HICKORY, N.C. – Hickory police arrested a man after probation officers say they found methamphetamine in his dresser.

Tony Lee Watson, 39, of 1544 31st St. Court SE, Hickory, was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor probation violation, according to an arrest report. He was placed under an $8,000 secured bond.54453b7293f92_image

Probation officers requested assistance from the Hickory Police Department on Saturday evening, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said. Probation officers told police they found methamphetamine and syringes in the suspect’s dresser, Dieter said. The methamphetamine weighed 1.2 grams, Dieter said.

Watson, who has been convicted of multiple drug and larceny charges, was serving probation for a felony larceny conviction, the N.C. Public Offenders website shows.







Lenny Wilkinson didn’t expect David McArtor would be out of prison before Wilkinson had his new remodeling shop up and running.

McArtor was serving 25 years in prison when Scott County District Judge Henry Latham suspended the sentence last week and put the 32-year-old Bettendorf man on probation.   5446d33143948_preview-620

“He has a debt to pay first,” Wilkinson said Tuesday, working out of a large storage garage in Eldridge. “Less than a year in prison, that’s just not right.”

McArtor was charged last year with causing a meth lab fire that burned down Wilkinson’s home repair business in Bettendorf. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this year.

After serving more than six months behind bars, Latham placed McArtor on four years of probation through Scott County’s drug court program.

“The drug court program is the most intensive form of probation,” Latham told the Quad-City Times.54415f3f8bd84_preview-620

As terms of his probation, McArtor is required to appear in court weekly at first, which gradually lessens as the participant completes various levels of the program, Latham said. McArtor also is under a nightly curfew call, required attendance at least three times weekly at an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting, random and frequent drug testing and successful completion of the Salvation Army intensive rehabilitation program.

At certain stages in the program, the participant is required to become employed and begin making regular payments toward any restitution, Latham said.

“Drug court has proven to save thousands of dollars in costs of incarcerating individuals,” Latham said. “Additionally, drug court has recovered thousands of dollars in restitution that would have gone unpaid if the individuals had remained incarcerated.”

McArtor owes $11,989 in restitution, including $8,000 to Bettendorf Home Repair, Wilkinson’s business.

McArtor and his co-defendants caused about $325,000 in damage to Wilkinson’s four large storage units at 3221 State St.

McArtor’s father’s construction company leased a neighboring storage unit that caught fire Aug. 26, 2013, while McArtor and others were cooking meth. An investigation also uncovered a second methamphetamine production site in a field at Middle Road and Indiana Avenue in Bettendorf, resulting in the second manufacturing methamphetamine charge against McArtor.52326308ba068_preview-620

McArtor pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree arson, two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and sponsoring a gathering for use of controlled substances.

Wilkinson recovered about half the damage amount through insurance and bought a new location at 1142 E. Price St., Eldridge. He said he has spent every weekend for months trying to replicate his old location with a shop, bay area and a classroom while maintaining a steady flow of contracting work through the normal work week.

He is cutting costs where he can. He bought new storage racks “dirt cheap” from American, which was going out of business. He lucked out on the shelves for his racks. The 2-inch by 6-inch studs came from old Home Depot displays that were pulled apart and given away for free.

5232630971839_preview-620Trying to beat the cold weather, Wilkinson thinks he has another three or four weekends of work to complete his shop.

Wilkinson respects Scott County’s drug court program but doesn’t think McArtor was a good candidate.

“He didn’t have a drug problem,” Wilkinson said. “He had a money problem.”








KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – A traffic stop in Knox County ended with four people in handcuffs on Monday.


Kentucky State Police stopped at 1996 F-150 on Standard Avenue in Corbin, and noticed two backpacks in the bed of the truck. Troopers investigated and determined that both backpacks were full of items to manufacture methamphetamine.

Four people were inside the truck at the time of the traffic stop. The driver of the truck, Brian S. Smith, 32, of Corbin was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree unlawful possession of meth precursor, two counts of first degree possession of a controlled substance, and failure to wear a seatbelt.


Casey M. Smith, 33, of Woodbine was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree unlawful possession of meth precursor, and two counts of first degree possession of a controlled substance.

