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Lori-Whitley-jpgZEBULON, NC – A Wake County school teacher and her husband were arrested Friday after a methamphetamine lab was found in their Zebulon home  — where their young son was also present, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lori Riley Whitley, 38, and Gary Nelson Whitley, 41, of the 100 block of Big Branch Court, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for distribution of a controlled substance and child abuse.

Deputies say the couple’s 8-year-old son was in the home.


Lori Whitley works as third-grade a teacher at Wendell Elementary School, Wake County Schools said. She was suspended with pay starting Friday.7785461_G

Wake County schools officials say Whitley has been a third-grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002.

Meth lab found in teacher’s home, deputies say

ZEBULON, N.C. —Deputies say they found a meth lab inside the home of a 38-year-old elementary school teacher near Zebulon.

Johnston County deputies said the equipment to make methamphetamine was found Friday morning when officers served a search warrant on the home.

Investigators said Lori Whitley and her husband, Gary, 41, face a number of charges including manufacturing methamphetamine and child abuse.

Deputies say the couple’s 8-year-old son was in the home.

Wake County schools officials said Whitley has been a third-grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002.

BUSTI, N.Y. (WKBW) – Two people are facing charges after meth was found in two trailers at a Southern Tier mobile home park. Two small children were also living in one of the trailers.IMG_1304_1431715960065_18268909_ver1_0_640_480

Around 9 p.m. on Thursday, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided two trailers at the Bosco Trailer Park on Busti Sugargrove Road in the Town of Busti. Authorities say both trailers were being used to make, store and sell meth.

Edward Olsen, 23, was arrested as he tried to flee one of the trailers while officers entered through another door. Inside the trailer, officers found a meth lab, 55 ounces of meth oil, five shotguns and rifles, and the items needed to make more meth.

He has been charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.IMG_1305_1431715960041_18268908_ver1_0_640_480

Officers entered the other trailer, where they found 23-year-old Sarah Deering and two small children. Inside the trailer was evidence of meth, marijuana, along with two more shotguns.

Authorities say the conditions in the trailer were deplorable. Child Protective Services responded and took the children.

Deering and Edward Olsen are charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.

During the raid, officers located 29-year-old Brian Olsen and took him into custody on an outstanding warrant. He and Edward Olsen were taken to the Chautauqua County Jail. Deering is free pending a court date.

Additional charges are pending against Edward Olsen.

Both trailers have been deemed uninhabitable and were sealed.

TEMPLE (May 15, 2015) Temple police seized more than 46 grams of methamphetamine and arrested two men and a woman in an early-morning raid Thursday at a home in the 900 block of South 23rd St., police said Friday.Janet-Tomme-Temple-Meth-Bust

Devon Juergens, 22, of Temple, was arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants and officers detained Russell Parrish, 53, and Janet Tomme, 43, both of Temple, who were charged Friday with possession of a controlled substance over 4 ounces with intent to distribute.

All three were in the Bell County Jail Friday afternoon.

Juergens’ bond was set at $10,000.


Bonds had not been set for Parrish and Tomme, according to online jail records.–Police-Seize-46-Grams-Of-Meth-In-Early-Morning-Raid-303939021.html

A man and two women were charged Monday after methamphetamine and other drugs were seized at a home in Manchester, the Meriwether County Sheriff said Friday.

The suspects were identified as Joshua Vernon Phillips, 35, Linda Marie Phillips, 49, and Kathryn Nicole Speigal, 26, of Harmony Church Road. Both Phillips are charged with one count each of possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of Xanax. In addition to meth, Speigal faces one count of possessing hydrocodone, Xanax and methadone.

Sheriff Chuck Smith said the Phillips were out on bond on similar drug charges from a Nebula Road search when the second charges were filed.

“While out on bond, they just moved locations and set up shop using and selling drugs again at this Harmony Church Road location,” the sheriff said in a release. “Linda Phillips has a violation of probation out of Jacksonville, Fla., and Florida has extradited her back down there on their charges. We will get her back once this case has been indicted and ready for prosecution.”

Joshua Phillips is held without bond in the Meriwether County Jail and Speigal is held on $35,000 bond.

The Department of Family and Children Services was contacted after two small children were found in the home.

A Dallas man was arrested Tuesday after police said they found more than two pounds of GHB, a cache of weapons and baggies of methamphetamine in his car and home.

Paul Roland Schrimsher, 47, will be charged with possession of methamphetamine, unlawfully carrying a weapon and manual delivery of 1,167 grams (more than 2.5 pounds) of GHB. The drug is a depressant: it’s used in raves, to allow steroid-using body builders to get a deep restorative sleep and as a date-rape drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.Paul-Schrimsher-241x300

Schrimsher was pulled over in his black 2000 Mercedes S430V coming out of a suspected drug location — his home in the 4800 block of the N. Central Expressway.

Police say his vehicle registration was expired. They asked him for permission to search his car. He said no. They called out a K-9 to give the car a good sniff. The dog pointed officers to a back left passenger door crease.

Stashed in various places, bags and shoes in the car, police said they found: glass methamphetamine and marijuana pipes, digital scales, razors, syringes, a metal grinder, four cellphones, two laptops, an iPad, numerous bottles — including Gatorade and 5-Hour Energy packaging – filled with GHB.

Police also said they found a Colt .45, a Colt .32, a Colt .25, a Kimber .45, a Smith and Wesson .40, a 20-gauge shotgun, four knives and loads of ammo.

In his home, police seized methamphetamine, more ammo, more bottles of GHB, more marijuana, two more laptops, another iPad and two external hard drives.

Schrimsher has been charged with manual delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon. His bail is set at $27,500. He has no listed attorney on record.

Dallas Police Deputy Chief Vernon Hale, who oversees narcotics, said he hasn’t seen any noticeable GHB trends in Dallas.

He said he didn’t know much about the case, but said every drug, no matter how often it appears, has a supplier.

“Hopefully that will put a dent in the market,” Hale said of the arrest.

Schrimsher’s only previous criminal history is a 2004 theft-by-check charge in Collin County. He received probation.

A major drug bust in Rochester has ended in three arrests, criminal charges against two of the suspects, and the seizure of nearly half a million dollars in methamphetamine.

The suspects had apparently been under watch by multiple agencies in a two-state investigation, with authorities finally pouncing on them after a “scheduled drug buy” in a parking lot on Wednesday, the Post Bulletin reports.

The paper says the meth – nearly 20 pounds of it – was found inside a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects, but not without a bit of a fight.

Driver Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas fled in the vehicle and briefly led police on a high-speed chase before losing control of the car in a field, surrendering himself shortly thereafter, according to ABC 6.

He is currently in custody in Olmsted County, where he’s been charged with attempting to evade officers – and felony possession of a pistol, apparently having had a prior firearm conviction, the county website indicates.

ABC 6 says the value of the seized meth is an estimated $432,000, though the Post Bulletin says it’s worth about $1 million.

Either way, the suspects are potentially facing serious consequences. Under state law, the sale of ten grams of more of “any mixture of substance containing methamphetamine” can carry a penalty of up to 30 years’ in prison, not to mention hefty fines.

A West Monroe woman was booked for numerous drug charges early Friday after Ouachita Parish sheriff’s authorities found her to be in possession of several forms of narcotics inside her residence, some hidden under her 4-year-old son’s bed.B9317363358Z_1_20150515122713_000_GASAQ1GFV_1-0

Deputies conducted an investigation at a residence in the 100 block of Olive Lane and found Felisha Wall to be in possession of approximately two grams of suspected methamphetamine laying under the edge of the bed where her son was laying. Deputies found a subscription bottle in her purse with six suspected Xanax pills and 34 Alprazolan pills. She had numerous outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

She was booked on possession of methamphetamine, Xanax, Alprazolan, marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile. She was also booked on warrants for possession of Clonazepam, methamphetamine, Chlordiazepoxide and Xanax.

A Rohnert Park man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting the 12-year-old daughter of an ex-girlfriend, police said Thursday.

Hector Farias, 45, was booked into Sonoma County Jail on Wednesday morning on child sex and drug charges, Sgt. Jeff Justice said.

