ASHTABULA — A 28-year-old Ashtabula woman was arrested Thursday after law enforcement officials received information of her possible involvement in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Maria Wooten, of 1627 W. 19th St. Apt. A, was arraigned Friday afternoon in Ashtabula Mun-icipal Court. She was charged with two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs or cultivation      of methamphetamine, according to a court spokesperson.

Wooten entered no plea during her arraignment and was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond, according to a court spokesperson.


Detectives from the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department along with TAG officers and a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation agent were notified by the Madison Police Department of a subject purchasing pseudoephedrine, commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, in excess of legal limitations, according to reports.

Wooten was identified, by still-camera images, purchasing the medication with a young child present, according to reports.

ACSO Det. Taylor Cleveland and Det. Brian Cumberledge responded to Wooten’s apartment with TAG officers and the BCI&I agent. Wooten reportedly came to the door with her 5-year-old child, according to reports.

Detectives asked her to separate herself from the child so the child was not present while they spoke, but Wooten refused to do so. Detectives advised her they were conducting a drug investigation surrounding her and she was likely to be charged as a result, according to reports.

While detectives were standing outside the apartment, a chemical odor was detected from inside the apartment. When Wooten was asked about it she reportedly told detectives she “smells it all the time as well.” She reportedly said “some people a couple apartments away were just arrested for drugs,” according to reports.

Detectives reportedly asked Wooten for permission to enter her apartment to further speak to her about their investigation; however, Wooten reportedly became very defensive and asked if they had a search warrant, according to reports.

After several attempts to gain permission to enter her apartment, Wooten finally allowed them in, according to reports.

Cleveland began searching kitchen cabinets and reportedly observed a “one pot” style meth lab inside a plastic 20 ounce bottle. It was not active and reportedly contained waste product left as a result of making methamphetamine, according to reports.

Wooten reportedly immediately broke down emotionally stating the meth lab was not hers. She was arrested and Ashtabula County Children Services was notified to assist with the child, according to reports.

Wooten’s live-in boyfriend arrived at the apartment and was arrested on an outstanding warrant with Lake County. He reportedly began giving detectives explanations for the meth lab, according to reports.

He reportedly told detectives someone came into the apartment through the attic and placed the meth lab in the cupboard. He also reportedly told detectives he finds meth labs “popping” up around the apartment complex all the time and he takes them into the apartment so children don’t find them, according to reports.

Detectives also found other meth-related items in the wooded area directly behind the apartment complex, according to reports.

A family member was contacted to take custody of the child in lieu of the child going with CSB, according to reports.

Both Wooten and her boyfriend were transported to Ashtabula County Jail. Wooten is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 10 in Ashtabula Municipal Court.



Chatham-Kent police Intelligence Unit have arrested 28 people and seized a quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and fentanyl during a five-month investigation.

The accused face over 100 charges including possession and trafficking controlled substances, weapons charges and obstructing police.

Chatham police




Officers used seven drug warrants to search various residences throughout Chatham-Kent during what police dubbed Project ATAM.

Drugs seized include 52.2 grams of methamphetamine, 530 mg of fentanyl, 35.75 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of cannabis, 3 cannabis plants and one gram of psilocybin.

The combined street value of the drugs seized is estimated at $ 17,160.

Officers also seized $6,970.00 in cash.



The hit AMC series Breaking Bad highlights the sad  but true reality of alcohol and drug abuse, portraying an  industry often filled with desperate people who commit increasingly desperate  acts. Unfortunately, rampant meth use in the United States not only destroys the  lives of addicts and their families, but the greater U.S. economy as well.

In the beginning of the series, Walter White, a brainy but nebbish chemistry  teacher at an Albuquerque, N.M., high school, is diagnosed with terminal lung  cancer. With a pregnant wife and a son who has cerebral palsy, all he can think  about is what his family will do when he’s gone.

breaking bad


White pairs up with a former student who has become a crystal meth dealer,  and together the two begin producing and selling an especially pure form of the  drug.

As  White becomes more and more embroiled with law enforcement and competing  dealers, he begins to lose his sense of self and reality. Every day he acts more  like his alter ego “Heisenberg” to everyone, including himself.

Who knows what will become of White and his family? All we can do is hold our  breath and wait for the Breaking Bad finale, which  airs Sunday, Sept. 29, on AMC. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at how  the show’s silent adversary, methamphetamine, is impacting our financial  reality.

Breaking Bad Numbers: How Does Methamphetamine Affect the United  States Financially?

Meth Use Alone Racked Up a $23.4 Billion Bill in 2005

The emotional costs of methamphetamine cannot be measured — but the economic  impacts can. According to a RAND Corporation study, “The Economic Cost of  Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005,” methamphetamine cost the United  States $23.4 billion in 2005, with addiction, drug treatment, premature death  and other effects factored in.

However, this figure is only an approximation; the RAND study provided an  estimated range of anywhere between $16.2 and $48.3 billion in costs.

“When you look at drug use in this country, the loss to society is in the  billions,” said Gregory A. Smith, M.D., executive producer of American  Addict and American Addict 2. Additionally, Smith explained that  because users often indulge in more than one kind of drug, methamphetamine use  is often inextricably linked to other types of substance abuse.

While meth use places a serious hamper on the U.S. economy, punitive measures  against users rack up additional costs, as well.

“Working at countless treatment centers in South Florida, I have witnessed  first-hand the horrible impact of methamphetamine addiction on the entire United  States,” said Sierra Kline, SEO coordinator at the Florida House Experience, a  drug and alcohol treatment facility. “The number of drug-related  [incarcerations] not only costs average Americans, but also does little to help  the underlying problem of addiction.”

