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LAS CRUCES >> Federal and local authorities arrested eight Las Cruces men Wednesday, representing the end of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation targeting repeat offenders.

When it began, the 15-month investigation by FBI and local Metro Narcotics Task Force Officials sought methamphetamine manufacturers and suppliers in Doña Ana County.

Eventually, authorities expanded the investigation to include other illegal drugs, and firearms used in trafficking from El Paso to Los Angeles.

Here are the men taken into custody Wednesday, according to a news release issued Thursday by the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office.

– Anthony Calderon, 40, and Orlando Roman, 34, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing heroin and methamphetamine in April 2014.

– Salvador Ortega, 33, and Steven Roman, 26, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing methamphetamine in April 2014.

– Robert J. Lambe, 36, of Las Cruces, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine in June 2014, using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

– Jesse Antillion, 27, of Las Cruces, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in Nov. 2013.

– Josh Alamagor, 32, and David Enriquez, 26, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing methamphetaminein May 2014.

The investigation led to the filing of criminal charges against 75 individuals, including 42 federal defendants and 33 state defendants, the release states.

Law enforcement officers seized more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana, 74 firearms and 17 vehicles during the course of the investigation.

Four federal defendants have yet to be arrested and are considered fugitives.

The investigation leading to the aforementioned arrests, drug seizures and cases was conducted by the FBI’s Las Cruces Southwest Border/Safe Streets Task Force and the New Mexico HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force.

Agents and officers from the FBI, Metro Narcotics Task Force, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Las Cruces Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol and DEA assisted in today’s law enforcement operation.






Feds, NM authorities bust dozens of alleged Methamphetamine dealers

A 15-month investigation by the FBI and New Mexico authorities has resulted in criminal charges against 75 alleged drug traffickers from Las Cruces to Los Angeles.

The investigation begun in May 2013 implicated dealers of high-grade methamphetamine across Doña Ana County, including Las Cruces and Anthony, and Deming, according to the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico. Investigators also nabbed the dealers’ alleged suppliers in Los Angeles, Tucson and El Paso.

Criminal charges have been filed against 75 people, including 42 federal defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney. All but four federal defendants have been arrested; the remaining four individuals are considered fugitives.

All told, law enforcement officers seized more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana, 74 firearms and 17 vehicles during the course of the investigation.




Three recent methamphetamine-related arrests in Martinsville— two of them just weeks apart — suggest meth is on the rise in the city, according to Police Chief Sean Dunn.


Dunn, who became the city’s police chief on May 5, said that before he came to Martinsville, he had been under the impression that meth was on the rise across Southwest Virginia, “so I was actually pleasantly surprised to arrive here and be informed from staff that we’re not seeing much of a meth problem,” he said.

Since then, however, there have been three meth-related arrests in the city, which causes Dunn concern.

“We’re definitely on high alert for this,” he said. “We’re hoping to … make the public aware of how dangerous it is and continue our enforcement efforts.

Methamphetamine is an illegal synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant. It can be made illegally in homes, vehicles and elsewhere.

The two most recent arrests were Frank Red Sink Jr., 44, who was charged Aug. 1 with felony manufacture methamphetamine and felony possession of methamphetamine; and David R. Cannaday, 45, who was charged with possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

In the first incident, Dunn said, “we received information that an individual (allegedly) was in the process of making meth. Officers went out and they were able to observe him doing what appeared to be walking outside and going through the process of … ‘working the pot’ to make the meth.”

After police noticed additional indicators of alleged meth production, a search warrant was obtained and Sink was arrested, Dunn said. The incident occurred on the 800 block of Forest Street, he added.

In the second incident, Dunn said, police stopped Cannaday’s vehicle because of improper equipment and “they recovered what appeared to be an inactive or recently finished cooking pot” allegedly related to meth production.

Both incidents, Dunn said, allegedly are examples of a newer type of meth production known as the “one pot” or “shake and bake” method, which forgoes the need for an extensive meth lab in exchange for common pharmaceutical ingredients prepared in an empty plastic two-liter soda bottle.

Although this new method is easier than older means, Dunn said, it also is exceptionally dangerous.

“This (method) is very dangerous, very volatile,” the chief said. “It’s hazardous to whoever is making it, especially someone who’s making it in an enclosed area like a car. … They’re really taking a great risk to their own personal safety, not to mention the dangers of this drug once you’ve put it into your body after you’ve manufactured it.”

According to online sources, if the meth chemicals are exposed to oxygen at the wrong time or the chemical reaction does not go as planned, it can result in a deadly explosion or a flash fire. According to previous Bulletin reports, the third city resident arrested recently in connection with meth is Christopher Ray Richardson, 35, formerly of 106 Roselawn Heights, Martinsville, who was arrested on indictments of one count each manufacture methamphetamine in the same dwelling of a minor under the age of 15; manufacture methamphetamine; and possess ammonium nitrate, hydrochloric acid, lithium and psuedoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, methcathinone or amphetamine in connection with a May 20 incident.

