ELKO — An Elko woman who was spotted hanging around a suspected drug dealer was arrested with an alleged 8 grams of methamphetamine hidden in her bra, according to police.

Officers saw three men, one of whom was known to police from a previous drug investigation, acting suspiciously in a parking lot on South Fifth Street on Sunday near a gold colored four-door wagon, a police report states.


Ariel Hammond, who was in the driver’s seat, eventually drove away with two of the men in her car.

Police ran Hammond’s license plate and learned that it had expired the day before, according to the police report. The car also fit the description of a vehicle that was reportedly near the scene of a recent home burglary.

Officers pulled over the car and told Hammond her license plates were expired, and that her vehicle had been in the area of a burglary.

When asked whether she had loaned out her car, Hammond replied she was going to “take the Fifth,” — referring to her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination — but said no one in the car had it the night before, a report states.

Hammond refused to let police search her car, according to the document, but a trained K-9 allegedly detected drugs later, giving police cause for a search.

Police allegedly found a glass pipe coated with a white residue and a hypodermic needle. Inside her purse, officers reported finding a prescription pill.

Hammond was placed under arrest, at which time she removed a sandwich baggie from her bra. Inside the baggie were about five smaller individual baggies each containing meth, according to police.

Because of the way the drugs were packaged, police believed Hammond intended to sell the meth, Lt. Ty Trouten said.

Hammond was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic device, possession of a controlled substance for sale, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription.

Her bail was set at $36,780.








FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – Police arrested a woman after she stole around $400 from a fruit and vegetable stand in Franklin on Saturday.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Rayna J. Russell approached a woman who was working at the stand and asked her if she could have some money for gas because she was almost out.


The woman said she started walking towards her home to see if she could find a gas can. She said Russell then reached over the stand table and grabbed the black cash box. Russell then fled the scene in a truck.

The victim gave police a description of the vehicle and Russell. Police were able to find Russell driving near SR 252 and SR 135 and pulled her over.

During the traffic stop, police found out Russell was driving while suspended with an indefinite, altered interim license plate on the truck. Police also found a lighter and a hypodermic needle in her pocket. Russell told the officer the needle was for meth.

During a search of Russell’s car, police found scales two more needles, a butane lighter and the black cash box from the produce stand.

While officers searched Russell at the jail, they found $330 in cash in her bra and marijuana in her underwear. According to police, while at the jail, Russell said she hadn’t had meth for 12 hours and she was going to start withdrawing.

Officials said Russell was charged with conversion, altered registration plate, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of marijuana.

Russell’s bond amount was doubled because she was on probation in Marion County, according to police.







PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The number of meth busts around West Michigan remains high and local departments report an increase in people using the drug recently.

A local woman is once again working to highlight the problem and stop people from using in the first place.

This weekend will mark the 4th year of prevention with the Festivalooza.

“I come from a life of using methamphetamines,” said Jewel Dailey, the organizer of the Festivalooza.

Dailey spent 14 years using meth.

Nearly 5 years ago she graduated from the drug treatment court program in Van Buren County and moved on to bigger and better things.

“I was given a vision, you would say, to help out our community and help change things that I helped damage,” said Dailey.

It led her to organize and event to educate the public about the dangers of meth.

Together with Freshwater Community Church, they are on their 4th year of fighting the drug together.

“We try to combine family fun, a lot of activities with education about the dangers of meth and it’s prevalence in our community,” said event coordinator Jason Bull.

Over the last 3 years the event has raised nearly $60,000 to support the drug treatment court, the county substance abuse task force and Dailey efforts to go into the schools to stop the problem before it starts.

“Going into schools to do prevention and awareness. I mentor women out of the drug court treatment program. I think prevention and awareness is the key to keeping a community safe from the drug,” said Dailey.

The event is this Saturday at Paw Paw Middle School from 2 to 7 p.m.

It is $7 per person or $25 per family and includes lunch, a kids’ zone with games and live music.








Ever since Bea Banta moved with her husband into an apartment at Hurricane and Adams streets in Franklin, she’s been worried about some of the houses around her.

Banta regularly sees strangers coming by houses on Hurricane at all hours of the day and night, and police are called to nearby homes at least once a week, she said.

