– A Rock Hill mother is facing a slew of charges after police say she was distributing methamphetamine and her young son tested positive for the drug.

Jennifer Bradway, 40, of Rock Hill was arrested at her home along Bridgewood Drive Thursday, according to a York County narcotics investigator.

Leland Harrelson with The Narcotics Unit explained how the boy tested positive for having meth in his system.

“It could have been when she was handling the meth, packaging it and selling it. She didn’t wash her hands. She prepared food for her son or if she touched her son, it could be transmitted that way. He wasn’t necessarily taking it. I can’t say he wasn’t ingesting it. She had it in the house so there could have been some residue as well,” said Harrelson.

He said Bradway, her roommate, and a friend were arrested late February for distributing meth near the Westminster Catawba Christian School off India Hook Road.

“She was not manufacturing meth. She was not cooking it. She was selling it. That’s still extremely bad because selling drugs; you don’t know what kind of people are coming in. People may try to rob them and vice versa. That’s the danger of people coming into a residential community to buy drugs,” said Harrelson.

Neighbors were too afraid to speak on camera, but told FOX 46 Charlotte they saw people coming and going at Bradway’s house at all hours of the day, plus loud parties late into the night, a strange thing for a tucked away community filled with retirees.

“If people are selling drugs out of a residence, many times they’ll have a lot of vehicle or foot traffic. If people only stay there a few minutes, it’s a good chance they’re doing some illegal activity,” said Harrelson.






A woman who was stopped by police for speeding Thursday night was arrested and two children were taken into protective custody after police allegedly found a methamphetamine bong in the car.

Eva Marie Gunn, 36, was booked on charges of a headlight violation, failure to maintain liability coverage, two counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine, improper use of a child safety restraint system and possession of methamphetamine.

Court documents say two officers were on patrol at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when they noticed a car headed west on Second Street. They estimated the car was traveling at 40 mph in a 30-mph speed zone and, according to charging papers, saw the car had no headlights.

Officers stopped the car, and before approaching the driver, reportedly saw the occupants moving around in the front seat.

An affidavit says officers saw the driver move an unknown object to the back seat area of the car. The driver, Gunn, was allegedly making “furtive movements” reaching in the back seat towards the back passenger floor board.

Officers approached and found two children in the car — one in the passenger seat and one in the back seat.

Court documents say officers found Gunn to have an extensive history with controlled substance violations, so they requested a K9 officer to assist.

A search of the car allegedly turned up a methamphetamine bong, which was reportedly found inside a cup with a green Crown Royal bag on top of it. The cup was in the map pocket of the passenger seat.

An officer also reportedly saw the child restraint chair was not securely fastened to the seat.

Gunn agreed to speak with officers, charging papers say, and first said she didn’t know the meth bong was in the back seat. She later said changed her statement and said she did know, but said it wasn’t hers.

However, Gunn allegedly said she was guilty of owning it, as it was in her possession. She would not say who it belonged to, but added she had not used methamphetamine in “a long time” and was not under the influence.

Gunn reportedly said one of the children was not secured properly in his car seat because the car seat had been moved into the car earlier in the day. She also said she couldn’t use the car’s headlights because the car’s battery was not working properly.

One of the children reportedly said she doesn’t use meth and didn’t know where the methamphetamine bong came from. She was unsure whether Gunn used methamphetamine.

She said she moved the other child’s car seat into the car earlier that day and didn’t know why it wasn’t securely fastened, court documents say.

Department of Family Services agents took protective custody of the children. Gunn was arrested.






A man and a woman who had allegedly been selling methamphetamine were arrested Wednesday night in the parking lot of Dani’s Sports Bar on State Road 44 in Wildwood.

Reed was at the wheel of the vehicle, which was bearing the registration that belonged to a silver Cadillac. Reed told deputies she purchased the vehicle approximately three months ago and was waiting for tax return money to register the vehicle.The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 10 p.m. with a tip about the illicit drug activity. Deputies went to check it out and found 21-year-old Steven Alexander Johnson and 30-year-old Roxanna raciell Reed in a Honda van.

When a deputy approached the passenger side of the vehicle, Johnson would only roll down the window one-quarter of the way. Johnson appeared to have been concealing something in the glove compartment, which turned out to be a bag containing methamphetamine. He then resisted deputies who tried to handcuff him.

The bartender at Dani’s said she knows Reed and Johnson are “regulars” at the Citgo gas station next to the bar. The bartender said Reed told her she was broke and asked if the bartender would buy her a drink. The bartender told Reed she had no money to buy her a drink so Reed asked her if she could help her make some money. The bartender asked Reed how she could help, when Reed asked if she could help her sell meth or if she knew anybody who wanted to buy meth, according to the arrest report. Johnson was present with Reed and the bartender as they were engaged in conversation. The bartender told the bar’s owner about the pair selling drugs. The owner then called the sheriff’s office.

Johnson and Reed were arrested on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. Both were booked at the Sumter County Detention Center.


BOZEMAN – A couple is charged with drug-related felonies., and their two children have tested positive for amphetamines, Methamphetamine, and cocaine.

Katie Laird and Joseph Gillin are facing four felony charges each: possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to sell, possession of property used for making or selling drugs and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

It is unknown how the children, aged one and eight months,  were exposed to the drugs.

In 2016, drug use by caregivers resulted in the deaths of eleven children, with four cases involving Meth, according to a Montana Department of Justice report.

Court documents say that an investigation by the Missouri River Task Force included a confidential informant setting up Meth purchases from Laird and Gillin.

A search of the couple’s home, conducted with a search warrant, turned up 46.7 grams of meth, $1720 in cash, a digital scale, a glass pipe, two cellphones and an unspecified amount of marijuana.





Paranoia and a five-day methamphetamine bender appear to have sparked the unprovoked and deadly shooting of a young San Marcos woman, whose body was found dumped by a roadside in January, a prosecutor said in an interview Friday.

The accused gunman, 27-year-old Paul R. Castro IV, pleaded not guilty in a Vista courtroom Monday to murder and assault charges as well as allegations that he used a gun, Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said.

Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland ordered that Castro — whose gang moniker is “Menace” — be jailed in lieu of $3 million bail.

Castro, a documented Las Vegas gang member, faces 69 years to life in prison if he is convicted killing Antonia Herrera and shooting at her boyfriend.

Castro’s defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Alexandra Knudson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.

Authorities have said the killing happened as Hererra, her boyfriend and Castro were passengers in a car headed from Las Vegas to Herrera’s San Marcos apartment before dawn Jan. 11.

According to Watanabe, no argument or animosity preceded the shooting. Rather, an attempt by the 23-year-old victim to reassure the paranoid Castro went horribly wrong.

The prosecutor said Herrera had gone to Las Vegas on Jan. 8 to visit friends. Three days later, she and her boyfriend were headed to San Marcos, riding in the backseat of a friend’s car when Castro, the front seat passenger, became distraught.

Watanabe said Castro is bipolar and schizophrenic, with a documented history of paranoia.

And at the time of the shooting, Castro told police, he had been on a five-day meth binge, with no sleep.

“During the ride, the defendant — being paranoid and on meth — kept saying that he believed the occupants of the car were trying to kidnap and kill him, that they’d been hired by a drug cartel to kill him,” Watanabe said.

The driver and the couple in the backseat tried to reassure Castro, and calm him down.

After a five-hour drive, they neared unincorporated Escondido and the freeway exit to reach Herrera’s apartment. At that point, the young woman told Castro they would be driving through a desolate, wooded area but told him not to worry.

She said it to keep him calm, the prosecutor said, but it had the opposite effect.

What came next was unexpected and quick.

“He pulled out a gun, racked the slide and turned around and fired three shots into the back seat, directly at the victim,” Watanabe said.

All three bullets hit Herrera’s torso. One shot also grazed the right arm of her boyfriend, who had been cuddling with her at the time.

Castro, still holding the gun, ordered the driver to find a place to dump Herrera’s body.

The scared driver obeyed, pulling off Interstate 15 at the next exit. They dumped Herrera’s body in a ravine off Champagne Boulevard south of Lawrence Welk Drive sometime before sunrise and headed back to Las Vegas.

The following day, a resident across the canyon found the body and called police, according to the Sheriff’s department.

A combination of Herrera’s Facebook page, credit card records and witness statements eventually led authorities to Castro, the prosecutor said.

Castro — who is on probation for aggravated child endangerment in Nevada — was arrested in Las Vegas last month. He was extradited to San Diego County late last week.






TRANG – A man who drugged and raped his 8-year-old daughter, causing her death, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison by the Trang Provincial Court.

Kittisak Thongyoi, 33, was convicted and sentenced for forcing his daughter to drink water mixed with methamphetamine and then raping her at their home on May 12 last year. The girl later died from an overdose of the drug.

Kittisak was charged with causing physical harm to and raping a girl aged below 13, leading to her death.

The court was presented with forensic evidence, particularly the results of a DNA test, and heard witness testimony from police, doctors and nurses. Kittisak was found guilty as charged.

Kittisak was initially given 24 years in jail for rape and eight years for bodily assault causing death.  The 32 years total jail term was commuted to 21 years and four months because he confessed.

Kittisak was earlier sentenced to a four months suspended jail term for taking drugs while driving in 2014. This was added to the new sentence.

Kittisak is to serve altogether 21 years and eight months in prison.






SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force raided an apartment on Portola Drive Thursday that police suspected was being used as a hub for drug sales in Santa Cruz.

Officers served a search warrant at the apartment on the 2300 block of Portola Drive at 4:30 a.m.

They found nearly two pounds of methamphetamine and a handgun.

Guillermo Garcia, 42, of Santa Cruz, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of high-capacity magazines.





SEBRING — A traffic stop led to an investigation that turned up more than 246 grams of methamphetamine in a shed in Sebring early Wednesday, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sgt. Dusty McGee made the traffic stop at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday after he saw a moving car with its headlights turned off. When driver Louis Arno Huff, 30, was questioned by McGee, he admitted to not having a driver’s license, so he was taken into custody.

Huff’s passenger, Charlene Walterman, was also arrested due to having several outstanding warrants for fraud, petit theft and identity theft.

K-9 deputy Cory Tomblin and his partner Remco checked the car, and Remco reacted to the center console, where deputies found a partially smoked marijuana joint. They also found a loaded pistol on the floor of the car between the driver’s seat and the console.

Huff, who was convicted of grand theft in 2007, is not allowed to have a gun. He was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and possession of marijuana.

After further investigation, the deputies turned up information that led them to Huff’s mother’s home in the Highlands Homes area of Sebring. She gave deputies consent to search the property.

Tomblin and Remco went into a shed in the backyard, which had a sawed-off shotgun and a pistol sitting in plain sight. Remco started sniffing and immediately reacted to an end table in the middle of the room.

When Tomblin opened the drawer, he found a gallon-sized plastic bag containing what turned out to be 237.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Additional searching revealed two smaller bags with 8.8 grams of meth as well as .6 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

The methamphetamine has a local street value of around $15,000.

Huff’s mother told deputies that Huff was the only one who ever went into the shed, which was equipped with video surveillance equipment. Huff later told deputies that he had the meth with the intention of selling it.

Additional charges were filed of trafficking in methamphetamine (over 14 grams), possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug equipment.

Huff is being held on $63,000 bond.





While investigating a domestic violence report in Peach Bottom Township in February, Pennsylvania State Police uncovered a meth lab operation inside a dairy barn, according to charging documents.

Sabrina Dixon told police on Feb. 22 that she told boyfriend Daryl Charles Vaughan, 36, he loved Sudafed more than her and that his response was to throw lye on her face, documents state.

Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine hrdrochloride, an ingredient often used to make methamphetamine.

Police found Vaughan as he was fleeing through an open window at his home in the 200 block of Wiley Road. A bag in the room had a container inside which contained methamphetamine, documents state.

As of Thursday, Vaughan remained in York County Prison on a combined $150,000 bail for charges relating to both the alleged assault on Dixon and the meth lab, according to online charging documents.

Vaughan has a preliminary hearing on both cases before District Judge Laura Manifold on April 5.

Through their investigation, police learned of the alleged meth lab inside a dairy barn owned by Vaughan’s family in the 400 block of Lay Road in Peach Bottom Township.

Police then obtained search warrants for the house on Wiley Road and the barn on Lay Road and sent their clandestine lab team to execute the warrants, documents state.

Inside the dairy barn, police found numerous ingredients and paraphernalia related to making meth, including soda bottles, cold packs, ammonium nitrate pills, acid, lithium batteries, cooking fuel, lye, and pseudoephedrine pills.

From the house, police seized meth and hypodermic needles, documents state.

Vaughan later told police in an interview he is a meth user, and he makes it in the barn to support his habit. He added that because pseudoephedrine is only able to be bought in small quantities, he has others buy the drug and then gives them meth in return, documents state.






When a woman accused her boyfriend of loving a nasal decongestant more than her, his response was to throw acid on her face, according to charging documents.

Daryl Charles Vaughan, 36, whose address is listed as the York County Prison, 3400 Concord Road, Springettsbury Township, is facing a charge of strangulation, two counts of simple assault and one count of harassment.

Vaughan, who had been in York County Prison on a possession with intent to deliver charge since Feb. 23, was arraigned on the charges and now has a total bail of $150,000, according to the prison.

On Feb. 22, police interviewed victim Sabrina Dixon about an alleged argument and assault that occurred at the hands of her boyfriend, Vaughan, on Feb. 19 in Peach Bottom Township.

“Dixon related that she loves Daryl so much and that she never expected in a million years that he would put hands on her,” documents state.

She told police the marks on her chin were not from her picking at her skin, but were from Vaughan hitting her and throwing lye acid on her, documents state.

Dixon said that while she and Vaughan were inside a barn in the 200 block of Wiley Road, she had accused him of loving Sudafed, a nasal decongestant, more than her.

Vaughan then pushed her over a table, threw the acid on her, and hit her in the face, causing her nose and mouth to bleed, documents state.

Dixon sprayed Vaughan with a hose and then ran outside, yelling for someone to call 911. Vaughan followed her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back inside the barn, documents state.

Also during the alleged assault, Vaughan choked her until she nearly passed out. In addition to the marks on her face, Dixon had a bump on the back of her head, a swollen big toe, and marks on her legs that she said were from the acid, documents state.

Vaughan was placed in York County Prison on Tuesday. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled before District Judge Laura S. Manifold on March 15.



A man found guilty of killing his brother’s wife, her father and her sister in Ciudad Juarez was sentenced to life in federal prison on Thursday.

Emmanuel Velasco Gurrola, 30, pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Velasco Gurrola’s brother, Samuel, was married to Ruth Sagredo Escobedo, and in 2008, Samuel was under indictment in El Paso County for aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child, authorities said.

From September 2008 to November 2008, the court found, Velasco Gurrola initiated a plot with his brother to kill Sagredo Escobedo while she was in Mexico, to keep her from testifying in the sexual assault case.

On Oct. 3, 2008, Sagredo Escobedo’s father was killed at his home in Juarez and a month later, Sagredo Escobedo’s sister was killed in Juarez, authorities said.

On Nov. 22, 2008, while Sagredo Escobedo and her friend Robert Martinez were traveling to the funeral, the two were ambushed and murdered, authorities said.

“Mr. Velasco Gurrola falls into the category of the ‘worst of the worst’ criminals. His actions have devastated a family on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The DEA is proud to have played a role with our law enforcement partners in bringing Velasco Gurrola to justice and ensuring that never again will he be able to commit an act of violence in the Borderland,” said Will R. Glaspy, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Division.

