MIDDLEBURG — A woman with drug charges or convictions in four counties including Dauphin has been accused of smuggling drugs into the Snyder County Prison and distributing them to other inmates.

Brittany N. Tovey, 29, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possession of contraband and recommitted to the prison in lieu of $25,000 additional bail.

She is accused of secreting methamphetamine and alprazolam in her vagina after her bail was revoked May 16 in another drug case in which she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Tuesday.

The drugs were found during a body cavity search conducted after a warrant was obtained, Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch said Friday.

Tovey’s bail had been revoked in a case arising from a joint investigation by the state attorney general’s office and chief Snyder County Detective William Neitz Jr. into a methamphetamine ring.

In addition to the Snyder County cases, court records show Tovey is waiting court action on drug charges in Dauphin and Berks counties and has 2008 and 2011 convictions in Northumberland County.

She was one of six charged in 2008 by the state attorney general’s office following an investigation into a scheme that resulted in large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine being brought into the Sunbury area from Harrisburg and New York City.

A statewide grand jury presentment alleged Tovey was among those who made runs to suppliers for drugs and also sold them in Northumberland and Montour counties.







A DeKalb County Jail nurse is now behind bars after a months-long investigation determined she was trying to drugs and other prohibited items into the facility, the sheriff announced.

Morgan McCurdy, 23, has worked on the jail’s medical team as a licensed practical nurse for about a year. She previously was employed by the Jackson County Jail.

McCurdy was arrested Thursday after video surveillance confirmed suspicions that she was involved with smuggling drugs into the jail, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release. The Fort Payne woman is jailed on charges of second-degree promoting prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

“It all came to an end last night when we received video surveillance of information that there would be a drug drop in a restaurant parking lot to Ms. McCurdy,” the sheriff said in a news release. “In the parking lot, we observed a male walking across the parking lot and handing Ms. McCurdy a package.”

Harris said he and other undercover agent followed McCurdy from the restaurant to the parking lot of Walmart in Fort Payne. A K9 was brought to the scene and alerted deputies to McCurdy’s vehicle. Inside, deputies said they found a package of methamphetamine, prescription pills, a cellphone charger and two cans of tobacco.

“This was exactly what we received on video and audio surveillance that Ms. McCurdy was supposed to deliver to an inmate in the jail,” the sheriff said. “The jail staff has work with the investigators and drug task force many hours on this investigation.”

The sheriff said McCurdy was taken to the jail for questioning.

“Ms. McCurdy has admitted her wrongdoing and is real remorseful,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing.







WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Deputies arrested a woman during a traffic stop they say had 41 pounds of meth hidden inside batteries made for boats or jet skis.

Williamson County deputies pulled over Jessica Verdiguel, 36, on Interstate 35 in Jarrell, near County Road 305, on Tuesday at 2:38 p.m.

Verdiguel told them she was on her way from Laredo to Dallas for real estate classes, but they became suspicious of her after she acted nervously.

If convicted, she could face up to 99 years in prison.After giving them permission to search her car, deputies found the batteries full of meth inside a toolbox in the back of her pickup. She told them she did not know the drugs, worth $270,000, were there.

In another case, on July 12, police arrested 23-year-old Seline Ayala, who is accused of having 75 pounds of meth hidden in her car, worth about $2 million.

Officers pulled her over near I-35 and 51st Street last Wednesday and found the drugs hidden in three jugs of degreaser. APD says Ayala faces federal drug trafficking charges.


TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa Department of Corrections employee faces rape charges after he reportedly told investigators he had sex with an inmate at a halfway house he works at.

Lorenzo Jones, 28, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of sexual battery on July 14, Tulsa County District Court records show.

Jones reportedly admitted to having employee-inmate sexual relations with the woman, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman, who was housed at the Turley Residential Center, also reportedly admitted to the relations with Jones, the affidavit states.

Prior to intercourse, Jones reportedly told police he found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine inside the inmate’s vagina.

The meth was placed back inside of the inmate’s vagina after she and Jones reportedly had sex, and the drug was shared with other inmates within the halfway house, the affidavit states.

Surveillance footage from a Subway restaurant in Owasso reportedly captures Jones enter the women’s bathroom with the inmate on three occasions in March.

Jones said the inmate sent a nude photograph to Jones’ cell phone and threatened to “expose him to the administration at the center” if he didn’t engage in sexual acts with her.

Jones said he felt threatened and had sex with her to avoid losing his job, the affidavit states.

Jones reportedly admitted to letting the inmate bring meth and “crack” cocaine into the center as well.

Some of the information in this news story may have been provided by law enforcement .




A two-year-long investigation culminated in authorities seizing 66 pounds of methamphetamine, a Mercedes Benz and a yellow Corvette at a property on Weed Court in Red Bluff earlier this year, federal court records show.