In the past two years, police have found a dozen meth labs throughout Banta’s neighborhood, which is about a half-mile from downtown Franklin, in or near houses on Hurricane, Yandes, Kentucky and Adams streets, according to data from the Indiana State Police.







Bismarck, ND – A Mandan man was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a drug conspiracy that prosecutors say trucked into North Dakota more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine that was linked to the overdose deaths of two people.

Joseph Thomas Senger, 53, and a dozen others were charged by indictment about a year ago in U.S. District Court in Bismarck with conspiracy to distribute drugs resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

Senger and defendant Brock Fay Fish of Bismarck each faced a separate charge for distributing meth allegedly used in the overdose death of Senger’s girlfriend at the time, 59-year-old Cheri Bettis of Mandan, on Feb. 6, 2013.

Fish and his girlfriend, Billie Jo Kirkpatrick, also were charged separately for allegedly supplying the meth consumed in the Dec. 20, 2012, overdose death of Douglas Wayne Peterson, 39, in Linton, N.D. Peterson was from Fish’s hometown of Pollock, S.D.

Fish, a truck driver who has lived in Bismarck most of his adult life and was charged in all six counts of the indictment, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty July 10 to the drug conspiracy charge. His sentencing is set for Oct. 20.

At his plea hearing, the 50-year-old Fish testified that he needed money to get his truck outfitted for work in the oilfields. He said a California man – Bretton Robert Link, one of the 13 original defendants – introduced him to the possibility of trafficking in meth, according to a transcript from the hearing.

Fish testified that he would fly out to California and drive trucks back to North Dakota for a truck dealer, hiding the meth in his clothes bag. He said he would pay $5,000 per four ounces of meth in California and would turn a $4,000 to $5,000 profit on it back in North Dakota.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers said Fish also obtained meth in 2012 and 2013 from a second source in Arizona, defendant Robert George Schaner.

Investigators eventually executed a search warrant at the farm of defendant Gerald Lee Schneider, where they found Link and defendant Andreas Samsa in a vehicle with $48,427 in cash. A 5-pound shipment of meth that had been delivered to the farm and divvied out to the co-conspirators just before authorities arrived, Myers said at the plea hearing.

Federal charges against Link were dismissed in January after he pleaded guilty to Class AA felony criminal conspiracy last October in state district court in Emmons County. He was sentenced to 40 years in state prison, with 20 years suspended during five years of supervised probation.

The other defendants indicted on the federal conspiracy charge were Rodney Lee Braun, Charles James Chadwick, Dale Kenneth Fish, Dee Augusta Gillette, Justin John Hinkel and Dean Derwood Windhorst.

Brock Fish, Windhorst, Link, Samsa, Schneider  and Gillette also were charged separately with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within a school zone.

All of the defendants have either reached plea agreements or pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and are awaiting sentencing.

Myers and defense attorney Stormy Vickers of Fargo jointly recommended that Senger serve a 144-month sentence. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Senger to 139 months, giving him credit for five months served in a halfway house.

“I plan to live a sober life after this, that’s for sure,” Senger told the judge.


Three methamphetamine labs were found over just three days time last week in Oconee County. These labs represent some of the residential dangers associated with the manufacture of this illegal and highly dangerous drug, but there are hidden dangers on the roadside too. Many of the materials used to make meth are highly toxic either by themselves or when mixed and require special clean-up procedures. An increasingly popular way to make this drug is by using two-liter soft drink bottles. When manufacturers are finished, they simply toss these bottles alongside roadways. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt warns that these two-liter soft drink bottles are dangerous. “If you see a two liter drink bottle and it looks really suspicious, don’t even pick it up, for sure don’t open it, just walk away, call law enforcement, report what you find and let law enforcement come out and deal with it.” There is always a presence of life threatening gases in relation to any meth lab, even those labs that are created in drink bottles, and the chemicals used in the process of making meth can cause different injuries and reactions to the human body. Once again, do not touch suspicious soda bottles, call law enforcement and report them.








SALTON CITY, Calif.A suspected narcotics smuggler was arrested Saturday  after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station found several bundles of methamphetamine hidden in her SUV.

According to a release, the 36-year-old woman was stopped around 8:20 p.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint.


