San Luis, Arizona – A 30-year-old, Phoenix-area man was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Juan Carlos Maduena-Penaloza, of Tolleson, for an inspection of his Ford truck. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 20 packages of crystal methamphetamine from the gas tank. The drugs, worth nearly $324,000, and vehicle were seized. Maduena was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DeKALB – The cleanup process for the apartment where DeKalb police said they found an active methamphetamine lab remains murky, but officials have allowed the tenant in the apartment downstairs to return to his home.

Police said they found a working meth lab Friday at 418 N. Eleventh St. after they knocked on the door as part of an ongoing investigation sparked by the meth lab discovered in October at Travel Inn in DeKalb.

The building was evacuated from about 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday while local firefighters and the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team removed the lab without incident, authorities said.

Michael J. Dumiak, 30; Malgorzata M. Dutkowska, 25, and Jennifer Simpson, 32, were charged with aggravated participation in the production of methamphetamine, participation in the production of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing. Police said Dumiak and Dutkowska were living together in apartment No. 3 upstairs, while Simpson was living in apartment No. 1.

The three are due in court today. Dumiak’s bond was set at $500,000, while Dutkowska’s and Simpson’s bonds are $200,000 each.

David Johnson, who lives in the downstairs apartment, went to a friend’s house for a few hours while the scene was cleared. He said he returned about 11 p.m. Friday night and hasn’t had any interruptions to his regular routine since then.

“No, I’m not really concerned,” Johnson said of living in the building. “I asked if anything seeped into my apartment and they told me ‘no.’ I believe them.”

The apartment that housed the alleged meth lab was deemed uninhabitable and will remain that way until it is cleaned, although officials said they are not sure how long that process might take. Police believe the lab was not operated for long in the apartment, police Sgt. Steve Lekkas said.

DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore said the property owner, Richard Burke of Genoa, is responsible for the cleanup. On Monday, Moore was not sure what city agency would be responsible for clearing the apartment to be inhabited again.

“We’re still investigating the process and will be in touch with the property owner,” Moore said.

Burke could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

The Illinois Department of Public Health suggests hiring an environmental cleanup company with expertise in hazardous material waste removal and cleanup before anyone enters the building without protective equipment. Building materials and furniture could have absorbed contaminants and continue to release chemicals, according to the agency.

Other than suggesting methods of cleanup, the state does not have a policy regarding sampling former meth labs or ensuring the cleanup is completed, Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold said. The state also does not have a policy requiring a property owner to notify potential tenants of a past meth lab if the property is being rented.

“The bottom line is the only time someone needs to disclose there is a meth lab is when it’s sold,” Arnold said.

Moore said he was not aware of any local ordinance requiring a property owner to disclose a former meth lab to a tenant.

 

 

 

 

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The Otero County Sheriff’s Office and the Otero County Narcotics Enforcement Unit on Thursday confiscated more than two ounces of suspected methamphetamine and other drugs after serving a search warrant at an Alamogordo residence.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House said the sheriff’s office detective division obtained a search warrant for a residence on the 3200 block of Fayne Lane.

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According to Otero County Magistrate Court records obtained by the Daily News, Craig Ochoa, 52, is charged with one count of second-degree felony trafficking of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was ordered held at the Otero County Detention Center on a $21,000 no-10 percent bond, House said.

Also charged in connection with the search warrant is Neil Ochoa, 54, after police allegedly found numerous prescription drugs and cocaine during the search.

House said Neil Ochoa allegedly tried to hide the drugs as police were searching the residence.

Neil Ochoa is charged with six counts of fourth-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of fourth-degree felony tampering with evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

Neil Ochoa was ordered held on a $31,000 no-10 percent bond, House said.

He said the deputies found Craig, Neil and a woman standing in front of the residence when they arrived to serve the warrant.

House said once inside, the deputies found more than 2.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine broken down into numerous packages and numerous items of paraphernalia, including bongs, pipes and baggies.

“The suspected methamphetamine was field tested and did test positive for the properties of methamphetamine,” he said.

He said Craig Ochoa admitted that he was the sole occupant of the house where the sheriff’s office allegedly found the drugs.

House said the amount of suspected methamphetamine found was “significant.”

The United States Border Patrol assisted in the investigation.

 

 

 

 

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Shreveport (KMSS) — The Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit busted multiple for allegedly involved with a meth house last week.

Four people were arrested during the execution of a search warrant on Keysburg Court in the Norris Ferry Landing subdivision on April 23, said Sheriff Steve Prator and Police Chief Willie Shaw.

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Agents recovered 29 grams of suspected meth from Trenton Belgar, the homeowner. The 45-year-old was charged with possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute.

While on the scene, three people arrived at the home to purchase suspected meth. Jacob Trosclair, Leslie Robertson and Jackie Watson were all taken into custody.

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At the time of their arrests, Trosclair was in possession of suspected meth, while Robertson and Watson were in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a handgun and a muzzle loader rifle, said authorities.

Trosclair, 23, of Shreveport, was arrested for attempted possession of meth and possession of meth. Robertson, 37, and Watson, 43, both of Texarkana, Texas, were arrested for attempted possession of meth, possession of marijuana and illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS.

All were booked into Caddo Correctional Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 arrested on drug charges in southeast Shreveport

CADDO PARISH, La, – Four people were arrested on drug charges after a search warrant was executed on Keysburg Court in Norris Ferry Landing subdivision this past week, said Sheriff Steve Prator and Police Chief Willie Shaw.

On April 23, agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit recovered approximately 29 grams of suspected meth from Trenton Belgard, the homeowner at 10501 Keysburg Court. Belgard, 45, was arrested for possession of schedule II (meth) with intent to distribute.

While on the scene, three people arrived at the residence to purchase suspected meth. Jacob Trosclair, Leslie Robertson, and Jackie Watson were all taken into custody.

At the time of their arrests, Trosclair was in possession of suspected meth, while Robertson and Watson were in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a handgun, and a muzzle loader rifle.

Trosclair, 23, of the 8000 block of Amy Hewes Drive, was arrested for attempted possession of schedule II (meth) and possession of schedule II (meth). Robertson, 37, of the 2900 block of Millard Street, and Watson, 43, of Texarkana, Texas, were both arrested for attempted possession of schedule II (meth), possession of schedule I (marijuana), and illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS.

All were booked into Caddo Correctional Center.

 

 

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EAST PALATKA, Fla.About a dozen people are without a place to stay after a fire broke out at a motel in East Palatka Sunday night, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Putnam County Fire Rescue responded to the Siesta Motel on South U.S. Hwy. 17 around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Billie Jo Pyles said she had been living at the motel with her husband for about a year to help ends meet and and now they lost everything.

She also said about a dozen other people call the motel home and were affected by the fire.

“We were downstairs and I heard an alarm… I smelled something funny so I went outside and seen smoke,” said Pyles. “I ran in the room and my husband was sleeping. I screamed at him to get up. I grabbed the bird while I tried to grab the dogs. I have three dogs. One I got out of the house quick, the other wouldn’t come out, one got under the bed. We finally got all mine out.”

Pyles also went back into the motel to help get her neighbors and their pets out.

