SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police in Shelby County say a woman who was arrested Saturday on methamphetamine charges, gave a false name at the time of her arrest.

Ruby J. Tarter, 27, was arrested, along with two other people, on charges of dealing methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance. Shelby County officials call the bust “the biggest meth bust in county history.”

24-Hour News 8′s news gathering partner the Shelbyville News reports Tarter gave a false name, social security number, date of birth and other information to police and a judge. She reportedly told officials a family member’s name, Nicole Lambert.

The case is being reviewed for possible perjury, forgery and identity theft charges.




Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say purchased a list of items to manufacture methamphetamine immediately after a court hearing for previous drug manufacturing charges.

Rico Nichols

Rico Nichols

Rico Nichols, 43, of 1354 Boiling Springs Road in Spartanburg, was taken back to the Spartanburg County jail on numerous drug charges Wednesday.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies arrived at the Sunset Inn at 1354 Boiling Springs Road at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday to search Nichols’ motel room with his consent.

While there, deputies found plastic tubing, glass jars, a glass pipe, a lithium battery, five Pseudoephedrine pills and an empty box of cold and sinus medicine, among other items, all in original packaging.

Deputies later determined Nichols is a known methamphetamine cook based on court hearings and past charges, and that after a court hearing on manufacturing charges, he purchased more Pseudoephedrine to manufacture more methamphetamine, the report states.

Nichols currently faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of possessing drugs near a school and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.



NEW HARTFORD – A New Hartford man who already has a criminal record for making  methamphetamine with the intent to sell it now faces more drug charges, New  Hartford police said.

Jeffrey martin

Following a raid at 302 Washington Drive, Jeffrey Martin, 33, of  that address, charged with two counts of felony third-degree criminal possession  of a controlled substance, felony unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine,  misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor criminal use of  drug paraphernalia, police said.

Martin was arraigned in Town of New Hartford Court and sent to  Oneida County jail.

Found inside the residence was methamphetamine, a quantity of  prescription pills and laboratory equipment with chemical agents to make  methamphetamine, police said.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency  Response Team responded to the scene to secure the equipment.

Involved in the raid was the Oneida County Drug Enforcement Task  Force, Utica/New Hartford Emergency Response Team and New Hartford  police.


Salton, City, California – Tuesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler with 8.8 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a false compartment within an SUV.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 21-year-old woman driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint.

A Border Patrol Canine Detection team alerted to the SUV and the woman was referred for further inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered nine individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a false compartment located underneath the floorboard behind the back seat.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 8.8 pounds with an estimated street value of $57,200.

The suspected smuggler, a United States citizen, was taken into custody. The woman, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County Sheriff deputies from the Major Violator Unit ended a month long investigation on Feb. 25.

The investigation was looking into a group of subjects involved in trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine in the Bakersfield area, deputies said.

With the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section-Investigations Unit, Cal-MMET, KNET, and HIDTA, they served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Chattahoochee Lane.

During a search detectives found two young children in the home and seized two and a half pounds of blue colored methamphetamine, 82 marijuana plants, and a stolen 9mm Ruger handgun, deputies said.

Deputies said the suspects, 35-year-old Ramberto Perez and 38-year-old Karina Lopez, were arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for various drug related charges as well as child endangerment, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. The children were taken into protective custody.

Later that same evening, a second search warrant was served on the home of 36-year-old Oscar Salazar, located in the 1700 block of Poplar Avenue in Wasco.

Detectives said they developed probable cause to believe he was working in concert with Ramberto Lopez to traffic drugs.

Investigators seized approximately one quarter ounce of cocaine and $1,400 in US currency, believed to be proceeds from drug sales, deputies said.

Salazar was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for possession and transportation of drugs, deputies said.



KINABATANGAN : Police detained two men and seized 36 gm of methamphetamine  in two separate operations here.

Kinabatangan district police chief DSP Martin Lugu said the first arrest  was made at 11.15 pm on Monday during a road block at Jalan Kinabatangan.
“Twelve packets of substance believed to be methamphetamine weighing 31 gm  were found in the car of a 28-year-old man during an inspection.
“The man also tested positive for drugs,” he said in a statement  today.
The second man was arrested at 12.45 am today during a raid at an  unnumbered house at Batu 4 Jalan Bukit Garam near here.
“Twenty-four packets of substance believed to be methamphetamine weighing  5 gm was found at the premises, while the man also tested positive for  methamphetamine,” said Martin.





