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AUSTIN — A first for campus police at the University of Texas at Austin — an officer found a human tooth embedded in the hand of a man arrested on drug charges.

The officer made the discovery at 3:37 a.m. on Friday after finding the man asleep at the wheel of a pickup that was parked, but running.

Inside the truck – next to the man – the officer saw a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in it.

When the officer asked the man for his driver’s license, the officer said the man handed him a $20 bill and told him “he was used to being arrested.”

The officer also found a plastic bag containing .95 grams of methamphetamine in the truck.

But that wasn’t the most interesting thing the officer found.

While trying to book the man at the police station, they noticed he had a really bad infection in one of his fingers.

It turns out, he had a human tooth lodged in the finger.

The man told the officer it was from a fight he’d had the previous week.

He has been charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous drug.

COLDWATER — A brother and sister, Dustin Sexton, 33, and Autumn Sexton, 29, face charges possession of meth with intent to sell the drug, after details were found on their cell phones.Dustin Sexton, 33,and Autumn Sexton, 29

On March 21, Michigan State Police (MSP) went to their Bronson residence to check on Dustin’s sex offender registry status. Troopers smelled marijuana and found 71 grams of the drug. It was seized, along with 2 grams of meth.

A check of the siblings’ cell phones found texts between the two indicating Autumn had given the drug to Dustin to sell. Both were charged with the 20-year felony for the meth.

Autumn was also charged with delivery of marijuana to Dustin, a four-year offense. Her bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety. Dustin was held under a $50,000 bond.

Dustin is on the sex offender registry because of a 2000 conviction for fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Preliminary exams are pending.

Jefferson Parish authorities investigating the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine on the West Bank have arrested two more suspects. Ronald Guidry Jr., 41, and Tiffany Stokes, 37, both of Westwego, join six other suspects who have been taken into custody, according to arrest reports.17483570-mmmain

Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Guidry and Stokes on Wednesday (April 7) while following up on a March 28 meth bust at a residence at 5019 Oak Drive in Marrero. They are accused of buying pseudoephedrine for the accused meth cook, Jodie Barrios, 45, of Harvey, an arrest report said.

Since 2005, Louisiana has restricted and tracked the sale of the cold medications ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, both used to make meth. Detectives learned that Guidry bought pseudoephedrine about 30 minutes before he arrived at the Oak Drive house on the day before narcotics detectives raided the place, arrest reports said.

Barrios is accused of using the cold medications to make small batches of meth following the one-pot “shake and bake” method. Law enforcement officials say industrious cooks try to avoid detection by recruiting several people to buy the necessary ingredients.

During questioning, Guidry and Stokes both admitted buying pseudoephedrine for Barrios, the arrest report said. Guidry told detectives he knew what she was doing with the cold medication, while Stokes said she only suspected.

Detectives booked Guidry and Stokes with creating a clandestine lab. Both were still being held Saturday at the parish jail under $50,000 bonds.

The other suspects arrested during the investigation are Bertrum Daigle, 38, of Gretna, Tammy Isabell, 32, of Marrero, James Miller, 43, of Harvey and Christopher McCoy, 28, and Bethany Singletary, 33, both of Kenner.

Rapper and singer Nelly was arrested along with a travel companion Saturday morning in Tennessee on felony drug charges after state troopers found methamphetamine, guns and drug paraphernalia in his tour bus, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrolla-et-ms-nelly-arrested-felony-drug-charges-in-002

Nelly, real name Cornell Haynes, was taken into custody after being stopped around 9:20 a.m. Saturday morning on Interstate 40 in Putnam County, a representative for the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed to The Times. The bus was pulled over for failing to display the proper U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Assn. (IFTA) stickers.

According to a news release, troopers entered the vehicle on probable cause when they approached the vehicle and smelled marijuana.

Upon entering the sleeper area in the back of the bus, they discovered “a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia,” according to the news release.

In addition, the cargo included “approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson,” the news release said.

One of the other five people on the bus, Brian Jones, 44, is a convicted felon and was also arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a handgun. The pair were taken to the Putnam County Jail, where they were held on separate $10,000 bail bonds. Nelly was released at 5:15 p.m. Central Time. Jones was released shortly thereafter at 5:53 p.m., according to Deputy Austin Ahrens at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

A strikingly similar incident occurred in 2012, when the rapper and six other people including Jones were detained in Texas on suspicion of possessing 10 pounds of weed, some heroin and a loaded gun. That time, Jones took responsibility for all three items and was the only one arrested.

Nelly’s bus was coming from Wilmington, N.C., where he performed at the North Carolina Azalea Festival on Friday night. His next appearance is scheduled for April 23 at the JQH Arena at Missouri State University in Springfield.

The woman has been off methamphetamine for four months now. She is literally pregnant with motivation.

The 26-year-old, in recovery at a Wichita residential treatment center, expects to give birth to a son soon. In the struggle against one of the most destructive drugs, she is winning so far, a day at a time. Four months is the longest she has stayed sober while in recovery. It gives her hope, after the drug caused her to give up two other children.

She is part of a wave of Kansas parents whose meth use has led to their children being removed or voluntarily turned over to others. In Wichita and across the state, an increasing number of children have been removed because of parents’ meth use, records show.

Meth is an illegal and highly addictive chemical cocktail that gives people such euphoria that users keep pursuing the high even as the drug rots their teeth and gums, ages their faces and damages their brains. Their children suffer because their addiction causes them to cease even the most basic parenting. Meth, which is relatively inexpensive and accessible, is sometimes called “the poor man’s cocaine.” Most meth is smuggled from Mexico, authorities say.

The recovering woman wants to keep this child and nurture him. This might be her best chance to be a meth-free mother. Godparents have been raising her two other children because of her addiction. She gave up temporary custody after her 18-month-old son licked meth residue off a spoon she used to shoot the drug into her arms. He became ill, then recovered.

“That was my realization that I can’t put him through this anymore,” she said.

In the 10-county Wichita region, there has been an increase in recent years in the number of children removed for the primary reason of parents’ meth use, according to data kept by the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Through the first eight months of the current fiscal year, the number of removals is 34 and on pace to end up at around 50.

