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Several local law enforcement agencies worked the scene of yet another meth lab Tuesday afternoon at a local motel.

The newest lab was found at the Travel Inn at 914 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon.

Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said around 11:50 a.m., officers responded to the Travel Inn following complaints of an odor coming from room 108.

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Bowen said officers approached the room and gained consent to go inside by a man found in the room. He said officers could then see and smell evidence of a meth lab once they entered. Everyone was then evacuated from the room, and Lebanon police meth technicians were called to the scene to process it and collect evidence.

Wilson Emergency Management Agency and Lebanon Public Safety officials also helped with the decontamination.

Jarrod Griffith, 34, of Gallatin, and Candas Boatwright, 32, of LaVergne, were each charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine.

According to Bowen, this is the third methamphetamine-related charge Boatwright has received in Lebanon in the last six months. Griffith had an outstanding warrant in Wilson County for failure to appear on an unrelated charge.

The room Griffith and Boatwright were staying in was registered to Nick Roath, 41, of Lebanon, who was also staying at the hotel in room 202 also registered under his name, Bowen said.

Bowen said officers went and talked to Roath in his room and found him to be in possession of what was believed to be methamphetamine. He said Roath was charged with possession of schedule II drugs.

Since the beginning of the year, this is the fifth meth lab found by Lebanon police and the eighth lab total found in Wilson County. According to the Meth Task Force, only 18 meth labs were found in Lebanon and Wilson County in all of 2013.

In October, a meth lab exploded at the Travel Inn. The blast blew out the door and exterior wall of the room. Two Carthage men were indicted in the case.



Police uncovered almost $40,000 cash and a stash of methamphetamine after raiding a patient’s room at a Perth hospital.

Organised Crime Squad detectives found 18 grams of methamphetamine and $38,740 cash on Wednesday after searching a room at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands.

They then executed a warrant at the man’s Southern River home where they allegedly found more methamphetamine, cannabis, GHB, a gun, ammunition, and items commonly used to make amphetamines.

The 32-year-old man has been refused bail and is due to reappear in the Armadale Magistrates Court next week.



Four individuals were operating a meth lab that was housed at a Shickshinny residence, authorities say.

As part of an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution in Luzerne County, the state Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant at 317 Cope Road and arrested Larry Muhlenberg IV, Edward Edwards Jr., Lisa Brock and Kelsey Coutts.

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Authorities recovered a number of items consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing, including red phosphorous, pseudoephedrine and various other chemicals as well as hardware used to build a meth lab, such as plastic tubing, funnels and glassware. They also seized an undisclosed about of methamphetamine and numerous firearms, both handguns and long guns.

All four individuals gave authorities verbal and written statements admitting to being involved with manufacturing methamphetamine. Muhlenberg also admitted to being a convicted felon and to possessing three of the handguns.

Muhlenberg, 26, was charged with two counts of manufacture and possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy to manufacture with intent to deliver, intent to possess a controlled substance, three counts of possession of red phosphorous, risking a catastrophe and possession of prohibited firearms.

Edwards, 26, Brock, 46, and Coutts, 19, were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to deliver, intent to possess a controlled substance and three counts each of possession of red phosphorous.

The four were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, unable to post $150,000 bail each set by Magisterial District Judge Donald L. Whittaker. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 19 before Whittaker.

Seven people were arrested Monday after a drug bust in Hewitt resulted in the discovery of more than $5,000 worth of methamphetamine.

After searches at 521 Wisconsin St. N and 712 Second Ave. E, agents from the Central Minnesota Violent Offenders Task Force, the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force and the Todd County Sheriff’s office recovered more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine and items for distributing the drug, according to a release from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

Arrested were: 28-year-old Dale Jeremy Camacho, 39-year-old Charles Arthur Biksen, 24-year-old Jennifer Marie Tentler and Erin Elizabeth Biksen — all of of Hewitt — along with Sebeka residents Darrell Leigh Biksen, 50, and Jeffrey James Blaha, 53, along with 35-year-old Jessie Allan McManigle of Wadena. All were taken to Todd County Jail to await charges.





