Police discovered two active meth labs, and another in a “dormant state,” in a Lafayette motel room early Thursday.

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Just after midnight, Lafayette Police Department’s street crimes unit “conducted an investigation” at Devon Plaza in the 2300 block of North 26th Street, according to an LPD press release.

Syringes and spice also were found in the motel room, where officers arrested three men: Jason Rhode, 37, Christopher Kirtley, 32, and Justin Corbett, 34, the press release states.

Online court records indicate Rhode and Corbett live in Lafayette, while Kirtley lives in West Lafayette. They face preliminary charges of possession of a syringe, possession of spice, possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.

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The incident remains under investigation, the press release states. Anyone with information should call LPD at 765-807-1200 or the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.

 

 

 

 

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When Woodbury police caught up to Katherine Anne King, she had stalled her vehicle and was attempting to pull trees out of the ground in an attempt to move the car out of a heavily wooded ditch.

For felony drug charges, King, 37, of Elk River has a date in Washington County District Court on Feb. 18. She has been charged with fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine.

According to the complaint:

On Jan. 23, an officer was on routine patrol near the intersection of 10th Street and Interstate 694, where a red vehicle was stuck 50 yards into a ditch.

King was the sole occupant of the car.

She exhibited signs of controlled substance use, speaking very quickly and having a difficult time walking and balancing. Her pupils were dilated, but no odor of alcohol was smelled.

King asked the officer to retrieve her cellphone from the car, and as he acquiesced to her request, the officer noted glass pipes inside an open purse on the seat. He found an open cigarette pack with a broken glass pipe and white residue, and a baggie containing shards of what appeared to be methamphetamine. The drug field tested positive for meth.

 

 

 

 

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EDMONTON, Ky. (WBKO) – A criminal in Metcalfe County so desperate, he rams into a sheriff’s deputy. That didn’t end a pursuit that took eventually took three different agencies to stop though.

“He said let me pull over here in the driveway. I told him no, I need you to get out of the vehicle. Well then he starts to slowly drive off and takes off,” said Deputy Colby Romines

The Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office said 40 year old Joey Searcy was at a home where renters had been evicted on Ralph Edwards Road. The Campbellsville man also had a warrant for arrest in Anderson County.Metcalfe+Crash+Thumb1

Police said Searcy made his way through the elementary school area in Edmonton before heading out of town.

Police say in front of the Five Star in Edmonton is where the sheriff’s deputy cruiser collided almost head on with the truck. The cruiser stuck at the scene of the accident, but the truck being chased by police continued on.

“He kind of came back into him and just took off the front end of our car. By doing that collision, the subject was on three tires and one rim,” said Sheriff Rondall Shirley.

From there Searcy made his way to the Cumberland Parkway where he looped around an on ramp back onto 68/80.

“As he comes off the off ramp of the parkway he spins into the median.”

Again, Searcy heads back into town dodging pedestrians and weaving through vehicles until he reaches the town square.

“He lost control there just beyond the justice center and spun into the woods where he hit a guardrail and a tree. That’s where he was apprehended. When this vehicle got stopped there was a meth lab in his lap,” added Shirley.

Police later found the meth lab wasn’t active but still, Searcy is facing meth charges, along with assault on a police officer. In all, Searcy is facing 13 charges in the Barren County Jail.

“He placed beau coups of people in danger. He placed my deputy in danger. If he had hit him a little more to the rear of the car it wouldn’t have been good.”

As for the deputy in the cruiser, he walked away with only a bruise or two. Police said Josh Neal was the deputy whose cruiser was totaled in the collision caught on camera. Neal refused to even make a hospital visit.

The sheriff’s department said they feel lucky no pedestrians were injured.

 

 

 

 

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A woman living in a Bettendorf commercial building has been arrested on methamphetamine-related charges.

Bettendorf police arrested Amber Mai Porter, 39, on Wednesday. She is charged with three counts of possession of meth-making materials, possession of a controlled substance, 56bd59ef476d8_imagepossession with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bettendorf Police Capt. Keith Kimball said that the Porter had been living in a vacant building at 560 29th St. It formerly was occupied by Steamatic of the Quad-Cities.

The Special Operations Unit of the Bettendorf Police Department had been conducting a drug investigation over the past few weeks and had obtained search warrants for the building as well as Porter’s vehicle, Kimball said.

When Porter drove into the parking lot of the building Wednesday the Special Operations Team was waiting for her, he said.

Kimball said that while there was no methamphetamine cooking operation occurring at the building, officers did seize meth-making ingredients from the building and Porter’s vehicle.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Bettendorf Police officer Douglas Scott, officers seized a quantity of pseudoephedrine, lithium, ammonia nitrate, as well as filters, tubing and a vessel in which the drug could have been produced.

Officers also seized a small quantity of methamphetamine Porter had in her possession, according to the arrest affidavits.

Possession with the intent to deliver is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Possession of meth-making materials is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

Possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine is a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to one year, while possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to 30 days.

Porter was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail on $50,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Town of Chenango woman was arrested Thursday after a two-month-long investigation into a methamphetamine operation, Broome County drug investigators said.

Ann B. Affholder, 50, was arrested after a raid on her home by the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force. Detectives said she was in possession of finished meth and 635908131442137560-Ann-B_-Affholderitems used in its manufacture. She also was charged with four felony counts of selling meth that involved multiple buyers in different parts of Broome County, investigators said.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of drug manufacturing and possession, and use of drug paraphernalia.

