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OROVILLE — A routine traffic stop early Thursday morning in Oroville led to the arrest of three residents of Sutter and Yuba counties who were found in possession of methamphetamine and items used for its sale, police said Friday.

Oroville Police officer Breck Wright arrested Tammy B. Silva, 45, of Olivehurst; Cheryl D. Self, 51, of Marysville; and James S. Richard, 29, of Yuba City.

At around 1:50 a.m. Thursday, Wright stopped a GMC van for an expired registration on Olive Highway, near Foothill Boulevard.

The van was driven by Silva, and Self and Richard were passengers.

Richard was determined to be on active parole out of Yuba City for robbery, according to Oroville Police Department.

During a search of the van, Wright found around 35 grams of methamphetamine, packaging material, digital scales and nearly $600.

Richard and Silva were arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on suspicion of sales and/or possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Self was also arrested and booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of narcotic prescription medications.

The street value of the meth was estimated at around $3,500.

Oroville PD Sgt. John Bruschi stated seizing 35 grams of meth during a routine traffic stop is not typical. He said the pro-active police work led to not only a methamphetamine sales arrest, but also reduced the meth supply in Oroville.

 

 

 

 

 

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 A probation check led to the arrests of three Fountain County residents on drug related charges after police found inactive methamphetamine labs at two homes and an active meth lab inside a woman’s purse in Kingman on May 8.

According to Fountain County Sheriff William Sanders, police were conducting a probation check at a residence at around 2 p.m. when they found materials used in the “one-pot” method of make methamphetamine inside.

AdTech AdThe “one-pot” method uses a plastic beverage container or drinking bottle to combine several commonly available ingredients used to make the drug. Laws that regulate the sale of over-the-counter medications that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, one ingredient of methamphetamine, have helped to curb traditional meth lab activity. But the one-pot method requires less of the ingredient and less space in which to “cook” it along with other ingredients used to make meth.

Sanders said that after discovering the inactive labs, police smelled ammonia, a telltale sign of methamphetamine, coming from a nearby mobile home and obtained a warrant to search the other residence.

Police served the warrant at approximately 5:30 p.m. and found several inactive “one-pot” labs inside. While there, police found a woman driving a vehicle near the residence with an active “one-pot” lab inside her purse.

Sanders said police suspected the vehicle contained a “rolling”, or mobile meth lab after they smelled ammonia coming from inside the vehicle.

“That’s a bomb waiting to happen,” Sanders said. He said that in addition to the toxicity of the chemicals used in the one-pot method, the volatility of the reaction can cause an explosion if the container is jostled.

Police arrested Kayla Byers, 21, and Isaac Blankenbeckler, 32, both of Kingman, along with John Perry, 59, of Veedersburg on felony charges of manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine in connection with the searches.

Also responding to the scene were the Kingman Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.

 

 

 

 

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 LENOIR – Two men have been arrested for their involvement in a Caldwell County methamphetamine ring and additional arrests are anticipated.

Kevin Michael Hartley, 29, of 4167 Pioneer Trail in Hudson was charged with two counts each of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, felony selling methamphetamine, felony delivering methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance.

Christopher Scott Haas, 34, of 2586 Cannon Place in Hudson was charged with one count each of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, felony selling methamphetamine, felony delivering methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance.

Kevin Michael Hartley 

Kevin Michael Hartley

Christopher Scott Haas 

Christopher Scott Haas

 

An investigation of the methamphetamine ring began in December when an undercover officer infiltrated the organization and purchased methamphetamine from Haas, a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said. The undercover officer determined Hartley was the source of the methamphetamine and conducted undercover purchases from Hartley in December and January.

Hartley was arrested on April 22. Methamphetamine, packaging materials and digital scales were seized from the vehicle he was driving at the time.

Haas was arrested on Wednesday.

Agents believe Hartley was a supplier of methamphetamine to many people in Caldwell County and Haas was one of his runners.

Other suspects have been identified. “It’s a long and hard fight with drug dealers, but we are never giving up,” said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones in the release.

During the investigation, over one-half ounce of methamphetamine, a 2010 Chevrolet Z71 truck, digital weighing scales, packaging material, and covert safes were seized. The total value of the methamphetamine seized is over $2,000, according to state guidelines.

Hartley was held in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $400,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Deputies arrested a man they say was making methamphetamine in a home where a toddler also lived.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office was joined by other agencies Friday to raid a home on Ruhlman Road in the Town of Lockport that had been the subject of a three-month investigation. Inside, authorities say they found a meth lab. A 2-year-old child lived in the home, where deputies say two fires had occurred as a result of the methamphetamine manufacturing process.

Jeffrey Budde, 27, was arrested and charged with second degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Budde is being held in the Niagara County Jail on $5,000 bail.

 

 

 

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MOUNT AIRY — Deputies say a Mount Airy woman has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to FOX8/WGHP, the Journal’s newsgathering partner.

Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson says Crystal Dawn Quesinberry, 33. was arrested Tuesday after deputies obtained a warrant and searched her home at 1247 North Franklin Road.

During the search, Atkinson said, deputies found “a trafficking amount of crystal meth” in addition to “a selling amount of a schedule II controlled substance” and drug paraphernalia.

“She was moving a significant amount of crystal meth,” Atkinson said.  “And most of the crystal meth is not produced locally because it requires an additional step in processing.”

Quesinberry is charged with seven counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, three counts of sale and delivery of crystal meth, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver crystal meth, five counts of maintaining a drug house and five counts of counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was released from jail after her $100,000 bond was posted, Atkinson said.

No other details were provided.

 

 

 

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Subjects allegedly are part of countywide meth ring

LYONS, Mich.  –  Seven people, allegedly members of a countywide meth operation, were arrested on meth-related charges early Friday morning around Tabor Street during an ongoing investigation by officers from the Central Michigan Enforcement Team, Ionia County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police Hometown Security Team. An eighth person was arrested on unrelated charges.

CMET, the ICSO and MSP have been conducting an extensive investigation of methamphetamine production in Lyons, which intensified early Thursday evening. It led investigators to two residences in the village where search warrants were executed. Methamphetamine labs, components, and other paraphernalia were located, resulting in the arrests that came after midnight, said Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller.

Joshua Silvernail 

Joshua Silvernail

 

Joshua Cowling

 Joshua Cowling

Randy Hines

 Randy Hines

Jennifer Firovich 

Jennifer Firovich

Billie Jo Vaness 

Billie Jo Vaness

Pennie Schafer

 Pennie Schafer

 

Devin Ayres

 Devin Ayres

Lawrence Randolph 

Lawrence Randolph

 

Arrested and charged with controlled substance – operating and maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine and controlled substance – possession of methamphetamine were Joshua D. Silvernail, 31, of Ionia; and Joshua S. Cowling, 36, of Fenwick. Cowling also had outstanding Friend of the Court warrants.

Arrested and charged with controlled substance – possession of methamphetamine were Randy Vernon Hines, 49, of Lyons; Jennifer Lynn Firovich, 41, of Lyons; Billie Jo Vaness, 42, of Cedar Springs; Pennie Kae Schafer, 43, of Lyons; and Devin Keith Ayres, 25, of Clarksville.

Lawrence David Randolph, 41, of Lyons was arrested and charged with a conditional bond release violation.

“This was an ongoing investigation, and we had been working on it for some time,” Miller said. “We had been getting a lot of complaints and spending a lot of time over there (in Lyons). With meth, it floats around the county, different places at different times.”

The investigation, headed up by CMET, is part of an attempt to diminish meth production in Ionia County. Dozens of people across the county allegedly are members of the meth ring, said Miller.

“There are a lot of players and quite a cook operation. We’re trying to put an end to it, because of the hazards of the chemicals to the public,” he said. “They throw it out and dump it on the ground, and then people stumble across these chemicals. It’s not a healthy environment.”