WESTMINSTER, S.C.  —Upstate parents were arrested after investigators said their children  tested positive for methamphetamine.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said they have charged Bradley Scott  Owens, 23, and Amber Denis Swafford, 20, with two counts each of unlawful  neglect of a child.

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According to the incident report, an Oconee County Sheriff’s deputy went to  the Department of Social Services office in Walhalla on March 5 and was notified  that two children had tested positive for methamphetamine and both parents of  the children had also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Arrest warrants said on Jan. 1, Owens smoked methamphetamine in the  couple’s home while the children were there.

The warrants said Swafford admitted to smoking methamphetamine between Jan. 1  and Feb. 27.

Owens and Swafford were released from jail after each received a $40,000  personal recognizance bond.



TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Four alleged traffickers of methamphetamine are in the Tuscaloosa County Jail after two unrelated busts, a Tuscaloosa Police Department representative said Wednesday afternoon.

Sgt. Brent Blankley said the first arrests were made Monday night after someone reported an active meth lab in the 11000 block of McPhearson Landing Road. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and smelled a strong chemical odor coming from a shed beside a home there.

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Inside the shed, deputies found a man with empty packs of precursor drugs in his back pockets as well as two single-pot meth labs, half a gram of meth, digital scales, glassware and 120 grams of meth oil, according to court records. Agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force were called to the scene to document the evidence and deactivate the lab.

Police arrested the man in the shed, identified as Andrew Chase Blake, and another suspect on the property, Michael Jason Herren. Both were charged with manufacturing and trafficking a controlled substance. Court records show Herren was also in possession of Adderall without a prescription and was charged for that.

Both men are in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Blake is charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $205,000. Herren faces the same charges plus one count of possession of a controlled substance for the Adderall, leaving him with a bond of $215,000.

In an unrelated bust, police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday and charged both with trafficking methamphetamine. Blankley said he could not release information on those arrests Wednesday and court records have not yet been filed in that case.

James David Culwell and Tiffany Diane Fuller are both in the county jail pending bonds of $100,000 each. Both are charged with one count of trafficking meth.



A 15-year-old Madera boy sits behind bars – accused of distributing methamphetamine in both the city and county of Madera. His arrest follows a month-long investigation conducted by narcotic agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team, or MADNET.

The teenager’s name could be released because of his age.

Agents allege the juvenile had already moved as much as quarter pound of meth in just the last two weeks before his arrest last Thursday morning.

Agents further allege the teenager conducted business in a vehicle that had a crudely manufactured hidden compartment to hide his narcotics.

Thursday morning, MADNET served a search warrant at the teenager’s home, located off West Almond Avenue in the city of Madera, seizing more methamphetamine, items related to sales of the drug, and more than $400.

The 15-year-old was booked into Madera County Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale and having a vehicle with a modified compartment for the transportation of narcotics.

MADNET is a multi-agency narcotics task force that consists of officers from the California Highway Patrol, Chowchilla and Madera police departments, and Madera County Sheriff’s and Probation departments, and the district attorney’s office. The unit is supervised by an agent from the California Department of Justice.

It should be noted that Sheriff John Anderson who, recognizing the need for such a task force because no one law enforcement agency in Madera County can tackle Madera County’s drug problem alone, spear-headed an MOU (memo of understanding) between the county and the state of California to create a unit of sworn personnel drawn from all law enforcement agencies operating in Madera County – hence, the creation of MADNET.

Lastly, during statewide cutbacks in anti-narcotics programs last year, Madera County was spared. “Madera County is fortunate to have one of the few remaining drug task forces,” said Anderson, adding, “This is no doubt due to the positive efforts and results obtained by MADNET.”

72-year-old Longview, Texas man has been convicted of drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.


Jerry Don Castleberry was found guilty by a jury on March 11, 2014, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, following a two day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, up until May 1, 2013, Castleberry conspired with other persons to acquire and distribute large quantities of methamphetamine from a source in Dallas, Texas to dealers throughout the Longview, Texas area. Evidence indicated that Castleberry was distributing methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico. Castleberry was also in possession of numerous firearms and ammunition, which are subject to forfeiture. Castleberry is a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang. As a result of his crime, Castleberry will also forfeit two Harley Davidson motorcycles and a Corvette Stingray.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 27, 2013, charging Castleberry and others with the federal violations. Castleberry faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.



Cincinnati Police and the SWAT team converged on a home in Kennedy Heights Tuesday evening.  Police tell Local 12 one man who is a member of the “Iron Horsemen” motorcycle club was arrested.


Police found a meth lab in a home on Kirkup Avenue.  Officials say the arrest and search are part of a larger investigation of Motorcycle club activity.



Authorities have accused a local woman of keeping meth and marijuana in areas within her 6-year-old son’s reach.

Caryn Freeman, 27, was charged Sunday with possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment, knowingly keeping or permitting the possession of a controlled substance in a structure or vehicle, and gathering for use of drugs.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers responded in a welfare check on a 6-year-old male. Officers had been advised that Freeman was using drugs in the residence where the child lived.

When officers made contact with Freeman and three other adult occupants, they allegedly spotted hypodermic syringes and prescription pills lying on the floor, the complaint said. They also reportedly found marijuana and methamphetamine residue on low tables within reach of the child.

Officers conducted a search and allegedly located more methamphetamine, prescription pills, and marijuana in the apartment, as well as finding methamphetamine and paraphernalia in Freeman’s vehicle, the complaint said.

Possession of a controlled substance is a serious misdemeanor. Child endangerment is an aggravated misdemeanor. Knowingly keeping or permitting the possession of a controlled substance in a structure or vehicle is an aggravated misdemeanor. Gathering for use of drugs is a Class-D felony.


QANTAS valet driver caught running a drug lab from his St Leonards unit, claimed he started making ice to help his pregnant girlfriend get off heroin, a court has heard.

Geelong Magistrates’ Court heard Nick Nicu was found with 183.4g of liquid mix methamphetamine, 60 times the trafficable quantity, when police raided his unit last year.

The court was also told how the couple’s baby was born drug-addicted on Christmas Day and spent the first few months of its tiny life being weaned off its addiction in hospital.

Nicu, 42, formerly of Bluff Rd, St Leonards, pleaded guilty yesterday to trafficking methamphetamine.

Police prosecutor leading Senior Constable Siobhan Daly said that, in June last year, police intelligence identified Nicu as purchasing large quantities of cold and flu products containing pseudoephedrine.

Sen-Constable Daly said that, on August 24, police executed a search warrant on a unit occupied by Nicu and his pregnant partner.

“They immediately identified a small plastic container on the kitchen bench which appeared to be facilitating an active pseudoephedrine extract,” Sen-Constable Daly said.

“The premises was secured until Clandestine Lab investigators arrived.

“Inside the property, police found chemicals, glassware and drug paraphernalia, all used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.”

Sen-Constable Daly said a liquid mix containing 183.4g of methamphetamine, 60 times the trafficable quantity, was also seized.

“The chemicals were of a highly volatile nature and posed significant danger to residents in other units including a couple with three young children next door.”

Ronald Gipp, for Nicu, said his client had been trying to get his girlfriend off heroin at the time.

“He would smoke ice with his colleagues and partner and finished up with a substantial habit,” Mr Gipp said.

The lawyer said his client had no priors, was being treated for his ice addiction and was employed as a valet driver for Qantas.

“The co-accused had a baby to my client on Christmas Day and that baby was born drug-addicted,” he said.

“It remained in hospital for a couple of months being weaned off drugs and was only recently released into the care of relatives.”

Magistrate Ann McGarvie convicted Nicu and placed him on an 18 month Community Corrections Order with 200 hours unpaid community work.

He was also ordered to undergo drug treatment and rehabilitation and pay a $1000 bond.



FLATHEAD RESERVATION –  Tribal, state, and federal game authorities are feeling the effects of a resurgence in methamphetamine usage in the Mission Valley.

Tribal Game Warden Mike McElderry pointed to his bulletproof vest in a meeting with the Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board last week as one result of more armed users taking to the forest.

“We’ve come across more of these guys just carrying handguns,” McElderry said. “We came across two incidents already where folks pulled their handgun, but they were talked down. It’s changing.”

Some of the meth users camp illegally in the forest. Others gather firewood. One of the individuals had an outstanding warrant worth approximately $50,000. The methamphetamine cases can bleed over into fish and game cases, according to Tribal Game Warden Pablo Espinoza. In one case, a man was put into Lake County Jail for drug charges and was cited for an additional game violation while in jail for wasting meat that was left for more than 30 days at a processor.

“I had more meth (cases) this year than all my previous years,” Federal Wildlife Officer Mike Koole said.

Three of the four felony cases Koole handled last year were all methamphetamine related.

“They may be doing meth or they might have meth in their possession,” Koole said. “We’ve had people actually smoking meth when we rolled up in Pablo (Wildlife Management Area). It’s just a little bit out of town, but close enough to town that you can just kind of hide back there a little bit. It’s everywhere. It’s just so much more prevalent now.”



CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State legislators’ decision this year to do nothing to reduce methamphetamine labs while no longer reimbursing landlords for meth cleanup costs could leave the state with hundreds of vacant and toxic properties, the president of the West Virginia Landlords Association said Tuesday.

“It doesn’t make sense to me that they’re going to allow meth labs to continue at the same rate — and we know they’re increasing every year — yet they’re going to pull money to innocent victims who unknowingly had someone make meth on their property,” said Jennifer McQuerrey Rhyne, who heads the statewide landlord group.

Last week, lawmakers rejected legislation (SB6) that aimed to reduce the number of meth labs by requiring a prescription for cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient. The Senate passed the bill, but the House killed the prescription-only measure.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate passed legislation (SB204) that stops the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund from distributing money to help property owners clean up meth labs.

If the governor signs the bill, the new law would take effect July 1.

Rhyne said landlords would be reluctant to report meth labs to police. Property owners who couldn’t afford to pay cleanup costs would face fines and condemnation proceedings.

“The victim of the crime [landlords] become the criminal,” Rhyne said. “If someone cooks meth in your house, and you don’t have the money to do the cleanup within 30 days, then you’re the criminal, then you’re not following the law.”

Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, who sponsored the bill that stops meth lab claims from draining the Victims Compensation Fund, said the Legislature would look for other ways to help property owners pay for meth lab cleanup expenses.

“She has a legitimate concern, and we definitely need to look at this,” Unger said. “But it shouldn’t be coming out of the crime victims fund.”

Lawmakers passed legislation in 2007 that allowed the crime victims fund to reimburse landlords for cleanup expenses. The following year, the fund paid out about $30,000 for meth cleaning costs.

But meth lab seizures spiked in subsequent years. The crime victims fund is on pace to pay out more than $1 million for meth cleanup claims during the current fiscal year.

“It was just gobbling up the fund,” Unger said. “That money was intended for crimes committed to a person, not their property. It’s money that should be going to the victims of violent crime.”

Rhyne, who also co-owns a company that cleans up meth labs, said such firms and property owners worry that the state might not reimburse pending claims — those already being processed — before the July deadline. The crime victims fund reimburses companies and landlords up to $10,000 for each meth lab cleanup.

“It would be crushing,” Rhyne said. “We’ve already done the work.”

Insurance companies in West Virginia don’t offer policies that cover meth lab remediation, she said.

Some property owners might raise rents and set aside the extra money for meth cleaning expenses, said Rhyne, who does background checks and credit checks on her tenants.

“As hard as we try to screen them, a bad tenant can get in there from time to time,” Rhyne said. “If one bad one gets in, that could be the end of the line for many landlords. They may not have the money to clean it up.”

And what’s next? A condemnation notice followed by a bulldozer, in some cases, she said.