Affholder was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court and is being held at the Broome County jail without bail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/public-safety/2016/02/11/chenango-woman-arrested-after-meth-investigation/80257640/

 

ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County men accused of providing meth to three juveniles last year in Surgoinsville were indicted last week on meth charges and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Michael James Caldwell, 25, and Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21 were arrested on Aug. 22, 2015 in a vacant residence where Caldwell had allegedly been “squatting” and cooking meth for several weeks.Caldwell-AND-Dishner-2-10-16

On the evening of Aug. 22, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a trespassing complaint at 282 Richards Road, a residence just outside the Surgoinsville city limits that has been unoccupied for several years.

Caldwell reportedly told police he was homeless and had been staying at the unoccupied residence for approximately five weeks without the consent of the owner.

A one pot meth lab was allegedly found lying outside the house.

Caldwell allegedly admitted to having knowledge of the lab and stated it was about 2-3 weeks old.

Dishner, 140 Beechwood Hills, Lot 19, Surgoinsville, was located inside the residence along with a 17-year-old male and two 14-year-old-year females.

Deputies also allegedly located and seized approximately one gram of meth packaged in six individual baggies and numerous empty gram-size baggies.

The investigation revealed that Dishner and the three juveniles had allegedly come to the residence to visit with Caldwell, and all three juveniles admitted to smoking and/or snorting meth with the adults.

One of the 14-year-old females was reportedly found to be in possession of meth during the investigation.

Caldwell and Dishner also allegedly admitted to having knowledge the three others at the residence were juveniles.

Dishner allegedly claimed ownership of the meth and admitted delivering it to the residence.

Caldwell was indicted by a Hawkins County grand jury on charges including manufacturing meth, criminal trespass, and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Dishner was indicted for delivery of meth, possession of meth with intent to deliver, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Caldwell and Dishner were arraigned on those charges in Hawkins County Criminal Court Friday.

Caldwell was arrested again on Nov. 17 while out on bail from his Aug 22 arrest after Church Hill police found him and a woman sleeping in the back seat of a car in a field where they had allegedly been cooking meth in a nearby wooded area.

Police reportedly also located seven “gasser bottles” and four one pot meth labs within a few yards of the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, officers allegedly found a glass jar containing a clear liquid with a strong chemical smell believed to be ether as well as a small piece of rubber tubing, numerous syringes, spoons with residue and burn marks and four Phentermine tablets.

Arrested with Caldwell was Eiron Railee Mulkey, 21, 336 Byington Rd., Rogersville.

Mulkey gave a written statement admitting that the ether in the jar was left over from an earlier meth cook.

Caldwell and Mulkey were charged with manufacturing of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and criminal trespassing.

Those charges were bound over in December, but have not yet been heard by a grand jury.

 

 

 

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Moving on from Methamphetamine

Posted: 12th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Methamphetamine use is at an all-time high in Eau Claire, and local law enforcement say it isn’t always kept in the shadows or the streets, and often affects parents in the community.

Kaitlyn Riley has been digging deeper into the issue for over a month, and, in that time, was introduced to an area mother who is on the right track to ‘move from meth.’9866450_G

Sarah Ferber’s high in life is having her two boys by her side, after a history of using and selling drugs. “Meth was introduced to me around 19,” she said. “I would say early on, it was just kind of a once a month thing. It didn’t become a serious issue until years later.”

A series of drug charges put Ferber in and out of jail and through multiple attempts at treatment. “I continued to use. You know how crappy of a person you are being, and when you are taking substances, its making those feelings go away,” she explained. “It’s just not people going out and wanting to use drugs. There are other issues that are going on.”

Ferber was dealing with abusive relationships, emotional distress and family problems. “Meth was always king of my, I could do it, and usually I would go on benders for not just a couple of days, but for a couple of months,” she said. “I wanted to party for the weekend…and and it turned into a year and a half.”

Ferber hit rock bottom when she lost her job and became homeless. “This is where I am, like, maybe not quite fully accepting that I am an addict, but fully accepting that something serious needs to change in my life,” she explained. “And that is when AIM court was brought to my attention.”

Eau Claire County’s AIM Court, or Alternatives to Incarcerating Mothers, was designed to keep families together. It took Ferber two tries, but she has now been sober for 15 months, and says AIM is the reason. “Those classes make a big difference,” she said.

“I could potentially relapse at any point, and it could destroy my life,” recovering methamphetamine addict Jacqie Reetz admitted in AIM Court. “But right now, I have the resources to help me get back up and pick up my life again. I don’t want to be that kind of parent anymore.”

Ferber is now dedicated to reconnecting with her kids, and moving forward with their future.

“My kids are really good kids, and I’ve been blessed,” she said. “They love the crap out of me, and I’m very lucky because I love the crap out of them too.”

In Ferber’s second time of going through AIM, a grant gave options for additional classes to address behavioral and emotional problems. AIM Court said with grant money running out, they are looking at partnering agencies to find funding for the area’s growing population of mothers who need care.

Ferber is currently studying social work at UW-Eau Claire and loving life with her sons, both of which are healthy and haven’t had any second-hand effects from their mother’s drug use. Law enforcement say other children in the Chippewa Valley aren’t as lucky as Ferber’s sons.

“Meth specifically attacks your brain by affecting the dopamine in your brain,” Lieske Giese, with the Eau Claire City County Health Department, said. “Dopamine is what causes pleasure. When people have that rush…they want it again, and that overload is not only addictive, but also causes enormous health consequences.”

Poor oral health, skin conditions, insomnia, and heart and breathing issues are all physical concerns that come with meth use. All problems that meth-using parents can pass on to their children. “Parents who are methamphetamine users cannot take proper care of their children,” Matt Rokus, Eau Claire deputy police chief, said.

