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Trace Roger SmithA Canyon Lake man was sentenced Monday to 42 years in prison for his role in the 2013 abduction and torture of a woman at a drug house there, an incident that sparked charges against five people.

The victim, herself a methamphetamine user, has said three female acquaintances cut her with knives, tased her, burned her with cigarettes and beat her as two male suspects at the home sat by. She was shackled and put in a shed, from which she escaped.

Prosecutor Chari Kelly said she asked jurors to give Trace R. Smith, 29, life in prison for his convictions at trial Friday on charges of attempted capital murder, kidnapping, robbery and evidence tampering.

After deliberating about two hours, jurors sentenced Smith to 42 years each on the attempted murder and kidnapping charges, 10 years on the robbery charge and five years for evidence-tampering, to be served concurrently, Kelly said.

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Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Kayla Lardieri, 18, was the first in the case to be tried and was convicted last month on the same charges, receiving a 30-year sentence.








MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minneapolis woman is accused of taking meth and then wandering with her 5-year-old daughter in 19-degree weather.lewis

Leah Marie Lewis, 29, was charged with gross misdemeanor child neglect after her daughter was found wearing mittens on her feet for shoes on Feb. 21. The girl told police she had only slept for “seven minutes” the night before.

Police found Lewis inside a Hampton, Minnesota, fire station, where she had come to warm up.

Lewis had walked around outside with the girl, looking for a hotel, for “an unknown time,” according to the criminal complaint. Police said she was confused about the number and gender of children she had.

“She was very animated, was walking in circles and insisted the child with her was her son,” the criminal complaint reads.

If convicted, Lewis faces up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.








RAVENSWOOD, W.Va — Police say a child was found living in filth and being kept behind a gate while methamphetamine was being made inside an apartment in Ravenswood.POR66wql

On Sunday night, Ravenswood police were looking for a fugitive at the old Washington Motel on Washington Street, which now serves as an apartment complex.

They did not find the fugitive but they said they did find an active meth lab inside apartment No. 15. The complex’s maintenance man, Bruce Casto and his wife, Leigh Casto, live there and were both arrested and charged with manufacturing meth, and exposure of a child to meth.

Lawrence Wilfong was arrested at another location but charged with manufacturing meth after police said a Pseudopedrine prescription belonging to him was found inside the apartment. His bond is set at $250,000.

Police said the living conditions were “deplorable.” They said the floor was covered with trash and feces, and there was no running water.

“When I have officers who  have been a policeman 15 years, 18 years, they’re telling me it’s one of the worst apartments they’ve ever seen, you can bet it’s pretty bad,” said Ravenswood Police Chief Lance Morrison.

A kindergarten aged girl also lived in the home. Police said just a few feet from where the meth was being made, the girl was being kept in a stairwell behind a baby gate.

“I think that that was their idea of keeping her away from the meth, but everyone involved with this knows that that doesn’t work,” Morrison said.

The child is now in Child Protective Services custody. The Castos’ bonds are set at $300,000 each.

The Jackson County Bureau of Investigations served the search warrant. It is made up of officers from the sheriff’s office, Ripley and Ravenswood police departments.

It is unclear at this point if others living in the complex will be forced out because of possible contamination.

The owner of the building, Barbara LaCava, did not wish to go on camera but said she was upset and shocked. She said her main concern is keeping the other tenants safe.








Parental drug use is a major factor in child neglect and abuse cases resulting in foster care placements in the Helena area.

Lewis and Clark County District judges have appointed Court Appointed Special Advocates for kids in 13 child abuse and neglect cases since January, nearly half of which involve parental abuse of methamphetamine, said Pamela Young, assistant director of CASA of Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties.

“I don’t think our community realizes the depth of neglect and child abuse cases,” Young said. “It’s severe and it’s only getting worse.”

Including the cases carried over from last year, there are currently 165 child abuse and neglect cases involving substance abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse in Lewis and Clark County, Young said. The number of cases increased 30 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Fifty-six percent of the 152 cases in the county carried over from last year stemmed from parental abuse of meth, 28 percent marijuana, 28 percent alcohol and 11 percent prescription drugs, Young said. More than one substance was found in some cases.

“The caseload is unmanageable,” Young said. CASA, a nonprofit organization, has three Helena-based employees, including its assistant director, and 50 trained volunteers who advocate for youth in child neglect and abuse cases that may result in the termination of parental rights. Child Protection Services, attorneys and judges are also overworked with child abuse and neglect cases, Young added.

Statewide caseload figures have also increased, showing similar drug and alcohol abuse issues.

At the end of 2014, there were 2,003 kids in the state placements — foster and kinship care — half of which involved substance abuse, said Young, who cited statistics from the state Department of Child and Family Services.

