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Lukeville, Arizona – A 25-year-old Mexican national was arrested at the Port of Lukeville in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Luis Angel Munoz-Gutierrez for additional inspection of his Ford sedan and found 10 bundles of methamphetamine weighing 11 pounds.

Officers processed the drugs, worth an estimated $33,000, and vehicle for seizure and referred Munoz to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The conviction of an Autauga County white supremacist has shut down part of a meth pipeline into Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties, according to federal authorities.635490737777210006-00180568

Mark Edward Elliott, 52, was sentenced to 17 years and five months in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

The sentence was issued Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery.

Elliott was the leader of a large methamphetamine distribution operation transporting drugs from Atlanta to central Alabama, according to a statement from George L. Beck Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District.

Elliott, a white supremacist, was arrested as part of a major law enforcement drug sweep in March 2013. During the raid, law enforcement found large amounts of “ice” methamphetamine.

While executing five search warrants, law enforcement discovered more than 30 firearms, about $1,300 in cash and several vehicles that were being used to transport illegal drugs, according to court records.

The sweep resulted in the arrests of 15 people from four Alabama counties, the culmination of what federal officials said was a yearlong undercover drug operation

Five others picked up during the raids were also arrested on charges related to meth smuggling.

Among the five is William “Wild Bill” Elliott, also of Elmore County. William Elliott is Mark Elliott’s older brother, who federal authorities have contended was a trusted lieutenant in the operation.

Law enforcement has said it was discovered during the investigation that several of the Elliotts’ alleged co-conspirators, have also used violence, threats of violence, and intimidation to further their drug dealing efforts and to collect money.

Elliott, who was also known as “Mighty Whitey,” has tattoos of Swastikas, the words “White Power” and SS in lightning bolts on his body — all of which indicate membership in the Aryan Brotherhood, according to law enforcement.

Federal records indicate that Elliott was a captain in the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang with white supremacy beliefs.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Central Alabama Drug Task Force, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Prattville Police Department and the Wetumpka Police Department.



A bus passenger was arrested yesterday after cops discovered that his luggage contained 48 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus candles that had methamphetamine mixed in their wax, according to Louisiana cops.methcandles1

An El Expresso bus bound for Mobile, Alabama was pulled over early Thursday morning in Baton Rouge following a traffic violation. During a subsequent search of the coach’s cargo hold, a drug detection dog alerted to a suitcase.

When members of the Highway Interdiction Unit opened the luggage, they found the 48 religious candles, which contained “methamphetamine mixed in wax, disguised as candles,” according to investigators.

The seized candles are seen in the Baton Rouge Police Department photo on left. While the candles weighed in excess of 110 pounds, police did not specify the weight of the meth discovered.

While none of the bus passengers claimed ownership of the seized bag, cops located a photo of a man inside the suitcase. The image matched that of passenger Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Lara, a 19-year-old Texas resident.joserodriguezlara

Rodriguez-Lara, seen at right, was arrested on a felony narcotics charge and booked into jail, where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bond.



FORKS — Brett Lee Card, 23, was arrested this week after being charged with two counts of second-degree rape of a child.

A 13-year-old Forks girl told city police that she and Card did drugs together and had sex about six times in two abandoned houses last December, court papers said.

She was 12 at the time.

Card, also of Forks, was arrested on a warrant Monday. He will be arraigned in Clallam County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The victim told police she and Card started dating last November after they met at Tillicum Park.

“She said he asked her if she wanted to snort a line of methamphetamine and she agreed, saying she was already doing pills at the time,” Officer Julie Goode wrote in the incident report.

“She said after that they started hanging out and doing drugs together. She explained how they would break into abandoned houses to do drugs and have sex.”

The girl told investigators that she and Card had had encounters at vacant houses at 355 Bogachiel Way and 530 Calawah Way. The last encounter occurred on New Year’s Day.

Police interviewed the girl after being called to investigate a possible sex offense May 14, court papers said.

The girl told police in a July interview that she had inadvertently left a condom and a pair of underwear at the house at 530 Calawah Way because she and Card were high, court papers said.

After the July interview, police on a search warrant collected two condoms, the underwear and other items from a chair inside the foreclosed house and sent the condoms to a State Patrol crime lab for analysis.

The condoms were found to contain the DNA of both Card and the girl, court papers said.

A warrant was issued for Card’s arrest Oct. 3. He was formally charged with two counts of second-degree rape of a child on the same day.