Statewide, in the last full fiscal year, 252 children were removed, compared with 111 four years earlier, when the main reason was parental meth use, DCF records show. The number is down so far this current fiscal year, in part because of a different method for counting primary reasons for removal, said DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed.

In about one-fifth of the cases statewide last year, parental substance abuse, including meth, was the primary reason children were removed from homes. Substance abuse was a secondary reason in another one-fifth of the cases statewide, DCF records show.

There also is anecdotal evidence of increased meth use. In Johnson County, it is not unusual for three out of four parents to test positive for meth after coming to court for hearings a few days after their children are taken into protective custody, said Don Hymer, an assistant district attorney who heads the office’s juvenile division.

“So they’re so hooked they can’t stop even though they know in a couple days” they are due in court and face testing, Hymer said.

Impact on children

Meth’s impact on children played out recently at a south Wichita home, where police said they took four children into protective custody after they tested positive for the drug. The mother of the children, who range in age from 2 to 12, said she doesn’t use meth around her children or let others do so. DCF doesn’t track how many children test positive for meth.

In Wichita, child abuse pediatrician Kerri Weeks said she has seen a significant increase in the past two years in child abuse related to parental meth use.

“These children have been physically abused and severely neglected,” Weeks said in an e-mail. “Many of the children have developmental delays and behavioral problems.” Several children have been treated in an intensive care unit for meth intoxication or ingestion, she said.

Children can get exposed to meth by touching it or inhaling the secondhand smoke, experts say.

Kids can be vulnerable even if the parent doesn’t use meth in front of them, Weeks said. The granular or powdery residue gets on counter tops, tables, carpets, bedding and curtains and “can be absorbed through the child’s skin as they crawl and cruise around the home, or even cuddle a stuffed animal,” she said.

‘Walking on eggshells’

At Wichita Children’s Home, Erin Teeter deals directly with younger children who have been removed from their homes after being affected by meth. Babies born addicted to meth often have tremors, said Teeter, foster care director at the Children’s Home. They act hyperactive, irritable. “Trying to comfort a baby who is over stimulated by your touch is very difficult,” Teeter said.

In meth homes, the person who should be loving often succumbs to paranoia brought on by the drug. The adults flip from one mood to another and lash out, Teeter said.

“That’s a home that’s very dangerous to live in because you’re walking on eggshells,” she said. It’s almost as if children are lucky if the worst is neglect rather than beatings, she said.

Prosecutors and health officials say that where there is meth, there is crime and abuse. In 2012, 18-month-old Jayla Haag was living with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend at an El Dorado apartment that has been described as a meth house. Evidence showed that the little girl died from a brutal beating, that some of her teeth were forcibly removed. She tested positive for meth. The boyfriend and mother were convicted in her death.

Parents can become so focused on their drug that they can’t do basic supervision, provide meals or make sure their children get to school, said Sandra Lessor, an assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County who handles child-in-need-of-care cases.

Facing her childhood

In the recovery world, addicts are supposed to take what is known as a “fearless moral inventory” of themselves: to be brutally honest about who they are and what they have done.

The 26-year-old pregnant meth addict says she grew up being exposed to the drug.

She is a resident at Women’s Recovery Center of Central Kansas, a nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment provider near Seneca and Harry. Of 71 clients served by the center last year, the biggest number by far – 40 – said meth was their substance of choice, said program coordinator Rachal Harper.

Sitting at a table with a reporter on Thursday, the woman methodically described her childhood.

When she was 11, she was gang-raped. When she was 12, she got high on meth for the first time.

She took care in the words she used, sometimes pausing, painstakingly describing what happened and how it affected her.

She summed it up in two words: “meth chaos.”

She recounted how, when she was 12, she took a bag of meth powder from her mother’s partner, causing him to point a gun at her mother and accuse her of stealing his dope. Later, the girl handed her mother the stolen powder.

The girl’s motive for stealing was simple: “I was hungry.”

The powder brought $180; her mother gave her $30 of it and used the rest to get the cable turned back on and buy “lots of mac and cheese.” Her mother seemed proud that she had been an enterprising thief.

Over the years, the girl who grew into a woman smoked and snorted meth. Eventually, she started shooting the drug into her veins.

She spent $8,000 on meth in two months. She shot so much meth that she lost 150 pounds, down from 243. She continued to waste away, to 83 pounds. “You could just pick my skin up, and you could probably rip it,” she said. The emaciated result left her looking 10 years older.

She looks in the mirror now and sees a healthy young woman.

Her realization

Her meth use wasn’t constant. She used it in “sprees,” at times leaning on alcohol. She jumped back hard onto meth after a devastating disappointment, when she came close to getting her associate degree but failed. She had wanted to be an occupational therapist. With her dream smashed, she felt she couldn’t cope without meth.

Her medical training made her adept at using a syringe to inject meth into her arms. IV use was different, she said, describing it as “like you’re floating. You have no care in the world.”

Now after four months of sobriety, she is determined. “I don’t want to be homeless again,” she said, tapping the table for emphasis. “I don’t want to have to sleep with someone just to get high.”

There was a time when her skill with a syringe drew users to her. They wanted her to shoot them up. Once, a man aimed a small black pistol at her and ordered her to plunge the needle into him. She purposely missed his vein and told him to pull the trigger, because she had already given up her children and didn’t care what happened.

Her arms still bear scars where she put the needle to herself over and over. She wears long sleeves, even in hot weather, to cover the marks.

She is on probation for meth possession. She knows her determination to stay sober can’t end with the birth of her son. So she has learned to manage her craving for meth, to control the “triggers” that make her want to use. One trigger: her mother.

Her recovery has brought her to a new place: “I actually am going to raise a child on my own with no man involved, which is actually a first for me. I’ve come to realize that I’m co-dependent.”

She has decided not to feel sorry for herself. “You know what? People get raped every day,” she said. “It’s time to move on, let go.”

‘Baby steps’

In her new life, she walks to her job because she doesn’t have a working car.

Part of her moral inventory involves being honest about her past attempts at motherhood. Her decision to let her other children go to their godparents was the “most selfless thing I’ve done in my addiction,” she said, because she couldn’t care for them at the time. Now they are nurtured.

