More on the drug bust front. This week authorities arrested four men in conjunction with a year long drug investigation. The arrests occurred after search warrants were executed in Ottumwa and Newton, Iowa. The four men, Michael McManus Jr., 35, of Ottumwa; Terry Lee Young, 58, of Ottumwa; Brian Lee Carmer, 35, of Newton; and Juan Hernandez-Huerta, 25, of Ottumwa are all facing conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine charges. It is unclear whether the charges are state or federal but it seems likely given the amount of methamphetamine seized that this case will end up in federal court.
Below is a picture of the methamphetamine that was seized. Meth is mostly commonly found in either powder or crystal form. Meth made locally is generally anhydrous meth because of the way its made using anhydrous ammonia. This type of meth is made in clandestine labs. These labs are volatile and exceptionally dangerous. For a list of clandestine labs found around the country visit the Justice Department’s clandestine lab website. Anhydrous meth is generally not as desirable as the more pure meth imported from Mexico and other foreign nations. Meth can be mixed with foreign materials such as horse vitamins to increase its volume and dilute its purity. This is commonly referred to as “cut”. This allows a dealer to take a pound of pure meth and create two pounds. More volume = more sales = more money. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally.
The methamphetamine in this picture is packaged. Each individual package is referred to as a brick. It appears dirty because it was probably being concealed in some fashion. The meth itself is probably very safe in whatever packaging material it is in.
As always the Stowers Law Firm reminds you that all persons are INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY beyond a reasonable doubt. These arrests came after a year long investigation in which law enforcement performed a number of drug purchases. These purchases are known as “controlled buys” because they are accomplished using individuals working with law enforcement and either drugs or money which is specifically identifiable when and if it is recovered. During a controlled buy law enforcement also utilizes human and electronic surveillance. It is likely that each of these gentlemen, if charged in federal court, will face, at least, a mandatory minimum 10 year sentence. Given the quantity however, it is likely their federal sentencing guideline range will be much higher than ten years. As always they will need an experienced and aggressive lawyer to assist them in their defense.
- FOUR ARRESTED: 33 Lbs Of Meth Seized (whotv.com)