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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -– A grand jury this week indicted a 40-year-old accused of committing sex crimes against a girl under the age of 16 and providing her with meth, according to court documents.

David Christopher Voss was arrested on September 21 by detectives assigned to Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit. He was arrested after PDavid Christopher Voss shown in a jail booking photoPB Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at his residence in Southeast Portland.

Originally, Voss was charged with 1 count each of delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, attempt to elude by vehicle, possession of heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and driving while revoked or suspended.

A grand jury, however, recently indicted him with additional charges of delivery of methamphetamine to a juvenile, third-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse, and 6 counts of third-degree sodomy.

According to court documents, the crimes Voss is accused of occurred on August 3. Records describe the unlawful delivery of methamphetamine as a “commercial drug offense.”

Voss appeared in court on Monday and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He is scheduled to be back in court in November.

A 40-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to a 13-count indictment that alleges he supplied a girl with methamphetamine and raped her last month.

A Multnomah County grand jury indicted David Christopher Voss, of Southeast Portland, on charges of delivery of methamphetamine to a minor, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, attempt to elude police, felon in possession of a firearm, third-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse, two counts of third-degree sodomy and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

The alleged drug transactions and sexual assault occurred on Aug. 3, according to the indictment.

On Sept. 21, Portland detectives pulled Voss over before they executed a warrant to search his home. Voss didn’t stop driving until he pulled into the driveway of his home on Southeast Steele Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officers searched his vehicle and found eight bags of methamphetamine inside and $435 in cash on him, deputy district attorney David Hannon wrote in the affidavit. Officers also seized a firearm, heroin and a digital scale found inside a safe in his residence, the affidavit said.

Voss admitted to officers that he deals methamphetamine and didn’t pull over right away for police because he didn’t want his vehicle to be towed. Police discovered he was driving with a suspended license, the affidavit said.

Voss faces pending charges in Jackson County – felon in possession of a firearm and driving while suspended – from an Aug. 24 arrest. A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy stopped Voss about 4:50 a.m. that day for speeding on Highway 97. Police determined he was driving without a license and had a rifle case in the car that contained an AR-15 rifle, and a 60-round magazine full of ammunition, according to court records.

Two days later, Voss was released from custody in Jackson County, with the conditions that he not possess any firearms and not drive without a license or insurance, as he awaited his next court date, according to court records.

Voss now is being held at the Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail. His next court date is Nov. 10.

Four adults in Greenville, Kentucky were arrested Wednesday after allegedly smoking methamphetamine in the presence of three small children.4+arrested+meth+smoking+children1

This happened after Greenville Police received a complaint of a one-year-old child possibly being exposed to methamphetamine.

Arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence were 20-year-old James A. Parks, 19-year-old Brittanie Nix, 19-year-old Trenton S. Baize, and 21-year-old Jamey L. Cathey all of Greenville.

The four were lodged in the Mulhenberg County Detention Center.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Christine Myers said she was sitting in a budget hotel room in Walker on Feb. 24 where she had met up with her boyfriend of three months, Jason Vroma, for a romantic liaison.

Then he burst out of the bathroom with his hands on fire.18869645-large

“I’m burning!” Vroma allegedly screamed as he ran out of the room and plunged his hands into a snowbank in order to douse the flames.

That is the account Walker Police say 41-year-old Myers gave of the incident at the room she rented at America’s Best Value Inn, 777 Three Mile Road NW.

Myers, who is now spending the next two to 20 years in prison after a judge found her guilty of operating a methamphetamine lab in a confined space, originally told police she had no idea what 38-year-old Vroma was up to in that bathroom until he came out with his hand ablaze.

She said after Vroma put the flames out, they did not call police about the fire in the motel room, or seek medical attention for her boyfriend’s scorched hands, according to a police report being used as part of the case in Kent County Circuit Court.18869601-large

Instead, Myers allegedly told police they drove to a Meijer store parking lot in Holland, where Vroma got into a car with a friend after apologizing to his girlfriend.

“I am so sorry, baby. I am broke and homeless and trying to make money,” Vroma allegedly said before Myers got on the road back to her parent’s home in Cass County.

Myers was already on probation following a 2012 conviction for manufacturing meth, so she called her parole officer and reported that she was at the Walker hotel room that burned up – this would lead Walker investigators to her, that and the fact that she rented the room in her name.

In the hotel room, police say they found all the makings of a so-called “one pot” or “shake and bake” meth lab employing a burned Gatorade bottle found in the bathtub, cold packs and fertilizer sticks to create ammonia nitrate, Coleman fuel, coffee filters, tubing and lithium batteries.

Police say they also found children’s clothes – Vroma has a 5-year-old daughter for whom he has visitation rights.

Police say they also have video of Vroma buying 12-hour decongestant from a CVS store, 3590 Plainfield NE, and a Walgreens, 3596 Alpine Ave. NW, on Feb. 23.

Vroma awaits trial on Dec. 7 after the request from his attorney, John Pryski, to get his bond lowered from $150,000 was denied by Judge Dennis Leiber earlier this month.

Vroma could see his former girlfriend testify against him after she pleaded no contest to charges in exchange for the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office dropping the repeat offender potion of the charge that could have greatly increased her sentence.

Court records show that Myers was convicted in 2007 for possession of methamphetamine.

INMAN – A father and mother in Inman have been arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and exposing their four children – including a one-year old – to the chemicals.Kyle Douglas (left) and Kathryn Douglas

Kyle Scott Douglas, 26, was charged with four counts of manufacturing meth with a minor, two counts of first offense manufacturing meth, disposal of meth waste and manufacturing meth near a school by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Kathryn Douglas was charged with four counts of manufacturing meth with a minor, first offense manufacturing meth, disposal of meth waste and manufacturing meth near a school.

The arrest warrant shows the couple has four children – ages one, three, five and 11 – that were taken into Department of Social Services protective custody. The home address is on Blackstock Road in Inman.

The arrest warrant is dated on Monday.

Kathryn Douglas has been released from the Spartanburg County Detention Center, while Kyle Douglas remains in the jail.

HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents arrested two Rogersville women after a methamphetamine was found during a traffic stop.

According to a HCSO news release, narcotics agents saw a 1998 Ford Ranger traveling on Locust Street in Rogersville on Sept. 25, and pulled over the truck when they saw it stop in the middle of the lane.Widner and Cox

Passengers of the vehicle were identified as Ronema D. Widner and Farrah L. Cox.

A K-9 unit alerted deputies to the passenger door area about an odor of a controlled substance.

Widner was found in possession of a quantity of baggies with around 1.5 grams of methamphetamine “ice.”

According to the release, Cox had set up a drug deal with a supplier and had conducted the drug transaction where two people had obtained methamphetamine.

Widner and Cox were arrested and taken to the Hawkins County Jail where they remain pending a preliminary hearing.

Cox reportedly has a previous history of being involved with methamphetamine.

She was convicted in 2006 in Greene County for felony offense of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and in 2010 in Hancock County for felony offense of possession of methamphetamine.

An investigation is ongoing and additional people are expected to be charged, according to the release.

Widner was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Cox was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

  • Gary ‘Sambo’ Hazelrig, 43, and Breann Sherrer, 36, found dead in their home
  • Three people have been charged for nine offences each, including murder
  • Robbers were motivated by methamphetamine, drug known as crystal meth
  • Defendant’s girlfriend said it was a robbery that ‘just went real wrong’

Three drug addicts have been charged with double homicide after allegedly holding them hostage at gunpoint then shooting them in a bungled robbery.

The defendants allegedly broke into the victims’ home in Blount County, Alabama, wearing gloves and masks to steal their methamphetamine, a dangerous stimulant known as crystal meth.

8907283_GBut after holding Gary ‘Sambo’ Hazelrig, 43, and Breann Sherrer, 36, hostage at gunpoint for hours while they stole other items, they shot them both. Their bodies were found with gunshot wounds two days later.

Defendants Michael Cody Dooley, 32, William Lane Bosner, 20, of Cleveland and Paul Mason Trull, 18, have now been charged for nine crimes each, including capital murder.

It was described as ‘violent’ and senseless’ by Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, who said this is the sixth drug-related murder in the county this year.

Court documents show that investigators received a tip that Dooley and Bosner were involved around ten days after the murders, which happened on September 13.

On September 28, Dooley and his girlfriend, Carolyn Busby, voluntarily met with investigators and he told them he had been with his partner on the night of the murder – but she denied the claim.


She said that Bosner had called her the day after the killings and he told her he had shot them and gave her a detailed account of the injuries he had inflicted. Dooley had asked her to be his alibi.

