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An 80-year-old man from Sacramento, Calif., who smuggled methamphetamine cross-country, could have faced 11 to 14 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but was instead given home detention in light of his age and infirmity, and a sealed government motion.

A felony sex offender since a 1961 conviction who also served time a decade ago for gun possession, Dominick Spickle pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine.

In 2012, he had been crossing the country with his Chihuahua, Peanut, bringing highly pure crystal methamphetamine from a young relative to a dealer in his native Westmoreland County. He took responsibility for more than half a pound of the drug transported in two trips before an undercover state trooper busted him.

“It’s perplexing that someone his age was involved in drug dealing,” said U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti, who sentenced Spickle to time served based on 21/2 months he spent jailed last year, plus five years of probation including a year of home detention.

The judge said he was the oldest person she had ever sentenced. She said the prosecution’s motion drove her leniency.

“I was just under stress and was afraid of losing everything I owned when I done this,” following a robbery of his house that cost him his savings, Spickle said.

Assistant federal public defender Marketa Sims said there was no need to deter similar people from committing his crime. “There’s not going to be a floodgate of 80-year-old men getting involved in this activity.”

Spickle’s co-conspirator, Kevin Nicol, 58, of Penn Township, was sentenced to five years in prison for the same crime. His meth connection, Joseph Rojas, 28, of Elk Grove, Calif. — the great-grandson of Spickle’s sister — has not yet been sentenced but likely faces around 10 years in prison.

 

 

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/westmoreland/2014/02/07/Calif-man-80-sentenced-for-bringing-meth-to-Westmoreland-County/stories/201402070153

 

 

In small town and rural Indiana, you can see the gaunt, ghost people. They have rotting teeth. They drive beat-up pickup trucks and old Pontiacs, sometimes with kids standing in the backseat. They can be tracked on a ritual tour of drug stores in a tri-county area.

And when they do their work, the crude harvest is methamphetamine, or crystal meth. The cooking pots are often discarded behind the trailer, or down in the creek, or along side the county road. Sometimes the motel they’re in explodes and burns.

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In Indiana: The Methamphetamine State, 2013 was a despicable and banner year, following 2012 that had us ranked only behind Missouri and Tennessee in meth production. According to Indiana State Police statistics, 1,808 labs were busted, up from 1,437 in 2011 and 803 in 2006. Of course, the cops don’t get all of the labs busted. There are probably four or five times that amount chugging out crystal meth at any given time.

In 2004 when Our Man Mitch had barnstormed across the state in his RV1, there were 1,137 lab busts, and the future governor heard all about it from the local cops and social agencies. The year 2006 was a bit of an anomaly, as the Indiana General Assembly passed laws trying to crimp the bitter harvest by limiting the amount of pseudoephedrine purchased over the counter at CVS or Walgreens.

By the time Gov. Mitch Daniels left office, there were 1,726 lab busts and the county jails were filling up with broken cooks and their pregnant old ladies.

The remedy is not working.

The 2013 stats are particularly appalling, because 458 kids were found on the lab premises, up from 388 in 2012, 185 in 2009 and 125 in 2007.

When it comes to death inside a meth lab, 27 adults were killed, including four in police action shootings, two in pursuit crashes, 10 in explosions, two suicides and three homicides. There were two kids killed and 13 injured, including seven burned in fires, one chemical burn, four exposed to chemical vapors and one poor young soul who swallowed chemicals.

There were 100 law enforcement officials injured in Indiana’s meth industry. Repeat, 100 cops injured.

All of this mayhem and action could make a great Hoosier version of “Breaking Bad,” the TV show that entertained so many of us over the past several years.

How had the Indiana General Assembly dealt with this so far this session?

Three bills that would have required prescriptions for the purchase ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, reclassifying them as controlled substances, appear to have died in the House Public Health and Courts and Criminal Code committees, and another in Senate Correction and Courts Committee. Only one bill — HB 1248 by Rep. Ben Smaltz — got a hearing. It appears there wasn’t enough time to deal with the legislation, the House having been quite busy with the constitutional marriage amendment and feral cat bills.

Terre Haute Police Sgt. Chris Gallagher and Officer Ryan Adamson testified on HB 1248 about how rescheduling pseudoephedrine as a controlled substance will reduce the clandestine production of meth. “I don’t think the issue is going to go away,” Gallagher told the Tribune-Star, “and I can only hope that each time I testify, a few more legislators will get turned around on the issue.”

And Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt told the Tribune-Star, “It’s our problem as far as the meth epidemic in this area, and if we can get our local officials to make it prescription-only by local rule, then it takes that decision out of state hands, and we can deal with it here.”

Indiana prosecutors, pubic defenders, police chiefs and the Indiana State Police Alliance favor the restrictions. The Consumer Health Care Association opposes, and they have one hell of a lobbying team at the Statehouse.

According to Justin Swanson of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Tennessee now allows 18 local communities to restrict over-the-counter sales, and meth lab production has been reduced between 44 percent and 77 percent in those locales. A Vanderbilt University Poll in December revealed 65 percent support across all party lines.

But the rescheduling in Indiana is not to be.

Asked about the statistics on Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence said, “Clearly we have work to do. We have no higher duty than public safety.” He added, “It’s going to take a coordinated effort.”

Just not this year.

The House did pass a bill by state Rep. Wendy McNamara that requires that property that was once a site for meth labs or a dumping ground for the drug be listed on a website until 90 days after it was certified decontaminated. McNamara sponsored the bill after a home appraiser was sickened by a former meth lab in the course of his work.

It’s kind of a CarFax for homes. It attempts to address a symptom of the epidemic. It is not a cure.

Nothing against the McNamara bill, but in essence, the General Assembly this year is prepared only to deal with the fallout of crystal meth, as opposed to doing something to stop or limit its production.

But let’s give the General Assembly credit. At least we’re making some inroads on the feral cat issue.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jconline.com/article/20140208/OPINION/302080007/Brian-Howey-Meth-kids-wounded-cops-Statehouse-blind-eye

 

Two men were arrested Friday afternoon when a traffic stop in a school zone turned into a drug bust, officials said.

Waco police officers stopped Orlando Vences, 29, and Israel Cruz, 19, on the 700 block of North 25th Street at 12:15 p.m., Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The officers were helping a U.S. Marshals task force find a wanted suspect when they made the stop, but after they pulled the car over, police saw what they believed was methamphetamine inside the car, Swanton said.

Officers held Vences and Cruz, then reportedly discovered three ounces of methamphetamine, 33 morphine pills and 30 generic Xanax pills, according to the spokesman.

Swanton said Vences and Cruz were taken to McLennan County Jail and each charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance in a school zone, one for each type of drug.

Cruz and Vences were not booked into the jail by Friday evening, so bond information was not available.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/police/school-zone-traffic-stop-turns-into-drug-bust/article_ed580583-f725-592a-94a1-36504fddbfa6.html

 

A Hellertown woman who initially denied any involvement in the meth lab operating in her apartment building has been sentenced to Northampton County Prison as part of a plea deal.

Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden today sentenced Joan Hummer to eight to 23 months in Northampton County Prison followed by two years of probation for conspiring to operate a meth lab. Hummer must also serve 25 hours of community service and take urine tests for the first six months of her probation, McFadden ordered.

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Members of the Northampton County Drug Task Force raided the apartment she shared with her two adult sons, Chad Hummer and Nicholas Reynolds, and her 12-year-old son Aug. 1. Authorities said the family produced methamphetamine in the basement of the building in the 100 block of Main Street and sold it out of their second-floor apartment.

At her preliminary arraignment in August, Joan Hummer denied not only making or selling the drug but any knowledge of the lab’s existence.

“I don’t understand. My son wrote in a statement that I didn’t know anything, and I don’t know anything,” she told District Judge David Tidd.

Police had to remove hazardous materials from the lab out of the basement, according to court documents. Neighbors likened the home to Grand Central Station due to all the people coming in and out of the apartment.

In return for her plea, prosecutors agreed to drop 11 other charges, including delivering methamphetamine, possession of the ingredients used to produce meth, illegal dumping of meth laboratory waste and risking catastrophe.

Of the five people charged out of the raid, only the 27-year-old Reynolds has charges remaining.

Chad Hummer, 30, was sentenced to 3 1/2 to seven years in state prison back in December for manufacturing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. Lindsey Zacot and Samantha Allen were given time-served sentences for possession of ephedrine in October.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/02/hellertown_mom_arrested_in_met.html

Hellertown meth mom: ‘I’m an idiot’

 

You don’t need to tell Joan A. Hummer that she was dumb for allowing a methamphetamine lab to be run at her Hellertown apartment.

She’ll tell you that herself.

“I’m an idiot, when it comes down to it,” the 53-year-old mother said in court Friday. “I didn’t want to face it.”

Hummer spoke those words as she faced sentencing from Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden after earlier pleading guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to operate a meth lab. She’ll serve eight to 23 months in county prison, plus two years of probation, McFadden decided.

Hummer, two of her sons, and two others were charged after a police raid Aug. 20 at the family’s borough home on the 100 block of Main Street. Authorities discovered foil packets containing suspected meth and items used to make the drug, including drain cleaner, batteries, various chemicals and coffee filters, according to court records.

Hummer’s older son — Chad Hummer, 31, is serving 31/2 to seven years in state prison after admitting in December to meth delivery. Her younger son — Nicholas L. Reynolds, 27 — has unresolved charges.

In court Friday, Joan Hummer’s attorney, Alexander Karam, said his client bought ingredients for the meth lab but was in denial that it was being run, and did not herself use the drug. Karam said the arrest has separated Hummer from her youngest son, a 12-year-old who was living with her at the time but is now being cared for by relatives.

Before the police raid, the mother said, her son Chad’s weight had fallen to 99 pounds amid his addiction. She said she believes that his arrest saved his life.

“I just kept ignoring it because I didn’t want to face that he had a problem,” Joan Hummer said.

McFadden told her that she had a responsibility as mother to do better, even if Chad Hummer was an adult who was no longer under her direct care.

“I know,” Joan Hummer said. “It’s disgusting.”

The two others arrested in the bust — Lindsey M. Zacot, 24, and Samantha A. Allen, 22 — pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Both admitted in October to illegally possessing ephedrine, a sinus medicine used to produce meth. Zacot received one to six months in county jail; Allen got six months of probation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-hellertown-meth-lab-mother-20140207,0,7058464.story

 

State police found two methamphetamine labs in a Madison Heights motel this week.

Acting on a tip, troopers executed a search warrant at the Bestway Inn on South Amherst Highway in Madison Heights at about 3 p.m. Thursday, First Sgt. Tony Barksdale said.                      

Investigators discovered two small meth labs in a motel room. Barksdale described them as “one pot” labs, which sometimes are called shake and bake set-ups.

Jonathan D. Larson and Jessica A. Hanson, both 30 from Lynchburg, were in the room when police arrived.

They have both been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

Police also searched Larson’s car in the motel parking lot, where they found more evidence of drug manufacturing, Barksdale said.

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/meth-lab-bust-at-madison-heights-motel/article_76cbf18a-9049-11e3-a270-001a4bcf6878.html

ROCK HILL — An “unusually large amount of lithium batteries” and brown crystal flakes that police thought could be methamphetamine or heroin were found Thursday in the car of a Rock Hill woman who police say missed court appearances on charges ranging from burglary to illegally possessing muscle relaxers.

Police say Stephanie Brook Montgomery, 40, was speeding on East Main Street at about 9:48 a.m., according to a Rock Hill police report. Officers stopped her as she turned into a gas station on South Anderson Road.

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Police learned she was wanted by the York County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court on trespassing, larceny, burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Carisoprodol, possession of Clonazepam and unlawful possession of Tramadol.

In a federal criminal database, police reported that Montgomery is “known to abuse drugs,” the report states.

Montgomery gave police permission to search her truck, where they found a piece of tightly-wrapped aluminum foil tucked inside a black coat on the front seat, the report states. Inside the foil, police identified a brown flaky “substance” that an officer believed was either methamphetamine or heroin.

They also found what the report referred to as an “unusually large amount of lithium batteries,” commonly used to manufacture meth.

Montgomery told police the jacket belonged to a drunk woman to whom she gave a ride home after the Super Bowl, the report states. Police found two other pieces of clothing on the front seat. Montgomery claimed them, police said.

Police charged Montgomery her with speeding and possession of methamphetamine.

She is being held at the York County Detention Center, where she has been charged with seven failure to appear charges on a $3,000 bond.

A woman has been charged with child neglect after her son, who died shortly after birth, was found to have methamphetamine in his system.

Teresa Kay Vandiver was charged Friday with the felony in Oklahoma County District Court.

The baby, Joseph, died at Southwest Integris Medical Center on Aug. 16, 2012, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Both she and the baby tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

Vandiver denied using drugs, but said she’d used meth in the past and thought she had gotten pregnant in April.

She also told investigators that she could not recall all the previous pregnancies she had, but this was not the first infant she had lost to preterm birth.

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A stillborn girl Vandiver gave birth to in September 2011 also had methamphetamine in her system, the investigator wrote.

A Department of Human Services report said that she has nine other children, according to the affidavit.

One of those children had tested for methamphetamine at birth in 2007, the affidavit states, and the baby and her three older siblings were taken into custody.

http://newsok.com/woman-charged-with-child-neglect-after-meth-found-in-dead-newborns-system/article/3931697

DPS seizes $623,000 worth of meth in home

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested five people and seized about 17 pounds of methamphetamine and $12,000 in cash Wednesday, Feb. 6, in a Lubbock home after a search.

DPS investigators searched the home about 1:45 p.m. in the 4800 block of 35th Street as part of an ongoing investigation into individuals in Lubbock linked to a Mexican drug cartel, according to a DPS news release.

There, officers reportedly found methamphetamine contained in 13 bundles with an estimated value of more than $623,000.

Shortly before the search, a DPS trooper stopped and seized a vehicle linked to the investigation.

The suspects — four Mexican citizens and one U.S. citizen — face charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, money laundering and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Officials did not release the identities of the suspects as the investigation is ongoing, according to DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt.

“Since we’ve linked it to Mexico, it’ll be ongoing for quite a while,” he said.

While DPS led the investigation, troopers were aided by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Border Patrol and the Lubbock Police Department.

 

 

 

http://lubbockonline.com/crime-and-courts/crime/2014-02-06/dps-seizes-623000-meth-lubbock-home

 

COOKEVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 6 (UPI) — Watch out  Walter White, scientists can now sniff out meth labs with the help of a device  that analyzes the odors of downstream sewage — the high-tech version of a  police investigator snooping through garbage.