When she had her other children and was using, her drive for meth was so strong, she would put them in the living room with snacks and turn on the TV, then lock herself in the bathroom and shoot up.

Her baby is due April 25. She’s on maternity leave, still living at the recovery center and arranging housing for herself and her son.

“Honestly, I’m afraid to leave” the center, she said. “They’re my support system.”

Because of the meth conviction, she is a felon, and that will likely keep her from an occupational therapy or a medical career, she said.

There will be time to plan the rest of her life. “Right now,” she said, “it’s just baby steps.

“Focus on today and the baby.”

7429239_GTUCSON – Customs and Border Protection officers arrest a Mexican national after he attempted to smuggle more than 42 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis on Thursday, April 9.

A 17-year-old San Luis, Rio Colorado resident was apprehended after the officers discovered 41 packages of methamphetamine within the rear quarter panels of his Honda Sedan.

The drugs had an estimated value of $126,700.

The narcotics and the vehicle were processed for seizure. The suspect was referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

A deputy on a 4 a.m. premises check at Motel 6 on the 4200 block of Via Real in Carpinteria found a couple sitting in a parked Toyota in the parking lot and did a vehicle check. That car and three others in the lot turned out to be stolen. Jose Francisco Gonzales, 22, Christian Juarez, 23, and Cristal Landa, 18, all of Santa Barbara, and Cesar Ortega, 21, of Goleta, were arrested after a search of their motel room.



More stolen property was found in the motel room, including electronics, firearms, and musical equipment, as well as methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Three of the suspects initially provided false IDs. The four were booked on numerous charges, including conspiracy, vehicle theft, providing false identity to a peace officer, and possession of stolen property, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. All were booked into County Jail with a bail request of $150,000 each.Stolen-Cars-in-Carpinteria_t479

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on the thefts or the suspects to call (805) 683-2724, or the anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171.

55299a18b0a60_preview-620OREM – Special Enforcement Team Detectives received information that a truck was arriving Saturday in the northwest part of the city with a large amount of methamphetamine inside.

Police observed a large truck at 1298 N. 725 West, Orem, and watched a man exit the vehicle with two large jugs in his hands. A short while later, the same man left the residence with the two jugs and got back into the truck, according to Officer Shaps Tripp who wrote the Orem police report.

An Orem patrol sergeant stopped the driver of the truck for a traffic violation. Another officer and a drug detection K-9 responded to the scene and provided a positive indication for the presence of a controlled substance.

Inside the cab, they found several large baggies ripped open. One of the jugs or plastic containers had one of the baggies inside. During interviews with the occupants, officers discovered approximately 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine were in the baggies, and then upon being stopped by police, bleach was added to the drugs in a jug.

The liquid was field tested and showed positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Gabino Cisneros, 27, was identified as being in the vehicle and as the passenger, the Heber resident attempted to destroy the methamphetamine.

Orem police arrested Cisneros for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, evidence tampering, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Utah County Jail at 12:23 a.m. on Saturday and bail was set for $20,000.

Former Murray County Magistrate Bryant Cochran will learn how long he is going to prison in two months.

U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy set Cochran’s sentencing hearing for June 18. A jury convicted Cochran in December of six charges, including violating three women’s civil rights, conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and tampering with a witness.bryant cochran

Prosecutors convinced a jury that Cochran told one of his tenants in the summer of 2012 to plant methamphetamine under the car of Angela Garmley, a Chatsworth woman who publicly accused Cochran of sexually harassing her. Garmely said Cochran asked her to become his mistress and send him lewd pictures when she requested he issue arrest warrants against her neighbors, Cochran’s role as a magistrate.Garmley's

After Garmley spoke out, a Murray County deputy stopped Garmley’s car in August 2012. A drug sniffing dog could not find any drugs on the vehicle. But a Murray County captain, who happened to be Cochran’s cousin, talked to the magistrate. Cochran told him to check under Garmley’s wheel well.

There, the sheriff’s office found the drugs. The deputy then wrote in an arrest report that he knew to check that location because of his extensive training. He did not mention Cochran.

The captain and deputy later pleaded guilty to lying to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, whom a prosecutor called in, skeptical of Garmley’s arrest.

One of Cochran’s friends testified during the December trial that Cochran asked him to lie to the GBI and tell them he was the source of the tip about Garmley carrying drugs.

After Cochran’s conviction, Murphy set a sentencing date for Feb. 20. But Cochran’s attorney, Page Pate, filed a motion for a new trial. He told Murphy that the judge erred when he did not let Cochran’s cousin testify that she heard Garmley had drugs from Cochran’s friend. Murphy ruled this testimony hearsay originally.

He upheld his ruling last week, denying Pate’s request for a new trial. He set Cochran’s sentencing hearing date Thursday.

After a motorist failed to use turn signals and his passenger acted suspiciously, Allentown police pulled a car over Wednesday morning and immediately smelled marijuana in the vehicle, according to police.

A car search found methamphetamine and crack cocaine, police said.

Shakee M. McKinney, 28, of Coplay, the car driver, and his passenger, Terrlance R. Hawkins, 25, of Allentown, were charged Wednesday night with possession with intent to deliver drugs.

McKinney and Hawkins were in a high drug-abuse area near Hall and Allen streets, Allentown, at 11:10 a.m. when police noticed Hawkins on his cell phone and getting into McKinney’s car, according to the police arrest affidavit.

McKinney then drove off, failing to signal for turns at Hall and Allen streets, and at Allen and Park streets, police said. Police radioed for a patrol car, which pulled over McKinney and Hawkins in the 300 block of North Jordan Street, the affidavit says.

Officer Jason Krasley walked up to the car and smelled marijuana, police said. McKinney and Hawkins got out of the car, and police dog Canto indicated it detected drugs near a rear passenger door, the affidavit says.

Krasley found two magnetic hide-a-key compartments in the pocket attached to the back of the front passenger seat, the affidavit says. The compartment contained drugs, police said.

One compartment held 16 individually packaged bags of a blue rock-like substance, the affidavit says. The other compartment had 15 bags of suspected crack cocaine, the affidavit says.

The blue substance and the suspected crack-cocaine tested positive for meth and crack cocaine, police said.

