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Lexington County deputies arrested a man on multiple charges including manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a prescription drug.

A 26-year-old Lexington man was arrested this week for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab at his home near Lexington.


Travis Leon Horton of 1106 Bluefield Road, Lexington, was charged Wednesday with third-offense manufacturing methamphetamine; third-offense possession of methamphetamine; third-offense possession of heroin; third-offense possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possessing weapons during the commission of a violent crime; possessing pseudoephedrine that was unlawfully converted from a pill form to a powder form; and second-offense possession of a prescription drug.

Five plastic bottles that had been used as reaction vessels to manufacture meth were found, according to a release. The bottles, empty battery casings and empty packages of pseudoephedrine were found in a closet in a bedroom at Horton’s home as well as in one suitcase and one backpack that officers found outside the home. Officers also found less than one gram of meth at Horton’s home.

Eighteen pills of hydrocodone were found in the master bedroom of Horton’s home. He did not have a prescription for hydrocodone, according to the sheriff’s department.

Pseudoephedrine was found in a blender at Horton’s home that had been unlawfully converted from its original pill form to a powder form, according to a release.

Officers also found four handguns, between 28 and 100 grams of marijuana and a clear plastic bag in the home that contained more than one gram of heroin.

About $3,000 in cash was seized during the search.

Horton was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center.



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., woman charged with allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab that exploded in her home in July pleaded not guilty this week during her arraignment in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.



Josie Lee McCormick, 33, of West Main St. was charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamines, operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, and causing or risking a catastrophe, according to court records.
McCormick, who entered her plea Wednesday, faces her next court appearance is in October, according to the prosecutor’s office.
McCormick and Logan Tyler Buchanan were taken into police custody on the night of July 15 after the explosion at 153 W. Main St., a two-story brick building at the intersection of West Main and Grant streets. The apartment was McCormick’s, court records said.
Buchanan, 30, of 4576 Lemar Road, Lemasters, Pa., who faces the same charges as McCormick, is scheduled to be in court next week for his mandatory arraignment, court records said.
Firefighters and police were called to the apartment house at about 8 p.m. on July 15, after receiving a report of a fire and explosion at the apartment house.
“A search of the residence resulted in the discovery of chemicals and precursors used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamines,” Waynesboro Police Chief James Sourbier said at the time of the arrests.
Items found in the apartment included lithium batteries that had been cut open, boxes of ephedrine, brake fluid containers, hydrogen peroxide containers, 2-liter plastic bottles and plastic tubing, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.



CALEXICO — Two women were arrested at about 8 p.m. Thursday at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 20 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle they were traveling in. Twenty-two packages of the narcotic were discovered hidden inside the gas tank of the 2002 Nissan Sentra the women were traveling in after it was referred to secondary inspection, a press release stated.

The narcotics had an estimated street value of $300,000. The 38-year old driver and the 33-year-old passenger, both of San Bernardino, were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents.

 Both subjects were transported for incarceration and to await arraignment in federal court. CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.




A collaborated investigative effort between Ashley and Drew counties and the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force led to a pair of arrests last week in connection with the possible trafficking of methamphetamine, more commonly known as “meth” or “ice”.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that strongly activates certain systems in the brain. It is a synthetic, or man-made, drug that contains dangerous substances like ammonia and battery acid.

According to Lt. Jason Akers of the Drug Task Force, Adam Bond, 29, and Jeanie Stivers, 20, both of Ashley County, were arrested after agents say the couple transported and delivered a substance suspected to be methamphetamine to Drew County.

Akers said that at the time of the arrest, Bond attempted to destroy suspected methamphetamine and flee from agents on foot. The agents were able to apprehend Bond at the scene and recover the suspected drug. Stivers was arrested after agents located meth related drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Both were taken for their initial court appearance on Friday and bail was set at $250,000 for Bond and $25,000 for Stivers. Bond now faces a delivery of methamphetamine charge while Stivers faces charges of delivery of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.




An alleged plot to smuggle more than 23 pounds of meth in an ice chest to the Texas Panhandle ended with two arrests.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents arrested Francisco Chavez-Arriaga and Sabino Quiroz on Wednesday.

