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BULLHEAD CITY — Felony complaints were filed Friday in Bullhead City Municipal Court against and Tania Grogan, both of whom were arrested Wednesday and are in custody in the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

The criminal complaint against Grogan alleges she conspired to sell methamphetamine — a Class 2 felony — between Oct. 1 and 15; that she sold methamphetamine from the vicinity of an address on Lakeside Drive on Oct. 13, also a Class 2 felony; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 6 felony, on Oct. 15.5443780f1452b_image

The charges against Folster include one count of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, a Class 2 felony, between Oct. 1 and 15; five Class 2 felony counts of the sale of methamphetamine — three in the vicinity of an unnamed Lakeside Drive address plus one on Highway 95 and another on Hancock Drive — all between Oct. 1 and 15; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 6 felony, on Oct. 15, also in the vicinity of an unnamed address on Lakeside Drive.

As of Friday, Folster, 28, was not charged in his alleged attempts to elude capture for about two hours Wednesday evening.

Grogan, 29, is the mother of Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella, who went missing from the family home on Lakeside Drive on Sept. 2 and whose partially clothed body was found the next day a half-mile from there. Folster has been named as the child’s stepfather. Court records indicate Grogan and Folster were married a little more than three months ago.

Justin Rector, a family friend who was temporarily staying at the residence on Lakeside Drive, is being held without bond and faces first-degree murder and kidnapping charges in the 8-year-old’s death. Authorities have said Rector admitted to them that he spent the hours before Grogan-Cannella’s disappearance smoking methamphetamine in an upstairs bedroom.

The Bullhead City Police Department descended upon the home of Grogan and Folster late Wednesday afternoon with warrants in hand. Subsequently, police arrested Niki Fox, 21, Folster’s girlfriend, on charges that she made bogus 911 calls in an attempt to divert police from the duplex on Lakeside Drive to give Folster a chance to escape.

Also arrested was Jaime Medrano, a next door neighbor, who allegedly gave refuge to Folster during Wednesday’s standoff with police.

Freddie Lynn Nicholson, 59, Folster’s mother, was also arrested Wednesday on drug charges, after police said they discovered drug paraphernalia in her room on Sept. 4. She also is facing charges of assisting Grogan in the sale of the drugs.

Folster’s troubles are not restricted to the Arizona side of the river. At the time of his arrest Wednesday evening, he was wanted on an active warrant out of Clark County relating to a grand larceny auto charge.

Grogan was arrested in Clark County in February 2014 on charges of possessing a dangerous drug without a prescription. The charge was amended in the Laughlin Justice Court on June 19 to possession of a drug not to be introduced into interstate commerce. Grogan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to low level drug counseling and 25 hours of community service. A 30-day jail sentence was suspended.

In addition to the drug charges, Grogan is being investigated for leaving her children in a dangerous environment and for supplying methamphetamine to Rector.

Bond has been set at $250,000 each for Grogan and Folster; they’re both due back in Bullhead City Justice Court on Oct. 24.

 

 

 

 

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SOUTHERN UTAH – A traffic stop on I-15 resulted in arrests for a pair of travelers who were allegedly transporting illegal or unlawfully obtained items that included identification documents and credit cards as well as nine pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $200,000.

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A Utah Highway Patrol officer observed a vehicle traveling northbound on I-15 near milepost 45 Wednesday with a broken brake light and numerous items hanging from and obstructing the driver’s view of the rearview mirror.

According to a statement of probable cause from the Fifth District Court in Iron County, when the officer pulled over the vehicle and approached, the driver, “was abnormally nervous, and was shaking.” The officer stated the driver would not maintain eye contact and avoided looking at the officer while talking.

The driver, identified as Shauna Ashely Ray, provided an Arizona driver’s license that was suspended. The passenger, identified as Aracelie Ausuzena Quintero-Rienhardt, and the driver gave the officer conflicting information regarding their travel plans and relationship. Both women’s addresses are listed to be in Tuscon, Arizona.

The officer obtained consent to search the vehicle, the document states, and then located numerous checks, credit cards, social security cards and state issued IDs that belonged to people not present in the vehicle. Drug paraphernalia was also found.

The pair were arrested and the vehicle transported to a Utah Highway Patrol station, where police assisted by a K9 unit located about 9 pounds of methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $200,000. Additional paraphernalia and heroin were also found.

The pair were booked on the charges detailed below.

Quintero-Rienhardt faces one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute as second-degree felony, one count of possession of methamphetamine as a third-degree felony, one count of possession of heroin as a third-degree felony, possession of drug paraphernalia as a class B misdemeanor, possession of stolen credit cards as a third-degree felony and five counts of identity fraud as third-degree felonies.

Ray faces one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute as a second-degree felony, one count of possession of methamphetamine as a third-degree felony, one count of possession of heroin as a third-degree felony, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia as a class B misdemeanor, one count of possession of stolen credit cards as a third-degree felony, five counts of identity fraud as a third-degree felony, driving on a suspended license as a class C misdemeanor and additional charges relating to deficient equipment on the vehicle she was driving.

 

 

 

 

 

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When Zachary arrived at a hookup’s house he was taken aback by the luxury of it all – complete with a bird sanctuary, koi pond, square pool, hot tub, waterfalls, and a covered porch with couches.

“It reminded me of a resort,” the 20-year-old said. “It was beautiful, very well decorated. These people had a lot of money. The landscaping was immaculate.”

But it was the bird sanctuary that he remembers best. “It was something you’d see at the zoo. It was a big cage, you could fit a car inside of it.

But this was anything but a resort. Or a typical hook up. It was a sex and meth party.

After a guy on Grindr offered Zachary and his friend free drugs, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend. Zachary, a recovering drug addict, had recently relapsed on crack and wanted to get high.

But he wasn’t expecting a full-fledged group event when he showed up to the house in downtown West Palm Beach.

“I didn’t know till I showed up. I could tell it was definitely a regular thing like once or twice a month,” he said. “There was like this extravagance to it. It was very classy. They had coolers, drinks and Gatorades, a snack bar. It was a well organized event.”

And of course there was sex, a whole lot of sex – unprotected.

“It was all unsafe sex. I didn’t care because I was high. But I prefer bareback sex anyway,” he said. “In the two days that I was there, 75 or 80 percent of the time we were having sex.”

A few weeks later though Zachary did care when he worried that he might be positive himself. He wasn’t.

Crystal meth usage is back on the rise in the gay community and local efforts like ‘No More Meth’ are coming together to tackle the problem.

The Meth Comeback

Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence of methamphetamine use in the gay community; some have even called it an epidemic.

“The number of arrests involving crystal meth has doubled so far this year over 2013 in Fort Lauderdale,” said Michael Kasten, a committee chairperson on the No More Meth Task Force. “If you look at the actual arrests by sector they are in the gay neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale.”

That’s why Mark Ketcham, executive director of SunServe in South Florida, was so eager to host and help fund the ‘No More Meth’ program.

“I asked at one of our events for someone to match the $5,000 grant the ‘No More Meth’ program received from another organization,” he said. “We matched it in four minutes. I will do anything I can to alleviate this problem.”

Ketcham though admitted that while meth use is a huge problem, he also understands why there are so few programs targeting the issue.

