Police arrested eight suspects yesterday following the termination of a lengthy investigation into the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine in the Auckland region.

The investigation, code named Operation Genoa, has also led to the restraint of over $3 million in assets including a Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati and numerous motor vehicles, a 30 foot launch, five properties, gold bullion, silver ingots and in excess of $2 million in cash.

Detective Inspector Bruce Good from OFCANZ Auckland said 29 search warrants were executed at properties in Auckland, rural South Auckland and Nelson during the day.

“A substantial amount of methamphetamine was recovered at a rural property in Miranda 80 kilometres south-east of Auckland,” Mr Good said.

“During the execution of this warrant one of the suspects escaped. He was apprehended less than two hours later.

“Police dogs were used during this part of the operation and the assailant suffered minor dog bite injuries during his capture.”

Mr Good said the suspect was treated by ambulance staff at the scene and later taken to Auckland Hospital for treatment. He is still in hospital and expected to be released into custody either later today or tomorrow.

The eight suspects arrested will face a range of charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, money laundering, unlawful possession of a restricted weapon, obtaining a false documents and participating in an organised criminal group.

Two of those apprehended are senior patched members of the Head Hunters gang.

Mr Good said the group were running a sophisticated methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

“We believe the suspects, many of whom have family connections, were using several addresses and storage units in Auckland, rural South Island and Nelson to produce, store and distribute methamphetamine and the Class B drug ephedrine,” Mr Good said.

“Our intelligence indicates they were producing in excess of $1million worth of methamphetamine at a time which gives an indication as to the size of the market they were supplying.”

“In total we have recovered approximately half a kilogram of methamphetamine and 6 kilograms of precursor drugs and chemicals during Operation Genoa. This would have a combined street value of in excess of $3.5million.”

Mr Good said the seizure of significant assets such as luxury cars, gold bullion and properties in Auckland, rural South Auckland and Nelson was particularly satisfying.

“Operation Genoa sends another powerful message to the criminal community that Police will use every legal avenue at our disposal to target organised crime in New Zealand.”







Martin Dodge has been charged by federal authorities with making regular deliveries of ice meth to Chattanooga.

Dodge is charged at Chattanooga Federal Court with selling meth and possession of a firearm while doing so.

Drug Task Force Agent Jamie Hixson said he was contacted on May 1 by a confidential source that “TJ” Sims and “Marty” were staying at the Comfort Inn on Williams Street.

The source said “TJ” and “Marty” were in possession of four ounces of “ice” methamphetamine and that the CS believed “Marty” was possibly the source for that methamphetamine. The CS said that “TJ” was driving a red Nissan Sentra and “Marty” was driving a black Dodge Charger.

The agent said he drove to the Comfort Inn on Williams Street and observed a black Dodge Charger parked on the lot. He notified Sgt. Jason Lewis of the Chattanooga Police Department, and he stopped the red Nissan Sentra on Williams Street in Chattanooga. Sgt. Lewis said the driver was identified as Timothy Sims and was found to be driving without a license.

A search of Sims’ vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately five ounces of ice methamphetamine.

Sims told authorities he had purchased the methamphetamine recovered from his car from Martin Dodge and another individual. He said Dodge had been making trips to Chattanooga delivering six to eight ounces of ice methamphetamine on a daily basis for several months. Sims also confirmed that Dodge was driving the black Dodge Charger rental car parked at the Comfort Inn.

A surveillance team was established on the lot of Comfort Inn on Williams Street. At approximately 6:45 p.m., police saw Dodge leave the hotel in the Dodge Charger along with two passengers. After the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Williams Street and 25th Street, police initiated a traffic stop.

Dodge told officers that there was a gun in the trunk. The vehicle was searched. The officers recovered two guns and approximately one ounce of ice methamphetamine in the trunk. Dodge said the drugs and the guns were his. The defendant later admitted that he possessed the guns because he had recently been shot and robbed during a drug transaction.








Caddo-Shreveport narcotics agents arrested three people on Friday while executing a warrant at 2247 Soda Fountain Place near Blanchard.

Jamie Fields Aaron Farmer

Jeffrey Noble was in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and Diazepam when agents found him in the garage of the residence. Agents also recovered marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun, and two shotguns during a search of his residence and the surrounding area.

Noble, 26, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of Diazepam with intent to distribute.

Two people inside the residence were also arrested. Jamie Fields, 21, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and Aaron Farmer, 25, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They both list 2247 Soda Fountain Place as their address.

One loaded handgun, two shotguns, 5.9 grams of Methamphetamine, 11.8 grams of marijuana and 57 doses of Diazepam were seized. All three were booked into the Caddo Correctional Center.







A Garden City woman was arrested after authorities found 22 grams of suspected methamphetamine in her home.

At 10:58 p.m. Wednesday, the Garden City/Finney County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the home of Destney Williams, 24, 212 Davis St., Apt. 7. where they found the suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of illegal drugs, according the Garden City Police Department.

Williams was arrested and lodged in the Finney County Jail on allegations of sale of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of 3.5 grams to 100 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, no Kansas drug-tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of proceeds from the sale of controlled substances.

Williams is being held on $80,000 bond.







The remnants of two clandestine Methamphetamine laboratories have been discovered and seized by Patrol Deputies and Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. Both Methamphetamine labs were characteristic of the Red Phosphorous method of manufacture, according to the release, which said this method is not as prevalent today due to easier and faster methods of production, such as the “Shake and Bake” method, commonly referred to as the One Pot Method.

One Methamphetamine Lab was located behind the property of 122 South Road, Todd, the lab components found by children who were playing in the area. The Sheriff’s Office was contacted and made aware of the suspected Methamphetamine Lab. Shift Supervisor Lt. Phillips, who is clandestine lab certified, arrived on scene and confirmed that the components were characteristic of a Methamphetamine Lab. Narcotics Detectives were notified of the situation. Once on scene, Detectives seized multiple items used in the manufacturing process. The Methamphetamine precursors appeared to be non-hazardous and were disposed of by Narcotics Detectives.
An additional Red Phosphorous Methamphetamine lab was located and seized near the Stoney Fork Overlook which is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Park Rangers from the US Department of Interior located items consisted with the manufacture of Methamphetamine and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics Detectives seized multiple Methamphetamine precursors consistent with the Red Phosphorous Method of Manufacture. The Methamphetamine precursors appeared to be non-hazardous and were disposed of by Narcotics Detectives. Both investigations are ongoing.






Guelph police say that methamphetamine use is increasing in the city, replacing cocaine and crack as the drug of choice.

Det. Sgt. Ben Bair, the head of the Guelph police drug enforcement unit, spoke on The Morning Edition Monday about a joint bust with Waterloo and Woodstock police that saw police arrest nine people last week and seize $100,000 worth of cocaine, $4,000 worth of marijuana, and large amounts of cash.

The seizures are the result of months of an investigation dubbed “Project Vegas.”


“Marijuana’s being used at large rates, but also opiates are being used at large rates, but the most recent trend seems to be crystal meth,” said Bair, commenting on the problem narcotics in Guelph.

‘Many of the cocaine traffickers that we’re hearing about are also now moving crystal meth as well.’- Det. Sgt. Ben Bair, Guelph Police

Crystal meth is being used by many people who were traditionally cocaine and crack cocaine users,” said Bair. “It has seemed to make more inroads into a younger crowd than, say, crack cocaine has in the past.”

Crystal meth, or methamphetamine, is a stimulant that’s easy to produce in home labs – and is easy to sell.

It’s happening everywhere, it’s happening on the streets for sure, certainly with students it would be happening at student parties,” said Bair, when asked about about where meth is being sold in Guelph.

“It would be happening inside what are traditionally known as crack houses, or meth houses in this case, it’s happening all over the city,”

According to Bair, methamphetamine is attractive to drug traffickers because the drug can be made in Canada. That way they can avoid middle men and the hassles of importing drugs like cocaine from South America, he said.

“In most cases it’s availability that starts it. Historically in Guelph there seemed to be a reluctance to move towards crystal meth, but that seems to have changed in the last year and a half or so, and many of the cocaine traffickers that we’re hearing about are also now moving crystal meth as well,” said Bair.