McKinney was found to have two cell phones, $302 and someone else’s driver’s license on him, police said. Hawkins had marijuana, a cell phone and $330, the affidavit says.

Both were charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and meth, conspiracy, simple possession of controlled substances.

McKinney also was charged with providing false identification and driving with a suspended license, and Hawkins had the additional charge of having a small amount of marijuana.

They were arraigned Wednesday night by District Judge Jacob Hammond, who sent them to Lehigh County Jail, each under $50,000 bail.

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) – Authorities say a three day investigation this week led by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department has nabbed four meth traffickers.

7428645_GKimberly A. Wright, 37, of Mayfield, Kentucky was charged with conspiracy to trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

Everett E. Tabor, 32, of Marion, Kentucky was charged with careless driving, obstructed vision of windshield, firearm enhanced trafficking in methamphetamine 2nd or subsequent offense, possession of marijuana and possession of handgun by a convicted felon.

Joshua D. Burd 24, of Mayfield, Kentucky was charged with conspiracy to trafficking in methamphetamine, firearm enhanced trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a 1st degree controlled substance (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kenny A. Rodgers, 35, of Bryan Road was charged with firearm enhanced trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.


The sheriff’s office reports the seizure of crystal methamphetamine, several guns and about $40,000 believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales.

Authorities say it all began on April 7 after a traffic stop on a vehicle on I-24 near the 16 mile marker.

Deputies saw a plastic bag sticking out of the Tabor’s shirt pocket that was found to contain crystal methamphetamine.

After a search, deputies then found a loaded 9 mm handgun, digital scales used to weigh methamphetamine, and more than $33,000 which is believed to be proceeds of illegal drug sales.

Then, on April 8, detectives directed a covert investigation on the parking lot of a business on Blandville Road in McCracken County at the US 62 and KY Hwy 286 intersection.

Detectives arrested Joshua D. Burd and Kimberly A. Wright, both of Fancy Farm, after they arrived on the parking lot of the business to meet an undercover sheriff’s deputy to buy a large amount of crystal methamphetamine.

After a search of their vehicle, detectives found methamphetamine, $5,990 in US currency, a false container, and a handgun.

Detectives later found a plastic case with a magnet hidden under the vehicle that contained other methamphetamine packed for sale, along with hydrocodone, oxycodone and items of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation continued as a search warrant was obtained for Burd and Wright’s home in near Fancy Farm.

Kentucky State Police Detectives and Graves County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the property and found an additional 112 grams of crystal methamphetamine and additional weapons on the property.

The investigation continued.

Early Thursday, McCracken County Sheriff’s Detectives got and performed a search warrant at 2510 Bryan Road in southern McCracken County.

Detectives arrested Kenny A. Rodgers after snatching 74 grams of crystal methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia and 16 firearms that were in close proximity to drugs and paraphernalia.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are likely.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office says the investigations were successful due to the support of the Graves County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, ATF, the Marshall County and McCracken County Sheriff’s Departments.

A 37-year-old driver is in custody on multiple charges after allegedly colliding with a police car early today in the parking lot of the Sunrise Inn in Joplin.55281ea20130e_image

Police said in a news release that a patrol officer suffered minor injuries in the 3:57 a.m. incident outside the motel at 3600 S. Range Line Road. The officer was treated at Freeman Hospital West and released.

The officer was checking out suspicious activity in the area when the driver of a Nissan Sentra struck the officer’s car. The occupants of the Sentra fled on foot, but the officer was able to catch the alleged driver, Michael L. Watson, of Joplin.

Charges are being sought against Watson for assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of methamphetamine. A probation violation warrant also is being sought, police said.

Besides a firearm, two bags containing methamphetamine were seized, along with a digital scale, syringe and spoon.

DRUG lab seizures are dropping at a dramatic rate in Queensland because most users are turning to readily available ice that has been smuggled in from overseas, police say.

About 19 illegal labs are being seized across the state each month, down from about 28 a month in previous years.

Detectives say the flood of crystal meth into Australia has put a dent in the demand for locally cooked drugs.

Ice is fetching up to $500 a gram on the street but authorities say despite its high price and well-documented dangers, it has become the drug of choice because it is more potent, attractive to users who do not want to inject, and easy to source.143468-94d977d8-df3f-11e4-a16e-c49b94c206d0

The taskforce, which will formulate a national ice action strategy, follows an Australian Crime Commission report that revealed crime gangs from countries such as China, Myanmar, Indonesia, Mexico and Iran were flooding the local market with ice, cashing in on the growing craving for stronger drugs.

Ice is now up to 79 per cent pure, almost four times that of traditionally made meth.

Police shut down about 340 clandestine labs each year across the state but since the end of June last year, they have dismantled about 190, many of which are still being forensically analyzed.145523-b19f5ba8-df3f-11e4-a16e-c49b94c206d0

“We’re still finding the labs in Queensland, but not at the same rate we used to,” the state drug command’s acting detective inspector, Geoff Marsh, said.

“Ice is so readily available and it’s highly addictive; you can be addicted the first time you use it.”

In Europe, a kilogram of crystal meth sells for about $5000, but in Australia, the same quantity costs up to $250,000.

“The price of drugs we’re paying in Australia is among the highest in the world – that’s why we’re attractive to crime groups,” acting Det-Insp Marsh said. “We’re a viable market for overseas criminals. Socially, we have an appetite for drugs and we’re prepared to pay top dollar.”

Dr James Finn, of Prince Charles Hospital’s alcohol and drug unit, said health professionals were seeing more people affected by ice.

“The amount of energy it can give someone and the euphoric feeling is quite profound … (but) the problem with ice is that over time, it damages serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain,” he said.

daniel-david-wilson-bf9b63f45ca747cfLINCOLN TOWNSHIP, MI — A Michigan man was arrested after police investigated a report that his 9-year-old son was treated for methamphetamine exposure, the Clare County Sheriff’s Department reports.

The case began with a call about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, to Clare County Central Dispatch from University of Michigan Medical Center – Clare reporting the boy being treated.

Deputies went to the hospital and spoke with the person who brought the child for treatment. Police allege the father of the child was in the process of cooking methamphetamine when the child was exposed.

