• Sarah Furay gained national attention after she grinned for her mugshot following her arrest by College Station officers earlier this month
  • The 19-year-old Texas college student was arrested after police found cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine in her apartment
  • She has now been revealed as the daughter of Bill Furay, a supervising agent for the DEA’s office in Beaumont, Texas
  • Furay faces felony charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession
  • Her dad boasts a long list of conquests over the most hardened drug dealers in Texas – and takes a zero approach to drug dealers

A 19-year-old Texas college student who was arrested after police found cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and methamphetamine in her apartment has been revealed as the daughter of a top Texas Drug enforcement agent.2EE7245300000578-3338309-image-a-9_1448811048300

Sarah Furay gained national attention after she grinned for her mugshot following her arrest by College Station officers earlier this month who discovered packaging materials, two digital scales and a handwritten drug price list in her bedroom.

But Furay, who faces felony charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession is also facing the wrath of her father Bill Furay, a supervising agent for the DEA’s office in Beaumont, Texas.

Bill Furay has a reputation as a hardened no-nonsense law enforcer who sees drug dealers as the scourge of society.

So, it will surely come as a surprise to him that his daughter now faces felony charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and drug possession.2EE72E9200000578-3338309-image-a-11_1448811493156

Police executed a search warrant on Furay’s home after they believed she was possibly dealing drugs, according to The Eagle.

They found 31.5 grams of packaged cocaine, methamphetamine, 126 grams of marijuana, 29 tablets of Ecstasy and 60 doses of 25c NBOME, a substance that has similar effects to psychedelic drug LSD.

Authorities said Furay admitted she had marijuana and cocaine in her bedroom.

And when officers searched her cell phone they discovered she was also selling illicit substances, according to KHOU.

Furay faces at least three felony charges that could result in a maximum sentence of 215 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, but some argue she may face a less harsh penalty because of her parent’s privileged status

Meanwhile Furay’s dad boasts a long list of conquests over the most hardened drug dealers in Texas.

His record includes successful operations that targeted drug traffickers including ‘Operation Blood Loss’ in 2009 and ‘Operation Agent Orange’ in June 2010.

Operation Agent Orange propelled Bill Furay into the spotlight for its effectiveness.2EE72E8E00000578-3338383-Furay_faces_at_least_three_felony_charges_that_could_result_in_a-a-12_1448813349759

He headed up a narcotics task force from different jurisdictions who staged a massive operation spanning several counties to arrest 60 people allegedly involved in a drug-trafficking ring tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa narcotics cartel, Raw Story reports.

Speaking after the operation Bill Furay said it ‘had decimated the Pineda organization that was operating in our region and responsible for the distribution of numerous pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine nationwide.’

 Having a mom and dad with well-established positions within departments of law enforcement and education certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting your drug-dealing ass out of jail.

 Death and Taxes online magazine

He added: ‘Basically, we’re targeting criminal organizations, gangs, trying to hit them where they live and breathe.’

But he was apparently unaware that his own daughter was dealing drugs.

After her arrest Furay was booked into the Brazos County Jail and was released after spending one day behind bars, posting a $39,000 bond.

His daughter now faces at least three felony charges that could, given the severity of the Texas justice system, result in a maximum sentence of 215 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Furay’s mom, who is divorced from her dad and re-married, also holds a prominent position in their community. Shawn Creswell is the principal of the Coulson Tough Elementary School in Woodlands, Death and Taxes reports.

Her privileged status could mean that Furay will not face the harsh penalties doled out to others in her position, who, her dad has spent a lifetime hunting down, Death and Taxes reports.

After the release of her mugshot the 19-year-old was branded ‘an adorable drug kingpin’ and was described as having the ‘happiest mugshot in America’ by The Palm Beach Post.

Furthermore Death and Taxes suggests that ‘having a mom and dad with well-established positions within departments of law enforcement and education certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to getting your drug-dealing ass out of jail.’

‘Having a mother with strong ties to the community and as a school administrator gives Furay’s attorney the opportunity to argue [the] client as a low flight-risk,’ the publication adds.




A Branson woman facing first-degree murder charges has also been charged with drug possession in an unrelated case.

According to court documents, Brandy B. Shaddox, 37, was arrested Sept. 10 on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia.564a44e2309aa_image

Shaddox was stopped Sept. 10 by a Missouri Highway Patrolman when the trooper saw a brown 1995 Buick LeSabre with an expired Arkansas registration fail to signal when changing lanes near the Missouri 248 overpass across U.S. 65.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop when Shaddox pulled up to the gas pumps at Rapid Roberts on Branson Landing Boulevard, according to a probable cause statement from the patrol.

Court records show that trooper told Shaddox why he had stopped her and asked her to sit in the front passenger seat of his patrol car. The trooper asked Shaddox if she had any cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, paraphernalia or pills that weren’t prescribed to her and she stated that she did not.

According to the report, the trooper asked if he could search Shaddox’ vehicle and her purse that was on top of the trunk of her vehicle, and she said he could.

According to court documents, while searching Shaddox’ purse the trooper found a plastic dugout, disguised as dental floss, containing marijuana residue. The dugout also contained a metallic pipe that had burnt marijuana residue.

Continuing to search Shaddox’ purse, the trooper found a metal spoon with white residue in the bowl of the spoon. When asked what it was Shaddox told the trooper it was morphine. The trooper found an empty square jewelry box in Shaddox’ purse. Underneath the liner he found a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine.

Court records show when the trooper found the methamphetamine, Shaddox said, “I forgot that was in there. I’ve been looking for that.”

The report states Shaddox was taken to the Taney County Jail where she was processed and released pending the filing of formal charges with the Taney County prosecutor’s office. Those charges were filed Nov. 19, three days after she was charged with abandonment of a corpse.

Shaddox was arrested Nov. 14 in connection with the death of Larry Adams, 72, of Hollister, who was found dead in a car at 330 Hamilton Drive, Walnut Shade. Shaddox is accused of six felonies connected to the death of Adams, including first degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping, felonious restraint, forgery and abandonment of a corpse.

A Highlandville man, Mark T. Bailey, 52, has also been arrested in that case and faces first-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping and felonious restraint charges.







A La Crosse woman faces multiple felony drug charges in Buffalo County after a traffic stop yielded what authorities described as potentially the largest seizure of methamphetamine following a traffic stop in the county.

Julie M. Dahlby, 32, has an arraignment hearing Dec. 17 in Buffalo County Circuit Court; she was arrested Nov. 14 in Fountain City after she was stopped by a police officer for speeding, according to court records.565a08ef6f45a_image

Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork said a subsequent search of Dahlby’s vehicle by a sheriff’s K-9 dog turned up 42 grams of methamphetamine, along with assorted quantities of LSD, prescription drugs, cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana, according to court records. Officers also discovered $1,400 in cash in the vehicle.

It was the biggest traffic stop-related seizure of meth in county history, according to Mork.

The Buffalo County Attorney’s Office filed four felony charges against Dahlby, accusing her of possession with intent to deliver meth, cocaine, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms.

Dahlby has been convicted of a number of minor charges in multiple western Wisconsin counties, including marijuana possession, bail jumping, and obstructing law enforcement officers.







ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – On Friday, November 27th, investigators from the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force seized nearly half a million dollars in methamphetamine from a woman while executing a warrant.

Lisa McLaughlin, 58,  was wanted out of Benton County on stealing and drug related charges. While searching the vehicle, investigators found approximately 380 grams of methamphetamine on McLaughlin.Lisa McLaughlin, 58,

Investigators obtained a warrant for a house located at 2107 S.12th Street where they found an additional 4,450 grams of methamphetamine, or nearly 10 pounds total. The drugs have an approximate street value of $445,000.

Strike Force Investigators are still attempting to identify other potential suspects involved in the case. According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s department, McLaughlin is facing charges of possession with the intent to distribute.








Several years ago, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defined addiction as follows: “…addiction is not about drugs, it’s about brains. It is not the substances a person uses that make them an addict; it is not even the quantity or frequency of use. Addiction is about what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviors, and it is more about reward circuitry in the brain and related brain structures than it is about the external chemicals or behavior that ‘turns on’ that reward circuitry.”

Forty million Americans age 12 and older have a substance abuse disorder (addiction) involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs. That is more than the number of people with diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Meanwhile, upward of an additional 80 million Americans are risky substance users: those who are not addicted, but use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in ways that may threaten public health and safety.

On its website, the ASAM characterizes a substance abuse disorder (addiction) as follows:

  • Inability to consistently abstain;
  • Impairment in behavioral control;
  • Craving; or increased “hunger” for drugs or rewarding experiences;
  • Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships; and
  • A dysfunctional emotional response.

In 2012 CASAColumbia, a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction, published an in-depth report that looked at how people with an addiction are diagnosed and treated in our country. According to the report, “despite the prevalence of addiction, the enormity of its consequences, the availability of effective solutions and the evidence that addiction is a disease, both screening and early intervention for risky substance use are rare, and only about 1 in 10 people with addiction involving alcohol or drugs other than nicotine receive any form of treatment.” —Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice

This situation may be changing because of the attention being paid to the current opioid (prescription painkillers and heroin) epidemic.

Using information from the “Gap” report, CASAColumbia dedicated a section of its website to answer questions about addiction as a disease and to dispel myths about its causes and the behavior of people with a substance abuse problem. The following information is from the organization’s website.

Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. It damages various body systems as well as families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.


Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risk factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction.

Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brain and body. These changes may be brought on by risky substance use or may pre-exist. If left untreated over time, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life-threatening.

People feel pleasure when basic needs such as hunger, thirst and sex are satisfied. In most cases, these feelings of pleasure are caused by the release of certain chemicals in the brain. Most addictive substances cause the brain to release high levels of these same chemicals that are associated with pleasure or reward.

Over time, continued release of these chemicals causes changes in the brain systems involved in reward, motivation and memory. When these changes occur, a person may need the substance to feel normal. The individual may also experience intense desires or cravings for the addictive substance and will continue to use it despite the harmful or dangerous consequences. The person will also prefer the drug to other healthy pleasures and may lose interest in normal life activities. In the most chronic form of the disease, addiction can cause a person to stop caring about their own or another’s well-being or survival.

These changes in the brain can remain for a long time, even after the person stops using substances. It is believed that these changes may leave those with addiction vulnerable to physical and environmental cues that they associate with substance use, also known as triggers, which can increase their risk of relapse.

A chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured.

About 25 to 50 percent of people with a substance use problem appear to have a severe, chronic disorder. For them, addiction is a progressive, relapsing disease that requires intensive treatments and continuing aftercare, monitoring and family or peer support to manage their recovery. (This is similar to other chronic healthcare conditions, such as diabetes.)

The good news is that even the most severe, chronic form of the disorder can be manageable and reversible, usually with long-term treatment and continued monitoring and support for recovery.

The initial and early decisions to use substances reflect a person’s free or conscious choice. However, once the brain has been changed by addiction, that choice or willpower becomes impaired. Perhaps the most defining symptom of addiction is a loss of control over substance use.

People with addiction should not be blamed for suffering from the disease. All people make choices about whether to use substances. However, people do not choose how their brain and body respond to drugs and alcohol, which is why people with addiction cannot control their use while others can. People with addiction can still stop using—it’s just much harder than it is for someone who has not become addicted.

People with addiction are responsible for seeking treatment and maintaining recovery. Often they need the help and support of family, friends and peers to stay in treatment and increase their chances of survival and recovery.

Some people think addiction cannot be a disease because it is caused by the individual’s choice to use drugs or alcohol. While the first use (or early stage use) may be by choice, once the brain has been changed by addiction, most experts believe that the person loses control of their behavior.

Choice does not determine whether something is a disease. Heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer involve personal choices like diet, exercise, sun exposure, et cetera. A disease is what happens in the body as a result of those choices.

Others argue that addiction is not a disease because some people with addiction get better without treatment. People with a mild substance use disorder may recover with little or no treatment. People with the most serious form of addiction usually need intensive treatment followed by lifelong management of the disease.



American Society of Addiction Medicine: Definition of Addiction


CASAColumbia: Why Ending Addiction Changes Everything (www.casacolumbia.org)



The author, Dr. Bihari is a pediatrician, chairman of the Falmouth Prevention Partnership, and a member of the Falmouth Public School Health Advisory Committee.




PAW PAW, MI – A Paw Paw couple are facing drug and child abuse charges after their newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamine, authorities said Wednesday.

Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies and narcotics detectives began investigating the 35-year-old man and 25-year-old woman Tuesday after they were contacted by Children’s Protective Services workers at 6:25 p.m. who alleged the couple’s two-day-old baby had tested positive for meth, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.-87d425f80d696117

CPS workers asked deputies to go with them to the couple’s residence in the 51000 block of 35 ½ Street in Paw Paw Township to check on the infant’s welfare.

When deputies and CPS workers arrived at the address, they determined that the baby was not there and was being cared for by another adult at a different residence. After checking on the baby at that separate residence, authorities went back to the house on 35 ½ Street where they spoke to the baby’s mother and father and tried to obtain consent for a search of the residence.

Deputies said the couple would not let investigators into the residence so the a narcotics unit from the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant.-a6e3cc21d5bacc90

Later, during a search of the house, investigators found six one-pot meth labs, two jars containing suspected meth oil from a one-pot meth lab, marijuana, additional meth-making components and paraphernalia used for smoking meth, according to the news release.

“The items/components/materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found in various locations and in multiple rooms throughout the residence, including inside of the clothes dryer,” investigators said in the news release.

Deputies said the investigation pertaining to the welfare of the infant is continuing and being handled by CPS.

Sheriff’s detectives, meanwhile, said no arrests were made Tuesday, but the investigation will be submitted for review to the county prosecutor’s office at a later date with requests for charges against the man and woman of operating/maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug house and child abuse.





Rather than teach her how to cook dinner, Kayla Wilks-Willford’s mother taught her how to inject methamphetamine.

“That’s all she did, so that’s what I wanted to do too, I guess,” Kayla said.

Seven years later, following her most recent visit to jail — from July to October — Kayla said her mind is set on a drug-free future.5654d6671b1dc_image

At 25, Kayla is just learning to lead a stable life, she said. Working full time, washing dishes, making dinner, sleeping in on weekends and restoring a car with her husband, she also is hoping to regain custody of her son, who will turn 3 in January.

“You can change,” she said. “It takes a lot of dedication, devotion and hard work, but it’s so much better being sober and being high on life.”

In two years of living in Franklin County, Kayla discovered how methamphetamine plagues the area. Local authorities say it’s one of the most widely-used illegal drugs, along with marijuana.

Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, snorted or eaten. Bought from a drug dealer, it comes as crystalline shards or powder commonly known as meth, glass, tweak, crystal, chalk and ice. The drug’s promise of euphoria makes it agonizing for users to quit.

Of the people who try meth, 95 percent become addicts, Rick Geist, Franklin County undersheriff, said. For comparison, five percent of people become alcoholics after drinking alcohol, he said.

“They’ll be the first ones to admit that they can’t get away from it,” Geist said of meth users. “You have no idea the power this has over you.”

Addiction spiral

Wake up, shoot up, sleep, repeat — this seemingly inescapable cycle is most of what Kayla remembers about the first seven years of her adult life.

“Life is so sporadic and crazy,” she said. “It’s like, I can’t even really tell you honestly what I’ve done for the last year and a half.”

Memories of the first night she used the drug, however, are crystal clear.

In a desperate attempt to reconcile with her mother who had just been released after nine years in prison, Kayla stopped trying to be the good one in her family, she said.

She gave in.

Surrounded by her mother and her mother’s friends in a garage in Arkansas, 18-year-old Kayla inhaled from a glass meth pipe. Energy pulsed through her body, making it impossible to sleep, she said.

“You just kind of have to wait until you wind down and, you know, just crash because you can’t go anymore,” she said.

The next time she got high, her mother showed her how to use a syringe to inject the drug’s liquid form straight into the veins of her arm, a method she was told was cleaner.

Statistically, the children of parents struggling with substance abuse are three to four times more at risk for developing their own addictions compared to other children, whether they’re living together or not, according to the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

For Kayla, meth rapidly became a remedy for everything — weight loss, an instant social circle and the hope that she’d feel whole having a relationship with her mother.

Staying employed was infeasible, but the meth supply was steady because her parents were dealers, she said.

Kayla was able to get sober and stay on the right track for brief periods, she said, but then something always would tempt her to return.

“Just one more time,” she would try to convince herself.

“One is one too many,” she said. “If you entertain that one craving, then it’s going to trigger and it’s hard to bounce back.”

Addicts yearn for a repeat of their first euphoric episode, known on the streets as “chasing the dragon,” even if that means losing everything — a job, children and a spotless record.

Three years into addiction, in 2011, Kayla went to prison on what she said should have been charges leveled at her mother.

Since Kayla had less of a criminal record, she said, her mother begged her to take the blame for writing fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions because she thought Kayla would get off easier. Instead, the dutiful daughter was sentenced to four years in a Fayetteville, Arkansas, prison.

Compliance in a drug treatment program minimized her time to a little more than a year — until she was transferred to an Oklahoma jail and charged with an earlier offense of seven counts of drug trafficking (also partly her mother’s doing, she said).

Healing recovery

On the day of her release about two years later, Kayla said, she was kicked out in the cold with only a few belongings stored in a plastic bag.

“It wasn’t a good thing to me,” she said. “I was scared to death. It wasn’t like I had planned for it or anything. I almost questioned it like, ‘Do I have to go? Because I don’t have anywhere to go.’”

She went to work in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she met her husband, Dan Willford, who had grown up in Pomona. Soon after, they moved to Ottawa.

Drugs didn’t enter her veins again until almost a year later when life proved challenging.

She got high. She even got high with Dan, who was a consistent on-and-off user. But in her sobriety today, she said he’s her biggest advocate.

Support is essential in any addict’s recovery, addiction specialists say. At Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based nationwide program organized 7 p.m. Thursdays at Ottawa Community Church, 824 W. 17th St., Kayla and Dan said they’ve found a community. Group leaders share their own stories of alcoholism, domestic abuse and even losing family members to addiction.

“Nobody dreams about being an addict as a child,” Lesa Liggett, one of the support group’s leaders who lost her son to drug addiction, said.

The purpose of meeting is to unearth the root of the pain — hurts, hangups and habits — that often lead to addiction. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery’s 12 steps are centered on Bible verses.

“We give it all to God,” Sherry Lewis, another group leader, said. “He’s the one who can heal you on the spot.”

Lewis, who helped relaunch the program two years ago, said she hopes to welcome more people by playing host to an informational movie night early next year. In envisioning the community’s future, she said, there have even been conversations about organizing year-long living accommodations where people like Kayla can start over.

