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, February 28, 2006

Meth meeting to take place (Lamar, Colorado)

Prowers County Extension will be sponsoring an informational meeting on Methamphetamine entitled "Methamphetamine - What's Cooking in Your Community?" on March 8th at the Maxwell Annex Mezzanine Room. The cost for the evening is $5 per person. Registration will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the barbeque meal will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Presenters at the evening's program include the Prowers County Nurses, Prowers County Sheriff's Department, and Prowers County Extension. The key note speaker will be Greg Kirkland, a 20 year veteran with law enforcement. There have been over 120 Meth labs taken down in the southeast area in the past five years.

"You may not think that it pertains to you - but if it is happening in your community, you and your family's safety are being threatened." Attend the evening's program and find out what Meth is, why the labs are so dangerous, and what you need to know to keep yourself, your family, and your neighbors safe.

R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 6th is encouraged to guarantee a meal. Call Prowers County Extension at 336-7734 to register.,1413,121~7979~3254100,00.html

Law enforcement uncovers largest meth lab in county history (Kansas)

Police make BIG weekend bust

Detectives with the Drug Enforcement Unit uncovered the largest suspected methamphetamine production operation in Reno County history Saturday near the intersection of 69th and Plum. The operation was so large that the suspected 'cooks' used 5-gallon buckets and stirred the solution with a boat oar. Photo courtesy of Hutchinson/Reno County Drug Enforcement Unit.

A weekend raid by law enforcement uncovered what police and prosecutors call the largest methamphetamine production operation in Reno County history.

Detectives with the Hutchinson/Reno County Drug Enforcement Unit responded to the smell of anhydrous ammonia around 10:30 p.m. Saturday in an area near 69th and Plum, just north of Hutchinson.

Pasquinel T. Kunde, 26, Nicholas Petty, 50, and John Beal, 45, were arrested in a dilapidated house at 604 East 69th. The trio was taken to the Reno County Jail on suspicion of several meth-making crimes.

"There might be people out there who are making a higher quantity," DEU chief Howard Shipley said, "but in terms of sheer production, this is the largest I've ever seen."

The operation was so large, Shipley noted, that the suspects mixed their chemical concoction in a five-gallon bucket and stirred the solution with a boat oar.

It appeared the three recently cooked a batch when officers arrived, Shipley said.

"... They were producing multiple-ounce quantities," he said. "Whether they were making as little as a couple of ounces or as much as a pound depends on how good the cook is."

The bust was part of a "knock and talk," when officers approach a residence and speak with the home's occupants.

Petty conceded to a search of the residence, police reports show, and officers found the meth lab inside a shed.

Beal, who has several prior drug convictions - including a 2001 meth manufacturing case that was overturned by the Court of Appeals - allegedly hid under a bed near a gun before detectives found him.

During the three men's first appearances in court Monday, Deputy District Attorney Tom Stanton asked that Beal's bond be raised to $500,000. Magistrate Judge Joe McCarville agreed.

"I've been doing this for 15 years," Stanton said, "and it was the biggest anhydrous lab I've ever seen."

Monday, February 27, 2006

Stats: 70 percent of drug arrests are meth-related (Nevada)

The Daily News

KINGMAN - Law enforcement agencies from three states are waging the war on methamphetamine in the Tri-state area.

The good news is the Mohave County Sheriff's Office has seen a decrease in the number of meth labs.

The bad news is that the use of meth has steadily increased with the county's increasing population, Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.

In 2004, the sheriff's office conducted 554 arrests involving drugs. In 2005, there were 591 drug arrests. About 65 to 70 percent of all drug arrests involve methamphetamine, Sheahan said.

Education is one of the main tools the sheriff's office uses to fight the use of meth in the county.

Since the early 1990s, the sheriff office's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has aimed its program at 1,000 to 1,500 sixth-grade students in the schools in the unincorporated areas of the county including Fort Mojave, Mohave Valley, Topock and Golden Shores.

Next school year, the program will also expand to include fifth-grade students in county schools, Sheahan said.

Another key in the war on meth is working with local retailers to monitor unusual purchases of ingredients used to make the drug.

Bullhead City and Kingman, as well as Phoenix and Tucson, recently restricted the purchase of over-the-counter drugs such as pseudoephedrine at local pharmacists within city limits.

Lawmakers are trying to pass a similar law statewide.

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Agencies attempting to save children from drug-related tragedies (Texas)

By ASHLEY COOK, The Lufkin Daily News

Local agencies are organizing their response to the growing crisis of children suffering death and injury at the hands of methamphetamine-addicted adults, according to Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington.

The county's multi-disciplinary team – including child advocacy, law, prosecution and medical agencies – had a preliminary meeting two weeks ago to begin a plan of attack to save children from drug-related tragedies.

Tragedies like the deaths of 15-year-old Candice Alexander and 2½-year-old Bailey Heald. Alexander was savagely beaten in May 2003, injected with a lethal dose of meth by her mother and step-father. Heald was suffocated a month later at the hands of a meth-using baby-sitter.

Since their deaths, there seems to be a twisted sort of one-upmanship as the increasingly shocking cases of child abuse and rape give law enforcement new definitions of the "worst they have ever seen."

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Meth Babies Face Dangers At Home (Nebraska)

Investigators Say Meth Homes Are Threat To Children

OMAHA, Neb. -- Health experts said they're seeing a dramatic increase in the number of children born with methamphetamine in their systems, but babies born meth addicted aren’t the worst threat the drug makes on the state’s young, KETV NewsWatch 7 has learned.

Kelly Godwin said she took meth when she was pregnant with now 3-month-old Gabriel. Years earlier, state foster care workers took away her 2-year-old over Godwin's drug use.

"It was awful," the mother of two said. "It was like people that get raided for drugs. It was the same, but they raided us for our daughter."

Now, Godwin and her boyfriend say they're drug free. Gabriel shows no signs of health problems.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

El Cerrito cops make large meth bust (California)

Karl Fischer

Police working on a regional auto theft sweep arrested three people in Richmond Thursday night after finding about 100 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
The car was not reported stolen. It did drive erratically, however, prompting two El Cerrito police officers to pull it over near the corner of Carlson Boulevard and Imperial Avenue about 7:30 p.m., El Cerrito detective Cpl. Don Horgan said.
Officers saw a passenger hiding something under the seat as they approached. They searched the car and found large packages of the drug beneath the passenger seat. They found an electronic scale and packaging material in the back seat, as well as some paperwork belonging to other people.
They arrested 35-year-old Joseph Etchieson, 31-year-old Rechelle Ricard and 42-year-old Seth Vance on suspicion of drug charges and possessing stolen property. The three were booked into County Jail in Martinez.

Legislature to deal with meth (Alberta Canada)

Two acts in the current Spring sitting of the Alberta Legislature, if passed, will protect children and the environment from the effects of methamphetamine.

Ed Moore
Leader staff
Monday February 27, 2006

The Environmental Protection and Enhancement (Meth) Act, if made law, would get tough with those who dispose of meth making materials into the environment (e.g. sewers, water bodies, etc.)
The proposed law would also make it
possible for law enforcement officers to get tough on so called ma-and-pa drug making operations.
The Drug Endangered Children Act would help protect youngsters raised in drug laden environments, said West Yellowhead MLA Ivan Strang.
"The Ministry of Children's Services can take the children away so they're not exposed to that," said Strang.
Health care will also get plenty of play in the current legislative session, but, Strang said, details as of last week, were sketchy about what would transpire.
Other proposed legislation has included the Livestock Identification and Commerce Act, which acknowledges changes in the agriculture industry and is designed to provide financial protection for livestock buyers. It was meant to standardize documentation and the Protection Against Family Violence Amendment Act, which will add stalking, broadening the scope of who will be protected under the act and clarifies the conditions for granting an emergency protection order.
Strang will also introduce a bill for
Government Services Minister Ty Lund, the Real Estate Amendment Act. The proposed amendments would clarify the role of the Real Estate Council of Alberta and allow the council to more actively prevent and detect mortgage fraud.
The West Yellowhead MLA expects the current legislative session to last until the May long weekend.

The economics of drug abuse (Georgia)

By Sharon Swanepoel
The Loganville Tribune

Published February 24, 2006

This was the last week of our series on methamphetamine and its impact on our community. While most of it was heartbreaking, I did learn that drugs are really about money and simple economics.

I would like to share some statistics and the simple truths they highlight.

About 75 to 80 percent of Loganville’s crime and 75 percent of Georgia’s prison population is drug related and the re-offender rate is high.

With the crime and incarceration rate comes policing, court, incarceration, probation and rehabilitation costs. Drug related crime includes possession, dealing and trafficking. But it also includes the spin-off crimes such as shoplifting, theft, burglary, forgery, prostitution, domestic violence and murder. With this crime comes the expense to stores, homeowners, insurance companies and businesses. You also have social services and charities helping the families of felons, murder victims and families kept in poverty because of drug abuse or incarceration. Most of those expenses are passed onto us — in extra costs at the stores, insurance, loss of productivity, taxes and donations.

