Methamphetamine, psychosis and violence

Posted: 10th May 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

Methamphetamine, ice, crystal meth – whatever you want to call it, has been declared an ‘imminent threat’ by the Australian Crime Commission.

In a new report on the state of the drug market in Australia, the crime commission revealed the severe extent of Australia’s meth problem – with drastic increases in raids, seizures, health impacts and arrests.

This report joins a myriad of others pointing to methamphetamine’s increasing prevalence in the drug market.

Another study from the Australian National University has investigated the link between chronic meth use and violence. Predictably, the results are not good.

Dominic Cansdale found out more.




NASHVILLE, Tenn.Large numbers of convicted meth offenders are not getting entered into the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Meth Offender Registry.

The failure allows meth convicts to buy allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth — without being blocked by pharmacists.

It is the second major failure NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered involving the law that requires people to show ID when they purchase most allergy medicines.

Our initial investigation revealed the national tracking system, used by pharmacies in Tennessee, failed to block 777 convicted meth offenders from buying pseudoephedrine last year.

All the offenders were on the Meth Offender Registry, but the tracking system did not recognize that they should be blocked.

After our report, the TBI supplied the private company that runs the tracking system with the driver’s license numbers of convicted meth offenders so the company could identify and block the offenders at the point of sale.

The newest finding reveals that many meth offenders never get onto the registry in the first place.

Cannon County has a big meth problem.

Law enforcement found 89 meth labs in the county last year according Anthony Young who is an investigator with the sheriff’s department.

Young said they arrest the same people over and over.

“Some of these people are caught three, four, five times,” Young said.

According to state law, convicted meth offenders are supposed to be entered into the Meth Offender Registry.

All names on the registry are banned from buying pseudoephedrine.

But NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered not one person from Cannon County is listed on the registry.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Young, “When you hear Cannon County has zero what do you think?”

“I think there should be some listed on there, because we have a bunch of meth cases,” Young said.

And Cannon County is not alone.

Six other counties, including Robertson County, have never reported a meth conviction to the TBI.

Many others reported surprisingly low numbers.

Rutherford County currently has just seven names on the registry — with no new names added since 2009 and Cheatham county has only four names.

By state law, it’s up to the TBI to maintain the Meth Offender Registry.

“Could there be better communication on our part,” ask special Agent Tommy Farmer. “I’m sure that we probably could communicate better.”

Farmer blames county court clerks for not sending the TBI information about convictions.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Should the TBI be reaching out the county clerks?”

“How do I know who to reach out to?” Farmer responded.

We started with the court clerk in Cannon County.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Why is there no one on there from Cannon County?”

Clerk Lynne Foster responded, “Well we didn’t know to send them to the TBI.”

Foster said the first time she heard about the state law requiring her to report meth convictions was when we asked her.

“Really I don’t remember that we were ever asked to send orders to them for meth convictions,” Foster said.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates responded, “So you were surprised to hear that?”

“A bit surprised yes,” Foster said.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Farmer, “Why do you think that clerk didn’t know?”

“Well, that’s unfortunate,” Farmer responded. “That clerk should know. It’s going to be that clerk’s responsibility to stay up on the laws.”

Lawmakers have expressed frustration over the registry, so their answer this session was to expand it.

Beginning next year, clerks must report all felony drug offenses to the TBI instead of just meth offenses.

All will be banned from buying pseudoephedrine.

But Farmer questions whether turning the Meth Offender Registry into a Drug Offender Registry will end the problems.

“You’ll increase the number of people on the registry,” Farmer said. “You’ll increase the number of people that are blocked, but you’ll also increase the number of people that can circumvent it.”

After our questions County Clerk Lynn Foster is promising changes in Cannon County.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “What are you going to start doing?”

Foster replied, “Well if anyone is convicted of meth charges we will fax them. The TBI said we can fax them.”

Just days ago the first name from Cannon County appeared on the registry.

The TBI says many counties don’t have a way to send the information electronically, so it is sometimes faxed to them.

A situation they admit is not efficient.





Two inmates at the Cherokee County Detention Center will face additional charges after one of them allegedly sneaked methamphetamine into the detention facility in her vagina earlier this week.


Authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that when Malana Castillo got into her cell, she asked one of her cell mates, Jennifer Barnoskie, to help her retrieve the meth from her crotch.


