SALISBURY, N.C. — “Ice” methamphetamine made its way onto Salisbury streets after police say suspects ordered the drugs through the mail.

Officers arrested Robin Guest, 50, and Melanie Pruitt, 38, on Tuesday following an investigation that began in July.635501931455500108-robin-guest-melanie-pruitt-2014102912259

Police say Guest ordered the drugs from California and wired the money to suppliers. He would then distribute the meth in the Salisbury area, according to investigators.

Undercover officers say they bought drugs several times at Guest’s home between July and the recent arrests. Guest lived in the 100 block of North Park Drive on property belonging to Catawba College, where he worked in housekeeping.

Police arrested Guest during one of his shifts on campus. They found his girlfriend, Pruitt, hiding in a closet at the house. Investigators say she helped Guest in the operation.

Guest is behind bars now charged with trafficking and selling meth, among other crimes. His bond was set at $250,000.

Pruitt is charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of resisting arrest. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Detectives say they seized total of 155 grams of methamphetamine “Ice” valued at $31,000.

Police say there is no indication any other students or staff of Catawba College were involved.

The High Point Police Department, Salisbury Police Department and Catawba College assisted the sheriff’s office with the investigation.




BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Police made an unusual meth bust in Broken Arrow involving a woman who tried to hide the drugs.d861324c-5ff2-11e4-a3d6-00151712edf8

Tammy Stokes and Paul Curry were arrested Saturday morning after they were pulled over during a traffic stop. The arrest report showed that when officers approached the car, Stokes looked between the seat and console and acted nervous.

“We were able to determine that she had actually hid another little baggie of what appeared to be methamphetamine inside her bra,” said Sgt. Thomas Cooper.

Police said they found it stashed in a slit in the fabric.

“She had a suspended license and was arrested for that,” Sgt. Cooper said.

Cooper said that Curry lied to police.

“He gave them a fake name, which led to even more investigation,” Cooper said.

Once officers impounded the car, a search produced a black satchel, three glass pipes and a small bag of methamphetamine.

Officials told FOX23 that Curry had past drug-possession offenses. Neither Curry nor Stokes lives in Broken Arrow.




Police found the remnants of 22 plastic bottles used to make methamphetamine in a filth-strewn house on Jacksonville’s Westside where toilets were clogged with human waste and the only bathtub was filled with a black, rancid liquid.

“It was like a condemned house,” said Chip Moore, narcotics detective with the Sheriff’s Office, of the raid two years ago.

There was evidence children lived there at least some of the time.

Methamphetamine — made by mixing an explosive cocktail of fuels, drain cleaner, lithium and cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine — can crush lives with addiction and cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.

While the number of cases in Northeast Florida fluctuates, lab seizures and meth-related charges have climbed statewide in recent years even as fears exist that new trends will draw more users.

Moore said a shed at the back of the house on Herta Road was a wasteland of jugs used for what is known as the “one-pot” process to illegally make the stimulant. The chemical reactions involved when meth is cooked are so volatile that explosions and fire can occur.

Of the 22 jugs Moore found at the house, 15 had burst, he said.

“At some point, these vessels ruptured,” he said.

The man and woman living there were arrested and later sentenced to prison on convictions related to the drugs and charges that children were present.


Meth lab discoveries can result in properties being condemned and abandoned.

After police and hazardous-materials teams remove dangerous substances from what are often mobile homes or empty houses, owners can face cleanup costs higher than what the properties are worth.

“Most of the homeowners just leave them,” Moore said.

In Ponte Vedra Beach, a patio home in the Sawgrass golf community was so saturated with drug residue that its $40,000 cleanup ranked as the second-most expensive among St. Johns County cases, detective Shawn Ferris said.

Two people were arrested in the January case.

“When you put all that stuff in the bottle and start cooking, it starts giving off gas,” Ferris said. “They must have been doing a lot for a long time.”

Resins from the gases stick to walls, air-conditioning ducts and other surfaces. The mixing pots are thrown out once the drug is made and their contents sometimes dumped.

Earlier this month, a woman arrested in the bust was sentenced to five years’ probation and drug rehabilitation. A man arrested with her pleaded guilty to four drug-related charges and will be sentenced in December, according to court records.

The most expensive St. Johns property cleanup would have run about $80,000, Ferris said. Instead, the house south of St. Augustine was bulldozed.

Still, before a new house was built there, eight inches of topsoil had to be removed to ensure the toxins were gone, Ferris said.

In Jacksonville and St. Johns, properties where drug contamination is found must be certified as clean before they can be occupied again. The process includes an evaluation by contractors vetted for their expertise, then more testing after the homeowner has had the cleanup completed.

Local communities have had to take that initiative, Ferris said.13841875

“There are no set guidelines federally that says this is dirty and this is cleaned up,” he said.

Palatka recently passed a similar cleanup ordinance requiring homeowners to get the work done.


While specific guidelines for addressing methamphetamine cleanups vary in Northeast Florida, a key issue remains finding the labs, which are primarily the compact and quick-acting one-pot style. Users and meth producers are often squatters who move from place to place and are difficult to locate.

Police only know of a small fraction of the meth lab activity occurring in communities, said Dawn Turner, who started, a resource providing information about the topic. Her son and daughter-in-law bought a Tennessee mobile home in 2004 that turned out to be contaminated. Difficulties the family faced after the discovery, including diagnosis of autism in the couple’s two sons, prompted Turner to launch the site.

Former meth houses are still flying under the radar, due to the clandestine nature of manufacturing meth and the fact that meth testing is not required of homes that are sold or rented,” she said.

Tight budgets for local government and police agencies also can mean methamphetamine cases are a lower priority, she said. The Drug Enforcement Administration has a program to help police agencies with some of their costs removing spent meth labs, but other measures such as a $6 million Department of Justice grant for 2014 won’t have a deep impact, she said.

“Only 10 states are receiving money,” she said. The money will be used to make some police hires, buy some gear and pay for some cleanup, she said.

Moore said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigates any complaint it gets about methamphetamine. Twenty-five percent to half of his time is dealing with those cases, he said.

