RACELAND, Ky. (WSAZ) — Halloween decorations and toys in the front yard leave no indication there was anything unusual about a residence on Crump Street in Raceland.

Upon first glance, there was nothing odd about the 3-year-old boy’s bedroom inside.

“It was just a small bedroom full of toys,” Raceland Police Chief Donald Sammons said, “what you’d normally see of a small child.”


However, in the child’s closet, investigators found a meth lab.

Sammons says they went to the apartment late Monday night on a domestic violence call. When they got there the father, David Wellman, was highly intoxicated. They say he let them inside, where they and the FADE Drug Task Force found several meth labs.

Wellman and the boy’s mother Vicki Stepp were arrested and hauled off to jail.

Neighbors say there’s no good place for a meth lab, but a kid’s bedroom should be at the bottom of the list.

“Why didn’t they go to the bathroom or something instead of the kid’s bedroom?” Bill Reed, who lives across from that apartment, said. “That stuff blows up, catches on fire. You don’t know what it would do to kids.”

The boy was taken by Child Protective Services.

He was tested at the hospital for exposure to the chemicals. The results of that test are pending.

When police made that meth bust, they planned to evacuate the other apartments in the building, which is standard procedure in a meth bust.

They only had one neighbor to deal with, but that in itself was a problem.

Police say she was high on meth, so just like the boy’s mom and dad, she too was hauled off to jail.

Chief Sammons says this is the fourth meth bust they’ve had in Raceland in just the past four weeks.








A traffic stop in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Springfield on Oct. 3 revealed a functioning meth lab in a vehicle, according to a release by the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department narcotics units investigated the vehicle during the stop, discovering the lab. Officers contained the lab, “rendering the lab and immediate area safe.”

The officers contacted the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, which packed up the lab and excess chemicals for disposal.

After the occupants of the vehicle were decontaminated, they were arrested, according to the release.

Rebecca Leigh Ferguson, 19, of White House was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in jail as of Thursday morning. Her bond is set at $26,000.

Allen Lee Poole, 18, of Springfield, was charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine and the possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in jail as of Thursday morning. His bond has been set at $51,000.







When an Oregon family started experiencing mysterious health problems soon after moving into a new home this summer, a neighbor came forward with a likely explanation: The previous owners had produced methamphetamine there. The house had never been properly cleaned after the drug cooks moved out, but an environmental engineer who studies meth labs says the family may not have been safe even if a cleanup had taken place.

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His research suggests that once a house has been used to make meth, the drug can continue to percolate in the walls for years.

“We said, ‘It needs a little bit of love, but it’s got good bones,'” Jonathan Hankins told Yahoo News of the home he and his wife Beth bought in Klamath Falls, Ore., from Freddie Mac. “We just had no idea that those bones were poisonous.”

Breathing problems started for Beth within days of move-in. Soon Jonathan was suffering from nosebleeds and migraine headaches, and the couple’s 2-year-old son, Ezra, had mouth sores. The Hankins said a test showed methamphetamine contamination was at 80 times the state’s designated safe limit.[Was D.A.R.E. Effective?]

Glenn Morrison, an associate professor of environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to study how methamphetamine accumulates in building materials, furniture and common household items during production. His findings so far seem to validate Jonathan Hankins’ choice to call his house’s “bones” poisonous.

“You can have a very clean wall and still have the walls releasing chemicals,” said Morrison. “Let’s say the meth lab was busted, and they took out everything and washed it down and aired it out for a week or so, that’s probably sufficient to remove solvents and things that end up in dust. What it doesn’t do is get at those chemicals — methamphetamines and similar compounds — that have penetrated through the drywall and into the building structure.”

Morrison said methamphetamine itself isn’t nearly as dangerous as many of the chemicals cooks use to make it, but it’s less volatile, or prone to vaporization, than most of its precursors, so it’s an unusually sticky and resilient threat. For this reason, meth lab-remediation companies tend to use it as an indicator chemical, assuming that if wipe tests for methamphetamine come up clean, the other chemicals, which can include hydrochloric acid, iodine and various metals, must be gone as well.

