• A six-year-old boy has been found with high levels of meth in his system
  • He was exposed to chemicals after his family moved into a new home
  • The home in Victoria had previously been used as a drug lab

A six year-old-boy has been found with the same levels of methamphetamine in his system as a seasoned drug user – caused from living in a home which used to double as a drug lab.

The boy’s family didn’t know the house was an ex drug den until the toxic drug had already leached through their skin from the floors and walls.

The contaminated home is located in country Victoria but there could be thousands around the country and anyone could move in to one without being told about contamination, The Herald Sun reports.

The family had completed pre-purchase checks on the property which they paid $500,000 for but were not told about the previous owners’ illicit activities.


What impact does living in a meth contaminated house have?


Health symptoms included increased anxiety, vivid dreams, respiratory problems, rashes, ADHD-like behavior in children and disrupted sleep.


Sometimes it is cheaper to rebuild as decontamination is a costly process. The chemicals in meth can soak into walls, floors and furniture.

To decontaminate effectively the carpet, curtains, electrical wiring, insulation, heating and cooling have to be replaced.

Any plaster board also needs to be replaced along with the house-hold contents.


Speak to your neighbors about the previous residents.

Look out for unusual stains or smells, burns, yellowed walls and rust in window fittings or on door handles.


The chemical readings in the family home were 40 times higher than the acceptable level and caused the children to develop severe side-effects.

The youngest boy’s school work slipped and he had sleep and respiratory problems which can be linked to meth contamination.

The family, who don’t want to be named, are angry the council did not tell them about the possibility of contamination even though they had told the previous owners to clean the place up.

Public health scientist and Flinders University researcher Jackie Wright said decontaminating meth-affected homes is expensive – and sometimes impossible.

‘Cleaning up these homes can run from thousands to tens of thousands, but could be as high as the cost of demolition and rebuilding,’ Mrs Wright said.

The chemicals seep into the concrete, carpet, curtains and heating and cooling appliances.

It can also soak into furnishings and other contents.

Newcastle University Professor Megharaj Mallavarapu of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation said ‘the byproducts produced can cause serious threats to the people living in those buildings.’

The family abandoned their new home after they were made aware of the contamination and the devastating impact it was having on their children.

Police uncovered 700 home-laboratories making the drug last year – but there could be thousands out there according to Mrs Wright.









The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a city woman earlier this week for dealing methamphetamine from her residence.

Cary Juliette Kerouac, 29 years old, faces one felony count of Distribution of a Schedule I or II drug. This is Kerouac’s third drug arrest in the last six months.

On June 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM, members of the Waynesboro Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police raided Kerouac’s residence at 830 Kerouac-Cary-JuliettePine Avenue. In addition to methamphetamine, officers found packaging material, scales, and cutting agents during the search of the home.  These items are indicative of a distribution operation.

This action was the result of an ongoing narcotics investigation targeting Kerouac whose home had been used for the sale and use of illicit drugs, mostly methamphetamine. Although the house had been raided before, the illegal activity continued.  Since the last raid three weeks ago, the Police Department fielded additional complaints about excessive vehicle traffic coming and going from the residence.  Officers from the Patrol Division conducted two nights of surveillance and witnessed several vehicles coming to the residence and leaving minutes after arriving; known drug users entering the residence; a hand to hand drug transaction on Pine Avenue between two men who came from the house.

Kerouac faces felony possession of a methamphetamine charges from raids at her home on December 3, 2015 and May 20, 2016.

She is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.






UNION COUNTY, S.C. —A man was shocked with a Taser and arrested Thursday evening after he was found in a backyard armed with two knives, saying he wanted deputies to shoot him rather than to go back to prison.

Union County deputies were called to Vaughan Road in Jonesville about a suspicious acting man. Witnesses said that they saw the armed man run from a vehicle into a lawson-jpgwooded area.  Deputies could not immediately find the man, later identified as 32-year-old Tyler Blake Lawson, so they called for a K-9 unit to help in the search.

Deputies said that before the K-9 officer arrived, Lawson stepped out of the woods with large knives in both hands. He said he was under investigation by the federal government for molesting kids, and “deputies would have to kill him before he went back to prison for 25 years for something he did.”

Several deputies tried to negotiate with Lawson, but they said he was ranting and making statement that made no sense about the federal government being at his house.

Deputies said Lawson admitted using methamphetamine Wednesday night.

Eventually, deputies got close enough to Lawson to shock him with a Taser, which caused him to drop the knives and fall to the ground.

Deputies said Lawson had newly inflicted cuts on his left forearm, so they had him treated at Union Medical Center before he was booked into the Union County Detention Center on a disorderly conduct charge.







FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – An arrest was made Thursday afternoon following a 18-wheeler chase down the Southwest Freeway northbound, according to the Rosenberg Police Department.

According to deputies, the officers with the Department of Public Safety and the Fort tgq3[i2t6i204ti20iBend Sheriff’s County Office started following the vehicle down the Southwest Freeway in Wharton around 2:45 p.m. Friday after the rig was spotted swerving between lanes near El Campo.