A pre-trial sexual assault protection order filed Tuesday would prevent Card from having contact with the girl should he post his $50,000 bail.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian King, who patrols the West End, said authorities there have had a “lot of contacts” with Card over the years.

“He’s got a long history,” King said.

“He’s well-known in the community.”

Card was charged in January with second-degree burglary, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and third-degree theft for allegedly breaking into a Forks salon Dec. 5 and taking items he intended to sell.

Those charges were dismissed in April.

Forks Police Administrator Rick Bart on Wednesday declined to comment on the child rape investigation, which is still ongoing.

“It’s too sensitive,” Bart said.

“She’s a juvenile.”

Second-degree rape of a child is a Class A felony punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.




SUMTER, SC — Three people have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after Sumter police discovered a meth lab behind a local shopping center.

Marc Joseph Koehler, 35, Kelsey Ann Kellenbenz-Madon, 19, and Brittany Lee Gainey, 27, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to police.PuHnc_AuSt_74

Police received reports of suspicious activity at a pond behind a shopping center at Pinewood and McCray’s Mill roads late Wednesday afternoon, according to Tonyia McGirt, a Sumter Police Department spokeswoman.

The suspects appeared to be involved in a clandestine meth lab when police found them in a brush-covered area surrounding the pond in the Cane-Savannah area around 4 p.m. Wednesday, McGirt said.

Police said materials typically used to make meth were found in the area, according to McGirt. Those materials were removed, and the area later deemed free of any negative effects from the materials.

Sumter Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services also assisted.



SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Nearly two dozen people were arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into trafficking of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs in Ramona, authorities reported.

The probe, dubbed “Operation High Grade,” began in January and has led to the seizure of various narcotics, along with production paraphernalia and weapons, sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.

More than 100 deputies and officers from other agencies took the following suspects into custody while serving eight search warrants in various parts of the county this morning: Yakub Abowath, 44, of Carlsbad; La Mesa residents Ashley Kahir, 32, and Raymond Mabee, 37; and Ramona residents Shannon Alduenda, 41, Meagan Barrett, 46, Brad Bennett, 46, Chris Blackwood, 35, Justin Chandler, 32, Brian Cruz, 23, Alyssa Desprez, 39, Chris Doneski, 28, Larry Julio, 44, Thomas Lewis, 18, Marc Mason, 49, Michael Morgart, 47, Donald Pettey, 47, Lori Price, 45, Belinda Roath, 54, Gina Scruggs, 44, Mark Short, 54, Ronald Sorric, 55, Suzanne Vitale, 53, and Shane Wilson, 39.

During the sweep, the personnel confiscated 72.2 grams of methamphetamine; 5 pounds of marijuana; 147 cannabis plants and cultivation equipment; 1 gram of psilocybin mushrooms; 50 methylphenidate pills; $500 in cash; scales and packaging material related to narcotic sales.

In August and September, the following Ramona residents were arrested in the case: Alan Castro, 20, Chris Doneski, 28, Justine Glenn, 19, Anthony Gordon, 18, Jeffrey Hodson, 48, and Gina Scruggs, 44.

The operation also has resulted in seizures of heroin, ecstasy, LSD, alprazolam and 241 guns, Williams said.

Some of the 29 suspects were arrested on outstanding warrants.

Assisting sheriff’s personnel in the investigation were agents with the Narcotics Task Force, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.




Under the influence of drugs–Oct. 12, 9:15 p.m. Hollis Avenue. Two women were involved in an argument. Both were found to be under the influence of methamphetamine. One was also found in possession of a pipe while caring for a juvenile, and the other was also in possession of metal knuckles.




Methamphetamine-www_soc_ucsb_eduSHAH ALAM: A Nigerian man who swallowed 65 capsules containing Methamphetamine was sent to the gallows to be hanged to death by the High Court here Friday for drug trafficking.

Judicial Commissioner Colin Lawrence Sequerah handed down the decision after finding that the defence by Adiele Chinenyeze Sylvanus, 34, failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution case.

In the judgment, Sequerah said he could not believe the defence by Sylvanus that he was forced to swallow the capsules and that it was an afterthought.

Sylvanus, who works at a shop selling used handphones and laptops, was charged with trafficking 478.4 grammes of Methamphetamine at the toilet of Ward 6C, Room 27, Serdang Hospital, between 2.30 am and 3.30 pm on March 20, 2012.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal prosecuted, while lawyer N.Subramanian represented the accused.




