MEXICOAuthorities arrested a 42-year-old Mexico, Mo., man Wednesday night for drugs.

The East Central Drug Task Force, assisted by Mexico Public Safety Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant in the 700 block of South Olive Street late Wednesday night.


 Anthony William Esposito, 42, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While there, officers seized methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Anthony William Esposito was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He posted a $12,000 bond.



Union Township Police Chief Terry Zinser updated trustees at their March 28 meeting about a significant investigation that took place in February that led to a meth lab discovery.

Zinser said they began investigating Travis Swinson, 46, of Union Township for sexual conduct with minors, and he was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third degree felony.

During the investigation, Zinser said road patrol units discovered the largest Methamphetamine lab in Clermont County history.

He said the unit dismantled and neutralized the lab and seized 667 grams of Methamphetamine, worth more than $67,000.

“Swinson was charged with sex abuse and drug charges,” Zinser said.

In addition to the sex charges, Zinser said drug charges were submitted to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges included multiple counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, a first degree felony, illegal assembly of chemicals, a second degree felony, trafficking methamphetamine, a first degree felony as well as child endangering, a third degree felony and corrupting another with drugs, a second degree felony.

Swinson remains in Clermont County Jail on a bond of $150,000.

Swinson is next scheduled to be seen in front of Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Victor Haddad at 9 a.m. April 17.



On Monday, narcotics detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division arrested Jesusa Marie Muller, 25, of 1490 Tater Hill Road in Zionville, on warrants of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jesusa Marie Muller

Jesusa Marie Muller


While in custody, Muller was served with additional warrants for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possess/Distribute Methamphetamine Precursors.

Muller was placed under a $28,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Watauga County District Court on May 28, 2013.



An Oakdale man was arrested during a traffic stop when police allegedly found weapons in the vehicle and drugs in his pocket.

Ronald R. Mandl, 51, was arrested after the traffic stop in the 800 block of South 13th Street at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, said Capt. Michael Bauer of the Norfolk Police Division. 

The officer recognized Mandl and knew that his driver’s license was currently suspended. The suspension was confirmed through Norfolk dispatch, Bauer said.

The officer placed Mandl under arrest for driving under suspension.

A search of the vehicle revealed a knife with an 8-inch blade and brass knuckle handle hidden in the front diver’s door, Bauer said.

A small plastic bag was located in a pocket of Mandl’s jeans that contained a crystallized substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, Bauer said.

Mandl will face potential charges of felon in possession of a weapon, possession of a concealed weapon and possession of methamphetamine as well as driving under suspension.

Mandl was booked into the Norfolk jail and was transferred to the Madison County jail.



OMAHA, Neb. —Omaha police said two people were arrested after they were found making methamphetamine in a truck. Early Thursday, a K-9 unit officer found the truck in violation of the park curfew at Pipal Park, west of 72nd and Center streets.

The officer approached the truck, smelling marijuana police said.

According to police, the occupants of the vehicle, Lee Thompson-Nash, 24, and Nicolas Sendgraff, 20, were in the process of making meth.

“It’s not a system of tubes and cooking pots that are set up for people to cook meth,” said Officer James Shade.

The two are suspected of using what is known as a “shake n’ bake.”

“It’s a Gatorade bottle or a pop bottle that they insert all the chemicals into and the chemical reaction causes it to heat up and cook if you will inside that bottle,” Shade said.

Shade said Omaha doesn’t usually see this type of meth being made. Most of their busts deal with the crystallized form of the drug.



Central Texas law enforcement officials say they have busted two elaborate drug distribution networks based in Austin, one of which had ties to a powerful Mexican drug cartel and was operating out of an East Austin body shop.


JT Body and Paint 1202 Salina St owned by Jess Trevino

In a press conference Thursday morning, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman hailed the efforts of the multi-agency task forces that brought the organizations down, saying collaboration played a strong part in dismantling the illicit activities.

Authorities have seized more than 75 kilos of meth, 10 kilos of cocaine and two kilos of heroin through the course of the investigation at JT Body and Paint. More than 20 people were arrested Wednesday, including the owner. Four have not been detained, officials said.
Greg Thrash, resident agent in charge of the Austin DEA office, said the group was a cell of the Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar and that members were taking orders from bosses in Mexico.

Greg Thrash, in charge of the Austin DEA office

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said Jose Rodriguez-Granados was the Austin head of a large Mexican-based trafficking organization associated with the Knights Templar.

A redacted version of a federal indictment handed up by a Central Texas grand jury and unsealed Wednesday shows that nearly 30 people are facing drug and money-laundering charges in connection with distributing meth and heroin from October 2011 until this month. Four names have been blocked out.

Using hidden compartments in cars, law enforcement officials said, the organization moved meth and cocaine to one of the business at 1202 Salina St., which is owned by defendant Jess Trevino. The shipment would then be prepared for transport to distributors in Dallas, Oklahoma City and other cities in other states, authorities said.

This is the second East Austin body shop to be busted this year. Investigators say a major criminal distribution network based out of G.R. Custom Body and Paint at 4826 E. Cesar Chavez St. operated in much the same way.

In that scheme, court records show that owner Hugo Castillo Gaspar, who was arrested, collected cocaine from suppliers in Mexico and the border region and then dispensed the goods to wholesalers in Austin and across the United States. Authorities said they recovered up to $200,000 in cash, $400,000 in other assets, methamphetamine and more than a dozen weapons.

2011-Why La Familia Targets Austin

In unrelated investigation, authorities arrested 14 people who they said were part of another criminal network delivering cocaine and meth to Austin from the Rio Grande Valley. Once in Austin, the drugs would be distributed locally and outside of Texas, police said.

The drugs were coming from Mexico, authorities said, but the group did not have ties to any one Mexican cartel.

Sources: Statesman, Keye, KXAN




BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) – A Berkeley County man has been arrested four times in the last six months on manufacturing and attempted manufacture of methamphetamine charges, the sheriff’s office said on Thursday.