Figures from CASA of Montana, which partners with 15 nonprofit programs statewide, showed a breakdown of statewide drug-involved foster and kinship placements: 53 percent of cases involved meth, 28 percent alcohol, 25 percent marijuana and 18 percent prescription drugs, Young said.

Case workers have found more youth who have been exposed to meth in the homes, and babies are sometimes born testing positive for drugs.

“The worst thing for me to see besides severe abuse is a baby born addicted,” Young said. Some parents facing termination of rights were raised in drug-fueled environments themselves and were moved to foster or kinship care. “It’s really tough when the problem becomes a cycle.”


Local and statewide caseworkers have continued to advocate for kids without voices, providing judges with necessary information to determine the termination of parental rights or the unification of family.

“We work hard to get the children home,” Young said.

CASA of Lewis and Clark and Broadwater counties is hosting its annual fundraiser March 20 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena. For more information, visit








INDIAN LAND — A traffic stop in Indian Land led to a North Carolina woman’s arrest on alcohol and drug charges, including trafficking methamphetamine, according to a release issued Monday from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.570-fqTSA_AuSt_6

Narcotics officers were investigating drug activity last week when they noticed the woman driving with a flat tire on Barberville Road in Indian Land. Officers stopped her vehicle and smelled marijuana, the release states.

Officers searched the vehicle and discovered a small amount of meth, marijuana, prescription medication, an open bottle of liquor, scales and smoking pipes, the release states. The woman did not have a valid driver’s license.

At the Lancaster County Detention Center, a correctional officer discovered the woman was hiding a large amount of crystal meth.

Natalie Walters, 34, of Monroe, N.C., was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, simple possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule III narcotic, violation of ABC law, a driver’s license violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release. Her bond was denied.









QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) –  The fight against methemphetimine in Adams County has taken a different turn. Officers with the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force say the number of meth labs seized in the last year have dropped by half.6880201_G

However, officers say, one big reason for that is the popularity of a new way of making meth, called Ice.

Major shake and bake meth busts like the one back in January of 2013, are becoming fewer and fewer in Adams County. Master Sergeant Patrick Frazier with the West Central Illinois Task Force says they only saw 35 labs last year, after seizing 72 in 2013. But Frazier says the news isn’t all good. While lab seizures have gone down, he says ice methamphetamine has become increasingly popular, here in the Tri-States, and even internationally.

Drug cartels have flooded the United States with ice methamphetamine,” Frazier said. “It’s a way to make money.”

Frazier says ice is growing in popularity because it’s widely available and it can be purchased in a large quantity, unlike the shake and bake method, which can only yield a few grams at the time. But he says it does make it harder to track who’s involved.

“When they do the shake and bake, they have to have the ingredients, and those are purchased locally,” Frazier said. “So when they’re buying those pills, I know that. The individuals buying ice may not be known to us.”

For counselor Rosemary Trinkle at Preferred Family Healthcare, the battle against meth she sees is with her clients, trying to overcome an addiction.

Meth affects every part of your life,” Trinkle said. “It affects your looks, your family, your legal problems.”

She says meth, both the shake and bake variety and ice, can also do strange things to a user’s mind.

“A lot of users when they’re high on meth or coming down from that high, they’ll have some paranoia,” Trinkle said.

A high and a habit that Trinkle says is so dangerous, yet so difficult to break.

Frazier says they continue to investigate and make arrests on people suspected of using or dealing ice. He says they deal with a lot of the same people with ice as they did with the shake and bake operations.








meth%20lab%202UPPER MICHIGANMeth is a growing problem in Upper Michigan, but the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team aims to stop that.

According to Det. Lt. Tim Scholander, UPSET runs on a budget of about $180,000 per year, which is provided by the communities they serve as well as local community and corporate grants they apply for. They usually receive between $40,000 and $60,000 from communities and $60,000 to $80,000 in grants. This past year, Cliffs donated $200,000 to UPSET.

UPSET also receives funds from auctioning off property seized during investigations, but that source of funds has decreased throughout the years. They now only receive about $20,000 to $30,000 from auctions.

Each new officer UPSET equips costs them around $13,000 in equipment. They are each outfitted with a hazmat suit with air filters for meth lab clean-up, as well as raid entry gear for entering suspected drug houses.

Scholander says that every officer completes 40 hours of undercover/narcotics investigation training, 40 hours of surveillance training, and 32 hours of raid entry safety training. Scholander also hosts annual local training in firearms and defense tactics and keeps them up to date on changes in drug laws. Each officer is meth response certified. They are fully trained to package meth and clean up, dismantle and transport meth lab materials.


UPSET responded to 53 meth labs in 2014. This statistic includes anything from a large amount of components found in a residence to a pop bottle on the side of the road used in the cooking process.

