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Meth Labs Deadly Force to Cops

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

According to a KSL-TV investigation, in Utah 84 cops that are either deathly sick or dead have a common link, they all investigated meth labs.

In other parts of the country, Illinois, Colorado and Oklahoma cases of meth narcotic officers getting sick have become common.

The question is what makes Houston County's law enforcement any different from becoming another statistic?

Houston County Sheriff’s Department’s Donn McMullon says, "We have what we call 'mom and pop' labs here. It’s done with one hot plate or a microwave oven. In the west, they have large scales operations, five or 6,000 square foot warehouses."

One pound of meth can generate eight pounds of toxic waste, which can explain why a meth cook life expectancy is only about two years, which can also explain why a narcotic cop's constant exposure to meth labs can be life threatening

Once a year for one week Houston County deputies and Dothan police officers are required to go through government approved training to be certified to handle meth labs. In this training they learn about required safety outfits and how to clean an area once an arrest is made, and it also helps produce telltale signs of a meth lab that may be too dangerous to go into for an investigation.

"They use the multi-ray; it registers the level of gas of the phosphorous and it'll tell us whether or not it safe to go in there," Dothan Police Det. Brent Parrish says.

Out of the 10 narcotics deputies and officers with Houston County and the city of Dothan, so far no one has gotten sick

Obin Scott Winn of Cottonwood was charged with several counts of methamphetamine use and manufacturing.

Beckett Kendrick of Dothan was arrested Friday morning. He too has several meth use and trafficking charges. Both are being held in the Houston County Jail with bonds totaling $92,000.


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