VietNamNet Bridge – Yesterday morning, Februar 27, affected by a delirium hallucination caused by methamphetamine, a 21-year-old man in the northern port city of Hai Phong used a razor to cut his penis.

The man was admitted to the Vietnam – Czech Friendship Hospital in Hai Phong at 7.15am with a severely-injured penis.

The patient was then transferred to a big hospital in Hanoi, with the faint hope that his penis would be cured or to be-recreated.


On February 17, a young woman in the central province of Nghe An was saved from taking methamphetamine.

According to doctors of the Nghe An Hospital, the woman was found on the street. She was in hallucination, caused by methamphetamine and could not remember even her name.

At the hospital, the woman, suffered from hallucination, shouted and smashed furniture. She was tied and injected with a dose of tranquillizer. The woman escaped from the hospital after she regained her mind.

Earlier, a man in Hanoi killed his girlfriend after taking methamphetamine because he thought that the woman was a snake.




SEQUIM — A Port Angeles resident sought by law enforcement on methamphetamine distribution charges after a multi-county investigation turned herself in to authorities in Tacoma on Wednesday.

Tammy Rae Coburn, 47, of Port Angeles is in federal custody in Tacoma, a day after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the culmination of an investigation into a Western Washington meth distribution ring and the seizure of more than 66 pounds of meth and 2.5 pounds of heroin in a conversion lab in Spanaway.

The investigation — which spanned Clallam, Jefferson, Pierce and Kitsap counties — led to the arrest Sunday of a Sequim businessman, Timothy Patrick Smith, 29, and Kelsey A. Davis, 25, also of Sequim, who was described as his girlfriend.

All three have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine and maintaining drug involved premises.

Smith, owner of Sellin’ Style car dealership in Blyn, and Davis, were arrested in Jefferson County after a brief high-speed chase in which State Patrol troopers said they recovered 1.6 pounds of suspected meth thrown from the car.

Coburn remained at large until about noon Wednesday. No court hearings had been set as of Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that Smith’s car dealership, at 251 Old Blyn Highway in Blyn, was a major meth distribution point.

“This would put a significant dent into the supply,” said Clallam County Sheriff Detective Sgt. John Keegan.

He added that the removal of a major supplier and distribution point could drive up the prices of the remaining meth supply, leaving many users desperate to find a way to fund their drug use.

“Criminal activity may go up,” he said.

Keegan said that residents should report anything suspicious in their neighborhoods or any known drug activity.

Anonymous tips can be left at the North Olympic Crime Stoppers tips hotline, 800-222-8477 or online at

Davis is scheduled for a detention hearing today in federal court in Tacoma, and Smith was in custody at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac.

The two-year, multi-agency operation included more than a dozen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and extended from Clallam County to Spanaway in Pierce County, authorities said.

The investigation led to 16 arrests overall — most from Tacoma, Kent, Lakewood, and Puyallup — and took more than 66 pounds of meth and 2.5 pounds of heroin off the streets, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“This criminal group built a business in moving two drugs, meth and heroin, that destroy lives and families and tear apart communities,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

Investigators also reported the seizure of $310,000 in cash and 25 vehicles — many with hidden compartments, and seven firearms — three of them stolen.

The Drug Enforcement Administration led the wire-tap investigation which uncovered a conversion lab in Spanaway, where liquid meth was processed into highly addictive crystal methamphetamine.

Because of the large amounts of drugs involved in the case, and the inclusion of firearms, defendants could face mandatory minimums of 10 years in prison, with the possibilities of life sentences if convicted, Durkan said.

Smith’s legal record in Clallam County began in 2001, when Smith was 17 years old and he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the June 27, 2001 shooting death of Michael Sindars, 16.

Smith, who spent two years in prison, told police the gun accidentally discharged when it fell on the floor.

In May 2010, Smith was charged with fourth-degree assault and hit-and-run for allegedly deliberately ramming another truck and shooting the driver of the other vehicle in the forehead with a BB gun, and with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance after the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in response to the assault.

All charges in the case — including charges stemming from the vehicle assault — were dropped without prejudice because evidence obtained from the search warrant, including damage to the truck and the recovery of the BB gun, was tossed out of court due to insufficient evidence for a search warrant.

In 2011, he was charged with second-degree rendering criminal assistance and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm after police said he helped Michael J. Moyle leave the scene of a wreck in Port Angeles involving a family of four.