The two men are accused in a plot to smuggle methamphetamines from the Rio Grande Valley to Amarillo.

Court records show a confidential informant working with the DEA acted as a middleman between Chavez-Arriaga and Quiroz.

According to the records, the men were trying to supply methamphetamines to Amarillo-based drug dealer Richard “Tex” Rios.

Both Chavez-Arriaga and Quiroz before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Thursday morning.

Judge Morgan denied bond for both men until a Tuesday afternoon hearing.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – 3 Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers had to be treated for headaches after responding to a suspected mEth lab at the Roosevelt Hill Apartments.

It happened Thursday night.

Assistant Chief Donald Webster tells Newschannel 3 after the meth lab was confirmed officers evacuated the building and the families were relocated while the meth lab was disposed of and the apartment was cleaned.

The officers were treated and released.

We’re told there was no one in the apartment at the time of the bust, there have been no arrests made at this time.

Scott Thorson — Liberace’s one-time boyfriend who was  portrayed by Matt Damon in “Behind the  Candelabra” — is back in jail because of a dirty drug test.


Law enforcement sources tell us Thorson was popped for  violating probation… after he FAILED a random drug test.  Sources close  to Scott tell TMZ he tested positive for meth … a drug he’s struggled with for  years.

FYI — Thorson had recently gotten out of the slammer for a  burglary and identity theft conviction.

Thorson suffers from stage II  colon cancer.  Dennis Hof — who runs the famous Bunny  Ranch brothel in Nevada — has been helping Thorson and even got him out of jail  recently so he could get proper medical treatment.






Drug-runners might learn a valuable lesson from Ricardo Abraham Mendez-Vazquez: when hauling a load of narcotics up the interstate, it’s best not to tailgate a police officer.

The 21-year-old Nogales, Sonora man’s alleged bumper-hugging led to a traffic stop on Interstate 19 that in turn led to the discovery of six packages of methamphetamine hidden on his truck. He later pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to unlawful transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced by Judge Anna Montoya-Paez on Aug. 19 to one year in prison.
Ricardo Mendez
Ricardo Mendez

On Feb. 24, court records show, an Arizona Department of Safety officer stopped a pickup after its driver allegedly followed him at less than a vehicle-length distance while approaching the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 19.

The officer reported that while he was collecting the vehicle information from the driver – Mendez-Vazquez – he noticed that his hand was shaking and that he didn’t maintain eye contact. He asked Mendez-Vazquez to join him at his vehicle while he wrote out a warning, and saw that he began singing and talking to himself.

Thinking that the behavior was unusual, he called for backup.

Subsequently, the officer reported, Mendez-Vazquez signed a form authorizing a search of the truck. And after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, DPS officers drilled into the driveshaft and found a “crystal-like substance” that turned out to be part of a 6.45-pound stash of methamphetamine.

During an Aug. 13 pre-sentence interview, Mendez-Vazquez told Probation Officer Hector Nava that he had agreed to drive the load to Tucson because he was desperate and unable to pay the debt on his house. Then, when he tried to back out of the deal, “the person in charge” wouldn’t let him.

“I lost everything, my job, visa to cross, liberty and most importantly my family,” he said of his crime.

In sentencing him to one year in prison, Montoya-Paez gave Mendez-Vazquez credit for 176 days already spent at the county jail. Because the Arizona Department of Corrections has a provision allowing foreign nationals who do not have previous felony convictions in the United States to be released after serving half of their sentence, he could potentially be released almost immediately.




Homeland Security agents discovered about one kilogram of methamphetamine  hidden in the frames of religious artwork, according to an affidavit filed in a  federal criminal case and unsealed Friday.

Prosecutors filed the affidavit in support of smuggling charges against  Carmelo Rojas-Perez, who lived in Oakland. On Thursday, he waived a hearing at  which he could have challenged his detention in the Allegheny County Jail.

According to the affidavit, customs agents at a FedEx hub in Memphis last  week searched a package sent from Toluca, Mexico, to an address on Atwood  Street.

The package contained two pieces of artwork — one depicting the Virgin Mary  and another of an unidentified saint — with about a kilo of meth in the  frames.

The powder was hidden in “long black wrapped rectangular packaging …  secreted in hollowed out sections of the wooden picture frame,” according to the  affidavit.

