MADISON COUNTY, Ala.– “Unprecedented” and “historic”. Those were the words the Madison and Morgan County drug task force used to describe their most recent drug bust. The STAC unit said this methamphetamine bust is a big victory in the fight against a continuing problem for the community.

The Madison-Morgan County drug task force is aggressively getting more drugs off the street. They arrested Ernesto Bustos in connection to the bust.

“This past Wednesday we executed a search warrant at 6200 block of Rime Village. We arrested Mr. Bustos, and subsequently this led us also to a storage facility on Drake avenue,” said STAC Deputy Commander Sgt. Jerry King.rgh3orh3pq

In that storage unit they found 6.8 pounds of “ice”, a type of methamphetamine that they’ve had a constant issue with as it grows in popularity in the community.

“This is the most significant one time seizure for this unit to date, as far as methamphetamine goes. So far to this year we’re up to already 10 kilos which is again unprecedented for what we’ve seen here in this area,” said Sgt. King.

Special Operations Captain Mike Izzo said “ice” is a highly addictive drug, and fatal to children. Taking that much of it off the streets, Izzo says, makes a big difference.

“Where this pendulum is swinging is these stimulants become popular, especially among our youth, and taking this large amount of drugs off the street is very significant,” he said.

King added that Bustos played a significant role in a drug organization’s selling of meth.

This week’s bust is the culmination of a months-long investigation, and is still ongoing.



STAC Unit seizes largest amount of methamphetamine in agency’s history


LANCASTER – Fewer area meth labs sounds good, but not if locals are being ousted by cartels.

Major Crimes Unit Commander Dennis Lowe said an issue that’s been a year in the making is resulting in fewer methamphetamine labs in Fairfield and Hocking counties.

Meth labs put people at risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals and fires. Making meth creates harmful fumes and highly explosive chemicals, according to a report from the USDA. A working meth lab is just as dangerous as an abandoned one, in danger of combusting at the slightest provocation.1403892567003-Presto-graphic-Meth

Meth lab numbers in the area are down significantly from just a year ago, but there is an increased demand locally for meth. Lowe is seeing more and more crystal meth coming from Mexican cartels. The meth that the cartels bring in is higher quality than most domestic products, Lowe said.

Lowe said in the last 12 months, all of the meth MCU has seized has come from cartel sources.

About a year ago, it was common for cartels to ship up kilos of meth to be given away “just to get folks interested,” Lowe said. Though the “freebies” are not handed out nearly as often now, Lowe said that it was an effective marketing strategy to encourage use of the purer product. It’s also often cheaper than heroin and cocaine.

Between that and an increase in what Lowe calls poly-drug use, cartels are booming despite losing some profits after the legalization of marijuana in several states. In the past, Lowe said drug users were usually mutually exclusive with little to no crossover. Now, there’s more crossover between meth and heroin users.

Meth produces neurotoxins in the brain, eliminating some of its functions. Meth can cause strokes, respiratory problems, heart attacks and more. And though Lowe said overdoses on meth are not as common as heroin, two of the reported 16 fatal drug overdoses in Fairfield County in 2015 were caused by methamphetamine.

Those bringing international drugs into the area “don’t necessarily put the same value on human life” as community members, Lowe said.

Within the last few months, Lowe said at least 75 percent of MCU’s interactions involving meth also involve firearms.

“That’s a pretty common occurrence now,” Lowe said. “We’re doing our best to combat this in Fairfield County.”

The weapons are either seized during raids, brandished during arrests or recovered during the execution of search warrants. Generally, the firearms are stolen and traded to drug traffickers as payment.

Lowe even suspects within the next year, fentanyl will be favored over its weaker opiate cousin heroin. This increases the need for law enforcement to carry Narcan, a brand of naloxone.

Lowe said after a recent opiate summit in Circleville with U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers that even departments that haven’t carried Narcan before should with fentanyl’s increasing popularity in the area.

Fentanyl is a highly potent and often sold as heroin because it is more profitable. Fentanyl can be absorbed through skin or inhaled, which means it can be harmful to law enforcement personnel who come in contact with it.

Between meth and fentanyl-laced heroin, Lowe said the cartels are booming.


Meth in the News – August 19, 2016

Posted: 19th August 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

The topics for this week’s Meth in the News column are quite varied, and as is often the case, also have an international flare.

First of all, the North Koreans are at it again.

I have several posts on my website, and I may have also mentioned North Korean meth production in past columns. If you really look, you will soon discover that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name for North Korea) has had a hand in the production of narcotics for many years.

How can that be, you might ask! Well, how do you think that Kim Jong-un is able to finance the development of the rockets and missiles that he has used to try and intimidate the free world? It’s not from selling corn and rice!

In the past, methamphetamine production in North Korea was overseen by Bureau 39 (or was it Office 39 or Room 39?). Anyway, Bureau 39 is a secretive component of the Kim regime that is said by some to add up to $1 billion each year to Pyongyang’s (the capital of North Korea) illicit economy via the sale of narcotics, counterfeit currency, knockoff pharmaceuticals and cigarettes, among other things.

Most of the meth produced in North Korea makes its way to China, although Chinese officials are reluctant to confirm that China has a meth problem. It does, by the way.

Some sources claim that Bureau 39 got out of the meth business a few years ago for a variety of reasons. But the slack was subsequently picked up by Asian crime rings that were able to seamlessly move large shipments of meth into northeastern China via regular trade routes.

Defectors from North Korea suggest that 80 percent of the residents of some towns have used meth. That’s a rather high number, but it may not be all that unrealistic.

You see, earlier this year, Kim Jong-un decided that he would thumb his nose at the world for the economic sanctions put onto North Korea for testing nuclear weapons by authorizing the construction of a 70-floor skyscraper in Pyongyang with more than 60 apartment blocks.

To get these projects done according to Kim’s unrealistic schedule – reported by some to be as rapid as another floor framed every 14 hours – hundreds of thousands of “citizens” have been coerced into working on them.

