of methamphetamine manufacturing.”

» THAT’S NOT PEPSI INSIDE: “A bottle, a two-liter bottle or a 20 ounce drink bottle that has some sludge in it. That’s where somebody more than likely has driven down the road and has thrown it out on the side of the road as trash,” said Beebe.

Be careful with a bottle if you see an unusual substance in it, too.

“Do not touch, don’t open it up, don’t smell it to try and figure out what it is, because if it were to react you could breathe in that chemical and it could melt your lungs,” Beebe said. “All those things are great indicators that someone is manufacturing, and you need to call law enforcement to come out there and deal with it.”












Tauni Duncan, a 40-year-old stay at home mom, was more than a little surprised when her 12-year-old daughter came home from school on Tuesday knowledgeable about how to cook and smoke methamphetamine.

“She was naming off Sudafed and all these other things and going into detail about how to extract the chemicals from these other products and stuff,” Duncan said, “and she was very knowledge on what went into crystal meth.”

The mother learned that her seventh-grade daughter watched a National Geographic Channel documentary in health class called “World’s Most Dangerous Drug” as part of her school’s drug awareness and education curriculum.

Duncan raised concerns to the principal that the content of the film was not age appropriate for middle schoolers, and at the very least the school should have sent out a letter informing parents before it was shown.

“They felt that there was no need to inform the parents because they said that it was age appropriate, is what the principal told me,” Duncan said, noting she talked to the school’s principal the next day. “I told them that was ridiculous, and that this information was too much information for my daughter and for any other kid in class.

She wasn’t the only one who thought so.

“I watched five minutes of it and I was not happy,” William Campbell, a 43-year-old father of a seventh grader, said. “I saw someone using and smoking a meth pipe and talked about the making of it, and that’s not something a 12-year-old should be introduced to at all.”

Juneau School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett said the film has been shown for several years by more than one health teacher, and there has never been a concern raised by a parent. In light of the recent concerns, the school will be informing parents before the film is shown in the future and parents will have the opportunity to keep their kids from watching it. Students who opt out will be given alternative assignments.

“It has been used for a number of years, so I think that that’s an indication that the teachers feel that it’s an effective way of communicating the dangers of drugs to students,” Bartlett said Friday during a joint phone interview with JSD Superintendent Mark Miller. “I think that they feel there’s value in being able to show it to students. We just need to make sure that we’re making parents aware of it.”

The 45-minute TV documentary is not rated by the Movie Picture Association of America. It was produced in 2006 and explores how methamphetamine has swept the nation and the devastating impact it’s had.

The video can easily be construed as a scare tactic for any young person considering smoking meth. Correspondent Lisa Ling interviews addicts in jail who are battling a decades-long addiction with the drug, a grieving mother whose daughter and boyfriend died while trying meth for the first time at a party and a police officer who shows the shocking “before and after” mugshots of meth addicts.

Ling also interviews a law enforcement officer in Portland who demonstrates how accessible the drug is in America; it can be made with common household supplies.

“If you can make chocolate chip cookies, then you can cook meth,” the officer says, then cooks some for the camera. Before the footage airs, Ling explains that the officer is leaving out some key ingredients so as to not encourage copycats, as Superintendent Miller pointed out. The film also shows footage of burn victims who were seriously injured when their home-made lab exploded.

Miller said he watched the documentary from beginning to end after the complaint was raised. (It’s streaming on Netflix, which describes the movie as “gritty and dark.” It’s also available to watch on YouTube.)

“I think the part where the policeman is showing how easy it is to make the drug, they’re very clear that we’re leaving key parts out and we’re not going through all the ingredients because we don’t want people using this as a how-to video,” Miller said. “So I thought they were pretty responsible on that part of it.”

The documentary features other mature scenes: news footage showing hostage situations in Bangkok, Thailand where a bloodied man high on meth is holding a knife up to a young person’s throat; news footage of the dead bodies of meth addicts after the Thai government cracked down on meth users and dealers, killing hundreds of people; an interview with a sex industry worker in Thailand’s Red Light District, who at the start of the interview demonstrates how she crushes pills containing methamphetamine and smokes them so she can stay awake longer to earn more money and buy more drugs.

