It was more than a case of the munchies that landed a Clovis potato chip delivery truck driver in jail on Tuesday.

Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested the man and a Clovis woman after their vehicle, a 3-ton potato chip delivery truck, was found parked illegally at Courthouse Park about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Mark Jerome Diamante, 46, was arrested on a felony narcotics warrant and Raquel Dawn Petrochilos, 43, was arrested on felony charges of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia possession.

After deputies noticed the illegally parked delivery truck, they found Diamante and Petrochilos in the back of the truck.

An investigation revealed Petrochilos was on felony probation and had a court date. Deputies found a small amount of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe in the rear of the truck, sheriff’s spokesman Chris Curtice said.

Petrochilos was smoking methamphetamine to prepare herself for the hearing, Curtice said.

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JOHANNGEORGENSTADT, GERMANY – MAY 13: Officers of German Customs (Zoll), who asked not to be identified, apprehend a young man who tested positive for methamphetamine usage on May 13, 2014 in Johanngeorgenstadt, Germany.

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Johanngeorgenstadt is located in the Ore Mountian region of Saxony on the border to the Czech Republic, and is a common trafficking point for methamphetamine, also called crystal meth, produced in illegal labs in the Czech Republic and smuggled into Germany. Though the problem has existed since the early 90s, German law enforcement agencies are strugging to cope with a rising influx of the drug that is creating more and more addicts and spreading deeper into Germany.

 

 

 

 

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Cheap, widely available and used by students and housewives alike, crystal meth is taking the Iranian capital by storm. The author of a new book about the country reports on an addiction that even the repressive regime is struggling to control.

“What economic crisis? Business is good,” Bijan winks as he flashes his big, gap-toothed smile.

Mana (with cigarette) in the yard of a crystal meth rehab centre on western outskirts of Tehran.

Bijan is a cook and dealer of sheeshehcrystal meth – which has exploded on the Iranian drug market and, for the first time, overtaken heroin to become the country’s second most popular drug (opium still tops the list). Meth production in the country has been expanding at an astonishing rate. According to a 2013 study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Iranian government first reported manufacture of the drug just six years ago. when four production facilities were seized. By 2012, though, Iran was the world’s fourth highest importer of pseudoephedrine. the main precursor chemical used in the production of crystal meth. Research carried out by the State Welfare Organisation shows that over half a million Tehranis between the ages of 15 and 45 have used it at least once.

The country’s drug problem is not new; Iran has one of the highest rates of addiction in the world and the interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, announced recently that some six million Iranians are affected by problems related to drug addiction.

In Tehran, drugs are everywhere. At one popular spot north of the city, queues of cars pull up to be served under a motorway flyover. Dealers trade on a layby with lookouts and security dotted around them. The peak time is 2am and all are catered for. Cocaine has become a regular feature at parties among Tehran’s richer residents; young people throughout the city smoke marijuana and pop ecstasy pills; opium – viewed as an older person’s drug – is still widely considered to be culturally acceptable. In seedy corners of south Tehran, addicts gather to inject heroin, as they always have done. But when crystal meth hit the streets it managed to transcend social divides, and could be found everywhere in the city.

In a graffiti-daubed side street in the centre of Tehran, a teenager with an emo haircut and a leather jacket pulled over a grey hoodie stands in a doorway, his pockets stuffed with small plastic bags of crystal meth. Peyvand sells a gram for the equivalent of about $5. He has been caught countless times by the police but has always paid his way out of prison.

“Everyone buys it. Most of my customers are regular kids like me, students, or they’ve got office jobs. But rich kids use it too – I either deliver it to their houses, or they turn up in their flash cars,” he says. “It’s more expensive than heroin, and young people see it almost as a luxury drug; it’s become a chic thing to do.”

One of Peyvand’s friends, who is also a regular customer, smokes sheesheh once every couple of days. “I love it. It’s much stronger than heroin, much more intense. And it’s safer; there’s no risk of overdosing. Sheesheh is just a great high.”

Peyvand says he sells crystal meth at his local gym to bodybuilders and athletes who use it to give them energy while they train, and to a growing number of young women who buy it to lose weight.

A few miles north of where Peyvand deals, a queue of women sit on white plastic chairs in a beauty salon set up in a marble-clad apartment block. Drawn by the salon’s reputation as a purveyor of the finest Hollywood bikini waxes, they flick through hairstyle magazines and a few outdated copies of Hello! There are housewives, students, a women with her black chador hanging open around her shoulders and a group in their mid-20s with Botox-smooth foreheads clutching Louis Vuitton handbags. The place fizzes with gossip. A fortune-teller works her way up the line, dispensing advice with the flick of a card and extracting generous tips. Also a hit with some of these women are the under-the-counter methamphetamine pills. A couple of years ago, meth was widely available at beauty salons, until a member of parliament called for a clampdown. Even though many places stopped stocking it, demand is still high.

“The pills are cheaper than liposuction, and I think it’s a lot safer,” says Roya, a 26-year-old secretary. “When it’s in pill form, it’s a slimming aid. It’s not like smoking bags of it, which is bad for you. For me, it’s like medicine, it’s not for enjoyment.”

Bijan, who is from a family of gangsters, ditched selling more conventional drugs like heroin and opium in favour of crystal meth three years ago. “It’s a cheap and easy drug to make. And unlike heroin, you don’t have to deal with Afghanistan and all the middle-men along the way, so there’s less chance of being caught and fewer people to deal with,” he says.

He runs his operation out of a ragged, industrial town just outside the capital. It is a poor, forgotten place surrounded by factories. Here grocery stores still sell blocks of pungent black opium alongside staples such as milk and slabs of white ewe’s cheese. Most of the residents are either unemployed or work as day labourers and in recent years it has become home to many paperless Afghan migrants. Even though this is not Bijan’s patch – he only sells to dealers in Tehran – the changing face of drug use in the town is emblematic of what is happening in the rest of the country. Ironically, the rapid growth in sheesheh is partly due to the falsely held belief that it is less addictive than heroin.