The case, most of which remains sealed, revolves around a ring of drug dealers and traffickers, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California by Trang Le, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA worked with the Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement Task Force on the investigation, which dates back to summer 2015, Le wrote. It led to the arrests of alleged ringleader Cesar Erendira Nava, his girlfriend Georgina E. Lopez Quintero of Red Bluff, Alfonso Rivera Jr. of Corning, Ruth A. Kellner and Rodney G. Sharp, Le wrote in the April 20 affidavit. They all have pleaded not guilty to various drug and conspiracy charges, court records show.

On April 19, agents converged on two Tehama County properties, Nava allegedly bought through straw-men, Le wrote in a filing for a related case in the district court.

Agents searched the two homes, a barn and an outbuilding in the 22000 block of Weed Ct., where they found a yellow 2007 Corvette, a stolen pickup and a 2011 Mercedes GL 450 registered to Lopez and Nava, Le wrote. Agents also found Lopez’s 2013 Mercedes CLS 550 in Corning, Le wrote.

“Nava purchased the Mercedes CLS 550 and registered it in Lopez’s name,” Le wrote. “Lopez was unaware of the purchase until Nava brought the Mercedes CLS 55 home on Valentine’s Day of 2017.”

They had jointly purchased the other Mercedes, though Nava denied owning either property or the Corvette, Le wrote. He told agents he owned a “bounce-house business,” Le wrote.

But inside the barn, agents found 57 pounds of methamphetamine and evidence of drug trafficking in the vehicles, he wrote. Inside the homes, agents found an additional nine pounds of methamphetamine and about $36,000 in cash, he said. They also had seen all vehicles involved in transporting drugs

Agents used surveillance, court-approved wiretaps and undercover drug purchases, to uncover the conspiracy centered in Tehama County, Le said. He detailed several drug deals agents monitored.

That includes a deal allegedly arranged between Kellner and Rivera July 28 in Redding. Le wrote he believed Kellner planned to buy two pounds of meth for resale in Oregon.

Rivera arranged via text to buy the meth from Nava, and agents saw Lopez deliver the drugs in her black 2011 Mercedes SUV to Rivera’s home in the 3800 block of Illinois Ave. that day, Le wrote.

Then, Le said, Rivera went inside and Sharp left the home in a truck a few minutes later, only to be stopped by the California Highway Patrol for a traffic violation.

“Following a (police dog) alert of the vehicle, officers located a plastic bag containing 944.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine as well as $8,610,” Le wrote.

The case’s status conference is set for mid-September because of the volume of evidence to be reviewed, including hundreds of pages of investigative reports, recordings of thousands of calls, photographs and other items, district court records show.






EMS says overdose calls also up

In 2016, the majority of overdose deaths in Madison County were heroin or fentanyl related. Through the first six months in 2017, that trend has continued; however, methamphetamine isn’t far behind.

According to Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, there have been 24 confirmed drug-related deaths — four more are pending toxicology results — in 2017 through mid-June. Of those 24, 10 were heroin/fentanyl-related and eight were meth-related.

“Talking to other coroners around the state, even in smaller counties, they are seeing meth more,” Cornelison said.

Fayette County Chief Deputy Coroner Shea Willis said they are starting to see an increase in methamphetamine as well.

Although heroin-related deaths may be trending down, according to Cornelison, drug overdoses are not.

According to the 2016 Overdose Fatality Report released by the state, Madison County had 29 drug overdose deaths — a slight decrease from 30 in 2015, but an increase from 23 in 2014.

Willis said Fayette County is slightly ahead of last year as well with 83 drug-related deaths — 63 being opioid-related — through the first six months of 2017.

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After seeing an increase of nearly 50 percent in the first three months of the year, opioid overdose patients requiring the administration of Narcan has increased 35 percent at the half-way point over the same period last year, according to Madison County’s EMS Director Carlos Coyle.

Coyle said 163 patients required 261 doses of Narcan administration. In the first six months of 2016, 123 patients required 193 doses.

“There are many calls though that aren’t included in those statistics,” Coyle said.

The EMS director said there are many more drug-related responses, but not all require Narcan or would respond to Narcan due to being on another drug.

EMS has already administered more doses of Narcan in 2017 than it did in all of 2014.

In that year, Coyle said 231 doses were administered to 186 patients. He said the numbers increased to 404 doses to 264 patients in 2015 and were even worse in 2016 as EMS administered 443 doses to 291 patients.

Despite the upward trend, Coyle said EMS will continue to be there to help.

“We can’t give up,” he said.






Methamphetamine remains a problem in Northwest Arkansas despite fewer homemade labs and the spotlight on opioid abuse.

Pure grade meth rolls in from Mexico with central Arkansas a trafficking crossroads, said Tim Jones, resident agent in charge of the Fayetteville office of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“We’re seizing about 100 pounds per year,” Jones said of the Northwest office. “You figure we’re only getting a small portion. It could be 1,000 pounds a year coming in.”

The Fayetteville office has arrested 1,738 people on meth-related complaints and seized 633 pounds of meth in Northwest Arkansas cities and Fort Smith since 2010, he said.

Mexican meth brings an intense high for not a lot of money. It also comes with old meth-related problems, officials said.

