Deputies Receive Training on Methamphetamine Labs

DEA Teaches How to Deal with Clandestine Operations

(Bel Air, Md. – June 13, 2006) — Two Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies were among a group of law enforcement officers from throughout the United States that received specialized training from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last week on methamphetamine laboratories. Deputy First Class Greg Young and Sergeant Doug Reppar graduated June 9, 2006 from the 40-hour course at the DEA training academy at Quantico, Virginia.

Deputies Young and Reppar are both members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, a highly trained specialized tactical unit. The DEA training will aid the Sheriff’s Office in identifying, entering, dismantling and securing clandestine methamphetamine labs.

Successful completion of the weeklong course also brings with it federal certification from DEA in tactical entry to clandestine laboratories. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team is now one of a select few law enforcement tactical units in Maryland with personnel certified for tactical entry operations into suspected methamphetamine labs.

The are a variety of problems posed by methamphetamine labs, including the possibility of fire, explosion, respiratory health concerns and toxic waste generated by the drug manufacturing process. Once located and secured, clean up of these makeshift labs costs thousands of dollars.

During the early morning hours of Friday, June 9, 2006, Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies acting on information received following a traffic stop executed a search and seizure warrant at a motel room in Joppa. Because of the search, three adults, two males and one female, all from North Carolina, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Commenting on the graduation of DFC Young and Sgt Reppar, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “We are grateful to DEA for providing us with the most current training available to combat methamphetamine labs. I am confident this specialized training will result in more effective drug interdiction efforts in Harford County and the State of Maryland.”

Press Release

June 13, 2006