— A 37-year-old Pelion woman has been charged with operating a meth lab at the home she shared with a young boy.

Jamie Williams Greenlee, 37, of 1570 Pelion Road has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child.

She was being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $30,000.

Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized a methamphetamine laboratory on Friday that was operated at the home. When officers searched the home, they found the components of a methamphetamine laboratory inside the residence, according to a press release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

NET officers placed the 8-year-old boy in emergency protective custody. The S.C. Department of Social Services took custody of the boy and took to a local hospital for assessment.

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Doctors treating a woman injured in a wreck following a three-county police chase Monday reportedly found $2,000 worth of methamphetamine stashed inside her body.

Kimberly Dawn Whitworth, 28, of Shelby, remains in critical condition at Spartanburg Medical Center in South Carolina.

But it was while Whitworth was in surgery that doctors found 19 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside a body cavity, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Nineteen grams is a little less than three-fourths of an ounce.

The police chase began after Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators made an undercover meth purchase from 28-year-old Jason Lowery of Shelby. During the buy, investigators learned Lowery had a quantity of methamphetamine in his vehicle, according to a Sheriff’s Office release.

When deputies tried to stop Lowery to arrest him he took off with Whitworth in the passenger seat. Lowery led investigators on a police chase from Shelby, through Rutherford County and into Polk County, according to the press release.

Polk County deputies put out spiked strips flatten Lowery’s tires and stop the vehicle. Lowery tried to miss the strips and lost control of the car, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Capt. Joel Shores previously told The Star. Lowery hit a pickup truck that was coming down an exit ramp. Passengers of the truck had no serious injures, Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said.

Lowery and Whitworth were injured and airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center.







Imperial Valley, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Imperial Valley ports of entry over the weekend intercepted approximately $230,000 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine in two separate seizures.

The first incident occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, when CBP officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry encountered a U.S. citizen applying for admission at the pedestrian area carrying a wooden cot inside a suitcase. Officers escorted the 21-year-old male to a secure area to conduct a further examination.

CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the cot. An intensive search led officers to the discovery of 11 wrapped packages containing more than three pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the wooden frame of the cot.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of almost $41,000 and the methamphetamine is worth approximately $74,000.

The man, a resident of Chicago, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Later that day, the second incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m., when CBP officers at the Andrade port of entry encountered a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen. The driver and the vehicle were referred for an in-depth examination.

During the inspection, a CBP canine team screened the Volkswagen and received a positive alert from the detector dog. An intensive examination revealed 14 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed in both rear doors of the vehicle.

The narcotics weighed approximately 18 pounds with an estimated street value of $115,000.

The man, a resident of Los Algodones, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the driver, to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.

In both events, CBP seized the vehicles and the narcotics.







LANSING — Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for the number of reported methamphetamine labs, equipment seizures and dump sites, according to statistics compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Indiana now leads the nation with 1,797 incidents, followed by Tennessee, while Missouri has slipped to third based on reports included in the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System, a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice.


In 2013, there were 11,573 incidents reported nationally, with the highest concentration of incidents in the Midwest and South. Tennessee had 1,616 incidents, while Missouri reported 1,496. Ohio had the fourth-most incidents, with 1,010, while Illinois was fifth with 673.

Michigan had 607 incidents reported in 2013, the report stated. Statistics show that over the last three years, the number of reported incidents has increased in Michigan while the overall number of incidents declined nationally.

For 2012, Michigan had 591 incidents reported to the federal database, and a Michigan State Police report from last year identified 325 lab seizures in 2012. The federal statistics also include dumping sites for meth-making materials and seizures of chemicals or equipment to make the drug.

Unlike the elaborate process seen in the television show “Breaking Bad”, most meth labs found by police today use the “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” method where a single container is used to produce the drug, Michigan State Police said.

State lawmakers are considering legislation to tighten access to some of the drug’s components by creating a “methamphetamine offender registry” that would require people convicted of meth-related crimes to obtain prescriptions for pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the drug.

The Michigan Senate approved a package of bills creating the registry last month, and the House Criminal Justice Committee is taking a look at the measures.






You might not think that the woods or a graveyard is a good place to hang out, but for people making meth, it’s perfect. Because it’s so secluded, they can make the drug and leave without being seen.

Now, that’s causing danger for the public.

