|By Delekhan J. Delekhan (Delekhan) on Monday, December 17, 2001 - 08:38 pm:|
LSD lab rivals largest in U.S.
Authorities seize Wamego huge facility before it begins production
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Wamego — Federal officers were finishing up their investigations at an LSD laboratory near Wamego that experts are calling one of the largest drug laboratories in the country.
Shirley Armstead, spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration district office in St. Louis, said investigators have discovered enough chemical ingredients found in the drug to produce between 36 million and 60 million doses of LSD.
"They are predicting that this laboratory could have been supplying a third of the LSD in the United States and maybe the world," Armstead said. "This particular laboratory is one of the biggest labs that has been seized in this country."
Armstead said the evidence seized so far indicated the lab had not yet produced any of the drug. She also noted that the DEA had not seized an LSD lab in the United States since 1991.
William Leonard Pickard, 55, and Clyde Apperson, 45, both of San Francisco, are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in federal court in Topeka. A federal court clerk said each defendant faced one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and dispense LSD.
The DEA said because of the quantity of chemicals found Nov. 7 at the former missile silo just west of Wamego, each man could spend from 10 years to life in prison.
Pickard was arrested Nov. 7 after a Wamego couple he had asked for a ride to Manhattan became suspicious and called police. Apperson was arrested that day after he was stopped driving a truck in Wamego.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Rogers allowed Apperson to post $200,000 bond last Friday if he agreed that he would forfeit property for failure to appear in court.
The story explains that no drugs were actually made at the facility (they had the chemicals, but were busted before production)... My theory, this dude had to be a key player before he tried to set up shop in Kansas. This could have been a long-standing operation moved east for easier distribution.
Also, considering that the production community is fairly tight-nit... a bust of that size is going to cause a hit on any production operations still standing.
Either way, the result seems to be a heavy drop in the availabilty. Perhaps it's not linked to this incident at all, but considering the magnitude, I can't see it not having some effect.
|By che guareva (Ekostikdaydream) on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 - 12:21 am:|
|By Delekhan J. Delekhan (Delekhan) on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 - 12:30 am:|
It seems a little too crazy to me. I mean, what was he thinking? Go to rural Kansas and set up a multi-million dollar lsd lab in an ex-missile silo, all the while flaunting your excess money around? Just doesn't seem very low-key.... That was a year ago, I don't know what happened to the dude in court, still trying to dig that up.
|By Stewie (Stew) on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 - 03:45 am:|
Did anyone read the rolling stone article about those guys? Very cool. I wish I could remember the issue it came from. I think it was from this past summer.