The affidavit said: ‘She revealed to the investigator that Cody indicated that Lane [Bosner] shot Sherrer in the buttocks and in the head, and that Sambo was shot in the chest and stomach.

‘Busby further revealed that Cody told her that is was supposed to be a robbery but things just went real wrong.’

After the interview with Busby, investigators brought Dooley back in and he admitted to the murders, as well as telling them where the stolen property they took was hidden.


They found a stolen quad bike, as well as a silver Dodge truck that had been used to move the 4-wheeler.

He also took investigators to the victims’ missing phones that he had thrown under a bridge, and led them to a large box in the woods that contained a bat-like instrument, a number of guns (one of which was used in the murders), ammunition, and a television, guitar and other items missing from the victims’ home.

Dooley told lawmen the trio went to the couple’s home to rob them of drugs in the late evening on September 13, reports, and they removed their possessions throughout the early hours of them morning.

Dooley said he later burned the clothes he wore during the murders, and investigators found a burn pile in his backyard.

Sheriff’s investigators took Bosner into custody on Monday at a Birmingham home, where they recovered a backpack that contained shotgun shells, knives, a bat and a shotgun. Dooley also was arrested Monday.2CEA8B8B00000578-0-image-a-36_1443613655326

Trull was taken into custody yesterday morning and first denied any involvement, but when he was presented with evidence, went on to say that the whole thing was Bosner’s idea, according to the affidavit.

He said that he and Bosner went into the home, wearing masks and gloves, and said the victims were held hostage while they robbed them.

Trull said Bosner told him to hold them at gunpoint but there was a struggle and Bosner, armed with a shotgun and a rifle, shot both victims – but his shotgun also discharged.

Each of the suspects are charged with nine crimes: capital murder during a burglary and capital murder during a robbery for each of the two victims; first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree theft of property and two counts of first-degree theft of property.

It is the first double homicide in Blount County since the 1970s but the sixth drug-related murder this year.

Casey said: ‘The community shouldn’t have to go through this, the family shouldn’t have to go through this.’

The victims have a long criminal record. Father-of-three Hazelrig was arrested for drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property in 2015.

Sherrer, a mother of six children, had arrests for burglary, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in the same year on her record.

Suspect Dooley has previous convictions for marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a pistol without a license. Court records didn’t show any prior arrests for Trull and Bosner.

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana Department of Child Services in Fulton County called in the assistance of the CLEAN Team last week and took one woman into custody after allegedly finding a meth lab at her home.

Authorities arrested 37-year-old Angela James, from rural Culver, Indiana.

On Sept. 24, DCS arrived with the CLEAN Team to execute a court order to inspect James’ residence at 7151 N. County Road 900 West. During the investigation, officers said they found evidence of meth and obtained a search warrant.

During a search of the property, investigators allegedly found a methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine, and items associated with the manufacturing and using meth.

Authorities said they also discovered numerous firearms and a closed-circuit monitoring system.

James was taken to the Fulton County Jail. She faces preliminary felony charges for dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of an illegal drug lab.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — County sheriff’s deputies arrested two people this week suspected of cooking methamphetamine in a room at the Ho-Hum Motel along North Ridge Road West.

Deputies ended up at the hotel about 11 a.m. Monday, while investigating a vehicle that was anonymously reported as missing. They met with the male suspect and his female acquaintance at their hotel room, both of whom appeared nervous, and took a long time to answer the door, the report states.

Upon entering the room, one deputy noticed a faint odor of ammonia gas and acquired consent to search the hotel room, according to the report. The only evidence in plain sight was a pair of nitrile gloves, commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Deputies then searched the area more thoroughly, finding a hydrochloric acid generator and a bottle of drain cleaner hidden within the bed’s box spring, according to the report.

Both were arrested and later jailed. The male suspect denied ownership of the materials, claiming they were left by the room’s previous occupant. The female suspect, however, later admitted that he hid the generator under the bed when deputies first knocked at the door.

Saybrook Fire Department was called to assist on-scene while the materials were removed from the room, ventilating the area and providing EMS support.

Deputies discovered a small amount of methamphetamine, several more materials used in a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab — including bottles containing salt, sulfuric acid, ammonium nitrate, Coleman fuel, lithium and sodium hydroxide — and various tools like plastic tubing, a funnel and other containers, according to the report.

Upon the female suspect’s transport to the Ashtabula County Jail, deputies discovered and removed a small amount of marijuana, a glass marijuana pipe and two syringes during a cavity search, according to the report.

The two have yet to be formally charged.

The city solicitor’s office will review felony charges manufacturing or cultivation of illegal drugs and tampering with evidence, as well as possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.

STEPHENS COUNTY, Ga. — A drug bust in Stephens County, Ga. netted over a quarter million dollars in illegal narcotics earlier in September as part of a multi-agency investigation.

The bust and subsequent arrests happened on Sept. 24 in the 1000 block of Hayes Road.

There, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office executed a search warrant at the home of Christel Ivester as part of a joint investigation with the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.635792222779133665-IMG-1704

That warrant turned up about 5 pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of marijuana and six ounces of powder cocaine valued at about $268,000. Three guns were also found at the residence.

Police arrested Marty Allen Smith, 36, of 500 Dooley Drive in Toccoa, Ga. who was at the residence at the time of the bust.

However, police are still looking for Ivester who was not at the home at the time of the search warrant.

She is wanted on active warrants for trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on her location to contact the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

HILLVIEW, KY (WAVE) – A man was arrested after police said he was passed out in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant with thousands of dollars of drugs in his car.

Hillview police officers were called to the McDonald’s at 1911 Old Preston Highway at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday 8914890_Gfollowing a report of an intoxicated man in the drive-thru. When they arrived, they found Jeremy David Dunton, 33, passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle. As they tried to wake him, officers said they saw a handgun and what they suspected were illegal drugs in plain view.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun and also recovered $1,810 in cash. They also found five bags of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, one bag of pills believed to be Pseudoephedrine (key ingredient for manufacturing methamphetamine) and another bag believed to contain psychedelic mushrooms.

Hillview police said the bags of suspected methamphetamine had a combined unofficial weight of 253 grams, giving it an estimated street value of approximately $25,000.8914971_G

“It’s a big arrest for any agency,” Chief Bill Mahoney said.

Mahoney said the Hillview Police Department has been working hard to curb drug use in the community.

“It’s a problem in every community. Wherever you are across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly difficult because we are seeing more and more of it now,” he said.

“I’m really proud of the officers and their attention to detail,” Mahoney said, “they we’re able to observe the methamphetamine in the bag and the firearm and we’re attentive enough to keep themselves safe and also recover the drugs I’m really proud of them.”

Dunton was booked into the Bullitt County Detention Center on charges of trafficking in controlled substances, possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Hillview police are still investigating to find out whether Dunton was selling or manufacturing meth.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former caseworker at Nevada’s maximum-security prison in Ely was in federal custody and out of a job on Wednesday following her arrest on drug conspiracy and distribution charges and her admission that she smuggled methamphetamine into prison, officials said.

Christina Tripp, 46, was arrested Sunday with a man the FBI said accompanied her on a 250-mile drive from her home in Ely to a casino parking lot in Henderson where they’d arranged to meet someone to pay $1,500 for a half-pound of methamphetamine, according to a criminal complaint.

The document said police also found a .45-caliber handgun, a “stack” of cash and a container of marijuana inside Tripp’s brown Dodge truck.

Tripp and the man, Victor Pere-Quiroz, made initial appearances Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on conspiracy to possess methamphetamine and narcotics communications charges.

Each pleaded not guilty and was ordered held pending appearances Oct. 13 before a federal magistrate in Reno.

Lauren Gorman, a federal public defender representing Tripp, declined to comment on the case.

Pere-Quiroz’s lawyer, Bret Whipple, said his client was taking the allegations seriously and maintained his innocence. Whipple said Pere-Quiroz rented a room at Tripp’s home in Ely.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday alleges that Tripp admitted to the FBI that she smuggled methamphetamine into a Nevada prison facility on at least one occasion.

Corrections spokesman Brian Connett said Wednesday that Tripp had been fired after working for the department since 2003 at Ely State Prison and the lower-security Ely Conservation Camp.

The case comes amid turmoil at the top at the Nevada Department of Corrections and several other allegations of smuggling.

