Comments Off on Mark Steven, once addicted to ‘chemical god’ Methamphetamine, helping others break away

or more than a decade, Mark Steven injected methamphetamine into his veins several times a day.

His slide into addiction started in the early 1990s when an algal bloom outbreak wiped out a successful oyster exporting business in Kerikeri, Northland. 1497358807904

His marriage ended. He turned to alcohol and cannabis.

Steven’s dual recovery treatment addresses addiction and mental health problems. He discovered the therapy while behind bars.

Several stints in rehab followed until a drink driving charge threatened to put him in jail. Prison would prove the “turning point”, but it was a long way off yet.

During yet another rehab program, Steven met a woman who later introduced him to hard drugs.

At first it was speed – until methamphetamine, or P, became the drug of choice.

Meth gave Steven an intense feeling of euphoria, which would last up to 18 hours before hitting a plateau – and crashing.

Psychosis, rage and despair came quickly, driving him to find his next hit.

“I had found my chemical god.”

Within a year he had spent all his money. He turned to crime including stealing, burglary and drug dealing.

He started using opiates to manage the effects of meth.

“I stayed stuck in that horrible world for a long time.”

Treatment programs, including four years on methadone, did not address mental health issues that led him to addiction in the first place, Steven said.

While coming off methadone, Steven quit taking meth and embarked on a professional counselling diploma with the New Zealand Institute of Counselling in Auckland.

He moved to Christchurch for a new start and began counselling, but a relapse into alcohol addiction landed him in prison.

That was in 2013, when he was caught driving the wrong way along a one-way section of Cambridge Tce with his lights off.

“I ended up with my ninth drink driving conviction and in jail – completely embarrassed as an addiction counsellor.”

He spent eight months in prison for the offence. Behind bars, he found a drug recovery model used widely in the US, which recognized people with drug dependency often battled mental health disorders at the same time as addiction.

Known as dual diagnosis and treatment, it was a revelation. Steven applied it to his own situation.

Since his release Steven has been sober. He finished with methadone four-and-a-half years ago and has not touched P for seven years.

Now 56, he runs a not-for-profit counselling and addiction recovery service for methamphetamine addicts, which he set up in 2014. The Dual Recovery Network is based at The Loft in Eastgate Mall.

But his stable, healthy life has come at great personal cost – and after a drawn out cycle of recovery and relapse.

“It’s a miracle to think of where I’ve come from, to get through that, to be where I am now, with the damage I’ve done to my brain.

“You can recover, you can do this … we have to manage our illnesses, our mental health, addictions. It’s a dual process.”

“We’re not bad people. We do some bad things, but it doesn’t define us.”







Comments Off on Thai police seize 1.2 million Methamphetamine tablets

BANGKOK — Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.

The Narcotic Suppression Bureau displayed 1.21 million methamphetamine tablets and 17 kilograms (37.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine it seized as it made arrests in four separate cases.

The biggest seizure came last Thursday at a police checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok. Police said the arrested men admitted transporting 910,000 tablets destined for the southern Thai provinces of Songklha and Hat Yai.

Other drug seizures took place at a mall in Bangkok and in the provinces of Lampang and Chiang Rai in Thailand’s north, which borders Myanmar, where most methamphetamine seized in Thailand originates.

Thailand has struggled for almost two decades against a tide of methamphetamine fueling crime and addiction on a huge scale. In 2003, then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra launched a “War on Drugs” that led to an estimated 2,800 extrajudicial killings for which he was criticized by human rights advocates.

Thai authorities usually make several methamphetamine seizures a year of a million or more tablets, but the drug continues to enter from areas of Myanmar over which its government has little control, and via Laos. In a high-profile case in January, Thai police arrested a Laotian man they described as a major drug kingpin with alleged ties to Thai celebrities.


Comments Off on U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suggests US military to fight Mexican drug cartels

Could the U.S. military be deployed in the fight against Mexican drug cartels?

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suggests that cooperative military action between the U.S. and Mexico governments may be necessary to combat Mexican transnational drug cartels. Basic Training

“Where crime and kidnapping becomes almost routine and the corruption that goes hand and hand with billions of dollars of illegal narcotic trafficking resources combined with vicious violent transnational criminal cartels has done enormous damage to Mexico and enormous damage to America,” Cruz said, in an interview with Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas.

“What can we do about it? One of the things I think we should explore very seriously is something along the lines of what we did in Colombia: Plan Colombia. Where President George W. Bush worked with President [Alvaro] Uribe to target the cartels and take them out. It was treated less as a law enforcement matter than as a military matter. Where our military went into Colombia and helped destroy the cartels.”

Still, Sen. Cruz made sure to stress: “It did so on the invitation of the Colombian government. Look, we should not engage in a military action in Mexico without the active cooperation of the duly elected government there.”

Plan Colombia was a comprehensive, long-term assistance package passed in 1999 in coordination with the Colombian government, designed to rescue what was, at the time, a failing state from collapse. Terror from drug cartels and the militant Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and corrupt and unreliable government officials contributed to widespread political instability in the South American country.

Nearly 20 years and $8 billion later, the limited support of the U.S. military in conjunction with other aid has led to a successful restoration of peace in Columbia.

A similar agreement with Mexico may restore law and order to the border.


Comments Off on Woman details how her stepfather injected her and her friend daily with Methamphetamine when they were young 12-13-year-old girls

A Napier man is on trial for a raft of charges, including injecting methamphetamine into his stepdaughter and her friend when they were aged 12-13.

A court has heard a young woman describe how her father forcibly administered methamphetamine to her and a friend when they were 12 and 13.

The man, in his 40s, who cannot be named, is on trial facing a raft of charges in the Napier District Court.

His alleged offending occurred in 2003-05 and 2013-15, and involved three victims: his son, his stepdaughter and a friend of hers.

Opening the Crown case, prosecutor Jo Rielly told the jury they would hear how the man mistreated his children and how he involved his stepdaughter in an out-of-control lifestyle of gambling and drug use, and that he sexually assaulted and raped her.

Rielly said the man had effectively been the girl’s father, having been in a relationship with her mother from when she was an infant.

“She actually grew up thinking he was her biological father until partway through her childhood … She knew him as her dad, thought of him as her dad, and loved him like a dad,” Rielly said.

The man had been “inappropriate, abusive and violent” towards the girl and her half-brother when they were children.

He exposed them and involved them in an adult lifestyle and, if they did not do as he wished, they were verbally and physically abused.

In 2003 and 2005 the man was living in a Napier flat with two more of his children, aged under 5, and their mother.

