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AS DAVID stared into the bloodshot eyes of his ice-addicted son following the man’s attack on his own mother, he searched for the person he’d spent more than three decades raising.


But he was nowhere to be seen.

David, from the Richmond Valley, who wanted to be known only by his first name, looked wounded as he describes his son Tommy’s (not his real name) three-year descent into the depths of crystal methamphetamine addiction.

“About five years ago, he was working an the Gold Coast as a wharfie. He went out one night with his mate and this guy who’d just returned from fighting in Iraq, for no known reason, punched him in the head – a king hit,” he said.

Suffering a fractured skull and broken jaw, Tommy, emotionally broken and unable to work, withdrew over time, before experimenting with ice.

David said the experience heralded the beginning of his family’s battle to retrieve its son from the clutches of the damaging substance.

“He became a drug addict. He got into smoking that bloody ice. He retreated away and I knew something was going on,” he said.

“He’d say it was nothing, but he was getting crankier and in a worse way. Once he got addicted, he just didn’t know what he was doing.”

Alarm bells rang incessantly for the caring dad after his son crashed into a telegraph pole at speed, high on ice, with four passengers in the car, who miraculously were uninjured.

Tommy ran from the scene and rang his dad in a panic, but David had little sympathy and convinced him to turn himself in to the police.

“Once his brain got taken away by this ice, mate, he was a different kid,” David said.

“It steals souls away.”

David, now 64, said Tommy’s ice use disgusted him, as he watched his son stop at nothing to feed his addiction.

Eventually, Tommy’s addiction reached breaking point.

“He got home to his mum’s farm one day – we’re separated – and he started wrecking things,” David said.

“I had to do something I’d never done with my kids before – I grabbed him round the throat, because he’d belted his mother, slapped her, pushed her over.

“He picked up a stick to hit me. I said ‘Go on, go on, if you hit me with that, I’ll flog you. I didn’t bring you up to be this person you are’.

“Then he started bawling. He fell to the ground. It broke my heart, seeing what happened. But it had to happen.”

David told his son: “If I have to pretend you don’t exist and you weren’t ever born, I will. Is that what you want?”

As Tommy pleaded for his dad’s help, David knew the realisation of his addiction had hit home hard.

About six months ago, closely following the attack on his mum, Tommy, now 33, began rehabilitation in Thailand and is recovering.

David lashed out angrily at those who distribute ice and subsequently destroy lives and families.

“Chop their hand off, so they can’t make it ever again,” he said.

“I’ve had enough mate. It’s ridiculous. It’s time to stop and that time is now.”



PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5/AP) – Several people were rounded up from two Prescott motels and arrested for illegal drug activity.

Four women and two men are facing various drug-related charges after a task force served multiple search warrants earlier this month at two motels, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said


Those arrested include 26-year-old Jennifer Nichols, 45-year-old Diana Springs, 41-year-old Cynthia Castillo, 21-year-old Marcos Larrazolo, 20-year-old Gloria Castillo and 29-year-old Matthew Masing.

The suspects were booked into Yavapai County jail between Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 and have since been released on bond or pending further investigation.

Authorities recovered three weapons as well as one-quarter pound of methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and hallucinogenic “mushrooms.”


Here are the specific charges:

Jennifer Nichols

Possession/use of dangerous drugs-meth, possession of dangerous drugs for sale-meth, possession/use of dangerous drugs- psilocybin “mushrooms,” possession of dangerous drugs for sale-psilocybin “mushrooms,” possession of dangerous drugs-ecstasy, possession of a narcotic drug-heroin, possession of a narcotic drug for sale-heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in-custody on a $5,000 bond.

Diana Springs

Interfere with a judicial proceeding “arrest warrant,” possession of dangerous drugs-meth, possession of dangerous drugs for sale-meth, possession of drug paraphernalia. Springs was released on a $3,000 bond.

Cynthia Castillo

Possession/use of dangerous drugs-meth, possession of dangerous drugs for sale-meth, possession of a dangerous drug-ecstasy, possession of a narcotic drug-oxycodone, possession of a firearm during a drug-related felony, possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor, possession of drug paraphernalia. Castillo released on a $2,000 bond.

Marcos Larrazolo

Possession/use of dangerous drugs-meth, possession of dangerous drugs for sale-meth, possession of a firearm during a drug-related felony, possession/use of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $2,500 bond.

Gloria Castillo

Possession/use of dangerous drugs-meth, possession/use of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia-meth, possession of a firearm during a drug-related felony. Castillo was released pending further investigation.

Matthew Masing

Possession of a narcotic drug-heroin, possession of a firearm during a drug-related felony, possession of drug paraphernalia. Masing released on a $2,000 bond.





AMERICAN CANYON — A Vallejo resident has been arrested in American Canyon after law enforcement officials said she was transporting methamphetamine.

Tammy Denise Jeffers, 46, was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, transporting methamphetamine and driving with a suspended license, according to the Napa Special Investigations Bureau.

