CHICAGO — It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community. Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier, according to many experts, has been a lack of health insurance.

But that barrier crumbles in less than a year.  In a major break with the past, 4 million people with drug and alcohol problems — from homeless drug addicts to working moms who drink too much — suddenly will become eligible for insurance coverage under the new health care overhaul.

The number of people seeking treatment could double over current levels, depending on how many states decide to expand their Medicaid programs and how many addicts choose to take advantage of the new opportunity, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. The analysis compared federal data on the addiction rates in the 50 states, the capacity of treatment programs and the provisions of the new health law.
The surge in patients is expected to push a marginal part of the health care system out of church basements and into the mainstream of medical care. Already, the prospect of more paying patients has prompted private equity firms to increase their investments in addiction treatment companies, according to a market research firm. And families fighting the affliction are beginning to consider a new avenue for help.

“There is no illness currently being treated that will be more affected by the Affordable Care Act than addiction,” said Tom McLellan, CEO of the nonprofit Treatment Research Institute and President Barack Obama’s former deputy drug czar. “That’s because we have a system of treatment that was built for a time when they didn’t understand that addiction was an illness.”

But those eager for a new chance at sobriety may be surprised by the reality behind the promise. The system for treating substance abuse — now largely publicly funded and run by counselors with limited medical training — is small and already full to overflowing in many places. In more than two-thirds of the states, treatment clinics are already at or approaching 100 percent capacity.

The new demand could swamp the system before even half of the newly insured show up at the door, causing waiting lists of months or longer, treatment agencies say. In recent years, many rehab centers have been shrinking rather than growing because of government budget cuts for patients who receive public support.

“Advocates just get so excited, but at some point, reality is going to hit and they’ll find it’s not all it was cracked up to be,” said Josh Archambault of the Pioneer Institute, a nonpartisan public policy research center in Boston.

In the coming years, treatment programs and medical colleges will face pressure to ramp up to create a larger system.

But until then, addiction treatment may represent an extreme example of one of the Affordable Care Act’s challenges: actually delivering the care that people are supposed to receive.

Many with substance problems are waiting eagerly for January, when the new insurance will become available.

“It’s the chance to clean up and not use anymore, so I could live a stable life,” said 30-year-old Ashley Lore of Portsmouth, Ohio, who was jailed and lost custody of her 4-year-old daughter as a result of her heroin addiction. “If I get into treatment, I get visitation to my daughter back. And I get her back after I complete treatment.”

Only about 10 percent of the 23 million Americans with alcohol or drug problems now receive treatment, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Shame and stigma are part of the reason but about a quarter of them don’t have insurance coverage. That compares with the overall uninsured rate of 16 percent.

With money for treatment limited, slots in rehabilitation centers and hospitals are scarce. In Minnesota, which has one of the higher substance abuse rates in the nation — 11.6 percent of the population — there are slightly more than 3,900 inpatient beds for the 491,000 people who need treatment, according to federal data. Occupancy is over 100 percent.

Insurance can mean the difference between getting a spot or waiting indefinitely for publicly subsidized help.

Michelle Hines, an Illinois mother, had both experiences when her 19-year-old son became part of a disturbing new trend: suburban teenagers hooked on heroin.

Because he was uninsured, the wait would stretch to a month or six weeks for a public bed. His parents, who own a small business, couldn’t afford the $2,000-per-month injections to block the heroin high. Overall, outpatient programs cost about $10,000, and a residential treatment stay about $28,000.

Everything changed after her son was able to get coverage under the family’s insurance plan because of an early benefit of the Affordable Care Act.

They now pay only $40 a month for the shot that helps him stay clean. “He’s working hard at getting his life back together,” Hines said. “He’s in school full time; he’s got a job.” (Michelle Hines asked that her son’s name be withheld to avoid hurting his future employment prospects.)

Nine alumni of Hines’ son’s high school have died from drug overdoses. “A waiting list for a heroin addict could mean death,” Hines said. “So many have died waiting, it’s awful.”

Today, those without insurance include many lower- and middle-income people who don’t get the benefit from an employer — businesses provide coverage for about 50 percent of Americans — don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and can’t afford their own policies.

The new law would provide subsidies to help many buy private coverage. The government is also pressing states to expand their Medicaid programs to include more working poor people. If 24 states expand their Medicaid programs — roughly the number now planning to do so — an additional 4 million prospective patients with addiction problems would get insurance, according to the AP analysis. If virtually all of the states eventually decide to expand, as federal officials predict, the ranks of the newly insured with addiction problems could reach 5.5 million.

Perhaps as important as the expansion, the new law designates addiction treatment as an “essential health benefit” for most commercial plans.

“This is probably the most profound change we’ve had in drug policy ever,” said Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “We know one of the most significant reasons for the treatment gap is folks who don’t have insurance or who have an inadequate coverage package for substance use disorders.”

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But will those who suddenly get coverage for treatment have a place to get it?
Haymarket Center in Chicago illustrates what may await many addicts. One Friday morning, seven men slumped in chairs in a small, bare room with only an untouched rack of health brochures to break the monotony of waiting for the chance of a detox bed that night. The six-story brick building is a beehive of programs for 300-plus patients: short term detox, long-term residential treatment, recovery units where people can live sober while looking for work. Everything is overbooked. On this day, the waiting list totaled 91 people who want help.

“Last year the state cut our dollars so we had to cut back our beds,” said Dan Lustig, vice president of Haymarket, which gets most of its funding from the government. “We had clients literally pleading for services. Some were sleeping on our front steps.”

In Illinois, where 92,000 people get treatment now, nearly 235,000 addicts and alcoholics without insurance will be able to get coverage next year. Not only beds are lacking. The pool of physicians who are addiction specialists must grow by 3,000 nationwide, almost double what it is now, to handle the demand, according to health industry experts.

“The big question for providers is how do we bridge the gap between now and then?” said Bruce Angleman of Heritage Behavioral Health Center, which provides treatment in Decatur, in central Illinois.

