High on crystal meth, a paranoid and delusional Adam Michael Kempt thought he was being chased by 30 bikies from the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Kempt, 23, who was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord sedan at the time, drove on the wrong side of the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail to avoid being ‘‘caught’’ by the imaginary bikies.

His erratic behaviour on April 19 resulted in Kempt, of Basin View, being charged with driving his car in a manner dangerous, driving under the influence of drugs, and not giving his particulars to another driver.

Kempt, of Tallyan Point Road, pleaded guilty and was convicted of the three charges in Wollongong Local Court yesterday.

Tendered police facts revealed that Kempt was travelling in a northerly direction along the Princes Highway about 2.50pm.

Just south of the Macquarie Rivulet Bridge, police saw Kempt driving his car north in the southbound lanes.

He later admitted to crossing a gap in the median strip after noticing that the northbound traffic was heavy.

Kempt’s actions caused two heavy vehicles to lock their brakes to avoid collision with his car.

He then moved from the southbound lanes into the breakdown shoulder, continuing to drive in the wrong direction.

His car was ‘‘sandwiched’’ between a heavy vehicle and an Armco guardrail.

After the collision, Kempt failed to stop and continued to drive northbound along the Princes Highway, taking an on-ramp into Hayward’s Bay, still travelling in the wrong direction.

The facts sheet said he stopped his car in front of a residential home and told the occupants to call the police because he was being chased by the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

Police arrived a short time later and found Kempt in a ‘‘paranoid and on edge’’ state.

He admitted to smoking crystal meth (methamphetamine) with a glass pipe about midday that day.

Magistrate Doug Dick fined Kempt $2000 and disqualified him from driving for 18 months on the dangerous driving charge.

For driving under the influence of drugs, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $1000. He was fined a further $500 on the third charge.

The court heard that Kempt had gone ‘‘cold turkey’’ with the use of illicit drugs since the incident. He had also completed the Serious Traffic Offenders Program (STOP).

Mr Dick was told that Kempt was of good character and that his actions on the day were out of character.

‘‘In relation to this matter I’m pleased to see it has been a lesson and that drugs are not a part of your future,’’ Mr Dick said to Kempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1842884/crystal-meth-smoker-saw-imaginary-bikies/?cs=300

 

NEW TOWN, N.D. — A man who shot to death a woman and three of her grandchildren before killing himself last year had drugs in his system but no motive could be determined, an FBI investigation concludes.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the FBI said Kalcie Eagle, 21, who had been identified as a person of interest, acted alone during the Nov. 18, 2012, shootings in New Town and had methamphetamine in his system, according to autopsy and toxicology reports.

Eagle used a hunting rifle to kill Martha Johnson and her grandchildren Benjamin Schuster, 13, Julia Schuster, 10, and Luke Schuster, 6, in their home, the FBI said.

 

Julia Schuster

 

Benjamin Schuster

 

Luke Schuster

 

 

 

 

Eagle made statements to witnesses who were interviewed by the FBI admitting his responsibility for the killings. He also made statements to witnesses interviewed by the FBI that confirmed his possession of the hunting rifle.

Eagle died by suicide later the same day in the neighboring community of Parshall by cutting his throat with a knife.

Both towns are on the Fort Berthold Reservation in northwest North Dakota.

FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said investigators were unable to determine a motive for the shootings.

It took the FBI 11 months to issue the statement because investigators wanted to complete all aspects of the investigation to rule out whether Eagle received any outside assistance, Loven said.

“We wanted to make certain that there were no other parties that may have been involved in these killings,” Loven said.

J. Christopher Warrener, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis division of the FBI, said in the statement that investigators conducted extensive interviews and collected numerous pieces of physical evidence.

“Many investigative hours were dedicated to this investigation in order to ensure that no additional threats to the community existed,” Warrener said. “We hope the conclusion of this investigation brings some closure to family members and the community.”

A fourth Schuster child, Christian, who was 12 at the time, witnessed the shootings. The boy, police said, survived by playing dead, and then called 911. A fifth child, Ava, who was 8 at the time, was away from the home.

The Schuster children had previously lived with their parents Kevin and Rebecca Schuster in Minto in northeast North Dakota. They moved in with their grandmother about two months before the shooting.

 

 

 

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ROSAMOND, Calif. – Kern County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Rosamond woman and found almost 1 pound of methamphetamine in her home.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday, deputies assigned to the Rosamond substation conducted a probation search in the 3400 block of Citrine Lane, in Rosamond.

Deputies said they made contact with Marchelle Forest, 33, as she was walking out of a garage.

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Deputies said they found over three ounces of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, in the purse Forest was holding.

Deputies said they also found 200 grams of Methamphetamine, as well as three ounces of high-grade Marijuana, in a locked locker in the garage.

Forest was in possession of the key which opened the lock to the locker, deputies said.

The street value of the Methamphetamine is approximately $24,000.

Forest was arrested and booked into the Mojave Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana for sales.

 

 

 

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/three-quarters-of-a-pound-of-meth-sezied-during-raid-in-rosamond

 

 

A court in northeast China’s Jilin Province on Wednesday sentenced four drug dealers to death.

A drug trafficking gang of 11 members received sentences ranging from three-year jail term to death penalty at Changchun City Intermediate People’s Court on Wednesday.

Among them, four people, surnamed Zhang, Xu, Xia and Ni, were confirmed to have produced or trafficked 3.5 kg, 3 kg, 1.5 kg and 2.4 kg of methamphetamine or methamphetamine tablets respectively, with guns involved.

Two others received death penalty with a two-year reprieve, four were jailed for life and the other one was jailed for three years.

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2013/10/16/2561s792623.htm

WATERLOO, Iowa – The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force has seized nearly $2 million worth of methamphetamine in the last three months, including $1 million worth in the first two weeks of October alone.

According to a press release from the Waterloo Police Department, the task force has seized more than 15 pounds of meth in October and 26 pounds over the last three months. The task force has been assisted by the Waterloo and Cedar Falls police departments, Black Hawk and Monroe county sheriff’s offices, FBI, Missouri DEA, Homeland Security, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office.

 

The activities of the task force have also resulted in numerous arrests.

On Oct. 11, the task force arrested 23-year-old Luis E. River-Olguin, 23-year-old Kalan A. Fisk, 29-year-old Melchor Hernandez-Perez, 70-year-old David Lozano-Alvarado and Baltazar Hernandez-Perez. All of the suspects were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

On Oct. 13, the task force arrested 21-year-old Jessika Spindla-Zapote and 31-year-old Janeth D. Camacho. They were both charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Waterloo-Based-Drug-Task-Force-Seizes-Nearly-2-Million-In-Meth-In-Last-Three-Months-227812921.html

 

A joint effort between the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office and the Houston Police Department led to three arrests in East Montgomery County Monday afternoon, Oct. 14.

The trio, comprised of one man and two women, allegedly was attempting to sell nine ounces of methamphetamine. “They were traveling in two vehicles, with the contraband divided between them and had arranged to conduct the transaction at a Mexican restaurant on the US 59 feeder road between Northpark and FM 1314,” according to an emailed press release from the Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.

Joint operation leads to arrest of three on drug charges

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Joint operation leads to arrest of three on drug charges

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Joint operation leads to arrest of three on drug charges
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The arrested are Armandina Reyna, 30, Rhonda Lynn Gammons, 31, and Larry Dale Rawson, Jr., 29, all of Houston. Reyna was driving a gold Tahoe with Larry Rawson Jr. as her passenger. Gammons arrived at the location driving a purple Chevy Impala.

When officers converged on the Reyna’s vehicle, they reportedly found Rawson was sitting on top of a loaded .38 special handgun. A loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun reportedly was found beside Reyna, between the seat and the center console.

They are accused of transporting five ounces of methamphetamine. Gammons reportedly was found to be in possession of four ounces of methamphetamine.

Reyna, Rawson and Gammons were arrested and transported to the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in New Caney for booking. Reyna allegedly had a small clear plastic bag containing cocaine stashed in her bra and Gammons had a small clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine in her bra.

Gammons is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than four grams, but less than 200 grams.

Reyna is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than four grams, but less than 200 grams; third-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than one gram, but less than four grams; and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (a third-degree felony).

Rawson is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, more than four grams, but less than 200 grams; and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (a third-degree felony).

Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said the arrests should serve as a warning to drug dealers.

“These three suspects from Harris County brought illegal drugs into Montgomery County and now they’re in our jail,” Constable Hayden said. “Drug dealers who think they have it all figured out and want to profit from the destruction of lives, families and communities need to pay attention to this story, because this is where their journey ends – behind bars. I’m very pleased with the outcome of our cooperative effort with the Houston Police Department. This is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when agencies work together.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/eastex/news/joint-operation-leads-to-arrest-of-three-on-drug-charges/article_cf3e4d1d-faa5-549d-80ec-81b3c53a9c83.html

 

A  portable methamphetamine lab was discovered during a traffic stop on Route 512 in Hanover Township, Northampton County, Colonial Regional Police said.

Police stopped a northbound gold Mazda 626 on Route 512 at Jaindl Boulevard at 1:12 this morning. Richard Walterick III, 30, and Emily Anne Fatzinger, 21, both of Palmerton, Pa., were passengers in the vehicle, police said. Walterick had a glass jar with methamphetamine residue in it; Fatzinger had a glass tube used to smoke methamphetamine and a glass container with methamphetamine residue in it, police said.

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Colonial Regional police conducted a traffic stop that yielded a traveling methamphetamine lab
 
 

When police searched the vehicle, they found a plastic bag hanging from the back of the front passenger seat that was being used as an active methamphetamine lab, according to a new release from Colonial Regional police.

Walterick and Fatzinger were each charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and conspiracy. They were arraigned before District Judge James Narlesky and placed in Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail each.

Their preliminary hearings are tentatively set for 11 a.m. Oct. 25.

 

 

 

 

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/10/traveling_meth_lab_found_durin.html

 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A pair of premature twins has been brought to a Lincoln hospital after testing positive for methamphetamine.

Division of Children and Family Services specialist Julie Zegers says the newborn boys were taken to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit on Sunday due to medical complications.

Lancaster County Juvenile Court Judge Reggie Ryder issued an order Tuesday that gave the state temporary custody of the boys and their 3-year-old sister. Ryder said he found facts that placed the children at risk of harm at their home.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/19MuPNG) the boys’ urine tested positive for meth. Their mother’s urine also tested positive for the drug.

The twins were born 11 weeks prematurely in Falls City. They weighed 2 pounds when they were tested.

MELBOURNE, Oct. 16 (UPI) — Australian Federal Police seized more than 400 pounds of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside the tires of a truck that had come from China aboard a ship.

Police also arrested three men — two of them dock workers in the port of Melbourne — during the drug-smuggling crackdown that stopped $200 million worth of “ice” hitting the streets, the Herald Sun newspaper reported.

AFP Commander Scott Lee said three men were arrested as part of an eight-raid operation carried out by several enforcement agencies.

The men are suspected of being members of an international organized crime syndicate.

Dock workers Patrick Cini, 59, and his 29-year-old son Rhys, were charged with importing and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

The third man, Rami Tawachi, 25, was charged with the same offenses, the Herald Sun report said.

The ship had sailed from Shanghai and was suspected by customs officials after it arrived in Brisbane Sept. 13.

Police tracked the ship to the Port of Melbourne on Oct. 1 where the drugs were delivered to a factory in Brooklyn, a town north of Sydney.

“This seizure has prevented more than $200 million worth of this harmful substance from hitting the streets,” Lee said.

“Crystal methamphetamine addiction is recognized as one of the drivers of violence in our community and for recidivist offending.”

Police also seized $80,000 in cash, several cell phones and computer hard drives.

The Herald Sun reported Victoria State Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Steve Fontana saying he didn’t believe the men were linked to biker gangs.

But Fontana said investigators had identified “a number of vulnerabilities in our borders” linked to “serious and organized crime, particularly international syndicates, that are operating in [the state of] Victoria.”

The arrest comes after another big bust by the AFP in Sydney last month, when four people, including two Canadians, were picked up in a near record seizure of the drug ephedrine — 600 pounds of it.

As part of the ephedrine operation, police in India arrested a man for importation trafficking of the drug, estimated to have had a street value or around $200 million.

Authorities discovered packages of ephedrine during a pest check on a large shipment of basmati rice that had arrived at the Port of Melbourne from India July 16.

Police tracked the movement of the rice to a storage facility in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield.

On Oct. 10, police in the northern city of Brisbane seized $60,000 worth of drugs, including 400 MDMA pills and methamphetamine, along with a cash, drug utensils and an extendable baton, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Another batch of methamphetamine worth $50,000 was found in a car nearby.

Two local men aged 32 and 22 were arrested and charged with drug possession and a 28-year-old man from Australia’s Gold Coast region will appear in court in connection with a suspected drugs selling operation, the ABC reported.

Illegal use of methamphetamine,– traditionally trafficked in crystal form — is a social problem especially acute in southeast Asia.

But a new potent liquid form was discovered recently in a junior high school in Texas.

