KANSAS CITY, Mo. – People living in a Kansas City apartment building are back in their homes after police found a meth lab late Sunday night.

Police were called to the 3000 block of Grand around 10:30 p.m. on a disturbance. When they arrived, they found a man’s body inside.

They also encountered two men who appeared to be intoxicated. Authorities found evidence of a meth lab inside their room.

Residents were evacuated for several hours while HAZMAT crews cleared the scene. Five police officers had to be treated for chemical exposure and were later released.

It was not clear if the body was found in the same room as the meth lab. However, police said the man’s death is not being investigated as a homicide.

Residents were allowed back inside the building just after 3 a.m.

The two men are being held for questioning.

 

 

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/crime/police-find-mans-body-meth-lab-inside-kansas-city-apartment-building

 

(BEDFORD) – Two people were arrested after the department of child services and police did a welfare check on an infant at a home in the 700 block of Duncan Bend Road.

According to Deputy Marshal Bill Allen, police arrested Tylan Davis and Lisa Phegley on charges of possession of meth and reckless possession of paraphernalia.

Phegley was also charged with unlawful sale of a precursor.

Town Marshal officer Bill Allen was assisting the Lawrence County Division of Child Services with a welfare check at about 9:40 p.m. Friday. During the course of the investigation, the officer learned that the two people the DCS was trying to locate were at 716 Duncan Bend Road. The Oolitic officer, accompanied by Indiana State Police trooper Shea Teague and reserve officer Tonya Taylor went to the address and located Davis and Phegley.

The child was taken into the custody of DCS. The case is still under investigation.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wbiw.com/local/archive/2013/09/two-arrested-on-meth-charges-with-baby-in-the-home.php

 

It is called “shake and bake,” a mobile method for making methamphetamine that is sweeping across the South and Midwest.

A more appropriate name might be “ticking time bomb” because of its explosive nature.

Meth Lab Training

This is what a shake-and-bake meth lab might look like, according to police training program

 

 

“It’s a really insane method of doing it,” said Jeff Moore, executive director of the sheriffs’ association in South Carolina, a hotbed for the portable meth labs. “Either you cook it and you get meth or it blows up and you get burned.”

Local law and drug enforcement authorities say evidence suggests that the latter is what happened last month when a flash fire in a car seriously burned five people in Lake Worth.

The burn victims were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, but their conditions were not available.

“We know who they are,” Lake Worth officer Don Price said.

The five face drug and arson charges in the case, Price said.

Agents with the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit received information that one of the car’s occupants was in a back seat shaking a 2-liter bottle containing the toxic ingredients that could make meth, officials said. Authorities are testing samples and charred debris found in the burned-out car, but results are not yet available.

While the Lake Worth case shows that the shake-and-bake method has apparently made its way to North Texas, local drug enforcement officials say the portable process is much more popular in the Midwestern and Southern states.

North Texas users still get most of their meth, which provides users with a rush of energy and maniclike alertness, from Mexico, authorities say.

Shake-and-bake meth is made by combining unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle and shaking it. But one tiny mistake can create an explosion, and the potential for disaster isn’t reserved just for those making the drugs.

National incidents in the past two years include:

• A man in Robards, Ind., escaped serious injury in May when he was mowing his property and his tractor ran over active “shake and bake” bottles, causing two explosions.

• In April 2012, a 54-year-old Oklahoma man suffered burns when a portable meth lab exploded in his pants as he scuffled with a state trooper.

• A 36-year-old Florida man died in January 2012 when a “shake and bake” bottle exploded in his car, causing him to crash.

The element of danger is one reason that a course on the new method is being taught this month at a law enforcement seminar in Fort Worth.

“It’s going to provide information for officers’ safety when coming upon one of those bottles,” said Herschel Tebay, commander of the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit. “We don’t see many of those portable meth labs here, but we have to be careful with them when we do.”

‘It’s very toxic’

North Texas is a national distribution center for illicit drugs because of its transportation and financial infrastructure and its proximity to Mexico, authorities say. Powder cocaine, commercial grade marijuana, black tar heroin and wholesale quantities of methamphetamine arrive here from suppliers.

In 2012, the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program conducted 72 seizures and confiscated meth and ice meth valued at $8.9 million.

This year, there have been 80 seizures worth $6.1 million. The agency, which covers 15 North Texas counties and six in Oklahoma, coordinates drug control among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

“We see quite a few of those shake-and-bake labs in the Tulsa area,” said Lance Sumpter, director of the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. “It’s very toxic and presents quite a danger to cookers, users, officers and anyone around it.”

Before Mexico became a meth pipeline, North Texas meth cookers needed hundreds of pseudoephedrine pills (decongestants), containers heated over open flames, numerous glassware pieces and cans of flammable liquids. The labs took up lots of space and created foul odors, local law enforcement officials said.

Dozens of these types of labs — much less sophisticated than those portrayed in the popular TV series Breaking Bad — existed in North Texas and nationwide.

