MOUNT HOLLY >> A Burlington County couple has been arrested on first-degree human trafficking charges accusing them of forcing a 17-year-old girl to engage in prostitution at area motels.trhtjstjhesy345t3

Christopher K. White, 19, of Eastampton, and Adria Regn, 27, of Mount Holly, could be locked up for 20 years to life in state prison if convicted on the human trafficking of a minor charge. They are accused of turning the victim into a sex slave to solely enrich themselves in a sick-and-twisted moneymaking scheme.

State Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino alleges the couple posted nude photos of the underage girl on, advertised her services as an “escort” and had her snort crystal methamphetamine with them while they had her working as a prostitute.

“This is a classic case of human trafficking where these defendants allegedly trapped an underage girl in dehumanizing circumstances in which they gave her drugs and forced her to have sex with multiple men per day,” Porrino said Friday in a news release statement. “It’s terrible for anyone to be exploited in this manner, but it’s especially heartbreaking when the victim is so young and vulnerable.”

White and Regn are both being detained at the Burlington County Jail and could potentially get hit with additional charges for allegedly posting nude photos of the 17-year-old victim on the internet, according to the Attorney General’s Office, which said the investigation remains ongoing.

Mount Holly Police arrested White on Monday and charged with human trafficking of a minor, human trafficking by receiving money for organizing or managing a scheme of human trafficking, human trafficking by providing a controlled dangerous substance, and promoting prostitution of a minor.

Mount Holly Police arrested Regn on Thursday and charged her with human trafficking of a minor, conspiracy to commit human trafficking of a minor, and promoting prostitution of a minor.


The police investigation into the couple began after the victim reported allegations that she was forced by White and his girlfriend, Regn, to work as a prostitute for a period of 10 days in October 2016 at various motels where they lived in Burlington County, authorities said.

The victim thought she was going to babysit Regn’s two young children at a motel when White and Regn gave her crystal meth and marijuana and told her she needed to work as an escort for them so that they could make money.

“They allegedly said that if she did not work for them, it would be her fault if Regn’s children ended up on the street,” the Attorney General’s Office said Friday in the news release. “At one point, White allegedly told the victim he would find her and beat her if she did not continue to work for them as a prostitute.”

Authorities say White and Regn collected all of the prostitution proceeds for themselves and did not share even one penny with the victim. During a three- or four-day stay at a motel in Wrightstown, White and Regn allegedly made the victim have sex with at least five men each day.

The victim escaped from her bondage, authorities said, by fleeing while White and Regn were sleeping.

Law-enforcement officers from the local, county and state levels conducted the human trafficking investigation into the couple.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina commended the law-enforcement agencies for their police work in the case and in a statement said, “We look forward to working closely with the Attorney General’s Office to support their prosecution of these individuals for their despicable acts of exploitation of this young girl.”




Nathan Lehman had a long history of domestic assaults against his parents, yet he was ordered to live with them after he was recently released from a civil commitment for mental illness.1aedena052717

That requirement may have cost Robert and Debra Lehman their lives this week, as their son stabbed each of them more than 20 times with a screwdriver, according to second-degree murder charges filed Friday. The complaint, filed in Hennepin County District Court, says he went in the middle of the night to his parents’ Eden Prairie home and spent less than 30 minutes there before driving away without turning on his headlights.

Officers were called to the Lehmans’ house in the 6000 block of Woodhill Trail about 7:20 a.m. Thursday to conduct a welfare check because Robert Lehman, a bus driver, hadn’t shown up for work. His employer said that was unusual for him. Police said Nathan Lehman was identified as a person of interest connected to his parents’ address because of several 911 calls over the past 10 years.

Lehman was arrested about 11:30 a.m. in Buffalo. He was high on methamphetamine and had bloody clothes in the trunk of his vehicle, the criminal complaint said. Court documents say his parents, both in their late 50s, feared him because of past aggressive and delusional behavior.

After his arrest, Lehman made many statements, some of which were incoherent, the complaint said.

Lehman went to his parents’ house about 1:30 a.m. Thursday after using methamphetamine, the complaint said. He found his mother in the bathroom and stabbed her in the face and body more than 20 times.

Robert Lehman rushed to his wife’s aid in the bathroom, where he was stabbed more than 35 times, prosecutors say.

Lehman was charged with two felony counts of second-degree murder and is being held in the Hennepin County jail in lieu of $2 million bail. He will make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Lehman has been civilly committed as mentally ill and chemically dependent several times since 2014, and he often didn’t comply with medicine or treatment plans, a court document said. He is incapable of managing his personal affairs because of the amount of marijuana and methamphetamine he used on a daily and weekly basis, the document said.

Lehman suffered from paranoid delusions and complained that he was being followed by police and the FBI, records show. Last year, he was charged in Otter Tail County District Court for allegedly breaking windows of cars and businesses, pouring window-washer fluid into a pickup, evading police to the point that they used a stun gun to subdue him, and possessing methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.

