MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Madison County road crews out to clean up litter from roadways, are running into meth labs. They’re picking up bottles used for the “shake and bake” or “one pot” method of cooking methamphetamine.


One of the problem areas is highway 25, in the southern part of Madison County.

Deputy Jailer Shawn Moody supervises the inmates that clean up around the county. He says since March, the number of discovered meth labs increased from one or two a week, to 15 a week.

Moody says people aren’t just littering with the bottles. They are stashing them near mile markers or mailboxes while the meth cooks, and then coming back when it’s done.

“I could go back every week, do a pick up again. Same material again, same location,” said Moody.

Police are monitoring the problem areas and other “go to” spots for meth makers.

If you see anything that looks like meth making materials, contact police.





TULSA, Okla. — Three different chemicals, possible used for making meth, were found in an East Tulsa home Tuesday evening.

This discovery led to a more than three hour evacuation of homes, near S. 29th St. and S. Mingo Road.

The unidentified substances were found in a refrigerator in the garage of the home.

Tulsa Police were serving a narcotics-related search warrant when they discovered the hazardous chemicals. HAZMAT was called into clean up the scene and analyze a potentially dangerous substance around 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Melissa Guthrie was preparing to mow her lawn when officers evacuated houses across the street and told her to seek shelter inside her home with her three children for her safety.

“It’s nerve-wracking to know that something could just blow up right there,” Guthrie told FOX23.

Guthrie’s husband had to wait outside of the evacuated area like other residents who lived nearby but weren’t home at the time of the chemicals discovered.

“This isn’t the first time they’ve been to the house,” she said. “They’ve been out here before for the same reason earlier this year.”

Fire crews sectioned off an area did not allow residents, some just getting home from work, to go to their homes while the substances were being studied and tested.

The evacuations and closed streets were lifted around 9:45 p.m.

Tulsa Police’s Bomb Squad transporated the substance out of the house, and the incident was then over.

“We took a test on some of the chemicals and were able to analyze them. We found most of them to be benign, but one did have flammable properties. So we’re in the process of removing that now,” said Sgt. Jacob Thompson, Tulsa Police Department.

Tulsa Police arrested one person in relation to the chemicals found. The other residents at the house were allowed to stay and are believed not to be connected to the meth lab right now, TPD said.




A traffic stop yielded about 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine and a federal trafficking charge Monday evening. The stop was made on U.S. Highway 231 North at around 5 p.m. and was a joint effort of the Troy Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


After receiving information from the DEA, officers located Calen Odell Chacone, 23, of Newton, Ala., and observed his vehicle until they were given probable cause to stop and conduct a search with one of the City’s K-9 units.

“Troy Police Department Narcotics investigators attached to the 12th Judicial Drug Task Force had a Troy Police Department K-9 conduct an open air search of the vehicle, at which time the K-9 alerted to the presents of narcotics,” said Lt. Bryan Weed.

Chacon was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was transported to Montgomery where he is being held without bail pending a detention hearing in the Federal Court of the Middle District of Alabama.

Weed said 2.2 pounds is a very large amount of meth to find on someone. The meth amounted to nearly 1,000 grams, which is more than 35 times the amount needed for a trafficking charge.

“In state court, 28 grams is trafficking. This was a kilo of meth,” he said.

Chief Jimmy Ennis said the task force has been a great help in the ongoing fight against drug trafficking.

“We greatly appreciate the hard work of the Troy Police Department’s Narcotics Investigators and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration,” he said.




JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) – Jackson Township Police searched a vehicle and found components used to manufacture methamphetamine located in the trunk.Police were called to Belden Village Mall in reference to shoplifters. During the investigation officers were given consent to search the suspect’s vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, components used to manufacture methamphetamine were located in the trunk.

Stacy Jones, 29, of New Philadelphia, Jason Walker, 29, of Uhrichsville, Casey Myers, 33 of New Philadelphia and Carol Henry, 34 of Cleveland were all charged with felony 3 – illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.




A woman was arrested Monday near Hemet after allegedly putting methamphetamine in her tea, which was later ingested by her 2-year-old granddaughter, authorities said.

Cynthia Ann Watson, 51, of Aloha, Oregon, was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail, according to a statement issued by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The toddler is expected to make a full recovery.


Deputies responded about 10 a.m. to the 31000 block of Pine Street, in Garner Valley where the child’s mother said the girl would not fall asleep after being put to bed the previous evening.

The 2-year-old “was talking rapidly, scratching her skin, could not sit still and was very agitated,” the statement said. “Thinking there might be some medical issue with her daughter, the reporting party took her to a local hospital to be examined.”

An examination revealed the child tested positive for the drug in her system.

Deputies learned that Watson was staying at the Pine Street address with the family, and that she had “made a cup of tea the night before and placed methamphetamine in the tea to get herself high,” according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The cup containing the drug-laced drink was left unattended on a counter, after which the toddler consumed some of its contents, authorities said.

