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Raid gets $85,000 in meth, child in protective custody

Regional drug agents seized an estimated $85,000 in methamphetamine, arrested four people and took a 2-year-old child into protective custody after searching a Lake Boulevard apartment, they said Wednesday.

Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force agents arrested Redding residents Francisco Javier Ramirez, 35, Stephanie Gayle Morrison, 18, and Mariana Garcia Mendoza, 27, on suspicion of various drug charges, including possession of a drug for sale within 1,000 feet of a school.

The three were arrested at their home, at the 1700 block of Lake Boulevard , where drug agents served a search warrant on Tuesday, SINTF Commander John Thulin said.

Amber Nicole Lavoy, 22, of Shasta Lake also was arrested there on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, he said. The child, who lived at the apartment, was placed in protective custody.

After more investigation, felony child endangerment charges may be requested of prosecutors, Thulin said.

Agents seized about two pounds of meth, $4,538 in cash, scales, measuring equipment, packaging material and other evidence, he said.

From the Record-Searchlight

Trooper investigates I-5 death, gets meth bust instead

Richard Eugene Wilson wasn’t dead, so he went to jail.

Early Wednesday morning, a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped to tag what he assumed to be an abandoned car on the shoulder of the Interstate 5 southbound off-ramp at Exit 26. Tagged cars are later towed.

But the trooper saw keys in the locked car’s ignition, a wallet on the seat and feet protruding from beneath a big pile of clothes in the back seat. The troopers said he also saw what appeared to be a drug pipe on the dashboard.

Full story, The Daily News

Police find mobile meth lab in ditch near Scott City

BENTON, Mo. — What appeared to be a mobile meth lab was discovered Tuesday in a ditch outside of Scott City.

Scott City officers discovered the dumpsite, which contained several ingredients for making methamphetamine, and called for the assistance of Scott County drug investigators. The lab did not appear to be in operation or complete, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.

The relatively new type of lab, commonly called a "shake and bake" lab, is small, yields a small amount of methamphetamine and does not contain a heat source, but it is extremely dangerous, Walter said in a news release.

All the ingredients are put into one container or cooking pot, then the container is turned over or shaken to mix the contents. This can result in an explosion for the first-time or inexperienced cooker, he said.

"Anyone who finds a collection of plastic bottles, salt containers, coffee filters with a container with a dirty brown substance on the outside is encouraged not to touch it, and to contact their nearest law enforcement agency immediately," Walter said.

From the Southeast Missourian

Stolen truck hauled meth lab parts

MOUNT VERNON — When Charles Hurlow of Murray Road went to get in his truck Monday morning, it wasn’t there. The truck was usually parked under a security light, and he didn’t initially suspect it had been stolen.

“I thought maybe my wife had let one of the kids use it,” Hurlow explained. “It was 4 o’clock in the morning. She said she hadn’t. I told her it was gone. It was a weird feeling.

Full story, Mount Vernon News

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