There are also questions about how comprehensive and affordable the new coverage will be.  Consumers or their employers who choose cheaper policies with high out-of-pocket costs may find themselves unable to afford their share of an expensive program.

The future ideal may end up looking something like the care Shavonne Bullock receives in a neighborhood clinic in Chicago, the metro area with the highest rate of heroin-related emergency room visits. Seven years into her recovery, Bullock, a 54-year-old former heroin addict, still gets counseling and takes medication— “my blessing” she calls it — at the Access Community Health Network clinic to suppress withdrawal symptoms and reduce craving.

Her doctors and counselors work together. They recognize that addiction is a chronic condition, like diabetes, that needs maintenance.

“I haven’t thought about drugs in seven years,” she said. Treatment, she said, “works if you work it. It’s all up to the individual. And it really works.”



FAYETTEVILLE, AR– A Fayetteville woman is in jail accused of using and selling drugs near her kids.

Police say they were called to Rhawnie Palmer’s apartment Thursday after human services reported suspicion that Palmer was selling and using methamphetamine in the home in the presence of her three children.

After searching the apartment, police say they found meth, meth pipes and marijuana in the home.

She denied selling the drugs but admitted to police that she smoked meth and marijuana in the apartment.

Palmer faces charges of possession with intent to deliver and endangering the welfare of a minor.



Sept. 7

• U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Adan Segoviano-Gutierrez, 34, for an additional inspection of his GMC truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics underneath a plastic bed liner, officers removed almost 35 pounds of meth worth more than $538,000.

• Officers referred Juan Salomon Orozco-Bojorquez, 26, for additional inspection of his Dodge truck at the Mariposa Port of Entry. After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the dashboard area, officers removed almost 17 pounds of meth from inside of a hidden compartment in the firewall of the truck. The stash was worth nearly $256,000.

Sept. 5

• U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 21-year-old Mexican national for an additional inspection of his Dodge truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the bench seat, officers removed five packages of meth worth more than $77,700. The drugs were hidden within a tubular back support cylinder.

Meth 2




Sept. 3

• CBP officers at the DeConcini port arrested a 23-year-old Tucson man after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to his Lincoln sedan. More than 14 pounds of meth, valued at nearly $221,000, were then removed from the car’s rear bumper.

• A 19-year-old Mexican man was arrested at the same port after he attempted to enter the United States with more than 19 pounds of cocaine in his Oldsmobile van. The drugs were hidden in the interior rear quarter panels of the van and were also sniffed out by a CBP dog. The coke was valued at more than $175,000.

• Also at DeConcini, a 34-year-old woman and 30-year-old man, both from Phoenix, were arrested after a drug detection canine alerted to the sliding door of their Chrysler van, and officers removed more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth more than $175,000.

Meth 1



Aug. 31

• Officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry’s commercial facility found nearly 245 pounds of marijuana within compartments inside the back of a tractor-trailer that appeared empty. They also discovered more than 85 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly six pounds of heroin, bringing the combined value of the seizure to more than $1.5 million. The driver, a 35-year-old Mexican man, was arrested.

• At the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry, a 26-year-old Mexican woman was taken into custody after a CBP drug-sniffing dog led its human partners to a nearly 10-pound stash of methamphetamine in the rear bumper of her Dodge sedan. The meth was valued at more than $154,000.

GRAMMER, Ind. — Six years after kicking a long addiction to methamphetamine, Jason Paul Newman remains a man trapped by his past.

The 38-year-old, who lives in the small unincorporated town of Grammer in southeastern Bartholomew County, knows his strengths.

He’s a seasoned construction worker, a trained computer technician, an experienced landscaper and a meticulous wood craftsman.

But he’s also a man willing to address his weaknesses: an addictive personality, a 16-year meth addiction, a lifetime of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and, as he puts it, “someone who grew up with a real smart-mouth.”

While expressing a strong desire to improve himself, Newman said he has no idea how to earn trust and forgiveness from a society that brands him with two haunting labels from his past: Thief and meth addict.

“When I see what I did, I’m not proud of it,” Newman told The Republic ( ). “I lost all of my teeth and quite a few brain cells due to meth. But I’m not a bad guy. I’m just a man who has made some mistakes.”

So far, Newman has not been able to find an employer willing to give him a stable job and a second chance.

“He’s been down a lot,” said Ellen Newman, his wife of 16 years and the mother of three of his four children. “He gets really down on the job situation.”

But Jason Newman said he refuses to regress to his former lifestyle as he strives to make money as a freelance worker doing odd jobs in construction, landscaping and wood crafting.

His message to those who still hold the old labels against him is simple:

“I’m done completely with meth.

“Give me a chance to show you it ain’t happening again.”

Tragedy first struck Jason Newman at the age of nine months when his father was struck and killed in a car-pedestrian accident.

His mother, Sue, married Keith Gilbert when Jason was 7. After finding himself in a strict home environment, Jason said he began to rebel.

“When you are outraged, sometimes you do things you don’t mean to do,” he said.

While he had promised himself he would never take stimulants as his friends did, that conviction changed during his junior year of high school.

“While I wasn’t looking, a couple of buddies put meth in my coffee,” Newman said. “Once I learned what they did, I liked the effect. Meth gives you infinite energy. You are just continuously go-go-go.”

Newman said the drug began to alter his already-hyperactive brain, deceiving him into believing that he had extraordinary abilities.

“It made me feel like I was Superman,” Newman said. “I didn’t feel that there was anything wrong with me. In fact, I felt like I could conquer the world.”

After learning he was going to become a teenage father, Newman took a minimum-wage job at a fast-food restaurant that required him to walk almost six miles a day round-trip and put in eight-hour shifts. While his parents promised to buy him a car if he kept the job for a year, the wait seemed like forever to the 16-year-old.

The job of taking orders for burgers lasted one week before Newman purchased a cellphone and began taking orders of a different kind.

