Why do I ask for women who use meth IV to contact me? Well, I ask for people struggling with methamphetamine, especially women who are using meth IV, to write to me. I answer each and every e-mail I receive, and never judge anyone for what they may share with me. I also never reveal the identity of anyone who contacts me (or even where they live), and I try to answer each e-mail with compassion and with any useful information that I may be able to provide.

However, I once received an e-mail that accused me of being part of a vast conspiracy – that I was using my column and my website to “brainwash” people. It was never exactly clear what conspiracy group I belonged to, but the tirade made references to government, law enforcement and finally society in general. Wow!

I answered the e-mail, but I started to think, if this person feels this way, others may feel the same – that this is all “Bill shot” (the author’s words not mine) – some type of brainwashing conspiracy aimed at controlling people.

I’m no sociologist, but Merriam-Webster defines “society” as “people in general thought of as living together in organized communities with shared laws, traditions, and values.” Society comes from the Latin word “societas” which translates to “society (association of people).” So the people in our society today (and around the world for that matter) are brainwashing who? Each other? The people using drugs?

The author of the e-mail also said that people using drugs don’t want to stop; they just want to “get high.” OK, maybe they do want to get high, but once their drug use takes over their lives and they wake up one day and find that their bodies are broken from long-term drug use and that their children are hungry and neglected, they often want help. If they find themselves with nowhere to live, no job and no money, they often do indeed want help. If they have to rob, steal or prostitute themselves for that next fix, they often want help – and so does society.

And who profits from drug use? Not the user! No, it’s the supplier, these days more often than not the head of some drug cartel down in Mexico, and his minions. Do a Google search of “Mexican drug cartel violence” and see what your drug money supports.

Does everyone who uses methamphetamine (or any drug for that matter) go on to become a thief or child abuser or violent rapist? Of course not. But some people who just use methamphetamine just to “get high” may eventually decide that they don’t like living in the grips of a drug anymore. Methamphetamine artificially alters brain chemistry, providing drug-induced feelings of euphoria, pleasure and self-confidence. But over time it becomes more difficult to feel life’s pleasures naturally. And the effects of the drug also slowly wane so that more and more has to be used to “get high.” What fun is it to be a slave to a drug?

The author of the e-mail also talked about legalization. I am all for decriminalization – for users only, not for those manufacturing and selling the drug. Treatment rather than long prison sentences is more appropriate for some people simply using meth.

But the author claims that the only reason people seek treatment is because methamphetamine possession is illegal. They try and stay clean because they have to provide clean urine samples or face revocation of probation and prison time or because Child Protective Services will take away their children. That may motivate some people, but to make the claim that that is the only reason is simply “Bill shot,” to use the authors own words.

Are there long waiting lists at treatment centers across the United States simply because methamphetamine is illegal? No! People actually want help. They want to stop. They don’t like being under the control of a drug.

I’ve been in the addiction field for 35 years, trying to better understand how drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine alter brain chemistry and affect the body. A significant part of that time has been spent investigating stress and how stress can trigger cravings that lead to relapse. I also study how other triggers in the environment can activate similar systems in the brain and body.

I truly want to help!

But my experience with addiction began long before my professional career. My parents were alcoholics – addicted to a “legal” substance that is still portrayed in advertisements as something that makes all people young and beautiful and full of energy (a particular pet peeve of mine). At least that is the glamorized image depicted.

Alcoholics can neglect their children – I know. They can get into auto accidents and lose their jobs. But they just want to “get high,” right?

Chronic alcohol use can kill. I watched it happen – painfully slowly! I wish that I could have convinced my parents to stop drinking – or maybe just slow down! So don’t try and tell me that all of our problems with methamphetamine will be solved by legalization! That’s just pure “Bill shot.”

A close high school friend and college roommate of mine suffered a back injury and soon found himself addicted to pain pills (oxycodone). Another “legal” drug! My friend wanted help, but he overdosed and died before he could get into treatment. And I cried!

Outside of the laboratory, I meet with methamphetamine users all the time, and I actually listen to them. I don’t represent authority – I am just a simple scientist. But they tell me that they want to stop using. And those who have been able to break free of the grips of meth tell me how happy they are to finally be truly free.

Through my life’s experiences, my education and my research, I have discovered the true face of addiction. So don’t try and rationalize your drug use to me.

Finally, to the best of my knowledge I have never called a meth user evil. However, some users have done evil things and I often highlight the more sensational activities here. I do that to get people to pay attention and learn what meth use can do, not to hurt anyone’s feelings. If just one person decides to finally stop using meth – or even better does not start using in the first place – because of something I have written, then it has all been worthwhile.


So why women?

That’s a legitimate question.

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

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

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

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

The reasons for this are not really clear.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But then everything changes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She feels helpless and lost and so afraid.

But there’s more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






IDAHO FALLS — Police arrested two Idaho Falls women on drug charges Sunday afternoon.

Alice L. Marzano, 43, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail for felony womenmugjp-800x518drug trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Valeri R. Poole, 42, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail for felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a Bonneville County Warrant.

According to police, officers responded to the 900 block of Wheeler for a narcotics issue. Officers made contact with Marzano, Poole and 43‐year‐old Jason E. Ruano.

Police say it was evident the three were using marijuana and upon further investigation, Marzano was allegedly found in possession of 29.2 grams of methamphetamine. Officers say Poole was also found in possession of methamphetamine.

There were also various pieces of drug paraphernalia found.

Ruano was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.







MANKATO — A woman is facing charges after drug task force agents say she left two young children alone in a hotel room while conducting a methamphetamine transaction.

Nancy Jean Loehlein, 39, was charged with felony counts of third-degree drug sale, fifth-degree drug possession and storage of meth paraphernalia as well as gross misdemeanor endanger a child, according to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court.

Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force arranged for a confidential informant to purchase 5.5 grams of methamphetamine Thursday from Clayton Briggs, 28, of St. Peter, who is facing the same charges.

Briggs arrived at the location of the sale with Loehlein after agents observed them exchanging materials in the parking lot of Baymont Inn, according to the complaint.

