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WASHINGTON CITY — In addition to driving under the influence and various other traffic charges, a Washington City man was arrested for felony drug possession Thursday after officers discovered he had more than lint in his socks.Gary

Officer Colton Skeem, of the Washington City Police Department, pulled over Gary Henderson, of Washington City, for a traffic stop after seeing him drive by, running his registration and discovering his motorcycle was uninsured, Skeem wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

After being pulled over, Henderson told the officer his motorcycle was covered by insurance and began looking for the appropriate paperwork. While Henderson did this, Skeem noticed the mans’s speech and body movements were slow.

Henderson was unable to find any insurance documents.

When Skeem asked Henderson to perform field sobriety tests, Henderson said he recently had surgery on his foot. He removed one of his shoes and a sock to show Skeem and other responding officers a surgical scar on his foot. He then placed the sock in his pocket, replaced the shoe on his foot and began attempting to perform the tests, Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson failed the field sobriety tests. Skeem left him temporarily with a fellow officer, and shortly thereafter, that officer alerted Skeem that Henderson was pulling his sock apart and there was a small bag of suspected methamphetamine inside the sock.

“Gary advised he did not know what (the bag) was and that it wasn’t his,” Skeem said in the statement.

Henderson refused to participate in a drug test

Skeem arrested Henderson for suspected DUI metabolite and transported him to the Washington City Police Department. Once there, Henderson refused to participate in a drug test, Skeem said in the statement, so Skeem submitted an e-warrant, which was approved. The Washington Fire Department responded to draw Henderson’s blood.

“Gary was then transported to jail for DUI metabolite and possession of Methamphetamine,” Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine; a class B misdemeanor charge for driving with a measurable controlled substance in his body; another class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; a class C misdemeanor for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement; and a class B misdemeanor for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Henderson was booked on $7,030 bail. He has since posted bail and been released from custody, according to current bookings information.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

 

 

 

 

 

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Detectives have charged two men after seizing nearly $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in Broome.

Police executed a search warrant last week and allegedly found 48 grams of the drug inside a car parked at a Broome hotel.

A 28-year-old Mandurah man has already appeared in the Broome Magistrates Court charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possessing unlawful cash and possessing a smoking implement.

His 31-year-old co-accused, who is from the north-west, is due to appear in the Port Hedland Magistrates Court at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Humboldt County parolee allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine allegedly drove a stolen golf cart on the 101 freeway in an effort to escape from the California Highway Patrol.

According to a CHP press release, Cory Peterson allegedly stole a golf cart from the Sun Valley Bulb Farm in Arcata at 7:46 a.m on Friday and crashed into a parked car. The Times Standard reported that the CHP responded to the alleged incident and found the 35-year-old a half hour later driving the golf cart south on U.S. Highway 101 from Giuntoli Lane.golf-cart-AP

Peterson allegedly tried to evade the officers by stepping on the accelerator and was reported to have reached speeds as high as 10 mph in the southbound lanes, center median and shoulder. Assumedly, deciding that running may be a faster way to evade the officers, he took to foot and was apprehended “within seconds.”

The Standard reported that Peterson was booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of felony vehicle theft, felony drug influence and evading police.

 

 

 

 

 

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Elisha Horn, also known as Elisha Ann Resler 34, was charged Thursday with possession of meth, a felony.

Horn who has failed to appear in court to face charges twice this yaer, was found at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police went to a home in the 2300 block of E. Philip on a tip that she was there.genThumb

Police found and searched Horn as well as her belongings, and they found paraphernalia commonly used for smoking meth, multiple syringes, a scale, bag of marijuana, as well as a small empty zip lock baggie having faint residue that later field tested positive for meth, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

Horn was charged with two counts of meth possession, plus failure to appear, and she is also charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, both of which are infractions.

She faces a total of $45,000 in jail bonds.

 

 

 

 

 

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800px-Crystal_MethJakarta. Police say they have arrested three men — including a prison guard — involved in an operation to supply large amounts of crystal methamphetamine to Cipinang Prison.

The drug ring was exposed on Sunday, after a plan to pick up one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in East Jakarta was botched, and a member of the ring detained in a citizen’s arrest.

A Cipinang Prison inmate, who is already serving a life sentence for drug smuggling, has been arrested, along with a former inmate at the prison — identified as Gilang — and the guard.

Not in this neighborhood

Gilang was detained by residents on Sunday after leaving a package containing the drugs at a mobile phone kiosk in Jatinegara, police said.

The kiosk owner, after alerting a security guard named Suharto to the package, called Gilang — who had bought credit for his phone at the kiosk — to come back and pick up the package. He was detained by residents when he returned.

According to testimony from Gilang, he was ordered to drop the drugs at the kiosk by the Cipinang Prison inmate, who police have identified as Y.F. The guard was to pick up the package and deliver it to Y.F, police claimed.

Up to 20 years

Gilang, who told police he met Y.F while serving five years at Cipinang, said he was to receive Rp 10 million ($830) for successfully dropping the package off. He has been charged under the 2009 Law on Narcotics and could face up to 20 years in jail.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Afrisal, head of the drug division at the East Jakarta Police, said the crystal meth was to be sold to prisoners.