“Drugs fuel so many other crimes,” Jones said. “People are ‘methed out’ to the point that reality doesn’t exist for them. You’re dealing with people who are willing to hurt you to get their next high.”

Benton County Circuit Judge Tom Smith, who presides over adult drug court, juvenile drug court and veterans treatment court, said addiction feeds into other crimes such as theft, including breaking into homes, and violence.

“I’ve had cases where people have been on a controlled substance, and they can’t tell why they did what they did because they’re so out of their minds,” Smith said.

Methamphetamine also can be fatal.

Carol Davidson, 35, of Siloam Springs died as a result of meth use. Rosemarry Davidson, her 22-monthold daughter, died alongside her. They went missing Nov. 12 and their bodies were found in February near Lookout Tower Road, roughly 12 miles southeast of Siloam Springs.

The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined Carol Davidson died accidentally because of methamphetamine intoxication with contributing environmental hypothermia. The child’s death was left undetermined, but most likely due to starvation or environmental hypothermia, Sgt. Shannon Jenkins with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said in April.


Meth enters the U.S. through the southern border states and is taken across the country on major highways and interstates. Interstates 40 and 30 are the two major trafficking corridors in Arkansas. Shipments through Little Rock have resulted in law enforcement making 100-pound seizures. Shipments in and through Northwest Arkansas tend to range from 10 to 20 pounds, Jones said.

“It has slowly changed from homemade methamphetamine to Mexican methamphetamine,” said Lt. Jeff Taylor, public information officer for the Springdale Police Department. “This is due to the purity being higher and items to manufacture homemade methamphetamine are harder to come by.”

Jones has worked in the Fayetteville DEA office for four to five months, but he’s been with the DEA for 20 years. He was an agent in Florida in 2004.

Mexican meth has become the preferred meth everywhere, pushing out local labs, Jones said.

Mexicans who smuggled cocaine into the U.S. for Colombian cartels decided to go into business for themselves and manufacture meth, Jones said.

The gang MS-13 is involved with importing meth, serving as smugglers, said Jones, who credits state and local law enforcement agencies with preventing gangs from establishing a foothold in Northwest Arkansas.

Mexican meth manufacturers make a product 90 percent to 95 percent pure in large laboratories, whereas homemade labs have a 50 percent or lower purity level, Jones said.

“In the early 2000s, there would be guys who couldn’t sell their product because the purity was so low,” Jones said. “The super labs [in Mexico] refined the process.”

Jones said his office saw a sudden rise in methamphetamine seizures between 2010 and 2012, going from seizing 10 to 15 pounds of meth a year to 95 to 110 pounds.

“That’s when the super labs started taking hold,” he said. “People south of our borders saw an opportunity and jumped all over it.”

Meth is moved from Mexico to the U.S. as any supply chain, said Sgt. Chris Moad with the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force based in Fayetteville.

“Large quantities are typically smuggled across the border and then dispersed to organizational contacts,” Moad said. “Those contacts disperse smaller quantities to area dealers, who then further disperse it. This may start in the hundreds of pounds and be dispersed all the way to a small local dealer who sells grams.”

Meth is brought into the U.S. in crystal form or as a liquid taken to a conversion lab and crystalized, Taylor said.

Mexican meth also is cheaper to buy compared to anything made locally. One pound of Mexican meth has a street value of $8,000 to $10,000. It sells for $500 to $700 an ounce.

“That’s mainly because of the mass quantities that they’re making in these super labs. It drives the price down,” Jones said. “When you make 40 pounds in a cook instead of 4 ounces, then you have a larger quantity to sell and you can lower your prices.”

Detrimental effects on the use are the same despite the purity, Jones said.

“It’s very corrosive to the body,” he said.


Meth isn’t as easy to manufacture locally as it used to be. The stimulant had its heyday in the early 2000s, but federal and state lawmakers made moves in the mid-2000s to curtail meth manufacturing.

Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2005 requiring pharmacies and stores selling medicine to keep purchase logs of all products containing pseudophedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, and limit the amount of products a person could purchase over time. Pseudophedrine is decongestant used in cold, allergy and sinus medicines.

Arkansas started its fight the same year when the General Assembly passed Act 256, which required pharmacies to sell certain cold medications from behind the counter. Act 508 was passed in 2007 to create a law enforcement database to track pseudophedrine amounts sold in each pharmacy. Act 588, passed in 2011, requires pharmacists to make a “professional determination” on whether someone without a medical prescription needs pseudophedrine based on symptoms and medical history.

Northwest Arkansas meth manufacturing has become rare because of these restrictions, officials said.

“There’s almost no manufacturing arrests,” Sgt. Jason French of the Fayetteville Police Department said. “We arrest a number of individuals for trafficking, delivery, possession with purpose to deliver and possession.”

There were close to 1 million purchases of pseudophedrine in the state before Act 588 was passed. That number fell to 191,926 a year after the law was enacted, according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

The Northwest Arkansas meth labs that remain are crude and minuscule, Taylor said.