Meth Labs Found in Area

“If you would pick it up, it could explode,” said Corporal Rodney Rolenson of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. “It still has the potential to reactivate, and cause burns, gases, and everything coming from it,”

So what should you look out for? Bottles that look like they’ve gotten bigger than they’re supposed to be. They’re swollen because of the gases inside. However, that’s not all you should look out for.

“You might see one that has the lid tightened down on it with the crusty, white substance in the bottom. You need to stay away from that. You might also see different types of liquid Draino, containers that they use,” said Cpl. Rolenson.

You could also find some of these things when you’re out in the woods: starter fluid, ammonia, or Gatorade bottles.

The bottles could have a hose coming out of the top or be tightly sealed.

“We have cleanup techs that actually come and clean it up because there’s the potential for explosion, and the potential of burn hazard and the potential of toxic gases,” said Cpl. Rolenson.

If you do think you’ve come across any containers that were used to make meth, don’t touch them under any circumstances. Call your local law enforcement agency.







 MINER, Mo – Authorities were called out to an apartment fire which led to the arrest of two in connection with a meth lab.

Friday, March 28th authorities were called to 200 State Highway H, for an apartment fire.


One of the residents, Billy Rex Arnold, 45 was transported to a hospital in St. Louis for treatment of severe burns.

Detectives found the fire was the result of a meth lab explosion, and collected evidence at the scene.

Authorities arrested Tonya Michelle Young, 39 and was charged with Arson 1st degree injury/ death result in fire, explosion in attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, distribute/manufacture/produce controlled substance, possession of chemicals with the intent to produce controlled substance.

Young’s bond was set at $50,000 cash only and is currently lodged in the Scott County Jail.

After being released from the hospital, Arnold was charged with the same as Young with a $50,000 cash only bond and held in the Scott County Jail as well.







As the snow melts across West Michigan, a dangerous drug is being exposed.

Local police say heavy snow and freezing temperatures kept meth dump sites buried in snowbanks.

But now, there are concerns over what this year’s spring thaw will reveal.

It snowed so much and so frequently this winter, with temperatures rarely climbing above freezing, that meth lab dumps which typically would have been found have stayed trapped in snowbanks–until now.

Finding dump sites is common year-round, but finding the deadly waste slowed down this winter.

Detective First Lieutenant Andy Fias, commander of the West Michigan Enforcement Team says it could be worse than other years.

“We do find every year a gas generator that still has a little bit of gas emanating from it,” he said.

Allegan County Sergeant Mike Brown says for his department, the calls have already started coming in.

“We would prefer to find them, but that’s not always the case; people do quite frequently find them also,” he said.

As a result, officers are keeping their eyes peeled.

“It’s just knowing kind of where some of your suspects live, and then finding an area that’s kind of off the beaten path,” Sgt. Brown said.

Lt. Fias adds that if you do see something and there’s any doubt, to call 9-1-1.

“You may pick up a 10 cent refundable and find out that it at one point housed a one-pot meth lab,” he said.

When meth teams respond to meth dump sites, they have to wear full HAZMAT protective gear, including respirators at times, so authorities say it really isn’t something to trifle with.

If, for some reason, you are concerned about calling 9-1-1, you can also call Silent Observer.








Missouri last year lost the dubious distinction of being home to the most methamphetamine-related seizures in the nation.

The number of labs, dump sites, glassware and chemical seizures fell by a fourth from 2012 to 2013, according to statistics compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and reproduced above. Indiana now leads the nation, followed by Tennessee. Missouri is now third, followed by Ohio and Illinois. Missouri was home to the most such incidents last year, with Tennessee reigning the year before. The map reflects data on methamphetamine seizures — labs, materials or dump sites — entered into the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System.

The six states in New England were home to 51 such incidents. The largest numbers of seizures took place in most of the Midwest.

The drop in Missouri doesn’t necessarily mean the state is winning its war on meth, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

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“It should not be any indication that the war on meth is dwindling,” said Cpl. Chris Hoffman, who leads the Jefferson County Municipal Enforcement Group, a drug task force.

Rather, the drop could be a result of a change in enforcement approach, new laws and a more powerful product being imported from Mexico.

Not surprisingly, meth busts tend to be higher in areas where officers are devoted to looking for the drug and labs, as has been the case in Jefferson County.

The number of meth seizures nationally dropped between 2004 and 2007 after the federal government and state governments worked together to limit sales of a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, the Government Accountability Office reported in the summer. But busts began to rebound as new techniques emerged for smaller-scale production and with the rise in a practice known as “smurfing,” in which groups of individuals buy the maximum amount of the drug legally allowed and pool it together for larger-scale production.