Agents resealed the package and turned it over to Homeland Security  investigations. Research indicated that a similar package was shipped from  Toluca to the same Oakland address a week earlier.

Homeland Security agents posing as delivery men brought the package to the  address, where a man identified as Mr. Rojas-Perez eventually picked it up,  according to the affidavit.

Three hours later, agents went through the door and executed a search warrant  of his apartment, according to the affidavit. They wrote that they found the  unopened parcel, along with a picture identical to one of those in the parcel on  a table by the defendant’s bed.

Mr. Rojas-Perez told agents that he was a citizen of Mexico who had been  living in the United States without legal status for about 20 years, according  to the affidavit. His cell phone contained photos of around $11,000 that Mr.  Rojas-Perez said he had saved up to pay someone to smuggle his brother into the  country, and a pile of white powder that the defendant said was “fake” drugs,  the agents wrote.

The assistant federal public defender representing Mr. Rojas-Perez declined  comment.





WEST COLUMBIA, SC — The discovery of a second methamphetamine lab in four days at a West Columbia motel led to the arrest of three men and two women.

Lexington County law enforcement officers seized the lab, which was being operated at a room at the Executive Inn at 1107 Harbor Drive, shortly before 3 a.m. Friday. After receiving information about a possible lab at the motel, sheriff’s deputies went to the room and detected a strong chemical order that led to the bust.

Jessica Irene Norris

Jessica Irene Norris

Franke Lane Medlin

Franke Lane Medlin

Robert Carlton Snyder

Robert Carlton Snyder

Rebecca Suzanne Parnell

Rebecca Suzanne Parnell

William Jonathan Everett

William Jonathan Everett






The five arrested were: William Jonathan Everett, 42, of 227 Heather Ridge Drive, Gaston; Franke Lane Medlin, 35, of 1484 F Avenue, West Columbia; Jessica Irene Norris, 28, of 227 Jefferson Place, Columbia; Rebecca Suzanne Parnell, 32, of 135 Ward Road, Lugoff; and Robert Carlton Snyder, 31, of 1479 Highway 1 North, Camden.

Each of the five were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, possessing pseudoephedrine unlawfully converted to powder and possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Another meth lab was discovered at the same hotel on Tuesday morning, and two people were charged in that incident.

Dangerous, but easy to make and highly addictive, meth has continued to bubble up throughout Volusia County this year as the number of meth labs discovered by authorities is on pace to exceed last year’s total, continuing a trend from the previous two years.

Daytona Beach is the only city to have seen a significant decrease in labs so far this year following a major meth bust that took down some of the area’s most prolific cooks. Despite the decrease in Daytona Beach, which had the most meth labs last year, there has still been a nearly 50 percent increase overall for the county from January through August of this year compared to the same time period last year.

From Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, the Volusia County Clandestine Lab Response Team broke up 73 meth labs, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s Office records. During the same time period last year, 49 labs were busted.

In 2012, there were 81 labs busted, leaving local authorities concerned considering the steep increase from the 28 labs busted in 2011. In 2010, there were just 15 busts.

The situation in Flagler County looks drastically different. Through August, narcotics investigators busted just one lab, Flagler sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Bob Weber said. Last year there were no recorded meth labs in Flagler, but there was one arrest of a suspect caught with materials that could be used to make meth.

Though Daytona Beach had the most meth labs in Volusia County from January through August last year (20 to be exact), the city has had the biggest decrease so far this year from January through August with 10 labs.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood attributed the decrease to his narcotics team’s busting the handful of major cooks who were serving the area, as well as multiple users in “Operation Shake N Bake,” which resulted in the arrests of, or arrest warrants for, 31 suspects.

“From what I understand, each cook has an individual signature,” Chitwood said. “Our narcotics investigators were able to concentrate, with the help of the county and DEA, and focus on who (the major cooks) were.”

Chitwood said the cook’s “signature” can include the specific ingredients they use, their preferred paraphernalia, the way it’s cooked and where it’s cooked.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, “Meth is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain systems in the brain and has a high potential for abuse. The chemicals or ingredients needed to manufacture methamphetamine are often illegally diverted from legitimate sources.”