But Morrison said these tests won’t necessarily pick up methamphetamine vapors that embed in a home’s insulation, where they’re protected from scrub-downs and ready to leak out later. His team’s early estimates suggest a meth lab operating in a house for a few weeks could introduce enough methamphetamine vapors into the insulation to sustain unsafe levels in the home for months, or even years, after.

One of the questions Morrison’s research will try to answer is how high concentrations of wall-bound meth would have to be before a home’s inhabitants would begin to get passive drug doses comparable to a daily Adderall (an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication related to methamphetamine) regimen. He hopes his findings will inform meth lab-cleanup procedures to better protect residents of former cook sites.

Jarrad Wagner, an associate professor of forensic toxicology at Oklahoma State University and a former chemist at the FBI Laboratory, said the suggestion that building materials absorb chemicals during meth production and release them over time is reasonable. But Wagner said it’s still not known what exactly the effects of ambient exposures would be or which chemicals should be held responsible for illnesses experienced by homeowners like the Hankins.

“At this point, I do not think it is clear if [illness] is due to metal exposure, solvent exposure, methamphetamine exposure, by-product exposure or some combination of all of these,” Wagner wrote in an email to Life’s Little Mysteries.

Though some states have authored their own guidelines, no national standards exist on meth lab-cleanup or acceptable levels of methamphetamine exposure.








A 25-year-old man faces drug and weapons possession charges after police raided his Cave Junction home on Thursday.



Leif Tierney Devin Carrier was arrested after an Oregon State Police SWAT team searched his home at about 5:30 a.m., in the 1700 block of Dick George Road. Officers seized 10 pounds of marijuana, six marijuana plants, two firearms, half an ounce of methamphetamine and possible stolen property, police said.

He was booked into the Josephine County jail on unlawful possession, distribution and manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful possession and manufacturing of marijuana and possession of a firearm charges.

Police ask anyone with information on suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations in the area to call the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement tip line at 541-955-6970.







Lexington County drug agents arrested four people after discovering a methamphetamine laboratory at a home outside Lexington Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Springdale Police raided a hotel on Cherokee Lane and arrested two men for “manufacturing methamphetamine.”

Mark Alan Busby Sr., 50; Mark Allen Busby II, 27; Teresa Faye LeBlanc, 53; and Carla D. Winnett, 46, are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

They were arrested after members of the Lexington County Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered a meth lab in a van parked outside the 159 Weaver Drive home they all shared while executing a search warrant there Wednesday, according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department release. Deputies also found chemicals and equipment used to make meth underneath the home. The house and its residents were the target of a six-week undercover drug investigation, the release states.

All four of the suspects are being held at Lexington County Detention Center on bonds ranging from $10,000 to $40,000.

Two men, James West, 30, and Darryl Bailey, 45, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine at the Cambridge Plaza hotel at 650 Cherokee Lane in Springdale. Springdale police raided rooms at the hotel around 1 a.m. Thursday following a tip. Drug making equipment allegedly was found in two hotel rooms and a car owned by West. Both men were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Thursday night.


Town of Parish, NY – An Amboy man was charged with a felony Wednesday after Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies found the ingredients to make methamphetamine in the vehicle he was driving.

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Jason R. Trumble


Jason R. Trumble, 29, of Cusson Drive Building 102, was charged with felony criminal possession of the precursors of methamphetamine, misdemeanor fifth-degree conspiracy and aggravated unlicensed operation, deputies aid.

He was arraigned in Oswego County Court and released on bail posted from a previous incident.

Investigators conducting a search based on a previous incident that occurred on Sept. 28 found pseudophedrine, ammonium nitrate and lithium in the vehicle Trumble was driving, deputies said.






LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – Officers with the Lafayette Police Department received a complaint of a disturbance on the 400 block of South 5th Street on Wednesday.

When police arrived they were met with a chemical odor inside of the home.


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Kevin Douglas


Those inside of the residence were evacuated for safety. Officers then developed a probable cause to obtain a search warrant on the home.

An active methamphetamine lab was found in addition to numerous precursors.

