POCATELLO — Cyn Reneau said 52 percent of male inmates in the state claim that their crime and their incarceration is related to methamphetamine abuse. Eighty-nine percent of Idaho’s female inmates attribute their incarceration to meth use as well.

“That means that either they stole to get meth, or did something crazy while they were on meth, or were caught with meth,” Reneau said.

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    “Encourage kids to enter into a contract with a trusted adult and promise not to put themselves in harm’s way and let them know that, if they get in harm’s way, they can always call, and you’ll come get them,” Reneau said.

    Reneau, developmental education director for the Idaho Meth Project, said there are 400 secondary schools in Idaho, and she tries to hit as many as possible. Her message and presentation is also available on DVD, and her program has been incorporated into a number of middle school health classes.

    Reneau said 93 percent of Idaho teens reports seeing at least one Idaho Meth Project ad per week.

    Describing herself as a cop-turned-junkie-turned-advocate, said her addiction lasted just 100 days, but as an intravenous user, Reneau pumped huge quantities of meth into her veins and created $52,000 in debt before she was arrested.

    “The smartest thing my family ever did was not bail me out of jail that night,” Reneau said. “I hate to say it, but I would have been right back there if they would have.”

    Reneau said methamphetamine withdrawal can last for months and that’s why a lot of addicts start using again.

    “You have the shakes and you vomit and you sweat,” Reneau said. “When you just think that you can’t live, the buzzing starts, buzzing in your ears and that can last for months.”

    Meth is synthetic and  manufactured using a number of abrasive, toxic and poisonous substances; acetone, commonly found in finger nail polish remover, Lithium from batteries, hydrochloric acid, Sudafed, paint thinner, red phosphorous, lye, sulfuric acid, ammonia, toilet bowl and drain cleaner can all be used to concoct methamphetamine.

    Reneau said 80 percent of the meth in Idaho comes from Mexican drug cartels wreducing the number of local meth labs. For more information about how to start a conversation about meth, go to methproject.org.

    “Don’t think that you kid is a good kid and he won’t be exposed, failing to have the talk is, in my opinion, lethal,” Reneau said.

    The 30-member Pocatello Kiwanis Club hosted District officers during the Tuesday luncheon.

    Prior to the one-hour meeting, Pocatello Attorney Mark Nye announced that former Gov. John Evans passed away Tuesday morning and he asked members to keep the Idaho Democrat and his family in their thoughts.

    Utah Idaho District Kiwanis Governor Jim Spinelli said the group raises money to support projects that serve children.

    Spinelli lived in Pocatello for seven years and now resides in Hailey. He said Kiwanis clubs are working to make this year’s convention, set for Aug. 1 -3 at the Clarion in Pocatello, more family oriented.

    The district encompasses all of Idaho and Utah and represents 52 Kiwanis clubs with a combined membership of more than 1,400.

    Spinelli expects about 100 members and their families to attend the convention next month.

    Revas Turner of Twin Falls is the incoming District Governor, he will assume the position following the August convention.

 

 

 

 

 

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BONNEY LAKE — Deputies found an 8-year-old girl inside a house filled with drugs in Bonney Lake.

According to court documents, deputies found several pounds of meth inside the home. The crystal and liquid meth was in every room including the kitchen where it was being processed right where food was being prepared.

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Deputies arrested the girl’s mother, Rosa Cuevas-Valencia, and her boyfriend, Jesus Villagomez-Ledezma.

Prosecutors say Villagomez-Ledezma was turning liquid methamphetamine into crystal meth at his homes in both Bonney Lake and Sumner.

Prosecutors charged him with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of a firearm while not being a citizen of the United States.

Cuevas-Valencia is charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Authorities also seized eight guns and thousands of dollars in cash, according to court papers.

The child and her 12-year-old brother are now with Child Protective Services. Officials will test them for exposure to meth.

 

 

 

 

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Meth seizures in Georgia and nearby states increased dramatically from two years ago, according to a regional drug-tracking agency.

The rise comes at a time when officials hoped the public’s heightened awareness of the drug’s dangers was beating back the meth problem.

Law-enforcement officers seized more than 734 kilograms of power and crystal meth last year, enough meth to fill five bathtubs. That haul represents a 789 percent increase from the 93 kilos of meth seized in 2011, according to an annual review released by the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program in June.

Most of the meth was seized in Atlanta and North Georgia as it settled in the state or began the journey to large markets such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York, the review said.

Inexpensive, high-quality meth has flooded the market despite laws that moved pseudoephedrine – a main ingredient commonly found in cold and flu medicines – behind the counter. It has flourished despite a lull in production from 2010 to 2011, according to multiple drug agencies, and an increasing awareness of the drug’s dangerous side effects.

“Some drugs you hardly hear about anymore,” said Jack Killorin, director of the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA program. “But meth is forever back.”

Eight metro-Atlanta drug agencies listed meth as either an increasing threat or their greatest drug threat in the report.

Once thought to be the drug of the poor, rural whites, meth no longer has clear demographic ties. Crystal meth, known as “ice,” is on the rise from the suburbs of Cobb County and Forsyth to Cherokee and DeKalb.

“You can’t say it’s just a drug for out in the country anymore,” said Maj. Vince Hester, whose Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna drug task force listed meth as the greatest increasing threat in its area, second only to heroin.

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The meth is transported in juice boxes, or beer bottles or gas tanks, making it difficult for authorities to track.

Mexican cartels moved to liquid meth in recent years to fool border officials, a nationwide trend that was noted by the National Methamphetamine & Pharmaceuticals Initiative in 2013. A 16-year-old drug trafficker died in November after drinking liquid meth to convince San Diego authorities that it was juice.

By the end of last year, Killorin said, more meth was being transported in powder form.

“With the powder, you can mold it, you can put it in different things to smuggle it,” Killorin said. “With liquid, you’re kind of stuck because it doesn’t compress.”

Drugs including meth and heroin are cooked in bulk in Mexico and then moved to Atlanta, a major distribution hub for the rest of the East Coast, according to the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA program. Drug producers travel across I-20, then carry their cargo via I-85 and I-95 to cities along the east coast.