Phil Robertson, Asia director for Human Rights Watch, has suggested that this practice resembles forced labor.

According to Mr. Robertson, “It is a throwback to the Second World War when governments regularly resorted to forcing labor of their citizens.”

Some even claim that project managers are under so much pressure to finish the job on time that they have resorted to openly providing workers with a methamphetamine-based drug in the hopes that it will “speed up” construction.

This claim was attributed to a construction source in Pyongyang by Radio Free Asia earlier this month and was reported by several news outlets in Great Brittan.

If these claims are proven true, they will lead to even more international condemnation of the draconian Kim regime. Not only will meth have been used to fund the various projects, it will have been fed to what are no better than “slave laborers” to ensure that the projects were completed on time.

Closer to home in the United States, people also continue to do dumb things with or on meth.

Layton is a city of approximately 70,000 people located in Davis County, Utah. On Monday, August 8, 2016, a Layton Police sergeant stopped at a local Subway restaurant for lunch, and he ordered a lemonade drink with his food.

As he was driving away, he noticed that his drink “tasted funny” as though it contained foreign chemicals. The sergeant also had trouble breaking properly at a red light and knew something was amiss, so he drove to the Layton Police Station.

Other officers there could tell that he was obviously impaired, so they rushed him to a nearby hospital. There the drink was found to test positive for methamphetamine and THC.

The police were able to obtain surveillance footage from the Subway restaurant, and they subsequently arrested Tanis Lloyd Ukena, 18, on charges of surreptitious administration of a substance, which is a second-degree felony.

Layton Police Sergeant Clint Bobrowski told reporters, “The suspect [Ukena] was seen taking the sergeant’s order, filling his drink. The suspect left the sergeant’s drink on the counter and left the picture frame. In the video you can see him returning with something in his hand and then leaning over the sergeant’s drink for an unusual amount of time. The suspect then provided the sergeant with the drink.”

Mr. Ukena “denied putting anything into the drink,” according to reports from the Davis County jail.

Didn’t anyone tell him that there were surveillance cameras in the restaurant?

Surprisingly, this case is not all that unusual. It just so happens that on August 10, Jose Daniel Calvillorios, 42, of Redwood City, Calif., pled not guilty to putting methamphetamine in a co-worker’s Snapple drink at the Torres Auto Repair Shop in San Mateo County.

Mr. Calvillorios is accused of slipping the meth into the victim’s drink to “help him relax” and have “longer-lasting sex” on Monday, August 8, the same day that Mr. Ukena was accused of poisoning the police sergeant in Layton, Utah.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told reporters that the felony poisoning charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.

Happily, both victims made a full recovery. A 22-month-old baby girl in Phoenix was not so lucky.

According to reports from the Phoenix police, Natalie Renee Russell, 30, found her young daughter, Adalynn, unresponsive and not breathing. Apparently, a bottle of liquid methadone was left within reach of Ms. Russell’s three children, and Ms. Russell found the bottle empty next to Adalynn.

Methadone is an opioid, like heroin, morphine or oxycodone. Overdoses with each of these opioids can be treated in the emergency room with the antidote, naloxone (Narcan).

But instead of taking little Adalynn to the emergency room or seeking medical attention, Ms. Russell looked for answers on the Internet.

A witness told the police that Ms. Russell then did the unthinkable – she gave her baby daughter methamphetamine to “treat” the suspected overdose on methadone. I guess that she just happened to have some meth lying around in case of an emergency!

The baby girl was pronounced dead the next day by the Phoenix Fire Department.

I’m a pharmacologist, and I know better. But I even looked and tried to find somewhere on the Internet where it is suggested that meth is an appropriate treatment for an opioid overdose, but I could not find anything like that anywhere.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that an autopsy showed that the baby girl was found to have “toxic levels of methadone and methamphetamine in her body.”

On July 26, Ms. Russell was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse in the death of little Adalynn.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) had previously investigated at least four allegations of neglect involving Adalynn and her two siblings. Unfortunately for Adalynn, DCS was never able to substantiate any of the claims. With her death, however, DCS finally took custody of Ms. Russell’s two other children. Thank God!

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

Law enforcement from several agencies in Deschutes County arrested two Portland residents Wednesday and cited two others, one of whom is from Bend, after a sex-trafficking investigation, according to the Bend Police Department.

The investigation also resulted in local and state officials, members of the Deschutes thedhetdhethazerCounty Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Response Team, getting help for a 19-year-old Portland woman who had been forced into prostitution at age 13, according to a news release issued Thursday evening.

The law enforcement agencies — Bend, Redmond and Sunriver police departments, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police — were not responding to a complaint, per se, but pro-actively targeting human trafficking throughout the city of Bend, the release stated. Police wanted to locate people promoting prostitution, human and child-sex trafficking.

During the investigation, several suspects were contacted at hotels in and around Bend. The number of hotels and their locations were not released.

Police arrested Rennell Buen, 23, on suspicion of promoting prostitution and possession of methamphetamine, and a woman whom police did not identify on suspicion of prostitution and an out of county warrant for DUII. Buen was being held in the Deschutes County jail Thursday evening, according to jail records.

Patrick A. Spear, 52, of Bend, and an unidentified Portland woman were cited on suspicion of soliciting prostitution and prostitution, respectively, and released, according to the news release.

Police did not identify the women, said Lt. Clint Burleigh, because they could be victims, or survivors, of sex trafficking who became involved the activity through coercion or other factors.


SHERRILL, N.Y. – According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, two people in the City of Sherrill are accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A joint investigation with the City of Sherrill Police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s sherrill+methOffice Narcotics Unit revealed that Erin M. Clark, 30, and John C. Barlow, 43, who reside on Prospect Street in Sherrill, were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine from their apartment, according to authorities.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Thursday, officials say a search of the home revealed several hazardous materials used for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine were located as well as finished product of methamphetamine.

