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EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office is in the process of possibly taking over the Canal Motel, where police have found at least three alleged clandestine drug laboratories.

The state’s attorney’s office has filed for forfeiture under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Cannabis Control Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act and the Illinois Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act.

A Granite City police officer has submitted a sworn statement outlining several alleged illegal activities at the motel which is located at 3317 West Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City.

Named in the suit is Mavani and Sons, Inc., of Wood River, the owners. The motel operators could not be reached for comment.

The officer states in his affidavit that an owner or agent of the motel has been at the premises at the time of of an arrest for possession, manufacturing, concealment and sales of illegal drugs or was notified that the activity was going on.

“The owners of this property knew or should have known of the illegal drug related activity taking place at the property. In addition, many of the individuals involved in the illegal drug-related activity are long-term, permanent occupants, and the proceeds of these illegal drug sales are used to pay rent or boarding fees,” the affidavit states.

The statement lists some of the incidents. A charge was filed March 25 of possession of a controlled substance.

On two occasions in the past year, police found a clandestine methamphetamine lab, including dangerous chemicals.

On two other occasions the Illinois Department of Public Health has sent letters to the motel operators notifying them of the meth making operations.

A judge has issued an order for “constructive seizure,” which means the owners must preserve the property in its present state until a decision on the forfeiture is made.




County wants to seize control of Canal Motel

Prosecutors are wielding a series of state drug laws in an attempt to seize the Canal Motel and the Relax Inn, two Granite City motels that have been under investigation for years.

The Canal Motel, at 3317 W. Chain of Rocks Road, has been under investigation since at least July of 2012 when the Illinois Department of Public Health sent a letter to its owners notifying them that “a clandestine drug laboratory was found” in one of the rooms and “known hazardous chemicals and substances were seized and disposed of.” Parts of the letter were contained in a sworn statement filed recently by a Granite City police officer in support of the forfeiture.

 Two months later, authorities found a body in another room and later determined that the deceased had died after ingesting heroin, benzodiazepines, and other drugs.

I.D.P.H. officials sent a similar letter on March 7, 2014, the same month the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 21-year-old local woman with unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful possession of meth.

The incidents violate the Illinois Controlled Substance Act, The Cannabis Control Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act and/or the Drug Asset Forfeiture Act.

The Canal Motel is owned by Mavani & Sons, Inc., whose offices are in Wood River.

The affidavit in support of the forfeiture alleges that the owners, or one of their agents, was at the motel during the arrests or investigations and knew, or should have known, that illegal drug activity was taking place there.

A similar forfeiture notice was sent to the Velani Brothers Corp., a St. Peters, Mo. corporation that owns the Relax Inn, at 100 Niedringhaus Avenue in Granite City.

The sworn statement also mentions that a body was found in one of the rooms on May 14, 2013. An investigation found the death to be from acute intoxication with cocaine and hydromorophone.

Police allege that many of the people involved in the illegal drug activity are “long-term permanent occupants and the proceeds of these illegal drug sales are used to pay rent/boarding fees.”

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics team arrested 3 people Thursday night, accused of attempting to sell large quantities of meth to undercover agents.


CNT agents say on Thursday, agents purchased more than two ounces of meth from a 31-year-old Travis Montreal Billings at one of the motels in the I-95/ Highway 204 area. Agents say two other people, 21-year-old Steven Frank Rodriquez and 21-year-old Morgan Folds were also arrested.

4492072_GBillings has been charged with sale of a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine; Billings also had warrants for his arrest through Dougherty County for Parole Violation. Rodriquez has also been charged with sale of a controlled substance and tracking methamphetamine. Folds has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance; Folds also has an outstanding warrant for her arrest out of Camilla, GA for various traffic charges.





The Russellville Police Department (RPD) and the Fifth Judicial Task Force seized more than 200 grams of methamphetamine and arrested two suspects on Wednesday.


A local parcel distribution center contacted the RPD about a “suspicious package,” an investigator testified during felony bond hearings Friday. The company had tried twice to deliver the package to the address listed.

“Through both attempted deliveries, they felt that the circumstances were suspicious,” the investigator testified. “[They] thought the package coming from California was suspicious, so they opened it up and found what they believed to be 1 pound of methamphetamine.”

The officers conducted a field-test, in which the substance tested positive for methamphetamine, he said.

The package was reportedly addressed to a fake name, but a phone number given to the distribution center was Deandre Turner’s cell phone. A worker at the center called Turner, who reportedly gave the same name that was listed on the package, and set a pick-up time for the package.

Turner allegedly said Chris Jackson would pick up the package and that he would have a valid ID with the address that was listed on the package.

When investigators had dispatch run Chris Jackson’s name, it returned with the address on the package.

“He just had his ID changed to that address the same day that he was supposed to come pick up the package,” the investigator testified.

Investigators spotted Turner park a vehicle in which Jackson was a passenger in a restaurant parking lot across the street from the center. Jackson went into the center, signed for the package and was walking back to the car when agents arrested him, the investigator testified.

When Turner saw Jackson being arrested, he reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase through city streets and parking lots before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Turner “most definitely” endangered other people during the chase, the investigator testified.