Miller said the intent behind showing the video was to teach students the dangers of doing drugs.

“I think one of the things that we have an obligation to do is educate students about drugs, and the dangers associated with that,” he said. “I think meth is a drug that clearly is in Juneau — I don’t think there’s any question about that. And so educating students about what the drug is and what the dangers of it are and what people who are on it look like, I think is a socially responsible thing to do.”

The video was only shown at Floyd Dryden Middle School, as far as Miller knows, he said. He added it did not have to be approved by the district because teachers have the ability by contract to choose the support materials they want use to educate students on the required curriculum.

Parents can challenge those materials and curriculum, a process that the school district is undergoing right now for an unrelated matter on whether required fourth-grade reading material is racist toward Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

When asked directly whether “World’s Most Dangerous Drug” was age appropriate for middle schoolers, Miller demurred.

“That would be one that I think we would need more than just my opinion on,” he said. “We have committees that look at age-appropriate curriculum, experts in the field of both mental health and drug education and middle school curriculum that would be much more appropriate to answer than me.”

“I think one thing is that parents really are the best judge of what’s appropriate for their own child because every child has different experiences,” Bartlett added, “so I think that informing parents about this and giving them some information about the video and then allowing them to make the choice for their child is really … the best solution.”

Bartlett said the district encourages any parent with concerns about the school’s curriculum to address it with the school, and then if that doesn’t work, to begin the review process.

“I just think any time with any subject when a parent is concerned or has questions about what’s happening in their child’s classroom,” she said, “they should certainly contact the teacher or the principal.











The NSW Government is under increasing pressure to hold a drug summit after the State Opposition rallied alongside health and welfare groups yesterday and committed to a special parliamentary inquiry, if elected in March.

Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health Jai Rowell hinted yesterday that the State Government was receptive to holding a summit next year, stating it was “open to options” and “determined to do more” to address the “terrible impacts” drugs like ice were having on the community.

He also confirmed the government would consult  health professionals and police about what “additional steps” could be taken.


One teenager who spoke to the Sun-Herald about trying to kick her ice habit

More than 15 years after former Premier Bob Carr announced an unprecedented five-day drug summit if re-elected in 1999, Mike Baird is being asked to follow suit, with police, paramedics, health and welfare groups all buckling under the strain of a developing ice crisis.

It was during Mr Carr’s historic inquiry that the Kings Cross Medically Supervised Injecting Centre and other strategic recommendations were born. While those reforms later released Sydney from the grip of a heroin epidemic, a new set of dilemmas –  and drugs – have emerged, exposing fundamental flaws in the state’s regulatory system. Today, the Salvation Army will become the latest community service group to speak out about the “dangerously addictive” crystal methamphetamine when it holds a joint press conference with NSW Police to reveal the number of patients seeking treatment has doubled, in the past four years, due to the drug.

The announcement coincides with a Fairfax investigation which on Sunday revealed how children as young as 12 were finding themselves hooked on ice. As a group of teenagers spoke candidly to about their addiction, it emerged that at least 11 high school principals in NSW had expressed fears that ice was present in classrooms.

The Salvation Army said the number of people presenting to its recovery services program seeking treatment for ice addiction has increased by 122 per cent since 2010.

The organization’s Bridge Program, which on Monday marks 50 years of service, now treats more people for amphetamine use than other addictions including cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and gambling.

“It’s probably been a problem for 10 years but it has certainly built up a head of steam over the last four years and particularly over the last 12 months,” recovery service’s clinical director Gerard Byrne said.

“There are hot spots for it, the larger metropolitan areas, but it seems to be pervading the Australian communities at all levels.” Mr Byrne said strong efforts had been made to educate young people about the effects of alcohol but similar efforts now must be repeated to address the shift towards “dangerous, highly addictive drugs” like ice.

