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SAN ANTONIO — One woman was taken into custody Tuesday evening in connection with a suspected meth lab explosion at a downtown motel near the Alamo.

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San Antonio Police Department spokesman Sgt. Javier Salazar said the explosion happened at about 6 p.m. at the Days Inn Alamo/Riverwalk in the 900 block of East Houston Street, one block from the Texas shrine.

Kevin Davis, who was standing at the intersection of Bowie and Houston streets when the explosion took place, said he heard a blast and saw a window pane fly from the building’s façade — landing in the middle of a parking lot.

Davis said two men and a woman then ran from the room, brushing glass from their hair and faces before fleeing in the direction of Interstate 37.

They fled carrying several bags that possibly contained volatile chemicals used to cook methamphetamine, police said.

The room that housed the supposed lab suffered significant damage, and surrounding rooms were also affected, Salazar said. No injuries were reported by other motel guests.

Police were able to apprehend the female suspect, whom they have not yet named. She had visible wounds — likely from the explosion — on her face, according to police. She was in possession of one or two of the bags the trio carried as they fled, authorities said.

Officers are still searching for the two men seen running from the motel and additional bags possibly containing chemicals.

The way the trio was transporting materials was far from ideal, Salazar said, urging anyone who sees a suspicious bag to call 911 immediately.



SPANAWAY — People in one quiet Spanaway neighborhood had no idea that a  sophisticated drug ring was operating out of a house on 198th Street East until  the bust happened early Monday morning.

“We heard cops say, ‘Get down on the ground!’ And went and looked outside and  there was probably about 15 SWAT guys pointing guns two houses down,” neighbor  Rich Renteria said Tuesday.

Investigators say the crew arrested was smuggling meth and black tar heroin  in from out of state and selling it on the streets of Western Washington.


“This is a very significant bust.  This organization is moving multiple  pounds of meth, which is a highly addictive drug, here in the Pacific Northwest.  What they were doing was transporting, smuggling the drugs up in liquid form,  allowing it to evaporate, taking the crystalized methamphetamine and then  washing it out with acetone so they can sell it on the street,” DEA Special  Agent Douglas James said.

The feds raided a total of 15 separate locations in Spanaway, Tacoma,  Lakewood, Milton, Graham, Puyallup and Kent.

During the course of the investigation agents seized:

* 66 lbs. crystal meth

* 2 gallons liquid meth

*  2.5 lbs. black tar heroin

* 25 vehicles

* 7 firearms

* $ 300, 000 cash.

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Neighbors are still shocked that there was no indication anything illegal was  happening.

“I didn’t know anything was going on next door. I just see a couple of guys,  but that was it,” neighbor Milvilin said.

James said other drug organizations in Washington are now on notice.

“We want to let the criminal organizations out there know that your days are  numbered.  We’re going to use all of our investigative resources at our  disposal to identify you and come after you,” James said.

The DEA says the crystal meth they seized had a street value of more than  $2.5 million.



Kayce Bullock is the CASA Coordinator for North Star CASA. She works at Virginia’s House in Graham, and though she has no specific data, she estimates that roughly 80 percent of the cases her organization works with involving children removed from their homes are removed because of the meth addiction of a parent or guardian.

“Certainly meth has devastating effects on the community and on the family, but I think ultimately it is children who suffer the most,” Bullock said. “The risks to the safety and well-being of children who are under the care of meth-abusing parents are numerous. We are seeing babies born with meth in their systems and children testing positive for meth.”

Bullock said that she does not see high success rates involving children being returned to meth-addicted parents or guardians. She explained that in addition to the immediate risks and effects of meth exposure in children, there are many long-term emotional and behavioral problems that can occur because meth changes the wiring of the brain.

According to Bullock, children often come to the attention of Child Protective Services (CPS) because they are found alone and wandering the streets. After getting high, meth users can sleep for several days, leaving any children in the house unsupervised. These children are forced to fend for themselves, and in some cases are trying to fill the caregiver role and find food and other necessities for younger siblings.

“The most heartbreaking meth cases are those that result in a child death,” Bullock said. “This is a very real, very dangerous problem, and it’s happening right here in this community. Day in and day out, CASA volunteers are seeing and dealing with the effects of meth on children and families.”



CHARLESTON, West Virginia –  A couple from Charleston, WV is behind bars after deputies said they found meth ingredients in the taxi the couple was riding in after wrecking their truck.

According to court documents, deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident in a field on Casdorph Road in Sissonville Tuesday afternoon. When deputies looked up the license plate information, it came back as have been stolen out of Charleston, WV.


A witness proceeded to tell deputies that she saw a male and female leave the scene in a C & H taxi.

Deputies began searching for the taxi in that area and located it parked at a Go Mart. Court documents say  two people, matching the suspect’s description, were getting back into the cab.

Deputies asked the male suspect, identified as Randy Donahue, to get out. Deputies said the smelled a meth-like odor as he walk walking towards them.

The female suspect, identified as Holly Willis, also exited the cab. Willis smelled like meth, according to the documents, and had syringes in the front pockets of her coat.

A search of the taxi was performed, and a blue cooler was located in the trunk. Inside the cooler, deputies found numerous meth-making materials. Methamphetamine also was found wrapped in coffee filters, and several bags of marijuana were seized.

Deputies said both suspects have a long history of meth-related charges.

Both Donahue and Willis appeared in magistrate court Tuesday night.  They are being held at South Central Regional Jail.




ROCK HILL — There were no suspects in sight when police found many of the materials commonly used in manufacturing methamphetamine labs in the woods near a makeshift campsite in Rock Hill Monday afternoon, authorities say.