“So I think availability plays a large role in terms of people’s decision price, which is directly proportionate to availability, obviously if there’s a lot available, prices are cheap.”

But the drug is not necessarily being produced in Guelph.

“We’re not hearing about significant quantities of labs in Guelph, much of the crystal meth that’s in Guelph seems to be coming from neighbouring communities,” he said, adding methamphetamine use is a province-wide issue.

“Having said that, crystal meth can be made by an individual, in something as small as a pop bottle. We have discovered a few of those, and that’s certainly concerning as well.”









A fugitive from Etowah County was arrested Thursday in the Bay Springs Community and charged with trafficking in amphetamines. Investigators from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office apprehended 47 year-old George Franklin O’Leary with a large amount of methamphetamine and other drugs. O’Leary also had a large amount of cash and other items normally used in the selling of illegal drugs.


Earlier in the week, Etowah County authorities notified the Sheriff’s Office that O’Leary may be in Cherokee County. Investigator Matt Sims spotted O’Leary at a Centre restaurant, followed him, and attempted to detain the suspect. O’Leary fled through Centre before being stopped on Bay Springs Road by Sims and Centre Police.

A subsequent search of O’Leary’s camper revealed the large amount of illegal drugs and other paraphernalia. O’Leary was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center and charged with trafficking amphetamines, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and attempting to elude. O’Leary is expected to be extradited to face additional charges in Etowah County.

Sheriff Jeff Shaver stated he appreciates the hard-work of all law enforcement involved in this case and he’s glad to have this large amount of meth off our streets and out of our community.








ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles man was taken into custody Sunday night after authorities said he threatened to harm himself and police. Authorities say the man called police and said he was armed with a weapon. Neighbors were evacuated as smoke was visible from the man’s apartment in the 300 block of South 4th street.

Desiree Frost captured the scene on video as the man walked out of his own apartment. His face was charred. Police used a device known as a flash bang to safely apprehend the suspect. The device stunned the suspect without using lethal force. He fell to the ground while officers swarmed him and applied handcuffs.

A few hours later, police said they found evidence of a meth lab inside the suspect’s apartments. They had suspicions meth was involved. It was one reason they evacuated homes in the area.

A spokesman for the St. Charles fire department said the suspect was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

St. Charles inspectors condemned the apartment units because of the fire and evidence of a meth lab. The American Red Cross was assisting residents Sunday night. Police did not know how long it would be before residents could return.








Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) – A drug once called “the most significant threat” to North Dakota is back.

Meth labs were nearly wiped out here just a few years ago, but now they’re returning in a new and more dangerous fashion.

Wayne Stenehjem / North Dakota Attorney General: “Meth use and trafficking here in North Dakota is increasing

Lt. Jim Remer / Grand Forks Police Department: “we’re seeing more and more of it again”

Statements that are matched by headlines, both heard and seen… the drug Methamphetamine, is once again making its presence known.

Stenehjem: “Narcotics task forces tell me that this is their most significant drug problem.”

Remer: “almost triple the amount of possession arrests for meth in our region.”

Lt. Rod Hajicek / East Grand Forks Police Department: “about 50% of what the task force is doing right now is meth related.”

First battled at the start of the 2000s, meth lab busts in North Dakota dropped from a high of 297 in 2003 to just 9 in 2011.

Now meth has returned. Dangerous as ever but now with changed methods. No longer being made in labs by middle men. But now directly entering the state from areas such as California, Arizona and the southern border.

Stenehjem: “now we’re seeing the amounts coming in are in the pounds and one of the additional problems that causes us great concern is that just about always when we’re seeing sales of meth the people that are selling it are armed.”

A changed method of import along with new, faster approaches for manufacturing.

Hajicek: “It has changed. Chemistry and chemists have come up with new methods. The one pop, or shake and bake method. Where they put these ingredients in a pop bottle, shake it up and in a short time they have a product.”

Michael:Officials also say that with this most recent return of meth, they’re seeing a wider demographic of those who use meth.

Deb Davis / Licensed Addiction Counselor Northeast Human Service Center: we’re seeing more female clients as a weight loss. In the last few months we’ve seen more meth use in our adolescences.

Michael: So why the return of this dangerous drug? Cold hard cash.

Stenehjem: “the profit motive is there because on the price of the street meth is higher than it is elsewhere in the country.”

High profits leading to increased supply. Keeping law enforcement throughout our region busy fighting the return of meth.

Remer: “our narcotics task force is very busy.”

Hajicek: “they’re making it. People are getting addicted to it and it does make our jobs tougher.”

Stenehjem: “We’re seeing it across the state, Grand Forks, Fargo is increasing. But out in the west where the prices are so high and there seems to be a lot of willing purchasers. That’s becoming a real problem.”

So it appears that along with progress. The state of North Dakota is also paying the price.

Stenehjem: “if we don’t get a handle on it now on the front end of the oil boom. We’re going to have to deal with its consequences as it gets worse later on.”

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated 24.7 million people abuse the drug worldwide









GREENUP — A Greenup man and woman have been indicted for allegedly cooking methamphetamine in the presence of two youngsters.

William M. Neace, 49, and Jonda R. Brown, 33, both of Jeff Valley Road, were named in separate true bills returned last week by a Greenup County grand jury.

Both were charged with manufacturing, trafficking in and possession of meth and two counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.

The charges carry a combined maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.

The two were arrested April 1 by the Kentucky State Police, according to court records.

In an unrelated case, the grand jury indicted a South Shore man and his adult stepdaughter for allegedly engaging in an unlawful sexual relationship.

Roger D. Howard, 44, and Clara P. Walters, 21, both of Little White Oak Road, both were charged with incest, a Class C felony that carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence.

The indictments, which resulted from a KSP investigation, allege Howard and Walters engaged in “sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse” between April 1 and July 1 of 2012. Under Kentucky law, sex between a stepparent and stepchild is considered incest. The charge A, B or C felon, depending on the age of the victim. whether force was involved and whether the victim suffered serious injury. Howard and Walters were charged with the least-serious variety because both are consenting adults.









HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (5/2/14) ― A drug bust has netted two pounds of crystal meth that was headed for distribution in western Kentucky.


According to a Kentucky State Police report, KSP DESI West conducted the buy/bust on Thursday, April 30. A target delivered two pounds of crystal methamphetamine to KSP undercover detectives. Investigators followed leads to Henderson County to serve a federal arrest warrant on Steven Marruquin, .41.

A search warrant was granted with the information from a four-year investigation involving the distribution of large amounts of crystal meth for the residence at 4401 J. Royster Road, Corydon.

The search yielded approximately six pounds of crystal meth, one and a half pounds of high grade marijuana, powder cocaine, black tar heroin, brown heroin, three vehicles, a skid-loader, a John Deere tractor, an equipment trailer and more than $35,000.

Marruquin was lodged in the Daviess County Jail.

Additional arrests are expected from the ongoing federal investigation.

Agencies involved included Kentucky State Police SRT, D-9, Post 16, Post 2, the Owensboro Police Department Street Crimes Unit, the Henderson Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Madisonville Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.










Columbus man and Phenix City woman are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from Valley Rescue Mission and Goodwill donation boxes.

Besides theft by taking, both also face drug charges.

Arrested by Columbus police on Saturday were 25-year-old Antonio Carrow and 33-year-old Kelly Jackson.

According to the police report, early on Saturday morning, officers noticed a white Ford U-Haul van with an Arizona tag on Moon Road that they had been informed could be involved in the thefts. It was parked at the entrance of Central Christian Church.

The vehicle began to move and was stopped on Veterans Parkway near Spring Creek Village Apartments.

According to the report, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine were found.

The thefts occurred between Wednesday between 12:01 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.









Three people are behind bars in Lenoir County and awaiting a Monday morning first appearance after deputies said a child welfare check turned into a meth operation bust.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill said narcotics investigators accompanied the Department of Social Services after DSS had received a complaint that meth was being made at a home with children present on the 500 block of Joe Nunn Road.


Sheriff Hill said investigators smelled a strong odor of chemicals coming from the home Friday morning during the welfare check, and also spotted a generator in a burn pile that’s believed to have been used in the meth operation.