Also during the investigation, authorities say they discovered that items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were thrown into a dumpster close to the apartment in an attempt to avoid being caught with the materials. New York State Police CCERT was contacted and responded to the scene and secured several hazardous materials from both the apartment and the dumpster.

Also during this investigation a seven-year-old child was found living at the apartment. Oneida County Child Protective was notified and responded to the scene and removed the child and placed them with family members for the time being.

Additional charges are pending at this time.

Both defendants were arraigned in City of Sherrill Court and sent to Oneida County Jail on $10,000 cash/bond.


Erin M. Clark: 1-count endangering welfare of child under the age of 17 a Class A-Misdemeanor1- count unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine 3rd. a Class D-Felony John C.

Barlow: 1-count endangering welfare of child under the age of 17 a Class A-Misdemeanor1-count unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine 3rd. a Class D-Felony1-count unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material a Class E-Felony




MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KYTwo people have been arrested after a meth lab was found at a Lone Oak home.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says around 2:00 a.m. deputies received a complaint that someone was manufacturing methamphetamine at a home located in the 500 block of Charleston Avenue.11405176_G

Two deputies went to investigate and could smell a strong chemical odor commonly associated with a meth lab. The deputies could also see fumes coming from the garage of the home.

Inside the home was 32-year-old John Chesney and 31-year-old Toni Neihoff both of McCracken County. The deputies say both of them appeared to be under the influence of meth.

Detectives with the drug division arrived at the home and obtained a search warrant. Inside they seized numerous active methamphetamine labs, precursors, methamphetamine, marijuana, and assorted drug paraphernalia.11405160_G

Investigators say Neihoff had supplied Chesney with precursors to manufacture meth and that Chesney was supplying Neihoff with meth to smoke.

Both were taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Chesney was charged with manufacturing meth, trafficking in meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

Neihoff was charged with possession of meth, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor, possession of a police radio, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Marika Marie Nelson, the 26-year-old woman found dead in Heritage Park on May 30, died of an unintentional meth overdose, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor.

Proctor confirmed Wednesday that the GBI Crime Lab’s toxicology results showed she accidentally died from the toxic effects of methamphetamine.574e5d7491df8_image

She was found dead in the back seat of a silver Ford Taurus.

A Model High graduate, Nelson was a member of the Blue Devil Marching Band and was remembered as quiet.

She was a recent employee at Floyd Medical Center’s cafeteria, with her coworkers saying she was a single mom with a little boy, Landon.

Her trainer, Gina Willerson, said earlier this year that she had hit a bump in the road and was trying to prove to herself that she could work and take care of her son.

“She was very outgoing and had a laugh that everybody could hear,” Gina Willerson previously stated.


A woman who prosecutors say snuck over 12 grams of methamphetamine into the Albany County Detention Center after she was arrested on a methamphetamine possession charge in July pleaded guilty to a to a felony charge Thursday in Albany County District Court.

Jennifer Selena Gonzales, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine. As Gonzales-fixedpart of a plea deal, a second methamphetamine possession charge filed in a separate criminal action will be dropped. Three misdemeanor charges pending in Albany County Circuit Court will also be dismissed.

However, the state is not obligated to make a sentencing recommendation under that plea agreement, so Gonzales could face the maximum penalty of 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Gonzales was arrested after a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper stopped her for speeding on July 2. Court documents say the trooper smelled marijuana and Gonzales handed the trooper a 5-inch joint.

Gonzales reportedly told the trooper she wasn’t sure which items in the car were hers, since was driving for Uber and someone had left a “purse with a weird box in it” in the car.

A leopard-print box inside the purse contained a spoon and scale with white powder residue, according to court documents. That powder reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine the next day.

Court documents go on to say 3.5 grams of methamphetamine was found in a small plastic bag in the leopard-print box.

A key in a zippered pocket inside the purse locked and unlocked the driver’s door on the Kia, according to the affidavit.

Gonzales was booked into the Albany County Detention Center where she remained for three days before her Circuit Court arraignment July 5. Court documents say that day, a confidential informant told deputies that Gonzales was hiding methamphetamine on her person.

A strip search reportedly turned up nothing, as did a search of Gonzales’ cell. The deputy talked to the confidential informant again, who said the methamphetamine was “far inside [Gonzales] where it wouldn’t be seen during a strip search.”

A sergeant and lieutenant interviewed Gonzales and reportedly learned that Gonzales had something in her vaginal area. A pelvic exam performed at a medical facility revealed a plastic bag containing 12.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Gonzales told Judge Jeffrey Donnell in court Thursday that she intended to sell the methamphetamine to a friend before the traffic stop and was scared that the trooper would find it.

Defense attorney David Corman requested a reduction in Gonzales’ $10,000 cash bond, saying she couldn’t pay.

Prosecutor Kurt Britzius objected to any bond reduction, given Gonzales’ lack of ties in Laramie. Donnell agreed and continued bond at $10,000 cash.

Four people were arrested after airport authorities allegedly found about 400 grams of methamphetamine in the luggage of a woman who had just come off a flight from Hawaii, according to a magistrate’s complaint filed in Superior Court of Guam Wednesday.

Katlyn Breanne Scully, 29; David Michael Sare, 40; Timothy James Mendiola Duenas, 30; and Ryan Christopher Mesa, 31, all face felony drug charges.636071419888954256-combined

Scully and Sare were aboard a United Airline flight from Honolulu that landed at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Monday at about 6 p.m. Scully was diverted so authorities could inspect her luggage after they observed her acting strangely, court documents state.

Inside her luggage, authorities found a crystalline substance packaged in saran wrap, as well as condoms in her purse which contained more of the crystalline substance, documents state. The substances tested positive for amphetamines.

The 400 grams of meth had a street value of about $200,000, court papers state.

