A Wellsville woman was sentenced Friday in Federal Court in Rochester to 30 months in prison on methamphetaminecharges, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.’s office.
U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara also ordered April Patterson to pay $3,143 in restitution to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Patterson was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
She was arrested after a raid on Jan. 26, 2012 at a South Main Street, Wellsville, residence uncovered items used to manufacture meth and a quantity of meth. Another search located a meth labat a Madison Avenue residence in Wellsville.
Also arrested during the raid and convicted were her husband Jason Patterson, John Faber, Anthony Kidd and Justin McPherson. Jason Patterson and Kidd are awaiting sentencing.
Faber was sentenced on April 30 to 40 months in prison. McPherson was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
New York State Police, the Wellsville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration were involved in the investigation.
BUCKHANNON, West Virginia — Buckhannon officials are considering an ordinance dealing with the cleanup of propertieswhere methamphetamineis used or manufactured.
The ordinance would require polices to contact property owners and the city’s zoning officer when they become aware of a meth labor precursors of manufactured drugs. It would authorize the zoning officer to shut down a property until the methis abated.
Jody Light of the Upshur County Landlords Association tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1hG9yGK ) that landlords are concerned that another layer of government will address an issue already addressed by state and federal law.
The proposal is up for a first reading by City Council on May 22.
TEHRAN — On the western outskirts of this city, in an industrial neighborhood of factories and dusty half-constructed lots, a metal-walled building houses women with a secret.
They are female drug addicts, a growing class of people with a habit so taboo in this traditional Islamic society that some Iranians believe they deserve death. But the modest facility here, a substance-abuse rehabilitation center for women, is one sign that attitudes are slowly changing as Iran begins to confront an uncomfortable problem that long went ignored.
The bulk of Afghan opium passes through Iran before it hits the global market, and that access has long contributed to addiction rates that are among the highest in the world. Now they are dramatically rising, particularly among women. Government agencies and international bodies provide conflicting statistics, but Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters estimates that 3 million of Iran’s 76 million citizens are addicts, more than 700,000 of them women — double the number two years ago.
“There is starting to be some recognition that addiction is a disease, not a crime,” said Massoumeh, the director of the small center, which is run by women. “But changing minds takes time.”
That is in large part because of the stigma attached to female substance abuse, as well as a heavy dose of denial about the roots and scope of the problem. At a conference on drugs in the city of Urmia this month, one government official blamed foreign meddling.
“The addiction of women to drugs is a trick by our enemies to attack Islamic values of Iranian families,” Razieh Khodadoust, the director general of the State Welfare Organization of Iran in the West Azerbaijan province, said at the conference. “The enemies of the Islamic republic are planning extensively to spread drugs among Iranian women and they are investing heavily in this project.”
Finding drugs here is easy, and the vast majority of addicts use locally produced crystal methamphetamines or heroin and other opium derivatives. Even so, until recently, the mere thought of women with substance abuse problems seemed unfathomable. Shame was incentive enough for most to hide their habit, making the problem even harder to address.
“You can find drugs anywhere, anytime in Iran’s cities. Whatever you’re looking for you can get within a few minutes,” said Nahid, 27, who is seeking treatment at the rehabilitation center for her addiction to heroin and crystal meth.
Due to the restrictive nature of Iranian society, women often seek out female-only spaces to get high, adding to the difficulty of tracking use. One surprising venue, according to crystal meth addictsinterviewed at the rehabilitation center, are female-only beauty salons, usually operated in private homes. Many women say they were first introduced to meth by other salon customers who raved about its effectiveness in causing rapid weight loss.
“Our biggest challenge is that addiction among women is hidden,” Abolreza Rahmani Fazli, Iran’s Minister of Interior and head of the country’s Drug Control Headquarters, said in his annual report earlier this year.
Although the bulk of state efforts to combat Iran’s drug problem target traffickers, the government also sponsors strong anti-drug public awareness campaigns. But Rahmani and other officials are calling on nongovernmental organizations to help fight addiction, a battle that Iran’s religiously conservative authorities are ill-equipped to tackle.
That call is part of an increasingly open national debate about how to confront the growing problem, with education and treatment efforts being led by other women who have battled addiction and gotten sober.
At the rehab center outside Tehran, Massoumeh and a small band of women are quietly trying to help female drug addicts start new lives. Operating for two years, the entire facility is little more than a collection of several large rooms surrounding a concrete and gravel courtyard. But it represents a huge improvement over previous versions of women’s rehab centers in Iran, the staff says.
When Massoumeh began working in the field 13 years ago, it was much riskier. A group of volunteers would set up tents in forested areas outside of Tehran to treat women, with no protection from law enforcement.
“I have no partners, no sponsors, but I’m known in the field of addiction, so people find us,” said Massoumeh, who asked that the facility’s name and her surname not be published because of the sensitivity of the clinic’s activities. “What we do here is based on word of mouth. You can’t advertise this.”