Deputies found the address of a residence in the area of Birch Street in Lake George where the boy’s father resides and responded along with members of the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Deputies found the boy’s father, 51-year-old Daniel D. Wilson, and found components for making methamphetamine present at the residence, police said.

He was arrested and lodged in the Clare County Jail on charges of maintaining a drug house.

The Clare County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, April 9, charged Wilson with operating a lab involving methamphetamine. He was arraigned by Magistrate Karen Willing in 80th District Court and his bond was set at $50,000. He remains lodged.

The child was treated and released to a family member in another county.

ST. GEORGE – A St. George man convicted of a sexual assault of “extreme cruelty or depravity” against a former girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 16 years in prison — with a maximum of up to life behind bars.

A police report stemming from the August incident states Nicholaus Michael Nester, 36, visited the woman at her Bloomington Hills residence to retrieve some items belonging to his daughter.B9316927621Z_1_20150409223058_000_G5UAFAEV9_1-0

While in the house, Nester forcibly raped and assaulted the woman, telling her it did no good to fight because he was bigger than her — although she did hit him hard enough at one point to make him bleed, the police report indicated.

In court, the woman read from a prepared statement while sitting a few feet from the defense table where Nester stood.

“I doubt I will ever be the same, but unlike you, I am not ashamed,” the woman said, who is not being identified in keeping with The Spectrum’s policy regarding sex crime victims.

“I’m owning what you did to me, and I’m using it to inspire and help other women,” she said. “Until you die, you will be labeled a sex offender and a rapist, and everyone will know.”

About 10 women, dressed professionally, sat in the court audience in a mutual show of support for her and accompanied her out of the courtroom after the hearing.

The assault victim also informed the court that Nester has violated a protective order multiple times, proving that the court is not going to keep her or her children safe unless it imposes the maximum possible sentence, she said.

The police report did not indicate any children were home at the time of the assault.

It stated Nester made the woman shower after the incident, while he continued to hit her.

After she got dressed, he took her to the kitchen and retrieved a kitchen knife, instructing her to stab him with it, the report stated.

Instead, the woman found an opportunity to flee the house while Nester’s back was turned and found help from neighbors, authorities wrote in the report.

Nester fled the area but was captured shortly afterward by police.

Defense attorney Aric Cramer said methamphetamine use had made Nester exhibit a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality, becoming “feral and out of control” when at other times he would be a more humane individual.

“When he is not on methamphetamine, he is a person that loves and is capable of being loved,” Cramer said.

Judge G. Michael Westfall brushed aside Cramer’s efforts to obtain some relief from the sentence.

“I’m just not sure that there’s much rehabilitation that can be provided to the defendant in this case,” Westfall said.

Nester has previously been convicted on drug, robbery, kidnapping and assault charges.

In addition to the prison sentence, Westfall ordered that Nester pay any restitution to the victim deemed appropriate by parole agents and the state Board of Pardons.

Westfall also ordered Nester to pay a $10,000 fine plus a 90 percent surcharge and a $33 court fee for each of the three felony charges, but said he would recommend that the Board of Pardons grant Nester credit for 227 days he has spent in jail since the incident.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store. 

Kent Sprouse, 42, became the fifth convicted killer put to death this year in Texas, the nation’s most active death penalty state.

Before his execution, Sprouse apologized to the families of his victims and his own family “for all the trouble I’ve caused everyone.” Then he thanked his family members for their support.5526b0c317b58_image

“I guess that’s it,” he said.

He took several deep breaths after the execution drug pentobarbital began taking effect, then began snoring. Within a minute, all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead 22 minutes later at 6:33 p.m. CDT.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review Sprouse’s case in November, and no last-day appeals were filed for him in the courts.

Sprouse was sentenced to death for the October 2002 killing of 28-year-old Harry Marvin “Marty” Steinfeldt III, a police officer in Ferris, about 20 miles south of Dallas.

Witnesses said Sprouse carried a shotgun into the Ferris Food Mart store while he made a purchase and then walked outside and fired toward two men at a pay phone. He went to his car and appeared to have some trouble with it, then shot and killed 38-year-old Pedro Moreno, a customer who was pumping gas near him.

Steinfeldt responded to a 911 call about a customer shot at the store and came under gunfire. He was struck twice under the arm where his protective vest did not cover him. He managed to fire 17 shots, reloading his gun once, and wounded Sprouse in the chest, leg and hand.

Court records indicate Sprouse told an officer who accompanied him in an ambulance to a hospital that he believed Moreno was an undercover officer, so he shot him.

“And I shot the other officer that was in uniform,” Sprouse said, according to the records.

Sprouse was charged in Moreno’s killing, but wasn’t tried for it.

Relatives of both Steinfeldt and Moreno declined to speak with reporters after Sprouse’s execution. Michelle Steinfeldt, the officer’s widow, released a statement saying the execution was “the emotional end of a long, excruciating journey.”

Heath Crossland, who worked with Steinfeldt at the Ennis Police Department and was among a few dozen officers who stood outside the prison during the execution, described his slain friend as “a teddy bear” and was thinking of the officer’s daughter, who was born after he was killed.

“To think this little girl didn’t get the opportunity to know the teddy bear kind of guy we knew, that’s such a loss,” Crossland said.

Tests showed that Sprouse, a Boone County, Missouri, native, had taken methamphetamine and other illegal drugs within 48 hours of the killings.

Jim Jenkins, who was Sprouse’s lead lawyer at his trial in Steinfeldt’s death, said Sprouse suffered from the effects of methamphetamine addiction.

“He just didn’t know what he was doing, but the jury has to buy that,” Jenkins said. “It’s sort of like being drunk and killing somebody. That’s really not a defense, not a legal defense. … The whole thing is extremely sad.”

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said a recent purchase of pentobarbital means they have enough of the sedative to carry out three other executions set for this month, including one next week. But at least three more are set for May and June, meaning they would have to find a new supply or switch to a different drug to carry out those executions on schedule.

Death penalty states have found it increasingly difficult to acquire execution drugs because traditional manufacturers now refuse to sell their drugs for use in executions. States now rely on compounding pharmacies for their made-to-order execution drugs.

