This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Gordon men arrested in bust of suspected meth lab (Wisconsin)


Two men suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab are behind bars as the result of a Saturday investigation in Gordon.

The men, ages 38 and 39, were arrested on charges of possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, according to Michael Miller, narcotics detective with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

The 38-year-old also was arrested on suspicion of storing anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used to manufacture meth, in an unauthorized container.

The two made an initial appearance in Douglas County Court Monday but no criminal complaints were prepared. Court Commissioner Paul Baxter set bail at $1,000 cash with conditions for both men and ordered them to appear for a second initial appearance Tuesday.

According to a Sheriff's Department report, a neighbor of one of the men saw both driving near his property. When asked why, they told the neighbor they were looking for a lost dog. Later, the neighbor found a discarded box nearby that appeared to contain parts of a meth lab, and he called the Sheriff's Department.

Sgt. Al Peterson responded to the call at 7:06 a.m. and confirmed the equipment was the type used to manufacture methamphetamine. It exuded a strong odor, typical of the meth-making process, according to the report.

Miller said sheriff's deputies went to the 38-year-old suspect's property with a search warrant at 3 p.m. Saturday, assisted by the Superior Police Department's SWAT team and agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations Narcotics Bureau. Miller said officers located precursor chemicals for meth and a propane cylinder that tested positive for anhydrous ammonia, which is also used to make meth.

Because there were children present at the home, Miller said, both child protective services and the county's public health department were contacted.


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