The Meth Singularity: Oklahoma Woman Tries to Cook Batch Inside Walmart

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Alisha Halfmoon: Streamlining an already lean and mean process.
In last month's feature on meth in East Texas, veteran Angelina County speed freak James "Bull" Durham was positively exultant about the drug's ease of manufacture these days. Gone are the days whereby expert "chefs" needed isolation and lots of time to whip up a batch. With the resurgence of the "shake n' bake" one-bottle method, every meth-head can be his own cook.

Here's how Durham put it to us when we spoke to him in the Angelina County Jail:

"Now I can walk in one store and come out with all the ingredients for a lab," Durham enthuses. "One store! I can go to Walmart right now and come out with the best dope you ever seen in your life. Throw some lithium in there, a little fuel, a little bit of red lye, you got it goin' there. It's called a reaction and you've got a good reaction, you've got good dope."

As bad as the meth epidemic is in rural East Texas, it's probably worse in Oklahoma, and the epicenter is Tulsa: America's meth capital, according to police. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that a Tulsa meth-head attempted to streamline the meth-cooking process even further.

Simply put, 45-year-old Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon was caught trying to cook a batch of meth inside a Tulsa Walmart.

Police say the woman was too broke to buy the chemicals so she loitered in the store for about six hours, collecting the ingredients in her cart. Is that what it means to be livin' on Tulsa time these days?

Finally Halfmoon allegedly just started mixing 'em up right there in the store. A cop said that when he arrived, she had just mixed sulfuric acid and starter fluid in a bottle, and had an active reaction going. The brew burned through the bottle and a cop's gloves. (He was treated at the scene for chemical burns.)

Halfmoon admitted to police that she was cooking meth, and also confessed that "she was not very good at it," according to Tulsa's Fox TV outlet.

At the time of her arrest, Halfmoon was fresh out of jail, on bond in a "Smurfing" case. (Smurfing is the illicit purchase of ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine for the purpose of cooking meth.) She is set to be arraigned on the new meth charges tomorrow.

Police said that the area around this Walmart is a hive of meth activity -- literally. They told the TV station that tunnels and drainage ditches that honeycomb the neighborhood are full of little worker bees cranking out that satanic honey.

Wow. Ditches crawling with desperate meth freaks...subterranean meth chefs...An Oklahoma Walmart... Shudder.

Sounds like an update of William Hogarth's Gin Lane:

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Nigel Fleming
Nigel Fleming

It seems we’re always fighting the government just tomaintain basic freedoms. Here we go again. Now we have an effort to restrictcold tablet sales to law abiding citizens in an effort to thwart meth labs.

Various legislative bills will mandate going to the doctorto get cold tablets.  The Big 3, thepolice, some in the Assembly and Senate believe this will save the state moneyand solve our meth problems.

Excellent! A bi-partisan effort to save Oklahoma from itsmeth problem and save the state some money. We applaud those efforts.

From Kentucky’s fiscal note on a similar bill currentlyunder consideration, “Although the exact amount of savings cannot bedetermined, the information reviewed above indicates that a conservativeestimate of savings would be in the $12 to $20 million range.” Millions saved,perfect!

But let’s examine the facts behind “solving the methproblem” and its impact on us, the law abiding citizens of Oklahoma.

First, according to the U.S. Justice Department’s NationalDrug Intelligence Center’s 2011 threat assessment, Mexico is once again the“primary source of methamphetamine” in the U.S. That’s after Mexico banned thesale of all pseudoephedrine (PSE) in 2008. So a complete ban of PSE in Mexico produced the #1 threat of methin the U.S. within two years. In fact, seizures of methamphetamine at the Laredo, TX customsdistrict — the nation’s largest inland port — are on pace this fiscal year tosurpass last year’s total by about 60 percent, reaching an expected total ofabout 1,650 pounds.Hmmm. Seems like the drug manufacturers are resilient.

Well that’s Mexico, what about Oklahoma? In order to getaround the restrictions on PSE sales, a new method to manufacture meth has beendeveloped or more accurately an old method has been rediscovered.  The P2P method was popular in the 1970’s. Thereis no new chemistry here; in fact, most of it is almost 100 years old.  Sounds a bill can’t defeat a resourceful andknowledgeable illegal drug manufacturer.

Certainly with the state saving millions, the Big 3’s goodintentions are worth something. But let’s look at the new costs to Oklahoma.Instead of going to the corner pharmacy and buying $10 worth of cold tablets,you’ll have to go to the doctor.

The new system will be to call your Doctor and make a priorityappointment. Go to the appointment, lose 2 hours of work ($15/hr. = $30), pay avisit co-pay of $20 (insurance pays the balance of $150), drop off theprescription at pharmacy, and go back to work. After work pick up prescription,pay $5 co-pay (insurance picks up the now $15 balance) go home and take themedication. Total projected cost is $220. That’s a $210 premium!