Watson was taken into custody on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine. She is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, online records showed.




A 26 year-old Daviess County man is arrested on several meth-related charges after Kentucky State Police say the man’s father found a meth lab on his property.

Scott Dixon is accused of making meth at his father’s home in Knottsville, Kentucky.

scott dickson

Troopers say Dixon’s father found what he believed to be a one-pot meth lab near his home Sunday and called police.

Authorities later searched the home and say they found marijuana and things used to make meth in Dixon’s room.

He’s being held in the Daviess County Jail.




A man was believed to be high on methamphetamine Saturday when he fought with police, injuring two officers who ultimately subdued him with a Taser, officials said.

Johnny Rangel, 24, of Baldwin Park was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and being under the influence of narcotics following the incident, which unfolded just before 2:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of East Garvey Avenue, West Covina Police Lt. David Lee said.

A woman called police to report that Rangel, who she knew, was banging on her door and causing a disturbance while apparently under the influence of methamphetamine, the lieutenant said.

When officers arrived, Rangel became, “immediately combative,” Lee said.

They struggled with him before ultimately using a Taser to take him into custody, police said. He was taken to a hospital for examination prior to booking.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries during the fight and were also treated at a hospital before being released, Lee said.




PROVO — Provo police arrested a woman on Saturday morning after employees at a gas station reported the woman as trespassing.

According to a police report, when the police officer arrived on scene, he stated that he recognized the woman, Jayde Altemeier, 26, as a suspect wanted for credit card fraud.

Police report that an investigation was completed on June 23 where video surveillance was obtained and showed Altemeier using a stolen credit card at the business.


Altemeier was taken into custody, according to a police report. She was in possession of a large white purse that she stated belonged to her. Police report that after a search of the purse, they found a small plastic bag that contained a white crystal substance, which police state was methamphetamine.

Police report that Altemeier was questioned in regards to the substance and she denied that the substance was hers. She reportedly claimed that she had been set up by another person.

Altemeier was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail. Police report that during the booking process, Altemeier told police that she had been prescribed meth-based prescriptions since she was five years old.

A second officer who assisted in the incident reported that he had dealt with Altemeier two weeks prior, when she had been in a gas station bathroom for two hours. Altemeier was notified that she was trespassed from the store.

Altemeier was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a credit card, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and criminal trespassing.




ENID, Okla. – A mother and daughter have been charged in Garfield County with felony drug possession following an early morning “no knock” search warrant at their northeast Enid house last week.

One neighbor said they thought they awoke to a car hitting their house.

It was actually police barging into their neighbor’s home to make a 6:20 a.m. drug bust.

Lt. Warren Wilson said they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Denise Crome was arrested for previous warrants for DUI and domestic battery by strangulation.

42 year old Michelle Murphy-Abercrombie and her 21 year old daughter, Stephanie Murphy, were arrested for allegedly possessing meth.

“If one (family member) is involved in drugs and they live together, oftentimes the other is also,” Wilson said.

After hearing about the mother and daughter’s arrest, one neighbor said, “the world is getting to be a sad place.”

Authorities also found five dogs inside, who were removed because of the hazardous condition of the house.

“They’re in a bad situation and they just got in with the wrong people,” another neighbor said, “and I think they both need help.”

Authorities said Crome was still in jail Monday evening, but the mother and daughter, Michelle and Stephanie Murphy, have already bonded out.

They are facing felony drug possession charges.



5 dogs removed from home after Enid drug bust

ENID, Okla. – Police say three women were arrested after they found drugs inside of an Enid home.

The Enid Police Department SWAT team and Narcotic Unit say they served a search warrant for narcotics at a residence on E. Birch street in Enid.

During their search, police found several methamphetamine related items.

Police say the residence was in very bad shape.

Detective Zeke Frazee said, “Several citizens that reside in the area were thankful for the investigation and the execution of the warrant concerning the residence and for dealing with the problem.”

Police arrested Michelle Murphy, 42, and her daughter Stephanie Murphy, 21, for possession of methamphetamine.

Police also arrested Denise Crome, 42, for two felony Garfield County warrants for domestic battery by strangulation and failure to pay on a previous D.U.I. charge.

According to the Enid Police Department, due to the conditions of the residence, five dogs were removed and taken to the City of Enid Animal Control.




SANTA MARIA, Calif.It’s still a scourge on the Central Coast and a menace just about everywhere else.

Methamphetamine use, abuse and sales remain a major drain on local law enforcement and for our court system.

The arrest of several people in a quiet Santa Maria neighborhood over this past weekend is drawing attention to the problem of meth-houses in our communities.

Santa Maria Police raided this home in the Sunrise area of the city over the weekend and arrested several people on various drug related charges involving the possession and sale of methamphetamine, including the owner of the house.

