ARNAUDVILLE, LA (WAFB) – Detectives said a man accused of abusing his grandmother admitted to slipping drugs into her food to make her sleep while he would smoke crystal meth in her attic.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Todd Richard, 34, of Arnaudville, is charged with cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of the infirmed and distribution of Schedule II drugs.

Todd Richard (Source: St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office)
Todd Richard

Deputies said they began investigating the case after receiving an anonymous tip the 78-year-old woman was being abused by her grandson.

According to reports, the victim told investigators she had given Richard $7,000 since January to pay her bills. After her water was turned off for over three weeks, she discovered her bills were not being paid.

Detectives said they questioned Richard and he confessed to putting narcotics in her food and smoking meth in her attic.

“Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, not even our elders,” Capt. Megan Vizena, spokesperson for SLPSO, said in a written release. “They are usually our most vulnerable victims and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. If you notice changes in a senior’s personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on. Remember, it is not your role to verify that abuse is occurring, only to alert us of your suspicions.”

Richard remained in the St. Landry Parish Jail as of Monday morning. Bond has not been set.



fter officials find what appears to be a “rolling meth lab” parked in a secluded area, two suspects flee from police inside a silver Ford Rapter pickup truck, firing multiple rounds at pursing state police troopers, before the vehicle slams into a home; the truck’s occupants immediately leave the vehicle behind and take refuge in a nearby empty house. Hours later, one suspect is in custody and the other is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

While it sounds like a scenario that might be cooked up by writers for the illicit methamphetamine-focused television show ‘Breaking Bad,’ the scene is what police say played out Friday in Fayette County.

Rolling Meth Lab

Officers in containment suits search the car as Horry County police officials investigate a rolling meth lab in the South Strand Commons shopping center at S.C. 544 and U.S. 17 near Surfside Beach, S.C.,




Police said that Donald Ray Brown, 53, of Buckhannon, W.Va., was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a single-story home at 216 Center Ave., North Union Township, where he had barricaded himself for more than 9 hours.

Brown’s alleged accomplice, Jessica Lynn Phillips, 28, also of Buckhannon, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault, attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, three counts of reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police and several other charges in connection with the police chase that led to the standoff.

And, officers say, the entire incident began when a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officer spotted the couple acting suspicious and detected elements that led him to believe Brown and Phillips were operating an illegal methamphetamine lab.

According to information compiled by the Associated Press, illegal methamphetamine labs — including mobile meth labs — are continuing to grow in popularity across the nation, especially in suburban areas.

Police have reported spikes in meth lab seizures in Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia, and authorities said there is evidence that inner-city gangs are becoming involved in meth production and distribution.

In an October 2012 report, the Associated Press indicated that Mexican “super labs” are increasing production, making meth more pure and less expensive and then using existing drug pipelines in big cities to move the drug.

And while meth labs and “meth culture” might be new to the region, where police say heroin and prescription narcotics remain the illegal drugs of choice, meth labs are on the rise in the surrounding areas and meth use and production are becoming popular in illegal drug circles, officials said.

“Meth labs have been around for a while, and we have trained and prepared for it,” Fayette County District Attorney Jack R. Heneks Jr. said, noting that he has attended training seminars regarding meth labs and officers across the county have received training regarding the dangerous and volatile nature of the drug. “We have had no (people who run) meth labs prosecuted in Fayette County, and my task force members have not reported any interaction with methamphetamine production.”

Whereas when officers kick in a door in a drug raid and seize marijuana or heroin or crack, methamphetamine is not something officers can so easily take custody of, Heneks said, adding that the drug is not only dangerous to those who consume it, but those who manufacture it.

“We are aware of it and officers are trained in understanding what could happen if a lab were to be discovered,” Heneks said. “It is very dangerous to move into an active lab operation.”

State police Trooper Stefani Plume said that troopers have been preparing for problems associated with methamphetamine use and meth labs for some time and noted that prepared and informational sheet about meth labs that was sent to area media outlets in March of 2012 when production began to ramp up across the region.

Officials said that the mobile meth production has skyrocketed as drug “cookers” have learned that they no longer need to be in a secluded area to avoid detection because of chemical smells as over-the-counter cold medications can now be used in a method known as “shake and bake.”

Police say the cold medicine is combined with a toxic additive, like battery acid, and then shaken together in plastic soda bottles.

Heneks said that pharmacies keep detailed logs to “closely monitor” the sales of medications used often in the creation of meth in an attempt to combat illegal production.

But that hasn’t slowed illicit production of the drug cropping up across Pennsylvania.

On Christmas Eve, police said they discovered a mobile meth lab in the parking lot of a Philadelphia area Walmart.

This summer, police near Wilkes-Barre charged a Mount Carmel woman with multiple drug counts after officers found her making methamphetamine in a mobile home, in the presence of her three young children.

And the day before the police chase and standoff in North Union Township, a state police trooper in Jefferson County was shot while attempting to serve a search warrant on a suspected methamphetamine lab.



Two people in Gibson County were arrested on manufacturing meth charges Monday morning.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office says they went to 105 W. Oak Street in Fort Branch after a drug tip.

Drug tip leads to meth lab discovery in Fort Branch



Officials say the owner of the residence, 33-year-old Bradley J. Kelley, gave officers consent to search the property.

According to authorities, one pot methamphetamine lab and several items associated drug paraphernalia and manufacturing items were found shortly after beginning the search.

Bradley and his wife, 35-year-old Melissa Kelley, of Princeton, were both taken to the Gibson County Jail.

They are being charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamines, a Class B Felony, and Neglect of a Dependent, a Class C Misdemeanor.

Both Bradley and Melissa remain in custody with no bail.




CLARKSVILLE — After a nearly month-long investigation into methamphetamine activity taking place at a Clarksville home, police found an active lab and made four arrests at the residence Friday.

Clarksville Police investigators received a tip that a working lab was in the home located in the 100 block of Fallsview Drive, and two Clarksville officers went to the home about 5 p.m.

On the steps leading to the home police found Paula Denton, 40, McDonald Avenue in New Albany, and Bradley Wagoner, 35, Branchville, who were both immediately placed into custody and later arrested.

As one of the officers reached the top of the stairs, he reported smelling an odor associated with cooking methamphetamine.

The officer knocked on the door, and was told by someone in the home to come in.

After entering the home the officer saw one of its residents Kay Jecker, 38, and Craigery Hawkins, 30, of Spencer, Ind., both of whom would be later arrested.

“I also immediately noticed several 2-liter bottles with tubes coming out of them and a thick cloud of some type of white vapor,” the officer put into the police report.

The officer then saw Hawkins throw a syringe on a bed nearby.

Police ordered everyone outside of the home due to the volatile nature of the apparent methamphetamine production.

The Clarksville Fire Department was called to the scene in case of a possible eruption or fire, and the Indiana State Police was contacted to safely process and dispose of the methamphetamine lab materials. A fan was also set up in the home to remove the fumes.

Wagoner was found with a substance that tested positive for crystal methamphetamine in his shorts pocket during a pat down by police.

Several syringes, coffee filters, straws, and glass pipes were found in the home, police reported.

Denton was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Jecker was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Wagoner was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Hawkins was preliminarily charged with possession of syringe and visiting a common nuisance.



A woman from Cotter, Arkansas is facing numerous drug charges in Baxter County following her arrest on Saturday.

Sheriff John Montgomery says 38-year-old Lisa Pederson was in possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and dozens of prescription medications when deputies responded to a residence in Henderson on a report of a woman being drugged.

Lisa D. Pederson


Pederson reportedly fled on foot when officers arrived. The drugs were found in a backpack in her possession, and in her pants pockets. Pederson is charged with a total of 8 felony drug counts, and one misdemeanor count of fleeing.

Pederson also was found to have an outstanding felony warrant out of Marion County. She was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond on the Baxter County charges and $5,000 bond on the Marion County warrant.

Pederson is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on October 24th.



Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 38-year-old Lisa Darelene Pederson of Cotter on numerous felony drug charges, according to Sheriff John Montgomery.

At 8:23 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. Brian Davis was dispatched to 10828 U.S. Hwy. 62 E., Apartment 3 in Henderson in regards to a woman saying she had been drugged. Montgomery said when Davis arrived, Pederson fled on foot into the woods. Davis drove down the roadway and observed her laying in some bushes beside a tree at the edge of the woods. As Davis got out of his vehicle, Pederson jumped up and began running into the woods. After approximately 40-50 yards, Davis was able to apprehend her and take her into custody.

When she was apprehended, Pederson had a backpack in her possession, with several syringes and other items of paraphernalia inside the backpack. Pederson also reached into her pants and dropped a glass pipe on the ground that contained suspected methamphetamine, Montgomery said.


After being booked into Baxter County Detention Center, Pederson was found by a jail matron to have an additional syringe and a plastic bag that contained numerous pills. Montgomery said the pills later were identified as three morphine pills, 11 carisoprodol pills, three oxycodone pills, two oxycontin pills, 5 diazepam pills), 15 alprazolam pills and five packages of suboxone strips. In addition, a crystal-rock substance with an aggregate weight of .1 grams was found and tested positive for methamphetamine. She also had a small amount of marijuana.


Pederson was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, three felony counts of possession of Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of Schedule III controlled substance, two felony counts of possession of Schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor fleeing.


Pederson also was found to have an outstanding felony warrant Marion County. Montgomery said she was released on $10,000 bond on the Baxter County charges and $5,000 bond on the Marion County warrant.




NSW police admit the proliferation of suburban drug labs is beginning to resemble the US TV series Breaking Bad, about a chemistry teacher who cooks up meth in his backyard.

The comment by NSW Drug Squad commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham comes after explosions in two suspected Sydney drug labs within 24 hours.

 Breaking Bad


Two men, aged 37 and 40, suffered horrendous burns in the first blast, at Barden Ridge in Sydney’s south on Sunday night.They were both listed as critical after emergency surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital.

A third man was burnt in a separate explosion in Bankstown yesterday afternoon.

Det Supt Bingham says NSW police are finding an average of two drug labs a week – 86 so far this year.

About three-quarters of them are in suburban areas.“It certainly does look like an episode out of Breaking Bad with the explosions we’ve had at Barden Ridge, and we had another one overnight,” he told ABC radio.

“We’re going in this morning to determine whether (the most recent one) was a lab or not but it appears that it may well have been.”Det Supt Bingham says the operations range from a “high school lab to the full scientific apparatus”.Most of them are of a commercial scale, including the Bankstown set-up where police have allegedly found sophisticated equipment.

“We’ve certainly arrested chemistry students,” Det Supt Bingham said.“Anywhere from someone with no background in chemistry but they’ve learnt it off the internet (to) some highly-skilled lay chemists who learn their trade through the criminal element.

”He said many of the solvents and chemicals required to make amphetamines were toxic and highly flammable, especially during the evaporation process.

“We’ve had quite a few explosions where people have died or been seriously injured,” he said.

Police urged neighbours to look out for strange smells, chemical containers and blacked-out windows, as part of a new campaign targeting illegal drug labs in NSW.

The campaign will feature a poster identifying seven tell-tale signs a house is being used as a clandestine drug lab.

Det Supt Bingham said already this year police had closed down 86 labs used to manufacture drugs including ice, speed and ecstasy, and 163 hydro houses where cannabis was grown.

“Many of these drug dens blend into regular suburbia and neighbours may have no idea what the house is being used for,” he said.

“We are hopeful that this new poster will educate members of the community on the signs that distinguish a drug house from a regular home.”



Someone apparently thought the goings-on at Jonathon and Sara Pulley’s house at 5610 N. Bluegrass Circle odd enough to report it to the Department of Child Services, which responded Monday afternoon, triggering allegations the Pulleys were making and selling methamphetamine.

Caseworkers called Tippecanoe County sheriff deputies to the east-side residence around 1 p.m. Monday.

After search warrants were obtained and the Indiana State Police meth clean-up team arrived, police say they found one of the largest one-pot methamphetamine labs police have found,  Tippecanoe County sheriff Sgt. Andy Cree said.

Arrested were Jonathon Pulley, 22, and Sara Pulley, 23. They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent — the couple’s 2-year-old child, whom caseworkers removed from the house and checked out at the hospital, Cree said.

Jonathon’s twin brother, Michael C. Pulley, also lived at the residence and was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine.



Methamphetamine incidents are on the rise as Boone County receives its 8th case of the year.

On Thursday, the Boone County Sherriff’s Department received its eighth case in connection to the drug in a northern Columbia home. Last year, Missouri State Highway Patrol reported over 20 cases last year.

Methamphetamine bag

Boone County health officials say an increase in methamphetamine incidents in the county could provide easy access for drug abusers


Boone County Detective Tom O’Sullivan said the number of incidents so far this year is consistent with previous years. O’Sullivan said lately it is individuals over the age of 40 who have been caught producing the drug.

He said the battle with methamphetamine is still going on but there are some ways to stop it.

“Hopefully some of these people, through rehab or incarceration, get off meth because it is a one way dead end road that usually wines up in death or incarceration,” O’ Sullivan said.

According to Heather Harlan, Certified Reciprocal Prevention Specialist at the Phoenix Program, the proximity of these labs could provide easy access for drug abusers. However, addiction to meth is not the starting point for substance abuse.