Detectives said investigators this month were looking into allegations Jeffers was involved in selling methamphetamine in Napa and Solano counties.

According to the NSIB, detectives pulled over Jeffers’ vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday as she drove through American Canyon toward Napa.

Detectives said they detained and searched Jeffers and her vehicle, and found 6 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine in her purse and another ounce in her possession.

The NSIB said detectives later found evidence of drug sales at Jeffers’ home.




Health services and community members are raising the alarm over high rates of methamphetamine use in the Kimberley region, with reports of teenagers as young as 15 among the users.cornell_meth_3_1

Cornell – a 28 year old Yawuru man from Broome – first tried methamphetamine two years ago.

Moving quickly from the powdered form to the more potent crystal form, known as ice, the drug took hold fast.

“At first I was just sort of doing on weekends,” he says.

“Three months after I first tried it was a daily occurrences before I knew it. It just came to a point where I had pretty much lost everything that I had.”

He says the drug is becoming easily available in Broome, with kids as young as 15 using.

“The previous availability of cannabis is now taking a backseat and so amphetamines and even ice methamphetamine is now available, cheap and becoming the preferred drug of choice.”

“In the last three years it’s started to get in the street level, its started to get in a lot people’s hands that it shouldn’t have got into and a lot of the Indigenous people have started to get involved in it.”

“I reckon there would be at least a few hundred that are taking meth on a daily basis and their whole lives would be consumed by chasing methamphetamine.”

According the latest Federal Government National Drug Strategy Household Survey report, Western Australia has the highest rate of recent methamphetamine use relative to population- at 3.4 per cent.

In the far-flung towns all around the northern Kimberley region of the state, health services are raising the alarm.


Milliya Rumurra Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, just outside of Broome, was initially set up to combat the deep-seated problems with alcohol and cannabis.

Chief executive Andrew Amor says the centre is now seeing a steady trickle of meth addicts- some from remote communities hundreds of kilometers away.

“The previous availability of cannabis is now taking a backseat and so amphetamines and even ice methamphetamine is now available, cheap and becoming the preferred drug of choice,” he says.

“We’ve already seen the devastation of alcohol and how that’s affected individuals families and communities. If we don’t act now we could see communities hit again a second time with this drug.

Dr Murray Chapman is the clinical director of the Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service.

He says there’s been an increase of people in meth-induced psychotic episodes forcibly taken by police to the mental health unit.

“Once every two or three weeks we’re seeing someone where probably methamphetamine has provoked their illness episode,” he says.

“We might pick up on them hearing voices auditory hallucinations which may be quite persecutory. It can change at a moment from apparent euphoria from tears sadness and intense anger. We have to use a lot of the hospital resources because of the risks and the potential for aggression.”

But the effects don’t stop at mental health.

Paul Dessauer is the outreach co-coordinator at the Western Australian Substance User’s Association- specializing in methamphetamine related health problems.

“One of our major concerns in the region is that Hepatitis transmission rates have been increasing,” he says.

“This is an incurable disease. Most people that contract HEP C do not show any symptoms for 10-15 years, and if nobody is testing them, and if nobody has told them about this disease, they may be spreading it within the community, this epidemic could be spreading without us realizing.

Cornell eventually sought help and flew down to a rehabilitation centre in Perth.

He has been out of rehab for several months now and is determined to teach his community about the harmful effects of meth addiction.

“Something that I’m really passionate about is being able to work with Indigenous youth because going through my struggles I understand how hard things can get,” he says.

“It’s just good to know that my future looks bright and to know that the things I want to achieve I can achieve.”




PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian police have arrested two Buddhist monks in the tourist city of Siem Reap after finding them partying in a room in their pagoda with two women, booze and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, local media reported Monday.

A buddhist monk holds an umbrella as he walks inside a temple in Bangkok

The raid came as Cambodia — a deeply Buddhist country — celebrates the annual Pchum Ben holiday, or the festival of the dead, a deeply holy time.

The 36-year-old monk whose room was raided by police had been under suspicion for some time, The Cambodia Daily reported, as he had rebelled against Buddhist doctrine and neighbors had complained of his noisy late night parties.

 “Pich David was expelled in 2012 for bad behavior but we allowed him to return in 2013 after he pleaded with the pagoda authorities to come back and promised to adhere to the Buddhist doctrine and to follow the rules of the pagoda,” the pagoda’s chief monk, Keo Khouy, told the daily.

Monks are forbidden to drink alcohol or take drugs and must remain celibate.

 “When we entered [Pich David's] room, we found alcohol, some condoms, and a pipe for smoking ice,” Khiev Sort, a local police chief in Siem Reap, told the paper. Two female market venders were also in his room along with other partiers, including two young men from the pagoda as well as another monk, Chan Bunna — who tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both monks have been defrocked by the pagoda and charged with drug use.

It is not the first instance of Cambodian monks being defrocked for engaging in forbidden or criminal activity. Several years ago, a number of Buddhist clergy were arrested for rape — including child rape — and others have been defrocked for alcohol and drug use.