The meth is processed from liquid or powder form into a usable product through conversion labs, stealthy operations that have mostly replaced the homegrown super-labs that dominated the meth discussion and inspired television dramas for so long.

One such conversion lab exploded in February at an apartment on Jameson Pass in Alpharetta, sending a pair of French doors into the streets of the quiet suburb early on a Saturday morning. If it weren’t for the blast, the drug operation may have gone unnoticed by authorities.

That site was included in an indictment of 17 Mexican drug operatives that was announced in May. Law officials reported seizing 644 pounds of meth, 37 kilograms of heroin, 27 kilograms of cocaine and $680,000 in drug proceeds through a series of arrests since October 2013.

While some of the seizures happened in rural counties traditionally considered at-risk for meth, the arrests also included men from Alpharetta and Sandy Springs.

“We’re seeing [meth use] from all walks of life,” said Joe Chesnut, a drug agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “Within the past 24 months, it’s become the top priority.”

 

 

 

 

 

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A 23-year-old man is facing federal drug trafficking charges following his arrest near Temecula last week, according to Border Patrol officials.

The unidentified man, a U.S. citizen, was arrested Thursday when a total of 50 bundles of methamphetamine were found in his 2003 Nissan Sentra, according to U.S. Border Patrol Spokeswoman Mary Beth Caston.

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It all began around 11 a.m. Thursday when agents patrolling Interstate 15 in the Temecula area pulled the man over, and a K9 alerted that something wasn’t right with the vehicle, according to Caston.

“During a search of the vehicle, agents located 50 bundles of methamphetamine hidden under the carpet of the driver’s seat,” Caston said.  “The bundles weighed 68.34 pounds and are worth an estimated $683,400.”
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The man was arrested and the drugs were turned over to the DEA.  Border Patrol officials seized the sedan, according to Caston.

“The suspect faces federal charges for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance,” she said.

Border Patrol officials tell Patch the agents who made the bust are assigned to the agency’s “Smuggling Interdiction Group,” or SIG, which is made up of members from the eight San Diego Sector stations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Montgomery County, TN – Agents with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force last night, July 8th, 2014,  dismantled a methamphetamine lab at a local apartment and arrested one woman.

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Samantha Smith, 29, who gave a 245 Executive Drive Apt. 2A address, was booked into Montgomery County Jail on charges of initiating the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. on Executive Drive in Clarksville.

“Clarksville Police Department responded to a call at the complex where children were complaining of a chemical smell and a burning sensation in their eyes,” said Sgt. Kyle Darnell, Director of the 19th JDDTF. “They called us for assistance and we searched the apartment.”

Agents collected components used in creating methamphetamines, which lead to the quarantine of the entire building, as the apartments in the building share an attic and ventilation system.

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“The neighbors, who were innocent in all this, found themselves displaced because of the meth being manufactured in the apartment,” Darnell said.

Along with CPD, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS provided assistance at the scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2014/07/09/drug-task-force-dismantles-meth-lab-clarksville-arrests-samantha-smith/

 

A pharmacy in Wilson County ranks among the top 25 in the state in sales of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

According to a report from the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, the Walgreen’s at 1303 W. Main St. in Lebanon ranks in the tops in the state in pseudoephedrine sellers.

The report, which collected data through May, shows the Lebanon Walgreen’s location, the only store in Wilson County on the list, had 2,347 transactions that included pseudoephedrine, with more than 5,000 total grams sold, averaging 2.13 grams per sale.

The Lebanon Walgreen’s ranked No. 6 on the list of most pseudoephedrine sold, just after Walgreen’s locations in Memphis, Chattanooga, Collierville, Clarksville and Dickson, respectively. The Memphis location tops the list with 6,492 total grams sold through May.

Of the top 25 pseudoephedrine sellers in the state, 22 stores were Walgreen’s locations across Tennessee. There was one instance of a CVS in Powell and two instances of Walmart pharmacies, one in Covington and one in Kingsport.

Locations with stores that appear in the top 25 multiple times include Knoxville with four different stores, Memphis with three different stores and Nashville with two different stores.

It’s a battle that we are fighting every day,” Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said. “Hopefully the change in the law that took effect July 1 will have a significant impact on the illegal pseudoephedrine purchases or ‘smurfing.’ It was shocking to me to see a local store in the top 10 in pseudoephedrine sales. I believe it definitely plays a part in our problem.

Additionally, TMPTF also released a report last month of Middle Tennessee-region meth seizure totals through May.

According to the report, which is totaled by county, Wilson County had a 116-percent increase in total seizures compared to the same time last year.

Through May 2013, Wilson County had six seizures. Year to date, the county’s seizures more than doubled with 13.

Wilson County is just under Giles and Putnam counties in the Middle Tennessee region, which both had 17, and Hickman County, which had 14. However, Putnam’s seizure numbers were down 55 percent, and Hickman’s seizure numbers decreased by 39 percent.

Wilson County also showed one of the top increase changes from 2013, just under Williamson County, which increased 250 percent, and Marshall County, which increased 200 percent, in reported meth task force seizures.

“We have seen a huge increase the first six months this year compared to last,” Bowen said. “Hopefully the last six months will tell a different story.”

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Tracy Hoffman, 35 of Gering, has been arrested on charges of felony drug distribution. She’s been charged with two Class II felony counts of distribution of morphine within 1,000 of a school zone.

She’s also been charged with one count of Class II felony for distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

The charges result from a WING Drug Task Force investigation that began in September 2013. Court documents detailed a number of controlled buys where cooperating individuals purchased methamphetamine of morphine from Hoffman.

The exchanges were made at the Dollar General store in Gering or at the Loaf and Jug convenience store in Gering. Both are within 1,000 feet of a marked drug free school zone.
 

 

 

 

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(WBIR – Monroe County) Mallory Loyola, 26, of Madisonville gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, July 6th. Two days later, Loyola was arrested and charged with simple assault.