His son and stepdaughter also moved in with him. The stepdaughter’s friend, then 13, also lived there for a while.

Rielly said he would get them to hide and recover drugs as he ordered. His son, who was 10-12 at the time, would be made to stand guard at the property “sometimes for hours on end”.

The man discussed drugs and sexual matters with the children, and carried out sexual acts with the stepdaughter’s friend, Rielly said.

“He forced [his son] to assist him in administering methamphetamine to [his stepdaughter] and [her friend].”

The first time was allegedly on New Year’s Day 2004. From then on, they were given meth regularly, always injected into their arms or hands, she said.

Both girls became quickly addicted.

The stepdaughter told the jury she had always thought of the man as her father, and she had never willingly taken drugs.

She described how he would hold her arm to inject the drug, and said it was being administered to her on a daily basis.

“He said we had an expensive habit. He said it was costing $3000 a week.”

The children were told not to talk to police, and not to let anyone know what was going on.

“They were frightened, but they were also very confused, because they continued to love him as their father,” Rielly said.

The man was in prison from 2005 to 2013. Further offending, including rape, is alleged to have occurred against his stepdaughter between 2013 and 2015, when he went back to prison on unrelated convictions.

The three complainants went to police in 2015.

The man faces 17 charges: two charges of wilfully ill-treating a child, two of administering methamphetamine, eight of injuring with intent to injure and others of rape, attempted sexual violation, indecent assault, assault with intent to injure and supplying methamphetamine.

The trial, before judge Raoul Neave, is expected to last 3-4 days.






Comments Off on 33-year-old Port Huron woman hides Methamphetamine, drugs, needles in her children’s clothing before police seize $6K in drugs from her home

A 33-year-old Port Huron woman was arrested earlier this month after attempting to hide methamphetamine, heroin, needles and pills in her children’s clothing at her home, police said.

At about 9:30 a.m. June 2, the St. Clair County Drug Task Force seized $3,200 worth of heroin, $2,600 worth of analogue pills and Suboxone strips, methamphetamine and marijuana from a home in the 1100 block of Rawlins Street, Sheriff Tim Donnellon said in a news release. Also seized in the raid were computer tablets, laptop computers, cell phones, cash, drug paraphernalia, packaging material and scales.

Two children, both younger than age 10, were at their father’s home at the time of the raid, police said. Authorities contacted the St. Clair County Department of Health and Human Services, which will investigate the children’s safety.

The search was conducted as part of an investigation into the sales of heroin in Port Huron. The woman and her 29-year-old boyfriend, of Port Huron, were arrested at the home and lodged at the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center. They are expected to face charges including possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver analogue drugs, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug house, habitual offender and child endangerment.

Port Huron Police Road Patrol assisted at the scene of the raid.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine still a problem that needs our attention

Southwest Missouri, like many other places, is dealing with the so-called opioid crisis. The dangers of prescription drugs and worse, heroin, have captured much of our attention when it comes to substance abuse. Meanwhile, the number of methamphetamine lab discoveries has plummeted.

These factors can have the effect of making meth seem like part of our past, but not our present.

Thomas Gounley’s series on Bob Paillet, the man who reinvented meth, showed how Paillet changed the method of production decades ago and how that, in turn, changed southwest Missouri.

In recent years, police have explained the drop in meth labs with the rise in meth imported from Mexico and elsewhere.

Lt. Eric Reece, the commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Special Investigations Section, said the crackdown on pseudoephedrine, followed by the influx of cheaper, better meth from across the border, changed the face of meth in our community.

It did not, however, make the problem go away. Meth use continues to be a major problem for our region.

From a criminal standpoint, dangerous labs have been replaced by dangerous dealers.

“Now we’re dealing with people more willing to protect their product,” Reece said. “We see that across the board. Gun violence has increased as people are more willing to protect what they have.”

Reece said meth and heroin are the two biggest drug issues Springfield police deal with. And meth carries an additional danger.

“The difference between meth and heroin is that someone who’s high on heroin is pretty much asleep. It knocks them out,” Reece said. “Meth does the opposite. It speeds them up, makes them paranoid and hyper, kind of unstable. That’s just what it does to people, whether they’re committing crimes or just not making good choices.”

Reece and his colleagues deal with the criminal aspect, but what can the rest of us do? Reece’s suggestion was to find ways to get people clean.

The law enforcement mantra of “see something, say something,” applies in a different way in this instance, he said.

“That analogy still applies to civilians involved in the drug world,” he said. “If you see someone dealing with addiction, say something to them, get them into counseling.”

He said the county’s drug court attempts to help people once they’re already in the criminal justice system, but those in the medical field can sometimes get people help before the justice system is needed.

“The fewer people we have end up as addicts, the better,” he said. “Whether it’s drug court or the medical field, people need professional help.”

There are organizations, like Burrell Behavioral Health and Preferred Family Healthcare, that help with addiction. But there are hurdles for people to get help.

David Stoecker is the education and advocacy outreach coordinator for Missouri Recovery Network, and he’s seen addiction from many angles.

“I’ve lived 24 years with an active substance use disorder,” he said. “I turned 21 in prison, and the only good thing about prison was that I got my GED.”

Stoecker went on to obtain multiple degrees, including a master’s, and went to work helping others recover, with Carol Jones, the Greene County treatment court and the nonprofit he started — Better Life in Recovery.

He said there are folks who are hesitant to get help, and those who face challenges even when they want to recover.

“Cost plays a huge role. Lack of access is another,” he said. “If I have somebody who is pregnant and an IV user, she probably qualifies for Medicaid and I can get her into treatment tomorrow. If someone’s not an IV user and male, or even if it’s a male who is an IV user, it can take me weeks to get them into treatment.”

He said there are people trying to detox themselves, but there are no detox beds available.

“I know people who will say they’re suicidal so they can get a bed and have detox time,” Stoecker said.

Beyond that, those with substance abuse disorders can fear the stigma that comes with self-identifying as an addict.

He said he wishes more people would educate themselves about the disease of addiction so they could be more compassionate and supportive.

He’s tried to create supportive communities, like the Springfield Recovery Community Center where they put on events and have other things to do for people in recovery.

It’s especially difficult with meth, he said, because the drug releases so much dopamine that it destroys the dopamine receptors in the brain.

“Even when someone gets sober, it takes them even longer for the brain to rebuild dopamine receptors,” he said. “So for 12-18 months, they can’t feel happy like somebody who hasn’t used. They know that all they have to do is use (meth) to get that feeling back.”

While the opioid crisis gets the headlines, and a lot of the public funding right now, we can’t ignore meth.

