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.

 

 

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Luis-Ramos-San-Diego-Dental-Assistant-Sentencing-Sexual-Assaults-of-Patients-391407941.html

 

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.

 

 

 

http://www.rgvproud.com/news/news-alerts/brownsville-port-of-entry-cbp-seize-more-than-18-million-in-methamphetamine

 

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.

 

 

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/08/26/exclusive-ret-lt-gen-flynn-warns-terror-linked-nations-cutting-deals-mexican-drug-cartels-passage-u-s/

 

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.

 

Doc

nickgoeders@gmail.com

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 theinfluence.org 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 salon.com, fem.news, and others.

The piece from theinfluence.org 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 nickgoeders@gmail.com. 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.”

 

 

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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.

 

 

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(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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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A 10-year-old Albuquerque girl was brutally slain in her family’s Northwest Albuquerque apartment early Wednesday, hours before she was to celebrate her birthday at a party complete with manicures and cake.Cqu6YtwVIAAwpDp

Late Wednesday night, Albuquerque police released horrific details of the crime allegedly perpetrated by the girl’s mother, her boyfriend and another woman. APD spokesman Tanner Tixier said the trio injected the 10-year-old with methamphetamine “to make her calm down so they could do whatever they want with her.”

She was sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend and the other woman, and Tixier said the mom showed “no remorse.” They then either stabbed or strangled her to death, Tixier said.

“What happened to this little girl is … horrific. It’s one of the worst things I’ve read in my entire life,” Tixier said, referring to the criminal complaint.apl082416rr-1-640x494

Amanda Wilson, one of the girl’s neighbors, said an officer told her the crime scene was one of the worst he had ever seen.

Around 11:30 p.m., the girl’s mother Michelle Martens, 35, and Martens’ boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31, were escorted from the police headquarters Downtown at Fourth and Roma to the booking center across the street.yjjuserhjrwjserj

Martens, who had a bloody gash on her face, didn’t answer questions from reporters waiting outside. But Gonzales addressed reporters and blamed the girl’s death on 31-year-old Jessica Kelley, who is also facing charges in the incident.

Kelley remained at the hospital Wednesday night, according to Tixier. He said she is the cousin of Martens or Gonzales, but he didn’t know which.

All three of them are being charged with child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping and tampering with evidence, among other things. Gonzales and Kelley were also charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

Laura Bobbs, a minister and close friend of the girl’s family, arrived at the scene at the Arroyo Villas Apartments near Golf Course and Irving around mid-day. She was sobbing and yelling.Cqr5o3bUAAAD-V_

 “No, no, no, say it ain’t so,” she pleaded outside the crime tape. “Who does this to a little child? Oh Jesus. Oh what evil. What is happening to this world, that they would kill a little child?”

At an afternoon news conference outside police headquarters, Police Chief Gorden Eden called the crime a “horrific tragedy.”

“When something like this happens to our community it has an effect on each and everyone of us,” he said. “I will assure the public that we will pursue justice and we will make sure that we exhaust every resource into this investigation.”

He said officers were first called to the scene around 4:30 a.m. for a reported battery.

“When (officers) arrived, they found a deceased victim,” he said. “The victim was 10 years of age.”

He did not release the girl’s name, saying not all of her family members had been notified.

Neighbor Pauline Quintana said the girl who was killed was outgoing and had seemed happy and excited Tuesday about her birthday. She was running around showing her neighbors a kitten and talking about her party.

“She seemed fine, she didn’t seem scared or upset,” Quintana said. “She was all happy.”

Bobbs said she had planned the birthday celebration for the girl when she got home from school after early dismissal from Petroglyph Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

“We were going to do pedis and manis and have cake,” she said. “She told me, ‘Auntie, I’m turning 10, so don’t buy me any toys.’ ”

So Bobbs said she bought her lip gloss and a necklace inspired by her favorite movie, “Frozen.”

“I had it engraved in the back: From Auntie Laura,” she said.

Quintana said neighbors are in shock. Many of them milled around the crime scene Wednesday talking about what had happened and crying.

“My stomach has been hurting, I’m crying off and on,” Quintana said. “I think we’re all freaking out.”

Neighbors said the dead 10-year-old lived with Martens, Gonzales and her younger brother. A cousin had recently moved in with them, according to Quintana.

Gonzales has faced multiple previous criminal cases dating back to 2004, including a felony child abuse charge in August 2014. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor abandonment of a child in February 2015, according to online court records.

Kelley has a history of felony drug-related charges and misdemeanor battery and domestic violence-related charges, most of which had been dismissed without prejudice.

Martens has no criminal history in New Mexico, according to online court records.

Wilson said the 10-year-old was best friends with her daughter and they spent nearly every day during summer break playing in the apartment complex’s pool. She said she didn’t know how to tell her daughter what had happened to her friend.

“My daughter’s going to be devastated; she knows something’s going on,” Wilson said. “She was looking for her at the bus stop.”

Bobbs said although she herself counsels people during grief, she is struggling to cope with the girl’s death.

“This is a mean and terrible world we are living in,” Bobbs said. “Such innocence. Why? She hasn’t done anything to anybody.”

 

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When police were called early Wednesday to an apartment complex in Albuquerque, they thought they were responding to a battery call.

Instead, they found 10-year-old Victoria Martens. She had been killed hours before her 10th birthday party.

The girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, 35; Martens’s boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31; and Gonzales’s cousin, Jessica Kelley, 31, have been charged in connection with her death.

“This homicide is the most gruesome act of evil I have ever seen in my career,” Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. said in a statement. “A complete disregard of human life and betrayal by a mother.”

Police said the girl had been drugged with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted and stabbed.

