Monday December 12 2011

– Police plan to crack down on parent who set up drug factories in the home by testing their children’s hair for chemical exposure.
Investigators say they are fed up with finding children whose lives have been put at risk by living near poisonous and potentially explosive secret laboratories.
Four children were living at the property of the man pictured holding an imitation gun. The methyl-amphetamine lab was in an unlocked shed, metres away from where they play on a trampoline.
Now, if a hair test shows a child has been exposed to dangerous chemicals, police are determined to prosecute the parents.
Police don’t have the right to take a hair sample from a child without a parent or guardian’s consent – unlikely in cases where the parent is a suspect.
But an order might be granted if a child were placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services.
Detectives have previously found it hard to prove children were being exposed to the methyl-amphetamine manufacturing process.
But Senior-Sergeant Mark Burnett, a detective in the clandestine laboratory squad, said that hair sampling could reveal the length and degree of chemical exposure.
He said the dangers of drug labs to children were enormous, and police would look at charging parents with reckless conduct endangering their children’s lives or putting them at risk of injury.
Children’s natural curiosity also made them vulnerable to swallowing chemicals from bottles and jars, he said.
Senior-Sergeant Burnett said there was also concern over the disposal of drug-making equipment and waste.
Contaminated equipment had been dumped in places such as parks, and toxic waste had been poured down drains or in public areas.
The police clandestine laboratory squad has closed down 74 drug factories in Victoria this year. Most were in homes but others were found in cars, hotels and business premises – Mark Buttler


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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