The War on Drugs: Higher Criminal Justice System Costs

According to the U. S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence  Center, the annual costs of drug-related crimes in the United States is in  excess of $61 billion. A 2010 National Drug Threat Study found that ice  methamphetamine and crack cocaine cause a majority of drug-related crime.

Methamphetamine has also “affected folks’ increased engagement with our  criminal justice system,” added Oliver McGee, an analyst and former U.S. deputy  assistant secretary under Bill Clinton.

Based on RAND’s study, McGee explained that methamphetamine especially  strains the U.S. criminal justice system.

“The study’s overall call for increased investments in ‘preventive measures’  clearly points out that many of the economic costs [include] criminal justice  burdens,” McGee said.

According to Southeast Missouri State University, it costs approximately  $30,000 to $40,000 to house one inmate per year.

Increased Costs to Tax Payers

“There is a lot of man power with the government,” noted Jorge Trevino, a  partner with Trevino & Gayed, LLP. Referring to the federal government’s war  on drugs, Trevino explained that a surplus of law enforcement officials is  necessary to enforce the government’s laws on alcohol and drug abuse.

According to Addiction Treatment Strategies, it costs $2,000 to $3,000 for  federal or state drug agents to clean up a meth lab. Nationwide, the Drug  Enforcement Administration disbursed money to clean up more than 10,000  methamphetamine labs, costing taxpayers between $20 and $30 million.

Detox and Rehabilitation Costs

Depending on where an individual goes for treatment, costs can be as “low as  $10,000 to $20,000, to $60,000 to $70,000 per month per patient” Smith  explained, adding that it “requires more than a month of treatment” in addition  to a sober living facility for adequate treatment.

According to RAND, treatment for methamphetamine addicts cost  $545 million in 2005.

Unnecessary Medical Costs From Methamphetamine Use

RAND also noted $351 million in methamphetamine-related medical  costs, as well as $61 million used, in part, to treat injured victims and remove  bodies from explosions at meth labs.

Lost Productivity

According to RAND, in 2005, $687 million was lost in productivity due to  methamphetamine use.

Why? “Methamphetamine shifts our moods and causes mood swings, resulting in  various thinking disorders, like anxiety, paranoia, even depression.” McGee  explained. “[It] only escalates such cranial-abdominal thinking disorders.  This has a substantial and direct impact on … affected folks’ overall  productivity and personal economics.”

While most modern Hollywood productions tend to glamorize drug use in  America, Breaking Bad stands out not only for its incredibly talented  crew of writers and actors, but also for its harshly realistic portrayal of what  meth addiction does to people. We may be saying goodby to the series forever,  but we have a long way to go before the same can be said of meth use and its  detrimental effect on our economy.





Plain Dealing, LA – Local law enforcement agencies in our area participated in a week’s worth of training geared at preparing them for encountering meth labs.

Jake Kelton is a meth lab trainer for police, deputies, and firefighters. He says it’s key that local law enforcement know what to do when they come across a meth lab. “If they have a bad day, and that thing ignites, that’s a 4 thousand pound missile coming directly to you. So it’s not just the chemicals, it’s what happens when it explodes. You (North Louisiana) have enough meth labs in your area, a lot of meth labs in your area, and they’re this type so these guys have to be trained.”
After hours of training and tests, comes the hands on exercise where they have to properly disable and process a real meth lab. “These guys are going in for an initial assessment. Their job is to decide whether there’s a meth lab inside that location or not.”
It’s a grueling process, but Kelton says, the training is invaluable and will save lives. “It costs your community thousands of dollars. Every time they find a meth lab it costs thousands of dollars to process. But when these officers are trained to do this process themselves, they’re saving you thousands of dollars to go out there.”
It can cost up to $12,000 to clean up a meth lab. Louisiana had 55 meth lab incidents in 2012. Since law enforcement have to order special equipment to disable and process meth labs the cost is shared by those convicted of making or having a lab and tax payers.

A Vernon woman is facing charges after officers found her at her home making meth, according to Walton County Sheriff’s Department.

On Thursday, deputies responded to 80 Boonie Lane in Vernon, in response to a complaint of an individual manufacturing methamphetamine in a shed.


Once on scene, investigators located Jamie Sheldon Burke, 35, in a shed on the property. Two bags were retrieved by investigators containing items used in the “Shake and Bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine. One bag contained an active “Shake and Bake” cook vessel with methamphetamines.  Investigators collected 5 additional cook vessels, which were located in the shed.

Jamie Burke of 80 Boonie Lane, Vernon, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a second degree felony and Trafficking in Methamphetamine, a first degree felony.

Burke was transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections.



EDINBORO — Officials with the Erie County Office of Children and Youth, accompanied by Pennsylvania State Police, were checking out a mobile home in a small park off Route 99 in Washington Township when they were overcome by a “heavy chemical odor” inside, police said.

The odor, and the discovery of suspicious items inside, led to a search Wednesday afternoon that uncovered what is believed to be an active methamphetamine manufacturing operation inside the small, white trailer at 48 Hall Drive, just south of the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania campus.

Investigators said they also found two young girls, ages 5 and 2, suffering from open sores, neglect and respiratory distress, police charge in case documents filed in the drug investigation.

The girls were taken to the emergency room at UPMC Hamot at about 5 p.m. Wednesday for injuries “due to chemical exposure and neglect” as police scoured the mobile home and seized 10 “one pot” meth labs, hundreds of grams of suspected methamphetamine and “dozens of items of evidence,” police said.

Two adult residents of the trailer were taken into custody. Gerald A. Ryan, 50, and Genevieve M. Brown, 27, were arraigned Wednesday night by Harborcreek Township District Judge Mark Krahe on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacturing of methamphetamine-child injured, possession of precursor chemicals and endangering the welfare of children.

Ryan and Brown remained in the Erie County Prison on Thursday on $50,000 bond each.

