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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – An Evansville woman has been sentenced in a sex crimes case that started in January. Officials with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office say 32-year-old Kaara Broesch was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Police say the victim, who is under the age of 14, was interviewed at Holly’s House. They say Broesch admitted she forced […]

A Salem couple is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly driving a woman to the countryside, cutting her, strangling her, hitting her on the head with a flashlight, attempting to tie her up with zip ties and throwing her in a car trunk. Eva Villarreal, 36, and Juan Robert Garza, 37, were charged with attempted […]

MURRAY — The Utah Highway Patrol says it has seized 316 pounds of meth over the past six months during highway traffic stops — a 31 percent increase from last year. “Over the last two years, we’ve seen a huge increase in methamphetamine, not only coming into Utah, but also being transported through the state […]

A mother and daughter from Phoenix, two brothers and a third man in Omaha face federal charges in connection with the 35 pounds of meth found in a traffic stop near Lincoln last week. Blanca Avila De Vega and Melissa Vega, Alejandro Buendia-Ramirez, Carlos Alberto Valquier and Alfredo Valquier appeared in U.S. District Court on […]

or more than a decade, Mark Steven injected methamphetamine into his veins several times a day. His slide into addiction started in the early 1990s when an algal bloom outbreak wiped out a successful oyster exporting business in Kerikeri, Northland.  His marriage ended. He turned to alcohol and cannabis. Steven’s dual recovery treatment addresses addiction and mental health […]

BANGKOK — Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating. The Narcotic Suppression Bureau displayed 1.21 million methamphetamine tablets and 17 kilograms (37.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine it seized as it made arrests in four separate cases. […]

Could the U.S. military be deployed in the fight against Mexican drug cartels? U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suggests that cooperative military action between the U.S. and Mexico governments may be necessary to combat Mexican transnational drug cartels.  “Where crime and kidnapping becomes almost routine and the corruption that goes hand and hand with billions […]

A Napier man is on trial for a raft of charges, including injecting methamphetamine into his stepdaughter and her friend when they were aged 12-13. A court has heard a young woman describe how her father forcibly administered methamphetamine to her and a friend when they were 12 and 13. The man, in his 40s, […]

A 33-year-old Port Huron woman was arrested earlier this month after attempting to hide methamphetamine, heroin, needles and pills in her children’s clothing at her home, police said. At about 9:30 a.m. June 2, the St. Clair County Drug Task Force seized $3,200 worth of heroin, $2,600 worth of analogue pills and Suboxone strips, methamphetamine […]

Southwest Missouri, like many other places, is dealing with the so-called opioid crisis. The dangers of prescription drugs and worse, heroin, have captured much of our attention when it comes to substance abuse. Meanwhile, the number of methamphetamine lab discoveries has plummeted. These factors can have the effect of making meth seem like part of our […]

The drug epidemic in Pakistan is becoming more a problem than it ever was, as the number of drug users is on the rise in the country. Opium, cocaine, marijuana, hashish were already in common use, but now crystal meth, that is considered as one of the most harmful drugs in the world, is also […]

by Clint Decker Recently, I was troubled as I watched a TV news story on the opioid drug problem. What I learned did not leave me. I thought about all the people I have reached out to in the 24 years I have been a Minister. Faces crossed my mind of many who were drug […]

ALTON CITY, Calif. –  are suspected of trying to smuggle $170,464 worth of methamphetamine on Thursday night. The man drove up to the checkpoint at about 6 p.m.  A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the man’s car and that’s when a secondary inspection was made. Agents found 50 packages of methamphetamine concealed in packages […]

Yesterday three people were arrested after undercover officers successfully bought 20 pounds of meth. There were two operations going on. In the first, two men were arrested, then they found more evidence that led them to arrest the third man. Miguel Bravo-Farias and Hector Terrazas were arrested after an agent reached out to them over […]

A report of a missing 14-year-old Brownwood boy Wednesday led police to a local hotel, where police located — and arrested — the boy on a drug charge, as well as an Austin man on multiple charges.Michael Tabler, 30, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent […]

Two men were arrested earlier this month for planning attacks against Israeli and American targets, including New York City’s JFK International Airport, on behalf of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, The New York Times reported Thursday. The Justice Department announced the arrests of Ali Kourani, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Lebanon, and Samer El […]

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Drugs and cash were seized and three people were arrested in Martin County during a traffic stop Thursday night. According to court records, an officer requested a K9 unit to respond to the traffic stop after observing suspicious behavior a little after 7 p.m. on Firehouse Lane in Warfield. The […]

A 36-year-old Tallahassee woman with a history of methamphetamine use is accused of forcing her young daughter to perform sex acts in exchange for drugs. The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, has been charged with sexual battery and being the principal to lewd and lascivious molestation. In March 2016, […]

Abbotsford police have nabbed a suspected meth trafficker who is accused of several sex offences involving a child.  Jason Stanley Whitford, 37, was the subject of a police alert Tuesday after being charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, exposure of genitals to a minor and sexual assault. The victim of the alleged crimes […]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Sunday discovered 150 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside popcorn boxes in a woman’s SUV at the San Ysidro port of entry. An officer stopped the 25-year-old U.S. citizen after noticing a large amount of food inside the Jeep Liberty. A canine then alerted officers to popcorn boxes in the […]

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling Interstate 8 in San Diego have arrested two men in two separate methamphetamine seizures near Pine Valley, officials are reporting. The first incident occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday after agents spotted a man driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla with a flat tire. According to a statement from Border Patrol, agents pulled […]

Suburban and rural areas can hide facilities for methamphetamine production. When a clandestine lab gets busted, property values in the neighborhood take a hit. The TV show “Breaking Bad” made suburban meth dens just as iconic as the urban corners that have become a cultural shorthand for drug dealing on television. As the adventures of […]

When you think of addiction, who do you picture? It’s unlikely you think of a woman, much less a well-educated, mid- to upper-class woman. Yet, this demographic is on the rise in addiction. While rates of substance abuse in women is less than men, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration cites a “shrinking […]

A Nashville man has been arrested after a 14-year-old girl told police that he took her to homes in Bloomington and Brown County, where they did drugs and had sex. Christopher B. Williams, 26, has been charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, […]

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing multiple charges on accusations he raped a woman in his home after he threatened to harm her with a machete. Gilbert Oldfield, 60, was charged on May 30 with a count of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree while armed with deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated […]