Eight people are facing charges in a storage-unit fire in Bettendorf that authorities say was caused by a meth-making operation.

A second operation later was discovered in a Bettendorf cornfield.

Bettendorf police and firefighters responded to the multi-unit storage complex at 3221 State St. at 9:35 p.m. Monday. It was determined the origin of the fire was unit 8, which was being leased by McArtor Construction. Further investigation, which involved the Iowa State Fire Marshal and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, revealed the blaze resulted from a meth-making operation, using the one pot “shake and bake method,” police said.

The investigation also revealed a second meth-making site in a cornfield 100 feet southeast of Middle Road and Indiana Avenue, also in Bettendorf, police said.

Warrants were issued for the following suspects:

  • David J. McArtor, 31, Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Furnishing Place to Use Controlled Substance, Bond set at $200,000 cash.
  • Ira S. Dornbach, 35, Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.
  • Jack A. Otto, 52, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $100,000 cash.
  • Sylvester Emory, 53, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $100,000 cash.
  • Christopher A. Smith, 27, Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.
  • Zachary R. Bishop-Jensen, 25, Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.
  • Sarah M. Adamson, 21, Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Furnishing Place to Use Controlled Substance, Bond set at $200,000 cash.
  • Julie A. Huffman, 32, Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

As of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, McArtor, Dornbach, Otto, and Emory were in custody at the Scott County Jail, records indicate.









Seyed Milad Rezaei Seyed Hassan, 26, admitted having possession of the drugs at the luggage claim area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) about 10.30am on Dec 12, 2010. 

He was with three other Iranian friends shortly after arriving on a flight from Doha when he was arrested by a Narcotics officer.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mirza Mohamad prosecuted by Seyed was represented by Datuk N Sivananthan.
Seyed pleaded for the court to be merciful as he was just 23 when he was caught with the drugs and had since regretted committing the offence.
Judge Datuk Nurcahaya Arshad sentenced Seyed to start serving the jail term from the date he was caught.

MADISONVILLE, Ky.  – On Monday, September 9, 2013, the Madisonville Police Department (MPD) reported three arrests in relation to a drug operation that has been active for at least two years in the Madisonville area.

Today, an affidavit in support of criminal complaint was signed by a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that was assigned to the Madisonville, Kentucky Post of Duty. During the special agents’ duties, it was investigated that there were violations of the Controlled Substance Act and other related federal violations.

Since March of 2012, the special agent and MPD have been investigating suspected methamphetamine distribution by William Randall Pauley and other suspects of Western Kentucky. Pauley was first brought to the special agents attention on March 12, 2012 when a suspect was arrested in Livingston County, Kentucky.


This individual, hereinafter referred to as co-operating defendant #1(CD#1), was arrested after a series of controlled purchases for methamphetamine and the subsequent seizure of approximately $110,000 cash drug proceeds. CD#1 provided detailed information regarding Pauley’s drug dealing. According to CD#1, Pauley was the owner of the seized money, and the money was provided to CD#1 as payment for approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine which Pauley had sold on behalf of CD#1.

The affiant ultimately interviewed Pauley and seized an additional approximately $7,000 in drug proceeds. Pauley subsequently confessed to the affiant to trafficking multiple pounds of methamphetamine and agreed to cooperate with police. Pauley’s cooperation with police failed over the following months due to his inability to follow police direction.

Between March 2012 to present time, Pauley remained a person of interest the affiant and local/state law enforcement continued to collect information from a collection of different sources regarding his suspected illegal activity.

Sometime around September 4, 2013, MPD determined through a separate investigation that Pauley was in possession of stolen property. Since Pauley was on state probation from prior drug charges, MPD forwarded this information to the Kentucky State Department of Corrections Probation and Parole. Assisted by the MPD, State Probation Officers conducted a home visit to Pauley at his place of residence in Hopkins County, as were his terms of probation.

On September 4, 2013, a Probation and Parole Officer made contact with Pauley at his place of residence and during this home visit, the officer located approximately 7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia inside the home. MPD officers also located the stolen property related to their investigation. These items are now prohibited as part of his terms of probation.

The affiant was subsequently summoned to Pauley’s place of residence to assist the MPD and State Probation Officers. Upon arrival of the scene, the affiant advised Pauley of his Miranda Warnings and Pauley agreed to talk to police without his attorney present. Pauley also signed a consent to have his house searched.

Pauley confessed that the drugs were his. He also stated that he has received the drugs the weekend before as a part of a “sample” for approximately one pound of methamphetamine. He stated that that methamphetamine in his house was part of a pound of methamphetamine he was trying to purchase for approximately $24,000. Pauley stated he could get the pound of methamphetamine immediately. However, Pauley was not promised anything for his cooperation. Pauley, under police direction, then conducted several recorded and monitored drug calls to suspected source of supply. Ultimately the source of supply would not deliver the pound of methamphetamine out of fear of being robbed or arrested.

On the same date, officers weighed and field tested the suspected drugs which indicated positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Based on this information, the affiant has reason to believe that William Randall Pauley violated the Controlled Substances Act, specifically, Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a).






ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A large meth making operating in eastern Missouri has been broken up by local and federal authorities. A total of 25 suspects have been arrested for federal drug and weapons charges involving the distribution and manufacture of large amounts of methamphetamine. Many of those arrested are part of the Saddle Tramps Motorcycle Club. According to a release from the US Department of Justice the club’s president Arvil Matthews is also in police custody.

This was a joint operation between the FBI, DEA, ATF, Missouri Highway Patrol, St. Charles County, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices and St. Louis City Police Departments.

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The drug charges carry a penalty of ten years to life in prison and the firearms charges carry sentences to ten years in prison. All suspects are presumed innocent. A judge will consider sentencing guidelines.

The US Department of Justice has released the names of the suspects arrested in this case:

  • Jorge Lopez, 37, Corinth, Tx;
  • Melvin J. Scherrer, 49, Bonne Terre, Mo;
  • Alan D. Adler, 54, Bonne Terre, Mo;
  • Brent T. Bouren, 42, St. Louis, Mo;
  • Howard R. Pyatt, A/K/A “Bud,” 55, Bonne Terre, Mo;
  • Arvil B. Matthews, 50, Imperial, Mo;
  • Mark E. Abney, 47, Bonne Terre, Mo;
  • Amber D. Scism, 31, Farmington, Mo;
  • Terri L. Fox, 47, St. Louis;
  • Guillermo Navarro, A/K/A “Willie,” 35, St. Louis, Mo;
  • Jerry L. Addison, 66, St. Louis, Mo;
  • Jerami A. Westenberger, 35, Arnold, Mo;
  • Ray Allen Davis, Jr., 46, Union, Mo;
  • James A. Mitchell, 44, St. Louis Area;
  • Patrick A. Tate, 41, St. Louis, Mo;
  • Jimmie D. Johnson, 60, St. Clair, Mo;
  • Donald J. Maguire, 54, St. Louis;
  • Theodore S. Heege, 48, St. Louis;
  • Norma J. Egan, 47, St. Louis;
  • Donna L. Moss, 45, St. Louis;
  • Sheila C. Heege, 47, St. Louis;
  • Danielle R. Becker, 29, Park Hills, Mo;
  • Haley L. Meier, 34, St. Louis;
  • Heather N. Martin, 27, St. Louis; And
  • Amy G. Horrell, 33, Bonne Terre, Mo.







 25 people face federal charges in alleged methamphetamine conspiracy in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Twenty-five people face federal drug and weapons charges after a Methamphetamine roundup in eastern Missouri.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis announced the arrests on Tuesday. Most of the suspects are from the St. Louis area and Jefferson and St. Francois counties. One suspect is from Corinth, Texas.

Authorities say the suspects made and distributed large amounts of meth since October 2010. Several are members of the Saddle Tramps Motorcycle Club.

Two of the suspects are also facing state murder charges. Melvin Scherrer of Bonne Terre is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Sam Francis, whose body was found in a septic tank near Bonne Terre in July. Brent Bouren of St. Louis is charged with second-degree murder in the same case.






ST. LOUIS (AP) — A cold and allergy decongestant now being sold nationwide contains a new form of pseudoephedrine that’s being billed as difficult to use to make methamphetamine, but the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday that it still won’t allow it to be sold over the counter.

Government chemists were able to make meth from Zephrex-D, and its sale must therefore be restricted, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said.

Zephrex-D has been sold in Missouri since December and the suburban St. Louis company Westport Pharmaceuticals has rolled the product out to more than 15,000 pharmacies in all 50 states over the past month.

Westport officials say meth can’t be made with Zephrex-D through the so-called “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” method in which the ingredients are mixed together in a soda bottle. The vast majority of homemade meth is now produced this way. The Missouri Narcotics Officers Association said it has not found the product in any meth labs.

Pseudoephedrine is a vital precursor for most meth recipes. The key to making meth with pseudoephedrine is crystallization. Westport officials say the pseudoephedrine in Zephrex-D, when heated, becomes a gooey substance rather than crystallizing.

Westport concedes that meth in very small quantities can be extracted from Zephrex-D through old-style meth labs, but so little that a single dose would cost $250 to $500 — or up to 20 times the street value.

“It’s just not economically feasible for the meth-maker to use this product,” said Jason Grellner. narcotics enforcement commander in Franklin County, Mo., who has spoken to the Missouri Legislature on behalf of Westport Pharmaceuticals.

The U.S. Combat Meth Act requires that pseudoephedrine products be sold behind the counter. Buyers must show identification and their names are entered into a tracking database. Two states — Oregon and Mississippi — require prescriptions, as do more than 70 cities and counties in Missouri.

The DEA said sales of Zephrex-D must remain restricted to behind the counter.

“DEA commends the efforts of companies to develop products that deter the production of illicit drugs,” Payne said in a statement. “While this particular company claims that their ‘drug delivery system provides a new and unconventional approach to combat drug misuse,’ this product can still be utilized to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Westport chose Missouri for the test run in part because the company is based there, but also because the state has led the nation in meth lab seizures in all but one year since 2003.

“We have a great product for legitimate sinus and cold sufferers, but meth-making criminals will have to look elsewhere,” Paul Hemings, vice president and general manager of Westport Pharmaceuticals, said in a statement.







A decade ago, northwest North Carolina and surrounding states appeared to be drowning in methamphetamine and clandestine meth labs. It seemed like another operation was raided every week, particularly in Watauga County, but also in Wilkes and the surrounding area.