Smith, who had turned himself in to authorities, pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 100 days in jail, with credit for 100 days served.

Moyle, who had been accused of ramming his Mustang into the car of a family of four, was found guilty of four counts of vehicular assault, two counts of second-degree assault of a child, second-degree assault and intentional infliction of bodily harm and hit-and-run and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Smith’s court record also includes a variety of charges, many dealing with meth, from 2008 until 2010, with most dismissed and Smith serving no prison time.

Coburn has an extensive history of arrests relating to meth use, beginning in 1996, according to the Clallam County courts database. She was not convicted in any of the cases.

Davis does not have a recorded criminal history, according to a search of the Clallam County courts database.




CAHOKIA, Ill. (KSDK) – A 48-year-old man faces drug and weapons charges after a months-long investigation into suspicions that he had been manufacturing methamphetamine in his home.


Raymond Leslie has been charged with aggravated possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon after authorities executed a search warrant on his home at 850 Jerome Lane Tuesday morning.

His bond has been set at $200,000.

The investigation was part of a multi-agency crackdown on methamphetamine users in the area. Sixteen methamphetamine-related arrests have been made since January 2014, according to a news release.

Methamphetamine problem on the rise in Missoula

Posted: 27th February 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

MISSOULA – Local law enforcement say that there’s a meth problem in Missoula, and as the number of arrests rise – violence and property crime follow.

Missoula Drug Task Detective Eddy McLean says since 2007 the number of weapons seized tied to meth and drug crimes has steadily increased. He added that from 2012 to 2013 meth arrests have gone up 120% in Missoula .


Officials say most of it is Mexican drug cartel meth, while the rest is made in highly explosive clandestine meth labs.

We spoke with a former meth dealer and user who says that it’s difficult breaking away from the addiction and the violent world that comes with it.

“You just can’t walk away one day, there’s just to many things that can happen. People think that you disappeared because who knows turned or rolled over or you got nailed and now they want to know what’s going on. You can’t just up and say I’m done and expect to go back to some sort of normal life – you don’t.”

We’ll hear more from this man who told us all the dark details of his life with meth – along with what local law enforcement say they’re seeing in Missoula during Wednesday’s 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network.



BENTON (KATV) – Police were applauded on Monday night when Mayor David Mattingly delivered his State of the City address, citing Benton Police department’s efforts in getting nearly $6,000,000 worth of illicit drugs off the streets in 2013.  Out of the amount seized by law enforcement, nearly half of the dollar amount is tied to methamphetamine seizures – a continuing problem across the state.


“It’s a pretty substantial amount, especially for a community of 30,000 people,” said Lt. Kevin Russell, Benton PD.

Last year alone, Benton Police seized nearly $630,000 worth of marijuana, $1,800,000 worth of cocaine, but the big bust was with meth with nearly $2,800,000 worth of ice taken off Benton streets.

Russell mentioned the pseudoephedrine law passed several years ago, a measure to prevent meth from being made, worked somewhat.

“That kind of cut down on the numbers briefly, for a couple of years,” said Russell.  “And it has still cut down on the number of home-grown labs, labs that are operating here.”

But Russell says meth has been on the rise recently – now concerned with “superlabs” producing mass quantities of the drug and shipping it north of the border from Mexico.

Meth isn’t just a concern in Benton.  In White County, according to CADTF’s 2013 numbers, nearly 87.73 pounds of methamphetamine was cleared out of the Searcy area – valued at about $3.96 million dollars.  Other drug seizures like 32 pounds of marijuana, 21.9 grams of cocaine, 60.5 grams of crack and 20 LSD doses doesn’t even compare to their meth confiscation.

Conway is also seeing a growing meth problem with nearly 35 pounds of the drug taken off the streets in 2013, according to their annual narcotics report.  Again, methamphetamine is overshadows the 155.4 grams of cocaine, 77 pounds of marijuana, 36 ecstacy pills and 823 miscellaneous confiscated pharmaceuticals.

Of the $13.4 million worth of seized narcotics from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office – they too say meth continues to be a big percentage of that dollar amount.

But in places like the City of Pine Bluff and Garland, Grant, Clark and Hot Spring counties – the predominant drug continues to be marijuana.

For the Ninth East Judicial District Drug Task Force, covering Clark, Grant and Hot Spring counties – 2013 brought 13.63 pounds of weed, 78 marijuana plants, 4.1 ounces of crack, 9 grams of cocaine, 3,848 assorted prescription pills and 2.17 pounds of methamphetamine.  All the drugs seized totaled $234,183 in 2013.