At about 3:30 p.m., a man called police to complain about potential trespassers living in the woods on his property, according to a Rock Hill police report. While clearing brush in the nearby wood line, the property manager found two abandoned tents in the area between Church and Mill streets, off Dave Lyle Boulevard.

Police searched the area and, 30 feet away from the road, discovered materials from a recently-used one-pot meth lab, the report states. Officials have said that one-pot meth labs, typically taking shape in soda or Gatorade bottles, are gaining popularity as the most common types of meth labs cooks and addicts use to manufacture the addictive drug.

Officers found several Walmart bags containing used coffee filters filled with white residue, the report states. One of the department’s street crimes officers found clear tubing, a bottle of Coleman camping fuel, one small bag of salt, wire mesh, a bottle of Drano, clear bottles filled with clear liquid and residue in them with tubing protruding from the top and an empty package of cold and sinus medicine. Pseudoephedrine, a common decongestant found in over-the-counter cold medication, is a key ingredient for making meth.

Police continued searching the area, finding four tents total.

No suspects were on scene at the time, the report states. An agent with the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit responded to the scene and confirmed that the materials were ingredients for an inactive meth lab. A hazmat team was called to clean up the chemicals.

Last year, law enforcement uncovered 22 total meth labs in York County, doubling the number found in 2011 and 2012. Officials expect that trend to continue this year, and most likely exceed the number of labs they found in 2013.

Several people were driving down Cromwell Road in 1999 making meth when there was an explosion. The people escaped the vehicle and attempted to dispose of the evidence by throwing it over the side of a concrete bridge. Three people were badly burned and transported to Iowa City for medical care.


According to Creston Police Sergeant Eric Shawler and Afton Police Chief John Coulter, this fire was an uncommon incident in Union County.

But, the cause — methamphetamine — is a common problem.

“It’s easy to make. Everything you need is right here,” Coulter said. “You can drive in towns and hit every small place and buy pseudo(ephedrine), … come back and you have enough to make enough meth for yourself.”

Coulter said methamphetamine is prevalent in Union County to a wide demographic.


Methamphetamine, a psychostimulant, is an illegal drug across the country. It is easy to manufacture because the ingredients are locally sold.

“It’s very prevalent,” Coulter said. “I think in the age group 30 to 70, that it’s very much the drug of choice.”

In the past five years, the method of choice for methamphetamine manufacturers is the shake and bake method. This method is easier to produce than the standard Birch method because all ingredients are mixed in one small bottle and shaken.

Afton man Adam Roan was charged with conspiracy to produce methamphetamine and possession of precursors February 2013 after 50 shake and bake meth labs were found in his basement.


Meth, unlike other drugs, spans across the demographic board, according to Coulter.

“It’s cheaper than cocaine,” Coulter said. “The other side of that is prescription drug use is up real high, but it’s generally the same people are doing it to cushion their manic drug episodes.”

Results of meth use include paranoid schizophrenia, rapid weight loss, damage to fine motor skills and sensitivity to loud noises and bright lights.

“As far as socioeconomic, it covers all strata,” Coulter said. “In our community, we had a jeweler that had a very lucrative jewelry business that was involved.”

Another issue Coulter said was a person’s will power may not be strong enough to avoid addiction.

“A lot of people think that their will power is strong enough that they can use it without getting addicted, but it is so psychologically addictive,” Coulter said. “It’s a very small number that can quit cold turkey and never go back to it, and they’ll tell you, the crazy is still there.”

However, the amount of people actually using meth may not be known because people avoid talking to police, even during an incident.

“If we don’t know about it, they won’t tell us about it,” Shawler said. “Even if they get burned, they’ll get treatment by themselves, so most of your meth lab incidents, chances of them calling 911 are very slim.”


Recently, studies have been done across the country showing some drug prevention programs don’t work.

“They have found DARE does not work. The research done by the Department of Justice in recent years shows it does not have any significant impact on drug usage,” Coulter said. “Now, I don’t know that anybody is doing any (drug prevention) because there’s no funding for it other than officers going in and talking with individual groups.”

Coulter said there used to be staff at Green Hills Area Education Agency with training in drug prevention, but there hasn’t been any recently.

Even containing a methamphetamine lab after a fire is difficult, as firefighters and police cannot do hazardous material response.

“Mostly it’s evacuate the area, seal it off and let the meth lab response team come in and they’ll do the search warrant,” Coulter said.

Coulter said there used to be staff at Green Hills Area Education Agency with training in drug prevention, but there hasn’t been any recently.

Even containing a methamphetamine lab after a fire is difficult, as firefighters and police cannot do hazardous material response.

“Mostly it’s evacuate the area, seal it off and let the meth lab response team come in and they’ll do the search warrant,” Coulter said.




CARLSBAD >> A Loving man awaits trial on federal drug trafficking charges after authorities found 25 pounds of methamphetamine and 31 firearms scattered throughout his residence.

Glenn McDonald, 34, faces charges of knowingly being in possession with intent to distribute meth and carrying a firearm in a drug trafficking offense in U.S. District Court.

According to a criminal complaint with the U.S. District Court in Roswell, McDonald told officers that he had about half a pound of meth stashed away in the glove box of his truck, as well as a loaded semi-automatic pistol, when he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop by the Carlsbad Police Department on the afternoon of Feb. 12 on the Loving Highway.

McDonald was immediately escorted to an Eddy County Sheriff’s Office facility where he agreed to allow a special agent from the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force to search his residence on 37 Cottontail Road in Loving for more drugs and weapons.

Investigators found stacks of currency stored inside a safe within his house that McDonald admitted was money earned from meth sales, along with large quantities of the crystalline drug and a mixture of rifles and pistols.

The meth was stored in an outdoor shed near McDonald’s home and was immediately detected with the help of a police canine. McDonald was placed under arrest after the search according to a criminal complaint filed to the U.S. District Court.