According to deputies, the latest arrest came Wednesday night when the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, in cooperation with the Moncks Corner Police Department, arrested 36-year-old Curtis Charles Rogers, of St. Stephen.

Rogers. (Source: BCSO)




Records show that on Oct. 10, deputies arrested Rogers and charged him with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine and two counts of exposing a child to meth.

He was then arrested again by the sheriff’s office on Feb. 19 and charged with attempted manufacturing of meth and possession of meth. Two other men were arrested in that incident, deputies said.

On Wednesday night, the Moncks Corner Police Department responded to the Walgreens store in the town after getting a report of Rogers sitting in a car in the parking lot sending other people in to purchase medicine containing Pseudoephedrine, a major component in the manufacture of meth, deputies said.

He was arrested by the Moncks Corner Police Department and charged with manufacturing meth after several items used in the process were found in the vehicle, a report shows.

The Berkeley County Drug Enforcement Unit was asked by police to conduct a search of Rogers’ home. There they uncovered a meth lab, deputies said.

As a result Rogers was once again charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

He is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center awaiting a hearing on the most recent charges.


Lincoln County deputies have arrested a husband and wife after authorities found a “one pot” methamphetamine lab at their home.

Narcotics investigators last week discovered a burn pit and all of the ingredients used to make the drug at the home of Darrell Wesley Olroyd, 39, and Christina Olroyd. Police were investigating at the home at 1939 River Road after receiving a call on their Narcotics Tip Line.


Darrell Wesley Olroyd


It was the second meth lab found in Lincoln County in the past week, authorities said.

The Olroyds are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy, possession of meth precursors and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

The one-pot method involves mixing chemicals in a small container, such as a plastic bottle, to make the meth. Authorities said it is dangerous because the pressure caused by the chemical reaction inside the container can cause explosions or fire.

The Olroyds were booked in the Lincoln County Jail Thursday.


A Bluff City man attempting to steal $2,000 in merchandise from a Bristol, Va., Walmart also faces drug charges, according to police, after a methamphetamine lab was found inside his vehicle.


Donald Wayne Russell, 51, of Hickory Tree Road, Bluff City, Tenn.


The incident occurred Wednesday at the Walmart off of I-81’s Exit 7. The Washington County, Va., Sheriff’s Office reports Donald Wayne Russell, 51, of Hickory Tree Road, was caught during his shoplifting attempt, with police then searching his vehicle.

A one-pot meth lab was allegedly found during the search, along with additional items and ingredients to make the drug. Clandestine Laboratory Officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Virginia State Police took part in the arrest and the processing of the lab.

Russell is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors and shoplifting.

He is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on a $12,000 secured bond.


CARPINTERIA, Calif. – A future crime may have been prevented thanks to the arrest of a man.Fernando Perez is accused of possessing meth, weapons and masks.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy made the arrest Monday morning in Carpinteria after seeing Perez sitting inside his car on the 1100 block of Casitas Pass Road.



Officials said Perez was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. The deputy also found a loaded revolver in his waistband.

A further search of Perez’s car included items such as methamphetamine, methamphetamine pipes, a Derringer pistol and a loaded SKS assault rifle with a high capacity magazine, masks and two-way radios.



Sheriff officials said this evidence suggests Perez may have been planning additional crimes.

Perez posted his $95,000 bail last night and was released Thursday morning.


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Federal authorities broke up two drug operations with cells in Austin that were distributing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to several states, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

In all, 37 people were arrested on drug-trafficking charges in what federal authorities said were well-organized and highly structured operations. Agents said at a news conference in Austin that they had never before seen such a large amount of meth coming into the city.

A three-count federal indictment that was handed down April 2 and unsealed on Wednesday charges 27 people with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, Authorities said the drugs coming from Mexico were stashed inside a vehicle’s hidden compartments and driven to JT Paint and Body Shop in Austin, which is run by owned by Jesse Trevino, one of the suspects in the indictment.

From there, the drugs were prepared for distribution in Austin and across the region which included others states.

“They were a legitimate business, hard working individuals that I could respect,” said a worker at a neighboring shop who never saw anything that would suggest a drug operation.

Other nearby businesses say JT Paint and Body had plenty of customers, up until recent weeks when the shop was quiet.

Federal agents say the body shop was a legit auto repair business that got involved with the drug ring.

A separate federal indictment charges 14 people with drug distribution charges. In at least one case, drugs were hidden inside compartments of 18-wheel trucks, authorities said.

More than $1,000,000 of suspected drug money was also recovered from the ensuing investigation.



CHESTER — A Chester County husband and wife have been arrested after deputies and state agents found two methamphetamine labs in a barn at their house Wednesday, police said Thursday.

Kenneth Robb, 40, and his wife, Staci, 37, were being held Thursday at the Chester County Detention Center, without bond, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Staci Robb also faces a drug possession charge.

Kenneth Robb



Deputies discovered that the Robbs were buying “more than necessary” amounts of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, said Sheriff’s Maj. Mary Anne Tolbert.

The sheriff’s office drug task force and agents with the State Law Enforcement Division continued investigating the Robbs, discovering that they purchased several items possibly used for meth labs.

Officials executed a warrant to search the couple’s Saluda Road house, where they found the Robbs’ teenage son, daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend and the Robbs’ 1-year-old granddaughter living in the home, Tolbert said.

As they searched the property, they found two different methamphetamine labs in a barn toward the back of the house, she said. Authorities seized several chemicals used “during the cooking process of methamphetamine,” according to a sheriff’s report.

The Robbs were taken into custody, the report states. While at the detention center, deputies found a clear and green pipe, plastic straw and clear container with meth on Staci Robb, the report states.

None of the other people living at the home will be charged, Tolbert said, but there might be more charges filed against the Robbs.


Two Lafourche residents have been arrested after sheriff’s agents allegedly discovered a methamphetamine lab in a Lockport home Tuesday, authorities said.

Arrested were Kyle Trosclair, 29, of 128 Rubaiyat Drive, Thibodaux, and Shelby Howard, 19, of 126 Myrtle Drive in Lockport, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office reported today.

Shelby Howard

Shelby Howard

Kyle Trosclair
Kyle Trosclair

Trosclair is charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab and possession of marijuana (second offense), methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said. He is being held in the Lafourche Parish jail in lieu of a $70,250 bond. Howard was charged with creation or operation of a clandestine lab and is being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Deputies were tipped off to the possible meth lab in Howard’s home Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office says in a news release. Upon arriving at the home, agents discovered several items commonly used in the manufacture of meth and two bottles that were believed to contain byproducts of meth production. They learned that Howard had purchased items for Trosclair to cook meth. The Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team arrived and found further evidence the house was being used as a meth lab.

Howard was booked and arrested, and an arrest warrant was issued for Trosclair.

On Wednesday, while in Thibodaux investigating an unrelated case, agents found Trosclair fueling his car at a gas station, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident, and police discovered illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in his car.

Deputies were tipped off to the possible meth lab in Howard’s home Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office says in a news release. Upon arriving at the home, agents discovered several items commonly used in the manufacture of meth and two bottles that were believed to contain byproducts of meth production. They learned that Howard had purchased items for Trosclair to cook meth. The Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team arrived and found further evidence the house was being used as a meth lab.

Howard was booked and arrested, and an arrest warrant was issued for Trosclair.

On Wednesday, while in Thibodaux investigating an unrelated case, agents found Trosclair fueling his car at a gas station, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident, and police discovered illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in his car.

Deputies were tipped off to the possible meth lab in Howard’s home Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office says in a news release. Upon arriving at the home, agents discovered several items commonly used in the manufacture of meth and two bottles that were believed to contain byproducts of meth production. They learned that Howard had purchased items for Trosclair to cook meth. The Lafourche Parish Combined Meth Lab Response Team arrived and found further evidence the house was being used as a meth lab.

Howard was booked and arrested, and an arrest warrant was issued for Trosclair.

On Wednesday, while in Thibodaux investigating an unrelated case, agents found Trosclair fueling his car at a gas station, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident, and police discovered illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in his car.




The Eureka Springs Police Department, in cooperation with Berryville and Missouri authorities, has carried out a massive methamphetamine sting, according to a press release from the department.

In October, 2012, Detective Thomas Achord arrested an individual who agreed to turn informant for the ESPD and help them purchase dangerous drugs in exchange for leniency in his burglary charge. That arrest turned into a five-month-long narcotics investigation which as resulted in 25 arrests for selling, manufacturing, and possessing with intent to manufacture dangerous drugs, mainly methamphetamine. After securing the blessing of Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers, ES Detectives Brad Handley and Achord started buying drugs. As drugs were purchased, suspects were positively identified and arrested. Those who were arrested were give the opportunity to purchase drugs from their suppliers.

As the investigation progressed, more suspects were identified and became cooperative informants to the police. Methamphetamine dealers who were known to deliver in the Eureka area were identified in Berryville, Holiday Island and rural western Carroll county as well as Barry county and Taney county in Missouri. That information was shared with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, the Taney County Drug Task Force and the Barry County Sheriff. Arrests have been made in western Carroll county, Holiday Island and Missouri, and more are expected.

Eureka Springs detectives were also able to identify suspects who were selling methamphetamine in Berryville, so they contacted Detective Robert Bartos of the Berryville Police Department. Bartos, Achord and Handley worked together and purchased methamphetamine from four different individuals who have been arrested.

On March 26, Officer Brian Young, along with Achord and Handley, raided the 1876 Motel with a warrant and arrested Jason Nation. The officers observed what was determined to be a package of K2 and a K2 lab.

K2 incense is a form of synthetic marijuana, legal until recently, but rapidly becoming illegal across the U.S.

This is the first K2 lab discovered and seized in the state of Arkansas. The chemicals and other materials have been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis. Nation has been charged with harassment over a failed drug deal. Charges of manufacturing K2 are pending results from the crime lab.

Street value for all of the methamphetamine recovered is $58,000. Street value of the K2 recovered is over $5,800. Also seized as a result of the arrest were two vehicles, a 2004 Toyota MTX and a 2003 Volkswagen, both belonging to alleged methamphetamine supplier Pedro Munoz-Casillo of Harrison. Cash in the amount of $3,718 was seized from Melia McEnaney of Harrison, and an additional $198 was seized from Casillo.

On April 9, Western District Judge Tim Parker set bond on Casillo at $1,000,000 and Dorothy Keys of Green Forest at $500,000.

Persons arrested are:

Cody Middleton of Eureka Springs

Jason Helm of Berryville

Phillip Thornton of Eureka Springs

Anthony Lillig of Eureka Springs

Jordan Anderson of Eureka Springs

Jason Edmonson of Eureka Springs arrested twice

Britney Collette of Eureka Springs arrested twice

Jason Still of Eureka Springs arrested twice

Jackie Aday of Eureka Springs

Melia McEnaney of Harrison

Pedro Munoz-Casillo of Harrison

Dorothy Keys of Green Forest

Christy Strickland of Eureka Springs arrested twice

Richard Decker of Eagle Rock

Suzie Scarrow of Eureka Springs

Spencer Martin of Eureka Springs

There are three more suspects in Missouri who have not been arrested yet.

Eureka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt had this to say about the operation: “We do not want illegal harsh drugs in this town and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure they stay out. Period.”



A 32-year-old elementary school teacher — we’ll call her Jamie to protect her identity — never felt like she belonged. Not in her small town, not in the home she was raised in, and not in her own skin. Now a recovering methamphetamine addict, she tells the story of why she made the choice to use meth as a way to lose weight, as a way to help make her feel like she belongs.

Jamie is not alone in her struggle, methamphetamine addiction across the American interior is far from uncommon. It’s a particularly toxic and unforgiving drug that makes addicts out of the most unlikely people, even educated elementary school teachers like Jamie.