Pamela S. Hensley, 31, of Corbin was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree unlawful possession of meth precursor, and first degree possession of a controlled substance.

Anthony W. Martin, 27, of Corbin was arrested and charged with first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first degree unlawful possession of meth precursor, first degree possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence.

All four people were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.







There is a need for a drug rehabilitation facility in the South West because of the damage methamphetamine is having in the community, WA Mental Health Minister Helen Morton says.

She said the potency of the drug and frequency of its use was to blame for the strain on services, rather than the number of users.

“The information and statistics tell us that the use of amphetamine-type substances has been declining across Australia and WA since 1998, but there are changes to way that people are using it and this is seeing an increase in the harm being felt by an individual, by a family or by a whole community,” she said.

“There are more people going to emergency departments, there are more people going to hospital as a result of methamphetamine and the rate at which they are seeking treatment is increasing.

“We seeing increased harm in the community but it is not the result of more people using the substance.”

But the South West Community Drug Service said there was no doubt the number of addicts was increasing in the region.

“We’ve seen methamphetamine use increase exponentially along with other drug use across the region,” manager Nicolle Warren told the ABC.

“Whilst we’ve seen an increase in people presenting with this drug, it’s also the complexity of the client presentation that has an impact.

“We have a seen a 10 per cent increase in the last 12 months but in terms of numbers it’s important to note that many people come to us as requirement of the court system.

“Often there are people out using in the community for a long time before they get to service such as ours.”

Ten years ago the service treated just over 100 people for methamphetamine addiction, but so far this year it has treated 176 people, many of whom have returned several times.

“We have also seen a significant increase in number of family members or significant others of an individual struggling with methamphetamine, calling in at their wits end wondering how to support them,” Ms Warren said.


Relocation to Perth needed for treatment

There are no residential rehabilitation or detoxification facilities in the South West, and only one residential facility in the Great Southern, in Esperance.

Ms Morton said some people preferred to relocate to Perth for treatment.

“Some people actually prefer that, they see that as a way of moving away from their environment in which their drug problem is a factor,” she said.

But Ms Warren said having to move to Perth could deter people from seeking help, which could mean addicts lost public housing or jobs.

“It would be wonderful to think that clients could remain in their own local hospital and community,” she said.

Ms Warren said waiting times in Perth for long-term rehabilitation were six to eight weeks and two weeks for short-term detox services.

“We would refer, on average, probably two to four people per a week to the detox facility in Perth,” she said.

Palmerston drug rehabilitation facility in Perth said it had half the beds needed to keep up with demand, and there was currently an eight- to 12-week wait to receive treatment.

Ms Morton said the waiting time was not good enough, and more rehabilitation facilities were being considered.

“We know we need a dedicated Aboriginal-specific residential rehabilitation service in the south of the state,” she said.

“We also know that the South West region is an area that needs approximately an additional 36 beds across the board for residential rehabilitation.”

Ms Morton said this proposal was part of a new plan for drug services to be considered by Government in the next few weeks.








Police have arrested a 27-year-old man after they found 55.6g of methamphetamine hidden in his pants.

A 27-YEAR-OLD man will face Darwin Magistrates Court after a bag of methamphetamine was found in his jocks.

Detective Sergeant Matt Akers from the Gangs Taskforce said the man was arrested after flying into Darwin Airport on Tuesday.734573-9b0dc8a2-59a2-11e4-bb41-d2d878d2a380

He said 55.6g of methamphetamine was found in a clear clip-seal bag.

“Investigations are continuing in relation to connections with organized crime and the supply of methamphetamine in the Northern Territory,” Sgt Akers said.

“Police will continue to target these individuals who seek to profit from destroying people’s lives.”

“We estimate over 500 hits of methamphetamine have been taken off the streets and as far as we are concerned that will go a long way into keeping Territorians safe.”

He has been charged with possession and supply of a commercial quantity of a schedule 1 dangerous drug.









544728545ee16_imageCAMERON – Authorities charged an 81-year-old Lee County man last week in connection with a methamphetamine lab found at his home.

