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Posted: 20th September 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized

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A 30-year-old Wildwood woman was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after being spotted in a vehicle at TA Travel Center in Wildwood.

Nichole Christine Mayo, was spotted Thursday by a deputy with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office after she attempted to exit a vehicle in the parking  lot. Mayo reentered the vehicle upon noticing the deputy’s patrol unit.

The deputy, who has had repeated encounters with Mayo, confirmed that Mayo had an active warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

After asking Mayo to step out of the vehicle, a bag containing methamphetamine was discovered in her hand. A K-9 unit arrived on the scene and K-9 unit “Mace” alerted to the presence of additional drugs in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up a syringe with a residual amount of clear liquid that tested positive for Methamphetamine.

Mayo was transported to the Sumter County Detention Center. Her bond was set at $3,000.

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — An Oklahoma City woman was arrested after police say she stole a large amount of cash from a home she used to clean.

Oklahoma City police report that on Sept. 13 they received reports of a burglary at a home in the 2400 block of NW 45 Street. The homeowner stated he had returned home to find a side door pried open.

The home was ransacked on the inside but the only thing missing was a safe that was hidden in the back of the man’s closet. Inside the safe was $80,000. The man told police that he suspected his former house keeper, 27-year-old Elizabeth Nunez, was behind the crime due to the fact that she had burglarized him in the past and that she would know where the safe was kept.

“Last month the same victim actually reported to police this time there were several burglaries of some property he had in the back of his house as well as some money that went missing,” officer Megan Morgan with the Oklahoma City Police department said. “He did not choose to make police reports at that time.”

Surveillance video from a nearby home showed a woman matching the description given for Nunez carrying a safe from the victim’s home. Police tracked down a vehicle belonging to Nunez and found her, 25-year-old Maegan Hurst and four juveniles inside.

A search of the vehicle led police to a clear plastic baggie containing methamphetamine and over $13,000 in cash. Both Nunez and Hurst were then taken into custody and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

We have tips to protect yourself from people who have access to your personal valuables. If hiring someone to work in your home, make sure they’re bonded. Make sure they aren’t bringing someone else into the home, check if thefts are covered by your home insurance and possibly bolt down your safe.

Police said while it is a right to have this much money in your house, it is unusual to have this amount.

“It’s not everyday that $80,000 is taken during a home burglary,” Morgan said. “I would say this is a pretty rare case with the amount of cash that was inside the home.”

Nunez faces complaints of burglary in the second degree, possession of CDS (meth), four counts of possession of CDS in the presence of a minor, receiving/concealing stolen property and traffic violations. Hurst was arrested on counts of possession of CDS (meth), possession of CDS in the presence of a minor and receiving/concealing stolen property.

 

 

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A traffic stop in North Georgia started the activity, according to a drug task force.
  • A search and a raid on a conversion lab followed.
  • One of the suspects is from metro Atlanta.

A North Georgia drug bust dismantled a meth lab and seized more than $3 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, officials said Saturday.

Five people, one from Gwinnett County, were arrested Friday on charges including methamphetamine trafficking and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office said in a news release.

In all, officers collected 30 kilograms of crystal meth, several grams of cocaine and $166,000 in cash, according to the release. They also broke up a lab capable of producing at least 25 to 50 kilograms of meth at a time.

The street value of the 30 kilograms of crystal meth is $3.2 million, officials said.

The arrests started with a traffic stop of Angel Luis Rivera-Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte, according to the release.

Authorities seized 15 kilograms of meth and then executed a search warrant in Dahlonega, where the cocaine and cash were found. Valentine Duarte-Vejar ran from the residence but was arrested and found with a gun.

Then officers raided a conversion lab in Union County, where they found another handgun and another 15 kilograms of meth, according to the release. A conversion lab is used to convert liquid meth to its crystal form. Officers processed about 300 pounds of waste, largely containing methamphetamine oil.

Luis Rivera-Santiago, 42, of Norcross, Rafael Aponte, 30, of Dahlonega, and Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to the release. Eleoncio Perez-Pineda, 29, of Dahlonega, and Jose Mario Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega, were later arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth. The men were taken to the Lumpkin County Detention Center.

“This short but effective investigation was a federal, state and local partnership that disrupted and dismantled a drug distribution network’s attempt to flood our communities with this destructive drug for their own financial gain,” ARDEO official Mitchell Posey said in the release.

Agencies participating in the arrests include the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

 

 

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Dahlonega traffic stop leads to multi-million dollar Methamphetamine bust – Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago, 42, Victor Rafael Aponte, 30, Valentine Duarte-Vejar, 25, Eleoncio Perez-Pineda, 29, and Jose Mario Duarte-Vejar, 25, arrested

 – Local, state, and federal authorities worked together to bust a multi-million dollar methamphetamine operation. And it all started with a traffic stop.

Investigators say they first found 15 kilograms of the drug on Angel Luis Rivera-Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte after the pair were pulled over. From there, FBI and Lumpkin County officials searched a location on Flanders Road, where cocaine and $166,000 were also found. The investigation then took officials to Cooper Creek Road, where they discovered a methamphetamine conversion lab.

Once the street value of the drug was totaled, GBI investigators say the 30 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was valued at $3,234,000.

Authorities arrested Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago, 42, of Norcross, Victor Rafael Aponte, 30, of Dahlonega and Valentine Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega. They were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Eleoncio Perez-Pineda, 29, of Dahlonega, and Jose Mario Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were also arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacturer methamphetamine.