Police were called to the Arroyo Villas apartments in northwest Albuquerque about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The call was about an aggravated battery.

A woman, later identified as Martens, told police after they arrived that “someone killed her daughter” and the woman was still inside the second-floor apartment.

Gonzales, who was wearing bloodstained shorts, told police that he was cleaning himself up before officers got there, according to the complaint.

When the officers tried to get inside the apartment, another woman, later identified as Kelley, slammed the door shut and locked it with a chain. She then jumped from the apartment’s balcony, the complaint says, but was later arrested.

Meanwhile, the fire alarm inside the apartment went off. Officers went inside the smoke-filled unit to try to look for the child, the complaint says, and found her body in the bathroom. They also found bloodstains on the carpet of the girl’s bedroom.

Martens, Gonzales and Kelley are facing several charges, including child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, according to online jail records.

Gonzales also is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

Gonzales denied any involvement in the child’s death and pinned the alleged crimes on Kelley.

“Jessica Kelley did it,” he told reporters as he was being arrested Thursday morning.

Tanner Tixier, spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, told reporters that what Gonzales said isn’t a lie.

“Not the whole truth,” Tixier said, “but it’s not a lie.”

Martens, who has a cut between her eyes, was followed by reporters as she was being arrested. Tixier said she showed no remorse when talking to detectives, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Kelley remained at a hospital Wednesday night.

“This is a horrific tragedy for our community. When something like this happens to our community, it has an effect on each and every one of us,” Eden, the police chief, said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “I want to assure the public that we will pursue justice, and we will make sure that we exhaust every resource into this investigation.”

He said there are no other suspects in the case.

Methamphetamine, much of it provided by Mexican drug-trafficking organizations, is the foremost drug threat in New Mexico, according to a 2011 report by the Justice Department.

Methamphetamine represented about 25 percent of all drug reports in Albuquerque during the first half of 2013, according to a 2014 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That’s a higher number than for drug reports involving cocaine and heroin and a bit lower than marijuana reports.

Victoria Martens’s death has rattled the northwest Albuquerque community where she lived.

Laura Bobbs, a minister and close friend of the family, was sobbing and yelling when she arrived at the Arroyo Villas apartments, which had been cordoned off with crime-scene tape, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

“No, no, no, say it ain’t so,” Bobbs said, according to the paper. “Who does this to a little child? Oh, Jesus. Oh, that evil. What is happening to this world, that they would kill a little child?”

She had planned a birthday party for the girl, who wanted manicures and pedicures instead of toys, Bobbs told the paper. She also bought her lip gloss and a necklace with the words “From Aunti Laura” engraved on the back, Bobbs said.

A neighbor, Paulina Quintana, said that the day before Victoria was killed, she seemed excited about her upcoming party.

“My stomach has been hurting. I’m crying off and on,” Quintana told the paper. “I think we’re all freaking out.”

By Thursday morning, a memorial of flowers, teddy bears, candles, butterflies and balloons had been set up outside the apartment.

A bouquet of yellow flowers sat by a tree outside Petroglyph Elementary School, where Victoria was a student.

“We cherish and protect our students and, like the rest of Albuquerque, are having a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that someone could treat one of them so horrifically,” said a brief message on the school’s website.

In a statement, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) called the manner in which Victoria was killed “atrocious.”

What happened to this little girl is unspeakable,” she said, according to media reports, “and justice should come down like a hammer on the monster who committed this murder.”

 

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Gonzales denied having anything to do with the girl’s death as he was led out of the police station in handcuffs late Wednesday as reporters yelled questions at him. The girl’s mother said nothing as she was led out and placed into the back of a police car.

KOAT reports that Kelley remains in the hospital, recovering from injuries police said she likely sustained while running from the scene. Police said she will be booked when she is released.

According to the criminal complaint, the mother told police Gonzales drugged the girl so he could calm her down and have sex with her. She said Kelley held her hand over the child’s mouth and she stabbed the girl in the stomach after Gonzales had choked her.

The complaint also states that the mother told investigators that Gonzales and Kelley dismembered the girl.

One of the police officers who arrived at the apartment found the girl’s body in a bathroom, rolled up in a blanket that had been set on fire. The officer put it out.

Gonzales has an arrest record stretching back to 2004, including a felony child abuse charge, driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. It was unclear whether he was convicted of most charges, but he did plead no contest to a charge of child abandonment.
Kelley’s arrest record includes battery, domestic violence and drug charges – most of them dismissed. Online court records show no criminal history in New Mexico for Martens.

Mug shots of Martens and Gonzales released by police showed them with bruises on their faces. In his statement in the criminal complaint, Gonzales said his cousin hit him and Martens with an iron.

Laura Bobbs, a local minister, told the Albuquerque Journal she was planning the girl’s birthday celebration for when the child was supposed to arrive home from school Wednesday afternoon. They were going to have pedicures and manicures and eat cake.

Bobbs broke down sobbing and yelling Wednesday outside the apartment complex as detectives investigated.

“Who does this to a little child?” she asked. “Oh Jesus. Oh what evil.”

 

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An Albuquerque mother, her boyfriend, and a second woman have been arrested and charged with the horrific rape and murder of the mother’s 10-year-old daughter, The Albuquerque Journal is reporting.

The girl’s mother, Michelle Martens, 35, Martens’ boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31, and a second woman, Jessica Kelley, 31, were all arrested Wednesday. The trio is facing felony murder, child abuse, sexual assault, and drug charges.

Police were called to a northwest Albuquerque apartment complex at about 4:30 A.M. Wednesday following a report of a possible battery inside Marten’s apartment. When police entered the apartment, they found the naked, drugged body of the Martens’ 10-year-old daughter. The girl, whose name has not been released, was either strangled or stabbed to death.