The investigation of methamphetamine production in this case and others in Ionia County will continue with resources from local and state agencies, Miller said. He asks that any citizens who are aware of or suspect methamphetamine production call the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office at 616-527-5737 or the Central Michigan Enforcement Team at 989-352-6738.

 

 

 

 

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Three Sturgis men are among 20 people from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio indicted on charges they ran a major operation smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico for sale near Fort Wayne, Ind., federal prosecutors said Friday.

 

Indianapolis  –  Three Sturgis men are among 20 people from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio indicted on charges they ran a major operation smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico for sale near Fort Wayne, Ind., federal prosecutors said today.

Suspects from Sturgis are Gelacio Martinez, 36; Juan Pena, 20; and John Bennett, 35.

Martinez faces charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and the use of a communication facility.

Pena is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and the use of a communication facility.

Bennett is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and the use of a communication facility.

U.S. Attorney David Capp announced the indictments at a news conference in Fort Wayne. Most of those charged were residents of Fort Wayne and smaller communities in northeastern Indiana and one was from Van Wert, Ohio. Eighteen of the 20 were arrested in a series of FBI raids Thursday, and two remained at large.

The operation was masterminded by Manuel Herrera, 43, and his brother Armando Herrera-Velasquez, 41, both of Fort Wayne, Capp said.

Capp said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the Herrera brothers used their connections in Mexico and Chicago to arrange for the drugs, principally powder cocaine, to be shipped from Mexico and Chicago and then brought back to the Fort Wayne area, where others helped them to divide it up and repackage it for sale. He said the drugs were imported in measures of kilograms but he declined to discuss the street value of the drugs.

Capp did not disclose details of the investigation that began in March 2011, but a statement said wiretaps were used.

 

 

 

 

http://www.sturgisjournal.com/article/20130510/NEWS/130519942/1005/NEWS

 

A man who police said stole a Henryetta police car with the K-9 officer inside is now behind bars.

FOX23′s Sharon Phillips learned the suspect may have been high on methamphetamine.

Endy is the Henryetta police department’s only K-9 officer. Officers told FOX23 Endy barked like crazy to try to stop the man from stealing the patrol car he was in.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, officers received a call about a man trespassing at a trailer park. When they arrived, they say they found a disheveled-looking William Brooks.

“After speaking with him, they believed he was under the influence of possibly methamphetamine, and they arrested him for public intoxication at that time,” said Police Chief Steve Norman.

The officer handcuffed him and put him in the front seat of his police car, because Endy was in the dog cage in the back.

Police said Brooks was able to get his handcuffed hands from the back to the front by slipping his legs. between his arms.

Brooks took off in the police car, with Endy going crazy in the back seat. The dog couldn’t get to him because of the barrier dividing the front from the back.

“It’s a very desperate measure for somebody. However he appeared to be high on methamphetamine and those people do desperate things,” said Norman.

The OHP called in its hound team and quickly tracked Brooks to a nearby field. He had abandoned the police car and left Endy in the back seat. The beloved dog was later reunited with his handler.

“He’s an officer and we see him as an officer and a partner, and I can tell you that we are so very fortunate that nothing happened to Endy,” said Norman.

Brooks will be charged with motor vehicle theft, drug possession, and a host of other charges.

 

 

 

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 Washington County deputies searched the room of a Bristol, Va. motel earlier this week and have charged an Abingdon couple on felony meth making charges, according to a report.

The officers obtained warrants for the arrest of Paul Andrew Fulton, 37, of Trout Road, Abingdon, on a fugitive from justice charge and while searching his room at the Deluxe Inn at 15598 Lee Highway on May 6, they found a methamphetamine lab and a small quantity of the drug, according to Sheriff Fred Newman. Fulton was taken into custody that day.

Fulton meth suspects 

Paul Andrew Fulton and Jennifer Lynn Fulton were arrested and charged with a total of eight felony drug charges as the result of a methamphetamine lab bust in Washington County, Va., authorities said.

 

His wife, Jennifer Lynn Fulton, 36, of Wyndale Road, Abingdon, Va. was also staying in the room and she was arrested on Friday, the sheriff said.

Both are charged with one count each of manufacturing and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine and meth precursors, the report said.

Paul Fulton is being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon. Jennifer Fulton is also lodged at that jail under a $3,000 bond, officers said.

 

 

 

 

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NAYPYIDAW – China and five Southeast Asian nations vowed Thursday to boost cooperation in the fight against illegal drugs, which they warned posed a “significant threat” to the region.

A Thai Border Patrol Police officer keeps watch in front of bags of yaa baa (methamphetamine) from Myanmar seized in raids inside Thailand.

 

The pledge came at the end of a meeting of ministers or representatives from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw.

“Consumption and production of narcotic drugs continues to grow rapidly within the region and worldwide, constituting a significant threat to the East Asian region,” according to a joint statement adopted at the meeting.

The countries agreed to tighten cross-border cooperation, step up alternative development programmes and share experience in drug use prevention, treatment and public awareness raising exercises.

The region has seen a surge in production of amphetamine-type stimulants in recent years.

Myanmar recently pushed back by five years its goal of eliminating drug production by 2014, following a rebound in poppy cultivation in the impoverished country, which is emerging from decades of military rule.

Myanmar is the world’s second-largest opium producer after Afghanistan, and a major source of methamphetamine pills in the region, the UN said in a report in December.

Myanmar’s drugs trade is closely linked to long-running insurgencies in remote areas bordering Thailand, Laos and China — known as the golden triangle — with rebels widely thought to use drug profits to fund operations.

As part of its reform drive, Myanmar’s quasi-civilian government has reached tentative peace deals with most major armed ethnic groups.

 

 

 

 

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Sacramento, California – A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against a Mexican national who attempted to smuggle more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. through Sacramento International Airport concealed inside two decorative wooden carts.

Carlos Alberto Torres-Eufracio, 31, of Jalisco, Mexico, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. According to court documents, Torres-Eufracio arrived at Sacramento International Airport April 26 on an AeroMexico flight from Guadalajara, Mexico. During a routine inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an X-ray of two decorative wooden carts he was carrying inside his checked luggage showed anomalies. After additional examination, CBP discovered the methamphetamine concealed in hollowed-out portions of the wood.

The case is the product of a probe by CBP and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Jill Thomas and Special Assistant United States Attorney Ashwin Janakiram are prosecuting the case.

“CBP maintains constant vigilance at our borders and ports of entry to detect and deter anything entering or departing the country that could cause harm to the American public,” said Brian J. Humphrey, CBP director of field operations in San Francisco. “This is a perfect example of the cooperative efforts between CBP, HSI, and the Department of Justice to protect our nation.”

“This scheme involved considerable planning and preparation and shows the lengths to which smugglers will go in an attempt to elude detection,” said Daniel Lane, assistant special agent in charge for HSI Sacramento. “The fact this ruse was detected should serve as a deterrent for others who might be considering trying similar tactics to conceal dangerous contraband.”

If convicted, Torres-Eufracio faces 10 years to life in prison, and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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WATERTOWN, SD – Ten individuals have been arrested and indicted in federal court as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The multi-year investigation, dubbed Operation Black Widow, has resulted in the following indictments:

  • Sean Jason Romanjenko, 39, of Deadwood is charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm. If convicted, Romanjenko could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
  • Tracy Kay Voss, 31, of Watertown is charged with Making False Statements in the Acquisition of Firearms. If convicted, Voss could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
  • Todd Karl Bramer, 46, of Watertown is charged with Possession of Firearms by a Prohibited Person. If convicted, Bramer could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
  • Robert Gray Graham, 72, of Watertown is charged with Wire Fraud. If convicted, Graham could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both.
  • Eric Allen Block, 37, of Watertown is charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
  • Patricio Rodriguez Pena, 55, of Sioux Falls is charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
  • Robin Lee Engel, 41, of Watertown is charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
  • Christopher McDaniel Schmidt, 39, of Watertown is charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
  • Richard Donald Ruml, 42, of Watertown is charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
  • Chad Everic Haight, 40, of Watertown is charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

If convicted, Block, Pena, Engel, Schmidt, Ruml and Haight could face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, maximum life, a $10 million fine or both.

