Friendswood police arrested 13 people just last week, all played a part in the buying and selling of crystal methamphetamine.

On March 18 at 3:16 a.m., Ryan Ellison Dillon, 33, of Alvin, and Nickie Webster, 30, of Hitchcock, were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Dillon was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1700 block of FM 528.

Dillon only had an identification card and advised that he was unable to renew his driver’s license due to outstanding traffic warrants in Manvel. Dillon was taken into custody for Driving While License Invalid. Before placing Dillon in the back of the police car, he was searched and found to have a small clear vile containing two pieces of cotton that tested positive as methamphetamine.

Webster’s identifiers were checked and she had an outstanding warrant in Brazoria County for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 with a $100,000 bond. During a search of the vehicle, nine doses of Carisoprodol were found in Webster’s purse and eight doses of Risperidone were in the driver’s door compartment. A coffee can with a hidden compartment contained methamphetamine residue. Once Dillon and Lucas were transported to the jail, a baggie containing 12.7 grams of methamphetamine was found in the back seat of the police car. Dillon’s bond was set at $30,000. Webster’s bond was set at $20,000.

Also on March 18 at 3:26 a.m., Mindy Lee Lucas, 32, of League City, was charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. Travis Earl Wooldridge, 21, of Lake Jackson, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3.

An officer was checking on a suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of FM 528. The vehicle was circling the apartment complex and had permanent license plates but no registration sticker. The vehicle stopped and parked in a secluded and dark area in the corner of the parking lot; the occupants reclined their seats and were trying to hide. An officer approached the vehicle and noticed that the two occupants were moving around.

Lucas attempted to throw a marijuana pipe out of the driver’s side window, but the window was still rolled up. The pipe fell in the floor board and was still smoking. While she was trying to get the pipe, Wooldridge was also reaching around in the floorboard. Wooldridge opened the car door, exited and dropped a baggie containing four pills. The pills were identified as Diazepam and Wooldridge was taken into custody.

The officer looked inside the vehicle and noticed a wad of cash, a marijuana pipe, a digital scale and several small baggies. Lucas exited the vehicle, her outer clothing was searched, and she was found to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine. Another bag of meth was found in Lucas’ purse and a third bag of meth was found next to the driver’s seat. In total, Lucas has 32.7 grams of methamphetamine. Lucas’ bond was set at $30,000. Wooldridge’s bond was set at $4,000.

The following day, on March 19 at 2:43 p.m., Christopher Scott Hearen, 37, of Texas City, was charged with Aggravated Assault, Fail to Stop and Render Aid (Accident Involving Serious Injury), and Evading Arrest. Daniel Rodriguez, 39, of Austin, was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity ($40,000).

Crystal Ann Manning, 32, of Kemah, was charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity ($5,000). Brian Allen Buck, Jr., 36, of Alvin, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon ($25,000) and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity ($40,000).

Friendswood officers witnessed a drug transaction occurring in the Jack in the Box parking lot. As the two vehicles involved in the transaction left the parking lot, marked Friendswood police cars attempted to stop the vehicles.

Manning and Buck were stopped in the 200 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. During the stop, Manning told police that she had marijuana pipes inside the vehicle along with open containers of alcohol. Buck appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and was unable to stand still.

An officer searched the vehicle and found 1.4 grams of methamphetamine along with two marijuana pipes and a methamphetamine pipe. The officer also found five credit cards that did not belong to anyone inside the car. A gun stolen from Salt Lake City, Utah, was found inside the vehicle. During a later interview, officers discovered that Buck had traded a set of speakers for the gun.

Meanwhile, an officer attempted to stop a tan-colored Chevrolet Tahoe in the 400 block of W. Parkwood for a traffic violation following the drug transaction. Instead of stopping, the driver of the Tahoe accelerated.

A couple of unmarked police cars got in front of the vehicle to slow it to a stop, but the driver erratically and recklessly sped ahead of the undercover cars. The pursuit proceeded east bound on FM 528 towards Interstate 45. As the pursuit made a u-turn under NASA Bypass, the driver threw something out of the window. The item was recovered by a Webster police officer. Once the vehicle went northbound on Interstate 45, he was still traveling at a high rate of speed and still throwing objects out of the window.

The suspect vehicle came to a stop in the 200 block of S 74th ½ Street. Both the driver and the passenger fled on foot. The driver, Christopher Hearen, 37, of Texas City, was captured by a Friendswood police officer. The passenger, Daniel Rodriguez, 39, of Austin, was captured by a Houston police officer.

The item thrown from the vehicle at the NASA Bypass u-turn was a bag containing 14.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Later, Hearen admitted that he was selling the methamphetamine.

Rodriguez told police that he was the “middle man” who helped to set up the transaction. Manning and Buck also admitted to conspiring to sell methamphetamine. A charge of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity was accepted on all four co-conspirators. Hearen is currently on parole following a 2010 charge for Delivery of Methamphetamine. His parole expires in August 2015. Hearen is being held in the Harris County Jail with no bond.

Later that day, the owner of the Tahoe that Hearen was driving, came to the police department inquiring about her vehicle. She was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle and was turned over to the custody of Texas City for outstanding warrants.