Scientists at Tennessee Technological University recently tested their  device, called the Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Sampler, by placing it in  the midst of flowing sewage at three separate locations. A small sponge-like  membrane in the middle the device soaks up chemicals, allowing water and  dissolved materials to flow through freely. After a few weeks, the absorbed  material is collected and analyzed.

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During their experiment, the researchers found that one of their three  devices tested positive for methamphetamine. The research was recently published in Science of The Total Environment, and the  authors believe the work is proof that their device could be useful to law  enforcement.

The goal of the operation was to prove the device worked, not to initiate a  criminal investigation, the scientists say. The specific information about where  the meth was identified will not be turned over to police.

Regardless, other scientists are impressed. “The paper showed a proof of  concept that it is possible to qualitatively determine either presence, or  absence, of a polar compound of interest in raw sewage,” Tammy Jones-Lepp, a  chemist at the EPA, told Discovery News.

If adopted as a police tool, it might mean Walter White would have to abandon  any operations that rely on public sewage systems for waste disposal and go back  to driving five miles into the desert to cook his Blue Magic.

 

 

 

http://www.upi.com/blog/2014/02/06/Scientists-use-sewage-to-pinpoint-meth-labs/5891391704796/

 

 

Law enforcement agencies in Eastern Carolina have another form of a deadly drug on their radar.  Liquid meth, or methamphetamine manufactured in liquid form, has started showing up to the west of us in our state.

“Drug manufacturers are constantly looking at ways to stay one step ahead of law enforcement,” said Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace.  “So this is just one of those measures.”

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The meth can be hidden in a soda bottle, and when it gets to its final destination and the liquid evaporates, the crystal meth is all that’s left.

“It would be extremely hard to locate,” says Investigator Jason Tyndall with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.  “What they do is dilute it down in water or some kind of liquid form.  At that point it’s almost undetectable at that point.  It’s just hard to find.”

Sheriff Wallace says the meth can also be consumed in liquid form, so it isn’t just used for transportation purposes.

 

 

 

http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Liquid-Meth-A-New-Easier-To-Hide-Version-Of-The-Drug-243984271.html?ref=271

 

 

LEWISBURG — The February session of the Greenbrier County Grand Jury was dominated by methamphetamine-related charges.

Fifteen of the 43 people indicted by the grand jury this week are charged with a total of nearly 60 separate meth-related crimes, including operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy to manufacture meth and exposing children to methamphetamine manufacturing.

According to a report this week in The Charleston Gazette, meth lab seizures statewide nearly doubled in 2013, going from 287 in 2012 to 533 labs last year. In Greenbrier County, no meth lab busts were reported in 2012, compared to last year when 19 labs were seized, primarily in the county’s unincorporated areas.

A complete list of those indicted appears below. Cases assigned to Judge Joseph Pomponio are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 21 at 9 a.m..; those assigned to Judge Jim Rowe will be arraigned March 3 at 9 a.m.

Indicted were:

Adkins, Owen Otis II, 30, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Allen, William Wyatt, 81, White Sulphur Springs; failure to register as a sex offender or provide notice of registration changes (2 counts)

Arbaugh, Charles Colton, 23, Alderson; forgery

Avery, James Roger, 36, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Barker, Richard Wayne, 27, Eccles; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Bennett, Matthew Scott, 30, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory

Bennett, Sara Michelle, 24, Maxwelton; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Bevins, Amanda Beth, 23, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts); child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death (2 counts)

Bevins, Anthony Alan, 25, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts); child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death (2 counts)

Blankenship, Cephas Anthony, 39, Lewisburg; burglary (2 counts); petit larceny (misdemeanor); conspiracy to commit burglary (2 counts); grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Boothe, Jeffrey Andrew, 25, Charmco; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts)

Burns, Michael Dallas, 59, Meadow Bridge; malicious assault

Canterberry, Heather Elaine, 38, Rainelle; delivery of a controlled substance – oxymorphone (3 Counts)

Carper, Brent Stephen, 21, Fairlea; conspiracy to commit burglary (2 counts); conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Carter, Timothy Allen, 39, Ronceverte; sexual assault in the first degree (2 counts); sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child (2 counts); incest (2 counts)

Chaney, Travis Matthew, 33, Clintonville; breaking and entering; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Cosgro, Joseph Allen, 32, Ronceverte; forgery (13 counts); uttering (13 counts)

Fox, John Joseph, 32, Layland; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Frias, Genaro Wayne, 25, Clintonville; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory

Godfrey, Terron Iion, 25, White Sulphur Springs; failure to register as a sex offender or provide notice of registration changes (2 counts)

Hicks, Bruce Lee, 29, Ronceverte; fraudulent use of an access device (6 counts)

Hodge, Roger Anthony, 25, Rainelle; manufacturing a controlled substance – marijuana