Kent Sprouse, Convicted Cop Killer, First Texas Prisoner Executed With New Batch Of Drugs

A man convicted of killing a Texas cop and a gas station customer in 2002, was executed by lethal injection Thursday night at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.

Kent Sprouse, 42, was pronounced dead at 6:33 p.m. according to a statement from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Sprouse’s last words can be read here:

I would like to apologize to the Moreno family and the Steinfeldt family for all of the trouble I have caused them. I would like to apologize to my family for all of the trouble that I have caused them. I would also like to thank my family for all of their support. I guess that’s it.

Sprouse was the first inmate executed using chemicals from a new batch of drugs secured after a shortage of the necessary lethal injection chemicals threatened to stall executions in the nation’s most prolific death penalty state.

Sprouse was convicted in 2004 of killing 28-year-old police officer Harry Steinfeldt and 38-year-old man Pedro Moreno. Sprouse received the death penalty for Steinfeldt’s murder.

A round of appeals in 2007 and 2010 addressed whether or not Sprouse was mentally ill when he killed the two men at a Dallas-area gas station. Those appeals were unsuccessful. Sprouse reportedly had no pending last-minute appeals ahead of his execution.

In 2002, Sprouse exited a Dallas-area gas station with a shotgun and fired in the direction of two men nearby. Witnesses testified that Sprouse appeared to have some trouble with his car before he shot and killed Moreno, who was pumping gas nearby. Steinfeldt responded to the scene and was shot twice by Sprouse. Though Steinfeldt was able to return fire and injure Sprouse, he died of his injuries.

Court records show Sprouse confessed to the officer who transported him to the hospital. Sprouse said he thought Moreno was an undercover cop who was following him and confessed to shooting him.

“I shot the other officer that was in uniform,” Sprouse reportedly told the officer.

Defense attorneys were unable to convince the jury to weigh Sprouse’s intoxication –he tested positive for methamphetamine — as a defense or a mitigating factor to spare him the death penalty.

According to court records, friends and family suspected that Sprouse might be mentally ill, testifying he claimed to see dead people, talked to himself and said people were out to get him. Sprouse’s mother testified that her son thought that people were talking to him through the television, and thought that the CIA and FBI wanted to kill him.

“He started hitting the meth and went crazy,” Jim Jenkins, his lead trial lawyer in 2004, told The Associated Press. “Even his family was afraid of him.”

Sprouse was potentially facing a postponement when the TDCJ revealed in early March it was running low on the chemical pentobarbital that it uses for lethal injections. As big drug manufacturers cut off their supply to prisons, corrections departments are increasingly turning to local compounding pharmacies for their supply.

By mid-March, the TDCJ was able to secure a new supply, but like all other states with lethal injection, did not disclose the specific source.

“The drugs were purchased from a licensed pharmacy that has the ability to compound,” TDCJ Spokesman Jason Clark said in a statement.

Dwindling drug supplies — and growing opposition from leading pharmacist groups that could compound the chemicals — have forced other states to halt executions and rush to legalize alternative methods.

Georgia halted executions in March after its supply of pentobarbital appeared “cloudy,” while Utah reinstated the firing squad should lethal injection chemicals become unavailable. Earlier on Tuesday, the Oklahoma legislature approved a measure to reinstate a form of the gas chamber.

The Texas Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty Executive Director Kristin Houlé told The Huffington Post Tuesday that her group continues to oppose all executions and will be holding vigils for Sprouse around the state Thursday.

“Texas has scheduled four executions to take place this month,” Houlé said. “This is occurring at the time when there’s growing opposition to the death penalty and executions are on hold in many other states.”

CHANDLER, AZ – A 46-year-old Sun Lakes man is headed back to prison after he admitted to attempting to set up a 16-year-old girl as a prostitute and offering her methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Sanford John Golay contacted someone he believed to be a 16-year-old girl on a social media site last August.Sanford%20John%20Golay_1428611772910_16461979_ver1_0_640_480

But the listing was posted to an undercover account by law enforcement.

Golay allegedly responded to the post by saying he lived in the Chandler area and was an avid user of methamphetamine.

Through online conversations over time, Golay was told the person he was chatting with was a female runaway living in hotels in Chandler.

Police said the conversations stopped in December 2014, but that when they revisited the site around March 30, 2015, Golay immediately contacted the fictitious teen and began recruiting her to work as a prostitute with him.

Golay allegedly claimed to have worked female prostitutes in California and began offering information to make the business successful.

At one point, the communications were transitioned to cell phone text messages, police said.

Golay agreed to meet the undercover female profile at a motel in Chandler on April 8, 2015, describing the vehicle he would be driving.

He was taken into custody in the parking lot and police reported they found meth, drug paraphernalia and a cell phone with the same number used for communicating with the undercover female profile.

Police say Golay confessed to trying to assist the juvenile in a prostitution business and to use the methamphetamine with her.

Golay also told police he was set to return to prison in the next few weeks for prior drug offenses.

Golay was arrested on one count of child prostitution, one count of induce to prostitute, transfer or sell drugs to a minor, drug paraphernalia possession and dangerous drug possession.

His next court date is set for April 16.

 BELLVILLE, Ohio–Rebecca Booz, 45, and Heather Mayer, 30, were arrested Wednesday after law enforcement served a search warrant that revealed a methamphetamine lab in their residence at 651 Honey Creek Rd.

Booz was charged with felony Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs, felony Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for Manufacturing of Drugs, felony Possession of Drugs, and felony Child Endangering.


Mayer was charged with felony Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs, felony Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for Manufacturing of Drugs, felony Possession of Drugs, and three counts of felony Child Endangering.

The Richland County METRICH Enforcement Unit with assistance from Bellville Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Seneca County METRICH Enforcement Unit executed a methamphetamine (meth) related search warrant, according to a news release.

Richland County Children Services assisted at the residence as children were in the home and were exposed to the chemical fumes.

The news release stated that the Jefferson Township Fire Department was on standby due to the volatile chemicals involved with meth labs. The chemical fumes produced from a meth lab can be noxious and harmful to anyone who is exposed to them.

The methamphetamine complaints originated from the Bellville Police Department and citizen complaints. A search warrant was drafted and signed by the Mansfield Court Judge Jerry Ault.5525e2edbabea_image

Meth specialists from the Mansfield and Shelby police departments and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene and neutralized the chemicals and ingredients.

