Marcia Lynn Radnoti was arrested again Friday night on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale, committing a felony offense while out on bail, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, according to police.

Marcia Lynn Radnoti  Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

Marcia Lynn Radnoti

A 50-year-old Wildomar woman who was arrested Oct. 4 on suspicion of selling drugs is allegedly back at it following her release from jail.

Marcia Lynn Radnoti was arrested again Friday night on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale, committing a felony offense while out on bail, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, according to a report from Sgt. David Cardoza.

Last night’s arrest came after officers conducted a probation check of her apartment in the 24800 block of Prielipp Road.

With help from a police dog, the officers turned up methamphetamine, heroin, and narcotics paraphernalia, according to Cardoza’s report.

Although Radnoti was booked into Southwest Detention Center at 8:42 p.m. last night, jail records show she was released today. Her bail was listed at $30,000, according to the records.

A second arrest was made during the investigation when officers were led to a residence in the 20100 block of Riverside Street in the unincorporated community of Meadowbrook, the sergeant continued.

Alison Bree Carey Photo/Riverside County Sheriff
Alison Bree Carey

Cardoza did not say why officers went the home but once there more illegal drugs as well as ammunition were found, he said. The home’s resident was not present and Cardoza reported the person likely fled when officers began appearing.

However, while at the Meadowbrook home, a vehicle drove up to the location and the occupants were detained by officers.

“The passenger of the vehicle was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, and was placed under arrest,” Cardoza reported.

Hemet resident Alison Bree Carey, 28, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, according to the sergeant. Jail records for Carey were not available at press time.

The total amount of methamphetamine confiscated as a result of the probation searches was approximately 1.5 ounces; the total amount of heroin confiscated was a third of an ounce, Cardoza reported.

 

 

 

 

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/wildomar-woman-jailed-again-following-arrest-1-week-ago

 

A Cave Spring woman was behind bars at Floyd County Jail on Thursday, accused  of stalking a Rome resident.

Kayla Leigh Siniard

Kayla Leigh Siniard

According to jail reports:

Kayla Leigh Siniard, 26, 268 Mary Mac Road in Cave Spring, was charged with  felony aggravated stalking and felony possession of methamphetamines along with  misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.

Siniard reportedly violated a conditional bond Thursday morning when she had  direct contact with a Rising Fawn Trail resident at about 7: 30 a.m.

Police said they found Siniard with a “used and burnt” glass pipe and a small  bag of suspected methamphetamines.

Siniard remained in jail Thursday without bond.

 

 

 

 

http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/23826725/article-Cave-Spring-woman-faces-meth–stalking-charges?instance=home_most_popular

 

 

School officials caught six eighth-grade girls with a new, liquid form of meth  this week, The Houston Chronicle reports.

new liquid Meth Texas

The girls, who were acting “zombie-like,” had dissolved the drug onto tiny,  stamp-like pieces of paper wrapped in tin foil, according to KHOU News.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset told KHOU  he’d never before seen the drug in this form. It’s so potent it can be absorbed  through the skin, officials told the Chronicle.

When school officials realized what the girls had taken, they called EMS,  according to the Chronicle. The hospital has since released the girls to their  parents.

Investigation pending, the girls could face suspension and criminal charges.  Worst case scenario, they’ll go to an alternative school that’s part of the  criminal justice system, a district spokesman told KHOU. The girls attend  Blocker Middle School in Texas City, Tex.

Authorities are particularly interested in exactly where the girls got the  drugs.

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/blocker-middle-school-girls-caught-with-new-kind-of-meth-2013-10

Six junior high school girls in Texas City were caught Monday with what officials are calling a new form of liquid methamphetamine at Blocker Middle School, officials said.

Texas City School District spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said the school has never seen something of this nature.

“There are six eighth-grade girls currently suspended while the investigation is still going on,” said Tortorici.

The school called EMS once they learned that the students had ingested meth.

They were released to their parents after being treated at a local hospital, according to Tortorici.

The meth substance was found on small pieces of paper and wrapped in tinfoil. The school district and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is still learning about this new drug. They hope to educate parents to look out for it.
“Until the investigation is complete, we will not know the disciplinary action that will be implemented,” said Tortorici.

Lab analysis is still underway to determine exactly what is in the strips of paper, according to a press release. Preliminary tests showed methamphetemine, but they still want to get a complete makeup of the substance.

The stamps are reportedly placed in the user’s mouth and allowed to dissolve. Officials also urge that if you discover this substance that you not handle it with bare hands, as it could be absorbed into the skin.

On Thursday afternoon, a letter was sent home to parents informing them of the incident.

Principal Julie Southworth wrote that she hopes this incident was an isolated one, but reiterated that parents should also remind their children about the dangers of drug use.

TCISD asks that anyone with information call 409-916-0847. The TCISD Safe Sting Program operates with the Mainland Communities Crime Stoppers.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/bayarea/crime-courts/article/New-form-of-meth-found-in-Texas-City-middle-school-4885044.php#photo-5304774

HOUSTON—A drug probe is underway at a Texas City Middle School after a group of eighth-grade girls was caught with liquid methamphetamines.

Authorities said the girls started acting strangely during classes Tuesday afternoon at Blocker Middle School.

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said the drugs were in liquid form and on a type of stamp. The sheriff said it is so potent that the meth can be absorbed through the skin if the stamp is touched. He said it is new for them to see the drug in this form.

“If it was my child I’d be extremely upset,” Sheriff Trochesset said.

Authorities said the girls had the drugs wrapped in foil and they were acting kind of zombie-like and kind of delirious.

District officials called the girls’ parents who took them to a hospital for treatment. All six have been suspended.

“They’re not all bad girls,” said Danielle Allgood, a parent at the school.  “I mean one of them I’ve known for quite some time. I mean I would have never expected it. She didn’t seem like a bad girl. She’s always been very sweet, very respectable, very involved in sports.”