“My neighbor, she wasn’t home, she was at work with her husband. Their two dogs were in their room so I broke in their room and got their dogs out. I ran to the next room and got the old man out. I got everybody up here and was calling 911 in the middle of all this. We got them all here and the room was on fire there,” said Pyles.

Pyles said she’s complained several times about the drug activity at the motel and said what she smelled during the fire was all to familiar.

“I know I’ve complained about the drugs and the stuff that goes on here. I’ve smelled meth here before. Police have come because of the meth smell before,” said Pyles.

The cause of the fire is unknown at the time and the State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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Pyles said her room was directly below the room where, she believes, the fire started. She said she’s devastated that she has lost everything.

“Everything I own is gone. It’s damaged, nothing left. All my clothes. I saved my husband’s, thank God, he has to work in about an hour. But all mine is gone,” said Pyles. “We lost one cat. A cat died and my bird of 28 years died. Everybody else survived.”

Pyles said the bird belonged to her son who passed when he was 21 years old. she said the bird was all she had left to remember him by.

Although she is devastated for everything she lost in the fire, she said she is glad everyone made it out safe. She said 16 people were currently staying at the motel.

“The owner came after it was put out. He did refund part of our money, what we haven’t used, he did refund that and he’s helping that way. I don’t know what’s going to happen next for him either because they have to tear this whole place down,” said Pyles.

Although Pyles said her future is unknown right now, she is just thankful to be alive.

“I’m very thankful I was able to wake my husband up because he’s not one to wake up. Everybody got up easy for me, so that’s a good thing. I’m thankful to God for that one. He never gives us more than we can handle so we’ll be okay,” said Pyles.

Pyles said the Red Cross is assisting the victims of the fire. She said the organization has helped her find a place to stay for three days.

 

 

 

 

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Last summer, police officers encountered a suspect whose head swelled up, who stripped off layers of clothes, laid down on the ground and tried to bite officers when he was eventually handcuffed. This person was apparently under the influence of one of the synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts.

Methamphetamine has been identified as the prevalent hard drug in Klamath Falls, and the most dangerous statewide, but other narcotics are on the rise.

Disturbing new trends indicate cocaine and heroin usage is up, while meth itself might be deadlier than ever as dealers are cutting it with other substances to increase their profit margins.

Bath salts had a brief period of activity in the area last year, according to Detective Jack Daniel, Klamath Falls Police Department. That seems to have died down as of 2014, mostly because users have become aware of the extreme effects of the synthetic drugs.

However, the danger remains that meth dealers are mixing in a little of bath salts, which look similar, in the baggies they sell and trade to users. Daniel said bath salts can heighten meth’s effects, which makes some users come back. Or the addition can lead to extreme psychosis and violent behavior, after which users will swear off the stuff altogether.

“What we’ve heard, and presumed, based upon these encounters with people, is that bath salts are being mixed in with methamphetamine,” Daniel said.

“[Dealers will] get a higher weight on the methamphetamine when they sell it, [users will] get a similar reaction from … it will get you high in some way, shape or form.”

Bath salt blends

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the family of substances known on the street as bath salts may be manufactured in China and India, then packaged for wholesale in Eastern Europe. The products are typically marketed as legal household items, though Daniel said the chemical composition of the bath salt blends are constantly changing to stay ahead of DEA classification and regulation.

He noted meth users do not often know their fix is being tampered with.

“Often times they won’t know that they’re buying that blend. They’re getting cheated out of a small amount of meth,” Daniel said. “I’ve talked to people that have used, and after they’re psychosis is over, they’ve said ‘I’m down, I think they blended it with bath salts, I think they’re trying to kill me … I’m done.’ ”

“I haven’t heard a whole lot about bath salts lately, and again that may be cause of the effects it’s having,” he added.

A new gateway

According to Daniel, cocaine has replaced marijuana as the gateway drug to harder substances.

“Cocaine is becoming more prevalent here, it seems to be a more socially accepted party drug,” he said.

“Marijuana used to be the gateway drug, but now it’s so prevalent that cocaine and prescription drugs are turning into the gateway drugs for harder drugs like methamphetamine and heroin.”

Data released this week from the Office of the Oregon State Medical Examiner shows cocaine deaths are down in 2013, with only 12 reported statewide. Ten years ago, 53 deaths in Oregon were attributed to cocaine.

No cocaine related deaths were reported in Klamath County last year.

Heroin use rising

While cocaine might be the new gateway for some, Daniel said prescription drug abuse seems to be leading to increased rates of heroin abuse and heroin deaths.

No deaths in Klamath County were pinned to heroin in 2013, but statewide 111 instances were documented.

“The trend is going to heroin use, and that’s stemming from prescription drug abuse from oxycodone and other opiates. Younger people will get hooked on those opiates and begin abusing them. Once they came to the point they can’t afford the opiate anymore, they will turn to heroin,” Daniel said.

Heroin can be particularly dangerous because the manufacturing process is unique from supplier to supplier, Daniel said. The situation is further complicated because every dealer splits up what they sell differently, diluting (or not) at different rates.

A similarly sized pinhead-sized portion of the drug can contain 25 percent opiate, or 100 percent. Daniel said the user might never know the difference before it is too late.

“It’s very easy to overdose on because of the manufacture process. There’s no consistency in the dosage size.”

 

 

 

 

 

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High on ice, a 19-year-old man who led police on a chase through several Maitland suburbs shortly after ­midnight on Friday was eventually stopped with the use of road spikes.

Police stopped Matthew James Ryan, of Largs Avenue, Largs, in Kurri Kurri about 12.20am on Saturday.

As the officer got out of his vehicle, Ryan’s Holden sedan sped off and continued to accelerate well in excess of the sign-posted 50km/h.

He reached speeds of 96km/h through streets as the pursuit con­tinued through Heddon Greta and into Maitland.

It was about this time police were notified that Ryan contacted triple-0 and told the operator he was on the drug ice and was nervous about police pursuing him.

He said he had two passengers in the car, who were later identified as being a 15- and 16-year-old girl.

Ryan drove through a red light at the intersection of Ken Tubman Drive and High Street, and was followed to Largs where he drove through several streets and crossed onto the wrong side of the road when turning corners.

He eventually drove over road spikes police had laid on Paterson Road.

The car tyres began to disintegrate along High Street, where Ryan stopped the car.

Police discovered Ryan had never held a driver’s licence and had previously been convicted of unlicensed driving.

Ryan was refused bail in Maitland Local Court on Saturday and returned to court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to four charges of driving never licensed, reckless driving, police pursuit and possession of a prohibited weapon.

During a brief mention of the matter, Ryan’s solicitor said his client’s offences stemmed from an ice addiction.

“His quite horrendous prior record commenced only in 2012 – the year when he fell in love with a drug called ice,” said Ryan’s solicitor, who did not make an application for bail on behalf of his client.

Ryan also pleaded guilty to an ­unrelated break and enter offence.

The matters were adjourned to June 16 when it is expected he will be sentenced.

 

 

 

 

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POLICE have had a 64 per cent increase in people charged for methamphetamine-related crimes on the North-West Coast, compared to last year.

Statewide four times the amount of methamphetamines had been seized compared to 2013, Western Drug Investigation Service’s Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Woolley said yesterday.

“In relation to the North-West Coast, we’ve had an increase of eight per cent of methyl amphetamine-based products,” Detective Woolley said.

A drug raid in Devonport last year recovered 30 grams of methyl amphetamine along with two guns.

Detective Woolley said the North-West Coast had fewer drug seizures than other Tasmanian cities, but more people had been charged.

“The increase is due to some very successful targeted drug operations that have been conducted by the Western Drug Investigation Services, and there’s been an obvious increase in usage of that type of drug,” he said.

“This year we’ve targeted major suppliers in relation to that drug and have been very successful.”

Detective Woolley said mailing, shipping and air were the three most common means of smuggling methyl amphetamine into the state.

He said the cost of the drug saw an increase in its popularity.

“It’s easier for the supplier to make or buy,” he said.

“There’s a market for it and that’s why it’s easy to pick up.”

Pseudoephedrine, found in some over-the-counter cold and flu tablets, is a precursor ingredient used in making methamphetamine.

“When we go to do searches if we find lots of glass items in a house, or cough and flu tablets in bulk, we start to get worried and that makes us suspicious,” Detective Woolley said.

 

 

 

 

 

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Meth is being blamed for a big disturbance at a West Michigan apartment building.

Residents in the building called police after hearing an explosion. Soon after, meth was discovered.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were called out to the apartment building on Alamo Hills Drive around 2 a.m. Residents thought there was a fire after they heard a loud explosion and saw smoke.

Officers say there was no fire, but they did find one pot of meth in the basement. Investigators tell Newschannel 3, no actual meth-making operation was found in the building. They also believe the disturbance was caused by bottle rockets.

This is all still being investigated. Police tell Newschannel 3 no arrests have been made at this time.
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As statistics in Madison County indicate, the impact of the illicit drug methamphetamine has devastated the community. In 2012, the county was labeled with a dubious distinction: No. 1 in the state for meth labs discovered and No. 2 in the country. Those numbers dropped in 2013, but the county still remained in the top seven in Indiana.

The numbers reflect a meth epidemic, as well as a commitment by prosecutors and law enforcement to battle the drug.

Neighborhoods with rundown or abandoned houses invite transient tenants to run illicit drug rings and produce dangerous substances like meth.

Because of the explosive probabilities that accompany cooking meth, property owners and insurance companies have no choice but to account for the dangers. Housing values fall, while insurance rates rise.

Meanwhile, a segment of the population dealing with addiction and legal issues creates an economic drain on a county already depressed for decades since the exodus of General Motors.

Local police and prosecutors believe they’re making a difference, and meth arrest numbers have dipped in recent months. After leading the state in lab seizures in 2012, Madison County’s number of lab busts dropped 36 percent in 2013.

According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration statistics, Indiana was No. 3, behind only Missouri and Tennessee in labs seized in 2012. While not every state has released 2013 numbers, Indiana figures to be near the top again, having more than 1,800 dismantled labs. The number has gone up every year since 2006, even as national meth arrest numbers have trended down.

To find meth labs, police officers rely heavily on tips from citizens and businesses. But thanks to legislation passed in the last decade, police have also benefited from a much-needed high-tech assist.

In 2011, then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill requiring the state to participate in an e-tracking program for pseudoephedrine, typically used for the common cold. The law limited individual purchases of pseudoephedrine to 3.6 grams a day and 7.2 grams every 30 day.

If someone tries to purchase more than the designated amount, the sale is blocked, and at many stores, will be reported to the National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx. Officers can access NPLEX’s website and see who has had purchases blocked. This often leads to the discovery of meth labs.

The system isn’t perfect. There are ways to make meth without using pseudoephedrine. But detectives say the tracking system has helped.

A COSTLY ADDICTION

Devoting so many resources to one problem is costly, preventing law enforcement from tackling other issues. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings conservatively estimates that local court costs of meth cases amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Additionally, there’s the cost of cleaning up a home lab. A DTF detective estimated the average clean-up cost at $1,500 a lab.

Nicole Crawford, commander of the state police’s meth team, said the special equipment — breathing apparatus, chemical suits and other items — required to dismantle meth labs costs the state about $400,000 a year.

But the concerns aren’t limited to property damage

.County and state officials said that, more than anything, children of meth-using parents or guardians face acute neglect, with psychological implications.

“[Meth] is pervasive here,”said Beth Dickerson, case manager supervisor of Madison County’s Department of Child Services. Dickerson said meth takes precedence over everything else in a user’s life. Children of abusers might go days without proper supervision, living in the world of toxic meth labs and the litany of medical problems they can cause.

Additionally, one of the common side-effects of meth use is heightened sexual drive, which creates an increased possibility of sexual abuse of children, perpetrated by family, friends or complete strangers. Exposure to such a drug culture can lead to problems at school, as well as generational mental health issues.

“It’s a traumatic experience, too, when children have to be removed from one of these labs,” Dickerson said. “If it’s been manufactured in the home, there’s almost always contamination on the walls.

“In these cases, the child is immediately taken from their parents, transported to the hospital by ambulance, blood tested and showered at the hospital.

“They can’t take anything with them because the house is toxic. So if they have a favorite stuffed animal or their Playstation, if it’s a teen, they have to leave it behind.

”ISP meth team detective Nate Raney remembers working a case several years ago in Putnam County and finding meth in a child’s crib. Another time, in 2013, he helped dismantle a lab in a house where a woman in her 80s used an oxygen tank.

“All of us on the meth team have kids, and I think that’s one of the reasons they wanted us,” Raney said. “Does it make us mad? Yes.

“But I think you could ask any of these parents, they don’t want their kids there. But the power of the drug is so strong, they can’t say no. It’s like meth takes your soul.

”Despite such disheartening anecdotes, authorities believe the tide may be changing in the war on meth.

“The best resources we have are other people’s eyes and their willingness. I can check the databases all day, but we’re pretty powerless without the public’s help,” Raney said.

Report meth use To report suspected meth manufacturing or use, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or text INDYCS+message to CRIMES. Tips can be made anonymously. More information can be found at http://www.meth.in.gov. -

 

 

 

 

 

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BUENG KAN 28 April 2014 (NNT) — Rangers in Bueng Kan province have successfully captured methamphetamine smugglers at the country’s boarder along the Mekhong river.

Rangers from the 2105 regimen in Bueng Kan province successfully arrested drug smugglers at the country’s boarder near the Mekhong river yesterday. Two Laotian males were reportedly trying to smuggle 23 bags of methamphetamine, containing 4,553 pills altogether, into Thailand when they were arrested.

Acting on a tip-off by inmates in Bueng Kan’s prison that Saphan Huaysai in the province has long been a frequent meeting point for drug traffickers, official set up checkpoints in the Huaysai area and were able to arrest the two Laotian drug smugglers.

The culprits were identified as Taokan Kaewbuaban and Taomad Somboon. When the rangers began to search their bags at the checkpoint, Mr. Taokan tried to abscond and threw his bag behind before being apprehended shortly later by the rangers. A total of 23 bags containing 4,553 of meth pills were found in their possession.