Lee County sheriff’s deputies, the State Bureau of Investigation and Sanford police found the lab during of a search of Herbert Clayton Moretz’s home in the 500 block of Key Road near Cameron, according to a news release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Moretz was charged with maintaining a dwelling for storing a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle that was reported for the use of controlled substance, accessory after the fact and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $75,000.

Eddie Bird, 34, of the 6800 block of Old Jefferson Davis Highway in Sanford, was arrested in connection with the lab.

Bird has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and three counts of possession of precursor chemicals. He was later served on several outstanding warrants.5447285465625_image

Bird’s bail was set at $136,000.








PAW PAW, MI – A 55-year-old man attending a meeting with his parole officer Tuesday afternoon in Van Buren County was arrested for having components used to manufacture methamphetamine in the vehicle he drove to the courthouse, deputies said. 16141283-mmmain

Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a tan 2001 Buick LeSabre parked in the Van Buren County Courthouse parking lot containing items used to manufacture methamphetamine, a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 55-year-old that drove the Buick LeSabre to the courthouse was meeting with his parole officer, deputies said.

After conducting a search of the car, investigators uncovered items used to manufacture methamphetamine including Walgreens Instant Cold Packs containing ammonium nitrate and bottles of Rooto Drain Opener containing sulfuric acid and lye, deputies said.

“Further investigation led deputies to the suspect’s residence where additional components commonly used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine were seized along with firearms, ammunition, and suspected methamphetamine,” deputies said.16141299-large

The man was subsequently arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine laboratory components, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine and parole violation, deputies said.








Cody HowardA 19 year-old Evansville man faces meth-related charges. He’s accused of running a meth lab in his grandparent’s garage.

Cody Howard was arrested around midnight. An EPD officer smelled a chemical odor commonly associated with making meth. This happened in the 1000 block of Harriet Street.

When officers arrived, they say Howard ran back into the house. His grandmother was able to coax him back out. Howard is being held without bond.







OREM — An owner of a trailer park was arrested Monday night for supposedly selling drugs out of her office and allowing dealers to use her bedroom for drug transactions. One of her tenants was also arrested under suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.Helena Avila

Utah County Major Crimes officers served a search warrant at a trailer park on north State Street in Orem, according to police reports. Police say as they searched the home of the trailer park manager, Helena Avila, 54, they found a small amount of white crystal substance, later field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police reports also state they found several pills, including hydrocodone, in a pill bottle by her bed. She did not have a prescription for any of these pills.

Police also found several items of paraphernalia around the house, including packaging materials and pipes, according to their reports.

Reports further state that Avila told the officers she had been using her office, attached to her trailer, to sell methamphetamine. According to police reports, she said she would also receive phone calls from people who wanted to buy meth, and then she would contact a dealer, who could use her bedroom as a selling facility, complete with scales and packaging equipment. She told police she would get a little meth for “her trouble,” according to police reports.

While the warrant was being served and Avila was being questioned, Jeffery Rouse arrived at the residence. According to police reports, Avila was allowing Rouse, 53, to live in a bedroom in her residence for months as long as he would pay rent. As they searched his room, they found methamphetamine and a glass pipe, which he told police was his. Police reports also state he bought meth from Avila before.

Forensic testing revealed that Avila tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of her arrest. She was arrested within 1000 feet of a strip mall, making the area a drug free zone.

Avila was booked on one charge of distribution of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony and a class A misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Rouse was booked on one charge of possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.








5278735_GNatchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Robeline man and a Keithville woman on felony drug charges during a traffic stop late last week, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

On Friday, October 17th at little after 11:30 pm, deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling on La. Hwy 1 north of Natchitoches near the Bayou Pierre area, when they stopped a 2011 Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck for a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as being Vicki Shea Nelson of Keithville, La.

Deputies say while speaking with Miss Nelson, she appeared nervous and they observed indicators that led them to believe criminal activity existed.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Vincent Flores of Robeline, La.

Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle and occupants.

Deputies say Nelson admitted she had 6 (six) suspected hydrocodone narcotic pills on her person.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered a glass smoking apparatus containing suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Both suspects were placed under arrest at the scene, and while being transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, a deputy observed Nelson attempting to hide baggies containing over 3 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine and snorting straws in the sheriff’s patrol unit.

