Franklin County children are the youngest victims of the meth epidemic spreading across the region.

According to a study conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller’s office, the state ranks first in the nation in meth lab incidents. Studies show 2,157 reported methamphetamine lab incidents in Tennessee in 2010 with 70 those in Franklin County.

Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young reports a 10 percent of children in foster care within the state of Tennessee are from Franklin County.

“I’m tired of picking these babies up and seeing them cry because we’re taking them away from their homes,” Young said. “Franklin, Lincoln and Coffee counties are ground zero for meth in the state.”

An earlier report by the Government Accountability Office showed the number of “clandestine” meth incidents more than doubled in 2010 to some 15,000, after an all-time low of about 7,000 in 2009.

Reports of neglect, burns, and poisoning are not uncommon for children of meth addicted parents and caretakers.

In June, a Kentucky man and woman were arrested after the woman’s two-year-old child drank liquid fire, an ingredient used to make meth.

Two-year-old Frankee Arroyo was rushed to the hospital after swallowing drain cleaner in a glass in her mother’s boyfriend’s car. Frankee’s throat and stomach were severely burned by the sulphuric acid, she was in a coma for over a month. This little girl is just one of the most recent victims of the meth epidemic plaguing this country.

In Bradley County a jury found 27-yearold Tasha Bates guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated child neglect, in the deaths of her children, 3-year-old River and 5-yea-old Leland.

Prosecution states that the boys died after being left in a vehicle on a hot June day in 2012. Temperatures in the car are believed to have reached 129 degrees.

In his opening statement Stephen Hatchett said: “You will find the boys did die in that care. Died of hypothermia, Died of neglect that was brought on by meth.”

The jury deliberated for only few hours before returning the guilty verdict against Bates last week.

The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime reports, a child living at a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory is exposed to immediate dangers and to the ongoing effects of chemical contamination.

In addition, the child may be subjected to fires and explosions, abuse and neglect, a hazardous lifestyle (including the presence of firearms), social problems, and other risks.

Chemical contamination:

The chemicals used to cook meth and the toxic compounds and byproducts resulting from its manufacture produce toxic fumes, vapors, and spills.

A child living at a meth lab may inhale or swallow toxic substances or inhale the secondhand smoke of adults who are using meth; receive an injection or an accidental skin prick from discarded needles or other drug paraphernalia; absorb methamphetamine and other toxic substances through the skin following contact with contaminated surfaces, clothing, or food; or become ill after directly ingesting chemicals or an intermediate product.

Exposure to low levels of some meth ingredients may produce headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. Exposure to high levels can produce shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, dizziness, lack of coordination, eye and tissue irritation, chemical burns (to the skin, eyes, mouth, and nose), and death.

Corrosive substances may cause injury through inhalation or contact with the skin. Solvents can irritate the skin, mucous membranes, and respiratory tract and affect the central nervous system.

Chronic exposure to the chemicals typically used in meth manufacture may cause cancer; damage the brain, liver, kidney, spleen, and immunologic system; and result in birth defects.

Normal cleaning will not remove methamphetamine and some of the chemicals used to produce it. They may remain on eating and cooking utensils, floors, countertops, and absorbent materials. Toxic byproducts of meth manufacturing are often improperly disposed outdoors, endangering children and others who live, eat, play, or walk at or near the site.

Fires and explosions:

About 15 percent of meth labs are discovered as a result of a fire or explosion.

Careless handling and overheating of highly volatile hazardous chemicals and waste and unsafe manufacturing methods cause solvents and other materials to burst into flames or explode.

Improperly labeled and incompatible chemicals are often stored together, compounding the likelihood of fire and explosion.

Highly combustible materials left on stovetops, near ignition sources, or on surfaces accessible to children can be easily ignited by a single spark or cigarette ember.

Hydrogenerators used in illegal drug production constitute bombs waiting to be ignited by a careless act.

Safety equipment is typically nonexistent or inadequate to protect a child.

Abuse and neglect:

Children living at methamphetamine laboratories are at increased risk for severe neglect and are more likely to be physically and sexually abused by members of their own family and known individuals at the site.

Parents and caregivers who are meth dependent typically become careless, irritable, and violent, often losing their capacity to nurture their children.

In these situations, the failure of parents to protect their children’s safety and to provide for essential food, dental and medical care (including immunizations, proper hygiene, and grooming), and appropriate sleeping conditions is the norm.

Older siblings in these homes often assume the role of caretaker.

Some addicted parents fall into a deep sleep for days and cannot be awakened, further increasing the likelihood that their children will be exposed to toxic chemicals in their environment and to abusive acts committed by the other drug-using individuals who are present.

Children living at meth lab sites may experience the added trauma of witnessing violence, being forced to participate in violence, caring for an incapacitated or injured parent or sibling, or watching the police arrest and remove a parent.10

Hazardous lifestyle:

Hazardous living conditions and filth are common in meth lab homes. Explosives and booby traps (including trip wires, hidden sticks with nails or spikes, and light switches or electrical appliances wired to explosive devices) have been found at some meth lab sites.

Loaded guns and other weapons are usually present and often found in easy-to-reach locations. Code violations and substandard housing structures may also endanger children.

They may be shocked or electrocuted by exposed wires or as a result of unsafe electrical equipment or practices.

Poor ventilation, sometimes the result of windows sealed or covered with aluminum foil to prevent telltale odors from escaping, increases the possibility of combustion and the dangers of inhaling toxic fumes.

Meth homes also often lack heating, cooling, legally provided electricity, running water, or refrigeration. Living and play areas may be infested with rodents and insects, including cockroaches, fleas, ticks, and lice.

Individuals responding to some lab sites have found hazardous waste products and rotten food on the ground, used needles and condoms strewn about, and dirty clothes, dishes, and garbage piled on floors and countertops.

Toilets and bathtubs may be backed up or unusable, sometimes because the cook has dumped corrosive byproducts into the plumbing.11 (See Children Found in Meth Lab Homes.)

The inability of meth-dependent and meth-manufacturing parents to function as competent caregivers increases the likelihood that a child will be accidentally injured or will ingest drugs and poisonous substances.

Baby bottles may be stored among toxic chemicals. Hazardous meth components may be stored in 2-liter soft drink bottles, fruit juice bottles, and pitchers in food preparation areas or the refrigerator.

Ashtrays and drug paraphernalia (such as razor blades, syringes, and pipes) are often found scattered within a child’s reach, sometimes even in cribs. Infants are found with meth powder on their clothes, bare feet, and toys.

The health hazards in meth homes from unhygienic conditions, needle sharing, and unprotected sexual activity may include hepatitis A and C, E. coli, syphilis, and HIV.

Social problems:

Children developing within the chaos, neglect, and violence of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory environment experience stress and trauma that significantly affect their overall safety and health, including their behavioral, emotional, and cognitive functioning. They often exhibit low selfesteem, a sense of shame, and poor social skills.

Consequences may include emotional and mental health problems, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school absenteeism and failure, isolation, and poor peer relations.

Without effective intervention, many will imitate their parents and caretakers when they themselves become adults, engaging in criminal or violent behavior, inappropriate conduct, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Many children who live in drug homes exhibit an attachment disorder, which occurs when parents or caretakers fail to respond to an infant’s basic needs or do so unpredictably.

These children typically do not cry or show emotion when separated from their parents. Symptoms of attachment disorder include the inability to trust, form relationships, and adapt.

Attachment disorders place children at greater risk for later criminal behavior and substance abuse. To minimize long-term damage, children from these environments require mental health interventions and stable, nurturing caregivers.

Other risks.

Dangerous animals trained to protect illegal meth labs pose added physical hazards, and their feces contribute to the filth in areas where children play, sleep, and eat. Many children who live in meth homes also are exposed to pornographic materials or overt sexual activity.

Others may actually be involved in the manufacturing process but receive no safety gear to protect them from noxious chemical fumes.

Children found in meth lab homes

The living areas and physical condition of children found in two meth lab homes described below was provided by the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Multi-Agency Partnerships: Linking Drugs with Child Endangerment, Sacramento, CA.

The five children ranged in age from 1 to 7 years old. The one-bedroom home had no electricity or heat other than a gas stove with the oven door opened.

Used hypodermic needles and dog feces littered areas of the residence where the children were found playing. Because there were no beds for the children, they slept with blankets underneath a small card table in the front room.

The bathroom had sewage backed up in the tub, leaving no place for the children to bathe. A subsequent hospital exam revealed that all the children were infected with hepatitis C.

The youngest was very ill. His liver was enlarged to the size of an adult’s. The children had needle marks on their feet, legs, hands, and arms from accidental contact with syringes.

At another lab site, a 2-year-old child was discovered during a lab seizure. Her parents both abused and manufactured methamphetamine. She was found with open, seeping sores around her eyes and on her forehead that resembled a severe burn. The condition was diagnosed as repeated, untreated cockroach bites.

Local municipalities fight back

In fiscal years 2010 and 2011, 722 children were placed in Department of Children’s Services custody for methamphetamine related issues at an estimated cost of $19.6 million. The cost range to clean a home of the toxins is between $5,000 and $25,000, according to the Tennessee State Comptroller’s report.

In an effort to combat the meth epidemic several municipalities in the state have enacted meth ordinances requiring a prescription for the purchase of products containing Pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient in the product of the meth.

“Someone has to stand up and be a voice for the innocent children and the leaders of these cities are standing up,” Young said. “I have been humbled by the compassion and courage of communities citizens across this state and am truly honored to be from Franklin County, the first county in the state to take a stand.”

The Stop Meth Now initiative began in Franklin County as a joint effort between law enforcement and the Franklin County Prevention Coalition.

The idea took root as every city in the county adopted the ordinance. Word of the initiative quickly spread to other cities across the state.

More than 14 cities in the state have adopted similar ordinances and several others are in the works.



Law enforcement officers, both statewide and locally, are dealing with a heavy uptick in the number of people trying to manufacture their own methamphetamine.

With approximately a month remaining in the fiscal reporting time frame, statewide meth lab incidents have already shot well past the numbers for 2012, according to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The numbers, which are voluntarily sent to BCI by law enforcement agencies throughout the state, showed 607 meth labs discovered by law enforcement during the 2012 fiscal year, and 770 incidents since the 2013 fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2012. It’s the highest number since the bureau began keeping the statistics in 2005.


An officer holds up a jar of methamphetamine oil from a Marietta bust. The oil is a product of the meth manufacturing process


Locally, the surge of meth labs has been even more pronounced, said Chief Deputy Mark Warden of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our numbers by the end of August were four times as high as they were in all of 2012,” he said.

Agents from the Major Crimes Task Force, which includes Morgan and Washington counties, are certified to safely dismantle the highly volatile components of a meth lab. They did so three times in 2012.

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By the numbers

Discovered meth labs in Ohio:

2005: 444.

2006: 243.

2007: 177.

2008: 112.

2009: 348.

2010: 359.

2011: 375.

2012: 607.

2013: 770 (as of Aug. 24).

Source: Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

In 2013, they have handled eight labs in Washington County, one in Noble County, and two each in Morgan and Guernsey counties, according to figures from Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

The reason agencies have been finding more labs is likely twofold, suggested Scott Duff, special agent supervisor in charge of the meth and marijuana units for Ohio BCI.

“First, I think the manufacturing method that cooks are utilizing today is a quicker and easier process. Secondly, there are more people out there who know how to recognize the components because of the trainings we do,” he said.

BCI estimates that 95 percent of reported meth lab incidents involve the “one pot” method of making the drug.

Most of the ingredients used to “cook” the drug are common household items, such as lithium batteries, Coleman fuel and two-liter soda bottles, said Mincks.

One ingredient always necessary in the manufacture of the drug, the allergy medication pseudoephedrine, is also legal to purchase, albeit in controlled quantities.

