El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler this morning after finding more than 34 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the bed of the jeep he was driving.

Around 7:30 a.m., a Border Patrol Canine Detection Team alerted to a red 1995 Jeep Wrangler driven by a 25-year-old man at the Highway 86 checkpoint, according to a press release.

The driver was referred to secondary for further inspection, and agents then found 16 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a large compartment built into Jeep’s rear bed.

Methamphetamine Seizure

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler this morning after finding more than 34 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the bed of the Jeep he was driving.



The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 34.6 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,089,920.

The suspect is a U.S. lawfully admitted permanent resident card holder and was taken into custody. He was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency along with the vehicle and narcotics for further investigation.







Andrade, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry over the weekend discovered 26 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the rear bumper of a vehicle.

On Saturday, August 10, at about 7:05 p.m., a CBP officer encountered a 34-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a blue 1995 Ford Thunderbird. During the inspection, the officer noticed the driver was nervous and referred him and the vehicle for a more in-depth examination.

CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered 25 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the rear bumper. The street value of the narcotic is estimated at approximately $390,000.

The driver, a resident of Yuma, Arizona, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further processing. He was later transported to the Imperial County Jail where he currently awaits arraignment in federal court for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

CBP seized the vehicle and the narcotic.






OWLEY COUNTY, Kan. — Oil field thefts are on the rise and it’s costing companies big money in Cowley County, Kansas. 

Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Department says thieves are taking their chances on striking gold from brass and copper found in oilfields.

Thieves can cash in pieces of brass or copper for $30, but the damage they cause can cost up to $10,000.

“The damage is much more than just the cost of valve and the fittings. The clean up hiring people to go back out and install it all back its just a lot of money,” explains Randy Cates of Cates Supplies.

Sgt. Bruce Hafenstein of the Cowley County Sheriff’s Department says thieves are taking their chances on striking gold off brass and copper found in oilfields, sort of.

Randy Cates, President of Cates Supplies says thieves can cash in pieces of brass or copper for $30, but the damage they cause can cost up to $10,000.

“The damage is much more than just the cost of valve and the fittings. The clean up hiring people to go back out and install it all back its just a lot of money,” said Cates. “They’re [Oil Producers] upset I mean, it gets old some of them are getting hit back to back after they fix get hit again. “

Sgt. Hafenstein believes the thieves are stealing to pay for methamphetamine.

“It’s a easy take and an easy sell,” said Sgt. Hafenstein. ”If you have a well that’s pumping two barrels a day; and then you take the pump, take the fittings, and the pumper. He has to redo that, he’s lost four days of production. If it was pumping two barrels to start with it takes him a month just to pay off that he fixed.”

Since oil and salt water pumps are an easy target for these gold diggers, oil producers are now color coding their equipment to track any stolen items back to the owner. The Southern Kansas Producers have created an organization that is raising $5000 in reward money per crime.

Anyone that sees suspicious activity near oil and salt water lots are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 620-442-7777.






Police say a Mesa man who was arrested on Friday for attacking his girlfriend was drunk and high on meth.

William Twitchell, 41, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, assault and criminal damage after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend in their home in the 400 block of West Third Place, police said.


William Twitchell, 41, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, assault and criminal damage


Twitchell‘s girlfriend told police that he got angry with her and pulled her to the ground, where he began slamming her head into the floor and slapping her in the face, according to a court document. Twitchell began to choke the woman, who said she coughed up blood after the incident.

Twitchell left the scene but returned after police arrived, though he refused to answer any questions about the incident, the document states.







MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man accused of manufacturing meth.

James Butler, 58, is charged with driving on suspended operator’s license, fleeing and evading police, manufacturing methamphetamine 1st offense, possession of controlled substance 1st degree 2nd offense, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.


(Source: Marshall County Sheriff's Office)

Detectives received info that Butler was accused of manufacturing meth.

Police searched Butler’s home at 10 Etheridge Lane in Benton and discovered an active methamphetamine lab.

Detectives also found meth and a firearm at the home.

Butler was taken to the Marshall County Jail.

They spent several hours cleaning up the active meth lab with the assistance of Olive/Fairdealing Fire Department and East Marshall Fire Department.







Police accuse four people of trafficking methamphetamine.

Belmont police charged all four of them Thursday, and three of the four also face pending marijuana charges.

Details of the case were not immediately available, but police say the four possessed between 200 grams and 400 grams of methamphetamine.

Each faces two methamphetamine trafficking charges in addition to two additional charges related to its manufacture.


 Shi Chuop

Shi Chuop

Those charged include:

Ronnie Earl Chastaine, 52, of 209 W. Second St. , Lowell . He had a $200,000 bond added to an existing $350,000 bond related to marijuana charges.

Tyler Anthony Crossley, 20, of 11016 Southfield Drive , Charlotte . He had a $150,000 bond added to an existing $150,000 bond related to marijuana charges.

David Emery Gubanez Jr., 29, of 15 Flowers Court,Belmont. He had a $200,000 bond added to an existing $350,000 bond related to marijuana charges.

And Shi Chuop, 19, of 205 Blue Herron Way , Belmont . She was assigned a $125,000 bond and did not have an existing charge related to marijuana.








SEWELL MOUNTAIN – Update: Dennis Brooks, Jr. and Shannon Phillips both of Sewell Mountain were taken into custody and charged with operating a clandestine drug lab with child endangerment.

They’re currently being held in Southern Regional Jail.

This incident remains under investigation by both the Central West Virginia Task Force and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Central West Virginia Task Force busted a clandestine Meth Lab Tuesday night in the Sewell Mountain Area.

The discovery was made after following up on a tip of an operating meth lab at a residence on U.S. Route 60 just East of Rainelle.

The suspects were actively engaged in the process of manufacturing meth at the time the lab was discovered according to Captain Sizemore with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Fire department personnel and specially-trained clandestine lab technicians were on the scene.

Stick with 59 News on-air and online as new details become available.








Police in Calhoun broke up a methamphetamine distribution operation run by a convicted felon who possessed a notebook containing the names of at least 12 police officers, their wives and some of their children.

Jason Wayne Harper, 42, of 251 Zodie Sims Road, faces four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to an affidavit, a member of the Metro Narcotics Unit purchased 133.6 grams — just over 4 1/2 ounces — of methamphetamine early Tuesday after making three smaller controlled buys totaling less than an ounce starting July 18.

Jason Wayne Harper

Jason Wayne Harper

After his arrest, police discovered Harper was carrying a pouch containing 46 individually bagged grams of suspected meth. Police also recovered $7,500 that Harper said was used in the most recent drug buy, the affidavit said.

A search of the residence turned up a glass vial with suspected powdered cocaine, a small amount of suspected marijuana, a shotgun, a pistol, an assault rifle, a short-barrel rifle and assorted ammunition, the affidavit said. Police also seized what Harper said was $50,000 to $60,000 in cash.

Police found the notebook that featured the personal information of at least a dozen officers and immediate family members.

Harper was convicted in 1995 for possession of cocaine and in 1996 for possession of a list of schedule III drugs.


IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa City man is accused of having meth and meth-making ingredients in his home.

On February 5, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 316 Mosswood Lane, the home of 42-year-old Gus D. Ollinger. Police said a number of items commonly used to make meth, including lithium strips and pseudoephedrine, were seized from the home.

In late July, lab results from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed that a substance seized from the home was meth.

Police also found marijuana in Ollinger’s residence, according to criminal complaints.

Ollinger was arrested this week and faces one count of possession of meth, a class B felony; possession of lithium, a class D felony; possession of pseudoephedrine, a class D felony; possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; and keeping a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Ollinger is currently in custody in the Muscatine County Jail on a domestic abuse charge. The class B felony alone carries a potential sentence of 25 years in prison.













FELTON, Del.- Members of the Delaware State Police Governor’s Task Force have arrested a Felton man accused of dealing methamphetamine out of his house.

Police said the incident occurred Friday evening, Aug. 2, as troopers responded to a home located in the 9000 block of Canterbury Road after an occupant of the home located soda bottles inside of the house that contained an unknown substance. Troopers arrived and determined that the bottles were active “One Pot” portable meth labs utilized to manufacture methamphetamine, police said.

James T. Moore Jr.

James T. Moore Jr.


After further investigation, troopers said they located additional bottles containing waste associated with the manufacturing of meth, along with components and key ingredients in making the drug.

Troopers were assisted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, and specialized local Delaware Volunteer Fire Company teams during the dismantling of the portable meth labs and cleanup and mitigation process to dispose of the waste.