“We get about 20 complaints a month,” he said. “I keep a kind of tally the best I can and we were up around 300 complaints with only 15 labs. Every one of them gets investigated. Not all of them turn out.”

Methamphetamine users, he said, are transient and tend toward paranoia.

Nationally, investigators have run into explosives and other booby traps.

Moore said Jacksonville police have had two such encounters, including one in which an acid would spill into a container of salt when a door was opened. The combination created a toxic gas.

The other involved a Samurai sword dangled above a door and positioned to drop down blade-first when the door opened.

“It was designed to hit you in the head,” Moore said. “You just don’t go opening stuff.”


The effects of methamphetamine addiction can be dramatic. Users will stay awake for days and lab busts often include weapons, Turner noted.

In Clay County, a trial opened Monday in the shooting death of sheriff’s detective David White, who died in a February 2012 meth lab raid.

Ryan Christopher Wilder is the first of four to be tried in the case. He and the others were in the house in Middleburg when White and fellow officers came to the door. White was killed and detective Matthew Hanlin was wounded by Ted Tilley, a fifth person in the house who was shot and killed by police.

Investigators were later told Tilley, who was the meth cook, always carried a gun.

Paranoia can lead to addicts dismantling electronic devices out of fear of surveillance. Terms “meth bugs” and “meth mouth” commonly are used to describe someone digging at the skin because users believe they are infested with bugs and teeth that are ruined from smoking the drug.

“It hijacks the brain’s reward system,” said Joe Spillane, a clinical toxicologist and drug abuse epidemiologist at UF Health Jacksonville who studies drug trends.

Methamphetamine causes the release of dopamine, which according to Psychology Today is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

“You take these drugs and you get 10 times that release of dopamine,” Spillane said. “And pretty soon you don’t care about eating or drinking or having sex. Finally, you’ve got to take the thing just to feel normal.”

Methamphetamine rewires the brain, making it difficult to reason a way out of abusing the drug, he said.

“It can physically damage the brain to the point that you don’t have that same ability to reason the way you had before you got into the problem,” he said.

An intellectual balance in the user’s brain goes out of whack, he said.

Drug abuse also has a generational aspect, Spillane said. As time passes and a drug fades from use, it is then rediscovered by a new generation or used in a new way.

“A lot of times what feels like the hot new thing is just a new route,” he said. “It might be the same drug, but it’s a new route of administration.”

Spillane said he is concerned methamphetamine could be converted to a liquid that would then be vaporized and inhaled using electronic cigarettes now designed for nicotine. There are already concerns by law enforcement officials that vaporizing of synthetic marijuana could become a problem.

“Can it be far behind if it is not happening already?” Spillane questioned.

Otherwise, the production of meth is increasing in Mexico, where cartels manufacture large quantities and ship to places such as Atlanta.

Law enforcement officers in Northeast Florida said users in the region stick to the one-pot method. Only about 1 percent of the meth they seize is from outside traffickers.

However, federal authorities have made at least two cases involving quantities of methamphetamine brought from other areas.

The Department of Justice said in July ounces of methamphetamine were being distributed from an apartment in Macclenny. Five people from Baker and Nassau counties and Alma, Ga., were charged.

In September, federal authorities made three arrests in Putnam County and Texas linked to about eight pounds of the drug.

DEA special agent Mia Ro said the region has been targeted by traffickers.

“A majority of what we are seeing is in North Florida and Central Florida,” she said.



Rene Nevarez-Reyes, 22DAYTON — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie, and Miami Township Police Chief Ronald Hess announced Wednesday the arrest of a Chicago resident following the seizure of nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine.

Investigators with the Miami Valley Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force arrested Rene Nevarez-Reyes, 22, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County on Sunday. Approximately five kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was located in his vehicle.

“Task force members were able to make this arrest after gathering intelligence that this large amount of crystal meth was on its way to Dayton from Chicago,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Those thinking about bringing drugs into the Miami Valley should know that members of this task force have been very successful at intercepting narcotics before they make it to the streets.”

“This is the second time in two weeks that members of this task force have taken a large amount of crystal meth off the streets of Montgomery County,” said Sheriff Phil Plummer. “I believe our message is clear, and our unified efforts with federal, state and local law enforcement are working.”

Nevarez-Reyes is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

The Miami Valley Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, was formed in 2013 to investigate upper level drug organizations operating in and around Montgomery County.

The task force is made up of several law enforcement agencies including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Miami Township Police Department, Butler Township Police Department, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Established in 1986, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) assists local law enforcement agencies in combating organized crime and corrupt activities. The Commission is composed of members of the law enforcement community and is chaired by the Ohio Attorney General. In 2013, authorities working in OOCIC task forces across the state seized more than $14 million worth of drugs and more than $5 million in U.S. currency.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office consists of nearly 30 distinct sections that advocate for consumers and victims of crime, assist the criminal justice community, provide legal counsel for state offices and agencies, and enforce certain state laws. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office can be reached at 800-282-0515 or




A champion New Zealand boxer has been sentenced to more than two years’ imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Adrian Toa Taihia, 32, who holds the national super middleweight title, pleaded guilty at the High Court at Auckland in September to one representative charge of being a party to manufacturing methamphetamine.boxer2_300x200

At the same court today, Justice Susan Thomas sentenced Taihia to two years and six months’ imprisonment.

Crown lawyer Evan McCaughan said Taihia’s sporting prowess proved both a positive and a negative for him.

It was a positive as it suggested that the offending was out of character and he had prospects in the future. However, more was expected of a person of his talent and abilities, Mr McCaughan said.

Taihia was supported in court today by a public gallery almost filled to capacity.

His lawyer Peter Winter said Taihia’s offending was not out of greed, but due to an obligation-based situation where he wanted to pay for his mother-in-law’s funeral, but was not able to due to a shortage of cash.

Mr Winter also noted that Taihia had upcoming fights scheduled for December and January, saying: “He has a lot to lose.”

Justice Thomas said the offending between 2011 and 2012 involved Taihia assisting with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including at one point allowing his home to be used while pseudoephedrine was converted into methamphetamine.