In the year since it went into effect, a multistate pseudoephedrine registry helped block between 70,000 and 90,000 sales of the drug, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics told KOKH-TV. Oregon and Mississippi have made the drug prescription only, though the impact of such policies on legal uses is unclear, the GAO report found.








Prosecutors say a California man was arrested in Springfield with eight pounds of methamphetamine in a special “trap” in his car.

A probable cause statement says federal and state agents set up a transaction Friday between a confidential informant and Roberto Avila-Reyna of Sacramento, Calif.


The statement says Avila-Reyna met with the informant at a Lowe’s parking lot near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Kansas Expressway, then traveled to a predetermined location to hand over the methamphetamine.

When Avila-Reyna and the informant arrived at the location, members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Homeland Security and Drug Enforcement Administration were there to watch Avila-Reyna take the methamphetamine out of his car and give it to the informant. Officers immediately took Avila-Reyna into custody.

The statement says Avila-Reyna had transported about eight pounds of methamphetamine, separated into six individually wrapped bundles, from Los Angeles to Springfield.

Prosecutors say the drugs were only accessible through a “sophisticated trap in the car.”

“The complexity of effort expended to conceal and clandestinely transport such a large quantity of drugs into our state raises a serious likelihood that the defendant is a flight risk,” prosecutors said in a document requesting Avila-Reyna be held without bond.

Avila-Reyna is charged with first-degree drug trafficking. Because of the amount of methamphetamine in the vehicle, the charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without probation or parole.

According to state law, that penalty kicks in if the person distributes more than 90 grams of methamphetamine. Avila-Reyna allegedly had about 40 times that much.

He is in the Greene County Jail, being held without bond as prosecutors recommended.







Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a woman who admitted to cooking methamphetamine in the Old Jefferson apartment she shared with her 3-year-old son, according to authorities. Detectives booked Jennifer Bascle, 39, with creation of a clandestine lab and other drug-related charges, an arrest report said.


Detectives conducting an investigation suspected there was a meth lab in Bascle’s apartment, located at 3012 Carrollton Way, Jefferson. A team conducted surveillance outside the residence on Wednesday (March 26) as they awaited approval of a search warrant, the report said.

About 8 p.m., detectives saw Bascle leave the apartment carrying a large bundle that she placed in her car. She then drove to a parking lot in the 200 block of Deckbar Avenue and parked next to a dumpster.

Concerned she was about to dump evidence, the detectives approached the car and immediately smelled a “chemical odor” consistent with the manufacturing of meth, the arrest report said. They detained Bascle.

When notified of the investigation and pending search, Bascle told detectives she was removing the lab components from the apartment, and they would find no evidence in her home, according to the report.

Investigators found 6.5 grams of methamphetamine in Bascle’s bra. She confessed to making batches of the drug in her apartment where her son also lived, the report said.

Detectives recovered, documented and later disposed of meth-making chemical components from the vehicle, the report said.

In addition to creation of a clandestine lab, Bascle was booked Thursday (March 27) with possession of methamphetamine, exposure of a juvenile to a clandestine lab, use of a firearm in connection with drug activity and obstruction of justice, arrest reports said. She was also booked with drug possession with the intent to distribute because of the large amount of the drug and components recovered, according to authorities.

Bascle was still being held Monday (March 31) at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on a $165,000 bond.







PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis.Two Prairie du Chien residents were arrested on drug charges after motel staff asked police to remove the unwanted guests Saturday afternoon, police said.

The Prairie du Chien Police Department responded to the motel around 2:15 p.m., according to a release.

During an investigation at the scene, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia on the people involved, officials said. Officers also found three “one-pot” meth labs and several chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Tate D. McFarlane, 32, and Daphne L. Bendall McFarlane, 30, both of Prairie du Chien, were arrested on tentative charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth waste and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A recent article by Mark Mascolini reveals that men who have sex with men (MSM) who use methamphetamine had greater T-cell activation and proliferation than nonusers, even though they had an undetectable viral load. This San Diego study of 50 men also produced evidence that meth users may have a deeper HIV DNA reservoir than nonusers.