 

 

 

 

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In 2004, deputy Bret King of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Portland, OR began to collect the mugshots of repeat offenders who had a history of drug abuse. These startling photos of faces that were sometimes unrecognizable from the first photo taken would become the drug prevention project known as “Faces of Meth.”

Only a year later in 2005, Ashly Lorenzana had just turned eighteen and moved to the Portland area from a small coastal town near Seaside.

Since that time, she has used methamphetamine intravenously on an almost daily basis.

She also began her career in the sex trade around that same time and naturally had to take plenty of photos to feature in her erotic ads over the years.

Though she considers herself “semi-retired” as an adult companion, she does continue to use meth and began to focus her energies on her writing work in 2010, which now serves as her full time job.

Her writing has appeared on some of the biggest sites in the adult scene such as Slixa.com and Dating.com, to name a couple.

As 2015 approaches, so does her 10 year anniversary with meth addiction.

After much reflection on the milestone, Lorenzana explains the vision behind her newest project by saying, “I remember the grotesque photos featured in Faces of Meth and I knew from my own personal experience that not everyone ends up looking that terrible just because they use drugs regularly. I wanted to provide a more complete picture for those who have no experience with drug addiction because I feel like they are not being told the whole truth about what it can look like.”

When asked what message she hopes to communicate with her new book Portraits of a Young Addict, her response was, “I just want to share my experience with drugs and that’s pretty much it. People can form their own opinions after seeing the photos of me from the past nine years and at least they will know that drug addicts can look like normal everyday people that you would never guess were involved with that kind of stuff…I think that’s important.”

 

 

 

 

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Five people were arrested on drug charges after police found a reported meth lab Thursday in Savona.

State police were called to 8945 Kettle Road in Savona to assist the Steuben County Department of Social Services with an investigation.

During the visit, troopers determined that homeowner Terry L. Bulkley, 33, was in possession of methamphetamine, according to a state police news release.

Additional investigation turned up a possible meth lab, and the state police contaminated crime scene emergency response team dismantled the lab.

Bulkley was charged with third degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine.

Also charged with the same counts were Jordan Smith, 29, of Corning, David M. Mendez, 34, of Bradford, Christina L. Wood, 29, of Lawrenceville, and Jason R. Lewis, 31, of Kettle Road in Savona.

Bulkley was charged with additional counts, including unlawful disposal of meth lab material, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

All five suspects were arraigned in Town of Bath Court and committed to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

During the investigation, troopers also arrested Charles G. DeCamp, 34, of Savona, who was hiding in the Kettle Road residence, according to the news release.

DeCamp was arrested on an outstanding warrant for second degree menacing and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. The warrant was issued after DeCamp allegedly threatened a subject with a knife during a dispute in the Town of Bradford on March 17.

DeCamp was arraigned in Town of Bradford Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.

 

 

 

 

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Three family members are in custody awaiting sentence after being found guilty on methamphetamine charges.

A jury in the High Court at Whangarei delivered guilty verdicts against Jayne Crompton, 48; her brother Marc Ethelstone, 34; and her partner, Dean Frederick Theobald, 42, about 9pm on Friday after more than 13 hours deliberating and following a month-long trial.

Crompton was found guilty on four charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; three of possessing precursor substances to make the drug; five of possessing equipment to make the drug; five of possessing material to make the drug; two of possessing methamphetamine for supply; four of unlawfully possessing a firearm; two of unlawfully possessing ammunition; four of supplying methamphetamine; 13 of offering to supply methamphetamine; one of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and one of conspiracy to supply the drug.

She was found not guilty on five counts of offering to supply methamphetamine and one of supplying the drug.

Theobald was found guilty on four counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; three of possessing precursors; five of possessing equipment to make the drug; four of possessing materials to make the drug; two of possessing methamphetamine for supply; four of possessing a firearm; two of possessing ammunition; and one each of aggravated assault; supplying methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture the drug.

He was found not guilty on charges of possessing material to make methamphetamine and possessing and offensive weapon.

All three were remanded in custody for sentencing in the court on July 2.

 

 

 

 

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Cross and Co-Occurring Addictions

Individuals who are cross-addicted are people who switch from one addiction to another—for instance, Suzanne stops drinking alcohol, then gains 40 pounds in three months, replacing booze with compulsive eating. People with co-occurring addictions struggle with multiple addictions at the same time—for instance, Eric smokes pot morning, noon, and night, and also plays video games for eight to ten hours each day.

Cross and co-occurring disorders are especially common with sex addicts. In one survey of male sex addicts, 87 percent of respondents reported that they regularly abused either addictive substances or other addictive behaviors. Considerable anecdotal evidence suggests that for a majority of sex addicts with a co-occurring addiction the secondary drug of choice is crystal methamphetamine. Sex addicts also use cocaine, crack cocaine, and almost any other stimulant—but crystal meth is usually cheaper and more readily available.

Consider Brad, a married, 38-year-old lawyer:

I grew up in a painful, empty, abusive middle-class home where work was a much bigger priority than home for my smart, funny, angry, alcoholic father. Whenever my brothers or I got in trouble, Dad would whip off his belt before asking questions, especially when he was drinking. And he drank a lot.

I learned early on how to look good, how to lie and manipulate my way out of trouble, and most of all how to stay under the radar. I left home as soon as I could and got into a good college, followed by law school. Law school is when I first tried meth, initially to help me stay awake and study. It worked, too, because I graduated cum laude. Immediately after law school I married Grace and took a job with a well-regarded firm.

What Grace and my new firm didn’t know (because no one did) was that I was living a double life. In early adolescence I would sneak booze from my Dad’s stash, and I spent most evenings alone in my room getting buzzed while perusing and masturbating to Playboy. This became a pattern I used to relax and sleep, and it continued into adult life.

By my twenties, Internet porn and “dating” websites replaced magazines and videos, and crystal meth became my substance of choice. By the time I made junior partner at 29 (the youngest ever at my firm) I had established an escalating pattern of telling Grace that I was “going out of town for work,” which really meant holing up in some hotel with a big baggie of meth, getting high, and masturbating to porn until the drugs ran out. Eventually I replaced the porn with prostitutes—especially those women willing to come to my room meth in hand.

Our son Jamie was about three years old when a routine medical exam revealed that Grace had a long-standing, undiscovered STD. That’s how she found out about my cheating. I convinced everyone around me that the problem was drugs (related to the past), that the sex only happened when I was high (mostly true), and didn’t happen very often (a total lie).

To appease Grace I entered a high-end drug and alcohol treatment center. In six weeks of intensive (and expensive) treatment no one ever asked about my lifelong pairing of substances and sexual acting out. And I never volunteered that information, either. I left there chemically sober, but without a clue about handling all the sexual problems and related secrets that I continued to keep.

I didn’t realize that I was a drug and sex addict until one of my inevitable meth relapses (all related to sex) landed me (along with my professional license) in jail for doing drugs with prostitutes. It was only when facing the loss of my marriage and career that I became willing to address both of my addictions.

 

 

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth (crystalized methamphetamine) is a synthetic version of adrenaline, a naturally occurring hormone the body produces in small amounts when reacting to immediate stress. Adrenaline increases energy and alertness when we need a short burst to escape immediate danger.