The investigation, which is on-going, also revealed that the drug ring received their drugs through a coordinated effort with an unidentified woman – “Ms Bee” – who is in a prison near southern Thailand.

A total of 2.37 kg of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) and ya ba (methamphetamine) were presented to the media during a press conference on Thursday (October 16) at Phuket Provincial Police Station.seized over B9 million worth of methamphetamine

The investigation began on October 12 after Phuket City Police arrested a man they are calling Mr G, since it would be dangerous to reveal his real name.

“He was arrested in Rasada. Based off this arrest, we expanded the investigation to learn more about the big drug network in Phuket,” said Phuket City Police Superintendent Sermphan Sirikong.

Mr G provided information on two drug dealers – one in Patong named Ms Chadawan “Kik” Prateep Na Thalang and another in Thalang named Mr Apitak “Jack” Santiwisutthakul.

On Tuesday (October 13) at about 4:30pm, Thalang police arrested 27-year-old Kik at a house on Thepkrasattri Road and seized 1.18 kg of ya ice.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday night (October 13) police also arrested 25-year-old Jack in Srisoonthorn with another 1.19 kgs of ya ice.

On Thursday (October 15) Patong police also arrested Ms Rabeip Laoongkaeo, 47, with 1.18 kgs of ya ice.

“Mr Jack distributed drugs for an unidentified man named “Mr Top”. At this stage, police do not know his full name. However, Mr Top, Ms Kik and Ms Rabeip were coordinating together to provide drugs in Thalang, Patong, and Bangla Road to tourists and bar staffs,” said Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit, the Phuket Provincial Police Commander.

All drugs within the network were distributed by Ms Kik. She confessed that the drug network was linked to a prisoner, an unidentified woman named “Ms Bee”, who is currently serving time in a penitentiary near southern Thailand.

Ms Kik revealed that she would pick up the drugs from a black Toyota Vios that passed through the Tah Chat Chai check point in northern Phuket.

“Police have done their best to check all cars entering Phuket, but sometime drug dealers are very professional to hide drugs in their cars,” he explained. “We will be more strict and diligent in our inspections.”

“Police will continue to crackdown on the drug networks in Phuket. We will get rid of all drugs in Phuket”, Gen Patchara stated.

Police confirmed that the investigation is on-going.



Three men involved in the importation to Western Australia of up to $34 million of methamphetamine hidden in ceramic tiles have been jailed for between seven and 14 years.

Michael Quoc Hong Ly, 35, Jacky Lee, 27, and 31-year-old Tuan Anh Phung were found guilty by a jury after 35 kilograms of the drug was seized in January last year.4765944-3x2-940x627

It was found hidden in ceramic tiles that had been brought from China to WA on a container ship that berthed at North Quay in Fremantle in January 2013.

Police substituted the drugs for an alternative substance and five days later the tiles were sent to a warehouse in the northern Perth suburb of Malaga, where they were unpacked.

They were then transferred to a shed in nearby Wangara where Phung and Lee were arrested.

Ly was taken into custody later that night.

It was estimated the drugs had a street value of between $25 and 34 million.


None of the men ‘masterminds’

While none of the three men were found to be the masterminds of the importation, Ly’s involvement was described by the prosecution as “critical” because he organized the movement of the tiles, made payments and had arranged for the splitting up of the drugs.

Justice Michael Corboy said while there was no evidence about what Ly was to receive for his involvement, he “had no doubt” he “was going to benefit “.

He was found guilty of entering into an agreement to import the drugs between October 2012 and January 2013.

Ly was sentenced to 14 years’ jail with a non-parole period of nine-and-a-half years.

Lee and Phung were both found guilty of attempting to possess the drugs.

Justice Corboy said Lee had purchased mobile phones and monitored the movement of the tiles in Perth, while Phung had arranged for the tiles to be transported and provided a hammer to smash them.

The judge also found Phung had been present at a meeting where the splitting up of the drugs was discussed.

Phung was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years, with a non-parole period of six years, while Lee was sentenced to seven years with a non-parole period of four years and three months.

Last year a fourth man, Chung Yin “Rico” Tam, was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail for his involvement.

He was described as having a “pivotal and significant role” in the importation but his sentence was discounted from 15 years because he pleaded guilty and had cooperated with authorities, including testifying at the trial of Ly, Lee and Phung.

Tam was given a non-parole period of just over six years.



