Archive for August, 2013

Comments Off on San Diego CBP Officers Find Cache of Hard Narcotics Including 33 Pounds of Methamphetamine in Gas Tank Valued at $900,000

Otay Mesa, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry on Sunday discovered 33 pounds of methamphetamine, almost 11 pounds of cocaine, almost six pounds of brown heroin, and two and half pounds of white heroin in the gas tank of a truck, valued at about $900,000.  click […]

Comments Off on Multiple border busts yield $1.38M in cash, Methamphetamine and drugs

Six people were arrested recently in multiple smuggling attempts here involving local residents and Mexican nationals. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized methamphetamine, heroin and cash in a four-day period that, when combined, grossed close to $1.5 million in value. Francisco J. Espinoza-Ibarra, a 46-year-old Mexican national, was arrested […]

Comments Off on Former Methamphetamine addict recounts struggle to get clean

HELENA – Imagine being trapped in a body that is craving a drug that you don’t really want, but need. According to Kandis Benton, a former junkie, that’s the feeling you get when you are addicted to meth. Benton, 38, was hooked on drugs for 22 years; she explained, “I started smoking pot when I […]

Comments Off on Ga. deputies find $50,000 in Methamphetamine wrapped like birthday gift; David Willie Baker, 31, and Kathleen Francis Williams, 18, both of Canton, Ga., arrested

DALTON, Ga. — A man and woman in north Georgia were arrested Tuesday when authorities found $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in their car, wrapped up like a birthday present. David Willie Baker, 31, and Kathleen Francis Williams, 18, both of Canton, Ga., were charged Wednesday with possessing and trafficking meth. They remained in the Whitfield […]

Comments Off on Amanda Henderson, 26, and Gerard Mark Ische-Degruiter, 27, arrested for making Methamphetamine in apartment in Baton Rouge; 5-year-old child placed into protective custody

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A couple is accused of operating a meth lab out of their apartment on Jefferson Highway. The couple’s 5-year-old child was located in the home when the illegal drugs were discovered. According to the arrest report, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate on Tuesday, Aug. 27 […]

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab, guns, ammunition found in Decatur home; Matthew Joseph Hoppenjans, 44, arrested

DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY) – A Decatur man is in jail with bonds totaling $1.12 million after authorities said they found a meth operation, dozens of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home. Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said her department, Decatur police and Madison-Morgan drug agents had been investigating Matthew Joseph Hoppenjans, […]

Comments Off on Methamphetamine Found In Blood Of BJ Whitlatch, 24, of Syracuse – Driver Responsible For Fatal Head-On Crash

The Cassgram is reporting that a low level of meth was found in the blood of the driver of a small pickup that crossed the centerline and crashed into a Weeping Water ambulance on June 11th. The driver of the ambulance, 51-year-old Bob Hanes of Weeping Water, was killed and three others were injured. The […]

Comments Off on Methamphetamine Lab Found In Alabama Home That Also Housed Two Children

Authorities in Morgan County, Alabama have arrested five individuals in connection with a meth lab discovered inside a home that also housed two children. Local television station WHNT reports that at approximately 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities received a call requesting a juvenile welfare check at a residence. When investigators arrived on the scene, they smelled […]

Comments Off on Apartment Methamphetamine lab catches fire day after the Springfield City Council tables anti-meth bill

Flaming liquid — the toxic byproduct of a meth lab gone bad — dripped from a third-floor breezeway to the second, then to the first. All three floors of a south-side apartment building briefly caught fire Tuesday evening after volatile chemicals oozed through cracks in the wooden decking. The apartment fire, which fire officials say […]

Comments Off on Elkins Grand Jury Indicts Kevin Lee Gregory, 42, and Kenneth Ray Anderson, 41, on Methamphetamine Charges

A federal grand jury in Elkins has named two men in a 12-count meth indictment. The indictment alleges that Kevin Lee Gregory, 42, and Kenneth Ray Anderson, 41, conspired to make meth in Webster County from December 29, 2012 until March 6, 2013. The charges include methamphetamine conspiracy, maintaining drug involved premises, failing to register […]

Comments Off on Lake Worth vehicle fire may be tied to Methamphetamine-making technique

Authorities were investigating a report that chemicals used to produce methamphetamine may have exploded and set a car on fire Wednesday night in Lake Worth, burning five people, a Tarrant County official said Thursday. Tarrant County Narcotics Unit investigators received information that one of the car’s occupants was in the back seat shaking a 2-liter […]

Comments Off on Roberto Maciel Aguilar, arrested in Dallas says he was monitoring Methamphetamine operation for Mexican supplier

A man who was arrested in connection with a Dallas methamphetamine operation said he was there to make sure another man ran the business “the right way” since the man owed money to a Mexican supplier, federal court records say. Roberto Maciel Aguilar spoke to agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations after […]

Comments Off on Large amount of Methamphetamine (18.54 pounds) seized from Anoka home; Cesar Ruben Fletes-Ortiz, 21, arrested