Then, rather than flushing the meth down the toilet, the two women allegedly snorted the meth.

Another inmate reported the two women to officials at the detention center.

Authorities with the CCSO said Castillo was arrested on a warrant and will face additional complaints of bringing contraband into a penal institution and possession of methamphetamine.

Barnoskie will also face additional complaints of possession of methamphetamine.




A Montebello city councilwoman’s husband, arrested last year on suspicion of selling methamphetamine near a middle school last year, pleaded guilty Thursday to a drug possession charge.  

Ruben Guerrero, 44, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possessing methamphetamine for sale and admitted an allegation that the crime occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Guerrero is facing 180 days in county jail, 30 days of Caltrans work and five years of probation when he is sentenced May 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court. He was jailed today to start the sentence.

Guerrero was arrested Oct. 17 in a sting by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau near Montebello Intermediate School. Prosecutors said last year that Guerrero sold methamphetamine to an undercover deputy.

Montebello City Councilwoman Christina Cortez, the city’s mayor when Guerrero was arrested, said in published remarks last year that her husband’s arrest left her “very disappointed” and “shocked.”

She could not be reached for immediate comment.

A man suspected of beating his father to death while they were both high on methamphetamines will not be prosecuted.

Justin Patrick, 47, died Jan. 22 after a fight with his son.

The autopsy report released this week called it a homicide, saying it was a “sudden death after altercation while under the influence of methamphetamine.”

His son, 20-year-old Jared Patrick, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, but the charges were dropped a week later “pending further results from the autopsy,” according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Justin Patrick had “blunt force injuries” to his head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities, including cuts, bruises and scrapes all over his body; edema in his brain and spinal cord; and fractured ribs.

He also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Despite Justin Patrick’s injuries, the Pima County Attorney’s Office will not prosecute his son.

“We’ve reviewed the case and we’re declining to issue charges on it. We believe there’s insufficient evidence to prosecute,” said Deputy County Attorney Ellen Brown, supervisor of the domestic violence unit.

The decision was made after an “extensive” discussion between the county attorney’s office, the sheriff’s department and Dr. David Winston, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, Brown said.

Arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — was “the mechanism of death,” said Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County. “The mechanism of death in stimulant drugs such as meth or coke is most often arrhythmia.”

Justin Patrick “died during or shortly after physical altercation thus it is contributory. If he wasn’t involved in the altercation would he have died? That’s part of the thought process,” Hess explained.

During the fight between father and son, Jared Patrick “reported at one point he heard a pop and released his father,” according to the autopsy report. “His father started walking around and after a few minutes suddenly collapsed.”

Deputies responding to a domestic violence call at the family’s home in the 16500 block of West Moore Road, west of Interstate 10, found Justin Patrick on the ground and not breathing.

He was taken to Northwest Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Jared Patrick told detectives he was high on methamphetamines and he used a martial-arts chokehold on his father during a fight, according to court documents.

Dawn Patrick, Jared’s mother, told deputies he was released from prison July 1 after a burglary conviction, court documents state.

She also said Jared Patrick has bipolar disorder and might not have been taking his medication.




— A man told authorities he was sexually battered with an object while he was on meth at a party in Bradenton on Thursday night.

The victim told the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office he was at the party in the 1900 block of 32nd Avenue East, where he took methamphetamine, according to a report.

“He stated he woke up today and believes that he was sexually battered with an unknown object,” the report states.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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A 41-year-old woman was taken into custody Thursday night after police executed a search warrant at 1230 N. Sixth. Two children in the home were taken into protective custody.

Police entered a residence at 1230 N. Sixth at 10 p.m. and reportedly found a shake-and-bake methamphetamine laboratory and meth waste, according to Master Sgt. Patrick Frazier of the West Central Task Force. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was called in to dispose of the meth manufacturing materials.


Taken into custody was Christal L. Happel, 41, of 1230 N. Sixth, on suspicion of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, meth-related child endangerment, unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials, and meth waste. She also was arrested on an Adams County warrant on a charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors stemming from a separate investigation.

She was lodged in the Adams County Jail.

The children were turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Frazier said an unrelated investigation took place at the same location on Feb. 20, resulting in the arrest of Roldan H. Johnson and Kristi M. Evans on drug charges. Both are out on bond pending July jury trials.

Assisting in Thursday night’s search were members of the Quincy Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.