McDonald admitted that approximately four or five of the weapons seized by the PVDTF were exchanged in trade for meth.

Task force Commander James McCormick said he couldn’t speak about the arrest or the investigation, referring all questions to the U.S. Attorney.

Former Eddy County Sheriff Ernie Mendoza said the bust is among the larger finds he’s heard of in Eddy County’s recent history.

“I would say that it’s a big plus because not only will it affect people in our area, but (the meth) also won’t make it anywhere else and make it out on the streets,” Mendoza said.

In January, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force arrested 40 people around Eddy County as part of a year-long drug trafficking investigation.

Elizabeth Martinez, the public information officer and assistant U.S. Attorney, said the McDonald arrest was unrelated to the prior drug sweep.

McDonald previously pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in 2011 in Carlsbad Magistrate Court and was required by the judge to enter drug rehab at the Carlsbad Mental Health Center.

“I can’t say that I’m surprised but I’m just thankful that it’s off the street right now,” said Eve Flanigan, program manager for the Carlsbad Anti-Drug and Gang Coalition. “It’s an example of how pervasive the drug problem is in our part of the state. We’re thankful for the job law enforcement does, as well as the folks who are less heard of that take place in drug treatment and prevention programs.”



THREE RIVERS, MI — A weeks long police investigation into methamphetamine production led to the arrest of three men in a Three Rivers Meijer parking lot on multiple meth related charges Tuesday, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office.


Investigators said St. Joseph Area Narcotics had been conducting a “several week” investigation of methamphetamine delivery and production, which led to the arrest of the three men on charges of delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors.

One of the men also had an outstanding warrant for operating/maintaining a methamphetamine lab, the report said.

The names of those arrested are being withheld at this time, pending arraignment.

Deputies are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call SCAN at 269-467-9045 ext. 245.



Two suspects were arrested last week after Dyer County Sheriff’s deputies found an alleged meth lab in the attic after executing a search warrant at a residence on St. John Avenue.

Shane Vaughn, 40, 2466 St. John Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn., and Dena Clark, 37, 320 Victory St., Dyersburg, Tenn., are charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.


According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, deputies received information about alleged methamphetamine activity taking place at Vaughn’s residence on St. John Avenue in Dyersburg. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, deputies went to the residence to execute a narcotics search warrant.  Upon entering the residence, deputies were met at the front door by a white male and Clark was sitting on a couch in front of the front door. Vaughn had reportedly left the residence to go to a fast-food restaurant, but was found by deputies and returned to the house.

After Vaughn returned to his residence, deputies began their search and discovered a meth lab in the attic. Inside the residence were numerous items commonly used in the manufacturing of the drug. Also, deputies found a gas generator outside the residence, which is also used during the meth-production process.

The couch where Clark was sitting was moved and several coffee filters were found containing a white substance. Deputies tested the substance and it tested positive for methamphetamine. Vaughn and Clark were taken into custody and charged with initiating methamphetamine manufacture and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. The two were taken to the Dyer County Jail where they were decontaminated and booked in. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force arrived at the scene and took possession of the components of the meth lab and the other ingredients.

After their court appearance, Vaughn was issued a $10,000 bond and Clark was issued a $20,000 bond. Vaughn was able to make his bond, but Clark remains in custody. Box stated Vaughn was arrested the previous week on a DUI charge. Clark has had numerous charges in the past and has been booked into the Dyer County Jail over 20 times on charges such as: possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, forgery, and vandalism.

Box stated arrests such as Vaughn’s and Clark’s are necessary in reducing crime in the community.

“These locations where people are cooking meth are also known to draw other types of criminal activity,” said Box. “These arrests send a message we don’t want this drug here and we will we tolerate the illegal activities associated with it.”

SAN LUIS – Friday, a local teen was arrested on suspicion of attempting to bring more than one-half pound of methamphetamine through the San Luis Port.

The 14-year-old male was found to be carrying a package of meth with a street value of $9,000 taped to his thigh. The methamphetamine was seized and the teen was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.




DOBSON — Months of undercover investigation came to fruition Monday morning as deputies initiated a county-wide drug violator round-up, dubbed Operation Manic Monday by officers.

According to Sheriff Graham Atkinson, more than three dozen officers met for a pre-bust briefing at the sheriff’s office at 6 a.m., and by late morning more than 16 suspects were in custody. Atkinson said the round-up targeted 34 suspects on 173 charges.

And more suspects are expected to be taken into custody soon, according to the sheriff.

“We knocked on a lot of doors trying to find them today,” he said, “and while there are 16 in custody at the moment, there are others who have indicated their willingness to turn themselves in. Everyone else is entered into a criminal database and if they’re caught anywhere in the country for any reason they’ll be brought back here.”

Atkinson said the investigation began several months ago and involved the suspects selling narcotics to undercover officers.

“We didn’t have to get any search warrants because we’ve made these cases and have the suspects good and solid,” he said, noting that the drugs range the gamut from marijuana to crack cocaine, prescription narcotics and even morphine.

He added that the investigation targeted suspects from “all over the county.”

“A lot of these people are repeat offenders that we’ve had to deal with over and over,” he said. “Hopefully, by doing the hand-to-hand buys it will make it easier to get them out of the community for an extended period of time. Some of these suspects go back to the beginning of my career and they were targeted because they are continuing problems. Others have done fairly lengthy prison sentences and they have gotten out and gone right back to doing the same things again.”

The sheriff added that there were multiple charges of trafficking in narcotics involved in the drug round-up, charges he hopes will result in more lengthy sentences for those convicted.

“We think that is significant,” he said. “There are more trafficking charges, which involve larger amounts of the drug, than charges of sale and delivery.”