A district spokeswoman said the girls could be assigned to an alternative school within the criminal justice system, under a worst-case scenario.

Authorities said they mainly want to find out who gave the drugs to the girls. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said the drugs came from “outside the county.”

http://www.khou.com/news/neighborhood-news/Texas-City-8th-graders-found-with-new-kind-of-meth-227252421.html

TULLAHOMA, Tenn.More than 1,300 meth labs have already been seized across the state, leaving local communities footing the bill to clean it up.

 

Meth labs have not discriminated by zip code. Common household items were enough to start the dangerous chemical reaction.

“The only required product that you have to have is pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine,” said Chad Partin, an Investigator in Coffee County. “You take that element out of that recipe and you’re done.”

Coffee county residents recently gathered in a Tullahoma community center to learn more about how to curb the dangers of meth.

“You’ll be seeing this petition all over town,” David Clark, Vice Chairman of the Coffee County Democratic Party said. “In the churches, the schools, lunch counters (and) businesses.”

The Coffee County Democratic party has been mustering support for a proposal to present to the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

“It’s such an environmental hazard,” Clark said.

The proposal would require a prescription to buy cold medicine with pseudoephedrine. The law already requires customers to show identification and limits how much pseudoephedrine they can buy. But law enforcement officials said meth cooks are easily getting around it.

“I may be a meth cook and I may have purchased my limit of methamphetamine for the month,” Partin said hypothetically when explaining a tactic called smurfing. “I send you in and you purchase and bring it back to me.”

Until federal and state laws change, it would be up to local communities to take a stand.

“It was a real eye opener,” one resident said. “I’m surprised that we cannot pass some kind of legislation get rid of the pseudoephedrine to stop the whole thing.”

It will be weeks before residents will take up the issue in Tullahoma. They are hoping to join Franklin County, which passed a similar ordinance this summer.

 

 

 

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/23677006/petition-started-to-require-presecription-for-pseudoephedrine-to-curb-meth

 

 

SAN ANGELO, Texas — An expired registration sticker led to a methamphetamine arrest in San Angelo early Saturday.

Police stopped Phoebe Storm, 35, of San Angelo, close to 2 a.m. for a registration violation.

“The vehicle would not pull over for several blocks and was driving at speeds of 10 to 20 mph,” said San Angelo Police Lt. Mike Hernandez.

The officer turned on the flashing lights at Avenue L and Taylor Street, police said. Storm came to a stop at Conchita Street and Evans Street — far enough to garner a charge of attempting to elude in a vehicle.

“Drivers are supposed to pull over immediately,” Hernandez said. “We don’t know if the time period it took for Storm to pull over, she was trying to hide something on her person. Usually that’s what they are doing” when there’s a delay in pulling over.

Upon arriving at the driver’s door, the officer “observed an open container of alcohol, and prescription pills in plain view, that did not belong to Storm,” police said.

Storm also was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The officer taking Storm to jail found several baggies containing an substance that a field test confirmed to be meth, police said. The amount was between 1 and 4 grams.

 

 

 

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2013/oct/12/local-woman-arrested-on-meth-charge/

 

 

An active methamphetamine lab explosion blew out the door and wall of a motel room in Lebanon on Saturday night.

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said the incident happened at about 7 p.m. in room 272 at the Traveller’s Inn behind O’Charley’s. Emergency officials evacuated the motel and secured the scene due to the hazardous chemicals involved.

Lebanon officers specially trained to deal with hazardous chemicals and dressed in hazmat suits using breathing apparatus entered the room to determine whether anyone was in it.

 

 

 

Bowen said witnesses told investigators two people quickly left the room immediately following the explosion. The witnesses said the two suspects were either dressed in all black or covered in residue from the explosion.

Investigators were actively searching for the two suspects and alerted area hospitals to be on the lookout for anyone who may be burned or in need of treatment for breathing problems.

Bowen said the names of those staying in the room weren’t immediately available.

Investigators remained on the scene awaiting the arrival of state Meth Task Force agents who would properly dispose of the lab and determine whether all or part of the motel would remain evacuated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/article/crime/256476

 

 

 

 

 

Federal investigators on Wednesday arrested a man they said attempted to receive a mailed package containing 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden inside packages of Ring Pops.

A complaint in federal court has charged Thomas Gogue Gamboa, Jr. with attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to federal court documents, postal inspectors intercepted a package from Arizona after a drug-detection dog alerted to possible drugs inside the package.

50 grams

A postal inspector searched the package and allegedly found more than 50 grams in total of a “white crystalline substance hidden inside packages of ring pops.”

Field tests indicated that the substance was methamphetamine.

Investigators replaced the drugs with “sham,” with a monitoring device and sprayed the package with a substance called “clue spray.”

The spray, documents state, is visible under black light and is transferred onto the hands of anyone who touches a treated object.

Picked up

On Wednesday, investigators delivered the package to the Agat Post Office, where Gamboa picked it up.

Investigators watched Gamboa get into a car and drive off.

The car was pulled over and officers detained Gamboa and Johnny P. Agulto, the vehicle’s driver.

When interviewed, Agulto allegedly told officers that Gamboa promised to give the man a gram of ice for taking him to the community center.

No clue spray residue was found on Agulto’s hands, court documents said.

Investigators did say they found residue on Gamboa’s hands. He asked to speak to a lawyer when questioned.

When officers searched Gamboa’s house, they allegedly found a plastic bag with five straws containing alleged methamphetamine. Investigators also said they found two scales, several clear plastic bags, a bag with cut straws, Zig-Zag wrappers and a suspected marijuana cigarette.