Neglect is not just an issue for meth-using parents. “The meth smoke is getting on everyday items that the child is going to have contact with,” Bridget Coit, a detective in the Sensitive Crimes Unit of the Eau Claire Police Department, said. “They don’t deserve to sleep in a pillow that is covered in meth residue, and they don’t deserve to have the toys that they are putting in their mouth covered in meth of other drugs that are going to affect their system and their upbringing.”

Don Henning, a detective with the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department, said children are also exposed to absorption, or skin-to-skin contact with the user. “If the parent is injecting it, the body does not break down the entire drug or consume the drug, so they secrete it through their sweat and through their skin pores. Infants or really small children that are held or carried a lot by parents, their tests show extremely high counts of methamphetamine in their system.”

Law enforcement said the problem will not be solved by tearing children away from family, but instead it starts with taking meth out of the equation.

“The rise on methamphetamine use in the Chippewa Valley is a trend that is not going away anytime soon,” Rokus explained. “But, it is a trend that we do not and refuse to accept.”

 

 

 

http://www.wqow.com/story/31198370/2016/02/11/digging-deeper-moving-from-meth

 

LAKELAND, Fla. – His cane keeps him steadier on his feet.

His medication makes him thirsty.

“Excuse me,” he said taking a sip of water during an interview.

Rusty Soles of Lakeland celebrates his 75th birthday in May.

“Oh, I think it had everything to do with my age,” said Soles.FBI__Lakeland_Senior_conned_into_becomin_0_31761018_ver1_0_640_480

The septuagenarian survived 18 months in a New Zealand prison charged with trafficking more than $3 million in drugs.

“They took two years out of my life. I lost a lot but I came home from the Vietnam War feeling the same way and I put all that back together again,” he explained.

He can’t even pronounce what customs agents say they found in a suitcase he carried.

“Afetamines? Metaphetmaines? I can’t even, I don’t even know what it is? Metphetamines,” he said.

It all started when Soles flew to South Africa to meet a client who called himself Lawrence Green.

“I believed he was an investor. I believed he was somebody that would because he talked so much about investing in real estate and investing in businesses,” said Soles.

The man never showed up and instead sent Soles a suitcase to bring to Figi and meet him there.

“I went through any pockets, or any place inside or around it, through it and everything, convinced myself there was nothing in that suitcase, but clothes and there was nothing in the clothes so I put it all back together. I said, ‘I don’t have no problem,’” he said.

He did though.

When customs split the suitcase open finding a load of crystal meth.

Now the FBI believes he’s among dozens of elderly victims conned into becoming drug mules.

“It’s hard to distinguish what they’re really up to, but they are some of the cleverest people I’ve ever seen,” said Soles.

The Army Vietnam veteran was acquitted after 18 months in prison and two trials.

He left a free man in a wheelchair wanting to warn his generation your age may make you the next target.

“I growed up in a different era of time and to us drugs was an aspirin, you know, that was what we all thought about it. Course, I’ve gotten a tremendous education since,” said Soles.

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and kilograms of cocaine are off the streets of North Texas. The FBI worked to seize the drugs along with cash and firearms from an alleged drug trafficking organization.

Fifty people are being charged with federal drug distribution conspiracy charges, including 36 people taken into custody after a huge operation Wednesday by the FBI’s Fort Worth Violent Crime/Gang Task Force.

The charge is conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine and/or 500 grams of cocaine.

The FBI is still looking for nine people who are still on the streets. The drug conspiracies date back to September 2013 and August 2014.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/50-Charged-in-North-Texas-Meth-and-Cocaine-Bust-368554671.html

 

Twenty-one young adults and teens were arrested for staging a drug-fueled sex party in Nong Plalai.

A force of 30 Chonburi police raided the party at the Peter Pan Resort in the sub-district’s Moo 4 village Feb. 4. The windows of three-bedroom bungalow were covered with black bags to prevent anyone seeing the happenings inside.n9Sex

What police found were 13 women and 8 men, ages 18-25, drunk or high, dancing or having sexual relations in dark corners. Thanaporn (surname unknown), was captured with 24 ecstasy tablets while Kirithi (surname unknown) was found with 2.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two bottles of ketamine. 18 of the 21 participants tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Organizer Weerapath Athasombat, 30, told police he was visiting Pattaya and bumped into a group of women he knew from a nightclub so they decided to throw a sex and drug party. They rented the bungalow for 7,000 baht.

Thanaporn and Kirithi were charged with possession of a Class 1 narcotic while the others were held on drug-use and other charges.

 

 

 

 

 

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A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 49 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico’s far north.

The incident was one of the worst in a series of deadly riots in recent years to rock the country’s overpopulated prisons, some of which are largely controlled by cartels.

People help a woman who fainted while standing with family members of inmates outside the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Fighting broke out before midnight in two areas of the Topo Chico prison between supporters of a gang leader known as “Zeta 27” and another group, with prisoners using bottles and blades, Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said.

“Topo Chico is a … very old prison. A prison with very difficult security conditions,” said Rodriguez, who described the state’s prison system as a “time bomb” that needed to be defused. Rodriguez himself survived two assassination attempts while opposing drug cartels as mayor of a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico’s third most populous metropolitan area and home to many of the country’s largest corporations.

A 2014 human rights report faulted Topo Chico for not preventing violent incidents. The prison has long housed members of the Zetas, known for extreme violence. One Zetas leader was stabbed to death there in September.