Jackson, 28, was charged with drug trafficking (methamphetamine). He has prior felony convictions in Colorado, including three escape charges.

Turner, 25, was charged with drug trafficking (methamphetamine) and felony fleeing in a vehicle.

Both suspects are being held in lieu of $1 million cash-only bonds and are scheduled to appear Sept. 29 in Pope County Circuit Court.






PHUKET: Police at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint arrested a woman carrying methamphetamine pills and kratom leaves into Phuket yesterday afternoon (August 14).


Thalang police and narcotics officers checking cars coming through the checkpoint noticed the driver of a Honda City car looked particularly nervous.

They pulled over the car and discovered that the driver, Kallaya Duranae, 37, was holding a methamphetamine (ya bah) pill in her hand.

They searched the car and found two packets containing another 374 ya bah pills, along with a sack of banned kratom leaves.

When questioned, Kallaya admitted that she had bought the drugs from someone in Phang Nga she knew only as “Boy”, and she was on her way to deliver them to buyers in Phuket.


She was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and Category 5 drugs with intent to sell.




A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday after 6.8 pounds of methamphetamine were found hidden inside the vehicle he was driving, according to the Department of Homeland Security.


The incident occurred at 11:25 p.m., according to officials.

Border Patrol agents encountered the man, described as a Mexican national, at the Highway 86 checkpoint after drug dogs were alerted to the vehicle, a blue 2003 Ford Expedition.

Agents discovered two packages of methamphetamine concealed within the SUV’s oil pan, officials said.

The drugs were valued at about $68,000.

The man, whose name was not released, the SUV and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.



Border Patrol dog sniffs out cache of meth

Indio, Calif. – A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to a large quantity of methamphetamine hidden in the oil pan of a vehicle on Thursday. 

According to a news release from the El Centro Sector Border Patrol office, agents assigned to the Indio Station stopped a 46-year old man driving a blue 2003 Ford Expedition at the Highway 86 Checkpoint around 11:25 Thursday night.

After a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle, agents referred the driver to secondary inspection area for further investigation.  The agents subsequently discovered two packages of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle’s oil pan.  The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 6.8 pounds with an estimated street value of $68,000.

The suspected smuggler, a lawfully present Mexican citizen, was taken into custody.  The man, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement  Administration for further investigation.




A Wagoner man has been charged with numerous complaints after 53ed6630a277d_imagebelligerence during the booking process produced a bag of meth.






The drug trade generates globally about 320 billion dollars (mdd) profit per year, forcing the international community to strengthen their work together in the fight against crime, the legal assistant attorney considered and International Affairs Attorney General’s Office (PGR), Mariana Benítez Tiburcio. The figure, obtained from an estimate made ​​in 2012 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “is used to gauge the size of the challenge transnational criminal phenomenon, “he said at the opening of the XVII World Congress of Criminology 2014.

The federal official figures provided more dividends generated by the criminal industry in the world: In 2012, according to UNODC trafficking illicit gains provided 32 billion dollars; and in 2010, cybercrime generated billion dollars worldwide. Inside Cintermex, before officials, academics, students and practitioners of law enforcement in Mexico and 30 countries, said that according to data provided by the IMF (IMF) in 2012, the value of the laundered assets of organized crime on the planet represents between 2% and 5% (between 800 billion and 2 trillion) of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Facts that year . revealed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) indicate that in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 1.8 million victims of human trafficking Benitez Tiburcio stated: “Today, the success of a country is shared by the international community for the positive impact inevitably has to take that action worldwide. However, this close relationship fostered by the globalization phenomenon has, consequently, that the challenges faced by the country become globally shared challenges. ” The official stressed the transformation that happens the country to adopt the new criminal justice system . He said that although the PGR has improved strategies to combat crime, it is necessary that the causes of illegal actions to bring down crime rates are known. Called participants to promote the exchange of intelligence information between national and international agencies and strengthen dialogue and cooperation between regions such as Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the European Union in order to establish comprehensive policies against acting outside the law. The World Congress of Criminology has as its central theme gangs, traffic and insecurity, as well as community empowerment.



These shocking pictures show the terrifying toll of years of hard drug abuse on a woman who robbed her 84-year-old grandmother.QtGcFTE

Brigitte Matzke of Port Orange, Florida, is just 25 – but could easily pass for a woman 20 years older since her looks were ravaged by the suspected long-term use of Class A substances including methamphetamine – commonly known as crystal meth.

Matzke has been arrested 11 times in just three years – and the gallery of police mugshots below shows the harrowing effects of her habits, transforming her from a fresh-faced young woman to a sore-infested addict.

She was arrested on Monday after she assaulted and stole jewellery from her grandmother, according to police.

Matzke wanted to book a night at a hotel with her husband, 26-year-old Alex Caldwell. When she realised she didn’t have enough cash, she visited her grandmother at her luxury apartment and demanded $80.

When her grandmother said she didn’t have the money, police say Matzke forced her way into her bedroom.

The older woman tried to stop her but her granddaughter grabbed her, ripped her bra off, twisted her wrists and took jewellery and other items worth $1,900, police said.