Police began looking into the case after Farias dropped off the girl at her mother’s Santa Rosa house Tuesday night after taking her to dinner, Justice said. The two had continued a father-daughter relationship after Farias and her mother separated, he said.

When the girl got home, she told her mother Farias gave her a drink “laced with something” and sexually assaulted her, Justice said.

She also said other girls were being held against their will at a Santa Cruz Way home, he said.

Detectives searched the house as well as Farias’ Enterprise Drive apartment but found no evidence of other victims, he said.

But they found evidence marijuana was being grown and sold at the house, Justice said.

Farias was booked on suspicion of having sexual intercourse with a child under 16, oral copulation with someone under 14, and penetration with a foreign object by force or fear, Justice said.

He also was charged with possession of methamphetamine, he said.

His bail was set at $100,000.








SCOTTS VALLEY (BCN) — A traffic stop in Scotts Valley on Tuesday led to a woman being arrested for drugs twice in two days, according to police.

Officers conducted a false registration traffic stop on a Toyota Celica and found the driver, identified as had an outstanding warrant for felony burglary, police said.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, police said. Perry was arrested on the outstanding warrant and on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Perry was released from the Santa Cruz County Jail on Wednesday, and officers then conducted a probation search of the hotel room where she was staying. During the search, officers found 65.9 grams of methamphetamine and items consistent with drug sales, police said.

Perry was arrested again, this time on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another woman in the room at the time of the search, identified as Kathleen Feddema, 46, was found in possession of methamphetamine, police said. Feddema was cited for alleged possession of a controlled substance and was released at the scene, according to police.

33efdad8b156b62ce77a940d115006db_S26-year-old Telitha Nicole Shull of U.S. Highway 70 SW in Hickory was arrested today (Thursday, May 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Shull was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 15).

PALMETTO, Ga. – Police arrested a Palmetto man because they say he gave a 15-year-old girl drugs in exchange for sex.

The Palmetto Police Department arrested Carl Lingham Jr. after they received a tip that he supplied the girl with cocaine, marijuana and “molly”. Investigators say they found several prescription medications in Lingham’s home. He is now being held without bond at the Fulton County Jail.7771057_G

Police say Lingham, a convicted felon, had a large amount of marijuana, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine as well as a firearm when he was arrested at a Union City hotel.

Lingham faces a half dozen charges include statutory rape, child molestation and drug possession, according to authorities.

According to Palmetto Police, an investigation was already underway involving Lingham prior to the sexual assault accusations. Police say Lingham was under surveillance following suspected drug activity there.

Investigations believe there may be more than one victim. If anyone has any further information on this case or on Lingham, they are asked to call the Palmetto Police Department at 770-463-9068.

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY – A Kinston woman faced several charges including child abuse and drug trafficking.

According to Jacksonville police, Rebecrebecca-skinner-for-web-jpgca Skinner, 29, of Kinston was arrested earlier today in Onslow County.

Skinner was charged with two felonies including trafficking meth and maintaining a vehicle for selling meth along with misdemeanor child abuse and marijuana possession.

According to warrants, the child abuse charge was because she had a child in the vehicle where meth was being sold.

Skinner was held in Onslow County Jail under $111,000 bond.


JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) – Williamson County sheriff’s detectives said they found nearly 15 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a compartment under the back seat of a car — which three children were sitting on.

Authorities pulled over Horacio Ayvar-Lopez andabout 4:30 p.m. on April 20 along Interstate 35 in Jarrell, Texas, for failing to signal a lane change and a cracked front windshield, an arrest affidavit said.

Detectives say they found several packages wrapped in black tape inside the compartment during a search of the car. Court documents said a field test confirmed the packages contained meth.

Ayvar-Lopez told police he loaded the packages into the car in New Braunfels and was in the process of returning them to Tulsa, Okla., the document said. Authorities said he also admitted to using his children — ages 1, 5 and 8 — as a cover to make transporting the drugs easier.

Calzada said her husband was hired by two people in Tulsa to make the trip to Texas and bring the meth back to Oklahoma, according to the affidavit. She also told detectives her husband had visited the same New Braunfels address before to pick up and transport drugs back to Tulsa, the document said.

Ayvar-Lopez was booked into the Williamson County Jail on three counts of child endangerment and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $425,000.

Calzada’s faces the same charges, and bond was set at $325,000.

Meanwhile, the arrest affidavit did not mention where the children were taken after Ayvar-Lopez and Calzada were arrested.

BUTTE – Emergency rooms are hectic enough, but add someone going through the effects of methamphetamine and it often makes the scene worse.

“Severe agitation, severe violence, severe paranoia, impossible to control,” said St. James emergency room Dr. Alan Mayer.

Doctors and nurses who work in St. James HealthCare’s ER have had several cases over the past two months involving people suffering extreme side effects of what they suspect is a highly potent strain of meth. Staff recently dealt with a patient on two occasions who was suffering high paranoia and hallucinations.

“The last one was convinced that the beds were going to electrocute, going to cause electrocution,” Mayer said. “We had two police officers, two security guards, two behavioral therapists, a nurse and myself trying to control this person who did not want treatment.”

People under the influence of meth can be highly disruptive, because they’re often brought to the emergency room against their will.

“Sometimes it’s the families or the police that bring them in and the patient doesn’t want to be here and it causes a tremendous amount of frustration,” Mayer said.

One of the ways St. James is dealing with these high-risk patients who may be under the influence of drugs is keeping them in a designated safe area, which is set back from the emergency room. The room is more quiet, has less stimulus and they can better monitor the patients.

“We get these patients, especially these patients in drug-induced psychosis, like under the influence of methamphetamine, they become more paranoid, this area is designed to be a low stimulus area, so all that agitating environmental stimulus is not there,” said ER Director Mike Julius.

The emergency room will continue to try to help those suffering the effects of meth, since the jail and many local mental health facilities aren’t able to handle these special cases.

“There’s just no good treatment out there. I just don’t think there’s a place for these people to be yet,” Mayer said.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Caddo Parish authorities arrested a Shreveport man and reportedly seized nearly 1 pound of methamphetamine.7773777_G

Agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit along with members of the Shreveport Police Special Response Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 4000 block of Bullen Street.

As a result of the search warrant, 36-year-old James Haynes was arrested for allegedly possessing schedule II narcotics with the intent to distribute. Agents also reportedly seized 433 grams of methamphetamine ice, $9,000 in cash, three 4-wheelers and a 2012 Dodge truck. Agents also say they recovered two stolen 4-wheelers and a 2012 Kia which was reported stolen from Avis Car Rental in Shreveport.

Authorities say the nearly one pound of methamphetamine ice had a street value of about $50,000.

Haynes was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

Approximately 112 items associated with a “shake-and-bake” style production of methamphetamine were found in an abandoned home in a rural resort on the Elk River/Cowskin branch of Grand Lake.

On Thursday, May 14, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, along with agents from the Tulsa office of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, seized the items from a mobile home in the King Point Resort on East 254 Road, north of Grove.55557e5e60c6c_image

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrick Walker said authorities learned about the lab early Thursday morning after a tip came in regarding drug related items had been found inside a trailer at 64562 East 254 Loop, Grove.

The items were discovered when a person hired by the property owner went to prepare the residence to be rented new tenants.

Walker said the property owner indicated the previous renters, who have reportedly moved out of state, abandoned the home at least six weeks ago after not paying rent for at least six months.

Deputies located the residence by noon on Thursday and began to work to contain it, for the safety of the residents living within the resort, Walker said.


Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division were called to the scene after deputies determined items found in the home were in fact associated with the production of meth.

Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore said detectives requested the help from OBN agents in order to neutralize the drug-related materials found within the home.

During the search, law enforcement personnel uncovered 112 “reaction vessels and HCL generators” or the foundation of what is commonly known as a “shake-and-bake” meth lab.

The items filled six five-gallon disposals buckets, which were then taken to the OBN drop-site in Vinita by OBN agents for disposal.

Officials on the scene described the mobile as being filled with trash, fecal matter and other debris in addition to items associated with the production of meth.

Walker said detectives searching the residence found what appeared to be the remains of three dogs, as well as items associated with children living in the home.

Law enforcement personnel going into the residence were observed at times using breathing apparatuses to combat the fumes left in the home by the chemicals commonly associated with the production of methamphetamine.