There were so many clandestine labs being operated that law enforcement resources were being stretched.

In 2003, this dangerous situation was addressed through a task force, a county-by-county thing under a northwest area umbrella. State, federal and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors held sort of a landmark meeting in Jefferson to organize the task force and make sure everyone was informed about the seriousness of the meth problem.

The notion behind the task force was to train more officers, buy equipment to deal with the toxic labs, provide intensive law enforcement and educate the public about this drug and the dangerous labs used to manufacture it.

With the full backing of prosecutors, law enforcement officials and judges, the General Assembly strengthened the law regarding the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Prior to this, the law governing the illegal manufacture of this drug was fairly toothless. First offenders didn’t go to prison, and probation was still a possibility, even likely, for those with prior convictions.

More importantly, restrictions were placed on over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudophedrine, which is a crucial ingredient in meth manufacturing.

At the time, it really seemed likely that all this attention from law enforcement, coupled with revamped laws, would spell the demise of the meth business. In fact, that seemed to be the case in the following years, borne out as the number of labs dropped.

Recently, the discovery of meth labs has again been on the rise. Most of these have been small operations, using the “one pot” method. Some labs have been large enough to create salable amounts of the drug, but most create just enough for personal use.

Either way, the labs are dirty and dangerous, and the drug itself is highly addictive and reduces a majority of addicts to a state of dereliction. My point is that this problem never entirely went away and it is again very much on the rise. A number of labs have been located in Wilkes County this year.

Methamphetamine goes by different names on the street, such as crank, ice, crystal meth and speed. Those who use this highly addictive substance– whether by smoking, injecting, snorting or ingesting– tend to stay up for days, even a week or more, at a time.

At the end of a long period of use, people tend to be extremely irrational and violent, and many are hallucinating from sleep deprivation. Most tend to mix large amounts of alcohol with their high, turning themselves into very dangerous drunks.

If the subject in question has a knife or gun, the situation can quickly become deadly.

Those are just the users.

The labs themselves are highly toxic, meaning that those cooking the drug and anyone exposed to this process, children included, become contaminated. Some of the vapors released can be deadly even in small amounts.

I’m not convinced that heightened law enforcement and strengthening the law alone have provided a long-term solution to this public health threat, though certainly making a big impact.

Education of the public, including providing information to children in public schools, must be just as much a priority. It must be comprehensive and done on a long-term basis. Those mired in addiction need access to in-patient treatment facilities, allowing them to at least have a shot at recovery.

It does no lasting good to arrest meth lab operators if society doesn’t reduce the demand for the drug.







PELHAM, Alabama — Three Pelham police officers and a drug dog were transported for medical care tonight after they were exposed to harmful chemicals during a raid of a suspected meth lab, Mayor Gary Waters said.

Waters in an interview after tonight’s City Council meeting said four officers responded to a Pelham hotel a tip concerning suspicious activity.

“Three officers and our drug dog were exposed” to chemicals during the raid, he said.

The three officers were transported to Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham for treatment, while the drug dog was taken to a veterinarian clinic, Waters said.

He did not know any of their conditions. “The word I got was it’s not life-threatening,” he said.

Waters said he believe the raid happened a short time before he was notified about the medical emergency at about 8:20 p.m.

It was not immediately clear on any arrests and exactly what was discovered in the hotel. Reports indicated the hotel was the Oak Mountain Lodge in Pelham.







BUFORD, Ga. — Gwinnett County police arrested a man and woman after stopping their car for a routine traffic violation along Interstate 85 near the Mall of Georgia Sept. 3.

Police said when the officer began to question the driver, his itinerary did not make sense. The officer also noticed air fresheners hanging throughout the vehicle and a gym bag in the back seat.

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Police said when the driver granted permission to the officer to search the vehicle, the officer found drugs in a gym bag and $2,500 in cash.

“The street value of the methamphetamine is around $165,000,” said Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police arrested Gerardo Guerrero and Karina Estrada.

Patrol officers with Gwinnett County’s Interdiction Unit are specially trained to spot suspected drug smugglers along I-85, but police said for every one caught, many more get away.

“If we had more manpower to put on the interstate, we would probably catch more. But we are probably catching a pretty small percentage of the drugs traveling through here,” Smith said.

Two people were arrested and face several felony charges after allegedly attempting to purchase chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine at Clanton Walmart on Sept. 6.

The charges against 24-year-old Melissa Gray of Clanton and 20-year-old Mark Daniels of Clanton include chemical endangerment of a child because several children were present with the suspects as they obtained substances needed to make meth, Clanton Police Department Chief Brian Stilwell said in a press release.

Allegedly, four subjects entered the store with four children, all of which belonged to one of the subjects.

CPD responded to a report of people purchasing meth precursor chemicals and arrested Gray and Daniels at the scene. The children’s father was at the scene but not arrested. There were three children with the suspects.

The father told police that the fourth child was at the store with a fourth adult subject. Police were told that the fourth child and the fourth subject went off to another part of the store and lost contact with the rest of the group.

Officers, along with help from Clanton Fire Department, shut down the store for about an hour to search for the fourth child but were unsuccessful.

Apparently, the fourth subject became frightened by the police presence and fled the scene with the child.