Renewed family focus

Kayla has been consecutively sober for almost four months in tandem with her mother, who checked herself into a year-long rehab facility, she said. But that change only came after Kayla told her mother she was prepared to cut ties.

“I just pretty much wrote my feelings on paper and told her … ‘When I get out, if you’re not clean and you’re not doing something better with your life, then you might as well just consider that you don’t have a daughter anymore,’” Kayla said. “Two or three weeks later, I got a letter from her saying that, you know, my letter had really changed her heart.”

Kayla said her mother wants to be a family again and to see her grandson, who is in the care of Dan’s parents in Pomona.

The anger she holds toward her mother for choosing drugs gives her even more incentive to change and set a positive example to help ensure her son doesn’t walk the same road, she said.

“She didn’t, so that’s why I need to,” Kayla said.

Kayla and Dan see their son for one supervised hour every week at KVC Behavioral Healthcare, 416 S. Main St. No. 2, Ottawa, only after they’re drug tested and shown to be clean and sober, she said.

KVC Behavioral Healthcare serves children and families in the Kansas City metro and eastern regions. KVC provides ongoing case management, therapy, family education and support, as well as transportation and aftercare services.

In 2014, KVC supported 5,003 Kansas children who had experienced abuse, neglect or other challenges that resulted in their removal from the home, according to a 2015 annual report.

Eventually, Kayla and Dan’s KVC visits will be unsupervised, she said, then their son will live with them on weekends and finally for a 30-day at-home trial period before fully reintegrating him into their newly stable lives.

“My love … my life,” she said in the caption of a recent photo with him posted to Facebook Monday.

Rebound or bust

Part of rebuilding her life means stable work, but the re-employment process provides challenges for felons. Kayla said she started last week at the American Eagle distribution center, 1301 N. Davis Avenue, Ottawa, because she was fired from a different job when they completed her background check. She and Dan both wonder how are people supposed to change if they aren’t given the chance, she said.

“You can’t get a job, so you might as well get high with your buddy,” Dan said.

If she ever had the hankering again, Kayla said, she could simply walk through her backyard to a house where she once was buying methamphetamine. Dan said there’s a house like that on nearly every block.

“Within walking distance you could go, any time, day or night,” Dan said.

But Kayla said she doesn’t need to be high to feel happy anymore.

At the gas station, when she has seen former friends high, she said it both disgusts her and breaks her heart.

“I’m sure I looked like that, but I don’t look like that anymore,” Kayla said. “I don’t want anybody to ever look at me in that state ever again.”

Though the drug-induced paranoia has faded, Kayla said she worries every day that her spotty criminal record will give law enforcement a reason to level suspicion and pin her as a drug addict.

“No matter where we go, if we get pulled over, I’m probably going to jail for something because they’re going to find a reason,” she said.

To someone who isn’t strong in their recovery, Kayla said, a thoughtless or judgmental comment like, “What’ve you got on you that’s gonna stick me this time?” could trigger the person to feel unworthy of change.

If Franklin County wants to be successful in its fight against drugs, she said, it will take the whole community — law enforcement, the court system, outreach teams and people who have never touched drugs — treating drug addicts as people who need help.

“You have to start with the people,” she said “You can’t just stop the meth.”






JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A woman who went to sell her clothes at a Jonesboro resale shop should have checked her pockets more closely.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday police were called to Plato’s Closet, 2100 Red Wolf Blvd., after an employee reported finding a meth pipe in a bag of clothing.

According to the incident report, the suspect brought in the clothes to sell.

Workers took the clothes to the back of the store where they found a plastic container inside a cardboard box.

Inside the box, according to the report, was a “glass pipe with a burnt end on it commonly used to smoke meth.”

An employee attempted to stall the suspect while another called police; but the suspect “became impatient” and left in a white Ford Explorer.







November 30th is National Meth Awareness Day. Detective John Higgins of the Kennett Police Department was willing to take the time to talk a little about his experience in combatting the drug problem in the Bootheel.

According to Higgins, methamphetamine is the second largest problem in this region. ” For ninety percent of people that have a true meth addiction, it is a life wrecker. They put everything they hold near and dear on the back burner to get the fix.”2488804-L

One of the saddest stories that he has encountered during his nearly 20 years career as an investigator is the story of a young woman in Randolph County that was involved in a car accident. “She had three young children in the car with her. After the accident she was found walking several miles down the road and had several ounces of methamphetamine on her. She had left her children in the car. When people say that nothing can break the bond between mother and child, meth is the one drug that can,” explained Higgins. “I use this story a lot when I go an talk to schools.”

In his experience, Higgins says that he has never once seen anyone just selling the drug to make money; they are trying to support a drug habit.

There is hope for those that have an addiction to the drug although it is so highly addictive that one use can oftentimes lead to a downward spiral.

“If the person wants help, that is the first step,” said Higgins. “Although it is rare to see someone to seek help on his or her own. They usually have to hit rock bottom before they receive help. At that point it is usually court ordered, and the person oftentimes does not want help, they are just going through the motions.”

He said that he has seen dozens of death that are in some way related to the use of the drug whether it be a car accident, homicide, or drug overdose.

There has been a change in the demographics on who uses what drugs. Now cocaine in any form is nearly obsolete and the current issue they are facing is a problem with Mexican ice that Hispanics are bringing in from Old Mexico.

Southeast Missouri took a major hit when the funding was cut for the Bootheel Drug Task Force. Some of that reason was because due to the fact that legislation took stringent measures and passed laws that made it more difficult for meth cooks to purchase ingredients they used to make meth. It was called the Nazi method and included such ingredients as cold pills containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine and anhydrous ammonia, which is a chemical used by farmers. Laws limiting the amount of certain cold medications were passed and co-ops began putting ingredients in the anhydrous ammonia that made it impossible to be used for making meth. These clandestine labs are now nearly obsolete and meth cooks now use a shake and bake method.

Without the Bootheel task force, investigators continue to fight the war on drugs, but with limited resources.

“The task force enabled us to follow a case wherever it went. We followed cases to Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta. We were allowed the leeway to continue the investigation as needed. It was a huge loss that funding was cut so drastically.”