“People begin with substance use issues with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. They don’t begin with methamphetamine,” Harlan said.

She said that before getting law enforcement involved it is important for the communities to look more seriously into providing resources for the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.




Lebanon police arrested at least one person after an active methamphetamine lab was found in a motel Monday night.
Ronald Fay Wilson(jared Felkins • Lebanon Democrat) Police remain on the scene of an active meth lab found in Southland Motel on Monday night.

Lebanon police arrested at least one person after an active methamphetamine lab was found in a motel Monday night.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, officers found the meth lab just before 8 p.m. inside a room at Southland Hotel at 1107 N. Cumberland Street.

According to jail records, police arrested Ronald Fay Wilson, 46, of Lebanon, who was apparently a resident at the motel. Charges weren’t immediately available.

Bowen said officers stabilized the scene and called in the Meth Task Force to properly dispose of the meth lab.

“We are lucky to have officers trained to handle situations like this,” Bowen said. “Something like this can be dangerous to officers who are not properly trained to deal with an active meth lab.”



Last year Eaton County had one of the highest rates of meth lab busts in the entire state.



In Charlotte alone police said the rates are double what they were just a year ago, and it’s not just meth.

“There is concern with the community because they’ve seen some of the incidents in town this year,” said Jeremy Poortvliet with the Charlotte police department.

The boom in reported meth labs is something that’s been reported on News 10 several times in recent months including two incidents this past March.

Poortvliet said it’s a growing epidemic–not just in Charlotte–but communities across the state.

“It is a cheaper drug to produce and it has some of the same effects as other drugs,” he said. “But it seems to be more harmful and is easier to come by and people can produce it.”

Monday night Charlotte police and Recovery Network Inc. hosted a “Community Emerging Drug Trends” forum to educate the community in hopes of curbing the trend.

“We’d like to give them knowledge of the signs so they can observe if someone is abusing drugs or someone’s producing methamphetamine.”

Those in attendance, like Tim Haney a local substance abuse counselor, said the unique partnership is a good starting point to tackling the issue.

“Something you don’t see a lot is the police working with recovery organizations,” he said.

“Instead of just saying it’s a problem where we need to put people in jail but saying this is a problem we’ve identified and people need to get help.”

Monday night’s presentation also stressed the problem goes way beyond meth and also includes synthetic and prescription drugs too.

Darby Monks, a clinician with Eaton Behavior Health, said the forum provided a good basis of community support and hoped it was just the beginning a bigger initiative.

“I’d love to see every community member out here, whether you’re struggling with addiction or finding recovery, or worried about your neighbors,” she said.



A 28-year-old woman was arrested in Centralia on Sunday for allegedly selling methamphetamine while her two young children were in her car with her, Centralia Police Chief Larry Dudgeon said.

Michelle R. Poe of Rocheport was arrested on suspicion of six felonies: one count each of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts each of first-degree child endangerment and transporting a controlled substance with minors. Bond has not been set.


Poe was arrested at 6 p.m. after police observed her selling one-sixteenth of an ounce of methamphetamine out of her vehicle, Dudgeon said. It wasn’t until she was pulled over that police knew her children — two girls, ages 6 months and 18 months — were in the car.

“We watched the transaction, and in that little car, you could not see those child seats,” Dudgeon said. “Imagine our surprise when we stop the car and start to extract her and see those babies in the car.”

Another one-sixteenth of an ounce of methamphetamine was found on Poe when she was searched, Dudgeon said.

Dudgeon declined to say where the transaction occurred but said it’s a known drug house police have been investigating. After some of his officers took care of the children while family was contacted, the girls were taken to stay with one of Poe’s aunts in Boonville, Dudgeon said. Off-duty officers were called in and helped change diapers and feed the infant, he said, before driving the pair to the aunt’s house.

Poe has several previous convictions, according to online court records, including misdemeanors for stealing and hindering prosecution and two felonies for marijuana possession.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/30/13) – In week 11 of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, this week, the last in the series, the topic for discussion is the impact of Meth on the environment.

Most of us have heard of meth and the way it strikes down families. We have heard of the children that are sometimes referred to as meth orphans. We hear of the anhydrous burns and the meth lab explosions. We also hear of the dramatic effects of meth on the body and mind. It is a cruel drug that has no respect for persons.

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There are other consequences as well. One of the many ways that meth is adversely affecting our way of life, is by the toll it takes on the environment. For every pound of meth that is manufactured there are five to six pounds of toxic waste that are left behind.

I remember the first time I ever found meth waste. I was turkey hunting about 15 years ago and found a pile of starting fluid cans out in the woods. At the time I didn’t have a clue why they were there, I just found it strange to see starting fluid cans out in the middle of the woods. I now realize there were other items left behind that were also used in the manufacturing process.

I have explained in other articles that the ingredients that are used include starting fluid, anhydrous ammonia, lithium battery acid, liquid fire, (drain opener) and ephedrine. There are also other ingredients that are used at times, including alcohol, acetone, Coleman fuel, and a host of other toxic items. When the meth cook is finished with the product, he/she is often unconcerned about the meth trash. The cook site will be cluttered with containers and packages, these are not only eye sores but are damaging to the environment.

One of the pieces of equipment used – that becomes extremely dangerous is known as a gas generator, also called a smoker bottle. This is used in the final phases of making the drug; it will usually contain drain opener and common table salt. The acid in the drain opener along with the salt creates a gas (hydrogen chloride), commonly referred to as hcl. These bottles will most likely have a tube running out of the top of them to extract the gas into the meth oil, this works to create the finished product. When these toxic bottles are left behind, and they almost always are, they soon begin to dissolve because of the acid contained inside of the bottle. The contents will be absorbed into the ground, and at this point the ground will be contaminated. The remains of a meth lab are going to impact the environment in a number of different ways. It is obvious that there will be both short and long term effects on the soil, water, air and vegetation.

Recently, I was alarmed when I saw a gas generator bottle that had dissolved. In the remains of the bottle there was a large amount of salt. I am an outdoorsmen and I happen to know that most wildlife is attracted to salt. I have been trying to find some information on how our wildlife and livestock might be affected if they attempted to ingest the salt left from a gas generator. I have spoken to authorities on a state level that indicated that to their knowledge this issue has not been raised. Everyone that I have talked with seemed very concerned about the possibility of this impacting our wildlife. This could also be reason for concern with aquatic life. It is not uncommon for meth cooks to throw remains of a meth lab into a creek, river or pond.

Please report any meth lab trash to law enforcement so that it can be properly disposed of.

If you suspect illegal drug activity in your community please report it online at or by calling 1-888-959-8477.




Criminal offences dropped by 7.4 per cent in the past year, although sexual assault offences rose by 10.8 per cent, while illicit drug offences dropped 20.6 per cent.