Compared with HIV-positive people who do not use meth, those who do have a higher risk of cognitive impairment and faster progression to AIDS, noted researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). But the reasons for these associations remain unclear. Worse antiretroviral adherence or meth-related risk behaviors could explain worse health outcomes in meth users, or some physiologic mechanism could explain these health deficits.

To address these questions, UCSD researchers evaluated use of methamphetamine and other recreational drugs in 50 MSM with a viral load below 50 copies on long-term antiretroviral therapy. Once a month these men completed internet-based questionnaires about antiretroviral adherence and party drug use as part of a 1-year trial to reduce sexually transmitted infection incidence.

The researchers defined meth use as reporting use in at least one survey over the study period. They used frozen peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) to assess standard markers of immune cell activation and proliferation and to measure total HIV DNA and cellular HIV RNA.

The 50 men averaged 46 years in age and had taken antiretrovirals for an average 4 years. The highest proportion of men (42 percent) were white, 20 percent were black, and 4 percent Hispanic. CD4 counts averaged 637, and all men had a viral load below 50 copies. Sixteen men reported using meth, 20 marijuana, 13 other club drugs, 12 alcohol, and 11 cocaine.

Compared with men who did not use meth, those who did had significantly higher levels of activated (CD45RA-CD38+) CD4 cells (P = 0.049) and proliferating (Ki67+) CD4 cells (P < 0.05) and CD8 cells (P < 0.01). The link between meth and higher Ki67 in total CD4 and CD8 cells remained significant after statistical adjustment for CMV shedding or CMV load in seminal plasma.

Increased proliferation of all T-cell subsets analyzed (naive, central memory, transitional memory, effector memory CD8s) suggested to the investigators “a general and unspecific effect of meth in these cells in vivo.”

The proviral HIV DNA reservoir tended to be higher in meth users than nonusers (median 2.09 versus 1.83 log10 copies/million CD4 cells, P = 0.09). And levels of 2-LTR circles, indicating the amount of viral DNA imported into cell nuclei, was nonsignificantly higher in meth users (P = 0.08).

Use of other recreational drugs did not have a significant impact on levels of immunologic or virologic markers.

The impact of meth use on T-cell activation and proliferation, the researchers proposed, “could explain meth-related co-morbidities” in HIV-positive people who use meth. The trend toward a deeper proviral DNA reservoir and more HIV RNA in seminal plasma among meth users, the UCSD team speculated, “could explain increased HIV transmission and worse HIV disease progression” in meth users.








An illicit drug courier who had more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine stashed at his Lake Nona-area home was recently convicted by a federal judge.

Jose Luis Martinez-Romero was arrested in December following a day of surveillance by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents.

According to federal court records, agents watched Martinez-Romero and Jose Gabriel Calvillo meet at Martinez-Romero’s Kristen Park Drive house.

Calvillo pulled his pickup truck into the garage, the door shut, and soon after the door opened and Calvillo drove away.

Law-enforcement followed Calvillo to Interstate 4 in Polk County, where a deputy stopped him for speeding.

Officers found roughly four kilograms of methamphetamine — valued at $120,000 — hidden under the liner of the truck bed, court records said.

After the traffic stop, agents searched Martinez-Romero’s home and found about 40 kilograms of methamphetamine in a closet under a staircase.

Martinez-Romero’s plea agreement said he had been living at the Lake Nona-area home for about six months and he used the residence to store large quantities of methamphetamine.

Calvillo and Martinez-Romero each pleaded guilty to a controlled substance charge. A federal judge in Tampa accepted those pleas last week and found the men guilty.

Martinez-Romero and Calvillo will be sentenced in June.









BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities believe a woman who was fatally injured Sunday on a high-voltage tower in Beaverton committed suicide.

Police say she had been taking medication for schizophrenia and had been on an alcohol and methamphetamine binge Saturday night.

KGW reports (http://bit.ly/1gggc4K ) she was electrocuted by wires on the electrical tower and fell about 60 feet to the ground. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.







TULSA – Witnesses say a young boy was playing in the yard when a man walking down the street grabbed him and started running.

According to the police report, the suspect grabbed the boy and took off, but dropped him after witnesses started yelling at him.


Police have arrested Grant Douglas Frisbie, 27, of Tulsa. Police say when they made contact with Frisbie he showed signs of being intoxicated. Police say Frisbie reported to injecting meth prior to the arrest.

Frisbie is in the Tulsa County Jail on kidnapping, burglary in the second degree and public intoxication. His bond is set at $30,100.