On March 21 at 4:31 p.m., Carina Nicole Partridge, 29, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 3, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug.

Partridge was stopped for a traffic violation in the 400 block of E. Edgewood Drive. Partridge exhibited signs of drug use including nervousness and constant picking of her fingernails and moving around. Partridge gave the officer consent to search her vehicle and told him that she had Vicodin in her purse but did not have a prescription for it. Also found inside the vehicle were three units of Carisoprodol and four units of Hydrocodone. As the officer was taking Partridge into custody, she reached into her clothing and pulled out a back of methamphetamine.

And, on March 22 at 2:17 a.m., Richard Wayne Napper, 44, of Houston, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. An officer was patrolling the parking lot of the Bridgestone Apartments located at 4949 FM 2351.

A man was at the back of the apartment complex standing outside of a vehicle with the car door open. The officer contacted Napper and found that he was not a resident of the apartment complex. The officer checked Napper’s identifiers and found that he had a warrant in Pasadena. Napper was taken into custody for the warrant and subsequently admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. During the search for the marijuana, the officer also found methamphetamine.

Two others were arrested for meth-related charges on March 17. Ariel Morgan Ellis, 24, of Webster was arrested on a warrant in Harris County charging her with Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1. She is currently being held in the Harris County jail with no bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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Olympia police have arrested a 42-year-old woman described in court papers as a “well-known resident of downtown Olympia” wanted on charges of unlawful possession of methadone and methamphetamine.

During a court hearing on Monday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ordered Gina Lynn Bush-Ford, 42, held at the Thurston County Jail Monday and set bail at $2,500. Bush-Ford was arrested Saturday on Fourth Avenue near Ralph’s Thriftway.

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Bush-Ford also is charged with two additional counts felony bail jumping, for allegedly repeatedly failing to appear for court hearings in her two separate felony narcotics cases, court papers state.

“We just can’t get you into court,” Dixon told Bush-Ford.

Bush-Ford, known locally as “Momma G,” is a former resident of the Fleetwood Apartments on 119th Avenue in downtown Olympia, court papers state.

During Bush-Ford’s arrest in June, 2013 that led to her methadone possession charge, Tuwmater police were dispatched to a residence on a report of a domestic disturbance, court papers state.

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Bush-Ford told Tumwater officers that her boyfriend at the time had scared her at the residence and “had been talking about dead bodies and killing people.” The boyfriend was not present when officers arrived.

A police officer saw a glass smoking device on Bush-Ford’s person, and its residue tested positive for methamphetamine. Police later found methadone in her purse, along with “$1,135 cash in twenties, fifties, tens, fives and ones.”

In January, an Olympia officer saw Bush-Ford walking in downtown Olympia, and recalled that she had a felony warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in her prior drug case.

When the police officer made contact with Bush-Ford, she said “she was working with the Olympia Police Department, specifically Det. (Bryan) Houser, and that her warrant was going to be cleared.”

“Bush-Ford immediately pulled out her cell phone and stated that she was going to call Det. Houser and that she was not supposed to be arrested.”

Two Olympia police officers placed Bush-Ford in handcuffs and arrested her. While she was being searched prior to being booked into the Thurston County Jail, an officer found a pill bottle containing methamphetamine in her purse.

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PERRY TOWNSHIP – Another drug lab has been discovered in the Salem area. This time is was on wheels.

According to the Perry Township Police, drug paraphernalia was in plain view in a vehicle at 12:54 p.m. Saturday while an officer was speaking to a male and female subject.

Upon searching the vehicle , police located a mobile meth lab in its trunk.

 

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Perry Township Police contacted the Columbiana County Drug Task Force which responded and took control of the scene.

The car was searched in the back section of Salem Acres, located just outside city limits in the 1100 block of Prospect Street.

Residents in adjoining apartments were evacuated due to a chemical hazard. Perry Township firefighters stood by along with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Dept. and Salem Police.

Kyle D. Gray, 23, of 1708 Devonshire Drive, Salem was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chantel M. Shuman, 22, of 36537 Orchard Court, Salem was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.

They both were ordered to appear at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Columbiana County Municipal Court. According to the Perry Township Police, additional charges are pending.

 

 

 

 

 

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OGDEN — Police and health department officials are working together to more quickly identify meth-contaminated dwellings and get them cleaned up before unsuspecting new tenants are exposed to the dangerous chemicals.

Between 2006 and 2011, the Ogden Police Department seized more than 136 pounds of methamphetamine. In 2013 the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force seized almost 33 pounds of the illegal drug and arrested 158 people for possession or distribution.

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The drug causes all kinds of health problems, including headache, increased heart rate and temperature, anxiety, depression, paranoia and irritability, but drug users aren’t the only ones affected. Those exposed to meth in other forms, such as living in a dwelling where the drug was used, suffer as well, said Ogden Police Department Deputy Director of Administration John Harvey, and the clean up is tedious, time consuming and often very expensive.

Meth is a very dangerous drug,” Harvey said. “For people who rent their property, they need to be vigilant, because the cleanup of a house or apartment where meth can be detected is extremely expensive and they will have to pay for it.”

Also, he said, “It doesn’t require that the property be used as a lab for it to be considered too contaminated to be occupied.”

Harvey said the police department hasn’t seen an increase in local meth labs, because the drug is usually shipped in from other areas.

“We are now having our officers perform meth swabs whenever we execute a drug-related warrant. So far this year we have identified four properties that have been contaminated beyond the acceptable limit,” he said. “The swabs are sent to the health department and if the results come back higher than [the state standard], we enlist the support of the health department to secure the location so that no one can dwell there until it has been decontaminated. If the location is identified as a lab, it is secured and only the decontamination crew is allowed in.”

The Weber-Morgan Health Department takes control of the site in each of these instances until the property has been decontaminated according to state law, by a certified decontamination company.

At its next meeting on Monday, the Weber-Morgan Board of Health will request a public hearing for methamphetamine regulation and chemically contaminated property.

The health department deputy director for environmental health, Brian Cowen, said the board wants to make some changes to its current Illegal Drug Site Regulation to include clarification of property owner responsibility, adding an expiration date to permits and making sure a decontamination specialist is called in when a site is found.

“We want to make sure the cleanup is done in a timely manner and we want the property owner to be clear on what their responsibilities are,” Cowen said.

Local health departments must adhere to the Utah Department of Health’s Illegal Drug Operations Site Reporting Rule, Cowen said. That means if there is a meth home in Weber or Morgan County, the health department is responsible for making sure the property owner gets the place decontaminated as soon as possible.

“The degree of cleanup depends on the level of contamination left behind,” he said. “The state rule designates a standard of one microgram per 100 square centimeters. If that amount is exceeded, decontamination is required.”

According to Utah.gov, for every pound of meth produced, five to seven pounds of chemical waste is left behind. The molecules from meth can cling to walls and floors, carpets, cabinets and penetrate materials like insulation and drywall.

“The decontamination process can include washing all hard surfaces and porous materials, replacing carpet, discarding furniture, steam cleaning other material and laundering clothing,” Cowen said. “A meth house can make a person pretty sick and the list of health effects is pretty long.”

Exposure to chemicals used to make meth can include the inhalation or ingestion of brake cleaners, engine starting fluid, drain cleaners, paint thinners, ammonia, battery fumes, gas additives, gun cleaners, and lye. Some symptoms of exposure can include headache, migraines, nausea, respiratory and skin problems, learning disabilities, chest pain, dizziness, and liver and kidney damage. A study in Toxicological Sciences suggests meth chemicals may also cause cancer in humans.

Although research is still under way about how meth exposure may impact infants and children, a study from National Jewish Medical Research Center reported anecdotal symptoms from meth labs such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and upper respiratory complaints.

Harvey said the Ogden Police Department and the Narcotics Strike Force are actively engaging the illegal drug business and meth is one of its many concerns.

“People have gotten sick just because they moved into an apartment or house where meth had been used,” he said. “It isn’t a requirement that meth be manufactured in a residence or business for it to become contaminated to the point that anyone who stays there for very long can be affected.”

 

 

 

 

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Evansville police say a brush fire in the woods may have been caused by a meth lab.

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It happened in a wooded area between East Riverside Drive and Pollack Avenue. Police say the fire department were first on scene, but when meth making items were found, police were called in.

Authorities say the lab was dismantled. There are no suspects at this time.

 

 

 

 

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GLEN JEAN – Suspicious activity reported by a church parishioner led to the discovery of a Clandestine Methamphetamine lab.

The Fayette County Sheriffs department responded to a call around 12:45 Sunday afternoon regarding a suspicious vehicle parked near Glen Jean Union Church. 2 suspects were observed having sex in the front seat of the vehicle when the Fayette County Deputy arrived on scene.

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After speaking with the 2 suspects, Deputy Stevens observed them to be under the influence of some type of controlled substance. A K-9 unit was contacted, and the dog indicated the presence of narcotics hidden in the vehicle. 27 year old Steven Blankenship and 35 year old Jessica Lusk, both of clear fork, were arrested for felony charges of ‘operating or attempting to operate a Clandestine Meth Lab’. Sherriff Steve Kessler said their poor choice of location for their illicit activity resulted in a very serious offense.

 

 

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 Two Raleigh residents charged with meth lab, indecent exposure

Two Raleigh County individuals were arrested Sunday in connection with possessing a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory near a church in the Glen Jean area of Fayette County, a press release issued by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office stated.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Deputy R.D. Stephens of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was approached by someone from Glen Jean Union Church. The person told Stephens that a suspicious vehicle was parked in a wooded area near the church and asked Stephens to check this vehicle.

As Stephens approached the vehicle, she saw a man and a woman actively engaged in sexual intercourse inside the vehicle, the release stated.

After having the occupants get dressed and exit the vehicle, Stephens asked why they would engage in such behavior near a church. While speaking with the two, she saw that they appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. She then asked that a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit respond to the scene.

Deputy W.R. Callison’s K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics concealed in the vehicle, and deputies then recovered a backpack containing all of the equipment and chemicals necessary for the operation of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, the release stated.

Upon discovery of the lab, the male suspect, 27-year-old Steven Blankenship, of Clear Fork, fled into the woods. Deputies W.R. Callison, C.M. Fitzwater and E.A. Shrewsbury chased Blankenship into the woods and apprehended him after a brief foot pursuit.

After the chase, Blankenship began exhibiting symptoms of physical distress consistent with acute methamphetamine intoxication and was taken to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill for examination.

Jessica Lusk, 35, also of Clear Fork, was taken into custody at the scene.

Trained officers from the West Virginia State Police responded to the scene to dismantle the clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and render it safe, the release stated.

Blankenship was charged with the felony offense of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, indecent exposure and fleeing from an officer.

Lusk was charged with the felony offense of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and with the misdemeanor offense of indecent exposure. Both will be transported to Southern Regional Jail pending their arraignment in Fayette County Magistrate Court, the release stated.

“With all of the remote and unpopulated areas throughout Raleigh and Fayette counties, I have no idea why these two individuals felt the need to park next to a church to engage in their illicit conduct,” Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler stated in the release. “Their poor choice of location resulted in their arrest for a very serious offense.”

This incident remains under investigation.

 

 

 

 

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RUSSELLVILLE MO — A lack of full-time law enforcement has Russellville residents concerned that their town could again become a target for criminals after a large meth bust on March 20.

Although large drug busts are not common in Russellville, which has a population of 807, residents said they are fearful that it could happen again.

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“It goes on everywhere,” said resident Mike Wickers. “You hear about it in places like Columbia, but you don’t expect to hear about it in a small town.”

Wickers said he finds it frustrating that if there is an emergency, there is no full-time deputy devoted solely to Russellville. If a crime is committed, Wickers said, the time that law enforcement can respond to emergencies is much longer than if the small town had its own law enforcement.

Other residents shared similar concerns.

“Everyone things that being a small town, Russellville is known for a drug problem. They probably still feel this way after what happened last week,” said resident Alex Thompson.

“It’s just like anything else in this town. It’s going to slide by, ‘don’t worry about it’,” said business owner Ron Scrivner. “That’s the attitude they’ve got in this town.”

Captain John Wheeler of the Cole County Sheriff’s Office said they had a contract with Russellville to have a full-time deputy employed within city limits, but the city became unable to pay.

Residents said they hope the town can eke out some type of compromise with law enforcement.

“We don’t necessarily need to have a full-time cop, just somebody who makes rounds through here on a weekly to maybe daily basis.” Thompson said.

Captain Wheeler said although his department shares Russellville’s concerns, their desire to place a full-time deputy in town is hampered by lack of funds.

“The problem we have is coverage,” Wheeler said. “Trying to cover that many miles with the minimum staffing we have gets difficult at times.”

“If they wanted a full-time deputy down there, we would have to bring someone on full-time,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said in the past, federal grants could have made that possible. However, he said grants to local law enforcement agencies for such things have all but dried up.

Without federal money, Wheeler said, small towns like Russellville must make alternative arrangements.

 

 

 

 

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PEKIN – While cases of clogged sinuses might rise, criminal cases against those who make and sell methamphetamine could plummet if the state enacts a law to make the highly addictive drug’s key ingredient available only by prescription.
Fewer prosecutions would coincide with less meth on the streets and a drop in addiction-driven crime, according to the theory behind the proposed new law.
Police already monitor sales of cold medicines containing the ingredient known as PSE. That has enabled Pekin investigators to ratchet up arrests since January in their latest assault wave against meth in and around the city.
“Several officers are dedicated to just that,” said police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten.
The result has produced more than a dozen arrests merely for purchasing products containing PSE, or pseudoephedrine, and the latest in a series of meth sales conspiracy cases on both state and federal levels.
“There will be more indictments to come” over the next several months, Eeten said.
The pace of combat against area meth production and sales has increased over the past year as use of the drug — unique in that it can be produced in makeshift labs, rather than imported like heroin — has risen again.
A decade ago local, state and federal law agencies combined in Operation Rattlesnake to attack an outbreak of the drug in Tazewell and Mason counties. “We had meth lab reports coming in almost every day,” recalled Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stewart Umholtz.
This decade’s version of the strategy, Operation Copperhead, has produced more than 100 state and federal meth prosecutions over the past two years.
Among the latest is the federal conspiracy case filed this month against six people, including Aaron Perkins of rural Manito and Kyle Sebree of Pekin. They’re accused of making and selling up to 500 grams of meth from January 2012 until their arrests in February and March.
Other conspiracy prosecutions remain pending against defendants including Brian Broadfield of Washington, charged last year in federal court, and Michael Fernandez of Pekin, an alleged meth cook charged in Tazewell County last month.
Their cases all share a common factor. They allegedly made meth with PSE, a necessary ingredient that was supplied by others who purchased cold medicines at stores and pharmacies and sold them to so-called meth cooks for as much as $75 a box.
Because current state law requires all stores selling the commonly advertised medicines to record the identification of purchasers, police typically track buyers suspected of plying the PSE-for-meth business to meth cooks. Conspiracies are revealed.
A new law proposed in February, however, would require a doctor’s prescription to buy PSE-based products.
It would be “a game changer in Illinois for meth,” said Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson. Sponsored by state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, the bill seeks to reduce meth supplies on the streets.
Oregon and Mississippi are the only two other states that currently require PSE prescriptions. The bill may face resistance in Illinois, especially from drug manufacturers and retailers.
While its merits and drawbacks are debated, Eeten said Pekin investigators have just begun their latest contribution to Operation Copperhead’s case count.