He said he would coordinate with the directorate general for correctional facilities at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in his investigation into Y.F’s dealing inside the prison. Y.F is serving a life sentence at the prison on drug charges.

 

 

 

 

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ebc8dcbb96e8eb15576ee3e3c37e9e1bLes Stroud, host of Survivorman, is having trouble with what Humboldt folks call normal life. (Remember, he’s up here shooting an episode of his show.) This morning, he wrote on his Facebook page,

well – I’m [in] Hoopa California in the mountains trying to shoot this episode – and man!!!! everything is going wrong – this is the craziest shoot i have ever attempted – i have been here a week and i have nothing to show for it – rain held me back – cameras not working right – people messing up – just never ending….maybe its all the smell of pot in the air – every bend in the road you smell a new flavor of pot – deep in the surrounding hills there are numerous pot farms and meth labs - it’s a dangerous place and i am trying to keep clear of those areas….I’m headed out in an hour deep into the forest yet again to hopefully stay….crazy place – but incredibly beautiful….

Hope he isn’t blowing away today or getting struck by lightning….And, joking aside, we’re glad we’re not out in that storm today.

 

 

 

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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Four people have been arrested after a drug bust in Box Elder yielded nearly a pound of methamphetamine and $2,500 in cash.

Authorities say the home is owned by 44-year-old Sheila Buchholz, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, and possession of meth. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bitly.com/1zsb5Op) that 42-year-old Christopher Block, 21-year-old Miranda Clark and 54-year-old Bradley Dethlefs are charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police also confiscated a gun and drug paraphernalia from the home on Old Calvary Road.

Court documents do not list lawyers for the defendants.

 

 

 

 

 

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THIS ARTICLE IS NOT SPECIFICALLY ABOUT METHABPHETAMINE, BUT THIS WOULD BE FANTASTC FOR METH AWARENESS TOO!
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Recovering addicts will be the stars of public service announcements, planned by the Portsmouth Police Department, in an effort to connect people struggling with addiction with people who can help.

It’s a project being led by police detective Rebecca Hester, while Portsmouth Police Commissioner Jerry Howe, his wife Jocelyn Frechette and a family trust they manage have donated a combined $5,750 toward the cost of producing the video announcements.

“We can’t afford to only talk about prevention and education as an answer, without addressing the very real immediate need of those families and individuals already embroiled in the struggle,” Hester said. “Yes, we have to enforce and arrest people, but everyone wants to see people be successful. I have an investment in this community. I’m a parent in this community.”

Announcements about the donations and the PSAs come in the same month that Keith Napolitan, 43, and Cassie Clermont, 30, died in Portsmouth of what police are calling apparent heroin overdoses. Firefighters have responded to other overdoses and in several instances used the opiate antidote Narcan to revive overdose victims, Fire Chief Steve Achilles has said.

The goal of the PSAs is twofold, according to Hester. One is to use the voices of people in recovery to reach others struggling with addiction, as well as their families.

“Our hope is that we will catch that person who might be right on the bubble and give them that path,” she said. “It is incredibly brave to be willing to put yourself out there. I only hope that we can honor that and reach some people who need the message they can bring.”

The announcements will include contact information for resources, Hester said.

The other goal, she said, is to educate the community that addiction “affects everyone.” Hester said she’s spoken with people outside law enforcement and asked for their input about how to reach people using drugs like heroin. She heard from all of them that every family has some connection to someone suffering with addiction.

“Most of us know someone impacted by addiction, but we don’t talk about it,” said Hester, adding that for some people in recovery, anonymity is valuable.

For others, she said, talking about it helps them and likely helps struggling addicts. Frank talk by people who’ve been there could remove stigma eclipsing paths to recovery, she said.

“We have several individuals and families that are willing to put themselves out there to the public as the voice of the project and we have the support of the professional communities impacted directly,” she said.

Jason Corkum, 38, recently gave an interview to Seacoast Sunday about his battle with an addiction to crack cocaine while working in the local restaurant industry. Now clean and sober for almost two years, Corkum said he enjoys a new truck, trips to sports events and plans to buy a house within five years. He’s also been speaking publicly about his own recovery.

Similarly, former Portsmouth High School football star Jamie Pointer recently spoke from the state prison where he’s incarcerated for robbing a bank while addicted to crack cocaine. Pointer said he, too, hopes to serve as a role model in recovery.

The pending public service announcements, according to Hester, are “not about enforcement or laws, scare tactics or blame.”

“It’s about people and about community,” she said. “It’s about changing stereotypes of who an addict is and is not. It is about coming together to support those directly struggling with addiction and their families to try to remove some of the barriers to treatment and recovery.”

The interview-style videos will focus on people in recovery, community statistics and the impact on social services, the medical community, treatment facilities and police, Hester said. One will be three minutes long and another, produced to air as a television commercial, will be 30 seconds long.

The main message, she said, is that “the community as a whole supports people getting help and that we want people to get help.”

The project has the support of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, the state Department of Health and Human Services, local law enforcement and treatment providers, she said.

“We want it to be just one voice and we want to present this as a whole,” Hester said. “We all recognize there’s a problem and something needs to be done.”

