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LINCOLN, Neb. —A man who held police at bay inside a Lincoln hotel room for five hours last week said the standoff was a plea for help.

A man who barricaded himself inside a Lincoln hotel for several hours Thursday is now in custody.

“I was doing crazy stuff just to do meth,” said Jeremiah Burkhart.

In his fifth-floor hotel room, Burkhart and his friend, Kevin Gaylod, did a lot of drugs. During the five-hour standoff, the two did eight grams of meth.

Burkhart didn’t want deputies to find it, so they used it.

“So we sat there and shot every last bit of that up,” Burkhart said.

Burkhart served six years in prison for assault. This time deputies wanted him for forgery and identity theft.

“The only way I could take care of the warrants was to call the cops, so I them tipped that I was in a hotel,” he said.

Burkhart said the tip was actually a meth addict’s cry for help.

“I’ve been trying to get help ever since I got out of prison. All the state wants to do is throw your ass in jail,” he said.

“The idea that he was tipping people off in this situation is not uncommon. The visuals can drop hints, they can discuss it openly and they can be a little more indirect about it, but they will ask for help in certain ways,” said Kevin Kaminski, director of behavioral health operations at Catholic Charities of Omaha.

Catholic Charities said former addicts often turn to drugs after prison to deal with the stressful transition to life outside the walls.

“Finding employment or being able to bond other people isn’t there, so it’s more than one issue at hand, especially for those individuals who are coming out of prison,” Kaminski said.

Burkhart said his addiction landed him on that fifth-floor balcony.

“I just told them I was extremely high and if they came in there, I didn’t know what I would do to myself. I would probably jump out of the window because that’s what I just kept looking out and thinking I just wanted peace of mind,” Burkhart said.

While authorities used a flash grenade and SWAT team to assist in ending the standoff, it was some friends who ultimately convinced Burkhart to surrender. No weapons were found on him, and Burkhart said he didn’t threaten anyone but himself.

Burkhart faces charges of resisting arrest and obstructing police.



MINNEAPOLIS — Neighbors say they’re concerned, after investigators found more than they’d expected when they executed a search warrant in Southwest Minneapolis.

Investigators say members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force were serving a search warrant on a man wanted for possession of drugs and theft when they discovered ingredients used for methamphetamine. No one has been formally charged but several people were arrested.


“They found what appeared to be a meth lab and there was also a distinct odor of strong irritants in the air that irritated the officers eyes,” said Todd Loining, a commander with the Minneapolis Police Department. “There is no danger to anybody in this community. We have worked very diligently to get the necessary teams in there to get those teams removed.”

Neighbors say the suspected illegal activity based on the volume of traffic at the home located on on the 5000 block of Abbott Ave. during the past year.

“At night, we just knew that something was not right with all the activity going on in the alley with all of the trucks coming and going,” said one neighbor who asked us not to reveal her name. “I am very happy that it is finally all over with.”

Tuesday afternoon, police returned to the home to make sure it was secure. A sign warning people about potentially hazardous substances on the property greeted people as they drove by. Dozens of people drove by the home during the short time KARE 11 was in the neighborhood.

Larry Rieger, who lives in neighboring community, was among the group of people examining the home. Nestled between junk in the yard there were old plastic soda bottles, cleaning supplies and a plastic tube. Those are just some items used in the production of meth.

“It was unbelievable! This is southwest Minneapolis, Edina border town,” Rieger said. “Crime doesn’t come here. I don’t even lock my doors. When I got to bed the doors are locked but in the day they are open. They’ve been that way for 22 years.”

Authorities say that contrary to belief, illegal drugs enter all communities, but they say meth has declined.

“Today we are seeing a lot of heroin and crack cocaine,” Cmd. Loining said. “Meth is still very prevalent in the city, however, it seems like a lot of this stuff is being manufactured outside of the city.”

Meanwhile, a housing inspector will walk through the residence to determine whether or not it’s safe for living.