Central Coast News spoke with a woman who came to the front door who was inside the house Saturday afternoon and described what she called an unnecessary display of police force during the raid.

“We knew they had to be police, who shows up at your front door with guns pulled, its not a natural thing”, the woman said, “I thought it was Probation, the front door was wide open, if they would have just come and talk to us we have just let them in, nobody was going to run you can’t even jump our fence.”

Central Coast News spoke with several neighbors, many of whom told us off camera they would see cars, motorcycles and people coming and going from the home at all hours of the day and night.

“This is a great neighborhood, we built this house, been here 26 years”, said homeowner Tim Domingues, “there are some renters, but they’ve all been good neighbors so far.”

“The problem with meth hasn’t gone away, it’s worse than ever I would suggest to you”, says Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rogelio Flores is on the bench in Santa Maria and has presided over Drug Court.

“I’ve talked to some business people in Santa Maria and they say they cannot get people to pass a drug test, that’s pretty tough”, Judge Flores says, “so they test for drugs at the front end, people know they are testing but they can’t stop using.”

Judge Flores is a strong advocate for drug treatment especially when it comes to methamphetamine addiction.

“Absolutely, that’s the only thing that does work”, Judge Flores says, “you can put a meth addict in custody for a long period of time, they’re going to come out and they are still going to be addicted to meth, and the addiction never goes away.”

“What we do when we treat people is learning how to deal with the addiction”, Judge Flores says, “how to deal with the triggers that get people to use.”

Judge Flores says he’s not surprised to see homeowners work with law enforcement to take back their neighborhoods from the drug scourge.

“It affects every strata of society, it affects property values in Santa Maria, it affects how much people are willing to pay for homes in Santa Maria”, Judge Flores says, “I would suggest meth abuse has affected property values by 20 percent, can you imagine how many hundreds of millions of dollars we’re talking about in a community like this?”

“So what’s it worth to the community to work with courts, and law enforcement and first responders and churches and schools to stand up and say, you know that’s enough”, Judge Flores says, “Santa Maria is an All-America city unfortunately we have some all-American problems and one of those is methamphetamine abuse.”




Neurotoxic psychostimulant

Illicit methamphetamine abuse is now widespread as is the abuse of related, so-called designer drugs. Research from Italy published in the journal Angewandte Chemie shows that it is possible to detect these chemicals readily in water.


In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Italian researchers have now introduced a new method of detection that allows the entire class of methamphetamine drugs to be detected in water.

Methamphetamine is a contraction of N-methyl-alpha-methylphenethylamine, a potent psychostimulant and neurotoxin that has been used rarely in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. It is more familiar as a drug of abuse and its unlicensed sale on the black market represents a serious health risk to users as well as a multimillion dollar international criminal trade. Its recreational use is associated with an energetic chemical “high” and increased libido and sexual stamina. It has potential for addiction and at high dose can cause psychosis and cerebral haemorrhage. Numerous psychoactive derivatives exist and black market chemists are continually developing novel analogues sold as “legal highs” to stay ahead of legislation. These novel compounds are as troublesome for society as the parent compound in terms of criminality.

Fight or flight


As such, a simple analytical technique that can test for methamphetamines in water, would be useful for law enforcement. A probe equipped with synthetic receptor molecules that responds to a grouping of atoms present in all methamphetamines has now been developed. Because the peripheral functional or non-functional groups are irrelevant to detection, this test can find all variations on the theme and so is not limited to a single drug. The new test should also be much quicker to implement than any conventional analysis for the individual drugs as well as precluding the need for sophisticated sample preparation.

A large variety of analytical methods for the detection of methamphetamines have been developed, most of which are slow to yield results or require complicated operations such as labour-intensive sample preparation, among them solid-phase extraction followed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS), liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS), ion trap mobility spectrometry and GC-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and and various immunoassay methods. The designer variants of methamphetamines all have different levels of activity but are essentially the same at the basic structural level acting as agonists for the trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1), a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that regulates brain catecholamine systems. The body’s natural catechols (basically benzene rings with two hydroxyl groups and various side chains) include epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and dopamine. Interfering with, or activating, the brain’s receptors for these compounds will, of course, trigger reactions, such as the fight-or-flight response, sexual arousal and other physiological effects commonly associated with methamphetamine abuse. Those designer variants exist simply to avoid detection by the standard methamphetamine tests.

Generic meth detection


The scientists who developed the wholly generic methamphetamine test are from the Universities of Parma, Brescia, and Catania and their work successfully meets the challenge facing law enforcement working in the face of clever criminal chemists. The new technique is based on molecular recognition and a nanomechanical detector. In work led by Paolo Bergese and Enrico Dalcanale involved grafting a cavitand designed to recognise the methylamino group on the basic methamphetamine skeleton on to a silicon cantilever. Such cantilevers are usually used as probes in atomic force microscopy (AFM). An array of such grafted cantilevers is used to probe the surface of an aqueous sample. If a cavitand comes into contact with a methamphetamine molecule, the molecule is bound. This molecular recognition is transformed into a mechanical response, which is converted into a deflection of the cantilever.