A secondary inspection was ordered after a canine detection team alerted agents to her Chrysler Pacifica. While searching the SUV, agents said they found five bundles of meth hidden under the rear seat.

The methamphetamine weighed 12.5 lbs. and had an estimated street value of $81,250, according to Border Patrol release.

Agents said the suspected smuggler is a United States citizen and she was taken into custody Saturday night. The drugs and her SUV were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.








Federal authorities have charged three Decatur men with drug trafficking after a Potter County deputy found more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of cocaine in a rental car during an Interstate 40 traffic stop earlier this month.

Michael Glenn Winters, 57, Juan Madrid, 39, and Madrid’s son, Juan, 19, were charged July 17 with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.


Shortly before 9 a.m. on July 16, a Potter County deputy patrolling I-40 stopped a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz on a traffic offense of following too closely. The deputy talked to Winters, the driver and sole occupant, and issued him a warning ticket. The deputy noticed indicators of possible criminal activity, asked Winters for permission to search the car, and Winters agreed, according to federal court records.

As the deputy checked the vehicle, he noticed the spare tire appeared to be heavier than normal. The deputy then used a density meter on the tire and the device showed a higher-than-normal reading.

The deputy checked the tire further and found six bundles inside. Four of the bundles contained methamphetamine and two contained cocaine. About an hour later, the DEA agent read Winters his constitutional rights and Winters agreed to cooperate with authorities, according to court records.

Winters told investigators he was hauling narcotics for a person he knew as Juan and Juan’s father, a man he knew as Pelon. Winters gave authorities a telephone number for Juan Madrid, 19, and investigators obtained photographs of the two men, who Winters identified.

Winters told authorities he was a methamphetamine user, had been buying drugs from the men for the past few months and agreed to work for them. On one occasion, the elder Madrid paid for Winters to fly to California, where the elder Madrid gave him money to open a bank account to obtain a rental car, according to a federal criminal complaint. After renting the car, Winters gave the car to the elder Madrid so it could be loaded with narcotics. Winters then drove the vehicle back to Texas and received a $2,000 payment for the trip.

During the week of July 6, Winters was contacted again to make another trip to California. The younger Madrid picked Winters up and they drove to Santa Ana, Calif., where Winters received money to rent a vehicle. Winters rented the vehicle and gave it to the teen, who took the vehicle for about nine hours so drugs could be loaded inside it.

The pair, traveling in separate vehicles, then drove back to Texas, and Winters was eventually stopped by the Potter County deputy. After he was arrested, Winters told investigators Juan Madrid, 19, was following him in a Cadillac when he was stopped. A DEA agent then contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety to look for the Cadillac, which was stopped about 4 p.m. July 16 near Bellevue. The trooper identified the driver as Juan Madrid, 19, who was accompanied by two juvenile siblings, and the teen was arrested.

When questioned, Juan Madrid said he met Winters through his father and made statements blaming Winters. A DEA task force officer told the teen he did not believe that was true, and the younger Madrid told investigators a group was bringing about 10 pounds of methamphetamine to Decatur weekly. The teen then said he did not want to speak further with investigators before talking with his father, according to a criminal complaint.

During interviews with investigators, Winters told them he was a longtime methamphetamine user. According to the DEA, Winters’ criminal history includes convictions or arrests for driving while intoxicated, assault and arson.

An Amarillo magistrate has ordered Winters to remain in federal custody. Juan Madrid, 19, identified in county jail records as Juan Madrid Jr., was released on a $25,000 bond. Information about whether the elder Madrid has been arrested was unavailable Monday.







The American College of Medical Toxicology will present ‘Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories’ in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 21, 2014. The course will provide training to law enforcement, healthcare providers and public health professionals on hazards and health effects related to methamphetamine use and exposure to chemicals present in clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will present an educational course titled ‘Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories’ on August 21, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The course, which is partially sponsored by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Indian Health Services, will provide training to law enforcement, emergency physicians and prehospital care providers, public and environmental health professionals, HAZMAT professionals and others who work with medical and policy issues related to clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