“People would call up and say: ‘Here’s where a car stereo is at. Can you get it for me? I’ll give you 50 bucks.’ And I was thinking: ‘Hey, that’s a free 50 bucks. Food, party-time, easy money.'”

He became a thief. For a while, Newman thought he could both party hearty and have money, he said. But as most of his family slept one night, his mother answered a knock on the door. What happened next led to his discovery that quick, easy money brings long, hard consequences.

“Four cops came through the front and back door, walked into my room and arrested me while I was asleep,” Newman said. “They handcuffed and shackled me in front of my family before hauling me away. That’s when I was first charged with theft and attempted theft.”

Newman was first sent to a juvenile detention center in Johnson County, where a search turned up some LSD. After refusing to take a mandatory drug test, Newman spent two months in solitary confinement before being waived into adult court, where he was ordered to spend a year in the Bartholomew County Jail.

He was behind bars when his oldest daughter was born to a former girlfriend in 1993. While he saw the baby briefly when she was 2 weeks old, Newman didn’t see much of her for the next three years. He spent the first year of her life in and out of the county jail for parole violations, followed by a two-year prison stint.

As part of his restitution, Newman performed 500 hours of janitorial work at Columbus City Hall when he was 19.

Believing the teen had committed only a misdemeanor, a supervisor offered Newman a full-time job. But the offer was rescinded when the supervisor learned Newman was an ex-felon.

Newman was optimistic the Army might provide him a way to start a normal life.

“But they said, ‘Nope,'” Newman said. “‘You have a felony, and you have tattoos.'”

Visible tattoos on the face, neck and head of recruits are prohibited, according to the U.S. Army’s website.

With the military option gone, Newman enrolled in a state-funded, two-year program for certification in computer maintenance and information technology. It was during this period of his life that he met Ellen, his wife-to-be.

Although he completed the course work, Newman was informed by school officials that his criminal record would prevent him from using his computer skills to get a good job.

Feeling there was no other option, Newman went to work for his brother’s construction company in 2003 and increasingly turned toward meth as a way to cope with the heavy physical demands of the job.

“By 2004, I was doing three-and-a-half grams a day,” Newman said. “I was playing a game with a friend concerning who could stay awake the longest. I had tried to stay up for 31 consecutive nights when my body shut down, and I wrecked a van. Flipped it nine times end-over-end.”

As a result of that accident, his wife first became aware of his drug addiction, Newman said. A decision was made to attempt a fresh start in another state, but the move south didn’t turn out as well as they had hoped.

The family had just returned from spending a year in Kentucky when Newman was arrested at a local department store in June 2007 on a warrant for failure to pay child support for his oldest child. When officers frisked him, they pulled drugs out of his wallet — in clear view of his other three children.

Ellen Newman said she reached the end of her rope when her husband criticized his court-ordered drug treatment while continuing to use drugs in the home they shared with their children.

“I told Jason you can have me or the drugs. You can’t have both,” she said.

Ellen Newman said she then packed her bags and left with the children with every intention to never return.

Jason Newman, who believed he had lost everything that made his life worth living, initially went on a rampage throughout his home.

But after the anger was replaced by two months of lonesome seclusion, something finally clicked in Jason Newman’s drug-addled brain.

“I was ruining my body, killing myself, playing Russian roulette with meth,” Newman said. “That’s when it finally set in that I wanted to quit — for myself.”

It took a lot of coaxing before Ellen Newman seriously considered her husband’s pleas to reunite. She finally agreed to come back only after Jason Newman consented not only to get off drugs but to give her complete control of his recovery.

“For over two years, she didn’t let me out of her sight,” Jason Newman said. “After that, she wouldn’t let me go anywhere alone unless she knew where I was going and liked what I would be doing. I think it was five years before she started to gradually let me go out on my own.”

While he first attempted to substitute prescribed medicines, and later, whiskey, for meth, Newman eventually had to give up both to avoid a new addiction.

Hurt and anger resurfaced when visiting friends accused Newman of being completely under his wife’s relentless thumb. But eventually, he realized it was those same type of taunting friends who helped turn him into a meth addict in the first place.

“I cannot, to this day, associate with anyone who uses meth,” Newman said. “If I do, I will use it. So I lost all of my friends.”

After the 2008 recession forced his brother’s construction company to close, Newman also lost his last steady job.

As he approaches 40, Newman is feeling the physical toll that years of abuse has taken on his mind and body. The desire for a meth fix still remains. And even though he’s led a drug-free life for six years, Newman remains frustrated by at least three prevailing conditions that he believes prevent him from having a stable future:

Indiana law allows employers to ask about criminal convictions and run background checks prior to hiring.

The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act prohibits anyone convicted of a federal or state drug-related felony from receiving food stamps and many other forms of assistance.

Unless pregnant or disabled, the vast majority of paroled felons have no health insurance, and many wait several years to become eligible for even limited life insurance coverage, according to research by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

During a recent evaluation by a family counselor at the United Way Center, Newman was told he was at an extremely high risk level for stress, which increases the odds he’ll eventually return to drugs.

“Every day that goes by that I’m looking for that next job; that’s stress I don’t want,” Newman said.

Nevertheless, Newman is vowing to stay crime-free and drug-free, largely to keep his mother, stepfather, wife and children in his life.

“If I were to do (meth) again, they’d all walk away and have nothing to do with me,” said Newman, who insists his wife and mother have provided the only long-term support and stability he’s known.

Another reason for staying out of trouble was that those closest to him can tell when he’s not telling the truth, Newman said. His greatest concern is the knowledge that his family may never fully trust him again, Newman said.

“It upsets me at times that they always know when I’m lying and constantly watch me,” Newman said. “But I’ve gotta admit: They keep me on the straight and narrow.”

The indelible memory of his children’s faces, as they witnessed his 2007 arrest, is perhaps their father’s strongest defense against returning to a life of addiction.

“The disappointment on the kids’ faces that day really made him think,” Ellen Newman said.

