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CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville woman faces multiple felony charges after officers searched her home and found several one-pot methamphetamine labs in her basement.

Tina M. Whelan, 38, Accurisia Avenue, is currently being held without bond in the Michael E. Becher Adult Correctional Complex. She faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, both class A felonies; maintaining a common nuisance, possession of precursors used for methamphetamine manufacture, possession of a controlled substance and violation of the Legend Drug Act, all class D felonies; and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors.

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The arresting Clarksville Police Department officers responded to the home Monday afternoon after being told by a detective on the force that the home was possibly related to methamphetamine activity. When they arrived, Whelan answered the door and allowed the officers inside. She consented to a search of the home, which she rents.

In the basement of the home, one of the officers found a box of “cold packs” and a “small baggie of a white, powdery substance which Whelan identified as a cut [she and her boyfriend] used to manufacture the methamphetamine.”

Also found was a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, which Whelan said belonged to her boyfriend, who was not present when the police searched her home. Whelan initially identified her boyfriend as “Ben Scags,” but the landlord later told the officers her boyfriend’s name is Ben Kahl.

“After finding the evidence, Whelan was Mirandized,” according to the arrest report. “She began crying after the items were found and she advised me that she was in fact a methamphetamine user, as well as her boyfriend.”

The officers noticed another room in the basement that was locked. Whelan initially stated that the room belonged to the landlord and that she did not have access to it, but when the officers told her they were going to contact the landlord, she admitted that the room had been used in the past as a meth lab, according to the arrest report, but not within the last three months.

“Upon opening the door to that room, I did find a large methamphetamine operation with multiple one-pot [labs] in the room, as well as coffee filters, Coleman cooking fuel and multiple bottles with tubes coming out of them taped up, which is used in manufacturing methamphetamine,” the officer stated in his report.

At that point, the Indiana State Police’s meth lab team was called to the scene, according to the report.

The report was sent to the Clark County Prosecutor’s office, with “warrant for Benjamin Kahl” listed beneath as the reason.

 

 

 

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MOUNT CARMEL – A borough man taken into custody Sunday night for allegedly operating a “one-pot” methamphetamine laboratory that exploded in a garage faces multiple felony charges, including arson.

John K. Carl, 30, of 46 E. Avenue, was arraigned at 11:15 a.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones and committed to Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

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 John K. Carl is escorted Monday morning by Constable Larry Rompollo from the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Mount Carmel

 

 

 

Patrolmen Matthew Dillman and Justin Stelma charged Carl with felonies of arson, operating a methamphetamine laboratory, manufacturing methamphetamine and causing or risking a catastrophe, and misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A second person was detained in handcuffs at the scene but is not a suspect, police said.

‘Never give up’

The charges relate to an explosion that occurred about 8:45 p.m. Sunday in an East Cherry Street garage in Carl’s backyard, which is between Hickory and Oak streets, just six doors away from the residence of Mayor J. Kevin Jones.

The mayor issued a statement Monday about the incident.

“The combination of vigilant neighbors on our streets, a top-notch police force and dedicated emergency personnel is the only way we can take back our community from drugs and drug dealers,” he said. “We can never give up on this constant battle and I know we will not.”

Carl, who suffered respiratory burns, was taken into custody after the explosion and subsequently transported by ambulance personnel to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he underwent emergency room treatment before being discharged Monday morning.

He is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on the charges Oct. 30 at Jones’ office.

‘Got spooked’

According to a police affidavit, Stelma detected a noxious odor coming from the garage. While looking through a garage window, Stelma identified materials used to make methamphetamine, including lye, ice packs, salt and lithium battery strips. Stelma knocked on the window, and Carl turned toward him before scooping up the materials and running to an exit.

“He knocked on the window and the guy got spooked,” police Chief Todd Owens said Sunday night.

Owens said Carl and Stelma met at the end of the garage and the bottle exploded, noting that too much agitation causes a violent chemical reaction.

Stelma was not seriously injured and was decontaminated as a precaution, Owens said.

The further risk of explosion was minimal, police said.

The fire from the explosion was extinguished by firefighters, who assisted police in evacuating houses immediately neighboring the scene.

Members of the Northumberland County Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted firefighters and police at the scene. A Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team also provided assistance.

