Police arrested three people for making methamphetamine in their mobile home in Davenport.

Bernie Aloysius Gano, 35; Sara Lynn Gano, 37, and Kolby Lee Karzin, 30, all are charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

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The Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Bernie Gano and Sara Gano are married. Karzin is a friend who was living with them, Scott County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryce Schmidt said.

Scott County Sheriff’s deputies, Davenport police and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement served a search warrant Wednesday at their home at Lot 9, 14100 112th Ave. Officers found items commonly used to make methamphetamine, according to police reports.

They were released Thursday from the Scott County Jail after posting bond.

 

 

 

 

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A Far East Dallas man was arrested Wednesday after police said they found more than 9 pounds of methamphetamine in the man’s house during a routine check.

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Hervey Moreno, 21, has been charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. He remains in the Dallas County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. He has been placed on an immigration hold as well.

When Dallas police officers stopped at Moreno’s home during a routine “knock-and-talk” in the 3000 block of Klondike Drive on Wednesday, the man invited the officers to take “a look inside,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Officers found about 9.3 pounds of methamphetamine stored inside a black plastic tub, a red cooler and eight 1-gallon plastic bags inside Moreno’s garage, the warrant says.

Officers also found pots and cups with traces of the drug inside them. There were also aerosol cans, a glass bottle and a cup of ice near where the meth was stored, police said.

A loaded semi-automatic handgun with ammunition was also found on Moreno’s nightstand, the document says.

 

 

 

 

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A cyclist stopped Wednesday for texting while riding his bicycle was arrested on Kilburn Avenue near Freeway Drive on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, according to Napa Police.

The officers could smell an odor of marijuana when they stopped Luis Alberto Ayala, 41, of Napa, Capt. Jeff Troendly said. During a search, the officers found a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe in the basket of Ayala’s bicycle, police said. The officers also found suspected marijuana in the suspect’s pants pocket, police said.

Ayala was booked into the Napa County jail. He was charged Friday with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the complaint filed in Napa County Superior Court.

 

 

 

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Fort Morgan volunteer firefighters responding to a fire call Wednesday night found a methamphetamine laboratory inside the home at 1000 Grant St.
The initial emergency call around 8 p.m. on March 19 was for a house on fire, but responding firefighters found that only a piece of furniture inside the home was burning. In evaluating the scene after extinguishing that small fire, however, firefighters discovered suspicious items that could be consistent with a meth lab and notified the Fort Morgan Police Department.
Police secured the scene, processed evidence and removed hazardous materials from the residence, with assistance from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Police and the Morgan County Emergency Management Office.
One resident of the home, Jessica Riddell, 26, was arrested on suspicion of three felony charges: unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of material to manufacture methamphetamine, and child abuse. The felony child abuse charge stemmed from the fact that a child was present in the home, according to the FMPD.
Jessica Riddell is being held without bond in the Morgan County Detention Center.
An arrest warrant was issued for Richard Riddell, 36, also of 1000 Grant St., on the same charges. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Richard Riddell is asked to call the Fort Morgan Police at 867-5678.
If someone has information but wishes to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Stoppers at 542-3411, or visit the City of Fort Morgan’s website at http://www.cityoffortmorgan.com and submit a tip online by following the Crime Stoppers link on the left side of the home page.
The case is still under investigation, and FMPD personnel will be educating the property owner regarding responsibilities for cleanup of the property.

 

 

 

 

http://www.brushnewstribune.com/ci_25391376/fire-call-leads-discovery-meth-lab

 

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Sheriff’s deputies say two western Kentucky men along with two Ky. women, are all facing charges after a meth and drug investigation on Thursday evening.

Lisa Andrews, 45, of Paducah was charged with unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance-Xanax, possession of a controlled substance-valium, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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David R. Bailey, 44, of Hickory, Ky. was charged with unlawful distribution of a meth precursor.

Kimberly L. Downs, 33, of Paducah was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Thomas C. Campbell, 43, of Paducah was charged with complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a police scanner and unlawful distribution of a meth precursor.