In a perfect world, if you just took drugs out of that mix you could reduce all those expenses by about 75 to 80 percent. The impact would be staggering.

Of course we all know it’s not a perfect world and sadly some of the other statistics I learned show just how impossible it would be to do that. Meth alone has a 95 — 98 percent addiction rate and only a 6 percent recovery rate. Georgia has three times the national average meth addiction rate for 18 to 25-year-olds. Not surprisingly, the picture is pretty bleak.

But there was one statistic that really got my attention. Although I didn’t interview many local recovered addicts, 100 percent of those I did credited Janey Fulghum of Mother’s Against Methamphetamine and local rehab programs with helping them kick their addiction and they rely on them to help prevent them being sucked back in. This shows just how important these programs are. If MAMa can use the reformed addicts to show the true cost of meth addiction, and the rehabilitation programs can improve on the 6 percent recovery rate, maybe a community like Loganville can improve on some of those pessimistic state and national statistics.

Wouldn’t it be better to get in front of the problems, spend the time and money on these programs to prevent or cure the addictions, than have to spend it on the back end once it has spiraled into crime, policing, incarceration or social service problems. A proactive approach like the Loganville Police Department’s Narcotics Division and an active organization like MAMa might give the impression of a community overrun with drugs. People don’t like having that reputation. But strict drug law enforcement coupled with using MAMa for active drug education in the schools and community would improve the initial addiction rate. And supporting rehabilitation programs should greatly improve the addiction recovery rate.

And that brings us to the basic rule of economics.

Take away the demand and you remove the supplier’s ability to control the market. And an unfriendly business environment for drug dealers is a great reputation to have.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Officers arrest two, seize nearly 3 ounces of meth (Oklahoma)

Law enforcers seized nearly 3 ounces of methamphetamine Wednesday and arrested two people stung by an undercover purchase in the McDonald’s parking lot in Fort Gibson.

Muskogee Police Lt. Bryan Stark said the drug buy was arranged by the department’s special investigations unit after a cooperating witness tipped them off to the planned transaction.

According to Stark, the 74 grams seized is equal to about 370 units, which — if purchased individually — would have a street value of $9,250.

Stark said an undercover officer and a cooperating witness paid $800 for a half-ounce of the crystal methamphetamine, which is referred to on the street as ice. Once the transaction was completed, at about 12:30 p.m., the two men who allegedly sold the drugs were arrested by a Fort Gibson police officer during a traffic stop on U.S. 62.

Stark said police recovered the $800 used to purchase the drugs, another $400, 60 grams of ice, and two scales during a search of the car driven by the two men arrested.

Stark said a couple of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents and the Fort Gibson Police Department assisted in Wednesday’s arrests.

Kenneth Collins, 24, of Fort Gibson and Nephtali Esau Jimenez, 20, of Muskogee were arrested. Both men were booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on complaints of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute.

“It’s not everyday that you bust people running around with three ounces of meth,” Stark said. “I think we’ve got a couple of bad guys in jail.”

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Drug-law changes fail (South Dakota)

Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. - An effort to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for many drug crimes while increasing maximum prison terms for those offenses has been rejected by the state Senate Judiciary Committee.
Opposition to HB1150 came from Attorney General Larry Long and Gov. Mike Rounds.
The measure was proposed by the Criminal Code Revision Commission, said Rep. Sean O'Brien, R-Brookings, who served on the panel.
He said mandatory minimum penalties for drug crimes should be eliminated because judges are in the best position to decide proper sentences based on the circumstances of each drug conviction.
"We ought not to be telling our judges what type of sentence that they should give to an individual," O'Brien said.
There's no need for the change because current law gives judges the option of not imposing mandatory minimum sentences if mitigating circumstances exist, said Charlie McGuigan, an assistant attorney general.
Attorney General Larry Long said the prospect of mandatory minimum penalties gives prosecutors leverage to move up the drug ladder.
"Everybody wants to get from the users to the dealers and distributors," Long said. "We trade jail time for information."
Neil Fulton, lobbyist for the governor, said it sends the wrong message to change drug penalties. Drug dealers should be treated harshly, he said.
"These are people who are selling poison to the citizens of South Dakota and we think it's critical to keep those penalties where they are," Fulton said.
The bill also would have tied hard-drug penalties to the amounts of drugs seized by police. O'Brien said existing laws make no such connection. He said someone caught with a trace amount of methamphetamine is treated the same as another person who has a pound of the substance.
HB1150, rejected unanimously by the committee, also would have treated drug dealing tougher than simple drug possession, O'Brien said. Current law does not differentiate between the two, he said.
Also objecting to that provision, McGuigan said most drug cases involve less than a gram of illegal substances. That can be up eight doses of some drugs, he said.
Large drug busts are not common in South Dakota, and they usually involve arrests made on interstate highways, McGuigan said. Those drugs are less of a problem for South Dakota because they are passing through the state, he said.
The bill also should be killed because it would reduce penalties for marijuana possession, McGuigan said. Those involved with marijuana often are also immersed in meth, he said.
"Meth and marijuana go hand-in-hand," McGuigan said. "We hardly ever make a meth bust that doesn't involve marijuana."
The bill also would have allowed fines up to $100,000 for some drug convictions; the existing ceiling on those fines is $10,000.

Man at fault for cooking meth near girlfriend's kids (Washington)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A man who cooked methamphetamine around his girlfriend's children is criminally responsible for endangering the kids, even though they weren't his dependents, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The case stemmed from the 2003 arrest of Richard Cooper, who had been sought by Columbia County authorities on a parole or probation violation.

Sheriff's deputies caught Cooper at the home of his girlfriend, Mylynda Daudt, where they also found a working meth lab and Daudt's two children, ages 2 and 4.

Cooper was convicted of several drug-related charges at trial, including two counts of endangering a child by exposing the youngster to meth. He appealed the endangerment convictions, saying he shouldn't be held responsible for endangering the children because he was not their father or caregiver.

The Supreme Court disagreed 8-1 on Thursday, with Justice Bobbe Bridge writing that the endangerment law "applies to any person who knowingly or intentionally exposes a child to methamphetamine or its ingredients."

The law in question states that a person may not expose a dependent child to meth or ingredients used in its manufacture.

Cooper's appeal argued that legal definitions of "person" and "dependent child" mean the meth endangerment law does not apply to him, because he was not the children's father and had no formal relationship as their caregiver or provider.

But state lawmakers did not intend to restrict the law only to parents, legal guardians or caregivers when they wrote the statute, Bridge wrote - otherwise, the Legislature would have specified those conditions.

By reading the specific law's plain language - and not inserting any words that aren't included - the court must hold Cooper responsible for cooking meth around Daudt's kids, "who are dependent children by virtue of their tender years."

"He thus knowingly and intentionally exposed them to the drug and its ingredients," Bridge wrote for the majority.

In his dissent, Justice Richard Sanders wrote that the law's language is ambiguous at best.

"One naturally assumes a law criminalizing the endangerment of dependents addresses their custodians. And reading the statute in context only confirms that assumption," Sanders wrote.

Majority justices sent Cooper's case back to a lower court for resentencing on a separate issue because prosecutors conceded that penalties for drug crimes in a school zone were improperly applied in the case.


The case is State of Washington v. Richard Lloyd Cooper, docket number 76164-7.


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Homicide suspect jailed in Sunnyside (Washington)


SUNNYSIDE — Bail was set at $1 million Wednesday for the man suspected in a December killing outside a home where police found about $100,000 worth of crystal meth.

Fidel Medina, 26, who was arrested early Tuesday, is expected to be arraigned Friday on charges of murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police say he shot and killed 27-year-old Xavier Perez in the doorway of the house where Perez lived on Guernsey Street on Dec. 22.

There was about 91/2 pounds of methamphetamine found at the house, according to a probable-cause affidavit used to obtain a warrant for Medina's arrest.

The shooting was drug-related, Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said Wednesday. He would not comment on how the drugs led to violence.

Radder said the meth found at the house was "crystal," not the lower-grade drug commonly referred to as "crank." According to Mel Rodriguez, the agent in charge of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's Yakima office, crystal meth has a street value of $10,000 to $11,000 a pound, which puts the value of what police found at the site as high as $104,500.

The probable-cause affidavit also said witnesses told police Medina was the first to shoot, but it was unclear whether anybody else fired shots that morning.

"We're waiting for results from the crime lab," Radder said.

Perez was hit three times, and a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol was found near his body. A similar pistol was found in the yard behind the house, the affidavit said.

Police believe Medina and three others fled the scene in a sport-utility vehicle that was later recovered with bullet holes in it. Police say two of the other three may still face charges. The fourth person, identified by police as 18-year-old Decederio Palencia, remains at large and is wanted for questioning.