Ingredients found

After obtaining a search warrant from Jones, police searched the garage about 12:35 a.m. Monday and found a partially melted white container and melted plastic bottle outside. Inside the garage, officers discovered a table containing household lye drain opener, three cold compresses, a plastic bag containing clear zipper bags and coffee filters, a plastic bag containing empty battery packs, empty bags and lighter fluid. Police also found casings of lithium batteries and several pliers on the table.

Near the table, officers found a clear plastic bag containing plastic zipper bags, coffee filters, a gas tube, a cold compress box containing seven lithium batteries, a soda can, a soda bottle with a gas tube attached, table salt, used lithium strips and a bag of coffee filters.

Police also found three methamphetamine smoking pipes in the garage.

‘Shake and bake’

Police said in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, salt and drain cleaner are mixed together in containers such as water bottles to produce hydrogen chloride gas, which is known as a “gassing generator.” The process is commonly referred to as the “shake and bake” or “one-bottle cook.”

Police said the hydrogen chloride gas from the “gassing generator” is bubbled through ether or other common solvent and the methamphetamine solution to form methamphetamine crystals, which fall to the bottom of the solution. The ether/solvent solution containing methamphetamine is filtered to recover the finished methamphetamine.

According to police, the hydrogen chloride gas is toxic, corrosive and flammable and can cause respiratory and eye burns, permanent injury or death.

 

 

 

http://republicanherald.com/news/mount-carmel-man-arrested-in-meth-lab-incident-1.1572189

 

 

 

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in chase with the driver of a stolen car.

It began shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday when a deputy spotted someone driving a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo near Murdock and Cleveland, which had been stolen during a burglary in Wichita.

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The deputies tried to stop the driver, but he sped away. He lead deputies on a chase down southbound I-135 to the south junction, then onto northbound I-235.

Deputies used stop sticks at i-235 and K-42 which deflated the suspect’s right front tire. The car became incapacitated at 235 and Kellogg and the driver was taken into custody.

Deputies soon learned the driver had swallowed methamphetamine, so he was taken by EMS to the hospital. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Everett Cunningham of Wichita, was booked into jail on charges of possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful possession controlled substances, DUI and flee and allude.

Deputies also found property inside of the car they believe was stolen and the Cunningham is either connected to recent burglaries or was driving a vehicle that was used in the burglaries.

The stolen items include jewelry and firearms. Investigators are working to determine where and when the items were stolen.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Burglary-Suspect-Leads-Deputies-On-Chase-Swallows-Meth-228677901.html?ref=901

 

PORTAGE COUNTY: The Portage County Drug Task Force arrested Kristien Tarleton, 19, of the 200 block of South High Street in Hartville, and Nanette Williams, 44, who lives in the 6100 block of Prospect Street, Atwater Township, on Oct. 16.

A call to check on the welfare of a child living at the Prospect Street address resulted in the arrests after deputies found chemicals along with other components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and several grams of methamphetamine.

The Department of Jobs and Family Services was called to the scene and removed Tarleton’s 1-year-old child. Tarleton faces child endangering charges and has a pending case in Summit County for illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Williams was charged with possession of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The task force has cleaned up more than 90 meth labs in Portage County in 2013, according to Sheriff David Doak.

 

 

 

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/pair-arrested-in-portage-meth-bust-task-force-cleans-up-more-than-90-labs-in-county-this-year-1.438955

 

INTERLACHEN, Fla. — A man was arrested Thursday after Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly found two one-pot meth labs under the bed in his trailer.

According to a release from PCSO, 46-year-old Donald Keith McLaughlin was charged with:

  • Maintaining a Drug Dwelling
  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Listed Chemicals
  • Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription

Deputies initially came to the 200 block of Ellen Avenue on a follow-up investigation. They detected an odor associated with methamphetamine coming from the trailer behind the residence.

Donald McLaughlin
 
 

McLaughlin, who initially identified himself as Randall Chapman, allowed deputies to search the trailer, according to the release.

The two one-pot labs were found under the bed and deputies then found that McLaughlin provided a fake name because he was wanted in Alachua and Levy counties.

He was booked into the Putnam County Jail and denied bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/article/332662/3/Police-find-meth-under-mans-bed-in-trailer

 

RAND, W.Va. –Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies have issued warrants for two people after an apparent methamphetamine lab fire that started in a Rand apartment building on Monday.

Gregory William Young, 31, and Maria Rosalyn Young, 28, are both charged with operating a clandestine laboratory, Kanawha Sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Humphreys said in a news release.