The driver did not stop, leading law enforcement into Fort Bend County.

According to DPS, the truck was stopped on US 59 near Highway 36 in Rosenberg, where the driver was detained.

Police said the driver was on the phone with his company, and the company convinced him to stop.

Police also said the driver admitted to being on meth.







NORWICH – Elizabeth G. Wynns, 31, of Utica, was arraigned on four felony counts when the Chenango County Court convened for a morning session on June 3.ilyfilfyl,ylf

It is alleged that on Feb. 5, 2016, Wynns possessed a 16 ounce plastic bottle of a liquid substance that was later determined to be methamphetamine.

The liquid methamphetamine had an approximate weight of four ounces. It is also alleged that Wynns possessed muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, ammonium nitrate, white gas, pseudoephedrine, Drano, and the plastic bottle.

Wynns faced charges of criminal possession of controlled substance in the second degree, a class A-II felony; unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony; criminal possession of precursors to methamphetamine, a class E felony; and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, a class E felony.







SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a woman suspected of drug smuggling on Friday.

The incident occurred at about 9:00 a.m., when a 39-year-old woman approached the checkpoint driving a 1990 Honda Accord, agents said in the release.6-10-bordermeth-jpg

A Border Patrol detection K-9 alerted to the car during a pre-primary inspection. Agents referred the woman to the secondary inspection area for a closer examination.  After an intensive search, agents discovered 10 plastic vacuum sealed bags of methamphetamine stuffed inside the car’s rear bumper.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 22 pounds with an estimated street value of $220,000.

The woman, a United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.







Agents discovered a woman with about 5 pounds of methamphetamine strapped to her body Wednesday at the Pharr-Reynosa Port of Entry.

The unidentified 19-year-old woman is a U.S. citizen who was residing in Coquimatlán, Colima, Mexico, according to a news release. She was attempting to enter the U.S. in a taxi when a canine officer alerted U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents of the alleged narcotics.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations seized four packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 2.08 kilograms with an estimated street value of $92,000, the release states.







Meth in the News – June 10, 2016

Posted: 10th June 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

As regular readers of this Meth in the News column know, I have devoted significant time and energy spreading the word about the dangers of methamphetamine. And you also probably know that there are certain groups of people who pretend that the so-called “meth epidemic” is just hyperbole, a collection of exaggerated statements meant to instill unnecessary fear about a drug that is no worse than a common medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

I disagree. But you already knew that.

In support of my viewpoint, I came across a couple of reports this past weekend that highlight that meth is not only a problem for the United States, it is a world-wide problem.

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, it was reported that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Border Force intercepted and searched two sea cargo containers in Sydney that allegedly contained 11 diesel generators with 130 kg (286.6 pounds) of meth hidden inside.

The meth had an estimated street value of $80 million (more than $73 million US).

After further investigation, the AFP arrested a 60-year-old dual Nigerian and American national, a 45-year-old dual Nigerian and Mexican national and a 48-year-old dual Australian and Nigerian national and charged each with one count of importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug and one count of attempting to possess.

AFP Commander Chris Sheehan told reporters, “This is a case of Mexican organized crime co-operating with West African organized crime in a global syndicate, supplying large quantities, commercial scale quantities of methamphetamine into the Australian community.”

Additional arrests in Australia and elsewhere are anticipated.

And last Friday, June 3, Scott Stammers, 47, was sentenced in New York by U.S. Federal Judge Andrew Carter to 181 months in prison, after which he will be deported.

Mr. Stammers is a citizen of Great Britain who was born in Hong Kong. He was sentenced after he had pleaded guilty to the charges.

Mr. Stammers’ crime? He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in an international conspiracy to import 220 pounds of North Korean meth into the U.S.

That’s right – meth manufactured in none other than North Korea.

Even if the meth had been successfully smuggled into the U.S., would you really trust anything made in Kim Jong-un’s reclusive and repressive country? Would you actually inject it into your body?

But this operation was bigger than just North Korea.

According to prosecutors in the case, Mr. Stammers was part of a world-wide gang that included Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines. This group claimed to hold a monopoly on North Korean meth.

The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, issued a statement, “Thanks to the work of the DEA and the cooperation of law enforcement partners around the world, including in Thailand, Liberia and Romania, Stammers’s scheme ended, not with the North Korean methamphetamine flooding American streets as he had intended, but rather with a guilty plea in a Manhattan federal court.”

Clearly the methamphetamine trade is not just a problem for the United States – it is a world-wide phenomenon involving international crime syndicates.

And it also appears to be a more significant problem for particular cultures.

Case in point. According to the National Congress of the American Indian (NCAI), Native peoples have the highest rate of meth use of any ethnicity in the U.S.

Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln Jr., is the Captain of the Rosebud Police Department in South Dakota. According to their official website, the Rosebud Indian Reservation is the home of the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate – also known as Sicangu Lakota, and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota people.

