ASHEBORO — A child’s possible exposure to a methamphetamine lab has resulted in the arrest of three Trinity residents on drug-related charges.

The arrests were reported by Randolph County Sheriff Robert A. Graves, in his first press release as sheriff, on Wednesday.web1_web---Mashburn

Patrol deputies responded to a 911 call at High Point Regional Hospital’s Emergency Room on Monday regarding a juvenile who had possibly been exposed to a meth lab. The sheriff office’s Vice Narcotics Unit and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation were contacted and a search of a Trinity residence was conducted.

At 6130 Meadowbrook Drive, Trinity, detectives located a methamphetamine lab in the residence and seized components used in the meth manufacturing process.

Three individuals were arrested and charged as a result of the search:

  • Jason Kyle Martin, 23, of 3244 Mountainview St., Trinity, manufacture methamphetamine. He remained in Randolph County Jail on Wednesday under $50,000 secured bond.
  • Dylan Bryant Vestal, 24, of 6130 Meadowbrook Drive, Trinity, manufacture methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance. He also remained in Randolph County Jail on Wednesday under a $5,000 secured bond.
  • Ashley Dawn Mashburn, 23, of 6130 Meadowbrook Drive, Trinity, manufacture methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance. She was additionally charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in connection with the methamphetamine exposure of the juvenile, according to the sheriff’s office. Her bond was set at $2,500 secured.



BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) – A 6-month investigation has culminated in the arrest of a “major meth dealer,” according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Johnny Beam, 63, of the 2600 block of Barbara St. in Bossier City, is charged with Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamines) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of 9796462_GSchedule III (Hydrocodone), Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance with a Firearm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation was conducted by the Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force, with help from the DEA Narcotic Task Force, which includes Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.

BPSO says a search of Beam’s home turned up about 2 pounds of methamphetamine (Ice), with a potential street value of approximately $90,000; two firearms; $952 cash and hydrocodone pills. A 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was also seized.

Police say Beam has been dealing methamphetamine in this area for some time now, but this arrest assures another drug dealer is out of business in Bossier Parish.

“I commend our deputies and officers on our Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force and the assistance from the DEA Narcotics Task Force,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

“Getting drug dealers off of our streets to keep our families and children safe is a top priority of mine, and I applaud our team for this outstanding arrest.”

The investigation continues, and agents say more property seizures and future arrests are possible.

Beam was arrested at his home and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Tuesday afternoon. His bond is set at $110,500.

The Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force comprises deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Bossier City Police Department.



LAMAR COUNTY, GA (CBS46) – The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department said two men driving a mobile meth lab crashed into the median of I-75 near Barnesville.

It happened just after 9 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75 close to where it crosses State Route 36.9805062_G

When officers arrived on scene, they found what appeared to be chemicals used for making methamphetamine inside the car.

Investigators said 35-year-old Dustin McMillan fell asleep at the wheel.

McMillan and his passenger, 31-year-old Jeremy Fulghum, are both from Georgia, but by Thursday afternoon, investigators had not determined what town they are from or where they were headed.

The discovery of the chemicals forced deputies to close the interstate until they were sure the substances were contained safely. Among other things, the ingredients for making methamphetamine are flammable.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Captain Todd Pippin described one of the chemicals as being extremely harmful, adding, “It will burn and scortch your lungs. A single breath could actually kill you.”

At one point, traffic was stopped for 10 miles in both directions.

No other cars were involved in the accident.

Both men survived the crash and are in jail, awaiting a first appearance before a judge.






Windsor Police arrested four Windsorites, two men and two women, Tuesday afternoon after the suspects alleged attempted to ram police cruisers in an attempt to escape.

At approximately 2 pm February 2 officers from the Target Base Unit recognized a black Ford Fiesta, which had allegedly been involved in a convenience store theft earlier in the day, in the area of Erie Street West and Pelissier Street.

The vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Halifax, was stopped in a Tecumseh Road East parking lot with the assistance of patrol officers and the K9 Unit. The driver of the vehicle then allegedly appeared to intentionally ram the police cruisers before coming to a stop.

Officers removed the driver, a 32-year-old man, and placed him under arrest after a brief struggle. He was also found to be breaching bail conditions and wanted on outstanding warrants.

The male passenger, 31 was also placed under arrest and found to be in possession of a weapon, breaching bail conditions, and wanted on outstanding warrants.

Two female passengers in the back seat were also arrested, and found to in possession of a quantity of drugs. Officers also seized a quantity of methamphetamine following a search of the vehicle. In total 14.9 grams of methamphetamine and three Nabilone pills were seized.

Douglas Kenny, a 32-year-old male, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Dangerous Driving, Resist Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, four counts of breach of Recognizance, and outstanding warrants.

Christopher McNeil, a 31-year-old male, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, seven counts of Breach of Recognizance, and outstanding Warrants.

Jordan Irwin, a 25-year-old female, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, Possession of Methamphetamine, and outstanding warrants.

Victoria Heckley, a 23-year-old female, is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Over, Possession of Methamphetamine for Trafficking, and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at, or submit a tip on Facebook.