 

 

 

 

http://www.guampdn.com/article/20131013/NEWS01/310130027

 

 

Canadian, OK (PRWEB) October 13, 2013

Linda and Lyman S. watched their son struggle with his addiction for 10 years. He was 32 years old and no matter what he tried, he couldn’t stop. After a stint in a 30-day program he did manage to stay clean for 6 months. Much to the surprise of his parents, he went back to drugs. But this time the situation was worse than before. Drugs took him to the deepest depths of despair. He was addicted to methamphetamine. He lost his job and became homeless.

“The heart breaking truth was that the kind, Christian, fun-loving son that we had raised was no longer the same person on meth,” says Linda in a recent interview. “I cannot tell you how many nights I cried and prayed, all the while trying to keep it our “family secret”, because I no longer wanted to go to the gym, or spend time with our friends. I just went to work and went home. I told my husband that in my mind I was preparing myself for our son’s funeral.”

As time went on Linda knew she had to do something to help her son regardless of what others thought, regardless of her own fears, and regardless of letting out the “dreaded” family secret. Their son had gotten to the point of selling meth on the streets. Linda and her husband met with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics as well as their county District Attorney hoping to have him arrested.

Much to Linda’s disappointment, they did not have any suggestions about what they could do.

After searching on the Internet, Linda found a successful treatment program in Oklahoma called Narconon Arrowhead. She contacted the facility and spoke with a counselor who worked with her and her husband for 5 weeks to get their son into treatment. Linda’s son agreed to go.

The Narconon program specializes in all types of substance abuse problems ranging from alcohol to prescription drugs, as well marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Approximately 70% of Narconon program graduates have been reported to live drug abstinent lives for time periods ranging from 6 months to several years, based on decades of graduate surveys, reviews, and reports from staff and recent outcome studies.

Narconon Arrowhead has helped over 10,000 people get on the road to recovery since the program began in Oklahoma over 22 years ago. Like any program, addicts go through many emotions while undergoing the treatment process. Linda’s son was no different and faced his challenges at the beginning of his program at the Arrowhead facility.

“As the first weeks went by, my son said that he was only doing the program for me and he did not want to be there. It was tough,” said Linda. “He would call me telling me how much he wanted to leave the program. I would tell him to ‘make it work’ and hang up the phone. I was in touch with their family counselor throughout this time. She encouraged me to stay strong and not to give in, and the staff encouraged him to stay. In the following months we could tell that we were getting our ‘old son’ back.”

Linda’s son decided he needed to do the program for himself. He told his mother he prayed out loud at night, asking for help with his own and his roommate’s recovery. He successfully completed his program and stayed at the Narconon facility for a series of comprehensive training and skill building courses so he could someday work with others struggling with addiction.

“I hear quite often, ‘Thanks Mom, for saving my life.’ I guarantee you that is from his heart,” says Linda.

In Linda’s struggle she found answers. She knows that her son never wanted to be a drug addict, and she is thankful that she and her husband didn’t give up on him.

For more information on the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab program call 800-468-6933.

 

 

Law-enforcement agencies in Montana and North Dakota have teamed up to crack down on drug trafficking in the Bakken oil patch. Sixteen people are being detained on allegations they participated in trafficking rings, according to the investigation unveiled Friday. They are:

_Jennie Lynn Britt, 33, Sidney, Mont. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

_ Lloyd Leon Westervelt, 37, Big Timber, Mont. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

_ Kara Dawn Evans, 33, Big Timber. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

_ Robert John Ferrell, 51, Fairview, Mont. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

_ Robert Ferrell Armstrong, 49, Moses Lake, Wash. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

_ Jaime Alberto Garza, 42, Othello, Wash. Charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

_ Kyle Edward Lester, 25, Sidney, Mont. Charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

_ Keith Edward Lester, 44, Sidney. Charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

_ Sean Michael Vaira, 30, Billings, Mont. Charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute , and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

_ Enrique Lopez Solano, 40, Warden, Wash. Charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

_ Marco Antonio Morales-Roa, 28, Fairview, Mont. Detained on complaint of re-entry of a removed alien.

_ Samuel Davis Everson III, 47, Fairview, Mont. Charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

_ Lynn Marie Starr, age unavailable, Parshall, N.D. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

_ Anthony Alan Starr, age unavailable, Parshall, N.D. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

_ Blue Sky Starr, age unavailable, New Town, N.D. Charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

_ Chadwick Leo Cummings, age unavailable, New Town, N.D. Charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and distribution of heroin.

 

 

 

 

 

http://mynorthwest.com/174/2373042/16-detained-as-Bakken-drug-crackdown-unveiled

 

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. – A McCracken County woman is in jail after deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia insider her car.

 

 

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says deputies stopped a 2002 Ford Thunderbird for failing to use a turn signal early Friday. Police then searched the car and found 25 grams of methamphetamine, along with smoking pipes and other drug paraphernalia.

Deputies say the driver, 34-year-old Christa Ballard, was also under the influence of meth at the time of the stop. Ballard was arrested and charged with DUI (1st Offense), Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (3rd Offense), Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree (2nd Offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ballard is in the McCracken County Jail.

 

 

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/home/ticker/McCracken-County-woman-faces-DUI-drug-charges-227364251.html

 

 

A Fowlerville woman who admitted to running a meth lab could face new charges after authorities say she used her pregnancy as a way to plot an escape from jail, even using red Kool-Aid to pretend she was bleeding so she would be sent to the hospital.

Ray Lynn Dennis-Sessions, who appeared in court Thursday shackled and dressed in an orange-striped jail jumpsuit, pleaded guilty to delivering meth and operating a meth lab in October 2012 at a location on Elliott Road in Iosco Township.

Ray Lynn Dennis-Sessions, 39, of Fowlerville is accused of using Kool-Aid to pretend she was bleeding.