As part of his sentencing, a judge ordered Velasco Gurrola to pay more than $1 million in restitution to the families of his victims and a money judgement for $12,460,000. He was also ordered to surrender to the government several real estate properties he owned in El Paso and Midland counties and a condominium located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Court records show Velasco Gurrola was the leader of a criminal organization that ran a cross-border car theft ring. The group was also involved in importing and distributing tons of marijuana, federal officials said.

The Velasco Criminal Enterprise operates across the United States in such places as Las Vegas, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, California and Texas. It also operates in Mexico and has base operations in El Paso, according to authorities.

The court records showed that the VCE is responsible for international and multistate distribution of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, and transports narcotics from Mexico into El Paso and also through Deming and Lordsburg, New Mexico. The enterprise distributed drugs to cities throughout the U.S. and laundered drug money nationally and internationally through banks and other financial institutions.

The VCE is reportedly responsible for multiple kidnappings that were planned in El Paso and carried out in Juarez from 2008 through 2013, according to court records.

Samuel Velasco Gurrola was found guilty in October 2016 of three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and four counts of conspiracy to cause foreign travel for murder for hire.

He is set to be sentenced on Friday.

Velasco Gurrola’s sister, Dalia Valencia, 44, pleaded guilty to charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. She is set to be sentenced on April 19.

Velasco Gurrola’s other sister, Monica Velasco, is a fugitive in this case. She faces charges related to money laundering and drug trafficking. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service in El Paso at 915-534-6779.





Reporter: Carlos Alvarez

Luxeries, excess and parties, is what its like to live inside the Culiacan prison, where this past Thursday Juan Jose Esparragoza Monzon “El Azulito”, Alfonso Limon Sanchez “El Limon”, Jesus Pena Gonzalez, “El 20”, Rafael Guadalupe Felix Nunez “El Changuito Antrax and Javier Zazueta Rosales “El Pancho Chimal” escaped.

The daily newspapers in circulation El Universal and Reforma informed that the closed circuit tv cameras inside the Aguaruto prison, captured the prisoners with cellular telephones, consuming marijuana and cocaine, cells with flat screen TV’s, prostitutes coming into the prison and a party a day before the escape of the five capos.

The festivities inside the prison were carried out with music, alcohol and drugs, according to Reforma a group of familiars of prisoners in modules 7 and 5 of the prison, where the capos were housed, were the governors of the prison for Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, sons of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo, and also for Ismael Zambada Garcia “El Mayo”.

Before the party, indicated a rotary, on Tuesday, they changed some of the prisoners inside the modules, because they were grouping together associates of Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Ismael Zambada. Already in the party, the prisoners were shouting threats to people inside and outside of the prison.

They were triggering a rally of violence, which was halted by the prison guards who were in charge, the newspaper said, and according to sources of public safety, among the inmates a rumour was circulating that was spread to create a confrontation, and that any situation that would put them in danger would be avoided.

The alleged offenders went out the front door, according to the Governor of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordaz Coppel, who also noticed that the capos operated and worked from inside the Culiacan prison.

Although the State agent accused authorities of complicity, so far no details have been given of what happened prior to the escape, on the grounds that it is reserved information in the ongoing investigation of the Attorney Generals Office (PGR).

According to Reforma, although they were highly dangerous, the five escaped prisoners enjoyed privileges, such as alcohol and drug use, open hours for visitors and could remain outside of their cells without limitation.


Prisoners rooms at Culiacan prison

For their part, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), in its general recommendation 18/2010 warned of the situation in the countries prisons, in particular this so called self governance.

This Culiacan jail has 2112 inmates of whom 500 are facing Federal Charges, so that the State Government has raised the urgency of transferring them to the CEFERESO centres to prevent escapes or contact with common prisoners.

Today, Jose Mario Rodriguez Murillo, Chief of Custodians of Culiacan prison, has been missing since the escape of El Azul’s son, who is presumed to be complicit. The prison at Culiacan dates from 1969, and its cells have paraded old figures linked to drug trafficking, such as those of Manuel Salcido Uzeta, “El Cochiloco”, Miguel Angel Lugo Beltran, “El Ceja Guera” among others, who became legends for the spectacular evasion of this prison said the newspaper.

Original article in Spanish at Zetatijuana






Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

On Sunday, “hieleras” (ice coolers) were discovered containing dismembered remains.  The grisly contents were discarded in the heart of the tourist section of the popular vacation destination of Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur). Marking the first such violence in the tourist area.

The remains of two male and one female have not been identified.

On March 3 and 4, six bodies were found in an area close to Cabo San Lucas.  An uptick in violence in the region has been noted in the last five months,  near the tourist areas, but the Sunday find, the first that hit the heart of the tourism area.

On Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4th


A female body found on a desolate area leading to the airport.

3 Bodies, all male, discovered shrouded in plastic and covered with a tarp found in San Jose del Cabo.  Bodies revealed signs of torture


Two bodies, a male and a female, were found near airport.  Both bodies had bullet impacts

Although there is a notable increase in violence and homicides in the area, the crime rate in Cabo tourist areas remains extremely low, even by U.S.  standards.

The uptick began 2 ½ years ago, and is the result of conflict for plaza control between cartels. La Paz has carried the bulk of the violence. Read more on the conflict between the Cartels of Sinaloa, Beltran Leyva Organization in a de facto alliance with Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Los Zetas, and the Arellano Felix Organization, fighting for La Paz, where the bulk of the violence is.  Link here to Otis’ post on the subject.

Cabo San Lucas has consistently been one of the safest travel destinations in Mexico, and is rated one of the top 10 places to visit in Mexico.  It is the number 1 on the west coast.

In 2016 there was a dramatic decrease in American homicides in Mexico.  There were a total of 75, with 28 occurring in Chihuahua.

Homicides of Americans  in Los Cabos Region

According to the U.S. State Department, in 10 years, the years of 2006-2016, a total of 3 homicides against Americans in the Los Cabos region occurred (see highlighted area on map).   The homicides were 3 in total, with 1 in three separate years, 2014, 2015, and one in 2016.

From Baja Insider:  “The first two months of 2017 saw Los Cabos (refer to map to see full cabos area) become the homicide capital of Baja California Sur. In one week more than 37 cartel executions took place in the state, but virtually transparent to visitors and residents, as they were discovered as body drops. The following week 200 Federal Police were brought into the state. One attack on a suspected cartel member’s home involved the use of a 50mm grenade launcher.

March 12 saw the year’s first open gun battle to be witnessed by travelers when a suspect was being apprehended in a major Los Cabos resort. Visitors scurried for cover as a chase by federal police resulted in gunfire in the lobby. The event made national and international news and will be a black eye for the Los Cabos tourist industry.”

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued April 15, 2016. Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations and has engaged in an extensive effort to counter criminal organizations that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the level of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from patronizing casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit.   Kidnappings in Mexico take the following forms: Traditional: the victim is physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release.Express: the victim is abducted for a short time and commonly forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released.Virtual: an extortion-by-deception scheme where a victim is contacted by phone and coerced by threats of violence to provide phone numbers of family and friends, and then isolated until the ransom is paid. Recently, hotel guests have been targets of such “virtual” kidnapping schemes.U.S. citizens have been murdered in carjacking and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads. Carjackers use a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, but drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States are also targeted. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. citizens should use toll roads (cuotas) whenever possible. In remote areas, cell phone coverage is limited or non-existent.The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups. U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel. In some places, criminal organizations have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and have killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them. You should cooperate at all checkpoints.

Personally I would still not hesitate to visit Cabo.  I would be much more hesitant in doing so with respect to Northern Baja, T.J, Playa del Rosarito etc.  However, security/insecurity is fluid in Mexico, with warring between cartels providing an ever changing landscape.  Be aware, “know before you go”, keep current with warnings, even reading regional news, contact your embassy for the up to date information.  Share your itinerary with the embassy, and a trusted person at home.   There are many tips available on line, including at www.state.travel.gov  and using this link.  https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html.

Borderland Beat Reporter Chivis





A Medford man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a Jackson County jury found him guilty of more than two dozen counts of rape and sodomy perpetrated against his daughter and another young victim.

The case against William Henry Thompson, 50, is one of the most disturbing in memory, according to the prosecutor who spent three days laying out Thompson’s twisted path from grooming to raping to methamphetamine addiction to sexual torture.

Jurors late Thursday afternoon returned 26 guilty verdicts — most of which were unanimous.

“I’ve never see a person whose actions were so degrading,” said David Orr, Jackson County deputy district attorney. “Not only to the victims, but also to the human race as a whole. That’s how bad it was.”

The daughter had already been sexually abused by her stepfather when she began staying with Thompson, Orr said. Thompson’s abuse of his own child began when she was about 12 and continued into her high school years, he said.

Telling his daughter she needed to learn how to please herself and boyfriends, Thompson directed her how to perform sexual acts on herself and on props, Orr said.

“He told her she couldn’t talk about any of this because society just wouldn’t understand,” he said.

Thompson coerced his daughter to allow herself to be blindfolded and have intercourse in the cab of his truck with a person he called “Kevin.” It was all for her education to learn how to give and receive pleasure, Thompson told the child.

The rapes continued for a long time. She was always blindfolded and told any communication from “Kevin” would be relayed through the father. Eventually Thompson’s daughter came to realize “Kevin” was her father.

“She was upset,” Orr said. “He apologized for the deception. But not for the rapes. He told the her, ‘No one would love her like he did, and he didn’t want her to lose her virginity to an a—hole.’ “

The sexual abuse continued for years. And Thompson’s predilections became even darker, Orr said. The girl was subjected to bondage, beatings and branding. He branded an double “S” for slave on her chest with an iron. He pressed so hard, the letters are hard to decipher. But she showed them to the jury, Orr said.

He forced her to wear a dog collar and crawl after him. Eventually he got her addicted to methamphetamine and prostituted her out to several men while he watched and masturbated, Orr said.

The daughter’s friend was drawn into Thompson’s web of sexual perversion. The second child’s father had committed suicide and her mother was dying, he said.

“He knew exactly who to target,” Orr said, adding that Thompson would ply the young teens with alcohol and cigarettes, but would attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings himself.

One night, after returning home from an AA meeting, Thompson realized the girls had been drinking while he wasn’t there. He woke the second victim up, put his hand over her mouth and raped her, Orr said.

“The next morning he raped her again. She didn’t tell,” Orr said.

Thompson continued to sexually abuse the girls. Neither knew the other was being abused because Thompson had them so under his control, Orr said.

The second victim eventually told her story to someone at school. The series of interviews that followed eventually led to Thompson’s arrest.

Both victims are now in their early 20s. They each testified on the stand for hours, telling of their experiences before a room filled with strangers, facing direct examination from Orr and a cross-examination from Thompson’s defense attorney, Christine Herbert. The young women displayed little emotion while giving their testimony, Orr said.

“It’s an uphill battle,” Orr said. “Jurors have this notion we’ll come in with DNA evidence and a teary-eyed, pig-tailed little girl with red ribbons in her hair. But in the majority of these cases the reporting is years delayed.”

A prosecutor’s challenge is often not only to build his case, but also to educate the jury about the dynamics of sexual abuse — particularly one that occurs over months and years between an adult and a child, Orr said. Jurors want to know why victims didn’t go to authorities immediately, or why they endured the abuse, he said.

“The reasons for delay vary,” Orr said. “There is shame, there is fear, there is even sometimes a lack of understanding that something that shouldn’t have happened, happened.”

Thompson is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 18 before Judge Tim Barnack on all 26 sexual abuse counts, 14 of which are Measure 11 charges.





A Medford man was sentenced to 72 years in prison Tuesday for more than two dozen counts of rape and sodomy perpetrated against his daughter and another young victim.

William Henry Thompson, 50, spoke defiantly before Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack sentenced him to 870 months, said David Orr, Jackson County deputy district attorney.

“He was defiant until the end,” Orr said, adding Thompson refused to sign the sex offender registry. “He called the girls liars, said they were after his possessions, said his attorney didn’t do a good job defending him, and he threatened to appeal this conviction.”

Thompson’s case is one of the most disturbing in memory, said Orr, who spent three days laying out Thompson’s twisted path from grooming to rape to methamphetamine addiction to sexual torture.

On Sept. 7, the Jackson County jury that heard the case returned 26 guilty verdicts — 14 of which were for Measure 11 charges, he said.

Thompson’s abuse of his daughter began when she was about 12 and continued into her high school years, Orr said.

The daughter’s friend also was drawn into Thompson’s web of sexual perversion. Neither knew the other was being abused because Thompson had them so under his control, Orr said.

The second victim eventually told her story to someone at school. The series of interviews that followed eventually led to Thompson’s arrest.

Both victims are now in their early 20s. They each testified on the stand for hours, telling of their experiences before a room filled with strangers, facing direct examination from Orr and a cross-examination from Thompson’s defense attorney, Christine Herbert.

Orr said there are at least two other victims who have come forward alleging Thompson abused them. But they did not want to testify, he said.

Barnack praised the two women for having the courage to come forward. The judge told them “they have value as human beings,” Orr said. “He urged them to go on with their lives and be happy.”

At Tuesday’s sentencing, the second victim did not speak. But Thompson’s daughter spoke directly to her father in a halting voice and through tears, Orr said.

“She said ‘I love you. But I hate you,’ ” Orr said.







Father guilty of sexually abusing daughter – using Methamphetamine!

BUTLER COUNTY, AL (WSFA) – A couple accused of torturing two young relatives now face even more charges in the abuse case.

A grand jury indicted Paul and Michelle Smith last week and tacked on two more counts of aggravated child abuse, as well as two counts of chemical endangerment of a child.

That’s in addition to charges of attempted murder, aggravated child abuse (family), sexual torture, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and domestic violence assault.

In December, prosecutors say two young relatives suffered such horrific abuse at the hands of the Smiths that they were left in critical condition.

Deputies were called to the Smith’s home in the Greenmore community in reference to a medical emergency. Greenmore Road is located off of East Dogwood Trail (Butler County Road 37) outside of Georgiana, near Chapman.

When they arrived, officers found two children, a brother and sister, suffering from multiple injuries, according to Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden.

The children were rushed to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville and then transported to Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham for further treatment. They have since been released and are being cared for by family members as they continue to recover.

Jonathan Paul Smith, who goes by Paul, and Michelle Smith are related to the victims, the sheriff confirmed. Due to the nature of the case, officials have not released information on the victims’ injuries or how they were inflicted. Their exact ages have not been revealed.

District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer represents Alabama’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Butler, Lowndes, and Crenshaw counties. She says the physical and sexual abuse that happened inside the Smith’s home spanned hours, but they did not seek medical help for the children until the next day.

“It’s a difficult case. The children are still having to go through medical treatment. They’re living with family members and healing and going through the healing process. It’s a serious case. Of course, they are innocent until proven guilty but the torture that these children went through was horrible,” Tesmer said.

The couple will be arraigned on March 31. They remain in custody. Their cases will be on the June trial docket in Butler County.

“Anybody that’s been touched by this case has had a difficult time dealing with it, whether it be law enforcement, attorneys. Anyone who has had anything to do with it, it’s been wearing on them,” Tesmer added.

Tesmer said the additional charges of aggravated child abuse stem from the fact that there were two other children in the Smith’s home at the time the abuse was inflicted on the victims. All of the children are under the age of 12.

According to Tesmer, the abuse victims had methamphetamine in their systems, leading to the chemical endangerment charges.

Bond for the Smiths has been increased to $2 million each.

Michelle Smith also faces a charge of assault on a law enforcement officer stemming from a scuffle in the courtroom during the couple’s first appearance.

Mickey McDermott, a Montgomery criminal defense attorney, is representing Paul Smith. Michelle Smith does not have an attorney.






BUTLER COUNTY, AL (WSFA) – A Butler County couple has been indicted in what authorities say is one of the worst child abuse cases they’ve ever handled.

Several indictments were issued by a grand jury against Jonathan Paul Smith and his wife, Michelle, on charges of attempted murder, aggravated child abuse (family), sexual torture, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, and domestic violence assault.

In December prosecutors say two young relatives suffered such horrific abuse at the hands of the Smiths that they were left in critical condition.

Deputies were called to the Smith’s home in the Greenmore community in reference to a medical emergency. Greenmore Road is located off of East Dogwood Trail (Butler County Road 37) outside of Georgiana, near Chapman.

When they arrived, officers found two children, a brother and sister, suffering from multiple injuries, according to Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden.

The children were rushed to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville and then transported to Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham for further treatment. They have since been released and are being cared for by family members as they continue to recover.

Jonathan Paul Smith, who goes by Paul, and Michelle Smith are related to the victims, the sheriff confirmed. Due to the nature of the case, officials have not released information on the victims’ injuries or how they were inflicted. Their exact ages have not been revealed, only that they are younger than 12.

District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer represents Alabama’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Butler, Lowndes, and Crenshaw Counties. She says the physical and sexual abuse that happened inside the Smith’s home spanned hours, but they did not seek medical help for the children until the next day.

“It’s a difficult case. The children are still having to go through medical treatment. They’re living with family members and healing and going through the healing process. It’s a serious case. Of course, they are innocent until proven guilty but the torture that these children went through was horrible,” Tesmer said.

The couple will be arraigned on March 31. They remain in custody. Their cases will be on the June trial docket in Butler County.

“Anybody that’s been touched by this case has had a difficult time dealing with it, whether it be law enforcement, attorneys. Anyone who has had anything to do with it, it’s been wearing on them,” Tesmer added.

There are indications that additional charges were presented to the grand jury in connection with the alleged torture at the Smith’s house.




BUTLER COUNTY, AL (WSFA) – Two Butler County siblings are in critical condition and a man and woman are facing multiple charges in one of the worst child abuse cases the sheriff’s office has ever handled.

On Monday night, deputies were called to a home in the Greenmore community in reference to a medical emergency. Greenmore Road is located off of East Dogwood Trail (Butler County Road 37) outside of Georgiana, near Chapman.

When they arrived, they found two children, a brother and sister, severely beaten, Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said.

They were rushed to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville and then transported to Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham for treatment of their injuries.

An investigation was launched and Jonathan Smith, 33, was arrested. The next day, Michelle Smith, 30, was also arrested. The Smiths are related to the victims, the sheriff confirmed.

Jonathan and Michelle Smith were charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse (family), two counts of sexual torture and two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

The couple went before a judge Wednesday afternoon and were each placed on a $1 million bond. They remain in the Butler County Jail.

Harden couldn’t release additional information due to the nature of the case and the ongoing investigation, but more charges are expected to be filed against the Smiths.

The sheriff indicated the abuse occurred at the couple’s home this past weekend, but there was a delay in notifying first responders.

“It happened actually Sunday night and they did not call for medical assistance until Monday night. So it was the next day before they even called for an ambulance to come to them,” Sheriff Harden said.

He couldn’t discuss the extent of the victims’ injuries or how they were inflicted. He also couldn’t reveal their exact ages, confirming only that the siblings are younger than 12.

“It’s one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,” Harden added. “A child or elderly people can’t defend themselves and any time you abuse a child or an elderly person, that hurts everybody. We’re very concerned and taking it very seriously. They’re going to be prosecuted to the max. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that these two never hurt another child or a person.”





A Butler County couple has been arrested and accused of beating and torturing two family members. The family members were brother and sister.

Last Monday night, deputies were called to a home in the Greenmore community in reference to a medical emergency. When officers arrived, they found two children severely beaten, Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said.

The victims were rushed to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital and then transported to Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham for treatment of their injuries. Sheriff Harden said they were in critical condition.

Harden couldn’t release additional information due to the nature of the case and the ongoing investigation. He indicated the abuse occurred at the couple’s home over the weekend, but there was a delay in notifying first responders.

“It actually happened Sunday night and they did not call for medical assistance until Monday night. So it was the next day before they even called for an ambulance to come to them,” Sheriff Harden said.

“It’s one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,” Harden added. “A child or elderly people can’t defend themselves and any time you abuse a child or an elderly person that hurts everybody. We’re very concerned and taking it very seriously. They’re going to be prosecuted to the max. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that these two never hurt another child or a person.”

Jonathan Paul Smith, 33, and his wife, Michelle Smith, 30, were charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse (family), two counts of sexual torture, two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree domestic violence assault.

Jonathan Paul Smith was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and Michelle Smith was additionally charged with assault on a law enforcement officer (assault 2nd degree).

The couple’s bond is set at $3 million. They remain in the Butler County Jail.

Brandon Sellers has been appointed the Guardian ad Litem and is in the process of setting up an account for donations for the children and the appointed caregiver.

According to his Facebook site, many Christmas presents have already been donated but monetary donations are most needed for the hospital care and expenses the caregiver will undertake. Those can be made at his office of The Sellers Law Firm in Greenville. They can take cash, checks, and credit cards or will gladly accept gift cards for gas and food. You may call 334-382-6907 with any questions.






GEORGE TOWN: The woman involved in a six-vehicle crash in Penang which killed a technician yesterday, should be investigated for murder.

This was the opinion of law lecturer Shamsher Singh Thind, who said said this incident was not an ordinary case of causing death due to reckless or dangerous driving.

“This is murder.

“I call upon the police to investigate the death of Mohamad Fandi Rosli, 26, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, and not under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987,” he said.

In the 7.50am incident, the woman, 19, believed to be drunk and high on methamphetamine, drove her car at high speed against the flow of traffic along the North-South Expressway (NSE) after the Sungai Dua toll on mainland Butterworth, and triggered a multiple vehicle collision.

Her Proton Gen 2 struck the Perodua Kelisa driven by Fandi, which led a chain of other collisions.

Fandi died on the spot due to severe head and bodily injuries.

The woman and four other vehicle drivers escaped with minor injuries.

Elaborating, Shamsher said, according to Section 300(d) of the Penal Code, culpable homicide is murder if any person, committing an act that causes a death, knows that the act is so imminently dangerous that it must in all probability cause death, or such bodily injury as is likely to cause death, and commits such act without any excuse for incurring the risk of causing death, or such injury as aforesaid.

Shamser said for example, if someone were to fire a loaded cannon into a crowd and it kills someone, then the person who fired the weapon is guilty of murder, regardless of whether there was intent to kill anyone.

“In the case before us, driving in an opposite lane at 110 km/h is as dangerous as firing a loaded cannon into a crowd.

“Now, the woman driver, has any defence which is recognised by the law (like she was drugged involuntarily, or she was escaping from some other danger) is irrelevant at this investigative stage.

“She may rely on it during the trial later, but for now, the investigation should be conducted as if a murder has been committed,” he added.




A 19-year-old female driver who accidentally killed a man and injured 5 others when she drove her car against the flow of traffic on a North-South Expressway in Penang, Malaysia was revealed to be high at the time.

According to NST, the woman, initially identified as Cindy Ng, was believed to be drunk and high on methamphetamine.

The tragedy began when Ng, whose real name is Ng Pei Ven, was trying to flee a previous accident that she encountered earlier where she bumped into two other cars.

She made a U-turn and drove against the flow of traffic for over 3 miles, crashing into several cars and head on into 26-year-old soon-to-be father Mohd Fandi, killing him instantly. Ng suffered minor injuries to her left eye.

Netizens who were eager to learn more about the offender were able to track down the 19-year-old’s Facebook account where many found out that Cindy’s real name is Ng Pei Ven. Her photos also show some of her modeling and beauty pageant stints.

In a report by The Coverage, law lecturer Shamsher Singh Thind said that the victim’s family wants to file charges for the crime committed and wants the 19-year-old punished for her actions.

“I leave it to the police to investigate the incident but we want justice for my son,” Fandi’s father said.

Assuming that she aspires to be somebody popular based on her Facebook photos; this is most definitely not the kind of attention that Cindy was aiming for.




The notorious 19-year old female driver that was high on meth while driving against traffic on North-South Expressway, Penang, taking one innocent life and injuring 5 others is gaining more and more attention on social media.

Netizens were eager to find out her identity and hours after the accident, her Facebook profile was discovered. Cindy’s original Facebook profile has deactivated most probable after many netizens constant messaging and posting on her timeline, but her sub-accounts are still around, and so is her fan page.

Cindy Ng’s real name is actually Ng Pei Ven, it was revealed that Cindy is a freelance model who has made appearances at launch events and car shows and has participates in several beauty pageants, she even took part in the ‘Miss Auto-City 2016’ in Juru, Penang.

Some netizens went overboard and created a Facebook page just to mock her and some Facebook users were also bashing her on the comments.

One of the post writes:

What was commented in Mandarin was “Killed someone, go die la!”

and below the comment in Malay translates to ” Then whose fault is it? Your parent’s fault for having a child like you? No brains. Don’t you know going against traffic could end up in a collision? The victim passed for no reason, tomorrow when you drive, I hope someone would crash into you like how you did to the innocent driver.”

Latest update about Cindy Ng is that she will be charged by the victim’s family who said she should be punished for her actions! She would be prosecuted for murder because this case was more than causing death due to reckless or dangerous driving, Shamsher Singh Thind, a law lecturer said.

Apparently, before Cindy made a U-turn on the highway she had already committed a crime when she ‘kissed’ a Perodua Alza near the Sungai Dua toll, but because she didn’t want to take responsibility and the bumper of her Gen 2 fell off at the same time. In the state of panic, she sped away on the opposite road going against the traffic heading towards Butterworth.







A College Park man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for statutory rape and other charges in a 2015 case involving 11- and 13-year-old girls.

Joshua Arnold, 37, also was convicted of two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Dontaye Carter, spokesman for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, said Wednesday.

Police received a call from an 11-year-old girl who said she had nowhere to go, Carter said in a media release. When police arrived at the location, the girl said she ran away from home with a 13-year-old friend the night before. The girl told police the 13-year-old was at a nearby apartment with Arnold.

At the apartment, police found the 13-year-old victim hiding naked in a closet, according to the release. The victim told officers Arnold had sex with her at least five times.

Detectives also learned the 11-year-old victim had sex with a friend of Arnold’s, 28-year-old Derrick Taylor. The men met the girls soon after they left home.

The men gave the girls illegal drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine before having sex with them, Carter said.

Arnold will have to serve three years on probation after his prison term.

Taylor pleaded guilty to statutory rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the release. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, with seven more on probation.





ATLANTA, GA – A College Park man will spend the next eight years in prison after pleading guilty to statutory rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs sentenced Joshua Arnold, 37, on Wednesday to 15 years, 12 of which are to be served in prison after he pled guilty to

The incident dates back to September 1, 2015 when College Park police received a call from an 11-year-old girl who told them she had nowhere to go, according to court records. When police arrived at the location on Jackson Street, the young girl informed police she had run away from her home with a 13-year-old friend the night before. The younger victim told police the 13-year-old was at an apartment near their location with Arnold.

Detectives proceeded to the location described by the 11-year-old and found the 13-year-old victim hiding naked in a closet. The victim immediately made an outcry to detectives that the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with her at least five times.

Upon further investigation, detectives learned the 11-year-old victim also engaged in sexual intercourse with a friend of Arnold’s, 28-year-old Derrick Taylor. The two defendants met the two minors soon after the girls left home. The men gave the minors drugs such as marijuana and a drug called beanie (a nickname for methamphetamine) before taking advantage of the girls sexually.

Taylor also pled guilty to statutory rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was sentenced to 15 years, and must serve eight in prison.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Cara Convery and Senior Assistant District Attorney Rudy Harris prosecuted the case with assistance from District Attorney Investigators Marshal English and Investigator Governor Henderson. Detective A. Clements from the College Park Police Department was the lead investigator.





JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro woman pulled over for illegal window tint now faces felony charges after police say she tried to bring drugs and drug paraphernalia into jail.

According to an incident report from the Jonesboro Police Department, Investigator Pete Lochner pulled Mallory Goad over in the Wal-Mart parking lot on E. Highland Drive.

She asked Lochner if they could move locations because she was embarrassed.

“Lochner smelled the distinct odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” the report states.

While writing Goad a citation for her tint being too dark, Officer Bryan Bailey conducted a probable cause search of Goad’s car. Inside, he found a Valium that she did not have a prescription for.

“I secured Goad in my back seat via double locked handcuffs behind her back and seatbelt and finished my search of the vehicle,” Officer Bailey said. “Once the search was completed I entered my police unit and noticed Goad had her hands in front of her body.”

Goad told Bailey she did it “just to show y’all I could.” Bailey then handcuffed Goad’s hands behind her back again.

After dropping Goad off at the jail, Bailey watched the rear video playback from his police cruiser. In the video, Goad can be seen slipping her right hand out of the cuff.

“Goad then reached into her bra and retrieved an item from it and leaned forward making a motion with her hand as if she was concealing the item inside of her pants,” Bailey said. “Goad then leaned back up and put her hand back into her handcuff before sliding her hand down inside both sides of her bra retrieving another small item and placing it into her mouth.”

Goad later admitted she ate marijuana.

Due to the activity Bailey witnessed on camera, he requested Deputy Cassandra Morphis conduct a strip search of Goad.

Morphis said Goad denied having anything on her person three different times prior to the search.

“I then advised her that if I found something it would be a felony charge,” Morphis said.

Morphis said Goad was wearing two bras, and when she removed the first, two orange pills, identified as Xanax, fell onto the floor.

“She acted surprised and advised she had forgot she had those,” Morphis said. “She advised that they were nerve pills of her grandmother’s and that she gives them to her when she is stressed out.”

When Goad removed her panties, Morphis stated she could see “something plastic protruding” from her vaginal area.

Morphis said Goad had a plastic baggie of marijuana in her vagina.

“She advised she didn’t know it was there,” Morphis said.

The next morning, Officer Logan Butler was called back to the jail in reference to more contraband found inside Goad.

“Goad was again found to have an item shoved into her vaginal area,” a probable cause affidavit states.

Morphis found a glass methamphetamine pipe hidden inside Goad.

Goad faces two felony charges and four misdemeanor charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and furnishing prohibited articles.

She will be back in court on April 20. Her bond was set at $3,500.








A mother and her two sons have been charged with operating a meth lab.

43-year-old Renee Espling, 20-year-old Jacob Poitraw, and 22-year-old Thomas Poitraw were stopped in a car in Bangor in November.

Police say they saw a needle and rubber tubing under the front passenger seat, and in the back found all the makings of the drug.

Police say they were able to find out through a national database used by stores that the three bought Sudafed at Wal-Mart earlier that day.






A methamphetamine lab bust in Cleveland has revealed an alleged conspiracy involving 12 people who conspired to manufacture and possess the illegal drug.

Four of those 12 people have been arrested on charges ranging from Manufacturing Methamphetamine to weapons charges.

Acting on an anonymous tip, the Cleveland Police Department notified the Pawnee County Drug Task Force and relayed that it had information of a meth lab in the Delaware Apartments located at 305 W. Delaware Street.

The apartment, belonging to Andrew Franklin Brink, was put under surveillance by drug task force investigators, who observed three individuals identified as Marcus Dobson, Bradley Kirchner and Christina Holloway enter the apartment.

The task force investigators approached the apartment shortly after the three entered and detected an odor they associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine or meth, according to a probable cause (pc) affidavit.

The agents called for back up requesting county officers and Cleveland police to assist. At approximately 10:50 p.m. this past Saturday night, the investigators knocked on Brink’s door, but it was void of a response until the agents used the phrase, “hey Scooter its me.”

This is a nickname for Brink, according to the affidavit. At this time Brink did open the door, was notified that it was law enforcement and was asked to step outside.

He would eventually give written consent for a search of his apartment after admitting that he had a meth lab in his home but that nothing was active at that particular time, according to the document.

The search revealed four one-pot meth labs as well as chemicals, salt, tubing, lithium batteries, sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide and various other chemicals and components that are indicative of manufacturing meth, according to the affidavit.

Several shredded boxes of pseudoephedrine and blister packs were also discovered. These are key ingredients in the manufacturing process, according to investigators.

Upon entry into the apartment, officers said they observed Kirchner sitting on a couch next to a loaded AR15 rifle and a light bulb which had been modified as a makeshift smoking pipe.

Investigators also said they observed Dobson sitting at a table in front of a plate filled with what would test positive as methamphetamine. He stated that he knew it was meth but he was only there to see an Aaron Martin.

Martin was also questioned. He stated that he had purchased alcohol from Walmart and brought it over for the purpose of working on a Playstation, according to the affidavit.

It does not state if Martin admitted to being a meth user as Kirchner and Brink had done. It does, however allege that he is the owner of the rifle and had only brought it in the apartment so it would not be stolen.

The affidavit also alleges that text messages between Kirchner and Brink’s cell phones prove that the two men and Holloway had prior drug transactions.

After Brink had been taken to the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours of Sunday, Brink stated that he and the others present had intentions of smoking meth, the affidavit alleges. It also states that Brink admitted to manufacturing the drug for the last several months inside his apartment and that he did so for money.

Brink is charged with four counts of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm while in Commission of a Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, according to the affidavit. He is currently in custody in the Pawnee County Jail.

Martin, Kirchner and Holloway are charged with Endeavoring to Manufacture a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony. They have each bonded out, according to Undersheriff Mike Waters.




LAKELAND — A joint methamphetamine drug trafficking investigation resulted in the arrests of four suspects and the seizure of 32 pounds of methamphetamine, $5,000, two firearms and marijuana.

Arrested was Daniel Tavira Santander, 35, brothers Joseph Cruey, 34, and Jackie Cruey, 35, and Juan Mendoza-Tavira, 31, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

The investigation began in January when the Sheriff’s Office received information that Santander was back in Polk County distributing large amounts of meth. He had been arrested in April 2015 with other suspects by the Sheriff’s Office during Operation Déjà vu on charges of trafficking meth. He was released after posting $500 bond and has been out of jail since then.

The Polk Sheriff’s Office said detectives discovered Santander was living in Auburndale but had a house in Ocala where he was storing meth to avoid detection by Polk County law enforcement, according to reports.

Polk detectives began surveillance of Santander and his associates, three of whom were identified as the Cruey brothers and Mendoza-Tavira.

On March 8, the Sheriff’s Office learned the Crueys were coming from Texas back to Polk County with a large amount of meth, the report said.

The next day in Lake City, Florida Highway Patrol troopers stopped a Ford F-150 pickup carrying the Cruey brothers, based on a ”be on the lookout” alert issued by the Sheriff’s Office.

Troopers said they found 32 pounds of meth concealed in the toolbox in the truck’s bed, and two loaded handguns in the cab, along with a small amount of marijuana.

Also on March 9, Polk Sheriff’s detectives stopped a Jeep Cherokee occupied by Mendoza-Tavira. Inside was a 5-gallon paint bucket with a half-pound of meth submerged in paint and approximately $5,000, they reported.

On March 10, detectives from Polk and Marion counties arrested Santander at his Ocala house.

He was booked into the Marion County Jail and later transferred to the Polk County Jail. He is charged with conspiracy to traffic in meth. He’s being held on a Nebbia hold, which allows the court to inquire into the source of the funds used for the bond.

Santander’s arrest history includes charges for vehicle theft, vehicle burglary, robbery, carrying concealed firearm, possession of a weapon by a minor, fraud, felony drug charges, felony weapons charges, aggravated assault, violation of probation, battery domestic violence and DUI.

Mendoza-Tavira was booked in to the Polk County Jail and charged with trafficking in meth, conspiracy to traffic in meth, possession to sell controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. He is being held on an ICE-Department of Homeland Security hold.

The Cruey brothers were booked into Columbia County Jail on charges of possession of firearm during a felony; trafficking in meth; conspiracy to traffic in meth; distribution of meth; smuggling a controlled substance across state lines; possession of marijuana; and possession of paraphernalia.

Jackie Cruey was also charged with one count driving with a suspended or revoked license and has an extensive criminal history including arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, culpable negligence, felony drug charges, cultivation of marijuana and battery domestic violence, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that is seriously harming our communities and our citizens. Those who deal in meth and illegal narcotics need to be dealt with swiftly and severely,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

“One of the suspects arrested during this investigation, Juan Mendoza-Tavira, is here in the country illegally, dealing in meth. Drug traffickers who are here illegally need to be removed from this country as soon as possible,” he said.

The investigation was a joint effort among the Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Florida Highway Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office HIDTA Task Force, the 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, according to the Polk Sheriff’s Office.






Yavapai CountyFourteen pounds of meth is discovered in a vehicle’s gas tank after Yavapai County Deputies are alerted by a K9.

Monday a YCSO K9 deputy noticed a gray 2016 Nissan Sentra traveling east on I-40 in Ash Fork, with the driver and passenger showing abnormal concern about the presence of the Sheriff’s vehicle.

After quickly slowing, the Nissan exited the freeway and pulled into a nearby gas station. From a distance, the deputy continued watching as the pair seemingly stalled for time before leaving the gas station. When the deputy pulled behind the Nissan, the driver suddenly turned into a café parking lot in the 100 block of Park Avenue. Both the driver and passenger got out and walked quickly inside the café, apparently attempting to avoid the deputy and to get away from the vehicle.

Due to their suspicious actions, the deputy chose to use K9 “Miley” for what is known as a “free air” sniff of the vehicle exterior. During the walk around, “Miley’ displayed alert signals to the rear passenger fender area. As a result, deputies went to speak with the 2 people inside the café. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Robert Deleon, attempted to go into the ladies bathroom when deputies approached. He was detained along with his passenger, 38-year-old Miguel Patino. Both are from Delano, California. Deleon had 2 meth pipes in his sock and admitted to a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Based on the K9 alert, deputies conducted a search of the Nissan to locate the source of the odor. While checking under the rear seat, deputies noticed tool marks on a gas tank component and became suspicious as a newer rental vehicle is unlikely to have this type of work done to the fuel system. Based on their training and experience, deputies suspected the tank concealed drug contraband.

When deputies removed the tank component, it exposed 14 one pound packages of methamphetamine concealed in a false compartment. Additionally, numerous recent gas receipts were found indicating several tank fill-ups to compensate for the reduced tank capacity. Both suspects denied knowledge of the methamphetamine load.

Deleon and Patino were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Transportation/Sales of Dangerous Drugs, Possess Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possess Dangerous Drugs, Possess Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

They remain in-custody with Deleon on a bond of $500,000 and Patino’s set bond at $750,000.