Rapides Parish Sheriff’s detectives, who had been watching a Natchitoches man for several weeks whom they suspected of transporting meth into the parish, arrested the man Wednesday at a business near Interstate 49, according to a release.

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Detectives had established leads weeks ago that the suspect, 34-year-old Gene Calvin Richard of 170 Sisson Road in Natchitoches, “regularly transported several ounces of methamphetamine into Rapides Parish,” according to the office’s release.

Richard was under surveillance on Wednesday as he drove into the parish on I-49. Detectives approached him at a business near I-49 and Airbase Road, where Richard allowed detectives to search his vehicle. Detectives found a quarter-pound of meth inside, according to the release.

Richard was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and later was released on a $10,000 bond.

Methamphetamine is routinely sold for $100-$120 per gram to end users, but can be purchased by the ounce for between $1,200-$1,600, making a street resale value of this seizure over $13,000.00,” reads the release.

According to the release, detectives have identified some of Richard’s potential buyers, and the investigation is continuing.




A Sydney woman will face court today accused of trying to smuggle about five kilograms of methamphetamine or ‘ice’ into Australia, hidden inside her luggage.

The 58-year-old woman arrived on a flight from China last weekend.


Customs officers selected her for a routine baggage examination only to discover her luggage was unusually heavy – despite being empty.

An x-ray uncovered a white crystalline substance concealed in the bag’s lining.

Further forensic testing will be carried out to determine the exact weight and purity of the substance.

The woman has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.

She will appear in a Sydney court today.

If found guilty, she faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment or a fine of up to $1 million.



A volatile rolling drug setup was located Monday morning in a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force agents were called at 10 a.m. to mile marker 301 on I-75 south after a Georgia State Patrol trooper located components of a rolling methamphetamine lab, DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said.

John Fairchild Wilson of Monticello, Ky., was traveling south in a Chevy pickup when the trooper clocked Wilson going 93 in a 70 mph zone. The trooper discovered Wilson’s license were suspended and placed him under arrest. While searching Wilson, meth was found on his person, Mayton said.

A search of the vehicle located a meth lab in the rear of the pickup.

“They found some items they were suspicious of that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Mayton said. “As a result of that, we responded to the incident location and found stored items that were having exothermic reactions.”

The lab, while mobile, was not actively “cooking” meth.

Bartow County Fire Department was called to the scene and erected a canopy to protect the mobile meth lab from the elements.

Mayton said the items present responded violently when exposed to water.

“The rain was not helping us at all,” he said.

Wilson was arrested and charged with speeding, driving with suspended license, driving under the influence — drugs, no insurance, manufacturing meth and trafficking meth.




Lafayette Police officers arrested five people at about 1:42 a.m. in a home where they found a “One Pot” methamphetamine lab, according to an LPD press release.

Lafayette Police officers arrested

Officers arrived at a home in the 3800 block of Daisy Drive to respond to neighbors’ reports of suspicious activity. When resident Randy Long opened the door, officers smelled a strong order commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Randy Long, Robert McKendrie, Sobhi Hindi and Justin Logsdon were arrested for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Harvey Mossholder II was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.



— An anonymous tipster led police to a Rock Hill man who they say stashed methamphetamine in a flashlight Monday night, but then claimed that he was set up by a friend who gave him the tool because he planned to go camping, according to authorities.

Officers were sent to the CVS on Cherry Road after an anonymous caller told them there were drugs inside a red Chevrolet, according to a Rock Hill police report. The caller told police the drugs would be found inside a flashlight. Police found the suspect’s car and stopped it on Cherry Road, making contact with the driver, a 49-year-old woman. Officers asked the passenger, Randal Miller, 27, to step out of the car while they searched it.

The driver told police there was nothing illegal in the car, the report states. Police found a black mag-lite flashlight on the passenger’s side floorboard. An officer shook it and heard something sliding on the inside. He twisted off the cap and found a plastic baggie filled with methamphetamine. Miller told police the flashlight belonged to him. He was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. He told police that he was set up. He said he went to a friend’s house on the Catawba Indian Reservation. While there, his friend gave him the flashlight because he planned to go camping.

