Monday, April 13, 2009

I'll Have The Burrito With Salsa But Hold The Meth

So Bend has a serious Meth problem. Just last week, the owners of a local taco shop were busted big time for dealing meth. And it's not like they were doing deals in dark alleys or side streets. Nope. You could pull up to the drive-thru and order your burrito with a side of meth, to go. Seriously. Just yesterday, after church, we drove by the restaurant (that is closed for the time being), and someone had rearranged the letters on the reader board to read "Meth burrito - $2". If I told you I laughed, you may think I am cold, callous and have no empathy for these individuals who have chosen to go down the wrong path. Well, I did laugh and I have absolutely no sympathy for these individuals who knew that what they were doing was wrong and illegal.

Some people are defending these individuals stating, 'I know them and they are good guys.' Good guys? One of the brothers has assault charges against him, 2 recent DUII's and has a warrant out on him for probation violation. And this is a good guy? Sorry, but he's out there with his brother selling meth to our kids and helping to ruin and destroy lives.

And what about the couple busted last week for breaking into over 25 cars? When the police arrived to arrest them, they found two children under three in their feces infested apartment (yes, there were feces on furniture, walls, the children, their clothes and beds) and they also found meth. The couple were breaking into vehicles trying to find money or valuables to sell to fuel their drug habits. What's going to happen to the children? They will probably go to a foster home for a few months and then the State of Oregon will put them right back in the home with their mom.

I know many of you, my loyal readers, will find it hard to believe, but I have some very strong opinions about these people. While I would like to do an Annie rant at this moment, I feel the need to refrain because I received a Jury summons on this very day. Yes, I get to report for Jury duty on of all days, my birthday (Cinco de Mayo y'all). And what if, just what if, I was lucky enough to have a court-room encounter with one of these fine meth users and I can't be on the jury because I ranted about them. So, I'm going to let my loyal readers rant for me. And if you'd like to read the stories for yourself so that you can rant 'informed' I will post the links to the stories.

And if I get a picture of the reader board (I've got someone on it), it will be my picture of the week.

I'll have the burrito with meth. To go.

Fuelling my drug habit is more important than taking care of my kids.

14 comments:

Diane said...

I love jury duty. I hope you do get on one of those. I was foreman on a jury for a trial for a drug dealer. They closed the courtroom when the verdict was read (guilty) and then they escorted us all to our cars and made sure we were on our way before they unsealed the courtroom and the verdict was made public. Oh, I forgot to mention there were Uzis found in the drug dealer's car... Uzis with armor piercing bullets. It was scary but it felt good to read that "GUILTY" out loud, let me tell you.

Billy Coffey said...

Even our tiny town has been invaded by meth heads. Seems like this sort of thing is everywhere now. And though I'll admit I would have laughed right along with you at that sign, a part of me wants to take my family, cut and run to the hills, and never return...

Beth said...

Man, I just have to go next door if I want meth...but it's been quiet over there. I think they might have moved out. Or they're in jail?

Sigh.

Or I can go to Wal-Mart where they have the formula behind the counter so people don't steal it to make meth.

Obviously, we have a serious problem with meth here as well. It's a terrible, terrible drug. I know the kids of many addicts and I know the addicts, too. I've seen the buildings burned out when the labs blow up. I've seen people my age who look like they are 60. I've seen the kids be taken away...and put back...and taken away again.
I just get more sad than mad.

Annie K said...

This is interesting because 'meth' was a 'west coast' problem not too recently but it seems that it's tentacles have reached out to the 'east'. Very sad indeed.

Helen said...

I actually do feel sorry for the addicts. Make a bad choice ONCE, and you just may find yourself stuck with it with no way out. The dealers, I don't feel sorry for.

Anonymous said...

You seem annoying.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Anonymous, clearly you're new here. Annie actually IS annoying. No 'seem' about it. ;)

Seriously, we have a meth problem here in GA, too. It seems to really hit the rural areas, like where I live. Maybe cuz it's easier to hide a meth lab?

On a side note, I read once that it's not always obvious that a house has ever held a meth lab. But the residues contaminate the walls, rugs and surfaces. How'd ya like to buy THAT house unaware?

katdish said...

This just makes me sad and angry all at the same time. I have met people in the throws of that particular addiction and it is as if that drug has taken over their bodies and souls until there is nothing left of the person that was once there. What's so sad is that once one place is shut down, another will likely go up in its place. I saw a story on tv from a small town where 60% of the town was addicted to herion. At a certain point, the addict's life revolves around their next fix. Nothing else matters.

sherri said...

Meth ptoblems here too.

Here's why I'll never have to serve jury duty:

I just tell them, "I'm a great judge of character. I pretty much just take one look at someone and can tell instantly if they're innocent or guilty."

(Judge) "We would like to thank and dismiss Mrs. Murphy."

BunBun the Cottontailed Rabbit said...

You know what I find annoying? Anonymous commenters. Not commenter such as myself, who proudly leave a psuedonymn wherever they go, but people who hide behind the generic Anonymous. At least use a little creativity if you don't want to be identified.
Please know that all rabbit references have been copyrighted elsewhere...

mistymorningmountain said...

BunBun,

I couldn't agree more!

Michelle said...

You know how naive I am? Perhaps about 8 months ago I had no clue about meth houses or labs or how its made or whatever!! I have absolutely no clue about drugs or where people buy it or how or why??? I am so naive about it all. Maybe because I hate what it does to people? I am not that tolerant of drug addicted people. There is always help out there.

Whatever, don't get me started!!!

Have a great day missy!!!!

Nick the Geek said...

You know what is annoying? In Springfield, MO they have a huge problem with meth. It is such a problem that they ended up passing some state laws that allows seizure of property if it can be proven that the owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the production of meth. It happened to one person who owned two houses. He let his son live in one and his son got busted 3 times for making meth in the house before being sentenced. The father was told to evict the son because of the ongoing problem of allowing meth to be manufactured in the property. The 4th time the cops went over and arrested the father and the state ended up seizing both houses. After that landlords started being more proactive about the problem.

My neighbor was a cross country trucker with his wife and so they let their adult son live there with a live in GF for a while. That is until they got busted for cooking meth in the shed out back. This was shortly after the seizure made the news so he kicked the son out. The worst part is the GF had a kid and they are handling some very nasty chemicals and exposing the child to those chemicals and worst my kids would have been exposed if the wind was blowing the right way. I feel for the baby that got evicted with the rest of the family. It is one of the few times I wish DFS would take a kid. Considering my kids might have been exposed to dangerous chemicals I think getting kicked out is the best thing that could have happened to the guy. Had I known when he was around much worse would have happened.

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