The cavitands recognise the methylamino group through a synergistic set of weak interactions. The chemical variations inherent in designer drugs do not interfere with the recognition by the synthetic receptor. Other substances typically mixed with the drug, usually glucose or lactose, do not disturb the detection either. The researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their technique with a variety of methamphetamine-based substances as well as real samples from the street.

“Our next step is twofold,” Dalcanale told SpectroscopyNOW, “a fluorescent sensor specific for detecting MDMA in water/urine and using this approach for theragnostics (delivery of cancer drugs).”




Gamaliel Salas-Mendoza, aka Rene Salas Mendoza (Salas), 38, of Mexico, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Salas and Miguel Sanchez-Mendoza (Sanchez), 46, also of Mexico, maintained a stash house in Bakersfield where law enforcement officers seized seven pounds of methamphetamine, one and a half pounds of cocaine, and one half pound of heroin, all packaged for sale. In addition to the drugs, officers found digital scales, cutting agents, a kilogram press, and $9,483 in cash, which has been forfeited.

Sanchez previously entered a guilty plea to the drug conspiracy and was sentenced last month to an eight-year prison term.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Kern County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team, Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit, and the California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team. Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.

Salas is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on September 15, 2014. Salas faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years, a maximum prison term of life and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. Both Salas and Sanchez are subject to deportation to Mexico following the completion of any prison term imposed.

MILLIGAN – An anonymous tip led sheriff’s deputies to an active methamphetamine lab with two young children in the home.

On June 21, deputies went to a home in Milligan after receiving an anonymous tip that a man with active felony warrants was there. Deputies surrounded the residence before attempting to make contact with anyone inside, according to the arrest report.


One of the deputies stationed near the back of the home saw David J. Creech sitting on a bed inside the home.

He was in the process of manufacturing meth, the report said.

Creech would not answer the door and deputies had to force their way in, according to the report. During that time, Creech hid a volatile part of the meth production tools.

Deputies explained the danger of explosion to Creech, who admitted to hiding the piece under the bed, the report said. Deputies found the vessel between mattresses. Due to a build-up of gases, it had already expanded.

Deputies were able to release the pressure safely, according to the report. Creech admitted to being a “needle junkie.”

Deputies found 174 grams of liquid meth, the report said. Two children, ages 3 and 7, were also in the home.

Creech is charged with neglect of a child without great bodily harm, manufacturing amphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine – more than 14 grams.

His next scheduled court date is Aug. 5.

PHUKET: Police last night (June 30) arrested a major methamphetamine dealer at the fish shop he ran in Phuket Town.

Veerayut “Ang” Sansakrit, 30, was arrested in possession of 20 grams of crystal meth (ya ice) and 12,000 meth pills (ya bah). The haul has a street value of B3 million.

Veerayut Sansakrit

Police also confiscted from him a Spanish-made Astra-Unceta y Cia Guernica .22 pistol and five bullets.

Police caught him in a raid at 8pm last night on a fish shop opposite the King Rama IX Park which he opened as cover for his real business, running team distributing drugs to various points around Phuket Town.

He is believed to be connected to a national drug ring run by a man known only as Lerm, who is believed to run things from within Chiang Rai Prison, close to the border with Myanmar, from which most of Thailand’s methamphetamine originates.




COLORADO SPRINGS — A 26-year-old man was arrested Saturday outside a Walmart store for allegedly possessing “a large quantity of methamphetamine’ and a loaded gun, police said.

Nelson Franceschi was arrested shortly before midnight outside a Walmart at 3201 E. Platte Ave., near North Circle Drive. An officer at the store suspected Franceschi was shoplifting and was possibly armed, so the officer called for backup.

More officers arrived and arrested Franceschi on several felony allegations, including a special-offense drug charge.



June 25, 2014. Albany, NY. Here’s a riddle – which of the government’s three declared enemies is actually murdering the most innocent American citizens? Our TV sets tell us it’s the Islamic Jihadists. The ADL and SPLC insist it’s the right wing Patriots defending the US Constitution. Strangely, none of the establishment ever mentions the Mexican terror squads operating in every American town and city. See the below numbers and decide for yourself.

As America’s 13-year War on Terror slowly winds down, various states and the federal government have found a new enemy, allegedly on the verge of launching a full-fledged revolution to overthrow the government in Washington. As the US domestic intelligence communications are leaked by tyranny-fearing employees and whistleblowers, it becomes obvious that of the three above-mentioned groups, America’s Patriot movement has been declared public enemy number one. Left wing reformers may want to hold their laughs or nods of agreement though. Occupy Wall Street and similar progressive groups are officially labeled Patriot terrorists too.

What is a Patriot Terrorist?

The United States of America means many things to many people. But it has only one specific definition – the US Constitution. Without the Constitution, there is no America. That’s why elected officials and American soldiers must swear a sacred oath to protect and defend it. So how is it that the US federal government has repeatedly defined a domestic terrorist as anyone who publicly defends or supports the US Constitution? That’s a question that has yet to be answered.

ATTENTION LEFT WINGERS – that’s you Occupiers, environmentalists, natural health practitioners, animal rights advocates, home schoolers, and even the unions. When the government talks about ‘patriot terrorists’, they mean you too. Whether you are an environmentalist labeled an ‘eco terrorist’ or an Occupy Wall Street organization being targeted by a secret FBI assassination operation, you are the enemy of the state just like the rest of us.

A more recent illustration proving that the grassroots left and grassroots right in America are two peas in the same pod came from our friends at last week. The group warns that AG Eric Holder just announced that the Justice Department was re-launching its Domestic Terrorism Task Force. Are they worried about Jihadists walking unmolested across the US border along with a million Mexicans and South and Central Americans? No, the federal government doesn’t care about them. The target of the task force are America’s ‘political extremists’, aka Occupy, the Tea Party, etc.

Leaked government documents

Leaked documents dated less than two weeks ago from the New York State Counter Terrorism Unit and published by Infowars warn America’s spy agencies that the country’s long-feared right wing revolution may have begun. The task force bulletin warns of a, ‘recent spike in violence targeting law enforcement.’

“Over the last week there have been three attacks – one in Canada and two in the United States – in which law enforcement officers were targeted, leading to the death of five officers and one civilian,” Infowars quotes the task force bulletin, “Based upon reporting it appears all the suspects in these incidents were motivated by elements of a far right anti-government ideology with a particular fixation on law enforcement.”

It’s no coincidence that the panicked memo comes out of New York. The state recently banned a number of firearms and enacted mandatory registrations. Government officials estimate that 84% of New York’s gun owners refused to register with authorities by the end of the deadline. That number matched a similar result last year in Connecticut.

Comparing Jihadists, Patriots and Mexican Cartels

Illustrating that the Wall Street corporate media is with the program to switch America’s fear and anger from Jihadists to Patriots, take this CNN report from two months ago. “Since 9/11, extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology,” the cable network reported, “By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology have killed 21 people in the United States since 9/11.”

The one group conspicuously missing from the government and media’s list of domestic terrorists are the thousands of Mexican terror cells affiliated with the Mexican Mafia and various Mexican drug cartels. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that American border guards and their unions are outraged that the Obama administration has refused to allow them to detain, much less deport, known terrorists, even those with the symbols and names of their terror organizations tattooed all over their faces.

Compare the numbers from the list below and decide for yourself. The statistics have been acquired from various sources, and in some cases, had to be estimated. For instance, FBI statistics lump together all ‘street gangs’. Typically, one-third of America’s gangs, spanning every US city and town, are member organizations of the Mexican Mafia or one of the Mexican cartels. Actual number of gang murders are reported for the years 2007-2011, and we took the average from those years and applied it to the missing years, and divided by one-third to allocate for the third of all gang members who work for foreign terror organizations from Mexico. The remaining numbers are from various government and media sources like the FBI and the above-linked CNN report. The below chart and statistics are the exclusive work of Whiteout Press, all rights released.




Reports from the FBI routinely credit American street gangs with between 48-90 percent of all the violent crime in America, depending on which cities/towns are examined. And one-third of those local groups are foreign terror organizations targeting America.

While the US government quickly devotes more and more resources to combating supporters of the US Constitution, on the left and the right, the question the American people must ask themselves is, which of the above groups is the biggest real threat to their lives and safety? And why doesn’t the government agree?







The United Nations sounded the alarm Friday over record seizures of methamphetamine, with the drug flooding streets and clubs in Asia and enticing a new generation of users.

Last year 227 million methamphetamine pills were seized in East and Southeast Asia — up 59 percent from the year before, and a more than seven-fold increase compared with 2008, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.

“If you look at the five year trends, since 2008 the seizures have increased pretty exponentially,” said UNODC regional analyst Shawn Kelley, with data suggesting the trend continued into 2013.

He said the “huge spike” was due to increased efforts by law enforcement agencies as well as soaring production in Myanmar and an increase in the smuggling of drugs into Asia from other regions.

Seizures of potent crystal meth also increased, jumping 12-fold in Myanmar, 10-fold in Brunei, 91 percent in Hong Kong, 75 percent in both Indonesia and Cambodia, and 33 percent in Japan.

Methamphetamine can be ingested, smoked, snorted and injected.

In its pill form — known in Thailand as “yaba”, which means “crazy medicine” — it is used both as a party drug and pick-me-up for low paid workers with long hours.

Prices range from $3 a pill in Laos up to $20 in Singapore.

In China, methamphetamine is the second most popular drug of choice among the country’s more than two million registered users, after heroin.

It is ranked as the top drug of concern in Japan, where an estimated 0.2 percent of secondary school students have used meth, according to one government survey.

Between them China, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos seized 99 percent of all yaba in East and Southeast Asia last year, according to the UNODC report.

All of those countries showed significant increases on a year earlier, with Thai authorities netting 95.3 million pills — a 93 percent increase — while Chinese seizures rose 25 percent to 102.2 million, and Myanmar’s more than tripled to 18.2 million.

Much of the methamphetamine seized in Thailand is thought to be produced in neighbouring Myanmar.

Before the country began opening up to the world under a new reformist government in 2011, it was believed that rebels were increasing drug production to buy weapons amid tensions with the then-ruling junta.

“But now it’s still going on,” said Kelley, despite ceasefire deals between Myanmar’s new quasi-civilian government and many of the armed ethnic minority groups.

The drug is mostly made in isolated mobile laboratories hidden in the forests of Shan State in eastern Myanmar, which is also the second-largest global source of opium after Afghanistan.

But at least one major “fairly sophisticated large lab” was discovered in 2012, with quantities of meth suggesting “industrial production”, said Kelley.

He added that some well-organised groups had financing from outside the country — with Myanmar’s meth labs relying on precursor chemicals smuggled from China and India.

‘Promotional sales’ to attract users

The UN estimates that heroin and methamphetamine generate sales of at least $30 billion in Southeast Asia and China annually. Methamphetamine is thought to account for around $16.5 billion of that — a sum that exceeds the annual economic output of Cambodia.

In Thailand the use of methamphetamine has become a major public health issue, said Kelley, with signs that traffickers are pushing “promotional sales” of the more potent crystal meth to develop the market.

Thailand saw a 63 percent increase in people admitted for treatment for yaba last year, to 245,920. The number of those given help for crystal meth, while still smaller at 16,500, was more than double the previous year.

Drug use among young people aged 15 to 24, manual labourers and farmers has “increased significantly”, according to the UNODC report.

Secondary school and university students were also increasingly using both yaba and crystal meth — also known as “ice”.

The UN said methamphetamine use in China, the other major market for the drug in pill form, was increasing “particularly among young drug users”.

In Myanmar, where heroin remains the chief drug of concern, there are rising fears over domestic use of meth, with the UN report highlighting increasing use in cities across the country and among young people.







SAN LEANDRO – A Livermore woman was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen credit cards and methamphetamine in San Leandro on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

At about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a San Leandro police officer ran a routine records check on a vehicle traveling on San Leandro Boulevard near Davis Street, police said.

The records check revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Hayward on June 5, according to police.

The officer pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver, identified as 30-year-old Stephanie Lamb, police said.

Lamb was arrested and booked into jail for possession of the stolen vehicle, as well as possession of stolen credit cards and possession of methamphetamine, police said.




A woman was caught this week at the U.S.-Mexican border allegedly trying to smuggle a pound of methamphetamine in her vagina.

The meth was reportedly in a condom wrapped in black tape.


The suspect, a U.S. citizen age 31, was stopped by suspicious U.S. border agents in Arizona when crossing from Mexico on foot. Agents noticed something unusual when they took her into a secured area for a pat-down. About the arrest, a U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement representative said, “When they were patting her down, they realized there was something down there,” the Phoenix ABC News affiliate reported.

The suspect agreed to remove her undergarments, according to the Phoenix New Times, and one agent “was able to see a piece of plastic protruding from her groin area… At that time, [the suspect] admitted to having a package of methamphetamine concealed inside of her body.”

The woman was then transported a local hospital to enable doctors to safely remove the meth package from her pelvic region. She now faces two federal drug charges.

A U.S. law enforcement crackdown on domestic meth labs (such as those fictionally depicted on Breaking Bad) has apparently caused the unintended consequence of shifting production of the drug to Mexico according to authorities, and accordingly a surge in smuggling into the U.S. Many of the smugglers are said to be children, which could be an issue amidst the present illegal alien chaos at the southern border.

Earlier this month, two women were busted at Chicago’s Midway International Airport after being allegedly caught with cocaine-filled condoms in their body cavities. In May, a commercial pilot wound up in a Houston hospital after one of the alleged 62 bags of coke in his stomach burst.

As previously noted by The Inquisitr, drug runners and so-called drug “mules” continue to innovate how they bring contraband into the country.







Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 36-year-old Tulsan Friday night after she reportedly threw bags of methamphetamine out of her vehicle at a safety checkpoint on Highway 412.