The couple was making meth inside their apartment at 5802 Starling Drive in Rand at about 8:45 p.m. when the fire began, he said. Deputies later determined that the meth lab started the fire. Paramedics took the couple to a nearby hospital for injuries sustained during the blaze. They will be arrested when they are released.

Kanawha County sheriff’s meth lab technicians condemned the apartment building, which housed three additional units.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201310210228

 

 

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Investigators have arrested two Goose Creek men after police found a meth lab at a North Charleston motel.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 29-year-old David Howell with attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, and 33-year-old Thomas Mcardle with possession of methamphetamine.

Howell and Mcardle.
Howell and Mcardle.
 
 

The arrests stems from a narcotics investigation at the Motel 6 on Ashley Phosphate Road.

On Friday, authorities say they recovered methamphetamine from Mcardle and Howell, along with numerous items used to manufacture meth.

Howell’s bond was set at $25,000, while Mcardle’s was set at $5,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police reported seizing 881 methamphetamine labs across the state this year, a 45 percent jump over 2012 and a strong indicator that the gritty stimulant often made in a 2-liter pop bottle is becoming a drug of choice in rural Ohio, according to state records and interviews.

“It’s an epidemic like I’ve never seen,” said Charles Middleton, the chief deputy of Highland County Sheriff’s Department in Southwest Ohio, where officers found 76 labs. “I’ve been doing this for 31 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Summit County led the state, as officers dismantled 248, or about one in every four labs seized across Ohio, according to figures provided Monday by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. Summit, long known as the epicenter of the drug in Ohio, has a deep underground of meth cookers.

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Packages of the cold medicine pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making the drug methamphetamine. Police reported seizing 881 meth labs across Ohio, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office
 
 
 
 

But authorities also say detectives, with years of experience, are some of the most aggressive in the state at fighting the drug’s scourge.

Ashtabula County had 70, while police in Cuyahoga County, the state’s largest and most urban, reported two.

DeWine, in an interview, said his office realizes that there many, many more labs that law enforcement never touched.

“We know that we didn’t shut down every meth lab in the state last year,” DeWine said. “It’s like anything in law enforcement, whether it is burglary or anything else, there are more that we didn’t know about.”

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation tracks meth lab seizures by federal fiscal year, meaning the year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Officers report seizing the labs through a voluntary process. Last year, departments said they found 607 labs. A state spokeswoman said the state may receive more reports of seized labs in the coming days from counties that report information late.

For years, the number of meth labs in the state fluctuated. It reached 444 in 2005. Then, in about 2007, Ohio began cracking down on the amounts of cold medication pseudoephedrine that can be purchased at stores and pharmacies. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in cooking the drug. Once the state tightened its grip on the way the drug was sold, the number of seizures appeared to slow.

But that didn’t last long, as meth cookers often recruited different people to buy boxes of the drug from different stores. In 2008, for instance, police reported finding 112 labs. But the next year, the number of labs tripled, to 348, according to state records.

The yearly figures have climbed since then, state records show. In 2009, there were 348 seizures; 359 in 2010; and 375 in 2011.

“It’s a problem that doesn’t go away,” said Lt. Terry Moisio of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s a constant battle.”

In the past, most cookers made meth in their homes, apartments and hotel rooms, using red phosphorus. It created a nauseating vapor that sickened cookers and nearby residents. It also hit farmers hard. Anhydrous ammonia, long known as a fertilizer to make crops grow, was a main ingredient in making meth. It became unsafe to keep the 1,000-gallon tanks in fields overnight, farmers say.

But things began to change about five years ago. That’s when a new, portable form called one-pot cooking made manufacturing the drug a portable process, allowing dealers and users to make the drug in cars and out of the back of trucks. The brew, using pseudoephedrine and other household materials, takes 15 minutes to a half-hour to mix, as opposed to the old method, which took much longer. The brew is mixed in pop bottles and often transported in backpacks and coolers.

“With other drugs, such as heroin, if you want to get it, you need a dealer,” said Bill Holland, an inspector with the Summit County Sheriff’s Department. “But with meth, you can simply buy the ingredients and make it yourself.”

But with the ease of making the drug has come dangerous consequences. Ashtabula firefighters are looking into whether a lab ignited a blast in a home last month. Last year, a man died in a nursing home fire started when the chemicals used to make the drug burst into flames.