In addition to helping addicts get clean, using techniques that mirror international Narcotics Anonymous programs, the clinic works to prepare patients for what is often a bigger, riskier challenge — reintegrating into regular society and returning to the neighborhoods where they previously used drugs.
Many female addicts use drugs with a partner, often a spouse or a boyfriend. That was the case for Nahid, who said she started shortly after getting married at age 19 and has been sober for just over three months.
She said she plans on getting a divorce as soon as possible, because her husband wants to keep using drugs.
“I definitely don’t need another man. My biggest dream is to get healthy, put all of this behind me and build a good life for myself,” said Nahid, who, like other patients interviewed, asked to be identified only by her first name.
Sepideh, a 33-year-old who started using drugs when she was 20, checked into the clinic in mid-April, after her employer discovered her substance-abuse problem and fired her.
She said that she had just passed the most difficult phase of withdrawal from crystal meth, which involved vivid hallucinations. After several unsuccessful attempts to get sober, she said, she hopes this time will be different.
“I want my parents to be proud of me again. They’ve abandoned me,” Sepideh said.
That sort of intolerance among family and friends is common, caregivers say, and one of many reasons why the women at the center may ultimately relapse.
“Without societal and community support,” Massoumeh said, “we can’t expect the problem to go away.”
NORFOLK – A Norfolk woman was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Linda Marie Delarosa, 31, pleaded guilty on Dec. 17, 2013, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente. Starting in 2012, Delarosa, a supplier based in North Carolina, worked with others to transport methamphetamineinto Hampton Roads.
Delarosa later moved to Norfolk, but kept transporting methamphetaminefrom North Carolina until August 2013, the release said.
At least 500 grams of methamphetamine were involved, the release said.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Five people are in custody following a St. Augustine methamphetaminelab bust Friday morning.
The St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office discovered an active methamphetamine lab while serving a warrant at 7:30 a.m. at a home in the 900 block of Holmes Boulevard, according to SJSO Sgt. Catherine Payne. The warrant was obtained following numerous neighborhood complaints of alleged drug activityand a lengthy investigation by detectives, according to a release from the SJSO.
During a search of the home, investigators found two active meth labs and two inactive meth labs, the release detailed. Eighty-two grams of meth oil was also seized, along with a large amount of precursors and drug paraphernalia.
Darlene Weaver Clarkson, 48, Denise Michelle Nottingham, 29, Theron Anthony Taylor, 37, Misty Lou Harris, 39 and 32-year-old were taken into custody and decontaminated for toxins that was associated with the labs.
Clarkson is charged with maintaining a drug dwelling.
Nottingham is charged with production, trafficking, possession of methamphetamineand possession of drug paraphernalia.
Taylor is charged with possession of methamphetamineand possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harris is charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Corbin is charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
DeKALB – DeKalb police say there could be more charges in connection with a methamphetamine manufacturing ring busted in October, now that the last suspect has been caught and returned to Illinois.
John A. Melvin Jr., 33, of the 6000 block of Chessem Drive in New Port Richey, Florida, appeared in DeKalb County Court on Friday morning on allegations he possessed an ingredient used to make meth, court records show. If convicted, he could be sentenced to probation or up to seven years in prison.
“He got arrested in Florida on April 24,” DeKalb Police Sgt. Steve Lekkas said. “It took them a little bit to get him transported up here because they use a transport service.”
Melvin was among 16 or so people involved in the meth ring, which had a lab that was discovered at Travel Inn in DeKalb in October, police said.
The operation’s suspected ringleader, Thomas Wilkinson, 29, of DeKalb, was sentenced to seven years in prison Feb. 25 after he admitted to participation in meth manufacturing.
“We’ve continued to investigate that, so there’s probably going to be a couple more charges filed,” Lekkas said.
More recently, three people serving probation in connection with the ring were arrested again on suspicion of making methin an upstairs apartment at 418 N. Eleventh St. in DeKalb.
KALASIN, 10 May 2014, (NNT) – The Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) has announced a major drug bust in Kalasin and Samut Prakan Province, in which more than 20,000 of methampetamine pills have been seized.
According to police officials, two drag dealers were apprehended yesterday for possessing nearly 10,000 meth pills in Kalasin Province. Further investigation revealed that the duo was dealing with a local prison drug smuggling network. The 2 dealers confessed to their crime, saying that they were hired to transport the meth pills from a neighboring country to Kalasin. They also identified their employer who turned out to be an inmate in the provincial prison. Authorities then confronted the man and found 9 meth pills and 1.14 grams of ICE.
Meanwhile, acting on a tip-off, the ONCB Region 1 officials, together with the provincial police, raided on a house in Bangsaothong District, Samut Prakan, where they found 44 bags containing 8,800 of meth pills altogether.
The housed raided belongs to one of the 3 drag lords wanted by Chiang Rai officials, added the police.