The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Stockton man’s death sentence for murdering four people in 1997 with a gun he had stolen from the van of an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy.

In the unanimous ruling, the court rejected defense arguments that police had coerced Louis Peoples into confessing to the murders during a marathon interrogation after his arrest.920x920tjudtj

Peoples had worked as a tow truck driver in Stockton for seven months before being suspended in October 1997 for testing positive for methamphetamine. Later that month, prosecutors said, he called the company for a tow late one night, using an alias, and fatally shot the driver, James Loper, 29. Peoples called the company the next day, using his real name, said he was sorry to hear about Loper’s death, and asked to return from his suspension but was turned down, the court said.

A week later, prosecutors said, Peoples robbed a liquor store and killed the owner, Stephen Chaco, 39. He was also convicted of robbing another liquor store a week after that and fatally shooting the owner, Beson Yu, 56, and a clerk, Jun Gao, 46.

Peoples, then 35, was arrested a day after the second robbery. After questioning, police said, he led them to a vacant lot near his home where a pouch was found containing a .40-caliber Glock handgun that had been stolen in June 1997 from the van of Michael King, an off-duty Alameda County deputy who was visiting Stockton.

Police said they also found a folder in Peoples’ backpack that was labeled “Biography of a Crime Spree” and contained news clippings about the crimes and a note saying he had been motivated both by revenge and the need to support his wife and two children when he was unemployed.

His lawyer said Peoples had been molested as a teenager, and presented psychiatric evidence of brain damage from his methamphetamine use. Because of extensive local news coverage, his trial was transferred to Alameda County, where an initial jury deadlocked on his sentence — voting 8-4 to spare his life, according to the defense lawyer. But a second jury returned a death verdict in 2000.

In his appeal, Peoples’ lawyers argued that detectives had unlawfully coerced him in a 12-hour interrogation session that lasted until 4:45 a.m.

The court said Peoples denied guilt for the first nine or 10 hours before admitting the crimes. The detectives first tried to win his trust by suggesting he hadn’t meant to shoot anyone, and later told him that his wife had implicated him and that they would “drag” her into the case and “lean on” his 12-year-old stepson if Peoples didn’t cooperate, the court said.

Those tactics did not cross the line into illegal inducements or coercion, the court said.

The detectives “never offered him leniency for his confession and never threatened a harsher penalty if he remained silent,” Justice Goodwin Liu said in the 7-0 ruling. While threatening to drag Peoples’ wife into the case, the officers never suggested that they would charge her with a crime, Liu said. And although Peoples showed signs of fatigue during the questioning, Liu said, the detectives gave him numerous breaks, and food and drink, and repeatedly offered him the chance to speak with a lawyer, which he declined.

Additionally, Liu said the trial judge, Michael Platt of San Joaquin County Superior Court, spoke “discourteously and disrespectfully” to Peoples’ lawyer throughout the trial but never did so in the jury’s presence. A state commission later removed Platt from office for fixing traffic tickets and other misconduct.

Phillip Cherney, Peoples’ appellate lawyer, said Thursday that Platt, with the Supreme Court’s approval, had also allowed the prosecutor to present a misleading view of the defendant as a remorseless killer. Finding the proposed defense evidence unreliable, the judge excluded letters Peoples had written to his family, expressing remorse, and barred testimony by the pastor for one of Peoples’ victims, who would have said he spoke with Peoples and considered him genuinely remorseful.

Platt’s rulings prevented the jury from hearing “powerful evidence” that Peoples had become a changed man in his nearly three years behind bars, “once the meth was out of his system“ and “it began to settle in what he had done,“ Cherney said.

The case is People vs. Peoples, √S090602.



FACTORY making the highly-addictive drug used by terrorists and ISIS fighters has been uncovered by rebels in Syria.Capture-3_2670891a

Tablets and syringes were found inside hotel rooms used by the ‘zombie-like’ gang before last November’s Paris atrocities.

French police believe the evil killers launched their killing spree while high on the lethal ‘Terror Potion’ which has also fueled the war in Syria.

ISIS chemists are producing millions of the cheap, easy-to-make amphetamine pills that help keep fanatics awake for days, turning them into wide-eyed Jihadi junkies.







The highly-addictive pills put ISIS fighters in a state of euphoria, and the terror group is believed to making millions in revenue through sales of the drug

The small tablets, named Captagon, are produced in Syria and are widely available across the Middle East.

It is thought that the trade of the drugs brings in millions in revenue for ISIS, providing funding for weapons and ammunition.

Now the al-Nusra Front – a rebel faction fighting the Syrian government – has found a factory making the drug and confiscated thousands of the pills plus chemical equipment near the city of Aleppo.

This combination of photos made in Paris on November 18, 2015 shows the suspected mastermind of the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks, 28-year-old Belgian IS group leading militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud (Top), French Bilal Hadfi (bottom L) one of the suicide bombers who blew himself outside the Stade de France stadium, Samy Amimour (center R), one of the suicide bombers who attacked a Paris concert hall, suspect at large French Salah Abdeslam (center L), and an unidentified man (bottom R) suspected of being involved in the attacks.

