According to police reports, at around 1:16 a.m., a man reported a woman who was acting strange had made her way into his truck on Denman Avenue.

Police said Diana Haddox, 48, reportedly broke into the truck when the driver had stopped to get inside a Pilot gas station. The woman allegedly smoked methamphetamine inside his vehicle to get out of the rain, according to the report.

She was arrested and charged with public intoxication. She was released from jail the following day on $500 bond.


A 27-year-old San Angelo man has been indicted by a Tom Green County grand jury on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Oscar Cardinez Perez, Jr. is accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in February.frwgweqqrtfq

According to court documents, the child told a forensic interviewer at the Heart of Texas Children’s Advocacy Center in Early that Perez touched her while her mother was not at home.

Perez was dating the victim’s mother at the time and had stayed the night at her residence in San Angelo, according to court documents.

Child Protective Services learned of the allegation later that month, and the child and her siblings were removed from the residence, court documents stated.

Perez, according to court documents, told an investigator he “did not believe that he had sexual intercourse with the victim, but stated that it was possible while he was intoxicated on methamphetamine.”

Perez said that he would believe what the child told authorities, stated court documents.

Perez is being held at the Tom Green County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Aggravated sexual assault of a child is a first degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison.


WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) – A disabled Jones County grandmother is arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

Sandra Dearmon, 52, was arrested early Monday morning on Highway 84 West near the Jones County, Wayne County line.11562924_G

Officials said she was pulled over for improper equipment on her vehicle. Upon searching her vehicle, deputies said they found 18 grams of crystal meth in her front pocket, several needles inside the vehicle and $400 in cash.

Dearmon is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, improper equipment on a vehicle, and controlled substance paraphernalia.

Her initial appearance is scheduled for Tuesday. This is an ongoing investigation.


Methamphetamine is everywhere

Posted: 30th August 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

A reformed meth addict believes most people don’t realize just how prevalent the drug is.

“It’s everywhere,” Haydee Richards says.

Richards bravely sharing her story about her spiral of addiction to the highly destructive drug comes as experts say resources are being stretched too thinly with some clinics in Auckland being “inundated” by people needing help.290816NZHDSMETH21_480x270

The Tauranga mother of two began using in her late 20s about 12 years ago and at the start thought she was in control.

But her life quickly spun out of control as the addiction took hold – she was forced to leave her part-time job because she was always late, developed a gambling problem and even turned to dealing meth so she could afford her habit.

She said it ruined her life.

“I feel like I lost my whole self. It destroys you. I was a really empty person – I had no soul.

Meth ruined my life

That’s what I lived for in the end. It was a vicious cycle of hunting down drugs so I could just feel okay, not even good.”

Executive director of the Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Sue Paton, said by coming forward Richards had helped to change the common idea of who a meth addict is – likely someone of a lower socio-economic standing with a connection to gangs.

Paton said meth addiction didn’t burden one gender over the other or destroy lives in just one class of society – it was a problem which stretched across the strata. “And as the problem grows, our resources are being stretched more thinly even though addiction practitioners say the only way to fix the issue is to cut off demand for the drug by helping those dependant on it.”

Paton said although police were doing a great job at shutting down local manufacturers and stopping huge imports at the border, as long as there was still a demand people would find a way to get the destructive drug into New Zealand.

Treatment centres needed more beds to increase their capacity and a greater emphasis needed to be put on early addiction detection by general practitioners and at services like Family Planning, she said.

“Unless you reduce demand, someone’s going to find a way of getting truckloads of meth into the country.

“What we know for our services that people are waiting for three or four months, but if you don’t strike while the iron’s hot when people are motivated to go into treatment you’ve lost that window of opportunity.”

Paton said meth addiction also didn’t seem to strike one gender over another but said clinics in Auckland had recently been inundated by people dependant on the drug.


  • Police seized $45m of meth in Perth smuggled in timber logs from Africa
  • Four men, including a Nigerian, were arrested and face life in prison
  • It is the same strategy and origin as an August 4 bust in Sydney
  • That one had $115m of meth hidden inside and two men were arrested

Police have seized $45 million worth of methamphetamine smuggled into Perth in timber logs, just weeks after the same strategy was used in Sydney.

The 45 kg haul arrived from Africa in June when x-ray examinations of the shipping container by Australian Border Force detected 106 packages hidden in the logs.37AF826100000578-3763605-image-a-61_1472480087487

WA Police and the Australian Federal Police tracked the shipment to a house in the southern Perth suburb of Baldivis and arrested two men aged 42 and 54.

The 45 kg haul arrived from Africa in June when x-ray examinations of the shipping container by Australian Border Force detected 106 packages hidden in the logs

They were charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border controlled drug.

Two more men were later arrested and charged with importing the drugs, including a 33-year-old Perth man and a 29-year-old Nigerian man who was extradited from Victoria.

All four men faced life imprisonment if convicted.

The 42-year-old man will reappear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on August 31 and the rest on November 16.

The bust comes just three weeks after two men were arrested for importing $115 million worth of methamphetamine smuggled into Sydney.

More than 154kg of drugs were hidden in 14 of the 121 logs, which had been cut in half then nailed and glued back together.

Both shipments came from Africa and arrived in sea containers in June.

Two more men were later arrested and charged with importing the drugs, including a 33-year-old Perth man and a 29-year-old Nigerian man who was extradited from Victoria

Commander Matt Rippon, AFP State Manager of WA, said close collaboration between border protection and police across Australia was integral to the success of the Perth operation.

‘Strong relationships with our domestic and international partners are vital to identifying and disrupting importations of this extremely damaging drug,’ he said.

‘We are continuing to work together across jurisdictions and borders to break criminal networks, with our main priority being the safety of the community.’



The trail of poison that led to the death of rock star Prince and thousands of other Americans begins in China, which President Obama will visit on Sept. 2. According the State Department’s 2016 Narcotics Strategy Report, “China has become a hub for illicit drug consumption, drug and precursor chemical trafficking, and money laundering activities.”

One way or the other, either as direct sellers of the finished product or as suppliers of precursor chemicals used to produce the finished product, Chinese narcotics traffickers have a hand thrust deeply into the very lucrative drug trade to the United States. The best estimate, from a RAND Corp. study of a few years ago, suggested that the retail illicit drug market in the United States is worth about $100 billion annually. If the Chinese take is only 5 percent, then it would be worth $5 billion a year.

With the traditional illicit narcotics such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, China’s primary role is 8_292016_b4-triplett8201_c0-1008-1534-1902_s885x516that of a chemical precursor provider to the Mexican drug cartels. As the State Department report states, “China remains one of the world’s top producers and exporters of precursor chemicals.”

There is at least one report of Chinese produced acetic anhydride, the precursor for heroin, showing up in an industrial-scale drug laboratory that Mexican authorities busted in 2011. But it is in Mexican methamphetamine production where the role of Chinese precursors is clearest: “China remains the primary source of the precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine consumed in the United States and is one of the world’s top producers and exporters of precursor chemicals,” according to the State Department. In some cases, the Chinese precursors are shipped directly to Mexico where meth is manufactured, but there are even reports of the precursors coming in through American West Coast ports and then trucked to Mexico. The Knights Templar is a Mexican drug cartel and, according to The Wall Street Journal, members “were able to control [Mexican] iron ore mines, sending metal to China and importing precursor chemicals, which they then used to make methamphetamines.” Unlike heroin, to some extent, meth is so destructive to brain cells that the user often never fully recovers even if he or she gets clean.

The substance that killed Prince was a so-called “designer drug,” meaning it was made in a laboratory and wasn’t derived from a plant like heroin or cocaine. In this case the drug was “fentanyl.” Prince was found in a home elevator with his clothes, even his socks, on inside out and backwards. He had been dead about six hours. According to press reports, he weighed 112 lbs. at the time of his death, but the amount of drug in his system would have killed anyone of any size and weight. Fentanyl is 40-50 times more potent than heroin. There are several ways of ingesting fentanyl but taking it in pill form, often disguised as oxycodone, seems the most common, and that’s what authorities think killed Prince.

All illicit fentanyl comes into the United States from China, either directly or indirectly through the Mexican cartels. Fentanyl’s attractiveness to the Mexican cartels or anyone else in the distribution chain is its mark-up. It’s cheap to make and “immensely profitable,” as The New York Times recently noted. Whereas a kilo of heroin or cocaine produces a profit in the tens of thousands of dollars, once a kilo of fentanyl is cut, the profit is well over a million-and-a-half dollars. It can even be ordered over the internet from Chinese manufacturers selling “research chemicals” and delivered by express services. Authorities believe that fentanyl is to blame for the spike in drug overdoses around the country. Some of the victims die as Prince did, while others are injured for life. Even babies are being born hooked on it, often prematurely.

South Florida has been especially hard hit by another Chinese designer drug that goes by the street name of “flakka.” The effects of it are very dramatic because it makes the victims paranoid, violent and with superhuman strength. One of the others goes by the street name of “K-2” and turns its victims into zombies.

Last summer The New York Times interviewed a former Mexican ambassador to China. During his service in the country, the ambassador had tried valiantly to plug the Chinese pipeline, but he reported, “The Chinese never showed any willingness to cooperate on the flow of precursors to Mexico.”

The simple fact is that the wave of illegal drugs coming into the United States from China and Mexico is the leading public health issue facing the nation. We are watching a generation of American young people getting wiped out at Vietnam War levels of casualties. Would it be too much for President Obama to remind China’s leader Xi Jinping of China’s own suffering from drugs during the 19th century?

William C. Triplett II is the former chief Republican counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


Judge Chris Schultz ordered the 31-year-old held on $1 million bond for multiple counts, including child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration of a minor. Schultz said the incident demonstrated a level of depravity that was “unfathomable.”

“I’ve been involved in the criminal law for over 30 years and this is the most inhumane case I think I’ve come across,” Schultz said.

It was not immediately clear if Kelley had hired an attorney or one had been assigned to her.

