Janice Salas, 28, San Antonio, found with nearly 40 grams of Methamphetamine and drugs stashed in her “groin area” when San Antonio Police Department officers noticed her “walking stiffly”

SAN ANTONIO — A woman was found with multiple drugs stashed between her thighs after police noticed she was walking “stiff” as investigators searched a vehicle she was riding in, according to an affidavit.920x920pu

Janice Salas, 28, was arrested early Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4-200 grams. She was still being processed by the Bexar County Magistrate’s Office on Tuesday night.

When San Antonio Police Department officers pulled over a car in September 2015, they said there was a strong smell of burnt marijuana.

Salas, who was sitting in the passenger side, was separated from the driver as police searched the car.

One officer described Salas’ walk as “stiff” and said it looked like she was trying to keep her thighs together like she was “concealing contraband,” the warrant states.

An officer confronted Salas about her possibly trying to sneak the drugs into a correctional facility. That’s when she pulled an estimated 14 grams of heroin and 31 grams of methamphetamine from her groin area and handed it to one of the officers, the affidavit said.

Police secured Salas on a separate municipal court warrant and one charges for possession until the heroin could be tested at a later date.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office later weighed the alleged heroin at 8.124 grams, less than the arresting officer’s on-scene estimate, the warrant states.






Tom O’Connor: Dangerous situation brewing in Ngaruawahia regarding the campaign against Methamphetamine dealers

OPINION: The campaign against methamphetamine dealers in Ngaruawahia has predictably escalated into something more sinister and dangerous than running a few undesirables out of town. It was always going to do that.

What began as an ill-advised campaign of vigilante law enforcement, supported by many in the little town, has now advanced to shots being fired at a vehicle and threats of violent retribution.

The possibilities of serious injury and fatalities now have to be considered by hard-working police on top of their work try to catch drug dealers. Chasing people out of their homes and town, without the usual requirements of a trial, conviction or legal authority, was an act of stupid bravado that only those with a similar disregard for the role of the police could support.

It may also be that the police are not as concerned about inter-gang disputes, lethal or not, than they would be if other members of the community were at risk.

Tribal Huk, the gang, for want of a better description, which claims to have taken illegal action against suspected drug dealers, has previously won well deserved admiration across the country for their work in feeding school children on a massive scale. Such apparent contradictions are not new.

We have a number of international fast food chains operating in New Zealand and it is well known by dietitians that their produce adds significantly to the obesity and ill health of many of their patrons. It is somewhat ironic that some of these companies make huge donations to hospitals and other charities which are faced with the end result of their trade in unhealthy foods. In 1930s USA the arch criminal gang leader Al Capone operated a soup kitchen for the hungry and homeless to the acclaim of many. None of these charitable works however atones for or excuses criminal, anti-social or damaging conduct. Even the legendary Robin Hood of English folklore was little more than a petty criminal, and probably a murderer, who bought the loyalty of poverty-stricken peasants with food and other essentials to avoid capture.

Underlying all this upheaval and anti-social conduct are the criminal gangs, which authorities seem powerless to eliminate or control. Of these by far the worst are those which manufacture and sell methamphetamine.

There were clear warnings some years ago that, if the methamphetamine trade in New Zealand was not vigorously stamped out, there would come a time when it would assume epidemic proportions.

Given the number of serious crimes of late in which methamphetamines are implicated and the amount which has been intercepted at our borders, it is fair to assume that day has arrived. We have a growing list of multiple murders and suicides, ruined lives and shattered families all related in some way to the availability of hard drugs and methamphetamines in particular.

We are without doubt facing an epidemic as serious and dangerous to vulnerable people as the influenza epidemics which swept through the country in the early part of last century and we need the same united and determined response.

We are therefore faced with a number of options. They include more of the same police work, detection and prosecution which probably means we will have to endure more of the same level criminal activity and harm to the community as the police are not making a lot of headway as things are. For every dealer they put behind bars and every poisonous kilo they stop at the borders, many more go undetected.

Given that our young people seem to be the target of this evil trade, more of the same is obviously unacceptable. The recent activities in Ngaruawahia therefore should be seen as more of a cry for help than anything else from that little community and there are no doubt other towns with the same problem.

Our criminal justice system is designed to either rehabilitate criminals back into the community or lock them up for the safety of others.

If anything, other than people, was putting our youngsters in such danger, the reaction would be swift and permanent but have these dealers divorced themselves from civilised society and forfeit any merciful consideration by their trade?

By deliberately targeting vulnerable young people, methamphetamine dealers are not entitled and too dangerous to be allowed to live in any civilised community. That leaves us with two further options, life in prison without parole or the reintroduction of capital punishment. The situation we face is really that serious.





Grindr Finally Takes Steps to Inhibit Illegal Drug Sales, Including Methamphetamine

Grindr has taken steps to inhibit the marketing of illegal drugs by users of its app, which is said to be the most widely used mobile phone hookup app for gay men in the world.Last month WEHOville called out the West Hollywood-based company for facilitating the sale of drugs such as methamphetamine. That drug, also known as meth, Tina and T, among other terms, is considered the most addictive of all drugs. Meth addiction rates are particularly high among gay men, who make up 40% of West Hollywood’s population, and studies have shown a strong connection between use of meth and infection with HIV.