In July, Portage County sheriff’s deputies found a man walking with a smoking backpack. They found that it contained chemicals used in making the drug.

 

 

 

 

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/10/ohio_sees_45_percent_jump_in_s.html

 

PINE VALLEY, Calif. – Nearly a dozen bundles of crystal meth was uncovered in a truck at the Pine Valley checkpoint, U.S. Border Patrol officials said Monday.

Agents searched a 20-year-old man’s 2010 Nissan Sentra at the checkpoint on Interstate 8 around 10:45 a.m. Friday, according to CBP. A canine alerted agents to the vehicle, where they found a hidden compartment in the trunk of the vehicle.

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A large, black trash bag filled with bundles of crystal methamphetamine was discovered inside the compartment, agents said.

The driver was arrested, the drugs were turned over to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force and the vehicle was seized by U.S. Border Patrol.

The bundles weighed 22.71 pounds and had an estimated street value of $261,165.

 

http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/10/21/260k-of-crystal-meth-found-hidden-in-car/?hpt=ju_bn6#axzz2iSiEd57m

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) – A 40-year-old Sparta woman pled guilty to drug-related offenses recently, according to U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton.

Rachel Holt pled guilty to three meth-related charges, including manufacturing meth and possession of pseudoephedrine.

 

According to Wigginton, evidence showed Holt and others manufactured meth in Jackson, Randolph and St. Clair counties between 2009 and 2013. She also bought pseudoephedrine at stores in Sparta and Belleville in 2010 and again with others in 2011.

She faces up to 40 years in prison, four years of supervised release and up to a $5,000 fine.

 

 

 

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/403752/3/Sparta-woman-pleads-guilty-to-meth-related-offenses

 

CALEDONIA, Minnesota (WXOW) – Houston County officials say a man is severely burned after a meth lab exploded.

It happened Sunday, Oct. 20 at about 3:30 p.m.

The Houston County Sheriff’s office got a tip from a caller about a meth lab explosion in rural Houston County. The caller indicated that a 50-year-old man was severely burned during the explosion and was seeking medical treatment in La Crosse. Officials learned later that the man had to be transported to a burn center for treatment.

Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely told News 19, a meth lab was found in the building on the property. Ely said they believe only the man injured was involved.

Sheriff Ely said it took about eight hours for several Houston County agencies including the Southeast Minnesota Gang and Narcotic Task Force to clean up the lab. Everything was removed safely.

No other details are being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wxow.com/story/23746318/2013/10/21/meth-lab-explosion-in-rural-houton-county-o

 

BATTLE GROUND, WA (KPTV) – The woman accused of crashing into a Battle Ground teen at a school bus stop had methamphetamine and THC in her system, but she told police she drove off the road after dropping a lit cigarette onto the floorboard, according to court documents.

 

Shaun Johnson, 46, of Vancouver, made her first court appearance Monday on charges of vehicular assault and possession of meth. Her bail was set at $35,000.

 

Johnson is accused of slamming into 16-year-old Justin Carey near Northeast 289th Street and 92nd Avenue on June 10.

According to court documents, Johnson told detectives that she drove on that road every day on her way to work and was aware that children are commonly waiting for their bus in that area.

She said she was driving 45 mph in the 50 mph zone when she dropped a lit cigarette onto the passenger side floor of her 2006 Nissan Altima. Court documents state she told police she removed her seat belt to grab the cigarette, took her eyes off the road and then described hearing the sound of gravel.

When she looked up, she saw tall grass. According to a Clark County declaration of probable cause, Johnson later denied to investigators that she knew she had struck Carey.

Shaun Johnson in court Monday
Shaun Johnson in court Monday
 
 

The Battle Ground High School student suffered traumatic injuries, including a broken right leg that would be amputated just above his knee.

He was found 90 minutes after the crash by a tow truck driver who heard a faint “help” coming from the bushes.

Justin Carey outside the courtroom Monday
Justin Carey outside the courtroom Monday
 
 

Court documents show Carey’s body was “scooped” from the ground and wrapped onto the front hood of the vehicle for a brief period of time before he was thrown in front of the car.

“Johnson did not brake or take any other avoidance maneuver after driving off the roadway in order to get back onto the roadway,” court documents state. “The absence of a reaction is often an indicator of impairment.”