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – Corpus Christi police arrested a man accused of selling methamphetamineout of a local hotel room in Corpus Christi Friday afternoon.
Police got a tip that a felon who was wanted in another county happened to be in our area. They found that the suspect was staying at a hotel off Leopard Street and set up surveillance at the hotel on Thursday, along with a sting operation.
After officers managed to purchase methfrom the suspect, they got a search warrant and the Corpus Christi Police Department SWAT Team moved in and arrested him.
“I think out of, whatever county he was out of, things were probably already heated up. He was facing criminal charges there and he decided to get to this area,” CCPD Captain David Cook said. “He obviously had some connections in Corpus Christi because he was selling.”
Inside the suspect’s hotel room, police found meth, marijuana, guns, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia for distributing drugs. A female who was in the room was also arrested.
Sworn Ibrahim family enemy Alex Macris helped to save his father from life in prison after admitting he used him as an unsuspecting drug mule to transport $13 million worth of methamphetamine oil in jerry cans, a court has heard.
Police arrested Stelios Macris, 75, after they found 50 kilograms of meth oilin the boot of his Ford Falcon station wagon and the spare bedroom of his central coast property in 2011.
But a court acquitted Mr Macris on Thursday after his son told the court he had “duped” his father into moving the drugs.
In giving his evidence, Alex Macris said it was “low, dog act” getting his father to cart the drugs, but did so because he never dreamt police would pull him over.
Despite confessing the drugs were his, he will not face prosecution.
The court gave him a certificate granting him immunity from prosecution on the grounds that the evidence he gave was likely to incriminate himself.
Alex Macris married chicken and racing heiress Jessica Ingham in a lavish $500,000 wedding on Bennelong Lawn near the Opera House last year. His father was allowed to attend after his mother, Roula, posted $2 million bail.
A Sydney society family, the Inghams made their fortune through a successful horse racing operation and a poultry empire which they offloaded for $880 million in 2013. They were last valued on the BRW Rich List as having a wealth exceeding $1.1 billion.
Alex Macris is also the brother of nightclub owner John Macris – a man Michael Ibrahim was accused of conspiring to murder in 2009. A jury later acquitted Mr Ibrahim and family associate Rodney Atkinson.
In August 2011, a police informant tipped off the force’s Middle Eastern organised crime squad. Police were told Alex Macris was in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine oil and that he or an associate would be moving it from the central coast and Sydney.
Gosford District Court heard this week that detectives pulled over Stelios Macris on the F3 near Brooklyn on August 2.
In the boot of his car they found three metal drums filled with 26 kilograms of meth oil. The retiree claimed he thought it was petrol.
After police arrested the Mosman man they then searched his Phegans Bay property, where they found another three plastic containers and a metal drum containing a further 24 kilograms of the oil.
The oil can be used to make the crystallised form of methamphetamine, or the drug known as ice.
The trial before Judge Roy Ellis this week heard evidence that Stelios drove to the central coast to do repairs to one of his investment properties.
Alex learnt of the trip and asked his father to bring back three jerry cans he had been storing in the family’s Phegans Bay property.
Detective Inspector Angelo Memmolo told the court the person who tipped off police about the drugs never mentioned the name Stelios Macris.
Solicitor Kiki Kyriacou, who was acting for barrister John Korn, said Stelios Macris had acquired his wealth through legal means and hard work.
“The evidence of Inspector Memmolo was that Mr Macris had never been mentioned by name, nor description by the source of the information to police,” Mr Kyriacou said.
“Mr Macris has never been mentioned to be involved in any way shape or form in the drug trade, nor any businesses as alleged against his sons,” he said.
Judge Ellis said there was not sufficient evidence to prove the accused knew the contents of the containers were illegal.
He found him not guilty of all four charges relating to the commercial supply of a prohibited drug.
At the time of the haul, Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace said the operation had a huge impact on a criminal network.
“We would allege that when you take 50 kilograms of ice, technically, off the street, it has a huge dent in any criminal organisation,” she said. “And we would suggest that no one operates alone in these matters.”
Kevin Shepard moved into Room 232 at Knights Inn in Lafayettee weeks ago with his fiancee and 3-year-old child to escape a house contaminated with mold. On Friday, the family learned that their temporary refuge might be even more hazardous.
It had been used to manufacturemethamphetamine.
More than two years ago, the Tippecanoe County Health Department declared Room 232 unfit for human occupancy and ordered the motel’s managers to hire a state-certified company to test contamination levels. But Ron Noles, the county health department’s chief environmentalist, said he’s received no documentation that the managers ever complied with the order.
“I think he tried to skirt the law, save a buck,” Noles said, adding that he wields no power to fine or cite noncompliant property owners.
Shepard said he had no idea the room had been used as a meth lab until the Journal & Courier knocked on his door Friday afternoon.
“They shouldn’t have given us this room until it was totally inspected,” he said, noting that management didn’t mention meth when they offered him a new room Friday. They simply cited a need to remodel the room.
Deven Patel, manager of the motel, declined to comment about the situation, but Noles said Patel told him Friday afternoon that he had hired a meth-remediation company to test contamination levels in the room.
The lesson of this and other episodes is clear: The next time you check into an inexpensive motel, you might just want to sniff around under the bed. The guests who stayed in the room before you might have been cooking up a batch of methamphetamine.
Police report that they busted two such motel-room meth operations in Greater Lafayette in recent weeks. They removed meth-making chemicals from a room at Prestige Inn in West Lafayete on April 30, then dismantled an active meth lab in a room at Economy Inn in Lafayette on May 1.
Authorities posted bright red and yellow signs outside Room 78 at Economy Inn, warning the public that the room is “unfit for human habitation” and will remain so until cleaned and deemed safe by a state-certified meth-remediation team.
Manufacturing methamphetaminein a motel room is a serious felony in Indiana, but those convicted of the crime aren’t the only ones who pay.
Property owners, who are among the many victims cooking meth creates, are stuck at times shouldering the burden of expensive cleanup efforts. Damages are even costlier when lost room revenue and a tarnished public image are factored in.
Ryan Weaver, owner of Rossville-based Bio Recovery Specialists, said his line of business — cleaning up former meth labs — has been particularly “lucrative” lately. That has him thinking, he said, that some motel guests who cook meth are getting away with it and leaving safety hazards behind when they check out.
“The sad thing is, we will probably see more and more people exposed to that situation where they have stayed in a hotel room that has been used as a drug lab,” Weaver said.
The incident last month was not the first time meth-making materials were found at Prestige Inn. A previous incident was reported to the Tippecanoe County Health Department in November 2012. In that case, an operational meth lab was found.
Jagdish Patel, who serves as general manager for both Prestige Inn and Economy Inn, declined to comment on how the costs of testing and remediation are affecting his business.
A total of five motel room meth busts have been reported at Tippecanoe County motels since December 2011.
Dozens of active meth labs and chemical dump sites have been reported during that time in houses, apartments, garages, vehicles, alleys, lots and roadsides, according to health department data.
MOTELS AFFECTED Economy Inn, Room 78: active lab May 1, 2014 Prestige Inn,chemicals seized April 30, 2014 Prestige Inn, Room 118: active lab Nov. 27, 2012 Knights Inn, Room 232: active lab April 23, 2012 Motel Six, Room 220: active lab Dec. 6, 2011
Law enforcement agencies are required by Indiana law to report meth labs to state police, the criminal justice institute and local fire and health departments, but Tippecanoe County Health Department environmentalist Craig Rich said police probably aren’t catching 100 percent of meth labs, meaning some contaminated spaces may not be getting cleaned up.
“That might be something that’s slipping through the cracks,” he said.
Respiratory problems rank highest on the list of health concerns precipitated by living spaces contaminated with meth-making byproducts, Rich said. Depending on how a structure is built, he added, those concerns could extend well beyond the immediate area where the lab was located.
“When you’re dealing with a hotel, where the heating and cooling units are all interconnected, that can spread to other rooms,” he said.
Noles said any suspicion that a place may have been contaminated by a meth lab should be reported to local authorities or the Indiana State Police drug task force. There’s an online form to report suspected meth activity directly to the state.
Noles said a strong chemical odor is among the telltale signs of a meth lab.
Weaver described the smell as “pungent” or “biting.” It doesn’t take long, he said, for the airborne chemicals to inflict severely itchy eyes or a headache.
Trooper Wes Ennis, a member of ISP’s meth suppression team, said the odor is difficult to describe, but distinct.
“Just like marijuana smells like marijuana, meth chemicals smell like meth chemicals,” he said.
In addition to the chemical odor, authorities warn that the presence of meth-making materials should also raise a red flag. Cold packs with ammonia nitrate, battery packs with lithium strips, pseudoephedrine that often comes in blister packs, tubing, glass jars — these are all used to manufacture the stimulant, Weaver said.
Ennis said if something looks suspicious, people should report it. He’d rather that an officer determines a complaint to be unfounded than let dangerous contaminants go unchecked.
Ennis said he was among those who responded to remove dangerous materials from Prestige Inn.
“They had solvent in jars that there was still meth suspended in,” he said. “So we still had the product and also a solvent, a chemical, on the scene.”
West Lafayette police officers found about four grams of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth, plus several items of paraphernalia and two Mason jars with wet white residue in the Prestige room, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. They took two occupants into custody and removed a sleeping 2-year-old from the room.
Because the defendants had apparently not used their room to cook new product, Ennis said, the threat level was fairly low, making cleanup relatively easy.
Economy Inn wasn’t so lucky.
