Detectives are investigating after a woman escaped from a residence where she was allegedly held hostage and was injected with a concoction of three drugs, according the Fort Smith Police Department.

About 5:45 a.m. Thursday, several Fort Smith officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of South 10th Street regarding a burglary. When they arrived, people at the residence told them there was a misunderstanding. One man told officers he was house-sitting for the home owners and several people arrived there that he hadn’t invited. The officers left, an incident report states.

A short time later, a 34-year-old Cad, Ark., woman flagged down an officer near Dallas and South 104th streets. She told the officer she was fleeing from her boyfriend. When another officer arrived, she told the two officers that she was actually fleeing from several people at the residence in the 2800 block of South 10th Street. The people there were armed with guns and had held her against her will and told her she’d be killed if she left the residence, according to the incident report.

She told police the man house-sitting invited her over, and another man, who is an acquaintance and who had a little girl with him, gave her a ride there from her mother’s home. Once at the residence, another man and woman arrived. The woman told everyone there that the 34-year-old woman was a “snitch,” and everyone became upset, according to the incident report.

The Cad woman told police she was pushed into a chair and told not to get up. The man who pushed her allegedly told her if she wasn’t a “snitch,” then she’d ingest methamphetamine. She told police the man tried to inject her several times with the drug, and that he had added bleach to the drug, according to the incident report.

As she sat in the chair high on the drugs, everyone at the residence continued threatening her that if she left, she would be killed. When several other people arrived at the residence, everyone’s attention was divided and the woman was able to escape through a back door, according to the incident report.

Police stated in the report that when she flagged them down, she was muddy, visibly shaken and had bruising on her arms from where she had been injected. She was taken by ambulance to Mercy Fort Smith for a toxicology screening. The test results revealed she was injected with methamphetamine, opiates and benzodiazepines.

No arrests occurred as of Saturday, as the investigation continues, according to the Police Department.



A man accused of torturing and sexually abusing a woman for months at a property in Brisbane’s north has been remanded in custody.

Police executed a search warrant on Saturday and allegedly found cash, methamphetamine and marijuana inside a house at Zillmere.

Officers said a woman, who was known to the man, alleged he had been assaulting her in the house over the past three months.

Police charged the 31-year-old man with drug trafficking, torture, seven counts of sexual assault and deprivation of liberty.

The man, who did not appear in court, was remanded in custody during a hearing at Brisbane’s Magistrates Court and his lawyer, Adam Magill, made no application for bail.

Mr Magill said his client would be contesting the 29 charges.

“The allegations are quite severe,” Mr Magill said.

“He is not taking it well at all.

“I’ve obviously got some major concerns with respect to his mental health but that’s going to be an issue over the next 24 hours that we’re going to have looked at.

“He’s denying any offending at this point in time and he’s given very clear instructions that he’ll be contesting all the matters.”

The matter is due back in court on July 4.



SALEM, Ore. – A Salem man stabbed a woman he met on Craigslist more than 10 times after the pair broke into a Buddhist temple to do methamphetamine Friday night, investigators said.

Jose Murillo, 23, faces attempted murder and assault charges.Jose%20Murillo_1464546026518_2555328_ver1_0

Murillo and the victim, Cynthia Veazey, struck up a friendship on Craigslist within the last six months, according to Lt. Chris Baldridge with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Murillo called Veazey on Friday night and the pair made plans to go to Wat Buddha Oregon, a temple near Turner, to do methamphetamine, detectives said.

Inside the temple, Murillo said he started hearing voices and told Veazey to help him find the people in the temple or he would stab her.

“Veazey attempted to calm Murillo and assure him there was no one inside of the temple with them. A short time later Murillo attacked Veazey, stabbing her over ten times all over her body,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Murillo pulled the injured Veazey outside the temple, where she escaped and ran into some blackberry bushes to hide.

Murillo walked to the interstate and was spotted by Oregon State Police troopers. He told the troopers that he believed someone was chasing him. They took Murillo to a hospital to treat a cut on his hand.

When Buddhist monks returned to the temple at 5:30 a.m. the following morning, they called the sheriff’s office to report a break-in. At around 7 a.m., the monks found Veazey in the bushes and called the sheriff’s office again.

Veazey was taken to a Portland hospital, where she was in serious condition Sunday.

Detectives arrested Murillo before he was released from the hospital. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.



Amos J. Robl, 39 of Merrill-was charged in Lincoln County Circuit Court May 20, with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

According to court records, Robl was reportedly involved in an incident in the city of Merrill on the afternoon of May 18th, in which officers of the Merrill Police Department responded to report of active drug activity at a residence on North Thomas Street.

Robl was reportedly found inside the residence, in possession of Methamphetamine and reportedly admitted to actively smoking Methamphetamine with 33-year old Jamie Jameson of Wausau, prior to officer arrival. As part of the investigation, Robl reportedly handed officers gem bags containing a crystalline substance as well as a glass pipe, which was still hot to the touch and containing Methamphetamine residue.

Jameson also appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court May 20, facing a Felony charge of Manufacture/Delivery of Methamphetamine in connection to the incident.