In a report published online on May 31 in Indian Country, Captain Waln said, “At least 60 percent of the population on the Rosebud reservation uses meth.”

Can you imagine – 60 percent? That’s an unbelievably high percentage!

Captain Waln also reported that in 2014, the Rosebud Corrections facility housed 11,880 inmates. In 2015, it housed 45,237 inmates. In 2015, 30 percent of those inmates were incarcerated for meth-related crimes.

The NCAI agrees with Captain Waln. They state that 40 percent of all crime in Indian country is directly related to meth.

Melissa Eagle Bear is the Facilities Administrator for the Rosebud Corrections Facility. She actually believes that the percentage of meth-related crimes could be much higher. She says that while the most common offense for men incarcerated at the jail is domestic violence, it soon becomes clear that they also have a problem with meth.

However, even though the Rosebud Sioux Tribe opened the first meth-specific treatment facility in Indian country as part of a five-year pilot project in 2010, the meth “tsunami” – as they call it there – remains unabated.

“Right now, the meth situation is out of control,” Captain Waln says. “Unfortunately, we don’t have enough resources to put everyone in treatment who needs it.”

In other stories, Shannon and Kaleb Mickley, of Gypsum, Colo., were sentenced to 4 years of probation last week for activities that occurred back in May of 2015.

You see, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office was called after gunshots were heard in the Mickley’s home. The husband and wife told the deputies that they had fired two shotgun rounds into their basement at the “intruders” who were coming after them.

There was no one there. The Mickleys were the victims of the “shadow people” – hallucinations of imaginary people brought on by the chronic use of methamphetamine.

The couple’s three children were in the home at the time of the incident but were unharmed. However, they were removed from their parents’ care by the Department of Human Services as a result.

In Henderson, Ky., a 63-year-old woman also shot her firearm inside her apartment while high on meth. Seems to be a trend this week.

Angela Shelton was upset about being evicted and shot her gun at a wall in her apartment back on June 2. She narrowly missed hitting a child next door, but did manage to hit a $7,700 fish tank.

Ms. Shelton claims that she thought the gun was unloaded because she pulled the trigger three times before it fired.

Three times! That’s truly frightening!

But she does not have to worry about where she will stay – at least for the near future. At last report, she was being held at the Henderson County Detention Center and was facing several charges.

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at nickgoeders@gmail.com. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

A West Monroe man is facing meth possession charges after an incident at the Budget Inn on Louisville Avenue Wednesday.

Metro Narcotics Unit agents responded to a request for assistance after drug paraphernalia was reportedly located in a room at the Budget Inn during a possible arson investigation.636010711838492056-John-Hummel

According to an arrest affidavit, while agents were at the scene, a vehicle pulled into the parking lot, noticed police and attempted to leave.

After the vehicle stopped, officers reported observing four passengers in the vehicle.

Arrest records state a female passenger exited the vehicle and a small bag of suspected methamphetamine fell from her clothing. She reportedly told agents another passenger, John Hummel, 24, 502 Island Dr., West Monroe placed the meth in her bra as officers approached.

Officers reported an additional passenger provided a similar statement, and Hummel denied the allegations.

Hummel was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine.








UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two people are in custody and a methamphetamine lab lodged in a self-storage facility unit has been dismantled following an investigation into sales of illegal drugs in the area, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Ashley Weathers, 32, and Christian Boyle, 40, both residents of Freehold Township (Monmouth County), are both charged with first-degree maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, second-degree possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and a related third-degree drug charge.

An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force yielded information that Weathers and Boyle had been distributing methamphetamine in Union County. The two were pulled over on Routes 1&9 in Rahway Wednesday evening and approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine were seized from the vehicle, after which they were arrested and lodged in Union County Jail.

A search warrant subsequently executed at Boyle’s Freehold Borough storage unit by members of the Task Force, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Freehold Borough Police Department revealed a fully functional methamphetamine lab, complete with large amounts of pseudoephedrine, chemicals commonly mixed with that drug to produce methamphetamine, and the various pieces of equipment needed to mix them. The apparatus was dismantled safely by members of the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Materials Response Unit and the Monmouth County Hazmat Unit, and evidence was seized and processed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s Identification Unit.

Bail for Weathers and Boyle was set at $250,000 apiece. Convictions on first-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison, while second-degree crimes are punishable by 5 to 10 years.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.








Two additional inmates from the South Dakota Women’s Prison, who were charged in November 2015 for methamphetamine use, were sentenced June 8. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley made the announcement Thursday.

Circuit Court Judge John Brown sentenced Michaela Mousseau, 36, and Shauntel Shangreaux, 21, to one additional year in custody to be served consecutively to their current prison sentence and ordered to pay back court costs and court appointed attorney fees.

In addition, two other inmates who were charged in this case pled guilty. Dawn Mesteth, 39, and Sylvia Bordeaux, 29, each pled guilty to one count of ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 1, 2016.