Lafayette officers arrived at the motel to serve a warrant when they smelled a strong odor commonly associated with meth-making. They entered a room and discovered meth “in the process of being manufactured,” according to a press release. The man who rented the room and two guests were arrested.
When an active lab is discovered in a densely populated area such as a motel, Ennis said, officers will evacuate adjoining rooms as well until they are deemed safe. He said chemicals used to manufacture the stimulant drug pose a fire hazard and are also physically dangerous, burning flesh when touched or inhaled.
“It will do internal damage to your lungs, esophagus, everything else,” he said.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management prohibits the owner of a contaminated structure from occupying it or “transferring any interest in the property to another person,” unless and until the building is decontaminated or demolished.
Ennis said property owners are responsible for costly testing and remediation and that demolition is, in some cases, the most cost-effective option.
The ISP meth suppression team is tasked with removing immediate hazards from a freshly discovered meth lab, but it’s up to county health department officials, Ennis said, to determine if a structure is habitable again.
The owner of a contaminated property must then seek out an IDEM-approved inspector — such as Weaver or Zac Osborn, who owns Indiana State Decontamination — to test contamination levels before and after cleanup.
Osborn said most of the jobs landed by his company have fallen in the $4,000-$6,000 range. One outlier cost more than $10,000.
Weaver said costs for his company’s services vary between $3,000-$10,000 depending on the square footage involved, the extent of contamination and the materials contaminated. He said remediation of a carpeted room with bare wood and wallpaper, for instance, would cost more than a similarly sized space with cinder block walls and a cement floor.
When called upon to decontaminate a property, Weaver said, cleaners remove all contents, including furniture, clothing, electronics, carpeting and ceiling tiles. They then vacuum the walls and spray all surfaces with a military-grade chemical that boils the meth out of the surfaces, he said.
“We will be in full hazmat suits,” Weaver said. Face respirators and double gloves protect his employees from the chemicals.
Two days later, he said, the team will conduct a post-test of their work and send the results to the state.
Once the county health department gets test results, Rich said, the property can be released for use. Getting a meth lab site cleaned and securing health department approval can go “fairly quickly,” he added, noting that motel owners could have their rooms back in service in three to four months.
Indiana law requires courts to order convicted meth manufacturers to pay for environmental cleanup costs “incurred by a law enforcement agency or other person as a result of the offense.”
Noles, the county environmental officer, said Room 232 was to be tested for meth lab contamination on Saturday. Results should be back within a few days. Meanwhile, he advised the family moving out of Room 232 to have medical checkups as a precaution.
“He still violated the law and will be responsible for any medical issues,” Noles said of the motel’s owner. Noles said he will speak with the county attorney this week to see if further action can taken as a result of the motel’s noncompliance with a health department order.
FIle video: Here’s a glimpse into how Indiana State Police meth suppression unit disassembles a used lab.
BY THE NUMBERS
Meth busts reported from 2009 to 2014 to the Tippecanoe County Health Department.
87 Total occurrences
57 Total active labs
5 Motel rooms
4 Active labs in motel rooms
$4,000-$6,000 Possible cost of remediating a room where meth has been manufactured
PRYOR, OK — Methamphetamineaddiction is common in Oklahoma. Although it is a long road, recovery is possible.
It feels dark, lonely, depressing. You think you’re different, strange, and that no one is struggling the way you are.
“These negative emotions come rushing to the surface as your high begins to dissipate,” said Lance Lang, founder of Hope is Alive Ministries, a non-profit substance abuse rehabilitation program. “And as soon as you begin to feel these feelings, your mind instantly begins to long for an escape, for something that will make the pain go away.” T
hat begins the search, Lang says, the cycle from one high to finding the next.
“We seek out whatever it may be that we believe will cure our ills and we do whatever it takes to find it, lie, cheat, steal, bribe and manipulate,” said Lang. “We inevitably get what we want, we get high. But the escape we’ve searched for is always temporary, empty, meaningless.”
The addict is again left in that dark place, lonely and depressed, Lang said. This is the cycle of addiction.
“Many turn their heads to the problem, so long as it isn’t affecting them,” said Anita Cantrell, a drug and alcohol counselor in Pryor.
The choice to use methamphetamine, Cantrell said, is largely a demographic one.
“Methis a stimulant, inducing a rush of pleasure by affecting centers in the brain involved with pleasure and sexual activity,” said Cantrell. “People choose methbecause it is cheaper and more easily accessible than other drugs.”
Methis versatile, you can smoke it, snort it, or shoot it, which is another reason people turn to it, according to Cantrell.
“You can also administer it intravenously, and the effects lasts longer than cocaine. People choose meth because once they try it it and feel that intense high, they are continually trying to feel the effects of that first high,” said Cantrell. “Then they become dependent, using it to ‘keep from getting sick’ which is only the avoidance of withdrawal.”
In the throes of addiction, Lang said, many addicts don’t realize the danger.
“For me, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even recognize I was addicted until I woke up one night in severe withdrawals. But even that didn’t wake me up to my situation. I keep chasing my fix all over the state. Meth, pills, crack, you name it I did. But even in the midst of all this craziness I never really considered the danger I was putting myself and my kids in. I was so blinded. I knew one thing, I had to get high and nothing was gonna stop me,” said Lang.
He said everyone around him knew he had a problem, but he couldn’t see it.
“People suffering any kind of addiction often feel they are alone and like they can’t find their way out,” said Cantrell.
“Even during the darkest times, I refused to admit it. I was caught on several occasions and each time I lied my way out. I look back and realize just how sad it must have been to watch as I destroyed my life,” said Lang.
Cantrell said she’s researched methamphetamineas it’s one of the more common drug addictions in the county.
She said the drug can be tracked back to 1887.
“Amphetamines were used in World War II by allied German and Japanese forces to keep pilots alert for extended missions and to keep troops awake and more aggressive during battle,” said Cantrell.
Cantrell said, according to her research, the late 1980s and 1990s saw a resurgence in the availability and the abusers of illicit methamphetamine, particularly crystal meth.
Cantrell thinks shows like “Breaking Bad,” which has a high school chemistry teacher turn to drug manufacturing to pay medical bills, glamorize the issue.
“The show makes manufacturing meth seem both plausible and lucrative,” said Cantrell, adding that the target demographic of the show mirrors the demographic of the meth user, a white male between 19 and 40.
“Meth is one of the hardest drugs to kick. It gives you such a false sense of reality that makes it near impossible to live without. It’s viscous and destroying our state,” said Lang.
In his most recent book, “Hope Changes Everything,” Lang wrote that he started believing the lie that his failures and flaws made him a loser.
“And once I started believing that lie, it began to compound in my mind until I felt buried under a landslide of self-doubt and insecurity. I’ve messed up too much, I would think. There’s no going back now. I’m a failure, I’m a fraud. My dreams are dead,” Lang wrote, saying it’s a familiar feeling for many addicts.
Lang writes of the light at the end of the tunnel as well.
“Don’t stop pushing ahead. Forward motion is good, even if it’s barely perceptible. That is when you can overcome your fears and start to move forward in the rest of your life,” Lang wrote. “You can’t change your past, but you can live in hope for today, and when you do that, you’re taking a stand for the future. Hope begins now.”
WEST COVINA >> A man believed to be high on bath salts and methamphetaminethreatened passers-by with a gas can, doused himself in the flammable liquid and bit a police officer before finally being wrestled into custody by police early Saturday, authorities said.
Juan Carlos Urrutia, 24, of West Covina was arrested in connection with the incident, according to West Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The bizarre series of event unfolded shorty after 7 a.m. in the area of West Covina Parkway and Glendora Avenue.
Police received numerous calls of a man — later identified as Urrutia — of about 19 years old walking in the middle of the street with a gasoline can in-hand, “threatening motorists to light them on fire,” West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
Callers further reported that the man had doused a bush, as well as himself, in gasoline, and had been seen carrying both a lighter and a crowbar, the lieutenant said.
Officers arrived and confronted Urrutia, who was still carrying the gas can, as well as some jumper cables and paper towels that had been soaked in gasoline, Patton said. He appeared highly intoxicated.
“He disobeyed call commands,” Patton said.
But because the man was soaked in flammable liquid, officer were unable to use a Taser to subdue Urrutua for fear of igniting a fire, police said. So police wrestled him into custody.
“It took multiple officers to get this guy into custody,” Patton said.
Urrutia bit an officer in the arm during the struggle, breaking the skin and causing a “significant injury,” Patton said. The officer was treated and released at a hospital.
The suspect told officials that he had consumed bath salts and methamphetamine, he said. He was taken to a hospital for examination.
Bath salts is a term used to describe a family of synthetic stimulants often sold as items such as bath salt, labeled not for human consumption.
After being examined at a hospital, Urrutia was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest and being under the influence of drugs, police said.
According to county booking records, Urrutia was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his arraignment, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
Police said a man and woman were being held for questioning in the case, and a black Jeep Cherokee was impounded by Warsaw police as part of the probe.
The Indiana State Police Clandestine team is helping local police with the investigation.
Two police were arrested in connection with a meth labdiscovered Friday afternoon in a Warsaw hotel.
Warsaw Police and Fire departments were called to the Comfort Inn where an active one-pot meth lab was found in a hotel room. Richard Cain, 33, of 219 E. Levi Lee Rd., Warsaw, was arrested for dealing/delivering/manufacturing methamphetamineand booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a $10,000 surety bond.
A female with Cain, Courtney C. Bowling, 24, of 8932 E. 500 N., North Webster, was arrested for theft/receiving stolen property. Her bond was set at $2,000 surety.