$210 multiplied by Oklahoma’s estimate of 1.5 millionpackages sold per year and you get $315,000,000. That’s over a quarter of abillion dollar cost shift.

So let’s add this up. Mexico is the #1 methmanufacturer.  New manufacturing methodsare getting around cold tablet bans. Oklahoman’s will absorb over a quarter ofa billion dollars to save Oklahoma a maximum of $20 million. Only the Big 3would call a complete ban good. “Government logic?”

It’s not the medicine, it how it’s being misused. Duh.

We’re glad Gov Fallin is trying tofind a realistic and reasonable approach to this issue. In fact, Gov Fallin iswisely trying to find the middle ground here.

 At least Gov Fallin realizes the citizens ofOklahoma don’t need to pay the  Fab 3’s quarter billion dollar vanitypremium to solve the misuse of a legal drug.

Nigel Fleming
Nigel Fleming

It seems we’re always fighting the government just tomaintain basic freedoms. Here we go again. Now we have an effort to restrictcold tablet sales to law abiding citizens in an effort to thwart meth labs.

Various legislative bills will mandate going to the doctorto get cold tablets.  The Big 3, thepolice, some in the Assembly and Senate believe this will save the state moneyand solve our meth problems.

Excellent! A bi-partisan effort to save Oklahoma from itsmeth problem and save the state some money. We applaud those efforts.

From Kentucky’s fiscal note on a similar bill currentlyunder consideration, “Although the exact amount of savings cannot bedetermined, the information reviewed above indicates that a conservativeestimate of savings would be in the $12 to $20 million range.” Millions saved,perfect!

But let’s examine the facts behind “solving the methproblem” and its impact on us, the law abiding citizens of Oklahoma.

First, according to the U.S. Justice Department’s NationalDrug Intelligence Center’s 2011 threat assessment, Mexico is once again the“primary source of methamphetamine” in the U.S. 

That’s after Mexico banned thesale of all pseudoephedrine (PSE) in 2008. So a complete ban of PSE in Mexico produced the #1 threat of methin the U.S. within two years. In fact, seizures of methamphetamine at the Laredo, TX customsdistrict — the nation’s largest inland port — are on pace this fiscal year tosurpass last year’s total by about 60 percent, reaching an expected total ofabout 1,650 pounds.Hmmm. Seems like the drug manufacturers are resilient.

Well that’s Mexico, what about Oklahoma? In order to getaround the restrictions on PSE sales, a new method to manufacture meth has beendeveloped or more accurately an old method has been rediscovered.  The P2P method was popular in the 1970’s. Thereis no new chemistry here; in fact, most of it is almost 100 years old.  Sounds a bill can’t defeat a resourceful andknowledgeable illegal drug manufacturer.

Certainly with the state saving millions, the Big 3’s goodintentions are worth something. But let’s look at the new costs to Oklahoma.Instead of going to the corner pharmacy and buying $10 worth of cold tablets,you’ll have to go to the doctor.

The new system will be to call your Doctor and make a priorityappointment. Go to the appointment, lose 2 hours of work ($15/hr. = $30), pay avisit co-pay of $20 (insurance pays the balance of $150), drop off theprescription at pharmacy, and go back to work. After work pick up prescription,pay $5 co-pay (insurance picks up the now $15 balance) go home and take themedication. Total projected cost is $220. That’s a $210 premium!

$210 multiplied by Oklahoma’s estimate of 1.5 millionpackages sold per year and you get $315,000,000. That’s over a quarter of abillion dollar cost shift.

So let’s add this up. Mexico is the #1 methmanufacturer.  New manufacturing methodsare getting around cold tablet bans. Oklahoman’s will absorb over a quarter ofa billion dollars to save Oklahoma a maximum of $20 million. Only the Big 3would call a complete ban good. “Government logic?”

It’s not the medicine, it how it’s being misused. Duh.

We’re glad Gov Fallin is trying tofind a realistic and reasonable approach to this issue. In fact, Gov Fallin iswisely trying to find the middle ground here.

 At least Gov Fallin realizes the citizens ofOklahoma don’t need to pay the  Fab 3’s quarter billion dollar vanitypremium to solve the misuse of a legal drug.

itsdanilove
itsdanilove

Nice Hogarth reference, John.  Thumbs up.

Craigley
Craigley

CHUD Part II

Cooking Human Underground Dwellers!

ZangKoo2
ZangKoo2

Wow, she is pretty hawt! I'd hit that.

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Boboskiwatnot
Boboskiwatnot

So is this recent Zombie craze is really foreshadowing the Meth Zombie Craze.

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

Wow, Meth and Walmart, So Incredibly Glamorous!

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