Five people arrested in the bust of a methamphetamine lab near a Beaver Crossing school have been charged with numerous felonies.
Seward County Court documents say the five were arrested March 2. A search warrant led officers to camping fuel, anhydrous ammonia, empty pseudoephedrine boxes and meth.
Forty-four-year-old Tommy Foster was charged this week with seven felonies, including manufacturing meth within one-thousand feet of a school, conspiracy of distribute meth, child abuse and possessing anhydrous with intent to manufacture meth.
His 19-year-old son Thomas Foster is charged with aiding the manufacture of meth within a school zone, possessing meth and two misdemeanor counts of failing to report child abuse or neglect.
Other charged were 19-year-old Philip Hamm with aiding the manufacture of meth within a school zone, 23-year-old April Pallat with meth possession and two misdemeanors of failing to report child abuse or neglect, and a 16-year-old girl with felony child abuse.
All remained in Seward County Jail late Wednesday.
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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]