Ray Lynn Dennis-Sessions, 39, of Fowlerville is accused of using Kool-Aid to pretend she was bleeding

 

 

 

“I was running a meth lab,” Dennis-Sessions admitted. “I was the only one doing that; no one else knew that.”

Before she pleaded, her attorney David Prine had asked to lower her $200,000 bond, saying she is about four months pregnant and her pregnancy was high-risk.  He said Dennis-Sessions, 39, was in a “horrible, horrible situation” emotionally and physically.

Prine said she had been taken to the hospital three times because of pregnancy complications, and he suggested she go to a substance-abuse treatment facility  because she has been addicted to meth since she was 16.

Assistant Prosecutor Scott Ehlfeldt objected, saying Dennis-Sessions is under investigation for false report of a felony and conspiracy to escape from jail. He also expressed “significant concerns” that Dennis-Sessions was a danger to herself and her unborn baby.

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said Dennis-Sessions allegedly used red Kool-Aid to pretend she was bleeding and having complications with her pregnancy. Deputies transported her to the hospital, where a physician confirmed Dennis-Sessions was not bleeding and had been faking distress, the sheriff said.

Bezotte said officers learned Dennis-Sessions was planning to use the hospital visit to break out of jail.

“She’s already planning to escape from jail,” Ehlfeldt told the judge. “I can’t imagine what she would do if she’s at a treatment facility.”

Circuit Judge Michael  Hatty allowed the prosecutor and defense attorney to negotiate an end to the case, which resulted in Dennis-Sessions’ plea. In exchange, the prosecution agreed to recommend a sentence in  the middle of the state’s mandatory guidelines. It’s unclear what the guidelines are.

Dennis-Sessions, who pleaded guilty as a habitual offender, faces up to life in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 21. She remains in the Livingston County Jail and begged Hatty to move up the sentencing date. He agreed if the probation office can finish its presentence report earlier.

Dennis-Sessions’ criminal history includes convictions in Livingston County in 2000 for absconding from bond and breaking into a vehicle. She also was convicted in 2008 in Clare County for felonious assault.

After accepting her plea, Hatty told her: “Don’t be making any trouble for the jail, and don’t be faking anything.”

 

 

 

http://www.freep.com/article/20131011/NEWS06/310110085/Michigan-woman-uses-pregnancy-red-Kool-Aid-plot-jail-escape

 

 

A 48-year-old Lincoln woman faces a felony drug charge and a child abuse allegation on suspicion of selling meth in front of an 8-year-old girl.

Lancaster County prosecutors charged Alison Trueblood on Friday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

On Wednesday, Lincoln police say, she showed signs of meth use when an officer stopped her in her vehicle after she left her Belmont Neighborhood home at 1255 Butler Ave.

Alison Trueblood

 

 

In court records, an officer said she had rapid, wandering speech, involuntary muscle and jaw spasms and seemed extremely fidgety.

Police say Trueblood had a meth pipe and two baggies containing 1.6 grams of meth on her. Her 8-year-old daughter was in the front seat beside her.

Police came to believe the mother had been using and selling meth in front of the girl, and they placed the child with a family friend.

Officer Katie Flood said police ticketed Trueblood on suspicion of child abuse.

At the home Trueblood had just left, police found her boyfriend, Marvin Goodro, with 21 grams of meth on him and 61.3 grams more in a bag in the bedroom, police said in the affidavit for her arrest.

Prosecutors charged Goodro with possession of more than 28 grams of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

 

 

 

 

http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/lincoln-mom-sold-meth-in-front-of–year-old/article_857da8f0-e668-590d-853b-382bcda02d61.html

 

Barberton police have arrested three people after an investigation into the explosion of a meth lab in an Eighth Street NW home, about 11 p.m., Oct. 8.

Suspects, left to right: Tammy Riffle, Jesse Tanner, Joseph Witte.

 

Tammy L. Riffle, 51, of Barberton was charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs.

Jesse A. Tanner, 25, of Barberton was charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs.

Joseph B. Witte, 41, of Barberton was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs.

According to police, Witte was making methamphetamine in the basement of the house in the 100 block of Eighth Street NW when some sort of flash fire caused several windows to shatter. All in the house escaped unharmed.

http://www.barbertonherald.com/74773/1803/brmeth-lab-arrests-101113

PHOENIX – Barely five pounds, Sticks gives Natalie Lowry exactly what she  needs.

“She’s my service dog,” said Natalie.

Natalie suffers from post -traumatic stress disorder.

 

Dog treated for drugs after Valley hotel stay

Dog treated for drugs after staying at Valley La Quinta.

 

Five years ago, she adopted Sticks and life her changed. “She’s my constant  companion,” said Natalie.

Earlier this week, Natalie and Sticks checked into room #228 at the LaQuinta  Inn near Interstate 17 and Greenway Road.

Natalie said she laid down on the bed and the dog was on the ground sniffing.  Within one hour, Sticks started shaking and having muscle spasms.

“She was running backwards and forwards and throwing her head from side to  side.”

Natalie rushed Sticks to the animal hospital.

One thousand dollars later, blood tests showed Sticks had somehow ingested  meth.

Natalie said she went back to the hotel room and crawled around on her hands  and knees.

She found dirty cups with some type of white residue and a black metal club  with a handle.
When Natalie confronted the hotel, managers said to call  corporate, there was nothing they could do.

“What if this had been someone’s child who ingested these drugs. What else  was I exposed to in this room?”

Three days later, Sticks is still recovering.

“I would never forgive myself if she didn’t recover from this,” said  Natalie.