The course focuses largely on the clinical effects and chemical hazards associated with methamphetamine production and abuse as well as the clean-up and remediation of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. The methods and principles behind methamphetamine production will be reviewed. Participants will be able to identify environmental hazards, choose appropriate personal protection equipment to minimize personal risk of toxicity, and explore the various modalities available to treat exposed victims, including children. Course participants will have interactive instruction in preparing for, responding to, and mitigating chemical toxicity associated with clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

Course faculty includes experts in the field of medical toxicology who have extensive experience directly caring for patients suffering from the adverse effects of chemical agents and poisons. According to Kurt Kleinschmidt, MD, a medical toxicologist with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the course director, “This course has something for all types of providers. Importantly, the group discussions enable the participants to better understand everyone’s unique perspective.” ACMT first developed the Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories course 9 years ago under a contract with the ATSDR. ACMT has provided single-day training in methamphetamine laboratory awareness 21 times to more than 1400 participants in the United States and its territories. Organizations may contact ACMT for information on presenting this course to their members.

ACMT is a professional, non-profit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of activities.








A YOUNG mother was raped and humiliated by a depraved real-estate agent who was out of control on the drug ice, police allege.

The 35-year old woman was allegedly bound with cable ties, repeatedly raped and subjected to degrading abuse during her horrific ordeal on April 2 this year.


Henry Jiang, 32, of Maidstone, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault, false imprisonment, and theft. Court documents have revealed Mr Jiang initially hired the woman’s services through an escort agency and had consensual sex with her before turning feral.

The alleged attack was carried out in an empty home in East Doncaster in the early hours of the morning.

Police allege Mr Jiang became agitated after he was unable to perform sexually during his $350 allotted hour, which he paid for in cash. The court heard the pair had earlier smoked the drug ice together before having protected sex.

But when the woman attempted to leave, Mr Jiang allegedly bound her hands and arms with cable ties and shoved a sponge into her mouth. Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg described the alleged attack as “humiliating” and “degrading”.

In applying for bail for the second time, Mr Jiang told the court he had been subjected to racial vilification by a prison guard and assaulted by an inmate while on remand.

Mr Jiang’s parents, who have travelled from China to support their son, have offered a $100,000 surety to the court to ensure his release on bail. Mr Rozencwajg will make his decision on Friday.







According to Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, Monday morning Brown County CID detectives arrested 35-year-old Kevin Sliger, a primary target of Operation Tangled Web, an investigation into the methamphetamine trafficking in Brownwood and Brown County that has so far netted 54 suspects.

Deputies also arrested 30-year-old Jeanna Hopkins who accompanied Sliger as he fled from officers. Sliger, a fugitive and upper-level drug trafficker wanted for engaging in organized crime caused a vehicle accident near Fourth Street and Coggin Avenue in Brownwood, and was arrested by officers after a lengthy foot pursuit.

At about 11:00 a.m. Brown County detectives established surveillance on Kevin Sliger who, when he saw officers approaching, fled in a red Isuzu rodeo. The chase ensued across several city streets and alleys as deputies observed Hopkins and Sliger throw evidence, including currency, meth, cocaine, and a handgun from the vehicle.

Sliger’s vehicle ran a stop sign at the corner of Avenue G and 4th Street near Coggin Avenue and was struck by another vehicle. It came to rest in front of Allegiance Emergency Ambulance Service. This disabled Sliger’s vehicle and he fled on foot for about four blocks before being arrested. Hopkins was arrested at the accident scene. The driver of the other vehicle received only minor injuries.

BCSO deputies seized about 14 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of cocaine, less than two ounces of Marijuana, a .380 semi-automatic pistol, and over $4,000 in currency. Sliger has a lengthy violence criminal history including: kidnapping, multiple assaults, multiple drug trafficking offenses, endangerment of a child, tampering with evidence, and multiple evading arrests. He was armed and considered dangerous. He will be charged with offenses out of Monday’s arrest.

At present, the Tangled Web grand total of suspects is now 54 defendants with 62 charges. Tangled Web began about two years ago to specifically target methamphetamine traffickers in Brown County.








NOGALES, Ariz. — $69,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized in two separate smuggling attempts through the Port of Nogales this weekend, according to a Department of Homeland Security press release.

Border Patrol officers stopped Obed Jese Perez-Alejandre and referred his truck for additional inspection. A narcotics dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the truck’s rear quarter panel.