“When they pulled the drugs out of my wallet, my kids just gave me a look that let me know they were disgusted with me,” Jason Newman said. “It tore me apart. All I need is to remember their faces, and I know I will never use (meth) again.”

While Ellen Newman currently works more than 50 hours a week at a Columbus area manufacturer, she insists she will continue to stand by her husband — as long as he remains drug- and crime-free. She is convinced that her husband is worthy of her investment.

“He’s a loving, caring husband and father,” Ellen Newman said. “Jason will do anything to make us happy.”

COLON TOWNSHIP, MI – Two females were arrested after two meth labs were found at a residence in Colon Township Friday, police said.

St. Joseph County Area Narcotics investigators were given a tip about meth production in the 28000 block of Bonham Road in Colon Township, police said. Courtesy photo

According to a news release from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph County Area Narcotics investigators were given a tip about meth production in the 28000 block of Bonham Road.

Colon Township meth lab


They found a one-pot active meth lab, a second inactive lab, several packages of finished meth product and evidence of meth use in the home when they executed the search warrant, police said.

The females were arrested at the scene and lodged at the St. Joseph County Jail on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, maintaining a drug house and felony firearms. Police are seeking charges for a man that was not at the house during the search.




The property manager showed a woman who was interested in renting the place the kitchen, the master bedroom and the family room before they headed down into the basement.

The man hiding under the stairs — who prosecutors say broke in to cook meth — startled them.

Willard Gourley The 31-year- old has been charged with burglary and manufac- turing meth.

 Willard Gourley The 31-year- old has been charged with burglary and manufacturing meth

The woman and the property manager quickly left.

The man, later identified by police as 31-year-old Willard Gourley, allegedly fled into the nearby woods.

Police arrived at the home, 3112 E. Gasconade St. in Springfield, to find meth lab components spread out underneath the staircase.

Gourley was later found, arrested and charged Wednesday with burglary and manufacturing meth.

Wearing biohazard suits and respirators, officers dismantled the suspected red phosphorus lab, a cooking method known to produce deadly phosphine gas. The chemical concoctions were sent to a hazardous materials bunker and will be shipped to an industrial storage facility. As for the home, the cleanup process is far less clear.

No state or local statute requires that the home be cleaned at all. Homeowners and landlords are required by state law to disclose meth lab activity to potential buyers or tenants if they are aware that the property was used to make meth.

The out-of-town owner of the Gasconade Street home could not be reached by the News-Leader on Friday, but the property manager was contacted by phone.

Katie Yates, of Brax Property Management, said the company had been hired by the homeowner days earlier with the task of finding a tenant by Oct. 1.

“As far as we stand, the owner is responsible for the cleanup,” Yates said.

Yates said the homeowner will remain as a client for the property manager, provided he is willing to dish out for significant cleanup costs.

“Exactly what would happen, I couldn’t say without proper testing, but our standards would be very high,” Yates said.

The goal of the husband-and-wife-run company, Yates said, is to manage properties that they would want to live in.

“And we wouldn’t want to live in a house that was a ‘meth house’ unless it was cleaned really, really well,” she said.

A News-Leader investigation published in March revealed hundreds of houses have been used to manufacture meth in Springfield, but no comprehensive effort exists to ensure those homes have been cleaned of hazardous remnants.

In properties where meth has been manufactured, researchers have found chemicals can linger long after the “cook” is over. Those experts say there is evidence that people who move into these spaces can suffer respiratory and possibly neurological problems.

State and federal guidelines are available to help homeowners decontaminate property, and the steps to take vary — from cleaning surfaces to gutting the house. Depending on contamination levels, appropriate remediation can cost thousands of dollars.

Over the last three years in Springfield, meth labs have been found in more than 81 houses, 22 apartments and 22 hotel and motel guest rooms, according to a News-Leader review of police data.

Of those dwellings, some decontamination actions were taken on 31 properties.

So-called remediation laws are enforced in about 20 states including Indiana and Tennessee — the only two states that report meth labs at numbers anywhere near Missouri’s.

Both states require a meth lab property with high levels of chemicals to be quarantined, cleaned and tested before it can be lived in.




Tulare County’s gang enforcement team made a big bust Thursday afternoon, arresting a Visalia man in connection with drugs.

The TARGET team stormed a home in the 4600 block of West Feemster Street in Visalia Thursday after a one month investigation into drugs and gangs.





Police found a pound of crystal methamphetamine, $14,133 in cash, scales and packaging materials.


Officers also located the man they say was responsible for the drugs, 40-year-old Martin Corrales. Corrales was on active parole and is a northern gang member, according to Visalia police.


Corrales was booked on drug charges and a parole violation.



A DRUG-addicted woman stole money from her elderly grandmother to feed a methamphetamine habit.

Amanda Mavis Gannon regularly visited her grandmother and would often sleep at her home overnight.

 Amanda Mavis Gannon leaves the Mackay Court House.

Amanda Mavis Gannon leaves the Mackay Court House



The 81-year-old had two debit bank cards in her home and kept the PIN numbers written down nearby, which Gannon removed, the Mackay Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Between July 6 and 9 this year, Gannon stole $5446.50 by withdrawing cash from a number of ATMs in Mackay, prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said.

Gannon’s mother discovered the offence and told police. The 29-year-old mother of four attended the police station on July 22. She refused to participate in a formal record of interview and said she just wanted to be charged so she could plead guilty, Ms Cassells said.

The court heard Gannon paid full restitution to her grandmother after she borrowed the money from her mother. Gannon has previously been in custody on drug-related matters and has suffered from a methylamphetamine addiction from a young age.

Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, said Gannon had attempted to break her habit on many occasions but found it easy to fall back into her old life. The money she stole from her grandmother was used to buy methylamphetamine. She had since moved out of town to remove herself from her old associates.

She pleaded guilty to stealing and attempted stealing charges.

Ms Cassells said imprisonment with actual time served was within range. However, Magistrate Ross Risson said she “should be given the benefit of continuing the progress” she had made.

He jailed her for 12 months wholly suspended for two years and placed her on two years probation.



