A meth lab was reportedly discovered on Sunday afternoon in Harrison County where authorities said they found one active cook outside the house.
In addition, police also discovered what they believed to be a pipe bomb. The bomb squad was called in from the Columbus area to investigate further.

Police are now searching for Jeraud Rupp, 25, after he allegedly fled from the house, located at 31600 Moravian Trail Road just outside of Deersville. Rupp is 5-feet-ten-inches tall and weighs 130 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the WTRF Lauttamus Security Crime Fighters tip line at 1-800-223-0312.


(BLOOMFIELD) – A Bloomfield woman was arrested on a warrant after Indiana State Police discovered a meth lab on July 1. woman%20meth-thumb-250xauto-1958

According to Bloomfield Town Marshal Kenny Tharp, police were contacted by a resident after the resident found drug paraphernalia on their property that was being rented by 41-year-old Diana J. Neeley.

Neeley had left the home after utilities were turned off after she failed to pay the bills.

Officers searched the home and found numerous items associated with the making of meth.

Those items included camp fuel, an empty container of lye, modified hose fittings, and multiple plastic bottles containing a by product of pseudoephedrine pills and chemical precursors that is filtered out when meth is extracted from pseudoephedrine.

Officers also located a coffee filter containing a powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth and a glass jar containing organic solvent.

The probable cause affidavit states police found 13 pseudoephedrine and precursor purchases made by Neeley since December of last year.

ISP Troopers interviewed Neely on July 1 at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department where she told police all of the
pseudoephedrine purchases were for the purposes of her “ingesting it into her body for the right reasons” and that she believed her ex-boyfriend was making meth in her residence. She also reportedly explained that her fingerprints would be on glass jars at the residence because she is an avid canner.

But police say Neeley kept changing her story and finally admitted to buying pseudoephedrine for a man twice. But police say that was not true according to store precursor logs.

Neeley was arrested on charges of manufacturing/delivering or financing the manufacture or delivery of meth, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of precursors or chemical reagents with intent to manufacture meth.







A senior Auckland Black Power member has been sentenced to 12 years’ jail after he admitted giving a drug dealer “the magic” – meaning to shoot him – as he fled a robbery.

Samson Opetaia was sentenced in the High Court in Auckland today for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen goods, conspiring to import drugs, supply and possession of methamphetamine and driving while disqualified.

Court documents said Opetaia was the sergeant-at-arms of the Mangu Kaha Auckland chapter of the Black Power gang.

On December 19, 2012, Opetaia and an unknown associate went to a multimillion-dollar house in Auckland’s St Marys Bay where a couple known to be involved in the methamphetamine trade lived.

On Opetaia’s instruction, the associate shot the male at the address as he fled through a window.

Located later by police, the shot man did not co-operate “nor was he forthcoming with any information concerning the reason he was shot”, a police summary said.

Police said Opetaia supplied methamphetamine on several occasions in 2013. When he was arrested in August he had two bags of methamphetamine on him, the larger of which was thought to be 1 gram.

Police could not be sure of the weight though as Opetaia snatched the bigger bag back from police and swallowed it.

The receiving stolen property charge related to property seized by the gang in a drug standover.

Police said in July 2013 Black Power members raided a motel room in Greenlane where two women involved in the meth trade were staying.

Along with drugs they took mobile phones, hard drives and watches and the women’s Volvo and Audi cars.

Opetaia received the electronics and cars and was later intercepted planning to sell the cars and electronics back to the women for an ounce (28 grams) of methamphetamine – valued at about $12,000.

Opetaia was also intercepted discussing selling “iPods” – the codename for the methamphetamine precursor chemical iodine and – and importing a kilogram of the drug ephedrine from someone named Joe in Fiji.

Justice Mark Cooper sentenced Opetaia to 12 years in prison with a minimum period of five years, 10 months.









The Russellville Police Department (RPD) and Arkansas State Police (ASP) busted a potential drug ring Wednesday morning in Russellville.

An investigator with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force testified during bond hearings Friday the RPD went to a Russellville residence to arrest Cynthia Reyes on three counts of delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine.DEJK_REYES__CYNTHIA

Reyes, 21, allegedly sold between $100-$200 worth of methamphetamine on three separate occasions in the past six months to confidential informants.

The investigator testified Saul Yanes, 36, and his wife, Crystal Rosas, 35, told them Reyes wasn’t at the residence. The couple’s children, ages 7 and 8, came out and started talking to the officers.


“They said that there were people hiding inside,” the investigator testified. “And that their mom and dad sold meth — they knew the name of it — and said when [their parents] smoked it, it made their heart race and made them want to throw up.”

Officers contacted the Department of Human Services (DHS) to assess the children’s situation. At this point, Reyes — who had been inside the residence — came out to talk to officers, the investigator testified.

Two DHS workers responded to the scene — one to interview the children and one to administer drug tests to the parents.

A DHS worker asked Yanes to empty his pockets before the drug test, the investigator testified, adding that Yanes was removing the items “very slowly” and initially wouldn’t empty his pockets.

“He pulled out his right hand and laid down several .25-caliber bullets,” the investigator said. “Three baggies of methamphetamine were found in his pocket,” when officers subsequently searched him.

Yanes reportedly told officers there was a gun in the house, but he didn’t know its exact location.

Rosas took an officer in the house to show him where the gun was. She was reportedly uncertain which closet her husband kept it in, so she led officers to closets in three different rooms.

When officers opened the third closet, they found a baggie with white crystal substance was on a shelf and Bounma crouched on the closet floor. Bounma, 34, had arrest warrants.

Officers arrested her and got a search warrant for the house, the investigator testified.

“They found a handgun — not a .25-caliber — a little over a gram of methamphetamine, numerous baggies and scales,” he said.


Yanes was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. No charges were filed in connection with the firearm at the time of this report. Rosas was charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and endangering the welfare of a minor. Reyes was charged with delivery of methamphetamine.