The officers found five packages of methamphetamine. The packages weighed more than 12 pounds and are worth an estimated $36,000.

At roughly the same time, officers referred Rolando Rodriguez-Chavez for additional inspection. While searching his sedan, a narcotics dog was alerted by the car’s rocker panels.

Officers found ten packages of methamphetamine. These packages weighed nearly 11 pounds and are worth approximately $33,000.

In both cases, the vehicles and drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.







A woman who was carrying a bottle filled with her own urine is facing a drug possession charge after the liquid tested positive for methamphetamine, according to cops who surmised that the suspect was planning to extract traces of the drug from the bodily waste.

 Cindy Wingo

Cops confronted Cindy Wingo, 33, last Wednesday after spotting her and a male acquaintance loitering outside a vacant South Carolina home. During a subsequent investigation, Wingo consented to an examination of her purse.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies found drug paraphernalia items during the search. Wingo, an investigator noted, “has in the past used illicit substances (i.e., methamphetamine).”

cup o urine

Deputies also discovered a pill bottle filled with urine. Wingo said that while the container belonged to her daughter, “it was her urine that was in the bottle,” reported Deputy Chaney Brown. Asked about the urine, Brown added, “Cindy was evasive with her answer, and would not give me a straight answer.”

Brown, who has been trained in “methamphetamine and clandestine lab assessment,” reported that, “it is not an uncommon practice for Methamphetamine users to not discard their urine, due to the fact that a portion of the Methamphetamine is excreted out through the urination process.” Users, Bown added, can then “extract the Methamphetamine from the urine or give it to someone who knows how to do this in exchange for more Methamphetamine.”

“Having this in mind, I field tested the liquid in the prescription bottle,” Brown wrote. “It field tested positive for Methamphetamine.”

Wingo, seen at left, was subsequently arrested for drug possession and booked into the county jail. She was released from custody after posting $5000 bond and is scheduled for a September 25 court appearance.










The Tribes war on meth got ammunition with $40,000 in funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week.

The money will go to advertising in the newspapers, radio and by billboard signs, and to fund a “State of the Reservation” meeting where all the good, bad and ugly is brought together with statistics and other factual information to show us where we are currently at in order to plan on where to go from here.

Meth has touched the lives of so many people, it’s almost unimaginable that its abuse continues to rage on among our people. Most everyone who keeps aware knows it’s here. It’s said that getting meth is easier than getting marijuana now days. It’s being manufactured in various ways locally and even laced with highly addictive prescription drugs to make the high even higher. And it’s been said it’s already led to the death of some of our people. It’s too bad that injury and death due to drugs – namely meth – cannot be more publicized. It’s not to sensationalize but to educate so everyone can know how the abusers died.

Where once Fort Peck Housing Authority had a problem with house parties in which violence and even death occurred, today, it’s a problem with meth.

Thirty-eight babies born addicted to meth is the latest statistic to be quoted in the Tribes’ committee minutes.

Homes are being broken into left and right. You can’t leave your home unattended or it will be scoped out and broken into. Don’t leave your checkbook out because meth users will wipe out your account in a heartbeat, taking a slew of other abusers down with them as checks are forged and cashed. Even when you leave your vehicle for an instant to run into the store – lock your door.

It’s really this bad. It seems we are in a war of survival.

There are bright lights out there, positive moves and positive people. But at the same time, we can’t ignore this big spirit of abuse sitting on the shoulders of our people.

This weekend is the first summer celebration to be held in Poplar. It’s going to be a good weekend of soaking up the songs, the dances, the food and the people. We don’t want that image of meth hanging over us. All this newspaper can do is keep bringing it up until everyone gets so sick and tired of it, that we hit that State of the Reservation event being planned and to take everything heart to break this cycle of abuse.

I can’t stand that I can’t let certain relatives in my home and my life due to their meth use, abuse and theft to feed their habit.

Our ancestors were called the “hostiles” by the federal government because we wouldn’t settle down and be good Indians. We were only trying to keep our way of life alive. We need to continue that hostile spirit when it comes to abuse of drugs among our people. Especially when mothers are leaving their kids, and dads are leaving their families.









WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.


