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A Rome woman remained in jail Sunday after being accused of having meth and marijuana at her home. 54b35266ce784_image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Samantha Diane Simpson, 34, 23 Stevens St., was arrested Sunday at 1:43 a.m. after police found methamphetamine, marijuana, bongs for smoking marijuana and a set of digital scales in her home.

Simpson was charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug-related objects and less than an ounce of marijuana. She remained in jail with no bond.








The female bystander stopped Marvin Walker Jr. after he allegedly got into the 25-year-old woman’s car at Eco Car Wash in Portland on Jan. 4, then chased after her as she fled with her 2-year-old son.

A wild-eyed meth-head who tried to carjack a pregnant woman at an Oregon car wash was arrested after being fought off by a Good Samaritan bystander.

Terrifying-looking Marvin Walker Jr., 55, allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat as the 25-year-old was vacuuming her vehicle at Eco Car Wash in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 4.article-carwash-0112

The terrified mom, in fear of her life, grabbed her 2-year-old son who was in the backseat and ran away, according to FOX 29.

Walker — who she said looked “like he wanted to kill somebody” — followed.

“He said, ‘Hey come back here,’ and so I just kept running and then some other girl was there,” the woman, who has not been named, told FOX 29.

Cops say that “other girl” stepped in to yell at the alleged attacker.

Walker then reportedly pushed her up against a car, demanded she give him the keys and threatened to stab her.

But the would-be hero fought him off — and did not suffer any injuries.

Police arrived and Walker was arrested and charged with robbery and coercion.

Walker has been charged with robbery and coercion.

During questioning, he confessed to using meth just two hours before the incident, reports FOX 29.

The alleged victim said it was “a blessing” that the other woman intervened.

“If she wasn’t there, I don’t know what could have happened,” she said.

“I hope he goes away for a long time. We don’t need any more people like that on the streets,” she added.








Housefirejan10damage4webA fire in a two store wood frame house in Langley Township uncovered what RCMP said was a suspected meth lab Saturday morning.

The blaze in the 22800 block of 40 Avenue caused extensive damage to the building interior.

The house appeared to be unoccupied at the time.

No injuries were reported.

Roadblocks were set up between 228 and 232 Streets on 40 Avenue for most of Saturday.








The new money will add to efforts to tamp down the spread of small operations that are already on the rise and taking a heavy toll on lives. 569542_747391-20141216_meth2

David Coffren does not associate using methamphetamine with good times.

Instead, he recalls trying to make the drug in his house and watching while the poisonous concoction started spitting sparks that ignited wherever they hit. 569542_747391-20141210_meth1

Tabitha Osnoe, 30, of Danforth in Washington County, said she got hooked on methamphetamine “real quick.” She was sentenced to prison after a meth lab was found in her home.

He thinks of his terrified mother watching as firefighters searched for his body in the burned-out shell of his mobile home.

His voice thick with emotion, he describes going down on one knee to look his 5-year-old son in the eyes, telling him that he had to go away to get help so he could be a better dad and someday they could live together again.

“We all lost everything, but I’m the only one that made that decision,” Coffren said recently during an interview at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, where he is serving an eight-year sentence.

The fire destroyed Coffren’s home in Kingfield on Feb. 8, 2012. Since then, Maine has seen a growing number of people trying to make methamphetamine at home. After finding just four labs in 2012, the state’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team – which includes drug agents and chemists with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services – responded to 16 labs in 2013 and 28 in 2014, along with seven “dump sites” where the toxic byproducts of the process were discarded.


Now the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Maine a $900,000 grant to hire four new drug agents specifically to combat the rise in methamphetamine manufacturing and the small do-it-yourself operations.

The state has created an education program for local police and firefighters so they can recognize the signs of “one pot” meth labs: tubing, camp stove fuel and lots of packs of cold medicine.

Heroin and prescription drug abuse remain Maine’s most serious drug problems, said Roy McKinney, director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The agency made 195 heroin arrests and 168 prescription drug arrests in the first 11 months of 2014. But McKinney said it is vital to invest now to keep meth use from spreading.

In many other states, police have called methamphetamine their worst drug problem. In those regions, users typically purchase high-grade crystal methamphetamine produced in sophisticated labs located primarily in Mexico.

Those are the labs that viewers of “Breaking Bad” would recognize, says Cmdr. Scott Pelletier of the MDEA’s southern division, referring to the popular television series about a New Mexico drug kingpin.

By contrast, most of the meth in Maine is produced by users combining cleaning chemicals, flammable liquid, cold medicine and battery components in a plastic soda bottle, in an operation called “shake and bake” or “one pot” methamphetamine labs.

The chemicals are dangerously unstable, and the slightest error in the mixing can lead to an intense fire.


In almost every case where Maine agents have responded to a meth manufacturing site, there are burn marks on the counter and other evidence of meth batches gone bad, Pelletier said.569542_747391-meth-house2

“I don’t think anybody has ever made it the first time correctly without having a mishap of some sort,” he said. “I’m still waiting for the fatal fire. It’s going to happen, without a doubt.”

The process itself gives off toxic fumes, coating walls and furniture and leaving behind a toxic sludge. Responding authorities have to dress in protective suits with breathing apparatus when dismantling a lab, a process that can cost $10,000 in overtime and equipment.

But for all its hazards, meth is the only hard drug that can be manufactured relatively simply, with legally obtainable components, which makes its rise more concerning.

“You have to be a genius to make Ecstasy. You don’t have to be a genius to make meth,” said Dr. Karen Simone, head of the Northern New England Poison Control Center. That makes it particularly alluring in areas with high poverty and where access to other drugs is limited and sporadic. Most of Maine’s meth arrests and lab seizures have been in northern and rural areas, in towns like Dyer Brook and Merrill in Aroostook County and Mason Township in Oxford County.

The most difficult ingredient to get is available in stores: cold medicine. Maine limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy to up to 9 grams a month and maintains an electronic registry to enforce the limit.


In Maine, the drug is rarely made to sell for money, but is instead made by users for themselves, friends and acquaintances who buy the cold medicine for the mix and are paid in meth, Pelletier said.

Tabbatha Osnoe, 30, of Danforth in Washington County, was attracted to smoking methamphetamine because she thought it wouldn’t be as bad as the opiate addiction she had overcome.

Osnoe and her boyfriend, Alan Richardson, had two sons, a 5-month-old and a 4-year-old, when the drug began to affect her life.