When Scully was interviewed, she reportedly told them that she bought the drugs from a source in the mainland, and she and Sare were traveling to Guam to carry out the sale to someone named T.J., according to court documents.

Scully reportedly was supposed to carry the drugs internally, but decided to secure them in her belongings, documents state.

Scully gave investigators her cellphone, which revealed conversations with T.J. Investigators used Scully’s phone to arrange a meeting at a local hotel to transfer the drugs.

Investigators observed two vehicles that pulled up in front of the hotel, one of which matched the description T.J. gave in a text message to Scully, court papers state.

Investigators found Duenas, known as T.J., in one car and Mesa in the second vehicle, documents state. Scully reportedly told authorities Mesa was one of several drug pushers she knew who worked for Duenas, according to the magistrate’s complaint.

Sare, Duenas and Mesa reportedly admitted to their involvement in the drug transaction, documents state.

Scully was charged with felony charges of importation, possession on board an aircraft, possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to import, conspiracy to possess on board an aircraft, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver and conspiracy to possess a Schedule II controlled substance.

Sare and Duenas were charged with conspiracy to import and conspiracy to possess a Schedule II controlled substance, as well as conspiracy to possess a Schedule II controlled substance on board an aircraft and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver. Duenas also faces an additional drug possession charge. Mesa was charged with conspiracy to possess a Schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver.


Utah police busted a Canadian man with an estimated $2 million of methamphetamine, in what they believe to be the largest grab in state history.meth19n-2-web

Blake Arcand was arrested Tuesday after driving 68 pounds of packages containing the illegal drug through Salt Lake City.

The city’s police department said the 56-year-old Canadian was stopped after they got a tip from Homeland Security that he may have been heading toward his home country with the meth.

After Arcand was stopped for following too close to a truck in front of him, a police dog found a suitcase with packets of the drug in his Nissan Altima, including some with the names of U.S. cities written on them.meth19n-3-web

The alleged smuggler said he had flown into Los Angeles and was driving to North Dakota to meet his wife, KSL reported.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted on federal charges.


COLUMBUS, Ind. – A months-long investigation in Bartholomew County resulted in the arrests of 16 people accused of dealing heroin and methamphetamine.

Detectives from the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team made the arrests during a sweeptujjktjetjkejetj this week with the help of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department, Indiana State Police and DEA Task Force.

According to police, their investigation lasted several months and involved the sale of heroin and meth across Bartholomew County.

The following people were arrested:

  • Nicole L. Childers, 29, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Richard D. Bunch, 53, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Kelsey E. Smith, 20, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Carrie Jo Meek, 26, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Phillip M. Cochran, 38, North Vernon, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Charles A. Sims, 40, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • Brian S. Suns, 30, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Heroin
  • James W. Sidebottom, 32, Edinburgh, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Christopher M. Bennett, 33, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Elizabeth A. Burton, 29, Edinburgh, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methampethamine
  • Joanna M. Gearhart, 31, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Steven C. Garvin, 26, Franklin, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • David A. Ward, 45, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Haley M. Zapfe, 25, Columbus, IN: Two Counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Ian M. Colson, 34, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Heroin
  • Jesse S. Woolsey, 23, Columbus, IN: One Count of Dealing Methamphetamine

After announcing the arrests, police said they were looking for two people in connection with the investigation, Robert E. Leturgez Jr., 27, Columbus, and Joshua M. “Chirp” Parker, 24, Columbus. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department later said Parker turned himself in Thursday. Leturgez was still at large, police said.



More than a dozen people arrested after meth and heroin bust in Bartholomew County


POLK COUNTY – In the last three years, the number of cases involving methamphetamine have tripled in a pocket of far northwestern Wisconsin.

In Polk County, 124 samples of the highly powerful and addictive stimulant were submitted to the state crime lab for analysis in criminal cases last year alone.meth4rt23t3qt3

With the increase in meth has come an increase in crimes tied to it, including home burglaries, theft, and domestic violence and abuse, said Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson.

Much of the federal and state focus has shifted to fighting opioid abuse, Johnson said. But Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials aren’t forgetting about the biggest drug problem in Polk county — meth.

“They’re at least listening more,” Johnson said. “Everybody has financial issues to worry about, and the state is no different than the county, but at least they’re going out and attempting to find out what the real issues are.

Over the last few years, the state has seen a surge in heroin use and prescription drug abuse, but busts of meth rings and shake-and-bake meth labs have been making headlines more and more in Wisconsin.

The number of meth labs in the United States has dropped in recent years since drugs from Mexico are cheaper and more plentiful, according to previous WPR reports. Authorities believe methamphetamine has moved from Mexico to Minneapolis then to northern Wisconsin.

Johnson said there’s no silver bullet to stop meth use, but his department has been focusing more on prevention.

Another county in the region is also taking a look at how to address meth use. Chippewa County has a series of town hall meetings on methamphetamine scheduled.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard wrote a column last week entitled “Meth Changes Everything,” citing the fact that South Dakota has seen a rise in the use of the illegal drug methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, in the past several years. Especially alarming is the use of meth by our high school students. If smoking is bad for your health, meth is much more addictive, fast-acting and deadly.

The governor said 3.8 percent of South Dakota high school students have tried meth, which is just slightly higher than the national average of 3 percent. About 15,000 South Dakotans age 12 and up were dependent on or abused illicit drugs in 2015. This included meth.

The drug is described as a highly addictive stimulant which affects the central nervous system and results in devastating side effects, Daugaard said. It is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting powder that can be ingested in a variety of ways. “No matter what you call it, or how it’s used, the effects are the same,” the governor said.

These effects include significant anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions and violent behavior. Meth addicts experience several physical effects as well, including weight loss, tooth decay, tooth loss and skin sores. The drug causes mental and physical changes and, in most cases, these changes are permanent.