Denpasar. The Australian passenger who tried to break into the cockpit of a Virgin Australia aircraft bound for Bali from Brisbane and caused a pilot to set a hijack alert last month tested positive for methamphetamine.

Tests from blood and urine samples of Matt Christopher Lockley were negative for alcohol but was positive for the drug, Bali police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Hery Wiyanto said on Friday.

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Lockley was allegedly under the influence of alcohol during the flight.

“There is methamphetamine found in the samples,” Hery said, adding that traces of the drug were small, because “probably it had been a long since he last consumed it.”

Hery said he would not question Lockley — who has since returned to Australia — over the drug use because he did not take the methamphetamine in Indonesia. Instead, he would leave the matter to authorities in Australia.

“The lab test is only part of the procedure, and we have submitted it to Australia,” Hery said.

Lockley was arrested by Indonesian Air Force at Ngurah Rai International Airport on April 25. The pilot sent a hijack signal to airport’s air traffic controller after Lockley reportedly tried to break into the cockpit.

After four days of questioning by Bali Police, Lockley  returned to Australia because Indonesia has no law regarding “violation on board” an aircraft, meaning that there was no law that could be applied regarding punishment for offenses committed on aircraft operated by foreign entities.

Rudi Richardo, acting director general of air transportation, said that the government had concluded its investigation by questioning the pilot, the co-pilot and flight crew.

“Australia has been notified of the result,” he said, without elaborating.



— A 30-year-old man is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, along with other drug charges from earlier this week.

Michael Thomas Griffin Jr. is charged with making the drug, keeping and selling the substance, and having ingredients of the drug, an arrest warrant states.

Griffin already was jailed at the time of the Friday charges, records state. He was arrested Wednesday and now faces a total of two meth manufacturing charges; two felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a drug; one count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, manufacture or distribute; one count of possessing a precursor; a misdemeanor simple possession charge for a Schedule II drug; a drug paraphernalia charge, a drug charge related to proximity to a school; a misdemeanor probation violation; and a felony probation violation, according to county records.

Griffin, who is described as unemployed, was held Friday, with bail set at $352,000, county records state. He is a resident of 9329 Kennebec Road, according to the warrant.

Griffin is due in court on Monday.

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HAHIRA, GA – On Thursday evening, around 9:30 investigators from the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office went to 5905 Nisen Circle in response to citizen complaints of drug activity.  When the investigators approached the home, three of the persons inside, including an eleven {11} year old juvenile, fled into the nearby wooded area.  Investigators detained the other occupants of the home and discovered an active Methamphetamine lab inside.


A Sheriff’s Office canine unit responded to the scene and soon Jennifer Lee and the eleven year old child were located.  The mother of the child continued to flee and was not located.

Prior to any extensive search fans were set up in order to ventilate the toxic fumes from the home that was being emitted by the lab.  Once rendered safe, a thorough search of the home was conducted and a quantity of methamphetamine was recovered in addition to scales, packaging materials and other items used in the manufacturing of Methamphetamine.  The active lab was dismantled by investigators from the Sheriff’s Office who have been specially trained in the mediation of such labs.

Investigators arrested Jennifer Lee, 30, of Valdosta, who is also known as Jennifer Delk, Sylvester Fender, 39,  and Benjamin Parrish, 34, of Lakeland.  Family members of the child were contacted and took custody of the child.  The arrested persons were taken to the Lowndes County Jail and booked on the following charges; manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of items used for manufacturing methamphetamine, obstruction of an officer, trafficking methamphetamine, and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of children.

They will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered.  Arrest warrants will also be sought for the mother of the child, who has not yet been arrested.  Her identity is being withheld pending the issuance of those warrants.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information on this case, or any other case to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at




Mother runs from meth lab bust, leaves child behind

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) – Three people are in custody and one is still on the run after Lowndes county deputies discovered an active meth lab.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when Deputies responded to 5905 Nisen Circle in Hahira in a response to complaints of drug activity.




Several people were inside the home at the address, and three ran away into nearby woods as investigators arrived.

Officials detained everyone else in the home, and two of the three that ran away, including an 11-year-old boy were later found.

The third person that ran from the home, the 11-year-old’s mother, was not found.

“The mother of the child continued to flee, essentially abandoning their child at the residence. Investigators obtained a search warrant, went inside the residence, and found an active meth lab,” said Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Stryde Jones.