Holliday, Christopher Eric, 25, Crawley; uttering (5 counts)

Jones, Tyler Ryan, 21, Lewisburg; sexual assault in the second degree

Lilly, Gregory A., 44, Rupert; fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence of alcohol; driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance – second offense; driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol – first offense

Loudermilk, Jade Ashley, 30, Rupert; breaking and entering; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny

Moody, Joshua Lee, 23, Ronceverte; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – methylphenidate

O’Dell, Joshua Dean, 38, Rainelle; forgery (4 counts); uttering (4 counts)

Rambo, Alexa Rae, 23, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine; exposure of children to methamphetamine manufacturing (2 counts)

Ramsey, Angalique Dawn, 30, Meadow Bridge; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Ramsey, Anthony Lee, 52, Asbury; voluntary manslaughter

Ray, Ralph Edward, 25, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Rogers, Jerry Calvin Jr., 38, Hines; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Rogers, Jerry Calvin Jr., 38, Hines; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Sanford, Thomas Theodore II, 38, Rainelle; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Smith, Woodrow Martin, 64, Ronceverte; sexual assault in the third degree (12 counts)

Smith, Woodrow Martin, 64, Ronceverte; sexual assault in the third degree

Soucier, Richard Edgar Jr., 51, Lewisburg; attempt to disarm an officer; battery on a government representative (2 counts); obstructing an officer

Starcher, Brittany Lynn, 23, Lewisburg; fraudulent use of an access device (9 counts)

Stull, Erik Benjaman, 20, Lewisburg; sexual assault in the first degree

Thomas, Joseph Michael, 24, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Thomas, Stefanie Rochelle, 32, Rupert; operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; manufacturing a controlled substance – methamphetamine; conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance – methamphetamine

Turner, Larry A., 34, Marlinton; delivery of controlled substance – oxycodone

Winters, Leslie Abigail, no age given, involuntary manslaughter

Yates, Debra Lynn, 32, Lewisburg; burglary (2 counts); petit larceny; conspiracy to commit burglary (2 counts); grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny.

 

 

 

http://www.register-herald.com/todaysfrontpage/x1280777666/Meth-related-charges-dominate-grand-jury

 

A Rocky Mount man was indicted earlier this week on methamphetamine charges in connection with a fire that gutted an apartment building on Wray’s Chapel Road in October.

Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr., 45, is charged with possession of ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

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The fire that started in an upstairs bedroom of Hansen’s unit at Green Akers Apartments was caused by Hansen’s alleged attempt to cook meth, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

Inside the bedroom, investigators discovered equipment and ingredients consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The fire quickly spread to the adjoining unit, Russell said and gutted both sides of the two-story structure. The damage is estimated at $275,000.

Hansen and his wife, Leslie, sustained minor injuries from the fire, Russell said. They were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The owner of the apartment building, Dillard Akers, was insured.

The fire displaced another couple, Mike and Sheila Ramey, who lived in the adjoining unit, Russell said.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thefranklinnewspost.com/article.cfm?ID=26688

 

 

POMEROY — The man accused of raping his teenage stepdaughter entered a guilty plea Thursday morning to three of the eight counts he was facing in connection with the case.

Joseph G. Stewart, 39, of Middleport, pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree; rape, a felony of the first degree; and sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

Stewart will spend the next 17 years in prison as a result of his plea. The change of plea hearing came on the day he was scheduled to go to trial for the crimes.

Stewart was indicted last year on five counts of rape, each one a felony of the first degree; one count of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the first degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree; and sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

In accordance with the plea agreement, five counts of the indictment were dismissed along with case 13CR163. Stewart was originally indicted under case 13CR163, but was re-indicted to add additional charges and clarify the charges.

According to the indictment, the methamphetamine-related charges occurred on or about Aug. 21, while the rape charges occurred from June 30 to Aug. 18.

The indictment alleges that from June 30, 2013, to Aug. 18, 2013, Stewart engaged in sexual conduct with another when he purposely compelled the other person to submit by force or threat of force. The charge of sexual battery in the indictment states that no person shall engage in sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the offender, when he is either the other person’s natural or adoptive parent.

Victim’s Assistance Director Theda Petrasko addressed the court on behalf to the victim. She gave details of the crime and stated that the victim was in agreement with the plea deal to avoid being compelled to testify at trial.

Stewart chose not to address the court other than answering yes and no to questions asked by the judge.

Judge I. Carson Crow accepted Stewart’s guilty pleas and proceeded directly to sentencing.

Crow followed the recommendations of council, sentencing Stewart to the maximum prison term for each charge, to run consecutively to one another.

Stewart was sentenced to 11 years on the rape charge and three years each on the charges of sexual battery and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine. He will also have to register as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.

Stewart was remanded to the custody of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office to await transport. He has been jailed since his arrest Aug. 21. His wife, Brenda Stewart, who is also charged in the case, remains in the Middleport jail and is scheduled for trial later this month.