Yanes, Rosas and Reyes had no prior criminal history, while Bounma has several prior felony convictions, the investigator said.

District Judge Don Bourne ordered Bounma — who was charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine, possession with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia — be held in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

Bourne ordered Reyes held in lieu of a $5,000 and Rosas in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Prosecuting attorney David Gibbons asked the court for a $50,000 bond on Yanes in spite of his apparent lack of criminal history because Yanes “appears to be the head of this operation.”

Bourne ordered Yanes held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

All four suspects are scheduled to appear Sept. 29 in Circuit Court.








Walmart Asset Protection contacted police on August 7 when suspect Angelette Gautreaux, 53, was observed concealing a PS3-related item (later valued at $21.86) in her purse.  Gautreaux then proceeded past all points of sale before she was detained and found to be a banned person from an incident in Benton.
Gautreaux was then taken to the Sheriff’s Office where she was searched by a female deputy who located a clear plastic bag containing a clear, rock-like substance which later tested field positive for methamphetamine.  The substance weighed approximately 7.5 grams.
Gautreaux was booked for possession of a controlled substance (F felony), criminal trespassing, and shoplifting.

Mineral Wells police identified a woman arrested on drug charges Thursday after a traffic stop yielded a small amount of marijuana and 16 grams of a narcotic believed to be methamphetamine.

Lezli Carol Spangler Owens, 29, of Mineral Wells, was still in police custody Friday afternoon on charges of operating a motor vehicle with an invalid license and no insurance and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams, said police spokesman Lt. Randy Wright.

Mineral Wells police arrested Owens around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of S.E. 18th Avenue after she was pulled over for a suspended license and discovered she was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.

Two passengers in the car with her were not charged and were released at the scene, Wright said.

Officer Nick Wells said at the scene the woman reportedly told the arresting officer she had methamphetamine down her shirt. He said a digital scale was found in her car.

A Palo Pinto County constable also assisted.








Brandy Allen, a long-recovered user of methamphetamine, once worked with children and adults affected by the drug, and spoke against its use as part of the Montana Meth Project, an anti-meth advertising campaign in Montana.

Today, she and her two children live in an apartment at a well-kept five-plex at 614 12th St. N. in Great Falls that’s one of 215 properties in Montana the state Department of Environmental Quality says remain contaminated with toxins resulting from past clandestine meth labs.


Allen didn’t know about the listing until Tribune reporters checking the status of those properties in Cascade County told her.

“Was it a lab?” an incredulous Allen asked, her voice rising. “This was a lab?”

Steve Galloway, the owner of the property, was shocked to learn the property was on the list, too, and he’s since contacted the DEQ and a cleanup contractor. But he doubts whether a cleanup is necessary because he disputes a former renter ever cooked meth there, even though meth-making materials were confiscated from the basement of the apartment.

“If there had been something left there, and there had been any kind of issue, I would have had to do something way back then,” Galloway said.

Cascade County has more properties on the state’s meth house list — 38 — than any other county in Montana, and the list includes Allen’s apartment.

Years after the busts occurred — a bust occurred at 614 12th St. N. in 2004 — court records and interviews with landlords sometimes offer conflicting accounts regarding what actually went down at the properties.

But in the view of the DEQ’s meth cleanup program, the addresses remain contaminated, and state law requires that they stay on the list until a professional contractor assesses them and performs a cleanup if necessary. Otherwise, the law says, renters and homebuyers need to be told of their drug history.

“The concern is to not only the people living in them, but also the people that clean them up,” said Deb Grimm, the DEQ’s manager of the meth cleanup program, who compares the way meth residue permeates a residence to cigarette smoke. “Meth is toxic. And oftentimes other chemicals used to make meth react with the cleaning products used.”

Public unaware of list

Visits by Tribune reporters to the meth properties in Cascade County found several residents, including Allen, who were not aware that the state considers the properties where they live uninhabitable because of past meth lab operations.

That’s despite the public list on the DEQ website and the requirement in the law that they be told.

“I think Realtors, it’s pretty common knowledge with them, but the average public doesn’t know and really isn’t aware of the DEQ site,” Sandy Johnson, environmental health manager for the Cascade City-County Health Department, said of the DEQ’s meth properties list.

“I think that the property owner is required to notify a renter,” Johnson added. “But to be honest, I don’t know if that is occurring, but that’s what the law says they’re supposed to do.”

The Tribune check of the properties also found that the DEQ erred in continuing to publicly list one property even after the property owner had properly cleaned it up, and the agency failed to contact Galloway to let him know his property was being listed on a list of contaminated properties.

215 properties on list

Across Big Sky Country, 215 meth-contaminated properties dot cities and rural areas alike, according to the DEQ’s meth contaminated properties list.

In Cascade County, 30 of the 38 properties are located in Great Falls.

“If I would have known, I probably wouldn’t have bought it,” said Dawn Wilson, 36, who owns a mobile home at 5405 Lower River Road south of Great Falls.

Wilson also was unaware her home was on the list.

“If it’s been used as a meth lab, that’s unnerving,” she said.

Her 5-year-old son, wearing a T-shirt with “Mom’s Lil’ Rebel” on the front, played on the steps.

After being contacted by the Tribune, Wilson checked with the previous owner of the mobile home and learned it is not the same meth-contaminated house on the state’s list, despite having the same address. The mobile home on the state’s list, it turned out, was removed from the property. That was a relief to Wilson. Besides her son, she’s also raising her 6-month-old granddaughter.

However, the DEQ still views the site as contaminated, and the address will remain on the list because the agency was never informed the former mobile home was removed, Grimm said.

Even if a mobile home is disposed of, a cleanup contractor is required to oversee it because the DEQ doesn’t want contaminated mobile homes being transported down city streets with the windows open, Grimm said.

“If it’s not the trailer, and it was the trailer before, it would be nice if they take me off the list,” said Wilson, who had hoped to sell her mobile home one day.