Detectives and sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Lisa Andrews on Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Schneidman Road and Stark Avenue.

Several adults occupied the vehicle, three of which were later put into custody.

After a traffic stop, McCracken County deputies put into custody Lisa Andrews on an outstanding Livingston County arrest warrant. She was found with marijuana and prescription drugs in her purse, according to officers.

According to deputies, Kimberly Downs, who was in the back seat was trying to conceal items.

Detectives found quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia that she had tried to hide. After searching Downs, deputies found three additional baggies of methamphetamine packaged for sale concealed in an undergarment. Downs boyfriend, David Bailey, was also arrested during the stop.

Detectives then obtained and performed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Herzog Lane, the Thomas Campbell residence, in McCracken County. Detectives say they found a number of active methamphetamine labs, a police scanner, digital scales, currency, assorted drug paraphernalia and additional methamphetamine.

Thomas Campbell arrived at the residence while the search was taking place and was put into custody.

Detectives say Kimberly Downs was manufacturing methamphetamine at the Herzog Lane residence and then selling it for profit. David Bailey, Thomas Campbell and Lisa Andrews were assisting by purchasing Sudafed and other precursors to assist Downs in return for finished product (meth) or money, according to the sheriff’s office.

All four were booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Detectives say more arrests will likely be made in connection with this case.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/25039396/4-facing-meth-drug-charges-after-traffic-stop-in-western-ky

 

A 79-YEAR-OLD  Woodville Park man is among three charged for trafficking more than one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine.

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An Australian Federal Police led operation in Adelaide began in April 2013 following information received by the AFP that a 46-year-old Beverley man was in possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Earlier this week, the AFP and SAPOL searched properties in Beverley, Croydon, Holden Hill, Seaton and Woodville Park, which resulted in the arrest of three men.

A 46-year-old Beverley man, a 44-year-old Seaton man and a 79-year-old Woodville Park man have been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of a controlled drug.

The estimated street value of the 1.06kg of crystal methamphetamine seized during the operation was $848,000.

The arrested men are due to face court in May and investigations are continuing.

 

 

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/federal-police-net-more-than-800000-of-crystal-meth-and-three-arrests-including-man-79/story-fnii5yv7-1226862047389

 

 

SAN CLEMENTE – A man suspected of smuggling $1.8 million worth of crystal meth was arrested Tuesday at the northbound I-5 checkpoint near San Clemente, authorities said.

U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the drugs during a search of a 2002 Mazda Tribute about 1:30 p.m., according to a law enforcement statement.

An initial search turned up methamphetamine hidden in foil-wrapped packages in a door panel, authorities said. A more in-depth search turned up additional packages underneath the center console and the floor of the SUV.

Agents found 183 pounds of methamphetamine in 136 packages, which they estimate has a street value of more than $1.8 million.

The driver, a 52-year-old Mexican national, was taken into custody. He and the SUV were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/turned-606455-search-packages.html

 

 

North Korea has long used illegal enterprises (drugs, counterfeiting, smuggling, espionage), run out of their embassies as a way to earn more foreign currency. This caused a growing number of countries to threaten a shutdown of the North Korean embassy they hosted and after the 1990s (a particularly desperate time for North Korea) a lot of the illegal activities were either shut down (like drug smuggling) or done a lot more discreetly (smuggling of non-drug items and distributing counterfeit American hundred dollar bills) to avoid losing these foreign embassies.

Despite that since 2000 illegal drugs have still been coming out of North Korea. The difference now is the government is not producing the drugs. While technically illegal the North Korean government sort of tolerated non-government manufacturing of methamphetamine, if only because the drug was so popular among so many North Koreans who had money. But that tolerance has turned into a problem with a growing number of methamphetamine producers exporting their product. Like the government, all North Koreans want more foreign currency. Most of these smugglers are being caught in China, where methamphetamine addiction has become a major problem. But it goes farther than that. In late 2013 five men were arrested in as they prepared to smuggle 100 kg (220 pounds) of 99 percent pure North Korean methamphetamine to the United States via Thailand. North Korea has long been a major supplier of methamphetamine in the region, but using Thailand as a jumping off point for methamphetamine smuggling into North America was new. Because of the U.S. connection Thailand extradited the five (who are British, Filipino, Taiwanese and Slovakian) to the United States for prosecution and, one presumes, intense interrogation.