When cleaning a lab site, officers take the hazardous components and properly package them. The materials are then loaded into a container trailer and transported to a larger container for storage. Each large container can fit components from about 10 to 20 labs before it reaches its capacity. After the container is filled, a private company takes the container to be disposed properly.

On average, it takes six detectives between four to eight hours to clean up the site of a meth lab. The day after, two detectives will put in around eight hours to document their work and decontaminate their equipment. On average, UPSET spends between $25,000 and $40,000 annually on cleaning up meth lab sites.









Four Blenheim drug dealers have been sent to prison after an undercover police operation that was sparked by frustrated residents.

The offenders appeared in the Blenheim District Court for sentencing yesterday, on charges which involved the supply of methamphetamine, cannabis and ecstasy.

One of the most senior players in the drug ring admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Another man was sentenced to eight months’ home detention after he was caught selling cannabis to undercover police officers 11 times.

All the charges stemmed from a police operation targeting drug activity in the Riversdale area last year, known as Operation Queen.

Investigations into drug activity at Elizabeth St started in 2011, following a street clean-up project in the area.

Residents at the clean-up told officers the neighborhood could be improved by removing the street’s drug dealers.

Seven Marlborough properties were raided by police in September last year, including two in Elizabeth St, during which 11 people were arrested.

Some of those arrested have already been sentenced. A third house on Elizabeth St was raided on December 2 last year, after further monitoring by police.

The court heard yesterday that Mackenzie Anne Sheridan, 25, Lisa Aroha Taurima, 36, and Sloan Daniel Louis MacDonald, 36, sold a combined 15.2 grams of methamphetamine.

The drug was sold more than 50 times, and the trio offered to supply it a further 208 times.

Thomas William MacDonald Snr, 67, admitted selling cannabis for 10 years.

Between July and November last year, Glenn Edgar Douglas, 55, sold cannabis to undercover police officers 11 times, selling them one or two tinnies each time. Interceptions of his phone discovered he arranged another 43 cannabis sales by phone, and offered to sell the drug a further 13 times.

When police searched his house, they found about 10 grams of cannabis and a cannabis pipe.

Douglas was yesterday sentenced to home detention for eight months.

Judge Bruce Davidson yesterday described the drug dealing as premeditated, on-going, and for most of the offenders, commercial.

A further five people – Maria Chrisandra Douglas, Thomas William MacDonald Jnr, Rex Brandon Caldwell, James Arthur Holder, and Rachel Lorraine Russ – were further remanded on their drug-related charges.

Operation Queen came following a national drug operation in 2013.








(FRENCH LICK) – Two Orange County men were arrested on drug charges after police discovered meth labs at a French Lick home.

Frank Willyard and Brandon Necaise, both 37, were arrested on charges of dealing, manufacturing and possession of meth and possession of precursors. Both men are being held in the Orange County jail without bond.french%20lick%20bust-thumb-250xauto-3470

According to a new release from the French Lick Police Departments, officers from French Lick, the Paoli Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, served a warrant at a home in French Lick around noon on Thursday.

Inside the home they found a number of one-pot meth labs in the basement and also found meth and drug paraphernalia.

Outside the home officers found a trail going into the woods and followed it where they found a dump site containing multiple discarded one-pot meth labs and hazardous materials associated with making meth.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team was called to the scene to collect and secure the meth labs and discard of the toxic meth trash.

Child Protective Services personnel were also called to the scene because children were living in the home.

The news release reports the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Police urge county residents to report any suspicious activity that could be related to meth manufacturing. Warmer weather will bring with it the possibility that with an increase in walking, jogging or bike riding in rural areas, someone could come across a meth lab or trash left behind by those who have manufactured meth. Police remind local residents that the trash from outdoor meth labs contains chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic and that when mixed together, the chemicals are highly explosive. In addition, the fumes are toxic and can cause internal damage to organs.

Suspicious activity or materials should be reported to a local law enforcement agency.








INDORE: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB-Indore) foiled a bid by drug cartel to supply ‘Speed’ - an artificial stimulant – worth around Rs 7 crore to Malaysia and South East Asia with the arrest of two Tamil Nadu-based men from New Delhi-Trivandrum bound Kerala Express train from Itarsi railway station on Wednesday. Accused were in possession of about 25 kg of banned Ephedrine powder.

Arrested accused have been identified as Mohd Farooq, 37 and his cousin Mohd Fakruddin Ali, 25, both natives of Tamil Nadu. They had obtained Ephedrine powder from two women in New Delhi after paying Rs one lakh per kg. They had stashed the drug powder in their luggage in packets of washing powder, food supplements and other consumer products were on way to Chennai.