“It became a problem real quick. … I was watching my life go downhill but I couldn’t stop it,” she said. “In six months we had secluded ourselves from everybody.

“The drug is horrible. It makes you somebody that you’re not. I wasn’t an angry person and he wasn’t either, but we became angry people.”

On March 21, she was sleeping with her baby alongside her and woke to find the baby not breathing.

Richardson rushed the child to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Soon after, the mobile home where the family lived caught fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office concluded the fire was deliberately set, but nobody has been charged.

After the fire, investigators found meth-making equipment in the mobile home. The next day, Osnoe and Richardson were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

She was sentenced to 2½ years, Richardson to five years. Their surviving son was placed in foster care.

Osnoe says her baby had traces of methamphetamine in his system, but was told it was not enough to kill him and that his death remains a mystery.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner refused a request by the Portland Press Herald to release the baby’s autopsy report, saying the case remains under investigation by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.


The drug is notoriously difficult to overcome. Methamphetamine delivers an intense and prolonged high. Users may not sleep or eat for days.569542_747391-Fuelgenerator

The drug works by stimulating the nerves to release a massive amount of dopamine, a natural stimulant. But as with all drugs, it eventually wears off, leaving the user irritable, paranoid, exhausted, hungry – and craving more.

“You’re basically putting your body in overdrive all the time,” said Simone, the poison center doctor. “If you’re very unlucky, the first time out or early on, you could have a heart attack even if you’re young or a stroke or a dangerous increase in temperature. We tend to see that in people using chronically.”

Users can develop sores as they pick at imaginary bugs, and tooth decay as they grind their teeth. They can become psychotic. Osnoe said she would glimpse figures at the corner of her vision, hallucinations called “shadow people.”


Coffren, the correctional center inmate, had used marijuana and alcohol and many other drugs his entire adult life, but the intense, long-lasting energy burst of meth took hold the first time he used it. A friend learned about making the drug while in prison, so they tried to make it themselves.569542_747391-Gasgenerator

“The third time we tried, something went wrong,” he said. “I was in the next room. I heard them say, ‘Sparks! Sparks!’ and it was just like a cannon going off in my house. I ran in and there was fire all over the walls and the sink and the floor.” Coffren smothered the flames with baking soda.

“I said, ‘Never again.’ ” But about 20 minutes later, they were ready for another attempt. This time sparks ignited a rug and some laundry.

Coffren ran into a back room, wrapped his son, then 4 years old, in a blanket, and fled in a car as fire gutted his house.

“I felt like the lowest on the Earth driving away,” he said. “My son was totally innocent and everything he had was going up in flames because I was selfish and said, ‘I don’t care.’ ”








BANKOK:  Police have arrested seven Chiang Rai residents who are alleged to be members of a Myanmar-based drug ring and seized more than 1.1 million methamphetamine tablets.  The seven suspects were apprehended and taken to a press conference at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.thai2

Police said the seized pills belonged to the “Wiang Kaen” network which has a drug production facility in Myanmar. The gang used Loa as a transit point before smuggling the contraband into Thailand.  Police also seized three cars and nine mobile phones.

National police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said the drug squad had tracked the movements of the northern gang for two months until they arrested Jirawat Khathadhammawut, 37, who was delivering the speed pills in a pickup truck on the Dan Khun Thot-Mueang Khom Road in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Dan Khun Thot district.

Further investigation led to the arrest of the six other drug suspects Wichai Chattanartworakul, 36, Somboon Kammalamorakot, 35, Ying Sae-lee, 36, Santi Sae-lao, 28, Surin Khathadhammawut, 32, and a 17-year-old man — at a hotel in Muang district of Leoi province, where they were waiting for the ya ba pills.

Pol Lt Gen Rewat Klinkesorn, the NSB commissioner, said the group was involved in the killing of two police officers who tried to arrest those four years ago. He declined to reveal where the drug would have gone pending further investigation.









GUANGZHOU, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Police in south China’s Guangdong Province said on Monday they have seized 172 kilograms of methamphetamine and caught 16 suspects who allegedly trafficked drugs to Indonesia.

Two primary suspects, surnamed Hu and Chen, and eight others were nabbed on Nov. 11, 2014 during a police raid, said a spokesman with the public security bureau of Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong.

Police confiscated about 2 kilograms of methamphetamine, more than 1.9 million yuan (about 306,000 U.S. dollars) in drug money, and three vehicles used for drug trafficking, according to the spokesman.

Chen, from Hong Kong, confessed that he purchased more than 150 kilograms of methamphetamine from Hu and shipped it to Jakarta, Indonesia. The Jakarta police later caught several other suspects and seized the drugs on Nov. 22.

On Jan. 5, a joint operation by authorities in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Indonesia captured nine suspected drug traffickers in Indonesia and seized 862 kilograms of methamphetamine.








SAN YSIDRO, Calif.Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America’s marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.

The amount of cannabis seized by U.S. federal, state and local officers along the boundary with Mexico has fallen 37 percent since 2011, a period during which American marijuana consumers have increasingly turned to the more potent, higher-grade domestic varieties cultivated under legal and quasi-legal protections in more than two dozen U.S. states.

Made-in-the-USA marijuana is quickly displacing the cheap, seedy, hard-packed version harvested by the bushel in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains. That has prompted Mexican drug farmers to plant more opium poppies, and the sticky brown and black “tar” heroin they produce is channeled by traffickers into the U.S. communities hit hardest by prescription painkiller abuse, off­ering addicts a $10 alternative to $80-a-pill oxycodone.

“Legalization of marijuana for recreational use has given U.S. consumers access to high-quality marijuana, with genetically improved strains, grown in greenhouses,” said Raul Benitez-Manaut, a drug-war expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “That’s why the Mexican cartels are switching to heroin and meth.”

U.S. law enforcement agents seized 2,181 kilograms of heroin last year coming from Mexico, nearly three times the amount confiscated in 2009.

Heroin seizures along the U.S.-Mexico border have nearly tripled since 2009, while seizures of meth have quintupled.

Methamphetamine, too, has surged, mocking the Hollywood image of backwoods bayou labs and “Breaking Bad” chemists. The reality, according to Drug Enforcement Administration figures, is that 90 percent of the meth on U.S. streets is cooked in Mexico, where precursor chemicals are far easier to obtain.

“The days of the large-scale U.S. meth labs are pretty much gone, given how much the Mexicans have taken over production south of the border and distribution into the United States,” said Lawrence Payne, a DEA spokesman. “Their product is far superior, cheaper and more pure.”