The main difference between crystal meth and adrenaline is adrenaline clears out of our systems quickly, whereas methamphetamine sticks around for six to eight hours. Known on the street as meth, crystal, crank, tweak, speed, ice, ice cream, Tina, tweedy, etc., methamphetamine is sold legally (with a prescription) in tablet form as Desoxyn—FDA approved for the treatment of ADHD and obesity.

More often, though, it’s cooked in makeshift labs and sold illegally as a powder or rock. The powder form can be snorted, smoked, eaten, or dissolved and injected; the rock form is usually smoked. Meth binges are known as “tweaking.” When tweaked, addicts stay awake for days or even weeks at a time. Sometimes episodes don’t end until the user is arrested or hospitalized for psychotic behavior, or the user’s body is no longer able to function and “crashes” of its own accord.

Often called “the sex drug,” meth is the preferred “party favor” for anonymous Internet and smart-phone hookups. Like all stimulants, meth use evokes profound feelings of euphoria, intensity, and power in the user, along with the drive to obsessively do whatever activity that person wishes to engage in, including having sex.

In fact, users say the drug allows them to be sexual for an entire day with or without orgasm—even two or three days—without sleeping, eating, or coming down, especially when Viagra or Cialis is along for the ride.

One recovering meth and sex addict in treatment at the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles stated, “When I do crystal meth, the sex just goes on forever.”

Another noted, “There’s no love, no caring, no emotion involved. I don’t care who they are, or even what their names are. I just want sex, sex and more sex.

Crack May Be Whack, but Meth…

Crystal meth is undoubtedly among the most troublesome illicit drugs currently en vogue, and for sex addicts the dangers extend beyond the usual problems associated with crystal meth abuse. First and foremost, when a user is intoxicated and disinhibited by a stimulant as powerful as meth, safe sex practices are out the window—especially for individuals accustomed to having multiple anonymous partners for hours at a time.

Because of this, the risk of contracting or transmitting HIV, hepatitis, and other STDs increases significantly. Moreover, meth use combined with sex often leads to abuse of other drugs—for instance, to counteract “crystal dick” (meth induced impotence) many men take Viagra, Cialis, or another erectile dysfunction treatment. And meth users of both genders often rely on sleeping pills, nighttime cold medicines, pot, and other “downers” to come off their high and get some sleep because meth can keep users awake for days—long after the enjoyable effects have worn off.

Furthermore, ingesting meth (or any other stimulant) causes the user’s brain to release large amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of pleasure. Over time, repeated meth use (especially when that use is bolstered by the “natural” high of sex) both depletes the body’s stores of dopamine and destroys the wiring of dopamine receptors.

Eventually meth addicts are unable to experience any simple human pleasure without being high—a condition known as anhedonia. Not surprisingly, sex-meth addicts often report having a very difficult time enjoying healthy intimacy and healthy sexual activity once sober. For these individuals it can take a year or more for the brain’s dopamine levels to normalize. Occasionally, this sexual/intimacy-related anhedonia can be semi-permanent.

And of course sex-meth addicts also experience the usual problems associated directly with meth addiction. Anhedonia, described above, results in an ever deepening cycle of use and depression, and an increasing unwillingness to participate in life. Relationships disintegrate, jobs are lost. Children of crashing meth addicts are left to fend for themselves for days on end. When tweaking, meth addicts generally exhibit poor judgment and engage in dangerous, hyperactive behavior. Many commit petty or violent crimes.

Long-time users often develop symptoms of psychosis including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations and delusions. Meth addicts may experience serious physical health problems such as anorexia, convulsions, stroke, and cardiac collapse, any of which can be fatal. They may also develop “meth mouth,” a condition of severe tooth decay and tooth loss caused by the constant dry mouth and teeth grinding associated with stimulant drug use.

Meth dries out the skin as well, leading many addicts to believe they are infested with “meth lice,” causing them to frantically scratch their face, arms, and legs with their fingernails—a behavior known as “picking.” Picking sometimes results in serious self-inflicted wounds and infection.

Treatment for Cross or Co-Occurring Meth and Sex Addiction

Drug and alcohol addictions are critical problems which nearly always have to be eliminated before the issues underlying behavioral and fantasy-based addictions such as sex can be addressed. After all, drugs and alcohol are disinhibiting. They weaken a person’s judgment to the point where that person cannot remain committed to other boundaries he or she may have previously set, such as not having certain kinds of sex.

Unless the individual abusing drugs and/or alcohol gets sober from those substances, it is unlikely that he or she will be able to eliminate problematic sexual behavior for very long. It is also important that treatment specialists help sex-meth addicts understand that sex in the future will not be nearly as intense or exciting as what they’re used to. The sex-meth addict will need adjust his or her expectations regarding the “rewards” of sexual activity, otherwise that person is likely to be disappointed and return to the addictive behaviors, both chemical and sexual, in an attempt to recreate past pleasures.

An exception to the rule of “getting chemically sober first” applies to sex-meth addicts who have so fused drug and sex addiction that they cannot remain chemically sober because of their sexual acting out, and they cannot remain sexually sober because of their substance abuse. For these individuals, relapse with one addiction nearly always leads to quick relapse with the other. In such cases, substance abuse and sexual acting out need to be dealt with at the same time in order to stay sober on either front.

Recognizing this, there are now treatment facilities that specialize in addressing cross and co-occurring disorders simultaneously. Chief among these treatment centers are the gender-separate co-occurring disorders programs at The Ranch, located in Tennessee. Numerous residents at The Ranch present with sex and drug problems that are so intricately intertwined there is no hope of lasting sobriety without addressing both issues at once. Through treatment tailored specifically to the needs of each patient, the chances for long-term recovery are greatly increased.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/sex/2012/07/crystal-methamphetamine-sexual-addiction/

To see something for what it truly is often requires one to take a step back.

In 2013, the number of new drug cases initiated by the Traverse Narcotics Team in its eight-county coverage area, which includes Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties, was 343.

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Missaukee County as well as the city of Cadillac saw rises in the number of new cases from 2012 to 2013.

Methamphetamine crimes increased substantially in the area, with 52 cases initiated in 2013 compared to 36 in 2012.

While drug stores now keep pseudoephedrine, the precursor chemical used to make meth, behind the counter and also keep track of who is buying the substance, use remains on the rise.

Traverse Narcotics Team commander Lt. Detective Dan King said production of meth has been made easier by the so-called “one-pot” method, which can be used even by those with no knowledge of chemistry.

Use of the one-pot method along with more awareness on the part of the public about what to look for as signs that someone is making or selling meth both have contributed to the increase in new cases, King said.

Missaukee County Sheriff Jim Bosscher, who also serves as chairperson on the TNT board, said drug use is strongly interconnected with other types of crimes committed in the area.

He said drug addicts often resort to theft, larceny and fraud in order to get money to buy their next fix.

Meth is especially heinous in this regard because it is so addictive.

“There’s no such thing as a recreational meth user,” Bosscher said. “People either don’t use it or are completely addicted to it.”

Unlike drug busts involving substances such as pills, heroin or marijuana, which typically result in the confiscation of actual product, meth related investigations often don’t result in the discovery of the drug.

Bosscher said in most cases, no meth is at the scene because it already has been consumed and all that remains is the discarded products used to make the drug.

For law enforcement, a big obstacle to keeping meth crimes in check is that many of the perpetrators move from place to place, setting up shop for a time and then quickly moving on.

Bosscher said this is one of the main reasons the narcotics team is essential, since a city or county law enforcement official would not have jurisdiction or training to follow a suspect into a different part of the state as part of an undercover investigation.

The narcotics team detectives, with assistance from city and county law enforcement agencies, are able to conduct investigations across the entire region.

“(City and county law enforcement agencies) have to make a decision to sacrifice some of their resources to have one of their officers in TNT,” King said. “But they see the quality of work, which benefits the entire community.”

During the 31-year history of the TNT, an important source of funding for the agency has been public auctions of items confiscated during drug busts.

Proceeds from these auctions have been down the past few years, however, partly because many people busted for meth have nothing to their name, Bosscher said.

On May 22 at the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post, another auction will be held beginning at 10 a.m.

Bosscher said these auctions generate significant resources for the continued operations of TNT, so he is hopeful lots of people will show up.

“Everybody is asked to do more with less,” Bosscher said. “But we’re there to respond. We will continue to be that line that keeps order in our communities.”

Anyone with information or tips on drug-related crimes in their neighborhood can contact TNT at 922-0993 or the Silent Observer at 779-9215.

TNT is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agency consisting of officials from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford counties along with the Traverse City Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

http://www.cadillacnews.com/news_story/?story_id=1818085&year=2014&issue=20140426

 

PUTNAM COUNTY — There’s been a push to limit the amount a key ingredient used to manufacture methamphetamines that people can buy over-the-counter. A recent bill aims at doing just that, but some law enforcement officials don’t believe it went far enough.

Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said drugs are connected to a huge part of those in jail right now. Andrews said that if it wasn’t for drugs they wouldn’t need such a large jail. In fact, it was just a couple of years ago the Herald-Citizen reported that Putnam County was paying close to $20,000 a month for other counties to house our inmates due to overcrowding issues.

How to deal with meth has been a hot-button issue in Tennessee for a while. The state currently has the second highest number of meth lab incidents in the country. According to a 2014 report released by the Office of Research and Education Accountability, Tennessee had 1,717 meth lab incidents in 2012.

In an effort to reduce meth lab incidents, Gov. Bill Haslam introduced a proposal that would have placed restrictions on the amount of products containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine without a prescription. Popular cold medicines use those ingredients in over-the-counter products. The Tennessee legislature passed a bill that would permit consumers to buy 28.8 grams per year. That’s a higher amount that what Haslam proposed.

Andrews said he doesn’t think this it goes far enough.

Another Putnam County law enforcement official agrees. Maj. Nathan Honeycutt of the Cookeville Police Department is the Middle Tennessee Regional Director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force. “I think it was a step in the right direction,” Honeycutt said, adding he doesn’t think it was enough.

Honeycutt said meth labs are a serious problem in this state. “At this point, meth labs are down from last year,” he said. He said there is several reasons for that, one of them being the fact that a number of Tennessee communities have passed prescription-only laws in an effort to combat the meth problem themselves. However, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper issued an opinion late last year that stated he believed those rules violated state law.

Honeycutt said Oregon and Mississippi have laws that require prescription to purchase these products. “They have a very low number of meth labs every year,” Honeycutt said.

According to Honeycutt, legislators are talking about how this law would help the meth problem.

Some feel like meth would come from other places if this law was passed. Honeycutt said the law is targeting meth labs, which are very dangerous for a variety of reasons.

A common way of “cooking” meth is using what is sometimes referred to as the shake-and-bake method. It is very dangerous and sometimes results in severe burns that require hospitalization and in some cases can cause death. A number of burn-related cases seen in hospitals nationwide are related to meth.

Limiting the amount of products that contain pseudoephedrine and ephedrine would reduce the meth labs. Honeycutt said you can’t do it without these ingredients.

Honeycutt said the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force really did support the governor’s original proposal and wish that it had passed in that form.

“We are hopeful it makes a difference,” Honeycutt said about the bill passed by the legislature, adding they are not optimistic.

 

 

http://www.herald-citizen.com/view/full_story/24998420/article-Pseudoephedrine-bill-may-not-go-far-enough–law-enforcement-officials-say?instance=homesecondleft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The search of a Southwest Arlington home by federal authorities Friday morning is reportedly linked to a major meth trafficking ring in Texas.

NBC 5 was the only station there as more than a dozen Arlington Police officers and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration served a warrant on a home in the 6300 block of Big Springs Drive. They searched the inside of the house, a car in the garage and around the backyard.

The Waco Tribune-Herald published a report Friday afternoon that cites the DEA and federal prosecutors as saying 25 people, including several in Dallas, Arlington, and Grand Prairie, were arrested Thursday and Friday for their alleged roles in a major meth trafficking ring. According to that report, Mexican drug cartels would bring the meth to the DFW area, where it was broken down, then distributed to other parts of the state.

They say authorities began making arrests several months ago and have now arrested 87 people on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

When asked if they could confirm the report, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas said indictments in the case were sealed — and because of that, they could not comment further.

It’s not yet clear how many arrests were made at the Arlington home. At one point during the search, officers escorted multiple children and a dog out of the house. A shattered window on the side of the house was also visible.

Neighbors say they’ve never seen that kind of law enforcement presence on their typically quiet street.

“I think for the general population, it’s a little concerning to find out there’s criminals in your neighborhood,” said Raphael Brooks, who lives on Big Springs Drive. “So it’s a little shocking. But it’s real life. There are people who are doing things every day.”

Arlington Police say prior to Friday, their officers had only been called out to that address once. That was back on March 4, 2013 for a report of a suspicious person.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/DEA-Agents-Search-Arlington-Home–256744621.html

A Langley property that was raided by police Thursday housed one of the biggest illegal drug labs Metro Vancouver has ever seen, according to Mounties.

Officers were still clearing out equipment from the 72nd Avenue home a day later, including dozens of buckets of methylene chloride, a chemical normally used to clean metals and strip paint.

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Cpl. Dale Carr said in this case it was being used to make illegal drugs – most likely methamphetamine.

Concerns are also being raised about pipes leading from the suspected lab into a field out back.

“It looks as though they were dumping the chemicals that were used just into those pipes,” Carr said.

The chemicals have been seeping into nearby properties, giving off a stench neighbour Tom Sampson described as overwhelming.

Sampson said he’s brought concerns to the Township of Langley, but they seemed to go ignored for at least three years.

“The council said they couldn’t go on the property, they weren’t allowed,” Sampson said. “Nothing was done.”

The mayor’s office told CTV News it passed on information to the RCMP, which has been investigating the property for several weeks.

Carr said police moved in swiftly once judicial authorizations were obtained.

A 36-year-old Surrey resident was arrested during the probe and has since been released, pending the approval of drug-related charges.

 

 

http://www.castanet.net/news/BC/113881/Massive-suspected-meth-lab-bust

 

 

 

Three arrests made by the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office are a sign that meth continues to affect not only individuals, but families as well.