Meanwhile there is a growing problem with North Koreans obtaining meth and becoming addicted. This is a serious problem because most of the people with enough money to support a drug habit are from the small ruling class and the growing number of market entrepreneurs. In the last few years the government has ordered the security forces to crack down on drug dealers. Peddling this stuff is very lucrative, as a gram of meth goes for over $250 on the street and it costs a lot less than that to get it from corrupt officials in the meth production operation. Addicts within the government are more prone to steal government assets, or even sell information to foreigners.

Tribal drug lords in northern Burma are the other big source of meth, which has become hugely popular in China and throughout East Asia. China wants to keep the Korean and Burmese meth out and is having more success on the heavily guarded North Korean border. This means non-government North Korean meth producers have to find another market and some have put more meth into circulation within North Korea. Thus the effort to establish an American connection.

 

 

 

http://www.strategypage.com/dls/articles/North-Korea-Deploys-Methamphetamine-Against-America-3-21-2014.asp

 

 

MADERA, Calif.—Drug agents searching a Central California home say they seized 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

The California Department of Justice said Friday the drugs found in the Madera home could be worth over $1 million on the street, depending on the purity. Nobody was arrested, but agents say they also found $58,000 in cash, and their investigation isn’t finished.

Other evidence found in the home leads investigators to believe the meth was smuggled into the United States from Mexico as a liquid and then made into a crystal at the home.

Agent Tatum King of Homeland Security Investigations said the find surely dealt a significant blow to the criminal organization behind the operation.

 

 

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_25396501/176-pounds-methamphetamine-found-california

 

 

JAMESTOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – A possible meth lab explosion blew a wall out at a Jamestown home.

Firefighters were called to 10 South Buckles Street around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Surrounding homes were also evacuated.

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Investigators say a burn victim showed up at the hospital shortly after the explosion. The man, believed to be in his early 30s, was flown to Miami Valley Hospital onboard the Careflight helicopter. His condition is not known.

Fire investigators have to confirm the cause.

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UPDATE — A man is in critical condition Thursday night with severe burns after what police believe was a meth lab explosion. Homes evacuated, streets were blocked off as hazmat crews cleaned up what was believed to be a meth lab.

“This is one of those little towns that you never believe stuff like this goes on but apparently it does,” said a neighbor, Kelly Houser.

Jamestown Police say Shaun Minney had to be airlifted to the hospital with severe burns to his torso and face from a suspected meth lab explosion.  They believe he was in the middle of a cook.

“It’s a very scary thing.  We know that he’s doing something in there improper.  Normally you don’t have propane tanks inside your home,” said Jamestown Police Chief Rodger Tyree.

Neighbors were evacuated from their homes for nearly four hours as crews hauled away all the dangerous stuff, but left a charred mattress in the front yard.

Police still have the home blocked off because they say it’s still a hazard.  The explosion was so powerful it nearly knocked the windows off it’s hinges and detached the wall from the roof.

“If a kid had been playing in the yard, or riding his bike, who’s to say they wouldn’t have gotten hurt,” said neighbor, Jessica Day.

We talked with a friend who was just hanging out here a few days ago.  He says he had no idea there was a possible meth lab in the spare bedroom.

“That’s really scary.  When it blows the whole side of the house out, it’s scary,” said Mark Amburgey. Police are still investigating, but say Minney could face charges if they discover he was making meth.