Tribune archives show the Central Montana Drug Task Force discovered a meth lab at the property, including 7,500 pills of cold medication locked in a safe. Pseudoephedrine contained in the pills is used in the meth-cooking process.

‘I didn’t know’

In Cascade County, the properties on the state’s list range from out-of-the-way, run-down mobile homes on dead-end streets to homes near schools to vacant commercial buildings to well-kept apartments to barns out in the country.

“I didn’t know it was on that list, but I know there was a bust here a long time ago,” said a woman who answered the door at 121 16th St. N.W. in Black Eagle, another address on the list.

The bust occurred March 22, 2012, according to the DEQ’s list.

The properties, remnants of law enforcement’s war on illicit meth manufacturing, are still home to many, but other sites are unoccupied.

“The bank owns the place,” shouted neighbor Olaf Medrud, 26, about the house next door, 1014 4th Ave. S., which is on the meth-contaminated properties list. “The outside looks decent. There’s a bunch of graffiti on the other side of the house.”

A notice on the front door says the house is vacant or abandoned. Telephone books are piling up on the front porch. The DEQ says a bust occurred at the property in October 2012.

“Until the EPA enacts some federal legislation that governs all of the United States, I think Montana is doing a good job and being proactive in listing those properties for the public so they’re aware before they rent, or lease or buy that the property was once a meth lab,” the DEQ’s Grimm said.

Protection a goal

The public list of meth properties and the state’s meth cleanup program were created in 2005, about the time the number of meth labs was peaking, to protect renters and home buyers, encourage cleanups and ensure that cleanup contractors were trained to handle toxic messes created by cooking the drug, she said.

Today, the state is one of about 19 with meth cleanup standards.

Grimm says six to seven properties on the list are being cleaned by homeowners each year.

One of the biggest threats to people living in the contaminated homes is the risk of skin exposure to contaminated surfaces and breathing it in when particulate is circulated through heating systems, she said.

Children are particularly susceptible to exposure to meth contamination because they crawl on floors, Grimm said.

Health effects caused by exposure to meth lab chemicals depend on the lab process and chemicals used, the amount of chemical and length of exposure, and the age and health of the person exposed, health authorities say. Less severe exposures can result in headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue or lethargy. Liver and kidney damage, neurological problems and increased risk of cancer can occur with long-term exposures.

“I think it’s been so long ago, I don’t think there’s much left to worry about health-wise,” said Robert, who lives at 25 Golden Valley Loop outside of town, another Great Falls area resident who was unaware the home he’s living in is on the meth contaminated properties list.

He’s not concerned and has noticed no ill health effects.

The home is on the list as a result of a meth lab bust in 2001. He loves the location.

“On a very clear day, you can look out there and see the Rockies,” said Robert, who declined to give his last name.

Studies have shown, Grimm said, that meth doesn’t biodegrade and that it remains on surfaces for many years after a bust, with the drug itself and chemicals used to make it posing health threats to the people living in them.

Homeowners who attempt to clean the properties on their own can spread the meth around, paint over it and risk becoming sick or exposed themselves if they don’t wear the proper respirator, gloves and clothing, and that’s why the state requires that a certified contractor be hired before the sites are given a clean bill of health, Grimm said.

In 2005, a housekeeper in Butte had to be hospitalized after becoming ill when she went into a motel room being used as meth lab, she said.

“It’s not as easy as just wiping it down and vacuuming it,” said Tom Koch of Koch Environmental Health in Denver.

Couple bought house

Koch was the principal author of the evaluation and remediation guidance document for meth labs published a few years ago by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. It’s considered a national model for proper meth cleanups. Previously, meth lab cleanup work lacked guidance, Koch said.

When meth is cooked, it’s akin to amateur chemistry, with the mixing of chemicals and ingredients from cold medications that create harmful gases and powder as fine as flour that get all over, including into duct work, he said.

Ingredients used in the cooking process include over-the-counter medications, such as pseudophedrine, along with acids, bases, metals, solvents and salts.

“It’s very difficult and very expensive to clean up, and a lot of them are under the radar,” Koch added. “For everybody on your list, there’s probably a dozen not on your list or more.”

Only properties reported to the DEQ by law enforcement make the list, and the reporting is not optional.

James and Josephine Slack, a Helena couple, testified in a 2010 trial in Lewis and Clark County District Court that they may not have unknowingly purchased a meth house had it been properly listed on the DEQ’s website.

A jury found Lewis and Clark County negligent for failing to report the meth-contaminated property outside of Helena to the DEQ and awarded the couple $563,592 in damages.

During a deposition of James Slack, he reported people banging on the door at 3 a.m. after the family had moved in. They purportedly received visits from people looking for drugs as a result of the past drug activity in the home. One doctor told the couple that blood tests on their children showed abnormal results similar to what is caused by meth exposure.

The Slacks were notified in a letter from the DEQ in 2007 that the house had been used as a meth lab. By that time, they had lived there for two years.

The deposition, in which they answered questions from an attorney, explained how they found out:

Question from attorney: “What did you and your wife do following receipt of that letter?”

Slack: “Looked at each other in shock basically. And then I asked my wife to call the Department of Environmental Quality and check into the letter that we received and what it meant for us.”

Question: “Was that the first time you had ever heard of a contaminated property list?”

Slack: “Yes.”

Question: “And a website?”

Slack: “Yes.”

The bust occurred in 2002. The contaminated property was not reported to the DEQ until 2007.

After being notified about the house, the Slacks had it tested. Results came back showing high levels of meth.

‘Get back …’

Some of properties on the list in Cascade County, like the one at 1120 25th Ave. N.E. in Black Eagle, are not residential homes.

Bill Kurth remembers a night in April 2011 when about 15 law enforcement vehicles from multiple agencies descended upon a Quonset unit at that address, which is located in a commercial and industrial area in Black Eagle. Kurth has a lawn-care business and stores his equipment next door to the address.

A man dressed up in a protective white suit with a respirator came walking up to him.

“‘Get back, we got a meth lab here,'” the man told Kurth.

For about 24 hours, authorities were inside and materials were being taken out with a front-end loader. Kurth was concerned.

“God almighty, look how close I am,” said Kurth, pointing to the Quonset.

For these properties to be removed from the list, property owners must hire one of 18 certified meth cleanup contractors. Property owners then receive a certificate of fitness from the state.

Because the program is voluntary, property owners can choose not to hire a certified contractor to conduct a cleanup. And the owners may still rent, lease or sell, but they must notify the person renting or buying it’s a meth lab property, Grimm said.

In 2009, a bill failed in the Legislature that would have revised the law to make cleanups mandatory. It also would have required cleanup of homes contaminated with meth smoking, not just those where cooking occurred, Grimm said. As it stands, there is no enforcement provision in the law, meaning if a renter or owner living in a property listed on the website did not receive written notification they would have to pursue legal action on their own.

‘Expensive nightmare’

Bob Murray, owner of Magic Manor Apartments in Great Falls, said cleaning up the aftermath of a meth-cooking operation is “an expensive nightmare.”

“We try to keep a decent place, but sometimes that stuff happens,” Murray said.

In 2001, meth lab busts occurred at two apartments in the complex on 14th Avenue South.

The bust predated the meth cleanup program, and Murray received a letter from the state Department of Justice that the apartments may be contaminated by use of anhydrous ammonia, lithium metal and other unknown substances that “are known to be carcinogenic, corrosive and explosive.”

At the time, Murray said, the state offered no lists of certified cleanup contractors, and he was on his own.

Murray hired Flathead Chemical Lab Cleanup to clean up the apartments.

The cost of the labor, hygienist report and materials came to $12,508.

That included $1,493 in lost rent during the more than two months of cleanup work. The linoleum, carpet and furniture were all thrown out.

“We went the extra mile,” Murray said. “I’d put my kid in there.”

To his frustration, the properties still ended up on the DEQ’s meth contaminated properties.

In 2013, eight years after the cleanup law was passed, and 12 years after the apartments were cleaned up, a DEQ official visited Magic Manor. The purpose was to check whether the apartment had been cleaned up by a certified cleanup company. Murray couldn’t believe it, but he provided the DEQ with the documentation so the properties would be taken off the list.

They were still on the list in 2014, when the Tribune inquired about them. The DEQ’s Grimm said it was an oversight, and the apartments have since been removed from the list.

Tom Tinsen, who lives at 46 Fields Road, thinks authorities went overboard in listing his property as meth-contaminated in 2002. Nobody lives there now, said Tinsen, who offered to give a tour.

At the time, he was letting a person stay in an apartment located in a barn on his property, when that person was busted on a meth-related charge. It was Tinsen who called the sheriff after smelling something funny when he walked by, but “there was not a drop of meth ever cooked in that place,” Tinsen said.

He was amused to see his property in a training video on meth-contaminated properties that was shown at a meeting of a local volunteer firefighting department.

Meth property?

Debbie Helen Kipp-Lucas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine on May 12, 2005, and was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison on Nov. 3, 2005. She also was ordered to pay $4,197 in restitution, which must go toward the cleanup of the property, according to court records.

At the time, Kipp-Lucas was living at 614 12th St. N.

Allen, 39, who once gave speeches about the evils of meth, lives at that same residence today, and she’s not amused her residence is on a list of meth-contaminated properties.

“I’m shocked, really shocked,” she said. “Like I said, I have two kids that live here. I had no clue.”

And she knows Kipp-Lucas.

For three years, she worked for the Great Falls Children’s Receiving Home, which provides temporary shelter for children due to child abuse, neglect, abandonment, parental drug use, domestic violence and parental incarceration. She also worked for Great Falls Pre-Release Services, which provides a cost-effective alternative to incarceration for offenders through a variety of community-based programs. Kipp-Lucas was a resident.

She plans to research whether meth was ever cooked in the basement.

“It’s 10 years ago,” she said. “It shouldn’t still be on list if everything was done right.”

In 2004, a search warrant was conducted at the property and remnants of a meth lab were found in the basement, including a gas generator, paint thinner, cookware and 18 boxes of pseudoephedrine pills, in addition to small baggies used for packing meth and syringes, according to court records.

Meth-making materials may have been found at the location, but that doesn’t mean meth was ever cooked at the location, said Galloway, who owns the rental property.

He’s been frustrated by what he says are a lack of clear guidelines from the state.

“This is where the whole thing falls apart,” Galloway says of the state’s program. “Just because a categorized bust was made, they list my property. So it’s kind of frustrating.”

He also questions why nobody told him the property needed to be cleaned up at the time, if a cleanup really was necessary.

Since learning of the listing, however, he’s contacted the DEQ and a cleanup contractor to check it out. Another sore point is there is no state-certified meth cleanup contractor in Cascade County, where the highest number of meth properties are located.

“To get off the list, I’ll have to pay somebody a fee to do what?” Galloway said. “Nothing?”

The DEQ’s Grimm said the agency tries to notify all landowners when the properties are added to the list, she said, but it’s not required and it can be challenging for properties that predate the creation of the meth cleanup program in 2005.

DEQ records show that the agency did not notify Galloway because it was unable to locate an owner for the property.

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A deadly standoff last month in Christian County between a man and police at a reported meth house is a reminder that the powerful drug remains prevalent in Illinois and that it may be time to reopen the debate about how to best fight it.

A chaotic scene played out early July 29 at the house about 7 miles west of Pana. Josh A. Edwards, 25, allegedly shot and wounded a police officer after authorities went there for a reported armed and dangerous man. Officers returned fire, prompting Edwards to flee to the roof, where he remained for several hours as police tried to convince him to surrender.

Edwards allegedly shot at officers again, at which point police returned fire and killed him.

Three people in the house were arrested for meth-related offenses. Police said they were aware that people were cooking meth at the house and had been working on an investigation.

