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on Mar 11, 2010
I am a neighbor of these guys and I knew Matt when we were kids. Very sad to see what meth has done to his life. Glad the house didn't have to blow up, and hopefully he can do his time and get clean.
I'm a neighbor and it was quite alarming to watch this house be invaded like a CSI crime scene yesterday. Cops everywhere, house taped off, everyone in hazmat suits. Channel 7 news camped in front of my house all day and Channel 2 news knocking on my door this morning at 6am for an interview.
I also went to high school with Matt. He was a nice guy, one of the "popular" guys. Really sad to see how his life has turned out. I hope he's able to get the help he needs to turn his life around.
Thanks Pleasanton PD for breaking this lab apart before anything tragic happened. After speaking with the investigators that were on the scene last night, we learned how volatile these kind of labs can be. Thank God the house didn't explode. We were told our house would've gone up in flames too. Incredibly scary. Great job again, PPD...thank you.
What a relief to see another meth lab taken off the streets! Meth is the root of most evil and crime these days! On behalf of me and my children, thank you!!
These brothers, if found guilty or as part of a plea deal, should be required to pay for decontamination of the house. Former meth lab homes can be a real estate nightmare.
[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] Meth is a extremely dangerous drug both when used and when being manufactured. Fires, explosions and significant toxic problems with the residual. Good job by law enforcement to get these guys off the street as nothing they were doing has any redeeming value--max terms with rehab-no early out is the answer.
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Glad to hear that this meth operation was shut down. I am curious, though, about a couple of things:
1) For the folks that posted and said that they were neighbors and ex-classmates of one of the suspects, did you notice anything out of the ordinary going on with the house?
2) For the Pleasanton Police Dept., are there any signs that neighbors should be looking for to alert the police that there might be illegal drug activity in a house? Not to put the neighbors on the track to spying on neighbors, but one would think that there would be something to tip folks off that all was not "kosher" in a house. For instance, how long was this particular operation going on?
With the threat of these places bursting into flames, I think it might pay for neighbors to know some of the signs.
I know, I know, we are very fortunate that our police do respond in these cases, unlike some other cities where they are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers, but it would be great to keep the numbers of meth operations small in Pleasanton. Maybe a public information/education forum? Or something to the Neighborhood watch program?
We didn't notice much, other than a corvette and truck started appearing in front of the house several months back. The woman and we thought husband (but there's been no mention of him) lived there and they were quiet, all seemed normal. The house was kept up very nicely and was clean. The other neighbor across the street mentioned something about "the sons" that lived there and that's when we thought..."ahhh..that would explain that cars that started being parked there on a regular basis."
We also noticed that the garage door was left open all day, not all the way; just enough so that cats could come in and out. This never happened before and we noticed that cats always on everyone's property. But otherwise........all was normal and quiet in the neighborhood as it had always been.
That was my first question when I saw all of the crime team at the house in hazmat suits. I asked the other neighbor, why we weren't notified? Hazmat suits signal dangerous toxins etc...did we need to worry about anything? I know nothing about meth, so I assumed that since the meth lab wasn't active at the time; they were just being extra cautious.
Again, just glad it's been dismantled and shut down!
The sfgate article below says 1 brother was a swim coach.
Does anyone know where?
it amazes me that this town is unaware of the HUGE drug problem going on in Pleasanton.
Eyes Wide Shut
children are depressed, kids get phony marijuana med cards so they can smoke pot, and now meth labs... hmmmmmm, maybe this community needs to wake up and be proactive in securing our future as a safe place to live?
It amazes me too Mary that all through these strings of communication; about the teen suicides, about the 3 teens arrested for torturing that other poor kid; about the robbery downtown there are always people as you said with Eyes Wide Shut who wonder and ask oh how could this possibly be happening in Camelot, oh I mean Pleasanton? Ha I have to say from the kids we know, parents are keenly 'unaware' of what is going on with many of them...and if they only knew would wonder oh how did this happen to my child?? Time to wake up folks and GET IN YOUR KIDS' Business!!!!! You'd be surprised what you might find......yup, that includes you; the one whose kids would 'never' do things like that!!! :):):) WAKE UP PLEASANTON!!!!!
When we first moved to Pleasanton, Our Town never made the media and televsions news. The Police Report part of the Pleasanton Weekly took up a very small tiny section of the paper, and that included car accidents. Eventally the section grew to about half a page and the car accidents part was taken away to make room for more Police Reports in our town. I truly miss the good old days of just 16 years ago! I give a big thank you to our Police Officers for getting this dangerous situation removed. But I can only wonder who and where the next meth house will appear here, if more don't already exist.
I think most of us are all quite aware that drugs can be a problem ANYWHERE including Pleasanton. I am more than willing to be as you say "procactive in securiting our future as a safe place to live" but how? I don't know what to do except keep my EYES and EARS WIDE OPEN and talk to my kids about the hazards of drugs. If you have some insight on this the rest of us don't, then please share - I'm genuinely open here.
SIGNS OF A METH LAB: Web Link
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I'm with you, Resident, both on being quite aware that drugs can be a problem here in Pleasanton, and on wanting to help prevent this. I wonder, though, at the scolding, shouting tone of some of the other people posting. Can we work together without the negativity?
We mustn't politicize this event. We must be increasingly on the alert. This is exactly the kind of thing that can happen in a community that neglects its schools. Failing to pass a parcel tax can lead to things like this.
Sorry, dear Reader, but this is exactly the kind of thing that can happen ANYWHERE.
"Failing to pass a parcel tax can lead to things like this."
OK wait, are you just posing as "a reader" or just practicing propaganda poorly again?
Nice alliteration! Practicing Propaganda Poorly!
These guys are real turds. I hope they get the book thrown at them.
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Please contact officer Gamez of the Pleasanton Police Department regarding our children and drugs. Our PD has programs for us to become more involved as a community. It is possible that there are programs we need to create, find or implement as well.
there is the "every 15 minutes" program going on now. see you tube for videos on this program.
although this can happen anywhere, it would be best if we focused on our TriValley area.
Parents become busy with their work, their busy schedules, their next vacation. WE dont pay attention to the everyday attention and love we need to maintain in our homes. WE lose that to TV, internet, and the like. It's not impossible, but it would be nice if WE all attempted to focus on family dinners, walks and picnics, rather than all those things that take us away from our families. Maybe then there will be some resolve in our community. What ever happened to block parties? Do you know your neighbors name?
Society does not focus family structure in a positive attitude. We've learned to ignore each other and think that every thing is ok. and it's Not OK -
Wow, this town is taking a turn in a very weird direction. I don't know about you but I've noticed a trend lately where on 1st St. we all of a sudden have three bright neon signs for "Massage" parlors, a head shop disguised as a cigarette outlet, a marked increase in those wonderful students from Horizon High roaming the neighborhoods in the afternoon & now a full blown meth lab just a few steps from Downtown. Add the assault on the young man by the two teens a while back, the taxi cab driver beating last fall...wet the fork P-Town? Time for a reality check folks. Your city hall, the Downtown Merchants Assoc., local police & the citizenry themselves are letting us all down & I for one do not like the direction this is heading.
maybe you should be "proactive" rather than blaming the police, city hall and the merchants association. grumbling here doesn't do a thing. write them a letter, each of them. take "your" time to speak up "rather than grumbling" - thanks!
all addresses for the PD, City Hall, and the Merchants Association are available online at their respective websites.
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