A two-month study by WEHOville of Grindr and other gay hookup apps such as Scruff, www.growlrapp.com/, MisterX and Surge, a new West Hollywood-based app, found that only Grindr allowed its users to openly include emojis and text in their profiles that indicated they were drug users or sellers. On each night it investigated, WEHOville found an average of three meth dealers among 101 local Grindr profiles during early morning hours. WEHOville negotiated sales with several of them, who quoted prices, offered payment options and offered to deliver.
Grindr also has been called out by gay publications and websites around the world for facilitating illegal drug sales. OutinPerth, an Australian gay website, last year did its own search of drug dealers on Grindr. “It didn’t take us long to find a stack of Grindr uses offering marijuana, methamphetamines and a variety of pills,” it reported. “Profiles with images of smoke, clouds and pills were easy to spot. … In their bio lines one user promoted that a delivery service was available if you placed an order, while another boasted their product was superior to other suppliers.”

In a recent effort to post a profile on Grinder, WEHOville attempted to use the “cloud” emoji, which is a well-known symbol for meth, which is ingested by smoking the drug as well as injection with a needle. An automatic message popped up from Grindr saying the addition to the profile was “censored” and not permitted. Grindr also blocked an effort to include the words such as “meth” and “parTy” (party with T, or Tina) in the profile and blocked “T4$” (Tina for sale). However Grindr’s new screening tool still doesn’t block other profile words such as the word Tina or the acronym PNP, which means “party and play” (use drugs and have sex). Its major gay hookup app competitors do block such terms.

Given Grindr’s claim of four million users in nearly 200 countries, its decision to make illegal drug sales on its app more difficult is likely to have a worldwide impact among gay men. While some have noticed that illegal drugs also can be purchased on Craigslist and elsewhere, critics of Grindr have noted the special confluence between searches for sexual encounters and drug deals that Grindr has offered and its ease of use as a mobile app.

Grindr has refused to respond to requests from WEHOville for comment on its facilitation of meth sales and more recently on its decision to inhibit such sales by screening for meth emoji and text. In a text message on Grindr last night, WEHOville congratulated Joel Simkhai, its founder, for adding that screening. Simkhai did not respond.

Over the past few weeks Mayor Lauren Meister has attempted to arrange a meeting between her and City Manager Paul Arevalo with Simkhai but to date has not been able to. Three members of the city’s Public Safety Commission — Tory Berger, Ben Coleman and Estevan Montemayor — expressed concern about meth sales through Grindr at a recent meeting, with Montemayor saying he had put the issue on the agenda with Councilmember Lindsey Horvath’s blessing.

Otherwise, the City Council, which speaks up at Council meetings and press conferences on other issues involving the worldwide LGBT community, has remained silent on this one. Councilmember John Duran, who said he is a friend of Simkhai, told WEHOville that he would talk with him but would not reveal what was said. Councilmember John D’Amico said he was waiting for the results of Meister’s still unscheduled meeting with Simkhai.



Grindr Finally Takes Steps to Inhibit Illegal Drug Sales

Phuket police charge two women and four men with category 1 drug (Methamphetamine) offenses

PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police today announced the arrests of four men and two women for narcotics offences, in the latest illegal drug crackdown in the province.

Yuttana Sulsabai, 48, was caught at his house in Tah Chat Chai in possession of 35 1_2016102412042949_qfhzsftcoiapqcayfxcsijozprdkwvrnaymtegvs_jpegamphetamine (ya bah) pills last Tuesday. Police charged him with possession and intent to sell the illicit drugs.

Three men were arrested in the Chalong area on Thursday, including a 24-year-old man previously indicted for possession of category 1 drugs in January 2014. This time he was caught with less than half a gram (0.48g) of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice).

Later that day, 25-year-old Charin Innoom was caught with 1.08 grams of ya ice and 110 ya bah pills stashed at his residence. He was charged with possession of a category 1 drug with intent to sell.

About 11pm, police arrested Tirawat Thongkerd, 21, at his home in possession of 507.45 grams of ya ice and 7,000 ya bah pills. He was also charged for possession of category 1 narcotics with intent to sell.

On Friday, Phuket City Police arrested an 18-year-old female who had two ya bah pills on her. She was charged with possession of category 1 drugs.

Another suspect, Prakaikaew Tantai, 30, who was already wanted for previous category 1 drug offences, was arrested at 10pm that evening.






Tijuana: State Preventative Police stash house raid reveals arsenal and 122 kilos of crystal Methamphetamine

PEP raid stash house

In the latest in a series operations by the PEP (State Preventative Police) 122 kilos of crystal and an arsenal of weapons were found in a stash house, in Colonia La Cienega, La Mesa.  This comes just days after the PEP recovered 16.5 kilos of cocaine in an arrest, a crystal laborotio, and another 16 kilos of crystal in the last 24 hours.
In addition elements of the Army, and the PEP were involved in finding a narco tunnel, near the Tijuana airport on Thursday.  The PEP has been at the forefront of most of the latest hits to criminal groups in Tijuana, mostly involving CJNG.  Their tactics, outside activities, and motivations have been questioned.
This latest seizure comes after a citizen complaint, (which is how many of these alleged seizures begin), the complaint detailed a man moving packages out of a vehicle, and into a store.  Elements of SEDENA and the PEP arrested one person at the scene, and seized 42 plastic bags containing 122 kilos of crystal, as well as boxes containing more crystal and marijuana.
Reflective of the undercurrent of killing and war in Tijuana, also found was 13 rifles, including at least one rocket launcher, nine magazines, 163 cartridges.  It isn’t unknown if these weapons were for shipment further south to areas like La Paz, Sinaloa, Jalisco, to aid in fights there.  It is likely they were to support groups in Tijuana, and likely were brought across from the United States.
It is also probable all these recent seizures are tied to one group or cell leader operating in Tijuana, given their domino like trajectory, and the involvement of the PEP.  Fall leaves and wind sweep through San Diego and Tijuana, a slight chill of death and looming killing hangs in the air, with the weather, a cold winter of executions and death….
Sources: AFN Tijuana