“In South Dakota, we are committed to being ‘smart on crime.’ We use data-driven, evidence-based practices to protect the public and hold offenders accountable. We also recognize that we need to be tough on the causes of crime. Using meth is a crime itself, but it can also lead users to commit other crimes,” the governor said.

And meth use is on the rise. In 2015, there were 2,125 meth-related arrests in 46 South Dakota counties. This is a 40 percent increase from meth-related arrests in 2014.

Locally, Dr. Joy Falkenburg at Custer Regional Hospital and Clinic said she has seen about 20 meth-related cases in the last 12 years. Last week the doctor said she saw three such cases and has expressed concern over the rise in meth locally.

Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said he has not seen a big influx of the drug, but “more than normal.” He said users seem to be more middle age adults. The sheriff acknowledged that the drug is “running wild” in other larger cities in the state.

To focus on meth prevention in South Dakota, the governor has announced a meth awareness campaign, “Meth Changes Everything,” created this month through the Department of Social Services. The purpose is to promote prevention and provide education to state students and South Dakota communities.

We trust our local schools will join those across the state to meet with prevention providers to learn more about what can be done to prevent meth use in our communities. This is a dangerous, highly addictive drug that can permanently change the lives of students and the lives of those around them.

In an effort to end meth use in the state, the governor urges students and others to take the pledge at The site provides information about meth use, cites resources and has candid stories from recovering meth addicts.

Let’s all get on this educational bandwagon and help end meth use in South Dakota.


Prosecutors believe 24-year-old Kaylie Charlton was under the influence of methamphetamine when she allegedly broke into a Condon photography business on Monday and assaulted the deputies who arrested her.

Charlton made her initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Wednesday on felony charges of burglary and assault on an officer, as well as a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed weapon.57b4e8f0a9b8a_image

According to a court affidavit, the owner of Photographer’s Formulary in Condon called law enforcement after he found Charlton in the business around 5:40 a.m. Monday. The affidavit said photographs had been torn from the walls, items thrown from counters, and money from the safe was in a backpack.

Inside the backpack, a sheriff’s deputy found a pistol, two hunting knives and a stun gun. Charlton, who left the store, was found after her father contacted law enforcement, according to the affidavit.

When officers attempted to arrest Charlton, she allegedly grabbed handcuffs from a deputy, trapping his finger in the chain and spit in the face of another deputy, according to the affidavit. She was taken to the hospital where staff found another pistol in her pocket, and determined she was under the influence of methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen set Charlton’s bail at $5,000 and allowed her to be screened for pretrial supervision. If released, Charlton will be monitored for methamphetamine use.


THOMASVILLE — Local methamphetamine cooks have been replaced with those who prepare the crystal form of the drug in Mexico, and the contraband is rampant in Thomas County.

A woman in possession of meth and transported to the Thomas County Jail had more of the drug in her panties, according to authorities.57b359d39bf2b_image

Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division investigators said they learned Sabrina Liv Pittman delivered methamphetamine to an area near the north bypass and set up surveillance, assisted by Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Pittman, 33, 1204 Oriole Drive, was stopped on nearby Old Albany Road. Crystal meth was found on the floor and a seat of the vehicle.

“In her purse on the back seat was suspected methamphetamine,” Louis Schofill, narcotics/vice commander, said.

Bags of methamphetamine were found in Pittman’s undergarments at the jail, the commander said.57b35a095be3e_image

She is charged with methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute and going inside guardlines with drugs.

In other meth activity, narcotics investigators were assisting deputies in recovering stolen property. Said Schofill, “This led investigators to a residence on Russell Road.”

As officers pulled into the yard, two women were outside. “One got in a car and took off, and the other one ran into the house,” Schofill said.

Crystal Ariana Viar, 24, 498 Russell Road, ran into the house.

The woman was confronted in a hallway. “In her hand was a ripped-open bag containing residue of methamphetamine,” Schofill said.

Officers said they also found two scales with marijuana and methamphetamine residue, bags of meth and paraphernalia for smoking and injecting the drug.

Viar is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence, three counts of obstruction and methamphetamine possession.

Schofill said ice meth makes its way from Mexico to Texas, to other parts of the country and to Atlanta.

“Our route would be Texas to Atlanta. Atlanta is the hub,” the commander explained.


A Bledsoe woman is facing multiple charges including possession of methamphetamine after police received a complaint she was allegedly shoplifting at the Dollar General in Baxter.

Ariel Turner, 25, was arrested on Tuesday by Kentucky State Police Trooper James Earl Hensley.web1_ArielTurner

According to the citation, KSP received a call from the Dollar General store at Baxter advising Turner was shoplifting. She pulled onto U.S. 119 as police arrived, nearly hitting another vehicle in the process. Police performed a traffic stop. Turner’s eyes were bloodshot and glazed over, and her speech was slow. Turner had what appeared to be track marks on her arms, and advised she had been shooting up. She failed all sobriety tests. Turner told police she did take items from the Dollar General, including makeup, energy pills, head phones and hair beads. Turner was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital and read implied consent. She refused all tests. While searching the vehicle, police found a white substance which appeared to be methamphetamine hidden under the console and wrapped in a white paper towel. A pack of rolling papers was also found.

Turner was charged with failure to wear a seat belt, excessive windshield tinting, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), theft by unlawful taking under $500, failure to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, no registration receipt and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.



Bledsoe woman faces methamphetamine charge


A Town Creek woman arrested on meth charges Wednesday in Somerville also is accused of storing syringes for consuming pills in a Milo’s tea jug in Moulton, court records show.

Jessica Lowery, 27, 230 Lawrence County 128, Town Creek, is charged in Morgan County with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and two misdemeanors, according to the Sheriff’s Office.et4giohjpo35

Lowery was arrested early Wednesday morning when deputies found more than 8 grams of meth and several syringes in her vehicle during a stop at Alabama 36 and Maxwell Road in Somerville, Sheriff Ana Franklin said.

Lowery was out on $15,000 bail after being arrested Monday on a meth charge in Lawrence County.

Lowery signed a statement admitting a pill, syringe, meth and marijuana found in her possession and in a vehicle she was riding in belonged to her, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Moulton police Officer Tim Owens.

Used syringes found inside a Milo’s tea jug also were identified as belonging to Lowery, Owens wrote.

Lowery’s charges in Moulton are two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two misdemeanors, court records show.

Also in Morgan County this week, three Cullman residents were arrested during a traffic stop in Hartselle, where Drug Task Force agents seized ½-gram of meth and four smoking devices, the sheriff said.

Timothy Joseph Turner, 53; Jimmy Ray Compton, 56; and Krandel Agee, 26, each are charged with possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor, reports show.

Hartselle police contacted drug agents about suspected meth after stopping the vehicle driven by Turner for allegedly running the four-way stop at Sparkman and Chestnut streets, Franklin said.

Turner is wanted on a warrant in Limestone County, Franklin said.

Lowery was being held in Morgan County Jail with bail set at $5,600.

Turner, Compton and Agee each were being held with bail set at $2,800.


Morgan County Deputies find large quantities of Methamphetamine during routine traffic stop

DECATUR, Ala. – Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle in a routine traffic stop on Hwy 36 near Maxwell Road on Wednesday morning in Somerville, Al.

During the search of the vehicle, deputies discovered a large amount of Methamphetamine and syringes, some of which contained a liquid substance. Deputies identify the driver of the vehicle as 26-year-old Jessica Lowery.

Morgan County Drug Task Force arrived on the scene and performed a field test and later returned with positive results for the presence of Methamphetamine.

According to authorities Lowery was charged with possession of Methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

Lowery is currently in jail with a $5,600 bond.


Morgan County Deputies find large quantities of Methamphetamine during routine traffic stop


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – Two people are accused of methamphetamine trafficking in McCracken County, Kentucky.

Destiny Elder, 23, of Paducah, was charged with first degree trafficking in controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana.11395112_G

Deantonio O. McGee, 31, of Paducah, was charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to McCracken County deputies, they conducted a traffic stop at around 1:25 p.m. on August 17 in the 2500 block of Jackson Street.

Detectives say the traffic stop was because of a search warrant they had following an ongoing investigation.

After a search of the vehicle, a 2004 Cadillac, detectives say they found about 35 grams of crystal meth, more than $2,000 in cash, digital scales, a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic 11395111_Gpistol and other drug-related items, including evidence of drug trafficking.

According to detectives, they also searched a home in question in the 2000 block of Clark Street. They say the found additional illegal drugs and items of drug paraphernalia inside.

Elder and McGee were taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.


Customs officers in Nogales seized drugs hidden in a bra and taped to a woman’s legs in separate incidents this week, officials said.

On Tuesday, a 26-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman was arrested by Customs agents after trying to enter the United States with more than five pounds of meth taped to her legs, officials said.57b4c13b7ebdc_image

The woman was entering at the Morley pedestrian crossing in Nogales when she was selected for a secondary inspection.

There, agents found the packages taped to her shins, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.

The drugs were worth more than $15,000. The woman was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

On Monday, Customs agents at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales arrested a 16-year-old old girl after finding more than two pounds of heroin hidden in her bra.

The girl was crossing through a pedestrian lane when she was sent for a secondary inspection, according to a CBP news release.

The drugs were worth about $40,000.


A Kentucky coroner says an inmate who was restrained at a county jail died from methamphetamine intoxication.

Casey County jailers found 34-year-old Jerry Dale Hardwick dead in a restraint chair at the facility on July 5. Casey County Coroner Curt Demrow told The Advocate-Messenger ( that a toxicology report finalized last week lists methamphetamine intoxication as the primary cause of death. Demrow says Hardwick’s meth levels were “very high.”

He says ethanol withdrawal and dehydration were contributing conditions.

The Casey County Sheriff’s Office has said Hardwick was jailed on the day he died on charges of public intoxication, fleeing police, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Demrow says Hardwick was placed in the restraint chair because he was combative.


Lake County – As residents of the tiny town of Lower Lake began returning to their destroyed or damaged homes, the man accused of setting the Clayton Fire appeared Wednesday in a packed Lakeport courtroom to face charges that he started not only that destructive blaze, but many others in the same vicinity.

Residents, reporters and television camera operators crammed into the courtroom as arson charges were formally read in Lake Superior Court against Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, a construction worker with a history of criminal charges in Lake and Napa counties stretching back at least two decades, most either for drug possession or driving on a suspended license.DAMIN%20ANTHONY%20PASHILK

Pashilk entered the hushed courtroom shackled and hiding his face from the photographers, who filled seats four rows deep. He faces 19 charges, including aggravated arson, arson of forestland, and arson with damages in excess of $7 million. He also faces a count of methamphetamine possession and a charge of driving on a suspended license.

Pashilk did not enter a plea Wednesday. He is being held at the Lake County jail with bail set at $5 million. His next court appearance is Sept. 7.

Lake County prosecutors allege Pashilk set a dozen fires, including the Clayton Fire and July 2015’s Long Fire, set on forestland at Highway 20 east of New Long Valley Road, and attempted to set a 13th, all between July 2, 2015, and last weekend. Investigators have tallied the damage from the Clayton Fire at more than $7 million.

“We are very confident that this is our guy,” said Scott McLean, spokesman for Cal Fire, the agency investigating the blaze, at a news conference following the afternoon arraignment. He called Pashilk a “serial arsonist.”

“When something like this happens, it devastates us all,” he said.

Pashilk learned firefighting skills while serving time at the California Correctional Center in Susanville.

At the news conference, McLean acknowledged Pashilk received two months of fire training while in prison in 2007 on drug and firearms charges, but said the man “never went out on the line, never fought any fires.” The Cal Fire spokesman also brushed aside speculation that Pashilk’s training motivated the alleged arson.