Authorities say Victoria was injected with methamphetamine, raped and strangled before her dismembered body was found in a bathtub Wednesday, on what was her 10th birthday.

Police also arrested the girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, 35, and her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31. Both also were ordered held on $1 million bond on similar charges.

This undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Detention Center shows Jessica Kelley. On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers. Details of what New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as an unspeakable crime emerged Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in a criminal complaint made public and filed against the girl's mother, her boyfriend and his cousin, Jessica Kelley. (Metropolitan Detention Center via AP)

Court records indicate Jessica Kelley had a prior conviction on a felony rape charge. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Kelley acted as a lookout while a woman allegedly raped another inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in September 2012.

She pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit criminal sexual penetration and was sentenced to three years in prison minus nearly a year for time served.

Child welfare officials say Victoria was not known to them as a victim of previous violent abuse. But officials acknowledged Friday that Gonzales was not being monitored by probation officers or tested for drugs as mandated by a judge last year.

In that case, Fabian Gonzales was arrested for beating another woman in a car with a baby inside it while the woman was driving and ended up pleading no contest to two misdemeanor crimes that kept him out of jail. Corrections department officials said Friday they never got the judge’s order for him to be supervised by probation officers.

While the girl’s mother has no online record of an arrest in New Mexico, she told police Kelley had been released from jail just days before Victoria’s death.tjtryjetjet

The brutal details of Victoria’s death have shocked New Mexico public officials and residents. The city of Albuquerque is holding a memorial that is being billed as a birthday party for Victoria on Sunday. The mayor will speak and the city is providing free shuttles to the park hosting the event.

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office didn’t charge a single case of methamphetamine possession or distribution in 2007. Last year, there were 117 cases, with 62 open meth cases so far this year, said Jason Marks, chief deputy county attorney.

And meth seizures by the Missoula Drug Task Force are 38 percent higher than they were this time last year, according to its commander, Missoula Police Detective Sgt. Ed McLean.

“Fifteen years ago, an ounce of meth was a huge quantity. Two years ago we seized 2½ pounds in a shipment. In 57c3833791330_image2007, if someone said we would find that much at once, I would have wondered what the person telling me that was using,” McLean said.

“I think everyone agrees this is a problem that needs a lot of focus and resources put toward it,” said Marks.

Bryan Lockerby, administrator of Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), said a drug supply that 15 years ago was fueled by home meth labs in Montana slowed dramatically as laws changed to clamp down on the ability to purchase the ingredients for meth.

Now, he says the increase in cases is due to the source of the drug shifting to what he called “superlabs” in Mexico that smuggle drugs across the border and move it into and through Montana from Washington and California, bringing a combination of supply and lower prices to the state.

“In Mexico, the superlabs hire people with science and math backgrounds and have got it down to such a fine point where the meth is almost 100 percent pure and they have driven the price way down,” he said. “If you’ve seen ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s literally like that.”

Lockerby also sits on the executive board of the multi-state Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which coordinates local, state and federal resources to combat organized drug operations.

In 2015 Montana-based HIDTA affiliates seized a total of 134 pounds of meth, 4,700 pounds of marijuana and around 13 pounds of heroin, and built cases that dismantled 40 drug trafficking organizations operating in the state, Lockerby said.

Last year, the state handled 232 methamphetamine cases, up from 68 in 2010. Around 80 percent of DCI’s drug cases are meth-related, Lockerby said.

Lockerby and McLean said they need more funding to stay ahead of the resurgent meth problem. Currently, cases have to be “triaged,” picking which represent the biggest danger to the public and which have to be shelved, said McLean, whose drug task force includes police, sheriff’s deputies and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and falls under Rocky Mountain HIDTA.

“There are only so many law enforcement officers in our area and only so many hours in a day,” he said. “We could triple the size of the task force and still be busy. Whenever you shut down a trafficking operation, another one just comes right up in its place.”

Lockerby said in addition to wanting more state funding for investigators, he hopes the Montana Legislature will take an “all of the above” approach to tackling the problem of meth when lawmakers convene next year.

“Enforcement is not the only answer to this. It is everyone working together,” Lockerby said. “We’re just trying to keep targeting these major drug trafficking organizations that are trying to get a foothold in the state.”

To push back against the most recent wave of meth cases, Lockerby said the state also needs to fund more treatment programs and centers as well as drug treatment courts that hold offenders accountable while trying to break their addictions.

“I think there’s been a lot of success in drug courts if you identify the right people and get to them early,” he said. “I think you can throw as much money as you want on the enforcement side but you’ll still have users and demand.”

Montana District Court Judge John Larson, who runs a drug treatment court for juveniles and another treatment court for people who also have pending child abuse or neglect issues, said meth has been a dominant drug in the caseloads. He refers to the treatment courts, which offenders can be sentenced to post-plea, as “coerced treatment.”

“The old view was you really had to want it for it to work. The new standpoint is that this type of coerced treatment works,” Larson said. “It’s big on testing, big on accountability and big on working together.”

The first judge in Montana to start a drug treatment court, Larson said his programs and other drug courts across the state have a lower rate of recidivism than Department of Corrections treatment programs. He’ll continue to make presentations to lawmakers in the hope of securing additional funding.


In addition to restricting the sale of meth ingredients, such as pseudoephedrine, found in over-the-counter cold medications, Marks, McLean and Lockerby all cited the work of the Montana Meth Project as another factor they felt helped reduce the methamphetamine problem in the state for a while.

“The presentations they did in the schools, the efforts they made on young people was hugely effective,” McLean said. “Hearing from addicts is more effective than hearing about this from law enforcement.”

The Montana Meth Project didn’t return a request for comment.

Marks said the increase in meth in Missoula has been accompanied by a sharp uptick in the number of child abuse and neglect cases, from an average of 51 per year from 2007 to 2011, to 170 in 2015, with an annual report by the Missoula County Attorney’s Office citing a “direct correlation” between the increase in cases and meth use.

The most recently released figure from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services said nearly 3,200 children were in foster care in the state in 2015, up from 1,746 just five years before. The department said more than 1,000 of the children were removed because of their parents’ meth use, a more than fourfold increase since 2010.

Missoula prosecutors have also seen a correlation between meth cases and domestic violence and theft.

“If you have somebody committing burglary to support their meth habit, they are going to keep doing it,” Marks said.

By state law, people convicted of a first offense for felony drug possession receive a deferred sentence that usually includes getting a chemical dependency evaluation and following its treatment recommendations.

“Unfortunately, they usually flame out on supervision before that deferral period is up, then they have to go a different way with the Department of Corrections,” Marks said. Often, he said, that means someone who’s been convicted will end up being referred to one of the Department of Corrections’ chemical dependency programs such as the Elkhorn Treatment Center or NEXUS Program.

Like Lockerby, Marks said readily available local inpatient treatment programs, successful completion of which could be part of a deferred or suspended sentence, would go a long way toward curbing addiction, drawing down the demand for meth and ultimately reducing the amount of trafficking.

“We all know that no amount of going after distribution is going to solve the problem,” Marks said “If you really crack down on distribution and you double the price they are still going to do what they have to do to get it. It’s a tough addiction to break.”


The cartel of the sexenio, is CJNG, it is ready to enter the big leagues

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Sinembargo article

Subject Matter: The growth of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

Reporter: Juan Luis Garcia Hernandez
The first time that “Los Mata Zetas” revealed their existence was in two videos released in July of 2009. The then armed wing of the Sinaloa cartel had arrived in Veracruz with the objective of “adjusting accounts” with the cartel-sexenioarmed group Los Zetas.

“For what cartel do you work?”
For Los Zetas
What is your function?
Go into town at night and find people with money and give that information to those who will come and kidnap them.
How long have you worked for Los Zetas?
Three years
How much do they pay you?
20,000 pesos for each person they kidnap
The above is an extract from one of the two videos.

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion has expanded from the States of Jalisco, Michoacán and Colima in 2010, until now it is a business that operates on four continents.

A grower of avacados in Tierra Caliente, Michoacán, turned into a leader of the largest band of traffickers of methamphetamine in the world. Maybe, none of this would have come to pass if Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes had stayed as local criminal. However, in the 80’s he decided to go to the United States. There he learnt the business of distribution of synthetic drugs, and to his friend, today imprisoned, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, leader of Los Cuinis, one of the most powerful in Mexico, according to United States authorities.

At 25 years old, “El Mencho” was arrested in Sacramento, California, for selling heroin. A court gave him five years in prison. He was deported as soon as his sentence was finished. On his return, he found shelter in an old faction of the Milenio cartel, that only produced synthetic drugs, and later he returned to the armed wing of the Pacific cartel to take on the cartels rivals.

Oseguera and Gonzalez have constructed an empire that exports drugs to countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and others in Latin America, as well as the United States. His principal plaza? Zapopan, Jalisco. In the same place where, six years previously, the capo of the Sinaloa cartel, Coronel Valencia was assassinated, and for who Nemesio worked when they were known as “Los Mata Zetas”

The war on narco trafficking has not affected all cartels equally. On the 8th of December, the then President Calderon Hinojosa declared at the end of his administration, the Pacific cartel ( or Sinaloa )
was at its strongest, assured specialist consultants. But with the change of Government, and with the sharing of power, the balance shifted to include new actors. With major destructive power, and influence in politics and money.

“Every administration in some manner appears to have some accord, as was the case with many presidents. A boss was born with that administration. It and he, now appear to be the most important organization among the leaders of crime. For example, in the administration of Felipe Calderon, the organization that had most power was the Sinaloa cartel, and it saw there consolidation of control in huge parts of the country. Now with EPN, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion started to appear as a small ally of the Sinaloa cartel, they left and started to have institutional power”, considers Guadalupe Correra-Cabrera, professor of the University of Texas in Brownsville.

A helicopter of the armed forces was taken down 240 kilometres from Guadalajara on the 1st of May last year with a grenade launcher, known as an RPG. That day was among the darkest in the recent history of Jalisco. With a toll of 8 soldiers, and one Federal policeman dead.

The helicopter had carried out a patrol after a wave of blockages and vehicles set on fire that paralyzed 25 of the 125 towns of the State, including the capital. The then commissioner of national security, Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia, appointed much of the suspicion on the CJNG for being behind the incidents.

Since then the media resonance of the leader of the group El Mencho has not appeared on the radar. Since then Rubidio has intensified the search for him. A reward of 2 million pesos has been put on the table by the Federal Government for information that leads to his capture.

The capo was part of the organization that he would convert in the CJNG after the death of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel Villareal, plaza boss of the Sinaloa cartel in Zapopan. His death on the 29th of July of 2010 handed El Mencho the reins and initiated his expansion into new territories.

“It is an organization that has taken advantage of the vacuum created by the fragmentation of others. Particularly, in the case of the Knights Templar in Michoacán. It is positioned highly in some markets particularly methamphetamines”, said Alejandro Hope a security analyst.

Diverse allies of Oseguera Cervantes have been detained. Among them, two of his sons, Nemesio Oseguera Gonzalez “El Menchito”, in June of 2015, later being freed; the same as Julio Alberto Castillo Rodriguez, son in law of Oseguera Cervantes, who also was captured in June of 2015, set free and recaptured in April.

To the eyes of the USA

In August of last year, the Department of Treasury of the United States catalogued the CJNG and Los Cuinis, as two of the emerging cartels in Mexico thanks to corruption and violence. So that all of the assets of these lklfhklklgjinternational crime organizations that have bases in the United States or citizens from that country are frozen.

“In recent years we have seen an erosion of the historically powerful cartels together with a surge of new cartels like CJNG and Los Cuinis. These two organizations have expanded rapidly their criminal enterprises in recent years”, said John E Smith, director of OFAC.

The Department of the Treasury expounded that CJNG has consolidated in Colima, Michoacán and Jalisco. But its character also is international, with businesses outside of the United States, they have arrived in countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia, alerted the Federal dependency.

In a recent interview with Sinembargo, the Mayor of Guadalajara, for the Partido Movimiento Ciudadano, Enrique Alfaro Ramirez confirmed that presence of the narco trafficker in the second biggest city in Mexico. However, he expounded the fight against crime must be at the top of the priority list with support from the State and Federal entities.

For his part, the Governor of Jalisco Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz, of the PRI, accused on the 15th of April 2015, in an interview with Radio Formula, that the CJNG organization ” had entrenched itself in the previous administration, not during my administration, it is from the previous Government.”

However, Sandoval left the position in 2013 of District Attorney of the Secretary of Public Safety, his replacements Luis Carlos Najera and Alejandro Solorio both resigned the first in July 2015 and the second in December of that year.

“We know that the criminal organization does not operate along. In reality many of the circumstances have been protected by authorities on all levels, some local, State and Federal. We can think that here has been some complicity of the authorities of some type, or of various. We don’t know well, but, definitely it coincides with a new administration. With new political leaders and possibly linked to various businessmen and politicians”, expounded the Professor Correa Cabrera.

Kidnapping of the son/s of El Chapo

On 15th of August, six people that were in the restaurant La Leche in Puerto Vallarta, were kidnapped. Later authorities confirmed that among them was Alfredo Guzman, son of El Chapo Guzman, the recaptured leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
The prosecutor of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer, points the blame at the CJNG for being responsible for the event. A case was immediately launched by the PGR.
Four days passed, when members of the Guzman family said that Alfredo had been set free, together with the others. According to overseas international agencies, they believe he was freed on the night of the 19th of August. An event that lifted the suspicions of who really did it.
“It is interesting that they were kidnapped and released alive. Who does that? During a moment when El Chapo Guzman very probably is going to be extradited to the United States. With information that he has about politicians, heads of criminal groups, and the same about CJNG, that information is very important. We could plant the hypothesis that the kidnapping was a type of currency exchange to hide some information that he could give out”, said Correa Cabrera.
“In fact, while El Chapo is where he is, unable to lead, re-organization should already be underway in his criminal organization. However, I think that unlike other groups, this is a very well structured cartel. Having the characteristics of a multinational. And given that, there are internal mechanisms to keep things moving, so it is clear we have not seen the end of it”, he explained.
However the escalation of aggression of the Sinaloa cartel has been augmented. Alfredo Guzman, whom it is said, waits to inherit the criminal organization of his father, has not been seen with the seriousness of the cartel members that he would lead, says the editorial of CNN. Having been kidnapped, has not changed their opinion of him.
In the same type of sentiments, concern the average American, of the recent attack on the house of El Chapos mother in June, is a sign of weakening of the Sinaloa cartel. The mugging of the 86 years old woman occurred in La Tuna, in the municipality of Badiraguato, during which three men were murdered, as reported in various media.
While EPN promised that the Jefe would be extradited after his last recapture, the ringleader of the Sinaloa cartel languishes in Cefereso #9 in Juarez city.
No doubt his eventual extradition would create a new dynamic of violence, Stated the professor of the University of Texas.
“I believe that yes, there will definitely be violence. It was seen in the North East Mexico in the base of Los Zetas, because Osiel Cardenas Guillen gave testimony in the United States about the leadership of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas. That triggered a war. That’s at least my version of events. It may be that El Chapo agrees to give information as part of a plea bargain, and this will unleash violence of the same type that will weaken the Sinaloa cartel, due to infighting and internal fragmentation. This is definitely an advantage to the CJNG”, he explained.
Original article in Spanish at Sinembargo

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Valor por Tamaulipas article

Subject Matter: Life in Tamaulipas under the shadow of impunity
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required

 Reporter: Anonymous
There is a huge house with a large garden in the city of Victoria in Tamaulipas, it is surrounded by high walls, guerra-carteles-reportajeand this house in turn, is within a community protected by even higher fences and surrounded by security guards. But even here, a businessman sitting in his armchair and surrounded by photographs of his family and religious images, does not feel safe.

“No one trusts anyone”, he said. “Ten years ago this estate was not fenced and the children of residents used to play outside here.”

But in recent time, he has gone to the funeral of four close friends and residents have sent their children to live in safer areas. Almost everyone that this businessman knows in the Tamaulipas area, in north east Mexico, will only discuss security problems under conditions of anonymity. Everyone here is afraid of retaliation by criminals.

This State that borders Texas, has been the epicentre of efforts of successive Governments to contain the drug trafficking cartels operating in the this area, since the administration of Felipe Calderon, who launched a military campaign against the cartels, and a decade later EPN continues along the same path. (Otis: this can never be achieved, when a proportion of police, armed forces, and civil and government administrators are in the pockets of the CDG, CDN and Los Zetas and Government subjugate the population to keep them from taking matters into their own hands. I believe that this can only be achieved by ordinary Mexican citizens mobilizing, the AD in Michoacán showed what can be done in only a very short period of time).

A particularly intense offensive against the Los Zetas cartel, who are based in this State among others, managed to kill or capture most of their leadership between 2012 and 2015. But the imprisonment or death of these leaders has had little effect to help safeguard security in this area.

A test of how bad things have become was seen in March of this year, when a narco manta threatened the wholesale murder of innocent civilians if the Government did not stop the extradition proceedings of Z-40 and Z-42. Since then, other narco mantas have repeated the threat and killings have increased. “Our lifestyle here has changed completely”, said a shop owner anonymously.

The man admitted to paying piso to the cartels in exchange for protection for his business, but he still lives in fear. He is in contact with his family all the time through a whatsap group, where situations of risk are reported on a who, when and where basis, the man said that one of his uncles was killed by Los Zetas in 2015 for no apparent reason, they came to his house, lifted him and killed him, and nobody from our family can fathom a reason why.

The number of homicides in Mexico increased during the early years of Calderons offensive against the cartels, and then decreased slightly at the end of his six year administration and during the first years of EPN’s administration. The statistics of murder have begun to increase again. According to official figures ( Otis: Chivis rule of thumb is Government figures are roughly one tenth of reality ), there were 10,301 homicides between January and June of this year. That is a 15% rise on the figures for the same period of last year, although the average of 57 murders per day remains lower than the figures for 2011, the year when the statistics reached their peak.

Many of the worst atrocities over the last decade have been carried out by Los Zetas in Tamaulipas, such as the massacre of the 72 migrants from central America who were unarmed and defenceless in San Fernando.

The Los Zetas cartel formed in the State at the end of the 1990’s, when deserters from the Mexican army and the police were recruited by the leader of the Cartel del Golfo, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the friend killer, as his personal bodyguard. They were led by Arturo Guzman Decena, El Z-1, who the army killed in 2002.

The origin of the cartels name is surrounded in myth, of which the more common is that there is nothing after the letter Z. Others claim it is taken from the Mexican Special Forces GAFE radio call signs which start with the letter Z. The name infuses so much fear in parts of the country where these is a strong presence of Los Zetas, that locals will not say their name but will refer to them as “la ulitma letra” or the last letter.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, know as Z-3, was in charge of feeding that reputation when he replaced Z-1 as leader, and lead the group to independence from the Cartel del Golfo.

When Los Zetas broke away from the Cartel del Golfo in 2010, it triggered one of the worst cartel wars on Mexican soil, which shows no sign of abating. They waged war and continue to do so in Tamaulipas. These battles resulted in an especially focused effort to topple the leaders of Los Zetas. ( Otis: I don’t believe the Mexican government has EVER made any serious effort to take down either the CdG or Los Zetas, as they are much more concerned with lining their own pockets than protecting Mexican citizens, and only interfere with the cartels when the civilian populace is on the verge of breakdown, or a Cartel leader is not paying the Government their piso.)

The Mexican Marines killed Z-3 in 2012. This left the cartel under the control of Miguel Trevino Morales, El Z-40. It is believed that his capture was as a result of internal problems that triggered the current crime wave in Ciudad Victoria, where the Zetas have kept a strong domain of criminal control of local authorities.

That is terrorism in every sense of the word

“A group want to win control, and another group does not want to relinquish its control”, said an official of the State of Tamaulipas, born and raised in Ciudad Victoria, who once served in the Mexican Army.

A State police officer , who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, identified one of the factions of Los Zetas as the Cartel de Norte, allegedly lead by Kiki, also known as Kiki Trevino, a nephew of Z-40 and Z-42. The other faction is called Grupo Bravo, also known as Escuela Vieja or old school Z. The names give justice to the idea that this is a generational fight between old and new leaders, but the reality is it is a territorial fight and that the lack of strong leadership to keep them in line.

The same holds true for Ants, said an officer of the DEA involved in the kingpin strategy developed in 1992 to directly combat the cartel leaders, and launched by Calderon in 2006 and continued by EPN. He explains that when an Ant Queen is finished, the insects regroup and return to the nest, where another Queen Ant will take over leadership.

The result in Ciudad Victoria, added the officer is the current threats to slaughter innocent civilians, threats that have never been issued before. “That is terrorism in every sense of the word”, he said.

The narco manta laid in the month of March that threatened to kill civilians randomly, unless the extradition process against the Trevino brothers was stopped, reflect the manner in which the kingpin strategy has failed the people of Ciudad Victoria.

While the Governments of the USA and Mexico trumpet the captures and extraditions of important bosses, there are many willing to step up into their places ( the hydra effect ) willing to hang out poorly written mantas threatening the Government, with Kiko as the top leader, who has made it clear that he is willing to kill as many as he has to to achieve his ambitions.1manta

The manta threats were not covered in local press. The information filtered out through social networks, or by word of mouth in Ciudad Victoria, journalists in this area are too scared to publish these details, said a frustrated reporter from Tamaulipas.

This journalist explains further, he has stopped publishing stories about security since the violence escalated after the Zeta and CDG split in 2010. So far, the newspaper he works for just do reports on government bulletins detailing the number and place of the dead. He added that in the majority of photographs of these incidents, there are more bodies than in the actual reports.

“The people wanted to know why we were not publishing the reality of what was happening, it was not because we did not want to publish what we knew, its that its not worth risking your life by doing it.”

The reporter added that it would be suicide to try and find out why armed men killed 11 people of the same family in July, four children, five women, two men and the dog of the family. One of the women and two 2-mantachildren were USA citizens who were visiting family in Ciudad Victoria. Another 8 people were killed and 24 were injured in a shootout that same week.

The Cartel del Norte assumed responsibility for the massacre in a narco manta signed by Z-40. The text claims that the massacre was a revenge for the lack of protection that the Governor Egidio Torre Cantu owed in exchange for the bribes he received.

The manta asks Osorio Chong to come and collect the dead bodies of the civilians, and that “I will continue ordering attacks against the civil population in Ciudad Victoria”.

Days after gunmen murdered five members of a another family in the same city. Authorities found the bodies, a grandmother, mother, he two children and a baby of four months old.

A teacher in Ciudad Victoria tells us that one of the murdered boys was a high school student at the school where he works, although the victim was not one of his personal students. His students aged 13-15 are fighting against the constant pressure that the violence brings, as well as recruitment efforts carried out by the criminal groups.

The professor tells that some times he has problems getting to his school due to the danger in the streets. Once he actually arrives at school, he is concerned that some of his students may be cartel members. “The problem is you cannot be strict; the students are scary and you don’t know who they are, or their parents or neighbours.”

The deep mistrust that permeates the city makes its inhabitants avoid going out at night and be careful what they say to whom at any time.

There seems to be no solution to the problem, he clings to the hope that a political solution can be negotiated without damage to the civil population, and laughs at the idea that any government can make Tamaulipas a state free of cartels.

“All of us hope that the new government can achieve a settlement with the bad guys, so to the cartels, let us work and let us live.”

LAKE ANDES — At Andes Central, teachers preparing for the school year did more than just stock their classrooms with school supplies. They also reviewed warning signs of meth abuse and policies that school officials are to follow when face-to-face with a possible drug or alcohol issue.

“Some people just want to brush the meth problem under the rug,” Principal Rocky Brinkman said. “Nobody really wants to deal with it, but it is a problem in the community and we need to try to find a way to make it better. The only way that will happen is with a proactive approach.”

The Daily Republic in Mitchell examined the anti-drug efforts of several schools as part of a series after state officials highlighted a statewide methamphetamine problem earlier this year.

Andes Central students in extracurricular activities are subject to random drug screenings, and are required to pass the same testing before beginning involvement in sports or other clubs. The method launched in the 2001-02 school year, and Brinkman said it has both identified potential problems and deterred some students from using drugs in the first place.

The school also offers individual counseling and this year will offer group counseling for students suffering the aftereffects of drug abuse either personally or by loved ones.

Andes Central Superintendent Debra Lucas said teachers watch for warning signs or unusual behavior by students. They can send students to counseling, notify their family and offer support through various programs.

At Wagner Community School, the district focuses on building relationships with students and parents from an early age in an attempt to make students feel comfortable enough to approach staff with any issues that arise at home or in the hallways as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, Superintendent Linda Foos said.

Every teacher does a home visit each year to meet with parents and students in an environment outside of the school. And it’s not uncommon for other staff members, like bus drivers and custodians, to reach out to students, Foos said. Wagner also has three counselors—one in each the elementary, junior high and high school.

In September, the Native American Youth Standing Strong program, through the Marty and Wagner Boys and Girls Clubs will begin sponsoring meth marches,” to help raise awareness about meth in South Dakota communities.

The group intends to walk through tribal and residential housing areas with signs, banners and facts to raise awareness about meth. Police, former users, youth and community leaders will also be present to speak and help show support in fighting the issue.

There are no organizations or campaigns dedicated to fighting meth in Wagner yet, economic development director Kelsey Doom said. But city web pages have featured Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s anti-meth campaign, “Meth Changes Everything.”

Daugaard kicked off the campaign, led by the state Department of Social Services, in early August. Doom said multiple people in the community have signed the pledge associated with the campaign to “stand against meth.” More than 1,400 people nationwide have taken the pledge.


DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A police search for a fugitive led to the discovery of numerous drugs and a small child living in a space where meth production is alleged to have taken place — six people were placed under arrest as a result.636079165819951858-image1-1472331858599-5847363-ver1.0

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched around 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, near the intersection of 76th Avenue and 39th Street to find their suspected criminal, according to a news release.

Upon arrival, police found two people had warrants out for their arrest. They, too, discovered various firearms in possession of the suspects, along with methamphetamine and marijuana.636079166357846754-image2-1472331858570-5847362-ver1.0

Nina Louise Sparks, a 57-year-old Decatur resident had a Van Buren County and Kalamazoo city warrant issued for her arrest. Thirty-five year old Walter Hoytt Nicks of Decatur also had a county warrant against him.

A 27-year-old Decatur woman, whose name is being withheld before her arraignment, was arrested for the possession of meth and marijuana. A 32-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man — each from Decatur — were arrested, with their names pending release.

All are in police custody.

A search of the property led police to a pop-up camper, which was stolen, and numerous drugs kept inside. Another camper trailer was found on the property, and that vehicle contained guns and ammunition in plain view, police say.

More firearms — one of which was stolen out of Detroit — were found, as well as ammunition, meth, materials to make meth and other drug paraphernalia.

An exception to the drugs and weapons: stolen street signs from Allegan County were held on the property, and a child was living in one of the trailers were meth use was ongoing, the news release states.

The child’s case has been forwarded onto child protective services.

Police continue to investigate the property to determine whether additional items were stolen.


OMAHA, Neb. (KETV) —Police arrested and charged a man Saturday for allegedly causing $1 million in damage to Eppley Airfield on Thursday.

Delairo Koonce, 35, was booked into Douglas County kooonce-jpg-jpgCorrections for theft over $5,000, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass.

Police said Koonce was involved in a disturbance with officers on Thursday and fled on foot, telling authorities someone was trying to kill him.

Koonce scaled a fence and got onto the tarmac before stealing a Southwest Airlines 2012 Chevy Silverado, reports say.

“He drove it erratically until he rammed it into the Boeing 737 that was parked. There were no skid marks and no indication that Konce tried to stop or avoid the collision. Both air bags deployed and there was heavy damage to the front end and windshield of the truck,” police say.

The damage to the truck is listed as $10,000.ketv-delairo-koonce-jpg-jpg (1)

The damage to the plane is listed as $975,000.

Police say Koonce was high on methamphetamine at the time of the incident.



As Derrick Dearman was led by corrections officers to the Mobile County Metro Jail this week, he turned to the TV cameras and told the public “don’t do drugs”and admitted to being high on methamphetamine when he murdered five adults near Citronelle.20992758-mmmain

Dearman’s admission has shined a new light on a drug that, in the past five years, has faded from the public eye somewhat as makeshift meth labs produced in rural houses and mobile home parks have dwindled. Much of the decline has been related to a state law that clamped down on the purchases of cold medicines used to make the drug.

At the same time, other drugs – namely, heroin and a synthetic form of marijuana called “spice” – have grabbed media headlines.

But for law enforcement, methamphetamine continues to create headaches and worries as a more pure form of street drug called “ice” – resembling rock candy or a chip of ice — is transported by Mexican cartels into the United States and distributed to addicts who no longer are able to make the homegrown product.

“When the labs went away, you lose the affect they had on the environment but the addict still wants meth and prefers it and will look for it somewhere,” said Barry Matson, chairman of the Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force and deputy director of the Office of Prosecution Services with the Alabama District Attorney’s Association. “That void was filled with illegally imported methamphetamine.”

Drug Enforcement Administration statistics show that methamphetamine is the No. 1 drug that contributes to property crimes in the Southeast, slightly ahead of heroin.

Meth and violence

And when it comes to violent crimes, according to the National Drug Threat Survey produced by the DEA, methamphetamine far exceeds other illegal drugs. thethhrehws


“I would say that the majority of folks who use meth long-term, are more pre-disposed to violence than any other drug – cocaine, heroin or anything like that,” said Jennifer Kenney, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama. “The folks who use meth have more likely to have a violent history and have experienced violence in their past.”

Methamphetamine is considered among the most potent of stimulant drugs illegally used in the U.S.

Often compared to cocaine, another stimulant, methamphetamine is different in that it produces a stronger and longer-lasting high. Studies have shown that smoking meth can produce a high that lasts six to 24 hours, while smoking cocaine produce a high lasting 20 to 30 minutes. It also takes a longer period of time for the body to rid itself of methamphetamine.

“Basically, when someone smokes meth for the first time, they feel an intense euphoria of invincibility and so forth,” said Kenney. “After that, the person who is smoking meth or injecting it, can really never reach that same level of euphoria again. I’ve heard it called ‘chasing the ghost.’ The more and more you use, you’re still chasing that initial feeling.”

And meth, if used over a period of time, will alter emotions such as anger and paranoia.

Kenney added, “Especially with meth, for folks who use over a long-time and in high doses, it causes a lot of paranoia and a lot of hallucinations … the violence really stems from that paranoia.”

Meth-related violence can generate headlines that send shivers through a community. Often the crimes, considered as senseless, can be a bit more understandable when the user admits to using meth.

But that doesn’t make the criminal any less guilty.

“I’ve studied drug courts across the country and I’ve never seen someone say that folks are using meth are less likely to get a harsher sentence,” said Kenney. “It comes down to the crime.”

Dearman is accused of murdering five adults, one of whom was five-months pregnant, inside a rural home west of Citronelle during the early morning hours on Aug. 20.

According to authorities, he entered the house with an ax and used it to massacre his victims before shooting them with a gun. He was reportedly enraged at his estranged girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and kidnapped her and a baby before driving toward Mississippi in search of more drugs.

Dearman is charged with six counts of capital murder and two counts of felony kidnapping. He is set to be arraigned on Wednesday at the Mobile County Circuit Courthouse.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, who is prosecuting the Dearman case, said that the drug is no excuse for criminal culpability.

“We wouldn’t excuse their behavior because they were under the influence of a drug, and the law is clear in that regard,” Rich said.

Matson said he’s not aware of any situation in which someone took meth and went out and killed someone because of the drug.

“They might have been high and committed a robbery and there was a homicide, but I’ve not seen it before,” said Matson. “Usually what drugs do, the stimulants just accentuate who you are. If you want to fight and take a stimulant, you’ll want to fight more.”

Mexican imports

Matson’s biggest concern is the increase in smuggling. The drug has seen a seven-fold increase in volume imported from Mexico to the United States between 2008 and 2014, according to Southwest Border seizures of methcompiled in a White House report on national drug control.

The report also indicates that meth prices per pure gram have decreased more than 70 percent during that time, while the purity of the drug increases. According to the White House report, the DEA is working with Mexican law enforcement to better identify and destroy so-called super labs and disrupt organizations producing and trafficking the drug.

Matson said the rise of the imported drug into Alabama coincided with the legislative crackdown, in 2012, of availability to the cold medicine precursors that go into manufacturing the drug.

That law prevents cold and allergy medicine with ephedrine and pseudoephedrine from being sold in stores other than pharmacies. In 2010, the Alabama Legislature established a National Precursor Log Exchange to help police officers track suspicious sales of decongestant pseudoephedrine, which meth makers sometimes use to manufacture the illegal street drug.

The computerized database also cracks down on so-called “smurfing,” which is the practice of drug distributors hiring people to buy cold medicine in order to exceed legal purchase limits. Alabama law prohibits the sale of pseudoephedrine per person per month to 7.5 games; federal limits are 9 grams.

“It was model legislation for the country,” said Blaine Galliher, a former state representative from Gadsden who sponsored the legislation at the time. “It reduced the diversion of pseudoephedrine tremendously. It reduced the amount of meth labs tremendously.”

Drug Enforcement Administration statistics show the number of meth labs dropping nationwide from 15,220 in 2010 to 9,338 in 2014. Alabama saw a considerable drop, from 913 labs in 2010 to just 112 in 2014.

The decline was also noticeable in Jackson County, near the Tennessee border. The county has been considered as the top meth-producing county in Alabama.

“We find a lab every now and then, but it’s nothing like it used to be.” – Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips.
“Our problems started in 1997-98 with the meth labs and continued to grow in the mid-2000s,” said Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips. “It’s down to almost nothing now.”

He added, “We find a lab every now and then, but it’s nothing like it used to be.”

Instead, Phillips said his deputies are arresting people who receive the highly-addictive meth smuggled from Mexico.

“I think addiction and drugs are the biggest threat to this state,” said Matson. “We talk about whether it’s storms or tornadoes or terrorism but the thing that kills more people and invades our state every day is heroin and methamphetamine and cocaine. It destroys our communities.”


COPS have linked a 500 per cent increase in arrests linked to crystal meth with TV show Breaking Bad.

Police fear the deadly, and highly addictive drug is sweeping the UK after it was made famous by the show starring Brian

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Cranston as science teacher turned meth dealer Walter White.

Last year 100 people were arrested for possession in London alone, 82 more than in 2010.

Methamphetamine, crystal meth as it is commonly known, is linked with unprotected sex and needle sharing which increases the risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections.

It is known as a clubbing drug and also referred to as ‘ice’, ‘tina’ and ‘crystal’.

Meth can lead to deadly overdoses, panic attacks and  convulsions, as well as leaving users vulnerable to sexual assaults.

In the award winning and critically lauded Breaking Bad, Walter White manufactures a blue version of the usually clear drug to pay for his cancer treatment.

A drug user told the Daily Star: “I’ve tried it loads.

“It’s much more exhilarating than other recreational drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. Meth makes you feel like you have woken from a deep sleep all your life.

“You don’t want to sit still and suddenly want to experience all those things that give you pleasure – and they are so much more enhanced.”

There have also been a surge in attempts to smuggle the drug into the country.

Border Force patrols uncovering the drug have increased by 400 per cent in the last few years.

The drug can cause side effects like increased heart rate and paranoia.

Although methamphetamine was created in 1919, the first UK crystal meth lab was found 2005.





Deadly crystal meth sweeping UK as cops blame Breaking Bad for 500 per cent in arrests


In a heart wrenching moment in court, a woman who was sexually assaulted by a San Diego dental assistant told her attacker he has “ruined” her for life.

“Something like this doesn’t just go away. It lingers and it eats at you every single day, everywhere you go,” the victim, who will not be identified, said in a downtown San Diego courtroom Friday. “This has ruined me – physically, mentally, emotionally.”

The woman was speaking to El Cajon resident and former dental assistant Luis Ramos, 36, who pleaded tjdtjjdejdguilty to sexually assaulting more than a dozen female patients while they were under anesthesia at the dental office where he worked.

A judge handed down the maximum sentence to Ramos Friday: 15 years in prison, and said the defendant remains “a danger to society.”

Ramos pleaded guilty to the charges of sexual assault three months ago, during his preliminary hearing.

He was arrested on Feb. 4, two weeks after he allegedly touched a 17-year-old patient while she underwent a dental procedure at the Park Boulevard Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Office in University Heights, where Ramos worked.

An attorney for that victim, identified only as “Jane Doe,” read a letter from the teenager in court Friday, as physically appearing at the sentencing was too difficult for her.

“The molestation has scarred my life,” Jane Doe’s letter read. “Fear; I suffer with nightmares of Ramos coming to my house, coming into my room. I fear that Ramos might hurt my family. I have to spend many nights sleeping with my mother so she can comfort me from my terrifying dreams.”

The girl’s letter asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence or more, given how many victims have been hurt by Ramos.

According to investigators, Ramos sexually assaulted a total of 13 victims at the dental practice between January 2015 and January 2016. One of those victims was in a wheelchair, the San Diego District Attorney’s office said.

The victims ages ranged between 17 and 63, with most being younger patients who were assaulted while getting their wisdom teeth extracted.

All of the crimes took place while the women were under anesthesia. Ramos was tasked with cleaning up the area after the dental procedure, which is when investigators said the assaults occurred.

Prosecutors said Ramos admitted to inappropriately touching nine women, sexually penetrating one victim and trying to do the same to another woman. With his guilty plea, Ramos also admitted to three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery.

Most of the sex crimes were captured on security cameras installed at the dental practice. The owner of the practice, Dr. Steven Podstreleny, said the cameras were installed at the business in 2009 in “an effort at transparency” and to provide patients with an “extra layer of protection.”

In an interview soon after Ramos’ arrest in February, Podstreleny told NBC 7 the case came as a shock to Ramos’ co-workers. He said “trust was violated” when Ramos committed the crimes.

Investigators with the San Diego Police Department combed through more than 500 hours of those surveillance videos from the recovery room where the assaults took place.

In court on Friday, another attorney read an impact statement on behalf of three more of Ramos’ victims, who talked about the videos and called Ramos a “serial predator” who planned his assaults on unconscious women in vulnerable positions.

“He preyed on women who couldn’t defend themselves,” the group’s statement read. “Ramos knew what he was doing. He had his sexual assault routine down to a science.”

The group’s statement said that – as seen in the footage of the crimes – Ramos often positioned his back to the security camera “to try to hide his actions.” When he was arrested, the group’s statement said Ramos called a co-worker and asked that co-worker to destroy the videos.

“Those are the actions of a calculated predator,” the group’s statement continued.

The victims said they now suffer from a range of medical issues due to the assaults, including depression and anxiety. They also have a difficult time going to the dentist or doctor, as they feel they can no longer trust medical providers.

The victims also said they have trouble sleeping. One of Ramos’ victims now has to sleep in a locked room in her home, separate from her husband.

The anonymous victim who spoke in person at the sentencing hearing said she also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from her assault.

“I was not only taken advantage of on camera – I was also taken to another location off camera where the assault continued,” she said, speaking through tears. “There are mysteries that I have to live without knowing for the rest of my life, and some that I have to try to forget.”

As the woman talked, Ramos looked down, sighed and also appeared to be choked up.

“I am disgusted to be sitting in a room with such a perverted, distorted, sick person,” his victim added. “The feeling of disgust, shame, anger and sadness never seem to go away.”