A black Jeep Cherokee located in the parking lot, believed to belong to Cain, was impounded by Warsaw Police as part of the investigation.
Methamphetamine, ice, crystal meth – whatever you want to call it, has been declared an ‘imminent threat’ by the Australian Crime Commission.
In a new report on the state of the drug market in Australia, the crime commission revealed the severe extent of Australia’s meth problem – with drastic increases in raids, seizures, health impacts and arrests.
This report joins a myriad of others pointing to methamphetamine’sincreasing prevalence in the drug market.
Another study from the Australian National University has investigated the link between chronic meth use and violence. Predictably, the results are not good.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Large numbers of convicted methoffenders are not getting entered into the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Meth Offender Registry.
The failure allows methconvicts to buy allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth — without being blocked by pharmacists.
It is the second major failure NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered involving the law that requires people to show ID when they purchase most allergy medicines.
Our initial investigation revealed the national tracking system, used by pharmacies in Tennessee, failed to block 777 convicted meth offenders from buying pseudoephedrine last year.
All the offenders were on the Meth Offender Registry, but the tracking system did not recognize that they should be blocked.
After our report, the TBI supplied the private company that runs the tracking system with the driver’s license numbers of convicted methoffenders so the company could identify and block the offenders at the point of sale.
The newest finding reveals that many methoffenders never get onto the registry in the first place.
Cannon County has a big meth problem.
Law enforcement found 89 meth labs in the county last year according Anthony Young who is an investigator with the sheriff’s department.
Young said they arrest the same people over and over.
“Some of these people are caught three, four, five times,” Young said.
According to state law, convicted meth offenders are supposed to be entered into the Meth Offender Registry.
All names on the registry are banned from buying pseudoephedrine.
But NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered not one person from Cannon County is listed on the registry.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Young, “When you hear Cannon County has zero what do you think?”
“I think there should be some listed on there, because we have a bunch of meth cases,” Young said.
And Cannon County is not alone.
Six other counties, including Robertson County, have never reported a meth conviction to the TBI.
Many others reported surprisingly low numbers.
Rutherford County currently has just seven names on the registry — with no new names added since 2009 and Cheatham county has only four names.
By state law, it’s up to the TBI to maintain the Meth Offender Registry.
“Could there be better communication on our part,” ask special Agent Tommy Farmer. “I’m sure that we probably could communicate better.”
Farmer blames county court clerks for not sending the TBI information about convictions.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Should the TBI be reaching out the county clerks?”
“How do I know who to reach out to?” Farmer responded.
We started with the court clerk in Cannon County.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Why is there no one on there from Cannon County?”
Clerk Lynne Foster responded, “Well we didn’t know to send them to the TBI.”
Foster said the first time she heard about the state law requiring her to report meth convictions was when we asked her.
“Really I don’t remember that we were ever asked to send orders to them for meth convictions,” Foster said.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates responded, “So you were surprised to hear that?”
“A bit surprised yes,” Foster said.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Farmer, “Why do you think that clerk didn’t know?”
“Well, that’s unfortunate,” Farmer responded. “That clerk should know. It’s going to be that clerk’s responsibility to stay up on the laws.”
Lawmakers have expressed frustration over the registry, so their answer this session was to expand it.
Beginning next year, clerks must report all felony drug offenses to the TBI instead of just meth offenses.
All will be banned from buying pseudoephedrine.
But Farmer questions whether turning the Meth Offender Registry into a Drug Offender Registry will end the problems.
“You’ll increase the number of people on the registry,” Farmer said. “You’ll increase the number of people that are blocked, but you’ll also increase the number of people that can circumvent it.”
After our questions County Clerk Lynn Foster is promising changes in Cannon County.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “What are you going to start doing?”
Foster replied, “Well if anyone is convicted of meth charges we will fax them. The TBI said we can fax them.”
Just days ago the first name from Cannon County appeared on the registry.
The TBI says many counties don’t have a way to send the information electronically, so it is sometimes faxed to them.
Two inmates at the Cherokee County Detention Center will face additional charges after one of them allegedly sneaked methamphetamineinto the detention facility in her vagina earlier this week.
Authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that when Malana Castillo got into her cell, she asked one of her cell mates, Jennifer Barnoskie, to help her retrieve the methfrom her crotch.
Then, rather than flushing the meth down the toilet, the two women allegedly snorted themeth.
Another inmate reported the two women to officials at the detention center.
Authorities with the CCSO said Castillo was arrested on a warrant and will face additional complaints of bringing contraband into a penal institution and possession of methamphetamine.
Barnoskie will also face additional complaints of possession of methamphetamine.
A Montebello city councilwoman’s husband, arrested last year on suspicion of selling methamphetaminenear a middle school last year, pleaded guilty Thursday to a drug possession charge.
Ruben Guerrero, 44, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possessing methamphetaminefor sale and admitted an allegation that the crime occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Guerrero is facing 180 days in county jail, 30 days of Caltrans work and five years of probation when he is sentenced May 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court. He was jailed today to start the sentence.