A Winnsboro woman was arrested on drug charges by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the street crime apprehension team (SCAT) in West Monroe last week.

Jessica Redd, 28, of 8614 Hwy 17, Winnsboro, told deputies they could search bags which she said belonged to her during a search of a car she was sitting in, according to the arrest affidavit of probable cause.

In her bags, deputies found a meth pipe, bags and a digital scale. In her purse, deputies found a medicine bottle with several Morphine pills. The bottle had no label on it. Redd told deputies she had a prescription for the pills but was unable to produce one.

Deputies also found in her purse a $1 bill that was folded up and contained suspected methamphetamine in it. There was $1,500 in the car that no passengers would claim. Redd ultimately claimed $700 belonged to her.

Redd told deputies she did not know any of the drugs were in her purse or wallet. Redd was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center on suspicion of possession of morphine, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — A man is accused of selling more than just food from his family’s business.

“I was going there today and I found out this happened. The van is sitting right there and I couldn’t believe that,” John Parson said, who often went to the fish trailer to eat lunch.James Courtney Hart

James Courtney Hart was arrested Thursday on accusations of selling meth from his family’s food trailer business, Little Kitchen, in Lexington.

Officers said the arrest comes as a result of months of investigating by Lexington police and Henderson County deputies.

“They were actually selling it out of the business which led to our search warrant that we obtained. It led us here today where we did recover several amounts of cash and some extra methamphetamine,” Investigator Stephen Clark with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hart is charged with possession of Schedule II with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers say more charges may be forthcoming.

The trailer was removed from the premises Thursday afternoon.

Hart was taken to the Henderson County Jail.

meth10n-5-webHe was “Breaking Bad” in a Hyundai Sonata.

Cops cuffed a 33-year-old man they say was caught tooling around Manhattan with 25 kilos of crystal meth in his trunk, authorities said Thursday.

Mario Hernandez is now facing multiple narcotics trafficking charges for the speed found stowed in boxes in the trunk of his silver economical midsize sedan following a car stop outside the Holland Tunnel.

It was not immediately clear if he was planning to transport the drugs — with a street value of $1.6 million — across the river to New Jersey.

NYPD detectives pulled over Hernandez at the corner of King St. and Hudson St. at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

The light-blue crystals showcased in the hit AMC television series “Breaking Bad” were found stowed in boxes used to transport stone tile, a source with knowledge of the seizure said.

The takedown was so large cops had to use a dolly to cart the drugs away, the source said.meth10n-2-web

Hernandez was held on $500,000 bond for criminal possession of controlled substance at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday.

Hernandez, wearing jeans and a blue windbreaker, did not speak during the hearing.

The car was a rental and he was unaware of the stash in the truck, his lawyer insisted.

“He’s a professional painter,” a woman who identified herself as hernandez’s girlfriend told the Daily News. “He works hard for a living. Hes a really good man.”

City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said city drug enforcement agencies are concerned about a rise of meth use in the city.

“It is something that we continue to keep an eye on,” she told The News in an exclusive interview last week. “The point of origin for the big methamphetamine that we’ve had is Mexico and if the Mexicans are pushing out meth the same way they are pushing out heroin and its finding its way to New York, then we’re going to have a problem.”

Heroin use in the city has tripled over the last few years, officials said.

More people in the city die from heroin overdoses than murder, city stats show.

Authorities have arrested eight people after a four-month investigation into alleged methamphetamine dealing — including one they say was trying to hide his drug proceeds by routinely gambling with it at a Pennsylvania casino.

The investigation by the Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren prosecutor’s offices — and several police departments in each county — is believed to be the first of its type, authorities said in a joint announcement Thursday.17470256-large

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said the teamwork involved “was nothing short of spectacular.”

It culminated in the arrests of Michael Melitski, 54, of High Bridge and John Renner, 45, of Hillsborough — who among the eight arrested face the most serious charges. Six more people have also been charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance and attempt to posses a CDS after further arrests early Wednesday morning.

Soriano said that on April 4, detectives from the various law enforcement agencies executed search warrants on Melitski’s High Bridge residence, his rented garage located on Belvidere Avenue in Washington Township and two of his vehicles. The searches turned up more than two ounces of methamphetamine, $20,000 in U.S. currency and three vehicles owned by Melitski.

The Superior Court also froze his personal bank account with a balance of $139,000 pending further investigation and steps to seize the funds, Soriano said.

Detectives also executed search warrants on Renner and a property located on Route 206 South in Hillsborough Township where runs his business, the announcement said. It didn’t specify what that business was.

Those searches turned up a half-ounce of methamphetamine and a firearm, authorities said.

From 2013 through 2015, Melitski would frequently travel to a casino located in Pennsylvania. to gamble with money from his alleged criminal activity, and try to conceal its origin, authorities said.

Melitski was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in the second degree, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in both second and third degrees, and money laundering.

Melitski was lodged in the Hunterdon County Jail, with bail set by Judge Yolanda Ciccone at $350,000, cash only, authorities said.

Renner was charged with maintaining or operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility in the first degree, possession of a firearm during a drug offense in the second degree, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the second and third degrees, and distribution of methamphetamine in the third degree.

The information provided in the announcement Thursday didn’t specify where Renner allegedly maintained a methamphetamine facility, or provide any further details about that facility.

Renner was lodged in the Somerset County Jail with a bail set by the Ciccone at $350,000, also cash only.

Early Wednesday, authorities also arrested Ned Coolbaugh, 33, of Flemington; Stacie Hillman, 34, of High Bridge; James Mahler, 46, of Easton, Pa.; Kyle Reed, 32, of Asbury; Jan Thatcher, 54, of Mt. Bethel, Pa.; and John Thomas, 50, of Belvidere.

Authorities said the methamphetamine seized in the investigation had a street value of more than $12,520.

“I would like to thank Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano and Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke for their leadership in the successful conclusion of this operation, as well the various municipal police chiefs and officers in charge that provided their department’s expertise and manpower,” Hunterdon Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III said. “I also commend the investigators from all the participating agencies for their commitment, dedication, and hard work. All involved worked together toward the common goal of taking this dangerous poison off our streets.”

