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ICE users with links to gangs and ethnic groups increase the risk of violence to patients and staff in overcrowded emergency departments, doctors warn.

The Australian Medical Asso­ciation’s Victorian branch said the escalating use of methamphetamines had a “devastating and horrific” ­impact on lives.

AMA Victorian president Dr Stephen Parnis said the ­level of resources required to care for an ice user was similar to a major accident victim.

AMA Victorian president Dr Stephen Parnis says the ­level of resources required to care for an ice user is similar to a maj

AMA Victorian president Dr Stephen Parnis says the ­level of resources required to care for an ice user is similar to a major accident victim


“This is not just a problem for drug abusers or people who work in health care, this is a community-wide issue because it has links to criminals and destroys families. It is indiscriminate in the way it ­affects people,” Dr Parnis said.

In a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into ice, the AMA said there were also reports of ADHD patients putting themselves at risk of schizophrenia-like psychosis by using methamphetamines to self-medicate because of difficulty accessing government-subsidised drugs.

Anecdotal evidence from doctors showed ice users were predominantly lower socio-economic young males from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

As a consequence, hospital waiting rooms were “frequently occupied by gangs of ethnic-related groups, which were connected with the ­patients”, Dr Parnis said.

This had the potential to ­accentuate problems in crowded emergency departments, Dr Parnis said.

“Violence and risks are ever present and this makes it worse,” he said.

Methamphetamine users experience serious mental health problems ranging from agitation to psychosis.

The AMA is calling for ­urgent research to develop suitable treatments and man­agement options for patients, adequate staffing levels, public education and secure environments for patients and staff.

It said GPs needed training to help them engage with users before the problem escalated.

The AMA’s submission also suggested supervised hostel-type accommodation could be used to house ice users who were medically stable, instead of a hospital or police custody.

Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge welcomed the AMA submission to the parliamentary inquiry.



COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – In quiet, sleepy neighborhoods across the state of South Carolina, a chemical poison is rotting the core of suburbia.

It’s crystal meth, and you’d be surprised where you’d find it.

Recently, we were allowed to ride along with the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of an undercover investigation into the meth manufacturing trade.

And it didn’t take long to find something on a Monday morning.

“With a little research, less than one hour, using some resources provided to me, I was able to substantiate that there was more likely than not a meth lab at this residence,” said an undercover agent. “Certainly within a few minutes of being here we confirmed it.”

It’s not what you might expect a drug lab should look like — it’s a regular home tucked away in a normal neighborhood. But this is the reality of meth production in South Carolina.

After 15 years with SLED, Lt. Max Dorsey has seen labs like this time and time again.

“All the cooks don’t have PhDs in chemistry,” said Dorsey. “Very few of them have high school diplomas.

“Meth in South Carolina is being manufactured in these mom and pop labs and they have been refined to these drink bottles. These two-liter, one-liter, or sixteen-ounce drink bottles, you put these ingredients in these vessels, you let the reaction occur, and you let it dry, and then you consume it, you smoke it, you snort it, you inject it.”

“You need some type of ether, whether it’s Coleman fuel or charcoal lighter fluid, ice packs, fertilizer, lithium,” said an undercover agent. “I mean these are all items that are fairly inexpensive and you can pick them right up at any pharmacy or Walmart.”

More and more of these portable meth labs are being found in motel rooms, cars, and quiet homes. In 2010, authorities busted just 125 labs in South Carolina. This year, that number has more than tripled to 479.

“The month of October was the highest month of meth lab seizures in South Carolina,” said Dorsey. “I believe the Upstate has had the taste of meth for a lot longer than the rest of the state. I think it has been up there longer and there has been a larger customer base for that.”

Meth may be the one of the only drugs that not only endangers the user, but all those around it due to its volatile and corrosive chemical formula.

“One of these reaction vessels that produces hazardous gases and has the potential to burn their skin or catch on fire, so they have specialized equipment to filter the air they breath and greatly increases their chances of being exposed to a hazardous environment,” said an undercover agent.

The average lab clean up can cost up to $6,000, and that money comes from the taxpayer.

“A lot of times these environments are just terrible,” said Dorsey. “They’re dirty, they’re nasty. You find the worst things you could ever imagine in these environments. Many times, well, sometimes you find children in those environments who have been abused, mistreated, not fed, sexually abused, and so it is some of the most horrific environments you could ever imagine.”