JAILED Lostprophets paedophile Ian Watkins told another prisoner the first thing he wanted to do when he’s released is take crystal meth.

Evil rock star Watkins, 36, confessed to an 18-year-old burglar he couldn’t wait to get his hands on the drug.


Watkins and convicted child killer Carl Mills talked about their release plans during meal times in jail.

The 18-year-old, who we are not naming, said: “Ian Watkins told me he wanted to go and take meth.”

“Mills said he was going to get his daughter’s name tattooed on his arm and get a bottle of cider. That was the first thing he wanted to do.”

The teenager was locked up alongside Watkins and Mills in the privately-run Parc Prison at Bridgend.

He has now been released, and added: “I’d sit on the same table as both of them and I’d eat food with them.

“I’m just disgusted that I was put on the same wing as them.”

On the day of his 18th birthday the teenager was moved from a young offenders’ institution onto an adult wing at the prison run by G4S.

He said he was angry that he found himself locked up with Watkins and Mills, who were both on remand at the time.

Watkins was later jailed for 35 years after admitting the attempted rape of a baby and 13 other child sex offences.

Mills, 29, was found guilty of murdering his six-month-old daughter Kimberley, his girlfriend Kayleigh, 17, and her mother, Kim Buckley, 46, in a fire at their home in Cwmbran, Torfaen.

Prison reformers said young offenders like the 18-year-old should not be kept in jails alongside criminals like Watkins and Mills.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “The Government recognises that young people in custody are some of the most vulnerable young people in society and we take the safety of prisoners very seriously.

“Prisoners are placed in establishments most suited to managing their individual needs and level of risk.

“Those young adults that are placed in adult wings are closely monitored by prison staff.

“We are also taking steps to improve the help given to young offenders when they leave custody so that more are encouraged to go into education, training or employment and fewer go on to reoffend.”

G4S, which runs Parc Prison, declined to comment.




OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says a new registry linking the sales of pseudoephedrine with neighboring states has blocked up to 90,000 sales of the drug in its first year of operation.

The Oklahoma Legislature passed a law in 2012 that links Oklahoma’s pseudoephedrine database with those in neighboring states. Proponents of the measure say it restricts the amount of the popular cold and allergy medicine trafficked across state lines. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

The law went into effect Jan. 1, 2013, and officials say it’s making a difference in the state.

Oklahoma City television station KOKH reports (http://bit.ly/1fFRhZ7 ) authorities shut down 410 meth labs in the state in 2013. That’s compared with 830 meth labs shut down in 2012, before the law went into effect.







Five people were arrested Saturday, March 29, in Grants Pass in relation to a kidnapping and meth possession.

About 6 a.m., a man entered a woman’s car that was parked by a 7-Eleven at 790 S.E. 6th St., said the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. The man held the woman at knifepoint and told her to drive to the area of the C & D Short Stop Market, on Southwest G Street, police said.

The man got out of the car, and the woman drove back to the 7-Eleven, where she talked to police, said Sgt. Josh Nieminen.

Officers learned that the suspect lived at a house on the 200th block of Southwest Greenwood Avenue. They surrounded the house and ordered everyone out. The suspect walked out of the house and was arrested without incident.

Another man came out and was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Police also arrested a woman who was hiding inside the house and had a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. Another woman was hiding in a nearby shed and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The homeowner was cited and released for meth possession, police said.

Daniel Wilfred Dawson, 31, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, menacing and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Wendy L. Sigmon-Pitts, 28, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance – meth, felon in possession of a weapon, interfering with a police officer and two previous warrants.

Matthew James Gordon, 30, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and interfering with police.

Shavon K. Christman, 29, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and meth possession.

Charles Arthur Horton, 57, was cited and released on suspicion of meth possession.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.








BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (March 31, 2014) — A man in his 30s is being evaluated at a hospital after he told police he had just been burned with methamphetamine chemicals.

Police were called to the 600 block of Stephanie in Bedford Township at around 4:00 a.m., where they found a man who said he had just suffered burns from dangerous chemicals.

During a search of the residence, officers located two ‘one-pot’ meth cooking operations along with other meth components.

There were no visible burns on the man, but he is under observation for the time being.






A collection of trash in Constantine Township’s Mill Creek turned out to be a methamphetamine dump site.

Members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit were called Friday to Brick Chapel Road and spent several hours picking debris from the water.