Gov. Brian Sandoval dismissed former prisons chief Greg Cox last month when he failed to deliver a promised report about shootings and policies inside Nevada’s 22 prison facilities, including the slaying of inmate Carlos Manuel Perez Jr. by guards last Nov. 12 at High Desert State Prison.

A lawsuit in that case alleges that guards let two handcuffed inmates fight in a “gladiator-like scenario” before a guard trainee opened fire with a shotgun, killing Perez and wounding inmate Andrew Jay Arevalo.

Two inmates were hospitalized three weeks ago and part of the prison was locked down after a fight in the prison yard that officials said continued despite gunfire from guards.

Two other inmates and a guard pleaded guilty in a scheme to smuggle takeout chicken, vodka and cellphones to one of the prisoners — a self-described pimp serving time on a rape and robbery conviction and awaiting a death penalty trial in a fiery Las Vegas Strip crash that killed three people.

Another former guard at the facility was sentenced in August to three years’ probation for his conviction on a felony marijuana prison smuggling charge.

High Desert, outside Las Vegas, is the largest state prison. It houses about a quarter of Nevada’s 12,700 inmates.

Ely State Prison can house up to 1,183 inmates.

A U.S. House committee alleged Wednesday that a former high-ranking federal police official had sex in government cars while on official duty — one of a series of incidents of misconduct the committee said it identified at the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland.

The letter from the U.S. House Science Committee also detailed missing police equipment, security lapses and alleged time-and-attendance fraud. The letter was obtained by the News4 I-Team.

The agency was already under scrutiny after the police official, NIST police lieutenant Christopher Bartley, pleaded guilty in August to a federal charge of attempting to make methamphetamine inside a secured building on the grounds. That incident was discovered in July, when there was an explosion in a NIST building.

The U.S. House committee letter Wednesday said, “Officer Bartley allegedly had sexual relations with other NIST employees on agency property, in vehicles owned by the government, while on official duty.”

The letter was written to management of NIST, a federal research facility that is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The House committee’s letter also indicated that time and attendance fraud occurs “regularly” at NIST Police Services. The committee said its review found Bartley’s timesheets indicated he worked 84 hours of overtime during a two-week span.

The committee’s letter also said thousands of dollars of police equipment has gone missing, and it asked for access to and background information from the facility.

His attorney said Bartley denies the sex allegations detailed by the House Science Committee. He did not offer comment on the other allegation. NIST confirmed it had received the committee’s letter and would provide the information requested.

NIST employs about 3,000 scientists, engineers and others on a 578-acre campus about 15 miles north of Washington, D.C. Its grounds are closed to the public.

News reports in July about the explosion in NIST Building 236 caught the attention of the House committee. Bartley reported to work July 18; that evening, he went into a room where he could make meth under a chemical fume hood, according to his plea agreement.

The explosion he caused about 7:30 p.m. blew four shatterproof windows out of their frames, sending them 22 to 33 feet from the building.

Bartley suffered burns on his arms and singed eyebrows and hair, according to the U.S. Attorney.

The blast sent the temperature to 180 degrees, and a silent heat alarm activated. Responding firefighters saw Bartley leaving the room, according to the U.S. Attorney. He took items from the scene and dumped them in trash near the building and at another NIST building.

Investigators searched the room and the trash and found equipment and household items for making meth. In Bartley’s car they found a recipe and more equipment.

In August Bartley’s attorney, Steven Van Grack, said Bartley was conducting an “unauthorized training experiment” at the time of the incident that “clearly failed.” Bartley was trying to show how easy it is to make meth, Van Grack said.

WINTERHAVEN – A 66-year-old woman was arrested Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Andrade Port of Entry after allegedly being caught with 32 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle she was driving.

The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. as the woman entered the crossing in a 1999 Volvo station wagon and was referred to secondary when crossing into the U.S., according to CBP.

A CBP press release says that agents used a density meter and noticed possible signs of tampering on the gas tank. Upon inspection, 33 vacuum-sealed packages containing the drugs were found.

CBP estimates that the drugs value is about $240,000.

The woman, a Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the U.S., was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing, according to CBP, and was later booked into the Imperial County Jail.

The vehicle and the methamphetamine were both seized by CBP.

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth for short, is one of the most addictive drugs known, quickly destroying the lives of addicts and tragically, the lives of their families.

Meth produces its euphoric effect by triggering a huge release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the body’s pleasure chemical. However, over time meth destroys the dopamine receptors, making it impossible to feel any pleasure.

In addition, meth destroys tissue and blood vessels inhibiting the body’s ability to repair itself, acne appears and the addict quickly ages since the skin does not repair itself. It causes the salivary glands to dry out which allows the mouth acids to rot teeth. Chronic abuse leads to psychotic behavior such as paranoia, extreme aggression and hallucination.

As with most illicit drug taking, the most dangerous hit is the first because as any addict will tell you they started out thinking they could bow out before things became serious. With something as powerfully addictive as meth, that is rarely the case.

The state of Oregon in the US has a long and troubled history of meth abuse harking back to the 1960s when it was used by biker gangs. A PBS documentary, The Meth Epidemic, reported on how the state is managing the problem.

Chemically bonding a methyl group to an amphetamine molecule massively increases its euphoric and destructive effects. For the drug enforcement authorities part of the problem is that meth can be made relatively easily using household chemicals. A key raw material is phenyl acetone.

When the authorities controlled access to this substance, it was harder for underground chemists to manufacture meth. Alternative methods were sought and ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine appeared.

These were constituents of medicines for colds and could be bought over the counter. Today they are the key precursors for meth manufacture.

It needs industrial scale equipment to synthesize ephedrine or pseudo ephedrine and in the 1980s there were only nine chemical plants in the world that made these products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US made a gallant effort to try to encourage the pharmaceutical companies who owned these factories, to cease production. There was a precedent for this.

Methaqualone, marketed as Quaalude, is a central nervous system depressant that was widely prescribed and abused in the 1960s and ’70s. Methaqualone needs considerable expertise and industrial scale equipment to make, and when its abuse began to present serious medical and social problems, the FDA successfully managed to agree with all the producers to terminate production, solving the methaqualone problem virtually overnight.

A similar approach failed for ephedrine because the common cold medicine market is worth billions worldwide to the pharmaceutical companies. There have been a series of measures to try to control the distribution of cold medicines with some success. In the US this was not helped by the pharmaceutical companies who contested almost every move made by the FDA to restrict supply.

The social effects of meth over the decades have been well documented. For example, in 2005, 85 per cent of the property crime in Oregon was committed by meth addicts, 50 per cent of the children in foster care and a significant percentage of domestic violence cases were the result of meth.

In the US the purity of meth on the street varied according to the availability of the raw materials and the police could deduce the purity simply by looking at the trend in deaths and injuries. The purer the meth the bigger the numbers.

To support the habit, addicts are driven to petty crime and appear many times in police mug photos. It is poignant to see, in the PBS documentary, the dramatic physical decline of these offenders over time. From young people with eyes full of hope, though, in a short time, to scarred, aged faces with eyes revealing an inner desperation.

The purer the meth the more difficult rehabilitation is for the addicts. No addict ever loses the craving for the drug, but with help, the craving can be managed.

A big percentage of the rehabilitation clinics in Oregon were populated by mothers desperate to demonstrate to the authorities they could look after their children taken from them and in foster care.

As with most countries, New Zealand has a serious meth problem and like the US, legislation has evolved to try to manage availability of the raw materials.

The main source of precursors these days is smuggled into the country from China, so it seems the war against meth and its tragic social consequences is set to continue.

Monterrey N.L: A zeta plaza boss was assassinated with homemade prison type knives (shanks) on Thursday night in the Topo Chico prison, during a riot in which 11 other prisoners were also injured, informed the Government of Nuevo Leon.

Mario Alberto Roldan Zuniga, “El Fresa”, 32 years of age, originally from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, he was the zeta plaza boss in this town, and was detained in February of this year, for possession of drugs and fire arms in San Nicolas, the town from where he operated.ban7-440x293

The capo contested charges of kidnapping. It has been suggested that “El Fresa” gave up information that assisted in the capture, in the town of San Pedro, this March, of Omar Trevino Morales, “El Z-42”, alleged leader of the group in Mexico.

According to an official source, the riot broke out at 21:00 giving rise to the death of “El Fresa” and the injury of 11 others, whose injuries are not thought to be life threatening, although they were sent for evaluation to the University Hospital.

The forensic medical staff that attended found that Roldan Zuniga had more that ten stab puncture wounds. They did not give out information on where inside the old prison the riot had broken out.

