A bicyclist who was stopped by Columbus police because of safety concerns was arrested after an active methamphetamine lab was discovered in his backpack, police said.

Ricky Dean Miller, 23, of 3158 Alan Drive, near Taylorsville, was spotted at about 8:30 p.m. Friday running a stop sign near 10th Street and Cottage Avenue and didn’t have a rear reflector on his bicycle, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said. Patrolman John Searle intended only to stop Miller and express concern for Miller’s safety and that of a passenger on his handlebars, Myers added.

After Miller and his passenger pulled over next to a building near 12th and Cottage, both provided Searle with verbal identities. However, Searle suspected Miller had given him another person’s name and called for additional officers to come and verify his suspicions, Myers said.








Skiatook, Okla. — A father high on meth drives his daughter to a Dollar General and then is seen freaking out in front of the store.

Skiatook police say Glen Hancock admitted to smoking meth a couple of hours before driving with his little girl late Friday evening. In fact, he had been smoking meth for the previous three days.

Hancock couldn’t stop moving and told officers he was freaking out.


Glen Hancock

His daughter was sitting in the front seat when officers arrived. Police say she wasn’t wearing shoes and her feet were dirty.

Officers attempted to contact her mother, but she didn’t answer. They did reach her grandparents, who now have custody of the child.

Police say DHS was also notified about the situation.

Hancock was arrested and is now at the Tulsa County Jail.







BOYD COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) — 51 one-step meth labs have been found at a residence in Cannonsburg.

Boyd County Sheriff Deputies say the labs were found at a mobile home on Martin V Drive.

11 of the one-step labs were found after deputies went to the trailer about a domestic violence early Sunday morning.

About 6 p.m, Sunday, deputies went back to the trailer where they found 40 more one-step lab.

According to a press release, the Sheriff’s Office plans to seek indictments for three people they say are connected to the labs. They say the three were found in “close proximity to the trailer park.”


BOYD COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) — The Boyd Sheriff’s Department is on the scene of a major meth bust in Cannonsburg.

It happened Sunday night in the Martin V Drive area.

Deputies say they were responding to a domestic violence call when they stumbled upon two active meth labs and then discovered about 20 portable meth labs scattered throughout the woods.

They do have three suspects: two men and a woman, but no arrests have been made just yet.

Deputies also believe more people are involved. They say they’ve received many complaints about this area over the past month.







Although methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests declined nationwide in 2012, it’s far too early to consider the problem solved.

Last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration provided statistics to The Associated Press that showed 12,694 meth lab incidents were reported around the country last year, down 5.5 percent from the 13,390 reported in 2011. It marked the second straight year that the numbers had declined, as the nation recorded 15,196 meth lab incidents in 2010. 

However, analysts warn that two consecutive years of declining numbers do not necessarily constitute a trend. It’s too early to declare that the meth problem is going away.

Illinois has more reason that most states to maintain its vigilance against this scourge. Our state had the fifth-highest number of meth lab incidents among all states last year with 799.

Adding to Illinois’ problem, our neighboring state of Missouri has been the leader in meth lab incidents every year but one since 2003, and it again topped the list with 1,960 incidents in 2012. One Missouri county alone — Jefferson County, south of St. Louis — had 346 incidents.

Seldom does a week go by without some type of meth incident being reported in our part of the state. Just last week, in fact, police acting on tips discovered two meth labs operating in Carlinville. Three people were arrested.

While it’s true that the number of “traditional” meth labs being uncovered has been in decline around the country, it’s also true that more meth manufacturers are turning to low-tech methods of “cooking” the drug, such as the so-called “one-pot” or “shake and bake” technique that allows them to make meth in a soda bottle. As dangerous as the traditional meth labs are to occupants of the houses where they are located, particularly children, and neighbors, the portable meth labs have the potential to spread contamination and injury almost anywhere a vehicle or person can go.

And while many drugs pose problems in urban areas, meth often rears its ugly head in rural communities. This makes detection and intervention more difficult, because the labs often are spread out over wide areas of Illinois, where they can be concealed more easily.

Just as heroin, cocaine and marijuana often have been portrayed as glamorous or humorous in popular culture, it probably doesn’t help that the meth industry has been portrayed in the popular TV series, “Breaking Bad.” The merits of the show aside, it’s important for parents, educators and law enforcement officials to make clear to impressionable young people that involvement in meth manufacturing often has tragic and lifelong consequences.

It’s also worth noting that the DEA says some states already are reporting increases in meth lab seizures and arrests so far in 2013.

Illinois has tried to crack down on the meth problem by passing laws that make it more difficult for someone to buy pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in its manufacture, but authorities say the meth makers continue to find ways around such laws, often by using fake IDs.

Still, we have little choice but to continue enforcement efforts, as well as programs to treat meth addicts. We need to get meth labs off the streets and out of the small towns, but we won’t be able to incarcerate our way out of this problem. Education, intervention and treatment programs must be improved. The lower numbers of seizures are good news, but it’s far too early to let our guard down.








LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Police say they believe methamphetamine was involved in an early morning accident which left a Lafayette woman dead Sunday.

The Lafayette Police Department responded to a report just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday of a vehicle crash in the area of Valley Street and Mary Hill Road.

Emergency services arrived to find three people injured after a northbound Ford Mustang has traveled off Valley Street to the right, striking a tree.


Roxie Raejean Johnson, 26, of Lafayette, was killed in a car crash Sunday morning



Roxie Raejean Johnson, 26, of Lafayette, was rushed to St. Elizabeth East Hospital Emergency Room, where she was pronounced dead.

Another passenger, Kastin Elliott Slaybaugh, 28, of Lafayette, was released from the hospital after being treated for pain and injuries to her face.

The driver of the Mustang, Jerry A. Ford, 28, of Lafayette, was taken into police custody and transported to Tippecanoe County Jail.