No evacuations were ordered as police said it was determined that there was no immediate threat or hazards to nearby residents.

Detectives said they were able to establish 39-year-old James T. Moore Jr. as the primary suspect through interviews and on Monday, Aug. 12, information was received that a truck he was driving had broken down in the area of C&R Center Road and Beagle Club Road west of Felton. Detectives converged on the area and took Moore into custody without incident.

Moore wsa charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $6,250 secured bond.







Four Lenox residents are being held in the Dent County Jail on methamphetamine and heroin charges after law enforcement officers Thursday conducted a search warrant at a residence there, according to court records and the Dent County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers also located a 1988 Chevrolet truck that was reported stolen in Independence June 28.

Charged are:

•Kristen Bettigrew, 19, faces one felony count of possession of heroin. Her bond is $7,000 cash, according to Sheriff Rick Stallings.

•Henry D. Fann, 48, is charged with one felony count of possession of amphetamine and a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use it to prepare methamphetamine. He is being held on an $18,000 cash bond, Stallings said.

•Jackie Hobson, 45, is charged with one felony count of possession of amphetamine and one felony of receiving stolen property. She has a bond of $14,000.

•Trenton Stacy, 21, faces one felony count of possession of heroin. Stacy has a bond of $7,000 cash.

All four were living in the residence, according to court charges.

Deputies from the Dent County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Salem Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Highway C in Lenox.

Officers found numerous plastic baggies in a backpack in the master bedroom closet that contained a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine; a metal tray, found underneath the bed in the master bedroom that appeared to be used in the processing of methamphetamine; drug paraphernalia that field tested positive for heroin; and an Altoids container that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

The heroin was found in a small make-up pouch that contained five hypodermic syringes and two metal spoons. The liquid substance in one syringe field tested positive for heroin. Both spoons field tested positive for heroin.







CHICKASHA — A methamphetamine type substance was dropped in the back seat of a police car on Friday by a man arrested at gun point.

Chickasha Police Officer David Michael Harper-Head responded to a call alleging Joseph Delk was near Chickasha Bank and Trust with a large knife.

“I was told the male had pulled the knife out at one point and was walking around with it,” Harper-Head wrote in a report. “I arrived on scene and saw a white male behind the bank. The male was standing next to a female I recognized as Melissa Hail. The male bent over and reached towards a bag that was on the ground next to him. When he did this, I saw a large knife sticking out of the back of his pants.”

Harper-Head then ordered the man to the ground at gunpoint, according to the report. An approximately 8-inch knife blade was recovered from the suspect.

Harper-Head also located two bags on the ground behind the suspect. The officer searched both bags, looking for other weapons.

During the search, Harper-Head said he found a white envelope containing an empty plastic pen and tin foil.

“Inside the pen housing, there was a Crystal substance,” Harper-Head wrote. “Through my training and experience, | have seen people who use pens like this as a pipe to smoke substances. I tested the crystal substance inside of this pen and it was presumptive positive for methamphetamine.”

Harper-Head also located a glass vial labeled Lidocaine.

The report states Delk told Harper-Head he was a patient at Grady Memorial Hospital, and a doctor had used the drug on him. Delk said he retrieved the bottle from the trash later.

Harper-Head said he spoke with hospital staff members, who said their doctors would never have thrown the medicine in the trash.

“Staff said they believe that the doctor likely left the medication on a table and Delk probably took it,” Harper-Head wrote.

Harper-Head said the staff also informed him that use of the lidocaine can have lethal consequences.

Delk was placed under arrest for possession of a methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, possession of a prescription only drug and unlawful carry of a weapon.

While being transported to the Grady County Jail, Harper-Head said Delk appeared to stand up in the back seat of the car.

“I checked the back seat of my car,” Harper-Head wrote in the report. “Underneath the seat where Delk had been seated, was a silver in color can that was labeled “Camel” snus pouches. I opened the tin up and saw a crystal type residue inside of the tin. This substance tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.”

Harper-Head said he checked the back seat was empty before he placed Delk in the car.








An Iowa City man faces multiple charges after police allegedly found materials used to create methamphetamine in his home.

According to Johnson County criminal complaints, a State of Iowa narcotics search warrant was executed Feb. 5 at the Mosswood Lane residence of 32-year-old Gus D. Ollinger. During the search, officers allegedly located numerous packages of lithium batteries and lithium strip fragments inside a container that also contained methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine.

Gus D. Ollinger

Gus D. Ollinger



The complaint states that officers also located numerous pills containing pseudoephedrine, a grinder with crushed pseudoephedrine powder and a container with sludge containing pseudoephedrine. Other items seized included marijuana, multiple pipes, bongs with residue, numerous unidentified prescription pills, syringes, digital scales and precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to police.

On July 29, lab results from the Division of Criminal Investigation came back and showed items to contain in excess of five grams of methamphetamine, according to complaints. Lab results also came back positive for marijuana.

Ollinger’s charges include: Possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor; possession of controlled substance keep or permit use in a structure, an aggravated misdemeanor; possession of pseudoephedrine, a felony; controlled substance violation, a felony; possession of lithium, a felony.

Ollinger has been released from the Johnson County jail.







Methamphetamine and its precursor drugs worth up to $1 billion has been stopped at the New Zealand border since 2009.

Sixty-six kilograms of methamphetamine and 3.3 tonnes of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine has been intercepted through the International Mail Centre, sea cargo and air cargo shipments, and from individuals entering the country, Customs Minister Maurice Williamson said today.

Methamphetamine (Source: ONE News)


The street value of the drugs is between $740 million and $1 billion while the drug harm prevented is calculated to be $410 million, Mr Williamson said.

“I applaud Customs for stopping so much of this vile drug entering the country,” he said.

“Targeted operational activity has proven successful in disrupting criminal supply chains.”

The Government has focussed on attacking the supply, manufacture and consumption of methamphetamine because of its prevalence in the illicit drug market, the Minister said.

In 2009, the Methamphetamine Action Plan was released with the goal of significantly reducing methamphetamine use and its associated harm.

Methamphetamine use has dropped from 2.2% in 2007/8 to 0.9% in late 2012, he said.

In 2010, he signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with China, which is the country’s primary source of methamphetamine precursors.

“Both Customs administrations have worked to stem the import of precursors from China, including sharing information and intelligence.

“Close work with other customs administrations results in a better understanding of illicit drug supply and presents the opportunity to disrupt the supply chain from the export end.”

Customs continues to work closely with police to identify and dismantle the New Zealand end of smuggling operations, Mr Williamson said.

The Integrated Targeting and Operations Centre also opened in 2011. It assesses threats and targets risks to the border more efficiently.

While evidence suggests the methamphetamine market is smaller now than it was a few years ago, the high price of the drug continues to make New Zealand a target for overseas drug syndicates, Mr Williamson said.

“It’s imperative we remain vigilant and respond to any emerging trends,” he said.

Drug harm is defined as the total social costs from harmful drug use. It includes crime, lost output, health service use and other diverted resources, such as Customs and police time.








MILFORD, Del. — Delaware State Police say a Dover man was found driving a car with a mobile methamphetamine lab inside.

A trooper stopped the man in Milford on Monday after hearing about the lab in the Ford Escort. When the trooper asked the driver, 33-year-old Frank Sheridan of Dover, if there was anything illegal in the car, police say Sheridan replied that there were two bottles in the car actively cooking meth.

Police say detectives found two “one pot” bottles cooking in the car with components and key ingredients in making the drug.

Sheridan is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and local firefighters helped dismantle the lab and clean up the waste.








IDAHO FALLS — Craig Berry, 54, of Ammon, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of methamphetamines and driving without privileges.

Idaho Falls Police Department officials indicated they were following up on a complaint regarding possible drug activity at a residence in the 100 block of East 15th Street around 8:30 p.m. when Berry arrived at the residence.

While being placed under arrest for driving without privileges, police say Berry was found to be in possession of .85 grams of methamphetamines.

Berry was taken to the Bonneville County Jail.







A preliminary hearing for an Arkansas City man charged with multiple offenses, including rape and possession of methamphetamine, has been scheduled for later this month.

That hearing for Richard Norman Smyer, 32, was set during a preliminary-setting hearing Monday in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. 

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Ark City courtroom.

Smyer appeared with his attorney, Clayton Soule, who asked Judge Jim Pringle to reduce his client’s bond.

Smyer has an Ark City residence and has the charge of minor children, Soule told the judge.

At Monday afternoon’s hearing, Pringle reduced Smyer’s bond from $15,000 to $5,000. Smyer still was being held Monday at the Cowley County Jail.

His bond had been set at $24,250 when he was booked into jail last month, but it later was reduced to $15,000, said Larry Schwartz, deputy county attorney.

Smyer was arrested July 14 on rape, theft and drug charges after two alleged altercations, according to the Arkansas City Police Department.

In the previous incident, he was charged with domestic battery.

In the July 14 incident, he was charged with rape, a level-1 person felony; possession of methamphetamine, a drug level-5 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia and theft, both class-A nonperson misdemeanors.

Pringle said he would schedule a trial on the domestic battery case, a misdemeanor, immediately after conducting the preliminary hearing on the felony case.

On July 14, police were dispatched to the 400 block of North C Street for a reported disturbance, according to police.

After officers arrived at the house, Smyer told them he had been in a “minor altercation” with his “former significant other,” with whom he has children, police said in a press release.

A woman told police she had asked to spend the night at Smyer’s residence and that they had a “brief verbal altercation” about a debt he owed to her, police said.

She reported that she fell asleep at the house and, after she woke up, she found that she was missing money and thought that she had been drugged, and possibly assaulted sexually, according to the release.








A McArthur woman is facing multiple drug-related charges after a traffic stop earlier this month allegedly revealed chemicals used in the making of meth.

Alisha Blanton, 37, of McArthur, was stopped for a minor traffic violation when a McArthur police officer requested to search her vehicle, which she allegedly consented to.

Multiple items of drug paraphernalia were said to be found, including those used to illegally manufacture meth, according to a McArthur police report.

The report also states that Blanton had allegedly been illegally requesting others to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medication from area pharmacies. The drug is normally used as a decongestant.

The Vinton County Prosecutor’s office recommended charges of possession of illegal chemicals for manufacture of meth, a felony, as well as unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine and illegal drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

Other charges are reportedly pending the results of laboratory testing.








CURRYVILLE, MO.Investigators found materials used to make methamphetamine near the source of an explosion that destroyed a Pike County, Mo. home and set a man to a burn unit.

The explosion happened shortly after 5:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at 308 W. Maple St. in Curryville, Mo.


The explosion happened shortly after 5:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at 308 W. Maple St. in Curryville, Mo.



Joe Moss was taken from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia. He was transferred to a burn unit in the St. Louis area. Samantha Wilson was also at the home She was taken to Pike County Hospital. She was treated and released.

A report released Monday says that fire investigators uncovered numerous items that point to a clandestine meth lab.

“Witnesses report hearing three separate explosions coming from the house,” according to a statement from Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte. “One of these explosions is attributed to a small propane taken that was located near the source of the fire. The tank was ruptured in a manor consistent with an explosion.”

No arrests were made as of Monday as the investigation continues.








Jacksonville Police made three arrests during two alleged meth busts: at a hotel Saturday and an apartment complex Sunday, officials said.

Late Saturday, Jacksonville Police officers and narcotics detectives responded to reports of possible drug “activity” on the third floor of a hotel on Commerce Drive, according to a Jacksonville Police Department press release.

“The investigation revealed that the occupants were manufacturing and using methamphetamines in the hotel room,” according to the press release.


Christopher Tadlock, 40, of Connelly Springs was arrested and charged with one count manufacturing meth, possession of meth and conspiracy. Tadlock was one of two suspects arrested in connection with that alleged meth lab



“Because of the health hazards associated with the chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamines, the hotel was evacuated and the suspects and first responders were decontaminated by Jacksonville fire personnel at the scene.” stated Spencer Lee, deputy chief of fire operations, in the press release. “In accordance with local and state requirements for responding to incidents involving hazardous materials, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations was called to assist in the investigation.”

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office assisted the investigation.

Christopher Tadlock, 40, of Connelly Springs and Brandy Wells, 24, of Hubert were arrested and charged each with manufacturing meth, possession of meth and conspiracy.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a multi-unit dwelling at 215 Williamsburg Plantation Boulevard.

Firefighters found a first floor unit was filled with smoke but no fire, according to the press release.

“First responders observed suspicious items located within the residence,” according to the press release. “The investigation confirmed that the residence was being used as an active meth lab.”

The apartment building was evacuated and first responders and the suspect were decontaminated by fired department members.

State Bureau of Investigation agents assisted in the response.

John Anthony Scott, 51, of the residence was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and was held on $100,000 secured bond at the Onslow County Jail, according to the press release.








Breaking Bad has given people across the globe an “interesting” introduction to Albuquerque.

Some wonder, is meth a big problem in our city?

The truth is meth is a drug easily found in this city, and in many other cities.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 sat down with recovering addicts for a real look at the impact of the drug at the center of “Breaking Bad.”

For five seasons we have been captivated by two characters.

Those characters are family man and drug kingpin Walter White, and junkie turned right hand man Jessie Pinkman.

We have watched them evolve and followed them into a dark underworld.

On the show that world is Albuquerque and in real life Albuquerque is home to some similar characters.

The Duke City has real life drug dealers, drug makers, and drug addicts battling the real effects of methamphetamine.

“I don’t know, it just grabbed me,” said a recovering addict who only wanted to go by “Danny.” “It just made sense, I don’t know how else to explain it, it was powerful.”

“The first time I smoked it the clouds parted, and I felt like I could get stuff done,” said a recovering female addict who did not want to be named.

Meth is a stimulant, users describe the high as euphoric, but it never lasts.

The effects of meth can be ugly and are well depicted in the show.

“The dirtiness of some of the characters, like not bathing, that stuff is definitely real, it’s definitely what happens in that lifestyle,” said former addict Jeffrey Holland.

Breaking Bad has explored that side of meth, but the show has mostly focused on the drug trade, which is a side that is also alive and well in Albuquerque.

Danny, who has been in recovery for two years, is on probation for trafficking meth.

“I was selling probably a couple pounds a week. I was making, probably $7 or 8 thousand dollars a week,” said Danny.

It seemed like a perfect way to get his meth and to pay his bills.

Kind of like how Walter White thought, he would just make a little extra money for his family.

“What’s real accurate to real life is how it escalates, how when he first got into it he was just trying to help his family because he thought he was going to die, and it escalated from that,” Danny said.

He relates to Walter’s story in that respect and the loss of control, which is a universal experience for drug addicts.

“You don’t deviate from the end game too much when you’re living the life of an addict,” said Holland.

Holland now runs the Endorphin Power Company recovery center in Albuquerque.

He knows the path addicts walk down, is not one they all come back from.

The female former addict did not make it on the first try.

“I went to an extremely expensive treatment center out of state and I did not stay clean,” she said. “It’s amazing how it can really change you to a different person you know.”

For five years we have watched Walter White’s transformation into a different person

We now wonder, with just a few episodes left, how true to life his end will be.

Will it be prison or death?

Those two options seem the most likely for the character.

In real life though, there is some hope for those who make it out of that dark underworld.

“It is possible, anything is possible,” said the woman.

“They say it takes some time to heal from it, and i don’t know if you can ever heal 100 percent, but I definitely feel a whole lot better than I used to,” Danny said.







A drug-dealing New Plymouth addict with a violent temper has been jailed for more than three years.

Tommy Kawhuru White, 53, was yesterday sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court for his part in a $40,000 drug deal after five Aucklanders dropped off 85 grams of methamphetamine to his Fitzroy home.

The group were caught by the New Plymouth armed offenders squad as they headed back to Auckland in their Jaguar, a loaded revolver stashed under a seat.

A jury last month found the five involved guilty of supplying methamphetamine to White.

They are yet to be sentenced.

White had earlier admitted possessing more than 30g of methamphetamine for supply, conspiring to deal methamphetamine, assaulting a man involved in the burglary of his house with an iron bar, assaulting the same man with intent, wilful damage, and attempting to pervert the course of justice when he told a witness to his offending not to turn up at court.

White’s lawyer, Paul Keegan, said his client was genuine in breaking with criminal associates and reforming himself.

He had undertaken counselling and had strong support from his family. White had spent seven months on bail without incident.

Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich asked for an order forfeiting the $9715 found during a search of White’s house. Judge Allan Roberts said White was on bail when charged with the methamphetamine offences.

In an unrelated matter, White had attacked a young man he believed was involved in a burglary of his house.

His victim had grabbed the bar and White had then stabbed him with a screwdriver and bit him.

The bite became infected and the victim ended up in hospital.

The premeditated attack was in broad daylight and involved the use of a weapon in a vigilante action, the judge said. White’s pre-sentence report noted he wanted to get rid of his drug dependency.

His meth use had been raised as a trigger for his violence.

At 53 years of age, White, who had a propensity for violence, should be slowing up, the judge said, and sentenced him to 39 months in jail.







LUCERNE — A police chase that began in an empty parking lot Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of a man who was allegedly in possession of an ounce of methamphetamine and $1,400 in cash.

Narcotics officers with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) approached Timothy Todd Ryden, 47, who was sitting in a light blue BMW parked in an empty parking lot at 1:10 p.m., LCSO Lt. Steve Brooks stated in a press release Monday. Detectives had received information of a vehicle matching the BMW’s description that had been involved in drug sales.

When sheriff’s officers approached the vehicle, Ryden allegedly sped off and led police on a chase travelling east on Country Club Drive in speeds exceeding 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. Brooks also stated that Ryden ran several stop signs during the chase.

The detectives lost Ryden for a while, but later located him in front of a residence in the 6000 block of First Avenue in Lucerne as he was trying to cover the car with a tarp, Brooks stated. Ryden tried to run away but was apprehended shortly after. Detectives allegedly found the bag containing the methamphetamine near Ryden at the time of the arrest and located the $1,400 in the driver-side door pocket.

Ryden was charged with evading a peace officer with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of people and property, possession of a controlled substance for sale, resisting arrest and being an unlicensed driver, Brooks stated. His felony probation was also violated.







Approximately 200 Amish residents in Trumbull County gathered at the Mesopotamia fire station Monday evening for an open forum to discuss drug issues relating to heroin and methamphetamine.

The meeting was called at the request of bishops within the Amish community, who reached out to police for help. Our station was asked not to show video from inside the meeting, but two police officers and a member the Trumbull Ashtabula Group drug task force spoke, and went over meth and heroin awareness tips.

Police also addressed vandalism and underage drinking, saying there has been a rise in large parties where Amish kids are drinking, but police can’t do anything about it if no one speaks up. They urged the community to “help us help you.”

“To this point, the Amish generally don’t like to report things. They like to take care of it in their own church. What we’re trying to do is get cooperation so we can help them and aid them in correcting some of these problems,” said Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Harold Firster.

Police also stressed that the Amish community can help keep drugs out of the county by being the eyes and ears of rural areas. The general message given was “if it looks suspicious, call and report it.”

But police said there is a very big concern over retaliation. Many Amish are fearful that should they speak up, there would be repercussions of some sort, similar to the beard cutting incidents that had taken place several years ago.

Police said all they need is an anonymous tip, and stressed that if they don’t know about the issues, there is nothing they can do to help.







After the largest drug seizer in Douglas County history, local drug use has raised many questions.
Lawrence Drug Counselor Clay Walters has seen many clients addicted to methamphetamines come through the doors of Professional Treatment Services. He said it can be very addictive compared to other drugs.

 “It takes people down very fast. From the standpoint of addiction, methamphetamine can cause that process to happen extremely quickly compared to some of the other drugs,” said Walters.

Last week Lawrence Police officers and Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies announced the largest drug seizure in Douglas County history. Officials said 25 pounds of meth, worth about $1 million if sold on the street, was seized along with money, cocaine, other drugs and a 9 millimeter handgun.
Although no suspects were named, officials said Mexican drug cartels are believed to be involved.
Walters said he has seen a change in the way that meth is sold. He said that the smaller, local meth labs have been replaced by the meth manufactured by the Mexican drug cartels.

“The greater the availability of the drug, the more use you are going to see and the more problems that are going to happen,” said Walters.Jen Jordan with Draw the Line and DCCCA is an advocate against underage drinking and drug use. She said a survey of local high school students showed that 29 percent of sophomores reported they had bought, sold, or had been given drugs at least once in the past year. Jordan said she gave a talk to Haskell students about meth use.

“The drug cartels are bringing methamphetamine into the reservations and then we’re getting kids that are coming to school here that maybe have a problem themselves or have had family members that have had a problem with meth,” said Jordan.

She said that meth use by teens and college students has been fairly steady but an increase in the availability could eventually to more drug use by younger people.