During the investigation, Jameson reportedly denied consuming Methamphetamine despite showing signs of actively being under the influence. Robl indicated Jameson had arrived at the residence for the purpose of smoking Methamphetamine with him.



WAYNESBORO, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — The Waynesboro Police Department confirms it arrested three people during a drug bust last week.

The raid happened on Friday afternoon at a house on Mason Street in Waynesboro.SpitlerJacqueline+NicoleScottCharlotte+Louise

Three people were arrested and charged during the bust: 23-year-old Justin Edward Bailey of Afton, 30-year-old Jacqueline Nicole Spitler of Batesville, and 57-year-old Charlotte Louise Scott who owned the home that was raided.

Police say during the raid, they found marijuana, meth, more than $1,800 in cash and something the police force has never seen before: rectal suppositories that had trace Meth+Pic1amounts of methamphetamine.

Police say they were led to the house, following a DUI arrest a few days earlier.

In that arrest, police detained and charged 31-year-old Jerome Kerby Cauls of Waynesboro.

According to police, the arrest happened after Cauls was seen driving erratically.

Police searched Cauls car and found more than $400 in cash, digital scales, suspected marijuana and a revolver inside.

Cauls is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail. Scott is being held on a $1,000 bond. Spitler and Bailey were released.



Transcripts of telephone calls and text messages to and from the phone of a former Knoxville Police Department officer indicate he not only bought and sold drugs on duty but while at police headquarters, prosecutors say.

Joshua Hurst, a Knoxville police office who is one of eight people indicted on drug-related charges. (TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION)

Joshua Hurst, a Knoxville police office who is one of eight people indicted on drug-related charges. (TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION)

Knox County prosecutors on Monday filed a portion of the transcripts of several thousand calls and text messages from Joshua Hurst’s phone, recorded in April over six weeks while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation kept Hurst, 38, under surveillance, tapping his phone and trailing him to various locations.

Document: Excerpts from transcripts of former Knoxville Police Department officer Joshua Hurst’s intercepted calls

The transcripts were introduced as part of the state’s response to a motion by Mark Gilbertson, also charged in the case, to reduce bond. Gilbertson, 46, and Hurst were among eight people charged with distributing prescription painkillers in Knox and other counties across East and Middle Tennessee.

Also charged were Milbern Breeden Jr., 51, of Knoxville; Erin Keenan, 41, of Knoxville; Pamela Moretta, 43, of Knoxville; Trevor Loy, 37, of Wartburg, Tenn.; Gilbertson’s brother, Paul Gilbertson, 44, of Knoxville; and Hurst’s brother, Jacob Hurst, 35, of Clarksville.

The state argued that Mark Gilbertson’s criminal record — which includes one felony and 10 misdemeanors — and history of failing to appear in court should be considered.

Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott filed 40 pages of transcripts from Hurst’s phone listing “multiple occasions” on which “conspirators discussed the sale and delivery of pills,” and said the state plans to introduce hours of additional calls and hundreds of pages of text messages and transcripts at trial to “prove the existence of the conspiracy.”

“During the period of time when the wiretap was being monitored, thousands of incriminating statements were made by members of the conspiracy outlining the course, nature and extent of this drug-dealing enterprise,” McDermott wrote. “Agents were able to observe drug transactions as they took place in real time. … Investigators determined that conspirators possessed controlled substances with the intent to further distribute those drugs at various locations in Knox County, including the Knoxville Police Department headquarters.”

The transcripts suggest Mark Gilbertson was a source of prescription pain pills, supplying them to Hurst, who then delivered them to others. The calls included Hurst referencing his working “desk duty” and using his resources as a KPD officer to get information for other defendants.

Court records allege Hurst confiscated heroin, methamphetamine, prescription narcotics and driver’s licenses from people on the street, then passed them to drug dealers, sometimes in exchange for pain pills he used himself.

Hurst’s police powers were suspended when the investigation began, KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk said, and he resigned in April after a grand jury indicted him on three counts of conspiracy to deliver oxycodone in a drug-free zone; three counts of conspiracy to distribute oxymorphone in a drug-free zone; delivery of methamphetamine; four counts of official misconduct; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

During his 13-year career, Hurst had received accolades but also was disciplined for such violations as discourtesy and unsatisfactory performance.



SALT LAKE CITY — Stolen vehicles are a problem that practically every city in Utah deals with.

Sometimes the vehicles are recovered damaged at the end of a high-speed chase. Sometimes they are found abandoned in the Jordan River. And sometimes a person’s car is recovered with seemingly no harm done to it at all.1699250

But even if physical damage isn’t visible, police are warning owners to get their vehicles checked for possible drug residue and then have them professionally cleaned.

“Most of the time a car is stolen it is by someone who has a drug habit or is involved in that underworld. That’s just the type of people who steal cars,” said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell.

“They will take the car and they will use it for their illegal activities, committing crimes. And sometimes they will live in the car for a period of time, and that means they are using drugs in the car. You’re risking exposure after you get your car back. You need to get it cleaned,” added Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking.