After purchasing the meth, agents obtained a search warrant for two rooms at the Baymont Inn, both of which Loehlein had rented, the complaint said.

Agents found meth, drug paraphernalia and cash in the rooms as well as Loehlein’s two minor children, who were “hysterical and crying” and told agents they had been alone in one of the rooms for most of the evening, according to the charges.






WINFIELD — A Henry County couple is being held on $100,000 bonds after a ergwegqgetrgq345gportable methamphetamine lab reportedly was found inside their vehicle Saturday night.

Justin Stafford, 35, and Jennifer Stafford, 32, both of Winfield, remain in the Henry County jail awaiting their next court appearance Oct. 5 in Henry County District Court.

Each faces up to 35 years if convicted.




MARSHALL COUNTY, KY – A Nebraska woman faces drug charges after a traffic stop Saturday in Marshall County.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a car for speeding on Big Bear Highway. As he approached, the deputy said he could smell an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During a search of the car, the deputy reportedly found about 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, scales and two needles. The driver, 28-year-old Michelle Margritz of Kearney, NE, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was booked into the Marshall County Detention Center.





Moms aren’t perfect, we all know this, as they sometimes make as many mistakes as we do. But a good mom also knows that the sincere way to fix gktjktkurykrykanything is to bake something so that we can forget everything while we are stuffing out face. That’s why the mom who used a drunk photo of her daughter off Facebook in order to make a cake was quickly forgiven.

But what about a mom who wrongly accuses her daughter of using drugs?

Rachel Gelmis‘ mom came down hard on Rachel after learning she had failed a drug test at school, as traces of THC, cocaine, heroin, meth, benzos and bngfhshfhsfhsfbarbiturates was found in her system. And because of this Rachel’s mom had an “emotional breakdown and started researching different rehab facilities,” according to a tweet from Rachel.

The only issue? The school had made a mistake and had admitted they “misread the test.” How in God’s name do you do that?

Rachel was quickly cleared of all traces of drugs, so her mom thought this was the best way to apologize:

“Sorry we thought you did meth & coke & pot & heroin,” the cake reads in blue icing.

And even after all this the school has yet to apologize for their dumb move, because if it is one thing that people at school teach you it is this: never apologize for your mistakes, but bash others for theirs.

That’s the American way.








A CONVICTED rapist who carried 21.7 g of methamphetamine into a bank and asked staff to call the police because he thought he was being followed has been jailed for more than three years.

Graham John Barker, 52, had been found guilty in the District Court of a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine.

In October, 2015, Barker was released on parole after serving just over six years of a sentence imposed in October 2009, for rape and serious assault.

A jury found Barker guilty after they heard he had met a woman on an Adelaide street, punched her in the face and cut her hands before taking her back to his house where he forced her to perform sexual acts and filmed them with his camera phone.

Supreme Court judge Ann Vanstone imposed a sentence of six years and two months in prison with a non-parole period of three years and two months.

Barker was released on parole in early October, 2015, with just one month and five days left in his sentence.

Five days after Barker had moved to Port Lincoln, on October 29, he wandered into a local bank branch and asked them to call the police.

He told the staff he wanted to stay in the view of security cameras because he thought people were out to get him.

He placed a bottle containing 21.7 g of 80 per cent pure methamphetamine on a desk in the bank, which staff noticed and later handed to police.

Barker was taken to the police station where he told officers he had been kidnapped by bikies the night before and tortured.

He showed police what he thought were burns and injuries but police could not see any kind of wound.

During trial in the District Court, Barker’s lawyer told the jury the accused had been at a house in Port Lincoln where they had consumed a small amount of methamphetamine.

Barker had rising drug-induced paranoia and, when the opportunity presented, he grabbed the bottle containing the methamphetamine and left the house.

The court heard he was suffering “gross paranoia” and was “creeping” down the Port Lincoln main street before entering the bank where he felt safe.

The defense argued that Barker had intended to use all the drugs himself, but the jury disagreed, finding him guilty of drug trafficking.

Police searched Barker’s home after the arrest and did not find any indications of sale, and Justice Gordon Barrett said “you had just been released from prison, you had no visible assets, no known contacts there except for one friend”.

The drug had a potential street value of $20,000, prompting Justice Barrett to say the charges were “serious offending”.

Barker was sentenced to three years and six months for the drug trafficking and had the remaining one month and five days of his previous sentence reinstated.

Justice Barrett imposed a non-parole period of two years and back dated the sentence to Barker’s arrest on October 29.







Results of Mexico‘s antinarcotics strategy in 2016 show that seizures of all types of drugs and of weapons reserved for military use are down while homicides and the production of synthetic drugs and heroin have increased dramatically.16-09-21-animalpolitico_mx

That balance showing negative results on virtually all fronts is drawn from statistics reported by the Mexican government, the United Nations, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican Army.

Seizures of methamphetamines have fallen by more than 99 percent, heroin seizures are down by more than 16 percent, and confiscation of other types of drugs are down by 80 percent.

Data from the statistical annex of the Fourth Annual Report of the Government of President Enrique Peña Nieto also indicate a reduction of close to 40 percent in weapons seized from cartels, as well as decrease in the number of arrests and vehicle seizures connected to organized crime.

These drops in law enforcement results were accompanied, as indicated by the report, by an increase in homicides, an increase in crimes like assaults on cargo transport and a reduction in the eradication of marijuana and poppy crops.

More Production and Fewer Seizures

The Report of the UN International Narcotics Control Board published in March 2016 said that methamphetamine production in Mexico has grown at a rate of more than 200 percent a year since 2009.

Data from the Ministry of Defense corroborates the increase, noting that discoveries of clandestine labs for the manufacture of synthetic drugs went up by almost 65 percent between 2014 and 2015.

The president’s recently released fourth year report indicates that seizures of methamphetamine fell 99 percent over the previous year. The 25,950 methamphetamine tablets seized between January and July of 2016 is just a fraction of the 7 million “speed” pills confiscated in 2015.

