A Springdale man being investigated by the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force in connection with distributing methamphetamine rammed an officer’s car while police tried to arrest him Tuesday, according to a preliminary arrest report.

Douglas Crowley, 32, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, theft by receiving and hindering apprehension, according to the report.

Police had converged on a motel where Crowley was staying at Futrall Drive and Old Farmington Road in Fayetteville to arrest him in connection with a methamphetamine distribution investigation, according to the report. An officer pulled into the motel parking lot, and Crowley, driving a yellow Chevrolet Camaro, rammed the officer’s vehicle, incapacitating both vehicles, the report stated.

Crowley was apprehended following a short foot chase, according to the report. He was found with a large folding knife, methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription painkillers and various pills, according to the report.







CLOVER - Four people have been charged after drug agents discovered they had cooked and planned to create more methamphetamine in a detached garage at one suspect’s parent’s home in Clover Tuesday morning.

York County drug agents say the latest lab is the 16th active one uncovered in the county this year. So far, more than 30 people have been arrested and charged with operating meth labs.

At about 2 a.m., Clover Police went to a Stokes Avenue home after the homeowner reported finding a suspicious car at his house, said Lt. Mike Ligon, York and Clover unit commander for the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit.

When police spoke with the people inside, they realized they had been cooking meth in one-pot labs, one of the simplest methods of cooking meth that only requires a small container, soda bottle or Gatorade bottle to hold the ingredients. Police then called the drug unit, Ligon said.

Agents found the group harboring all the “precursors” to a meth lab, which typically include gloves, filters, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine, meth’s key ingredient, Ligon said. Officials were able to take samples of some substances manufactured that will have to be tested.

The foursome were preparing to cook more meth when police arrived, but were unable to finish the process, he said.

Authorities charged Joseph Bennett, Scott Aaron Pressley, Brent Love and Jennifer Wilson all with manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine in proximity to a school and trafficking pseudoephedrine, Ligon said. Wilson also faces additional charges of possession of heroin and possession of oxycodone.

Bennett, a fugitive from North Carolina wanted for a probation violation, is also on hold for authorities there, police said.

Though he did not live in his father’s garage, he had been staying at the house because he was supposed to be caring for his mother, who recently underwent a surgical procedure, Ligon said.

MEXICO CITY — The availability of heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S. is on the rise, due in part to the ever-evolving entrepreneurial spirit of the Mexican drug cartels, according to a new study released by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The report, which analyzes illicit drug trends through 2012, also notes that cocaine availability was down across the United States. It offered various possible reasons for the decline, including cartel versus cartel fights over drug routes in Mexico, declining production in Colombia and various anti-narcotics strategies that have put more heat on the groups that control production and shipment of the product.

Mexico efforts against drug cartels

Vigilantes arrive in the town of Pareo, in Mexico’s Michoacan state. The Knights Templar drug cartel controls parts of the state, and a “self-defense” movement has arisen to fight it.     

The yearly report, released Monday and known as the National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, is an effort to describe “the threat posed to the United States by the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs.”

The report is a synthesis of quantitative data and survey feedback from more than 1,300 state and local law enforcement agencies. Among other things, it provides an updated profile of the seemingly intractable user-pusher relationship that has developed between the United States  and its southern neighbor.

According to the report, the amount of heroin seized at the southern U.S. border increased 232% between 2008 and 2012 — apparently the result of greater Mexican heroin production and a growing incursion by  Mexican traffickers into U.S. markets. It notes that the U.S. is experiencing a “sizable increase” in the number of new heroin users.

Methamphetamine seizures at the Mexican border, meanwhile, increased fivefold in the same time period, although the report notes that U.S. demand and abuse data for meth appeared to remain stable.

The trouble with meth is most acutely felt in the West: The report notes  that 2011 arrest data showed that large percentages of arrestees in Western states tested positive for meth, with rates much lower in the East. For example, 42.9% of men arrested in Sacramento tested positive for methamphetamine; in Washington, DC, that number was 0.4%.

Marijuana continues to be Americans’ illicit drug of choice. Smuggling from Mexico has remained “consistently high” for 10 years, the report says, while U.S. domestic production is on the rise — in part due to large-scale U.S. growing operations controlled by Mexican traffickers.

The U.S. government appears to be tolerating recent decisions by voters in Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana for recreational use in those states. But the plant remains classified as a dangerous and illegal controlled substance under federal law, and the report warns, darkly, that drug cartels will “increasingly exploit the opportunities for marijuana cultivation and trafficking created in states that allow ‘medical marijuana’ grows and have legalized marijuana sales and possession.”

The report notes the continued decline of availability of cocaine in the U.S., a trend that began in 2007. The majority of cocaine that ends up in the U.S. is of Colombian provenance, and much of it must first travel through Mexico. The United Nations has noted a decline in Colombian coca production, and U.S. officials have credited the success of Plan Merida, the United States’  multibillion-dollar drug-fighting effort in Colombia, which includes, among other things, military aid, crop eradication programs and social spending.

Critics of U.S. drug policy fear that the pressure on Colombia is only pushing production to other countries, like Peru, a phenomenon commonly known as the “balloon effect.”

The title of “fastest growing drug problem” in the U.S., according to the report, goes to prescription drugs, including painkillers, which are often obtained domestically at unscrupulous “pill mills,” or from online sellers.

The report says that recent state laws to crack down on pill mills could create another kind of balloon effect, forcing “abusers and distributors to obtain [prescription drugs] in other areas of the country where little or no legislation currently exists … or in other countries such as Canada and Mexico.”


SAN YSIDRO, Calif. – Homicide detectives Tuesday investigated the death of a 16-year-old boy who apparently drank a lethal amount of methamphetamine-laced liquid while attempting to cross into the country at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The boy, identified as Tijuana resident Cruz Marcelino Velazquez Acevedo, was alone and used a pedestrian entrance to come into the United States from Mexico about 6:40 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings. According to a report from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, the boy was stopped by officers for claification on a discrepancy with his visa. He was carrying two small containers that held an amber colored liquid, and told Customs and Border Patrol agents that the liquid was juice, Hastings said in a statement.


“Agents became suspicious and inquired further about the contents of the containers,” he said. While at a secondary inspection area, the boy voluntarily drank some of the liquid, the ME reported. “A CBP narcotics trained canine alerted to the male and he was handcuffed and taken to a nearby security office,” Hastings said. “The male began to feel sick and told CBP officers the liquid in the containers was a ‘chemical.'” Paramedics were called and took the boy to a local hospital, where he died a short time later. A preliminary test showed the liquid was positive for methamphetamine, according to Hastings.


HUDSON FALLS — It was a strange chemical smell emanating Sunday morning from the upstairs apartment at 1 Tidmarsh St. that prompted a neighbor to suspect a resident was making methamphetamine, police said.

The neighbor contacted police, who when allowed into the home by the cooperative residents found evidence on a second-story porch that led them to conclude the suspicion was justified, Hudson Falls Police Chief Randy Diamond said. Officers found containers indicative of crystal methamphetamine production, and minor burns on the porch screen that appeared to be from the part of the process that produces combustion, police said.

The investigation led to the arrest of 28-year-old Nicholas Deyette, the first meth production arrest in Hudson Falls, according to village police.

Deyette told police he had been trying to make the drug for a few months, but was not getting a high when using the product he made.

“He told us it wasn’t working, but I don’t know why you would continue making it if it didn’t work,” Diamond said.

Police did not say how Deyette learned the manufacturing process. It was clear from the signs of combustion on the porch that some sort of chemical reaction had been taking place, Diamond said. That reaction creates a harsh odor, which at least one neighbor noticed and became concerned about, he said.

Local sheriff’s offices are part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team that has received training on meth production “labs” and their identification and handling, and Hudson Falls Police tapped that experience Sunday by calling on Washington County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Stark.

Stark called in a State Police team that specializes in safe removal of hazardous chemicals from methamphetamine production, and members of that team removed the materials found on the porch and in garbage cans.

The State Police sergeant who supervises the team, Doug Wildermuth, lives in Warren County and was on scene with his vehicle and equipment in 10 minutes, Diamond said.

Even though police said Deyette’s production setup was a “small operation,” he still produced enough potentially hazardous waste to require the use of 40 five-gallon buckets filled with cement mix and vermiculite to stabilize it for disposal, Diamond said.

Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant that can be made with chemicals and over-the-counter medications through a complicated process that uses a potentially explosive chemical reaction.

Police believe Deyette was using the legal decongestant pseudoephedrine as part of the manufacturing process. The over-the-counter drug is regulated by the federal government, and Diamond said officers were working to trace the pseudoephedrine Deyette had obtained.

Deyette, who was charged with a felony count of unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, lived in the apartment with his girlfriend and two young children. His meth production efforts took place on a three-season porch, so the apartment was not contaminated. The woman and children were allowed to return after the materials were removed, police said.

Police have seen a trickle of methamphetamine making its way to the Glens Falls region.

The Hudson Falls manufacturing operation was the second found in the region in little more than a month. On Oct. 5, three residents of a Greenfield mobile home park were arrested on charges they were making the drug there. Two bigger meth labs were found elsewhere in Washington County over the past five years.

Police to the north, in Clinton and Franklin counties, have seen a big spike in meth production and possession arrests over the past year or so.

Police in the Glens Falls region have not been seeing the tell-tale signs that the drug has established itself among local narcotics users, however.

Officers have not routinely been finding the drug when arresting suspects in other crimes, which is typically the first sign that police see of a drug’s appearance.

“Every once in a while we hear about it, but not very often,” Warren County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Breen said.

A representative of Conifer Park, which operates a drug treatment center in Glens Falls and others around the region, said Tuesday the company’s staff has not seen much methamphetamine abuse to date. Opiate abuse continues to be the major drug issue in the area, he said.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said rural areas across the country have been hit hardest by the drug, because rural areas provide room to hide clandestine manufacturing operations, and that is a concern in Washington County.

Police have received training on meth, and have been bracing for its impact for years.

“It is our biggest fear,” Murphy said. “The biggest issue is it’s very volatile and dangerous. We’ve been told it’s just a matter of time.”

Deyette was being held Tuesday in Washington County Jail for lack of bail. His girlfriend was not charged because police said she was not aware that he was making meth.







A Maiden man has been convicted of several felonies after a GPS led authorities to a stolen iPhone and a meth lab, the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Bryan Keith Harris, 35, was convicted of possessing/distributing a methamphetamine precursor, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods and possession of a stolen firearm — all felonies, prosecutors said.


Bryan Keith Harris


Harris was sentenced to a minimum of 8 years and a maximum of 14 1/2 years in prison.

The crimes occurred in February 2013 in the city of Maiden and involved the breaking and entering and larceny of more than $10,000 in property from two residences, according to prosecutors.

One of the items stolen was an iPhone. Investigators with the Maiden Police Department used the GPS function to find the phone and other stolen items. They also found remnants of a meth lab, prosecutors said.

People who are trying to fight the abuse of synthetic drugs need a centralized, national source that collects information about the latest substances, analyzes it and quickly disseminates early alerts, according to a group of experts trying to stay one step ahead of these ever-changing products.

Several sources of information exist, such as poison control centers, the Drug Abuse Warning Network and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to Sherry Green, the CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL). The group organized a recent meeting of health officials, law enforcement, doctors, state drug directors and others trying to stop the spread of synthetic drugs.

“The DEA uses a system to gather information from sources about where substances are being used, but it is limited to controlled substances—so if they’re not being controlled or banned yet, the DEA isn’t getting reports about them,” she said. “There’s no one central place that draws on all these sources. We need to gather information from these sources, quickly analyze it and get it back out to people who need it—ER doctors, public health officials and administrators of schools—so they can act.”

Many states have enacted laws banning synthetic drugs, but most ban specific chemical combinations, and drug makers evade these laws by slightly modifying the formula, Green says. “States find they have to play catch-up,” she added. Several states, including Idaho, are trying a different approach, by banning a general class of substances, and then giving specific examples of substances within that class. “If something else in that class is created after the law takes effect, it would already be banned,” she explains. “We’ll be following the success of these statutes, and if they work, we’ll be recommending this type of legislation to other states.”

While there is federal legislation that bans synthetic drugs, signed in 2012, Green said states don’t want to wait for the long process of scheduling and controlling new substances, which can take 18 months or longer. “They want to look at procedures on the state level so they can control new substances on a much more expedited basis,” she said. NAMSDL is also hoping to learn from the experience of Canada and European countries that have passed laws to ban synthetic drugs, also known as novel psychoactive substances.

In addition to new legislation, the group advocated for a much stronger education and prevention campaign. “People need better information about novel psychoactive substances,” Green says. “Everyone from parents to school administrators to ER physicians need better education about what these substances do.” A number of groups, including the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the National Association of Chiefs of Police, agreed there needs to be a coordinated effort on education. NAMSDL is working with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and other federal partners to produce a campaign, Green noted.

NAMSDL will be working with the experts at the meeting to draft model legislation that will be part of a toolbox of legislative options states can use starting early in 2014.






MORROW, Ohio (WKRC) — Four people are charged with making meth in front of children.

Shannon and Marsha Mckinley, Emily Freeman, and Stanley Jacques all face drug and endangering children charges.

Police say they found a lab and a large amount of meth in a home on Middleboro road in Morrow.

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“We’re going to improvise,” said Veronica, after being denied Sudafed at two pharmacies for failing to have a history of prescription with them. “I ain’t quitting.”

Veronica, 43, has been addicted to methamphetamine for more than a third of her life. She makes her meth at home, but that’s getting harder. In recent years, Arkansas, like most states, has passed heavy restrictions on the key ingredient pseudoephedrine, found in decongestants.


Veronica prepares meth for injection

On this occasion, Veronica’s 26-year-old son Teddy came to the rescue, with his stash of methamphetamine “ice” – a cheaper, ready-to-use concoction, trafficked into the American heartland by Mexican drug cartels. It’s named for its prettier, bluish-white shine, straight out of a winter wonderland.

In Arkansas, pseudoephedrine regulations have seriously reduced the amount of “shaking-and-baking” – cooking personal doses of meth in a plastic bottle — and the home explosions and burn injuries that came along with it, according to Bill Bradley, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Arkansas. But the rules have done nothing to curb abuse.

“I saw dad put on the lid and shake it so much, shake ‘em up, and pop, pshhh!”

6-year-old boy

Father addicted to meth

The rise of ice is simple economics. With the smalltime meth-maker crushed by regulations, “superlabs” abroad have swooped in to steal the marketshare. As much as 80 percent of the meth sold in the U.S. is a Mexican import, according to DEA calculations reported by the Associated Press. And since 2007, it has become cheaper and purer. Bradley said there’s in fact more meth now in rural areas than there was before the restrictions.

Teddy, who has been using meth since he was 14, said it’s only old-timers like his mom who even try to make their own meth anymore. Buying meth pre-packaged is also considered safer than trying to brew it at home. In about 40 percent of shake-and-bakes, someone gets badly injured, said Chris Harrison, the chief chemist at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

In 2012, a doctor at the burn center of Mercy Hospital in St. Louis told KJRH that 15 percent of the patients were injured in meth lab fires.

“I saw dad put on the lid and shake it so much, shake ‘em up, and pop, pshhh!” a 6-year-old boy told America Tonight about the time a shake-and-bake set his house on fire, burning his right arm. “…I just saw a big explosion. It just went pshhooo! I just saw it explode. I just saw the house explode.”

Asked why the adults in his home shake up plastic bottles that can do such scary things, the boy replied: “They think it’s for fun.”

“People refer to it as the ‘walk-away drug.’ You walk away from everything that was ever important to you and all you care about is that next high.”

Chris Harrison

Chief chemist at the Arkansas State Crime Lab

Ice provides the high, without the risk of five-degree burns.

“There’s really no need for cooking meth no more,” Teddy said. “Why take all the risk and doing that, if the Mexicans are bringing it over by the truckloads. I can buy way larger amounts and a dirt-cheap price.”

