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2 Long Beach persons among 4 arrested in meth bust

Published On: 08-10-2017 in Category: addiction, Drug Abuse, Drug trafficking

Responding to a K-9 alert during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Bureau County, Illinois, officers of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) on July 27, 2017, arrested four people on various drug-related charges. The Long Beach police first arrested Mary Brown and Robert Dyas, the vehicle’s driver, both of Long Beach, California.

According to Bureau County state’s attorney Geno Caffarini, authorities seized two bags of a powdery substance in Brown’s van, weighing 1.4 and 1.6 pounds each, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. On interrogation, Dyas admitted to police that the duffel bags stashed with drugs hidden in the rear of the van belonged to him.

The other two arrested included 52-year-old Sherwood Lyles of Burbank, California and 25-year-old Elizabeth Jones of Cleveland, Ohio who were also traveling in the same vehicle. Additionally, after moving the suspects to jail, authorities retrieved more methamphetamine strapped to the undergarments of Elizabeth.

Authorities have charged both Brown and Jones with illegal possession of drugs and the intent to distribute drugs. They both will need to appear in court sometime in August for a grand jury hearing. If proven guilty, they could face prison time of 10 to 50 years. Whereas, Lyles also faced drug distribution charges. All four suspects are currently held in La Salle County Jail and their bail is set at $75,000 in cash.

Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug

Addiction to highly-addictive drug methamphetamine is rampant in the United States. It is a powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, which is generally used as a recreational drug. Available as a bitter-tasting, white powder or a shiny, bluish-white pill, the “high” produced by methamphetamine is known to start and fade away quickly, causing users to indulge in bouts of binge and crash patterns to feed their addiction. Also nicknamed as ice, meth, chalk, crank, crystal and speed, users can take the drug by any of the following methods:

  • Smoking
  • Snorting
  • Swallowing
  • Injecting powder form of the drug

Although low doses of methamphetamine can lift moods and heighten levels of concentration in worn-out and tired individuals, frequent doses can drastically reduce appetite and cause weight loss. But, binging on the drug is most likely to induce seizures, psychosis, muscle degeneration, internal bleeding, unpredictable mood swings and violent behavior. Additionally, prolonged use of the drug modifies the brain’s dopamine system affecting emotions and memory. Besides, overdosing on meth can severely damage the kidneys due to overheating.

Leading a sober life once again

Despite the dangers of nonmedical or recreational use of methamphetamine, the numbers of individuals falling prey to the drug continue to rise. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to meth or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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