Last year, 15,803 kilograms of the drug was seized along the border, up from 3,076 kilos in 2009.

“Criminal organizations are no longer going for bulk marijuana,” said Sidney Aki, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director here at the agency’s busiest crossing for pedestrians and passenger vehicles, just south of San Diego. “Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they’re profitable in small amounts.”

Voters in the District of Columbia and 23 U.S. states have approved marijuana for recreational or medical use, with Colorado, Washington state, Alaska and Oregon opting for full legalization. Estimates of the size of America’s marijuana harvest vary widely, and DEA officials say they do not know how quickly it may be increasing as a result of decriminalization.

Mexican cartels continue to deploy people as “mules” strapped with 50-pound marijuana backpacks to hike through the Arizona borderlands and send commercial trucks into Texas with bales of shrink-wrapped cannabis so big they need to be taken out on a forklift.

But the profitability of the marijuana trade has slumped on falling demand for Mexico’s “brick weed,” so called because it is crushed into airtight bundles for transport across the border. Drug farmers in the Sierra Madre say that they can barely make money planting mota anymore.

The cartels, and consumers, are turning away from cocaine, too. Last year, U.S. agents confiscated 11,917 kilograms of cocaine along the Mexico border, down from 27,444 kilos in 2011.

This reflects lower demand for the drug in the United States, experts say, as well as a cartel business preference for heroin and meth. Those two substances can be cheaply produced in Mexico, unlike cocaine, which is far pricier, and therefore riskier, because it must be smuggled from South America.

The Sinaloa cartel, considered Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organization despite the capture last February of leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, remains the dominant criminal power along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Its territory spans the entire western half of the U.S.-Mexico boundary, from Ciudad Juarez, opposite El Paso, to Tijuana, on the Pacific Coast.

At harvest time, the cartel’s middlemen make their rounds to remote Sierra Madre stream valleys in pickup trucks and four-wheelers, armed with guns and cash. They buy sticky balls of raw opium from hardscrabble farmers and deliver them to crude heroin kitchens that prepare the drug for shipment. The U.S. interstate highway system is less than a day’s drive away.

Heroin and meth are far easier to transport and conceal than marijuana. Especially worrisome to U.S. officials is a growing trend of more border-crossing pedestrians carrying the drugs strapped under their clothing or hidden in body cavities.

“The criminals are trying to blend in among the legitimate travelers, who are 99 percent of the individuals crossing through here,” said Aki, the San Ysidro port director. “That’s the hard part for us.”

At the San Ysidro crossing, soon to expand to 35 lanes, U.S. agents with drug-sniffing dogs and foot-long screwdrivers weave among the lines of cars that back up into Mexico.

Agents say the screwdrivers, some so old their handles are worn to a nub, are their most valuable investigative tool. Agents knock them against tires and gas tanks for a quick sonic impression.

“If you tap a tank with something solid inside, there’s a thud,” one inspector said. “It’s like hitting concrete.”

Harder to detect are “deep-concealed” drugs buried in fake engine cylinders, dashboard panels, even acid-proof capsules inside car batteries. One vehicle seized here last year carried liquid meth in its windshield-wiper reservoir.

Finding small packages in the river of cars and trucks coming across is akin to a game of “Where’s Waldo?” for U.S. inspectors. Vehicles that arouse the suspicions of border agents or get their dogs barking and lunging are sent to a secondary inspection station with giant X-ray machines and larger teams of screwdriver-wielding inspectors.

If drugs don’t appear, the agents may drive the vehicles into garages to open their engines, pry apart interior panels and search for any signs of suspicious alterations. Traffickers will sometimes mist decoy vehicles with marijuana oil or resin to provoke the dogs and draw agents into a fruitless search.

“It’s like a fish fry,” Aki said. “The fish is gone, but the scent is still there.”

With the dogs and agents tied up inspecting the decoys, the traffickers may try sneaking meth and heroin through.

In recent years, Mexican cartels also have begun producing higher-value “white” heroin, typically associated with traffickers from Colombia or Asia, according to DEA officials.

“The Mexicans are evolving in their production abilities and getting more sophisticated,” said Payne, the DEA spokesman. “It’s not just black tar anymore.”

Colombian and Caribbean traffickers once controlled heroin distribution east of the Mississippi River, but Mexican criminal groups now dominate the entire North American market, he said.

The United States has an estimated 600,000 heroin users, Payne said — a threefold increase in the past five years. But that number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million Americans who abuse prescription painkillers.

Those addicts are the prime target for the booming heroin business. A U.S. crackdown on prescription opiates has driven up the price for drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet, enticing desperate addicts to switch to cheap heroin to fend off withdrawal symptoms.

The profile of U.S. heroin addiction is also changing, said Phil Herschman, chief clinical officer with the CRC Health Group, which operates 170 treatment centers in 30 U.S. states.

“Now, we’re seeing housewives coming in who had been addicted to Vicodin for two or three years before switching to heroin, or adolescents who got hooked by snorting it, thinking it was safe, only to end up injecting themselves,” he said.

“You can’t even begin to measure how it tears families apart,” he added. “It’s devastating.”









“THEY’RE SCRATCHING THEMSELVES, there’s big scabs all over them. It’s like it’s eating them from the inside out.”

That’s how one drug user described crystal meth – saying it was the worst drug he had ever seen.

Speaking on RTÉ, he said,  ”People are only on it a week or two and you can see it in their appearance.



Source: Faces of Meth



“They’re paranoid 24/7, they think people are after them, looking for things that aren’t there. It’s crazy.

“It’s starting to take a hold and when it does Dublin is going to be ruined because of it.”

Crystal methamphetamine is a powerful synthetic stimulant which is highly addictive. It can be smoked in a glass pipe, injected, snorted or swallowed.

A senior source at the Revenue’s Customs Service told that, “There has been a significant increase in the number of investigations into crystal meth traffickers in the past year.”

‘Breaking Bad hits Lucan’

As far back as 2012 experienced drug worker Father Peter McVerry said the drug was readily available in Ballymun, Dublin.

Crystal meth has ravaged whole communities in the US and the same is happening in Ireland.


crystal-methHow one woman changed dramatically after 10 years on crystal meth. She has since passed away. (Image: Don Hankins/Flickr)

A spate of crystal meth related crimes in Lucan caused one Councilor to say that Breaking Bad has hit the area.

Fine Gael’s William Lavelle said that gardaí had come across six cases involving people who had taken the drug in the space of just two weeks.