But ice is also more potent than meth cooked at home, sometimes 80 or even 90 percent pure, according to the DEA. With a cleaner and more intense high, and a lower price, ice is not only supplanting homegrown meth; it’s capturing an entirely new customer base.

“When you talk to our state and local counterparts and ask what the number one drug problem there is, and they’ll say methamphetamine ice,” Bradley said.

It’s a worrying development in rural communities already decimated by decades of meth abuse.

“People refer to it as the ‘walk-away drug,’” Harrison said. “You walk away from everything that was ever important to you and all you care about is that next high.”

From the perspective of the user, however, there’s now a better, safer product on the shelf.

“Everybody’s winning,” Teddy said. “I’m winning. [The Mexican cartels] are winning. It’s all good, where everybody’s happy.”







ABERDEEN, SD – An alleged meth ring broken up in Huron recently could cut down on drug activity in the city, at least for a while.

That’s what has happened in Brown County over the past few years. About half the county’s pending felony drug cases involve methamphetamine, but that figure rises and falls.

“If there’s a big arrest made one week, the next few weeks or next few months, there will obviously be a low trend in methamphetamine. But it will always go up and it will always come back and kind of flat line at some point,” Chris White, Brown County Chief Deputy States Attorney said.

White says officials often see an immediate drop in meth activity after an arrest.

Brown County Deputy Ross Erickson is a member of the area’s drug task force. He says police arrested a large meth dealer in the area in 2011. As a result, meth activity dropped drastically and remained low before gradually increasing again.

With 24 felony meth cases currently pending in Brown County, White hopes to see another drop in activity.

“I have seen meth destroy more lives than all of the drugs combined,” White said.

Erickson and White expect they’re dealing with multiple smaller-scale meth dealers lately, so arrests aren’t having as large an impact as the 2011 arrests. But even a smaller arrest, they say, should have an effect for awhile.

South of Aberdeen, other counties are seeing similar activity. More than half of the pending felony drug cases in Beadle County involve meth. The Davidson County States Attorney says the drug is prevalent there too.







Drugs retard the brain, and if you’ve ever wanted proof, you could ask 23-year-old Rosendo Rodriguez, whose meth use recently sent him on a trip down memory lane when he decided to rob Walmart of $175 worth of Lego and other products.

Rodriguez had been “shopping” at Walmart’s 5501 Sherwood Way location on Sunday when he drew the suspicions of staff with his peculiar behavior. Staff then stopped and detained Rodriguez when they found him with a fistful of Lego and suspected other items that he had not paid for on the way out the door.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., Officers M. Hawthorne and D. Welch were dispatched to the supermarket, where they found Rodriguez, who had been resisting the store staff and continued to do so in the presence of the officers. Following a short struggle, officers were able to place Rodriguez in handcuffs.

Rodriguez had apparently hit several departments in the store to collect his booty, and following a search of his person, police determined the value of the goods and found a plastic baggie that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. He was also carrying a pipe commonly used for narcotics.

Rosendo Rodriguez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Misdemeanor Class B Theft.

Rodriguez was also issued a citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.







Special Report: Meth-idemic

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Drain cleaner, lithium, hydrochloric acid; those are just a few of the toxic ingredients in a drug that’s taken across America, and has long been a plague on West Michigan.

Of course, that drug is methamphetamine. It was often given to World War II pilots to fight off fatigue, and marketed as a weight loss drug during the 1950s and 60s, but now has a whole new generation of addicts.


In Newschannel 3’s investigation into the drug, we found that laws intended to cut down on making meth have only forced users to look elsewhere.

We’ve all seen ‘the many faces of meth;’ how this dangerous and highly addictive concoction of chemicals can transform the addict for the worse.

“You see how fast this drug can work against your body’s natural systems to destroy your body and your mind,” said Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller.

But now, the face of the meth epidemic is changing too.

“We’ve seen a little more evidence of it in the last couple of years—especially in the last year. That it may be coming from outside our counties—outside of our country,” Sheriff Fuller said.

Fuller says methamphetamine super-labs in Mexico may be the culprit.

The Drug Enforcement Agency reports what it calls a sustained upward trend in Mexican meth arriving in U.S. markets. The agency says drug cartels produce a version of meth called pnenyl-2-propanone—or p2p.

It isn’t as strong as what can be cooked in kitchens or pop bottles, but it can be produced in far larger quantities.

That p2p meth is then being shipped in bulk to conversion labs in the American southwest where new chemicals are added.

From there, the drug is being delivered by mail to the American midwest. And meth isn’t just found in rural areas anymore.

“We’ve found it in cities, we’ve found it in the rural areas we’ve found it in neighborhoods that would surprise people,” said Sheriff Fuller.

“It almost feels like we’re seeing more traditional narcotic trafficking with meth and maybe less labs,” said Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting.

The new prosecutor has made getting meth out the county a top priority. He says national drug logs and laws restricting the sale of over the counter cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine made making meth more difficult, but he also says that means some meth addicts will turn to the Internet to get their meth by mail.

“There are what we call super-labs; places where they’re manufacturing not a few grams at a time, but ten, 20, 50 pounds at a time of meth,” Getting said.

In recent months several pounds of the stuff have been found here.

“You got to remember this stuff sells for 20 to 25 thousand dollars a pound, so when you have four pounds on stadium drive in a storage unit—that’s $100,000…that’s a lot of money,” Getting said.

“It’s not likely that that amount of meth is being manufactured here…that’s coming from somewhere else. Often times Mexico, or California, or the southwest,” he added.