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Loyola and her young daughter both tested positive for amphetamine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Deputies say Loyola admitted to smoking meth three to four days before giving birth to her child.

State officials say to their knowledge Loyola is the first in the state to be charged under a new Tennessee law that took effect on July 1st. The new law states “a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug“.

“It’s sad to see a child not getting an opportunity to come drug-free and given a chance. We want to see our children have a chance in life,” said Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens. “Children need the chance and it’s sad when you see children who come out born into the world already addicted to drugs.”

Loyola has an arrest history with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that dates back to August 2012. She’s faced several charges of possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation and has spent some time behind bars.

No bond has yet been set for Loyola regarding her newest charge of simple assault. She remains in the Monroe County jail.

The Department of Children’s Services said the newborn baby is not yet in state custody, as they continue to investigate.

 

 

 

 

 

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PUTRAJAYA: It was short-lived freedom for a Nigerian man who had earlier been acquitted of drug trafficking, which carries the death sentence, when the Federal Court here allowed the prosecution’s appeal and upheld his conviction and punishment.

Nolose Albert Raleshome, 35, was found guilty by the High Court on Jan 11, 2013 and sentenced to death by hanging for trafficking in 707.5 gm of methamphetamine at the Food Court 118 carpark in Taman Len Seng, Cheras about noon on Dec 30, 2010.

However, on Dec 9, 2013, the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal and quashed the conviction and sentence on grounds that the chemist’s oral evidence contradicted with her report.

Today, a five-member panel chaired by Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif in an unanimous decision, set aside the court of appeal’s decision and affirmed the high court’s judgement.

Justice Md Raus held that there was no material contradiction in the chemist’s oral testimony and her report with regard to the homogenisation of the crystalline substances containing methamphetamine.

According to the facts of the case, a police team acting on a tip off, trailed a car driven by Raleshome from Taman Connaught, Cheras to Taman Len Seng.

The team subsequently apprehended Raleshome and found a black bag containing a package of crystalline substances in his car. The report prepared by chemist Muzaiyanah Mohd Kaprawi stated that the crystalline substances contained methamphetamine.

Raleshome’s defence was that he was a student from Lesotho and came to Malaysia in January 2010 to study in a language school. He testified that he was waiting in front of a bank in his rented car for his friend’s girlfriend who wanted to use the vehicle for a day. He claimed he had no knowledge about the bag and that it belonged to his friend’s girlfriend.

Deputy public prosecutor Awang Amardajaya Awang Mahmud appeared for the prosecution while Raleshome was represented by counsel Ram Karpal Singh.

 

 

 

 

 

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn’t want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was heavily into a meth addiction when she strangled or suffocated the infants from 1996 to 2006, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts told The Associated Press.

She wasn’t worried about potential health problems caused by her drug abuse while pregnant, she simply didn’t want to care for them, he said. “It was completely selfish. She was high on drugs and didn’t want the babies, or the responsibility,” Roberts said. “That was her priority at the time.”

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Authorities think a seventh baby found in her Pleasant Grove garage after an April search was stillborn.

Police had previously declined to discuss a motive in the case, saying only that it had been uncovered during interviews with Huntsman.

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Huntsman has been held in Utah County Jail since April 13, and her bail has been set at $6 million. She has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and is due in court in Provo on July 21. She has not yet entered a plea.

Her lawyer, public defender Anthony Howell, declined comment Tuesday, saying office policy prevents him from discussing open cases.

Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, spent more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to meth charges. He was released to a halfway house in Salt Lake City in January.

West made the grisly discovery April 12 while cleaning out the garage of the home he had shared with Huntsman. He told police he found a dead infant in a small white box covered with electrician’s tape.

Six other bodies were found after police obtained a search warrant. Documents show the newborns had been wrapped in shirts or towels inside individual boxes in the garage.

West lived with Huntsman during the decade their children were killed before going to federal prison in 2006, but he isn’t a suspect in the deaths, Roberts said. Investigators don’t know how he could have been oblivious to the pregnancies or deaths, but they don’t plan to bring him in for further questioning.

Huntsman remains the only suspect in the investigation, which remains open, Roberts said. Results of a psychological examination of Huntsman haven’t been disclosed.

DNA results revealed Tuesday showed that all seven babies were full term and that five were girls and two were boys. Those tests also confirmed that West was biological father of the infants.

Previous tests from the Utah state lab found that the babies were likely dead anywhere from two to 10 years or more, Roberts said.

The day of the grisly discovery, Huntsman told police that were eight or nine dead babies in her home, a previously released search warrant affidavit showed. But Roberts said Huntsman was confused and was taking a ballpark guess. Roberts said Tuesday investigators continue to believe there were only seven.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2685147/Police-motive-dead-baby-case.html

Summary: A Beaverton man accused of smoking meth with a runaway teenager and sexually abusing her has been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.

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The case: About 9:15 a.m. on April 12, Beaverton police received a tip of a runaway teenager at the Peppertree Inn, 10720 S.W. Allen Blvd., accompanied by Chance O. Daring, 44, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers found Daring and a 17-year old girl in a room at the motel. Officers searched the room and discovered meth, then arrested Daring. Daring told officers the drugs were his and that he had smoked meth with the girl several times since checking in the previous Wednesday, the affidavit said. Daring also claimed he had engaged in a sex act with the teen. Daring was accused of unlawful possession of meth, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and sexual abuse.

Update: On June 2, Daring pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine to a person under age 18.

Sentence: Daring was given a 22-month suspended jail sentence and three years of probation. Daring was fined $200 and must pay $624 in attorney’s fees. Daring must undergo drug abuse and sex offender treatment programs, cannot use controlled substances, including prescriptions and cannot associate with drug users. Daring cannot have contact with minors, cannot live with children, or be in places where children frequently congregate. Daring agreed to waive client-psychiatrist privilege, register as a sex offender, cannot have contact with the victim and cannot view, listen to or own pornographic materials.

 

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2014/07/beaverton_man_44_smokes_meth_w.html

 

 

 

Hell hath no fury like a husband scorned, particularly ones who smoke meth. While giving his wife a ride, jilted husband Thomas Nolan spotted his better half’s new boyfriend walking down the street and mowed him down. Police in Longview, Washington say Nolan intentionally ran over Nickolas Peterson last week, an act of revenge that left his estranged spouse scratching her head.

“He’s not usually like this,” said Lisa Nolan.

Maybe it was the meth, which Thomas Nolan admitted to smoking the day before. Or the fact that his marriage of several years had recently crumbled. Or perhaps the indignity of having to ferry his wife around town while she dated another man just got to be too much for the 39-year-old.

On Thursday, Lisa Nolan says she had jury duty and asked her husband to pick her up at the courthouse and take her to work. He did, but he didn’t seem too pleased about it.

“I have to run somebody over,” an angry and irritated Thomas Nolan said, according to court records. Lisa Nolan didn’t take the threat seriously, but she probably should have. As the couple drove west along Delaware Street near Ninth Avenue, Thomas Nolan spotted Peterson, his wife’s lover, by the side of the road.

“When he saw him, he just gunned it,” Lisa Nolan said. “I was trying to get out of the car so I could call 911.”

It probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Thomas Nolan sped up and hopped the curb in his 1996 Ford Explorer, ramming right into Peterson, witnesses said. His car continued forward and rolled right over his adversary, police said. Thomas Nolan then jumped out of the Explorer and bolted.

Authorities rushed a bruised and battered Peterson to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview. He later left the hospital with a broken foot. Cops, meanwhile, quickly caught up with the broken-hearted husband and dragged him off to the Cowlitz County Jail. Thomas Nolan was booked on suspicion of first-degree assault and may face additional charges. On Monday, his bail was set at $100,000.

Lisa Nolan said that she and her husband had separated back in April. After the separation, she started dating Peterson, who had been a family friend for 25 years.

“Tommy didn’t like that,” she said.

https://www.vocativ.com/underworld/crime/meth-fiend-husband-runs-wifes-new-boyfriend-wife-car/

PEARL, Miss. —A Pearl woman is facing charges after Rankin County deputies said they found drugs hidden in her 5-year-old daughter’s pants.

Margaret Lopez Carrillo, 35, was pulled over in Pearl Monday in a traffic stop, authorities said. After Carrillo gave deputies permission to search her vehicle, a crack pipe was found, authorities said. Methamphetamine was found in the girl’s pants, investigators said.

Carrillo’s 12-year-old daughter told deputies that her mother told her to hide the drugs in her sister’s pants, authorities said.

Carrillo was arrested and is facing drug possession and child neglect charges, authorities said.

 

 

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A man faces charges in a case involving drugs and a female juvenile.

Robert Ethan Zachary, 19, of 1725 Lee Anding Road in Ouachita Parish, was arrested at 11:26 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Pine Ridge Road. He is accused of possession with intent to distribute a Class II controlled and dangerous substance (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled and dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

According to Zachary’s arrest affidavit, he was stopped on Pine Ridge after crossing the white line several times and weaving in a lane on Edwards Road.

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A member of the SCAT team from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said the driver, identified as Zachary, would not look in the officer’s face while answering questions. Zachary’s hands also were shaking uncontrollably, the report said.

The female passenger in the vehicle also would not look at the officer while answering questions, and her hands were shaking as well, the report said.

A female officer from the West Monroe Police Department was called to the scene to search the female. During the search, the juvenile said she had narcotics in her private area and handed over a bag of suspected methamphetamine.

After waiving Miranda rights, Zachary said he gave the suspected meth to the juvenile, who put it down her pants. Zachary reportedly said he sold the meth and had $259 on him at the time of the arrest, the report said. He also reportedly said he knew the passenger was a juvenile and gave her the drugs because he did not want to go to jail.

Zachary was taken to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking.

 

 

 

 

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Police say in two methamphetamine investigations this week, they found evidence of the “one-pot” method of cooking the drug.

FOX 11 took a closer look at what police say is a significant and growing problem.

When a pound of meth is produced, another five to six pounds of hazardous waste is generated. That waste is shown in pictures from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

But lately, police say meth users are creating the drug using the smaller, one-pot method. It only creates one gram of meth at a time.

“We have a lot of people working on it,” said Pete Thelen.

Thelen is a special agent for the state Department of Justice. He is based in Appleton and works with local police departments to investigate meth labs.

“They use, most likely, a Gatorade bottle because of the wider mouth on the top,” said Thelen. “It’s easier to get the chemicals inside of it. And if you were to come across something that was used for this, you might see sludge in the bottom of it.”

Thelen says about 75 percent of meth labs he’s uncovered in the past two years use the one-pot method.

“I think the most we’ve ever found at one location was 30 discarded one-pots,” he said. “So what they do to avoid detection is throw it out in the ditch or out in the garbage.”

That’s when anyone can find the evidence. Thelen says sometimes the meth making process isn’t complete so someone could start a fire if they touch the materials.

“If you see something that doesn’t like a soda bottle should be or a Gatorade bottle should be, call your local police department and they can come and assess it,” he said.

Thelen adds the one-pot process is quick. It takes about 21 minutes to cook and extract the meth, then users throw their materials away and start again.

 

 

 

http://fox11online.com/2014/07/08/closer-look-at-meth-sites/

 

 

 

 

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — On Monday, investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office assisted NC probation officers with a search of 189 Catfish Terrace, Salisbury.

During this search, investigators found about 1.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine and digital scales, officials said.

Jamie Lynne Myers, 36, was arrested and charged with probation violation, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to deputies.

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 She received a $25,000 secured bond for the probation violation and $50,000 secured bond for the drug charges.

Myers is currently on probation for a conviction resulting from an Oct. 31, 2013 search warrant executed by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, at her previous address at 1328 Montgomery Avenue, Salisbury.

During this search, Myers was found in possession of approximately 14 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Myers is also currently out on bond after being stopped by the Mooresville Police Department on July 2, 2014, and found to be in possession of approximately 15 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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Rowan woman arrested on meth charge for 3rd time

A Rowan County woman was arrested Monday on a methamphetamine charge – five days after being arrested in Mooresville on a meth charge less than two months after a meth-related conviction, authorities say.

