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O’FALLON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Four St. Clair County residents are accused of cooking meth in an O’Fallon trailer where three children live.7912064_G2

Zachary Johnson, 36 and Amanda Fears, 34, are charged with aggravated participation in meth manufacturing. Jeremy Jordan, 43, and Linda Sonsoucie, 63, are charged with unlawful procurement of meth precursors.

Authorities allege the four were cooking meth at a trailer at the Castle Acres mobile home park in the 1700 block of West Hwy 50. Police said they searched the trailer and found material and equipment for making meth.

All three children were found playing at the trailer park and were taken to a hospital as a precaution because authorities found volatile chemicals inside the trailer. The children have been placed in state custody.

http://www.kmov.com/story/29183899/4-accused-of-cooking-meth-in-trailer-where-children-live

A Wednesday raid on an Interlachen home netted three arrests in a methamphetamine case and the discovery of three children near where the drug was in use and being made, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.met_metharrest_01_1

Jonathan Stephens, Chad Sullivan and Rebecca Mayben were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine in the 5 p.m. raid at the home on Sioux Avenue, the Sheriff’s Office said. Stephens, who is on drug offender probation, also was charged with violation of probation. All three remain in the Putnam County jail with no bail, according to jail records.

The Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics-related search warrant to search for chemicals and tools used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Arriving detectives found Sullivan in the master bathroom preparing to inject methamphetamine, while more of the drug was being “cooked” nearby, the Sheriff’s Office said. Due to the explosive nature of meth manufacturing and its noxious fumes, the search was stopped until the chemicals could be neutralized.

In addition to the drug being made, detectives found processed methamphetamine, chemicals and items used in the production of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The three children in the home, two of whom lived there, were released to family members as the Florida Department of Children and Family Services investigates.

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2015-05-28/story/putnam-meth-arrests-made-raid-home-3-children

NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A tip led detectives to uncover an expansive methamphetamine lab consisting of more than two-dozen pots, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.

About 4:15 p.m. Thursday detectives went to 13 Bellewood Circle in a residential neighborhood to investigate a tip about a possible methamphetamine lab there.

The sheriff’s office said detectives discovered equipment and chemicals throughout the house that are used to make methamphetamine.

Police immediately began evacuating nearby houses.

The North Syracuse Fire Department and the North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps stood by as a precaution due to the potential for an explosion, the sheriff’s office said.

The state police Hazardous Material Clandestine Lab Team was called in and is currently dismantling and packaging up the material for disposal. Agents assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program were also at the scene assisting.

Detective Jon Seeber, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said no one had been arrested, but that detectives were still investigating.

It’s not uncommon for law enforcement to find methamphetamine labs in residential areas consisting of a few pots, or to seize a small one-pot lab. Mobile one-pot labs have become increasingly common too. But operations with dozens of pots are unusual.

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/05/massive_meth_lab_found_in_north_syracuse_house_police_say.html

CANNON BEACH — Two women from Cannon Beach were arrested for methamphetamine possession early Thursday morning.

At 12:02 a.m., Cannon Beach Police Officer Josh Gregory pulled over a vehicle at 84806 Junction Road at the U.S. Highway 101 and U.S. Highway 26 junction. The occupants — Wendy G. Phillips, 33, and Kathleen J. Skinner, 47 — were discovered to have methamphetamine in their possession. Both subjects were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

In addition, Phillips was charged with fugitive arrest, and Skinner was charged with distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). They were taken to Clatsop County Jail.

Altogether, 22 grams of methamphetamine were confiscated. Though Gregory found the narcotics himself, K-9 Officer Gunner was deployed at the end of the search.

http://www.dailyastorian.com/Crime_Reports/20150528/cannon-beach-women-arrested-for-possessing-meth

One more heartbreaking failure from Arizona’s child-welfare agency.

One more child whose short, painful life makes the average person wince and try to wish it away.

Alexandra Velazco-Tercerro, 3 years old, weighed 15 pounds when she died. She’d been beaten, brutalized and sexually abused, according to court records. And on Wednesday, her parents were charged with first-degree murder.

She was a tiny, broken child. The state could have saved her.

She once had a chance. She and her brother were removed from their so-called home in May 2011 because their mother, Rosemary Velazco, tested positive for methamphetamine when Alexandra was born.

The baby was in state protection. She was safe.

Then she and her brother were reunited with their so-called parents in April 2012. The case was closed. Her torture must have begun shortly after that. In addition to extreme malnourishment, she had injuries all over her body “in various stages of healing,” according to the police report.

She would have been 4 this weekend. She was pronounced dead on Saturday.

