Police in Thailand seized more than seven million methamphetamine tablets on Saturday following a dramatic car chase, highlighting how drugs continue to pour into the country from the notorious Golden Triangle region.

Investigators said three speeding pick-up trucks failed to stop at a checkpoint in northern Lampang province, close to Thailand’s porous borders with Myanmar and Laos.gfbhdbhhsdh

“Police shot out the tires of the middle car and arrested one Thai national,” Col. Chairoj Uangpayung, commander of Wiang Mok police station, said.

In his truck, they found 3.4 million meth tablets and 20 kilograms of “ice” — a purer form of methamphetamine.

Authorities sped after the other two pick-up drivers who escaped, but not before dropping 20 bags of methamphetamine on the road.

“Police have not counted the second batch yet but altogether I think it’s more than seven million tablets,” Col.Chairoj said.

Investigators estimate the street value of the haul at around USD32 million (THB1,120 million).

Thailand is a major drug market as well as transit route, particularly for “yaba” — meth pills produced in the notorious Golden Triangle region bordering Laos and Myanmar.

The region churns out huge quantities of methamphetamine as well as heroin, opium and cannabis — much of it bound for consumers in Asia and beyond.

While drug seizures and arrests of low-level couriers are common, it is rare for authorities in Laos, Myanmar or Thailand to take down cartel kingpins.

Police data obtained earlier this month showed that Myanmar confiscated a record 98 million meth tablets last year, double the previous year’s haul.

In December, Thai police made a record seizure of pure methamphetamine, seizing half a ton — worth some USD40 million (THB1400 million) — being transported in an 18-wheel truck.

A month later, they also arrested Laotian drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha.

Police say Xaysana had links to a number of Thai celebrities and powerful people who are now part of a widening probe.

But experts say most cartel leaders continue to do business with relative impunity and that laboratories in Laos, Myanmar and southern China can easily make up for losses incurred during raids.






Ice, along with speed and base, is a form of the potent stimulant drug methamphetamine.

Also referred to as shabu, crystal, crystal meth or d-meth, ice is the purest and most potent form of methamphetamine. It comes as a powder or crystals that are usually snorted, injected or smoked.

The latest figures from the National Drug Survey suggest 2 per cent of Australians use methamphetamine — a figure that has not really changed much over the past decade, said Dr Nicole Lee, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute.

But about half of those who use methamphetamines say they prefer to take ice, and the number of people using ice has doubled since the last survey, Dr Lee said.

The first hour

How quickly you feel the effect of methamphetamine depends on the form, the route of administration and how much of it you use, Dr Lee said.

“Mostly people will smoke, inject or swallow a pill,” she said. Sometimes people dissolve it into alcohol or water and drink it.

“If you smoke it, it has an immediate high, just in a couple of minutes you’ll get quite a big hit. Whereas if you ingest it through your stomach it’s about 20 minutes before you start to feel the effects.”

The immediate effects from ice are intense pleasure and clarity. Users say they have lots of energy and can think clearly, feel like they can make good decisions, and plan effectively.

This is because methamphetamine dramatically increases the levels of the hormone dopamine – by up to 1,000 times the normal level – much more than any other pleasure seeking activity or drug.

Physical effects can include dilated pupils, an increased heart and breathing rate, a reduced appetite and an increased sex drive.

The next day

The effects usually last for between four and 12 hours, although methamphetamine can be detected in blood and urine for up to 72 hours.

Methamphetamines and psychosis

Almost one quarter of regular methamphetamine users will experience a symptom of psychosis in any given year.

Methamphetamine psychosis typically involves feeling overly suspicious, having strange beliefs about things that are not plausible, or hearing and seeing things that are not there.

These symptoms can vary in intensity and usually last up to two to three hours, but sometimes symptoms can be severe and last for days.

People with schizophrenia are far more likely to experience psychosis after using methamphetamine than other users.

After the effects of the drug wear off, you’ll begin to come down, sometimes up to 24 hours after you used the drug.

If you’re coming down from methamphetamine you’re likely to feel the opposite of what you feel when you’re high. So you’ll have trouble making decisions, poor concentration and difficulty planning.

You may also have headaches, blurred vision and start to feel hungry.

It’s pretty common to feel flat, depressed, jittery and anxious. You may feel exhausted and want to sleep for a day or two, although you may have difficulty sleeping, Dr Lee said.

Some people may also feel very irritable or have mild psychotic symptoms like paranoia and hallucinations.

“The ‘come down’ period is like a hangover, a recovery period after which people may move into withdrawal if they are dependent,” she said..

Using again and again

Once users start to take ice at higher doses or to use it more frequently, the pleasurable effects tend to give way to less pleasurable ones, Dr Lee said.

Physically this might involve a racing heart and increased breathing rate, a rise in body temperature, a dry mouth and sometimes nausea and vomiting.

At critical toxicity or overdose levels, people can also have stroke or heart failure, and occasionally seizures.

Once you start taking higher doses you may also start to feel jumpy or anxious, hostile and aggressive. This can escalate to feelings of intense paranoia or psychotic episodes.

This is caused by methamphetamine’s release of another neurotransmitter (brain chemical) called noradrenaline, which induces a fight or flight response.

It’s these users that typically turn up in emergency departments and pose a challenge to medical staff, said David Caldicott, an Emergency Consultant at the Calvary Hospital in Canberra.

This is because they are often dealing with methamphetamine’s “double-whammy” of physical as well as psychological effects, he said.

For instance a user could present to emergency with stroke-like symptoms but be severely agitated and aggressive.

“It’s kind of a Benjamin Button type drug so… [you could] see a stroke or aortic dissection in someone using ice in their 20s or 30s,” he said.

Chronic withdrawals

It takes between 10 to 14 days to physically detox from methamphetamine, almost twice as long as many other drugs.

After an acute withdrawal period, there’s a more chronic withdrawal period that may take 12 to 18 months.

“It makes it very difficult for people to get off because having cravings, feeling really flat, jumpy and anxious for over a year-and-a-half is a long time,” Dr Lee said.

One of the reasons it’s so difficult to come off ice and other methamphetamines is that the drugs target the dopamine system. Regular and huge bursts of dopamine can effectively wear the relevant brain regions out, so the brain is no longer able to produce enough dopamine.

“The feeling that you get when you have lots of dopamine in your system is a feeling of incredible pleasure so when the dopamine system wears out, people really feel very flat, and depressed,” Dr Lee said.

In order to feel normal, users need more methamphetamine on board, which is one of the reasons relapse rates are so high.

But Dr Lee said research shows that changes to the dopamine system are recoverable over time.

How addictive is ice?

All drugs have the potential for dependence. In 2013-14:

  • 40 per cent of treatment in Australia was for alcohol
  • 24 per cent for cannabis
  • 17 per cent for methamphetamine
  • 7 per cent for heroin

People do become addicted to methamphetamine, but it is not the most addictive drug around, said Dr Lee. Among methamphetamine users who use regularly around 10 to 15 per cent are dependent compared to 50 per cent of heroin users and 95 per cent of cigarette smokers.