Jamie Lynne Myers, 36, of Salisbury, has been charged with probation violation, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed under $25,000 bond for the parole violation and $50,000 for the drug charges.

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Investigators said sheriff’s deputies and probation officers searched Myers’ residence in the 100 block of Catfish Terrace and found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and digital scales.

The Sheriff’s Office said Myers is on probation for a May 2014 drug conviction. Authorities said Myers also was arrested by Mooresville police on July 2. Officers allege she had 15 grams of methamphetamine with her.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/08/5030647/rowan-woman-arrested-on-meth-charge.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

 

 

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 SALTON CITY, Calif.A woman was arrested Monday after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station discovered 24.6 lbs. of methamphetamine hidden in the dashboard of her minivan.

Agents said the 47-year-old woman was stopped at about 5:50 a.m. when she pulled up to the Highway 86 checkpoint in a 1995 Plymouth Voyager.

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Agents inspected the van after a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. During their search, agents found 17 small packages of meth hidden inside the dashboard.

The methamphetamine weighed 24.6 pounds and is worth an estimated $159,900, according to the Border Patrol’s release.

The suspect is a United States citizen. She was taken into custody and the drugs and the minivan were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.

 

 

 

http://www.kesq.com/news/woman-busted-with-246-lbs-of-meth-by-border-patrol/26832008

 

 

A loud bang that startled an eastern Sioux Falls neighborhood Friday evening was the sound of what police say is a growing problem in the city: small-batch, mobile methamphetamine manufacturing.

JayJay Stanton Coronado, 29, was driving a white Buick LeSabre on East Sixth Street while he and Kristy Jeanee Wilker, 38, made methamphetamine in a 20-ounce pop bottle in the front seat using a formula known as the “one-pot” method.

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The small-batch, pop-bottle-sized operations have become more common since a state law restricted access to Sudafed, a key ingredient in meth. Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens said police have found more than 50 such labs in the city since 2012.

The method involves smaller, easier to obtain quantities of chemicals, but Clemens said the mixture is just as volatile.

A car fire was reported near Sixth Street and LaSalle Avenue at 6:44 p.m. Friday. Police say the couple’s one-pot meth lab ruptured, burning both Coronado and Wilker and setting their car on fire.

Coronado continued to drive down Sixth Street and struck a light pole. Before backing up from the pole, they tossed out their burned clothes and what remained of the lab. They continued driving through the neighborhood as residents called police to report the burning car, which stopped in the parking lot of Oak View Library, 3700 E. Third St.

“The car had two flat tires. I don’t know if that’s why they finally stopped or if it was because of the injuries they received,” Clemens said.

Emergency responders found both Coronado and Wilker with burns to various parts of their body. A small amount of meth was found inside the car. They also found another one-pot meth lab inside the truck.

Coronado was airlifted to a burn unit at a Minneapolis hospital. Wilker was treated and released from a local hospital. She appeared in court Monday afternoon. Both are from Sioux Falls.

Both suspects are charged with possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They face up to 15 years in prison.

Lori Ehlers, a deputy state’s attorney for Minnehaha County, asked Judge John Schlimgen to hold Wilker on a $10,000 cash-only bond, citing the danger she put herself and the surrounding community in.

“This act was extremely dangerous and dangerous to the community. (Wilker) is lucky that she was not hurt worse or even killed and lucky no one else was hurt or killed considering this happened in a public area and that it happened inside a vehicle,” Ehler said.

Schlimgen set bond for Wilker at $5,000 cash or surety.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2014/07/07/mobile-meth-labs-becoming-common-sioux-falls/12318779/

 

 

Mobile Meth Lab Explodes In SF

A mobile meth lab explosion in Sioux Falls is drawing more attention to the hazards of manufacturing drugs. Two people were burned when their one-pot meth lab burst Friday evening, starting a car on fire.

JayJay Coronado, 29, suffered chemical burns so bad he was airlifted to a burn unit in Minnesota. Kristy Wilker, 38 years old, was treated in Sioux Falls. Both face charges including possession and manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department says people are taking big risks when they mix chemicals for drugs, and that’s exacerbated in a car when they combine caustic chemicals in vessels like pop bottles to manufacture meth.

“It’s so mobile, and you don’t know really where somebody could be making it. They could be making it pretty much anywhere,” Clemens says. “In the past, we saw those big labs, typically in more isolated areas, but they would hit other places. But with this one-pot, it could be anywhere. That’s the scary part of it.”

Clemens says the volatile chemicals can explode and start fires, as they did the over the weekend. He says that’s the main danger mobile meth labs pose to the public, because people usually have to be close to the fumes or chemicals to harm their health.

Clemens says anyone who sees what looks like suspicious chemicals in a bottle should call police. He says otherwise people can suffer burns if they try to clean it up themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

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LAREDOU.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized $5.5 million in narcotics over the 4th of July weekend.

“Our frontline officers remained focused on their inspections amid heavy traffic and that dedication combined with experience and technology resulted in several significant seizures of hard narcotics,” said Joseph Misenhelter, CBP Port Director. “Seizures like these reinforce the border security aspect of our mission and underscore that the drug threat remains constant.”

The largest seizure occurred on Friday when CBP officers working at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge stopped a 2005 Chevy Express van driven by a 55-year-old male Mexican citizen residing in Atlanta, Ga. for further examination.

During the examination, CBP officers discovered a combined weight of 126 pounds of methamphetamine within parts of the vehicle. The estimated street value for the narcotics is nearly $4 million.

Also on Friday, at the same bridge, CBP officers found eight pounds of methamphetamine hidden within the luggage of a 20-year-old man from Anaheim, California. The meth had an estimated street value of $265,000.

The third seizure occurred on Saturday as CBP officers discovered 19 bundles containing 39 pounds of cocaine hidden within a 2010 Honda Civic driven by a 56-year-old woman from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

In all three seizures, CBP officers turned the subjects over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

CBP Field Operations at Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organization.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHATHAM COUNTY, GA The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office says they uncovered a meth lab during a routine in eviction last week in Chatham County.