Authorities revised down their initial death toll from 52, out of a total of about 3,500 prisoners.

One victim died from gunfire, while the rest were killed from a combination of knives and other objects like bottles and chairs. Flames licked the night sky after inmates set light to food storage areas.

Milenio TV reported that inmates’ relatives who had been within the prison’s premises for conjugal visits had seen inmates with burns. Twelve people were injured, five seriously, the state government said.

Speaking to local radio, Rodriguez acknowledged the public perception that the Zetas dominated the facility and said the prison system was one of his principal concerns.

“The problem is they have people like my brother living with narcos,” said an angry relative of an inmate doing time for robbery, waiting for names of the victims at the prison gates.

Rodriguez said 40 victims had been identified so far. The names of Zeta 27 and a rival known as El Credo were not among a list of 20 names released by state government.

Rodriguez said the fighting had been brought under control at about 1:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) on Thursday and ruled out a prison break, adding no women or children were hurt. Worried family members at one point forced open the prison gates and threw timber and stones at riot police inside, television images showed.

Authorities are transferring inmates out of the prison to bring down the population, with 60 people set to be moved on Thursday.

Pope Francis is set to begin his first visit to Mexico as pontiff on Friday. Next week, he will visit a prison in border city Ciudad Juarez, once one of the world’s most violent cities.

Both Monterrey and Ciudad Juarez are more peaceful than at the peak of the war between rival cartels for control of routes to nearby Texas.

For much of the last decade, the Zetas spread terror across Mexico before being debilitated by arrests and deaths of their founding members.

Juan Pedro Saldivar Farias, or Zeta 27, has been mentioned in local media as a suspect in the 2010 murder of U.S. citizen David Hartley.

Thursday’s riot was a blow to Nuevo Leon, where many were uplifted when Rodriguez, a blunt, outspoken rancher with a penchant for cowboy hats known as “El Bronco,” or “the gruff one,” defeated President Enrique Pena Nieto´s ruling party last year, becoming Mexico’s first independent candidate to win a governorship.

In 2012, at least 44 inmates died in another Nuevo Leon prison when members of the Zetas plotted with prison guards to stage an elaborate escape.

 

(Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz, Alexandra Alper, Cyntia Barrera, Christine Murray and Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Simon Gardner, Frank Jack Daniel, W Simon and Andrew Hay)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Military police in Preah Siha­nouk province arrested a man on Tuesday for allegedly raping a 6-year-old neighbor while her parents were away.

Tram Tav, 24, a fisherman living in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune within sight of the girl’s home, was arrested just hours after the victim’s parents filed a complaint with police, according to Var Chanthorn, chief of the pro­vincial military police’s security and penal bureau.

“We arrested him at about 9 a.m. yesterday at his house and he is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl,” Mr. Chanthorn said yesterday.

Keo Sophal, the deputy provincial military police commander, said the girl’s parents left their daughter home alone on Monday when they went to work.

“When the victim’s parents left the house to sell fish, they left their daughter alone at home. That’s when the suspect had a good opportunity to go to the victim’s house,” he said.

Mr. Sophal said the young man entered the house at about 3 p.m. and found the girl asleep.

“When the parents came back home in the evening they saw their daughter looking strange and saw blood on her clothes, so they took her to the hospital,” at which point the girl told her mother what had happened, he said.

“We have enough evidence, and the suspect already confessed to raping the girl,” Mr. Sophal said, adding that Mr. Tav would be sent to the provincial court today to be charged with raping a minor, and would also be charged with drug use.

“We did a urine test and we found methamphetamine in his body; he told us he has been us­ing drugs for two or three years,” the deputy commander said, add­ing that police were now searching for other drug users with whom the suspect may have connections.

“We are investigating the people he is involved with and will use what we learn from him to arrest the drug ring leaders. If there is drug use, there is drug trafficking.”

 

 

 

 

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OGDEN, Utah — A pair fleeing from police in Ogden were involved in a three-vehicle accident Wednesday, and both suspects will be booked into jail after getting treatment at a hospital.i0[p;80g0ptg7pt

According to a press release from the Ogden Police Department, things began around 7 p.m. when police stopped Todd Nelson and his passenger McKael Smout in the 500 West block of 24th Street.

Nelson is an adult probation and parole fugitive and Smout had a no-bail warrant out for her arrest. As police approached the vehicle, Nelson fled at a high rate of speed.

Officers got back in their vehicle and followed, and they came upon a three-car accident at 24th Street and I-15. When police arrived, they saw Smout running from the crash scene. Some witnesses directed officers to Nelson, who had tried to hide.

The driver of a white Chevy Lumina was taken to a hospital with minor injuries while the driver of a Chevy truck was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.

Nelson and Stout complained of injury and were being treated at a local hospital while in police custody. Ogden police stated Nelson will be booked into the Weber County Jail for evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and for DUI-methamphetamine as well as for his prior fugitive status.

Smout will be booked for the outstanding warrant and for possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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A Gainesville woman charged with drug trafficking remained in the Barrow County Detention Center on Tuesday.

Jessica Deon Allen was the driver stopped Feb. 5 after a traffic violation by a Braselton Police officer who recognized her and knew she was driving without a license.Jessica_Allen

The woman, who has several aliases and attempted to give the officer an incorrect name, was arrested after a bag containing 141 grams of methamphetamine and other drugs and paraphernalia were found. Video of the traffic stop shows a bag being tossed from the car.

Charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, giving false information, driving with license suspended, canceled registration, open container and removing or affixing license plate to conceal or misrepresent were filed.

