Police in Oklahoma arrested a woman on charges of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine inside a Tulsa Walmart on Thursday. Shopper Alisha Halfmoon, 45, allegedly grabbed ingredients from the shelves and mixed chemicals inside the store, KJRH reports.

“While speaking with some of the firefighters on the scene she made statements that that’s what she was doing; that she was attempting to obtain these chemicals and was in the process of trying to manufacture methamphetamine,” police officer David Shelby told the station. “However, she said that she was not very good at it.”
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When an officer confronted Halfmoon at around 6 p.m., the suspect had allegedly just finished mixing a bottle of sulfuric acid with starter fluid, Shelby told Fox 23.

Walmart is known for its low, low prices, but Shelby said she couldn’t afford to buy the drug ingredients.



  1. LibertyLover says:

    “Dumbass of the Day Award”

    You nailed that one!

    • scandihoovian says:

      Should be “Lunatic of the Day”. These people are so out of touch with reality in most cases calling them a dumbass is doing a disservice to the fine, clippity-clop cattle of this country that were simply born a bit under the lowering bar of intelligence.

  2. orchidcup says:

    I have a son that is in prison for the second time for distributing methamphetamine.

    The Dumbass of the Decade award should go to my son.

    Methamphetamine causes permanent brain damage that is not recoverable.

    Methamphetamine users will stop at nothing to get their next fix.

    It is the worst drug of them all.

    • Dallas says:

      Sorry to hear that. It’s an awful social disease that I just don’t see a ‘cure’ for.

    • Dr Spearmint Fur says:

      Been there. The worst drug is the one that takes someone you love.

      You need to get with people who have experienced the same pain you have. Trust me.

    • EstCstCrkPt says:

      HAte to be a dick but, Do you have sources to back up your claims?

      Amphetamines are sold in pharmacies all over the nation as safe medicines for the treatment of Behavioral Disorders. PErsonaly I buy the semi legal stuff (bath salts) and I know that it has helped me with my temper and, and it keeps me focused.

  3. pedro says:

    See kids? Drugs aren’t bad. They don’t make people do stupid thing. It’s just the people. Kinda like guns don’t kill people.

    • orchidcup says:

      Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

      Cars kill people more than guns.

      Drugs kill people more than guns.

      Hospitals kill people more than guns.

      What is your point?

      • pedro says:

        I was being sarcastic towards to position of the blog’s “liberals” which is drugs are not harmful

        • Uncle Dave says:

          No one here has ever said they aren’t harmful (except marijuana, of course, unless you drive stoned). What’s harmful is the War on Drugs.

        • scandihoovian says:

          Some are actually even beneficial! I get 8 hours of great rest every night by puffing rather than taking scary prescription sleeping pills. I think my boss would even approve considering the increased productivity. Now that’s ironic.

          • pedro says:

            Right! And you have it under control. You can leave it any day.

          • So what says:

            K I can’t believe I am agreeing with pedro. But you could do a little physical labor and be tired enough to get a good nights sleep. I guess that might take a little to much effort.

  4. Silenus says:

    There is a difference between being “dumbass” and mentally ill and/or an abuse victim. People who have attempted to do something real about the drug problem say that drug users are often trying to self medicate to escape extremely painful memories of abuse. There is probably a genetic component to addiction as well. So maybe “dumbass” is a better fit for people who don’t take a scientific approach to problems, let alone a adopting a compassionate view.

    I love your columns Uncle Dave, but here you have it all wrong.

  5. Benjamin says:

    We don’t need to outlaw drugs. Just jail dumbasses like this one. I am sure that if we legalized drugs it would still be illegal to cook meth anywhere but a certified government-inspected lab. We’d have no more or no fewer drugged out idiots than we do now.

    Drugs do make people stupid, but they also make it obvious to everyone around that you are doing something criminal

    • pedro says:

      You really don’t understand the mind of a drug addict. How naive.