The Stewarts were arrested Aug. 21 following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at 60 1/2 Cole Street in Middleport.

At that time, deputies, along with Department of Jobs and Family Services-Children Services workers interviewed a minor female who alleged forced sexual abuse by her stepfather, Joseph G. Stewart. After interviewing the minor child’s mother, Brenda A. Stewart, along with the stepfather, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred, according to law enforcement.

Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift and Sheriff Keith Wood have said officers with both departments responded to 60 1/2 Cole Street following up on a tip received through Meigs County Children Services regarding a methamphetamine lab and possible sexual abuse of a minor at the residence.

The Stewarts live in an apartment at that address, according to Swift.

While searching the residence, deputies allegedly located a one-pot reactionary vessel and white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine, along with chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine. The apartment building with around 25 residents — including some children, according to the sheriff — had to be evacuated due to the dangers from the methamphetamine lab.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mydailysentinel.com/news/news/3041620/Stewart-sentenced-to-17-years-on-rape-meth-charges

 

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.  — A Peachtree City homeowner thought he was removing trash from his yard, but he discovered potentially explosive materials used to make methamphetamine.

Police told Channel 2’s Carl Willis the chemicals were still volatile and could have exploded.

The homeowner, who did not want his name published, said he found lighter fluid, pseudoephedrine boxes, and some sort of mixture swirling inside of taped-up soda bottles.

“I called (police) and said ‘I think someone threw a meth lab in our front yard,'” he said.

It was two one-pot methamphetamine cooks also known as “shake and bake” meth according to police.

Soon, the quiet street on Hip Pocket Road needed a hazmat crew to make it safe again.

“It turned from one cop, to three cops, to detectives to the GBI and they had to get some federal task force up here from Valdosta,” said the homeowner.

Police said materials used to make a small batch of meth were still a threat to explode from an unstable chemical reaction when the homeowner picked them up.

“If it had sat here for much longer and pressurized like that it could be powerful enough to blow your hands off,” he said. “That’s their words, not mine.”

The cheap and easy way to make meth has been spreading for years.

If meth makers don’t vent the gases in the containers, often two-liter soda bottles, the contents could blow up in a fiery ball.

Investigators took finger prints and evidence from the scene, and police said they made two arrests.

Douglas Shamrock, 29, and Shaina Windom, 25, from nearby Tyrone were booked into jail Tuesday.

“It makes me angry,” said the homeowner. “That somebody would throw basically a bomb in the front yard.”

HARTS – A Lincoln County couple was arrested and charged following a methamphetamine bust last week, led by Lincoln County Sheriff Ken Farley and his team, assisted by Trooper Frye of the West Virginia State Police. Sheriff Farley was joined by several of his deputies, acting on information provided by a confidential informant. The officers executed a search warrant at a McClellan Highway home in Harts on Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2014. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier provided details on the investigation to The Lincoln Journal, late last week.
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According to a criminal complaint from Deputies Shepherd and Clark, the two individuals accused in the matter are Brent Ellis, 28, with an address in Harts, and Jessica E. Ellis, 28, of the same address. Inside the premises, the deputies discovered several meth precursor items with paraphernalia used for the cooking and using of methamphetamine. Small amounts of white powder, tin foil cut into strips with a burnt yellow and orange sticky substance, a torn corner of a plastic bag with white powder residue were all found, as were empty ink pen tubes with residue identified by the accused as meth. Also found was altered Sudafed in a red fuel-like substance, Drano, plastic tubing, coffee filters, kitchen plates with residue, rubber gloves, matches, inhalation devices, and iodized salt. All the items were said to be easily accessible by the minor children living at the home.

Both of the accused were charged with:

•Operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.

•The purchase, receipt, acquisition, and possession of substances to be used as a precursor.

•Possession of a schedule III substance (methamphetamine).

•Conspiracy, construction of section, penalties.

•Intent to deliver a schedule III substance.

 

Brent Ellis was also charged with:

•Three counts of exposure of children to meth manufacturing.

•Three counts of child neglect resulting in injury; child neglect creating a risk of injury

•Driving while license was suspended or revoked. After processing by the officers, the pair was taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. They are expected to appear in Lincoln County Magistrate Court in due course.

 

 

 

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A citizen complaint Wednesday resulted in the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab and the arrest of three Logansport residents on multiple charges.

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Logansport Police Department and the Logansport/Cass County Drug Task Force responded to a residence in the 900 block of Burlington Avenue in Logansport.

While investigating a citizen complaint, officers located an active meth lab in an attached garage, according to police reports.

Three people were arrested and taken to the Cass County Jail, including:

  • Joshua A. Smith, 35, Logansport, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony; possession of precursors, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; possession of meth; a Class D felony; neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony; reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor; and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Class D felony.
  • Christina M. Fisher, 30, Logansport, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony; possession of precursors, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; possession of meth, a Class D felony; and neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony.
  • Frank E. Smith, 36, Logansport, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, a Class B felony; possession of precursors, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; and possession of meth, a Class D felony. LPD was assisted by the Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team and Indiana Department of Child Services.