The U.S. Postal Service is aware of the problem and postal inspectors in Detroit admit they are working several cases right now. But they won’t discuss how they investigate as they try to find the source of this foreign meth and cut off future supply lines.

For now, local law enforcement is focused on solving the problems at home—problems that don’t seem to be getting any better.

“Some of the same people keep coming back to our jail for the same problem over and over,” Fuller said.

Meth addiction is costly for all of us.

Addicts quite often get burned in explosions, and a recent survey conducted by Bronson Hospital found that the average meth patient’s hospital stay costs $130,000; most are uninsured.







ICE users with links to gangs and ethnic groups increase the risk of violence to patients and staff in overcrowded emergency departments, doctors warn.

The Australian Medical Asso­ciation’s Victorian branch said the escalating use of methamphetamines had a “devastating and horrific” ­impact on lives.

AMA Victorian president Dr Stephen Parnis said the ­level of resources required to care for an ice user was similar to a major accident victim.

AMA Victorian president Dr Stephen Parnis says the ­level of resources required to care for an ice user is similar to a maj

AMA Victorian president Dr Stephen Parnis says the ­level of resources required to care for an ice user is similar to a major accident victim


“This is not just a problem for drug abusers or people who work in health care, this is a community-wide issue because it has links to criminals and destroys families. It is indiscriminate in the way it ­affects people,” Dr Parnis said.

In a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into ice, the AMA said there were also reports of ADHD patients putting themselves at risk of schizophrenia-like psychosis by using methamphetamines to self-medicate because of difficulty accessing government-subsidised drugs.

Anecdotal evidence from doctors showed ice users were predominantly lower socio-economic young males from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

As a consequence, hospital waiting rooms were “frequently occupied by gangs of ethnic-related groups, which were connected with the ­patients”, Dr Parnis said.

This had the potential to ­accentuate problems in crowded emergency departments, Dr Parnis said.

“Violence and risks are ever present and this makes it worse,” he said.

Methamphetamine users experience serious mental health problems ranging from agitation to psychosis.

The AMA is calling for ­urgent research to develop suitable treatments and man­agement options for patients, adequate staffing levels, public education and secure environments for patients and staff.

It said GPs needed training to help them engage with users before the problem escalated.

The AMA’s submission also suggested supervised hostel-type accommodation could be used to house ice users who were medically stable, instead of a hospital or police custody.

Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge welcomed the AMA submission to the parliamentary inquiry.








COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – In quiet, sleepy neighborhoods across the state of South Carolina, a chemical poison is rotting the core of suburbia.

It’s crystal meth, and you’d be surprised where you’d find it.

Recently, we were allowed to ride along with the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of an undercover investigation into the meth manufacturing trade.

And it didn’t take long to find something on a Monday morning.

“With a little research, less than one hour, using some resources provided to me, I was able to substantiate that there was more likely than not a meth lab at this residence,” said an undercover agent. “Certainly within a few minutes of being here we confirmed it.”

It’s not what you might expect a drug lab should look like — it’s a regular home tucked away in a normal neighborhood. But this is the reality of meth production in South Carolina.

After 15 years with SLED, Lt. Max Dorsey has seen labs like this time and time again.

“All the cooks don’t have PhDs in chemistry,” said Dorsey. “Very few of them have high school diplomas.

“Meth in South Carolina is being manufactured in these mom and pop labs and they have been refined to these drink bottles. These two-liter, one-liter, or sixteen-ounce drink bottles, you put these ingredients in these vessels, you let the reaction occur, and you let it dry, and then you consume it, you smoke it, you snort it, you inject it.”

“You need some type of ether, whether it’s Coleman fuel or charcoal lighter fluid, ice packs, fertilizer, lithium,” said an undercover agent. “I mean these are all items that are fairly inexpensive and you can pick them right up at any pharmacy or Walmart.”

More and more of these portable meth labs are being found in motel rooms, cars, and quiet homes. In 2010, authorities busted just 125 labs in South Carolina. This year, that number has more than tripled to 479.

“The month of October was the highest month of meth lab seizures in South Carolina,” said Dorsey. “I believe the Upstate has had the taste of meth for a lot longer than the rest of the state. I think it has been up there longer and there has been a larger customer base for that.”

Meth may be the one of the only drugs that not only endangers the user, but all those around it due to its volatile and corrosive chemical formula.

“One of these reaction vessels that produces hazardous gases and has the potential to burn their skin or catch on fire, so they have specialized equipment to filter the air they breath and greatly increases their chances of being exposed to a hazardous environment,” said an undercover agent.

The average lab clean up can cost up to $6,000, and that money comes from the taxpayer.

“A lot of times these environments are just terrible,” said Dorsey. “They’re dirty, they’re nasty. You find the worst things you could ever imagine in these environments. Many times, well, sometimes you find children in those environments who have been abused, mistreated, not fed, sexually abused, and so it is some of the most horrific environments you could ever imagine.”

Twelve agencies in the Upstate concentrated their efforts over a two-day period earlier this month to 13 labs. As a result, 31 people were arrested and 7 children were taken into protective custody.

“We’ve put, just from this particular incident, two people in jail that we feel are responsible for manufacturing the meth, and that’s a benefit to the community because we don’t have to worry about these two individuals making meth at least for the next few weeks.”


In years of working to combat illicit drugs, I’ve seen a lot, but maybe nothing quite as venal and cynical as candy-flavored methamphetamine and cocaine marketed to children.

Law enforcement officers and drug treatment officials have come across methamphetamine, cocaine and other illegal drugs that
have been colored, packaged and flavored to appeal to children. Some of these items have names like “Pot Tarts” and “Reese’s Crumbled Hash

In March of last year, Chicago police warned parents about a strawberry-flavored version of methamphetamine called “strawberry quick” or
“strawberry meth.” The police worried that the drug would appear in schools and that kids would give it to each other like candy, not knowing the item’s true nature. This kind of drug manipulation is not a small-time venture. In 2008 near Modesto, Calif., federal agents seized cocaine worth $272,400. A lot of it was flavored with cinnamon, coconut, lemon and strawberry.

Current federal law has no enhanced penalties for flavoring or packaging controlled substances to attract kids. That’s why Sen. Dianne Feinstein and I, as co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, have introduced legislation to increase federal penalties for drug dealers who engage in this repellent practice. The Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act provides an enhanced penalty when any adult knowingly or intentionally manufactures or creates a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or Schedule II that is: combined with a beverage
or candy product; marketed or packaged to appear similar to a beverage or candy product; or modified by flavoring or coloring. The bill subjects anyone who alters a controlled substance in these ways to the following penalties, in addition to the penalty for the underlying offense: up to 10 years for the first offense; up to 20 years for a second or subsequent offense.

Law enforcement and anti-drug groups strongly support the legislation.

Anything that makes a dangerous drug seem less dangerous to kids is a serious problem. The law should make clear that marketing drugs to kids will have steep consequences.







BEVERLY – A Walker, W.Va., man fractured his back after leaping nearly 20 feet in an attempt to elude authorities during the investigation of a methamphetamine operation in the Beverly area Sunday.

Sean Yoho, 39, was hospitalized after he made the jump from a second-story porch at the 570 Albright Road residence of 51-year-old Donna Glendenning where Major Crimes Task Force agents had allegedly located a red phosphorus methamphetamine manufacturing operation Sunday evening.

“He heard the agents coming and ran out the back door, then jumped off a deck that was between 15 and 20 feet off the ground,” Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Monday.

Yoho was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital where he remained Monday and is scheduled to undergo back surgery.

Glendenning and 29-year-old Dirk Filon of 120 Wells Ave., Marietta were placed in  the Washington County Jail after agents executed a search warrant and found the meth lab at the Beverly residence Sunday, officials said.

Charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, bond was set at $35,000 each for Glendenning and Filon during a hearing Monday in Marietta Municipal Court.

“The same charge is pending against Yoho until after he’s released from the hospital,” Mincks said. “He will likely be indicted at a later date.”

The sheriff said Major Crimes Task Force agents had received information that Yoho was at the Glendenning residence and possibly manufacturing methamphetamine. He said Yoho is a known meth manufacturer who was previously arrested in July of this year by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.

At the residence Sunday the Major Crimes Task Force agents found numerous items used in the red phosphorus method of manufacturing meth, Mincks reported. He said those items included empty pseudoephedrine packs, red phosphorus, iodine and coffee filters.

The agents observed a methamphetamine “cook” was in progress and seized a quantity of the substance.

“This was a pretty large operation,” Mincks said. “About 8 pounds of meth was seized, some still in liquid form. It was one of the largest labs we’ve seen in this area.”

He said all three suspects admitted being involved in the meth manufacturing process. Filon and Glendenning said they provided money for Yoho to buy the chemicals. Yoho admitted he was the “cook” for the meth and Filon and Glendenning assisted in the process, Mincks said.

Mincks said because the meth had been manufactured using the red phosphorus method a special crew, certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to handle the material, had to be brought in to clean up the lab site.

“Since they used the red phosphorus method we had to call BCI (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation), and they contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration who sent an EPA-certified team from Knox County to do the cleanup,” he said.

Mincks said deputies monitored the Glendenning residence overnight until the meth cleanup crew arrived Monday morning.

He said such cleanup operations can cost between $2,500 and $10,000, but he expected the bill for the Monday cleanup would be covered by the DEA.

The specialized cleanup is required due to the volatility of the red phosphorus methamphetamine chemical process. Mincks said there have been cases in other areas of the state where officers have opened one of the chemical containers and accidentally breathed in the fumes which have a paralyzing effect on the lungs.

“Some officers have had to go on disability after breathing the fumes,” he said.

Mincks said the cleanup at Glendenning’s residence was completed Monday, and the area is no longer hazardous to anyone entering the home. The residence is in a remote area and the meth lab did not pose a threat to others, he said.







A Dallas woman was arrested in Bedford this month after federal and local drug officers spotted a small plastic bag sticking out of the low V-neck of her blouse.

A female drug agent removed the bag, and a later test found that it contained 29 grams of methamphetamine, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Maria Ortiz, Maria Avalos and a third woman who was not identified were arrested. Otiz and Avalos have detention hearings set for Thursday. Information about the third woman was not available Monday.

The women were arrested by officers who had been tipped off about a drug deal that was to take place Nov. 8 in the parking lot of Walmart Neighborhood Market,  2108 Bedford Road in Bedford. The participants were expected to include at least two women in a green Honda, according to the criminal complaint.

After watching a green Honda drive out of the parking lot, officers stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. Oritz, Avalos and the other woman were asked to get out of the car.

As Ortiz sat on a curb, agents noticed the plastic bag peeking from her cleavage, according to the complaint.