Ted Noffs Foundation CEO, Matt Noffs has led calls for Premier Baird to hold another summit. That proposal is “wholeheartedly” supported by President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and addiction medicine specialist Dr Alex Wodak who said: “The 1999 Drug Summit was very helpful to NSW. Politicians learned a hell of a lot from it – and said so at the time. It influenced the way they thought and behaved for many years. It provided not just the medically supervised injecting centre but many other worthwhile changes.

“But I think we have lost our way…it’s good that we have this discussion now – with a view to the NSW Government – or whoever forms government – committing to look at this issue again…with fresh eyes.” Pastor Graham Long, CEO of the Wayside Chapel, is another who feels the benefits from the last summit can “only stretch so far”.

He confirmed yesterday that ice affected youngsters, as young as 13, are currently attending the Wayside’s Youth Space. “We are most certainly behind the game,” he said, adding: “I think it’s time we stopped, sat back and asked ‘can we do a better job’…because I certainly think we can.”











Children in Canberra as young as 13 are among the growing number of young people abusing the drug known as ice, according to a drug treatment service.

The Ted Noffs Foundation has warned ice is becoming more prevalent amongst young people, particularly those from a disadvantaged background.

Ronan O’Connor from the foundation said the organization had treated young people aged between 13 and 18 for substance abuse.

“Two years ago, the presentation of ice doubled for young people, and last year it doubled again,” he said.

It comes as a report reveals the percentage of people presenting to the Salvation Army Recovery Services in Canberra with amphetamine addictions has more than doubled since 2010.

Mr O’Connor said more young people had sought treatment for ice addiction than for alcohol or cannabis abuse.

“That means that last year the primary presentation for young people coming into this program was ice, at 50 per cent,” he said.

“As a substance, the process of addiction is quick, the rate of use becomes extreme very quickly, [and] the detox period tends to be longer.”

Mr O’Connor said the take up rate of ice in the community had presented huge challenges for health authorities.

“One of the things that comes with ice is injecting, and we know that with injecting, within 12 months you’ve got a 50 per cent chance of getting Hep C,” he said.

‘A week without sleeping, you go crazy’

The ABC spoke to two young people who have undergone treatment at Noffs for their addiction.

Sally first tried ice when she was 15, and within months she was addicted.

“There wasn’t anyone going around telling us it was bad, and it just got out of control really quickly,” she said.

“I was spending $500 a week, which was my whole pay, every week.”

She suffered severe psychological and physical problems as a result of her drug use.

“You’re going days, sometimes weeks without sleeping. I mean, a week without sleeping, you go crazy, you really do,” she said.

Alex, 16, has been at Noffs for the past few weeks, receiving treatment for ice addiction.

“Now I’ve got permanent effects. I hear things all the time, see people who aren’t there, I just started to lose my mind,” he said.

“It comes to the point where every night I was either breaking into houses or robbing people just so I could get my own hit.”

Despite their addictions, both Alex and Sally were confident of bright futures in the workforce.

They urged other young people to avoid the drug, and to seek help if they were struggling with addiction.

‘Heroin was the ice of its day, 15 or 20 years ago’

On Monday a report revealed the percentage of people accessing the Salvation Army Recovery Services with amphetamine issues, including ice users, had more than doubled since 2010. The figure was up from 11 per cent of people using the service in 2010, to 28 per cent in 2014 as at November 17.

Over the same period, the percentage of people using the service with alcohol problems decreased from 66 per cent to 50 per cent.

Clinical Director of the Salvation Army’s Recovery Services Gerard Byrne said the increase in ice users requiring help from the service was alarming.

“We’ve done such a good job educating people about alcohol. That is great. However, there is this clear shift towards very dangerous drugs that are highly addictive,” he said.

Matt Noffs, the chief executive of the Noffs Foundation, has called on health authorities to work on treatments for ice users, similar to those developed for heroin addicts in the 1990s.

“Heroin was the ice of its day, 15 or 20 years ago,” he said.

“What we’ve actually seen since then is a huge decrease in not only heroin use, but overdoses and deaths.”