Methamphetamine is her state’s most abused illegal drug. To call it a scourge would not be an overstatement. And while Jamie escaped this wickedly addictive drug, it was not easy.




Jamie and her sister in happier times.

Jamie has a college degree and comes from a family with “oil money.” Her younger sister is a mortician. Her older sister dropped out of high school and hangs out with the wrong type of guys — the type who carry around a baggie of meth in the front pocket of their jeans on any given night.


We were introduced by email five years ago and have had loose contact since, but it wasn’t until last summer that she told me her full story. She relayed it over several days as we roamed around a small Midwestern town in the dead, oppressive August heat. She talked; I wrote and recorded — in bars, restaurants, the parking lot of my hotel, and everywhere in between.

Off to the drug house

Jamie told me it wasn’t the guys her sister dated, or the easy availability that hooked her on meth in 2005. What drove the schoolteacher and mother of four to develop a staggering methamphetamine addiction was her weight.

She had put on 75 pounds following a divorce, and without a good diet pill, her sister suggested meth. Jamie was just miserable enough to agree, and off they went to the drug house.

She recalls: “The house was old architecture, the kind that would be cool in the right hands. Crown molding and arched doorways. But the floor needed replacing decades before; the lights were dim; the walls hadn’t seen paint or soap in decades. The stained mattress on the floor beside an orange mini-mart booth [used as] a table finished off the decor.”

“The stained mattress on the floor beside an orange mini-mart booth for a table finished off the decor.”

A thick, stale, mold smell spilled about the place, thicker in some places than others, as she looked up and saw black and green patches on the ceilings and walls. One she remembers looked “kind of like a crocodile.”

Then her sister led her deeper, into a back room where the needles came out.

Methamphetamine can be smoked, swallowed, snorted, inserted in the anus or vagina, or mainlined into a vein.

Addicts will tell you it’s a progression, eventually leading to the tip of a needle; that place where the most intense, never-to-have-a-feeling-that-good-ever-again high hangs out and waits.

Jamie knew that and was sensibly scared, she says, when her sister’s soft voice filled her ears, whispering, “Be cool; just be cool.” And she went right on ahead.

“I was schooled on the facts,” she says, “that if you use new needles each time, it’s the cleanest way to do it. No second-hand smoke getting into the air and carpet. No dripping, bleeding nose — just a fast, clean, un-matched high.”

So she skipped the progression and didn’t object. She stepped into what she says, looking back, felt like a secret club where she felt lucky to have been invited.

“It felt like an honor,” she says, with the wind blowing through an open car window, “and I felt like I had to respect their zone.”

Jamie says of her first injection, “My arm went up in flames.”

From the back room of that house, she was led deeper still into the grimy bathroom where a nursing student poked and jabbed her way up Jamie’s forearm until plunging down with a needle full of the drug.

“My arm went up in flames,” she says. “It burned and hurt, but I just gritted my teeth and waited for her to finish. I didn’t know what to expect so I didn’t complain.”

When Jamie returned to the back room, her sister, eyes all eager and expectant, asked how it went. She was excited about the attention Jamie would get … until she saw Jamie’s arm.

Face twisting with rage, embarrassment, and disappointment, she grabbed Jamie and dragged her back to face off with the dealer.

“In the back bedroom the ‘Big Kahuna’ is sorting screws, stacking marbles, or something like that,” Jamie says.

“And my sister shows him my arm, tells him, ‘Stupid nursing student, she tortured her, and wasted the drugs on a miss. Now the pretend nurse is defending herself at my expense.’”

The dealer snapped back, “‘Stupid first-timer, must have moved or jerked away. [The nursing student] is an expert, she knows the names of lots of bones, she already took four classes where she injected oranges with water. ‘SO WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?’ It was fantastic drama for my first time shooting up in a little drug den.”

“It was fantastic drama for my first time shooting up in a little drug den.”

Her sister eventually won the argument and got a fresh syringe, on the house, and took Jamie back to the bathroom.

“There,” Jamie says, “my sister, a high school drop-out with no medical training, sits me down, has me stiffen my arm and look away. I feel nothing until euphoria starts creeping all over me. Just sticky, hot warmth and joy.”

Magic meth ‘diet’ and the power of denial

With no food or sleep over the next 24 hours, Jamie never felt finer. She had, in fact, never felt so “right where she belongs.”

Already feeling thinner the first day, she even hit the gym, no longer self-conscious. It’s how she’s been waiting to feel all her life.

With her new “diet” came positive attention, with many of her fellow teachers immediately telling her she looked great. “Whatever you’re doing it works,” they said.

Jamie laughs at that on a hot, still day in the baseball park bleachers of her hometown, watching a Little League game.

She promised herself to keep the habit only until she was thin enough.

Just until she was thin enough.

She kept running those words through her head to separate herself from the people at the drug house. They were junkies. She was only dieting.

Jamie just had to put up with them for the greater good of personal beauty. It was all she needed to give her college-educated brain over to the toxic rot — the chemical slide of methamphetamine addiction.

It happened quickly. Within weeks she says she was strung out, hunched over the ATM at three in the morning.

“Meth was helping me achieve a goal.”

“No different than Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig really,” she says, “except my little diet really worked!” She says it with some enthusiasm, but manages to look kind of sad at the same time. Pulling the bills from the machine, she’d take a pen from her purse, clamp her teeth around the cap to pull it free and scribble on the bank receipt, “Diet.” One more rationalization to feed the addiction: Keeping receipts and balancing checkbooks was not what junkies did.

“Lucky for me I wasn’t a drug addict. Just a chubby mom who needed to shed some pounds,” Jamie says sarcastically. “I was special and smart and this wasn’t going to ruin my life. Meth was helping me achieve a goal. I knew I’d just walk away slender and smiling.”

This isn’t Breaking Bad

Back in the empty living room of her foreclosed home we talk about meth again. The house is so quiet it seems loud; her kids living with their father now, neighbors inside or elsewhere. The only sound is a hot breeze pushing through an open window. Jamie’s sitting on the couch smoking a cigarette.