The victim said she is newly married and couldn’t even enjoy her recent wedding day without thinking of Ramos. She said he has caused her “agony and struggles” that no punishment can ever fix.

“I hope and pray that you never see the light of day again. That you suffer what you’ve put so many of us through and that you wish that you were never born,” she said to him.

Ramos’ attorney said that up until the assaults, Ramos – a former U.S. military service member – had lived a law-abiding life.

The attorney said Ramos was abusing alcohol and addicted to methamphetamine at the time of the sex crimes, which led him to do horrible things.

“It caused him to make terrible decisions and ruin lives,” his attorney said.

She said Ramos is remorseful and embarrassed, and can’t believe what he did because, in her words, “He was out of his mind on methamphetamine.”

The attorney said Ramos feels sorry for his victims. She asked the judge for lenience so her client could be rehabilitated through a long term drug program.

After his victims spoke, Ramos also addressed the court.

“I feel deeply sorry and ashamed for my actions and behavior. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about this. I regret my decisions,” he said, adding that he was addicted to drugs.

“I lost control, lost who I was as a person. I was weakened. I could not make appropriate decisions,” said Ramos. “I know that I deserve punishment.”

He said he now spends his days reflecting on his actions and hopes time can heal his victims and help transform him into a better man. He also asked the judge for a chance at rehabilitation.

In the end, in addition to his 15-year prison sentence, the judge denied probation for Ramos. He also questioned Ramos’ decision to get married and have a baby after his arrest, calling that a “selfish” act that potentially added more victims of assault to his roster.

The judge said Ramos was in a position of trust and called his crimes “callous” and “planned” and said the videos prove it all.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Los Indios International Bridge intercepted a load of methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, valued at about $1,815,709, hidden within a gold 2001 Toyota Sequoia.ilrtyuykyrkit

The seizure took place on Thursday, August 25th at Los Indios International Bridge when a 23-year-old male United States citizen who resides in San Benito, applied for entry into the United States driving a gold 2001 Toyota Sequoia. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected irregularities within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered a package hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the package which contained a total of 90.79 pounds of methamphetamine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $1,815,709.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.


Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), tells Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that countries that are known to support radical Islamic terrorism are “cutting deals” with Mexican cartels for access to human smuggling routes into the United States.

Citing photos from the U.S. Border Patrol component of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency on Friday, Gen. Flynn also told Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle, host of Breitbart News Daily, that there are signs in Arabic posted along human smuggling routes at the section of the border that lies in Texas providing directions for how to sneak into the United States.senate-armed-services-committee-lt-gen-michael-flynn-Getty-640x480

Moreover, the former DIA chief said that the Shiite Lebanese narco-terrorist groupHezbollah, an Iranian proxy, is illegally trafficking humans, drugs, and other contraband into the United States.

His comments echo recent warnings from the U.S. military, suggesting that criminal groups in Latin America may be collaborating with Islamic extremist organizations.

Gen. Flynn’s remarks came while he was discussing his new book  The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies during Friday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily.

He told the host:

I talk about this in the book — about the threat in Central and South America from countries like Iran who have organizations like Hezbollah who run a largetransnational organized criminal organization which move narcotics and other commodities as well as humans into our country…

I know from my friends in the Border Patrol in CBP that there are… radical Islamist countries, state-sponsored, that are cutting deals with Mexican drug cartels for some of what they call the lanes of entry into our country. And I have personally seen the photos of the signage along those paths that are in Arabic… they’re like way points along that path as you come in. Primarily in this case the one that I saw was in Texas and it’s literally… signs in Arabic… [that say] ‘this way, move to this point’…

This rise of Muslims and radicalized Muslims coming into our country illegally is something that we should pay very, very close attention to.

Gen. Flynn’s remarks came in response to Boyle asking for his reaction to Breitbart News’ recent analysis of CBP data showing that the U.S. border authorities apprehended 916 illegals from terrorism-linked countries, officially known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), in 2015 (454) and 2015 (462).

The number of SIA arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border has nearly doubled since 2011 (255). According to a U.S. government estimate of successful entries known as “gotaways,” an estimated 370 SIAs may have infiltrated the United States since 2014.

The number of estimated SIA “gotaways” has also nearly doubled from 102 in 2011 to 192 in 2015.

Gen. Flynn’s comments are consistent with warnings from the top U.S. military official in Latin America, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) chief Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, indicating that criminal organizations in the region are collaborating with violent Islamic extremist groups.

SOUTHCOM has also noted that there are criminal networks in Latin America and the Caribbean that focus on trafficking individuals from terrorism-linked countries, officially known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), into the United States.

Both SOUTHCOM and the U.S. State Department have sounded the alarm on Shiite Iran’s increasing influence in the region as well as operations by Hezbollah and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) there.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has determined that Mexican drug cartels “control access to the U.S.-Mexico border” and the “smuggling routes across” it.

Mexican drug cartels are increasingly participating in human smuggling activities along the Southwest border and have taken control of the routes that are used.

In recent years, illegal cross-border activity along the U.S.-Mexico border has beenconcentrated in Texas. Breitbart News analysis show that most of the illegals from countries linked to terrorism are attempting to enter the United States through the section of the border that lies in Texas.

Texas accounts for more than half of the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

SIAs are immigrants from a list of “specially designated countries” that “have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members,” explains the U.S. government.

Syria, Sudan, and Iran, which have been officially deemed state-sponsors of terrorism, are on that list.

In an annual report to Congress issued earlier this year, SOUTHCOM explains:

Whether Sunni or Shi’a extremists would wittingly collaborate with criminal groups to accomplish their goals is up for debate. Many people are quick to dismiss the possibility of these groups working together in this part of the world [Latin America, Caribbean]. They believe the absence of evidence of a relationship is evidence of its absence…we at U.S. Southern Command can’t be that certain.


People often question as to why I am so interested in needle meth use, especially by women.

That’s a legitimate question.

I have been studying drug addiction, primarily cocaine and more recently meth, for about 35 years. Much of my work has been in a research laboratory, but a few years ago I started going out into the local community to speak to meth users face-to-face. I have met with them in treatment centers, in prisons, and even in my office. I have talked to men as well as women. I can honestly say that I have learned so much more from talking to meth users, and actually listening to them, than I ever did from all the medical books and journals I read.

First, let me assure that I want to help everyone struggling with meth, men as well as women. I don’t discriminate.

But there are several reasons for my specific interest in women.

Methamphetamine is a drug used by people all around the world. And while men are two to three times more likely to use most other drugs, women are as likely to use meth as men are.

The reasons for this are not really clear.

Historically, at least until relatively recently, medical and scientific research focused on males only, unless it was research on a female-specific disease such as endometriosis. There were a variety of reasons for this (including bias), but the result was that many diseases were not studied in women for many years.

The same holds true for methamphetamine. This is starting to change now, but if you really dig into the medical and scientific research on meth, you will soon discover that the vast majority of this research has been conducted in men.

One very significant line of research is meth use in men who have sex with men. This research has been conducted because meth is often associated with sex (more about that in a sec). Meth tends to increase sexual arousal while decreasing inhibitions. Therefore, safe sex is not often practiced.

Doctors and scientists soon realized that the rate of HIV/AIDS was higher in men who have sex with men and who also use meth. Some research even suggested that meth makes it easier to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

So there has been a lot of research focusing on the effects of meth in men compared to research on its effects in women. But there are other reasons for my interest in women.

In my opinion, drug addiction, whether it is meth or even some another drug, is especially difficult for women.

We all know that a woman can become pregnant, whether intentional or not. And when she becomes a mother, she also becomes responsible for her child. In an ideal world, the father would share in the care of the child that he shares with the mother.

But we also know the reality. In far too many cases, the mother becomes the primary caregiver for her baby. What if this mother is also struggling with meth or other drugs? Who is going to take care of her baby if mom is on a three-day meth binge?

Who makes sure that her baby is fed? Who gives her a bath? When she is older, who helps her with her homework and gets her ready for school? Too often the child depends solely on her mother.

So my interest in women is, in part, because of the innocent children that often become victims of meth.

Meth often starts being used as a means to survive. A mother can take care of her children and work a full-time job and become “supermom” if she can just find the energy. Many people unwittingly fall into the clutches of meth because they initially turned to this insidious chemical as an energy boost, and they usually start by smoking it.

And then she tries injecting meth for the first time in an attempt to really boost her energy levels. She can handle it, right?

But then everything changes.

As already suggested, more than most other drugs, injected meth is so often associated with sex. Some women claim that meth produces sexual desire and/or arousal and reduces inhibitions. Some even claim than the euphoria associated with an injection of meth, when it is of sufficient purity and dosage, is very similar to sexual pleasure.

But it is never quite as good as that first time ever again. It can still be quite euphoric – for a while, but just not quite as good. So she continues to use meth, seeking that first high.

It’s as though the drug is calling out to her – but lying to her. Inside her head a little voice tells her that all she needs to do is to inject just a little bit more meth. Maybe she just needs to make the meth solution in the syringe a little thicker. Maybe if she can just find that dealer that sold her the “really good dope” that time…

But as with most things, too much of a good thing often becomes harmful. I think that God created us this way.

Meth increases levels of the brain pleasure chemical called dopamine more than any other pleasurable activity. Other drugs also increase dopamine – that’s why people enjoy using them too. But meth increases dopamine three or four times more than even cocaine or morphine.

However. the massive amounts of dopamine that meth releases in the brain actually begin to damage the very nerve cells that release the pleasure chemical. So over time, the user realizes that meth doesn’t make her feel as good as it used to. So she uses more and more of the drug, trying to find that euphoria she covets. But it’s to no avail. The more she uses, the more her dopamine cells are damaged.

Eventually she gets to the point that she feels like she has to slam meth just to feel normal – just to get out of bed.

She feels helpless and lost and so afraid.

But there’s more.

If a man first “introduced” a woman to meth, sometimes he can gain tremendous control over her. The euphoria is so sexual, women often resort to sex to get meth. In addition, men are typically bigger and physically stronger than women to begin with, and if a man is the source for meth, women will often do anything to get more meth.