The “these are not my pants” defense against drugs found in a pocket does not work, so quit using it, suggests Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley.

In almost 20 years of prosecuting crime, he has heard that excuse, or some variation, too many times to remember.

With methamphetamine and heroin trafficking on the increase, Nisley wants drug users to know that the law doesn’t care where the pants come from, just who has custody of the drugs.

 “They very well could have been someone else’s pants at one time but the reality is, you are wearing them and the meth is in your possession,” he said.

Second on the list of excuses is, “Oh that’s not mine (drug), I’m just holding it for someone else.” Or the variation, “Somebody else must have put it there.”

In one case, Nisley said police went to a home in The Dalles on the hunt for a person of interest in a criminal case. The man who opened the door was not the individual that officers were seeking.

He was bare-chested and wearing a short terry cloth towel wrap, with his hands inside the pockets.

 “The officer asked him politely to take his hands out of the pockets for everyone’s safety. When he did, a little bindle of meth fluttered out of his hand and landed next to his foot,” said Nisley.

“He was standing there with his arms straight out, staring straight ahead and his eyes were wide open in one of those ‘Oh Oh’ moments. He first claimed not to know that the drug was in his pocket. He also pretended not to know that a spoon, syringe and Army knife were in there.”

The spoon, explained the district attorney, is heated with a lighter until the drug becomes liquid. It is then drawn into a syringe and injected directly into a vein.

When police asked why the man in the towel did not notice that a heavy knife was in the pocket, he switched gears and blamed the presence of the paraphernalia on a houseguest.

The other male staying in the house was also found with a spoon in his belongings.

 “I told the jury it was highly unlikely that he ran down the hallway when he had his own spoon and put another one in the man’s pocket,” said Nisley, who was successful in convicting the man of drug possession.

This spring, authorities noted a “snort tube” for meth on the bedside table of a woman’s home in The Dalles. Officers had been granted permission to search her residence for two individuals wanted in a criminal case. Although they found two other people sleeping in the house, they were unable to locate the individuals they wanted to question.

The woman first told police she “didn’t know” what the tube was. She said it had probably been left behind “by wanderers who often came into the apartment.”

 “My advice is: If you find a snort tube on your night stand, call the police right away,” said Nisley, who convicted her of drug possession.

“This is all a sad reflection on a person’s ability to reflect reality,” he said.

There are plenty of other excuses for drug possession heard by Nisley, some of which he says have no basis in reality:

 “My kids (ages 2 and 4) must have put it there.”

“Someone must have snuck into my bedroom through an open window and planted the pipe and baggie in my dresser.”

“That’s my boyfriend’s, not mine. Well, yes, we use together – but it’s not mine.”

In 2005, Oregon passed a law to reduce meth production by putting a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, behind store counters. Those buying it are required to show identification. However, the Oregon Department of Justice noted in a June report that, while production has decreased in the state, large shipments of meth and heroin, another popular drug, are now coming from Mexico and other South American countries.

Oregon currently ranks fourth in the nation in the percentage of residents using illegal drugs, according to state statistics. Nisley doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.

He said 75 percent of people who are convicted of felony drug crimes in Oregon end up only with 18 months of probation. In that situation, he said there is even less incentive for them to seek help and many return to criminal activity to support an addiction.

 “The law in this state is set up so that people selling meth within 1,000 feet of a school can end up with just probation,” he said.

He wants to see more treatment centers opened to help people overcome addictions that cripple their ability to lead functional lives.

 “Sometimes you have to put people in jail or prison to get their attention. But jail and prison doesn’t reverse an addiction. I don’t think more treatment options are going to happen until: A) society has funding; and B) the desire to do something different.”

With 65 to 70 percent of the criminal cases crossing his desk related to drug and alcohol abuse, Nisley said the problem needs to be addressed at some point.

 “’Getting baked,’ ‘Getting stoned,’ ‘Crank,’ ‘Dope,’ those are the words used to describe drug use or an illegal substance,” he said. “Just the names alone tell you that nothing good comes out of involvement in that world.”

For that reason, he is strongly opposed to Measure 91, a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana that voters will decide Nov. 4.

 “Some of the information the proponents of this measure are using to gain support is a complete lie,” he said.

For example, Nisley said claims are being made that 11,000 people are arrested in Oregon each year for possession of a small amount of pot. He said there are about 14,000 people incarcerated in jails and prisons across the state at any given time, and approximately 100 of them are behind bars for a marijuana-related offense.

 “The proponents of this measure are using statistics for people who receive a citation similar to a speeding ticket for having less than one ounce of pot,” he said.

He said about 1,000 inmates have been incarcerated for crimes involving harder drugs, such as meth and heroin.

 “As the law stands now, you can have four pounds of marijuana in Oregon and have been convicted of murder three times, which is a worst case scenario, and you will get a presumptive sentence of 10 to 11 months,” he said. “The whole story that people are going to jail for marijuana is complete bunk.”

Under the current ballot proposal, Nisley said people who take pot into a jail will face only a $200 fine for an infraction.

However, if they smuggle in tobacco or alcohol, he said the person is guilty of a felony offense.

If voters decide to legalize marijuana, Nisley said it will be his job to put aside his personal feelings and enforce the new law.

 “The law is the law. I don’t make them, I enforce them,” he said. “My position is that it is a pharmaceutical, it’s a drug. Would you go into the neighbor’s basement if they were manufacturing Tylenol and pick up a bottle to take home?”

He said the hybrid pot grown today is a genetically engineered product so it will be interesting to see if people who support Measure 92, to label foods that have been altered, also support Measure 91.

 “Drugs are a very serious issue that I don’t think society is fully addressing,” he said.



Salton City, California – Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a pair of suspected drug smugglers after discovering packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a luggage bag stored in a minivan.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a male driver and female passenger in a white 2006 Toyota Sienna at the Highway 86 checkpoint located near Salton City.

Agents referred the driver to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.  During the inspection, a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  The agents subsequently discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a bag of luggage located inside the vehicle.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 5.4 pounds with an estimated street value of about $35,000.

The man, a U.S. citizen, and the woman, a lawfully present Mexican citizen, were turned over to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration agents for further investigation.

The vehicle and narcotics were seized.



Michigan State Police are investigating a methamphetamine dump site in a rural area of Wexford County near Buckley. A logger reported finding items believed to have been used in the making meth and contacted Troopers at the Cadillac post.

The 7th District Meth Response Team came to the scene to investigate and confirmed the supplies were used to make the drug. The Traverse Narcotics Team helped with the cleanup, disposal and investigation.

TNT is asking for the community to be on the lookout for meth dump sites while outside around northern Michigan.

If you have any information on the uses, distribution or production of any controlled substances please call the Traverse Narcotics Tip line at 1 (800) 338-0868.

Indiana State Police arrested a couple Thursday after finding methamphetamine in their home along with their two children both under the age of 3.

Cassandra Sullivan, 25, and Cory Lazzell, 26, were both preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of dependents. As of Friday, they both were being held at the Delaware County jail under $10,000 bond.

Walmart South employees called ISP officers after noticing Sullivan wandering aimlessly around the parking lot trying to enter several vehicles, according to a police affidavit. Sullivan told officers that she couldn’t find her children of the people she came to the store with.

While talking to officers, Sullivan admitted to using meth earlier in the day, the affidavit said. She also told them that the drug had been “dropped” in her house before, meaning the final stages of making meth were completed in her home. Additionally, Sullivan offered to sell the controlled substance opana to one of the officers.

Deeming her a possible risk, officers took Sullivan to her house and were greeted by Lazzell, documents said. He allegedly allowed officers to enter the home to ensure that the children were OK. Officers said they spotted a white powdery substance that field tested positive for meth, as well as smoking devices and digital scales.

A video interview was conducted with Lazzell, who allegedly admitted to smoking meth, according to the affidavit. He told police that he planned to have one child picked up for the evening so they wouldn’t get in the way of him enjoying himself.

Lazzell’s father, Tony Davis, was called to pick up the children; however, officers discovered that Davis had a handful of warrants out for his arrest in other counties for drug related offenses. Instead the two children were placed in the care of Child Protective Services.



Last weekend I was invited to attend a Sheriff’s Border Summit for a security briefing on the Mexican border and how it is affecting every county around the nation.

Sheriffs from all over the country attended the briefing, which included speakers who work for various federal, state, and county agencies relating to border security, as well as drug and human trafficking issues.

We were also given a tour of the U.S./Mexican border from El Paso to Hudspeth County, Texas. Hudspeth County has over 90 miles of U.S./Mexican border with only four miles of fence that separate the two. Because most of the population is in neighboring El Paso County, Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office is left to patrol the border with little help from anyone else. In fact, the entire time we were on the border, we saw no law enforcement except for the deputies who were escorting us.

Hudspeth County has a small population of less than 3,500 people and yet has nearly 4,500 square miles to patrol, including the 90 plus miles of the U.S. border. While talking with some of the deputies, we learned that it is normal for them to seize thousands and thousands of pounds of drugs each year just in their county. They also said this amount was estimated to be around 5 percent of what is coming across their border.

Another fact we found almost mind blowing, is that nearly 8,000 semi trucks cross the border each day from Mexico, and only 40-50 of them are searched. During the briefing we were told they estimate the cartels make anywhere between $80-180 billion per year from the U.S.

We were also briefed on the violence and corruption that is going on in Mexico and slowly spilling over into cities all over the country. Three of the major drug cartels, Los Zetas, Gulf Cartel, and La Familia, are believed to have members or affiliates in nearly every major city, and they are actively trying to transition from wholesaling drugs to other groups in the country to selling their product right on the streets of the U.S. without going through anyone else.

Over the last few years, the number of meth labs we find is becoming more and more rare, and the crystal meth coming from larger cities like Kansas City is becoming the norm. The quality of the meth is higher and the retail price is greater. In fact, not long ago, we received lab results on some meth that was more than 90 percent pure.

One of the larger seizures we made just a few weeks ago was a quality that could not have been produced in a local lab. It is very likely that a majority of the crystal meth we see today is manufactured and brought in from Mexico to places like Kansas City, where it is bought and then sold on our streets right here in Vernon County.

I believe that America is still the land of opportunity and I do not blame anyone for wanting to come here, but I do believe there should be a clear and legal way for people to come into this country and under no circumstances should anyone be allowed to enter illegally.

What if a terrorist decided to drive a weapon right across our border because no one was watching? Sheriff Arvin West (a border sheriff) said, “We must secure our borders now, or every sheriff will become a border sheriff.”




BECKLEY – Authorities say a man responsible for shoplifting, attacking a store employee, making meth and then assaulting police is finally behind bars Saturday. ShowImage5445

Mac Hughes, 32, is sitting in Southern Regional Jail on $25,000 bond for several felony and misdemeanor charges.
Hughes’ crime spree started Tuesday at Walmart when he stole $300 worth of merchandise and then battered a loss prevention employee, according to Officer Neal Smith with the Beckley Police Department.
Hughes was later connected to a meth lab on the 100 block of Fairlawn Avenue where he’s accused of fighting several officers and striking one of them, according to Smith.
Hughes was high on meth at the time of his arrest, his girlfriend told police.
Officers were able to locate several items used to manufacture the drug including a large amount of lithium batteries, coffee filters, cold packs and tubing.


A man has been sentenced to prison after a young child drank acid from a sippy cup at a Santa Rosa County meth lab.


A jury found Jonathan Wayne Glass, 38, guilty of child neglect causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement.  Immediately following the trial, Santa Rosa County Circuit Court Judge John F. Simon sentenced Glass to 15 years state prison.

On February 20, 2013, Glass brought sulfuric acid into a residence he shared with a woman and her three children at Piney Woods Place Apartments in Milton. Glass brought the acid into the residence so that he could use it during the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. The acid had been placed into a small plastic cup with a screw-on lid with a straw attached to it. Glass left the cup of acid on a bathroom counter where a drank the acid while brushing his teeth.

Although there was a hospital within three miles of the residence and Glass had a working vehicle and an access to a telephone, he failed to seek medical attention for the child and instructed another child who was present in the residence during the incident not to call 911.

A neighbor who heard screaming and the sound of a child moaning coming from the Glass’ apartment called 911. The 3-year old child was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital. As a result of drinking the sulfuric acid, the child suffered severe chemical burns to his chin, lips, mouth, tongue, esophagus, and hands. The child was initially treated in the emergency room; however he was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit due to the severity of for several weeks following the incident.

Glass is also facing drug charges which include trafficking in methamphetamine and trafficking in hydrocodone. He will be back in court October 20.



BEVIER, MO. — Three people are facing charges following a rape investigation in Macon County.


According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Michael A.S. Coons, 23, of Bevier, Mo., was involved in a relationship with a 15-year-old that included sexual intercourse and methamphetamine use.

Now, Coons is charged Second Degree Statutory Rape and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

He’s currently being held on a $9,000 dollar bond at the Macon County Jail.

During the course of the investigation, authorities searched the residence of Jessica D. Shoemaker, 39, of Bevier, and discovered drug paraphernalia.

As a result, Shoemaker and Teresa N. Smith, 21, of Bevier, are charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, because of their apparent active participation in the use of methamphetamine with the juvenile.

Smith has been released on $5,000 bond and Shoemaker is still being held in the Randolph County Jail on a $39,000 bond.



BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Two Bellingham business owners have until early October to decontaminate more than a dozen meth-laden motel rooms, health officials said Friday.


Fifteen rooms at the Aloha Motel and Villa Inn were red-tagged and labeled unfit to occupy by officials from the Whatcom County Health Department after testing positive for methamphetamine, said Jeff Hegedus, environmental health supervisor for the department.

One room was 90 times the legal limit for the drug and had a 10-year old child living in it, Hegedus said.

Both motels are along Samish Way, a thoroughfare leading toward Western Washington University and a long-time hotbed for crime, said Kelli Linville, Bellingham’s mayor. The city’s crackdown on crime in the area is part of a 2009 plan to turn the area into an urban village, Linville added.

 “This has now been a fairly long-standing problem and it has gotten worse,” said Linville. “We’ll be looking at everything. We’re determined there will not be illegal activity going on along Samish Way.”

The 15 rooms were known spots for drug activity, added Lt. Bob Vander Yacht with the Bellingham Police Department. Laws limit the police and other officials from doing a building-wide test for methamphetamine, added Hegedus.

The owners of both motels said Friday they are working to decontaminate the flagged rooms and clean up the properties.

