Court officials discovered a large, fully-operational drug lab in a home while carrying out an eviction order in northwest Miami-Dade Saturday morning.

Investigators said the home, located in the 8000 block of NW 200th Street, had an array of tools inside used to make drugs, including an industrial pill maker and hundreds of thousands of pill capsules. Methamphetamine, LSD and ecstasy were also found in the home.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s clandestine laboratory enforcement team assisted Miami-Dade Police with the massive operation.

“The majority of that house was made to be used as an entire lab,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “A clandestine lab of this magnitude is very dangerous because of all of the chemicals that are involved. This could have easily caused a large explosion.”

Zabaleta said a lab of this size not only endangers neighbors because of a possible explosion, but toxic fumes would also pose a threat.

“The neighbors had no idea how much danger they were in on a daily basis,” Zabaleta said.

One resident, who did not want to be identified, said he and others were in disbelief.

“This is a great neighborhood, we’ve never had problems here,” the man said. “We’re all in shock.”

Police took 29-year-old Raul Puig, who lived in the home, into custody around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Puig faces a number of charges, including armed trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, and manufacturing with intent to deliver. He is being held without bond. It is unclear whether Puig has an attorney.

Investigators worked late into the night Saturday to continue processing the scene and clearing the house.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Police-Discover-Massive-Drug-Lab-in-Northwest-Miami-Dade-Home-303219771.html

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — An alleged single-car crash led Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies to a meth bust Sunday morning in Interlachen.635669338361596562-20150511-Walling-Beecher

On Main Street in Interlachen, 46-year-old Walling Dewayne Beecher seemingly crashed his pickup truck against a metal pole. Deputies reportedly arrived at 9 a.m. and discovered Beecher and his truck parked next to a knocked-over metal pole.

Only, it turns out, there was no traffic crash. As deputies investigated, they discovered instead items used in the creation of methamphetamine in Beecher’s truck.

They also found a baggie full of meth in Beecher’s pocket.

He told the police that he was just taking the drugs to a friend. After which he was arrested without incident and taken to Putnam County Jail.

He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver to another person. Beecher’s bond is set at $2,504.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/crime/2015/05/11/meth-delivery-thwarted-by-traffic-crash/27110671/

A bus passenger who was hired to deliver $100,000 in methamphetamine to Houston was recently arrested at international bridge II, according to federal court records.

The suspect, of Guanajuato, Mexico, was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspire to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court records, the suspect entered the United States in a commercial bus at about 1:30 a.m. May 2. An X-ray scan of his suitcase revealed the hidden drugs.

http://www.lmtonline.com/front-news/article_c822e8e6-f75d-11e4-9ff2-6bca6152f6f3.html?mode=jqm

WATERTOWN — City police charged a woman with petit larceny after she allegedly sold her daughter’s television for methamphetamine.

Police said Melony S. Gray, 36, of 234 Coffeen St., Apt. 1D, sold the television, worth $617.91, for methamphetamine with a total value of $150.

Ms. Gray, charged at her residence at 7:37 a.m. Friday, was held pending an appearance in City Court.

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/police-watertown-woman-sold-daughters-tv-for-meth-20150510

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Portland mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her toddler by herself in a tent while she smoked meth, police said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, neighbors called police to a home on North James Street in the St. Johns neighborhood around 3:30 a.m. Friday after they heard a toddler crying in the back yard. The neighbor reported that the child had been crying for about an hour.7719052_G

The responding police officers found a two-year-old alone in a tent in the back yard of the home, shivering and cold to the touch with a soiled diaper. The child was wearing only thin pajamas and wasn’t covered by any blankets. The outdoor temperature at the time was about 45 degrees.

An officer took the toddler to his patrol car to warm up and called for an ambulance. When paramedics arrived, they said the child’s body temperature and blood sugar were too low. They took her to Randall Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Police said they found the child’s mother, Taylor Marcus, also known as Taylor Kuhn, sleeping in a car parked on the street with a meth pipe in her possession.

Marcus told police she usually slept in the tent with the child and had only been asleep in the car for about an hour,. She told police she had last seen the toddler when she put her down to sleep at 10 p.m.

