Meth problem lurks in Port Orchard after trooper's killing
6 arrested for allegedly aiding Joshua Blake were reported meth users
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The woman riding in Joshua Blake’s truck when he shot Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu said they were high on meth. The drug makes people do things they would not normally do, and has become a real problem in parts of Kitsap County.
A friend of one of six men and woman who have been arrested for providing Blake with criminal assistance after the killing, said the drug was what brought all of them together.
"Unfortunately we`re lost a good trooper over a drug,” said Jessica Niemi. She added that they were just "a bunch of meth-heads.”
Steven Banks, the latest suspect, lived in the trailer where Joshua Blake later took his own life. Police say Banks made more than 30 calls and texts to try and help Blake get out of the Port Orchard area before a SWAT team closed in.
The trailer is well-known to neighbors. It’s one of many meth houses they say run along a dirt road known commonly as meth alley.
“A lot of neighbors are familiar that there is houses down there,” said one neighbor, Theresa Mayers. “It`s kind of a concern all the way around because we know there`s drug activity in the area, but you can`t always pinpoint exactly where it`s happening.”
Police say the meth problem has actually gotten worse in Port Orchard since the state made it illegal to buy large quantities of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in making meth. Now the drug is being imported on a major scale from Mexico.
The side-effects of meth, which include psychosis and a propensity for violence, can make users dangerous for citizens as well as law enforcement to be around.
“An individual could be on meth when you show up at the house or make a traffic stop, and you don`t even know it until you`re in the middle of something, and somebody decides to be violent with you,” said Sgt. Dale Schuster of the Port Orchard Police Department.
“Everyone wants to be bad," said Corbin Olerud, who has battled meth addiction for over a decade. “I know I jut wanted to be bad and evil when I was on it.” Olerud said that the drug’s effects are powerful – and hard for users to forget. “Once you taste it and experience that power rush, it’s just not easy to forget you know.”
Q13 FOX News reporter
5:48 p.m. PST, February 28, 2012
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Methamphetamine Problem Remains after Trooper Killed