Operation Black Widow is an extensive investigation into a wide variety of alleged criminal activity. Criminal acts included illegal gun running and drug trafficking.

The Operation is led by the ATF with assistance from the Watertown Police Department, the Codington County Sheriff, the SD Division of Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney John E. Haak.

Pena, Block, Haight and Romanjenko were detained. All other defendants were released on conditions.

 

 

 

 

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A SOPHISTICATED drug ring dealing in heroin and methamphetamine has been smashed, say South Australian police.

 

The Operation, named Elixir, started in June last year and targeted the importation of the drugs from Vietnam, police said on Friday.

Over the past two days, more than 270 officers have been involved in raids on 86 houses across metropolitan Adelaide.

Assistant Crime Commissioner Paul Dickson said 37 people had been arrested and the total number of arrests from Elixir was now 55.

Police will allege the drugs had been moved through Victoria and NSW before reaching South Australia.

Police said more than 24,000 street deals of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine had been seized.

“Pulling apart this operation will result in a dramatic drop in the volume of meth and heroin available in this state,” Mr Dickson said.

 

 

 

 

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- Doctors at Youth Town said teen meth use is on the rise, and the number of kids they see addicted to the drug is growing at an alarming rate.

Medical Director, Dr. Neil Bomar says 10 percent of kids at Youth Town have used or are addicted to meth.

“In the past it was nearly unheard of to see a young person 14 or 15 that’s used methamphetamine,” said Dr. Bomar.

Mark Bradley is a 16-year-old who told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he experienced teen meth addiction first hand.

“I was not doing school work at all. I would go to school high,” said Bradley.

Bradley is now 100 days sober, but said it is scary how many kids at his school used meth, “About 25 percent of the kids did, and most of them were 9th and 10th graders.’

Dr. Bomar said many teens learn to make and use meth in their own homes, “When they’re using it, many times his parents or a family member uses it.”

Bradley said he hoped teens who are addicted will get help, and get sober.

 

 

 

 

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AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) – Auburn police arrested a woman early Friday morning after finding her passed out in a car with an active meth lab in it.

Officers said they discovered a car parked near the gas pumps at a service station in the 1900-block of Wayne Street in Auburn at around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said Holly A. Slone, 23, of Auburn, was slumped over the wheel and appeared to be passed out. The car was running. Officers also saw numerous items associated with drug use inside of the car next to Slone.

Holly Slone

Holly Slone

 

 

A K-9 sniffed the outside of the car and alerted officers to the presence of illegal drugs. According to police, officers then found an active meth lab and several methamphetamine precursors in the vehicle.

The Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team was called to the scene to process the active meth lab. ISP was assisted by the Auburn Fire Department.

Police said Slone was arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail on charges of:

  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a park
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Precursors
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Criminal Recklessness

Auburn police said this situation could have been a disaster. The meth lab could have exploded because it was inside of a running car next to a fuel pump.

Police encourage the public to call when they observe situations that appear suspicious or out of the ordinary.

 

 

 

 

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A Callaway man was indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury on two felony drug charges related to a raid on a suspected meth lab in Rocky Mount last November.

 Frank Wendell Austin, 40, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

 Investigators raided the suspected methamphetamine lab at a residence on Walnut Street on Nov. 29, 2012.

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Frank Austin

 

 Acting on a tip of suspicious activity at the residence, investigators with the Rocky Mount Police Department were conducting surveillance, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The investigators requested assistance from Sgt. Brandt Gawor with the sheriff’s office.

 When Gawor responded, he observed several subjects fleeing the area, Maxey said. Gawor observed Austin inside the garage, along with items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

 Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence, Maxey said.

 With assistance from a special agent with the Virginia State Police, investigators seized bottles, funnels, chemicals and a white, powdered substance believed to be methamphetamine from the garage of the residence, Maxey said.

 Austin was indicted in March on two drug charges stemming from a raid on another suspected meth lab at a residence on Swenfield Road in Callaway in January.

 In that case, Austin is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

 When deputies and special agents with the Virginia State Police executed a search warrant in January, they seized equipment and chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine from a detached garage at the Callaway residence, Maxey said. Deputies also seized a white, powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.

 An indictment in not a finding of guilt, but it is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

 

 

 

 

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NASHUA – A Nashua man charged with trying to produce methamphetamine near his children was released on bail, in part, because he injured himself severely in a botched attempted to cook the drugs.

Raymond and Melissa Champagne’s former home at 11A Amory St., Nashua, was condemned by city officials after police and ambulance crews were called there in January for an accident.

Raymond Champagne, 35, suffered serious burns that required emergency skin grafts, according to a motion filed by his attorney. He is charged with cooking methamphetamine and also allowing his young children, 12 and 4 years old, to come into contact with some of the substances and paraphernalia, police said.

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Raymond Champagne, 35, formerly of 11A Amory St., Nahsua.  Charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and acts prohibited.

 

He is facing two charges of prohibited conduct, attempted manufacturing of a controlled drug, manufacturing a controlled drug, possession of a controlled drug and possession of a narcotic drug, according to court documents.

Champagne was initially held on $50,000 cash bail. That was reduced to $50,000 personal recognizance bail last month after his public defender, Anthony Sculimbrene, asked a judge to reduce his bail because of Champagne’s health condition.

Champagne suffered a “massive number of serious burns” to a substantial portion of his body, including his torso and hands.

The emergency skin grafts did not heal properly because of his incarceration, and his hands appear to be “encased in red, bubbly wax” and are difficult to move and cause “virtually unbearable pain,” according to Sculimbrene’s motion.

“Treating skin grafts that are this numerous and large is difficult in ideal settings. In Valley Street jail, given the inmate population, (it) is virtually impossible,” Sculimbrene wrote.

Because of a prior brain injury, Champagne also suffers from seizures.

He didn’t receive his seizure medication in jail and had a seizure that caused him to fall and “severely” injure his eye and socket, Sculimbrene said.

Sculimbrene said he visited Champagne in April and saw an “acutely swollen, red and blistered bruise” around his eye.

Judge Diane Nicolosi agreed to lower Champagne’s bail to $50,000 personal recognizance, allowing him to be released from the jail and ordered him to live with his aunt in Nashua, according to court documents.

Police were called to the Amory Street apartment on Jan. 15 and determined Champagne had been using a “one pot” method to cook methamphetamine.

Because of the dangerous and potentially volatile substances used in the process, city police and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team searched the building, which was later condemned by Nashua Code Enforcement officers, police said.

One of Champagne’s bail conditions is that he have no unsupervised conduct with children younger than 17.

The “one-pot” method involves mixing ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine in a 12-ounce or 2-liter soda bottle.

The method is dangerous because volatile chemicals mix inside the bottle, creating a gas that can explode, according to Lt. David Bailey of the Nashua Police Narcotics Intelligent Division.

“The bottle becomes a bomb,” Bailey said. “In other areas of the state, they’ve had buildings completely burn down from these things.”

If anyone encounters a bottle with white powdery residue and emitting a strong ammonia odor, he or she should call police immediately, Bailey said.

“In Nashua, this is the first one-pot we’ve seen in several years. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t out there,” he said.

One-pots for manufacturing methamphetamine have been a problem elsewhere in New England, Bailey said.

Melissa Champagne, who was placed on administrative leave in her position as a part-time lunch monitor in the Nashua School District, was charged with two felony counts of prohibited conduct, police said.

 

 

 

 

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Almost $100,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized by police in a routine vehicle search during a traffic operation near Crystal Brook yesterday.

Yorke Mid North local service area commander Superintendent Scott Denny said the vehicle was stopped as part of a general operation, but during the search police found a substantial amount of drugs.

The haul included roughly 95 grams of raw methamphetamine, and a quantity of marijuana.

A 52-year-old Bolivar man was arrested by Port Pirie police with trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs, unlawful possession of cash and firearms offences.

“This is at the highest end of drug offences,” Supt Denny said.

ROUTINE OPERATION…A significant amount of methamphetamine was seized by Port Pirie police yesterday. The haul could have yielded up to 1,000 street deals.

ROUTINE OPERATION…A significant amount of methamphetamine was seized by Port Pirie police yesterday. The haul could have yielded up to 1,000 street deals

 

 

“It is a major indictable offence.”

Following the man’s arrest, his home in Bolivar was searched and police found two pounds of dry cannabis, a white substance which they will allege is more methamphetamine, unsecured firearms licensed to the man and a large amount of cash.

Police will allege that the methamphetamine paste seized could equate to 1000 street deals.

The man was bailed to appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court at a later date.

Supt Denny reiterated this was a good result for police, but an even better result for the community.

 

 

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MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Deputies say a Mount Airy woman has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Sheriff Graham Atkinson says 33-year-old Crystal Dawn Quesinberry was arrested Tuesday after deputies obtained a warrant and searched her home at 1247 North Franklin Road.

During the search, Sheriff Atkinson says deputies found “a trafficking amount of crystal meth” in addition to “a selling amount of a schedule II controlled substance” and drug paraphernalia.

“She was moving a significant amount of crystal meth,” Atkinson said. “And most of the crystal meth is not produced locally because it requires an additional step in processing.”

Quesinberry is charged with seven counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, three counts of sale and delivery of crystal meth, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver crystal meth, five counts of maintaining a drug house and five counts of counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was released from jail after her $100,000 bond was posted, Atkinson said.

No other details were provided.

 

 

 

 

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A 36-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling one gram of methamphetamine to undercover officers from the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force.

Jessica Brockmiller was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Virden Police Department news release.

Brockmiller was arrested at the Whispering Pines Trail Park, just west of Illinois 4.

Virden Police Chief Mark Bridges, who assisted in the operation, said Brockmiller refused to tell police her address.

 

 

 

http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1213317116/Woman-arrested-in-Virden-meth-bust

 

 

GONZALES — Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies made three arrests this week after an investigation into alleged drug distribution at an apartment complex on La. 621 in Gonzales.

Investigators determined that three roommates in the complex allegedly were distributing drugs, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said in a news release Thursday.

Detectives searched the apartment, discovered a methamphetamine lab and seized methamphetamine, marijuana and a variety of prescription pills, Bacala said.

 

 

Vanessa Via
Vanessa Via
Brittney Carlson
Brittney Carlson
Charles Hopp
Charles Hopp

 

Charles Hopp, 32; Brittney Carlson, 23; and Vanessa Via, 25, all of 39366 La. 621, Apt. 1, Gonzales, were arrested on Wednesday and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, creation of a clandestine lab and possession of marijuana, Hydrocodone, Xanax, Clonazepam, Soma and drug paraphernalia.

Hopp also was booked with resisting an officer, while both he and Via were booked on counts of failure to appear in court.

District Judge Guy Holdridge set bail at $75,635 for Hopp, $70,342 for Carlson, and $65,000 for Via. The three remained incarcerated at the jail on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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An Angelina County man and woman were arrested Tuesday after local law enforcement raided an abandoned mobile home in Zavalla, finding them allegedly cooking methamphetamine.

William Hogue, 35, of Zavalla, and Melissa Collins, 38, of Huntington, were taken into custody on charges of possession of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine following the 4:20 p.m. raid of the trailer at 164 Earl Miles Road, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Trooper David Hendry.

 

 

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BEMIDJI — A Shevlin man was sent to prison Wednesday for cooking methamphetamine and stealing two vehicles — one of which caught fire —when he returned to his mobile meth lab in November.

will serve six years and 11 months at the St. Cloud Correctional facility. He was sentenced by Beltrami District Judge John Melbye for felony first-degree possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felony theft.

 

On Nov. 19, Dobson went to the home of a friend to ask for money, according to court documents. The friend refused and Dobson mentioned stealing a vehicle. Hours later, the friend whom Dobson asked for money reported her vehicle stolen. She later called police to say she’d located it in a gravel pit near the Bemidji Archery Club.

Police found the vehicle stuck and called for a tow truck. Nearby, and under construction debris, police located meth cooking materials and chemicals, including pseudo ephedrine pills soaking in liquid. The evidence was collected and tested positive for methamphetamine.

Dobson later told police he’d learned to cook meth from unidentified people in the Bagley area.

After getting the vehicle stuck, Dobson left the area and stole another car, police said. By the time he returned to the gravel pit, police had already removed the first stolen vehicle. As he attempted to leave the pit, the second stolen car caught fire.

Dobson left on foot and went to a nearby home where he told the homeowner his car had caught fire. The homeowner called police, who took Dobson into custody.

 

 

 

 

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Acting on a tip, police busted Joshua Ray Little and Cynthia Scruggs on Aug. 5, 2012, as they were cooking methamphetamine in a room at the Hilton Motel.

Little, 31, of Crestview, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for trafficking in more than 200 grams of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the state attorney’s office.

Joshua Ray Little

Joshua Ray Little

 

The sentence imposed by Okaloosa County Circuit Judge Michael Flowers includes a 15-year minimum mandatory term and a $50,000 fine, the release said.

Scruggs, 33, of Seminole, Ala., is scheduled to be tried May 20 on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and tampering with evidence.

The day after the arrests, the Daily News reported that the county’s Drug Task Force had assisted Crestview police in disassembling the meth lab and was removing “volatile chemicals” from the room

A month later, state Rep. Matt Gaetz announced his plan to seek regulations to govern the removal of residue left when people set up meth labs in rental units such as motel rooms.

“When our law enforcement officials go into these hotel rooms, they wear full hazmat suits and masks,” Gaetz said at the time. “But absent some sort of action, 48 or 72 hours later, somebody could have their 3-year-old toddler crawling around in toxic waste.”

Gaetz worked this year with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the state’s hospitality industry, to establish a cleanup protocol.

He said Thursday his efforts “came up short of the goal line on that priority.”

“Unfortunately, there is not sufficient science in the Department of Health or DBPR to properly gauge the health risks,” he said.

He said he’s asked the state agencies to look around the country to see if there have been efforts to gauge the dangers meth lab residue.

“I’m disappointed we don’t know enough to properly clean up these transient meth labs,” Gaetz said. “But we’re gonna try again next year.”

 

 

 

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/man-gets-25-years-for-cooking-meth-in-motel-room-1.140142

 

VERO BEACH — Detectives from Indian River County’s Multi Agency Criminal Enforcement Unit said they had been looking into the home in the 1900 block of 22nd Avenue for several weeks as a methamphetamine manufacturing site.

When a search warrant was granted Thursday and investigators went inside, the amount of active equipment discovered qualified the home as possibly the largest methamphetamine lab ever found on the Treasure Coast, according to the DEA.

 
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Large meth lab discovered in Vero Beach

 

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Thom Raulen said four people were taken into custody after investigators went into the home about 7 a.m.

Those arrested are Clinton B. Story, 30, and Edward McElhenny, 50, both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and Angela Story, 32, and Paul Richardson, 27, charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Civita said some undercover purchases had been made at the home.

In addition to the lab found in the home, a bag containing a mobile lab was also found. “The travel bag had all the supplies in it to allow them to make meth anywhere they went; a hotel, another house, even the back of a vehicle could have been used as a mobile lab,” Civita said in a press release.

 

In a separate investigation, the Department of Children and Families had removed two children from the home a few weeks ago, the Sheriff’s Office said. Neighbors said they’ve noticed a lot of traffic pulling into the home, which had them suspicious about drug activity.

 

 

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