Jones added that, given the size of the meth lab, the suspects could’ve been producing a large quantity of meth.

Jennifer Lee (Delk), Sylvester Fender, and Benjamin Parrish have been charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine. They were booked into the Lowndes County Jail.

The juvenile was later turned over to the custody of other family members.

The mother’s name has not been released pending warrants for her arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at 229-671-2950.






A Chapmanville husband and wife have been sentenced to federal prison for dealing methamphetamines.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Rodney Wiley, 30, will spend 30 months in prison and his wife, Opal, 18 months, after admitting they sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant working with the U.S. 199 Drug Task Force in February.

The deal took place in January 2013 outside the Dollar General Store in Chapmanville. At the time of their arrest, the pair acknowledged that they had jointly sold methamphetamine for several months.

United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. sentenced the pair.



Two women denied federal drug charges this week after being indicted in a large conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in the Bakken oil fields of Eastern Montana and North Dakota.

Jammie Juanita Pilgeram, 29, of Crane, a small town south of Sidney, and Lavonne Marie Redl, 51, of Billings each pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possess meth for distribution and to possession with intent to distribute meth.


The indictment alleges the pair conspired from April 2012 to September 2013 to distribute meth in Sidney, Fairview, Billings, Columbus, Big Timber and elsewhere in Montana.

The government alleges the co-conspirators include Robert Armstrong, of Moses Lake, Wash., also known as “Dr. Bob,” and nine others, all of whom have been convicted in the case.

Armstrong, who is awaiting sentencing, and others brought meth from Washington to Montana for redistribution.

If convicted, Pilgeram and Redl face a minimum mandatory five years to 40 years in prison and a possible $5 million fine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby ordered them to remain in custody. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.


SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect who was caught with methamphetamine, then kicked his way out of a sheriff’s squad car, ran across a freeway and evaded capture for more than a day is back in custody.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Dubin says approximately 88 pounds of meth was found inside the suspect’s vehicle after it was stopped on Interstate 5 in the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday afternoon.

After being placed in the back seat of a patrol car, the man kicked out its rear window and sprinted across the freeway.

More than two dozen sheriff’s deputies with a canine unit and helicopter support searched the area in the Angeles National Forest.

The suspect was found Thursday night hiding in an empty water tank near a mobile home park.

He was booked on suspicion of narcotics-related felonies.





TWIN FALLS • A Jackpot, Nev. woman had more than $13,000 in cash and several grams of methamphetamine in a Twin Falls motel room, police say.

Debra Lynn Jones, 57, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver. She’s being held on $20,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing was set for May 16.


Motel 6 managers reported Jones to police when they noticed she had frequent visitors who only stayed a short time.

Police went to her room Tuesday and said she appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

“Jones could not sit still, kept twitching, had sores on her arms and could not maintain a conversation,” a police report says.

Officers said she gave them permission to search her room for drugs, and inside a denim bag, they found small baggies, each with a small amount of meth, totaling about one-fourth of an ounce.

Several large bundles of cash also were in the bag, police said, and about $1,100 more was in another bag in the room.




TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Charges are filed against three people after prosecutors said they had meth inside a Lafayette motel room.

Jeremy Richardson, 28, Desiree Davis, 27, and Joseph Gia, 32, all face charges of possession of methamphetamine and illegal drugs.

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As News 18 reported last week, police said they found a meth lab and items used to make meth in a room at the Economy Inn on Sagamore Parkway.

Court documents said the Indiana State Meth Lab Team was also called in to handle hazardous materials found in the room.




A Quincy woman admitted to letting her home be used as a place to manufacture methamphetamine during a Thursday hearing in Adams County Circuit Court.

Shannon L. Barnstead, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of property in front of Judge Scott Walden. Charges of meth-related child endangerment and unlawful possession of meth were dismissed a part of a plea agreement. Based on the fact that Barnstead has no prior felony convictions, she will be sentenced to probation at a July 2 sentencing hearing.


Barnstead was arrested Jan. 22 at her home in the 600 block of South 15th. First Assistant State’s Attorney Gary Farha said parole officers with the Illinois Department of Corrections went to the residence to do a parole check on Barnstead’s son, Edwin.