“It’s not that meth has gone away,” Stoecker said. “It’s that heroin kills a lot more people. It’s the death toll that’s getting all the publicity, and we’re ignoring some of the other drugs. They’re still there, and they’re just as big.”

Meth might be gone from the headlines, but it’s very present — especially for anyone who’s had a personal experience themselves or through a neighbor or family member.

While the specifics of each case may be different, there’s a common theme — meth destroys lives.

Springfield and the other communities of southwest Missouri should continue to put an emphasis on helping addicts recover while law enforcement officials work on pushing meth out of the region.

That could mean finding more bed space for those who want to get clean, generally expanding access to health care or simply changing the conversation to realize part of the solution is to lend a caring, helpful hand to those who need it.

This region has a well-known history with methamphetamine and a lesser-known present problem with the drug.

Our collective work in addressing meth addiction could provide this community with a healthier future.

This editorial is the view of the News-Leader Editorial Board.

Allen Jones, President

Cheryl Whitsitt, News Director

Stephen Herzog, Engagement Editor




Comments Off on Abundant use of crystal Methamphetamine pollutes the city

The drug epidemic in Pakistan is becoming more a problem than it ever was, as the number of drug users is on the rise in the country. Opium, cocaine, marijuana, hashish were already in common use, but now crystal meth, that is considered as one of the most harmful drugs in the world, is also becoming a common commodity for the drug addicts to use. The great danger that the Pakistani society confronts in regards to this issue is that the institutions that are responsible for curbing drug use in the country are failing in controlling the rise in drug addicts in the society. Police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) have all failed in their task to end drug use in the country.

According to the Police, the use of crystal meth is increasing in Lahore and Islamabad, and that the youth which was addicted to cocaine are now shifting to the more dangerous, crystal meth. It is said that crystal meth is the mother of all drugs. Crystal meth that is prepared with various chemicals, is detrimental for health. It is used mostly in dance parties in Lahore. However, now the situation has become more precarious as the hub of crystal meth users has shifted to educational institutions.

500 grams of pure crystal meth is being sold at a price of 5 thousand to 10 thousand rupees. The unique quality of this drug is that it does not have any odour, so it can be used anywhere, at anytime. It is mostly being smuggled to Pakistan from Afghanistan. As of now, there are many factories where crystal meth is being prepared.

While talking about meth, Dr Shahid said that the youth has shifted its intake of drugs, from cocaine to crystal meth which is more dangerous. Crystal meth has the ability to cause weight loss as well. Even the fake packets of crystal meth cost around 1 to 2 thousand rupees. However, impure crystal meth is more fatal and detrimental. According to a source, crystal meth is smuggled in large quantities from Afghanistan, Iran and China. The students that return from China are more prone to crystal meth. Crystal meth is prepared through salt and sugar mixed with other chemicals in an intricately designed experiment. After this procedure, crystal meth takes the shape of small cubes. Also, because it is of cubic shape, it is called ice.

Some addicts use injections for the intake of this drug. It is also consumed by smoking by filling up a cigarette with meth. It is also mixed in water or alcohol which was initially used as a rat poison in 1993, when German researchers first experimented it on rats. Afterwards, Germans started using it to protect themselves from extreme cold. German law enforcement agencies started crackdown of cocaine and after recovering a heavy amount burnt it.

In the 1960s it became famous in America as tablets. It was used by truck drivers, patrol officers and sportsmen to enhance their focus on their tasks. 1970s saw the invention of meth injections. In Afghanistan, American and NATO forces used it during war against the Soviet Russia. Nowadays, it is widely used by students and sex workers.

Social worker Rashid Butt, has said that in Pakistan heroine and hashish injections, samad bond, paint, spirit, inhaler drugs and oxygen shots were being used previously; however, meth has inflicted the final blow. Many among the youth due to unemployment and financial pressures resort to the intake of different drugs.

Law enforcement agencies and the government must come up with better policies to fight this menace. When Pakistan Today tried to contact regarding the issue, ANF spokesperson, Imran, he did not attend the call.



by Clint Decker

Recently, I was troubled as I watched a TV news story on the opioid drug problem. What I learned did not leave me. I thought about all the people I have reached out to in the 24 years I have been a Minister. Faces crossed my mind of many who were drug users. My eyes began to see how wide spread the drug issue is.

What I have learned is a major drug problem around the world has become the number one drug problem in my community, methamphetamine.

Ten years ago the largest drug bust in history took place when law enforcement seized $207 million dollars in cash in a meth raid. And six years ago worldwide seizers of meth increased by 73%. Additionally, the U.S. Sentencing Commission said that meth has produced more offenses than any other drug in 27 states.

The abuse of meth is at pandemic proportions. The other day someone asked me, “Why do people start using meth?” According to one article, the drug seems attractive on the surface by the good feelings it brings.

Users feel an instant euphoria, followed by a long high, then feel more energy, extreme confidence, and strong sexual desires. There are many more reasons users are lured in.

It is one of the most dangerous street drugs because it sucks you in then destroys you. It is like a deadly parasite that takes your health, family, livelihood and gives nothing back.  It attacks you physically, rotting your teeth and can collapse your jaw.

Due to hallucinations of a crank bug on your skin, you scar yourself marring your appearance. It not only causes you to be a physical danger to yourself, but to everyone around you.

Every user has a heart problem, not from a medical standpoint but a spiritual one. It is deeper than drugs and something we all have in common. The Scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick . . .” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Their heart problem is expressed through drugs, but yours might be shown through sexual immorality or unforgiveness.  Is there a solution to this?  Yes!  Jesus!

Jesus can heal, restore and forgive the sin and brokenness in the heart. He died and rose again from the dead to show us the power He has and what He can do. Let us bring the power of Jesus to every meth addict.

Where do we start? Prayer. Let the meth affected communities call out to Jesus on behalf of their precious sons and daughters. Let grandparents and parents cry out to Jesus for their kids.  Let users themselves look to Jesus for deliverance.

Together, let us say “Enough!” Let’s rise up and fall down on our knees. Let us bring the power of heaven to earth and see Jesus transform meth users into beautiful sons and daughters of a loving and mighty God.

Clint Decker is President & Evangelist with Great Awakenings, Inc. Since 1990, he has reached over 2.5 million people with his message of hope. Contact him at or call toll free 877-433-3220.


Comments Off on A 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, who just happened to be in labor, busted with 53 pounds of Methamphetamine in car at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint in Alton City

ALTON CITY, Calif. –  are suspected of trying to smuggle $170,464 worth of methamphetamine on Thursday night. The man drove up to the checkpoint at about 6 p.m. 6-9 bordermeth1_1497038883617_7060723_ver1.0_640_360

A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the man’s car and that’s when a secondary inspection was made. Agents found 50 packages of methamphetamine concealed in packages in hidden compartments in the floor of the sedan, according to a news release.

