Meth labs are a problem not only in the U.S, but abroad too. This YouTube video demonstrates what could happen to you if you rent a house to someone. The home owners, in this case, rented their home out and hired a real estate company to manage the rental. The home owner gained rent money, but got a meth lab home as a result. The realtor denies any blame for what the renters did in the home.
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What happened to my son is still going on in many areas of the country, which is why I keep trying to get the word out! What happened to my son could happen to your son, daughter, grandchildren, or you if you don’t do some pre-investigation.
If you expect real estate agents, lenders, and government officials to tell you about it before you buy it, it’s time to stop trusting others and start protecting yourself and your family.
Find out if the home you want to buy or rent was a meth lab BEFORE you sign on the dotted line!
- Ask local police if there was ever a drug bust in the home or apartment.
- Call you local health office too and ask them what they know about the property!
- Look for signs of a former meth lab in the house and on the surrounding grounds!
- Talk to the neighbors about the homes previous occupants.
Just yesterday, CBS4 reported that some Coloradans may not know they are living in former meth lab:
“Some Coloradans may be living in a home that once contained a drug lab and not even know it. As part of a year-long investigation, CBS4 News has obtained, through open records requests, governmental lists of properties that contained methamphetamine labs that were never cleaned up. CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger found people living in homes that may still be contaminated with meth. Governmental agencies failed to inform them, and unscrupulous homeowners sold the properties without warning the buyers.There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of homes in Colorado that once housed meth labs. State law requires homeowners to conduct the cleanup, but CBS4 collected lists of hundreds of former meth houses that haven’t been cleaned. Sallinger started knocking on doors.” – Read the full story on cbs4denver.com
Responding to a complaint about a strange odor coming from the Stor It Mini Warehouses located at 1900 E. North Main St, east of U.S. 31 firefighters discovered all the workings of a meth lab. Inside the storage unit were several propane tanks with bluish discoloration around the fittings as well as other materials needed to manufacture methampetamine. The blue discoloration is a strong indicator that the tank contains or contained anhydrous ammonia, a main ingredient in meth.
According to the Kokomo Tribune article posted on May 1:
“Kokomo police and state police were then called to dismantle the lab. North Street was shut between U.S. 31 and Touby Pike while officers investigated the lab. No arrests were made as of Thursday and the name of the person who rented the storage unit was not released. Police likely will obtain a warrant for the person’s arrest at the conclusion of the investigation.”
Thirty six year old, Ronald Seagraves, was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for Conspiracy to Manufacture, Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of Methamphetamine; Possession of Products with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine; and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. In addition, he was ordered by the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois to pay restitution to the DEA in the amount of $3,579, for the cost incurred by the DEA in the cleanup associated with Seagraves methamphetamine manufacturing activities.
*No other restitution for cleanup costs were mentioned in the DEA report. I think it is safe to assume, that once again the owner of the property will be responsible for paying the bill for decontaminating the property, without any financial help of any kind. That’s wrong, Why aren’t the people we elect to protect our rights as hard-working, tax-paying citizens, doing anything to help the innocent victims of meth crimes?
February 29, 2008, was a bad day for 38 year old Monte Gearhart of Pomona Illinois. It was the day that a jury decided that he should spend the rest of his life in prison and pay a $500 for drug crimes that put his own young daughter’s life at risk.
Gearhart, who hasn’t even reached his 40th birthday yet, undoubtedly will spend everyday for the rest of his life regretting that he ever layed eyes on methamphetamine. Every year on his daughter’s birthday, he will feel sad that he will never be able to share another birthday celebration with her. He will never attend the most important events in his daughter’s life; her graduation from high school and/or college, her marriage, or the birth of her children. I am sure that Gearhart never thought it would come to this. They never do, especially when they’re high on meth. It is sad for him, but it is sadder still that his daughter has lost her father because he accepted a deal with the devil, otherwise known as methamphetamine.
The DEA report on Gearhart’s trial and sentencing:
At GEARHART’s October 2007 jury trial, the evidence established that, between at least February 2002, and September 19, 2006, GEARHART and others were manufacturing methamphetamine in Union and Continue reading
With a search warrant in hand, police in Roane County, searched the trailer of the son of a West Virginia school teacher, who resided on her property. During the search of the trailer, police discovered stained coffee filters and glassware, which are common items found at clandestine labs. Further investigation by the police of a dirt road close to the trailer, revealed a burn pile and a suit case containing materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
As in the Texas story, police didn’t find the suspects on the property when they arrived. Neighbors reported that they witnessed people running from the trailer shortly before they arrived. Police left the scene without an arrest, but they returned later with a search warrant for the Wanda Sheets, the Elkview Middle School teacher’s home.
When police entered Sheets’ home, they found her son Robert and a blue duffel bag behind the home, containing materials used in meth labs. They also found another male, John Michael Wesley, hiding in brush close to the trailer. Both Robert and Wesley were arrested on charges of running a clandestine meth lab. Robert’s mother has not been charged, as it is unknown at this point, if she had any knowledge of what her son was doing. Police are still investigating the situation. Robert and Wesley will have a hearing on May 8th, but are currently being held at the Central Regional Jail. Kanawha County school Superintendent Ron Duerring said he was not aware of the incident.
For more info about this story, visit Charleston Daily Mail. Com
Meth cooks are not “typical” types. Many meth users are professionals and/or famous people that you would never suspect of making or using methamphetamine. This teacher may have known what her son was doing while she was at work teaching middle school kids. Or she may have known nothing about it. But, whether or not she knew, she will now be responsible for paying for the decontamination of the trailer and and surrounding grounds that have been contaminated by the by products of meth manufacturing. If she honestly didn’t know what her son was doing, my heart goes out to her. Her son will likely spend time in jail and she will bear the enormous expense of the cleanup, because her son decided to make meth.
Police in Lufkin, Texas acting on a tip from an anonymous caller, drove to Chestnut Drive to investigate a complaint about strong chemical odors coming from a residence there. When police arrived, they found a shed behind the home complete with surveillance cameras attached. With search warrant in hand, officers entered the shed and found a stockpile of methamphetamine worth over $11,000. They also found hundreds of pseudoephedrine pills and all of the equipment needed to manufacture methamphetamine. They also found a .357-caliber handgun inside the house. What they didn’t find were the meth cooks. Not right away, anyway.
While still conducting the search, 39 year old, Bradley Bell, and 33 year old, Denisha Swearingen, drove up to the home, where they were questioned by police. Bell and Swearingen were both arrested at the scene on charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of chemicals used to make a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Bell was also charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.
If you suspect the manufacture of methamphetamine, call the police! DO NOT investigate the situation on your own. Call your local police and tell them about your observations and concerns. Police are prepared to confront meth cooks, most of whom, are armed and dangerous. Your anonymous call to a law enforcement agency will save the health and lives of the innocent people in the neighborhood surrounding the lab. Remember – meth labs go hand-in-hand with violence, toxic poisons, explosions, risks to health, and death. Giving a tip to police will save lives and help keep neighborhoods safe for men, women, and children who deserve to work, live, and play in safe neighborhoods.
See the full story of this bust on Lufkin Daily News. Com