      • spsffan says:

        Indeed. But if we legalized drugs, particularly crystal meth, it would be dirt cheap. People like this one would quickly overdose and dispatch themselves, unburdening society.

        As far as it goes, I’ve personally known several people who have used methamphetamine casually, for a time, then stopped when they no longer wanted to.

        I’ve known others who used until it (or some side effect) killed them. I guess I could say the same for alcohol or cigarettes, but they take far, far longer to do the job, and being legal, don’t result in quite the social disruption.

        • orchidcup says:

          Manufacturing methamphetamine is already dirt cheap. The ingredients to cook meth are available at Wal-Mart.

          I doubt that legalization of methamphetamine would deter those that see an enormous profit in the distribution of the drug.

          Cigarettes are legal, yet there are those people that purchase them in one state and sell them in New York City, for example, at a tremendous profit. Illegally, of course.

          Then there are the legal prescription drugs that are prescribed indiscriminately by doctors and resold on the black market.

          Then there are those designer drugs that are manufactured in makeshift chemistry labs which are often adulterated with impurities that cause permanent brain damage at the first dose. Ecstasy is one example.

          Alcohol, for example, is legal and controlled. We already know the results of Prohibition. Some people drink alcohol “responsibly,” while others become alcoholics.

          I won’t disagree that the War on Drugs has been an utter failure and another moneyhole for tax dollars.

          Mind-altering and mood-altering drugs have plagued mankind since the cave man gnawed the bark off a tree.

          There are both spiritual and scientific approaches to drug rehabilitation. Neither of those approaches appears to be successful all the time. It depends on the individual, apparently.

          I don’t know that there is a solution for people who are self-destructive for whatever reason.

          It seems there are as many reasons for self-destructive behavior as there are people who are self-destructive.

        • So what says:

          Missouri is seeing fewer organized meth labs as the one pot cooks are taking over. That’s the good news. The bad news. They can purchase enough materials to make their own without flagging for suspect materials. The only way it could get any cheaper is if it was free.

  6. sargasso_c says:

    A huge problem, and largely ignored.

  7. smartalix says:

    That chick’s really methed up.

    (I’m surprised nobody made that pun yet, frankly.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    She probably thought she worked there! Depending on which Walmart it was, it’s probably a good bet that half the employees were also on meth and wanted her to cook up a batch. Therefore, what I want to know is how she got caught?!

  9. Grandpa says:

    I have a Son who was raped at the age of 5. We didn’t know about it until he was 22 years old. (The DA said forget it, it’s too late). He is now 42 years old and has been in and out of meth for at least the last 22 years. There’s no question that stuff damages your brain while your teeth are rotting out. She is a sick person who probably needed help many year ago and didn’t get it. Pathetic yes, a pathetic waste of life.

  10. #23- bobbo, OCCUPY DVORAK: what if "we-all" number our own posts and post seriatim ourselves? says:

    I’m all for legalizing or decriminalizing drugs===and their sales===because the anti drug laws cause more harm than they prevent.

    That said–drugs by definition are harmful when taken to excess==when they interfere with being happier in some other way. Its all about insight and recognizing your options.

    Maybe one option taken was meth and the life that brings rather than suicide for the bad things that have happened to you? Who knows. Life is all about the vagaries and luck that happens and each individuals response to it.

    We shouldn’t be about making the process harder than it already is.

  11. Kevin Roa says:

    Winning!

  12. deowll says:

    When you are addicted to Meth you will take very long risks trying to obtain the stuff. The know the odds are bad but like a drowning man they will still grab at any chance even when it is no chance.

    For most people the cure is death. The only method I can think of to largely end this problem is not acceptable though in the long run it would lower the death rate.

    • orchidcup says:

      You cannot lower the death rate.

      Everybody dies eventually.

      What you meant to say is it would lower the early death rate.

  13. RS says:

    Thank heavens we have anti-drug laws which prevent this from happening.

    Oh… wait.

  14. AdmFubar says:

    guns dont kill people, bullets kill people. nya nya!

    next at walmart.. crackheads in the car department

  15. Buzz Mega says:

    The formula went south when she began to distill Windex.

  16. jbellies says:

    Dumbass? Considering the alternatives, it might even have been a cunning move. Notoriety, craziness, she might even end up in a place that could help her, unlike the other possibilities.

  17. Glenn E. says:

    The real dumb asses are our government, for refusing to educate children just how bad these home brewed drugs are, and how they can mess one up, and lead to death. But nooOOOoo. This information might put kids off of trying tobacco and alcohol. And that would put a serious dip in the sales of such products, by future generations. And we can’t have any of that, can we? So…. leave the children of America vulnerable to their curiosity and the product marketing of big tobacco and booze. A few hundred thousand meth addicts is a small price to pay, to ensure the continued profits of those who substantially lobby Congress not to educate the youth against substance abuse.

    War on Drugs? It’s a total joke. It’s nothing close to being a war. In WW2, they bombed factories and whole towns, where weapons were being made. In this war on drugs. They only capture some users, and on rare occasion a dealer. But the manufacturer of the base chemicals goes on business as usual. And nothing much is said about how much extra money the chemical plants and pharmas, are making, over legitimate sales.

    Why don’t they just ban all amphetamine from manufacture, for at least a year, maybe longer? The loss of which just means a lot of cold sufferers will have to suffer a little bit more. What did we do before these were invented, anyway? We managed. It’s not a life and death situation, to have them. It is a life and death situation to allow them to be far too easy to get hold of. Both thru doctors and OTC sales. It’s harder to get prescription MJ, or impossible to get it legally OTC, in most US states. And MJ doesn’t mess you up anywhere near as badly as amphetamine abuse does.

    But since MJ might somehow compete with tobacco sales. MJ seizure has been give disproportionally higher enforcement priority, than its real health threat warrants. It all politics. Big drug companies make the amphetamine and pseudo-amphetamine. And its one of their bread and butter commodities. So government doesn’t ban those, just the nasty end product made from them. And MJ won’t kill you and faster than smoking tobacco can. And it won’t get you any higher than beer or hard booze. But those are protected commodities of national commerce. And Marijuana isn’t. And makers of the former lobbies against any competition by makers of the latter.

    And the children learn NOTHING of this in school, because it might teach them something of how their government really works. And they might not stand for being tools of the grandfathered addiction industries, who run so much of US commerce, and the sports industries. Why do they sell beer at major league Football and Baseball games, but not in movie theaters? Some of the movies I’ve seen, a beer would improve them a lot!

  18. Glenn E. says:

    Just to further at to what I was saying. The US government interferes in school educational curriculum, to make sure every child in the public system learns about Darwin, Global Warming, and procreation (sex). Because they are so worried there might be a deficiency of knowledge in those areas. But there’s no such demands of the curriculum to educate against drug abuse, or labor abuse, or financial exploitation and fraud, or proper nutrition and diet. Because a lot of corporations depend on the continued ignorance of youth, in these areas. Especially involving whatever US military might claim about enlistment, to less knowledgeable. Any pre-skepticism education might screw up the recruitment numbers. And they’d have to bring back the draft. Which would endanger the wealth 1%ers’ kids too. The voluntary economic draft, works so much better.

    • orchidcup says:

      I would add that public schools have very little education concerning the Constitution.

      There are so many misconceptions about the Constitution that it is impossible to list them here.

      Until or if a student reaches the university level, and they are required to study law, they know next to nothing about the Constitution.

      And, when they do learn something of Constitutional law, they are not taught the critical or analytical skills to question a legal precedent such as Corporate Personhood.

      Corporate Personhood should be abolished. The concept should never have become legal precedent in the first place. The historical record on that is very clear.

      However, because all lawyers are limited liability corporations, they are not going to be the people that abolish the concept of Corporate Personhood.

      They are too busy enjoying the benefits of being an artificial person and a natural person at the same time.