French officers believe the Jihadis who committed the Paris atrocities were high on the powerful amphetamine


The drug was first produced in the West in the 60s to treat hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression, but by the 80s was banned in most countries because of its addictive properties and no longer has a legitimate medical use.

The “Terror Potion” nickname was gained because of its shockingly powerful effects.

It’s usually taken in pill form but it can be dissolved into a liquid and injected.

Seifeddine Rezgui, the killer who caused carnage in Tunisia in the summer, took a Captagon pill before carrying out his shootings.

It has become the drug of choice for ISIS fighters – who are bizarrely permitted to take it despite being strictly banned from drinking alcohol.

The drug’s active ingredient is metabolized by the body into the stimulants amphetamine and theophylline.

Lebanese psychiatrist Ramzi Haddad says the drug has the typical effects of a stimulant.

He explained: “It gives you a kind of euphoria. You’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.







“Production is cheap and simple, requiring only basic knowledge of chemistry and a few scales.”

Syrian state media regularly mention Captagon pills, which sell for between as little as £2.50 as one of the items government forces seize alongside weapons when they capture ISIS fighters or raid their bases.

A drug control officer in the central city of Homs said he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning.

He said: “We would beat them, and they wouldn’t feel the pain. Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows.”

And a former fighter in the Syrian civil war spoke of the effects of the drug, revealing: “The brigade leader came and told us this pill gives you energy. Try it.

“So we took it the first time, and we felt physically fit, and felt like if there were ten people in front of you, you could catch them and kill them.”

Photos of the drugs find were yesterday posted online by



In 2002, 18-year-old Matthew Medlin’s first adult mugshot featured an extremely good looking man. At the time, he probably had no idea he was about to enter a life of crime and addiction:


Fast forward fourteen years—this past Saturday, 31-year-old Medlin found himself in a four-hour police stand-off, during which injected himself with meth.

Multnomah, Portland police were called after getting reports that a man was climbing on trains in a rail yard.

When police attempted to approach Medlin, he jumped into an open-topped car, stating he had been on a 26-hour meth bender, and refused to leave.

They tried to talk him down, but he just shot up more.

Eventually police were able to detain him, and he was charged with Criminal Mischief and Trespass, and given a $7,500 bail.

The man arrested that day looked nothing like the once-handsome young man from 2002.

Throughout the years Medlin had been jailed numerous times. Here is he in 2007:


In 2013, he was arrested for sex abuse, burglary and assault:


Here he is again in 2013:


And again in 2013:


As the years went on and his crimes became worse, so did his appearance.

Then in May of 2014, despite being just six days away from release, he decided to mount an escape.

Police found him less than ten hours later due to his now distinctive facial tattoos, which feature two pointed ‘eyebrows’ and four tear drops:


Fast forward two more years; this is what Medlin looked like last Saturday after he was brought in:


Medlin is currently in jail awaiting his court date.



A man who says as a teenager in 1991 he was repeatedly coaxed into a laundry room and a bathroom and then sexually abused by two female staff members at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn has filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against the state.

The man, now in his early 40s, was 16 at the time of the alleged abuse, according to his lawsuit filed last week in Marion County Circuit Court.19661215-mmmain

The man claims that one of the employees gave him cigarettes daily, provided him with methamphetamine and repeatedly molested him in a bathroom.

The man also claims that another staffer started making comments about how he was attractive and repeatedly sexually abused him in a small room used to fold laundry.

The lawsuit lists the two women and the Oregon Youth Authority — which is the state agency that operates MacLaren — as defendants. He knew only one of the women by her first name.

The other woman couldn’t be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the Oregon Youth Authority, which operates MacLaren, said the woman worked for the authority from 1986 to 1996, which is when she resigned. She apparently hasn’t been charged with any crimes.

The agency’s spokeswoman, Ann Snyder, said she couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, citing the pending litigation.

The suit identifies the man by the pseudonym “John Doe.”

After he was released from custody, he joined a motorcycle club and began a life of crime, the suit states. He didn’t realize the detrimental effect the alleged abuse had on his life until April 2014, when he attempted suicide, went to counseling and for the first time talked about what happened, the suit states.

Doe hadn’t reported the MacLaren employees to police or others, the suit says, because he didn’t see the behavior for what it was.

The suit states that Doe also had been sexually and physically abused by a relative before he ended up at MacLaren — and that at least one of the women was aware of that.

The suit states that sexual abuse at the youth prison in the 1990s wasn’t just isolated to Doe. The suit claims that the two women abused at least three other boys — and that one of the women ended up marrying a youth offender after the two had a sexual relationship at MacLaren.

The lawsuit faults the Oregon Youth Authority for allegedly “fostering” an atmosphere where sexual abuse of youths was known and ignored or condoned.

In a 2014 lawsuit, a different man who was held at the youth prison in the late 1990s when he was 15 filed a $22 million lawsuit alleging that the prison turned a “blind eye” to sexual assaults he suffered by notorious child predator Frank James Milligan – a “group life coordinator” at MacLaren. That suit is scheduled for trial in April.