The UN report on the growth of methamphetamine production in Mexico indicated that Mexican drug cartels are turning to increasingly sophisticated systems for producing and trafficking in methamphetamines. For example, they are moving from the solid form of pills or crystals to a liquid form that is more easily hidden among other, legal substances.

Heroin is another drug for which Mexico has seen decreased seizures despite growing production. The president’s report says the authorities have found almost 195 kilograms of the drug, a reduction of more than 16 percent from the previous year’s seizures totaling 233 kilograms.

The DEA reported in 2016 that Mexican cartels have become the main suppliers of heroin to some of the United States’ largest markets.

The US agency warned that organizations like the Sinaloa Cartel have succeeded in mastering techniques for the production of more potent white heroin varieties that have allowed them to increase their share of the growing market in the United States.

Figures from the US Justice Department have raised the alarm about a possible increase of 62 percent in opium poppy cultivation in Mexico‘s Golden Triangle region, made up of portions of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa states. That prediction contrasts sharply with figures showing a 7 percent decrease in the discovery of poppy fields.

Fall in Marijuana, Opium and Cocaine Seizures

President Peña Nieto’s fourth state of the union report indicates that 18,026 hectares of drug crops — 2,459 hectares of marijuana and 15,967 hectares of poppy — were eradicated in the first 7 months of 2016. That represents a 7 percent decrease from the same period a year earlier. Marijuana eradication fell by 3 percent.

Marijuana seizures experienced an even bigger decline. In the first seven months of 2016 Mexican officials reported the confiscation of 414 tons of marijuana, or 25 percent less than the 558 tons seized during the same period of 2015.

Opium seizures by federal officials plummeted by more than 80 percent to 86.4 kilograms in 2016 from the 510 kilos confiscated by the end of July 2015. Cocaine seizures in 2016 totaling 4.2 tons represented a decrease of about 14 percent from a year earlier.


Organized Crime Gets Off Easier

The recent presidential report indicates that in 2016 authorities confiscated fewer weapons from organized crime groups and arrested fewer of their members.

Operations targeting drug traffickers from January through July of 2016 reportedly seized 3,477 firearms, or 40 percent fewer guns than confiscated over the same period of 2015. Vehicle seizures from the cartels dropped by 28 percent, to 6,400 in seven months of 2016 from almost 9,000 by August in 2015. The seizure of cartel aircraft and destruction of airstrips experience little change from a year ago, with 11 planes confiscated and 237 clandestine runways discovered in the first seven months of 2016.

With 9,959 people suspected of involvement in organized crime captured by August in 2016, the cartels lost 8 percent less of their human resources than last year. Federal officials say that even though the number of arrests have declined, the blow to organized crime is significant considering that authorities have taken down 102 of the 122 individuals identified as the highest priority targets by the federal government. Those targets include financial operators, area and regional crime bosses and even chiefs of cartels.

A Rise in Crime

Security indicators showed a deterioration in the central Mexico region, made up of Mexico City and the states of México, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala. The region’s federal crime rate — organized crime, kidnapping, weapons violations, etc. — increased from 74 crimes per 100,000 residents in 2014 to 77 at the end of 2015.

Northeast Mexico — where the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa and Chihuahua all have a significant organized crime presence — registered the highest incidence of federal crime even though the rate actually showed improvement. There the rate was 123 federal crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015 compared with 138 per 100,000 in 2014.

The president’s report also confirmed the rate of intentional homicide increasing to 14.1 cases per 100,000 in 2015 from 13.1 in 2014. The trend for this year indicates that 2016 will register a 16 percent increase in homicides, making it unlikely that the government will achieve its 2018 target of a homicide rate below 12.8 per 100,000.

*This article was originally published by Animal Político. See the original article here.





SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio grandfather is in jail after on suspicion that his 1-year-old grandson consumed some of his methamphetamine.

Rudy Monita, 47, is charged with injuring a child.vswfvwffawr

San Antonio police say Monita’s grandson likely ingested the illegal stimulant drug Friday evening while in his care.

Officers responded to Methodist Children’s Hospital Saturday after the child was taken there by his mother, Monita’s daughter.

The arrest affidavit states the suspect texted his ex-wife the night the boy was staying at his home to say the victim was continuously crying and hadn’t slept.

After the mother picked up the child the following morning she noticed his condition worsened before she decided to seek care, according to the affidavit. It was that afternoon hospital staff told the mother the little boy had meth in his system, the document continued.

The affidavit said Monita allegedly admitted to investigators that he used the illegal drug and residue may have been on his bedroom floor while he was watching the child.

The boy’s mother said she’s aware of her father’s drug use and even knew where he kept his stash, the affidavit said.

A search warrant was served and — according to the affidavit — meth was located in Montita’s bedroom.

Monita’s ex-wife told officers she divorced him due to his drug use, the affidavit said.






CHEROKEE, CO., S.C. (WSPA) – 18 people have been arrested in a drug round-up, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

  • 42-year-old Juliette Jones Worthy was charged with 1 count of sdacdsccddDistribution of Alprazolam 1st Offense.
  • 26-year-old Robert Woodrow Whelchel was charged with 2 counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine 3rd or Subsequent Offense.mugshots-webdd
  • 50-year-old Lisa Conner Frazier was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Marijuana 1st Offense, 1 count of Distribution of Lorazepam 1st Offense, and 1 count of Distribution of Alprazolam 1st Offense.
  • 27-year-old Matthew Kyle Arrowood was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Morphine 2nd Offense.
  • 28-year old Starla Denise Henderson was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Suboxone 2nd Offense and 1 count of Distribution of Methamphetamine 2nd or Subsequent Offense.
  • 62-year old Gary Michael Parris was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Methamphetamine 3rd or Subsequent Offense.
  • 55-year-old Vernon Eugene Scates, Jr. was charged with 2 counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine 2nd or Subsequent Offense.
  • 60-year-old Wanda D. Vinson was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Alprazolam 1st Offense.
  • 24-year-old Daniel Carl Loftis was charged with 2 counts Distribution of Suboxone 1st Offense.
  • 32-year-old Amanda Nicole Loftis was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Methamphetamine 1st Offense, 2 counts of Distribution of Suboxone 1st Offense, 1 count of Distribution of Aderall 1st Offense, 1 count of Distribution of Methynl 1st Offense, and 1 count of Possession of Contraband.
  • 50-year-old Ricky Dean Tate was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Loratab 1st Offense.
  • 38-year-old Edward Thomas Jefferies was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, 1 count of Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana 2nd Offense, and Violation of GPS Monitoring.
  • 41-year-old Shelli Deanna Phipps was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Methamphetamine 1st Offense and 1 count of Distribution of Methamphetamine Within Proximity of a School.
  • 68-year-old Glenda Sharelle Moore was charged with 1 count of Distribution of Diazepam 2nd Offense.
  • 25-year-old Keon Lamar Tate was charged with 2 counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine 1st Offense.
  • 40-year-old Brandy Michelle Gibson (Brandy Michelle McCraw) was charged with 2 counts of Distribution of Adderall 1st Offense.
  • 44-year-old Jamie Dale Patterson was charged with 1 count of Possession of Suboxone 1st Offense.
  • 20-year-old Kendal Bryan Tholey was charged with 1 count of Warrant Violation of Probation.