Police said they found a bag of meth in Marcus’ mouth when admitting her to jail.

Marcus faces charges of reckless endangering, criminal mistreatment in the first degree, child neglect in the second degree, and possession of meth.

http://www.kptv.com/story/29021995/police-toddler-left-alone-in-tent-mother-arrested-and-found-with-meth-pipe

A man believed to be high on methamphetamine essentially killed a fifth-wheel camper Sunday when he took a chainsaw to it.

Kevin B. Avery, 58, is accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to the blue and white 1994 Prowler brand fifth-wheel where it was parked on Pathfinder Circle. He has been charged in Circuit Court this week with felony destruction of property.

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/local/article_4b1720df-694b-5143-81db-10dbec810a65.html

A Columbus man is accused of giving his daughter’s 13-year-old friend methamphetamine in exchange for performing a sex act.

Samuel J. Hitch, 49, of 2890 12th St., was arrested on a Bartholomew Circuit Court warrant, charging him with one count of child molestation as a Class A felony.

The incident took place on June 6, 2011, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed late last month by the Columbus Police Department.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Man-arrested-in-child-sex-case_1431214192/

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. –  Miami-Dade police say officials uncovered a fully functional drug lab while following up on an eviction order Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade.

The elaborate setup was allegedly being used to make and store various drugs, including methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and more.NW-Miami-Dade-drug-lab-discovery-2-JPG

A 29-year-old man in the home in the 8000 block of Northwest 200th Street was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The man is being charged with armed trafficking. More charges are pending. Police said the man was renting the home.

The DEA clandestine laboratory enforcement team, Miami-Dade police, the state attorney and chief state attorney all arrived at the home.

Detectives spent hours removing pill makers, more than 100,000 empty pill capsules, flasks, a pill press, beakers and dozens of instruments used to make various types of drugs.

Police said finished product, including methamphetamine, LSD and ecstasy, were also found in the home.

Authorities said the lab posed a severe threat to the surrounding neighborhood, given the dozens of chemicals found in the home.

Police remained at the scene at 9 p.m. Saturday and planned to continue searching and cleaning the home for several more hours.

http://www.local10.com/news/fully-functional-drug-lab-discovered-during-eviction-in-northwest-miamidade/32914382

SANTA TERESA >> Border Patrol agents at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized three pounds of methamphetamine Thursday from a woman who was hiding the drugs in her bra and inside the oil pan of her car, according to a news release the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.20150508__LSN-L-METH%20BRA-0509~p1_300

The seizure was made about 11:45 a.m. Thursday when a 2006 Dodge Stratus entered the port from Mexico. An agent at the primary inspection booth selected the vehicle for a secondary exam, the release said.

Agents searched the vehicle and noticed “an anomaly in the appearance of the oil pan.” Agents then used a “Buster” density meter to examine the area and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. The oil pan was opened revealing a non-factory metal box, which contained methamphetamine, the news release stated.

The female driver was taken into custody during which agents performed a pat down exam and found two additional packages of methamphetamine concealed within her bra, according to authorities.

Agents arrested the driver of the van, 32-year-old Angelica Guadalupe Gomez Carrillo of Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt, the release said.

http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_28078823/agents-seize-meth-womans-bra-at-santa-teresa

A Winona man has been charged with giving methamphetamine to a child under 16 years old.

Jamie Robert Sherman, 40, faces a single felony count of exposing a child to methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in Winona County District Court, the child told police Sherman had given her methamphetamine on more than five occasions to motivate her to go to school or to clean the house. Sherman admitted smoking meth with the child and providing her with the drug.

After an initial court appearance, Sherman was released on $2,000 conditional bond.

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/winona-man-accused-of-giving-meth-to-child/article_834fb06c-afc3-5428-9b74-2e549673c9fc.html

PALO PINTO – A Palo Pinto County jury Thursday convicted Jimmy Loyd Brown, 36, of Whitt, of delivery of methamphetamine to a child554d01123fb26_image

After hearing evidence in the punishment phase, 29th State District Judge Michael Moore sentenced Brown to 65 years in prison.

The eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Brown guilty. The case stemmed from an incident occurring April 4, 2014, in the Graford school. Testimony in the case indicated that Graford Elementary School Principal Wes Corzine discovered a small baggie of suspected drugs on the floor of the hallway in the elementary school.

After checking the school video surveillance recordings, Corzine determined that the suspected drugs fell from the pocket of a high school freshman student. Corzine notified Pct. 2 Constable Marc Moon, who responded to the school.

Moon testified he examined the substance and believed it was methamphetamine. Moon said he notified Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Deputy Job Espinoza of the City County Narcotics Unit, who tested the drugs and determined it was methamphetamine.

The 16-year-old student testified he bought the methamphetamine from Brown the night before and took it to school the next day.

Following the jury’s verdict, District Attorney Michael Burns presented evidence that Brown had previously been convicted on three occasions of drug-related offenses and had been to prison on each of the three prior convictions.

Methamphetamine continues to be a plague on our community, and it is especially concerning that there are people like Brown who indiscriminately make it available to children,” Burns said following the verdict and sentence. “We are pleased that this jury and this court continue to take a stand against those who continue to deal in this drug.”

Brown will be eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of the sentence after taking into consideration any good conduct credit he might receive.

http://www.mineralwellsindex.com/news/whitt-sentenced-to-years-for-selling-meth-to-teen/article_319da61c-f5b0-11e4-bd2c-c30ccf12e261.html

A Blyn man was arrested for allegedly starting a fire within the Sellin’ Style car dealership at 251 Old Blyn Highway.

Clallam County Fire District 3 reported to the fire at 10:22 p.m. Thursday, May 7, where they found the center section of the building in flames.33390sequimblyn-fire-mn

However, they extinguished the fire before it spread through the rest of the building.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Department officials said deputies gathered witness information that one of the property’s residents, Jose Noe Torres, 57, was living in a travel trailer inside the building and allegedly started the fire on purpose.

Torres told witnesses that he was upset with the property’s landlord and “would burn everything down,” sheriff officials said.

The business was previously linked to a methamphetamine ring and its owner Timothy P. Smith, 31, of Sequim, was sentenced in April to 11 years in federal prison.

Upon further investigation, deputies with advanced specialty training in fire investigations, obtained evidence corroborating the witness statement implicating Torres.

He is in Clallam County Corrections Facility and is charged with Arson 2nd Degree by the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office.

http://www.sequimgazette.com/news/303101231.html#

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says about 2.4 pounds of cocaine and approximately 28 pounds of crystal meth were found after a traffic stop on I-10 at the 658 MM Eastbound. It happened just before 10 a.m. on May 8.7708582_G

Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek says that while talking to two individuals during the stop, criminal indicators were observed by an officer and his K9, Lobos. Consent to search was obtained and the cocaine was found in the rear passenger seat. The 7708586_Gcrystal meth was loaded in five torque converters in the trunk of the vehicle. The crystal meth has as an approximate street value of about $1.3 million.

24-year-old Justin Tyler Price and 39-year-old Fidencio Fernandez, both of Del Rio, were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance over 400 grams.

Bond has been set at $200,000 for both.

http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/29014852/several-pounds-of-cocaine-crystal-meth-found-after-fayette-county-traffic-stop

Berea Police arrested a man and woman on drug charges Thursday at the Red Roof Inn off Walnut Meadow Road west of Interstate 75 Exit 77. 554d8a3b77eb1_image

About 20 used needles, 12 plastic bags with methamphetamine residue, a shotgun, a pistol, eight sets of scales, drug paraphernalia and $1,305 in cash were found in their room, the police report stated.

After receiving a call about possible drug activity in one of the rooms, police spoke with the woman who rented the room as well as others. After hours of investigation they learned a man in the room had sold methamphetamine to another person, the report added.554d8a3ac3993_image

Police also said they located about 800 unused small plastic bags and a Suboxone strip.

Natasha Graves, 25, of Berea, and Michael Hafley, 37, of Richmond were arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where they remained Friday, according to online jail records.

Hafley was charged with first-degree controlled substance trafficking (methamphetamine) convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Graves was charged with first-degree controlled substance 554d8a933637b_imagepossession (methamphetamine), second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified) and drug paraphernalia possession.

http://www.richmondregister.com/news/two-arrested-on-drug-charges-at-berea-motel/article_2dac0870-f603-11e4-a090-8f4b980801aa.html

A Charleston, WV man was sentenced to two years in federal prison for using the name and driver’s license of an individual who had died to purchase pseudoephedrine.

Troy Lawrence, 45, had pleaded guilty in July to aggravated identity theft.

Because pseudoephedrine is used by drug traffickers to make methamphetamine, the government requires sellers to keep a logbook that lists individuals who purchase it. The logbook helps police identify people who are buying pseudoephedrine for illegal use.

“Making and distributing methamphetamine is dangerous business,” said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. “When buyers of pseudoephedrine lie about who they are, they obstruct law enforcement efforts to stop the spread of methamphetamine at the source. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that buyers and sellers of pseudoephedrine comply with laws intended to protect us from the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.”

Lawrence’s case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

http://www.wowktv.com/story/29005982/charleston-wv-man-uses-name-license-of-dead-person-to-buy-pseudoephedrine

GILA BEND, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) – Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies seized about 31 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in the West Valley.

Patrol deputies stopped a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Jesus Nunez-Lopez for speeding on the outskirts of Gila Bend.

Deputies reportedly found 30 packages of meth underneath the back rest cushion in the back seat of the vehicle after a K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics.

According to the sheriff’s office, the meth is worth more than half a million dollars.

Nunez-Lopez was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

http://www.azfamily.com/story/29019459/mcso-31-pounds-of-meth-seized-during-traffic-stop-in-west-valley

NAMPA — Two men are in the Canyon County Jail after police say they were found in a Nampa motel room with an underage runaway, methamphetamine and heroin.

Officers responded to the Sleep Inn at 1315 West Industrial Road early Wednesday morning after receiving a tip that the runaway was in a motel room with two adults. The tipster told police that all three had been using methamphetamine.635666766903193700-suspects-gfx

Officers found the girl in a motel room along with 36-year-old Thomas Eugene Coffey and 63-year-old Salvadore Jacob Polisso. When the runaway opened the door, one officer saw Polisso lying on the bed. Polisso pulled something from his pocket and rolled out of sight, according to court documents. When he moved back into the officer’s line of sight, the object was gone, police say.

When questioned, Polisso denied having any drugs or drug paraphernalia. Officers noticed Coffey, who emerged from the motel bathroom, had dilated pupils and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Management at the hotel told police they wanted the group evicted from the room, so officers told the men they needed to get their possessions out of the room. Once the three were outside the room, officers searched it and found 9.3 grams of methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle and a 2.2 gram package of black tar heroin under the comforter on one of the beds.

Coffey was arrested, but Polisso – who police say had been told he was not free to leave – left the motel, according to court documents. An officer found him hiding behind a tree outside. Polisso ran away from the officer, who tackled him and took him into custody, according to court documents.

Officers found two smoking devices and a bag with trace amounts of methamphetamine on Polisso.

The girl told police she went to the motel room because she needed a place to stay and do drugs, according to court documents. Police say the runaway told them she had been given marijuana, alcohol and methamphetamine, and that Coffey and Polisso had given her a hypodermic needle to inject the methamphetamine just before officers arrived at the motel.

Polisso has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, injury to child, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruct and delay. Coffey, who was released from prison on parole in August, was charged with injury to child and frequenting a place where drugs are used.

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/crime/2015/05/08/coffey-polisso-arrest/26974207/

Electricians who showed up to work on an apparently empty home last week got a big surprise — six adorable kittens holed up inside the walls.980x

The crew from Elec Tech Electrical LLC in Nashville, Tennessee, were working on a home that had previously been used as a meth lab when they heard the little critters meowing from inside the walls, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Of course, the electricians named all six kittens after characters from “Breaking Bad.” “Jesse, Heisenberg, Gus, Tuco, Marie, and Hank have all been rescued from the meth house!” they posted on Facebook. “Not only can we meet all your electrical needs … we have animal rescue experience as well.”