Acting on a tip-off, NCB team from MP & Chhattisgarh zonal unit, raided the train at Itarsi railway station and nabbed the two drug couriers along with the powder, superintendent at NCB-Indore unit Vishwa Vijay Singh told TOI on Friday.

Based on inputs by arrested men, two women from whom they obtained narcotic consignment were detained by NCB team in New Delhi’s upmarket New Defense Colony area.

NCB sources said, the two accused men have admitted that Ephedrine powder was to be taken to Chennai, where it would have fetched them Rs 1.5 lakh per kg by international drug cartel. At Chennai the powder was to be processed into 4 kg Methamphetamine (a central nervous system-CNS stimulant) at a clandestine laboratory.

Once processed into Methamphetamine it could have been smuggled into Malaysia and South East Asia, where it is popular as ‘Speed’, artificial stimulant used at rave parties, cafes, pubs, hotels, discos and resorts.

About 4 kg of Methamphetamine is worth Rs 7 crore.

According to NCB sources, primary investigations revealed possibility of the seized Ephedrine powder having been sourced from some pharmaceutical unit in Himachal Pradesh. It was delivered to the two New Delhi-based women at the Himachal-Haryana border recently.

Ephedrine is used by pharmaceutical industries for manufacturing nasal drops, cough and cold and weight loss medicines.








MISSOULA, Mont. – An Arlee Head Start School was shut down after officials found four spots of low levels of meth residue inside the building.

It started after a staff member found an unused glass pipe in the laundry room back in January and nobody knew how it got there. We’re told that 34 children attend the school.

A parent tells us that most of the children are staying home or are in daycare while a cleaning crew goes to work on the building.

We wanted to know what it takes to cleanup meth residue and how crews will make it safe for students to return to the school.

A specialist here in Missoula has done similar work.

Lee Yelin is the President and Owner of Water Rights Incorporated. He’s been doing meth decontamination work since 2005 and says business is booming.

“In the last six months, I have done more jobs than I have done the entire nine years prior,” said Yelin.

It’s a tough job, one that’s labor intensive requiring weeks even up to a month of work for one building.

“We have to apply a degreaser or an oxidizer to the wall, scrub it, rinse ,repeat several times,” said Yelin.

Here’s the cleanup process in a nutshell: Yelin has to submit a sampling plan to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) which contains how many samples he will take. That can be anywhere from 10 to 20 samples depending on the size of the property. The samples are then tested in a lab and results take a week. After getting the results and if the property needs work, Yelin submits a cleanup plan to the DEQ. Then the process takes place after it’s approved. After all cleaning is completed, a third party will come in to resample and make sure contaminants are gone.

“Remove all the doors, all the kitchen cabinets, all the bathroom cabinets wood trim, wood molding around the windows, any of those items. All appliances must be removed,” said Yelin.

The list goes on. Yelin points out, the work can also be dangerous and requires protective equipment.

“As cleaners, we can come in contact with the meth and can be contaminated ourselves through skin absorption,” said Yelin.

Yelin says it’s important because sometimes used needles could be in the area, a big risk for a blood born disease. The gear requires shoe coverings, gloves, a face respirator and eye protection.

“That’s one of our big hazards is protecting ourselves,” said Yelin.

It’s a job that is far beyond easy, as meth use is back on the rise.

To be clear, Yelin is not the one working on the school in Arlee.

Tribal officials continue to be tight-lipped about the details of their investigation at the school.

However, the deputy director of Head Start in Washington D.C. says they have been in contact with the Arlee Head Start Program and says that the tribe took immediate safety precautions.

For now, it’s unknown when the building will be open again.

Police are investigating who the pipe may have belonged to and all 10 staff members have volunteered to submit drug tests.








Police arrested a wanted parolee Friday night in northwest Fresno after he threatened and assaulted a female officer while high on meth.hIKba_AuSt_8

The incident began when a Northwest District patrol officer responded to calls at a shopping center near Herndon and Milburn avenues concerning a purse theft, Fresno police Sgt. Chris Serrano said. The officer approached a man in the area suspected of stealing the purse, who became increasingly confrontational. The officer called for emergency backup when she suspected the man was high on methamphetamines.

The suspect reached for an object tucked under his waistband and continued to threaten the officer, who use a stun gun on the man twice after he punched and grabbed her.

With the help of other officers, Albert Olivarria, 44, was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges. The officer was treated for minor injuries at Community Regional Medical Center.









FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —  Fresno police say a female officer is recovering after being attacked by a wanted parolee who was high on meth.

The officer first approached Albert Olivarria on Friday near Herndon and Milburn avenues in Northwest Fresno for a purse theft case. Investigators say the 6-foot-tall, 200-pound suspect told her, “This is not going down without you getting hurt.” Olivarria is accused of kicking and punching the officer until she managed to use her Taser on him and get him into handcuffs.