Officials said a warrant was obtained and more items consistent with a meth operation were found.

Hill says that Jennifer Grady, Melissa Rouse and Brandon Bowden were arrested.

We’re told that Grady and Bowden have both been charged with maintaining a location for meth, manufacturing meth, and possessing precursors to meth.

Rouse has been charged with possession of meth, and maintaining a location for meth.

Bowden and Grady are being held on an $80,000 bond, while Rouse was given a $6,500 bond.

Court records show all three are due to go before a judge Monday for their first appearance on the charges.

DSS has stepped in to assist the children involved.











MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A man from Mountain Home came in to obey one law, and was arrested for allegedly breaking several others.


The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports Mason Grant, 25, dropped by the Sheriff’s Office to register as a sex offender, as required by law. While deputies processed the paperwork, they discovered that Grant had a suspended driver’s license. Deputies asked Grant how he got to the office. They say at first he told them a friend dropped him off. Deputies didn’t take his word for it, and checked surveillance video. They arrested Grant on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

While searching Grant in the course of that arrest, deputies allegedly found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in his shirt pocket, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Grant is jailed on charges of Felony Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Driving While License Suspended. He’s being held without bond in the Baxter County Jail for an alleged parole violation.








TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Officials in northern Michigan are seeking an individual reportedly burned in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The Wexford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a suspicious dump site in Haring Township on Saturday, May 3, according to a press release from the Traverse Narcotics Team. The report indicated the presence of a plastic bottle with an “unknown residue” inside.


Upon arrival on the scene, officials notified the Traverse Narcotics Team and Michigan State Police for further investigation, which revealed chemicals, components and apparatus commonly used for the manufacturing of meth.

During the investigation and subsequent cleanup, officials observed burned articles of clothing in close proximity to the scene: black jeans, a black t-shirt and black boxer briefs. According to investigators, the placement of clothes indicated “the individual wearing those articles of clothing would have also been burned as a result” of meth manufacturing.

The Traverse Narcotics team continues to investigate the site and is looking for any information regarding the identity of the suspect in this incident.

Individuals are reminded to be aware of their surroundings when spending time outside, as items such as needles, bottles, tubing and chemicals may become uncovered after being buried by snow. Suspicious items should be reported immediately.







Cedartown man who was allegedly stalking a Lindale woman was arrested Sunday on aggravated stalking and a few drug-related charges.

According to Floyd County Jail records:


Jonathan William Cromer, 28, of 1457 Doyal Road, Cedartown, was arrested by Floyd County police officers at 10:40 a.m. at a Booze Mountain Road address.

Police said Cromer violated a temporary protective order against him when he drove on a suspended licence to the woman’s home.

Police searched Cromer’s vehicle and found suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana.

Cromer was charged with felony aggravated stalking and possession of methamphetamine as well as misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and driving while license suspended and revoked.

No bond was set for Cromer.







EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. — An East Dubuque man faces meth charges after police said they discovered him burning materials used to make the powerful, highly addictive stimulant.

Stephen J. Roepsch, 47, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth manufacturing materials, according to a press release issued today. Roepsch was being held in Jo Daviess County Jail on $25,000 bond.







A NANNY and part-time restaurant cleaner who allegedly ran a secret meth lab from her suburban home has been charged with murder after the drug factory exploded, killing a man inside.

Mother of-two Irene Lin made nearly $2 million worth of methamphetamine from her home in Quarry Rd, Ryde, police claim.

But the drug lab exploded about 4.40am on January 4 last year, leaving a man inside with burns to 60 per cent of his body.


He later died in hospital and Lin was charged with 17 criminal offences, including manufacturing a large commercial quantity of an illegal drug. Now police have added the charge of murder.

Police claim that when they tried to enter the burning house, Lin, who was holding a jug of liquid, “immediately rushed to the front door saying ‘no, no, no’ and attempted to close the door”.


This prevented emergency services tending to the injured man, the police fact sheet said.

Police allegedly had to push back against the door to prevent Lin from closing it while they could see a naked “Asian male crawling across the floor”. When they finally entered, Lin was still trying to get them to leave.