Deputies arrested:

(1). Vicki Shea Nelson, 41 of the 10500 block of Beechnut Drive, Keithville, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Hydrocodone, 2-counts of Possession of CDS Schedule II Crystal Methamphetamine, 1-count of Criminal Obstruction of Justice, and 1-count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

(2). Vincent Flores, 54 of the 800 block of Lake Loop Road, Robeline, La., booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged 1-count of Possession of CDS Schedule II Crystal Methamphetamine and 1-count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond.

Deputies say while interviewing Nelson, she admitted that she removed the baggies containing suspected methamphetamine from inside her pants while being handcuffed in the rear, attempting to hide the evidence.

Sgt. Shane LaCaze was assisted by Deputy D. Caballero in the arrests.







 HICKORY, N.C. – Police say they found methamphetamine, marijuana, needles and more than $900 in cash in a room at the Days Inn on Saturday morning, leading to the arrest of two suspects. 54453bac13e95_image

Ciera Pauline Hatcher, 20, of 3260 Whithering Heights Drive, Newton, was charged with one count of felony possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an arrest report. She was placed under a $9,000 secured bond.

Bradley Joe Pennell, 30, of 936 Lewittes Road, Taylorsville, was charged with one count of felony possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, felony maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, an arrest report showed. He was placed under a $30,000 secured bond. Police say the room was registered with his name.

Officers were on foot patrol at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive NW when they walked passed a room with an odor of marijuana, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said.

In a search of the room, officers say they located 12.9 grams of methamphetamine, 1.2 grams of marijuana, needles, digital scales, two pipes, $944 cash, a marijuana roach weighing three-tenths of a gram and a hypodermic needle containing an unknown liquid, according to an arrest report.54453bc880a4c_image

A third person in the room was not charged, Dieter said.








It’s not every day that a suspect purposefully leads police to a vehicle full of cash, meth and a stolen gun.

But Strafford Police say that’s what happened in June when a Springfield man showed up at their station claiming he had ties to a Mexican drug cartel and was an informant for COMET, the regional drug task force.knakmuhsdouglas

According to a probable cause statement, Douglas J. Knakmuhs, 33, told officers he was “in fear for his safety.” Police say he appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the encounter.

The statement says Knakmuhs said he needed to contact “Brett” with the drug task force because he had “urgent information which may alter his safety.” He said he had been trying to flag down an officer for several hours to start an argument and get arrested.

Police say Knakmuhs struggled to stay on topic during the conversation.

Officers helped Knakmuhs call the task force and leave a message, but police say the message didn’t include any contact information, didn’t mention “Brett,” and did not give any reason for calling.

Knakmuhs then told police he had borrowed, from a criminal, the SUV he was driving.

“While speaking, Knakmuhs accidentally activated the vehicle emergency alarm on two occasions and showed great difficulty in operating the key fob,” according to the statement.

Knakmuhs told police he had been released from prison after a 14-year sentence and “wanted to provide a good service to the citizens of Greene County,” according to the statement.

He said the cartel wanted him to go to Kansas City but he was concerned for his well-being. He asked police to photograph two cellphones he said were given to him by the cartel.

He told police he was supposed to move “California Ice” and methamphetamine to Kansas City. Knakmuhs first said he did not have any drugs in the SUV, but later took police to the vehicle to “document” the meth.

The statement says he showed officers where more than 100 grams of crystal meth was located in the vehicle. Police also say the found a pistol, which turned out to be stolen, and several electronics. Knakmuhs also said there was about $250,000 in the car, under the car battery compartment, so police stopped the search to obtain a warrant.

Prosecutors say Knakmuhs was free on bond in a felony assault case in which he allegedly stabbed his fiancee in the neck with a “sharp-bladed instrument.” He also has past convictions for assault and for injuring a Department of Corrections employee.

In the current case, Knakmuhs is charged with felony trafficking and unlawful possession of a firearm. The trafficking charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Friday.








