DEATH * BY * METH

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

Man Accused Of Attempt To Run Drug Lab (Connecticut)

By GARY LIBOW,
Courant Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN -- Officer William Mudano went to the Wesley Inn and Suites to investigate a reported larceny, but ended up making the first crystal meth lab bust this year in Connecticut - and what city police believe to be the first-ever in Middletown.

The occupant of Room 212 reported money missing. The investigation Friday led Mudano to Room 216 where he spotted a duffel bag. Mudano inquired about the contents of the bag, and the makings of a meth lab were spilled out - a Coleman butane cylinder, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, a beaker with residue, coffee filters and plastic containers capable of holding fluids.

As a result, Middlefield resident Timothy Gionfriddo, 21, was charged with criminal attempt to operate a drug factory, criminal attempt to possess methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held with bail set at $25,000 and was scheduled for court on April 7.

"In Connecticut, this is the first one [bust] we have responded to this year," Special Agent Tony Pettigrew of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration said Monday.

Gionfriddo was in possession of the equipment and ingredients for a "box lab," but was not manufacturing the drug at the time of his arrest, Pettigrew said.

Box labs are transportable and usually produce anywhere from a half-gram to a gram of methamphetamine, Pettigrew said.

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-midmeth0328.artmar28,0,2895195.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

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