The prisoners who were wounded were identified as:

  • Arturo Eguia Gaitan
  • Juan Daniel Martinez Munoz
  • Juan de la Rosa Orozco
  • Mario Hernandez Mendez
  • Ricardo Jesus Flores Lerma
  • Edgar Armardo Lopez Martinez
  • David Lara Quinones
  • Juan Jose Cortes Lara
  • Martin Uriel Macias Guzman
  • Javier Andres Soto Alvarado
  • Jose Gerardo Salinas Gutierrez

The penitentiary authorities informed the families of the men involved in the events. they also advised that already they had transferred ten prisoners to prisons of Apodaca and Cadereyta to prevent new confrontations. The State Government said that the situation inside the prison had returned to normal.

The Citizens Association in support of Human Rights, lamented the tragic events of the riot and reproached the State Government, for failing in the constitutional mandate to organize the prison system on the basis of respect for human rights, and guarantee the life and safety of the prisoners.

“It is not the first time that violent deaths have occurred inside Topo Chico, it is urgent that they take steps to transform from bottom to top the organization and administration of the centre, with the goal of achieving their mission of social re adaption of those under their care, with a constant mark of respect in regards of human rights.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

‘La Tuta’ from inside prison

Posted: October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

After ‘El Chapo’s’ escape, security measures around Servando Gómez Martínez were tightened. In prison La Tuta is guarded by three officers of Cisen four custody area officers and two perimeter security commanders.

Classified as a highly dangerous prisoner, with alter ego (dual personality) and a power of corruptibility almost like that of “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Knights Templar cartel, Servando Gomez Martinez, ‘La Tuta’ is subject to special surveillance and tight security by the custodial staff. At no time during the 24 hours he’s out of sight.

Federal prison security in Almoloya, Cefereso No. 1, Are assuming ‘La Tuta’ is the inmate with more potential to escape since Joaquin Guzman Loera decided to escape. At least he think that and he has let the psychology staff know it since he meets with them once a week. “Sometimes playing with the mind of the psychologists,” an official from the federal prison said.1149303

A source explains Servando Gómez Martínez was separated from the prison population because of his personality. He was sent to a segregation cell, where he receives “special treatment” which is nothing more than to keeping him isolated and guarded 24 hours a day.

‘La Tuta’, for the sake of security, inside his cell and when he is moved from one place to another within the prison, all conversations and all movements are recorded. His court appearances are also recorded. Everything he says and does inside prison is reviewed and analysed by a specialized unit of the Interior Ministry.

Servando Gómez himself has complained in some letters to his family and friends, about the extreme condition of surveillance to which he is subjected. He has complained of being the most watch prisoner throughout the prison, “because they say they think I will try to escape, where in the hell they get that?” He muses in a letter he send to one of his relatives.

What was once the main boss of organized crime in Michoacan, has also complained of the inhuman conditions in which they are kept in prison. He says, in a letter to a relative, that he lives “in a two by three meters cell, where he even has to ask for permission to take a shit.”

Nevertheless, although subdued, ‘La Tuta’ remains a rebel. A source said he often-, quietly and respectfully, complains about official abuse towards him. That has made him a subject of misbehavior penalties in nearly seven months of imprisonment.

He has been punished by suspending his communication abroad through letters or phone. Also by denying him to leave his cell to only once a week, and classes of painting and drawing he received once a month, were also suspended. His solicitation for two books he had asked from the library were canceled and his right to buy soda and cookies from the institution store was denied.

According to the activity registry kept by the Cefereso, Servando Gomez Martinez, “is a prisoner with low activity.” Since he enter this prison he has read only four books, one of poetry and three novels. He has not been able to conclude an oil painting that he began five months ago. He has made 11 pencil and ink drawings (Michoacan landscapes and horses) sent by letters to some of his relatives.

‘La Tuta’ has reveals that one of his relatives, is a regular visitor of the medic. It has a high blood pressure condition, which often keep him requesting for medical service. He complains about the lack of stomach medicines. The problem he complains the most in his letters is gastric re-flux and intestinal problems, problems he was already suffering since he was free. “It is not true that he has cancer,” his family has confirmed.

Life after ‘El Chapo’

After the escape of “El Chapo”, Servando Gomez Martinez, ‘La Tuta’ security measures were changed. He is considered within the Federal Prison of Almoloya, one of the inmates most likely to escape. So every time he move inside the prison he is guarded by three officers of the Investigation Center and National Security (Cisen), four custody officers and two perimeter security commanders.

The life of ‘La Tuta’ within the federal prison of maximum security of Almoloya is summarized in a criminal psycho diagnosis that he was reclassified, following the escape of “El Chapo”: the defendant fantasizes about leaving prison in the same way Joaquin Guzman did. That’s why he has changed cells twice.

From his cell he applauded and celebrated the “escape” made by the boss of the Sinaloa cartel.

According to an official of Cefereso of Almoloya, Servando Gomez would have been able to establish communication and contact with ‘El Chapo’. “The relationship between the two capos, as happens in most cases, although rivals outside, was very good.” Greetings were sent between them by using trusted people. ‘El Chapo’ told “La Tuta” “I’m at your service and vice versa, according to the source. There lie the new extreme security measures for the former head of the Knights Templar cartel.

24 hours of confinement

Given the degree of danger which he is classified, the former head of the Knights Templar cartel, is not allowed any movement in or out of his cell, without supervision of custodial staff. He is kept under video surveillance 24 hours a day, and when he is moved to court, call centers, medical and psychological check the movements of other inmates are canceled.

Servando Gomez Martinez is checked six times a day. At six o’clock, when he should already be bathed, shaved, and uniformed; at nine o’clock, at 11, at 15:00, at 6 o’clock and the last time at nine in the evening.

They give him breakfast on a tray in the cell. You must eat at 6:30 in the morning. Their diet is the same to all inmates: a serving of beans, opuntia, pork, fruit and vegetables, accompanied by a glass of cinnamon water, milk or oatmeal. Only once a week they give them cereal and milk, sometimes with a piece of jelly.

At the end of breakfast, ‘La Tuta’ have to clean his cell. They give a rag and washing powder to clean the floor and walls. Staff stressed about the hobby of the defendant to clean the bars of his cell. Sometimes he sings during cleaning. When finished he washes his socks, underwear and shirt. He is not allowed to clean the shower area, so he does not leave the view of the cameras.

Then ‘La Tuta’ take a nap. Sometimes he reads for five minutes. Upon waking up he writes letters or draw landscapes.

At 3 pm hours he goes back to sleep. Upon waking up he does some exercise in his cell. He use the five liters water jugs as dumbbells. He exercise for about an hour and returns to drawing. In the afternoon he watch TV from an authorized device. TV evening he alternates with talks from his cell. Dinner is promptly at 7 pm. usually after that he sings, until reaching the last call at 9 pm when you are ordered to sleep.

‘La Tuta’ is allowed to use the phone for 10 minutes every seven days, he has five registered numbers of relatives, but only two are called frequently. Each call day, Servando Gomez Martinez is in good spirits. It is when he becomes the motivator, sometimes serves as a priest, speaking at length about God and some biblical passages that he knows by heart.

Injunctions and bad companies

Gomez Martinez has ranked as one of the prisoners with greater drawing power. He has motivated others to lodge appeals against various provisions inside prison. It is one of the inmates more protection demands made to the federal courts. In less than seven months it has brought seven amparo guarantees, almost one per month.

From all the injunctions sought by ‘La Tuta’, only three of them have prospered, one against confinement and the second for delivery of medicine. Those other complaints are about the lack of recreational activities inside the prison, improvements to the quality of food and “decrease in acts of torture.”

Servando Gomez Martinez is credited with being one of the authors of the movement that two months ago was conceived within the federal prison in Almoloya, when a group of 163 prisoners, including the same ‘Chapo’ Guzman, demonstrated hunger strike, to protest poor conditions of prevailing food.

‘La Tuta’ is given a special track of his movements and conversations inside prison, given its relationship with other internal inmates like Teodoro “El Teo” and Marco Antonio “El Cris’ Garcia Simental brothers; Omar and Miguel Angel Trevino Morales; Hector ‘H’ Beltran Leyva, Miguel Angel Guzman Loera, Fernando Sanchez Arellano, Mario Nuñez Meza, Mario Cardenas Guillen, Abigael Gonzalez and Edgar Valdes Villarreal Valencia, ‘La Barbie’.

This article was translated fro Reporte Indigo

Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka “La Barbie lost his long fight against extradition today when he along with 13 other narcos was sent to face justice in the United States.  Planes transporting the suspects landed in Tucson for processing. Cartel del Golfo (CDG) Capo Jorge Costilla Sanchez, known as “El Coss,” was also extradited.

