Meth labs a growing concern in Grayson Co.

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Friday’s meth bust east of Denison makes six in the last 90 days in Grayson County. With a decrease in the number of trained narcotics officers, keeping up is harder than anticipated.

Nine labs in all have been shut down in two counties over a three-month time span. We spoke to one local narcotics investigator on Friday. His identity will not be revealed due to his undercover work, but he says staying trained and getting more officers involved will be vital in law enforcements fight to rid communities of drug labs.

While meth labs may look like normal houses, inside they are anything but. Recently several houses across North Texas have been turned into small, but effective one-to-two gram meth labs.

"It’s has raised the level of awareness for us here in Grayson County," says Sgt. Rickey Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Narcotics investigators in Grayson County have busted two separate labs over the past 48 hours alone, but Wheeler says there are many more out there with many different people involved.

"It appears that several individuals go out for them and purchase the pseudoephedrin, the cold tablets, and in return they might get something out of the product once it’s finished," Wheeler says.

Since legislators have passed tighter laws restricting the sale of pseudo-ephedrine, labs have decreased in size but haven't stopped production.

That's keeping law enforcement personnel busy with a task that is neither easy nor cheap.

"It’s a must-do to do this type work; probably some of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement are disassembling meth labs."

KXII-TV sat down with a narcotics investigator in North Texas who just recently completed three levels of training. He says the specialized training helps him and other officers deal with the dangers that come with dismantling meth labs which include not only the suspects themselves but all the hazardous chemicals used to make the drugs.

"We have to wear protective clothing. We have to wear double chemical gloves and protective suits, chemical boots and special chemical vests, and the self-contained breathing apparatuses are hard to maneuver in."

After the training, officers are given special equipment used to clean up the labs, which is important for narcotics units because the effects of chemicals could have a potentially deadly effect on those who are trying to keep the drugs off the streets.

"I remember going into these labs when we didn’t have the proper equipment, and we did quite a few labs through the 90's and 2000's here in Fannin County, so you just have to protect yourself the best you can, and you just have to keep moving forward because someone has got to do the work."

Authorities say they rely on the help of residents to break up these labs, and they urge anyone who sees suspicious activity, especially late at night, to immediately alert authorities.

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  • by qualls Location: sherman on Apr 10, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    Why should we give them our hard earned tax money to get off the meth, they are the ones who made a choice to be on it, i made the choice not to be on it and i have to give them my tax money? the world is screwed
  • by here Location: gone on Apr 10, 2008 at 07:50 AM
    Well I say this there are options that our goverment does not look at like instead of giving us extra tax checks why dont we have a fund that money goes into to help people get off the drugs REHAB IS EXPENSIVE. And we could open up a rehab for people that need and want it. But you know it all starts with us people watch your neighborhood come on if you see something funny or to much trafic you can call in to the sherman pd and let them know they have alot of activity write down license plate numbers and keep them on hand so they can check the people out. This is crazy world we live in and I tell you I am scared for my grandaughter when she gets older and my kids. Let me tell you something a drug user will always be a drug user sober or doing drugs for the rest of his or her life. I HAVE HEARD EVEN IF YOU GET PULLED OVER AND THEY FIND A BUD (JOINT) THEY WILL LET YOU GO HELL KNOW PUT THEM IN JAIL COME IT STARTS WITH ME AND YOU
  • by Interested Party Location: Sherman on Apr 10, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    I have given some thought to this over the last couple of years since my job entails me to be all over the county, up and down some streets almost daily.If other people such as myself; school bus drivers,Realtors,Sanitation personnel, Taxicab drivers,TAPS bus driver,even mothers taking their children to and from school every day would call in suspicious homes where "activity" is occuring on a regular basis to the PD this might help.Or even take down License#'s that continually come and go.Of course, with all the family members coming and going from my home I might be turned in also, but you know what I am talking about as far as "suspicious" is concerned.I have done this on two houses and I thnk one was proven to be drug oriented. It doesn't hurt for us all to get involved and if we are "on the road" anyway day in and day out-Keep your eyes open.One of these days again,I hope to be able to get Sudaphed for my constant allergies without going thru the hassle of signing out for it.
  • by rj Location: Madill on Apr 10, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    When you have one of these living across the street it gets pretty weird. Don't know who to trust so we just keep an eye out.
  • by danny Location: oklahoma on Apr 9, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    hey Martin, have you ever seen what these meth cooks look like after they have been caught? And you think it is ok for the cops to look like that and bring that stuff home to there young kids? you would be one of the first ones to say the cops that bust this stuff are the ones using if you saw a cop that looked like a meth cook.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    As someone who has seen meth destroy the live of so many, I have to say this is a dangerous drug. And if someone thinks the Officers involved aren't in danger cleeaning out a drug house, they are stupid. You can tell by looking at a doper that this stuff is deadly. They are miossing teeth, they have meth sores from hed to toe, and their hair begins to thin as well as their body. And for the Officers busting these houses, the dopers will do anything to get away. I am a firm believer that illegal drug addiction is a choice. Even if you are low income and your family does it doesn't mean you had to. My best friend was raised by a drug addicted mother, she choose to not want that for herself. She is now a Police officer and a wonderful mother of two. There are no excuses! No one is to blame but yourself!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Street drugs are not much of a problem in the middle east.. they know how to deal with the USERS and dealers over there.. no such thing of failing at rehab or selling drugs again when you're dead
  • by qualls Location: sherman on Apr 9, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    i think we should bring our troops back home and send all the meth heads to iraq, they don't do anything here but sit around and think of ways to get high, or we could load them all up on a rocket and send them to mars and they could live their lives just how they want to and not bother the normal people
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Apr 9, 2008 at 02:46 AM
    I take it that you have called the PD before you posted that? I would also suggest taking some pictures to have proof of what you say. That way, they will have a hard tiime denying your request. And don't forget to make copies.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    I got a crime tip: Willow street in Sherman, behind-around-in front of EZ Mart! If you can't find your vice there, it ain't in Sherman. Drugs, ho's, cheap labor. You name it, Willow St.'s got it. If there out, try Eastside Gardens apartments. Here's yor tips ShermanPD. Now go bust them. Sick of looking at it.
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