There is some light at the end of the tunnel and sometimes there are success stories involving people who were deeply entrenched in that sort of lifestyle. “I attend church with an individual who was about as deeply entrenched in the life as deeply as anyone could be. He is an awesome person. He said that he was not only using, but making and transporting. One day when he was transporting the drug, the Hwy patrol got after him. In that moment he literally saw the grim reaper after him and knew that he would either die from using the drug, or get shot by the police while transporting. He changed his life completely after that experience,”said Higgins.

No matter what the laws are and in spite of the fact that they lost the valuable resource of the Bootheel Task Force, Higgins made this simple, yet powerful statement. ” We will continue to fight the war on drugs with what resources that we have.”

 TWIN FALLS • Six people inside a Twin Falls motel room were arrested and arraigned on drug charges ranging from misdemeanor frequenting to felony possession with intent to deliver.56563098b398a_image56563098e8095_image

Christopher Daniel Maddox, 43, and Russell Eugene Andreen, 23, both of Twin Falls face the most serious charges of felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; Maddox also faces two more felony drug charges, while Andreen faces two other misdemeanor drug charges.

Sumor Myrene Handcock, 36, of Twin Falls and Teresa Bennet, 34, of Burley are each charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Alan Mark Kosek, 22, of Buhl and T’Grae James LaVerne Dotson, 24, of Twin Falls are each charged with one misdemeanor count of frequenting a place where drugs are being used.

Twin Falls police responded to the Motel 6 on Blue Lakes Boulevard for a complaint about a large number of people coming in and out of a room there about 2:15 p.m. Monday, a police report said. Hotel staff told police the room was rented by Handcock, and police discovered that Handcock had a warrant for her arrest.

Three officers went to the room, arrested Handcock on her warrant and then searched the room, court documents said. The officers found several other people in the room, including three men hiding in the bathroom.

During the search police found a syringe in Maddox’s pocket, court records showed. Police also found a cell phone belonging to Maddox with several text messages in which Maddox was making arrangements to sell drugs.

A backpack belonging to Andreen held two used syringes, two digital scales, a glass pipe with drug residue, a bent spoon with drug residue and 60 clear, plastic baggies that were empty, court documents showed. The backpack also held two plastic baggies with methamphetamine and one plastic baggie with marijuana.

Officers also found methamphetamine in Bennett’s purse and bags of methamphetamine and pills lying on a bed, court records showed.

Kosek and Dotson are being held in Twin Falls County Jail in lieu of $500 bond, and pretrial conferences for both men are scheduled for January.

Maddox is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, while the other three who were charged with felonies are being held in lieu of $5,000 bond; all four are scheduled for preliminary hearings Dec. 4.







Hamilton County (WTVC) — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department arrested a U.S. Postal employee while on duty Thursday, and charged him with possession of heroin, methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia.2afce9de-80bc-4bf3-9a01-8eba3803aa40-large16x9_GaryLeeThompson

HCSD Spokesman Matt Lea says after a several month investigation, agents from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Special Operations Division arrested 50-year-old Gary Lee Thompson of Ooltewah.

Lea says deputies arrested Thompson in his postal truck on Tuesday in the parking lot of the Christ United Methodist Church on Brainerd Road, just before he tried to inject himself with what agents believed to be heroin.

Authorities with the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General say, “The vast majority of the 600,000 postal employees nationwide are honest, hard-working individuals who would never engage in such conduct. Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) aggressively investigate allegations that involve postal employees putting the safety of the general public at risk, as in this case. The USPS OIG is grateful to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department for working with us to bring this matter to a quick resolution.”

A search of Thompson’s truck yielded a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine.

Thompson was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on various possession charges.








Laredo, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine valued at $1.5 million during an enforcement action.

“This was an excellent interception from our CBP officers,” said Acting Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.  “This seizure demonstrates how the officers’ determination, utilization of technology and canines led to the discovery of this hard narcotic.”

The incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 21, when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by a 21-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Leon, Mexico for a secondary examination.  A canine and non-intrusive inspection resulted in the discovery of 77 pounds of crystal methamphetamine valued at $1,543,220 hidden in the vehicle.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle in the case. Both subject and case were then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.







Mattawamkeag, Me – The record for methamphetamine incidents in the State continues to grow, the 51st was earlier today. This is seventh time in the past two weeks, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has responded to a methamphetamine incident – the latest an outside location in Mattawamkeag.Meth+Incident

Tuesday the MDEA meth lab response team was called to a wooded area behind a cemetery on Hathaway Road in Mattawamkeag. The items found were consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and likely had been discarded there. Officers from the Lincoln Police Department had located the site, as part of ongoing investigation they were conducting.

Since last Tuesday, drug agents have worked on active meth labs inside houses in Brewer, Bangor and Wells, dump sites in Bangor and Paris, and a South Portland incident where the ingredients to make the drugs was found in a backpack. The Mattawamkeag incident is the 51st meth lab response this year by drug agents – an all-time record. There were 37 incidents in 2014.







An Omaha woman will serve at least 25 years in prison for her part in a “night of horror” that included the savage torture and rape of a woman over payment for a laptop computer.

Douglas County District Judge J Russell Derr sentenced Shavontae Green, 26, to 51 to 65 years in prison — a term that is cut in half under state law.54d4f97786dfa_image

Prosecutor Molly Keane said Green deserved a stiff sentence after helping her boyfriend, Ronald Ford, brutalize the woman “over a few dollars.”

“This case is horrendous,” Keane said. “Even calling it extreme is an understatement. What this woman went through is unbelievable.”

Green’s attorney, Mallory Hughes, said Green was under the influence of two things that night — Ford and methamphetamine.

Green and Ford had a 10-year relationship fraught with domestic violence, Hughes said. Green also had been using meth the day of the attack.

That doesn’t excuse her behavior, but it helps explain why she stood by as Ford brutalized the victim, Hughes said.

Keane said Green did more than just stand by — she took part in the assault and cover-up.

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Green’s boyfriend, Ronald Ford, had been upset — alleging that the woman’s boyfriend had shorted him on a payment for a laptop computer.

He and Green drove to the boyfriend’s house, hoping to collect. He wasn’t there.

They beat his 38-year-old girlfriend, then kidnapped her and took her to their home near 28th and Lothrop Streets.

There, they beat her some more, sexually assaulted her, made her perform a sex act on Ford, burned her with a cigarette butt, whipped her with a chain and sodomized her with a leg broken off from a table.