“It’s such a tough problem. There’s such a high rate of recidivism; you don’t get much success,” Ketcham said. “If you know you’re not going to win, it’s hard to take it on, but we have to start somewhere. We have to start addressing the whys. It’s an uphill battle, this damn thing. It’s just very frustrating.”

David Fawcett is the chairman of ‘No More Meth’ and a psychotherapist with a practice in Wilton Manors. He’s been active in the gay men’s health movement and is currently working on a book on gay men, meth and sexual recovery.

“Two years ago I really saw an uptick in my private practice with gay men struggling with meth addiction,” he said.

Fawcett explained that after the federal government banned pseudoephedrine from store shelves in 2006, there was a drop-off in usage among gay men. Pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient in over the counter cold medicines such as Sudafed. It’s also the main ingredient used to make crystal meth.

“But there were unintended consequences,” Fawcett said. “Since there was a gap in supplies, Mexican drug cartels stepped up their production of industrial strength meth, so really the government regulation only put the mom-and-pop labs out of business.”

For illegal drug suppliers in Mexico meth is a big lure, because unlike cocaine and heroin that depend on the coca and poppy plants, meth can be made anywhere.

“Producing big quantities in America has become harder, as the authorities have cracked down on bulk purchases of the ingredients. So production is shifting to big and highly efficient labs in Mexico,” according to an article from 2012 in the Economist. “The cheap and potent meth they supply now provides some three quarters of the drug consumed in America. Seizures at the border rose from 1.3 tons in 2001 to 4.5 tons by the end of the decade.”

Fawcett said the meth coming out of Mexico is much more dangerous because of its potency.

“According to the Broward County Drug Task Force 22 kilos of crystal meth has been confiscated in 2014,” Kasten said. “Most of which came from Wilton Manors. That’s a street value of $5 million. That’s just this year. We’re in deep shit.”

But why is meth specifically attractive to gay men? Fawcett has a theory.

“There’s something called cognitive escapism; it’s the numbing out of uncomfortable feelings,” Fawcett said. “Meth comes along and neutralizes a lot of feelings and energizes these people. Initially meth makes them feel attractive, makes them not care what other people think.”

Slamming On The Rise

Ryan Pyles will never forget the time he shot up meth and 20 minutes later his face started drooping, he began to slur his speech, and began to experience other classic symptoms of a stroke.

“I just thought I had done too much so I still continued to use afterwards,” the 26-year-old said. “It really was a pretty serious side effect. It was scary.”

But not scary enough to keep him away from meth.

He first tried the drug in college and didn’t like it. Three years later he was re-introduced to meth and within a month he was slamming the drug. Nine months later, he was in rehab.

As a medic Pyles never had a problem with injecting meth. Needles didn’t scare him. In the crystal meth world shooting up is known as ‘slamming.’

“When injecting, it’s much more intense and had a much more sexual charge to it for me,” Pyles said. “I started off by smoking it and then quickly started [shooting up]. The difference in smoking and injecting is almost like two separate drugs for me.”

Fawcett has also seen an uptick in slamming.

“That used to be a last resort,” he said. “Now it’s much more common to start by injecting. It’s really scary, and there is much more risk of an overdose.”

Combine slamming with the new potent meth coming out of Mexico and it’s a far more dangerous situation than years ago, Fawcett warned.

Pyles is currently serving a 42-month sentence in prison for drug conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute. He hopes that with good behavior he’ll be released early and be in a halfway house by March of 2015, where he will have to spend at least 6 months. SFGN interviewed him via email while he was in prison.

Todd Connaughty, director of clinical services at the Pride Institute in Minnesota, said he’s also seen an increase in the number of gay men slamming.

“After injecting it, there’s like an explosion in your brain,” he said. “The high is more intense. It lasts longer and brain chemistry reacts differently. There’s an even bigger release of dopamine and serotonin using IV.”

Connaughty said the ritual of slamming can also become addictive, “some clients inject each other, so there’s this sense of intimacy injecting someone and a sense of connectedness.”

Pyles can relate to the ritual.

“When I first started using meth IV, I was very into the ritual of preparing and injecting,” he said. “It was more so because I was very obsessed about the cleanliness and sterility of everything.”

The Culture of ‘Party and Play’

What makes crystal meth even more attractive to gay men is that the drug goes hand-in-hand with sex.

“When I was reintroduced to meth I was introduced to the sexual aspect of it as well. I was hooked from that point and began using regularly,” Pyles said. “I have always been a very sexual person and meth, particularly using it IV, made me get into this very animalistic insatiable mode.”

Fawcett agreed.

“It’s a very sexual drug,” he said. “You’ll have men masturbate for 30 hours until their bodies are just exhausted. They can’t satiate their sexual desire.”

Connaughty knows better than most about the difficulty of dealing with both addictions at the same time. Five years ago, he helped implement a sexual health program at the Pride Institute, an LGBT only treatment center in Minnesota.

“It specifically focuses on gay men with crystal meth addiction and sexual compulsory issues,” Connaughty said.

Connaughty said it’s important to address both issues together and agrees that meth usage among gay men is back on the rise.

“The two issues are intertwined and hard to separate,” Connaughty said. “We have to look at the underlying issues. The validation they get. The sense of intimacy. The increased confidence. And then look at how to create that without the use of methamphetamines and sexual activity.”

Local recovering meth addict Kevin Strouf, 52, said he understands all too well how meth is tied to sex. He first started using meth at circuit parties, which later led to sex parties.

“Nowadays people are being introduced to it through sex parties because circuit parties aren’t as popular anymore,” he said.

Once he got clean he made the decision to stay celibate for the first two years of his recovery.

“I got off all of the websites, apps, and stayed away from the Internet,” Strouf said. “I was just as addicted to those websites and hooking up. I had to deal with both [addictions] at the same time.”

Connaughty said that most of addicts that come through Pride these days are addicted to meth.

As a single gay man Michael Kasten can’t stand being constantly hit up online to “party and play.”

“I don’t go to the bars. And online I am besieged with offers of PNP despite my profiles that say no drugs – no PNP,” he said. “I’m disgusted. I see this as an epidemic. It’s destroying the community.”

A lot of meth addicts combine their meth use with other drugs such as Viagra and ecstasy. Connaughty said recently he’s also been seeing the rise of “speedballs” which were traditionally a mixture of cocaine and heroin, but meth users are mixing meth and heroin to create a new type of “speedball.”

Another common drug that is used in conjunction with meth is GHB.

“GHB is a sedative and goes hand in hand with meth. First you get a blast of high from the meth and then the GHB evens you out,” Connaughty said. “Unfortunately with GHB it’s very easy to pass out and bad things can happen.”

HIV and Meth

As if sex and meth combined weren’t enough, HIV infections are much more common in meth users. Not only does unsafe sex pose a risk, but sharing needles does as well.

“The other thing about meth is that it turns off one’s frontal cortex which creates a lack of impulse control which leads to all kinds of risky sexual behavior, and that’s why there is such a high rate of HIV infection among meth users,” Fawcett said.

The risk of HIV is one of the many reasons Mark Ketcham supports the ‘No More Meth’ program.

Meth use is a huge factor in the transmission of HIV. When you’re high on meth the last thing you’re going to think about is safer sex,” Ketcham said.

A rise in HIV infections among meth users is yet another disturbing trend Connaughty is also seeing.

“Within the gay population of 18 to 24 year olds we are seeing an increase of HIV,” he said. “There’s an increase of sexual activity and it exposes them to unsafe sexual practices.”

Pyles is one of those meth addicts living with HIV.

“I was definitely more promiscuous and having more unprotected sex,” he said. “But it could have also been from an accidental use of a dirty needle.”

For Zachary, the guy from the beginning of the story, HIV was the least of his concerns while he was getting high.

“One uncomfortable moment was when the kid I was with asked if everyone was clean [HV negative]. He even asked to see proof. That was really embarrassing. The owner said he was undetectable since 1995,” he said. “I know that HIV is very prevalent in the meth and group sex community so I had assumed everybody there was HIV positive anyway, so I didn’t need to ask. I was embarrassed because these people were giving us free drugs and he was putting stipulations on it.”

No More Meth

The resurgence of meth, combined with its increased dangers, prompted Fawcett to re-involve himself in combating meth addiction here in South Florida.

The program, ‘No More Meth,’ though isn’t really a new group; it’s a re-imagination of several other groups Fawcett has belonged to over the last the 12 years. First, he was the chair of the ‘South Florida Meth Task Force,’ then he formed ‘Meth and Men’ in 2006. By 2008, as meth-use dropped, the program died. In 2013, he re-launched ‘Meth and Men’ which recently became the ‘No More Meth Task Force.’

“We wanted to freshen it up and bring new people to the table,” he said.

Kasten, a committee chair, got involved because he’s seen the effects of meth first hand.

“I’ve had two friends that I watched from beginning of their use to their demise. These two individuals were from different facets of life – one was an attorney, a millionaire, and he lost everything,” he said. “The other person I dated. I found out he was using meth and I did an intervention. I’ve watched him relapse and go in and out of recovery.”

No More Meth’s first community event is Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The town hall meeting will feature a former meth user, David Fawcett, Jim Hall an epidemiologist and Howard Finklelstein, the Broward County Public Defender, and a recovering addict himself.

Visit NoMoreMeth.org for more information.

Kasten said that local law enforcement officers have also pledged to show up to the event.

“I have spoken directly to officers at the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale Police Department and Wilton Manors Police Department,” he said. “All of them are extremely concerned about the crystal meth problem here in South Florida.”

No More Meth also has a weekly group “Let’s Talk Meth” that meets every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fusion in Wilton Manors.

Getting Help

Kevin Strouf will never forget his last day using. He was in Orlando looking for more drugs when new dealer stole his money and he had to borrow $30 to buy a Greyhound bus ticket back to South Florida.

He was in a rush to get back to South Florida in order to be able to show up for his court appearance the next day to face drug related charges.

“It was the most horrendous trip,” Strouf said. “I just remember thinking, ‘What the fuck has my life come to? I have nothing.’ I started crying.”

Later that morning his attorney explained to him his choices: either go to drug court and adhere to its rules or don’t, and probably get two to four years of probation.

“I call it my one moment of clarity. I was totally desperate,” Strouf said. “I knew I needed help, and I thought that maybe this was God’s way of helping me. And so I chose the drug court program.”

That week he went to his first 12-step meeting at a LGBT recovery clubhouse in Fort Lauderdale. As he was leaving he saw a poster for a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God. There’s an actual program for this,'” he recalls thinking. It was at that moment that he knew he had found a new home.

There’s been a tremendous growth in Crystal Meth Anonymous over the past five years, especially in South Florida.

“When I first started going to CMA there were maybe 10 to 15 people at a meeting,” he said. “Now there’s up to 100 people a night on the weekends.”

Meanwhile across the country in San Francisco some are pushing harm reduction based therapies as an alternate method of treatment. That’s how Tweaker.org, an informational website providing support and resources about crystal meth use, came about.

“This was designed by and for gay men who use meth,” said Mike Discepola, director of the Stonewall Project, which oversees Tweaker.org. “We want to help people understand how meth impacts brain and body. Help them to choose to reduce the harm of the drug. For instance, reduce their amount of using. Or move from injecting to snorting ,or another less harmful method.”

Discepola said the basic premise behind harm reduction is having participants take any positive step toward reducing harm in their life. He said harm reduction therapy is for the many people not yet ready for abstinence.

“One size does not fit all,” Discepola said, explaining that harm reduction based programs are more individual oriented. “You decide what your goals are. The truth of the matter is not everyone is prepared to stop every substance. We help people at the place where they are. We don’t demonize drugs and alcohol. We encourage people to make positive choices in their life.”

Discepola points to needle distribution programs as good examples of successful harm reduction based programs.

“It reduces the transmission of HIV and other infections,” he said.

Currently there is no medication to treat meth addiction but that may change if the clinical trials of Ibudilast, a drug that is used to treat asthma and post-stroke complications, works on its human patients. The results of that trial are expected to be released in 2015.

Jimmy Palmieri is has made it his personal mission to help meth addicts get clean and into recovery. He launched the Tweakers Project eight years ago, which now includes a movie, “Tweakers,” an anti-meth ad campaign, and a Facebook group that now boasts more than 3,000 members. So far through the project he’s been able to place more than 75 people into rehab for free.

Palmieri once dated a meth addict for eight years and understands the impact addiction can have, not only on the individual, but the loved ones as well.

“This was a very good man doing very bad things to himself,” Palmieri said. “It was so painful to watch. It clicked in my head that maybe I could be somewhat of a voice someone would pay attention to. I am just grateful it has worked out the way that it has.”

Strouf is grateful today as well. Almost five years later he’s still clean, still attends meetings and has never been happier. For him it was the police that gave him the best present ever.

“It was a gift from God for me to get arrested,” he said.

*Zachary did not want his last name revealed.

The History of Meth

From amphetamine to methamphetamine to crystal meth and beyond

Amphetamine was first made in 1887 in Germany and methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was developed in Japan in 1919. The crystalline powder was soluble in water, making it a perfect candidate for injection.

Methamphetamine went into wide use during World War II, when both sides used it to keep troops awake. High doses were given to Japanese Kamikaze pilots before their suicide missions. And after the war, methamphetamine abuse by injection reached epidemic proportions when supplies stored for military use became available to the Japanese public.

In the 1950s, methamphetamine was prescribed as a diet aid and to fight depression. Easily available, it was used as a nonmedical stimulant by college students, truck drivers and athletes, and abuse of the drug spread.

This pattern changed markedly in the 1960s with the increased availability of injectable methamphetamine, worsening the abuse.

Then, in 1970, the US government made it illegal for most uses. After that, American motorcycle gangs controlled most of the production and distribution of the drug. Most users at the time lived in rural communities and could not afford the more expensive cocaine.

  • 1887: Amphetamines are first synthesized.
  • 1919:Meth is developed by a pharmacologist in Japan. The drug alleviates fatigue and produces feelings of alertness and well-being.
  • 1930s: Doctors begin using amphetamines in the U.S. to treat asthma and narcolepsy.
  • 1932:The amphetamine Benzedrine is introduced as an over-the-counter bronchial dilator for the treatment of nasal and bronchial congestion associated with colds.
  • World War II: Meth and amphetamine are given to Allied bomber pilots to sustain them on long flights. The experiment fails though because soldiers become irritable and can’t channel their aggression. Amphetamines were mostly used by soldiers to fight off fatigue and enhance performance.
  • 1945-1950s:Post-war Japan experiences the first meth epidemic. It spreads to Guam, the U.S. Marshall Islands and to the U.S. West Coast.
  • 1950s: Still marketed to treat obesity, narcolepsy and sinus inflammation, “pep pills” or “bennies” are sold for non-medical purposes. Some truckers, homemakers, college students and athletes pop pills to stay awake or keep active.
  • 1960s: Doctors in San Francisco drug clinics prescribe injections of meth to treat heroin addiction.
  • 1970: Meth, or speed, is regulated in the Controlled Substances Act and a public education campaign is mounted.
  • 1980s: Drug treatment counselors see increased abuse among men who have sex with men. Mexican drug manufacturers begin exporting meth to the U.S. Crystal meth, a smokable form of meth, is created and is twice as potent as regular meth.
  • 1990s: New ways to cook meth appear. Some new versions are four to six times stronger. Meth use begins and grows in the rural Midwest. Rural locations become ideal for cooking of meth because of geographic isolation and the available supply of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and anhydrous ammonia.
  • 1993: Legislation is passed in 1993 that will require ephedrine pill sellers to register with the DEA, keep sales records, and report suspicious customers. The bill does not cover sellers of pseudoephedrine pills.
  • 1996: Congress passes the Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act, which regulates mail order and chemical companies selling precursor chemicals. For example, people who buy large quantities of red phosphorous, iodine and hydrochloric gas must show they will use them for legitimate purposes. Law enforcement agents are allowed to track large mail order purchases of pseudoephedrine, another precursor chemical.
  • 2004: Oklahoma becomes the first state to pass a law placing limits on sales of pseudoephedrine to pharmacies and requiring retailers to sell pseudoephedrine products from behind the counter and ask purchasers to show I.D. and sign a register.
  • 2006: The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 is passed. It regulates over-the-counter sales ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine because of their use in the making of meth. Also in 2006 the U.N. World Drug Report calls meth the most abused hard drug on earth, and the world’s 26 million meth addicts equals the combined number for cocaine and heroin users. America has 1.4 million users, while globally the highest concentration of addicts is in East and Southeast Asia.
  • 2009: The Mexican government recognizes there is a huge oversupply of pseudoephedrine coming into the country, and most of it is being diverted to the U.S meth trade. They decide to ban importation all together. With the Mexican cartels unable to get their hands on pseudoephedrine, the potency of the meth being smuggled into the U.S. plunges.
  • 2010: Mississippi becomes the second state after Oregon to make pseudoephedrine products prescription only. Within a few months after enforcing the law, officials see a sharp drop in meth lab seizures and meth-related crime.

 

 

 

 

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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies responded to the 8900 block of Old US 60 East near the boat ramp in Spottsville to a One Step Meth Lab after a property owner spotted a white male subject wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and a ball cap acting suspicious and lying down in a wooded area near the roadway. Police say when the subject was confronted he fled the area.

Detectives found glassware and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine including one container that was in the cooking process. The area was neutralized and the items were packaged for destruction.

Authorities are requesting help from the public if anyone saw a young white male matching that description in the area, you are asked to call the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hospitals and drug clinics are bracing themselves for more patients presenting with psychosis and cardiovascular problems after a significant increase in use of the drug “ice“.

The number of injecting drug users who used ice in the last six months has increased from 55 per cent to 61 per cent in the last year, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s annual survey released on Monday.Article%20Lead%20-%20wide625099851149xpimage_related_articleLeadwide_729x410_117t0h_png1413731507066_jpg-620x349

Overall, methamphetamine use remained stable, but there was a shift from snorting it as “speed” to smoking or injecting in its crystal form, as ice.

Chief investigator Lucy Burns, of the University of NSW, said the figures were concerning because ice was more addictive than other forms of methamphetamine and its use was associated with psychosis and violence.

“Heroin remains the drug of choice for people who inject drugs but ice is pretty up there too,” Dr Burns said. “There’s been a move to the crystal use of methamphetamine and of course that’s the stronger form.”

Injecting the drug also exposed people to a greater risk of blood-borne viruses.

The proportion of injecting drug users who used ice remained stable at 74 per cent in NSW, but it leapt from 55 per cent to 75 per cent in Victoria and also rose to 72 per cent in the ACT.

Use of the drug ice is growing faster among injecting drug users in Victoria than in any other part of Australia.

Dr Burns said the increase was significant.

“Ice is metabolized by the body more quickly than other forms of methamphetamine, is more addictive and its use is associated with drug-induced psychosis, violence and erratic behavior,” she said. “Injecting ice also puts people at a number of other major risks, including acquiring septicemia, Hepatitis C and HIV.”

NSW injectors were using ice more than once a week, while in Victoria they were using it fortnightly and in the ACT they were taking it twice a week.

Among recreational drug users, the use of ice was statistically stable, with about one in five people reporting that they used the drug regularly nationally, although it was as high as one in three in Victoria.

They were more likely to take methamphetamine in powder form.

The clinical director of the drug and alcohol service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Nadine Ezard, said the number of people presenting at Sydney emergency departments for methamphetamine-related problems had more than tripled in the last five years.

“They’re using stronger forms and more often, therefore we’re expecting to see more problems associated with it because the presentations we see tend to be dose related,” Associate Professor Ezard said.

These included psychosis and cardiovascular problems.

Last year, more than 20,000 people around Australia received treatment for drug problems where methamphetamine was the principal drug of concern.

Associate Professor Ezard said the residential withdrawal service at St Vincent’s Hospital was receiving proportionally fewer residents with opioid and alcohol problems and proportionally more people who used stimulants as the primary drug of concern.

The implications were broad, with people intoxicated by crystal methamphetamine more likely to engage in risky behavior such as unprotected sex.

Demand had exploded in the stimulant treatment program at St Vincent’s that was set up NSW Health in response to concerns about ice in 2006.

In January last year, there were 120 people on the program.

There are now 200 on the program and 100 on the waiting list and most of them are employed, unlike the methadone clinic where just three per cent are employed.

“It’s a different cohort to people on the opioid treatment program,” Associate Professor Ezard said. 

“We would like to intervene before people lose their jobs.” 

The National Drug and Alcohol Centre’s survey of ecstasy users had happier news, reporting that the use of synthetic cannabis had halved among this group.

They were also less likely to buy psychoactive substances online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/psychosis-fears-after-ice-use-rises-among-injecting-drug-users-20141019-117t0h.html

 

ENGLEWOOD – Englewood Police were able to get a gun and a “significant” amount of meth off the street after a man ran a red light and crashed into another car Thursday afternoon.

Police say the man was speeding in the 3000 block of South Platte River Drive just before 1 p.m.

The driver a, 26-year-old man, ran a red light at West Dartmouth Avenue and crashed into another car. That other driver, an 80-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police say the 26-year-old then got out of his car, threw a gun away and tried to run from officers. He was arrested after a struggle with police.

Police say they found meth on the man. He was treated at the hospital for minor injures then booked into Arapahoe County Jail.

Two women who were in the man’s car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police say the man had several felony warrants. He now faces numerous additional felonies.

 

 

 

 

http://www.9news.com/story/traffic/2014/10/17/englewood-crash-meth-arrest/17422845/

 

 

ISHPEMING — The names have been released in a late night bust resulting in the largest amount of meth components found in a residence in Marquette County.

ABC 10 was the only camera crew on the scene as police served John Logan Heribacka of Ishpeming township with a search warrant and raided the house Thursday night. The meth bust happened around 10pm last night at a home on the 200 block of Oak Street in Ishpeming. 40–year–old Heribacka was arrested and is currently in Marquette county jail.meth-labrwerqrq

Police say he was dating 37 year old Jessondra Beth Pennala of Ishpeming. She was arrested yesterday after her home on Marble Street was raided and meth making components were found. Police say the two were apparently staying at both locations with the woman’s children. A tip to police regarding the safety of the children resulted in the initial investigation.

The couple will face 2 charges each, controlled substance and operating/maintaining a meth lab in the presence of a minor which carries a sentence up to 20 years.The Ishpeming Police Department executed search warrants based on an investigation involving the manufacturing of methamphetamine at two separate locations in Ishpeming and Ishpeming Township.

The first search warrant at 260 Marble Street in Ishpeming Township was executed around 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team after a joint investigation with Child Protective Services that led officers to believe that methamphetamine had been manufactured on the street. That search led to the discovery of evidence indicating meth manufacture. Officers subsequently took a 37-year-old Ishpeming woman into custody on meth related charges.

A second warrant was obtained after further investigation for a house in the 200 block of Oak Street in the City of Ishpeming. Around 10:00 p.m. Thursday, police executed the search warrant and the aforementioned largest amount of meth components were found. A 40-year-old man was taken into custody on meth related charges as a result of that search warrant. UPSET detectives began removing the components after police personnel had cleared the residence.

Police say the pair taken into custody are in a dating relationship and have allegedly been staying in both locations with the woman’s minor children. The children are being cared for by relatives.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case for official charges. The Ishpeming Police expect more information to be available Friday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office retrieved about 30 pounds of methamphetamine in an abandoned vehicle in west Phoenix Friday, according to officials.

Deputies found the abandoned Chrysler PT Cruiser near 51st Avenue and Elwood Road on Friday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a media alert.

According to the statement, a K-9 detected a drug scent from the vehicle, which prompted a search. Narcotics detectives seized a total of 22 vacuumed sealed bags of methamphetamine in a hidden trap door under the back seat of the car, the statement said.

Detectives say the large amount of methamphetamine has an approximate street valued of $215,000.

The investigation is ongoing. There were no other details immediately available.

 

 

 

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In 2011 Springfield police shut down about 108 meth labs inside the Springfield city limits, but in 2014 we’re down to only 14 meth labs so far this year. So what’s behind this dramatic reduction in the amount of meth labs here in Springfield?

“That is really a positive thing to see the reduction in methamphetamine labs but it does not equate to the amount of methamphetamine we’re seeing,” says Major Kirk Manlove with the Springfield Police Department.

Despite the reduction in local meth labs, the amount of meth out on the streets is at an all time high because more and more meth from Mexico is making its way into Springfield.

“It’s more pure, a lot more pure, probably 99 percent pure in some cases, versus what someone could actually make in the state,” says Manlove.

Mexican drug cartels make large amounts of meth in super labs in Mexico and transport it across the border.

This Mexican meth can be twice as potent and it’s cheap enough to convince addicts to buy rather than attempt to cook their own.

“It’s not unique that drugs come from south of the border, that’s been happening for a very long time, the volume this last year was just something we had not seen before,” says Manlove.

Stopping the flow of this Mexican meth is a challenge for local police departments.

“It’s a matter of building an investigation and stopping those folks that are distributing in the state, but a lot of this is really on a national level when you have methamphetamine coming through the border like it is,” says Manlove.

Police say if the government were able to stop the flow of meth across the border, we would likely see addicts turn back to cooking for themselves and we could see a resurgence of meth labs in the area. It’s a vicious cycle fueled by addiction.

If you would like to see the map of meth labs in Springfield over the last few years, you can follow this link:

 

http://maps.springfieldmo.gov/meth/

 

 

 

 

 

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Lukeville, Arizona – A 25-year-old Mexican national was arrested at the Port of Lukeville in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Luis Angel Munoz-Gutierrez for additional inspection of his Ford sedan and found 10 bundles of methamphetamine weighing 11 pounds.

Officers processed the drugs, worth an estimated $33,000, and vehicle for seizure and referred Munoz to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

 

 

 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The conviction of an Autauga County white supremacist has shut down part of a meth pipeline into Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties, according to federal authorities.635490737777210006-00180568

Mark Edward Elliott, 52, was sentenced to 17 years and five months in federal prison to be followed by five years of supervised release after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

The sentence was issued Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery.

Elliott was the leader of a large methamphetamine distribution operation transporting drugs from Atlanta to central Alabama, according to a statement from George L. Beck Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District.

Elliott, a white supremacist, was arrested as part of a major law enforcement drug sweep in March 2013. During the raid, law enforcement found large amounts of “ice” methamphetamine.

While executing five search warrants, law enforcement discovered more than 30 firearms, about $1,300 in cash and several vehicles that were being used to transport illegal drugs, according to court records.

The sweep resulted in the arrests of 15 people from four Alabama counties, the culmination of what federal officials said was a yearlong undercover drug operation

Five others picked up during the raids were also arrested on charges related to meth smuggling.

Among the five is William “Wild Bill” Elliott, also of Elmore County. William Elliott is Mark Elliott’s older brother, who federal authorities have contended was a trusted lieutenant in the operation.

Law enforcement has said it was discovered during the investigation that several of the Elliotts’ alleged co-conspirators, have also used violence, threats of violence, and intimidation to further their drug dealing efforts and to collect money.

Elliott, who was also known as “Mighty Whitey,” has tattoos of Swastikas, the words “White Power” and SS in lightning bolts on his body — all of which indicate membership in the Aryan Brotherhood, according to law enforcement.

Federal records indicate that Elliott was a captain in the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang with white supremacy beliefs.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Central Alabama Drug Task Force, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Prattville Police Department and the Wetumpka Police Department.

 

 

 

 

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A bus passenger was arrested yesterday after cops discovered that his luggage contained 48 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus candles that had methamphetamine mixed in their wax, according to Louisiana cops.methcandles1

An El Expresso bus bound for Mobile, Alabama was pulled over early Thursday morning in Baton Rouge following a traffic violation. During a subsequent search of the coach’s cargo hold, a drug detection dog alerted to a suitcase.

When members of the Highway Interdiction Unit opened the luggage, they found the 48 religious candles, which contained “methamphetamine mixed in wax, disguised as candles,” according to investigators.

The seized candles are seen in the Baton Rouge Police Department photo on left. While the candles weighed in excess of 110 pounds, police did not specify the weight of the meth discovered.

While none of the bus passengers claimed ownership of the seized bag, cops located a photo of a man inside the suitcase. The image matched that of passenger Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Lara, a 19-year-old Texas resident.joserodriguezlara

Rodriguez-Lara, seen at right, was arrested on a felony narcotics charge and booked into jail, where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bond.

 

 

 

http://thesmokinggun.com/buster/meth-hidden-in-religious-candles-687543

 

 

FORKS — Brett Lee Card, 23, was arrested this week after being charged with two counts of second-degree rape of a child.

A 13-year-old Forks girl told city police that she and Card did drugs together and had sex about six times in two abandoned houses last December, court papers said.

She was 12 at the time.

Card, also of Forks, was arrested on a warrant Monday. He will be arraigned in Clallam County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The victim told police she and Card started dating last November after they met at Tillicum Park.

“She said he asked her if she wanted to snort a line of methamphetamine and she agreed, saying she was already doing pills at the time,” Officer Julie Goode wrote in the incident report.

“She said after that they started hanging out and doing drugs together. She explained how they would break into abandoned houses to do drugs and have sex.”

The girl told investigators that she and Card had had encounters at vacant houses at 355 Bogachiel Way and 530 Calawah Way. The last encounter occurred on New Year’s Day.

Police interviewed the girl after being called to investigate a possible sex offense May 14, court papers said.

The girl told police in a July interview that she had inadvertently left a condom and a pair of underwear at the house at 530 Calawah Way because she and Card were high, court papers said.

After the July interview, police on a search warrant collected two condoms, the underwear and other items from a chair inside the foreclosed house and sent the condoms to a State Patrol crime lab for analysis.

The condoms were found to contain the DNA of both Card and the girl, court papers said.

A warrant was issued for Card’s arrest Oct. 3. He was formally charged with two counts of second-degree rape of a child on the same day.

A pre-trial sexual assault protection order filed Tuesday would prevent Card from having contact with the girl should he post his $50,000 bail.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian King, who patrols the West End, said authorities there have had a “lot of contacts” with Card over the years.

“He’s got a long history,” King said.

“He’s well-known in the community.”

Card was charged in January with second-degree burglary, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and third-degree theft for allegedly breaking into a Forks salon Dec. 5 and taking items he intended to sell.

Those charges were dismissed in April.

Forks Police Administrator Rick Bart on Wednesday declined to comment on the child rape investigation, which is still ongoing.

“It’s too sensitive,” Bart said.

“She’s a juvenile.”

Second-degree rape of a child is a Class A felony punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

 

 

 

 

 

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SUMTER, SC — Three people have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after Sumter police discovered a meth lab behind a local shopping center.

Marc Joseph Koehler, 35, Kelsey Ann Kellenbenz-Madon, 19, and Brittany Lee Gainey, 27, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to police.PuHnc_AuSt_74

Police received reports of suspicious activity at a pond behind a shopping center at Pinewood and McCray’s Mill roads late Wednesday afternoon, according to Tonyia McGirt, a Sumter Police Department spokeswoman.

The suspects appeared to be involved in a clandestine meth lab when police found them in a brush-covered area surrounding the pond in the Cane-Savannah area around 4 p.m. Wednesday, McGirt said.

Police said materials typically used to make meth were found in the area, according to McGirt. Those materials were removed, and the area later deemed free of any negative effects from the materials.

Sumter Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thestate.com/2014/10/16/3748372_sumter-police-find-meth-lab-behind.html?rh=1

 

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Nearly two dozen people were arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into trafficking of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs in Ramona, authorities reported.

The probe, dubbed “Operation High Grade,” began in January and has led to the seizure of various narcotics, along with production paraphernalia and weapons, sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.

More than 100 deputies and officers from other agencies took the following suspects into custody while serving eight search warrants in various parts of the county this morning: Yakub Abowath, 44, of Carlsbad; La Mesa residents Ashley Kahir, 32, and Raymond Mabee, 37; and Ramona residents Shannon Alduenda, 41, Meagan Barrett, 46, Brad Bennett, 46, Chris Blackwood, 35, Justin Chandler, 32, Brian Cruz, 23, Alyssa Desprez, 39, Chris Doneski, 28, Larry Julio, 44, Thomas Lewis, 18, Marc Mason, 49, Michael Morgart, 47, Donald Pettey, 47, Lori Price, 45, Belinda Roath, 54, Gina Scruggs, 44, Mark Short, 54, Ronald Sorric, 55, Suzanne Vitale, 53, and Shane Wilson, 39.

During the sweep, the personnel confiscated 72.2 grams of methamphetamine; 5 pounds of marijuana; 147 cannabis plants and cultivation equipment; 1 gram of psilocybin mushrooms; 50 methylphenidate pills; $500 in cash; scales and packaging material related to narcotic sales.

In August and September, the following Ramona residents were arrested in the case: Alan Castro, 20, Chris Doneski, 28, Justine Glenn, 19, Anthony Gordon, 18, Jeffrey Hodson, 48, and Gina Scruggs, 44.

The operation also has resulted in seizures of heroin, ecstasy, LSD, alprazolam and 241 guns, Williams said.

Some of the 29 suspects were arrested on outstanding warrants.

Assisting sheriff’s personnel in the investigation were agents with the Narcotics Task Force, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/23-arrested-in-drug-sweep–279484152.html

 

Under the influence of drugs–Oct. 12, 9:15 p.m. Hollis Avenue. Two women were involved in an argument. Both were found to be under the influence of methamphetamine. One was also found in possession of a pipe while caring for a juvenile, and the other was also in possession of metal knuckles.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/campbell/ci_26743757/blotter-women-found-be-under-influence-meth-Campbell

 

Methamphetamine-www_soc_ucsb_eduSHAH ALAM: A Nigerian man who swallowed 65 capsules containing Methamphetamine was sent to the gallows to be hanged to death by the High Court here Friday for drug trafficking.

Judicial Commissioner Colin Lawrence Sequerah handed down the decision after finding that the defence by Adiele Chinenyeze Sylvanus, 34, failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution case.

In the judgment, Sequerah said he could not believe the defence by Sylvanus that he was forced to swallow the capsules and that it was an afterthought.

Sylvanus, who works at a shop selling used handphones and laptops, was charged with trafficking 478.4 grammes of Methamphetamine at the toilet of Ward 6C, Room 27, Serdang Hospital, between 2.30 am and 3.30 pm on March 20, 2012.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal prosecuted, while lawyer N.Subramanian represented the accused.

 

 

 

 

 

http://malaysiandigest.com/news/523658-nigerian-found-with-methamphetamine-in-abdomen-gets-death-for-drug-trafficking.html

 

The investigation, which is on-going, also revealed that the drug ring received their drugs through a coordinated effort with an unidentified woman – “Ms Bee” – who is in a prison near southern Thailand.

A total of 2.37 kg of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) and ya ba (methamphetamine) were presented to the media during a press conference on Thursday (October 16) at Phuket Provincial Police Station.seized over B9 million worth of methamphetamine

The investigation began on October 12 after Phuket City Police arrested a man they are calling Mr G, since it would be dangerous to reveal his real name.

“He was arrested in Rasada. Based off this arrest, we expanded the investigation to learn more about the big drug network in Phuket,” said Phuket City Police Superintendent Sermphan Sirikong.

Mr G provided information on two drug dealers – one in Patong named Ms Chadawan “Kik” Prateep Na Thalang and another in Thalang named Mr Apitak “Jack” Santiwisutthakul.

On Tuesday (October 13) at about 4:30pm, Thalang police arrested 27-year-old Kik at a house on Thepkrasattri Road and seized 1.18 kg of ya ice.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday night (October 13) police also arrested 25-year-old Jack in Srisoonthorn with another 1.19 kgs of ya ice.

On Thursday (October 15) Patong police also arrested Ms Rabeip Laoongkaeo, 47, with 1.18 kgs of ya ice.

“Mr Jack distributed drugs for an unidentified man named “Mr Top”. At this stage, police do not know his full name. However, Mr Top, Ms Kik and Ms Rabeip were coordinating together to provide drugs in Thalang, Patong, and Bangla Road to tourists and bar staffs,” said Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit, the Phuket Provincial Police Commander.

All drugs within the network were distributed by Ms Kik. She confessed that the drug network was linked to a prisoner, an unidentified woman named “Ms Bee”, who is currently serving time in a penitentiary near southern Thailand.

Ms Kik revealed that she would pick up the drugs from a black Toyota Vios that passed through the Tah Chat Chai check point in northern Phuket.

“Police have done their best to check all cars entering Phuket, but sometime drug dealers are very professional to hide drugs in their cars,” he explained. “We will be more strict and diligent in our inspections.”

“Police will continue to crackdown on the drug networks in Phuket. We will get rid of all drugs in Phuket”, Gen Patchara stated.

Police confirmed that the investigation is on-going.

 

 

 

 

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Three men involved in the importation to Western Australia of up to $34 million of methamphetamine hidden in ceramic tiles have been jailed for between seven and 14 years.

Michael Quoc Hong Ly, 35, Jacky Lee, 27, and 31-year-old Tuan Anh Phung were found guilty by a jury after 35 kilograms of the drug was seized in January last year.4765944-3x2-940x627

It was found hidden in ceramic tiles that had been brought from China to WA on a container ship that berthed at North Quay in Fremantle in January 2013.

Police substituted the drugs for an alternative substance and five days later the tiles were sent to a warehouse in the northern Perth suburb of Malaga, where they were unpacked.

They were then transferred to a shed in nearby Wangara where Phung and Lee were arrested.

Ly was taken into custody later that night.

It was estimated the drugs had a street value of between $25 and 34 million.

 

None of the men ‘masterminds’

While none of the three men were found to be the masterminds of the importation, Ly’s involvement was described by the prosecution as “critical” because he organized the movement of the tiles, made payments and had arranged for the splitting up of the drugs.

Justice Michael Corboy said while there was no evidence about what Ly was to receive for his involvement, he “had no doubt” he “was going to benefit “.

He was found guilty of entering into an agreement to import the drugs between October 2012 and January 2013.

Ly was sentenced to 14 years’ jail with a non-parole period of nine-and-a-half years.

Lee and Phung were both found guilty of attempting to possess the drugs.

Justice Corboy said Lee had purchased mobile phones and monitored the movement of the tiles in Perth, while Phung had arranged for the tiles to be transported and provided a hammer to smash them.

The judge also found Phung had been present at a meeting where the splitting up of the drugs was discussed.

Phung was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years, with a non-parole period of six years, while Lee was sentenced to seven years with a non-parole period of four years and three months.

Last year a fourth man, Chung Yin “Rico” Tam, was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail for his involvement.

He was described as having a “pivotal and significant role” in the importation but his sentence was discounted from 15 years because he pleaded guilty and had cooperated with authorities, including testifying at the trial of Ly, Lee and Phung.

Tam was given a non-parole period of just over six years.

 

 

 

 

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On Wednesday October 15, 2014 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit concluded a month long investigation with the arrest of two Cathedral City residents; 34 year old Refugio Mercado and 28 year old Belen Tapia.

The two were arrested in a south Bakersfield parking lot in possession of ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Detectives developed information they had driven to Bakersfield and were attempting to sell them to subjects in Kern County.

Both were booked into the Kern County jail for possession of drugs for sales, transportation of drugs and conspiracy. Mercado was also in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

The seized drugs have a potential street value of over $350,000.00.

MVU was assisted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression-Investigations Section, and the Kern County HIDTA and Cal-MMET task forces.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.onebakersfield.com/2014/10/kcso-major-violator-unit-seized-ten-pounds-of-methamphetamine-and-arrested-two-suspects/

 

Daycare pair imperiled kidsPowell residents Nick and Mandy Ringler have been charged with child endangerment related to methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia found in their home.

They had operated Ringler Childcare from their Avenue D home.

A preliminary hearing was Oct. 9. Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters ordered the case sent to District Court.

The couple each face four felony counts of child endangerment and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.

The Wyoming Department of Family Services has suspended the Ringlers’ license to operate a child care business from their home.

On Sept. 22 Powell police were contacted by a confidential informant who claimed the couple were using and selling methamphetamine.

The CI admitted to purchasing and using methamphetamine with the Ringlers.

Nick had a birthday the CI had attended where she claimed to have smoked the drug with the couple in their bedroom.

On Aug. 26 a search warrant was executed on their residence in Powell.

Authorities found a number of pipes in the master bedroom. The bathroom yielded a syringe, spoon, cotton balls and a baggie containing white residue.

In the garage police found a homemade bong, two digital scales and a glass pipe with white residue.

Nick Ringler had a small baggie with white residue in his vest pocket.

When questioned about the item in his vest, Ringler said he “had it for a while.”

He also claimed the paraphernalia had been in the house for six months.

Police were shown where the items were located by Ringler, who says he has been smoking the drug for “sometime.”

Although Mandy Ringler denied any involvement with drugs, the CI told police she smoked drugs.

Also, the search of the home uncovered a pink glass pipe in a pair of female shoes.

Nick Ringler is also facing charges in Modesto, Calif., where he was arrested for handgun possession on Aug. 31.

He told investigators he had been using methamphetamine heavily since his arrest in California.

 

 

 

 

 

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Animal rights activists rallied outside a Reno courthouse on Thursday before a judge set another hearing next month for a 24-year-old man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Jason Brown faces seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing dogs and two counts of possession of methamphetamine. If convicted of all counts, he could face more than 20 years in prison.

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Half a dozen members of Nevada Voters for Animals said they were demonstrating in support of the maximum punishment if Brown is convicted. They waved signs that said “Accountability for Animal Cruelty” at passing traffic in downtown Reno.

Justice of the Peace Patricia Lynch set Brown’s preliminary hearing for Nov. 18.

Brown was arrested in July after detectives say they found a decapitated dog and four dog heads in a small refrigerator in his Reno motel room. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

His lawyer, John Oakes, did not immediately return a telephone call or email from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier that Brown has mental health issues and might need a psychiatric evaluation before he goes to trial.

More than 2,000 people from the U.S., Mexico and Europe have signed the voter group’s online petition calling for maximum prosecution of Brown. Several also have made direct appeals in letters to the judge.

“It is my belief that any person capable of committing such horrendous and depraved acts of violence against animals will at some point escalate to committing acts of violence against human beings,” wrote Cheri Vaillancour of Redwood City, California. “Please keep this animal behind bars.”

Authorities said they were called to the Super 8 in south Reno after a maid reported the discovery in Brown’s room.

Two of the heads matched the description of a pair of Chihuahuas that Nancy Frank, of Sun Valley, told police she sold to Brown days earlier. Officers also found two bloody kitchen knives, scissors and two dog collars with rabies tags registered to Frank, along with dog dishes, blankets and tennis balls she gave Brown to help make her pets happy.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Joe Bowen wrote in a probable cause report that a lifelong friend of Brown, Cheryl Bluhm, told police the day of his arrest that Brown talked about having “urges of rage” during a June 25 telephone conversation. The next day, she said, Brown told her he had killed his friend’s dog and it “made him high,” Bowen wrote.

According to the report, Bluhm said she asked Brown if he had the same urges toward humans, and he told her that “dogs are good for right now.”

 

2:58 p.m. update

Animal rights activists rallied outside a courthouse before a judge set a preliminary hearing next month for a 24-year-old man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Jason Brown faces seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing dogs and two counts of possessing methamphetamine. If convicted of all counts, he could face more than 20 years in prison.

A half-dozen members of Nevada Voters for Animals said they were demonstrating in support of the maximum punishment if Brown is convicted. Outside court Thursday in Reno, they waved signs at passing traffic that said, “Accountability for Animal Cruelty.”

Justice of the Peace Patricia Lynch set Brown’s preliminary hearing for Nov. 18.

His lawyer, John Oakes, didn’t immediately return a telephone call or email seeking comment

 

7:55 p.m. update

Animal rights activists plan a rally outside a Reno courthouse where a 24-year-old man faces charges accusing him of beheading and dismembering several dogs.

Jason Brown is scheduled to appear at a status hearing in Reno Justice Court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on seven counts of willfully torturing and killing dogs and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Leaders of Nevada Voters for Animals say they will demonstrate at noon in support of the maximum punishment possible if Brown is convicted. He could potentially face more than 20 years in prison.

The former Reno High School student was arrested in July after detectives say they found a decapitated dog and four dog heads in a small refrigerator in his room at a Reno motel.

 

 

 

 

http://www.rgj.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/16/protest-planned-reno-dog-killing-status-hearing/17350599/

 

More than 30 people, including two Austin lawyers, were arrested in Central and South Texas this week for their alleged roles in a drug distribution ring, according to federal officials.

Richard Patrick Fagerberg, 45, and David Ramos, 39, both lawyers in Austin, and the 34 other defendants have allegedly participated in a conspiracy to distribute various amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine since May 2013, according to United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division.622x350uturr

During a 16-month-investigation, “authorities have seized approximately 87 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of methamphetamine, four firearms, close to $1.5 million in criminally derived assets in connection with this investigation, according to a news release from the United States District Attorney’s Office.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Fagerberg has not practiced law since 2011 when he was injured by a camera boom during South by Southwest because he “no longer possesses the mental capacity or thought processes necessary to effectively represent his clients,” according to a lawsuit he filed over his injuries.

Calls placed to Ramos’ law firm went unanswered Thursday.

However, Ben Florey, Ramos’ lawyer, told the Austin American-Statesman that Ramos pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday and has been released from jail on a $10,000 bail.

“Florey said no drugs or money had been seized from Ramos or in connection to him and that they do not know why he has been charged,” the Statesman reported.

“DEA, and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in Austin and throughout Texas, will remain relentless in our pursuit of the vicious criminal individuals and drug trafficking organizations who threaten our safety and stability,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit in the release. “These arrests send a strong and unified message that these crimes will not be tolerated in our communities and those who commit these offenses will be brought to justice.”

A complete list of individuals arrested in the two related federal indictments can be found here.

 

 

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Alleged-drug-ring-includes-two-Austin-lawyers-5827358.php

 

Joe Forest, 24, told police he had been awake for six days, doing methamphetamine, stealing gas and committing burglaries.5221082_G

Police said when the Camden, TN man showed up at his ex-wife’s house, things got worse.

Forest allegedly took his son, put him in the backseat of his car and started to drive away. The child’s mother then jumped in the backseat.

Camden police and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department acted quickly when the woman was able to call her mother. Forest was reportedly driving 80 mph on a flat tire.

Police said Forest finally pulled over at a church in Benton County after he heard sirens.

New Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher has vowed to go after the county’s drug problem and serious police domestic violence cases.

Forest is suspected in several burglaries in multiple counties in the days preceding the kidnapping. He is currently charged with aggravated domestic assault, but police hope to turn that into a much longer list of charges.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wsmv.com/story/26808398/police-benton-co-man-kidnapped-child-ex-wife-while-on-meth

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it expects to convene a grand jury in the case of newborn who died as a result of pneumonia and methamphetamine intoxication.

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Deputy district attorney Ryan Lufkin, speaking before Judge Henry Kantor, said that the child’s parents, Sarah Mangus and Jamie Mangus, have been violating a court order that prohibits them from communicating with each other.

The new details were revealed as public defender Amanda Garty asked that Mangus’ bail be reduced from $10 million to $50,000 on the grounds that it was unreasonable and unconstitutional.

Garty said Mangus and her family has “no money” to post the $10 million bail. She said a more reasonable bail would be $50,000 because prior to the indictment, her client had no criminal record except for a driving while suspended citation. Garty said, if released, there is a potential that Mangus would have a job. The defense attorney said she anticipated Mangus to stay in a trailer on her father’s property, if released.

Mangus has pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder by abuse and first-degree manslaughter following the death of her 12-hour old baby girl.

The child was born April 12, 2014 inside a North Portland apartment complex to avoid scrutiny by the Department of Human Services, previously filed court records show. DHS has custody of Magnus’ other five children.mangus-apartment

Instead of going to the hospital, police learned that Mangus and her husband, Jamie Mangus, walked around the St. Johns area with total disregard for the child’s life, court records show. Police learned that Sarah and Jamie Mangus had used a potato chip bag clip to hold the umbilical cord together until replacing it with a hair barrette, court records show.

Lufkin said he does not consider the $10 million bail to be excessive or unconstitutional. He called Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Connelly to testify about an investigation he had opened into communication between Sarah and Jamie Mangus occurring in the jail system.

Connelly said he had intercepted mail between Sarah and Jamie Mangus. In one letter, Sarah Mangus reportedly wrote her favorite things to do outside of jail were to “shoot up dope” and “have sex,” Connelly said as he read from the letters.

Lufkin said the investigation has shown Sarah and Jamie sent the letters using other inmates’ names.

Lufkin said the next stage in this case is to take it before a grand jury on allegations of identity theft.

“At this point, there’s not much more that I can do” to get Sarah and Jamie from stop communicating with each other, Lufkin said.

Kantor reduced Sarah Mangus’ bail to $5 million.sarah-mangus-file

“That’s as low as I’m going to go,” Kantor said.

He said given the facts that have been presented at a bail hearing Sept.11, 2014 this is a case that “cries out for (Sarah Mangus) to remain in custody.”

Kantor said he also concluded that she is a person who “is not controllable in this particular stage in her life.” The judge expressed his concerns that if released Sarah Mangus would continue to exercise “terrible” judgment.

If Sarah Mangus posts bail, Kantor said she will have to be supervised by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

 

http://koin.com/2014/10/14/prosecutors-new-grand-jury-possible-in-newborns-death-case/