According to the 2014 Crime in Utah report compiled by the state Bureau of Criminal Identification, a vehicle is stolen in Utah approximately every 82 minutes. More than 6,300 motor vehicle thefts were reported in Utah during 2014, according to the bureau’s report.

Earlier this year, Salt Lake police reported 72 cars stolen from their city in just a span of 2 ½ weeks, and 202 were stolen in Salt Lake City from Dec. 4, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

While police will go through a person’s stolen car after it is recovered to look for evidence related to the crime, what they won’t do is clean the vehicle before returning it to the owner.

“We’re not a cleaning service. Unfortunately, you’re going to get the car back in the condition we find it. We’re going to take what we need out of it and anything that doesn’t belong to you. Your responsibility will be to clean that car,” Bell said.

Wilking added that police departments also do not test vehicles after they are recovered for levels of drug residue.

Based on the current heroin epidemic facing America, he said there’s a good chance that whoever steals a car will also smoke heroin or methamphetamine while using it.

“We do have a drug problem. These drug users commit more crimes to fuel their habit. And part of that is using the drugs. And if they have your car, they’ll do it in your car,” he said.

Vapor from methamphetamine, for example, can cling to surfaces and form into crystals, experts say. Those who come in contact with such surfaces could ingest the meth through their skin or other ways.

When a stolen car is recovered and returned to an owner, Bell suggests the owner first, while wearing a pair of gloves, give the car a good visual inspection to make sure police detectives haven’t missed anything.

“Don’t reach your hand into places you can’t see,” he advised.

Next, use a strong vacuum to go through the car before wiping it down with something that will kill bacteria. Then, get it inspected. Bell said while police aren’t finding many meth labs fully constructed inside stolen vehicles, they are finding people use meth and other drugs inside them.

The Utah Department of Health has a list of certified decontamination specialists who can be used if a person suspects drug contamination in their vehicle.


Don’t touch Methamphetamine labs

Posted: 30th May 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

The best intentions can have dire consequences if you don’t know what you are dealing with. At 3:19 p.m. Thursday, a Pioneer resident called the Williams County Sheriff’s Office to report that she had found a pop bottle that looked like a methamphetamine lab. She picked it up, carried it home and held onto it until a deputy came to pick it up.

“Lucky for her it was just water,” Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rusky said. “Meth labs are hazardous in so many ways. They can explode and the chemicals are toxic. It’s a bad mix all around, nothing good about any of them.”

Rusky, while assigned to the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force, would not touch a meth lab without donning a chemical protective suit and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Meth labs carry a strong odor, frequently compared to cat urine, ether, ammonia or acetone.

Items frequently associated with methamphetamine production include plastic pop bottles with hoses and/or metallic residue, stained coffee filters, latex gloves, antihistamine boxes, drain cleaners and butane.

“If you find a discarded meth lab, leave it where it is and call us,” Rusky said.

The Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone number is 419-636-3151.

Ten residents of the Jackson area have been indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute large quantities of highly pure methamphetamine throughout West Tennessee. Edward Stanton III, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the indictments in a news release Friday.635999572206001960-crystal-meth

On Thursday, nine of the defendants were taken into custody. One defendant remains a fugitive. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the early morning round-up.

The following defendants have been indicted on conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, among other charges, according to the news release.

  • David Burruss, 72, of Bolivar
  • Rodney Richardson, 48, of Grand Junction
  • Deon Brown Sr., 48, of Grand Junction
  • James Walker Carroll, 35, of Savannah
  • David Bryan, 29, of Jackson
  • Thomas Rodgers, 38, of Lexington
  • Nancy Hubanks, 65, of Savannah
  • Matthew Ludoff, 33, of Jackson
  • Jason Stanfill, 37, of Jackson
  • Mary Vandiver, 42, of Jackson. Vandiver remains a fugitive, according to the release.

According to the indictment, between late August 2014 and March 2016, the defendants conspired with each other to distribute large quantities of “ice,” which is meth with a purity level greater than 80 percent. The defendants also distributed multiple grams of meth, the release said.

During the course of a nearly two-year investigation, law enforcement officers seized more than 3,500 grams of ice, over 800 grams of meth, three firearms, two vehicles, and about $64,000 in drug proceeds from the defendants.

All 10 defendants have been charged with one count of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of actual meth (ice), and one count of aiding and abetting each other to distribute, attempt to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute and attempt to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of ice.

The defendants have also been charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth. And aiding and abetting each other to distribute, attempt to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute and attempt to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth.

  • Burruss, Hubanks and Brown have each been charged with two additional counts of distributing, attempting to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.
  • Stanfill and Vandiver have been charged with three additional counts of distributing, attempting to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.
  • Richardson, Carroll, Bryan and Ludoff have each been charged with an additional count of distributing, attempting to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and attempting to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.
  • Rodgers has been charged with three additional counts of distributing, attempting to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and attempting to possess with the intent to distribute five grams or more of meth.

The defendants face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years imprisonment if convicted of the conspiracy and/or aiding and abetting charges. They also face fines of up to $10 million.

The additional distribution charges carry mandatory minimum sentences of between five and 20 years’ imprisonment and fines exceeding $1 million.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit; 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force; Hardin County Sheriff’s Department; and the United States Postal Inspector Service.