The Pine Bluff Vice Unit reported $260,025 worth of drugs seized in 2013 – of that nearly 34 pounds of pot was confiscated, 258.49 grams of crack and cocaine and 102.6 grams of meth.

In Garland County, according to the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force, $2,706,618 in illicit drugs was seized in 2013.  Of that 274 pounds of marijuana was seized, one pound of crack/cocaine, and 14 pounds of ice (meth) was removed from the streets around Hot Springs.

North Little Rock too had nearly 410 pounds of pot confiscated in 2013.  When it came to meth, 15.57 pounds was seized – cocaine and crack came in at 8.8 pounds confiscated.

And although it’s not a huge problem now, prescription drug abuse is growing.  Benton PD snatched up nearly $340,000 worth of oxycontin in 2013.

“They typically say that they use it because they think it’s safe because it’s legal,” said Russell, referring to the growing use of pain killers and other prescription drugs.

All agencies contacted for this story said pills are a problem they are continuing to watch and unfortunately continuing to see grow.



Acting on a tip, police say they busted a meth lab at a home near LaGrange and arrested a man already on electronic monitoring for running a lab last summer.

Daniel Kowalski, 21, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of materials needed to produce methamphetamine, all felonies, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s officers went to Kowalski’s coach house in the 1000 block of 61st Street in unincorporated Cook County near LaGrange around 6:45 p.m. Monday after they received information that Kowalski may be trying to make methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said.
Inside the home, officers found glass beakers, burners, chemicals, instructional materials for making controlled substances and 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms, the office said.
In July, Kowalski was placed on electronic monitoring after sheriff’s police found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home and arrested him, according to the sheriff’s office.
On Monday, two other men were found inside the home and were later released without charges, the office said.
The Illinois State Police clandestine lab removal team took away the chemicals and lab equipment. Kowalski is scheduled to appear today for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kowalski was ordered to home confinement after his arrest last July, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.

In the mug shot after his most recent arrest, Kowalski is wearing a T-shirt bearing the words “Los Pollos Hermanos,” the name of a restaurant used as a front by a meth dealer in the TV series “Breaking Bad.’’

Sheriff Tom Dart later sent out a tweet saying, “For those asking, Daniel Kowalski was actually wearing a @Los_Pollos_ABQ shirt at the time of arrest.”

Ansari added of Kowalski: “He obviously knows something about the show.’’,0,475825.story

Man Busted For Meth Lab While Wearing ‘Los Pollos Hermanos’ T-Shirt From ‘Breaking Bad’

Proving that making smart choices just isn’t his forte, a suburban Chicago man was busted for running a meth lab — again — and happened to be wearing a “Breaking Bad”-inspired t-shirt at the time of his arrest.

daniel kowalskiDaniel Kowalski, 21, was arrested in his LaGrange Highlands, Ill. home on Monday evening after law enforcement received a tip he may be cooking meth, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the home, officers found found meth-making supplies like glass beakers, burners, chemicals and instructions for cooking the drug, as well as 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms — and Kowalski wearing a “Los Pollos Hermanos” t-shirt in reference to the fictional fried chicken restaurant-cum-meth lab front on the popular AMC series “Breaking Bad.”

Kowalski, who is on electronic monitoring after being previously arrested in 2013 on suspicion of running a meth lab, may have also aroused suspicion more easily due to the fact that meth labs are “extremely rare in this part of the state,” according to Cook County Sheriff’s Spokesman Ben Breit.

“Cook County has had less than 10 meth lab busts since 2006. Some of the downstate counties have thousands per year,”  Breit said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the lab was not active at the time of the bust.

methKowalski, meanwhile, faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of methamphetamine precursors, all felonies. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and was due in court Wednesday morning.

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Drug crime in Victoria’s west has surged in a year as crystal meth continues  to creep into regional areas.

Police statistics show drug offences – including possession, manufacturing  and trafficking – more than doubled in some parts of the west last year.  Statewide, drug-related crimes rose by 12.3 per cent.

Social workers say increasing ice use is fuelling crime against property and  causing more mental illness and family breakdowns.

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Crois O’Mahony, a spokesman for harm minimisation group Anex, said: ”You  can’t go anywhere where people aren’t saying, ‘There’s a lot of this going on in  my town.’

  ”It’s the same everywhere we go; people are at their wits’ end.”

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Lucinda Nolan said amphetamines, such as  ice, were a growing problem in the state, particularly in rural and regional  areas.

”It’s absolutely huge how it’s impacting on those families and those local  communities,” she said.

Drug-related crime more than doubled in the northern Grampians, up from 126  offences in 2012 to 280 in 2013. Spanning Ararat, Stawell, Warracknabeal and  Hopetoun, the region has a population of about 30,000.

Drug and alcohol treatment provider Grampians Community Health reported a  rise in amphetamine problems in recent years.

”Families have been on the verge of collapse, parents have suffered from  mental illness, and siblings have developed a hatred for their family member who  is dependent on the drug,” said counsellor Brendan Scale.

In the southern Grampians region, drug crime rates almost doubled in the  year, up from 94 to 183 offences.

Acting inspector Steve Thompson said that while most illegal drug activity  centred on the region’s main towns of Hamilton and Portland, residents of  smaller communities were increasingly under police scrutiny.

Cannabis cultivation had moved from large farm crops to indoor hydroponic  set-ups, he said, and many of the region’s drugs were trafficked from Melbourne  or over the South Australian border. Acting Inspector Thompson said soaring drug  crime was the result of police stepping up enforcement.

In Ballarat there was a 73.6 per cent spike in drug crimes, with 420 offences  last year.

Peter Cranage of UnitingCare Ballarat has seen a ”major increase” in people  treated for methamphetamine use in the past 12 months.

Mr Cranage said 193 clients from Ballarat and surrounding regions had  identified as ice users.

”There was probably only half those numbers the year before,” he said.  ”It’s just so accessible now in country areas. We’re seeing an increase in ice  and methamphetamines in all our programs.”

Mr Cranage said ice users were as young as 14 and parents were regularly  calling UnitingCare to discuss the effects of methamphetamines.

The devastating effects of the ice scourge is being examined as part of a  state government inquiry that has held sittings in regional towns.

The Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee is investigating supply  of methamphetamines, links to criminal organisations and ice culture,  particularly in rural areas.



The occupants of a vehicle stopped by police for traveling the wrong way on the one-way section of Beard Street were arrested Tuesday after fleeing from a vehicle, where police found methamphetamine and a revolver.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Shawnee.
Police Chief Russell Frantz said Sgt. Heath Streater observed a vehicle going the wrong way on Beard Street and eventually made a traffic stop at 10th and Beard Streets.
The chief said the driver took off running from that stop but was nabbed a short distance away by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Winrow, who was in the area.
As Streater tried to get to the passenger, that suspect also “bolted,” the chief said, so a foot chase began. During that ordeal, that suspect tried to jump a fence, resulting in Streater getting kicked in the face as he gave chase, Frantz said.
Both suspects were apprehended and detained as police found a .22-calbier revolver and a large bag of methamphetamine in the vehicle, the chief said, along with other smaller bags and packaging for distribution.
The two suspects from the vehicle were identified as Cody Daniel Harjo, 23, and William Ray Larney Jr., 28.
Formal charges have not been filed, but both were being held in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center without bond Tuesday night.

Both were being held on complaints of possession of controlled substance and obstruction, while Harjo also was held on a complaint of possession of stolen property, jail records show. Both should make an initial bond appearance before a judge today.

HART COUNTY, Ky. – Police in southern Kentucky discovered two methamphetamine labs inside a car following a crash that sent four people to the hospital.

Kentucky State Police were called to the crash just after 11 p.m. Tuesday in the city limits of Munfordville in Hart County. Investigators said 19-year-old Cody Wills was driving his car with three passengers when he exited Interstate 65 Northbound and failed to stop at the end of the exit ramp.


The car traveled across both lanes of travel along US 31-W and struck a steel pole.

Wills and passenger Shawn Chapman were both transported to Caverna Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released.

Another passenger, 21-year-old Crystal Doyle, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released. The third passenger, a juvenile, was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with non-life threatening injuries.

During the investigation of the crash, police found two meth labs inside the vehicle.

Wills, Chapman, and Doyle were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st offense, Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors 1st offense, Drug Paraphernalia, Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st offense (Complicity), Unlawful Possession of Meth Precursors 1st offense (Complicity), Drug Paraphernalia (Complicity).

Wills was also charged with three counts of three Counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and DUI 1st offense (aggravated).

A mobile methamphetamine lab discovered at a carwash this week led to authorities finding 50 meth-making devices in Cleveland and Gaston counties, according to Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman.

The occupants of a vehicle at a car wash in Cherryville pointed authorities to locations where they discarded meth-making materials along several highways, Norman said.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office narcotics unit worked with Cherryville and Gaston County police departments to locate the dump sites, he said.

“The culprits would use the one-pot method and discard the after product on the side of the roadway,” Norman said. “Meth is dangerous, regardless of where you discard it. There are people who clean the sides of roadways and the discarded meth labs could be toxic to them.”

The one-pot method, authorities have told The Star, is a simplified meth production process that involves products like soda drink bottles, batteries, pseudoephedrine medication and camping fuels.

Authorities have said the method has become increasingly common for meth production in Cleveland and surrounding counties.

Norman said no arrests had been made as an investigation continues.

He said authorities were still identifying which roadways near the Cleveland-Gaston counties line were used as meth dump sites.



A methamphetamine organization that reached from Mexico to central Nebraska has been dismantled, United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced Tuesday.

The widespread law enforcement investigation identified and then dismantled an organization that brought meth from Mexico through Arizona, Colorado, and eventually into Nebraska, Gilg said.

Investigators discovered the money from narcotics sales was transferred back to Mexico by wire or personal couriers.

This investigation began as a joint effort of local agencies with the FBI, through their office in North Platte, Gilg said.

Members of cooperating drug enforcement (CODE) agencies in central Nebraska and the western Nebraska intelligence and narcotics group (WING) task force went undercover to purchase methamphetamine from an individual in the Ogallala area in late 2012 and early 2013.

CODE and WING task force members utilized undercover agents and officers to make purchases, conduct surveillance, execute search warrants and make arrests.

Undercover investigators made approximately 29 narcotics buys of methamphetamine.

Initially, the undercover agents bought gram-quantities of meth, but amounts increased over time. Gilg said 18 of the buys were of 1 ounce quantities or more.

In all, the controlled drug buys recovered nearly 23 ounces of methamphetamine.

Seventeen people were arrested.

Gilg said the distribution organization brought pound-quantities of meth into the Julesburg and Sterling area and then spanned a larger area of operation from Sterling to Lexington — a distance of approximately 200 miles.

Before the investigation was over, 33 law enforcement organizations were involved in Nebraska and Colorado.

In addition to the law enforcement agencies in the Nebraska task forces, officers cooperated across federal judicial districts, Gilg said.

She said the investigation overcame legal hurdles of crossing jurisdictions.

Gilg credited the Assistant United States Attorney, who worked with the investigative task force at all hours of the day, seven days a week, coordinating activities.

“The outstanding cooperative efforts in this case were remarkable and necessary in order to achieve the undoing of this distribution network over such a vast geographic area,” Gilg said. “It is a tribute to the cooperation and coordination of efforts we have in the heartland of America.”

Members of the CODE and WING drug task forces received a regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking award for their work.




SALTON CITY — Border agents arrested a woman on suspicion of trying to smuggle 8.8 pounds of methamphetamine near Salton City Tuesday afternoon.

8.8 pounds of methamphetamine

At about 1:30 p.m., the 21-year-old woman approached the Highway 86 checkpoint in a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

Agents inspected the SUV and found the meth inside a fake compartment under the floorboard in the back seat.

The meth has a street value of $57,200, according to the agency.

The suspect — a United States resident — was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.



A drug raid at a house in Easton’s West Ward on Wednesday turned up about  $600 worth of methamphetamine  and materials to package it for sale, police said.

The city’s vice and special response units executed a search warrant at 1406  Butler St. about 6 a.m.

Police have charged Jacob Boyd, 34, and charged him with possession and  possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. He was sent to Northampton  County Prison under $45,000 bail, according to court records.



BOZEMAN — A methamphetamine lab is suspected as the cause of a small  explosion in a room at a Bozeman motel.

Bozeman Police Capt. Steve Crawford says officers received a report of a  possible explosion and fire at the Continental Motor Inn at 8:50 p.m.  Tuesday.

Crawford says the small explosion blew out the window and slightly damaged  the door of a second-floor room. He says there was no fire damage and no one was  hurt.

The Missouri River Drug Task Force is investigating. No arrests had been made  by Wednesday morning.



  • Weight loss a factor in meth-taking for 30 percent of female addicts
  • Ice suppresses the user’s appetite, but can also lead to psychosis and death
  • Experts say there is a resurgence of the ‘Breaking Bad drug’ among women

Crystal methamphetamine, street name ice, is  known for its terrible side effects – psychosis, paranoia, ‘meth mouth’ in which  a user’s teeth decay and crack, suicidal and homicidal thoughts, and sores,  which result from a user picking at their skin because they feel like bugs are  crawling all over it.

But it seems that for a large number of young  women, one side effect makes all the others worth it – weight loss.

An estimated 30 percent of female meth users  take the ‘Breaking Bad drug’ or do not want to give it up because it helps them  to lose weight.


Despite the harmful side effects of the drug, one third  of women who use crystal meth report weight loss as a key reason they take  it

Julie* took up crystal meth as a teenager.  She entered a treatment program in her native Canada and was able to quit the  drug.

‘She managed to abstain for many, many  years,’ said Bob Hughes, the Executive Director of ASK Wellness Centre in  British Columbia, who worked with Julie in the program.

After quitting, Julie, now 24, gained 35  pounds (15kg). Her unhappiness about her weight gain was a key factor in her  taking the drug up again.

‘She returned heavily back to crystal and a  huge part of that was body image,’ said Mr Hughes.

Mr Hughes, who has worked with addicts for  many years, says that crystal methamphetamine, which has received significant  attention in the last few years due to the television show Breaking Bad, is  still a ‘niche drug’.

But it is one that it is seeing a resurgence  in recent years, particularly among young women.

Unlike most drugs, which have more male  addicts than female ones, Mr Hughes estimates that 60 percent of crystal meth  users are female.

‘You’ll find that a lot of young women take  it because it suppresses the appetite,’ he said.

article-2568929-1BDF057F00000578-739_634x383 Crystal meth differs from other drugs in that a higher  percentage of its users are female than male


Side effects of crystal meth use include psychosis,  paranoia, decaying and cracked teeth, suicidal and homicidal thoughts, and  ‘formication’, the sensation that bugs are crawling all over your skin

Mr Hughes estimates that among young female  addicts, 30 percent use the drug, which is a powerful appetite suppressant and  allows people to function for days without needing to eat, in part because of  its weight loss effects.

His estimation tracks globally. A 2011 study  from the Burnet Institute of Medical Research in Australia found that 30 percent  of female meth addicts reported that weight loss or weight maintenance was a key  factor in them taking the drug.

Because the body has been starved during the  period of drug-taking, after someone has kicked their drug habit the body  responds by storing fat in anticipation of future periods of starvation. Because  of this, ex-addicts, like Julie who gained 35 pounds after quitting, often  quickly regain any weight they lost after kicking their meth habit.

For many of these young women, the fear of  gaining weight is a serious obstacle to them seeking treatment and a key reason  they take up the drug again after quitting, as users try to balance drug use and  body image.


Unlike almost all illicit drugs, more women are addicted  to ice than men

‘The thinking is: “I look a lot better when I  use crystal, if I can just find that perfect balance between still using, but  not using too much,”’ said Mr Hughes.

Methamphetamine has been prescribed by  doctors as a weight loss since the 1970s and is still prescribed as a medication  for the treatment of ADHD and obesity in the form of the drug Desoxyn  (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in the United States. There are strict controls  in place around the Desoxyn’s use, which people are told should not be used for  more than a few weeks at a time.

A UN report released in 2008 reported that  24.7 million people worldwide used crystal methamphetamine during  2006-2007.

In the English-speaking world, Australia has  the highest use of illicit methamphetamine. Around 2.5 percent of Australians  over the age of 14 – approximately 500,000 people – used the drug in the last  year. This is three times higher than use in the USA and Canada (0.5 percent)  and the UK (1 percent).



Cook County Sheriff’s Police arrested a 21-year-old La Grange Highlands man after the makings of a methamphetamine lab was found in his home, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.


Daniel Kowalski has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, and possession of methamphetamine precursors, which are all felonies. He also was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Sheriff’s Police narcotics officers went with members of the Sheriff’s Electronic Monitoring Unit to perform a home check at his residence, a coach house in the 1000 block of 61st Street in unincorporated La Grange Highlands, after narcotics officers received information that Kowalski may be trying to cook methamphetamine.

Inside the residence, officers found glass beakers, burners, chemicals, and instructional materials for making controlled substances. The lab was not active.

Officers also found 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms in the residence.

Kowalski is on electronic monitoring.

Sheriff’s Police had arrested him in July after they found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home at that time.

Two other men were located inside the residence during the home check on Monday. They were taken into custody and later released without charges.