Deputies said two small baggies containing methamphetamine were found in her purse. Johnson admitted being an addict, according to the declaration of probable cause, but said she had not used meth since Saturday. The crash happened on a Monday.

Toxicology reports showed Johnson’s blood possessed 37 ng/ml of carboxy-THC and .16 mg/L of methamphetamine.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, peak THC plasma concentrations of 100-200 ng/mL are routinely encountered after marijuana use. Plasma THC concentrations generally fall below 5 ng/mL less than three hours after smoking.

For meth use, the administration states: “Concentrations of .02-.05 mg/L are typical for therapeutic use, and up to .02 mg/L have been documented. Concentrations greater than this represent abuse.”

Outside the courtroom Monday, Carey’s family said they are pleased with the thorough, four-month investigation.

Carey, who was set to get his prosthetic leg Monday afternoon, said he’s not angry over what happened.

“I’m still looking at physical therapy, but I can walk on it,” he said of his prosthetic leg. “It feels good to walk on it.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.kptv.com/story/23748089/court-docs-meth-use-dropped-cigarette-by-driver-who-hit-teen

 

A Buckhannon man was arrested Friday for selling methamphetamine sometime in September.

Derek Adam Cobb, 22, was charged with one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance, after he allegedly sold methamphetamine to a “reliable, confidential informant” of the Buckhannon Police Department, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Cobb allegedly exchanged the meth for money sometime in September in the Zickefoose Trailer Court, where he is a resident, the complaint states. Buckhannon Police Chief Matthew Gregory is the investigating officer in the case.

 

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Cobb is lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

No further information was available at presstime.

 

 

 

 

 

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HONOLULU (AP) — A woman faces 10 years to life in prison after she admitted in federal court Monday that she received a package sent from a California to her Waianae home containing about 6 pounds of crystal meth.

Vyra Kaopua, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy with intent to possess and distribute methamphetamine. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, she agreed to help the government prosecute her co-defendant, a man she said paid her to deliver the drugs.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Beverly Sameshima said outside court that a “substantial distribution quantity” of drugs were found in the parcel, with a street value of $108,000 to $138,000.

According to a criminal complaint, FedEx Corp. security intercepted a package in April addressed from “Uncle John” in Orange, Calif., to “Kaopua Family” in Waianae. The complaint alleges that about 6 pounds of crystal meth was inside the cardboard box, along with nine white T-shirts.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang signed a warrant to install a beeper in the package that would alert agents when it was opened, according to the complaint. The beeper, along with some fake meth, was put in the box.

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent posing as a FedEx deliveryman took the package to the Waianae address, where Kaopua signed for it. A minute later, the beeper indicated the box was open, the complaint said, and law enforcement officers assembled a block away approached the home.

Kaopua was arrested and told agents it was the third package she received containing drugs.

She then helped agents arrest the man she was to deliver the drugs to — someone she called “Cuz.” The next day, she and an undercover officer met Christopher Woolem in Honolulu after he arrived from Los Angeles. He gave her $3,000 for the package, according to the complaint.

Kaopua said in court Monday that she was introduced to “Cuz” by a mutual friend.

“I agreed to accept parcels from the mail for him,” she said. “He had given me a couple thousand dollars for every parcel that was received and delivered to him.”

Kaopua is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 3.

Woolem’s attorney, Richard Hamar. said his client is expected to plead guilty next week.

 

 

 

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LAREDO — October has been a busy month for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as they seized more than $4.2 million in narcotics during the first three weeks.

The dollar amount is the result of four different incidents with a total of 111 pounds of methamphetamine’s and 22 pounds of cocaine, according to a press release.

CBP officer seize more 100 pounds of methamphetamine's

 

The CBP officers also intercepted currency, weapons and ammunition.

During the four seizures CBP officers arrested two male drivers and two female drivers and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation, according to the release.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kvue.com/news/state/228711591.html

 

On Friday, the Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB), along with specialty departments from the Osceola county Sheriff’s Office, Kissimmee Police Department and St. Cloud Police Department, arrested 19 in a methamphetamine operation.

The arrests ended a five-month investigation that targeted a large group of individuals involved with trafficking in pseudoephedrine, manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine. The group lived in St. Cloud and Kissimmee.

Out of the 19 arrested, 16 were from St. Cloud and three were from Kissimmee. On top of these arrests, the OCIB has felony warrants for five other individuals: Anthoney Crisante, 32, from Kissimmee, Wyatt Crews, 32, from St. Cloud, Sarah Wheeler, 21, from St. Cloud, James Ravencraft, 31, from Kissimmee and Cory Daigneault, 25, from St. Cloud.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

 

 

 

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The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Zachary woman after she was found to be operating a meth lab in her home with her 5-month-old child and 3-year-old child present.

Deputies say Loni Aymond, 27, 19342 N. Joor Rd. was arrested and faces multiple charges in the incident. This arrests marks Aymond’s 2nd arrest for operating a meth lab with children present in about a year and a half.

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Lori Aymond

 

 

According to an affidavit of probable cause, deputies were apprehending a suspect wanted for theft in another incident when they discovered the meth lab being run in a home where Aymond was staying. Deputies found camping fuel, coffee filters, damp rid and two liter bottles. Also discovered were finished and unfinished products.

Aymond’s 5-month-old and 3-year-old children were located in the room where the meth was being manufactured.

Investigators contacted the owners of the residence, an elderly man and woman, who stated that they were letting Aymond stay with them to help them out.

A methamphetamine clean-up crew had to be called out for further assistance in the clean-up effort. The elderly male and female homeowners have been temporarily displaced due to the damage from the meth lab.

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Kevin Birdwell

 

Aymond was taken into custody and charged with Creation of a Clandestine Lab, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Endangerment.

She was transported to EBR Parish Prison where she is currently being held awaiting bond.

Arrested in the same incident was Kevin Birdwell, 11525 Mill Creek, Zachary.

Birdwell was charged with Creation of a Clandestine Lab, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Endangerment. Birdwell was also booked in 9 other outstanding charges, mostly traffic related.

He was also booked and transported to EBR Parish Prison.

According to WBRZ, Aymond and another man were arrested in April of 2012 when a meth lab they were operating out of a mobile home trailer in Baker, blew up and caught fire. In that case, Aymond was charged with 3 counts of Child Endangerment in addition to the meth lab charges, since children were present while the couple was operating the lab.

This is the second meth lab that was located and put out of business by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office this weekend in Zachary.

 

 

 

 

http://www.redsticknow.com/2013/10/baton-rouge-crime-news/zachary-female-arrested-again-for-operating-meth-lab-with-children-present/

 

 

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – They had to evacuate their rooms after a meth lab explosion. Now, people who live in the Travel Inn in Lebanon are facing another frightening experience. They say they’re sick from the chemicals.

 

“My daughters kept on asking me, ‘Mama, what’s that smell?'” said Sarah Hall. “I kept saying, ‘Baby, I don’t know.’ Then they started getting real raspy in the chest.”

Hall and her family have been living in a room just a few doors down from the explosion. They went to University Medical Center Saturday, one week after it happened.

“They gave me these papers and they said it was from the meth lab,” Hall said.

Dewey Merritt, who lives next door to the Halls, says his two children have been sick too.

“They inhaled exposure from the meth lab and that’s exactly what that doctor told me it was from,” he said.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force quarantined the room where the explosion happened and the rooms on either side. The Halls think more needs to be done.

“I think the meth task force needs to come out and look at all the rooms instead of their focus on just this one room,” said Patrick Hall, Sarah Hall’s brother. “Because, when the explosion happened, everything was exposed out into the air.”

Sunday afternoon, the Lebanon Police Department says no one had reported any sickness to them in regards to the explosion. They say a certified meth tech determined the areas that needed to be quarantined, but they say they need to know if people are sick. Police say knowing this information will help bring tougher charges in the investigation against the suspects.

Meanwhile, the hotel residents are blaming the hotel management for putting them in the rooms.

“The caution tape keeps getting moved further down,” Patrick Hall said. “They won’t move our room.”

“I’m mad about it because my children are in danger. My husband is in danger. My mom and dad’s in danger,” said Sarah Hall.

The Halls say they want to leave soon, but as of now, they have nowhere else to go.

Police say it is up to the hotel managers to have the quarantined areas cleaned and inspected before they can be deemed safe again.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wtvm.com/story/23741127/residents-at-travel-inn-say-they-are-sick-because-of-meth-explosion

 

 

In the past week, the Ohio Valley has seen two meth labs busted which helps add to an already record number of reports in 2013 according to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

As of August 24th, 770 crystal meth lab incidents have been reported to the BCI in 2013, which is a state record. The number of reports has increased every year since 2008 when only 112 lab incidents were reported.

Belmont and Harrison Counties both have reported meth lab incidents to the BCI this year along with neighboring Carroll, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, and Muskingum counties. Summit County leads the state with 230 lab incidents which is almost 4 times more than any other county in Ohio.

Authorities believe the rise in busts has to due with a rise in popularity of smaller, one-pot labs and improved training by officers when it comes to spotting labs.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation tracks meth labs starting October 1st every fiscal year and the numbers only show the cases investigated by the BCI. If a county is not listed they either haven’t had a meth bust or did not report it to the BCI.

 

 

 

http://www.wtrf.com/story/23738270/record-number-of-meth-lab-busts-in-ohio-in-2013

 

 

 Gainesville man who just recently began probation following a drug conviction was arrested after police said he shoved two bags of drugs down the front of the pants of a woman he was driving with when an officer stopped their vehicle.

Corey Levon Gregg, 29, of 2120 SE 44th Terrace, was a passenger in a car driven by Candice Sheri Thomas when a Gainesville Police officer stopped the car at 11:23 p.m. Friday at 4100 SW 20th Ave. for a traffic infraction, according to a report.

Officer Robert White said he detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and Thomas pulled two bags from the front of her pants. One held about 8 grams of crystal methamphetamine and the other about 1 gram of marijuana, the report said.

Thomas said that Gregg had shoved the drugs into her pants when the police officer pulled in behind their vehicle.

Gregg was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, and violation of probation. Records show that he was released from prison on Aug. 16 and began his three years of drug offender probation.

 

 

 

 

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20131020/ARTICLES/131029992/-1/entertainment?Title=Man-accused-of-hiding-drugs-in-woman-8217-s-pants&tc=ar

 

 

A Canadian man and a Chinese woman have been charged with smuggling drugs with a street value of up to $12 million into Australia in the lining of their suitcases.

Customs officers allegedly found about 12 kilograms of the drug ice when they examined baggage belonging to the two after they arrived at Sydney Airport on a flight from Canada on Saturday.

Australian Federal Police charged the man, 38, and woman, 28, with importing a commercial quantity of the border controlled drug methamphetamine.

AFP national manager of aviation David Stewart said the size of the seizure and the amount of harm it had the potential to cause “cannot be understated”. Further forensic testing will be conducted to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The Australian Crime Commission says 12 kilograms of methamphetamine has a potential street value of $9 million to $12 million.

The accused were due to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

http://www.smh.com.au/national/two-arrested-over-12m-drug-haul-in-luggage-lining-20131020-2vuy2.html

 

 

SHAH ALAM, Oct 21 (Bernama) — Two Iranian men were sentenced to nine years jail and 13 strokes of the whip each by the High Court here today after pleading guilty to possessing Methamphetamine which was concealed in their stomachs, two years ago.

Judge Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi ordered self-employed Hamed Alm Khan Ali Bakhsh, 23, and real estate agent Hossein Goharian Lotf Jafar, 25, to serve the sentences from the date of their arrests on Jan 5 2011.

In meting out the sentence Ahmadi took into consideration the seriousness of the crime and the frequency of such cases involving Iranians.

Hamed and Hossein were charged with possessing 46 and 53 capsules of Methamphetamine weighing 355.6 grammes in a toilet at the Serdang Hospital near here between Jan 5 and 6 2011.

The duo, who were initially charged under Section 39B 1(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death penalty, were later offered alternative charges under Section 12 (2) of the same Act, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and at least 10 strokes of the whip.

According to the facts of the case, Hamed and Hossein were detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 9 am on Jan 5 2011 with three other Iranians, who were later released.

They were then taken to the Serdang Hospital where an x-ray showed a suspicous looking image in their stomachs, following which they were warded to expel the drugs in the toilet.

Deputy public prosecutor Aidatul Azura Zainal Abidin conducted the prosecution, while lawyer V.Samynathan represented both the accused.

 

 

 

 

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=987077

 

MOUNT CARMEL - A “one-pot” methamphetamine laboratory exploded inside a East Cherry Street garage late Sunday.

The explosion set portions of the backyard at 46 E. Avenue on fire. A resident, John Carl, was taken into custody and subsequently transported by ambulance personnel to an area medical facility for treatment of respiratory burns.

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Patrolman Justin Stelma was looking through a garage window when he identified materials for the manufacture of methamphetamine – lye, ice packs, salt, lithium battery strips and more, according to Police Chief Todd Owens. Stelma knocked on the window and Carl turned toward him before scooping up the materials and running to an exit.

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“He knocked on the window and the guy got spooked,” Owens said. “As (Carl) and Stelma met at the end of the garage the bottle exploded. … Too much agitation will cause a violent chemical reaction.”

Stelma was not seriously injured. He was expected to be decontaminated as a precaution, Owens said.

Further risk of explosion was minimal.

The police chief said he would request a search warrant for the home and the garage.

A second person was detained in handcuffs at the scene but was not considered a suspect.

The incident occurred about 8:45 p.m.

The garage is located between Hickory and Oak streets.

Joe Shearn, of 43 E. Cherry St., was watching television when he said his eyes began to water and his head hurt. He could smell something suspicious, too. He asked neighbors if they smelled anything; one said they felt the same symptoms that Shearn was feeling. When he heard that, Shearn said he called 9-1-1 and watched as firemen arrived and one man was placed in handcuffs.

Shearn said he had smelled that suspicious smell before and had felt the same symptoms.

Melissa Mannion, who lives at Hickory and Cherry streets, said she was watching through a rear window when she saw a ball of flames shoot from what she believed was the garage in question. Firefighters responded to the flames before working to evacuate the houses immediately neighboring the scene.

Members of the Northumberland County Hazardous Materials team assisted firefighters and police at the scene. A Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team was expected on scene.

 

 

 

 

http://newsitem.com/news/meth-lab-explodes-in-mount-carmel-1.1571850

 

FOUR men involved in a large-scale commercial production of over 1kg of pure methamphetamine are being sentenced in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said the drug production, uncovered by a police operation in 2010, was sophisticated, took time to set up and was difficult to detect.

Dean “Dino” Spizzirri, 56, Jason Hinton, 34, Stephen Thomas Creighton, 54, and Kevin O’Hara, 31, pleaded guilty to producing more than 200g of methamphetamine on the Gold Coast between March and May 2010.

They also pleaded guilty to possessing scales, gas burners, precursor chemicals and other things used to produce dangerous drugs on May 15, 2010.

Creighton also pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine between March and May 2010, and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Ms Farnden said when police raided a house at Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland on May 15, 2010, they saw someone tipping liquid from a tray into a bathtub.

She said there were 309.6g of pure methamphetamine in liquid in the bath and 1194.227g of pure methamphetamine in a tray.

Spizzerri, who was at the Beechmont house with Hinton, co-ordinated the sourcing of chemicals and equipment for the drug production and organised the cook, the prosecutor said.

Hinton, Spizzeri’s “right hand man”, helped by co-ordinating and conducting the cook.Ms Farnden said police phone intercepts revealed Hinton passed on instructions to the others and showed know-how about completing the cook.

She said Creighton was engaged by Spizzerri to order precursor chemicals and glassware from O’Hara, who worked for Queensland Laboratories.

O’Hara was licensed to import chemicals from overseas and he had access to glassware, the court heard.

Ms Farnden said phone intercepts by police revealed one of the men talking about turning $100,000 into $400,000 to $500,000.

The men are all facing jail terms.Sentencing has been adjourned until Thursday.

 

 

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/gold-coast-methamphetamine-laboratory-four-men-to-be-sentenced-over-sophisticated-operation/story-e6frg6n6-1226743912793

 

LAS LOMAS – Chase ends in Watsonville tomato field

A woman suspected of trying to pass a forged check led deputies on a chase that ended with her crashing in a Watsonville tomato field, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said Bobby Torio, 47, attempted to pass the fraudulent check at Las Lomas Market in the 100 block of Hall Road. When deputies contacted her just before 11 a.m. Friday, she fled in her vehicle and eventually crashed into another car before ending up in a tomato field, deputies said.

She tried to run away, but was detained by a bystander, deputies said.

The crash injured Torio and the driver of the other car. Both were treated and released at a nearby hospital.

Torio was found to be in possession of fictitious checks, methamphetamine and a meth pipe, deputies said. Torio also was determined to be a parolee at large, with several felony warrants for her arrest.

Deputies said Torio caused at least $1,000 damage to the crop.

 

 

 

 

http://www.montereyherald.com/localnews/ci_24347695/woman-chased-by-deputies-crashes-tomato-field.html