Federal authorities recently seized more than $1 million in crystal methamphetamine from a Mexican citizen at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, an affidavit states.

Homeland Security Investigations special agents identified the suspect as Felipe Humberto Gallegos, 28, of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

A criminal complaint filed Monday charged Gallegos with possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered Gallegos on Saturday when he arrived at the international bridge in a 2000 Ford Explorer and was referred to secondary examination, where a K-9 unit detected narcotics odor emanating from the gas tank area, according to court documents.

The liquid extracted from the non-factory compartment field-tested positive for liquid methamphetamine, states the complaint.

CBP discovered 68 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,371,261.



YANGON (Reuters) – The authorities in Myanmar seized roughly 21 million methamphetamine pills with a street value of around US$35.5 million (S$49 million) near the border with China, state-owned media said on Monday (May 30), the country’s second largest haul of the contraband.

Although better known for its opium production, Myanmar, a country with restive and porous borders, is a major producer and exporting hub of low-purity pills made primarily of caffeine and methamphetamine.

The pills, which deliver a cheap high, are taken both by recreational users and labourers toiling for long hours who need to stay awake.

The seizure was made in Kutkai township, in northern Shan State, last Saturday, the Kyemon newspaper said, adding that Aung Aung, a truck driver, told the police he had been paid to deliver the cargo of tablets to Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city.

Investigation showed the seized drugs belonged to a fugitive connected with another seizure of drugs in Mandalay on March 5, it added.

The seizure was Myanmar’s second largest drug bust, following a seizure with a street value of US$100 million last year in the commercial capital of Yangon, said Police Colonel Zaw Khin Aung at police headquarters in Naypyitaw, the capital.

Myanmar has become an exporting center for the drug, and police believed the latest seizure was meant to be distributed outside the country, Col Zaw Khin Aung said. “The final destination of these big hauls of stimulants is not the domestic market,” he added.

Myanmar was the point of origin of methamphetamine pills found across South-east Asia and beyond, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report last year.

“Reports of methamphetamine tablets originating in Myanmar and seized in China and Thailand indicate that increasing quantities are being trafficked from Myanmar across their joint borders,” it added.

Police figures show 49.95 million of the pills were seized in 2,815 busts across Myanmar last year.



DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL (WTVY) A major player in the sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine in Walton County is behind bars following an investigation by members of Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration Panama City Resident Office.

Since July of 2015 an investigation has been ongoing into the drug trafficking activities of Kord Ashdon Perdue, 24, of DeFuniak Springs. Over the past week a DEA specialperdue+vanerecken agent acting in an undercover capacity negotiated the sale of one pound of crystal methamphetamine with Perdue who wanted to purchase the amount for $10,000. Numerous telephone calls were recorded between the two parties setting up the transaction.

On Wednesday May 25th a meeting was arranged between Perdue and a DEA Task Force Officer acting in an undercover capacity as the drug courier. The two decided to meet at Walmart in DeFuniak Springs to facilitate the transaction. Perdue produced the $10,000 to the undercover agent and the agent told Perdue he would go to the motel to get the crystal meth. Agents with the DEA then approached and arrested Perdue without incident.

Subsequently, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Perdue’s residence, 132 Perdue Road. During the search investigators located approximately 400g of methamphetamine oil, a number of items used to manufacture meth, bags of marijuana packaged for sale, and drug paraphernalia. A female juvenile, Hannah Vanerecken, was also inside the home. In addition, a 20 month old child was also present. The bottles containing chemicals used to make methamphetamine and the actively cooking product were all in possible reach of the child.

Perdue was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, and one count of producing methamphetamine, child neglect without great bodily harm, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia.

“We were glad to put the hammer down on this guy,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “He is exactly where he needs to be.”

Vanerecken, 17, was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia after a search of her person revealed three syringes and a small baggie of methamphetamine.



A shoplifting complaint Thursday left a West Monroe woman accused of theft and drug possession charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers were dispatched to the West Monroe Wal-Mart for a shoplifting complaint and made contact with the suspect, Natasha Babineaux, 39, 703 Edwards Road, West Monroe.635999564237107796-Babineaux

The suspect had been observed for more than six hours in the store and had reportedly damaged multiple goods and left the store without paying for items. Arrest records state the suspect damaged more than $46 worth of merchandise and had more than $700 of merchandise in her buggy.

While searching the suspect’s belongings, officers located five baggies of suspect methamphetamine, one partial Alprazolam tablet, multiple syringes, a spoon with methamphetamine residue inside, a glass methamphetamine pipe and digital scales according to arrest reports.

Babineaux was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of shoplifting, theft of goods; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II; possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule IV; and prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia.



An Attalla woman faces multiple drug charges following her arrest today.

Christina Nicole Kirby, 27, has been charged with methamphetamine trafficking, methamphetamine distribution and drug possession.-christina-kirbypng-4743994366f06c14

Agents executed arrest warrants at Kirby’s residence on Spout Springs Road in Attalla. Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander Randall Johnson said Kirby’s offenses happened between February and April.

Agents also recovered a handgun and drug paraphernalia.