The Methamphetamine Reduction Act in 2005 drastically cut down the number of labs, because it restricts the sale of large quantities of over-the-counter decongestants, cold and allergy medicines.

So in recent years, cookers have turned to “one pot” or “shake-and-bake” meth production.

Burns are common

The shake-and-bake method requires only a few pseudoephedrine pills, some household chemicals and a 2-liter bottle, all of which can be carried in a backpack. Ingredients are mixed in the bottle and eventually poured through a coffee filter and dried.

Explosions could occur almost anytime during the process, experts say.

“At some point, someone has to ‘burp’ the bottle or loosen the cap to let out gas and if it isn’t done right, it’ll explode,” said Sgt. Erik Eidson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s drug and crime division.

Hospitals in the nation’s most active meth states showed that up to a third of patients in some burn units were hurt while making meth, and most were uninsured, according to a 2012 Associated Press survey. Injuries ranged from seared flesh to blindness.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri had 1,825 meth incidents last year, followed by 1,585 in Tennessee and 1,429 in Indiana. Texas had 32. Most of the meth incidents involved the shake-and-bake method, law enforcement officials said.

“There’s always a few here and there in this area,” said Terri Wyatt, a DEA agent in Dallas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MASSAC COUNTY, IL (KFVS) – A Massac County, Illinois man is facing a number of charges after deputies say they found a meth lab in his home Saturday night.

Michael Taylor, 56, of Unionville Road was charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production within 1000 feet of a church, possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of firearm ammunition by a convicted felon.

Michael Taylor (Source: Massac County SO)

Michael Taylor

 

 

According to Sheriff Ted Holder, complaints had been coming in about meth activity in the area around the 8000 block of Unionville Rd for several weeks.

After getting a search warrant, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies went to the home and found Taylor alone there.

Holder says an active meth lab, meth precursors, two rifles and ammunition in Taylors bedroom was found after a search. The sheriff says Taylor is also a convicted felon.

The lab cleanup was done by the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team. Taylor was being held without bond at the Massac County Detention Center.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/23371589/deputies-find-meth-lab-in-home-of-massac-county-man

 

 

On Aug. 29, Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team (WAANT) investigators in an ongoing investigation contacted Keli Dumas, 26, of Dillingham outside the Dillingham post office after she received a delivery for a package from California. The address posted on the package from California is believed to be false by the investigators, but the package was shipped through a California zip code.

The investigation of the parcel resulted in the seizure three grams of methamphetamine and 1.5 grams of black tar heroin wrapped up in a plastic sandwich bag inside of a birthday card wrapped in cellophane. The investigation suggested that Dumas was in deliberate possession of both felony drugs and had the intent to distribute them. Dumas was arrested and charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second and third degrees.

The investigators had been previously tipped off that the package in question contained methamphetamine, and the presence of meth in Dillingham was as alarming as it was surprising, as the drug is rarely seen in the area. Over the past three years, there have only been three instances of methamphetamine being discovered in Dillingham, this recent arrest on Thursday being the third.

The fact that methamphetamine is not commonly seen in Dillingham makes this new arrest a bit more interesting to the ongoing investigation, as this arrest is an indicator of more methamphetamine arriving and being distributed in the area. Despite the small quantity of methamphetamine that was seized from Dumas, the investigative unit said it believes that this is just the beginning of the drug making a more deliberate and notable presence in Dillingham and the surrounding areas.

Heroin has had a noticeable presence in Dillingham over the past few years, but the fact that the methamphetamine that was seized by the investigation was found with the heroin leads the investigators to believe that the drug use in Dillingham is escalating to more dangerous drugs and more addictive highs.

According to the 2012 Annual Drug Report by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, The number of methamphetamine labs that have been seized by law enforcement in that state of Alaska has been declining every year since 2010, recording 11 labs seized in 2010, eight in 2011, and only three in 2012. However, the quantity of methamphetamine that has been seized has been increasing annually since 2010, recording 4.53 pounds in 2010, 6.20 pounds in 2011, and a whopping 35.19 pounds in 2012. In the report, the 2011 National Drug Intelligence Center Drug Threat Assessment claimed that methamphetamine continues to be the greatest threat to the Pacific region, including Alaska.

“Although the domestic production of methamphetamine has declined over the region as a large part due to the regulation of precursor chemicals use in its production; it is widely available throughout the region. It is further reported that the majority of methamphetamine within the region is supplied by Mexican drug trafficking organizations,” reads the 2012 report.

These figures might unfortunately indicate that while methamphetamine lab seizures are going down, more methamphetamine is being produced in the state of Alaska every year, increasing the probability that more methamphetamine is being manufactured and sold on the streets by unseized meth labs.

A recent spike in thefts around Dillingham may be directly linked to the escalating drug problem, according to investigators. These thefts are most likely the first step in drug addicts accumulating stolen property to sell for money to buy drugs.

