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.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Sheriff Daly seeks help from outdoor enthusiasts (Illinois)

Fulton County Sheriff Dan Daly is asking for the help of area outdoor enthusiasts as warm weather arrives.

Daly says, "We are still dealing with clandestine methamphetamine labs in our area. I am concerned about this hazard to people and the environmental problems created by these labs and the waste products they create."

Daly asks that people be vigilant and careful while spending time in the woods. He also emphasizes that citizens report anything believed to be associated with meth products to the sheriff's department.

Items associated with meth production could include containers with tubing attached, modified tanks or other cylinders or containers which could be used to transport anhydrous ammonia, battery peelings, solvent containers with unusual holes in them, and blister packs from cold medications.

Daly explains that meth manufacturers, also known as cooks, often try to dispose of their waste by burning it. He says that anyone who finds material or containers they believe to be associated with meth production should contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Department as soon as possible.

Daly stresses that many of the chemicals used in, or created by, meth production are extremely dangerous and should only be handled by trained personnel.

Daly also asks outdoor enthusiasts to report any possible marijuana growing operations to the sheriff's department.

"Marijuana is a big money business for a lot of people. These people don't care if their product is sold to children or adults as long as they get paid."

Daly says the number of people growing cannabis is believed to increase each year. He also explains that cannabis production is becoming the only source of income for a large number of producers.

Daly asks citizens to report the location of areas which have been cleared of natural vegetation or areas where plants have obviously been transplanted.

Cannabis plants are often started indoors in early spring and later transplanted outside using potting soil much like flowers or other plants.

Daly says that cannabis plants are usually a slightly brighter color of green than surrounding vegetation.

Garden hoses, potting soil, and fertilizer are often found in the area where illegal cannabis is grown.

Daly asks that citizens be careful while enjoying the outdoors this spring and summer and reminded to properly dispose of litter or other items which can harm the environment. He also reminds citizens to observe property boundaries.

Daly reminds citizens to report any illegal or suspicious activity to the sheriff's department by calling 309-547-2277 or Fulton County Crimestoppers at 309-547-3939 or 647-3636.


Anonymous Amy Parnell said...

Hi Kim,

I just wanted to say that I am very sorry about your son. You are very courageous to be fighting this demon.

Monday, May 08, 2006 12:45:00 PM  

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