Guerrero was arrested Oct. 17 in a sting by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau near Montebello Intermediate School. Prosecutors said last year that Guerrero sold methamphetamineto an undercover deputy.
Montebello City Councilwoman Christina Cortez, the city’s mayor when Guerrero was arrested, said in published remarks last year that her husband’s arrest left her “very disappointed” and “shocked.”
A man suspected of beating his father to death while they were both high on methamphetamines will not be prosecuted.
Justin Patrick, 47, died Jan. 22 after a fight with his son.
The autopsy report released this week called it a homicide, saying it was a “sudden death after altercation while under the influence of methamphetamine.”
His son, 20-year-old Jared Patrick, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, but the charges were dropped a week later “pending further results from the autopsy,” according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
Justin Patrick had “blunt force injuries” to his head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities, including cuts, bruises and scrapes all over his body; edema in his brain and spinal cord; and fractured ribs.
He also tested positive for methamphetamine.
Despite Justin Patrick’s injuries, the Pima County Attorney’s Office will not prosecute his son.
“We’ve reviewed the case and we’re declining to issue charges on it. We believe there’s insufficient evidence to prosecute,” said Deputy County Attorney Ellen Brown, supervisor of the domestic violence unit.
The decision was made after an “extensive” discussion between the county attorney’s office, the sheriff’s department and Dr. David Winston, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, Brown said.
Arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — was “the mechanism of death,” said Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County. “The mechanism of death in stimulant drugs such as meth or coke is most often arrhythmia.”
Justin Patrick “died during or shortly after physical altercation thus it is contributory. If he wasn’t involved in the altercation would he have died? That’s part of the thought process,” Hess explained.
During the fight between father and son, Jared Patrick “reported at one point he heard a pop and released his father,” according to the autopsy report. “His father started walking around and after a few minutes suddenly collapsed.”
Deputies responding to a domestic violence call at the family’s home in the 16500 block of West Moore Road, west of Interstate 10, found Justin Patrick on the ground and not breathing.
He was taken to Northwest Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Jared Patrick told detectives he was high on methamphetaminesand he used a martial-arts chokehold on his father during a fight, according to court documents.
Dawn Patrick, Jared’s mother, told deputies he was released from prison July 1 after a burglary conviction, court documents state.
She also said Jared Patrick has bipolar disorder and might not have been taking his medication.
A 41-year-old woman was taken into custody Thursday night after police executed a search warrant at 1230 N. Sixth. Two children in the home were taken into protective custody.
Police entered a residence at 1230 N. Sixth at 10 p.m. and reportedly found a shake-and-bake methamphetaminelaboratory and meth waste, according to Master Sgt. Patrick Frazier of the West Central Task Force. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team was called in to dispose of the meth manufacturing materials.
Taken into custody was Christal L. Happel, 41, of 1230 N. Sixth, on suspicion of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamineproduction, meth-related child endangerment, unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials, and meth waste. She also was arrested on an Adams County warrant on a charge of unlawful possession of meth precursors stemming from a separate investigation.
She was lodged in the Adams County Jail.
The children were turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services.
Frazier said an unrelated investigation took place at the same location on Feb. 20, resulting in the arrest of Roldan H. Johnson and Kristi M. Evans on drug charges. Both are out on bond pending July jury trials.
Assisting in Thursday night’s search were members of the Quincy Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.
Denpasar. The Australian passenger who tried to break into the cockpit of a Virgin Australia aircraft bound for Bali from Brisbane and caused a pilot to set a hijack alert last month tested positive for methamphetamine.
Tests from blood and urine samples of Matt Christopher Lockley were negative for alcohol but was positive for the drug, Bali police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Hery Wiyanto said on Friday.
Lockley was allegedly under the influence of alcohol during the flight.
“There is methamphetaminefound in the samples,” Hery said, adding that traces of the drug were small, because “probably it had been a long since he last consumed it.”
Hery said he would not question Lockley — who has since returned to Australia — over the drug use because he did not take the methamphetaminein Indonesia. Instead, he would leave the matter to authorities in Australia.
“The lab test is only part of the procedure, and we have submitted it to Australia,” Hery said.
Lockley was arrested by Indonesian Air Force at Ngurah Rai International Airport on April 25. The pilot sent a hijack signal to airport’s air traffic controller after Lockley reportedly tried to break into the cockpit.
After four days of questioning by Bali Police, Lockley returned to Australia because Indonesia has no law regarding “violation on board” an aircraft, meaning that there was no law that could be applied regarding punishment for offenses committed on aircraft operated by foreign entities.
Rudi Richardo, acting director general of air transportation, said that the government had concluded its investigation by questioning the pilot, the co-pilot and flight crew.
“Australia has been notified of the result,” he said, without elaborating.