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JAMESTOWN — Several homes are evacuated and multiple streets shut down right now as Jamestown police investigate a possible meth lab explosion.
Hazmat crews are inside the home right now working to secure it. Jamestown police were called to the home on Buckles Street Thursday afternoon but it wasn’t because of the explosion.
Police say the man who lives there had family members take him to the hospital.  However, his burns were so severe, he needed to be airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital.
Police at the hospital were suspicious, and sent crews to his home where they found the aftermath of a possible meth lab explosion.  One of the sidewalls is split down the middle.  When firefighters went inside, they found items typically used to make meth.
“They discovered there are multiple propane tanks inside the residence, which we want to err on the side of caution.  It’s not a normal situation to find 4-5 propane tanks inside someone’s residence,” said Jamestown Police Chief Rodger Tyree.
Police aren’t releasing the man’s name, but say they are familiar with him.  He just got out of jail for theft.
The Chief tells says if this in fact is a meth lab, it’ll be the first one he’s seen in Jamestown in his 30 years with the department.

 

 

 

 

 

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HOPEWELL, AR (KAIT) – A multi-agency operation in Cleburne County nets drugs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and two arrests.

According to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, the operation took place on March 14 at a home on Firehouse Road in Hopewell.

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Investigators said the seized a little over four pounds of meth with a street value of about $204,000.

Rodolfo Valdez, 48, of Rosebud and Christine Halton, 44, of Hopewell were arrested for felony drug trafficking. Both are each being held on $200,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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A Daytona Beach man was arrested Thursday after deputies found a small meth lab on the man’s sailboat, an official said.

 Law enforcement received tips about drug activity on a sailboat moored in the Intracoastal Waterway about 11 a.m. Thursday, and deputies found a small meth lab in plain sight after boarding the boat, Volusia County sheriff’s spokesman Brandon Haught said. The 28-foot fiberglass sailboat was towed to the Seabreeze boat ramp where trained agents dismantled the lab.
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James Smith, 50, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail with bail set at $1,500, records show.

Smith’s passenger, Julia Mizer, was arrested on a warrant for violating probation, Haught said.

Mizer, 48, also is being held at the jail with bail set at $2,000, records show.

 

 

 

 

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The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office said it took a high-volume meth cook off the streets.

The investigation also led to the discovery of several meth labs and at least two additional arrests.

Deputies told FOX10 News they arrested Terrie Ayala, Diana White, and Justin Boles for trafficking meth and possession, among other charges.

Officials say they were initially searching for Boles who escaped during a previous meth bust and through tips learned he was staying at the Motel 6 on the beltline in Mobile.

When officials entered a room they say they found Ayala, two meth labs, and finished product.

Deputies were then led to Boles who was caught at a west Mobile home with White.

Boles alone is facing more than a dozen drug, traffic, and domestic violence charges.

 

 

 

 

http://fox10tv.com/2014/03/20/so-notorious-meth-cook-caught-2-labs-found-in-motel/

 

SESSER, IL (KFVS) -  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on drug charges Wednesday.

Christal L. Tucker, 28, of Sesser is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine 100 to 400 grams, and unlawful possession of an un-sterilized dog by a convicted felon.

Brandon M. Rasch, 24, of Centralia is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine 100 to 400 grams.

The two were arrested after an investigation into several complaints involving at least one dangerous animal and drug activity at 600 E. Callie Street in Sesser, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers seized a “substantial” amount of meth.

Two pit bull type dogs were also taken into custody by Franklin County Animal Control.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/25028961/2-arrested-after-meth-dog-seized

 

LONGMONT, Colo. – Longmont police say they have again raided a notorious “flop house for meth users,” this time arresting eight adults and rescuing a 7-month-old baby who was in a room near a pipe and a baggy of white powder.

SWAT officers turned the baby over to child protective services and arrested his parents — 38-year-old Jason Gonzalez and 27-year-old Stacia Kendrick — on suspicion of child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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“The child’s not supposed to be here,” Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur told 7NEWS. “We’ve previously removed this child from the same house and today, based on the conditions of the home, no formula in the house, we took possession of the child for its safety.”

Officers also arrested eight adults found in the house, police said.

This is the fourth time in recent years police have searched the home at 330 Collyer St.

Now, they’re hoping to have a judge declare the house a nuisance, so authorities can seize it.

“It’s a problem in this neighborhood. It’s a flop house for meth users,” Satur said.

Police executed the latest search warrant for the home at 9:46 a.m. Thursday when SWAT officers knocked repeatedly on the front door.

Police said someone peeked out the window, but ignored police commands and no one came to the door.

SWAT officers forced open the door and announced their presence but, still, no one came out.

After learning a baby could be in the house, officers set off a flash-bang grenade in the back yard to safely get the occupants’ attention, according to a police report.

Finally, several people came out, including the parents and their baby son, police said. Officers found two men “hiding under numerous items” by the basement furnace, the report said.

Police said they found the house filled with debris and “narcotics related items,” including several empty baggies that appeared to have trace amounts of methamphetamine.

The room where the parents and the infant were staying was in “total disarray” and contained dishes with days-old food and several soiled diapers on the floor and furniture, the report said.

Police found an unknown white powder on several pieces of wooden furniture and baby clothes were lying in the powder, the report said.

A detective found a “pot pipe and a baggy with an unknown powder lying next to a baby toy on the dresser,” the report said.

The parents told police they were out of baby formula and they wanted a baby bottle containing 1 ounce of milk and 2 ounces of warm water that was on a TV in the living room, police said. An officer searching a refrigerator in the family’s room only found a one-quarter full gallon bottle of “foul” smelling soured milk. The kitchen refrigerator had three expired cartons of milk, the report said.

The baby was taken to Longmont United Hospital where medical staff found he had bed bug bites on his head and a rash on his face that appeared to be caused by chemical exposure, the report said.

The baby’s father, Jason Gonzalez, has an eight-page criminal history report in Colorado, including arrests for possession of dangerous drugs, assault, domestic violence, kidnapping, false imprisonment, theft and violating a protection order.

Gonzalez, who is known by the street name “J-Dogg,” was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of dangerous drug possession in Northglenn, according to his Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrest report.

The baby’s mother, Stacia Kendrick, has prior arrests for possession of dangerous drugs and probation violation, according to her CBI report.

Neighbors hope this raid will shut down the house for good.

“After the last SWAT raid at the home, the residents started back up the same day, didn’t stop at all,” said neighbor Sean Milano.

 

 

 

 

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BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Drug use and gang violence was at the forefront of a seminar in Barnesville on Thursday morning.
It was collaboration between state agencies, local law enforcement and city and village leaders as the first step in the prevention of drugs, crime and violence — serious issues that trickle down to small Ohio towns.

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It’s something they’re certainly not ignoring in Belmont County.
State representative Jack Cera kicked off the seminar, which was hosted by the Village of Barnesville, by addressing cuts in government funding for smaller communities.

“A lot of times the funding that’s available by the state gets gobbled up by bigger entities,” he said. “And our smaller counties have a more difficult time accessing some of that funding.”

Cera noted a great need for more money to be put toward rehabilitation and getting people the treatment they need for substance abuse.

Methamphetamine has always been a huge issue for rural Ohio,” Cera said.

BCI meth unit special agent supervisor Scott Duff also gave an overview presentation on how meth gets into our communities and the different ways it’s manufactured.
He broke down some astonishing statistics — 400 meth lab seizures in the state just this year. Last year? 900 plus.

They’re typically making meth to use meth,” Duff said. “They’re feeding that addiction. They’re not necessarily in it to sell it.”

He showed training videos of just how easily methamphetamine labs can explode, and how the resulting fires can easily spread.

“And inside that bottle you’ve got some things that will rupture, some things that will catch fire,” he said.

Overall, the seminar marked another step toward awareness and prevention of these kinds of crimes that are happening right here in the Ohio valley.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wtov9.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/barnesville-plays-host-drug-use-gang-violence-seminar-3569.shtml

 

HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported meth lab in Hartsville Thursday afternoon.

According to a press release, narcotics investigators were called to a house in the 2500 block of High Line Street near Kelleytown.

Officials on the scene say that it is a “shake and bake” type, portable lab that is commonly found today.

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The house has been secured by agents while they await a hazmat cleanup crew to deal with the lab.

Deputies arrested Joe Eddins, 44, and Cheryl Melton, 48, and will be charged  with Manufacturing Crystal Methamphetamine 2nd Offense and Possession of Crystal Methamphetamine, according to a release.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wbtw.com/story/25030811/meth-lab-found-in-hartsville-home-hazmat-team-called

 

GUELPH—Though free of illicit drugs for several years, Tamara Johnston went through hell as a “crack and meth head,” the young woman told a Guelph audience Thursday.

“It’s so sad our youth today think it’s OK,” said Johnston, who’s since found rewarding employment as an outreach worker with Guelph’s Sanguen Health Centre. She was a crystal methamphetamine panelist at Thursday’s harm reduction forum by the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy organization.

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Johnston said meth played havoc with her mind, causing her to see frightening visions like insects crawling all over her.

“I still get phantom bites,” Johnston said, adding she’s ultimately taken comfort in her art as she walks the road to full recovery.

“I can still hold on to the good things,” she said encouragingly to an audience of front line workers in the drug addiction and related mental health fields.

Guelph family physician Dr. Lori Hasulo, another panelist, warned users won’t know what they’re getting when they take the powerful psychoactive stimulant because there are literally thousands of “recipes” for making it.

People often take meth to cope with trauma in their lives, she continued.

“Mental health problems and addiction go hand-in-hand,” the Guelph Community Health Centre doctor said.

Young people “self-medicate,” with the drug as a coping mechanism for stresses in their lives, and to feel good. It relieves tension and nervousness, stimulates the brain and makes people feel euphoric and aroused. But long-term exposure can lead to a host of afflictions, notably paranoia, psychosis, depression, memory loss, mood swings, anger and poor impulse control, Hasulo said.

Guelph Police Service Const. Buzz Dean said crack cocaine was once “an epidemic” in this city, before a “crackdown” by authorities.

Today, the major drug of concern is meth. “It’s taken off,” he said.

It’s a trend “I absolutely hate,” the downtown liaison officer said, calling the drug a serious health risk.

Meth “is not a recreational drug,” Dean said, terming it debilitating. He said its common use has filtered down to youth as young as 16 years of age. It’s popular in particular from that age to people in their early 20s.

Meth has just charged in here and taken over the lives of so many young people,” Dean said. “It’s really disheartening for me to see. I wish I had an answer.”

Cora Villhauer, who works at the Grand River Hospital residential withdrawal management program in Kitchener, noted meth is particularly insidious because it’s both mentally and physically addictive. She’s seen her share of users seeking help with meth because they’ve been “defeated” by it, Villhauer said.

Dean praised front-line workers for doing an “awesome” job coming to the aid of people struggling with addiction.

“I’m just hoping we make some headway,” the officer said.

 

 

 

http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4424118-crystal-meth-use-has-taken-off-in-guelph-harm-reduction-forum-hears/

 

A Visalia woman was booked into the Tulare County Jail Tuesday for multiple drug violations after police stopped her while she was driving and found methamphetamine and packaging materials in her car.

Visalia police said  Kristina Marie Stephens, 24, was stopped in the 3300 block of West Hillsdale Avenue in Visalia. Police found she was driving with a suspended license, and after searching her car, discovered one ounce of methamphetamine packaged to be sold, packaging materials and a large amount of cash.

Stephens was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and for transporting the substance.

In an effort to increase substance abuse awareness, Recovery.org decided to compile 100 mugshots from marijuana, DUI, and methamphetamine arrests to see what the average face looks like on drugs.

“While it is unlikely that a user’s basic facial structure depends on the substance they were arrested for, the goal of this project is to expose the effects certain substances might have on a user’s appearance,” the website reads. And what better way to illustrate that than through gifs?

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According to Recovery.org, marijuana users tend to have rounder features and a full face, meth users appear gaunt with sagging skin and sunken eyes, and DUI arrestees look … pretty normal.

Here’s a larger version of the final results:

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A man was arrested Wednesday evening at the Napa County Sheriff’s Office on Airport Boulevard after he walked into a Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy class to say he was being followed by his wife’s relatives.

Gerardo Huerta, 30, of Clearlake, allegedly was under the influence of methamphetamine, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike said. While talking to a sheriff’s deputies, Huerta, who also goes by Chavez, handed over a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that was with him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Citizens’ Academy is an annual offering that teaches two dozen residents about the structure and operations of the department.

Huerta was booked at 8:45 p.m. into the Napa County jail on suspicion of methamphetamine possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance, Pike said.

 

 

 

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/man-arrested-after-interrupting-sheriff-s-class/article_65a6c594-b072-11e3-8b39-0019bb2963f4.html

 

 

Police removed three children from dangerous conditions at an Oklahoma City home Tuesday after finding methamphetamine, oxycodone, used needles and piles of trash throughout the house.

Shellie Stewart, 48, and Allan Stone, 38, were arrested on complaints of drug possession and child endangerment.

Police executed a search warrant 8409 SW 46 in search of narcotics. Inside the home, police found 2 grams of methamphetamine, five oxycodone pills and a glass meth pipe.

There were three children in the house, which was so dirty that “maneuvering throughout was limited due to the amount of trash, clutter and mess,” according to a police report.

One of the rooms in the home had numerous used syringes on the floor, bed and dresser in plain reach of the children. Police also found numerous sex toys in reach of the children.

One child’s room smelled strongly of urine, and the bed was unfit for sleeping because of the clutter, according to a police report.

Police determined there was a strong possibility of exposure to methamphetamine, bodily fluids and diseases from the conditions.

The Department of Human Services placed the children in the custody of their grandmother.

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Three people are in custody following Wednesday night’s discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Florence County.

Cherry Worley, 36, of Florence; Benjamin Turbeville, 36, of 449 E. Glendale Drive, Florence; and Vicky Moore, 58, of 723 Santiago Road, Florence are each charged with possession of Methamphetamine and manufacture of Methamphetamine – first offense.

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Acting on citizen complaints, specially-trained narcotics investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office discovered an operational methamphetamine laboratory at 2618 Willow Drive, just off Parker Drive in West Florence, Florence County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Nunn said.

According to investigators, the operation had produced a small quantity of methamphetamine, which was discovered along with the necessary chemicals to produce the illegal substance.

In addition to its highly addictive and destructive effects on the human body, the manufacture of methamphetamine involves a process which produces deadly gasses that are highly susceptible to fire and explosion.

The process also creates an environmental hazard, which must be properly remediated.  The sheriff’s office was assisted in the management of the scene by Florence County Emergency Management, the West Florence Fire Department and Florence County EMS, Nunn said.

Worley, Turbeville and Moore were taken into custody at the scene and later booked at the Florence County Detention Center in Effingham. All three suspects are expected to appear at a bond hearing before a Florence County magistrate this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 46-year-old Lincoln woman with nine children and three stepchildren has been given 10 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine.

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Online court records say Diane Holbrook was sentenced Wednesday by Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt Jr. She was sentenced as a habitual criminal, so she won’t qualify for any good-time credit. Records say Holbrook also is known as Diane Grandel.

She’d pleaded no contest to allegations that she had meth in her bedroom and in her clothing when officers searched her apartment on July 31.

 

 

 

 

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MONTGOMERY CO., Va. – An Elliston man is accused of operating a methamphetamine lab while a child was in the home.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a home on Calloway Street.

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Deputies took methamphetamine, several items used to make meth, and firearms.

Edward Allen is facing with several methamphetamine-related charges. He’s also been charged with making meth in the presence of a child, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm while making meth.

Allen is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

This is the fourth methamphetamine lab investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office within the past month where deputies found children in the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Here is the news release:

On March 19, 2014, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence located at 4737 Calloway Street Lot 4 in the Elliston area of Montgomery County. Pursuant to the search warrant, Deputies seized several items associated with the manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and the distribution of methamphetamine. A variety of firearms were also seized as a result of the search. The incident resulted in the arrest of Edward Eugene Allen. Allen has been charged with obstruction of justice, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, manufacturing methamphetamine over 227grams, possession of precursors, manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm while manufacturing methamphetamine. Allen is being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail. This incident represents the fourth methamphetamine laboratory site worked by the Sheriff’s Office within the past month where Deputies have found children present.

 

 

 

 

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