An inmate at the South Dakota Women’s Prison has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the plea on Wednesday. Loretta Ann Flute, 21, pleaded guilty to ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, class 5 felony, maximum penalty of 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000 fine.

Flute was one of nine female inmates charged with distribution and ingesting a controlled substance at the prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 29 at the Hughes County Courthouse.

This case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.






FARGO—Law enforcement officers descended on a Trailblazer in the parking lot of the West Fargo Costco store on Tuesday, June 7, and arrested a group of people, including a woman who had 2 pounds of methamphetamine in her purse.

The bust was the culmination of an investigation that began in August 2015 when a Drug Enforcement Administration task force learned of a group of people who were involved in obtaining costco%20compmethamphetamine in Texas and distributing it in Minnesota.

Court documents filed in Cass County District Court spell out how the task force monitored the group and waited for an opportunity.

That came in May when a deal was arranged and a meth shipment was planned for early June.

Armed with a cellphone number belonging to one of the suspected traffickers, authorities tracked the phone starting June 3, when it “pinged” at a location in Texas.

On Sunday, June 5, pings indicated the owner of the phone was in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The next day, the phone and its owner were at a residence in Renville, Minn., where two of the suspects live and where agents began a surveillance on a Trailblazer with Minnesota plates and a red pickup with Texas plates.

The two vehicles left Renville Tuesday morning and drove directly to the Costco store in West Fargo, stopping only once for gas in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Once they got near the Costco, the red pickup parked in a nearby Taco Bell parking lot while the Trailblazer drove around the Costco parking lot in what the agents who were watching it said was a move aimed at making sure the coast was clear before making a deal.

The Trailblazer then stopped and a woman got out carrying a purse.

After establishing that the purse carried about 2 pounds of methamphetamine, agents moved in on the two groups and arrested five people.

According to court papers, the woman whose purse contained the methamphetamine was Susana Serrato, 41, of Edinburg, Texas, who is charged with delivering methamphetamine.

The four others arrested, Patricia D. Serrato, 34, and Guadalupe Serrato, 36, both of Renville, and Anna L. Sanchez, 41, of Weslaco, Texas, and Carlos G. Lopez, 57, of Mercedes, Texas, each face one count of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

Sanchez had a nearly 1-year-old child with her when she was arrested, according to court documents.

The five arrested remained in the Cass County Jail Thursday morning, June 9.







A Shreveport man was sentenced this week to 240 months in prison for possessing methamphetamine, which he intended to sell according to United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley.

Lloyd E. Barmore, 34, of Shreveport, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to the January 6, 2016 guilty plea, Louisiana State Police stopped Barmore’s vehicle on July 10, 2014. During a search of the vehicle, 915.2 grams of methamphetamine, a Springfield XD 9 mm handgun, digital scales and $5,914 in cash were found. The methamphetamine belonged to Barmore, and he intended to transfer or deliver it to another person. The driver of the vehicle was 16 years old.

“It is unacceptable that this felon put a child directly in harm’s way to further his continued drug trafficking,” said Finley. “Firearms and drugs are a dangerous combination. Methamphetamine cases are a priority for this office. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute these cases in an effort to make sure our communities are safe by keeping criminals like Barmore off the street.”

The DEA and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. prosecuted the case.







Houses contaminated through the cooking or smoking of methamphetamine is a growing issue in New Zealand.

Just one session smoking the Class A drug, also known as P or Ice, could be enough to produce a 1465533435037positive test result.

However lack of national testing standards is a serious problem facing buyers, sellers, agents, landlords, and tenants.

Here’s what you need to know about the health implications of living in a contaminated house, and how you can make sure your home is safe:

How many houses are affected?

While it’s impossible to know how many houses have been contaminated, the Real Estate Institute (REINZ) says it’s a “serious issue” in New Zealand.

Housing New Zealand’s most up-to-date data shows 688 of its properties tested positive for meth between June 1, 2015 and May 27, 2016. This is a 200 per cent increase compared to the previous financial year, when 229 houses tested positive.

Housing New Zealand owns about 64,000 properties.

What are the health implications?

There’s a big difference between living in a house where someone smoked methamphetamine, and living in a house that was used to manufacture the drug, National Poisons Centre toxicologist Dr Leo Schep says.

“People living in a laboratory environment risk suffering adverse cardiovascular, respiratory and dermal effects following the exposure to organic solvents, acids, alkalis and other chemicals. However, people dwelling in a house where previous tenants had smoked methamphetamine, and there is some evidence of low concentrations on surfaces, have minimal risks of toxicity.

“The risks would be similar for people who live in a house that had previous dwellers who smoked cigarettes or marijuana. They will have exposure to these drugs but the concentrations will not be sufficiently high enough to cause either psychoactive or toxic effects to people who may have had inadvertent, and brief, dermal contact with these surfaces.”

How do you know if you’re at risk?