Drive Time Productions and Anchor Line Productions of Portsmouth have been retained to film and produce the videos. To help pay the cost, Howe and Frechette donated $1,000, Frechette’s siblings donated $1,750 and their family trust fund, Banyan Fund, donated $3,000.

Howe cited recent heroin deaths in Portsmouth and a national addiction problem as his family’s reason for donating to help cover the cost of the video project. He called it “absolutely critical” that the local addiction problem be addressed.

Hester said their donation will cover about half the cost of producing the public service announcements. Anyone wishing to donate to help pay the balance is urged to contact Hester at rhester@cityofportsmouth.com.

Perhaps, Hester said, the video announcements will also lead to more treatment options.

 

 

 

 

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A man is behind bars after he allegedly hid methamphetamine in his truck’s tires to smuggle into Dallas.

The incident happened July 22nd as Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers stopped a Ford F-150 truck near Kenedy County on Highway 77 for a defective stop light.

DPS came in contact with driver Pablo Jimenez.

Documents stated that Jimenez gave the troopers permission to search the vehicle.

While searching the truck, troopers found a total of 821 pounds of meth hidden in metal compartments of each of the four tires.

Jimenez was taken into custody, and allegedly admitted he knew the drugs were in the vehicle.

He reportedly told DPS that he was going to get paid for smuggling the drugs to Dallas.

Jimenez is expected to be in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with Magistrate Judge Ronald G. Morgan.

 

 

 

 

 

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PICO RIVERA (CBSLA.com) —  Authorities have arrested a 48-year-old man they said shot a passerby with an arrow Friday evening and kept police at bay for more than six hours in Pico Rivera.

The suspect, now identified as Armando Marron, was taken into custody after a SWAT team shot a tear gas canister into the man’s home early Saturday morning.

A 23-year-old man was walking in the 8500 block of Hasty Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Friday when he was shot in the buttocks by an arrow, said Lt. Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.

The victim led authorities to a home where the suspect lives with his mother and aunt, Villanueva said.

Officials said they recovered two arrows — one from the victim and another from a nearby house where people had gathered out front.

Police said the arrow seemed to be aimed in the direction of the gathered crowd.

After deputies surrounded the suspect’s home, he refused to surrender, Villanueva said.

Just before 5 a.m., SWAT fired the tear gas inside the home and Marron ran out.

He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine, Villanueva said.

Marron is being held at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $30,000 bail and is due in court in Downey on Tuesday, according to sheriff’s online inmate records.

Villanueva said Marron has been the subject of several previous complaints/disturbances and was well known to police prior to the alleged arrow attack.

Authorities said the man has a long history involving possession of a deadly weapon, forgery, burglary, reckless driving and methamphetamine possession, the lieutenant said.

 

 

 

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Some of Indiana’s mayors and law enforcement officials are urging lawmakers to combat the state’s methamphetamine scourge by making some cold medications available only by prescription.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett told about two dozen officials who gathered Friday for a meth summit , including Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, that the goal is for Indiana to join Oregon and Mississippi in making cold medicines containing available only by prescription.

Such medications can be used to make meth, an illegal highly addictive stimulant that’s become a growing problem in Indiana.

“What (meth) is doing to our communities is awful,” Bennett told the gathering at a Terre Haute hotel.

Bennett is the president-elect of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, one of the groups favoring a prescription-only law for medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the Tribune-Star reported (http://bitly.com/1wrNYiB ).

He said arrests for meth dealing and possession continue to rise in western Indiana, and at least half of the Vigo County Jail’s inmates are there for meth-related crimes.

Summit speaker Niki Crawford of the Indiana State Police meth suppression unit told officials from state agencies, state police and other groups that one box of pseudoephedrine-based medicine is purchased every 15 seconds in Indiana.

“Do we have allergies that bad?” Crawford asked the gathering.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says Indiana is among the top states for meth-related incidents. The DEA reported more than 1,400 meth incidents in Indiana in 2012, behind only Missouri, which had 1,825 such incidents, and Tennessee, which had 1,585.

Supporters of making pseudoephedrine available only by prescription contend that doing so would help combat the state’s meth problem. Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that’s often used in cold medicines, is a key ingredient in making meth.

Oregon started requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine products in July of 2006. That year Oregon reported 63 meth lab incidents. Last year, the state reported nine.

But during a state legislative debate last winter over meth-related bills, Indiana Retail Council president Grant M. Monahan said requiring prescriptions for drugs with pseudoephedrine was bound to increase the cost of health care.

He said people would have to take time off work and pay for doctors’ visits, plus pay for the medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

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SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport man and a Texas man were sentenced Thursday to 219 months and 168 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation that stretched from Natchitoches, La., to Mexico.

Raymond D. Conley, 39, of Shreveport, was sentenced Thursday to 219 months in prison and Santiago Lopez, 41, of Harlingen, Texas, was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

They were also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the February 6, 2014 guilty pleas, law enforcement authorities became aware that Conley was storing illegal drugs at a girlfriend’s residence in Natchitoches.

The property was searched on September 9, 2013, and Conley and Lopez were found there. They also found three large plastic wrapped bundles, one of which field tested positive for methamphetamine, and 13 one-ounce baggies containing methamphetamine. Conley admitted to storing the drugs at the Natchitoches home, and Lopez admitted to transporting the drugs from Mexico to the Natchitoches area for distribution.