That’s bad enough.

But this story gets much, much worse.

Last June, Arizona’s child-welfare agency was back in that hellish home. The agency removed an infant.

When Velazco and Carlos Cruz said Alexandra and her brother were out of the country with relatives, caseworkers took them at their word. Nothing was done to find the children. According to Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay, child-welfare workers had no idea that Alexandra or her 6-year-old brother was in the home.

It’s jaw-dropping malfeasance.

Closing a case does not mean children disappear. There should be follow-up when children are returned to a home where the mother, according to DCS, has used methamphetamine.

If the state subsequently returns to a home with known abuse issues on behalf of another child, it should be of paramount importance to find out whether all the kids are safe. This is so basic it shouldn’t have to be said.

There were other opportunities to save Alexandra. As part of DCS “protocol,” spokesman Doug Nick says, a family aide tried to make contact with the parents after the infant was removed. After several attempts, “it appeared as though the family was doing their best to avoid” contact.

This did not trigger another investigative visit. Why? Because the case involving Alexandra and her brother had been closed, and the infant involved in the new, open case was in custody. Talk about going by the book and throwing away the child.

Where was the common sense?

DCS is “only empowered to look at allegations of open cases,” Nick says. So DCS took the word of a meth-abusing mom and never looked for a little girl who was being abused to death in the next room.

Heartbreaking. You bet. But just try to lay blame.

Addressing the roots of this egregious screw up gets caught in a labyrinth of bureaucracy.

The infant was taken from the home in which Alexandra was being brutalized in June, one month after DCS was created to replace an underfunded agency known for fatal mistakes.

The public was told to be patient. Real changes would take time, we were told.

Adding another layer of complication is the shakeup at the agency that Gov. Doug Ducey orchestrated in February when he fired the director and gave the job to McKay, whose lack of managerial experience has been a source of concern.

Once again, there was a call for patience. Give the new guy a chance to make changes, we were told.

Meanwhile, a little girl was suffering. She’s probably not the only one. After Alexandra’s death, her brother was put in state custody.

This story leaves Arizonans with an ache in their hearts. So many people would have held that little girl and tried to make her feel better. So many would have dried her tears and tried to make her laugh.

But the agency whose job it is to protect little ones didn’t even know she was there.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/05/27/excuses-states-failure-protect-tiny-girl/28015625/

According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit made the following arrests for narcotics related offenses within the parish.

On 05/23/15 agents with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were contacted by the Abbeville Police Department Patrol Division in reference to information they received about possible methamphetamine use within the city. Upon further investigation patrol officers located several subjects at a local motel, and further located suspected illicit narcotics on scene. Upon agents arriving, each subject was interviewed as to their part in the said investigation. After all interviews were conducted agents made the following arrests.

  • Kandas Bertrand (dob 12/28/87) of Gueydan, arrested and charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.
  • Charles Boles (5/19/78) of Kaplan, arrested and charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.
  • Bryant Benoit (dob 2/9/79) of Gueydan, arrested and charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile, and possession of steroids.

http://www.katc.com/story/29167143/vermilion-parish-sheriffs-office-narcotics-arrest-report

RICHMOND, Ky (WTVQ) — KSP Officer arrested a Semi truck driver on I-75 on Wednesday, after excessive speed and later sobriety tests.FeatureImage

Chattanooga Tennessee’s Bart A. Bandstra is being charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (Methamphetamines) and driving while under the influence, KSP reports, as well as speeding and improper use of the left lane.

KSP officer reported they had noticed the driver’s unusual speed, and later his nervous behavior and bloodshot eyes before administering field sobriety tests and arresting the man.

Later investigation resulted in the discovery of two or more grams of Methamphetamines, materials used for the sales, and evidence that the driver had also taken methamphetamines, KSP says.

The State Police says Bandstra was taken to Richmond’s Baptist Health for a blood test, and then lodged in Madison County Detention Center for his numerous charges.

http://www.wtvq.com/story/d/story/semi-truck-driver-arrested-for-dui-and-meth-traffi/55193/KI1YOr0bSke9fQGIL4wxNw

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A search of a SUV pulled over while on Interstate 10 in the Tucson area resulted in the seizure of 34.3 pounds of methamphetamine.

The state Department of Public Safety said the methamphetamine seized following a search Friday had a street value of nearly $206,000.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/27/dps-seizes-343-pounds-of-methamphetamine-in-suv-on/

A South Carolina couple faces charges in connection with the death of a 2-day-old little girl and the newborn’s mother faces a murder charge. Officials say the mother drugged her infant with meth, killing her.7881774_G

Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, 27, charged with with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful neglect of child and her boyfriend Shane Ray Fuller, 42, is charged with child neglect. The couple’s daughter Gracie Mae Fuller was born November 17 and died just two days later.

The county coroner determined cause of death to be drug intoxication after discovering high levels of methamphetamine in newborn’s system. They were arrested in February and investigators said the 2-day-old baby died at a home in the Simpsonville area, which Fuller and Smith-Durham shared with three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7.

Deputies said the death happened at a home on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area.

Fuller and Smith-Durham and three other young children lived in the home, which deputies said was deplorable and had no electricity.

The three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7, were placed in DSS custody.

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/26/woman-faces-murder-charge-after-drugging-her-2-day-old-baby-with-meth-and-killing-her/

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – A Greenville County mother and a man who were charged in connection with a 2-day-old baby’s death are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

According to court dockets, Shane Ray Fuller and Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham are expected to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning at the Greenville County Courthouse.

Smith-Durham was charged with murder/ homicide by child abuse and four counts of unlawful neglect of child.

Fuller was also charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of child.

Greenville County deputies filed the charges following the investigation into 2-day-old Gracie May Fuller’s Nov. 19, 2014 death.

Coroner Parks Evans determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication.

Deputies said the baby had high levels of methamphetamine in her system.

Deputies said the death happened at a home on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area.

Fuller and Smith-Durham and three other young children lived in the home, which deputies said was deplorable and had no electricity.

The three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7, were placed in DSS custody.

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Greenville County deputies said a mother and her boyfriend have been charged in a 2-day-old baby’s death, which occurred in Nov. 2014.

Deputies said they were called to an address on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area on Nov. 19 after the baby girl passed away.

Subsequent tests showed the baby had high levels of methamphetamine in her system, deputies said.

Greenville County coroner Parks Evans identified the baby as Gracie May Fuller. Evans determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication. The manner of death was ruled as homicide.

The mother, Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, also tested positive for the drug, deputies said.

Deputies said the boyfriend, and Shane Ray Fuller, and three young children were all living in the house, which deputies said was deplorable, had no power and was being heated by propane canister heaters.

The children, ages 2,3, and 7, were placed in an alternate caregiver’s custody by DSS.

After a full investigation, deputies said Smith-Durham was charged with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Fuller was also charged with four counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Both are being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond.

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/28119621/mother-charged-with-murder-by-child-abuse-in-2-day-old-babys-death

CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — A grandmother who just lost her grandson in a gruesome murder, and advocated life behind bars for the suspect in the case, is now behind bars herself.

Wilma McDavid, 62, of Grayson, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday by Kentucky State Police. She’s facing several charges including first-offense manufacturing meth, according to online jail records.MCDAVID_ARTICLE

State troopers tell WSAZ another family member, Phillip Joseph McDavid, 39, was also arrested on several meth-related charges, including first-offense manufacturing meth.

State Police said the arrests come after investigators searched the McDavid home, after her grandson, Marcus McDavid, was shot to death Sunday night.

Troopers said these two arrests are not linked directly to the murder case.

They said they found inactive labs in the home and precursors used in making meth while collecting evidence.

However, they couldn’t specify in what rooms the materials were found.

They also said they found no money or anything else tied to meth making.

Kentucky State Police said they still have more interviews to do in the case.

http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Grandmother-Facing-Meth-Charges-Days-After-Grandsons-Murder-305091771.html

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE)  Kosciusko County officers arrested four people Tuesday, including two that were found inside a police officer’s personal vehicle.

Just before 1:00 Tuesday morning, police tried to pull over a vehicle heading into the town of Leesburg on State Road 15. The driver pulled over in the 300 block of East Van Buren Street and everyone inside fled the scene.quad-mugshot-kos-county

Sheriff’s deputies got a tip around 10:00 a.m. regarding one of the occupants. They took Brady Shepherd into custody after he apparently slept overnight in the gravel pit south of town.

About an hour later, officers were notified that a Warsaw police officer had discovered two individuals sleeping in his personal pickup truck, which was parked next to his squad at his home. Police took Bruce Kitson Tillman, Jr., 24, and Santana Ann Collingsworth, 20, into custody. Tillman and Collingsworth were arrested and preliminarily charged with resisting/fleeing law enforcement, as well as unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. They are both currently being held on individual $10,000 bonds at the Kosciusko County Jail.

Information obtained during the apprehensions then led deputies and undercover officers to a location south of Warsaw involving a drug investigation. K.C.S.D. deputies, along with Warsaw Police Narcotic Unit & Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers, arrested Jordan Joseph Schultz, 25, of Warsaw, on multiple charges.

Officials from the Department of Child Services were sent to the scene after officers located two children inside the home, which contained marijuana and manufactured methamphetamine. Schultz was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony neglect of dependents, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, along with an outstanding probation violation warrant.

Further investigation determined that Schultz had committed a domestic battery in the presences of minors on the previous night involving a female victim. He was additionally charged with that offense, along with felony strangulation. He’s currently being held on a $4,000 bond.

http://wane.com/2015/05/26/four-arrested-two-found-sleeping-in-police-officers-personal-vehicle/

LAGRANGE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A 33-year-old woman was arrested and is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.635682546201240090-lisa-york-mugshot

Officers from the LaGrange Police Department responded to a wooded area near Lee Street, on May 21, to assist LaGrange Fire and Rescue with a campfire and several suspicious items located in the campsite. Officers located evidence of active and in-active methamphetamine labs as well as evidence of ingredients and paraphernalia used to manufacture Methamphetamine, according to police.

During the investigation, officers obtained and executed a search warrant on a nearby residence and recovered additional evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine in a finished form, according to the LaGrange Police Department. Kentucky State Police troopers helped with the dismantling, clean-up, and disposal of the Hazardous Materials associated with this incident.

Lisa A. York, of LaGrange, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors. The LaGrange Police Department said additional charges and arrests are anticipated as their investigation continues.

Anyone with information concerning this case or other criminal activity in LaGrange are asked to contact the LaGrange Police Department at (502) 225-0444 or Oldham County Dispatch at (502) 222-0111.

http://www.whas11.com/story/news/crime/2015/05/26/lagrange-woman-arrested-accused-of-manufacturing-meth/27975645/

Santa Fe police early Monday arrested Agustin Venecia, 46, on suspicion of seven crimes ranging from kidnapping to trafficking of a controlled substance. Police say he admitted to transporting a woman against her will while he was illegally in possession of a firearm.Agustin Venecia, 46

A string of weekend encounters with Venecia began Saturday, police said, when he called dispatchers to report that a local woman had been kidnapped. The next day, he phoned again to report she’d been found. Officers followed up by questioning the two at the Western Scene Motel on Cerrillos Road.

When questioned alone, police said, the woman stated that she had staged her own kidnapping the day before to get away from Venecia, adding that she had felt afraid of him and didn’t want him to find her. The woman told police Venecia eventually tracked her down outside another Cerrillos Road inn, the Tranquilla Inn, where he confronted her with a gun, grabbed her from behind and forcibly transported her by car for several blocks.

Officers said a search of the Western Scene Motel room led to the discovery of a box of .45-caliber ammunition, a crystal substance residue, plastic baggies and a digital scale.

The woman was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for a medical examination, police said, but at about 4:30 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the hospital because Venecia was reportedly asking staff if he could visit her.

During a second round of questioning about Sunday’s confrontation outside the Tranquilla Inn, police said, Venecia admitted that he had been armed when he grabbed the woman and left with her in a car. Officers say they found a steel-framed BB handgun in Venecia’s pocket, as well as a small amount of a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/man-accused-of-kidnapping-woman-trafficking-meth/article_c37d9ec7-ba0f-5077-8aae-bb3716cf4add.html

The former coroner of Ray County, Mo., has been charged after he was arrested earlier this year while allegedly smoking methamphetamine in a hearse outside an area casino.

Toby L. Polley is charged in Platte County Circuit Court with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Polley, 46, was allegedly seen on surveillance video smoking a glass pipe inside a white hearse in the Argosy Casino parking lot just before midnight on Feb. 24, according to Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd.

When a Riverside police sergeant came to investigate, Polley allegedly told the officer there was a pipe in the middle console but nothing else illegal in the vehicle.

However, when he searched the vehicle, the sergeant found a small plastic bag with a white crystal substance tucked in a passenger seat.

The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

When police reviewed the casino surveillance video, they saw Polley load the pipe and light it several times, according to court documents.

Polley resigned his position in early March.

He is free on bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 18.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article22373328.html

A 43-year-old woman was arrested Monday evening after allegedly driving a stolen car containing stolen packages and methamphetamine, police said.

Authorities stopped Patricia Howell at Beachwood Drive and Clark Avenue for traffic violations, after which police discovered that the car she was driving was reported stolen out of South Pasadena, said Burbank Police Sgt. Adam Cornils.

While searching the car, police reportedly recovered methamphetamine, along with the stolen items.