You have several options when it comes to contamination tests: laboratory tests, professional test kits, and at-home test kits. You can buy at-home test kits on TradeMe for just $25, but they can be unreliable.

Laboratory tests, where samples are taken from a number of areas in the house (ideally every room), are the most reliable option, testing company Meth Solutions director Miles Stratford says.

There’s no current legal standard for the levels of methamphetamine that make a house uninhabitable, however Ministry of Health guidelines from 2010 establish an acceptable level of less than 0.5 micrograms per 100 square meters.

Stratford says different tests by different people can yield different results.

“The best thing is to go to reputable company that’s been operating for a while.”

How reliable are the tests?

Baseline tests (Group/Composite tests) give an indication only of the significance of methamphetamine levels in a house. Lab-based testing is the most “sensitive and accurate approach”, Stratford says.

Lab tests show a total amount of methamphetamine present. They also show levels of the precursor chemicals amphetamine, ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine.

In-field testing kits give faster results, but are less accurate than lab tests.

“A simple rule of thumb is to sample as many areas as possible and to use lab-based testing,” Stratford says.

Test for Meth

New Plymouth home owner Kerryanne Hopkins is calling for legislation around methamphetamine testing in properties.

“This reduces the likelihood of significant levels of methamphetamine going undetected.”

What standards are in place for testing?

In short, there are no standards for methamphetamine testing and clean-up in New Zealand.

In 2010, the Ministry released guidelines which are used by councils to assess risk. While they don’t explicitly confirm a safe level, they establish a currently acceptable level post-remediation: less than 0.5 micrograms per 100 square meters.

Guidelines around the world adopt a range of acceptable levels: 0.05-1.5 mcgs. These levels shouldn’t pose a health risk to most people.

Institute of Environmental Science and Research says it can’t comment on testing undertaken by commercial operations for remediation purposes: “Sensitivity and specificity may vary depending on the techniques being employed by different operators.”

However it says as far as it knows, there are no testing standards commercial operators must meet.

“A number of overseas jurisdictions have promulgated testing standards. However, Standards New Zealand has recently established a committee that will begin looking at introducing standards for commercial operators.”

I’m renting a house: who’s responsible for testing?

If landlords rent out a property that is contaminated, they are breaching their obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986, as well as other legislation such as the Building Act and the Health Act.

However there is no obligation for landlords to test their property and, while they must decontaminate it before it is re-tenanted under the Residential Tenancies Act, their duty does not extend to disclosing its history to prospective tenants unless asked.

If they do test a property during a lease, they are required to tell tenants if levels exceed or are likely to exceed acceptable guidelines.

I’m buying a house: who’s responsible for testing?

REINZ chief executive officer Colleen Milne says agents are taught to look for suspicious signs, and suggest testing to owners. Agents should also recommend buyers get independent expert advice.

Police and some local authorities have procedures to notify local councils when they identify contaminated properties.

If you’re selling a house, you’re required to tell prospective buyers of any level of methamphetamine present.

How much does it all cost?

The costs of sorting out contamination vary wildly; low-level contamination may pose no risk to health and not require any action, while high-level contamination can require a property be destroyed.

Costs for detailed testing range from $3000-$10,000. Decontamination can range from $2000-$50,000.

As well as costing a lot of money, this process can take a long time. With rental properties, this can lead to a loss of income. Most people should expect to spend between $10,000-$50,000, plus the cost of reinstatement.

What should you do if your house is contaminated?

Currently, there are no requirements – subject to that which may be imposed by the terms and conditions of some insurance policies – to tell Police or local council about a positive test result. However, it’s recommended you do.






On Feb. 25, Cedric Ford, 38, killed three people and injured others in a shooting spree that started along a highway near his home and ended inside Excel Industries in Hesston, where he worked. Ford was shot and killed by police.IMG_ford_mug_2_1_G07IJ0EA_L205604387

Ford had been served a protection order from his girlfriend at work earlier that day.

The autopsy shows Ford was under the influence of high levels of methamphetamine and alcohol at the time of the mass shootings.

What the drugs do

The combination of meth and alcohol can produce psychosis, delusions and an increased likelihood of acting on one’s impulses, according to an expert.

The toxicology report doesn’t have enough information to determine how long Ford had been using meth, according to Jonathan Lipman, a forensic examiner and professor of psychiatry at East Tennessee State who has testified in numerous trials as an expert in methamphetamine-induced behaviors.

Ford is estimated to have had more than 135 times a standard dose of methamphetamine in his system and had more than three times the legal level of alcohol for driving, according to Lipman. A standard dose of meth, when it used to be prescribed as an antidepressant by physicians, was 12.5 milligrams, he said.

The amount of time a person uses meth says more about a person’s intoxication level than the amount of drug in the system at any one time, Lipman said. But the level of meth in Ford’s blood was “very high,” Lipman said.