For Atkinson, the drug sweep is part of an effort to protect the community by responding to complaints.

“When we get complaints about these people and how they’re making their communities and neighbors miserable, we try to get them out of the community,” he said. “It sometimes takes a little while, but we try.”

He added that his job would be much more difficult without the support and help of the community at large.

“We appreciate the people who continue to give us information, and a lot of that information was very useful,” he said. “This is obviously not the end of this, the investigation is continuing, along with other investigations, and we hope that will bring some further relief in the future. If the name of the person you’re complaining about isn’t on the list, there will be another list shortly.”

Those charged, and the charges against them, include:

Carroll Elwood Bowman, 39, of 562 Lori Lane in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, sell and deliver methamphetamine and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Gene Bowman, 48, of 147 West Popular Street in Mount Airy. Trafficking by sale Oxycodone, trafficking by delivering Oxycodone, trafficking by possession Oxycodone, trafficking by sale Hydrocodone, trafficking by delivering Hydrocodone, trafficking by possession Hydrocodone and two counts of maintaining a drug dwelling.

• Betty Cox Brown, 59, of 571 Bethania Rural Hall Road in Rural Hall. Conspiracy to sell and deliver Hydrocodone, conspiracy to sell and deliver Morphine and conspiracy to sell and deliver Oxymorphone.

• Theodore Roosevelt Burcham, 41, of 183 Woltz Atkins Road in Mount Airy. Two counts of the possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a drug house and two counts of the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Teresa Koehler Cecil, 42, of 523 Worth Street in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver Oxymorphone, sale and delivery of Oxymorphone.

• Christopher Loyd Cox, 29, of 130 Gilda Avenue in Mount Airy. Two counts of the possession with intent to sell and deliver Methamphetamine, two counts of the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a drug dwelling and two counts of the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Randy Dale Crouse, 43, of 207 White Street in Dobson. Trafficking in Percocet by sell, trafficking in Percocet by delivery, trafficking in Percocet by possession and trafficking in Percocet by transportation.

• Jeffery Dwayne Dawson, 23, of 668 Orchard View Drive in Mount Airy. Trafficking in Vicodin by sale, trafficking in Vicodin by delivery, trafficking in Vicodin by possession, conspiracy to traffic by sell Vicodin, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sale and delivery of marijuana, conspiracy to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Luis Fernando Delarosa, 47, of 1787 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson. Two counts of the possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of the sale and delivery of marijuana, two counts of maintaining a drug house, and two counts of the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Gabriel Delgado, 31, of 132 West Crosswinds Drive in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug vehicle and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Terrell Lekendric Dixon, 28, of 157 Kingfisher Way in Dobson. Possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, the sale and delivery of crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell and deliver crack cocaine, maintaining a drug house and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Jordan Terry Easter, 23, of 409 East Devon Drive in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver Klonopin, the sale and delivery of Klonopin, maintaining a drug vehicle and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Kimberly Darlene Epperson, 36, of 161 wards Gap Road in Cana, Va. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and the sale and delivery of methamphetamine.

• Glenda Kaye George,38, 155 Cone Lane in Mount Airy. Two counts of the possession with the intent to sell or deliver crack cocaine and two counts of the sale and delivery of crack cocaine.

• Zackary Vanquail Goins, 25, of 316 Galloway Street in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, the sale and delivery of crack coocaine and maintaining a drug house.

• Portia Felts Goss, 38, of 223 Spaugh Street in Mount Airy. Trafficking in Oxycodone by sale, trafficking in Oxycodone by delivery, trafficking in Oxycodone by possession, the possession with intent to sell and deliver Alprazolam, the sale and delivery of Alprazolam, maintaining a drug house, and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Antawan Bernard Guest, 35, of 1256 Newsome Street in Mount Airy. Two counts of the possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, two counts of the sale and delivery of crack cocaine and two counts of maintaining a drug dwelling.

• Jeremy Hunt, 31, of 169 Catamount Road in Holly Hill, S.C. The sale and delivery of crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell and deliver crack cocaine and maintaining a drug dwelling.

• Terry Wayburn Johnson, 54, of 163 Pond Valley Road in Ararat. Two counts of the possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug dwelling and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Justin David Lambert, 25, of 1809 Grassy Knob Road in Pilot Mountain. Possession with intent to sell and deliver Alprazolam and the sale and delivery of Alprazolam.

• Jimmy Mack Long, 32, of 552 North Wilson Road in Lowgap. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, the sale and delivery of methamphetamine and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Eric Antyion Penn, 46, of 960 Pipers Gap Road in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, the sale and delivery of cocaine and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• William Joseph Reed, 35, of 176 Joe Reed Trail in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, the sale and delivery of marijuana, maintaining a drug house and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Misty Dawn Sechrist, 31, of 571 Bethania Rural Hall Road in Rural Hall. Possession with intent to sell and deliver Hydrocodone, the sale and delivery of hydrocodone, conspiracy to sale and deliver Hydrocodone, possession with intent to sell and deliver morphine, the sale and delivery of morphine, conspiracy to sell and deliver morphine, possession with intent to sell and deliver Oxymorphone, the sale and delivery of Oxymorphone and conspiracy to sell and deliver Oxymorphone.

• Kevin Jarrell Shannon, 28, of 341 Franklin Street in Mount Airy. Conspiracy to sell and deliver crack cocaine, the delivery of crack cocaine and maintaining a drug dwelling.

• Jacob Aaron Shinault, Male, 19, of 773 Maple Grove Church Road in Mount Airy. Trafficking in Vicodin by sell, trafficking in Vicodin by delivery, trafficking in Vicodin by possession, the sale and delivery of marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

• Johnny Carlton Snow, 42, of 191 Willis Road in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver methamphetamine and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Misty April Snow, 40, 191 Willis Road in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver methamphetamine and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Joseph Craig Tilley, 48, of 116 Barton Lane in Mount Airy. Possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug house and the manufacture of methamphetamine.