Another extradited person in the group is Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, who is charged in the 2011 killing of ICE agent Jaime Zapata in San Luis Potosi.la_barbie_extra

Early reports indicate a number of those extradited were from the Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 “Altiplano” maximum prison now defamed since Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman successfully tunneled his way out of the prison, the first successful escape in it’s history.  Speculation is that the mass extradition resulted from the escape. El Barbie was arrested in 2010, he faces multiple charges in Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.

A high-ranking member of the ABL drug trafficking organization and was believed to be responsible for collecting tariffs at all drug plazas controlled by the organization in Mexico. Valdez-Villarreal was Arturo Beltran-Leyva’s most trusted lieutenant and hit man.

He also led the Fuerzas Armadas de Arturo, a group of assassins responsible for a majority of the killings committed by the drug trafficking organization. He was a key player in the bloody turf war for control of the Interstate 35 smuggling route into the U.S., and, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the person most responsible for pushing the battle into central and southern Mexico.

Valdez-Villarreal is charged in a 1998 two count indictment in the Southern District of Texas and a 2002 two count coss_etraindictment in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Valdez-Villarreal was arrested by Mexican authorities in August 2010.

El Coss was arrested in 2012 but has charges in Texas for 13 years, including:

Intent to distribute controlled substances; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; conspiracy to import into the united states from the United Mexican States controlled substances; threatened to assault and murder federal agents; money laundering; aiding and abetting.

Jean Baptiste Kingery, an American who allegedly ran a factory making grenades and IEDs to supply to the Sinaloa and other cartels, was among the group extradited.

He was arrested in Mazatlán months later, authorities found components to make hundreds of grenades, including gun powder and pins.  Kingery is expected to make his initial appearance in the District of Arizona on Oct. 1, 2015.

The following defendants were placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service late this afternoon.  An additional defendant was also extradited, but the case remains under seal until the defendant’s initial appearance tomorrow.  (Garcia Soto, suspect in the murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata)

Luis Umberto Hernandez Celis: conspiracy, drug trafficking, murder in a foreign country, Member of Barrio Azteca, and were charged on March 9, 2011, in Western District of Texas with participating in the March 13, 2010, murders in Juarez, Mexico, of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Ann Enriquez Catton, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of a U.S. Consulate employee (Texas)

Carlos Montemayor: a La Barbie associate and father-in-law, conspiracy and money laundering. Member of the Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyva Cartels and were charged on June 11, 2010, in the Northern District of Georgia with conspiring to import and distribute cocaine, as well as conspiring to launder money by transporting drug money from the United States into Mexico.

Alberto Nunez-Payan, aka Fresa, Fresco and 97: Member of the Barrio Azteca gang and were charged on March 9, 2011, in Western District of Texas with participating in the March 13, 2010, murders in Juarez, Mexico, of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Ann Enriquez Catton, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of a U.S. Consulate employee (Texas)

Ricardo Valles de la Rosa aka Chino: member of the Barrio Azteca gang and were charged on March 9, 2011, in Western District of Texas with participating in the March 13, 2010, murders in Juarez, Mexico, of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Ann Enriquez Catton, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of a U.S. Consulate employee (Texas)

Aureliano Montoya-Pena: , was among 20 defendants charged on Nov. 2, 2011, in the Northern District of Illinois with conspiracy to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and various other offenses related to transporting millions of dollars in drug proceeds between Chicago and Mexico. (Illinois)

Julio Cesar Valenzuela-Elizalde, aka The Pilot: was among eight defendants charged on Dec. 19, 2002, in the District of Arizona with an international methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to import a controlled substance (Arizona)

Martin Daniel Castillo-Rascon: was charged on June 12, 2013, in the Western District of Texas with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, conspiracy to import a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance and aiding and abetting  (Texas)

Antonio Gonzales Platas: on the run in Mexico-suspect in Arkansas rape

Antonio Reynoso-Gonzalez: was charged in 1995 in the Southern District of California along with Joaquin Guzman-Loera, aka El Chapo, and 22 others with conspiracy to import and to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.  (California)

On the PGR website, Mexico attorney general, Arely Gómez González, reports that in meetings with the US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, it has been agreed, to strengthen international cooperation mechanisms and work closely together against organized crime.

Mexican Drug War – Fast Facts

Posted: October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

(CNN) Here’s a look at the Mexican Drug War. The Mexican government has been fighting a war with drug traffickers since December 2006. At the same time, drug cartels have fought each other for control of territory.

Facts: More than 60,000 people have been killed from 2006 to 2012 due to drug-related violence, during former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s six-year administration, according to Human Rights Watch. During that same six-year period, 26,121 people have gone missing in Mexico, though authorities don’t have data about how many of the disappearances are connected with organized crime. Since December 1, 2012, when Enrique Peña Nieto assumed the presidency, overall intentional homicide numbers have declined slightly, but the number of reported kidnappings continues to climb. There are approximated 6,700 licensed firearms dealers in the United States, along the U.S.-Mexico border. There is only one legal firearms retailer in Mexico. Nearly 70% of guns recovered from Mexican criminal activity from 2007 to 2011, and traced by the U.S. government, originated from sales in the United States. Ninety percent of the cocaine that enters the U.S. transits through Mexico. Mexico is also a main supplier of marijuana and methamphetamines in the U.S. Mexican drug cartels take in between $19 and $29 billion annually from U.S. drug sales. The Mexico drug war: Bodies for billions

Major Cartels: Beltran Leyva – Founded by the four Beltran Leyva brothers, Arturo, Carlos, Alfredo and Hector. Formerly aligned with the Sinaloa cartel, now aligned with Los Zetas against the Sinaloa, Gulf and La Familia Michoacana cartels. Gulf Cartel – Based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Formerly one of the most powerful cartels. Juarez Cartel – Formerly aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel, now fighting it for control of Ciudad Juarez and the state of Chihuahua. La Familia Michoacana – Based in the Michoacan state. Possibly defunct as of 2011. Los Zetas Cartel – Comprised of former elite members of the Mexican military. Initially they worked as hit men for the Gulf Cartel, before becoming independent. They now battle the Gulf cartel for control of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. Sinaloa Cartel – Considered to be the dominant drug trafficking organization in Mexico. Led byJoaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Tijuana/Arellano Felix Cartel – Based in Tijuana. Most of the Arellano Felix brothers have been apprehended or killed.