“When people found out they could get all this stuff and shake it up and, presto, you have meth, it really became a problem,” Mincks said.

The proliferation of the one pot method started around two years ago, he said.

To further encourage would-be chemists, finding meth-making instructions can be as simple as an online search, said Warden.

“At one point, one of my officers came in and showed me a video. There was an actual YouTube video showing a girl going through the entire process. It took like 30 minutes,” he said.

Several steps are in place to combat the growing problem.

According to The Associated Press, Fruth Pharmacy (a national chain with a store in Belpre) announced last week that they would be replacing some of their pseudoephedrine products with Nexafed-a drug designed to break down into an unusable mess when individuals try to extract the pseudoephedrine needed for meth.

In addition, a law that went into effect in June requires Ohio pharmacies to report purchase data to a nationwide database that law enforcement agencies can use to track individuals buying more than the legal amount of pseudoephedrine, said Duff.

“We have 450 local officers who have access to this database. So if they see (a certain individual) making frequent trips to two, three, four different pharmacies on consecutive days, we know he’s manufacturing meth,” he said.

While meth is a growing trend locally, it still has not overtaken the biggest drug problem-opiates, said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Major Brian Schuck, who oversees the Major Crimes Task Force.

“Heroin and prescription pills are the No. 1 problem. Right now there is so much opiate use. It’s just rampant,” he said.

Dealers are able to make big profits buying heroin in bigger metro areas such as Columbus and selling them locally at five times the price, he said.

What makes meth increasingly dangerous is that the after-products of its manufacture can still be highly volatile, said Schuck.

“I’ve been present before when an old lab ignited and caught fire on the porch,” he said.

That is why law enforcement warns individuals to stay away from strange discarded items and instead call the authorities, said Warden.

That is exactly what one Marietta family did earlier this year when they found not one, but five once-active meth containers discarded in their backyard, said Schuck.

“We have other counties reaching out to us to come in and help deactivate these labs. Obviously, meth is coming,” he said.



EVANSVILLE —A federal grand jury has indicted a Mount Vernon, Ind., woman for operating a multistate methamphetamine operation from her home.

According to the indictment, filed in U.S. District Court at Evansville, Dawn Davis, 44, was the organizer and leader of a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute the drug in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Davis is charged with conspiring to make and distribute methamphetamine; distribution of methamphetamine; and maintaining a drug involved premises.

“Now Ms. Davis must face the consequences her actions. If convicted she faces the possibility of a life in federal prison,” said Joseph Hogsett, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

Davis has made an initial appearance before a federal magistrate and is in federal custody, Hogsett said.

The indictment charges that Davis enlisted others to obtain cold medication for her, which she then used in producing methamphetamine using the “one pot” method, a dangerous technique combining various volatile ingredients in plastic soda bottles.

Law enforcement officials searched her home and found a items involved in making methamphetamine as well as two handguns, three shotguns and ammunition, according to the indictment.

Hogsett said the indictment is a departure from federal officials’ usual role of combating larger drug trafficking organizations importing drugs from outside the area.

However, he said federal prosecutors and agencies are committed to working with local police to combat methamphetamine.

Hogsett said local methamphetamine manufacturers are creating a demand for the drug that ultimately can’t be filled by one-pot labs, opening the door for outside operations linked to drug cartels to step and meet the demand.



A 3-year-old girl tested positive for methamphetamine during a San Bernardino hospital visit, prompting the arrest of her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, sheriff’s officials say.

The drug test results were discovered Wednesday, Sept. 4, when the couple brought the child to the emergency room at San Bernardino Community Hospital for treatment of a fever, investigators said in a written statement.

While 27-year-old Alexis Parker and 43-year-old Tony Medrano were at the hospital with the girl and her twin sister, deputies served a search warrant at the couple’s East Mirada Court home and discovered evidence that the ill child had access to several types of narcotics and weapons, according to the statement.

“During a search of the suspects’ vehicle parked at the hospital, deputies also recovered narcotics under the child’s seat,” investigators wrote. “Medrano is a sex offender who is not the father of the children and lives with them.”

Parker and Medrano were arrested at 7:06 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital and booked for investigation of child endangerment and possessing methamphetamine for sale, jail records show. Parker also was booked on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon, and Medrano faces the additional charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition, the jail records say.

Both are being held on $100,000 bail.



QUINCY, ILL.Three Quincy residents are behind bars after a methamphetamine raid late Tuesday.

Rodney Gallaher, 46, Thomas Kealen, 28, and Poshia Oliver, 36, were all arrested on meth related charges after their home on Lind Street was raided.

During the raid, police found a shake a bake meth laboratory and several ingredients to make the drug.



Police say all three were arrest on charges of aggravated participation in methamphetamine production and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor.

Gallaher was also arrested on charges for methamphetamine waste, after allegedly throwing out meth materials into the Mississippi River, according to police.

Members of the West Central Illinois Task Force, Adams County Sheriffs Office, Quincy Police Department and the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in the raid.





PANORAMA CITY – Building inspectors today boarded up a Panorama City hangout for methamphetamine users, as police arrested three people living in the neighborhood eyesore.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives led a probation search at 9147 Hazeltine Ave., near Osborne Street, joined by building and postal inspectors and social workers.

“The home had become a flop house for meth users and a total blight on the neighborhood,” said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon of the Mission Detective Division.

Detectives believed Melissa Reis, on probation for an earlier crime, and another woman staying at the house had been stealing mailed packages off neighbors’ porches. 

In a search of the home, detectives found what they said was one of the biggest rocks of methamphetamine any of the officers had ever seen.

They also found stolen mail, evidence of identity theft operations and filthy conditions, including human and dog excrement throughout the property. One of eight dogs in the house bit a postal inspector, who was not seriously injured.

“Everyone knew the house was a problem, but we have to follow the law to do something about it,” said LAPD Officer Phil Ruiz. “It takes time, and sometimes we have to be creative in how we address these quality-of-life issues.” 

Reis, 40, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. Daniel Broady, 38, was arrested on suspicion of possession of the drug for sale and the homeowner, Shay Sowden, 37, was booked on a warrant for building and safety violations, according to police.

Sowden told officers he has been addicted to drugs since he was 9 years old, but is able to function as a robotics expert for Honda.

“By all accounts, he’s a genius,” Vernon said. “But he’s taken his life down a path of addiction that’s affected his quality of life and his neighbors’.”



NORFOLK – A former probation officer in Virginia Beach and her husband have pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Katherine Kephart of Norfolk is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13 in U.S. District Court. Her husband, Charles Kephart, is to be sentenced Dec. 12.

Both face up to 40 years in prison.

According to court documents, the Kepharts regularly used methamphetamine and associated with known meth traffickers.

In November, authorities received a tip that the Kepharts were importing meth from Asheville, N.C., to Hampton Roads.

Charles Kephart was arrested Feb. 28 after buying a half-ounce of meth from an undercover police officer, court documents said.

While working as a probation officer, Katherine Kephart used her state computer to check names and license plates of prospective conspirators to determine whether they might be under court supervision or working for law enforcement, documents said.

Katherine Kephart was a probation officer from Sept. 25, 2010, until Aug. 21, 2013, according to a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections.



Five Ontario residents are facing charges in connection with a massive drug bust that police are calling the largest methamphetamine seizure in the province’s history.

Officers from the province’s Asian Organized Crime Task Force told reporters Thursday morning that 120 kilograms of pure methamphetamine, more than 110,000 meth pills and 14 kilograms of meth powder were seized during nine raids conducted throughout the province in late July.

Investigators said the pure methamphetamine was enough to make approximately four million pills.


Police display methamphetamine at a news conference Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

Five vehicles and $81,000 in cash were also seized, and three illegal drug labs were dismantled, including a large lab in Warkworth and a pill-pressing lab in Campbellford.

Police said a total of approximately $5 million worth of illegal drugs were seized, with an approximate street value of $40 million, CTV’s Tamara Cherry reports.

Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Mike Armstrong said that most of the drugs were likely heading out of the country.

“When you have this volume of drugs… this isn’t that big of a market,” he said.

Seven search warrants were carried out at homes and businesses across the Greater Toronto Area and an additional two search warrants were carried out near Campbellford and Warkworth.

Cherry said meth labs can pose additional dangers to the communities they are in, because they hold large quantities of chemicals that are often toxic and potentially explosive.

The AOCTF is comprised of officers from the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police, Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.



Drugs with a street value of $40 million were seized in what police say is one of largest methamphetamine seizures in Ontario’s history

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

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


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

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

In total, police seized:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



The man accused in the shooting death of a Butte man in August smoked methamphetamine and fired his handgun several times behind Big Butte the night of the killing, according to charging documents.

Details of the case not previously reported were released Thursday in an affidavit.

On Thursday, authorities filed felony deliberate homicide charges against that man — Jeffery Lackman, 24, of Whitehall, in the death of 46-year-old Mark Partelow.

Lackman is accused of shooting Partelow in the face with a 9mm handgun the evening of Aug. 5. Witnesses claim Lackman got into an argument with Sherrie Sanders just outside her residence at 1322 Casey St. about 11:20 p.m. Partelow, who was Sanders’ boyfriend, stepped between the two to breakup the argument and Lackman shot him in the face, the affidavit states.

Partelow was transported to

St. James Healthcare, but died on arrival.

Lackman left the scene in a red car driven by Juan Romero, court papers state. The pair was later stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol near Roundup, about 250 miles from Butte in Central Montana, on Aug. 7, and arrested. Both men remain jailed.

Investigators also recovered the handgun they suspect was used in the shooting discarded near Elk Park in Jefferson County. The handgun and two clips

were found in a plastic shopping bag and wrapped in a towel. The gun was sent to the Montana Crime Lab in Missoula for further examination.

A witness identified as Vern Maddock told police he was with Lackman, Romero and Breeann Larson the evening of the shooting, the affidavit states. Maddock told police they parked behind Big Butte, northwest of Butte, and smoked meth from a light bulb. He said Lackman had a 9mm handgun and fired several shots out the car window.

Maddock said Lackman and Larson lived at the Casey Street address — where the fatal shooting occurred — for a short time. After smoking meth, Maddock told police they called Sanders’ residence via cell phone and said they were coming to retrieve personal items.

The affidavit states Lackman first went to a residence next to Sanders’ home and spoke to a woman living there. Lackman showed the woman the handgun, chambering a round and saying he was in the neighborhood “collecting some debts,’’ documents show.

The woman said shortly after Lackman left her home, she heard a gunshot.

Maddock said he also heard the gunshot and ran from the scene, according to police. He turned himself in the next day after he saw news reports that Partelow had been killed.

Investigators claim bullet casings found behind Big Butte and at the crime scene appear to match with the gun found discarded near Elk Park.

Romero, 28, of Deer Lodge, faces felony counts of deliberate homicide by accountability and tampering with physical evidence for helping Lackman flee the town and discard the murder weapon.

Lackman is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 19 before District Judge Brad Newman. Romero’s arraignment is set for Sept. 26 before District Judge Kurt Krueger.



MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/5/13) – In week eight of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, the topic for discussion this week is the public responsibility in the effort of cleaning our community of meth.

The methamphetamine (meth) epidemic is a difficult one to say the least. Across the country many are baffled at the extent of damage caused by this horrific drug. Although legislators are working diligently to come up with a solution, it appears there is no easy way out of this crisis. Legislators are not alone, law enforcement, social services, school systems, faith based organizations, and other agencies are finding that the methamphetamine epidemic is a mounting problem.

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The truth is we cannot leave it up to law makers or any other group to solve this issue. Because this is a community problem, the entire community must be involved in helping to wipe it out.

Fortunately, there seems to be a sense of urgency among those who desire to become active in combating the meth issue. I am delighted, that I am hearing questions like, how may I help or how may I be involved? I assure you that there is something that everyone can do to help in fighting the battle against methamphetamine.

The following thoughts offer some suggestions about how you can be actively involved in the campaign against this powerful drug.

It is of the greatest importance that every concerned person be well-informed. When a substance like methamphetamine is practically holding many communities hostage, we need at minimum – a basic understanding of the drug.

There are many websites that offer both basic and detailed information about methamphetamine. See one of the sites that I have often recommended by clicking here on M.A.M. (Mothers Against Methamphetamine)

The Sheriff’s Department has been going throughout the county doing meth awareness programs. In the near future I am scheduled to speak to the freshmen class of Muhlenberg High School about the dangers associated with meth. We are also scheduled to be in local churches in the upcoming weeks to present this program. If you would like a list of scheduled events or have any other questions about meth, please feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

It is important to be informed, but also important for the community to be involved. One way to be involved is by reporting any illegal drug activity. If you have information about meth or other illegal drugs contact Muhlenberg Central Dispatch at 338-2000. You may also report illegal activity at

Being involved doesn’t stop with reporting illegal drug activity. We can do much more to control this epidemic.

Because the addiction rate of meth is 95-98%, and because only small percentages overcome the addiction, prevention methods must be utilized. It is vitally important that youth, and every potential user be informed of the consequences of meth use.

Start at home by teaching your children what you know about the drug; reiterate that they must never experiment with it, not even once.

Unfortunately not every child is lives in a stable or drug free environment. Some children claim that they were introduced to meth by their parents, or by a sibling. This is where involvement from the community becomes crucial. We must develop a strong community attachment to these children, through our schools, churches or other youth organizations. While no organization can take the place of a well-balanced family, other organizations may be beneficial in providing information and encouragement that will prove most helpful to the child.


Retired Border Patrol officers explain why amnesty could lead to explosion of illegal trafficking


In late July, a group of retired United States Border Patrol agents, writing on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), released a public letter warning the American people that violent Mexican drug cartels are operating all across the U.S., building networks, recruiting assets, and cementing their dominance over the lucrative, and socially destructive, drug trade.

What many Americans fail to realize, however, is that leading politicians from both major political parties are actually helping the drug cartels, or at least enabling and protecting their activities— knowingly or unknowingly.

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The shocking letter reads in part:

Transnational criminal enterprises have annually invested millions of dollars to create and staff international drug and human smuggling networks inside the United States; thus it is no surprise that they continue to accelerate their efforts to get trusted representatives in place as a means to guarantee continued success. We must never lose sight of the fact that the United States is the market place for the bulk of transnational criminal businesses engaged in human trafficking and the smuggling, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. Organized crime on this scale we are speaking about cannot exist without political protection.

Readers of AMERICAN FREE PRESS are no doubt familiar with the sordid history of criminal elements in the American military and intelligence agencies, oftentimes working in conjunction with corrupt factions operating in the U.S. Congress and White House, and their role in facilitating and benefiting from the illegal drug trade. In 1996, Gary Webb, the courageous reporter with the San Jose Mercury News, documented the role of the Central Intelligence Agency in facilitating South American cocaine being trafficked into some of America’s largest cities, which led to the “crack” epidemic still plaguing many parts of America today. In the years since, whistleblowers and former military and intelligence operatives have come forth describing the myriad intrigues connecting the American political establishment, mainstream mass media, drug cartels and organized crime in the international drug trade.

A number of mainstream media reports have confirmed much of what NAFBPO is saying. Mexican drug cartels are indeed operating in thousands of American cities and towns all across the nation – and they have been for some time now. The city of Chicago – over 1,400 miles from the Mexican border – named the infamous Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán as “Public Enemy No. 1” last February due to his cartel’s expanding clout in the Windy City. Many seasoned U.S. law enforcement experts are increasingly concerned that the drug cartels, once firmly established, will extend their activities into other areas of organized crime. Mexican drug cartels are already notorious for extreme violence and being heavily involved with human trafficking, including prostitution.


Dr. David A. Shirk, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Principal Investigator of the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego, is disturbed by the lack of knowledge and specific, detailed information relating to the activities of Mexican drug cartels operating in the United States. “No one knows how extensive Mexican drug trafficking networks are in the United States, but it is fair to assume that there is substantial capacity to operate and access mid level distribution markets,” Dr. Shirk explained to this reporter. “The problem is that there has been little serious effort to understand how distribution networks really work in the United States from the border to the consumer.”

Robert Trent, the Secretary and Treasurer of NAFBPO, told AFP that the activities of the various drug cartels operating all across the U.S., which has been widely documented in the mainstream mass media and by our own United States Justice Department, “will be significantly bolstered by granting any form of immigration amnesty that would legalize the cartels’ foot soldiers and managers that reside illegally here in America.”

Americans would be wise to take Mr. Trent’s warning seriously, especially as the push for granting American citizenship to millions of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. increases in the coming months.

Mr. Trent went on to say, “America is a sovereign nation and has a right to defend its borders from intruders and enforce its immigration laws throughout the United States.” The problem, however, is that on a bipartisan basis the American political establishment has failed to adequately enforce current immigration laws already in place, and has hindered American law enforcement, Customs and immigration officials, and others dealing with immigration issues to fulfill their duties as protectors of America’s borders. Establishment Democrats and Republicans appear to be more interested in placating and even assisting illegal immigrants secure federal and state social welfare and other economic benefits, rather than enforcing existing immigration policy and adequately protecting our borders.

“Unfortunately, the current administration chooses not to enforce these laws, which simply encourages more to come illegally and remain here until we lower our guard,” Mr. Trent explained. “We had an amnesty in 1986 and our elected officials told us then that it would be the last. They said they had included enforcement protections in the amnesty bill that would prevent a future build up of illegals in America.”

