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(Stillwater, Okla.) – A woman has been charged with smuggling three packages of methamphetamine on August 17 to a twice-convicted robber serving two concurrent 11-year prison terms in the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing.

If convicted of smuggling and delivering the drugs to Cushing prison inmate Bashar Burks, the defendant, Christy Lee Curtis, 38, of Oklahoma City, could be incarcerated for five years and fined $1,000, according to the Payne County charge that was filed last week.

She remains free on $2,000 bond pending a Sept. 18 court appearance with an attorney to represent her on the felony charge, court records show.

According to state Department of Corrections records, the 25-year-old inmate from Oklahoma City has been in the Cushing prison for seven years.

Burks was convicted in 2008 of two separate robberies in Oklahoma City, one with a firearm and another with a dangerous weapon, both in 2007, DOC records show.

In both of those cases, Burks was given an 11-year prison term followed by nine years of probation, DOC records show.

Burks was also convicted in 2008 of additional counts of first-degree burglary and concealing stolen property in his armed robbery case, for which he was given concurrent prison terms of seven years and five years, DOC records show.

Burks was also convicted in 2008 of a separate charge of concealing stolen property in Oklahoma County, for which he was given a concurrent five-year prison term, DOC records show.

A screaming woman ran into a church on Sunday morning on Jacksonville’s Westside before police shot and killed her husband during an exchange of gunfire.

“He’s going to kill me,” she said, crying, according to the pastor of West Shores Baptist on Old Plank Road.

Pastor Ronald E. Reid said the trembling woman told him her husband had a gun.

“She was very, very scared,” he said.

Reid said the woman’s husband owned an AK-47, a Russian-designed, semi-automatic rifle, that he often used from his property to shoot at targets. He had lived at a home in the 9000 block of Old Plank Road for at least six years and had been a constant problem in the area, the pastor said.

Chief Tom Hackney said police responded about 11:50 a.m. to the address after receiving a call about a domestic violence incident involving a gun. He said officers set up a perimeter around the home.

The man then fired a rifle at an officer on the backside of the property, barely missing the officer’s head. The officer didn’t shoot back, but relayed that information to the other officers on scene.

The man then came around to the front of the home and went outside armed with the rifle in one hand and holding a phone in the other.

Hackney said the man began to raise the gun and police shot at him but missed, prompting the man to yell profanities and yell “You missed me.”

Officers didn’t miss him in the next barrage: Two officers shot him with their rifles.

He was shot at least once in the torso, the chief said.

Sgt. Rob Adams and Officer Charlie Wilkie have both been placed on administrative leave, which is department policy after a police shooting, Hackney said.

Police roped off the crime scene, but couldn’t go onto the property because neighbors indicated methamphetamine could have been produced inside the house. Reid said about three years ago the bomb squad had responded to the same home and found an active meth lab.

The hazardous materials team searched the manufactured home, but didn’t find evidence of a lab, Hackney said.

David Jackson, 61, lives across from where the shooting took place. He said the couple appeared to be in their 40s and constantly fought. He said the couple had children — a boy and a girl less than 10 years old.

Reid said the woman told him her children were at her sister’s home when the shooting took place.

Police did not release the man’s identity. A news briefing has been scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Jasper — Four people were arrested after Jasper Police Department received a tip from Indiana State Police that a man wanted on a warrant for failing to appear was at a Jasper residence Saturday.

When officers arrived at the Mill Street address to arrest Caleb A. Dubon Jr., 19, of Mill St., they noticed Dubon attempting to leave the residence in a black passenger car. They stopped the car at 17th and Newton streets at about 6:42 p.m. and Dubon was arrested for the warrant.

During the stop, officers were given consent to search the vehicle and located methamphetamine and used hypodermic needles. Occupants of the car — Jade D. Jones, 21, of 100 W, Washington; Shawna D. Campbell, 21, of Trail Breeze Kourt, Washington; and Hayley D. Camplin, 21, of Friendship Village, Huntingburg — were all charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

They were booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.

EAST PENN TWP., Pa. – State police responding to a domestic dispute stumbled upon an alleged meth lab and chased a wanted man, who leaped, handcuffed, from a second-story deck .

Pennsylvania State Police were called to a home in the first block of Christman Road about 6 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic dispute, according to a news release from the Lehighton barracks.

Troopers arrested Jason M. Trinkle for failing to appear in Lehigh County Court on an outstanding drug possession charge. After authorities placed Trinkle under arrest, a search of the home turned up an active methamphetamine lab, according to police.

A 37-year-old woman and 5-year-old boy were in the home at the time.

With his hands handcuffed behind his back. Trinkle allegedly jumped up from chair in which he was sitting, ran across the second-floor deck and jumped over the railing, falling about 15 feet to the ground, police said.

As Trinkle tried to stand up and run, troopers used a Taser to apprehend him. The 38-year-old was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of the injuries that he sustained in the fall, police said.

The Pennsylvania State Police clandestine lab team responded to the home and dismantled the lab.

Trinkle faces several charges, including simple assault, escape, child endangerment, resisting arrest and dumping meth waste. He was sent to Carbon County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2.

A man wanted for skipping his Lehigh County court appearance on drug possession charges was busted by state police for allegedly operating a methamphetamine laboratory.

Jason M. Trinkle, 38, in Carbon County, had skipped a July 15 preliminary hearing before a Lehigh County district judge on various drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges.

Lehigh County Judge Robert L. Steinberg then approved a bench warrant for Trinkle’s arrest.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police in Lehighton responded to a report of a domestic fight between Trinkle, a 37-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy at a home in the first block of Christman Road in East Penn Township.

As troopers were arresting Trinkle on the bench warrant, police saw indicators of criminal activity at the home, according to a news release. Troopers searched the residence.

During the search, troopers found an active methamphetamine laboratory, which included products and ingredients to make meth, police said. Trinkle, who was handcuffed behind his back, then jumped off the chair he was sitting on, ran outside and attempted to leap off a second-story deck, falling 15 feet to the ground, police said.

Police said they had to use a stun gun on Trinkle as he tried to get up. Trinkle was then transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for injuries sustained in the fall.

Trinkle was charged with felony operating a methamphetamine laboratory, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, felony escape, felony and misdemeanor drug offenses, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor terroristic threats, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and summary harassment.

Trinkle was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford, who set bail at $100,000. Trinkle failed to post bail and was taken to the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team also responded to the call and dismantled the methamphetamine laboratory, state police said.

Megan Eileen Torrence, 31, of Kilpatrick Court in Summerville, South Carolina, was charged Aug. 23 by Holly Ridge Police Department with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Torrence is accused of having methamphetamine, Xanex and syringes, according to warrants.

Bond was set at $2,500.

  • Jay Morris, 24, was addicted to methamphetamines (or ice) for two years
  • Mr Morris has now been nine months sober but has told of his addiction
  • He lost his job, was homeless and turned to prostitution to feed his habit
  • The 24-year-old said he took $700-worth of the illicit drug on a daily basis

A former drug user has told of his two-year addiction to ice that resulted in him losing his job, living on the streets and forcing him into prostitution to cover his $700-a-day habit.

Jay Morris, 24, started using ice – which is also known as methamphetamine or crystal meth – just under two years ago and took it on a daily basis.2BA352C600000578-3209695-image-a-15_1440474529506

He had his first taste of of the drug when he came back to Sydney after working as a television presenter in London.

‘Ice itself became a problem for me when I was partying on Oxford Street. I was actually in a club in Sydney and a guy asked me to go back to his house and I said yes,’ Mr Morris told Daily Mail Australia.

‘He suggested I try ice and I was drinking alcohol at the time and my inhibitions were lowered. I didn’t know what impact it would have, so I accepted it.’

From there, Mr Morris said his life spiraled out of control, and he isolated himself from his family and friends.

‘Everyone has their individual rock bottoms. Mine was I was on the streets, I didn’t have a home, I lost my job and I was escorting to support my habit,’ he said.

Mr Morris said he would take one gram of the drug a day, which normally equated to 10 hits.

A gram of the illicit substance has a street value of $700.

While he was on drugs, Mr Morris said he was so far removed from reality that he – with other users – would enjoy ‘gay slam’ websites.

‘These websites allow you to watch other people inject ice and have sex,’ he said.

But Mr Morris stressed he did not seek them out himself but was in the room when the sites were accessed.

The 24-year-old said he later found out he had also been filmed doing the same thing without his permission.

‘I had only ever been watching and then, without my knowledge, I was filmed,’ Mr Morris said.

His extended drug abuse also led to shocking health problems.

‘I had a drug-induced epileptic fit in the middle of a supermarket in the middle of the night because I had so many drugs,’ the 24-year-old recalled.

‘I also had endocarditis – it’s an infection of the heart valve – directly from the ice use.’

Fortunately, Mr Morris said his conditions could be fixed, but not everyone was so lucky.

He said he heard about people contracting long-term diseases from their drug use.

‘People say I have an angel on my shoulder and it’s true – I have not had one health problem that could not be treated,’ Mr Morris said.

The reformed addict told Daily Mail Australia he kept taking ice because it provided an escape from his reality.

‘I had self-esteem issues and I had issues with being honest with myself and those around me,’ Mr Morris said.

‘It [ice] gave me a feeling that I was someone I wasn’t, who was being respected by the community… [it was] a complete mind shift of reality.’

After two years of addiction, Mr Morris checked himself into Calvary Riverina Drug and Alcohol Centre in Wagga Wagga – south-west of Sydney – after he bumped into a friend who was also a former drug user and explained to him what rehabilitation could do for him.

Now the 24-year-old’s daily struggles have been reduced to battling cravings for the illicit substance he used to take daily.

Mr Morris said he avoids Hungry Jack’s as it triggers memories from his days of addiction. He also spends his time with a trusted support network of former drug users who understand what he went through.

