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A Hanceville woman was arrested by Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) agents on Thursday for previously selling meth to undercover officers.


A CNET agent, who remains unnamed for safety reasons, said Vicki L. Cupp, 42,  was arrested just after noon on Thursday at Maplewood apartment complex in Hanceville near Wallace State Community College. She was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The CNET agent said they previously purchased several hundred dollars worth of meth in multiple purchases.

“We made a buy on two different occasions from her, she was selling methamphetamine,” the CNET agent said. “We did surveillance and once she walked down the stairs from her apartment she went and got into her vehicle. We pulled up behind her and she got out and asked what was going on. We told her she was under arrest for distributing methamphetamine. We were able to arrest her without incident.”

Both CNET agents and the Hanceville Police Department were involved in Cupp’s arrest.

“We didn’t find any methamphetamine on her at the time of her arrest,” the CNET agent said. “She was aware we were looking for her.”

Cupp is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $60,000 property bond.



Charleston, WV - A conference committee report with a compromise for Senate Bill 6 did not meet the 9 p.m. deadline for conference committee reports and was not taken up in the final hours of the regular legislative session.

On the last day of the 2014 Legislative session March 8, an amendment adopted March 7 came under reconsideration regarding Senate Bill 6, regulating the sale of drug products used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, moved to amend the March 7 amendment. The original amendment adopted late March 7 allowed the county commissioner to enact a prescription-only ordinance in relation to the sale of drug products that can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine for the particular county.

The adopted amendment was born as a compromise in response to the push for a statewide mandate for prescription-only pseudoephedrine in the legislation.

Shott explained that he wanted to tweak his original amendment so that a county commissioner would only be able to implement a prescription-only pseudoephedrine ordinance after a majority of the county’s residents voted in the affirmative through a voting referendum.

The bill as a whole was also up for passage, with debate for and against coming from both sides of the aisle. The bill passed the House by a vote of 63 to 34, but it still must clear the Senate before it competes the legislative process.


Under the proposed bill, an exception would apply for the legal possession of pseudoephedrine if it was purchased in a lawful jurisdiction. In other words, if a person with no previous criminal record purchased pseudoephedrine where the sale of the product was legal, that individual would not be liable for criminal prosecution.



A bill to limit the amount of cold medicines on the streets being used to make meth has passed in the WV House of Delegates.

     The bill would allow county commissions to make drugs used to cook meth available by prescription only and to limit the amount of cold medicines that can be purchased each year.
     It allows people to purchase 24 grams of pseudoephedrine annually… that’s half the current limit.
     In addition, the bill would now allow pharmacists to refuse to sell Sudafed and similar drugs to people who are not regular customers at the pharmacy.

PHUKET: Phuket police this afternoon (March 9) confiscated crystal methamphetamine worth more than B7 million from drug sellers who they believe are part of a wide network of drug sellers working between Nakhon Sri Thammarat prison and the Ta Chat Chai entrance to Phuket.

Police were first given a tip off that a prisoner from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, named as Kee Honsaithong, was one of the leaders in a gang who were bringing drugs to Phuket. Police were told there would be a delivery on board a Bangkok to Phuket bus, so they checked buses when they came through the checkpoint.
Inside one bus they found Sunthorn “Torn” Limsakul, a 37-year-old Phang Nga resident, with 950 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or ya ice. He admitted he was “hired” for B10,000 to bring the drugs to Phuket.
Police also confiscated another 1,000 grams of ya ice near Srisoonthorn Temple on Thalang Road in Phuket Town.


Missouri Representatives Stanley Cox (R-118) and Kenneth Wilson (R-12)have announced that they have filed House Bill 1787—anti-methamphetamine legislation aimed at helping Missouri fight back against methamphetamine production. The bill, similar to legislation authored by Senator David Sater (R-29) and filed in the Senate earlier this year (SB 625), implements reasonable monthly and yearly limits on pseudoephedrine (PSE) sales in order to prevent its illegal diversion into methamphetamine.        

Additionally, the bill prevents “returns” of PSE-based products and blocks any person who has been found guilty of a drug felony offense from purchasing these medicines without a prescription.                             

“In Missouri’s ongoing fight against meth production and abuse, it is essential that we implement balanced and effective policies that give law enforcement officials the tools they need to do their job,” said Cox. “HB 1787 will do just that. By implementing practical purchasing limits and establishing a drug offender block list, this legislation will give much-needed leverage to the officials on the frontlines of this battle. In Oklahoma, lawmakers passed a similar meth-offender block list that has led to a 50 percent decline in meth lab incidents in that state. These policies are particularly important because they go after the criminals responsible for creating Missouri’s meth problem while maintaining the rights of law-abiding citizens who depend on basic cold and allergy medicine.”                                   

“It is crucial that Missouri lawmakers design policies that are tough on meth crime,” said Wilson. “Yet we also must remember to protect the responsible choices of law-abiding citizens. House Bill 1787 accomplishes both of these tasks. It will be another critical tool for state officials in their effort to eradicate meth. ”                                    

Details of HB 1787:                                    

• The bill lowers the monthly limit of pseudoephedrine-based medicines that an individual can purchase from 9 grams to 7.2 grams                                    

• The bill adds the provision of a yearly purchase amount of 60 grams without a prescription                                    

• The bill lowers the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can legally possess from 24 grams to 14.4 grams                                    

• If pseudoephedrine is purchased and then returned to the pharmacy, it still counts towards an individual’s 7.2 gram total                                    

• A person who has been found guilty of any drug felony offense must obtain a prescription for any product containing pseudoephedrine.




MASON CITY | A Clear Lake man arrested Friday in Mason City has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Chad R. Tannahill, 45, was arrested by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a warrant at 3:49 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of North Madison Avenue following a short foot chase, according to the sheriff’s incident log.


After a short investigation at the scene, Tannahill was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Tannahill is now serving a 29-day sentence in the Cerro Gordo County Jail for failure to pay child support, as well as being held on $10,000 cash bond on the meth charge.


First responders from throughout the Tuscarawas Valley gathered at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Friday for training to deal with a growing problem — the number of methamphetamine labs in the area.

The two half-day sessions were sponsored by the New Philadelphia Police Department and the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office with training provided by Detective Sgt. Joe Mullet and Sgt. Tim Stryker from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department.

Holmes County has had experience with illegal labs in recent years. Mullet is considered to be the area’s leading expert regarding meth lab operations and is certified in dismantling and removing labs.

Talking with the media before the first session began, Mullet said he would explain to first responders what ingredients are used in making meth, how it is cooked and what they should look for at a crime scene.

Making meth is “a very easy process, but a very dangerous process,” he said.

The two men want to help first responders recognize the signs of a meth lab and then get out, so they can contact those who have hazardous-materials training to clean up the site.

“The last thing we want to do is see someone get hurt,” Mullet said.

Stryker described meth labs as “ticking time bombs waiting to explode.”

Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer said more labs were being seen in the county.

“This is something that has been a local problem in the last few months,” he said.

Describing it as a “dangerous and destructive crime,” he said it leads meth addicts to steal to get the money to pay for their addiction and causes families to fall apart.

In the past, meth labs had been a problem confined to urban areas, such as Summit County. “In the last decade, we had a couple of cases in Tuscarawas County,” Styer said. “We’ve had almost a dozen cases in the last three months.”

It has gotten much easier to make meth today than it had been in the past, leading to the increase in the number of labs. “You don’t have to be sophisticated to make this stuff,” Styer said.

The products necessary to manufacture meth are readily available at stores and are inexpensive to obtain, Stryker said.

Those who abuse meth spend between $200 and $300 a day. Abusers turn to cooking meth to feed their habit and to earn money as well, he said.

Those who use meth usually have major health problems as a result.

Every meth cook has his own recipe,” Mullet said. “We had one in Holmes County using rat poison. That was his special ingredient so people knew it was coming from him.”

Stryker had advice for neighbors who might live in the vicinity of a meth lab. They should learn to recognize the sights and smells associated with a lab. A burning ammonia or sulfur smell is often an indication. Other signs include traffic coming and going from a house at unusual hours and someone burning trash in the night.

If residents see these signs, they should contact their local authorities, he said.



AHMEDABAD: For Walter White, the central character of the hit American television drama series ‘Breaking Bad’ that revolves around formation of an illegal methamphetamine laboratory by this chemistry teacher, it was leaving behind good money for his family. However, for Mayur Trivedi, a city-based MBA graduate, it was to pay the dues and make good money through the trade that drove him to establish a makeshift laboratory in Astodia.

A team of Ahmedabad zonal office of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Trivedi, 43, a resident of Krishnanagar, Naroda, from his residence and busted his lab at Mandvi ni Pol on Friday. The breakthrough came after a Delhi-based drug dealer Javed was arrested by NCB sleuths in Jodhpur on March 6, along with 18kg charas (hashish).

Hari Om Gandhi, zonal director, NCB, told TOI that it is a big success for the agency as the team busted the lab before it could produce the commercial methamphetamine. The agency seized four kg of ephedrine and 680gm of methamphetamine.

“Trivedi was into extracting precious metal after recycling of PC spare parts. He had come in contact with a Mumbai-based person whom we don’t want to name at this juncture. Trivedi had complained to him around six months back about dwindling revenues from the business when he proposed the idea of drug manufacturing that can be highly profitable. Trivedi was asked to prepare the required chemical compound and the person’s associate provided the raw material and took responsibility of the distribution,” said an NCB official.

Initially reluctant, Trivedi took up the offer eyeing huge profit. The middleman in Mumbai got Javed and Trivedi on board after which Javed and his associates provided Trivedi with the chemicals required for the process a few months back. The investigation, so far, has revealed that Trivedi was given 5,000 tablets of ephedrine, one of the most important components for the drug.

“It was agreed that Trivedi would be paid from the proceeds of the drug sale. He even created the first batch of the drug using the available resources. The deal, however, did not strike as Trivedi could not deliver the quality required by drug suppliers. Javed had told Trivedi to try again with help of experienced hands and the plan was put on hold. Meanwhile, Javed got caught and spilled the beans on him,” said the official.

NCB team left surprised

NCB officials were surprised the see the meth lab as the makeshift arrangements made out of the resources commonly available at any household were right above a bustling locality. The building itself has a doctor on the ground floor and residential quarters on the first floor. It is the second instance when a meth lab has been busted in the state. Earlier, a team of NCB had nabbed three persons for running a laboratory near Vadodara in 2008.

Hari Om Gandhi, zonal director, NCB, said they have sought the accused’s remand to ascertain whether other persons are also involved in similar activities in the state.

Meth is highly profitable

Methamphetamine or meth is also called ice due to its coldness felt on tongue. The crystal powder can be taken in multiple ways. While the primary market is overseas due to its price of up to Rs 2 crore per kg, several Indian cities have also seen use of the psychotropic drug used primarily in rave parties. A number of persons get involved in the trade as while the raw material cost Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh, it fetches 100% returns,” said a senior NCB official.



A Crawford county man is facing some serious criminal charges, after police say they broke up a meth lab he was running in his Crawford county home.


State police drug agents discovered the suspected meth lab, along with ingredients used to make meth, inside a home on North Chestnut Street in Linesvile on Monday.
They took 51-year old Charles Geiring into custody at the scene.
Geiring was placed is in the Crawford county jail, with several charges filed against him.
The state police investigation continues.



Six suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai security forces who seized illegal Methamphetamines at the scene, police said Saturday.

BANGKOK: Six suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai security forces who seized illegal methamphetamines at the scene, police said Saturday.

The clash occurred late Friday evening in a mountainous border area in the Mae Sai district of northernmost Chiang Rai province — part of the Golden Triangle region.

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“Six bodies were found at clash site along with seven bags of methamphetamines,” Colonel Nattawut Yuwan, commander of the Mae Sai police, told AFP by telephone.

“We suspect they were hilltribe (Muser) people,” he said, adding the suspects had been travelling by foot and the clash happened quite close to the border with Myanmar.

There were no reports of any casualties among security forces.

Clashes between police and drug traffickers are fairly common in Thailand’s remote border regions.

Thailand has seen a marked increase in seizures of methamphetamine — which is relatively cheap and easy to make — often smuggled from neighboring Myanmar where armed rebels use profits from narcotics to fund their operations.

A married couple is behind bars, accused by deputies in the east of running a meth operation.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says that it arrested 46-year-old Herbert Garriss and 44-year-old Angela Garriss both of 2145 Camp Leach Road in Washington on March 7th.

The 2 were arrested after officials say while investigating stolen property said to be at the pair’s home, a number of plastic bottles associated with the “one pot” method of manufacturing meth was seen cooking in a shop on the property.

Officials say they cleared the building and investigators with the drug unit, as well as agents with the SBI responded to the scene.

Officials say evidence of several “one pot” meth cooks were located in the shop, along with precursor chemicals, solvents, and 3 grams of prepackaged meth. In the residence, officials say they found evidence of meth use including snorting straws and smoking straw. 11 firearms were also seized, according to investigators.

Herbert Garriss has been charged with manufacture methamphetamine, possess/distribute methamphetamine precursors, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling to facilitate drug activity, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Angela Garriss has been charged with possess/distribute methamphetamine precursors, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Herbert Garriss is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under no bond. Angela Garriss is being held under a $10,000 secured bond.



A woman from Livermore and a man from Fremont face multiple felony counts after a Feb. 25 traffic stop near the intersection of Maywood Drive and Springdale Avenue, according to police reports.

Crystal Marie Brush, 29, of Livermore was arrested on several outstanding felony warrants: an Alameda County auto theft warrant, a grand theft warrant from Fremont, another grand theft warrant from Pleasanton and a misdemeanor warrant for possession of a switchblade from Dublin.

Brush was also arrested for felony possession of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamine and two narcotics, hydrocodone and Norco.

Doug Deacon Buffey, 53, of Fremont was originally arrested on a felony probation violation. However, during a search at the Pleasanton Police Department, 2.1 ounces of methamphetamine were discovered in his underwear, according to police reports. Buffey was then arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale and smuggling a controlled substance into jail, both felonies.

The two were arrested at around 6:03 p.m. Brush is being held at the Santa Rita Jail with multiple bond amounts totaling $135,000. Buffey remains at the jail in lieu of $45,000 bond.



A Porterville man and woman were booked Saturday morning at the Tulare County Jail after Porterville police found a pipe bomb, illegal explosive materials, marijuana and methamphetamine in a home in a mobile home park.

Police responded to a suspicious activity call at a mobile home park in the 700 block of East Worth Avenue at 10 a.m. and found a pipe bomb and other explosive materials.

Porterville Fire Department and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office explosive demolition experts responded, and neighboring residents were evacuated until the bomb material was deemed safe.

Detectives also found marijuana, methamphetamine and evidence of marijuana cultivation in the suspects’ residence. A 56-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were arrested.

JACKSON COUNTY — Two Jackson county residents behind bars Saturday for cooking methamphetamine in a home they shared with a two-year-old.

The Uniform Patrol Division of the sheriff’s office and the Department of Children and Families led a joint investigation into the home of 2826 New Hope Road, responding to allegations of drug manufacturing.


Resident Krystal Hunter, 29, let officers inside but 26-year-old Ronald Grant III refused them access to a bedroom. Officers smelled a strong chemical odor, which led them to the remnants of methamphetamine cooking by the stove. A two-year-old child was in the home at the time.

Further investigation led to two bottles used for cooking, meth ingredients, less than 20 grams of marijuana, and a glass pipe.

Grant and Hunter are in the Jackson County Jail facing several charges including child abuse.  The two-year-old is with its maternal grandmother.



Five people involved with a methamphetamine operation have been arrested by members of the Davenport police Tactical Operations Bureau and NETS unit.

According to arrest affidavits filed by Davenport police officer Brandon Koepke, officers served a search warrant about 10 p.m. Friday at 3509 N. Main St., Apt. 8.

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Inside the apartment, officers seized items used in the what is known as the one-pot method of manufacturing methamphetamine, including a reactionary vessel containing sludge and lithium with more than 5 grams of detectable methamphetamine, according to Koepke’s affidavit.

Officers also seized pseudoephedrine blister packs, coffee filters, HCL generators, Coleman camp fuel, an empty bottle of lye, sulfuric acid, cold packs and lithium battery components. They also seized a quantity of methamphetamine.

The residents of the apartment, Jarad Paul Postell, 32, Melissa Renee Miller, 32, and Randy Joe Kirk, 28, are charged with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine. Each of the three was being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Postell also is charged with hosting a drug house. Kirk is also being held on a parole violation and a Muscatine County warrant. Miller is being held on a Muscatine County warrant, too.

Two men caught leaving the apartment, Kevin Anthony Cunningham, 25, no home address given, and John Alden Sullivan, 25, of 3575 Marquette St., Davenport, also were arrested while being in possession of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Cunningham is charged with one count of drug possession and delivery. Sullivan is charged with three counts of drug possession and delivery. According to the affidavit, officers found him carrying 0.55 grams of methamphetamine, 20 individually wrapped packages of high-grade marijuana weighing 33.95 grams and a digital scale. Officers also found 0.95 grams of methamphetamine on the ground near Sullivan, according to the affidavit.

Cunningham and Sullivan also were being held Saturday night in the Scott County Jail on cash-only bonds of $100,000 each.

The charges involving the manufacture, possession and delivery of methamphetamine are Class B felonies under Iowa law that carry prison sentences of up to 25 years if they result in a conviction.



STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) — A Stewartville man is facing multiple charges after evidence of meth was found in his home where children were present.


Sgt. Tom Claymon of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called Wednesday about 10 a.m. to a mobile home at 2014 Lark Lane Northwest in Stewartville. A woman told deputies that her husband, Michael Fisher, was a meth addict and had relapsed and was hallucinating.

Claymon said Fisher flushed meth down the toilet before deputies arrived but didn’t throw out the bag it had been in.

Fisher was arrested and faces charges of fifth-degree possession and meth crimes involving children.



Few places in the world have meth-heads like Arizona does.
While the number of exploding meth labs isn’t as high as it used to be, the meth users still seem to be as high as ever. Now, after much research of the New Times criminal meth-head archives, we bring you 10 of the absolute meth-iest crimes allegedly committed by Arizona meth-heads:

10.) Naked Meth-Head to Cops: I’m Naked in Field to Get “Closer to God”


How do you get closer to God? According to Juan Jose Peralta it involves smoking meth, stripping down in a Mesa field, and exposing himself to kids. Police responded to the report of a naked guy “waving his arms wildly in the air,” with his genitals in full view of a man and his 13-year-old son in May 2011. When police showed up and asked him what he was doing, he told the cops he just “wanted to feel closer to God and the Earth.”
9.) Meth-y Mom’s Baby Overdosed On (You Guessed it) Meth


​Most people don’t do meth. Most people don’t let their 9-month-old kid die from a meth overdose. Most people don’t then give birth to another child with a circulatory system full of meth. By those standards, Veronica Marie Linares allegedly doesn’t qualify as “most people,” according to what Glendale police said in January 2011.

8.) Meth-Head Mom Allegedly Shot Up 5-Year-Old Kid With Meth


Just last week, an admitted meth user’s 5-year-old daughter tested positive for meth, after the girl complained about her mother sticking her with needles, police say. Jacqueline Trousdale, a 30-year-old Phoenix resident, was the subject of “several” ongoing Child Protective Services investigations, according to court documents, which included allegations of pimping out her toddlers.

7.) Jesus Told Meth User to Drown Her 3-Year-Old Son in a Puddle


A Mesa woman who was spotted holding her 3-year-old son facedown in puddles in March claimed that Jesus told her to drown the boy, according to authorities. The woman, 30-year-old Victoria Soliz, eventually would tell a doctor that she was taking her medication regularly, which is a problem, because she told the doctor that crystal meth is her medication.

6.) Meth Addict Beats 85-Year-Old Mother to Death


Robert Troutt told police he beat the hell out of someone he thought was impersonating and attacking his mother in January 2010. Turns out, he was high on meth and had attacked his own mom, who died after the beating, in which Troutt caused her brain to bleed, and nearly tore off one of her ears.

5.) Scottsdale Meth-Head Has Naked Picnic in Dollar Store Bathroom


After getting high on meth for four days straight in March 2011, Scottsdale resident Shane Christian Chavis went into a Phoenix dollar store, and locked himself in the bathroom. Eventually, an employee opened the bathroom, and found Chavis naked, chowing down on food he’d just stolen in the store. Chavis put his clothes on and left, but not before spraying at least 10 cans of Silly String “all over” the store, according to police.

4.) Meth User in Motorcycle Massacre


In one of the more high-profile court cases in recent history, Michael Jakscht, a dump-truck driver, was allegedly high on meth when the dump-truck driver ran over eight motorcyclists, killing four of them, in March 2010. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison late last year.

3.) Naked Meth-Head to Cops: “Come and Suck it” (Said While Masturbating Behind Motel)


Police found Theodore Ruiz masturbating in a fenced-in area behind a motel in December 2010, and when they asked him to come out of the area, Ruiz gave his infamous response: “You come back here and suck it.” Ruiz repeated his response several times in his brief stand-down in police — in which he was masturbating the entire time, even after being pepper-sprayed.

2.) Meth Head Tells Dad About Corpse in His Apartment


Erik Grumpelt lived with his girlfriend for more than two months — after he killed her. In May 2011, Grumpelt kneed his girlfriend in the abdomen several times, until she was unresponsive. He spent the next two months with her corpse, before telling his dad, and trying to commit suicide. Grumpelt was sentenced earlier this year to 14 years in prison.

1.) Meth-Head Put Baby in Freezer


Chance Kracke is the poster-boy for meth-head crime. Kracke but his 7-month-old son in the freezer, because he wanted to make a snack, and said the floor was too dirty for a kid. He still put the baby on the dirty floor anyway, in what’s literally one of the most disgusting apartments of all-time, with “hundreds” of cockroaches, rusty razor blades, feces and urine everywhere, broken glass, chewing tobacco spit, and meth paraphernalia. Police discovered his other son, almost 2, had also swallowed a screw.



In a case of life imitating art, methamphetamine with a tint of blue, just like Walter White’s “Blue Sky” product, is turning up routinely on the streets of Phoenix, cops say.


Meth dealers tell their customers the blue powder will get them higher, says Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson, but narcotics officers say it’s likely just average meth with some food coloring thrown in.

Phoenix police make small seizures of blue meth every week or two, he says.

Coloring meth to look like the fictional high-quality stuff in the popular TV show Breaking Bad apparently is part of a trend to make the drug look better to users.

Efforts to restrict the sale of pharmacy drugs used to make meth have worked fairly well over the years, he says, but folks still manage to make meth with pseudoephedrine. The problem for meth makers is that the allergy-relieving drug contains chemical “binders” that help it retain the form of a pill. That may leave the finished product looking lumpy and gross, Thompson says, so the illicit chemists will “wash” the meth with other chemicals or by straining it through coffee filters. The finished product has a more-appealing, “flour-like” appearance.

“The bottom line is, it looks prettier,” Thompson says. “Throw in a few drops of blue food coloring and you’ve taken a product and made it a little more marketable.”

It’s not just in Phoenix: In January, a Homeland Security official announced that blue meth had been showing up in the Four Corners region and in New Mexico.

Phoenix officials have conducted no tests on the blue meth being found, meaning no one but the person who made it knows for sure what’s in it.



Cattle ranchers and law enforcement in the American West are fighting a tough new battle to protect the herds — keeping meth addicts from stealing their cows and selling them to finance their drug habit.

Cattle rustling is a crime straight out of a John Wayne western, combined with a modern “Breaking Bad” twist.

Law enforcement says meth addicts will sneak onto to ranches and farms to steal cows, worth around $1,000 a head, and then sell them at auction for money.

In one instance, caught on surveillance footage at a ranch in Missouri, thieves backed up a big rig to the cow pen, and one by one, coaxed the cattle onto a trailer. The thieves cleared the pen, except for one lone cow.

Cattle theft is a serious crime. These days the penalty can carry up to 10 years in jail.

Chief agent Jerry Flowers of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture’s law enforcement division and his nine special agents make up a crack unit dedicated to taking down cattle thieves, patrolling Oklahoma’s vast prairies and cattle ranches.

Selling stolen cattle is not relatively hard to pull off, police say. Livestock markets can move thousands of cattle in a week, and many of them aren’t branded.

“I’ve had people call me up and say ‘Hey Jerry, I’ve had a couple steers stolen.’ I say ‘what do they look like?’ ‘Well they’re 500 pounds and black steers,'” Flowers said.

Recently, Flowers and his agents were tracking two suspects, one-time ranch hands David Wallace and Larry “Snag” Smith. The two men were accused of stealing 100 cows from Oklahoma rancher Jet McCoy of “The Amazing Race” fame.

McCoy said his cattle were taken gradually and it took a while before he noticed they were gone. It wasn’t until he took a plane up to survey his land, to make sure they hadn’t just wandered off onto a neighboring property. For McCoy, $100,000 worth of stolen cattle is serious business.

“It’s no surprise to me that in the old days when they found somebody stealing cattle and horses that they’d just strung ‘em up,” he said.

Eventually, Flowers said he and his agents learned Wallace and Smith had taken cattle to a livestock market in Atoka, Okla. Police said the two suspects left a paper trial at the stockyard, and the agents quickly caught up with them.

Both men now are in custody but have yet to enter a plea.

For Flowers and his agents, these sort of modern-day American cowboy heroes, being on the job is more than just a whiff of a bygone era.

“It’ll never end,” Flowers said. “I still enjoy every morning, getting up pulling my boots on and enjoy the thrill of the hunt, when we go out and chase these outlaws.”

OAKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine Drug Enforcement served three search warrants Friday, which resulted in one arrest. The warrants were part of month long investigation into methamphetamine production.


MDEA served two warrant at 11 Center Street in Oakland and the other to a room at the Waterville Fireside Inn & Suites on Main Street. After MDEA’s inspection, a wing of the motel was evacuated. An initial assesment revealed evidence of meth manufacturing in the motel room. Due to the explosive danger of the meth materials, officials evacuated the motel. The team members, wearing protective suits, will search and clean the room at the motel and at the Oakland location.

MDEA also seized a vehicle in Skowhegan that is connected to the investigation. Federal, state, county and local police as well as local fire departments, EMS and Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection all assisted the MDEA. There are several other people being question in connection to the meth production.



SCOTT, LA (WAFB) – Two people have been arrested in Scott, La. on drug related charges.

According to the Scott Police Department, 36-year old Randy Ward and 31-year old Amanda Elizabeth Olivier were taken into custody after a meth lab was discovered in the trunk of Olivier’s vehicle.



Police pulled the vehicle over and contacted the Scott Fire Department and HazMat to the scene where a laboratory was later found in the trunk along with several other drug paraphernalia for producing and using meth.

Ward admitted that the equipment belonged to him, and Olivier told officials that she had knowledge that the equipment was in the trunk of her vehicle. They were transported and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Once inside that center, jail deputies conducted a search on Ward. A total of 4.2g of meth and three 2mg tablets of Xanax were found hidden in Ward’s sock.

Ward was charged with creating a clandestine laboratory, possession with intent to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute Xanax, possession of drug paraphernalia, and intro of contraband into a penal facility.

His bond was set at $26,000.

Olivier was charged with principal to create or operate a clandestine lab and she also had an active warrant for theft from Lafayette. Her bond was set at $5,750.



Grant County — Authorities in Grant County helped confiscate 6 pounds of methamphetamine and arrest three men during a drug investigation.

Eduardo Garcia Gonzalez, 25, Santos Gomez, 33, both of Quincy , and Matsu C.K. Thornton, 31, of Waterville, were arrested Thursday after they were caught selling more than a pound of meth, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

State and federal authorities raided properties in Waterville and the Yakima Valley following the arrests, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities found meth, guns, ammunition, cash, drug paraphernalia and a bulletproof vest.

Authorities estimate the six pounds of methamphetamine has a street value of more than $80,000.

The three suspects were booked into the Grant County jail, the sheriff’s office said. Garcia Gonzalez was allegedly carrying a gun when he was arrested and could face additional charges.

Grant County’s narcotics team joined forces with the Columbia River Drug Task Force, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A homeless man who was staying in a dumpster on Plum Street in February told an Olympia police officer he had slept there because his life “had gone downhill” once he started using methamphetamine again, court papers state.

On Thursday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon sentenced the suspect, Cory Boyd, 35, to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine filed against him after his February arrest.

Olympia police arrested Boyd on Feb. 8, after they were dispatched to a report of a man in a dumpster behind the Shell gas station in the 1000 block of Plum Street.

When police approached Boyd he was inside the dumpster, attempting to move items of garbage out of his way, court papers state.

“Boyd said he had spent the night inside the dumpster and was woken up to bags of garbage falling onto him,” court papers state. Boyd then told the officers he had began using meth again and needed to get clean.

Officers found Boyd had an active warrant. After arresting Boyd, an officer told him they had to take his guitar case to inventory the items inside. While the officer searched the guitar case a bag of methamphetamine fell out.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Heather Stone said Friday that Boyd was polite and personable as Dixon sentenced him to 30 days in jail Thursday. She said she believes Boyd will be released from jail soon due to the time he has already served.

“He needs to stop using drugs,” Stone said.

GRAND FORKS — A Twin Cities woman, her sister and three people from the Grand Forks region face federal charges of dealing methamphetamine, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Jacqueline Weiss, 22, and  Jennifer Weiss, 25, along with Brent Maurstad, 39, Lerna Lea Paulson, 45, and Michael Schiebe, 33, are accused of conspiring to sell at least 50 grams, or 3 ounces, of pure meth in Grand Forks and Walsh counties.

The sisters, who allegedly bought the drug from “Mexicans” in the Twin Cities, were arrested at a Grand Forks hotel in December, according to court records. They allegedly had 11 ounces of meth hidden inside a heater.

Jacqueline Weiss, of Zimmerman, Minn., pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in Grand Forks.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal told her that, if convicted, she faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison.

Jennifer Weiss, also of Zimmerman; Maurstad, of Drayton, N.D.; and Paulson, of Grafton, N.D., pleaded not guilty last month. Schiebe, of Thompson, N.D., apparently has not appeared on the charge.

The five have criminal records, the Weisses in Minnesota and the others in North Dakota. All are slated for trial April 22 in Grand Forks, Senechal said.

Profits revealed

According to investigators’ affidavit of probable cause, an informant revealed that, over the past year, Jennifer Weiss had sold the informant, on about 10 occasions, amounts of about 8 ounces of meth.

The informant had been working in and near Grafton with agents of the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force, which operates in Grand Forks, Walsh and Pembina counties.

Weiss charged $1,500 to $1,700 per ounce and each deal netted her $5,000 or more in profit, the informant told investigators. In November, the informant gave Weiss a 1999 Volkswagen Passat as partial payment for 10 ounces of meth.

Working with the task force, the informant arranged to buy more meth from the Weiss sisters, who live in Zimmerman, just northwest of Minneapolis.

The sisters were arrested Dec. 13 at the Knights Inn in Grand Forks. They had with them 11 ounces of meth concealed inside an electric heater they carried into the motel in a cardboard box, according to investigators.

The 11 ounces allegedly included pure meth mixed with other substances. A court official said federal felony charges deal with pure meth amounts by weight.

The informant told investigators that Jennifer Weiss had said she would sell the 11 ounces for a total up to $18,700, keeping $12,000 in profit for herself. She had explained that she received large amounts of meth every few weeks from a “Mexican” in the Twin Cities who worked with a drug dealer in Mexico.

When they were arrested, Jennifer Weiss told investigators her sister was aware of the meth in the heater, but was not involved in the drug deal. Weiss said she did not have a driver’s license, so her sister served as her driver.

But investigators said as they followed the sisters on Interstate 29 into Grand Forks, and Jennifer Weiss was at the wheel. At the moment investigators identified themselves to the sisters, Jacqueline Weiss dropped the cardboard box, said it wasn’t hers and that she knew nothing of the meth being inside the heater, investigators allege.



CALEXICO- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized about 11 pounds of methamphetamine at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry and arrested a Mexicali resident on Wednesday.

Around 4:45 a.m., James Torres, 35, approached the port driving a white 2000 Ford F-250 pickup missing a front plate, according to the court complaint.

531ab17cdf5c1_preview-300During inspection, the officer noticed tampering with the engine manifold, and a detector dog alerted to the vehicle. Upon further inspection, officers found a package containing about 11 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the engine intake manifold.

Torres was advised of his rights and said he knew there were narcotics in the vehicle and that he was to be paid $3,000, according to the complaint.


Authorities cite Oakland home, Waterville Fireside Inn and a Skowhegan car as being connected with a manufacturing operation.

Fanning across Waterville and Oakland Friday morning, scores of state drug agents and police arrested six people and seized evidence in connection with a large manufacturing operation of the drug methamphetamine.

Officials centered much of their attention on a motel wing of Waterville Fireside Inn & Suites, where police say meth was being produced.

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Arrested were five Oakland residents — Christopher McEachern, 27; Corey Stevens, 22; James Bell, 43; Katherine Tibbetts, 48; and Rachel Wolfe, 26 — and a man from Linneus in Aroostook County, Eric “Joe” Finnemore, 35.

Police have been investigating methamphetamine manufacturing and sale in the Waterville and Oakland area for about a month, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Agents found evidence that Finnemore, charged with class B trafficking and manufacturing of methamphetamine, was the central figure of a local group that was manufacturing and selling meth in the area, according to police. Agents also found that members of the group were buying antihistamine drugs containing pseudoephedrine, a necessary ingredient in the production, and several agents went undercover and bought drugs from the group, authorities said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Paul LePage issued a statement commending the drug bust and pointing to his proposed legislation — first unveiled at his State of the State address last month — to expand Maine’s drug enforcement by adding four special drug prosecutors, four judges and 14 agents to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

LePage’s press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, said following Friday’s arrests that LePage also decided to add an additional $40,000 into the $2.7 million proposed bill to help pay for the protective suits that drug agents wear when dismantling a meth lab. The suits can cost $2,000 and need to be frequently discarded and replaced.

Before the arrests, two search warrants were served at 11 Center St., in Oakland, and the other at a room at the Waterville Fireside Inn & Suites on Main Street. A wing of the motel was evacuated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team after evidence of meth manufacturing was found in a motel room. The manufacturing process involves highly flammable and explosive material, police noted.

The team members, wearing protective suits, searched the room at the motel and at the Oakland location. In addition, investigators seized a vehicle in Skowhegan, though did not offer details about who it belongs to.

The arrests were key to Oakland because they dismantled the manufacturing operation of a drug that has been only recently gaining ground in the community, said Sgt. Peter Tibbetts of the Oakland Police Department.

He said they were using one-pot manufacturing, meaning a single container is used to produce meth — such as a large juice bottle — making the drug lab portable. Meth is produced through a process of chemical mixing and cooking.

“It really hasn’t hit locally until recent and it’s one of those things where you want to get a handle on it locally and see if you can squash it,” he said. “It can be hard to find and when you find it and get to lock up those involved, that’s a big deal.”


At the 11 Center St. apartment building in Oakland that police and federal agents raided, tenants were outside Friday afternoon talking about the meth operation.

Cody Pooler, 24, said he was in his apartment around 9:30 a.m. when police converged on the building, searching the apartment above his, as well as an adjacent apartment.

“All I heard was cop sirens and I looked out of my door and the parking lot was flooded with cop cars and federal agents,” Pooler said. “Then I was just looking out my window and I noticed they were bringing people down in handcuffs.”

Pooler said he had no idea his neighbors were involved in a meth operation.

“I’m glad it’s gone now because if they’re making a meth lab in a house, I’m glad it didn’t blow up,” he said.

Pooler and his roommate, Bryan Reed, also 24, were standing in the driveway of the large red apartment building, when Tammy Wolfe — Rachel Wolfe’s mother — came out the building, saying she had arrived home to find her apartment torn apart. She lives with her daughter, as well as McEachern, according to Pooler.

When Pooler told her about the raid and that police had searched two apartments, including hers, Wolfe said, “What’s a meth lab?”

Then, with hands shaking, she started yelling and crying, accusing Pooler of “ratting” on those who were arrested, and stealing an X-box.

Pooler denied being a police informant and stealing an X-box and said he had no knowledge that his neighbors were involved in a meth operation.

Tammy Wolfe said her mother was going to pick her up, and shortly thereafter, a woman drove up and Wolfe left with her.

Reed said he learned of the raid when Pooler woke him up, saying police were all around the apartment building.

Reed said a little girl lived in one of the apartments that had been searched, and police gave her to a family member.

“I saw five or six people getting arrested,” Reed said. “I just didn’t know what to think. We tried to come out and talk to the cops, but they had us stay in the apartment. He (Pooler) missed a doctor’s appointment because we had to stay inside.”

Reed said the raid lasted more than an hour. While he did not have any idea his neighbors might involved with producing meth, he did notice a lot of people coming and going at all hours of the day and night, he said.

“It was until three or four o’clock in the morning,” he said. “We didn’t get to bed until six this morning because they were up and moving around.”

As Pooler and Reed stood in the parking lot, people drove up in cars and stopped to talk about the raid. Other neighbors said they thought police had been watching the apartment building for a few weeks before they raided it Friday morning.

The apartment building where the raid occurred is owned by Brown House Properties, a family business.

Lindsey Booker Burrill, one of the owners, said she and her family were aware police had been working on a case involving people in the building, but she did not know exactly what the case entailed.

“I actually just found out from one of my tenants what was going on,” she said at 3 p.m. Friday.

“We (Brown House owners) have been working hand in hand with Oakland police for probably at least three weeks, giving them information,” Booker Burrill said. “We knew something was going to happen today because yesterday, they called us and asked for the (building) keys and of course, we supplied them with anything they needed.”

Booker Burrill said she and her family are grateful law enforcement officials took care of the situation.

“Oakland police are a bunch of wonderful folks,” she said. “I applaud the work they’re doing over there. We’ve got a zero tolerance policy, but we can’t know what’s happening in our units all the time.”


Agents expected to be at the scenes in Oakland and Waterville most of Friday afternoon collecting evidence. Those arrested were taken to the Kennebec County jail.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is being assisted by the Waterville police and fire departments, Oakland police and fire departments, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Skowhegan Police Department and chemists from Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.

Tibbetts said the police department was already familiar with all of the Oakland residents arrested. Morning Sentinel records show McEachern was sentenced to seven months in jail for robbing a pizza delivery man in 2010.

LePage wrote in his statement Friday that there were 163 drug deaths in Maine in 2012 and 20 percent of the homicides in 2012 were related to illegal drugs. He said the number of deaths shows the urgency of addressing problems with drug use and trafficking.

“The issue is twofold: treating those who are addicted effectively and getting dealers off the streets. We can do a better job with both,” LePage said in his statement. “Right now, our police chiefs tell us local law enforcement officials need more resources to fight the drug epidemic in our state and we ought not to turn a blind eye.”

Bennett said the governor proposed additional money for protective suits because “I don’t think a lot of people think of the cleanup.”

“Maybe we will get a little more attention now that there is a motel involved,” she said. “It’s costly.”

Bennett said LePage hopes Democratic legislators schedule to bring the drug bill to the floor in a timely manner because of the problems drugs pose in communities.

“This bust is an example of what’s going on in communities across our states,” Bennett said. “We have some real issues that need to be addressed immediately and they are truly emergencies, unlike Medicaid expansion.”