Police say additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Logansport/Cass County Drug Task Force with information about illegal drug activity. You can reach the Logansport Police Department Methamphetamine Suppression Unit by email at lpdmsu@logansportpolice.com

 

 

 

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HONOLULU (AP) — A 31-year-old Hawaii prison guard has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including conspiracy to smuggle methamphetamine into prison.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://is.gd/5TOD45) says James “Kimo” Sanders III of Kailua also was indicted on bribery and drug-related counts covering the period between October and Jan. 12.

Sanders, a Halawa prison guard, was arrested Jan. 12 and charged with methamphetamine distribution and bribery.

He pleaded not guilty and was released to his grandmother on a $50,000 bond. He also was ordered to wear a positioning device.

 

 

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Two people are under arrest after deputies found methamphetamine and meth-making equipment in tents near Pinecrest Elementary School in Lithia.

Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, whose last known address was  7820 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony,  armed trespassing on school property, armed trespassing on Hillsborough County property, manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, and unsafe storage of a firearm.

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Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, of 9012 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, was charged with trespassing.

At 9:48 a.m. today, Hillsborough County parks  deputies checked on a report of people living on park property at 7822 Lithia Pinecrest Road, just west of the school, according to the sheriff’s office.  The property is a wooded lot and is closed to the public.

Deputies found two tents and inside were ammunition, one loaded and one unloaded rifle, a loaded handgun and several products that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies removed the firearms and waited nearby.

About 11:35 a.m., Trinity Tucker drove onto the property with Michelle Kolvinsky, his  passenger, the sheriff’s office said.  Both entered the tents and upon exiting, were met by deputies.

Both were arrested,  and Tucker was  taken to Orient Road Jail, the sheriff’s office said. Tucker was found in possession of a concealed, loaded automatic handgun and methamphetamine.

Deputies believe he had been living on the property for four to six weeks.

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Deputies find guns, meth-making supplies in tents near Lithia school

LITHIA — Deputies said they found two tents in a park near a Lithia school, and that those tents contained guns, ammunition and the materials used to make methamphetamine.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were investigating a complaint about people living in a closed park near Pinecrest Elementary School on Thursday when they discovered the tents shortly before 10 a.m.

The tents contained ammunition, a loaded rifle, an unloaded rifle, a loaded handgun and several products used to make meth, deputies said.  The deputies removed the firearms and set up surveillance.

At 11:35 p.m., Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, drove up in a pickup truck with Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, in the passenger seat, and the pair walked into the tents, deputies said.

When Tucker and Kolvinsky came back out, they were greeted by deputies.

Tucker was arrested and taken to Orient Road Jail on multiple drugs and weapons charges.  In addition, deputies said he had a concealed loaded weapon and methamphetamine on him at the time of the arrest.

Kolvinsky was trespassed from the property.

Deputies said they believe Tucker was living on the property for anywhere from four to six weeks.

 

 

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Twenty-six young adults were arrested during a daylong  sweep focused on methamphetamine-related crimes in the East County,  authorities announced Wednesday.

The sweep, dubbed Operation Tip the Scale, has been conducted 15 times  in the past five years, but Wednesday’s arrests marked only the second time  offenders ages 18 to 24 were the focus, according to the county of San Diego  Methamphetamine Strike Force.

The focus was chosen in an effort to intervene early with offenders who  often turn to crime to support their drug addiction.

      “For us, that’s a critical population,” said Probation Director Jason  Druxman. “Younger offenders typically aren’t as far along down the road, in  terms of drug use, so they are more open to change.”

During the sweep, more than 100 officers from law enforcement agencies  and the Metropolitan Transit System patrolled known hot spots for drug-related  crimes in Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon and La Mesa, and the trolley line that  connects each of the communities. They also checked in on probationers and  parolees to see if they were in compliance with the terms of their release.

Of the 26 arrested, 10 were taken into custody on suspicion of felonies  and 16 were for misdemeanors, authorities said, noting two people were taken  directly to drug treatment facilities instead of jail.

This week’s arrest came just one day after the county released its  latest “Meth Report Card,” which found that 2012 was the second-worse for  meth-related deaths in the San Diego area since record keeping started in 1995.

The county said 217 meth-related deaths were recorded in 2012, second  only to 2005’s tally of 245. Numbers for last year are not yet available.

The county has set up a hotline for residents to report meth-related  crimes or to seek information about treatment options. The number is (877) No-2- Meth, or (877) 662-6384. Residents may also visit http://www.no2meth.org.

 

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RALEIGH — Wake County sheriff’s deputies made two arrests and seized 12 pounds of methamphetamine Wednesday afternoon, after stopping a car and searching it.

One of the two men arrested, Jose Angel Diaz, 23, initially was listed as living in Georgia, as have suspects arrested in two other highway meth busts by sheriff’s investigators, one last month that netted 24 pounds and one in October, when 51 pounds were seized.