• Gary Dwayne Wheeler, 27, of 327 Cherry Street, Apartment 1, in Mount Airy. Trafficking in Hydrocodone by sale, trafficking in Hydrocodone by delivery, trafficking in Hydrocodone by manufacture, trafficking in Hydrocodone by possession, two counts of the possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, two counts of the sale and delivery of crack cocaine, the possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, the sale and delivery of marijuana and three counts of maintaining a drug dwelling.

• Joshua Shaun Wiles, 29, of 168 Apple Blossom Lane in Elkin. Possession with intent to sell and deliver LSD, the sale and delivery of LSD, possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a drug vehicle and two counts of the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Mitchell Dean Willard, 37, of 233 Forkner Road in Mount Airy. Two counts of the possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of the sale and delivery of marijuana, two counts of maintaining a drug dwelling and two counts of the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Andrea Sian Williams, 21, of 157 Kingfisher Way in Dobson. Possession with the intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, the sale and delivery of crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell and deliver crack cocaine, maintaining a drug dwelling and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

• David Shane Wolfe, 37, of 1855 Hwy 268 West in Pilot Mountain. Possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, the sale and delivery of marijuana, maintaining a drug dwelling and the possession of drug paraphernalia.




MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) – Three people were arrested Monday after deputies said they found meth and marijuana in a Morgan City home.

Sheriff Ana Franklin said deputies and drug task force agents served two arrest warrants for Dennis Dewayne Malone, 45, at a home on Seagroves Road. The warrants were for drug possession.

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Franklin said they found methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a short-barreled rifle in the home.

After the home was searched, deputies also charged Malone with possession of methamphetamine and a short-barreled rifle.

Authorities arrested two other people in the home. Brandis Pugh, 29, was charged with providing a false identity. Franklin said Pugh also had warrants for failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia possession charge and for failure to provide insurance.

The other person at the home, Deborah Jett, was charged with meth possession.



A Spartanburg couple face child cruelty charges after admitting to smoking methamphetamine in their vehicle overnight while their two young children were with them.

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Jeffrey Miller Wallace, 36, and Alphalena Jo Littlejohn, 30, both of 204 Fernwood Park Drive, were found sitting in their vehicle in front of Mary Black Memorial Hospital on Skyline Drive Tuesday morning after a sheriff’s deputy responded there for the report of a disturbance.

The couple and their two children, ages 6 and 1, had sat in their vehicle in the parking lot throughout the night with no food or water or warm clothing, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tony Ivey said in a statement.

The two had admitted to smoking methamphetamine, but Wallace said they stepped outside of the vehicle to smoke since their children were sitting inside the vehicle, according to an incident report.

The report states the deputy also found an open can of alcohol in the center console of their vehicle.

Wallace and Littlejohn were taken to the Spartanburg County jail and charged with cruelty to children.

The children were turned over to the Department of Social Services and placed in emergency protective custody. The couple already had an open DSS case on them, Ivey said in the statement.




Guam – More than a half-million dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine was confiscated from several suspicious packages sent to Guam from Washington and California. According to search warrant returns filed with the District Court, local and federal law enforcement found more than two pounds of the drug Ice hidden in two packages sent to two different addresses on Guam.

In one package sent in January to a P.O. box in Hagatna, authorities found approximately 502 grams of meth hidden in vacuum sealed bags with 8 black shirts in one package. In a package sent to a home on Kinney Drive in Mangilao in December, agents found 420 grams of methampethamine stuffed into a flat rate box that contained two shirts and a mug.

Documents filed with the District Court today indicate that several other search warrants were executed on mail parcels turning up a large quantity of Spice, a marijuana-like substance.

There’s been no indication if authorities made any arrests in connection with these search warrants.




Columbia, SC (WLTX)  In separate investigations, officers with the Lexington County deputies seized three methamphetamine labs at three separate homes in Lexington county.

Lexington County sheriff James Metts said NET officers arrested Brad Joseph Koon, 44 of Swansea on charge of manufacturing meth in connection with the operation of a meth lab that officers found in an abandoned home adjacent to Koons.


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Deputies went to Koon’s home early Sunday morning to investigate a verbal dispute involving Koon and his wife.  While there, according to deputies, found a black duffel bag in the abandoned home and determined that the bag contained a reaction vessel, which was being used to manufacture meth.  Deputies then request help from NET officers to further investigate and safely dispose of the lab.

Currently Koon is being held on a $15,000 bond at the Lexington County Detention center.

In a separate investigation, NET officers arrested Taylor Michele Hatchell, 24 and James Elliot Smith, 31 both of Pelion in connection to a meth lab that was being operated outside the home where they live, according to Metts.

Deputies had gone to the home early Sunday morning in order to help the South Carolina Highway Patrol investigate a motor vehicle collision and deputies and state troopers found one plastic soda bottle in a large plastic box outside the home that was being used as a reaction vessel to manufacture methamphetamine.  Deputies and state troopers called in NET to help investigate.

Officers arrested Hatchell on charges of manufacturing meth, possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab.  Officers arrested Smith on charges of second-offense manufacturing meth, second-offensive possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedrine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab. Both were being held at the Lexington County detention center, Hatchell’s bail is $50,000 and Smith’s bail was set at $70,000.

Lastly, Sunday afternoon, NET officers arrested Diane Poole Gay, 54 and Ronnie Dale Stevenson, 52 of Leesville in connection with a meth lab that was found outside their home.