The couple then left the apartment but were arrested later that evening.

The pair were each charged with burglary with assault, battery on a person 65 years or older, false imprisonment, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and intimidating or threatening a witness.







A woman was under the influence of methamphetamine and driving a stolen SUV when she ran a red light and triggered a collision that killed a Clovis man Thursday morning in northeast Fresno, police say. QZgGR_AuSt_8

Matthew Harkenrider, 26, was on his way to work at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno, where he was a radiology technician. He died at the scene.

Harkenrider grew up in Oakhurst and was a former star baseball catcher and football quarterback at Yosemite High School, graduating in 2007. He was married in March 2013 and recently moved his family into a new home.

John Scott, Harkenrider’s longtime friend and teammate, said he was a tremendous athlete and a devoted husband and father to Natalie, his daughter from a previous relationship.

“He spent so much time with his daughter and his new wife,” Scott said. “They really were his number one concern.”

Later in the evening, Harkenrider’s wife, Megan, posted on her Facebook page that she was pregnant.

Police say Harkenrider was westbound on Herndon Avenue at 6:55 a.m. in his Mazda when the crash happened. Sgt. Richard Tucker said a Fresno officer saw the northbound Kia Sorento driven by Roberta Lynn Soto, 45, run the red light at Fresno Street.

The impact sent both vehicles into three other vehicles that were stopped in the southbound lanes of Fresno Street. A total of six people, including Soto, were taken to the hospital.

She faces charges of felony vehicular manslaughter, driving a stolen vehicle, felony driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine, Tucker said. Her driver’s license was suspended in 2012, he said.

Soto suffered several broken bones, including a fractured femur. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Tucker said a nurse there had difficulty persuading Soto to open her fist so an IV could be administered. The nurse and an officer who was present discovered Soto was clenching a bindle of meth in her hand. Tucker described the crash as “an absolute tragedy.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out” to Harkenrider’s family, Tucker said. “I can only imagine what they are going through.”

Scott, Harkenrider’s longtime friend, said Harkenrider was loyal, honest and a dependable rock who always kept the team together. He said they played football and baseball together at Yosemite High and also participated in a Sunday baseball league in Fresno.


“He would always pump us up whenever we were in a tough spot during a game,” Scott said. “Everyone could really count on him, and he made you want to work harder to reach his level.”

Sam Duvall, a teammate of Harkenrider and Scott, said Harkenrider was an amazing person who always made him feel better about himself no matter what they were doing.

Duvall recalled that Harkenrider, who was a naturally right-handed catcher, would fire the ball into second base with his left hand just for fun. “He threw harder with his other arm than I could with my good arm,” Duvall said.

In a statement issued by Community Regional Medical Center, hospital CEO Craig Wagoner said “Matthew’s coworkers said everyone in Radiology wanted him to be part of their team. Matthew was one of those rare individuals with the potential to be successful at anything he desired. His focus was on his family and friends … he will be terribly missed by all.”

In addition to his wife, Harkenrider is survived by daughter Natalie, parents Jeff and Doreen Harkenrider, twin brother Eric and older brother Adam.






Three defendants accused of harming children are expected to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court today including husband and wife Wayne and Stephanie Motes for a pretrial hearing on a charge of introducing methamphetamine into a toddlermotesstephanie

The case began Nov. 3 when Mountain Home police responded to a disturbance call at 509 Ouachita Ave. A resident of the home told MHPD there was a baby in the house, but officers could not immediately find the child. Officers described the condition of the home as that of someone who is a hoarder, with approximately 90 percent of the floor of the home covered in debris and the garage had debris piles approximately 4 feet high.

The 2-year-old boy was located completely covered by blankets on a couch, according to police.

Police said when officers asked to speak with a woman who reportedly had been screaming, they were directed to Stephanie Motes. They knew there were warrants for her husband and asked if he was present in the home. She told them he was not, according to a police report, but they found him hiding in a closet.

When an officer tried to remove him from the closet, Motes allegedly grabbed the lawman by the waist and tried to punch him in the kidney area. Officers subdued Motes and continued searching the residence, according to a report.

A search of Stephanie Motes turned up a small amount of what was believed to be marijuana in one of her pockets. Officers searched a bedroom where the couple and the toddler had been sleeping and discovered several syringes, a plastic bag with 100 assorted pills and a marijuana pipe.moteswayne

Wayne Motes was arrested on charges of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Stephanie Motes was arrested on similar charges with an additional charge of obstructing governmental operations.

After booking, the couple was released on bond. The child was taken by the Department of Human Services. Medical testing later revealed the child tested positive for having meth in his system, according to authorities. It was unclear how the 2-year-old ingested the meth, though police say it’s possible the child was in a room where the adults were smoking meth.

Once the drug test on the child came back, Wayne and Stephanie Motes were arrested on charges of introducing a controlled substance into another person. Wayne Motes is a former corrections officer.






A 24-year-old Victorian woman arrested at Darwin Airport allegedly concealed 38 grams of methamphetamine inside her body.

The woman arrived on Virgin Airlines VA1457 from Melbourne at 5:45am today.


Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Justin Bentley said the woman was singled out during a random screening of passengers by drug detection dog April and the dog’s handler.

“The offender was apprehended by police, and upon being searched was found with 38 grams of methamphetamine concealed internally in her body,” he said.

He said the woman had used a fake ID to purchase the airfare.

Snr Sgt Bentley said the drugs would have fetched a street value of $60,000.

“NT Police are surprised the lengths people will go to in an attempt to avoid detection by police,” he said.

The woman was charged with several drug offences and obtaining a ticket with false identification.

She will face Darwin Magistrates Court today.




Your local health department is responsible for tracking the cleanup of houses or apartments that may have been contaminated by dangerous chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine, but it lacks the funding to make sure property owners are following the rules.

Local businesswoman Mary Stark, who has one rental house, located in Cadillac, said she believes the solution may be taking action at the local government level.

Given the time-consuming and expensive process involved in cleaning clandestine drug laboratories to meet state standards, Stark said she wonders if other sites are treated with the same care she gave her rental home on Cadillac’s Harris Street. A 48-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were arrested after a three-week investigation into alleged methamphetamine activity at the house.

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Getting the house back to habitable condition involved throwing out everything in the house, including the furniture, tearing up the carpet, treating all surfaces with a neutralizing agent and sealing everything with a layer of polyurethane. In many cases, said Eric Seitter of Arch Environmental Group, owners of residences such as trailer homes decide to simply haul the entire trailer to the dump because the cleanup cost outweighs the value of the home.

71907Stark has yet to receive a final bill, but estimates she will spend approximately $17,000 for the three-day long cleanup process.

The health department refuses to allow a house to be occupied until tests confirm it is clean of meth, said Tom Reichard, environmental health director with District Health Department No. 10.

The property owner is responsible for supplying the health department with test results showing that the cleanup was successful. The health department then, in turn, informs the property owner it has accepted the results and the property is again ready for habitation.

And that’s it. Because of a lack of funding, health officials don’t return to see if the house is occupied or not. Six or seven years ago, Reichard said, the Michigan Department of Community Health did provide funding for monitoring cleanup, but that money has since run out.

On the national level, other communities have developed strict ordinances that require meth houses to be cleaned up before they can reoccupied, said City of Cadillac Fire Marshal Anthony Wolff.

But locally, the fire marshal enforces the city rental housing code and defers to the health department on issues such as meth contamination.

To Wolff’s knowledge, a city ordinance requiring the cleanup of meth houses has not been discussed.

Reichard estimated that in the majority of cases, property owners clean up the home and submit results to acquire a clean bill of health.

But about one out of four homeowners do not submit test results showing that the cleanup was done.

Those buying or renting a home can check for themselves, but checking means they have to be more proactive. They can call their health department and ask for the environmental health division. In most cases, environmental health won’t have any information at all regarding a property.

Checking with the health department about a property’s history can reveal not only whether or not it was used as a meth lab, but also other concerns, such as if the health department knows of a problem with mold or contaminated well water. But also keep in mind that just because the health department doesn’t have any records doesn’t mean the house wasn’t used as a meth lab — it just means it was never reported.

As Wolff noted, concerns about meth contamination are more than a local issue.


“This is not happening just in Cadillac. It is happening all over the state and all over the country,” Wolff said.

Why this story is important to you:

Methamphetamine cleanup is an expensive and time-consuming process. Some of the chemicals used in the production of meth are extremely hazardous.

What you need to know: Cleaning up a meth-lab site so a home is habitable again can cost more than $10,000. In many cases, trailers or less valuable homes are simply dumped in a landfill rather than being cleaned.

HAMLIN – A mid-morning arrest outside a Hamlin pharmacy was allegedly followed by some energetic antics at the Lincoln County Courthouse, last week. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier and Deputy Alan Ashworth arrived at Hamlin Rite Aid shortly before noon, Thursday, August 7, 2014. Lincoln County 911 had issued an alert regarding a Chevy truck in the area. The same vehicle was said to have been in West Hamlin a short time earlier, with individuals alleged to have been trying to buy products containing pseudoephedrine, a material commonly used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.
According to criminal complaints on file in Lincoln County Magistrate Court, the deputies found the truck in the parking lot of Hamlin Rite Aid. The accused in the matter, named as William Ernest Smith, 33, with an address at Memory Lane in Branchland, is said to have seen the officers and placed something under the driver’s seat. The passenger in the vehicle was named by deputies as Candice Parsons. According to the complaint, Parsons said she had been threatened by the accused to buy Sudafed. She said she was in fear of her life if she didn’t help him. A search of Smith uncovered a used injecting device and a spoon with brown residue in his front pocket. Two more spoons were found in the truck, both with white residue. Other items found included coffee filters, batteries, aluminum foil, hot and cold packs, a box of Zyrtec-D, several other injecting devices, and snorting devices. In a blue pill crusher were found two blue pills and two peach pills, all identified as being Oxycodone, and half a yellow pill, identified by the accused as a Xanax tablet.
The accused was found to be driving on a suspended license. Smith’s speech was said to be slurred, and he had white powder residue in both nostrils. He refused to complete a field sobriety test. According to deputies, while in the back of the police cruiser, he admitted to trying to buy material to make meth and to having snorted several pills before driving into the West Hamlin and Hamlin areas. He also said he planned to cook meth upon returning home. The co-accused in the matter, Parsons, gave a written statement that Smith did plan to cook meth once they had purchased two boxes of Sudafed.
While walking into the courthouse, Smith pulled Chief Napier to the floor and began cursing. The cursing continued inside the sheriff’s office. Later, Deputy Ashworth was watching Smith in the holding cell of the courthouse while he was awaiting his arraignment. Ashworth is said to have witnessed Smith saying sexual slurs to female occupants of the holding cells. When he was asked to stop, Smith is said to have started screaming and cursing, and attempted to kick the walls of the courthouse. According to deputies, the accused also removed and threw a prosthetic leg at Deputy Ashworth. He was taken to the sheriff’s office again for reprocessing for disruption of a governmental process. While there, he is said to have continued to curse loudly and resist the officers’ efforts.