“Those who deal in illegal narcotics will be brought to justice,” Finley stated. “We will continue to protect our communities from those who want to pollute them with dangerous drugs. I want to commend the prosecutor and the law enforcement agencies in this case for their hard work and dedication to this case.”

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation code named “Crystal Bend.”

The DEA, ATF, Louisiana State Police, and Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force participated in this OCDETF operation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nanticoke, Luzerne County-Police are investigating an explosion Saturday night in Luzerne County.

The blast hit an apartment building shortly after 8 p-m in Nanticoke. ruzrbhsuuombjqyblxkg

An explosion blew off a door in one of the apartments in the 100 block of Lee Mine Street. Police and the Attorney General’s Office are on the scene investigating if the explosion is the result of methamphetamine manufacturing.

There’s no word if anyone was injured.

 

 

 

 

 

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Police are investigating sexual abuse allegations after a man confessed the crimes against multiple children over 10 years in at least four different jurisdictions, including the city of Lacy Lakeview and the Texas State Technical College campus.

Damian R. Jensen, 37, had two indecency with a child sexual contact warrants issued under his name Friday afternoon after an investigation was opened by Lacy Lakeview police on alleged crimes stretching back to 1999, Chief John Truehitt said.544ac9bbcc03e_image

Police were called to a church in the 2200 block of Air Base Road on Sunday evening after Jensen told his preacher about the alleged crimes, Truehitt said.

Officers arrested Jensen at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday on the charge of possession of a controlled substance after police reportedly found methamphetamine on him, and he allegedly confessed to the sexual abuse crimes on Monday. Lacy Lakeview officers turned over details of the confession to numerous other jurisdictions, including TSTC police and another department out of state.

If they are true, “the crimes are egregious,” Truehitt said. “We’re talking about victims who are adults now and were family members.”

“His confession is that he has molested kids in numerous locations over a long period of time,” Truehitt said.

TSTC served Jensen with a continued sexual abuse of a child warrant Monday while he was in custody at the McLennan County Jail, TSTC spokeswoman Eliska Smith said.

Smith said the warrant was based on part of the confession that involved two years, 2005 and 2006, while Jensen was attending the school and living on campus.

Truehitt said officers are committed to corroborating Jensen’s confession through other interviews and forensic evidence. He said the investigation is still in the early stages.

Truehitt said at least three incidents occurred on the TSTC campus, but he would not disclose more information about the other jurisdictions.

Jensen remained in the McLennan County Jail on Friday afternoon in lieu of a $110,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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CAMP VERDE – Jeffrey Balys, who was under indictment for child sex charges since 2011, pleaded guilty to three felony charges Thursday in Yavapai County Superior Court.

Balys, 49, was arrested after YCSO Detective Pam Edgerton, playing the role of a 13-year-old girl, said she had conducted several Internet chats of a sexual nature with Balys between January 2009 and January 2011, and that he wanted to set up a meeting with the girl she was portraying.137594a

Prosecutors claim he had approximately 32 chat sessions with Edgerton in which he “offered or solicited to engage in various sexual acts with a person he believed to be 12 to 14 years of age,” according to a statement released Friday by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

The county attorney explained Balys sent an explicit webcam image to Edgerton on Jan. 11, 2011, after which he was arrested at his Cordes Lakes home.

“During a search of the residence, sex toys, a substantial amount of pornography and a small bindle of methamphetamine were found in his home,” Polk said.

Balys pleaded guilty to attempted luring a minor for sexual exploitation, furnishing harmful items to minors and possession of dangerous drugs, all class 4 felonies.

Polk said he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 1 before superior court Judge Michael Bluff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A whopping 500 pounds of methamphetamine was seized as part of a drug bust in California’s Contra Costa County
  • Twenty-two people were arrested and $723,635 was also seized by authorities
  • The Nitro gang reportedly traveled to Contra Costa County, where the drugs were distributed

500 pounds of methamphetamine was seized as part of a drug bust in California’s Contra Costa County, it has emerged.

Twenty-two people were arrested and $723,635 was also seized by authorities, the Office of the Attorney General said in a Monday news release.

‘The takedown, named Operation Road Trip, represents the culmination of several related investigations targeting California-based Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) connected to Mexico’s Sinaloa Federation drug cartel,’ the release said.

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Seized: Over 1100 pounds of methamphetamine were recovered during the investigation, along with drugs and thousands of dollars

It emerged that the Nitro gang would receive the drug, and ‘would make regular “road trips” to Contra Costa County in order to distribute to other DTOs, including the Urtiz gang based in Northern California,’ the release from the Office of the Attorney General said.

Four vehicles as well as a gun were also seized during Operation Road Trip, it stated.

As part of Operation Red Reach, which ran for two years, 135 pounds of meth was seized, along with 26 illegal guns and about $150,000, the office said. 26 people also were convicted.

‘This operation [...] shut down a network of local and transnational gangs, including a Nortenos gang in western Contra Costa County,’ the release said.

The drug trafficking connection between the Nitro and Urtiz gangs then emerged in Operation Crystal Lens, according to the release.