OBN agents estimated the trailer appeared to have been used as a meth lab for an extensive amount of time, possibly for up to a year, due to the amount of rust and corrosion to the metal most likely caused by the acid used during the production of the drugs.

Officials on the scene said the damage to the home caused by the drug production would most likely require a cleaning by a licensed hazmat team before the property could be inhabited again, due to the toxic nature and extensive amounts of chemicals which remains in the home.

By 8 p.m. Thursday, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s office had released the scene back to the homeowner.

The investigation into meth lab is ongoing and has been turned over to detectives within the Delaware County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation’s Division.

A New Florence man is accused of cooking methamphetamine in a shed in front of children.

Robert Andrew Deemer, 28, was charged Wednesday by state police with manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present; manufacture of a controlled substance; use or possession of drug paraphernalia; deposits, stores, disposes of chemical waste; and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, an employee at the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau reported to a county probation officer that Deemer, who is on house arrest, was making meth at his residence and may have used it in front of children.

When probation officers searched the shed at Deemer’s 15th Street home, they found batteries cut in half and stripped, empty plastic bottles with residue, a gas mask, empty pill packets and burn marks on the floor.

Other items seized from the makeshift lab included four cold medicine packs, an empty box of decongestion medicine, a napkin and coffee filter with residue, plastic bags with residue, an aluminum smoking pipe, a plastic jug and a pill bottle containing liquid, the affidavit stated. An officer said the items were “inductive” to making methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

When officers searched Deemer’s bedroom, they allegedly found a metal can of camp fuel and two metal spoons with residue, the affidavit said.

Deemer told police that he cooked meth only once and doesn’t use the drug, which stimulates the central nervous system and is sometimes used recreationally.

During an interview, one child told police about seeing “white bits in foil and Deemer snort them,” according to the affidavit. The same child was in the shed while Deemer was cooking and said it had happened more than once, police said.

Deemer told police that about two months ago, a child ran out to the shed and opened the door while he and his girlfriend were cooking meth. Deemer said he told the child to leave, and he and his girlfriend stopped cooking.

Deemer told police the couple were making meth to earn money.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing 10:30 a.m. May 26 before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel. He remains in Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.

A 27-year-old Norwich man was arrested Thursday after allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot.

During an investigation into the making and selling of meth in the Chenango County area, sheriff’s deputies and state police located Michael A. Pierce at the town of Norwich Lowe’s with several items used to make meth using the “one pot” method in his possession, according to a release from the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation continued, several dump sites and used “one-pots” were located in the Pharsalia and Preston State Lands, the release said. All dump sites were properly cleaned by the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

After being arraigned at the Town of Norwich Court, Pierce was sent to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail, according to the release.

Pierce has been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, the release said. Additional charges are pending.

The Sheriff’s Office worked closely with District Attorney Joseph McBride during the investigation, the release said.

  • Father Radek Masaryk, 47, and his partner, 25, arrested after bodies found
  • Medics called after partner suffered post-natal issues and found one body
  • Police search uncovered two more along with drug-making equipment
  • Masaryk is facing life in jail for triple murder while partner faces eight years

The bodies of three dead babies have been discovered at a house in the Czech Republic which police say was being used as a meth lab.

Radek Masaryk, 47, and his 25-year-old partner, who has not been identified, were both arrested in February in the village of Dolni Dunajovice.

The babies were discovered after medics were called to the couple’s house when Masaryk’s partner complained of post-natal problems following her most recent birth.


Radek Masaryk, 47, and his 25-year-old partner, who has not been identified, were both arrested after police found the bodies of three dead babies in this house in the village of Dolni Dunajovice, Czech Republic


Masaryk (pictured), who was thought to be manufacturing the drugs, is now facing life behind bars for triple murder, while his partner could be jailed for eight years

After making the discovery health workers called police. Masaryk, who was manufacturing the meth, is now facing life behind bars, while his partner could be jailed for up to eight years.

Detectives say they now believe that the house had been used to manufacture crystal meth for around eight years.

Masaryk was a well-known drug user, but as personal consumption is decriminalized in Czech Republic, nothing was done to tackle the problem.

