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4B Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Thr00.00e suspec:ts arrested in meth lal) busts in Portola Members of the Plumas County Sheriffs SWAT and the detective units served two search warrants at 5801 Grizzly Road and 324 Bella Vista Drive in Portola Wednesday, Feb. 17, at approximately 9 a.m. During service of the war- rant at Bella Vista Dr., sheriff's detectives discovered an al- leged methamphetamine manu- facturing operation in a motor home in the backyard occupied by suspect Mark Adams, 49. Upon locating the alleged meth lab, sheriffs department personnel contacted the De- partment of Justice's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement Unit to assist with the recov- ery of lab paraphernalia, glassware and chemicals used in the manufacturing process. A DOJ criminalist from Chico took samples for later analysis. Inside the residence of Kirk Bader, 52, additional methamphetamine and an il- legal assault rifle were seized. The Plumas County Envi- ronmental Health Department will look into the potential health hazards from this drug lab posed to the public and nearby residents. During service of the war- rant at Grizzly Road, the resi- dence of William Papp, 52, de- tective's recovered firearms, methamphetamine and chem- icals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Suspects Adams, Bader and Papp were taken into custody without incident. Adams was charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Bader was charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance, con- spiracy, possession of a con- trolled substance and posses- sion of an assault weapon. Papp was charged with manu- facturing of a controlled sub- stance and conspiracy. All three were booked into the Plumas County Detention Facility where they are being held on $500,000 bail. The case has been sent to the Plumas County District Attorney's Of- fice for review and the filing of charges. The public may be unaware they're living near a drug lab. Drug labs turn up in houses, barns, apartments, trailers, campers, cabins and motel rooms -- even the backs of pickups. The equipment for a drug lab can be as small as to fit in a duffel bag, a cardboard box or the trunk of a car. To identify a drug lab, look for the following: Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals); Renters who pay their land- lords in cash (most drug deal- ers trade exclusively in cash); Lots of traffic, people com- ing and going at unusual times; there may be little traf- fic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically, including differ- ent vehicles arriving and staying for short periods of time; Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemi- cally stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape; Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the home; Windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, ply- wood, sheets, blankets, etc.; A secretive or protective area surrounding the resi- dence, such as video cameras, alarm systems, guard dogs, reinforced doors, electrified fencing; People exiting the structure to smoke; Little or no mail, furniture, visible trash and no newspa- per delivery. Many everyday household items can be used in the man- ufacturing process of metham- phetamine as well as other il- legal drugs such as LSD, ecsta- sy and other illegal drugs. Drug labs are hazardous to the community in many ways. They contaminate the environment and watershed and pose health hazards to the public, not to mention the col- lateral damage to families and children who are associated Sheriff's office detectives clear an alleged meth lab in a motor home Feb. 17. Photo courtesy Plumas County Sheriff's Dept. with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The sheriff's department encourages anyone with information regarding a suspected drug lab to contact their local law enforcement agency. Plumas County resi- dents may call the detective unit at 283.6363. Coalitions merge to restor0000 forests and timber indtJstq The mill closures of 2009 in Northern California have brought about the formation of two regional coalitions to address the issues surround- ing the economic and social impacts when these closures occur. In Plumas County, the Ptumas County Economic Re- covery Committee (PCERC) was formed to address local needs as well as another working group addresses state and federal issues and legislation. PCERC has repre- sentatives of local elected offi- cials, county services, educa- tion, small and large busi- nesses, real estate, chambers of commerce, hospitals, local utiliti, es, news service, city management, timber industry and citizens at large. Their mission statement is; En- hance Plumas County's Eco- nomic Vitality through our Natural Resources. The second coalition that was formed was the Sustain- able Forest Action Coalition (SFAC). It has members of the Board of Supervisors from E1 Dorado, Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne Counties, Chamber of Commerce from E1 Dorado and Tuolumne County, Sacramento Metropol- itan Chamber and Lincoln; E1 Dorado County Fire Safe Council, County Farm Bu- reau, Business Alliance and Agricultural Commission, Cal- ifornia Forestry Association and Sierra Pacific Industries. These two coalitions realized that their goals and objectives were very similar and have worked together to form a larg- er geographic coalition. The main goal of this larger coali- tion is to work at the State and Federal level to bring regulato- ry reform to restore our healthy forests and maintain the existing timber production infrastructure. By meeting this objective, the coalitions also recognizes the additional bene- fit that thinning to improve for- est health provides to their wa- tersheds and furthering their efforts in protecting their nat- ural resources from cata- strophic wildfires. The group works separately from the Board of Supervisor's but in a parallel fashion to try and add additional input and support to natural resource issues that impact their coun- ties economic and social well- being. In order to provide a larger support base for this ef- fort, both the PCERC and SFAC organized a meeting in Chico, California on Feb. 19 to try and form a coalition that would encompass the central and northern Sierra's as well as the Klamath Province. This initial meeting was attended by members of PCERC, SFAC, Board of Supervisor and County members from Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, E1 Dorado, Butte, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties. Also pre- sent were representatives for Congressmen Herger and Mc- and Yuba counties either al- Clintock and State Assembly- ready contacted or will be re- man Logue. In addition, both quested to join in this effort. In State Senator Aanestad and addition, Congressman Lun- Cox have provided represen- gren and Radanovich have tatives as part of this effort previously sent representa- but could not make this meet- ing. It was recognized that it is important that this new coalition involve as wide a participation from varies county agencies, businesses, industry, chambers of com- merce, farm bureau's and concerned citizens. The meeting was successful in gaining the wider support to move forward with this larger coalition effort. A broader support base is being worked on with Lassen, Neva- da, Placer, Calaveras, Tehama tives to a general meeting in December and will again be asked to be a part of this larger effort. Congressman Thomp- son and Senator's Feinstein and Boxer will be invited to participate in future meetings. 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