One symptom of meth use is insomnia, and users will often go days without sleeping before they crash. It can produce a psychosis like schizophrenia, Lipman said, including persecutory delusions and hallucinations. That means a user will hear and see things that aren’t there as well as feel as if something is crawling all over their body.

“The delusion can be very frightening, and the paranoia can be very dangerous because you feel that you are being attacked or pursued or threatened,” Lipman said. These are common symptoms, but Lipman said he couldn’t tell from the report what symptoms Ford was experiencing.

Meth users will often become so agitated that they’ll look for a depressant to counteract the meth, including alcohol, Lipman said. The alcohol and meth moderate some of the side effects of each drug separately, but the alcohol adds a symptom: an increased likelihood of impulsive, unrestrained actions.

“A person who has meth in their system and a high alcohol blood level may be functioning apparently behaviorally more sober than their blood level will indicate,” Lipman said. “That doesn’t mean that their judgment is any better.”

Ford had completed an anger management program in 2009 as part of a sentence in a disorderly conduct case. An official wrote in his report that Ford’s “persistence in thinking before acting will serve him well in the future.” Neighbors and friends said he had just had furniture delivered that week and was planning to attend a car show that weekend, signs that he may not have been planning his attack.

A nearly empty bottle of vodka was still on the counter of his mobile home a day after the shooting. Ford’s autopsy listed him at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.

Methamphetamine tends also to have a strong, psychotic impact on people who already suffer from psychological mood disorders, Lipman said, and can often make someone suicidal, which also sometimes makes them homicidal. In the past, before ethics rules changed, one of the ways doctors diagnosed patients with mood disorders was by giving them meth and seeing whether they had a psychotic reaction.

A woman whom Ford lived with in Wichita described Ford as “alcoholic, violent, depressed” and “in desperate need of medical & psychological help” in a handwritten statement for her protection order. She said Ford grabbed her and put her in a chokehold on Feb. 5.

Some of Ford’s co-workers said he had told them he felt picked on at work.

On Feb. 25, after Ford was served the protection order at work, neighbors said they heard loud music playing in his mobile home and saw him throw a gun into his car and drive back in the direction of work as if “he was on a mission, determined.”

How Ford died

The report concluded that Ford died from four gunshot wounds fired from a distance – one in the arm, back, chest and abdomen.

Doug Schroeder, the Hesston police chief and the first officer to arrive at Excel after the shooting, was hailed by the community as a hero for shooting Ford before he could kill and injure more people.

Ford’s body was brought to the Regional Forensic Science Center for Sedgwick County. The autopsy was conducted on Feb. 27, about one and half days after the shooting.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said the existence of methamphetamine was a concern. His department has not looked into where Ford may have obtained methamphetamine, Walton said.

He said he had not received a copy of the autopsy report as of Wednesday morning.

If someone stops using meth, it can cause deep depression, according to Lipman, which makes the user want to take more meth to get rid of the depression.

One friend noticed that Ford had posted “Nobody cares” on his Facebook page a few months before the shooting.

Ford had a number of tattoos, according to the autopsy report, including skulls, a chain and flames with the words “Life,” “Love” and the grim reaper; the word “Mob” with skeletons and marionettes; a tattoo with doves, an angel, a tree, flames and the word “Thug”; masks; and a tattoo on his back that read “Feel My Pain.”








Prosecutors have amended the criminal charges pending for a Texarkana man accused of running over and killing his wife earlier this year.

Lucas Connor McCarley, 34, entered not guilty pleas last month to charges of manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.tho;egj=03q59ui3[ Since then Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell has upped the manslaughter charge to negligent homicide, which is a felony, because Lucas McCarley was allegedly intoxicated March 3 when he drove his 2000 GMC Sierra pickup over the body of 35-year-old Casey McCarley.

Casey McCarley allegedly pulled her car in front of her husband’s truck after spotting him about 1 a.m. on Miller County Road 22 riding around with another woman, according to probable cause and search warrant affidavits used to create the following account. When Casey McCarley got out of her car to confront her husband, Lucas McCarley allegedly ran her over as he was trying to get away.

When Miller County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Casey McCarley dead in the middle of Miller County 22, a blue tarp covering her body. In a cupholder in the front of Lucas McCarley’s truck, deputies noticed a glass pipe used to smoke meth. Next to the pipe was a silver metal wallet that contained suspected methamphetamine and prescription pills, according to the affidavit.

An Arkansas State Police investigator who interviewed Lucas McCarley at the Miller County jail shortly after Casey McCarley’s death suspected he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Lucas McCarley allegedly refused to submit a blood or urine specimen at a state trooper’s request. Consequently a warrant for his blood and urine was acquired about 6 a.m. the morning of Casey McCarley’s death. The results are not available in publicly accessible court documents and have not been discussed at Lucas McCarley’s recent court appearances.