She acknowledged Taihia was a role-model to Polynesian youths in the community and was the current holder of four New Zealand and international boxing titles.

However, she said that did not diminish his culpability and accepted he may lose his titles during his time in prison.

Taihia, whose fighting name is ‘The Terrah’, appeared on the popular reality TV series The Contender in 2009 and claimed the interim Pan Asian Boxing Association light heavyweight title after fighting Samoan journeyman Togasilimai Letoa in May.

Taihia’s co-accused, Isaiah Timothi Keresoma, was today also sentenced for his role in the offending to six years and four months’ imprisonment after earlier pleading guilty to one representative charge of manufacturing methamphetamine, one of supply, one of attempting to manufacture and one of possessing a firearm.

His other co-accused, Daniel Ralph Harvey, received a sentence of one year and one months’ imprisonment and 300 hours community service. Steven Brent Gunbie was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment and Sophia Wilson did not appear.




A 43-year-old rural Louisville woman who suffered burns Sunday in a suspected mobile meth lab explosion was released from a Lincoln hospital on Tuesday, authorities said.

A medical helicopter flew the woman to CHI Health St. Elizabeth Sunday night after her daughter found her with burns on her face, neck and arms, said Cass County Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Lamprecht.

The woman ran into her home east of Louisville after a fire started in her car, Lamprecht said.

Investigators found a bottle with tubing coming from it in the passenger seat that they suspect was used to make meth, Lamprecht said.

The Nebraska State Patrol dismantled the lab.

Deputies think the injured woman was the only person in the car.

A criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing.





While the world-and especially the United States-remains fixated on the brutal actions and conquests of the Islamic State, few are looking closer to home to see such brutality, sometimes on a larger and more horrifying scale.china-meth-1

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The United Nations reports that in Iraq, 9,000 civilians have been killed and 17,386 wounded since the Islamic State sprung into the scene of that nation, and the actions of that group in Syria have been just as bad.


However, no one seems to acknowledge the damage that the drug cartels in Mexico do. In 2013, cartels murdered more than 16,000 people in Mexico, and another 60,000 were killed between 2006 and 2012, but these reports are from the Mexican government, which is known to deflate the actual numbers.


Those who speak out against the Mexican drug cartels often find themselves attacked, abused, or even murdered.


Mexican cartels often use car bombings as a weapon and tool of terror

International commentators have called the crimes of the Islamic State unique and barbaric. Beheadings, sex slavery and mass executions are crimes that are unheard of in this modern era they say.

These cartels decapitate hundreds every year and then mutilate the corpses of their victims. They display piles of bodies around towns in order to force compliance from locals. These groups systematically target women and children to intimidate communities, engage intensely in the sex trade, use rape as a tool of war and terror, and post images of their crimes for all the world to see on social media.

These groups recruit child soldiers-some as young as 10 or 11-and train them to be assassins or suicide fighters. They kidnap thousands of children every year to use as drug mules or prostitutes. Some they just kill and harvest for organs to sell illegally.

Often those who call for reforms are brutally targeted. Officials, police, even students who dare challenge cartel rule, none are safe.

The Islamic State’s murder of captured journalists is also appalling, but cartels have murdered almost 60 since 2006.

Even Mexico’s media is silent, bribed or intimidated into complacency.

Right now, the Islamic State is the sexy new threat for the American media. Two Americans have been beheaded, and the group threatens to do so to a third.

But the cartels have killed 293 Americans between 2007 and 2010. They have also repeatedly attacked U.S. consulates in Mexico.



By Stuart Gitlow, MD,

Drug use is not isolated to dark alleys or urban street corners, nor is addictive illness relegated to one segment of the population. Addiction crosses every geographic and socio-economic boundary across the country. Addicts can be the older American with chronic pain, the wounded veteran returning home, the teenager who finds leftover pain pills in the medicine cabinet, or the weekend warrior athlete seated in the office cubicle next to yours.

Addiction, after all, is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease—not a sign of flawed character, personal weakness, or low morality. Prescription drug abuse, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said, is “a growing, deadly epidemic.” More than 6 million Americans addictively use prescription drugs, such as painkillers, each year. In 2011, nearly 23,000 people died from prescription drug overdoses alone, according to the CDC, and more than 1.4 million visits to the emergency room were related to misuse and abuse of prescription medications.

It’s time for a fresh approach that puts more emphasis on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. And yet we approach the fight against addictive illness with one hand tied behind our backs.

The human toll—families broken, careers destroyed, lives lost—is huge. And so is the financial burden. Abuse of prescription drugs, according to the Trust for America’s Health, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan group, costs the country a whopping $53 billion a year in lower productivity and medical and criminal-justice costs.

As they look for more effective ways to fund the fight against drug abuse, policymakers should consider the more sophisticated and definitive drug-testing technology that is now available to help identify and potentially prevent problems before they get worse.

We know testing saves lives. That’s why your doctor checks your blood pressure and blood glucose levels during a physical exam. Such tests can help determine if you have hypertension or diabetes. Such basic and inexpensive tests are available, though not commonly used for addictive illnesses, despite the prevalence of these illnesses.

Take the case of a clinician concerned about a patient misusing prescription drugs or taking a painkiller different from the one his or her doctor prescribed. Definitive testing can help doctors answer these questions and better treat the patient. Equally important is testing young adults for addictive disease, just as we test for diabetes and hypertension. Addiction caught early has a far better chance of being treated without complications.

The most recent annual National Drug Control Strategy from the White House asserts we must avoid what it calls a “false choice” between a strategy of eradicating drug abuse by enforcement or legalizing it.

The strategy declares: “Science has shown that drug addiction is not a moral failing but rather a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.” The revised strategy promotes “a balance of evidence-based public health and safety initiatives focusing on key areas such as substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.”

While no single test can prove the presence of addiction, it is often impossible to detect addictive illness in its early stages without any test at all. And yet on the front lines, clinicians often overlook a reliable technology they can use to help them know what drugs their patients are using in the first place.

Patients are not offered testing for addictive illnesses because these tests are not well understood. There is a knowledge gap among physicians about how these tests can provide critical clinical information. And economic issues also play a role.

To beat this epidemic, we must begin by doing a far better job of identifying those who are afflicted. To do that, we have to pay fairly for diagnostic workups, treatment, and indeed for innovation in diagnostics and treatment.

Ongoing screening of those at risk as well as regular monitoring of identified patients is as important as checking blood sugar or regularly monitoring for hypertension in patients at risk. Rather than viewing testing as something done to punish “bad” patients, it should be seen as an important clinical tool to manage and improve treatment, giving clinicians confidence in their prescribing decisions and helping to keep patients safe.

Clinicians should be able to access the latest clinical tools and technology on behalf of the child, the veteran, or the weekend warrior who unwittingly—due to an undetected genetic predisposition to addiction—became hooked on opioids while on the mend from knee surgery.

In health matters this grave, it is literally a matter of life and death.


Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA, president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, is a psychiatrist specializing in addictive disease at the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addiction.





HESPERIA — A 21-year-old Hesperia man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Apple Valley girl he met on Facebook earlier this month has had two additional sex charges filed against him in a 2013 case involving a 14-year-old girl.

Pedro Cruz was arrested on Oct. 20 following a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department investigation of reports that Cruz “forced himself” on a 16-year-old girl. He pleaded not guilty last week to four felony charges, including two counts of oral copulation with a minor and two counts of unlawful sex with a minor.pedro cruz

Deputy District Attorney David Foy said two of the four charges stem from the October case involving the 16-year-old girl. The other two charges are from a June 2013 police report accusing Cruz of committing a sex crime against a 14-year-old Hesperia girl.

Foy said both cases involve Facebook contact between Cruz and the victims.

The father of the 14-year-old victim spoke to the Daily Press and requested that his name be withheld because he fears for his safety.

“He uses Facebook to meet all the girls,” the father told the Daily Press. “He preys upon these young girls and carries a gun on him and has a car and … the young girls are so impressed by a car, drugs, all of that. He knows how to work that.”

On Cruz’s Facebook page, 135 of his 198 friends are females.

“Men who use Facebook and other social media to prey on underage girls has been a threat since social media was developed,” Foy said. “I can’t say there’s more of it than five years ago, but it’s certainly a problem.”

Foy said sheriff’s officials received a report of a sex crime involving Cruz in June 2013. Foy said the report was not immediately submitted to the District Attorney’s Office, but was filed weeks later in connection to an alleged assault case involving Cruz’s father.

Pedro Villalobos, Cruz’s father, allegedly attacked the father of the 14-year-old victim in late June 2013. The victim’s father told the Daily Press the attack came just weeks after he had filed the police report regarding Cruz’s alleged actions with his daughter.

“My mom saw the Facebook messages (Cruz) was sending to my daughter, planning to pick her up,” the victim’s father said. “That’s where I confronted my daughter and it all came out. She’d get high and have sex with him. She was basically brainwashed.”

Court records show Villalobos was arrested on suspicion of assault and a felony criminal threat on July 2, 2013. He entered into a plea bargain, and the assault charge was dismissed. He was convicted of making a criminal threat and is serving time in jail.

It was during this case that the District Attorney’s Office was presented with the June 2013 reports accusing Cruz of sex crimes with the 14-year-old girl, Foy said, but no charges were filed against Cruz at that time.

Meanwhile, Cruz was arrested on suspicion of transporting methamphetamine in August 2013. The case is still open, and Cruz was out on bail when he was arrested for his latest alleged sex crime.

Cruz is scheduled to appear for his pre-preliminary conference on Thursday morning. His preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 4. He is being held at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $250,000 bail.

“(On Wednesday) we are filing an amended court complaint alleging Cruz had a prior strike,” Foy said.

Court records show Cruz was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in May 2011.



Candy Sue Chamness, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in Kosciusko County Superior Court according to court records after being charged with neglect and reckless homicide in connection with the fatal carbon monoxide poisoning of her 12-year-old son while she was high on methamphetamine.  54500af3e69d5_image

Darrick Spore, 34, Syracuse, was also charged with neglect and reckless homicide in the death of Skyler Spore, who was found dead by police in the family’s Syracuse home June 28 while two gas-powered generators were running. Police said both Chamness and Spore were under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of their son’s death.

Chamness’ sentence hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Spore appeared in court Monday for a continuance for a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.



The man police say went on a hammer-swinging rampage in Boulder City and Henderson had an eerily calm message for one of his victims.

Midway through Friday evening’s random attacks, an arrest report says, Damien Darnell Robins singled out a man walking among dozens of others in a parking lot at Foothill High School. Robins got out of his car and accosted the man, striking him in the head with the one-handed sledgehammer.

The blow knocked the man onto one knee.web1_hammer1_10

When the man turned around to face his attacker, Robins looked him in the eye.

“Sir, I’m sorry but I’m going to kill you; everything will be OK when you’re dead,” he said in an unemotional voice.

It appears a Henderson police patrol car that pulled into the parking lot may have held off more violence. The approaching car distracted Robins, according to the report, and that gave the man enough time to flee.

That man was one of 10 people police say Robins pummeled at random. His wife also told police he had been high on meth in the hours before the attacks.

And he may have had even more violent intentions.

Robins’ wife told officers she hadn’t seen him in three days when he called her about 1 p.m. Friday and said he wanted to meet her at home, according to an arrest report. When he showed up, the woman told police, she said he was agitated and that she could tell he was high on methamphetamine.

It wasn’t uncommon for Robins to “disappear for a few days when he’s high,” his wife said in the report. She said he had also lost his job as an electrician in the days since she had seen him.

Her husband made her fear for her life, the woman told police. Robins refused to let her leave, according to the report. He told her he wanted to “kill her and burn (her) body,” the report said, and later said he “felt like bludgeoning someone” to relieve his aggression.

Her only way out was leaving with him, according to the report. Robins took the woman to a gun store where she filled out the paperwork to a buy a firearm for him.

Robins could not buy a gun himself because he is a felon, police said.

After doing what Robins told her, the couple went back home, police said. The wife persuaded him to let her drive away to pick up their daughter from a baby sitter. In reality, she used the opportunity to drive to a friend’s house and hide.

Police said Robins’ next move started his brutal spree.

About 8 p.m. he battered a woman in a car with the hammer in a convenience store parking lot in Boulder City, police said. He later attacked two older people at an auto parts store parking lot, according to a police report.

In both attacks, according to the report, Robins asked the victims if they were lost as he approached them.

Robins next ran a driver off U.S. Highway 93 then struck the driver several times with the hammer, police said. He drove off and did the same thing to another driver, they said.

The erratic behavior continued after police say Robins drove over the hill into Henderson and onto U.S. Highway 95.

Robins started tailgating a woman driving a Dodge Neon north on U.S. 95 near College Drive, police said. She made a U-turn in an attempt to get away from Robins, but he crossed the median and drove his car head-on into the Neon, according to the report. The driver told police she managed to drive away only after Robins hit her windshield twice with the hammer.

He used his car to cut off and then attack another driver before getting to Foothill, police said.

After he initially hit the man with the hammer at Foothill, police said, the man jumped up and started running. Robins got back in his car and followed, catching up quickly.

As he approached the man, the report said, Robins said, “Sir, I want to let you know everything’s going to be OK, but I’m going to kill you.”

But before Robins could swing the hammer again, something caught his eye. A Henderson police patrol car pulled into the parking lot and headed toward Robins, the report said. He got back in his car and took off.

Robins drove into a neighborhood across from the school and turned off his headlights, the report said. There, Robins pulled in front of a woman and forced her to stop near Cherry Drive and Butch Cassidy Lane.

She told police Robins got out of his car and ran at her shouting, “What did you say?” and began hitting her car with the hammer while repeating the question, the report said.

She threw her car in reverse, police said, but Robins said, “There’s nowhere to go,” and started chasing her on foot. The woman managed to evade Robins.

Police said Robins’ last victim was in the drive-thru at a Taco Bell at 730 E. Horizon Drive. He blocked the drive-thru exit, and attacked the woman’s car before reaching through the driver side window and hitting her with the hammer, police said.

Robins eventually surrendered to police after a pursuit about 9 p.m., when he was confronted by a K-9 officer on Arrow­head Canyon Drive in Henderson.

He kept calm while Boulder City police detectives interviewed him, according to the arrest report. He denied fighting with anyone.

When police asked why they had found a hammer in the passenger seat of his vehicle, the report says, Robins replied, “Well, it’s mine.”

After further prodding, the report says, Robins said: “Well I beat some people up I guess.” When a detective asked why, the man didn’t respond.

Robins, 37, is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on six counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a single count of kidnapping. He is scheduled for a hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at Boulder City Justice Court.




A 35-year-old Dutch woman was arrested Oct. 24 on the 1800 block of East Rio Salado Parkway on suspicion of shoplifting, dangerous drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession, according to a police report.

The woman put two bathroom rugs, a bathroom lid cover, a shower curtain and a king size comforter set, valued at $196, inside a shopping cart, and exited the Target without paying, police reported.

Upon searching the woman, police found her to be in possession of a small bag of methamphetamine, according to the report.

The woman said the bag and the methamphetamine were hers, police reported.

The woman was transported to Tempe City Jail, where she was booked and held to see a judge, according to the report.




LANCASTER – A methamphetamine lab was found at a residence in the 900 block of Fay Avenue on Tuesday just before 3 a.m., according to police reports.

A 911 call was made at 2:45 a.m. from the residence by a woman who said she wanted police to stop her friends from doing drugs in her home, police reported.

Police believe that the three whom the woman accused of doing drugs fled the scene before officers could search the residence. However, they did find a methamphetamine lab inside a smoking backpack in the back yard, the report said. No arrests had been made at press time.



5450161e4c9b0_preview-699In the last six months, 37-year-old Sarah Marie Grady of Helena has been arrested multiple times, and many of the cases are apparently connected to drug abuse.

Grady’s recent encounters with law enforcement started in late April when Helena police searched her vehicle and residence and found a large amount and wide variety of drug-related evidence.

Police listed the following in an affidavit: two used syringes containing an unknown liquid substance, a prescription bottle made into a pipe, a camouflage-colored bag containing two methamphetamine pipes, a pill organizer containing a marijuana roach, a glass jar containing Q-tips, a mirror with drug related residue, three small syringes from a plastic sandwich bag, a spoon with cotton and residue, a methamphetamine pipe with residue, a box with a used syringe and spoon, a cloth flower bag containing seven loaded syringes, a small water bottle, a broken syringe, two syringes with a red liquid residue, a knife, and a plastic container containing a dronabinol tablet. (dronabinol is made from cannabis prescribed for cancer patients to treat loss of appetite.)

Police also reported finding, in Grady’s purse, a gray zipper case containing an 8 mg strip of Suboxone (a narcotic often used to help patients with opiate withdrawal), an iPod case with several syringes, a black case containing a scale, a pink case containing a melted straw, and another case containing 16 oxycodone hydrochloride tablets, one Focalin tablet, two Suboxone tablets and morphine. From her residence, police reported finding a methamphetamine pipe, three loaded syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

From the April 24 search, according to an affidavit filed on Aug. 15, Grady was accused of six counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sept. 23-24, Helena police charged Grady with issuing bad checks between July and September for more than $1,500 from a business account to which no deposits had been made since November of 2013. When she was taken to jail on the bad checks charge, jail personnel reportedly found drug paraphernalia and drugs: a syringe, a pill crusher, a plastic bag containing numerous small plastic bags and four prescription pill bottles containing “mismatched pills.” Although the pill bottles did contain medications prescribed to Grady, there was one pill (methadone hydrochloride, an opiate) for which she had no prescription.

On Oct. 3, Grady was accused of forgery for allegedly forging and cashing checks from someone else’s account. In that case there were four checks totaling $1,225.