He was hospitalized for psychological treatment again in February 2016 after jumping out of a moving vehicle. He told staff he would continue to take methamphetamine as his prescription because it helped him connect to God, court documents said,

Lehman was most recently discharged from the University of Minnesota Medical Center on April 14. A condition of his release was that he live at his parents’ home. However, about a week later he went missing, and on May 9, a judge ordered that he again be civilly committed in a locked psychiatric unit, records show.

At that point Lehman’s parents were in fear of him, according to court records. They told one of his caseworkers that they planned to change the combination to their garage so he could not enter their home. Before he went missing, Debra Lehman told authorities that her son had packed a bag and wasn’t returning telephone calls.

Morgan City Police arrested a local woman and booked her with drug charges.

Shantel Flores, 40, was booked with possession with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute Clonazepam, illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs in a drug-free zone, no turn signal and speeding. 13990543_G

Flores was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly sped past a patrol car on Federal Avenue. She turned onto US 90 without signalling her turn as well, police allege.

The officer asked for her driver’s license, and her behavior made the officer suspicious, a police spokesman said. He asked to search her vehicle, and she allegedly said he could. The officer allegedly found a large amount of suspected meth, packaged for sale, as well as Clonazepam pills, items used to smoke drugs and a gun. The traffic stop took place near a school, resulting in the drug-free zone charge.



BAD AXE — The homeowner of a house police report is the scene of meth lab says it is not a day care facility.

And the address, 316 Whitelam St., is not registered as a licensed day care facility.

However, neighbors told police the home — which sits behind a slew of children’s play equipment — is a day care site.

Kandi Kivel, the homeowner, denies those claims. She told the Tribune that there are three children who live there, and there is a neighbor child who comes over to play.

She says she had no idea methamphetamine was being produced in her home.

“Apparently when I went into the breezeway, I was standing right in front of it (the meth lab),” she said. “I didn’t know.”

Kivel was referring to an area of the home that was being lived in by her son, Jonathon Boyce. He had moved into the basement a week ago from Mount Pleasant.

Kivel said Boyce, along with a friend from Mount Pleasant, were two people arrested in connection to the investigation.

Police reported an active meth lab was discovered at the house after authorities executed a search warrant there following a two-week investigation between the Bad Axe Police Department and the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. Bad Axe Police Chief David Rothe told the Tribune a total of three persons have been arrested following the search.

Rothe said there were children in the home at the time of the search that were members of the family living there.

Kivel said her daughter, Cassandra, Cassandra’s three children, and Cassandra’s husband also live at the home.

At the time of the search, Rothe told the Tribune neighbors reported the home also served as an active day care facility.

“What really bothers me is, according to the neighbors, this is a licensed day care center,” said Rothe. “So the state will be contacted on that and the health department will be notified because as an active lab, the entire house is contaminated now.”

Rothe and Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson later said police have still not confirmed whether it’s a day care facility (licensed or unlicensed). Rothe was relying on statements from neighbors when he was first interviewed by the Tribune this morning.

Police remain at the scene. The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force is in the process of dismantling the lab inside the home, where Rothe said methamphetamine was in the process of being produced.

The block of Whitelam Street in front of the St. Hubert (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church remains sectioned off as officials canvassed the scene. Rothe said the cleanup process would take at least a couple more hours.

Several people were interviewed at the scene, and Rothe is unsure at this time if there will be further arrests or if additional warrants will be sought. The investigation is ongoing.

Also assisting at the scene was the Bad Axe Fire Department.


The highway patrol reports numerous charges are pending against a woman from the Tina community after she was arrested during a traffic stop in Carroll County Thursday night.

An online arrest report indicates 43-year-old Elizabeth Colliver was taken to the Ray County Detention Center pending the formal filing of charges.

The highway patrol has accused Ms. Colliver of possession of methamphetamine, delivery of a controlled substance at a jail, marijuana possession, and tampering with physical evidence in a felony case investigation.

Other accusations include driving while revoked, failure to comply with an ignition interlock device, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no proof of insurance.


SALT LAKE CITY — Two separate drug investigations that eventually became one have culminated in the federal indictments of 24 people and the seizure of 41 pounds of meth.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office joined other local, state and federal agencies on Friday — including several police chiefs from across Salt Lake County — to announce the unsealing of a 13-count indictment against members of a drug trafficking organization.

U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber called it “an organized crime indictment against 24 individuals involved in a common conspiracy to obtain large loads of dangerous drugs and distribute them directly to the streets of Salt Lake County through a complicated network.”

Huber said the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration had each been conducting their own separate drug trafficking investigations for several weeks when they discovered each organization was using the same supplier out of southern California. At that point, the two organizations combined forces.

The accused ringleader, Raul Enrique Lizarraga Lopez, who goes by the moniker “Maestro” from Los Angeles, was charged with conspiracy to distribute meth. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and up to life.