“The ones that are located are one-pot and old-fashioned anhydrous ammonia labs,” Taylor said.

Springdale police made 47 meth-related arrests in 2011. Only two of those were in connection with manufacturing. Springdale has only made two other meth manufacturing arrests since then, both in 2013, according to numbers provided by Taylor.


Northwest Arkansas law enforcement agencies, including police departments in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville as well as sheriffs’ offices in Benton and Washington counties, describe methamphetamine as either the most abused narcotic in their area or at the top alongside opioids, which are prescription-strength painkillers.

“Meth is by far the most abused narcotic in Benton County,” Jenkins said.

Springdale police have detectives assigned to the DEA’s task force and the 4th Judicial District as well as its own narcotics division, Taylor said.

Undercover operations are essential to bust meth distribution, and turning those arrested for meth possession and distribution into informants is the DEA’s “bread and butter,” Jones said.

“Everybody talks. Even those who swear they won’t, they will eventually,” he said.

Cartels have found it more difficult to get meth into the U.S. in recent months, Jones said.

Tighter border security and greater scrutiny on gangs and drug trafficking organizations has caused a “slight decline” in distributing and selling meth, he said.


Decision Point, 602 N. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, treats substance addictions. Many of its clients are referred to them by the court system.

Decision Point treated 813 people in fiscal 2016. About 40 percent, or 324, reported meth as their primary drug of choice; 249 people, or 30 percent, reported alcohol as their primary addiction; and 153, or about 19 percent, reported opioids.

Decision Point only treats adults, said Raymon Carson, its regional director.

“But there are kids who abuse meth,” Carson said. “I’ve had clients talk to me about their age at first use. The youngest persons I’ve heard about using methamphetamine are 9 and 10 years old.”

A woman who received treatment at Decision Point, and who asked not to be named, said she started using drugs 22 years ago. She said 14 years ago she tried meth for the first time. The drug gave her a euphoric feeling, she said, and she quickly became addicted. She began making the drug and eventually was taking more than she was making.

She lost her job and ended up in prison, she said. She started using meth about a year after her release from prison and was arrested again. That’s when she checked herself into Decision Point. Sober now, she credits treatment, Narcotics Anonymous and her resolve to give up drugs.

While meth is the top narcotic in Northwest Arkansas, Jones doesn’t underestimate the rise of opioids.

“The guys selling meth are still trying to get into the pills and the opioids,” he said. “It’s all driven by cash and greed.”

Jones said it’s hard to tell whether meth will increase or decline in Northwest Arkansas, but he’s optimistic.

“I believe with education, things will get better,” he said. “The efforts at the border are making it harder to get the stuff in here, and we are doing what we do to get the drug predators and stop what they’re doing, which is just in time for us to focus on the opioid epidemic.”






On the night 14-year-old Barbara Rowan was killed, Robert Sanders was sitting in George Shaw’s living room, waiting to shoot meth.

Then Shaw came out of his bedroom, in which he had shut himself with the teenager, who was babysitting his toddler, Sanders testified in Bucks County Court on Thursday, the third day of Shaw’s trial in the 1984 killing.

“He came out all sweaty and wired and says he f—ed up and s— like that,” Sanders, the key witness for the prosecution, said on the stand.

Then Shaw returned to the bedroom and Sanders used the meth. Sanders heard noises from the room, which died down, and then Shaw returned and “says he needs a hand with something.”

On the bed, Sanders said, he saw a body in a black trash bag, with reddish-blond hair sticking out of the top.

“I didn’t want to [help], but I was told I’d be heading the same way,” Sanders said. “I fear for myself. ‘Cause George is an animal.”

Sanders testified that the pair loaded the body into the trunk of Shaw’s 1971 red Pontiac LeMans and Shaw drove a short distance.

“He get out, open the trunk up, and he put her on the other side of the guard rail,” Sanders said. They dragged the body into a brushy area. Then they drove to Hatboro, where he told Shaw to let him out of the car and told him he never wanted to see him again. He said was angry and scared about what had happened.

“I was fearing for my life, so that’s why I never said nothing,” he said.

“I had all kinds of emotions going on,” testified Sanders, a 54-year-old with scraggly gray hair and beard, who answered questions succinctly and at times defiantly. He is currently imprisoned in Monroe County on a firearms charge and is set to be sentenced Tuesday on charges of hindering apprehension and prosecution in the Rowan case.

Sanders’ testimony before a 2015 grand jury was the basis for the homicide and rape charges against Shaw in the long-cold case. Rowan, who lived in a Trevose trailer park with her parents, was killed Aug. 3, 1984. Her body was found in a nearby patch of woods abutting Route 1 days later.

Shaw, 56, of Geneva, Fla., watched stoically Thursday as his former acquaintance and drug buddy testified. Several of Shaw’s family members were in the audience.

After Sanders, a man testified who had reported to police back in 1984 that he and his wife had seen two men taking something out of a car trunk along Route 1 and throwing it off the highway the night Rowan was killed, in the same location where her body was found.

“The trunk was open … and I could see two people pulling, it covered the whole trunk, what looked like a body or something,” Daniel Green said. “It didn’t look right.”

When the body was discovered, the ankles and hands were bound with tape, a detective testified Wednesday. A longtime friend of Shaw’s, Daniel D. Colangelo, said on the stand Thursday that he was working in 1984 at a company that cut large spools of tape into smaller spools to be sold. “I gave out electrical tape and box tape and duct tape and fiber tape,” he said, adding he had given some to Shaw in July.

After Rowan’s killing, Colangelo encountered Shaw in the neighborhood one day. “He said he was thinking of me and the tape,” testified Colangelo, who later reported the comment to police. “I just thought it was important, the way it came out. … [He] had a weird look in his eyes.”

On Wednesday, the detective who first interviewed Shaw testified that Shaw gave conflicting stories immediately after Rowan’s death.

Other witnesses who have testified over the last two days have placed Rowan in Shaw’s apartment or with an older man and have said she babysat Shaw’s toddler daughter.

For decades, Sanders did not tell investigators his story about Shaw and the body. He was interviewed in 2004 while in the Montgomery County prison for DUI charges and said he had heard Rowan was killed because her father owed someone money.

In 2015, Sanders was called to testify before a grand jury. After lying initially, he said, he told investigators that he had been in the apartment and aided with dumping the body. He and Shaw, who maintains his innocence, were then arrested.

Shaw’s attorney, Lou Busico, asked Sanders questions about his longtime use of methamphetamine and cocaine, which Sanders said he gave up 18 years ago, and asked why Sanders was testifying. Sanders is facing jail time for his involvement.

“Your conscience awakes after you knew you were doing 14 years, possibly?” Busico said. Sanders said he had struggled “all the time” with guilt and remorse and had told the grand jury the truth before being charged.

“I wanted to come clean,” Sanders said.







SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A woman from Springdale is charged with several drug felonies, including drug possession, after she was arrested during a traffic stop on Tuesday (July 18).

Nemrak Borrero-Santana, 22, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia following that stop, when officers found a syringe that tested positive for methamphetamine in her purse, according to a police report.

Springdale Police said Borrero-Santana consented to the search.

A later search is said to have revealed a plastic bag inside the suspect’s vagina that contained about six grams of meth in 15 individual bags. A small plastic bag containing 0.3 grams of marijuana was also found in Borrero-Santana’s bra, according to the report.

Borrero-Santana was also charged with two misdemeanors and was issued two traffic citations.




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA)- A Springdale woman arrested in a drug investigation had methamphetamine hidden in her private parts, police say.

On Tuesday evening police stopped a vehicle in Springdale that was thought to have been involved in a drug deal.

They found the driver, Nemrak Borrero-Santana, 22, was driving on a suspended license.

The Springdale Police Department said Borrero-Santana had an extensive drug arrest history. Officers asked to search her purse, and she gave them permission. Inside, police said they found small plastic baggies and a syringe with meth residue.

Borrero-Santana was arrested, and at the jail, she was given a strip search. During the search, police said an officer saw a twisted plastic bag in the suspect’s vagina. She refused to pull it out, so the search was stopped.

While officers sought a search warrant to remove the bag, Borrero-Santana was taken to a nearby hospital. A search warrant was granted, and an emergency room doctor removed the bag from her vagina. Police said it contained 15 individual bags of meth. In total, they weighed more than six grams.

The suspect was taken back to the Washington County Detention Center and faces multiple drug charges.









A Tyler woman was arrested Monday after police said she pulled a small plastic bag of methamphetamine from her bra.

Michelle Nicole Coward, 30, was held Tuesday in the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $11,000, charged with possession of a controlled substance measuring less than 1 gram, possession of a dangerous drug and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

Coward was a passenger in a car stopped about noon Monday in Kilgore for a defective brake light.




A Laredo woman faces federal charges after Austin police say they found $2 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in her car as she was traveling to Dallas with her 4-year-old daughter last week.

Officers made the discovery after pulling over the driver, identified by police as 22-year-old Seline Ayala. Police said she was driving her Dodge Avenger 5 mph above the 60 mph speed limit in the northbound lanes of the 5400 block of Interstate 35 around 11:20 p.m. July 12. 

According to court papers, the Laredo resident provided police with a series of evolving answers when asked why she as traveling to Dallas: First, she said she worked for a doctor and was traveling to Dallas for a meeting, but could not provide its location or provide the name of the doctor who employed her, officers recounted in an arrest affidavit.

She told the officers she was taking the drugs to Dallas at the behest of a man in Laredo, the affidavit said.

Ayala initially refused to allow officers to search the car, so officers brought in a narcotics unit dog, who indicated that drugs were in the vehicle, police said.

Three large white jugs, labeled “Purple Power,” contained 75 pounds of liquid meth worth about $2 million, Austin police said.

Along with the drugs, Ayala was traveling with a San Antonio woman, who was babysitting Ayala’s 4-year-old daughter, the affidavit stated.






Three men have been arrested in Victoria and New South Wales over the seizure of more than 200 kilograms of illegal crystal methamphetamine and have been charged with drug importation and money laundering offences on Thursday.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed in a statement that a joint investigation with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) resulted in 255 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine being uncovered in a storage facility in California in June, valued at approximately $255 million.

Police allege the illicit substance, commonly referred to as ice, was part of a plan to export the drug to Australia using a light aircraft.

AFP Superintendent Krissy Barrett said the relationship with the DEA is a “vital” step in interrupting the illicit drug trade between Australia and the United States.

“Crystal methamphetamine is a serious threat to the Australian community, and the AFP is focused on continuing to work closely with both national and international partners to stop this drug making its way to the community,” she said.

“To successfully combat crystal methamphetamine in Australia, the AFP’s long-term strategy has been to target the offshore transnational organised crime syndicates targeting Australia and we cannot do this without the help of our international partners such as the DEA.”

On Wednesday, AFP officers arrested a 58-year-old man in the suburb of Sunshine, west of Melbourne’s CBD, in relation to the offences. The detainment also follows the arrest of a 72-year-old man who was stopped at Melbourne Airport on July 5 for allegedly planning to fly the aircraft back to Australia, and of a 52-year-old NSW man on July 14 at Sydney Airport in relation to an earlier seizure of $2.4 million in cash.

All three of the men were charged on Thursday with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, which carries a maximum jail term of life imprisonment.

The 52-year-old was also charged with two counts of money laundering relating to the cash seizure and to the purchase of the light aircraft carrying a further maximum jail term of 40 years, while the other two men received money laundering charges also linked to the purchase of the plane and a possible 20-year maximum imprisonment.

DEA Resident in Charge Sydney Office, Eric Baldus, said: “Our strong partnerships with the AFP, and others within the international law enforcement community, are vital to our unified efforts in combating the world’s most dangerous and prolific narcotics traffickers.

“These arrests, in conjunction with the seizure of a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine in Santa Rosa, CA, are representative of the strength and effectiveness of our combined global policing strategies.”







Saying he was “gravely concerned” for the alleged victim, a Gallatin County judge set bail at $250,000 Tuesday for a Belgrade man accused of severely abusing and raping a woman.

Joshua M. Shelton, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent, strangulation of a partner or family member, assault with a weapon and failure to register as a violent offender.

Shelton appeared via video in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday morning where Judge Bryan Adams set bail and ordered that Shelton have no contact with the woman.

“I’m gravely concerned for the safety of the alleged victim,” Adams said during the hearing.

According to charging documents:

On Monday evening, a woman went to the Belgrade Police Department to report that Shelton had physically and sexually abused her.

During an interview with a detective, the woman recounted numerous incidents where Shelton had abused her over the last few months.

The woman said Shelton was a methamphetamine user and would often act paranoid and violent.

Earlier this year, the woman said Shelton destroyed some of her things and knocked several holes in her apartment’s wall with a baseball bat.

The woman also recalled times when Shelton slammed her head against a wall and punched her.

And on multiple occasions, the woman said Shelton choked her, causing her to lose consciousness. In one incident, the woman said when she regained consciousness, Shelton told her that she had stopped breathing and that he had tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her.

On July 9, the woman said the two were driving in a rural area when Shelton started throwing several of the woman’s items out of the car.

Shelton told the woman to pull over and then raped her, the woman said. She said she didn’t resist because she was worried what Shelton might do if she didn’t comply. She said when he was done, Shelton commented, “Would that be considered rape?”

Investigators later contacted Shelton, who agreed to speak with them. He denied assaulting the woman, physically or sexually.

Shelton did admit, however, to never registering as a violent offender in Montana despite a 2014 conviction in California for felony inflicting corporal punishment to a spouse or co-habitant. He is currently on probation for that conviction.

At Shelton’s court appearance Tuesday, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Jordan Salo asked for the $250,000 bail. In addition to the felony domestic assault conviction, Salo said Shelton’s criminal history includes thefts and assault with a stun gun.

“There is a long history of abuse in the past,” Salo said.

Defense attorney Nick Miller asked for a $20,000 bond, noting that Shelton has family ties in the area and wouldn’t be able to afford the high bail requested by the state.

“I think that’s an extremely high bail,” Miller said.






GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Four kids were admitted to the hospital after being exposed to meth by their mother on Saturday.

The children visited their mother in a hotel room when they were exposed to meth, allegedly after their mother had been using it.

The mother, identified as Kathleen Smuter, was staying at the Sheraton Hotel on 2352 W. Peoria Avenue after she and her husband got into a fight.

She reportedly had agreed to turn herself into a mental facility but asked her husband if she could see her kids one last time.

Officials say the kids were probably exposed to the drugs by Smuter.

Smuter had also admitted to officials that she and some friends had been doing drugs at her Sheraton hotel room.

She said that she had cleaned the room and thought she had removed all of the drugs before her kids came.

According to officials, Smuter’s two youngest kids, ages 2 and 4, began to display erratic behavior that was described as fidgeting movements.

Both children had amphetamines in their system, and the 4-year-old girl also had ecstasy in her system, according to court documents.

The father took the two children to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Smuter and her older two children went to their residence.

Smuter was detained at her residence and the Arizona Department of Child Safety took the other two children, ages 8 and 11, to the hospital for displaying similar erratic behavior.

According to court paperwork, Smuter’s movements were also erratic when she was detained as she appeared under the influence.

Her husband has denied any involvement but has confirmed the series of events, police said.

Smuter denies seeing any of her kids ingest anything in her hotel room.

Smuter was booked on four counts of child abuse as all four children ingested methamphetamine, which medical officials say can cause physical injury or death.







TULSA — A 37-year-old man was arrested by Tulsa police officers on Tuesday on two counts of first-degree rape.

According to a police report, two women have recently told police that they had been raped by Michael Dickson, and another said he had punched her face earlier this month.

One woman told police that she met Dickson at the Greyhound Bus Station in Tulsa, and that he promised her some methamphetamine if she followed him. The woman told police that Dickson did not have any drugs, and forced himself onto her against her consent.

Another woman, who is homeless, said she was under in bridge, when Dickson approached her, said he had drugs, and then had sex with her against her will.

Both women reported being fearful of their lives during the incidents.

Dickson was arrested Tuesday after police said he admitted to punching another woman in the face. Tulsa police said Dickson also had an arrest warrant out of Oklahoma County.





A search of a McClain man’s home turned up 11 pounds of meth in its purest form and more, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy said.

Marcus Ladell “Spud” Moody, 43, also had several weapons in his home and more than $2,200 in cash, Dowdy said.

Dowdy said the meth has an estimated street value of about $175,000.

The meth is ice, the smoke-able form of meth, and is meth in its purest form, he said.

Narcotics agents arrested Moody on a charge of aggravated trafficking of meth on Monday.

He was taken to the Greene County jail.

Moody’s bond has been set at $100,000. However, he is being held for federal marshals.

Dowdy said his agents were assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Southeast Mississippi Narcotics Task Force and the George County Sheriff’s Department.







TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) Methamphetamine has caused Child Protective Services removal cases to nearly triple in Taylor County over the past four years, and the increase is straining the court system and has begun to drain the County’s finances. 

During budget hearings that took place in Taylor County Commissioner’s court last week, Judge Paul Rotenberry expressed his concerns about family court, stating the “docket is being overwhelmed by CPS cases.”

He went on to say that the court is on track to reach 300 CPS emergency removals this year, a far greater number than the 103 removals in 2013, 112 removals in 2014, 225 removals in 2015, and even 259 removals in 2016.

Rotenberry attributes the increase in these emergency removals to methamphetamine use, and Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop furthered this claim, citing the fact that 85% of inmates in the Taylor County Jail have been booked on drug charges.

Rotenberry said that he oversees CPS cases for most of his 8 hour work day, leaving little room for family cases not related to CPS. These other cases, such as divorce cases, cannot get a court date until May due to the large number of CPS cases.

The number of cases is so large, in fact, Taylor County’s criminal courts are now hearing around 20 CPS cases a week to offset some of the overflow.

Family attorneys in Abilene are also affected by increase in CPS cases, claiming emergency removals make up about 40% of their caseload.

Court appointed attorney fees for the CPS cases have now reached over $1 million and the only solution proposed right now, giving a part time associate judge a full time position, would cost Taylor County $115,000 a year.

Judge Rotenberry did say the State of Texas was considering dedicating a court in Abilene specific to CPS cases, but the Senate shot down the proposal.







A Great Falls motorist initially arrested for outstanding warrants faces additional charges after she spit out a baggie of methamphetamine – along with her dentures – during a traffic stop early Monday morning.

According to the arresting officer’s probable cause affidavit, Earlla Rohlf Nelson, 59, was pulled over in a routine traffic stop shortly before 4 a.m. for a broken license plate lamp.The officer soon confirmed that Nelson’s driver’s license had been suspended and that there were two active warrants for her arrest.

“As I was walking Nelson back to my patrol vehicle I noticed she was speaking oddly, as if her mouth was full,” the affidavit states. “I told Nelson to open her mouth multiple times and was finally able to see a plastic bag containing a white powder in the back of Nelson’s throat.”

“I bent Nelson over to make it more difficult for her to swallow, in an attempt to preserve the possible evidence and for Nelson’s safety,” the document continues. “Nelson refused to spit the bag of powder out. Eventually, Nelson’s fake teeth fell from her mouth and the bag fell out along with them.”

The arresting officer also discovered a small glass vile in Nelson’s pant pocket containing a white powder that tested positive as methamphetamine.

Nelson has been charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs and felony tampering with physical evidence.





A La Crosse man was arrested for possessing methamphetamine after he called police to report buying a bad batch of meth.

Police responded to a call Thursday afternoon and found Kevin Reffruschinni in the parking lot of the Fiesta Mexicana restaurant on Mormon Coulee road.

According to police reports, Reffruschinni, 48, said he was high and didn’t want “the kids” to get a hold of the meth, which he said was in a suitcase stashed near adjacent railroad tracks. Officers found meth in three aluminum foil wrappers in a front pocket of the suitcase.

Reffruschinni, of 2419 George Place, was arrested on suspicion of possessing meth and bail jumping, although the La Crosse County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges Monday.




A Calhoun man is facing battery charges after being accused of punching a pregnant woman Monday morning.

According to an arrest affidavit for William E. Chapman, 47, Louisiana 151, deputies responded to a battery complaint at a local trailer park

The victim in the complaint, who is six months pregnant, told officers she fell asleep in the back seat of her friend’s car after they traveled to the residence. She said she woke up to Chapman and an unknown woman punching her in the face and body.

According to the report, the man also yelled at her to return 36 grams of meth he believed was stolen from his home.

The victim reportedly called her father and his girlfriend, and they came to pick her up.

The girlfriend told deputies she saw the suspect’s head inside the car window and him punching the victim, per the report.

Deputies also noticed injuries consistent with punching on the victim’s head and body.

Upon questioning, the suspect told deputies the victim took $450 from him after visiting his home with a friend. He said his co-worker got in a fight with the victim, according to the report, and denied ever touching her.

He also initially told deputies he was in the home during the fight, but later said he went outside and tried to separate the two women.

Chapman was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of simple battery. Bond was set at $500, and the suspect has bonded out.





The crimes against the children of Laurel County continue to rise, most recently with the arrest of a woman after her young child reportedly ate methamphetamine.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, when 36-year-old Brandy Mosko of 6430 North U.S. 25 in East Bernstadt, took her 12-month old child to Saint Joseph London’s emergency room around 11 p.m. after the child became ill.

The child was transferred to Lexington’s University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, where tests revealed it had methamphetamine, amphetamine, Tylenol and Ibuprofen in its system.

Laurel County Sheriff’s officials were notified of the incident by social workers on Wednesday, but they were unsuccessful in locating Mosko until late Thursday afternoon.

Once found, Mosko allegedly admitted to Detective Sgt. Kevin Berry and Lt. Greg Poynter that she had taken the child to a residence in Laurel County where she knew methamphetamine was being used. When her child became ill later that night, she sought medical attention for him – thus launching the investigation into how the child had access to and got the substances in his system.

According to information released by the Sheriff’s Office, Mosko admitted being a methamphetamine user herself and that she knew of the potential dangers to her child when she took him to the residence on Tuesday.

Mosko is now held in the Laurel County Correctional Center under $10,000 cash bond on the charge of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12 years old. She was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Friday morning and scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, July 18.







According to Kingman Police Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper, the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Nichole Ann Buus, 33, of Kingman on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia; Jessica Kelly Roderick, 21, of Kingman on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor warrant for contempt of court; Gabriella Murphy, 28, of Los Angeles on felony charges of possession of marijuana and possession of dangerous drugs (Mushrooms); and Sunny Cho, 28, of Los Angeles on a felony charge of possession of marijuana.

The arrests are the result of an ongoing drug investigation that resulted in a search warrant being served at a home in the 800 block of Crestwood Drive at about 4:30 a.m.

Detectives from MAGNET, KPD and the Bullhead City Police Department SWAT team assisted in serving the search warrant.  Marijuana, mushrooms and assorted drug paraphernalia were allegedly located in the home. A 4-year-old child was turned over the Department of Child Safety.

All four women were booked into the Mohave County jail.






LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Multiple people have been charged after an incident involving sexual assault and drugs.

James Farley, 49, and Maria Farley, 45, both of Chapmanville are charged with child abuse after they allowed a juvenile child to have sexual intercourse with an adult.

Christopher Wells, 19, of Chapmanville, is facing sexual assault charges.

According to a release, deputies began their investigation with the juvenile after sexual abuse allegations were made against Wells.

CPS took custody of the juvenile and she was taken to a local hospital.

The juvenile was found to have methamphetamine and marijuana in her system.

According to a release, she admitted to taking the illegal substances the previous day after she says a family member gave them to her.

Two other people were charged with obstructing and resisting arrest while the arrest warrants were being served on Farleys and Wells.

The investigation by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and Child Protective Service is ongoing.






SAN LUIS, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen after seizing more than $136,000 worth of methamphetamine during separate weekend incidents.

Officers on Friday referred a 38-year-old man from Calexico, California, for a secondary search of his Ford SUV when he attempted to cross into the United States. As a result, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the truck’s spare tire where officers found nearly 45 pounds of meth worth almost $135,000.

Officers on Saturday referred a 43-year old Mexican man, living in Somerton, Arizona as a legal permanent resident, for further questioning when he attempted to enter through the Port’s pedestrian lane. After a CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, officers searched the man and found more than one pound of meth wrapped around his waist.

In both incidents, officers arrested the individuals for narcotics smuggling before seizing the drugs and vehicle. Both suspected violators were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.