Jason Eller
Jason Eller

Glade Spring Virginia Man arrested for possession of Methamphetamine

Washington County VA February 24, 2013 - A Glade Spring, VA, man is being held without bond after Washington County, VA, Sheriff's deputies charged him with manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to Sheriff Fred Newman, deputies charged Jason Eller, age 29, with five (5) counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, one (1) count of possession of methamphetamine and one (1) count of possession of methamphetamine precursors, after a search warrant was executed on his residence in the 29000 block of Lee Hwy.

Eller is being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon and has a court date set for Feb 25, 2013, at 1:30 pm. Clandestine Laboratory Officers from the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia State Police, Abingdon Police Department, and Damascus Police Department took part in executing the search warrant and processing the lab.

Methamphetamine in Virginia

Methamphetamine poses a low but increasing threat to Virginia. Levels of availability and abuse have increased in the Shenandoah Valley, and the drug is an emerging threat to southwestern Virginia. Most of the methamphetamine available in Virginia is produced by Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and criminal groups using the hydriodic acid/red phosphorus method in high volume laboratories in Mexico and California. However, Virginia-based Caucasian criminal groups, OMGs, and local independent Caucasian dealers sometimes produce methamphetamine using the phenyl-2-propanone (P2P) and Birch reduction methods.

Mexican criminal groups are the primary transporters of most of the methamphetamine available in Virginia. These groups usually transport the drug from Mexico and southwestern states into Virginia using private automobiles, couriers aboard commercial airlines, and package delivery and express mail services. Mexican criminal groups, some based in Virginia, are the primary wholesale distributors of methamphetamine in the state, particularly in the Shenandoah Valley.

Mexican criminal groups and Caucasian local independent dealers are the principal retail distributors of methamphetamine produced in Mexico and southwestern states. OMGs, Caucasian criminal groups, and local independent dealers distribute methamphetamine produced in Virginia and other states at the retail level.

The level of methamphetamine abuse is low in Virginia. The number of treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities for methamphetamine abuse in Virginia fluctuated from 1995 to 2000. According to state substance abuse data, treatment admissions for methamphetamine abuse increased overall from 105 in 1995 to 192 in 1999.

Methamphetamine is abused at different rates throughout the state. According to responses to the NDIC National Drug Threat Survey 2001, law enforcement officials in Culpeper, near the Shenandoah Valley, report that methamphetamine is commonly abused in their jurisdiction. Law enforcement officials in Arlington, Bluefield, Lynchburg, Salem, Virginia Beach, Wytheville, and Warren and Chesterfield Counties report that methamphetamine is sometimes abused in those areas.

A more diverse population in Virginia now abuses methamphetamine. Historically, OMGs and blue-collar workers such as truck drivers were the predominant methamphetamine abusers. A new abuser population emerged in 2000 that includes white-collar professionals, business owners, and some members of the lower class. Teenagers and young adults, primarily in Northern Virginia, also are abusing methamphetamine, particularly crystal methamphetamine--a colorless, odorless form of smokable d-methamphetamine resembling glass fragments or ice shavings--in combination with other drugs at raves or nightclubs.

The potential for violence associated with methamphetamine distribution and abuse is significant. Individuals addicted to methamphetamine are unpredictable, experience feelings of fright and confusion, and will commit violent crimes to obtain the drug. Methamphetamine abusers are often paranoid and delusional and frequently arm themselves against perceived threats. Methamphetamine distributors sometimes commit violent crimes to protect their turf. In response to the NDIC National Gang Survey 2000, the Bristol Police Department reported that the South Side Bloods, a local street gang, distributes methamphetamine and has committed violent crimes such as assaults and home invasions in their area. Ref. US Dept. of Justice.

Posted March 21, 2013

 






 



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