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“Meth use is way, way up,� says Grover Police Lt. John Bewick. He should know. Grover Beach Police have been busy all week busting people for selling and making meth. “There is no doubt it causes aggressive behavior and an increases in crimes such as theft,� Bewick adds.
 
It started on May 30, when Grover Beach police arrested Brady Cordova, 36, on suspicion of manufacturing meth and possessing a loaded, illegal, sub-machine gun. Police officials, SLO County Sheriffs deputies and the SLO County Narcotics Task Force discovered the meth conversion lab while serving a search warrant at a home on the 400 block of Ninth Street.
 
Two days later, on April 1, Matthew Teagarden, 24, was arrested after passing counterfeit $100 bills at the Grand Avenue 76 station and Kragen Auto Parts. Police say they found seven grams of meth and packing material used in distributing the drug during a search of Teagarden’s car.
 
Teagarden was arrested and charged with possession of meth for sale, forgery, passing counterfeit money, theft, and marijuana possession. His girlfriend, Ashley Barker, 18, was charged with possessing meth for sale and a false driver’s license.
 
On April 3, a business owner at 1530 Grand Avenue discovered the makings of a meth lab in a small recycle bin behind the business, officials say. Investigators found a Coleman fuel can, tubing, cold medicine, and other chemicals.
 
Police turned the investigation over to the SLO County Narcotics Task Force, which is leading the investigation and disposed of the dismantled lab. Officials say they have no suspects at this point.
 
“We are trying our best to keep this problem under control,� Bewick says. “It is a terrible thing to see what it does to these people. How it affects their lives and their family’s lives, it is horrible.� ∆

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