The suspects are currently in the Lumpkin County Detention Center. They face additional charges from Union County and their immigration status is under review.

 

 

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$3.2M in Methamphetamine seized; 5 arrested in North Georgia

Drugs and terrorism

Posted: 17th September 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized

 (The Philippine Star)

The other day while waiting to see the president in Malacañang, I met Ioan Grillo, author of the bestseller Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America. He gave me a signed copy of his book and I began to read while waiting.

Almost immediately, the book seemed to kick me in the guts because it gave me a very grim picture of the problem of illegal drugs, and the creeping influence of drug cartels all across the globe. Worse, it convinced me that indeed, resources generated from drugs can fund terrorists and create havoc around the world. Even the UN Security Council recognizes the link between drugs and terrorism as a “threat to global peace, security and development.”

Gangster Warlords is a hard-to-put-down kind of book because the initial chapters alone are gripping – and this is not an exaggeration – because it shows how easy it is even for an educated person to get hooked in the illegal drugs business whose markup can go as high as 650 percent, where $1,500 can generate an ROI of $10,000 and so on, with several successful deals able to turn one into a multimillionaire. As Grillo put it, “narco finances turn economics inside out.”

Grillo describes the killing fields in Mexico where the corpses of people caught in the war between drug cartels are thrown. The numbers are staggering: between 2007 and 2014, more than 83,000 people have been killed – something that many people may find incredible to digest. Even as the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto was trying to soften the violence of the drug cartel wars, the killing of three student teachers and the disappearance of 43 others in September 2014 in Iguala belied all that, as it gave global focus to the narco corruption and violence in Mexico.

The Iguala incident involving members of the drug cartel called the Warriors and local policemen under their control highlighted “the problems that had been building up for years – of cartels that have become an alternate power controlling mayors and governors, and their tenuous links to federal security forces…”

No one knows why the students who commandeered a bus during a protest were attacked – did the bus contain heroin for shipment? Did the cartel think the students belonged to a rival group? Unfortunately, media refused to believe government accounts that it was drug dealers from the Warriors criminal empire that was responsible. One thing is clear: Real power lay in the cartels that dealt drugs and controlled politicians, partnering with security forces to strengthen their grip on the trade.

Equally disturbing is the chain of crime wars slicing through Latin America and the Caribbean: Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, etc., where drugs, guns and gangsters proliferate. Grillo says the narcotics trade is not just in the poorest regions but in industrializing societies with a growing middle class.

Sprawling slums are “home to ultraviolent gangs with links to politicians and businessmen.” He talks of a “cocaine-fueled holocaust” with more than one million people across Latin America and the Caribbean murdered between 2000 and 2010.

Drug cartels are deeply rooted inside communities, drawing their strength from villages and barrios,” Grillo wrote – reminding me of a report by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that 20,872 of the 42,036 barangays in the Philippines – or roughly 50 percent – are affected by illegal drugs. Interestingly, Latin American crime leaders develop a loyal following and are revered like Robin Hood – reminiscent of this Cebu drug personality named Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz whose funeral was attended by thousands of people lining the streets.

Unlike the old stereotypical portrayal of gangsters and warlords, there is now a new generation of kingpins that Grillo describes as a “weird hybrid of a criminal CEO, gangster rock star and paramilitary general.”

Over the last two decades, these crime families and their friends in politics and business have taken over much of the world’s trade in “narcotics, guns and humans” and other industries, their networks stretching across the US, Europe, Australia, even Asia.

The British author – who just came from Marawi to examine the connection between drugs and terrorism – told me he is planning to write a very long article for a magazine which I hope the Philippine STAR would be able to print one day for people to understand the local drug situation and the context of the global drug menace.

Grillo is also the author of El Narco – the book that President Duterte mentioned in a testimonial dinner sometime in July last year and challenged the audience to read it and examine for themselves if the president is right – or not – that if nobody interdicts the drug business in the Philippines, we will become a narco state.

This is what President Rody Duterte has been saying when he took over as president. Even during the campaign season, he was very emphatic that the problem regarding illegal drugs is so serious that it can destroy the nation. People very close to the president tell me that he gets very frustrated when people refuse to believe the magnitude of the drug problem in this country.

One can only imagine the kind of damage that illegal drugs can do to the fabric of society. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Grillo’s book is a must-read even for human rights groups to be able to understand how extensive the problem has become, and the pervasive influence of illegal drugs not only in the US and Latin America but also in Asia – in fact right here in our very own backyard.

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SADISTIC parents kidnapped their innocent teenage babysitter and subjected her to a horrifying “campaign of terror and torture” because she dobbed in their friend to police.

In one of the worst cases of its kind in South Australian history, two “cruel” couples with young children inflicted “severe pain” and “humiliation” on the terrified girl at a home in Adelaide’s northern suburbs in June last year.

Authorities said the gang’s “wanton violence” over 18 hours — filmed on mobile phones — was “even more disturbing” because young children were present at the Munno Para West home.

Joshua Anthony Gent, 29; his former partner, mother of one Keira Jane Baker, 28; Patrick Breen, 25; and his fiancee, mother of two Stacey Gaffney, 23; are facing jail after admitting their roles in the horrific crime.

Harrowing evidence to the District Court laid bare how the girl, then 19, was kidnapped, tortured, tied up and detained in a closest as she begged for her life.