He told officers he went to the CVS parking lot because he was waiting for a friend from Winthrop University. He maintained that he did not know meth was in the flashlight. Still, police took Miller to jail, where he was also charged with possession of methamphetamine within proximity to a school since he was within a half-mile of Winthrop.




Several people have been charged after a 6-year-old was burned in a camper fire that officials believe started with a methamphetamine lab.

“Officers were called to 107 Cypress Shore, Eutawville, on April 7 at 6:47 p.m. in reference to a fire in a camper caused by a hotplate,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a release. “A hot plate was not located in the camper by the fire department, but components were located in the cooking of methamphetamine.


“Four children were in the home during the time of the fire. A 6-year-old was injured.”

Aleia Maria Herndon, 30, of 143 Dawsey Drive, Bonneau, has been charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and one count of making methamphetamine. Thomas Edward McArdle, 33, of the same address is facing three counts of unlawful neglect of a child and one count of making methamphetamine.

Angelica Marie Williams, 24, of 107 Cypress Shore Road, Eutawville, has been charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and is being held on $9,000 bond. Steven Nathaniel Cornell, 24, of the same address, is facing three counts of unlawful neglect of a child. He’s being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center.

Deputies were called to the camper fire on April 7. They found a 33-year-old man at a neighbor’s house running cold water over burns to his legs and arms. He said a hot plate in the camper caught fire, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.

A 30-year-old woman and the 6-year-old were burned as well. The woman sustained burns on her arms while the child suffered burns to her face and lip. The child was sent to the Medical University of South Carolina.

County fire investigators were called when deputies could not find a hot plate. Instead, they reported finding the components for making methamphetamine.

Photographs of the men arrested in the case were not available.




MUKDAHAN, 16 April 2014 (NNT) – Police have confiscated around 30,000 pills of methamphetamine in the northeastern province of Mukdahan.

A 20-year-old man identified as Pongsathorn Wachirapairoj has been arrested in Nikhom Kham Soi District of Mukdahan Province while smuggling 30,000 meth pills. The man confessed that he was going to deliver the drugs to his client in his hometown, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The man was traveling in a tour bus when he was arrested.

He said he would receive 45,000 baht upon the delivery of the drug. The culprit has been taken into custody and will be charged with possession of drug.

The police have been enforcing strict law against drugs especially during Songkran Festival when drug peddlers often look for distribution opportunities.



SAYRE — A Warrior woman has been arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies as they discovered a methamphetamine operation early Sunday morning.

Deputies went to serve outstanding misdemeanor warrants for two men at a house in the 4300 block of Levine Avenue in Sayre. According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, they found one of the wanted men, Eugene Marvin Ray, sitting in a chair in an outbuilding on the property. As he was arrested, deputies found meth on his person.


Ray was asked where they could find the other suspect, Richard Sloan. Ray told deputies that Sloan had left an hour beforehand. But when deputies looked behind a curtain in the outbuilding, they found an active meth lab. Deputies evacuated the outbuilding, and when they went to evacuate the adjacent house, they were told that a man inside had a handgun.

Deputies called out for those inside the house to come outside. Gina Mendiola of Warrior emerged, and said that three men were hiding in a back bedroom. But by the time the deputies got to the room, the men had gotten out through a window. One of the men, Cody Cuda, was caught as he tried to scale a fence; the other men escaped.

More meth, as well as prescription drugs and marijuana, were found in the bedroom. Narcotics investigators are processing the lab.

Mendiola, 28, was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $39,000.

Vuda was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and resisting arrest. He is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $45,000.

Warrants are being sought against Ray for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

The other two men remain at large.









AKRON– A meth lab is discovered in the back of a missing U-Haul truck.

Police were called to Vernon Odom Blvd. in Akron Monday afternoon after a stolen U-Haul was found.


The truck was stolen out of Tennessee, according to police, and the driver was already gone.

Authorities were called to neutralize the chemicals. They found four individual cooks and hydrogen chloride gas generators in the back.

Police said last year there were 200 meth lab busts in Akron.

It’s unclear why a 57-year-old man hurled a metal object onto Interstate 5 and into the path of a Portland police car, which narrowly avoided getting struck.

Nonetheless, the dangerous maneuver netted Douglas Anthony Moore almost a month in jail.


Moore, who has been behind bars since the March 17 incident, could be released later Monday. He was sentenced earlier in the day to one year of probation, drug treatment and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

He pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to methamphetamine possession. And as part of his plea deal, Judge Angel Lopez dismissed one count of throwing an object from an overpass.

Officers Thomas Marshall and Jasmine Sutton were traveling south on I-5 when Moore tossed the yellow metal object onto the freeway and into their path. Marshall, who was driving, slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting it. He then pulled over, and spotted Moore standing on the overpass.

They arrested Moore, who said “I’m sorry, I didn’t think I was going to hit anything,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the prosecution.

That’s when the officers also discovered meth on Moore.

Throwing things onto the freeway, of course, can cause serious injuries or even death. It’s a felony under Oregon law.

In November 2012, two University of Oregon students were injured after a 19-year-old man allegedly threw a large rock onto their car, which was traveling north on I-5. The rock hit the driver in the face and caused the car to roll over.

It’s unclear from court records what happened to the man accused in the incident.

In another incident from this past weekend, Oregon State Police are asking the public’s help in identifying the person who threw a cinder block from an I-5 overpass in Creswell. The cinder block struck the face of a passenger in a passing car Sunday.




A raid on a Fulton neighborhood house on Friday led to the discovery of a functioning meth lab tucked into the basement, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

The find, long suspected by neighbors on Abbott Avenue who reported seeing late-night visitors to the house with the junk-filled back yard, was confirmed by hazardous materials specialists from the Police Department and Fire Department.

“It’s not what we’re used to around here,” said a woman who lives on the same block. She asked not to be named for fear of the home’s owner.

The southwest Minneapolis neighborhood is known mostly for its epidemic of teardowns, and several brand-new homes can be seen up and down the block from the meth house’s front lawn.


The neighborhood’s median income of roughly $100,000 is twice that of the city as a whole.

Authorities were led to the house at 5137 Abbott Av. S. while searching for Jeremy Daniel Gonser, a 37-year-old Coon Rapids man wanted on warrants for drug possession and theft.

He was spotted outside the house at 11 a.m. Friday, and when he went back inside, officers followed.

The house smelled like chemicals, and officers’ eyes began to itch and burn, the police said. Five people, including Gonser, were taken out of the house and handcuffed on the front lawn.

A woman found inside the house, Starlet Mae Johnson, 27, of 4412 4th Av. S., was arrested on warrants for receiving stolen property, violating a domestic order for protection and a felony warrant out of Anoka County.

She’s been arrested five times in Minneapolis in the past year, police said.

Nobody found inside the house listed it as their address, police said.

The house does not pose a public safety threat, according to police.

Gonser has at least one prior drug conviction from 2011. He was charged with fifth-degree drug possession last year.

Methamphetamine ranks as one of the most commonly seized illegal drugs in the seven-county metro area, according to research by drug abuse expert Carol Falkowski.

Some 22 percent of drug seizures included meth in 2012, and that climbed to 32 percent for the first half of 2013.

Marijuana and cocaine were listed in about 18 percent of seizures in 2012 in the metro area, Falkowski reported.

A 44-year-old man was arrested during the weekend at a Beaverton motel where he told police he smoked meth with a runaway teen and sexually abused her, court documents say.