Grady had posted $50,000 bond (on two charges from Sept. 24). She wrote a letter, Sept. 27, to the court asking to be released on her own recognizance. She had been in jail for four days. Grady wrote that when she was arrested she was on her way to a medical clinic to have a cast put on her hand and that she was in “severe pain” from “compartment syndrome.” She wrote that if her medical needs were “not taken care of immediately, I will suffer more serious issues medically.” She also mentioned “serious personal issues going on at this time, including that her house was in foreclosure.”

Thirty-three days after writing to the court, asking for and gaining her release on bond, Grady was arrested again.

On Oct. 10, police were called to a store on North Montana for a report of a female shoplifter. Witnesses told police that the woman was seen going into the cemetery north of the shopping center. Police reported finding Grady, who matched the description from store employees, hiding under a tree in the cemetery. Grady at first refused to come out, according to police. Grady did eventually come out and was arrested on a booking charge of obstructing a police officer. Grady allegedly told police that she had only stolen makeup and because it was a misdemeanor they couldn’t take her to jail.

Once she was admitted to jail, detention officers reportedly found in her purse a glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Prosecutors had requested that Grady’s bond be revoked on Oct. 3 as she had failed to report for twice-weekly drug testing as required in her release.



METHAMPHETAMINE use is on the rise in Gisborne and Wairoa, and police have called for increased public support to help crack down on a trade that is worth tens of thousands of dollars a week.

Police say the drug is primarily sold by the gangs.

Methamphetamine is dealt by the gangs to make money and they don’t care about the harm it causes,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Scott of the Gisborne CIB.

“They don’t care who they sell to and in some cases that means family members.”

Det Snr Sgt Scott says the drug has a real foothold in the community and probably mostly among people who cannot afford to be using it.

“Therefore they get involved in dealing it themselves to pay for their own habit.”

Wairoa police have found ‘P’, ‘ice’ or ‘crack’ is becoming more prevalent than before and it’s across a lot of different demographics, says Wairoa CIB head Detective Sergeant Martin James.

“The level of public awareness of the increased use needs to be raised in the community.

“People need to be aware that methamphetamine is here in our community and it’s having a huge effect on social behaviour,” Det Sgt James says.

“People need to understand the damage this drug can cause.”

Police were often dealing with the aftermath and he says a lot of violence-related incidents Wairoa police were attending were the result of methamphetamine use.

Det Snr Sgt Scott says Gisborne police have also noted increased violence and health issues, both physical and mental, caused by the drug.

“We are called to violent incidents where we definitely believe meth was a factor and that has been the case for a while now.

“The statistics don’t tell us that violence across the board is on the increase but the use of meth certainly is, and it’s associated with violence,” he says.

“It’s a drug where you lack a sense of your actions.

“You don’t care what you’re doing and you don’t care about the consequences,” Det Snr Sgt Scott says.

Wairoa police have seen people who have been cannabis users graduating on to meth.

“It is becoming more and more common for Wairoa police to go to a cannabis user’s address and find methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia,” Det Sgt James says.

“The high from cannabis is no longer sufficient.

“So they have gone on to methamphetamine, which is highly addictive and once they become addicted, they have to support that habit.”

Det Snr Sgt Scott says cannabis use is still definitely there. “But for some people here, as in Wairoa, it has become a pathway drug into methamphetamine.”

He says a large number of people are actively involved in dealing the drug in the Gisborne-East Coast district.

“Tens of thousands of dollars changes hands for it in the district each week.”

The police say one gram of meth costs $700-$1000, with users paying $100 for 0.1 of a gram.

Both officers say in most cases the drug is brought in from out of the district.

“Auckland is the prime supply centre for the drug,” Det Snr Sgt Scott says.

Signs of meth use can be irrational behaviour, mood swings, sores on the face or body, picking at skin, rotting or brown teeth, not sleeping for long periods or erratic sleeping, nervousness or anxiety, being unusually active or weight loss.

“A heavy period of meth use is often followed by a crash, in which users cannot control their sleeping, and sleep for long hours or keep falling into a sleep.”

Police in Gisborne and Wairoa want information about people involved in the trade.

“We want information about its use and who is selling it in our communities.”

If people have any information around the sale of methamphetamine, contact police directly or anonymously on the Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555 111.




AUBURN | The Locke meth lab explosion that ended a man’s life and razed a home has had a slew of consequences.     

In addition to the death of Shawn Perreault, a 47-year-old Locke man, the events surrounding the May 12 explosion resulted in the arrests of nine people, including the late Shawn Perreault’s wife.

And on Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court, Judge Mark Fandrich hoped the deadly incident would have at least one positive consequence: Keeping those involved away from methamphetamine.

Before sentencing John Lunn Jr. for purchasing the Claritin-D cold medicine Shawn Perreault used to cook meth, Fandrich asked the 20-year-old Moravia man a few questions.5407b350b5545_image

“Are you sorry for what happened?” Fandrich asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Lunn answered quietly.

Fandrich then asked Lunn to think back to the deadly explosion, when a fatally wounded Shawn Perreault exited his burning 5651 Sears Road home covered in severe burns.

“You saw what was happening to him when he came out of the house,” Fandrich said. “Well if that won’t keep you away from meth, I don’t know what will.”

Lunn, of 68 E. Cayuga St., was sentenced to five years probation for fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony, and second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a misdemeanor. The shock portion of his sentence — six months in the Cayuga County Jail — has been served.

Lunn was not the only defendant charged in connection with the deadly, botched meth lab case to appear in court.

Tanya Perreault — the widow of the late Shawn Perreault — pleaded guilty to her role in the events surrounding the explosion.544ff821ca100_image

The 43-year-old Locke woman admitted possessing meth making materials on Dec. 26 and conspiring to combine meth making materials on May 12.

In addition, Tanya Perreault also admitting helping her late husband make the illicit drug while a 4-year-old child was present.

“I mixed the solvent together, and there was a child under the age of 16,” she said.

In exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine and fourth-degree conspiracy, both felonies, along with second-degree possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a misdemeanor, she was promised four months in jail and five years probation.

In addition to Lunn, two other defendants were sentenced.

Sara Townsend, a 21-year-old Cortland woman, was sentenced to three years probation for second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

Townsend, of 115 Kellog Road, told Fandrich she would stay out of trouble.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I was definitely in the wrong, and I realize that now.”

Floyd Perreault, a 51-year-old McGraw man, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge for second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a misdemeanor.

“At age 51, you’re probably beyond doing meth,” Judge Fandrich said.

“You’ve got that right,” Floyd Perreault, of 4514 Maybury Road, said.


The cases of the other five defendants are pending.




 BELLINGHAM, Washington — The Bellingham City Council voted Monday night to condemn the Aloha Motel.

The Bellingham Herald reports ( it has a reputation for criminal activity, and the Whatcom County Health Department found methamphetamine contamination in 11 rooms.

A lawyer for the owners, Greg Greenan, said they would accept the condemnation proceedings if the city pays a fair price for the property.




A 29-year-old man faces trial on charges of making methamphetamine and risking a catastrophe following a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Gary Christian Long is accused of setting up a portable methamphetamine lab in the Horsham Days Inn on Easton Road on April 4. He is being held on 10 percent of $10,000 bail as well as detainers for probation violations in Bucks and Montgomery counties. 545006a6660a0_image

Following testimony from Horsham Detective Sgt. Larry Bozzomo, Long’s attorney, Louis Busico, argued Bozzomo was not an expert in methamphetamine manufacturing and as a result, the testimony and evidence was not enough to support the charges.

District Judge Harry Nesbitt said Busico’s arguments were germane for trial, but police had made their prima facie case and ordered Long held for trial.

Long is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, risking a catastrophe, illegally dumping methamphetamine waste, possession of precursor chemicals with the intent to use them to make methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, recklessly endangering another person and a charge of flight to avoid apprehension that was added shortly before the hearing began.

Long was arrested in May by Philadelphia police on DUI and drug possession charges. Bozzomo testified police attempted to arrest Long at the hotel based on warrants for his arrest in multiple counties for violation of his probation and failure to appear for trial on charges in Bucks County. The detective testified that, as police attempted to enter Long’s room, Long jumped from a third-floor window to a mulch pile and fled.

Bozzomo said he saw various household chemicals, observed a “chemical odor” in the room and, with the assistance of firefighters, had the building evacuated. Bozzomo introduced a state police report cataloging what was found in the room and concluding Long had put together a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab — a system of creating the powerful stimulant using household chemicals shaken in a soda bottle or similar container to initiate a reaction.

Long is being held in Montgomery County prison. He is scheduled for formal arraignment in the Montgomery County Court on Dec. 17.




Anti-drug trafficking police arrested nine Nigerian nationals on Sunday night in three separate Phnom Penh locations for drug possession and distribution after undercover police bought 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine from one of the men, police said.

In Song, deputy chief of the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug police, said undercover officers arrested one known dealer in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmei II commune after agreeing to purchase 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine from him valued at $2,600.

“After questioning the first suspect, our anti-drug police went to two other rental houses in Choam Chao commune in Pur Senchey district, which eventually led us to arrest nine Nigerian men,” he said.

The drug bust was the result of a monthlong operation approved by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to establish the Nigerian gang’s activity, said Yen Panharith, acting chief of the drug police’s Bureau 9.

“The men are Nigerian citizens and were very active selling drugs throughout the city at nighttime and during the day,” he said, adding that members of his unit masqueraded as buyers to snare the suspects.

“We spent a month watching their activity and with the approval of the municipal court prosecutor, [our undercover agents] first bought 20 grams from the dealer and then set up a bigger deal for 100 grams,” Colonel Panharith said.

As soon as the second transaction took place, police pounced and the suspect led officers to Borey Phiphup Thmei housing community in Traipang Thloeung village, where they arrested six others. Two men escaped with drugs but were later picked up empty-handed after being spotted by police wading through flooded rice fields nearby.

“They are now in our custody and we are questioning them one by one to find out their boss, as they have many tactics to sell drugs throughout Phnom Penh,” said Col. Panharith.

Abayomi Koledoye, president of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in Cambodia, said he was still waiting for authorities to disclose information on the suspects’ identities, but he cautioned against allowing the illegal activity of a handful of people to stigmatize the entire Nigerian community in Cambodia, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding and engaged in legitimate business.

“This issue is a big problem for us…but how do we monitor this recalcitrant element unless they are caught by law enforcement agencies?” he said.

“I continue to appeal to media organizations to speak on behalf of the hundreds of well-meaning Nigerians living here and not to look at us through the eyes of a few that are determined to get rich quick.”



In another example of how there seems to be no limit to the ways in which drugs are smuggled into the United States, officials said Tuesday that they arrested a man in a wheelchair for trying to move a load of methamphetamine at the remote U.S.-Mexico border crossing of Presidio.


“Smugglers have no scruples when it comes to getting narcotics across the border,” John Deputy, port director for Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday in announcing the arrest. “It is unfortunate, but even individuals with disabilities can serve as an avenue to smuggle drugs.”

Arturo Chavez Solis was the only passenger in a taxi that arrived from Mexico to the West Texas town. A U.S. border inspector allegedly noticed “suspicious” bulges on his thighs, then had Chavez wheeled into an area where the officer found bundles of methamphetamine taped to his legs.

Chavez, 41, of Chihuahua, Mexico, told authorities he thought he was smuggling marijuana and was to be paid $200 for his efforts, according to a document filed in federal court.

Prosecutors contend that as Chavez is from Mexico and likely to flee, and faces more than 10 years in prison, he should be held in jail without bail. His attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Presidio, which is west of Big Bend National Park, doesn’t see nearly the amount of drugs captured as other border crossings, but a generation ago was across the border from the home turf of Pablo Acosta, a major marijuana trafficker who inspired the excellent book, Drug Lord, by Terrance Poppa.



IDAHO FALLS – Three people were arrested and more than six ounces of methamphetamine seized Friday at an Idaho Falls motel.

According to police reports, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Motel West Room No. 290 after receiving information about possible drug activity.

During the search, deputies discovered 186 grams of suspected methamphetamine and $1,729 in cash.