Forget ‘Breaking Bad’… this is a highly dangerous drug and can lead to severe violence by users not to mention the catastrophic health impacts.

Making people violent’

Drugs service Coolmine Clinic told that while it’s not seeing an increase in the numbers of clients entering with crystal meth addictions – there seems to be a problem with another synthetic drug, very similar to crystal meth in its presentation, called PVP.

Gardai have also arrested several people in recent months for dealing in PVP.

Meanwhile Brother Kevin Crowley from the Capuchin Day Centre said this week that a new drug is making some users at the centre very violent and that extra security had to be brought in recently.

It’s believed that a synthetic substance called MDPV is the cause of the violent behavior.

Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project Tony Duffin told that many people are buying both PVP and MDPV thinking it’s crystal meth.

“The street name for it is ice- people think they’re buying meth but almost certainly it’s not.”

He said that the increase in these types of drugs started happening around September:

This is definitely an issue on the streets of Dublin and around the country but certainly in Dublin- we are dealing with it on a daily basis.

“For the people we work with who use more than one drug- that’s the wider issue – they are the people who have the biggest problems and we need more treatment options for them.”









Marijuana, pills and alcohol may have been staples of wild teen parties in the past, but more and more, students are using heroin and methamphetamine, an undercover Newport Beach police detective told members of the Corona del Mar High School PTA at a meeting Wednesday.

“In the past few years, especially here and in other affluent communities, there’s a pretty disturbing trend,” said the officer, whose name is being withheld at the department’s request to protect his anonymity. “There’s a trend from marijuana. Now we’re seeing a lot of people getting into heroin — black tar heroin — as young as junior high. They get hooked at 15 or 16 years old, and it’s a lifelong struggle to stay off.”

The officer, along with school resource officer Vlad Anderson and a drug-addiction expert, spoke to about 40 members of the PTA at the group’s first meeting of the new year.

The undercover officer demonstrated how someone would heat a piece of foil, with heroin on top, to create smoke that can be inhaled, often through an empty pen cartridge.

“Kids shouldn’t be carrying around foil,” he said. “And if they are, they’re probably not making a sandwich.”

If the foil has black marks, smoke stains or a vinegar smell, the officer said, it could indicate drug use.

Anderson said he knew of one young adult who died in the past year in Newport Coast of a drug overdose. Officers did not provide information about drug use on the Corona del Mar High School campus specifically but said drugs are a countywide problem.

Police try to identify and arrest dealers, the undercover officer said, but arrests don’t eliminate the problems.

“We never can really stem the flow,” he said. “If there’s a demand, there always will be a supply.”

Meth, he said, also is a problem, with some users taking both narcotics.

Anderson also set up a display showing different drugs and paraphernalia, as well as antiseptic wipes for PTA members to use if they touched the display.








“I worked with narcotics back in the late ’80s, and there are families I’ve arrested for three generations for hard drugs,” says Sheriff Tom Allman.

“We have third-generation methamphetamine inmates in our jail, people who have never in their lives experienced, in a family situation, getting up in the morning, taking a shower, putting on clean clothes, going to school or to work, coming home, not getting drunk or high, getting a good night’s sleep and doing it all over again the next day,”

According to a Jan. 5 report by the Drug Enforcement Administration, a record amount of methamphetamine was seized on the U.S-Mexico border in 2014, where more of it is now being produced.

Because of the difficulty to obtain the needed chemicals in the United States, 90 percent is coming from across the border where it is cheaper and easier to make.

“The Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, head DEA special agent in San Diego.

“While some people would say it’s good that all these drugs are being confiscated, I believe that must mean there’s more being brought over and a lot more getting through,” says Allman.

There’s been an increase of marijuana being traded for methamphetamine; it’s called trading green for white, and the price for the hard drug is one-third of what it used to be.

Ten years ago, a pound of methamphetamine sold for $10,000; now it’s $3500. An increased supply leads to an increased demand and the necessity for fewer middlemen further drives down the price.

In 2012, law enforcement made 282 arrests under Health and Safety Code 11377, possession or sales of methamphetamine; in 2013 there were 329 arrests (almost one a day); and in 2014 there were 295.

“Back in the ’80s and ’90s, we had meth labs in the States. One year we had 20 in the county; now we might have two a year. With the finished product coming from Mexico, we have more meth than previously,” says Allman.

“With its smell, a meth lab is relatively easy to investigate; now we don’t have that; we have the finished product, no smell, with a much higher, almost pharmaceutical quality. Methamphetamine has a 90 percent addiction rate, almost as high as heroin and cigarettes,” says Allman.

California voters passed Prop. 47-Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, reducing the penalty for certain non-serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

“It’s antithetical to its title. When our deputies catch someone with meth or heroin, unless it’s for possession for sale, they now get a ticket; they don’t go to jail; it’s no longer a felony but a misdemeanor.

“It will be no surprise when we see an increase of property crimes, of domestic violence and assaults, all three closely associated with the use of methamphetamines,” he says.

He has talked with District Attorney Dave Eyster more about this issue in the last four weeks than any other topic. Seven people were recently released back to Mendocino County from state prison because of Prop 47. “They were home in time for Christmas,” he says.

He has seen more than 20 people released from jail because of the proposition, and many of them were returned to jail in the last 60 days for property damages.

It takes away law enforcement’s ability to mandate offenders into drug courts, very successful programs for individuals and families that have improved lives and helped people maintain a lifestyle of sobriety for years, Allman says.

He has attended many drug court graduations and has seen men and women who had lost custody of their children, with no visitation rights, been retrained as adults to be good citizens and better parents. “It’s taken away our ability to change those lives for the better,” he says.

“People, of course, have a choice to use drugs for the rest of their lives if they want, but when it begins to have an impact on the community’s quality of life, then law enforcement gets involved, whether for domestic violence or for working on a car on their front lawn 24 hours a day. The drug is called speed because that’s what it does, it speeds you up.

“History will prove whether Prop. 47 was the correct measure to pass; my prediction is we will need to correct it after we start seeing the statistics.”

Although domestic violence is not solely drug related—high unemployment and cabin fever are contributing factors—he knows of no substance abuse issues that do not have a negative impact on children.

When law enforcement goes on a call for a situation with hard drugs, Child Protective Services is called in immediately with a priority to protect children. “While some people may stand up and say drugs are a victimless crime, I would challenge that when it involves kids.