Deputies had gone to the home in Leesville to investigate a verbal dispute between Gay and Stevenson when they found several plastic soda bottles in woods outside the home that were being used as reaction vessels to manufacture meth.  Deputies then called for NET officers to investigate.

Both Gay and Stevenson were charged with manufacturing meth, possessing meth, unlawfully altering pseudoephedring and unlawfully disposing of waste from a meth lab.  Both are being held at the Lexington County Detention center on bail totaling $50,000 each.



HONOLULU — There was something unusual about three mannequin heads found inside a UPS parcel being mailed from San Bernardino, Calif., to Hawaii: They each had two pounds of methamphetamine stuffed inside them, authorities said.

Now, three men in face drug charges in Hawaii. One of the men, Anthony Buzio Sanchez, pleaded guilty in federal court in Honolulu on Monday to a charge of attempted possession with intent to distribute.

Through a Spanish-speaking interpreter, Sanchez said he intended to sell the drugs to pay for his father’s cancer treatment. Sanchez, who said he was born in Mexico and is living in the United States illegally, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in June.


On May 6, a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy intercepted a cardboard box being mailed from San Bernardino to Honolulu, according to a criminal complaint.

Once a deputy sheriff got a California search warrant, investigators found inside shirts, shorts, slippers, towels and three boxes individually wrapped in pink and gold paper. The wrapped boxes “each contained a mannequin head with about two pounds of methamphetamine inside, totaling 2,932 grams of methamphetamine,” the court document said.

After the drugs were discovered, the contents were mailed by FedEx to federal agents in Honolulu, where an undercover agent posing as a delivery man brought the parcel to the Honolulu address for which it was originally destined.

No one answered the door during two attempts to deliver the package. On the third attempt, a man identified in court papers as Carlos Gallego signed for the parcel.

On May 9, agents followed Gallego as he drove the box about 19 miles to a home in Waipahu, where the other men were arrested.

Sanchez, Gallego and Miguel Angel Rios Ruiz were indicted that month. They initially pleaded not guilty to the meth-distribution charge. Gallego was scheduled for a pretrial conference on Monday and his attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Ruiz is scheduled to change his plea on Friday.

“He had nothing to do with this,” Sanchez said of Ruiz but didn’t elaborate.

Sanchez told the judge he paid Gallego $5,000 to receive the parcel and deliver it to the Waipahu home.



The volume of music emanating from his van led to a Muncie man’s arrest on several charges Saturday.

A Muncie police officer reported finding methamphetamine, digital scales and a loaded, stolen handgun in the pockets of 35-year-old Phillip E. Tackett, and two children in his van.

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An officer reported he approached Tackett outside a near-downtown convenience store after hearing the bass from his van’s stereo “a block and a half away.” More meth was also found in the van, according to an affidavit.

The officer also determined Tackett was driving on a suspended license, and was the target of at least five arrest warrants. Tackett was preliminarily charged with possession of meth, receiving stolen property, two counts of neglect of a dependent, driving while suspended, possession of a syringe and carrying a handgun without a license.

He was being Monday held in the Delaware County jail under a $27,500 bond.






Troopers with the West Virginia State Police were called to the home of Dixie Helmic, 35, of 207 Walnut Street in Rosedale, WV after residents in the area complained of an odor coming from a meth lab inside the home.

Once on scene, troopers said they did not find a meth lab.  Instead, they found a gun used to the fire several shots inside the residence, according to a release from the WVSU.


Troopers, according to the release, determined the gun had been reported stolen. They also discovered that Helmic had a live in boyfriend who was a sex offender. David White, 22, of Delbarton, WV violated the law by not registering with the state as such.  They also conducted a search Helmic’s car. Troopers said they then found an undisclosed amount of marijuana and meth.

Helmic was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

The release goes on to state that White was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer, providing false information to a member of the West Virginia State Police, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, and failure to register with the Sex Offender Registry.

Both suspects were arraigned in Gilmer County Magistrate Court and taken to the Central Regional Jail.



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. • It was sentencing day. Finally. Weeks of waiting for this Monday to arrive seemed to have blotted out any other concerns. Scott Moyers couldn’t think beyond it. He didn’t know what the judge would do. Give him probation? Send him to jail? Would that be for weeks or years?

And those were just the judicial consequences. His meth addiction already had cost him his job as a newspaper reporter covering courts, his marriage to a doctor and the three children who no longer seemed to want him around. He’d blown through $250,000 chasing a speedy high. His upper-middle-class life in this small city was lost. All of that, in just the last year, gone.

Now, Scott had a 1 p.m. appointment at the courthouse to learn this one more thing.

“If I was covering it, I’d think it was probation,” Scott said of his chances. “But it feels different coming from over here, seeing it like this.”

This was his first trip back to court since pleading guilty last month to two felony drug possession charges. He found a ride. This time, his Angel joined him. Angel Reid, his girlfriend of nearly a year, was 22. He was 41. But she was the steady one, the planner, the one pushing for him to think about the days to come.

“I hope it’s probation,” Scott said.

“And then what?” Angel said.

“And then …” Scott replied. He didn’t know. “We’re just as low as we’ve ever been, really.”

They wore all the clothes they owned. A backpack stuffed with their extra clothes, toothbrushes and IDs — plus letters Scott had written to each of his children in case he went to prison — had disappeared Sunday, along with the driver of the car they’d caught a ride with. Scott had to borrow a button-down shirt for court from a former neighbor, who also lent him a razor for shaving. He had on a brown barn coat given to him by his ex-wife. Angel wore a tie-dyed sweatshirt and jeans. She shivered when she went outside.