The narcotics weighed 53.27 pounds and are estimated to be worth $170,464 on the street, agents said.

The man is a legal permanent resident and he was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation. The woman was taken to a nearby medical facility due to having labor pains.

According to the Border Patrol’s release, since fiscal year 2017, which started Oct. 1, 2016, El Centro Sector has seized more than 820 pounds of methamphetamine.

Comments Off on Miguel Bravo-Farias, Rogelio Xochitl-Amparan, and Hector Terrazas Arrested Thursday After 20 pound Methamphetamine Buy Bust in Amarillo

Yesterday three people were arrested after undercover officers successfully bought 20 pounds of meth.

There were two operations going on. In the first, two men were arrested, then they found more evidence that led them to arrest the third man.meth_1497033577727_22572848_ver1.0_640_360

Miguel Bravo-Farias and Hector Terrazas were arrested after an agent reached out to them over the phone trying to buy the illegal drugs. The suspects met the agents at a Denny’s, showing him a box full of five plastic bags of meth.

Two other agents, were close by, watching a home on the 6700 block of North East 19th Avenue. That’s when agents saw Rogelio Xochitl-Amparan leaving the home.

With help from the Amarillo Police Department, he was pulled over and arrested for a vehicle registration violation.

When agents returned and secured Terrazas’ home, they found multiple containers, glasses and what they call crystal-like residue they think is meth.

During an interview with Bravo-Farias, he admitted to agents, the men used Terrazas’ home as a lab for turning meth from a liquid to a crystal substance.

Bravo-Farias says they take the money they make from selling the meth to a home on Austin Street where they keep it up until they make a trip back to Mexico, where part of their business is run from.

Charges were filed in federal court today. They’re facing charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute.


Comments Off on Search for missing 14-year-old Brownwood boy leads to two arrests, including the boy, and Michael Tabler, 30, on Methamphetamine charges

A report of a missing 14-year-old Brownwood boy Wednesday led police to a local hotel, where police located — and arrested — the boy on a drug charge, as well as an Austin man on multiple charges.
Michael Tabler, 30, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of identifying information, child endangerment and possession of a dangerous drug, jail records state. Tabler is free on bonds totaling $26,000.

The investigation begins
According to a report by officer Bryan Greenrock:
Greenrock was dispatched Wednesday night to the hotel in the 100 block of Market Place Boulevard, where the missing boy was believed to be located.
Greenrock met with the boy’s parents at the hotel, where the boy’s mother said her son had been missing since that morning. The woman said one of the boy’s friends had sent her a video of her son in a black car, and the video showed the car’s license plate.
The woman began looking for the car, saw it at the hotel and contacted law enforcement.

Officer speaks with the boy and Michael Tabler
As Greenrock spoke with the boy’s parents, the boy entered the hotel lobby and refused to answer his parents’ inquiries. A hotel employee told Greenrock the room number of the owner of the black car.
The employee said she’d seen the boy enter the room with an older male, identified as Tabler. The boy told the employee Tabler was his brother, but the boy does not have a brother, Greenrock was told.

Entering the room
Greenrock went to Tabler’s room and prepared to knock on the door, and heard a television playing. When Greenrock knocked on the door, the television’s sound went away and the door opened on its own.
Greenrock announced himself as a police officer and received no response, and called for assistance from Cpl. Brandon Johnson. Greenrock and Johnson entered the room, and Johnson saw methamphetamine on a coffee table in the living room area.
Greenrock and Johnson entered the bedroom portion of the room, where they located Tabler on the bed, appearing to be sleeping. The officers saw a glass pipe with what appeared to be methamphetamine residue on the bed, as well as syringes with apparent methamphetamine in other locations.

Questioning Tabler and the boy
The officers woke up Tabler, who said the boy had called him, said he’d been kicked out of his parents’ home and asked Tabler to take him back to Austin. Tabler denied knowledge of the methamphetamine and said it wasn’t in the room when he fell asleep.
The boy’s mother told Greenrock she was waiting in the lobby with her son when she saw him send a text to a friend stating a stolen credit card had been used to rent the hotel room.
Greenrock spoke with the boy, who said he’d been in the room for about an hour before entering the lobby. Greenrock arrested the boy for possession of a controlled substance.

Additional evidence seized
As Greenrock gathered Tabler’s belongings, Greenrock searched Tabler’s backpack and found a syringe with a dark substance, believed to possibly be heroin. Greenrock also found a pill bottle with tablets and a prescription label with another name.
Johnson saw bag with a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine on the floor of Tabler’s car. The officers searched the car and found a pipe in the true with what appeared to be methamphetamine, as well as several Texas identification cards, credit cards and pills.

Sheet in the doorway
The boy told Greenlock all the methamphetamine in the room belonged to Tabler. The boy said Tabler had put a sheet on the door separating the living room from the bedroom so the boy would not be able to see Tabler use methamphetamine.
When asked about methamphetamine in the living room, the boy would not answer. The officers processed the boy and released him to the juvenile detention center.


Comments Off on Hezbollah Operatives, Ali Kourani, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Lebanon, and Samer El Debek of Dearborn, Michigan, Arrested for Planning Attacks Against United States and Israeli Targets

Two men were arrested earlier this month for planning attacks against Israeli and American targets, including New York City’s JFK International Airport, on behalf of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The Justice Department announced the arrests of Ali Kourani, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Lebanon, and Samer El Debek of Dearborn, Michigan, for terrorist activities on behalf of Islamic Jihad Organization, which is affiliated with Hezbollah.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, both men are accused of “providing, attempting, and conspiring to provide material support to Hezbollah,” as well as “receiving and conspiring to receive military-type training from Hezbollah.”FeaturedImage_2017-06-09_081853_YouTube_Hezbollah_Arrests

Both stand accused of being recruited by Hezbollah and receiving “military-style training, including in the use of weapons like rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns for use in support of the group’s terrorist mission.”

El Debek is accused of traveling to Panama on behalf of Hezbollah and scouting out the U.S. and Israeli embassies there, as well as assessing the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and of ships traveling through the waterway. Kourani is accused of seeking potential targets “including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City.”

The statement explained that the “Islamic Jihad Organization (‘IJO’) which is also known as the External Security Organization and ‘910,’ is a component of Hezbollah responsible for the planning and coordination of intelligence, counterintelligence, and terrorist activities on behalf of Hezbollah outside of Lebanon.”