Policing and securing a nation’s borders, in addition to formulating and enforcing a rational immigration policy, are two key responsibilities for any sovereign nation – and America’s political establishment is failing to fulfill these essential duties.

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Tulsa, Okla. — A drug dealer makes things easy for officers after spilling the evidence all over his vehicle late Monday evening.

Broken Arrow police say the traffic stop happened around 11:47 p.m.

Steven Castleberry

Steven Castleberry was chatty after being taken into custody during the traffic stop.

He admitted to spilling meth all over his vehicle while trying to dispose of it into a water bottle. Police say the spill happened as he was being pulled over.

Castleberry also confessed to dealing meth at a discount for repeat business and offering free needles.

He’s currently in the Tulsa County Jail. Castleberry faces multiple counts including destruction of evidence and possession of a CDS.



(Dearborn County, Ind.) – A man and woman who stole Christmas packages and ran a meth lab near Hidden Valley have each been sentenced to prison.

Kevin MacKenzie and Kelly Mayer have each pleaded guilty to 18 counts of Receiving Stolen Property (Class D felony). MacKenzie has also pleaded to Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony). Mayer pleaded to an additional charge of Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony).

Kevin MacKenzie and Kelly Mayer

Mayer, 26, was sentenced on Thursday, August 29 by Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship to 10 years in prison, with another 10 years suspended to probation for her methamphetamine charge. She was given three years on each of the Receiving Stolen Property charges, to be served concurrently with each other and the meth charge.

MacKenzie, 31, received the same sentence from Blankenship on July 31 after making his own guilty plea agreement about a month earlier. He will pay restitution to the victims jointly with MacKenzie.

Both of the criminals had also been originally charged additionally with two counts of Neglect of a Dependant (Class C felony). However, the resolution on those charges were not indicated in their sentencing orders.

The couple followed UPS and FedEx delivery trucks in Dearborn County last December, then would take the packages that were left outside. A witness to one of the thefts by Mayer gave police a description of her vehicle and license plate number.

That information helped Dearborn County Sheriff’s investigators track the thefts to MacKenzie and Mayer’s home on Fairway Drive near Hidden Valley. Inside they discovered the stolen items and packaging, as well as an active meth lab in the garage.

Mayer and MacKenzie’s two children, ages four and seven at the time, were also living in the home.

Neither of the two are to have contact with any of the 16 people they victimized by stealing their packages, many of which contained electronics and other expensive items intended as Christmas gifts.

The Indiana Department of Corrections website lists MacKenzie’s earliest possible release from prison as December 15, 2017. Mayer remains held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.



Did you miss the kickoff episode to season four of the National Geographic Channel’s “Drugs, Inc?” If you didn’t catch the August 12th premiere, you missed out on the subtle and sympathetically titled “San Francisco Meth Zombies” episode, which profiles the San Francisco meth trade from manufacturers all the way down to users. Along the way, it interviews a variety of players on the San Francisco meth scene, from a member of the Asian drug cartel to a dealer to a gay prostitute and meth user who swaps sex for drugs. 



The show paints the gay community with a wide brush, using familiar “den of iniquity” overtones to talk about meth use (forbidding music over a billowing rainbow flag, anyone?).

“The summer of love has become the winter of addiction,” intones the narrator. “And in the heart of the city, the gay community is struggling to overcome a meth epidemic. An entire subculture known as ‘party and play’ is based around methamphetamine use.”

Elsewhere, the Asian cartel that’s been “poisoning San Francisco with meth for almost 25 years” runs two superlabs within the city and supplies the Tenderloin, SOMA, the Sunset and the Richmond. “Like ninjas of the American underworld, the Asian cartel prefers to remind hidden in the shadows.” But like a familiar Breaking Bad plot twist, the cartel’s recipe has landed in the hands of the Mexican cartel that’s now threatening their supply.

The episode also takes viewers on a depressing tour of the Tenderloin, which it calls “one of the worst drug ghettos in the whole of America,” and profiles the law enforcement efforts directed at the issue. (Sample quote: “the cops suspect the dealer is using his transgender roommate’s apartment as a stash house”.)





A man was shot multiple times in Highland, and he’s refusing to cooperate with authorities, police said.

The incident was reported just before midnight Wednesday, in the 7400 block of Valaria Drive, according to a statement issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the agency, several people reported hearing three or four gunshots, and that someone had been hit.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) – Workers mowing in the Rock Creek Road and Tarkil Road area of Morgan County came upon about 30 discarded one-pot meth labs Wednesday.

Agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force recovered the bottles which were down an embankment about 50 feet off the road. 


The sheriff’s office asks if anyone sees trash thrown from vehicles or suspicious-acting people along the roadway to report what was happening.

Officials also warn not to tamper with garbage or items when you are not sure of their content. Meth labs and their chemicals are extremely dangerous.



MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) – A crew cutting grass in the county found approximately 30 discarded meth labs on the side of the road Wednesday.

Workers called the Morgan County Drug Task Force to the area after making the find, which was in the area of Rock Creek and Tarkil roads, said Sheriff Ana Franklin. The labs had been thrown along the shoulder of the road and down an embankment.

Franklin said anyone who sees someone throwing trash from roadways or someone parked on the roadway to report it to authorities. Franklin said people should not touch or tamper with suspicious garbage or other items due to hazardous materials and chemicals used to make meth.



WEST HAMLIN – Sheriff’s deputies uncovered meth making materials in a residential area of West Hamlin, last week, following a tip submitted to the office of Sheriff Ken Farley. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier and Deputy Rex Clark were involved in the investigation, Wednesday, August 28, 2013. According to the criminal complaint on file in Lincoln County Magistrate Court, the tip was received at around 2:30 p.m. regarding Steven M. Cooper, 26, with a Griffithsville address. Last week’s bust took place at Gue Hollow in West Hamlin. Cooper was arrested and placed in custody.
Chief Deputy J.J. Napier is shown escorting the accused, Steven Cooper, to the sheriff’s office for processing last week
According to the tip, Cooper was at a residence in West Hamlin operating a methamphetamine lab. The deputies arrived at the residence and observed Cooper. The deputies were invited to search the residence. Cooper is said to have stated that he did not manufacture meth and did not have the materials in the house to make meth.
The deputies found a bag containing lithium batteries, Instant Cold, hand warmers, Drain Out drain cleaner, Drain Opener, one straw cut in half with a power residue on it, four small plastic bags with powder residue and a strong chemical odor, and several grocery bags with a chemical odor and liquid residue.