The 44-year-old was booked into the Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges, including assault on a peace officer.









A Gabriola Island man saw multiple charges laid against him following a record methamphetamine seizure late in 2014.

According to RCMP, Gabriola resident Terence Meyer, 30, was arrested on the evening of Dec. 4, following report of an assault at the Gabriola Co-op gas station.

After search by police, Meyer was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. The investigation determined it to be 11 grams, a record for the largest single seizure of methamphetamine on Gabriola Island.

Meyer was held in custody and charged with multiple offenses related to the alleged assault, according to RCMP. He appeared in Nanaimo court and was released on bail with numerous conditions.

After his release, charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking were laid and an arrest warrant was issued.

On Feb. 13, police once again located Meyer at the Co-op gas station and arrested him. He was allegedly in violation of his bail conditions. He also was allegedly in possession of more methamphetamine. New charges of breaching conditions of his release and charges relating to drug possession are now being considered, according to RCMP.

Meyer again was held in custody, appeared in court and has since been released on bail.

If anyone has information about drug trafficking on Gabriola Island, please call Gabriola RCMP at 250-247-8333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.








Bond has been set at $10,000 cash for a Weston man accused of bringing a woman to Wausau from western Wisconsin with intention of offering her for sex in exchange for methamphetamine.bee-her1

Bee Her, 36, is charged with human trafficking, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, on Feb. 23 officers responded to the corner of Sternberg Avenue and Gordon Street in Weston for a woman reporting a man was going to kill her.

The woman said she had met the man, identified by her as Bee Her, in Hudson. The two reportedly came to Wausau where the woman was under the impression she would be Her’s businesses partner in a drug trafficking ring.

The woman told investigators once at the Schofield apartment six men showed up with methamphetamine which she believed Her would take as payment for allowing the men to have sex with her. The woman said Her escorted her to a bedroom and told her to relax. According to court documents the woman said the first man entered the room and noticed her cellphone and became upset, taking with him his methamphetamine. The woman said that’s when the other men also left the apartment. The woman said Her went into the bathroom and made a phone call reportedly telling someone to come back to the apartment because he did not know what she was doing on her cell phone.

The woman left the apartment while Her was in the bathroom. According to the incident report, the woman was hysterical when officers arrived. She told police she feared if she entered the apartment again she would be raped or killed.

The woman told police Her made statements to the other men that she [the alleged victim] had nobody that knew where she was and nobody cared about her. According to court documents, she said Her told the men she was not allowed to use her cellphone on the ride to Wausau and had not used it since.

Her was arrested approximately three hours later during a traffic stop.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks tells NewsChannel 7 the alleged victim is 18.

Her will return to court March 4 to learn if his case will head to trial.








MISHAWAKA — Two children were removed from a Mishawaka home and one man was arrested Thursday after police found a lab and other unsafe conditions inside the house.

Officers first responded about 7:40 p.m. Thursday to the home in the 500 block of Hendricks Street, near 6th Street, to check on a child’s welfare.

When police went inside, they found two children wearing coats and blankets, with the only heat coming from an oven with the door cracked open. Along with the meth lab, the officers found there was no food and no working plumbing.

Police contacted the Department of Child Services and took the children to a hospital to be treated for exposure. A 45-year-old man who was at the home was arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

The home is about two blocks from LaSalle Elementary School. The Tribune generally does not name suspects until charges have been filed.








NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man and woman were arrested Friday after they reportedly left the scene of a car accident to hide the bottle they were making methamphetamine in.kelsey-colvin

Police reported Tyler Mahacek, 28, and Kelsey Colvin, 21, were in a crash on Apache Trail in south Nashville on Tuesday.

During the crash investigation, one of the occupants of the car allegedly left the scene with a backpack to go to the restroom at a nearby Shell gas station.

According to an affidavit, police searched the restroom and found a “one pot” shake and bake lab used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The pot was still in the active process of making meth and its contents tested positively for methamphetamine.tyler-mahacek

Both Mahacek and Colvin were booked in to the Metro jail and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

Mahacek was additionally charged with driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. His bond was set at $60,000.








A Department of Public Safety (DPS) report states that Mexican drug cartels are among the “most significant” threats facing Texas. Mexican drug cartels continue to operate throughout Texas carrying out violent attacks throughout the state as well as controlling the flow of illegal aliens and drug trafficking, the report states.Cartel-Shootout-in-La-Joya

Texas’ top law enforcement agency places the spread of Mexican drug cartel operations across the state as one of the top current security threats. The meteoric rise to power of Mexican cartels is attributed to a porous border as well as the unending demand for drugs, commercial sex and forced labor, the agency wrote.

The stern warning came in a leaked report from DPS to state lawmakers requesting additional funding for the current border surge where hundreds of state troopers patrol the Rio Grande Valley. The request comes in response to an unprecedented spike in human smuggling and drug trafficking activity along the border. The report was first published by the Houston Chronicle.

As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the report addresses the operational presence of cartels throughout the state. It also addresses the issue of illegal aliens with ties to terrorist organizations who have made their way into the country and are working to smuggle in other potential terrorists.

“There is ample and compelling evidence that the Texas-Mexico border is not secure, and this lack of security undermines public safety and homeland security in every region of the state,” the report states. “Mexican cartels constitute the greatest organized crime threat to Texas … Mexican cartels control virtually all illegal smuggling activities through the U.S.-Mexico border and continue to supply most of the illicit drugs in the U.S. market.”

Some of the many violent acts carried out by drug cartels include multiple kidnappings across the nation where the criminal organization targets the relatives of individuals believed to have either stolen or lost a drug load, the report revealed.

Other criminal acts by cartel members in Texas that raise red flags for law enforcement include:

  • A May 2013 murder in Southlake where three cartel hitmen spent two years preparing the execution of a Mexican lawyer who represented members of the Gulf Cartel. To carry out the murder, the hitmen, two of whom were former Mexican, cops spent a long time tailing the individual and setting up a complex surveillance network of video cameras to track his movements. Breitbart Texas previously reported on the arrest of these cartel hitmen.
  • In July 2014, two Edinburg police officers were injured in a fierce firefight with a member of the Texas Syndicate. These gang members were working for the Gulf Cartel in the border town of La Joya. The officers had been trying to arrest the man in connection with the execution of a 19-year-old in relation to a drug deal gone bad. The teen had been shot in the back of the head. In addition to the report, Breitbart Texas also reported on that shootout.
  • In November 2013, members of the Gulf Cartel wearing vests with insignia from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office carried out a series of home invasions in Las Milpas. The cartel members passed themselves off as law enforcement as they burst in through the door holding residents at gunpoint and demanding cash and drugs. The gunmen made off with at least $100,000 in cash in one of those raids.
  • In June 2013, La Joya police rescued five illegal immigrants who had been kidnapped by a man claiming to be a cartel member. The man had been holding them for ransom.

Mexican cartel members have also taken advantage of the recent increase of illegal aliens trying to get to America who have arrived in their territory. In addition to making a profit by getting them into the country, cartel members are using them to tie up law enforcement by sending them as bait while drug smugglers are able to move narcotics with little problem, the report revealed.








EDMOND, Okla. — A Logan County mother and her 2-week-old baby are listed as missing and/or endangered, said Detective Greg Valencia of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicole Leann Kerschner, 26, used a fictitious name when giving birth to a male child Feb. 12 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Valencia noted.54f0f5e61819b_image

“She has been seen in the Guthrie area as well as the area of S.W. 15th to S.W. 29th and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City,” Valencia said.

The hospital notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services when the infant tested positive for methamphetamines, Valencia continued.

“The female left Baptist Hospital with the child Feb. 15 prior to the child being placed in protective custody by DHS, Valencia stated.

Valencia said that the mother has since been seen in various locations within Oklahoma County and Logan County using methamphetamines and breastfeeding the child.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the child and female, please contact the Logan County Sheriff Office at 405-282-4100.








A Jackson County man arrested last month in Colorado on a slew of sex abuse charges stemming from the alleged abuse of a minor and the distribution of photos and video he recorded during the incidents was booked into the Jackson County Jail Thursday.Mullica-Darin-250x250

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, who is listed in court records as living in the 11000 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point, is held on $1 million bail. An indictment shows he is charged with 15 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, six counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, five counts of possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct in the first degree, and one count of unlawful delivery of Methamphetamine.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reported Mullica sexually abused a 17-year-old girl over several months in 2013 and 2014.

The indictment alleges the abuse began in mid-December of 2013 and continued through late May of 2014. Detectives allege Mullica gave methamphetamine to the victim, and that he filmed and photographed the encounters. Investigators suspect he shared the images and footage with others, online and in person.

Mullica was arrested Jan. 22 on a Jackson County fugitive warrant in Littleton, Colo. Court records show he has no previous criminal history in Oregon.

Mullica is scheduled to be arraigned on the case at 1:45 p.m. today in Judge David Hoppe’s courtroom at Jackson County Circuit Court, records show.




 Man charged with filming sexual abuse of a minor, Neighbors shocked by charges 


Medford, Ore. — A man lodged in the Jackson County Jail faces nearly three dozen felony, sexual abuse and pornography charges. His bail is set at $1,000,000.

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, was arrested on January 22, 2015, in Littleton, Colorado, on a Jackson County fugitive warrant. He was transferred to the Jackson County Jail, arriving February 26th.