Law enforcement seized methamphetamine with a street value between $500,000 and $1 million, $10,000 in currency and three firearms when they executed a search warrant at an Anoka residence late last month. Cesar Fletes-Ortiz   At the scene, the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force and the Anoka Police Department SWAT team arrested the resident, Cesar Ruben […]

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab numbers on target for record-breaking year in Cass, Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s not the most welcoming Top 20 list, but Cass, Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties are among Indiana’s 20 counties with the most meth lab busts during the first seven months of the year. Meanwhile, other area counties like Benton, Carroll, and Jasper are near the bottom. Tippecanoe and Montgomery Counties […]

Comments Off on Rhonda Casteel, 47, of Springfield Hid Methamphetamine In Springfield Police Car

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A Springfield woman could face up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of possessing methamphetamine that she tried to stash in the back seat of a police patrol car. The Springfield News-Leader reports 47-year-old Rhonda Casteel was arrested in September 2011 on an unrelated charge when she was placed […]

Comments Off on Craig Charles Benedict, 36, Sentenced To 5 Years For Methamphetamine-Spiked Coffee At His Mother’s Business

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Billings judge has ordered a 36-year-old man to serve five years in state custody after the man pleaded no contest to spiking a coffee maker with methamphetamine at his mother’s business. Judge Russell Fagg’s sentence Tuesday follows a recommendation from prosecutors and Craig Charles Benedict’s attorney. Fagg also referred Benedict […]

Comments Off on Crystal Methamphetamine linked to violent crime

A SURGE in vicious attacks, including killings, linked to the drug ice has alarmed Victoria’s police and judiciary. In at least 12 murders committed or tried by courts over the past two years, crystal methamphetamine was used by the killer or was otherwise a suspected factor in the crime. Police are warning the widespread use […]

Comments Off on Methamphetamine in minutes – Authorities say shake-and-bake production on the rise in Montana

The investigation started in mid-May. Someone tipped off the Montana Drug Task Force to a couple of labs cooking methamphetamines somewhere in the Flathead Valley. Agents combed through local pharmacies’ pseudoephedrine logs looking for red flags–people who were buying unusually high amounts of over-the-counter cold medications. According to court documents, that’s when Jonathan and Rachel […]

Comments Off on Feds arrest East Texas Police Chief, Joseph Ray “Jody” Navarro, 40, of Normangee for role in Methamphetamine ring

Federal and state law enforcement officials arrested an East Texas police chief in connection with his alleged role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas announced. Normangee Police Chief Joseph Ray “Jody” Navarro, 40, is in federal custody, charged with one count of intentionally exceeding authorized access […]

Comments Off on Edson Redmond, 37, of Pacifica Arrested for Selling Methamphetamine, Child Endangerment

A Pacifica man allegedly selling methamphetamine from his home with four, young school aged children in the house was arrested Wednesday morning. At approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday detectives from the Pacifica Police Department in collaboration with the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of […]

Comments Off on Bismarck police seize $23,000 worth of Methamphetamine; Adreinne Lee Ducheneaux, 41, arrested

Bismarck police say they seized $23,000 worth of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Tuesday. Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said officers found 4.5 ounces of methamphetamine, along with 15 grams of marijuana, $5,000, a digital scale and sandwich bags in the car during the stop at 12:47 p.m. on the 200 block of East […]

Comments Off on 17 face charges in Keith County and northwestern Colorado area Methamphetamine drug ring

Seventeen people have been arrested on federal charges in connection to a drug ring in Keith County and northwestern Colorado. The United States District Attorney’s office made the announcement Tuesday afternoon that all 17 people would be charged federally with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Those arrested are: Luis […]

Comments Off on Longmont mMethamphetamine ring crackdown leads to arrests in Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties

LONGMONT, Colo. – Officers have arrested 21 suspects since Tuesday in a crackdown on what police call an unprecedented drug trafficking operation in Longmont. Since launching Operation Bad Nickname in March, investigators have seized a large number of guns and broken up a ring that brought 40 pounds of methamphetamine into the community worth $3.3 […]

Comments Off on Crystal Fuqua, 22, Lisa Darlene Miller, 48, and Elizabeth Barron, 33, charged after raid on Elkmont home reveals Methamphetamine lab, another under construction

ELKMONT, Alabama – Three women were arrested Monday after Limestone County authorities raided a home in Elkmont to find an active methamphetamine lab and a second lab being constructed, Sheriff Mike Blakely said. Elizabeth Barron, left, Lisa Darlene Miller, center, and Crystal Fuqua     Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers went to the home at 27718 […]

Comments Off on Methamphetamine Lab Found in Camper in Sissonville

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Deputies are searching for a person who was cooking meth in Sissonville. A lab was found in a camper along Bessie Lane about 2:00 p.m. Monday.   Deputies found the lab while they were serving a search warrant in an unrelated case. So far no charges have been filed in the […]