While the country’s economy is flailing in the wake of stricter sanctions and the damage wreaked by the populist policies of the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that sent the Rial tumbling and the inflation rate soaring, the illegal drugs trade is booming. Iran has long been one of the busiest transit countries for drugs traffickers moving heroin from Afghanistan to the West and it has the highest rate of opium and heroin seizures in the world. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers and soldiers have been killed in a neverending and costly war; Iran spends around $1bn a year on anti-drug operations and on securing its 900km border with Afghanistan. Punishments for people caught are severe. Fazli, the interior minister, has said that 80% of all those who are killed by the state are executed on charges relating to drugs trafficking.

There have been extensive public awareness campaigns, with adverts on the television and radio warning of the dangers of crystal meth. These appear to have had some impact, as unlike opium, sheesheh use is becoming increasingly taboo, especially in the more affluent parts of the city.

The government, predictably, says it is stemming the surge in crystal meth production, with Fazli announcing the seizure of 3,500kg of crystal meth last year and that 375 meth labs had been discovered – more than double the number in 2012.

“It’s not like the early days when they didn’t have a clue what sheesheh was. They are definitely putting more resources into fighting it. But for every meth lab they destroy, another lot spring up,” says Bjijan.

To keep one step ahead of the authorities, Bijan says he bribes police officers. In return for a small cut of his profits and “hush” money, the policemen tip him off about raids and investigations that may involve him, and they promise to destroy any files on him, should they materialise.

“This country’s all about connections. As long as you know a few powerful heavyweights, you’ll be fine. It’s one rule for the rich and one rule for everyone else. I’m lucky in that I’ve got money and I know people. That way, you stay out of the noose,” he says, dragging on a cigarette as he makes a hanging gesture with his free hand.

In south Tehran there seems to be little indication that the crystal meth craze is abating. Outside a charity for sex workers, two women are slumped on the pavement, their faces scratched and covered in sores and their eyes sunken; the tell-tale signs of crystal meth addiction. One of the women cries as she explains that she is now hooked on sheesheh as well as heroin. Outreach workers here say that the area’s most vulnerable and severe addicts have little access to services and are unaware of public campaigns; they complain bitterly that sanctions have halted funding for their rehabilitation programmes.

Bijan does not live far from the community of sex workers who are struggling to feed their habits. He has no moral conscience about what he does and blames the selling and buying of drugs on being forced to live in a repressive country. But he prides himself on making pure, safe crystal meth and he is now considering expanding his operation to Malaysia and Thailand, where he says associates are making even more money – the average price of meth pills in Malaysia is at least five times that in Iran.

“People need an outlet. And for those of us who sell it, well, there are no jobs, and if you’re not from a rich family, you will never have opportunities in this country. At least making crystal meth has given me the chance to look after my family.”

Some names have been changed.

 

 

 

 

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Killer drug crystal meth has reached the streets of Cambridge, the News can reveal.

Police have arrested three users of the drug methamphetamine in the last five years, data released by the forced said.

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Within the last five years Cambridgeshire Constabulary have recorded three incidents of the use of crystal meth in Cambridge, two in Peterborough and two in Wisbech.

Drugscope, which advises the Government, says crystal meth is “relatively uncommon” in the UK but its widespread use abroad and its appearance on the UK dance scene have led to fears of it becoming more popular.

In December 2006 three men were the first to be convicted in the UK for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Police have urged the public to report anyone selling the drug.

Call officers on 101.

 

 

 

 

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— A 38-year-old Pelion woman was arrested Monday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Jamie Williams Greenlee, of Pelion Road, was also charged with altering pseudoephedrine and improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory, according to a press release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. She was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.

Greenlee was arrested Monday by the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team when officers found components for a methamphetamine lab at the woman’s home. Officers found five acid generators that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.

Officers dismantled and safely disposed of the acid generators.

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Laurel County, Kentucky - One Laurel County woman faces meth charges following a traffic stop on Arthur Ridge Road.

Officers say they arrested 44 year old Mary Lucas Saturday night after they found meth and pills in her car.

They say the drugs had an estimated street value of more than $11,000.

Lucas’ passenger 34 year old Heather Smith was also arrested.

They both face trafficking in a controlled substance charges.

 

 

 

 

 

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An explosion and flash fire rocked an apartment complex on Pearl Street in Albion on Monday afternoon. Albion police and Pennsylvania State Police are now investigating if meth lab activities are behind the cause of the explosion.

“My friend and I were sitting out there on the side of the building and all of a sudden we heard an explosion and looked to our left, and saw glass and curtains flying out the one apartment, then big black smoke,” said Bill Diamon, a witness.

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One man who was in the apartment where the explosion occurred is at UPMC Hamot in Erie with chemical burn injuries. Police say he was not a resident of the complex.

There have been no charges filed in this time, but police do suspect that the explosion and flash fire was caused by meth lab related activities.

“We noticed some meth activities on the second floor and we’re still investigating at this time,” said Dan Ries, the Albion police chief.

– The state police clandestine team recovered meth paraphernalia, including a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
– The apartment building is electric, eliminating the possibility of a gas explosion.
– The victim suffered chemical burns.

The explosion happened just before 2pm at 32 W. Pearl Street. The apartment complex is called the “Barnett Building,” and houses Section 8 families as well as the elderly.

Officers in gas masks extracted some evidence in hazardous content buckets for chemical testing from the second floor apartment where the explosion occurred. Ries said testing will confirm or deny the suspected meth activity. PSP expects results by the end of the week.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Shreveport narcotics detectives were called to Sam’s Town Casino and Hotel Thursday morning to investigate a fire that may have been started by possible drug activity.

According to police, a call from the hotel on Clyde Fant Parkway came in about 9:50 a.m. and when officers arrived looking for a fire, they found components of a methamphetamine lab.

One woman has been arrested in the case. Her name has not yet been released. There may be another suspect linked to the situation (who ran away in his pajamas), said Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines.

No one was evacuated from the hotel, but the room where police found the lab and a couple of nearby rooms were cleared out.

A Shreveport Fire Department haz-mat unit and medic unit had been called to the casino, but police are now waiting for a clean up crew to arrive.

 

 

 

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ALICIA, AR (KAIT) – A man on parole was arrested after testing positive for meth.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, a deputy was on patrol in Alicia on May 10 when the officer discovered a fire at the edge of a wooded area along with a vehicle. The fire turned out to be a campfire.

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The deputy spoke with Mitchell Nicholas, 35, of Alicia at the scene. A background check showed Nicholas was on parole. The officer asked Nicholas if he had any illegal substances on him and Nicholas gave the officer permission to look.

Dotson said the deputy found two loaded syringes that tested positive for meth.

Nicholas was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail where he was tested. Nicholas tested positive for meth, according to Dotson.

Nicholas was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. A parole hold was placed on Nicholas by his parole officer.

 

 

 

 

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Kevin Shepard moved into Room 232 at Knights Inn in Lafayette weeks ago with his fiancee and 3-year-old child to escape a house contaminated with mold. On Friday, the family learned that their temporary refuge might be even more hazardous.

It had been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

More than two years ago, the Tippecanoe County Health Department declared Room 232 unfit for human occupancy and ordered the motel’s managers to hire a state-certified company to test contamination levels. But Ron Noles, the county health department’s chief environmentalist, said he’s received no documentation that the managers ever complied with the order.

“I think he tried to skirt the law, save a buck,” Noles said, adding that he wields no power to fine or cite noncompliant property owners.

Shepard said he had no idea the room had been used as a meth lab until the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/RGKMA1 ) knocked on his door Friday afternoon.

“They shouldn’t have given us this room until it was totally inspected,” he said, noting that management didn’t mention meth when they offered him a new room Friday. They simply cited a need to remodel the room.

Deven Patel, manager of the motel, declined to comment about the situation, but Noles said Patel told him Friday afternoon that he had hired a meth-remediation company to test contamination levels in the room.

The lesson of this and other episodes is clear: The next time you check into an inexpensive motel, you might just want to sniff around under the bed. The guests who stayed in the room before you might have been cooking up a batch of methamphetamine.

Police report that they busted two such motel-room meth operations in greater Lafayette in recent weeks. They removed meth-making chemicals from a room at Prestige Inn in West Lafayette on April 30, then dismantled an active meth lab in a room at Economy Inn in Lafayette on May 1.

Authorities posted bright red and yellow signs outside Room 78 at Economy Inn, warning the public that the room is “unfit for human habitation” and will remain so until cleaned and deemed safe by a state-certified meth-remediation team.

Manufacturing methamphetamine in a motel room is a serious felony in Indiana, but those convicted of the crime aren’t the only ones who pay.

Property owners, who are among the many victims cooking meth creates, are stuck at times shouldering the burden of expensive cleanup efforts. Damages are even costlier when lost room revenue and a tarnished public image are factored in.

Ryan Weaver, owner of Rossville-based Bio Recovery Specialists, said his line of business — cleaning up former meth labs — has been particularly “lucrative” lately. That has him thinking, he said, that some motel guests who cook meth are getting away with it and leaving safety hazards behind when they check out.

“The sad thing is, we will probably see more and more people exposed to that situation where they have stayed in a hotel room that has been used as a drug lab,” Weaver said.

The incident last month was not the first time meth-making materials were found at Prestige Inn. A previous incident was reported to the Tippecanoe County Health Department in November 2012. In that case, an operational meth lab was found.

Jagdish Patel, who serves as general manager for both Prestige Inn and Economy Inn, declined to comment on how the costs of testing and remediation are affecting his business.

A total of five motel room meth busts have been reported at Tippecanoe County motels since December 2011.

Dozens of active meth labs and chemical dump sites have been reported during that time in houses, apartments, garages, vehicles, alleys, lots and roadsides, according to health department data.

Law enforcement agencies are required by Indiana law to report meth labs to state police, the criminal justice institute and local fire and health departments, but Tippecanoe County Health Department environmentalist Craig Rich said police probably aren’t catching 100 percent of meth labs, meaning some contaminated spaces may not be getting cleaned up.

“That might be something that’s slipping through the cracks,” he said.

Respiratory problems rank highest on the list of health concerns precipitated by living spaces contaminated with meth-making byproducts, Rich said. Depending on how a structure is built, he added, those concerns could extend well beyond the immediate area where the lab was located.

“When you’re dealing with a hotel, where the heating and cooling units are all interconnected, that can spread to other rooms,” he said.

Noles said any suspicion that a place may have been contaminated by a meth lab should be reported to local authorities or the Indiana State Police drug task force. There’s an online form to report suspected meth activity directly to the state.

Noles said a strong chemical odor is among the telltale signs of a meth lab.

Weaver described the smell as “pungent” or “biting.” It doesn’t take long, he said, for the airborne chemicals to inflict severely itchy eyes or a headache.

Trooper Wes Ennis, a member of ISP’s meth suppression team, said the odor is difficult to describe, but distinct.

“Just like marijuana smells like marijuana, meth chemicals smell like meth chemicals,” he said.

In addition to the chemical odor, authorities warn that the presence of meth-making materials should also raise a red flag. Cold packs with ammonia nitrate, battery packs with lithium strips, pseudoephedrine that often comes in blister packs, tubing, glass jars — these are all used to manufacture the stimulant, Weaver said.

Ennis said if something looks suspicious, people should report it. He’d rather that an officer determines a complaint to be unfounded than let dangerous contaminants go unchecked.