Purity makes a big difference for methamphetamine. But unlike Walter White from the TV show “Breaking Bad,” most people who cook meth don’t have a chemistry degree to help them refine their product. Instead cookers use a handful of standard shortcuts; tricks like tossing a hefty portion of automotive battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, or anti-freeze into a batch of meth to give it that extra kick.

Rather than make the drug better, these add-ons make the brain weaker. Shorts the synapses, fries the neurons, plays with the mind’s juices so the drug’s effects loom larger.

All of that does a number on the soft tissue, but “meth mouth” — the rotted, snaggle-tooth, gum disease affliction — is the product of a few other things, like poor oral hygiene during extended highs lasting days, weeks, or months, along with cravings for sugary, carbonated beverages. And if the drug is smoked from a glass pipe, the heat from the flame quickly makes its way to the tooth’s nerve and kills it.


Meth Mouth

Wikipedia Commons

An example of ‘Meth Mouth.’ (Not Jamie)


Jamie knew what junkies looked like and she’d smile at herself driving down empty stretches of highway. All she’d see were her white teeth filling up the rear view mirror, looking past the purple cheek lesions and hollowed-out shadow of a meth addict.

She clicks open a self-photo she snapped on her cellphone at the time and says, “Look at that shit.” She’s referring to the bruised-looking patches on her cheeks. “I never even saw that, even though you can see I tried to cover it up with makeup.”

She reaches down, grabs her cigarette from the ashtray on the table between us and takes a deep drag. Through a cloud of smoke hanging in the air between us she says, “Addiction is nuts.”

The ritual

At the apex of her “diet,” Jamie would hop from bed at 4 a.m. and plunge into the ritual of her fix. Through all the time we spend talking, this is when she’s most animated, engaged, and alive. This is when it’s clear she’ll never be rid of the longing for the drug.

At that early hour, she’d skip to the bathroom and grab her “rig” — the hodgepodge mix of paraphernalia stuffed into an old paisley eyeglass case above the vanity, where her kids couldn’t reach.


Drug Rig

Private party

Jamie used a contact lens case, but it is also common for users to prepare drugs in a spoon. (Not Jamie’s rig)


After mixing the powdered meth in a contact lens case, she’d “slam” 40 cc’s of crystal straight into the largest vein she could find. (That’s nearly three tablespoons of liquid.)

She leans forward on the couch, lowers her voice and talks me through the process.

“I’d take the small bag of powder I’d hidden and pour the crystal into one side of the contact case. Then, reseal the bag.”

She pauses, reaches for her pack of cigarettes, and lights another.

“Make sure to tap out any extra around the top of the bag, and put it in back in the tin, which goes in the make-up bag that never holds make-up.” She drops her right hand and ashes into the green plastic tray full of butts.

Her eyes don’t waver from someplace on the wall behind me.

“But rather,” she continues where she left off, “rather, the make-up bag only has old tins, eyeglass cases — everything the same hidden right in the open.”

“Then I bend slightly at the waist and use the best syringe I have to get just the right amount of water from a glass by the sink.”

“I know when there’s excess that it’s a good batch of dope.”

Her eyes break from some spot on the wall behind me and catch my own. “Then I gently squirt the water over the crystal in the lens case. Put the cap back over the needle for safety, and I use the plunger end of the syringe to crush and mix the crystal with the water.”

“When it’s all liquid, I take the end of a Q-tip, roll it between my fingers.”

In the present, she rolls her fingers around some imaginary cotton swab.

“Then I dab the liquid off the end of the syringe and drop the cotton from the Q-tip into the mixture in the contact lens case.”

“I gently put the needle tip into the cotton and pull the plunger back, careful to stop between 30 and 40cc’s. I know when there’s excess that it’s a good batch of dope, especially if it’s so thick I need to add water. The color is yellowish and looks soupy in the syringe.”

With her right hand she takes her thumb, index, and middle fingers, brings them together and apart like they have syrup on them when she says “soupy.”

“Holding the needle point up, I draw back the plunger, keeping tension so I know I’ve got every drop. Then I tap the sides with my fingernail just like in the movies, to bring out any air.”

“Very slowly now I push the plunger just a tad to get all the air out. When I see a bead of liquid start to form at the needle’s point, I stop. It’s perfect. It’s ready. Then I rinse the needle quickly in the glass of water and prop it up on the edge of the contact case.”

She explains that if she doesn’t do that quick needle rinse, it stings when breaking the skin and she wants to avoid wincing, avoid any unpleasantness at all.

Meth is only painless when it courses into a vein, and worse, if the shot hits muscles or blows through the vein, not only will there be unsightly bruising, there will be no high.


Crystal Meth

Private Party

Most meth users progress to shooting up after snorting or smoking the drug as their tolerance for the drug grows. Jamie started shooting up right away. (Photo not of Jamie.)


She pauses before continuing, as the next part gets graphic, but I can tell she wants to continue and nothing will stop her from reliving the experience.

“I lower myself onto the toilet, knees facing the cabinet away from the tank,” she says. “If I’ve eaten recently, like before bed … I will pull down my panties and sit on the toilet ready to ‘go.’ It’s within those first seconds after I slam that I’ll have an explosive evacuation of the bowels.”

Oddly clinical at the end, with each word buffering the space between the memory and the telling.

“I blew out the vein…”

“Anyway, so after that,” she chuckles, “I make a fist with my right hand, turn my elbow out, and put my wrist between my knees.”

She’s acting it all out. Now seeking eye contact with me, finding it, she continues.

“My arm is stiff, and I pump my fist to build up pressure, watch the veins swell and grab the rig. Now the bitch of it is I gotta do all this with my left hand, and I’m not left handed. I blew out the vein in my other arm and this one spot was all I had left by the end.”

“Right?” she rolls her eyes and describes the needle piercing skin and by now it’s getting almost pornographic.