A Buffalo man is accused of trafficking in methamphetamine and deputies accuse him of operating a meth lab in his mother’s garage in Union.Travis William Austin, 37

Travis William Austin, 37, of 117 Cross St., was arrested and taken to the Union County jail for booking Friday.

According to an incident report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, deputies searched his mother’s home on Springdale Drive in Union and found meth oil, coffee filters, a shake and bake meth lab bottle and a number of tin foil pieces with burn residue.

Austin is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking more than 10 grams of methamphetamine, according to Union County jail records.








LILLINGTON – A traffic violation led to an Angier couple being charged with operating a methamphetamine lab from their home where they lived with two children, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

Andrew Duncan Strickland, 24, and Brittany Elizabeth Strickland, 25, of the 600 block of Chinaberry Lane, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Angier police have charged the couple with safecracking, possessing burglary tools and injury to real property, according to arrest reports.

Andrew Strickland also is charged with fleeing to elude arrest and three misdemeanor violations, reports reveal.

The incident began about 5 a.m. Sunday when an Angier police officer attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Andrew Strickland for a traffic violation, said Maj. Jeff Huber of the Sheriff’s Office.

Strickland led lawmen on a chase that ended on James Street, about two miles from his home, where he and Brittany Strickland abandoned the car and ran away, Huber said.

When officers went to the Strickland residence, they discovered the meth lab.

Two other men were arrested on outstanding warrants, Huber said.

Brittany Strickland’s bail was set at $110,000. Andrew Strickland’s bail was set at $195,000.








A heroic, and possibly drug-addled, son stole a vehicle and destroyed a Washington car dealership while attempting to rescue his mother from an eminent zombie horde.Meth-Head-Zombie_013689209

Cops busted Tyler Goodman on Thursday, not long after he allegedly broke from reality and into Becker Buick in Spokane, Washington. Despite Halloween being weeks away, the 25-year-old admitted he had planned to escape the undead a little early by fleeing to Montana.

“I felt like something was going on, yes, and the first thing I wanted to do was get my family to safety,” a remorseful Goodman said from behind bars.

Police first caught wind of the man’s erratic behavior after a woman called to report Goodman had been hallucinating, KREM reported. She also told authorities she suspected he was high on methamphetamines.

During his flight from ground zero, Goodman allegedly used a rock to smash through the showroom window of the Buick dealership, where he hopped into a Chevy Impala (keys were in the ignition) then rammed through a garage door to flee. Police, however, quickly collared Goodman and dragged him off to jail.

The next day, Goodman’s mother appeared during his court hearing. She said he had called the night before to tell her he was being chased by zombies and that he planned to do whatever it took to save her, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported. She was less than convinced and called the cops.

Her son now faces charges of first-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree malicious mischief. He was also wanted on a warrant for DUI. All told, the zombie-inspired caper caused about $14,000 in damages to the Impala and car dealership.

Goodman concedes that he might have a few screws loose.

“My mom and mental health counselor think I need to be evaluated for the mental breakdown,” he said.








A man and woman from Virginia were arrested Sunday after Hernando County deputies say they discovered a meth lab inside their Brooksville motel room. Benjamin Welch, 35, faces charges

Benjamin Welch, 35, faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing a false identification to law enforcement, according to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Rebecca Looney, 33, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Deputies got an anonymous tip that the couple was making meth in room 105 of the Budget Inn, 1795 E. Jefferson Street, according to the report. They arrived at the room at 9 a.m. Sunday and found Welch and Looney along with a “one-pot” meth lab, deputies said.

Members of the vice and narcotics unit arrived to dismantle the lab, which consisted of a hydrogen chloride gas generator, tubing, pill grinder and receipts for those items, deputies said. The items tested positive for meth, according to the report.

Looney told deputies that Welch was making the meth for personal use, according to the report.

The lab and associated chemicals were packaged and taken to a disposal site in Citrus County.

Welch was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center where he was being held on $7,500 bond. Looney was being held on $500 bond.








SARASOTA — Three Kentucky residents have been charged with “cooking” methamphetamine” in a Venice motel room, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.  68vZ4_AuHeEm_69

Deputies on Friday responded to a report of a burglary on Blackburn Road in Nokomis, according to a news release.

“While on scene, a lawn maintenance person approached deputies and told them three people from Kentucky had worked for him and mowed the property on the day of the burglary,” the report states.

Deputies found the suspects’ vehicle at the Motel 6 in Venice and found stolen items, including a television, computer monitor and cash box in their room and car.

“Deputies also found a makeshift meth lab in the hotel room and nearly two grams of the drug,” the sheriff’s office said.

Michael Neace, 39, is charged with theft, manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. He is being held on bonds totaling $6,500.

Edman Matthew Hughes, 37, is charged with burglary, principle to manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. He is being held on bonds totaling $22,500.


Jennifer Harrison, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, principle to manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. She is being held on bonds totaling $20,000.








SEPANG: A Nigerian man and two women from China, believed to be drug mules, were detained at KL International Airport (KLIA) for attempting to smuggle 6.96kg of methamphetamine worth RM1.3mil.

KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said the three, aged between 26 and 34, were detained separately.

One of the women was nabbed at 1.50am Monday at KLIA2 for carrying 2.3kg of methamphetamine, valued at RM433,200, in a bag she was carrying.

The other woman was caught with 2.6kg of methamphetamine worth RM494,000 at about 11.40pm at KLIA2 on Monday.

“Both individuals were flying from Hong Kong. We do not rule out the possibility that they were from the same syndicate even though the suspects do not know each other,” Chik Omar told reporters.

Chik Omar said the Nigerian was detained at the KLIA after Customs detected 2.08kg of methamphetamine worth RM395,000 hidden in four pairs of jeans, sewn to the hip area, in a bag on Oct 5.

 “All suspects have been remanded for seven days and the case investigated under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence,” he said.

In a separate case, 500 grammes of methamphetamine valued at RM95,000 was found hidden in two printer cartridges in a parcel from Lagos, Nigeria at the KLIA post godown on Oct 10.

“The parcel was not claimed and investigations found the address and the name of recipient were fake,” he said.

The quantity of drugs seized at KLIA from January to October increased due to the trend of smuggling in larger quantity even though the number of cases has dropped.

In 2012, there were 50 cases involving 186kg worth RM31mil, compared to in 2013 (49 cases, 246.5kg worth RM33mil) and in 2014 (24 cases, 336.6kg valued at RM54mil). – Bernama







A 77-year-old Peru lawyer, whose law license recently was suspended, was arrested Saturday in Joliet for possession of methamphetamine.

Charles W. Helmig III, 1619 Sixth St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Will County Jail where he remained as of Monday. At his first court hearing he applied to be represented by the public defender, but was denied.

Joliet police said they received a report of a suspicious car, with a man inside, parked in a neighborhood at about 10 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived, the car was moving and they stopped it, saying the registration was expired. The driver was Helmig. Police said Helmig was not wearing a seat belt and his insurance was expired. Helmig also was reaching under the seat. They asked Helmig what he had been doing parked in the neighborhood, with Helmig replying he had been waiting for someone.

Police said they asked more questions, which Helmig could not answer. Helmig also seemed nervous, according to police, so police asked him for permission to search his car, which he granted. In the trunk, police said they found a briefcase with a computer and three hypodermic needles containing a clear rock substance, which testing indicated was the illegal stimulant methamphetamine. Helmig also admitted it was methamphetamine and it was for his own use, adding he obtained the methamphetamine from a friend, police said.

In September, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission reported Helmig’s law license was suspended pending action by the Supreme Court of Illinois. The Court has not yet taken action. The suspension came about because Helmig misappropriated $95,857 from an elderly woman for whom he had power of attorney between 2009 and 2012, according to the ARDC.

Helmig told the ARDC that during the period in question, he was in a “very bad financial condition.” Helmig, who has been a lawyer since 1964, repaid the money.








Police in Da Nang have arrested a kindergarten manager for concealing at her school more than two kilograms of meth for her drug trafficker mother.

Investigators said Tuesday they had taken in Pham Thi Bich Phuong, 22, after arresting her mother Pham Thi Nga, 43, Sunday and making the biggest drug haul ever in the central city.meth_NPBJ_thumb

The police caught Nga at a bus station with more than 2,340 ecstasy pills.

They then found 140 grams of methamphetamine at the Honey Hotel she was running in the city and more than two kilograms of meth at the Sao Sang nursery she opened.

At the nursery, the meth was hidden in 14 milk bottles in the teachers’ room.

Phuong told the police her mother opened the school to serve as a drug haven and told her to manage it since she is studying to be a teacher herself.

She said they believed hiding the meth at the school would help evade police detection.

The police said the duo moved to Da Nang from Lang Son Province on the China border in 2011 to establish a drug business supplied from China.

She spent hundreds of thousands of dollars opening the hotel and kindergarten and investing in real estate to cover up her drug business.

She used the hotel as a supply point for her mules, most of them ex-convicts, rather than to let out rooms.meth1_voaz

The police also found seven machetes and a gun she used to arm her staff at her house and hotel.

Nga was divorced in 2013 and is living with a Da Nang ex-convict.

Anyone convicted for possessing more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth faces the death penalty in Vietnam, which has some of the world’s toughest drug laws.








SAN FRANCISCO — California authorities have announced the arrests of 22 people and the seizure of 500 pounds of methamphetamine as part of a drug investigation targeting gangs tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.

The state attorney general’s office said Monday the arrests and drug seizures over the past year were based on an investigation that found methamphetamine from Mexico was being delivered to the Nitro gang in Southern California. According to state authorities, the gang made regular road trips to Contra Costa County to distribute methamphetamine to other drug trafficking organizations, including the Urtiz gang.

In addition to the drugs, authorities seized one firearm, four vehicles and more than $720,000 in cash.

The investigation, dubbed “Operation Road Trip,” included authorities from Contra Costa County and Los Angeles.


GRASSROOTS community campaign to end the scourge of methamphetamine in Maroondah has quickly attracted support from police and politicians.

The Heatherdale Community Action Group has started a campaign to highlight the damage the drug, known as ice, has caused, and will hold a community forum this month.

Action group president Steve Roberts said ice had become one of the “most insidious” drugs being used by the area’s youth.460179-69d94cf0-5431-11e4-b832-87336bd9ecaf

“Ice is causing major issues and we’re starting to see its prevalence out here. We wanted to be active, not just let the drug hurt us and our kids,” Mr Roberts said.

Mr Roberts said the forum would highlight how sporting clubs and youth groups were important allies in deterring young people from falling victim to the drug.

“These clubs deal with the kids on a weekly basis, and they need to be able to spot the warning signs early and advise the kids about avoiding ice,” he said.

EACH alcohol and drug services program manager Anne Maree Rogers told the Maroondah Leader last month young females and trade apprentices were increasingly falling victim to the drug.

Guest speakers will include Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge and Police Superintendent Richard Watkins.

The forum was organized with Ringwood state Liberal candidate Dee Ryall who said: “With ice, the ultimate aim is to equip our community to reduce supply, demand and harm”.

The community forum on ice will be held at the Ringwood Bowls Club on Tuesday, October 28, from 7 pm.

To RSVP, phone 9878 4113.







UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) – Deputies said they discovered a shake and bake style meth lab along with a 7-month-old inside a Union home Friday.

Investigators responded to a Spring Street home after receiving a tip, finding the infant inside along with two plastic containers believed to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to Union County deputies.

Deputies said the bottles were in a yard along with a smoking container inside an outbuilding. Everyone was removed and the home was secured.

According to deputies, two pipes, empty Sudafed boxes, lighter fluid, meth oil and other items used to make the drug were found.

Ten adults were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine more than 100 grams and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste.



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The child’s mother, 25-year-old Heather Browning, was also charged with exposing the child to methamphetamine. Deputies said the child was placed in protective custody.











Outlaw motorcycle gangs are recruiting children to cook crystal meth and targeting young people in country towns, a Four Corners investigation has found.

The investigation uncovered alarming evidence of how the drug is being manufactured and distributed by locally-based biker gangs working with several major international drug cartels.

Four Corners found authorities were unable to deal with the unprecedented ice scourge, with a desperate lack of treatment facilities and resources.

The program spoke to a former child dealer and crystal meth cook who said he was one of many recruited by an outlaw motorcycle gang to deal drugs when he was 11 years old.

A lonely child from a broken home, by 13 he said he was smoking ice and at 15 the gang had taught him how to cook crystal meth, cooking up to an ounce a day with a street value of up to $28,000.

“It was basically only difficult a few times and then after that, just pretty much like cooking a meal,” he said.

“Once you’ve cooked that meal a certain amount of times, you just don’t even think about it. You’re just doing it and just go in your own world.”

He said the labs changed often, to keep ahead of police, and described them as “wannabe science labs”.

They were highly dangerous and toxic; the fumes were overpowering.

“The only things I can think of close to describing it was bleach, several other nasty chemicals, and if you’d lit that on fire or something… you won’t forget the smell. It’s not a smell I’d ever forget,” he said.

“You never get used to it but you learn to tolerate it. The first few times you’d feel lightheaded. You could feel nauseous. It really just depends on how well they did the ventilation.

“They didn’t provide bodysuits or that like you see on TV or whatever. They didn’t have great ventilation or anything.”

For the first three years he said he was given no protective clothing or gloves by the syndicate he was working for.

“It’s no harm to them. They’re still getting their money. They’re spending less on equipment. They don’t have to spend heaps of money to set up the site, cheap disposable site.

“If they need to move and get rid of it because the site’s no good anymore because it’s been found out or something, it’s lack of expense for them. It’s just … well, hiring the cash flow.”

Australia at risk of losing ‘entire generation’

Now 19, cooking meth has left him with a lasting legacy. He has early onset arthritis and his joints have worn down so much, they now regularly dislocate. He has to pop them back in to place.

Cooking ice, he noticed his health began to deteriorate quickly.

“I was throwing up blood for a period of time and this happened over two years or more,” he said.

“I’d come back after a few days’ work and Mum believed that I changed, like, the colours in my skin pigmentation would change. I looked very pale and unhealthy. Your hair goes a lot thinner … the whole throwing up blood thing was a big scare for me.

“I got extreme cramps through the body and muscle aches. Sometimes I’d be on the couch for up to two days not being able to move properly, couldn’t eat. If you cooked for long enough and you didn’t sleep for a fair while afterwards you’d get hallucinations, and you never hallucinate something good.”

Authorities have told Four Corners there has been an explosion in the numbers of local dealers in country towns, and the age of users is plummeting.

As teenagers take up the drug, crime rates are also soaring, with ice-related offences up.

Health professionals have warned that if nothing is done, Australia is at risk of losing an entire generation of rural youth to ice.








ANDERSON — An Anderson County man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the deaths of two people, but he is refusing to say how the victims were killed.

John Michael Young accepted a plea deal Friday in the deaths of the two people whose bodies were found in barrels in Lake Hartwell in November 2012. One of the victims was dismembered.

“We can’t go back. I’ve accepted your plea. So what happened; how did these people die?” Judge Ned Miller of Greenville asked Young.

But the Anderson Independent-Mail reported that Young refused to answer, saying he only disposed of the bodies. He said there were 10 to 15 people making, selling and using methamphetamine in the drug house where he was living.

“There were so many dangerous people in and out of my house. I don’t know what happened,” Young said.

Investigators went to Lake Hartwell two years ago expecting to find 53-year-old Tony McGinnis’ body in a barrel, but found the remains of 37-year-old Andrea Mitchell instead in a partially submerged container. They found McGinnis’ dismembered body in a barrel 10 feet underwater the next day.

The victims were beaten to death, authorities said. A motive was not given.

McGinnis’ daughter called Young a monster.

“I think if you would have just killed my daddy instead of knocking him in the head, cutting his body up, and putting him in a barrel and sinking him to the bottom of the lake where he’d never be found, I could have dealt with it better,” Tasha McGinnis said. “I hate you John Michael. I pray to God every day that you get tortured and die.”

Young’s lawyer says he had a terrible methamphetamine problem. Young apologized to the families before he was sentenced.

“I didn’t think clearly,” he said. “Drugs just took control of my life. It’s not the person who I am today.”