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Editorial: Meth nightmare just 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.

The week before Christmas, six Warren County residents were arrested on methamphetamine charges. Not too long before that, a meth lab was found in one of Vicksburg’s oldest residential areas. Neighbors said they had absolutely no idea what was going on in the home of the young family next door. District Attorney Ricky Smith could have entire grand jury sessions devoted to nothing else.

There have been attempts to control or limit access to the ingredients needed for the meth recipe.

Indeed, after state law was changed and merchants started keeping records of who was buying what, Sheriff Martin Pace said there was an ebb in new meth cases. Supplies were being shipped in, mostly from Mexico, he said.

But lately there’s been a resurgence in “home-cooking.” For now, it appears Pace and other authorities are doing their dead-level best to find and arrest meth makers and dealers. Until people awaken to the pain and destruction they are causing, this effort will have to continue.

Meth is a nightmare that shows no intention of going away.

From the Vicksburg (Miss.) Post

Retired school bus home to meth lab

Two people were arrested this morning in Reed, Ky. after sheriff's deputies found an active meth lab inside an old school bus, authorities in Henderson said. Authorities were initially dispatched to a home to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. No one answered the door but deputies traced a chemical smell in the area to an old school bus parked behind the house. Inside it, officials say they found a suspect lying on the floor beside an active meth lab. He was arrested and another man later exited the residence, according to a news release.

Full story, Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press

Five jailed after three-month investigation

A three-month investigation into a methamphetamine sales ring in Del Norte and Curry counties has led to the arrest of five people, and the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office said more arrests will be made.

The Del Norte County Sheriff's Office also located a list with names of people whom the alleged drug dealers did business with, detailing how much meth was sold and to whom, as well as how much money was owed by each buyer.

"It was started because the people they were running into in Brookings and Curry County were the same ones we were after here — so we decided to put our heads together," said Del Norte Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Morris on Wednesday about the reason for the joint investigation with Curry County law enforcement agencies.
Full story, Cresant City (Calif.) Daily Triplicate

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