One of the two hikers who went missing in Trabuco Canyon and inspired a $160,000 search effort has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, officials said.

Deputies are reporting that they found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya’s car while they were searching for the pair, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman with the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Nicolas Cendoya

Deputies are reporting that they found 497 milligrams of methamphetamine in 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya’s car while they were searching for him and another hiker, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office said



Cendoya was sent a letter to appear in court on May 22 to answer the felony charge, which was filed Tuesday.

Emami declined to comment on whether prosecutors thought the drugs were connected to the hikers’ disappearance.

Cendoya and Kyndall Jack ventured into the Holy Jim Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest on Easter Sunday but became lost by the evening. The two called authorities about 8 p.m. from a dying cellphone to report that they were lost.

Cendoya was found late Wednesday — shoeless and disoriented — in the thick brush, less than a mile from his parked BMW. Jack was found the next day on a steep hillside, obscured by shoulder-tall chaparral.

Officials estimated that the cost of the search, which drew scores of volunteers as well as professional trackers, totaled roughly $160,000.

When he was released from the hospital, Cendoya described the ordeal in the wilderness as a harrowing misadventure and both hikers said they quickly became delusional out in the wilderness, at times hallucinating.

Jack said that she believed she was being attacked by wild animals and mistook tree branches as straws she could drink from.

“I was just out, unconscious,” Cendoya said, speaking briefly to reporters after being discharged. “I can’t even tell you when I woke up…. was in lucid dreams, lucid hallucinations, every single day.”

Neither could recall exactly how, or when, they became separated.

Both were treated for dehydration.



Numerous tips on the whereabouts of a Jamestown man wanted in connection to the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine led to his apprehension Tuesday.

Donald W. Dean, 38, was taken into custody around 10 a.m. by Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti police officers. Dean was located on Lakecrest Avenue in Lakewood.

According to Capt. Robert Samuleson of the Jamestown Police Department, several calls to the department’s anonymous tip line led police to Dean’s location.



The city resident was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, an A2 felony.

According to Samuelson, the charges stem from a narcotics raid Friday on Barrows Street conducted by city police, the Department of Homeland Security and State Police. An investigation revealed methamphetamine was being produced and sold from the residence.

Charged in Friday’s raid were: Joseph Snyder, 28, and Dustin Verrett, 23.

Dean was transported to Jamestown City Jail and was awaiting arraignment.


A Sebastian County woman is being held without bond after police say she had been selling methamphetamine out of her Barling home.

Trudy Nichols, 40, was arrested Tuesday (April 30) after she was found with 6.5 grams of meth packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, according to Investigator Jerry Foley with the Barling Police Department.





“She had it bagged in different bags with different weights anywhere from about a quarter gram to up to about three and a half grams,” said Foley.

Nichols faces felony charges of maintaining premises for drug activity, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, endangering welfare of a minor, possession of a counterfeit substance.

Nichols was stopped for speeding on a residential street a couple blocks away from her home Tuesday afternoon, Foley said. The officer found the drugs in her car and secured a search warrant for her home on Chateau Street in Barling.

“We found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, surveillance equipment, marijuana, pills that she had packaged for sale, scanners,” said Foley.

Investigators found at least five surveillance cameras monitoring the property, according to Foley, including one hidden inside a bird house.

William Jason Owens, who rents a room in the home, was cited and released for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Nichols was arrested and convicted of manufacturing meth in 2004.

“We have been receiving intel on her for quite some time,” said Foley. “She’s been pulled over before and (police have) just not had any luck. Yesterday was her day.”

Police say Nichols’ teenage daughter also lived in the home but has been released to the custody of her father.



The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit arrested two people at a camping area off County Road 67 in the Langston community, according to a news release.

Narcotics agents seized about 20 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, $1,158 in cash and two vehicles, the sheriff’s office said. Some of the methamphetamine had been packaged for resale.

Agents arrested William Liles Gay, 55, and Linda Spears Larson, 58, both of Scottsboro, Ala., in connection with the investigation.

Gay has been charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in the second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcoholic beverages. Gay is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $11,500 bond.

Larson has been charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of alcoholic beverages. Larson is being held at the Jackson County Jail on $6,000 bond.



Six Pulaski County residents were arrested on Wednesday afternoon after police discovered a meth lab in their home.

Detectives say they found two active methamphetamine labs as well as HCL generators, Coleman fuel, and other items used in the manufacturing process at 81 Highway 3091 in Somerset.

Police say they went to the residence after receiving a tip and that they smelled a strong chemical odor often associated with active methamphetamine labs.


Police say there were four minor children in the home. The children were taken to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for examination and then released to relatives, according to police.

One of the active labs erupted in flames while crews examined the labs and began the clean-up process, police say. No one was injured in the incident.

Arrested at the scene and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine 1st offense, and controlled substance endangerment to a child 3rd degree were: Joseph Frasure, 42; Shawn Wright, 23; Dustin Webb, 23; Ashley Webb, 20; and Joe Lewis Frasure, 18.

Sheri R Frasure, 35, was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree.

All six suspects listed the address of 81 Highway 3091 Somerset, KY. All six have been lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.



McALESTER — A McAlester man was recently accused of making methamphetamine in a home on East Comanche Avenue.

James W. Irving III, 49, was charged April 25 in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine.

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James W. Irving III

According to court records, Irving was working on a residence on East Comanche Avenue for the property’s owner. With permission from the property owner, police searched the home on April 24 and allegedly found numerous items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, including “a one pot meth lab inside a green plastic five gallon bucket,” a police affidavit states.

When police questioned Irving regarding the alleged meth lab, he claimed to know nothing about it, the affidavit states, though Irving did allegedly say the green bucket was his.

Police arrested Irving and transported him to the Pittsburg County jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He was unavailable for comment and, according to court records, had not retained an attorney by presstime Tuesday.

If convicted, Irving is facing up to life imprisonment. He is due back in court May 10 at 9 a.m.



 On Monday April 29, 2013, Watauga County Special Operations Unit personnel responded to Longhope Road in reference to a Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Dumpsite that had been found in an abandoned wooded area.


Photo courtesy of Watauga County Sheriff's Office


Upon arrival Officers were able to locate a black trash bag on the side of an old logging road which contained items that are consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The NC Clandestine Laboratory Response Team assisted with processing and disposing of the hazardous items that were located. Evidence was taken from the methamphetamine laboratory dump site and the investigation is on going.



An Okato man who dumped a bucket of methamphetamine precursor chemicals over the fence when the police knocked on his door has been sent to prison.

Robert Hills, 44, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing precursor substances and material used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Yesterday in the New Plymouth District Court, Judge Josephine Bouchier sentenced Hills to two years and six months in prison.

Robert Hills

JAILED: Okato man Robert Hills, 44, after pleading guilty to charges of possessing precursor substances and material used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Hills became one of Taranaki’s most wanted criminals when a warrant for his arrest was issued last November after police searched his Oxford Rd, Okato, home and found chemicals and materials used in the production of methamphetamine.

On December 18 police knocked on the door of an Opunake Rd property. Hills ran outside, threw a bucket of liquid chemicals over the fence and ran back inside.

Police kicked open the door to arrest Hills. Inside they detected a strong chemical smell, also coming from Hills, and the house was cordoned off to be dealt with by the Police Clandestine Laboratory team and ESR scientists.

Hills, an associate who had also been in the house and all police staff who had been inside had to be decontaminated.

The police summary said Hills had told them the bucket had contained petrol.



A man was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as cited for driving with a suspended license Tuesday after he was stopped for driving without tail lights.

Samuel Vincent Goldfaden, 35, was driving northbound on Highway 42, when he was pulled over by the Coquille Police Department. The officer noticed the smell of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. The officer found drug paraphernalia for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and prescription drugs. Goldfaden didn’t have a prescription for the prescription medication.

Goldfaden was booked in Coos County Jail with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and issued citations for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license and uninsured vehicle.



Police responding to a complaint from employees about drug activity in a room at an Anderson motel arrested four people Tuesday night.

Officers arrived at the Baymont Inn near the Shasta Outlets around 10:15 p.m. and contacted four people inside a room. During a search, they found stolen property and more than a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine, officer Casey Day said in a news release.

Natalie Ray West, 21, of Redding, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and for maintaining a place where drugs are used.

Gabriel Joseph Detrant, 39, of Anderson, and Yolanda Suzanne Lucero, 29, of Anderson, were arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. Jamie Elaine Evans, 36, of Santa Ana, was held on outstanding felony arrest warrants.

West has a recent criminal history.

In January, she was arrested in a south Redding neighborhood after police said she and another person were in possession of stolen mail. West was held on a probation violation.

West and another person also were arrested in November in Porterville on suspicion of stealing a car from Redding earlier that same month.



Kirksville — A Kirksville husband and wife were arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine and meth-making components in the presence of two juveniles during a Division of Family Services followup.

Police arrested Joseph Christman, 40, and Lindsey Christman, 30, for possession of methamphetaine, manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the police report, KPD and DFS checked on the residence Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m. and received permission to search the premises.

During the search, authorities reportedly located meth-making materials and evidence of drug possession. According to the report, the Christmans admitted to both ingesting and manufacturing methamphetamine while two juveniles were in the residence.

Both Christmans were being held in the Adair County Jail as of Wednesday morning.



An undercover investigation by state police has led to the arrest of two Sulphur women.

Sgt. James Anderson said 35-year-old Shyla Rene Freeman and 30-year-old Daniel Rae Drounette were arrested Tuesday at a home at 2403 Gaylynn St. in Sulphur.

Freeman, 1819 Carl Lyons Road, was charged for false representation of a controlled dangerous substance. Her bond was set at $7,500.

“Freeman previously sold a substance to undercover agents claiming that it was methamphetamine,” Anderson said. “The substance was tested and determined not to be methamphetamine.”

Anderson said troopers had previously purchased methamphetamine from Drounette and had an active arrest warrant for her.

“At the time of her arrest Drounette was in possession of hydrocodone and Flexeril,” Anderson said.

Drounette, 5583 Owen Road, was charged with methamphetamine distribution as well as two counts of drug possession. Drounette’s bond was set at $22,000.



STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. ( – Items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found when Deputies from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Tuesday.

Adam Gosner, 35, and Jessica Goodman, 27, of Angola were arrested for multiple counts of possession and distribution of methamphetamine and controlled substances.


According to officials, a search warrant was obtained for the residence at 993 E 300 N, Lot 35 in Angola. Deputies located methamphetamine, marijuana, and several items commonly associated with the manufacturing of such drugs.

Gosner and Goodman are pending a court appearance before the Steuben County Magistrate.


MIDDLETOWN — For the second time in a week, and seventh this year, the Middletown Division of Police busted a methamphetamine lab in the city.

There were six methamphetamine busts in the city all of last year, police said.

Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, acting on a tip from a resident, Middletown police responded to a detached garage of a home at 3105 Ogden Drive. When they knocked on the door of the garage, a man answered and a cloud of smoke was visible, said Lt. John Magill of the police department.

Middletown man charged with making meth photo
Eric Back

Middletown man charged with making meth photo
Middletown emergency personnel removed an active methamphetamine lab Tuesday night inside a garage at 3105 Ogden Drive. It was the second methamphetamine lab bust in the city the last seven days. Police charged Eric Back, 38, with various drug offenses.

The two men in the garage, Eric Back and Dustin Haines, were detained by police and the garage was searched. Police found a small, active methamphetamine lab that was being cooked in a one-liter clear bottle, Magill said. He said Back was cooperative with police and because it was a small lab, no neighbors had to be evacuated.

Back’s mother, Wanda Back, answered the door at her home Wednesday afternoon and through tears said her son was “really a good boy who got caught up in drugs.” Then she quickly closed and locked the door.

Several neighbors said they were “shocked” when they saw all the police and fire personnel for about two hours Tuesday night. They rarely saw the family unless Arlie Back was out cutting the grass, they said.

Tonya McCullough, who has lived across the street from the Backs for seven years, said watching the emergency personnel equipped with masks was “a little scary” because of the potential dangers associated with the production of methamphetamine, she said.

“You always think it’s going to happen in another part of town,” she said. “You don’t expect it on your street, across from your home. There are a lot of kids on this street.”

Back, 38, who lives with his parents, was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal assembly of drugs, drug abuse (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police records.

Police also charged Haines, 34, of South Sutpin Street, with possession of a drug abuse instrument. He appeared in Middletown Municipal Court Tuesday morning where he was found guilty and sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was given credit for one day served.

Back and Haines remain in Middletown City Jail. Back will appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.

Detective Larry Fultz said because some people don’t have the disposable income to purchase illegal drugs, they’re making methamphetamine. He said the practice is “more accepted” because people are learning how to do so from the Internet.

He said not long ago, methamphetamine, because of its strong odor, was only manufactured in rural areas, but recently the practice is appearing in more populated areas.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Southwestern Indiana police say a woman and her son facing drug charges had so many active methamphetamine labs in their home it was filled with a white haze.

Sixty-one-year-old Nancy A. Wilcox and her 31-year-old Robert L. Wilcox were arrested Monday night on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, criminal mischief and maintaining a common nuisance.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports ( ) authorities say they dismantled eight active “one-pet” meth labs inside Wilcox’s haze-filled home.

Both suspects were taken to a hospital for decontamination before being brought to the Vanderburgh County Jail, where they remained held Wednesday on bond.

Officers on patrol had smelled a strong chemical odor wafting from their home, but a hazardous materials team was called the scene because it wasn’t safe for officers to enter.



Mesquite Police Officers arrested three adults for Methamphetamine Tuesday afternoon, April 30th after a routine traffic stop.

Arrested were Elizabeth Ann Williams, 32, of North Las Vegas for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Schedule III Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (three counts).

Douglas James Hursh, 37, of North Las Vegas for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (three counts).

Apache Bill Drewry, 30, of North Las Vegas for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (three counts).

All three suspects were taken to the Mesquite Detention Center for processing then later transported to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.



WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Pennsylvania State Police, Meadville barracks were on scene at a West Mead Township residence Tuesday investigating what is believed to be a methamphetamine lab.

State police reported no injuries late Tuesday night after what was an alleged explosion at 101 Echnoz Ave. in conjunction with a methamphetamine lab. Officials were seen putting on gas masks and protective suits before entering the residence.

West Mead Volunteer Fire Department and Meadville Ambulance were on scene late Tuesday night as a precaution while the alleged lab was deactivated, police said.

According to WFXP-Fox 66, state police were on the scene since noon Tuesday.



MEYERSDALE, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police troopers from the Somerset barrack and Meyersdale Borough police executed search warrants early Tuesday morning for a reported methamphetamine production lab at an apartment located at 7052 Mason Dixon Highway.

Evidence of a working meth lab was immediately apparent with items that are commonly used in the production of methamphetamine seen throughout the second-floor apartment during the 1:45 a.m. raid, said police.

Police found Jordan Odonnell, 22, who was renting the apartment, and Matthew Bowman, 29, of the same address, inside the apartment with two other people, all of whom were secured and removed.

Odonnell was charged with the manufacture of controlled substances, conspiracy to manufacture controlled substances, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Sandra Stevanus and held in the Somerset County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Bowman was charged with conspiracy to manufacture controlled substances, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held in the Somerset County Jail on $125,000 bond.

The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team responded at about 6 a.m. and removed the items that were being used to manufacture meth.

On Monday, during an investigation into theft/forgery, state police were provided a tip about the meth lab and were able to obtain enough information to get a search warrant approved by District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser and issued by Stevanus.



CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna – Police seized six kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) estimated to be worth P30 million from three Chinese nationals during a raid on an apartment in Bacoor City, Cavite, early Wednesday, police said.

Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regional police director Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona identified the Chinese nationals in a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer as Guo Kangfu, 37, and his companions Wang Fangyuan, 43, with address listed as Pulilan, Bulacan, and Cal Zhifu, 40, from Rosario, Cavite.


Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Fernando Sagun Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 78 in Quezon City, members of the police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force and the Cavite police raided Kangfu’s apartment in Meadowood Executive Village in Panapaan village 8 around 2 a.m.

The police recovered six plastic bags, each containing a kilo of shabu, and drug paraphernalia.

Bacoor City police chief Superintendent Ronaldo Mendoza said the haul was worth P30 million, based on a street value at P5 million per kilo.

He said the authorities were investigating possible links between the suspects and three Chinese drug convicts sprung from jail in Trece Martires City, Cavite, last February, as well as with the two other Chinese nationals held in an earlier raid in Pasay City from whom the authorities recovered P5 million worth of shabu.

The suspects and the evidence recovered were turned over to the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force in Camp Crame in Quezon City.



CONNEAUTMethamphetamine labs continue to pose a threat long after they’re done creating their addictive drug, law enforcement agencies are advising.

The discovery of two discarded labs over the past three days in Conneaut have prompted police to warn the public to steer clear of any bags, backpacks or similar containers they may find along the road or in woods or fields.

“Don’t touch them,” said Conneaut Police Chief Charles Burlingham. “They can explode.”

On Monday, the remnants of a meth lab were discovered in a wooded area not far from Carnegie Street, Burlingham said. Two days earlier, lab components were found in a cemetery off Liberty Street, he said. The lab found Monday still had product in it, which could mean it was still active and the owner may have intended to return to it, Burlingham said.

Meth labs — even the portable, so-called “one-pot” set-ups — pose a significant danger, Burlingham said. Because of the way the drug is created, they are extremely combustible and can explode or catch on fire. Ingredients themselves can generate toxic fumes or contain caustic material that can burn skin, he said.

Abandoned labs have been found along roadsides around Ashtabula County. Recently, children walking home from their bus stop found one in the southern part of the county, officers have said.

“They are a very big hazard,” said Lt. Terry Moisio of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

“There’s a big chance of fire, explosion or chemical contamination,” he said. “They are very volatile.”

Old meth labs can be found in a variety of packages, Moisio said. Backpacks are popular, but some labs have been created in ice chests, he said. Meth-makers aren’t fussy where they dispose of their dangerous operations.

“They like to toss their trash along the road,” Moisio said.

With the arrival of spring, people are busy cleaning up their property and clubs and groups are sprucing up roadsides. People should use caution and contact police if they encounter a suspicious container, Burlingham said.

“It scares me that kids may be picking up stuff out there and they don’t know what’s in it,” he said.



MARION, Ohio – Marion Police arrested two men Tuesday night after investigating a possible meth lab.

Police said they found chemicals and other components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside an apartment in the 100 block of Jefferson Street.

A small amount of meth was also found.

Police arrested Jacob D. Workman, 27, and Joseph L. Ralston, 27. Both are charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and one agent from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations assisted in the clean up.

One Marion police officer was treated at Marion General Hospital after he inhaled chemicals in the apartment. The officer was released from the hospital Tuesday night.



SALTON CITY — U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a suspected drug smuggler and seized about 10 pounds of methamphetamine from a woman who was driving with her teenage son at the Highway 86 checkpoint Sunday night.

Around 8 p.m., a 43-year-female driver and her 16-year-old son approached the checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City, according to a press release.

A canine detection team alerted to the 1998 Toyota Camry as it approached the primary inspection lane, and the vehicle was referred to secondary where agents found 10 packages of methamphetamine hidden in a non-factory compartment under the back seat.

The methamphetamine had a total weight of 10.4 pounds and an estimated street value of more than $332,000. The driver, a Mexican citizen with a visa, was taken into custody without incident and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the car and drugs.


PORTLAND – Search warrants showed a raid on a Southeast Portland home last week resulted in the arrest of an accused methamphetamine and heroin dealer.

The team of FBI agents dressed in combat gear accompanied by an armored vehicle executed a search warrant at a home on Southeast 115th Avenue and Southeast Harold Street on April 26.

Detectives from the Portland gang task force arrested 35-year-old Ulcis Acevedo-Yanez. He was accused of possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to sell.

SE Portland FBI raid nets suspected meth, heroin dealer


Agents had been keeping surveillance on Acevedo-Yanez since September 2012, after reports of drug dealing. Agents raided the SE Portland home, along with a home at SW 12th Street in Troutdale and a home on SE Hinckley in Happy Valley.

In all, police said they found 776 grams of heroin and 1,226 grams of meth. Acevedo-Yanez said he dealt in large amounts, court documents showed. The estimated street value of the drugs was $76,788, police said.

Agents said they also seized several firearms, including pistols, shotguns and assault rifles.

Acevedo-Yanez was also listed as an illegal immigrant, with prior convictions for marijuana and malicious mischief in Washington and subsequent deportations.


More than 2,600 litres of precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamine have been seized by Vancouver agents with the Canada Border Services Agency.

“The persion of controlled substances and precursor chemicals frequently used in the production of illegal drugs is a worldwide problem that requires a global solution,” said Kathi Kruhlak, acting chief of the CBSA’s Vancouver Container Examination Facility (CEF), in a statement Tuesday.

Chemicals used to make meth seized from marine container in Vancouver
Precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamine seized by Vancouver agents with the Canada Border Services Agency


The April 19 seizure was made when CBSA officers examined a shipment from China in a marine container declared as soy sauce.

An examination of the 384 pails revealed that 139 of them contained hypophosphorous acid, a precursor chemical used in the production of methamphetamine.

The pails were seized, but no charges have been laid and the investigation continues.

The seizure is the second significant precursor chemical seizure in the Pacific Region in the past six months.

CBSA officers at the Prince Rupert CEF seized more than 14 tonnes of precursor chemicals – the largest precursor chemical seizure on record for CBSA Prince Rupert – in October.



State police in Somerset County discovered a working methamphetamine lab in a Meyersdale apartment early Tuesday morning and charged two men with operating it.

Jordan Michael O’Donnell, 22, and Matthew Gordon Bowman, 29, both of Meyersdale, face multiple drug charges.

“By no means does this dissolve the heroin-meth problem in Somerset County, but this most certainly will put a dent into it,” state police Sgt. Greg Keefer said during a news conference in Somerset Tuesday afternoon.

After a police investigation, District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser approved a search warrant Monday night for an apartment along Mason Dixon Highway. Early Tuesday morning, state troopers and Meyersdale police searched the apartment rented by O’Donnell.

“Evidence of a working meth lab was immediately evident in the residence by items seen throughout the apartment that are commonly used in the production of methamphetamine,” a state police report states.

O’Donnell and Bowman were in the residence, police said.

“It was determined that there was an active one-pot meth lab in operation,” Lazzari-Strasiser said. “And there was a tremendous amount of other paraphernalia seized to include some heroin, empty heroin containers and all of the paraphernalia that is used in the production and manufacturing of meth.”

The “one-pot” method is a new, compact manufacturing method that employs a plastic bottle, officials said. Several bottles were found at the apartment, Keefer said.

Lazzari-Strasiser lauded police for their deliberate and cautious action in avoiding a situation that she said “could have been very volatile.”

Neighboring apartments were evacuated, Keefer said.

“There was definitely … a strong odor that would indicate that coming from the apartment,” said state police Cpl. Edward R. Thomas. “Just some of the familiar ingredients that would be used in it.”

Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is sometimes clandestinely manufactured using over-the-counter cold and allergy tablets containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine and common household products such as lye or certain drain cleaners to convert the drug into high-quality meth.

“O’Donnell indicated that he was cooking meth using the one-pot system,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. “He indicated that he cooks meth approximately four times a month.”

O’Donnell told police they would find meth, syringes, heroin packets and other drug paraphernalia in the apartment, court documents state. Police found 20 packets of heroin and cash, Keefer said.

Police seized a chunk of meth but did not know its weight Tuesday, Lazzari-Strasiser said.

O’Donnell said Bowman has lived at the apartment for about two months and was there when the meth was cooking, an affidavit states.

When police searched Bowman, they found a syringe, according to the affidavit.

Both men face charges of conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver; manufacture, deliver or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; drug possession; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Tuesday, O’Donnell was in Somerset County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond, and Bowman in jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Online court records do not list an attorney for either man.

Both have preliminary hearings May 9 before District Judge Douglas Bell.