Kirby is being held on $75,000 bond at the Etowah County Detention Center. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force took part in the case.



(KUTV) A former BYU student convicted for having a meth lab in his apartment was arrested again on Friday on suspicion of having a meth lab in his apartment, according to Salt Lake City Police.

Bryce Cazier, 23, the former BYU student was arrested this time in Salt Lake City for operating a meth lab in his apartment, according to a probable cause statement.wfhq9qwey

Most recently, Cazier spent 60 days in jail after pleading guilty in July to a reduced charge of operating a clandestine laboratory in his Provo BYU-approved apartment.

Cazier’s roommate called the fire department complaining about a “strong odor” in their shared residence, according to the booking statement.

The fire department also found several elements suggesting a clandestine lab was there, police said.

The DEA searched the apartment and saw that a clandestine lab was in fact there and in operation 500 feet away from a school and a church building.

After Cazier was read his Miranda Rights he admitted to operating a meth lab in his home, according to police..



ONTARIO, Calif. — Agents arrested five men and seized 53 pounds of methamphetamine during a major undercover drug bust in Ontario.

The meth has an estimated street value of $2.6 million, authorities said.1358793_800x450

The men were arrested after trying to sell the drugs to undercover officers. The operation took place at the parking lot of a Hooters restaurant located in the 700 block of N. Milliken Avenue.

Investigators said the suspects may be associated with the Sinaloa Cartel based out of Mexico with drug distribution cells in Southern California.

The arrested individuals were identified as Benjamin Machado Morales, Heriberto Coronado Martin, Eric Villareal Aguilar, Eduardo E. Ruano Alvarez and Hector E. Marroquin.

All of the suspects were booked into the San Bernardino West County Detention Center pending the filing of charges for the transportation and sales of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sales and conspiracy.

The sting was conducted by the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) and the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT).



Meth in the News – May 27, 2016

Posted: 27th May 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

For the most part, I don’t really care what adults want to put into their bodies. I don’t believe that lengthy prison sentences are appropriate just for the simple possession and use of drugs. The money spent to incarcerate them would be better used for treatment.

But when they harm innocents with these drugs, that’s a different matter altogether. And it doesn’t matter if it is a child or an innocent animal.

Case in point is a story that was picked up by news organizations across the United States after it was reported online last Thursday, May 19, 2016. The incident occurred back on March 22.

Tustin is located in Orange County, Calif., and it considered part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. There Tustin police officers found a little terrier mix dog named “Bubba” in a motel room at the Key Inn & Suites on El Camino Real around 9 a.m.

Joshua West, 40, who is Bubba’s owner, was in the room with the little dog. Mr. West was on parole at the time, and police officers found methamphetamine, heroin and used hypodermic needles in the room.

The officers noticed that Bubba was acting strangely, so they called Animal Control to investigate. Tests later confirmed that Bubba had meth and heroin in his blood.

“This strikes me as pretty horrible,” Tustin police Lt. Robert Wright told reporters. “This is the first time we’ve ever heard of someone reporting that an animal has been under the influence.”

Mr. West was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant, a parole violation, and possession of meth, drug paraphernalia, and heroin. There was no mention of charges for animal cruelty.

At last report, Bubba was detoxing at OC Animal Care. They will put him up for adoption when he recovers.

Thank God!

Sandpoint is located in northern Idaho. On May 20 it was reported that Samantha Lee Caroline Morikawa, 25, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for using methamphetamine while breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter from August 2015 to January 2016.

Ms. Morikawa had also been charged with aggravated assault because she allegedly attacked the girl’s father while he was taking the child away from her after finding out about her drug use.

Bonner County Deputy Prosecutor Katie Murdock argued that Ms. Morikawa had exhibited an increasing level of violence since 2012, along with sustained drug use.

During sentencing, First District Judge Barbara Buchanan indicated that if Ms. Morikawa successfully completes a prison drug treatment program she may be released early on probation.

Court documents indicate that Ms. Morikawa said that she was unaware that the meth would be passed on to her daughter in her breast milk. Even I know that!

Remarkably, Ms. Morikiawa is currently pregnant with her fourth child. Obviously, she still has a lot to learn!

On May 22, police responded to a house in Winter Haven, Fla., after receiving a tip about possible narcotics use and child neglect there. But nothing could have prepared them for what they would see (and smell).

Inside the home, Winter Haven police officers found Ashley Barnett, 26, along with two children, 2 and 4 years of age, living in what the officers described as “deplorable conditions.”

The house had no running water, and there was an overwhelming odor of feces and rotten food.

Police reported that feces were found smeared on the walls throughout the residence. The toilet was also full of feces, and the bathtub contained about two inches of water with dead and live roaches floating in the water.


Police also said that they could barely find any eatable food in the home.

As they continued to search the house, officers discovered several baggies with a white residue that field tested positive for meth, glass pipes and a small butane torch on a bed. They also located additional drugs and paraphernalia inside the laundry room.

Ms. Barnett and her husband, Richard Barnett, were both arrested and charged with negligent child abuse without bodily harm, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia and were booked into the Polk County Jail.

Also in Florida, at around midnight last Thursday, David Dimarco, who was staying at the America’s Best Inn and Suites in Pensacola, suddenly heard a woman screaming for help.

“There’s no bang, no boom; just a woman next door hollering for help,” Mr. Dimarco told reporters. “When we opened the door, flames and smoke started pouring in our room from next door.”

Faith Cheatham added, “There was this lady that ran out of the room, and there was this huge burst of flames.”

The unidentified woman suffered multiple burns and was transported to a hospital.

Officials with the fire department concluded that the fire was caused by a meth lab in one of the rooms at the motel. The fire produced more than $250,000 in damages.

It concern me that something like that could occur in practically any motel or hotel these days!

Here is something just as frightening.

On Monday, May 16, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper responded to a report of a car stopped in a driving lane of Interstate 94 in Clay County.

There he found the driver, Jeff L. Nygaard, 46, of Fargo, passed out while still sitting behind the wheel of his idling car – in a driving lane, not on the shoulder!

The State Trooper noticed that there were multiple phones in the car. As he tried to speak with Mr. Nygaard to wake him up, the phones began ringing.

The officer also reported that Mr. Nygaard showed signs of methamphetamine intoxication.

A search of the car yielded about 9 ounces of suspected meth as well as items typically associated with selling and using drugs, such as baggies, scales and hypodermic needles, along with a set of brass knuckles.

Mr. Nygaard was arrested and charged with second-degree possession with intent to sell meth. Other charges are pending, including possession of a dangerous weapon and drug paraphernalia.

Just one more.

On May 23, Michael Cunningham, who was under investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, was sitting in his truck on Main Street in Knightstown. As the authorities approached his vehicle, Mr. Cunningham sped away.

As he was pulled from the truck after a short chase, a one-pot meth lab fell to the ground. Thus, Mr. Cunningham was actually caught red handed cooking meth during a police chase.

Sometimes I wonder how safe it really is out there! What is the driver next to you really doing?

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

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Two Tangipahoa Parish women accused of attempting to sell drugs from a vehicle at an intersection in western Washington Parish Wednesday (May 25) are behind bars and facing various narcotics charges. Michelle McCoy Winters, 43, of Hammond, and Sheila Ann Richardson, 31, of Tickfaw, are being held in the Washington Parish jail, according to a sheriff’s office news release.


After receiving information from Washington Parish patrol deputies, detectives located the two women attempting to sell drugs near the intersection of Louisiana 16 and Louisiana 450 in a rural area southwest of Franklinton, authorities said. The women were arrested and detectives seized $1,240 in cash, 5 grams of methamphetamine, an undisclosed amount of marijuana, assorted narcotics pills and a 2012 Mazda M3.

Winters was booked with two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule II drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $58,500.

Richardson was booked with possession with intent to distribute schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $50,500.-4cd1e95cb5b12e02

Washington Parish detectives have been in touch with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives concerning this arrest and other crimes in the two-parish area that may be related to the case, authorities said in the news release. The investigation is ongoing and is focused on recent burglaries that took place in Tangipahoa Parish.



A late-night execution of a search warrant by members of the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrests of two local women. At the conclusion of the execution of the search warrant, items seized included crystal methamphetamine, over $1,000 in currency, paraphernalia, as was a 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant automobile.

According to a report obtained from the DCSO, members of the department breached the door at a residence listed as 446 Miller St. Apartment A. Upon entering the residence, two females, Danna Riggins, 25, and Hope Walker, 31, were found and detained while the search ensued.


During the search, one member of the sheriff’s department located 100 small bags used for packaging drugs, four glass methamphetamine pipes, three sets of digital scales used to weigh narcotics, and a clear bag containing ¼ ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

Another deputy located a wallet with Riggins’ driver’s license inside, along with $1,237 in cash inside as well. Also found was a purse containing four individual bags containing a total of .92 ounce of crystal methamphetamine, as well as a drug ledger notebook found in the bedroom reportedly belonging to Riggins.

Deputies also located a wallet belonging to Walker that contained $85 in the kitchen.2607183-L

After searching the inside of the residence, deputies concentrated their efforts on the 2012 Mitsubishi located outside after learning the vehicle was registered to Riggins. During the search of the vehicle, deputies located an Aquafina bottle that had been modified to reportedly hide drugs. The middle of the bottle, behind the label, was used to hide drugs, while the top and bottom of the bottle held water to give the appearance the bottle was full of water.

Riggins and Walker were placed under arrest and charged with possession of Schedule II with intent, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

Riggins was later released on a $6,000 bond, while Walker is also free after posting a $10,000 bond.



WILLOW SPRING — Wake County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday filed multiple charges related to methamphetamine and other drugs against a woman who was convicted in February of drug felonies and a man who was release from prison in April after being convicted in Johnston County of meth-related charges.Felicia_Dawn_Sandy

Kevin Ryan Gralton, 26, and Felicia Dawn Sandy, 27, were arrested at Kennebec Road and Buck Rowland Road on charges of delivering 160 pseudoephedrine pills to another person. Pseudoephedrine, used in cold medicines, is used to make methamphetamine and is considered a precursor material for it.

In arrest warrants, officials said Gralton lived at 9716 Kennebec Road in Willow Spring, but he was listed in county booking records with an address of 6105 Hollow View Court near Fuquay-Varina. Sandy was listed in arrest warrants as living at 10637 Pine Thicket Court, near Fuquay-Varina, but booking records listed her address as 9362 Kennebec Road.

Arrest warrants charged that Sandy and Gralton conspired with each other and with a person identified only as “Chris” to manufacture meth. It was not clear if “Chris” was the one to whom the pseudoephedrine allegedly was being delivered.

The two also were charged with possessing another 120 pseudoephedrine pills. Both face serveral misdemeanor charges for possession of other drugs. Gralton was charged with using a 1999 Toyota to keep and sell drugs.

Gralton was convicted in May 2015 of possessing a methamphetamine precursor and was put on three years’ probation. That was revoked in January 2016, however, and he served time in prison until April 20, state records show.

Sandy was convicted Feb. 3 in Johnston County of possessing and selling drugs in the legal category that includes meth. She was placed on 30 months’ probation.

Sandy was being held on $175,000 bail. Gralton was being held on $250,000 bail.




GRAFTON, N.D.—A Grafton woman is facing four drug delivery felonies for reportedly having “a large amount of methamphetamine” in her home, according to court documents.

Norma Jean Czapiewski, 53, was charged Thursday in Walsh County District Court with four class A czapiewski,felonies: delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force conducted controlled buys from Czapiewski three times in April in Grafton on the 12th, 18th and 22nd for methamphetamine and prescription medications, according to a criminal complaint.

The task force then carried out a search warrant at her home on West Fourth Street in Grafton and found baggies, methamphetamine, digital scales, more than $900 in cash, multiple flip phones, rifles and two magazines, among other items, according to a search warrant inventory.

Czapiewski was booked in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Her next court appearance is 11:45 a.m. June 8.



Russellville man was seriously injured after law enforcement officers said a meth lab blew up while he was in the process of making the illegal street drug.

Russellville Police were called Wednesday to a convenience store on East 4th Street because of a man who appeared to need medical assistance, according to a release from RPD.

When police arrived, they identified the man as Steven Mead, 36, and noticed he had several deep cuts throughout his upper torso. Mead said he fell through a glass door but police later learned that Mead sustained the injuries while cooking meth in a glass container, according to the release and South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force Director Jacky Hunt.

“Upon arrival he had a blood trail leading from a house,” Hunt said. “(Police) followed the blood trail back to the house.”

At first, Mead’s girlfriend, Clarrisa Porterfield, gave police consent to search their home at 242 N. Spring St. and then revoked her consent when police discovered a substance believed to be methamphetamine in the sink, Hunt said. Police stopped the search and obtained a search warrant to complete searching the home.

“He had a one-step (meth) cook going in the kitchen and it blew up,” Hunt said.

Hunt said Porterfield tried to “destroy everything and clean it up” after Mead walked to the store. Inside the home, police found items commonly used to manufacture meth such as pseudoephedrine blister packs, stripped out lithium batteries and lye, he said.

“We’ve worked countless cases where guys have burnt themselves up,” Hunt said. “Some of these old guys have burn scars on them. It’s extremely dangerous and extremely volatile. They are putting (ingredients) in a vessel and waiting for them to react and they can explode.”

Mead was cut and burned. He was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital and later transferred to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. He is listed in fair condition, hospital spokeswoman Anna-Lee Cockrill said.

Mead has a lengthy criminal history including a past conviction for manufacturing meth, Hunt said. Porterfield was arrested at the scene on an outstanding warrant.

The case will be presented to an upcoming Logan County grand jury, Hunt said.



DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (CBS46) – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said community complaints led to a raid and 11 arrests at an auto repair shop there Thursday morning.

Authorities served a search warrant at McDuffie’s Auto & Truck Repair in Litha Springs after they said they bought meth from the business on two separate occasions. Several suspects were also named in arrests 10645089_Gwarrants.

The suspects face charges ranging from sale of methamphetamine to possession and authorities said one juvenile was arrested on the site.

Eleven suspects, including one in a vehicle that was being worked on, and one in the metal duct work in the ceiling were arrested Thursday morning around 6 a.m.

Drug paraphernalia, syringes and methamphetamine were also found inside the business. The owner of the shop was not present at the time of the raid.

Arrests, charges following during raid

  • David Woodall and Ashley Pryor – sales of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • Louis Brown – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • John Adams – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • George Lowery – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • William Shuler – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • Brad Norris – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • Brittanie Rhodes – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • Tara Carter – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • Astrid DeBont – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.
  • And one juvenile – possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Explosive revelations are out in the case of former Bakersfield police officer Damacio Diaz that could implicate more officers in the department of criminal activity dealing with drugs. Diaz accepted a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office in which he agreed to plead guilty to bribery, possession and attempted possession with the intent to distribute Methamphetamine and making and subscribing a false income tax return.t7y34q203tm-pwitu2w-

Diaz and two brothers were among a group of student athletes that were featured in the Disney film, “McFarland, USA.”