Police say that Martens, Gonzalez, and Kelley injected the girl with methamphetamine in order to pacify her so they could have their way with her. They allegedly sexually assaulted her before killing her, according to Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Tanner Tixier.

“What happened to this little girl is … horrific. It’s one of the worst things I’ve read in my entire life.”

Martens, Gonzalez, and Kelley were all bloodied and bruised when they were arrested, and authorities suspect they may have sustained the injuries fighting with each other following the rape and murder of the young girl. Jessica Kelley was taken to an area hospital for her injuries, and she will be booked into jail following her release from the hospital.

Meanwhile, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez promised justice for the young girl.

“There are no words that can convey the sorrow and sadness I feel for the innocent child who was killed in this atrocious attack. What happened to this little girl is unspeakable, and justice should come down like a hammer on the monster who committed this murder.”

 

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When police were called early Wednesday to an apartment complex in Albuquerque, they thought they were responding to a domestic battery call.

Instead, they saw the body of a 10-year-old girl, brutally killed.

She had been drugged and sexually assaulted, police said. According to the Albuquerque Journal, she was killed hours before her 10th birthday party.

The suspects: her mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens; Martens’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales; and 31-year-old Jessica Kelley.

“What happened to this little girl is … horrific,” Officer Tanner Tixier, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said at a news conference Wednesday night.

The three injected the girl with methamphetamine “to try to calm her down so they could do what they want to this little girl,” Tixier told reporters.

Police said Gonzales and Kelley sexually assaulted the girl. Then, the three stabbed and strangled her.

Martens, Gonzales and Kelley are facing several charges, including child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, according to online jail records.

Gonzales and Kelley also are charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

Martens, who has a cut between her eyes and was wearing white coveralls, was followed by reporters as she was being arrested Wednesday night. Tixier said she showed no remorse when talking to detectives, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Gonzales, who also was wearing white coveralls when he was arrested, tried to pin the alleged crimes on Kelley.

“Jessica Kelley did it,” he told reporters.

Tixier told reporters that what Gonzales said isn’t a lie.

“Not the whole truth, but it’s not a lie,” Tixier said.

Kelley remained at a hospital Wednesday night. She was injured while trying to escape from police, according to a local ABC affiliate.

She refused to talk to investigators, according to media reports.

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. said investigators are not releasing the girl’s name because her other relatives had not been notified.

“This is a horrific tragedy for our community. When something like this happens to our community, it has an effect on each and every one of us,” Eden said. “I want to assure the public that we will pursue justice, and we will make sure that we exhaust every resource into this investigation.”

Eden said there are no other suspects in the case.

Methamphetamine, much of it provided by Mexican drug-trafficking organizations, is the foremost drug threat in New Mexico, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Justice Department.

Methamphetamine represented about 25 percent of all drug reports in Albuquerque during the first half of 2013, according to a 2014 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That’s a higher number than for drug reports involving cocaine and heroin and a bit lower than marijuana reports.

The girl’s death has rattled the northwest Albuquerque community where she lived.

Laura Bobbs, a minister and close friend of the family, was sobbing and yelling when she arrived at the Arroyo Villas Apartments, which had been cordoned off with crime-scene tape, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

“No, no, no, say it ain’t so,” Bobbs said, according to the paper. “Who does this to a little child? Oh, Jesus. Oh, that evil. What is happening to this world, that they would kill a little child?”

She had planned a birthday party for the girl, who wanted manicures and pedicures instead of toys, Bobbs told the paper. She also bought her a lip gloss and a necklace with the words “From Aunti Laura” engraved in the back, Bobbs said.

A neighbor, Paulina Quintana, said that the day before she was killed, the girl seemed excited about her upcoming party.

“My stomach has been hurting. I’m crying off and on,” Quintana told the paper. “I think we’re all freaking out.”

By Thursday morning, a memorial of flowers, teddy bears, candles, butterflies and balloons had been set up outside the apartment.

 

 

 

 

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —A man is behind bars in southern Kentucky after police said he exposed a child and two dogs to meth.

Benjamin Burdette is facing wanton endangerment and animal cruelty charges.Benjamin-Burdette-e1472051341263

Officials were called to his home earlier this week in regarding a complaint.

When they arrived, police discovered Burdette had been using meth in the presence of a 2-year-old girl.

Authorities also found two small dogs in the home.

One of the dogs that was in distress died and another had to be euthanized.

A local veterinarian believes both dogs were fed meth.

 

 

 

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Condemned murderer Michael Jones was acting strangely and profusely sweating when guards escorted him in chains to the San Quentin medical unit that doubles as the psych ward on death row.

“Doggone, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again,” he told a fellow inmate, Clifton Perry.

Hours later, Jones was dead.la-1472040263-snap-photo

Toxicology tests later found that he had toxic levels of methamphetamines in his blood.

The condemned inmates on California’s death row are among the most closely monitored in the state. Death row’s 747 inmates spend most of their time locked down, isolated from the rest of the prison system under heavy guard with regular strip searches and checks every half-hour for signs of life.

Still, six death row inmates died between 2010 and 2015 with detectable levels of methamphetamines, heroin metabolites or other drugs in their system, according to Marin County coroner records.

Three of them had toxic levels of drugs, including one in whose intestines were found five snipped fingers of a latex glove, each packed with methamphetamine or marijuana. He had overdosed when they burst. A 70-year-old man among the three died of acute methamphetamine toxicity. He left a stash of marijuana in his cell.

State psychological reports and court files document at least eight non-fatal drug overdoses that required death row inmates to be hospitalized during this period.