Smith was being held at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, early this week, with bond set at $14,200. Charges for the accused included operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, disruption of governmental process, and disorderly conduct. Smith was expected to appear in magistrate court in due course. Deputies indicated that Smith may also be wanted out of Kentucky for separate charges.




TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa fire investigators say a house fire in west Tulsa was started by a meth lab explosion.


The fire broke out around midnight near South 49th West Avenue and Charles Page Boulevard. An hour after firefighters had the fire out, Tulsa police showed up on the scene. Undercover officers were also on scene.

Two people were arrested, Shelby Saylor and Lee Rayl, both on complaints of endangering to manufacture. According to the police report Tulsa firefighters told TPD they found items commonly used to make meth inside the house.

TPD searched both names of the residents in the National Pseudoephedrine Database and found multiple denials, which according to the arrest report means they were attempting to buy more meth than was the statutory limit.

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CICERO, N.Y. — Three people were charged Wednesday night following a police raid that uncovered a methamphetamine lab and several kinds of drugs, authorities said.

The arrests were the result of a monthlong investigation into the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine in the town of Cicero, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.


The sheriff’s office, Drug Enforcement Administration, county District Attorney’s Office and state police worked on the investigation. Members of the DEA Central New York High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force executed a search warrant at 5637 Bear Road in Cicero Wednesday night.

Authorities discovered an active methamphetamine lab and numerous precursors in the production of methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said. Cocaine, Ketamine and about six ounces of methamphetamine were seized.

The sheriff’s office did not provide details of the investigation or say what led them to the home that was searched.

Authorities charged three residents of 5637 Bear Road following the raid:

Gerald Christopher Reome, 42, charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Renee C. Fatta, 32, charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and a warrant for aggravated unlicensed operation.

Samuel B. Glenny, 20, charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


All three were arraigned in Salina Town Court and remanded to the county jail without bail.



U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted two loads of alleged Methamphetamine and cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $873,600, hidden under the clothing of a pedestrian and within a Hyundai Dodge Attitude.


“These two alleged loads of narcotics were intercepted as a direct result of the outstanding work by our Brownsville CBP officers working to protect our nation. I applaud our CBP officers’ attentiveness, commitment and dedication to our critical mission,” said Petra Horne, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.

On Friday, August 8, CBP officers working pedestrian primary at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a woman as she arrived and applied for admission into the United States. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the woman, identified as a 21-year-old United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden under the traveler’s clothing. CBP officers removed the packages which held a total weight of 2.8 pounds of alleged Methamphetamine.

A second smuggling attempt also occurred on Friday when CBP officers working primary at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a silver 2013 Hyundai Dodge Attitude being driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 37-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 10 hidden packages within the Dodge. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 24.5 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures are approximately $89,600 and $784,000 respectively. In both cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle from the second case. Both the woman and the man were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.





A man free on bond in a Springfield murder case has now been charged with selling meth.

Prosecutors say Jonathan Greer, 31, who is accused of killing his former girlfriend, sold methamphetamine with help from a new girlfriend.


According to a probable cause statement, detectives set up a drug buy with a confidential informant and an undercover officer in April, at which time the officer purchased meth from Greer and another woman in the 2500 block of North Delaware Avenue.

Prosecutors say Greer, who is supposed to be on house arrest while free on bond, forced the new girlfriend to participate in the drug transaction.

Prosecutors also said Greer isn’t actually living at the address his bondsman provided to the court.

A judge ordered Greer be held on an additional $100,000 bond and prosecutors have filed a motion to have Greer’s bond revoked in the murder case.

In that case, police say Greer shot his then-girlfriend Angela Holbrook in the face after the two had been drinking alcohol and arguing.

Greer turned himself in shortly after the shooting but did not admit to the alleged crime, according to court documents.

Holbrook was found in a home in the 3300 block of East Sunset Street on July 25 last year, according to police.

A witness who was in the home allegedly told officers Greer and Holbrook were in an argument that became physical, with Holbrook slapping Greer. The witness said he heard a gunshot from the bedroom before Greer came out holding a gun and said something similar to, “I shot Angie.”