Beaverton police officers received a tip about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday that the 17-year-old girl was at the Peppertree Inn, 10720 S.W. Allen Boulevard, with Chance O. Daring, according to a probable cause affidavit. The girl and Daring were found by officers in a room at the motel.


Officers discovered methamphetamine during a search of the room and Daring was arrested, the affidavit said.

Daring told police the drugs were his and that he had smoked meth with the girl several times since checking into the motel on Wednesday, the affidavit said. He also claimed engaging in a sex act with the teen, according to the affidavit.

Daring was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, sexual abuse and penalties for distributing a controlled substance to a minor.



IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa City couple faces six counts of child endangerment for allegedly exposing three children to methamphetamine.

The couple is also accused of tying up one of the children and using a stun gun on him.


According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, a narcotics investigation in September 2013 showed that 27-year-old Luis Fernando Chavez-Preciado and 25-year-old Nasra Lorette Fernandez-Kury, both of 3300 E. Washington St., had roughly 2.5 pounds of meth in the residence. Police said the couple shares the residence with Fernandez-Kury’s three children, all who are under eight years old.

When police responded to the residence, they discovered a 5-year-old boy tied up with his hands behind his back. He had minor injuries to his wrist, unexplained bruising on his arms, chest and back and reported being tied up “like a cop,” police said. The boy also told another adult that his mother used a Taser on him once.

Police said they discovered surveillance equipment, a shotgun, a digital scale and a Taser.

The couple was arrested on Sunday. Both face three counts of child endangerment – meth exposure, a class D felony.







CROOKSTON – A Nielsville woman who allegedly paid a babysitter with methamphetamine faces charges of possessing and distributing the drug near a Crookston school.

A criminal complaint was filed April 5 in district court in Crookston against Tonya Ruth Buschette-Gunderson, 39, outlining charges including five felony charges involving drug crimes and assault and five counts of gross misdemeanor endangerment of a child, stemming from December.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 17, officers went to Buschette-Gunderson’s home at the time in Crookston with a search warrant, based on information that Buschette-Gunderson and Lena Lorraine Sawyer, 30, of Crookston, had been selling methamphetamine.

Officers found Kimberly Jean Sutton there with Buschette-Gunderson’s four children and Sawyer’s child, of whom Buschette-Gunderson was legal guardian.

Polk County Social Services was contacted for the children, as living conditions in the house were poor.

Sutton, who had been living with Buschette-Gunderson for more than a month, told an officer that there had been a lot of people coming and going from the residence and that Buschette-Gunderson and Sawyer rarely did anything to care for the children.

Upstairs, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Nathan Rasch found Buschette-Gunderson and Sawyer in a bedroom, according to court documents.

He told the women to place their hands on their heads, and Buschette-Gunderson initially complied but then grabbed a pair of scissors and pointed it toward Rasch.

Rasch told Buschette-Gunderson to drop the scissors or else he would shoot her. She complied and both she and Sawyer were arrested.

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Sawyer’s face had scabs and her teeth were decayed, indicating longtime meth use, according to court documents.

In an interview with Rasch, Sawyer said she had syringes in her purse and said there was meth in Buschette-Gunderson’s home, but she didn’t know where. She also would not say if Buschette-Gunderson sold meth.

In continuing to search the home, officers found meth and several drug items, including a digital weight scale and scale cover with white residue on it, glass pipes, and papers that appeared to document numerous drug sales and purchases.

Rasch determined the residence was within 300 feet of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and elementary school.

In a police interview, Sutton told officers she did not use meth but said the other two women “always” had meth with them.

On March 28, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brandon Larson interviewed Sawyer, who admitted to smoking about 1 gram of meth per day in the month before her arrest, according to court documents.

Sawyer pleaded guilty April 3 to charges of possessing meth near a school and child endangerment and confirmed under oath information she previously gave investigators on Buschette-Gunderson.

She told Larson she got the meth from Buschette-Gunderson, but said she only paid for it maybe twice. The rest of the meth was given to her in payment for babysitting Buschette-Gunderson’s children.