Jones’ death was reported as a suicide. In the psych ward, he attempted to strangle himself with an electrical cord. He was cut free by officers but died 10 minutes later. The coroner’s report showed that Jones bore signs of chronic drug abuse.

State corrections officials declined to discuss the case or provide data on drugs found on death row — at first citing that investigation and then citing a wrongful death claim filed by Jones’ family. The department provided a statement saying the prison has thwarted past attempts by visitors to bring drugs into San Quentin.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the state prison medical office, the drug-related death rate in California prisons is seven times higher than that of prisons in the rest of the country.

“Drugs have considerable value inside prison and so some inmates have a very strong incentive to procure them,” the statement said. “Regardless of the security level of the inmate, the presence of any contraband items is concerning to us.”

The overdoses on death row mirror the larger problem with drugs in California’s prison system as a whole. From 2010 to 2015, 109 inmates died of overdoses, according to state figures.

California’s prison drug trade is notoriously robust. The drug-related death rate in California prisons — 18 deaths per 100,000 inmates in 2013 — is seven times higher than prisons in the rest of the country, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the state prison medical office.

Reports to the Legislature show that as many as 80% of inmates in some cell blocks tested positive for illegal substances in 2013. The same year, the state’s prison watchdog, the independent Office of Inspector General, chastised corrections officials for making “very little or no effort” to trace the source of drugs when inmates overdose.

A San Quentin administrator in 2013 told a federal judge that a surge in psychiatric hospitalizations involving psychotic, homicidal and suicidal condemned prisoners was not proof of untreated mental illness but “a bad batch of meth.”

“When you say ‘a bad batch of drugs,’ you don’t mean the drugs that you’re prescribing, you mean the illegal drugs that were on (the) block; is that right?” he asked.

“That’s right, your Honor,” said San Quentin Mental Health Director Eric Monthei.

Nevertheless, state corrections records show that in 2013 not a single visitor, volunteer or worker was caught trying smuggle drugs into San Quentin. Officials have not released information about drug cases beyond that one year.

A spokesman for the Marin County district attorney also said he could not recall any drug smuggling cases against San Quentin staff.

Prison drug-control efforts have focused on 11 prisons deemed to have the worst problems out of the 34 facilities in the system. The program employs drug-sniffing dogs and ion scanners to test swabs rubbed randomly on the hands of visitors and some staff. There are no such efforts on death row.

Death row inmates are strip searched regularly, including before and after leaving their cells to exercise, go to the law library or see visitors. Their cells are subject to random inspection and the state can order urine tests, though widespread drug testing efforts in 2013 were abandoned because few condemned inmates would comply.

By law, all condemned men are imprisoned at San Quentin, and by policy they are isolated from the rest of the population. The majority live on East Block, a long, granite structure that contains more than 500 cells stacked in tiers five high. The prisoners live in single cells and spend almost all of their time alone. Every half-hour, a guard walks by to check that the man inside is alive — a court-ordered protection against suicide. The doors are grated, so it is difficult to slip a sheet of paper through them.

Small groups of men are allowed to go out on tennis court-sized exercise yards under the watch of an armed guard standing overhead for a few hours, three days a week.

Except for chapel services twice a month, there are no other group activities. Condemned men are escorted individually, in chains, to prison hospital appointments or a special law library set aside for them.

Visits are tightly monitored. Visitors are allowed to bring in only handfuls of coins for the prisoners to use in vending machines. Before and after such contact, even with lawyers, the condemned are subject to strip searches.

Still, when discussing prison drug problems in the system overall, state officials primarily cite cases of visitors trying to smuggle in drugs. In one case, officials described how drugs were packed into soccer balls and thrown over the fence of minimum-security prisons.

But that explanation has met with skepticism from some lawmakers. “There can be only so many soccer balls,” said Senate Public Safety Chairwoman Loni Hancock, (D-Berkeley), at a hearing last year.

Because of the high security on death row, some who have worked at San Quentin suspect that the drug trade is abetted by prison staff.

During his tenure as a death row psychologist, Patrick O’Reilly said in an interview that he discovered a psychiatric technician bartering alcohol and amphetamines for inmates’ prison-prescribed opiates.

Similarly, the inspector general’s office reported that a death row officer in 2011 was accused of buying morphine from condemned inmates. The report states she paid with ramen noodles and candy.

Outside of death row, the trade takes place on an enormous scale. This spring, federal agents busted a Southern California prison narcotics ring in which a state drug counselor allegedly smuggled $1 million of meth and heroin sealed in potato chip bags to inmates in her treatment group.

The state prison guard union has long raised objections to vigorous screening of guards as they arrive and leave work, noting that the state would have to pay large amounts for the extra time that would add to each shift.

The union “supports the department’s efforts to keep drugs out of prison,” said spokeswoman Nichol Gomez. “Anyone who brings contraband inside prisons should be held accountable. … The majority of correctional officers take their oath seriously. ”

All of the men on San Quentin’s death row are there for murder. Many arrived on death row with long histories of drug addiction.

Most killed their victims during robberies or gang fights, but the population also includes psychopaths and serial killers. Until a psychiatric unit for the condemned was opened in 2014, severely mentally ill and psychotic inmates were housed with the rest of the condemned.

Former San Quentin Warden Jeannie Woodford, state prison director under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said extreme idleness and the cramped, ill-suited confines of death row complicate drug abuse.

“Idleness is such a problem and it leads people to self-medicate,” Woodford said.

Although guards are supposed to randomly search cells each shift as a curb against drugs, weapons and other contraband, one former San Quentin corrections officer said staffing issues have made it impossible for guards to do all the required checks.