Dumas made an appearance in court on Friday and was charged with two felonies, one for possession of the illegal drugs and another charge for the intent to distribute. If convicted, Dumas could face up to 30 years in prison. Dumas is being held on $15,000 bail in accordance to the request of the state prosecutor to the Dillingham magistrate.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130908/drug-bust-dillingham-turns-meth-alarming-investigators

 

Lompoc resident Peter Marin, Jr., was arrested Friday night on multiple charges after the Lompoc Police Department’s Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a narcotics-related search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of South J Street.

During the service of the search warrant, detectives recovered approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine, a snub nose .357 revolver, ammunition, packaging, a digital scale and cell phones.

Marin, 41, was charged with possession for sale of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

 

 

 

http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/local/resident-arrested-on-multiple-charges/article_386cf4e6-1846-11e3-bd7d-0019bb2963f4.html

 

  • 500-part set has all the drugs paraphernalia used in hit American series
  • Lego refused to sanction or endorse the toy, which was made by independent company Citizen Brick
  • Twitter users blasted £160 toy as an inappropriate plaything

Children can now build their own drug dens with a shocking new play kit inspired by TV show Breaking Bad.

The sell-out £160 kit, branded ‘SuperLab’, lets any child or adult recreate Walter White’s notorious crystal meth lab.

Complete with protective masks, drug paraphernalia, figurines and a version of the car from the show, infants can even reenact scenes from the series.

The toy looks similar to a classic Lego set, although it is not connected to the Danish company in any way and was made by a separate firm.

 
'Bricking Bad' allows children - or adults - to construct the industrial meth lab set up by Walter White and drug boss Gustavo Fring‘Bricking Bad’ allows children – or adults – to construct the industrial meth lab set up by Walter White and drug boss Gustavo Fring

 

 
The 500-brick set, made by Citizen Brick in the United States, comes complete with figures of the main characters and enables you to build the entire meth labThe 500-brick set, made by Citizen Brick in the United States, comes complete with figures of the main characters and enables you to build the entire meth lab

 

 
The RV used by the characters to rustle up their drugs. Customers are given all the drugs paraphernalia with the kitThe RV used by the characters to rustle up their drugs. Customers are given all the drugs paraphernalia with the kit

 

Outraged commentators took to Twitter to speak out against the bizarre toy.

Jeff Myers tweeted: ‘Made for children raised by parents who should know better.’

Jacques Gonzales added: ‘Definitely not for kiddies!’

The drama, in its fifth and final series, follows chemistry teacher Walter White on his journey to raise money for his family’s future when he is diagnosed with lung cancer.

The schemer from Albuquerque, played by Bryan Cranston, enlists the help of a former pupil Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.

A global hit, it is hailed by critics and watched by millions around the world.

 
Drug boss Gustavo Fring
Walter White in Breaking Bad
 

Drug boss Gustavo Fring (left) and police officer Mike Ehrmantraut (right) have been fashioned into figurines

 

 
The £160 kit has already sold out online. The American show has a wealth of underage viewers worldwideThe £160 kit has already sold out online. The American show has a wealth of underage viewers worldwide

 

But Lego Group refused to sanction the merchandise, produced by Citizen Brick, because of its ‘adult content’.

Beneath the sold-out item, the Citizen Brick website told customers: ‘Soothe yourself with the Citizen Brick Superlab Playset.

‘Who knows what fun you’ll cook up with this deluxe set, chock full of realistic details, and three exclusive minifigs! Over 500 parts!

 
Lego refused to sanction the play set because of the 'adult content' available to people of any ageLego refused to sanction the play set because of the ‘adult content’ available to people of any age

 

‘This set is a product of Citizen Brick, and is not sponsored, authorized or endorsed by the LEGO Group, owners of the registered LEGO(R) trademark.’

Interest in the series is rife among under-age viewers, with one pair of children screening their own version on YouTube last month.

Rather than Class As, the Breaking Bad Jr stars deal in Jelly Beans, and the star suffers from diabetes instead of cancer.

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2415463/Outrage-toy-company-creates-crystal-meth-lab-children-Breaking-Bad-play-sets.html

 

Longview News-Journal    

They are dealers in death.

Those who make and sell methamphetamine — a toxic concoction of volatile chemicals — are perhaps doing more harm than those who deal any of the other illegal drugs haunting our communities. Those other drugs range from being a waste of money and brain power to wasting lives through overwhelming addiction. They all are dangerous and many can lead to death.

But meth is a scourge, one that’s truly become an epidemic as it continues its spread from the rural areas of the Midwest where it first took root.

Those who fall prey can become gaunt, sunken-eyed ghosts with mouths full of dead teeth, faces pocked with sores. They become so consumed with their drug that they think the rest of the world cannot notice.

But we see it easily.

Meth is spreading because it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to make — and highly addictive. Users quickly develop an addiction that’s particularly difficult to overcome, one fraught with debilitating symptoms that call for a longer treatment time than other addictions.

We worry that aspect of the scourge is not being addressed. As a society, we must get better at recognizing, preventing and treating meth addiction, or the costs will continue to rise.

Those on the front lines of dealing with crime — our law officers, judges and jailers — tell us it is a component in an overwhelming percentage of the cases they see, from child custody and family violence to prostitution, theft and violent crime.