A search of the vehicle netted also netted three digital scales and nearly $2,500 in cash in addition to numerous car titles.

 

 

 

 

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BIXBY — Zorro has had a rough go of it, but thanks to efforts by employees at Horizon Animal Hospital in Bixby, he just might make it.

Bixby police dropped off the 6-month-old puppy at the animal hospital late Monday after they found him in a ditch. He had burns to half his body, including his eyes and tongue, appeared to have mange and had an odd, purple tint on what fur he still had.meth puppy

Clinic staff diagnosed the mange right away. But further examination revealed that Zorro was suffering from much more than that, said Joleen Hansen, president of rescue group Horizon Animal Heroes.

“We aren’t really familiar with meth dogs, but we looked it up and got some opinions from people who are in the know more than I am, but that’s what it is,” she said.

Clinic staff think the dog might have been in a room where methamphetamine was being manufactured and suffered significant chemical burns as a result.

A swab sample from the dog was taken to be tested at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation laboratory to determine the cause of the burns.

It’s also possible the dog was exposed to some sort of pesticide or herbicide. Police picked up the dog a few blocks from an agricultural area, Detective Sgt. Andy Choate said. Chemicals that are sprayed on fields often have a color additive, which could explain the purple hue, he said.

Choate said that in his experience, he has not come across purple methamphetamine.

“I’ve not found any yet. The only time I’ve seen them turn purple is when they’ve had too much and they’re no longer with us,” Choate said of people who have used the drug.

If anyone was making meth in the area, the police would like to know about it, Choate said.

Officers also want to find anyone who might be responsible for the dog’s dire condition, he added.

Zorro may be in store for a long road to recovery. He’s been constantly crying, whimpering and biting into the air, and his system needs to detoxify, Hansen said.

By Wednesday afternoon, Zorro finally had dozed off and gotten some rest for the first time since he was brought to the hospital, his caregivers said.

At last check, Zorro’s temperature was 92 degrees. A normal temperature for a dog is between 99 and 102 degrees, Hansen said.

Veterinarians could not administer a sedative or IV fluids for fear of the body temperature dropping lower.

Zorro underwent a blood transfusion Tuesday. He’ll require two more bags of plasma, Hansen said.

A companion blood bank has made a donation for Zorro, but he still needs lots of help.

“It just depends on if we can keep his little body fighting to get over the hallucinations and all of that,” Hansen said.

A YouCaring page has been set up to raise funds for getting Zorro back on his feet. It can be found by searching for “Zorro — Horizon Animal Heroes” on youcaring.com.

Anyone with information about what happened to the dog can call the Bixby Police Department at 918-366-8294 or submit a tip at bixbypolice.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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A 44-year-old Eugene woman was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of possessing and delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Jonna Michelle Allenbrand was taken into custody after Eugene police searched her residence in the 100 block of McClure Lane, near River Road/El Camino Del Rio Elementary School in west Eugene.

Allenbrand faces charges of unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of heroin.

Allenbrand also was arrested on a warrant for the same charges relating to a previous search of the same residence in October by the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team.

 

 

 

 

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. — A tip led Indiana State Police to arrest two people for alleged methamphetamine — a 24-year-old man and his pregnant girlfriend.

Jonathan Murphy and Hannah Heinrich, also 24, are being held in the Henry County Jail on suspicion of possession of meth, neglect of a dependent and other drug charges, werGWWaccording to an ISP release.

The ISP Meth Suppression Team was assisted by New Castle police and the Department of Child Services when they visited the home in the 100 block of North 24th Street in New Castle.

Police said Heinrich is five months pregnant and child services removed two children under age 10 from the home.

You can provide ISP with tips on illegal drug activity by calling 1-800-453-4756, or visit the Meth Suppression Section website.

 

 

 

http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/man-pregnant-girlfriend-arrested-by-isp-meth-team/nqM3r/

 

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (Feb. 10, 2016) – Indiana State Police arrested a pregnant woman and her boyfriend in a meth case.

Police received a tip about possible drug activity at their New Castle home and found drugs inside the residence in the 100 block of N. 24th Street Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers made contact with Hannah Heinrich, 24, who is five months pregnant. She was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Troopers arrested her boyfriend, Jonathan Murphy, 24, on the same charges. Murphy also faces an additional charge of driving while suspended.

The Department of Child Services removed two children under the age of 10 from the home, police said. Heinrich and Murphy were taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://fox59.com/2016/02/10/children-removed-from-new-castle-home-after-pregnant-mother-boyfriend-arrested-in-meth-case/

 

 

EAGLE PASS, Texas – The Department of Homeland Security says an Eagle Pass woman was taken into custody after officers found more than $104,000 worth of methamphetamines inside a car she was driving.de643679-9ec9-463e-9a38-1deb5fc5e371-large16x9_5_22methamphetamine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry were using an imaging system and canine to inspect a 2000 Chevy Malibu coming in from Mexico at around 10 a.m. on February 5th, when they found two packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the passenger doors of the vehicle. The packages weighed a total of 5.22 pounds.

“CBP officers utilize their expertise, technology, tools, and canine support every day to identify and stop contraband at our borders,” said Port Director John L. Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

The 23-year-old woman driving the car was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations.

 

 

 

 

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/23-year-old-woman-in-custody-after-border-officers-find-104000-worth-of-meth-in-car

 

ALMA, Ga. (WJCL) — Alma Police Department charged Millicent ‘Millie’ Newson, 41, of Alma with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a controlled substance (two – separate strengths of pain killers), and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.9851611_G

Robin Bizzell, 37, of Alma has been charged with possession of marijuana over one ounce; the other two persons originally arrested have been released.9851659_G

These arrests follow a brief investigation in which APD seized over 6 pounds of methamphetamine, over 1 pound of marijuana, pain pills, a handgun, and over $16,000.00 cash.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wjcl.com/news/local-news/two-alma-residents-arrested-for-6-pounds-of-methamphetamine/141226483/story

 

Drug treatment centers and investigators say they’re starting to see a strange and alarming new trend.

Heroin users are suddenly switching to methamphetamine.Meth+TWO

There’s been a huge spike in meth use in the last year in Brown County, but investigators say this sudden shift between such different drugs is something they’ve never seen or expected.

We looked into what’s driving the change and the concern it’s causing for the community.

Methamphetamine and heroin may look similar at times, both a light-colored powder. In reality, they are anything but similar.

Meth is a stimulant. Investigators say users sometimes stay awake for days, even weeks at a time.

Their teeth rot and skin becomes blotchy.

Heroin, on the other hand, instantly making users calm and sleepy.

Too much at once, and the user can overdose and die.

With such opposite effects, investigators are baffled over this latest move by drug addicts.

“What they’re telling us is they are looking to meth instead of heroin. They’re less likely that they’re going to die from it,” explains Brown County Drug Task Force Lt. Dave Poteat.

Drug treatment counselors at Libertas Treatment Centers in Green Bay say they are now seeing addicts using meth, heroin, even cocaine at the same time.

“A lot of times what you’ll see is people will use a particular drug for a period of time and then their drug of choice may change, but they will still, at times, abuse those other chemicals,” says Tom Ritchie, AODA manager at Libertas.

While meth isn’t the instant death heroin can be, investigators say it’s equally as dangerous long-term.

They point to concerns like people driving after not sleeping for days.

“We’re seeing a lot of injections from meth lately, which is also a concern. Anytime you’re injecting a drug, its effects are going to be steeper as far as your rise to the high,” says Poteat.

Why the shift?

Investigators say with their crackdown on heroin, meth is cheaper and more available, at least for now.

Addicts tell them switching also sometimes masks some of the nasty withdrawal symptoms from coming off heroin.

“We’re even seeing some dealers switching to meth from heroin because, let’s face it, their customers are less likely to die from using meth than from heroin, and so they’re less likely to get a homicide charge,” adds Poteat.

Counselors want users and their families to shift toward treatment, knowing it can work.

“They’re not alone in their suffering and that even though they may feel alone or isolated, these are things that other families, other individuals have gone through and have been able to recover,” says Ritchie.

 

 

 

 

http://wbay.com/2016/02/10/heroin-users-switching-to-meth-in-unexpected-dangerous-new-trend/

 

Methamphetamine, growing drug in Rapid City

Posted: 11th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

In 2015, drug arrests reached an all-time high in Rapid City, where 1,349 people were arrested for drugs, up from 676 in 2009, leaving law enforcement officials to believe there is a correlation between drug use and violent crimes.Meth+TWO

Now, there’s a rising drug in Rapid City, methamphetamine.

Sgt. Harrison says, “Years ago, when I started nearly 20 years ago, if we found methamphetamine, the whole shift would come by and take a look at it, because you just didn’t see it. Today, we’re having 2,3,4 meth arrests a day by the guys and gals working in the uniforms on the streets, so it is prevalent and it is more popular.”

Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug made up of chemicals which effects the central nervous system.

Sgt. Tony Harrison with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team says meth is a very addictive drug which in turn leads to poor decisions.

Sgt. Harrison says, “Methamphetamine specifically, the high is good, people like being high, which is why drugs work and so the danger is they’ll do whatever it takes to get the drug or to get the money to pay for the drug, which is why we have so many crimes that are tied to thefts and white collar crime and check fraud and credit card fraud and burglaries and robberies, is because the money gets the meth.”

And unfortunately, it’s a drug that’s easy to get.

Sgt. Harrison says, “We have undercover officers who can buy meth on a fairly regular basis and so if we can buy it, anybody can buy it.”

And although it used to be known as the “poor person’s drug” that just isn’t the case anymore.

Sgt. Harrison says, “We do see methamphetamine at every pay grade, we have seen doctors, lawyers, people who have jobs, very good jobs, involved in methamphetamine and we’ve seen people who have next to nothing involved in methamphetamine, so it does stretch across the gamut.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.blackhillsfox.com/home/headlines/Methamphetamine-growing-drug-in-Rapid-City–368379961.html

 

NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – Four members of Hezbollah, the radical Shiite terror group operating in Lebanon and Syria with funding from Iran were arrested in France Feb. 1.

The members of the cell weren’t connected with the Paris terror attacks in November 2015, but were charged with terrorist activities nonetheless, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).lybia-rebel

The operatives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said, had created a pipeline in which drugs (in particular, heroin and marijuana) flowed west into Europe, while money flowed east to fund terror operations and weapons purchases.

The case, which saw the drug trafficking and money laundering reach from the Ivory Coast to Belgium and Latin America, was indicative of a new phase in the drug war where terrorism and drug trafficking are intertwined and where Muslim extremists who normally eschew immoral social behaviors are content to use the drugs at their disposal to further weaken the West and increase their arms caches.

Hezbollah is, of course, not the only terror organization using such tactics. The Taliban has also funded its operations with drug money.

“IS [soldiers] have syringes attached to their clothing so that if they are shot they can give themselves a boost. … They are high on cocaine and amphetamines. It helps them fight.”