A 2012 Hezbollah terror attack that targeted a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, killing six and injuring 32, was carried out by IJO. Authorities around the world have broken up other IJO terror attempts, the statement noted, including via “the arrest of an IJO operative surveilling Israeli targets in Cyprus in 2012, the seizure of bomb-making precursor chemicals in Thailand in 2012, including chemicals manufactured by a medical devices company based in Guangzhou, China (‘Guangzhou Company-1′), and a similar seizure of chemicals manufactured by Guangzhou Company-1 in Cyprus in May 2015 in connection with the arrest of another IJO operative.”

According to the Times, Kourani gave a number of interviews to the FBI this year and last. Over the course of these interviews, he said that because of family connections to the terror group, he had been allowed to attend a Hezbollah training camp when he was 16.

Kourani told the FBI that he was recruited in 2008 by Hezbollah and had a handler named Fadi. Fadi told Kourani to obtain U.S. citizenship, which he did in 2009. Kourani said that he had scouted a government site that had both FBI offices and an Army National Guard center in Manhattan. He also surveilled a Secret Service office in Brooklyn.

Kourani told the FBI that he had sent Fadi extensive information about the security procedures at JFK airport. He was instructed to develop sources from whom he could acquire weapons necessary for future operations against the U.S.

In 2007, an attempted Iran-led terror attack targeting the fuel tanks at JFK airport was thwarted and four men, including a baggage handler, were arrested.

In October of last year, three men were arrested for laundering a half-million dollars of Colombian drug money for Hezbollah in Miami banks.


Comments Off on Melissa Louise McCoy, from Columbus. hides Methamphetamine in her vagina during traffic stop

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Drugs and cash were seized and three people were arrested in Martin County during a traffic stop Thursday night.MARTIN+COUNTY+DRUGS2

According to court records, an officer requested a K9 unit to respond to the traffic stop after observing suspicious behavior a little after 7 p.m. on Firehouse Lane in Warfield.

The complaint says a passenger from Columbus, Melissa Louise McCoy, admitted to inserting a controlled substance into a body cavity while they were being pulled over.

The complaint says she produced the substance and gave it to an officer, and it was believed to be 5.5 grams of meth.

Digital scales, needles, and more than $1,000 in cash were also seized, according to the sheriff’s department.

Three people in the car were arrested and are facing multiple charges, including 1st degree trafficking in a controlled substance: Lacy Pack, from Columbus, Jordan D. Stamperd, from Crum, and McCoy.

The arresting officer was Jamie Kidd.–427364713.html



A 36-year-old Tallahassee woman with a history of methamphetamine use is accused of forcing her young daughter to perform sex acts in exchange for drugs.

The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, has been charged with sexual battery and being the principal to lewd and lascivious molestation.

In March 2016, the teen told authorities she had been victimized from about five years old until she was 15, according to the probable cause affidavit from Leon County Sheriff’s Office. She was 16 at the time of the interview.

The girl told detectives she was taken to houses where drugs were sold in Leon and Gadsden counties. She gave descriptions of men from whom her mother obtained narcotics.

One such house was a residence on Merry Robin Road in Tallahassee, where the girl told police she was molested by different men on many occasions from ages 9-13. One of the owners of the house, who was interviewed about her knowledge of the abuse while incarcerated in September 2016, told investigators the woman brought the girl to her house, but she denied knowing about the abuse.

The girl is now in the custody of her father, who lives out of state.




Comments Off on Suspect in multiple sex offences involving a 13-year-old girl, Jason Stanley Whitford, 37, arrested in Surrey for Methamphetamine trafficking as well

Abbotsford police have nabbed a suspected meth trafficker who is accused of several sex offences involving a childSuspect in child sex offences arrested in Surrey _ CTV Vancouver News

Jason Stanley Whitford, 37, was the subject of a police alert Tuesday after being charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, exposure of genitals to a minor and sexual assault.

The victim of the alleged crimes is a 13-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, the Abbotsford Police Department confirmed officers had managed to track down Whitford, who is also charged with trafficking methamphetamine, and arrest him with help from Surrey Mounties.

“The APD would like to thank the Surrey RCMP, the media and numerous concerned citizens for their assistance in this investigation,” the department said in a news release.

The charges against Whitford were approved on Monday, but the accused has no fixed address and officers were initially unable to locate him.

Comments Off on 150 pounds of Methamphetamine found in popcorn boxes at border entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Sunday discovered 150 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside popcorn boxes in a woman’s SUV at the San Ysidro port of entry.1496839863551

An officer stopped the 25-year-old U.S. citizen after noticing a large amount of food inside the Jeep Liberty. A canine then alerted officers to popcorn boxes in the trunk.

Officers found 15 large packages of methamphetamine, which amounted to a street value of more than $481,952.

Officers seized the vehicle and all narcotics.

The discovery was part of a total of 388 pounds of methamphetamine, 162 pounds of cocaine, 32 pounds of heroin and 250 pounds of marijuana officers intercepted at ports of entry in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties over the weekend. The 837 pounds of narcotics were valued at over $3.9 million.



Comments Off on More than 80 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized in I-8 Border Patrol Busts

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling Interstate 8 in San Diego have arrested two men in two separate methamphetamine seizures near Pine Valley, officials are reporting.

The first incident occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday after agents spotted a man driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla with a flat tire.

According to a statement from Border Patrol, agents pulled the man over and he claimed to be “unaware of the flat.”

During the stop, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents and a search of the car turned up nine bundles of methamphetamine stashed inside the backseat upholstery, the statement continued.6-6-17-Border-Patrol-Intercepts-Two-with-Meth-on-I-8_photo-3

The drug bundles weighed 41.01 pounds with an estimated street value of $139,434, according to the statement.

The 21-year-old Mexican national driver was taken into custody.

The second incident took place Sunday around 8 a.m., when agents pulled over a 29-year-old U.S. citizen and his five passengers.

Again, as agents questioned the man, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents.

A search of the man’s 2015 Dodge Challenger revealed seven bundles of crystal methamphetamine buried inside the front and rear seats, the statement continued.

“The meth bundles weighed 40.68 pounds and the estimated street value is $130,176.”“The driver was arrested and his female passenger and her four children were taken to a nearby station,” according to the statement.


Comments Off on Don’t Live Next to a Methamphetamine Lab

Suburban and rural areas can hide facilities for methamphetamine production. When a clandestine lab gets busted, property values in the neighborhood take a hit.