Police are not treating the situation as an abduction, contradicting rumors circulating on social media.

The children’s father helped arrange a meeting at a Clanton fuel station for the fourth subject to drop off the child.

Gray and Daniels were also charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of precursor chemicals, both felonies, according to the release. They were taken to Chilton County Jail, and no bond had been set as of Monday afternoon.

Stilwell said the investigation is ongoing, and investigators hope to use video surveillance footage and statements from witnesses to determine whether more charges will be filed–and whether other arrests are warranted. Stilwell said CPD is working with DHR to ensure the children’s safety.

“This is very serious, and we are working to make sure all those who need to be charged will be,” Stilwell said in the release. “Meth is a huge problem, and to take children shopping to purchase meth lab supplies is horrible. We are glad the children are safe and back with their parents and guardians.”







Two rural Mountain Home, Arkansas residents are in the Baxter County Jail, charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.

Kiana S. Hays


The arrests of 29-year-old Ben Gary Dacus and 24-year-old Kiana Shawntae Hays on Monday stem from an incident August 30th when a county resident called the sheriff’s office to report two people had dropped a baggie containing a white crystalline substance while operating an ATV on County Road 625. The male suspect reportedly returned to the area and engaged in an altercation with the resident when he refused to return the baggie.

Ben G. Dacus



Testing later revealed the baggie contained 2.4 grams of meth. Warrants were issued for Dacus and Hays after their identities were determined by investigators.

Dacus is also facing misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, criminal trespass and operating an ATV on a public roadway.







(WMC-TV) – A mother and daughter were charged for putting their neighbors in danger after an apartment complex meth bust.

The mother, Shannon Garner, is property manager at Faronia Square Town Homes in Whitehaven. Garner and her daughter, Shelby, are charged with promotion of Methamphetamine manufacturing. 

Garner and her daughter, Shelby, are charged with promotion of Methamphetamine manufacturing.
Garner and her daughter, Shelby, are charged with promotion of Methamphetamine manufacturing

Residents are shocked. They say Shannon is setting a bad example for the apartment complex.

Angela Crawley says she called police when she noticed someone broke into a nearby townhouse in July. Police showed up and found something else; two guys were cooking meth in the townhouse.

“[Police] said they ran upstairs tried to lock themselves in the bathroom,” said Crawley.

Both men got away.

“I just saw a couple of police officers come out the door. There’s a chemical … Something about a chemical,” said neighbor Raffeal Keys.

Police say Shannon gave two men the key to the townhouse a few hours before police showed up. Police checked a database and discovered Garner made excessive purchases of pseudoephedrine, which is used to make meth.

Residents are shocked. They say Shannon is setting a bad example for the apartment complex.
Residents are shocked. They say Shannon is setting a bad example for the apartment complex

Shannon and Shelby Garner were arrested Friday.

Police say Shelby Garner admitted trading pseudoephedrine for meth. The two guys suspected of cooking the meth have not been named or charged.








Gov. Jack Markell has signed two laws to reduce illegal production of methamphetamine in Delaware by making it harder for criminals to gain access to the materials they need to make meth and giving police tools to crack down on its production.

Markell outlined how the laws would close down clandestine labs and help prevent a practice by which criminals make purchases at multiple stores to acquire illegal quantifies of nonprescription pseudoephedrine, which is then used to produce meth.

“Methamphetamine production and use pose serious, and often deadly, risks for users and manufacturers, as well as innocent people who just happen to live in a community where something goes wrong in a secret meth lab,” said Markell. “Together, these laws help protect our young people from being introduced to highly addictive drugs and they protect our communities from the extreme health and environmental hazards that can result from exposure to meth.”

HB 28, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, and Sen. Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna, makes it a Class C felony to operate a clandestine laboratory with the intent to unlawfully manufacture a controlled substance or other substance in violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. A person convicted of operating such a lab would be responsible for associated cleanup costs at the site, recognizing that meth production endangers the people in the labs, neighbors, and the environment because of the potentially explosive and toxic results.

“This bill targets methamphetamine production, but I believe it will be useful for fighting drugs that may not even be on the street yet,” said Smyk. “Police and prosecutors can use this law when dealing with the next problem; the next illegal drug manufactured at tabletop level.”

HB 130, sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Walker,D-Middletown, and Sen. Bethany A. Hall-Long, D-Middletown, will require that pharmacies and retailers selling pseudoephedrine products over the counter submit identifying information of the purchaser to the National Precursor Log Exchange system. It prohibits pharmacies and retailers from completing pseudoephedrine sales in the event that the National Precursor Log Exchange system generates a stop sale alert.

The legislation also provides that the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators will forward Delaware transaction records to the Drug Diversion Unit of the Delaware State Police weekly and provide real-time access to National Precursor Log Exchange information through the National Precursor Log Exchange online portal to law enforcement in the state.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state have seen a steady increase in methamphetamine arrests. The number of meth-related arrests increased nearly 75 percent from 2011 to 2012. In 2011, there were 23 arrests and in 2012, 40 arrests were made. Delaware has not seen meth-related incidents this high since 2003, when 42 arrests occurred. With this increase, police also are encountering a growing number of clandestine labs used to make meth. In 2011, police uncovered only one meth lab; in 2012, that number increased to 15 and so far this year, police have discovered 11 labs.


NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Partnership at Drugfree.org today launched a new, improved meth prevention lesson accessible at MethPreventionLesson.org. The newly revised online resource is a free, comprehensive tool specifically created for educators and is currently being utilized in public and private schools in select states across the country.

The meth prevention lesson is designed to be delivered in middle and high schools with the goal of reaching teens between the ages 12-17. This standard lesson leverages key prevention information from MethProject.org and provides teachers with engaging, easy-to-use materials to lead a 45-minute class, including interactive facts, videos, animations and image galleries. MethProject.org also features personal stories from users, their friends, family, and first-hand accounts from experts.

“The strengthened and revised lesson brings to life the health risks of methamphetamine use and the breadth of research on this dangerous drug in a way that is highly interactive, and engaging to young people,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership at Drugfree.org. “The materials have already been shown to be popular with educators and useful in school settings to address teens’ most frequently asked questions about the effects of meth, while facilitating a way to get involved, take action and speak out about meth use.”

New User Survey Proving MethPreventionLesson.org Effective New research from a user survey of those who visited the website shows that the materials are proving effective in making teens more aware of the risks of using meth. The survey concludes that visiting MethProject.org increases teens’ perceptions of risks for using meth. The new data confirms that:

  • The number of teens who perceived “great risk” in using meth once or twice increased by 38 percent after visiting the website (66 percent pre-exposure to 91 percent post-exposure).
  • Nearly nine in ten teens already perceived “great risk” in using meth regularly, however this proportion increased by 11 percent after visiting the web resource (87 percent pre-exposure to 97 percent post-exposure).
  • Teens who visited MethProject.org became more aware of the specific risks of using meth, including tooth decay, deteriorating mental and physical health, becoming addicted and losing self-control.
  • Teens who did not visit the website did not experience a significant increase in perceived risk levels.


After attending the Meth Prevention Lesson, students will understand:

  • The short and long-term effects associated with methamphetamine use
  • The danger and toxicity of the ingredients in meth
  • Why meth is so addictive
  • The effects of meth on the brain, body, relationships, and the community
  • The risks of trying meth, even once
  • How to communicate the risks of meth to their peers and take action to prevent meth use


“The biggest thing that comes to mind, pertaining to the effectiveness of the Meth Prevention Lesson, is its ability to reach students from all walks of life. Although my students tend to be from a higher socio-economic status, their ability to engage in this lesson, as something real to them, was clear. Discussion and interaction with the kids throughout the lesson was easy and effective with the step-by-step setup of the lesson,” said Michael Crockett, a middle school Science teacher in Missoula, Montana.

In 2013, The Partnership at Drugfree.org expanded its role as a cause leader providing evidence-based solutions to adolescent substance use disorders. With the acquisition of The Meth Project, The Partnership at Drugfree.org has extended its commitment of more than a decade to push back against meth. While the resources of The Meth Project are available nationally, six states currently maintain comprehensive state campaigns of The Meth Project including Montana, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho and Wyoming.

For more information please visit MethProject.org.

Survey Methodology The website evaluation research took place in late March and early April, 2012. A total of 146 teens (12- to 17-year-olds) were sampled to participate in this research after receiving parental permission. These teens were randomly assigned to one of three groups: two experimental groups (5-minute and 10-minute exposure to the MethProject.org website), and a control group (5-minute exposure to a popular gaming site). Their exposure to MethProject.org was unguided and spontaneous – respondents could personally view any information or stories of interest to them on the site during their visit. Nearly identical pre-exposure and post-exposure questionnaires were administered to the three groups, with the two experimental groups asked additional questions about the MethProject.org website itself in the post-exposure survey.

About The Partnership at Drugfree.org Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years. The Partnership at Drugfree.org is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Together with experts in science, parenting and communications, the nonprofit translates research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into useful and effective resources for both individuals and communities. Working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults. The organization depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

SOURCE The Partnership at Drugfree.org


Stillwater, Okla. — An ex-convict from Cushing was sentenced to two years in the Payne County Jail Friday for endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine in 2012 and possessing the drug — while he was on probation for possessing substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in 2011.

On his release, John Clinton Fortney, 36, must enroll in and successfully complete the Payne County Drug Court program as a condition of a 14-year probationary sentence, which includes having treatment contained in a background report for the court.


Fortney was sentenced by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler in accordance with a plea bargain recommended by prosecutor Karen Dixon. He has been jailed since November and “has done really well as a trusty,” defense attorney Jodie Gage said in court.

Fortney was also ordered Friday to pay a $500 fine, a $150 state crime bureau laboratory fee and a $50 assessment to the District Attorney’s Drug Fund.

In his 2011 drug case, Fortney was charged with possessing substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine at his rural Cushing residence to which he pleaded guilty two months later.

Fortney was also charged with trafficking methamphetamine, a count that was dismissed in a plea bargain. He was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, to which he pleaded guilty.

In that 2011 case, Fortney was sentenced two years ago to 15 years’ probation conditioned on his enrolling in and completing the Payne County Drug Court program.

Two months before that drug arrest, Fortney had been released from prison after serving less than half of a four-year sentence for possessing a drug and a precursor with intent to manufacture a drug in Lincoln County in 2008, state Department of Corrections records show.

Fortney had also served about four months of a two-year prison term for second-degree burglary in Drumright in 2008, DOC records show.


After his son was convicted inside a federal courthouse in Knoxville on drug charges last week, a Lake City man was arrested outside, charged with selling a controlled substance, authorities said.

The mother was also arrested on drug charges, but she was at home on Vowell Mountain Lane near Lake City when she was picked up, authorities said.

Jeffery Scott Braden

Jeffery Scott Braden

It happened late last week. Jeffrey Scott Braden of Lake City was convicted in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on Thursday of conspiring to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The conviction followed a three-day federal trial. Braden was also found guilty of possessing the equipment, chemicals, products, and materials that can be used to make meth, and being a felon in possession of ammunition, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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William Charles Braden              Betty Jo Braden



On Monday, Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said Braden’s father William Charles Braden, 77, was arrested outside the federal building after the trial was over on Thursday. Braden’s mother, Betty Jo Braden, 68, was arrested at their Lake City home. The two were indicted by an Anderson County grand jury this month on charges of selling a controlled substance (Percocet) after a narcotics investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Unit, White said.

Both were booked into the Anderson County Detention Facility on Thursday, and each was later released after posting $25,000 bond, White said. A court date will be scheduled later in Anderson County Criminal Court.

“As these are pending criminal cases, no additional information can be released at this time,” White said.

Their son, Jeffrey Scott Braden, faces a life sentence and was the only defendant to go to trial out of 42 people indicted on federal methamphetamine charges in March. Thirty-eight of the 42 indicted have pleaded guilty, two others have signed plea agreements, and one has not been arrested and remains a fugitive, White said.


PADUCAH, Ky. (9/9/13) – At approximately 3:00 P.M on Thursday September 5, 2013, detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Drug Division observed suspicious activity at a residence in the Farley area of Paducah, KY. Detectives had received multiple complaints regarding the residence, with the complaints alleging that illegal drug activity was regularly occurring there.

After a brief period of surveillance, a vehicle from the residence was stopped by Deputy Steve Croft and his K9 Pepo after the driver committed a traffic violation. During Croft’s investigation, K9 Pepo located a quantity of methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, and prescription pain medication concealed in the vehicle.

Detectives and Croft conducted roadside interviews with the driver, identified as 55-year-old Ronald Andrews of Boaz, KY. During the investigation, detectives learned that Andrews was a convicted felon, had just traded his doses of Hydrocodone for crystal methamphetamine, and that he had multiple firearms and more illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia at his residence in Graves County.

Andrews was arrested and charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and traffic offenses.

McCracken County detectives notified Graves County drug detectives who then began an investigation in their county regarding Andrews. That investigation resulted in the seizure of more drugs as well as 63 firearms from Andrews’ residence.

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In following up with the investigation from September 5, 2013, detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department conducted surveillance of Dewayne Fike, a 35-year-old male from Paducah, KY. Detectives were familiar with Fike from a previous investigation in which Fike was arrested on August 14, 2013 for several felony drug offenses as well as Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

Detectives located Fike at a business located at 3220 Irvin Cobb Drive Paducah, KY. Fike was observed selling methamphetamine to another person during that surveillance. Fike was later located inside the business and arrested without incident.

Fike was charged with Trafficking Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and lodged in the McCracken County Jail.

More charges are pending against both Andrews and Fike.

Individuals with information pertaining to illegal drug crimes can contact the drug division directly at 270-444-5157








A search warrant served by West Central Illinois Task Force and the Adams County Sheriffs Office at 1112 N. 8th Street in Quincy lead to the arrest of four Quincy residents Monday morning.

Agents seized methamphetamine, cannabis, firearms and drug paraphernalia during the search.


Marilyn Brewer

Marilyn Brewer

Melissa Tallcott

Melissa Tallcott

Melissa K. Tallcott, age 32, and Marilyn K. Brewer, age 28 were both arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Richard N. Kramer, age 54 was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Firearms by a Felon and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis. William E. Kramer, age 58 was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis. All four subjects of the home were transported to the Adams County Jail. Tallcott and Brewer were lodged on the meth charges. Richard and William Kramer were both released on a Notice to Appear in court.

Four children in the home and a fifth child attending school were taken into protective custody by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

A check of Adams County Court records shows that Brewer is currently out on bond for a previous meth case that was investigated by the Task Force in May of this year. Brewer was charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine Precursor in a case that involved Richard L. Huddleston. Brewer has waived her right to a jury trial and is scheduled to enter a plea on October 2nd. Huddleston plead guilty to his charges and was recently sentenced to twelve years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.







A 35-year-old Douglas man was arrested Friday for attempting to smuggle $300,000 in unreported cash into Mexico through the Douglas port of entry, authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found seven packages of money hidden inside a compartment in a truck driven by Jerry Joseph Del Rio, said authorities.

Unreported cash headed into Mexico was seized by federal authorities at the Douglas port of entry

The Toyota truck and cash were seized, and Del Rio was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

On Saturday, two Mexican men were taken into custody at the Nogales port of entry for attempting to smuggle more than 51 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate incidents, said officials.

Adan Segoviano-Gutierrez, 34, was arrested after nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine was found underneath a plastic bed liner of his GMC truck, said officers.

