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Tribal Police Chief Chad Johnson first noticed a change on the wind-swept prairies of the reservation around six years ago.

Small-time methamphetamine dealers known to the police officers for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes — known as the MHA Nation — were ceding territory to dealers from California, Colorado, Utah and even Latin America. Many were heavily armed and dealing in pounds of meth.la-na-north-dakota-meth-pg-016

Local and federal officials estimate 90% of the drugs on the reservation now come from other states or countries. And it’s not just meth. In 2012, Justice Department officials spotted heroin on the reservation for the first time.

“Instead of finding an 8-ball of meth, now you’re finding pounds,” said Tim Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota. “When we serve search warrants now, we don’t just find drugs; we find firearms. Everyone is heavily armed. There are more and more guns.”

Driven by the new wealth of the Bakken oil fields, drug dealing has spread across the reservation, tearing apart families and destroying the fabric of this once-isolated community.

Local tribal law enforcement officials have been overwhelmed. The reservation has about 20 officers and a handful of criminal investigators to police about 1,500 square miles — roughly three times the size of Los Angeles.la-na-north-dakota-meth-pg-012

For drug dealers, the reservation is a unique haven — the meeting point of money, a vast and isolated terrain and a rat’s nest of federal and local law that makes it difficult to arrest and prosecute outsiders.

“We’re easy pickings,” said MHA Nation Chief Judge Diane Johnson.

Johnson said that before the oil bonanza, about 30% of the cases that came to her court were drug-related. She said that number is now closer to 90%, and she struggles to keep up.

Drug-related arrests of tribal members on the reservation have grown from 47 in 2008 to over 800 last year, according to tribal public safety statistics.

MHA Nation Children and Family Services Department officials said they never had to take custody of children born addicted to opiates until 2010, when child services officials saw their first drug-addicted baby born on the reservation. There have been at least 15 such cases since.la-na-north-dakota-meth-pg-015

“It’s a tidal wave,” Judge Johnson said. “This is beyond the capability of our tribes.”

The new criminal scene came into the open in 2012, when Michael J. Smith, a Colorado man armed with rifles and a pistol, barricaded himself in a house on the Three Affiliate Tribes reservation. After a two-day standoff, tribal police used a front-loader to demolish the home and get him out.

Smith was indicted with dozens of others in “Operation Winter’s End,” a major FBI effort to quell drug dealing on the reservation. Local and federal officials believe the sellers had ties to Mexican gangs.

The problem continued to grow and became so urgent that the three tribes flew Guatemalan gang experts to the area in October 2013 to teach local law enforcement officials how to detect members of the notorious Central American gang Mara Salvatrucha.

Known as MS-13, the Los Angeles-bred gang began proliferating outside the U.S. after many of its members were deported to Central America.

One of the experts, Francisco Foppa, said he noticed MS-13 tattoos on people in a Wal-Mart in Minot and the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge at the MHA Nation’s capital in New Town. “It was alarming to see people with those tattoos on the reservation,” he said.la-na-north-dakota-meth-pg-019

Authorities have not arrested any MS-13 kingpins, but the gang’s presence is palpable and many speak about it in whispers.

“MS-13 is strong enough and scary enough that I question whether I should speak out at all,” said a former tribal leader who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisal. “They’re vicious. Just like any ripe feeding ground, they have competition, but obviously they are the big bad wolf. They are the ones that are the most terrifying.”

With the wealth generated by the Bakken oil fields, crime has increased so much in the region that voters just across the state line in Roosevelt County, Mont., recently passed a bond to increase jail space. The FBI plans to open an office in the region.

The reservation has about 4,000 tribal members, and more than double that number in nonmembers who live and work in the area.

During the day, big rigs and other oil vehicles barrel down state Highway 23, a two-lane road that was never meant to handle so much traffic. The road slices through the heart of New Town, a collection of old and frayed one-story buildings that makes up the biggest town on the reservation.

The Missouri River, which cuts the reservation in half, can be seen to the west. To the east, oil rigs pockmark the landscape to the horizon.

When night sets, flames from the oil burning off lick the night sky.

Mary Eleanor Fox, a 66-year-old silver-haired matriarch of a large family, said she never thought she’d see the day most of her grandchildren would be addicted to the sort of drugs she’d once only heard about “in the big cities.”

“Now everyone is on meth and heroin,” Fox said. “It just makes me sick to my stomach.”

Her daughter, Jackie Powell, a robust 47-year-old with a quick smile, was forced to quit her job and become a full-time mom to her two grandsons — ages 1 and 2 — who were born addicted to methamphetamine.

Their father, Powell’s son Mason Fox, struggles with his meth addiction. Their mothers grapple with the same. Amelia Reed, mother to the youngest, first tried meth nearly five years ago and says she’s addicted to “the devil’s drug.”

“Now my first son was born with it,” Reed said. “I was pregnant and selfish and wouldn’t stop doing it.”

Reed receives oil royalty money from land she inherited on the reservation, and says the monthly checks made it easy for her to drop at least $400 a month for her habit.

Many tribal members receive royalty money — from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars a month. Reed says she once cashed out $147,000 and blew most of it on meth.

“This used to be home,” she said. “Because of the drugs and the oil boom, it’s not the same as when I was growing up.… Everyone is scared here.”