Medina's longtime girlfriend, 26-year-old Michele Martinez, with whom he has four children, also was arrested Tuesday. She could face charges of rendering criminal assistance for helping hide Medina. The Sunnyside SWAT team found and arrested Medina at her home in the 700 block of South Ninth Street.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A scream, a 911 call, and then— a big bust (Georgia)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 02/22/06
A woman's scream brought Gwinnett police to a Lawrenceville house Monday evening.

They never found her.

What they did find was 112 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $5.1 million and 18.7 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $86,000.

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Man pleads guilty in meth fire that killed sister (Indiana)

Associated Press

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A man pleaded guilty to charges that he started a fire that killed his sister while he was trying to cook methamphetamine.
Richard C. Brown, 53, of Churubusco pleaded guilty to felony murder Tuesday in Allen Superior Court, minutes before his trial was scheduled to begin. Prosecutors dropped three other drug-related charges in return for his plea.
If a judge accepts the plea agreement, Brown could face 45 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 10.

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More money for children in B.C. budget (Canada)

The B.C. government says child protection is its priority in this year's budget, and has announced plans to increase spending on a host of programs for children at risk and families.

RELATED: B.C. Budget 2006
Finance Minister Carole Taylor says the government will spend $421 million over the next four years to improve child protection services, and Children and Family Development ministry spending will climb back to a level above what it was before the cuts in 2001.

"Every budget is an opportunity for our province to take another step forward," said Taylor. "The first budget in our renewed mandate focused on seniors. Today, I'm pleased to take another step forward with a budget designed to improve services for children."

The increases include include $100 million for children at risk, $36 million to reduce waitlists for special needs kids, $72 million to hire more social workers and $2 million to help combat crystal meth – all over the next four years.

This comes in the wake of months of criticism of the government's handling of child protection, and the controversy surrounding the death of 19-month-old Sherry Charlie.


Police have cited a mother for allegedly injuring her newborn child by using drugs while pregnant.
The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Department of Child Protective Services on Friday that a newborn at the hospital had tested positive for meth. The sheriff's office cited 29-year-old Rebecca Goodson with minor injury to a child. She admitted to using methamphetamine while she was pregnant.

Goodson has two other children. They were removed from the home and will live with a family member for now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Loopholes seen in Missouri meth law (Missouri)
Buyers can get around limits on the purchase of materials used to make the drug, officials say.


Restricting sales of the key ingredient in methamphetamine — pseudoephedrine — brought a decline in lab busts last year. But law enforcement and government officials say there are loopholes in the law.

Statistics released in January by the Missouri State Highway Patrol show that from July, when the law was enacted, to December, meth lab busts were down 44 percent from the same period in 2004. Lab busts were down 49 percent in mid-Missouri for all of 2005.

“Certainly it has been very successful,” said Capt. Ron Replogle, director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Drug and Crime Control Division.

The law makes it harder for meth producers to make large quantities of meth because it forces stores to keep tablet medicines containing pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed, behind the counter, limits sales to adults ages 18 and older and requires sellers to keep a log of all purchases.

But the law doesn’t require pharmacies to share their logs electronically with other stores. It doesn’t require the same limitations for sales of liquid pseudoephedrine, which can still be used to produce meth. And it doesn’t restrict Missourians from buying pseudoephedrine online, meaning sales can go undetected.

“What they really need to do, in my opinion, is to real-time monitor the pseudoephedrine pills,” said Trooper Rich Ferrari, who is the supervisor of the East Central Drug Task Force and has been busting meth labs in Missouri for seven years. “There is really nothing that is tying all the pseudodatabases into one huge database.”

The law requires pharmacists to keep at least a handwritten log of all sales, but law enforcement officials said they don’t have the personnel to review those databases beyond random checks or when suspicious entries are reported.

“That still doesn’t stop you from buying two boxes in Walgreens in Columbia and then going to Wal-Mart and buying two boxes and then going to D&H (Drug Store) and buying two boxes and then coming up to Centralia and buying two boxes,” Ferrari said.

A law enacted in August 2003 limits customers to purchasing only two boxes of pseudoephedrine at one time, but Replogle said he arrests people who go store-to-store to buy the maximum number of boxes. Called “smurfing,” it’s a way for meth producers to buy more than the 3.6 grams a day and 9 grams a month of pseudoephedrine permitted under last year’s law. Nine grams is about 300 tablets, and depending on the tablet size, it takes about 500 to 600 pills to make an ounce of methamphetamine.

“There is still a way to scam around the system,” Ferrari said.

Larger stores and pharmacies, such as some Walgreens, Wal-Marts and Target stores, keep electronic databases, but they are only shared within each company. Wal-Mart established its own methamphetamine guidelines in 1997, and Sgt. Shannon Jeffries, narcotics investigator for the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department, said pharmacists at the larger stores would alert him of suspicious purchases even before Missouri’s law was enacted.

State Rep. Bob Behnen, R-Kirksville, sponsored the legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives last year. He said that initially the legislation included a provision for a shared database, but that was removed because of insufficient funding.

A bill recently introduced by state Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, would create such a listing. It would track sales of all Schedule II drugs, such as Ritalin, through Schedule V, which includes pseudoephedrine drugs.

Crowell said that the bill would enhance last year’s law, and he said it would make it easier for law enforcement to cross-examine logs.

“Do we put it on pencil and paper or put it on a computer where it’s useful,” he said, adding that some logbooks are filled with illegible handwriting. The bill has yet to move to a full Senate vote, but Crowell said he hoped it could be passed this year.

Liquid pseudoephedrine was not included in last year’s law because it is considered more difficult to use in meth production, but under Missouri law possession of any amount of liquid or tablet pseudoephedrine over 24 grams is considered intent to manufacture.

“We haven’t seen any liquid pseudoephedrine labs,” Replogle said. But he said since people have been arrested for having more than the legal limit, it wouldn’t surprise him to see a liquid pseudoephedrine lab bust.

As meth producers attempt to find ways to get around the law, one loophole remains outside of Missouri’s control: the Internet.

Current state law doesn’t restrict the sale of pseudoephedrine online, said John Fougere, press secretary for Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Unless the online pharmacy is in Missouri, state legislators are powerless because only the federal government can regulate interstate commerce.

After several Midwestern states enacted laws intended to curb meth production, meth producers started buying pseudoephedrine on eBay, Ferrari said. EBay has since voluntarily restricted the sale of pseudoephedrine products on its site, and the online pharmacy has prohibited Missouri residents from buying pseudoephedrine products from its store.

Lesser-known Web sites sell pseudoephedrine and will ship it to Missouri, but Replogle said it would still be illegal for any resident to purchase more than 9 grams in a month from an online store outside Missouri. Behnen said these sales mostly go unnoticed unless arrested meth producers admit to law enforcement officials that they bought the medicine online.

Ferrari said that, despite the loopholes, the law has been successful in disrupting meth production in Missouri.

“It’s a very successful law, and I am very grateful,” Ferrari said. “It really has helped us out.”

But as with any new law, he said, there is always room for improvement.

Pending legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate and co-authored by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., would limit pseudoephedrine sales nationwide. Modeled after meth laws in Missouri and other Midwestern states, it would limit the amount of pseudoephedrine anyone in the United States could buy to 3.6 grams a day and 9 grams a month. Although the law would not establish a nationwide electronic database to track purchases, pharmacies would be required to check IDs and keep a logbook.

Behnen said that meth producers will always attempt to find loopholes in the law, and he said politicians and law enforcement officials must constantly be thinking of ways to make meth production more difficult in Missouri, which still leads the nation in meth production.

“It will be a constant battle but the thing is that we make it tougher and tougher for them each time,” he said. “We have to be vigilant and stay after them.”

Meth taking toll on businesses, state (Arizona)

Crystal meth is a serious problem for Arizona employers who find themselves on the frontlines of the latest drug war.

The illegal methamphetamine trade is linked to increased property crimes, shoplifting rings and identity theft. Businesses also are seeing lost productivity,

Law enforcement and state officials -- including Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas -- say crystal meth is a leading cause of criminal behavior in Arizona, some of which directly impacts Valley businesses.

Meth addicts often bankroll their habits via credit card fraud, forgeries, commercial burglaries and robberies, and shoplifting cold medicines and other products used to cook the addictive chemical stimulant.

"People will do anything they need to do to get their fix," said Glendale Police Department spokesman Michael Pena.

Victims include retailers and other businesses. Addicts often target their own employers, stealing computers or embezzling money. Addicts and those who produce the illegal drugs also are tied to the state's rising identify theft problem, prostitution and violent behavior.

Local law enforcement officials say meth and other drug abusers are responsible for a good portion of the commercial burglaries, retail shoplifting and thefts from cars in parking garages or shopping center parking lots.

Shoplifting and other thefts from retailers and pharmacies by meth rings have become so sophisticated and so pronounced that major chains are locking cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine behind pharmacy and cashier counters.

Some chains, including Wal-Mart, limit how much cold medicine consumers can buy at one time, and a growing number of states and cities have adopted rules governing pseudoephedrine sales.

The Arizona Retailers Association also is working with law enforcement officials and stores to share information on meth-related shoplifting rings.