They assaulted her with chemicals, pouring boiling water over her shoulder and chest and bleaching her genitals.

Green then took the woman into her bedroom, where she put makeup on her before forcing her into the bathtub and pouring more bleach on her.

The victim’s boyfriend called police after he got home and saw the apartment had been broken into and his girlfriend was missing.

Officers surrounded Ford’s house. Green pushed the woman outside and eventually came outside, too. Ford was found hiding in a hole in the wall of a closet. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Keane praised the efforts the woman made to recover — and the resolve she had to stick with the case. The woman suffered burns from the bleach and the chemicals.

“This obviously has affected her entire life,” Keane said. “She lives with this daily. She will never be the same.”







Since 2010, 22 people have been convicted for felony crystal methamphetamine trafficking, distribution or possession in the Wood River Valley. In addition, a handful of Blaine County jail inmates and Wood River Valley residents are currently awaiting court appearances for various methamphetamine charges.

    “Unfortunately, it still is a very accessible drug in the valley,” Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said. “The Idaho Meth Project has been on an educational path for several years, but we still see it fairly often.”

While other drugs such as cocaine and marijuana often originate in Mexico or South America, Ramsey said he believes the crystal methamphetamine that is sold in Blaine County comes from the Boise area.

    “We haven’t seen it here, but in the Treasure Valley, people will rent a hotel room and make it in the bathtub,” he said. “I honestly don’t believe that much of it is coming from Mexico—they have their own trade and I think it is being manufactured right here in Idaho or in Oregon.”

Ramsey said that when he visited Tennessee recently, crystal meth seemed to be a problem there, as well.

    “People were transporting it right on the interstate,” he said.

Combating the problem

Idaho Meth Project Executive Director Adrean Cavener said the nonprofit organization’s goal is to prevent methamphetamine use among adolescents and teens through media campaigns and community outreach.

     “We do media school presentations, safe and drug-free activities for teens that include graduation parties for alternative high schools,” she said. “They don’t have parent teacher associations and booster clubs.”

Cavener said the organization has presented at Wood River High School assemblies for the past three years. She said the assemblies usually involve a presentation showing the negative effects of the drug on the human body, and former addicts share their stories regarding meth addiction.

    “We reach out to Idaho schools every year and they also reach out to us,” she said. “A lot of nonprofits say they are an Idaho organization but are just based out of places like Boise. We are truly all over the state.”

Idaho Meth Project commercials illustrate the horrors of crystal meth addiction, showing scenes in which teenage girls sell their scab-covered bodies to seedy, older dealers in exchange for the drug.

    “What we promised teens is that we will never sensationalize the drug world, but we’re not going to sugar-coat it either,” she said. “I think that teenagers have a finely tuned radar, so being candid is what we are about.”

According to data compiled by the Idaho Meth Project, 80 percent of the methamphetamine in Idaho comes from Mexico. In 2013, more than half of Idaho inmates attributed their incarceration to meth addiction.

    “Because we are importing meth, it is cheaper, more available and in higher purities than even five years ago,” Cavener said.

History and science behind meth

Meth use may have played a large role in the shaping of the modern world. In his recently published book, “Der Totalle Rush” (“The Total Rush”), German writer Norman Ohler alleges that Nazi air pilots and ground troops took a drug called Pervitin, essentially methamphetamine in a pill form, to stay alert and awake during combat operations. Ohler’s book claims the drug was sold over the counter in the first half of the 20th century in pharmacies across Europe and was eventually handed out to Nazi soldiers on the front lines of World War II.

According to the Foundation for a Drug Free World, a nonprofit organization that distributes drug information in pamphlets worldwide, large doses of methamphetamine were given to Japanese Kamikaze pilots before missions in the South Pacific during World War II. Shortly after the end of the war, large supplies previously stored for military use were made available to the public, and abuse by injection reached epidemic proportions in Japan. In the U.S. during the 1950s, methamphetamine was prescribed as an antidepressant and diet aid, but was generally outlawed in the 1970s. Motorcycle gangs distributed crystal meth in the ’70s and ’80s to consumers too poor to afford cocaine until Mexican cartels began to dominate meth trafficking and production in the ’90s.

Since the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 was enacted by Congress, American consumers are limited to the amount of nonprescription cold and allergy products they can purchase containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine. Those substances are used to make crystal methamphetamine, and buyers are required to show identification and sign a log book when buying the products.

However, American doctors can still prescribe a form of meth, methamphetamine hydrochloride, for children and adults with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder and obesity.

Dr. Petros Levounis, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey, said crystal methamphetamine is a far stronger than its pill cousins. He said it raises the dopamine levels of the nucleus accumbens, located directly behind the prefrontal cortex in the brain.

    “That is the center of the brain that is responsible for pleasure and reward,” Levounis said. “Most people hypothesize that crystal methamphetamine, in the way that it is smoked and used, probably jumps the dopamine level at 4,000 or more [percent] above its baseline.”

Levounis said an average dopamine baseline stands at 100 percent, sex raises dopamine levels in the brain to 200 percent and cocaine use raises an individual’s dopamine levels to 350 percent.

    “So, in a sense, crystal methamphetamine is the nuclear weapon in the brain, contrasted to conventional weapons of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana,” he said.

Crystal meth hijacks the pleasure reward pathways of the brain, Levounis said, making the drug the most important thing in a user’s life.

    “At the same time, it reduces the rational parts, specifically the cognitive centers found more in the frontal part of the brain,” he said. “That combination makes a person severely addicted to crystal methamphetamine.”

Levounis said meth users also experience a direct toxic effect on the neurons in the brain.

    “The toxic effect destroys parts of the neurons that do regenerate, but when they regenerate, they do so in a much more chaotic fashion,” he said. “That’s why we see that people who have abused crystal methamphetamine for a long time are quite likely to suffer from some kind of sequelae—loss of concentration, loss of short- and long-term memory and things of that sort.

“In general, we are amazed at how forgiving the body is to abuse of drugs. However, with crystal methamphetamine, that particular toxic effect seems to be irreversible.”

Not only will crystal meth cause long-term brain damage, Levounis said, but the physical effects of the drug’s use are also apparent in addicts. Many suffer from skin abscesses and poor dentition.

He said there exists effective medication for tobacco and opioid use, but there is no current medication that can help meth users kick their habit.

    “It has been the Holy Grail of my field to find something but we haven’t been able to,” Levounis said. “However, we do have very successful psychotherapies and psychosocial interventions for crystal methamphetamine addiction.”

Levounis said he has noticed that when a drug becomes popular in New York, it generally spreads to the West Coast, and vice versa. But with crystal methamphetamine, that wasn’t the case.

    “It became huge in the West and Southwest but not the New York area,” he said.

Meth is used on the East Coast primarily by gay men who consume the drug in conjunction with sex to enhance their experience, Levounis said. He said that when he spoke at a conference in Oregon a couple of years ago, nobody on the West Coast had heard of the drug primarily being used that way.

    “On the West Coast, and I assume Idaho as well, it’s not particularly a sexual drug, it’s more of a recreational drug,” he said. “It has a very different profile and suits men and women, gay and straight.”










OKEENE, Okla. — It likely took thieves a bag of feed, a cattle trailer and 15 minutes to steal 20 cows from rancher Doug Barnes. It took about three months for him to find out.

“I could tell someone had been here, but I had a neighbor who had some cows out and I thought maybe they’d used my corrals to catch ’em,” said Barnes. “I found out later that wasn’t the case.”cattle

Twenty cows at about a thousand dollars a head means Barnes will have to take a bank loan to stay in business, and he’s not the only one. In the northwest corner of Oklahoma, authorities estimate that at least 100 head of cattle have gone missing thanks to the efforts of a cattle-rustling ring operating in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

“Everybody’s watching everybody now,” said Barnes. “We’ve got neighbors driving the road at night trying to catch somebody.”

Cattle rustling may seem like an antiquated crime from the Wild West, but modern-day cattle rustlers have traded in their horses for pickup trucks and are stealing for a very contemporary reason.

“I could say that probably better than 70 percent of the people that we arrest are associated somehow with the illegal use of narcotics,” said Jerry Flowers, chief agent for the Oklahoma Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department. “That, in Oklahoma, is normally methamphetamine.”

Because of drought, beef prices have nearly doubled since 2009. Today, a single cow can fetch up to $2,700. Over the last two years, according to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, livestock and agriculture producers in Oklahoma alone lost around $3 million in revenue to cattle rustlers, and on average, about 3,000 cattle are reported stolen in the state every year. Only about 45 percent get recovered by law enforcement.

Over the last four years the number of meth labs in Oklahoma has dropped significantly. Authorities shut down 930 clandestine labs in 2011. Last year, only 177 were discovered. However, during that same time period, officials saw meth produced in Mexico reach an average purity level of 90 percent while the number of meth busts at the border nearly tripled.

Much of the product that does get through ends up in the Sooner State.

“The only way to really describe what the meth situation is in Oklahoma is to call it an epidemic,” said Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. “These people stay high for days at a time. It often costs money to feed their addiction — [money] they don’t have — so they resort to impacting innocent people to get money, whether that’s through identity theft, cattle rustling, stealing trailers, or stealing copper off of construction sites.”

A typical cattle-rustling case looks a lot like an auto theft case. Investigators chase paper trails, interrogate suspects and follow leads. But the cattle market moves quickly, and a cow sold in Oklahoma City in the morning can be in South Dakota by nightfall. And when stolen cows go straight to slaughter, all evidence is effectively destroyed.

“We’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of reported thefts and reported theft investigations over the past couple of years,” said Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. “We think the primary reason for that is because the value of cattle has increased so much so over the past years.”

In 2009, the average price of beef to consumers was $3.89 per pound. In September of this year, that price tag had jumped to $6.07 per pound. The average cow weighs 1,300 pounds and after processing yields around 700 pounds of beef. Many farmers can’t keep 24-hour surveillance on their cows, and with some herds getting as large as 600, cattle rustling offers big rewards with little risk.

“It costs the farmer who lost ’em. It costs the court for all the court proceedings. It costs the state of Oklahoma for my investigators to spend days and weeks during the investigations,” Flowers said.

For ranchers like Doug Barnes, there’s little hope that his cows will be returned, and almost no chance he’ll receive restitution. Even if a suspect is convicted, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to repay Barnes the full $20,000. He says in lieu of restitution, he’ll settle for jail time for the thief.

“I hope they prosecute ’em,” said Barnes. “They need to pay a price.”







Investigators said they found a meth lab and meth-making ingredients in a van at a gas station in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A tip led Scott County authorities to begin their investigation in Long Grove on Monday, November 23, 2015.  Their focus narrowed to a blue van, which they found traveling in Davenport at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, November 24.lab in va

Police said they followed the van after it was parked in a motel in northern Davenport, until it eventually stopped for gas at the Big 10 Mart gas station, on Middle Road at I-74 in Bettendorf.

Investigators reportedly found a one-pot meth lab and various ingredients used to make methamphetamine in the van.   Robert Shannon, Tyler Saunders, and Erin Gehn, all of Davenport, Iowa, were arrested and each charged with one count of meth manufacturing.  Genn was already on probation for a previous methamphetamine conviction, according to police.

A fourth person, 24-year-old Brock Beert of Long Grove, was also arrested and charged with meth manufacturing.  Jail records showed Beert was held in the Scott County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The van was towed from the scene just before 10 a.m.







KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Lani Higaki admits he’s in pretty bad shape.

“In June, I went to the hospital. I got pneumonia. I couldn’t breathe,” said Higaki, a 54-year-old methamphetamine addict.

Over the past year, Higaki has had two heart surgeries. Now he’s in a nursing home so he can concentrate on his recovery.

“Right now I’m tired. You know I’m tired of being sick. Meth makes me feel alive,” said Higaki.

Higaki is among a growing number of aging meth addicts in the islands. Emergency rooms are seeing more patients fitting his profile, and the state Department of Health reports that the number of people over 50 9330605_Ggoing to rehab for meth has nearly doubled over the next five years.

“Two years ago it started being way more noticeable,” said Alan Johnson, president of Hina Mauka treatment center.

“Usually it’s between 50 and 75 years old.  But we see a few people between 75 and 85. I believe what we have is a crisis of chronic illness in the United States here.  So many people are having pain issues.  Some elderly people are turning to drugs to manage their pain,” said Johnson.

Higaki said he was in his 20s the first time he used meth. His mom had just passed away. Higaki eventually lost his apartment but managed to get clean on the street. He was sober well over a decade when he decided to try it just once more at age 52.

