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December 2014

In the Never-Ending Battle Against Illegal Drugs in the Lake Area, a Prominent Drug Enforcement Group has Mixed News:

A new task force has formed in response to a growing problem of heroin use in Connersville. The task force started November 4. Several agencies are involved, including Indiana State Police, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Connersville Police Department. The task force has arrested 24 people in the past month. Those people have been charged with a number of drug offenses. Since September, 41 people have overdosed on heroin in Connersville. Of those 41 people, eight of them have died. Because of the alarming trend, the task force was formed.

Source: Fox59, Indianapolis, IN, Published: 12/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

November 2014

Hercules Parent Finds Bag Of Methamphetamine Among Daughter’s Halloween Candy

A parent in Hercules made a startling discovery Monday when he found a small bag of methamphetamine among his daughter’s Halloween candy, a police sergeant said. Police said the father reported finding the drugs this morning while going through the bag of candy collected by his 8-year-old daughter while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

Source: CBS, San Francisco Bay Area, KPIX, Published: 11/3/2014 12:00:00 AM

Should Pseudoephedrine be a Prescription Drug?

Despite a new law to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine Tennesseans can buy without a prescription, the manufacturing of methamphetamine continues to be a daunting problem in this state. The only effective way to tackle the problem, law enforcement officials say, is require a prescription to buy any pseudoephedrine (the main ingredient in meth) in this state. Meth production takes a large bite out of tax dollars going to law enforcement. There is the cost cleaning up the very toxic meth labs. And there are the medical and dental costs of those jailed for making meth. (Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal told the Press earlier this year his office is now paying $1,000 more a month for a dentist to deal with cases of “meth mouth” at the jail.)

Source: Johnson City Press, Johnson City, TN, Published: 11/3/2014 12:00:00 AM

October 2014

Task Force Seizes Nearly a Quarter of a Million in Crystal Methamphetamine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie, and Miami Township Police Chief Ronald Hess announced Wednesday the arrest of a Chicago resident following the seizure of nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine. Investigators with the Miami Valley Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force arrested Rene Nevarez-Reyes, 22, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County on Sunday. Approximately five kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was located in his vehicle.

Source: The Daily Advocate, Greenville, OH, Published: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM

Dumpster Diver Lands on Discarded Methamphetamine Lab

An indigent man collecting returnable bottles happened upon components of a methamphetamine lab in a dumpster, the Traverse Narcotics Team said Tuesday, Oct. 28. The clerk at a Cadillac party store noticed the man returning pop bottles that contained “odd substances” and had tubing attached. Detectives determined that six of the bottles were used as hydrochloric-acid generators and another as a “reactionary vessel” for a one-pot meth lab.

Source: Michigan, Published: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

Former Drug Task Force Supervisor is Sentenced

A judge has sentenced a former Jefferson County drug task force supervisor to eight months in jail for stealing from the team's undercover buy fund. A jury found Timothy Madson guilty of misconduct in office in July. According to the criminal complaint and a state Department of Justice news release, Madson wrote more than $20,000 in checks to himself from the buy fund between 2006 and 2011, claiming he was reimbursing himself for expenses that turned out to be bogus.

Source: Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI, Published: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM

Nervous Pair Prompts Police Search on I-15; 9 Pounds of Meth Found

A traffic stop on I-15 resulted in arrests for a pair of travelers who were allegedly transporting illegal or unlawfully obtained items that included identification documents and credit cards as well as nine pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $200,000. A Utah Highway Patrol officer observed a vehicle traveling northbound on I-15 near milepost 45 Wednesday with a broken brake light and numerous items hanging from and obstructing the driver’s view of the rearview mirror.

Source: Salt Lake City, Fox13, Published: 10/18/2014 12:00:00 AM

September 2014

Dutchess Named a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Dutchess County has been designated as a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy, opening up resources to combat increases in heroin use and drug-related crimes. This designation will help Dutchess, as well as Putnam and Rockland counties, by improving coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as providing equipment, technology and additional resources that the County needs to tackle this challenge, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said in a press release announcing the designation. In January, Schumer pushed for President's Office of National Drug Control Policy to provide Dutchess County with a HIDTA designation and noted that, in Dutchess, the undercover drug task force said their cases involving heroin grew from around 25 percent in 2008 to 60 percent in 2013.

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY, Published: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

August 2014

Synthetic Drug Use Down, but Heroin Use on the Rise

In the never-ending battle against illegal drugs in the lake area, a prominent drug enforcement group has mixed news: the use of synthetic drugs is down, but a more dangerous replacement is on the rise. According to Sgt. Mac Brand, Task Force Coordinator for Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, better known as LANEG, investigations into businesses selling synthetic drugs in the lake area during the last two years has contributed to the decrease of usage in the area.

Source: The Lake News Online, Camdenton, MO , Published: 8/25/2014 12:00:00 AM

Border Agents Arrest Suspected Smuggler, Seize Meth

A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday after 6.8 pounds of methamphetamine were found hidden inside the vehicle he was driving, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The incident occurred at 11:25 p.m., according to officials. Border Patrol agents encountered the man, described as a Mexican national, at the Highway 86 checkpoint after drug dogs were alerted to the vehicle, a blue 2003 Ford Expedition. Agents discovered two packages of methamphetamine concealed within the SUV’s oil pan, officials said. The drugs were valued at about $68,000. The man, whose name was not released, the SUV and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

Source: The Desert Sun, Gannett, California, Published: 8/15/2014 12:00:00 AM