Meth in the News
Professor Nicholas E Goeders
There are so many reasons not to use methamphetamine. The drug is highly addictive – some people will literally do anything to get and use meth. It’s illegal to possess. It’s toxic and dangerous to make. And most of the meth in the United States today comes from Mexico.
Here is one more reason.
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told a Senate Homeland Security Committee panel that “transnational gangs” – indicating the Mexican drug cartels – may also be “unwittingly” smuggling terrorists into the United States.
The Chair of the committee, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, agreed that the potential for terrorists to enter the southern border poses the greatest danger of any point-of-entry to the country.
Mr. Mayorkas assured members of the committee that Homeland Security is “very focused on that (possibility).”
But wouldn’t we be safer if the Mexican drug cartels were put out of business due to a lack of interest.
I hear you, but I can dream, can’t I?
On May 26 at around 9:30 p.m., people on Anderson Road in Walterboro, SC, received an unexpected treat. On second thought, maybe not.
Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the Meter of America where they encountered a naked man pushing the buttons on the building’s alarm pad.
The deputies placed the man, identified as Christopher Blake Jones, 32, of Summerville, in custody in the rear of a police cruiser and searched the surrounding area. They found a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser parked in the back parking lot.
Mr. Jones cautioned the deputies to stay away because he had anthrax in the car. He also informed them at this time that he was, in fact, God. He said that he was on a mission and had to get inside the building to complete his mission.
When the PT Cruiser was searched, a one-pot meth lab was discovered, along with Mr. Jones’ clothes and car keys. A syringe loaded with meth was also found.
Mr. Jones was transported to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center for a physician’s examination and later transferred to the Colleton County Detention Center.
It turns out that he was not God after all.
This next story is more of a cautionary tale than anything else.
Don’t try to “cook” your own meth using the one-pot method so popular these days. But if you must, please, oh please don’t use a glass jar!
Case in point. On May 25, police in Russellville, KY, were called to a convenience store on East 4th Street because there was a man there who appeared to require medical assistance.
When they arrived on the scene, police found Steven Mead, 36, who had several deep lacerations throughout his upper torso. He explained that he received his injuries when he fell through a glass door.
Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Director Jacky Hunt thought otherwise.
“Upon arrival he had a blood trail leading from a house,” Director Hunt told reporters. “(Police) followed the blood trail back to the house.”
When they reached the house, Mr. Mead’s girlfriend, Clarrisa Porterfield, gave police permission to search the house. When they found a substance that they suspected was meth residue in a sink, she quickly revoked her consent.
Once a search warrant was issued, police discovered what actually happened.
“He had a one-step (meth) cook going in the kitchen and it blew up,” Director Hunt said.
Apparently Ms. Porterfield tried to clean everything up and destroy any evidence while Mr. Mead walked to the store. However, police still found items commonly used to manufacture meth in the home, including pseudoephedrine blister packs, stripped out lithium batteries and lye.
“We’ve worked countless cases where guys have burnt themselves up,” Director Hunt explained to reporters. “Some of these old guys have burn scars on them. It’s extremely dangerous and extremely volatile. They are putting (ingredients) in a vessel and waiting for them to react and they can explode.”
Mr. Mead was not only burned, he was also severely cut. He was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital and later transferred to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he was listed in fair condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Anna-Lee Cockril.
Once again, NEVER use a glass jar to “cook” your meth! Believe me, I’ve seen much worse cases than this one!
You know, sometimes older people can become confused. We’ve all had an older relative who forgot where they were or what they were doing at one time or another.
But you’re not going to believe this next story.
On April 9, Louis Fueque Kent, 73, from Electra, TX, pulled into the commercial lane of First Bank on Midwestern Parkway in nearby Wichita Falls.
Mr. Kent proceeded to send some checks, a loan payment with some cash and a piece of paper through the deposit tube.
Much to her surprise, when the teller opened up the piece of paper, a blue plastic baggie containing a white “crystal-like” substance fell out. The baggie was held for Wichita County Sheriff’s deputies to arrive on scene. They field tested the substance, which of course turned out to be meth.
At last report, Mr. Kent was being held in the Wichita County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Moral of the story. Don’t send grandpa to the bank when he is high!
Finally, you’ll never guess what happened in the Hooters parking lot in Ontario, Calif., back on May 23.
Agents with the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) and the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT) arrested five men after they tried to sell 53 pounds of meth to undercover officers right there in the Hooters parking lot on North Milliken Avenue!
53 pounds of meth – that’s worth approximately $2.6 million, you realize.
The five suspects were booked into the San Bernardino West County Detention Center pending the filing of charges for the transportation and sales of meth, possession of meth for sales and conspiracy.
The investigators in the case believe that the men were all affiliated with the Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel based out of Mexico, with drug distribution cells in Southern California.
So they cost the Sinaloa Cartel around $2.6 million. I have a feeling that jail is the least of their worries now!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.