Russellville Road Meth Bust

A Kentucky State Trooper and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms sensed a strong chemical odor coming from a truck on Russellville Road in Bowling Green around 4:45 p.m. Thursday. When they stopped the truck, they found an anhydrous tank in the cab, along with components of a meth lab.

They arrested 38-year-old Randall Gilleland and 37-year-old Roger Haney for manufacturing meth. They are lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail on $25,000 cash bonds each.

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National Meth Lab Seizures

  • 1973 - 41
  • 1974 - 53
  • 1975 - 53
  • 1976 - 71
  • 1977 - 114
  • 1978 - 143
  • 1979 - 195
  • 1980 - 251
  • 1981 - 184
  • 1982 - 191
  • 1983 - 187
  • 1984 - 198
  • 1985 - 425
  • 1986 - 509
  • 1987 - 682
  • 1988 - 810
  • 1989 - 852
  • 1990 - 549
  • 1991 - 408
  • 1992 - 334
  • 1993 - 286
  • 1994 - 224
  • 1995 - 299
  • 1996 - 734
  • 1997 - 1,321
  • 1998 - 1,627
  • 1999 - 2,155
  • Total - 9,599

Drug Use in the U.S.

  • An estimated 14.8 million Americans were current users of illicit drugs in 1999, meaning they used an illicit drug at least once during the 30 days prior to being interviewed. By comparison, the number of current illicit drug users was at its highest level in 1979 when the estimate was 25.4 million.

  • More than 1 in 10 (10.9 percent) youth aged 12-17 were current users of illicit drugs in 1999. The rate was highest in 1979 (16.3 percent), declined to 5.3 percent in 1992, then increased to 10.9 in 1995. The percentage of youth reporting current use of illicit drugs has fluctuated since 1995 (9 percent in 1996 and 11.4 percent in 1997).

  • The survey found that 17.1 percent of young adults aged 18 to 25 were current users of illicit drugs in 1999. This rate has been gradually rising, up from 13.3 percent in 1994.

  • In 1999, an estimated 208,000 Americans were current users of heroin, more than tripling the number in 1993 (68,000). The average age of heroin users is rapidly dropping. In 1998, the typical heroin user was 21.3 years old the first time they tried the drug, down from 25 years old in 1990.

  • There were an estimated 991,000 new inhalant users in 1998. This number is up 154 percent from 1990, when it was 390,000. Of first-time inhalant users in 1998, 62 percent were between the ages of 12 and 17.

Source: www.usdoj.gov (U.S. Department of Justice Web site) contributed to this report.


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