Buschette-Gunderson traveled to Bemidji, Grand Forks, N.D., and Fargo to get the meth, Sawyer told Larson.

Buschette-Gunderson was released from jail Wednesday on a $2,000 bond. A jury trial is set for her June 17.

This case is among several recent methamphetamine-related arrests in the area, including three people arrested in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks on Feb. 19 and an unrelated couple arrested March 19 in Grand Forks.




As heroin-related issues continue to plague Wisconsin, some experts claim another highly addictive drug, methamphetamine, may become a growing cause for concern.

The state is no exception to a national trend where areas see a correlated spike in heroin and methamphetamine usage, Currie Myers, Rasmussen College dean of justice studies and former FBI agent, said at a talk in Green Bay last week.

Department of Justice numbers reflect this increase in use, with methamphetamine-related arrests in Wisconsin rising 86 percent between 2011 and 2012.

“Anytime I see a spike in heroin, I worry about meth coming in,” Myers said. “Heroin is the Cadillac of drugs, but meth isn’t far below it.”

Meth is a powerful stimulant that can be taken orally, smoked or injected, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and it increases the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine in an individual’s nervous system, giving one a sense of euphoria.

The high from meth is short and exhilarating, but the long-term affects of the drug have proven to be detrimental and sometimes fatal, according to the institute.

James Bohn, assistant special agent in charge of the Milwaukee District office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, said meth rates in northwestern Wisconsin have begun to grow rapidly due to an increased presence of Mexican drug cartels in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

“The growing meth issue in northwestern Wisconsin can be attributed to the growing cartel influence in the Twin Cities, and their reach is now spilling over into Wisconsin,” Bohn said.

Bohn said drug enforcement officials in Wisconsin are currently focusing most of their efforts on the state’s heroin epidemic, but recognize that the growing cartel and meth presence in areas like Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul are having a direct effect on meth usage in Wisconsin.

Communities with heroin issues often develop issues with meth because it is less expensive and usually easier to obtain than heroin, Myers said.

According to the DOJ, meth is made from cold tablets, alcohol, battery and dangerous amounts of ammonia, among other hazardous chemicals. This chemical concoction can cause skin ulcerations and infections as a result of picking at imaginary bugs, as well as prolonged anxiety, paranoia and depression. Many meth addicts suffer from nausea, seizures, paranoia and streaks of violence as a result of abuse.

The DOJ reported that meth usage more recently has seen a slight dip due to law enforcement agencies’ sting operations, shutting down home-made meth labs in Wisconsin.

However, Bohn said the state is threatened with increased flow of the drug because of the growing cartel influence and drug manufacturing.

“Even though the major meth problem in Wisconsin is flowing from the Twin Cities, Chicago is still a major hub for illegal drug trafficking,” Bohn said.

The DOJ estimates that meth addicts perpetrate 90 percent of identity thefts and that the drug has direct correlations with rises in property crimes and domestic abuse.



DECATUR, Alabama–Decatur police say that a shoplifter at Wal-Mart was grabbing ingredients to make meth.

Police responded to the call of a shoplifter at the Wal-Mart on Spring Avenue on Saturday. They found Darryl Pokrzywinski, 25, of New Market, in the custody of store loss-prevention workers.


Pokrzywinski allegedly was shoplifting aquarium tubing and old packs with ammonium nitrate. Police said that Pokrzywinski also had pseudoephedrine and lithium batteries. All of those are used to make methamphetamine.

Pokrzywinski was charged with third-degree theft of property and second-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Decatur City Jail and later transferred to the Morgan County Jail on a $5,500 bond.



SAN LUIS, AZ (CBS5) – A 25-year-old Phoenix man is accused of attempting to smuggle more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine at the San Luis Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected the man’s vehicle for additional inspection Saturday.

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A narcotics dog alerted to the drugs.

Officers searched the vehicle and its driver, Felipe Camacho, and found 22 packages of methamphetamine in three of the vehicle’s four doors, CBP said.

The drugs were worth more than $65,000.

Camacho was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.




SALISBURY, N.C. — Authorities in Rowan County discovered a meth lab after a trespassing incident led to a teenager’s arrest.

Officers from the Rockwell Police Department were called to a home after 19-year-old Tanner Davis Tutweiler was at the residence and was prohibited from being there.


Officers located a duffle bag containing methamphetamine manufacturing items at the residence.   Tutweiler was arrested inside the home for an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to appear on a charge of failing to report an accident, police said.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit  obtained a search warrant for the residence, and located a ‘shake and bake’ one pot methamphetamine laboratory inside the residence, along with a quantity of methamphetamine.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assisted the sheriff’s office in processing the scene.



Jessica Couch said she was high on methamphetamine when the shooting occurred in eastern Cherokee County.

A woman has been arrested and charged with shooting her boyfriend twice in their eastern Cherokee County home.


According to a press release from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Jessica Couch, 31, has been charged with aggravated assault (FVA) and remains at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond for the incident that occurred Sunday afternoon.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office were dispatched at around 2:30 p.m. April 13 to 480 Hester Drive in the Free Home community. Once they arrived, deputies located David Welchel, 40, of Free Home, who had a gunshot would to his back and another to his shoulder.

Couch allegedly told authorities she shot Welchel because “she thought he was an intruder,” said spokesman Lt. Jay Baker. Welchel was transported to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries, Baker added.

Cherokee investigators arrived on the scene, and obtained a search warrant for the premises. Baker said the search uncovered a .22 caliber handgun, which investigators believe was the weapon used in the shooting.

Baker also said investigators learned both Couch and Welchel allegedly waited about two hours before they called 911 for help.

Couch later admitted to be high on methamphetamine at the time of the shooting, Baker stated.

Also during the search, authorities discovered roughly eight copperheads and one rattlesnake in a cage inside the home.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was contacted, and Baker said they plan to investigate the snakes’ presence in the home.

Couch is likely to face additional charges, Baker added.




A sting initiated by a special task force last summer and continuing through March resulted in the seizure of 942 marijuana plants, 56 pounds of methamphetamine and $269,000 cash.

Three of 11 people busted in a state and federal investigation into a nationwide drug smuggling operation are from Riverside County, the California Attorney General’s Office announced Monday.

Erwin Alva, Rosemary Alvarez and Ernesto Carrillo are accused conspirators in a trafficking operation targeted by the Department of Justice’s Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team.

A sting initiated by the task force last summer and continuing through March resulted in the seizure of 942 marijuana plants, 56 pounds of methamphetamine and $269,000 cash.

“Transnational drug traffickers aren’t troubled by the details of law enforcement jurisdictions or government borders, and neither should our enforcement efforts,” Attorney General Kamala Harris said. “Our success shows the pressing need for more collaboration and funding to fight transnational drug trafficking in California.”

Alva, Alvarez and Carrrillo were arrested in Riverside County in March and charged with 13 felony counts, including possession, transportation and sales of controlled substances, possession of restricted ammunition and conspiracy, according to the Department of Justice.

All three are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail in the Tulare County jail.

Their co-defendants are: Angel Pedraza Cervantes, Gerardo Campos Cuin, John DeWayne, Jose Magana, Manuel Munoz, Juan Parra, Christopher Pellegrin and Ana Valero.

Cervantes and Cuin were arrested in Jonesboro, Ark., in February. They’re charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arkansas.

The other defendants were arrested in Central California.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, Magana was the alleged ring leader, operating a drug trafficking network with connections in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. Some of the ring’s clients included Chicano prison gangs based in Northern California.

The Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team consists of sheriff’s personnel from Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties, agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Forest Service.



Tulare County-based drug smuggling ring busted

A major international drug smuggling ring based in Tulare County has been busted.

California’s attorney general came to Fresno on Monday to announce the end of a year-long investigation into a multi-national drug operation, with ties to Mexican drug cartels and California prison gangs. Eleven people were arrested, including suspected kingpin Jose Magana.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said the investigation began last summer when law enforcement officials suspected Magana, 33, of marijuana trafficking. Magana lived in Dinuba. Harris said law enforcement officers later learned his organization allegedly had a drug-distributing business stretching more than 3,000 miles and was raking in large amounts of cash.

Harris said the group worked with street gangs associated with the Nuestra Familia prison gang to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine through San Diego to the Central Valley, and then distribute it to states like Arkansas, Illinois and New York.

Five people — including Magana, Manuel Munoz, Juan Parra, John Dewayne Young and Magana’s alleged girlfriend Ana Valero — were arrested in Tulare County over a four-month period. Four others were arrested last month in Riverside County. The nine are now being held in the Tulare County Jail and face charges of transportation and sale of a controlled substance, and prohibited possession of ammunition. Two others were arrested in Arkansas.

During the arrests, authorities seized 56 pounds of meth, four kilograms of cocaine, and nearly 950 marijuana plants. They also discovered about $270,000 in cash.

“This is about doing the investigative work to go through the various layers of an otherwise highly-sophisticated, intricate organization so that we can get the top guys, and I’m proud to say that in this case we got the top guy of this organization,” said Harris.

Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Dan Underwood said nine of the 11 he’s prosecuting pleaded not guilty. Two defendants are charged in federal court.

On Monday, Harris used the occasion to call on legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to restore part of the $71 million cut from her budget for such anti-drug efforts. She said she’d start by asking for $7.5 million to deploy more drug task forces, much like the one in this case which made the bust possible.






California officials nab 11 in drug ring bust

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California say they have dismantled a drug trafficking organization that sent narcotics smuggled in from Mexico to communities across the United States.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined law enforcement officials from the Central Valley in Fresno on Monday to announce the bust, which included the arrests of 11 people.

Harris said the group worked with Nuestra Familia street gangs to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine through San Diego to the Central Valley and then distribute it to states such as Arkansas, Illinois and New York.

She called on legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to restore part of the $71 million cut from her budget in recent years for such anti-drug efforts.







— A man who ran off after an apparent meth lab explosion in Tacoma Monday morning was later found and taken to a hospital with burns.

Another man found at the scene also was treated at a hospital for burns.

The News Tribune reports ( ) the blast about 2 a.m. destroyed a 30-foot trailer which was parked behind a house.

Neighbors were advised to stay inside while a hazardous material team responded, but the fire department says it didn’t find any hazardous chemical remaining.





JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Jennings County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man after they say he was responsible for supplying the drugs that caused his wife’s death.

Police say they were called to the 700 block of Country Manor in North Vernon on April 5 after 23-year-old Jesse Jo Louden-Jackson was found unresponsive.


According to the report, deputies tried reviving Jackson but were unsuccessful. She was transported to the hospital where she later died.

Police say a search warrant was served to the property and the investigation report revealed that her husband, 33-year-old Jeremy Jackson was responsible for supplying meth to Jesse Jo resulting in her death.

Jackson was arrested and taken into custody on April 11 without incident.

He’s currently facing charges of murder, dealing and possession of methamphetamine.

Jackson is currently detained at the Jennings County Jail.





A woman is in custody today after police uncovered a suspected meth lab inside of a mini storage unit in Warren over the weekend.

Officers were called to the storage unit about 6 p.m. Saturday to investigate a suspicious situation and they located a small amount of chemicals and equipment often used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Lt. John Eppich on Sunday said one woman was arrested at the scene and the case was turned over to the detective bureau for further investigation.

This isn’t Warren’s first encounter with a suspected meth lab.

Last year, officers were called to American’s Best Value Motel on Interstate 696 near Dequindre Avenue after chemicals used to make lab were found in a room rented by two men. The two suspects were arrested.