Investigators in the drug case could not be reached for comment Thursday. But according to information filed with the criminal charges, investigators learned in January that the two were “heavily involved” in the western Erie County “drug culture,” specifically the manufacturing of meth.

Police said an Erie County judge ordered an OCY caseworker to inspect the mobile home based in part on previous complaints and an open investigation into the welfare of the girls, according to information with the charges.

Investigators finished their search of the mobile home Wednesday night and plastered a bright yellow sticker, warning readers that a suspected meth lab was seized from the premises, on the front door, below a diamond-shaped window covered with newspaper.

“The meth business is closed,” a neighbor said Thursday morning.

Wednesday’s search was the third conducted at a suspected meth manufacturing site in the Erie region this week.

Agents with the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control, assisted by state police, seized suspected meth, drug ingredients and the byproducts of meth manufacturing from an upstairs apartment on West Main Street in downtown Girard on Sept. 20. The case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed yet, said Dennis Tobin, the bureau’s regional director.

Bureau members and Meadville police impounded a van and found a suspected “one pot” meth lab and drug precursors inside in an investigation Wednesday. Devanie M. Coudriet, 32, of Saegertown, and Ashley M. Stewart, 23, of Guys Mills, were jailed on charges in that case.

“People are using it so people are going to manufacture it,” Tobin said of the recent lab seizures. “It’s not something that’s going to go away because so many people are addicted to it. Where you have an individual who wants it, you’ll have an individual who manufactures it.”



The series finale of the TV show “Breaking Bad” airs this Sunday (Sept. 29). For five years, viewers have watched Walter White’s descent from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to drug kingpin as he manufactures methamphetamine.

The synthesization of methamphetamine, seen here in its crystal form, leaves behind long-lasting hazards.

The synthesis of methamphetamine, seen here in its crystal form, leaves behind long-lasting hazards


Although the show depicts the bizarre side of the meth industry, the real-world history of meth is much stranger. From its use by the Nazis as a war aid to its variant “Smurf dope,” here are six strange facts about methamphetamine.

Meth history

In 1887, scientists first isolated the chemical ephedrine from a shrub called Ephedra sinica, which had been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. In 1919, chemists manufactured methamphetamine by combining the plant’s active chemical with red phosphorous and iodine.

People soon noticed the stimulant’s appetite-suppressing, mood-boosting, and focus-inducing properties. In World War II, Adolf Hitler distributed methamphetamines to soldiers to boost morale and help keep soldiers alert. And during the 1950s, amphetamine was a component of a popular diet pill that housewives used to keep slim. [7 Diet Tricks That Really Work]

Home cooking

Unlike cocaine, heroin and marijuana, in which the drug’s key ingredient is primarily harvested from crops, producing methamphetamine requires transforming precursor drugs. Compounds such as ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredients in decongestants such as Sudafed, must undergo chemical reactions to become the illicit drug.

Only a handful of laboratories around the world make these chemicals at any scale, according to a 2011 “Frontline” documentary on the meth epidemic. Huge quantities of meth are produced by Mexican drug cartels in superlabs.

But “freelancers” who make the drug at home steal decongestants from pharmacies and combine them with toxic solvents and chemicals in dangerous home labs. The chemicals used to manufacture meth are volatile and can lead to explosions, and the toxic waste left behind is extremely difficult to clean up.

Blue myth?

On the show “Breaking Bad,” Walter White’s trademark drug is so pure, it looks like powder-blue rock candy. In reality, pure meth is typically white or clear, because it reflects all wavelengths of visible light.

Purity is a measure of how uniform the chemical composition of the drug is, and even tiny amounts of impurities can add color to the drug. However, blue meth itself isn’t a myth. Several years ago, drug dealers began selling “Smurf dope,” or methamphetamine that has been tinged with a pigment or dye to appear blue, USA Today reported.

Smurf dope has the same chemical activity as the less colorful, white variety.

Similar drugs

Methamphetamine is a cousin of stimulants routinely prescribed to children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin have similar effects as methamphetamine, and the body actually metabolizes methamphetamine into amphetamine.

However, because illicit meth has undergone a process called double methylation (as opposed to being methylated just once), it is processed in the body more quickly and powerfully.

Meat connection

Meth has plagued Midwestern states such as Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. Experts say meth got a foothold in the heartland in part via industrial meat processing plants.

Jobs in these factories are among the most dangerous and physically taxing in America: Workers have to “process” chickens, cows or pigs at a blistering rate (up to 140 chickens per minute, according to current USDA rules). Meat processing workers came to rely on meth in order to be quicker, sharper and more alert, according to Nick Reding’s book “Methland,” (Bloomsbury USA, 2009).

The same plants play a role in Mexican drug organizations’ distribution networks, as migrant workers who move across the country from plant to plant can spread the drug, according to the book.

Ugly effects

Long-term methamphetamine use has some ugly side effects. Chronic use constricts and eventually destroys blood vessels, inhibiting the body’s ability to repair tissue and aging skin. Meth users also sometimes hallucinate that insects are crawling under their skin, leading them to pick at their skin until small sores form.

In addition, meth dries out the salivary glands, which makes it easier for mouth acids to erode tooth enamel and the gums, allowing cavities to gain a foothold. Addicts’ habit of teeth-grinding, combined with a hankering for sweet foods during meth highs, only worsen the problem. That leaves many users with rotted teeth and the characteristic “meth mouth” shown in many anti-drug campaigns.



BROOKSVILLE — Hernando detectives have arrested a Brooksville man and woman for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in their home on Fruitville Street while their teenage daughter was at home.

Wayne Lee Snell, 40, and Charity Burr, 35, were both taken into custody Friday morning. They each remained behind bars at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of bail totaling $31,000.