The TV show “Breaking Bad” made suburban meth dens just as iconic as the urban corners that have become a cultural shorthand for drug dealing on television. As the adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman showed us, methamphetamine can be more easily manufactured domestically compared to other street drugs.lead_large

Over the course of the series, partners White and Pinkman graduate from a suburban home with a school chemistry set to a mobile home in the middle of the New Mexico desert to a top-of-the-line meth manufacturing plant hidden inside a laundromat. But where are these kinds of facilities located in real life—and how do they affect the communities surrounding them?

Between 2002 and 2014, more than 118,000 meth labs were discovered across the United States. The DEA has found meth labs in every single state. But, there is a meth belt of sorts that runs through the Rust Belt, especially Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, and down into the adjacent states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee, plus the Carolinas, Florida, and Oklahoma. Meth abuse takes an exacting toll on its users and on society more broadly. About 400,000 people were estimated to be addicted to meth in 2009 and it is the primary cause of an estimated 900 deaths a year.

Back in 2005, a detailed RAND study estimated that the annual financial toll from methamphetamine use was approximately $23.4 billion. Now a new study by Bern Dealy of the FDA and Brady Horn and Robert Berrens from the University New Mexico, published in the Journal of Urban Economics, takes a detailed look at one aspect of that cost: The impact of clandestine meth labs on property values.

The study uses numbers from the Oregon Health Authority’s Clandestine Drug Lab Program (CDLP), a special program that collects detailed data on meth lab discovery and decontamination. It covers 133 meth labs found in Linn County, Oregon, between 1996 to 2013. To gauge the effects of these labs on the community, the researchers looked at roughly 30,000 housing sales between 1999 and 2013, using data from the Linn County Assessor’s Office.

The study compared houses within a 0.1 mile radius of a meth lab and houses between a 0.1 and 0.3 mile radius of a meth lab. It looked at the effect of a meth lab on housing prices both when it was discovered and after decontamination and treatment. According to the authors, Linn County is a useful location to chart the location and effects of meth labs: It’s an exurb of Portland, located on Interstate 5 about an hour’s drive from the city, that includes 15 incorporated cities, with three large cities of varying population levels and demographics.

Not surprisingly, the meth labs were located in less desirable and more distressed parts of the county. The average price of a home where a clandestine meth lab was discovered was $144,000 (adjusted for 2013 inflation) while for the entire sample, the average value was approximately $160,000.

Meth labs take a significant bite out of an area’s property values, according to the study. Discovery of a meth lab was associated with a 6.5 percent reduction in the values of adjacent properties, on average. This was the case even after accounting for the fact that meth labs were located in less-desirable areas to begin with. The average home affected by a meth lab saw a decline of approximately $9,315 in 2013 dollars in value.

Since there were roughly 18 homes within a 0.1 mile radius of these meth labs, the study estimates that each meth lab causes a reduction of approximately $170,000 in home values. (Given that meth producers might choose cheaper housing to begin with for a lab, the study compared the change in property values after discovery to similar properties that did not have a meth lab). The chart below shows the average change in home values two years before and two years after the discovery of a nearby meth lab. The dotted line represents the value of homes closest to the discovered lab, while the solid line represents the control group.

The good news, if you live next to a meth lab, is that property values rebound once the labs are treated and decontaminated. The average home bumped up 5 percent, or approximately $7,216, and collectively all nearby properties regained about $131,000. (This is excluding the meth lab itself, which would see an even bigger increase in value after decontamination.)

Casting its net a bit more broadly, the study looked at the effect of meth labs on sales of 1,806 homes within 0.1 miles of a meth lab and 6,129 sales between 0.1 and 0.3 miles. Proximity to a meth lab produces a price decline of 5.7 percent after discovery, with prices rebounding by approximately 3.4 percent after decontamination. In other words, decontamination offsets the negative impact of a meth lab by about 75 percent.

Decontamination isn’t cheap, however. Removing residual contamination, chemical testing, deep cleaning, removing carpets and walls, ventilating, vacuuming, and generally fixing up a single meth lab costs an average of $25,000—and that estimate comes before the cost of providing law enforcement, environmental experts, public health, and social service providers. Meanwhile, the cost of Oregon’s CDLP program is roughly $75,000 a year. Given more than 100,000 meth labs have been discovered across the United States, the numbers adds up quickly. Less than half of states have laws requiring decontamination, and few provide financial support for cleanup.

In most places, meth labs can trigger an unmitigated downward spiral in property values in already distressed communities, further exacerbating their decline. To put their community impact in perspective: An untreated meth lab’s proportionate drag on nearby property values falls somewhere between a hazardous waste site citywide or the mile-radius effect of a typical landfill, alongside other undesirable facilities. But without the Superfund-sized scale problem, it’s unsurprising that the small effect can add up.


Comments Off on Women and drug addiction: A critical health issue

When you think of addiction, who do you picture?

It’s unlikely you think of a woman, much less a well-educated, mid- to upper-class woman. Yet, this demographic is on the rise in addiction. While rates of substance abuse in women is less than men, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration cites a “shrinking gender gap of substance abuse and dependence.”

In short, this epidemic has become a critical women’s health issue.

Genetic factors

Science shows that women become addicted faster than men due to physiological factors. Because women have a higher percentage of body fat and lower amounts of enzymes that metabolize alcohol, it stays in the bloodstream longer, causing more damage to the brain, cells and organs. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations and the onset of menopause and hormonal swings also alter the body’s responses to substances, particularly alcohol. So, one drink for a male is more like two for a woman.

These factors, combined with a small body frame and weight, increase the impact substances have on many women. According to a Harvard study, women who abuse alcohol are more prone to acquire liver disease and brain damage in their lifetime. We know there is a scientific link between alcohol and breast cancer. Women are also more likely to abuse alcohol to cope with issues such as depression, anxiety and stress, oftentimes leading to addiction on top of an existing mental illness.

Barriers to treatment

Women have more barriers to treatment for addiction than men. Oftentimes, due to the pay gap between men and women, there are economic challenges for women to enter rehabilitation programs. If a woman has children, she is often hesitant to go to treatment or ask for help for fear of losing custody of her children.

We are failing our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and coworkers.

However, research shows that the success rate for women who go to treatment is as high or in many cases higher than it is for men. Women are able to recover and lead healthy, full lives. There is hope.

Getting help

The Surgeon General’s groundbreaking report on alcohol, drugs, and health indicates “only about 10 percent of people with a substance use disorder receive any type of specialty treatment.” With one in seven individuals in American suffering from substance abuse disorder, the likelihood is very high that someone you love is in the throes of this vicious disease. Often those suffering are women you would never suspect as having a problem.