The Cherokee County Narcotics Unit has been working on this operation over the past 8 months, conducting undercover video buys.




MUGSHOTS: 18 arrested in drug round-up in Cherokee Co.


A southern police officer has a plea for the south: don’t let drugs ruin rural New Zealand.

“That means telling us what is going on out there,” Senior Sergeant Al Dickie said.

The big one is methamphetamine, a synthetic drug with more rapid and lasting effects than amphetamine, used illegally as a stimulant.1474839860051

Earlier this year, southern police were concerned gangs using pyramid selling techniques were selling more methamphetamine in the south.

At the time, Senior Sergeant Richard McPhail, of Gore, said eastern Southland was not immune to methamphetamine.

The Police Association talks about “chipping away at the tip of a very solid iceberg, and trying to stay one step ahead of the gangs that run the meth trade”.

It realized early on that tackling meth is not just a law enforcement issue; police simply could not solve the problem on their own, and its use – and abuse, was spreading like cancer, Dickie said.

“The evidence is there now of lives being ruined. Crime is creeping up in terms of violence between drug offenders; home invasions, robberies and serious assaults were increasing, as were mental health issues. The impacts are slowly but surely permeating throughout New Zealand.

This is a major threat to our young people.”

He said there had been a definite increase in crime linked to meth in and around Dunedin, such as armed robberies at dairies to get money for the offenders’ meth habit.

Serious assaults and home invasions were also linked to drug activity where people had not paid their drug debts. He said it had not reached that stage in south Otago yet, but the signs were clear it could get a foothold in rural towns if not managed.

Gangs and other individuals were making a killing from this filthy business, Dickie said.

The crimes had a flow-on effect where users became desperate for money to feed their habit, or offended because they were out of control and did not know what they were doing. “The community and police must work together to try and combat the problem before it becomes the ruination of small town New Zealand. That means telling us what is going on out there.”

There were drugs when he started out as a young plod in south Otago in the 1980s, but they weren’t hard drugs.

“Back then there was the single men’s quarters at the Finegand freezing works, drawing all sorts from around the country, who dabbled in dope and other offending in their time off. No drug testing back then.”

In 2014 four men were arrested after police found up to $42,000 worth of methamphetamine in a vehicle destined for Southland.

The arrests happened after police and members of the armed offender’s squad stopped a vehicle suspected of carrying methamphetamine in Castle St, Dunedin.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, at the time, said a search found about 35 grams of the drug in the vehicle, as well as about $7500 in cash.

Police understood the methamphetamine was destined for the streets of Southland.

Questions about the impact of methamphetamine on Southland were put to Southland area commander Inspector Joel Lamb. Police media liaisons requested The Southland Times lodge an Official Information Act request.