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The sheriff’s office says they were completing the eviction at an apartment complex on White Bluff Road on Wednesday, July 2nd when something, “caught the deputies eye.” The sheriff’s office then contacted CNT, who located all of the elements of an active meth lab inside the apartment.

27-year-old Raymond McKinney and 23-year-old Sabrina Rudolph have been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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http://www.wsav.com/story/25953530/routine-eviction-uncovers-meth-lab-in-chatham-co

 

 

WICHITA, Kan.are searching for a man accused of kidnapping a woman, and forcing her to smoke meth.

The 20-year-old woman told police she was taken against her will and forced into a car in the Walmart parking lot near 29th and Rock Rd. Saturday. The woman said the man had a knife, and told her to drive to a hotel on south Broadway.

Police said the victim reports the man forcing her to smoke methamphetamine several times through an 11-hour period. The woman was released early Sunday morning, and called police.

The woman did not identify the hotel, and police did not say if she was hurt.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5’6″ tall, weighing 180 lbs., with black hair and a buzz cut. The woman said the man was covered in tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/wpd-woman-kidnapped-forced-to-smoke-meth/26817784

 

After prodding by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, CVS pharmacy stores in West Virginia have stopped selling a popular cold medication that criminals use to make illegal methamphetamine.

CVS, with 50 stores across the state, no longer sells cold medicines that solely contain pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient.

Meth cooks demand those cold and allergy pills — mostly sold under the Sudafed brand name — because they yield potent meth without byproducts.

“CVS’s commitment to terminating local sales of single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products will undoubtedly help curb the growth of meth labs and meth abuse,” said Manchin, D-W.Va., who pressed CVS executives to make the inventory change over the past several months. CVS’s single-ingredient pseudoephedrine sales ban also extends to another 40 stores within 15 miles of West Virginia’s border — stores in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, said Mike DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman.

“We took this step as part of our long-standing commitment to assuring that [pseudoephedrine] products are purchased at our stores for only legitimate medical purposes,” DeAngelis said.

Also, Walgreens notified Manchin’s office last week that the drugstore chain plans to stop carrying single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products in West Virginia. A Walgreens spokesman confirmed the change, and said the company was “still working out details.”

Walgreens has 17 stores in the state.

Last year, West Virginia law enforcement agencies seized 530 meth labs, a record number. Police have busted 207 labs statewide so far this year.In 2013, CVS drugstores sold more than 51,000 boxes of cold medications with pseudoephedrine in West Virginia, according to data from a drug-tracking system called NPLEx. Only two pharmacy chains sold more: Rite Aid, with 105 stores statewide, reported about 124,000 purchases, while West Virginia’s 37 Walmarts sold 104,000 boxes.

CVS stopped selling cold products — including Sudafed 12 Hour, Sudafed 24 Hour and store-brand equivalents — with pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient June 20, DeAngelis said. CVS continues to sell Zephrex-D, a tamper-resistant cold medication that contains pseudoephedrine as its only ingredient. Meth cooks cannot make the illegal drug with Zephrex-D. CVS stores also now carry a display that promotes the tamper-resistant medicine.

“By replacing the single-ingredient products that are preferred in the making of meth with a tamper-resistant version in these [90] stores, our customers continue to have access to a single-ingredient pseudoephedrine product for legitimate purposes,” DeAngelis said.

CVS also still stocks cold medications, such as Claritin-D, Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D, which combine pseudoephedrine and other ingredients, including antihistamines and pain relievers. Those medicines can be used to make meth.“What CVS is doing is a good first step,” said Dr. Dan Foster, who heads a Kanawha County Commission substance abuse task force.

“The next step is to stop selling these combination products, which can just as easily be made into meth. They want to continue selling these combo products because that’s where they make their profits.”

In February, CVS set new pseudoephedrine purchase limits that are more restrictive than those under West Virginia law. CVS customers can buy no more than 3.6 grams of the cold medication each month, and no more than 24 grams, or about 10 boxes, per year. State law allows people to buy 7.2 grams a month and 48 grams each year.CVS also uses the NPLEx tracking system to block purchases from people who might try to circumvent its more-restrictive limits by shopping at multiple CVS stores.

Last fall, Rite Aid stores in West Virginia stopped stocking single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products amid a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigation. The DEA’s Tactical Diversion Unit requested scores of records that document Rite Aid’s sales of pseudoephedrine.

Since then, Rite Aid’s sales of the meth-making cold medicine have dropped by 30 percent in West Virginia. Also last year, Fruth Pharmacy, with 16 stores in West Virginia, was the state’s first drugstore chain to stop selling medications that contain pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient.Pharmacies keep medications containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter. Customers must show a photo ID and sign a form to purchase the products. In June, West Virginia pharmacies sold 21,000 boxes of pseudoephedrine — the lowest statewide sales total since drugstores started reporting to the NPLEx system in January 2013. Eight West Virginia Walmarts were among the state’s top-10 sellers of pseudoephedrine last month. Walgreens had two stores on the list. The Summersville Walmart led all stores. Law enforcement authorities say pseudoephedrine sales are closely linked to illegal meth production.

In December, the Sunday Gazette-Mail reported that West Virginia counties with the highest per-capita sales of pseudopehdrine also had the most meth lab busts. The newspaper’s finding was part of a series called “The Meth Menace.”

“Substance abuse has ravaged West Virginia, and the local production and abuse of methamphetamine has only added to the epidemic,” Manchin said. “It is past time that we take strong action to stop this cycle of abuse.”Earlier this year, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would have required people to get a doctor’s prescription before they could buy pseudoephedrine.

The House of Delegates gutted the bill, and the legislation died the last night of the session after the House missed a deadline to file a proposed compromise agreement.

Only two states, Mississippi and Oregon, have prescription laws. The number of meth labs has declined significantly in those states.