Methamphetamine worth more than $538,000 was found hidden underneath a plastic bed liner of a GMC truck



A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the meth, which was worth about $538,000, officers said.

In the other incident, Juan Salomon Orozco-Bojorquez, 26, was taken into custody at the Mariposa port of entry after officers found nearly 17 pounds of meth in a hidden compartment in his Dodge truck.

A drug-detection dog alerted to the drugs within the truck’s dashboard area, authorities said. The drugs were valued at $256,000.

The drugs and vehicles were seized in both cases.






GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Customs Department has successfully intercepted a sampan and recover drugs believed to be Methamphetamine (syabu) worth RM1.48mil in Teluk Kumbar here.

 State Customs director Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the drugs weighed 7.401 kg and were found in the form seven tightly wrapped packets.

 He added its marine unit acted on tip-off and was patrolling when personnel spotted the sampan.

 “The sampan tried to speed off when our personnel instructed them to stop for inspection,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday.

 He said the sampan then headed to a beach and the three suspects on board abandoned their vessel and managed to escape into the nearby jungle.

 “We found the drugs in a black plastic bag and are still investigating the source of the drugs and where it is heading to,” he said.

 He added that the case is investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.







ST. GEORGE — State police are investigating a felony drug case involving two men who were arrested early Saturday in St. George.

Hector Cruz, 27, and Salvador Constante, 20, both from Las Vegas, were each booked on felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with an intent to distribute after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper found 15 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle they were driving.





out 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the men, who were traveling in a black Honda Civic, exited northbound Interstate 15 at Exit 5 in St. George, where they pulled onto the shoulder and stopped, UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said. A UHP trooper patrolling the area stopped to check if they needed help but in the course of speaking with the men, became suspicious and searched the vehicle.

According to court documents, the trooper found 23 packages in a panel behind the driver seat. The Utah Bureau of Investigations conducted the followup investigation, identifying the substance in the packages as methamphetamine.

Cruz and Constante were booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail each.







Two Woodstock residents were arrested Aug. 27 on charges of theft by taking and sale of methamphetamine.

Jessica Wright of Woodstock was charged with the sale of methamphetamine to an undercover cop, a felony, and theft by taking, a misdemeanor.

Ashley Moss of Woodstock was charged with theft by taking.

Wright is accused of setting up a narcotics transaction on Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw over a three-day period. Wright is also accused of making the sale of 1 ounce of methamphetamine for $1,200.

Moss is accused of participating in the narcotics transaction by accompanying Wright.

Both Wright and Moss were arrested by Cobb County police and jailed on bonds of $7,500 and $2,500, respectively.







KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (21Alive) — Kosciusko County officers arrested three people on drug charges after responding to a meth tip near Winona Lake Sunday evening.

Officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of E. Sandy Dr. in Warsaw after receiving an anonymous tip regarding a possible meth lab.

As officers approached the residence they noted the extremely strong odor associated with the production of methamphetamine. Information was obtained that children were possibly inside the residence at which point officers then entered and immediately located items associated with the production of methamphetamine.


Officers took the residents into custody who were later identified as Kip Dewayne Allen, 45, and Andrea Lyn Long, 36, as well as a third individual, Kaleb Hobbs, 21, Claypool.

Officers also located and removed a five and a ten year-old child from the residence as well as had paramedics summoned to the scene from Multi-Township E.M.S. to evaluate their conditions. Department of Child Services was summoned to the scene by officers.

Allen and Long were both arrested by the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force and preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 3 grams, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, possession of precursors for methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance for legend drugs, and neglect of a dependent where dealing or production of a controlled substance occurred. Their bonds were set at $10,000 each.

Hobbs was arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, manufacturing methamphetamine over 3 grams, possession of precursors for methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, visiting a commons nuisance, as well as an active probation violation warrant issued from Kosciusko County. Hobbs bond was set at $15,000.







PULASKI CO — The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is getting new tools to help battle methamphetamine. The department just bought $256,000 worth of meth fighting equipment. A federal grant is paying for the gear.

“We’ve got a lot of tools from this grant,” says Sheriff Randy Kern.

Night vision goggles, GPS units, laptops, cameras and more are the newest additions to the Sheriff’s office.

“Everything we can think of to help us with this problem we have with meth, that’s what we got,” Kern explains.



Keeping deputies safe is a top priority. Gas meters, respirators, and body suits will protect officers on the job.

The new gear will also help collect evidence and convict suspects. Chief Deputy Burl Pickett says that has been an issue in the past.
“We have discovered meth labs that no one was prosecuted for the simple fact that we didn’t have the ability to collect the evidence,” says Pickett.

Detection, protection, and prosecution, when it comes to meth cases in the county, the Sheriff’s office is now covered.
“Its value couldn’t be calculated,” Pickett explains.

Pulaski county has ten deputies. Every one of them will get their own set of the new meth-fighting gear. The equipment will be handed out this week.







LEWISTON, ID – 2.3 grams of methamphetamine were found concealed in the body of a Clarkston woman.

Police find methamphetamine in Justine Jackson body cavity


Justine Jackson, 27, was arrested on a felony warrant, and after the arrest, K-9 Lucy alerted law enforcement of drugs in the car. Paraphernalia and small amounts of meth were found in the vehicle. Then, during a cavity search at the jail, another bag of the drug was found in her body cavity.








CLEVELAND, Ohio — In an attempt to cut the costs of meth lab cleanups, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said today that the state is placing five hazardous material containers across the Ohio where officers can dump the toxic chemicals used to make the drug.

“This is going to save departments across the state a lot of money,” said Hylton Baker, the retired leader of the Summit County drug unit.

DeWine’s announcement comes as authorities have seized a record number of methamphetamine labs in Ohio this year, 770; that’s a 27 percent jump over last year’s 607 labs found.


Methamphetamine’s scourge has grown dramatically in Ohio this year. Officials announced today that they are making it easier for law enforcement to dispose of the growing number of meth labs



Five years ago, police reported finding 112. The Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation tracks meth lab seizures by federal fiscal year, meaning from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Authorities say a quick-making chemical brew, known as one-pot cooking, is to blame for the spike in numbers.

But once officers found the chemicals, their governments often were stuck with the costs of having a contractor clean and transport the chemicals, as well as get rid of them. The costs could reach as much as $,2,500, according to estimates.

Today, Baker said, trained officers can simply box the items from the labs and take them to the hazardous material containers, which are on law enforcement property. The containers will be in Ottawa, Columbus, Lebanon, North Canton and Athens.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hire a contractor to empty the containers on a regular basis, according to DeWine’s office. That’s opposed to a contractor cleaning every lab that is seized.

For years, the number of meth labs in the state fluctuated. It reached 444 in 2005. Then, in about 2007, Ohio began cracking down on the amounts of cold medication pseudoephedrine that can be purchased at stores and pharmacies. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in cooking the drug. Once the state tightened its grip on the way the drug was sold, the number of seizures appeared to slow.

But that didn’t last long, as meth cookers often recruited several different people to buy boxes of the drug from several different places, law enforcement officials said. In recent years, one-pot cooking developed to allow dealers to make meth in cars and out of the back of trucks.

The brew, using the cold medicine pseudoephedrine and other household chemicals, takes 15 minutes to a half-hour to mix, as opposed to the old method of several hours. The brew is mixed in 2-liter pop bottles, and it often is called “the shake-and-bake method.”

Last month, DeWine told The Plain Dealer: “It is easier (for people to make the drug). We used to talk about ‘meth houses,’ or places people would make this. Well, today, you can make it in a pop bottle.”

Once finished, the makers dump the discarded containers and bottles along roadsides and drive off with their product, leaving behind a chemical nightmare. The five units cost $7,000 each, and they were paid for through a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.








AG unveils Methamphetamine Container Program

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today unveiled five new methamphetamine chemical storage containers that will help cut costs and save time associated with meth lab clean-up.

Attorney General DeWine announced the installation of the units this morning at a news conference at the Canton Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, where one of the containers is housed.

The units were installed as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Authorized Central Storage Container Program and are now regionally located in the following locations:

• Athens Ohio Highway Patrol Post

• Canton Ohio Highway Patrol Post

• Lebanon Ohio Highway Patrol Post

• Columbus Police Impound Lot

• Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

“In a time where very few law enforcement agencies have officers to spare, these containers will help not only save money, but also save the valuable time that officers spend guarding drug cleanup scenes. This will help get them back on the streets faster so that they can investigate their next case,” said Attorney General DeWine.

Law enforcement officers certified in methamphetamine stabilization and disposal procedures will now be able to safely transport chemicals from a meth lab scene to one of the containers. This eliminates the need for officers to guard an incident location, sometimes for several hours, while waiting for a contractor to arrive and remove the waste.

“When the federal funding was eliminated for methamphetamine lab neutralization and clean-up in Ohio – it lead to an opportunity for collaboration and increased efficiency at a dramatically reduced cost,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born.

Contractor expenses, which are paid for by the DEA, range between $1,000 and $2,500 per site, according to agents with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Clandestine Laboratory Unit. The DEA will now be able to hire contractors to empty the containers of hazardous waste from several labs at one time, instead of hiring them to respond to individual incidents.

BCI agents will manage the use of the containers, which can store up to 220 pounds of chemicals. All of the units are located in secure, monitored areas and will be emptied on a regular basis.

“Even though the chance of an explosion is minimal, we made sure to locate these units in secure locations that are also in areas situated away from the general public,” said DeWine. “All of the chemicals stored in the units will have already been stabilized by law enforcement, and the containers have blast wall protection as an extra precaution.”

So far, Ohio law enforcement agencies have reported 770 meth lab seizures for the fiscal year of October 2012 through September 2013, as compared to 607 labs the previous year, however not all labs required the use of a contractor for clean-up.

Attorney General DeWine attributes the increase in labs to the increased use of the “one-pot” methamphetamine cooking method, which makes it easier and cheaper for an addict to make meth, intensified efforts by law enforcement to uncover meth labs, and increased awareness on identifying labs and lab remnants. BCI agents have taught approximately 110 classes in the past year to workers and volunteer groups who may be in the position to discover a lab.

The disposal containers are expected to be fully available for use by law enforcement within the next few months. So far, BCI has trained approximately 100 officers on operating the units.

The units, which cost approximately $7,000 each, were paid for through a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.