On Friday, Dyer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a mother and two of her sons on meth charges after a meth lab and gas generator were found inside a home on St. Joseph Street in Dyersburg.

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Patricia Wright, 50, Gregory Davis, 29, and Dustin Wright, 21, are charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture. Patricia Wright is reportedly the mother of both Gregory Davis and Dustin Wright.

According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, on Friday, deputies received information on possible meth activity at a house located at 317 St. Joseph St. in Dyersburg, which is just steps away from the Future City Community Center. In their investigation of the allegations, deputies discovered four occupants of the house were on probation. Deputies arrived at the St. Joseph Street residence with the probation officer of one of the occupants and conducted a search. They immediately noticed the odor associated with the production of meth and removed three people from house. As deputies were speaking with the three subjects in the front yard, Dustin Wright had reportedly been hiding under a bed and tried to escape through the backyard, but was captured by the deputies.

After it was determined there was a chemical reaction taking place in the home to produce meth, the Dyersburg Fire Dept. was called to assist in decontaminating the suspects. Patricia Wright, Gregory Davis, Dustin Wright, and a fourth female suspect were taken into custody and booked into the Dyer County Jail. The female suspect was later released, but Box said there may be further pending charges against her.

As the suspects were being booked into the jail, a Dyer County Sheriff’s deputy with meth certification donned a haz-mat suit and respirator and removed the hazardous meth-making materials. Among the items were a used meth lab and a gas generator that was emitting a noxious gas throughout the house.

An official with the Tennessee Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force arrived and collected the hazardous materials to be disposed. Due to the excessive amount of hazardous product produced in the house as a result of the meth manufacturing, deputies determined the house was unfit for habitation in its current state and had it quarantined.

Patricia Wright and her two sons remain in the Dyer County Jail without bond. They are scheduled to appear in Dyer County General Sessions Court on Monday.

Box said the case is still under investigation and additional charges are expected due to the house’s proximity to the community center, which is a drug-free zone.

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“This lab was in a neighborhood where children frequently play up and down the streets and we will make every effort to rid Dyersburg and Dyer County of this drug,” said Box. “Since 2010, our efforts have

 

produced a 39 percent reduction in property crimes and theft in the county. Also, these meth investigations often produce information about more serious crimes.”

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ANDERSON — In the span of four years, methamphetamine went from a blip on the law enforcement radar to a prime target in this city northeast of Indianapolis.

From 2000 to 2009, 40 labs were seized in Madison County by police. In four years since then, 217 have been dismantled by officers.

“It’s almost everything we do now,” said a Madison County Drug Task Force detective who asked to remain anonymous to protect his safety.

Those on the front line of the war against meth often focus on pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine production. A proposed measure that’s gaining support would categorize the cold medicine as a controlled substance obtainable only with a doctor’s prescription. Currently, pseudoephedrine is available to consumers but must be kept behind a pharmacy counter.

Other states with widespread meth problems have passed prescription laws and seen a reduction in local meth cooking and use. Some people, however, believe it would be a disservice to the greater good to take widely used cold remedies — medicines containing pseudoephedrine — off the shelf where they are readily accessible to the general public.

TURNING LIVES AROUND

Every Monday, Madison County Circuit 3 Judge Thomas Newman greets candidates for drug court. The special court is designed to find solutions other than prison for addicts. Offenders generally can’t participate in drug court if they have prior violent or sexual offenses. But if offenders violate probation by abusing drugs, they might qualify for drug court to stay out of prison.

Their problems range from meth addiction to marijuana use. The court works with local businesses to help offenders find employment and offers therapy and guidance through Aspire, a local substance-abuse support center. Graduation of 18-month and three-year programs takes place every six months.

Today, Madison County boasts the largest drug court in Indiana, with about 120 participants circulating through the program. Roughly 20 candidates graduate the program each cycle.

The program’s recidivism rate — the rate at which drug court graduates run afoul of drug laws again — is about 10 percent, much better than the 30 percent national rate, according to Newman.

Andrew Kneller says he owes his life to people like Newman in the problem-solving court system.

Kneller is a former intravenous drug user and dealer. After an 11-year prison sentence, ending in 2007, for aggravated battery and intimidation, he began cooking and selling meth. Kneller continued to use meth up until 2010, when he was arrested and charged with possession of meth precursors, pseudoephedrine purchasing violations and possession of cocaine. He was sent back to prison.

During his second stint in prison, Kneller resolved to change his life when his parole came. A re-entry court run by Newman, an off-shoot of drug court, was instrumental in helping Kneller make that change.

Kneller, a 43-year-old Moonsville resident, now works full time and is on track to graduate from re-entry court March 1.He believes that further restrictions on pseudoephedrine and precursors could slow the meth problem in Madison County. But he believes nothing will stop it.

CALLING FOR CHANGE

Environmental and socioeconomic factors in Madison County make residents especially susceptible to meth use and addiction.

The county ranks in the bottom 10 in the state for poverty rates, at about 18.9 percent of the population, according to 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture figures. The county rate of childhood poverty is almost 30 percent.

Neighboring Hamilton County is in single-digit percentages in both categories and is last in the state in poverty. Hamilton County, as evidenced by a paucity of lab busts, does not have a major meth problem.

It’s unlikely that Madison County will undergo a sudden economic surge, so law enforcement officials are looking for other solutions to the meth problem

They have lobbied the state General Assembly to define pseudoephedrine as a controlled substance. The idea has had some support, but never enough to pass into law.

Pseudoephedrine has remained accessible without a prescription, though it is subject to weekly and monthly purchasing limitations.

Opponents of the pseudoephedrine prescription measure have cited infringement on the freedom of legitimate cold sufferers to buy medications like Sudafed and Claritin D. The pharmaceutical lobby has also fought against restrictions that could cut into business.

Others believe that to focus the meth battle on pseudoephedrine is shortsighted. Users, they maintain, will simply find another way of producing or obtaining meth.

THE OTHER SIDE

Larry Sage, executive vice president of the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, doesn’t think making pseudoephedrine a controlled substance is the answer. While the IPA lobbies for the best interests of pharmacists and businesses that sell pharmaceuticals, Sage said the organization also wants to protect the freedoms of consumers.

“We try to think in terms of how can the patient be treated best?” Sage said. “Receiving health care in this country is already a difficult enough process at times, and I think it’s a little more of a draconian solution than what’s called for.”Sage has faith that the pseudoephedrine purchase recording program, which was enacted in Indiana in 2011, will start to chip away at the problem if it’s given time.

Currently, the law requires products with pseudoephedrine to be kept behind the counter, and when requested by purchasers, the retailer must make a detailed record of the transaction.

The buyer must be 18 years old and have a valid government-issued ID. The retailer must report the purchase to the National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx, where the sales can be tracked by law enforcement.

Mayor Kevin Smith of Anderson also thinks making pseudoephedrine a controlled substance would be a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that might not be as serious in a decade. Smith is a former police officer.

“Humanity has always sought some way to release itself from its daily problems,” Smith said. “With modern laws, they tell us we need to create a new law to make something illegal. Well, they’ll just go somewhere else for a fix.

”Smith said such a move would also disadvantage the large majority of people who want to use pseudoephedrine for legitimate therapeutic reasons. Meth might be a hot-button topic right now, but drugs of choice change periodically, Smith said.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings disagrees.