Sheriff’s department officials had received a tip about suspicious items found in the creek. Police determined several items in the collection are commonly used in the production of meth. Additional refuse was found on the banks of the creek.

An analysis found much of the debris contained meth residue, authorities said.

Members of the Constantine Fire Department assisted by retrieving items from the water. Some of the items were within a 100-yard distance of nesting geese and ducks, police said.

Investigators said melting snow will possibly reveal dump sites in locations throughout the county.






GALESBURG — Those looking for relief from the common cold or seasonal allergies could soon need a prescription for those types of medications under proposed legislation to help curb the state’s methamphetamine problem.

The proposal was brought to the state senate floor last week and would require a prescription from a physician to obtain any medications containing ephedrine and psudoephedrine, which are required to produce meth.

Both ingredients would be classified as schedule III controlled substances under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act with the hopes of making it more difficult for people to produce the drug and easier for law enforcement to crack down on its production.

“In this area, meth is the number one drug problem,” said Knox County Sheriff David Clague.

“You don’t need to invest a large amount of money to manufacture it,” Clague added. “And typically those doing so have a small network of people assisting them.”

Knox County Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Hansen also says the production of meth is widespread through the region, in part because of the availability of the needed materials, which can include such items as 2 liter bottles, wire tubing, glass jars and a heat source.

“Anyone can walk into their local store and buy this stuff,” Hansen said. “It’s been a big problem especially within small communities.”

According to figures from the Galesburg Police Department, the area saw 26 meth-related violations in 2013. While that number was up from eight during the previous year, it represents a drop from 48 offenses in 2011.

State law enforcement agencies are also grappling with meth production. The Illinois State Police reports 753 meth-related seizures last year, with 786 in 2012 and 573 in 2011.

But for Clague and others in law enforcement, part of the appeal for the proposed legislation lies in the threat to public safety in the production of the drug. Clague says those who produce meth are putting themselves and others in an extremely dangerous situation.


“The odors and chemicals are extremely volatile,” explained Clague, who also says meth production is not confined to homes, but is often done in motels and even the backseats of moving vehicles.


“Something as insignificant as turning on a light switch could cause an explosion,” Clague added. “That creates one heck of a health hazard for innocent people, law enforcement and fire department personnel.”

The state last enacted legislation to crackdown on meth production in 2005 and 2006 with the passing of several laws aimed at imposing strict requirements on how and where pharmacies could display products containing meth-making substances, as well as creating a statewide registry to help keep tabs on convicted meth offenders to deter repeat violations.

Those measures appeared to have an impact. According to the Illinois State Police, meth violations dropped to 446 in 2007 after the laws were in place from 786 instances the year prior.

While many legislators believe the proposed bill will have a similar impact, others like State Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, say it will create a financial burden on those for which the law is not intended.

“Obviously, the intent is good,” Moffitt told The Register-Mail. “We do have a serious problem in the state. But to make these medicines a prescription item? We’re talking about a lot of added cost and time to the consumer.”

Moffitt also said he’s heard from a number of constituents who think the legislation is a bad idea. Some of those constituents, like Galesburg resident Pamela Godsil, feel such a law would do less to punish the criminals and more to harm those who need the medications and don’t have the time or money to consult a doctor.


“I think it’s a waste of time,” said Godsil, who is not unfamiliar with meth and its effects on users.


Godsil says she’s had relatives who have gotten mixed up with the drug, and has seen first-hand how vicious and unrelenting its hold can be.

“It’s an awful thing,” she said. “That drug has such a powerful hold on people. And something has to be done, but I don’t believe this is going to fix it.”

Additionally, the law could stoke strong responses from retail advocacy groups worried about possible impacts on the businesses that sell the medications.

But some pharmacies have already acted on their own accord in requiring prescriptions to purchase medicine containing the hotly contested substances.

George Burgland, owner of Burgland Drugs on Henderson Street, has been requiring customers to provide a prescription for medications containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine since the initial round of meth-related laws went into place.

For him, the decision was a no-brainer, both from a business and customer-service standpoint.

“I thought, I own my own store and I can make my own policy,” explained Burgland, who says he’s seen little in the way of blowback from customers.


“I think the potential for abuse outweighs any inconvenience,” he added.


It’s safe to say the decision about whether to relegate cold, flu or allergy medicines to the same category as other controlled substances is divisive, and a conversation that will persist as it moves through a formal review in Springfield.