On Wednesday October 15, 2014 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit concluded a month long investigation with the arrest of two Cathedral City residents; 34 year old Refugio Mercado and 28 year old Belen Tapia.

The two were arrested in a south Bakersfield parking lot in possession of ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Detectives developed information they had driven to Bakersfield and were attempting to sell them to subjects in Kern County.

Both were booked into the Kern County jail for possession of drugs for sales, transportation of drugs and conspiracy. Mercado was also in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

The seized drugs have a potential street value of over $350,000.00.

MVU was assisted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression-Investigations Section, and the Kern County HIDTA and Cal-MMET task forces.




Daycare pair imperiled kidsPowell residents Nick and Mandy Ringler have been charged with child endangerment related to methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia found in their home.

They had operated Ringler Childcare from their Avenue D home.

A preliminary hearing was Oct. 9. Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters ordered the case sent to District Court.

The couple each face four felony counts of child endangerment and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.

The Wyoming Department of Family Services has suspended the Ringlers’ license to operate a child care business from their home.

On Sept. 22 Powell police were contacted by a confidential informant who claimed the couple were using and selling methamphetamine.

The CI admitted to purchasing and using methamphetamine with the Ringlers.

Nick had a birthday the CI had attended where she claimed to have smoked the drug with the couple in their bedroom.

On Aug. 26 a search warrant was executed on their residence in Powell.

Authorities found a number of pipes in the master bedroom. The bathroom yielded a syringe, spoon, cotton balls and a baggie containing white residue.

In the garage police found a homemade bong, two digital scales and a glass pipe with white residue.

Nick Ringler had a small baggie with white residue in his vest pocket.

When questioned about the item in his vest, Ringler said he “had it for a while.”

He also claimed the paraphernalia had been in the house for six months.

Police were shown where the items were located by Ringler, who says he has been smoking the drug for “sometime.”

Although Mandy Ringler denied any involvement with drugs, the CI told police she smoked drugs.

Also, the search of the home uncovered a pink glass pipe in a pair of female shoes.

Nick Ringler is also facing charges in Modesto, Calif., where he was arrested for handgun possession on Aug. 31.

He told investigators he had been using methamphetamine heavily since his arrest in California.




Animal rights activists rallied outside a Reno courthouse on Thursday before a judge set another hearing next month for a 24-year-old man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Jason Brown faces seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing dogs and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. If convicted of all counts, he could face more than 20 years in prison.


Half a dozen members of Nevada Voters for Animals said they were demonstrating in support of the maximum punishment if Brown is convicted. They waved signs that said “Accountability for Animal Cruelty” at passing traffic in downtown Reno.

Justice of the Peace Patricia Lynch set Brown’s preliminary hearing for Nov. 18.

Brown was arrested in July after detectives say they found a decapitated dog and four dog heads in a small refrigerator in his Reno motel room. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

His lawyer, John Oakes, did not immediately return a telephone call or email from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier that Brown has mental health issues and might need a psychiatric evaluation before he goes to trial.

More than 2,000 people from the U.S., Mexico and Europe have signed the voter group’s online petition calling for maximum prosecution of Brown. Several also have made direct appeals in letters to the judge.

“It is my belief that any person capable of committing such horrendous and depraved acts of violence against animals will at some point escalate to committing acts of violence against human beings,” wrote Cheri Vaillancour of Redwood City, California. “Please keep this animal behind bars.”

Authorities said they were called to the Super 8 in south Reno after a maid reported the discovery in Brown’s room.

Two of the heads matched the description of a pair of Chihuahuas that Nancy Frank, of Sun Valley, told police she sold to Brown days earlier. Officers also found two bloody kitchen knives, scissors and two dog collars with rabies tags registered to Frank, along with dog dishes, blankets and tennis balls she gave Brown to help make her pets happy.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Bowen wrote in a probable cause report that a lifelong friend of Brown, Cheryl Bluhm, told police the day of his arrest that Brown talked about having “urges of rage” during a June 25 telephone conversation. The next day, she said, Brown told her he had killed his friend’s dog and it “made him high,” Bowen wrote.

According to the report, Bluhm said she asked Brown if he had the same urges toward humans, and he told her that “dogs are good for right now.”


2:58 p.m. update

Animal rights activists rallied outside a courthouse before a judge set a preliminary hearing next month for a 24-year-old man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Jason Brown faces seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing dogs and two counts of possessing methamphetamine. If convicted of all counts, he could face more than 20 years in prison.

A half-dozen members of Nevada Voters for Animals said they were demonstrating in support of the maximum punishment if Brown is convicted. Outside court Thursday in Reno, they waved signs at passing traffic that said, “Accountability for Animal Cruelty.”

Justice of the Peace Patricia Lynch set Brown’s preliminary hearing for Nov. 18.

His lawyer, John Oakes, didn’t immediately return a telephone call or email seeking comment


7:55 p.m. update

Animal rights activists plan a rally outside a Reno courthouse where a 24-year-old man faces charges accusing him of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Jason Brown is scheduled to appear at a status hearing in Reno Justice Court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on seven counts of willfully torturing and killing dogs and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Leaders of Nevada Voters for Animals say they will demonstrate at noon in support of the maximum punishment possible if Brown is convicted. He could potentially face more than 20 years in prison.

The former Reno High School student was arrested in July after detectives say they found a decapitated dog and four dog heads in a small refrigerator in his room at a Reno motel.



More than 30 people, including two Austin lawyers, were arrested in Central and South Texas this week for their alleged roles in a drug distribution ring, according to federal officials.

Richard Patrick Fagerberg, 45, and David Ramos, 39, both lawyers in Austin, and the 34 other defendants have allegedly participated in a conspiracy to distribute various amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine since May 2013, according to United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division.622x350uturr

During a 16-month-investigation, “authorities have seized approximately 87 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of methamphetamine, four firearms, close to $1.5 million in criminally derived assets in connection with this investigation, according to a news release from the United States District Attorney’s Office.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Fagerberg has not practiced law since 2011 when he was injured by a camera boom during South by Southwest because he “no longer possesses the mental capacity or thought processes necessary to effectively represent his clients,” according to a lawsuit he filed over his injuries.

Calls placed to Ramos’ law firm went unanswered Thursday.

However, Ben Florey, Ramos’ lawyer, told the Austin American-Statesman that Ramos pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday and has been released from jail on a $10,000 bail.

“Florey said no drugs or money had been seized from Ramos or in connection to him and that they do not know why he has been charged,” the Statesman reported.

“DEA, and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in Austin and throughout Texas, will remain relentless in our pursuit of the vicious criminal individuals and drug trafficking organizations who threaten our safety and stability,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit in the release. “These arrests send a strong and unified message that these crimes will not be tolerated in our communities and those who commit these offenses will be brought to justice.”

A complete list of individuals arrested in the two related federal indictments can be found here.


Joe Forest, 24, told police he had been awake for six days, doing methamphetamine, stealing gas and committing burglaries.5221082_G

Police said when the Camden, TN man showed up at his ex-wife’s house, things got worse.

Forest allegedly took his son, put him in the backseat of his car and started to drive away. The child’s mother then jumped in the backseat.

Camden police and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department acted quickly when the woman was able to call her mother. Forest was reportedly driving 80 mph on a flat tire.

Police said Forest finally pulled over at a church in Benton County after he heard sirens.

New Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher has vowed to go after the county’s drug problem and serious police domestic violence cases.

Forest is suspected in several burglaries in multiple counties in the days preceding the kidnapping. He is currently charged with aggravated domestic assault, but police hope to turn that into a much longer list of charges.




PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it expects to convene a grand jury in the case of newborn who died as a result of pneumonia and methamphetamine intoxication.


Deputy district attorney Ryan Lufkin, speaking before Judge Henry Kantor, said that the child’s parents, Sarah Mangus and Jamie Mangus, have been violating a court order that prohibits them from communicating with each other.

The new details were revealed as public defender Amanda Garty asked that Mangus’ bail be reduced from $10 million to $50,000 on the grounds that it was unreasonable and unconstitutional.

Garty said Mangus and her family has “no money” to post the $10 million bail. She said a more reasonable bail would be $50,000 because prior to the indictment, her client had no criminal record except for a driving while suspended citation. Garty said, if released, there is a potential that Mangus would have a job. The defense attorney said she anticipated Mangus to stay in a trailer on her father’s property, if released.

Mangus has pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder by abuse and first-degree manslaughter following the death of her 12-hour old baby girl.

The child was born April 12, 2014 inside a North Portland apartment complex to avoid scrutiny by the Department of Human Services, previously filed court records show. DHS has custody of Magnus’ other five children.mangus-apartment

Instead of going to the hospital, police learned that Mangus and her husband, Jamie Mangus, walked around the St. Johns area with total disregard for the child’s life, court records show. Police learned that Sarah and Jamie Mangus had used a potato chip bag clip to hold the umbilical cord together until replacing it with a hair barrette, court records show.

Lufkin said he does not consider the $10 million bail to be excessive or unconstitutional. He called Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Connelly to testify about an investigation he had opened into communication between Sarah and Jamie Mangus occurring in the jail system.

Connelly said he had intercepted mail between Sarah and Jamie Mangus. In one letter, Sarah Mangus reportedly wrote her favorite things to do outside of jail were to “shoot up dope” and “have sex,” Connelly said as he read from the letters.

Lufkin said the investigation has shown Sarah and Jamie sent the letters using other inmates’ names.

Lufkin said the next stage in this case is to take it before a grand jury on allegations of identity theft.

“At this point, there’s not much more that I can do” to get Sarah and Jamie from stop communicating with each other, Lufkin said.

Kantor reduced Sarah Mangus’ bail to $5 million.sarah-mangus-file

“That’s as low as I’m going to go,” Kantor said.

He said given the facts that have been presented at a bail hearing Sept.11, 2014 this is a case that “cries out for (Sarah Mangus) to remain in custody.”

Kantor said he also concluded that she is a person who “is not controllable in this particular stage in her life.” The judge expressed his concerns that if released Sarah Mangus would continue to exercise “terrible” judgment.

If Sarah Mangus posts bail, Kantor said she will have to be supervised by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.



Police said the suspects appeared to be involved in a clandestine meth lab when they were located after 4 p.m. in a brush-covered area surrounding the pond in the Cane-Savannah area behind the shopping center at Pinewood and McCray’s Mill roads.

SUMTER, SC (Oct. 15, 2014) – Three suspects were arrested on methamphetamine charges after police were alerted to suspicious activity at a pond behind a local shopping center late Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the suspects appeared to be involved in a clandestine meth lab when they were located after 4 p.m. in a brush-covered area surrounding the pond in the Cane-Savannah area behind the shopping center at Pinewood and McCray’s Mill roads.

Materials typically used to make methamphetamine also were found in the area.

Those materials were removed, and the area later deemed free of any negative effects from the materials.

In addition to the Sumter Police Department, officials with the Sumter Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded.

Charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine are Marc Joseph Koehler, 35 of Sumter; Kelsey Ann Kellenbenz-Madon, 19 of Sumter; and Brittany Lee Gainey, 27 of Dalzell.

Police are continuing to investigate.



BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — Bullhead City Police officers made two arrests Wednesday at the home of 8-year-old Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Canella, the girl who was found murdered more than one month ago.

Police arrested Tania Ann Grogan, 29, and her husband, Ralph Pat Leroy Folster III, 28, on felony drug charges.

The narcotics section initiated an investigation into Grogan and Folster after receiving information back in September that they were dealing methamphetamine and heroin in the community.

At approximately 5 p.m., Bullhead City Police and the SWAT Team responded to the residence located on Lakeside Drive. Grogan complied with officers and was taken into custody.

Folster refused to come out of the residence. After a two hour stand-off with police, Folster climbed up the attic and attempted to gain entry into the duplex residence next door. He then came out of the house voluntarily.

As part of the narcotics investigation, Grogan and Folster were arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and the sales of dangerous drugs (all methamphetamine). Grogan was additionally charged with manufacturing dangerous drugs (the packaging/re-packaging of drugs for sale).

Police are currently executing a search warrant for their residence and the neighboring residence where Folster was attempting to hide. More charges may be pending.

They will be booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman, Ariz.

Police said Folster refused to come out of the home when the incident started around 5 p.m.

Justin Rector, 26, pled not guilty in Mohave County Superior Court and faces first-degree murder charges in the death of Bella. Rector was arrested near a Bullhead City store shortly after the family of Bella was reported missing on Sept. 2.

Authorities have described Rector as a family friend who was staying at Bella’s home at the time she disappeared.

Her body was discovered in a shallow grave near her Bullhead City home. Medical examiners determined that she had been strangled.

Rector faces up to life in prison on a first-degree murder charge. He also is charged with kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body.

There is currently an open investigation into Grogan leaving her children in a dangerous environment, including supplying methamphetamines to Justin Rector.





635489259918846679-JosueA man accused of eluding police through a neighborhood at high speed and running over a cat in the process also faces weapons and drug charges.

Josue Ordinola-Mendoza, 25, was formally charged Tuesday with attempting to elude police in a vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. At his arraignment in Marion County Circuit Court, he also was also accused of a parole violation and delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

According to a probable-cause statement, the incident began around 2 a.m. Sept. 30 in the area of Fairgrounds Road and Highland Avenue NE when a Salem police officer attempted to pull over a tan Chevy Suburban that was missing a rear license plate.

The vehicle took off through town, almost hitting another vehicle and reaching speeds of more than 80 mph before it came to a stop in a field in the 3100 block of Center Street NE.

The driver and passenger ran away on foot. Police found a loaded gun and a pipe for methamphetamine in the center console of the vehicle. They also found burglary tools, including bolt cutters, several vehicle keys and glass breakers.

The passenger was later located and arrested and provided information about the driver, who was later identified as Ordinola-Mendoza, the document said.

Ordinola-Mendoza was arrested Monday in northeast Salem.

In court, deputy district attorney Keir Boettcher said the defendant ran over a cat while eluding police. When contacted by phone Wednesday, Boettcher said the cat’s condition is unknown.



A 38-year-old Portland State University chemistry student studying for his Ph.D. is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine near a school.16090182-small

Alexander Rudine, who lives in the 1900 block of Southeast 112th Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on allegations of possession, manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine near a school.

Rudine, who had been a part-time teacher at Mt. Hood Community College and is studying for his doctorate at Portland State, was booked into jail Tuesday night.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant at Rudine’s residence on Tuesday.

Rudine, who was sitting on his porch, had $1,510 on him and 16 grams of methamphetamine in his waistband, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Officers found another 14 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging materials in Rudine’s bedroom, the affidavit said.

The drug paraphernalia was found amid notes on “how to re-crystallize methamphetamine, along with a handwritten scientific formula at the bottom of the page,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Christopher M. Shull wrote in the affidavit.

Investigators determined that Rudine lived within 790 feet of a school, the affidavit said.

Court records indicate that Rudine lives off his father’s retirement income. He had worked part-time at Mt. Hood Community College, but is currently unemployed.

He’s being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on $105,000 bail.




543efe943db86_preview-620A 33-year-old Phoenix woman is facing allegations of dealing meth out of a Billings hotel room and exposing her 14-year-old son to the dangerous drug after police investigated an overheard conversation about a bogus murder cover up, according to prosecutors.

Karina Daniela Valle-Eceberry was arrested Monday at the Residence Inn, 956 S. 25th St., and she made an initial appearance Wednesday on felony charges of drug possession with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of children.

Valle-Eceberry’s arrest came after someone overheard a loud conversation at the hotel about murder and contacted police, according to charging documents.

The caller had overheard people in one of the hotel’s rooms talking “about a murder, who committed the murder and who covered up the murder,” charging documents say.

However, Chief Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Juli M. Pierce said Wednesday that no bodies were found at the hotel and that there is no information to indicate Valle-Eceberry, who checked into the hotel on Friday, is connected to any homicides.

“There wasn’t a dead body or anything found, just a lot of drugs and paraphernalia,” Pierce said, adding that the conversation was probably just “meth talk.”

A hotel worker told police that Valle-Eceberry had been registered in another hotel room but had trashed that room — leaving behind items that included a butane lighter and bloody towels stained with blue dye — and then moved across the hall to another room, charging documents say.

Officers approached the room but heard a man and woman “talking about their enemies and needing cover to enter a residence,” the documents say.

The officers stopped and called for back-up.

As the officers waited for additional support, one of them saw a teen walking down the hotel hallway. The teen was identified as Valle-Eceberry’s 14-year-old son, and he said that he was staying at the hotel with his mother and two other people, charging documents say.

Inside the hotel room, police found Valle-Eceberry and two others identified in charging documents as Tara Bradford and Chet Miller.

After getting a search warrant, police found multiple containers and baggies containing meth, records say, as well as syringes, a scale and other drug paraphernalia.

“We recognize that the defendant doesn’t have any criminal history, but the intent to distribute methamphetamine and the endangering the welfare of her child by exposing the child to meth we believe are serious offenses,” Deputy Yellowstone County Paul W. Adam said at Valle-Eceberry’s initial court appearance on Wednesday.

Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez followed Adam’s bond recommendation and set bail at $10,000.

Valle-Eceberry told the judge she understood the charges, “but I’m not guilty.”

She is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges in district court on Oct. 21.