The 4-week-old kittens are being fostered by a local family. According to an update posted on May 2, they are being treated for eye infections but are otherwise healthy and growing!980xu

The kittens’ mom is still living in the empty home, but neighbors are feeding her and have offered to try and bring her into a clinic to be spayed. Her little guys and gals will all get to grow up as lucky family cats, and they’ll never have to worry about winding up inside the walls again.

https://www.thedodo.com/electricians-find-6-kittens-in-walls-of-empty-home-1131116116.html

FORREST CITY, AR (localmemphis.com) – A Forrest City mother and father have been charged in the death of their 11-week-old daughter.

The St. Francis County coroner determined that 11-week-old Luceilla Bokker died from a meth overdose.Sara Kiser and Douglas Bokker

Her parents, 37-year-old Sara Kiser and 35-year-old Douglas Bokker, were arrested yesterday.

It happened in 100 block of Heights Street in Forrest City Arkansas, that’s 47 miles away from Memphis.

The couple is locked up at the St. Francis County Jail with bond set at $250,000 each.

“It was a nice neighborhood. It was a shock to hear it,” said neighbor Gloria Hill.

Hill has lived here for four years and she remembers seeing a lot more activity in front of the home on November 30th.

“Why is there an ambulance by the house? They said, well, the baby died. And I said, what baby? And she said, you know, the girl had a baby. And i said, I didn’t even know she was pregnant,” recalled Hill.

Police say Sara Kiser and Douglas Bokker were staying here at their daughter’s grandparents house.

They told police they fed Lucy and then went to the bed.

Bokker told police that he went to Lucy’s bedroom and told Kiser that she stopped breathing.

Hill thought something else took the life of this infant.

“I just assumed the baby died of SIDS, so I heard the mother was devastated,”

But the coroner determined it was a meth overdose.

They arrested Kiser at their home and Bokker at work.

It was a twist in the story that Hill didn’t see coming.

“That’s just something I could never ever get over, losing a child. I don’t think any parent does, especially if you had any part of it,” said Hill.

We dug into their past and found that Bokker has been arrested before on drug charges before.

The couple is expected back in court in June.

http://www.localmemphis.com/story/d/story/forrest-city-baby-death-meth-bokker-kiser/20079/2_NzaN0EJU2B8RutSQ4V5A

A Greenwood woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop that resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine, according to the Marianna Police Department.

Amy Boggs, 31, was pulled over on Caledonia Street around 3 p.m. Wednesday because she reportedly failed to yield the right of way to another vehicle and because the windshield was cracked on the silver Mitsubishi she was driving, police say.554bd59062105_image

During the traffic stop, officers obtained consent to search the car.

Once Boggs got out of the vehicle, police say, officers noticed that she was holding her clothing in the area of her waist. When questioned about why she was doing so, Boggs reportedly then “produced a plastic bag which contained a plastic bottle cap which had a small amount of methamphetamine which was soaked into a small piece of cotton,” the release states. “Officers also located a plastic container which contained a liquid substance which also tested positive for methamphetamine,” it continued.

Boggs was arrested on the above charge and taken to the MPD for processing and then to the Jackson County jail to await her first court appearance on the charge.

http://www.jcfloridan.com/news/crime_courts/article_2c08e4a6-f4f6-11e4-a76b-7bfc2f272f98.html

MASON COUNTY, MI – A Ludington woman has been arraigned on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab, in addition to other charges, stemming from the discovery of a meth lab in Mason County.

Mara Lynn Wittlieff, 20, of Ludington was arraigned earlier this week on operating and maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine , in addition to accessory after the fact to a felony, according to a Michigan State Police press release.17735933-mmmain

Wittlieff is free on a personal recognizance bond. Both charges are felonies. The most serious charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison if convicted, and/or a $25,000 fine, according to the press release.

The charges stem from a Feb. 25 discovery in which a multi-jurisdictional drug team, SSCENT, and Traverse Narcotics Team detectives executed a search warrant in the 200 block of North Harrison Road in Ludington.

“During the execution of the search warrant, several items used in the production of methamphetamine were located inside of the home. The production of methamphetamine involves the use of hazardous materials and as a result requires specially trained technicians to clean up the site,” the press release stated.

“Members of the Michigan State Police Methamphetamine Enforcement Team responded to the scene to dismantle the laboratory and remove the hazardous materials from the residence. Members of the Ludington City Police Department and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene in February. The warrant for the Wittlieff was issued as a result of the investigation conducted by SSCENT detectives.”

The Manistee County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in February. TNT-South is a multi-jurisdictional task force that covers Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford Counties.

SSCENT serves Manistee, Mason, Oceana, and Lake Counties. Anyone with knowledge of drug activity in their community is asked to call SSCENT at (800) 994-8477 or their local police department.

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2015/05/meth_lab_discovery_in_ludingto.html

Meadville man and a Centerville woman face charges of operating a methamphetamine lab following an investigation Thursday that had a downtown area blocked off for nearly two hours. 554c2269bc0b5_image

Meadville’s police and fire departments blocked off access to Torrent Alley between Grove Street and State Street on Thursday in response to a mobile methamphetamine lab inside a vehicle, according to Police Chief Eric Young.

William J. Bonus, 44, of 952 F St., and Tai Lane Dean, 23, 33803 Centerville Road, were taken into custody, and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team was called in, Young said.

Bonus, 44, of 952 F St., is in Crawford County jail, Saegertown, on $250,000 bond after being arraigned by Meadville Area Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm on Thursday night. Bonus is charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, manufacturing a controlled substance, liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals, causing or risking a catastrophe, and delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the police criminal complaint, all of the charges are tied to the Meadville address of 793 1/2 Garden St. There is also a second charge of delivery of a controlled substance, which was at an unlisted location on Park Avenue.

Dean, 23, of 33803 Centerville Road, is in the county jail on $100,000 bond after being arraigned by Chisholm. Dean is charged with criminal conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, and causing or risking a catastrophe.

Dean’s conspiracy charge is tied to the Garden Street address, while the risking a catastrophe charge says she knowingly transported an active methamphetamine lab “in her vehicle on the streets in the City of Meadville.”

Bonus and Dean have a preliminary hearing set for May 21 at 3:30 p.m.

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/local_news/meadville-man-centerville-woman-charged-with-operating-meth-lab/article_c74321d6-f52b-11e4-9d5f-cb20a9c309cd.html

BOONE CO., Mo. – Two people were arrested following a drug search warrant in Boone County Thursday morning.meth-bust-boone-co-

Deputies reported they received several calls and complaints from the community about the mobile home at 7601 Highway VV in the Green Hills Trailer Park.

Deputies found meth inside the mobile home.

24-year-old Emanuel Burks was arrested for a probation violation, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

43-year-old Russell Miller was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and a warrant for having no car insurance.

Both are currently in the Boone Co. Jail.

http://www.abc17news.com/news/two-arrested-after-meth-was-found-in-mobile-home/32866942

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A Missouri narcotics officer says he’s given up on the legal fight to stop meth labs in Missouri. He points to the State of Oregon, where deputies claim to have wiped out meth labs with a simple solution.

To get answers, we traveled the rural roads of Missouri. That’s where we found former meth cook Michael

“I’m not even allowed in Walgreens or anything anymore,” he said.

O’Daniel says he used to make meth inside empty 12 ounce plastic soda bottles.

“If you get crazy enough, you can make ten grams out of that, would be about a thousand dollars out of that,” he said.

O’Daniel says a competitor set him up and put something in his batch that led to an explosion. It was three years ago, yet he says he still burns when he sweats.

“I just pulled a piece of lithium out about a week ago,” he said.

O’Daniel lives in Lincoln County, where pseudoephedrine is primarily prescription only.

“I’d travel to St. Louis County or I’d travel to Warren County. You can get it all over around here,” he said. “It’s kind of weird that you can pick out these two counties, you’ve got Lincoln County and St. Charles County you can’t buy it in. All the other surrounding counties you can’t buy it in.”

What if it were statewide?

“I think it would knock it down pretty quickly,” O’Daniel said.

For the record, Franklin and Jefferson counties are also “prescription only” counties. That prescription requirement is not countywide in Lincoln County, but police say there’s only one pharmacy there that’s not covered.

Lt. Jason Grellner, Vice President of the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, has been pushing Missouri legislators for more than a decade.

“We have a will to control it. We just don’t, we don’t have money to control it,” he said. “You run up against the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which sounds like an association for consumers, which is actually the mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry.”

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) spent more than $1 million lobbying politicians last year, according to the website OpenSecrets.org. That’s at the top 11 percent of lobbyist spending for that that year.

Lt. Grellner says he finally gave up pushing state legislators and started working with individual cities, beginning with Washington, Missouri.

“After I had about three or four more cities, a handful of cities on board, I started to get noticed again and at that point we started seeing the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and its lobbyists showing up at city council meetings,” Grellner said.

About 10 years ago, Oregon passed a statewide law, making pseudoephedrine prescription only. Fox 2 contacted Multnomah County Sheriff`s Office Deputy Brett King via Skype for his opinion.

“It impacted the largest pseudoephedrine manufacturer in the world—in West Germany—so much so that they had to lay off 15 percent of its workforce that year,” King said.

Deputy King says drug labs dropped from 600 to only nine when they last checked.

Meth labs are virtually non-existent here in Oregon now,” he said.

CHPA says it’s legitimate and law-abiding consumers who don’t want pseudoephedrine prescription only. It points to a March 2014 poll it sponsored showing “voters oppose” a “prescription only” law in Missouri “64 percent to 29 percent.”

Joy Krieger with the Allergy and Asthma Foundation says it would be especially bad for Missouri, considering the number of people fighting allergies.

“Patients who need this medication on a daily basis and there are many who need it year-round, not just seasonally, so not only are you asking them to have the inconvenience of not being able to get it, but now they’re going to have to make an appointment with a physician,” she said.

Krieger says we’ll all pay in higher healthcare costs.

“What else are we going to have to do in our life to change because of criminal activity?” she said.

CHPA says the pharmaceutical industry already pays for a computer tracking system called NPLEx. CHPA claims NPLEx blocked sales of 4,718,902 boxes of pseudoephedrine since 2011, while supplying police with information that might help track potential meth cooks.

Former cook O’Daniel said it was only his own decision to stop that turned him around.

“Before my Hannibal treatment, I really had no desire of quitting, until it was actually laid down about what it does, the burden of the family,” he said.

O’Daniel worries about portable meth pots like the one that blew up on him.

“You’re making a bomb, that’s exactly what it is,” he said. “I’ve walked across bottles on the side of the road that are still active, you know. If a little kid finds it or something and opened it up, it could explode on him.”

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Officers of the Portsmouth Police Department and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in what they say was a large methamphetamine lab that was being operated in a vacant house on Bloom Street in Sciotoville.

Joshua Cox, 39, of Wheelersburg, was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, both felonies of the first degree.Cox

On Tuesday, deputies from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office received information from a property owner that he had reason to believe someone was staying in a vacant house that belonged to him, in Sciotoville and that the person may be involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The Sheriff’s Office contacted detectives of the Portsmouth Police Department to report the complaint to them since Sciotoville is within the Portsmouth Police Departments jurisdiction. Officers of both agencies responded to the location at 523 Bloom Street and found Cox in the house. Cox was taken into custody by police.

Officers said upon conducting a safety check of the house, they discovered a large methamphetamine cook operation in the upstairs of the house.

The Scioto County Drug Task Force was contacted and responded to the scene with a trailer that is especially equipped for cleaning up meth labs. The Portsmouth Fire Department was called to the scene along with an ambulance and crew from Portsmouth Ambulance to stand by in case of an emergency.

The cleanup of the lab and the preparation for disposal of the chemicals took over six hours to complete due to the size of the lab.

Cox was lodged in the Scioto County Jail pending arraignment in Portsmouth Municipal Court Wednesday morning on his charges.

The case will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury where additional charges may be considered. The two felonies that Cox is charged with carry up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on each charge.

Ware thanked the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, the Portsmouth Fire Department, Portsmouth Ambulance and its employees for their assistance. He also thanked the residents of the area around 523 Bloom Street for their cooperation in helping keep the area safe during the cleanup of the lab.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to the officers of my department and the drug unit that cleaned up the lab,” Ware said. “The safety equipment required to perform this work and the warm weather yesterday made this a very difficult job for the officers.”

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