“In Kanawha County, they can come and tear your house down,” Rhyne said.

West Virginia is the only state that reimburses property owners for meth cleanup costs through a crime victims fund.

In Virginia and Pennsylvania, convicted meth manufacturers are required to help landlords pay for cleanup costs. West Virginia doesn’t have a similar law.

Rhyne said the state could garnish wages from meth offenders, make them pay extra court costs, and take away their income tax refunds.

“They should make them pay some type of restitution to the property owner,” she said. “They’re the ones that caused the problem. They should be the ones to pay for the problem.”

Rhyne said state legislators had it backward during the session, which ended Saturday night.

They should have passed the Senate bill designed to eradicate meth labs and continued to reimburse property owners for cleanup expenses, she said.

In recent years, Mississippi and Oregon have passed laws that require a prescription for cold medications used to make meth. The number of meth labs dropped significantly in those states.

“Had they passed Senate Bill 6 [the prescription requirement], they could have left the crime victims fund alone, and the money they paid out would have been so reduced.

“The fact that these other states showed such a dramatic reduction in meth labs shows that it works. But here, the drug lobbyists came in and convinced our legislators otherwise.”

Also Tuesday, the Kanawha County Commission wrote a letter to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, asking him to put the pseudoephedrine prescription bill on the agenda for a possible legislative special session.

The bill died on the last night of the regular session because of “technical reasons,” according to the letter.

The House missed a deadline to file a proposed House-Senate agreement on the legislation late Saturday night.

Tomblin’s Advisory Council for Substance Abuse has recommended requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine as a way to reduce meth labs in West Virginia. But Tomblin was silent on the issue while lawmakers were in session.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The grandmother of a woman suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine called police after her granddaughter was arrested in St. Augustine Monday morning.

The 74-old-year grandmother of Amanda Paige Albert had allowed her to stay in her home since Feb. 28, according to a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Albert was arrested in St. Augustine Monday and charged with drug possession, drug equipment possession, drug production and methamphetamine possession after investigators allegedly found her inside a car suspected of being a mobile meth lab.

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Following Albert’s arrest, family members called her grandmother and urged her to check her home for drugs. The 74-year-old allegedly found suspicious items in the bedroom Albert was staying in and called police.

Patrol officers were called to the home in the 6700 block of Heidi Road in Arlington around 2 p.m., according to JSO Sgt. Padgett. During a search of the home police allegedly found pseudo-ephedrine pills, lithium strips in a clear liquid, salt and other unknown liquids consistent with meth lab ingredients, according to a police report from JSO. The home was immediately evacuated and a JSO team that deals with methamphetamine responded to the house to further assess the situation.

The specialized team removed the items found by patrol officers, along with glassware and other paraphernalia, the report detailed.

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No injuries were reported and the 74-year-old’s home was left secure by police.

Albert, 28, and two additional suspects, 37-year-old Scott Christopher Smith and Victor Vance Alden, 59, were arrested Monday morning in St. Augustine and are facing multiple drug related charges.





CROSSVILLE – An investigation involving methamphetamine being sent by mail that began in Indiana culminated Friday afternoon with the arrest of a Crossville man.White County Sheriff Doug Maier identified the man arrested as 30-year-old Luke Burnett.
The investigation began in Evansville, Ind., after U.S. Postal Service employees identified two suspicious packages at the distribution center.
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It was determined one of the packages was addressed to 1009 W. Main St. in Crossville, Burnett’s residence. Illinois State Police, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, White County Sheriff’s Office and Carmi Police Department joined in the investigation.
Ultimately, the package was delivered to the Crossville address by a police agent posing as a postal service employee. The transaction was conducted under the surveillance of law enforcement, which included a tactical response team from the state police.
Burnett allegedly signed for the package and was immediately taken into custody. He was booked at the City-County Jail pending the setting of bail on felony meth-related charges.
Maier said the package delivered to Burnett contained about 227 grams of methamphetamine.

Wellington Police have executed several new search warrants after the clan lab bust at an inner city apartment in the early hours of Friday 7 March 2014. After the scene was examined by ESR scientists and the Police clan lab team, investigators executed another three search warrants at inner city addresses and seized and searched four vehicles.

These searches have resulted in more than a million dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine being seized along with $30,000 cash.

Three men and a woman have been charged with methamphetamine-related offences. Two will next appear in the Wellington District Court today, 12 March 2014, with one facing a further methamphetamine-related charge. The other two will appear in the Wellington District Court on 28 March 2014.

Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson says “These arrests are another blow to the methamphetamine supply chain in Wellington and is a continuation of our operations off the back of a two million dollar methamphetamine seizure in December 2013.”

“The public continues to be our eyes and ears and this discovery shows that it can happen anywhere. Information from the public ensures that the unlawful activity of such groups is brought to a stop. The community impact of methamphetamine continues to be a cause misery which preys on the vulnerable.”

The investigation team continue to gather evidence of this group’s offending which is now before the Courts.



A 2-year-old boy was high on methamphetamine Friday after his father brought him to a “dope house” where a resident was smoking the drug, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The father, Joseph Michael Ray, 22, of St. Paul, was charged with child endangerment.


According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court:

Police were called Friday to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, where medics had taken him. Ray told police that the toddler had fallen asleep about 12:30 that morning and that Ray had slept next to him. Ray’s father woke him up at one point, asking where the boy was.

They pulled off his covers and found him “in a deep, deep sleep like he was drugged up,” Ray told police. The two shook him to wake him up.

Hospital staff said the boy was lethargic and unresponsive. He appeared pale and dehydrated, with chapped lips. “As officers spoke to Ray, (the boy) stared at police and didn’t speak.”

Ray said that the boy’s mother had abandoned them about five weeks earlier and that he and his son had been living at Ray’s grandmother’s house.

Police asked if it was possible that the boy had ingested something. Ray “eventually admitted” that he had taken the toddler to a house across the street from the grandmother’s residence in the 600 block of East Jessamine Street about two days earlier.

“Ray said one of the residents was smoking methamphetamine and he acknowledged that they shouldn’t have been there,” the complaint said.

After that, Ray said, a friend’s mother told him the boy looked “kinda sick” and suggested Ray give him a teaspoon of “liquid cherry Tylenol gel or something.”

Later that day, the boy looked even worse. He got “really sunk-eyed,” Ray told police.

Doctors determined that the boy was severely dehydrated. He tested positive for amphetamine.

Ray also was charged with violating a domestic abuse no-contact order; with him at the hospital was his girlfriend, whom he had made terroristic threats against in November. He had been given a suspended sentence for that crime Feb. 7.

Ray was being held Tuesday at the Ramsey County Jail.



Three people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after the Lebanon Police Department discovered its fifth methamphetamine lab so far this year.

Candas Boatwright, 32, of La Vergne, and Jarrod Griffith, 34, of Gallatin, are charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and manufacturing methamphetamine after police responded to a complaint of an odor coming from a room at the Travel Inn, 914 Murfreesboro Road.

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The arrest is Boatwright’s third meth-related charge in Lebanon in about six months. Griffith was also cited for failure to appear in court on an unrelated charge.

Nick Roath, 41, of Lebanon, also was charged with drug possession. The room where Boatwright and Griffith were staying was registered to Roath. He was staying in a different room registered in his name.

According to the state’s methamphetamine task force, there were 18 meth labs found in Lebanon and Wilson County in 2013.

All three suspects were booked into the Wilson County Jail. Boatwright’s total bail was set at $25,000, Griffith’s at $22,000 and Roath’s at $2,750.


ELIZABETHTON — Carter County deputies said a father and son were arrested  Monday evening when they were caught red-handed manufacturing  methamphetamine.

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Gary Scott Carr Sr., 54, who was described as homeless,  and his son, Gary Scott Carr Jr., 25, Maiden, N.C., were each charged with  initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of  methamphetamine and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Carr Sr. was also  charged with theft under $500 and criminal trespassing.