Dunn said the city has received help cleaning up meth manufacturing sites from the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team, which not only collects the dangerous components but also helps gather evidence for prosecution.

“Probably the biggest benefit to us is it helps us to manage these scenes as safely as possible,” Dunn said. “These guys are experts. They know exactly what they’re looking at. They deal with this a lot more frequently than we do.”

Dunn said several city police officers have received meth collection and cleanup training, but the level of expertise the state police offers still is invaluable.

“We’ve been very fortunate that they’ve been as responsive as they have,” he said.

To effectively combat meth in the city, Dunn said, the public’s assistance is needed. He encourages anyone who knows of meth production taking place in the city to contact the police department.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice website at, a combination of several of the following factors can suggest the presence of meth manufacturing in a home: unusual smells, such as ether, ammonia or acetone; excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers; covered windows; frequent visitors at unusual times; extensive security measures; and secretive or unfriendly occupants.

“It’s dangerous for the folks who are producing it as well as the folks who are using it,” Dunn said. “We definitely want to see this problem go away.”




Nogales, Arizona – Two males, one from Mexico and the other a United States citizen, were recently arrested in separate drug-smuggling attempts through Nogales Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Jorge Humberto Lopez-Ramos, 64, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of a GMC truck he attempted to drive through the port Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s driver-side door, where officers discovered 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $82,500.

Monday, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Christian Ortiz, 31, a U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a further search of his Chevrolet truck. During the search, a drug detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s front and back seats where officers found 39 pounds of meth worth an estimated $117,700.

The vehicles and drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.




Yuma, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 23 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested one smuggler, yesterday.

Blythe Station agents working at an immigration checkpoint on Highway 95 referred a vehicle to secondary when a canine alerted to the vehicle.  Agents noticed the bolts near the fender with heavy tooling marks.  Agents took off the fender and noticed anomalies near the firewall, including fresh paint and weld marks.  Agents removed the welds, and found 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamines.  The total weight of the methamphetamine was 23 pounds, worth an estimated $69,000.



SAN CLEMENTE – A 24-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 30 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in his car, authorities said.

Agents discovered the estimated $300,000 worth of methamphetamine in a 2007 Dodge Caliber about 7:30 p.m. on the freeway checkpoint near San Clemente after a police dog alerted them to the drug’s presence, according to a U.S. Border Patrol statement.

The methamphetamine was hidden in freezer bags stacked in the left “rocker panel” area of the car, according to the statement.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement officials. The vehicle was seized by the border patrol.




Three Madison Heights residents were arrested late Wednesday evening and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.


According an Amherst County Sheriff’s Office release, a search warrant was executed at 180 Secluded Acre in Madison Heights after 11 p.m. as a result of a meth lab investigation, Capt. John Grieser said.

The Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab team responded to the scene as well. He said they found evidence of old bakes and previous batches of the drug. It appeared to investigators another batch of meth was about to be cooked.


James Willis Campbell Sr., 57, Timothy Blake Birch, 28, and Ashley Nicole Campbell, 23, were arrested at the scene and charge with manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. They are being held at Amherst County Adult Detention Center without bond, according to the release.





SEMMES, Alabama — Mobile County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested seven people Wednesday after they found a methamphetamine lab.

At around 11 p.m. Wednesday deputies responded to 3301 Normandy Drive West in Semmes to execute a July arrest warrant for 45-year-old David Thomas Blanton for the possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lori Myles.



Myles said when deputies got to the door, they smelled meth. Blanton and four others were inside with an active meth lab, Myles said.

The five people arrested were David Thomas Blanton, William Ellis Dunham Jr., Lynn Marie Mason, Heather Lynn Silvers and Cory Everette Lambert.

While deputies were at the residence a man and a woman, later identified as Jeremy David Love and Keri Nicole Junkins, were calling Lambert’s phone trying to purchase meth, Myles said.



The deputies impersonated Lambert, arranged a meeting point and arrested Love and Junkins.


Blanton, Dunham, Mason, Silvers and Lambert face charges of first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine.

Love and Junkins were charged with attempting to commit a controlled substance crime. Love was also arrested on five outstanding warrants that included trafficking methamphetamine and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Junkins faces additional charges of pistol carrying without a permit and possession of a controlled substance for carrying a 25 caliber pistol and Xanex,  Myles said.

Everyone involved was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail around 2 a.m. Thursday. As of 2:15 p.m. Junkins is the only one out of the seven that was released on bond.



Dallas man is accused of shooting his boyfriend 15 times with a pellet gun and manufacturing methamphetamine.

 show_image4Jorge Ramirez, 32, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He remains in the Dallas County jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Police responded to a call around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday at The Oaks Apartments in the 4900 block of Gaston Avenue in Old East Dallas. A witness told officers someone was screaming for help inside an apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Ramirez’s boyfriend told officers he screamed for help after Ramirez pointed a handgun and a pellet gun at him. Ramirez shot the man with the pellet gun 15 times, police said.

When officers knocked on the door, Ramirez forced his boyfriend to lie face down in the bathtub. Ramirez then threatened to kill the man, the boyfriend told police.

Officers searched the apartment and found three pistols, a BB gun, 229 grams of methamphetamine and a half gram of amphetamine. There was also $33,676 stashed inside a large teddy bear, according to police documents.



TAHLEQUAH — A woman arrested in June for drug- and firearm-related allegations is facing additional charges for allegedly taking several bags of methamphetamine into the Cherokee County Detention Center.g0a0000000000000000875975eddef38edbc7fbdfd2844d6e168acdba76

Tracy R. Rogers, 36, of Muskogee, is charged with a felony count of bringing contraband into a jail or penal institution.

She is free on a total bond of $5,000.

Rogers was arrested in mid-June after a traffic stop by Tahlequah Officer Austin Yates. Police retrieved a pellet gun, a pipe with burnt residue, and a couple of pills from the vehicle Rogers was driving.

Officers also learned Rogers was being sought on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property

Bond at that time was set at $50,000.

On June 16, Cherokee County Detention Center Officer Sylvia Holmes filed a report after women in one of the pods claimed Rogers had drugs and “that she had it inside her.”

“She was asking the girls if they wanted any,” Holmes reported.

Rogers denied having narcotics that day – June 15, Holmes said – and a subsequent search of the inmate, called a “bend, squat, and cough,” revealed no substances.

Rogers was then moved to a cell with another inmate. On June 16, another female inmate told CCDC officers she needed them at her cell. Holmes was pointed to a roll of toilet paper, where she found a gold metal container with a lid containing eight small bags of methamphetamine.

The substances were seized and turned into the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

Rogers’ newest charges could result in one to five years in a state prison and a fine of $100 to $1,000.





A Burlington County man and woman were arrested on drug and weapons charges after police allegedly found methamphetamine and a sawed-off shotgun while executing a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities also had to call in the Burlington County Haz-Mat team and members of the State Police’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit when unknown chemicals were discovered in the house, police said. The chemicals were sent for testing.

William Kirchner, 23, and Amber Ogden, 22, both of the 200 block of Norcross Lane in Pemberton Township, were taken into custody at 5:30 p.m. when State Police entered the house.

Kirchner and Ogden were charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine as well as possession of a prohibited device and possession of a defaced firearm, according to Pemberton Township Lt. Brian Wechkus.

Ogden was released on her own recognizance. Kirchner was held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Kirchner is still jailed in the Burlington County Detention Center as of this morning, online records indicate.



— Orangeburg County deputies have arrested two women in connection with a meth bust at a home and are looking for a woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter at the home.1mVqFq_AuSt_74

Officers were investigating complaints of drugs at a home on Binnicker Bridge Thursday when they discovered methamphetamines in the home, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

Ravenell said officers found the personal belongings of Christy M. Kinsey, 41, in the home and took her into custody.

Kinsey has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, Ravenell said.


Fran Nicole Roberts, 29, was at the home when officers arrived. Ravenell said Roberts was arrested on an outstanding family court bench warrant.

“While Roberts was being booked into the detention center, officers located methamphetamine in a makeup case in her possession,” Ravenell said. “Roberts was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.”

Ravenell said Amanda Leigh Vosburg, 24, left her 2-year-old daughter in the custody of another resident who shares the Binnicker Bridge home with Kinsey and Roberts on August 2.YWjJ4_AuSt_74

“Vosburg said she would return in four to five hours to pick up the child, but she never returned,” Ravenell said. “The caregiver tried the child’s relatives and another friend to take care of the child, but no one would take the toddler.”


The caregiver took the child to the Bamberg County Department of Social Services, according to Ravenell.

“The social worker and the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office notified our investigators of the child being in their county,” Ravenell said. “The child has been placed in emergency protective custody, and Vosburg is wanted for neglect of a child.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigations at 803-534-3550 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.




JEFFERSON COUNTY   •   A man who killed his girlfriend by hitting her in the head with a hammer and leaving her in the woods where they had gone to make methamphetamine has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Brian E. Smith, 33, was sentenced Monday, the same day he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.


Court documents said Smith and Heather Beckley, of Pevely, met with a man at a home on Old Lemay Ferry Road near Imperial on Dec. 16, 2012, “under the pretense that they would manufacture methamphetamine.”

Smith got a hammer from the man’s property, according to court documents. The man showed them to a wooded area where the meth could be made. Smith and Beckley then dropped the man back off at his home and returned to the secluded spot, where Beckley’s body was later found.

The man later saw Smith with blood on his face. Smith told the man he had hit Beckley in the head with a hammer six times.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was called in to investigate Beckley’s death after a driver spotted her body near Butler Valley Road and Antonia Valley Court. Police arrested Smith on drug charges on the first day of their investigation.

Detectives had sought charges of first-degree murder, but prosecutors issued the second-degree murder charge. Second-degree murder is knowingly killing someone, while first-degree murder is knowingly killing someone with deliberation, however brief.

Smith’s most recent address was in the 9900 block of Arthur Lane in unincorporated south St. Louis County.




SPRINGVILLE — Springville officers arrested a 19-year-old woman for allegedly trying to shoplift several items from Walmart.

According to a police report, officers received a report Tuesday from store employees that the woman allegedly selected several items, concealed them and entered a family restroom in the store.


Police reported that while Aleesha Drake was observed, she was recognized from previous dealings, so police ran a warrant check and discovered there were several warrants for her arrest.

Police reported that Drake remained in the restroom for more than 30 minutes. When she exited the restroom, police reported that it was checked, and empty packaging for several items of merchandise were located in the restroom.

Police stated Drake passed all points of purchase and walked into the vestibule area, where she was approached by an officer and placed under arrest for her warrants.

Police asked Drake if she had any items in her bag and belongings for which she had not paid. Police reported Drake admitted to stealing the items in question. She admitted to being in the restroom and removing the items from their packaging and concealing them.

Police reported that during questioning, Drake changed her story several times as to why she was stealing. She first told police she had been held for a week and forced to steal or the people who took her were going to kill her family, police stated. Drake then told police she was forced to steal to pay off a debt a family member owed.

Drake again changed her story and stated to police she had been approached at her home by people she owed money to and was given the option to steal items they wanted in exchange for paying money she owed them for drugs.

Drake told police that while she was stealing for these individuals, she decided to take items for herself as well.

Police reported the value of the items taken by Drake totaled $1,167.

Drake also admitted she had methamphetamine in her pants pocket and a syringe in her bra. A small baggie containing a white crystal-like substance was removed from her pocket, and police reported it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police reported that Drake was uncuffed and allowed to retrieve the syringe from her bra. Drake admitted to being a heroin user, but stated the methamphetamine belonged to the people she owed money to and she was holding it for them.

Police stated they also located a small scale with white residue in Drake’s belongings that also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Drake was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone, possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, and three warrants for retail theft, knowingly producing, dispensing or manufacturing a controlled substance, and not having a valid license.




An Anaheim, California teen died on Monday after possibly overdosing on drugs at an electronic music festival over the weekend.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 19-year-old Emily Tran, who tested positive for methamphetamine and ecstasy at the hospital before her death.article-2718591-2052145B00000578-614_306x423

Tran was first admitted to the health tent at the HARD Summer music concert around 8:30pm on Sunday, the second day of the event which showcases electronic and hip-hop musicians at Whittier Narrows Regional Park in South Menlo.

Officials say Tran started having seizures and was taken to the Greater El Monte Community Hospital where she later passed away around 5:40am Monday morning.

An official cause of death has not yet been reported, as the coroner must first conduct toxicology tests which could take weeks.

Tran was the only fatality at the two-day festival, but someone did die of natural causes at the event last year.

The event’s organizers confirmed Tran’s death saying she ‘had seizures’ on Sunday ‘and sadly passed away’.

‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends,’ the statement added.

One part of the security included a place to anonymously dump narcotics before entering the event.

The concert was held on Saturday and Sunday and featured 75 hip-hop and electronic performers and was attended by more than 35,000 people.


There were a total of 140 arrests at this year’s event, 20 of which were narcotics related.

A YouCaring page has been set up to raise money in Emily’s honor.




China yesterday executed two South Korean men in Jilin Province for drug trafficking and trading convictions, the first death sentence for Korean citizens carried out in the country in a decade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The two men, a 52-year-old identified only by his surname Kim, and a 44-year-old identified only as Baek, were arrested in April 2011 in the northeastern province for smuggling and selling methamphetamine, a serious crime in China.

Another Korean man, a 55-year-old surnamed Jang, is likely to be executed later this week for selling 11.9 kilograms (26.2 pounds) of methamphetamine, the ministry said.

Between 2010 and 2011, Kim and Baek, whose occupations are unknown, were involved in smuggling around 14.8 kilograms of methamphetamine – also known as philopon – from North Korea into China.

Baek sold the supply to Korean drug organizations as well as other circles.

Chinese officials notified the Korean Consulate in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, in northeastern China, shortly after the two were arrested. After Kim and Baek were sentenced in a lower Chinese court, the Korean government continuously requested a suspension of the sentence on humanitarian grounds, though to no avail.

Chinese authorities relayed that in regard to crimes involving drugs, the country applies identical standards to foreigners and its citizens alike, a Korean foreign affairs official said.

“We tried our utmost to prevent the death sentences from being carried through,” the official said ahead of the execution. He added that it looked like it would also be difficult to overturn the third man’s execution ruling.

Further details of the execution were not provided yesterday, but a Korean official said that Kim and Baek’s families had been informed of the executions beforehand.

The last time a Korean was executed in China for a drug-related crime was in September 2001.

The case drew strong public backlash in Korea because of the government’s failure to detect and block the death sentence of the 41-year-old man, who was arrested in 1997 in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, for producing and selling methamphetamine. The Chinese government informed the Korean Foreign Ministry with just a fax. He was sentenced to death by a Harbin court in 1999.

Another Korean man was executed in China in 2004 for murdering two people and chopping up their bodies.

Under Article 347 of China’s Criminal Law, those found guilty of smuggling, trafficking or transporting more than 50 grams of heroin or methamphetamine or other narcotic drugs in large quantities can face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Chinese criminal law is applicable to anyone who commits a crime in the country.

According to the Korean Foreign Ministry, there are about 20 additional Korean nationals who have received death sentence suspensions in China for drug-related offenses or murder crimes. Capital punishment for foreigners for drug dealing is not uncommon in China.

Within the past five years, foreign nationals from other countries, including the United Kingdom, the Philippines, South Africa and Pakistan, have also been executed in China for drug-related crimes.

“Most of those cases involved a much smaller amount of narcotics, on average between 3 to 4 kilograms,” the foreign affairs official pointed out.

Noh Kwang-il, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said yesterday that it was “regrettable that our people were executed in China for drug crimes.”

He said the ministry will “continue to take all measures to assist Korean citizens abroad no matter what difficult situations they face.”

Amnesty International lists China as having the highest number of executions, estimating that thousands of sentences are carried out each year.



A Belle, WV man previously convicted of a felony has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for having 80 guns in his possession.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Dorsey Woolwine Jr., 63, had admitted in January to being a felon in possession of firearms.


Agents with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team searched Woolwine’s residence on Simmons Creek Road in March 2012, seizing 29 guns, including a sawed-off rifle. Then, in May, state troopers searched his home and found 52 more guns plus methamphetamine and scales.

Two of the guns had been reported stolen, Goodwin said.

Woolwine told police he’d been selling meth from his home for about six years, Goodwin said.

MDENT and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.




A gang who killed two British medical students serving at a hospital in Borneo were high on Crystal Meth, a police report has revealed, as the men arrested admit committing the crime. borneo-victims_2999108b

Neil Dalton, 23, and Aidan Brunger, 22, who were in their fourth year studying medicine at Newcastle University, were stabbed to death while out celebrating the completion of a six-week stint at Sarawack General Hospital in Kuching.

Three of the four men arrested all tested positive for Methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant which is also known as Crystal Meth.

The police report revealed one of the suspects had a previous conviction for drug dealing while another had been convicted of gang robbery. All suspects have admitted the crime. Kuching-locator_2998416c

Deputy police commissioner Chai Khin Chung said police in Borneo had now finished their investigation, as the men confessed, and they would now be passing on their evidence for prosecution.

“We have finished our investigation, the crime has been solved,” he said.

“The suspects have been apprehended and they have admitted the crime. We have recovered the weapons from the crime.

“We are waiting for the corpses in the hospital mortuary to have the post-mortem carried out. We have all the major evidence in our hands which we will send to the prosecution.”

Mr Dalton and Mr Brunger, who were described as brilliant students with glittering futures ahead of them, were chased by the gang and stabbed multiple times, before being left in the street just yards apart.

Police arrested the first three suspects at their respective homes within the first two hours of the killing (Borneo Post)

The deputy police commissioner said the pair had got into an argument with the men on the table next to them in the bar and after leaving on foot, they were followed by car and then attacked from behind.


“They were having a drink and got into an argument with the next table. After a prolonged argument they left the bar on foot and were followed in a car. They came from behind and stabbed them”, he said.

“The four people, who are local men, will be charged with murder. It’s very unusual for Kuching, it’s always very peaceful.

“It’s very unfortunate and we were very surprised this kind of thing happened in our city.”

Malaysia’s The Star newspaper has said the main suspect is a 23-year-old fishmonger, one a 29-year-old mechanic, the others 19 and 35 and both unemployed.

Mr Dalton who has an older brother, grew up in Belper in Derbyshire where he attended the local school, achieving four A* grades at A –Level.

Friends described him as a “true gentleman” who had always dreamed of becoming a doctor.

Mr Brunger from Gillingham in Kent was a pupil at Rainham Mark Grammar School before winning a place at Newcastle University to study medicine.

His mother and stepfather still live in Gillingham, but his father and stepmother moved to Alnwick in Northumberland.

Both parents were too upset to comment, but a neighbour in Gillingham described him as a “lovely” young man with a close and loving family.

Friends of the pair have been offered counselling in the wake of the tragedy.

Posting on a Facebook group for elective students of Sarawak General Hospital, Professor Michael Smile wrote: “To all elective medical students in Kuching, I am sure, by now, all of you would have heard about the tragic deaths of two of your colleagues/friends.

“Some of you have messaged me expressing anxiety and concern about your safety. If any one needs counselling etc, please let me, Dr Wong Jin Shyan or one of the physicians in the hospital know and we can see about hopefully providing this.

“From the police investigations, this was not a random crime. The two students apparently got into a quarrel with four locals who had been drinking.”

Mr Dalton’s former headmaster Martyn Cooper said the whole community was saddened by the news of his tragic death.

He said: “Neil was always a fully engaged and promising student, whose decision to enter the medical profession was encouraged by Belper School.

“Our memories of him are of a vibrant and interested young man, who enjoyed his studies and made contributions to many events. He was a particularly-able mathematician, winning several awards during his school years.”

His parents were too upset to comment, but a family friend and neighbour described him as “very bright and self-motivated” young man who had the world at his feet.

Sue Barltey, 50, said: “While other kids might be lying in bed he was always up early doing something sporty. He had always said that he wanted to be a doctor, and he studied very hard.

“He was a true gentleman. If he saw me on a night out in Belper, he would offer to walk me home. When he did that, he always saw me safely to my door. He was a big part of the local community. It is a terrible, terrible loss.”

Their murders came just days after two Irish medics were attacked and beaten up in a bar, prompting staff at the teaching hospital to warn all visiting students to be on their guard while socialising in an area which is popular with backpackers.

The pair had been part of a large group of overseas students based at the hospital, who had arranged a night out in the Travillion pub in the Jalan Padungan area of the city.

Many of those gathered were coming to the end of their placement and were preparing to return home or head off to do some travelling for the remainder of the summer.






Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — A Cambria couple have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they were running a meth lab out of a mobile home in the Town of Tonawanda while they were out on bail on similar charges in Niagara County.

Thomas McCabe III, 36, and his wife Leah, 34, are charged with conspiracy and manufacturing methamphetamine. The latest charges stem from an encounter in May between the McCabes and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Niagara County Drug Task Force.

The agents had gone to the Tonawanda mobile home to arrest the McCabes on a Niagara County grand jury indictment charging them with third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Those charges were the result of a December 2013 investigation by Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies who went to the McCabes’ home at 4980 Saunders Settlement Road after receiving a tip that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

Deputies said they found items commonly used for making meth and an active meth lab near the home’s furnace. The home was evacuated and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded to clear out the home and secure hazardous materials inside.

Leah McCabe was arrested at that time. Her husband was picked up two days later after being found in the Town of Tonawanda by members of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Warrant Unit, the federal Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

The couple was arraigned on the charges in Niagara County Court and posted bail. When the DEA and Drug Task Force agents went to arrest the pair, at the mobile home on Ritchie Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda on May 22, they found what was described as a “clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.”

When the agents searched the mobile home, they found methamphetamine residue and ingredients used in the manufacture of the drug.

Thomas McCabe is currently being detained without bail on the federal charges. His wife is being detained while undergoing in-patient drug addiction treatment.





LOGANOne-pot shake-n-bake meth labs are becoming more popular, but can prove to be dangerously explosive.

One local resident found several suspicious bottles while routinely cleaning in the yard and quickly responded by delivering the bottles to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.53e17ecb62a80_image

“They had been there for about three days,” the resident noted in the report. After noticing some water in the bottles the resident deemed it suspicious and took it to the HCSO.

According to the report, the bag of components contained a methamphetamine lab.

Deputies, Logan Fire Department and Major Crimes Unit responded to the HCSO office to neutralize the vessels.

Across Ohio, these extremely dangerous labs have become the preferred method of manufacture for clandestine laboratory operations. A quick and efficient process these labs pose a high risk of flash fire and explosions. Citizens and first responders are advised not to handle these highly volatile containers.

Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North said not to touch “bottles with lids containing liquid if found.”

According to Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, those cooking meth combine ammonium nitrate from cold packs with lye, and over the counter cold medication in a plastic or glass bottle. They add highly flammable Coleman fuel and water reactive lithium metal to the container.

A highly volatile chemical reaction occurs converting the cold or allergy medication into methamphetamine. The reaction vessel is prone to catching on fire when the lithium metal from lithium batteries reacts with water causing an ignition.

This source of ignition is exposed to the fuel causing catastrophic failure of the bottle spraying flaming liquid or exploding if pressure exists in the container.

Meth lab waste is dangerous. North advised not to attempt to remove unknown or suspected toxic substances. Notify the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office of the location of these items immediately at 740-385-2131.





THREE RIVERS, MI – A 55-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested Tuesday in a Lockport Township home after police received information about methamphetamine manufacturing there, police said.

Authorities from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics Unit along with the St. Joseph County Special Response Team executed a search warrant in the 57000 block of Patterson Lane and located methamphetamine waste, a news release from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office said. The hazardous waste was neutralized and removed from the property.

The St. Joseph County Health Department declared the residence “unfit for human habitation” and condemned it. Adult Protective Services officials  “removed a vulnerable adult,” the news release said.

The Three Rivers man, whose name was not released, was arrested on charges of operating/maintain a methamphetamine lab involving hazardous waste, felony firearms and maintaining a drug house, the sheriff’s office said.




Two Kearney, MO, residents are among five defendants who have been indicted for their roles in a $2.6 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Kansas City, MO – infoZine – Sabrena Lynn Morgan, 37, and Elgin Eugene Dothage, also known as “Butch,” 38, both of Kearney, Steven Lee Schreier, Jr., of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Ronald Louis Roberts, 51, of Lathrop, Mo., and Franklin Charles Carter, also known as “Frankie,” 25, of Grandview, Mo., were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on July 29, 2014. That indictment has been unsealed and made public following the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.


The federal indictment alleges that all five defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 29, 2014. According to the indictment, the drug-trafficking conspiracy was responsible for the distribution of more than 50 kilograms of methamphetamine. Based on a conservative street price of $1,500 per ounce, the indictment says, the conspiracy took in $2,650,000.

The indictment also alleges that all five defendants participated in a money-laundering conspiracy during the same time period. According to the indictment, conspirators conducted financial transactions that involved the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking. Conspirators allegedly obtained cash from illegal methamphetamine sales and used those proceeds to further promote the buying and selling of additional methamphetamine. Conspirators allegedly used items of value they obtained from methamphetamine distribution as collateral for various purposes, including drug debt reduction and obtaining additional methamphetamine for use and distribution.

In addition to the drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies, the indictment charges Morgan and Dothage together with one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The indictment alleges that Morgan and Dothage were in possession of a pink pump-action shotgun, a loaded 9mm Hi Point pistol and a loaded Smith & Wesson .22-caliber pistol.

Morgan and Dothage are also charged together in one count of maintaining their residence in Kearney as a place for distributing and using methamphetamine.

Dothage is also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Dothage, having been convicted of a felony, was in possession of firearms and ammunition during the time of the conspiracies. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged violations, including a money judgment of $2,650,000, which was received in exchange for the unlawful distribution of methamphetamine.

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and the Clay County Drug Task Force.





The Lincolnton Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a one-pot meth lab that was found on South Poplar Street on July 24.cirillo
Detectives Dwayne McAllister and Dennis Harris conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph Scott Cirillo, 19 on July 31. Cirillo was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals.
According to a press release, detectives utilized a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors in their investigation.
He was placed in custody at Harven A. Crouse Detention center without bond.





SEPANG – A 27-year-old muscular Iranian salesman thought he could get past airport security by storing 9.85kg of methamphetamine in three whey protein containers, disguised as fitness supplement.

However, enforcement officers proved too good for the foreigner when they found the drugs stashed in the containers on Aug 2, said Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim.

“His suspicious demeanour led our officers to inspect him.”

“They found the drugs hidden in the tightly shut containers and arrested him,” he said.

Chik Omar added that the salesman’s travel documents showed it was his fifth time in the country.

“He had just arrived from Doha, Qatar, when he was arrested.

“We are still establishing whether this was his first attempt at smuggling drugs,” he said.

Chik Omar explained that the Iranian was among three foreigners nabbed in separate occasions since July for drug smuggling offences. The three arrests resulted in the seizure of a total of 15.56kg of drugs worth nearly RM3 million.

Last month, cops nabbed another foreigner on suspicion of smuggling in methamphetamine. Chik Omar said a 34-year-old Nigerian man was arrested at 11.40pm on July 20 for attempting to smuggle in 2.75kg of methamphetamine worth RM522,500 (S$204,046) from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


A 22-year-old Thai woman, arriving from Abu Dhabi, was detained at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur around 8.30pm on July 1 for smuggling in 1.672kg of cocaine worth RM334,400.

Another 1.284kg of methamphetamine worth RM243,960 (S$95,271) was found in a parcel arriving from Lagos, Nigeria, at 9.30am on July 1. Chik Omar said out of 12 cans of sweet peas, only five of them contained the vegetable.

“Drugs were stored in the remaining seven cans.

“We weren’t able to track down the owner as the address and contact number provided on the parcel do not exist,” he added. All four cases are being probed under Section 39b of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.






  • Shawn Ussery, 42, of Florida, charged with sexual battery and aggravated child abuse
  • His 37-year-old live-in girlfriend is facing counts of failure to protect children and lewd and lascivious exhibition
  • Arrests reports state the mother performed oral sex on Ussery in front of a child because she was jealous and said: ‘he was mine first’
  • Ussery is accused of smoking meth with one of the kids just three days before his arrest 

A 42-year-old Bradenton man sexually abused his live-in girlfriend’s children multiple times and smoked methamphetamine with at least one child there, while the woman did nothing to protect her children, authorities alleged Tuesday after arresting the couple.4407304_G

Shawn Ussery, of the 2300 block of 53rd Avenue West, was taken into custody and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery by a familial authority, 16 counts of capital sexual battery and 1 count of aggravated child abuse, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman, Amy Muse, 37, also was arrested and charged with child abuse, failure to protect the children, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.


According to reports, investigators moved to arrest Ussery after Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputies received information that he had sexually abused children at the residence for the past five years. The children, when questioned, told investigators that Muse, their mother, knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it.

Instead, the children told deputies, Muse grew jealous, and forced one child to watch as she performed oral sex on Ussery, despite the child’s protests.

The children also told investigators that methamphetamine was smoked in the house, with one child smoking the illegal drug with Ussery as recently as three days ago. A drug test later confirmed the presence of the drug in the child, according to reports.

Both Ussery and Muse remain jailed with no bond, a sheriff’s office press release stated.





Man ‘sexually abused his girlfriend’s children for five years, smoked meth with one of them – and their mother did nothing to stop him but became jealous’

A Florida mother and her live-in boyfriend are facing a slew of child abuse charges after sheriff’s officials say the man repeatedly molested his girlfriend’s children – and she did nothing to stop him.

According to the Manatee County’s Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Shawn Ussery had not only sexually abused the minors for five years, but he also smoked methamphetamine with at least one of the victims.


Ussery was arrested Tuesday at his home in Bradenton on 10 counts of sexual battery, 16 counts of capital sexual battery and a single count of aggravated child abuse.

His 37-year-old girlfriend is facing charges of child abuse, failure to protect the children, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

The couples’ arrest reports cited by Sarasota Herald Tribune indicate that Shawn Ussery was taken into custody after law enforcement officials received a tip that the 42-year-old man had been abusing his girlfriend’s children.

When interviewed by officers, the kids confirmed that information and revealed that their mother was aware of the molestation and did nothing to protect them from her boyfriend’s advances.

The children claimed that instead of turning her boyfriends in to the authorities, the 37-year-old mother grew jealous and forced one of her children to watch as she performed oral sex of Ussery.

MyFox Tampa Bay reported that the woman then allegedly declared in reference to Ussery: ‘He was mine first.’

Besides the alleged sexual abuse, the children living in the household were also exposed to drug use, with at least one of the kids allegedly smoking meth with Ussery as recently as three days before his arrest.

The arrest reports state that a blood test later confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in the child’s system.

Online jail records show that Ussery has a lengthy criminal record encompassing more than a half dozen arrests on DUI, cocaine, theft and burglary charges dating back to at least the late 1990s.

The couple are being held without bond at Manatee County Jail.





 Bradenton man accused of smoking meth with girlfriend’s kids, sexually abusing them

BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) –  A Bradenton man and his girlfriend are accused in a disturbing case of child abuse that investigators say involved children smoking meth and being sexually abused.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Shawn Ussery, 42, and Amy Muse, 37, lived together in Bradenton with Muse’s children. Ussery sexually abused the kids for the last five years and Muse did not try to stop him or prevent it.article-2718033-204EFD0800000578-506_634x588

An arrest affidavit detailed the alleged abuse. It said that the children told investigators that Amy Muse was jealous of all the attention they were getting and she performed oral sex on Ussery in front of them, despite one child’s protest.

When the child protested, Muse said, “He was mine first,” according to the affidavit.

The children also told police the couple smoked meth in the house and one of the children smoked meth with Ussery, which a drug test confirmed.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Ussery and Muse Tuesday. Muse was charged with child abuse, child abuse failure to protect, and lewd and lascivious exhibition. Ussery was charged with 16 counts of capital sexual battery, ten counts of sexual battery by a familial authority and one count of aggravated child abuse.

Both are jailed without bond.





AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) — A Blooming Prairie women faces drug possession charges after police pull her over for crossing the center line while driving in Austin early Monday morning.

The Austin Police department says 32 year-old Nicole Cain is being charged with 1st degree possession of a controlled substance and a 4th degree DWI charge.

Cain was driving near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 5th Street Northwest when police pulled her over.  In the car, police found 27.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The passenger in the car, 20 year-old Chris Rickerl of Austin, was also taken into custody and held per review of the Mower County Attorney’s Office.

Austin Police say that both people appeared to be impaired.