Federal authorities have identified the two men accused this week of attempting to smuggle about $1 million worth of crystal methamphetamine through an international crossing.

Juan Eduardo Villaverde-Hernandez, 52, and Miguel Angel Martinez-Lopez, 41, were charged with conspiring to possess and possession with intent to distribute meth, according to the criminal complaint.

On Monday, a 1999 Ford F-150 driven by Martinez-Lopez of Matamoros, Mexico, and his passenger Villaverde-Hernandez of Naucalpan, Mexico, arrived at the inspection booth of International Bridge I. In primary inspection, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer noticed tampering of the vehicle’s drive shaft.

In secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered a “white crystallized substance” concealed within the vehicle, the complaint states. The substance tested positive for meth and weighed a total of 31 pounds.

Homeland Security Investigations special agents responded to the scene to investigate.

“Villaverde-Hernandez admitted to agents that he had knowledge of the narcotics concealed within the Ford F-150,” the complaint states.

“Villaverde-Hernandez stated he was going to be paid $20,000 to smuggle the narcotics into the United States.” Both men are in federal custody.



PUTNAM COUNTY — A resident who noticed some unusual activity across the street  from his home led deputies to a meth “dumpsite.”

On Wednesday, a resident  on Clarkrange Highway called deputies to report that something unusual had been  going on across the street, according to a report by Deputy John  Pettit.

“Deputies responded and located a ‘dumpsite’ where numerous meth  related items had been disposed of as well as an active one-pot lab,” the report  states.

Dispatchers placed an extra watch on the area, but there were no  arrests made in the case as of Friday morning.

Police have seen more and  more roadside meth dumpsites and those making the dangerous drug have moved to  smaller cooking operations that are portable.

Anyone noticing suspicious  activity or identifying items they believe could be part of a meth lab should  contact police.



MURFREESBORO — A man who was arrested Sunday morning for methamphetamine production was arrested again Monday morning for the same charge, according to reports from the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Eric Buckner of the 1100 block of Jetton Drive, and Todd Gilpin of the same address were arrested Sunday after a domestic-violence complaint.

Eric Buckner

Eric Buckner

When police arrived on scene, Buckner told police there was a meth lab in the home’s basement, according to a report. When police confirmed the lab’s existence, Buckner and Gilpin were arrested.

Early Monday Buckner was released from jail after posting his bond, and Gilpin did the same approximately six hours later, according to another police document.

Officers from the Murfreesboro Police Department’s component of the Tennessee Meth Task Force and the department’s Directed Patrol Unit returned to Buckner and Gilpin’s residence after hearing another meth lab may have been set up, according to a report. Upon arrival, officers determined that Buckner had built another lab while Gilpin was still in jail.

“Drugs have a very serious impact on decision making, and unfortunately these guys made a series of decisions that will affect them for a long time,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Buckner and Gilpin Sunday were each charged with initiating a process to create methamphetamine. Buckner also had an outstanding warrant for evading arrest.

Monday, officers found evidence of a fire in the home, which smelled of smoke, and determined that something ignited when a meth lab was being disposed of, according to Buckner’s second arrest record.

Todd Gilpin

Todd Gilpin

Police also found tools, makeshift chemistry equipment and multiple varieties of pseudoephedrine, a cough medicine used to make meth, according to the record.

Buckner was also charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs without a prescription.

Buckner and Gilpin allegedly were using a production method known as “shake and bake,” Evans said, adding that it involves making the drug in cheap plastic containers rather than with expensive chemistry equipment.

Shake-and-bake production has been on a slight rise in Murfreesboro for the past few years, Evans said, but possession charges are relatively rare.

“Most of the time they either use it or sell it immediately,” Evans said.

Two Greenwood people face drug charges after being arrested Wednesday following a drug bust. Tammie Lynn Harvley, 45, of 708 McKenzie Road, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine – 28 grams or more, but less than 100 grams, first offense – in connection with the incident. Christopher Malone, 40, of 423 Piedmont Ave., faces charges of possession with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine in altered state (first offense) and misdemeanor drug possession, drugs in schedule I, LSD and schedule II (cocaine) stemming from the arrest, records indicated. Court documents show he was also charged with receiving stolen goods, value $2,000 or less, in connection with a separate incident. Greenwood County investigators searched a home in the 100 block of Foxcroft Drive, just south of S.C. 148 in Greenwood, to recover stolen goods Wednesday morning. According to a Greenwood County incident report: During the raid, officers were able to determine that the suspects had involvement with the stolen items that were recovered during the search. A confidential informant then notified one of the deputies that Malone was trying to sell a stolen four-wheeler ATV.

Tammie Lynn Harvley
Tammie Lynn Harvley
Christopher Malone
Christopher Malone

Officers met with the informant, read text messages sent to the person by Malone, and had the informant set up a buy with the suspect for $400. Malone also texted the informant offering to sell a “quantity of methamphetamine.” When he arrived at the informant’s residence to sell the vehicle, deputies took him into custody and found a small quantity of meth as well as several pills in his pockets. Officers then went outside and found Harvley inside the vehicle in which Malone arrived. They also took her into custody.


A case of some missing jeans has lead police to a much bigger find.

Northland police had been investigating a shoplifting incident where seven pairs of jeans were taken.

Missing jeans lead police to bigger find



After tracking down a vehicle of interest, a 22-year-old male driver was found to be wearing one of the pairs of jeans in question.

After visiting an address linked to the driver, police then found stolen clothing, methamphetamine paraphernalia, a pistol, ammunition, pills and several thousand dollars in cash.

The 22-year-old, as well as a 36-year-old man and 28-year-old woman now face drugs and firearms charges.



Following a Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation, agents arrested a local woman after securing a search warrant and recovering methamphetamine in her home Monday.

Jeanne Marie Moxley, 44, of Cullman, was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance after the search at her 109 Morgan Avenue Southwest residence around 4:15 p.m.. Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said multiple complaints were received from the neighborhood about an excessive amount of people coming and going from the house suspiciously.