“Certainly, I have to applaud CVS for doing something, but there is more left to be done,” said Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, who supported the prescription legislation. “They’re slowing down the bleeding, but they haven’t stopped it. I’m hopeful over time that the retail outlets will all come to recognize that the best way to end the meth lab problem is to make sure only those people who have a prescription for the drug get it.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140707/GZ01/140709584/1101

 

  TIPTONVILLE, TN (KFVS) – Lake County officers say a woman tried to eat marijuana after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found in a car following a traffic stop in Tennessee. And, two others hid in a truck near a home that had with drugs and a loaded handgun.

It happened after a traffic stop on July 3 on Old Highway 78 South of Tiptonville.

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The driver of the vehicle, Miracle Pounds, 35, of Ridgely, Tennessee was taken into custody and charged with possession of schedule II methamphetamine, possession of schedule VI marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Pounds was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Officers say that she had tried to eat marijuana as the officers conducted their search.

The passenger of the vehicle, Brad Shipley, 33, of Ridgely, was taken into custody for possession of marijuana. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Tiptonville Police Department during the traffic stop.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies then did a follow up investigation by conducting a search of a home located on Owl Hoot Road in Southern Lake County.

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Deputies found Bradley Crouch, 32, of Gadsen and Derek Newman, 31, of Alamo trying to hide in a truck parked in the driveway of the residence.

While searching the vehicle, deputies found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded 9 mm handgun.

Inside the home, officers found around 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and 18 grams of marijuana.

Bradley Crouch and Derek Newman were charged with possession of schedule II methamphetamine, possession of schedule VI marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Newman was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The Ridgley Police Department assisted with the search.

All four will appear before Judge Danny Goodman, Jr. for arraignment on July 7.

 

 

 

 

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Nobody knows better than Aaron Martin how methamphetamine can ruin a life — because it messed up his.

Seduced by the drug at 16, the 20-year-old from Roseburg is now a year away from finishing a 46-month sentence with the Oregon Youth Authority at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass.

He’s written a powerful poem about his experience with meth — so gripping it recently won the top prize among more than 400 entries in Words Unlocked, a national poetry contest for youths in detention — and his words leave no doubt about the depths that follow the highs for a habitual user.

…. Into your lungs, through your veins,

straight to the brain. Exhale … Pure white,

beautiful, buzzing,

cloud carrying your worries away ….

Free of the drug since his incarceration, Martin still remembers exactly how he felt the first time he used — was forced to use, he says — methamphetamine at a summertime party four years ago.

Bored with school, he had dropped out halfway through his sophomore year but eventually enrolled at the Warner School at Umpqua Training & Employment where he completed his GED.

“I had it in a week or two — I aced all the tests,” Martin said. “I got a perfect score in math, and my average score was 650, so I got it with honors.”

To celebrate, he went to a party where he “drank quite a bit,” which had become a regular routine.

But at this particular party, “there were seven or eight people at a motel, and I didn’t know exactly what was going on, but there were two guys who kept going in and out of the bathroom,” Martin recalls.

Eventually, probably suspicious that he realized what they were doing, they took him aside.

“They pulled a gun and got out a crack pipe, and they said I knew what was going on so I had to do it too, so I wouldn’t snitch on them, so I did.”

Even now, knowing the havoc that ensued, Martin describes his first high with awe.

I can’t describe it — it was out-of-the-world great,” he said. “I felt a huge well of emotion inside, and all my stress was gone. It was paradise, like nothing could go wrong.”

He didn’t try it again for six months, until December 2010.

“My friends didn’t use, and I just kept on drinking and partying with them, and I didn’t tell anyone what had happened,” he said. “But in December, all of a sudden I wanted to do it again.”

He had $20, and he “knew generally how to find it,” and after that second encounter, “I was pretty much hooked,” Martin said. “It was an escape.”

He’d started taking classes, “but at 16 I was really irresponsible, and I really didn’t want to go to school. I started using (meth) every couple of days.”

He hid what he was doing by asking his parents for a couple of dollars here and there, “and sometimes people would say, ‘Want to get high with us?’ for no cost.”

He’d stay “up” for a couple of days, then crash.

On the down side, “I was really depressed, really irritable, physically and emotionally exhausted,” Martin recalls.

He hid it all by hanging out in his room, watching television or exchanging text messages with friends.

Ironically, it wasn’t the meth itself but the “texting” that landed him in trouble with the law, after his girlfriend figured out he was using and threatened to tell, which led to a huge fight.

“To get back at her, I had a nude picture of her, and I sent it out and forwarded it and told everyone else to forward it,” he said.

Instead, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy showed up and Martin was charged with “sexting.”

Because his girlfriend was under 18, prosecutors charged Martin with a Measure 11 sex offense and released him to his parents, who did not know about his slide into drug use. Arraignment was set for June 2011.

At that point, “I thought, ‘I’m going to be a felon — what am I getting into?’ And it was eventually too much at 17 for me to live with.”

He moved out of his parents’ house, “and I started ‘couch surfing’ wherever there were drugs.”

But it was too hard to come up with the money to pay for them, “so I started selling,” Martin admits. “I got involved with this big Hell’s Angels Irish pride guy, and he said he would give me an 8-ball of meth — an eighth of an ounce — worth $200 to $400, and I just had to give him $50 back. It was an awesome way to stay high.”

By then he was estranged from his family, which he describes as “straight and narrow and upper class,” but at the same time he recognized that “people who did drugs were not the kind of people I wanted to be around.”

I fell for the lies and tricks this inanimate substance

played on me. Like a puppet I was yanked by these strings.

Plucked straight out of space and time, and tossed in this prison.

To think, to regret, to reminisce, in the promises never fulfilled.

Confused, immature and addicted, he was arraigned in June as scheduled but still not jailed, pending sentencing two months later.

By late July, “I wanted to come clean with my parents, and I went to their house,” Martin said. “But I got in an argument with my dad, and I ended up hitting him. That’s when they knew something was really wrong with me and they sent me to juvie (juvenile detention).”