Meth comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, injected or orally ingested, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Daytona Beach police Detective Jason Youngman said laws put on the books in recent years that limited the amount of Sudafed — which contains the primary ingredient in making meth — a person could purchase did a decent job of initially making the meth-cooking process more difficult. However, meth makers continue to send in meth users or homeless people to buy the ingredients in exchange for a gram of the drug or a small amount of money.

Youngman said the only suspect in “Operation Shake N Bake” who has continued to elude police is 31-year-old Lee Noland Miller, wanted on a charge of sale and delivery of methamphetamine.

He said one of the bigger cooks busted in the operation, 38-year-old Robert Hale, recently accepted a plea deal and will serve eight years in prison.

Though meth has become a major problem for the county, Chitwood said it hasn’t crossed socioeconomic lines to the degree that pills did.

“There’s really no stigma to taking pills,” Chitwood said. “Because of the chemicals and the way it’s ingested, (meth) may not be as attractive as being addicted to pain pills.”

He said he still considers the crackdown on the pill problem to be the reason for meth’s continued rise in popularity.

Edgewater and Ormond Beach have seen the biggest increases this year compared to last year. Eleven labs were busted in Edgewater, and nine were busted in Ormond Beach, from January through August. During the same time last year, two labs were busted in Edgewater and one in Ormond Beach.

Edgewater Police Chief Dave Arcieri said meth’s popularity also can be attributed to the ease of producing and transporting the substance in small, one-pot operations.

Arcieri and other officials have found labs in vacant lots, vehicles, motel rooms, homes and even in the middle of woods.

But law enforcement officials aren’t the only ones who have found themselves tasked with worrying about meth labs — it’s an issue for the tourism industry, too.

Bob Davis, the CEO/president of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Volusia County, said training employees at hotel and lodging facilities on how to recognize and deal with a meth lab became a priority as labs continued to pop up in hotels and motels across the county.

“If somebody comes in with cash, you’re leaving yourself wide open,” Davis said. “You need identification, even if they’re paying with cash.”

He also said someone who requests their room not be touched by the hotel’s cleaning crew is “a major red flag.”

While Chitwood feels positive about the decrease in his own city, he said the war on drugs will never end.

“It’s a shame, but in my experience we can crack down on whatever substance we want to crack down on, but there’ll always be somebody inventing a new substance,” he said, citing the continued development of various synthetic drugs.

“I don’t think we even have a handle on what’s about to come our way,” Chitwood said.




A 27-year-old Brainerd man and a 49-year-old Brainerd woman are in custody after law enforcement authorities Thursday confiscated close to 2 ounces of methamphetamines with a street value of $8,000, and found stolen property which included multiple firearms at their rural Brainerd address.

Justin Lynn Christensen and Shelley Renee Christensen were charged Friday in Crow Wing District Court with two counts of first-degree drug sale and possession of 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or meth and charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property. A 56-year-old Crosby man, Jeffrey Langie, also was charged in connection to the drug case.


The drug charges have a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine or both.

Lt. Joe Meyer of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office said whenever authorities find a couple of ounces of meth from one residence, it means that the individuals are heavy in the sale of meth. Meyer said the meth confiscated from the Christensens was “a large amount” and the case is connected with a suspected burglary and a theft ring in Crow Wing County. Meyer said there is a group of suspects involved in the burglary/theft ring and the sheriff’s office has made a number of arrests.

“We received numerous tips on these two people and with thorough and good investigative techniques, our investigators were able to execute the search warrant and recover the stolen property and make the arrests,” said Meyer.

Meyer said the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division has been assisting the sheriff’s office with the case.

According to the criminal complaints filed against the Christensens:

• The Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division Thursday issues a search warrant at the Christensens’ address on the 4000 block of 170th Avenue in rural Brainerd. The warrant was for stolen property believed to be on the property, inside the residence, or inside the out buildings. The Crow Wing County Tactical Response Team (TRT) secured the scene and the Christensens were detained at this time.

• An investigator observed what appeared to be a garden approximately 40 yards northeast of the residence and what appeared to be eight marijuana plants. In an upstairs bedroom, a narcotics agent observed several glass pipes that were multi colored and had dark burnt residue in the tip that had an odor of burnt marijuana. Also located was a black felt case often used to store drug paraphernalia; a glass marijuana smoking device; and another glass pipe that was used to smoke marijuana.

• Investigators began searching for stolen property and controlled substances. In one of the bedrooms, a glass jar which contained a clear plastic baggy that had a large ball of crystal like substance that as recognized as methamphetamine. The glass jar was right next to the speaker that had Justin Christensen’s driver’s license propped up against it.

• A Thompson Center muzzleloader firearm was located and was found to be stolen from Cass County. Outside the residence, a Polaris snowmobile under a canvas cover was located and also was stolen on Oct. 27, 2012.

• In the upstairs northwest bedroom, approximately 29.2 grams of suspected methamphetamine were on top of a tackle box.

• After the search had been completed, a narcotics agent was outside the home when he observed a pickup traveling at a high rate of speed down 170th Avenue. The vehicle pulled into the driveway and the driver was Jeffrey Langie. Law enforcement instructed him to put his hands on the steering wheel. When the narcotics agent asked Langie what he was doing at the residence, he pulled both of his hands off the steering wheel and began to reach toward the center of the vehicle. The agent then escorted Langie out of his vehicle and performed a weapons pat-down of his exterior clothing. A glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine was found and Langie verified that it was a pipe. A cloth pouch which contained a glass pipe with residue, a small bag with suspected methamphetamine residue and a straw were also found.

• Langie was placed under arrest for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and Friday was charged. Langie stated in a Mirandized statement the following he has been purchasing methamphetamine from Shelley Christensen for years and estimates he has made dozens of purchases from her. Langie usually buys a half of gram of methamphetamine for $100 from her.

• In field tests on all three bags found on the property, using a non-certified scale there was 29.2 grams and 26.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine found in the bedrooms and 1.7 grams found in Justin Christensen’s wallet.

• Multiple firearms also were located in the residence.




Kimberly A. Eckhardt, 42, of Okawville was arrested Aug. 26 by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for driving while license revoked during a traffic stop in the Addieville area.

After the arrest, methamphetamine manufacturing materials were discovered in Eckhardt’s vehicle.

The arresting deputy contacted a member of the Washington County Drug Task Force and further investigation was conducted. As a result of the investigation Eckhardt was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, posses-sion of drug paraphernalia and possession/delivery of methamphetamine

Eckhardt posted $500 cash bond and was released.




The Northampton County Drug Task Force charged a set of Bushkill Township twin sisters today with operating a methamphetamine lab out of their home.

Police officers from Easton, Bushkill Township and Plainfield Township raided 376 B Old Allentown Road today and arrested Kerri and Kristi Graham, both 40. The women lived at the home with three boys, according to court documents.

A search of the home uncovered $2,000 worth of meth and items used to cook the drug, police said. Authorities also discovered the women illegally dumped chemical waste on the property, according to court documents. The waste is from the manufacture of the drug, police said.

Kristi Graham is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

Kerri Graham is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, disposing of chemical waste, manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present and operating a methamphetamine lab, among other charges.

Both women were sent to Northampton County Prison, Kerri Graham in lieu of $50,000 bail and Kristi Graham in lieu of $10,000 bail. The boys, ages 12, 11 and 4, were turned over to the custody of the Division of Children, Youth and Families, police said.



( Warren County Police have arrested a couple on charges relating to possessing, distributing and manufacturing methamphetamine.

Police investigators issued a search warrant on September 5 to enter the residence of Samuel, 42, and Danielle, 31, Akers of the 600 block of Johannaber in Warrenton, Mo.


Upon entering the residence police and the East Central Drug Task Force found and seized three methamphetamine labs. Police also found a small amount of heroin at the residence.

The suspects have been charge with possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance. Bond for Samuel Akers was set at $45,000 and $35,000 for Danielle Akers.



SUNNYVALE — Six undercover police officers shot and killed a suspected methamphetamine dealer in Sunnyvale after they believed he was reaching for a gun – but no weapon was found, authorities said Friday.

Juan Ruelas, 34, of Sunnyvale verbally threatened an officer while sitting in a Dodge Ram truck about 2 p.m. Wednesday and then “made a movement” that led police to believe he was reaching for a gun, said Capt. Dave Pitts of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

Ruelas was shot several times as his truck was parked outside the Hobee’s restaurant at 800 W. Ahwanee Ave. He died at a hospital.

Ruelas had been the target of a drug operation during which he sold methamphetamine to undercover officers several times over the past month, Pitts said.

On the day of the shooting, Ruelas had sold a pound of the drug to officers, Pitts said.

A search of Ruelas and his truck did not turn up a weapon, police said.

The officers who fired their weapons were four detectives and a detective sergeant from the Santa Clara Police Department and a Santa Clara County sheriff’s detective. Their names were withheld because of their undercover positions.

The shooting is under investigation by Sunnyvale police and the district attorney’s office.



(Osgood, Ind.) – Three people are charged after a possible mobile meth lab was discovered in Ripley County Wednesday.

At about 7:00 p.m., deputies from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and persons on County Road 425 North near Osgood, Sheriff Tom Grills said.

Deputies soon located the suspects. The vehicle they were travelling in was housing what Grills called “a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.”

The three people arrested have been identified as Giana Getz, 26, of Greensburg; Travis Manlief, 26, of Greensburg; and Allen Herbert, 54, of Millhousen. They are each preliminarily charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine. The investigation has been forwarded to the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office, which will decide on formal charges.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Osgood Police Department, and the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team.


Troopers in the past several weeks have made drug seizures of marijuana, methamphetamine, oxycodone tablets and hydrocodone tablets from traffic stops.  All of the traffic stops were made on drivers exceeding the posted speed limit.

Just to show how dangerous these encounters with drug traffickers can be for law enforcement officers, Troopers also seized two handguns in two separate stops.  The handguns could have easily been reached by the vehicle occupants.

During a traffic stop for a speeding violation on eastbound Interstate 80 on August 26th approximately 19 miles east of Cheyenne a Trooper deployed his drug detection K-9 which alerted on the vehicle.  Approximately 4 pounds of marijuana was discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.

The discovery resulted in the arrest of the driver and a passenger who have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver.

During a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80 in Albany County approximately 7 miles east of Laramie on September 2nd, just over 80 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine were seized.  The marijuana was discovered after a Trooper deployed his drug detection K-9.  During the search a 9mm handgun was discovered in the vehicle.

The traffic stop originally began as a stop for speeding and resulted in the arrest of the driver and two passengers.  All three have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver.  The driver was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license and speeding.

In a separate traffic stop on September 2nd approximately 7 miles north of Green River on WYO 28 in Sweetwater County 4 individuals were arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession with intent to deliver after the vehicle was stopped for a speeding violation.  The driver was also found to be driving on a suspended drivers license.

Troopers discovered 160 tablets of oxycodone and hydrocodone along with 1/4 pound of methamphetamine in the vehicle after a Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 alerted when deployed.  A .357 handgun was also found in the vehicle.

Troopers were assisted with follow up investigation by Special Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation in all of the aforementioned stops.  The tablets and methamphetamine seized in the Sweetwater County stop were destined for the Riverton, Wyoming area.

DCI Agents have made an additional 5 arrests in the Riverton area as a result of follow up investigation from this traffic stop.  The drugs seized in the Laramie and Albany County stops were destined for delivery out of state and the cases remain under investigation at this time.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9’s are trained to detect narcotics and are utilized to conduct drug sniffs of vehicles to locate narcotics being transported from one location to another.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detecting K-9, Trooper and K-9 training and the K-9 equipment were purchased with a federal grant secured from HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).





A Southwest Side man was arrested after police allegedly found more than $10 million in drugs at his home.

Margarito Raygoza, 33, of the 3800 block of West 63rd Place, was charged with possession of more than 900 grams of heroin, possession of more than 900 grams of cocaine, possession of between 100 and 400 grams of methamphetamine and possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, according to a statement from Chicago Police, who called Raygoza a gang member.

Narcotics officers executed a search warrant at Raygoza’s home and found about 50 pounds of cannabis and “bulk quantities” of heroin, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, police said. The drugs were valued at more than $10 million.

Police said they also found two handguns and three vehicles. Officers recovered $47,000 in cash.

Raygoza, who also goes by the name Jose Corona and is wanted for a federal narcotics investigation, is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday.





An unsettling reappearance of methamphetamine in Dillingham may be a sign of increased drug traffic in Dillingham.

On Aug. 29th,  WAANT investigators in an ongoing investigation contacted Keli Dumas, 26, of Dillingham outside the Dillingham post office after she received a delivery for a package from California. The address posted on the package from California is believed to be false by the investigators, but the package was shipped through a California zip code.

The investigation of the parcel resulted in the seizure three grams of methamphetamine and 1.5 grams of black tar heroin wrapped up in a plastic sandwich bag inside of a birthday card wrapped in cellophane. The investigation suggested that Dumas was in deliberate possession of both felony drugs and had the intent to distribute them. Dumas was arrested and charged with Misconduct involving a Controlled Substance in the second and third degrees.

The investigators had been previously tipped off that the package in question contained methamphetamine, and the presence of meth in Dillingham was as alarming as it was surprising, as the drug is rarely seen in the area. Over the past three years, there have only been three instance of methamphetamine being discovered in Dillingham, this recent arrest on Thursday being the third.

The fact that methamphetamine is not commonly seen in Dillingham makes this new arrest a bit more interesting to the ongoing investigation, as this arrest is an indicator of more methamphetamine arriving and being distributed in the area. Despite the small quantity of methamphetamine that was seized from Dumas, the investigative unit said it believes that this is just the beginning of the drug making a more deliberate and notable presence in Dillingham and the surrounding areas.

Heroin has had a noticeable presence in Dillingham over the past few years, but the fact that the methamphetamine that was seized by the investigation was found with the heroin leads the investigators to believe that the drug use in Dillingham is escalating to more dangerous drugs and more addictive highs.

According to the 2012 Annual Drug Report by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, The number of methamphetamine labs that have been seized by law enforcement in that state of Alaska has been declining every year since 2010, recording 11 labs seized in 2010, eight in 2011, and only three in 2012. However, the pounds of methamphetamine that have been seized has been increasing annually since 2010, recording 4.53 pounds in 2010, 6.20 pounds in 2011, and a whopping 35.19 pounds in 2012. In the report, the 2011 National Drug Intelligence Center Drug Threat Assessment claimed that methamphetamine continues to be the greatest threat to the Pacific region, including Alaska.

“Although the domestic production of methamphetamine has declined over the region as a large part due to the regulation of precursor chemicals use in its production; it is widely available throughout the region. It is further reported that the majority of methamphetamine within the region is supplied by Mexican drug trafficking organizations,” reads the 2012 report.

These figures might unfortunately indicate that while methamphetamine lab seizures are going down, more methamphetamine is being produced in the state of Alaska every year, increasing the probability that more methamphetamine is being manufactured and sold on the streets by unseized meth labs.

A recent spike in thefts around Dillingham may be directly linked to the escalating drug problem according to investigators. These thefts are most likely the first step in drug addicts accumulating stolen property to sell for money to buy drugs.

Dumas made an appearance in court on Friday and was charged with two felonies, one for possession of the illegal drugs and another charge for the intent to distribute. If convicted, Dumas could face up to 30 years in prison. Dumas is being held on $15,000 bail in accordance to the request of the state prosecutor to the Dillingham magistrate.



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who police say had $1.5 million worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in a Wenatchee residence has been charged in federal court.

The Wenatchee World reports ( 31-year-old Hector Vicente Briseno-Medina faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted. He was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane, charged possessing 500 grams or more of meth and one kilogram or more of cocaine, both for the purpose of sale.

Briseno-Medina has previously been convicted of immigration violations.

No trial date has yet been set.



FLIPPIN — A 3-month-long joint investigation by the Flippin Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and 14th Judicial Drug Task Force has resulted in three arrests on Wednesday, Sept. 9, according to authorities.