Police recently arrested two other suspected meth dealers at a Billings motel. About three weeks ago, drug task force officers raided a room at Western Inn Motel, 3311 Second Ave. N., where they seized six pounds of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash.

The seizure led to federal distribution charges against two California men, Paul Theodore Alarcon and George Garcia Villa, both 47.

In an August interview with the Gazette, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said that methamphetamine is the No. 1 threat to public safety in Billings.




A simple case of a FedEx package delivered to the wrong address put three suspects in Harris County Jail on various drug and weapons charges last week.


On Wednesday, Sheriff Adrian Garcia and sheriff’s investigators detailed how the wrong address and a package containing narcotics led to the bust last Friday of a significant drug operation in the 11500 block of Normont in northwest Harris County.

The estimated street value of the narcotics found at the home was said to be around $100,000. A plethora of firearms was also found, including an AR-15 rifle, along with $6,700 in cash.


Garcia spoke to the media about the drug and gun bust, hailing an anonymous tip via the county’s IWatch app for helping officials arrest three suspects at the scene.

Michael Taylor, 45, Stephanie Adams, 30, and Leslie Peck, 32, face a number of drug and weapons charges. Adams’ 5-year-old child also was found at the scene, according to deputies. The child is now in the custody of Child Protective Services. Deputies said Adams was using meth while her child slept in the next room.


Garcia said a nearby resident received the incorrectly addressed FedEx package, which contained cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. A tip pointed deputies to the house where the trio and the child were staying.

Marijuana, pain pills, cocaine, morphine, LSD, hashish, steroids, black tar heroin and codeine were just some of the drugs seized, authorities said. Scales, baggies and other paraphernalia were also found at the scene.


Also found were a variety of medications typically prescribed to cancer patients, deputies said, which they believe could have been stolen from a pharmacy.


622x350xA variety of shotguns, handguns and an AR-15 with a full 30-round clip and a military-grade night scope were also found.





A 63-year-old Roseville woman is accused of smuggling heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana to inmates at San Quentin State Prison.

Marie Kathrine Allison was arrested last Saturday after being found with illegal drugs when she arrived at the San Rafael penitentiary, according to Roseville Police Department Officer Dee Dee Gunther.635489082783600024-Allison-Marie-1920

The police investigation into Allison’s alleged activities began several weeks ago. Gunther said detectives learned Allison would transfer the drugs to a pen pal inmate she saw during visits in San Quentin’s group visiting area. Detectives, working in collaboration with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigators, determined the inmate arranged with two other prisoners to sell the drugs to other inmates.

Allison was booked in Placer County Jail on suspicion of transporting heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana for sale; conspiracy; and bringing controlled substances into a state prison, Gunther said. The suspect’s bail was set at $85,000.

Investigators plan to charge the three inmates suspected of involvement with conspiracy, Gunther added.




SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A woman who was allegedly on drugs when she drove into a group of cyclists on Fiesta Island, critically injuring one rider, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday at the downtown courthouse.

Theresa Lynn Owens, 49, is charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine.

Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said Owens drove the wrong way on a one-way road about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, plowing into a group of 16-20 cyclists while traveling about 30-35 mph, hitting 10 of the riders head-on.

One rider, 43-year-old Juan Carlos Vinolo, was permanently paralyzed from the waist down, suffered a collapsed lung and lost a kidney.

Witnesses said Owens got out of her car after the accident and appeared to be under the influence, screaming and acting erratically. She was taken to the hospital, where a baggie of methamphetamine was located in a body cavity, Coto said.

Following Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, a judge will determine whether enough evidence was presented for Owens to stand trial. The defendant faces up to 12 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

In the last two months, friends and well-wishers have donated more than 200,000 dollars to an online fund to help pay for Vinolo’s medical expenses. You can find the online fund here:



A man who said he was high on methamphetamine Tuesday morning at a central Phoenix fast-food restaurant was arrested after he attempted to go behind the restaurant’s counter, police said.

Phoenix police officers arrived at the restaurant near McDowell Road and Third Avenue about 6 a.m., responding to a call of a commercial burglary, Phoenix Officer Jacob Skinner said.

The employees of the restaurant called police when the man entered the building and became violent, Skinner said. The man later attempted to enter the counter area where the cashiers are located, Skinner said.

Police arrested the man without incident and found methamphetamine on him after he was taken into custody, Skinner said.

Officers were not able to immediately identify the man.