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When booked, however, Diaz and Paul Manzanares Velazquez, 20, both were listed as living at 312 E. Cedar St. in Yadkinville.

Each was charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one count of conspiring with the other to traffic, arrest warrants said.

Velazquez also was charged with maintaining the 2004 Honda Odyssey that deputies stopped at Interstate 540 and Capital Boulevard about 5 p.m.

Investigators do not usually discuss drug investigations that lead to specific arrests, but many stem from an ongoing effort by a task force that combines federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers.

Federal authorities placed requests for both men, who are Mexican natives, to be held while officials look into their immigration status.

Each man was being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail for a court appearance Thursday.

UNIONTOWN, Ohio – The Summit County Drug Unit shut down a one-man meth operation next door to a triplex where six kids live.

51-year-old Robert Paul Bonanno was arrested Monday at 4519 South Arlington Road in Uniontown. Seven “one-pot” meth labs and various drug paraphernalia were taken out of the residence.

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His illegal drug manufacturing charge was bumped up to a felony because of the proximity to the neighboring kids.

Bond was set at $50,000. Bonanno was taken to the Summit County jail.

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HILLSDALE — A Jackson woman was arraigned Tuesday in Hillsdale County District Court on multiple charges stemming from an arrest last week.
Janet Lynn Cole, 36, was charged with one count each of operating/maintaining a lab involving methamphetamine, possession of meth, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon and operating a moving vehicle without security.
Cole was arrested on Jan. 31 when officers found her to be in possession of numerous elements used in making meth. Officers found fuel, lye, batteries, fertilizer and a container used in making the drug. She was also in possession of a seven-inch blade and a 16-gauge shotgun.
Cole appeared via video conferencing from the Hillsdale County Jail and was arraigned by Judge Donald Sanderson, who set bond at $200,000 with 10 percent allowed. Cole asked to be released so that she could take care of her two children, but Sanderson denied that request, saying the issue can be revisited when she next appears in court. She told Sanderson there was no way she could come up with the bond money and the father of the children was not around. However, the judge would not lower the bond based on the severity of the charges.
She will be back in court on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. and was granted a court-appointed lawyer to defend her in the case. If convicted of the operating a lab charge, Cole faces up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities in Spokane, Wash. busted a 16-time convicted felon after he tried to bolt from police on a stolen bicycle.

Police spotted Alexander Stormy, 29, on the $3,500 bike and tried to pull him over for a traffic violation. That’s when the career criminal stepped on the pedals and tried to speed away.

But he didn’t get far. Cops caught up with the suspect only a block away and took him into custody.

Police allegedly found methamphetamine in Stormy’s backpack. He faces charges for possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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Three women were in the Scott County Jail on Wednesday on felony conspiracy charges to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police did a drug search Monday of an apartment at 2218 Emerald Drive, Davenport, and arrested Buffy Marie Moss, 41, Kimberly Ann Sturms, 36, and Roxanne Marie Zagnoni, 56.

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Sturms and Zagnoni live at 2218 Emerald. Sturms is Zagnoni’s daughter, records state. Moss lives at 3108 Nobis Drive, Davenport.

All three women were being held in the Scott County Jail on $50,000 bonds.

Zagnoni told police she gives Sturms and Moss boxes of pseudoephedrine in exchange for methamphetamine, according to arrest affidavits.

Zagnoni had purchased pseudoephedrine 43 times from July 2012 to last month, affidavits state.

Sturms also purchased pseudoephedrine 53 times from April 2012 to last month, and Moss purchased pseudoephedrine 80 times from July 2011 to November 2013, affidavits state.

Moss previously was arrested and has a pending case for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine from a November traffic stop.

Sturms and Zagnoni both said Moss’ main source for methamphetamine is Mark McGaughy, 43, of Rock Island. He was arrested Monday and is in the Rock Island County Jail.

McGaughy is charged with aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Police found remnants of a methamphetamine lab in his basement, affidavits state.

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PERU – A Peru couple face nine felony charges after state police found an active meth lab in their trailer Monday night.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers from the Indiana State Police Peru Post Meth Suppression Team, along with officers from the Peru Police Department, executed a search warrant on a trailer in the Woodland Hills Trailer Park, 2934 S. 300 W.

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During their search, officers say they found an active meth lab, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, meth, and items commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth.

Michael Turner, 53, faces felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, and maintaining a common nuisance.

He faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 30 grams, exceeding annual purchase limits of pseudoephedrine, and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia.

His wife, Debra Turner, 48, faces felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful sale/distribution of precursors.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of reckless possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and exceeding annual purchase limits of pseudoephedrine.

The couple was incarcerated at the Miami County jail.

The Indiana State Police encourages anyone with information about the possession, distribution or manufacturing of methamphetamine to call the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Information can be reported anonymously.

 

 

 

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