Saraland PD are making an effort to crack down on drugs, according to Saraland Police.

On March 22, the Saraland Police Department Patrol Division arrested Preston J. Taylor 25, from Chickasaw and Robert E. Howard 26, from Chunchula on the charges of trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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The arrests are the result of a traffic stop during which police seized an active methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to spokesperson Arlan Gaines.

 

 

 

 

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The pseudoephedrine debate across the state will heat up this week as two bills that seek to stem the tide of the methamphetamine epidemic have passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and are up for scheduling for a vote by the legislature.

One bill, sponsored by Doug Overbey, our state senator, seeks to make pseudoephedrine — a decongestant used in many over-the-counter cold medications that is also used in the clandestine production of meth — prescription-only and classified as a schedule VII controlled substance.

The other piece of legislation, introduced by Gov. Bill Haslam in mid-January, would seek to tighten current protocol by limit the volume of pseudoephedrine-containing products a consumer could purchase in a given month. The amount that would ultimately be allowed is still up in the air, as bills in the House and Senate have differing limits, thanks to amendments.

With the parties all over the board about possible limits and whether or not the medication should be prescription-only — a Senate Judiciary Committee debated nine bills earlier this month — perhaps the biggest threat to some kind of new legislation is that nothing gets passed at all.

“The worst-case scenario is for us to bog down and not pass anything meaningful,” Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in a story by The Tennessean. “But I don’t think that’s going to happen. … We’re working hard on it.”

Both sides in the debate have strong arguments. There’s no doubt meth is bad and has caused monumental problems for the state of Tennessee.

Making a key ingredient prescription-only would likely slow or eliminate native meth labs, saving the state and local municipalities both in clean-up of the toxic sites. Alternately, making pseudoephedrine prescription-only would add a layer of inconvenience to legitimate users of OTC medications like Sudafed and Allegra-D by requiring a doctor’s prescription.

And, ultimately, the impact on meth usage may be negligible.

Dr. Jennifer Stephani, a medical toxicologist from Oregon Health and Science University, has been studying the effect of prescription-only laws since her state became the first in the U.S. to do so in 2006.

“As more states consider similar legislation, it is important to understand the potential effect of these laws on methamphetamine use,” Stephani said in an online report promoting the American College of Medical Toxicology’s Annual Scientific Meeting, where she’ll present her findings. “It seems that decreasing access to pseudoephedrine may limit local production of methamphetamine, but overall use may not be significantly decreased because out-of-state suppliers step in to meet the demand.”

If less children are exposed to the dangers of the meth-making process, that’s a good thing. Either of the bills, and specifically Overbey’s law, could help limit or end those scenarios.

But we can’t believe that any law will be a magic bullet to kill meth abuse in Tennessee.

Like laws to track purchases a few years ago, new laws will only provide a stopgap until dealers and addicts find another way to get their fix. An answer to the meth problem won’t come until the demand for the drug is eliminated — and cracking that nut is more difficult than authoring any legislation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday night after DeKalb County sheriff’s officers were called to a Corunna inn, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the Twilight Inn, 2056 U.S. 6, about 9 p.m. to investigate a tip about possible drug activity. They made contact with two suspects at the inn, according to the statement. During the investigation officers located two active methamphetamine labs, finished meth product and items used in the manufacture of meth.

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Michael D. Hughes and Sara K. Smith, both of Corunna, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of precursors, possession of a controlled substance, and maintaining a common nuisance, according to the statement.

Hughes was also charged with possession of a synthetic drug and invasion of privacy. He also was in violation of a protective order with Smith as the petitioner, according to the statement.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Waterloo Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team.

 

 

 

 

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – With the help of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, the Pct. 4 Constable in Nacogdoches arrested a 28-year-old man Friday for outstanding warrants in connection to a March 4 traffic stop in which he was allegedly found in possession of meth and stolen property with child in the car.

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Jerry Franklin Wall Jr., of Lufkin, was arrested and charged with two felonies – possession of a controlled substance and endangering a child – and a misdemeanor theft charge. No information on bail amounts was available.

According to Pct. 4 Constable David Stone, he and ACSO deputies went to serve the warrants on Wall at his girlfriend’s residence in the 200 block of Hummingbird Lane. Walls was taken into custody without further incident.

Law enforcement officials also allegedly recovered an unspecified amount of stolen property at Walls’ residence.

Stone said the endangerment charge stemmed from the fact that the 15-month-old child in Walls’ care was in the car with him when he was allegedly in possession of drugs.

Other charges could be pending from other counties, Stone said.

Stone said he was grateful for the assistance of the ACSO deputies.

 

 

 

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) – Skyler Bates is all smiles. But the 10-year-old has been through more pain than most adults can imagine.

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“I’ve lost two brothers, my family has been torn apart,” he said.

Skyler lost his two younger brothers, River and Leland, nearly two years ago. His mother, Tasha Bates, is serving life behind bars. Last year, she was found guilty in connection with the deaths of her sons. A medical examiner ruled the two died of overheating, likely from being left in a hot car.

“If someone out there has suffered a pain similar to this, I know how you feel,” said Skyler.

A jury found his mother guilty of first degree murder, child neglect and making meth.

“In court, they kept saying something needs to be done about meth. Well, I decided I’m going to do something about meth,” he said.

Now Skyler’s making it his mission to try and spot as many addictions as he can. His campaign’s Facebook page, Skyler’s Anti-Meth Fight, has nearly 2,000 likes.

“We lost two children, he loses his mother to prison her whole life, it’s destructive,” said Linda Bates, Skyler’s grandmother.
Linda Bates is Tasha’s former mother-in-law. She’s cared for Skyler, who has cerebral palsy, since he was an infant. She’s helping spread his anti-meth message.
“Look at our situation,” she said. “But also look how our mess has been turned into a message, our tragedy into triumph, and our pain into purpose.”

And Skyler’s purpose is powerful.

“Even if I can save one child’s life, that’s all I need,” he said.

Skyler hopes he can someday travel across the region to speak out against the drug.  He is in a contest to win a handicap-accessible van, which his family does not currently have. To vote for Skyler, click here.
To join Skyler’s Anti-Meth Fight, click here.

 

 

 

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/25041062/tasha-bates-surviving-son-speaks-out-against-meth

 

 

The serious mental and physical health issues of injecting meth are generally well known, but there has however been very little research regarding injecting meth and suicidal behavior. In a 7 year study, researchers found out that those drug users who were injecting meth had an 80 per cent higher risk of attempted suicide compared to drug users that injected other substances.

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Even though causal pathway between suicidal behavior and injecting meth needs more investigating, the researchers suggest that it most likely involves a mix of social, neurobiological and structural mechanisms, at least from the population observed.

When compared to other drug users that injected, it’s possible that meth users tend to be more isolated and have poorer socially supportive systems. The higher rate of attempted suicide seen in this research indicates that suicide prevention efforts need to be an important part of drug abuse treatment programs. Furthermore, people injecting meth but aren’t in a treatment program would probably benefit from better suicide risk assessment as well as other mental health assistance in healthcare settings.

Taking part in the 7 year study was by word of mouth, referrals and street outreach, and included an interviewer given list of questions on socio demographic characteristics, HIV risk behaviors, drug use and treatment utilization. The study evaluated 1,873 individuals whose average age was 31, and 36.2 per cent of them were female. In total, 8 per cent of study participants recorded a suicide attempt.

This was one of North America’s largest studies of drug users that inject, and the study is one of the first longitudinal studies to look at attempts of suicide by drug users that inject. The majority of the 5,000 users are concentrated within a small neighborhood, which makes it a logical environment to do this kind of study.

The researchers also found out that injecting meth infrequently was a predictor for attempted suicide, while injecting meth frequently was linked to the greatest risk of attempted suicide.

http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/injecting-meth-increases-attempted-suicide-more-other-drugs

 

December 22, 2011 — The dire physical and mental health effects of injecting methamphetamine are well known, but there’s been little research about suicidal behavior and injecting meth. In a recent study, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the University of British Columbia found that drug users who inject methamphetamine had an 80% greater risk of attempting suicide than drug users who inject other substances.

Although the causal pathway between injecting methamphetamine and suicidal behavior requires further investigation, study authors suggest that it likely involves a combination of neurobiological, social, and structural mechanisms, at least in the population studied.

The study results are published in the December issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

“Compared to other injection drug users, it is possible that methamphetamine users are more isolated and have poorer social support systems,” said lead author Brandon Marshall, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health and research coordinator for the Urban Health Research Initiative in British Colombia. “The high rate of attempted suicide observed in this study suggests that suicide prevention efforts should be an integral part of substance abuse treatment programs,” said Dr. Marshall. “In addition, people who inject methamphetamine but are not in treatment would likely benefit from improved suicide risk assessment and other mental health support services within health care settings.”

The Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study is part of the ongoing British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS’ Urban Health Research Initiative, which focuses on the effects of substance use, infectious diseases, and the urban environment on the health of urban populations. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is known as a center for illicit drug use, and fatalities from drug overdoses and drug-related violence are common. A large outbreak of HIV infection reported there in 1997 was among the fastest spreading HIV epidemics in the developed world.

Participation in the seven-year study, which ended in May 2008, was through word of mouth, street outreach, and referrals and included an interviewer-administered questionnaire on sociodemographic characteristics, drug use, treatment utilization, and HIV risk behaviors. The researchers evaluated 1,873 participants whose median age was 31, while 36.2% of participants were female, and 32.1% were of Aboriginal ancestry. In total, 8% percent of study participants reported a suicide attempt.

“This is one of North America’s largest cohorts of injection drug users, and the research is among the first longitudinal studies to examine attempts of suicide by injection drug users,” said Dr. Marshall. “Most of these 5,000 users are concentrated in a very small neighborhood, making it a logical environment for this type of study. Because our study is one of the main points of access to health care for this population, this is a very well utilized study with a high rate of follow-up.”

Dr. Marshall and colleagues also discovered that infrequent methamphetamine injection was a predictor of attempting suicide, while frequent methamphetamine injection was associated with the greatest risk of attempting suicide.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2012/01/05/more-than-other-drugs-injected-meth-is-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-attempted-suicide/

 

Police are investigating a meth lab that was found on the property owned by a church in Gallia County, OH.