Statistics New Zealand figures out today show there were 365,185 recorded offences in the year to the end of June, compared to 394,522 a year earlier.

Ten of the 12 police districts recorded falls in recorded crime, with Auckland having the biggest reduction at 16.8 per cent, followed by Wellington at 13.6 per cent and Waitemata at 13.3 per cent.

Police Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard said the 10.8 per cent rise in sexual assault offences was likely to be a result of greater trust and confidence in police rather than a spike in offending.

“We believe that historically sexual violence is under-reported to authorities,” Rickard said.

“Police are heartened that victims of this type of crime are coming forward and we want to assure them that police take all complaints of sexual violence seriously.”

The 20.6 per cent drop in illicit drug offences was mostly in cannabis cultivation and possession. There were increases in several dealing categories including conspiring to deal methamphetamine.

“Our intelligence indicates that the price of methamphetamine remains high but steady which indicates that supply is stable,” Rickard said.

Unfortunately methamphetamine is not going away. Police will continue to commit resources to disrupt supply and reduce the harm these drugs cause.”

Dwelling assaults rose by 1 per cent with 25,167 offences in the latest financial year.

While the family violence category had not been included in official statistics since the 2011 calendar year, the dwelling assaults category did provide one indicator of family violence that occurred in the home.

“Family violence continues to be a serious problem in New Zealand,” Rickard said.

Police had made many improvements to the way they worked with families suffering from violence, and would continue to work to enhance its service to those families and strive to bring offenders to account.

Given a 0.5 per cent growth in population, the overall 7.4 per cent drop in offences, meant that per head of population offending dropped by 7.9 per cent.

Rickard said the figures were a credit to police staff committed to making New Zealand communities safer. Recent significant technological changes, including the introduction of mobile devices for front-line staff, were also having a major effect on crime prevention, Rickard said.

Recorded crime in the Canterbury police district grew by 5.4 per cent but remained well below pre-earthquake levels. The 42,722 offences recorded in the 2012/13 year were 20.5 per cent lower than the number of offences committed in the 2009/10 year.

“Our challenge in Canterbury is to maintain the positive gains we’ve made in the post-earthquake environment through proactive policing and a focus on crime prevention,” Rickard said.

In terms of criminal categories, unlawful entry and burglary dropped by 10.1 per cent, theft reduced by 9.2 per cent, robbery, extortion and related offences were down 8.2 per cent, property damage was down 6.1 per cent and fraud, deception and related offences fell by 5.1 per cent.




Eau Claire (WQOW)- Charges are filed for Friday’s devastating fire that destroyed Reach Incorporated in Eau Claire.

Brandy Harrington was charged Monday with two counts of arson and a charge of possessing meth. She’s suspected of setting the fire that destroyed the Reach building, and another fire several blocks away that gutted a garage.

Police say Harrington’s boyfriend, David London, said she admitted to him that she set the Reach fire. He suspected she did it because she was jealous that he had talked to another woman. That woman lived at the home where the garage fire broke out. London has also been charged with possession of meth and resisting an officer.

Investigators say he also told them that the couple had gone into a shed alongside Reach because they were cold and wanted to smoke meth. The fire started in the shed then spread to the Reach building. Detectives say they detected flammable liquids on Harrington’s shoes. Investigators also say that Harrington’s father reported that she had called him Friday and said she had set a building on fire.


Brandy Harrington

Brandy Harrington


David London

David London
Press Release: On Friday, September 27, 2013, Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue personnel responded to two separate structure fires on the northwest side of the City of Eau Claire.
The following information details the events surrounding the investigation of those fires:
On Friday, September 7, 2013, at 3:04 a.m., Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at Reach, Inc., located at 2125 3rd Street.
At 6:39 a.m., Eau Claire Police and Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a garage fire behind the residence at 1827 Whipple Street. Eau Claire Police Detectives immediately arrived on scene of the Whipple Street fire and observed David G. London who was identified as having knowledge of the fire. He was questioned regarding the fires and implicated Brandy K. Harrington for starting the fire at Reach, Inc. He also suspected that she started the fire on Whipple Street because she was jealous that he spoke with a woman who lived at that residence. London was arrested and held in jail on Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest charges.
Eau Claire Police detectives located Brandy K. Harrington walking in the neighborhood later that morning. She was questioned regarding the fires and was ultimately arrested and held in jail on Possession of Methamphetamine charges.


Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall’s Office was requested to assist in the investigation. Eau Claire Police detectives and DCI Special Agents conducted interviews and a neighborhood canvass to gather information.

The Eau Claire Police Department Crime Scene Unit, the Eau Claire Fire Inspector and the State Fire Marshall’s Office worked throughout the weekend to gather physical evidence and conduct additional interviews which corroborated the information previously provided showing that Brandy Harrington was responsible for setting both fires.

The Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office formally charged Harrington with two counts of Arson along with the initial charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. David London was formally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting an Officer.

On Monday September 30, 2013, Harrington and London appeared in Eau Claire County Circuit Court. Harrington received a $10,000 cash bond. London received a $4,000 cash bond.

The Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division, the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall’s Office and the Eau Claire Fire Inspector continue to investigate the fires and the circumstances surrounding them.

The Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue appreciates and recognizes the assistance provided by the Altoona Fire Department, Township Fire Department, City of Eau Claire Public Works Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall’s Office. We also appreciate the cooperation of the neighbors and citizens of the City of Eau Claire as related to the investigation of these cases.



Eau Claire (WQOW) – An update on Friday’s devastating fire that destroyed Reach, Incorporated in Eau Claire.

A police department spokesman said Monday that Brandy Harrington was charged with arson. She’s suspected of setting the fire that destroyed the building.

Harrington was arrested Friday on charges of possessing methamphetamine. Harrington is also being investigated for a garage fire that occurred several blocks away, several hours after the Reach fire.




POLICE suspect an explosion in a Sydney garage, which left two men in a critical condition, may have been triggered by an active drub lab.

Emergency services rescued two men, aged 37 and 40, from the burning building at Barden Ridge late Sunday.

Both victims had suffered significant burns.

They were placed in an induced coma at the Royal North Shore hospital where they remained in a critical condition on Monday night.

Drug squad and HAMZAT officers were sent to the scene where police allege equipment used in the production of methamphetamines was discovered.



The production of methamphetamine has seen drastic changes in the past five years.

Although many people think of a scientific laboratory with kettles and beakers when they hear the term “meth lab,” Indiana State Police Trooper Rusty Slater says that is not at all what officers are seeing now on the streets.

Rusty Slater

Rusty Slater



Slater, a trooper in the Pendleton District, which includes Fayette, Randolph, Union and Wayne counties, recently attended advanced meth training at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Academy in Quantico, Va.