Allan Duncan, former British army sniper

In January Duetsche Welle reported that while the Taliban has always been good at kidnapping and extortion, such as the exchange of protection money for safety, it is especially good at trafficking drugs.

According to the magazine, the insurgents depend on farmers to grow opium poppies and reward them handsomely. Some resist, but for famers who will not grow the drug crop, the Taliban uses threats of violence and intimidation to coerce them into doing so.

“They profit not only from drug sales, but also by extracting revenue from various taxes imposed on drugs throughout key trade routes, many of which are located in areas under their control,” the magazine concluded. Those who don’t farm or who are too poor to pay the Taliban for the protection racket simply disappear, a resident of Helmand Province told the German news magazine.

Another source, anonymous for fear of reprisal, told the magazine that the Taliban makes large sums of money from drug traffickers as they help transport the opium. One counter-terrorism expert valued their income at $100-300 million annually. A single United Nations report in 2012 claimed the Taliban collected as much as $400 million in that year.

The illegal narcotics trade is at the heart of the Taliban’s success. It is for the Islamic State as well, but the organization’s response to the illicit drug trade is inconsistent.

In January, the UK’s Mirror reported the Islamic State had gained a large share in the European marijuana market when it seized control of a smuggling ring anchored in Lazarat, Albania. Most in the town already grew marijuana, but according to the paper police raids on mafia drug farms in 2014 left an opening for the terror group.

It recruited heavily among young, nominal Muslims who were already trained in violence and drug smuggling, according to a former intelligence officer, Vladimir Pivovarov.

“With new recruits and money, the Mafia in the region is exactly the reason why Muslim extremism is establishing itself in this part of Europe,” Pivovarov said.

“It wasn’t as if the Mafia moved out and Jihadists moved in,” another government official said, though he wished to remain anonymous.

“What many people fail to understand is that the borders between Albanian Mafiosi and ISIS militants are blurred. Even if the leadership is different, they often use the same people to supply them with illegal weapons, and use the same people for illegal activities whether it’s drug running or indeed any of the other illicit activities,” he said.

ISIS is also participating in drug trafficking from South American cartels.

There was virtually no South American cartel presence in the Middle East before 2004, when they began smuggling drugs across the Atlantic by ship and plane. Now, however, the cartels are shipping more than 350 tons of cocaine to the region annually.

The cartels flew into private airstrips in the North African desert and trafficked the drugs along thousand-year-old caravan routes. Ironically, Islamic militants who now control the region have provided security and collected windfall profits on the estimated 48 tons of cocaine (worth $1.8 billion) shipped along the routes annually.

According to International Business Times, jihadists then used the money from trafficking drugs to buy armored vehicles, surface-to-air missiles and automatic rifles made available in the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime during the Arab Spring in 2012 – an effort stoked by U.S. President Barack Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In some instances, ISIS has burned marijuana fields it has captured in Syria, calling the plant popular in America and Europe “evil.”

That may be more for show than anything, an act carried out against villagers who oppose their rule. At other times, they’ve bought the marijuana from farmers on the edges of the territory they wish to control. They then sell the weed to fund their operations.

But ISIS and other jihadists are not just trafficking drugs. They’re cooking them as well – and taking them, according to multiple reports.

The Sun, a British tabloid, reported the discovery of an amphetamine factory by Al-Nusra Front rebels in Syria last week. Those rebels, aligned with Al-Qaeda, which is competing with ISIS for control of the region, said the drugs – primarily Captagon – were being taken by ISIS terrorists.

Captagon in its liquid form was the same drug found in syringes in the hotel rooms of the Paris attackers who killed 130 people and wounded dozens more in November.

French police, the paper said, believed the attackers were high on the drug – which opens the airways, raises the heartrate and increases alertness – when they launched the assault.

ISIS jihadists are also reportedly high on cocaine and Captagon when they go into battle. In December, a British newspaper reported former British army sniper Allan Duncan, who fought alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Northern Iraq, saw ISIS soldiers dead on the battlefield, each with a syringe as part of his combat gear.

“IS [soldiers] have syringes attached to their clothing so that if they are shot they can give themselves a boost,” Duncan said. “They are high on cocaine and amphetamines. It helps them fight.”

In that respect, history is repeating itself. During World War II, Nazi leaders ordered Pervitin, a methamphetamine, to be issued to German soldiers and airmen to keep them alert and awake on the battlefield. The drug also produced in the soldiers a sense of invincibility and euphoria in war.

One German soldier wrote in a letter home to his family that he needed more Pervitin. When he took the drug, he wrote, all of his cares seemed to disappear and he was happy. Even the “desert fox,” General Erwin Rommel, was said to have taken the drug daily.

Use of the similar drug Captagon, though in use by all sides in the conflict in Syria, may explain why ISIS has gained so much territory, so fast and with such ferocity. They are high on 21st-century “chemical courage.”

One Syrian rebel leader, Imaduldin Hneithel, former head of the Revolutionary Council in Manbej, told an Australian reporter that rebel forces “aren’t angels,” but it is most often a weapon used by ISIS fighters.

Ahmed Thaljeh, another soldier with the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki brigade, a tribal unit near Aleppo, told the source the drug “helps them fight crazily, [and] attack uncovered against strong positions.”

“They don’t even care about their wounded,” he said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.christianexaminer.com/article/terrorists-fund-jihad-with-drug-money-fight-while-high-on-cocaine-amphetamines/50176.htm

 

A registered nurse faces three felony charges after Longmont police allege she stole $140,000 from an elderly man she was caretaker for and used enough methamphetamine inside his home that it was later condemned.20160208__09TCAWAGw~1

Shela Wagner was arrested Friday on suspicion of theft from an at-risk person and criminal exploitation, both Class 3 felonies. She also faces charges of criminal negligence resulting in bodily injury and misdemeanor caretaker neglect, according to a police report.