Statewide, police have been locked in a battle with meth producers and users for at least 15 years. A state law in 2006 that cracked down on the sale of pseudoephedrine pills, a key ingredient in the manufacture of meth at the time, helped curb production until cooks came up with alternate recipes. Since then, there’s been a noticeable resurgence, authorities say.

The numbers bear that out. In 2004, Illinois authorities reported 1,576 clandestine meth lab seizures. That number fell steadily for a while, dropping to 369 in 2008, but in 2009 it began to creep up again. In 2012, the most recent data available, Illinois reported 801 lab seizures, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Tougher laws and sentencing haven’t been enough to put an end to meth in Illinois. Meanwhile, police grapple with budget shortfalls, cuts to staffing and less grant money to support drug-enforcement efforts, all of which make it more difficult to root out meth.

Authorities in Adams County, consistently one of the top Illinois counties for meth lab seizures, sounded an alarm earlier this year, saying they were facing a “tsunami.”

“We thought we were over the hump in terms of the effectiveness of our eradication efforts and prevalence of its usage,” Adams County State’s Attorney Jon Barnard told the Herald-Whig newspaper in Quincy. “Unfortunately, and much to our chagrin, meth has experienced a significant and ominous resurgence in the last four or five years.”

Last fall Carlinville Police Chief David Haley said meth was “the No. 1 target” for his department after busting three meth labs and arresting six people in a matter of weeks. Beardstown police have arrested more than a dozen people for meth-related crimes this summer.

Last month, a Jacksonville man was arrested after police found a “one-pot” meth lab in his home. And a Schuyler County man and his wife were arrested after a teenager who lived in his house ran away and refused to return, triggering a police investigation and the discovery of a meth lab there.

Last week in Herrin in southern Illinois, a 10-year-old boy was treated for meth exposure and released to child-welfare authorities after a traffic stop resulted the discovery of a mobile meth lab and the arrest of two adults.

Pope County in far southern Illinois is seeing a noticeable spike in meth and secondary crimes, such as burglary and theft.

“We’ve spent thousands of dollars in staff, overtime and jail bills while fighting that battle,” Sheriff Jerry Suites told WSIL-TV, noting that he has only two detectives.

Much of Illinois lawmakers’ chatter about meth died down when the number of lab seizures decreased a few years ago. Many of the state’s online resources about meth now feature outdated statistics and information. Now lawmakers have turned their attention to combatting heroin. Meanwhile, prescription drug abuse became the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.

Meth’s continued presence Illinois can’t be forgotten or disregarded. Elected officials in charge of the purse strings must continue to ensure local authorities have the money and resources they need to deal with meth abuse and the problems that come with it, including child neglect, environmental damage and danger to the public.

It also may be time to rethink our approach to fighting meth and re-evaluate the supply and demand in Illinois. Pseudoephedrine regulation and online lab registries haven’t taken us far enough.






WEST MONROE (KTVE/KARD) – Deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office SCAT and Metro Narcotics Units have arrested three people on multiple drug related offenses.

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On August 7th, police conducted an investigation at 209 Wheelis Street and found that one man, Marcus Thomas of West Monroe was in possession of methamphetamine.

A further investigation led police to two other individuals, Blaine Powell and Brittany Warner.

Police say the two were in position of large amounts of meth and the prescription drug, Oxycodone, along with digital scales, small plastic bags and glass pipes. Police also found a large amount of money, in denominations consistent with street level drug sales.

Deputies located two guns, which Powell, who is a convicted felon, stated belonged to him.

Thomas is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II.

Powell is charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute, the creation of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, four counts of criminal conspiracy, and two counts of having drugs in a ‘drug-free zone.” His bond has been set at $590,500.

Warner is charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute, one count of production of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal conspiracy. Her bond has been set at $95,500.







Lebanon police, firefighters and public safety officials secured the scene of an active methamphetamine lab found inside a car in the Walmart parking lot in Lebanon on Saturday afternoon.

Police Sgt. Joe Nokes responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart Supercenter at around 2:30 p.m. According to Nokes, the stores loss prevention team saw a man and woman take cold compresses and batteries out of the store without paying for them.

Nokes said lithium in batteries and ingredients in cold compresses are commonly used to make meth.

He said the couple tried to get into a red Saturn car, but the loss prevention members stopped them. The woman got into another waiting vehicle and left, but Nokes cited the man for misdemeanor shoplifting before he left on foot.

Nokes said he called in a K9 unit, and the dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs.

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An active “shake-and-bake” meth lab was found in the trunk of the car. Police meth technician Chris Luna was then called to the scene, along with firefighters and public safety officials to secure the area surrounding the car.

Luna said the lab was active. Officers said they also found two additional jars filled with liquid that tested positive for meth, along with ingredients commonly used to make meth, in the car.

Officers also found a prescription pill bottle with a man’s name on it that matched the name of the suspect cited for shoplifting. Police are currently searching for the suspect, but couldn’t hold him at the time on the misdemeanor charge.

The suspect’s name wasn’t immediately available.

State meth task force agents were called in to properly dispose of the lab and ingredients.







FAYETTEVILLE — Three men were arrested Friday after drug task force detectives said they received tips about drug activity.

Jason Clampit, 33, address unknown, was arrested Friday in connection with delivery of marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver (methamphetamine and oxycodone), possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, possession of a firearm by a certain person, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. He was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 bond.41894778_FN-DRUG-BUST-CLAMPIT-8-10_t598

John Fuhrman, 34, of 15673 Ramsey St. in Winslow was arrested in connection with two counts of possession of controlled substances with purpose to deliver (methamphetamine and oxycodone), possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. He was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $3,500 bond.

Daniel Hicks, 24, of Fayetteville was arrested in connection with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver (methamphetamine and oxycodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held Saturday in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

Before the arrests, detectives said they bought 14 grams of marijuana from Clampit with the help of a confidential informant, according to arrest reports.