A 2015 state report outlines efforts by the Oregon Youth Authority to comply with the federal law — the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act — at all 10 of its facilities, which house about 650 youth offenders. Those efforts include reporting and investigating complaints of sexual assault. In 2013, which was the latest year available, there were six reports of youths claiming staff-to-youth sexual misconduct, and one report was substantiated. That same year, there were three reports of staff-to-youth sexual harassment and all of those were substantiated.

Portland attorneys Jesse Merrithew and Lynn Walsh are representing Doe.




TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- After being sentenced to more than three years in prison, a rural Horton woman is facing additional charges.

Many Signals Communications is reports that 23-year-old Ellen Keo was sentenced Friday in Brown County District Court. MSC says in September she attacked her boyfriend with a tomahawk. The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries to his face.ellen+keo+web1

She has been charged with aggravated battery, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. She was also ordered to pay more than $64,000 in restitution.

Brown County Attorney Kevin Hills tells MSC that Keo had a large knife on her during sentencing.

After sentencing, she was taken to the Brown County Jail where she was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

She now faces a felony count of traffic in contraband in a correctional facility along with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.



Bollinger County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Sikeston, Missouri, man after they say they found a container full of methamphetamine, Xanax and marijuana magnetically attached to the underside of his vehicle.

Jason Allen Compas, 36, was arrested Jan. 28 and charged with two felony counts to distribute a controlled substance, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies met with a confidential informant who said Compas had been dealing methamphetamine in Bollinger County by making deliveries on a regular basis, according to a probable-cause statement from deputy Darren Bullard.

Compas was planning a delivery at 7:30 p.m. Thursday off Bollinger County Road 314, and he was using containers modified with magnets to stick them to the underside of his vehicle, the report stated.

Deputies waited for Compas along County Road 314, although the vehicle the informant described did not arrive until 9:30 p.m., Bullard wrote.

Deputies blocked the vehicle’s path and pulled Compas and a woman passenger outside of the vehicle to prevent them from destroying evidence, the report stated.

With the help of a police dog, deputies found 6.6 grams of methamphetamine, 1.2 grams of marijuana, 21 Xanax pills and one pill of Clonazepam, an anti-seizure medication, in a black container attached with magnets attached to the vehicle’s fuel tank, the report stated.

Compas’ bond was set at $100,000, cash only. The woman in the vehicle has not been charged.



(SEATTLE, WA.) — The illegal drug known simply as “meth” (methamphetamine) is some seriously dangerous, messed up stuff.

It will ravage the body, generate psychedelic Swiss cheese sized holes in the fragile human mind and make people do insane things.

Hard core meth addicts kill people, among other things. And when an addict reaches the “tweaker” stage, all bets are off on what a tweaker will not do.

“Meth addicts are called “tweakers” because they become unpredictable and borderline insane during the tweaking phase,” according to “They can experience hallucinations and think bugs are crawling beneath their skin. They can hurt themselves and others. If you see a tweaker up close, you might notice that his eyes are darting rapidly around and he is almost shaking even though he is trying to stand still. Tweakers will do almost anything to get more meth and to try to get back to the high that they have lost, and this makes them a danger to society.”

Ergo, anytime police can get meth off the streets and seller in jail is a good day in police work.

And thus it was that Seattle Police found a gun, knives, ammunition, laptops and printers and more in an Aurora Avenue motel last week after arresting two men for selling meth and running a check counterfeiting operation out of their room.

In police work, this collar can be known as a “two-fer.”img201602021256061316513802

“SPD Major Crimes Task Force detectives began investigating the men for narcotics dealing last week, and visited the room at the Klose-Inn Motel–located in the 9300 block of Aurora Avenue North–on several occasions to buy meth,” said a police statement.

During the investigation, detectives also learned the meth boys were running a check fraud business, so detectives began tailing the two and on one occasion followed one of the men to a Greenwood store, where he cashed a fake check for $1,000.

The cashing of the fake check was not only illegal but also rude and uncalled for. It is considered low-brow activity in polite society.

SWAT, MCTF detectives and patrol officers served a warrant at the suspects’ motel room around 9:30 PM on January 27th and arrested a 29-year-old man for fraud, and a 20-year-old for narcotics and weapons possession.

Detectives found suspected stolen jewelry, a loaded handgun, ammunition, packaged methamphetamine and unidentified pills, a key-making machine, laptops and printers, along with knives, high-end watches, cash, identification and bank cards.

Detectives released the 29-year-old pending further investigation and booked the 20-year-old into the King County Jail.

Police are also investigating him for additional crimes after he claimed to be involved in several incidents of gun violence in the greater Seattle area, according to a police statement.



Two Jacksonville residents were arrested about 10 a.m. Tuesday on methamphetamine production charges after police conducted a search of their home.

Rebecca L. Donahue, 34, of 845 Case Ave. faces charges of methamphetamine child endangerment, participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and use of property in methamphetamine manufacturing, according to Jacksonville police.

Brian K. Morris, 50, of 845 Case Ave. faces charges of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

Jacksonville police and members of the Central Illinois Enforcement Group conducted the search warrant.

Jacksonville police said the investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information can call the police department’s investigative division.



AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) – One man is arrested after the Potter County Sheriff’s deputy found 10 pounds of methamphetamine in a spare tire.9785641_G

During a traffic stop on Jan. 27 the deputy stopped a 2016 Hyundai Tucson on I-40 West. The deputy received consent to search the vehicle after becoming suspicious of criminal activity.

During the search the deputy found the methamphetamine which is valued at $432,000.

45 year old Duane Allen Cannon, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and booked into the Potter County Detention Center.



We all know about it from Breaking Bad. We’ve seen the devastating effect it can have on individuals and families.

But what do you really know about what crystal meth, the drug favored by Walter White, actually does to you?o;yoptpg8up

The most recent drug use data from the Office of National Statistics reveals that the proportion of adults who will take methamphetamine in their lifetime is just 0.9% which, when compared to the 29.2% who will try cannabis, means most of us will have little to no idea what it’s really like and what happens.

This is where science can help us.

Here are six things that happens to your body when you take crystal meth.

1) You won’t feel hungry

Unlike cannabis that can give you a serious case of the munchies, methamphetamine can decrease your appetite. And to quite dangerous levels.

A study by the University of Illinois found that the food consumption of fruit flies decreased by 60-80 per cent when given the drug. Fruit flies are often used in studies of meth’s effect on the brain as it has similar toxicological effects on the creatures as in humans and other mammals.

It was because levels of triglycerides and glycogen, which are two predominant energy storage molecules in animals, decreased at a steady level with meth usage within 48 hours.

This resulted in a very reduced calorie intake.

2) There will be initial feelings of euphoria

By which we mean the effects that users take the drug for.

Meth is a stimulant, meaning you’ll probably feel more awake and alert.

Head of drugs services Gary Sutton for Release, the national center of expertise on drugs and drugs law, says this is extremely common in people who take it for the first time.

‘There are also some euphoric properties such as feeling more sociable and a generally lifted mood. Many users who have also used MDMA/Ecstasy report similar experiences the first time they use meth,’ he says.

Though he also says it doesn’t last, and after multiple uses the euphoric effects become less frequent, which can become a vicious cycle as people take the drug to replicate the effects.

‘The compulsive nature of dopaminergic substances such as crystal meth is that the high is so exhilarating and the low so oppressive that users can get caught in a manic cycle of “retain the high, avoid the crash”, prompting long periods of intoxication.’

3) Your sex drive might be higher

Consultant psychiatrist Dr William Shanahan who works with drug addiction patients at the Nightingale Hospital says this side effect is one of the main reasons why people take meth in the first place.

‘Methamphetamine hugely increases sex drive,’ he tells ‘People use meth to enhance sex. They find it [chemical sex, or chemsex] longer lasting and are more interested in it.

‘It creates a state of lowered inhibitions that people enjoy.’

This study of the effect on meth on female rats found there was an increase in female sexual motivation and behavior.

This is not necessarily a good thing, however. Meth is also likely to cause careless or reckless behavior. Researchers carried out the study after noticing a correlation between the taking of the drug and unplanned pregnancies and HIV/AIDS transmission.

4) You’ll have serious tooth decay

Or what is better known as ‘meth mouth’. It’s not pretty.

According to research done by the University of Perugia, meth dries out the saliva glands in your mouth. Without the diluting effects of your saliva, the acids found in your food can eat away at your teeth faster.

This is why dentists find it difficult to tell the difference between tooth decay caused by sugar and tooth decay caused by meth, as according to this study, they look identical.

5) You’ll look older prematurely

You may have seen the dramatic effect meth can have on a person’s appearance – if not, it’s pretty shocking. The picture above shows the huge difference that five years on the drug can make.

But here’s the science behind it.

It’s well known that crystal meth causes cell death, leading eventually to potential organ failure and permanent damage to your blood vessels. The mechanism of how this happens was not known until very recently.

Researchers from the University of California found in an experiment on rats that meth causes abnormalities in fat metabolism cells, causing them to release a molecule called ceramides.

This is what causes cells to age and eventually die – which includes the cells on your face that make you look young and beautiful.

6) Your mental health will take a nose dive

Feelings of hopelessness and sadness are very common in a meth comedown, according to the NHS. But long-term use can cause bigger, more long-lasting mental problems.

The use of meth and depression have been long linked. This study of meth-dependent individuals entering psycho-social treatment found that the patients who had the most success were those who abstained from taking the drug.

Gary Sutton from Release revealed the various negative side effects that meth can bring to your mental health.

‘As with any substance, there are side-effects which can be negative. These include sleep difficulties, paranoia and loss of appetite in the short term (the ‘comedown’), and in the longer term can include deep mood changes,’ he says.

Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health also found a link between the drug and schizophrenia after an analysis of California hospitals records over a decade.



There was a time when methamphetamine production was pretty much limited to rural sites because it could easily be detected by its odor — acrid ammonia fumes are given off during the “cooking” process. But producers now use an easier method called the “shake-n-bake” or “one-pot” process, where the ingredients — acids, drain cleaner and lithium from meth labsbgbatteries — are mixed in a plastic bottle. It takes about 90 minutes and can be cooked up just about anywhere.

Rome police say that’s what four people were involved with at lot No. 18 B Bariles Trailer Park, located at 1323 Floyd Ave. When officers went to the trailer park recently to investigate a reported neighbor dispute, they observed what appeared to be materials and precursors commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officials secured a search warrant and found numerous one-pot meth labs as well as items and chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, police said.

Four people — two from the trailer park and two from Jamesville — were arrested.

In addition to being charged with felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, the two from Rome face charges of endangering the welfare of a child after a 2-year-old was found inside the trailer, police said. The child was turned over to child protective services.

Several days later, a Madison County man was arrested following a four-month investigation into illegal drug activity involving meth, county sheriff’s officials. Three children — ages 8, 13 and 15 — were removed from the residence, police said.

The incidents are tacit reminders that we must be vigilant and call police when something doesn’t seem right. A disturbance call initially brought police to the Rome site, and fortunately good training allowed them to recognize evidence that resulted in the charges.

Making meth is easy, but dangerous. Aside from the effects on users — anxiety, psychotic and violent behavior, paranoia and brain damage — it’s a serious threat to innocent bystanders, especially as production makes its way into residential areas where there is a higher concentration of people. It can explode during the mixing process and the toxic chemicals used can be poisonous.

Victims are often innocent children.

So stay alert. If you witness strange behavior, frequent, short visits in and out of a dwelling, smell chemicals, notice large trash bags that might include chemical containers, coffee filters or plastic bottles and tubing, it could be meth production.

Don’t hesitate to call police.


Possible signs that a meth lab could be operating in your area: Suspicious fires. Unusual traffic; meth producers, like any drug dealers, are probably selling it; watch for frequent traffic/short visits in and out of a house or apartment building. Odd behaviors or situations like covered windows or unusual security. A frequent odor of chemicals. Large amounts of trash that might include chemical containers, plastic bottles and tubing.



A statement last week in The Daily Star from Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond about arrests at an alleged methamphetamine lab in Walton elicited several incredulous social media responses from our readers.

“This is the first meth lab that we’ve had in Delaware County,” DuMond said. “Other counties near us have had them, but this is our first one.”

The online responses posited that surely this could not have been the first meth lab in the county.

In fairness to DuMond, who is a reliable source and a standup guy, what he meant was that it was the first bust of a known meth lab, as he clarified the next day in this newspaper.

The sheriff’s deputies, Walton village police and state troopers who carried out the raid with an assist from the Walton Fire Department should be congratulated for the way in which they conducted their investigation and arrested seven suspects.

But frankly, we were surprised, too, to learn that this was the first bust of its kind in Delaware County. Rural areas such as this are regarded as prime real estate for meth activity.

The haggard, gaunt, acned, zombie-like appearance of many meth users is horrible enough, but an even more insidious aspect of the drug is that very often — as in this incident — children are subjected to the filth, squalor and very real health risks of being exposed to that environment.

DuMond said at least two meth labs were operated in the same house where police rescued three children, who then were medically evaluated to determine if they experienced any ill effects from the chemicals used to produce meth. The children have been placed into foster care.

It was both “heartbreaking and sickening,” DuMond said, that parents had allowed the children to have been exposed to the conditions in the house. One of the photographs taken by police of evidence from the house showed drug paraphernalia stuffed into a black lunch pail. Other photos showed a home in utter disarray.

Arrested were James Nash Sr., 34, of Walton, identified as a resident of the house that was raided, Amanda Bicknell, 31, of Walton, Brooklyn Alford, 18, of Walton, John Uhl, 29, of Swan Lake, Emily Uhl, 22, of Swan Lake, James Klinegardner, 38, of Rock Island, Tennessee, and Tammy Lewis, 36, of Walton.

Each was charged with unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful disposal of a methamphetamine laboratory and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

We rejoice that the children have been plucked from this awful place, but like our readers, we wonder how many other meth lab houses are operating in not only Delaware, but Otsego, Schoharie and Chenango counties.

And how many children are in them.

Surely, the lab that was in Walton isn’t the only one. We urge authorities to redouble their efforts, and for citizens to notify the police about any suspicious activities. The lives of children could be at stake.



With the opioid epidemic on the front page of many media reports, the public may think that the use of methamphetamine (meth) has dissipated. However, while taking a backseat to the prescription drug and heroin crisis, the abuse of meth continues to plague our nation. In an attempt to combat this issue, many states have strengthened their laws regarding the retail sales of the meth precursors, ephedrine (E) and pseudoephedrine (PSE), often contained in cold medicines.

As of December 2015, 44 states have, in some way, restricted the sales of products containing E and PSE. Two of these states (Mississippi and Oregon) require a prescription for such products, while one (Arkansas) requires a prescription if a purchaser does not live in the state or is not on active duty with the U.S. military. Twenty-nine states have instituted some form of electronic tracking (state or federal) of over-the-counter sales of medications containing the meth precursors, and 17 of the electronic tracking systems generate “stop-sale alerts” which notify retailers that a person attempting to purchase a product containing E or PSE is prohibited from doing so. Of those 17 systems, 15 states allow an override after a stop-sale alert if the sales clerk has a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm if he or she does not process the sale. A handful of states do not require electronic tracking of the substances, but do require some form of written records of their sale. Four states restrict anyone with a prior drug-related conviction from purchasing E or PSE, with Alabama having the most comprehensive restrictions for someone convicted of a drug offense. Moreover, 19 states have placed E and/or PSE on their lists of scheduled controlled substances, with a slight majority placing them into Schedule V.

Although the state daily and monthly sales limits of E and PSE vary (e.g., from a daily limit of two packages to nine grams or a monthly limit of five grams to nine grams), a majority of the laws prohibit anyone from purchasing a daily limit of 3.6 grams or a 30-day limit of nine grams. A majority of the states require a purchaser to present some form of identification before buying a product containing E or PSE, and all but two states require a purchaser to be at least 18 years of age. Most states dictate where the products be kept prior to sale (e.g., behind the pharmacy counter or in a locked case).

During the 2015 legislative session, four states (Maine, Montana, North Carolina, and Tennessee) strengthened their laws governing access to meth precursors. Moreover, in January 2016, state legislators in two states (Indiana and West Virginia) introduced legislation that would require a prescription to purchase a PSE product. The Indiana bill makes all compounds or mixtures that contain E or PSE Schedule III controlled substances that can be dispensed only by prescription, except in rare exceptions. The bill in West Virginia makes such products a Schedule IV controlled substance, except for products which are primarily intended for administration to children under the age 12.

According to ABC News, meth seizures at our borders with Mexico have sky-rocketed.[1] This may indicate that although tough legislative and regulatory restrictions in this country have drastically reduced the number of domestic meth labs, there is some question as to whether they are effective in reducing the demand for meth. Time will tell if restricting access to methamphetamine precursors, including limiting sales to only those individuals with a doctor’s prescription, will ultimately result in decreased methamphetamine use in the U.S.

For more information about each state’s laws regarding the sale of meth precursors, log on to:

Susan P. Weinstein, Director of State and Federal Affairs, National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws

[1] Associated Press, January 4, 2015, “Meth Seizures at US-Mexico Border Soar in 2014.”   ttp://


Police found a methamphetamine pipe inside a breakfast biscuit after stopping a car at the Berea Walmart for excessive window tint on Thursday.

A passenger in the vehicle, Courtney Eaton, 24, of Berea, appeared nervous while eating a 56afd56d718a5_imagesausage biscuit, a citation stated, and asked police if she could chew her food before telling police her birthday. The ID she was using proved to be false, it added.

Eaton had an active parole warrant and after she was put in a police cruiser, a search of the vehicle produced a meth pipe with white residue stuffed inside the biscuit and several marijuana roaches.

Eaton was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), theft of identity of another, tampering with physical evidence, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. She was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center where she remained Monday afternoon, according to online records.




SILER CITY, N.C. (WNCN) — A Siler City couple were running two meth labs out of a house and having a weapon of mass destruction, Chatham County Sheriff’s officials say.

The lab – along with the weapon – was found when Chatham County deputies carried out a search warrant Friday morning at a home on Driftwood Drive in Siler City.i9p;t78pg8;pt7p

“Deputies discovered two methamphetamine labs at the residence along with additional paraphernalia and a weapon of mass destruction,” officials said in a press release.

Michael McCurdy, age 28, and Gabrielle Dowdy, age 20, are facing several charges including felony manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, possessing/distributing methamphetamine precursor, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for controlled substances, and possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

McCurdy and Dowdy were also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities did not specify what the weapon of mass destruction was.

McCurdy is being held on a $25,000 secured bond. Dowdy is being held on a $10,000 secured bond.

Both are scheduled to appear in District Court in Pittsboro on February 29.




San Antonio police have arrested a man they say is accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.

According to police, 45 year old Henry Reyna confessed the crime to police after an officer happened upon him and another man in a motel parking lot.635899943195231721-HenryReyna

From there, the officer met two women at the motel who said they and a young girl were being forced to sell their bodies.

Arrest paperwork alleges Reyna told police he was prostituting the teen on ‘backpage’.

Reyna said he taught the girl how to ‘be safe’ while performing sex acts with clients.

Reyna also reportedly supplied her with Methamphetamine and molested her on four separate occasions.

Reyna has been charged with sexual assault of a child, as well as trafficking a person under the age of 18.



A Nicholson woman is in the Jackson County Jail following her arrest last week after authorities said officers raided her home and seized methamphetamine.

Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said a lengthy investigation preceded the arrest of 46-year-old Tracie Lynn Underwood.15089329

She is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of tools for the commission of a crime. As of Monday, she remained in jail without bond.

Officers went to Underwood’s home on Hawk’s Ridge Road about mid-afternoon last Thursday, where she was arrested without incident, Capt. Rich Lott said.

“We have received numerous phone calls about suspected drug activity coming out of that residence,” Lott said. During the probe, undercover drug buys were made from Underwood at her home, authorities said.

The deputies seized a large quantity of meth, cash, a vehicle, items used for the sale and ingestion of drugs, along with other properties.

“There were other items we suspected were trade for drugs — gas powered tools and things of that nature,” Lott said adding that investigators are trying to determine if any were stolen.




A Waite Park man is facing charges after law enforcement discovered more than 12 pounds of methamphetamine and a firearm in his home, according to a criminal complaint.

The court record said Baldemar Maldonado-Barragan is facing two charges of first-degree drug possession while possessing a firearm.635899417539092165-102127

According to the criminal complaint, investigators with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force executed a search warrant on Jan. 27 at a residence at 15th Avenue North, where they believe Maldonado-Barragan was living.

During the search investigators found multiple packages of methamphetamine, a large amount of money and a handgun, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, the methamphetamine was found in multiple locations in various sized packages weighing a total of 5,700 grams, or about 12½ pounds.

Maldonado-Barragan was located on Jan. 28 in Willmar and placed under arrest, the complaint said. During a search investigators found $11,000 and several suitcases that indicated he was attempting to flee.

Maldonado-Barragan is currently in the Stearns County Jail being held on a $500,000 bond.






CHEHALIS – A Lewis County SWAT team arrested three people after serving a search warrant in Chehalis on Monday morning.

Chehalis police chief Glenn Schaffer said there had been numerous complaints that the home, near the 100 block of SW 10th St. in Chehalis, was a drug house.rtgaq34gyqaq

“This residence has been an issue for us and neighboring houses,” Schaffer said in a press release. “We want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate drug activity and we will aggressively deal with these issues in the City of Chehalis.”

Russell S. Foster, 46, was charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine; Mary K. West, 51, was charged with endangerment with controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine; and Seth T. Lloyd, 29, was arrested on a felony DOC warrant.



LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) – Twelve defendants have been charged in a federal indictment, partially unsealed on Friday, with felony offenses stemming from their role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Eleven defendants, all from the Lubbock, Texas, area, were arrested last Thursday in a joint operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and the Lubbock Police Department. lubbock1Those arrested made their initial appearances Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, and most remain in federal custody.  Three defendants are set for detention hearings, and one defendant remains a fugitive.

In connection with the takedown, law enforcement seized approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine, 13 firearms, ammunition and several items of stolen property.

The indictment charges each of the following defendants with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine:

    • Isabel Soto, 28
    • Veronica Sanchez Lopez, 37
    • Monty Fred Humble, 35
    • Martin Leonard Lomas, 34
    • Michael Brent Watson, 33
    • Joe Louis Lara, 29
    • Cruz Lee Betancur, 32
    • Richard Luke Elam, 49
    • Jonathon Christopher Chapa, 33
    • Christopher Ray Lovington, 29
    • Erica Dominguez, 36

In addition, most of the defendants are charged with at least one substantive count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting. Defendant Joe Louis Lara is also charged with two firearms offenses – one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and aiding and abetting.lubbock2

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired with, among others, three recently-convicted/sentenced defendants who were sent by the Sinaloa Cartel, an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate, to Lubbock to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine in Lubbock for the cartel. Each of these three below-listed defendants pleaded guilty last year to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting and was sentenced last month as follows:

    • Juan Carlos Pinales, 23, sentenced to 151 months in federal prison
    • Ramon Osvaldo Escobar-Robles, 25, sentenced to 78 months in federal prison
    • Jesus Mario Moreno-Perez, 24, sentenced to 120 months in federal prison

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.  If convicted, however, the conspiracy count carries a maximum statutory penalty ranging from 20 years to life in federal prison and a $1 million to $10 million dollar fine.  The other drug counts carry a maximum statutory penalty ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment.  One firearm count carries a statutory penalty of not less than five years or more than life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  The other firearm count carries a statutory penalty of not more than 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag is in charge of the prosecution.



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A woman who was beaten and raped by a teen during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game is suing Washington County.

The woman alleges in her suit filed Monday that officials failed to properly supervise Jaime Tinoco, who was on probation during the visit with the Washington County Juvenile Department in September 2014.tinoco_1454431076940_159995_ver1_0

The then-17-year-old left the group and attacked the woman near Autzen Stadium.  Tinoco was missing for 6 hours before the rape occurred, according to investigators.

The lawsuit alleges that Tinoco shouldn’t have even been allowed to attend the game.

Tinoco is also accused of killing a woman outside a Cedar Mill apartment complex just 3 weeks earlier. But police did not connect him to that case until after he was arrested for the rape.

Investigators told KGW that Tinoco planned to sexually assault Nicole Laube before stabbing her to death, but the sexual assault did not occur.

Prior to both crimes, Tinoco was convicted on charges of burglary, harassment and possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced in July 2014 to supervised probation following those convictions.

As for the recent lawsuit, a Washington County spokeswoman told The Register-Guard that the county will not comment on pending litigation.

Tinoco was sentenced to 14 years in prison last year for the rape and is still awaiting trial in the August 2014 murder of Laube.