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Flippin Police Smith said the arrests and charges are:

  •  Robert Pollard, 37, of Flippin was arrested and charged with six counts of possession of firearms by certain persons, all Class D Felonies; delivery of methamphetamine, a Class C Felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B Felony; unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate crimes, a Class B Felony; unlawful use of a communication device, a Class C Felony; criminal use of prohibited weapons, a Class B Felony; possession of a schedule III controlled substance, a Class A Misdemeanor; possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, a Class A Misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Ronald Pollard, 46, of Flippin was also arrested and charged with furnishing a handgun to a felon, a Class B Felony; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a Class Y Felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Class D Felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class D Felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Joey Musgrave Jr. was arrested and charged with possession of firearms by Certain Persons, a Class D Felony. Musgrave Jr. also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay fines.

Chief Smith said officers from each department along with the Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Department of Community Correction executed a search warrant at Robert Pollard’s residence earlier this week.

During the course of that search, he said officers located an amount of methamphetamine, an amount of prescription narcotics, an amount of marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia related to the sale and use of methamphetamine. Officers also located and seized more than 40 firearms including handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Officers also located a homemade pipe bomb device along with several brass knuckle weapons.

During the course of the investigation, Smith said undercover officers purchased methamphetamine and a firearm from Robert Pollard and purchased a firearm from Joey Musgrave Jr.

Bond for Robert Pollard was set at $25,000 and he has a no bond probation hold from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction and remains incarcerated. Bond for Ronald Pollard was set at $10,000 and he posted bond and is awaiting a first appearance in court. Bond for Joey Musgrave Jr. was set at $5,000 and he has a no bond parole hold from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction and remains incarcerated.



A woman accused of threatening City Utilities earlier this year has now been charged with possessing drugs — including methamphetamine.

According to a probable cause statement, the drug arrest  occurred months before the spat with CU.

Jennifer S. Haege, 42, was pulled over  Feb. 15 for allegedly failing to use a turn signal. When the officer saw an open alcohol container, he searched the vehicle, according to the statement.

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Jennifer S. Haege

Jennifer S. Haege


During the search, Haege approached the vehicle, demanding her purse, the statement says.

The officer told Haege to stay on the sidewalk, but she continued toward the vehicle, so the officer “took control of Haege’s right arm at that time and escorted her back to the sidewalk.”

According to the statement:

•  Haege pulled away from the officer in an attempt to free her arm.

•  The officer then put her in handcuffs and instructed her to sit on the sidewalk.

•  She refused to do so, even after being  told several times.

•  The officer used his leg to sweep Haege’s legs out from under her and lowered her to the ground.

•  After the officer placed her in a seated position, Haege swung her elbow and struck the officer in the leg. She then used her shoulder to push into the officer in an attempt to get away.

According to the statement, the officer searched Haege’s purse and found six kinds of pills, three pipes with marijuana residue, plastic bags and a box with marijuana inside, one pipe with white residue and small plastic bags with a “white crystalline substance.” That substance later tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the statement.

Prosecutors recommended only a $1,000 bond because of Haege’s “lack of criminal history” and  because she has been making appearances in the CU case, in which she’s charged with misdemeanor harassment.

In that case, Haege allegedly sent a threatening email to CU  in April after a dispute about her bill.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office also cited posts made on Haege’s Facebook page that said, “I really want to blow the utility company up I understand why people go postal for real, the rudest most unprofessional people who seem to take joy in turning one (sic) utilities off.”

Haege later told the News-Leader those comments were not made seriously, and she thought only her friends could read the comments.

She was charged Thursday for the February arrest and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor assault on an officer.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities have arrested a DeKalb County police officer on charges he was involved with the distribution of methamphetamine across the metro Atlanta area.

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander confirmed that 11-year-veteran William Miguel was arrested by the DEA and Gwinnett County officials on Friday morning.

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According to Alexander, “whenever we find these types of things happening in the department we take immediate action to have the perpetrator removed.”

“We will work to continue to vie and work hard for the trust of the community,” Alexander said.

Miguel was arrested at the DeKalb County Police Headquarters, without incident. An investigation is ongoing.




FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man is charged of dealing methamphetamine in North Dakota, Minnesota Texas and elsewhere.

is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of meth. A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.

A federal affidavit says Russ was arrested after he was found sleeping in a vehicle outside a Fargo motel. A search found more than 118 grams of meth, about 42 grams of marijuana, more than 70 prescription painkillers and $16,000 in cash.

A lawyer for Russ was not available for comment.