For Police Chief Johnson, it’s a tragically familiar story of drugs.

“I don’t think there is a family on this reservation that hasn’t been affected in one way or another,” he said.

Purdon, the U.S. attorney, says that authorities are making headway in dismantling some of the drug rings, and that Operation Winter’s End has led to the indictment of more than 60 people for dealing meth or heroin.

But the arrests only scratch the surface of a web of drug dealing and use that has become woven into some families on the reservation.

Two of Mary Fox’s grandchildren — Akaka Katrina Aulaumea, 25, and Kealoha Asaga Aulaumea, 22 — were picked up in Operation Winter’s End, accused of possessing and conspiring to distribute meth.

Another granddaughter, Amanda Yazzie, became addicted to heroin about three years ago.

Unable to afford full-fledged treatment, Yazzie tried to wean herself from drugs last spring while staying at her mother’s house. She cried, scratched her hands, stroked her auburn hair. Her legs shook uncontrollably.

Yazzie, a pretty 21-year-old, doesn’t get oil royalties. But friends who do fed her habit.

“I get high for free,” she said. “So I keep going and going.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A homeless man in Goshen was arrested after police found him manufacturing methamphetamine.

Goshen Police confronted 38-year-old Chad Johnson in the 400 Block of East Washington Street in Goshen.chad+johnson3

During the encounter, Johnson ran away from the police and tried to enter a local residence.

Johnson was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and arrested for resisting law enforcement.

He currently is incarcerated at the Elkhart County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police in Hanoi on Saturday arrested two people for carrying hundreds of methamphetamine pills on a taxi.

Doan Van Thieu, 28, and Bui Thi Kim Oanh, 30, told police, who stopped their taxi for a random check around 2:45 am, that they were returning home after visiting some local pagodas as part of their Lunar New Year celebration.drug1_qmdp

When the officers demanded to check their red plastic bag, Oanh said that it was just a “festive bag” carrying lucky food and objects from the pagodas, including a traditional rice dessert and a pocket of salt.

Police however found drugs hidden inside the cake and the salt pocket. Some were also concealed inside a camera.

The pills had an estimated street value of around VND300 million (US $15,000), police said.drug_TOIP

The two traffickers told police that they had been hired to transport the drugs by an unidentified person. They claimed that they had not been told where they would deliver the drugs to.

Police are investigating into the case.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.

The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A dump truck driver’s unfair dismissal claim was rejected by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after she was sacked for testing positive for methamphetamine use, with test results showing she was four times over the standard cut-off.

Tara Leah Cunningham denied taking the drug and claimed that the positive test was a consequence of her drink being spiked during a night out.

Cunningham had returned to her job at Downer EDI after a rostered break which lasted several days.

Prior to starting her shift, Cunningham was required by her employer to undertake a random drug test – this was in accordance with the organisation’s alcohol and drug management procedures. Cunningham’s sample contained traces of methamphetamine at four times the cut-off figure.

The week after the test, Cunningham was given an opportunity to explain whether there was a reasonable explanation for the presence of the drug in her system. She asserted that she had been the victim of drink spiking, but could not identify the culprit.

The union officer argued Downer therefore did not have a valid reason for her dismissal and criticised the company’s decision to backdate Cunningham’s dismissal.

Cunningham was represented during the hearing by a legal officer from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMU), who told the FWC that Cunningham had felt well when she returned to work, and not under the influence of any substance.

The officer argued that because of this, Downer had no valid reason for Cunningham’s dismissal.

Countering this, Downer submitted evidence gained from a medical practitioner, showing that the levels of the drug found in Cunningham’s body could not have been the result of a single dose administered approximately 80 hours earlier.

Downer also pointed out that it had a zero-tolerance drug policy, which had “critical safety implications for the welfare of all those who work at the mine”.

Commissioner Ian Cambridge found that due to the excessive levels of methamphetamine found in Cunningham’s test, her dismissal was justifiable, validating as her breach of Downer’s drug and alcohol policy as serious misconduct.

“This test result would of itself, provide valid reason for the employer to terminate the employment of the applicant,” said Cambridge. “This test result was appropriately treated as a prima facie serious risk to the safety of fellow workers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ASHEVILLE –  A Spartanburg woman is facing felony charges after trafficking meth into Buncombe County.

According to warrants at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office, 32-year-old Laura Christina Meyer was arrested Feb. 20 by the Buncombe County Anticrime Task Force with 62 grams of the drug, which has a street value of approximately $100 per gram.

Meyer was charged with three felony counts of trafficking, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute, and one charge of misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, including a digital scale and plastic baggies.

She was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, a 2004 Audi A4, for keeping and selling a controlled substance, a felony under the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

Meyers is being held under a $225,000 secured bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The woman’s boyfriend told police the pair went to purchase meth and got a bad batch; because he is paranoid about police they went to hide at the creek.

(WHAS11)–The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out how a woman reported missing ended up dead in a creek.23766947_Still

The woman has been identified as Jennifer Pike.

Pike’s body was found around 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a creek on Martin Hill off Highway 44 West in Shepherdsville. That creek is very close to where she lives.

Her boyfriend reported her missing on Tuesday.