“I tell myself it’s for the high.  But I think it’s the addiction of wanting something to make me not feel like I normally feel.  Sick and down,” said Higaki.

Johnson says when doctors stop filling prescriptions many times people are forced to get their pills on the street.  When that gets too expensive, methamphetamine is a cheap and easy alternative.

“When you first take meth it works, then very quickly it’s bad news,” said Johnson.

Higaki said after trying meth again once, he was hooked again.

“I think it was remembering the good feeling. The immediate high. Feeling invincible that kind of kept me attracted to it. You can feel your heart just pumping which is really bad for me,” said Higaki.

Three months ago, Higaki was admitted back into the hospital. Since then he’s managed to stay clean. He says he’s committed to kicking his habit but knows it won’t be easy.

“I’d like to say I’m 100 percent, but because I did it once I’ll never be able to say I’ll never do it again. That’s just the way it is,” said Higaki.

Johnson says treating an older population for their addiction is tricky. A lot of times they’re too sick with other ailments to be admitted into traditional rehab. And doctors won’t prescribe them medication because of their addiction.









AKRON, Ohio — A mother and daughter are among five people charged after police said they found two children inside a suspected meth lab.

Michelle Lynch, 43, is the mother of the children. She is charged with first-degree felony count of manufacturing meth, two second-degree felony counts of child endangering and fourth-degree charges of possessing meth and meth-making chemicals. She is being held in the Summit County Jail on $50,000 bond.-8446e8b049da6558-a060399399893be1

Her daughter, Ashley Lynch 18, and three others — Michelle Workman, 41, Daniel Lynch, 48, and Eric Archaul, 40– are also charged with first-degree felony making meth at the home in the 1100 block of Hinman Court.

Ashley and Daniel Lynch and Michelle Workman are all jailed on $50,000 bond. Archaul managed to sneak away from the home during the police investigation and has not yet been found. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Two 7-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were found inside the home.

Akron police went to the home to check on the children after someone called about a possible meth lab at the home.-fd0bc259c05505b2

Michelle Lynch invited officers inside the home. Officers checked several rooms and found chemicals and items used to make the drug in Ashley Lynch’s bedroom, police reports say.

Officers found a small amount of the drug and more meth-making materials in an upstairs bathroom, according to police. Archaul initially hid from police in a bathroom and later left.

The other four all admitted to police to making meth at the home, according to police reports.

Summit County Children Services took custody of the two 7-year-old children.








SCIOTO COUNTY, OH – Two Scioto County residents were arrested Nov. 20 for making meth while law enforcement officials were looking for a man in violation of his parole.

Scioto County Probation officers went to a mobile home on the 1300 block of Main Street West in Portsmouth, Oh, while searching for Michael Locher, 37, who was in violation of his parole.9314130_G

While searching for him, Locher, as well as Jessica Barber, 27, tried to escape, but were arrested.  Officers noticed a smell commonly associated with the making of meth and investigated further, finding an active meth lab.

Detectives with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force found out the pair had recently finished making a batch, and that a two-year-old child was living at the home.

The pair is being charged with Illegal Manufacture of Methamphetamine with-in 100 feet of a juvenile and Illegal Assembly of Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

Additionally, Locher is charged with violating felony probation, and Barber is charged with violating parole, according to a news release.

They are being held at Scioto County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing and could result in more arrests, according to a news release.







AUTRYVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the Sampson County Fire Marshal are investigating a possible meth lab explosion that left two people severely burned Monday morning in Autryville.

The fire was reported at approximately 5:20 a.m. at 1920 Leroy Autry Road. Before the structure fire call came in, Sampson County EMS responded to a home at 2312 South River Road in Salemburg regarding two burn victims.

The homes are about six miles apart.

The two injured have been identified as Jimmie Butler, 51, and Kimberly Huff, 35, both of Autryville. They were located at the home and transported to the hospital with severe burns.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said they’re investigating the incident as a possible meth lab explosion.








A 22-year-old Midland man faces an agreed sentence of 23 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to his role in a woman’s methamphetamine intoxication death, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. 55bc0c407ee66_image

Sandy Brooke Franklin died July 29 at Midland Memorial Hospital after exhibiting signs of illness while being held at Midland County jail for an outstanding warrant.

By pleading guilty, Zane Paul O’Neal admitted to giving Franklin about 3 grams of methamphetamine so she could hide it from law enforcement during a traffic stop on July 27, according to the release.

A recorded phone call from Franklin to O’Neal a few hours after her arrest revealed that he had given her the drug and told her to ingest it. He did not notify authorities of her condition, according to the release.

O’Neal remains in federal custody.









PELHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A state police helicopter was used in the search for a driver and passenger who ran away after their rented pickup truck overturned Friday, but the search was unsuccessful. According to Pelham police, more than one ounce of suspected methamphetamine was found inside the U-Haul pickup truck, which rolled over on Route 202 near the Shutesbury town line Friday afternoon. Pelham Police

Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann told reporters that three people witnessed the crash and stopped to help the man who was driving the pickup and a woman who was also inside. The witnesses said that once the two heard police sirens approaching, they ran off into the woods.

Police dogs, as well as a state police helicopter searched for them, but they were unsuccessful.

Thomann said that as of Monday morning, they still have not been found, though he said that they believe they have identified the woman who was inside the truck.









Two Carbondale women were arrested Sunday on methamphetamine charges.

Kiristien Joyner, 26, and Leeanna Treece, 24, both of Carbondale were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of hypodermic syringes.

About 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Energy Police stopped a 1995 Oldsmobile for a traffic violation and discovered the drugs and syringes in the vehicle.

Joyner and Treece were taken to Williamson County Jail.









ROCHESTER, Minn. – A California man was arrested at a Rochester hotel after receiving a package in the mail containing three pounds of methamphetamine.635839110138030094-TafollaRojasJose

According to KTTC-TV, officers were called to the FedEx terminal at Rochester International Airport on Friday to investigate a suspicious package.

After a K-9 indicated the package contained something suspicious, police got a search warrant and opened the package to find three pounds of methamphetamine worth about $127,000.

Officers arranged a controlled delivery to the recipient at the Kahler Grand Hotel. It was there officers arrested Jose Tafolla Rojas, 26, from Hacienda Heights, California.

Investigators believe the Mexican drug cartel is involved in the drugs’ shipment.