The teenager, Gent and Baker’s babysitter, was accused of being a “dog” who had “dobbed” an acquaintance to police over the theft of a car.

She was tied to a dog leash, beaten, burned with a drug pipe, made to drink bleach, eat pet food, smoke methamphetamine, inhale butane gas and clean up her own urine.

Weapons such as knuckledusters, screwdrivers and car jumper leads were used to “inflict extreme pain, suffering and instill terror on the victim”.

Numerous “chilling threats” were made including that she would be raped and then murdered. Her body was to be dumped at Mt Crawford forest in the Adelaide Hills.

Members of the group — caught only after a tip-off to police by a concerned friend — shopped, vacuumed, bought drugs and looked after their children as she was tortured.

Gent was on a good behaviour bond for drugs offences while Breen was on home detention bail for driving offences.

The pair, who remain in custody, have significant criminal records for drugs, violence, driving and theft offences.

Elizabeth CIB detectives recovered text messages, internet searches on “how to terrorise someone” and other evidence from the home implicating the quartet.

“When one considers what (the victim) endured, it is difficult to comprehend how a group of young people, all four of which were parents to young children, could be so cruel to another human being,” prosecutor Kelly Smith told the court.

NIGHT OF TERROR

Court documents reveal the “campaign of terror” began on Thursday, June 16 last year when the victim and her housemate, neither of whom can be named, went to babysit Baker and Gent’s seven-year-old daughter.

When the couple returned to their Elizabeth Park home at 12.30am, they accused the girl of lying and being a “dog” before Gent phoned Breen to help “teach her a lesson”.

Tying the girl up with a dressing gown and gagging her with an onion, the pair dumped her in the boot of a car and drove to Breen and Gaffney’s place, 12 minutes away.

Ms Smith said the girl was the victim of “persistent offending of prolonged brutality and deprivation of liberty” for between 16 and 18 hours.

The girl, who had no idea why she was targeted, begged for mercy as Gent and Baker attacked her. At one point the pair ordered the girl’s housemate to also assault her with knuckledusters.

She was then choked with a lead and made to eat pet food because she was a “dog”.

The terrified girl wet herself “because she was so scared” before being made to clean up and ordered not to bleed on the carpet.

The gang wanted to detain her for at least a week, leaving the girl to believe “they were going to kill her”, Ms Smith said.

Gent, who wore a frightening skeleton outfit during the attack, and Baker admitted inflicting most of the violence, while Breen was also involved.

Gaffney’s two-year-old son was in another room at the same time, a sentencing submissions hearing heard last month.

Ms Smith said at various stages the gang “took time out to eat, drink, purchase or obtain illicit drugs, to go about their day, all knowing that this young woman who they had repeatedly tormented, was imprisoned and suffering in a closest”.

What was of significance, she added, was none of the gang tried to end their victim’s ordeal but instead “re-energized … to inflict more pain”.

“They all chose to regroup on a number of occasions and continue to sadistically assault (her),” she told the court.

“It is apparent when one considers the evidence that (they) each had many opportunities to reflect upon their horrendous conduct and put an end to it.”

Ms Smith said the “horrific ordeal” only ended when police rescued her at 9.09 pm on Friday, June 17, after the housemate’s mother contacted authorities.

Gent told a psychologist he believed the victims had “dobbed in to police a friend about a stolen car”, adding: “We took the law into our own hands.”

Judge Jack Costello refused access to the disturbing mobile phone footage.

OVERWHELMING FEAR

In her victim impact statement, the northern suburbs victim told the court of her “heartbreaking trauma”.

She declined to read it to the court last month after becoming overcome with emotion.

Ms Smith paid tribute to her “courage” as did Judge Costello, who said her trauma was completely understandable.

The victim wept from the public gallery as Ms Smith read on her behalf: “I find it hard to do day to day activities (such as) going out to public places because I feel like I will see the offenders.

“The experience has left me with disturbed sleep, overwhelming fear and an inability to enjoy life in a normal way.

“I also have nightmares regularly as a result and intrusive thoughts. I also avoid being in public places by myself.”

After being “badly beaten up”, she spent several days in hospital and has been left scarred. She is considering moving interstate “out of fear”.

She was left with an ambulance trip bill while her mobile phone — which the gang filmed the torture on — was seized as evidence.

“I … always feel sick when reminded of the experience and end up spending the rest of the day in bed as a result,” she wrote.

“I always replay in my mind what the offenders said to me, their expression of anger and hate towards me and the overwhelming fear I experienced.”

The victim declined comment outside court. Her housemate did not give a statement.

COMMUNITY REVULSION

Gent, Baker and Breen all face up to 25 years in jail after pleading guilty to aggravated charges of unlawful detention and causing serious harm with intent between June 15 and 18 last year.

They also face a further 10 years behind bars for stealing the girls’ mobile phone, bank card, laptop, jewellery, make-up and other items valued up to $2500.

Gent and Baker have also pleaded guilty to more aggravated charges of threatening to kill the victim’s housemate and robbery using an axe.

Gaffney, who was listed as the home’s sole occupant but lived there with her fiancee Breen, also faces jail after pleading guilty to aggravated unlawful detention.

Their guilty pleas earn up to a 30 per cent sentencing discount. Other charges against Gaffney, a carer, were withdrawn.

Legal sources described the case as “off the charts” and among the worst to come before the state’s courts that did not involve a murder.

Authorities believe it was pure luck the girl did not die.