Detective Stephen Desmond said that Wagner, 53, lived with the 89-year-old man — who she was charged with providing 24-hour care for — for about 10 months and drained his bank account of more than $100,000, and took $40,000 in other property.

“None of the money was for his benefit,” Desmond said. “If you use money, or are a fiduciary agent or have power of attorney — whether you are acting that way or it’s official — all the money has to directly benefit who it belongs to.”

Desmond said that people who know the elderly man told police that Wagner had isolated him from other people before committing the alleged thefts.

“That’s a typical sign,” Desmond said. “Isolation is a key red flag that law enforcement and social workers look for. That can be very telling toward future financial abuse.”

Desmond said the alleged victim has been removed from the home — which is now condemned because of methamphetamine contamination — and is living in an assisted care facility, where he has improved physically.

“He has gained a lot of weight since he has been in better care,” Desmond said.

He said witnesses told police that Wagner, while apparently hallucinating from prolonged methamphetamine use, picked at the man’s skin while looking for nonexistent worms, which contributed to an infection that nearly killed him.

The home where the man lived, which might be a total loss, tested 105 times the acceptable limit for methamphetamine contamination, and witnesses told police that alleged victim’s living conditions were “filthy,” Desmond said.

Desmond added that Wagner is accused of not bringing the man his medication and leaving him with other people when she was supposed to be providing 24-hour-a-day care.

According to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Wagner has an active nursing license, and Desmond said police are working with the department to have her license revoked.

Wagner also has an open misdemeanor child abuse case pending in Boulder County Court.

She remained in custody at Boulder County Jail on Monday on a $100,000 bond. She is expected to be formally charged Wednesday.

 

 

Signs of financial exploitation of elders

  • Unpaid bills, eviction notices or notices to discontinue utilities
  • Bank account withdrawals the elder cannot explain and unusual activity on bank accounts.
  • Bank statements and canceled checks no longer come to elder’s home
  • New “best friends” come into elder’s life when they were previously unknown to the elder, caregiver or family member.
  • Legal documents that the elder doesn’t understand or remember signing.
  • The care of the elder is not commensurate with the size of the estate
  • A caregiver expresses an excessive amount of interest in the amount of money being spent on the elder.
  • Belongings or property are missing.
  • Noticeably recent purchases or gifts are present.
  • Suspicious signatures on checks or documents.
  • Absence of documentation about financial arrangements.
  • Implausible explanations about elder’s finances.
  • The elder is unaware or does not understand financial arrangements that have been made for him or her.
  • Change in bank or other financial institutions.
  • Increased or unusual activity on credit cards.
  • Withdrawals from savings or CDs despite penalties.
  • Changes in beneficiaries.
  • New authorized signers on accounts.
  • Change in financial planning documents like wills, especially when they benefit new or much younger “friend.”
  • Changes in property titles, quick claim deeds or a new or refinanced mortgage.
  • Changes in attorney, stockbroker, doctor or other professional.

 

 

 

http://www.timescall.com/news/crime/ci_29493018/longmont-police-nurse-stole-100k-from-elderly-man

 

SAN ANTONIO — A woman was found with multiple drugs stashed between her thighs after police noticed she was walking “stiff” as investigators searched a vehicle she was riding in, according to an affidavit.920x920dgbd

Janice Salas, 28, was arrested early Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4-200 grams. She was still being processed by the Bexar County Magistrate’s Office on Tuesday night.

When San Antonio Police Department officers pulled over a car in September 2015, they said there was a strong smell of burnt marijuana.

Salas, who was sitting in the passenger side, was separated from the driver as police searched the car.

One officer described Salas’ walk as “stiff” and said it looked like she was trying to keep her thighs together like she was “concealing contraband,” the warrant states.

An officer confronted Salas about her possibly trying to sneak the drugs into a correctional facility. That’s when she pulled an estimated 14 grams of heroin and 31 grams of methamphetamine from her groin area and handed it to one of the officers, the affidavit said.

Police secured Salas on a separate municipal court warrant and one charges for possession until the heroin could be tested at a later date.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office later weighed the alleged heroin at 8.124 grams, less than the arresting officer’s on-scene estimate, the warrant states.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Affidavit-Woman-stashed-more-than-8-grams-of-6819609.php

 

Osceola deputies say they arrested a 37-year-old Tennessee man on Sunday after finding him in a hotel with a missing 16-year-old girl from Iowa.os-man-arrested-iowa-teen-sex-drugs-20160208-001

Eric Sinks told deputies he met the teen on a dating website and they’ve been living in the Kissimmee-area hotel since late December, when they drove to Florida from Tennessee, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

He also said that the girl told him she was 20 years old and they have been having consensual sex, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies went to the Royal Celebration Inn at 4944 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway about 5:30 p.m. after getting information that the missing Iowa girl might be living there with an older man.

They then found the girl with Sinks, who cooperated with the investigation and let deputies search his hotel room, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Inside, deputies said they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Sinks is facing charges of sexual battery, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Osceola County Jail.

Deputies placed the girl with child-welfare workers.

The Royal Celebration Inn is on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway – also known as U.S. Highway 192 – across from the intersection of Kissimmee Vineland Road.

 

 

 

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-man-arrested-iowa-teen-sex-drugs-20160208-story.html