But with the discovery of the meth lab, police say he was likely distributing the drug, which is a criminal offence.


Neighbors said they were aware that  Masaryk was a drug user, but detectives now believe his house had been used as a meth lab for eight years


Paramedics found the body of one baby among the drug paraphernalia when Masaryk’s partner called to report post-natal issues. Police were called, and discovered a further two bodies (pictured, crystal meth)

Police spokesperson Kamila Harastova said: ‘The man is a drug addict and he prepared the crystal meth for his own use but he also distributed it.’

The paramedics found one dead newborn and police, who searched the property after being tipped off, found the corpses of the two other babies, as well as drug making equipment.

Neighbour Milan Fencl said: ‘I would never have thought it, I always thought of him as an old hippy living harmlessly with his young girlfriend.

‘I couldn’t believe it when they took out the tiny bodies in three small coffins and arrested them both.’

A Hong Kong man has been charged with importing 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, which had a potential street value of up to $100 million, into Sydney.

The 66-year-old man was arrested on Thursday at an address in Epping, in north-west Sydney, after the drugs, known as ice, were found hidden in cardboard barrels marked as “chemicals”.6472666-3x4-340x453

Customs officers said they found six barrels with several plastic bags concealed inside when they searched a sea freight shipment late last month.

The bags allegedly contained a white crystalline substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The drugs were handed over to the Australian Federal Police.

NSW regional commander for Customs and Border Protection, Tim Fitzgerald, said “anomalies” were detected in a consignment that originated from Hong Kong.

“An X-ray was undertaken of the consignment itself, where an image X-ray expert identified anomalies within the consignment,” he said at a press conference in Sydney.

“As a result of that, the consignment was examined by our Customs officers and the detection was made of 150 kilograms of ice.”

Mr Fitzgerald recognized the efforts by Customs intelligence analysts associated with the ice seizure.

“They work 24/7 identifying high-risk cargo and people coming across our border,” he said.

“Through their efforts, they identified this particular consignment as being high-risk.

“Subsequently it was profiled and sent for examination at our container contamination facility and led to the actual seizure itself.”

An AFP spokesman said it was the biggest seizure in Australia so far this year, after almost 900 kilograms of ice was seized in November last year.

The arrested man has been charged with importing and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a border control drug, which carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life or a $1.2 million fine or both.

He was due to appear in the Sydney Central Local Court on Friday.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Three people have been indicted on federal charges in alleged conspiracy to ship meth to Jackson County to distribute, court records show.

Federal prosecutors say Marques Deanthony Payton of Fresno, California, is accused of shipping the meth to Michael Hanzik Jr. of Pascagoula. Hanzik and Scott Joseph Houska of Gautier are accused of distributing the meth.

Investigators say the drugs were concealed in tennis balls in Hanzik’s car.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) each man was indicted on a drug conspiracy charge. Hanzik and Houska also were indicted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute meth. All three remained jailed Thursday without bond.

Proceeds from the drug sales, court papers say, were wired from bank accounts in Jackson County to accounts in California.

Six people face child neglect charges after police say a toddler was beaten and bitten in a Charleston apartment littered with hypodermic needles in April.Arron Hudgins

Tiffany Nicole “Nikki” Taylor, 26, the mother of the 17-month-old child, Karibeth Nicole Drennen, 28, Alex Thaxton, 23, who lived with Taylor, Dustin Lee Halstead, 25, who also lived with Taylor, and Arron “Pokey” Hudgins, 33, of Montgomery, and Jonathan D. Pennington, 29, are charged with neglect and related possession charges.

The child suffered blunt force trauma to its head and face, according to a criminal complaint filed with Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Jonathan D. Pennington, last of the six arrested for the assault that left the toddler with “human bite marks throughout the body” was apprehended Wednesday night.

Hudgins was the most recently arraigned of the suspects.

Magistrate Ward Harshbarger led him through the motions of describing his personal assets to determine his bonds. Hudgins told Harshbarger he receives around $357 in food stamps per month, doesn’t have a car, only works odd jobs and his only bill is the $67 he pays every month for his cellphone.