“Compared to some other drugs, it has moderate dependence potential. The rate of dependence among users is probably similar to cannabis,” she said.

“However, because of the significant brain changes from methamphetamine, once someone becomes dependent on methamphetamine, they often find it very difficult to get off. And we don’t know who it is that will become dependent and who won’t.”

Dr Lee and colleagues have done research in this area and found there was a year between when people first started using ice regularly — weekly or more than weekly — and when they started experiencing problems including dependence.

However, it’s hard to predict who will become dependent and who won’t. And once you are dependent, it is quite hard to get off because of how it affects your brain, Dr Lee said.

Who’s using and where?

Australia has fairly strong data on the use of illicit drugs, thanks to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, conducted every three years.

“You see a significantly higher level of use in the rural areas. More people have used over their lifetime, more people have used in the last 12 months — which we consider to be recent use.”

Younger Australians are more likely to use the drug, especially men.

“We see concentrations in young males in their late teens to late 20s. We see high concentrations of use among young males who are working in industry and trade areas. Consumption occurs across the board, but there’s really high concentration there,” Professor Roche said.

And the way in which Australians are using methamphetamine has changed.

“Where people used speed previously, mostly as a tablet, now they smoke it,” she said.

“If you’re smoking, it’s a kind of innocuous activity and what people used to say is they continue to smoke, or do it socially in a group, and that encourages people to consume more.”




A 34-year-old woman remained behind bars this weekend on multiple charges after she was arrested earlier this month at Belk in The Villages.

Martine Sophie Donlan had been spotted Feb. 10 walking barefoot in the Spanish Springs area carrying several large bags. She entered the store, selected items including perfume and when she re-emerged, those items were not visible, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

A search of her bag turned up methamphetamine, morphine and $260 in counterfeit money.

She was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of morphine and possession of 10 or more forged bills.

Donlan was booked on $6,000 bond at the Lake County Jail.


Drugs come across the U.S.-Mexican border in many ways – from Mexican couriers carrying backpacks across the desert to sophisticated trucking operations designed to thwart U.S. border and customs officials to elaborate tunnels. A lot gets seized, but the amount that gets through generates billions of dollars in profits for the cartels and fuels a host of problems here, from addiction to crimes committed to finance the “habit.”

The pallets marked as frozen sea cucumbers, a delicacy in some Asian restaurants, crossed easily from Mexico into the U.S. by truck at a border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego.

After all, frozen seafood moves relatively quickly through U.S. Customs and Border Protection at ports of entry along the Southwestern border. Each port has a limited budget to pay for “spoilage” during unsuccessful drug searches, so without specific information or indicators of drugs in the load of seafood, the loads get processed rapidly.

Once in San Diego, the seafood was flown to Buffalo, in upstate New York, where the pallets – which were actually loaded with heroin, cocaine and fentanyl – were broken open and distributed to drug dealers in western New York.

The money from the drug sales was then laundered through a series of companies, sent to bank accounts in California and then south of the border.

It was a classic Sinaloa Cartel operation, hiding the drugs in plain sight, pushing them out to consumers willing to pay hard cash, and then using legal fronts and banks to cover the money trail.


It was run by Jose Ruben Gil, known within the organization as the “Mayor of Mexico.”

The operation involved people throughout the drug trafficking organization who were tightly aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel, not only in smuggling the drugs, but also in arranging for the money to get back to Mexico. The volume and value of the drugs involved is considered to be too high to “front” to independent operators.

How lucrative?

Investigators from the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies claim that in one year, Gil’s operation sent $20 million from corporate bank accounts in the Buffalo area to banks in California. The money was then sent into Mexico.

The “Mayor of Mexico” eventually was taken down.

During the Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, agents across the country seized 52 kilograms of cocaine, 17 kilograms of heroin and 8 kilograms of fentanyl – worth millions of dollars on the street – but Gil’s operation continued right up until his arrest in August in Buffalo, N.Y. He and others are now awaiting trial.

Gil ran the type of drug operation that traces back to the highest echelons of the Sinaloa Cartel, according to federal law enforcement officials involved in the case.

His was a sophisticated model from start to finish.

Law enforcement officials in the U.S. say the six major Mexican cartels are reaping billions in profits every year.

Sinaloa Cartel thrives

The arrest of a player like Gil isn’t much more than a hiccup to an operation like the Sinaloa Cartel.

The most recent arrest and extradition to the United States of one of the world’s best-known drug lords, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, was a much bigger threat to the cartel’s drug operations. In fact, there were expectations of a major fight for control of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Although a few members have turned up dead, there hasn’t been a major bloodletting, yet.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration believes the cartel, which actually is a federation of several groups, has always been run by a board of directors with a first among equals or chairman like Guzmán.

The two players with the most influence in the cartel today are Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia, 68, and Dámaso “El Licenciado” López Nuñez, 50.

Zambada has been around since the 1970s, when the Guadalajara Cartel was formed. For a long time, he and his sons ran operations in the Mexican state of Sonora and controlled the “Plaza” in Nogales and other towns south of the border with Arizona. (Note: “Plaza” is a term used to refer to a border drug corridor.)

He became an important figure in a group called The Federation, formed by Amado Carrillo Fuentes in the 1990s, and since 2000 has been a capo in the Sinaloa Cartel.

He has a reputation for being a savvy infighter, not afraid of shedding blood, but someone who picks his fights carefully. Zambada played a significant role in eliminating the Tijuana Cartel as a major player on the border.

López Nuñez came onto the scene in 2001.

He studied law at the Universidad de Occidente and became a police officer at the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office, according to El Universal newspaper.

López Nuñez eventually got a job at the federal prison in Puente Grande where El Chapo was serving time after his 1993 arrest and allegedly helped him escape in 2001.

He resigned and was not jailed in connection with the escape.

He was indicted in U.S. District Court in Virginia on drug trafficking and money laundering charges with other members of the Sinaloa Cartel but has never been arrested in Mexico.

Reports suggest Zambada is ready to name his sons as his successors.

But the most capable son is in a U.S. federal prison, and the others, according to DEA observers, don’t have the capacity to maintain power the way their father has over the course of decades.

The same assessment is made of Guzmán’s sons. All of them will have some role in the cartel, but how large remains to be seen.

Guzmán is godfather to López’s son, and López is close to another imprisoned Sinaloa capo, Inés Coronel Barreras, who is the father of Guzmán’s third wife.

While those signs point to López taking over a larger role in the cartel, nothing in the Mexican drug world is guaranteed.

Cartels resilient

Even the biggest criminal organization takes some hits – but the cartels have been amazingly resilient.

Longtime Sinaloa Cartel boss Guzmán was arrested in 2014, 13 years after he first escaped from Mexico’s maximum security prison in a laundry cart.

He escaped a second time in July 2015 through a tunnel and was rearrested in January 2016 after months of international publicity that drug organizations usually like to avoid.

Unlike that of some of his competitors who are locked up in Mexico, Guzmán’s extradition to the United States was not derailed and was completed last month.

His longtime No. 2, Ismael Zambada, also took a hit.


In 2015, the guilty plea in a Chicago federal court signed by Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, now 40, was unsealed. It showed that Zambada Niebla, Zambada’s most competent son, was cooperating with U.S. authorities.

The son had helped run the cartel’s smuggling operations from South America into Mexico and then into the United States. He also was responsible for making payments to Mexican government and police officials.

He was arrested in 2008 by Mexican law enforcement and extradited to the United States in 2009.

His defense team claimed that Zambada Niebla believed he and the rest of the Sinaloa Cartel had a deal with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to provide information about other cartels in exchange for some sort of immunity from prosecution. The government denied the allegations, but apparently Zambada Niebla did meet with U.S. federal agents before he was arrested in Mexico.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum of 10 years.

He described in the plea agreement the distribution of multiple tons of cocaine, often involving hundreds of kilograms at a time, on a monthly, if not weekly, basis from 2005 to 2008.

Zambada Niebla admitted that he coordinated the importation of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia and Panama into the interior of Mexico, where he arranged transportation and storage of the shipments ultimately headed for the United States.

The cartel used various means of transportation, including private aircraft, submarines, and other submersible and semisubmersible vessels, container ships, fast boats, fishing vessels, buses, rail cars, tractor-trailers and automobiles. He coordinated the delivery of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine to wholesale distributors in Mexico, who would then arrange to smuggle the drugs into the United States.

On most occasions, the Sinaloa Cartel supplied the cocaine to these wholesalers on a consignment basis because of the wholesalers’ long-standing relationships with key cartel figures.

Zambada Niebla in his plea deal also agreed not to contest a forfeiture judgment of more than $1.37 billion.





Mexican drug lords corner meth market

Posted: 20th February 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized

Once the drug of choice for outlaw motorcycle gangs, methamphetamine is now a major moneymaker for Mexican drug cartels. At one time, it was mostly “cooked” locally in seedy motel rooms or trailer parks using over-the-counter cold remedies. Now, law enforcement estimates that about 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States comes across the border. The drug can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally. “We’re seeing meth dealers go after kids as young as 13 on social media,” said APD Deputy Chief Eric Garcia. “That’s who they’re marketing to.”


Miguel Rangel-Arce, 36, and brother Luis Rangel-Arce, 44, set up shop west of Farmington on the Navajo reservation in 2015. They were there to make money selling methamphetamine supplied by the Sinaloa Cartel.cartel_day4_rangel_arce1_CMYK.jpg

They rented a house and recruited locals, both Navajo and Anglo, to sell the drug on the reservation and in the neighborhoods of Farmington and Bloomfield. It was a tightly run ring with five retail dealers handling direct sales to users.

But the Rangel brothers, both from Mexico by way of Phoenix, came to the attention of federal investigators because of an increase in crime and use of methamphetamine in the Shiprock area on the Navajo nation.

In 2016, the two men and others were arrested for selling methamphetamine directly to undercover officers. Authorities seized more than 2½ pounds of the drug worth a minimum of $150,000, along with 10 firearms, during the arrests.

“Methamphetamine continues to have a devastating impact on Native American families and communities,” said U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez.

Martinez said the same thing a year earlier when law enforcement in the southern part of the state arrested Carlos Tafoya and 34 others in December 2015 for trafficking methamphetamine on the Mescalero Apache Reservation near Ruidoso.

The Mescalero Apache arrests also followed an increase in violent crime attributed to methamphetamine use on the reservation, including a horrific assault on a young girl by two teenage boys who were high on meth.

Joseph Ray Mendiola, 35, of Roswell, was the focus of another investigation that led to federal and state charges against 41 people. The investigation involved the FBI, DEA, State Police and local law enforcement agencies.

Investigators seized more than 16 pounds of methamphetamine from Mendiola and his associates in Roswell.

It’s the same story over and over. High-quality, inexpensive methamphetamine supplied by Mexican cartels is a problem from the reservations to the oil patch, from cities to rural New Mexico.

Meth is a highly addictive stimulant, and the crime that accompanies it is often violent – from the shooting death of a police officer in Rio Rancho to the brutal assaults on young girls in Albuquerque and the Mescalero Reservation.

Transit point

Call it meth, crystal, ice, speed or crank.

A pound of it can sell for as low as $7,200, but the average price per pound in New Mexico is around $8,000. That translates into big profits as it is broken down for users into envelopes of $25, $50 or $100.

Dealers sell to users, or “tweakers.”cartel_day4_juarez2_CMYK-640x459

Whatever name you want to use for methamphetamine, the statistics point to serious problems. Among them:

• In 2008, there were 23 overdose deaths in New Mexico attributed to methamphetamine. By 2014, there were 111 meth overdose deaths in the state.

• In 2007, a gram of methamphetamine was selling for almost $300 and the purity was about 40 percent. By 2014, the price had dropped, on a national average, to around $70 a gram, and it had an average purity of more than 90 percent.

• In 2010, federal agents seized just over 4,000 kilograms of methamphetamine along the Mexican border in the Southwest. By 2015, the amount seized increased to 16,282 kilograms. Meanwhile, the number of methamphetamine laboratories busted by law enforcement in the United States dropped more than 50 percent from 2010 to 2015, and most of those “laboratories” were capable of producing only 2 ounces or less.

The reason for the shift: About 90 percent of the methamphetamine consumed in the United States is made in Mexico.

“They are controlling more of the distribution line, the entire line from the manufacture … to the actual distribution,” said Will Glaspy, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge, El Paso Division.


According to the DEA, traffickers employ various techniques in smuggling methamphetamine. They include human couriers, commercial flights, parcel services and commercial buses. But traffickers most commonly transport methamphetamine through U.S. border crossings in passenger vehicles with hidden compartments.

Several cartels are shipping methamphetamine in a liquid form to smuggle into the United States in soft drink cans and bottles. Once in the United States, the methamphetamine is transformed into a powder through standard chemical filtration methods.

Like other drugs, much of the meth that arrives in Albuquerque doesn’t stay here. The city is a transit point for drugs going on to Denver, Chicago and elsewhere.

The compartmentalization of the cartel operations and the use of independent contractors make it difficult for law enforcement to track supply lines.

“I don’t see a lot of people on this side of the border that have complete knowledge of the whole distribution chain,” Glaspy said.

One person picks up the methamphetamine in Culiacán, Sinaloa, and takes it to Juárez. Someone else smuggles it through the port of entry into El Paso to a stash house in Albuquerque. It then gets moved by another courier to a stash house in Denver or a city in the Midwest. Then a different person will pick it up and take it to a distributor.

“And that is a lot of what we’re seeing in the United States is that the Mexicans are looking to, well, they’re controlling more of the market,” Glaspy said.

Internal struggles

As with other illegal drugs, the Sinaloa and Juárez cartels are major players in the meth racket.

But competition for control of methamphetamine production in Mexico has always been heated and a new power player – the New Generation Jalisco Cartel – has emerged recently.

The first Mexican trafficking organization to start producing the drug on an industrial scale was based in the Mexican state of Colima and was called the Colima Cartel.

Founded by Jesus Amezcua Contreras in 1988, the Colima Cartel replaced outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States in producing methamphetamine, then partnered with the biker gangs for distribution.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, the Colima Cartel controlled the importation of chemicals from Europe – later China and India – used to make methamphetamine. The Colima Cartel then sold its “surplus” to the Sinaloa Cartel.

But the rise of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel, in the bordering state of Jalisco, has led to fierce fighting in the state of Colima.

The New Generation Jalisco Cartel is the newest of the six major cartels operating in Mexico.


Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, who now heads the New Generation syndicate, was convicted in federal court in San Francisco in 1994 and sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin. He was deported to Mexico after his release from prison and worked as a police officer in the state of Jalisco, where the Milenio Cartel was active producing methamphetamine.

The Milenio Cartel and the Colima Cartel were then partners in the Sinaloa Cartel. But in 2010, one of the leaders of the Milenio Cartel died and another was arrested by Mexican federal law enforcement. That led to a fight over control of narcotics trafficking in the states of Jalisco and Michoacan.

“El Mencho” came out on top, heading what is now called the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

He set about expanding the cartel’s operations and took on rivals like Los Zetas and the Knights Templar.

That expansion was noted for its violence, willingness to kill local and state government officials and taking on federal police in ambushes and gunfights, including shooting down helicopters.

In 2016, the Sinaloa Cartel began sending men and arms to aid the Colima Cartel in its fight with the New Generation Jalisco Cartel, which smuggles drugs into the United States through Tijuana, Juárez and Nuevo Laredo.

It is considered a major player in methamphetamine trafficking but also is involved in heroin, cocaine and marijuana smuggling.

The cartels import chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine from India, China and the Philippines. The chemicals are delivered to Mexico’s western ports including Manzanillo in the state of Colima.

The Colima Cartel and Sinaloa Cartel and the remnants of the Beltran Leyva organization also manufacture and traffic methamphetamine, using ports like Guaymas to bring in the chemicals from overseas. The Juárez Cartel gets it supplies from other cartels, primarily New Generation Jalisco.


Unlike most other illegal drugs, methamphetamine is a synthetic, manufactured in a laboratory.

It does not rely on a plant as its main source of chemicals like heroin and cocaine, and production isn’t affected by drought or floods.

And there are a lot of ways to make meth.

One way involves the use of the common cold remedy pseudoephedrine or ephedrine as a precursor chemical. Making methamphetamine using pseudoephedrine is fairly simple, and the U.S. government in the 1990s passed tough laws and regulations governing its production and distribution.

As a result, production began to head south in the 1990s to Mexico, where pseudoephedrine was easy to get. Around 2005, Mexico imported 80 metric tons of ephedrine from China when the country’s basic need was 4 metric tons.

Mexico, at the urging of the U.S., began restricting imports of pseudoephedrine, and China began restricting exports.

That caused the cartels to move to more complex manufacturing techniques that revolve around the chemical P-2-P, prompting the United States and United Nations to restrict production, exportation and importation of P-2-P around the world.

Unfortunately, there are lots of ways to make P-2-P, and most of those involve very common industrial chemicals and solvents – a lot of them considered poisonous.

It is difficult to control international trade in these chemicals, because they are used to make everything from aspirin to pressure-treated wood.

In 2010, the Mexican government seized 110 methamphetamine laboratories, and most were using some form of the P-2-P method of making methamphetamine.

Since 2010, most of the methamphetamine tested by DEA laboratories has been made using the P-2-P method.





A Sidney man’s alleged sexual acts against a child were tied to his methamphetamine addiction, prosecutors say, and his wife is also accused of participating in abuses that spanned almost two months.

Nearly a week after Justin Crandall, 28, and his wife, Jessica Crandall, 27, were arrested by state police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Binghamton brought new federal criminal charges Friday against the Sidney couple tied to the alleged abuses against a 17-month-old girl. The Crandalls pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to felony counts of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and sexual exploitation of a child.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years in federal prison. Shackled in a courtroom during Friday’s arraignment before Judge David Peebles, the Crandalls’ faces remained expressionless as Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric said both defendants conspired to “sexually torture” the victim.

Court papers unsealed Friday describe the criminal investigation by state police and the FBI, as well as graphic details outlining alleged child sexual abuse that spanned from December to February.

Law enforcement were alerted Feb. 11 after a witness reported receiving an image depicting a female toddler engaged in a sex act, which Justin Crandall had allegedly sent via cellphone, according to court papers. The child was being babysat by Jessica Crandall at the couple’s Sidney residence, officials said.

Justin Crandall was then brought to the state police headquarters in Sidney to be interviewed by investigators.

In court papers, the FBI stated, “(Justin) Crandall admitted he touched the minor female child in a sexual manner while he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Specifically, when asked if he had engaged in ‘sex’ with the minor female child, (Crandall) asked to define term ‘sex.'”

As a result, troopers charged him on Feb. 11 with felony counts of first-degree rape and promoting sexual performance by a child less than 17 years old, along with misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators then learned from the child’s mother that she had been babysat by the Crandalls since after Thanksgiving, court papers said. The mother noticed some changes in her child’s behavior along with unexplained injuries, according to court papers.

On Monday, court papers say, Jessica Crandall was questioned by state police and she admitted she and her husband engaged in “repeated sexual activities” involving the child going back to the previous December.

Two out of 10 pages in federal court records tied to the case contain graphic details of the alleged abuses.

Jessica Crandall was charged by troopers on Monday with a felony count of first-degree criminal sexual act and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges unsealed Friday are being prosecuted separately from the state-level crimes by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which says the Crandalls also violated federal criminal laws in committing the alleged abuses.

A grand jury is expected to be convened soon to consider a federal indictment against the defendants, Lovric said Friday.

Justin and Jessica Crandall are being held in the Delaware County jail while awaiting further court proceedings.







Police say a married couple was arrested on several charges after a three-day investigation that was sparked by a child pornography complaint.

On Saturday, New York State Police arrested Justin D. Crandall, 28, of Sidney, for allegedly sending sexually explicit photographs of a young child to another person. Crandall was charged with first-degree rape, promoting sexual performance by a child less than 17 years old, both felonies; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Crandall was arraigned in the Village of Sidney Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail.

On Monday, Crandall’s wife, Jessica L. Crandall, 27, of Sidney, was found to have sexually abused a child less than 11 years old, police said. She was charged with first-degree criminal sex act, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

She was arraigned in the Village of Sidney Court and remanded to the Delaware County jail.





Boise Police say a woman was arrested Friday morning when officers determined her child was in danger because she jumped into traffic, while naked and holding onto the baby.

The incident was reported around 8:02 a.m. on west State Street and north Arthur Street. Dispatch said the woman, who was later identified as Crystal L. Knapek, 40, of Boise, was clogging traffic and drivers had to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting her and the baby.

Officers tried talking with her once they got on scene. BPD says they found the child was in danger, so they contacted Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Boise Police say the officers had to physically restrain the woman to safely take the baby away from her.

The woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation. BPD says Knapek has been charged with injury to a child, indecent exposure, resisting and obstructing, controlled substance- use or under the influence in a public place.






FERNLEY, Nev. (KOLO) – A science teacher at Silverland Middle School in Fernley was arrested Feb. 14 by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of using methamphetamine.

Kelly Rumbaugh, 58, posted bond to be released from the Lyon County jail. The investigation into the case is continuing and the sheriff’s office is not releasing other information at this time, sheriff’s spokesman Michael Carlson said.

Lyon County School District Superintendent Wayne Workman said Rumbaugh has been removed from class and no longer has contact with students. Workman could not comment on her current employment status because it is a personnel matter.

A number listed for Rumbaugh had been disconnected. Rumbaugh could not be reached for comment.







HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Three people were arrested after shooting up meth in a vehicle with a two year old child inside.

West Virginia State Police say they were called to the parking lot of a church on West Pea Ridge Road in Huntington around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Troopers found William Moser, Tamara Weekley and Tammy Fox in a KIA SUV. There was also a two year old boy in the vehicle.

They say they found numerous needles throughout the vehicle, including two within arm’s reach of the child. One of those was uncapped.

William Franklin Moser, 26, Tamera Renee Weekley, 34, both of Proctorville and Tammy Taylor Fox, 29, of Huntington were arrested and charged with child neglect creating risk of serious bodily injury.

Moser was also charged with driving while license is revoked for a DUI and driving under the influence.





UNION, SC (WSPA) – A woman “throat-punched” a Union Co. deputy after she jumped out of his patrol car and led the officer on a foot chase through the woods, according to a report.

Deputies were conducting a safety check point on East Main St. at Maybra Ave. on 2/16.

The driver of a truck, Jonathan Shane Patrick, 30, told deputies that he need to get out to get his ID from the bed of the truck.

The deputy asked two passengers in the truck how they were doing and at first, neither would respond.

The deputy asked them if they had ID and both said they didn’t.

They patted down Patrick, and found a digital scale and baggies with a crystal rock-like substance they believed to be meth, according to the report.

They say they also found more of the substance in baggie near the passengers, Candice Michelle Woodsby, 30, and Joseph Leroy Rice, 38.

Both were placed under arrest.

The deputy says Woodsby jumped out of the patrol car and was running down Peach Orchard Rd. into the woods.

When he caught up and tried to detain her, she turned around and “throat punched” him, according to the report.

The deputy said she fought him and then went unresponsive.

He then called EMS and she was transported to the hospital.

She was treated and transported to the jail.

Woodsby is charged with Possession of Meth, Resisting Arrest with an Assault.

Patrick is charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Meth.

Rice is charged with Possession of Meth.






Two women in separate incidents were arrested on drug charges here last Friday.

A Carthage woman was arrested for promotion of methamphetamine manufacture after Cookeville police officers found her with multiple items used to make the drug.

And an Arkansas woman stopped for speeding on her way to Pigeon Forge was reportedly under the influence and had illegal drugs and a weapon.

Vanity Mistich, 25, of Jackson Avenue in Carthage, was arrested in the first incident.

“I followed a vehicle into the parking lot of the Subway on Highway 111 for erratic driving,” said Cookeville Police Officer Brian Haworth.

The woman driving the car went into the bathroom of the business, the officer said.

When the officer determined who she was, he said a record check found she was driving on a revoked license.

Her vehicle was inventoried before it was towed, and that’s when the officer said the items for making methamphetamine were found.

She also had an item of drug paraphernalia with residue on it.

Mistich was booked on a bond of $10,000.

Her initial appearance in Putnam County General Sessions Court is set for March 6, according to her arrest warrant.

Jessica Ann Smith, 29, of Oak Grove, Arkansas, was arrested in the other incident.

It happened in the eastbound lane of Interstate 40 near mile marker 283 when a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop her for speeding.

“The subject had extremely constricted pupils, slurred speech and was unsteady,” Trooper Colby Huff said.

She reportedly failed to successfully performed five of six field sobriety tasks the trooper requested.

Smith also reportedly told the trooper she had been arrested for DUI in 2011 as well.

An inventory of her vehicle found a small amount of marijuana, more than five grams of methamphetamine and more than 10 prescription narcotic pills that are commonly abused.

In addition to being charged with DUI and three counts of simple possession, Smith was charged with driving in possession of methamphetamine.

She was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon after troopers found a firearm in the vehicle.

Smith’s total bond was set at $9,000.

According to her arrest warrants, Smith’s initial appearance in Putnam County General Sessions Court is set for March 10.






Authorities arrested two men outside an East Ridge motel with one having 2,218 grams of meth in a backpack and the other 44.5 grams of meth.

Samuel Swafford was the man with the backpack and William Hayden Masengale had the other large amount of meth.

Swafford and Lacy Norris are charged with being felons in possession of over 50 grams of meth.

On Jan. 12, law enforcement used a confidential source to arrange a purchase of six ounces of meth from Masengale at the Motel 6 on Camp Jordan Parkway.

Swafford and Masengale got out of a BMW and approached room 108. Law enforcement then approached the pair.

Swafford, clutching the backpack, tried to run away, but he fell and was taken into custody.

Officers found a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun near where Swafford had dropped a cell phone during the chase.

Masengale said he had gone to Swafford’s house to get the six ounces of meth for the deal, and Swafford gave him one ounce for brokering the exchange.

Masengale said during the past week he had gotten half-ounce quantities of meth from Swafford on three occasions.

Swafford told agents that he had been getting multi-kilo quantities of meth from dealers in the Atlanta area.

He said on Jan. 11 he and Lacy Norris obtained five kilograms of meth from Ms. Norris’s source of supply. He said he kept four kilograms and gave one to Ms. Norris.

Swafford said he and Ms. Norris had their own meth customers.

He said the Taurus 9mm belonged to Ms. Norris.

He said she was either at the Holiday Inn Express at Ringgold or the Extended Stay America on Airpark Drive in Chattanooga.

Swafford said she was driving a gray BMW with a bandana in the windshield.

Law enforcement officers located Ms. Norris’s BMW at the Extended Stay America. She was staying in room 230.

Officers saw Kathryn Davis and Ryan Frost leave room 230. Ms. Davis pulled an ounce of meth from her bra after Frost said she had some on her. She said she obtained the meth from room 230, and Ms. Norris and another individual were in the room.

No one would come to the door at room 230, but Ms. Norris and Jesse McDaniel were later located in the room. There was a gun on one of the beds and drug paraphernalia was in plain view.

Ms. Norris said meth could be found in a hand-held vacuum cleaner, and it contained 158.6 grams of meth. Another 57.2 grams of meth was found in the room.

There were two firearms in the room, including a loaded .22 caliber Ruger which Ms. Norris said was hers.

Ms. Norris said on various occasions she had obtained large amounts of meth from Atlanta sources.







When two Iraqi brothers provided $91,700 worth of methamphetamine to an Albury drug dealer in 2015, their contact made a fatal mistake: he tried to sell ice to an undercover police officer.

Not only was the Albury dealer arrested, Hadil, 28, and Haval Kada, 30, were also charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

The Melbourne-based brothers pleaded guilty and appeared in the County Court on Friday where Judge Geoffrey Chettle sentenced them both to three years and nine months in jail, with a minimum of two years.

“You both sold methamphetamine, or ice, to a drug dealer operating in the Albury area,” he said.

“You Hadil were the prime mover in the offending, you were the organizer.”

Hadil organised 344.4 grams of ice to be sent to Albury before he was arrested on October 22, 2015, in his car with 7.1g of ice, five ecstasy tablets and $9554 cash.

The court heard Haval delivered 277.7g of the drugs to Albury and collected payments, based on a price of about $7000 per ounce.

The purity of the methamphetamine varied from 62 to 79 per cent.

Police also found 34g of cocaine at the brothers’ home.

“Your offending was well-planned, lucrative and involved substantial quantities of cash and drugs,” Judge Chettle said.

“The public is sick of the devastation drugs of addiction cause to our community.

“Lives, particularly young lives, are ruined by drugs of addiction.”

Twelve drug ring members were arrested as part of Albury’s task force Boromi, Wodonga’s task force Irontrain and the Melbourne Fawkner Drug Unit operation.

The Kada brothers had been forced to flee from Iraq with their family as children and settled as refugees in Australia in 1997.

They were both educated and ran construction and restaurant businesses in Melbourne before turning to drugs.

References described Hadil as reliable and ethical, and Haval as sincere and compassionate.

“You both claim to be drug free and both have strong family and community support,” Judge Chettle said.

“The steps you have taken since your arrest indicate your steps towards rehabilitation are good.”






“How do you put on a tourniquet?”

That question from a 13-year-old student at Mississauga’s Erin Mills Middle School unfurled a controversy over a grade eight drama assignment.

Delight Greenidge’s son asked his mom that question when he got home from school one day last week.

Asking her own set of questions, she discovered her son and six classmates were assigned to create a skit involving the making and taking of meth. There was even a detailed, two-page set of instructions on how to do both.

The guidelines that seem printed straight from the Internet include necessary equipment like needles, a syringe and spoon. They also walk the user through wiping their arm down with alcohol, tying it off, finding a vein, pushing the plunger and the proper disposal of the needle.

“(My son’s) part of the assignment was the injecting,” says Greenidge, tears welling in her eyes.

“You teach your kids not to have any association with drugs on any level. We don’t talk about drugs in our household.”

Greenidge reported the assignment to the Peel District School Board who have suspended the teacher in question with pay pending an investigation.

“Certainly, we share the same concerns that the parents have about this particular assignment,” says Board spokesperson Carla Pereira.

“I can’t speculate on what (the teacher) was intending.”

Discipline against the teacher could range from special boundary training to outright dismissal.

Sources close to the situation say he’s very well liked by students at the middle school because of his tendency to think outside the box on assignments. That makes no difference to Greenidge.

“If he doesn’t know better, then he needs to be retrained. And if he can’t be retrained, then get him out of the system!”






HELENA – The tentacles of methamphetamine abuse reaching across Montana are choking everything from state agencies struggling to keep up with increased workloads to Indian reservations with even fewer services than the rest of the state.

But putting more money and resources into prevention, treatment and keeping the drug from reaching communities can alleviate some of the problem.

That’s what panelists told a group of legislators gathered at the Capitol on Saturday for what Sen. Eric Moore, R-Miles City, called the Montana Meth Summit. Moore, along with Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, organized the summit to discuss the effects of the drug on the state.

Different state agencies struggle with the increasing strain on their programs caused by meth abuse:

  • Of all cases of child abuse and neglect investigated by the the Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services, by February 2017, 42 percent involve meth abuse by parents or guardians, department deputy director Laura Smith told the panel. That number was 22 percent in 2008.
  • On the Fort Belknap Reservation, 98 percent of people relapse after exiting treatment because of a lack of sober living programs, Miranda Kirk, who runs the Aaniiih Nakoda Anti Drug Program there, said.
  • District courts have seen a 21 percent increase in caseload between 2009 and last year. That includes going from 7,755 criminal cases to 11,744, said Supreme Court administrator Beth McLaughlin.

Attorney General Tim Fox, whose Department of Justice has hired a consultant to research how meth abuse impacts agencies across the state, said an “all-hands-on-deck approach” is needed to make any sort of improvement and understand how agencies’ work interplay.

He called efforts a “multi-legged stool,” saying it would be cheaper and more effective to put money and resources into prevention like peer mentoring and drug courts, as well as into law enforcement who can stop large shipments of drugs from coming in.

Even if law enforcement had enough officers and resources to go after meth flooding into Montana, the resulting cases and prisoners would further overwhelm judicial and corrections systems already struggling to keep up.

“If we squeeze the balloon on the bottom, it’s going to pop out somewhere else,” said Col. Tom Butler, chief of the Montana Highway Patrol.

The economic burden associated with substance abuse misuse is “alarming,” Zoe Barnard, administrator for the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division of the health department, told lawmakers.

Smith told lawmakers that part of the problem is a lack of access to preventive and treatment programs.

Barnard said the passage of the HELP Act, which expanded Medicaid in Montana, has increased access to treatment, but the state still struggles to connect people with the care they need. Many Montanans don’t seek out treatment because of stigma associated with it she said.

Kirk knows that struggles of accessing treatment first-hand.

“After-care is nonexistent on the reservation,” Kirk said, adding that without sober living programs, people who finish treatment are moving right back into the situations they were in when they started using drugs.

Kirk runs a peer-mentor program that has been successful; of 20 who have come in for treatment, two have not relapsed after a year, two more have not after six months, another two have lowered their relapse rate and six more are still in the program.

One of the problems Kirk, as well as other providers across the state, face is a challenge to find ways to pay for services. Peer treatment is not billable under Medicaid, but Senate Bill 62, which passed the Senate and is on its way to the House floor would change that, Kirk said.

“Right now we’re running off seed money from the tribe,” Kirk said.






The threat from Sinaloa

Posted: 17th February 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized

They are being hunted like flies, and all of them are informants because they are giving away locations and contacts, that’s the way that “The Damaso” operate, they go after them and if they find them, it is likely that they will engage in armed combat”, warned a trusted source to ZETA, about the war in Sinaloa that has expanded to La Paz and Los cabos.

 After the arrest of “El Chapo”, a climate of instability has rule across the region of Sinaloa. “I knew that the struggle for the plaza and for the control of drug routes was imminent, and whoever controls the plaza will have a lot of power. Today the struggle is not only in Sinaloa, but has expanded to Baja California Sur”, according to a member of the Security Coordination Group.

Damaso Lopez is trying to control the Plaza of the Cartel de Sinaloa: “The fight of Damaso Lopez is unstable against the Cartel De Sinaloa, we saw it coming from the beginning, here in the State of Sinaloa, and not to far away, for example, in La Paz, since the fall of ‘Montoya’, principal operator of ‘Los Mayitos’; a ‘Mayo Zambada cell leader’. What did the “Mayos” did? they turned to Jalisco because the cell of ‘Los Damaso’ were killing the people of “Mayo”, since then, we realize that they had their own game going on”, informed a source of Military Intelligence to ZETA.

Then the attacks came back to Culiacan, Sinaloa: The war was more clear when dozens of pick up trucks with armed people headed into hot territory, according to Military sources, “people of ‘Los Chapos’ (Sons of Chapo’) attacked other civilians inside territory 16464306_161618157677828_2942773009804427264_ndeclared. However, the biggest concern is that the war that we are seeing in Sinaloa, will soon be reflected in Baja California Sur”, warned the Intelligence Officer.

The interruption of ‘Los Chapitos’ into territory controlled by ‘Los Damaso”, is due to the possibility that Damaso Lopez ordered an attack against the sons of “El Chapo”, last Saturday 4th of February,  and to the information given in a letter to news corporations, that Chapitos and Mayo are wounded after an ambush. According to military forces, “El Mayo” Zambada was with them during the ambush, and this led to a fight for the control of the Cartel de Sinaloa and the territories that one day belonged to “Chapo”.

The storm that’s raging on

“We expected a counter-attack in La Paz from part of the Sinaloa Cartel after the fall of 14 members of Los Damaso, and we thought that the situation was going to deescalate after this events, however, it was the other way around: The fierce Cartel de Sinaloa has easy access to attract people, and there is a lot of police officers that allows them to pass, however we have reduce corrupt officers”, according to a member of the Security Public Coordination Group.
The war of “Los Damaso” has now reached the powerful Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), with a new resource necessary to implement the control of the Plaza of the state of Sinaloa.HERMANOS
After “El Chapo” was extradited to the United States, the Sinaloa Cartel was unstable and certain enemy groups attempted to fight for control of those plazas, however “Los Damaso”, felt obligated to respond, and they also fought the plaza.
The dispute was clear two weeks ago, when “Chapulines” were executed -The name given to drug dealers that switch sides-, while, in San Jose del Cabo, two dead bodies were found, botch with signs of torture and bullet wounds.
“The cartel members called us, and told us that there was two dead bodies that had to be picked up”, informed a ministerial agent to ZETA.
In February 2nd, in La Paz, the dead bodies of the Iribe Brothers were found, and Intelligence Officers realized that they were hunting the “chapulines”, because after the fall of “Los Mayitos”, they started working with “Los Damaso”, then they change sides with “Jalisco” and they were hunted down by Sinaloa. According to a report given to ZETA, there are 3 Brothers: “El Goyo”, “El Rigo” and “El Jaime”, of ages, 35, 30 and 29, from the State of Sinaloa.
During the investigations, neighbors claim that “El Goyo” was Levantado (Kidnapped) a few hours before the firefight by an armed commando, according to the information, 3 man arrived on board a pick up truck and ordered the older brother to “turn in his two brothers or they were going to kill the whole family because we know where they are’… therefore he decided to turn over his brothers”.
With this triple homicide we have confirmed the counter attack of Sinaloa.
To this moment, 61 persons have been executed in 2017, and only 39 in Los Cabos, which makes it clear that Los Cabos is the Plaza to dispute, “we know according to our investigations, that there are people in Culiacan that are preparing themselves to fight for Los Cabos. It is a shame that we are going to become in a war zone, because our territory is valuable to the cartels”, affirmed the member of the Security Council, and he has to theories:
* The most probable, is that with the instability that is going in Sinaloa, the situation in Baja California Sur will de-escalate, because they need manpower for the fight in Culiacan between “Los Chapos” and “Los Damaso”.
*A counter attack from CJNG, because they will realize that Sinaloa has become weaker, and therefore they will take advantage to take control of the Plaza of Sinaloa, and “Los Mayitos” could support the CJNG.

There are talks that Damaso Lopez formed an alliance with Amado Carrillo “El Señor de los Cielos, direct enemy of Chapo Guzman.

Court records said a couple is charged after an inactive methamphetamine laboratory was found in an abandoned building in Kermit along with a grocery list of meth items and directions on how to make the drug.

Warrants were recently issued charging Adrienne Lowe, 32, of McAndrews, Ky., and Gary Newsome, 25, of Kermit with conspiracy and operating a clandestine drug laboratory after law enforcement officers found the lab in the building on the property where the couple was living, the Williamson Daily News reported.f9cdd01e-a57a-4273-b4d5-2877c5e9d5ba-large16x9_webkermitarrests

The criminal complaints indicate the laboratory was discovered in early December.

Officers responded to a residence in Kermit after a tip was received that a possible domestic dispute was in progress and a possible meth lab was in operation in an abandoned barbershop on the property of the residence.

Newsome had been living with relatives at the Kermit residence, the newspaper reported. Officers contacted the property owners who provided consent to search the abandoned building.

Before officers investigated the abandoned building, they informed Newsome and Lowe to remain at the residence, but the newspaper reported Newsome and Lowe apparently fled on foot to nearby Martin County Ky.





A Milledgeville man and woman were arrested while allegedly trying to flush methamphetamine down a toilet during a drug raid.

Now Elizabeth Cowart and Jamie Suggs face charges in Baldwin County.suggs_cowart_1487189213598_8521489_ver1_0

That’s according to Wesley Nunn of the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force.

He said the pair were caught with six ounces of meth, worth more than $7,000.

The hotel let them into the room, where officers found the pair smoking meth, Nunn said.

Then they tried to flush their meth in small black plastic bags, he said.

One officer grabbed a bag from the toilet and found meth inside, Nunn said.

He said Cowart was out on bail after a Jan. 11 heroin arrest at her home.

Both Cowart and Suggs are charged with meth distribution and other charges, he said.

They’re being held without bond at the Baldwin County jail.






Two people have been charged in McDowell County after deputies say they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in their possession.

William Robert Boyd, 32, of Swannanoa and Misty Dawn Tipton, 28, of Nebo are charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance.

According to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, on Feb. 1, deputies went to a home on Bethlehem Road in Old Fort.

The owner of the property said no one was supposed to be living there, but officers found Boyd and Tipton inside.

Authorities say they found 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia during a search of the two.

Boyd was also charged with outstanding warrants for possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest.






A Dallas woman was carrying cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and black-tar heroin when she tried to cross the border from Mexico in South Texas in a taxi last week, authorities say.rthrhrshsr

U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspected a taxi as it crossed into Eagle Pass on Friday, the agency said this week, and a dog indicated that the 25-year-old passenger — who was not identified —had drugs.

Officers found six baggies of cocaine, three baggies of meth and one baggie of heroin hidden in the woman’s clothing and purse, the agency said. In total, there were 32.4 grams of cocaine, 1.0 gram of meth and 0.9 grams of heroin.

The woman was arrested and transferred into the custody of the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department.





A Logan man accused of peeping through the windows into the home of a Logan teen and later soliciting sex from the police officer posing as her pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing in April.5873fd9539d56_imagef

Shawn Lee Radford, 53, pleaded guilty to one count each of enticing a minor over internet or text, a second-degree felony, and dealing in materials harmful to a minor, a third-degree felony. He also pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.

Radford has been held at the Cache County Jail on $200,000 bail since his arrest in early January.

Logan police say they had been investigating the man for nearly six months after receiving a report that a man had been watching the girl through the window of her home and leaving a note on her front door with his phone number so she could contact him.

The note was turned over to a detective who initiated a monthslong period of communication via text message that prosecutor Spencer Walsh described as “sexually charged.”

Radford sent a text and made arrangements to meet the girl for sex. Instead, he met the detective and was taken into custody.

At the time of his arrest, Radford was in possession of condoms, alcohol, meth and drug paraphernalia.

Radford is to undergo a pyschosexual evaluation and the standard presentence investigation before his sentencing date in April.





BROCKWAY — A Clearfield man has been jailed after he allegedly beat up a woman who tried to keep him from scraping bugs off of his face with a knife after he did crystal meth.

Douglas Michael Hess, 57, 1405 Daisy St., Clearfield is charged by Brockway police with aggravated assault, assault, resisting arrest, and terroristic threats.

Charges were filed Jan. 22 with District Judge David Inzana of Reynoldsville.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, around 9:40 p.m. Jan. 22 police were called to a Main Street apartment in Brockway for a domestic dispute.

Police said when they arrived on scene they heard a woman screaming for help inside. When they entered, they saw a woman with her arms cut up and covered in blood.

The woman told police she found Hess in the bathroom scraping his face with a knife because he thought there were bugs crawling out of his skin after he did crystal meth.

When the woman told him there weren’t any bugs on him, he held her on the bed and told her he was going to kill her if she called the police. He then bit her on the neck and nose.

When the woman was talking to police in the apartment, Hess allegedly came out of the bathroom, saying ‘I did,’ and charged police. He then took the cigarette out of his mouth, flinging it at an officer and hitting her in the face.

When Hess swung at the officer, he was placed against the wall.

He then spit in the officer’s face and told police he was going to get the knife out of his pocket and stab the officer.

Eventually the officer was able to get him into handcuffs, at which time he spit again in the officer’s face and threatened to shoot them.

When Hess was searched, police found about one dozen pills in his pocket.

Hess was sent to Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Jan. 22 at Inzana’s office in Reynoldsville.





STAUNTON – As the judge went down the list of 20 convictions and announced a prison sentence for each one on Thursday, 54-year-old John W. Trent Sr. wept at the defense table as the years began to pile up.tenessa-price-1487227173rr

A Stuarts Draft man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for giving drugs to teens, as well as having sex with one of the boys.

When Augusta County Circuit Judge Victor V. Ludwig was finished, Trent’s prison term had climbed to 15 years in a case where he plied a group of Stuarts Draft boys with methamphetamine and marijuana and had sexual relations with at least one of them.

Trent was convicted in November on one count of carnal knowledge of a 13 or 14 year old, three drug possession charges and 16 counts of distributing drugs to a minor, court records show.

Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin said the drug use and sex took place in the basement of Trent’s Stuarts Draft home. “This basement in John Wilkes Trent’s house is an absolute nightmare,” Martin said.

The allegations against Trent came to light after a parent caught one of the teens with drugs, according to Martin. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office arrested Trent in January of 2016.

Trent consented to a search of his home, where meth, pot and some pills were found. Interviewed by an investigator, Trent admitted to performing oral sex on one of the boys, Martin said. He later recanted.

Following the arrest, the sheriff’s office reported that a 13-year-old boy told authorities he was given narcotics on multiple occasions by Trent. The boy also claimed other teens masturbated in front of Trent in exchange for drugs, the sheriff’s office reported.

The boy said he met Trent in the summer of 2015 after being introduced to him by a friend.

Martin said Trent claimed he got drugs from the boys to limit their access to the illegal substances. During an interview following his convictions, Trent continued to maintain he bought drugs from the teens in an effort to keep them away from the drugs, according to a probation and parole report.

“That’s his version,” said Martin, who labeled Trent a “classic predator.”

Initially arrested on three sex charges, Trent was found guilty on just a single sex charge following what Martin described as reluctant testimony in November from some of the teens. “They were still under the influence of what Mr. Trent had been doing to them,” Martin said in court Thursday.

The prosecutor asked for a 50-year prison term. “Mr. Trent operated a house of horrors in Stuarts Draft,” Martin said.

Following the 15-year sentence, Martin said he was satisfied knowing that Trent will be behind bars until he is nearly 70 years old.






MARTINEZ — Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old woman who allegedly brought methamphetamine with her to court.

The drugs — which amounted to about a half ounce — were found after a strip search, according to a police report.

The Feb. 1 arrest was disclosed this week in sheriff’s arrest records. The woman appeared for a court date that day related to charges of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, and possessing burglary tools, records show. During her hearing, a Contra Costa judge ordered the woman taken into custody.

Deputies found two hypodermic needles in the woman’s bra and conducted a strip search. They found approximately a half-ounce of meth hidden in her private parts.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of bringing a controlled substance into the jail. The District Attorney has not yet filed new charges against her.

The arrest comes weeks after an unrelated incident where deputies arrested a man who was found to have walked into court with a baggie of meth hidden inside his toe sock.







OAKDALE, Calif. (KCRA) — A mother was arrested Wednesday morning after her 1-year-old son was found to have methamphetamine in his system, the Oakdale Police Department said.tenessa-price-1487227173

Tenessa Price, 28, was taken into custody at the Oak Valley Hospital, police said.

Price brought her son to the emergency room because she thought he was having an allergic reaction to a new shampoo, police said. When officers arrived at the hospital around 3:30 a.m., they found the toddler was showing symptoms of meth use.

The officers then arrested Price. Police said she was in possession of meth at the time.

Price was booked on charges of child cruelty.

The baby boy was taken to another hospital for observation, and he will be placed into Child Protective Services, police said.