After witnessing the suspect throw meth out of a vehicle at approximately 8 p.m. at the checkpoint set up at 12900 West Highway 412, deputies asked her to get out of her truck.

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The suspect, Pamela Gibson, reportedly told deputies that she had used meth earlier in the day. The substance in the bags tested positive for meth.

TCSO deputies reported the meth recovered weighed a total of 89.2 grams.

Gibson was booked on complaints of trafficking methamphetamine and driving under the influence of drugs. She has since been released on bond.

A source told KTUL that Gibson’s husband, Gregory was arrested a few weeks on trafficking methamphetamine complaints. Police report that during a search of Gregory Gibson’s vehicle after a traffic stop, large amounts of meth were found in his vehicle.




MUNCIE — A Muncie man and woman face drug-related charges after police reported finding methamphetamine — and materials used to produce and consume it — in their home.

Ronald Lee Swift, 48, and Barbara Ann Burnett, 47, of 1901 ½ N. Milton St., were arrested Wednesday night. Both were preliminarily charged with dealing in meth, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, dumping controlled substance waste, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of precursors and unlawful possession of a syringe.

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Authorities went to the Milton Street home to arrest Swift — who has a long criminal record — on a warrant. Once inside, they found Swift, Burnett and two other people, along with what appeared to be an active meth-making operation. The house was evacuated and the Indiana State Police meth suppression unit was called to the scene.

Found inside were five hydrochloric acid gas generators, six one-pot meth labs, burnt spoons, syringes and plastic straws with meth residue, and a box and blister packs that had contained pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter cold medication often used in meth production.

Burnett was being held in the Delaware County jail on Friday under a $50,000 bond, while Swift’s bond was set at $30,000.

Swift and Burnett were arrested in May 2013 after police reported finding a meth-making operation in the Hoyt Avenue home of Swift’s 92-year-old grandmother, with whom they had been staying.

Swift — on electronic home detention at the Milton Street address — is set to stand trial Aug. 5 in Delaware Circuit Court 4 on charges of attempted dealing in meth, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia, all stemming from last year’s raid.

The warrant was issued for Swift’s arrest Wednesday based on allegations he had violated the rules of home detention. His criminal history includes convictions for driving while intoxicated (three times), leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of paraphernalia and battery with injury.

Burnett is set to stand trial Oct. 6 on a count of dealing in meth, also filed after the May 2013 raid.






– Hoosiers have a host of new laws to look forward to Tuesday when most of the statutes passed by the legislature this year go into effect.

Many of them aim to protect residents, including three laws focusing on meth labs, child-care safety and concussions.

Here is a synopsis of these new state laws:

Meth lab cleanup

Methamphetamine has devastated Indiana communities around the state for years. And every year there are more attempts to at least contain the damage.

A meth lab blew up a mile from the home of Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Evansville. And a real estate agent friend was exposed to meth residue in a home, requiring the agent to now wear a respirator in some homes.

So McNamara wrote House Bill 1141 this year that would make it easier for Hoosiers to know what homes or apartments have had meth contamination, and also require disclosure of meth-related damage when selling a home.

The Indiana State Police under the law now must maintain an online database people can search to see every property, car or outside location that was once the site of a clandestine meth lab that has yet to be cleaned and decontaminated.

Under the new law, police cannot add a location until 180 days after the department learns from law enforcement that the property has been the site of a meth lab.

This gives property owners a chance to properly clean up the house or apartment first.

If it is certified decontaminated before the 180 days is up, the property cannot be added. If it is certified decontaminated after it has been placed in the public database, the police have 90 days to remove it.

“You don’t want a property to be tainted forever,” McNamara said.

There are 9,200 properties statewide currently on the list, which can be found at






Police have made a $100,000 bust after drugs allegedly fell out of a woman’s purse as she showed officers her licence.

Police say the woman was driving erratically when she was pulled over at Berrimah in Darwin on Saturday night.


When she showed officers her licence, a bag of drugs allegedly fell out of her purse.

Police say a search of the woman’s car turned up more than $100,000 worth of methamphetamine and ecstasy, and more than $20,000 in cash.

The 33-year-old was arrested at the roadside and will face court on Tuesday.

The allegations against her include possession and supply of drugs, and driving under the influence of a dangerous drug.




A NEW line of work has shown long-term Roma community member Glenn Telford a world of drug abuse he didn’t know existed.

The Anglicare community learning co-ordinator said he was surprised by the extent of methamphetamine use among the young people with whom he worked.

He took on the role four weeks ago which is based around finding work for 15-24 year olds who are seriously disengaged from the community.

He came to the post after 28 years as a high school teacher and a stint as co-ordinator of a green army program.

“I’ve certainly been surprised by the amount of drugs other than marijuana these people are on,” Mr Telford said.

He said drug use was by far the biggest impediment to getting his clients into work.