‘I find it difficult to walk into Hungry Jack’s because I used to use the toilets to shoot up,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I challenge my thoughts. If I get thoughts about using I turn it into “If I use then X, Y and Z will happen” and putting myself into the position I was I realize it’s not worth it.

‘There are an enormous amount of triggers… [like] certain smell and certain suburbs. I find it difficult to return to Sydney – remembering the streets and certain people and certain places I’ve had to sleep under.’

Since going to rehabilitation, Mr Morris has been nine months sober and he hopes his story will encourage other addicts to seek help or warn people to stay away from ice.

A baggage of 125.4kg of liquid methamphetamine with a street value of R37.6-million seized by South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officers at OR Tambo.

South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs officers at OR Tambo International Airport made significant busts as part of intensive weekend and daily operations over the past few months‚ with the biggest bust thus far this week‚ being a baggage of 125.4kg of liquid methamphetamine with a street value of R37.6-million.liquid+meth

This bust took place on Monday night.

SARS spokesman Luther Lebelo said a baggage handler pushing a trolley with nine unclaimed bags had been asked to stop and have the bags scanned in the customs area. “This led to the discovery of nine green canisters containing a liquid substance.

“A SARS customs detector dog reaction indicated the possibility of narcotics‚ which a subsequent drug test confirmed to be methamphetamine in a liquid form. The liquid methamphetamine was handed over to South African Police Service (SAPS) organized crime unit for further investigation.”

Liquid methamphetamine is meth soaked in acetone or gasoline and is transformed by drug labs or by users themselves into crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth).

Other major busts conducted on Monday‚ involved the confiscation of 60‚000 Viagra tablets‚ worth a street value of R6-million‚ at the OR Tambo Airport Mail Centre. The latter was imported without the requisite regulatory control and was therefore liable for seizure.

A search of a backpack of a passenger in transit from Sao Paulo to Lagos resulted in the discovery of two foil wrapped containing a white substance. A customs detector dog reaction indicated the possibility of narcotics. The substance tested positive for cocaine‚ which weighed 3.46kg with a total value of R993‚020.

Over the weekend‚ during a patrol on Sunday of the international cargo area‚ customs officers inspected boxes being loaded onto a bakkie. The inspection revealed 65 packages (14kg) of crystal meth with a street value of R4.2-million. The case has been handed over to SAPS for further investigation.

Also on Sunday‚ 27 cargo pieces from Hong Kong were inspected and found to contain 2‚000 pairs of Nike sneakers and 1‚700 pairs of Timberland boots‚ suspected of being counterfeit. The total value of the goods was R7.2-million.

“Another shipment from Hong Kong was inspected at the SAA cargo shed and 220 Diesel jeans – suspected to be counterfeit – were discovered in three boxes. The jeans – valued at more than R300‚000 – were also handed over to the counterfeit investigation team for further inspection.”

On Saturday‚ customs officers performing an inspection at SAA cargo shed discovered 6‚000 pairs of Nike sneakers and 6‚200 pairs of Converse sneakers which had arrived from Hong Kong. The shoes‚ valued at R7.25-million‚ were detained for further investigation.

On Friday 1kg of heroin was discovered at the mail center in two parcels destined from South Africa to Spain and Ireland respectively. The total value of the heroin was R201‚810. On the same day‚ a further parcel was seized at the center which containing 2kg of Cannabis.

“These are major seizures by SARS Customs who implement daily inspections at all ports of entry‚ as part of its mandate to protect the borders of South Africa‚ in an effort to foil the smuggling of prohibited goods.

“SARS continues to work with other law enforcement agencies to protect the country and its citizens by disrupting organized crime and reducing illicit trade activities‚” said Lebelo.

Joplin police and the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team last week seized 2.6 pounds of methamphetamine — with an estimated street value of $118,000 — in a traffic stop and related search of a storage shed.

Jason Olsson, 33, of Barstow, California, was taken into custody during the traffic stop Wednesday on Missouri Highway 171 in Joplin. An ODET news release said a police dog helped locate 186 grams of methamphetamine during a search of the suspect’s vehicle. The release states that Olsson was a target of a narcotics investigation leading to the traffic stop.

Olsson’s girlfriend, Jasmine Bereki, 26, also of Barstow, was located at a Joplin motel following his arrest and was taken into custody on a weapon charge. According to the news release, further investigation led to the serving of a search warrant on a storage shed and seizure of another 1,002 grams of meth and two more firearms.

Olsson and Bereki have been charged with second-degree trafficking in drugs and being felons in possession of firearms. They remained in custody today at the Jasper County Jail on cash-only bonds of $250,000.

The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team is the successor to the Jasper County Drug Task Force and serves McDonald, Barry and Barton counties as well as Jasper County.

(WAFF) – During a routine traffic stop on Thursday, Alabama state troopers say they discovered a woman transporting over 100 pounds of illegal methamphetamines, disguised as candy, beverages, and other snacks, into Alabama.

Around 3:30 p.m., an Alabama state trooper stopped Graciela Mora, 43, of San Benito, TX for an 8635591_Gimproper lane change on Interstate 65 in Baldwin County. During the traffic stop, the trooper uncovered 64 pounds of liquid beverages and 43 pounds of individually wrapped candy and snacks containing methamphetamines. The trooper contacted the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Narcotics Unit, who responded to investigate.

“Alabama State Troopers patrol the roadways of Alabama every day and frequently encounter drivers with narcotics and other illegal items. This discovery is particularly troubling because of the large amounts of methamphetamines that have been concealed in packaging that targets children,” said 8630509_GSecretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “Alabama State Troopers protect the citizens of Alabama and proposed Legislative budget cuts of 22 to 47 percent will have a detrimental effect on our agency. We ask that citizens contact their Legislators and ask them to support Governor Bentley’s solution to the budget crisis and put our state on a strong path forward.”

Mora was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and was transported to and booked in the Baldwin County Corrections Center on a $1,000,000 bond. Nothing further is available as the investigation continues.

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – Alabama State Troopers arrested 43-year-old Graciela Mora of San Benito, Texas after discovering over 100 pounds of illegal methamphetamine, disguised as candy, beverages and other snack items for children during a routine traffic stop.

The Texas woman was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. She was transported and booked into the Baldwin County Corrections Center and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Troopers say around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 20, Mora was stopped for an improper lane change violation on I-65 in Baldwin County. During the stop, Troopers discovered 64 pounds of liquid beverages and 43 pounds of individually wrapped candy and snacks containing methamphetamine. State Troopers contacted the State Bureau of Investigation’s Narcotics Unit to investigate.

“Alabama State Troopers patrol the roadways of Alabama every day and frequently encounter drivers with narcotics and other illegal items. This discovery is particularly troubling because of the large amounts of methamphetamine that have been concealed in packaging that targets children,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. “Alabama State Troopers protect the citizens of Alabama and proposed Legislative budget cuts of 22 to 47 percent will have a detrimental effect on our agency. We ask that citizens contact their Legislators and ask them to support Governor Bentley’s solution to the budget crisis and put our state on a strong path forward.”

An Eau Claire woman is accused of practicing prostitution in the city on a daily basis and recruiting another woman to take some of her potential clients.

Arlene R. Erickson also is accused of selling methamphetamine to an undercover police informant in a separate case.erickson-arlene-082215

Erickson, 35, 2001 Schult St., is charged in Eau Claire County Court with seven felonies: two counts of methamphetamine delivery and one count each of maintaining a drug trafficking place, second-offense possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, second-offense possession of cocaine and solicitation of prostitutes.

Erickson also is charged with misdemeanor counts of prostitution, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

A $2,500 signature bond was set for Erickson, who remains in the Eau Claire County Jail on a probation hold. She returns to court Sept. 30.

Erickson’s co-defendant in the prostitution case, Michael D. Jefferson, 44, of River Falls, is charged with a misdemeanor count of pandering.

Jefferson will make his initial court appearance on Sept. 15.

According to the criminal complaints:

Eau Claire police learned that Erickson and Jefferson were likely soliciting young women for prostitution and that Erickson also was working as a prostitute.

Both Erickson and Jefferson were found Tuesday at the Rodeway Inn, 1828 S. Hastings Way.

During a search, police found methamphetamine, crack cocaine and various prescription pills in Erickson’s purse.

Erickson said she has been working as a prostitute since she was 15 years old and that she pays Jefferson to give her rides and to meet with customers and provide protection.

A police officer told Erickson she has the most frequently posted advertisement for prostitution on the website

Erickson said this didn’t surprise her because she doesn’t have a job and makes money through prostitution.

Erickson said she typically sees several customers each day in Eau Claire. The majority of the transactions are conducted at local motels. She said she doesn’t have any preferred spot.

Erickson said she allows a 37-year-old Eau Claire woman to use her advertisements and sends the other woman on some prostitution jobs. The other woman pays Erickson a percentage of the money she receives.

Erickson said she has been making money off the other woman’s prostitution activities for several months.

Erickson admitted to being a drug addict but said she typically keeps drugs with her for her customers to use.

In the drug case, a confidential police informant conducted controlled buys of methamphetamine at Erickson’s residence on July 23 and 24.

Erickson is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. She was convicted of a felony count of escape in September 2014 and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana in April 2013, both in Eau Claire County.

GONZALES — A Luling woman was jailed recently after officers said they found meth in her purse and clothing.

At 6:45 p.m. Aug. 15, Officer Jonathan Lorton was patrolling the 1200 block of St. Andrew St. when he Stacy Lynn Bangssaw a car make a wide right turn onto Kleine St., into the oncoming lane of traffic, before veering back into the right lane, Capt. Allen Taylor said. Lorton pulled the vehicle over, and identified the driver as Stacy Lynn Bangs, 35, of Luling.

Bangs gave officers permission to search the vehicle. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Bangs took her purse with her. She denied having any contraband in the purse, Taylor said.

Bangs denied permission to search her purse, but then opened it and began to take out items. Officers noticed a small bag fall out of the purse and onto the ground. Inside the bag was a red bandana, and inside the bandana was a plastic box.

When officers asked what was in the box, Bangs said it was medication. However, officers discovered the box contained meth.

Bangs admitted to having additional meth inside her clothing— specifically her underwear. Sgt. Bethany McBride arrived on the scene and searched Bangs, finding the drug. Officers uncovered more meth inside the vehicle.

Bangs was arrested and taken to Gonzales County Jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Two men and a woman were charged Thursday with drug possession-related offenses after sheriff’s deputies went to a house in the 400 block of Friendship Road to serve an active arrest warrant on the woman.

Two juveniles who were allegedly given methamphetamine by Lori Ann Collins were also in the house, sheriff’s Sgt. Chuck Humphreys said in a report.

Collins, 47, of 470 Friendship Road, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of sale or delivery of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

William Martin Walker, 25, of the Friendship Road address, was charged with introduction of drugs into a penal facility.

Issac Wayne Hatfield, 24, also of the Friendship Road address, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies went to the address looking to serve a warrant on Collins. Following her arrest, deputies found that Collins “has been providing meth to a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old staying with her and placing the children in danger of serious bodily injury and/or death from the use of drugs,” the report said.

One of the teenagers was found to be a runaway from Washington County. The other was turned over to his foster mother, Humphreys said.

Collins was in possession of one-half a gram of methamphetamine “packaged for delivery,” along with more than 100 plastic bags, six sets of digital scales covered with white residue and two cut straws, the report said.

Walker denied having any drugs or weapons on him after he was taken to the Greene County Detention Center. Less than a half-gram of meth was found hidden in his wallet, a report said.

Hatfield was found to be in constructive possession of scales, plastic bags and cut straws in the house, a report said.

Collins, Walker and Hatfield have first scheduled General Sessions Court appearances today.

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman caused a DUI-related crash Thursday and tried to get away by jumping into the car of a witness and offering him meth, according to police.

The driver refused and was arrested for investigation of several charges, including 1585257receiving or transfer of a stolen vehicle, negligent collision, marijuana possession, driving on a suspended license, disarming a police officer, drug possession, and leaving the scene of an accident.

About 4:15 p.m., Salt Lake police detective Dennis McGowan said Stricker was swerving across several lanes of 5600 West and going on and off the road before running a red light at California Avenue and crashing into another vehicle.

Stricker then got out of her car and ran to a nearby vehicle, jumped in and offered the driver methamphetamine to take her away from the scene, McGowan said.

When the driver refused, Stricker got out and started running. She was confronted by a Unified police officer and tried to take his Taser, McGowan said. Other officers soon arrived and took her into custody.

Stricker “was found to be in possession of meth in large quantities” and told officers she was “doing a drug run” and that she was high on meth when the accident happened, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

MCALLEN, Texas — A three-time deported Mexican drug trafficker was caught at the Texas border once again re-entering the country illegally. His arrest comes just a little over a month after his last deportation. The previously convicted drug dealer was described by DEA agents as one of the top methamphetamine distributors in Des Moines, Iowa.BorderAgentArrestIllegalAlienImmigrant-Attrib-CDPdotGOV-MediaGallery-640x480

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 27-year-old Daniel Gonzalez Hernandez in the border city of Donna. He was arrested just after he had crossed into the country illegally, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.

During a follow up investigation into Gonzalez, agents learned that he had been deported on July 2 from New Orleans, Louisiana. Before his third deportation, Gonzalez had been in a federal prison serving out the rest of a 10 year prison sentence for conspiracy to sell crystal methamphetamine commonly known as ICE; he was convicted of the charge in 2010.

Gonzalez’s initial arrest in 2009 came after an undercover investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents identified him as the leader of a methamphetamine distribution ring. To catch him, DEA agents and Des Moines Police used an informant to help set up a purchase of methamphetamine.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos in McAllen ordered that Gonzalez be held without bond.

UP TO half of offenders locked up are testing positive to methamphetamine use or admit they use the drug, police data has revealed.

As police are on the frontline of the ice epidemic, Australia’s largest and longest survey of police detainees across Australia has confirmed ice use is continuing to rise.fae3abdfb088f3052b9c5d7130af4a77

The report finds that 48 per cent of detainees reported using methamphetamine in the past year. Nearly one in five across Australia reported using methamphetamine in the 48 hours prior to their arrest.

In Sydney’s Kings Cross, 52 per cent of offenders arrested or locked up by police are methamphetamine users, according to voluntary urine tests.

The report also strongly suggests that cutting off the supply of ice would have a huge impact on curbing usage.

When the drugs are not so easily available, the majority of cannabis (80 per cent) and methamphetamine (78 per cent) users reported abstaining from using that drug.

“These findings suggest that supply-side reduction strategies may be effective in terms of harm minimization: that is, a reduction in supply appears to reduce use of that drug without increasing the use of other substances,’’ Australian Institute of Criminology director Chris Dawson said.