Mitchell said she has not only amended Lucas McCarley’s most serious charge to negligent homicide but has added enhancement notices to all three alleged felonies connected to the night of the fatality. The negligent homicide charge Lucas McCarley faces is typically punishable by five to 20 years in prison. Mitchell said she is seeking to enhance the punishment range to five to 30 years because Lucas McCarley has a prior felony conviction.

Possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia are usually punishable by up to six years in prison. But because of Lucas McCarley’s earlier felony convictions, Mitchell is seeking to increase the maximum punishment on both of those charges to 12 years.

Lucas McCarley was serving two, five-year terms of felony probation on the day of his wife’s death. On June 10, 2014, McCarley pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and to theft of property. The breaking-and-entering offense occurred Oct. 17, 2013, while the theft was committed Dec. 22, 2013. According to motions to revoke Lucas McCarley’s probations, he failed to report to probation visits for six months beginning in September 2015. He also committed new criminal offenses, failed to make any payments toward fines and court costs, and used drugs.

A defendant being held on a pending motion to revoke probation is not entitled to bail and Lucas McCarley remains in the Miller County jail. Lucas McCarley’s bail in the charges stemming from Casey McCarley’s death is set at $150,000. He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 2.







Etowah County authorities have arrested a Sardis woman on charges of chemical endangerment of a child.krystal-batespng-b535e8343b0863c0

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Krystal Annette Bates, 32, was arrested Monday. She admitted to using methamphetamine while pregnant, Entrekin said.

Bates is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bond.

As a condition of the bond, she must successfully complete a drug treatment program and will be supervised by Etowah County Community Corrections.







Police responding to a call March 30 for a 21-year-old who was overdosing have now charged the 21-year-old with drug possession, Colonial Regional police say.

Brittany M. Allison, a resident of Dowell Street in Slatington, was arraigned this week on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

The night of March 30, Colonial Regional police responded to a call in the 100 block of Old Forge Drive in Bath for an overdose, police said.

Officers say it was evident Allison was overdosing on an unknown substance. She was transported to the hospital for treatment, they said.

A bag with a small amount of substances was also found and was later identified as methamphetamine, police said.

Court records indicate police also found syringes.

Allison turned herself in to Colonial Regional Police Department about 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Colonial Regional Deputy Chief James DePalma said.

Alison was arraigned before District Judge Daniel Corpora Wednesday morning, according to court records.

Court records say Alison has been cooperative with police.

Bail was set at $1,000. Allison was sent to Northampton County Prison after she was unable to post it.

Allison is also charged with use and possession of drug paraphernalia.







(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing woman has been jailed on $10,000 bail on a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine as a subsequent offense on Friday in a case investigated by the Iowa Tribal Police in which staff of the Cimarron Casino in cimarroncasinoPerkins are listed as witnesses.

Cheree Renee Goins, 45, was arraigned Friday from the Payne County Jail and ordered to appear in Payne County District Court this afternoon with an attorney.

According to court records, Goins was convicted of methamphetamine possession in Pawnee County and given a three-year suspended sentence in 2004.

If convicted of her Payne County charge, Goins could be sentenced to four years to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000, court records show.






The teen had a foot infection and had to be warded at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) last December.

Her boyfriend visited her at the hospital and they had sex at one of the staircases.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chee Ee Ling said the part-time technician, now 27, reached KKH at around 11.20 am on Dec 7.

He met the then-14-year-old girl at the lobby. They chatted before making their way to the staircase at the Children’s Tower.

But they were caught on closed-circuit television camera walking towards the staircase at around 12.50 pm and leaving about 15 minutes later.

They had sex when they reached basement one.

Three days later, KKH sent a fax to Tanglin Police Division informing officers about the incident, which involved underage sex and drug abuse.

It was not mentioned in court documents if the CCTV camera had caught the man committing these offences.

Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers arrested the man on Dec 29.

He was jailed for 22 months on Tuesday after pleading guilty to five counts of having sex with the minor and one count of drug consumption.

Eight other charges of having consensual sex with her were taken into consideration during sentencing.

The man, who was not represented by a lawyer, is not being named to protect the teen’s identity.

She is his godsister’s friend and they first met in mid-2015.

The teen soon believed she was in a relationship with him and they had sex in a Toa Payoh flat between June 1 and July 31.

According to court documents, the couple had sex 12 more times from then until Dec 7.


CNB officers arrested the man at Bukit Gombak MRT station in December for suspected drug consumption.

Investigations revealed that he was then also wanted for having sex with the underage girl.

Following his arrest, methamphetamine, or Ice, was detected in his urine and he admitted that he had consumed the drug in his home.

For each count of having sex with the minor, he could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined.

For drug consumption, he could have been jailed up to 10 years and fined up to $20,000








Seven additional charges have been laid against a 59-year-old man from Petit-Tracadie that stem from an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against minors.rcmp-cruiser

The man appeared in provincial court in Tracadie on Tuesday and was charged with two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of uttering threats, two counts of administering a noxious substance and failing to comply with a firearms prohibition order.

On Friday, the man was charged with two counts of sexual touching, two counts of invitation to sexual touching, two counts of sexual assault and one count each of trafficking cocaine, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The man was arrested on Thursday following an RCMP investigation into a report of sexual assault involving two young girls.

A bail hearing is scheduled for June 14.







BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) – Louisiana State Police Narcotics Detectives arrested aBaton Rouge man on the afternoon of June 8, 2016 as the result of an undercover gardnernarcotics investigation.

Officials with the Louisiana State Police say 24-year-old Corey T. Gardner was found to be in possession of nearly one pound of methamphetamine.

Gardner was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of possession with intent to distribute schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine), and possession of a firearm with a CDS.

According to a news release, undercover narcotics detectives were able to determine that Gardner was distributing methamphetamine from his vehicle in the Baton Rouge area. Police also observed Gardner was in possession of a loaded Glock .40 handgun and had approximately $1,400 in cash.gardner-meth-1

State Troopers say that when they made contact with Gardner, a search resulted in finding him to be in possession of two small bags containing approximately 29 grams of methamphetamine.

According to a news release, Gardner additionally gave detectives permission to search his residence where troopers found approximately 301 grams more of methamphetamine.

Troopers say that the narcotics, cash, and firearm were seized as evidence.

Street value of the narcotics is estimated by police to be around $33,000.







Three U.S. citizens were arrested on Monday, accused of trying to smuggle drugs across the border.

Border Patrol agents said the suspects were caught with methamphetamine and other controlled substances at the I-19 checkpoint, according to a Border Patrol press release.10735550_G

A canine team alerted the agents that there might be drugs in the suspects’ vehicle. As agents searched the driver and two passengers, they saw “suspicious” bundles in one passenger’s socks. Investigators said the bundles turned out to be methamphetamine.

A search of the female passenger revealed marijuana, cyclobenzaprine, methamphetamine and amitriptyline concealed under her clothing, agents said.

Agents seized more than five pounds of contraband with an estimated value of more than $15,000. Both passengers and the driver of the vehicle have been submitted for prosecution for narcotics smuggling.






A team of about 125 police officers set about dismantling a methamphetamine production and trafficking ring Wednesday morning, and Laval police arrested 16 people.jsdrsdryhsrhythwrhs

Police in Laval teamed up with officers from the Sûreté du Québec and Montreal Police to carry out the raids and make the arrests. They raided 10 locations in Montreal, Laval and Val-Morin, where the drug lab was uncovered.

Police found 100,000 pills, 11 kilograms of methamphetamine powder, crystal meth, cocaine and cannabis.

Complaints made by citizens in March led to the operation, Laval police said.







Two men are in the Lubbock County jail with bonds set at $1 million each after a multi-agency drug investigation yielded more than a pound of methamphetamine early this month.

Juan Carlos Lara-Ochoa, 22, was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center fdwrjaf[pbj[sfdaon June 3 on a first-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.

Christopher Andrade was booked June 1 into the detention center on a first-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, weighing more than 400 grams.

First-degree felonies are punishable with five to 99 years or life in prison.

Andrade also faces additional charges of aggravated assault on a public servant in connection with the investigation.

Lubbock police investigators believe Lara-Ochoa brought more than 480 grams of methamphetamine from Littlefield to Lubbock on June 1 and handed it to Andrade at a parking lot in the 2100 block of Clovis Highway, according to an arrest warrant.rupSRZjzwfierwja9w

Lubbock narcotics investigators received information Lara-Ohcoa was bringing methamphetamine to Lubbock from Littlefield.

DPS agents told Lubbock investigators they learned Lara-Ochoa planned to meet Andrade on June 1 to hand over about 2 pounds of methamphetamine.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives followed Lara-Ochoa from Littlefield to Lubbock while Lubbock narcotics investigators staked out the parking lot of the La Michoacana grocery store where the handoff was planned.

According to the warrant, Lara-Ochoa arrived in a black Volkswagen Jetta and Andrade arrived in a black pickup truck with red wheels.

Investigators reported Andrade entered the Jetta and returned to his pickup after less than a minute and drove away.

Lara-Ochoa drove back to Littlefield as ATF agents followed him. LPD officers followed Andrade to the parking lot of the 3002 Fourth Street Heritage Apartments, where officers in a marked police vehicle tried to make a traffic stop.

The pickup fled and police officers began a chase. According to the warrant, a marked police vehicle carrying two officers approached the pickup westbound. The pickup reportedly sped toward the police vehicle then turned and drove across a median that divided the parking lot and the street.

Officers followed the pickup through the 3000 block of Baylor Avenue, where the driver of the pickup threw out a small package wrapped in plastic. According to the warrant, the package contained 483.9 grams of methamphetamine.

The pursuit ended in the 3200 block of Second Street, where an officer used his vehicle to crash into the pickup truck.

Andrade was taken to University Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.

ATF agents arrested Lara-Ochoa in Littlefield once officers determined the package thrown out of the pickup truck contained drugs.