Police allegedly found chemicals, tubing, portable gas cylinders and a large container of white crystalline substance residue, which were allegedly used to make drugs.


Police who searched the house allegedly found about 7kg of methamphetamine, worth up to $1.75 million, a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver, a Tech 9 sub-machine gun and thousands in cash. They also found a loaded Norinco pistol inside a car registered to Lin, police claim.

Lin was called to Parramatta Police Station about 8am on Thursday, where the charge was laid.

She then met her lawyer Leo Premutico for a hearing at Parramatta Local Court. She was granted bail by magistrate Theo Tsavdaridis.

Lin told police she went to the house to collect her mail and to tell the man she was going to Hong Kong for a wedding, the fact sheet said.

Police also raided her parents’ home in Hurstville and allegedly found $16,900 in cash and drugs, the fact sheet said.

Lin’s barrister Richard Pontello told the court there were exceptional circumstances, including that she knew about a looming homicide charge and still turned up to court, meaning she should be granted bail.

Lin has been charged with felony murder, meaning she was allegedly participating in a serious criminal activity that caused the death of the man.

She waived her committal hearing and was ordered to appear in the NSW Supreme Court to be arraigned on six charged on June 6.











A fugitive from Etowah County was arrested Thursday in the Bay Springs Community and charged with trafficking in amphetamines. Investigators from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorneys Office apprehended 47 year-old George Franklin O’Leary with a large amount of methamphetamine and other drugs. O’Leary also had a large amount of cash and other items normally used in the selling of illegal drugs.

Earlier in the week, Etowah County authorities notified the Sheriff’s Office that O’Leary may be in Cherokee County. Investigator Matt Sims spotted O’Leary at a Centre restaurant, followed him, and attempted to detain the suspect. O’Leary fled through Centre before being stopped on Bay Springs Road by Sims and Centre Police.


A subsequent search of O’Leary’s camper revealed the large amount of illegal drugs and other paraphernalia. O’Leary was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center and charged with trafficking amphetamines, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, first degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and attempting to elude. O’Leary is expected to be extradited to face additional charges in Etowah County.

Sheriff Jeff Shaver stated he appreciates the hard-work of all law enforcement involved in this case and he’s glad to have this large amount of meth off of the streets.








NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Meth in Tennessee is one of the deadliest and costliest problems police say they face.The latest bust took place Thursday in west Nashville where two people were arrested at a house on Illinois Avenue.

And in Giles County, they’ve had three busts in the last 10 days.


Fighting methamphetamine was a hot topic at the legislature this past session. A new law is expected to be signed by Gov. Bill Haslam that would make it harder for residents to purchase pseudoephedrine without a prescription.

But Giles County Sheriff Kyle Helton fears the new law might not be enough.

“We can get some results out of it. But if we don’t, I’m gonna go back and beg and plead that we’re going to need to do prescription-only. I’m going to continue to fight for this as long as I’m in office and as long as I can stand up for it,” Helton said.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says more than 1,600 drug labs were seized across the state last year.













NONG KHAI, 4 May 2014 (NNT) – Nong Khai police have seized 800,000 pills of methamphetamine before they were smuggled to another province.

Nong Khai police arrested 2 men identified as who were trying to smuggle 800,000 meth pills out of the province. According to authorities, the drugs were wrapped in a fertilizer bag that was hidden in the truck of a car.

The two confessed they had been hired by a drug supplier in Nong Khai to deliver the package to a drug ring in Nakhon Sawan Province and that they would receive 200,000 baht upon the delivery of the pills.

Thai Police have been working hard to crack down on drug smuggling in accordance with the government’s policy to eradicate drug problems in the Thai society.







With favorable spring weather coming our way, people are taking advantage by walking, jogging and bike riding on our local roadways. The potential exists that some people may come across trash left behind by those who have manufactured methamphetamine (meth). The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that this trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.

Indiana’s dubious ranking as the state with the most meth lab incidents last year offers a mixed message for Northwest Indiana.

Nearby Starke County is the closest area with significant methamphetamine production, while LaPorte and Pulaski are at the bottom of counties with meth issues, said Indiana State Police Master Trooper Maggie Shortt. Lake and Porter counties aren’t even on the radar.