Another person told detectives on Friday that Clampit was staying in a Fayetteville hotel with methamphetamine and a gun in the room, according to an arrest report.

After finding the room where Clampit was staying, detectives said they saw him, Fuhrman and Hicks carrying bags outside and putting them in the back of Clampit’s pickup, according to the report. Police later stopped the vehicle and arrested Clampit.

Police said Clampit resisted arrested and began to fight, kick and bite them, and tried to stab a detective with a screwdriver.

Fuhrman was asked to get of the vehicle and he said he had a loaded gun in his waistband.

While Hicks was searched, nearly $1,100 was found.

Detectives searched the vehicle and found a bag containing 22 bags of methamphetamine totaling 44.3 grams, 11½ oxycodone pills, marijuana, scales, pipes and baggies, according to the report.

Police said they also found a receipt for $4,000 sent from Clampit to Hicks in Colorado to buy marijuana.








PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested 10 people on drug and identity-theft charges after serving a warrant on a house in S.E. Portland on Friday afternoon.


Leonard Lee Jetland, 47, was arrested for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine; delivery of methamphetamine; frequenting a place where controlled substances are used; possession of methamphetamine and first-degree theft by receiving.

Michael Dwayne Fields, 29 was arrested for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine; delivery of methamphetamine; frequenting a place where controlled substances are used; and possession of methamphetamine.

Police said they aren’t done investigating and that more charges might be forthcoming.

The warrant was served at about 2:30 p.m. Friday in the 4600 block of SE 76th Ave.

Police say they arrested Kelly Dee Megard, 52, a homeless convict, Tuesday afternoon after he became convinced during a bad methamphetamine high that someone was following and trying to kill him. He shot at a driver with two children on a residential road with a gun bought ‘on the street’ and took his drugged rampage to a nearby state park, cops say.

Paranoia got the best of a homeless man who went on a methamphetamine-induced shooting spree in Billings, Mont. and nearly shot a mother and her children.


Suspect Kelly Dee Megard, 52, has been connected to mayhem Tuesday that included a violent car chase on a residential street and a shooting at Pictograph Cave State Park, where tourists scrambled for shelter as he yelled and fired shots at nearby vegetation.

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said Megard exemplified “desperate people high on drugs” showing no regard for life as they make “irrational and dangerous decisions,” according to the Billings Gazette.

He is charged with attempted homicide and three counts of criminal endangerment.

Megard allegedly confessed to smoking meth two days before the shooting and said he believed someone had been out to kill him for the past three days as he drove around town. He also admitted to chasing a driver and trying to gun her down, he told detectives after his arrest.

His bullets hit the vehicle of a mother with her two children. The spooked woman, described as “shaken up and shocked” by police, said Megard attacked her family along Rimrock Road near the Rocky Mountain College campus that morning. She saw the suspect point a gun right at her before he fired several shots, hitting her three times. The bullets missed her passengers — a 6- and 7-year-old sitting in the backseat — by mere inches.


The mom attempted to escape by speeding away, but Megard chased her and allegedly rammed her SUV several times in a parking lot at around 12:45 p.m.

She drove through a grassy area and hid on a side road before Megard finally zoomed off.

“This could have been a tragedy,” St. John said.

The shooter had no idea he was firing at a vehicle with children inside, but thought there was a man with a gun sitting in the passenger seat.

He was “going to get that guy first,” Megard said.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office deputies took Megard into custody at Pictograph Cave State Park about 30 minutes later after they received a call of shots fired.

Witnesses at the park had watched Megard careen off the road and down a ravine where he “disappeared out of sight,” documents said, but he emerged bellowing and shooting at people and nearby vegetation.

When deputies arrived, they heard additional shots fired and saw Megard hiding in a field of trees and brush as park-goers hid inside the visitor center a mile away.

After a brief standoff, Megard and his 9-mm. pistol was taken into custody.

Megard has an extensive criminal record in Washington state and Montana and has been convicted several times. He had been on parole for conspiracy to assault a police officer in Montana’s Cascade County.

He claims to have bought a gun “on the street” last week and some ammo at a Billings ammo store.








Sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina say they are looking for a young mother who left her small child at a meth house and didn’t come back.

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Amanda Leigh Vosburg, 24, is wanted on charges of child neglect, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Friday. The woman also sent a Facebook message to a stranger, offering to give away her daughter.

“This is a heartbreaking story and a far too common scene about a child that was shuffled around, abandoned, and neglected because her mother simply doesn’t care, Ravenell said, WIS-TV reported.

Authorities arrested two women at the drug home, he said. Christy Kinsey, 41, has been charged with methamphetamine possession. Fran Roberts, 29 was arrested on an outstanding family court warrant.


The little girl has been placed in emergency protective custody.

Ravenell said Vosburg left her toddler at the home, in the care of another resident. When she didn’t return after days, the unnamed resident tried to get others, including the child’s relatives, to care for the little girl. No one would take her, the sheriff said.

The child was taken to another county and left with social service workers, who contacted Ravenell’s office.









COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A man was seriously injured after a fire broke out at a home on Coastdale Road Friday evening.

Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department said police and fire crews were called to a home in the 1000 block of Coatsdale Road near Veterans drive after a suspected meth lab caught fire inside the home.

The man, who name has not been released, suffered severe burns and was transported to a local hospital, Timmons said.

Officers at the scene were also taken to the hospital as a precaution to be checked out for possible meth exposure, Timmons said.

Fire crews were able to put out the fire, but not before the home was damaged.

Timmons said charges for the man are pending.

The incident is still under investigation.








The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s Field Services Department this week investigated reports of a puppy that had possibly overdosed on methamphetamine.

Officers received an emergency call from VCA Veterinary Hospital in Santa Cruz Tuesday regarding a puppy they had in their care. Based on statements made by the person with the dog, as well as the dog’s behavior, the veterinarian believed that the dog was under the influence of methamphetamine. The person who brought the dog to the veterinarian was evasive and tried to take the dog back, shelter officials reported.

An animal control officer made contact with the person via phone, and told them they would not be taking the puppy home and that the Animal Shelter would be taking custody of it.

The officer responded to the veterinarian’s office and rushed the puppy to the Animal Shelter Veterinarian, who immediately began emergency treatment on the dog.

Based on tips of whom the owner could be, the animal control officer went to several known transient locations in search of the owner and additional puppies suspected to be in the litter.

The officer was unable to locate them, but began spreading the word that animal control was looking for the suspected owner to answer questions on how one of her puppies overdosed on methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, animal control officers went with Santa Cruz city park rangers to conduct multiple sweeps in the area in search of the owner and the other puppies. Six hours of searching did not turn up the woman or the dogs.

Animal control officers are still seeking the owner. Meanwhile, the puppy believed to have overdosed is recovering and will be adopted out.









On Thursday evening around 10:00 p.m., Warsaw Police narcotics officers received a tip that a prior meth offender was involved in drug-related activity in a vehicle on the west side of Warsaw.

Officers located the vehicle near Columbia and Fort Wayne Streets and initiated a traffic stop.

A police canine alerted officers to the presence of illegal drugs, and a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, officers located five one-pot meth labs, an HCL generator, numerous ephedrine blister packs, and multiple precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The investigation also led to a residence on North Sherman Street, where officers served a search warrant at the house and found additional precursors and meth paraphernalia.

Police took 37-year-old Travis Johnson, of Warsaw, into custody. He was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on an initial level 5 felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, and a level 6 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine precursors by a prior offender. An additional charge of level 4 felony manufacturing methamphetamine by a prior offender was added Friday morning. Johnson is being held with no bond on a prosecutorial hold.

Narcotics officers also took 33-year-old Dallas Deckys, of Warsaw, into custody for visiting a common nuisance. She was being held on a $350 bond.

The Warsaw Police and Indiana State Police clandestine lab teams were called to collect and remove the dangerous and toxic meth manufacturing products. Also assisting was the Winona Lake Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Warsaw Police continue to diligently work to reduce the influence of illegal drug activity in our community. Any drug tips can be called into the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9540.








A missing Ramona man found dead in a field was killed by methamphetamine intoxication, according to a medical examiner’s autopsy.


Before his death, Carl Salayer, 67, suffered from Parkinson’s disease and other medical problems from his time working at the San Onofre nuclear plant, the report says, and his medications had caused dementia-type symptoms and paranoia.

So when his wife reported him missing on June 17, search and rescue teams classified him as an at-risk senior and immediately spread out to find him.

However, deputies called off the search after four days and no signs of Salayer.

Eight days after the missing man was last seen, a couple living on Chablis Road reported a foul odor near their home to San Diego County Sheriff’s officials.

Deputies searched the area and found Salayer’s decomposing body in a field full of thick brush.

When medical examiners performed an autopsy on him, they discovered hydromorphone – a prescription drug – and methamphetamine in his system.

Their report states it was acute methamphetamine intoxication that killed him, but environmental exposure, Brugada syndrome and Parkinson’s disease probably contributed to his death, which was classified as an accident.

Salayer had no history of drug use, according to his autopsy.







CHURCH HILL, TN (WJHL) – Church Hill Police Department officers arrested a Kingsport man on methamphetamine charges Wednesday, after local authorities found him sleeping in a semi-truck blocking an intersection near a school zone.

 According to the release, officers responded to the intersection of Tipton Avenue and Volunteer Street in reference to a semi-truck blocking the intersection.4430696_G

Officers, along with Hawkins County deputies and a Volunteer High School SRO were able to wake up the driver, later identified as Larry Wayne Jones, 41, 2033 Flanders St., who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

Jones reportedly had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and did not know where he was or what time it was.

Jones told police that he had been taking Lortab the night before and had just dropped a woman off at a nearby residence.

He said he did not know he was blocking the entrance of Volunteer High School.

According to the release, Jones consented to a search of his truck and his cellphone.

Police said the cellphone kept ringing and said they observed numerous drug dealing type messages on his phone.

A computer check revealed that Jones had a prior DUI conviction back in 2011 and a search of his person revealed a film container in his left front pocket with four crystal rocks believed to be methamphetamine.

According to the release, the estimated weight of the rocks was over half a gram.

Jones said he had been smoking methamphetamine prior to authorities responding to the scene.

Inside the vehicle, authorities found a syringe and a glass pipe with burnt crystal residue, and two butane torches in the driver’s area of the vehicle.

According to the release, Jones refused consent to a blood test.

Jones was taken to the Hawkins County Jail for booking.


Twin Peaks, CA – Captain Rick Ells of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station has notified news outlets that Most Wanted subjects Edgar Daniel Noice, 21, and Brandi Lee Loera, 19, were arrested on outstanding warrants related to their alleged role in the Wednesday, April 30, fire in Crestline that destroyed three homes on Matterhorn Court.


The arrest took place in Eastvale (Riverside County), according to Captain Ells.

Noice and Loera were scheduled for video arraignment on felony charges including causing a fire resulting in great bodily injury and causing a fire of an inhabited structure at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, according to court documents.

Captain Ells indicated both Noice and Loera were booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Booking information on Noice was available online and indicated he was booked at 4 p.m. Tuesday.  He is being held on $725,000 bail. Information on Loera’s booking was not available at deadline.


The warrants for Noice and Loera’s arrest were issued by Judge R. Glenn Yabuno at 11:04 a.m. on Thursday, July 17. After the District Attorney filed five felony counts against the two subjects.

The charges are: PC 252(A) – causing fire that causes great bodily injury, two counts of PC 452(B) – causing fire of an inhabited structure and one count of PC 11379.6(A) – manufacturing a controlled substance.







In head-to-toe protective gear, fire and police personnel faced the heat and possible dangers Friday for the final part of a methamphetamine lab certification course.