A records check revealed that Patino was out on a $100,000 bond from unrelated cases from Tulare and Kern Counties in California. Charges in these cases included Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Tractor, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Illegal Firearm’s Possession and Possession of a Sawed off Shotgun.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov






As heroin and its man-made cousins continue to kill Ohioans at record rates, frustrated law enforcement officials warn of the re-emergence of methamphetamine and cocaine.

“They are making a huge comeback,” said Shawn Bain, noting the sharp increase — 21 percent — in arrests related to meth.

Bain was a drug task force commander for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office before becoming the Drug Intelligence Officer for the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a group coordinating anti-drug efforts between federal, state and local authorities. Bain and two other Ohio HIDTA officials spoke Wednesday at the Franklin County Opiate Crisis Summit.

In the last half of 2015, there were 2,706 reported meth arrests in Ohio. That grew in the first half of 2016 to 3,265. They didn’t have statistics for cocaine arrests.

“All of the major areas in Ohio are seeing a major (meth) increase,” Bain said.

Orman Hall, Ohio HIDTA’s public health analyst and former executive director of the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board, said there are two major reasons for the increase in stimulants such as meth and cocaine.

A crackdown on prescription medication to combat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and similar disorders has led some people to seek stimulation formerly provided by those prescription drugs.

“We are using significant amounts of stimulants,” Hall said, noting there was a 30 percent increase from 2010-2015 in prescriptions for ADHD medication.

“We’ve got to be vigilant about ADHD medicine in much the same way we were about (prescription) opiates.”

The second reason for the increase of cocaine and meth, Hall and Bain said, is more pragmatic.

“People don’t want to die,” Hall said. “There is widespread knowledge that heroin kills.”

Ohio had 3,050 opiate overdose deaths in 2015, a number officials agree will be topped when 2016 statistics are finalized.

Young people, Bain said, are telling law enforcement they are terrified about how many friends and relatives have died using heroin, fentanyl or carfentanil.

“They say, ‘I’m scared of (opiates). I’m going to do a drug that won’t kill me right away,’ ” Bain said.

Despite that, Bain and Hall believe heroin and its synthetic relatives will dominate illicit drug trade for some time.

“They are still the biggest threat we have in Ohio,” Bain said. “I’m just hoping this crisis ends really soon.”

Another drug that law enforcement is watching is gabapentin, sold under the brand name Neurontin. The anti-seizure medicine, often prescribed for epilepsy or to treat nerve pain, was challenging opiates for number of prescriptions in Ohio late last year, Hall said. Like cocaine and meth, it is a stimulant often snorted, injected or taken orally.

“Its abuse is skyrocketing,” Bain said.







The border state of Chihuahua, Mexico is confronting a resurgence of violent crime, but the fight seems more about local revenue streams than international trafficking routes.

Data from the Mexican government shows that Chihuahua logged a total of 791 gun murders in 2016, a 40 percent increase over the number of gun murders recorded in the state in 2015.

The violence has continued in 2017. According to statistics obtained by InSight Crime from Chihuahua’s Attorney General’s Office, the state logged a total of 321 murders during the first two months of 2017.

Many of these killings appear to be hits targeting individual victims. And in many cases there are signs that the recent wave of attacks is tied to organized crime and local level retail drug dealing.

On March 20, for example, Chihuahua’s State Attorney General’s Office confirmed the death of suspected local crime leader César Raúl Gamboa Sosa, alías “El Cabo,” in a confrontation with a rival group the previous day.

Less than a week earlier, on March 14, armed civilian gunmen attacked a group of police officers in the town of Bachiniva south of Ciudad Juárez in the center of the state of Chihuahua. One officer was killed and two were injured in an attack that mirrored a similar incident in the same area one week earlier.

On February 5, three college students were killed at a taqueria in Ciudad Juárez, the largest city in the state. Prosecutors allege that the three men were involved in local level drug dealing.

And on January 23 two men were killed and two others were injured in an ambush while driving through Villa Bravo in Chihuahua City. Police found more than 300 .223 mm and 7.62 X 39 mm shells at the crime scene, ammunition used in AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles. Prosecutors in Chihuahua have stated that the victims were alleged members of La Línea, one of the state’s major organized crime groups.

Chihuahua’s State Attorney General César Peniche acknowledged last year that “since the start of [2016] an increase in the number of homicides in Ciudad Juárez as well as Chihuahua and other towns has been reflected in the statistics.”

But the battles are not just urban. In one particularly dramatic incident on October 12, 2016, a large convoy of heavily armed men near the rural town of Madera confronted police in a gunfight that lasted several hours and left ten dead, including three municipal police.

And on October 27, gunmen killed seven people at a motel outside of Ciudad Juárez, in a shooting prosecutors said was linked to competition over street-level drug dealing.

InSight Crime Analysis

The recent crime wave in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua is different from the hyper-violent period of 2008-2012 because the fight appears to be mostly focused on retail drug dealing rather than a wider battle for control of smuggling routes.

“We attribute this [uptick in violence] to the repositioning of certain criminal organizations that are fighting for territory for the retail drug trade,” Peniche explained, specifically citing the methamphetamine business as a flashpoint.

But while incidents of violence in the world of retail drug dealing have become more frequent, Chihuahua is not experiencing a similar rise in murders of taxi drivers and street vendors who often work as informers and lookouts for organized crime groups engaged in cross-border drug smuggling.

Additionally, the rise of gangland violence does not appear to have been accompanied by a commensurate increase in crime targeting innocent residents or local police officers and police captains. The number of kidnappings reported in Chihuahua in 2016 is around 7 percent of the level recorded in 2011. Even as violent crime rose in 2016 the state recorded only nine kidnappings.

In fact, current levels of violence in state are still far below levels experienced during 2008-2012, when the Juárez and Sinaloa Cartels battled for control of the lucrative Juárez corridor. For instance, in 2010 Chihuahua recorded 3,210 gun murders. Since 2010, however, the overall level of violence in Chihuahua diminished. The state logged 2,382 gun murders in 2011, 1,093 in 2012, and a low of 393 in 2013.

Since 2012, Ciudad Juárez has enjoyed major improvements in overall security. And the recent crime wave has not erased the broader trend of improving security for ordinary citizens. So far, the violence appears to be highly concentrated among low income, low-level drug dealers or in rural areas like the Sierra Madre.

“The current uptick in Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez probably has a lot to do with competition within Chihuahua to control the domestic trade in meth and heroin. The killings we’re seeing appear to be fairly low-level people, street dealers,” Julián Cardona, a researcher from Ciudad Juárez, told InSight Crime.

Researcher Molly Malloy of New Mexico State University agreed, telling InSight Crime, “A lot of the violence in Juárez may have to do with local street gangs and their fight to control their territory to sell heroin and meth. They kill people because they want to sell drugs. That’s where the violence is generated. There are violent street gangs that control neighborhoods and fight each other.”

The dynamic is complicated by the fact that international trafficking groups often use local street gangs as soldiers and enforcers. The Sinaloa Cartel, for instance, has been allied with groups such as Los Artisas Asesinos and Los Mexicles, while the Juárez Cartel has its own enforcement arm, La Línea, as well as an alliance with the street and prison gang Barrio Azteca.




WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A CPS investigation led to the arrest of a Wichita Falls’ mother who allegedly exposed her children to meth. Officers arrested 23-year-old Brianna Cheek, Saturday on a warrant.

She’s charged with abandoning-endangering a child. They say a CPS investigation began after both Cheek and her newborn son tested positive for methamphetamine on March 8th.

The baby was removed from her care on that day. According to police Cheek’s 2-year-old daughter also tested positive.

CPS officials say Cheek told investigators that she had used illegal narcotics while she was pregnant.