NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Latest news: 01-19-09
Meth cooks targeted as production rises again
SIKESTON, Mo. — With methamphetamine production back on the rise, Southeast Missouri narcotics officers say they're rounding up offenders and pushing for tighter restrictions on precursor drugs — chemical substances frequently used to manufacture illicit drugs.
"Pseudoephedrine is a 'must have' ingredient if you want to make methamphetamine — there is no substitute for it," said Kevin Glaser, supervisor of the SEMO Drug Task Force. "What we've seen over the last year is a gradual increase in people buying cold medicine precursors. Naturally, at the same time we've also seen an increase in our lab seizures."
Female drug dealers get major time
Two 20-year-old Billings women were sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine and using firearms to threaten drug dealers who owed them money.
Ashley Wheeler and Celestia Mixon pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. They were sentenced in Billings by U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.
Wheeler was convicted in state District Court and received a two-year deferred sentence in August 2006 for a felony drug charge arising from the same case.
Court records stated that Wheeler and Mixon had been dealing drugs since they were 18 years old. Prosecutors said the women used guns to protect themselves and their drugs and to threaten others.