On Friday afternoon, a La Quinta representative issued the following  statement to ABC15:
“I have been in contact with the GM of our Phoenix  North location and La Quinta is aware of the incident that Ms. Lowry has brought  forth. We are currently conducting an internal investigation of the room she  stayed in.  At this time, we have no basis by which to confirm or deny her  claim. Once we receive documentation confirming her allegation, we will take the  appropriate action.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/dog-treated-for-meth-after-valley-hotel-stay

 

 

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — Neighbors say they aren’t surprised to hear that police found six “shake and bake” meth labs in a house on their block in Summit, Ky.

Boyd County Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers got a tip Thursday night about possible drug activity at a house in the 5300 block of Pine Hill Drive. On Friday morning, deputies and troopers came to the house and said that they could see spent labs inside the house from the outside. They knocked on the door and spoke to the man inside, Fred Fraley, Jr., 39, who gave his consent for them to search the house.

“The one-step “shake and bake” meth labs […] the bottles contained the salt left over. There was a little bit of finished product in the plate in the bedroom,” Sgt. Rob Donta of the Boyd County Sheriff’s Office said. “Some generators, tubing, all the precursors to make more meth.”

Donta said Fraley told deputies he had been making meth for a while for his own use, but that he was not selling it.

“He said the way he’d learned to do it, he’d watched it one time and come back to the house and said he thought he could do it, so he went ahead and tried it and started making it,” Donta said.

Henry Franklin, who lives on Pine Hill Drive, said he has lived in the neighborhood for 50 years and knew there was something going on at that house.

“You’d see people going in and out of there all hours of the night, pull in there and stay two minutes and back out,” Franklin said. “I have no idea what they were bringing in and out, you know. I just [saw] them coming and going.”

He added that he would hear loud cars go by his house at 3 a.m.

“This is a perfect neighborhood other than that house there. There’s never been anybody in any trouble, all good neighbors,” Franklin said. “I hope to see that house burned down. It’s been a mess down there for years.”

Donta said neighbors should call law enforcement if they suspect anything.

“It’s better for us to check it out, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Donta said. “There’s no need to live in fear, and don’t worry about us telling anybody. We just want the information — we don’t want your name. You don’t even have to leave your name.”

Fraley has been charged with manufacturing meth, as well as making and possessing meth and the materials to make meth. He is being held at the Boyd County Detention Center.

 

 

 

http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Six-Shake-and-Bake-Meth-Labs-Found-in-House-in-Boyd-County-Ky-227448811.html

 

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Police advised three people to seek medical treatment after they touched material from an apparent meth lab that was found in a Conway driveway.

 

Horry County Police responded to the 4400 block of the Pee Dee Highway Thursday afternoon after a suspicious item was reported in a driveway, according to a police report.

An officer arrived on scene to find a soda bottle filled with an unknown greenish material. The woman who reported the item said she tossed the bottle earlier, but after seeing what she thought was a bullet nearby, she called police, believing it may be a bomb.

The officer noticed a battery nearby that had been cut open.

The woman who reported the suspicious bottle said she touched it, and after smelling it, became sick, the report states. Two others also said they touched it. Police advised all three people to get medical treatment.

A HCPD detective took over the investigation, and the ‘one pot’ or ‘shake and bake’-style meth lab was submitted to a cleanup crew for destruction, the report states.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/23668785/shake-and-bake-meth-lab-found-on-driveway-in-Conway

 

Three men are in jail following two separate routine traffic stops Friday in Grant Parish.

Grant Parish sheriff’s deputies pulled over a vehicle for no brake lights and, after a closer look inside the car, found ingredients used in methamphetamine manufacturing, authorities reported. Detectives secured a search warrant for 3261 Gray’s Creek Road in Dry Prong, where they discovered crystal meth and other components of the drug.

Matthew Gross, 22, of 3261 Gray’s Creek Road, was arrested and charged with creation or operation or a clandestine lab, possession of CDS III, possession of drug paraphernalia and a fugitive warrant from Rapides Parish. His bond is set at $31,000.

Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross 

Ricky Brown, 28, of 3261 Gray’s Creek Road, was arrested and charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab, possession of CDS II, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, brake lights required and two fugitive warrants. His bond is set at $32,000.

Ricky Brown

Ricky Brown

In a separate incident, 26-year-old William Watkins of 182 Jack Road in Winnfield was arrested and charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after Grant Parish Cpl. Clay Nugent and Deputy Mike Miller stopped him for a traffic violation.

The law enforcement officers reported finding methamphetamine and a syringe hidden in the vehicle. Watkins was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center, and his bond was set at $6,000.

http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20131012/NEWS01/131011035/Traffic-stops-lead-drug-arrests-Grant-Parish

MARQUETTE – Members of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team responded to two methamphetamine-related incidents Wednesday in Marquette County. In one case, a meth dump site was found. In an unrelated case, material used to make meth was found during a traffic stop.

UPSET members, with help from the Michigan State Police Negaunee post, discovered components used to manufacture methamphetamine inside a vehicle during a traffic stop on County Road 496 near County Road CKH in Ely Township Wednesday.

According to a news release from UPSET, two suspects, a 29-year-old female and 20-year-old male, were arrested at the scene for possession of methamphetamine components and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The male suspect was also arrested on two outstanding warrants out of Delta County.

UPSET-certified meth responders separated all the components and placed them in approved containers for disposal. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

In a separate investigation, UPSET members were contacted Wednesday by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department to respond to a methamphetamine dump site in Marquette Township, west of the Target store.

According to UPSET, a teacher from North Star Academy was walking on the trail with seventh- and eighth-grade students when they came upon a smoldering pile of debris on the trail, which turned out to be meth lab components.

The components were cleaned up by UPSET-certified meth responders and placed in approved containers for disposal. No suspects have been identified at this time.

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/544324/UPSET-tackles-meth-issues.html

 

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) – A Mississippi law has helped the number of methamphetamine labs decrease, according to law enforcement officials there.

The decrease of almost 90 percent is the result of a 2010 law banning the over-the-counter sale of pseudoephedrine.<em>Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:50 PM EST</em&amp

Kim Rogers, of Rodgers Pharmacy in Petal, Miss., said they were seeing a lot of problems so they refused to sell to certain people.

“We’d have carloads of people pull up in here without a state driver’s license,” said Rodgers. “And they all had sinus issues.”

Here in Louisiana, the meth industry is growing fast.

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier said his solution is simple.

“Something’s got to be done to limit the availability of large quantities of pseudoephedrine from people who take it and make meth with it,” said DeRosier.

DeRosier’s main concern is for those people who use over-the-counter pseudoephedrine products responsibly.

“It’s going to be an inconvenience,” said DeRosier. “The question is how far or how much do we inconvenience people who are solid, legitimate, good citizens and use it wisely.”

Diana Drake, executive director of the New Beginnings Rehabilitation Center in Moss Bluff, said admissions for patients seeking treatment caused by meth has increased by 30 percent.

She said the state needs to limit the amounts of how much you can buy because she believes it’s only going to get worse.

DeRosier said that although it may take time, the state is making progress.

“We’ve managed now to get a fairly respectable handle on that, although any death by overdose is too many,” said DeRosier.

 

 

 

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/investigators-notice-ammonia-odor-thick-cloud-1.216948?page=0

 

FORT WALTON BEACH — Okaloosa County sheriff’s investigators discovered a meth lab Thursday in a home on Barks Drive after responding to a tip from the probation department.

Jerome Traynor Stone and Tammie Tonalisa Clanahan, both 50, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Stone also was charged with possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment.

 

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Left, Jerome Traynor Stone; right, Tammie Tonalisa Clanahan

 

 

 

When deputies knocked on the door at 148 Barks Drive, Stone answered. After being read his rights, he agreed to speak with investigators.

They stepped inside and immediately noticed a “strong ammonia odor” and a “thick cloud,” which are common indicators of a clandestine meth lab, according to Stone’s arrest report.

When Stone was asked if there was a meth lab in the home, he hesitated before saying no, the report said.

Officials went back outside, where Stone “freely admitted” to cooking meth in the house earlier Thursday. His cooking was in the final stage, which accounted for the odor and cloud. Stone also “had a problem,” referring to his addiction to methamphetamine.

Stone told deputies that Clanahan, his live-in girlfriend, regularly purchased boxes of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine so he could make meth, which they both use, the report said.

While a search warrant of the home was being executed, Clanahan called the Sheriffs’ Office dispatch and asked if she could return to the house.

She provided a sworn statement that she purchased pseudoamphetamine regularly so her boyfriend could manufacture meth.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/investigators-notice-ammonia-odor-thick-cloud-1.216948?page=0

 

BRISTOL, Tenn.  —  Authorities have released the name of a Bristol man who was fatally shot Friday night by Sullivan County law enforcement officers investigating a report of an active methamphetamine lab.

The suspect was identified as Kenneth Ray Clark, 47, Windor Avenue, Bristol, Tenn.

According to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Clark was wanted on warrants for a probation violation. Clark also reportedly had outstanding warrants in Bristol, Va.

 

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BRISTOL, Tenn.  —  An unidentified man was shot and killed Friday evening after he allegedly tried to run over law enforcement officers investigating an active methamphetamine lab.

The identity of the deceased was being withheld Friday night pending notification of the man’s relatives.

According to Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Leslie Earhart, the incident occurred at a residence located on Bay Street in Bristol, Tenn., around 7:20 p.m.

Earhart said officers with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit  —  along with several deputies and members of the 1st Judicial Drug Task Force and Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force  —  were dispatched to the home as part of an ongoing investigation after receiving a information that a suspect with outstanding warrants was there.

Authorities were also told that an active meth lab was located in a shed behind the residence.

Upon arriving at the scene, Earhart said officers made contact with the suspect after finding him in a vehicle at the residence. The suspect reportedly refused to exit the vehicle, and in an attempt to flee the scene, tried to run over at least two officers, Earhart said.

As a result, officers opened fire on the vehicle, apparently striking the suspect.

According to Earhart, despite being shot, the suspect managed to drive to Randolph Street, which is located approximately a mile away in Bristol, Va.

After being found, the unidentified man was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.

As with any officer-involved shooting, Earhart said the incident under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Earhart said officers were still at the Bay Street residence late Friday night after locating an active meth lab in the shed behind the home.

 

 

 

 

http://www.timesnews.net/article/9068533/officers-fatally-shoot-man-at-scene-of-allged-meth-lab-in-Bristol

 

Henderson County authorities say they have charged nearly 30 people in a “large scale methamphetamine distribution and conspiracy investigation.”

The investigations began in June of 2012, according to a news release from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say 29 people have been indicted. Investigators seized over $42,000 in cash, four weapons, two vehicles, 32 grams of cocaine, 5.74 pounds of methamphetamine and 84 grams of marijuana.

“The drugs seized have a street value in excess of $265,000,” according to the release.

The following is a list of those arrested:

* Amanda Lee Pressley, 30, of Hendersonville, trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $16,000.

* Margaret Rosemary Gibbs, 50, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $16,000.

* Laura Kathleen Robinson, 44, of Hendersonville, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $8,000.

* Christopher Thomas Pressley, 26, of Etowah, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.

* Clyde Coleman Forrest, 56, of Zirconia, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $8,000.

* Rhonda Allison Forrest, age 52, Zirconia, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $15,000.

* Thomas Barry Heatherly, 48, of Hendersonville, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. His bond was set at $8,000.

* Marcos José Hernandaz, 32, of Hendersonville, was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver methamphetamine. His bond was set at $30,000.

* David Benjamin Nelson, 28, of Zirconia, was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine and failure to appear on driving while impaired. His bond was set at $60,500.