Kevin Douglas was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Bhupinder Singh was also arrested on preliminary charges of visiting a common nuisance.

Douglas and Singh are both are being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail.







HARTSELLE, Alabama — Morgan County Drug Task Force members discovered seven gas generators, a one-pot meth lab, cold packs, lithium, acid, and cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine outside a house in the 1000 block of Kyle Road Wednesday.


Brian Goree


Investigators initially went to the residence in reference to an arrest warrant. According to a sheriff’s report, agents had received several tips from neighbors that Brian Allen Goree was cooking methamphetamine at the location. Goree was at the home, along with three other suspects identified as Lee Jones, Roy Griffin, and William Byrd. Goree reportedly gave police consent to search the residence and property, when they discovered the drug paraphernalia in a garbage can outside.

Goree was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing a controlled substance in the first degree and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s officials said. Jones, Griffin and Byrd were charged with loitering in a drug house. Byrd has outstanding felony warrants in Missouri, according to the report.

The four suspects were transported to the Morgan County Jail, where bond has not been set.






A man arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine was arrested by police a month later for allegedly attempting to set his mother’s house on fire, according to a Summerville Police report.


Brandon Michael Komara, 28, of Summerville has been charged with malicious injury to real property.

According to the report, Komara had destroyed things in his mother’s residence, disconnected the phone line and was attempting to set the place on fire. The report said Komara became aggressive with officers, and one had to pull out a Taser. The Taser was not deployed.

Once Komara was handcuffed, officers discovered a small gas can, and gasoline was reportedly on the mother’s bed. Several doors in the residence were also damaged, according to the report.







Lexington, SC (WLTX) Officers with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) seized a methamphetamine lab at a home on Weaver Drive near Lexington.

Officers arrested a father and son and two women on charges that they were operating the meth lab.



Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the NET officers arrested Mark Alan Busby Sr. 50, Mark Allen Busby II, 27 both of 159 Weaver Drive Lot C, on charges of manufacturing, distributing and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Busby Sr. was being held at the Lexington County detention center on bail totaling $40,000, Busby II was being held at the detention center on a $30,000 bail.

Officers also arrested Teresa Fay LeBlanc, 53 and Carla D. Winnett, 46 both lived at the Busby address. LeBlanc were arrested on charges of manufacturing, distributing and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and Winnett was charged with manufacturing. LeBlanc is being held on a $30,000 bond and Winnett on a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff James Metts said that officers executed a search warrant on the Weaver Drive home where the Busby’s lived with LeBlanc and Winnett after conducting a six-week undercover investigation.

Officers found a one-pot reaction vessel that is used to manufacture meth in a van that was parked outside the residence. Officers also found chemicals and equipment around and underneath the residence that are used in the manufacture of meth.

The NET officers are from the Lexington Sheriff’s department, Batesburg-Leesville police department, Irmo Police department and the Lexington police department. The NET team was implemented in 2001 to enhance drug enforcement in Lexington County.







Drugs Found in Bra; Pair Jailed

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

A Blue Jay woman and her Lake Arrowhead companion were arrested Monday on their motorcycle after a sheriff’s deputy found both to be under the influence of drugs and located methamphetamine in the woman’s brassiere.

Twin Peaks sheriff’s Capt. Rick Ells said Dominique Marie Helle, 25, and James William Clark, 43, were booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino following their arrest at 5:55 p.m. at Rouse Ranch Road and Forest Service Road 2N45.

Deputy Nate Newsom noticed the pair, sitting on a 1969 Kawasaki motorcycle at that intersection, behind Mountains Community Hospital, Ells said. When he questioned them he observed both to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

A search of Helle, Ells said, revealed 13 grams of methamphetamine in her bra, along with $800 in cash and a digital scale.

According to www.kci.org, which describes itself as “the anti-meth site,” a gram of methamphetamine goes for $100 on the street.

Helle was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale but was released at 4:16 p.m. without bail, pending charges being filed against her, which had not happened as of Wednesday morning.

Clark, booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance, was released from custody at 3:04 a.m. Tuesday. No charge had been filed on him by Wednesday either.







PICAYUNE — A former Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce board president was arrested last month for possession of methamphetamine.

The Picayune Police Department provided the Picayune Item with a copy of the arrest report for 37-year-old Steven R. Wood, of 602 Deason Dr. only after a Freedom of Information Act was filed by the newspaper.

 Steven Wood has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine

According to the report, Wood was arrested on Monday, Sept. 10, during a traffic stop on U.S. 11 North at its intersection with Stemwood Drive just before 5 p.m. for having a switched tag on his vehicle. Jeremy Magri, who was recently promoted to the rank of Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police, said that during the stop the officer not only determined Wood’s tag to have been switched but he also had no proof of insurance, prompting the officer to place him under arrest.

The officer conducted a pat down of Wood during the arrest, finding a small plastic bag containing a small amount of an off-white substance believed to be methamphetamine in Wood’s pocket, Magri said.

Wood was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), switched tag and no proof of insurance.

Wood is listed as the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce board president on the Chamber’s website, and as being employed with People’s Bank of the South. A call to the Chamber of Commerce found that Wood was relieved of his position as Chamber president sometime in September for missing three meetings, said Chamber Director April Lovelace. She said it is the policy of the Chamber to relieve any board member from duty after the member misses three meetings. Other members relieved from board duties for the same reason this year include Sherry Pullens and Penny Lamonte.

A call made by the Item to the Picayune branch of People’s Bank of the South to determine Wood’s position with the bank went unanswered Tuesday afternoon.


A Visalia man and woman are behind bars after a late-night run-in with police.

Officers responding to the area of Jefferson Park on Tuesday night were alarmed when they heard gunshots in the area and saw a vehicle leaving the scene just moments after.

Police were in the park in the 700 block of South Watson Street when they heard the shots about 10:20 p.m. Officers were attempting to locate a juvenile who was said to be in the park and out of control, but quickly got into their patrol cars when they heard the shots ring out.

Police sped to catch up to the vehicle and located it moments later a couple of blocks away. After initiating a traffic stop, police located a handgun and approximately an ounce of methamphetamine.

Police also located spent shell casings in the car. Officers surveyed the area, looking to see if any bullets hit homes in the area, but were unable to find any.

Police arrested Elisha Sanchez, 27, and Michelle Sandoval, 35.

Sanchez was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a handgun, and gang enhancements.

Sandoval was booked into the Bob Wiley Women’s facility on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and transportation of methamphetamine.

Jefferson Park is frequented used for organized sporting events, such as softball and baseball, and a new playground system there has attracted children. But police say the park can be a hot spot for trouble.

Police were in the area just two hours before shots were fired because of calls regarding drug use in the park.

“Jefferson Park is a frequently patrolled park,” said Visalia Sgt. Amy Watkins. “Just like many parks, once you eliminate the events, there can be an increase in criminal activity.”








A 17-year-old man confessed to shooting his sleeping roommate in the head early Tuesday and trying to kill the victim’s brother with a hammer in an effort to steal more than $500,000 worth of crystal meth and $32,000 in cash. All three men involved were undocumented Mexican immigrants who worked together in dealing large amounts of meth in liquid and solid forms, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said at a news conference Wednesday.
Jorge Ramirez has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder

The murder on Tuesday was the first in St. Bernard Parish in more than a year, and the largest meth seizure the Sheriff’s Office has ever executed, Pohlmann said.

Jorge Ramirez, who has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, and the murder victim, Leandro Morales De La Cruz, 32, had moved from Red Springs, N.C., to a duplex in the 8500 block of Regiment Drive in Chalmette, Pohlmann said.

Ramirez told detectives he shot De La Cruz once in the back of the head as he slept Tuesday about 2 a.m., Pohlmann said.

With the man’s corpse still in bed, Ramirez waited in the house until about 11 a.m. for the victim’s brother, Martin De La Cruz, 26, who had come to check on his brother after not being able to reach him on his cell phone.

By that point, various neighbors were outside the house, so Ramirez decided to forgo the noise of a gunshot and try to kill the younger brother by hitting him in the head with a blunt object, Pohlmann said. Authorities recovered a hammer and a car jack stand they believe were used in the beating.

Martin De La Cruz fought back, eventually escaped, and, bloodied and beaten, staggered across the street and notified a neighbor, who immediately called 911.

“He was aware neighbors were outside the house. He thought he could handle it,” Pohlmann said. “He didn’t count on Martin fighting back as hard as he did.”


After a man was found shot to death and another man found beaten at a Chalmette home, St. Bernard Parish Jimmy Pohlmann on Tuesday afternoon leads a group of sheriff’s officials out of that house

Authorities arrived within minutes and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood to search for the killer. A neighbor called to report seeing someone under a shed about a block from the murder scene, Pohlmann said.

Deputies found Ramirez hiding under a shed in the 8500 block of Deerfield Street about 5:45 p.m., officials said.

Once he was taken into custody, Ramirez confessed to the crimes, and he showed officers a grassy area behind an abandoned house where he and the De La Cruz brothers had stashed some of their dope.

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Jorge Ramirez, 17 was booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison on Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

All told, officials recovered 10 pounds of methamphetamine, which has a street value of more than $500,000, Pohlmann said.

Ramirez was booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges.

Martin De La Cruz was treated at the hospital for serious injuries to his head and body. He was released Tuesday and booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison on possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.








Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Three people were arrested after investigators searched a home in Roebuck and found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab.

Penny Leigh Pilgrim, 34, and Jonathan Lee Burnett, 36, both of 155 Peake Road, Roebuck, were charged Tuesday with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and trafficking methamphetamine, according to arrest warrants.

Pilgrim was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone), a warrant states.

According to an incident report, investigators went to the home after receiving a complaint about methamphetamine being made there. Burnett gave officers permission to search the mobile home.

Investigators found marijuana, methamphetamine, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and numerous items and ingredients used to make methamphetamine, according to the report.

Robert Lacoste Kirven, 25, of 205 Hillside Drive, Spartanburg, who was at the home when investigators arrived, was charged with possession of marijuana, according to the incident report.

Lt. Tony Ivey said Burnett and Pilgrim remained at the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Wednesday; Pilgrim’s bond was set at $50,000, while Burnett was awaiting a bond hearing. Kirven was released from jail on Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.








VERO BEACH, Fla. – A husband and wife were charged Tuesday with child neglect and manufacturing methamphetamine after a joint investigation by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

George Tribble II, 41, and Nichole Tribble, 38, of the 8500 block of 102nd Avenue, Vero Beach, remained at the Indian River County Jail Wednesday without bail. George Tribble was also charged with trafficking the illegal drug, while his wife was charged with possession.


George Tribble II, 41, and Nichole Tribble, 38, of the 8500 block of 102nd Avenue, Vero Beach, remained at the Indian River County Jail Wednesday without bail


Acting on a tip, authorities went to the Tribbles’ home with a search warrant and put on hazardous materials suits before going inside, the sheriff’s office said. They found 400 grams of liquid methamphetamine inside, according to the affidavits.

Deputies said Nichole Tribble has purchased pseudoephedrine — a substance used to make methamphetamine — 15 times this year. Her husband told investigators he cooks the drugs in his garage.

Authorities removed two children from the home during the investigation because of the health hazards associated with the chemicals.





BURNET COUNTY (October 3, 2012)—Tina St. John, 46, of Leander, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bond after methamphetamine was found in her van during a traffic stop in Burnet County.


Tina St. John


St. John was arrested Tuesday after officers acting on a tip that narcotics were being transported into Burnet County from the Austin area spotted a 2002 Dodge Van headed west on U.S. Highway 29 east of Bertram.

Officers pulled the van over after the driver committed several traffic violations, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted on the van and a search produced 7 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging material, the sheriff’s office said.

St. John was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance over 4 grams, but less than 200 grams, which is a first-degree felony.