“There are the hardened cops who have seen everything; I have witnessed them taken to tears when they see a baby without diapers on a dirty floor. Methamphetamine psychosis is a true disease; there are people whose brains have been changed permanently because of long-term drug use.”

To those who wonder what he’s going to do about this, Allman says, “If we decriminalize hard drugs, then we are pretending there’s no problem. I hope some young kid who is going through school comes up with a solution. Prop. 47 isn’t going to get us closer to the solution. Is that going to help put diapers on those babies?

“Drug arrests will go down, but there will be an increase of property crimes, domestic violence and assaults. Rehabilitation centers both nationally and statewide are full, and sending someone against their will is like swimming upstream, yet we can’t ignore the effect of drug addiction on the quality of life for families and community members.

“The good news is there are police officers and deputies who have not thrown up their hands and walked; they continue to issue citations. There are judges who understand and are trying to help break the cycle.”

Allman gives high praise to those volunteers from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous who bring meetings into the jail on a regular basis, in the evenings and on weekends.

The best anti-meth advocates are people who used to be addicts, those I met when I worked undercover, people who have walked the walk and are now talking the talk.”

His number one advice for those getting off drugs is to get a new circle of friends and find a support group that believes in abstinence.

“It’s a societal problem, and the Sheriff’s Office is not going to solve drug use and domestic violence. We have to push education, offer decent paying jobs and reward good behavior. You have to put prayer in there, as well,” he says.

Although methamphetamine has had horrible consequences on Native American communities throughout the county, in talking with tribal leaders, Allman says they have approached the problem with unique solutions, including restorative justice, peer pressure and working with elders, offering tools that are not available to those who do not live in such close knit communities.

There are inmates in the jail who get up in the morning, shower, get dressed and go to work, who are taught it is perfectly normal to work to support their families. They have maintained jobs outside of jail and are now citizens who are paying taxes, no longer a burden on society.

“When that happens, it’s time to hold up your hands and say touchdown,” Allman says.

“Working with the Probation Department, the Buddy Eller Center, Ford Street, the courts, we are treating people as individuals, not booking numbers. We as a society need to expand services for these people.

“Society mandates certain types of fire engines, building inspectors and permits; we have no mandates on mental health crisis workers, on recovery, on drug rehabilitation. We need to find a way to do it cheaper or expend more tax dollars and foundation money. It’s expensive but how do you measure that, on the human side, in terms of domestic violence?”








An Atlanta woman is facing charges of drug trafficking after authorities seized three ounces of methamphetamine during a traffic stop early Friday.

According to Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. James Yarbrough, Deputy Shane Warren noticed a Lincoln Town Car driving through Moreland without functioning tail lights and randomly pulling in and out of various driveways.1meth

Upon talking to the driver, Carol Hoffman Gaddy, 49, Warren discovered she is currently on parole for drug and fraud charges. During a search of her car, Warren discovered three ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one ounce of marijuana, 18 Xanax pills and $4,700 in a container hidden under her floorboard.

Warren notified the Crime Suppression Unit at the sheriff’s office and Investigator Edwin Rivera took over the investigation. Gaddy was charged with one count of trafficking, possession of marijuana, possession of Xanax, defective equipment, and failure to maintain lane.








Four people were arrested Thursday night after allegedly operating a meth lab in the garage of home where three children lived in Butler County.

A search warrant was carried out at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday after an anonymous tip led undercover agents to the home in the 5800 block of Layhigh Road in Morgan Township.

635564034377877650-DSCN1666“This illegal make-shift laboratory looked like something out of a movie,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in a release. “It’s not a secret how dangerous the components to make drugs are, houses have exploded and people have died over this kind of malicious stupidity.”

In the home, police found chemicals and supplies to make methamphetamine, guns, and other drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

The three children found in the home were removed by Butler County Children Services.

“The chemicals used to make these dangerous drugs are extremely toxic and children should be nowhere near them,” Butler County Lt. Lance Bunnel said in a release.

“These kids were placed in absolute serious danger because of these senseless criminals,” Jones added. “… agents of the Sheriff’s Office and Children Services did a great job stopping this illegal operation before something bad happened.”



The case is still under investigation with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office B.U.R.N. Undercover Region Narcotics Taskforce.


  • Paul Ritter, 47 – charged with first-degree drug manufacturing and second-degree possession of drugs
  • John Ritter, 50 – charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs
  • Linda Ritter, 57 – charged with permitting drug use
  • Ammy Bingle, 38 – charged with three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment








The largest single gang prosecution in San Bernardino County history ended last week with the sentencing of 25-year-old Cherish Velez.

The Apple Valley woman, who was ordered to spend 16 years in prison on assault and drug charges, was the 61st person with ties to the East Side Victoria street gang to be put behind bars, prosecutors said.

The years-long effort by prosecutors has stymied a gang that mired the high desert town of Victorville in drugs and violence since the late 1960s.

“Police would get clued into where drugs were being held, where a meth lab was, then they’d intercept them.”

“They were committing everything from burglary and drug crimes to murder,” said San Bernardino County Dist. Atty. Michael A. Ramos, whose office led the crackdown. “We finally had enough.”

The East Side Victoria gang had pledged allegiance and paid tribute to the Mexican mafia, funneling money in exchange for protection in prison. But the sustained prosecution weakened the transnational gang’s grip on the Inland Empire, prosecutors said.

No trials were held — all 61 gang members and associates pleaded guilty, and the deals struck with prosecutors amount to 485 years in prison.

George “Rascal” DeGraw, who took over for Archuleta and ran the gang like a decentralized syndicate, was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for selling methamphetamine, committing burglary and conspiring to commit extortion, prosecutors said.

And Joel “Bouncer” Pompa, who often collected “taxes” for the Mexican mafia, was sentenced to about 42 years on assault, burglary, robbery and conspiracy charges.

One person who was charged, Darryl Castrejon, eluded authorities. Facing trial in Pomona on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, Castrejon disappeared in 2009.

The prosecution effort began in 2006, when Victorville secured an injunction against the gang. An investigation in 2008 culminated in two indictments issued in 2009.

Only one gang member actually testified in front of the grand jury, putting the weight of the case on thousands of hours of wiretapped phone conversations. Investigators monitored up to four phone calls at a time, painstakingly documenting details about methamphetamine prices, carjackings, marijuana packaging and gun sales that were later listed in indictments.

“Police would get clued into where drugs were being held, where a meth lab was, then they’d intercept them,” said Deputy Dist. Atty. Britt Imes, who indicted 72 members of the gang in total. Of those, nine “minor players” were placed on probation and two were dismissed from the case, Imes said.