His parents wanted him kept there for treatment, “but they didn’t realize that could mean 46 months in lockup, because I was already facing charges,” he said.

Because he was still a juvenile, a legal back-and-forth went on whether to prosecute Martin as an adult or a juvenile offender. In March 2012, with his parents’ help, he was released on bail, while plea bargaining continued toward eventual disposition of his criminal case.

“I got a job at Subway, and I was living like the good citizen that I wanted to be,” he said.

He reconnected with a “childhood sweetheart,” and things seemed to be improving. They set a wedding date.

But after an article appeared in a Roseburg newspaper about his legal problems, Martin was fired from his job, and he slid back into drug use.

“I was having a hard time paying my bills, so I tried ‘flipping’ cars, fixing them up and selling them,” he said.

“One day, a neighbor came over and asked me to hang out. He asked me if I smoked weed, and I said no. He said he had some meth. I said that wasn’t the way I wanted to go — with my past, I could get five years and a $250,000 fine for that — and I wasn’t in the mood for that.”

But the temptation was too great, and he ended up doing it, “telling myself it would be a one-time thing,” Martin said.

“It felt great, but I was disappointed in myself.”

Trying to stay away from meth, he turned to Adderall, a psychostimulant prescribed to children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but that also has become popular among students trying to focus for papers or exams.

“Eventually it all got out of hand,” he admits, and his fiancée issued an ultimatum: “no getting clean, no getting married.”

Martin went to a drug treatment center in downtown Roseburg and asked to be admitted.

“It cost $200 for a drug screening, which I didn’t have, so I obviously couldn’t afford the inpatient treatment,” he said. “I didn’t want to ask my family for help — I was too embarrassed to let them know I had let them down again.”

He went back to using, two or three times a week, “but I tried to keep it down,” Martin said.

In January 2013, the plea bargain deal came through. Martin agreed to a “five-year downward departure,” meaning that he would stay on the outside, “but if I screwed up, I would have to go in for the amount of time that remained.”

Knowing he would be labeled a felon was so terrible, he said, he began drinking “pretty constantly” until one day, at a friend’s house, he did some meth again. His parole officer, suspecting that he was using, called him in for a drug test, handcuffed him and took him to the county jail.

Even after all that, there was still a possibility, a judge told him, of doing six months of rigorous drug treatment and then 90 days more in a community setting before being released again.

“I told the judge I had problems, that I had done irreparable damage to my life, and I wanted treatment,” said Martin, by then 19 years old. “I said I had finally realized I didn’t have the skills to say no to meth. I was terrified to go to prison, but I was excited to get help.”

He told his fiancée of his intentions, “and I never heard from her again.”

Martin was sent to the intake center at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville for processing into the adult system, but while there, he was told that since his original crime had been committed when he was a minor, he could be remanded to the Oregon Youth Authority.

“That shattered the chance of doing only six months, but I knew it was the better thing for me to do,” he said. “They sent me to Hillcrest (Youth Correctional Facility), and I learned about the drug treatment opportunities there and all the cognitive behavioral stuff that would help me get my moral compass back to north, even if it meant being in (custody) so much longer.”

…. (Meth) robs you of your

hopes, dreams, and future;

And short-sells it to the next generation as a faux promise.

Through his time at Hillcrest and now at Rogue Valley, Martin says he has regained some of the lost “hopes, dreams and future” he wrote about in his award-winning poem, simply called “Meth.”

Before his troubles with drugs began, he had written songs, occasionally traveling from Winston in Douglas County up the freeway as far as Corvallis to perform.

“I also tried writing poetry, but at first I would get stuck on rhythm and rhyming.”

Drawing on his experience with songwriting, Martin realized he could mesh that skill with poetry “as a way to pour out my emotions, so I developed a style that was more like a journal,” he said. “That’s how it came to be.”

So when teacher Kim DeForest announced the Words Unlocked poetry contest, with Chelsea Clinton as one of the judges, he already had the beginnings of a poem he’d started one day “when I caught myself sitting there thinking about all those great feelings of being high and realizing that’s why I am where I am.”

He brought that idea to the writing class, “and the next day I added a little and changed a little,” until it was done.

Not only were his teachers impressed with Martin’s poem, so were the judges of the contest.

After he won, Oregon Youth Authority officials transported him — in shackles — from Grants Pass to Eugene to do an interview for National Public Radio at KLCC, an NPR affiliate in downtown Eugene.

During his time in custody, Martin finished a regular high school diploma and has earned some college credits. Once released, he wants to “get a bachelor’s degree in science — maybe automotive technology,” although he also feels a pull toward management, “so I’m not quite decided.”

After he is released a year or so from now, he still will be subject to three years of post-incarceration supervision.

He knows, having lived in the throes of drug addiction, that temptation will always exist. But he has built a mantra into his own poem.

Pulling a few words from each stanza into the left margin and reading them top to bottom, they say:

(Meth) seems to be

beautiful,

but

it robs you of your

Life.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/07/incarcerated_roseburg_teen_wri.html

 

 

 

Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO-AM) – Police officers were dispatched to a car fire Friday evening in the area of E. 6th Street and N. Sycamore Avenue. The vehicle and its occupants were eventually located at 3700 E. 3rd Street. The driver, JayJay Stanton Coronado, age 29, of Sioux Falls and the passenger, Kristy Jeanne Wilker, age 38, of Sioux Falls, both had burns to various parts of their bodies. The investigation revealed that Coronado was making meth in the vehicle, using the one-pot method, while driving on 6th Street.

In the area of 6th Street and LaSalle Avenue, the one-pot ruptured causing a loud bang and a fire. The vehicle then continued down 6th Street, struck a light pole, and traveled through the neighborhood until they stopped on E. 3rd Street, where the vehicle was located. Both Coronado and Wilker were transported to Avera McKennan for medical treatment and Coronado was later transferred to a burn unit in Minnesota. Both Coronado and Wilker were charged with multiple charges to include manufacturing a controlled substance.

 

 

 

http://kelo.com/news/articles/2014/jul/05/mobile-meth-lab-car-fire-injures-two/