While inside the residence officers noticed an open backpack that contained what appeared to be bottles used in the “shake-and-bake” meth manufacturing process, Farha said. Farha said the officers had the right to search Edwin Barnstead’s belongings and the residence where he lived.

Farha said officers found four one-pot meth labs, other items associated with the meth-making process and meth trash inside the residence. Four people inside the house at the time of the search were taken into custody.

Farha said Shannon Barnstead and her boyfriend, Earl M. Myers, 46, admitted to police that they were meth users. They told police that they knew Edwin Barnstead, 29, had been cooking meth inside the residence. Farha said the couple told police that Edwin Barnstead was their meth supplier.

Farha said there were no children living at the home, but Shannon Barnstead was charged with meth-related child endangerment because she baby-sat children in the home.

Barnstead has been free since posting $3,000 bond on Jan. 27.

Myers pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of meth and is scheduled to be sentenced June 5. Edwin Barnstead is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Monday in his case. He is charged with unlawful participation in meth manufacturing, unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials and unlawful possession of meth. He is still being held in the Adams County Jail.



 ATHENS, Ala. (WAAY) – Police said a woman out of jail on bond for meth possession was put back behind bars Thursday after they said they found $800 worth of meth in her home.


Lenoma Jean Browning, 42, of Athens, faces new charges of meth distribution, meth possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

Athens police said they searched Browning’s home on Vine Street Thursday after serving her with warrants for the meth distribution charges and found the meth in the home.

Browning was arrested just eight days earlier during a traffic stop, when police said they found meth in her car.


Police also arrested another person who lived in the home. Police said Valerie Necole Chatman, 32, had meth and marijuana in her room. She’s charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.




YONKERSTraces of the drug methamphetamine were found in four 55-gallon drums of liquid in an alley between two apartment houses in the southwest section of the city Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The liquid is being tested by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Hawthorne to determine what it is, Yonkers Detective Lieutenant Patrick McComack said Thursday.


Police didn’t know who put the drums in between the buildings at 55 and 53 Morris St. The latter building is vacant.

“It tested positive for methamphetamine,” Lt. McCormack said.

Members of the Yonkers Fire Department and Building Department were at the two buildings around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday because of complaints of squatters in 53 Morris St., Deputy Fire Chief John Flynn said.

As officials began to inspect the barrels they were confronted by a man from 55 Morris St. who claimed the drums belonged to him and he was going to make barbecue grills with them.

He cursed and threatened the city workers when they told him there were dangerous materials in the drums. The liquid is highly flammable and toxic, Flynn said.

Using a mobile lab, firefighters did a field test on the liquid and found the chemicals were similar to those used to make the highly addictive stimulant commonly known an “meth.”

It is rare to find meth laboratories in the area, officials said.

“It is odd that you would have those barrels in that (residential) area,” McCormack said.

The buildings were cordoned and members of the Emergency Service Unit went inside but found no other materials or a meth lab, officials said. Police were interviewing people but no one had been arrested.

Flynn said the violations in the building included tapping Con Ed electricity illegally, and electricity and heating were improperly installed. The building was shut down.


Police and state narcotics bureau authorities jailed 30 people Wednesday following an eight-month investigation into what officials called a significant drug trafficking ring in Garfield County.

About 6 a.m., agents and officers began their sweep with three search warrants and 34 arrest warrants for suspects accused of trafficking methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs into the Enid area to supply local dealers and users. The drug ring allegedly brought as much as two pounds of crystal methamphetamine and several ounces of heroin into the Enid area weekly, said Mark Woodward, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman.

By 11:30 a.m., 30 people were booked into Garfield County jail. They are accused by police of a variety of complaints including conspiracy to traffic controlled substances. Additional arrests are possible as the investigation continues, Woodward said.

“This warrant sweep is dismantling a significant methamphetamine ring that trafficked substantial amounts of crystal meth into northwest Oklahoma, primarily the Enid area,” Narcotics Bureau Director Darrell Weaver said in a release. “This horrible substance ruins lives daily in Oklahoma and is no respecter of persons. It affects the young and the old, and we must keep vigilant in our pursuit of the individuals who are bent on supplying meth to our citizens and making profit on their pain. We can only win these battles through cooperative efforts, and I applaud the Enid police department, which partnered with OBN from the beginning on this tedious investigation.”




An ex-airline employee is “ashamed and disgusted” over his decision to help his brother move a package of cocaine and methamphetamine to avoid airport customs.