“Porter County had no seized meth labs last year. LaPorte has none yet this year,” said Shortt, of the meth suppression unit. That doesn’t mean there is no production, just that they haven’t been reported or located. “It’s really too much area and too few of us,” she added. Her suppression unit covers 11 counties in the northern portion of the state.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said that his officers are on alert for meth houses, which seem to locate in the more rural areas of his jurisdiction. His drug task force supervisor reported no raids on suspected meth locations in the past three years, but when investigators obtain any information about meth labs, they give it to the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section, Lake County police spokeswoman Patti VanTil reported. “They are the local experts,” she said.

When the meth trade first took off, its makers need an isolated spot and access to anhydrous ammonia, both available in rural areas. But the new “one pot” method uses bottles instead of buckets and the ammonia odor isn’t a factor, Shortt said.

“We are seeing an increase in cities and towns now that they use the one pot,” Shortt said. “Buy a few chemicals and mix it up in a bottle. It’s not that complicated, but it is dangerous.”

The one pot requires quantities of over-the-counter pseudroephedrine, an ingredient in cold medicine. State law requires pharmacies keep records of those sales. And while the dangers that accompany the ammonia process aren’t as spectacular, the waste from the one-pot method is hazardous, state police said.

Now that the snow has melted and Northwest Indiana residents are out walking, jogging and riding bikes, the discarded trash from meth production might be seen on trails and along roadsides, the meth suppression section warned.

“This trash may contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause and explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin,” a warning issued by the meth suppression section states.

In a news release issued last week, state police tell people not to handle plastic bottles, food storage bags, blister packs and jars that contain a grainy material, because it is “extremely hazardous.” The plastic container may have a tube attached. Cylinders with a valve attached, sometimes found in open areas such as a field, may contain anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous gas. The valve would have a tell-tale bright blue color, police said.

“If someone comes across this type of trash, they should not handle it,” the release states, urging people to notify police immediately.

Law enforcement officials in Lake and Porter counties say the use of other drugs is more prevalent than meth.

Porter County Sheriff David Lain said that his officers do encounter meth users, but heroin remains a much bigger problem.

“We in Northwest Indiana don’t have the degree of meth the rest of the state does, but the only reason is because heroin is accessible and cheap,” Lain said. “We would have meth if we could stem the tide of heroin. It’s all about accessibility.”

Porter County heroin users trek to Chicago for their drugs, Lain said, and some heroin addicts also buy the stimulant to counteract the effects of heroin’s sedative effects.

Shortt agreed. “I’ve seen some kids in LaPorte County mixing the two, or using them consecutively. In their mind, the two will even each other out,” she said.

The second-most-used drug in Porter County, Lain said, is prescription drugs. “That’s why we support programs that encourage turning in expired medicines,” he said.

In Lake County, law enforcement focuses on the use and sale of heroin and cocaine, but Buncich said, “We remain vigilant as we know meth exists in Lake County.”

Anyone with information about the production of methamphetamine can call the ISP crime tip line at 800-453-4756, Shortt said.

The investigations take time, she noted.


Port Townsend Police say two boys that were the subject of an endangered missing person advisory were found safe in Mason County.

Police issued the advisory for the children , who has multiple felony warrants.

Police say they attempted to locate Mary E Hos, 41, at her residence in Port Townsend to arrest her on an outstanding warrant.

Police could not find her but a man who also lives at the home reported that Hos left the area and took their two sons with her. The father reported he has not seen them since April 17, 2014 at about 6 pm.

Police believed Hos was taking steps to avoid being located.

Police say Hos is suspected of using methamphetamine and has multiple felony warrants out of Jefferson County related to use and possession of methamphetamine.

Police and family were concerned for the well-being of the children.








 CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo.– Narcotics teams bust red phosphorus methamphetamine lab during drug investigation.

Camden County Street Crimes Unit and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group conducted a narcotics investigation in the 100 block of Payton Place in Climax Springs May 1.

