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Category: Methamphetamine


Man accused of sneaking into vacant hotel room, calling 911 and rapping to dispatcher

A man is in jail after being accused of prank calling 911 several times Monday from a Fife hotel room he didn’t pay for.

Curtis Joe Tyquiengco, 41, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree burglary and telephone harassment.

According to court documents:

Tyquiengco called emergency dispatchers three or four times from a room at the Travelodge in Fife. He claimed to be from a California radio station, and rapped into the phone.

Hotel officials told police no one was renting the room at the time.

Officers heard someone singing in the room when they arrived, and Tyquiengco opened

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Two shot in Parkland meth deal

Two people were shot in a meth deal gone bad this morning in Parkland, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Three suspects showed up around 6 a.m. to an apartment in the 100 block of 138th Street South, where they had a prearranged meeting to make a deal for methamphetamine, Troyer said.

At some point the group – two men and one woman – decided they were going to try to take the drugs instead of paying for them, Troyer said. The two men were armed with shotguns, and exchanged fire with the homeowner.

The 52-year-old male homeowner

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Meth ring ‘enforcer’ gets 10 years in prison

Michael J. Waddington, 24, of Silver Lake, Wash, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to ten years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and being armed with a firearm in connection with a drug crime.

The Cowlitz County man was arrested in June 2010, after a series of run ins with law enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office in Seattle said a press release. Evidence indicated he was part of a drug ring distributing highly pure methamphetamine or “ice” in Lewis and Cowlitz Counties.

Judge Robert J. Bryan imposed the sentence.

According to the press release:


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Three detained at suspected meth lab

Sumner police cordoned off an automotive shop on Main Street East this morning to investigate possible manufacturing of methamphetamine inside.

City of Sumner spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said three people have been detained and police are waiting for a signed search warrant before they go inside.

Palmer said a patrol officer saw suspicious activity in the business located in the 15500 block of Main Street East about 3 a.m. He also smelled the odor of ammonia and saw plastic tubing which are consistent with making meth, she said.

One of the men arrested apparently worked in the shop,

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Statewide meth summit starts today in Tacoma

Criminal justice officials, treatment providers, prevention specialists and politicians will gather today in Tacoma for a two-day methamphetamine summit.

This is the state’s seventh such summit on the meth epidemic. More than 275 people are expected to be in attendance for the event at the Hotel Murano, according to a press release from Pierce County.

The summit will kick off this morning with a “Parade of Transformation,” which is billed as an hour and 15 minutes of speeches from 22 speakers. (A press release from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office said she’ll be addressing the summit at 8:30 a.m.,

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What was that: mysterious fire at former meth lab

Tacoma firefighters are in the 400 block of S. 72nd fighting a fire in an abandoned garage believed to be a possible meth lab that exploded, according to the scanner.

I’ll update this post when I’m able to get more information.

Update 1: Four people were seen running from the scene, according to radio traffic.

Update 2: I still haven’t been able to talk to a fire department spokesman, but they’re calling for fans on the radio, which usually means they’ve got things under control and are just trying to clear out the smoke.

Update 3:

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Washington’s official launch for anti-meth campaign

Last week, we told you about a new, national campaign targeting methamphetamine users. The National Drug Control Policy center is rolling the anti-meth campaign out in eight states, including Washington.

Today is the official press conference to announce the campaign’s presence in the state.

The director of National Drug Control Policy, John P. Walters, will be joined by U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Dave Reichert.

The campaign features advertising and public education outreach to raise awareness about the dangers of meth and the treatment resources available.


Anti-meth campaign featured in Washington

Washington is one of eight states that will feature a new anti-meth campaign targeting young adult users.

The White House’s Drug Czar launched the campaign Tuesday. The effort includes advertising and public education outreach to “raise awareness about the dangers of meth and provide information about the effectiveness and availability of meth treatment,” states a press release from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The targets are men and women, ages 18 to 34, who are using the highly addictive drug.

We don’t have to tell you that meth has been a little bit of a

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