Jonathan Klein was caught at Sydney Airport in July 2012, carrying the package to his car.


Sydney’s Downing District Court heard on Friday that Klein’s brother and another man sourced the drugs, packaged them in Hong Kong and accompanied the drugs to Sydney.

Klein removed the drugs package from a security area at the airport and then, armed with his security clearance, used a route to avoid the scrutiny of customs.

“He did not avoid the scrutiny of the Australian Federal Police,” his barrister Phillip Boulten, SC, said during Klein’s sentencing hearing.

“He was caught red-handed essentially with drugs in his possession.”

At the time of his arrest, the AFP said it found about one kilogram of methamphetamine and five kilograms of cocaine.

Klein, in his late 30s, later pleaded guilty to importing a commercial quantity of methamphetamine and importing a marketable quantity of cocaine.

Mr Boulten said Klein knew there was a commercial quantity of drugs in the package but there was no reason to believe he would play a role in the distribution.

Nevertheless, Klein had an important job to play and he played it, the court heard.

Mr Boulten said his client was “disgusted, ashamed and entirely regretful”.

“It’s extraordinary a young man who had achieved so much from very modest circumstances can be in this position,” he said.

The crown argued Klein’s sentence needed to send a message to other airport staff about the consequences of abusing security clearances.

Klein, who appeared close to tears as issues about his childhood were brought up in court, will be sentenced later this month.

The cases of the two other men arrested over the drug haul are still before the court.




— Three Lugoff residents have been arrested after a methamphetamine lab was discovered in Lugoff.

Edward W. Conant, 42, Joseph H. Johnson, 35, and Jammie L. Frazier, 34, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Johnson and Conant are both charged with possession of methamphetamine. And Johnson is being charged with simple possession of marijuana, second offense. Deputies also seized two pistols during the raid.

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Conant was arrested in May 2013 and February of this year after a meth lab was discovered at his Cricket Hill Drive address, according to a press release from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. Since those arrests, investigators had received additional complaints about methamphetamine again being manufactured there.

On Thursday, narcotics investigators executed a search warrant and found the lab actually in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. It is the seventh lab operation discovered this year. There were three found all of 2013.

“Our narcotics investigators are trying to stay on top of this meth problem before it gets even more out of hand,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release. “We will continue to focus on this problem as information by the public and through independent investigation is obtained. Some counties in South Carolina have a serious meth problem. We are determined to keep that from happening in Kershaw County.”

Conant has previous arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, traffic offenses, shoplifting and criminal sexual conduct. Johnson has been arrested for possession of marijuana, weapons violations and traffic offenses. Frazier has previous arrests for criminal domestic violence, shoplifting, grand larceny and burglary. Frazier is currently on probation. Conant was out on bond for two prior methamphetamine manufacturing offenses and criminal sexual conduct.

All three are currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.

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POLICE have arrested a man who was allegedly caught with fireworks, guns and drugs at Peterborough.

The man was stopped in his car about 5.20pm Thursday on Railway Tce, where police allegedly found methamphetamine, cannabis and prescription medication.


Further searches of three properties connected to the man revealed fireworks, ammunition and instructions for making methamphetamine, police allege.

“Police also seized firearms that were registered to the man, as he was deemed to be not a fit and proper person to be in possession of a firearm,” a police spokesman said.

A Peterborough man, 51, was charged with possessing a trafficable amount of a controlled drug, possessing a trafficable amount of cannabis, possessing prescription drugs illegally, possessing instructions to manufacture a controlled drug, possessing unsecured ammunition, possessing equipment for consumption of controlled drug and possessing fireworks.

He was bailed to appear in court at a later date.




ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Roseburg man was arrested after police say his 3-year-old daughter showed up at the hospital with meth in her system.

On May 1, Roseburg police were called to Mercy Medical Center for a report that a little girl tested positive for methamphetamine.


After an investigation, on Wednesday Roseburg police say they went to the father’s residence on Hickory Street and arrested Ronald Jeffrey (RJ) Locker, 34.

Officers charged Locker with second degree child neglect and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Locker was lodged in the Douglas County Jail, and has since been released.

Officials say the little girl was released to a grandparent.

This is the second case in less than a month that authorities say involved a child having meth in it’s system.