Cooper was read his Miranda Rights. Asked where the items came from and to whom they belonged, Cooper said the items were his and that he purchased them from an area pharmacy. Cooper was then arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Courthouse for processing. According to the deputies, while at the courthouse, Cooper gave a written statement confirming that he did purchase the materials and intended to manufacture and sell meth. Cooper was being held at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, last week. Bail was set at $20,000. Jail records show Cooper was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, obstruction, and operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.



SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, – A little over a decade ago, methamphetamine use was so low in Mexico that it didn’t even show up in yearly drug statistics.

Even now, methamphetamine ranks at the bottom of the list of illegal drugs consumed in that country. Meth users account for not even a quarter of the number of that country’s marijuana consumers. And a national survey done by Mexico’s federal Health Ministry found that meth was the drug of choice of fewer than 1 percent of chronic drug users or addicts in 2011, the most recent year for which the survey was done.

But statistics belie the true nature of methamphetamine’s threats to society and to individual, says the city’s health director. What’s more, the survey – taken at a regional level throughout Mexico – reflects neither the local reality in San Luis Rio Colorado, nor the new reality, says Dr. Abel Sanchez, director of Municipal Medical Services in San Luis Rio Colorado.

“If we look at it purely in terms of numbers, (methamphetamine use) is a small percentage with respect to the population in general,” said Sanchez. But, he noted, “the problem is that addictions are conditions that damage the social fabric.”

A native of the Mexican border city south of Yuma, Sanchez said that fewer than 20 years ago, meth use in San Luis Rio Colorado was unheard of.

“(Drug use) was purely marijuana, or those who had money used cocaine.”

Authorities just recently have noticed greater methamphetamine use among young people he said, but the trend is quickly become alarming in San Luis.

The organization that oversees 28 rehabilitation clinics in the area of San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., for drug users, has reported that of the more than 1,500 addicts it has been caring for, 85 percent were abuses of methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is not only more addictive than other drugs, he said, but exponentially more harmful than any other.

“(Meth) is easy to get and is much more destructive to the neural system,” he said. “It literally destroys the brain. There’s a huge difference between that and marijuana.”

Methamphetamine use may not appear as a significant problem in national statistics, but city police said that in the past year more than 90 percent of suspects arrested in the city in connection with robberies involving violence were meth users.

City Councilwomen Luz Hilda Garcia and Bertha Alicia German, both of whom sit on the city’s health commission, said methamphetamine use in particular and drug abuse in general in San Luis Rio Colorado have jumped noticeably in a little more than a decade. And they link the problem directly to migration patterns that have brought many people from Mexico to the border city on the way to the United States.

“We are overwhelmed with people from diverse states (throughout Mexico) who, on the way to seeking the American dream (in the United States), stop in this area,” said Garcia. “The fact that they don’t follow through with their plans (instead staying in San Luis) becomes a factor that contributes greatly to the problems we have.”

The problem of abuse of methamphetamine and other drugs is further aggravated by the high number of single-parent households in San Luis, where children are left alone while their mothers are at work, German said. “Typically they don’t have anyone to help instill values in them.”

Parental responsibility is key in the battling drugs, Garcia said.

“As a teacher, I can say that in the schools, we teach values to the students, so they can prepare themselves and become law-abiding people who are motivated in life. But we encounter the problem that many (youth) come from disintegrated families, whose parents use drugs or whose mothers are single.”

In Los Algodones, Baja Calif., the situation is different. More than half the people arrested for crimes in the border community west of Yuma are drug users, but the drug of choice appears to be marijuana, police there say.

“We are working hard on the preventative aspect” to fight drug use and drug-related crimes,” said Gerardo Torres, a police supervisor in Los Algodones. “The need for drugs leads them to commit crimes. Whatever suspicious person we see in the street, we check out, and it’s common to find them with marijuana, crystal meth or pills.

“We have to suspect both the person who’s wearing a tie and the person who goes around in shorts and sandals.”

He added: “We can control what happens on public streets, but not inside the homes. We could say of every 50 families, in 15 to 20 there is at least one user.”

Torres said that in the Algodones area, the key tool in prevention is the DARE anti-drug education program that is offered in the school systems from the pre-school through university level. But, he said, its ultimate success depends on parental and family involvement in efforts to curb drug abuse.

In the weeks ahead, the city of San Luis Rio Colorado is expected to launch a new organization, the Municipal Committee Against Addiction and Domestic Violence, a panel designed to bring together representatives of the community, of government agencies and others to set goals for combating drug abuse.

Sanchez said the committee offers the promise of bringing together often-times disparate efforts against drugs into a coordinated effort. And as an established, sanctioned group it will be in a position to seek and attract federal funds for local drug prevention and drug treatment programs.

He added that committee also seeks to work collectively with the Yuma County Health Department, given that those Yuma-area residents who cross the border to buy or use drugs become part of the problem in San Luis Rio Colorado.



JACKSON, MI – The Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team on Tuesday night found a man producing methamphetamine in a car at Euclid and Eggleston streets.


The Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team inspects the contents of a mobile meth lab near the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Eggleston Street in Jackson on Tuesday September 3, 2013



About 7 p.m., the team saw a car parked in the street, did not think it looked right, and smelled part of the meth-making process, said Michigan State Police Detective Lt. Dave Cook, who heads the team.

Police could see the man in the car, cooking the drug, Cook said.

Officers found acids, lye, Coleman fuel and other items used to make meth in the car, Cook said.

They arrested the man and took him to the county jail.

