Latest news: 01-02-09
Local meth dealer gets 22 years in prison
Laura Lee Ridenour, 38, of Shelbyville, was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Tuesday by Judge Russell Sanders in Shelby Superior Court II for dealing methamphetamine.
Ridenour was convicted of Class A felony possession of more than three grams of methamphetamine within 1,100 feet of a school, park or family housing complex.
Drugs industry gets into Christmas shopping too
The festive season rush is not just for the retail industry - the drugs industry also gets busier, a former detective says.
Mike Sabin, who is now an educator on the drug P, said the mid to latter part of the year tended to be a "pretty popular" time for meth manufacture, something he said "sounds ridiculous, but it's a commercial commodity".
Asked why, he said: "Christmas shopping. Like any commodity, people gear up for the festive season and drugs are no different. It's a big harvest time for cannabis over the summer months and I see no difference in meth manufacture."
Mr Sabin said it was common to see an increase in meth lab detections later in the year when police cannabis operations were on or being terminated before Christmas.
Opinion: Meth is a nightmare that won't go away
In common lore, cocaine in powder form is for celebrities and elites, in rock form it’s for the inner-city poor while homemade crystal methamphetamine is the narcotic of choice for the pickup truck crowd.
Based on arrest patterns here during the year, there’s more than a little truth to the lore.
Meth is insidious. There are no multinational meth cartels. There are only recipes — chemical processes, sometimes explosive, to refine the drug in almost any kitchen. Addiction is immediate, strong and destructive. Meth-heads will do anything to get the drug, which means most robberies and burglaries can be traced to this poison.