Ennis said he was among those who responded to remove dangerous materials from Prestige Inn.

“They had solvent in jars that there was still meth suspended in,” he said. “So we still had the product and also a solvent, a chemical, on the scene.”

West Lafayette police officers found about four grams of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth, plus several items of paraphernalia and two Mason jars with wet white residue in the Prestige room, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. They took two occupants into custody and removed a sleeping 2-year-old from the room.

Because the defendants had apparently not used their room to cook new product, Ennis said, the threat level was fairly low, making cleanup relatively easy.

Economy Inn wasn’t so lucky.

Lafayette officers arrived at the motel to serve a warrant when they smelled a strong odor commonly associated with meth-making. They entered a room and discovered meth “in the process of being manufactured,” according to a press release. The man who rented the room and two guests were arrested.

When an active lab is discovered in a densely populated area such as a motel, Ennis said, officers will evacuate adjoining rooms as well until they are deemed safe. He said chemicals used to manufacture the stimulant drug pose a fire hazard and are also physically dangerous, burning flesh when touched or inhaled.

“It will do internal damage to your lungs, esophagus, everything else,” he said.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management prohibits the owner of a contaminated structure from occupying it or “transferring any interest in the property to another person,” unless and until the building is decontaminated or demolished.

Ennis said property owners are responsible for costly testing and remediation and that demolition is, in some cases, the most cost-effective option.

The ISP meth suppression team is tasked with removing immediate hazards from a freshly discovered meth lab, but it’s up to county health department officials, Ennis said, to determine if a structure is habitable again.

The owner of a contaminated property must then seek out an IDEM-approved inspector — such as Weaver or Zac Osborn, who owns Indiana State Decontamination — to test contamination levels before and after cleanup.

Osborn said most of the jobs landed by his company have fallen in the $4,000-$6,000 range. One outlier cost more than $10,000.

Weaver said costs for his company’s services vary between $3,000-$10,000 depending on the square footage involved, the extent of contamination and the materials contaminated. He said remediation of a carpeted room with bare wood and wallpaper, for instance, would cost more than a similarly sized space with cinder block walls and a cement floor.

When called upon to decontaminate a property, Weaver said, cleaners remove all contents, including furniture, clothing, electronics, carpeting and ceiling tiles. They then vacuum the walls and spray all surfaces with a military-grade chemical that boils the meth out of the surfaces, he said.

“We will be in full hazmat suits,” Weaver said. Face respirators and double gloves protect his employees from the chemicals.

Two days later, he said, the team will conduct a post-test of their work and send the results to the state.

Once the county health department gets test results, Rich said, the property can be released for use. Getting a meth lab site cleaned and securing health department approval can go “fairly quickly,” he added, noting that motel owners could have their rooms back in service in three to four months.

Indiana law requires courts to order convicted meth manufacturers to pay for environmental cleanup costs “incurred by a law enforcement agency or other person as a result of the offense.”

Noles, the county environmental officer, said Room 232 was to be tested for meth lab contamination on Saturday. Results should be back within a few days. Meanwhile, he advised the family moving out of Room 232 to have medical checkups as a precaution.

“He still violated the law and will be responsible for any medical issues,” Noles said of the motel’s owner. Noles said he will speak with the county attorney to see whether further action can be taken as a result of the motel’s noncompliance with a health department order.

 

 

 

 

 

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WARSAW, Ind. (21Alive) — An active Meth Lab was found in a Warsaw Comfort Inn, after staff noticed the occupants failed to checkout of their room.

The incident happened on May 9th, when officers were called to the hotel by members of the hotel staff. Officers were able to enter the and found the occupants still in the room with an active one-pot meth lab.

Richard D. Cain, 33, of Warsaw was arrested and charged with dealing, delivering, or manufacturing methamphetamine, a B Felony charge.

Courtney C. Bowling, 24, of North Webster was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine. She was also charged with possession of stolen property after the license plate on the vehicle the couple drove came back as stolen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19-year-old Darschae Jamahl Nichols of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (May 10) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Nichols was arrested at about 3:50 a.m. after he pulled out in front of an Officer on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. He initially couldn’t find the vehicle registration and a passenger in the vehicle was laid back in the seat, as if asleep.

Nichols got out and gave consent to search. A digital scale with marijuana residue was found in his pants pocket. A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic bag containing 7.4 grams of meth. Nothing was found on the passenger’s person.

Nichols was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 12) in Newton.

 

 

 

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Jakarta. Customs officers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on Saturday arrested a Ugandan national carrying 83 capsules of crystal methamphetamine in her stomach, officials said.

“After investigating, it turned out the suspect swallowed 83 capsules of crystal meth,” Soekarno-Hatta customs head Okto Irianto said on Monday, as quoted by state-run Antara News Agency.

The accused smuggler, who flew in from Doha, Qatar, had swallowed 1.2 kilograms of meth in total, worth up to Rp 1.6 billion ($140,000), according to police.

Dug mules often carry illegal cargo inside their bodies to avoid detection, although the risk of death would be substantial if even one capsule were to burst.

Officials pulled aside the 46-year-old suspect — identified by her initials, T.M. — because she was acting suspiciously as she passed through customs.

She was brought to a hospital for an x-ray scan, which revealed the capsules. Police gave her a laxative to help force them through her system.

Okto said the suspect worked as an English and geography teacher in Uganda. He said she was part of a larger network and that also operated in Kenya.

“Previously, we arrested a perpetrator [from Kenya] who swallowed 93 capsules,” Okto said. He did not provide further information.

Soekarno-Hatta Police deputy drug division chief Adj. Comr. Subekti said that the suspect could face 15 years in prison and a Rp 10 billion ($870,000) fine if convicted.

Drug trafficking is punishable by death under Indonesian law.

Two Indonesians — S., 35 amd A.I., 32 — were arrested in Central Jakarta in connection to the same crime, police said, according to Indonesian news portal MetroTVNews.com.

 

 

 

 

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Christopher S. Dixon told his roommate on Thursday that he was making methamphetamine so he could pay his rent for the apartment where they lived in Bethlehem.

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After a fire Thursday afternoon did significant damage to the home’s third floor, authorities say they discovered two meth labs — one in the basement and the other in the third floor of 746 Linden St., city police said.

Dixon and Derrick Bradley rented the second and third floors of the two-unit building, police say in court papers.

Police interviewed Bradley, who called Dixon his “friend and roommate,” court papers say.

Just prior to the 12:30 p.m. fire, Dixon came downstairs to the kitchen carrying a bucket, Bradley told police, according to court papers. Dixon “appeared excited,” and Bradley asked him if he was “making meth,” court papers say.

Dixon allegedly responded, “Yes, I need money for rent,” court papers say.

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Dixon filled the bucket with water and ran back upstairs, moments before Bradley smelled smoke, court papers say. Soon after, Dixon came down stairs and ran off, court papers say.

Bradley told police that he knew Dixon was making meth, but he didn’t think Dixon was doing it in the apartment, court papers say.

An hour before the fire, neighbors reported seeing garbage bags being thrown from the third floor into the backyard, court papers say. Police found the bags, and a vapor appeared to be emanating from them, court papers say. There was white sludge and plastic tubing in the bags, court papers say.

Pennsylvania State Police were called and determined the bags contained residue from the process of making meth, court papers say. A subsequent search warrant for the home revealed several items and pieces of equipment that were used in the making of meth, court papers say.

Police were called Friday night to the 300 block of East Broad Street for reports of Dixon being sighted in that area, according to city police. When police arrived, they say Dixon attempted to hide behind the Steel City Tattoo Shop on East Broad Street. He was arrested and taken into custody, police.

Dixon was arraigned 3 a.m. Saturday before on-call District Judge Todd Strohe on charges of manufacturing, delivery or possession with the intent to deliver drugs, possession of a controlled substance, causing a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of chemical waste. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police say they expect to make more arrests in the case.

Police say there was a burglary reported Sunday afternoon at 746 Linden St. Someone had gained access to the home by shattering a backdoor window, police say. There were holes found in the plaster walls of the building, but it was unclear if anything was missing, according to authorities.

 

 

 

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/05/man_charged_in_bethlehem_meth.html

 

 

 

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, MI — Deputies are seeking charges against a Van Buren County man after methamphetamine paraphernalia was found in his front lawn over the weekend.

The Van Buren County Sheriff Narcotics Unit went to the home in the 55000 block of Butcher Road in Lawrence Township on Friday after receiving a tip that a fugitive was seen there, according to a news release. The wanted suspect was not found at the home, but officers did find drug paraphernalia and items used to cook methamphetamine on the front lawn.

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After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found an active one-pot meth lab, multiple used one-pot meth labs, multiple HCL gas generators, and paraphernalia used for smoking meth. The items were found inside the home, in the backyard and inside a vehicle parked on the property.

Investigators have determined that the suspect, a 28-year-old man, was staying at the home with a 34-year-old woman. Neither of them has been located by police yet. The investigation is ongoing, but police expect to pursue drug-related charges against the suspects.

 

 

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/05/lawrence_man_arrested_after_me.html

 

 

 

A report of a disturbance in the area of 227 Jackson Ave. on Friday led to the arrest of a Norfolk woman.

Capt. Mike Bauer with the Norfolk Police Division said officers was dispatched at 5:24 p.m. regarding a disturbance between a man and a woman.

When officers arrived, they spoke with the man, who informed them that he had recovered a glass pipe, a marijuana pipe and marijuana from the woman — Kendra Liibbe, 25.

He provided the items to the officers and explained that there had been a struggle to recover the items.

Liibbe was questioned about the items, and the glass pipe tested positive for methamphetamine.

Liibbe was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was housed in the Norfolk city jail and later transferred to the Madison County jail.

 

 

 

http://norfolkdailynews.com/news/briefs/woman-arrested-for-drugs/article_e66f8e16-d9e6-11e3-9386-001a4bcf6878.html

 

 

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say they discovered an active methamphetamine lab Sunday when a teen called to report his mother beating her boyfriend with a bat.

The 13-year-old asked a neighbor to call police about 3:30 p.m. after the fighting began in his mother’s Lake Forest Drive apartment.

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According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Ronnie Patricia Walters, 44, was arguing with her live-in boyfriend, Steven Robert Sizemore Jr., 31, because he didn’t have a job.

The argument escalated when Walters took a baseball bat and hit Sizemore several times, police said, and Sizemore suffered scratches to his torso and little finger. Deputies did not see any injuries to Walters other than sores from possible drug use.

While trying to find the bat in the apartment, deputies discovered a glass container of methamphetamine and a working lab, authorities said.

Walters and Sizemore were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, presence of a child during the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Walters was also charged with simple battery.

 

 

 

 

 

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-05-12/cops-called-ball-bat-fight-find-meth?v=1399901550

 

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan has been charged with violating terms of his probation after testing positive for methamphetamine and alcohol, according to a court document.

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Sullivan, 71, who was convicted in a meth-for-sex case in 2012, is also accused of leaving the state without permission from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5.

“On February 6, 2014, the defendant acknowledged he made a bad choice in traveling out of state without probation,” according to a complaint for revocation of probation.

Sullivan also failed to provide required urine screens on numerous occasions since being sentenced to 38 days in jail and two years’ probation in 2012, according to the complaint.

He failed to provide drug screens most recently on April 10, 2014.

He tested positive for meth use on Sept. 13 and Sept. 25, 2013, and on March 3, 2014. He tested postitive for alcohol four times from April 30, 2012, to Aug. 8, 2013.

It is at least the third time that Sullivan has violated probation.

In March, after failing a urine screen, Sullivan and his probation officer agreed to extend his probationary period for three months so he could “comply with the conditions of supervision ordered by the court,” according to court documents.

The order, signed March 17 by Sullivan and the probation officer, did not specify what banned substance surfaced in the screening. His probation was extended to July 3.

Sullivan also violated probation in 2012. In July 2012, a “special report” was filed by the probation department stating that he was required to wear a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring device.

He has been summoned to appear before Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester on Thursday to respond to the charges.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25746009/meth-booze-snare-former-arapahoe-sheriff-pat-sullivan

 

 

Patrick Sullivan tests positive for Methamphetamine

CENTENNIAL – 9Wants to Know has learned former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan has tested positive for methamphetamine three times while on probation.

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Not only is Sullivan accused of testing positive for meth, he’s also accused of skipping out on numerous drug tests, leaving the state of Colorado without permission and testing positive for alcohol.

The former sheriff, who was arrested during a drug sting in November 2011, will stand before a judge on Thursday for a probation-revocation hearing.

According to court paperwork, Sullivan tested positive for meth twice in September 2012 and on March 3, 2014.

His court summons also says he failed to provide urine screens more than 30 times since May 21, 2012.

Sullivan tested positive for alcohol four times according to the court paperwork and left the state for a period of two weeks earlier this year without permission.

Earlier this year, 9Wants to Know reported Sullivan had his probation extended to July 3 because of a positive urine screen.

Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail and probation for two years after he pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute and to possessing meth in April 2012.

 

 

 

 

http://www.9news.com/story/news/investigations/2014/05/12/patrick-sullivan-meth/8995665/

 

 

LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Kevin Shepard moved into Room 232 at Knights Inn in Lafayette weeks ago with his fiancee and 3-year-old child to escape a house contaminated with mold. On Friday, the family learned that their temporary refuge might be even more hazardous.

It had been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

More than two years ago, the Tippecanoe County Health Department declared Room 232 unfit for human occupancy and ordered the motel’s managers to hire a state-certified company to test contamination levels. But Ron Noles, the county health department’s chief environmentalist, said he’s received no documentation that the managers ever complied with the order.

“I think he tried to skirt the law, save a buck,” Noles said, adding that he wields no power to fine or cite noncompliant property owners.

Shepard said he had no idea the room had been used as a meth lab until the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/RGKMA1 ) knocked on his door Friday afternoon.

“They shouldn’t have given us this room until it was totally inspected,” he said, noting that management didn’t mention meth when they offered him a new room Friday. They simply cited a need to remodel the room.

Deven Patel, manager of the motel, declined to comment about the situation, but Noles said Patel told him Friday afternoon that he had hired a meth-remediation company to test contamination levels in the room.

The lesson of this and other episodes is clear: The next time you check into an inexpensive motel, you might just want to sniff around under the bed. The guests who stayed in the room before you might have been cooking up a batch of methamphetamine.

Police report that they busted two such motel-room meth operations in greater Lafayette in recent weeks. They removed meth-making chemicals from a room at Prestige Inn in West Lafayette on April 30, then dismantled an active meth lab in a room at Economy Inn in Lafayette on May 1.

Authorities posted bright red and yellow signs outside Room 78 at Economy Inn, warning the public that the room is “unfit for human habitation” and will remain so until cleaned and deemed safe by a state-certified meth-remediation team.

Manufacturing methamphetamine in a motel room is a serious felony in Indiana, but those convicted of the crime aren’t the only ones who pay.

Property owners, who are among the many victims cooking meth creates, are stuck at times shouldering the burden of expensive cleanup efforts. Damages are even costlier when lost room revenue and a tarnished public image are factored in.

Ryan Weaver, owner of Rossville-based Bio Recovery Specialists, said his line of business — cleaning up former meth labs — has been particularly “lucrative” lately. That has him thinking, he said, that some motel guests who cook meth are getting away with it and leaving safety hazards behind when they check out.

“The sad thing is, we will probably see more and more people exposed to that situation where they have stayed in a hotel room that has been used as a drug lab,” Weaver said.

The incident last month was not the first time meth-making materials were found at Prestige Inn. A previous incident was reported to the Tippecanoe County Health Department in November 2012. In that case, an operational meth lab was found.

Jagdish Patel, who serves as general manager for both Prestige Inn and Economy Inn, declined to comment on how the costs of testing and remediation are affecting his business.

A total of five motel room meth busts have been reported at Tippecanoe County motels since December 2011.

Dozens of active meth labs and chemical dump sites have been reported during that time in houses, apartments, garages, vehicles, alleys, lots and roadsides, according to health department data.

Law enforcement agencies are required by Indiana law to report meth labs to state police, the criminal justice institute and local fire and health departments, but Tippecanoe County Health Department environmentalist Craig Rich said police probably aren’t catching 100 percent of meth labs, meaning some contaminated spaces may not be getting cleaned up.

“That might be something that’s slipping through the cracks,” he said.

Respiratory problems rank highest on the list of health concerns precipitated by living spaces contaminated with meth-making byproducts, Rich said. Depending on how a structure is built, he added, those concerns could extend well beyond the immediate area where the lab was located.

“When you’re dealing with a hotel, where the heating and cooling units are all interconnected, that can spread to other rooms,” he said.

Noles said any suspicion that a place may have been contaminated by a meth lab should be reported to local authorities or the Indiana State Police drug task force. There’s an online form to report suspected meth activity directly to the state.

Noles said a strong chemical odor is among the telltale signs of a meth lab.

Weaver described the smell as “pungent” or “biting.” It doesn’t take long, he said, for the airborne chemicals to inflict severely itchy eyes or a headache.

Trooper Wes Ennis, a member of ISP’s meth suppression team, said the odor is difficult to describe, but distinct.

“Just like marijuana smells like marijuana, meth chemicals smell like meth chemicals,” he said.

In addition to the chemical odor, authorities warn that the presence of meth-making materials should also raise a red flag. Cold packs with ammonia nitrate, battery packs with lithium strips, pseudoephedrine that often comes in blister packs, tubing, glass jars — these are all used to manufacture the stimulant, Weaver said.

Ennis said if something looks suspicious, people should report it. He’d rather that an officer determines a complaint to be unfounded than let dangerous contaminants go unchecked.

Ennis said he was among those who responded to remove dangerous materials from Prestige Inn.

“They had solvent in jars that there was still meth suspended in,” he said. “So we still had the product and also a solvent, a chemical, on the scene.”

West Lafayette police officers found about four grams of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth, plus several items of paraphernalia and two Mason jars with wet white residue in the Prestige room, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. They took two occupants into custody and removed a sleeping 2-year-old from the room.

Because the defendants had apparently not used their room to cook new product, Ennis said, the threat level was fairly low, making cleanup relatively easy.

Economy Inn wasn’t so lucky.

Lafayette officers arrived at the motel to serve a warrant when they smelled a strong odor commonly associated with meth-making. They entered a room and discovered meth “in the process of being manufactured,” according to a press release. The man who rented the room and two guests were arrested.

When an active lab is discovered in a densely populated area such as a motel, Ennis said, officers will evacuate adjoining rooms as well until they are deemed safe. He said chemicals used to manufacture the stimulant drug pose a fire hazard and are also physically dangerous, burning flesh when touched or inhaled.

“It will do internal damage to your lungs, esophagus, everything else,” he said.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management prohibits the owner of a contaminated structure from occupying it or “transferring any interest in the property to another person,” unless and until the building is decontaminated or demolished.

Ennis said property owners are responsible for costly testing and remediation and that demolition is, in some cases, the most cost-effective option.

The ISP meth suppression team is tasked with removing immediate hazards from a freshly discovered meth lab, but it’s up to county health department officials, Ennis said, to determine if a structure is habitable again.

The owner of a contaminated property must then seek out an IDEM-approved inspector — such as Weaver or Zac Osborn, who owns Indiana State Decontamination — to test contamination levels before and after cleanup.

Osborn said most of the jobs landed by his company have fallen in the $4,000-$6,000 range. One outlier cost more than $10,000.

Weaver said costs for his company’s services vary between $3,000-$10,000 depending on the square footage involved, the extent of contamination and the materials contaminated. He said remediation of a carpeted room with bare wood and wallpaper, for instance, would cost more than a similarly sized space with cinder block walls and a cement floor.

When called upon to decontaminate a property, Weaver said, cleaners remove all contents, including furniture, clothing, electronics, carpeting and ceiling tiles. They then vacuum the walls and spray all surfaces with a military-grade chemical that boils the meth out of the surfaces, he said.

“We will be in full hazmat suits,” Weaver said. Face respirators and double gloves protect his employees from the chemicals.

Two days later, he said, the team will conduct a post-test of their work and send the results to the state.

Once the county health department gets test results, Rich said, the property can be released for use. Getting a meth lab site cleaned and securing health department approval can go “fairly quickly,” he added, noting that motel owners could have their rooms back in service in three to four months.

Indiana law requires courts to order convicted meth manufacturers to pay for environmental cleanup costs “incurred by a law enforcement agency or other person as a result of the offense.”

Noles, the county environmental officer, said Room 232 was to be tested for meth lab contamination on Saturday. Results should be back within a few days. Meanwhile, he advised the family moving out of Room 232 to have medical checkups as a precaution.

“He still violated the law and will be responsible for any medical issues,” Noles said of the motel’s owner. Noles said he will speak with the county attorney to see whether further action can be taken as a result of the motel’s noncompliance with a health department order.

 

 

 

 

http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/c7f14ecb0f48410b9e1775c85599bfef/IN–Meth-Motels

 

 

I bought my first and only pregnancy test when I was 26.

At the time, I had been doing a lot of meth. I was fortunate if I remembered to eat one meal a day. Refilling my birth-control prescription had become just another missed detail in a life that had ceased to have much meaning for me.

I was an addict, and I was staring at two very bright pink lines on a stick.

I showed the test to my boyfriend. “What are we going to do?” I asked. He replied, “Have a baby, I guess.”

He wanted to see the pregnancy through. I was much less certain about motherhood. How would the pregnancy affect my drug and alcohol use? I don’t recall ever feeling as vulnerable and afraid as I did then.

I started drinking at age 14. Alcohol transformed me into a confident, funny and brave person. It shattered the awkward and shy shell in which I felt trapped. I found a group of new friends. I began to smoke pot and skip school. Boys seemed to find the new me far more desirable, too.

After I moved into adulthood, I became a bartender. Customers would put small packets of cocaine and meth in my tip jar, and I’d step into the beer cooler to inhale my reward.

I did everything to excess. My habits created a revolving door of friends, jobs and living arrangements. My relationship with my family was strained. I was arrested several times, yet I never considered changing my behavior.

But after I got pregnant, I did my best to do what a pregnant woman is supposed to do. I went to my prenatal appointments. I took my vitamins. I decorated a nursery.

Inside, I was terrified. I had never before tried to quit using. Being a pregnant addict was the most heart-wrenching experience of my life.

I tried to stay sober, but I couldn’t live completely clean. I was able to refrain from drug use, but I never stayed away from alcohol for long. I have memories of trying to disguise my pregnant stomach when entering liquor stores, only to return home, drink alone and cry by myself. I talked to the baby inside of me, apologizing for my shortcomings.

I felt some comfort when my best friend, Mallory, became pregnant too. She told me that if I could do it, she could do it. I was thankful to have someone going through this with me. We would get drunk and justify our behavior to one another.

Then I would wake up hungover, gripped by guilt and self-loathing, but those feelings weren’t enough to keep me sober.

Despite it all, I gave birth to a healthy daughter. She was beautiful. She had 10 fingers and 10 toes. I cried tears of joy and relief.

But I knew that I would continue using as soon as I could. I bottle-fed my daughter because breast-feeding just wasn’t an option. I balanced my habits with parenthood as well as I could.

One night while drunk, I fell off of a porch, breaking my wrist and ankle. Our young family had to move into a relative’s house while I healed. I lost my job as an administrative assistant. I couldn’t even change my daughter’s diapers.

The years passed but the drama didn’t. I kept having to pick up the pieces of my toxic existence. As my daughter grew older, I did my best to maintain appearances, give her a good life and keep my addiction from affecting her.

But when she was 4, I woke up in the midst of a blackout. A man was having sex with me in a strange apartment, and I had no recollection of him or how I’d gotten there. I was shaken. I felt I had betrayed my daughter. I felt I had betrayed my values. I finally found the courage to walk into my first meeting.

To get sober, I had to abandon my old life. My daughter’s father and I split up. I had to stay away from every single friend I had. While I was making new and meaningful relationships in recovery, I still missed my friend Mallory.

I left messages telling her about my sobriety. She never called back.

My new, sober life took me places I never imagined. I discovered I had a voice that I could use to help others. I began to work for women’s rights, lobbying across the state of Kansas. I went back to school and earned a master’s degree in public administration.

One day, while speaking at a university, I spotted Mallory in the audience. After the talk, I walked over and asked how she was. She was sober.

We got together later and shared stories of loss, pain and devastation. She had racked up multiple DUIs and a felony record. Her legal problems caused her to be separated from her son.

She was close to graduating with a degree in social work and was working at a women’s addiction treatment center. She was looking forward to her son’s return.

I had deeply mourned the loss of her friendship, and felt pure joy as she shared her success and her own journey out of using.

Our kids are now freshmen in high school. They will soon be facing decisions about whether to use alcohol and drugs.

Despite 11 years of sobriety, I worry addiction’s hereditary nature will affect my daughter. At the same time, by being honest with her, I think my story may help teach her that addiction can destroy our bodies, our relationships, our careers and so much more.

Addication is a spirit-crushing disease that favors no class or intellect, and escape is a matter of life and death. While some recover and thrive, others struggle and die, seemingly through no fault of their own. This is the stark reality that my daughter needs to know — no matter how painful it is for me to tell her.

Kari works in nonprofit management and provides women’s health, economic and social justice analysis and commentary online at www.rhrealitycheck.org.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/npr/310087402/addicted-and-pregnant-the-most-heart-wrenching-experience-of-my-life

 

WARSAWA man and woman were arrested Friday after police found an active meth lab in their Warsaw hotel room.

Police were called to the Comfort Inn around 12:45 p.m. after hotel staff could not get into the room after the occupants should have checked out.\

Officers arrived and found the safety lock bar on the door engaged, but could see a man sleeping on the bed.

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After several attempts, the man woke and opened the door. Police have identified the man as 33-year-old Richard Cain of Warsaw.

Officers found an active meth lab once inside the hotel room, as well as syringes and finished methamphetamine product, according to police.

Police also found 24-year-old Courtney C. Bowling of North Webster inside the room.

Cain was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a B felony charge of dealing, delivering, or manufacturing methamphetamine. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Bowling was also arrested and booked into the jail. She is being charged with possession of over three grams of methamphetamine.

Police also say Bowling was charged with possession of stolen property after the vehicle the pair drove was found to have a stolen license plate.

She is being held on $25,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/2-arrested-after-meth-lab-found-in-warsaw-hotel/25929916

 

A Wellsville woman was sentenced Friday in Federal Court in Rochester to 30 months in prison on methamphetamine charges, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.’s office.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara also ordered April Patterson to pay $3,143 in restitution to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Patterson was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

She was arrested after a raid on Jan. 26, 2012 at a South Main Street, Wellsville, residence uncovered items used to manufacture meth and a quantity of meth. Another search located a meth lab at a Madison Avenue residence in Wellsville.

Also arrested during the raid and convicted were her husband Jason Patterson, John Faber, Anthony Kidd and Justin McPherson. Jason Patterson and Kidd are awaiting sentencing.

Faber was sentenced on April 30 to 40 months in prison. McPherson was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

New York State Police, the Wellsville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration were involved in the investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.steubencourier.com/article/20140510/NEWS/140519980/10058/NEWS

 

A Mooresville man faces drug charges stemming from an arrest in Rowan County.

Donald Alan Minter, 31, is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursor.

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BUCKHANNON, West Virginia — Buckhannon officials are considering an ordinance dealing with the cleanup of properties where methamphetamine is used or manufactured.

The ordinance would require polices to contact property owners and the city’s zoning officer when they become aware of a meth lab or precursors of manufactured drugs. It would authorize the zoning officer to shut down a property until the meth is abated.

Jody Light of the Upshur County Landlords Association tells The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/1hG9yGK ) that landlords are concerned that another layer of government will address an issue already addressed by state and federal law.

The proposal is up for a first reading by City Council on May 22.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/bdd0043b5cbb4a62b136d4d43abaf978/WV–Meth-Abatement

 

A man is behind bars after he allegedly attempted to smuggle methamphetamine in canned foods hidden in the vehicle’s wall.

According to documents, Silverio Loera-Velasco attempted to smuggle more than seven pounds of meth April 19, 2014.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the 24-year-old tried to cross the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville with six canned food filled with bundles of meth.

Authorities said the canned foods were hidden in the wall of the vehicle, behind the driver’s side.

CBP officers conducted a secondary inspection where a K9 alerted them about drugs in Loera-Velasco’s vehicle.

The 24-year-old reportedly told authorities he was going to be paid $1,000 for smuggling the drugs.

Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan is expected to arraign the Mexican national the morning of May 15.

 

 

 

 

 

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