Since being re-elected in 2010 after four years out of office, Cummings and his office have been flooded with meth-related cases. While he agrees that law enforcement and prosecutors in the county have made meth a priority, he has seen the problem, and it’s real.

“It absolutely tears at the fabric of this community. A lot of people have no idea how bad it is here,” Cummings said. “People who get into meth, their lives are turned upside down. They have almost no chance. And the children here have it worst.”

SOLUTIONS OUTSIDE INDIANA

Newman points to Oregon’s success in limiting meth use after pseudoephedrine was declared a controlled substance in the state.

In 2005, Oregon became the state with the strictest pseudoephedrine laws. From 2003 to 2005, the state had seized 886 meth labs. Over the next two years, the number dropped to 75. In 2012, Oregon was down to eight lab seizures.

Numbers in Oregon have fallen dramatically, but six nearby states have seen similar declines in meth lab incidents over that time, despite not invoking a pseudoephedrine prescription law.

A 2011 report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy indicates meth remains readily availability in Oregon, owing in large part to an influx of potent crystal meth from “super labs” in Mexico.

But many believe Oregon’s pseudoephedrine prescription law is helping curb meth cooking and use. Rob Bovett, a former district attorney for Lincoln County, Ore., said the law has met with little resistance, outside of the pharmaceutical industry’s financial concerns.

http://www.pharostribune.com/local/x2117355507/Cracking-down-on-meth-Authorities-seek-stricter-laws

SAVONA – An investigation of a possible meth lab Thursday in Savona led to six arrests, and more may be on the way, Bath-based New York State Police reported Saturday.

Police said they responded to 8945 Kettle Road in Savona at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday to assist in an investigation by Steuben County Social Services.

When they arrived and interviewed the homeowner, Terry L. Bulkley, 33, they determined that he was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, and proceeded to search the premises.

They then discovered evidence of a meth lab in operation, police said, and called in members from the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Bath and the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, as well as the state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, which handles investigations where dangerous substances or processes might be involved.

During the search, officers located Charles G. DeCamp, 34, of Savona, hiding in the residence. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon related to a March incident in the Town of Bradford where DeCamp allegedly threatened a person with a knife.

Bulkley was arrested and charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second-degree criminal nuisance and third-degree criminal possession of a stimulant with intent to sell.

He was arraigned before the Town of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Also allegedly involved with the manufacturing operation were:

• Jordan Smith, 29, of 63 Hillvue Ave., Corning

• David M. Mendez, 34, of 7622 Main St.,  Bradford

• Cristina L. Wood, 29, of 25 Redhouse Lane, Lawrenceville, Pa.

• Jason R. Lewis, 31, of 8911 Kettle Road, Savona

Each was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine.

Smith, Mendez, Wood and Lewis were also arraigned in Town of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.the-leader.com/article/20140426/NEWS/140429668

 

A CRYSTAL METH addict responsible for a spate of burglaries in upmarket Dublin 4 is the chief suspect for the brutal assault on a woman who was seriously injured when her car was hijacked in Ballsbridge last week.

Liz Turley, 59, was left in a serious condition in hospital after the assault at the gates of her apartment complex last Tuesday morning. She was knocked to the ground and suffered head injuries. She was unconscious when neighbors came to her help.

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Her car was later found abandoned in the Kevin Street area of south inner Dublin. One of the main suspects is a 28-year-old man who is suspected of a series of burglaries in the Dublin 4 area over the past two years. He is known to travel in the company of his girlfriend, also a drug addict, on his raids.

Both are said to be addicted to methamphetamine – known as crystal meth, the drug that featured in the Breaking Bad US television series – which gardai say is becoming increasingly prevalent across the country, particularly in Dublin.

The drug is highly addictive and causes erratic and sometimes violent behavior when overused. It has already been linked to one killing here which is before the courts.

Gardai believe the drug is being imported into Ireland by eastern Europe and African gangs. Cheaper than crack cocaine, meth has become popular with Irish addicts because of its intense “high”.

The quality and purity of “traditional” addictive drugs being sold here has declined in recent years. Less heroin is reaching Ireland, say sources though there have been record crops of opium in Afghanistan, the main supplier of heroin.

The boom in opiate use in China and India has meant that less of the drug is reaching Western countries. Tests have shown that the average purity in heroin sold here is now 10 per cent or less.

Addicts are increasingly turning to drugs like crack and meth and inevitably turning to burglary and other crimes to pay for their habits. The upturn in burglaries throughout Ireland is associated with drug addiction.

The main suspect in the Ballsbridge car hi-jacking is described as violent and has a severe drug addiction. His girlfriend, in her mid-20s, is also seriously addicted. The man has multiple convictions for burglary, public disorder and other offences.

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USE of Tasmania’s No. 1 problem drug, methamphetamine, continues to rise as police act to stamp out its importation and shut down local labs.

The amount of amphetamines, including meth, seized by Tasmania Police has quadrupled in recent times.

Police say more than half the people who commit crime in Tasmania are on methamphetamine.

Constable Erica Franks, of Southern Drug Investigation Services, said meth labs were largely made from household items such as glassware and cold and flu medicines.

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The drug was supplied from overseas and interstate but increasingly locally, she said.

“In the past two to three years, police have located a number of meth labs, active and inactive, throughout Tasmania. These labs have been in kitchens, car boots, garages and bedrooms.”

Constable Franks said because of the chemical nature of clandestine amphetamine laboratories, they were prone to explosions, which in the past had led to fire and death.

“If a person believes they have located a meth lab or suspects one, we recommend they do not touch it due to its potential volatile state and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the police assistance line 131 444.”

Crime Stoppers Week starts tomorrow and methamphetamine is one of three focuses, along with arson and firearms.

People are urged to anonymously phone in information on anything suspicious.

Constable Franks said meth labs were made from easily obtainable items but there were some tell-tale signs.

The most common elements were glassware, particularly flasks and jugs, precursor chemicals including pseudo-ephedrine (cold and flu tablets), and coffee filter papers.

“A strong smell of chemicals emanating from a residence can be an indicator,” Constable Franks said.

“Police encourage people to report instances of finding the types of chemicals and equipment referred to, particularly if found together.

Methamphetamine is very common in Tasmania in its various forms. More rec­ently we have seen the increase of what is referred to as ice, crystal meth or shard.

Many of these drugs were being ordered over the internet from China, Britain and the Netherlands, Constable Franks said.

 

 

 

 

 

(KMOV) – Two suspects are in custody after officers found meth in a home where two children also lived in the Metro East.

Police in East Alton say Matthew Delaney, 36, and Kristine Patterson, 23, have been charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Police say Delaney and Patterson were manufacturing between 100 and 400 grams of meth while a 16-month-old and 4-year-old were in the home.

“It’s very scary that they are just four houses down the street from us,” Megan Weber, a neighbor, said. “You just think ‘What if an explosion happened’ and how silly it is for them to endanger their children’s lives that way.”

Many residents said the two arrested were only in the neighborhood for about a month and never saw much of them.

 

Investigators say they also found ammonia, lighter fluid and various acids used in meth production inside the home.

 

 

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