Suspected meth lab explodes

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

IM man treated for chemical burns


IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain man was injured Tuesday in what authorities believed to be an explosion caused by the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Iron Mountain Police Department Chief Peter Flaminio said that officers were dispatched to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital at 6:42 p.m. in reference to a 30-year-old Iron Mountain man who was admitted for severe chemical burns.

Officers then learned that the initial incident occurred at a residence on the 700 block of North Kimberly Avenue.

Flaminio said that further investigation indicated that the man was injured by an explosion that occurred in the methamphetamine manufacturing process.

The man was transferred to another hospital for further treatment of his injuries, Flaminio added.

A Michigan State Police evidence technician, the KIND drug enforcement team, and the UPSET drug enforcement team assisted officers at the North Kimberly Avenue residence with cleaning up chemicals.

A formal report will be forwarded to Dickinson County Prosecutor Stephanie Brule for review and formal charges.







A 46-year-old Leander woman was arrested Tuesday after the Burnet County Special Operations Unit (SOU) K-9 officer found methamphetamine in her vehicle during a traffice stop.
Tina St. John was arrested after SOU officers received information that a blue 2002 Dodge van might be transporting narcotics into Burnet County from the Austin area, according to a sheriff’s department statement.
The vehicle was observed traveling westbound on US 29 east of Bertram and officers witnessed several traffic violations involving the van, the statement said.
The vehicle was stopped by the SOU K-9 unit and St. John, who was the driver and sole occupant of the van, was arrested after the Narcotics K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs, which were found in the vehicle after a subsequent search.
Seven grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging material were found during the search of the vehicle, the sheriff’s department statement said.
St John was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams, a first degree felony.
St. John is being held in the Burnet County Jail after bond was set at $75,000.





Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office served a probable cause search warrant on October 2, 2012 at 518 Windflower Street, in the Mossy Head area of Walton County. During the search of the residence and property, numerous items were located that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. Further investigation revealed that a small child was living in the home and was present during the manufacturing process.

 Edith Mary Roughton, 42, of DeFuniak Springs, FL was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamines over 14 grams, Production of Methamphetamines, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription and Child Abuse. Roughton was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.






Residents from every state — more than 195,000 people — have signed an online petition that demands Freddie Mac test the homes it is selling for methamphetamine contamination.

The petition was started on the website Change.org by Jonathan Hankins, who bought a house in Oregon from the government-run mortgage lender that turned out to be a former meth lab, according to a statement released Tuesday by the website.

“Within weeks of moving in, my wife, my two year old son, and I all started experiencing terrible dry-mouth and mouth sores,” Hankins wrote on the site, in a description of his rationale for starting the appeal. “Then we started to have trouble breathing, and I developed sinus headaches and nosebleeds.”

“My home was contaminated with methamphetamine. But even worse, it was filled with traces of the toxic stew used to cook the drug,” Hankins wrote. He and his family now have to cover the cost of their mortgage while renting a second house to live in, he said.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, there were more than 10,000 clandestine meth lab incidents recorded during 2011, largely in the Midwest and Southeastern sections of the country. Thousands of homes across the U.S. may be contaminated by methamphetamines and the residue that is created during the meth-making process.

In the eight year period from 2004 until 2011, the DEA recorded 10 meth lab incidents in Maryland.

The administration maintains a National Clandestine Laboratory Register that can be accessed through the web. It currently lists six properties in Maryland that were either former drug labs or drug dump sites. Housing advocates caution that this list, which includes properties in Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Garrett and St. Mary’s counties, is probably not comprehensive.

Freddie Mac’s home sales division, HomeSteps, currently lists 105 homes in Maryland.

“We sell homes in accordance with local law and requirements,” said Brad German, a spokesman for Freddie Mac.

At the time of sale, the company did not have any information that Hankins’ house was contaminated, he said. If Freddie Mac had known — through neighbors, police or some other channel — the company would have disclosed it, German said.

The buyers, he noted, waived the right to an inspection of the property before signing on the dotted line.

“We’re very empathetic to the situation,” German said, but that unless new information about the transaction arises, the company is not planning to compensate Hankins for the damaged property.