“What we see a lot of now is the one-pot method, where they just put a bunch of household chemicals in a plastic bottle and let it react,” Slater said.

While at Quantico, Slater’s training included tactical entry into a home with a meth lab, while wearing a gas mask and protective clothing. Officers also were given training for explosives and first aid in addition to classroom training and hands-on experience.

Slater, a seven-year veteran of ISP, was the only Indiana officer to attend the 40-hour training course. Last year, Madison County (Anderson) led the state with 92 meth lab seizures, followed by Vanderburgh County (Evansville) and Delaware County (Muncie). Both Madison and Delaware counties are in the Pendleton District.

According to state statistics, Wayne County had 15 meth lab seizures in 2012, with Randolph County having six and Fayette and Union counties two each. Henry County had nine seizures in 2012.

Statewide, ISP located 1,663 clandestine labs in 2012, an increase of exactly 300 from 2011. Before 2009 when the one-pot method began to become more popular, ISP never located more than 1,137 labs in a year (2004, before numbers around the state dropped to fewer than 900 labs statewide in both 2007 and 2008).

Because of the increased amount of production, Slater said anyone who notices the following signs or products should contact local law enforcement or the Indiana State Police immediately: strong ammonia or solvent smell, rubber air line tubing, camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings and propane tanks with blue or green discoloration around the valve.

“These chemicals are dangerous,” Slater said. “They can cause fires or explosions, and if you are near the chemicals, you can get (chemical) poisoning — especially if you are living in an apartment building next to someone making meth.

“But you really never know. A lot of people are now carrying the bottles in backpacks and transporting them because it is easier to conceal.”

According to ISP, 81 percent of labs located by authorities in 2012 were of the one-pot variety.

Additionally, Slater that one-pot cooking systems and their leftover materials are being found in fields and wooded areas in rural locations. If you find these materials, do not attempt to handle them or move them, but call Indiana State Police meth tip line at (800) 453-4756.





BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Trilogy Center for Women in Hopkinsville is celebrating five years of helping women kick substance abuse so they can transition back into healthy lifestyles.

Woman tells her story of recovery

Heidi McCormack, 49, sits on campus at Western Kentucky University, where she is expected to graduate in May. Five years ago, McCormack was one of the first women to stay at Trilogy Center for Women, a transitional living program for substance addictions




With a big celebration and open house coming up at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, one of the first women to go through Trilogy told her story of addiction and the long road back to normalcy.

The beginning of the end

Growing up, Heidi McCormack, 49, was “a very spoiled kid.” She got pretty much everything she wanted and enjoyed an affluent life with her parents in Bowling Green.

When she was in high school and her parents decided to move to Arizona, McCormack decided she wasn’t going.

“I didn’t want to go so I graduated as a junior and moved into Bemis-Lawrence (Hall) up here and started college,” she said. “But, as a 16-year-old without any supervision, I just didn’t have what it took.”

After three semesters, she dropped out of Western Kentucky University, got married and had her first child, Carrie.

At that point, McCormack viewed herself as a “functioning addict.”

She used marijuana recreationally for years with no major consequences. But when the millennium hit and methamphetamine made its way to Bowling Green, she developed a serious addiction.

“That was the beginning of the end,” she said.


McCormack got a feeling of “euphoria” from using meth. On top of the high, she experienced rapid weight loss and lots of energy. She didn’t need sleep.

“It was very appealing — in the beginning,” she said.

Soon, she started to lose her ability to reason.

According to, the use of meth provokes delusion, hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis.

McCormack also experienced withdrawal from her normal life. She didn’t want to work, isolated herself from anyone who didn’t use, and experienced “huge” mood swings.

Within five years, she was a regular meth user and dealer. She was divorced, loving a new man and raising her children — Carrie and two sons, Robert and Michael.

She also landed her first set of felonies.

One morning, she woke up to someone beating on her front door, but she was certain it wasn’t a customer looking for their next hit.

“It was early and it wasn’t a pleasant knock,” she said. “I went to the door, looked out the peephole, but somebody had their thumb over it so I didn’t answer the door.”

Later that day, she and her boyfriend strapped Robert, who was 1 at the time, into his car seat and started to leave the apartment complex when a police cruiser pulled sideways to the nose of their Honda.

“He got out and pulled a gun and said, ‘Heidi McCormack, get out of the car,’” she recalled.

She said a million things were going through her head, but called it an “aha” moment.

McCormack was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. She was lodged at Warren County Regional Jail and later sentenced to one year of drug court from 2003-04 and five years of probation.

Kentucky’s adult drug court is set up in three phases that take at least a year to complete, according to a report by the Legislation Research Commission. Each phase requires “less-frequent monitoring and less-rigid requirements.”

McCormack was required to take random drug tests, attend weekly meetings and maintain a job. She said it didn’t change much.

“For me, it was a matter of getting through and being compliant (with) the consequences I’d been given,” she said. “In the back of my mind, I was going right back to the life I was living.”

After passing, she went back to selling meth.

The spiral

In December 2005, McCormack’s mom died from cancer and that following August, her boyfriend died.

The single mother of three said her coping skills were shot and the spiral started.

“I just decided I would numb it away,” she said. “Once you get to that state of trying to numb, you continually try to just stay numb. It’s a very deceptive mindset.”

Her only semblance of a support system was her circle of meth-using friends and customers. She found herself saturated in the high life.

McCormack said her days began to revolve around meth.

“Most nights you don’t go to bed,” she said. “In the morning, your kids get up, you fix them breakfast, you get them where they need to go, and you continue on through your day doing the same thing … deal after deal revolving through the front door.”

By this time, McCormack said Carrie was in her early 20s and knew about her addiction. However, her sons, who were 5 and 3, had no idea.

The day everything changed

One day during the summer of 2008, McCormack and the boys decided to have a water balloon fight.

The front door was propped open for them to run back and forth filling up with more water as needed, but an unexpected visitor quickly dried up their fun.

Their mom’s parole officer walked right in for a surprise visit. McCormack remembers locking eyes with her “P.O.” at the end of her hallway.

“I’d been up for about 10 days,” she said. “She took one look at me and knew.”

Police searched the house and Carrie came to pick up her brothers while McCormack sat on her loveseat in handcuffs.

“I knew everything was over,” she said.

She was set to do a minimum of 10 years in prison. She was lodged in Warren County Regional Jail for four weeks and then moved to Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pee Wee Valley.

For the former spoiled kid, “prison was a whole new world” and it wasn’t where she wanted to be.

McCormack started going to every church service in the prison’s chapel and applied for the substance abuse program.

The end of a long road of drug addiction

In December 2008, McCormack was transported back to Warren County for her last hearing in front of Circuit Court Judge John Grise. She was a familiar face, and it was the last time he wanted to see her.

Grise sent McCormack to Hopkinsville’s Trilogy Center for Women, which had opened just two months before. It turned out to be the help she didn’t know she needed.

“It was so different from drug court … like a breath of fresh air,” she said. “There wasn’t razor wire or guards with guns that would shoot you if you ran.”

Director Holly Perez-Knight said Trilogy stands for sobriety, self-sufficiency and safety. The program, which is now six-months long, is a part of the Recovery Kentucky initiative and women must be homeless or at risk of homelessness to live there.

Many of the staff members have recovered from substance abuse, which McCormack said made them seem more genuine.

“They had walked in my footsteps in their own lives and that lent them credibility with me,” she said.

For nine months, she followed a daily routine

that included cooking, cleaning, learning and recreation.

She and her classmates “trudged” past Western State Mental Hospital to sessions that taught them the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and how to implement the program into their lives.

Although everyone was there for a different drug, she said the addiction was all the same.

Most of all, she said she found positive ways to fix the dysfunction in her life and develop normalcy.

Now, McCormack is a senior at WKU and expects to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Afterward, she hopes to land a job or internship at a similar treatment center; however, she said her felonies are still on her record for another year.

Despite the possible setback, she plans to work toward her master’s degree.

When her daughter faced a similar addiction, she begged the judge to send her to Trilogy as well.

Perez-Knight said Carrie graduated from the program earlier this year.

“You’ve not just changed Heidi’s life, but you’ve changed a family,” the director said.

McCormack said the program has been invaluable to her family.

“It makes you remember that everybody’s here with a greater purpose and it’s not to be sticking dope in your body every day,” she said. “It reawakened something in me that had been dark and dim for a long time.”



The most striking thing about the methamphetamine crisis in America can be seen by looking at a single map.

Meth isn’t a big city problem.

Most drugs have been associated with urban life — acid in San Francisco, Prohibition in Chicago, cocaine in the New York nightclubs of the 80s. But meth is a completely different animal: It’s rural, consumed not by monied elite on the East and West Coasts, but by white working-class Americans in the Mid and Southwest.

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How Much Meth Does Your State Cook? These Maps Show the Drug’s Foothold In America



Meth is a blue collar drug, and you can make it at home. Over the years, its manufacture has been more refined, to the point where it can now be cooked in a bathtub or basement, or a self-made lab.

Methamphetamine is a synthetic chemical, unlike marijuana, which grows naturally. The person making the meth takes ingredients from common cold pills (hence the new restrictions on buying medicines that contain pseudoephedrine). The initial synthesis process is actually very easy, according to Breaking Bad’s chemistry adviser, Dr. Donna Nelson. Making a pure and high quality product is the hard part, she said.



To increase the product’s strength, the meth “cook” combines the substance with chemicals such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze. These dangerous chemicals are potentially explosive, and because the meth cooks are potentially drugged out and disoriented, they are often severely burned and disfigured or killed when their preparations explode.

Still, this hasn’t kept meth from taking America by storm. Since exploding onto the American drug scene in the 1980s, meth has spread rapidly across the U.S, but we haven’t nailed down a single stronghold for it. In 2005, an analysis by showed that U.S. newspapers had used the title “Meth Capitol of the World” to describe over 70 different American towns, cities, and countries, from California to New York.

Perhaps one of the most well known and highly acclaimed books about meth in Middle America is Nick Reding’s Methland, for which he spent two years immersing himself in meth-stricken Oelwein, Iowa. The New York Times book review wrote that Reding’s book was an “unnerving investigative account of two gruesome years” and describe the town “a railroad and meatpacking town of several thousand whipped by a methamphetamine-laced panic whose origins lie outside the place itself, in forces almost too great to comprehend and too pitiless to bear. The ravages of meth, or ‘crank,’ on Oelwein and countless forsaken locales much like it are shown to be merely superficial symptoms of a vaster social dementia caused by … iron dominion of corporate agriculture and the slow melting of villages and families into the worldwide financial stew.”

Reding wrote that meth had a “seeming distinctiveness among drugs” because of “the general resistance to associating narcotic use with small towns.”

So where are these “small towns?”

The below maps show where meth labs have been identified and seized. Indiana, Tennessee, and Missouri have the highest rates of lab incidence.

The below interactive map from CNN shows meth labs per county.

In Tulsa County, Oklahoma, police identified 979 contaminated meth lab sites — the most of any county in the nation. In a 26-month period, The Tulsa Police Dept. cleaned up 690 labs at a cost of $118,560,000.

Next up on the graph is Jefferson, Missouri, where there were 472 sites. Outside of labs, the Missouri State Highway Patrol seized 37,295 ounces of methamphetamine in 2011.

Other notable sites of lab concentration include: Summit, Ohio (353 labs); Kanawha, West Virginia (235 labs); and Kalamazoo, Michigan (318 labs.)

Breaking Bad takes place in Bernalillo county, New Mexico. Of all 33 counties in New Mexico, Bernallilo has the highest number of illegal meth labs (97), even though it’s the third smallest in terms of area: 1,1666 square miles. (The county has the largest population, at around 670,000.)

Click on the photo to go to the interactive site and scroll over your county.


Below: distribution of drugs. Red is methamphetamine; blue is cocaine; green is marijuana.

(Source: National Drug Assessment Survey 2007.)


Methamphetamine transportation routes.


Aggregate responses from local law enforcement when asked which drug posed the largest threat. (Over a quarter of them answered meth, over cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills.)

(Source: National Drug Intelligence Center.)

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million people (0.4% of the population) reported using methamphetamine in the past year alone, and 440,000 (0.2%) reported using it in the past month. The average age of new methamphetamine users in 2012 was 19.7 years old.

Reuters columnist Jack Shafer, who has written extensively on the drug, said in an interview with PolicyMic that he has never adopted the word “epidemic.” First of all, he said, stimulants of the same sort have a 70-year history in the country. “I don’t think that meth is a mystery drug,” he said. And if we’re not calling alcoholism use or tobacco use an “epidemic,” why would we use the word for another drug?

But the thing is, it doesn’t matter what we call it. It’s a problem, yes, but it’s not about meth — it’s about something greater. As Reding writes in Methland, “In truth, all drug epidemics are only in part about the drugs. Meth is indeed uniquely suited to Middle America, though this is only tangentially related to the idea that it can be made in the sink. The rise of the meth epidemic was built largely on economic policies, political decisions, and the recent development of American cultural history.”

The Washington Post wrote of Methland that “it makes the case that small-town America is perhaps not the moral and hard-working place of the public imagination, but it also argues that big city ignorance — fueled by the media — toward small-town decay is both dangerous and appalling.


Reding summed it up. “If there was a chance to see the place of the small American town in the era of the global economy, the meth epidemic is it.”







FILMORE, Calif. (KABC) — A 36-year-old Oxnard man was arrested for possessing two loaded rifles and an ounce of methamphetamine Friday.

Rodrigo Jasso Ortiz was arrested in the parking lot of the Sespe Saloon located on the 200 block of A Street in Fillmore around 10 p.m.

A law enforcement official performing a bar check contacted Ortiz as he was sitting in his vehicle and discovered the loaded rifle on the seat next to him.

During the later investigation, a second loaded rifle was found under Ortiz’s seat along with an ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sale.

Ortiz was arrested for several weapon and drug charges and booked into the Ventura County Jail. Authorities said the methamphetamine seized had an approximate street value of $2,800.



 Cantonment man was arrested after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found him stopped on I-110 with meth and a meth how-to book.

William John Hubner, Jr. age 56, was charged with DUI, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture and distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substances without prescriptions. Hubner was booked into the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $259,500.

About 2:04 a.m. Saturday, the Florida High Patrol received a call of a suspicious vehicle stopped on I-110 at the 4.5 mile marker. The trooper discovered Hubner was “impaired on several different controlled substances”, according to a FHP report.

As the vehicle was being searched, the trooper discovered several bags of methamphetamine, drug equipment, several plastic bags, as well as a book on different meth weights and manufacturing percentages.

The FHP said Hubner was manufacturing and selling meth out of his vehicle.



An investigation lasting several months has culminated in two arrests and the seizure of what Capt. Gil Slouchick of the Columbus Police Department called Sunday a “significant” amount of methamphetamine.

Slouchick, commander of the department’s special operations unit, said the 2.91 pounds of methamphetamine is one of largest seizures he can recall here and that the street value is $132,196.

“It is a great conclusion to this investigation,” Slouchick said.

The warrant was served at 2 a.m. Sunday at 7508 Edgewater Drive.

Slouchick said, in addition to the methamphetamine, also seized at the scene was hydrocodone.

Arrested at the scene was Jessica Parsons, 31, of Columbus.

Taken into custody at a different location was Bradford Ford, 38, of Columbus.

Both were arrested without any resistance, Slouchick said.

Both will appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court at 9 a.m. Monday.

According to the Muscogee County Jail, both Parsons and Ford have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession and use of drug related objects as well as possession, manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance.


South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper and a Rapid City Police officer were treated for exposure to chemicals after a traffic stop that led to drug-related charges for two people.

The trooper stopped to check on a suspicious vehicle off of West SD 44 on Saturday night, according to the Highway Patrol. Drug activity was observed and a subsequent investigation revealed numerous chemicals that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

During the course of the investigation, the trooper and a Rapid City Police officer became exposed through contact and inhalation to acids in the vehicle. They were transported to a hospital where they were treated and released.

The two people in the vehicle were taken into custody on drug-related charges.

The Division of Criminal Investigation assisted.



NEW CASTLE — Housing Authority of Lawrence County’s trespassing list might have been crucial in cracking a methamphetamine lab that, according to police, operated in a county housing complex.

County authorities filed operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, and other offenses Thursday against Richard Baynes, 20, of 3665 Needles Highway, Laughlin, Nevada; Adam Jacobs, 21, of 4106 Hollow Road, New Castle; Victoria Grace Pappas-Pappakostas, 21, of 3315 Cloverlane Drive, Apt. 309, New Castle; and Jeffrey Albert Shelpman, 25, of 814 Washington St., New Castle.
After arraignment before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson, Jacobs was released on $5,000 bail. The other three suspects were placed in Lawrence County Jail after failing to post $5,000 bail each.

According to a criminal complaint filed with District Judge Melissa Amodie, police were called just before 2:45 p.m. Sept. 18 to 809 McGrath Ave., New Castle, in the housing authority’s McGrath Manor public housing development. When officers arrived, Baynes, Jacobs, Pappas-Pappakostas and Shelpman were in the apartment, along with a juvenile girl.

None of the five people lived in the apartment, but they said the resident gave them permission to be there. However, police and housing authority security ascertained that Pappas-Pappakostas is on the authority’s trespassing list. The list includes people who are not permitted on public housing property in Lawrence County, usually because of prior criminal convictions.

Police took Pappas-Pappakostas into custody on suspected violation of the trespassing ordinance. After clearing the house, a police search uncovered several containers of liquid consistent with methamphetamine manufacture. The search also turned up items — such as lithium batteries and empty boxes of over-the-counter allergy medicine — commonly used to make methamphetamine.

Police charged all four with operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegally dumping methamphetamine waste, conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine laboratory and illegally dumping methamphetamine waste, manufacturing methamphetamine with minors present, possession of liquefied ammonia gas, possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, Pappas-Pappakostas was charged with defiant trespassing.

The manufacture with minors present, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children stem from the juvenile girl being in the room with the four suspects.



  • Ex-Gloucestershire community policewoman  Andrea Waldeck is facing execution for smuggling drugs into  Indonesia
  • She was arrested in April after tip off  to police
  • The 43-year-old has revealed she could  not bear to let loved ones in Britain find out she may face the firing  squad

A former community policewoman facing  execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia has revealed how she tried to stop  friends and family in Britain discovering she may face the firing  squad.

Speaking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday  inside one of Indonesia’s toughest jails, Andrea Waldeck, 43, said she had been  so appalled at her plight, she could not bear to let loved ones find  out.

Only close family members were told of her  arrest and many friends only found out the truth when she appeared in court in  Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya last week, where prosecutors announced  she faced a possible death penalty.

Jailed: Ex-policewoman Andrea Waldeck (left), 43, is facing execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia. Above, she is pictured with prison guard Eru inside Medaeng Prison in SurabayaJailed: Former community policewoman Andrea Waldeck  (left) is facing execution for smuggling drugs into Indonesia. Above, she is  pictured with prison guard Eru inside Medaeng Prison in Surabaya


Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of  methamphetamine – known as crystal meth – with a street value of about £100,000  on a flight from China to Surabaya in April.

The former Gloucestershire community  policewoman and youth worker once gave teenagers advice on staying away from  drugs.

But she is believed to have fallen into the  clutches of an international drug-smuggling syndicate after leaving the UK to  teach English in China.

In signed statements to police, Waldeck  admits smuggling the crystal meth from Guangzhou, China, where she said she was  promised £3,100 by a British man she named only as Joe in return for being a  mule.

But police were tipped off and put her under  surveillance when she arrived alone and checked into Hotel 88 in the city centre  on April 28.

They pounced after she took a call from Joe  in China the next day with instructions on who to pass the drugs to.

Andrea Waldeck worked as a PCSO for Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012
Service: The 43-year-old worked as a PCSO for Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012

Service: The 43-year-old worked as a PCSO for  Gloucestershire Constabulary until she left the force in February 2012


Officers burst into her room, strip-searched  her and found the bags of crystal meth hidden in her bra and underwear and taped  to her waist.

Waldeck said she had been desperate to keep  her situation secret.

‘It wasn’t too difficult at first because I’d  been living in China for a year before this happened,’ she said, speaking in the  stifling heat of the visitors’ enclosure at Surabaya’s Medaeng  prison.


‘I didn’t want my family and friends to find  out what had happened. I didn’t contact them or let them know for a long time.  But in the end it had to come out.’

Waldeck said she was already reconciled to  the fact she might face the death penalty.

‘I’ve known for some time that the offences  I’m charged with carry that sentence so it didn’t come as a surprise when it was  raised in court,’ she said.

Asked how she felt about the prospect of  death, she smiled and replied: ‘I’m not a conventional person. I can’t say any  more about it than that.’

Wearing an orange prison jacket over her  jeans and polo shirt, Waldeck refused to say whether she will plead guilty,  although she insisted the outline of the case presented in court last week was  ‘bull****’.

She said she hoped to have an opportunity to  speak out in court. Her next appearance is on Tuesday and prosecutors expect her  to be convicted and sentenced within two months.

Drugs: Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of methamphetamine ¿ known as 'crystal meth' (pictured) ¿ with a street value of about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in AprilDrugs: Waldeck is charged with smuggling 3lb of  methamphetamine ¿ known as ‘crystal meth’ (pictured) ¿ with a street value of  about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in April


‘I want to write a book about my  experiences  here,’ she said. ‘I don’t want anyone else to have to go  through what I’ve been  through.’


After her arrest, Waldeck  co-operated with  police in a double sting, first meeting a contact who  was arrested as he  arrived to collect the drugs from her hotel, and then flying under police guard  with the other suspect to the capital  Jakarta.

There, on May 2, Waldeck and the other  suspect took part in a further sting, meeting another of the drug syndicate’s  members in a Jakarta street where he was arrested after they passed the drugs on  to him.

Prosecutor Deddy Agus Oktavianto said  Waldeck’s co-operation might save her from the firing squad.

Last month, Indonesia's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for grandmother Lindsay SandifordLast month, Indonesia’s Supreme Court upheld the death  sentence for grandmother Lindsay Sandiford


But her case mirrors that of Lindsay  Sandiford, the British grandmother on death row in Bali for smuggling cocaine in  2012, despite co-operating with a police sting.

Waldeck was transferred to   chronically-overcrowded Medaeng prison a month ago, after spending the  first  four months after her arrest in police cells in Jakarta.

She is the only Western prisoner in Medaeng  prison, where she shares a cramped cell with 16 other women.

She seeks solace through the 150-strong  Christian community inside the prison, attending services in a church within the  grounds.

‘She comes to church every day and it gives  her strength,’ said a Christian guard who has befriended her. ‘Andrea is  heartbroken over what her friend in China did to her.’

The suspects arrested in the stings Waldeck  helped with – Indonesians Bayu Pracana and Hendrick Lesmana – are awaiting  separate trial.

Waldeck is originally from Rustington, West  Sussex, but later moved to Brecon in Wales, where her brother Mark still  lives.

Her mother Sue Barrett, 64, from Hereford,  said her family and Waldeck are being helped by the legal action charity  Reprieve. When news of Waldeck’s arrest broke last week, friends in England were  stunned.

The wife of a police community support  officer who worked alongside Waldeck described her an ‘intelligent and  conscientious’ woman who devoted her former police career to helping youngsters  recognise the dangers of drug use.

Sue Bennett, whose husband Ken regularly  patrolled the Cheltenham beat with Waldeck, said: ‘The idea she could be  involved in something like this is totally out of character.

‘The Andrea we knew went out of her way to  help youngsters and actively discouraged them from drugs.’





There is no entertainment value in it, but the state of Tennessee’s ability to get meth under control is breaking bad.

In television’s acclaimed drama series of that name, it’s the ex-schoolteacher antihero who has gone to the dark side because of his health and personal crises; here in the real world, it’s the system for catching meth makers that has gone awry.

If you’re not worried yet, you should be.

The state is supposedly dependent on its offender registry to stop addicts and drug dealers at the point of purchase for over-the-counter cold medicines, which are the most common building block for making methamphetamine. But the database has more gaps than a meth addict’s jawbone.

<b>Smoking ruins are all that remain after a meth lab blew up inside this house. </b>

Smoking ruins are all that remain after a meth lab blew up inside this house



This frustrating news comes after the Tennessee Meth Offender Registry was ushered in just two years ago as part of what was heralded as a major initiative to stem the meth problem.

Instead, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation now concedes our state soon will be No. 1 in the nation for meth-lab seizures — good, in that the labs are being found and destroyed, but also a benchmark of meth dealers’ success, especially because law enforcement supposedly had made meth a priority years ago.

Things haven’t gone as advertised.

Unless local court officers around Tennessee are committed to the job, the registry cannot be comprehensive. You can’t enter the name of a convicted meth offender unless you have documentation of past offenses. And only 65 of 95 counties have reported meth convictions to the TBI in 2013 so far — even though anecdotally, the bureau and other law enforcement authorities know that meth touches every county in Tennessee.

Knox, for example, had 430,000 residents in the 2008 Census and has long had a problem with meth cases; yet, there are only two people on the registry from Knox County. As a result, the dozens or hundreds who are not registered can continue to walk into pharmacies and buy cold medicine, which contains pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth. It makes the supply chain for addicts a nonstop stream of one of the most toxic, addictive substances ever known.

Even as grim as the aforementioned TV show can get, it doesn’t give the average person the real picture of meth addiction. That couldn’t be shown on TV — viewers would cringe and turn the channel — but it continues to unfold in Tennessee communities large and small.

Court officers complain the arrest information they’re given seldom narrows it down for them to determine meth was involved.  And some people on the registry still manage to buy pseudo­ephedrine by scamming the pharmacist with fraudulent IDs or other methods.

Most infuriating is that there is no unanimity of resolve on fighting meth. Pharmacists complain the registry is flawed, court officers complain about law enforcement, and the pharmaceutical industry is more worried about the effect on sales if the state were to  make cold medicines prescription-only.

Where is the concern about stopping the spread of meth use? Even if you have no sympathy for the current addict, shouldn’t you put your best effort into stopping them from selling and making more of it and grooming new customers? Shouldn’t you show a shred of compassion for the children of meth dealers, who live in houses or motel rooms or travel in cars that are time bombs of volatile drug ingredients?

Tennessee desperately needs to get a handle on this. Meth is only going to start showing up in more towns and more families unless we do.