Diaz, a 17-year veteran with BPD admitted that he received bribes from a criminal informant, Guillermo Magallanes in return for providing Magallanes with intelligence on law enforcement practices and activities and tipping off Magallanes to any potential or ongoing police investigation relating to Magallanes. Diaz also admitted to providing with the identities of other BPD and Kern County Sheriff’s Department criminal informants to protect Magallanes’ illegal drug activities from being discovered.

But his attorney David Torres said there is much more involved here and that more officers are involved in criminal activity.

“We’re talking about officers who are stealing drugs, we’re talking about officers who are selling narcotics, we’re talking about officers who were setting up individuals,” said Torres. He added that the alleged corruption involved officers in the narcotics and gang units.

The attorney said Diaz is deeply remorseful and is aware that he betrayed the public trust through his actions. Torres said Diaz is a good man who now wants to stop the alleged corruption in the Bakersfield police department, and one way to do it is by cooperating with federal law enforcement.

Federal court documents detailing the plea agreement state that in 2012, Diaz and his partner took control of an ice chest containing multiple bags, about ten pounds of actual methamphetamine from a vehicle with two individuals from Yakima, Washington during a vehicle stop.

According to the document, “The actual methamphetamine booked into evidence was only a small portion contained in the ice chest seized by Diaz and his partner.” Further, “Diaz admits that he and his partner unlawfully converted approximately nine pounds of actual methamphetamine to their sole possession which they sold later for profit.”

Torres said Diaz will help bring to light actions by other officers.

“It’s the first step he’s going to take in exposing the corruption that is involved in the BPD and that has been involved in the past several years,” said Torres.

The attorney said he and Diaz are aware their decision to go public with corruption allegations is not going to be popular among BPD or in the community.

“We don’t fear any backlash because we know the majority of police officers who are gainfully employed with the BPD are in fact good police officers,” Torres said.

BPD Sgt. Gary Carruesco tells Eyewitness News that there are six officers currently on paid administrative leave. Carruesco said he could not reveal their names or reason why they are on paid leave as that information is protected by the California Peace Officers bill of rights.

It’s not yet known how much time Diaz will have to serve in prison. Under the plea, the government will recommend that Diaz be sentenced to the low end of the sentencing guidelines. The plea deal is expected to be heard in federal district court on Tuesday.



Crystal meth first came to Hawai‘i in the 1980s. Molly Solomon looks at how the drug first arrived in the islands.9091980586_70c69ebd4b_k

Judge Edward Kubo says the calls took a while to trickle in. It wasn’t until 2003 that he started hearing from people in Miami, Atlanta, even New York. They were all calling with the same question.

“What is this crystal methamphetamine thing?”

Kubo now runs drug court. But at the time he was the U.S. attorney in Hawai‘i. He says the state was the starting point for what became an epidemic across the country.

“We’re not proud of it,” he said. “But crystal methamphetamine is our gift to the nation. It started here.”

Kubo says crystal meth in Hawai‘i goes back to the 1980s. The drug first reached Hawaii’s shores through the Asian market before it took off on the mainland.

“And at that time meth was called the poor man’s cocaine. It was cheaper and yet you could get the same high,” Kubo explained. “And it exploded here. Meth became the worst thing that we ever saw.”

“We’ve been the pioneer of methamphetamine abuse before the mainland,” said Gary Yabuta, a veteran cop who was the Chief of Maui Police for five years. He’s now the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal law enforcement group funded through the White House.

“We pretty much initiated the use of crystal methamphetamine, which is a smokable form. Before that, to get high on methamphetamine you had to use the liquid form and inject it with a hypodermic needle. Asian chemists were able to figure out a way to make it into a crystal form, a solid form to be smoked, and it became more popular,” said Yabuta. “That’s why Hawai‘i, by virtue of its distance to Asia, was probably the first state in the United States to experience crystal methamphetamine, or ice, as a drug of choice.”

Things got so bad that 12 years ago, Congress held hearings on the topic.

A House subcommittee called the sessions “The Poisoning of Paradise: Crystal Methamphetamine in Hawai‘i.” At the time Hawai‘i was No.1 per capita for crystal meth use in the country.

But it’s not like crystal meth ever left.

“Over the long haul of 20 years or so, you become used to it,” said Drug Court Judge Edward Kubo. He says the impact of crystal methamphetamine for decades has created community fatigue. “Not that you’ll ever accept it, but I think our community is just so numb already,” he said. “There’s a feeling of helplessness.”

One result: lingering health impacts on the community. Dr. Daniel Chang is an emergency room doctor at Queen’s Hospital. “This is the real impact that we’re seeing now in decade three and four of the methamphetamine epidemic that we have here in Hawai‘i,” Chang explained. “People have made it past their methamphetamine abuse, past their addiction, and they’re clean. But they’re living with the chronic impacts on their heart.”

And Dr. Chang says that leaves him — and doctors in a similar position on every island — with a question.

“Why is a 35-year old male coming in with the heart of an 80-year old,” asked Chang. “And you look into their chart and you realize it’s because they struggled with methamphetamine addiction in their teens or early twenties, but it has had long lasting impacts.”