Police said Ford faces felony charges of operating with a control substance (methamphetamine) resulting in death, and operating while suspended causing death.

Toxicology results are pending for Johnson and Slaybaugh.

Police said they believe excessive speed and drug use were contributing factors in the crash.








Kansas saw a reduction in meth lab incidents last year, joining a downward turn in seizures seen nationwide in 2012.

Law enforcement officials reported 143 meth lab incidents statewide – down from 214 reported in 2011, according to statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The numbers seem positive. But authorities say the statewide decrease in meth-making doesn’t mean there’s a drop in use of the drug.

Meth Lab Seizures

Franklin County (Mo.) Detective Jason Grellner, center, sorts through evidence with Detective Darryl Balleydier, left, and reserve Officer Mark Holguin during a raid of a suspected meth house in Gerald, Mo. According to statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration and released to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Missouri, the leader in meth lab incidents every year but one since 2003, again led the nation in lab seizures and arrests in 2012


“There’s still a significant demand for (meth),” said KBI special agent in charge Kelly Ralston, who is assigned to the special operations division in Great Bend.

“The numbers have decreased in terms of manufacturing, but we’re still seeing arrests for possession and distribution of methamphetamine in all parts of the state.”

Second year of decline

The Drug Enforcement Administration provided statistics to the Associated Press last week showing 12,694 meth lab incidents in 2012, down 5.5 percent from 13,390 in 2011. It was the second straight year of decline.

In 2010, the nation reported 15,196. Meth lab incidents include chemical- or equipment-only seizures, material dumpsites and lab seizures.

Missouri, the leader in meth lab incidents every year but one since 2003, again topped the list with 1,960 incidents in 2012. Tennessee was second with 1,701 incidents, followed by Indiana (1,697), Kentucky (1,000), Illinois (799) and Oklahoma (761).

Of Kansas’143 meth lab incidents reported last year, about half – 71 – were concentrated in five counties nestled in the southeastern corner of the state. The most – 25 – came out of Crawford County, according to the KBI. Of the other four, Montgomery County reported 17 meth lab incidents, while Cherokee County had 11. Labette and Neosho counties each had nine.

“I think a lot of it has to do with our proximity to Missouri and Oklahoma,” Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak said when asked why he thought meth lab incidents in the region topped the state list in both 2011 and 2012. He also attributed the numbers to the region’s poverty rate, limited drug treatment resources and rural terrain.

“We are here bordering the Ozarks. … And it does make for a clandestine-type situation for a lot of people,” he said. “They are able to operate out of sight of the neighbors.”

Experts say the nationwide decline could just be a blip and that it’s too early to tell if there’s a trend to explain the drop. Kansas sources attribute the slide, in part, to public education and improvements in both identifying and shutting down manufacturing operations. (Last year’s numbers are around five times less than they were 10 years ago.)

A steady flow of meth trafficked into the state is also a factor.

“A lot more of the meth is being brought in as opposed to made here,” said Cowley County Sheriff Don Read, whose jurisdiction reported 22 meth lab incidents in 2012, the second-highest in the state.

Ralston, of the KBI said Mexican-made meth “continues to be a problem.”

Excluding Reno County, which had 11 incidents, no other county reported more than 5 in 2012.

In 2011, Crawford County also had the highest number of meth lab incidents reported in the state, with 45. Montgomery County was second with 36, followed by Labette County with 35 and Cherokee County with 27.

Cowley County reported 17. No other county had more than seven.

Anti-meth efforts mixed

A variety of meth-fighting efforts have had mixed success. The Combat Meth Act of 2005 requires cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine to be sold from behind the counter. Purchases are limited and tracked; buyers must show identification.

Last year, Kansas pharmacists refused to sell about 25,904 grams of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine (nearly 3 percent of total requested sales), according to the KBI.

And two states – Oregon and Mississippi – as well as more than 70 Missouri towns and counties now require a prescription to get the drug.

Yet meth-users continue to find ways around the law. “Smurfing” – buying allowable amounts of pseudoephedrine, sometimes under false names, then selling it to drug makers – remains a problem.

Experts also say the vast majority of homemade meth in the U.S. is now quickly and easily concocted using legally purchased amounts of pseudoephedrine. “One-pot” or “shake-and-bake” operations typically create just enough meth for the maker and perhaps a friend using ingredients that can fit in a soda bottle.

The method accounted for 40 percent of the meth lab incidents (58) in Kansas in 2012, according to the KBI.

“It’s so mobile now that it takes a two-liter bottle and a few chemicals … to whip something up,” Peak, of Crawford County, said.

He added: “We are still seeing meth usage at it’s highest rate ever in terms of incarceration.”

‘Powerfully addictive’

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne noted 2012’s numbers could change as late-reporting states update their figures. He also said it was too soon to know why the number dropped or whether the decline will continue.

In fact, some states have said they’re seeing a big rise in meth lab incidents reported this year.

Tom Farmer, director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, said Tennessee is on pace for around 2,000 meth lab incidents in 2013. Indiana is on pace for nearly 1,900, said Niki Crawford, commander of Indiana’s meth suppression office.

In Kansas the numbers are much lower: only 44 meth lab incidents were reported statewide between Jan. 1 and the end of July, according to the KBI.

“It’s just such a powerfully addictive, relatively cheap drug,” Read, of Cowley County, said. “I think that those are two of the reasons it’s become the problem that it has been.”

Kansas meth incidents by county, 2012

Law enforcement agencies across the state reported 143 meth lab incidents to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in 2012. Here they are, broken down by county and type.