Twenty-five members of the Lafourche and Terrebonne sheriff’s offices, Houma Police and local fire departments completed the Methamphetamine Recognition and Investigation Training.

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Jake Kelton, the course’s owner, main instructor and curriculum designer, said firefighters need the training because their departments often respond to meth labs before police and they must be able to take precautions.

“They go into a location, thinking it’s a structure fire, (and it) turns out it’s actually a meth lab,” he said. “They need to be able to recognize those things right away.”

Participants were divided into groups and assigned to one of three scenarios, including some involving a vehicle and a home. They assessed each situation and identified potential hazards, removed the chemicals and processed them for verification.

Kully Griffin, assistant chief for Lafourche Fire District 3, said the main ingredients typically found in a meth lab are lithium and ammonia.

Although Kelton’s company controlled the simulations, Kelton said the labs were still real.

“They could have an explosion just like they could have an explosion out on the streets,” he said.

Participants were called out of a scenario after about 20 minutes. They were hosed off to remove any traces of the chemicals, and fans and water were available to combat the heat.

The five-day, 40-hour course also included a 75-question, fill-in-the-blank exam.

The Methamphetamine Recognition and Investigation Training offers nationwide training in processing meth labs. The certification is good for one year. Many who undergo the training work in the narcotics division, said Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brennan Matherne.

Sgt. Adam Dufrene of the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Task Force, said the Sheriff’s Office investigates at least three or four meth labs each year. Dufrene said the training course was an educational experience that showed the realities of processing a meth lab.

“It shows the truer side than what television shows,” he said. “This will present the dangers, and it gives the public a chance to see how much precaution, how much safety we have to use.”


Columbia, SC (WLTX) – A house fire on Coatsdale road Friday afternoon is being blamed on a man making methamphetamine.


According to Columbia police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons, around 6:30PM both the Columbia fire department and the Columbia police department were responding to a house fire at 1033 Coatsdale Road off Veterans Drive.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a man in the doorway of the home and went inside to pull him to safety. The man was transported by EMS for serious burns.

Preliminary information indicates that the man was making methamphetamine in a pot inside the residence.

The responding officers were transported to a local hospital due to a possibility of possible meth contamination exposure as a precaution.

South Carolina Law Enforcement (SLED) and a ‘clean up’ crew also responded to the scene. The investigation is still ongoing and charges are pending.







COVINGTON — A Covington man who had an active warrant for violating his probation will also have to face drug charges as well after he allegedly tried hiding from police under clothes in a closet.

Covington police learned that 20-year-old Christopher Kyle Bell, who had an outstanding warrant out of Newton County, was at a home on Elizabeth Street. When they went to the home just before 1 p.m. Monday, they spoke with Bell’s mother, who confirmed that he was inside, according to the incident report.

Officers entered the home and Bell’s mother began walking toward a bedroom, repeatedly calling his name, but he did not answer or come out of any room. She then led officers into the bedroom where she said Bell was located.

The female opened the closet door in the bedroom and I could see someone’s shoulder. The individual was covered in clothes attempting to hide from officers,” reported Covington Police Department Officer Daniel Digby.

The officer told Bell to raise his hand and when he stuck his hands in the air, Officer Digby pulled him from the closet and placed him under arrest.

While searching Bell’s pockets, officers found a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue as well as a small clear plastic bag that contained residue from methamphetamine. Officers also found a cigarette box inside that closet that contained a clear bag of methamphetamine.

“When asked about the cigarette box, Bell stated that it was his and the meth was also his,” the incident report states.

Bell was then transported to the Newton County Detention Center and was charged with probation violation and possession of methamphetamine.





— Six members of a motorcycle gang in Northern California, including two who remain fugitives, have been indicted in a methamphetamine-trafficking case, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

The ongoing investigation by federal and local agencies targeted three Sacramento-area chapters of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento said.

The FBI used confidential sources and undercover agents to buy methamphetamine on several occasions from Vagos members and their associates starting in March 2013, according to affidavits supporting the charges. In addition to distributing methamphetamine, the investigation also accuses members of the Sacramento-area chapters of being involved in illegal weapons purchases and handling stolen motorcycles.

It became clear to agents that the gang would be difficult to infiltrate because of members’ longstanding relationships and its extended initiation process, the affidavits said.

“Many of the members are childhood friends, prison associates, and/or white-power gang members,” the affidavits said.

Nevertheless, agents were able to introduce an undercover employee into the Sacramento-area Vagos in spring 2013. In a case that led to three of the charges, the undercover operation got help from a person who cooperated with the FBI in exchange for a reduced sentence in an unrelated case.

That person, referred to in the affidavit as Source No. 2, was described as being motivated to cooperate partly out of a dislike of the Vagos club.

Four of the defendants were arrested July 30 and remain in Sacramento County Jail.

James Cline, 43, of Rio Linda; Leonard Walter, 37, of Sacramento; and Michael Wright, 45, of Sacramento, were charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute. Richard Cardenas, 49, of Sacramento, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Attorneys representing Cardenas and Walter said they had no comment, while messages left with the attorneys representing Cline and Wright were not immediately returned. All four are scheduled to be arraigned next week in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

Two other Sacramento men named in the indictment, Quentin Stallings, 35, and David Homan, 50, remain at large and are considered fugitives, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say the Vagos have an estimated 600 members with chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Mexico.









A Muncie woman allegedly admitted to police that she was in the process of “cookingmethamphetamine when they arrived at her soutside home early Tuesday.


Zonda Wyleene Blevins, 42, 1412 W. Memorial Drive, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of precursors and seven counts of cruelty to an animal.

The cruelty charges allege seven dogs, including four puppies, were in the house when the meth production was creating an “overwhelming odor.”

A city police officer reported he was driving in the area of Blevins’ home when he smelled “the odor of meth being cooked.” He and other officers then went to the house.

A state police meth suppression team was called to the scene to remove potentially hazardous materials.

Blevins was fined last September after she was cited for failing to get rabies shots for her dogs.