During questioning, Ortiz consented to a search of her Dallas apartment. Officers found 969 grams of meth, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber revolver, digital scales, numerous plastic bags and a journal containing what appeared to be notations of drug dealing transactions, according to the complaint.

A Marrero man who spent three days working offshore came home to find his estranged wife holed up with another man and the makings of a meth lab. Authorities seized methamphetamine, precursor chemicals and other drug paraphernalia in the house, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest and incident reports.

The 33-year-old man told deputies he is separated from his wife, Kelly Williams, 32, who lives with relatives in Chalmette. So he was surprised to find her inside his Savannah Lane home just before 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15.), an incident report said. He was also suspicious of her uncommonly affectionate behavior.

Kelly Williams, left, and Stephen Hamilton, were arrested Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at a Marrero home and booked with possession of methamphetamine, creation of a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia

He sensed she was trying to herd him away from his bedroom, the man told police, and found out why when he stepped inside and discovered a stranger, Stephen Hamilton, 43, of Metairie, standing in his shower, the incident report said. The husband also found drug paraphernalia and several plastic bags containing an off-white powder in his bed.

The husband told deputies he immediately suspected the bags contained drugs because his wife was arrested in February in connection with a meth lab found inside of a Marrero home, the incident report said.

The husband dialed up the Sheriff’s Office as he confronted his wife. Hamilton ran off, but deputies caught up with him and brought him back to the scene.

Investigators determined the plastic bags contained methamphetamine. A search of Williams’ vehicle turned up additional drug paraphernalia as well as chemicals used to manufacture meth, the arrest and incident reports said.

Hamilton, of 226 Sena Drive, Metairie, and Williams, of 5201 Savannah Lane, Marrero, were booked with creation of a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was still being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on a $205,500 bond. No bond information was available for Hamilton.







WILDOMAR – A parolee suspected of having methamphetamine was arrested in Wildomar when the full-size pickup truck he occupied was reported stolen out of Kern County, a sheriff’s sergeant said today.

A sheriff’s deputy on patrol drove by a shopping center in the 19900 block of Grand Avenue on Saturday afternoon and saw a man sitting in a Chevrolet Silverado, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. David Cardoza. The driver, Andre Eric Rivera, 54, of Bakersfield, stepped out of the truck and walked away when he saw the deputy, Cardoza said.

A license plate check revealed the pickup truck was reported stolen out of Delano in October, which prompted the deputy to call for back-up; and Rivera was arrested, according to Cardoza.

Deputies used a trained dog during a search of the stolen vehicle and found methamphetamine, blank checks and credit cards belonging to other people, and multiple prescription pills, Cardoza said. Rivera was arrested for suspicion of vehicle theft, violating his parole and other crimes, the sergeant said.







An undercover investigation led the nine drug-related arrests of Dickinson County residents last week.

The Dickinson County Drug Enforcement Unit, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department and Abilene Police Department executed eight arrest warrants Tuesday in Solomon and Abilene as a result of a month-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Unit and Abilene Police Department regarding the distribution of methamphetamine and prescription pills.

In October controlled purchases of methamphetamine and prescription pills were conducted from eight people in Abilene and Solomon. A total of 18.2 grams of methamphetamine, 100 doses of methadone; 20 Adderall pills; six Loratabs; 9 somas; and 20 Oxytocin were purchased.

The estimated street value of the methamphetamine and controlled substances is more than $7,000.

Arrested as a result of the controlled buys in Abilene were: James Atkinson, Jeremy Brown, David Vilcot, Heather Walls, Cynthia Rittger and Timothy Hosie.

Four of the controlled purchases were within 1,000 feet of a school in Abilene.

Solomon residents arrested were: Sean Carolan, Rellena Crowe and Benjamin Faulkner.

More arrest as a result of this investigation is expected. Following are the individual charges:

• Atkinson: five counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Brown: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Faulkner: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp, driving when headlights are required, two counts of turning and failure to signal, failure to stop at stop sign, fleeing or attempting to elude police officers.

• Vilcot: Two counts of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, failure to obtains a Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Carolan: Conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Crowe: Five counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful use of a telecommunications device to arrange drug sale.

• Walls: Conspiracy to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance within a 1,000 feet of a school, failure to obtain Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Hoise: Two counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, two counts of drug paraphernalia, two counts of failure to obtain Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Rittgers: Two counts of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance, two counts of child endangerment, two counts of drug paraphernalia.


Meth is a toxic, explosive drug that’s endangering everyone. It may be glamorized in the television hit series, “Breaking Bad,” but authorities say this drug is nothing to joke about. It’s actually becoming an epidemic.

This shake and bake one pot method makes manufacturing meth easier than ever. It leads Shreveport-Caddo Narcotics Lt. Carl Townley to believe that here in the ArkLaTex, meth is making a comeback.

“Before, there were gigantic meth labs and it took somebody with knowledge plus they had to steal the chemicals,” said Lt. Townley. Now, I can go to Wal-Mart and buy everything I need to cook meth. We find them in trunk of cars, inside cars, in the wood and we found one abandoned on side of road the other day, in a city park.”

The drug has become so main stream it’s now the focal point of the “Breaking Bad” television show. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the show was filmed, people can buy bags of candy designed to look like meth.

Closer to home, former Shreveport mayoral candidate and architect Ward Elmo Bryant was recently arrested for allegedly selling $5,000 worth of meth to an undercover agent.

“Thats a significant amount of ice, 241 grams were actually seized and that’s a cash value of little over $24,000,” said Lt. Townley.