Deputies said  they made the meth lab discovery while they were on a routine trip to 203  Laurels Road, Johnson City to serve outstanding arrest warrants on the resident,  April Cassandra Fields, 24.


PHARR, TX  — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr, Anzalduas and Rio Grande City International Bridges seized $6,452,000 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in four separate, unrelated incidents and arrested four persons in connection with these failed smuggling attempts.


“This was a busy and productive weekend for our frontline officers in the Rio Grande Valley area,” said (a) Director of Field Operations, Noel Sanchez. “These interceptions of hard narcotics at distinct international bridges reinforce the trend of drug smuggling organizations to continue their pursuit of attempting to cross these illicit drugs utilizing various concealment methods.”

The incident at the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge occurred on Saturday morning, March 8 after CBP officers came in contact with a white 2001 Volkswagen Beetle. The driver, a 20-year-old male United States citizen from Washington state presented his U.S. passport and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In the process of inspecting the Beetle, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the vehicle and ultimately six packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 6.63 kilograms (14.62 lbs.) were removed. CBP-OFO seized the cocaine which carries an estimated street value of $468,000.

The second incident occurred the same morning but at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a blue 2007 Honda CRV driven by a 43-year-old male Mexican citizen from San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After presenting his Mexican border crossing card, the driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for a more thorough inspection. During the secondary examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Honda’s seats. CBP-OFO removed and seized 18 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 29.54 kilograms (65.12 lbs.), nine packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 10.20 kilograms (22.50 lbs.) and five packages of alleged heroin weighing approximately 4.80 kilograms (10.58 lbs.). The estimated street value for the methamphetamine is $2,084,000; $1,058,000 for the heroin and $720,000 for the cocaine.

The third seizure occurred later, also on Saturday after CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 34-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico driving a grey 2011 Chevrolet Cruz. The driver presented his Mexican border crossing card and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 26 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the Chevy. CBP-OFO seized the cocaine which weighed approximately 29.5 kilograms (65.04 lbs.) and carries an estimated street value of $2,082,000.

The last incident occurred on Sunday evening, March 9 also at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge. CBP officers came in contact with a 27-year-old male United States citizen from Pharr, Texas driving a silver 2014 Ford Taurus and after presenting his U.S. passport, was referred to secondary for continued inspection. CBP officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the traveler’s luggage and subsequently removed and seized three packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 569.1 grams (1.25 lbs.). The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $40,000.

CBP-OFO seized all of the vehicles involved in the failed smuggling attempts and also arrested all four associated travelers who were then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.


Calexico, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico ports of entry over the weekend foiled two separate alleged smuggling attempts after discovering approximately $31,000 worth of marijuana, and about $180,000 worth of methamphetamine stashed in two SUVs.

The first incident occurred at about 3:00 p.m. on Friday, when CBP officers referred a 48-year-old male Mexican citizen for further inspection after he arrived at the Calexico downtown port driving a 2003 Buick Rendezvous.

A CBP canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the undercarriage, leading officers to the discovery of 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed inside a hidden compartment built into the rocker panels.

Officers removed a total weight of about 28 pounds of methamphetamine from the vehicle.

The driver, a lawful permanent resident and resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.

The second incident occurred on Sunday, Mar. 9, at about 1:00 p.m., when CBP officers at the Calexico East port of entry encountered a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban.  The vehicle and driver were referred for further review.

During an intensive inspection, a CBP detector dog alerted to the rear section of the vehicle’s interior.  Officers continued searching the vehicle and subsequently discovered 31 wrapped packages containing about 69 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the gas tank.

The driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of HSI agents for further processing.

CBP placed an immigration hold on both suspects to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of their criminal proceedings.

CBP seized the vehicles and narcotics.



A North Liberty man is facing a serious felony drug charge after officers allegedly discovered him in the process of making methamphetamine at his residence during a probation check in December.

Christopher P. Ellis

According to a North Liberty Police Department criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Golfview Court on Dec. 12, 2013, to assist federal officers in a parole check of 45-year-old Christopher P. Ellis. Officers were conducting a routine check on Ellis when they located methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

A search warrant was executed at the residence and officers located tubing, pseudoephedrine, a digital scale, packaging material, acetone, glass Pyrex with meth residue on it, and individually packaged bags of about 8 grams of meth, according to the complaint. Police say that after the arrest, Ellis admitted to frequently making and selling meth.

Ellis has been charged with a controlled substance violation, possessing more than 5 grams of meth with intent to distribute, a Class B felony. Class B felonies in Iowa carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Ellis was booked into the Johnson County Jail at 2:57 p.m. Monday, according to online jail records. His bond has been set at $10,000 for the controlled substance charge.



JACKSON, MI – A mobile methamphetamine lab was found inside a car reported stolen Monday, March 11.

Jackson County Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl said the driver of the vehicle, a 35-year-old Jackson man, was arrested and lodged on a charge of maintaining and operating a methamphetamine lab. A passenger, a 31-year-old Jackson man, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Deputies located the vehicle about 7:20 p.m. Monday on Lansing Avenue near Van Horn Road after the owner reported it had not been returned.

During the stop, a deputy noticed a one-pot methamphetamine lab, which is typically a plastic bottle where the chemicals are mixed inside, Kuhl said.

“It creates a hazardous situation for the deputies responding. They have a dangerous, combustible lab within feet of them,” Kuhl said.

The Jackson Narcotic Enforcement Team was called in to properly dispose of the one-pot lab and collect evidence.

The case is being investigated by Jackson Narcotic Enforcement Team.



ANAMOSA (KWWL) - A basement meth lab in a rented home was the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Anamosa on Friday.

Anamosa Police and Anamosa Fire were called to a house fire at 406 N. Sales St. in Anamosa at 10:22 p.m. Friday.

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Occupants of the home escaped the fire uninjured. The house was a total loss.

Firefighters found remnants of materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in the basement of the house, according to the Anamosa Police Department.

The home was owned by Herb and Deb Carson of Anamosa. It was being rented to Ricky Finneman, Debra Pazour, Daniel Finneman and Joshua Finneman, according to police.

A fifth resident of the home — an acquaintance of the family’s — had been staying in the basement of the residence for the past three months, where the meth lab materials were found. That person was not named by police.

The investigation continues and criminal charges are pending results of Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation lab analysis.

Assisting at the fire were the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Anamosa Ambulance, Monticello Fire, the Iowa State Fire Marshall, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Jones County Emergency Management and the Red Cross.



Authorities in Mexico say they have killed Nazario Moreno, leader of a notorious, if not peculiar drug cartel for the second time.

That’s right, the second time.


Moreno, head of the Knights Templar methamphetamine operation, was reportedly killed by police in a shootout back in 2010. But his body was never recovered following the incident.

Residents of the Michoacan state, which has been plagued by the Knights Templar, have said for the past few years that Moreno was still alive. Some even claimed to have seen him in person. The rumors of his survival fueled a perception of him as a mythical, legendary figure.

Mexican officials now admit that Moreno wasn’t killed four years ago. But they insist he is dead now, following another police raid, this time in Naranjo de Chila.

The operation last Sunday was carried out by the Mexican navy, and an undisclosed number of other people were killed or wounded. Government officials had been under increasing pressure to track down Moreno by citizen militias that have recently taken the law into their own hands against the cartels.

Mexico’s attorney general promises that thorough tests will be conducted to confirm that the body allegedly to be Moreno’s will be identified as such. However, authorities did not hesitate to characterize the killing as a major success in the government’s war against the cartels—“the most important blow to the criminal group that he headed.”

The dead-again tale is not the only peculiar part of this story.

A spinoff of the La Familia cartel, the Knights Templar is itself unique, as drug-fueled mafias go. Members distinguish themselves by wearing white cloaks emblazoned with red crosses, similar to Christian knights during the Crusades, and consider themselves holy warriors despite their peddling meth to drug addicts. They also worship the writings of Moreno, who considered himself something of a religious figure.