The 12 others who are indicted are all from the Salt Lake County area, according to court records.

Huber said the drug organization was set up like a business that included security, counter-surveillance, secret codes, firearms, large amounts of cash, and each person having a distinct role within the group. Authorities seized 17 firearms in addition to the drugs.

But Huber said a partnership with local, state and federal agencies that used “every tool under the law” resulted in the charges. Some of those tools included wiretaps and intercepting phone conversations.

The meth is believed to have originated in Mexico before it was shipped to Southern California and eventually to Utah, according to authorities. The group specifically distributed in Salt Lake County, according to investigators.

Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown said the bust would have an impact. But it won’t be long before someone else fills that void, he said. The fact that all 41 pounds of seized methamphetamine was headed to Salt Lake County is another example of the appetite the public has for drugs, and why treatment is needed to help fight the problem.

What we have are bandages and Band-Aids. But the overall problem is a much deeper societal issue.

–John Huber, U.S. Attorney for Utah

Brian Besser, the DEA resident agent-in-charge in Utah, agreed that one large bust will not eradicate the drug problem.

“I would say we probably swung the bat as hard as we can here and reached the optimum result,” he said.

But Besser compared it to a game of Whack-a-Mole — when one problem is taken care of, another pops up. Drug trafficking is big business, but with drugs comes violence and other problems, Besser noted, while calling drug trafficking the “hub of the crime wheel.”

“Drugs and gangs go hand-in-hand, and one facilitates the other,” he said. “I have yet to see gang members or drug dealers selling cookies or magazines on the street corner (to facilitate their interests).

“(It’s a) greed-driven and profit-driven enterprise which holds very little regard for the end user,” he said.

Huber said Friday there has been a rise in crime in Utah, including a 13 percent increase in violent crime.

“Be wise in your decisions, because you’re next,” he said in a warning to criminals.

The others arrested include:

  • Silvio McKenzie-Ganza, 35, of Salt Lake City;
  • Cesar Gutierrez, 37, of Magna;
  • Melissa Delgado, 21, of Murray;
  • Ciro Santamaria-Zepeda, 35, of Salt Lake City;
  • Makasini Lomu, 50, of West Valley City;
  • Siosifina Ositamani, 41, of Salt Lake City;
  • Sompheth Thaodara, 48, of West Valley City;
  • Michael Shane Tisdale, 54, of West Valley City;
  • David Tyson Madden, 40, of Salt Lake City;
  • Man Tat Le, 42, of West Valley City;
  • Gary Bronson Dean, 32, of Salt Lake City;
  • Timote Fangupo, 36, of West Jordan;
  • Mario Cerna, 34, of West Valley City;
  • Morgan Harris, 58, of Murray;
  • Brandon Callaway, 29, of Salt Lake City;
  • Cerina Gutierrez, 45, of Salt Lake City;
  • Jon Martinez, 46, of Salt Lake City;
  • Greg Montoya, 43, of Salt Lake City;
  • Jake Duran, 25, of Salt Lake City;
  • Jeremy Najera, 33, of Salt Lake City;
  • Justin Dahlquist, 26, of Salt Lake City;
  • Linda Sosa, 39, of Kearns;
  • Steven Trujillo, 24, of Tooele.


A couple has been indicted on multiple drug charges Friday and accused of transporting 19 pounds of methamphetamine in their truck.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the couple had the drugs and $72,000 on them. Jesus Bojorquez-Mendez and Zulema Rodriquez-Torres are being charged with aggravated drug trafficking and aggravated possession of drugs. They are also going to be the first people charged in Franklin County with receiving proceeds of an offense subject to forfeiture proceedings.

If they are convicted on all they charges they face, they will spend at least 11 years in prison.


MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Another member of the “Chicken Head Mafia” is heading to prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.joel-hosea-beasley

Joel “Jose” Hosea Beasley, 37, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for methamphetamine conspiracy and firearm charges. The United States Department of Justice said Joel Beasley sold methamphetamine to a person cooperating with law enforcement five times between  February 2015 and June 2015.

In June 2015, United States Attorney Nancy Stallard Harr said a search warrant was issued at Joel Beasley’s residence in Morristown. Investigators found over an ounce of methamphetamine and multiple firearms. However, even after the methamphetamine was found at his residence, Harr said he continued to sell drugs.

In the same month, Harr said Joel Beasley sold methamphetamine to another person working on behalf of law enforcement. During the transaction, she said he admitted to selling six ounces of methamphetamine the previous day.

Also, in September 2015, Joel Beasley wrecked his motorcycle in Morristown. At the time of the wreck, Harr said Beasley was carrying 55 grams of methamphetamine, 11.6 grams of psilocin mushrooms and a firearm. She said he tossed drugs in bushes to hide from law enforcement responding to the crash and told his wife, Darinda Beasley, a co-defendant, to hide his firearm.