“And this is my favorite part,” she says, “Seeing the blood back up into the syringe starts this reaction in me and my whole body quickens to this rush it knows is coming.”

Jamie says she still can’t give blood, get a shot, or have a needle anywhere near her without that reaction. “It’s euphoric, but disappointing,” she says, shrugging. “Whatever.”

Another cigarette.

“Anyway, now I got a thing for needles,” she says exhaling. “Just love seeing them on TV, near me, doesn’t matter. Push the plunger down slow, pull it out. Then me, I lick the blood off my arm in case there’s any meth in it, and press down with a cotton ball.”

“And that’s it man,” she says with a loud burst of words, reaching out and almost touching my knee.

After that, she tells me, it’s a race against time; rinsing the rig and getting everything back where it belongs before the high takes over. Because when the high rolls in, it’s a full-blown Texas dust storm.

The high is “fucking beautiful,” Jamie silently mouths.

The way she describes it, the high is alive, sliding up beside her with a strong easy arm draped about her shoulder. Whispering the sweetest nothings, the high folds her up in some slick, musky memory before there’s any thought at all.

“Fucking beautiful,” she silently mouths.

Then at the most intimate and vulnerable moment, the high pulls away, loses its intensity, becomes detached. It has betrayed her and left her a dirty, nasty, ugly voyeur. And then she watches everything that mattered fall away, and all she can think of is when it’ll be like it was again. Give her just one little wedge of time to prop against this … rejection.

She doesn’t really say much of that at the time, but over the course of our correspondence and time together I come to understand the loss and pain wrapped up in that first high, that post-rush sense of loss.

Bottom line: Seconds into a 14-hour high and Jamie can’t wait to break her rig out again and fall beneath a brand new high.

In the summer of 2005, when she didn’t have class to teach and her weight came off, all she really cared about was the fleeting, broadside chemical blast of affection in that unforgettable moment.

Back to the classroom, recoveries and relapses

Fall came with a classroom full of kids, lesson plans, and parent-teacher conferences. “I never got high at [the elementary] school,” she says. She’d only get high before class, that 4 a.m. ritual.

By Halloween even the most faithful rationalizations were wearing thin.

She promised herself Thanksgiving was the first day of her sobriety. Instead she went on a four-day drug and alcohol spree that left her saturated by cocaine and meth facing two hours of fitful sleep before classes resumed. Instead of forcing the sleep, she called the sister who shot her up the first time, lied her way into a ride, and fled to rehab.

Her employer’s health insurance was top notch and covered five weeks of in-patient recovery. As 2006 began, Jamie went to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting every other day and prayed for strength more often than that.

April 2 was her first relapse. Addicts in recovery are taught to keep journals, so this is what she breaks out the day after giving me her detailed account with the rig.

We’re at the restaurant attached to my hotel and she has the journal. Each relapse is tagged with one of those, green “Sign & Date Here” tabs that lawyers use to mark points where clients need to apply their signature. Opening the marked pages of the journal:

Sign Here: Relapse: April 2, 2006.

Sign Here: Relapse: June 18.

Sign Here

Robert Johnson

The green rectangular tabs indicated where Jamie had relapsed, but it became such a common occurrence she stopped mentioning them at all.


Sign here: Relapse July 5.

Sign Here: Relapse: August 2.

Sign Here … until about halfway through the flowered hardcover book of lined paper the relapses get quieter. No more “Sign & Date Here” tabs.

No extra attention, with only a couple of unmarked entries showing up a few pages later.

March 2007: Another relapse.

January 2008: Of this Jamie says, “Another relapse I need to write about, yet haven’t …”

When she invited me to meet with her in August 2012 and told me this story, Jamie said it had been four years since she’d last used.

The sister who’d introduced her to meth had gone down in a massive federal sting and had only just been released from a halfway house.

The sister’s boyfriend had overdosed after informing on everyone to whom he’d ever sold meth. Being a small town, it was a lot of people. Nobody innocent; some less guilty than others. He was the one nobody forgave — nobody except the sister, and then it was really too late.

Hearing about meth and what it does, it’s real enough to understand, soak in the horrible images of destruction and decay. The stuff is everywhere. It’s not abstract, it’s not recreational — it’s a lifestyle that’s uglier than you can imagine.

Jamie quit her teaching job, cashed in her 401K and moved to Europe one month after I left. She’s since returned from living overseas and now lives in a city far from where we met, where her sister still lives.

The sister is engaged to a law enforcement officer who leases her a new, gleaming white Mercedes.



Union Township Police Chief Terry Zinser updated trustees at their March 28 meeting about a significant investigation that took place in February that led to a meth lab discovery.

Zinser said they began investigating Travis Swinson, 46, of Union Township for sexual conduct with minors, and he was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third degree felony.

During the investigation, Zinser said road patrol units discovered the largest Methamphetamine lab in Clermont County history.

He said the unit dismantled and neutralized the lab and seized 667 grams of Methamphetamine, worth more than $67,000.

“Swinson was charged with sex abuse and drug charges,” Zinser said.

In addition to the sex charges, Zinser said drug charges were submitted to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges included multiple counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, a first degree felony, illegal assembly of chemicals, a second degree felony, trafficking methamphetamine, a first degree felony as well as child endangering, a third degree felony and corrupting another with drugs, a second degree felony.

Swinson remains in Clermont County Jail on a bond of $150,000.

Swinson is next scheduled to be seen in front of Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Victor Haddad at 9 a.m. April 17.



A California Highway Patrol officer arrested a motorcyclist for methamphetamine Saturday after he saw the man talking on a cell phone while riding without a hands-free device.

CHP Sgt. R. Monahan spotted Adrian Yanze-Garcia, 29, of Santa Cruz, at 40th Street near Clares Street at 6:40 p.m., allegedly talking on a cell phone while riding a motorcycle.

During the stop, Sgt. Monahan spotted bags of what appeared to be cocaine and methamphetamine in the rider’s pockets.

Yanze-Garcia was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale and felony transportation of a controlled substance.

He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on $5,000 bail.



CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville Police arrested three men about 10 a.m. Tuesday after discovering a working methamphetamine lab inside a refrigerator of a room at America’s Best Inn on Eastern Boulevard.

Those arrested were Jon R. Hesse, 31, and James H. Stice, 30, both with addresses at the motel, and Eric M. Howson, 21, of 602 Dartmouth Drive in Clarksville

Before arriving at the motel, investigators had received information that the trio was possibly dealing methamphetamine, according to the police report. From a nearby business, police observed the men exit a motel room and stand on the balcony area. After approaching the motel property, the officers split into two groups.

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One group went to the room that the men had been seen exiting, and the second group went to the rear of the annex portion of the building, where Stice and Howson were located and detained.

Hesse was approached by police outside the motel room. When asked by police if there was anything in the room that did not need to be inside the room, “ … [Hesse] stated that there was, in fact, a meth lab in the refrigerator of the hotel room,” according to the report.

He then gave police consent to search the room.

Police reported after entering the room, officers immediately found a black and silver metal box that was open and contained a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, several empty plastic bags associated with drug use and a set of scales.

“After seeing this, I proceeded to go to [the] refrigerator where I found a working one-pot meth lab inside the refrigerator,” the officer reported.

Police also reported a strong chemical smell associated with methamphetamine production coming from the room, and several fans, which had been brought to the room by the suspects, in an attempt to air out the room.

Police then contacted Clarksville Fire Department and firefighters later entered the room to make sure the area was not volatile enough to cause an explosion. Firefighters advised that is was not necessary to evacuate the building.

Items found in the room associated with methamphetamine production and drug use included coffee filters, syringes and receipts for the purchase of cold medication.

Hesse was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony; possession of controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Stice was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies.

Howson was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class B felony, and visiting a common nuisance, a class B misdemeanor.

Police reported as Howson was being booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, a jailer found in his wallet a piece of aluminum foil containing methamphetamine residue. When asked what that aluminum foil was used for, Howson stated he smoked methamphetamine out of it, the report says.

Howson was then preliminarily charged with trafficking with an inmate or child, a class C felony.

With the recent of arrest of the three suspects, court records have not been updated with their upcoming court appearances.



Vernon County Sheriff’s Office deputies were all set to make a raid on a house in Nevada on Monday evening, when their plans unexpectedly changed. 

Deputies expected to arrest five people at the house, but ended up taking three of them into custody during two traffic stops in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Super Center in Nevada. The raid on a house at 502 S. West St. followed later in the evening with one arrest.

(Photo)Vernon County Sheriff’s Office deputies Mike Buelher, Jacob Crahan, Casey Matthews, Mike Hicks and Tycher Blakely make one more practice run of exiting the vehicle and “stacking” five deep while preparing for a breach entry into a house suspected of drug activity. The deputies raided a house at 502 S. West St. just a little later and arrested one suspect and confiscated some evidence.


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Meghan Tymeson

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the four arrests were the result of the undercover investigation by his officers. During the traffic stops, Mosher said deputies seized several grams of what is thought to methamphetamine, $700 believed to be used in drug transactions and paraphernalia such as syringes and a set of digital scales disguised as a cell phone.


(Photo)Vernon County Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Crahan leads Lane V. Blankenship from the house at 502 S. West St. in Nevada on Monday night after obtaining a warrant to search the residence. Deputies found what is believed to be liquid methamphetamine in the house and drug paraphernalia.


The three individuals arrested at Wal-Mart have been identified as Meghan Tymeson, 29, Jennifer Rinker, 35 and Teresa Saunders, 34, all of Nevada. All three women have been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a Class B felony. 

(Photo)Vernon County Sheriff’s Office deputies confiscated nearly a half an ounce of methamphetamine during two traffic stops on Monday. The traffic stops were part of a sting operation the deputies were conducting on a house in Nevada. Undercover officers had purchased methamphetamine at the house and deputies were planning to raid the house when the suspects were stopped and searched. It delayed the raid on the house but another suspect was arrested later at the house at 502 West St. in Nevada. The traffic stops also netted syringes, scales and other drug paraphernalia.


Tymeson and Rinker are recent graduates of the Vernon County Adult Recovery Court program.

Arrested at the house was Lane V. Blankenship, 52, of Nevada. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, both Class C felonies. Mosher said the man was intoxicated and possibly under the influence of drugs.

After the traffic stop, the three women were transported to the Vernon County Jail and interviewed by investigators.  

After statements were taken, the five-man raid team was briefed on the operation by Chief Deputy Shayne Simmons.   Simmons told his deputies the location of the house and warned them they might encounter two men and a juvenile in the home.

He explained how the team was to approach and enter the house and where officers would enter and that they announce their presence before going inside. An ambulance was on standby, just in case anything went wrong. 

Deputies donned a tactical shield, door buster, ballistic helmets, bullet proof vests and weapons. While they waited, they prepared repeatedly checked gear and practiced deploying from the back of the truck and the orderly manner in which they approach and enter a scene.

Officers “stack” in a tight line with each man touching the man in front of them. In the formation, the shield man leads the line and the deputy with the door buster follows. As they enter the house, each room is checked and the entire lower floor of the house is checked before the team moves upstairs.

The raid team rode in the back of a truck, with two support vehicles following. The team moved in on the house quickly. The team entered through the back door, the one most often used by the residents. 

Nevada police were on the scene for support. Once deputies breached the door, they moved through the house quickly. About the only things visible from the outside were curtains moving and flashlight beams jabbing into dark areas.

After a short while, a deputy came out of the house carrying a 4-year-old boy and put him in the truck. A deputy stayed with the boy the entire time. The youngster asked for his shoes, and new blue shoes he had just gotten were retrieved from the house and put on the boy.

A representative of the Division of Family Services was called to the scene and arrived a little later. 

Blankenship was the only suspect in the house and he was brought out with his hands cuffed and was almost immediately placed into a Nevada police car and taken to the Vernon County Jail.

Mosher said deputies seized what may be liquid methamphetamine and more drug paraphernalia.

Bond for the four was set at $100,00, cash only.


OAKFIELD, Maine (AP) — Maine drug agents say a 29-year-old woman was arrested after officers discovered an alleged methamphetamine manufacturing lab in a camper in the eastern Maine town of Oakfield.

In addition to drug trafficking charges, police say Crystal Hitchcock is facing child endangerment charges because a toddler was also found in the camper when agents raided late Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says agents seized pre-cursor drugs, chemicals and other materials used to make methamphetamine from the camper.

State child welfare officials were called in to take custody of the child.

( IDAHO FALLS , ID ) — An Idaho Falls man was booked into the Bonneville County Jail last week on felony drug charges. 40-year-old Michael Fox was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia during a traffic stop along Benton late Thursday. When officers approached Fox, they noticed a glass meth pipe hanging out of the pocket of his seat cover. Fox was released Sunday on a $5,000 bond, though additional charges of petit theft are pending.


Police arrested three people for possession of methamphetamine in the parking lot of CVS on Sunset Boulevard on two separate occasions this week.

James William Gleaton, 27, was arrested Sunday after police found a plastic straw with a white powdery substance on it and lithium batteries in his pockets, according to a Lexington Police Department incident report. The white substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Gleaton also had a knife and a box of Claritin-D, which he had purchased from CVS, with him, according to the report. The allergy medicine contains pseudophedrine, which – along with lithium batteries – is commonly used to make meth.



When the officer asked Gleaton where he got the plastic straw and batteries, Gleaton said someone gave him the batteries, as well as a set of brass knuckles, earlier that day, according to the report. He also said he found the plastic straw on the ground and put it in his pocket.

Gleaton was heading out of the store and back to a car parked in the rear of the store when the officer stopped him, according to the report. The officer stopped at the CVS around 1:50 a.m. when he noticed the car – which was the only car in the lot – parked behind the store.

Gleaton was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphenalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Monday, two women were arrested in the parking lot of the same CVS after an officer was called to the store around 2:12 a.m. bout suspicious people trying to buy pseudophedrine.

When the officer arrived, he saw a car parked behind the store, according to the report. He went to talk to the two people sitting in the car and could smell marijuana.

The officer searched the car and found a metal case with three plastic bags containing a white powdery substance, several small pieces of marijuana, an open can of beer, several small folding knives and plastic bags, a yellow straw cut in half and covered in a white powdering substance and several types of pills, according to the report. The officer also found a fixed-blad knife and a baton in the car.

Danielle Nell Sisk, 23, and Tabitha Leah Williams, 24, were both arrested and charged with possession with itent to distribute methamphetamines and possession of schedule II, III and IV narcotics.

A man who was with them was released.

Sisk and Williams were booked at the Lexington County Detention Center.



A Bellevue, Wash., man is being charged in Sherman County following a March 28 traffic stop that yielded about 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine.

Pedro Arias Orozco, 18, Bellevue, was stopped for speeding at about 3:50 p.m. March 28 by Sherman County Dep. Daniel Hall, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Orozco was driving a 1999 Ford F-150 near milepost 12 on Highway 197, just south of Wasco.

SHERMAN COUNTY Dep. Daniel Hall holds about 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine seized during a routine traffic stop near Wasco.

SHERMAN COUNTY Dep. Daniel Hall holds about 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine seized during a routine traffic stop near Wasco. Contributor


During the traffic stop, Orozco was nervous and showed indications of drug trafficking, the report said. Hall conducted a consent search and discovered 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the back seat of the pickup. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $40,000.

“The sheriff’s office has spent much effort in intercepting drug traffickers passing through Sherman County on Highway 97,” said Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey. “We will remain committed to working on the drug trafficking problem that is occurring on our highways each and every day.”

Orozco was arrested and lodged at NORCOR for unlawful delivery of a substantial amount methamphetamine and possession of a substantial amount methamphetamine.



LINCOLNTON N.C. – Narcotics investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office discovered a methamphetamine lab on Friday in a residence at 2680 Coral Drive.

Investigators operating on a tip from the public arrived at the residence around 6 p.m., a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators discovered chemicals used to make methamphetamine at the residence and arrested five people inside.


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Lesley Edward Greene

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Autumn Dawn Buckland

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Ashley Renee Propst


Autumn Dawn Buckland, 31, Bryan Andrew Brown, 39, and Christa Ann McClung, 38, all of the residence; Lesley Edward Greene, 40, of 709 North Main Avenue, Maiden; and Ashley Renee Propst, 25, of 4544 Graybirch Drive, Maiden were charged with one felony count each of manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance and possession or distribution of a methamphetamine precursor. McClung was also charged with one felony count of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance.

“It was obvious from the evidence seized from the home that meth was not only being used and sold from the home but manufactured in the ‘one pot’ method,” said Narcotics Division Lt. Jason Reid in the release.

Lincoln County residents who want to report a crime or drug activity in their neighborhood are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 704-736-8606.




A Chipley woman has been arrested on child abuse and drug charges.

The Chipley Police Department received information Monday of possible drug activity being conducted in a home with a minor child present.

Officers with the Chipley Police Department accompanied the Department of Children and Families to the suspected residence at 844 8th Street, Chipley. Upon entry to the home drug paraphernalia was observed near the front door.

At that time the Officer contacted members of the Washington County Drug Task Force, which consist of the Chipley Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office and notified them of the discovery.

Upon arriving task force members were given consent to search the residence. Investigators found that, Lisa Junod Smith, 36, of Chipley was in possession of several grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Also located at the residence were several “Shake and Bake” bottles used in the production of methamphetamine. Chemicals used in the production of Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine Powder were located in common areas just feet away from the minor child’s bedroom.

Lisa Junod Smith was transported to the Washington County Jail where she was booked on charges following the search of the residence.

Call the Chipley Police Department at (850)638-6310 with any suspicions of illegal drug activity.