With this in mind, it’s time to start watching for signs:

  • A substance, such as alcohol, is on your mind for more than for to six hours a day.

  • Change in habits, including eating, interest in activities, or withdrawing.

  • Isolation or secrecy about activities.

  • Prolonged disruptive sleep patterns.

  • Increased conversations around alcohol or drugs.

Help a woman in your life who is struggling with a substance abuse disorder. Reach out to a doctor, family friend, licensed clinician, or a support help line to take action today.



Comments Off on Christopher B. Williams, 26, of Nashville, charged with sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl

A Nashville man has been arrested after a 14-year-old girl told police that he took her to homes in Bloomington and Brown County, where they did drugs and had sex.

Christopher B. Williams, 26, has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

The girl’s mother told Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Eggebrecht that she had given permission for her daughter to leave their home with Williams around 5 p.m. May 27. They were to go to a gas station in Nashville and come straight back and to call her when they arrived in Nashville, a probable cause affidavit states.

She didn’t hear from her daughter. She went to the sheriff’s department about 12:30 a.m. May 28 to report she had been abducted.

The mother found the girl around 3 a.m., walking near a gas station in Nashville, the police report said.

The girl told Eggebrecht that Williams took her to Bloomington and to multiple homes, where she was pressured to do what she thought was “molly,” or ecstasy. She reported hearing Williams say he wanted to see how high he could get her, the affidavit said.

The girl told police she felt “very jittery” and unable to think straight.

She later tested positive for methamphetamine, the report said.

She told police that Williams had sex with her outside one of the homes near his Jeep and that he did not stop when she told him no.

A woman who was at one of the homes she visited gave her a ride back to Nashville, the report said.

While the girl was speaking to police, Deputy Colton Magner found Williams in a Jeep on Sweetwater Trail.

The officers said Williams’ story changed during the course of their conversation, from losing the girl in the Bloomington mall, to taking her to different homes where his friends lived, the affidavit said.

Williams eventually admitted to picking up the girl and going to several homes. He initially denied doing drugs but later admitted to smoking methamphetamine at the last home they visited on Hicks Road, the report said.

He repeatedly denied that he and the girl had had sex or that he had forced her; he said he knew how old she was, the report said.

He told police he and the girl came up with the story about getting lost in the mall. He said he started “freaking out” about going back to prison when he received messages from the girl’s mother that night, asking him where she was, the report said.

Williams told police that what he did with the girl, “he probably wouldn’t have done or thought he wouldn’t have done if he wasn’t high,” the report said.

A jury trial has been tentatively set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. If convicted of a Level 4 felony, Williams could face a sentence of two to 12 years.

As of late last week, he was being held in the Brown County jail on $15,000 bond.



Comments Off on Gilbert Oldfield, 60, of Farmington, faces aggravated sexual assault, false imprisonment and criminal sexual penetration charges

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing multiple charges on accusations he raped a woman in his home after he threatened to harm her with a machete.

Gilbert Oldfield, 60, was charged on May 30 with a count of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree while armed with deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault and a count of false imprisonment, according to court records.

Deputies for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched at 10:49 p.m. on May 26 to a home on County Road 3939.

That was in response to a woman claiming she had been sexually assaulted by a man before running to a nearby residence to get help, according to court documents.

Before the alleged victim was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, she told deputies Oldfield allegedly held her against her will, injected her with methamphetamine and raped her.

Christian Hatfield, Oldfield’s attorney, said there is no merit to the allegations by the alleged victim.

The woman told detectives Oldfield tried to take off her pants while she was in his bedroom, and she “swatted” at him and told him no, according to the affidavit.

He responded by allegedly slapping her in the face, then grabbing a “large black machete” and threatening to slit her throat if she didn’t have sex with him.

Oldfield allegedly tied the woman’s hands together with a zip tie and raped her, according to court documents.

Afterward, Oldfield answered a call on his phone, and the woman ran past him out of the house. He allegedly pointed a gun at her while she ran away, according to court documents.

The woman told police she had spent the day with Oldfield before they ended up at his home.

She said she approached him at the Safeway grocery store at 730 W. Main St. in Farmington and asked him to purchase food for her. The woman told police he agreed, and he offered her a place to stay at his home.

After they got in his vehicle, Oldfield allegedly offered her methamphetamine they smoked together, according to court documents.

At one point, Oldfield allegedly pulled a black revolver on the woman and locked the doors so she could not exit the vehicle.

Hatfield said he plans to introduce video evidence during Oldfield’s preliminary hearing that shows the woman was not under duress and that his client did not have a gun.

Oldfield’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 15 in Aztec Magistrate Court.

He was released on May 27 from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $40,000 surety bond.



Comments Off on Crystal Williams 32, of Morrilton, driving pickup with her 3 children inside, had Methamphetamine in her bra

An Arkansas woman accused of having methamphetamine in her bra while driving a pickup with her three children inside is set to appear in court this week, records show.

A deputy with the Conway County sheriff’s office said he stopped a gray Dodge Dakota around 10:55 p.m. April 18 after noticing it had defective tag lights and determining that the tags were for a different vehicle.

The driver of the Dodge, 32-year-old Crystal Williams of Morrilton, was asked to step out of the vehicle at University Boulevard and complied, the report states.

Three children were in the pickup at the time — an 11-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl in the back and a 13-year-old girl in the front passenger seat — the sheriff’s office said.

When the deputy asked if the woman had anything illegal in her possession or in the vehicle, Williams said she did not and emptied her pockets.

The deputy then asked Williams if she would “take her [pointer] finger and her thumb and grab the wire in her bra, pull out and shake it for [him],” the report states.

Williams later reached into her bra and pulled out a “small, clear plastic baggy with a rock-like substance” believed to be methamphetamine, authorities said.

Williams was arrested Monday on one count of possession of methamphetamine and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, according to court filings.

Records show Williams is set to appear Wednesday in Conway County Circuit Court for arraignment.



Comments Off on Two-year-old boy fed Methamphetamine by a stranger at People’s Park in Berkeley – Sayyadina Thomas, 36, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Update, 5:45 p.m. UCPD said in a Nixle alert that a 2-year-old boy was at a play structure in the park with his nanny when a stranger walked up to him and put something in his mouth. His nanny immediately checked the boy’s mouth, found nothing and called UCPD. Police and paramedics took the female stranger into custody for a psychiatric evaluation. As they drove, she told paramedics she had given the child methamphetamine, police said. Authorities confirmed the boy had ingested the drug, and he is now recovering in a local hospital, police said.