Howell was arrested on suspicion of unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle, receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. Additional methamphetamine was reportedly found concealed on her person during her booking search, Cornils said.

http://www.burbankleader.com/news/tn-blr-woman-accused-of-driving-stolen-car-20150526,0,1623388.story

Bikie gangs are on a mission to spread the drug methamphetamine, or ice, across Australia, having made it part of their business model, the head of Australia’s new task force on ice has said during a visit to Tasmania.

Ken Lay, formerly Victoria’s police commissioner, said motorcycle gangs played an “enormous” role in ice being distributed across towns and cities throughout the country.

“[They are] one of the main drivers, there’s no doubt about that,” he told 936 ABC Hobart.

“They’re very well organized.

“They’ve got a business model that spreads this drug far and wide, and they are responsible for an enormous amount of harm in our community.”

In Tasmania, the increased presence of motorcycle gangs has run parallel with the rise of ice’s availability, addiction and its destructive impact on lives and communities.

The number of gang clubrooms in the state is nearing 20 and they have been aggressively recruiting new members.

The Rebels, Australia’s largest motorcycle gang, has eight chapters in Tasmania but the Outlaws, Black Uhlans, Satan’s Riders and Devil’s Henchmen have established clubrooms in the state.

Not restricted to larger towns and cities, the gangs have established toeholds in towns like New Norfolk, St Helens and Sorell.

While the rise of bikie presence has worried Tasmania’s authorities, the Government has not followed Queensland’s lead in adopting tough non-association laws.

But Mr Lay said his task force would determine what could be done for Tasmania on a federal level, but the problem went beyond law enforcement.

He said his team’s role was to learn why the drug’s use had risen so dramatically and what help could be provided to help affected individuals and communities.

“We can’t arrest our way out of it,” he said before emphasizing that education and health support services had to be improved.

Mr Lay said the task force’s job was to consider every measure that might make a critical difference, including decriminalization and federal legislation.

Drug addiction service too ‘fragmented’

There are concerns fragmented services are seeing ice addicts fall through the cracks in the system when they are ready to seek help.

About 30 community organizations met with task force members and all said the system was too fragmented and needed to be more cohesive.

Mr Lay said a long-term approach to funding for community organizations would be considered as a task force recommendation.

“We may well need to look at strategies that are funded over a longer periods rather than just a short-term approach, which some of the people around the table have had significant difficulties with,” he said.

He said there was a consensus that service providers needed to work collaboratively.

“What was made very, very clear by the people around the table was that the solutions to this issue actually lie in the community,” he said.

“You’ve heard me say on a number of occasions that we simply can’t arrest our way out of this problem and I think today that the group reinforced that.”

Mike Jones from drug user support group THHSL said members of his group had a hard time navigating services.

“The ones that we have had come to us have explained to us that yes there is a difficulty in finding which service to access and which service is appropriate for their needs,” he said.

Deborah Charlton from the Family Inclusion Network works with families who have children in state protection and also says services are too fragmented.

She said addicts deserved to be treated better.6500134-3x2-700x467

“I think anyone who has an addiction needs to be treated as an illness basically I feel, and basically we need to respect people who have an addiction to anything,” she said.

The task force will complete a preliminary report by June 30 and a final report by the end of the year.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-27/bikie-gang-business-model-to-spread-ice-across-australia-ken-lay/6500696

Police across Northeast Wisconsin are growing concerned about the sudden spike in methamphetamine use.

The latest example comes from Marinette, where authorities are cleaning up what they believe is a meth lab in a motel.

The North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group responded to the Marinette Inn Monday night as part of an ongoing investigation.

Officials say they suspected methamphetamines were being made in the one of the rooms.

The Department of Criminal Investigation was called in to handle the material.

Owners tell us the motel is open except for that one room.

Two men and one woman were arrested, and charges have been referred to the district attorney’s office.

While police have focused extensively on heroin abuse in the area over the last few years, there’s been a silent surge in meth use.

Why?

Authorities believe part of the answer comes from supply and demand and the ease of making meth at home.

Maps from the Wisconsin Department of Justice show only cases processed through the state crime lab, meaning there are likely a lot more, but it gives you an idea of what’s been happening the last few years.

In 2011, Brown County and much of Northeast Wisconsin were in the category signifying less than 10 cases.

In 2012, it jumped, showing between 20 and 29 meth cases.

You could also start to see a sharp increase in cases in the western part of Wisconsin.

By 2013, the most recent information the state has, Brown County jumped all the way to the highest category, with more than 30 cases. The maps also show the migration of the drug from the Twin Cities, through Wausau and into our area.

The Brown County Drug Task Force says it had stayed at that same level until about the last six months, when the amount of meth seized suddenly more than tripled.

The Task Force reports seizing 727 grams of meth in just the first four months of 2015.

That’s compared to 237 grams in all of 2014.

“Most notably, around October of last year we began seeing meth in much larger quantities, ounce quantities being sold and traded, and we started targeting numerous dealers,” says Brown County Drug Task Force Lt. Dave Poteat.

The arrests followed.

Poteat says 10 people have been locked up for delivering meth so far, compared to 28 last year.

Stimulants, including pills like Adderall, are blamed for sparking the addiction.

“It’s almost on par with heroin. It is extremely addictive. First time use, couple time use, people want to use it more,” explains Poteat.

Combine that with a price that’s dropped from as much as $300 a gram to $80, plus the ease of making it at home, and it’s a dangerous result.

“Now most labs are using what’s called a one pot method, and it’s self-contained,” says Poteat. He says they’re seeing fewer large scale meth labs and more small ones, which are harder for neighbors to detect, but still dangerous.

“The biggest risk with the one pot methods, absolutely by far is fire,” adds Poteat.

Signs to look for in a possible meth lab include broken lithium batteries, lots of camping fuel, especially the kind in the red container which has a blue tint to it. The Task Force also says you should look for used soda bottles with solids in the bottom, and people in general acting strange.

Poteat says they’ve seen cases where meth users have actually stayed awake for two weeks straight before crashing and sleeping for days.

http://wbay.com/2015/05/26/meth-use-silently-surges-in-northeast-wisconsin/

Two California men were arrested Thursday on Interstate 70 on suspicion of drug and forgery charges after more than 660 grams of methamphetamine reportedly was found in their vehicle, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Lloyd Lester Jose Cordova, 32, and passenger Shahram Malakooti, 31, were arrested near milemarker 15 on eastbound I-70 near Loma on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and several felony fraud charges when a drug detection dog triggered deputies to inspect the Ford Explorer, according to copies of Cordova and Malakooti’s arrest affidavits.

During the vehicle inspection, deputies reportedly found financial scanning devices, financial card making devices and credit cards with different names on them.

A make-up bag under the front passenger seat reportedly had four plastic baggies containing suspected methamphetamine and numerous baggies also containing suspected methamphetamine were found submerged in liquid inside a McDonald’s cup on the center console, the affidavits said.

The weight of the methamphetamine inside the vehicle was 663.6 grams, the affidavits said.

Cordova, the driver of the Ford Explorer, was additionally arrested on suspicion of identity theft, driving under restraint and a lane signaling violation.

http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/men-arrested-allegedly-had-660-grams-of-meth-in-ca

A Laurel County woman has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say she destroyed merchandise at the Corbin Wal-Mart while high on meth.7873528_G

Laurel County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Wal-Mart after a call indicating that an intoxicated female was damaging merchandise. Upon arrival, officials say they found Keresia Botner eating cabbage plants. When officers asked why she was doing this, she responded that she wanted to see if they tasted like cabbage.

Botner was also surrounded by women’s clothing.

As deputies investigated, they learned that the total merchandise destroyed totaled $160. In addition, Botner was found to be in possession of two syringes and admitted to shooting up meth prior to the incident.

Botner had been previously arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart store in London and had been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.

Botner was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving on DUI suspended license,  improper parking in a fire lane, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

http://www.lex18.com/story/29148384/sheriff-woman-high-on-meth-destroys-merchandise-at-corbin-walmart

A two-year old child was safe Saturday night after a 100-mph chase up Interstate 5 ended with Oregon State Police arresting two men from Tacoma.17905210-mmmain

The two year old was unrestrained in the back seat of a 1998 gold Mercedes that was stopped for speeding Saturday evening near Aurora.

As the trooper approached the car, it sped away. The trooper returned to his car and pursued the vehicle Northbound at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The Mercedes merged onto I-205 Northbound, but was forced to pull off at the Stafford Road exit when the car began smoking and having mechanical problems.

The driver, 21-year old Kyler Wayne Lawrence of Tacoma, fled on foot into a thick patch of blackberry briars and refused to come out. He was later apprehended by a K-9 unit, taken to a hospital for injuries received in the process, then booked into Clackamas County Jail on multiple charges, including reckless driving, endangering another person and possession of methamphetamine.

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Police also arrested a passenger, 21-year-old Devin Lee Hoffman of Tacoma, for endangering the welfare of the two-year-old, who was unrestrained in the back seat. The child was taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for evaluation and was later released to a family member.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/05/child_safe_after_100-mph_car_c.html

Remnants of a meth lab, including two-liter bottles and gloves, were found in the basement, according to a fire official at the scene.FullSizeRender--6-

Hazmat officials are on the scene of an apparent meth lab in Dayton.

Crews were called for a reported chemical spill inside a home in the 300 block of Ritchie Street around 9:20 a.m.

Police and firefighters are blocking Ritchie and Bickmore Avenue, but no one has been evacuated from the area.

http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/dayton-hazmat-crews-called-to-meth-lab/nmNRW/

Following is Part IV of a letter written by Henry Thompson, a Fayetteville man who made the front page of The Times in May 2010 after leading authorities on a high-speed chase. That chase ended with him crashing. Today, as Thompson continues to serve a 21-year sentence, he shares his story in the fourth and final of a series of articles from behind prison walls. 

HENRY THOMPSON

I’ve always believed that apologies are more for bringing the offender comfort than the offended. After all, what good are words when someone has truly been hurt or offended. However, apologies are all I have to give. I found out the hard way there are no victimless crimes. I left many in what I assumed would be a victimless crime, from perfect strangers to the very people who loved me most.

For this reason, I would like to apologize to all the citizens of Lincoln County. Moreover, I would like to apologize to those who were personally affected by the crimes I committed, such as the people whose property I took personally or that was found in my possession at the time of my arrest. I’m very sorry – I was raised better. I hope that you can find some solace in the fact that I was sentenced to prison, and I am paying for my crimes in that way. I would also like to apologize to my extended family members, as well as my brothers, sister and my mother and sister-in-law, as well. I’m sorry for disappointing you all and also for any embarrassment I may have caused any of you. I hope that you can all forgive me.

To my mother, I’m so very sorry for the pain and shame I’ve caused you in a season of your life that should be spent enjoying the accomplishment of your children. I love you, Maw. My actions are in no way a reflection of the morals you instilled in me. My actions and the consequences lie squarely on my shoulders. Please never question yourself in that way. I’m blessed to have you.

To my wife and daughter, there are no words that can express the guilt, shame and loss that I live with every minute of every day knowing the many ways I failed you. I hope that one day you can forgive me and remember the person I was before I went crazy. I love ya’ll. To anyone in my life I have ever offended in any way, I’m sorry.

I would like to say a few words to the meth cooks of today in Lincoln County. As much as meth is a world of paranoia, fantasy and insanity, prison is a world of violence and brutality. In the last five years, I’ve been in no less than six institutions in four states. The violence I’ve seen is unimaginable to decent folks. If you think federal prison is a place of tennis courts and salad bars, my friend, you are in for a rude awakening. I’m 6’2” and weigh 200 pounds, and I’m a small guy here. Although I mind my own business, I’ve had at least seven confrontations with other inmates, two of them being because I called the wrong person brother. Soon as I walked through the doors here, someone wanted my mat. I’ve seen blood splattered all over the walls and on the ceilings, and at times, had to wade through it in order to use the restroom.

In the last two years, two inmates have lost their lives here because of inmate on inmate violence. You have to stay in a state of readiness. You don’t want to be the injured gazelle in the jungle of lions. The guys who patted you on the back yesterday will literally stab you in the back today.

As bad as that may seem, for me it’s not the prison, nor the inmates housed here that are my enemies. These are things you expect when you come to prison. My enemies are guilt, remorse, shame, knowing that I abandoned by family, left my daughter fatherless, shamed my family and let down anyone who ever cared for me. The fear of something happening to someone you love while you’re away – your mother, siblings or wife, or God forbid, your children. These things are the hard part of prison, not the prison you live in, but the feelings and self-loathing imprisoned inside of oneself.

I tell you these things because if you are using meth, Mike Pitts knows. If you are cooking meth, he knows you by name. There are no happily ever afters when it comes to meth. You’re not that smart, and sooner or later this is where it all ends. You don’t have to believe me. I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about a drug that has the power to destroy anybody.

Once again, to you all I say I am sorry, and once again, I say it doesn’t make me feel any better having said it. I would like for you all to know I was a better man than the one I became, and every day I put forth the effort to become even a better man than I was before. If you feel I owe you a personal apology or if you would just like to tell me how much you hate meth cooks my address is as follows: Henry Dwayne Thompson, #43775-074, F.C.I. Forrest City – low, P.O. Box 9000-low, Forrest City, Ark., 72336.

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NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) – Twelve people have been arrested after a year-long undercover investigation of drug trafficking in Arkansas.

According to a news release, the 12 people are residents of Batesville, Diaz, Newark and Newport and were charged with various counts of delivery of methamphetamine, cocaine, hydrocodone and alprazolam.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Q7S1YU ) reports several law enforcement agencies were a part of “Operation Ice House,” which targeted dealers of methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription medication.

The investigation included 43 law enforcement officers under the direction of the Third Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, which is composed of Jackson, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp counties.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/26/12-arrested-in-arkansas-drug-trafficking-investiga/

Methamphetamine and marijuana use is on the rise in Santa Barbara, and may be tied to a spree of residential and auto burglaries, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Meth use is up possibly because of its relatively low cost on the street compared to heroin and cocaine, Sgt. Alex Altavilla said during a recent City Council budget hearing.

“Santa Barbara is a really, really beautiful place, but we always recommend that you go ahead and lock your home when you leave,” Altavilla said. “And when you leave your car, try not to leave anything inside that’s in plain view, and go ahead and lock your vehicle, too.”

Heroin right now is $1,000 to $1,200 an ounce, Altavilla said.

Methamphetamine is $350 to $500 an ounce, which it makes it something everyone is kind of interested in because of the low cost,” he said.

Santa Barbara experienced 21 unusual residential burglaries between Feb. 3 and March 6.

“We do know that there is a subset of people that use narcotics that actually go out and do burglaries,” Altavilla said.

He also noted that applications for marijuana dispensaries are on the rise.

Altavilla was one of the several speakers who gave updates during the Police Department and Fire Department budget presentations.

The department is also struggling to increase its staffing levels.

“We’re hurting for people,” Police Chief Cam Sanchez said.

The Police Department is down between nine and 12 employees from injuries, he said.

Sanchez also temporarily suspended the use of a school resource officer.

“I feel the pain of not having a school resource officer, but to deplete patrol would not be a good thing,” Sanchez said.

The department has seven vacancies and expects to lose about seven more through retirements or to other police departments, according to Capt. Gil Torres.

He said he hopes to hire 15 people out of the police academy over the course of the next year.

Torres said the Police Department is competing with heavy recruitment efforts from places such as the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, which advertises starting salaries of $75,000 to $105,000, about $14,000 higher than the Santa Barbara Police Department at the high end.

Fire Department officials also spoke at the meeting, with Fire Chief Pat McElroy saying the department is looking to improve its 9-1-1 dispatch efforts by installing a computerized version of the existing flip chart that allows dispatchers to quickly offer assistance on how to treat the person calling.

McElroy also said the department wants to develop a Spanish-language certified training program to increase accessibility to the Spanish-speaking community.

He said the volume of Spanish-speaking calls is “not an insignificant number.” He also said that many of the calls that come in are from European tourists.

“We have a tremendous amount of people from Europe, from all over the world, especially during high tourism season,” McElroy said. “There’s a lot of languages we are running across.”

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/santa_barbara_police_meth_pot_use_on_rise_20150525

The United Nations warns that Mexican drug cartels are targeting criminals in Australia to import ice into the country.

A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says cartels involved in methamphetamine trafficking have actively sought partners in Australia.A supplied image obtained Friday, April 4, 2014 of amphetamine (Ice) which part of a $3.5 million drug seizure conducted by Strike Force Siddon. Six people were arrested following raids in Sydney and Canberra yesterday.  AAP image/NSW Police) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The report says ice usage in Australia has risen to 50 per cent of drug users aged 14 years or older from just 22 per cent in 2010.

UNODC Asia Pacific regional representative Jeremy Douglas said transnational criminal gangs overseeing the synthetic drug trade pose a rising challenge for governments.

An Australian Senate Committee this week reported a sharp rise in smuggled seizures of ice into Australia at 2.9 tons in the current financial year, compared with 1.8 tons in the previous year.

China is the main source, the committee said.

Seizures of ice – crystalline methamphetamine – in China doubled from 4.5 tons in 2009 to 8.0 tons by 2013, making up over 50 per cent of seizures in the Asia-Pacific region.

Across Asia-Pacific, ice seizures reached 42 tons in 2013 from 11 tons in 2008.

Ice was the most frequently seized form of meth with over 1.2 tons trafficked from China in 2012-13, with Hong Kong and Thailand also sources in Asia.

Australia and New Zealand are key regional markets in meth trade, which also includes the tablet form.

The report also said Asia-Pacific represents an increasing share of the global ecstasy market, with imports largely from Asia, but also Western Europe, South Africa and South America.

Law enforcement authorities in Australia and Myanmar reported multi-ton ecstasy seizures in 2014, the report said.

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/05/26/mexican-cartels-target-australia-ice-trade