Former meth addict “Sarah” said the drug is more popular than ever, especially on college campuses. She said the drug is also used by everybody.

“I have obtained meth from Hispanics, I’ve smoked meth with black people. I don’t think meth discriminates like that. I’ve smoked meth with rich people, I’ve smoked meth with poor people. “

Sarah started using meth while studying at LSU-Shreveport. She said it was a way to keep her weight down, and manage college and work, until it almost killed her.

“I almost did not make it out with my life,” said Sarah. “By the time I was done using drugs, I was having seizures, and I had very poor circulation problems. I had all the makings of an overdose or an all out cardiac event. “

According to local authorities, meth explosions are increasingly common since 30 percent of meth labs are discovered when they catch on fire. They’re telling the public to avoid picking up bottles with residue on the side of the road. Instead, they encourage you to call authorities because they could be a meth lab.

“If they pick it up at the wrong time and it hasn’t completed the reaction, it could blow up or explode. It could cause serious danger burns,” said Dr. Nick Goeders.

Cleaning up meth labs is still expensive. Each time agents locate a lab, it costs about $1,500 of your tax dollars to clean it up; that doesn’t include the cost of making the house safe to live in again.

“Meth sticks to everything. So even after they’ve cleaned up after themselves, there’s going to be meth in the carpet,” said Goeders.

“Just because the lab is gone doesn’t mean the danger is gone. That house has to be gutted inside to make it habitable again,” said Lt. Carl Townley.

Researcher Nick Goeders said the drug causes users to be paranoid, angry, and sometimes psychotic.

“They also hear voices, they’ll say the devil told me to kill my child,” said Goeders. “If a
mother is on a three or four day meth binge, who is taking care of the kids?”


If you’d like to know whether a meth lab has been located in your neighborhood, click here.









Never be too friendly to anyone while transporting drugs.

Jerry Holwuttle was caught trying walk into California from Mexico at the Otay Mesa Point of Entry with 2.65 pounds of meth taped to his body. A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer asked Holwuttle, who lives outside of San Diego, if he was carrying anything. The 58-year-old replied “no,” but the Customs and Border Patrol officer was suspicious of his friendly disposition and loose jacket.

Suspiciously Friendly California Man Caught Trying to Cross Mexican Border with Meth Strapped to His Body


A hard package was discovered during a search, which led to the discovery of four more. The packages all tested positive for “characteristics of methamphetamine.” Holwuttle was arrested, charged with felony drug importation and taken to San Diego’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.







CABOT (KATV) – Three suspects face drug charges after deputies found methamphetamine at a Cabot hotel Friday.

Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. James Kulesa said around 3 p.m. Sheriff John Staley accompanied investigators to a Cabot hotel to look for 24-year-old Kyle Weeks, who had an outstanding warrant.

According to Lt. Kulesa, investigators found Weeks along with 25-year-old Jimmy Andrew Gilley and 22-year-old Jessica Taylor McElyea in possession of meth.  Deputies also found 21-year-old Deanna Copeland who had an outstanding warrant.

Jessica McElyea
Jessica McElyea
Deanna Copeland

Deanna Copeland
Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks
Jimmy Gilley

Jimmy Gilley

Weeks, Gilley and McElyeah were taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility. Gilley and McElyeah  face possession of a controlled substance with purpose of delivery charges.  Weeks faces a possession of a controlled substance charge.

Copeland was issued a summons to appear at Cabot District Court.







The Rev Paul Flowers, a former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, has apologised “to all I have hurt or failed by my actions” after being filmed buying and using crystal meth, crack cocaine and ketamine.

The Mail on Sunday said that the Rev Flowers, a Methodist minister, was filmed buying the substances just days after he was grilled by the Treasury Select Committee over the bank’s disastrous performance.

I did things that were stupid and wrong: the Rev Paul Flowers

The Rev Flowers, who chaired the Co-operative Banking Group and the Co-operative Bank for three years, issued a statement which said: “This year has been incredibly difficult, with a death in the family and the pressures of my role with the Co-operative Bank.

“At the lowest point in this terrible period, I did things that were stupid and wrong. I am sorry for this and I am seeking professional help, and apologise to all I have hurt or failed by my actions.”

A Methodist Church spokesman said: “We expect high standards of our ministers and we have procedures in place for when ministers fail to meet those standards.

“Paul is suspended from duties for a period of three weeks, pending investigations, and will not be available to carry out any ministerial work. We will also work with the police if they feel a crime has been committed.”

The Co-op has been trying to plug a £1.5 billion gap in finances which was discovered following the purchase of the Britannia Building Society and abortive plans to buy hundreds of Lloyds branches.







LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Sunday asked for the public’s help in locating a man wanted on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine and on other charges.

The FBI says the suspect, identified as 46-year-old Matthew Duke Maley, is from Arizona but has ties to several western states, including California.

“Law enforcement attempted to serve the arrest warrant at Maley’s residence in Tucson on Sunday but he was not there,” the statement said.

Maley is 6’1″ and weighs between 180 and 190 pounds. He is bald with hazel eyes.

(credit: FBI Albuquerque Division)


According to authorities, Maley has a number of tattoos, including skulls, a cross, and a lightning bolt on his arms.

The FBI says he may be driving a green Land Rover with New Mexico license MSG-233.

Anyone with information as to Maley’s whereabouts was asked to call the Albuquerque FBI at (505) 889-1300 or submit a tip online.

Authorities said Maley is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, if spotted.