Gangs have been active in San Bernardino for decades — the county had the third-most gang members in the country, according to an FBI report from 2011.

Many are homegrown, like the East Side Victoria gang, but prosecutors say gangs from across Southern California have a toehold in the area.

The region saw an uptick in gang activity in the mid-2000s, when people migrated from urban areas to the high desert suburbs, bringing criminal ties with them, Imes said.

Gang injunctions in Los Angeles and elsewhere may have made the remote desert appealing, especially for drug production and trade. And the proximity of Las Vegas, access to major freeways, and the three state and two federal prisons nearby all created a dynamic that drew gang members from Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, Imes said.

Since 2005, the county has sent more than 5,000 gang members to prison, with 250 on life sentences, Ramos said.

“You don’t ultimately ever squash it out,” Imes said about gang activity. “You inhibit it, disrupt it … ultimately it shifts and changes.” He added: “It’s a hydra.”







SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) – A Dallas, Texas, man will serve seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a plan to distribute methamphetamine in the Shreveport area.

Leonardo A. Gonzalez, 36, admitted to getting the drugs from someone in Texas and selling them to codefendant Bruce A. Lee.

Gonzalez was sentenced in U.S. District Court Thursday in Shreveport. He faces another five years of supervised release after serving his sentence.

DEA agents made two controlled buys from Lee at a Shreveport apartment in 2013. During the investigation, they seized 3 ounces of meth from Lee’s vehicle and 5 more ounces in the apartment Lee was using. They recovered $10,000 from Gonzalez’s vehicle.

Lee has been sentenced to five years in prison and five years of supervised release for his part in the drug sale scheme.








A woman is behind bars after she allegedly exposed her child to the meth making process.Regina%20Montgomery

Regina Montgomery of Auburn was arrested after police were assisting a social worker at Montgomery’s home.

The complaint was that the home did not have sufficient heat, so police and the social worker investigated.

Inside, they found ingredients to make meth.

According to police, Montgomery gave them a statement saying she knew the child’s father had purchased ingredients and had made meth in their home, and that she had purchased the ingredients for him in the past.









Police tracking a London business owner after a company van was being used to transport teenage girls — plied with alcohol and drugs — to area motels to make money as sex workers, have charged him with several offences, one of them rare.

The married father, 40, faces one count of procuring — a charge so rare police only laid it about six times last year — after two 16-year-old girls say he asked them if they wanted to make money as sex workers. Procurement is defined as trying to entice or solicit someone who is not a prostitute to work as a prostitute.

Police say they believe there are more victims and have released the man’s identity with hopes others will feel safe contacting them.

“I know there are others out there just waiting to see if this is real and he is in custody,” said Const. Jim Pottruff, who investigates human trafficking-related complaints for London police. “We are hoping more young women will come forward.”

The man, owner/operator of Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning, is also charged with drugs and weapons offences, in relation to a large hunting knife, a Taser and methamphetamine found in his company van during a traffic stop last week.

He was arrested Wednesday.

Police had been investigating the suspect since last September, when they received reports someone was using the Heaven’s Best van to take teenage girls to area hotels and motels.

Police said they met with the teens, who told them they’d received offers to make money working in the sex trade. Potruff said the girls had a relationship with the suspect and told police he would provide them with drugs.

He said police consider the teens vulnerable because they’re suffering from addiction and living in “vulnerable” places.

“The offer is, ‘Do you want to make money?’ ” said Pottruff.

Sean Leadston is charged with procuring a person under the age of 18, possession of a weapon and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

Police urge anyone with information to contact Pottruff at 519-200-9623 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).








CANTON, N.C. — A high-speed chase ended in a crash in Canton, Friday afternoon.

Canton Police say officers were trying to stop a vehicle along Old Asheville Highway when the car sped off down Carolina Boulevard in Clyde, through Main Street in Canton, and continuing down the Old Asheville Highway until crashing down an embankment.

The car was listed as stolen from Buncombe County.

One occupant in the vehicle was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment after the wreck. Officers on-scene discovered and took into evidence a loaded pistol located between the driver’s and front passenger’s seats.

Roger Martin “Marty” Capps Jr., 31, is charged with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle. He was also charged with felonious possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor resist/obstruct/delay stemming from incidents earlier this week.  Capps, of Canton, was also served with outstanding warrants for two felony probation violations, a parole violation, and a criminal summons for assault on a female.

Capps was jailed on no bond for the parole violations and $240,000 on the remaining charges. His court date for the latest charges is set for Jan. 28, while the probation violations are scheduled to be heard in Superior Court Feb. 2.

Gregory Dee Devane, 25, was arrested and charged with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle and felony fleeing to elude arrest. was jailed at Haywood County detention in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Warrants were also drawn on Shannon Michelle White, 25, for felonious possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Devane and White are from Mars Hill.

The case remains under investigation.








Lafayette police stopped Mark Landes Thursday as he was driving away from his house in the 2300 block of Butler Street, later arresting him on methamphetamine charges.B9315814568Z_1_20150109220119_000_GNQ9KSEP9_1-0

Police spoke with a resident at the home in the 2300 block of Butler Street and found two active meth labs inside a shed in the back yard. A third active lab was found in the backyard.

Police got a warrant to search Landes’ room in the house and found a fourth lab in his bedroom closet, police said.

Landes, 42, of Lafayette, is accused of possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of possession of paraphernalia.









Police have arrested 18 people in connection to a methamphetamine manufacturing and distributing ring based in Centralia.

Marion County Sheriff’s Department detective Ryan Castleman said it’s not unusual to see such a large group because it takes many people to acquire enough meth ingredients without being discovered.

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One or two meth cooks will employ an army of “smurfs,” the name they use for people whose job it is to collect pseudoephedrine, a drug common in cold medicine used to make meth. To try to stop the manufacture of the illegal drug, the government only allows small amounts of pseudoephedrine to be purchased at one time by an individual.


“This bust consisted of several small conspiracies,” Castleman said. “Groups usually consisted of one or two ‘cooks’ and several people who gather pseudoephedrine and other materials needed to manufacture the drug. A meth cook could have as many as 50 smurfs.”

The following are in custody on charges related to meth manufacture and distribution:

Daniel L. Gazdik, 50, and Sara Rose Davis, 33, both of Centralia; Brian Fear, 40, Misty Fear, 31, Katelyn Woolever, 21, Joseph Smith, 34, and Rachel Reeve, all of Centralia; Michael Flanagan, 41, Sandoval; Dusty Gambill, 39, Central City, Kathy Tomes, 61, Sandoval; David Altom, 41, Odin; Jayme Barnes, 35, Odin; James Horton, 48, Centralia; Destry Wood, 51, and Shelonda Shackleford, 26, both of Centralia; Craig Heitkamp, 50, Centralia; and Franklin and Deana Johnson, of Centralia.

Castleman said Gazdik, Flanagan, Gambill, Wood, Johnson and Brian and Misty Fear were the cooks.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Porter said authorities hope the arrests put a large dent in the drug trade in Southern Illinois.

“We have traditionally done large scale cases of 18-20 people and it seems to slow things down for a while,” Porter said. “But it seems like there are always people who are willing to step up and take their business when you take down a large group. We’re hoping this prosecution will make an impact for some time.”

Castleman said he believes this ring was distributing its product only in the Centralia area and that much of it was being used by the people who were making the meth.


“The cooks make enough methamphetamine to supply their buyers and themselves,” Castleman said. “Its rare in a local setting such as ours to find a meth cook who is not a methamphetamine user.”

In addition to making and selling meth, some of the suspects were also distributing heroin, police said.






The terror attack on Wednesday in Paris leaving 12 people dead at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has even shocked hardened journalists in Mexico who consistently work under the constant threat of terror covering drug trafficking and organized crime.France%20Newspaper%20Attack%20spanish

“I just didn’t think that it could go to this extreme,” said Javier Garza, who worked at Mexico City’s Reforma newspaper and was editorial director of El Siglo de Torreón in northern Mexico from 2006 and 2013. “We had 13 reporters killed in Mexico in two years, that’s one more than got killed in one day in Paris.”

The vicious and barbaric murders of an entire editorial staff in their offices in France – has left an indelible mark on Garza’s colleagues who consistently put their lives at risk covering beheadings, hangings, and mass kidnappings.

“It was something that hit me very personally, the images were just shocking,” said Lucy Sosa, one of the top reporters for El Diario de Juarez in Ciudad Juarez, once deemed the murder capital of the world.  “The magnitude of the aggression was just incredible.”

Over the last 14 years, over 70 journalists have been killed or have disappeared in Mexico at the hands of cartels trying to intimidate journalists and prevent them from covering murders and corruption cases that link government officials to cartel members.  Making matters worse, more than 90 percent of crimes against journalists in Mexico are committed with impunity – rarely resulting in any convictions.

The unfortunate result of these threats and attacks, according to Garza, is self-censorship, which he and others say is prevalent and undermines democracy and freedom of expression. The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 20 cities in Mexico are considered silent cities – almost completely self-censored because of fear of attacks.

“Deep down, these terrorist groups and drug cartels are the same thing, they use violence to try to impose certain coverage or point of view,” Garza said.

Garza said he doesn’t blame journalists in Mexico for quitting, or even for practicing self-censorship. As a matter of policy at El Siglo, which was under constant threat of the cartels, his staff took extra precautions not to exaggerate news reports and constantly asked themselves whether publishing a story was worth the risk of death or kidnapping. His staff developed safety precautions such as not traveling to stories alone and not arriving to the scene of a crime until it was secured by police.

He hopes, however, that media in France and all over the world follow the example of the Mexican journalists who continue to not be intimidated by cartels.

“Don’t go into self-censorship even though it’s your knee-jerk reaction,” Garza said. “Really think about and really assess your risk. Reflect on the dangers you are facing. What type of attack are you facing once you think about it?”

Sosa has lost four colleagues and friends at the hands of cartels, including a reporter and a photographer murdered in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Sosa has been covering police activity and security in Ciudad Juarez but says she refuses to let terror intimidate her.

“I don’t see myself doing anything else,” Sosa said. “The conviction to do my job is greater than the fear of death.”

Over the last two years, Mexican journalists and bloggers have been attacked 213 times, 13 journalists have been murdered, and nine reporters have disappeared, according to the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists.

Jorge Luis Sierra, the director of ICJ’s Knight International Journalism Fellowship Program, says what is even more disconcerting over the last two years is that the veracity and the tactics used to intimidate and attack journalists has escalated. In the past two years, Mexico has had 16 attacks where explosives, assault weapons, grenades and assault rifles were used.

There is also a trend of increased cyberattacks by cartels who are hacking email accounts of news organizations as a means to gather intelligence on journalists, find out who their sources are and keep tabs on their whereabouts. In some instances, newsrooms have been broken and computers stolen.

In Veracruz in 2011, a group of unidentified men with assault weapons entered a newsroom of the daily El Buen Tono and vandalized equipment before setting the building on fire.

“The cartels and terror are winning in small communities, even in states where they can control local police while controlling media organizations,” Sierra said. He said 20 cities along the border, including Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and states like Michoacán, have come under control of the drug cartels.

“The attacks on journalists by drug traffickers are a way of imposing terror,” said Sierra, who was an award-winning investigative journalist in Mexico.

Despite cartels operating with impunity in Mexico, journalists say, reporters continue to do their jobs and citizens have taken to creating anonymous Twitter accounts to bring information to the public.

Mexican journalists say as long as journalists in France and in Europe stand by their values and continue to stand up to terror, they can set an example for the world.

“We are with France,” Sosa said. “We cannot permit terrorist to assassinate journalism.”








LAS VEGAS — The drug methamphetamine is becoming a common thread among some of the dangerous crimes committed in the valley.

In fact, the family of Jerry Howard, the man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Kathy Shines, 54, had allegedly just started using the drug, according to his family.6400062_G

“He was on something that he should have never been on,” said Ron Howard, the father of Jerry Howard. “He said I can’t believe I did that dad.”

Metro Police said meth is a problem in Clark County.  8 News NOW looked into other cases involving suspects on the drug; and much like Howard’s case, their crimes were also bizarre and deadly.

“I had no idea where I was, or what was happening,” said Natasha Jackson, who was on meth when she allegedly committed a crime.

Jackson is accused of going on a deadly crime spree with her boyfriend in July 2014.

In a jailhouse interview, she said, “He shot me up with methamphetamine.”

William Jacobsen is accused of killing a man during a road rage episode in Nov. 2014.

Vanessa Murphy: “Were you on drugs?”

William Jacobsen: “I had taken a sleeping pill, but that’s it.”

Officers said they found methamphetamine on him the night of the crime. In a jailhouse interview a week after the deadly shooting, Jacobsen admitted to pulling the trigger, but he said he was having trouble remembering everything about that night.

“I’m kind of fuzzy on the details,” Jacobsen said.

In Sept. 2014, Justin Rector was arrested for murdering and dumping the body of a Bullhead City, AZ girl. Police said he had smoked meth before he allegedly killed 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella.

“The consequences of meth use are catastrophic,” according to David Marlon, President of Solutions Recovery.

Marlon said an estimated 10 to 15 percent of his clients get help for meth addiction at his drug and alcohol treatment center.

It’s an epidemic. Its in our communities and it’s not something that should be treated lightly. It’s a very dangerous drug,” Marlon said.

Marlon said meth is easy to get, cheap, and highly addictive. However, using meth can lead to acute psychotic episodes; in other words, the drug user could snap.

“People, who use meth, get really crazy. It leads you down a terrible road” he said.

Ron Howard said his son was a good example of what can happen when you use meth.

“I am so sorry; please forgive my son. He’s off the streets getting the help that he needs,” he said.








A Maryland woman who pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday by York County Poquoson Circuit Court Judge Richard Y. AtLee Jr.

Christie Ann Smith, was arrested April 7, 2014, after a police officer noticed her car weaving at 50 to 60 mph on I-64. After stopping her near the Lightfoot exit on eastbound I-64 at 8:30 p.m., the police officer found what “appeared to be a small mobile methamphetamine lab” in the 2005 Chrysler Smith was driving.

Smith’s defense attorney, Brandon Waltrip, asked that Smith be allowed to spend a year at Carmen Torres Mercy House in Richmond instead of going to prison to deal with what she called her 15-year methamphetamine addiction.

“No one says they want to grow up to be an addict,” Smith said. “It happens to the best people.”

AtLee said because Smith had endangered herself and others, he could “look high” with regard to sentencing.

He sentenced her to 20 years in prison with 18 of those years suspended for 10 years. He did not require her to attend Mercy House’s rehabilitation program when she is released from prison because he said they would have to re-screen her and it was unclear what the costs might be.

But attending Mercy House would set her up for a “brighter future,” AtLee said.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis McLoughlin said he was concerned about Smith only being required to go to Mercy House because it was unclear how much it would cost and because she has a pending charge in West Virginia.

Smith said Mercy House would allow her to work to raise the funds for the rehabilitation program.

“I am sorry for my actions and I do need help with my problem,” Smith said. “I feel blessed to be sober.”

Smith of Friendsville, Md., was initially charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, false identity, no valid operator’s license, driving while suspended, and manufacturing methamphetamine. Smith could have been sentenced to 40 years in prison.








ANCHORAGE –  A Fairbanks man died at a hotel Wednesday after he had consensual sex with a woman whose boyfriend punched him to death after she claimed to have been raped, according to charging documents.murderktvf-dv-Still001-jpg

Barrow residents Dominique Vasquez, 31, and Abraham Stine, 39, are each accused of second-degree murder in criminal complaints filed Wednesday. Alaska State Troopers investigator Joseph Harris says Stine called troopers to the Extended Stay Hotel at 4580 Old Airport Way in Fairbanks at about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Stine’s phone call, the murder victim — his cousin, 37-year-old Wesley Lord — had just raped Vasquez. Responding troopers found Lord nude and lying face-down in a room at the hotel.

“They began to restrain the subject by putting him in handcuffs, at which point they noted his hands felt stiff and he was not breathing,” Harris wrote. “They found no pulse and summoned (emergency medical services), who confirmed the subject was deceased.”

Harris said investigators spoke with two other witnesses who were in the hotel room when Lord and Vasquez were having sex. One told troopers the act was consensual and followed a night of everyone drinking and smoking methamphetamine, while the other said he emerged from a shower to find Vasquez armed with a knife and threatening to kill him unless he said Lord had raped her.

Stine allegedly told investigators that he spent the day with the group, but was “ditched” and left — when he returned, however, he looked through the window and saw Lord and Vasquez having sex.murder2-jpg

The second witness “opened the window and told Stine that Lord had just raped Vasquez,” Harris wrote. “Stine crawled in through the window and charged Lord and a physical altercation ensued. Stine admitted to holding Lord down and punching him several times.”

Although Lord was knocked unconscious during the fight, the witnesses said both suspects continued to attack him.

“After Lord wasn’t fighting back, Stine continued to punch him in the face for 5-10 minutes,” Harris wrote. The second witness “also said after Stine attacked Lord, Vasquez went over to Lord and was covering his mouth with her hand and it appeared she was choking him.”

When investigators spoke with Vasquez, she initially said Lord had sexually assaulted her but eventually recanted that claim.

“Later Vasquez admitted she lied about being raped by Lord and she had consensual sex with him,” Harris wrote.

“Vasquez knew Stine had a history of assaulting people from her personal experience. She noted Stine had previously held her down with his knee on her chest making it difficult for her to breathe.”

Stine and Vasquez were arrested Wednesday then held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center until they were arraigned Thursday afternoon.








Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people on drug charges at a Pensacola motel early Thursday morning.

A deputy attempted to make contact with 29-year-old Ethan Lamar Anderson around 3 a.m. near a motel on Barrancas Avenue. Anderson drove into the parking lot of the motel and fled on foot.B9315793576Z_1_20150108170958_000_GCN9KF2O2_1-0

When he was eventually apprehended it was discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest in Alabama. Located on the ground where Anderson was originally standing was approximately 60 grams of crystal methamphetamine, as well as marijuana and a handgun that was reported stolen in 2012, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer without violence for a total bond of $123,000.B9315793576Z_1_20150108170958_000_GCN9KF2P9_1-0

Deputies investigated Anderson’s room at the motel where they discovered Shana Nicole Hills with unidentified narcotics and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on possession charges and for destruction of evidence.

The pair is set to appear in court on Jan. 29.








A 22-year-old Tucson woman was taken into custody Wednesday by federal authorities at the Nogales port of entry.

Symba May Smith was arrested after she attempted to smuggle nearly 19 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through the Dennis DeConcini crossing, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.54af1c1aacdd5_image

A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to drugs hidden in Smith’s Chevrolet truck. The drugs were found within the firewall of the truck, states the release.

More than 12 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $126,000, and more than six pounds of methamphetamine with a value of about $19,000 were seized. The truck also was seized, officials said.

Smith was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.