They had been on the move almost every night for weeks. They were always hustling for a place to stay. Scott had given up his steady by-the-week apartment, paid for by his ex-wife, days after his guilty plea in early January. He thought he’d landed a reporting job in Mississippi. He’d been eager to move on, just as he was now.

“I’d like to get away from the reputation I have,” Scott said. “I hope that Angel wants to come with me.”

“I do,” Angel replied.

But the job fell through. So he sold the Jeep that was going to take them south. That bought them a few nights in a motel. Friends paid for a few more. Other people offered up mattresses and couches. But Scott and Angel were always just stitching it together. They didn’t know where they would sleep this night — or even if they would be leaving together.

Scott said he was clean, hadn’t used for several weeks. It wasn’t easy. Angel helped him. But he discovered not using drugs didn’t pay the bills. It wasn’t a job.

“Being sober only solves one problem,” he said.

So, at times, he thought jail wouldn’t be a bad idea.

“There’s something consolable, something that feels OK about going to jail from this position,” he said. “At least I’ll have room and board.”

They arrived early at the county courthouse, the same one that Scott had covered for years as a reporter. Scott shook hands with three friends who showed up to support him. Scott and Angel took seats in the courtroom’s first row. His attorney, Gordon Glaus, walked in and handed him a pre-sentencing report. Scott noted his two arrests for possession, one in April 2013 and then, when police went looking for him after he missed a court date, another in October. The report included a risk assessment score — an educated guess at what kind of candidate he was for successfully completing probation. Scott came out with a 3, a good number.


Scott Moyers on April 22, 2013, following his arrest for felony drug possession. Cape Girardeau, Mo., police booking photo

“Still a chance he could lock me up?” Scott asked.

“I have some concerns,” his attorney replied.

His case was called. Scott faced the remote possibility of 14 years in prison. The prosecutor recommended probation as part of the plea deal. Scott’s attorney asked for suspended imposition of sentence, meaning that the conviction would be expunged if Scott successfully completed probation. Judge Ben Lewis studied some papers in front of him and then asked Scott if he had anything to say. Scott admitted he had a drug problem.

“This is something that I don’t want to be part of my life,” he told the judge. “It’s cost me a great deal.”

Judge Lewis agreed to the suggestion of Scott’s attorney. Scott needed to make it through five years of probation before his record would be cleared. The judge ordered Scott to submit to drug testing and to find a full-time job — and possibly attend rehab if his parole officer thought it was necessary.

Lewis said he believed Scott was a smart man, and that smart people often struggle more with addiction.

He warned Scott that he couldn’t go back to using drugs, because it would kill him.

“And if you don’t die,” the judge said, “I’m going to send you to prison.”

Scott didn’t smile as he left the courtroom. But he hugged Angel and shook the hands of his friends and his attorney. The day was past. He’d made it through. He wasn’t going to jail, at least not today. He and Angel walked outside. Angel, standing a few steps in front of him, turned around and looked at him.

“OK, so, no jail time,” she said. “So, what now?”

Meth continues to be a major problem in Illinois and there’s a new push help to cut down on production.

Meth is one of the most widespread and dangerous drugs on the streets.

What’s worse — just about anyone can make it right at home.

It just takes the right mix of ingredients—including a common over–the–counter medication, like Pseudophedrine pills that you get for a cold.

Pharmacists already keep medicines like Sudafed and Mucinex behind the counter, and you have to show ID.

But Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp said that has not put a stop to Meth.

“They’ll buy one box at one location and then go to another location.  It’s called pill shopping,” said Kettlekamp.

So to try and cut down on abuse — one lawmaker wants to make the pills prescription only.

An idea cold sufferers aren’t happy about.

“If I have a headache during the middle of the night and I get up I don’t want to go and try and find a doctor to get a prescription I just want to go and get it,” said Josephine Butler, who opposes the plan.

Josephine Butler said it’s not going to punish the right people.

“When I go in the store you can kind of look at me and tell I’m not gonna make any meth. I’m in pain I need some medicine,” said Butler.

Not to mention the added costs.

“It can take me at least a couple weeks to get into the doctor and then it’s gonna cost me my co-pay when i could just now go to the grocery store and pick it up off the shelf. It’s outrageous,” said Kettlekamp.

At least right now they can track Psudophedrine purchases at the registers.

That’s how police figure out who’s cooking the drug.

But medical records are off limits to police.



EDUCATING Border kids before they hit high school about the dangers of methamphetamine was raised yesterday as a way to halt the ice epidemic.

The problem had become so bad Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation drugs and alcohol workers knew of grandmothers dealing in the drug.


They were highly concerned about what they said was a huge problem in Albury-Wodonga’s Aboriginal communities.

In some cases, fireworks were let off to mark when ice arrived in an area.

That was some of the evidence given in Wodonga yesterday to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the highly addictive drug, the use of which was spreading virtually unchecked.

Calls were also made to have a dedicated treatment facility set up in the North East.

Police, health and drug addiction support workers gave evidence to the inquiry, which has been holding similar hearings across Victoria in recent months.

Member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy is one of five members of the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee.

Victoria Police eastern regional divisional commander Supt Paul O’Halloran said there was “quite clearly” a number of offences being driven by ice addiction.

“Those are generally property and burglary offences,” he said.

And, unlike other drugs, many of the addicts were young people from respectable families who quickly found themselves with debts to drug dealers of between $20,000 to $40,000 which often turned these young people into low-level drug dealers themselves to feed their own habits and pay off their huge debts, which eventually had to be met by their families.

The hearing heard how one North East support agency had made 1500 referrals in 12 months for people having trouble with meth addiction.

The need to educate young people about the highly addictive nature of the drug and the physical and social destruction it created was raised several times yesterday.

A couple of witnesses agreed the ideal time to do so was just as students entered high school.

Gateway Community Health counsellor Bill Wilson said there was also an urgent need for a treatment facility in the North East.

“People are spending a huge amount of money on this drug,” he said.

“It’s availability in this regional area is quite incredible — it’s a significant problem for us.”

Mr Wilson said many people battling addiction did not want to have to go to Wagga or Melbourne for treatment.

Junction Support Services worker Zach Mason showed the committee a couple of tiny plastic bags, each with a small amount of salt weighing about one gram.

He said an equivalent amount of ice would sell on the streets of Albury-Wodonga for $1000.

He also pointed to the anomalies in laws covering the drug in NSW compared with Victoria.

Mr Mason said it was not illegal to possess a pipe for smoking ice in Wodonga, yet if someone crossed the Murray River into Albury it attracted a $2000 fine.

Supt O’Halloran said meth use was a community, social, government and policing problem.

“And there’s not one simple answer to this,” he said.

“The important thing is breaking the cycle — it will take some work to get there.”

According to a KSP report, KSP and the Hopkins County Sheriff Department received a complaint regarding the location of a wanted fugitive.

According to the information provided, Joseph “Brad” Larkins, who was wanted for a felony drug offenses out of Hopkins County, was at 330 Trabue Road in White Plains.

At approximately 3:04 p.m., Trooper Jonathan Murphy, Deputy Gossett and Deputy Barnes, made contact with Lauren Hawkins. Hawkins provided consent to search the residence for the fugitive. While searching the residence, a strong odor of  marijuana and other drug related items were observed in plain view. Due to the discovery of these items, a search warrant was obtained.


During the execution of the search warrant, baggies of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, several items of drug paraphernalia, and items consistent with the trafficking of methamphetamine were located.

The Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Hopkins County Sheriff Office and Hopkins County Sheriff K-9 Unit.

Trooper Murphy charged Hawkins possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia buy/possess and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense (less than two grams/meth).

Hawkins is being lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline, (800) DOPE-TIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Two Treasure Valley men are charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after Ada County sheriff’s deputies found more than two pounds of meth in their car.  Martin A. Hernandez, 22, of Nampa, and Jason J. Martin, 31, of Garden City, are being held in the Ada County Jail on the felony charges.

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A deputy pulled over a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo near the intersection of South Meridian Road and East Maestra Street just before 1 p.m. Friday after watching the driver (Martin) fail to use his turn signal twice while switching lanes on Meridian Road.

During the traffic stop deputies called for a K-9 drug detection dog. The dog found a small amount of marijuana inside the car and two large packages of methamphetamine (454.74 grams and 545.92 grams) in the trunk.

How much is two pounds of meth worth? That depends on how it was going to be sold, sheriff’s office spokesman Patrick Orr said. A straight sale of 2 pounds would fetch an estimated $16,000, he said, but if dealers broke it up and sold it by the ounce, the total value could be as high as $32,000.

The crime of trafficking in methamphetamine is punishable by up to life in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone caught with more than 400 grams, according to Idaho code.

HE had a good job, a nice car and money to spend.

An occasional cannabis user, David then took the step he said ruined his life.

He smoked a “toke” of ice from a mate and within eight months he lost everything.

David (not his real name) has now been clean of his addiction for four months, though it pains him that he still only gets to see his children occasionally.

“It completely destroyed my life,” David told the Wodonga hearing of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamine.

Before he became an ice addict, he was “living the dream”.

“It’s a shocking drug, it’s one of the worse you could ever encounter,” he said.

What shocked him into doing something about his addiction was suffering an overdose he almost didn’t survive.

“After that I thought, ‘no, no more’,” he said.

David said he had a clear message he wanted to get across to the inquiry committee, headed by Western Victoria upper house member Simon Ramsay.

“It’s something you want to get out of your community,” he said.

Albury-based Murrumbidgee Health drug and mental health clinician Alan Fisher said while research had not been able to establish a definite link, it seemed alcohol and cannabis use was a common precursor to taking ice.

“We see a lot of problems with the way people are using methamphetamine,” he said.

Mr Fisher said now was the time to take a “softly, softly” approach in trying to deal with meth addiction.

He said governments did not need a new set of rules and protocols for health workers dealing with addicts — the ones in place were correct, but there did need to be more health workers trained in them.

He favoured better resourcing for Victoria’s existing specialised treatment centres, rather than opening a new one in the North East.

Mr Fisher said it was important to note — as did other witnesses — that someone with an methamphetamine addiction usually had other addiction problems, such as alcohol.

There could also be underlying mental health issues, or problems relating to experiences in their childhood.

Regarding the often touted predisposition to violence from ice addicts, Mr Fisher said it was rare for Albury hospital’s emergency department to be placed in such situation.

He said triage staff were trained to quickly detect the telltale signs an addict was about to lose control.

Before the over-stimulating environment of the noisy emergency department exacerbated their heightened mental state, the hospital’s psychiatric staff were called in to calm the situation.

“It’s not hugely common for us to have someone running around assaulting people,” he said.

A traffic stop in West Monroe resulted in an Oak Grove woman facing several drug-related charges.

Amber Davis, 22, of 5696 Louisiana 585, was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. She is accused of one count each of possession of a controlled and dangerous substance, Class II and Class IV, and one count of introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office saw a vehicle driven by an individual later identified as Davis turn into a residence on Bailey Street without using a signal. Davis denied OPSO consent to search her vehicle.

A deputy used a dog to perform an open-air sniff of the vehicle. The dog indicated the presence of narcotics.

The deputy located a piece of foil with suspected methamphetamine inside the vehicle. Davis said she has no knowledge it was there.

Davis was transported to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking. Once there, Davis reportedly said she was carrying Xanax pills in her bra.

A search yielded three suspected Xanax pills and a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine.