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Suspected Meth Lab Raided.

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine' started by Paracelsus, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. Paracelsus

    Paracelsus Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Aug 31, 2006
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    Suspected meth lab raided
    By Dionesis Tamondong
    Pacific Daily News

    Local and federal agents raided an Agana Heights home yesterday where, authorities said, the drug "ice" was allegedly being manufactured.
    Since about 3 a.m. yesterday, law enforcement agents have been at the concrete-wall, tin-roof home along Paasan Drive. Three canopies were erected on the narrow street in front of the house, where agents -- some in hazardous materials suits -- were situated.

    Sgt. John Davis, of the Guam Police Department's Violent Street Crimes Task Force, said the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency, Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, Guam Homeland Security and Guam Fire Department are involved in the investigation.

    Davis said no arrests have been made but several people have been questioned and released. He would not say what items agents had confiscated from the home or the names of people that have been questioned.

    The house is located less than a mile from Agana Heights Elementary School, the mayor's office and the busy Agana Heights gym, as well as Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

    The investigation started around 2 a.m. after Hagåtña Precinct officers pulled over a couple of vehicles and found items containing pseudoephedrine and other chemicals and solvents used to make crystal methamphetamine, Davis said. Also known as 'ice,' crystal methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that has been linked to many violent crimes on Guam.

    Information obtained from the pullover led officers to the house on Paasan Drive. Davis could not provide the amounts of the suspected items or if more was found in the home and would not say who was driving or owned the vehicles that were pulled over -- a Nissan Pathfinder SUV and a Nissan Altima sedan -- or who owned the home, noting that the case is still under investigation.

    As of 7 last night, a section of Paasan Drive remained blocked off by police -- from where the road intersects with Ulloa Untalan Avenue to Garrido Drive. Police used flood lights as they continued their investigation into the evening.
    Police spokesman Officer Allan Guzman said agents were likely to remain at the scene throughout the night, as is done when investigating a suspected makeshift ice laboratory.

    "They're dealing with dangerous chemicals and everyone has to proceed with caution," he said.

    Makeshift drug labs are a recent but growing threat for Guam, officials said during the Pacific Law Enforcement Drug Summit in August.

    Davis, during that conference, said such lab seizures are increasing in every state and in Guam because of the accessibility of ingredients needed in making crystal methamphetamine and the huge profits made from it.

    In December, a law that places more restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter drugs containing pseudoephedrine was enacted.

    Leonard Baza, 22, who lives two houses away from the home that was being investigated, described his neighborhood as a quiet one, with kids often seen playing along the street.

    The University of Guam business student said he was a bit surprised to see the street cordoned off and several police vehicles in the area, but despite the investigation, he said he does not consider his neighborhood to be a dangerous area.

  2. wellhelm

    wellhelm Silver Member

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    Jun 22, 2006
    37 y/o
    Other than the above does anyone know about the drug scene in Guam? Its a small island but I am wondering what drugs might be on it.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2006
  3. Mick Mouse

    Mick Mouse Gold Member Donating Member

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    Jul 8, 2006
    55 y/o from Cayo Loco
    SWIM always thought that Meth and Ice were two different things, with ice being 4-methyaminorex. Just more uninformed cops or what?
  4. Police Officer

    Police Officer Silver Member

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