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Calexico, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico ports of entry over the weekend seized methamphetamine and marijuana hidden in the rocker panels of two vehicles during separate incidents.

The first incident occurred shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Mar. 21, when a CBP canine team was screening vehicles as they waited in line for inspection at the Calexico East port of entry. The detector dog alerted to a 2007 Ford Focus, and officers escorted the vehicle and driver, a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen, for further examination.

During an intensive inspection, CBP officers utilized the port’s imaging system and detected anomalies within the rocker panels of the vehicle. Officers continued searching the vehicle and discovered 19 wrapped packages of marijuana, weighing 22 pounds, and 10 packages of methamphetamine, weighing 11 pounds, concealed inside both rocker panels.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of almost $10,000; the methamphetamine is valued at approximately $72,000.

The second incident occurred shortly after 6:00 a.m. on Mar. 22, when CBP officers encountered a 29-year-old female Mexican citizen driver after she arrived at the Calexico downtown port of entry driving a 2006 Ford Fusion. The vehicle and driver were referred for further investigation.

During an intensive inspection, a CBP detector dog alerted to the vehicle’s interior. A subsequent search led officers to the discovery of 25 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed within both rocker panels of the vehicle.

The total weight of the narcotics was 35 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $100,000.

In both incidents, the drivers, each residents of Mexicali, Baja Calif., were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing. They were both later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.

CBP seized the vehicles and the narcotics.

 

 

 

 

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HODGDON, Maine (NEWS CENTER)– On Tuesday NEWS CENTER showed you footage of the state’s seventh successful meth lab bust so far this year. The frequency of these meth labs popping up across the state raise several concerns about the safety of our communities, but also the price attached to breaking down these labs.

MDEA Commander Peter Arno said, “Each response is a little bit different, but anywhere typically between $7,000-$10,000. You know we are in a pretty rural area of Aroostook County and some of our agents and staff that we need come out of Central and Southern Maine. So just the response itself is expensive, the agents time, the laboratory costs, the clean up costs. It can run up a pretty stiff bill, pretty quickly.”

According to Arno, MDEA is on track to double the amount of meth lab busts compared to last year. If true, this would mean agents will see thirty busts costing roughly $30,000.

“Really we have to deal with them because they present dangers to not only the community but to the people living in the house.” explained Arno.

Another hit to the state’s wallet came back in 2011 when federal funding to clean up meth labs was cut leaving the burden on the state. Currently, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is present at every raid and once samples are collected for the investigation they are in charge of disposing of the harsh chemicals properly. According to DEP spokesperson Jessamine Logan, each clean up costs anywhere from $700 to $2,000. Normally, the DEP could go after those responsible for reimbursement but Logan said in these situations it is not the case.

MDEA agents, however, agree something needs to be done to crack down on the number of labs even if it carries a hefty pricetag.

“So I don’t know what the answer is, I know that we need to do what we can to create a firebreak in the problem to get it and keep it from spreading into the communities…Law enforcement doesn’t hold the sole answer to the problem. In the case of drugs, it has to be an equal amount of drug enforcement combined with treatment combined with education. In and of themselves none of those hold the answer, but our best shot is going to be if we all work together.”

Along with the costs there are environmental hazards associated with these labs. Once a lab is broken down, the bottles or materials used to cook the drug, usually plastic bottles, are discarded. MDEA agents have found them showing up in redemption centers across the state and state chemists have voiced concern that sometimes the material ends up in our landfills and water supply posing another threat.

 

 

 

 

 

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BOWLING GREEN, KY (WBKO) – Eleven law enforcement agencies combine on a three-year investigation, making 28 arrests to bust a big drug syndicate covering seven south central Kentucky counties!

Kentucky State Police say authorities seized nine guns, 1/2 gram of meth, an anhydrous ammonia tank, and a drug ledger.

They say the meth ring spread through Allen, Warren, Barren, Metcalfe, Cumberland, Powell, and Monroe counties.

Nine of those arrested are from Tompkinsville and six are from Smiths Grove. We have mug shots of 26 of the 28 people arrested. The other two are William Patrick Pullum of Glasgow and Vandy Moore of Bowling Green.

 

 

 

 

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Tuscaloosa County sheriff’s deputies and agents with the West Alabama narcotics Task Force took down another methamphetamine lab Tuesday night and arrested a man and woman for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

Lt. Andy Norris, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said someone reported the possibility of a lab at a residence on Crawford Drive in north Tuscaloosa County.

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Deputies followed up on the tip and discovered the components of a laboratory and finished methamphetamine inside the home. WANTF agents were called to the scene to process and break down the lab, and the man and woman inside the home were arrested.

24-year-old John Thompson and 35-year-old Angelia Faith Yeates were taken into custody and both charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where their bonds were set a $105,000 each.

The Tuesday night bust brings the latest in a recent string of arrests for manufacturing meth in the Tuscaloosa area. Thompson and Yeates were arrested at the site of the seventh lab raided in three weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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GAINESVILLE – A man and woman, both from Tennessee, have been arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop last week on I-985.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook said officers stopped a passenger vehicle on the highway to investigate an equipment malfunction. He said during the investigation, officers found two lbs. of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $32,000.

In addition, Holbrook said officers confiscated $3,000 in cash during the arrest.

Arrested in the investigation were the driver of the vehicle, Thomas Dean West, 42, of Whitesburg, TN and a passenger, Lee Anne Bishop, 53, of Bean Station, TN.

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West has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, removed/defaced ID or license plate and no proof of insurance.

Bishop faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine.

Both West and Bishop remain in custody at the Hall County Jail.

 

 

 

 

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SAN ANTONIO — Seguin police arrested an alleged high-ranking member of the Texas-Mexican Mafia Sunday morning on a laundry list of charges.

Jessie Salazar III was arrested March 23 by officers responding to a call for shots fired in the 700 block of Roberts Street in Seguin.

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Salazar was apprehended as he tried to leave the scene in his vehicle, according to a release from the city.

Salazar’s wife, Kathy Salazar, was arrested later by detectives serving a search warrant at a house on Allende Street in which officers seized multiple computers, electronic storage devices, $10,000 in cash and 29 grams of methamphetamine.

Kathy Salazar has been charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. Her bond has been set at $25,000. Jessie Salazar has been charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest, deadly conduct and retaliation. His bond has been set at nearly $500,000.

Additional charges are possible, according to authorities.

 

 

 

 

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The Metro Narcotics Unit found several active and in-active methamphetamine “cooks” inside a Summerville residence Tuesday.

The unit executed a search warrant at 607 Old Golf Road “as a result of a methamphetamine investigation,” according to Cpt. Jon Rogers of Summerville Police Department.

Methamphetamine manufacturing and consumption equipment, along with meth itself, were also discovered.

Four suspects were arrested: Brandon M. Komara, 29, who Cpt. Rogers reported is on probation for manufacturing methamphetamine, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine; Russell D. Embry, Jr., 31, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; Amanda M. Finkbeiner, 27, was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine 2nd offense; and Shelly J. Flinchum, 51, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Summerville Fire Department, its Haz Mat unit, and Dorchester County EMS also responded and assisted.

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A man was forced to smoke meth at gunpoint in a bizarre robbery in the Mission early Tuesday morning, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

The 40-year-old victim was standing in front of a hotel in the 3000 block of 16th Street about 1:30 a.m. when a pregnant woman in her 20s asked him to help her get into her hotel room, police said. The victim agreed to help her because she was pregnant.

Inside the room the victim saw there was another woman in her 20s and a man who looked to be approximately 30, Newman said. The pregnant woman then pulled a handgun from her waistband and handed it to the male suspect.

The man then demanded that the victim smoke crystal meth out of a glass pipe and to turn over his wallet and cellphone, Newman said.

The male suspect put down the gun to look in the victim’s wallet and the victim grabbed the gun and attempted to shoot at the suspect, but the gun didn’t fire, Newman said.

The male suspect then assaulted the victim, Newman said, before the victim was able to flee the hotel and call police.

The victim told police he was in pain and was worried about the effects of the meth, Newman said, so paramedics were called and treated him at the scene.

No arrests have been made. The victim told police that he saw the male suspect get into a cab at 16th and Mission streets shortly after the robbery. The hotel manager told police that he had heard a struggle in the room but that the room was now unoccupied.

 

 

 

 

 

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KOTA — Law enforcement officers say they have seen an increase in small-scale meth cooking operations across South Dakota.

Marty Jackley, South Dakota’s attorney general, says there have been 39 meth labs found in 2013. Compare that to the 27 discovered two years ago.

Jackley says meth dealers are moving toward a one-pot method, also known as the “shake and bake.” Which means using a bottle and ingredients that dealers can get from a convenient store to make meth.

He says this method makes it easy to create meth and even easier to distribute.

“Part of the reason that the labs have increased is the technology in the method to make the methamphetamine,” Jackley said. “Because it’s easier and less complex to make methamphetamine, we’re seeing a little bit more of it.”

Jackley says law enforcement is pooling resources to send a strong message to meth manufacturers.

 

 

 

 

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) — A Muskegon County man is behind bars for allegedly making methamphetamine and ditching lab components behind a bar.

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Deputies arrested 27-year-old Benjamin Babcock Monday; he’s set to charged with manufacturing meth.

Last week police found meth lab equipment inside a gym bag in a dumpster behind a bar on Apple Avenue, near Wolf Lake.

Babcock is in the Muskegon County Jail awaiting arraignment. If convicted, he faces 20 years in prison.

 

 

 

 

 

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A husband-and-wife duo was among four people arrested in the small town of Berlin Monday night after authorities uncovered a suspected meth lab.

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office drug team, which received a tip about an active meth lab at 101 S. Madison St. in Berlin, made the arrests. Berlin is located about 15 miles west of Springfield.

According to the sheriff’s office, several people were outside the home in a vehicle. When officers approached, the occupants threw items used in meth production out the window, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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Brian K. Bennett, 43, and Donna J. Bennett, 39, are facing four meth-related charges. The owner of the home where the suspected meth lab was found, Jerry L. Patterson, 50, faces the same charges.

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A fourth person at the home, Kenessa B. Gibbs, 34, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities found other items used to cook meth inside the home, as well as toxic waste left over from a suspected meth lab, the sheriff’s office said.

The evidence was sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for further analysis. Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser will decide final charges.

The incident was the first meth arrest by the DIRT team since it was reactivated last March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VANDALIAA Vandalia woman was arrested after authorities searched her home and found meth.

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Monday night, the Vandalia Police Department, Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office, and the East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the 200 Block of West State Street.

During the search, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

LaRita Mae Jennings-Brink, 57, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jennings posted a $15,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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A DRUG mule who transported up to $50,000 worth of ice in a bra into Launceston was trying to clear a drug debt, the Supreme Court in Launceston heard yesterday.<

Leah Jean Woolley, 21, was caught with 60 grams of methamphetamine at Evandale in September last year.

The bust came after detectives from Tasmania Police’s Operation Webb were tipped off that Woolley was bringing drugs into Tasmania that day.

The officers missed her at Launceston Airport, but received news she was at Evandale and quickly detained her.

Police found 6.4 grams of methamphetamine and 53.8 grams of the crystallised form also known as ice on Woolley.

Crown prosecutor John Ransom said the drugs were worth between $20,000 to $60,000 depending if it was sold in ounces, 8-balls or points on the street.

He said Woolley played an “important role” as a “courier in relation to a highly addictive drug”.

Defence counsel James Oxley said Woolley had begun abusing meth in January 2013 to overcome anxiety.

After relocating to Melbourne she collated a $2000 drug debt.

Woolley turned down initial requests to smuggle drugs into Tasmania, but eventually agreed in return for having her drug debt wiped clean, he said.

Woolley, who has no prior conviction for drugs and pleaded guilty to trafficking early on, was not a major player, he said.

Mr Oxley asked Justice David Porter to consider a wholly suspended jail term given her age.

Justice Porter remanded Woolley on bail until April 30 for sentencing.

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday night after DeKalb County sheriff’s officers were called to the Twilight Inn in Corunna, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the inn, 2056 U.S. 6, about 9 p.m. to investigate a tip about possible drug activity. They made contact with two suspects at the inn, according to the statement. During the investigation officers located two active methamphetamine labs, finished meth product and items used in the manufacture of meth.

Michael D. Hughes and Sara K. Smith, both of Corunna, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of precursors, possession of a controlled substance, and maintaining a common nuisance, according to the statement.

Hughes was also charged with possession of a synthetic drug and invasion of privacy. He also was in violation of a protective order with Smith as the petitioner, according to the statement.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Waterloo Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team.

 

 

 

 

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Lake Area – The Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force has had a busy March. Assisted by other local law enforcement agencies, the task force recently announced the arrest of 12 residents in the region on drug-related charges.

A drug interdiction traffic stop by the task force and Eldon Police Department on Highway 52 led to the arrest of Robert Farr, 28, of Sedalia on March 3 for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine. He has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $35,000.

On March 6, the task force, assisted by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and the Eldon Police Department, executed a search warrant at “Dave’s Small Engine Repair” located at 227 West 7th Street in the City of Eldon. David Bradshaw, 55, of Eldon was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $50,000.

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On March 19, the task force along with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 22111 Highway T in Morgan County. Earl Fields, 52, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.

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On the same day, these agencies along with the Stover Police Department also executed a search warrant at the residence located at 218 South Maple Street in the City of Stover. Angela Connell, 49, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Robert Redden, 46, of Stover was also arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest. Martin Wayson, 37, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Anna Wood, 58, of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. The bond for each was set at $30,000.

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On March 20, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 4543 Butterfield Trail in the town of Florence. Roger Lewis, 54, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.

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Another bust in Stover occurred the same day after the task force, assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Stover Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence located at 403 North Oak St. in the City of Stover. Wesley Muller, 24, was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.

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Arrests in Morgan County continued on March 21 with the sheriff’s office and task force executing a search warrant at 24008 Highway TT. Kenneth Schumacher, 65, of Versailles was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $250,000.  , 36, of Versailles was also arrested and her parole was revoked for testing positive for Methamphetamine after giving birth to a child two days before on March 19.

Finally on March 22, a search was executed by the task force and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at the residence located at 27699 State Road OO in Warsaw. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the residence along with a sawed-off shotgun. Kenneth Wombles, 36, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of an Illegal Weapon. Bond was set at $50,000.

 

 

 

 

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KILGORE, TX (KLTV) – An East Texas man attempting to evade arrest led authorities to a home where 25 grams of methamphetamine was located.

The Kilgore Police Department said 26-year-old Dustin Rhan Lay of Kilgore tried to evade officers before he was located Tuesday at a residence at 502 Higginbotham Road. Kilgore PD’s STAR team was assigned to the residence to locate Lay.

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Lay was located in a back bedroom and taken into custody. He was found in possession of 0.5 grams of methamphetamine. A search of the residence revealed 24.5 grams of methamphetamine and led to the arrest of two additional individuals.

Kristan Noelke, 25, and Brandi Nicole Foster, 19, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Lay is charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

 

 

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BATH | A Savona couple are facing several charges after allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a residence occupied by a child, State Police in Bath said Monday.

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Christopher R. Bidwell, 35, and Kristy L. Bidwell, 29, both of 7256 Chrisler Road, were arrested March 21 after an investigation by the state police Bureau of Investigations and Steuben County Child Protective Unit uncovered evidence of a possible meth lab at 7250 Chrisler Road, troopers said.

 

A search of the residence by the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered meth-making material and equipment and two firearms, troopers said.

 

The Bidwells were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second-degree criminal nuisance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

 

Both were arraigned before Bath Town Justice Chauncey Watches and sent to Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond.

 

More charges are pending.

 

The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with cleanup of the site.
 

 

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force has placed 12 people in custody during a string of methamphetamine-related arrests throughout the month of March.

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The task force reported:

  • On March 3, the task force, assisted by the Eldon Police Department, conducted a drug interdiction traffic stop on Highway 52. Robert Farr, age 28 of Sedalia was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine. Farr was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with a bond set of $35,000.00.
  • On March 6, of 2014 the task force, assisted by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and the Eldon Police Department, executed a search warrant at “Dave’s Small Engine Repair” located at 227 West 7th Street in the city of Eldon. David Bradshaw, age 55 of Eldon, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $50,000.00.
  • On March 19, the task force and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 22111 Highway T in Morgan County. Earl Fields, age 52 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $30,000.00.
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Earl Fields, age 52 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • On March 19, the task force, assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Stover Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence located at 218 South Maple Street in the city of Stover. Angela Connell, age 49 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set of $30,000.00. Robert Redden, age 46 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest. A bond was set at $30,000. Martin Wayson, age 37 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00. Anna Wood, age 58 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00.
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Angela Connell, age 49 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
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Robert Redden, age 46 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest.
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Martin Wayson, age 37 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00.
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Anna Wood, age 58 of Stover was arrested on March 19, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and a bond set at $30,000.00.
  • On March 20, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 4543 Butterfield Trail in the town of Florence. Roger Lewis, age 54 of Florence was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $30,000.
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Roger Lewis, age 54 of Florence was arrested on March 20, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • On March 20, the task force, assisted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Stover Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence located at 403 North Oak Street in the city of Stover. Wesley Muller, age 24 of Stover was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $30,000.00.
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Wesley Muller, age 24 of Stover was arrested on March 20, 2014 and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • On March 21, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 24008 Highway TT in Morgan County. Kenneth Schumacher, age 65 of Versailles, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine. A bond was set at $250,000.00. Stacy Schumacher, age 36 of Versailles was also arrested on this date and her Parole was revoked for testing positive for Methamphetamine after giving birth to a child on March 19, 2014.
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Kenneth Schumacher, age 65 of Versailles, was arrested on March 21, 2014 and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.
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Stacy Schumacher, age 36 of Versailles was arrested on March 21, 2014 and her Parole was revoked for testing positive for Methamphetamine after giving birth to a child on March 19, 2014.
  • On March 22, a search warrant was executed by the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at the residence located at 27699 State Road OO in Warsaw Missouri. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the residence along with a sawed off shotgun. Kenneth Wombles, age 36 was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of an Illegal Weapon. A bond was set at $50,000.00.

 

 

 

 

 

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Clinton police have arrested two women after finding meth labs in the basement of a home.
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Nicole Pillers, 34, and Ashley Woolwine, 26, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.
Police say there was a strong chemical smell and the fire department used exhaust fans to clear away the chemical vapors. That is when the meth labs were found.
Clinton police say there were no children in the house, but a dog was there.

The Friendswood Police Department’s investigation into buying and selling crystal methamphetamine, which included officers pursuing a suspect on the Gulf Freeway as he threw objects out a car window, has resulted in the arrest of 12 people in one week.

March 18

At 3:15 a.m. on March 18, police stopped Ryan Ellison Dillon, 33, of Alvin, on a traffic violation in the 1700 block of FM 528. He was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license, according to a Friendswood Police Department news release.

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Police searched Dillon and found he had a small vile with two pieces of cotton that tested positive for methamphetamine, the release said.

His passenger, Nickie Webster, 30, of Hitchcock, was found to have an outstanding warrant in Brazoria County for the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Police also discovered Webster had prescription drugs in her purse and in the vehicle door compartment.

Dillon’s bond was set at $20,000, while Webster’s was set at $30,000. On March 21, Webster was given three years deferred adjudication in the 179th State District Court. Dillon has a return court date for April 24 in the 179th District Court.

About half an hour after the first incident, an officer spotted a suspicious vehicle at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of FM 528. The vehicle circled the complex and then stopped in a secluded area in the parking lot, the release said.

The two occupants, Mindy Lee Lucas, 32, of League City, and Travis Earl Wooldridge, 21, of Lake Jackson, tried to hide by reclining their seats, police said.

Lucas attempted to throw a marijuana pipe out of the driver’s side window, but the window was still rolled up, leaving the pipe inside the vehicle. As she tried to retrieve the pipe, Wooldridge got out and dropped a baggie containing four prescription pills, the release said.

Inside the vehicle, the officer saw a wad of cash, a marijuana pipe, a digital scale and several small baggies.

When Lucas got out of the car, police searched her outer clothing and found a bag of crystal meth. Another bag was found in her purse and a third bag next to the driver’s seat, the release said.

Lucas and Wooldridge were taken into custody with bonds set at $30,000 and $4,000, respectively.

March 19

Friendswood police witnessed a drug transaction in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in the 100 block of East Parkwood Drive and tried to stop the suspects as they left in two vehicles.

One vehicle was stopped in the 200 block of East Parkwood, where police arrested Crystal Ann Manning, 32, of Kemah, and Brian Allen Buck, 36, of Alvin.

In that vehicle, police found 1.4 grams of meth, two marijuana pipes, a meth pipe, five apparently stolen credit cards and a gun stolen from Salt Lake City, Utah. Buck said he received the gun in a trade for speakers. Buck appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and was unable to stand still, police said.

Meanwhile, an officer tried to stop the other vehicle, a tan Chevy Tahoe, in the 400 block of West Parkwood for a traffic violation following the alleged drug transaction, but the driver drove off, the release said.

Two unmarked cars got in front of the Tahoe to slow it to a stop, but the driver, Christopher Hearen of Texas City, sped ahead, proceeding eastbound on FM 528 to the Gulf Freeway, the release said.

As Hearen made a U-turn under the NASA Bypass, he threw a bag with 14.8 grams of crystal meth out of the window. The bag was recovered by a Webster police officer, and Hearen, 37, later admitted he was selling it, the release said.

Hearen was eventually stopped in the 200 block of South 74 1/2 Street in Houston’s East End, where he was arrested by Friendswood police. The passenger, Daniel Rodriguez, 39, of Austin, was detained by a Houston officer, the release said.

Rodriguez told police he was the “middle man” who helped to set up the transaction, according to the release.

Hearen, who is being held in the Harris County Jail on no bond, was found to be on parole after a 2010 charge for delivery of methamphetamine. His parole was due to expire in August 2015.

March 21

At 4:30 p.m. , Carina Nicole Partridge, 29, of Houston was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug. She was stopped for a traffic violation in the 400 block of East Edgewood Drive and showed signs of drug use, including nervousness, constant picking of her fingernails and moving around.

She had a bag of meth as well as prescription medications for which she did not have a prescription, the release said.

March 22

Richard Wayne Napper, 44, of Houston, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police found Napper at the back of an apartment complex in the 4900 block of FM 2351, standing outside a vehicle with the door open. The officer checked Napper’s identification and found that he had a warrant from Pasadena. He was taken into custody for the warrant and later admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. The officer also found meth, the release said.

Friendswood police arrested two other people for meth-related charges on March 17, the release said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/A-dozen-arrested-in-Friendswood-methamphetamine-5347108.php

 

California has become the nation’s top entry for methamphetamine coming into the country, with over 70 percent of the U.S. supply of the drug being brought across the border into the Golden State by Mexican drug cartels, a new report states.

The report, entitled “Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime” and released by California state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, details the growing criminal alliances between Mexico’s drug cartels and California’s street gangs along with revealing that maritime smuggling and money laundering are viewed as major public safety concerns in the state.

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“The harm done by transnational criminal organizations to communities all across California is hard to overstate,” the report states. “Not only do these organizations threaten public health by driving the supply and distribution of harmful narcotics, but their alliances with violent prison and street gangs have sparked a rash of violence in a period of otherwise declining criminal activity.”

While drug enforcement on the U.S. borders is mainly dealt with by the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies, state and local agencies have stepped up enforcement along the border regions in recent years.

“State and local law enforcement officers are on the front lines of this fight every day,” Harris said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Our response must include sustained funding for their work and strong coordination at all levels of government.”

The report details the rise of methamphetamine coming across the California-Mexico border, with the amount seized coming through the San Diego Port of Entry tripling between 2009 and 2013, to more than 6,000 kilos, or 13,200 pounds.

The Los Angeles Times cites the rise to power of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico’s Baja California state as the main reason for this rise in the drug’s prevalence in California. The Sinaloa Cartel formerly headed by captured drug boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán imports precursor chemicals from China and India, refines the drug in Mexican superlabs and then brings it in vehicles into San Diego.

The drugs are also not staying just in California’s border region but making its way to the state’s Central Valley and northern sections before heading to other parts of the U.S.

Eleven people were arrested in January in a Modesto-area drug bust of a ring that had ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Two ranches in Stanislaus County were among the searched properties. During their investigation into the drug trafficking scheme, agents found meth, five indoor marijuana grow operations, nearly 60 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $20,000 in cash.

Officers believe the organization was growing marijuana and distributing methamphetamine. Evidence found Wednesday morning leads them to believe the group was using sophisticated methods to hide and smuggle the drugs, including in hollowed out trucks, with hidden compartments.

 

 

 

 

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/03/21/california-is-main-gateway-for-methamphetamine-coming-from-mexico-into-us/

 

A Weatherford woman was arrested Wednesday on a felony child endangerment charge after her then 2-year-old son reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

Delena Pool, 38, was charged with engaging in conduct that placed a child younger than 15 years old in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment after she reportedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine around the child.

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CPS reportedly received a report of neglectful supervision of the child in April 2013.

During a meeting with CPS in April, Pool admitted to using methamphetamine on the weekends and Monday, and that she smoked the illegal substance while the child was in her residence, according to court records.

Pool also tested positive for methamphetamine use several weeks prior to the child’s removal, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Pool agreed to a safety plan requiring a family member to supervise contact between the mother and toddler, according to court records. However, CPS reportedly discovered during an unanounced home visit in May that the mother and child were not supervised overnight and the boy was removed.

The child’s foster parents reported that when they received the boy, he slept for 12 hours and then took a three-hour nap the same day he awoke from the 12-hour sleep, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Several days later, a drug test using the boy’s hair was performed, according to Weatherford police. The child tested positive for amphetamine/methamphetamine at a level that was at the high end of the scale for “low” or “recreational” use, Weatherford police detective Troy Leucke wrote.

Pool was released from the Parker County Jail Friday on $40,000 bond, according to jail records.

CPS also found reason to believe Pool neglectfully supervised her three children in 2006 after Pool tested positive for methamphetamine use and missed an important medical appointment for one of her children, according to court records, which state a family member was caring for Pool’s older children when the boy was removed in May.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/newstoppers/x1984799080/Toddler-tests-positive-for-meth-mom-arrested

 

An anonymous tip led to a Beaver Dam Lake home on Monday night, and police said a number of one-pot meth labs were found inside.

Officers from the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force, Warsaw Drug Task Force and Mentone Police Department converged on the residence on the southeast side of the lake on County Road 750 West.

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Shannon Mitchel Callahan, 30, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, according to a statement issued by the county sheriff’s department. He was being held at the county jail on $10,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140325/LOCAL07/140329542

 

 

Two people were arrested on drug charges Saturday night after DeKalb County sheriff’s officers were called to the Twilight Inn in Corunna, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the inn, 2056 U.S. 6, about 9 p.m. to investigate a tip about possible drug activity. They made contact with two suspects at the inn, according to the statement. During the investigation officers located two active methamphetamine labs, finished meth product and items used in the manufacture of meth.

Michael D. Hughes and Sara K. Smith, both of Corunna, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of precursors, possession of a controlled substance, and maintaining a common nuisance, according to the statement.

Hughes was also charged with possession of a synthetic drug and invasion of privacy. He also was in violation of a protective order with Smith as the petitioner, according to the statement.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Waterloo Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140325/LOCAL07/303259955/1002/LOCAL

 

EMPORIUM — Residents of Altoona, Hyde and Clearfield have been arrested in St. Marys and charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.

Court documents obtained from Emporium Magisterial District Judge Barry D. Brown II on Monday indicate that four individuals — Katarra Monique Valimont, 28, of 1719 Susquehanna Ave., Hyde; Scott Ryan Moore, 27, of 293 Flegal Road, Clearfield; Kevin Lee Straw, 32, of 314 Williams St., Clearfield; and Megan Sharpless, 20, 830 Sixth Ave., Altoona — are in custody at Elk County Prison in Ridgway and charged by police with making a string of purchases of cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key methamphetamine ingredient, at St. Marys and Clearfield retailers over the weekend.

The diversion method known to law enforcement as “smurfing,” is meant to circumvent federal limits on sales of pharmecuticals containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine.

The foursome was arraigned Sunday on felony charges, including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of precursors and chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, according to paperwork on file with Brown’s office. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 3 p.m. April 15 in St. Marys District Court.

An affidavit of probable cause in the case said that between March 21 and 23, the group made six successful purchases of cold and allergy medication containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, a precursor chemical used in methamphetamine production, at Giant Eagle and Rite Aid in St. Marys and a Clearfield Walmart. A seventh purchase attempted by Sharpless at 6:57 p.m. March 21 at a St. Marys Giant Eagle was blocked, according to court records.

Those same court records indicate the group purchased 14.4 grams of pseudoephedrine in total.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case by patrolman Gregg McManus of St. Marys City Police states, “The weight of pseudoephedrine used or purchased for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine is equal to the weight of methamphetamine that can be manufactured.”

On Monday, Brown said he signed two search warrants in connection with the case — the first leading to the four arrests as well as the issuance of the second search warrant. Copies of both warrants have yet to be released by Brown who declined to release further details.

Brown said the case is being investigated by St. Marys City Police and agents with the Attorney General Office of Pennsylvania. Calls to St. Marys City Police were not returned by press time on Monday night.

Bail has been set at $25,000 cash for Sharpless, Moore, Straw and 10 percent of $25,000 for Valimont, according to court records.

Purchases of pseudoephedrine are regulated by the federal government and can be used by law enforcement in investigating methamphetamine production.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) of 2005 incorporated into the Patriot Act signed by President George W. Bush on March 9, 2006 banned over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, due to its association with methamphetamine production. The FDA said the legislation restricts the sale of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine to behind the counter sales and limits the amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual can purchase in a 30-day period. It also requires individuals to present photo identification to purchase products containing pseudoephedrine and requires stores to keep personal information about purchasers for a minimum of two years.

Law enforcement said persons engaged in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine adapted to these new limits by engaging in covert activity known to law enforcement as “smurfing.”

In his affidavit, McManus writes, “Smurfing is a tactic in which persons circumvent the CMEA mandates by using multiple persons to acquire the precursor chemicals, pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. People gathering these precursor chemicals are aware of the limits placed on the sale of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. To reduce the chance of suspicion or detection these persons monitor their purchases, shop at numerous pharmacies and will travel a great distance while gathering the pseudoephedrine.”

McManus goes on to state the four defendants purchased pseudoephedrine in a manner consistent with persons engaged in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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