Officials at Blocker Middle School in Galveston county called EMS once they realized that six female eight-grade girls had ingested meth.

They were released into the custody of their parents after being treated at a local hospital but suspended from school.

The drug was on small pieces of paper wrapped in tinfoil.

Officials believe that users place the paper stamps in their mouths and allow them to dissolve.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2013/10/16/Australian-police-seize-400-pounds-of-crystal-meth/UPI-14921381914120/

 

 Young people who use crystal methamphetamine are at increased risk of injecting drugs, a new Canadian study finds.

The highly addictive man-made stimulant is usually smoked but sometimes snorted or injected for its euphoric effects. 

Researchers looked at 395 street youth, ages 14 to 26, in Vancouver, who used crystal meth but were not injection drug users. During a follow-up of about five years, 64 (16 percent) of these young people injected drugs for the first time. Crystal meth was the drug most commonly used in the first injection.

First-time drug injection took place in a variety of locations — with 39 percent occurring in public places — and usually with other people present, including friends (57 percent), family members (13 percent) and acquaintances (10 percent), according to the study published Oct. 15 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Among those who began injecting drugs during the study period, the average age when they started using crystal meth was 14, the study authors noted in a journal news release.

“Addressing the impact of crystal methamphetamine use in increasing the risk of injection initiation among injection-naive street-involved youth represents an urgent public health priority,” wrote study co-author Dr. Evan Wood from the B.C. Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, at the University of British Columbia, and colleagues there and at the British Columbia Center for Disease Control.

The investigators called for further research to develop evidence-based methods to prevent drug injection that take into account the complexities of using crystal methamphetamine with other drugs.

It’s estimated that between 45,000 and 150,000 Canadian youths who have run away from home or are thrown out of their homes are living and working on inner city streets.

More information

The Partnership at Drugfree.org has more about crystal meth.

 

 

 

 

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/10/15/crystal-meth-may-jump-start-injection-drug-use-study-says

 

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Carlee Moore, 31, was arrested after Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies said they caught her cooking methamphetamines in the presence of a 6-year-old child Friday night.

Deputies said a tipster led them to the Deltona house, where investigators then spent several hours clearing out the highly volatile chemicals found inside the residence.

Carlee Moore

According to deputies, when they arrived at the home, Moore and her mother denied the accusations, and the mother, who owns the home, said she wanted to file a complaint against the tipster for harassing them.

After the women invited deputies into the house, a search unveiled a wide assortment of meth-making materials, including bottles of liquid petroleum fuel, coffee filters, a container of salt, drain opener, an electric grinder, a lithium battery and numerous soda bottles coated inside with white residue, investigators said.

Deputies said they also located a small amount of marijuana and a plastic bottle containing approximately 65 grams of meth oil. They said most of the materials were found inside Moore’s bedroom and outside her bedroom window.

According to investigators, the child was asleep on the living room couch when deputies first arrived. The boy’s father was then called to the scene and was given custody of his son, authorities said.

Moore was arrested on criminal charges that included trafficking in methamphetamines, manufacturing methamphetamines with a child present, possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/deputies-deltona-woman-arrested-cooking-meth-prese/nbNYM/

 

 

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Gamaliel woman on meth related charges as the result of an investigation dating back to July.

 

Sheriff John Montgomery reports a cooperating individual arranged to purchase methamphetamine from 20 year old Kaitlyn Johnston on two separate occasions.

Johnston was taken into custody last Friday and charged with delivery of meth and unlawful use of a communications device. Johnston is free on bond.

 

 

 

http://www.krzk.com/17409/gamaliel_woman_arrested_on_meth_related_charges.html

 

 

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing woman was given a five-year prison term Friday for possessing methamphetamine in Perkins — while she was on probation for drug possession in Lincoln County.

 

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As part of a plea bargain, the sentence for Tasha Florine Mays, 24, was ordered to be served concurrently with a five-year prison term she received in May when her probation for drug possession in 2009 in Lincoln County was revoked.

Mays was also given a concurrent five-year prison term Friday with an order to pay $1,875 restitution for passing a forged check in Payne County in 2012.

On her release, Mays will be on probation for five years — with requirements of a substance abuse evaluation, any recommended follow-up, periodic hair follicle tests and 100 hours of community service.

Mays told Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley Friday that she is currently in a substance abuse program in prison. She also was ordered to pay $1,400 in fines and assessments, as part of her plea bargain.