Twelve agencies in the Upstate concentrated their efforts over a two-day period earlier this month to 13 labs. As a result, 31 people were arrested and 7 children were taken into protective custody.

“We’ve put, just from this particular incident, two people in jail that we feel are responsible for manufacturing the meth, and that’s a benefit to the community because we don’t have to worry about these two individuals making meth at least for the next few weeks.”

In years of working to combat illicit drugs, I’ve seen a lot, but maybe nothing quite as venal and cynical as candy-flavored methamphetamine and cocaine marketed to children.

Law enforcement officers and drug treatment officials have come across methamphetamine, cocaine and other illegal drugs that
have been colored, packaged and flavored to appeal to children. Some of these items have names like “Pot Tarts” and “Reese’s Crumbled Hash

In March of last year, Chicago police warned parents about a strawberry-flavored version of methamphetamine called “strawberry quick” or
“strawberry meth.” The police worried that the drug would appear in schools and that kids would give it to each other like candy, not knowing the item’s true nature. This kind of drug manipulation is not a small-time venture. In 2008 near Modesto, Calif., federal agents seized cocaine worth $272,400. A lot of it was flavored with cinnamon, coconut, lemon and strawberry.

Current federal law has no enhanced penalties for flavoring or packaging controlled substances to attract kids. That’s why Sen. Dianne Feinstein and I, as co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, have introduced legislation to increase federal penalties for drug dealers who engage in this repellent practice. The Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act provides an enhanced penalty when any adult knowingly or intentionally manufactures or creates a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or Schedule II that is: combined with a beverage
or candy product; marketed or packaged to appear similar to a beverage or candy product; or modified by flavoring or coloring. The bill subjects anyone who alters a controlled substance in these ways to the following penalties, in addition to the penalty for the underlying offense: up to 10 years for the first offense; up to 20 years for a second or subsequent offense.

Law enforcement and anti-drug groups strongly support the legislation.

Anything that makes a dangerous drug seem less dangerous to kids is a serious problem. The law should make clear that marketing drugs to kids will have steep consequences.



BEVERLY – A Walker, W.Va., man fractured his back after leaping nearly 20 feet in an attempt to elude authorities during the investigation of a methamphetamine operation in the Beverly area Sunday.

Sean Yoho, 39, was hospitalized after he made the jump from a second-story porch at the 570 Albright Road residence of 51-year-old Donna Glendenning where Major Crimes Task Force agents had allegedly located a red phosphorus methamphetamine manufacturing operation Sunday evening.

“He heard the agents coming and ran out the back door, then jumped off a deck that was between 15 and 20 feet off the ground,” Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Monday.

Yoho was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital where he remained Monday and is scheduled to undergo back surgery.

Glendenning and 29-year-old Dirk Filon of 120 Wells Ave., Marietta were placed in  the Washington County Jail after agents executed a search warrant and found the meth lab at the Beverly residence Sunday, officials said.

Charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, bond was set at $35,000 each for Glendenning and Filon during a hearing Monday in Marietta Municipal Court.

“The same charge is pending against Yoho until after he’s released from the hospital,” Mincks said. “He will likely be indicted at a later date.”

The sheriff said Major Crimes Task Force agents had received information that Yoho was at the Glendenning residence and possibly manufacturing methamphetamine. He said Yoho is a known meth manufacturer who was previously arrested in July of this year by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.

At the residence Sunday the Major Crimes Task Force agents found numerous items used in the red phosphorus method of manufacturing meth, Mincks reported. He said those items included empty pseudoephedrine packs, red phosphorus, iodine and coffee filters.

The agents observed a methamphetamine “cook” was in progress and seized a quantity of the substance.

“This was a pretty large operation,” Mincks said. “About 8 pounds of meth was seized, some still in liquid form. It was one of the largest labs we’ve seen in this area.”

He said all three suspects admitted being involved in the meth manufacturing process. Filon and Glendenning said they provided money for Yoho to buy the chemicals. Yoho admitted he was the “cook” for the meth and Filon and Glendenning assisted in the process, Mincks said.

Mincks said because the meth had been manufactured using the red phosphorus method a special crew, certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to handle the material, had to be brought in to clean up the lab site.

“Since they used the red phosphorus method we had to call BCI (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation), and they contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration who sent an EPA-certified team from Knox County to do the cleanup,” he said.

Mincks said deputies monitored the Glendenning residence overnight until the meth cleanup crew arrived Monday morning.

He said such cleanup operations can cost between $2,500 and $10,000, but he expected the bill for the Monday cleanup would be covered by the DEA.

The specialized cleanup is required due to the volatility of the red phosphorus methamphetamine chemical process. Mincks said there have been cases in other areas of the state where officers have opened one of the chemical containers and accidentally breathed in the fumes which have a paralyzing effect on the lungs.

“Some officers have had to go on disability after breathing the fumes,” he said.

Mincks said the cleanup at Glendenning’s residence was completed Monday, and the area is no longer hazardous to anyone entering the home. The residence is in a remote area and the meth lab did not pose a threat to others, he said.



A Dallas woman was arrested in Bedford this month after federal and local drug officers spotted a small plastic bag sticking out of the low V-neck of her blouse.

A female drug agent removed the bag, and a later test found that it contained 29 grams of methamphetamine, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Maria Ortiz, Maria Avalos and a third woman who was not identified were arrested. Otiz and Avalos have detention hearings set for Thursday. Information about the third woman was not available Monday.

The women were arrested by officers who had been tipped off about a drug deal that was to take place Nov. 8 in the parking lot of Walmart Neighborhood Market,  2108 Bedford Road in Bedford. The participants were expected to include at least two women in a green Honda, according to the criminal complaint.

After watching a green Honda drive out of the parking lot, officers stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation. Oritz, Avalos and the other woman were asked to get out of the car.

As Ortiz sat on a curb, agents noticed the plastic bag peeking from her cleavage, according to the complaint.

During questioning, Ortiz consented to a search of her Dallas apartment. Officers found 969 grams of meth, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22-caliber revolver, digital scales, numerous plastic bags and a journal containing what appeared to be notations of drug dealing transactions, according to the complaint.

A Marrero man who spent three days working offshore came home to find his estranged wife holed up with another man and the makings of a meth lab. Authorities seized methamphetamine, precursor chemicals and other drug paraphernalia in the house, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest and incident reports.

The 33-year-old man told deputies he is separated from his wife, Kelly Williams, 32, who lives with relatives in Chalmette. So he was surprised to find her inside his Savannah Lane home just before 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15.), an incident report said. He was also suspicious of her uncommonly affectionate behavior.

Kelly Williams, left, and Stephen Hamilton, were arrested Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at a Marrero home and booked with possession of methamphetamine, creation of a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia

He sensed she was trying to herd him away from his bedroom, the man told police, and found out why when he stepped inside and discovered a stranger, Stephen Hamilton, 43, of Metairie, standing in his shower, the incident report said. The husband also found drug paraphernalia and several plastic bags containing an off-white powder in his bed.

The husband told deputies he immediately suspected the bags contained drugs because his wife was arrested in February in connection with a meth lab found inside of a Marrero home, the incident report said.

The husband dialed up the Sheriff’s Office as he confronted his wife. Hamilton ran off, but deputies caught up with him and brought him back to the scene.

Investigators determined the plastic bags contained methamphetamine. A search of Williams’ vehicle turned up additional drug paraphernalia as well as chemicals used to manufacture meth, the arrest and incident reports said.

Hamilton, of 226 Sena Drive, Metairie, and Williams, of 5201 Savannah Lane, Marrero, were booked with creation of a clandestine lab, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was still being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on a $205,500 bond. No bond information was available for Hamilton.



WILDOMAR – A parolee suspected of having methamphetamine was arrested in Wildomar when the full-size pickup truck he occupied was reported stolen out of Kern County, a sheriff’s sergeant said today.

A sheriff’s deputy on patrol drove by a shopping center in the 19900 block of Grand Avenue on Saturday afternoon and saw a man sitting in a Chevrolet Silverado, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. David Cardoza. The driver, Andre Eric Rivera, 54, of Bakersfield, stepped out of the truck and walked away when he saw the deputy, Cardoza said.

A license plate check revealed the pickup truck was reported stolen out of Delano in October, which prompted the deputy to call for back-up; and Rivera was arrested, according to Cardoza.

Deputies used a trained dog during a search of the stolen vehicle and found methamphetamine, blank checks and credit cards belonging to other people, and multiple prescription pills, Cardoza said. Rivera was arrested for suspicion of vehicle theft, violating his parole and other crimes, the sergeant said.



An undercover investigation led the nine drug-related arrests of Dickinson County residents last week.

The Dickinson County Drug Enforcement Unit, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department and Abilene Police Department executed eight arrest warrants Tuesday in Solomon and Abilene as a result of a month-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Unit and Abilene Police Department regarding the distribution of methamphetamine and prescription pills.

In October controlled purchases of methamphetamine and prescription pills were conducted from eight people in Abilene and Solomon. A total of 18.2 grams of methamphetamine, 100 doses of methadone; 20 Adderall pills; six Loratabs; 9 somas; and 20 Oxytocin were purchased.

The estimated street value of the methamphetamine and controlled substances is more than $7,000.

Arrested as a result of the controlled buys in Abilene were: James Atkinson, Jeremy Brown, David Vilcot, Heather Walls, Cynthia Rittger and Timothy Hosie.

Four of the controlled purchases were within 1,000 feet of a school in Abilene.

Solomon residents arrested were: Sean Carolan, Rellena Crowe and Benjamin Faulkner.

More arrest as a result of this investigation is expected. Following are the individual charges:

• Atkinson: five counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Brown: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful use of a telecommunications device, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Faulkner: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of failure to obtain a Kansas drug tax stamp, driving when headlights are required, two counts of turning and failure to signal, failure to stop at stop sign, fleeing or attempting to elude police officers.

• Vilcot: Two counts of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, failure to obtains a Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Carolan: Conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Crowe: Five counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of unlawful use of a telecommunications device to arrange drug sale.

• Walls: Conspiracy to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance within a 1,000 feet of a school, failure to obtain Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Hoise: Two counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, two counts of drug paraphernalia, two counts of failure to obtain Kansas drug tax stamp.

• Rittgers: Two counts of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance, distribution of a Schedule IV controlled substance, two counts of child endangerment, two counts of drug paraphernalia.,%20Solomon

Meth is a toxic, explosive drug that’s endangering everyone. It may be glamorized in the television hit series, “Breaking Bad,” but authorities say this drug is nothing to joke about. It’s actually becoming an epidemic.

This shake and bake one pot method makes manufacturing meth easier than ever. It leads Shreveport-Caddo Narcotics Lt. Carl Townley to believe that here in the ArkLaTex, meth is making a comeback.

“Before, there were gigantic meth labs and it took somebody with knowledge plus they had to steal the chemicals,” said Lt. Townley. Now, I can go to Wal-Mart and buy everything I need to cook meth. We find them in trunk of cars, inside cars, in the wood and we found one abandoned on side of road the other day, in a city park.”

The drug has become so main stream it’s now the focal point of the “Breaking Bad” television show. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the show was filmed, people can buy bags of candy designed to look like meth.

Closer to home, former Shreveport mayoral candidate and architect Ward Elmo Bryant was recently arrested for allegedly selling $5,000 worth of meth to an undercover agent.

“Thats a significant amount of ice, 241 grams were actually seized and that’s a cash value of little over $24,000,” said Lt. Townley.

Former meth addict “Sarah” said the drug is more popular than ever, especially on college campuses. She said the drug is also used by everybody.

“I have obtained meth from Hispanics, I’ve smoked meth with black people. I don’t think meth discriminates like that. I’ve smoked meth with rich people, I’ve smoked meth with poor people. “

Sarah started using meth while studying at LSU-Shreveport. She said it was a way to keep her weight down, and manage college and work, until it almost killed her.

“I almost did not make it out with my life,” said Sarah. “By the time I was done using drugs, I was having seizures, and I had very poor circulation problems. I had all the makings of an overdose or an all out cardiac event. “

According to local authorities, meth explosions are increasingly common since 30 percent of meth labs are discovered when they catch on fire. They’re telling the public to avoid picking up bottles with residue on the side of the road. Instead, they encourage you to call authorities because they could be a meth lab.

“If they pick it up at the wrong time and it hasn’t completed the reaction, it could blow up or explode. It could cause serious danger burns,” said Dr. Nick Goeders.

Cleaning up meth labs is still expensive. Each time agents locate a lab, it costs about $1,500 of your tax dollars to clean it up; that doesn’t include the cost of making the house safe to live in again.

“Meth sticks to everything. So even after they’ve cleaned up after themselves, there’s going to be meth in the carpet,” said Goeders.

“Just because the lab is gone doesn’t mean the danger is gone. That house has to be gutted inside to make it habitable again,” said Lt. Carl Townley.

Researcher Nick Goeders said the drug causes users to be paranoid, angry, and sometimes psychotic.

“They also hear voices, they’ll say the devil told me to kill my child,” said Goeders. “If a
mother is on a three or four day meth binge, who is taking care of the kids?”


If you’d like to know whether a meth lab has been located in your neighborhood, click here.





Never be too friendly to anyone while transporting drugs.

Jerry Holwuttle was caught trying walk into California from Mexico at the Otay Mesa Point of Entry with 2.65 pounds of meth taped to his body. A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer asked Holwuttle, who lives outside of San Diego, if he was carrying anything. The 58-year-old replied “no,” but the Customs and Border Patrol officer was suspicious of his friendly disposition and loose jacket.

Suspiciously Friendly California Man Caught Trying to Cross Mexican Border with Meth Strapped to His Body


A hard package was discovered during a search, which led to the discovery of four more. The packages all tested positive for “characteristics of methamphetamine.” Holwuttle was arrested, charged with felony drug importation and taken to San Diego’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.



CABOT (KATV) – Three suspects face drug charges after deputies found methamphetamine at a Cabot hotel Friday.

Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. James Kulesa said around 3 p.m. Sheriff John Staley accompanied investigators to a Cabot hotel to look for 24-year-old Kyle Weeks, who had an outstanding warrant.

According to Lt. Kulesa, investigators found Weeks along with 25-year-old Jimmy Andrew Gilley and 22-year-old Jessica Taylor McElyea in possession of meth.  Deputies also found 21-year-old Deanna Copeland who had an outstanding warrant.

Jessica McElyea
Jessica McElyea
Deanna Copeland

Deanna Copeland
Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks
Jimmy Gilley

Jimmy Gilley

Weeks, Gilley and McElyeah were taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility. Gilley and McElyeah  face possession of a controlled substance with purpose of delivery charges.  Weeks faces a possession of a controlled substance charge.

Copeland was issued a summons to appear at Cabot District Court.



The Rev Paul Flowers, a former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, has apologised “to all I have hurt or failed by my actions” after being filmed buying and using crystal meth, crack cocaine and ketamine.

The Mail on Sunday said that the Rev Flowers, a Methodist minister, was filmed buying the substances just days after he was grilled by the Treasury Select Committee over the bank’s disastrous performance.

I did things that were stupid and wrong: the Rev Paul Flowers

The Rev Flowers, who chaired the Co-operative Banking Group and the Co-operative Bank for three years, issued a statement which said: “This year has been incredibly difficult, with a death in the family and the pressures of my role with the Co-operative Bank.

“At the lowest point in this terrible period, I did things that were stupid and wrong. I am sorry for this and I am seeking professional help, and apologise to all I have hurt or failed by my actions.”

A Methodist Church spokesman said: “We expect high standards of our ministers and we have procedures in place for when ministers fail to meet those standards.

“Paul is suspended from duties for a period of three weeks, pending investigations, and will not be available to carry out any ministerial work. We will also work with the police if they feel a crime has been committed.”

The Co-op has been trying to plug a £1.5 billion gap in finances which was discovered following the purchase of the Britannia Building Society and abortive plans to buy hundreds of Lloyds branches.



LOS ANGELES ( — Authorities Sunday asked for the public’s help in locating a man wanted on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine and on other charges.

The FBI says the suspect, identified as 46-year-old Matthew Duke Maley, is from Arizona but has ties to several western states, including California.

“Law enforcement attempted to serve the arrest warrant at Maley’s residence in Tucson on Sunday but he was not there,” the statement said.

Maley is 6’1″ and weighs between 180 and 190 pounds. He is bald with hazel eyes.

(credit: FBI Albuquerque Division)


According to authorities, Maley has a number of tattoos, including skulls, a cross, and a lightning bolt on his arms.

The FBI says he may be driving a green Land Rover with New Mexico license MSG-233.

Anyone with information as to Maley’s whereabouts was asked to call the Albuquerque FBI at (505) 889-1300 or submit a tip online.

Authorities said Maley is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, if spotted.



HUDSON FALLS — A Tidmarsh Street man was jailed late Sunday after police determined he had been manufacturing methamphetamine inside the apartment where he lived with his wife and two young children, police said.

Hudson Falls Police Chief Randy Diamond said the suspect, Nicholas Deyette, 28, of the upstairs apartment at 1 Tidmarsh St. had been making the illegal stimulant in what Diamond termed a “small manufacturing operation” inside the home.

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in and removed the chemicals and waste products that were found in garbage cans on the home’s back porch, Diamond said.

No one was hurt, and residents of the two-apartment building were allowed to return Sunday night.

Deyette lived in the home with his girlfriend and children ages 8 and 2, police said.

Diamond said police received a tip around noon Sunday that a person in the home may be manufacturing methamphetamine. Hudson Falls Police officers looked into it and concluded there appeared to be evidence to support the tip, so Washington County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Stark — who was trained by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in meth manufacturing identification was called in.

Diamond said Stark concluded that meth was being made there, and the specialized State Police team was called in to collect the evidence and remove the hazardous materials for proper disposal. The building was evacuated, but neighbors were allowed to stay in their homes because it was determined there was not a threat to them.

“It was a very small operation, but there were still potential dangers from the byproducts,” the chief said.

The chemicals that are used and byproducts of making the drug are very hazardous and potentially explosive, but police said there was no threat to neighbors after the cleanup that was undertaken Sunday.

Deyette was cooperative, and said he had been making the drug for a few months for his own consumption, Diamond said. State Police are planning to analyze the evidence that was recovered to determine how much of the drug was being made.

“The female who was living there didn’t seem to know that’s what he was doing,” the chief said. She was not charged.

Police said he was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Deyette was arraigned and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.

The children were allowed to remain in the custody of the girlfriend and the three were allowed back in the apartment.

The methamphetamine manufacturing operation was the first police have found in Hudson Falls, though police elsewhere in Washington County have discovered methamphetamine was being made at homes in Hampton and Hebron in recent years.

There are a variety of ways to make it using chemicals and over-the-counter drugs, but police would not say how Deyette was allegedly making the drug.

Hudson Falls firefighters assisted at the scene.



(PEKIN) – Five people were arrested last week after officers served an arrest warrant at a home on West State Road 60, in Pekin.

There police found three active meth labs along with drug paraphernalia. The home is located about 500 feet from the Pekin Little League Park and less than 200 feet from the home of a childcare provider, which enhanced the charges.

The Leader Democrat reports the drug bust involved a Pekin man, 46-year-old Clayton Rogers, his twin 18-year-old sons, Zackery and Cody, a Salem man, 47-year-old Jerry White Jr. and 23-year-old Albert Lee Hardin II, of Pekin. Also arrested were 19-year-old Jennie Kemp, ofPekin, on a warrant for a battery charge. Officers initially were there to serve her warrant along with ones for Clayton Rogers and Cody Rogers. Kemp dates one of the Rogers twins.

Upon discovering the active meth labs, officers cleared the home until the Indiana State Police clandestine lab team could process the labs.

When officers checked the Meth Check website, a pseudoephedrine tracking system, they found that Clayton Rogers, Cody and Zackery Rogers, Hardin and Kemp had all purchased pseudoephedrine within the last few days from various area pharmacies.

A woman police interviewed told officers that Clayton Rogers makes meth in the back bedroom of the residence and Clayton Rogers had been cooking it two nights prior to the arrest warrant being served. She said Clayton Rogers was cooking the drug to sell to allegedly bond Zackery Rogers out of jail on an OWI charge.

Donna Rogers, Clayton Rogers’ wife, said he had also had her buy pseudoephedrine and she said there had been a lot of foot traffic at the residence. She said she “knew he was up to something” but didn’t know exactly what.

When questioned by police, the men all admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine for Clayton Rogers to use the make meth. Zackery Rogers said Clayton would give him meth to trade for spice, and Cody Rogers said he would deliver meth for Clayton.



Agents of the Major Crimes Task Force had detained three individuals in relation to the alleged operation of a red phosphorus meth lab at a Beverly residence Sunday night.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said the officers executed a search warrant at the home of Donna M. Glendening, 51, of 570 Albright Road, Beverly around 7 p.m.

The names of those being detained were not released as agents were continuing their investigation at press time Sunday night.

Mincks said because the red phosphorus method was used, an Environmental Protection Agency-certified crew would be required to clean up the lab.


“The chemicals are corrosive and will burn skin,” he said. “Masks have to be worn as breathing the fumes can cause lung deterioration.”


According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, the principal chemicals in red phosphorus methamphetamine are ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, iodine, and red phosphorus.

The method produces hydriodic acid from a reaction of iodine in water with red phosphorus which yields methamphetamine.

Mincks said the red phosphorus method was common at one time, but it is rarely used now as meth producers prefer the “shake and bake” method of making the psychoactive substance.

He said the task force agents would likely remain at the scene throughout the night.



FARGO – Local and federal authorities are seeking to apprehend 36-year-old Jeremy Arlen Crist, who is wanted for supervised release violations.


Jeremy Crist

The U.S. Marshals Service’s High Plains Fugitive Task Force is seeking Crist based on a federal felony arrest warrant for release violations stemming from an original charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute  methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

Crist was one of 13 people indicted in 2003 in what authorities said was a multi-state drug ring that had distributed more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine in several areas, including Fargo, Duluth, Minn., the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in north-central North Dakota and Nevada, since 2000.

If you have information regarding Crist, call the U.S. Marshals Service at (701) 297-7325 or your local law enforcement agency.



STEELE CITY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a methamphetamine lab found in Steele City Friday evening.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a caller notified the department of a potential methamphetamine lab in an abandoned vehicle in Steele City at approximately 7:15 p.m. Friday evening.

Deputies located the vehicle and identified several items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in plain sight, the press release states.

Meth lab technicians processed the scene Friday night and the vehicle was impounded as evidence.

The investigation is ongoing, the press release states, but the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is preparing affidavits for arrest warrants for the suspects believed responsible for the lab.



  • Scott  Miller was found with methamphetamine when arrested in June
  • Olympic  medalist, 38, said he earned $16,000 running an escort agency
  • Miller is  undergoing rehab and insisted he was not a drug dealer
  • Prosecutors  withdraw a charge of drug supply

A retired Olympic swimmer arrested with  $16,000 in cash and bags of crystal meth in his car told police he earned the  money by running an escort agency not drug dealing, a court heard.

Scott Miller, 38, who won silver and bronze  for Australia during the 1996 Atlanta Games, was pulled  over in a hire car at Mascot in Sydney’s south in June.

Drug shame: Scott Miller, pictured holding up his silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Scott Miller, pictured holding up his silver  medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics


Officers discovered the bundles of cash and three bags of methamphetamine along with scales, a ledger and several  mobile phones and SIM cards, a magistrate was told.

He pleaded guilty to the possession but  denied earning the money from drug dealing, the court was told today.

After hearing the evidence, prosecutors today  withdrew a charge of drug supply.

Miller’s lawyer, Greg Goold, said it would be  disputed whether the ‘indicia of supply’ belonged to him.

‘There’s an argument in relation to the  ownership… of the ledger, the scales,  the calculator… not the actual meth  itself,’ Mr Goold said.

The court also heard Miller was found with  ‘three small bags of methamphetamine’.

The magistrate was today shown a search  warrant video taken after police pulled Miller over.

When asked about the money, Miller told  police it was from an escort agency he ran.



HURON, SD – Huron police have broken up a drug ring where prosecutors say dealers used teens to distribute methamphetamine.

The investigation has been ongoing for two months and a Grand Jury indicted six adults Friday. Several teenagers less than 18-years-old also face charges.

Huron Police Bust Drug Ring Involving Teens


Prosecutors say a husband and wife used their Huron home as a place to keep and deal meth. According to court documents, 35-year-old Nick Zieske and 37-year-old Farah Zieske face multiple felony charges.

Beadle County Deputy State’s Attorney Kimberly Zachrison says the arrests could have an impact on drug traffic in the community.

“It’s very helpful to get a drug dealer of this magnitude inside the city of Huron because they’re dealing not just to one or two people,” Zachrison said. “They’re dealing with several individuals.”

Zachrison says police responded to a domestic violence call at the Zieske’s home in September. When they entered, they found evidence of drugs. A criminal history check shows both facing charges in that month for having and using a controlled substance.

As that investigation continued, Zachrison says police received information from inside the alleged drug ring.

“Calling officers to report that they didn’t want to be involved anymore and that this was what was going on,” Zachrison said.

That led to the latest investigation, authorities say, which produced more charges against the Zieskes. Nick Zieske faces counts of distributing drugs to minors according to a Huron Police Department release.

Other arrests also followed.

“Based on the investigation of who they distributed to, came out the light of all these other charges on the other individuals,” Zachrison said.

Those charges vary and the adults facing them are expected in court December 3.

A 19-year-old man is accused of statutory rape and giving the alleged victim marijuana and meth. Police say seven teenagers ranging from 14 to 17 years old face charges as a result of the investigation as well.

According to a Huron Police Department Release, the Grand Jury indicted the following people Friday:

  • Farah Zieske, 37, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Drug or Substance, and Keeping a place for the Sale or Use of a Controlled Substance.
  • Nicholas Zieske, 35, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Drug or Substance, 3 Counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, and Keeping a Place for the Use or Sale of a Controlled Substance.
  • Tawnya Fortin, 38, for Possession of 2oz or less of Marijuana and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
  • Ramiro Gonzalez, Jr., 19, for Rape in the Fourth Degree, Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor and Distribution of Marijuana to a Minor-1oz or less.
  • Phyllis Arganbright, 51, for Misprison of a Felony and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
  • Julio Gonzalez, 31, for Possession of 2oz or Less of Marijuana, Loitering in a Community Safe Zone and False Information on a Sex Offender Registration.



A Jonesville man who is charged with dealing methamphetamine was selling drugs to settle a debt with a Mexican drug cartel active in the Midwest, police said.

Police used an undercover informant on at least two occasions this month to buy meth from Gilberto Garcia, 38, of 209 Taylor St., according to formal charges filed by Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash. The police affidavit said Garcia told investigators he owed money to the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the world’s largest illegal drug operations.

Garcia has been charged with two Class A felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine and a Class D felony of receiving stolen property. He is behind bars in Bartholomew County Jail on a $750,000 surety bond.



Nacogdoches County, Texas (KETK) — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested a local man after he threw a large amount of methamphetamine from his vehicle, early Friday morning.

Sheriff Jason Bridges said deputies stopped a pickup truck for a defective tail light around 2:30 a.m. The driver of the truck threw a plastic bag containing methamphetamine from the vehicle before coming to a stop on Farm to Market Road 2864.

ETX man arrested after tossing 15 grams of meth from car during traffic stop

Marcus Burdette, 54, was initially arrested for driving with an invalid license before deputies searched the area and found the drugs he had tossed. Officials tell KETK the bag contained around 15 grams of meth.

Burdette was arrested at the scene and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving with and invalid license.



A brother and sister could spend life in prison after Ashland Police find them with more than 425 grams of methamphetamine.

The Saunders County Attorney charged William Heikes with possession of methamphetamine –140 grams or more, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and possession of meth with intent to deliver, which has a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.


Terri Strack is expected to be in court, facing the same changes, November 19th. Heikes preliminary hearing is set for December 12th.

According to police records, family members first notified police of the drugs. Documents say Strack and Heikes were staying a 2125 Dawes Street in Ashland after their father, the owner of the home, died. They were caring for a dog and making sure no one broke into the house.

A family member stopped by the house on September 23rd and discovered drug paraphernalia. Police found a small amount of a substance which tested positive for meth.

Police were called to the home three times that day. On the third visit, reports say the officer found a large zip-lock bag containing a crystal like substance. It turned out to be 425 grams of meth.

Reports say family told police Strack and Heikes would run drugs from California to Nebraska, and that it was “kind of a well know fact” in the family.

According to reports, Strack arrived at the house and confronted family about the drugs. When they told her the meth had been turned over to police, Strack fled in a car with Heikes.

Heikes returned to the home on September 24th where police arrested him.

Strack was arrested on October 15th.



Chiang Rai, Thailand — Two men were arrested and police seized 31 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) and 496,000 methamphetamine pills (“yaba”) in Chiang Rai province of Thailand.

The illegal drugs have an estimated street value of 150 million baht (US$4.7 million).



Thai police seized US$4.7 million in crystal meth and meth pills (yaba) and arrested 2 men in Chiang Rai province


Police became suspicious about two pickup trucks travelling on the Thoeng-Chiang Rai road in Thoeng district, and signalled for the drivers to stop for a search. They found the drugs hidden in the trucks, according to reports.

The two drivers, Charoon Kamnoi and Prasong Saen-arthit have been arrested on drug trafficking charges.



CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) – A Sulphur man was booked Friday on charges of distribution of methamphetamine.

According to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D, 32-year-old Christopher Guillotte was arrested following an investigation into his alleged drug activity.

Christopher Guillotte (Source: Louisiana State Police)

Christopher Guillotte


Troopers say Guillotte attempted to “elude arrest” by hiding at a home other than his own in Sulphur.

“Troopers developed intelligence as to where Guillotte was hiding and obtained a search warrant for the residence,” the release states. “Based on threatening comments Guillotte made toward police, as well as his statement that he was not going back to jail, the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team participated in the service of the warrant. Guillotte was arrested without incident.”

Guillotte was booked on three counts of distribution of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine) and was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.