Pike’s boyfriend told police the pair went to purchase meth and got a bad batch; because he is paranoid about police they went to hide at the creek.

He said when it got cold, he took off running thinking Pike was behind him.

Police said the death appears to be accidental, but they are awaiting toxicology reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corruption within China’s pharmaceutical industry is a key factor in Guangdong province becoming the production centre for the burgeoning global trade in crystal meth, a top United Nations drugs official said.pau934947_02_40105489

Speaking in the wake of a massive seizure of the powerful stimulant near Lufeng district earlier this month – one of the biggest ever in Asia – senior UN drug official Jeremy Douglas said the quick and easy access to precursor chemicals required to make crystal meth clearly pointed to “corruption in the pharmaceutical and or chemical industries” in the mainland.

Douglas was briefed by Chinese officials in the immediate aftermath of the bust in which 2.4 tons of methamphetamine - known as Ice in Hong Kong – was seized.

His assertion comes amid President Xi Jinping’s ongoing drives against graft and drugs, and follows UN pledges to strengthen co-operation with Beijing and others in the region in the fight against drug gangs and the corrupt networks that underpin them.

“To operate a lab like this, you need a lot of chemicals, which are legitimate, regulated chemicals from the pharmaceutical industry,” Douglas said.

“This group has been able to get their hands on the precursor chemicals necessary to produce the drugs. They’ve been doing it for a long time, which means they’re getting these chemicals on a regular basis.

“There is some kind of corruption in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry taking place allowing this to happen.”

Meth can be manufactured using a variety of chemicals – most notably ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are also used in cold and flu medicine.

The latest seizure follows the January arrest of Hongkonger Wong Chi-ping – suspected of being a major drugs kingpin in the region – in Indonesia during a raid that netted 860 kg of Guangdong-manufactured meth.

Last November, 400 tons of chemicals seized before they could be turned into meth were destroyed by police in Lufeng.

Lufeng is a traditional heartland of Hong Kong’s largest triad, the Sun Yee On.

Of the latest haul, Douglas said: “It was most likely bound for a whole variety of destinations within and outside China.”

Hong Kong officials said a record number of drugs busts at the airport last year was due to “enhanced enforcement and intelligence” – not increased trafficking activity.

Shenzhen authorities captured 4.2 tons of narcotics in November and arrested 5,000 people, a number of whom were involved in drug trafficking to Australia via Hong Kong. And in June, the meth trafficking issue was believed to have been on the agenda when Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok met ministers in Australia and New Zealand.

 

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Corrupt drug firms ‘fuelling meth scourge’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KALAMAZOO, MI — Police arrested two men and seized a meth lab from a motel room following a drug bust Saturday morning in Kalamazoo.-568746c84441afa3

At approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday, police officers with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety observed a suspected meth dealer driving in the 3700 block of Vanrick Drive, near Wing Stadium, a news release issued by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said.

Police pulled the driver over and found components used to manufacture meth in his vehicle, according to the release. Afterwards, police were waiting to secure a search warrant for the motel room the man was staying in when “another vehicle pulled into the same area officers had been watching,” the release said.

Officers made contact with the driver of the second vehicle  and found meth, as well as packaging material and a digital scale on his person. Items “used for the sale of controlled substances,” the release said.meth-componentsjpg-c1b8eb894b0c8f5a

Inside the motel room, police found more meth and meth components as well as marijuana.

The suspects, two males in their late twenties, were arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

One is charged with operating and maintaining a meth lab, while the other is charged with possession of meth with the intent to deliver, according to the release.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crimes to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OTTUMWA – The Post Office intercepted a package they believed to contain drugs.

“The Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package from California to an address on Albany Street, in Ottumwa. They suspected that the package contained controlled substances in it, so they obtained a Federal Search Warrant and made a determination that the package had controlled substances inside,” said Ottumwa Police Lieutenant Jason Bell.

After the search warrant was executed, the Post Office contacted the Ottumwa Police Department.

“The package was delivered to 201 Albany and then we followed up the delivery with the execution of a search warrant at that residence,” said Lt. Bell. “Subsequent to the investigation, we were able to arrest two men.”

Shane Capps and Ryan Yancey were arrested on Friday, with no incident. The men have been charged with the following:Ryan Yancey and Shane Capps

  • Shane William Capps, age 34, of 201 Albany, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine (Class “B” Felony).
  • Ryan Whitley Yancey, age 28, of 1624 Albia Road, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver more than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine (Class “B” Felony).

Both men are being held in the Wapello County Jail with a scheduled bond of $100,000.

The investigation was aided through help from the Ottumwa Police Department, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The National Police’s Narcotics Directorate recently nabbed 11 members of an international drug ring operating in Jakarta, confiscating a total of 8.1 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.20150129_meth_AFp_0

Narcotics Directorate head Chief Brig. Gen. Anjan Pramuka Putra said Friday the syndicate was controlled from China and operated its business in Jakarta before distributing drugs to other big cities throughout the country.

“They distributed the drugs to Jakarta because they saw a higher demand here where people were willing to pay a lot more compared to the Chinese market,” Anjan told reporters at the directorate’s office in Cawang, East Jakarta.

According to him, 1 kilogram of methamphetamine was sold for Rp 300 million (S$31,743) per kilogram in China, while in Indonesia, drug dealers can make Rp 1 billion to Rp 1.5 billion for the same amount.

National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said the series of raids started on Jan. 8 when the police caught Heriyanto, Stevy Harto and Enos Simbolon at a hotel in Medan, South Sumatra, with 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine from China.

 “After that, we developed the case and arrested other members of the drug syndicate in Jakarta,” Rikwanto told reporters.

On Jan. 12, the police arrested a Nigerian citizen identified as Chukwudubem Shedrack Nwabueze at an apartment in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, which led to the arrest of Sandia Purwani and Nilo Purwani four days later in Bekasi, West Java. During the raid in Bekasi, the police confiscated 2.1 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden inside 14 printer ink cartridges from China.

Still in January, the police also arrested Edward Mawardi, Bernard Sandehang, Fadlan, Al Rohaeti and Chinese citizen Ong Liong Cuan from the syndicate and confiscated three firearms and two mini diesel machines.

“The syndicate used a new method by hiding their drugs inside ink cartridges and mini diesel machines before they delivered them here,” Rikwanto said.

Anjan said the eleven suspects from the Chinese syndicate would face multiple charges, including Article 114 clause 2 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which carries the death penalty as a maximum sentence.

“I hope the court will sentence all of them to death, or at least they should get life sentences,” Anjan said.

He added that with the arrest, the National Police had stopped another drug syndicate from distributing drugs from Jakarta to other cities, such as Surabaya in East Java, and Bali. He also claimed that the drug bust saved around 8,100 people in the country from drug addiction.

Rikwanto said the lavish nightlife in Jakarta had made the capital a lucrative destination for drug-trafficking syndicates.

The Indonesian judicial system is currently under the international spotlight ahead of the execution of Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, two Australians known as ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug-smuggling ring. Both are scheduled to face a firing squad for trying to smuggle about 8 kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005.

International drug ring cases in Greater Jakarta:

Aug. 14, 2013: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s customs and excise officers confiscate 9.9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, worth Rp 13.5 billion. The suspects comprise five Indonesians, three Malaysians, a Vietnamese and a Nigerian.

Nov. 22, 2014: The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrests three Chinese nationals in Pluit in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, for possessing and storing a total of 157 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUMMIT COUNTY (ABC 4 Utah) Summit County law enforcement seized 31.5 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $1 million during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.Marilyn Torres

A Summit County deputy conducted a routine traffic stop on a white 2007 Chevrolet Impala on I-80 near Coalville.

During the traffic stop, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office K9 alerted to the trunk of the vehicle and a search was conducted.

During the search of the vehicle, Summit County Deputies and Park City Police Officers located 31.5 pounds of methamphetamine concealed under the spare tire in the trunk.enforcement seized 31.5 pounds of methamphetamine

Marilyn Torres, of Long Beach, CA, referred for federal investigation with the DEA Metro Narcotics Task Force and federal prosecution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We hear it too often, a meth bust, a fire caused by a mobile meth lab and other crimes committed by people, while under the influence of methamphetamine. So how big of a problem is it in Nebraska and where is the drug coming from?

The Western Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING) and Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement (CODE) said meth is in every county small or large, destroying the lives of anyone who touches it. “Methamphetamine is our most serious problem,” said CODE Task Force Coordinator Eric Rice.6799483_G

Meth has been impacting Nebraskans long before the fictional hit show Breaking Bad, which put the reality of the distribution and manufacturing of the drug in many people’s minds. WING Drug Task Force Commander Dana Korell said, “Although this show is a good drama, it doesn’t depict what’s happening here but labs like the ones in the show can be found south of the border.”

“A majority of the meth that we deal with is brought into the state of Nebraska by transporting organizations most of it is actually manufactured in Mexico then transported into the United States,” said Rice.

 “It’s 80, 85, 90 percent pure meth which is a change at one time 20–30 percent was about average but the stuff we are seeing lately is very high purity,” explained Korell.

Authorities say most meth comes into the state in cars. “It’s just people making road trips to wherever to pick it up and bring it back,” said Korell. But some will do whatever it takes to discreetly traffic the drug. “The informant said it is being smuggled into Nebraska inside women and so sure enough we worked on that taper and yea there was five ounces,” Korell added. WING Drug Task force covers 11 counties in western Nebraska.

CODE task force covers 22 counties in central Nebraska. In 2013, they seized 2,304 grams of methamphetamine, made 76 arrests for possession of methamphetamine, 20 arrests for trafficking/distribution, 22 of the arrests were Federal Indictments. Just a year later in 2014, they seized 14,148 grams of methamphetamine, made 84 arrests for possession of methamphetamine, 33 arrests for trafficking/distribution, 26 of the arrests were Federal Indictments.

Officials say cocaine at first was the drug of choice in Nebraska until meth took over. “Meth is a central nervous stimulant like cocaine, but meth last a lot longer,” explained Rice. “So if you buy a $100 worth of meth which is a gram, you will get a lot more dosage units and the substance will last you a lot longer for the same price.”

 Authority say where there is meth addicts’ crime likely follows. “We have a lot of shoplifting going on around here and I think the majority of it is to bring the property back to the store once you take it and get you cash to go get meth,” said Korell. Law enforcement added those getting their hands on the drug start as early as in their teens. “They really don’t care much about anything else, but meth it just consumes them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AMARILLO, TEXASThree separate drug busts in the Amarillo-area helped net nearly $2 million in methamphetamine, according to Amarillo police and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS.)

More than 48 pounds of meth were seized in total. The total street value was estimated at being more than $1,959,840, authorities said.CANAS,%20JOSE%20ANGEL

Leading up to one of the seizures, a DPS trooper stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima on a traffic violation on eastbound I-40 near Amarillo in Potter County. That was at about 6:50 p.m., Thursday.

During the traffic stop, DPS said the trooper discovered 10 bundles of methamphetamine in a box of cat litter. The meth weighed more than pounds, DPS said.

Forty-five-year-old Juan Carlos Duarte-Cordova and 41-year-old Ruth Griego, both of Phoenix, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance over 400 grams, a first degree felony.

DPS said the meth was allegedly being transported from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.

The second meth seizure happened as part of a search warrant at a southwest Amarillo home at about 2:30 a.m., Friday. The home was in the 8100-block of Shreveport Drive in the City View area of Amarillo.

Amarillo police, with the help of DPS, did the search and found about 38 gross pounds of methamphetamine. The meth was valued at being $1,032,840.

Drug paraphernalia and one handgun was also seized, police said.

Twenty-six-year-old Jose Angel Canas of Amarillo was arrested for Manufacture/Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 400 grams.

A third meth seizure happened Thursday morning at about 10 a.m. The Amarillo Police Department’s PACE unit was trying to locate 32-year-old Richard Tremaine Finch on a parole violation warrant.

An undercover officer was able to locate Finch at a motel in the 3200-block of Interstate 40 east. Police said Finch did not listen to commands but was eventually taken into custody.

Officers said they found a semi-automatic pistol in his waistband. In the motel room, narcotic paraphernalia was found. A search warrant was then written and executed on the room.

About 30 gross grams of meth were found, along with several loaded syringes, handgun ammunition and other narcotic paraphernalia. A total street value of the substances was not immediately released.

Finch was taken to the Potter County Correctional Center on a parole violation warrant, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon within weapons free zone, Man/Del of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 more than 4 grams less than 200 grams and Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) – An Athens woman was arrested after police found a meth lab inside of her lunch box.

Misty Sisk, 31, is facing several drug and paraphernalia charges.6784505_G

According to the arrest report, police were originally called to a home in the 300 block of Riddle St. on Wednesday to serve a warrant on Sisk’s boyfriend, Richard Brian Mason. Sisk answered the door and allowed officers to go inside.

She told police she had been sleeping in a back bedroom, where officers located a homemade meth pipe that was made out of a plastic bottle cap, a light bulb and a pen. Several pills and a snorting straw were found nearby.

Police also noticed an unzipped lunchbox with clear tubing and coffee filters hanging out, which are items commonly used in manufacturing meth.

Inside the lunch box, police found coffee filters, a plastic bag filled with green ammonium nitrate, 1 lb. bag of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane, commonly used to cut meth), and paraphernalia including glass pipes, cut straws, razorblades and a burned bowl with residue.

Sisk was transported to the McMinn County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRENTON – New charges were issued Friday against a local couple in connection with a meth lab bust earlier this week.

Christopher and Sylvia Taylor are charged with Possession with Intent to Make and Deliver Meth.  Christopher Taylor was previously charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon.METH-LAB-BUST-JONES-COUNTY-2-jpeg

Jones County officers responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s home on Wednesday.  They say they uncovered a meth lab inside the home and a mobile meth lab inside a vehicle in the driveway.

Christopher Taylor is being held in the Jones County Jail.  Sylvia Taylor is in overflow custody in Onslow County.

Bond for each was set at $100,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BATTLE CREEK, MI — Deputies are seeking drug and prostitution charges against several people after a methamphetamine bust in Calhoun County Thursday.

After an investigation into drug activity, deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office meth response team obtained a search warrant for a home in the 1300 block of Avenue A in Springfield, near Battle Creek. Police raided the home at about 11:30 p.m. and found “a quantity of controlled substances,” according to a news release.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant, as police seek new charges against him.

While raiding the home, investigators say they obtained information that led them to a hotel in the 4000 block of Beckley Road in Battle Creek, where they found several people in possession of drugs and engaging in prostitution.

A 39-year-old Battle Creek man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and arrest warrants are being requested for several other suspects, police say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Kingsport woman Thursday, following a report of stolen medication.6788755_G

According to a SCSO news release, a woman told dispatchers that Amanda Fogarty, 21, had stolen her medication.

When deputies responded to the Claremont Road home, a Ford Taurus was in the driveway and the driver of the car got out of the vehicle and left the scene. Officers were unable to locate him.

Police made contact with Fogarty and following a search of the Claremont home, officers found a variety of items known to be used in a methamphetamine cook process.

According to the release, officers also found a “one-pot” cook bottle along with drug paraphernalia.

The investigation was handed over to the SCSO Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to the scene.

According to the release, the Meth Task Force truck could not be immediately deployed due to road conditions, and officers secured the scene until they arrived Friday morning.

Fogarty was arrested and charged with promotion of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was taken to the Sullivan County Correctional Facility, where she was being held on $9,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wjhl.com/story/28161896/scso-deputies-arrest-kingsport-woman-on-meth-drug-charges

 

REDMOND, Ore. – Capping a year-long investigation of Redmond methamphetamine trafficking, police raided six homes in Redmond and Madras and made a traffic stop in Redmond over eight days, leading to 13 arrests, including a 17-year-old juvenile, and the placement of six children in state custody, officers said Friday.

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team detectives coordinated the execution of four search warrants around 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, assisted by Redmond and Oregon State Police, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and Tactics (SOT) Team, Bend and Warm Springs police and the Central Oregon Emergency Response (CERT) team, said Oregon State Police Sgt. Dan Conner.

At 2956 SW Pumice Avenue, detectives found over a half-pound of meth, scales, packaging material, paraphernalia and three guns, Conner said.

Kevin Moreno, 20, of Redmond, was arrested at the home, as was a 17-year-old juvenile who was taken into protective custody.

The seized evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by two minor children, ages 9 and 11, and the state Department of Human Services was contacted and took the children into protective custody. Moreno also was charged with first-degree child neglect.

At 2530 SW 29th Street, detectives found a user amount of meth and paraphernalia and arrested Oscar Adame, 49, of Redmond, on a meth possession charge.

At 2534 SW 29th Street, detectives found a small amount of meth on a resident, Ulyses Santillan, 31, of Redmond, as well as drug paraphernalia, Conner said. They also found body armor at another raided home that belonged to Santillan.

The seized drug evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by a 1 ½-year-old living at the home, so the DHS took the child into protective custody. Santillan was arrested on charges of meth possession and felon in possession of body armor.

At 2536 SW 29th Street, detectives said they found over a quarter-pound of meth located throughout the residence, as well as scales, packaging material, paraphernalia, body armor and a firearm, Conner said. DHS was called in when the drug evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by an 11-year-old living at the home.

Four people were contacted at the home and arrested. A transient, Vera B. Hughes, 25, was charged with meth possession. Hilda Santos, 45, of Redmond, faces meth possession and delivery charges and first-degree child neglect.

Agustin Ayala Sixtos, 46, of Redmond, faces those charges as well as possession of a forged instrument and arrest on an outstanding warrant. Freddy Ayala, 24, of Redmond, was arrested on a probation violation detainer.

On Friday, Feb. 13, CODE Team detectives, assisted by Redmond police, acted on information from their investigation and stopped a vehicle driven by Victoria Santellano Rodriguez, 48, and occupied by Gustavo Bass, 31, both of Madras, near the intersection of Southwest 27th Street and Obsidian Lane in Redmond.

As a result of the traffic stop, the CODE Team seized about a quarter-pound of meth and both suspects were taken into custody on meth possession and delivery charges. Also, using the information obtained, CODE detectives raided the pair’s home at 23 NW Depot Road, Space 11 in Madras, seizing a small amount of suspected meth and some cash.

The last raid took place Thursday of this week, at 2727 Southwest Umatilla Court in Redmond, where the CODE Team, assisted by Redmond PD, seized a small amount of meth, packaging material and paraphernalia.

The drug evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by two children, ages 6 and 8, living in the home, so again DHS was called and took the children into protective custody, Conner said.

Micha L. Warren and Samuel Warren, both 28 and of Redmond, and Jose Alberto Garcia Bolanos, 33, also of Redmond, were contacted at the home at the time of the raid and arrested.

Warren is charged with meth possession and frequenting a place where drugs are used, kept or sold. Roman also was arrested on a frequenting charge, while Garcia Bolano is charged with meth possession, delivery of meth within 1,000 feet of a school and first-degree child neglect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6782996_GMOORINGSPORT, LA (KSLA) – An alleged family drug operation lands a father, mother and their son in jail.  And narcotics agents credit a citizens tip for helping break the case.

Those agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit arrested 61-year old Randy Colgin along with his 55-year old wife Beverly and 25-year old son Johnathan.  They’ve been booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on 1-count each of creation and operation of a clandestine laboratory.

Agents made the arrests on Tuesday, February 17, after searching a house in the 300-block of Greenwood Street in Mooringsport, a small village in northern Caddo Parish.6783025_G

“They had actually cooked before.  There wasn’t an actual meth lab there or any of the meth lab trash.  They found, agents found the items used to manufacture meth there,” said Lt. Carl Townley, the Caddo Drug Unit Commander.  Lt. Townley added that it appears the Colgin’s were getting ready to cook another batch.

“I’ve had a feeling for years,” said James Alexander.  He’s a retired Caddo Sheriff’s Office deputy who lives right next door to the alleged meth house.  In fact, Alexander said he was home when narcotics agents arrived on Tuesday.

Alexander recalled, “When all this come to a head the other night I was sitting here cleaning my bike and the ‘Jump Out Boys’ come here (laugh).  So, I figured that’s where they was going.”6782963_G

Alexander explained that agents first spoke outside with the husband and wife by their front gate.  From there, agents went into the home.  That’s where they reportedly spotted a computer.  On the screen they saw a recipe on how to make meth.

So, what exactly made the neighbor suspicious?  Alexander told us, “Different traffic in and out of there, you know.  And then, of course, a lot of times they get the pit bulls and stuff.  You think about that because a lot of times ppit bullsare involved in drug transactions.”

Lt. Townley described the Colgin’s meth operation as a “one pot shake-and-bake lab” which typically make enough meth for a few dozen doses.  He concluded that when it comes to meth the majority of users are also dealers, mostly just to keep their habit going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a Kodiak man for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a release, the office said 55-year-old Teodoro Berdan of Kodiak was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth after he took a package containing 122 grams of the drug Feb. 7.

Berdan could face up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a Feb. 9 complaint, in mid-January a U.S. Postal Inspection Service official in the Lower 48 alerted Alaska postal inspectors to packages destined for a Kodiak address that had been discovered during the course of an investigation into a meth distribution operation between California and Guam.

Then on Feb. 5, that official provided Alaska inspectors with a tracking number for a package sent from California and addressed to Berdan, the complaint said.

A drug-sniffing dog from the Alaska State Troopers and the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit examined the package and indicated that drugs were inside.

After receiving a federal search warrant, investigators opened the package and found the meth in two layers of vacuum-sealed bags, the complaint said.

The meth was removed, except for a “representative sample,” and a tracking device installed in the package, which was then delivered the following day to Berdan’s home.

When the tracking device alerted law enforcement that the package had been opened, the complaint said, officers “rallied in front of the residence and announced their presence” and entered the house, eventually finding Berdan in a locked bedroom.

The complaint said that of the five people in the home at the time of their arrival, Berdan appeared to be the only person to have touched the package.

Further investigation of Berdan revealed he had $1,900 in various currencies in his wallet, the complaint states.

At the time of his arrest, officers also found “dime bags” — used to distribute the drug — and a digital scale, lighter, meth and its residue in a safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROVO — A man and woman were arrested early Friday morning on drug charges after a Utah Highway Patrol officer stopped to provide assistance to a car parked in Provo Canyon in the Vivian Park area.54e774813adaa_preview-620

Brandy Jo Messersmith, 25, of Orem, and Christopher Alexander Timoko, 25, of Provo were arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after they were found parked in the car with blankets covering the windows.

When the officer began talking to the pair, he reported it became apparent they were under the influence of a stimulant, “which I suspected to be methamphetamine,” according to the arrest documents.

After questioning the woman, the officer learned the woman had been smoking spice earlier in the evening. A search of the vehicle also reportedly turned up a plastic bag of methamphetamine, a piece of aluminum foil rolled up as a makeshift pipe, a broken methamphetamine pipe, two new and unused methamphetamine pipes and a single Valium pill.54e7748163399_preview-620

Messersmith was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and six related misdemeanor charges. Timoko was booked on suspicion of one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and two related misdemeanor charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FARMINGTON, Mo. A southeastern Missouri man is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused of causing the methamphetamine-related death of his 8-month-old son.

The (Park Hills) Daily Journal reports 21-year-old James Belleville of Valles Mines in St. Francois County is charged with felony abuse of a child resulting in death.

The charge alleges that Belleville permitted infant Caleb Belleville to ingest methamphetamine. An autopsy determined the baby died last October of acute methamphetamine intoxication, although alcohol also was found in the child’s system.

The newspaper reports that Belleville told investigators on Tuesday that he had not used methamphetamine in several months, but he later admitted to using the drug in January.

Online court records don’t show whether Belleville has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 25E3FB4A00000578-2962524-image-a-26_1424485332829Jesus Isidor-Mendoza, 18, went missing October 22 in Tacoma
  • His body was found hacked up inside a duffel bag thrown into a ravine
  • Police say he was raped, drowned in a bucket, and then cut in half
  • Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Arthur Daves, 49, and Crystal Share Jackson, 30, have been charged with first-degree murder
  • Investigators say Isidor-Mendoza met the trio at a house the day he went missing and was killed in the garage

Two men and a woman have been arrested and charged over the alleged rape, murder and mutilation of a Washington state teenager, who had been missing for four months before his remains were found last week.

The body of Jesus Isidor-Mendoza, 18, had been cut in half and put inside a duffel bag, which was found at the bottom of a ravine behind a dilapidated house in Tacoma on February 8.

He was last seen leaving his mother’s house in Lakewood to go to college on October 22.

Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Arthur Daves, 49, and Crystal Share Jackson, 30, have now been charged in connection with the homicide,KVAL-TV reported.

Detectives suspect the death was meth-related.

‘This gruesome murder is a reminder of how violence the methamphetamine business can be,’ Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement, according to The New York Daily News.

Investigators believe that Isidor-Mendoza met the trio in the garage of Crystal Jackson’s house on the night of October 22.

Darrel Arthur Daves lived at the garage, and Wallace Jackson was also there.

The two men are accused of raping Isidor-Mendoza, before drowning his head in a laundry bucket.

Once he was dead, the two allegedly chopped the body in half, wrapped it in plastic and stored it in the garage.

However after two days the cadaver began to smell.

Wallace and Crystal Jackson – who are not related – are accused of putting the body inside a red duffel bag and throwing it down the ravine.

A local then found the remains after allegedly overhearing Wallace Jackson tell someone about how there was a dead body in the ravine, according to The Tacoma News Tribune.25E4156100000578-2962524-image-a-31_1424487123869

All three are now being held in Pierce County Jail.

They were initially placed on a 72-hour hold as detectives continue to investigate the murder.

Crystal Jackson allegedly confessed to police during questioning, having witnessed the rape and murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missing Washington state teen was raped, drowned and dismembered: authorities 

The Washington teen whose body was found mutilated at the bottom of a ravine had been raped and then drowned, prosecutors said.

The decomposed and dismembered body of 19-year-old Jesus Isidor-Mendoza was discovered in a duffel bag in February, more than three months after his family reported him missing.

Tacoma detectives believe the homicide is related to the meth trade.

Three suspects, Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Daves, 49, and Crystal Jackson, 30, were arrested in connection with Isidor-Mendoza’s death. All face murder charges in Pierce County.

“This gruesome murder is a reminder of how violence the methamphetamine business can be,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement.

It’s believed Isidor-Mendoza met up with Wallace Jackson and Daves at Jackson’s garage the night of his death, on Oct. 22. The two men then raped the teen, drowned him in a bucket of water and chopped up his body, Crystal Jackson allegedly told authorities.

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The duo wrapped the teen’s body in plastic, but after two days the garage began to smell.

Wallace and Crystal Jackson, who are not related, allegedly threw the bag containing Isidor-Mendoza’s body down the steep ravine before its discovery on Feb. 8.

The teen’s family suspected something was wrong when Isidor-Mendoza failed to show up for classes at Pierce College, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

A neighbor reportedly overheard Wallace Jackson speaking of a body in the ravine, went out to investigate and discovered his corpse before calling authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amie Carter, 31, was found naked and under the influence of ‘a heavy unknown substance’ after her debauched stroll down an Orlando street, according to a police report. Police said she masturbated in front of a car, climbed on top of it, stomped on the hood and threw a cell phone at another car.article-amie-carter-0217

Call it touch-and-go traffic.

A naked Florida woman stopped traffic on a residential street when she masturbated in front of a couple’s car and then threw a tantrum on top of the vehicle, police said.

Police responded to an intersection in Fairview Shores, on the northern outskirts of Orlando, Sunday night after reports of a naked woman walking in traffic, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

They found Amie Carter, 31, strutting in the street and wearing no clothes. She appeared to be “under of the influence (of) a heavy unknown substance” and “in an altered mental state,” according to a police report. Carter refused to be removed from the street and kicked her legs in the air when cops tried to subdue her.

Police later determined that Carter pleasured herself in front of a couple in a Lexus, then climbed on top of it, stomped on its hood and threw a cell phone at a car stopped behind it.

She caused about $1,500 in damage to the Lexus, WKMG reported.

She was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and exposure of sexual organs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A naked woman stopped traffic Sunday night when she touched herself in front of one couple’s car and then climbed onto the hood, Orlando police said.

While atop the vehicle, Amie Carter, 31, stomped on the hood and threw a cellphone at car stopped behind the vehicle she was standing on, according to an arrest report.

Carter was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail.

She was charged with criminal mischief and exposure of sexual organs.

Officers responded to East Par Street and Formosa Avenue about 11:15 p.m. Sunday regarding a naked woman walking in traffic.

When police arrived, they saw Carter walking in the middle of Formosa Avenue. She wasn’t wearing any clothes, the report said.

“Carter appeared to be under the influence [of] a heavy unknown substance,” officers wrote in the report. “She appeared in an altered mental state, displaying extremely irrational and volatile behavior.”

Officers asked Carter to get out of the street, but she refused. She also resisted the officers who tried to remove her from the road “by pulling and kicking her legs in the air,” the report continued.

Once the wrestled Carter to the side of the road, they placed her in handcuffs and covered her in a blanket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Grass Valley man is behind bars after police said he gave his children’s 16-year-old baby sitter meth, and raped her.

Randolph Gorton, 35, was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with rape of a drugged victim, sexual assault of a person under 18 years of age, providing controlled substances to a minor and possession of narcotics for sale, according to the Grass Valley Police Department.promo248681453

“I have seen him a few times. Seen him, like, outside in the courtyard playing with his kids and everything,” said a neighbor of Gorton’s who wished to remain anonymous. “It was real shocking hearing all that, 16-year-old and all that.”

Police say the victim and her family know Gorton, and that she had baby sat his two toddler aged daughters in the past at his home.

Detectives said the victim was invited over to watch Gorton’s kids last week, but when she arrived his kids were not there.

“She went over that day, thinking she was going to baby sit. The subject then provided the juvenile with what we believe was methamphetamine,” said Sgt. Dan Kimbrough, a spokesperson for the Grass Valley Police Department.

After giving her the drug, Kimbrough said Gorton took advantage of the victim and raped her, although it’s still under investigation exactly how he gave her the drug.

Police began their investigation when the victim’s mother reported the attack at the main police station off Main Street in Grass Valley.

“I believe she was informed by a friend of the juvenile,” Kimbrough said.

The next day detectives arrested Gorton at a shopping center across Dorsey Drive from his apartment.

Gorton is now being held at the Nevada County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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