* Tina Louise Stamey, 43, of Clyde, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $8,000.

* Felipe Lee Villafranca, 24, of Hendersonville, was charged with contempt of court, failure to appear on the possession of stolen property. His bond was set at $1000. William Bradley Keller, 25, of Hendersonville, was charged with order for arrest, contempt of court and his bond was set at $300.

* Araceli Sanchez-Jaramillo, 23, of Hendersonville, was charged with felony possession of schedule II cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $12,500. José Gomez-Sanchez, 22, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.

* Juan Carlos Cruz-Magna, 31, of Hendersonville, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. His bond was set at $60,000.

* Francisco Gomez-Jaramillo, 28, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $30,000.

* Juan Miquel Vasquez-Ortiz, 24, of Hendersonville, was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. His bond was set at $105,000.

* Raul Aceves-Rizo, 39, of Fletcher, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $60,000.

* Jorge Piquet-Terron, 20, of Zirconia, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, felony maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine. His bond was set at $60,000.

* Heather Lynn Sam’s, 23, of Hendersonville, was indicted for possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine. She is currently in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

* Raymond Ortiz Florez Jr., 23, of Hendersonville, was charged with possession with intent to sell methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of the sale of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $16,000.

* Sidney Thomas Nalley, 56, of Hendersonville, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $9,500.

* Richard Scott Justice, 44, of Flat Rock, was charged with conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. His bond was set at $1,600.

Officials say the following people were indicted but have not yet been arrested:

* Raul Robles Caravajal, 43, of Zirconia, was indicted on trafficking methamphetamine conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine.

* Lorin Viola Rutherford, 33, of Hendersonville, was indicted on possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

* Jason Christopher Dills, 39, of Hendersonville, was indicted on possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

* Kevin Nicholas Schonderwoerd, 43, of Hendersonville, was indicted on conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

* José Alfredo Dominguez Aguilar, 23, of Hendersonville was indicted on conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of any of these individuals, should contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 697-4911.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20131011/NEWS/131011013/30-arrested-meth-charges-Henderson-County?nclick_check=1

29 Indicted In Major Local Methamphetamine Investigation

 

 

Members of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Hendersonville Police Department, and the State Bureau of Investigation have begun to arrest twenty-nine (29) recently indicted individuals from a large scale methamphetamine distribution and conspiracy investigation. The investigations began in June 2012 and  to date have resulted in the seizure of over $42,000 in cash, four weapons, two automobiles, 32 grams of cocaine,  2603.3 grams (5.74 lbs) of methamphetamine and 84 grams of marijuana. The drugs seized have a street value in excess of $265,000.

The arrests, along with true bills of indictment issued by a Henderson County Grand Jury on September 30 targeted several high-level distributors of methamphetamine in the Henderson County area.

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To date twenty-four (24) of the  twenty-nine (29) persons indicted or having warrants issued against them have been arrested. Those arrested are:

(1)    Amanda Lee Pressley, age 30, of Hendersonville for trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $16,000.

(2)    Margaret Rosemary Gibbs, age 50 of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $16,000.

(3)    Laura Kathleen Robinson, age 44, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $8000.

(4)    Christopher Thomas Pressley, age 26, of Etowah was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.

(5)    Clyde Coleman Forrest, age 56, of Zirconia was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $8000.

(6)    Rhonda Allison Forrest, age 52, Zirconia was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $15,000.

(7)    Thomas Barry Heatherly, age 48, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. His bond was set at $8000.

(8)    Marcos José Hernandaz, age 32, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver methamphetamine. His bond was set at $30,000.

(9)    David Benjamin Nelson, age 28, of Zirconia was charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sale and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine and failure to appear on driving while impaired.  His bond was set at $60,500.

(10)Tina Louise Stamey, age 43, of Clyde was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $8000.

(11)Felipe Lee Villafranca , age 24, of Hendersonville was charged with contempt of court, failure to appear on the possession of stolen property. His bond was set at $1000.

(12)William Bradley Keller, age 25, of Hendersonville was charged with order for arrest, contempt of court and his bond was set at $300.

(13)Araceli Sanchez-Jaramillo, age 23, of Hendersonville was charged with felony possession of Schedule II cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $12,500.

(14)José Gomez-Sanchez, age 22, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. His bond was set at $10,000.

(15)Juan Carlos Cruz-Magna , age 31, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. His bond was set at $60,000.

(16)Francisco Gomez-Jaramillo, age 28, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $30,000.

(17)Juan Miquel Vasquez-Ortiz , age 24, of Hendersonville was charged with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. His bond was set at $105,000.

(18)Raul Aceves-Rizo, age 39, of Fletcher was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $60,000.

(19)Jorge Piquet-Terron, age 20 of Zirconia was charged with felony possession of marijuana, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, felony maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine. His bond was set at $60,000.

(20)Heather Lynn Sam’s age 23, of Hendersonville was indicted for possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine. She is currently in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

(21)Raymond Ortiz Florez Jr, age 23 of Hendersonville  was charged with possession with intent to sell methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of the sale of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $16,000.

(22)Sidney Thomas Nalley, age 56  , of Hendersonville was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling delivery of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $9500.

(23)Richard Scott Justice age 44, of Flat Rock was charged with conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. His bond was set at $1600.

The following persons have been indicted and have yet to be arrested. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4911.

(1)    Raul Robles Caravajal , age 43, of zirconia is indicted on trafficking methamphetamine conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of sale and delivery of methamphetamine.

(2)    Lorin Viola Rutherford, age 33, of Hendersonville is indicted on possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

(3)    Jason Christopher Dills , age 39, of Hendersonville is indicted on possession with intent to sell and deliver  methamphetamine.

(4)    Kevin Nicholas Schonderwoerd age 43, of Hendersonville is indicted on conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

(5)    José Alfredo Dominguez Aguilar , age 23, of Hendersonville is indicted on conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

http://www.whkp.com/news/7450-29-indicted-in-major-local-meth-investigation.html

On Sunday evening, a police officer arrested a bicyclist near Pueblo and Stadium avenues in Napa following a traffic stop, police said.

Jaime Francisco Soto-Ferreyra, 22, of Napa, was on probation and wanted on a warrant, police said. He allegedly had beer, a violation of the terms of his probation, and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in his wallet, police said.

He was booked into the Napa County jail on the warrant and on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance, and a probation violation, police said. He was charged Tuesday in Napa County Superior Court with possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

 

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/bicyclist-arrested-with-suspected-methamphetamine/article_297a3010-32a0-11e3-aae5-0019bb2963f4.html

 

The multimillion-dollar superlab of “Breaking Bad” may be gone, but thousands of meth labs around the country remain. The midwestern states tend to see the most incidents involving meth labs, and Missouri outranks all others with 1,825 busts and seizures in 2012, according to a Government Accountability Office analysis of Drug Enforcement Administration data.

Moreover, an increasingly popular crude cooking method known as “shake and bake” has put meth production in addicts’ hands, eliminating the need for an RV or even chemistry know-how.

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It takes about 15 minutes to “shake and bake” a batch of meth in a plastic bottle using ingredients you may already have lying around the house. Sometimes the bottle explodes, badly burning the often uninsured meth cook and anyone else in the line of fire.

Meth use cost the U.S. economy around $23.4 billion in 2005, according to a RAND Corporation study. While incidents involving meth labs have tapered somewhat in recent years, thanks to the rise of “shake and bake” hospitals have noticed an uptick in meth burn cases. It costs around $230,000 to treat a meth lab burn victim, Mother Jones reported. The most common age of these victims: under 4 years old.

Oregon and Mississippi have figured out how to curb these accidents by making the key meth ingredient pseudoephedrine prescription-only. Other states keep the common cold medicine behind the counter under a 2006 federal law, but when Oregon and Mississippi implemented prescription legislation, meth lab incidents immediately plummeted. Dozens of other states have tried to follow their lead, but the pharmaceutical industry isn’t having it.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wanted to make Oregon’s success story a national reality, announcing legislation in 2010 for federal prescription regulation of pseudoephedrine. But according to Mother Jones, he never introduced the bill in Congress, in part because of “heavy industry spending.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/meth-states_n_4057372.html

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two years ago in Mississippi, lawmakers passed a bill that required a prescription for a cold medicine that’s also used to make methamphetamine. The result: Meth lab busts went down.

In Arkansas, pharmacists are now required to counsel customers before they can buy cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. Meth lab numbers dropped.

In Kentucky, a new law reduced the number of boxes of pseudoephedrine people can buy each year. Meth lab seizures declined there, too.

On Tuesday, the vice president of the National Narcotic Officers’ Association told a Kanawha County substance-abuse task force that several states are taking steps to reduce the scourge of meth labs.

“Pseudoephedrine access, uncontrolled, means more meth labs,” said Sgt. Jason Grellner, who also heads the Franklin County, Mo., Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

The 15-member Kanawha task force is examining ways to reduce the number of meth labs. Law enforcement agencies have seized 373 labs statewide this year, a record-setting number. In Kanawha County alone, officers have busted more than 100 of the clandestine labs since January.

U.S. pseudoephedrine imports doubled between 2005 and 2010, and not because Americans were suffering from more head colds and allergies, Grellner said. Instead, criminals use the medication — known under brand names such as Sudafed and Claritin-D — to cook meth.

“This country is importing gross amounts of pseudoephedrine for meth labs,” Grellner said.

In Missouri, some cities and counties have adopted ordinances that require people to get a doctor’s prescription for pseudoephedrine products. In those communities, sales of the cold and allergy medication have dropped 96 percent, Grellner said.

In Arkansas, large pharmacies, such as Walmart, Walgreens and CVS, established store polices to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, after the state passed a law that requires a pharmacist’s consultation to buy the medication. The larger pharmacies sell hundreds of boxes of pseudoephedrine a month.

“It was hard for the large stores to conform with the law and meet the consultation requirement,” Grellner said, “so they now require a prescription.”

He said two pseudoephedrine products — Nexafed and Zephrex-D — hold great promise because they can’t easily be converted to meth.

Health advocates and law enforcement groups have suggested that states allow stores to sell those products over the counter, while requiring a prescription for standard pseudoephedrine tablets that are easily cooked into meth. However, Carlos Gutierrez, who sits on the task force and works for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, said his trade group would oppose having one set of rules for two tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine products and a prescription requirement for 15 or more other brands.

“You create a government-sponsored monopoly,” said Gutierrez, whose group represents companies that manufacture over-the-counter drugs.

Also Tuesday, Gulfport, Miss., Mayor Billy Hewes told task force members that Mississippi’s meth lab numbers dropped significantly after the state started requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine. The number of meth lab seizures declined from a high of 698 in 2010 — before the law took effect — to 253 last year, he said.

Few pharmacists or customers have complained about the prescription-only requirement, he said.

“There wasn’t a lot of pushback,” Hewes said. “It was the right thing to do. We were able to immediately show a statistical change.”

Gutierrez said surveys show that most Americans vehemently oppose requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine. “It’s such an unpopular policy with the general public,” he said.

In West Virginia, lawmakers twice introduced legislation — in 2011 and 2012 — to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, but legislators rejected those bills after Gutierrez’s group lobbied against the proposals.

The task force, which also is examining prescription pain-pill abuse, plans to report its findings and recommendations to the Kanawha County Commission in late November.

 

 

 

 

 

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