An Illinois State Police Clandestine Lab removal team responded and removed the chemicals and lab equipment.

Kowalski is scheduled to appear this morning for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.



SAN ANTONIO — One woman was taken into custody Tuesday evening in connection with a suspected meth lab explosion at a downtown motel near the Alamo.

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San Antonio Police Department spokesman Sgt. Javier Salazar said the explosion happened at about 6 p.m. at the Days Inn Alamo/Riverwalk in the 900 block of East Houston Street, one block from the Texas shrine.

Kevin Davis, who was standing at the intersection of Bowie and Houston streets when the explosion took place, said he heard a blast and saw a window pane fly from the building’s façade — landing in the middle of a parking lot.

Davis said two men and a woman then ran from the room, brushing glass from their hair and faces before fleeing in the direction of Interstate 37.

They fled carrying several bags that possibly contained volatile chemicals used to cook methamphetamine, police said.

The room that housed the supposed lab suffered significant damage, and surrounding rooms were also affected, Salazar said. No injuries were reported by other motel guests.

Police were able to apprehend the female suspect, whom they have not yet named. She had visible wounds — likely from the explosion — on her face, according to police. She was in possession of one or two of the bags the trio carried as they fled, authorities said.

Officers are still searching for the two men seen running from the motel and additional bags possibly containing chemicals.

The way the trio was transporting materials was far from ideal, Salazar said, urging anyone who sees a suspicious bag to call 911 immediately.



SPANAWAY — People in one quiet Spanaway neighborhood had no idea that a  sophisticated drug ring was operating out of a house on 198th Street East until  the bust happened early Monday morning.

“We heard cops say, ‘Get down on the ground!’ And went and looked outside and  there was probably about 15 SWAT guys pointing guns two houses down,” neighbor  Rich Renteria said Tuesday.

Investigators say the crew arrested was smuggling meth and black tar heroin  in from out of state and selling it on the streets of Western Washington.


“This is a very significant bust.  This organization is moving multiple  pounds of meth, which is a highly addictive drug, here in the Pacific Northwest.  What they were doing was transporting, smuggling the drugs up in liquid form,  allowing it to evaporate, taking the crystalized methamphetamine and then  washing it out with acetone so they can sell it on the street,” DEA Special  Agent Douglas James said.

The feds raided a total of 15 separate locations in Spanaway, Tacoma,  Lakewood, Milton, Graham, Puyallup and Kent.

During the course of the investigation agents seized:

* 66 lbs. crystal meth

* 2 gallons liquid meth

*  2.5 lbs. black tar heroin

* 25 vehicles

* 7 firearms

* $ 300, 000 cash.

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Major  drug ring bust

Neighbors are still shocked that there was no indication anything illegal was  happening.

“I didn’t know anything was going on next door. I just see a couple of guys,  but that was it,” neighbor Milvilin said.

James said other drug organizations in Washington are now on notice.

“We want to let the criminal organizations out there know that your days are  numbered.  We’re going to use all of our investigative resources at our  disposal to identify you and come after you,” James said.

The DEA says the crystal meth they seized had a street value of more than  $2.5 million.



Kayce Bullock is the CASA Coordinator for North Star CASA. She works at Virginia’s House in Graham, and though she has no specific data, she estimates that roughly 80 percent of the cases her organization works with involving children removed from their homes are removed because of the meth addiction of a parent or guardian.

“Certainly meth has devastating effects on the community and on the family, but I think ultimately it is children who suffer the most,” Bullock said. “The risks to the safety and well-being of children who are under the care of meth-abusing parents are numerous. We are seeing babies born with meth in their systems and children testing positive for meth.”

Bullock said that she does not see high success rates involving children being returned to meth-addicted parents or guardians. She explained that in addition to the immediate risks and effects of meth exposure in children, there are many long-term emotional and behavioral problems that can occur because meth changes the wiring of the brain.

According to Bullock, children often come to the attention of Child Protective Services (CPS) because they are found alone and wandering the streets. After getting high, meth users can sleep for several days, leaving any children in the house unsupervised. These children are forced to fend for themselves, and in some cases are trying to fill the caregiver role and find food and other necessities for younger siblings.

“The most heartbreaking meth cases are those that result in a child death,” Bullock said. “This is a very real, very dangerous problem, and it’s happening right here in this community. Day in and day out, CASA volunteers are seeing and dealing with the effects of meth on children and families.”