Timeline: August 16, 2006 – Javier Arellano Felix, alleged head of the Tijuana cartel, is arrested on a fishing boat off the Baja peninsula. December 11, 2006 – Newly elected Mexican President Felipe Calderon deploys more than 6,500 Mexican soldiers to the state of Michoacán to battle drug traffickers. 2006 – In the first few weeks of the government crackdown on drug trafficking, 62 people are killed. (Mexican government, April 2010) January 2007 – Captured drug lord Osiel Cardena Guillen, alleged former head of the Gulf cartel, is extradited to the United States. February 2007 – More than 20,000 Mexican soldiers and federal police are spread out across Mexico as part of President Calderon’s drug war. June 25, 2007 – Mexican President Felipe Calderon fires 284 federal police commanders to weed out corruption. 2007 – In the first full year of the drug war, 2,837 people are killed. (Mexican government, April 2010) January 2008 – Alfredo Beltran Leyva, of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, is arrested by Mexican police in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. May 1, 2008 – Roberto Velasco Bravo, Mexico’s director of investigation for organized crime, is killed in Mexico City. May 8, 2008 – Edgar Eusebio Millan Gomez, Mexico’s federal police chief, and two bodyguards are killed in Mexico City. May 9, 2008 – The commander of Mexico City’s investigative police force, Esteban Roble Espinosa, is killed outside his home. September 15, 2008 – During an Independence Day celebration in Morelia’s town square, grenades are thrown into the crowd, killing eight people. The incident has been described as the first terrorist-style attack on innocent bystanders in Mexico’s drug war. November 1, 2008 – The acting head of Mexico’s Federal Police, Victor Gerardo Garay, resigns under suspicion of corruption. 2008 – 6,844 people are killed in 2008 in Mexico’s drug war. (Mexican government, April 2010) November 3, 2009 – The reported head of the Los Zetas drug cartel, Braulio Arellano Dominguez, is killed in a gun battle with Mexican forces in Soledad de Doblado. December 16, 2009 – Arturo Beltran Leyva, head of the Beltran Leyva cartel, is killed in a shootout with Mexican forces in Cuernavaca. 2009 – The Mexican government reports 9,635 deaths in 2009 in the drug war. (Mexican government, April 2010) January 2010 – Carlos Beltran Leyva is arrested by Mexican authorities in Sinaloa. He is the third Beltran Leyva cartel brother to be captured or killed in two years. February 25, 2010 – Osiel Cardenas Guillen, head of the Gulf Cartel until his capture in 2003, is sentenced in Texas to 25 years in prison. He also is forced to turn over $50 million to the United States. May 26, 2010 – Pedro Roberto Velazquez Amador, allegedly the leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel in San Pedro, is killed in a shootout with federal forces in northern Mexico. June 11, 2010 – Edgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie,” an American citizen, is charged with trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States between 2004 and 2006. He remains a fugitive with a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture. June 25, 2010 – A leader in the Sinaloa cartel, Manuel Garibay Espinoza, is arrested in Mexicali, by Mexican police. July 29, 2010 – Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel Villarreal, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, is killed in a military raid in Guadalajara’s suburbs. August 25, 2010 – The bodies of 72 migrants from South and Central America are discovered on a ranch in Tamaulipas state. It is believed the 58 men and 14 women were kidnapped by the Los Zetas cartel and killed for refusing to traffic drugs. August 30, 2010 – Mexican authorities announce that they have captured alleged drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alleged head of the Beltran Leyva cartel. American-born Valdez is known as “La Barbie” because of his blue eyes and light complexion. September 10, 2010 – Mexican President Felipe Calderon tells CNN en Español, “We live next to the world’s largest drug consumer, and all the world wants to sell them drugs through our door and our window. And we live next to the world’s largest arms seller, which is supplying the criminals.” September 12, 2010 – A top leader in the Beltran Leyva cartel, Sergio Villarreal, is arrested in the city of Puebla. November 5, 2010 – Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, aka Tony Tormenta, allegedly the head of the Gulf cartel, is killed in a shootout with Mexican forces in Matamoros. December 2010 – Mexico’s Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez announces a death toll of 30,100 people in Mexico’s four-year drug war. January 2011 – The Mexican government releases a revised death toll of 34,612 citizens killed during the four-year drug war. January 17, 2011 – Flavio Mendez Santiago, one of the original founders of Los Zetas, is captured near Oaxaca. February 15, 2011 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila, Jr. are run off the road in Mexico and attacked by a group of armed men who open fire. Zapata dies and Avila survives a gunshot wound to his leg. The Los Zetas drug cartel is suspected. February 23, 2011 – Mexican soldiers arrest six members of the Los Zetas drug cartel, including Julian Zapata Espinoza, who is allegedly responsible for the death of U.S. ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. March 5, 2011 – Alleged Los Zetas drug cartel member, Mario Jimenez Perez, is arrested in connection with Jamie Zapata’s murder. March 7, 2011 – Alleged Los Zetas drug cartel leader, Marcos Carmona Hernandez, is arrested. March 31, 2011 – Mexico’s Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez resigns, for personal reasons. April 2011 – Several mass graves holding 177 bodies are discovered in Tamaulipas, the same area where the bodies of 72 migrants were discovered in 2010. April 16, 2011 – Mexican authorities announce the arrest of Martin Omar Estrada Luna — nicknamed “El Kilo,” a presumed leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel in San Fernando. Estrada Luna has been identified by authorities as one of three prime suspects behind the mass graves discovered earlier in April 2011. April 29, 2011 – Former drug cartel leader Benjamin Arellano Felix is extradited to the United States. May 8, 2011 – Twelve suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and a member of Mexico’s navy are killed in a shootout on a Falcon Lake island, after troops patrolling the area spot a camping area on the island. The suspected drug traffickers were storing marijuana on the island to be transported by boat to the U.S., authorities said in a statement. May 29, 2011 – In Hidalgo, 10 police officers, including a police chief, are arrested on charges of protecting the Los Zetas drug cartel. June 14, 2011 – A congressional report shows that more than 70% of firearms seized by Mexican authorities, and submitted to the ATF for tracing, are shown to have originated in the United States. The report covers 29,284 firearms submitted in 2009 and 2010. June 21, 2011 – Mexican federal police capture Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, also known as “The Monkey,” the alleged head of La Familia Michoacana cartel in Augascalientes. July 3, 2011 – Mexican authorities arrest Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, known as “El Mamito,” a reported founding member of the Los Zetas Cartel and allegedly connected to ICE Agent Jaime Zapata’s death.

July 11, 2011 – The U.S. government announces a plan to require gun dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to report the sales of semiautomatic rifles under certain conditions in an effort to stem the flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels. July 27, 2011 – Edgar Jimenez Lugo, known as “El Ponchis” or “The Cloak,” a 14-year-old American citizen with suspected drug cartel ties, is found guilty of beheading at least four people and sentenced to the maximum for a juvenile, three years in a Mexican correctional facility. July 30, 2011 – Mexican authorities announce they have Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, or “El Diego,” in custody. He is the purported leader of La Linea, the suspected armed branch of the Juarez drug cartel, and considered responsible for the death of U.S. Consulate employee Lesley Enriquez and her husband Arthur Redelfs. August 1, 2011 – Mexican federal police arrest Moises Montero Alvarez, known as “The Korean,” a suspected leader of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA) and allegedly connected with the murders of 20 Mexican tourists in 2010. August 25, 2011 – At least 52 people are killed in an attack on the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico. Witnesses told investigators that up to six people entered the Casino Royale and demanded money from the manager, according to Adrian de la Garza, the state attorney general for Nuevo Leon. When the manager refused to pay they set the building on fire, he said. August 30, 2011 – Mexican officials allege that the five suspects arrested in connection with the Mexico casino fire are members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and had targeted the owners of the casino for not complying with extortion demands. The suspects are identified as Luis Carlos Carrazco Espinosa; Javier Alonso Martinez Morales, alias “el Javo;” Jonathan Jahir Reyna Gutierrez; Juan Angel Leal Flores; and Julio Tadeo Berrones, alias “El Julio Rayas.” September 1, 2011 – A Nuevo Leon state police officer, Miguel Angel Barraza Escamilla, is arrested in connection with the casino fire that killed 52 people in Monterrey. September 13, 2011 – A murdered man and woman are found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo. Near their mutilated bodies is a sign saying they were killed for denouncing drug cartel activities on a social media site. The sign also threatens to kill others who post “funny things on the Internet.” September 20, 2011 – At least 35 bodies are dumped in a roadway in the coastal state of Veracruz, during rush hour. September 23, 2011 – Mexican authorities find another 11 bodies in locations throughout Veracruz. September 27, 2011 – Five severed heads are found in a sack near an elementary school in Acapulco. October 4, 2011 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that almost 43,000 people have died in Mexico’s drug war since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006. October 6, 2011 – In an online video purporting to be from the Anonymous hacking group, a masked man threatens to release information about the Los Zetas drug cartel for allegedly kidnapping an Anonymous member. October 7, 2011 – The Mexican navy announces that it has arrested eight people suspected of involvement in the deaths of 67 people in Veracruz in recent weeks. October 12, 2011 – A suspected top Los Zetas drug cartel leader, Carlos Oliva Castillo, alias “La rana,” or frog, is arrested for allegedly ordering the attack and arson at the casino that killed 52. November 24, 2011 – Mexican authorities find 26 bodies inside three abandoned vehicles in Guadalajara, Mexico, one day after authorities in Sinaloa state found 16 charred bodies inside two trucks that had been set ablaze. January 4, 2012 – Benjamin Arellano Felix, a former leader of Mexico’s Tijuana drug cartel, pleads guilty to charges of racketeering and conspiracy to launder money. The plea deal calls for the forfeiture of $100 million to the U.S. and a maximum of 25 years in prison. January 11, 2012 – The office of Mexico’s Attorney General releases a statement saying that nearly 13,000 people were killed in drug violence between January and September 2011. This pushes the death toll from December 2006 to September 2011 to a minimum of 47,000 people killed. April 2, 2012 – Former Tijuana cartel leader Benjamin Arellano Felix is sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $100 million after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to launder money. April 24, 2012 – Using Calderón’s strategy of using the army to fight the cartels, the Mexican government has killed more than 40 major cartel members. May 13, 2012 – Mexican authorities find at least 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies along a highway in Nuevo Leon state, between the cities of Monterrey and Reynosa. July 7, 2012 – In an interview with CNN, Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto calls for a new debate on the drug war and says the U.S. must play a prominent role. July 12, 2012 – A U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report concludes Mexico’s frontal assault against drug cartels has been “largely ineffective” and in some instances counterproductive to reducing violence. The report recommends the focal point of Mexico’s anti-drug cooperation should be training and institution-building in police forces and judiciary. August 31, 2012 – Eduardo Arellano-Felix, an alleged senior member of a Tijuana-based drug cartel, is extradited from Mexico to the United States. Arellano-Felix was arrested on October 25, 2008, after a gun battle with Mexican forces. September 3, 2012 – In his final state of the nation address, Mexican President Felipe Calderon defends his government’s approach to combating crime and drugs and criticizes the United States for providing criminals with almost “unlimited access” to weapons. September 4, 2012 – Mexican authorities announce the capture of Mario Cardenas Guillen, also known as “M1” and “The Fat One,” a suspected leader of the Gulf cartel. September 27, 2012 – Mexican marines capture and arrest a man claiming to be Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban.” Velazquez Caballero is one of the top leaders of Los Zetas. October 9, 2012 – Mexican authorities confirm that Mexican marines killed Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, leader of the Zetas cartel, in a shootout on October 7. Lazcano’s body was stolen from a funeral home on October 8, but authorities had already taken fingerprints and photographs to confirm his identity. December 1, 2012 – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto takes office. February 21, 2013 – A report published by Human Rights Watch criticizes Mexican security forces and estimates more than 60,000 people were killed in drug-related violence from 2006 to 2012. July 15, 2013 – Los Zetas cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, known as Z-40, is detained by Mexican authorities in an operation in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, state media reports. August 20, 2013 – Mario Armando Ramirez, ranking member of the Gulf cartel and also known as X-20, is captured in Reynosa, near Texas. August 20, 2013 – Eduardo Arellano-Felix is sentenced to 15 years in U.S. federal prison for his role as CFO in the drug cartel organization. February 22, 2014 – A U.S. official tells CNN that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the boss of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking operations, has been arrested in Mexico. March 9, 2014 – Cartel leader Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, also known as “El Chayo,” “El Doctor” and “El Mas Loco,” The Craziest One,” is fatally shot during an arrest attempt, according to Mexican authorities. He was one of the leaders and main founders of La Familia Michoacana cartel. This is the second time Mexican officials said Moreno is dead. They announced in 2010 that they had killed him. September 26, 2014 – Gunmen open fire at buses carrying students and soccer players in southern Mexico. Authorities say three students are among six people killed in the violence, and 43 students remain missing. October 1, 2014 – Mexican police capture Hector Beltran Leyva, head of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. October 9, 2014 – Authorities announce that Mexican federal police have captured alleged Juarez Cartel boss Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. January 27, 2015 – Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says there is “legal certainty” that the 43 college students who went missing four months ago in the Mexican state of Guerrero were murdered. Mexican authorities believe it was a case of mistaken identity. Former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca has been charged in the case and is awaiting trial as the accused mastermind of the abduction and execution of the 43 students. February 27, 2015 – Servando Gomez, leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, is detained by Mexican authorities in the state of Michoacan. March 4, 2015 – Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales is apprehended by Mexican authorities in a suburb of Monterrey. Five others are arrested in a simultaneous operation. July 11, 2015 – Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escapes through a hole in the shower area of his cell block at the Altiplano Federal Prison that led to a lighted and ventilated tunnel nearly a mile long. Guzman previously escaped from prison in 2001 in a laundry cart and eluded authorities for more than a dozen years until his capture in 2014, when he was arrested in a hotel in the Pacific beach town of Mazatlan, in his home state of Sinaloa. September 6, 2015 – A group of international experts say there’s no evidence to support the Mexican government’s claim that the 43 students who went missing last year were burned at a landfill. Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez says after the report is released that Mexico will launch a new investigation at the landfill site. September 19, 2015 – Mexican authorities have arrested 13 more suspects in connection with “El Chapo” Guzman’s prison break, including three high officials from the federal prison system, sources close to the attorney general’s offices say. That’s in addition to the seven prison workers charged in connection with the escape almost a week after it happened.

Police say the death of an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault was the result of ingesting two capsules of methamphetamine he received from an Alexandria woman during a visit.

According to court documents, now that woman is facing multiple charges, including third-degree murder. The charges included in the criminal complaint come just over three weeks after Jason Roger Nyberg, 36, was found dead in his prison cell.

Melissa Rae Guillette, 34, of Alexandria, is facing third-degree murder (delivering a controlled substance) and bring/send/introduce contraband into a state prison. If convicted of the maximum, she faces up to 35 years in prison or a $40,000 fine.

On Monday, Guillette was taken into custody without incident. She was booked in the Douglas County jail shortly before 9 p.m.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Rice County District Court:

On a Sept. 4 recorded phone call, Nyberg and Guillette discussed concealing an “item” for her to bring him at the prison.

The following day, according to the MCF-Faribault logs, the visit began at 10:43 a.m. and ended at 12:05 p.m. At 3:15 p.m., Nyberg was found unresponsive in his cell.

Based on video of the visiting room during the visit, investigators were able to see that Guillette handed Nyberg something, which he then placed in his pocket. Prior to the end of the visit, however, Nyberg moved his hand from his pocket to his mouth and apparently ingested the item he was given by Guillette.

After receiving a search warrant for Guillette’s residence and making contact with Guillette, she stated she had a relationship with Nyberg and the Sept. 5 visit was the third she had made.

He had requested she bring in two grams of methamphetamine and later asked she bring in four grams.

After receiving the instructions, she ground the meth into a fine powder and placed it into two small gelatin capsules, which she had obtained from the store called The Grain Bin.

Inside one of the capsules she placed 1.4 grams of meth, and in the other she placed 1.1 grams.

A package of empty capsules was found in the back of a truck on Guillette’s property. Also found at the residence was a large amount of methamphetamine, according to the Faribault Police Department.

She told officers that she placed two pills in her back pocket before entering the Faribault prison and admitted she gave them to Nyberg. She also admitted that he placed the pills in his mouth before the end of the visit. He planned to spit them out again after the strip search.

After leaving the visiting room, Nyberg was held for an hour before being strip searched to return to his cell. At 3:15 p.m., Nyberg was found unresponsive in his cell. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

According to the autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the cause of death was methamphetamine toxicity.

According to a report by Washington State Patrol Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau, common abused doses are 100 to 1000 milligrams per day, and up to 5000 milligrams per day in chronic binge use.

Nyberg was incarcerated on a drug conviction and entered the Faribault facility on Sept. 23, 2014, and his anticipated release date was Feb. 19, 2020, according to Sarah Latuseck, communications and media relations director with the DOC.

Latuseck said the DOC investigation is ongoing.

According to court records, Nyberg was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and obstructing the legal process in August 2014. In February, he was convicted of possession a pistol/assault weapon, a felony, which was committed in June 2014. Both crimes were committed in Morrison County.

“Unfortunately criminals find creative ways to hide contraband from authorities and choose to engage in risky behavior and this inmate lost his life,” said Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen. “Thankfully, local law enforcement has a strong relationship with the Minnesota Correctional Facility in our community and we were able to resolve this death investigation and arrest a suspect that introduced illegal drugs into the prison.”

A Sarnia meth dealer involved in the vicious beating of a handcuffed competitor was jailed for five years Tuesday,

Mary Alice Muscat, 46, pleaded guilty in Sarnia Superior Court to the April 2013 charges of possession of stimulant methamphetamine for trafficking and aggravated assault as a jury trial was set to begin.

Methamphetamine dealing was Muscat’s jealously guarded “despicable” business, said Superior Court Justice Russell Raikes.

Court was told that in April 2013 a man who moved to Sarnia to sell methamphetamine went to Muscat’s home for a meeting.

The two dealers had agreed on selling prices, but Muscat was concerned the man was cutting into her business by selling at a lower price.

Muscat hit the 43-year-old man as he walked into her basement and handcuffed him to a chair where he was beaten for nearly two hours. Two men were present.

The trio demanded to know if the man was a police officer while being hit on the head with a hammer, stabbed in the abdomen twice, and hit with a leather-covered weapon. Blood from that weapon matched the victim’s DNA.

The victim was in a medically-induced coma for eight days due to the life-threatening injuries.

If the victim had been a police officer, it boggles his mind as to what Muscat would have done, said Raikes.

During the victim’s testimony at a preliminary hearing he said he underwent psychiatric treatment due to the stress.

The man responsible for the stabbing and hammer hits, 30-year-old Daniel Mitchell, committed suicide while in custody shortly after his arrest on attempted murder charges.