“A lot of them are not lacking in intelligence and not lacking motivation.

“You just never know when they are not going to be employable the next morning.”

A young man among the 33 people on the program has spoken to him of methamphetamine debts.

“He admits to owing about $600 for drugs.”

The youth’s problems are made worse because he has no home and no income.

“The kids who are getting to the bottom of that slope are 15 or 16 years old with no homes and no money.”

Mr Telford said the task of keeping youths off drugs and in work could prove difficult.

“At the same time, if you look like having a bit of success, it is really satisfying.”







HOLTON — May 23 was a fairly routine day in Jackson County District Court. Judge Micheal Ireland sat behind his bench, sentencing defendants.

One by one, defendants took a seat beside their attorney. Nearly all of the cases involved methamphetamine, which isn’t out of the ordinary for Ireland.

“We have a ton of meth cases,” Ireland said last week while standing in his courthouse office.

In fact, Ireland said, he thinks Jackson County sees more meth cases than Pottawatomie and Jefferson counties combined.

Most of the meth cases deal with direct possession of the drug, the sale of meth or someone burglarizing a home to obtain money for meth.

Jackson County isn’t the only northeast Kansas community dealing with an increase in meth cases.

Meth in Shawnee County also is on the rise, according to Sgt. Glenn Hawks, with the Shawnee County sheriff’s narcotics unit.

“Meth seems to be the majority of our problems,” he said. “Meth seems to be way worse than crack cocaine because of the availability. It’s a highly addictive drug.”

Users can inject the drug, smoke it or eat it.

“It’s easy to get,” Hawks said.

The high is longer lasting, and meth is cheaper than crack cocaine, he said.

Lee McGowan, chief of staff and spokesman for the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office, said the amount of meth cases the D.A.’s office handles “doesn’t appear to be decreasing.”

I think we see more meth cases than any other single drug,” McGowan said.

One-pot cook method/shake and bake

While Hawks and Ireland said their counties have seen a decrease in the number of large meth labs, there has been an increase in domestic production because of an easier method for concocting the addictive drug.

The “shake and bake” approach — also called one-pot cook method — allows manufacturers to create the drug by mixing a small amount of pseudoephedrine tablets in a bottle with other ingredients.

“You can put it all together in a two-liter pop bottle,” Ireland said.

Other methods require fire, cans of flammable liquids and dozens of pills. The items needed for “shake-and-bake” meth can fit in a small container or backpack. The mixing can happen anywhere. And the odor isn’t as noticeable, law enforcement officials said.

“People can cook in smaller quantities and are less likely to get caught,” Hawks said.


Increase/decrease in meth cases

Ireland said he is handling more meth cases than five years ago. The number increased about three years ago and is holding steady. In the last two years, Ireland has averaged 200-plus felony cases per year. Of that number, 70 percent are related to meth.

“There are people who use in every community,” Ireland said.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said most of the people incarcerated in Jackson County Jail are there on meth charges.

“It’s really an epidemic here in the Midwest,” Morse said. “It has some really devastating consequences.”

Some of the increase in Jackson County’s meth cases is related to people from outside the county visiting attractions, including the Prairie Band Casino and Resort, Ireland said. For example, visitors may get pulled over for expired tags, but law enforcement officials later discover meth. Others leave behind remnants of meth in their hotel room. The tribe declined comment.

US-75 highway is a “highly traveled road,” Morse said.

While some law enforcement agencies are noticing an increase in meth cases, others are seeing a decrease. Sheriff’s deputies in Osage and Jefferson counties haven’t noticed an uptick.

“We have our regulars,” said Jefferson County Undersheriff Bob Chartier. “I’m not going to say it’s not a problem. It’s a problem everywhere.”

However, a law restricting the amount and requiring people to show identification when purchasing over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making meth, has helped, Chartier said.

“That is a wonderful law,” he said. “It really knocked down our meth labs. Before that law was instated, we were cleaning up labs — sometimes as many as three per week.”

Jackson County has had only one mobile meth lab bust in the past three years, Morse said.

“The drug cartels have really filled the demand for methamphetamine,” he said. “It can’t be produced (as easily) locally any more because of the changes in the laws.”

The shake and bake method isn’t a big issue in Jackson County, Morse said.

However, in Atchison County, the shake and bake method is a popular way to produce the drug, said Atchison County Attorney Jerry Kuckelman.

“I think all the new methods have made it easier,” Kuckelman said.

After the meth law passed, Atchison County had very few meth cases, he said. But a year ago, the shake and bake method became popular in the county.

The drug is highly addictive and causes physical and mental problems, law enforcement officials said. Jackson County Jail is seeing a higher number of people addicted to meth who have mental illness, Morse said.

“It is definitely an evil in our society,” he said. “It destroys a lot of people who have a lot of potential. It ruins their lives.”