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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 29, 7:05 A.M.: U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente checkpoint are giving Orange County law enforcement at their various sobriety checkpoints a run for the money lately, only the feds are catching alleged drug smugglers instead of alleged booze hounds.


Now comes this: Two separate busts at and near the same San Clemente checkpoint on Tuesday. First, agents said they smelled marijuana in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala passing through and had the driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, pull over to a secondary inspection area, according to a Border Patrol statement.

The driver said he and his female passenger, also an adult citizen, had just come from Oceanside, say agents, who go on to allege a canine officer sniffed out a duffel bag in the trunk with several pounds of marijuana inside. The unidentified man said the pot was his and he and the herb were turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Border Patrol.

A larger bust happened around 5:30 p.m. not at the checkpoint but a nearby rest stop along the 5 freeway, when patrolling agents approached two men in a parked 1996 Ford Mustang. Again, it was a canine officer that alerted human handlers, who were allegedly told by the 21-year-old driver that he previously had an empty container of marijuana in the console.

Let’s just stop right here for a moment and ask if this excuse has ever worked.

“Oh, you previously hit pot in the car?” asks the agent. “Great, no need to search any further. Carry on.”

Agents did search the car and, lo and behold, there was an empty container, just like the dude said. But nine bundles of methamphetamine also turned up hidden inside the spare tire and eight more bundles were stashed inside a speaker box in the trunk, according to the Border Patrol.

Weighing in at 18.63 pounds, the 17 bundles have an estimated street value of $186,300, say the agents, who turned the meth and two fellows–both Mexican nationals–over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Border Patrol seized the Mustang.

UPDATE, AUG. 29, 8:14 A.M.: Agents made another double play Wednesday, stopping a 2005 Nissan Sentra and 2004 Dodge Ram truck with more than $1 million in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine hidden inside them, according to the Border Patrol.

Around 2:15 p.m., the Sentra accelerated without stopping at the San Clemente checkpoint, prompting agents to halt the car and conduct an inspection, according to the Border Patrol, which adds the driver presented “questionable identification” that led to his being directed to a secondary inspection area.

If you read the original post, you know where this is going: the canine officer alerted handlers to areas of the car, and a search produced 15 bundles inside the passenger side panel, 13 bundles inside the driver’s side rear-door panel and five bundles in the rear wheel wells, agents said.

The 33 bundles–seven of which were filled with heroin and 26 with meth–weighed 48.32 pounds and had an estimated street value of $519,880, according to the Border Patrol.

Next, during a search of the “suspicious” Ram truck near the checkpoint around 6:30 p.m., the canine again alerted agents, who found 15 bundles of cocaine hidden in the dashboard, according to the Border Patrol, which reports the narcotics weighed 38.36 pounds and had an estimated street value of $498,680.

The 44-year-old driver of the Sentra and 33-year-old driver of the Ram, both unidentified Mexican national men, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration to face narcotic smuggling charges, while the Border Patrol seized the vehicles.




Three people in Florida were so high on meth that police say they imagined their home was under attack, tossing a toilet and bathroom sink out the window at imaginary “intruders.”


Jackson County sheriff’s deputies also found numerous windows shot out and multiple holes in the walls.

They were called to the home by reports of suspicious noises and cries for help, the Dothan Eagle reported.

Matthew McDaniel, 30, Damian Hines, 21, and Madison Douglas, 18, had to be convinced that the “attackers” had left before emerging from the home.

Officers found a small amount of meth and a “shake-and-bake” meth lab inside.

According to the police report:

“(The suspects) completely removed a large rear window from the house on the second floor and threw the bathroom sink at the imaginary attackers. Chunks of sheetrock, wood, firearm parts and anything they could tear out of the residence was thrown outside, including the toilet, which was ripped from the floor. In total, more than $10,000 damage was done to the residence.”

All three now face charges of possession and attempted manufacture of meth, as well as felony criminal mischief.





  • Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, are charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse
  • They are accused of dumping the body of their friend Dennis Meyer, 30, after he died from a suspected drug overdose
  • They took a picture of themselves with Meyer’s body before pushing the corpse out of the car onto a driveway
  • The picture was posted to Facebook

Two southwest Missouri residents posed for a selfie with the corpse of their deceased friend after he died of a drug overdose, say police.


Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, have been charged with abandoning the corpse of Dennis Meyer, 30, whose body was found dumped on Route V last week.

Berry and Prier were identified after the photograph was posted to Facebook.

According to the arrest  report published by The Smoking Gun, Berry said she had been driving around with Meyer in his car.


He decided to inject the painkiller Dilaudid as they sat in a McDonald’s parking lot, after which he began acting ‘crazy,’ taking his penis out of his pants and saying ‘strange things.’

Berry became nervous so called Meyer’s friend Jared Prier, whom she’d met the night before.

By the time Prier arrived, Meyer had passed out, so Jared took the wheel and drove to Loves gas station where Berry went and bought a drink.

When she returned, Prier informed her that he believed Meyer had ‘quit breathing,’ she told police. She checked Meyer and came to the same conclusion.

Berry told police that she and Prier were high on meth and Xanax and were worried that if they took Meyer to hospital they’d ‘get in trouble.’

Instead, they dragged Meyer’s body to the backseat because they no longer wanted to look at him and he had begun to smell – but not before posing for the selfie with their dead friend.

The pair then drove around the back roads looking for somewhere to dump his body, eventually driving down a long driveway in the early hours of the morning and pushing his body to the ground.


Newton County Sheriff Ken has said Meyer possibly died of a drug overdose. An autopsy has been performed, but authorities are waiting for a toxicology report.

The autopsy concluded that Meyer would have died slowly and his breathing would have been very shallow – meaning if the pair had gotten him medical attention he might have survived.

They have been charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse.

The Smoking Gun reports that Prier and Meyer are associated with the Joplin Honkies street gang.







JONES COUNTYA woman who was once on the ballot for public office in Jones County has been arrested after deputies discovered she had marijuana and crystal meth.Jennifer-Simpson-Ward-jpg

Deputies say Jennifer Simpson-Ward was arrested after a routine traffic stop on a private hunting club trail around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

They say they found several drugs, including marijuana and crystal meth, as well as other drug-related things.

We are working to find out what town she was arrested in.

She is scheduled to be in court today.

Her bond is set at $100,000.




BOONE CO., Mo. – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department searched a lot at Katfish Katy’s campground and found meth and drug packaging materials.como-mugs

Deputies found almost one pound of meth, packaging materials, and digital scales at 8816 Sarr Lane, Lot 26.

Deputies did not find evidence linking the campground owners or management to the criminal activity.

52-year-old Teresa Whittington and 32-year-old Dorian Estes, both of Columbia, were arrested for first degree trafficking drugs.

35-year-old Curtis Russell of Columbia, 48-year-old Brian Parson of St. Joseph, and 48-year-old Donnie Perkins of Columbia were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance.




According to CBP, a 41-year-old legal resident alien of San Luis, Ariz., was attempting to drive a Ford station wagon into the United States from Mexico when their vehicle was selected for additional scrutiny in a secondary inspection area.

After a working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband in the vehicle, officers reportedly found 14 packages of meth worth more than $31,000 in the vehicle’s center console.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. The legal resident alien, whose identity has not been released to the public, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Drug Task Force agents arrested Ryan Cady and Jason Gay and dismantled multiple meth labs while serving a search warrant in Tahlequah.19095371

Three meth labs were pulled out of the house.

DTF Director Michael Moore told FOX23 that they deal with meth daily, but the labs are different.

“I’m seeing an increase again with the shake and bake labs,” Moore said.

More than a pound of meth was removed from the home.

Cady and Gay were arrested on counts of manufacturing meth, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Moore said the warrants and drug busts won’t end here and they’ll continue to ramp up efforts to keep drugs at bay in the community.

“It’s something we try to do every day. We get small quantities and we get big quantities, but this was a good one,” Moore said.





SPANAWAY, Wash. — A 21-year-old man who attacked two deputies in a “vicious fight” after being caught driving a stolen car admitted to taking meth 10 minutes before the incident, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, two Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted the stolen car around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and pulled it over near 158th Street East and B Street East in Spanaway.

When the deputies got out of the patrol car with their guns drawn, the driver in the stolen car accelerated, made a U-turn and headed back at the deputies, according to the charging documents.

The deputies used their car to block the stolen car and pin the driver’s door closed. The driver, later identified as Jacob Bolstad, reportedly climbed over a person sitting in the passenger seat and ran from the car.

One of the deputies chased after Bolstad and tackled him when his Taser failed to stop Bolstad. According to the charging documents, a “vicious fight” ensued in which Bolstad punched, kicked, elbowed and body slammed the deputy while also attempting to grab the deputy’s gun.

The second deputy pulled his gun on Bolstad, who stopped fighting. According to the charging documents, the deputies were on top of Bolstad and trying to handcuff him when he lifted both of them off of him and resumed fighting.

The deputies were eventually able to get Bolstad handcuffed at gunpoint.

According to the charging documents, Bolstad admitted the car was stolen and said he tried to run because there is a warrant out for his arrest. He also reportedly admitted to taking meth about 10 minutes before the deputies stopped him.

Bolstad has been charged with assault, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police vehicle, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.



KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — Deputies have discovered three methamphetamine lab operations in the past three days in Kalamazoo County.

When the investigations are complete, several suspects will be charged with meth-related felonies, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

In the first incident, deputies found the meth lab while investigating an unrelated crime in the 8000 block of Douglas Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the news release. During that investigation, police observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation.

The deputies contacted the occupants of the vehicle behind a home in the 8500 block of Douglas Avenue, where they found remnants of meth production and components used to cook meth.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking multiple charges against the resident of the home.

Then at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, while deputies were trying to arrest a man with outstanding warrants in the 1000 block of Colonial Trail in Oshtemo Township, they found several one-pot meth labs and a suspected marijuana grow operation.

Deputies also found methamphetamine and components used to produce the drug. One Kalamazoo-area resident was inside the home and arrested on outstanding warrants. Several suspects are expected to be charged, police say.

The third incident took place Thursday at about 12:30 a.m. when deputies received a tip about drug activity at a home in the 5400 block of Market Street in Comstock Township.

Investigators found remnants from one-pot meth labs and components to produce meth near the home. Several suspects will be charged, according to the sheriff’s office.

There have been 70 meth busts through the end of July this year. There were 84 busts in all of 2013.



BAYOU VISTA, LA (WAFB) – Authorities said a man was arrested on multiple charges after nearly three dozen meth labs were found in his home, which is near an elementary school.4599983_G

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Justin Scarbrough, 22, of Bayou Vista, was taken into custody Wednesday night. He was booked into the parish jail on the following charges:

Operation of a clandestine laboratory

Operation of a clandestine laboratory within 2,000 feet of a school zone

Manufacturing methamphetamine

Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Resisting an officer

Criminal trespass

No bond was set.

Narcotics detectives said they were investigating possible illegal drug activity at Scarbrough’s home, when they reportedly saw him throwing a bag into a neighbor’s yard and run off. They said they chased Scarbrough through several yards, but caught him shortly after the chase started.

Deputies said a search of Scarbrough’s home yielded 34 plastic bottles commonly referred to as “shake-n-bake” labs used to make meth. They said a loaded shotgun was also found. They also reported the bag that was thrown and items used to make meth were located.

According to detectives, Scarbrough’s home is within 2,000 feet of the Bayou Vista Elementary School Zone and Bayou Vista Recreational Center.



MIDDLETOWN — A traffic stop led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab and the arrest of three men and a woman, who remain in the Middletown City Jail on drug charges.christiane

Middletown police said the four were in a Mercedes stopped by a police detective around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Manchester Avenue at Leibee Street.

The detective who made the stop found an “active one pot methamphetamine lab” in the back seat, police said.

Middletown Police Detective Kristi Hughes stopped the car for making an improper turn near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and North Leibee Street.

Sgt. David Birk said it was a routine traffic stop until Hughes saw a small refrigerator in the backseat of the car.

“The fridge was somewhat opened and she observed the bottle and the bottle was bubbling,” Birk said. “They were in the process of cooking methamphetamine at the time.”

Firefighters and the Middletown Special Operations Unit were dispatched to dismantle the meth lab, and the road was shut down for at least three hours, according to police.

“Fortunately nobody was hurt,” Birk said. “We were able to disassemble the meth lab before it caused any significant harm to anybody.”

“With an active meth lab you actually have lithium inside a two liter (bottle) and when the lithium reacts with water that’s when you get the explosion and this was actually reacting,” Birk said. “If you don’t release the gas from the bottle that’s when it catches on fire and explodes.”


Police said they also discovered several syringes, digital scales, chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and several marijuana and methamphetamine pipes inside the vehicle.




Arrested were:

  • Richard Gilbert, 34, of Middletown,charged with felony illegal manufacturing of meth, felony illegal assembly of chemicals used to make meth, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, and several unspecified warrants.
  • David Dietz, 40, of Middletown. Dietz, who police said was the driver, was charged with felony permitting drug abuse, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments and minor traffic violations.
  • Robert Wilson, 37, of Middletown, charged with misdemeanor possession of drug instruments.
  • Christiane Fields, 24, of Middletown, charged with two outstanding warrants. Police did not release details of the warrants.


Rodney Capps, who works at a car wash near the corner of Manchester Avenue and North Leibee Street, watched the mobile meth lab being disassembled.


“I saw them put orange suits on. I didn’t know what was happening,” Capps said. “They could’ve blown up by having it in the car.”

Gilbert, Dietz and Wilson are scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday for arraignment, according to court records. No court date had been set for Fields as of press time.



A 47-year-old Sharon Township woman is accused of trying to buy an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sandra Nash was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after Medina County Drug Task Force agents, assisted by county sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant at her home in the 6500 block of Ridge Road.

Task force agents are looking for another resident, Richard Bostwick, 40, who was not home at the time of the search but also is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants accusing him of attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine.

Nash was taken to the Medina County Jail, where she was video arraigned Thursday before Wadsworth Municipal Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

She pleaded not guilty and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The search warrant was issued after task force agents said they developed information that led them to believe that the residents of the home were involved in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Agents conducting the search reported seizing several chemicals commonly used in manufacturing methamphetamine. Additional items seized were submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab for testing.

While the charges against Nash and Bostwick are misdemeanors, a task force spokesperson said county Prosecutor Dean Holman may present the cases to a grand jury, which could return felony indictments.

The spokesperson added that the investigation is ongoing and additional people may face criminal charges.



Six Sacramento-area residents were indicted Thursday in a case involving drug-trafficking in Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties.

A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against Kenneth Tam, 53; Gerald Osborne, 56; Sherlynn Charles, 52; Marco Antonio Borja, 38; Adalberto Valenzuela-Ruiz, 30; and Nelson Gutierrez, 26. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, a seven-month investigation began in January after law enforcement officials received reports that Tam was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Tam allegedly acquired large amounts of methamphetamine from Borja, Valenzuela-Ruiz and Gutierrez, as well as heroin from other sources, and used sub-dealers, including Osborne and Charles, to distribute the drugs.

Through controlled purchases, searches and other law enforcement activity, investigators seized more than 9 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 2 pounds of heroin, authorities said.

The case resulted form an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.





The best quality of methamphetamine, a highly-addictive narcotic with no known medical treatment, has been trickling into India from Myanmar and caused panic in Mizoram, where large consignments are regularly being intercepted, the latest during the weekend of 20,000 pills worth Rs 70 lakh.


“We are facing an onslaught of a narcotic that is more harmful than any we have experienced so farMethamphetamine is not to be taken lightly, and every family should prepare itself to counter it, every community-based organisation should make battling it a top priority,” the state’s excise and narcotics department (END) said in a public appeal issued last month. Local newspapers frequently carry opinion articles about the narcotic while the Young Mizo Association and church organisations have regularly held awareness campaigns.

The narcotic is not really new to Mizoram. The first seizures were made in the first two years of the last decade, with over 1,600 pills apprehended. For the next 10 years, however, meth disappeared from law-enforcement agencies’ radar. Since 2011, Mizoram has seen huge seizures of pseudoephedrine, a legal drug prescribed for colds and allergies, but which can be processed into methamphetamine. Close to 100 pseudoephedrine traffickers have been arrested and roughly 20 million tablets intercepted in three years by police, END officers, customs and even community-based organisations, but officials estimate just 10 to 20 per cent of all the consignments passing through Mizoram have been detected.

Most of it came from pharmaceutical companies in north and west India. Taken out of their strips and transported in gunny bags and polythene bags, they were being sent to Myanmar where, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says, these apparently harmless drugs are processed into methamphetamine by cartels and ethnic armies that, until a few years ago, supplied the drug to the “Golden Triangle” of Southeast Asia and used the money to buy arms.

These drugs have recently begun returning west, and India’s eastern borders and Bangladesh seem the main corridor. In the last two years in Mizoram, police and END have seized more than 2.5 lakh methamphetamine tablets and arrested 20 traffickers, half of whom are Myanmar nationals, while a police inspector has been suspended and an inquiry instituted against him.

The pseudoephedrine racket, meanwhile, has also brought in the names of a former health minister, political leaders, government officials, and some police and law enforcement officials, with consignments found in parcels sent through India Post, trucks, cars and even suitcases of students flying home from Delhi and other metros.

High and low

Methamphetamine pills come in bright red, pink, green and orange coatings and are invariably stamped with the insignias of cartels in Myanmar. These include “WY” (a brand the UNODC considers the “most popular, of highest quality and the most expensive” meth pills from Myanmar), “88” and “R”.

A teenage user says he has been hooked to meth for a year-and-a-half; he was introduced to it at a Valentine’s Day party. “The high… I danced the entire night, then I went to another party and danced and danced,” he said. “There was a feeling of confidence, and my sexual appetite has increased but I have also developed a dysfunction, so that does not make any sense.”

He came in touch with dealers and now buys pills almost weekly. He has also tried methamphetamine “chewing gum”, tablets he inserts into the anus and a powdered form that he injects into his veins.

Each pill costs him Rs 250. He admits to stealing from his father’s debit card. He used to be a good student but is now struggling to finish XII. He has trouble sleeping — “just two to four hours, if at all”— and complains of severe body pains and restlessness, conditions that have forced him to seek treatment at a daytime drug addiction cessation unit for opiate addicts.

“Sometimes I keep chewing my pillow because the pain is difficult to bear,” he said. He has been prescribed a strip of 100 mg painkillers and seven sleeping tablets a day.

Treatment challenge

Dr Lalchhanhima Ralte admits treating a methamphetamine addict is a new challenge, one he and colleagues are ill-prepared for. Synod Hospital, where he works, has been treating drug addicts for decades through a specialised division that has also caught the attention of the UNODC, which plans to set up India’s first methamphetamine treatment centre there.

“There is no treatment for methamphetamine addiction. At most, we prescribe antidepressants. There is no substitute like in the case of opiates,” Dr Ralte admits.

There is no properly compiled data to ascertain how many methamphetamine addicts live in Mizoram. “They are all definitely younger than 25. Their symptoms are all the same, but there is little we can do. The problem is that these few who have come are just those who have already tried methamphetamine long enough to want to quit it. We have no idea how many are hooked to it but have not thought about quitting,” said Lalrinawma Chhakchhuak, project manager at the cessation units.

Estimates put the number of opiate and pharmaceutical drug abusers in Mizoram at about 20,000 while END records show that since 1984 at least 1,240 people have died due to overdose, mostly of opiates such as heroin.

“When heroin began to be detected in Mizoram in the early 1980s, everyone said it’s a western drug and for developed countries. That was proved completely wrong,” said Chhakchhuak. “The fear is that it is going to be the same story for methamphetamine.”




A Jonesville woman is charged with child neglect after her 2-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine, according to an incident report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Peggy Elise Collins, 26, of 111 New Hope Church Road, was arrested early Thursday after a state Department of Social Services follow-up investigation.

DSS conducted a hair drug screening on the child Aug. 15, and the results showed the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

The report states Collins admitted to the social worker that she had a history of methamphetamine use.




Two men were arrested in Eureka early Monday morning on suspicion of possessing 11 grams of methamphetamine after they were stopped for speeding and their car was searched, Eureka Police Department’s Sgt. Steve Watson said Tuesday.

Officials said Citrus Heights resident Rodney Tindell, 48, was driving a car with passenger Timothy Driscoll, 45, when they were stopped by an officer on Broadway and West Cedar streets for speeding 10 mph over the limit around 5 a.m.

“The officer noticed both of them displayed characteristics of being under the influence of a controlled substance and found suspected methamphetamine and a pipe on Driscoll, more suspected methamphetamine and pipes throughout the car, a pistol that had a lock on it and was locked in the trunk, and apparently a digital scale but no sales case,” Watson said.

Tindell was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. Driscoll, a Carmichael resident, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Both were booked into the Humboldt County jail.





A 24-year-old Santa Rosa woman was arrested again on drug possession charges Wednesday after showing up at the Santa Rosa Police Department with methamphetamine and three outstanding warrants for her arrest, police officials said.

Patricia Holmes went to the station on Sonoma Avenue at about noon to ask for a receipt to show the court that she registered as a drug offender with the Police Department as required by the terms of a court agreement, Sgt. Eric Goldschlag said.

An officer found that there were three outstanding warrants for prior drug possession cases requiring her arrest, two of which were no-bail warrants and the other for $10,000, Goldschlag said.

As Holmes was being arrested, an officer found she had brought meth and a needle to the police station, according to Goldschlag.

Holmes was booked into the Sonoma County Jail and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) –  A Region 8 woman was arrested after police said her purse contained more than cash and credit cards.
According to a court document, Cheryl L. Sutfin is charged with possession of meth with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jonesboro Police arrested her at a home on the 500 block of E. Johnson Avenue on Tuesday. During a search of that home, police said they methamphetamine, including 1.4 grams in a q-tip container in her purse.
Police said they also found several baggies of meth in a bedroom, which they believe was use to deliver meth and three syringes.
Three others were in the home during the search, they don’t face charges related to Sutfin’s arrest.
If convicted, she could for three to ten years in prison for possession of meth and up to six years in prison for possession of drug paraphernalia.




 WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Sources say a former high school volleyball coach on Maui has been indicted on meth charges.4595726_G

A drug bust executed by the Maui Police Department led to the arrests of Kauila Houpo, Garrick Kanae, Chester Mahuna and Vernon Vierra back in June.

All four of them were indicted by a grand jury on Friday.

Houpo has been charged with attempted meth trafficking and another drug-related charges.

Houpo was the head girls’ volleyball coach at Baldwin High School from 2007 until last season.

“We’re always in the lime light. It doesn’t take much for any coaches doing anything in public that’s gonna be recognized by somebody in the community,” said former Baldwin High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Angel Kalehuawehe.

Kalehuawehe has been coaching basketball at the school for more than 40 years. He said he watched Houpo grow up, coached him in school and later, Houpo coached under him as the Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach in the early 2000’s.

“He was a great person. Real understanding, good coach, he was mellow,” Kalehuawehe said.

One of Houpo’s former players says his arrest caught her off guard.

“I am surprised. I wouldn’t have thought he was like that. Especially through high school where he was such a good coach. I had him as a head coach and he assisted with basketball so I’m like when I started to see those changes…I was just very surprised,” said former player Kaira Kaya.

Kanae is a janitor for Maui County Parks and Recreation. He’s been with the county since 2007.4595759_G

Sources say he was served his arrest warrant on the job while working Tuesday afternoon at the Waiehu Golf Course.

Baldwin High School declined to comment. Maui County did not have an update on Kanae’s current employment status.




HILLSBORO — Two Montgomery County women have been arrested for allegedly cooking methamphetamine inside a rural Hillsboro church.

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Judith L. Hemken, 53, of Litchfield and Tiffany L. Burton, 26, of Hillsboro are each facing a charge of participation in manufacturing methamphetamine in a church. Hemken’s bond was set at $200,000, and Burton’s bond was set at $100,000, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Both were still in jail Wednesday night.

Undersheriff Rick Robbins said that a member of the Waveland Church on Waveland Road, which is south of Hillsboro, noticed activity at the church about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The church member knew that no one was supposed to be on the property, so he stopped to investigate.

He found one woman outside the church and another in the basement with what appeared to be components of a meth lab. The two women then left the church in a vehicle, and the man called police.

As deputies were on their way to the church, they spotted the vehicle the caller had described and stopped it. The two women inside, identified as Hemken and Burton, matched the description the caller had given to police dispatchers.

Deputies and members of the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force searched the church and reportedly found a clandestine meth lab inside the building. While they were dismantling the lab, a fire started that was quickly extinguished by the officers.

No one was injured.

Robbins said he has investigated meth being produced in cemeteries before, but never at a church. He added that he also has never run across a supposed meth lab where there were only two women at the location.

No information was immediately available on what, if any, link the two women have to the church.

“We don’t know if they were members,” Robbins said. “There was no conversation on why they chose the church.”

Robbins did note that the church is in a “very rural” area.

Due to the alleged meth lab being in a church, the two women face enhanced prison sentences of nine to 40 years if found guilty.




GROVER – Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies found numerous one-pot meth labs Wednesday at a home in Grover, according to authorities.meth-labtrser

Authorities found multiple mini meth labs at a home at 223 Watterson Road on about an acre of property. The home was located in a residential area with a house on one side and a small wooded area on the other.

The sheriff’s office found out about the meth lab operation on Tuesday night.

Representatives from the State Bureau of Investigation and deputies were on scene all day Wednesday cleaning up the labs and gathering evidence.

As of Wednesday evening, no additional information in the case was available.

Sheriff’s office officials said more information would be released Thursday after warrants were taken out on the suspects.



A woman was arrested Monday on an allegation she was manufacturing methamphetamine in a Bellevue apartment.


Julie A. Singleton, 43, of 115-B Thomas Drive, Bellevue, was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and transported to the Sandusky County Jail.

“Additional charges for felony possession are pending test results from the laboratory at BCI,” said Bellevue Police Chief Mark Kaufman, referring to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

At 5:38, a woman notified police she was at a friend’s house “when she found out that the individual had a meth lab in her house,” according to the initial police report. The tipster couldn’t provide Singleton’s last name, but she knew the suspect’s first name was Julie.

Just after 9 p.m., police, BCI agents and the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office used a search warrant at 119 Thomas Dr. Apt. F. Authorities used information in their ongoing investigation to obtain the warrant approved and signed by Judge Tom Aigler of Bellevue Municipal Court.

“Officers executed this search warrant and secured the scene. Upon searching the apartment, officers located suspected methamphetamine cooking pots and BCI deemed the area to be unsafe,” Kaufman said in a prepared statement.

Police Sgt. Tom Saleski determined there were two juveniles in the residence, police said, and contacted Sandusky County Children Services.

“The Bellevue Fire Department was contacted and responded to assist with the scene. Officers evacuated residents from their apartments that were directly touching the affected apartment, for the safety of the residents,” Kaufman said.

BCI agents took over the scene and with the assistance of firefighters, removed the suspected meth cook pots along with other items involved from the apartment.

“The suspected methamphetamine cooking pots were neutralized by BCI and gathered for evidence,” Kaufman said.



MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile police arrested three people Tuesday night after finding a methamphetamine lab was in production at a home on Reynolds Drive.

Officers responded to the home around 11:30 p.m. after receiving a call about a possible meth lab, according to Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department public affairs.

Rains said when officers arrived they found methamphetamine, marijuana and several ingredients used to produce methamphetamine, as well as evidence that meth had been in production.

The three people arrested on scene were Jennifer O’Neal for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, Lesa Sessions for possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, and Tabatha Eady for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, according to Rains.

Anyone with information about the use or sale of illegal drugs or guns is asked to call Mobile Police Intel at (251) 208-7000 or text to CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword CRIME 411.



A METHAMPHETAMINE user who raped and murdered a Christchurch woman before attacking two hitch-hikers on the West Coast of New Zealand has today been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 21 years.


Aaron Rhys McDonald, 39, spat on the courtroom floor after being sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch this morning.

As well as receiving a sentence on the murder charge of 21 years in jail before he can apply for parole, he was sentenced to preventive detention on the rape charge with a minimum non-parole period of seven years, eight months.

At the start of the sentencing, Justice Christian Whata imposed widespread suppressions, including the identity of victims, the full summary of facts, and victim impact statements.

After the March 29 murder in Christchurch of the 24-year old woman referred to in court today only under the name “Jane”, McDonald, a kitchenhand from Otaki, fled to the West Coast where he picked up two foreign hitch-hikers and assaulted them.

The court’s public gallery was packed with family and friends today.

Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier told the court that none of the victims or their families wanted to speak to the media.

The victims had suffered “immense personal tragedy” and media actions had only compounded their distress, she said.

“Poignant and heartfelt” victim impact statements were provided for the judge, but their details were suppressed.

Ms Boshier said the victim was “dearly loved” and had an exceptionally strong bond with her family.

She was a good person who took McDonald into her home because she wanted to help him.

But now her family would never see her again, never attend her wedding, or have her children around as part of their family.

The hitchhikers have also suffered physically and emotionally, Ms Boshier said, and the effects would be long-lasting.

The murder and rape of “Jane” was “brutal, callous and cruel” and amounted to mental and physical torture, the Crown said.

The Crown pushed for a sentence of preventive detention given his significant and ongoing to the community.

There was no doubt he would receive a lengthy period in jail before he could even apply for parole, and even then he might not get parole, the Crown admitted.

But he would still remain a risk given his “ingrained personality and character traits” which were at the root of his offending and are difficult to change.

Ms Boshier said McDonald “operates at a superficial level” and couldn’t meaningfully engage in treatment aimed to reduce his extremely high risk.

Throughout his 68 criminal convictions, he has only even shown a “minimal appreciation” that his actions has had on others.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger said that McDonald, who has grown a bushy beard while in custody, was high on methamphetamine at the time.

She accepted that life imprisonment with a lengthy period of non-parole was inevitable but argued that preventive detention was not necessary.

Justice Christian Whata said there was nothing in McDonald’s childhood that could possibly foreshadow his offending.

His adult years had been blighted by drug use, in particular methamphetamine, the judge said.

Justice Whata said it was difficult to describe the level of McDonald’s depravity.




WASHINGTON, N.C.Deputies say they arrested two Aurora residents on charges related to meth.


It happened August 26 at an abandoned trailer on Dublin Run Road in Aurora.

36-year-old Michael Claude Myers and 29-year-old Tammy Rana Carawan are charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.

The two were arrested after investigators conducted surveillance on the single wide abandoned trailer. Investigators say Myers and Carawan were using the abandoned trailer to cook Methamphetamine.  When they initiated a traffic stop a the pair, they found Methamphetamine, Marijuana and known items used to manufacture methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

A search of the trailer turned up known ingredients used in the ‘ One-Pot ‘ method to make methamphetamine such as Coleman Fuel, Sodium Hydroxide, Muriatic Acid, Lithium Batteries and Ammonium Nitrate.


Myers and Carawan were placed in the Beaufort County Detention Center under no bond.