“It was a fairly quick investigation and it came together because of the hard work of the agents and officers, allowing them to make the arrest in a timely manner,” Green said. “Methamphetamine was found in the home. What we understand is that she had been selling or distributing from the home. The investigation will continue as CNET will look into the complaints.”

Green said that for some time, the house has been an area of concern that CNET has spent time on, and it will continue to be monitored to prevent future complaints or concerns.

Moxley is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center, but her bond amount is currently unavailable.

The residence in question on Morgan Avenue has been highlighted in multiple arrests by the Sheriff’s office, CNET and Cullman Police Department, mostly involving Moxley’s husband, Ronald McGregor, who was most recently arrested for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.



More than 70 percent of methamphetamine illegally trafficked into the U.S. passes through U.S.-Mexico border crossings in the San Diego area. That’s despite laws in both countries designed to crack down on the drug.

Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry face a tough balancing act. Facilitating international trade and travel on the one hand. On the other, trying to stop drugs and other illegal cargo from getting into the U.S.

In recent years, they’ve seen a dramatic increase in one particular drug. Methamphetamine seizures at San Diego’s ports of entry have risen by more than 300 percent since 2008.

Federal K-9 unit inspects vehicles at the U.S. border with Mexico

San Diego has a long and troubled history with meth. During WWII, meth spread among many American service members stationed in the Pacific theater. When they came back to the U.S., primarily through San Diego, they brought their addictions with them.

And they helped spawn a domestic meth industry.

Joe Garcia, Deputy Special Agent In Charge for ICE Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, says “Gangs, biker gangs usually controlled the meth production and distribution, and Mexico used to provide the precursors.”

Precursors being the chemical ingredients that go into meth.

In the 1990s, San Diego became known as the meth capital of the country.

Rampant abuse led to several high profile crimes. There was the man who hijacked a tank and drove it down the highway. And the couple who scalded their four-year-old niece to death in a bathtub.

The damage caused by the highly addictive drug spawned a crackdown on domestic meth production. Garcia says with continued demand, and restricted supply, organized crime saw a big opportunity.

“Especially the Sinaloa cartel, has looked at this and said, “why are we the middle man? Why aren’t we producing this ourselves?”

Now, Garcia says, more than 80 percent of the meth seized in the U.S. is made in Mexico. And that’s despite Mexico’s own attempts to curb its production.

Much of that meth comes through San Diego in part because it’s home to the busiest land crossing between the U.S. and Mexico. More legal traffic tends to come with more illegal traffic.

But history and geography also play a role.

“One of the major criminal organizations working with meth has historically been based in the Pacific Coast area of Mexico, the Colima region, the so-called Colima cartel,” says David Shirk, an expert on Mexican drug trafficking at the University of San Diego.

In the late 90s, that cartel first established a major meth trafficking route north, 1,500 miles up the coast to the California border. Now, the powerful Sinaloa cartel controls the majority of the meth trade.

“So it makes a lot of sense that this would be moving through San Diego through the newly established, or newly consolidated networks of the Sinaloa cartel,” Shirk says.

Most meth comes across the border in passenger cars, in ever more elaborate hiding places. On a recent morning at San Ysidro, Customs and Border Protection Agents called in a mechanic to detach and then slice open the gas tank of a white Jeep Cherokee. Inside, they pulled out 23 packages of marijuana, some of them soaked in gasoline. In all, the stash weighed 52 pounds.

Heightened border security has made smuggling riskier, but the profits are extraordinary, says Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, Linda Frakes.

“We’ve had expert testimony in our cases where the range is, at a conservative level, between $14,000 and $19,000 a pound when it comes into San Diego,” she says. “And that price pretty much doubles from what a pound is in Mexico to what a pound is in the United States just by crossing the port of entry.”

It’s very difficult to know just how much Mexican meth is making it through San Diego ports of entry, but public health workers say meth use in San Diego county is again on the rise.

Still, border authorities think part of the reason drug seizures have increased is because they’re doing a better job of detecting drugs.

The long lines at San Ysidro give drug sniffing dogs time to weave in and out of the cars and alert officers to hidden stashes. Powerful x-ray machines can spot packages hidden in secret panels and gas tanks.

Still, Agent Garcia is realistic about authorities’ chances of finally beating the traffickers.

“They’re not going to go away, they’re going to do something else. But we’re trying to get them to go away from meth because meth just ravages any user.”



Storm Lake Police arrested Nina Zebley, 35, of Fort Dodge and David Botine, 50, of Alta on Wednesday as part of a six-month long investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Officers conducting surveillance observed the two travel to Wal-Mart on 1831 N. Lake Ave. and observed them purchasing ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Nina Zebley, 35, and David Botine, 50, were charged with making and possessing meth



Investigators made contact with the pair in the Wal-Mart parking lot where police say additional items used to manufacture methamphetamine and components of a clandestine methamphetamine lab were located in the vehicle.

The Storm Lake Public Safety Lab Response Team responded to the scene and rendered the clandestine lab safe. During that time, a white powdery substance and a methamphetamine pipe were located in Botine’s vehicle, according to investigators.

The white substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Storm Lake Police and the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of Botine’s residence at 410 Johnson St. in Alta and found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police say Zebley and Botine conspired together since April 2013 to obtain ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine and lithium.

Both were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of precursors (pseudoephedrine) with the intent to manufacture.

Zebley was additionally charged with:

• Possession of precursors (lithium) with intent to manufacture

• Possession of marijuana

• Possession of hydrocodone

• Possession of Vyvance

• Possession of alprazolam

Both subjects were booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $100,000 bond each.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

A day of surveillance by local law enforcement this week ended with four arrests at an area motel for allegedly having methamphetamine.

Joshua Blaine Skutt, 35, of Ridgewood Drive in Richlands was charged Sept. 10 by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine; carrying a concealed weapon; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tarra Chestnutt, 35, of George Sumner Road in Beulaville was charged Sept. 10 by the OCSO with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth; possession of drug paraphernalia; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place used for controlled substances.