Greer was charged the next day with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

In October, he posted a $200,000 bond and was released from jail. Later that month, prosecutors attempted to have Greer’s bond revoked but were denied.

On April 10, Greer appeared in court to ask to attend a wedding ceremony scheduled for later in the week. April 10 is when police set up the drug buy.

Greer was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday with distributing a controlled substance. He is currently in the Greene County Jail.





A man and woman were arrested in suburban West Palm Beach on Wednesday morning after authorities alleged they were in possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine.OharaB

Darrell Benjamin Latora, 45, and Brittney O’Hara, 25, attempted to flee as deputies tried to serve a search warrant, but were each caught a short distance away, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, a team of deputies from the sheriff’s SWAT unit and the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team went to the home on Irving Way, just west of Palm Beach International Airport, to serve the warrant.

Before attempting to enter the home, SWAT team members gave several verbal commands for those inside to exit and surrender themselves, the sheriff’s office said.

Latora allegedly went out a back door and fled east on foot. He made it to the next street over before he was apprehended. O’Hara also tried to flee out the back door, but she was caught in the backyard, the sheriff’s office said.

When asked if there if there was anything inside the home that could explode or hurt someone, Latora allegedly confirmed that there was.

Deputies from the laboratory enforcement team conducted a systematic search of the home’s interior and exterior and found a plastic bottle which contained a liquid sludge inside, the sheriff’s office said.


A sheriff’s agent concluded that the bottle was being used for a “One-Pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine, or the process of mixing toxic ingredients, typically into a plastic bottle.

Three other bottles and several other items that are consistent with the making of methamphetamine were found in various areas of the home, the sheriff’s office said.

Benjamin and O’Hara spoke to deputies and both allegedly gave full confessions to being involved in cooking methamphetamine.




A Rome woman is being held without bond after she was found with suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop, according to Floyd County Jail reports.


According to the report:

Cindy Allison Webber Smith, 54, of 296 Canard Road, was pulled over for a broken windshield by a Floyd County police officer around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Darlington Mobile Home Village off of Cave Spring Road.

During the traffic stop, the officer found six bags of suspected meth, scales and two glass smoking pipes in her purse.

Smith is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession and use of drug-related objects and windshield violation.


Three people were arrested, including the mother of an infant, when a trailer home was raided in Savanna, Illinois.

Kindrae Chavez, 33, and Jeff Schmidt, 39, reportedly live at the home raided just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the 8100 block of Farr Street.

Chavez’s infant daughter was reportedly in the home at the time of the raid.kindrae-chavez-photo-from-the-carroll-county-jail-8-13-14

Chavez and Schmidt were both arrested, each charged in connection with meth-making items allegedly found in their home.

Travis Aude, 32, of Lanark, Illinois, was also arrested and charged.

Court records showed Chavez was charged with felony possession of meth manufacturing materials, as well as misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Carroll County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Schmidt, 39, faced felony charges of aggravated meth manufacturing and possession of meth manufacturing materials. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was held in the Carroll County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.


Aude was charged with felony possession of meth manufacturing material and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.




Emergency responders often deal with people when they are at their most vulnerable and frightened, and on Thursday, July 31, Vernon County’s HAZMAT (hazardous materials) team was put to the test as two methamphetamine (meth) labs were searched near Hillsboro.

Vernon County’s HAZMAT team has a staff of 30 including Vernon County Emergency Management Director Chad Buros and numerous firefighters in a four-county area.

Hillsboro incident

On July 31, the HAZMAT team was put on alert that it would likely be needed to help with decontamination as the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies served two search warrants in the Hillsboro area regarding suspected methamphetamine (meth) labs.

Buros and two other HAZMAT team members traveled to the area near where the search warrants were to be executed and they set up a decontamination station, just in case law enforcement ran into a dangerous situation.


What was encountered was a difficult scenario for handling decontamination of people exposed to a meth lab.

As the first search warrant was served, authorities found three children, two senior citizens, and a suspect living in an home that had served as a meth lab. All of those who had been in the home required decontamination by the HAZMAT team before they could be transported for further treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro.

By the time the first search warrant had been executed, Buros had already mobilized a second decontamination unit to be deployed near the location where the second search warrant would be served. As it turned out, five children and one adult suspect all had to be decontaminated from that residence.

Six HAZMAT team members responded to the scene during the day with three trucks and two trailers of equipment. All of those who needed decontamination were put through the process and taken to St. Joseph’s for further treatment. The hospital also went through its decontamination protocol.

Buros said the process is made to be as private and careful as possible, also members of Vernon County’s Human Services Department were on hand to help with the children.

“That is the difficult part — we’re trying to help them at the worst time of their life, that’s probably the worst day of their lives,” Buros said. “So, we want to relate and support them, and especially do our decon job properly, so they are ready to be safely transported.

“People have some idea of what a HAZMAT team does, we clean up spills of hazardous materials and do a number of other things to have a plan and prepare to take care of such situations,” Buros continued. “In this case there was a human factor. We did everything we could to make it comfortable for them. It was a trying situation.”