A homeless man accused of attacking an 11-year-old boy in a Burien grocery store bathroom was charged with Attempted Rape Second Degree Wednesday.

Andrew William Dempsey, 32, was also charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and remains in jail on $1 million bail.

Homeless man charged for attempted rape of boy in Burien store bathroom
According to charging documents, the attack happened at the Albertsons on 1st Avenue South on September 29. The boy went to the men’s bathroom. As he left the bathroom stall, a white man grabbed him by the head and told him he was going to “kill him.”

The boy tried to get away and screamed for help. The man pushed the boy to the floor and told him to do what he wanted. He then placed the boy in a headlock and started dragging him to the big bathroom stall. The boy said his attacker was not wearing any pants or underwear and told him he was going to “kill him” about eight times.

The man let the boy go for a second, and the boy ran to the door and tried to escape. The suspect slammed the door on the boy’s left hand.

Witnesses heard the boy’s screams and went to the bathroom. They saw the boy’s fingers stuck in the bathroom door and asked what was going on. One witness said they saw the man’s pants down around his ankles and holding the boy in a bear hug. The man, later identified as Dempsey, released the boy, who ran out of the bathroom screaming the man was trying to kil him.

Store employees tried to detain Dempsey, but he resisted, biting one store employee in the arm. During the struggle, a plastic baggie containing what appeared to be rocks of methamphetamine fell out of Dempsey’s black bag.

Police arrived at the scene and took Dempsey into custody. Dempsey told police he had been homeless in Burien for a couple of years. He said he was in a bathroom stall by himself. When he was done, he opened the door and accidentally hitting the boy in the back. Dempsy said the boy was using the restroom and fell back onto him. That’s when the boy “freaked out” and began yelling. Dempsey said when he went to leave the bathroom, he was tackled by several men.

Police said the boy had scratches and red marks on his face, neck and shoulder and had a swollen finger. Deputies later tested rocks, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Dempsey has been in trouble with the law before and was investigated last month for a random attack on a woman in Burien. Charges were never filed in that case.

Dempsey is scheduled to be arraigned on October 15.








The father of a 6-year-old boy was arrested after the child allegedly brought a bag of meth to his south Sacramento elementary school, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies responded to Ethel Baker Elementary last week after a call reported a “white baggy” was found in a classroom. The contents tested positive for methamphetamine, authorities said.

The bag was found by a student after it had fallen out of another student’s pocket in the same class. The school was able to figure out which child brought the bag. He allegedly brought it from home, investigators said.

The boy’s father, 24-year-old Gonzalo Meza, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine when he came to school to pick up his son.

The child is now in custody of child protective services.







A Bangor man who was pulled over in April for driving the wrong way on a one-way street had methamphetamine, metal knuckles and an illegal knife in his car, police say in court records.

Robert Dean Loven III, 29, was arraigned Saturday on charges stemming from the incident.

Police on the night of April 2 pulled over a Chevy Venture that was heading the wrong way on Chestnut Street.

After the driver, who was identified as Loven, gave consent for police to search his car, officers and a drug-sniffing dog uncovered six small plastic baggies of methamphetamine, records say. Police also recovered two pipes with drug residue, an illegal knife and a set of metal knuckles, according to documents.

Loven is charged with possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia, and possession of prohibited weapons. He was arraigned before District Judge Todd Strohe and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Police were not immediately available to comment on the reason for the lapse between the incident and Loven’s arraignment.







KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – After unknowingly buying a home that had been used to manufacture methamphetamine, an Oregon couple started warning people looking for homes to be sure they are thoroughly inspected.

Just days after Jon and Beth Hankins moved into their Klamath Falls home last June they started getting sick.

When they started talking to neighbors about their symptoms, they were shocked to find out their new home used to be a meth lab.

“The house that was meant to put a roof over our heads was the very thing intoxicating us and poisoning our bodies,” Jon Hankins said.

The couple said their realtor and lender Freddie Mac never told them about the history of the home. But the realtor denied any knowledge of illegal activity in the home.

The family has joined a growing campaign on Change.org calling for Freddie Mac to test homes for meth contamination.