Moreover, the amount of property that condemned inmates accumulate over decades of confinement clutters many cells.

“What is said and what is done are two different things,” said Tony Cuellar, a former San Quentin officer.

In that environment, Cuellar said, officers “picked and chose” when to try to confront a condemned drug user.

 

 

 

 

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. — An inmate now faces additional charges after he allegedly was caught smuggling narcotics into the Bay County Jail via methamphetamine-drizzled drawings of the sun, according to arrest records.

Two other people also have been arrested in connection with the scheme.

Bay County inmate Robert Daniel Eanes, 27, on Monday was the latest to be charged with smuggling contrabandmetheatingarticle into a detention facility. Officers discovered through jailhouse phone calls and recorded visitations that Eanes allegedly had been getting “ice” methamphetamine delivered to him on a series of drawings sent through the jail mail service, court records indicated.

Heather Kristine Buehler, 29, and Christopher Charles Inns, 35, also have been charged in the case as senders of the letters. Eanes faces an additional $20,000 bond for the charge but already was being held without bond after he failed a urinalysis during his release on narcotics-related charges.

According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Eanes devised a plan to have the two co-defendants send him narcotics through the mail system. He allegedly was receiving hand-drawn pictures of the sun, which had been saturated with a methamphetamine solution and then dried.

Once the picture arrived in the mail, Eanes could eat the picture and experience the effects of the drug while incarcerated, BCSO reported.

Eanes had been in jail since June, and officers got word of the mail scheme Aug. 10. Investigators reviewed videos of visitations between Eanes and Buehler, where Eanes would coach her on melting down a substance and putting it in the center of the sun on a hand-drawn picture, officers reported.

In one recorded phone call from Eanes, Inns said Buehler left a batch of letters at his house and that he had put them in his mailbox destined for the jail. BCSO reported that by doing so, Inns facilitated the contraband being delivered to Eanes.

Officers intercepted one of the packages, which contained three letters addressed to Eanes. Two of the envelopes contained greeting cards and photographs. The third had two notes that appeared to have been written by Eanes’ children and a hand-colored picture of the sun, which directly matched the instructions from the recorded conversations.

A sample taken from the center of the drawn sun tested positive for methamphetamine, BCSO reported.

Eanes already had been facing methamphetamine-related charges. He posted bond after an April traffic stop and discovery of meth, only to be arrested the next day during another traffic stop led to the discovery of meth, court records stated.

The arrests also violated probation for Eanes’ two co-defendants. Days before his arrest, Inns had pleaded no contest to drug-related charges and sentenced to three years of drug offender probation. Buehler was sentenced to three years of probation in 2014 for felony retail theft for stealing about $81 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.

 

 

 

 

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Troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol found about 28 pounds of what they believe is methamphetamine Monday after pulling a vehicle over for speeding in Washington County.

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, a trooper stopped the vehicle near St. George, a news release said. During the stop, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity and requested a UHP K9 crew.dt_common_streams_StreamServergnghsfha

When the K9 arrived, it pointed troopers to a hidden compartment in the back of the vehicle, where troopers found 18 packages of suspected methamphetamine, which weighed about 28 pounds, the release says.

The 29-year-old driver had picked up the drugs in Los Angeles and was en route to Michigan, the release said.

The Department of Public Safety’s State Bureau of Investigation is handling the ongoing investigation, the release said.

“Here in Utah, we’ve got quite a few interstates that come through our area, so we have a lot of interstate crime,” UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said. UHP’s interdiction unit is “very aggressive,” he said, in pursuing crimes that often take place in multiple states, such as drug, human-trafficking or kidnapping crimes.

A week ago, the Unified Police Department also made a traffic stop that yielded 68 pounds of methamphetamine after being alerted by the Department of Homeland Security.

Royce said he wasn’t aware of anything connecting the two busts, but he said “big drug busts back to back aren’t unusual.”

“Sometimes we get waves of drugs coming through the state,” Royce said. Sometimes it’s a coincidence, but other times it’s correlated, he said, due to things like harvest times for marijuana or law enforcement cracking down on meth labs.

 

 

 

 

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MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Meth is a problem in East Tennessee but now law enforcement is saying the problem keeps getting worse.

The drug seeps into walls, clothing and furniture. It’s made from common household increments. But if mixed incorrectly, huge fires can start.yjrdjsrjhsghjh

“It’s just a never ending war,” said Dennis Graham, a narcotics agent for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s not just meth labs causing the problems. Over the past year, there’s been a switch from home meth labs to just buying the drug, Graham said.

“Labs are almost a thing of the past. The crystal meth, there’s so much of it here, it’s easier to go buy it than it is to make it.”

A gram averages $100 and an ounce varies between $800 to $1,000, according to Graham.

It’s being run in cars and semis up and down Interstate-75, he added. Some of the newest batches come from Mexico.

With more meth, there’s more crime to supply the habit.

Something as simple as Ph paper helps firefighters figure out what liquids are acids and which are bases during a drug bust. They have tools to identify gases and tools that identify solids to help avoid fires and explosions.

“It’s dangerous in several ways. You have these chemicals that are cooking and you have a bad element of people coming into your neighborhood,” said Capt. Robert Roche of the Knoxville Fire Department.

In a home with meth, carpets, clothing and furniture all need to be disposed of, often as hazardous waste, Roche said. That’s at the taxpayer’s expense.

“We get a lot of mobile meth labs. And even a mobile meth lab can be $3,000 to $4,000,” according to Roche.

A good sign someone might be cooking nearby is a chemical smell, similar to bleach, officers said. People on meth are very jittery and paranoid. Sometimes there’s even physical indicators like body scabs or messed up teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

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BURLINGTON, Vt.Police say it’s a disturbing symptom of the drug crisis– women who are so desperate for drugs that they sell their bodies for sex. It’s what police say allowed a former Burlington man to prey on young women. Police say there are at least six victims whose drug dependencies led them down a dark path of prostitution and abuse. And they say their dealer profited from it.

Burlington police say he preyed on the desperate. They say Timothy Galloway, 46, targeted drug-addicted Vermont women with nowhere to go and coerced them into prostitution to feed their habits.

“We have seen an uptick in human trafficking associated with the drug trade, most often in the form of drug dealers coercing addicts into performing sex for the profit of a drug trafficking organization. Often that coercion takes the form of providing and withholding drugs that people become addicted to,” said Eric Miller, United States attorney for Vermont.

That’s what police say Galloway did while he was renting a trailer in Farrington’s Mobile Home Park off North Avenue in 2014 and 2015. They say his victims would often be living here. Galloway would supply them drugs, arrange for them to have sex with customers there, at local hotels and private residences, and then take a share of the money to feed his own drug habit. According to court papers, Galloway would also threaten to withhold drugs from the women unless they had sex with him, too.

Neighbors say they noticed suspicious behavior. We spoke to one resident off camera who did not want to be identified, but she said the charges are disturbing and she’s worried about the safety of the neighborhood.

Police raided the home in December and say inside, they found evidence of drug and human trafficking including items that matched pictures advertising prostitution services online.

“The business model that’s used is an illicit one, but it’s also an effective one,” said Deputy Chief Shawn Burke, Burlington Police Department.

Burke says they’re seeing more cases that start as drug investigations and are soon tied to human trafficking.

“Once you’re a drug trafficker, you have a market of both drug consumers and then those so desperately addicted to opiates that they’re willing to engage in this type of conduct to feed their habit. That’s what’s most shocking,” said Burke.

He says the most disturbing part is that the victims are so desperate to feed their habit, they told police they felt they had no other choice.

Galloway was arrested in Massachusetts and is now behind bars in Vermont. He is charged with four counts of human trafficking and is being held for lack of $75,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in court.

 

 

 

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) – Two Waynesboro women are facing drug-related charges after police say they found methamphetamine in a home on 13th Street.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Amanda Dawn Branch and 18-year-old Sierra Nicole Baber on Friday, August 19. 11486441_G 11486438_G

Police say the arrests came after a joint investigation by the Skyline Task Force and Virginia State Police led to evidence of methamphetamine distribution at the home. The discovery was made when agents went to the home to serve a search warrant as part of a check fraud investigation. Police say that methamphetamine, packing material, scales and baggies were found during the search.

Baber was charged with possessing methamphetamine, and also arrested on a misdemeanor capias from Staunton General District Court.

Branch has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and two counts of child neglect. Two boys, ages 16 and 11, were staying in the room where the drugs were found. Police say the boys are related to one of the women and are now in the custody of other family members.

Both women are being held at Middle River Regional Jail.

Media Release from the Waynesboro Police Department:

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested two city women on various charges Friday afternoon. The arrest came after a joint investigation by the Skyline Task Force and Virginia State Police led to the discovery of methamphetamine distribution at a city residence.

Amanda Dawn Branch, 32 years old, and Sierra Nicole Baber, 18 years old, were both arrested after agents went to 318 13th Street, Branch’s residence, to serve a search warrant as part of a check fraud investigation.

During their search, agents found evidence of methamphetamine distribution. A second search warrant was obtained for narcotics. As a result, agents recovered methamphetamine and related packaging material, scales and baggies. Also, two boys aged 16 and 11, were staying in the room where the methamphetamine was found. They are related to one of the women.

Branch is facing the following felony charges:

  • Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute
  • Two counts of child neglect

Baber is facing one felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. She was also arrested on a misdemeanor capias from Staunton General District Court. Both women are being held at Middle River Regional Jail.

The two juveniles were given to the custody of other family members. The Department of Social Services was present and assisted with the case.

The Skyline Task Force is made up of members of the Waynesboro Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Staunton Police Department, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

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A Gustine man hallucinating under the influence of methamphetamine landed in jail Monday after calling 911 saying several people were trying to kill him, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Authorities believe the would-be killers probably were imaginary.Isai%20Castro

The guns and drugs deputies found in the man’s home, however, were real, Undersheriff Jason Goins said.

Isai Castro, 30, called 911 about 6 a.m. Monday reporting four or five armed subjects threatened to kill him. Castro said he was hiding in a field near his house before he hung up, Goins said.

“We found no evidence at all of anyone else out there and, based on his behavior, his paranoia, it appeared he was under the influence of methamphetamine,” Goins said.

Methamphetamine use is commonly associated with psychosis, which can include persecutory delusions and auditory hallucinations, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and deputies responded to the home in the 26000 block of Gun Club Road but could not find any armed suspects after looking in Castro’s home, which was left open.

When deputies went through the home, several guns were out in the open, and they smelled marijuana. After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found four guns, including one reported stolen from Milbrae in 2011 and an assault rifle with the serial number removed and a 30-round magazine, investigators said.

Deputies also found 77 marijuana plants and more than 10 pounds of marijuana plants in the drying process. The county allows 12 marijuana plants per parcel. Deputies also found methamphetamine, Goins said.

Castro was booked into the Los Banos jail on suspicion of drug possession, cultivating marijuana, possession of an assault rifle, maintaining a location to sell drugs and possession of stolen property. He remained in jail Tuesday with bond set at $75,000, booking records show.

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Family arrested after SWAT team executes narcotics warrant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Four adults and two teenagers are facing drug charges, after an early morning bust in South Louisville.  SWAT members and other officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department served a narcotics warrant to the family’s home in the 1300 block of Vim Drive around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.thshdhsddgsdghs

Walter and Candy Hudson have been charged in the case.  The couple’s son Donavin Hudson and his girlfriend, Carlee Anderson, also face charges, along with two juveniles.

According to court documents, authorities found a marijuana grow operation in the attic of the home, along with more plants in the backyard. They found 57 marijuana plants total. They also found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

SWAT team members were exposed to chemicals during the arrest process. An LMPD spokesman said the officers were treated on scene and they are fine. Authorities said Walter Hudson shot at officers when they entered the home, but no one was hit.  In addition to drug charges, Walter Hudson faces four counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer.

 

 

 

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CITRONELLE, Ala. — Under arrest and shackled following the slaying of five friends in a rural home, a Mississippi man professed his love for the estranged girlfriend whose family and friends were massacred and blamed the killings on drugs.etahetheghwqh

Speaking with reporters as he was escorted to jail by deputies in Mobile, Alabama, Derrick Dearman said Monday that he was on methamphetamine when he went to the house, located at the end of a dead-end dirt road.

“Drugs (were) making me think things that’s not really there,” said Dearman, 27, hanging his head and dressed in a bright yellow jail uniform.

After the killings, authorities said, Dearman abducted estranged girlfriend Laneta Lester, who had sought refuge at the house, and a child of two of the victims. Dearman said he spared their lives because “I came down and realized what was really going on.”

“(I) turned myself in because I was sober and knew what was the right thing to do,” Dearman said.

In videotaped comments broadcast on Mobile-area television, Dearman expressed his love for Lester and apologized “to all the family members.” Dearman, saying all the victims were friends, added: “Don’t do drugs.” He said he doesn’t deserve to live.

A man who said his family provided a home for Dearman and Lester earlier this year near Leakesville, Mississippi, said Dearman was often on methamphetamine and physically abused Lester during walks in the woods in rural southeast Mississippi.

“He was taking her out there and beating the crap out of her,” said Charlie Passarelli Jr., who said he had known Dearman for years. Passarelli said he suspected Lester was either buying or selling drugs before he and Lester moved out in late spring.

The slayings left three men and two women dead, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. A teenager who said she was related to all five victims by marriage or blood shook her head and fought back tears as she described her anguish over the slayings.

“They were really good people. They’d call and check on you, ask if you want to come down and eat,” said Madison McDaniel, 17, who lives near the scene of the violence.

Relatives of the victims started an online fundraiser to help cover funeral expenses, and clerk Dawn Sullivan collected donations in a plastic jug on the counter at D&B Quick Stop, where the victims often stopped for snacks and drinks.

“It’s a sad situation. It never should have gotten to that point,” said Sullivan, whose husband was related to one of the victims.

The crime was of a magnitude rarely if ever seen in that corner of rural, southern Alabama, Mobile County sheriff’s Capt. Paul Burch said.

“It’s unprecedented here,” Burch told The Associated Press.

Burch told CBS Mobile, Alabama affiliate WKRG-TV the victims had the kind of injuries that were a result of what experts term “overkill,” or excessive violence, and said there was a massive amount of blood at the crime scene, which he called “obviously … horrific.”

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich told reporters that, in her 20-year career as a prosecutor, she’s never encountered a crime “where there were five people who were brutally and viciously murdered, and that’s what we have here.”

Dearman, of Leakesville, will be charged with six counts of capital murder, including one charge for the unborn child, Mobile County sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles said. Alabama court records don’t indicate whether Dearman has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.1aalabama

The slain were identified as Shannon Melissa Randall, 35; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Chelsea Marie Reed, 22; and Robert Lee Brown, 26, Myles said.

Turner was Lester’s brother and had let her stay at the house, which all the victims shared, McDaniel said. Turner and Randall were married.

“I’d always get on my horse and ride down there bareback,” McDaniel said. Her step-aunt Randall would say, “’Be careful because you’re already got a hurt knee.’ I’d say, ‘OK, Shan-Shan.’ That’s what I called her.”

Brown was Randall’s brother, McDaniel said, and Chelsea Reed was Randall’s niece. Chelsea Reed was pregnant with the child of her husband, Justin Reed, said McDaniel.

About 1 a.m. Saturday, someone inside the home called 911 and reported that Dearman was on the property, authorities said in a statement. Citronelle police came to the house, but Dearman had left before officers arrived, sheriff’s officials said.

Before daylight Saturday, Dearman returned to the home and attacked the victims while they were sleeping, the sheriff’s department said. Authorities said at least one gun and other, unspecified weapons were used.

After the killings, Dearman forced Lester and a 3-month-old identified by relatives as the child of Randall and Turner into a vehicle, and they drove to Dearman’s father’s house in Mississippi. Dearman released Lester and the infant and turned himself in, authorities said.

 

 

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PANAMA CITY — A woman who admitted she was on meth drove into the Panama City Police Department parking lot seeking protection from “dead bodies” under her truck.

According to a report from the PCPD, about 11 p.m. Thursday an officer on 15th Street pulled over a Toyota truck that was “driving with its flashers on, blowing the horn and driving very fast and erratic.” The truck stopped in the rear parking lot of the Panama City Police Department.karla-jenkins_5557558_ver1_0_640_360

The driver, later identified as Karla Jenkins, told the officer she was “running from dead bodies under her truck” and “thought one was missing a arm.” She was not able to produce a driver license.

The officer asked Jenkins to turn off her truck and step out. According to the report, her eyes were dilated, she was sweating and she had cold chills despite the heat of the night.

Asked if she was OK, Jenkins told the officer she was, “but she had done a little meth,” the report said.

Unable to perform a series of field sobriety evaluations, Jenkins was arrested and placed in a patrol car while a search was made of her truck. The officer found two open bottles of Skoll Vodka, one of which was empty and the other about 3/4 full.

Jenkins was taken to Bay Medical Center for a blood sample to be sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis. She was booked into the Bay County Jail and charged with driving under the influence and was issued a citation for the open containers.

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A Florida woman was arrested on Thursday after police said she arrived at the police station under the influence of meth and asked for help with the “dead bodies” under her truck.

Karla Jenkins was pulled over around 11 p.m. on Thursday in the rear parking lot of the Panama City Police Department after an officer observed her “driving with (the truck) flashers on, blowing the horn, and driving very fast and erratic,” the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. Police said she told officers “she was running from dead bodies under her truck” and she “thought one was missing an arm.”

Jenkins did not have a driver’s license with her and officers said her “eyes were dilated, she was sweating, and she had cold chills” even though it was warm outside. Police said she admitted to doing “a little meth” with officers finding two open bottles of vodka with one empty and the other mostly full.

She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and was issued a citation for her open containers.

Read more at the Northwest Florida Daily News.

 

 

 

 

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Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard by Irvine police investigating a call about a nude man wandering a nearby hiking trail, according to authorities.Marinovich%20Arrest

Marinovich, who once bore the nickname “Robo quarterback,” was booked on suspicion of trespassing; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, Irvine police Commander Mike Hallinan said Monday.

Officers took the 47-year-old Dana Point resident into custody about 11 p.m. Friday.

“It is a tragic story. We found him hiding in a backyard. Someone else’s backyard. We responded to a caller stating there was a naked person on Venta Spur Trail,” Hallinan said.

The call came in about 9 p.m. and officers began scouring the neighborhood. They found Marinovich naked in a yard on Bluecoat, the commander said. “He was carrying the items in a brown bag,” Hallinan said.Marinovich%20Arrest%20Football

Marinovich has waged a very public struggle with drug addiction and has at times offered advice to others with similar issues. In recent years, the father of two has worked as an artist, painting public murals and other pieces.

Growing up in Orange County, Marinovich was a football standout at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and Capistrano Valley High, then went on to play for USC, where he led the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory in 1990. He was later drafted by the then-Los Angeles Raiders, but let go after two seasons.

In the late 1990s, he pleaded guilty to cultivating marijuana and illegally possessing prescription medications.

A brief career in arena football came to an end several months after he was arrested for heroin possession in 2000.

Marinovich was arrested for drug possession in 2005 and once again two years later.

 

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IRVINE, Calif. — Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard in Southern California.lat-marinovigm-la0022818785-20141009

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday that Marinovich was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. The officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance that appeared to be meth but police are awaiting lab results.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.

Contact information for Marinovich or an attorney who could comment for him could not immediately be found.

 

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KINGMAN — A Needles woman faces numerous drug charges after reporting a stolen car to a police officer.

A Mohave County grand jury indicted Deanna Marie Tucker, 49, Thursday on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of narcotic drugs for sale, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.

Tucker flagged down a police officer Aug. 9 near Rainbow Drive and Highway 95 to report a stolen car. The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana and searched the car she was in. She also turned over a container of marijuana to police, according to Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt.

Police also found heroin in a plastic baggie and methamphetamine all over the floorboard of the car.

Tucker also allegedly had meth hidden on her and tried to crush it up and destroy the drug as she sat in the back of the patrol car.

A search of the car revealed 11 grams of heroin and about 3.1 grams of meth, Fromelt said.

 

 

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BULLHEAD CITY — An ill-timed stolen-vehicle report has landed a Needles woman behind bars.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Deanna Marie Tucker, 49, flagged down Bullhead City police officers near Rainbow Drive and Highway 95, department spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said.

Tucker wanted to report a vehicle stolen, Fromelt said.

In the vehicle she was in while making the report, officers reportedly could smell a strong odor of marijuana. Fromelt said Tucker then turned over a container of marijuana to officers.

Officers then asked for permission to search Tucker’s purse, Fromelt said, which was sitting on her lap.

When she turned over her purse, officers reportedly saw a clear plastic baggie between Tucker’s legs, containing a substance that appeared to be heroin.

Some drug paraphernalia and marijuana were also found in the vehicle, Fromelt said.

Tucker was then placed in a patrol vehicle, the backseat area of which officers later “saw had methamphetamine all over the floorboard,” Fromelt said.

“Tucker had meth concealed on her person and attempted to crush it up and destroy it with her hands and feet while in the back of the patrol car,” she said.

Paramedics took Tucker to the hospital under the suspicion she ingested some of the meth, Fromelt said.

A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up about 11 grams of heroin and about 3.1 grams of meth.

Once she was medically cleared, Tucker was booked on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, transportation for sale of a narcotic drug and tampering with physical evidence.

She was taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

Tucker was released Wednesday on her own recognizance. No information on a court date was immediately available.

 

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OMAHA, Neb.Omaha police are searching for a suspected drug dealer who is accused of dealing methamphetamine. yrtjuyetyytue

Michael Cooley, 48, was caught four separate times last year with meth and cut-up, or imitation meth, according to court records.

  • Jan. 16
  • Jan. 28
  • April 16
  • Aug. 3

He was able to post bond, and has since disappeared.

Cooley is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Police need help finding him.

All tips go through a process in which the person supplying the information is given a code word and a number so he or she can’t be identified.

You can tip by calling 402-444-STOP, by using the mobile phone app “P3Tips,” or by emailing http://omahacrimestoppers.org/.

 

 

 

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