Original story: A 36-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with attempted murder after a child was given methamphetamine at People’s Park in Berkeley on Monday afternoon, according to reports from the community and police.

An anonymous source told Berkeleyside a young child had been admitted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland after someone put methamphetamine into the boy’s mouth. As of Tuesday, he remained in the hospital, the source said.

The University of California Police Department has released minimal information about the case but confirmed to Berkeleyside on Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. that a child was admitted to a local hospital after a call to People’s Park on Monday. UCPD Sgt. Sabrina Reich, department spokeswoman, said an arrest had been made, and more information would be forthcoming.

According to unconfirmed UCPD scanner traffic reviewed by Berkeleyside, a caller asked for help from police Monday after a woman began “shoving something” into the mouth of a child. Police immediately responded and detained the person who was identified as the culprit.

According to online records from UCPD, police arrested Sayyadina Thomas at about 3:30 p.m. at People’s Park in connection with battery. She was taken by ambulance for a psychiatric evaluation at John George Psychiatric Hospital in San Leandro.

Thomas is now in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s office. She was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held without bail.

Thomas is from Alameda but lives in Oakland, according to her Facebook page. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1997, then studied at Laney College.

She is scheduled for arraignment at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland on Wednesday morning.

According to online court records from Alameda County, Thomas has a history of arrests dating back to 2002 when she was sent to jail briefly on a misdemeanor case for a charge described as recklessly setting fire to the property of another person. In 2005, there was a misdemeanor assault arrest that was dismissed because no witness would cooperate. The next year, there was another misdemeanor arrest related to resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer; a no contest plea in that case sent Thomas to jail for about six months.

In 2008, there was a felony battery case that sent Thomas to jail for about two months. There were no additional arrests listed until 2014, when there was another incident involving resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer or other emergency worker. Thomas entered a no contest plea to one count of felony resisting in that case. The sentence was not immediately available.

Most recently, last July, Thomas was arrested on a misdemeanor related to indecent exposure and engaging in lewd conduct. That case was dismissed in January, according to Alameda County court records online.



Comments Off on Health Related Problems Associated With Methamphetamine Abuse In Massachusetts

The methamphetamine problem has been a growing issue of drug abuse in Massachusetts. Over the last ten years, methamphetamine abuse in Massachusetts has seen an increase from almost ignominy to becoming the club drug of choice, mostly in areas where young people frequent, such as the nightclubs and the party areas.

The most prevalent presence of the methamphetamine abuse in Massachusetts is seen among the youngsters of the age group 18 to 25 years.

This has made the issue of grave concern. Though methamphetamine is not used mostly among other age groups in the state, the fact that it is a popular drug abused by the youth makes the issue serious. Another community that uses methamphetamine to a significant level in Massachusetts is the homosexual community, though this use is not as rampant as the general abuse among the youth. The average population of homosexuals into this form of abuse is between 30 and 40 years.

Though there are several centers for the treatment of methamphetamine abuse in Massachusetts, most of them targeting the young population specifically, the issue is far from being solved. The main challenges in methamphetamine treatment include the large number of withdrawal symptoms that it produces. One of the forms of methamphetamine that is abused in the state is the pure form, crystal meth, which is also known as ice.

This is a more addictive form of methamphetamine, one that produces a very difficult withdrawal process. It is this process that makes complete treatment difficult.

Based on reports submitted from methamphetamine abuse treatment centers in the areas of Boston and New Bedford, the following are some of the effects of a crystal meth recovery process.

  • Excessive craving for methamphetamine
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Mental instability
  • Insomnia and hindered sleep patterns
  • Anxiety and restlessness
  • Excessive appetite

It is the presence of these withdrawal complications that play a major role in making the recovery process challenging. In addition, the meth recovery process is associated with treatment for various other health problems that the addiction may have brought on. People who have been abusing this drug since over a year are prone to show the following physical symptoms, which will also need medical assistance during the meth recovery process.

Meth Mouth – This is a universal problem that occurs with methamphetamine abusers. The problem affects the oral area, as its name suggests, and is first manifested by the breaking and falling off of the teeth. Methamphetamine abuse causes the person to undergo various psychological disturbances that might induce them to clench their teeth repetitively. This is one of the reasons why this problem occurs.

The second reason is that methamphetamine causes the mouth to go dry quite often, and these people would not care much for oral hygiene either, which will cause the teeth to degenerate. This is how the meth mouth condition sets in.

Even if the teeth do not really break off, the substances present in methamphetamine will cause a condition of general tooth decay. This creates the need of a dental treatment process that generally accompanies the meth addiction treatment in Massachusetts.

Sexual Complications – There is a huge risk of sexual complications occurring in people who have been using methamphetamine for a while. This drug is known for its slight aphrodisiacal properties (which is actually the reason why the drug is popular in the youth party areas). People use the drug in groups and then tend to become sexually reckless.

This can cause various complications of sexual health, including increasing the risk factors for HIV infections and a host of other minor sexually transmitted diseases.

Meth rehab centers throughout Massachusetts have felt the need of treating their meth patients for sexual problems along with the detox process so as to make their recovery complete.

Psychological Problems – Psychological problems can occur due to many reasons when a person uses meth for a significant amount of time. The substance brings about the release of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine, which can cause problems with their mental balances. Stopping the usage of the drug suddenly can complicate matters.

Poor Hygiene – There might be other infections, especially of the skin, present on the person’s body which will need to be looked into.

There is a strong program for controlling methamphetamine abuse in Massachusetts and it is challenged by these complications. It becomes necessary to form a treatment pattern for these problems too, without which the treatment will be incomplete and can cause physical difficulties in later life for the person.


Comments Off on Oklahoma woman arrested after allegedly assaulting an officer, Methamphetamine possession

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma woman is facing an array of charges after she allegedly assaulted a police officer and attempted to hide methamphetamine during an arrest.

On June 2, officers were called to the Braum’s in the 1200 block of N.W. 17th St. after witnesses reported a woman throwing rocks at a man.

Once officers arrived at the scene, customers led them to 24-year-old Kirsten Sparacino.

According to the arrest affidavit, Sparacino was very uncooperative and combative. At one point, officers say that Sparacino fell to the ground and would not walk willingly to the patrol car.

After being taken into custody, Sparacino reportedly started kicking the passenger side front and rear doors.

When officers told her to stop, Sparacino allegedly kicked an officer and started banging her head against the window.

After arriving at the Oklahoma County Jail, officers noticed Sparacino was hiding something in her mouth, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sparacino was arrested on complaints of possession of methamphetamine, bringing a controlled dangerous substance into a penal institution and assault and battery on a police officer.