Corbett Road in Swansboro was charged Sept. 10 by the OCSO with possession of methamphetamine.

Samantha Ferrell, 25, of JS Lane in Jacksonville was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling used for a controlled substance.

On Sept. 10, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received information of Skutt’s possible involvement in manufacturing methamphetamine, said OCSO Maj. Jon Lewis.

The OCSO and Jacksonville Police Department set up a surveillance on Skutt and watched him and Chestnutt throughout the day, following them to the Walmart on Marine Boulevard. At that point, Chestnutt and Skutt were observed shoplifting property by store employees, according to Lewis.  

Walmart contacted authorities, at which time officers from the OCSO and JPD approached the employees of the store and asked that Skutt and Chestnutt be allowed to leave so the officers could continue following them.

They trailed the two to the Travel Inn located at 4315 New Bern Highway, where officers pulled them over on the suspected larceny from the store, Lewis said.

Meth, digital scales, baggies and a Schedule IV controlled substance were found during the traffic stop, according to Lewis. Also, according to warrants, Skutt was carrying a concealed razor knife on his person. During interviews with the two, Lewis said investigators found out they had a room at the Travel Inn.

Marks and Ferrell were found inside the room along with more methamphetamine, according to Lewis.

“This is one of those instances where a little bit of information and a lot of hard work led to some good cases,” Lewis said Thursday.

All four made their first appearances in court Wednesday. Marks was issued a $2,000 secured bond, and will be represented by attorney Walter Paramore. Ferrell was given a $2,000 secured bond and will be represented by attorney Kenneth Glover. Chestnutt was given a $5,500 secured bond and will be represented by attorney Amanda B. Houser and Skutt was issued a $6,000 secured bond and will be represented by attorney Steven Laird. All four have preliminary hearings set for Oct. 2.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, a “Jesse G. Marks” with the same date of birth has been convicted on 30 charges including breaking and entering vehicles, larceny, operating a vehicle without a license, driving with a license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, second degree trespass, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, loiter for prostitution, driving while impaired, and soliciting prostitution.  

Ferrell has been convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the NCDPS.  No previous records were found on Skutt or Chestnutt in the NCDPS.




BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Five people have been arrested after a meth lab was discovered in Moncks Corner, said officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies with the Drug Enforcement Unit found items used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as “shake and bake” methamphetamine at a home located at 108 Messina Street.

Deputies arrested and Brandy Craven 24, and charged them with manufacturing meth. All three people lived in the home on Messina Street.

Brady Craven, Joey Kinsey and Kevin Kinsey
Brady Craven, Joey Kinsey and Kevin Kinsey

Deputies said they also discovered a clear plastic bag with a container of white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine at the home.

Kevin Kinsey and Joey Kinsey were also charged with possession of meth.

Deputies also arrested Hilery Stidham, 34, of O.T. Wallace Drive and Charles King, 33, of 1112 Richard Drive in Summerville. They were both charged with possession of meth.



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County Probation officers along with Bakersfield Police seized $10,000 worth of meth and multiple firearms during a search warrant at two homes, Thursday.

Police executed the first search warrant at the 400 block of Adams Street and then moved to the second residency at the 1000 block of South Union Avenue.

During the search, authorities were able to seize one pound of methamphetamine,  three rifles, two handguns, money and narcotic paraphernalia.

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Police arrested Michael Shane Marlow, 42, on suspicion of  being in possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sales, felon in possession of a firearm, furnishing a place to sell narcotics and child endangerment.

Three other subjects were also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and child endangerment, police said.



CARLINVILLE — Three people are in custody after police, acting on tips, busted separate meth labs within five hours.

Jennifer Eller    Angela Loveless    Casey Boatman

   Jennifer Eller                        Angela Loveless                  Casey Boatman



One of the houses involved was in the 200 block of North West Street. The other was in the 1000 block of Johnson Street.

Police Chief David Haley said officers from the Carlinville Police Department and the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department acted on a tip from the Crime Stoppers program to do a “knock and talk” at the residence on North West Street about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“Officers were immediately able to detect a smell of ether (or) anhydrous ammonia at the residence. Officers made contact with the homeowner and were given the consent to search the residence,” Haley said.

Inside, methamphetamine materials and an active methamphetamine lab were found, he said.

Arrested was Angela M. Loveless, 34, who was charged by the Macoupin County State’s Attorney’s Office with a count of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and a count of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

In the second case, the Carlinville Police Department received information that meth was being made at the address on Johnson Street.

An affidavit and complaint for a search warrant were obtained from Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson, and the search warrant was signed by Associate Judge Joshua Meyer about 6:04 a.m. Tuesday.

The Carlinville Police S.O.R.T. (Special Operations Response Team) executed the search warrant and found an active methamphetamine lab and meth-making material, Haley said.

The residence was occupied by two people, Casey S. Boatman, 25, and Jennifer M. Eller, 28. Each has been charged with participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

All the defendants had bond set at $100,000, and each was being held at the Macoupin County Jail in Carlinville.

The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was called in to remediate the scene on Johnson Street, Haley said.

Meth has remained a continuing problem, he said, and his officers have been told to remain vigilant regarding it.

The portability of meth making is making the problem worse, he said, and it was reflected in both scenes, which he called “shake and bake” operations.



ORRVILLE, OH — Police say a woman is behind bars after a meth lab was found in her Orrville home.

Authorities discovered components and chemicals used in a methamphetamine lab in a residence on Church Street during the check of someone on probation.

Orrville police, with the help of the MEDWAY Drug Enforcement Agency and the Wayne County Probation Department neutralized the hazardous chemicals, which were found in the suspect’s bedroom.

Photo Credit: Orrville Police

Photo Credit: Orrville Police

The woman was later located and arrested without incident.

According to Orrville police, she is behind bars on probation violation. Additional charges are pending for manufacturing of methamphetamine and assembly of chemicals.



LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – An Angelina County district judge on Friday ordered a 21-year-old woman who exposed her 1-year-old son to methamphetamine to attend substance abuse treatment at a facility in Longview for probation violations.

Marci Nicole Berry, who is now pregnant with another child, appeared in Judge Paul White’s 159th Judicial District Court for a contested motion to revoke probation hearing Wednesday morning.

Marci Berry (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Marci Berry

During the hearing, White ordered Berry to attend the substance abuse facility. He told her that a bed would be available on Thursday. However, the judge said if Berry has her baby before then, she will have to turn herself back into authorities.

Katrina Carswell, an Angelina County prosecutor, said the case was adjudicated because Berry confessed to using methamphetamine.

Dustin Fore, a supervisor with Angelina County’s Adult Probation Department said Berry violated her probation by testing positive for methamphetamine on Aug. 6. In addition, she failed to submit to a urinalysis on Aug. 8.

Back in July, Berry agreed to a reduced charge of deadly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor. She was originally charged with felony child endangerment.

As part of the agreement, Berry was sentenced to two years of probation. She must undergo substance abuse treatments, and she cannot have any contact with her former boyfriend, Randy Tullos Jr., Carswell said in a previous story. Tullos was arrested at the same time as Berry, and he was also charged with child endangerment.

In addition, Berry must follow all of the rules and guidelines handed down from Child Protective Services.

Randy Tullos Jr. (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Randy Tullos Jr.

Carswell said issues about proof of Berry’s responsibility in the case and a pending custody termination case with the CPS factored into the Angelina County District Attorney’s Office agreeing to the reduced charge.

“Given the fact that the child lived in the residence with the parents, they were in custody of the child at the time, and are responsible for the child’s health and well being, Randy Tullos Jr., of Lufkin, and Marci Berry recklessly placed the child under the age of 15 in imminent danger, bodily injury, or physical mental impairment,” the arrest affidavit stated.

Berry and Tullos were taken to the Angelina County Jail and charged with third-degree felony charge of abandon/endanger child/criminal negligence. Tullos was also charged with a motion to adjudicate guilt for a manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance conviction dating back to November 2006. No bond has been set for either of the suspects.

The couple’s son received a hair test on Sept. 19 at Texas Alcohol and Drug Test Services, and a case worker with Child Protective Services contacted Matthews to inform him that the boy’s hair tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.



Less than two weeks ago, a massive car fire in Lake Worth may have been caused by people mixing meth in the back seat — called a “shake and bake” because the meth is typically mixed in a plastic bottle and simply shaken.

Five people inside the car suffered burns, and the investigation continues.

The Tarrant County Narcotics Unit now sees nearly one “shake and bake” case every month.

“As we know with other meth labs, they’ve always been volatile,” said Ronna Huckaby with the Recovery Resource Council. “Now it’s going to be in a smaller quarters, people are going to get burned and unfortunately, people are going to get killed.”

Drug counselors are seeing more people addicted to methamphetamine made in small batches.

“The more accessible, the more cases that we see,” said Judith Alexander Priest with the Recovery Resource Council in Fort Worth.

Methamphetamine made in Mexico remains the biggest problem here in North Texas, but drug counselors say backseat batches are becoming more common and more dangerous.

“The ingredients can get mixed up you’re not having to regulate the dosage so anything can be different with an individual and therefore its extremely dangerous,” said Priest.

The Recovery Resource Council offers a wide range of services to help people overcome addictions.





A Phoenix meth addict locked himself inside a bathroom in the lobby of a Tempe hotel for nearly an hour in his quest to chase down two imaginary people, police say.

Jason Meyers, 33, managed to crawl into the ceiling at one point, although court documents obtained by New Times don’t indicate whether that was before or after he broke a toilet and smeared his own blood all over the walls of the bathroom.

Police were called after hotel staff at the Quality Inn heard loud noises and yelling coming from the lobby bathroom, inside of which, they realized, Meyers, who was not a guest at the hotel, had locked himself.

Hotel staff actually tried for 40 minutes to reason with Meyers, asking him to leave, before they phoned police, according to court documents.

Tempe police also tried to reason with Meyers, but he shouted back at police, “Fuck you. If you’re the police, then break down the door!” according to a police probable-cause statement.

Jason Meyers’ prison mug.



Police did break down the door and found the bathroom with a broken toilet, broken fire alarm, broken trash can, and blood smeared all over the walls and the floor, according to the documents.

Officers found Meyers — who, by the way, was completely naked — bleeding from cuts on his hands, feet, chest, and head.

Meyers admitted that he had smoked meth that evening and said it “caused him to go into a frenzy,” according to court documents.

Police described Meyers as “extremely delusional” as he described chasing two people he’d never met from across the street, into the hotel, and into the bathroom, where the chase apparently ended at some point in the ceiling.

Hotel staff estimated the total damage at around $3,000, according to court documents.

Meyers was booked into jail on charges of criminal damage and trespassing.

Prison records show Meyers served about nine months on an endangerment charge, before being released in 2011.


FLOYD COUNTY, VA – The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department and the New River Valley Taskforce found 22 one pot meth labs that caused a fire at a landfill in Floyd and 14 one pot meth labs and 18 generators in trashbags in a residential neighborhood in Willis last week.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department got the call about both of them on the same day.

“This is the first time that I’ve seen this many in one day,” says Sheriff Shannon Zeman. “You know most of the time we find them during search warrants.”

The woman who found the trashbags filled with one pot meth labs didn’t want to go on camera but said that she first thought it was someone’s trash until she saw bottles sticking out of it. It’s a concern for her since children play in the area.

It’s also a concern for those who work at the landfill when they pick up trash not knowing an empty soda bottle could’ve been used to make meth.

Sheriff Zeman says the drug is a big issue for the county and it’s the reason why they’ve made efforts on educating the community through classes and pamphlets. The sheriff’s office hopes that by teaching people it’ll be steps to keep neighbors safe while continuing to fight the drug problem.