In late April, the Sheriff’s office says Michelle Lynn Burke, 40, and James Timothy Pohl, 44, both from the Green District of Roseburg, took their 2-year-old daughter to Mercy because she was not acting normally.

The Sheriff’s office says blood tests showed the child had methamphetamine in her system.

Deputies went to Burke and Pohl’s residence on Rolling Hills Road, where they say they found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, syringes and bindles containing methamphetamine residue.







SUGAR LAND, Texas — A 44-year-old science teacher has officially resigned after school police officials several months ago allegedly found methamphetamine at his home.


In February, Fort Bend ISD officials said Justin O’Sulllivan had not been showing up to Clements High School for work so they sent the school district police to check on him. They found methamphetamine at his home.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office was also working on this case. It wasn’t until April 15 that he was arrested.

A grand jury indicted him on drug possession charges. He was released the very next day on a $10,000 bond.





Several years ago, methamphetamine manufacturers were so keen to obtain anhydrous ammonia that some would steal it out of tanks within sight of the farmers who owned it.

“Years ago, they would go out and steal it in the farmer’s field while he was on the tractor,” said Capt. Jerry Bledsoe of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, recalling such an instance in New Hamburg, Missouri.

Today, officers in Southeast Missouri said, anhydrous ammonia thefts are much less common.

“I can’t remember the last time we worked a case of that nature,” Bledsoe said.

Statistics were not readily available, but officers in Cape Girardeau, Scott and Perry counties all said theft of anhydrous ammonia — a strongly alkaline chemical commonly used as an agricultural fertilizer — has dropped in recent years.

Perry County, Missouri, Sheriff Gary Schaaf attributes the drop in part to the scarcity of other chemicals involved in methamphetamine production.

Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant found in many cold medicines and the key ingredient in methamphetamines, is available by prescription only through most of Southeast Missouri, making it difficult for manufacturers to obtain enough for large batches, Schaaf said.

“That’s worked well,” he said.

If the main ingredient isn’t available, manufacturers aren’t going to bother stealing anhydrous ammonia, Schaaf said.

“There’s no sense of going out and taking a chance of getting hurt with that stuff if you can’t use it for anything,” he said.

Sgt. Mark McClendon of the Missouri State Highway Patrol agreed.

“I just think that when the feds kind of put the limit on how much Sudafed you could get … it kind of slowed that down a bit, kind of slowed down the need for the anhydrous,” said McClendon, who is coordinator for the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force.

People still manufacture methamphetamines, but instead of setting up large labs, they mix small amounts of the drug in plastic bottles, sometimes in their cars, Schaaf said.

“A lot of these idiots will use a plastic soda bottle, and — kaboom! — there you go. Your car’s full of stuff, and you’re dead,” he said.

For smaller batches, instead of anhydrous ammonia, methamphetamine manufacturers obtain cold packs designed for treating injuries and use the ammonium nitrate inside to trigger the chemical reaction that converts pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine, McClendon said.

Like other officers in the region, Capt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department attributed part of the drop in anhydrous ammonia thefts to restrictions on pseudoephedrine and changes in production methods, but he said people who store and sell the chemical also have helped.

“Part of it, I think, is better security prevention … by the anhydrous dealers,” James said.

McClendon said some of those dealers simply stopped carrying the chemical.

“A lot of the co-ops just quit dealing with anhydrous. They were getting hit night after night, week after week on the thefts,” he said.

Stealing anhydrous ammonia isn’t just illegal; it’s also dangerous, officers said.

Bledsoe recalled a case in Kennett, Missouri, in which a man suffered serious injuries while attempting to steal the chemical.

“I do remember they really got bad there … a few years ago, down in Kennett, where that idiot was trying to steal anhydrous from that huge anhydrous tank by drilling a hole in the bottom of it,” he said.

The “idiot” in question earned chemical burns for his efforts, Bledsoe said.

His misadventure could have had an even worse ending.

“Get a big dose of that stuff and inhale it, it can kill you,” Schaaf said.

Bledsoe said methamphetamine users also may be buying the finished product instead of making it themselves.

Last year, federal agents raided a property in Bonne Terre, Missouri, and arrested 25 people accused of running a methamphetamine trafficking ring that brought the drug from Texas to Missouri.

Two of the men arrested in that raid, Brent Bouren and Melvin Scherrer, face state murder charges in connection with the death of tattoo artist Samuel “Tick” Francis of Cape Girardeau.