We applaud the efforts of our law officers and others in the legal system who are using the tools at their disposal to clean up meth’s mess as best they can. But as with so many health needs, unfortunately, their toolboxes are inadequate to deal with the larger problems.

For example, there are few viable treatment options for those hooked on meth. We can’t help wondering whether that lack of resources reflects a lack of understanding about how insidious the drug has become. It is an epidemic, and, as with any fast-spreading illness, it will take a concerted effort by our state and our communities to stop it.

We all know enough about it to take meth seriously as a crime, but it’s time to take as seriously the needs for treatment of those already addicted, and for improved education to stop the parade of new addicts marching toward destruction.

 

 

 

http://www.news-journal.com/opinion/editorials/a-scourge-the-sellers-of-meth-are-dealers-in-death/article_51daaab4-dc15-5dc2-9316-340e67628535.html

 

 

At least 10 people have been arrested following a major drug raid in Boone County.

Jennifer Vint, Shelbie Darrell Vint, Sara Beth Bolyard, Mary Kathryn Borwder, Paul Michael Smith, Clinton Halley, Joseph Garland Bias, Timothy Brown, Scotty Hagert and Charles Scott Kingery have all been taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail, according to State Police

The bonds on those arrested ranged from $100,000 to $200,000 for each person.

State Police Sgt. Charles Sutphin said an undercover drug buy was made in the county about 6:30 a.m. Friday.

A raid was then conducted at a residence on Bias Branch Road in Madison.

In making the arrests police found heroin, marijuana, an active methamphetamine lab and a number of prescription drugs.

Authorities said an active meth lab was discovered inside a Boone County home where two people were living, and those residents were arrested.

Meth product also was hanging from the ceiling in another Boone County residence.

The suspects were arrested at multiple locations throughout the county, State Police said.

A criminal complaint alleges some of the suspects delivered marijuana, hydrocodone or methamphetamine.

Police said most of the arrests are not connected.

All the suspects are part of an investigation that has been under way for several months, police added. Some of the suspects have been charged with selling the drugs three to four times to undercover officers.

 

 

The 10 named in the arrests:

* Joseph Garland Bias, 32, of Ottawa, delivery of a controlled substance.

* Clinton Dee Halley, 41, of Danville, delivery of a controlled substance.

* Mary Kathryn Browder, 47, delivery of a controlled substance.

* Paul Michael Smith, 34, of Jeffrey, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab and delivery of a controlled substance.

* Sara Beth Boyard, 23, of Madison, delivery of a controlled substance and operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab.

* Timothy Brown, 55, delivery of a controlled substance.

* Shelbie Darrell Vint, 38, of Madison, conspiracy to commit a drug-related charge.

* Jennifer Vint, 35, of Madison, charges not available.

* Scotty Hager, age, hometown and charges not available.

* Charles Scott Kingery, 27, delivery of a controlled substance. Hometown not available.

Regional jail photos were not available for Jennifer Vint and Scotty Hager.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.loganbanner.com/news/home_top/2506748/Major-drug-raid-conducted-in-Boone-County

 

 

LONDON, Ohio — As he crouched over a bucket of chemicals confiscated from a backpack meth lab, Dennis Lowe’s head and chest were suddenly engulfed by a fiery blast.

Fortunately, the protective suit that Lowe was wearing saved the Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agent from what would have been serious if not fatal burns in the flash explosion.

Dennis Lowe, a special agent of the clandestine-lab unit, pulls out an oxygen tank that agents use to protect them from the dangerous chemical fumes of meth labs

 

As frightening as the incident last summer was, it’s part of the job for Lowe and four other agents in BCI’s special clandestine-lab unit that responds to an increasing number of illegal meth labs uncovered in Ohio.

Ohio law-enforcement officials had located 770 meth labs statewide this year as of Aug. 24, 27 percent more than were found in all of 2012 and the largest number since 2005, when Ohio began keeping track of illegal drug operations. The program goes by the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, so the total will grow.

John Butterworth, special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s clandestine-lab unit, wears a suit that protects him from flash fires when responding to the growing number of meth labs

The number of lab busts dropped in 2007 and 2008 after changes in state law restricted access to certain cold medicines containing one of the active ingredients needed to cook meth.

But things changed dramatically with the advent of “one-pot, shake-and-bake” operations that rely on commonly available household ingredients cooked in small batches in plastic soda or sports-drink bottles. The number began rising sharply in the past two years. And with the higher number of busts, the public began stumbling upon more bottles filled with the sludgy waste that remains after the drug is crystallized. The bottles frequently end up in parks, along highways, in trash containers and in landfills. They can explode or catch fire easily.

Plastic bottles containing the sludgy waste from cooking meth are frequently found along highways and in the trash. Law-enforcement officials urge  the public not to touch the bottles

 

When a lab is found, Lowe, John Butterworth or one of the other BCI agents hit the road for cleanup. They always wear an $1,800 protective suit equipped with an oxygen tank that protects from flash fires and dangerous chemical fumes.“We know the inherent risk, but we mange it as best we can,” Lowe said. “I like being able to help local law enforcement protect local citizens. And it’s important to me. My family shops at the same stores as the people who buy and make this stuff.“It’s really important that the public knows how susceptible they are to these,” Lowe said.