Mays was arrested on March 12 by Perkins Police Officer Charles Danker after a female reported that a woman was driving a blue station wagon west on Highway 33 at Fairgrounds Road — while a male passenger was slapping her, court records show.

When the Perkins police officer made a traffic stop on the station wagon that had a cracked front windshield, Mays was told about the call that she was being slapped, Danker wrote in an affidavit.

She said she was not being hit by her husband, who said he would never do that, but said that he had yelled at her about not cleaning trash out of the car, the affidavit said.

After Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst and Perkin Police Lt. Jason Galt arrived at the traffic stop site, a Payne County dispatcher reported Mays’ husband “had a NCIC hit from Arkansas, but they wouldn’t extradite,” and Mays had an arrest warrant from Sapulpa, which also wouldn’t extradite, the affidavit said.

The Perkins police chief said that when Mays’ husband got out of the vehicle, he could see an open bag of syringes, the affidavit said. Mays’ husband told the Perkins police chief there might be a baggie with residue in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

After Perkins Police Sgt. Dewayne Hammack arrived with his K-9, the drug dog “gave a strong alert to the passenger front door,” where a bag containing multiple syringes, a makeup bag with syringes, a spoon with white residue and a baggie with white residue were found, the affidavit said.

“Tasha stated to me that the drug paraphernalia and drugs were hers. She stated she used methamphetamine two days ago and that is what’s left over,” the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.

After Mays was arrested, her husband was released and said he would walk to a family member’s house just up the road, the affidavit said.

Court records show that Mays’ husband was not charged in the incident.

Mays, who pleaded guilty to all of her Payne County charges, also admitted that on Nov. 21, 2012, she gave Perkins Police Officer Jason Galt a false surname, for which she received a concurrent one-year jail term Friday.

 

 

 

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The head of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement says larger quantities of purer methamphetamine produced by Mexican drug cartels and trafficking organizations have been showing up in Iowa. Director Steve Dejoode recently briefed the Governor’s Drug Policy Advisory Council about trends in the meth trade in Iowa.

He says the product offered by Mexican meth cooks now is different than what we saw from 1998 through 2006. “The average purity level I think we were seeing then on methamphetamine was anywhere from 14 to 40-percent,” Dejoode says. “The purity levels that I’m seeing are from 98 to 100-percent.”

Dejoode says the purer meth can potentially bring a higher price on the streets for dealers, and it raises concerns for those trying to combat the problem. “It may have an impact on addiction and success of treatment potentially, and then the potential for overdose complications or death,” DeJoode explains.

He says while Iowa meth labs haven’t gone away — as much as 90-percent of the drug sold in Iowa comes from across the border.

 

 

 

 

http://www.radioiowa.com/2013/10/14/state-official-says-purer-form-of-meth-now-being-shipped-to-iowa/

 

 

WILLOW SPRING — A worker at a Zebulon home-security business, his sister and another man were scheduled to appear in court Monday on charges that they were running a methamphetamine manufacturing operation at a mobile home where two of the live.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies went to the trailer on a 44-acre tract at 2421 Watersong Drive about 10 p.m. Friday and arrested Jason Lee McLeod, 34, Kimberly McLeod Maynard, 38, and Benjamin Harrison Lionetti, 40, arrest reports showed.

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Lionetti and Maynard live at 2421 Watersong, according to the reports, and neither is listed as having a job.

Jason Lee McLeod is listed as working for McLeod Security Systems of Zebulon and gave the company’s address, 2916 Shepard School Road in Zebulon, as his home.

In arrest warrants, deputies accused Lionetti and Maynard of manufacturing meth, maintaining the trailer as a place to keep or sell drugs, conspiring with each other and with McLeod and having precursor materials used in manufacturing meth: pseudoephedrine, muriatic acid and lithium metal.

McLeod was charged with manufacturing, conspiracy and maintaining the trailer, but not with possessing the manufacturing materials.

Lionetti and Maynard were being held in lieu of $300,000 bail each.

McLeod was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the early 2000s, North Carolina experienced a surge in meth use. The state combated that surge by restricting the sale of Sudafed and other over-the-counter drugs that contain precursors for meth. The numbers fell in the middle of the decade, but began creeping up almost immediately—157 meth lab busts in 2007, 235 in 2010, up to 460 last year.

 

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“Meth, for whatever reason, has really hit here and kind of taken a hold here lately,” says Rowan County detective Kevin Black, a board member of the North Carolina Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association.

Black says drugmakers are circumventing restrictions on precursors. Instead of large labs, as seen on TV shows like Breaking Bad, they cook small amounts in 2-liter soda jugs. It’s called the “shake and bake” or “one pot” method.

“It’s easier for them to do, and it’s easier for them to conceal,” says Black, “As opposed to a large-scale operation, where you would have maybe an outbuilding or a couple rooms in your house dedicated to the traditional way we used to see them cook.”

That method is still highly explosive. Black says his department caught a man this year who lit himself on fire cooking meth while driving his car.

Most of the busts in Lincoln County have been people using the one-pot method, says sheriff David Carpenter. But he attributes the bulk of the arrests in his county to a new way of tracking who buys precursors.

“Our investigators are using a national database to do that, and actually obtaining the information fairly quickly, and going to the homes of the individuals, and questioning them about what they’re doing, and doing searches of their homes,” says Carpenter.

Carpenter says his officers began using the database this year.

 

 

 

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More than 160 people have been arrested on meth-related charges so far this year in San Angelo. Officials say the drug is a problem, but not yet an epidemic here in the Concho Valley.
 
At two and a half months pregnant, with two young children at home, Cassandra Torres was addicted to methamphetamine.

“I was on it all the time,” Torres said. “It was like every day for me. I couldn’t stop.”

It took child protective services intervening for her to get help.

“I think it was a prayer answered because I used to pray about it and ask God to give me the strength to stop but I couldn’t stop,” she said. “And when CPS intervened, that’s when I — it opened my eyes — and I thought I need to do what I can to get my kids back.”

She’s six year sober now, with healthy children and a full-time job.

“It’s been a dramatic change,” Torres said. “I’m very grateful everyday. It’s just been a total turnaround.”

She thanks the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for her recovery.

“Having that courage to stay in the game, to stay in the program, is commendable,” Eric Sanchez, CEO of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley said. “Their love for their children, their families and for their own life is so strong that they want to do whatever it takes to get the help they need.”

In 2012, ADAC cared for 400 clients. One-third of them were meth users.

“We have seen it just be a steady issue in our community, and not just in San Angelo, but the whole Concho Valley,” Sanchez said.

ADAC is here to help people who have an addiction. They’re doing their part to protect the community, while the police department is doing theirs.

“More community involvement,” San Angelo Police Lieutenant Tracy Fincher said of what the department is doing to help seek out and arrest meth distributors and users. “The patrol officers just working with the community every day, talking to the members of the community, getting information.”

The SAPD expects to arrest a total of 200 people by the end of the year on meth related charges. They’ve arrested 163 people so far, one being during a traffic stop over the weekend. The person arrested had 35 grams of meth in their vehicle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man attempting to flee in a vehicle Friday night as they conducted a raid on a residence where a meth lab was suspected to be operating. Kenneth Ray Clark, 47, becomes the 33rd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to the Bristol Times-News, citing police sources, officers with the Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, the 1st Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force were dispatched to a Bristol residence after receiving information that a meth lab was operating there and that a person with outstanding warrants was there.

 

Upon arriving at the property, officers found Clark in a vehicle. Police said he refused to get out of the vehicle and, in an attempt to flee the scene, “tried to run over at least two officers.” Officers then opened fire on the vehicle, striking Clark. Clark managed to drive approximately a mile, where police found him dead in his vehicle.

Clark was wanted on a probation violation warrant in Sullivan County. He also reportedly had an unspecified outstanding warrant from nearby Bristol, Virginia.

Although Clark allegedly “tried to run over at least two officers,” there was no mention of any injury to any of the officers involved.

The shooting will be investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

BILLINGSMethamphetamine continues to be a problem in Montana. It takes a toll on our community and the people who use it.

Meth can alter people’s appearance so bad that they become almost unrecognizable, and sometimes the change can happen within a few months.

 

 

According to MethProject.org, it creates permanent damage.

Malcolm Horn, Rimrock Foundations, Director of Clinical Supervision said she knows patients who have lost everything from the drug.

“One of the problems with methamphetamine is since people can make it in their backyard they can use different things so you don’t always know what you’re getting, and so people think I need to feel better. We all want to feel better. Nobody wants to feel horrible and so we lack to a substance to make us feel better right away instead of saying what’s a better option for me,” Hord said.

Horn also says that if you need help or know anyone that needs help, the Rimrock Foundation has a treatment program and 24-hour hotline at 248-3175.

 

 

 

http://www.kulr8.com/story/23689226/meth-usage-continues-to-be-a-problem

 

 

Volusia County deputies said a Deltona mother was cooking methamphetamine in front of her 6-year-old boy.

Deputies responded to Carlee Moore’s home late Friday night after a tipster told the Sheriff’s Office she was cooking meth in the residence on Doyle Road.

Moore, 31, denied the allegations, the Sheriff’s Office said. She and her mother, who owns the home, told deputies they wanted to lodge a complaint against the tipster for harassing them.

But when deputies searched the house, they found a “wide assortment” of materials used to make the drug including liquid petroleum, an electric grinder, coffee filters and soda bottles coated with white residue, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies also found marijuana and a bottle containing meth oil.

The Sheriff’s Office said the boy was sleeping on the living room couch when deputies arrived. He was placed in custody of his father.

Moore was arrested on numerous charges including manufacturing methamphetamines with a child present and trafficking in methamphetamine. She remains in the Volusia County Jail.

 

 

 

 

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Albuquerque narcotics detectives arrested five people in the North Valley early Monday.

Police said detectives executing a search warrant at a home on Edith Boulevard found Methamphetamine and firearms inside, as well as unsanitary conditions.


Police arrested five people during a drug bust in the North Valley.

 

 

Officers arrested Leonard Lucero, Jacob Escobar, Patrick Ahola, Robert Sandman and Amanda Jones. Sandman, a person of interest in a Georgia homicide who was mistakenly released from a New Mexico jail in July, is now awaiting extradition.

Jones’ 1-year-old baby was also found in the home. The baby’s father, Ruben Garcia, came to the home to take the child, but detectives found out he was also a felony fugitive and arrested him at the scene.

New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department put the baby in custody of the child’s grandmother while they conduct their investigation.

 

 

 

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AUBURN, Wash — A grandmother and mother accused of exposing a 1-year-old girl to methamphetamine entered not guilty pleas Monday before a Regional Justice Center judge in Kent.

Grandmother, mother accused of exposing daughter to meth

Michelle Orndorff (left) and Patrice Tannehill (right)

 

 

Court documents claim Michelle Orndorff and Patrice Tannehill smoked methamphetamine every day, and when the child stopped breathing several times on the night of Sept. 25, they waited too long to seek medical help for the toddler, according to Seattlepi.com.

Tannehill purportedly told police she didn’t want to go to the hospital because she has outstanding warrants. But the two eventually brought the girl to the hospital the next day– which led to their arrests. They’re now charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment, and the court ordered the women to stay away from the victim.

Their next court date is Oct. 24.

 

 

 

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In the aftermath of Thursday’s regional drug bust, investigation results suggest this Dallas-based drug ring was supplying methamphetamine to the entire North Central Texas area.

 The eight-month investigation led by the City County Narcotics Unit and the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Department, Mineral Wells Police Department,

Texas Department of Public Safety, Constables and the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit resulted in 19 arrests – with a few more pending – and the seizure of five firearms, $11,000 cash and a whopping six pounds of crystal meth.

 Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer said he had “no doubt” that the meth in this case had come from Mexican drug cartels. He explained the men arrested in Dallas likely bought the meth in bulk from cartels through a middle man and then functioned as one of the primary distributors for all of North Texas. Along with the alleged Dallas suppliers, most of those arrested in this drug sting were local street dealers from Palo Pinto County.

 “[The drugs] come from the cartels up into Texas and then it’s distributed to the big dealers,” Mercer explained. “The big dealers, the bulk guys, distribute it out to the street guys. It’s a lucrative business because there’s a lot of cash moving around. If you put that dope that we got the other day into just gram form and sold it by the gram, that would be close to $100,000 worth of dope.”

 Like most mainstream products, each gram of meth typically takes a long road before it ends up in a user’s hand on the street. Mercer explained that in a drug ring like the one busted Thursday, typically the meth first comes across the border from Mexican cartels in a liquid form. It is then crystalized – or cooked – by an intermediary before being distributed to major suppliers, like the men in Dallas. From suppliers, the drugs then go down the line eventually landing in the hands of street dealers, whom Mercer said are often users themselves.

 The meth seized in this bust was in a pure form called “ice.” In this form, the meth is far too potent and dangerous to use, so dealers typically use a process called “cutting” or “stepping on it,” as Mercer said law enforcement calls it. This is a process of adding pollutants to the meth, such as baking soda or B-12, that not only makes the drug less potent – so as to not kill a user in one dose – but also bulks it up, so that dealers can sell more of it.

 “By the time you do all that, that little six pounds of dope we got could be worth upwards of $200,000,” Mercer said.

 Mercer explained that the more times a particular amount of meth changes hands, the more expensive it gets. He compared the underground industry to the car business.

 “A car’s manufactured, it goes to a dealer, then it goes to the client and everybody’s going to make a little money off of it,” he said. “That’s the thing is once you get down to the street level, they’re not really making that much money, but they’re supplying themselves, supplying their habit and making some money. It’s like a wholesale deal. Whenever you buy a bunch of that stuff from the source, it’s not as expensive as it is once you cut it, put it in the bag, go out on the street and sell it to somebody.”

 Mercer added it is very hard to pull off a large-scale bust like this because these rackets tend to operate as anonymously as possible. Mercer said suppliers usually change their phone numbers every 30 days and deal with people exclusively on a first name or nickname basis. Of course, they also deal exclusively in cash.

 “It’s a difficult thing to deal with,” Mercer said. “Nobody wants to get caught; they don’t do it in front of two district judges and a notary public.”

 Fighting drug use in any community is a constant battle. But what does law enforcement do with a drug once it is seized? After all, six pounds of meth is an awful lot.

 Mercer explained the drugs are analyzed, weighed and quantified before being locked away in a secure evidence vault. From their it can be used as evidence in the cases against all those arrested. But ultimately, the meth has to be destroyed. This can be a tricky process, especially considering how often meth labs explode in the process of even making the drug.

 “In the old days, we used to flush it down the commode,” Mercer said. “But now there’s chemical labs that deal with it for us and we have to witness it and sign off on it and all that kind of thing. This quantity of meth is unusual.”

 Mercer said that, while drugs cannot be totally eliminated from Palo Pinto County, this bust was a major step toward curtailing the local issue.

 “There’s no doubt in my mind that this group we’re dealing with was dealing all over North Central Texas,” he said. “I don’t think we got all of them, but we certainly got the ones that were bringing it here. Quite frankly, it’s pretty disheartening that we can’t do anything about the drugs crossing the border. But that’s definitely where this is coming from.

 “We’ve done this a number of times over the years and history has proven it’s a never-ending battle. We can’t quit fighting. Hopefully this will slow it down and help make things better here in Palo Pinto County.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://mineralwellsindex.com/topstory/x703137931/Inside-the-meth-industry

 

 

Belmont police say a weekend investigation into an alleged sexual assault led officers to a suspect methamphetamine lab.

Two Belmont residents were arrested as a result of the discovery, according to police. They were identified as Tammy Earline Dillard, 43, and Gary Ross Brewster, 47.

Belmont police say Tammy Earline Dillard, 43, was arrested Saturday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine
 
 
 

Chief Charlie Franklin says officers were called Saturday to an undisclosed address to respond to the sexual assault allegation.

“While the officers were speaking to witnesses, they gathered information that a possible meth lab was being operated at 23 Greenway Circle,” Franklin says.

So officers went to that address, knocked on the door, and talked to the occupants.

“The officers really didn’t know if there was anything going on there or not,” Franklin says. “All they did was go over to the house and talk to the people there.”

But Franklin says the officers detected a chemical odor consistent with meth production. The officers immediately ended the discussion and got a search warrant, police say.

Belmont police say Gary Ross Brewster, 47, was arrested Saturday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine
 
 

With the help of Gastonia and Gaston County police and the SBI, a search was conducted of the house. Franklin says officers found methamphetamine, along with burners, cold packs, and what the chief calls “a significant amount” of over-the-counter medication that can be used to make meth.

Records show the suspects, Dillard and Brewster, lived at the 23 Greenway Circle address. They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and jailed under $50,000 bond. Police say additional charges are pending.

Dillard and Brewster remained in a Gaston County jail Tuesday.

“Sadly, we are seeing more meth in the area,” Franklin says. “When we find out about it, we will go after it.”

 
 
 
 
 
 

MARION, NC (FOX Carolina) – Deputies in western North Carolina are trying to track down whoever left behind $10,000 of crystal methamphetamine in a wooded area near Interstate 40.

The methamphetamine deputies say they found in the woods. (Source: McDowell Co. Sheriff's Office)
The methamphetamine deputies say they found in the woods
 
 

McDowell County deputies said they found 8 oz of meth worth $10,000 on the street on Oct. 8.

Deputies they found the drugs near the first sand pile off of eastbound I-40 in a wooded area.

Anyone with information about the drugs is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

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