Around 5:30 a.m., an officer made contact with Patrick Collier, 31, at Walgreen’s on Cypress at Thomas Road.  The officer discovered a glass pipe used for smoking crystal meth and an insulin needle for injecting in his pants pockets. Collier gave officers consent to search his vehicle, where additional needles, meth and part of a homemade pipe were found.

Collier admitted everything recovered was used for meth, but denied possession of the drug.

He was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

This isn’t Collier’s first drug arrest. In March of this year, Collier was arrested on the same charges.







A woman was going to be paid $20,000 for successfully delivering $1,143,000 worth of liquid crystal meth.

However, the drug smuggling ended in an arrest on Thursday, July 24th at Hidalgo International Bridge.


Fabiola Moreno is accused in the crime after US Customs and Border Protection said they found crystal meth inside the muffler of a Chevy truck she was driving.

At first, Moreno told authorities she was from Georgia and flew to McAllen from Florida. She then took a taxi to Reynosa.

In Reynosa, Moreno visited with her father and was taking the truck to McAllen “as a favor”, according to what she told authorities.


After hearing her story, a Customs officer referred her to secondary inspection where a canine altered authorities to the drug.

She was placed under arrest, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) personnel were called to extract the liquid meth.

The liquid meth began to crystalize as it was being extracted.

Moreno allegedly told authorities she was going to be paid thousands of dollars to illegally transport the drug from Reynosa into the US.

The 28-year-old is currently jailed and is set to appear for a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby on July 30th at 9:00 a.m.







COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Colorado Springs police found what was believed to have been a large amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop late Sunday evening.

John Chew, 63, is now facing charges in the incident.

The traffic stopped happened at about 9:50 p.m., Sunday in the area of Pikes Peak Avenue and University Drive.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle, Chew, was a habitual traffic offender who could not legally operate a motor vehicle in Colorado.

During a search of the vehicle, police said a large amount of suspected meth and cash was found.

Chew was booked into the El Paso County Jail.







A Minot man was arrest last night after snorting meth during a traffic stop.Officers tells us they stopped Gabe Degroat Junior, 25,  Friday afternoon because he was driving his motorcycle over the lawn at Jefferson School and he didn’t have his license plates visible.

During the stop police found out Degroat’s driver’s license was suspended and that he also had two outstanding warrants out of Ward County. When officers came back to Degroats motorcycle, they saw him ingest a white powder, which turned out to be meth.

Degroat was arrested for his third offense of Driving Under Suspension, Ingestion of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to Ward County Jail.

Degroat wasn’t the only person arrested for meth in Minot over the last few days.

Police say they found Angelita Waller, 45, sitting in her car at a Kum and Go parking lot. Officers tell us she looked drunk and when they began to search her they found meth and meth paraphernalia. She was also taken to Ward County Jail.








Five men, charged with conspiracy to possess with the Intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Galveston area, have been ordered detained pending further criminal proceedings, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Abel Hinojosa, 34, Nelson Agapito Ventura, 37, Daniel Reyna, 33, Israel Sanchez, 20, and Rodolfo Hernandez Perez, 26, all of La Marque, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner last Friday. The court took the matter under advisement and subsequently ordered they be detained pending trial.

All five are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the Intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine as well as more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

Perez and Hinojosa are further charged with one and three counts, respectfully, of possession with intent to distribute varying amounts of methamphetamine. The indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture.

At the hearing, the government presented evidence that Hinojosa and Ventura were the alleged leaders of this narcotics conspiracy. According to the allegations, they were obtaining crystal methamphetamine and other narcotics from Mexico, sending couriers to pick up the narcotics and then distributing the drugs within Galveston as well as to out-of-state customers.

Perez and Sanchez allegedly served as couriers for the drug conspiracy, helping to pick up the drugs from Mexico and transporting it to customers.

The government presented evidence that Reyna served as a street-level distributor. Upon his arrest, he was allegedly found with crystal methamphetamine, eight firearms (including two assault rifles) and approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition.

After hearing the evidence and testimony, Judge Froeschner found them to be a danger to the community and ordered they be detained pending further criminal proceedings. The court further noted the strength of the government’s case and its substantial evidence. Trial is set for Sept. 22, 2014.

Each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison for the conspiracy, if convicted. The possession with intent charges against Hinojosa and Perez also carry varying terms of either a minimum of five and up to 40 or another minimum of 10 and up to life for the underlying drug offenses.

The case is being investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Galveston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Ted Imperato and Sharad Khandelwal are prosecuting.







Meth labs may be set up at campgrounds, rest areas, homes, motel rooms, abandoned cars, garages, storage sheds and vacant buildings.  A typical meth lab includes a collection of chemical bottles, glassware, hoses, and pressurized cylinders. The cylinders can take many forms, including modified propane tanks, fire extinguishers, scuba tanks and soda dispensers. The tanks usually contain anhydrous ammonia or hydrochloric acid – both highly poisonous and corrosive.

 The most common chemicals used to start the meth-making process are over-the-counter cold and asthma medications that contain ephedrine or pseudoepherine as decongestants or stimulants. Other common chemicals and equipment found at meth labs include:

•Red phosphorous


•Starter fluid (ethyl ether)

•Acetone, toluene, alcohol or paint thinner

•Camp stove fuel (naphtha)

•Anhydrous ammonia (in propane tanks or coolers)

•Drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide (lye)

•Lithium batteries

•Sulfuric acid, muriatic acid, phosphoric acid

•Hydrogen peroxide

•Glass containers (cookware such as

Pyrex or Corning ware)

•Plastic or rubber tubing


•Propane tanks (with corroded, bent or tampered valves)

•Coffee filters (with red stains or ephedrine residues)

•Camp stoves or hot plates

 •Kitty litter

How can I tell if a meth lab is present near my residence?

Some of the warning signs of a suspected meth lab include:

•Strong or unusual odors (solvents, ammonia, ether-like, vinegar-like, pungent, acrid orfoil sour)

•Unusual security systems or other devices

•Increased activity, especially at night

•Unusual structures

•Renters who pay landlords in cash

•Excessive or unusual trash

•Discoloration of structures, pavement and soil

What should I do if I suspect the presence of a meth lab?

DO NOT ENTER a site that you think may be used for cooking meth. Call your local law enforcement agency immediately.


Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another longtime industry: methamphetamine.

For the first time, the EPA’s “Brownfields” program is covering the cleanup of former meth houses, and the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.


It’s sometimes called “third-hand exposure.” Toxic residue from meth production and use can permeate drywall and carpet and linger on countertops and in ventilation systems.

That’s what the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority discovered in some of its public housing. The north Idaho tribe just received a $200,000 grant to gut six tribe-owned homes.

“A number of them were just party homes,” said Heather Keen, the tribe’s spokeswoman. “And the level of cleanup that will need to be done so that they’re safe to inhabit was just more than the Tribal Housing Authority was financially prepared for.”

The EPA also gave the Tacoma Housing Authority $600,000 to test and clean out some of its publicly owned family housing.

This is the first time these grants have covered meth since Congress expanded the definition of Brownfields in 2002 to include drug contamination.

The EPA’s Brownfields program is aimed at making contaminated sites useable again. These have historically been commercial and industrial sites. Communities often apply for grants to clean up former gas stations, mechanic’s shops, dry cleaners, salvage yards, factories, logging mills and grocery stores.

Exposure to meth residue is associated with numerous health problems, especially in children. Problems include neurological damage, asthma, respiratory illness and, when women are exposed during pregnancy, birth defects.







COQUILLE — Coos County’s chief prosecutor says drugs were a factor in the events leading up to the killing of a California man near Bandon last fall.

Coy Daniel Smith was sentenced June 30 to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

The homicide sentence will run consecutively with a 26 month sentence he’d already received for burglary and first-degree theft — a total of a little more than four years.

Smith will also have to spend 36 months under post-prison supervision and pay $3,530 in restitution.

Smith, 40, originally faced first-degree manslaughter charges in the Oct. 3 death of 42-year-old William Drews following an altercation involving Smith at a residence on Bill Creek Lane.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said Drews’ estranged wife had lived in the trailer with two other men, and been in on-again off-again relationships with all three.

He said that members of the group had been using methamphetamine the night of the murder, and had been trying to get more shortly before Drews’ death.

“The victim had a very high level of meth (in his system),” Frasier said. “Coy Smith was the one bringing the meth.”

By the time Smith arrived, a fight had broken out between Drews and one of the other men, Jeremy Perry.

Smith joined the fray, and at some point in the altercation, kicked Drews in the head.

“The injury that killed this guy I don’t think I’ve ever seen,” Frasier said.

An autopsy later determined that Drews died of blunt force trauma to his head and neck.

Frasier said that when Smith kicked Drews in the head, the blow severed arteries that ran along the man’s spine to his brain stem.

Drews was pronounced dead on arrival at Southern Coos Hospital.

Smith fled the scene, but later turned himself in at the Bandon Police Department.

Had the case gone to trial, Frasier said, he would have presented the death as unintentional.

“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind Coy did not intend to kill this guy,” he said.

As of Friday, the Oregon Department of Corrections hadn’t calculated an estimated release date for Smith, who’s currently held at the Coffee Creek Intake Facility in Wilsonville.








  • A 49-year-old and 32-year-old arrested on Friday night
  • Heavily armed police stopped them in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s north
  • It is believe the two Mexican nationals were operating a cartel out of Manly
  • Australian Federal Police searched three properties in the city
  • Also discovered $2 million in cash and two guns
  • Men are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel targeting Australia

Two men allegedly operating a Mexican cartel out of Sydney’s beachside suburb of Manly were held up at gunpoint by police in dramatic scenes on Friday.


Federico Gonzalez Magana and Juan Vergara Rodriguez have been charged with possession of $30 million worth of drugs thought to be crystal methamphetamine.

The Mexican nationals share the same address and fronted Parramatta Bail Court via video link on Saturday, communicating through a Spanish translator.

Bail for the pair was refused. They will reappear again in Central Local Court on Wednesday.


The 49-year-old and a 32-year-old were arrested on Military Road in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, in front of school children who filmed the incident after heavily armed police stopped traffic and surrounded their car.

Vergara-Rodriguez and Gonzalez-Magama were pulled from a red vehicle, handcuffed and lined up against a shop window.

Police said the drugs seized represent 300,000 street deals of meth and the men are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel targeting Australia.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) members searched properties in Manly, Pennant Hills and Moore Park and found about 30 kilograms of a substance believed to be crystal meth.

They also discovered about two guns and $2 million in Australian cash, suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

The men have been charged with drug possession and dealing in the proceeds of crime, following a joint investigation between the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).


ACC National Manager Investigations Richard Grant said: ‘This is a drug that is ruining lives, wrecking careers and pulling apart families.’

‘The ACC and AFP are serious about removing these drugs from our streets, and we will continue to work together to stop organised crime groups from harming the Australian population.’

Police said they were arrested after they were supplied with intelligence by the ACC through its Eligo National Task Force, which is tracking illicit money flows in the country.

AFP Manager Serious and Organised Crime Commander Scott Lee said the operation was a result of close cooperation and intelligence sharing between the AFP and the ACC.

‘This joint-agency operation is testament to our combined determination to stopping criminals from profiting from the importation of drugs into Australia’, Commander Lee said.

Both men were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs reasonably suspected of having been imported, and dealing in money reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

Forensic tests are being carried out to confirm the exact weight and purity of the drugs seized, police said.








GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A jump in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea over the past year in rural southwestern Oregon has state and local health officials alarmed and puzzled.


Ruth Helsley, sexually transmitted disease program manager for the Oregon Health Authority, tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier the reason is unclear.

She and Josephine County medical director Dr. David Candelaria say the sudden increase may be related to an increase in methamphetamine use, which increases sex drive and lowers inhibitions.

State figures show Josephine County saw an increase of 270%, from 10 in 2012 to 37 in 2013. In Douglas County it went up 1,050%, from two cases to 23. Jackson County saw a 387% jump, from 31 cases to 151.

The statewide increase was 18.5%.







DECATUR, Alabama — Decatur police investigated complaints of methamphetamine use and sales coming from a home on Cedar Street this week.


Officers with the anti-crime unit said they went to a home in the 1000 block Thursday because numerous meth complaints were coming in. They said they found an unspecified quantity of meth inside. They said the resident, Christina Ann Hogan, also had meth on her. She was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and will be transferred from the city jail to the county jail on a $2,500 bond.