Methamphetamine goes by many names: chalk, crank, crystal, glass, go-fast, stove top and trash. It is a highly addictive, synthetic drug that severely affects the central nervous system and can be snorted like cocaine, smoked like marijuana or shot with a needle like heroin. Health experts consider it more dangerous than many other drugs because of the destruction it causes to the body, including brain and organ damage, strokes and open sores and rotting teeth, as well as psychotic compulsions and violent, anti-social and suicidal behavior.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office includes BCI, said he is keenly aware of how his agents “put their lives on the line every time they suit up and help clean up a meth-maker’s mess.”

“Unfortunately, this year’s record number of meth labs will likely continue to climb. We will continue to be a resource for local law enforcement for cleanup and training. And we will continue to educate people about the dangers of getting near one-pot meth labs — whether it’s on the side of a highway or in a park.”

Officials urge people to avoid touching bottles that contain unusual contents such as sludge or thick, oddly colored liquids. Some meth-makers toss bottles with tubes or hoses still attached.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/09/07/special-agents-face-risks-in-meth-battle.html

LAWTON, Okla. –  An attempted traffic stop Friday afternoon uncovered a bag of methamphetamine after police said it was dumped on a home’s front porch.

Police arrested Weldon Farris and Kayla Wilson around noon Friday. The two were being followed by a patrol officer after he spotted them speeding through a Northwest neighborhood near 13th and Cherry Avenue.

Before the officer attempted to stop the car, police said the driver, Weldon Farris quickly pulled into a driveway, got out, and walked to the homes front porch. Police said Kayla Wilson followed suit.

When the officer asked the two what they were doing, police said the couple became agitated and said they didn’t know anyone at the home.  When police contacted the homeowner she confirmed she had no idea why the two were in her driveway or who they were.

Police asked her to check her porch where she found a bag that tested positive for methamphetamine, around $1300 worth.

Police believed the two tried to dispose of the drug before they were questioned by police.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kswo.com/story/23370668/meth-dumped-on-strangers-front-porch

 

 

Easton man will serve up to 21 years in state prison after being caught making the drug at his house.  Michael L. Williams is no sophisticated drug lord.

Caught brewing methamphetamine at his Easton home, the 52-year-old Williams is the guy who, after his arrest, wrote to police criticizing their accounts of how the drug was manufactured and offering tips on how it really should be done.

All the while asserting he was innocent.

“He’s no Pablo Escobar, I get that,” Northampton County President Judge Stephen Baratta said Friday at Williams’ sentencing.

“He certainly is not,” defense attorney Christopher Shipman agreed.

But even if Williams isn’t an infamous Colombian drug trafficker, he is still headed to state prison for a very long time. Convicted by a jury in July of all charges against him, Williams will serve 61/4 to 21 years behind bars for operating a meth lab, manufacturing meth and related offenses.

And it could have been worse, Baratta told Williams. Given a lengthy prior record, Williams received a prison term that was actually in the lower end of standard sentencing guidelines, Baratta said.

“Oh my God,” Williams said when the sentence was handed down.

“That’s what happens, sir, when you manufacture methamphetamine,” Baratta said.

“That’s not right,” Williams said.

On Jan. 17, police searched the curbside trash outside Williams’ home on the 1400 block of Pine Street, finding three plastic bottles used to cook meth, as well as other meth-making products. They raided the house, and discovered more ingredients inside.

Police found recipes for the drug in Williams’ handwriting, said Assistant District Attorney Michele Kluk. Recipes were also included in Williams’ letters to police, in which he offered to serve as an informant, and to explain to authorities what caused a meth lab in northeast Bethlehem to explode in March, according to Kluk.

Shipman argued at trial that Williams was set up by two drug users who had recently been arrested and were looking to shift police attention to someone else. Shipman conceded the defendant was an addict, but said the meth lab bottles and most of the ingredients were found outside in the trash, where they could have been pitched by someone else.

On Friday, Shipman said his client continues to maintain his innocence and will be appealing. But even if Williams was making meth, the evidence suggests he was doing so only to feed his own habit, Shipman said.

Williams’ criminal record began in 1980 and included convictions for burglaries, and drug and theft offenses. Shipman said Williams’ problems date to when he was 10 years old, when he returned home to find the bodies of his mother and father in a murder-suicide.

“Pretty much since then, his life has been off track,” Shipman said.

Kluk said Williams had many chances in the criminal justice system to turn things around. By mixing meth, Williams was more than a mere drug addict, she said.

“I don’t take this lightly. It is extremely, extremely dangerous,” Kluk said.

 

 

 

http://articles.mcall.com/2013-09-06/news/mc-easton-meth-lab-pablo-escobar-20130906_1_meth-lab-williams-kluk

 

Dong, Pan, MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, United States; Julia, Kuebrich, MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, United States; Glenn, Morrison, Missouri Univeristy of Science and Technology, United States

The production of methamphetamine releases harmful chemicals into the air, which can then diffuse into and accumulate within the building structure. The risk to future occupants lies in the later ‘re-emission’ of chemicals from the building structure that lead to methamphetamine absorbing into furnishings, clothing, children’s toys. Soiling of personal items with skin oil can increase the absorption capacity, thereby increasing potential exposure to methamphetamine by dermal and oral routes. In this research, we exposed clothing, skin oil contaminated clothing, furnishings, and children’s toys to vapor phase methamphetamine in a laboratory chamber. By measuring the mass of methamphetamine absorbed in these materials, and the time required to approach equilibrium, we were able to determine the relationship between the concentration in air (40ppb) and that which will accumulate in furnishings, clothing, skin oil, and children’s toys. We found that skin oil might affect the time-dependent absorption of methamphetamine, although we did not observe a statistical difference at equilibrium on cotton clothing. Skin oil soiled cloth reached an equilibrium concentration of 25µg/100 cm2 ppb, while the clean cloth was over 15µg/100cm2/ppb for a 27 day duration of exposure. Different materials absorb different amounts of methamphetamine, ranging from an equilibrium value of over 50µg/100cm2/ppb for upholstery fabric to 3.75µg/100cm2/ppb for a fleece baby blanket for an exposure duration of 31 days. We predict that there is a risk of children ingesting more than the California reference dose of 0.3µg/kg/day if they are mouthing materials equilibrated with very low air concentrations of methamphetamine.

 

Environment and Health Abstracts

 

 

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehbasel13/2675/

 

 

Two adults were arrested after police discovered a ‘mobile meth lab’ in their car Sept. 2 at Meijer on state Route 28 in Miami Township.

According to a release from Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, the narcotics unit received information about two individuals involved in possible drug activity at the Meijer.

 

Agents from the narcotics unit, along with Miami Township police patrol officers conducted a stop of the vehicle driven by the individuals.

“During the initial contact with the individuals officers located two Gatorade bottles known as ‘One Pots,’ cooking Methamphetamine on the front floorboard of the vehicle,” Sheriff Rodenberg said in the release.

An area of the parking lot was roped off during the investigation, and narcotics units dismantled and neutralized chemical hazards with the assistance of the Miami Township Fire Department.

John Tunon, 37, of Wilmington and Samantha Snyder, 33, of Lynchburg, were arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of Methamphetamine, a first-degree felony.

The charges could result in up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, according to the release.

The case will be presented and reviewed by the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and additional charges may result.

Tunon and Snyder remain in Clermont County Jail.

Tunon and Snyder are both scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Sept. 10 in front of Judge Kevin Miles.

According to Sheriff Rodenberg, the Clermont County Narcotics Unit has seized 38 Methamphetamine labs in Clermont County in 2013. During the same time period last year, 15 Methamphetamine labs were seized.

 

 

 

http://clermontsun.com/2013/09/07/two-arrested-for-making-meth-in-a-car/

 

 

The men were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after Lexington County deputies found a meth lab outside a motel room at Motel 6.

Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested four men accused of operating a meth lab outside at a motel near Irmo this week, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

The men were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after Lexington County deputies found a meth lab outside a motel room at the Motel 6 at 1776 Burning Tree Drive at about 11:09 p.m. on Sept. 1.

  • Michael Wayne Anderson Jr., 31, of Lexington
  • Charles Daniel Barker, 31, of Fair Play
  • Paul Scott Kelley, 41, of Greer
  • Christopher Carl Ruppe, 45, of Woodruff

Deputies say they found several items used in the operation of a meth lab including pseudoephedrine pills that had been crushed and one bottle of drain cleaner.

 

Paul Scott Kelley (Photo credit: Lexington County Detention Center)
Paul Scott Kelley
Christopher Carl Ruppe (Photo credit: Lexington County Detention Center)
Christopher Carl Ruppe
Charles Daniel Barker  (Photo credit: Lexington County Detention Center)
Charles Daniel Barker
Michael Wayne Anderson Jr (Photo credit: Lexington County Detention Center)
Michael Wayne Anderson Jr

Deputies also found a black backpack on top of the trashcan outside the motel room that contained a reaction vessel, which was being used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.

Officers dismantled and safely disposed of the reaction vessel that was used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the department.

All four men were transportation to the Lexington County Detention Center.

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Two Bushkill Township women were arrested and $2,000 worth of methamphetamine seized in a Friday police raid on a meth lab at their home, police said.

Three boys living at the home of Kerri L. Graham, 40, and Kristi M. Graham, 40, were turned to the custody of Northampton County Children, Youth and Families, police said. The boys are 4, 11 and 12 years old.

Both Kerri and Kristi Graham were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kerri Graham also was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, operating a meth lab, illegal dumping of meth waste and manufacturing meth in a home where children under 18 live.

The drug raid in the 300 block of Old Allentown Road, a mile southwest of Wind Gap, was carried out by the Northampton County Drug Task Force, consisting of police from Easton, Bushkill Township and Plainfield Township.

State police also assisted with a Special Emergency Response Team and a Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.

Arraigned by District Judge James Stocklas, Kerri Graham was sent to county prison under $50,000 bail. Kristi Graham, also arraigned by Stocklas, was committed to prison under $10,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

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Lexington County deputies arrested a man on multiple charges including manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a prescription drug.

A 26-year-old Lexington man was arrested this week for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab at his home near Lexington.

 

Travis Leon Horton of 1106 Bluefield Road, Lexington, was charged Wednesday with third-offense manufacturing methamphetamine; third-offense possession of methamphetamine; third-offense possession of heroin; third-offense possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possessing weapons during the commission of a violent crime; possessing pseudoephedrine that was unlawfully converted from a pill form to a powder form; and second-offense possession of a prescription drug.

Five plastic bottles that had been used as reaction vessels to manufacture meth were found, according to a release. The bottles, empty battery casings and empty packages of pseudoephedrine were found in a closet in a bedroom at Horton’s home as well as in one suitcase and one backpack that officers found outside the home. Officers also found less than one gram of meth at Horton’s home.

Eighteen pills of hydrocodone were found in the master bedroom of Horton’s home. He did not have a prescription for hydrocodone, according to the sheriff’s department.

Pseudoephedrine was found in a blender at Horton’s home that had been unlawfully converted from its original pill form to a powder form, according to a release.

Officers also found four handguns, between 28 and 100 grams of marijuana and a clear plastic bag in the home that contained more than one gram of heroin.

About $3,000 in cash was seized during the search.

Horton was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center.

 

 

 

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., woman charged with allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab that exploded in her home in July pleaded not guilty this week during her arraignment in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.

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McCormick

 
Josie Lee McCormick, 33, of West Main St. was charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamines, operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, and causing or risking a catastrophe, according to court records.
McCormick, who entered her plea Wednesday, faces her next court appearance is in October, according to the prosecutor’s office.
McCormick and Logan Tyler Buchanan were taken into police custody on the night of July 15 after the explosion at 153 W. Main St., a two-story brick building at the intersection of West Main and Grant streets. The apartment was McCormick’s, court records said.
Buchanan, 30, of 4576 Lemar Road, Lemasters, Pa., who faces the same charges as McCormick, is scheduled to be in court next week for his mandatory arraignment, court records said.
Firefighters and police were called to the apartment house at about 8 p.m. on July 15, after receiving a report of a fire and explosion at the apartment house.
“A search of the residence resulted in the discovery of chemicals and precursors used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamines,” Waynesboro Police Chief James Sourbier said at the time of the arrests.
Items found in the apartment included lithium batteries that had been cut open, boxes of ephedrine, brake fluid containers, hydrogen peroxide containers, 2-liter plastic bottles and plastic tubing, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.

 

 

CALEXICO — Two women were arrested at about 8 p.m. Thursday at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 20 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle they were traveling in. Twenty-two packages of the narcotic were discovered hidden inside the gas tank of the 2002 Nissan Sentra the women were traveling in after it was referred to secondary inspection, a press release stated.

The narcotics had an estimated street value of $300,000. The 38-year old driver and the 33-year-old passenger, both of San Bernardino, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents.

 Both subjects were transported for incarceration and to await arraignment in federal court. CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.

 

 

 

 

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A collaborated investigative effort between Ashley and Drew counties and the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force led to a pair of arrests last week in connection with the possible trafficking of methamphetamine, more commonly known as “meth” or “ice”.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. It is a synthetic, or man-made, drug that contains dangerous substances like ammonia and battery acid.

According to Lt. Jason Akers of the Drug Task Force, Adam Bond, 29, and Jeanie Stivers, 20, both of Ashley County, were arrested after agents say the couple transported and delivered a substance suspected to be methamphetamine to Drew County.

Akers said that at the time of the arrest, Bond attempted to destroy suspected methamphetamine and flee from agents on foot. The agents were able to apprehend Bond at the scene and recover the suspected drug. Stivers was arrested after agents located meth related drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Both were taken for their initial court appearance on Friday and bail was set at $250,000 for Bond and $25,000 for Stivers. Bond now faces a delivery of methamphetamine charge while Stivers faces charges of delivery of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

 

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An alleged plot to smuggle more than 23 pounds of meth in an ice chest to the Texas Panhandle ended with two arrests.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents arrested Francisco Chavez-Arriaga and Sabino Quiroz on Wednesday.

The two men are accused in a plot to smuggle methamphetamines from the Rio Grande Valley to Amarillo.

Court records show a confidential informant working with the DEA acted as a middleman between Chavez-Arriaga and Quiroz.

According to the records, the men were trying to supply methamphetamines to Amarillo-based drug dealer Richard “Tex” Rios.

Both Chavez-Arriaga and Quiroz before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Thursday morning.

Judge Morgan denied bond for both men until a Tuesday afternoon hearing.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – 3 Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers had to be treated for headaches after responding to a suspected mEth lab at the Roosevelt Hill Apartments.

It happened Thursday night.

Assistant Chief Donald Webster tells Newschannel 3 after the meth lab was confirmed officers evacuated the building and the families were relocated while the meth lab was disposed of and the apartment was cleaned.

The officers were treated and released.

We’re told there was no one in the apartment at the time of the bust, there have been no arrests made at this time.

 

 

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Scott Thorson — Liberace’s one-time boyfriend who was  portrayed by Matt Damon in “Behind the  Candelabra” — is back in jail because of a dirty drug test.

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Law enforcement sources tell us Thorson was popped for  violating probation… after he FAILED a random drug test.  Sources close  to Scott tell TMZ he tested positive for meth … a drug he’s struggled with for  years.

FYI — Thorson had recently gotten out of the slammer for a  burglary and identity theft conviction.

Thorson suffers from stage II  colon cancer.  Dennis Hof — who runs the famous Bunny  Ranch brothel in Nevada — has been helping Thorson and even got him out of jail  recently so he could get proper medical treatment.

 

 

http://www.tmz.com/2013/09/06/scott-thorson-liberace-drugs-arrest-meth/

 

 

 

 

 

Drug-runners might learn a valuable lesson from Ricardo Abraham Mendez-Vazquez: when hauling a load of narcotics up the interstate, it’s best not to tailgate a police officer.

The 21-year-old Nogales, Sonora man’s alleged bumper-hugging led to a traffic stop on Interstate 19 that in turn led to the discovery of six packages of methamphetamine hidden on his truck. He later pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to unlawful transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced by Judge Anna Montoya-Paez on Aug. 19 to one year in prison.
Ricardo Mendez
Ricardo Mendez

On Feb. 24, court records show, an Arizona Department of Safety officer stopped a pickup after its driver allegedly followed him at less than a vehicle-length distance while approaching the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 19.

The officer reported that while he was collecting the vehicle information from the driver – Mendez-Vazquez – he noticed that his hand was shaking and that he didn’t maintain eye contact. He asked Mendez-Vazquez to join him at his vehicle while he wrote out a warning, and saw that he began singing and talking to himself.

Thinking that the behavior was unusual, he called for backup.

Subsequently, the officer reported, Mendez-Vazquez signed a form authorizing a search of the truck. And after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, DPS officers drilled into the driveshaft and found a “crystal-like substance” that turned out to be part of a 6.45-pound stash of methamphetamine.

During an Aug. 13 pre-sentence interview, Mendez-Vazquez told Probation Officer Hector Nava that he had agreed to drive the load to Tucson because he was desperate and unable to pay the debt on his house. Then, when he tried to back out of the deal, “the person in charge” wouldn’t let him.

“I lost everything, my job, visa to cross, liberty and most importantly my family,” he said of his crime.

In sentencing him to one year in prison, Montoya-Paez gave Mendez-Vazquez credit for 176 days already spent at the county jail. Because the Arizona Department of Corrections has a provision allowing foreign nationals who do not have previous felony convictions in the United States to be released after serving half of their sentence, he could potentially be released almost immediately.

 

 

 

 

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Homeland Security agents discovered about one kilogram of methamphetamine  hidden in the frames of religious artwork, according to an affidavit filed in a  federal criminal case and unsealed Friday.

Prosecutors filed the affidavit in support of smuggling charges against  Carmelo Rojas-Perez, who lived in Oakland. On Thursday, he waived a hearing at  which he could have challenged his detention in the Allegheny County Jail.

According to the affidavit, customs agents at a FedEx hub in Memphis last  week searched a package sent from Toluca, Mexico, to an address on Atwood  Street.

The package contained two pieces of artwork — one depicting the Virgin Mary  and another of an unidentified saint — with about a kilo of meth in the  frames.

The powder was hidden in “long black wrapped rectangular packaging …  secreted in hollowed out sections of the wooden picture frame,” according to the  affidavit.

Agents resealed the package and turned it over to Homeland Security  investigations. Research indicated that a similar package was shipped from  Toluca to the same Oakland address a week earlier.

Homeland Security agents posing as delivery men brought the package to the  address, where a man identified as Mr. Rojas-Perez eventually picked it up,  according to the affidavit.

Three hours later, agents went through the door and executed a search warrant  of his apartment, according to the affidavit. They wrote that they found the  unopened parcel, along with a picture identical to one of those in the parcel on  a table by the defendant’s bed.

Mr. Rojas-Perez told agents that he was a citizen of Mexico who had been  living in the United States without legal status for about 20 years, according  to the affidavit. His cell phone contained photos of around $11,000 that Mr.  Rojas-Perez said he had saved up to pay someone to smuggle his brother into the  country, and a pile of white powder that the defendant said was “fake” drugs,  the agents wrote.

The assistant federal public defender representing Mr. Rojas-Perez declined  comment.

 

 

 

 

 

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