Shane Shipley, 42, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Debra Jenkins, 56, was arrested for possession of paraphernalia, and frequenting a place where drugs are sold and Savanna Lemmons Acor, 30, was also arrested and charged with frequenting a place where drugs are sold.

All three suspects were booked into the Bonneville County Jail Friday.



SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Marijuana use among men and woman arrested in San Diego County last year reached a 14-year high, and methamphetamine use was up for the fifth year in a row among male arrestees, according to a San Diego Association of Governments report released today, Mon., Oct. 27.

Researchers compiling the “2013 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region”‘ found that 71 percent of arrested men and 69 percent of arrested women tested positive for at least one illicit drug. According to the report, 2013 was the first year that men who tested positive for drug use outnumbered women.

“Seeing a high level of drug use among individuals arrested and booked into our jails isn’t new,” Criminal Justice Research Director Dr. Cynthia Burke said. “But these rates are the highest we have seen since we started the drug monitoring program in 2000 — with 71 percent of males and 69 percent of females testing positive for marijuana, meth, opiates or cocaine.”

SANDAG officials said methamphetamine use among male arrestees has been climbing steadily over the years, but last year’s figure of 41 percent was a 10 percent jump from 2012’s number. Methamphetamine use among women arrestees fell slightly, from 47 percent in 2012 to 46 percent in 2013.

Illegal use of prescription drugs rose 5 percent last year, and authorities said Vicodin, tranquilizers and Oxycontin were the most frequently abused.

Of the 953 inmates interviewed last year, 91 percent of men and 88 percent of women said they had used marijuana at some point in their lives.

Researchers also found that 69 percent of the women and 57 percent of the men had tried methamphetamine. Around four in five had also been arrested more than once.

“The relationship between drug use and criminal activities is complex.

Many of the individuals we interviewed for the study have other issues besides drug addiction, such as unemployment, homelessness, gang involvement or a mental health condition,” Burke said. “About two in five have gotten drug treatment before, but for most, it was not voluntary, but court-ordered. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for this complex problem.”

The report found that cocaine use among inmates was less prevalent than it was in 2000, but figures related to heroin or other opiate use were higher than 14 years ago.




PALMETTO, Fla. — Authorities said five children have been removed from a Tampa area home after a 12-year-old brought illegal drugs to school.

The boy told school administrators he found the drugs in his parent’s bedroom.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Manatee County Sheriff’s officials found seven grams of methamphetamine, a “dime bag” of cocaine and one marijuana blunt to his Palmetto middle school last week.

Investigators said no drugs were found in the boy’s home when it was searched.

Officials said the children were removed from the home as the investigation continued.




Natali+Rose+GitelmanWAYNESBORO, Va. — The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Maryland woman early Sunday morning after they found her passed out in a wrecked car loaded with suspected methamphetamine.

Officers charged Natali Rose Gitelman, 31, of North Potomac, Md. with a felony, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana.

On Oct. 26 at approximately 4 a.m., officers responded to the Sunoco, 1175 East Main Street, to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked on the lot. The caller indicated that the vehicle was improperly parked with two people apparently passed out inside. When officers arrived, they found Gitelman, in the driver’s seat, and a 34-year-old man sleeping in a heavily damaged 1996 Toyota Camry.

The officers woke the subjects and investigated the damage. Gitelman told the officers that she was en route from Maryland to Georgia when she crashed on Interstate 64 near mile marker 99. During the course of the interview, Gitelman admitted having marijuana and a pipe in the vehicle. The officers recovered the items inside the vehicle. Gitelman’s male passenger told the officers that she was traveling to Georgia to pick up drugs and that he was “just along to be security;” however, he was only armed with a BB gun and a knife.

As the search of the vehicle continued, they found several rock like items in a purse that Gitelman said belonged to her; however, she claimed the suspected drugs weren’t hers. She told the officers that she found the items on the floorboard of her car. She told them she was sure it was methamphetamine because she tasted it and knows what meth tastes like.

The officers field tested the rock like items, which yielded a positive result for methamphetamine. Several others items that are related to drug distribution, i.e. scales, cash, glass containers, plastic baggies, were also located during the search of the vehicle.

The male passenger was released but officers arrested Gitelman at the scene. She is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

She also faces traffic charges from the Virginia State Police for the car crash.




(KMSP) – Meth used to be found in mostly rural areas because of the smell and danger associated with making it. But over the last few years it has made its way into the metro and is growing in popularity with younger users.

“Devastating, just destroyed me and made me someone I didn’t want to be at all,” Nick from Savage, Minn. said. He started abusing Adderall in the 9th grade, and then graduated to pot, cocaine, and heroin. But when his friends introduced him to meth, he found the “high” he was looking for.

“It was that invincibility,” Nick said. “It was that power. I was The Hulk and I’m going to smash you now.”

Nick is one of a new wave of drug users getting hooked on the illegal stimulant. After peaking in popularity in the late 90s and bottoming out in the mid-2000s, thanks in part to public service campaigns like “Faces of Meth” which show the damage the drug can do to a user’s mind and body, local addiction counselors say meth use has done an “about face” in Minnesota.

“It used to be meth was a rural thing, a rural cultish clique of people making their own meth and selling it to their circle,” Dr. Joe Lee at Hazelden said. “Now it has gone mainstream. Gangs are selling it. Other organizations are selling it right in the city.”

Dr. Lee says meth manufactures no longer need a big lab which could possibly explode to make their product.With a new method called “shake and bake,” all it takes is a few chemicals in a plastic pop bottle to create a cheaper version of the drug. According to Dr. Lee, shows like “Breaking Bad” have unintentionally made meth more attractive to a new generation of users.

“The irony really is that despite all the dangers on the show of using methamphetamine, kids still cling to the glamorization of the drug use and that’s how powerful the media messaging can be,” Dr. Lee said.

“I’ve seen every episode of Breaking Bad,” Nick said. “I idolized the show.”

Nick says it was more the price and availability of meth that made him want to “break bad.” But in the end, the temporary “high” didn’t outweigh the reality of hitting rock bottom.

“Anything is better than that,” Nick said. “Really, it will literally destroy your life.”