After two hours Muscat called the victim’s friend to collect him. The victim was still in handcuffs when he left her home.

The victim was terrified to report the incident to police or to go to the hospital. He was eventually taken by friends, who cut off the handcuffs with a saw while on the way to hospital.

Sarnia police became involved when they learned of the victim’s injuries. The investigation led to a search of Muscat’s home. Traces of the victim’s blood were found on the wall and ceiling of the basement, although attempts had been made to clean the scene with bleach.

During the search police found 56 grams of methamphetamine, scales, two debt lists, six cell phones and approximately $7,000 in cash.

A joint sentencing submission by Crown and defense lawyers sought a five-year sentence for Muscat, including the equivalent of 44 months of pre-sentence custody.

Raikes said he was troubled by the joint submission, but it was presented by three experienced counsel.

The sentence would leave Muscat with approximately 16 months to serve.

Federal prosecutor Michael Robb and assistant Crown attorney Krista Leszczynski said the sentence was appropriate given Muscat’s pleas and a 13-year gap in her criminal record.

The victim was not a stranger to the criminal justice system and there would be significant issues for the Crown if the case had gone to trial, said defense lawyer Sharon Murphy.

The victim pleaded guilty in August to possession of methamphetamine for trafficking and for court-order violations, resulting in an 18-month jail sentence.

In accepting the joint submission Raikes said the three lawyers were privy to the frailties of the case.

Ontario’s appeal court has stated that joint submissions are proper and necessary to the administration of justice and only rejected if the joint submission is contrary to the public interest or would bring the administration of justice into disrepute. The appeal court has also stated there must be a high degree of confidence by the accused, who has given up the right to a trial, that a joint submission will be respected.

In addition to the jail time, a lifetime weapons’ ban was imposed on Muscat and she must give police a DNA sample.

Forfeiture of the cash seized from her home was also ordered.

Charges against the third person arrested following the beating, 56-year-old Steven Kelly, were withdrawn Tuesday, but he was ordered to stay away from the victim for the next year.

NEWNAN, Ga. — A Newnan woman was arrested Saturday after toxicology reports revealed a “rather high” amount of methamphetamine in the body of her 4-month-old’ child, authorities said.

Jasmen Nicole Hazelrigs’ two surviving children — ages 2 and 4 — allegedly tested positive for the drug as well.

Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. James Yarbrough said deputies initially responded to a 911 call at Hazelrigs’ hazelrigsCrawford Circle home in Newnan on the morning of Sept. 7. Roommates had made repeated attempts to wake Hazelrigs by banging on her bedroom door before entering the room to find the dead infant, Yarbrough said.

An exact cause of death has not yet been determined, but Yarbrough said the fact that the deceased child and both of its siblings tested positive for meth was enough to arrest Hazelrigs on three counts of child cruelty.

The 22-year-old woman was also charged with possession of meth after the drug was found in the bedroom she and her children shared, Yarbrough said.

Authorities were waiting on blood and hair analyses to come back before charging Hazelrigs, authorities said. She is being held at the Coweta County jail without bond.

The two surviving children are in state custody. Yarbrough said the Division of Family and Children Services had previously “looked at” Hazelrigs “for the living conditions of the children.”

It was not known Tuesday how the children may have ingested the meth. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending, Yarbrough said.

NEWNAN, Ga. — Authorities say an infant found dead in her mother’s bed in Coweta County had methamphetamine in her system.

Coweta County Sherriff Mike Yeager tells local media outlets that all three of 22-year-old Jazmen Hazelrigs’ children — her deceased 4-month-old girl, her 2-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old son — tested positive for the drug last week.

Hazelrigs is charged with three counts of felony child cruelty and possession of methamphetamine, but could face more charges if investigators determine the drugs caused the baby’s death.

Authorities were called Sept. 7 to Hazelrigs’ Newnan home after the infant, Harmony B. Hazelrigs, was found unresponsive.

Yeager says Hazelrigs’s two surviving children have been placed in foster homes. It is unclear whether Hazelrigs has an attorney.

A BARWON HEADS woman has been remanded in custody on drug charges after allegedly being found in possession of 19 grams of methamphetamine and a large wad of cash.

Claire Mordy, 35, of Taits Rd, appeared in Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine and ecstasy.

She is also charged with possessing the proceeds of crime, driving an unregistered car and displaying false number plates.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Peter Beard said that, about 4.57am on September 27, police spotted Ms Mordy sitting in the driver’s seat of an unregistered car displaying false number plates at Grovedale.

Sgt Beard said police searched the car and located two small zip lock bags, one containing 4.8 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine and the other, three orange tablets believed to ectsacy.

He said Ms Mordy was arrested and taken back to Geelong Police Station where she produced from her bra, two more bags containing 14.2 grams of white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine and another five tablets believed to be ecstasy.

“She also produced a small coin purse containing $1050 in $50 notes believed to be the proceeds of crime,” he said.

Sgt Beard said police opposed bail saying Ms Mordy was unemployed and would continue to traffic drugs as her source of income.

Ms Mordy, who was unrepresented, told the court she wanted to get bail so she could get help.

“I want to get my life back on track, I don’t want to live like this anymore,” she said.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan refused bail and remanded her in custody till Thursday when she is expected to be legally represented.

Five people Sunday evening were arrested in Sylacauga by the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray, Christina Lynn Burdick-Jones, 28, of Pecan Road, Childersburg; James Riley Horton, 25, Olive Baker Horton, 56, and Crystal Michelle Sneed, 39, all of Morris Mobile Home Park; and Bradley 5609dfa675927_imageEdward Wells Jr., 26, of Bull Gap Road, Goodwater, were all charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond was set at $25,000 each by District Court Judge Jeb Fannin.

Burdick-Jones, Sneed and the Hortons were also charged with possession of a controlled substance. Burdick-Jones was also served with a harassment warrant by Sylacauga police at the time of her arrest.

Murray said the Hortons were mother and son.

Sylacauga police and task force agents got an anonymous tip there was an active meth cook going on at the trailer on Lot 19.

“They could actually smell it from outside,” he said. “They talked to Olive Horton and got consent to search, then they found the cook, a small quantity of finished product, paraphernalia for cooking and paraphernalia for smoking.”

Wells had just recently arrived ahead of the police and was not charged with possession, Murray said.

Manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree is a class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison. Possession of a controlled substance and felony paraphernalia are class C felonies, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

Jason Madison Holt, 42, and Angela Michelle Holt, 47, of 202 Spring St., Ninety Six were arrested Friday by Ninety Six police. Jason Holt was charged with first-degree assault and battery, kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine, and 13056781_w300possession of other schedule substances. Angela Holt was charged with hindering an arrest, and possession of methamphetamine and other scheduled substances.

Emergency medical responders took a woman to the police department where she told them that her son held her against her will and assaulted her for several days, according to a report. Officers noticed scratches, bruises and bumps, and saw bruising around the medical port on the woman’s chest.

The woman told officers in the report that her son did this to her 13056780because she would not give him her medicine. She is receiving treatments for cancer, the report said.

When officers responded to the home, they found a man and woman sleeping on the floor, the report said. While searching the home, officers found an empty prescription medication box and a pack of cigarettes with Xanax pills in it.

CAMP VERDE – Daniel Romo Felix could be sentenced to as much as 23 years in prison on a plea agreement for the family fight and gunplay that brought the SWAT team to his Clarkdale home in July.

That would assume the court would impose the stiffest sentence possible from a plea agreement on only five of the original 13 charges.67417a

Monday, Felix pleaded guilty to aggravated assault per domestic violence, disorderly conduct per domestic violence, a dangerous charge. He also pleaded to possession of methamphetamine and two counts of misconduct involving weapons.

One of the weapons offenses charged for the modified sawed-off shotgun and the second count for having a weapon as a prohibited possessor.

Even if Felix is sentenced to less than the maximum, prison is mandatory and a stipulation in the plea is that he would be sentenced to no less than the presumptive term.

Clarkdale police called the SWAT team July 27 after the 38-year-old Felix fired a sawed-off shotgun over the head of his wife as she ran from the house during an argument and then continued to hold his two small children hostage inside the home in Clarkdale’s Centerville community.

Police said Felix had been using methamphetamine at the time.

Police Chief Randy Taylor said the domestic violence situation had been brewing since early morning.

Police were eventually able to negotiate with Felix for the release of the children but the man stopped communicating with the cops and barricaded himself inside with his dog.

The chief then called for the Verde Valley SWAT Team and they were able to extract the man.