In recorded conversations from the jail, Harr said Joel Beasley told his wife to collect debts from people who owed him money for drugs. After his arrest, prosecutors said his son, John Beasley, 19, attempted to take his father’s place selling drugs. John Beasley was previously sentenced to 78 months in prison.

Joel Beasley isn’t the first member of the “Chicken Head Mafia” who was convicted for methamphetamine.

In April, the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office said Rick Dale Munsey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The sheriff’s office said they believe Munsey was the leader of the “Chicken Head Mafia.”

Munsey was arrested in March 2016 and was under the investigation of the sheriff’s office and the FBI. He faces life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Steven “Rabbit” Dwight Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on March 2017 for his role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to the United States Department of Justice. According to his plea agreement, Hopkins and other members protected each other during the meth trafficking conspiracy.

Hopkins also belonged to the Copperhead Motorcycle Club. At times, Hopkins admitted that he obtained eight to 10 ounces of meth per week from co-defendant Rick Munsey, 48, of Del Rio, Tenn. Hopkins sold meth to a large customer base in and around Hamblen County, Tenn.


A woman from Alberta, Canada was lured to Pickens County, held hostage and forced to commit sex acts, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies say the woman was held hostage for several days.

Sheriff Rick Clark it involved a “deceptive internet scheme, multiple sex acts by force and the courageous actions taken by the victim as she struggled to alert authorities.”

The sheriff says she had communication with Fred Russell Urey Sr. who claimed to be a photographer on the internet.

The victim and Urey were talking over the internet for the past two months.

The sheriff said Urey represented himself as a professional photographer who needed to hire a model.

He said he would pay her several thousands of dollars and after a few negotiations, she agreed to come down. At no point was the conversation about nudity or sex.

On May 18th she flew down from Canada and landed in Atlanta. Urey picked her up in Atlanta and took her to Pickens. The sheriff said the suspect paid for her plane ticket.

She was taken to a motel after arriving the 1st night and taken to a 2nd motel the next night, according to the sheriff.

He drove her to various places around Anderson and Pickers County looking for good backdrops for pictures.

On the 3rd night, Urey took the woman to his home, restrained her immediately and threatened her and her family, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff says she was forced to engage in sex acts including bondage, oral sex and sexual intercourse, over the next couple of days.

She was allowed to call home under the strict scrutiny of Urey, but was able to send coded messages to her family.

Police in Canada got involved and were able to track her cell phone.

Pickens Co. Sheriff’s Office then started searching for her and the suspect.

Around 10:30 pm last night, deputies surrounded the home.

They says they could hear running inside the home and then she jumped through a glass window falling into the front yard.

Urey is charged with kidnapping 1st degree, criminal sexual conduct 1st degree and possession of meth with intent to distribute (2nd offense).


A Cape Girardeau woman faces drug trafficking charges after officers stopped her for littering and found she was delivering a large amount of methamphetamine Wednesday, police said.

The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Lauren M. Story, 30, with second-degree drug trafficking.

Police stopped a vehicle going east in the 3200 block of Missouri Route K after a passenger threw a clear wrapper out of the vehicle, according to a probable-cause statement filed in the case by Cape Girardeau Cpl. Richard Couch.

Story, who was riding in the back of the car, told police she had thrown the trash, which the driver said was a popsicle wrapper, Couch wrote.

Police learned Story had a warrant for her arrest for possession of a controlled substance and arrested her, according to the statement.

Story was uncooperative, bending over and trying to conceal “a large baseball size bulge in the front of her pants,” Couch wrote.

Asked what the item was, Story “said she did not know, and that it was not hers,” Couch wrote.

A female officer removed a McDonald’s paper bag containing just over a half-pound of a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, Couch wrote.

The driver of the vehicle told officers they were “on their way to deliver the [meth] to a location within the City of Cape Girardeau,” Couch wrote.

Story previously has pleaded guilty to two drug-related charges in 2009 and 2016, according to online court records.

Her bond was set at $100,000.



ST. CHARLES COUNTY ( – A mother is being charged after allegedly making methamphetamine inside her home with her 8-year-old daughter in the house.

Shelby Boschert, 34, is being charged with Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, as well as Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Boschert remains in custody. Her bail has been set at $35,000.

Police said they discovered Boschert purchasing products to manufacture meth while on surveillance of the St. Charles County woman.

A search of Boschert’s home yielded the discovery of an active meth lab. Police said there were no locks or closed doors preventing Boschert’s 8-year-old daughter from accessing the room where the meth-making products were stored.



VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A fire at the so-called Meth Mansion destroyed outbuildings in a Vancouver neighborhood Thursday morning across the street from a middle school.

The house in the 6100 block of NE 112th, known by neighbors as Meth Mansion, is directly across from Covington Middle School.

Fire crews arrived around 3:15 a.m. and saw heavy fire pouring from the structure. Firefighters let the flames burn through the roof to allow some ventilation.