And while some, like Moffit and Godsill, maintain the potential cost and inconvenience a law of this kind could have on consumers, Clague says the cost of not evolving to keep up with those producing the drug could be much greater.

“Could this impact the honest person? Yes,” Clague said. “But what’s going on right now (with meth) also impacts the honest person.”









Late last summer, the North Karelia Police Department launched a probe of suspected methamphetamine imports from Estonia. In November they seized a kilo of the drug in Helsinki, but believe that the same perpetrators have brought in at least three times that amount.


This bag of methamphetamine was found in a previous case

Police in eastern Finland have wrapped up a preliminary investigation of a major methamphetamine smuggling and distribution ring.

Late last summer, the North Karelia Police Department launched a probe of suspected methamphetamine imports from Estonia. In November they seized a kilo of the drug in Helsinki, but believe that the same perpetrators have brought in at least three times that amount.

Authorities suspect that two kilos of meth were previously sold, primarily in and around the eastern city of Kuopio. They estimate that it had a street value of at least 80,000-100,000 euros. The doses of meth sold were apparently highly potent, even though they had been cut with other substances before sale.

There are more than 20 suspects in the case, some residents of Kuopio. Some are members of a group that has been declared a criminal organisation by North Savo District Court. Police are looking into the organisation’s role in the alleged crimes.

Twelve people have been detained during the investigation, half of whom remain in custody. The case is now being passed on to a prosecutor for consideration of charges.







Less than a week after what may be the largest seizure of packaged marijuana in Henry County, Metro Crime Unit officers found a record amount of a potent type of methamphetamine during the search of a Paris home Thursday morning.

Metro officers arrested James S. Lane, 28, and Jessica M. Kinley, 30, during a search of their home at 1316 McFadden St. shortly after 10 a.m.


Both are charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Conducting the search were members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris and Henry police departments.

Officers taking part in the search included Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson and Henry Chief David Andrews, as well as K-9 officer Kenzie, handled by Paris Police Sgt. Michael Ramos.

After the dog detected drugs in several areas, officers found about a half-pound of marijuana, and nearly 6 grams of the concentrated methamphetamine known as ice.

“It’s a purer form of methamphetamine, with a higher potency,” Myrick said. 

“I don’t know anybody that makes it locally.”

Both forms of illegal street drugs were packaged for resale.

Officers also found a sawed-off shotgun, as well as drug paraphernalia including digital scales, plastic bags and other items.

Two young children present when the search was started were released to a family member.

The investigation is ongoing, with more charges pending.

It’s the second large-scale drug arrest in Henry County in less than a week.

On March 21, Metro Crime Unit officers made three arrests and seized nearly 40 pounds of packaged marijuana after a Texas distributor attempted to mail it to a home in Henry.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the unit was changing the bar with the two arrests.

“If you’re dealing drugs in Henry County and you don’t know the Metro Crime Unit, you will know them,” Belew said. 

“It’s not if — it’s when.”

Bond for Lane and Kinley was set at $25,000 each. Both are scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

The same officers also arrested a Henry County woman at her home Thursday afternoon on four counts of felony forgery.

Kim Armas, 43, of 4115 Highway 69A east of Paris was arrested by Paris Sgt. Ricky Watson, along with Myrick and Andrews.

Watson said this morning that Armas was arrested after she allegedly forged four prescriptions.

The investigation is ongoing, with additional charges pending.

Armas’ bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear April 22 in General Sessions Court.


Jennifer Dawn Kellum, 33, of Old Northwest Bridge Road, was charged Tuesday by the Jacksonville Police Department with possession of methamphetamine, second degree trespassing, procuring for prostitution, possession of one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kellum is accused of breaking into a hotel after being told to leave by a manager and making a deal to exchange sex for money, according to warrants.

Bond was set for $2,500.


Three Tulsans were arrested after a meth lab was found at a house where an infant lived, police reported.

A Department of Human Services social worker had called police to a home in the 400 block of South 43rd West Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after learning that the residents had been manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of an 8-month-old baby.


Officers noted a strong chemical odor inside the home and found components of a meth lab in the laundry room, police said.

Lowery Newton Irby, 26, Marza Floyd, 23, and Ellis McDougall, 48, were taken into custody, according to an arrest report.

Irby, who had been wanted for violating a protective order, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of child neglect and endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, jail records show.

Floyd and McDougall were arrested on the same complaints.

The baby was taken into DHS custody.