Drugs aren’t the only issue impacting the area, frustrated business owners added.

 “They had a dead body last week pulled from the motel across the street,” said Sterling Fisher, who has owned an auto body shop in the neighborhood for about seven years. “A month ago there was a gentleman OD’ing on heroin, so we had to run out there and call 911, keep him up on his feet until the ambulance gets there. It’s kind of a common occurrence.”

Fisher said he was vigilant about protecting customers’ property by parking their cars inside overnight. He still lamented what he said were lagging response times by the police department.

 “It’s not getting better. We call the cops a lot,” Fisher said. “Whatever it is, enforce something, because right now, nothing is enforced.”

His neighbor, restaurant owner Jozef Bosman, echoed similar complaints.

 “At times it feels unsafe. I’m concerned some of my customers are scared to come here when it’s night because they don’t want to deal with some of the drug issues happening in the street,” said Bosman, who owns Diego’s Mexican Grill. “I’ve had my life threatened many times when I’ve asked people to leave the parking lot from them doing drug deals. I’ve had my front window smashed in at night in retaliation.”

Bosman saw the meth testing as a start, and hoped city and county officials would continue to remain vigilant.

 “I hope it’s a start and I hope it continues,” Bosman added. “I think it’s a good thing that people see it.”




Sept. 13


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry referred an 18-year-old Mexican man for further inspection as he attempted to enter the United States. When officers searched the man, they found two packages of methamphetamine wrapped around his waist. The drugs, weighing more than three pounds, are worth approximately $9,700.
  • CBP officers at the Mariposa port arrested a 33-year-old Mexican man after finding nearly 47 pounds of meth and more than 3 pounds of heroin hidden in his vehicle. A drug-sniffing dog assisted officers in finding the stash, which was valued at nearly $187,000.
  • A 19-year-old Nogales, Ariz. man was referred for additional inspection of his Pontiac sedan when he attempted to cross into the United States at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the sedan, CBP officers removed almost 19 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $198,000, from the dashboard area.

Sept. 11

  • A 46-year-old Mexican woman was referred for additional inspection of her Buick SUV at the DeConcini port. After a drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle’s trunk, officers located more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $67,000.541ca6b214da8_image
  • CBP officers at the DeConcini port referred a 29-year-old Mexican woman and her 27-year-old female Mexican passenger for further inspection of a Buick SUV. A search then led to the discovery of 39 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $116,000.

Sept. 10

  • A 42-year-old Mexican man was sent for further inspection of his Lincoln SUV at the Mariposa port. During the inspection, officers found nearly 37 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $385,000, inside the vehicle’s rocker panels.





LAWRENCEVILLE — Retaliation, five kilograms of meth and as much as $100,000 cash fueled the August home invasion that left a Duluth man dead, a detective testified Friday.

Brian Brewner, Devon Jenkins and Pierre Scott are three of the four men charged in the Aug. 6 incident on Duluth’s Summercrest Lane, during which 37-year-old Adam Schrier was killed. All three suspects were in Gwinnett County magistrate court alongside their attorneys Friday afternoon as Duluth police Detective Bobby Johnson outlined his department’s preliminary case against them.


Johnson presented the timeline of events as follows:

— Brewner, who allegedly acted as the robbing crew’s ringleader, was originally tipped off to “five kilos of meth that belonged to someone else” by a man named James Staples. Staples reportedly told Brewner that the drugs had been stolen from another man and were in Schrier’s home, along with plenty of cash.

Brewner, Jenkins, Scott and fellow suspect James Stokes — who has not yet been detained — had recently robbed Staples. Staples suggested to Brewner that the same crew carry out the robbery at Schrier’s home.

— After they assembled a “duffel bag full of handguns and weapons” in a room at the Congress Hotel and Suites near Norcross, Brewner picked up Jenkins, Scott and Stokes and they headed to Schrier’s home early on the morning of Aug. 6. When they arrived, Stokes had second thoughts and fled on foot.

— Jenkins and Scott, meanwhile, broke into the back door of the home. Schrier confronted them and struggled over a gun with Jenkins, who ultimately shot him once in the chest.

— Schrier’s girlfriend, Jami Smith, came downstairs after hearing the struggle and was accosted at the foot of the stairs. Jenkins hit her in the head with his gun several times before Smith’s 8-year-old daughter woke up.

Smith attempted to protect the child when Jenkins shot her in the back and thigh. One of the bullets passed through her and hit her daughter. Both survived.

“They were threatening to kill (Smith) if she didn’t give them the money or the drugs,” Johnson said.

— Smith’s purse was stolen. It contained cards, cash and approximately four ounces of methamphetamine. Other bags with drug residue inside were later found inside the home.

— Brewner picked up Jenkins and Scott and they returned to the Congress Hotel and Suites at about 6:30 a.m., half an hour after the home invasion. Surveillance footage captured all three men together.

Johnson’s investigation was aided by a vigilant neighbor, who jotted down the license plate number on a truck leaving the scene. That truck was eventually tied to Brewner, who had reportedly borrowed it from a friend in Chattanooga, Tenn., and refused to return it.

Over the ensuing days and weeks, Duluth police made contact with Brewner, Jenkins and Scott. According to Johnson, Brewner admitted his role in the home invasion and identified Jenkins as the shooter. Scott reportedly did the latter as well.

Jenkins allegedly confessed to his girlfriend’s sister and was overheard admitting to the shooting by Brewner’s girlfriend.

Following Friday’s hearing, Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Blum bound over all charges against the defendants to superior court.

When naming Brewner, Jenkins, Scott and Stokes as suspects in the case last month, Duluth police said they would seek charges against a fifth suspect via indictment. Johnson’s testimony Friday suggested that the fifth man is Staples, who is currently being held in the Gwinnett County jail on unrelated charges.




A Paris woman was arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine after two different forms of the drug were found in her car.

Miranda A. Barnett, 33, of 6090 Highway 69A east of Paris was stopped on Highway 77 south of Paris by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Jenkins at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday. 

She was stopped because of dark window tint on the car she was driving.

Jenkins wrote in his report he found a bag containing a gram of methamphetamine, a bag containing a half-gram of methamphetamine ice, a razor blade and a straw.

Barnett was charged with a felony count of possession of a Schedule II drug with intent.

She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.

She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A meth-den sting at a beach condominium complex yielded four arrests Friday and prompted one cuffed man to jump from the second story in an escape attempt.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division was conducting a search of an unnamed condominium complex in Panama City Beach when they located about a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine in ice form in the possession of Mikeal Meadows, 39. As they swept the residence, deputies found 41-year-old Angela Dotson trying to flush evidence into a toilet.

The sweep continued, and deputies found Barry Roberts, 42, in possession of an opiate. As investigators were conducting the search, Zachery Jenkins, 32, showed up at the condo. A warrants check was run and authorities discovered Jenkins was wanted on an active warrant for escaping the law.

Jenkins was detained and placed into handcuffs, but Jenkins, with hands handcuffed behind him, in another escape attempt jumped from the second floor of the complex and hid under a car at the condos.

Jenkins was quickly located and arrested on attempted escape.

Meadows was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of MDMA. Dotson was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, possession of MDMA and tampering with evidence. Dotson was also on probation and charged with violation of probation. Roberts was charged with possession of a controlled substance.




INDIANA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – An Indiana mom is facing several charges.

Police say the 21-year-old attempted to have her baby in the front yard of a home.

The women eventually ended up at a hospital.

Police say she was high on meth and delivered a baby who was addicted to the drug.

The baby is in the custody of Child Protective Services and remains in serious condition.

The mother is being held without bond.



A 47-year-old woman is facing DUI and drug charges in connection to a crash Thursday in the area of Second Avenue North and North 22nd Street.541cbcf5d9128_preview-620

On Friday, Sandra Jean Wilson made an initial court appearance on a felony drug possession charge and misdemeanor counts of DUI and drug paraphernalia possession.

Charging documents say police arrested her after responding a report of a “tweaked out” woman at the scene of the crash.

Police talked to a driver involved in the crash, identified as Wilson, who appeared to be intoxicated, court records say.

Wilson performed poorly on field sobriety tests and a drug recognition expert concluded that she was high, according to prosecutors.

A search of Wilson turned up a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, charging documents say.

Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set Wilson’s bond at $7,500 and ordered her to appear for arraignment in District Court on Oct. 2.



Seattle man accused of stabbing two people and holding another up at knifepoint allegedly gets a sick thrill from bloodshed.


“I’m going to stab one person every day,” the suspect told police, according to charging papers. “It is better than doing meth.”

John Fecteau, 22, who is homeless and has a lengthy rap sheet, admitted to the violence on Sept. 10 and told the arresting officer he hoped he severed a victim’s spine, King County prosecutors said.

Just before noon, the suspect allegedly accosted a woman, 19, he said was sitting on a piece of cardboard he owned, reported Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Fecteau stabbed a 22-year-old man, with whom she was sitting, in the back of the neck and behind the ear before slashing her hand, a detective said.

The couple was transported to Harborview Medical Center to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, reported KIRO-TV.

Both victims identified Fecteau, who has distinctive tattoos of horns on his forehead and devilish bolts under his mouth, as the attacker.

They recognized him from a program dedicated to helping young homeless people, according to the local online paper.

The suspect had fled the scene by the time officers arrived but they found him about 2:30 p.m. after receiving a call of another robbery, the CBS affiliate said.

Fecteau allegedly used a knife to demand that another victim empty his pockets. An arresting officer said he admitted to the stabbings immediately.




Police suspect that a Casper woman rolled a hot saucepan on an infant’s face and shook the baby with enough force to require trauma care.

Authorities also accuse Stephanie Shirts of suffocating the 14-month-old girl with a blanket, according to an officer’s report. The infant was taken Tuesday by Lifeflight to the children’s hospital in Aurora, Colorado, with a brain bleed and bleeding in the eyes.


Police say the girl is in stable condition.

Prosecutors have charged Shirts, 25, with four counts of child abuse, four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of aggravated child abuse. She faces 65 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Two adults who live with Shirts also face child endangerment charges related to the case.

Bobbi Humphreys, 24, faces four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor child endangering.

Jason Cathcart, 37, is charged with four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count each of felony and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

An emergency room doctor at Wyoming Medical Center contacted Casper police at 7 p.m. Tuesday about a patient with injuries indicative of child abuse.

The baby, who was brought to the hospital by Humphreys, her mother, was lethargic and unresponsive when officers arrived, the report states.

Detectives saw burns on the baby’s face and head and bruises on her face, abdomen, pelvis and legs. A neurosurgeon suggested the infant be transferred to a children’s hospital in Colorado because of the child’s level of trauma.

Three other children, all under the age of 5, reside with Shirts, Humphreys and Cathcart. Police say the children did not have any injuries. They were placed in foster care by the Department of Family Services.

Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen forbade the defendants to see the children except under the supervision of DFS. Patchen said Shirts should have no contact whatsoever with the 14-month-old girl.

Shirts told police she caused the burns to the girl’s face about two weeks ago, the report states. She was cooking mac and cheese at their home, and the child was crying in her highchair.

Shirts “rolled the side of the pan across (the child’s) forehead, cheek and side of her head,” the report states. She claimed that the pan wasn’t very hot and that she didn’t think the baby had been burned until she saw blisters on the child the next day.

When asked about the bruises on the infant’s face, Shirts told police she held the infant down by her head while she scrubbed the burns with a plant extract sometimes used for medicinal purposes.

The bruises to the child’s legs occurred when Shirts held the baby upside down and shook her, according to the report. In another instance, Shirts picked up the infant under her arms and violently shook her back and forth.

The three adults admitted to smoking methamphetamine Tuesday morning in their home on South Fairdale Avenue. Humphreys allegedly left the 14-month-old in her playpen while she went to Wal-Mart.

Cathcart and Shirts heard the baby crying and took her out of the playpen to change her diaper. Shirts said she put a blanket over the child’s face because she wouldn’t quit crying.

The child quit breathing and turned blue, Shirts told police. She gave the baby CPR, and the infant started breathing again. Humphreys arrived home shortly after and took the baby to the hospital, the report states.

Authorities searched the home and found several bags of synthetic marijuana. They also found glass pipes containing meth residue and meth in the closet in Cathcart and Shirts’ room.



LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A husband and wife who were caught making meth at a home in Lockport were caught five months later making meth at a trailer in Tonawanda.

Thomas McCabe, 37, and Leah McCabe, 35, were arrested in December after deputies found a meth lab in their home on Saunders Settlement Road in Lockport. Officers say Leah gave them permission to search the home and they found the lab in the basement.

Five months later, warrants were issued for the McCabes when they failed to appear in court. Officers went to a trailer on Ritchie Avenue in Tonawanda to arrest the pair and inside they found another meth lab.

Both McCabes pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. They will be sentenced in January and face a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, or both.




ASHEBORO, N.C. —A man faces charges following the discovery of methamphetamine inside his home Wednesday, Asheboro police said.


Otoniel Recardo Reta, 44, was arrested after a search in the 200 block of West Presnell Street near White Oak Street.

Detectives found 1 pound of meth hidden in a wooden statue inside the home, police said. The estimated street value of the meth was $55,000, police said.

Reta was charged with trafficking in meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth and felony possession of meth. He was held under a $1 million secured bond in the Randolph County Jail.





It costs more than gold, and it’s causing major issues in the Billings area.

Whether it be burglaries, violent encounters or theft — methamphetamine-related crime is on the rise, according to the Billings Police Department and its Drug Task Force.

Methamphetamine has made a resurgence in the Billings area,” Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said. “We know that there is a large quantity moving through town to the Bakken, and we have our own problems here as well.”

He says recent shootings and violent crimes, such as the Michael Sample stabbing and Heights Sonic shooting, are directly related to meth use, and, “unequivocally,” St. John adds that at least 90 percent of the problems the force deals with are drug related, with the majority dealing with meth in particular

Sgt. Brian Korell of the Drug Task Force says they’ve seized ten pounds of meth so far this year — more than last year at this time. He says the drug is primarily coming from Mexico, and while a lot of the meth is passing through to the Bakken, it’s being sold right here in Billings, too. For perspective, one ounce sells for $200 in Mexico, but here, it sells for over $2,000, making it more expensive than gold.

Chief St. John says the meth problem is not going away, but the task force is very active, very productive, and targets mid-level and higher-up dealers.

With the safety levy vote approaching, St. John has talked about the crime uptick at community discussions. The levy would add more than a dozen officers over the next few years, allowing proactive programs like the task force to avoid downsizing.