Once the roof had burned through, crews set up a ladder truck and pumped about 800 gallons of water per minute to knock out flames quickly.

Sheri Douglas, ho lives nearby, said the house is a nightmare. She said she’s seen it all coming from the house — dealers, prostitutes, fugitives.

“This is the way it’s been for years,” Douglas told KOIN 6 News. “These are the people you don’t want near the school.”

In 2016, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office raided the home and arrested the owner for allegedly possessing meth and for using an outbuilding for drug purposes.

Neighbors voiced their concerns at the time but the county said their hands were tied because of low staffing levels.

“It’s not OK. They shouldn’t let them be here,” Douglas said. “They should just bulldoze the whole place.”

“This is a property that has many structures on it that have been built over time,” Vancouver firefighter Joe Spatz told KOIN 6 News.Detectives said they found deplorable living conditions. That made this fire, captured on a neighbor’s surveillance system, more difficult to fight.

This year alone, records show, the sheriff’s office came to this address 10 times to investigate suspicious people, minor disturbances, excessive noise and yelling.

Douglas said she and other neighbors have had enough.

“The kids shouldn’t have to worry about crossing the street, being out here and we shouldn’t have to worry about them being over there,” Douglas said. “You just have to wonder does anybody care? I don’t think they do.”

No one was injured in the fire.

County records show that between the land and building values, the property is worth $136,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials believe hoarding conditions may have contributed to the fire’s quick growth.



went on a ’round-up’ for people indicted in court last week.

Officials with the police department say most of the indictments and arrests were drug related; however, one man who was arrested in the round-ups is charged with aggravated rape.

According to officers, Zachary Higgins, who was arrested on Wednesday had about 2 oz of methamphetamine, Schedule II prescription medication, and two handguns on him at the time of his arrest. One of the handguns was stolen.

In addition to his aggravated rape Indictment, Higgins is also being charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, illegal possession of schedule II drug, two counts of illegal possession of a weapon, and possession of stolen property under $1,000.


A Beulah woman has been arrested on multiple felony drug charges after the death of a man in her residence raised suspicions. A search warrant was issued last week for the residence of Glenys Thomas – part of a push to eradicate drugs in the county, says Sheriff Jeff Hodge.

“I’m putting a big emphasis on dealing with our drug issues. It seems like it’s increasing, so our pressure is going to be higher and we’re going to follow up on any leads and information that we have of people dealing and possessing drugs,” says the sheriff.

Deputy Eric Stevens served a search warrant on the residence on Lower Red Water Road in Beulah on May 16 at 6:38 p.m. Thomas, born in 1961, allegedly stated that she had marijuana on the kitchen counter; Stevens observed a mason jar with less than three ounces of the substance and three containers also containing marijuana extract “in excess of 3/10 of a gram” and a digital scale.

In the master bedroom, Stevens reports that he found a black shaving bag containing four glass smoking pipes and a small baggie of methamphetamine.

“Distributed among several locations was approximately $4015 in U.S. currency,” says Stevens in his report.

“Throughout the residence were located burned remnants of marijuana cigarettes, glass smoking pipes, vaporizing pens, bongs and torches. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was located in a night stand by the master bed.”

Thomas was arrested without incident. Three days later, on May 19, a second search warrant was executed at the same residence on a portable storage container.

During the search, a shopping bag was discovered containing a cylindrical metal container with a lid. Inside, according to Stevens’ report, were two vacuum sealed packages containing a substance that appeared to be consistent with crystal methamphetamine and a small bag containing approximately 50 small baggies commonly used for the distribution of controlled substances.

Also discovered, according to Stevens, was a Plano field box containing five white envelopes. Inside the envelopes were various amounts of cash totaling an estimated $9440.

“Writing on at least two of the envelopes indicated currency amounts not consistent with the amount contained therein,” says Stevens in his report.

“This would indicate that the envelopes are being reused.”

Stevens allegedly cut open one of the two vacuum-sealed packages to test and weigh its contents, which tested positive for methamphetamine. The two packages weighed 28.5 grams and 38.01 grams.

Thomas has been charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, carrying a maximum penalty of seven years’ incarceration, a $15,000 fine or both, and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail time, a $25,000 fine or both.

Thomas has also been charged with one felony count of possession of marijuana, carrying a maximum penalty of five years’ incarceration, a $10,000 fine or both, and one of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail time, a $10,000 fine or both.

She has also been charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession.


Methamphetamine Survivors Help Others

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AU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) — “I have struggled with drug addiction for about 20 years. So, I started using when I was 13, and found recovery about two years ago,” said Sarah Ferber.

“I didn’t really get in trouble until a year and a half ago, and it was the height of my addiction using both meth and heroin,” said Alison Frase.

“The first hit I took, man. I knew I was done. It got me,” said Brian Cole.

Former drug users who know the meth problem firsthand are now on the other side hoping to help others.

Brian Cole spent most of his life behind bars. A cocaine user who once said he wouldn’t use meth.

“It’s called the one hit wonder for a reason. You take one hit, and you wonder what happened to the next 30 years of your life, if you live that long,” said Cole.

He became a meth addict, and he got others addicted.

“I turned my own wife onto meth by cutting it into pills she was smoking because she got on my about doing meth, and she became and addict. You don’t care,” said Cole.

Cole said while in the Chippewa County Jail in 2009, he found religion. He wanted a different life.

He’s now a pastor, and shares his story with students and community members.

Alison Frase was arrested about a year and a half ago.

“I started committing crimes to support my habit,” she said.

She said she was facing seven felonies ranging from theft, identity theft, and bail jumping.

“I was actually a nursing student at the time. Ultimately, I ended up dropping out of school,” said Frase.

She also lost her daughter. It took nine months to get her back.

She also recently graduated from AIM Court (Alternative to Incarcerating Mothers), and she hopes to go back to school.

“We are real people, and who we are when we’re using isn’t who we really are. There are people out there that will support you,” said Frase.

Frase said she found support through Chippewa Valley EXPO (Ex Prisoners Organizing).

Sarah Ferber now leads the group, which is meant to offer peer support and guidance.

“You can find support from people who’ve been through what you’re going through,” said Ferber.

Ferber also participates in the More Than Meth forums alongside law enforcement officers.

“You’ll cross paths with it. You’ll cross paths with individuals that are involved in it. Understanding what it is and who these individuals are is important,” said Sgt. Falk.

Field Operations Supervisor with the West Central Drug Task Force Sgt. Andrew Falk said meth presents a big and unique challenge.

“In terms of the total damage done by a drug and how it effects the community in various different ways in our area, meth is the thing that is the most damaging and is the drug that we certainly spend the most time on and resources on,” said Sgt. Falk.

Sgt. Falk said utilizing users as resources is just one component in the fight.

“Those of us that are closest to the problem are closest to the solution, and we can share what’s worked for us, and hopefully use that knowledge to create new programs or offer support to each other,” said Sarah Ferber.

Ferber and Chippewa Valley EXPO also particpate in the Methamphetamine Response Committee created more than two years ago by Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King.

“This is an issue that we’re going to see for the next several years,” said DA King.

The committee meets monthly, taking ideas and forming strategies on combating meth.

“We live in the community, too. We want to see the problem solved. Our kids are raised here. We work here, so whatever we can do to help combat the problem and help solve some of the issues is very important.”

DA King said incarceration isn’t always the best solution, which is why the county looks at various options based on an individual basis.

“We are now seeing some very positive examples of people who were really at that most critical level where everything was literally going in the wrong direction, and they found a way to turn things around and have been successful in their rehab,” said King.

Frase, Ferber, and Cole said change isn’t easy, but they’re trying to prove it can be done. Offering hope to others that they too can get their lives back.



Like any large corporation that responds to a sagging line of revenue, the Mexican cartels who control the border have replaced a decline in human smuggling with an increase in drug smuggling.

“They need to make their profits somewhere,” says Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro, overlooking the Rio Grande in South Texas. “They were making so much money from human trafficking. Now that’s at a near all-time low, so they’re trying to make money on narcotics…marijuana, meth and cocaine.”

While the trend is border-wide, it is more pronounced in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas than most sectors. The smuggling of Central American families fell from roughly 15,000 a month before Trump’s election to less than 1,000 today. At the same time, seizures of heroin since January are up 177 percent, cocaine 129 percent and methamphetamine up 150 percent, according Border Patrol figures.

“We have seen narcotics come in disguised as carrots, mangos, limes, watermelons. They will take advantage of whatever is there,” says Frank Longoria, Field Operations Assistant Director for U.S. Customs & Border Protection in Laredo. “They will smuggle in gas tanks, then shift to milk containers, shampoo bottles. They adjust, we adjust.”

For the most part, marijuana still moves between the ports of entry, most typically in trucks or backpacks hauled by illegal immigrants who do it to help pay their smuggling fee. By contrast, 81 percent of high-value narcotics like heroin, meth and cocaine move through the ports of entry.

To stop that, Customs and Border Protection uses dogs and scanners to find the drugs hidden in tires, and freshly welded traps under the chassis of vehicles and trucks passing through. Last week, officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted a load of liquid methamphetamine valued at $3.8 million hidden in the gas tank of 2008 Chevy Silverado.

Two days prior, Border Patrol agents stopped a Ford F-150 pickup with 200 pounds of meth valued at $8 million at a checkpoint less than 30 miles away.

Because of the money involved, Chief Patrol agent Raul Ortiz says, “We have seen an increase in assaults on agents across the border.”

While the president’s budget proposal does add more manpower and infrastructure, the cartels have also upped their game, replacing radios with encrypted phones and trucks with drug delivery drones. On one hand, existing barriers have forced the smugglers to funnel their narcotics through the checkpoints, but they’ve resorted to tunnels and even catapults to send narcotics over the border.