According to Sheriff Joe Browning with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of suspicious trash debris, that was found on property owned by the Apostolic Faith Church, located on Vale Road, in Bidwell, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

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Sheriff Browning tells 13 News that deputies located two one pot type meth lab containers, in which a Gallia County Police Department meth technician was called to the scene to dismantle the lab.  Gallia EMS, along with a Springfield Township Fire crew were also staged at the scene as a precaution, according to Sheriff Browning.

Sheriff Browning also says the meth lab was along a wooded area behind the church building.

No arrests have been made, however, Sheriff Browning says that deputies responded to another call of a suspicious duffel bag that may be related to this incident at 8:30 p.m. in the area of Amby Lane and Route 160 of Porter.

Sheriff Browning says that the bag contained components that are commonly used to make meth.

These incidents are under investigation by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

http://www.wowktv.com/story/25047966/police-investigating-meth-lab-found-near-a-church-in-gallia-county-oh

 

 

24-year-old woman was arrested Friday for allegedly running a methamphetamine lab in a Kensington Park apartment in New Bern.

Amber Corley, 24, was arrested after law enforcement discovered a meth lab in the apartment complex at about 3 p.m. Friday. Her first New Bern court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Sgt. Paul Brown of the New Bern Police Department said a formal news release will be issued on Monday.

Only Corley was arrested in connection with the meth lab. She was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver meth; possession of meth; maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of a control substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, Brown said.

Corley is in jail under a $275,000 secure bond.

Brown said the SBI was called in Friday to help clean the apartment and remove the equipment used to make meth. None of the adjoining apartments had to be evacuated, he said.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the arrest, Brown said.

 

 

 

http://www.newbernsj.com/news/cops-courts-and-calamity/woman-arrested-for-alleged-apartment-meth-lab-1.295122

 

 

Missouri no longer tops the list for the most methamphetamine incidents in the country.
The recent statistics come form the Drug Enforcement Agency.
For more than a decade, Missouri ranked number one in the country for the most methamphetamine incidents.
A local substance prevention group say this shows a positive change for the state.
“Its possible for us to make a change and move in a positive direction,” said Crystal Ludiker with The Alliance of Southwest Missouri.
The recent statistics from the DEA office show Missouri decreased the number of methamphetamine incidents in 2012 from 1,960 to 1,495 in 2013.
“The fact that we are gaining ground in that area is a benefit to the community overall,” said Ludiker.
KOAM and FOX 14’s Rudy Harper spoke with the commander of the Jasper County Drug Task force who believes the decrease of incidents are due to education throughout the community and stricter laws on over the counter Pseudoephedrine.
“It’s harder to get Pseudoephedrine which is the primary ingredient in meth. It’s controlled so you can’t go in and buy as many boxes of Sudafed as you can – so they’re making it tougher to get your hands on it here,” said the commander.
Ludiker says there’s still more work to be done.
“This just proves that positive change is possible when people work together to make it happen.”
The state of Indiana takes the number one spot, Tennessee follows in second.

SALTON CITY – Thirty-one pounds of meth seized

Border Patrol agents seized more than $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested two suspected narcotics smugglers on Wednesday.

Around 1:30 p.m., Rosa Amelia Moreno-Maldonado, 43, approached driving a white Ford 500 sedan with Perfecto Javier Rios-Hernandez, 46, as a passenger and their two minor children, according to the court complaint.

The vehicle and passengers were referred to secondary for further inspection, and there a detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage.

Agents then found 26 wrapped bundles of methamphetamine hidden in an non-factory compartment.

The packages contained a total of 31.73 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $206,245.

Moreno-Maldonado was advised of her rights and said she didn’t know there were drugs in the vehicle and that the vehicle had been at the mechanic for a week, according to the complaint.

Rios-Hernandez was advised of his rights and said the family had been picked up by a man known as “El Pony” that morning and taken to a shopping center where they got the vehicle.

He said he knew that there were narcotics in the vehicle and that his wife didn’t know.

He also said that he was to be paid $2,000, according to the complaint. Agents then again questioned Moreno-Maldonado, “Who is El Pony?” and she replied that she didn’t know. She was then asked why El Pony was calling both her telephone and her husband’s telephone, and she responded that she didn’t know, according to the complaint.

The suspected smugglers, both legally admitted Mexican citizens, were taken into custody while the children, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

 

 

http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/valley-police-beat-thirty-one-pounds-of-meth-seized/article_4863025c-b1fa-11e3-9811-001a4bcf6878.html

 

BEFORE AND AFTER IMAGES: Faces Of Meth Addiction

The sheriff’s office has shut down nearly half a dozen meth labs since the fall of 2012, and the number of arrests continues to rise.

Snyder said he doesn’t want to scare the public but he wants to make sure everyone is aware of what’s happening.

“We don’t want to send the message that the Treasure Coast is overwhelmed with meth,” he said. “What we do want is to tell people it wasn’t there in the past but we are seeing it now. We know if we don’t get ahead of it, it will get ahead of us.”

“I think it’s a great idea,” resident Paul Antal said. “Yeah, we’ve noticed and I agree it’s a constant problem.”

Snyder has scheduled a town hall meeting for Thursday at 6 p.m at the Blake Library in Stuart.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wpbf.com/news/martin-county-sheriff-plans-town-hall-meeting-to-talke-about-meth/25094662#mid=18632294

 

Three people were jailed Saturday on methamphetamine charges after Lafayette police received a tip about suspicious activity at a house in the 3000 block of Commanche Drive.

One active meth lab and several inactive labs were found there, according to a press release from Lt. Tom  Davidson.

Desiree D. Davis, 27, lives in the house and was preliminarily charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Buddy E. Sanders III, 30, of Lafayette, was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine more than 3 grams.

Jeremy Richardson, 28, of West Lafayette, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a syringe.

The Indiana State Police methamphetamine suppression team was called in to clean up and remove all meth production materials, according to the press release. Commanche is in Tecumseh addition between Brady and Beck lanes on Lafayette’s south side.

The Department of Child Service was also contacted to take custody of two children found in the residence during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at 807-1200 or the WeTip hotline at 1-800-782-7463.

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/22/lafayette-meth-lab/6736613/

GLADE SPRING, Va. — A Glade Spring man faces methamphetamine-making charges after a search warrant was executed at his home Friday, Sheriff Fred Newman said.

Leroy Vanmeter, 40, of the 36000 block of Rush Creek Road, was charged with one count of manufacturing meth and possession of two or more precursors to manufacturing meth, the report said.

Vanmeter consented to a search of his home and deputies discovered the illegal drug ingredients a short time later, he said.

He was taken to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, where he is being held without bond.

 

 

 

http://www.tricities.com/news/local/article_af04481a-b16c-11e3-8128-001a4bcf6878.html

 

 

The Oklahoma state legislature’s efforts to fight methamphetamine addiction in the state are working, according to one state senator.

Republican Sen. Rick attributes a significant drop in meth labs found in the state to the tough restrictions that state lawmakers passed in 2012.

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Sen. Brinkley helped write the bill that limited the amount of allergy and cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine people could buy. Pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient needed to make methamphetamine. The law also synced the state’s electronic tracking system across state lines, so meth offenders who try to buy medications with pseudoephedrine over the legal limit will be blocked.

Sen. Brinkley admits these restrictions have created a few obstacles for allergy sufferers trying to get the medication that they need, but he says it’s encouraging to see the sanctions have done what they were intended to do.

“In 2012 there were 830 meth labs in the state. The following year after this bill became effective, we had 410 meth labs,” Sen. Brinkley said. “We’ve been able to reduce the number of meth labs by over 50 percent.”

He says the number of meth labs found in the state will keep dropping in the years to come, but he doubts it will go down as dramatically as it did last year.

“To be able to cut the number of meth labs in half in one year was probably a great reward to say the least to those of us who had to fight for this bill to get it through,” he said.

Sen. Brinkley says the state will likely not pass any more restrictions to pseudoephedrine.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kjrh.com/news/political/okla-state-senator-praises-benefits-after-law-restricts-key-meth-making-ingredient

 

Porterville police arrested a man and woman, both in their 40s, on Friday after finding methamphetamine, marijuana and a stolen World War II gun during a probation compliance check.

Officers conducted the check at the home of Donald Absher, 42, in the 1000 block of East Cleo Avenue in Porterville, police said. Officers found about 2 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, digital scales and a WWII firearm reportedly stolen during a home burglary in Porterville.

Police said Absher was arrested on suspicion of controlled substance use, controlled substance sales, possessing stolen property and for violating his post-release terms. Leia Henley, 47, was arrested during the check for suspicion of controlled substance and violating probation.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho law enforcement officials say they seized $800,000 worth of drugs as well as weapons following a 2-month investigation.

Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde says the seizure Thursday is one of the biggest so far this year.

Police took into custody 34-year-old Alejandro Martinez-Zavala, 40-year-old Miguel Guiterrez-Munoz, and 36-year-old Ramon Meraz-Gallegos.

They face charges of trafficking of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

The investigation by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police, Bureau of Homeland Security, FBI and Immigration Customs Enforcement found the three selling large quantities of drugs in the community.

In the raid on Thursday, police seized 17 pounds of meth, about 2.5 pounds of marijuana and 46 grams of cocaine.

Police also seized an AK-47 an $8,300 in cash.

 

 

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/E-Idaho-police-announce-large-drug-bust-5341050.php

 

 LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A couple was caught with all the tools to make meth in their house, reports said.

According to reports detectives served an arrest warrant at the house of Richard Eaton, 30, and Jennifer Lee, 29, in the 12200 block of Brookgreen Drive on March 20.

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Police reports said that detectives were given consent to look throughout the home and attached garage.

Reports said that methamphetamine precursors were found including batteries, camp fuel, tubes, Sudafed, soda bottles, LYE and used cook pot in the girlfriend’s bedroom. Various pipes, spoons, needles and three bags of crystal meth were also found according to reports.

Eaton and Lee are being charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of position of a controlled substance and illegal position of a legend drug.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wave3.com/story/25037857/couple-accused-of-cooking-meth-together