The new figures reveal that methamphetamines was identified in 23 per cent of urine samples provided by detainees in Adelaide, 24 per cent in Bankstown, 34 per cent in Brisbane, 37 per cent in East Perth and 52 per cent in Kings Cross.

The national study has interviewed 51,748 detainees since 1999.

During that period 37,398 have also provided urine samples that were analysed for drug use. The trusted data has helped shape government policy and research and contributed to the National Drug Strategy for many years.

According to the latest report, 60 per cent of detainees were identified as recent cannabis users and 47 per cent as recent methamphetamine users. Overall, 37 per cent of adult detainees tested positive to amphetamines.

The figure represents an increase of 13 per cent.

“This is the highest recorded rate of amphetamine use in Drug Use Monitoring Australia’s history, with the previous peak being 35 per cent in both 2003 and 2004,’’ the report states. “Ice is far more potent, far more dangerous, and far more addictive than any other illegal drug. Ice is ruining lives, destroying families, and hurting communities,’’ Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem — ice is not solely an issue for law enforcement. The fight against the scourge is for everyone.”

ARLINGTON — The rise in substance abuse in young people is startling — particularly that kids as young as 12 are getting into it.

Since 2005, Arlington has seen a 25 percent increase in treatment admissions through 2012 among 18 to 30-year-olds, Rory Bolter of the Arlington Police Department said.

“Ultimately the people who are dealing the drugs don’t care what the kids’ age are,” Kelly Boardley of Cascade Valley Hospital said.

Kids are even finding ways to sneak things in electronic cigarettes.

“We don’t have a lot of research on those,” she said. “They’re legal in public but we never know what’s in there.”

But since the legalization of marijuana and its perceived social acceptance as a recreational drug, Boardley said there are better options.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for teenagers,” she said.

It’s the initial high that could entice teens to try more potent or harmful drugs, Boardley said.

“I think that in your teen years, you’re going through too much,” Boardley said, mentioning that the teenage brain is still developing with rapid changes in chemicals and hormones.

Student athletes are also at risk. Addiction can come from pain killers athletes take.

Boardley wants teens to think about choices that will impact their future. One recreational use of drug at a party for example can lead to a life of addiction, she said.

“The biggest thing is to have them make healthy choices,” she said, like getting into activities such as sports or clubs.

One of the biggest myths is that drugs are an inner-city problem.

“It’s a big problem in the community as well, and it’s a magnitude of things,” she said, such as teenagers having the idea that they are invincible.

A reason for the spike in drug use is partially due to the change in the ingredients of Oxycontin. In 2010, Purdue Pharma changed its formula to make Oxycontin more difficult to smoke.

That resulted in about eight heroin-related deaths per 100,000 people by 2011.

But meth use also went up. Meth seizure by Arlington police reached an all-time high in 2014 of about 1302 milligrams. Now users are beginning to mix them, creating “speedballs” — a mixture that gives users a “kick” from the meth followed by relaxation caused by the heroin, Bolter said.

A trend in high school is buying over-the-counter medicine, or they go through parents’ medicine cabinets, then kids figure out you can smoke it, Bolter said.

Heroin and meth, like cocaine, are highly addictive, and often users are chasing that “dragon,” or the first high they felt.

But there are also new drugs rising in popularity, such as “spice” — a synthetic drug that has varying effects when smoked.

“It’s essentially a depressant, pretty sleepy or hard to arouse,” Boardley said.

Bolter urges parents to always know what their kids are doing, and who they are hanging out with. Bolter has recounted times when parents have called police to get help for their addicted children. But Bolter is also aware that kids may also have neglectful parents.

“That’s when teachers need to step in,” Bolter said. “They can help set them up in a church, boys and girls club, a sports team or anything that gives them responsibility.”

The aim isn’t to put kids in jail, but rather offer the user an incentive to quit, such as rehab or other resources.

But sometimes they don’t want the help, which is part of the problem. Addicts fear losing their addicted friends because that’s all they have, Bolter said.

“No one else wants to go around them, because they stink and have abscesses,” Bolter said.

“I just think the main take away is that they’re young, they are just starting their life. They have an open canvas and are able to paint the life they want,” Boardley said. “But a choice they make can dramatically change their life forever.”

KNOXVILLE — FBI agents arrested 25-year-old Valentin Renko and 31–year-old Karen Lee in San Antonio yesterday in connection with a sex trafficking of a minor scheme according to United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division.Sex-Traffick_152751

A federal criminal complaint unsealed charges Renko and Lee with one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor and one count of production of child pornography.Valentin-Renko-perp-walk-child-porn-suspect_1439939487063_153385_ver1_0_1280_720

According to the criminal complaint, on or about July 1, 2015, Renko provided methamphetamine to Lee and a 12-year-old female, who had been reported missing to the Kirby Police Department. Renko, Lee, and the minor subsequently smoked the methamphetamine. Furthermore, Renko and Lee discussed and planned ways of providing the minor female to adult males for sexual purposes in exchange for money. Lee, subsequently, took digital photos of Renko engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the minor female. The complaint also alleges that Lee insisted the minor female make money in order to continue to reside with Lee and encouraged the victim to make dates with males using a social networking website. During those dates, between July 2 and July 6, 2015, the victim engaged in sexual activity in exchange for U.S. currency and/or narcotics.

Both defendants remain in federal custody. Upon conviction, the defendants face between ten years and life in federal prison on the sex trafficking of a minor charge and between 15 years and 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography charge.

This case resulted from a South Texas Officers and Prosecutors Human Trafficking Task Force (STOP HTTF) investigation led by the FBI together with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Kirby Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Bettina Richardson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

KIRBY, Texas — A San Antonio area woman and her alleged drug dealer have been charged with sex trafficking and creating child born after investigators say they lured a child into prostitution online.

FBI agents arrested 25-year-old Valentin Renko and 31-year-old Karen Lee Tuesday morning.

Kirby Police say on June 26th, the girl’s family reported her missing.

She was talking to Renko online and left to meet him.

According to a criminal complaint the two adults hashed out a deal to keep the pre-teen at Lee’s Kirby apartment and sell her for sex.

They also gave her meth.

The girl was later rescued after her parents launched their own investigation and created a fake online account on the same website Renko used to lure her, to get her back.

If convicted the two could spend the rest of their life in prison. So far, only Renko has appeared in federal court.

This investigation is ongoing and could lead to more arrests. Investigators wouldn’t specify what website Renko used, but described it as “non traditional.”

SAFFORD — A registered sex offender was caught with his pants down while in a public area at a local motel.

Tyler Shane Grant Blair, 26, of Duncan, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail in the early-morning hours of Aug. 13 after officers found him on a public balcony wearing only a hat and a pair of shoes.

When the officers located Blair, he was holding his pants in his hand and allegedly said he had taken them off because he had defecated in them. Officers could not find any evidence of the “accident.”

According to a motel employee, after checking that a reserved room was clean, the employee spotted Blair while heading back to the main office. Blair was allegedly unclothed and apparently touching himself.

Blair is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in June 2011 to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. He said he wasn’t aware of what happened at the motel because he was high on methamphetamine and hadn’t slept in several days, according to a Safford Police report.

The employee was issued a victim’s rights form, and Blair was taken to jail without further incident.

LAKE WALES — Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two Lake Wales residents Wednesday after serving a search warrant at their house and finding 9 kilograms of freshly cooked methamphetamine and four young children.

Gilberto Hernandez, 27, and Rachel Rodriguez, 32, are both charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and negligent child abuse.Gilberto Hernandez, 27, and Rachel Rodriguez, 32,

The PCSO will not release the address of the home because of the children involved. “Anything that might identify a child victim” is withheld, PCSO spokeswoman Donna Wood said.

The arrests, which were a joint effort between the PCSO’s Organized Crime Unit and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, took place just after noon.

According to reports, the methamphetamine was cooked the night before and Hernandez was in the process of converting it to crystal so it could be sold.

A 6-year-old boy was in the house when the officials arrived.

According to reports, he told detectives that “Guero (a nickname that he called Hernandez) was cooking something that smelled really bad last night” and had told him “not to come out of his room while he was cooking.”

Because many of the ingredients in meth are chemical in nature, the fumes from the cooking process are toxic and can cause severe harm if inhaled.

The boy’s siblings — ages 7, 9 and 10 — were also in the residence during the cook.

Wood said if all the meth had been converted to crystal, it would have been worth nearly $1 million at the street price of $100 a gram.

Both Hernandez and Rodriguez are being held in the Polk County Jail without bail.

The investigation is ongoing.

GREENFIELD, Ind. (Aug. 19, 2015) – Police in Greenfield found a meth lab at a home after a homeowner called them to report it.

Greenfield police responded to the home in the 100 block of West Pierson Street Tuesday morning after the greenfield-meth-bust-webhomeowner reported that a house guest had left behind materials used to make methamphetamine.

When police arrived, they found chemicals and materials used to produce meth and turned the scene over to the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Task Force.

The woman who reported the meth lab and an officer were taken to Hancock County Regional Hospital after being exposed to chemicals inside the home. Police said the woman was unaware that the guest was making meth at the home.

BEAUFORT | A father and daughter have been convicted for their role in producing methamphetamine that led to a November 2014 explosion at their house that badly burned each of them.

John “Scooter” Merritt, 54, and his daughter Charley Renae Merritt, 32, each entered guilty pleas this week in Carteret County Superior Court, according to information from the office of District Attorney Scott Thomas.

Scooter Merritt pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 77 to 107 months in prison.

Charley Merritt pleaded guilty to possessing immediate methamphetamine precursor chemicals. She was sentenced to 13 to 25 months in prison. The sentence was suspended and she was placed on supervised probation and ordered to complete inpatient drug treatment.

Both were burned in the fire from the meth lab and remained at the Jaycee Burn Center at in Chapel Hill for treatment for several months.

Thomas said the pleas were made before their trials were scheduled to begin.

WORTHINGTON — Amy Dammer, 33, and Donna Dammer, 64, both of Rushmore, made appearances in Nobles County District Court Tuesday morning for a combined omnibus hearing. The mother and daughter are charged with both storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child and drug possession.

According to court documents, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) found several baggies with a crystal-like substance in Donna’s bedroom that field-tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed 23.6 grams with packaging.

The BRDTF’s search of the home also allegedly uncovered a glass pipe with a white powdery substance beneath a Dora the Explorer doll on the night stand.

Defense counsel for both women requested the cases be dismissed due to lack of probable cause for the first search warrant executed on the home. The prosecution submitted evidence to support the claim for moving forward with the case. Donna’s attorney objected to the admission of the evidence, stating that it did not pertain to the issue of the initial warrant but merely to matters that happened after the search of the home.

Judge Gordon Moore overruled the objection, noting that all evidence in the case would be weighed on its merit and relevance to the question of probable cause in the matter. Rather than enter oral argument in open court Tuesday, attorneys for both women opted to submit their arguments in writing, with the prosecution receiving two weeks following their submissions to file a rebuttal.

Moore indicated he would take both cases under advisement once the memorandums were received. As a matter of speeding up the process, Moore arraigned both women provisionally on their respective charges in the event he was not to dismiss the case.

Donna Dammer entered provisional not guilty pleas to second-degree controlled substance sale, second-degree controlled substance crime, storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Likewise, Amy Dammer entered provisional not guilty pleas to fifth-degree controlled substance possession, storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Defense counsel for both women asked for two-day jury trials should the matter proceed further. If convicted, second-degree controlled substance felonies carry a maximum sentence of three to 40 years in prison, a $500,000 fine or both. Fifth-degree possession carries a maximum sentence of six months to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000. Storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, a $10,00 fine or both.

Possession of drug paraphernalia, the only charge not a felony in the two cases, carries a sentence of a $300 fine.

Two women have each been charged with two felony counts of second-degree controlled substance crime for allegedly selling meth on two occasions to a confidential reliable informant.

April Marie Norcross, 35, of 812 North Shore Drive and Shyenne Marie Campbell, 32, of Box 371, Detroit Lakes are accused of selling .54 grams of meth on June 29 and 2.6 grams of meth for $380 on June 30.

On Aug. 7, Norcross appeared in Becker County District Court, where bond was set at $45,000 or cash bail at $4,500. No bail has yet been set for Campbell.

A Van Buren woman was arrested in Springdale after being investigated for two months by the Drug Task Force.

Kristi D. Flaherty, 45, was arrested in connection to a felony parole violation and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Police said Flaherty was being investigated for trafficking methamphetamine in the northwest Arkansas area.

During the investigation, police found 23 grams of methamphetamine on her while she was on her way to deliver the drug to an undisclosed location, according to an arrest report.

Flaherty was being held Thursday night in the Washington County Detention Center without bond.

TACOMA, Wash. – The drug-addicted Puyallup mother who disappeared last week with her endangered newborn baby faces multiple charges when found and is suspected of using methamphetamine during her entire pregnancy and now while nursing, officials said.150818_missing_baby_mom_660

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist on Tuesday said Myra Maria Aguilar, 31, faces charges of second-degree criminal mistreatment, endangerment with a controlled substance and first-degree custodial interference for violating a judge’s order to surrender the infant to authorities.

A warrant has been issued for Aguilar’s arrest.

Heather Songer of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office says Aguilar became pregnant after her two other children were taken into protective custody by the Department of Social and Health Services. She refused to provide her due date to authorities.

After the baby was born, Aguilar fled without seeking medical attention. Police believe her family and friends may be helping her hide from authorities.150815_missing_baby_2_660

Aguilar’s roommate told Puyallup police that Aguilar gave birth to the baby boy, Jeshua Taylor, on Aug. 9 at their home in Puyallup, without the assistance of medical professionals.

The roommate said the baby’s lips were blue and he did not want to eat. According to the roommate, Aguilar did not want to take the baby to the hospital, saying Child Protective Services would get her baby “over her dead body.”

The roommate also said Aguilar had used meth throughout her pregnancy and is now using it while breastfeeding. Aguilar told the roommate that she knew the meth would affect the baby and she planned to maintain his meth levels so he wouldn’t experience withdrawal symptoms.

On Aug. 12, a Pierce County court commissioner signed an order for the infant to be taken into protective custody.

In 2011, Aguilar went through dependency proceedings in King County after her previous child was born addicted to methadone. At that time, Aguilar told authorities she had been using drugs for years.

Police say Aguilar and her newborn baby might be in the company of his alleged father, Levi Jerome Taylor, who is currently wanted for failure to register as a sex offender, assault, and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to police.

A search warrant was served at Aguilar’s home late Friday night, but there was no sign of the baby or his parents. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have joined the search for mother and child.

Aguilar is 31 years old, stands 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs roughly 150 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information about Aguilar’s whereabouts is asked to call the Puyallup Police Department at (253) 841-5431 or 911. A $1,000 reward is being offered by Tacoma Crime Stoppers.