“They’re looking for revenue and right now they don’t have the (illegal) immigrants, so they’re looking for other ways to make money,” says Columbia University professor Christopher Sabatini. “Again there is a problem on the U.S. side that there’s a demand for these drugs and we have to recognize that.”

U.S. drug users drive demand. Mexico provides more than 90 percent of the illegal drugs entering the U.S., including the synthetic heroin that is helping kill more than 100 users a day by overdose. The drug, known as fentanyl and its super potent cousin fentanyl-C, are manufactured in Mexico’s Golden Triangle, less than 300 miles from the Texas border.

Sources tell Fox News the U.S. is stopping less than 50 percent of all illicit drugs crossing the Southwest border.


INMAN, S.C. (WSPA) – A man was arrested after police say he walked down South Main Street in Inman without wearing any clothes.

Marcus Dean Wooten, 21, from Landrum is charged with indecent exposure by the Inman Police Department after he was arrested early Wednesday morning.

Wooten was first found by Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputy when the Inman officer arrived just after midnight.

The man told police he had just used meth and “got hot and decided to take his clothes off,” according to the incident report.

Officers say Wooten walked by two businesses that were open at the time. The arrest warrant states Wooten exposed “his private parts” to victims at the intersection of South Main Street and Culp Street.

He refused treatment from emergency medical services and was given a jumpsuit to cover himself as he was arrested.

Wooten was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center where he was being held as of Wednesday morning.



SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – A woman already on probation for child neglect is charged again after admitting to smoking meth while children slept, according to an incident report.

Spartanburg County deputies responded to a call in the 200 block of Serene Valley Drive in Cowpens on Tuesday.

Deputies found 27-year-old Brittany Purvis bleeding from her arm.

She told deputies she thought the children’s father was under the trailer, but when deputies checked, there was no evidence anyone had been there.

A deputy witnessed Purvis break out a window in the trailer with a rake while the kids stood by in the rain, the report states.

Deputies say the window pane was all over the bedroom floor where the kids had access.

A broken meth pipe was also found on the front porch, according to the report.

Deputies say Purvis has an active probation for child neglect, and has been charged with the crime again.

The kids were placed into Emergency Protective Custody.


A Hope woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after Columbus police stopped her for an equipment violation while she was riding a bicycle.

Columbus police officer Skylar Berry stopped Lacey N. Hoeltke, 35, of 10950 N. County Road 700E, near Pennsylvania and 19th streets in Columbus at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday after he saw her riding a bike without a working front light, said officer Alyson Rech, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman.

Officers learned Hoeltke had an active arrest warrant — and when arresting her, searched her backpack, Rech said. Officers found a spoon and digital scale which contained a white substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, Rech said.

A grinder, three smoking devices and a clear plastic bag, all of which contained marijuana residue, were found in the backpack, Rech said. Officers also found a small plastic bag in the backpack that contained methamphetamine, a small plastic bag with marijuana and three syringes, she said.

Hoeltke was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug-injection device, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, jail officials said.

She is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $128,500 bond, jail officials said.



A man traveling from Mexico through South Mississippi was arrested by the FBI on Monday and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Just before 9 a.m. on May 22, 2017, officers with the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team observed a truck towing a utility trailer driving carelessly on Interstate 10 in Jackson County near mile marker 56.
The driver of the vehicle, Andres Torres Sanchez, 59, of Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico gave consent to search the truck and trailer. An examination of the undercarriage of the trailer determined that the axles had been altered to conceal narcotics. At that time, the driver and vehicle were transported to a secure location where a thorough search was conducted.
During the subsequent, in-depth search of the vehicle, conducted by members of the FBI’s Pascagoula Safe Streets Task Force and officers from the South Mississippi MET, a total of 15.6 kilograms of methamphetamine, concealed in the hollow axles of the trailer, was located. The methamphetamine had an approximate street value of $200,000.
Sanchez is scheduled to appear before United States Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker on Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Gulfport.
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force is a Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative, and receives funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington, D.C. It is made up of Special Agents from the FBI and law enforcement officers from the Pascagoula, Moss Point, Gautier and Ocean Springs police departments; the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics; and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
This charge is merely an accusation. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



The results of the latest Global Drug Survey (GDS) are in, and they’ve revealed the most dangerous substance in the world. According to the data published Wednesday, the most dangerous drug is methamphetamine/amphetamine, with synthetic cannabis and MDMA/ecstasy trailing close behind.

Danger, in this case, refers to the chances that a person will seek emergency medical treatment after taking a drug. The data from the 6,000 amphetamine/methamphetamine users that participated in this year’s study show that the chances that someone will seek medical treatment after using meth is even higher than for people who use synthetic cannabinoid drugs, which have been labeled the most dangerous for the past four years. According to the report, this is the first time that the GDS recorded users’ need for emergency medical treatment after using meth.

The data show that for every 100,000 meth users, 4.8 percent will seek emergency services. Breaking those numbers down showed that the risk of heading to the emergency room is more than double for women than it is for men (8.2 percent for females versus 3.7 percent for males). The rate of men who seek services after synthetic cannabis, for example, is 4.2 percent.

All in all, the EMT risk for meth users is more than that for MDMA and synthetic cannabis use combined.

Meth’s intense effects are likely what’s driving its users to seek emergency services more often than users of any other drug. Its effects are both mental and physical, including elevated blood pressure, rapid heart beat or irregular heart rate, brain hemorrhages, convulsions, or even lung collapse due to changes in air pressure.

Long-term meth use results in even more damage, potentially causing a drastic decrease in weight; insomnia; kidney, heart, lung and liver failure; infection due to increased bodily sores; psychotic symptoms; and impaired cognitive functionality.

Still, even with these potential side effects, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that there are 24.7 million meth users worldwide. These users are probably drawn to the drug’s ability to induce wild hallucinations and keep a person alert and awake for hours on end.

Though using meth in a safe way is pretty much impossible, the GDS has a little advice for anyone taking a new drug for the first time: “Accept many drugs won’t be very good/effective or nice.” And, because this bears reminding, “Don’t drive/[bathe]/play with knives.”

A 12-year-old child is currently being detained after Lashio police found a large amount of stimulant tablets in his backpack.

According to The Voice, the arrest happened around 9pm on Monday night. Police were tipped off about the drugs and waited on the outskirts of Lashio. Upon stopping a motorcycle that was coming in from the direction of Mong Yaw village, they discovered that the driver was a 12-year-old kid who was transporting the drugs in his backpack; a 23-year-old man was also riding behind him.

Police found approximately 2400 tablets worth a total of MMK4.8 million.

It’s unclear whether the man and child are related. Officers from the Lashio Township Police Station told The Voice that both culprits are from Kay Kan village, and are currently being held for investigation. A case has been opened under Sections 15 and 16(a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law.

Shan State is one of the world’s largest opium production sites. One Lashio resident revealed to The Voice that it’s unfortunately common for drug dealers in northern Shan State — where heroin is more widely available compared to other parts of the region — to use children to sell and transport their illegal substances.




PALM SPRINGS, Fla. – A Florida man is facing charges that he nearly beat to death a dog named Elizabeth Taylor, according to an arrest report.

Jason Robert Snead, 40, is facing charges of animal cruelty, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug equipment and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

The dog, a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has a fractured skull, according to Animal Care and Control Capt. Dave Walesky.

“We’re hoping she makes a full recovery, but she’s not in the clear yet,” Walesky said late Monday.

Snead was seen by a witness and caught on surveillance video brutally beating the dog outside a car dealership in Palm Springs , the report said.

The video appears to show Snead kicking, punching and “aggressively swinging” the dog against the inside the vehicle, the report said.

A witness told Palm Springs police that the dog looked “lifeless” as Snead swung it around by its leash.

Snead told police that the dog, which belongs to his girlfriend, was injured when he was forced to brake hard while driving. Snead said he hit his lip against the steering wheel while braking, but the report states the man “did not exhibit any injuries to his face consistent with his story.”

During a search of Snead’s vehicle, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe, multiple syringes and a straw with drug residue were found, the report said.

Of the methamphetamine discovered in the vehicle, Snead allegedly told Palm Springs police: “Off the record, I started today.”

Walesky said that Snead’s girlfriend originally agreed to renounce ownership of the dog, but changed her mind Monday. Walesky said the agency will not willingly give the dog back to the woman and will go to court to remove it from her custody.

The dog is under the care of a private veterinarian, Walesky said.

Elizabeth Taylor weighs 8 pounds. The arrest report lists Snead as 6 feet 5 inches and 200 pounds.


MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) – Madison County deputies have arrested a woman after they found prescription drugs, marijuana, and meth in her purse.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says that on May 16, around 8 p.m., a deputy stopped a gold SUV on SR 145 for committing a traffic violation.

Deputies talked to the driver, identified as Tonya Marie Randall, and explained the reason for the traffic stop. While that deputy was talking to Randall, another deployed canine “Leo” to conduct a free air sniff on the outside of the SUV.

They said the canine gave a positive indication of drugs within the SUV.

Deputies then searched the SUV. During the search, a black purse was found in the drivers’ compartment that belonged to Randall.

They found a large amount of crystal methamphetamine, numerous schedule II pills, a digital scale, a glass smoking pipe containing methamphetamine residue and a small amount of marijuana.

Deputies also discovered syringes, smoking pipes, scales and other items of drug paraphernalia in the car.

Randall was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Madison County Jail. She faces several charges related to drug possession and intent to sell drugs.



A weaving Honda caught the eye of officers with the Coffee County sheriff’s Drug Unit.