Mr Noffs called on the New South Wales Government to hold a drugs summit, to discuss how to deal with ice.

“The kind of interventions that we should be using are akin to the ones that we used for heroin 15 years ago,” he said.

“For heroin it was methadone programs, it was needle exchange, and it was injecting centers. There’s no reason you couldn’t use similar treatments for ice.”

The foundation also called for health authorities to address the abuse of alcohol by young people.

Mr O’Connor warned that most substance abuse problems begin with alcohol addiction.

“That’s the first introduction for young people to a mind altering substance. It’s also the substance they see most readily,” Mr O’Connor said.

The Ted Noffs Foundation has been asked to consider lowering the age it offers treatment to young people from 13 to 11.











AMARILLO, TEXAS — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Thursday on IH-40, yielding over nine pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $107,000.

At approximately 12:21 p.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Dodge Charger traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Charger was identified as Daniel Castro Gallardo Jr., 40, of El Monte, Calif. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered eight bundles of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Gallardo was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from San Bernardino, Calif., to Little Rock, Ark.









JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — A fire that damaged a two-story house Thursday in the 800 block of Prendergast Avenue was caused by methamphetamine production, police said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the second floor. Investigators are attempting to identify the people who were inside the house when the fire began, police said. They fled before firefighters and police arrived, authorities said.

Police said one of the home’s occupants suffered burns. The fire was reported at 3 p.m.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call Jamestown police at (716) 483-7537, or call an anonymous tip line at (716) 483-8477.










CarterKaren-jpgGLADE SPRING, Va. – A Nov. 20 federal search warrant in Glade Spring, Virginia yielded numerous one-pot shake and bake meth labs resulting in 20 felony charges lodged against three individuals, according to Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman.

The search was executed at approximately 9:40 p.m. at 10026 Old Mill Road in Glade Spring.

Karen Mae Carter, 38, of 10026 Old Mill Road has been charged with distribution of a Schedule I or II drug, conspiring to distribute a Schedule I or II drug, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of a Schedule I or II drug, manufacture of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine precursors, conspiring to manufacture over 227 grams of a methamphetamine mixture, manufacturing over 227 grams of a methamphetamine mixture and manufacture 28 grams or more and less than 227 grams of a methamphetamine mixture.


David Ray Nipper, 37, of 10026 Old Mill Road has been charged with distribution of Schedule I or II drug, conspiring to distribute a Schedule I or II drug, possession of a Schedule I or II drug, manufacture of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine precursors, conspiring to manufacture over 227 grams of a methamphetamine mixture, manufacturing over 227 grams of a methamphetamine mixture and manufacturing 28 grams or more and less than 227 grams of a methamphetamine mixture.

Carl L. Wright, Jr., 61, of 2801 Pleasant Valley Road, Sugar Gove, Virginia has been charged with possession of Schedule I or II drug, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and distribution of a Schedule I or II drug.

All three subjects were transported to the Abingdon Facility of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail where they are currently being held without bond.

The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office, the DEA, the Abingdon Police Department, the Damascus Police Department and the Glade Spring Police Department were involved in the investigation.










Kansas City, MO – A two-year investigation culminated in a dozen arrests and the execution of several search warrants Friday. Law enforcement officers seized two and a half pounds of methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, two firearms and ammunition during these searches.

Christopher Brian Padilla, 30, Natalie N. Tinoco, 29, Oswaldo Ulises Lopez, 24, Edward Francis Diaz, Jr., 47, Edward Francis Diaz III, 28, Mary Eloisa Steward, 33, Heriberto Muzquiz III, 43, Nicholas Salinas, 46, Jose Tereso Salinas-Covarrubias, 45, and Terry L. Diaz, 50, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Sergio Ibarra-Hernandez, 44, and Martin Fernando Espinoza-Arevalo, 26, both of whom are citizens of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Mo.; and Adan Rogelio Hernandez-Aceves, also known as Jose Delgado-Hernandez, 44, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Kan., were charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of 12 of the defendants; Terry Diaz remains at large.

The federal indictment alleges that all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Jan. 1, 2012, to Nov. 19, 2014. The indictment alleges that conspirators distributed at least 15 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

In addition to the drug-trafficking conspiracy, Padilla is charged with one count of illegally possessing firearms. Padilla allegedly possessed and used a loaded .357-caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol, a Taurus .38-caliber revolver and a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Padilla is also charged with selling a Taurus .38-caliber revolver and a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol to a buyer who was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was a felon.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the drug-trafficking conspiracy or used to facilitate the commission of the drug-trafficking conspiracy, including a money judgment of $1,050,000 for which all of the defendants are jointly and severally liable. This sum, in aggregate, allegedly was received in exchange for the unlawful distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, based on a conservative average street price of $32,000 per kilogram of cocaine, $1,000 per ounce of methamphetamine and $500 per pound of marijuana and the total conspiracy distribution of at least 15 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

The forfeiture allegation would also require the defendants to forfeit two residential properties owned by Salinas, a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche pick-up owned by Hernandez-Aceves and $1,654 seized by law enforcement officers from Steward.











Boyce_james.JPGHODGDON, Maine — Police found a clandestine methamphetamine production lab Saturday at a Hodgdon home — the second time this year police discovered a methamphetamine lab at the same residence.

The Saturday morning search of the 699 Walker Road home resulted in the arrest of James Boyce, 31, of Hodgdon. He was charged with Class B trafficking in methamphetamine and violations of conditions of release from a prior offense, according to a media release issued Saturday afternoon by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Police became interested in the home after Deputy Erica Pelletier of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police Trooper Jared Sylvia went there late Friday evening as part of an unrelated investigation, according to the drug enforcement agency.

“They noticed material in the house consistent with the illicit production of methamphetamine,” the media release stated. “Deputy Pelletier and Trooper Sylvia, who are both members of MDEA’s clandestine lab response team, evacuated the residence and secured it pending the application of a search warrant.”

The warrant was granted. At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, MDEA’s clandestine lab response team and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office deputies went into the house.

“A search of the residence is underway currently,” the release, issued at about 1:15 p.m, said. “Thus far a number of items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine have been located and seized as evidence.”

Police said officials discovered another lab at the same address on March 24 and charged 24-year-old Marcus Toner with manufacturing methamphetamine.

“It is unclear what, if any, relationship there is between Toner and Boyce,” the MDEA news release stated.


On Saturday, the drug enforcement agency was assisted at the scene by the sheriff’s office, the Maine State Police, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Hodgdon Fire Department. Others are likely to be charged, as the investigation continues, police said.

The MDEA has handled record numbers of illegal methamphetamine production sites this year. A meth lab confirmed a month ago in the Aroostook County town of Monticello and a raid on a lab in East Millinocket brought the 2014 number to 22, an all-time record, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.










A 21-year-old Bryan man with a Breaking Bad-themed wallet was among three people arrested in connection with the sale and manufacture of methamphetamine and a drug designed to mimic the effects of Ecstasy.

College Station police came away with 54.9 grams of analogue MDMA, or “Cloud,” 1.9 grams of methamphetamine, three prescription drugs and about 3.6 ounces of marijuana during a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Texas Avenue on Friday afternoon, according to a court document.

and two Bryan teens — 19-year-old Cristopher Matthew Collins and 18-year-old Jasmine Nicole Lopez — were each charged with first-degree felony manufacture and delivery of analogue MDMA, which carries a punishment of five years to life in prison. They were passengers in the car.54717fc3ae46c_image

All three remained behind bars Saturday on $12,000 bonds on Collins and Lopez and a $46,000 bond on Hayhurst. The driver of the car was also being held at the Brazos County Jail on a failure to identify charge.

Originally stopping the vehicle for an expired registration, officers searched the car after noticing an open bottle of an alcoholic beverage in the center console and brass knuckles in Hayhurst’s lap, police said.

Police found the drugs in Hayhurst’s blue backpack and a locked silver box, which also contained a wallet bearing the name Heisenberg on it with a caricature of Walter White from AMC’s crime drama Breaking Bad, according to the report.

Hayhurst was additionally charged with seven offenses: manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, which is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; possession of marijuana; possession of a prohibited weapon; unlawfully carrying a weapon; and three counts of possession of a dangerous drug, which are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.

The trio told police they had purchased the ingredients on a website and mixed them to create “Cloud,” believing it to be a safer and “legal alternative to ‘Molly’ since the ingredients had been legal to purchase,” read the probable cause affidavit for their arrest.

Sgt. Mike Dean said the drug was neither safe nor legal, pointing out the dangers of mixing drugs.

“With information off the Internet, you never know what’s true and what’s not, and you never know the purity of the chemical you’re getting versus the chemical that’s used,” Dean said. “You’re taking your chances.”











Take a look sometime at the ingredients that go into making — or “cooking,” as it is called — methamphetamine and you will quickly understand why the drug is such a scourge.

There’s acetone, a chemical used to make nail polish remover and paint thinner and that’s extremely flammable. And lithium, the highly explosive element used to make batteries.

Used to make brake fluid, toluene is powerful enough to dissolve rubber. Hydrochloric acid is, well, acid, and if can remove rust from steel, it can also eat away at human skin.

Red phosphorus, used to make matches and road flares, ignites when overheated, and sodium hydroxide is often used to dispose of road kill.

Then there’s sulfuric acid, used in drain cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners, and, like many of the other ingredients, can easily burn the skin. And anhydrous ammonia is found in fertilizer or countertop cleaners. Mixed with other chemicals, it can release highly toxic gases.

Even pseudoephedrine, a chemical found in cold medicine, can harm the respiratory and nervous systems, as well as the heart, if taken in large amounts.

And these are the ingredients most commonly used to make a product that meth users ingest into their bodies. There is little wonder that the drug has devastating effects on those who use it and abuse it.

Fortunately, the state of Minnesota started cracking down on the manufacturing of the drug about 10 years ago when meth labs were beginning to surface in the Upper Midwest, including here in Steele County. Laws passed by the Minnesota Legislature back in 2005 led to the dramatic reduction in the production of meth.

But the key word there is “production.”

Though the number of meth labs has dropped, there are constant reminders that meth use is alive and well in Minnesota and that we see it right here in Steele County.

Case in point: Just this week, federal charges were filed against an East Bethel man after he was arrested here in Steele County with a large amount of methamphetamine in his possession.

How much? About 10 pounds of the drug, which law enforcement officials say has a street value of more than $450,000.

The arrest last week was just one in a string of large meth seizures and arrest in and around Owatonna in recent months.

Last month, federal prosecutors indicted 11 people in what they say was an Owatonna-based trafficking conspiracy to distribute up to 26 pounds of meth. And in August, a routine traffic stop by the state patrol led to the arrest of a California man who reportedly was transporting 10 pounds of meth.

And these are just the ones who have been caught.

Take another look at those ingredients and ask yourself if you would want anyone using such a drug.

We must never become complacent in our fight against the scourge that is methamphetamine. It is something that hurts us all.














An Anaconda judge told a man convicted by jury of incest he should remain in prison until he takes responsibility for his disturbing actions. Even if that means he’ll die behind bars.

Joshua James Kline, 39, will not be eligible for parole until he completes phase two of sex offender treatment, which includes admitting the crime.

“If not, you’ll be an untreated sex offender and be where you should be in Montana State Prison,” District Judge Ray Dayton said at the sentencing hearing Friday morning in Anaconda.

A jury found Kline guilty of giving a relative methamphetamine and then having sex with the juvenile on numerous occasions. He received a sentence of life in prison for incest, 20 years incarceration for criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and five years in prison for endangering the welfare of children.  The sentences will run concurrently.

Kline, who maintains his innocence, was cavalier throughout the hearing. He shrugged as the judge handed down the sentence.

“I’m a good person,” Kline read in a prepared statement, in which he said he will get a retrial and be exonerated.

Kline is already a registered sexual and violent offender from previous convictions of rape and robbery. He had completed the first phase after being incarcerated for a charge of sexual assault.

“Mark my words, I will be free,” Kline said.

“As I leave with my head held high, knowing I will get out of prison before I die.”

Officials were anxious to get Kline out of the county jail after a Halloween escape attempt with another sex offender. The county attorney’s office has dismissed a charge of felony escape for the time being in order to expedite the process. Prosecutors can refile the charge later.

Kline and another inmate tried to break out of the jail after making a hole in the wall of the shower but ended up caught in a crawlspace.

As soon as the hearing was done, officials were on the phone with the prison to get Kline transported immediately. This will not be his first time at the Deer Lodge facility.

Kline’s extensive criminal history started when he was a teen. He was convicted of his first felony charge at age 18.

“As the years went by, his crimes seemed to escalate,” said Tara Billteen, the state probation and parole officer who conducted the pre-sentence investigation.

In his 21 years as an adult, Kline has spent 17 of those either incarcerated or under supervision.

“This crime has torn his whole family apart,” Billteen added.

The victim opted not to testify at the sentencing hearing. An impact statement from the victim’s mother was read by prosecutors.

“I hate him and our lives will never be the same,” she wrote.

“This is a mother’s worst nightmare.”

Meanwhile, Kline awaits sentencing after he and his cousin, George Kelly Kline, robbed the Copper Club casino in Helena.

He pleaded guilty to felony robbery. A sentencing hearing is slated for Dec. 11 in that case.

Joshua Kline was hospitalized after an employee at the casino beat him with a baseball bat on Nov. 24, 2013. Testing at the hospital revealed Kline had amphetamines and opiates in his system, police said.

Police later arrested George Kline after finding him hiding underneath a bed in Butte.














I just received some very graphic pictures.  These are pictures of a man named Dale who was running a meth lab, and had been doing it for quite sometime.  But this time it was the day it went very wrong.  In 2011 while making a batch of meth, he said he knew as soon as he saw the spark that it was going to explode right in front of him.

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His entire body was on fire; for 7 long seconds he was on fire.  This is the damage caused in such a short amount of time.  He said that he could see his flesh on the floor next to him he could smell and see his flesh still burning.

He should not have survived – but he did. These pictures are quite graphic and maybe hard for people to look at, but it doesn’t get more real than this!

The last photo is of how he looks today. lab explosion 22

If these pictures aren’t enough for people to see what can happen, I don’t know what is. He has given permission to use his photos as an example about the dangers of cooking meth. They were taken by the doctors and nurses who took care of his burns.

They are graphic.

Police allege a Fitzroy man attempted to set a teenage girl on fire as he raped her, according to court documents.

Charge sheets tendered to Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday allege Abdirizak Hashi, 29, sprayed the girl in the face with an aerosol can and attempted to set the gas alight as he raped her twice. One of the rape counts is alleged to be digital.

They also allege he committed four armed robberies inside 30 minutes, the first of which allegedly occurred 40 minutes after the attack on the girl.

The court heard Mr Hashi was now withdrawing from the drug ice.

Defense counsel Domenic Care told the court Mr. Hashi, of Fitzroy, suffered from schizophrenia and used drug of dependence methamphetamine.

He requested Hashi see a psychiatric nurse as a “matter of urgency”.

Magistrate Amanda Chambers remanded Mr. Hashi, who was not in court, in custody to return to court on February 20. There was no application for bail.

Police allege the girl, believed to be 15, was assaulted in Drummond Street, Carlton, about 11.30 am on Thursday.

It is then alleged Mr. Hashi attempted to hold up a Caltex service station in High Street, Northcote with the make-shift flame-thrower, before robbing two hotels in St Georges Road, Northcote and Scotchmer Street, North Fitzroy and a supermarket on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Mr Hashi faces 16 charges, including rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment, four assault-related offences and three counts of attempted armed robbery.