Mullica was indicted on a total of 32 charges: Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (15 counts); Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct (six counts); Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (five counts); Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the First Degree (five counts); and, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine to a Minor.

Detectives say Mullica sexually abused a 17-year-old female over a period of several months in 2013 and 2014. During that time, Mullica provided methamphetamine to the victim and created photographs and videos of the sexual abuse. Investigators believe Mullica shared some of the images with others, both in person and online.

Detectives ask anyone with additional information about the case to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 774-6800.

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Gold Hill, Ore — A Gold Hill man is charged with nearly three dozen felonies involving a sexual relationship with a minor.

Neighbors describe Darin Lee Mullica as respectful but also as no stranger to suspicious activity.

That dark side was revealed to the tune of nearly three dozen felony sexual abuse and pornography charges involving a 17-year-old girl.

“Sometimes it’s easy not to see what happens right under your nose,” said neighbor Brian Reynolds.

Reynolds saw the Sheriff’s Deputies the first time they came knocking at his Gold Hill neighbor’s door.

“The cops were here, they arrested him, then they let him go,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds’ former neighbor, Darin Lee Mullica, skipped town. On January 22nd he was found in Littleton, Colorado and arrested on a Jackson County fugitive warrant. Charged with nearly three dozen felony charges for sexual abuse and child pornography.

“We’re very kind of surprised of the charges,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds says he had no idea about the extent of the sexual abuse, but did have his suspicions about Mullica. As Mullica sits in Jackson County jail, Reynolds says he’s happy to have one less neighbor for the time being.

“I don’t feel sorry for him, sorry, don’t feel sorry for him, not one bit,” said Reynolds.

Detectives handling the case weren’t able to speak on camera but did ask that anyone with information call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as there may be more victims out there.








A 34-year-old man was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years in prison for child molesting, to be served after he completes an additional 10 years for dealing methamphetamine.fagan

Richard D. Fagan, of the 1900 block of Hoagland Avenue, pleaded guilty this month to a charge of child molesting, a Class A felony, one of 10 charges against him. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the additional charges, which included child molesting, vicarious sexual gratification and intimidation, were dismissed Friday by Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull.

Gull sentenced him to a total of 23 years in prison on the child molesting charge, but ordered three years suspended and to be served on probation. She ordered the sentence to be served after a 10-year-sentence on a methamphetamine-dealing case.

The sexual abuse came to light when the children were placed in foster care and started therapy, according to court documents.

Those disclosures led to an investigation, and during a forensic interview, the children said their mother did drugs and “nasty stuff” and that Fagan did “very nasty stuff,” often in the presence of their mother.

Not only did Fagan molest the children, he also forced the children to perform sex acts on their mother as well as each other, according to court documents.

One of the children said that the abuse began when she was 5 years old and that Fagan told her not to tell anyone or they were all going to jail, according to court documents.








Mexico captured one of the country’s most-wanted drug lords on Friday, who had terrorised the western state of Michoacan as head of the Knights Templar cartel.

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez was arrested in Morelia, Michoacan’s capital, without a shot being fired, according to reports.


 Federal police show off Servando “La Tuta” Gomez,” leader of the Knights Templar cartel, as he sits inside helicopter at the Attorney General’s Office hangar in Mexico City

The 49-year-old former schoolteacher was the prime target of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan. Last year, police mounted a massive manhunt for Gomez in the mountains of Michoacan with help from a “rural defence” force comprised of former vigilantes who took up arms against the Knights Templar.

A police spokesman said the arrest followed months of intelligence work in the region.

The cartel had ruled over much of Michoacan state, controlling politics, agriculture and mining through tactics including murder and extortion. It trafficked methamphetamines to the United States, and also made a living by tapping Michoacan’s iron ore mines and exporting the metal to China.

The arrest marks a victory for Mr Peña Nieto as he grapples with falling approval ratings and public outrage over his handling of the situation in Guerrero state, where 43 students were allegedly killed by a gang in league with local police.


 Gomez is escorted to the police helicopter

Attorney general Jesus Murillo, under fire for months over his handling of that investigation, will soon step down, a senior government official told Reuters news agency on Friday.

Gomez’s arrest came a year after police captured the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The leader of the Zetas gang, Miguel Angel Trevino, was detained in July 2013.

Gomez, also known as “El Profe” for his teaching career, appeared in several television interviews and videos uploaded on the internet, defending his Knights Templar as a “necessary evil”.

“Our only function is to help the people, preserve our state, and preserve our country from people causing terror,” Gomez said in a video posted online in 2012, sitting in front of images of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and other revolutionary icons.