Authorities cleaned up the lab, an active chemical process. Any confiscated substances are taken to a secure container at a secure facility.



WASHINGTON, Ind. —In arrests coordinated in three states — Indiana, Mississippi and California — authorities on Tuesday charged 15 people in connection with a methamphetamine distribution ring.

The arrests were the result on 18-month investigation by the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Evansville office of what they came to dub the “Alan Marshall methamphetamine distribution organization.”

Marshall, 43, of 620 W. Main St., in Washington was arrested on state charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and federal charges of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

During Tuesday morning raids in Washington, Los Angeles, and Coldwater, Miss., officers reported finding two pounds of methamphetamine, plus marijuana, cash and firearms.

Other Washington residents arrested on charges of dealing or distributing methamphetamine were: Leroy Elsworth Ellis, 23; Jeffrey Scott Fox, 47; Rhonda Kay Lewis, 47; Jennifer Malee Sandoval, 34; Adam James Tolbert, 26; Eunice Lesure, 32; Marcus Newson, 34; and James Coy, 43.

Also charged with distribution were: Christopher Kimmons, 41, Coldwater, Miss.; Antoin Alson, 36, Long Beach, Calif.

Washington residents Haven Ramsey, 55, and Ruby Ramsey, 56, and Barbara Kimmons, 68, of Coldwater, Miss., were charged with money laundering.

David Merritt, 43, no known address, remained a fugitive on Wednesday, according to authorities.




NEWPORT, Wash. – The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office discovered a meth lab Tuesday in Newport following the report of domestic violence assault.

Eric L. Benzo, 38, was arrested for unlawful imprisonment/domestic violence. Authorities obtained information during Benzo’s arrest and deputies got a search warrant for a garage on his property.

On Wednesday, officials served the search warrant on Benzo’s property where a small meth lab was found. The Washington State Patrol sent a specially trained team to assist deputies in processing the lab.

Benzo faces additional charges of manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.



GOBLES (WKZO) — There seem to be so many meth labs in Van Buren County that deputies stumble over them, even when they aren’t looking for them.

That was the case twice Monday night.

Deputies made a traffic stop in Gobles and realized the car contained several one pot meth vessels and gas generators and other materials used in the production of meth.

They were seized and destroyed.

A report on the 53-year-old driver will be forwarded to the prosecutor.

About an hour later, deputies were dispatched to a domestic abuse complaint on east Main St. in Gobles, and while interviewing the 29-year-old female victim, realized she was under the influence of Methamphetamine.

This is what they found in the garage of the woman's home in Gobles.

This is what they found in the garage of the woman’s home in Gobles



Deputies did a consent search and found expended Meth Cooks, gas generators and other meth ingredients in the garage.

They were also seized and destroyed .

They also found her two year old girl in the home who was handed over to child protective services.


Sapulpa Police arrested a Tulsa man Sunday afternoon, after allegedly attempting to ditch $300 worth of drugs, on possession of methamphetamine complaints after a witness called complaining of subjects on the side of New Sapulpa Road.

Booking records show Jason Harry McIntire, 35, is facing formal charges for possession of methamphetamine.

Police records show Patrolman David Womeldorff was dispatched to New Sapulpa Road at 1:25 p.m. to check on a couple subjects that were standing in front of a closed car lot.

When Womeldorff arrived on the scene he said he observed one of the subjects go behind a car and drop a black tube. Womeldorff saw the tube dropped and the subject take five steps away from it.

Womeldorff made contact with the subject, who identified himself as McIntire.

Womeldorff picked up the tube and opened it up and identified five clear plastic baggies with “ICE” rock like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. It weighed approximately 6.1 grams with packaging.

Womeldorff read McIntire his rights and McIntire said he understood his rights.

“Yes, I will talk with you,” said McIntire.

McIntire told Womeldorff the tube was his, and he told Womeldorff he purchased it about three hours ago for $300. McIntire admitted to having a previous charge for possession and was afraid to get into more trouble so he dropped the Methamphetamine on the ground and walked away from it.

Womeldorff placed McIntire under arrest and transported him to the Sapulpa Police Station.

According to court records McIntire had a previous felony conviction for possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia in July in Tulsa County.

As of press time McIntire is in custody at the Creek County Justice center awaiting his bond hearing.



LEWISTON, ID – Two men are behind bars at the Nez Perce County jail following the discovery of 85-grams of methamphetamine.

LPD Officers make arrest after 85-grames of meth thrown from vehicle

K-9 alerts officers to the presence of narcotic odors

Thursday night the Lewiston Police Department received a tip that Travis Frazier, who had an outstanding arrest warrant, was near Albertsons in Lewiston. According to LPD, officers located Frazier, and initiated a traffic stop. During the investigation, K-9, Lucy alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotic odors. While no narcotics were found, over 85 grams of methamphetamine were seized nearby, which authorities said were thrown from the vehicle.

“Officer Reese, who was the officer that initiated the traffic stop reviewed his vehicle and could see the passenger, Rodriguez, throwing the bag out during the traffic stop, so it was actually captured on the video the officer just didn’t observe it.,” said LPD Captain Roger Lanier.

Both 41-year-old Travis Frazier and 57-year-old Jorge Rodriguez were booked into the Nez Perce County jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. The drug is believed to have come from the Tri-Cities region, and has a street value of over $3,000.




West Columbia, SC (WLTX) Two people are arrested and a meth lab has been seized according to Lexington County Sheriff’s office. Deputies say a tip led the Lexington County Narcotics Team (NET) to motel room on Harbor Drive near West Columbia.

Christy Ann Gable, 37, and Earnest Charles Lake, 52, were arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory. The two are currently awaiting bond hearings at the Lexington County jail.


Christy Ann Gable, 37

Earnest Charles Lake, 52



The deputies say they dismantled and safely disposed of the methamphetamine laboratory.

Lexington County sheriff’s office asks that if you have any information about illegal drug activity in Lexington county call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.