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.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Largest meth bust in region's history (Canada)

CBC News

Police seized more than 15,000 methamphetamine tablets in what they're calling the region's largest bust of its kind.

Police showed off the drugs and weapons seized on Thursday.

About $2.2 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana were seized when officers raided 13 homes and businesses in Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding areas.

Police were concerned about the quantity of methamphetamine pills seized, calling it a "very devastating drug to our communities."

"We have to make sure that we are educated in all aspects of methamphetamine because I don't think that there is a drug that can have greater social impact on our communities than methamphetamine," said OPP Det. Frank Elbers.

Methamphetamine, also known as speed or meth, is usually taken in pill form, but can also be smoked and injected. The drug causes a feeling of euphoria, and can be addictive.

In low doses, it can be used to treat ADD, narcolepsy and, for short periods of time, obesity.

In higher doses, it is more addictive than the original drug and has a greater "rush" for the recreational or addicted user, followed by increased agitation and possibly violence in some individuals.

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Thirty-five people, including four from Ottawa, were arrested. They face more than 200 charges, involving drug trafficking and weapons-related offences.

Officers from across eastern Ontario and the Outaouais conducted the raids.

The 14-month investigation, dubbed Project Barracuda, also netted seven kilograms of cocaine, 20 kilograms of marijuana, one kilogram of hashish oil and magic mushrooms, as well as cash, firearms and several vehicles.


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