Mexican drug lord Servando "La Tuta" Gomez speaks as he tapes messages in Michoacan

Mexican drug lord Servando “La Tuta” Gomez speaks in a taped message

A father of at least seven, Gomez is wanted by the United States for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking. The Justice Department said he is also implicated in the 2009 murder of 12 Mexican federal police officers.

Mexican authorities had placed a bounty of 30 million pesos (£1.3 million) on his head.


 Relatives hold pictures of missing students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos, during a demonstration demanding the government find them, in Chilpancingo








Two men are in the Clay County jail after authorities seized nine pounds of methamphetamine.

Pablo Camarena-Aguilar and Nestor Orlando Camarena were stopped by a Minnesota State Patrol officer on Wednesday just outside of Moorhead.

The State Patrol says a trooper could smell marijuana, and called for a drug dog. Officials say the dog helped discover the meth. The meth has an estimated cost of about $400,000 dollars.

The men are each facing charges that include first-degree possession with intent to distribute. Bond is set for each man at $300,000.








Rapid City police are investigating a methamphetamine bust, which lead to the arrest of 11 Rapid City citizens.

It happened around 8 p.m. Friday night, starting with a simple traffic stop. All six occupants of the stopped vehicle were found to be in possession of methamphetamine or items containing the drug.

While investigating this incident, officers also responded to a room at M-Star Hotel, leading to five more arrests.

Two juveniles were arrested and nine adults were taken to jail. Police arrested Michael Jurisch, 59, Ronald Knode, 26, Dalana Klug, 25, Presila Lofton, 22, Jeffrey Styles, 27, Jason McDow, 32, Dezmond Two Hearts, 18, Bobby Goodman, 57, and Corrine Abourezk, 38.








A report highlighting cases related to substance abuse in Alaska in 2014 was released by the Department of Public Safety Friday.

The Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit’s 2014 annual drug report covered arrests and seizures of items ranging from alcohol and prescription medication to heroin and meth labs.

Over $28 million worth of drugs — in street value — were seized in 2014 by federal, local and state law enforcement agencies. The Anchorage Police Department alone was responsible for more than $6 million worth of drug seizures, followed by the Juneau Police Department, with a total street value amount of more than $5.7 million.

According to the report, there has been a significant increase in cases involving heroin in the state, in both rural and urban areas. In 2012, only 4.93 pounds of heroin were seized by Alaska law enforcement, compared to 2013′s 55.12 pounds and 2014′s 22.42 pounds of heroin. The report noted that much of the state’s heroin import is brought in via the U.S. Postal Service and “body carries.”

The State Medical Examiner’s office has also stated “a significant number of deaths where heroin and other opiates are listed as the cause” have occurred.

Methamphetamine-related cases also showed a notable increase of roughly 19 percent since 2013, according to the report, despite a crackdown on users and labs alike by law enforcement agencies. The report pointed to 2006 legislation regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in making methamphetamine — as the cause of success on law enforcement’s part to locate and seize methamphetamine labs in the state. Despite that, a disturbing trend began to emerge, the report says.

“Although we have witnessed a decrease in the number of methamphetamine labs since 2006, SDEU has some concern of the recent popularity of a new method in producing methamphetamine known as the ‘One Pot’ or ‘Shake and Bake’ method,” the report stated. “As this method begins to gain in popularity within Alaska, it will increase the danger to all citizens of Alaska from explosions, fires, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. All of the labs encountered by the SDEU in 2013 employed the ‘One Pot’ method.”

No labs were seized by law enforcement in 2014, according to the report.

Also mentioned in the report was the continuance of large numbers of prescription medication being abused, particularly oxycodone and hydrocodone. Deaths from prescription drug overdose made up a larger portion of deaths ”in all of the United States than heroin and cocaine combined.” Investigations into such cases revealed that many times, the medication was illegally obtained.

The full report is available on the Department of Public Safety’s website.










A woman received a few extra charges Tuesday after Coweta County authorities arrested her for violating her parole and found she was carrying a variety of narcotics in a body cavity.

About 7 p.m., Coweta County authorities went to America’s Best Family Inn to find a man who had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Although authorities didn’t find the man at the hotel, they did find his girlfriend, Kathryn Michelle Lunsford, 32, who also had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole and had rented a room under the name of Shelley Byrom.

Authorities met with Lunsford, and took her into custody, Yarbrough said, and because her parole was related to a drug case, they asked her if she had any narcotics in her possession or in the room.

Lunsford said she did, and she had some on the bed and hidden on her person. According to Yarbrough, authorities waited for a female deputy to arrive, who found five individual baggies that contained suspected methamphetamine and oxycodone and xanax pills inside a body cavity. Investigators also found a few needles filled with suspected methamphetamine lying on the bed, and more than 50 small plastic baggies, commonly used for distributing narcotics, in the room.

Because of this, Lunsford was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and violation of parole, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail.