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May 2014

Bicycle is an Unusual Mode of Transport for Portable Meth Lab

Police in McDowell County say a man riding a bicycle was carrying a backpack containing a portable meth lab. Dennis Eugene Baker Jr., 31, of War, is charged with operating a meth lab and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, said Chief Deputy Roger Deel of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department. “We had an anonymous call saying a gentleman was on a bicycle with a backpack carrying a portable meth lab,” Deel said. “We ended up locating him in Shaft Hollow in the Caretta area. He was on a bicycle and had a backpack and all of the components, and actually had a live meth lab cooking in the backpack.”

Source: The Register Herald, Published: 5/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

March 2014

95 Meth Labs Seized Near Mountain Grove, Mo., Believed to be Missouri Record

The sheriff had seen nothing like it. Authorities conducting a drug raid Saturday on a property outside Mountain Grove, Mo., just kept pulling out more and more metal chemical cans and plastic bottles fitted with plastic hoses — the suspected workings of many crude methamphetamine labs — until the pieces covered the ground. One mobile home had the makings of 87 suspected meth labs stashed inside, according to authorities. A smattering of suspected meth labs were discovered in three other buildings on the property. In all, the makings of 95 meth labs were discovered, which was believed to be a record for a single seizure in Missouri — a state that knows something about meth, since it consistently ranks near tops in the nation for meth lab incidents.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Published: 3/3/2014 12:00:00 AM

February 2014

San Diego Police Chief Seeks Change in Drug Law

San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne is backing a statewide effort to reduce most nonviolent crimes, including drug possession for personal use and petty theft, from felonies to misdemeanors, an idea that will undoubtedly face opposition in some circles. Lansdowne, who is working with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to try to qualify the measure for the November ballot, said it would reduce prison populations and shift up to $250 millon per year to treatment and education programs.

Source: San Diego Union Times, Published: 2/6/2014 12:00:00 AM