“It may have given him knowledge of fire behavior,” McLean said, “but it’s not a motive behind the fire.”

McLean said Pashilk’s home burned in 2013, but did not specify the extent of the damage.

Anger is running high in Lake County, where some residents attending a community meeting Monday night in Middletown yelled “hang him” when officials announced Pashilk’s arrest.

Brian Martin, Lake County sheriff, said authorities “have concern for (Pashilk’s) safety. There are a lot of emotional responses, a lot of chatter on social media.”

Fire crews continue to gain ground on the blaze, which roared to life Saturday and Sunday and tore through the tiny, economically depressed town of Lower Lake, destroying 175 structures and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. Containment of the Clayton Fire was at 55 percent Thursday morning.

Some Lower Lake residents returned to their homes Wednesday to begin assessing the damage. The evacuation center in Kelseyville had just 15 people Wednesday, down from 60 on Tuesday.

As they returned, residents asked each other about reports of looting and tried to protect boats and cars that somehow escaped a blaze that consumed houses. So far, a heavy presence of firefighters and PG&E repair crews had reassured residents their properties were safe.

Jamie Gekas, 63, lost five houses and several barns on a 30-acre property that had been in his wife’s family since 1962. He built the family’s main house in 1985. It was a two-story Victorian-style home that had vanished from the landscape in the fire.

“We were more or less the library for the family,” keeping photographs and toys that had been in the family for generations, he said.

They’re all gone.

“Everything we wanted to keep is gone,” said his daughter, Tarin Benson, 36. “My kids won’t have anything for us to pass on to them.”

The family also lost one of its nine horses. Another miniature pony is at UC Davis veterinary hospital receiving treatment for burns and damage to his lungs.

Benson reached the horse Sunday while flames licked the family’s property. She brought water to the animals and held the injured pony for most of the night.

She’s the principal at Lower Lake Elementary School. One of its classrooms was destroyed and five more were damaged. Her staff members had a meeting Wednesday to prepare for the first day of school this week.

They’ve received donations of full backpacks stuffed with supplies from neighboring towns. It’s not clear yet how many of her students have been displaced by the fire.

The family met with an insurance representative Wednesday. They’re bracing for a long period of rebuilding but acknowledged they’re better off than some neighbors. “At least we have a daughter to take care of us,” said Gekas, who is staying at Benson’s home.

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) – Two volunteer firefighters were exposed to a possible mobile meth lab when the vehicle crashed this morning in Craven County.

The Highway Patrol says the wreck happened around 7:00 a.m. on Highway 55 near Jasper Drive.trij54y90u35-0u5y904

The Jasper fire chief and a firefighters were exposed to the vapor coming from two plastic bottles with plastic tubing that they had picked up.

The Chevy pickup truck crashed when it ran off the road, went across Jasper Drive and then hit a ditch bank. The truck then overturned when it hit a concrete culvert pipe on a driveway, according to troopers.

Joseph Joyce, 35, of New Bern, has been charged with driving while license revoked and reckless driving. Troopers say Joyce was just released from prison last month.

Kellie Guy, 31, of New Bern, who was wearing a probation and parole ankle bracelet, was also injured and transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center.

The truck was held so it could be processed by the SBI Meth Lab Cleanup Team, while Craven County deputies are investigating possible meth charges in the case.


A former Dean Morgan Junior High campus supervisor pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter for causing the overdose death of a Casper man.

Authorities say Jon Patrick Freiberg caused the man’s death last year by putting methamphetamine in his drink. During his plea change hearing, Freiberg maintained Richard Serafin ingested the drug accidentally. Freiberg admitted he acted recklessly by not taking Serafin to a hospital when he showed signs he was overdosing.573ca792989c6_image3

Holding back tears, Freiberg entered guilty pleas to involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. A plea agreement calls for Freiberg to be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison. He will be held in jail without bond pending his sentencing hearing.

Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen said Freiberg and Serafin met through a smartphone application and agreed to meet in the early hours of Aug. 28 at the Days Inn in Casper. Blonigen said Freiberg offered the victim meth, but Serafin said he did not use drugs. Serafin did drink alcohol, however, and somehow ingested a large amount of meth, the prosecutor said.

Serafin began very quickly to have serious medical problems and Freiberg put him in a cold bath to try to revive him, Blonigen said. Freiberg also gave Serafin a small dose of additional meth in an attempt to help him, the prosecutor said.

Police found Serafin’s body about 6 p.m. inside a hot car parked outside the hotel, Blonigen said. Investigators later spoke to a teenager who said he saw Freiberg carrying Serafin and putting him into the car about 1 p.m.

An autopsy revealed Serafin died of cardiac arrest due to acute stresses of methamphetamine intoxication, the prosecutor said.

Freiberg said during the hearing that he had asked Serafin on several occasions if he needed to go to the hospital and Serafin had told him “no.” He also said he did not give Serafin a dose of meth and did not know what the prosecutor was referring to.

“I never gave him any drugs,” Freiberg said. “The drugs in his cup that he drank was purely by accident. He had poured alcohol in a cup that had methamphetamines in it.”

Freiberg said he put Serafin in his car and gave him money for gas.

Freiberg initially told the judge he did not act recklessly. However, after conferring with his attorney, he said he should not have had meth in his room and should have made sure Serafin received medical attention instead of leaving him in a hot car.

Blonigen also asserted Freiberg sold meth to people in Casper. In January, an unnamed informant told Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents that Freiberg wanted to sell him meth, according to court documents. Authorities gave the informant money to buy drugs from Freiberg and put the man under audio and visual surveillance. When the man met Freiberg at the Natrona County Public Library to buy meth, Freiberg was heard saying he had put meth in a cup and Serafin had consumed it.

Freiberg worked for the Natrona County School District until Feb. 3, when he resigned, district spokesman Kelly Eastes said. Authorities had searched his car two days earlier and reported finding methamphetamine, court documents show.



CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A Casper man accused of causing another man’s death by putting methamphetamine in his drink has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and a drug charge.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) Jon Freiberg entered his plea Wednesday and acknowledged he was reckless by not taking 46-year-old Richard Serafin to a hospital when he showed signs of an overdose.

Investigators say Serafin died last August after Freiberg put meth in a cup Serafin was drinking from. Freiberg maintained Wednesday that Serafin consumed the drugs accidentally.

An autopsy indicates Serafin died of cardiac arrest due to the stress of meth intoxication and other health issues.

A plea agreement calls for Freiberg to be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison.

Freiberg is a former campus supervisor at Dean Morgan Junior High.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,



Berkeley police on Wednesday arrested eight people at a Grand Central Parkway home used as a drug distribution and meth lab and charged them with numerous drug offenses, Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said.

It was the second time in two months a search warrant was executed at the home, the chief said.

The raid took place in the early morning hours. Township police officers were accompanied by members of the Ocean County SWAT team for their safety, DiMichele said.

All eight of the suspects arrested were charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute, DiMichele said.

Those arrested include:

  • Karen Haspel, 50, Bayville
  • Samuel Mccurdy, 50, Bayville
  • Karl Lancaster, 28, Philadelphia
  • Michael Turner, 34, Philadelphia
  • Shannon Walpole, 32 Waretown
  • Richard Frommann, 28, Bayville
  • Amanda Morris, 27, Bayville
  • Nathaniel Small, 23, Brooklyn

Bail was set at $60,000 for Haspel, Mccurdy, Walpole Frommann and Morris. Bail was set at $70,000 for Small, Turner and Lancaster. All were taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River, the chief said.

Detectives found large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin throughout the house, along with prescription pills and marijuana, DiMichele said.

They also found evidence of large-scale packaging and manufacturing of narcotics, including new wax folds, glass vials, scales and paraphernalia, which could have produced thousands of individual doses of heroin and cocaine for weekly distribution, the chief said.

Detectives also recovered what they believe to be a small, portable facility suspected in methamphetamine. A large amount of cash and a 2003 Nissan Xterra were also seized.

Members of the Berkeley Township HAZMAT and the Bayville Fire Department responded to assess the potential for hazards and explosive chemicals associated with suspected methamphetamine production DiMichele said. They quickly determined no immediate threat was present.

“This successful operation was conducted in direct coordination with the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Special Operations Group, who greatly assisted in all aspects of this investigation,” the chief said.

More arrests are expected, DiMichele said.

Residents are urged to contact the Berkeley Township police to report suspicious activity. Anyone with any information is asked to call 732-341-1132 x611 TIPS can remain anonymous.


(MTN News-POPLAR) The state of Montana is home to some of the proudest residents, but there’s one county so deeply devastated by drug addiction that it’s people have been forgotten and left to die.11364890_G

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said methamphetamine is the big problem on the reservation.

“Everyone out there trying to get their fix, they’re breaking into communities, and it’s involved in the violent crimes too,” said Frederick.

“During the day, Poplar, Wolf Point, Frazier, Oswego, Brockton they’re all great places,” said Detective Ken Trottier, who works for the Fort Peck Justice Department. “Great people out, I call them the working class people. At night, when everyone is off work, and it’s time to go to bed, the good people go to bed, and our criminal element comes out at night.”

The drug itself breaks into homes and infiltrates families, destroying hope.

“We’ve had 70 year-olds test positive and kids as young as 12 and 13 test positive for meth,” said Trottier.

Trottier estimates that about 60 percent of Roosevelt County residents are addicted to methamphetamine, opioids, or both.

And those are the addicts who choose to use the drug.

On the Fort Peck Reservation, babies are born just as addicted as those who can walk the streets in search of their next fix.

Fort Peck Chief Judge Stacie Crawford Smith grew up on the reservation and said she’s witnessed the methamphetamine epidemic develop over the years.

“It has broken up families, we have children that are in foster care, and we have parents that can’t take care of themselves,” said Smith. “We have children who look 20 years older than they should.”

Smith is at the head of the tribe’s inundated justice system, which she says sees on average 15 methamphetamine cases each week.

That’s 45 percent more cases than Yellowstone County, which has ten times the population.

Trottier and Frederick say methamphetamine has played a direct role in four murders this year.

Addiction has also been a contributing factor in the abduction and rape of a young girl, as well as overdose deaths, too many to count.

“I’m concerned about what point will our people be looked at as incompetent, and think we didn’t do anything about this when we knew we had this problem,” said Smith.

It’s not for a lack of effort.

But law enforcement can only do what it’s asked, and tribal prosecutors were limited until now.

“Drugs have taken over our communities, and people are tired of it,” said Frederick. “They’re starting to take a stand. But we need the community to help us elected officials.”

Tribal Council, which has declared war on methamphetamine, recently voted to make possession of the drug a felony crime.

Before the vote, which initially did not pass in the council, possession of methamphetamine was a misdemeanor.

A felony charge carries up to three years in tribal jail and can be considered for federal detention.

“The point that we’re trying to get across to people with meth is the punishment has to be strict, swift, and we have to put teeth into our laws,” said Smith.

But the new tribal jail, which was built to house 97 inmates, is always full.

Smith admits more must be done.

“Jail isn’t going to hold them forever, and jail isn’t the answer, it’s not a cure,” said Smith.

Tribal leaders know treatment is crucial, but how and with what money are questions that have yet to be answered.

“Enforcement is a big issue right now. Treatment is a big issue,” said Frederick. “The problem with treatment is you can’t go away and come back here, and that’s the problem for a lot of people.”

Addicts return to the same sundown, the same familiar dark streets, and a drug easier to find than a high school diploma.

“There are larger things that can happen from this,” said Smith. “I don’t want my children to have to grow up and deal with this problem when we can do it now.”




Meth addiction devastates Fort Peck Reservation