HAZMAT team members were witness to the physical symptoms of chemical damage to the children and adult occupants of the homes.

“The health conditions we encountered were dealing with people who had been exposed to [dangerous] fumes in a house over time,” Buros said. “The chemicals in the air and in the house are skin irritants and create respiratory issues. … Just by doing our visual checks, we could see that the skin of the children had been affected by rashes from the chemicals. You have to do your job, but that is the human factor that we as the HAZMAT team have to deal with professionally. Ultimately, the unfortunate part about it is the children are individually affected.”

Vernon County HAZMAT

Vernon County has had a HAZMAT team since 1997 which currently serves four counties — Vernon, Richland, Crawford and Iowa. There is a satellite unit in Iowa County, which is attached to Vernon County’s HAZMAT Team.

All of the counties contribute to a non-lapsing fund that pays for the service. A total of $50,000 is generated annually through a $2,500 contribution by each of the four counties and $40,000 in state grants.

Also, the HAZMAT team bills for its services. It has been able to collect compensation from every event for which it has had a response.

There are four levels of HAZMAT teams in Wisconsin with Vernon County being rated a Type 3 team (Type 1 is the highest rating.) Vernon County’s team can respond to all known spills. Teams with a higher level need to be called in if the spill is either unknown, radiological or biological.

The role of HAZMAT team isn’t just limited to response. As emergency management director, Buros is responsible for having plans in place for a number of businesses and cooperatives that handle dangerous chemicals that would pose a risk to the public if there were a spill or fire. He’s regularly doing inspections and ensuring these facilities are in compliance.

Buros is in regular communication with other emergency management directors throughout the state as they confer on handling spills, inspections and planning.

“We talk a lot to each other because we all run across unique situations and it’s important to share the best practices for taking care of spills and other hazards,” Buros said.

The HAZMAT team has four annual training sessions. Its members take individual training in addition to their firefighter training and they are paid for their time.

However, Buros said there is an underlying thread of public service that comes with being a HAZMAT team member.

“We’re doing our jobs, but we’re also supporting the Department of Criminal Investigation, local law enforcement, first responders, fire departments — a lot of different agencies that serve the public,” Buros said.

HAZMAT duties increase

Buros said hazards have existed as long as people have used hazardous chemicals and materials.

What is occurring over time is there are more hazards, which increases the possible risk of an event requiring HAZMAT services.

When it comes to things like meth labs, the HAZMAT team deals with small “shake-and-bake” cook debris, all the way to large red-phosphorus meth cook sites, such as that uncovered in Hillsboro.

Other hazards include any shipment of hazardous materials that could leak or be involved in a crash, sites where hazardous materials are stored that could have a spill, or worst-case scenarios where human lives are in danger due to fires, gases or chemicals that emanate from a crash or spill.

Vernon County’s HAZMAT Team deals, on average, with six calls per year in the four counties it serves. It has several vehicles and trailers in which to haul the gear it uses to either decontaminate or investigate the spills or hazards.

The evening before the Hillsboro meth lab raids, Buros was involved in a multi-county radiological alert that originated in Iowa County. Eventually it ended without incident, but the hazard required the attention of many different HAZMAT teams with different ratings and several law enforcement agencies.

“You have to be prepared for the worst and you never know what you’re going to get,” Buros said. “The response plans are flexible and we know what to do in any situation, but those situations change and our practices and requirements change with them.”

Railway hazards

One of the most talked-about hazards has been the increase in shipments of Bakken oil, which is shipped by rail tankers from Montana and North Dakota to refineries in the southern United States.

The oil is the product of large frack mining operations. While the oil adds to the nation’s fuel supply, it also presents a hazard as it is shipped.

Buros said rail traffic along the Mississippi River containing Bakken oil has increased and that does concern residents in the numerous communities along the rail lines.

There have historically been plans for handling any potential spill or fire from a rail incident. Buros said those plans are being updated all the time with the aid of federal, state and local agencies and also Burlington Northern Rail-road. The railroad has special firefighting equipment it can bring to a scene if necessary.

“Railways have always carried some of the most hazardous cargo that is transported in the country, so the idea that Bakken oil changes that isn’t necessarily true,” Buros said. “But there are more rail cars traveling with Bakken oil, so we need to be prepared to deal with the increasing hazard that presents.”

To be informed, helpful

Vernon County’s Emergency Management Department maintains a Facebook page and a website.

Buros said one of the best ways the public can help the HAZMAT team is to simply be aware of their surroundings and report any concerns or potential hazards to law enforcement.

“About a year ago we had a 4-H club on a road side clean up and they came across a bottle that could have been from a shake-and-bake meth lab,” Buros said. “When the public encounters this, they should call the authorities.”

Law enforcement agencies will page assistance of the HAZMAT team if necessary.



HINTON — While searching a farm building in Hinton, Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies encountered a man in possession of methamphetamine and a rifle.

After sheriff’s deputies had obtained information from a previous arrest, consent was given to search the Hinton property last Friday, according to Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo.


During the search, Tyler Gill, 30, of South Sioux City, Neb., was found in a wood shop.