County Chemical or equipment only Dumpsite Lab seizure Total
Allen 0 1 1 2
Bourbon 0 0 2 2
Butler 1 0 1 2
Cherokee 1 4 6 11
Clay 1 0 0 1
Cowley 1 14 7 22
Crawford 3 11 11 25
Douglas 0 1 0 1
Finney 1 0 1 2
Ford 1 0 1 2
Geary 0 0 1 1
Gray 1 0 0 1
Jackson 0 0 1 1
Johnson 0 0 2 2
Labette 0 2 7 9
Lyon 0 1 1 2
Marshall 0 1 0 1
Mitchell 0 0 1 1
Montgomery 3 9 5 17
Neosho 1 4 4 9
Osborne 1 2 0 3
Reno 0 4 7 11
Rooks 0 0 1 1
Russell 0 0 1 1
Saline 0 0 1 1
Scott 0 0 1 1
Sedgwick 2 2 1 5
Shawnee 0 0 1 1
Smith 0 0 1 1
Stafford 0 1 0 1
Wilson 0 0 1 1
Wyandotte 1 0 1 2
Total 18 57 68 143

Source: El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and the KBI


Study finds 318% rise in number of occasions ambulances were called to emergencies related to drug in Melbourne

There has been a “dramatic increase” in harmful incidents involving crystal methamphetamine use in recent years, according to new research, amid concerns that the drug is seeing a boom in popularity in Australia.

A study led by the Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found a 318% increase in the number of times ambulances were called to crystal meth emergencies in Melbourne between June 2010 and June 2012.

The report revealed that while there was an overall rise in all amphetamine-related call-outs, the increase was particularly stark in relation to crystal meth, or “ice”.

In total, callouts rose from 130 to 590 over the two-year period, with the greatest increase observed in people aged 15 to 29.

“We have certainly seen a dramatic increase in harm while the demographic characteristics haven’t changed much over this time,” Cherie Heilbronn, a research fellow and co-author of the report, told Guardian Australia.

Crystal meth

Ice, a crystalline form of methamphetamine, is usually smoked or applied intravenously


“There are certainly a range of physical and mental health issues involving ice, from paranoia and hallucinations to fast heart rate, risk of heart attack and severe aggravation.”

Heilbronn added that use of amphetamines and crystal meth in Australia is high when compared to the US or Britain, with 2.5% of Australians older than 13 reporting using the substances in the past year.

Crystal meth, a crystalline form of methamphetamine, is usually smoked or applied intravenously.

The drug has risen to prominence in recent years, perhaps partly because of the runaway success of US TV show Breaking Bad, which features the travails of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who resorts to “cooking” and selling crystal meth in an effort to raise money for his family after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Geoff Munro, national policy manager at the Australian Drug Foundation, told Guardian Australia that the show may have had a minor impact on the drug’s renewed popularity.

“We are very concerned about the promotion of all drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, in the media and there are legitimate questions to ask about the role of Breaking Bad,” he said. “But it remains to be seen exactly what effect it has.

“I think there are probably more profound drivers, such as the number of people with no sense of future, lack of employment opportunities or mental health issues.

“It may be that it’s popular because people who are already heavy drug users can smoke it. We have certainly seen a rise in inquiries about crystal meth and it’s fair to say what’s happening in Victoria is a good guide to what’s happening across the country.”

Munro added that he had heard reports of an increasing flow of crystal meth into Australia from international dealers, as well as the creation of crystal meth labs in abandoned houses in Victoria.

Detective senior sergeant Tim Hayward of Victoria police’s clandestine laboratory squad said that incidents of meth labs being set up in the state were increasing “dramatically” prior to the screening of Breaking Bad.

“If people think that drug manufacturing is glamorous, they would be very surprised and probably disgusted if they had any idea what was being used to make amphetamines and the normally filthy locations where they are being produced,” he said. “The drug manufacturers rarely have any formal qualifications or quality control for the drugs they produce. They are generally funding their own drug habits and trying to avoid being caught by the police.

“Victoria police can confirm that there has been an increasing trend Australia wide of clandestine drug laboratories being located. This has been the trend for over a decade.

“Victoria police continue to dedicate resources towards investigating and dealing with the problems caused by amphetamine type substances and clandestine drug laboratories. We will continue to target persons manufacturing and distributing drugs.”

Earlier this month, the Victorian government announced that a parliamentary committee will investigate the supply and use of methamphetamines in the state. It is expected to release its report in August next year.








A West Rome woman remained in the Floyd County Jail on drug charges Saturday night after Rome Police K-9 unit Axle sniffed out what police reported was methamphetamines and marijuana, reports stated.

Debra Lynn Dempsey

Debra Lynn Dempsey

According to Rome police reports:

Police initially stopped Debra Lynn Dempsey, 52, of 713 Oakland Ave., after debris spilled out of her Toyota Tacoma pickup truck at the intersection of Highway 27 and Cave Spring Road.

Police reported during the traffic stop that Dempsey was acting nervous and eventually gave officers consent to search her truck.

Rome Police K-9 unit Axle was used to initially search the truck, which turned up suspicious smells, but Metro Task Force officers eventually turned up 57 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, along with scales and glass pipes.

 Axle, owned by Rome Police officer Joel Stoupe, attentively watches for signals from his handler Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Ridge Ferry Park. (Daniel Varnado RN-T.com)

Axle is owned by Rome Police officer Joel Stoupe


Dempsey allegedly told police after being read her rights that the drugs were hers and “that she had been in ‘the business’ for way too long. She advised that she had recently thought about stop selling meth.”

She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, trafficking in cocaine, illegal drugs, marijuana or methamphetamine, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug related objects, possession of marijuana, and littering highways.








LONDON, Ohio — As he crouched over a bucket of chemicals confiscated from a backpack meth lab, Dennis Lowe’s head and chest were suddenly engulfed by a fiery blast.

Fortunately, the protective suit that Lowe was wearing saved the Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agent from what would have been serious, if not fatal, burns in the flash explosion.

As frightening as the incident last summer was, it’s part of the job for Lowe and four other agents in BCI’s special clandestine-lab unit that responds to an increasing number of illegal meth labs uncovered in Ohio.

Ohio law-enforcement officials had located 770 meth labs statewide this year as of Aug. 24, 27 percent more than were found in all of 2012 and the largest number since 2005, when Ohio began keeping track of illegal drug operations. The program goes by the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, so the total will grow.

The number of lab busts dropped in 2007 and 2008 after changes in state law restricted access to certain cold medicines containing one of the active ingredients needed to cook meth.

But things changed dramatically with the advent of “one-pot, shake-and-bake” operations that rely on commonly available household ingredients cooked in small batches in plastic soda or sports-drink bottles. The number began rising sharply in the past two years.

And with the higher number of busts, the public began stumbling upon more bottles filled with the sludgy waste that remains after the drug is crystallized. The bottles frequently end up in parks, along highways, in trash containers and in landfills. They can explode or catch fire easily.

When a lab is found, Lowe, John Butterworth or one of the other BCI agents hit the road for cleanup. They always wear a $1,800 protective suit equipped with an oxygen tank that protects from flash fires and dangerous chemical fumes.

“We know the inherent risk, but we manage it as best we can,” Lowe said. “I like being able to help local law enforcement protect local citizens. And it’s important to me. My family shops at the same stores as the people who buy and make this stuff.

“It’s really important that the public knows how susceptible they are to these,” Lowe said.

Methamphetamine goes by many names: chalk, crank, crystal, glass, go-fast, stove top and trash. It is a highly addictive, synthetic drug that severely affects the central nervous system and can be snorted like cocaine, smoked like marijuana or shot with a needle like heroin. Health experts consider it more dangerous than many other drugs because of the destruction it causes to the body, including brain and organ damage, strokes and open sores and rotting teeth, as well as psychotic compulsions and violent, anti-social and suicidal behavior.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office includes BCI, said he is keenly aware of how his agents “put their lives on the line every time they suit up and help clean up a meth-maker’s mess.”

“Unfortunately, this year’s record number of meth labs will likely continue to climb. We will continue to be a resource for local law enforcement for cleanup and training. And we will continue to educate people about the dangers of getting near one-pot meth labs — whether it’s on the side of a highway or in a park.”

Officials urge people to avoid touching bottles that contain unusual contents such as sludge or thick, oddly colored liquids. Some meth-makers toss bottles with tubes or hoses still attached.







A man who rented a room at Fairfield Inn and Suites in the 3800 block of Broadway/Highway 29 in American Canyon was arrested Saturday after he allegedly vandalized the room, police said.

John Haygood Dean, 51, of Napa allegedly broke a mirror, vandalized a lamp and caused other damage in the room, according to the American Canyon Police Department.

Dean was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, police said. During a search, an officer found him to allegedly be in possession of 1 gram of suspected methamphetamine, police said.

Dean was booked into the Napa County jail at 1:55 p.m. on suspicion of vandalism and methamphetamine possession, police said.









A SURGE in the use of the drug ice has sparked a four-fold increase in ambulance attendances in Melbourne in three years.

The state’s helplines have also been flooded with calls for help, while the number of people seeking face-to-face assistance from support services has risen.

Crystal methamphetamine can lead to psychosis, stroke and heart problems.

Surge in ice use sparks calls for help

Crystal methamphetamine is behind a four-fold increase in ambulance call-outs in Melbourne



Last month, the Herald Sun reported a surge in attacks, including 12 killings, linked to the drug. New data published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows there was a 318 per cent increase in ice-related ambulance attendances between 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Ambulance Victoria data also shows a rise from 3.4 to 14.5 ambulance attendances per 100,000 of population.

During the last ice peak in 2006-2007, there were 5.1 crystal methamphetamine ambulance attendances per 100,000 of population.

The biggest growth in people needing help was in ice ­users aged 15 to 29 years, latest figures show.

Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Centre research shows there were 136 ambulance attendances in metropolitan Melbourne in 2009-10.

This rose to 592 in 2011-12 and contributed to an overall increase in call-outs for amphetamine-related ambulance attendances of 445 to 880 during the same period.

Calls to amphetamine-related helplines increased by 194 per cent between 2010-11 and 2011-12. The number of people seeking help in person also rose by 77 per cent during the same period.

Turning Point research fellow Dr Cherie Heilbronn said: “While the harms around ice are creeping up, when you compare it to some of our legal drugs, such as alcohol, it was very minor.

For all ­amphet­amine-relat­ed attendances, there were just under 900, whereas with alcohol, it was around 9000.”

Victoria Police data from the past financial year shows there were 3218 amphetamine-related assaults and 3990 ­burglaries.









Methamphetamine or crystal meth has been labelled as the new heroin – potent, plentiful and powerfully addictive.

According to Rob McGlashan from the Northern Mallee Community Partnership there’s a good chance you will know someone who has used the drug.

“There’s a 50 per cent hit rate the first time you take it that you’ll be addicted,” Mr McGlashan said.

“We’re seeing people getting hooked up who would normally be very middle class families, or middle class kids.”

Mr McGlashan says there’s been links between the drug and suicide, as well as prostitution.

It’s estimated that there were around 6000 burglaries, 3000 assaults and almost 13,000 thefts committed by those on amphetamines in Victoria last year.

  1. “In the last 12 months, we’re seeing a lot more of the population coming through the prison system where their main drug of choice is methamphetamines,” Mr McGlashan said.

Crystal meth can be eaten, injected or smoked. It’s cheaper than cocaine, making it a popular choice at music festivals and bars.


A recent study in Adelaide found that a staggering one in four female clubbers, and around one in five males have used methamphetamine on a night out.

According to detective senior sergeant Scott Anderson people on methamphetamine become very irrational, unpredictable and extremely violent.

“If we don’t stop the demand, we’re never going to be able to stop the supply,” Mr Anderson said.

Police are pushing the message at forums, where concerned locals can meet with health and community workers to find out more about the drug and how it works.

Warning signs displayed by crystal meth users:

  • Weightloss
  • Skipping meals
  • Changes to appearance
  • Erratic or aggressive behaviour
  • Scratches and sores







LINCOLN, Arkansas — Authorities in Washington County say sheriff’s deputies found a moonshine still, methamphetamine and a shotgun at a residence in Lincoln.

Deputies arrested 52-year-old Rickey Bickford on Friday after serving a search warrant at the property.

Authorities told Fayetteville television station KHOG (http://is.gd/B7A09M ) that the investigation is continuing and that more arrests are expected. Officials say about $600 worth of suspected methamphetamine was seized at the home. A shotgun was also on the property.

Bickford faces several felony charges including, intent to sell drugs, possession of drugs and firearms and possessing a still. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Deputies wouldn’t discuss the scope of the investigation.









A Crown prosecutor who stole $200 of groceries lied to the lawyers’ watchdog over her drug misuse before finally admitting a recent four-day methamphetamine binge.

Emily Toner, 33, was discharged without conviction last year at North Shore District Court after pleading guilty to one charge of shoplifting.

It was revealed that Toner, who was working for Auckland law firm Meredith Connell, paid for $11 of groceries and tried to take a further $200 of items without paying.

She was working on a case at North Shore District Court on November 15 and went to the supermarket during an adjournment.

The incident meant she was called before the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

A hearing between the National Standards Committee (NSC) and Toner focused squarely on her steps towards drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation and risks of possible relapses.

There were questions over whether she might be able to sustain her recovery in the face of practising in such a stressful profession.

The tribunal had heard she had been drug-free since mid-2005.

But after cross-examination, the tribunal panel put some questions to Toner, including how long it had been since she had had a relapse.

She responded that she had been at her lowest ebb in January of this year after “engaging in a four-day methamphetamine binge” with a former associate from Springhill Addiction Centre.

“This was a stunning revelation to counsel for the NSC and to the tribunal,” a new ruling says.

The revelations resulted in the standards committee pushing for her to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors.

They considered she had misled them and the tribunal “in a manner which was unacceptable” for a practitioner.

Her lawyer argued that a pattern of complex addictions had meant a “long road” for his client, but that since this February she had “turned the corner”.

After careful and lengthy consideration, the tribunal found itself unable to reach a unanimous view that striking her off was a necessary response.

“In the exercise of weighing up the severity of the practitioner’s conduct we note that no clients were harmed by her actions, which were largely self-destructive,” it concluded.

“However, she did do considerable harm to the reputation of the profession as a whole.”

Taking into account her “lack of candour” in the course of the disciplinary process, the tribunal made a unanimous decision to suspend her for three years.

Toner will be monitored for a further two years if she chooses to re-enter the profession.

“We do, however, urge that there be a full reassessment of the practitioner’s rehabilitation and progress prior to her having a practice certificate issued at the end of what will be the maximum period of suspension imposed by this tribunal.”

She was also ordered to pay $7566 in legal costs.

Meanwhile, Dargaville lawyer Gregory Clarke has been struck off for “disgraceful or dishonourable conduct” which involved lying to a client about submitting forms for a disputes tribunal case, when he had forgotten to do so.

Mr Clarke admitted he had “stuffed up badly” but having had two previous findings of misconduct against him in 2001 and 2007, the tribunal deemed he was unfit to practice again.







The Lakes Area Drugs Investigative Division (LADID) found a homemade smoking bong, methamphetamine and firearms at a rural Brainerd home that led to drug charges for two Brainerd women.

Angela M. Raper, 30, and Angela D. Kinzer, were charged Aug. 14 in Crow Wing District Court for fifth-degree drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Raper also was charged with felony of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

Judge Richard Zimmerman set bond at $20,000 without conditions and $10,000 with conditions for Raper, who has since posted bail. Raper’s next court hearing is Sept. 24.

Zimmerman set bond at $50,000 without conditions for Kinzer and $10,000 with conditions. Kinzer’s next court hearing is Sept. 23.

The fifth-degree drug charges carry a penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaints against the women:

• LADID executed a search warrant at Raper’s home on the 14000 block of Buley Avenue in Brainerd. In searching the north end of the basement, a homemade smoking bong was found in the rafters of the room. Two used glass meth smoking pipes that later tested positive for methamphetamine also were found.

• One of the rooms searched was a child’s bedroom and evidence showed that the child does live or at least spends a considerable amount of time at the residence.

• A partial gun stock wrapped in a blanket was found in a broom closet in the kitchen area. A total of three guns were removed from the closet. The guns were a .22 rifle, a 22.410 combo gun and a 30-30 lever action rifle.

• Kinzer was present at the residence when an investigator arrived. Investigators found a metal spoon containing a white residual substance located in a blue cooler bag that belonged to Kinzer. The spoon tested positive for meth.








WARSAW — A 26-year-old Warsaw man was arrested after police found him inside a shed with finished methamphetamine and a moped that was later found to be stolen Friday morning, Sept. 13.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to Green Acres Mobile Home Park at approximately 7 a.m. in response to a suspicious person, according to a press release from the department. Officers found Michael Ryan Nelson in a shed with meth and a moped.

Nelson was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine near a public park/access area and theft. He is being held in the Kosciusko County Jail on a $2,000 bond.



The parents of a 9-year-old child and 11-year-old child are facing child neglect charges after all four reportedly tested positive for meth.

According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, agents with the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit were contacted on Wednesday by officials from the Department of Social Services about parents, later identified as Robert Gaitlin Sutherland, 30, and Susan Marie Turner, 34, using drugs in front of their children. A DSS intake report showed that both Turner and Sutherland admitted to using drugs. Sutherland is the birth father of the 11-month-old child and Turner is the birth mother of both children.


According to the report, DSS workers conducted an investigation, including drug testing. Test results showed that all four tested positive for methamphetamine.  Turner showed a level of 16,340 picograms per milligram (pg/mg). Sutherland showed a level of 24,199 pg/mg. The 9-year-old showed a level of 618 pg/mg. The 11-month-old showed a level of 2,246 pg/mg.

According to Craig Medical, a leading distributor of drug testing supplies, a level of 500-2,500 pg/mg indicates recreational use, a level of 2,500-7,500 pg/mg indicates regular use and a level above 7,500 pg/mg indicates constant use.

Turner and Sutherland were arrested on Friday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.








An illegal dump was found Thursday in Tulare County.

Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the area of Avenue 204 and Road 204 where investigators found a dump site with heating mantles, glassware, hoses and scales.


Detectives say those items are usually used to make meth and tests later confirmed the items in fact had meth residue.

Anyone with information on the dump site is asked to call Crimestoppers at 498-STOP.








Three women and a man were charged late Thursday after the Metro Narcotics Task Force found meth and forged bills inside a Columbus home on Warm Springs Road.

The suspects were identified as Geena Blanton, 28, of Phenix City; Elvina Padgett, 33, of Columbus; Rachel Wombles, 32, of Columbus and Joseph Nevels, 32, of Phenix City. Each was charged with one count of possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a drug related object, a felon in possession of a firearm, theft by receiving stolen property and second-degree forgery.

Each was still being held at the Muscogee County Jail after a 2 p.m. Friday hearing in Recorder’s Court. Bonds ranged from $40,000 to $45,000 each on all the charges.

In a report, a special agent said each was in possession of a quantity of meth during an 8 p.m. search at 2913 Warm Springs Road. Agents also found a stolen .45-caliber Glock pistol.

Each of the suspects was charged with possessing 10 or more forged bills of cash.

Agents weren’t available for comment late Friday.

A North Platte woman who violated probation was found with methamphetamine as well as marijuana Wednesday, and she was returned the Lincoln County Jail.

Nicholle C. Caudillo

A probation officer found Nicholle Caudillo, 23, at a home in North Platte. The officer called for help from the Nebraska State Patrol and asked them to bring a drug dog to the house.

The dog found meth, less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search, according to a state patrol spokesperson.

Caudillo was arrested and jailed. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Caudillo was on probation for a July 2012 conviction for two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

She was arrested in May 2012 after a nine-month CODE Drug Task Force investigation. She entered the drug court program and court records show she violated her drug court conditions three times.







Eric Wagner’s downstairs neighbor would burn incense constantly.

The scent would drift into his second-floor apartment and so would another smell. It was, as he said, “something different.”

Over time, he began suspecting that his neighbor was making meth. That other odor, not entirely masked by the incense, was likely the toxic fumes of a meth lab, which, for a person exposed over a long time, can cause grave health problems.

Fort Wayne police eventually raided the apartment July 24, and officers reported finding an active one-pot lab, meth and ingredients to make the drug.

The woman who lived there, Billie Sue Campbell, 46, was arrested on several felony drug charges. She was sent to a jail cell, and Wagner, because of fears that his apartment was contaminated, stayed in a hotel room for a couple of nights.

In Wagner’s apartment, testing later revealed a small amount of the chemical residue left behind by methamphetamine production, he said, but not enough for health officials to deem it uninhabitable.

Meanwhile, Campbell’s unit and a third vacant unit in the apartment house at 927 Lincoln Ave., east of Broadway, were found to have unsafe residue levels. Officials posted signs on the entrances, with the declaration: “Dwelling Unfit for Human Habitation.”

This year, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department has been using those signs with more frequency than ever before.

As of last week, meth labs had caused 20 homes – 18 in the city and two in the county – to be listed as uninhabitable. It’s only September, and that’s already a record high, according to the health department, which has tracked the number of meth houses since 2008. The second-highest mark was in 2011 when 18 homes were contaminated with meth.

All these meth houses contain a toxic mess. The chemicals from a meth lab can settle on any surface. Carpeting has to be replaced. Walls have to be repainted.

Most of all, vents, ducts and the furnace have to be thoroughly scrubbed.

“Because that’s the No. 1 thing that gets contaminated,” said Joe Clark, who oversees meth house cleanups for Protechs, a Fort Wayne company.

The cost of cleaning a meth house can vary widely  from $5,000 to $150,000, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Clark offered a more constrained price range, estimating that a cleaning in the Fort Wayne area typically costs $3,000 to $20,000.

Paying these cleaning bills is the responsibility of meth house owners, who are often not the meth cooks. Clark estimates that 90 percent of the cleanups he does are in rental properties. “And the landlords are stuck there holding the bill,” he said.

But if a landlord has insurance, the cleanup associated with a meth lab is usually covered, Clark said, and then it’s just a matter of paying the deductible.

On Saturday, the two contaminated apartments at 927 Lincoln Ave. remained sealed off. The building owner, AAA Perfection Painting, will probably have to pay $5,000 to $7,000 to clean the units, a company representative said. Those units should be livable in a few weeks, he said.

Cleaning up

The record number of meth houses this year is consistent with the record number of meth labs that Fort Wayne police have seized.

In July, The Journal Gazette reported that police had come across a record-breaking 38 labs since the start of the year. As of last week, the tally of lab seizures in the city reached 47.

The previous record, 34, was set in 2011, according to police statistics kept since 2007 when labs began appearing in the city.

Police officials have blamed this year’s spike, in part, on the convenience of one-pot meth labs, which have taken root in Fort Wayne in recent years and make up the vast majority of labs found here. With the one-pot method, meth cooks can visit a drugstore, buy all the necessary ingredients and mix them in plastic soda bottles to make small batches of the highly addictive drug.

Police have said a second factor may be the spread of “smurfing,” a strategy for skirting laws that limit purchases of medicines like Sudafed, which contain pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient.

When police discover a meth house, they remove the lab and any meth ingredients, and by Indiana law, they notify the local health department. At the expense of the property owner, a certified contractor tests the house for meth residue, and if the levels are too high, the health department declares the home uninhabitable.

Clark said cleaning a property takes an average of three months.

“The first thing we usually do is we pull up a 40-yard Dumpster and start throwing away all their contents,” he said, adding that police sometimes overlook some of the contraband. “We’ve found … guns, knives, ammunition. We’ve found meth, we’ve found crack pipes, we’ve found marijuana.”

Clark said crews that clean meth houses wear hazmat suits with respirators, and when they enter a home, they open all the windows for ventilation. In rooms that test high for meth residue, workers spray the walls, ceilings and floors with water and cleaning chemicals, he said.

Keeping score

Sometimes, owners will be slow to clean properties contaminated with meth, and if that happens in Fort Wayne, Neighborhood Code Enforcement can threaten with fines or demolition.

This year, the health department started posting on its website the addresses of meth houses that have not yet been decontaminated, said Dave Fiess, director of vector control and environmental services. As of last week, 18 meth houses were on the list. Twelve were deemed uninhabitable this year, and the other six were from previous years as far back as 2010.

Fiess said he works with the county recorder’s office to place notes in the property records of meth houses that alert buyers to whether a home has been decontaminated. He also maintains a database of meth houses he can search when the public asks. The data is complete only back to 2008, when law enforcement agencies began notifying the health department, in compliance with a state law passed in 2007, Fiess said.

‘Not just the house’

Long-term exposure to meth lab chemicals can cause liver and kidney damage, neurological problems and an increased risk of cancer. Less severe symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Exposure to such chemicals can be especially dangerous for children because of their tendency to come into contact with contaminated surfaces and put their hands in their mouths.

Luckily, there were no children found living at 927 Lincoln Ave. But Eric Wagner said the meth lab fumes might have affected his health.

Before police raided the downstairs apartment, he had been feeling weak and nauseated to the point of vomiting. Initially, he thought it was from smoking cigarettes and working long hours, but he now believes the meth lab chemicals might have been to blame.

He was told to seek medical care for himself and his dog, Colt, but a lack of money kept him from doing that, he said.

Financial limitations also led him to move back into his apartment, which had tested safe for levels of meth residue. And more than a month after the raid, he was still living there, while the two other apartments remained uninhabitable.

Wagner, who works 50 to 60 hours a week as a laborer at a grocery store warehouse, said he has lots of bills to pay but that he’s trying to save money so he and Colt can move to a new place. His motivation to leave is not only the meth lab residue, but also the neighborhood.

“It’s not just the house,” he said. “There’s just drugs all over.”







Two people have been charged with drug crimes following a search last week by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and Calera Police.

Charged Friday with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine were Kenneth Eugene Dyer, 55, and Crissinda Havens, 30.

After receiving a tip, authorities searched a home Thursday on Ruby Lane in Calera.

Dyer and Havens were arrested after officers found a methamphetamine lab and methamphetamine at the home, according to court papers.

They were also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to court papers, Dyer has a prior conviction in Sherman, Texas, for possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture drugs.








FORT WORTH, Texas – It is called “shake and bake,” a mobile method for making methamphetamine that is sweeping across the South and Midwest.

A more appropriate name might be “ticking time bomb” because of its explosive nature.

     “It’s a really insane method of doing it,” said Jeff Moore, executive director of the sheriffs’ association in South Carolina, a hotbed for the portable meth labs. “Either you cook it and you get meth or it blows up and you get burned.”

Local law and drug enforcement authorities say evidence suggests that the latter is what happened last month when a flash fire in a car seriously burned five people in Lake Worth.

The burn victims were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, but their conditions were not available.

     “We know who they are,” Lake Worth officer Don Price said.

The five face drug and arson charges in the case, Price said.

Agents with the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit received information that one of the car’s occupants was in a back seat shaking a 2-liter bottle containing the toxic ingredients that could make meth, officials said. Authorities are testing samples and charred debris found in the burned-out car, but results are not yet available.

While the Lake Worth case shows that the shake-and-bake method has apparently made its way to North Texas, local drug enforcement officials say the portable process is much more popular in the Midwestern and Southern states.

North Texas users still get most of their meth, which provides users with a rush of energy and maniclike alertness, from Mexico, authorities say.

Shake-and-bake meth is made by combining unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle and shaking it. But one tiny mistake can create an explosion, and the potential for disaster isn’t reserved just for those making the drugs.

National incidents in the past two years include:

-A man in Robards, Ind., escaped serious injury in May when he was mowing his property and his tractor ran over active “shake and bake” bottles, causing two explosions.

-In April 2012, a 54-year-old Oklahoma man suffered burns when a portable meth lab exploded in his pants as he scuffled with a state trooper.

-A 36-year-old Florida man died in January 2012 when a “shake and bake” bottle exploded in his car, causing him to crash.

The element of danger is one reason that a course on the new method is being taught this month at a law enforcement seminar in Fort Worth.

     “It’s going to provide information for officers’ safety when coming upon one of those bottles,” said Herschel Tebay, commander of the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit. “We don’t see many of those portable meth labs here, but we have to be careful with them when we do.”

North Texas is a national distribution center for illicit drugs because of its transportation and financial infrastructure and its proximity to Mexico, authorities say. Powder cocaine, commercial grade marijuana, black tar heroin and wholesale quantities of methamphetamine arrive here from suppliers.

In 2012, the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program conducted 72 seizures and confiscated meth and ice meth valued at $8.9 million.

This year, there have been 80 seizures worth $6.1 million. The agency, which covers 15 North Texas counties and six in Oklahoma, coordinates drug control among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

     “We see quite a few of those shake-and-bake labs in the Tulsa area,” said Lance Sumpter, director of the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. “It’s very toxic and presents quite a danger to cookers, users, officers and anyone around it.”

Before Mexico became a meth pipeline, North Texas meth cookers needed hundreds of pseudoephedrine pills (decongestants), containers heated over open flames, numerous glassware pieces and cans of flammable liquids. The labs took up lots of space and created foul odors, local law enforcement officials said.

Dozens of these types of labs existed nationwide.

The Methamphetamine Reduction Act in 2005 drastically cut down the number of labs, because it restricts the sale of large quantities of over-the-counter decongestants, cold and allergy medicines.

So in recent years, cookers have turned to “one pot” or “shake-and-bake” meth production.

The shake-and-bake method requires only a few pseudoephedrine pills, some household chemicals and a 2-liter bottle, all of which can be carried in a backpack. Ingredients are mixed in the bottle and eventually poured through a coffee filter and dried.

Explosions could occur almost anytime during the process, experts say.


     “At some point, someone has to ‘burp’ the bottle or loosen the cap to let out gas and if it isn’t done right, it’ll explode,” said Sgt. Erik Eidson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s drug and crime division.

Hospitals in the nation’s most active meth states showed that up to a third of patients in some burn units were hurt while making meth, and most were uninsured, according to a 2012 Associated Press survey. Injuries ranged from seared flesh to blindness.


According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri had 1,825 meth incidents last year, followed by 1,585 in Tennessee and 1,429 in Indiana. Texas had 32. Most of the meth incidents involved the shake-and-bake method, law enforcement officials said.

     “There’s always a few here and there in this area,” said Terri Wyatt, a DEA agent in Dallas.


Posted: September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Public (Prosebox)

Nothing made me as full as you left me empty.

I found myself caught in ritual but with no idea of the why, no eyes for what links me to history.

It was then I began to see how powerful I’d become and I heard the voice that was silenced in my early youth.

The next morning you’d taken on all of my monstrous proportions, your roar had silenced you and as I held your neck    I finally released it and fell on you with tears.

Before that morning I had wandered around the block for a few hours, looking to be found. I saw you in a window, trying to eat.

The next day the phone call came and the next hour I knew we’d gotten used to living now with no sleep.

You would close your eyes  standing up and I watched you console yourself  with a cassette tape.

How could something  so painful be so hard to stop – said the sunlight again.  I have known you and  known your friends and I am coming for you and before then    you will hand  your innocence to me I will make you sleep without you sleeping and be in bliss but have  no memory of it.

It was all a trick and the more became  aware of its mechanics and it’s trickery the  more we became stuck in it. You did come,  cut the ropes tying our arms. And although I said the  words you were the one that meant them.


One lab guarded by bear trap concealed by leaves

Police in Ontario showed off a portion of a $40-million haul of methamphetamines on Thursday, seized from clandestine labs that investigators believe were producing illegal drugs for export.

At a news conference, police said they seized raw methamphetamine and the chemicals used to make the drug in raids of three separate labs in July.

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  • Police seized more than 110,000 meth pills, which they say were likely destined for markets outside of Canada. (OPP)
  • Police released these images after making a series of arrests at what they say were labs used to produce methamphetamine. (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • Images released by police show raw methamphetamine seized during a series of raids. (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • Police say a bear trap hidden beneath a pile of leaves was used to defend one of the labs involved in the seizure. meth lab busted
  • Meth labs often leave behind toxic substances, which are chemical byproducts of the cooking process. Police say a lab that produces less than one ounce of meth per cook cycle can require a full day to safely dismantle and require in excess of 20 emergency services personnel to clean up. (OPP)
  • In addition to pills and cash, police seized a large amount of chemicals in the raids. (OPP)

The arrests came in July after a months-long investigation involving multiple police forces, the Canada Border Services Agency and spearheaded by the Ontario Provincial Police Asian Organized Crime Task Force.

One lab, located about 180 kilometres east of Toronto in Campbellford, Ont., was guarded by a bear trap hidden beneath a pile of leaves, according to police. Police say another lab located in nearby Warkworth, Ont., and used to produce raw meth, was one of the largest ever discovered in the province.

Another pill-pressing lab was found north of Toronto in Aurora and chemicals used to make meth were found in a storage locker in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto.

Within the Greater Toronto Area, police raided seven homes and businesses.

In total, police seized:

  • 120 kilograms of pure methamphetamine, enough to make four million pills.
  • 110,483 meth pills.
  • 14 kilograms of meth powder, ready to be pressed into pills.
  • Five vehicles.
  • $81,000 in cash.

Five people face multiple charges, including drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the meth pills were most likely destined for outside the country.

“Canada is known as a methamphetamine exporter to other countries, especially the United States,” OPP Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod said Thursday.

The drug labs raided in Ontario were operating inside homes and businesses, unknown to neighbours nearby.

“Clandestine drug labs can be found anywhere, both urban and rural areas are not immune,” said Chief Supt. Mike Armstrong of the OPP’s organized crime enforcement bureau.

Police said the production of one kilogram of methamphetamine can create six kilograms of toxic chemical waste, which is often carelessly dumped in wooded areas and waterways.

The five accused are due to appear in court in Oshawa, Ont., on Monday.

OPP Det. Sgt. Jim Walker said that people involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamines often aren’t individuals with extensive experience with chemicals.

“Very seldom are you dealing with chemists or anybody with a chemistry background,” he said.

“These are individuals who have learned the recipe from another individual … or have got off the internet.”