 

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‘Road trip': The Nitro gang reportedly traveled to Contra Costa County to distribute the drugs

It stated that the West Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team (West-NET) Task Force was the leading group for both Operation Red Reach and Operation Crystal Reach.

WEST-NET Task Force also reportedly worked with the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT) along with other groups on Operation Road Trip.

The Office of the Attorney General said ‘In total, the three linked investigations, Operation Red Reach, Crystal Lens and Road Trip, have resulted in the total seizure of 1109 pounds of methamphetamine, for a street value of $40,242,504, the seizure of 48 firearms, 10 vehicles, $1.82 million in U.S. Currency and the total arrests of 67 individuals for drug, and firearms related violations.’

 

 

 

 

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stahlST. GEORGE – The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested a St. George woman Friday on two felony counts of distribution of methamphetamine within a drug-free zone.

Melody Stahl was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on Friday after being apprehended on the 1400 North block of 1540 West, according to a probable cause statement.

She is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Stahl’s arrest culminated an investigation that started in July when task force operatives conducted a controlled buy of meth using a confidential informant, court papers indicated.

The alleged illicit sale took place within 1,000 feet of a preschool, authorities wrote in the probable cause statement.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2014/10/23/woman-busted-allegedly-selling-meth-near-preschool/17815373/

 

 

A father, son and the son’s girlfriend were charged with multiple counts of felony drug possession adnand other charges according to court records.

Israel Rojas, Fernando Rojas and Faviola Tinajero made their initial appearances before Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen on Friday.Israel-Rojas-Faviola-Tinajero-Fernando-Rojas-Moreno

Israel Rojas was charged with three felony counts of aiding and abetting the delivery of cocaine, one felony count of conspiracy to deliver cocaine, one felony count of possession of cocaine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of child endangerment with methamphetamine in the same room as a child, and one felony count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted on all counts, he faces more than 100 years behind bars.

Patchen set Israel Rojas’ bond at $100,000 for these charges, plus another $20,000 because he is wanted on a criminal warrant out of Colorado.

Fernando Rojas was charged with three felony counts of aiding and abetting the delivery of cocaine, one felony count of conspiracy to deliver cocaine, and one felony count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 85 years behind bars.

After Patchen read the charges, Fernando Rojas said he was just accompanying Rojas and did not know of his drug activity. Patchen interrupted him and told him not to talk.

The judge set his bond at $100,000.

Tinajero was charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of child endangerment with methamphetamine in the same room as a child, and one felony count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 24 years behind bars.

Patchen set her bond at $50,000.

According to an affidavit filed with circuit court by an agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, two confidential informants told the DCI they bought cocaine and marijuana hundreds of times from Israel Rojas for about 10 years.

The DCI, with the help of the confidential informants who were wearing wireless transmitters, recorded sales of drugs on Oct. 10, and monitored calls for drug deals from then to Thursday, according to the affidavit.

Israel Rojas lived with his girlfriend Tinajero in the 2900 block of East 12th Street, where they had a 15-month-old daughter, according to the affidavit.

Fernando Rojas, who lived in the 200 block of West Seventh Street, often would drive his son Isreal Rojas around Casper, but claimed he didn’t know what his son did during those excursions, according to the affidavit.

DCI agents arrested the suspects on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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A Binghamton man has been charged with felony drug possession after Broome County sheriff’s deputies say they recovered more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine from his car during a traffic stop.losito

Joseph Losito, 24, was pulled over Friday while driving a 2001 Honda Civic on Upper Front Street in the Town of Chenango, after a deputy saw him using a portable electronic device while driving. He was found to have a suspended driver’s license for failing to answer a summons out of the City of Binghamton Court, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies say the substance in his car tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, and also found $1,500 in cash.

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Broome County sheriff’s deputies found this methamphetamine and cash during a traffic stop Friday.

Losito was arraigned in Town of Fenton Court and sent to the Broome County jail. He is charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-1 felony.

 

 

 

 

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DENVER — A Jefferson County jury has found Robert Felix Gonzales guilty of prostituting a 14-year-old girl over a period of two years.

Authorities say Gonzales met the teen in 2011 through a foster home placement and began having sex with her, grooming her to believe that she was in love with him.

Authorities also say Gonzales provided her with methamphetamine and alcohol and forced her to have sex with other people for money or drugs.

Sentencing has been set for Jan. 7. Gonzales remains in custody on a $500,000 cash bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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  •  Teacher Jake Contreras arrested when police searched his backpack
  • Officers allegedly discovered a set of brass knuckles and a meth pipe
  • Search was carried out at Frank Madla Elementary School following tip
  • Contreras has been charged with possessing a weapon in a prohibited place, as well as possessing controlled substance in a drug-free zone
  • He has been freed on $30,000 bond; jail records did not list an attorney

A teacher has been arrested after allegedly bringing brass knuckles and a methamphetamine pipe into an elementary school in Texas.

Jake Contreras, a ‘paraprofessional redirection aide’ who worked on student behavior, was detained when police searched his backpack at Frank Madla Elementary School in San Antonio.

In the bag, officers reportedly found a set of brass knuckles and a pipe that tested positive for traces of methamphetamine after receiving an anonymous tip earlier this week.

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Arrest: Jake Contreras was arrested after allegedly bringing brass knuckles and a methamphetamine pipe into Frank Madla Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas. Above, the teacher is seen in his mugshot

Contreras, who may have also been carrying a knife, was taken into custody and questioned following the discovery by South San Antonio Independent School District officers.

He was later charged with possession of a weapon in a prohibited place and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

The teacher, who was seen staring forlornly at the camera in a red top in his mugshot, resigned immediately from his job following his arrest on Wednesday, police told KENS-TV.

He has been released from the Bexar County Jail on $30,000 bond. Online jail records did not list an attorney.

 

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Scene of the arrest: Contreras, a ‘paraprofessional redirection aide’ who worked on student behavior, was detained when police searched his backpack at Frank Madla Elementary School in San Antonio (pictured)

It is not the first time an American teacher has been charged in relation to methamphetamine.

Earlier this month, Alexander Rudine, 38, from Portland, Oregon, was arrested on suspicion of possessing, delivering and manufacturing the drug near an elementary school.

The chemistry teacher at Mount Hood Community College has denied the felony charges.

 

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In the bag, officers reportedly found a set of brass knuckles after receiving an anonymous tip

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They also discovered a pipe that tested positive for traces of methamphetamine, it is said

 

 

 

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SANFORD – A Sanford restaurant owner was charged Thursday with selling methamphetamine out of his business, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Armando Moreno Sanchez, 44, of the 100 block of Moody Road, was charged with two counts each of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by selling, trafficking methamphetamine by delivery, maintaining a store being used for unlawfully keeping or selling a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sanchez is the owner of La Sirenas restaurant at 2902 Industrial Drive, a Sheriff’s Office news release said.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security, and the Sanford Police Department.

Bail was set at $25,000.

 

 

 

 

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ICE has become the leading driver behind thefts in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area, as police report a four-fold increase of methamphetamine problems in just two years.

Local service providers have seen the rate of ice abuse rise, leading to an increase in violent and non-violent crimes, relationship breakdown and homelessness.935889-8cc151d2-5b15-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Superintendent Neil Paterson, division commander of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston area, said the prevalence of ice and associated offences had grown significantly in both areas and had among the highest detection rates of ice among all police service areas.

“Particularly over the past 18 months, the detection of the drug methamphetamine and the trafficking of that drug has increased four-fold in our division, which is a significant increase,” he said.

“Ice absolutely drives the volume crimes we’re currently experiencing.”935943-b0a4fb62-5b15-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

He said there had been an increase in violent crimes, robberies and what police call volume crimes, such as thefts of and thefts from cars.

Salvocare Eastern crisis centre coordinator Lizette McCasker said there had been a “massive increase” in ice addicts using the service.

“I’ve been in this centre for 10 years and in the past 12 months, we’ve noticed an incredible increase in the violence and aggression that comes with ice,” she said.

“We have single people coming in using ice, but we also have mums sometimes coming in saying their money is going on ice, which is leading to housing breakdown.” She said ice users were known to spend their rent on the drug and finding housing for users could be difficult due to the aggressive behavior associated with it.

Peninsula Health’s ­alcohol and other drug service program manager Stephen Bright said most people were treated for ­alcohol use, but the number of people seeking treatment for amphetamine use had ­increased from 15 per cent in the first half of 2012 to 20 per cent for the same period in 2014. (Only amphetamine use was recorded by the centre, instead of methamphetamine.)

Supt Paterson said tradesmen and vulnerable youth were the top two groups of ice users and identified Rosebud, then Hastings and Mornington, as the areas with the biggest problems on the peninsula, while in the Frankston area it was led by Frankston, then Seaford and Langwarrin.936686-163ce6e0-5b18-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Families to get support

Empowering families with information and support is helping fight the scourge of ice.

Drug and alcohol outreach centers provide life-changing support to users, but the Family Drug Support service has focused on helping the users’ loved ones.

The service is coming to Frankston for information sessions and support group meetings until February.

“The heart and soul of FDS is supporting families experiencing the issues that arise with people who use substances,” project officer Michael Miller said.

“Alcohol is the largest problem we have in ­society, but we are seeing a spike in family members coming to us in ­regards to the methamphetamine ice.”

He said changing the conversation from blaming ­addicts and saying “you have a problem” was ­important.

Family members should tell their loved ones dealing with addictions how it ­affects them personally.

There will be three FDS ­information sessions at Frankston Hospital on October 14, 21 and 28, 6-8pm.

Fortnightly support group meetings will follow on Tuesdays, 6-8pm, from November 11.

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Shattered mother a witness to son’s sad decline

A Bayside mum says her 28-year-old son is a shadow of his former self after turning to ice three years ago.

The drug has claimed his marriage and now the tradesman only works sporadically because he can sleep up to 48 hours at a time.

It has been devastating for his mum, Sue (not her real name).

“You can feel very helpless, not all the time, but sometimes,” she said.

“As a parent, no matter how old your child is, you still want to help them, but you can’t.

“They’re adults and they make their own choices.”

A cruel twist has been the lasting effects that has left her son quieter, constantly fatigued and slightly more hostile when he is not using the drug.

“When he’s had some (ice), he’s normal and he’s like my son from five years ago,” she said.

“Families can influence. I firmly believe I can make a difference.

“I’m not sure how long it will last, but as a parent I’m in it for the long haul.”

Sue attends the Family Drug Support service. She said many parents were in worse situations than hers.

“You’re not the only one ­experiencing this,” she wanted to tell other families.

“There’s just so many people affected.

“Learning about ice helps me feel more settled. It doesn’t change the situation, but it helps.

“Ice doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter what your background is.”

Sue said she concentrated on having an open and honest relationship with her son, but had cut him off financially.

“I feel like it’s a war,” she said.

“I don’t win the battles, there’s a lot of battles, but I feel like it’s not about winning the battles, it’s about winning the war … but I don’t know when that will happen.”

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DID YOU KNOW?

Ice is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It is a type of methamphetamine, which is generally stronger, more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form known as speed.

 

Source: Australian Drug Foundation.

 

FIND HELP

Frankston and Mornington Drug and Alcohol Service provides counseling and treatments. Contact 1300 665 781.

Stepping Up Consortium in Frankston provides alcohol and drug counseling services. Contact 1800 888 236.

The Family Drug Support Service hotline is 1300 368 186 and provides information to help people understand different stages of drug abuse.

 

 

 

 

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WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — A witness testified during a preliminary hearing she saw Arnold Mark Stevens, Brittany Danielle Thompson and Jason Neal “Earl” Daniel carry Sammy Mac Brewer into a house in a barrel after they had beaten him with a gun for two days.

Wayne County resident Amanda Brewer told Wayne County General Sessions Judge James Ross she heard Stevens admit to cutting Sammy Brewer’s leg and Thompson say she “cut off one of his toes.”

Amanda Brewer and Sammy Brewer are not related, according to court officials.

According to court officials, Amanda Brewer said the torture continued while the three suspects sat around the barrel smoking methamphetamine.

Brewer told Ross the assault happened because Stevens believed Sammy Brewer was seeing Stevens’ ex-wife.

After hearing the testimony, Ross said there was enough probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

Stevens, 44, 199 Jennifer Lane, Collinwood, and Thompson, 27, 1963 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood, are each charged with an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Daniel, 32, 2506 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood, is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

They are charged in connection with the incident that began Oct. 6 and ended Oct. 8 with Sammy Brewer being dropped off at a Waynesboro residence and eventually taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Thompson pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Tuesday. She will have a preliminary hearing next week.

Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson said during the course of the two-day attack, Sammy Brewer, 41, was beaten, cut, had a toe cut off and was tied to a tree in a wooded area and left overnight. He is back home recovering.

“What they did to him is the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” Wilson said.

Wilson said all four were riding around in Stevens’ extended cab pickup, and “(Sammy Brewer’s) in the back seat, and they attack him. They would take turns beating him with a pistol,” Wilson said.

Investigators said, early on the morning of Oct. 7, the suspects stopped in a wooded area near Waynesboro, where they continued to beat the man and then cut his left leg from his groin to his knee.

“Apparently, that’s when they put him in the barrel, and put him in the back of the truck,” Wilson said. “Now, they’re riding down the road with (Brewer) in the barrel, and the barrel (is) rolling around in the back of the truck as they’re going to Stevens’ house.”

Authorities said at some point they left Stevens’ house, with Brewer still in the barrel and put back in the truck. He was taken to a wooded area off U.S. 64 between Waynesboro and Clifton, where he was tied to a tree and left all night.

Wilson said the trio came back Oct. 8, got Brewer, drove him back into Waynesboro, dropped him off at a house and told the people there they needed to take the man to the hospital.

“Still to me, the most unbelievable part is that he lived through it,” Wilson said.

During the preliminary hearing Ross agreed to reduce Stevens’ bond from $750,000 to $250,000 and Daniel’s from $425,000 to $150,000.

In his order, Ross pointed out if they made bail, they must be placed on an ankle monitor and could not be more than 50 yards from their house.

Thompson is being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on $750,000.

 

 

 

 

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Three charged in beating of Wayne County man

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — A Wayne County, Tennessee, man is in critical condition at a Nashville hospital after authorities said he was beaten for two days, had his leg cut, one of his toes severed and was left tied to a tree in a wooded area overnight.

“This is one of the most brutal things I’ve ever seen,” said Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson. “It’s a miracle (the man) is still living.”

He said the victim, a 41-year-old Collinwood, Tennessee, man, is in Vanderbilt Hospital.

Arnold Mark Stevens, 44, 199 Jennifer Lane, Collinwood, Brittany Danielle Thompson, 27, 1963 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood, and Jason Neal “Earl” Daniel, 32, 2506 Collinwood Highway, were arrested in connection with the incident that began Monday night.

Courthouse officials said Stevens and Thompson are each charged with an ex-felon in possession of firearm, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Daniel is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Wilson said the incident began Monday night when the victim and Thompson, who was staying with the man, were picked up by Stevens and Daniel and went riding around.

“They all knew each other and they went to his house which is in the Woodland community, just outside of Collinwood,” Wilson said.

Wilson said while riding around, an argument erupted and Daniel and Stevens started pistol-whipping the victim while all four were riding in a truck.

“From what we’ve found out, they were riding down the road in the truck and they were beating him,” Wilson said. “Apparently, they beat him all night long.”

According to reports, at some point early Tuesday morning, they stopped in a wooded area near Waynesboro where they continued to beat the man and then cut the man’s left leg from his groin to his knee.

“At some point, they get back in the truck and they drive to Stevens’ house,” Wilson said.

He said while at Stevens’ house, the beating continued and at some point one of the man’s toes was cut off.

“They load him back in the truck, and take him to a wooded area at Arnolds Hollow, which is off of U.S. 64, between Waynesboro and Clifton,” Wilson said. “They tied him to a tree out there in the woods and left him all night.

“I guess they got to feeling bad about what they had done and went back out to the wooded area Wednesday, picked him up, drove him back into Waynesboro, dropped him off at a house and told the people there they needed to take him to the hospital.”

Wilson said the man was taken to Wayne County Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to Nashville.

The sheriff said the victim is listed in critical but stable condition. “Which is amazing after all he went through,” he said.

Hospital officials notified the sheriff’s office. Authorities said a tip with a description of a vehicle that could have possibly been involved, lead to the arrests.

Wilson said investigators were able to developed Stevens and Thompson as suspects and took them into custody Wednesday night.

“Then, as the investigation progressed, Daniel became a suspect and he was located and taken into custody late Thursday,” Wilson said.

Thompson and Stevens are being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on bail of $750,000 each.

Daniel is being held on bail of $425,000.

“It’s just sad that all of this is over some kind of misunderstanding that escalated,” the sheriff said.

 

 

 

 

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Man critical after gruesome, 2-day beating; 3 charged

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — A Wayne County, Tennessee, man is in critical condition at a Nashville hospital after authorities said he was beaten for two days, had his leg cut, one of his toes severed and was left tied to a tree in a wooded area overnight after a disagreement with three people he knew.

“This is one of the most brutal things I’ve ever seen,” said Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson. “It’s a miracle (the man) is still living.”

He said the victim, a 41-year-old Collinwood, Tennessee, man, is in Vanderbilt Hospital.

Arnold Mark Stevens, 44, 199 Jennifer Lane, Collinwood; Brittany Danielle Thompson, 27, 1963 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood; and Jason Neal “Earl” Daniel, 32, 2506 Collinwood Highway, were arrested in connection with the incident that began Monday night.

Courthouse officials said Stevens and Thompson are each charged with an ex-felon in possession of firearm, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Daniel is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Wilson said the incident began Monday night when the victim and Thompson, who was staying with the man, were picked up by Stevens and Daniel and went riding around.

“They all knew each other and they went to his house, which is in the Woodland community just outside of Collinwood,” Wilson said.

Wilson said while riding around, an argument erupted and Daniel and Stevens started pistol-whipping the victim while all four were riding in a truck.

“From what we’ve found out, they were riding down the road in the truck and they were beating him,” Wilson said. “Apparently, they beat him all night long.”

According to reports, at some point early Tuesday morning, they stopped in a wooded area near Waynesboro where they continued to beat the man and then cut the man’s left leg from his groin to his knee.

“At some point, they get back in the truck and they drive to Stevens’ house,” Wilson said.

He said while at Stevens’ house, the beating continued and at some point one of the man’s toes was cut off.

“They load him back in the truck, and take him to a wooded area at Arnolds Hollow, which is off of U.S. 64, between Waynesboro and Clifton,” Wilson said. “They tied him to a tree out there in the woods and left him all night.

“I guess they got to feeling bad about what they had done and went back out to the wooded area Wednesday, picked him up, drove him back into Waynesboro, dropped him off at a house and told the people there they needed to take him to the hospital.”

Wilson said the man was taken to Wayne County Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to Nashville.

The sheriff said the victim is listed in critical but stable condition. “Which is amazing after all he went through,” he said.

Hospital officials notified the sheriff’s office. Authorities said a tip with a description of a vehicle that could have possibly been involved, led to the arrests.

Wilson said investigators were able to develop Stevens and Thompson as suspects and took them into custody Wednesday night.

“Then, as the investigation progressed, Daniel became a suspect and he was located and taken into custody late Thursday,” Wilson said.

Thompson and Stevens are being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on bail of $750,000 each.

Daniel is being held on bail of $425,000.

“It’s just sad that all of this is over some kind of misunderstanding that escalated,” the sheriff said.

 

 

 

 

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meth24n-2-webLori Potarf was charged with drug possession despite claiming that her religious rights as a Wiccan entitled to her to use the illegal drug.

Witchcraft made her do it.

An Oklahoma woman tried to get out of a drug bust by saying meth was perfectly OK for her to use because it was part of her Wiccan religion.

Yeah, right, said cops who arrested the self-proclaimed witch and charged her with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lori Potarf and Richard Lee Henderson were stopped while driving on U.S. Highway 91 because their vehicle had a broken tail light, The Duncan Banner reported.

Both had Crown Royale liquor bags containing syringes, a spoon and traces of methamphetamine, the paper said.

Henderson did not claim he was a witch, police said.

 

 

 

 

 

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