Despite the gang’s youthful ages, Ms Smith called for immediate jail terms for the “considerable gravity and violence”.

She highlighted “the fear instilled into (the victim)” and “community revulsion at such a shocking crime”.

“(Their) conduct … appeared to have been deliberately designed to calculate the maximum amount of terror in the victim and the maintenance of that terror over a sustained period,” she said. “The prosecution submits it was, in effect, a campaign of terror or torture.

“Such wanton violence as this, would be deeply disturbing to the average citizen. The community abhors senseless violence such as this was.”

She added: “As far as the circumstances of the crimes are concerned, the prosecution submits that there is really nothing which points in the direction of leniency — it was gratuitous, unjustifiable (and) prolonged violence.

“These are crimes … to which the community’s sense of justice calls for heavy punishment, they are crimes which cause fear and revulsion within the community.”

TRAUMATIC BACKGROUNDS

In a depressingly familiar backstory, the court was told over two hearings how three of the gang members had “unstable”, “chaotic” and “terrible” childhoods marked by drug abuse, behavioural issues, broken families and foster homes.

The fourth, Gaffney, grew up in a loving Catholic family.

Kathryn Herrimen, defending Gaffney, asked that her client not have a conviction recorded, or receive a suspended jail term, because she played a minor role.

She was “ashamed” she had not intervened or contacted police but had tried to provide croissants and cordial to the victim.

Prosecutors say she continued doing chores despite claiming to be frightened.

Court documents state she and Baker, who are on bail, labelled each other “suspect 3 and 4” in text messages.

Gaffney wept in the dock as the court heard she lost her nursing home job last month while health regulators investigate her.

Gaffney’s family, who emigrated from Manchester in northern Britain when she was a teenager, have been left devastated. Her father hugged the victim at court and pledged support.

The gang were avid social media users.

In May last year, Gent told friends: “lett the rebuild of life begin here I go (sic)”.

Less than two hours before he was arrested, Breen — whose six-month-old son was born while he was in custody — told a friend online that he was “keeping my head down bro”.

Judge Costello will sentence next week. The gang refused comment.

SUBURBAN CAMPAIGN OF TERROR

Acts of violence or humiliation

  • Tied with dressing gown

  • Onion in mouth, held in by tea towel and then a ‘squeaky toy’

  • Dumped in boot

  • Held hostage in spare room closest

  • Told she was to have sex with stranger

  • Repeatedly punched in face

  • Ordered not to bleed on carpets

  • Hit across fingers with ‘silver cutting tool’

  • Jumper leads on fingers

  • Hands stood on to break her fingers

  • Hit over hands with long metal screwdriver to break fingers

  • Kicked in stomach

  • Hit in face, stomach and left ribs with knuckleduster

  • Hit in lower back with piece of black plastic

  • Called a dog, tied with leash, made to eat pet food and ‘bark’

  • Force to smoke methamphetamine

  • Burnt on chest with hot ice pipe

  • Made to inhale butane gas

  • Forced to drink bleach

  • Pliers attached to tongue to ‘rip it out’

  • Shifter on her nose

  • Hit on head with ‘tool like axe’

  • Gent told her he ‘wanted to choke (her) to death in front of them all’

  • Ball bearings thrown at her

  • Made to put her foot in her mouth

  • Made to clean up own urine

Filmed on a mobile phone

  • One clip, tendered to the court, showed the victim in the bedroom being verbally abused, kicked, hair pulled, and humiliated, being forced to bark like a dog and beg for her life

  • A second clip showed her again in the bedroom being repeatedly verbally abuses, threatened, kicked, dragged by her hair and burned.

  • A third clip showed her in the backyard being verbally and physically abused as well as humiliated. She was forced to eat dog food on the ground with a lead around her neck. It shows Gent wearing a skeleton outfit to scare the victim.

Physical and mental harm

  • Ice pipe burn on chest (has left scar)

  • ‘Extensive’ bruising over her body including face, neck, upper chest and lower body

  • Swelling

  • Abdominal tenderness

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Overwhelming fear

  • Inability to enjoy life

  • Hyper vigilance

  • Avoidance behaviours

  • Isolation

  • Distress

  • Major depression

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Source: Office of Director of Public Prosecutions

 

 

 

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 19 at 11:00 AM to present a landmark report on substance abuse in Montana. The report is part of his office’s Aid Montana: Addressing the Impact of Drugs initiative, and outlines what the state of Montana currently does to address substance abuse.

The report is a compilation of information essential to the Aid Montana initiative’s mission of reforming and improving how Montana addresses our state’s substance abuse crisis through a comprehensive strategic plan.

Preview of Statistical Information

From 2013 to 2016, the State Crime Lab experienced a 143-percent increase in substance samples testing positive for methamphetamine, making it the most common drug found in tests conducted by the Montana Crime Lab

In 2016, 53-percent of the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Narcotics Bureau investigations involve methamphetamine.

24% of rape offenses in Montana involve a perpetrator who is using alcohol and 7% involve drugs or narcotics.

63% increase in arrests for felony and misdemeanor drug possession in Montana since 2009.

Sheriffs and administrators in Montana routinely estimated over 90% of the individuals held in custody were charged with addiction-related offenses.

40% of the more than 14,000 felony conviction offenses in Montana from 2012-2016 involved drug possession, distribution or felony DUI.

The press conference will be held in Helena at the office of the Attorney General.

 

 

 

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Kenya Williams, who teaches first grade at Breakfast Point Academy, was arrested Sept. 8 after BCSO said “numerous people with narcotics related arrest histories, as well as wanted persons, were frequenting” Williams’ residence at 621 Barton Ave.

PANAMA CITY — A Panama City Beach elementary school teacher has been arrested after allegedly keeping a “drug house” in Panama City, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).

Kenya Williams, who teaches first grade at Breakfast Point Academy, was arrested Sept. 8 after BCSO said “numerous people with narcotics-related arrest histories, as well as wanted persons, were frequenting” Williams’ residence at 621 Barton Ave.

“Williams further stated … she is a user of methamphetamine and normally uses methamphetamine once a day,” a BCSO deputy wrote in an incident report. “It should be noted controlled substances were located in the master bedroom where Williams stays, and a new legend drug was located in Williams’ purse.”

A substance believed to be synthetic marijuana also was located in a shed near the residence, and seven people not living at the home were present when the search warrant was executed, the report stated.

Friday morning, Bay District Schools Human Resources Executive Director Sharon Michalik said Williams had been suspended with pay pending a hearing with Superintendent Bill Husfelt, which drew criticism from several parents in the district. However, Deputy Superintendent Sandra Davis said suspension with pay is the district’s standard protocol when an employee is accused of a crime.

“It’s been that way for a very long while,” she said, adding that after a hearing next week the School Board will have the option of firing Williams.

Several people on social media also criticized the district’s lack of teacher drug testing.

“It is not in our policy to drug test all employees before being hired or during their employment,” Davis said. “Some classifications of employees are tested during employment. Teachers are not tested. If there is suspicion of a teacher using drugs, then we’ll force them to take other means into testing that individual.”

Williams has been charged with keeping a public nuisance structure for drug activity. Her bond will be set at a pre-trial release program, according to court records, and she has been ordered by Judge Timothy Campbell to submit to random drug tests and not possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

Williams’ first arraignment has been scheduled for Nov. 7.

 

 

 

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POCATELLO — Three teens are facing felony meth charges after a traffic stop in Pocatello on Thursday afternoon.

Michael Thomas Randall, 18, Kelsey Jayde Beach, 19, and Omar Robert Rosales Hensley, 19, have each been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

According to the Pocatello Police Department, an officer stopped a vehicle being driven by Randall in the 1100 block of East Sublette Street at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday. Police said Randall was pulled over for an expired registration violation.

During the traffic stop, the officer discovered that Randall had a warrant for his arrest. The Pocatello Police Department also said that Randall and his two passengers, Beach and Rosales Hensley, were found to be in possession of several items containing methamphetamine.

All three were taken into custody and have been booked into the Bannock County jail. A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bannock County Courthouse.

 

 

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A McDowell County couple has been charged after police say they found methamphetamine during a raid.

Michelle Lynn Effler, 42, and Joseph Steven Hamrick, 46, both of Old Fort are both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

On Thursday, Aug. 31, sheriff’s deputies assisted state probation/parole officers with a search at Effler’s Mashburn Branch Road residence.

Authorities located 32.1 grams of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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A 56-year-old Enid man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of indecent exposure and drug possession.

David Lee Simmons pleaded no contest Thursday before District Judge Paul Woodward to charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and indecent exposure. The indecent exposure charge was amended from a charge of outraging public decency.

He also pleaded guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in another case.

Woodward sentenced Simmons to 10 years in prison, with credit for time served, ordered him to be subject to the state’s methamphetamine and sex offender registrations upon his release, and ordered him to pay fees and costs associated with the case.

The newest case, filed Aug. 31, 2016, stemmed from an arrest where police found Simmons in his truck with his penis tied to the vehicle’s steering wheel.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Officer Dustin Fitzwater was sent at 12:18 a.m. Aug. 27, 2016, to the area of 400 E. Wabash on a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Fitzwater was told a red and black Chevrolet pickup was parked in the lot behind 451 E. Leona Mitchell, according to the affidavit. Dispatch also told Fitzwater the truck had been there several times in the past few days.

Officer Robert Grassino spoke with two witnesses. The two told Grassino they had noticed Simmons in the area almost every day for the past several weeks , according to the affidavit. Fitzwater was told Simmons had parked in the same area the past couple of days early in the morning before school would start at Carver Early Childhood Center, 815 S. 5th.

Fitzwater was told Simmons was seen multiple times parked for several hours each day, according to the affidavit. Fitzwater was also told Simmons was seen with binoculars as children were walking to and from school and seen driving around the area during school hours.

Fitzwater placed Simmons into custody. During an inventory of his truck, officers found a pair of binoculars between the driver’s seat and center console, according to the affidavit. A fully loaded syringe with a brown substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, also was found in the truck.

At the time of this arrest, Simmons was free on $25,000 bond for another possession of methamphetamine charge stemming from an arrest in March 2016.

 

 

 

 

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FINLEY, Wash. – Law enforcement seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine in Finley on Thursday.

Convicted sex trafficker Jesus Vega Beltran, 33, and his partner Eldmir Eunices Ochoa Gastlum, 24, were arrested for delivery of a controlled substance. They’re suspected of distributing large amounts of meth and heroin throughout eastern Washington.

Beltran is a previously deported felon with a history of history of weapons crimes, deputies said.

Virtually all Tri-Cities law enforcement and SWAT assisted the Spokane Police Department in serving a search warrant at 218003 E. Bowles Road in Finley.

The drug trafficking suspects were located there and arrested.

Authorities conducted two additional search warrants in Pasco where more meth and heroin was found along with a large amount of cash.

Authorities anticipate there will be more arrests.

 

 

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UNION, S.C. — A woman was arrested after she went to a South Carolina sheriff’s office for a polygraph test and allegedly did meth during a break.

Heather Marie Wymer faces charges of possession of meth and a schedule IV controlled substance after she took a bathroom and smoke break during her polygraph exam at the Union County Sheriff’s Office and came back with a “lethargic” demeanor, WHNS reports. The change caused deputies to believe she had consumed a drug.

After looking at surveillance video, deputies noticed she put something in her pants. When they asked her about it, she pulled two bags of methamphetamine and several pills out of her bra.

 

 

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UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Union County Sheriff’s Office said a woman was arrested after an incident that transpired during a polygraph test on Tuesday.

Deputies said 32-year-old Heather Marie Wymer took a restroom and smoke break during a polygraph exam. According to the incident report, when she returned “her demeanor change and she became lethargic.”

The exam was stopped due to deputies believe she had consumed some type of drug.

The incident report states that after reviewing surveillance video, deputies saw Wymer taking an item out of her purse and concealing it in her bra.

Deputies said when asked about it, Wymer produced a silicone container from her bra with two plastic baggies containing methamphetamine, two Alprazolam pills, and five and two halves of Clonazepam pills.

She was arrested and charged with possession of meth and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

 

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An Arkansas woman arrested after being found with a methamphetamine pipe told authorities while being booked into jail that she had a second pipe in her panties, according to police.

A Jonesboro Police Department report states that Angel Denise Cude, 45, of Jonesboro faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

An officer said he saw Cude walking with two other people around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday on Bridge Street in Jonesboro.

Cude, who reportedly had a previous history of using illegal drugs, was asked by authorities if she had anything illegal in her possession, the report states.

Cude replied that she had an “old pipe” used for meth. Police noted that the pipe had its bulb missing and had burnt residue.

While at the Craighead County jail, Cude told an officer and a jailer that she had another pipe in her panties, at which point she retrieved a “glass pipe with brillo.”

Records show Cude remained jailed as of Thursday morning.

 

 

 

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The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for two people in connection to a meth fire that happened inside of a home.

They are searching for William Petty and Angela Balentine.

Officials say it happened on Shell Court just after midnight Wednesday.

When firefighters arrived, they noticed ingredients used in meth labs, along with other drugs in the home.

Four people, including children, were inside the home at the time of the explosion.

No serious injuries were reported.

If you know the where Petty and Balentine might be, call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

 

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The drug is contributing to horrifying acts of terror, and it is sweeping the Middle East and seeping into Europe

Islamic State fighters dub it “chemical courage.” It stimulates the mind and keeps senses alert. When used on the battlefield, it allows soldiers to fight for days without sleeping. It produces euphoria, allowing its users to commit acts of carnage without the slightest feeling of remorse. It is called Captagon.

This drug was first produced in the 1960s as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and depression. Yet Captagon has a far more sinister use. Soldiers, militia and Islamic State terrorists are using this drug to fuel fighters clashing all across the Middle East.

According to a report from the Jerusalem Post, hostilities in Syria have prompted a huge increase in both production and smuggling of Captagon. It is primarily manufactured in Lebanon and has spread far and wide throughout the neighboring countries; often via groups like Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanon-based Shiite proxy militia. Since the 1980s, selling Captagon has brought enormous profits to terrorist organizations. This has helped radical Islam to spread as never before. But the consequences of Captagon exceed mere economic empowerment for terrorists like Islamic State and Hezbollah members.

Captagon’s effects on the minds and bodies of terrorists have Western governments worried. Speaking of the Captagon’s effects, Jerusalem Post wrote:

Some claim that they also reduce the sensation of pain, neutralize inhibitions and create a feeling of ecstasy mixed with euphoria that causes extreme and wild behavior. The use of Captagon, coupled with religious jihadist radicalism, could explain the extreme barbarity of [Islamic State] operatives, their acts of cruelty, their killing and raping sprees, their beheadings, their mass hangings and their mass attacks on men, women and children.

Others report that the drug is known to bring on dangerous side effects such as brain damage and psychosis.

This produces fanatics who feel no pain, fear or remorse—fanatics who are committing acts of terrorism across the Middle East and even Europe. Earlier this year, French officials seized shipments of Captagon worth an estimated $1.7 million. This indicates that undetected shipments of Captagon have been feeding terrorist cells inside the European Union.

Eye witnesses to some of the more brutal attacks carried out in the last few years claim they saw the terrorists acting “‘zombie-like,’ even serene, as they pulled their triggers and killed as many people as they could.”

Such reckless violence will only be tolerated by Europe for so long. In his booklet The King of the SouthTrumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry points out that terrorist attacks against Western nations are part of a larger conflict between Islam and Europe. The Bible prophesies that radical Islam will “push” at the “king of the north,” a European superpower (Daniel 11:40).

What follows will be truly devastating, making the acts now being carried out by Islamic State fighters look like child’s play.

 

 

 

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A banned amphetamine-type stimulant linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be favored by ISIS is more potent than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.

Fenethylline, also known by its brand name Captagon, is a combination of amphetamine, a stimulant, and theophylline, a drug traditionally used to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma. The latter greatly enhances the former’s psychoactive properties, making the codrug a powerful amphetamine, according to scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, who published their findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

“It boosts the overall stimulant activity,” Cody Wenthur, the study’s co-author and a postdoctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute, said in a statement. “You get a faster onset than other amphetamine drugs and a stronger effect than just amphetamine alone.”

Captagon has been around for a while, Wenthur noted. It was used therapeutically before it became illegal in the United States and most countries in the 1980s. But the study’s findings may explain why the illicit stimulant has gained popularity in recent years and is abused by young people in the Middle East.

Kim Janda, who co-led the Scripps Research Institute team on the study, said he first became interested in Captagon after it had made headlines around the world as a potential performance-enhancing stimulant and source of “pharmacological morale” for ISIS fighters.

The synthetic psychoactive stimulant is said to make fighters more alert, focused and resistant to fatigue. Moreover, production and global trafficking of Captagon, which is relatively cheap and easy to make, as well as counterfeit tablets are reported to be a source of revenue for militant groups in Iraq and Syria.

Although using amphetamines to energize soldiers is nothing new, Janda said he wondered why Captagon was becoming the drug of choice in war zones in the Middle East. Typical amphetamines are simpler to synthesize, he added. So Janda’s team developed a scientific technique they call a “dissection through vaccination,” which allowed them to comb through the drug’s chemical properties and test each component for its effects on the brain, while also determining a way to stop its rapid onset.

That’s how Janda’s team discovered that Captagon produces its combat-boosting effects from a functional synergy between amphetamine and theophylline.

As a result, the scientists developed a potentially effective vaccine that can neutralize the drug’s effects in mice — a substance that could be developed further for use in humans.

“This discovery also provides a path for combating Captagon’s abuse,” Janda said in a statement.

 

 

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Not Captain America.

Mexican federal police recently discovered a pound of crystal methamphetamine inside a Captain America plush doll at the Juárez central bus station, police said Wednesday.

A federal police drug-sniffing dog was doing a sweep of the bus station when it alerted officers to a cardboard box that had apparently been abandoned near the restrooms, according to a federal police news release.

Inside the box, police found a Captain America doll with a package of meth hidden amid the doll’s stuffing, police said. There were no arrests and an investigation continues.

Captain America is a Marvel Comics superhero who gained strength, agility and endurance after ingesting a Super-Soldier formula allowing him to fight in World War II with a patriotic shield and costume with wings on his head and red gloves and boots while accompanied by a boy named Bucky.

 

 

 

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SAN ANGELO, TX — Miguel Angel Davila will stand trial a second time for continuously sexually abusing a minor girl in San Angelo from 2011 to 2014.  

The 34-year-old Davila’s first trial ended in a mistrial in May of 2015 when the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.  According to court documents and pretrial testimony, Davila was re-indicted on one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact.  The alleged victim was 12 years old when the assaults began and continued until she was 15.

He was initially charged with continuous sexual assault of a child under 14.

Testimony in the first trial alleged Davila sexually assaulted the girl in parked vehicles, at his father’s business, at an apartment, and at his house.  Testimony indicates the minor girl continued to make bad decisions because she and her mother were smoking methamphetamine.

In the first trial, Davila’s defense attorney Laura Dowdy of Houston argued that the girl’s mother made the accusations of sexual abuse after the girl’s mother and Davila’s wife developed a romantic lesbian relationship. Prosecutors argued Davila’s wife left him in 2011 for another woman.

Davila has a new defense attorney for his retrial, Stephanie Goodman.  The trial is set to begin with jury selection Monday at 9 a.m. in the Tom Green County courthouse.

 

 

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It was a conversation among children that made for grim listening.

“I got really depressed, and isolated myself, the drugs took away my brothers’ humanity so they constantly bullied me and abused me and my family. We were so broken…”

“Yeah, it was hard for me too, having to live with my dad and step mum who were brutal to me…I was told by my dad many times that my real mum didn’t care for me and that hurt me a lot.”

The children were speaking from behind a screen at a high-profile meeting in Nelson, set up to tackle the city’s “runaway” methamphetamine problem.

They were among several relatives of current and former meth addicts to speak at the event at Nelson College for Girls, organised by the voluntary organisation, Community Connect, to try to set up more support for people affected by the drug.

To a crowd of about 260 people, the trio described having felt trapped, scared, angry and suicidal.

“The police were constant visitors to my house, so having anyone over was not something I wanted to risk in case everyone found out and started talking about it at school.”

“Yeah the cops came to our house too, as mum and whoever her current partner was always argued a lot, and there was heaps of violence too. I felt really scared during these times, watching my mum getting beaten up and trying to keep myself and my siblings safe, it was really hard…I used to feel somehow it was all my fault.”

Children were seeing “the very people they should be desiring to emulate, who are trapped by drug abuse,” said the event’s host, Nelson police detective turned youth pastor, Sean Young.

He likened methamphetamine use to “dropping a paddle in a pond.”

“The main splash is with the individual user, right in the middle, but then we see the ripples flowing out through family, through friends, through our community.”

A founding member of Community Connect, Silvia Yorke, called for a center in Nelson to support meth addicts and affected families find help as soon as they asked for it.

The problem had escalated because people hooked on meth in Nelson had to wait too long to be treated by drug agencies, Yorke said.

Recent figures from Nelson Marlborough District Health Board showed the number of people coming forward for help with methamphetamine addiction rose from six to 11 in Tasman this year compared to last, and to 27 from 25 in Nelson.

Speaking at the meeting, Chief Executive of Nelson Marlborough Health Peter Bramley cited “huge numbers” of meth-related incidents presenting to places like emergency departments.

“But we are also seeing the harm that comes to the wider family, particularly children, so where people are addicted you start to see issues of neglect in families which has a tragic impact,” Bramley said.

“If we’re going to tackle methamphetamine in our community, it really needs a community voice and it needs collective engagement from a whole variety of agencies.”

 

 

 

 

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COLUMBUS, Neb. – A Columbus woman who was sentenced to one year in jail earlier this month on a drug charge, is now accused of dealing meth in Dodge County.

18-year-old Rachel Hayward is charged with felony delivery and felony possession of meth.

Court records say on August 23rd, Hayward and Ethan Vesely of Omaha, were stopped on Highway 30 and Chestnut St. in North Bend after a Dodge County Sheriff Deputy noticed their car parked on the highway, blocking traffic.

Records say the deputy soon realized both Hayward and Vesely were on probation and Vesely, who was driving, told the deputy that he did not have a license.

Hayward, who was barred from having drugs, weapons and associating with criminals by terms of her probation, told the deputy that she had a knife in the vehicle.

The deputy then conducted a search and reported finding 8.7 grams of meth or nearly one-third of an ounce, inside the vehicle, and plastic bags that typically are used to deal narcotics.

Hayward was convicted this year on attempting delivery of meth, after she was accused of delivering narcotics to Vesely in jail. She was sentenced to 364 days in jail on September 1st.

Judge Robert Steinke, who sentenced Hayward on the attempted delivery conviction, had knowledge of this incident when he sentenced Hayward to a year behind bars.

Both Hayward and Vesely will make a court appearance in Dodge County on September 26th.

If convicted, both face up to 52 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of one year on the delivery charge.

 

 

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A three-month investigation into a major drug trafficking operation that was bringing large amounts of meth and heroin into the Portland metro area ended with four arrests, according to police.

The Gresham Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, working with agencies including the DEA and FBI, severed search warrants at multiple locations early Tuesday morning.

Detectives seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, nine pounds of heroin, six handguns, two rifles and nearly $230,000 in cash.

The street value of the seized drugs is estimated to be more than $1 million, according to police.

Investigators said the suspects were stashing drugs at various locations from Gresham to Aloha.

“It was a lot of hard work but it paid off. Getting that amount of drugs off the street is going to make a huge impact,” said Gresham Detective Michael Webb.

Four suspects were arrested, with three booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Francisco Poncho Alvarez, 48, of Portland, was arrested on one count of delivery of meth. Ulises Mayares Jr., 24, of Portland, is facing charges of delivery, possession and manufacturing of meth. Marbello Modesto Guzman faces delivery and possession of meth charges, as well as first-degree child neglect.

Carlos Ortega-Estrella, 33, of Aloha, was arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to this investigation and subsequently turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Charges of delivery and possession of meth, as well as manufacturing of heroin, will be submitted to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

 

 

 

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Eight suspects linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Mexico have been arrested in Dallas on federal drug charges, accused of trafficking methamphetamine and other drugs from a “super-lab” and selling them out of a used car dealership over the last year, authorities announced Wednesday.

The suspects are also accused of using homes in Dallas and DeSoto as laboratories to recrystallize the meth, according to a federal indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday.

The defendants are: Marco Antonio Gonzalez, 31; Ricardo Mendez-Negrete, 42; Jose Trinidad Medina Tapia, 31; Miguel Carrillo-Ayala, 38; Alma Zoraida Borrayo-Villasenor, 32; Javier Guizar-Hernandez, 28; Hector Garcia-Gomez, 36; and Ivan Gonzalez, 22.

Borrayo-Villasenor, Carrillo-Ayala, Tapia and Guizar-Hernandez are Mexican citizens and were here illegally, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.

According to court documents, witnesses told a Drug Enforcement Administration agent that Gonzalez, also known as “Speedy,” was selling cocaine, marijuana and meth at his dealership, Hampton Motors, in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.

Gonzalez told one of the witnesses that he was part of a “large scale” meth group that was producing up to 160 kilograms at a time in a “super-lab,” the documents said. Ivan Gonzalez also sold drugs at the dealership, a witness told the agent.

The Gonzalezes used money from the drug sales to buy vehicles for the dealership, according to the indictment. Authorities have seized about 30 vehicles from Hampton Motors.

Agents also searched homes in Dallas and DeSoto, where the other suspects appeared to be living, according to a criminal complaint in the case.

In the DeSoto home, the agents found “multiple kilograms” of meth and “at least thirty gallons” of liquid meth, the complaint said.

In two Dallas homes, the agents seized about two pounds of heroin, $5,000 in cash, and “large quantities” of meth and “multiple gallons” of liquid meth. In all, the agents seized 750 kilograms of meth valued at $5 million to 7 million from the homes, the indictment said.

The agents suspected that the homes were being used as laboratories to recrystallize meth.

Mendez-Negrete is also accused of selling the DEA agents $3,500 in meth in September 2016 and $7,500 in meth in March, according to the court documents.

A Dallas grand jury on Tuesday indicted the suspects on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

The suspects are either members or associates of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the indictment. The Jalisco New Generation is the newest yet one of the most powerful cartels in Mexico, according to the DEA. The cartel formed around 2010 after breaking off from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel.

 

 

 

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