JASPER COUNTY — A woman was arrested by local officials this week for selling what is described as a “look-alike” drug to an undercover law enforcement officer.

According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation was initiated on March 9 when the JCSO Drug Interdiction and Investigation Unit received information that a female subject, later identified as Kristin Wireman, 33, of Highland, Ind. was in possession of methamphetamine. According to officials, additional investigation provided reliable probable cause that Wireman in fact, wished to sell the drug methamphetamine.








U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly $236,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed inside a vehicle at the Calexico downtown port of entry on Thursday.

CBP Finds $236k Worth of Meth in Vehicle

A canine team screening vehicles around 11 a.m. on April 17 alerted officers to a 2008 Chrysler Sebring. A CBP officer found anomalies with the passenger side rocker panel, after which 36 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered in all four rocker panels of the car.

The driver, a 25-year-old Mexican citizen, and passenger, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.








ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Green District couple early Wednesday morning, after authorities say a toddler was brought into the hospital with meth in her system.

Michelle Lynn Burke, 40, and James Timothy Pohl
On Tuesday night at about 11:30 pm, officials say Michelle Lynn Burke, 40, and James Timothy Pohl, 44, both from the Green District of Roseburg, took their 2-year-old daughter to Mercy because she was not acting normally.

The Sheriff’s office says blood tests showed the child had methamphetamine in her system.

Deputies went to Burke and Pohl’s residence on Rolling Hills Road, where they say they found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue, syringes and bindles containing methamphetamine residue.

Burke and Pohl were both arrested and charged by deputies with child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Both were lodged in the Douglas County Jail.

The Department of Human Services was contacted by the Sheriff’s office, and authorities say they are working to ensure the safety of the victim and the other two children in the home, a 10-year-old girl and a 5-month-old girl.







Brazos County jurors on Wednesday heard from the ex-wife of a former Madisonville police sergeant on trial for allegedly planting methamphetamine on the woman he twice married.

Jeffrey Covington’s ex-wife testified that when she was arrested in November 2011 after a Texas DPS trooper pulled her over and found drugs in a magnetic key holder under her vehicle, she immediately suspected Covington was somehow responsible.

“Is this because of my ex-husband?” Laura Covington could be heard asking the trooper in a video of her arrest played for jurors on the second day of Jeff Covington’s trial. The pair was first married in 2004, then legally separated and remarried before being divorced for a second time in December 2010.

The defendant was indicted in February 2013 on felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance, obstruction or retaliation and official oppression, and is accused of working with another former Madisonville officer, Justin Barham, to have a police informant plant drugs on Laura Covington.

The trial was moved to Brazos County based on change of venue requests from the state and the defense granted by Judge Donald Kraemer of the 12th District Court.

As the result of her arrest, Laura Covington said her two older children were taken away from her for more than a month after Jeff Covington, their father, informed a judge she was arrested and requested temporary custody. At the time, she said, she was about seven months pregnant with her third child whom the defendant is not the father of.

The drug possession charge against Laura Covington was dismissed based on a lack of evidence.

Through their questioning, prosecutors have asserted that Jeff Covington’s motive in planting the drugs was to gain custody of the couple’s two children, whom Laura Covington said rarely saw their father even though he had visitation rights. In November 2012, he voluntarily terminated his parental rights, stating that he believed it was in “the best interest of the children,” according to court documents presented during the trial.

Based on evidence from the state, including testimony from Covington’s OB-GYN, Laura Covington did not use drugs during her pregnancy, though she did admit on cross-examination to using methamphetamine on a regular basis in 2010.

Assistant attorney generals David Glickler and Jonathan White, who were appointed to prosecute the case after Madison County District Attorney Brian Risinger recused his office, rested their case late in the day. Bryan-based attorney Jim James will begin presenting the defense’s case Thursday morning.

In addition to Laura Covington, state attorneys called on several Madisonville police informants, including Jeremy Kidd, who testified on Tuesday that he’d planted the drugs on Laura Covington’s car after being asked to by Barham.

Another state witness, James Richards, told jurors he was approached about being an informant after being arrested in summer 2011 for violating his probation terms and not long afterward had a phone conversation with Jeff Covington in which the defendant implied he wanted Richards’ help in setting up his ex-wife.

DPS Trooper Carl Clary, who arrested Laura Covington after finding the drugs under her pickup, was one of several law enforcement officers who testified for the state that Jeff Covington had mentioned he believed his ex-wife was driving with drugs on her and encouraged them to stop and search her.

Clary said Jeff Covington suggested that, if the trooper were to get consent to search her, he look under her vehicle.

While cross-examining law enforcement officers, James pointed out that it was not unusual for police to tip off other officers if they believe someone to be “riding dirty” and that Laura Covington was not the only individual his client had mentioned that might be carrying drugs.

The trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the 272nd District Courtroom.







OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Four people face federal indictments for attempting to bring methamphetamine into north Mississippi.

Arthur Langster Fenderson, Jimmy Ray Grimes, Tamatha Lamb, and Claude Collins with conspiracy to distribute the drug in Lee, Tishomingo and other counties across the northern part of the state.

The indictment says Grimes and Fenderson were arrested after Grimes drove to Nashville and purchased 27 ounces of methamphetamine from Fenderson.

Fenderson left the hotel and was stopped by agents, who recovered $30,000 in cash.

Grimes was arrested at the hotel with the drugs and $11,000 in cash.

The indictment says Lamb and Collins had differing roles in the conspiracy, but did not give specific information about what those were.

Fenderson, Lamb and Collins have all pleaded not guilty, while Grimes is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

All four remain in the custody of the U. S. Marshals Service.








MANSFIELD — The death of a 3-month-old baby boy took a surprising twist when Mansfield police found a meth lab inside the infant’s home.

One man is under arrest, and police say there could be more arrests coming.

Investigators say that the mother took the baby to OhioHealth MedCentral, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

News of the child’s death is spreading along West Fourth Street.

“I’m surprised. I’m really surprised,” said neighbor Albert Twyman.

Twyman has lived across the street from where the baby died for almost two decades.

He says he had no idea what was going on inside the home. He said he didn’t notice any unusual activity.

“They pretty much kept to themselves,” said Twyman. “The children played outside, and that was it.”

While police were investigating the child’s death, they stumbled onto a meth lab upstairs.

They had to evacuate immediately, not knowing what volatile chemicals were inside.

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“For safety of all those involved we retreated from the residence and detectives from the METRICH drug task force and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation neutralized the meth lab,” said Sgt. Doug Noblet with the Mansfield Police Department.

Police don’t know if the lab contributed to the baby’s death.

Police arrested 29-year-old Alexander Dickson for making drugs and possessing the chemicals to make them.

The neighbor next door — who didn’t want to be identified — feels bad about the family’s loss.

She is also angry that there was a suspected meth lab just feet away from where her children sleep.

“It’s sad. I have kids, and it’s sad that something could take place so close to kids in the neighborhood, and it could blow up anytime. They have kids, newborns around here, and it’s just sad,” she said.

The medical examiner is doing an autopsy to help give them an idea of what caused the infant’s death.

There were three other children inside the home, and they are now in foster care.








•Acacia Bowers, 29, and Lacey Preston, 30, are charged with robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of meth

•Police say they held up workers at Twin Perks Espresso in Portland, Oregon, last fall

•Detectives tracked down the suspects after they were spotted on footage from a security camera that captured the heist

•The footage shows one of the women walking up to the coffee counter and pulling a gun on a barista before making off with a wad of cash

•The second woman then pulls up at the stand in a vehicle and pretends to be a concerned patron who offered to call 911, police said

•But the emergency call was never made and police determined she was an accomplice trying to buy the robber getaway time

•The drive-thru coffee stand is one of a number in the area that is serviced by women in swimwear


Two women have been arrested for allegedly robbing bikini-clad baristas at gunpoint at a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon.

Acacia Bowers, 29, and Lacey Preston, 30, are charged with robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of meth after police say they held up workers at Twin Perks Espresso last fall.

Detectives tracked down the suspects after they were spotted on footage from a security camera that captured the heist.

But the emergency call was never made prompting investigators to conclude the woman was an accomplice trying to buy the robber getaway time.


Surveillance cameras caught the car’s license plate and detectives were able to identify the women.

The suspects have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Investigators believe the pair also robbed the Smokin’ Hot Java Bombshell Baristas a week prior. They are still trying to link them to that crime but they could face additional charges.


Twin Peaks Espresso owner Tracy Fields told KATU.com that her swimwear-wearing staff were shaken up after the robbery.

‘It’s traumatizing,’ Fields said. ‘You can’t have a gun put in your face without walking away from it with some sort of damage.’

She added that she and her employees are thrilled police continued to follow leads since the robbery took place.

‘You don’t know what they’re going to do, so the (baristas) are extremely relieved (they’re caught),’ she said.

Fields said she’s confident her security system will deter prospective thieves.

‘We’ll get them every time. You just have to put the money in to protect your employees and make people understand this is not OK,’ she told the TV station.

‘It’s a bad idea to try and rob us.’