The Tucson Police Department reports that 50 percent of all property crime in the Pima County metro area is meth-related.

It's a similar problem in Glendale, according to Pena.

"Usually, every time we bust a person for possession of methamphetamine, such as a drug dealer, we usually find stolen items and evidence of ID theft on them," he said.

Unlike some other drugs, such as crack cocaine, the meth problem does not just impact inner-city areas, but is taking a toll on rural communities and suburbia.

The drug -- easy to produce with a mix of cold medicine ingredients and household chemicals -- cuts across racial and gender lines with substantial use by working-class whites and women.

Susan Jones, president of the anti-abuse group Drugs Don't Work in Arizona, said meth use has increased among U.S. workers by 86 percent over the past five years. It also jumped 13 percent in the first half of 2005 among workers in jobs and industries required by the federal government to test employees in high-risk and safety-related positions.

She said the drug has a bigger impact than other substances because of its fast addiction rate and extreme physical reactions.

"It's the drug that captures the employee the quickest," she said. "It's very easy to start using a lot."

Side effects of meth use include erratic, paranoid and sometimes violent behavior, as well as users being awake for hours and days on end, then suddenly crashing and sleeping for equally long stretches.

Jones said meth users sometimes will turn to other drugs -- such as prescription sleeping pills or marijuana -- to take the edge off the stimulated periods.

All that encourages criminal behavior, makes for inefficient workers and can put addicts' children, family members and co-workers at risk, she said.

A recent study found that meth users cost their employers $47,500 each in additional costs and lost time annually.

Arizona, and the Southwest overall, have a pronounced problem with meth use among their work force, according to drug test statistics from Quest Diagnostics, a corporate drug testing outfit.

Arizona, Texas and California have some of the highest rates of amphetamine use among drug-tested workers, according to Quest numbers from the first half of 2005.

Don Johnsen, a partner and employment expert with the Phoenix law firm Gallagher & Kennedy, said lost productivity is the biggest burden on business from drug abuse, which hits numerous industry sectors from construction to food service.

"The biggest impact (to businesses) is not in theft. The biggest impact is in lost productive time," said Johnsen.

He points to a U.S. Postal Service study that drug tested prospective employees and found that those who tested positive for drugs cost the mail service $100,000 each in additional costs and lost productivity over five years. Johnsen said postal service hiring managers were not informed of the results until after employees were hired.

Another 2004 study by the University of Arkansas and the Wal-Mart Foundation found that meth was costing businesses in the mega-retailer's home region of northwest Arkansas approximately $21 million annually in higher health care and workers' compensation costs. That translates into $47,500 annually in additional costs for a meth-addicted worker.

The National Federation of Independent Business and Jones have found that drug users are more than three times as likely to cause workplace accidents and file five times as many workers' comp claims.

Neil Alexander, an employment law expert and partner with the law firm of Littler Mendelson, said drug abuse and addiction creates substantial problems for employers, and he is getting more calls on the matter.

"If there is theft at work, the No. 1 suspicion on an employer's mind is whether it is related to drug use," said Alexander.

Alexander said he is seeing more employers being forced to take out restraining orders to keep addicted and irrational former employees away from work sites and offices.

Meth battles may have receded, but Binghamton death reflects lingering danger (New York) waging a war

Not long after two Bradford County deputies were killed while serving a methamphetamine-related in March 2004, the meth war turned slightly subdued. Law authorities kept up the awareness, but headline- grabbing arrests were less prevalent.

Fortunately, no one was fooled and state lawmakers, especially in New York, pushed hard for and passed tougher anti-meth laws last year. About that time the meth war front turned quiet, but not for long. In August, federal authorities indicted 16 Bradford County residents on meth trafficking charges.

Since then not much has stirred, but no one should have been fooled. Methamphetamine remains a menace. How very clear that was last week when a Binghamton man died after the meth lab he had set up in the basement of his girlfriend's house caught fire and killed him. The victim, 28-year-old Joshua S. Lamberg, died of smoke inhalation in what officials believe is the first meth-lab fatality in the state.

It was one of the very scenarios that state officials feared when they tackled legislation last year that made meth possession a felony and that added tougher laws for those making meth near children.

One of the more remarkable circumstances of this fatal crime is that the meth lab was set up in a city, rather than in a rural area where the odor and activity are often hard to detect. Whether neighbors had any inkling that a meth lab was in their midst isn't clear, but as the state's new meth enforcement begins to have an impact, the awareness component of the 2005 law can teach people to help authorities bust these labs.

State Sen. George H. Winner Jr., R-Elmira, a chief proponent of meth legislation, wrote in his weekly commentary that the meth awareness program included in last year's bill can help state officials and residents spot and report on meth making.

The information can easily be accessed at the Web site of the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. The wide range of topics, especially in the wake of the Binghamton fatality, is a reminder the that war against meth may be quiet, but it's hardly in retreat.

Monday, February 20, 2006

'Mexican ice' fuels drug trade (Texas)


Sherry Janes knows a methamphetamine addict when she sees one. She recognizes the despair in their eyes and understands the quiver in their voice, reminding her of the days -- the years -- when she was hooked.
A recovering drug addict who now works with substance-abuse patients at a Wichita Falls clinic, Janes said she is astonished by the type of meth now on the streets, a much purer and more dangerous form than was available when she was shooting up.
"There is no way I could have been a methamphetamine addict for 13 years with the dope they're using now," said Janes, 48, who recently celebrated her 18th year of sobriety.
She said she is certain that she would be dead.
Local, state and federal authorities say the methamphetamine problem in Texas, both trafficking and consumption, has reached epidemic proportions, even as a new state law is making it more difficult to buy common cold medicines used by meth "cookers" to make the drug.
"We've classified it as our most significant drug trade right now," said Pat O'Burke, deputy narcotics commander for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Along with the addiction, O'Burke said, there is plenty of "collateral damage."
Some of that damage:
Investigators cite one case after another in which young children have been rescued from homes where meth kitchens spew toxic fumes, pose the threat of an explosion and attract unsavory characters.
On Thursday, four Dallas police officers were wounded in a shooting after they tried to serve search warrants on a suspected meth-trafficking ring.
In early December, Stephen Heard, in a jailhouse interview with several media outlets, including the Star-Telegram, said he had taken methamphetamine the day he fatally shot Fort Worth police officer Henry "Hank" Nava in a confrontation.
Rise in deaths
Authorities say they do not know for sure how many people in the state die each year from a drug that produces a dazzling high, followed by a spiraling drop into depression and dependency.
Experts are nearly certain, however, that the mortality rate is rising.
Jane Carlisle Maxwell, a research professor at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Social Work, said in an article written for the university that confirmed meth-related deaths have steadily risen in the state during the past several years.
Maxwell wrote that in 1997, 17 deaths were directly attributed to the use of either methamphetamine or, to a much smaller degree, amphetamines. In 2004, the death toll had reached 99.
The new state law has sharply cut the number of meth labs in the state, officials say.
But it has done nothing to curb Texans' appetite for the drug.
Many of them are turning to a more potent form, known as "Mexican ice," that is being transported over the Texas-Mexico border in record amounts, narcotics investigators and drug counselors say.
'Meth epidemic'
"We have a meth epidemic right now," said Marcy Thomas, an administrator of substance-abuse counseling at the Helen Farabee Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center in Wichita Falls.
The Texas Department of State Health Services allocated $84 million in 2004 and nearly $91 million in 2005 and has budgeted $94 million for this fiscal year to help pay for the treatment and counseling of indigent people who have fallen victim to substance abuse.
As many as 75 percent of those cases involve meth, experts say.
But at a time when state and federal officials are acknowledging a real problem in Texas, police are expressing dismay that the state is planning next month to cut off federal grants for drug task forces.
State officials concede that there is not enough money to go around because federal funding for law enforcement has dropped more than 57 percent the past three years.
Much of what is now available, they add, needs to be sent to the Mexican border to beef up efforts to stem the flow of drugs and to watch for illegal immigrants and potential terrorists.
Sgt. Kim Graham, commander of the Deep East Texas Regional Narcotics Trafficking Task Force, said the unit will shut down at the end of March after being told by Gov. Rick Perry's office that methamphetamine kitchens are no longer a top priority in her area.
"We do have local meth labs in East Texas and for some reason the governor of Texas thinks we don't. I don't know what people here are going to do," Graham said.
'Mexican ice'
The meth market is also booming in North Texas, in counties along the Red River border with Oklahoma. Since summer 2003, the North Texas Regional Drug Enforcement Task Force has made 425 arrests, seized nearly $40 million in drugs -- including $21.8 million in methamphetamine -- and busted 116 drug labs, its records show.
Forty percent of the meth kitchens in the region have dried up since authorities began monitoring the sale of cold medicines, but Mexican ice is "definitely on the increase," said Jim Whitehead, commander of the Wichita Falls-based task force.
Despite the task force's impressive caseload and the continuing threat of an even more dangerous form of meth, the unit will be forced to shut down unless local government entities pick up the costs, Whitehead said.
The funding problems stem from a severe reduction in what the state gets in federal law enforcement grants, from $33 million in 2004 to $14 million this year, according to Rachael Novier, a spokeswoman for Perry.
It only makes sense, Novier added, to devote much of the federal funds to the Mexican border, considering the problems there.
"If we can reduce the amount of drugs that come across our border, reduce the ability of Mexican drug-trafficking organizations to operate in Texas and bring their poison into Texas, then we are having an impact all across Texas by focusing resources along the border," she said.
Cold medicines
In August, a new Texas law required stores and pharmacies to begin monitoring and restricting the sale of cold medicines containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or norpseudoephedrine.
For years, cookers have used those ingredients to make methamphetamine through the "Nazi method," resulting in a diluted concoction developed by the Germans during World War II to keep their diminishing troops awake -- and wired. The law prohibits large purchases of the cold medicines and requires businesses to keep them behind counters or "in a locked case within 30 feet and in a direct line of sight" of an employee.
Local, state and federal authorities say they have seen a significant drop in "mom-and-pop" meth labs in the state since the law was enacted. One DPS report says state police raided 264 methamphetamine kitchens last year -- a 63 percent drop from the 717 labs found in 2004.
But while local meth labs were closing down, the trafficking of the stronger and more addictive Mexican ice was crossing the border at an ever-increasing pace, authorities concede.
Between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, federal agents protecting the border seized 1,215 pounds of meth, most of it "ice," a 42 percent increase from the 858 pounds confiscated the year before, according to records with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
An additional 507 pounds of the drug was confiscated between October and the end of January, more than double the amount seized during the same period a year earlier, agents say.
Mom-and-pop labs
"The law did away with the mom-and-pop labs but caused an increase in the more pure stuff coming over the border," said Trino Diaz, a 16-year agent and chief officer of the customs agency's port of entry near the South Texas border town of Hidalgo.
Montague County Sheriff Bill Keating, who is angry that the drug task force in his area may be closing down, said police and deputies still see caravans of "meth heads" looking for a place to score.
While Keating wants even tougher laws, he believes the one that makes it harder to turn a simple cold pill into meth is a good start.
"It's good to have this law," he said. "It's good that people are beginning to recognize [meth] is the scourge of Middle America right now."
Meth in Texas
Seizures of home drug labs have dropped from a high of 803 in 2003 to 264 in 2005. The decline has been attributed to a new law that makes it harder to obtain common cold medicines often used to make methamphetamine.
The Texas Highway Patrol is making its largest number of meth seizures along the Interstate 40 corridor, where the drug is coming in from other Western states, primarily Arizona, that share a border with Mexico.
Much of the meth traffic is directed toward the Dallas-Fort Worth area, then continues toward Oklahoma City and Missouri.
Federal law enforcement agencies report that 80 percent of the meth used in the United States is made in Mexico.
Mexican manufacturers are buying "massive quantities" of pseudoephedrine tablets, primarily from China, Panama and India, to make meth in "very controlled, high-quality labs."
SOURCE: Texas Department of Public Safety

Drug Traffickers Find Haven in Shadows of Indian Country (All over the U.S.)

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ST. REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. He had eluded the authorities for years. Witnesses against him had mysteriously disappeared. Shots were fired from his highly secured compound here last year when the state police tried to close in.
The man, John V. Oakes, like a fast-rising number of American Indian drug traffickers across the country, saw himself as "untouchable," as one senior investigator put it, protected by armed enforcers and a code of silence that ruled the reservation.
After he was finally arrested last May, Mr. Oakes was recorded from jail talking on the phone with his estranged wife. "I can't believe people let this happen to me," he said, according to Derek Champagne, the Franklin County district attorney who listened to the recorded call. "You can't touch me. I'm on the reservation, and I do what I want."
Investigators described Mr. Oakes as an intimidating trafficker who concentrated on stealing drugs and cash from a prosperous and growing cluster of criminals who, like Mr. Oakes, have built sprawling mansions near worn-down trailers on this reservation straddling the Canadian border.
Law enforcement officials say Mr. Oakes and the drug lords he is accused of stealing from are part of a violent but largely overlooked wave of trafficking and crime that has swept through the nation's Indian reservations in recent years, as large-scale criminal organizations have found havens and allies in the wide-open and isolated regions of Indian country.
In the eyes of law enforcement, reservations have become a critical link in the drug underworld. They have helped traffickers transport high-potency marijuana and Ecstasy from eastern Canada into cities like Buffalo, Boston and New York, and have facilitated the passage of cocaine and methamphetamine from cities in the West and Midwest into rural America.
In some cases, outside drug gangs work with Indian criminals to distribute drugs on Indian and non-Indian lands. And on a growing number of reservations, drug traffickers particularly Mexican criminals are marrying Indian women to establish themselves on reservations.

State's meth epidemic ranges from workplace to home (California)

It wasn't an anti-drug Red Ribbon Week speaker who recently enlightened a classroom of kindergartners about California's pervasive methamphetamine problem.

It was their teacher. She was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of meth in the classroom. So much for the ABC's and hooked on phonics. This was a lesson on average Californians getting hooked on meth.

California is ground zero for the national meth epidemic. Estimates from California's Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs suggest more than half a million Californians have recently used meth, and many of them have crossed the invisible line into meth addiction.

Publicly funded drug treatment centers are now seeing more meth addicts than alcoholics. Of the 100,000 Californians in drug treatment programs on any given day, one-third of them are dependent on meth.

The meth problem snaked its way into California through the backdoors of rural communities where it was cooked and manufactured. It stayed under the radar for many years. Now it's everywhere.

While it is obvious that people drawn into the trap of addiction have their lives terribly degraded by meth, many others also suffer serious damage from this plague, especially women and children.

Women are particularly drawn to meth because they believe it will boost their energy, help them lose weight and cope with the demands of family and work. In some cases it's been called "mother's little helper." But it becomes "the disaster drug" when mom loses her health, the kids to foster care, her job and the house.

Missing pieces
There is hope. There is clear research evidence that meth users respond positively to treatment. Over the past five years, more than 100,000 Californians addicted to meth have received help via treatment funded by Proposition 36. This voter initiative has saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives.

Treatment assistance for Californians addicted to meth is part of a solution, but we shouldn't sit by and treat the casualties. A vigorous and effective public information campaign about the health risks of using meth is critical.

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, roughly two-thirds of the meth used in the U.S. comes from the larger labs, increasingly in Mexico and controlled by Mexican Crime Organizations. We need to ask for cooperation from the Mexican government and toughen laws against smuggling meth over the border.

The meth epidemic is not going to go away anytime soon. It's time to wake up.

State Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, is the chairperson of the California Senate Select Committee on Methamphetamine Abuse. Dr. Richard Rawson, of UCLA's School of Medicine, co-wrote this article.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Drug czar gets earful on meth problems (Washington DC)

Policy - Lawmakers say that the nation is playing catch-up and that policies are misdirected
Friday, February 17, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has squandered its chance to prevent a national epidemic of methamphetamine abuse and has undercut local efforts to fight meth-related crime, members of a congressional panel told Bush's drug czar Thursday.

"Instead of catching it at the beginning, we're now paying the price, an ongoing price, as a government and as a people," Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., told John Walters, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

McHenry and other members of the government reform subcommittee on justice and drug policy sparred with Walters over priorities in Bush's proposed $12.7 billion drug-control budget for 2007, which was unveiled last week.


Although the proposal represents a 1 percent increase over 2006, some programs popular with Congress were recommended for cuts. Among them are federal assistance for local law enforcement agencies and funding for abuse-prevention programs in schools.

Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., chided Walters for cutting or neglecting assistance to local officials while also failing to develop a clear national strategy for dealing with the spread of meth, a highly addictive and damaging drug.

"You can't have it both ways," Souder said.

In the Senate, meanwhile, a procedural vote on Thursday cleared the way for passage of a bill that combines an array of controls on distribution and sales of pseudoephedrine, the essential ingredient in meth that is commonly found in decongestants.

Among other things, the bill would require retailers to keep regulated cold products behind the counter and enforce sales limits to individuals. It also would give the federal government power to track international shipments of bulk pseudoephedrine.

The procedural vote Thursday ended an impasse over an update of the USA Patriot Act, to which the meth bill had been included late last year. Supporters in both chambers predicted the bill would be delivered to Bush early next month.

Back in the House, Walters spent much of the afternoon defending Bush's budget proposal as well as his own performance as drug czar.

Attorney general eyes pharmaceutical industry for meth costs (Minnesota)

ST. PAUL - Saying the state's efforts to curb methamphetamine use haven't worked, Attorney General Mike Hatch on Friday proposed going after big pharmaceutical manufacturers to recover the government's costs for meth-related problems.
Hatch said he's working on a lawsuit against about six large companies that make products containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine - active ingredients in cold medicines like Sudafed that are broken down by meth cooks.
A state law passed last year makes those remedies harder to get, restricting their sale to pharmacy counters, limiting how much customers can buy and requiring them to sign for purchases. Law enforcement experts credit the law with sharply reducing homegrown meth labs in Minnesota.
But meth use is still going strong, with most of the drug coming in from other places.
"We're deluding ourselves that putting Sudafed behind the counter was the solution," Hatch said at a news conference. "It is an epidemic just like the avian flu, only it's here. It's real."
Hatch is also pitching legislation to hold pseudoephedrine makers liable for damages caused by meth labs. The bill would be modeled on a 1994 landfill cleanup law that

Massive Meth Bust at Lubbock Home (Texas)

On Thursday night, South Plains authorities made what's being called one of the "largest methamphetamine bust in Lubbock."

Late Thursday evening, DPS and Levelland police confiscated more than 4 pounds of the illegal drug known as "ice" at a Lubbock business at 2319 114th Street. It's the pure form of meth and is valued at $200,000. They also found several pricey cars leading agents to believe the car business was a front for a drug business.

An undercover agent told NewsChannel 11, "There's a lot of it our there. A lot of different people selling it. It's definitely significant. Whether or not it will effect supply, I don't know."

So far, authorities have arrested one man who will be charged with drug possession with intent to deliver.

Drug creating generation of 'meth babies (Georgia)

They lay on mattresses, surrounded by overflowing ashtrays. They forage for food and clean clothing amid squalid, often toxic, conditions. They eat sheetrock. They are "meth babies," an ever-growing faction of children whose parents have forsaken them for


"We’ve taken children from meth," said Morgan County Department of Family and Children’s Services Director Sandra Moss. "We’ve dealt with quite a few families that have meth users."

During a region-wide DFCS meeting held last Friday, Moss said Rockdale County DFCS Director Juanita Blount-Clark claimed that 59 children had been pulled out of their homes since July, and over 90 percent of those extractions were meth-related.

"That’s coming our way," she said. "It’s getting worse here every day."

According to Morgan County DFCS Social Service Supervisor Benita Watkins, Morgan County DFCS has removed 24 children from homes due to meth-related charges since November 2004. The year before, they removed 22.

Watkins estimated that 42 percent of all children placed in foster care and 53 percent of all out-of-home placements were meth-related.

"I destroy homes, I tear families apart/ I take your children, and that’s just a start"–a poem entitled "Crystal Meth Speaks," by an anonymous meth user

According to Newsweek magazine, meth lab seizures in Georgia have increased 383 percent from 2000. In Atlanta, meth-related emergency room visits have increased 170 percent. And like the urban sprawl that has taken over the aforementioned Conyers, officials said the problem of methamphetamine, and the subsequent effect the drug has on children of users, is beginning to develop in Morgan County.

"I think people have their heads in the sand," Moss said. "We’re just going to be seeing it grow. It’s growing everywhere else. It’s going to grow here."

Cady Thiel, an investigator with Morgan County DFCS, said users often are so preoccupied with acquiring more meth that everything– including their children’s welfare– fall by the wayside.

"They cannot meet the children’s needs," Thiel said. "They will leave their child anywhere, with anyone, or alone."

Moss recalled the story of three young children in Oklahoma who were discovered by Drug Enforcement Administration agents. Their parents were both meth users.

"The children were actually eating the plaster off the wall they were so hungry, and the parents were in the house but they were so oblivious," Moss said.

The oldest child, a 6-year-old boy, was given a hamburger when he and his siblings arrived at a shelter. The young boy broke it into thirds and disseminated it among his siblings. Until the three children were taken into state custody, he had been their primary caretaker.

"Meth just takes over the person’s soul, it seems to me," Thiel said. "They have nothing left for anything else."

"I take kids from parents and parents from kids/ turn you from God and even your friends"– "Crystal Meth Speaks"

Methamphetamine is intensely addictive, with many longtime users becoming hooked after just one hit, and unlike cocaine, marijuana or alcohol, it rarely relents its hold on an addict. Moss estimated that between 96 and 98 percent of users become addicted, and said rehabilitation efforts rarely yield positive results. This means families torn asunder by methamphetamine are rarely reunited.

"There’s almost a zero success rate with meth users because the drug is so powerful," said Moss. "Most of the children we’ve seen have to be permanently placed with other relatives."

Moss said Morgan County had one of the highest rates for placing children with family members– everyone in Morgan County has an extended family nearby, it seems. Of the 24 children displaced due to their parents’ methamphetamine abuse this year, 21 were placed with family members.

But methamphetamine is causing a significant increase in the number of foster homes needed across the United States.

According to June 2003 Department of Justice data, a reported 2,023 children were living in meth labs seized in 2002. In 2000, there were a reported 216. The advent of methamphetamines has created this new generation of "drug-endangered children," as the federal nomenclature goes.

"It’s impacting the number of foster homes we need in the state," Moss said.

Moss and Thiel both said it’s possible for children to live with parents who undergo rehabilitation for alcohol or marijuana abuse. Meth is a different story, they say. Since rehabilitation efforts– which can cost tens of thousands of state-funded dollars per user– children who are separated from parents who use meth aren’t usually reunited, at least not in any long-term sense.

"All they think about is getting more meth, so the children are kind of left to fend for themselves," Moss said. "It’s just too scary to leave a child with a meth user."

"They’ve got to leave everything behind. Can they bring their little bear? No."– Gina Peek

The actual production of methamphetamine creates a toxic environment, and meth users with children don’t usually notice that their children are exposed to it. Gina Peek, a specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Housing and Near Environment Program, said the chemicals used in meth production are harmful on a dual scale.

"Not only do they produce the meth, but they produce the meth byproduct," Peek said.

Peek estimated that for every pound of methamphetamine, between 6 to 7 pounds of toxic waste product is created.

"It’s got to go someplace," Peek said. "It’s a bunch of toxic junk, and it can’t stay in that lab area."

Peek said some meth users made the drug in their children’s bedrooms because they think that’s the last place a police officer will look. This isn’t the only effect meth has on physical environments– cooking meth leaves little time for housekeeping. Thiel said meth home laboratories tend to reflect many of the same environmental characteristics.

"The place is always incredibly cluttered," Thiel said. "It’s always nasty. Clothing everywhere. Diapers don’t get changed. There’s no food. Ashtrays completely over. Neglect inside and out."

Removing children from a meth home is often not only for the children’s eventual well-being. Health risks run rampant in these houses, and clean-up is costly and nearly impossible. Houses where meth has been produced must be totally expunged, sheetrock and carpet and all.

"There is no method of cleaning that will clean meth completely from a structure," Peek said. "The whole meth issue really breaks my heart and it’s really disturbing at the same time."

This doesn’t just mean children can’t stay in their homes. It also means all their belongings have to.

"They’ve got to leave everything behind," Peek said. "Can they bring their little bear? No."

Peek said tell-tale signs that a meth lab exists in your neighborhood include odd trash that includes old batteries and empty cold medicine packages. Residue-lined pots on the stove also possibly indicate a meth lab.

"What you do, your children are going to pick up."– Carol Gibson

Although meth users go through continuous physical turmoil, those who have children bestow an altogether different type of turmoil on them.

"I’ve never seen anything impact lives like this has," Moss said.

One of meth’s side effects– a heightened desire for sex– means many users have unprotected intercourse that can result in pregnancy or the acquisition of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV. This means more children are being born to parents who have no interest in caring for them.

Another danger exists– that children may become users themselves.

"When children are in a house where their parents smoke cigarettes, they’re more likely to smoke cigarettes," said Carol Gibson, coordinator for children, youth and families at risk for the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences. "What you do, your children are going to pick up."

Moss and Thiel said dealing with children displaced by their parent’s methamphetamine use will grow as the drug’s larger social impact grows. Like their social precursors, so-called "crack babies," the children of meth users will have to rely on local, state and federal assistance due to their parents’ negligence.

"Children have no choice in the matter," Thiel said.

Friday, February 17, 2006

County: Meth findings scary (Colorado)

By Brandon Johansson

It was, in the words of one Moffat County commissioner, a frightening report on the damaging effect of methamphetamine abuse.

Describing the toll on families caused by meth abuse and the cost to local government, the annual report of the county's Social Services Department presented an alarming picture, Commissioner Darryl Steele said.

"It is very scary, and it isn't just our county," Steele said.

Commissioners got the report Tuesday from department Director Marie Peer and reacted by saying they would continue to support local anti-drug groups.

Citing one measure of meth's effect in the county, the report stated the cost of handling child-removal cases has risen from $29,000 in 2001 to $57,000 in 2005.

Peer told commissioners that about 75 percent of out-of-home placements are the result of meth abuse.

Although saying continued support for anti-drug programs is necessary, Steele also said that finding a solution to meth problems is a challenge.

"I don't know exactly how you do this politically," Steele said.

The county provides funding to Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse, a nonprofit that tries to raise awareness about meth addiction. In December, commissioners pledged $2,000 to the group.

The county also funds the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, a task force that works with local law enforcement officers. Commissioners gave the task force $53,000 for 2006 and pledged an additional $11,000 to the group earlier this month.

Commissioners said they hope the money for GRAMNET and COMA, as well as the money the county already spends on social services, helps combat meth abuse.

Commissioners also said the state and federal government need to be involved financially in fighting meth.

"The county by itself cannot do it," Commissioner Saed Tayyara said.

Commissioner Tom Gray said whatever governments do in response to meth problems, it is important that politicians don't just throw money at the problem.

When commissioners pledged money to COMA and GRAMNET, they told both groups that they expected returns on their investments.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

Routine traffic stop yields million in meth (Minnesota)

The Minnesota State Patrol made its largest methamphetamine bust ever last week during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 94, Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion said Wednesday.

Two troopers and a drug-sniffing dog found 11.5 pounds of the illegal drug - with a street value of more than $1 million - hidden in the passenger air bag compartment of a car they stopped near Monticello.

The driver, Merced Bejar-Orta, now faces federal felony drug charges that could lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years, U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said at a news conference. Bejar-Orta made an initial court appearance Monday.

State Patrol Capt. Dave Graham said Bejar-Orta had a Washington state driver's license, but authorities have been unable to verify his identity. Graham said he may be an illegal immigrant.

The seizure isn't the biggest ever in the state, drug agents said. But the recovered meth was extremely pure, which gives it a higher street value and also means users don't need as much to get high, said Larry Bergsgaard, special agent in charge of the narcotics unit for the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Tom Kelly, special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Minneapolis-St. Paul district office, said the bust is significant for Minnesota, which isn't an epicenter of drug trafficking.

"We're kind of the tail end of the dragon here," Kelly said.

Campion characterized it as a "major victory" in the battle against meth trafficking. He said 70 to 80 percent of the meth used in Minnesota comes from other places.

A state law restricting access to over-the-counter cold medicines used to make the drug has significantly curtailed homegrown meth labs since it took effect last year. In the meantime, authorities have shifted their attention to meth dealers who bring in large quantities from mega-labs outside the state.

"This gives investigators insight into what appears to be a significant trafficking operation," Campion said. "Now law enforcement has the opportunity to disrupt that."

By Martiga Lohn, Associated Press Writer

Meth lab busted in Woodland area (Minnesota)

CRIME: A marijuana-growing operation also was found in the house, and two men are awaiting charges.BY MARK STODGHILLNEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERDuluth police will seek to condemn a house in what the police chief describes as one of the city's safest neighborhoods after a methamphetamine lab and marijuana-growing operation were uncovered there Monday.
Police Chief Roger Waller held a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday to announce that two men have been arrested in connection with a drug bust at 533 W. Redwing St. in Woodland.
A 34-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, both from Duluth, are being held in the St. Louis County Jail pending formal charges to be filed today.
The News Tribune generally does not identify suspects until they have been charged in court.
Waller said investigators are seeking charges of first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacture and cultivation of marijuana, firearms possession and drug possession. He said additional suspects may be arrested as the investigation continues.
The Minnesota State Patrol provided the information that resulted in the bust.
On Sunday, a trooper in Pine County stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. More than 4 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $6,000 was recovered. That bust led investigators to the Duluth residence, although authorities did not provide further details.
Investigators with the Lake Superior Drug and Gang Task Force, -- made up of members from the Minnesota State Patrol and Duluth, Superior and Hermantown police departments -- executed a search warrant at the Woodland house on Monday. The Duluth Police Department's Tactical Response Team also took part in the operation because of an assessed risk.
The suspects were arrested without incident.
During the search of the home, investigators found a pipe bomb, which led to several residents of the neighborhood being evacuated from their homes.
The Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene and dismantled the clandestine drug lab. The pipe bomb did not contain explosive material, Waller said.
Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration summoned a hazardous material contractor from Moorhead, Minn., to collect the chemicals and material from the site.
One of the suspects arrested was in possession of four handguns, cash, meth and drug-packaging material.
Waller said about 100 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were seized from the residence along with the meth materials.
He said the meth was in the final process of being cooked, but one step hadn't been finished when the search warrant was executed.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has estimated that 5 to 6 pounds of hazardous waste are generated for each pound of meth produced. The hazardous chemicals and waste may persist on building surfaces and furnishings.
Waller said investigators are working with the city Building Inspector's Office in preparing condemnation procedures for the house.
According to St. Louis County property tax records, the house is owned by a Bloomington, Minn., couple and has a 2005 estimated market value of $78,900.
Waller said the meth lab and marijuana growing operation are the first police have busted in the Woodland neighborhood.
"It's a quiet, residential neighborhood in probably one of the lowest-crime areas we have in the city, which just tells you that these clandestine drug labs can pop up anywhere," Waller said.
Minnesota State Patrol Capt. Kent Matthews, Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters and Hermantown Police Chief Dan Perich also took part in the news conference.
"The thing that we see all the time is people calling us up who are buying a house and saying they've heard something about meth production or someone busted for meth in that house and if that's true they don't want to buy the house," Perich said.
Matthews said four Duluth district state troopers received two weeks of special training from the California State Patrol last fall on how to look for smuggled drugs during traffic stops.
State troopers seized drugs in two separate stops on Tuesday:
A vehicle that was stopped in Pine County for defective tail lights resulted in the seizure of a half-pound of marijuana hidden behind a spare tire in the trunk.
A Carlton County driver was stopped for speeding. He was carrying a half-pound of meth in a pocket. The drug was hidden in a franchise restaurant sandwich bag that Matthews wryly said was imprinted with the words "freshly baked."

Two suspects accused of causing hotel fire (Iowa)

Police continued searching this week for two people charged with arson in a fire at the historic Blackhawk Hotel.

Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for Melissa A. Elias, 29, of Victoria, Ill., and John P. Herberer, 49, address unknown, on charges of first-degree arson, possession of explosive materials, and drug possession with intent to deliver.

The warrants charge Elias and Herberer with manufacturing methamphetamine in an eighth-floor room at the hotel. Articles found there led investigators to believe that a meth lab could have caused the fire.

Investigators search for child porn, find meth (Wisconsin)
February 16, 2006 - Sheboygan County Sheriff's officials say investigators uncovered a meth production lab while searching a home for child porn.

Authorities say federal and state officials used a search warrant to enter a Town of Wilson home yesterday as part of a child pornography investigation.
Officials say they found a stash of chemicals believed to be used in producing methamphetamine.

Authorities say agents then got a second search warrant to seize the chemicals and materials believed to be used in the making meth.

A 37-year-old man at the home was taken into custody and was being held in the Sheboygan County Jail.

Authorities wouldn't say if more arrests are expected.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Authorities dig for remains of 1995 murder (New Mexico)

A back hoe used in the excavation

Last Update: 02/14/2006 1:01:16 PM
By: Reed Upton

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office detectives are excavating the yard of a South Valley building for the second day in the hopes of unearthing the body of a man killed in 1995.

A Texas murder suspect has confessed to the killing. He says that in the mid 1990s, he worked as an enforcer for methamphetamine rings. He claims to have killed up to a dozen people in Texas and Albuquerque.

According to the suspect, he killed the man at the South Valley property in 1995 over a drug debt. The property, according to detectives, at the time was a chop shop, where stolen cars were disassembled, and a meth lab.

So far, after two days on the scene, detectives have not found the body of the victim. The man’s name has not been released.

Oberstar proposes major initiative on meth Epidemic 'plaguing the region' (Minnesota)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., introduced the Methamphetamine Eradication Act in Congress Wednesday, involving a comprehensive federal response to problems relating to meth abuse.

“A meth epidemic is plaguing communities in Northern Minnesota and other rural areas across the country,’’ Oberstar said in a news release.

Meth is the most treatment-resistant of all illegal drugs; tax dollars diverted from cash-strapped local budgets and personnel and cleanup costs to eradicate a meth lab site or for treating meth addicts “consumes our society’s resources at an astounding rate,’’ he said.

Fighting meth requires a comprehensive approach to crack down on meth producers and traffickers, community education and treatment options, he added.

Information he gathered at two Hometown Values forums on what federal, state and local governments can do to stop the spread of meth in Northern Minnesota was the basis for legislation he introduced in Congress, he said.

Some of the provisions include: Set meth awareness training for rural first responders and equipment; require drug enforcement funds for rural law enforcement; train rural prosecutors and law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting meth offenses; give extra funds for rural areas prosecuting meth; help rural areas in child protection cases for children of meth addicts; regulate sales of pseudoephedrine used to make meth; set a minimum mandatory 20 year prison sentence for making meth where children reside; give funds for drug-endangered children rapid response teams; give enhanced residential substance abuse treatment programs for prisoners; set a study on finding the health conditions on children exposed to meth; and give funding for educational programs on prevention and treatment of meth abuse, and for rural government reimbursement for meth lab cleanup costs.

Two Duluth men arrested in marijuana, meth bust (Minnesota)


Two Duluth men have been arrested in connection with a marijuana-growing operation and methamphetamine lab in Duluth's Woodland neighborhood, Twin Ports law enforcement authorities announced today in a news conference.
Duluth Police Chief Roger Waller said investigators with the Minnesota State Patrol, Duluth, Superior and Hermantown police executed a search warrant at 533 W. Redwing Street on Monday.
Investigators found four handguns, cash, methamphetamine and drug-packaging material.
A 34-year-old man and a 29-year-old man were arrested. They were being held in the St. Louis County Jail pending the filing of formal charges expected on Thursday.
The News Tribune generally does not identify suspects until they have been formally charged in court.
Waller said investigators are seeking charges of first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacture and cultivation of marijuana, firearms possession and drug possession. He said additional suspects may be arrested in connection with the bust.
During the search of the home, investigators found a pipe bomb, and several residents of the neighborhood had to be evacuated from their homes for their safety.
The Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene and dismantled the clandestine drug lab. The pipe bomb was found to not contain any explosive material, Waller said.
Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration summoned a hazardous material contractor from Moorhead, Minn., to collect the chemicals and material from the site.
Minnesota State Patrol Capt. Kent Matthews, Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters and Hermantown Police Chief Dan Perich also attended the news conference.

Meth lab locations now online: Public Health Web site provides information about labs in your neighborhood (Washington)

by Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

If you want to find out if there is a known meth lab in your neighborhood, the answer is as easy as a click on your computer

The Public Health -- Seattle & King County Web site now has a methamphetamine lab mapping service that shows old and new meth labs near your home. All you need to do is enter your address.

The site lets visitors know whether a site has been cleaned up, is in the process of being cleaned up or is still contaminated. It provides dates of when labs were found and orders given to clean them up. You can even find out the name of the owner of the property and order a copy of all cleanup orders in a couple easy steps.

``Methamphetamine labs are a scourge on our neighborhoods, and this new capability makes it much easier for residents to find out whether a drug lab was identified and cleaned up,'' King County Executive Ron Sims said Tuesday, the day after the new map link was installed on the county's Web site.

The current listing has more than 300 meth labs dating back to at least 1998. They are listed by city though the listing for each city includes surrounding areas. In the suburbs, Auburn, Renton and Kent have the highest number, 39, 39 and 35 respectively. The far majority are cleaned up sites.

The Auburn area has three contaminated sites and two being cleaned up. Renton has one site still contaminated. Kent has two contaminated sites and four being cleaned up.

On the Eastside, Bellevue and Redmond, meanwhile, have no meth labs listed. Kirkland and Issaquah have three each, all of which are cleaned up. Maple Valley has five and rural Enumclaw has 18 with only one still contaminated.

Dorothy Teeter, interim director and health officer at the county health department explained that after law enforcement uncovers an illegal drug lab, Public Health prohibits people from occupying contaminated sites until the lab is properly decontaminated.

Public Health has published a listing of meth labs for years with addresses. But now neighbors, real estate agents and other interested parties can see visually where labs are located and the status of those labs, Teeter said.

County officials said they are still adding a few older meth labs to the listing and map.

Public Health's Illegal Drug Lab team assesses contamination and oversees the clean up and decontamination at illegal drug labs after the police conduct the initial seizure and notify Public Health.

Health officials warn that the chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine are extremely toxic and frequently explosive. Corrosive chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia and hydrochloric acid as well as solvents like acetone and toluene are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. During the cooking process, these chemicals may cover walls, carpets, and other surfaces with dangerous levels of contamination, rendering the location contaminated. When these substances are inhaled, ingested or get on the skin they can cause injury, particularly to children.

A meth lab often contains pressurized tanks containing anhydrous ammonia or hydrochloric acid, various hoses and tubes, and chemical bottles, glassware, and pill packets or bottles.

Other common ingredients include lithium batteries, iodine, hydrogen peroxide, paint thinner, and starter fluid.

Health officials warn residents not to enter a suspected building or site. Inhaling, ingesting, or having skin contact with the chemicals can cause burns and respiratory problems. The materials are often highly explosive and can explode on contact with air or water.

Mike Archbold can be reached at or at 253-872-6647.

Finding the meth lab maps

The new meth lab locator maps can be found on King County's GIS iMap Web site, accessible by clicking a link on the Public Health Web site at

* To get to the maps, it is easiest to go to Public Health's Web site at Scroll down and click on ``How do I check on an illegal drug lab cleanup?''

* From there you can download the updated list of more than 300 cleanup sites in King County by city area. The addresses in black, which are most of them, have been processed and cleaned. Those in blue mean decontamination is under way. Red addresses mean the site is still contaminated.

* Downloading the full map of the county, on the left side under TOOLS, click on Property Search. Below the map, you can enter your parcel number or address. The map then zooms in on your house, a red triangle. To survey your neighborhood, under TOOLS click on the magnifying glass under NAVIGATE and then click on your house. The map will zoom out. Keep clicking until your have covered your neighborhood. The lab sites show up as orange squares for contaminated labs, blue for cleanup under way and green for cleaned up.

* An example of how the map site works: an address of one of the King County Journal's editors in Lakeland Hills in Auburn shows no meth labs in the immediate neighborhood but zooming out farther in Lakeland Hills, six green or cleaned-up meth labs are posted within about three miles of the home.

Signs of meth lab activity

How do you tell if there is a working lab in your neighborhood? It's difficult.

Meth labs can be set up anywhere, including vacant houses, motel rooms, vehicles, motor homes, campgrounds, storage sheds, or outbuildings.

Signs that you may have a working lab in your neighborhood include:

* Strong odor of solvents.

* Blacked out windows.

*Increased activity, particularly at night.

* Iodine- stained fixtures and excess trash.

If you suspect a meth lab in a neighborhood, call 911.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Governor's meth summit hears from addicts (Arizona)

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers are forming a new task force for methamphetamine-related crime.

Here are the facts:

Governor Janet Napolitano introduced a $5 million plan to fight meth during a statewide meth meeting Monday in Phoenix.

The task force, made up of three DPS investigative units, will develop and monitor anti-meth strategies.

The investigative units will focus on home-made meth production, border smuggling, and breaking up meth organizations.

On the treatment side, the CODAC Behavioral Services also has some suggestions.

Holly Darwin, Director of Specialized Services, says, " I believe we need to have more funding for programs such as this, and for after-care."

Also attending this two day conference, Arizona policy makers and experts. They're there to put a face on the meth problem and suggest strategies on how to beat it.

Meth use costs hundreds of thousands of dollars in property crimes, but the cost to the user is even more.

Ken, a meth addict, says, "I've lost my self esteem, I've lost my integrity, I've lost all honesty."

Ken, like each of the others attending CODAC'S Recovery Bridge Origins, is trying to regain his life by staying clean.

He says he's been hooked on meth for two decades. He's been in prison, and homeless.

So now he spends 20 hours a week attending CODAC'S's Recovery Bridge Origins.

Sarah, another participant, began using meth during her pregnancy. Her newborn son went through two months of withdrawals from the highly-addictive drug.

Child Protective Services took her three children. Her parents are taking care of them.

She's fighting to stay clean and to get her children back.

She has some advice.... "You'll never get anything from using meth except for loss. You lose everything you know and everything you love. If you do it, you'll not be able to quit easy. Quitting hurts, but it's worth it."

Statistics show that meth is responsible for about one-fourth of all substance abuse treatment in the state and one-in-10 children are getting hooked.

That's why Sonja, who also lost her children to CPS, is urging the governor to pay attention to the schools.

Sonja says, "It's one thing for adults, but it's another thing for children ages 13 and younger abusing. It's sad."

Penny is on probation. She also lost her children.

She's been clean four months.

Her advice, do away with the red tape for treatment.

"If we're wanting help, begging for help and wanting to get clean, why can't we get what we need?"

METH EPIDEMIC - Frontline show aired on Tuesday, 2-14

Okay, did you watch "Meth Epidemic" on PBS last night? What did you think? I realized that this has been going on far longer than I ever imagined! Also, I was quite shocked to learn just how the drug trade works and only 9 factories in the entire world producing amphetamine and then in turn selling to the drug cartels in Columbia.

I was glad to hear they have curtailed that but then to hear of all the bogus companies applying for licenses to sell cold medication and in turn they sell directly to the cooks whether they be in Columbia, Mexico or California. It is amazing. It is demonic.

Atlanta is a major place right now that is receiving this imported base drug and the Washington DC area will be hit hard with the devastation that the West and Midwest has seen. Laws will be passed then to curtail all of this. Producing a weaker, less pure meth will help decrease meth addiction.

It was also nice to see the non profit in California or Oregon having a positive effect on ex users who are mothers. The show gave us a peak into the positive side of recovery for the mother and her children. There is hope. Granted it is not an easy thing to do... to walk away from the most powerful thing a person has experienced in their entire life, but in the long run, with all the complications that can come from using this drug, it will be worth leaving it behind.

Frontline... Thank you. I was even more educated by your show.