I have talked to men as well as women. Many of the men were in prison and told me about their exploits with women. But men on the outside told me many of the same things. I often heard of instances where a man was able to convince women to do literally anything that he wished or demanded – all for just another shot of meth. They’ve shared their stories with me – men and women alike.

I have heard of so many cases where women ended up as prostitutes or in other forms of sex trafficking after becoming addicted to meth. That’s slavery and it’s wrong! Sex trafficking is a real and growing problem in the United States – and meth is often a contributing factor.

I have also heard, primarily from women, about how slamming meth is different from smoking or snorting the drug – especially with respect to the sexual effects I mentioned above. That is why I specifically ask for women with experience slamming meth to contact me. Everyone tells me about this difference, but you won’t find it mentioned in any medical book or journal. I intend to change that.

Most people in this field, unfortunately, do not take the time to actually listen to the people that they are trying to help. They just run more tests and prescribe drugs. How sad!

I have asked some of the women I have talked to if they had ever discussed many of the things that we talked about with their counselors. They almost always say no. When I ask why not, they tell me that they were never asked.

In my opinion, that’s just tragic. I want to make a difference and change things. Women matter to me – people matter to me! And like I always say, if I can just help one person, then it has all been worth it.

I honestly believe that God has placed this mission in my heart.



Meth in the News – August 26, 2016

Posted: 26th August 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

Regular readers of this Meth in the News column know that from time to time I have what I can only describe as epiphanies – moments of clarity when something becomes apparent to me for what is often the first time.

I recently had two!

Regular readers also know that I often say that if all my efforts help at least one person stop using methamphetamine – or even better, to not try meth for the first time – then it has all been worth it.

My first epiphany was the realization of another reason for writing this column and maintaining my website. It is to try and spread the word about the dangers of methamphetamine.

You may ask, isn’t that what you have said all along?

Well yes – and no. Yes, I have been trying to get the word out to try to convince people to quit using meth or not to start using meth in the first place.

But my epiphany was that it has been much more than that. I wanted to inform the general public about the dangers of meth, not just those who are or might use the drug.

And that’s no easy feat. There are many people who want the general public to believe that meth is no big deal. They say that not many people are using meth anyway, and for those who do, it’s not any different than using any other drug available by prescription.

Yet day after day I read that pounds of meth have been seized at the Mexican border or discovered when someone has been pulled over by police for a minor traffic violation. This suggests that lots of people must be using meth. What am I missing?

Furthermore, whenever I talk to current or former meth users, they always tell me that I would be amazed at how many people are actually using meth. And they say that I would also be amazed when I realized that meth users come from all walks of life.

I’d really like to hear from you. Is this really true?

You see, George Soros, and his Open Society Foundation, want the American public to believe that methamphetamine is nothing at all to worry about.

In 2014, a piece was published on the Open Society Foundation website titled, “Methamphetamine: Fact vs. fiction and lessons from the crack hysteria.” This article says that the concerns regarding the meth epidemic just represent hysteria.  What problem? There’s no problem.

This, you must understand, was all based on a small study conducted in New York and published in the journal Addiction in 2012. This study recruited only 13 men (but no women) with a demographic makeup that did not reflect those of the people who actually use meth.

The racial makeup of these men, who were all recruited from New York City, was “one Asian, six Black, two Hispanic, four White” as described in the manuscript. This is not a representative sample my friends.

But let’s assume that the racial/gender makeup of the study is not a concern. What did the study involve?

The subjects came into the clinic for 10 sessions. The subjects were allowed to snort 50 mg of meth on Monday and 12 mg on Thursday of week one followed by 50 mg of d-amphetamine on Monday and 12 mg on Thursday of week two. They were given placebo (sugar) to snort on the Monday of week three.

However, the doses of the drugs were based on body weight (mg per 70 kg). So someone who weighed 120 pounds would have only received 38 and 9 mg of each drug, respectively. Seriously!

Not surprisingly, the 13 subjects reported that these low doses of d-amphetamine and methamphetamine were of equal value. And more importantly, they chose $20 over either drug as often as they chose the money over the placebo.

Nevertheless, this small study remains the basis for repeated articles stating as fact that crystal meth is no different from Adderall.

For example, in February of 2016, a report was published on titled, “A Neuroscientist Explains How He Found Out Meth Is Almost Identical to Adderall.” Of course, this article described the same data from the same 13 men reported in that small 2012 study.

Then on March 7, 2016, AlterNet posted a report called “America Totally Misunderstands Speed: Here Are 5 Things You Should Know About It.”

I had never heard of AlterNet before, but it turns out that AlterNet is self-labeled as a “progressive activist site.” And posts on AlterNet are picked up and reposted by “sister” sites, such as,, and others.

The piece from was itself also reposted on AlterNet on February 10, 2016.

It gets even better.

One of the major “foundations” that supports AlterNet is the Drug Policy Alliance. This is proudly posted on the AlterNet Foundation Support webpage.

The front webpage of the Drug Policy Alliance site boldly states, “The war on drugs is a failure and it’s time to bring it to an end. Join the movement today.”

But it does not end there.

On July 1, 2016, another report was published on a website named, CE: Collective Evolution. This report was titled, “Neuroscientist Claims Big Pharma’s Adderall Is Almost Identical To Crystal Meth & Explains Why.” Once again this article contained the same rhetoric as the other reports described above. This website also featured a video of an interview from All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. This time, however, the report claimed that “numerous studies have found Adderall, a legal drug prescribed and used by millions, to be nearly identical to crystal meth.”

That’s not true. This report was still based completely on the same small study published in Addiction in 2012.

Apparently these people believe that if they just repeat the same lies over and over enough times, then the lies will eventually become accepted as fact.

But meth is no joke. It is a big deal!  And people’s lives are at stake!

Finally, Jacob Sullum is a ‘contributor’ for Forbes magazine. Sullum wrote an op-ed piece in February of 2014 entitled, “Hyperbole Hurts: The Surprising Truth About Methamphetamine” that simply referred back to the Open Society Foundation “report” for the facts he used to make his claims.

Sullum is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in economics and psychology. His clever byline in Forbes reads “I cover the war on drugs from a conscientious objector’s perspective.”

Sullum’s resume regarding the neurobiology of drug addiction in no way compares with mine. But that does not matter. His weekly column is carried by newspapers across the United States. How can I compete with that exposure?

That was my second epiphany. How can I compete with the likes of George Soros, Forbes and MSNBC?

So maybe I don’t need to write this column each week. Maybe I should look for other ways to get the word out about meth – maybe I should find other venues.

You know, I was very hopeful when I made my impassioned plea on July 29, 2016 for ideas for developing a center to help former meth users become rehabilitated so that they could reenter society as sober and productive members. I expected to receive plenty of responses to my plea.

However, I received a total of two (2) responses – and thank God for those two. But is anyone even reading this column? Am I really the only one who cares?

But don’t worry – I am not giving up. People’s lives really are at stake – and they matter to me!

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I still want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

OKEECHOBEE — On Aug. 21, at 12:18 a.m., Maria Rodriguez made a call to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office that a bald, white man with no shirt was chasing another white male, Christopher Kyle Baker, with a knife.

As Deputy Mark Margerum of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene at the 3900 block of Southeast 28th St., he saw a white male with no shirt come running out a yard toward his patrol car. The man JARAMILLOhad blood on his hands and shorts. The man, later identified as Eric Jaramillo, 41, S.E. 28th St,, allegedly claimed that he had been using methamphetamine when his girlfriend, Adela Leiva, was killed by Rick, Chris, Roman and four unknown black males.

According to the report, Jaramillo told Deputy Margerum he was in the bathroom at a residence on S.E. 38th Ave., using meth, when he heard Adela’s voice in the other room. Jaramillo then heard Adela yelling, so he reportedly exited the bathroom and went into the kitchen. Once he was in the kitchen, the report stated, he began eating cake to fool the other people in the house, as he did not know if they had killed his girlfriend. According to the report, Jaramillo then grabbed a knife and stuck it in his waistband.

The unknown people at the house began yelling at him, so he ran past them and exited the front door. Jaramillo then told the deputy that Rick, Chris and the four unknown black males were chasing him with an alleged handgun. He reportedly stated that he tried to jump a fence with the knife in his hand. During this attempt, he cut his right index finger, causing it to bleed, which accounted for the blood on his hands and shorts.

Jaramillo allegedly tried to call 911 but a weird picture showed up on his phone and prevented him from making the call.

He also told the deputy that he had not seen his girlfriend for at least five days because they had reportedly broken up and she had been telling him that she is in Oklahoma. Jaramillo allegedly admitted that he had not seen his girlfriend at the residence on S.E. 38th Ave.; he had only recognized her voice. He claimed that while he was in the bathroom using meth, he had received text messages from five different and unknown numbers. They reportedly were from his girlfriend and she was again telling him that she is in Oklahoma.

Several deputies arrived on the scene and searched the residence and property in the 3000 block of S.E. 38th Ave. However, no one was able to locate anyone matching the description of Adela. The only female on the premises was Maria Rodriguez, who claimed that she did not know Jaramillo at all.

Rodriguez allegedly told deputies that she had been visiting her boyfriend, Christopher Kyle Baker, at the residence on S.E. 38th Ave. when Jaramillo just walked inside. Rodriguez stated that Baker and another male, Jarrod Barkley Butterfield, were out back at the time. Rodriguez reportedly asked Jaramillo what he was doing, and he just stared at her, then grabbed a large kitchen knife. Rodriguez began screaming.

When she began screaming, Baker and Butterfield reportedly entered the residence, and Jaramillo told them he was going to kill them for killing Adela. Baker and Butterfield ran out the front door, and Jaramillo began chasing them through the neighborhood with the knife, according to the report.

At the time Deputy Margerum arrived on the scene, Baker and Butterfield could not be located, and the deputy requested Emergency Medical Services attend to Jaramillo’s injured finger and possibly have him treated for the meth he’d been using.

At 3:51 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call from Rodriguez allegedly stating that Jaramillo was back with another knife and was attempting to break in the front door at the residence on S.E. 38th Ave. Upon arrival, deputies reportedly found Jaramillo standing in front of a blue pickup in the front yard. Drawing his duty pistol, Deputy Margerum reportedly ordered Jaramillo to show him his hand and get onto the ground; Jaramillo refused to get onto the ground. The deputy ordered him to comply several more times, but he continued to refuse, and reportedly, no knife was seen in Jaramillo’s hands. At that point, Deputy Margerum holstered his weapon and threw Jaramillo to the ground.

As the deputy tried to get Jaramillo to give him his hands, Jaramillo reportedly yelled, “They killed my girl and you didn’t do anything!” while trying to pull his hands under his body. At that point, not knowing where the knife in question was, Deputy Margerum continued to order Jaramillo to stop resisting. After Jaramillo refused to comply several more times, Deputy Margerum reportedly punched him with his left hand on the left side of his face twice. Only then, allegedly, did Jaramillo finally quit resisting, and all force ceased. Hand restraints were then placed on him, according to the report.

Jaramillo was arrested for aggravated assault with intent to commit felony and resisting without violence.



Man claims girlfriend killed; really just high on meth


ASHLEY — First, she was charged with stealing drugs. Now, she’s charged with manufacturing drugs.

The nurse arrested Wednesday on accusations she stole a dying cancer patient’s pain medication was arraigned Thursday morning in connection with a methamphetamine lab investigators say they uncovered at her Ashley home.

Andrea Gosiewski, 39, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of meth-hnjsrhjsrjrmaking materials and possession of a controlled substance.

Gosiewski was already jailed on $100,000 and an additional $25,000 was added to her bail after she was arraigned Thursday morning by on-duty Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer.

A man who lives with Gosiewski faces even more charges in connection with the suspected meth lab discovered.

Jeffrey Arnott, 50, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth making chemicals, conspiracy, recklessly endangering another person and risking a catastrophe.

He was jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail set by Cronauer.

Original story:

Authorities charged a local hospice nurse Wednesday based on accusations she stole powerful pain medication from a dying cancer patient and investigators say they discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab when they showed up at her Ashley home to arrest her.

Andrea Gosiewski told authorities she swiped the medication because no medicine could save the man from his impending death and she had a sore neck, according to charges filed by narcotics officers for the state Attorney General’s office.

Gosiewski was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Kingston by Magisterial District Judge Paul Roberts, who ordered the 39-year-old jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Meanwhile, crews were on the scene of what they described as a suspected methamphetamine lab at 25 Preston St. in Ashley, which is owned by Gosiewski and where she was taken into custody.

Gosiewski is charged with unlawfully obtaining a controlled substance, theft, receiving stolen property and falsifying medical records. Charges for the suspected meth lab are pending the result of the investigation, authorities said.

Investigators say they uncovered the medication theft after police found Gosiewski passed out Monday in a vehicle outside Rite Aid in Edwardsville with a bag of liquid hydromorphone on her lap and a used syringe on the floor.

The powerful opioid, used to treat extreme pain, was prescribed to the patient in Gosiewski’s car, authorities said.

An investigation revealed Gosiewski stole the patient’s medication at least five times while working for Kingston-based Erwine Home Health and Hospice, authorities said.

She used the drug to get high herself, police say, but claimed in the patient’s medical records that she discarded the leftover medication, which is described as extremely strong and highly addictive.

Erwine Home Health and Hospice issued a statement late Wednesday indicating it had terminated Gosiewski.

“Law enforcement has advised us that a registered nurse was arrested for controlled substances violations. Erwine Home Health and Hospice has terminated the registered nurse’s employment, instituted our own internal review and will continue to work with law enforcement concerning this matter. As this is both a law enforcement and personnel matter, no further information can be shared at this time,” according to the statement.

Gosiewski has been a registered nurse in Pennsylvania since December 2003, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of State.

She last renewed her license in April 2015. As of Wednesday afternoon, her license remained active.

Investigators from the Attorney General’s office say Gosiewski admitted to stealing the pain medication from the patient.

She told investigators the patient “has terminal leukemia and is in decline,” arrest papers say.

“In her belief, there is no medicine that will ‘save’ him,” investigators wrote in the criminal complaint. “R.N. Gosiewski stated that she needed the medicine because she has a sore back and neck.”


The DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Crossville Police Department arrested a woman at a local daycare after finding methamphetamine and paraphernalia inside the center.2213e439-0172-438e-9573-b0b9cd4b3e31-large16x9_LeslieBright

Officers spoke with 40-year-old Leslie Bright of Crossville, owner of Bright Beginnings Daycare, who cooperated with agents.

Bright allowed police to search her vehicles and belongings.

During the search, police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the daycare.

Bright was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bright is being held at the DeKalb County Detention Center awaiting bond.


(CNN) — You shouldn’t put illegal drugs in your body, and you shouldn’t let neighborhood bodies of water ingest them, either. A new study suggests that aquatic life in Baltimore is being exposed to drugs, and it’s having an impact.

And these aren’t soft drugs; they include methamphetamine and amphetamine. They’re messing with the growth and development of organisms in local streams.160823103834-07-meth-impact-on-aquatic-life-exlarge-169

It appears aquatic life — the moss that grows on rocks, the bacteria that live in the water and the bugs that hatch there — are the unexpected victims of Americans’ struggle with drug addiction.

The study is published in the latest edition of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

The water was tested by scientists working with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies who looked at six streams in and around Baltimore. The residue was particularly high in the water they tested in urban settings.

Since the researchers wanted to know whether these drugs had a direct impact on life in these waters, they created an artificial stream, complete with rocks and plants, and exposed it to the same level of amphetamine residue they found in natural waters.

After only a few weeks, the plants and bugs showed signs of being affected.

The growth of biofilms — the slippery organisms you find on rocks at the bottom of streams — was suppressed after exposure to this drugs. Bacterial life changed. Bugs that lived in the water developed quicker and emerged sooner.160823103827-02-meth-impact-on-aquatic-life-exlarge-169

Drug-addicted water bugs may not be on the top of your regular list of things to worry about, and it doesn’t mean you’ll be getting high off your tap water any time soon, but the kind of change these scientists saw could be a bigger concern.

Here’s why: These plants and bugs are the base of the aquatic food web. Birds eat the bugs, as do frogs and fish. As emergent contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors become more common in ground and drinking water, they could affect humans. Scientists say the direct health effects are pretty much unknown, and more research will need to be done.

Study of mercury in fish brings call to strengthen government guidelines

This is not the first study to find drugs in water where drugs shouldn’t be. Studies have found the presence of other personal care products and drugs such as antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines, blood thinners, heart medications and hormones in rivers, lakes and streams. A US Geological Survey study done in 1999 and 2000 found some presence of pharmaceuticals in 80% of water samples from a large network of streams in 30 states.

What’s different about the new study is that it is one of the first to add methamphetamine and amphetamine to that long list of substances. Few studies have looked at the presence of illicit drugs in such waters.

If you’re wondering how in the world it got there, study co-author Emma Rosi-Marshall believes the root of the problem is our aging water infrastructure.

“They are likely coming down through leaks in the sewer,” said Rosi-Marshall, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. “It also has been shown that the drugs can be released from wastewater treatment plants that are not necessarily designed to remove these compounds.”

This means people may be directly flushing their drugs down the toilet. Or, more likely, illicit drugs are being excreted by users and literally going down the drain.

Our bodies can metabolize only a small part of the drugs we take, illicit or otherwise, so a part of that drug can pass out of your body through your feces and urine. You can also sweat it out, and it can wash off and down the tub drain.

The Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) discourages nursing care facilities, pharmacies and hospitals from flushing unused drugs. There’s even a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. But such policies and special days help only with legal drugs. They clearly can’t stop illegal drug users from passing them along into the water system.

Consequently, Rosi-Marshall and her co-authors argue, more needs to be done to strengthen our water systems.

“We need to invest in maintaining and repairing our aging underground water infrastructure and potentially develop new technology,” Rosi-Marshall said.

Sewage treatment plants can remove some medicines from the water, as they clean it for other elements, but not everything gets filtered out. Improving these technologies may be a good start to help the environment and to protect public health, Rosi-Marshall said.


Authorities have seized more than 35 tons of a chemical at the Port of Charleston used to make methamphetamine and are working to uncover whether it is tied to a criminal enterprise.u5r6uyhrwytry

Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection seized 35.6 tons of benzaldehyde Aug. 17 on a ship that called at the port, said Jason Sandoval, resident agent in charge at the Charleston DEA office.

The chemical is used in about 51 percent of methamphetamine analyzed today, Sandoval said. That amount of benzaldehyde is enough to manufacture 60.5 tons of meth.

The benzaldehyde was not properly declared, leading customs agents to believe that it was being transported for use in the drug trade, he said.

It was being shipped in 55-gallon drums that filled two 20-foot shipping containers, according to the DEA office.

“A lot of traffickers will try to shotgun things through,” Sandoval said. “Now the real investigation begins.”

The shipment originated in India and was passing through the Port of Charleston on its way to Veracruz, Mexico, where investigators believe it was likely on its way to cartel drug manufacturers, he said.

 “International drug traffickers are constantly adapting to regulatory controls placed on precursor chemicals,” said Daniel Salter, special agent in charge at the DEA’s Atlanta Field Division, which oversees the Charleston office.

“In recent years, traffickers have commonly diverted benzaldehyde to produce methamphetamine in response to government controls placed on traditional precursors,” he said. “Law enforcement and regulatory agencies must exercise constant vigilance to monitor the diversion of such chemicals from legitimate commercial markets to illegal production facilities for crystal methamphetamine.”

Investigators are working to identify anyone connected to the shipment that was intercepted last week, Sandoval said.

Port Director Robert Fencel said the country is safest when agencies pool resources and communicate effectively to prevent illicit items from getting through.

“In this case, the chemicals used to manufacture a dangerous narcotic, from getting into the hands of those who would use them to harm our communities,” he said.