According to arrest affidavits, detectives executed a search warrant about 8 a.m. Friday at the couple’s home, which is only about a half-mile from Nature Coast Technical High School. Property records show that Gary and Patricia Burr own the three-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile house.

It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, relationship there was between Charity Burr and the owners of the home.

Once authorities got inside the house, they allegedly found Snell and Burr in possession of equipment and chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine, lye, acetone and glassware.

Following a Miranda warning, Burr told detectives that her 15-year-old daughter had been at the house during the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Burr’s daughter later confirmed that statement to authorities.

The girl was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

During a search of the home, authorities also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the master bedroom.

Detectives then arrested Snell and Burr and transported them to the county jail. They each face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; being in possession of a place or structure for the sale, trafficking or manufacture of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor; and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both Burr and Snell have had a number of run-ins with local authorities: Snell has faced previous charges including aggravated assault, domestic violence and more than a handful of traffic violations, while Burr has been charged previously with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.




SEMINOLE — Deputies arrested four people Thursday who they said were involved in running a methamphetamine lab at La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park.

George McClelland, 44, was arrested on charges of trafficking and possession of methamphetamine. Michael Bice, 50, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine and unlawful possession of listed chemicals. Sheila Stout, 47, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of listed chemicals.


Narcotics detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office investigate a methamphetamine operation at the La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park on Thursday.

Narcotics detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office investigate a methamphetamine operation at the La Tropical Oaks Mobile Home Park on Thursday


All three lived in the mobile home park at 5101 Seminole Blvd.

William Sansoucie, 59, who lived in another mobile home, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of listed chemicals.

Outside the mobile home Thursday, there was a spread of leftover evidence: liquid detergent and Gatorade bottles, a brown hydrogen peroxide container, a mason jar and a blue tool box.

A man in a hazardous material suit crouched over the spread. The “cookers” had already been taken away, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cristen Rensel said, and the rest of the evidence was left outside for testing and disposal by a cleanup crew.

A yellow toy dump truck lay a few feet away in the yard. A dog, called Misty, was tied to a post nearby.

DeeDee Brazeau owns the Groomer’z, a shop next to the park. About 10 a.m. Thursday, her phone rang. A caller told her to “lock your door right now,” she said.

She turned around, looked out the window and saw an officer with a mask and gun heading in her direction. She grabbed the schnauzer she had been grooming and locked herself in the shop’s bathroom.

“I never smelled anything, never heard anything, never knew it was going on,” Brazeau said.

An October 2012 raid in Largo led detectives to watch La Tropical Oaks, Rensel said, which in turn provided cause for a warrant and Thursday’s bust.

“What if it exploded?” Lauri Curran, a stylist at the Mirage Hair Salon nearby, asked. “The whole neighborhood would have shut down.”

Riley Wallace, the salon’s owner, saw Drug Enforcement Administration vehicles and men in masks heading into the trailer. She put it together quickly.

“It’s like Breaking Bad,” Wallace said.


JOHOR BARU: The Johor Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle RM1.3  million worth of methamphetamine through the Sultan Ismail International Airport  in Senai on Wednesday.

In the  incident, a Vietnamese was detained and remanded to facilitate the  investigation.
State Customs  director Datuk Ramli Johari said the 6.74 kg cache was packed in several  packages in the baggage carried by the suspect.
“The suspect  was travelling from Vietname to Senai with transits in New Delhi, India and the  Kuala Lumpur International Airport,” said Ramli.
He said the  case is being investigated under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs  Act.
This is the  second such case uncovered this month.
On September  12, a 22 year old South African woman was arrested at the same airport for  smuggling in 4.9 kilogrammes of methamphetamine worth about RM931,000.






SEPTEMBER 26, 2013-  Methamphetamine.   It’s a drug that’s growing in usage across Erie County-with one bust after the next.
Experts call it an explosive drug that can rock your world and cause serious bodily harm in more ways than one.
Dennis Tobin, the Regional Director of the Bureau of Narcotics, says the region has experienced an uptick of meth abuse.
He says meth labs are being discovered regularly and are often more difficult to find because they are smaller….
Typically one pot labs found in cars, living rooms and garages across the area.
Tobin warns meth is highly addictive and toxic because it is made out of many household cleaners, acids and sometimes even gasoline.

He says when the chemicals are mixed they can create potential explosions.
Doctors at Saint Vincent Hospital say the effects of the drug are detrimental to your health-aging your body quickly, causing rapid weight loss, brain damage and sometimes even death.
Tobin says spotting a meth lab is difficult, but be aware of what people are throwing in the garbage.
He says people constantly discarding of bi-products, batteries, canisters and coffee filters could be an indicator that they are manufacturing meth.
Health experts say if you know someone that is abusing meth, approach them privately and encourage them to come forward and seek help.
They say there are several resources and treatment options available in the county.



Last month, Jade Winslow-Fuentes moved into the Enchanted Woods apartment complex in Federal Way with her two sons, 2 and 15 years old. She wouldn’t stay long.

“One of the neighbors came and introduced herself and told me that she was happy that a new family was going to be living there. She had been praying to God that a new family would move in,” Jade says. “That was a major red flag because why are you praying to God that a family would move in beneath you? She stated that the last tenants were meth addicts.”

Jade says she was completely horrified. So she and her kids packed a bag of clothes and immediately left.


Police confiscate methamphetamine at a home they raided in Norcross, Ga., after being tipped meth was being produced there

Jade and her sons all have asthma and the day they moved in, they all started getting coughs and colds. She went to talk to the apartment manager.

“When I told her, ‘Hey, you know, the neighbors said that there would be twenty to thirty meth addicts in there smoking meth and cigarettes all night long.’ She rolled her eyes and made 100 excuses as to why they weren’t meth addicts and that she knew them and her leasing agent went to church with her. She said she knew what meth addicts looked like,” Jade said. “She watched ‘Breaking Bad’ and she knows what meth smells like and it smells bad.”

So Jade found a website called and paid $50 to do a home test. It came up positive.

“I gave that to the management and they stated they couldn’t trust my chain of custody as if me or my brother or the postman tainted the test. So they said they’re going to have a contractor come in and I said, ‘Okay!’ I know that you can pay a crooked contractor. So I had a test done myself with my own contractor, which is Bio Clean. That cost $550 and the results were positive.”

Jade received a letter from Guardian Management, saying their test came up negative. That’s Jade’s two positive tests versus the apartment management company’s one negative.

Theresa Borst is the president of Bio Clean Inc., a certified clean up contractor through the state’s Department of Health. She conducted the test at Jade’s apartment.

“I would like to know what environmental company went in there and I’d like to see the results myself,” Theresa said. “I would have to bet nine times out of 10 it was not a certified contractor with the state of Washington Department of Health. And furthermore I’d have to really question if it was really done at all.”

Guardian is letting Jade out of her lease without penalty, but she wants her rent and deposit back, her moving costs reimbursed, and $2,000 for the contaminated beds she had to leave behind. But most of all she wants for them to clean up the unit.

“I don’t want children in that unit, I don’t want another family to deal with what I’ve had to deal with. I don’t want them running a game and scamming another family. I think that they need new management because how is it that it slipped through so many hands?”

Theresa says the apartment is so contaminated that it needs to be gutted. Unfortunately the health department and police departments have lost funding, and no longer have jurisdiction on this issue. Both Jade and Theresa couldn’t get any help from the health department.

“I think her voice needs to be heard, mainly to make the public aware so it’s not happening to them,” Theresa said. “This is really dangerous. It’s potentially dangerous to their health, especially to children. We’ve seen ADHD, asthma, bronchitis as a result of this. We’ve seen women who have miscarried or have had birth defects with their children because of situations like this. This is nothing to mess around with. This is really, really serious stuff.”

Theresa recommends everyone in Enchanted Woods have their unit tested for meth, and extends that warning to the general public.

“There’s a lot of repos on the market right now and a lot of short sales. Talk to your neighbors before you even put an offer on that house because your neighbors are going to be a wealth of knowledge. Also, go to the sheriff’s department. Go to the health department, see if there are any solid waste complaints on the place. See if there’s any law enforcement activity that’s been going on at the place.”

For now, Jade and her kids are staying with a friend, but she wants the management at Enchanted Woods to make major changes so no other children and families are endangered by that unit.

“I think that they’re going to put new rugs in, they’re going to paint it again, they’re going to air it out, they’re going to clean it up real good and put another family in there.”

The Enchanted Woods apartment complex referred me to the property management company, who would not give me any information since this is an ongoing investigation. I also contacted the Attorneys General’s office and was told this is out of its jurisdiction.



ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen’s downtown homeless population is apparently migrating up the hill. That’s according to Doctor Carey Martens, he told the city council at last night’s meeting “I live up on Broadway Hill, we’ve seen a huge influx in terms of vagrants, meth-heads, every kind of undesirable that you see downtown – we’ve got up in our neighborhood.”
The Chief of Staff at Community Hospital said he’s often asked questions as he recruits doctors to the area “And they’re asking ‘Doc Carey, where should we buy a house at?’ Oh Wishkah is looking good, just come in and work – get the heck out of [Aberdeen] at night.”
The doctor said he doesn’t feel safe in his own driveway, and warned the council “I can practice medicine anywhere I want, and I chose to come here. People like me are not going to stay here for much longer, unless we get this place cleaned up.”
City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said she sees similar issues at her business “I pack a gun to work, and I keep it with me at all times.” although her solution might not be for everybody.

Albuquerque police busted an apparent meth lab inside a hotel in northeast Albuquerque on Wednesday night.

Officers were conducting a traffic stop at the Motel 6 near Carlisle and I-40 when the occupants of the vehicle said they had three children inside one of the hotel rooms.

Officers went to check on the kids when they found items used to make methamphetamine inside the room.

The room was sealed pending a search warrant and a narcotics team processed the lab.

Detectives arrested the suspects on the stolen vehicle charges.

New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department responded to the scene and took custody of the children, ages 5, 13 and 15.



BULLHEAD CITY, AZ (FOX5) – Authorities in northwest Arizona announced a nationwide hunt for a woman accused for a role in a man’s slaying in which the victim was stabbed 80 times.

Bullhead City resident Nora Yesenia Sandoval, 35, faces first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder charges in the 2011 death of Raymond Sanchez, according to police.
Nora Sandoval, 35, was convicted of methamphetamine sales. She is also accused in the slaying of Raymond Sanchez. (Bullhead City Police)
Nora Sandoval, 35, was convicted of methamphetamine sales. She is also accused in the slaying of Raymond Sanchez

According to Bullhead City police, Sanchez was believed to have stolen a large amount of methamphetamine from Sandoval. Earlier this month, Chase Salveson, 42, was arrested and accused of killing Sanchez.

Citing a tip in Salveson’s arrest, Bullhead City police believe Salveson also killed Sanchez in order to pay back a debt to Sandoval.

Sanchez’s body was found stabbed more than 80 times and wrapped in plastic shower curtains at the entrance of the Colorado River Nature Center, police said.

Police also linked Sandoval to Sanchez’s death after they learned she purchased plastic shower curtains and cleaning supplies on the same day of the slaying, according to authorities.

Sandoval fled last year when she was on trial for methamphetamine sales, which a jury convicted her.

Police urged anyone with information on Sandoval’s whereabouts to contact local law enforcement or Bullhead City police at 928-763-1999.  



A Rocky Mount man and his mother were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a police raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab.

 Terry Shawn Hodges, 30, and Tammy Sue Jones-Smith, 50, are both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Investigators have to wear special clothing and gloves to examine and dispose of the caustic chemical ingredients used in making methamphetamine.



 Acting on a tip, the sheriff’s office began an investigation that led to the execution of a search warrant at a residence on Tripple Creek Road, Maxey said.

 Investigators discovered ingredients commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and bottles containing substances consistent with the one-pot method of manufacturing meth, Maxey said.

 During the raid, the chemicals began to react, causing concern of a fire igniting inside the residence, Maxey said. Franklin County Public Safety responded to the scene as a precaution.

 Hodges and Jones-Smith were inside the residence at the time of the raid, along with four other adults, Maxey said.

 Agents with the Virginia State Police assisted in the raid, along with the Rocky Mount and Glade Hill volunteer fire departments and Franklin County Rescue Squad.

 Hodges and Jones-Smith were being held without bond at press time Thursday.

 This was the fifth raid on suspected methamphetamine labs in the county within the past 10 days, Maxey said. As the investigations are still active, details about the other four raids have not been released.

 “This is another example of Sheriff Bill Overton’s promise to aggresively combat drugs in Franklin County with a strong committment to resources, training and quick response,” said Sgt. Tim Taylor with the sheriff’s office drug unit.

 Anyone with information about possible meth labs or other drug offenses is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 483-3000.


WINTON — A convicted sex offender with a history of violence is behind bars again in Merced County, accused of selling methamphetamine near a Winton elementary school.

Jose Manuel Aguilera, 57, appeared briefly Wednesday in Merced County Superior Court, but did not enter any plea to charges of selling a controlled substance, possession of more than a pound of a controlled substance, maintaining a place to sell narcotics and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

Jose Manuel Aguilera



Judge Marc A. Garcia ordered Aguilera to return to court Oct. 2 for arraignment, authorities said.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Department arrested Aguilera on Sept. 19 following a weeklong investigation by the Sheriff’s Tactical and Reconnaissance Team, Deputy Delray Shelton said. “The investigators received information that an older Hispanic male was selling large amounts of methamphetamine within the area of Winfield School,” Shelton said.

Deputies seized more than 6 ounces of suspected methamphetamine from Aguilera’s home in the 6900 block of California Street, less than 1,000 feet from the elementary school, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The school is located in the 6800 block of Chestnut Lane.

Winton School District officials did not return phone calls on Thursday seeking comment.

An investigator in the case described Aguilera as a “midlevel dealer” and said authorities do not believe he is associated with any larger trafficking conspiracies or organizations.

It was not clear how long investigators believe Aguilera may have been allegedly selling drugs from his home.

According to the state Justice Department’s Megan’s Law website, Aguilera has been previously convicted of annoying or molesting a child and is a registered sex offender; however, his specific address is not subject to release.

Shelton could not specifically comment on Aguilera’s sex-crime conviction, but said not all registered offenders are required to stay away from schools and public parks.

According to Merced Superior Court records, Aguilera has a long criminal history dating back to at least the early 1990s. His convictions range from minor traffic violations to drunken driving, solicitation, weapons possession and assault.

Although he’s listed on the state’s Megan’s Law website and served extensive time in the Merced County Jail, Aguilera has no record of serving any time in a California state prison, according to Luis Patino, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Aguilera was still in custody Thursday at the Merced County Jail on $20,000 bail.


LANCASTER, S.C. — A traffic stop in Lancaster led to the discovery of a meth lab on Wednesday.

Lancaster police said they charged Aaron Baker, Robert Baker and Dana Sanders with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

Lancaster police said investigators were in the area conducting surveillance on a home when they stopped a vehicle leaving the scene that was occupied by Robert Baker.

Police: Traffic stop leads to meth lab arrests

(L–R) Aaron Baker, Dana Sanders and Robert Baker



During the traffic stop, investigators located items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in the vehicle, police said.

Investigators returned to the home the vehicle had left and arrested Aaron Baker on an outstanding warrant for manufacturing marijuana.

The investigation eventually concluded when investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Once the warrant was executed, investigators found methamphetamine and additional evidence of the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Hazardous material experts were called in to properly dispose of the dangerous waste.

“Meth labs are extremely dangerous and we are thankful that we were able to shut this place down and get these individuals in jail before someone was hurt,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry S. Faile said.

All three suspects were jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center where they are awaiting a bond hearing.

“Our Drug Task Force team did a great job with the investigation and I am thankful for their hard work. Job well done,” Faile said.



TAMPA — Three California women conspired to smuggle about 2 pounds of high-purity methamphetamine into Tampa, a federal jury has decided.

Vanessa Cooper, 39, and Canetha Johnson 43 — both of El Cajon, Calif. — and Selena Blanchard, 41, of San Diego, each face possible life sentences after Monday’s conviction of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

Vanessa, Cooper Canetha, Johnson Selena, Blanchard


The women smuggled drugs on planes to Tampa from San Diego on April 1 and 2, according to prosecutors. They concealed the drugs on their bodies to get through airport security.

Sentencing for the women is scheduled for Dec. 16.

RIDGEFIELD, WA (KPTV) – A truck driver hauling a load of frozen chicken from California was arrested in Ridgefield Wednesday morning.

Washington State Patrol said the truck and trailer was stopped at the Ridgefield Port of Entry after going through the scales at 1,100 pounds overweight.

The driver, Katherine Simms, 50, of Yuba City, CA, was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Oregon.

Troopers searched Simms’ purse and said a baggie of white powder, believed to be methamphetamine, was found.

Photo: WSPK-9 Trooper Corbin. Photo: WSP


Troopers evaluated Simms at the scene and determined she was not impaired at the time of her arrest. She was booked in the Clark County Jail.

A search warrant was then obtained for the truck. Troopers said they found two glass smoking devices in the truck’s living quarters. A WSP K-9, named Corbin, assisted with the investigation.

Investigators said she was hauling a load of frozen chicken from Livingston, CA to Longview, WA when she was stopped. The truck remained parked at the scene until a licensed driver was found to take over the load.

Charges are pending in this case, according to police.






San Francisco, CA — (SBWIRE) — 09/26/2013 — There are at least 12 murders committed or tried by courts within the last 24 months wherein crystal methamphetamine was utilized by the killer in the crime.

Police have warned about the widespread use of the drug as creating a new level of violence in the area and has been said to be part of the problem in pushing unstable individuals into violent crimes.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer, of the Victoria Police intelligence and covert support section stated that “This is our new heroin,” when discussing the drug and its effect on the population.

Fryer stated that it was clear there had been a rise in the number of meth-related activities that involved homicide. Meanwhile, the Victoria police figures have shown that within the past financial year, there were over 3,200 amphetamine-related crimes that involved assault. There were another nearly 4,000 burglaries relating to the drug’s use.

Meth is the most popular form of the compound. Coroners Court found that 34 deaths in 2012 and up to 14 in 2010 were related to the drug. A prominent magistrate recently spoke on the fears of the drug taking over the community.

Magistrate Clive Allsop stated to a court that in some areas of Victoria, the use and effect of the drug was reaching epidemic proportions. His largest concern was its possible effect on children and young adults. He noted the number of arrests involving the drug within the past two years had grown, while deaths were up 150% in that same period.

“The message I’d like to get out is don’t have a bar of it. It appears to be more addictive than any substance we’ve seen before and it’s having disastrous consequences,” said Allsop.

Fryer noted that amphetamine use from 1970 to 1990 was an average low of 4%, but now the drug is growing in use, and thus the violent crimes are growing as well.

“We used to do high-fives if we seized a kilo (of ice). We have got div vans seizing a kilo (nowadays),” Mr Fryer said.




CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A traffic stop led to a massive methamphetamine bust in Clackamas County.

An Oregon State Police trooper assigned to the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force pulled over a Ford Focus for a traffic infraction just off Interstate 5 at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

During the stop, the trooper’s cover officer, a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office K-9, alerted on drugs in the car.



Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff’s OfficePhoto: Clackamas County Sheriff’s OfficePhoto: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office 

Omar Rodriguez, booking photo
Omar Rodriguez

Further investigation led to the discovery of 21 pounds of meth. Deputies said the street value of the drugs is estimated at $550,000.

The driver, Omar Rodriguez, 32, of Canby, was arrested on charges of unlawful distribution and possession of methamphetamine.

The seizure marked the biggest meth bust in the history of the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force.



A hammer left hanging on the workshop wall cannot drive a nail on a job site.

A car with an empty gas tank is useless.

And a methamphetamine database deprived of data cannot be used to help stem the scourge of drug abuse in Tennessee.

The state’s meth offender registry, which is supposed to be used to alert pharmacists when a meth offender tries to buy pseudoephedrine, apparently contains only a fraction of the names intended by lawmakers, according to a report in The Tennessean last week.

In other words, the registry as currently used is a tool not up to the task at hand.

Looking at the registry, one would never suspect that Tennessee is the top meth-producing state in the Union. During the past year, only 65 of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported meth convictions to the registry.

Law enforcement acknowledges the limitations of the database. “We do the best we can, but, no, the registry does not include everyone it should,” Special Agent Tommy Farmer, who runs the Tennessee Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force, told The Tennessean.

When Tennessee’s registry was established in 2005, it was the first in the nation to track meth arrests. In 2011, the Legislature passed a law requiring the registry be connected to a system pharmacists use to identify customers who have purchased the legal limit of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. By consulting the system, pharmacists can refuse to sell pseudoephedrine to those who have been convicted of meth-related crimes over the previous seven years.

Too few criminals, The Tennessean found, make their way onto the list. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which maintains the registry, depends on reports from county criminal court clerks to keep the list up to date.

Many meth offenders, however, are convicted under broader state laws that do not distinguish meth from other drugs such as marijuana. Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk Thomas Smith told the Tennessean that conviction paperwork that does not identify the drugs involved in a particular case makes it impossible for clerks to know whether to report criminals to the registry.

Solutions could prove to be elusive.

A couple of states have driven down meth lab seizures by requiring pseudoephedrine be sold by prescription only, a strategy advocated by Farmer. Of course, Tennessee’s other major drug problem — painkiller abuse — rages on despite the fact that drugs such as oxycontin can be obtained legally only with a prescription. Lawmakers would be wise to consult with the TBI, district attorneys general, criminal court clerks and pharmacists to determine how to revise the law to make the registry more effective.

The registry has the potential to be an effective tool to help curb meth production. Without a way to add the names of more offenders, however, the database cannot function properly. Lawmakers are responsible for fashioning the right tool for the job.


How will it end?

Methamphetamine was already a serious enough issue in the U.S. in the early 2000s, with years featuring more than 20,000 incidents nationwide. Then, “Breaking Bad” came along, spiking the nation’s collective interest in meth for the last five years.

But has the increased curiosity been during a time when meth use in the U.S. is on the decline? Spoiler: The answer is yes. Earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that there had been 12,694 meth lab incidents in 2012. The number represented a drop-off from the 13,390 incidents in 2011 and an even bigger decrease from the 15,196 incidents from 2010.

Still, a small number of states continue to make up the core for reported methamphetamine-related incidents in the last five years. The king of this group is Missouri, a state that has led the U.S. in meth lab incidents every year except one since 2003, according to the Associated Press. In the fiscal year 2012, Missouri’s drug task forces made 9,000 arrests in 21,000 cases related to methamphetamine, according to KSMU.

And there are bigger issues for the state moving forward. With federal funding for Missouri’s regional drug task force hitting an all-time low this year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon carved out $3 million in next year’s budget. But there remains some uncertainty about how much funding will be available to help the state on the meth front after 2014.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Tim Hull has seen Missouri’s meth problem boil up for some time now. The influx of meth into the state started to gain traction in the mid-90s, with more meth product coming from the West Coast. Since then, the issue has stayed in rural parts of Missouri that are close enough to metropolitan areas such as St. Louis and Kansas City, Hull said. The spike in meth-related crimes has also seeped to neighboring states like Kentucky and Tennessee.

“We’ve been at the forefront of the battle against meth since that time,” Hull told America Tonight. He added: “Some people feel Missouri might have a very bad meth problem, but we look at it as us being very aggressive in looking for and seizing these labs.”

Even as “Breaking Bad” comes to an end, it’s vital to understand how far the U.S. has come in cutting down meth-related cases – and how far some states still have to go.

“It continues to be an ongoing problem that we deal with in Missouri on a daily and yearly basis,” said Hull, “and it’s something we’ll continue to do as long as it’s out there.”

Here are some of the most important numbers behind methamphetamine in the U.S. – before and during the era of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.


Total number of reported methamphetamine lab incidents in the U.S. from 2004 to 2012, according to the DEA.

This undated photo released by the Merced County District Attorney in Merced, Calif., shows methamphetamine seized, which is estimated to be worth more than $9 million.
AP Photo/Merced County District Attorney


Total number of reported methamphetamine lab incidents in Missouri from 2004 to 2012, according to the DEA. During this time, Missouri has made up more than 14 percent of all meth arrests.

Bags filled with crystal meth that were seized at a clandestine methamphetamine, or crystal meth drug laboratory in July 2009.
AP Photo/Carlos Jasso


Reported methamphetamine incidents from January through June of this year. Missouri is second only to Indiana in reported meth incidents so far, but this year’s rate has decreased compared with last year’s rate.

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Drug and Crime Control


The meth-related arrests made in Jefferson County, Mo., from 2008 to 2012, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Jefferson County leads all Missouri counties in meth-related arrests during this time. Last year, the 346 meth-related arrests in Jefferson County were estimated to be more than the total meth-related arrests of 41 states, according to the DEA.

File photo of the Capitol Building in Jefferson, Mo.
AP Photo/Bill Waugh


The number of meth-related incidents in Missouri in 2004, according to the DEA. The 2004 numbers represent the highest total of meth incidents in Missouri since that time.

Drug Enforcement Administration

15 percent and $1 million

The percentage of patients at the burn center at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis who are injured in meth lab fires, according to Dr. Michael Smock in a November 2012 interview with KJRH in Tulsa, Okla. According to KJRH, one patient in Smock’s burn center who was recovering for more than 100 days from injuries suffered in a meth lab incident had a hospital bill of more than $1 million.

This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department shows firefighters battling a blaze from a shake-and-bake meth lab explosion Jan. 29, 2010, at a house in Union, Mo. The crude new method of making methamphetamine, by combining raw and unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle, poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment.
AP Photo/Franklin County Sheriff’s Department


The number of meth incidents in Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky in 2012, which accounted for more than half of the total meth incidents nationwide.

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The average number of high-school seniors in a class who will have tried methamphetamine in their lifetime, according to “Monitoring the Future: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs,” a 2012 study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Students at Williamsfield High School in Williamsfield, Ill., listen to a talk about the dangers of methamphetamine in May 2012.
AP Photo/The Register-Mail, Nick Adams

And for “Breaking Bad” fans:


The number of reported incidents in New Mexico between 2008 and 2012. “Breaking Bad” premiered in January 2008.

This publicity image released by AMC shows Bryan Cranston as Walter White, left, and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad.” The series finale is Sunday.
AP Photo/AMC, Frank Ockenfels


The number of people named “Walter White” who have been accused of making and distributing meth. In 2012, a man in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was accused of violating his probation in a meth manufacturing case. White was arrested in 2008 on multiple charges, including trafficking methamphetamine. He violated his probation in January 2012 after being arrested on the same charges in Bibb County, according to






A shocking video of Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller has now surfaced online. The footage is of Mueller smoking crack and buying drugs, most likely meth.

The video shows the 36-year-old mother of twin boys desperately bargaining in a meth deal while smoking what appears to be crack cocaine out of a glass pipe.
-ALLCOUNTRYMueller can be heard mentioning 'crystal' on the undated video.
Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller is caught on video smoking substance from a glass pipe


The video, which is undated, shows Mueller in a bathrobe looking glassy-eyed…and smoking from glass, and wanting “crystal” in a hotel room.

Where is the crystal? I am giving you $1500,” Mueller says in the video.

Radar Online first uncovered the shocking clip. An insider who was present said it wasn’t an exceptional night-just one of many.

The tipster said, “Brooke loved getting high. This was just another crazy night of her getting high. When she did drugs, it was three to four times a week,” the source said.

Mueller lost custody of her 4-year-old twin boys, Bob and Max Sheen, pictured here in October 2011.

However, sadly, Mueller’s drug habits might make her lose her kids-which she knows full well, they added. “I know that she is aware that if she doesn’t stop doing drugs, she is going to lose her kids [for good] … hopefully she can stop.”

She was married to actor Charlie Sheen, the father of her two sons, for three years before their 2011 divorce.


Mueller’s addition battle has been very public. She recently checked into rehab for the 20th time after a relapse. In May, Mueller lost temporary custody over her 4-year-old twins, Bob and Max Sheen. The Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services and a judge ruled that the Mueller home was an “unsafe environment” for her boys.

Mueller poses for a mugshot after being arrested and charged with assualt and possession of cocaine in Aspen in December 2011.


Watch the video of Brooke Mueller smoking crack by clicking here.