The prosecution requested his bail be set at $75,000, due to a prior conviction of first-degree sexual abuse, an outstanding possession with intent charge and a malicious wounding charge that was dropped because the witness never showed. Hudgins, his wrists cuffed in front of him, hung his head in his hands at the back of the courtroom as he awaited the completion of his paperwork.

Hudgins was also charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine after the Metro Drug Unit made a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from him April 27, according to a separate criminal complaint.

Police say Hudgins was one of the six people doing methamphetamine in Taylor’s home at 6555 Roosevelt Avenue Apt. 5 on April 5, the complaint read. Investigation into the matter led police to believe the child was asleep on a futon before being assaulted.

The adults were present and getting high on methamphetamine at the time of the attack, according to the complaint; the users were likely injecting drugs in the presence of the child.

Members of the Charleston Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division followed up at the residence the following day, the complaint read. They found hypodermic needles littering the residence alongside assorted drug paraphernalia.

Detectives seized 2.5 grams of methamphetamine from the residence during the search, the complaint read.

All six are held at South Central Regional Jail, Hudgins on $75,000 bail and Taylor, Thaxton, Drennen, Halstead and Pennington on $25,000 bail each.

A Washington state woman has been charged with third-degree assault of a child after her 13-month-old son drank out of a sippy cup that had been converted into a bong for smoking meth. Amber Alline Ingersoll of Tacoma dropped her son at the home of his grandmother on Oct. 17. After the boy drank from the cup, his grandmother noticed he could not stand up and acted sick. The grandmother, a former meth addict, said she recognized the sippy cup was a homemade bong. She took him to St. Clare’s Hospital in Tacoma, where the boy tested positive for methamphetamine. Ingersoll was charged Tuesday.

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Two people were arrested Wednesday after drugs and two small children were found in a van that was in drive while the two suspects were passed out in the front seats, court records said.

Ayla Ross and Greg Ross are charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, a felony, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Gregory Ross also is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies said they were called to the scene on Rossville Lane in Elkview after receiving a call that a van was parked in the middle of the road.  Deputies said Gregory Ross was found sleeping in the driver’s seat, and Ayla Ross was found asleep in the passenger’s seat. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department tweeted out that the van was in drive.  Two small children, ages 2 and 3, were in the back of the van, deputies said. Gregory Ross told deputies he stopped on the side of the road to go to the bathroom and when he got back into the van he had fallen asleep.  Ayla Ross said she was unaware that the two were asleep.

A K-9 search was conducted on the van. Deputies said they found what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine, and a field test for the drug was positive. Several articles of drug paraphernalia also were found in the van.

Both were transported to the South Central Regional Jail, where they are being held on $10,000 bond each.

A Tannersville man has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty, as well as drug charges, after his dog tested positive for meth, according to Pocono Township Police Department.

On Feb. 20, the Monroe County Animal Cruelty officer was contacted by Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital in reference to a Bernese mountain dog owned by Marcus Myers, 41, that was dropped off and was foaming at the mouth, thirsty and smelled like cooked methamphetamine, police said.

The secretary of the office said the dog was agitated and anxious, police say, and Myers told the secretary that the dog had “got into something” in a garage/construction area and possibly got into antifreeze or Percocet.

While in the care of vets, the dog’s urine was tested. The tests came back positive for methamphetamine, police said.

The veterinarian asked Myers if the dog had been exposed to meth in the house or garage area, and Myers responded “it could have been either,” police said.

The vets had called the animal cruelty officer once the dog was picked up by Myers’ girlfriend around 9 p.m., police said. The veterinarian told Myers the dog would have to stay the night, police said, but he didn’t want it to stay overnight.

The next day, police searched his home after receiving a search warrant. During the search, Myers asked to put on a pair of pants, police said, and when asked if there was anything in the pants that would harm the officer, Myers said “there might be.”

Police searched the pants and found 3.6 grams of methamphetamine, and Myers admitted to police that he was a user, but did not want to tell police where he bought it from, police say.

Myers was arrested and arraigned in front of District Judge Thomas Olsen and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents. He was also charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

His next scheduled court appearance on May 28, according to court papers.

Myers could not be reached by phone because the voicemail was full, and he did not respond to an email for comment.