Previous Meth Lab Bust Leads to Two More

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear about a methamphetamine lab bust. Local officials didn't just bust one lab Tuesday. They got three.

Bay County sheriff's officials say it was a bust earlier Tuesday in Panama City Beach that tipped them off about two meth labs off of 16th Street in Saint Andrews

The MAD taskforce unit found 1,200 grams of meth oil in the first home. Four people were arrested at the scene.

Toby Blessman and Steve Depris from the first house, and Gladys McCloud and Hubert Dunton from the second home.

The Department of Children and Families also took the second couples’ two children away, who were at the scene at the time of the bust.

Sheriff Frank McKeithan says although it was only a medium sized bust, it was a success for his team.

The MAD team is expected to find even more meth in the second home before clean-up is done.

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Fast Facts About Meth

  • Methamphetamine use among high school seniors more than doubled between 1990 and 1996.

  • Women are more likely to use meth than cocaine.

  • The average meth "cook" annually teaches ten others how to make meth.

  • Every pound of meth produced leaves behind five to six pounds of toxic waste.

  • Seizures of clandestine meth labs in the Midwest increased tenfold from 1995 to 1997.

  • Methamphetamine accounts for up to 90 percent of all drug cases in many Midwest communities.

  • Methamphetamine kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke.

  • Methamphetamine-induced paranoia has led to numerous murders and suicides.

  • Methamphetamine produces hallucinations.

  • Meth users are the hardest to treat of all drug users.

  • Meth lab site cleanups can cost up to $150,000.

  • Methamphetamine is highly addictive.

  • Meth use increases risk of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

Many people may be unaware that they're living near a meth lab. Here are some things to look for:

  • Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
  • Residences with windows blacked out.
  • Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
  • Lots of traffic - people coming and going at unusual times.
  • There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically.
  • Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as: antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
  • Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the home.

Source: www.kci.org [Koch Crime Institute]


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