Gill was in possession of a .308 rifle which he pointed at sheriff’s deputies as they entered the shop, according to court documents.

Due to the threat presented by Gill aiming a weapon at officers, deputies were forced to draw their firearms, according to Van Otterloo.

Gill had mistakenly pointed the rifle at deputies and immediately dropped the weapon upon recognition of a uniformed deputy, according to Van Otterloo.

After the incident involving the firearm, Gill was taken into custody and searched.

During the search, methamphetamine and a clear glass pipe were discovered in the suspect’s right front pocket, according to court documents.

Gill was placed under arrest and transported to the Plymouth County jail.

He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

A serious misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,500 in fines.

Gill was released without bond Aug. 9 to await future court dates.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at the Plymouth County Courthouse.



GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) – The man convicted in a deadly meth lab explosion and fire in Goose Creek that killed his own daughter and two other people was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison.


Shonni Abernathy pleaded guilty in 2013 to two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine where children reside and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.

The charges stem from a meth lab explosion and fire that happened in May of 2012 at the Pine Harbour Apartments in Goose Creek.

The fire killed Abernathy’s daughter, 19-year-old Morgan Abernathy and two other people; 4-year-old Samuel Garbe and 69-year-old Joseph Raeth.

Last September, Jerald McCabe, who was also convicted on the same charges, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Abernathy and McCabe both faced a maximum of life in prison and a fine of $10 million.

The May 31, 2012 fire destroyed over a dozen units in the apartment located on Harbour Lake Drive. Investigators say a used, one-pot meth lab was found in the apartment where the fire began, as well as other chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Authorities say the Abernathy and McCabe made meth in the apartment on numerous occasions.


Abernathy’s daughter was one of the victims in the fire, along with her 4-year-old cousin she was looking after, Samuel Garbe. Raeth, a 69-year-old veteran, was living in an adjacent apartment at the time of the explosion and was also killed.

In 2012, SLED agent Max Dorsey testified before a congressional committee regarding how methamphetamine is impacting South Carolina and referred to the Goose Creek fire and its victims.

“These people did nothing wrong. They were victims of circumstance,” Dorsey said.

“I’ve been involved in law enforcement in Berkeley County for many, many years and this has been one of the most tragic events ever to occur in the Goose Creek community,” said Sheriff Wayne Dewitt at the time of the incident. “I think about a 4-year-old child, a 19 year old and then a man who served his country honorably in the military. Just senseless losses. So we hope we can go forward at this point.”



The Everest Metro Police Department says the primary focus of their investigation earlier this year into a Weston man and his Schofield business was to find evidence of a prostitution ring and methamphetamine distribution, however, what they did find was evidence of illegal gambling and cockfighting.


Now, prosecutors say that same suspect attempted to arrange a sale of $1,600 worth of meth with an informant while out on bond and was subsequently arrested. Wednesday, Her was charged with delivering amphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of meth, possession of THC, possession of THC and two counts of bail jumping.

Prosecutors say during the execution of search warrant at his home they found a slot machine; which a judge previously stated he could not have.

Wednesday, during Her’ initial appearance a judge set bond at $25,000 cash citing the seriousness of the allegations, prior missed court appearance in his earlier case, along with strong ties to Minnesota. Her was also ordered to have no contact with four other co-defendants.

The Everest Metro Police Department tells NewsChannel 7 they received an anonymous letter more than one year ago requesting investigators look into what was going on at Video and Games, located 908 Grand Avenue in Schofield.

According to court documents officers executed a search warrant at Her’s home. Inside they say they found more than $6,000, numerous firearms, and 25 hens. A veterinarian’s report stated the birds had evidence of feather loss and strike injury. Photos also depicted blood splatters on the enclosures, resulting in criminal charges. Her was scheduled to head to trial August 15. The August 15 court date now shows it is a plea hearing.




TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) – Tallapoosa County Law Enforcement are taking advantage of new state laws to fight meth manufacturers and dealers.But police say there is something everyone needs to be on the lookout for.

Meth lab seizures have dropped since new anti-meth laws were passed in 2012. There were 720 meth lab seizures in 2010 and last year only 154 were reported.

Those same laws also make it harder to purchase the materials needed to make meth.

“We just had a pseudoephedrine log and the drug task force would come in, say once a month, and would get a copy of the log,” said pharmacist Stacey Benton. “At that point when someone would come in, we would write that down on paper, however now it’s on the computer.”

But criminals are coming up with new ways to circumvent the new laws.

“What were seeing on the streets now is people get bystanders to go in and make those purchases for them,” said Jimmy Abbett, Tallapoosa County Sheriff.

It’s a method called smurfing and more frequently, innocent people are being approached in parking lots like this to help someone cook meth without even knowing it.

“It happens on a daily basis, several times a day,” said Benton. “It’s pretty obvious when you have a case where that’s going on, and I would say weekends are probably our worst time that we experience that.”

Police say if you’re approached by someone who wants you to buy them cold medicine, to call them, or notify a store manager.

The drug task force says Alabama’s laws have proven so effective, 80% of the meth in the state is now being smuggled in by drug cartels from Mexico, California, and even Atlanta.