Posted by DD Republished from New York Times

MEXICO CITY — International human rights officials are demanding an investigation into the brutal sexual assaults of 11 Mexican women during protests a decade ago — an inquiry that would take aim at President pat-downs-for-kids-these-were-the-biggest-flops-of-mexicos-official-independence-day-fiesta-1410998376Enrique Peña Nieto, who was the governor in charge at the time of the attacks.
The demand is part of a multiyear examination by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights into abuses during a 2006 crackdown ordered by Mr. Peña Nieto on San Salvador Atenco, a town in Mexico State where demonstrators had taken over the central square. During the operations, which left two dead, more than 40 women were violently detained by the police, packed onto buses and sent to jail several hours away.
The case was brought by 11 women to the international commission, which found that the police tortured them sexually. The women — a mix of merchants, students and activists — were raped, beaten, penetrated with metal objects, robbed and humiliated, made to sing aloud to entertain the police. One was forced to perform oral sex on multiple officers. After the women were imprisoned, days passed before they were given proper medical examinations, the commission found.
“I have not overcome it, not even a little,” said one of the women, Maria Patricia Romero Hernández, weeping. “It is something that haunts me and you don’t survive. It stays with you.”
For Mr. Peña Nieto, the human rights commission’s call for an investigation is another blow to a presidency under siege. Corruption scandals and continued violence have already dragged his approval ratings to the lowest of any Mexican president in a quarter-century. His invitation of Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate reviled in Mexico for his statements critical of Mexican immigrants, plunged his administration even further into controversy.
The assaults are also a reminder of countless other cases in the country that remain unresolved, including the haunting disappearance of 43 college students two years ago. International officials contend that the investigation into that case was actively undermined by Mr. Peña Nieto’s government.
The president’s office noted that the commission did not accuse Mr. Peña Nieto of wrongdoing or explicitly name him as a target of the investigation into the sexual assaults. Beyond that, his office said, legal cases in Mexico that have thoroughly investigated the attacks have never held him responsible.
“There is no one who can point to an order permitting the abuse of force,” said Roberto Campa, the under secretary for human rights in the Mexican Interior Ministry.
But the international commission found Mexico’s efforts to investigate the abuse insufficient so far. Instead, it demanded a much more thorough inquiry to uncover responsibility across the entire chain of command, which would most likely make Mr. Peña Nieto part of the investigation because he ordered the crackdown.
It also called for disciplinary or criminal action against any authorities who contributed to the denial of justice for the women.
The commission delivered its findings last week to the Inter-American Court, an independent judiciary with legal authority over Mexico. If the court agrees with the commission, it can order Mexico to broaden its current inquiry into the case, a requirement that could force the state to investigate its own president.
The commission suggests that the state government under Mr. Peña Nieto had sought to minimize and even cover up the events. Perhaps the most lurid example is whom the government chose to prosecute: Rather than go after the police who committed the sexual torture, the state initially prosecuted the women instead. Five were imprisoned for a year or more, on charges like blocking traffic, detentions the commission found arbitrary.
Days after the episode, the state denied the accusations of the women, essentially calling them liars. Mr. Peña Nieto told a local newspaper at the time that it was a known tactic of radical groups to have women make accusations of sexual violence to discredit the government. Others in his administration made similar claims.
Since then, while the government has acknowledged the veracity of the accusations, not a single person has been convicted of any crime related to the assaults in Atenco. Most recently, five doctors charged with ignoring evidence of sexual abuse had their cases dismissed.
The case is an example of the lengths victims must go to in pursuit of justice in Mexico. The women endured more than 10 years of threats, intimidation and psychological trauma. They watched as men who assaulted them walked free.
But by refusing to drop the case, the women pushed it to an international level, making it a symbol of the broken rule of law in Mexico and the widespread impunity that ensures it never heals.
While it is unlikely that Mr. Peña Nieto’s government will conduct an investigation into whether he knew of or covered up the assaults, the admonition of an international body is a deep embarrassment for him.
Having been presented to the court, despite several attempts by the Mexican government to delay and derail it, the case offers a rare opportunity for accountability in a country where only a tiny percentage of crimes are ever solved. The women refused to settle the case for years, with legal assistance from the human rights organization Centro Prodh, turning down promises of free homes and scholarships. In interviews with all 11 victims, a fundamental desire emerged: a public reckoning of what happened to them and who ordered it.
The residual trauma of the assaults has marked each woman differently. For some, family and friends offered a way to recover, if not entirely, and move on with their lives. A few found ways to connect their struggle to the broader push for justice and rights in Mexico. But others found no such comfort, with time’s passage a useless salve.
These are the 11 Plaintiffs, and their words.

“I made the conscious decision to survive, to

be alive and well today, to feel pretty again, to
love me and see me in the mirror and

recognize the person I saw. It was that they

stole from me, my way of being, of loving, of
Patricia Torres Linares, 33



norma_aide_jimenez_osorio_33“The stigma that falls upon you is terrible.
My boyfriend didn’t want to be with me,
friends used to treat me as if I was going to
break all the time, as if I was made of glass. I
had to come to terms with the fact people —
my family included — didn’t know how to
treat me.”
Norma Aidé Jiménez Osorio, 33

maria_patricia_romero_hernandez“I have not overcome it, not even a little. It is

something that haunts me and you don’t

survive. It stays with you. I could never tell

my son and my father of the fact I was raped

by not one but several policemen, because

they would have gone mad.”
Maria Patricia Romero Hernández, 48



barbaraitalia_medezmoreno“My life plans were ruined. After what

happened I had no short- or long-term plans, I
just figured out how to get my life back

together, to regain trust and hope that this

world wasn’t a horrible place.”
Bárbara Italia Méndez Moreno, 37




marianase3lvs_gomez“This process of 10 years has been very

difficult and at the same time very beautiful.

Regardless of the fact we started it so hurt,

so broken, physically and emotionally, we had

and held each other and we didn’t let it

destroy us.”
Mariana Selvas Gómez, 32



gabrielcuevas_jaramiillo“They took the most valuable thing from me,

which is time, because no one would sell

their time, not even one second for a

thousand dollars. You can’t ever get that

time back.”
Suhelen Gabriela Cuevas Jaramillo, 30






marianase3lvs_gomez“The fact we are going to the Inter-American

Court is a way of accepting that we were

really affected. It was not an accident but

rather a state practice towards social

movements, and the people in general, and it

is a step forward into putting an end to all of

this.” Georgina Edith Rosales Gutiérrez, 60




yolandamunoz_diosdada“The stigma is very harsh. I didn’t go to

college. What am I supposed to do? Because

of the criminal record no one would give me

a job recommendation.”

Yolanda Muñoz Diosdada, 56

christinasanchezhernandez“My kids were emotionally destabilized by

what happened. My son, who was 8 at the

time, promised he would become a lawyer to

get me out of jail. My youngest daughter

used to draw policemen with blood

all over them. She was 6 years old then.”

Cristina Sánchez Hernández, 50

anamariavelascorodriguez“That has been the hardest, most enraging

part of this entire process, watching those

who attacked us go free. I was full of anger,

thinking nothing happens, even when you find  the guilty party, the very person who
attacked you, they walk away free.”

Ana María Velasco Rodríguez, 43

claudiahernandezmartinez“It hurts to know that the Claudia of before

Atenco is gone. She was someone who would

fight for equality and for other people’s

rights, and she did it without fear. Now, I am

scared all the time.”

Claudia Hernández Martínez, 33

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A Louisiana woman and 3 Texans are being held on prostitution and drug charges as a result of an undercover vice operation at a Bossier City hotel.11926425_g

Booking records show those arrested late Sept. 22 and early Sept. 23 by Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force agents were:

  • Camry T. Brown, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, on 1 count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Crystal K. Dennis, 28, of Sibley, La., on 1 count of prostitution.
  • Derrick L. Fannin, 30, of Forest Hill, Texas, on 1 count each of pandering, promoting prostitution, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband (marijuana) into a jail facility and monetary instrument abuse.
  • Shacora Owens, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, 1 count of prostitution.

Bonds have been set at $19,000 for Fannin, $6,000 for Brown and $1,000 each for Dennis and Owens.

Detectives suspect Fannin was acting as a pimp for Brown and Owens, says a statement from Bossier sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis.

Agents reportedly found multiple marijuana blunts, a glass smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue and a cigarillo (used to smoke marijuana) in the car when they made contact with Fannin and Brown, the statement adds.

They also found $750 in counterfeit cash in Fannin’s wallet when they searched him, authorities said.

And deputies at Bossier Maximum-Security Facility discovered about 3 grams of marijuana hidden in Fannin’s underwear when he and the others later were booked into the correctional facility, according to the report.

All 4 remained in custody Sept. 24.

The Bossier Sheriff-Police Narcotics Task Force comprises Bossier sheriff’s deputies and Bossier City police officers.








Authorities were able to seize a large amount of methamphetamine and more than $1,500 in cash after arresting an Altoona man on Friday, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office said.

Grover Carter, 38, was spotted by deputies while he was driving a four-wheeler on Mt. Pleasant Road in the Egypt Community at 2:24 a.m. Carter sped off when deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, officials said. Carter wrecked his four-wheeler during the pursuit because he tried to turn onto a rural road at high speed.carterjpg-18a5597f66dcf273

Deputies said they were forced to use a Taser on Carter because he wasn’t complying with commands. The suspect was then taken into custody without incident. The FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force also participated in the case.

During a search, deputies said they found a half pound of meth, digital scales and $1,502 in cash in his possession. Authorities also discovered that Carter had outstanding arrest warrants with several other agencies for not paying traffic fines.

Carter was transported to the Etowah County Detention Center on trafficking methamphetamine, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest charges. His bond was set at $50,000 cash.






SALMON – An Idaho woman who prosecutors say caused her 6-month-old baby to overdose on methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

The Post Register reports that 25-year-old Heather Elam was originally charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors reduced the charge pursuant to a plea agreement.

According to court records, Elam called the Lemhi Sheriff’s office in January, 2015 to report that her baby was unresponsive. First responders were unable to resuscitate the child, so they took the child to a local hospital in Salmon, where the infant later died.

A medical examiner later found a lethal dose of methamphetamine in the child, in the child’s bottles and in some children’s cough medicine.

Lemhi County Prosecutor Bruce Withers says Elam never intended to kill her child, but she agreed to accept responsibility for the child’s death.

Elam’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17.






KINGMAN —An inmate at the Mohave County Jail in Kingman faces an additional charge after jail officers allegedly found methamphetamine.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department, a detention officer reported finding an inmate with two plastic bags weighing a total of 7 grams and containing a white crystal substance. The inmate, Roberta Edith Relan, 56, of Kingman, was being booked into jail Wednesday night when the substance was found.

Field tests of the crystal substance tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.

Relan was charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony.

Her initial charges were not immediately available.






Authorities seized nearly 100 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from an Atwater home less than 500 feet from the Bellevue Elementary School, officials reported Thursday. A 4-year-old child was among the four people at the home.

“This is a significant seizure for any law enforcement agency,” said Sgt. Rodney Court, who works with the Merced Area Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, known as MAGNET. “Anytime you get nearly 100 pounds (of narcotics), that’s significant. That requires a lot of good cop work.”

The investigation started about 8:30 p.m. Wednestje5tj-wthghwrhtrday when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped a car on Highway 140 and Highway 165 near Stevinson, Court said.

The CHP officer found about 6 ounces of meth in the car and arrested the driver, Elvis Espino Rodriguez, 34, of San Jose. Espino Rodriguez, who investigators said goes by several aliases and had a fake ID, was booked into the Merced County Jail on various offenses including manufacturing methamphetamine, transporting it, providing false identification and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

The arrest led investigators to the home at 2521 Boulder Drive in Atwater, Court said. Investigators served a search warrant about 10:30 p.m. and found materials used in the processing of crystal meth, Court said.

Investigators found several jugs of meth in the home and more in a car.

In total, 76 pounds of finished crystal meth were seized in addition to between 20 and 25 pounds of meth being processed, Court said.

Because of the amount of drugs at the home, the state Department of Justice’s Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force assisted in gathering and processing the evidence.

Three adults – a man and two women – who were at the home were not arrested but remain suspects, Court said. Further information about the child was not released.

Espino Rodriguez was held at John Latorraca Correctional Center with bond set at $535,500.

A hazardous-materials team also went to the home, near Bellevue Elementary School.

“What we found became a hazard material situation,” Court said.

Acting Atwater Police Chief Samuel Joseph said the material posed no danger to the school or students.


On September 23, 2016 at approximately 1:37pm. Blackfoot City Patrol Officers were attempting to serve a warrant at a local residence. Blackfoot Patrol Officers eventually found the subject of the warrant in a vehicle at the residence. Officers also discovered drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in the vehicle.57e5b7f5093eb-image

Brian Kyle Deroche, 36 yoa, Blackfoot was arrested in regards to the warrant for Possession with the intent to deliver and the active warrant.

Subsequent investigation by the Blackfoot/Bingham Detective Division and Blackfoot Patrol Division lead to a search at the residence of Brian Kyle Deroche. Officers located additional methamphetamine and one firearm.

Officers located approximately 2.8 pounds of methamphetamine in both the residence and vehicle combined with an approximate street value exceeding, $ 100,000.00.

Brian Kyle Deroche is currently charged with the following crimes and incarcerated at the Bingham County Jail:

  • Possession with the intent to deliver.
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine.
  • Convicted Felon in possession of a Firearm.

The Bingham County Prosecutors’ Office will determine if there will be any additional charges in this investigation.





Officers at the Hidalgo-Pharr-Anzalduas Port of Entry seized nearly 10 pounds of liquid meth smuggled in bottles of aloe vera, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.30c12ec5-47f8-4f16-a809-30514b35f4ca-large16x9_aloevera

Officers encountered 45-year-old man on Tuesday and put him through secondary inspection.

Further examination revealed that the man was smuggling 9.8 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in aloe vera bottles stuffed in his luggage, according to the news release.

Officers estimated the street value of the drugs at about $204,587.

The drugs were subsequently seized.

The case remained under investigation.






SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) South Dakota’s two largest cities are joining forces next week to talk about their growing meth drug problem and what to do about it.

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether will be joined through video conference by Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender for a public briefing in Sioux Falls at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at the downtown Law Enforcement Center. They’ll discuss the meth epidemic‘s impact on their two cities.tuktjktkrky

On Wednesday, September 28, same time, same place, some format, Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns and Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris will talk about meth’s impact on crime.

In fact, each day next week, there will be a special briefing at the Law Enforcement Center on the drug problem. Mayor Huether kicks things off on Monday with a briefing on why the meth epidemic is such an important topic.

In 2015, South Dakota suffered a 22 percent increase in drug arrests, most of them thanks to meth.

Following soon after the announcement of next week’s near-unprecedented activities, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force announced a big meth bust.

Three suspects were busted on the east side of Sioux Falls for posession of large amounts of methamphetamines and marijuna, and one of the suspects was also arrested for illegal posession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In custody are Justin Morales, the convicted felon, Chase Guzman, and Daniel Guzman, all from the Kansas City area, They were pulled over after leaving a home near Hayward Elementary School.

Authorities say that using a search warrant, they uncovered two pounds of meth and another two pounds of marijuana.






POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman is facing charges after allegedly sending a naked photo of a baby girl for drugs.

On Aug. 31, investigators in Pottawatomie County were contacted by Seminole County officials about a tip from DHS.ujket5jtyhejetujrej

According to the probable cause affidavit, agents with the Secret Service found evidence of a crime between James Hampton Smith and Carmita Mae O’Bryant.

Instant messages between the pair showed that O’Bryant was allegedly asking Smith for drugs “and told him that she would do anything to get them,” the affidavit claims.

At that point, investigators claim Smith told O’Bryant that he wanted a picture, asking if “she remembered what he had wanted before.”

Officers say that’s when O’Bryant allegedly sent him three pictures of the genitals of a 6-month-old female relative.

Authorities say Smith responded by asking, “So you wanna give that up?”

Officers immediately took Carmita Mae O’Bryant into custody for an interview.

The probable cause affidavit claims that during that interview, O’Bryant told investigators that she had sexually assaulted an 18-month-old boy while Smith ‘would watch’ and ‘masturbate.’

An arrest warrant was issued for O’Bryant and Smith for conspiracy to manufacture child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Her first court appearance is set for Oct. 4.


Graphic: Oklahoma woman charged after allegedly sending pornographic image of infant for drugs




An Oklahoma mother is facing numerous charges after police said she tried to prostitute her five-month-old baby in exchange for crystal meth.

Cops allege that Carmita O’Bryant corresponded with James Smith through Facebook Messenger. ryjhnsrhsrhrehIn one message, Smith apparently asked her to send naked pictures of the baby to him so he could judge whether the woman was serious about the sick offer.

“Show me you are serious,” the message read. “Use your dirty mind and send me a pic, and then I can see what I can get you.”

Police say O’Bryant then sent several of the requested photos, KOCO reported.

The pair, who having been in an on-and-off-again relationship for years, have other children together.

They both face charges including sex trafficking of children, selling or buying children, and manufacturing child porn.







A Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, woman is accused of trying to prostitute her five-month-old in exchange for drugs, a court case reveals.

Carmita O’Bryant stands charged with offering her baby as a sexual toy to James Smith in exchange for doses of crystal meth, Pottawatomie County sheriffs charge.

Much of the evidence for the crime appears on Facebook’s Messenger application, and authorities invited the U.S. Secret Service into the case to help investigate the electronic trail of evidence.

In one message, Smith allegedly demanded that O’Bryant send naked pictures of the baby to him so he could judge whether the woman was serious about the offer.

“Show me you are serious,” the message read. “Use your dirty mind and send me a pic, and then I can see what I can get you.”

Police say O’Bryant then sent several of the requested photos.

The two have been an on-again/off-again couple for years and have had other children together, KOCO reported.

The pair face a list of charges, “including sex trafficking of children, selling or buying children, and manufacturing child porn.”





A Grand Junction man out on bond on a number of felony cases was arrested this week on sex assault and other charges, accused of raping a woman multiple times over a four-day period in which he essentially imprisoned the woman with threats and physical abuse.

An arrest warrant affidavit for David Gaston, 32, details that he met the 27-year-old victim for the first time on Sept. 3, when he approached her while she was riding her bicycle.gaston_david_600x400

The alleged victim said Gaston “seemed like a very nice Southern gentleman” and told police he was “very attractive.” The two went on a date the next day, had consensual sex, and even joked about driving to Las Vegas to get married, according to police.

The following day, according to the alleged victim, Gaston became more controlling. He told her, “You’re not going anywhere,” among other statements the victim perceived as “very controlling,” she told police.

The day after that, Gaston allegedly became physically abusive, slapping and strangling the woman when she couldn’t figure out how to change a song playing on the television.

Gaston allegedly held the woman down, threatening to kill her and “put her in her coffin,” according to police.

The victim said she tried leave for at least 30 minutes before Gaston raped her.

“(The victim) advised David had her cellphone the whole time and would not allow her to call her grandpa,” with whom she lived, investigators wrote.

“(The victim) advised she wanted to leave, but every time she said something David didn’t like, she would get hit again,” a report reads.

Gaston and the victim went to a number of locations over the next two days, including Best Buy, the house of a friend of Gaston, and out to dinner. The victim alleges Gaston threatened and assaulted her numerous times in a variety of ways over that time. At one point, Gaston “nailed the door shut in (Gaston’s) condo with some type of strip, further preventing her from leaving,” a report also reads.

“(The victim) advised David made multiple threats to her that if she tried to leave him he would kill her grandfather and her great-grandmother,” investigators wrote.

The victim also told police she and Gaston had been using methamphetamine.

Gaston was advised Tuesday of possible charges including sex assault, second-degree assault, felony menacing, and false imprisonment. Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson referenced a possible “significant sentence” for Gaston if he’s found guilty, and imposed a $25,000 cash-only bond in his case. His next court date is Sept. 26.






Lovina Rainey, the mother of a 2-year-old girl killed last week, has been jailed on federal drug charges.

Rainey, 28, is suspected of intending to sell methamphetamine and possession of a gun to be used in drug trafficking.ujk6rjeryjhetj

Prosecutors have accused her boyfriend, Jason Obermiller, with killing her 2-year-old daughter Adalynn
by striking her in the abdomen. Court documents allege the toddler and three young siblings were in Obermiller’s care while Rainey went out drinking.

Detectives found more than 90 grams of meth and more than 44 grams of heroin in a bag that Rainey admitted was hers, according to court documents. Investigators also reported finding an electronic scale, a gun and a drug sales ledger.

Rainey reportedly told investigators that she obtained the drugs in the Tri-Cities and that Obermiller was helping her sell the drugs. The methamphetamine is close to pure pure and likely came from Mexico or Southern California, investigators said in court documents.u6tet4jegjetjeje

After running from arrest, Obermiller was captured Tuesday in an empty Lake Coeur d’Alene summer cabin. He is fighting extradition to Washington to face a murder charge.

Rainey’s three other children are in the care of Child Protective Services.





The mother of Adalynn Hoyt, the 2-year-old girl found dead on the South Hill earlier this month, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a Federal U.S. Marshals hold Wednesday night. 11897830_g

According to the Spokane County Jail, Lovina Rainey was picked up Wednesday night at a drug treatment facility in Coeur d’Alene. Court documents released shortly after Addy Hoyt’s death showed that Lovina was under criminal investigation in the case of her daughter’s death. However, Rainey appeared in Federal court Thursday afternoon, not for charges related to her daughter’s death, but in connection to the drugs and handgun that was found in her home after police searched it while investigating Addy’s death.

Rainey is being charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Meth, and Possession of a Firearm in Furthrance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. During a search warrant, investigators found a bag Rainey admitted was hers in her bedroom. In the bag was 90 grams of meth, 44 grams of heroin and a semi automatic handgun. Obermiller told investigators Rainey was selling the drugs to suport her drug habit. Investigators say the drugs Rainey was distributing were being brought in by three Hispanic males from the Tri-Cities area. Rainey heard the charges against her Thursday and will be back in court Friday afternoon. No charges have been filed against her in connection to the death of her child.

Rainey’s ex-boyfriend was quickly identified as a suspect in Addy’s death and after days on the run, Jason Obermiller was arrested Tuesday at a cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Obermiller is currently in the Kootenai County Jail and is fighting extradition back to Washington to face charges in Addy’s death.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Addy died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen after being either kicked or punched.

Court documents show Rainey had a relationship with Obermiller, who would stay at her house and sleep in a bedroom, but the two had become “distant” over the last two weeks, but Obermiller still stayed there. Court documents say Rainey brought home another man, who kissed her in front of Obermiller, which seemed to upset Obermiller. Rainey and the other man left for a night of drinking and left her four children with Obermiller and two other adult roommates.

Court documents show Rainey returned at around 3:30 to 4:00 a.m. the next morning and saw Obermiller’s car was not in the driveway and his bedroom door was closed. Court documents say Rainey looked into Obermiller’s room and saw Hoyt lying on the mattress and assumed she was sleeping (Additional court documents show Rainey said she never checked on any of the children when she returned home). The next morning, Rainey noticed the other three kids were all awake, but her 2-year-old daughter wasn’t. She went back into the bedroom and saw Rainey in the same position from when she checked on her hours earlier. She checked on Addy and found her arm stiff. She was dead.

Rainey called Obermiller, according to court documents, who said he could not hear her and hung up.

Another roommate told detectives she called Obermiller after finding out the girl was dead. Obermiller told her he could not come to the house because he was checking himself into drug treatment.

Detectives responding to the scene said Addy’s body had numerous small bruises on her body, including on the chest, abdomen, face and head. Dr. John Howard from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office estimated the girl died within a half an hour of sustaining the injury.

Additional documents released on Wednesday show that Rainey was also being investigated for a charge of Murder in the First Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

The three siblings of the deceased victim have been placed with Child Protective Services





Richmond police responded to a call from a Keeneland Drive motel Thursday morning to handle a customer who had not checked out.

Despite the motel manager’s unlocking the room’s door, the chain lock was in place. Attempts to yell for the occupants’ attention were made in vain, according to a citation. Police were able to take the chain lock off allowing access into the room.57e46570af186-image

Inside, police found Kai D. Hadley, of Burkesville, Ky, and a unnamed female laying on the bed asleep, according to the citation. Officers observed a small green plastic bag and a large amount of money on the nightstand. Following a search, police discovered two baggies of marijuana, two marijuana cigarettes, a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, two syringes and two cellphones, along with several empty baggies and $2,069 in cash laying next to the drugs, the citation noted.

Hadley admitted to transporting the methamphetamine for another male subject, the citation added.

Hadley was charged with first offense trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 ounces), first offense first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than 2 grams methamphetamine) and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

Hadley was booked into the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.





Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has recalled the incredible lengths he went to to ensure he always had access to drugs during his darkest days.

Welch previously revealed how he sent three 8-balls of meth from the US to Germany via Fed-Ex in 2004, risking everything to make sure he could get high while on tour.d1907d83-f471-4697-bd96-75f2a58de2f2

And now the guitarist, who has been clean for many years, confirms that he would also hide methamphetamine inside sticks of deodorant to avoid detection by sniffer dogs at airports.

In the latest edition of Loudwire’s Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?, Welch says: “It’s cool that I can laugh about it now. Meth will make you do some crazy things. I would scoop out the white deodorant part and put meth in a baggy.

“I’d put it in the white stuff and then I would pack the white stuff back on it and out the deodorant stick back together.

“I was thinking the dogs will smell the deodorant. They won’t smell the meth in the baggy. And it worked.”

Welch also goes on to discuss how spirituality and his relationship with God helped him overcome his addictions.

He left the band in 2005 before returning in 2013 ahead of the release of Korn’s album The Paradigm Shift.

Korn’s 12th album The Serenity Of Suffering is set for release on October 21 via Roadrunner Records. The band have a number of tour dates still to come in 2016, including a joint UK winter tour with Limp Bizkit.







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