Rebecca Irene RandolphMatthew Allen Fitzwater

During the search the Sheriff’s Office says a red phosphorus methamphetamine lab was seized along with methamphetamine.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, two individuals were arrested in connection with red phosphorus methamphetamine lab.

Matthew Allen Fitzwater, 49, of Climax Springs has been charged with a Class B Felony of distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce or attempt to or possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance, and a Class A Misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance.

Fitzwater is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility on a $1,000.00 cash or $7,500.00 surety bond.

Rebecca Irene Randolph, 22, of Climax Springs has been charged with a Class C Felony of possession of a controlled substance, and a Class A Misdemeanor of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Randolph is currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility of $1,000.00 cash or $7,500.00 surety bond.







PRYOR, OK — Individually the ingredients are toxic, but combine them and methamphetamine users don’t blink an eye.

A meth high will wear off eventually, but the effects of the homemade drug can last a lifetime.

Meth releases a surge of dopamine, causing an intense rush of pleasure or prolonged sense of euphoria. Over time, meth destroys dopamine receptors, making it impossible to feel pleasure,” according to a Public Broadcasting Service special report, “Although these pleasure centers can heal over time, research suggests that damage to users’ cognitive abilities may be permanent.”

Medical researchers have found that after more than a year’s sobriety, former meth users still showed severe impairment in memory, judgment and motor coordination, similar to symptoms seen in Parkinson’s Disease.

Chronic abuse of meth can lead to psychotic behavior including paranoia, insomnia, anxiety, extreme aggression, delusions and hallucinations, according to Mayes Emergency Service Trust Authority paramedic Steve Smith.

Those issues are what paramedics see most, according to Smith.

“We run meth calls all the time, but they’re almost never dispatched that way. They don’t want to admit that they’re strung out on meth so the calls are usually described as mental illness or contain suicide threats,” said Smith. “Increased heart rate and heart attacks are a common response to meth, so that’s another way the call is made.”

Paranoia and hallucinations make providing medical service to users all the more difficult.

“They become combative and we have no way of know what they’re seeing or thinking,” said Smith. “We start by reassuring them that we aren’t police. They see flashing lights and a badge and assume we’re there to arrest them. It’s hard to keep them calm.”

Dispatch, he said, is a lifeline.

“They are the ones handling the calls and responsible for letting us know what we are getting ourselves in to. They have to be on the lookout for key phrases and behaviors so we don’t get ourselves in an  unnecessarily dangerous situation,” said Smith.

Meth users, he said, basically rob their bodies of nutrients.

“People using meth don’t eat, they don’t take care of themselves and any spare money is spent on the next hit and not on medical or dental check-ups,” Smith said.

“Increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular-heart beat, increased blood pressure and increased body temperature,” are just a few of the medical side effects of ingesting the chemical cocktail according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“Meth mouth” and meth sores are two of the most visible side effects of the drug.

Abuse of meth causes the destruction of tissue and blood vessels, which are detrimental to the body’s ability to repair itself.

Acne appears, sores take longer to heal, and skin loses its luster and elasticity, making users appear years older, according to NIDA. Poor diet, grinding of teeth and poor oral hygiene results in tooth decay and loss.

Another contributor to “meth mouth” is the drug causes the salivary glands to dry out, which allows the mouth’s acid to eat away tooth enamel.

Some of the chemicals in meth are corrosive in nature, taking their toll on teeth and skin.

Anyhdrous ammonia, found in fertilizers; red phosphorous, found on matchboxes; and lithium, found in batteries; are all on the meth ingredient list.

Chouteau Police Officers Chad Nave and Thomas Fisher said their years on the force have taught them that meth and sex often go together.

“Typically we see sexual promiscuity and meth use going hand-in-hand,” said Fisher. “But that’s part of the effects of meth, a heightened libido.

“Unfortunately,” said Nave. “drug use also lowers cognitive ability so the behavior is typically risky. Combine that with users sharing syringes and it’s a recipe for Hepatitis or HIV.”

Lowered resistance to illness, liver damage, convulsions, extreme rise in body temperature, stroke and death are other common effects of meth, according to Smith.

With every meth high, users are doing irreprable damage to their brains and bodies.
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