The law enforcement agencies involved were:

• New Jersey National Guard Counterdrug Task Force

• New Jersey State Police

• Hillsborough Township Police Department

• Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit

• Warren Township Police Department/ K-9 Unit

• Clinton Township Police Department

• High Bridge Police Department

• Raritan Township Police Department

• Readington Township Police Department

• Hackettstown Police Department

• Mansfield Police Department

• Phillipsburg Police Department

• Pohatcong Police Department

• Warren County Sheriffs Office

• Washington Township Police Department/K-9 Unit








After a traffic stop last month, authorities seized 16 pounds of meth that was being transported from Mexico to Springfield, according to federal court documents.

Enrique Fortiz-Huerta, 22, Juan Garcia Jr., 22, and Yosjan Brizuelas-Mieres, 35, were indicted last week on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute meth after authorities say they were involved in an operation to bring meth up from Mexico and distribute it in the Springfield metropolitan area.B9316922032Z_1_20150409185630_000_GPCAF7K7H_1-0

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri, a state trooper stopped Brizuelas-Mieres for a traffic violation in north-central Texas on March 3. Brizuelas-Mieres appeared nervous, so authorities asked for permission to search his Ford Expedition.

Upon searching the vehicle, authorities found about 16 pounds of meth concealed in the door panels, the complaint says.

Brizuelas-Mieres told authorities he was being paid $5,000 by an organization based in Mexico to deliver about half of the meth to Joplin and the other half to Des Moines, Iowa, according to the complaint.

Brizuelas-Mieres agreed to assist federal agents in making a controlled delivery of the meth in Joplin, the complaint says.

When Brizuelas-Mieres later spoke with the leader of the organization in Mexico — identified in the documents as “Miguel LNU” — he instructed Brizuelas-Mieres to transport the meth to the Dogwood Park Inn, 815 N. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield, the complaint says.

Brizuelas-Mieres met Fortiz-Huerta and Garcia in the parking lot of the motel on March 4 while authorities conducted surveillance on the area, the complaint says.

After an interaction in which Brizuelas-Mieres handed the vehicle off to Fortiz-Huerta, authorities moved in and arrested all three man, according to the complaint.

Fortiz-Huerta and Garcia told authorities they had just arrived in Springfield from California with instructions to take the meth to an unknown person in the Springfield metropolitan area, the complaint says.

Fortiz-Huerta told authorities he had come to Springfield once before to solicit business for the meth organization, the complaint says.

Local authorities said this summer that while meth labs have practically disappeared in Springfield, Mexican meth distribution in the city has grown exponentially with organizations from south of the border flooding the Springfield market with a better, cheaper product.

Documents say the drug distribution charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine up to $10 million.

Fortiz-Huerta and Garcia are being held in the Greene County Jail.

methhead9n-1-webA 27-year-old homeless mother is behind bars after being found in a stolen vehicle with her two young children and drug paraphernalia in the back seat, police said.

The shameful sight in a closed Los Angeles County park led to Melba Lois Appleton’s arrest about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Irwindale police said, according to KTLA.

The woman’s daughters, ages 6 and 4, were described by police as sitting near a methamphetamine pipe.

Additionally, the car had been reported stolen in February. Appleton was listed as a suspect in its theft, police said.

The girls were determined to have been neglected by their mother and taken into the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Family & Children Services.

Their mother was arrested for suspicion of vehicle theft, child endangerment and drug paraphernalia.

On a Facebook page appearing to belong to the troubled woman, she posted March 22 that she was moving to New York City.

That announcement, lacking any additional details and information, appeared to come to the surprise of several of her friends — one of whom asked about her kids.

A Los Lunas woman is behind bars, charged with trying to kill her boyfriend in Peralta.

Lorraine Otero, 46, was arrested last week after her boyfriend, Ruben Juarez, reported she had fired several rounds at him after an argument and stealing his truck.OteroLorraine-199x300

Bosque Farms Police Lt. Andrew Owen said officers were called to a domestic dispute at 16 Don Jacobo just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. The dispatcher told the officers while taking the call, a “scuffle could be heard in the background and the line went dead” and the caller couldn’t be contacted after numerous attempts.

When officers arrived, Otero told them everything was “fine” and denied anything happened. When the officers spoke with Juarez, he told them Otero had become angry with him and began punching and scratching him. Lt. Owen said the argument was over another woman.

“They had been intimate and Mr. Juarez was not committing to Ms. Otero, so evidently, (she) did not feel the same way,” Owen said.

Juarez told the officers after the argument, Otero took his truck keys from him and stole his pickup truck, driving it off the property without his permission, Owen said. She returned a short time later driving her own vehicle recklessly into Juarez’s gravel driveway, doing doughnuts.

Owen said Otero then got out of the vehicle and began pointing and shooting her rifle towards him, yelling she was going to kill him. She fired numerous shots while he attempted to get to cover and safety, going through a door and into the garage.

Another man on the property was standing next to Juarez and began running, hiding in the corner of the garage.

Officers found one casing on the ground and a rifle on the back seat of her vehicle. They also discovered a methamphetamine pipe in the console.

“The vehicle smelled of recent methamphetamine use,” Owen said. “The vehicle was sealed until a search warrant could be obtained.”

Along with several other casings, officers found the impact point from a rifle bullet located in the garage door where Juarez had attempted to hide. The bullet went through the door and impacted a stop sign, which was hanging on the inside of the door. The bullet never exited the sign, Owen said.

Juarez was literally within inches of being shot in the head.

The Bosque Farms lieutenant said medical personnel arrived and checked everyone on scene; none of whom required transportation to the hospital. Juarez did suffer from significant facial, neck and shoulder injuries and a possible broken nose.

When Officer Paul Linson interviewed Otero, she admitted to the shooting and stealing Juarez’s truck and provided directions to the location of the vehicle. Otero stated she hid his truck keys in the frame of her truck.

Otero is charged with attempted murder, a second-degree felony; aggravated battery on household member, negligent use of a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault.

Otero is being held at the Valencia County Detention Center in Los Lunas on a $150,000 cash-only bond for these charges, and $25,000 cash-only bond in a separate case.