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Driving under the influence of methamphetamine is suspected in a fatal mid-day crash in the high desert city of Hesperia, say San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials.

A 63-year-old Cadillac driver from Hesperia died at a hospital after the 11:35 a.m. wreck Tuesday, June 16, at Phelan Road and Bellflower Street, about a mile west of Highway 395.

The westbound Cadillac crossed into on-coming traffic and collided nearly head-on with a GMC Terrain SUV occupied by a 76-year-old Oklahoma man and his 71-year-old wife, sheriff’s spokeswoman Karen Hunt said in a written statement.

The impact spun the Cadillac into an eastbound Kia driven by a 48-year-old Phelan woman.

A helicopter crew flew the elderly Oklahoma man to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for treatment of a broken arm and a possibly broken leg, according to the statement.

His wife and the Kia driver were taken to the same hospital with what were described as moderate injuries.

http://www.pe.com/articles/hesperia-770666-phelan-suspected.html

Laurel County, Kentucky (WYMT) – A Laurel County woman faces charges after sheriff’s deputies say she called 911 saying she took meth and was seeing ghosts while hallucinating.tammygadd

Deputies arrested Tammy Gadd Monday morning.

They say she admitted to smoking meth, taking muscle relaxers, and drinking alcohol.

We are told Gadd told them she was happy to be arrested. They charged her with public intoxication.

They also arrested Linda Johnson, who admitted to taking meth.

She faces public intoxication along with resisting arrest charges.

http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Laurel-County-woman-tells-police-she-smoked-meth-then-saw-ghosts-307704151.html

A 42 -year-old woman who passed a fake $20 bill to buy pizza  at last month was taken into custody and found with more than 39 counterfeit bills, according to police and prosecutors.screen-shot-2015-06-16-at-121421-pmpng-e5f9c7c2a48bd6a6

A Multnomah County grand jury this month returned a 43-count indictment against Sandy Marie Surface, who also goes by Sandy Marie Bella. She’s charged with first-degree forgery, possession of methamphetamine, third-degree theft and 40 counts of possession of a forged instrument.

According to deputy district attorney Elisabeth Waner, Portland police stopped Surface on May 30 after she had handed over what appeared to be a fake $20 bill to buy pizza at a booth in the fair.

Portland police Officer Brent Taylor, who was patrolling the fair, inspected the bill and found its texture “thick an rough,” and the bill missing the standard water marks on it.

The woman who bought the pizza walked off once she got her food, but was tracked down a short time later. Police arrested Surface and found a pink plastic bag containing methamphetamine in her left shorts pocket, according to a court affidavit.

Once Surface was driven to Central Precinct, police found a large roll of counterfeit bills where she’d been seated in the back of a patrol car.18108802-mmmain

Police counted 39 counterfeit $20 bills, Waner wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

According to court records, Surface lives in North Portland, has two children and uses methamphetamine about twice a month. She receives public assistance and has no prior criminal record.

She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on June 6 and released the same day, according to jail records. She’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at 2:10 p.m.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/06/portland_woman_found_with_39_c.html

Ashley Smith Robinson was desperately trying to stay clean and put the torn pieces of her life back together when her pain, bad decisions and struggles reached a terrifying climax back in 2005.

It all came down to a key decision in the middle of the night on March 12 of that year — one that held life or death consequences for the then-26 year old.

“It was really honestly like God … said, ‘This is it. This is your life … either you choose to do these drugs and your life is over and you choose not to and you can’t imagine what I have in store for you,’” Robinson told TheBlaze ahead of the Sept. 18 release of a feature film about her harrowing story called “Captive.”

She added, “I really saw God was asking me really clear: ‘Do you want to live or die?’”

It all unfolded back in 2005 when Robinson was held hostage by Brian Nichols, a man who murdered four people in an Atlanta killing spree before randomly selecting Robinson’s apartment to hide out.

Her initial encounter with Nichols was terrifying. The unfamiliar man appeared in her driveway around 2 a.m. when she arrived home from the store and forced his way into her house, holding her at gunpoint.

Once inside, Nichols asked if she had any drugs, to which she responded affirmatively. A longtime methamphetamine addict, Robinson had last used the substance just one day before.

Robinson retrieved some meth from her stash and set up three lines of the drug for Nichols to snort at his command, but when he asked her to join, she declined.

It was a simple decision, but one that changed the trajectory of her life.

“I was kind of frozen [thinking], ‘This is what God has been asking me for years to stop doing and now here I am being asked to do it,” she said. “And, really, what I was thinking was, ‘If I die, I don’t want to have just snorted drugs up my nose.”

She added that she remembered thinking at the time, “I never want to use those drugs again.”

It was a moment that defined her journey, and today, she has made good on that pledge, abandoning her addiction and never returning to substance abuse again.

“When I told him, ‘No’ it was like my freedom was just back,” Robinson said. “I felt so free emotionally, spiritually, but just felt this sense of relief, like God was finally proud of me.”

She began to gain Nichols’ trust throughout the night. Among the more notable interactions during the seven-hour hostage situation was a bold move that she made after she declined taking meth.

“I just after that felt like I needed to back up my decision with scripture and so I chose to ask him if I could read, and he asked what I wanted to read and I got ‘The Purpose Driven Life,’” Robinson told TheBlaze.

Despite her ongoing struggles, she said that she had been reading the book over the preceding weeks. She said that Nichols was receptive to her reading, and that it was helpful in gaining his trust and sparking discussion.

The two spoke about their children, watched the news and conversed about other subjects, as Robinson internally wondered if she would make it out of the situation alive.

After hours of Nichols holding her hostage, she somehow convinced the man to let her make good on plans she had to see her daughter that next morning, who was in her aunt’s custody at the time. He allowed her to leave, so long as she agreed to return to the house afterward.

She agreed, but phoned the police immediately after leaving her apartment. Nichols was subsequently arrested and is spending life behind bars, but the lessons that Robinson learned that night have not escaped her, as she continues to publicly and privately process what unfolded.

Everything, she believes, seemed like it was divinely intended to move her into the right direction in life.

“When my mind could actually think for a few minutes as it was all happening I kept [thinking], ‘This has got to be God. This man’s been on the loose all day long,’” she said of her captivity. “It was just crazy, all of the things that were so strange and odd.”

Nichols had chosen her apartment by chance that night, which baffled Robinson; she said she spent a long time afterward trying to figure out why God made her the focus of such a delicate situation.

“You had great people around who could have been the heroes,” she said. “Here God chose this lonely, widowed drug addict mom who didn’t even have custody of her child at the time.”

In the end, Robinson, who is now married and has two additional children, concluded that God wanted her to share with the world just how much he has changed her life — and she has continuously complied.

“I didn’t do anything in my apartment that night other than begin to obey my savior,” she said. “He met me at my worst and he told me that he still loves me and that he wanted to use me. … I think it was something God allowed to happen to change my life.”

Robinson said that her life has been transformed in “every way shape or form” since her encounter with Nichols, including a growth in her Christian faith and becoming a public figure who regularly shares her story.

“My relationship with the Lord is first and foremost … I still reach down daily,” she told TheBlaze. “My priorities changed, everything I do has changed.”

Robinson said that she has not communicated with Nichols since that night in 2005, though she did see him in court when she had to testify. “My family told me that he didn’t take his eyes off of me,” she said, noting that she purposefully avoided making eye contact.

Robinson did speak with Nichols’ mother though during the filming of “Captive,” calling the conversation “wonderful.”

“I asked her please tell him thank you for sparing my life. It’s kind of strange, because I’ve been on both sides what happened,” she said. “He murdered four people and he took fathers away. My [first] husband was murdered in front of me … and I know how hard and difficult it is to be on that side of it.”.

But she said that Nichols spared her life that night when the situation could have gone very differently.

“He could have chopped me up, he could have raped me, beat me … but he didn’t,” she said. “He didn’t do anything other to me than scare me … he ultimately let me leave the next morning unharmed.”

Robinson is hoping that her story will send a powerful message to viewers who see “Captive” or who read her 2005 book “Unlikely Angel” — that God loves them no matter what.

“There is absolutely nothing you can do in your life that will make God not love you. Every drug I’ve done, every disgusting thing you could think of, I didn’t do it, I came close to it,” she said. “There’s no reason in the world that I deserve any good that has happened to me.”

Yet God, Robinson believes, has profoundly changed her life.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/16/she-was-a-struggling-meth-addict-when-this-killer-held-her-hostage-what-happened-next-changed-everything/

A fire Thursday at a motel off Lafayette Parkway was caused by an exploding methamphetamine lab, police alleged Tuesday.

Detectives believe the fire started inside a second story room at the Super 8 Motel at 29 Patillo Road when Patrick M. Anderson, 29, of Coffee County, was allegedly mixing chemicals to make meth, according to a press release from LaGrange police.LaGrange police officer Garrett Pressley ropes

A 31-year-old Lanier County woman was injured in the blast and fled the motel with Anderson, police said.

The woman later went to a south Georgia hospital where she was treated for third degree burns, according to Jeremey Jones, a senior detective with LaGrange police.

Warrants have been issued charging Anderson with criminal damage to property in the second degree, and manufacturing methamphetamine warrants could come as the investigation progresses, Jones said.

Police have contacted Anderson, who was at large at press time, and informed him he is wanted by police. Jones said Anderson was going to turn himself in Tuesday evening.

Jones said he was unable to name an exact location where the fire started due to the ongoing investigation, and said the area of the motel room where the fire began was not conducive to an electrical fire. Sgt. William Nelson of the LaGrange police Criminal Investigation Section told the Daily News on Friday that officers collected samples from the area, which have been sent to a crime lab for testing.

A LaGrange firefighter, who spoke on conditions of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details, said police were called because of what was found inside the motel room, although he would not elaborate further. Another firefighter said he observed a hole in a wall inside the motel room.

During the emergency response, LaGrange police officers blocked Patillo Road as fire crew pulled hoses across the two-lane road, stopping traffic there for at least 30 minutes.

Several fire engines responded to the scene, including LaGrange Fire Department’s only — and newly commissioned — ladder truck.

Uniformed police roped off the area Thursday with crime scene tape and offered little explanation for the fire as several bystanders watched firefighters maneuver hoses.

Jones asks witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact LaGrange police’s criminal investigations section at 706-883-2603. Tips may be submitted anonymously through Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000 or by text to 888-777.

http://www.lagrangenews.com/news/home_top-news/154110760/Meth-lab-fire

A New Zealander caught posting methamphetamine from Las Vegas to his mother’s house will spend a long time in prison for gambling with the law.

Luke William Taylor also sent drugs to a PO Box and a friend’s house in Levin, often having them posted under fake names.

The 31-year-old Waitarere Beach resident was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Wednesday to eight years and one month behind bars for importing methamphetamine, LSD and ecstasy.

According to a summary of facts, 10 packages were intercepted by customs between September and November 2014.

The packages were sent from Germany and Las Vegas, containing various quantities of drugs.

A package from Las Vegas, addressed to Taylor’s mother’s house, had one of his fingerprints on it, and was likely sent while he was in the city in October.

A total of 340.4 grams of methamphetamine, 558 tabs of ecstasy and 25 tabs of LSD were caught by customs officers.

In a pre-sentence report, Taylor said he both sold, and used, the drugs.

Crown prosecutor Michele Wilkinson-Smith said Taylor imported commercial volumes of the drugs, and having different kinds of drugs would have made him a more “attractive” person to deal with.

Defense lawyer Peter Coles said Taylor had lived his mother, who he cared for while on electronically-monitored bail.

Taylor’s mother had suffered as a result of her son’s offending, he said.

“That realization is profound now, but has come much too late.

“It is accepted that it is going to be a lengthy [prison] term.

“He is going to have a lengthy enforced abstinence from drugs, one would hope.”

Taylor got into importing drugs through his use of them, Coles said.

“It is extremely unfortunate, in the current society, that social media enables people to come to know of things like [secretive illegal drug website] Silk Road and other means of obtaining drugs from countries which they have no previous connection.

The offending was naive, illustrated by Taylor getting all his packages through the post.

“Anyone who watches shows like Border Patrol and sees what happens at mail sorting areas would realize that, ultimately, this would be detected,” Coles said.

“There was no concealment of the type seen in some cases…when they are contained in statues.”

Judge Gerard Lynch said Taylor had made $12,000 from the methamphetamine, and used up to half a gram a day.

His time in prison awaiting sentencing had shown him the effects of methamphetamine use, the judge said.

“You show remorse for what your offending has done to your mother and the victims of methamphetamine use.”

The amount of drugs imported, the pre-meditation involved and the frequency of imports were all aggravating factors.

Methamphetamine is a scourge on our society.

“When importations like these are detected, sentences must deter those like you, Mr Taylor, who are keen to be peddling misery.”

The judge gave a starting point of 11 years for the methamphetamine importation, raising it by one year for the LSD and ecstasy, then lowering it for early guilty pleas, remorse and time spent on electronically monitored bail.

He did not impose a minimum sentence, saying the Parole Board would be in the best position to know when Taylor should be released.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/69472334/Horowhenua-man-jailed-for-posting-drugs-from-Las-Vegas-to-mother

TUCSON, Ariz. — Border officers have seized more methamphetamine in Arizona this fiscal year than they did the entire previous year, continuing an upward trend for the drug that officials say is much easier and cheaper to manufacture in Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona ports of entry have seized more than 3,240 pounds of meth between October and May, compared with 3,200 pounds for the entire last fiscal year. The federal government’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

“We started noticing the increase with meth in fiscal year 2014, so we noticed an increment on crystal meth and obviously it all starts from the demand, you know. They’re demanding this drug,” agency spokeswoman Marcia Armendariz said.

The popularity of meth is not new to the border, but federal officials said the spike in seizures both at the border and within the country has raised eyebrows. Authorities also said heroin smuggling has increased over the past several years.

At six Southern California border crossings, authorities have seized 9,431 pounds of meth between October and April, a figure that could surpass the 14,732 pounds officers found in all of the last fiscal year.

In Arizona, drug smugglers have become more creative in how they try to bring hard drugs into the country. In one recent case, a woman had methamphetamine molded into the shape of a brassiere that she wore when she tried to cross into Arizona, Armendariz said.

One other popular form of transporting meth is by liquefying it. Armendariz said liquid meth is not that common at Arizona ports, but officials said it’s a popular method for smugglers to go undetected in other ports. Crystal meth is dissolved in a solution and then later crystalized again. In one case, the meth officers found had been liquefied and placed in the washer fluid of a car, Armendariz said.

Liquid meth can also be stored in the second gas tanks that many large trucks have, said Matt Barden, a spokesman with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. About four pounds of meth can be formed from each gallon of liquid meth, he said.

Tightened laws in the U.S. that make it harder to manufacture meth have resulted in a booming market for Mexican drug cartels who operate “super labs” that can produce hundreds of pounds of meth at once, Barden said. Mexican meth also has a much higher purity level than meth produced in the U.S., and it is much cheaper.

Meth used to cost about $30,000 a pound. Now, it can be found for between $8,000 and $10,000, Barden said.

“You can’t compete with that they have and (with) their prices,” he said.

The once ubiquitous home or mobile meth lab is now rare, according to DEA figures. In 2010, the agency reported more than 15,000 labs, dumpsites and other meth-manufacturing equipment. By last year, that number had fallen to 9,240.

The less meth is manufactured in the states, the more of it Mexico will supply.

“It’s at a huge uptick and then looking back, you sit there and wonder, and `How it could be more popular than it is?'” Barden said.

http://ktar.com/22/1842912/Spike-in-Mexican-methamphetamine-as-US-production-slows

Andrew Getty, an heir to Getty oil fortune, died from an ulcer-related hemorrhage but he also had a toxic level of methamphetamine in his body, according to an autopsy report obtained Tuesday.

Getty, 47, was found dead on the bathroom floor of a bedroom in his Studio City hillside home on March 31, several days after he was last seen alive. His body and the area were bloody but investigators said there were no signs of foul play. Getty’s personal assistant told investigators that Getty had complained of stomach pain for the past two months and the assistant had scheduled a doctor’s appointment for him on April 1 — one day after his body was discovered.

The death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. An April 2 autopsy report concluded that Getty died from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to duodenal ulcers but “acute methamphetamine intoxication” and atherosclerotic heart disease — hardening of heart arteries — were contributing factors.

Getty’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, who found his body, told authorities that he took methamphetamine daily and the coroner’s report said testing found the level of methamphetamine in his blood was in the “toxic range.”

Methamphetamine is a known cardiac central nervous stimulant,” said the report, which was made final on June 12 and obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. It was first reported Tuesday by TMZ.com.

Methamphetamine, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.

The reclusive Getty had said in recent court documents that he was battling a “serious medical condition” that could endanger his life. He obtained a restraining order earlier this year against his girlfriend, Lanessa DeJonge, noting her behavior and arguments between them, and expressing concern that “heated arguments can cause my blood pressure to rise dangerously.”

Getty wasn’t the first heir of the oil tycoon to die in middle age. His cousin, J. Paul Getty III, was kidnapped in Italy in 1973 and the kidnappers cut off the 16-year-old’s ear. The oil baron eventually paid a ransom reported to be $3 million. Once released, the teenager resumed a jet-set lifestyle of abusing drugs and consorting with rock stars until he suffered a debilitating stroke in his 20s. He died in 2011 at age 54.

His stepmother, actress Talitha Pol, who had lived her own jet-set life, died of a heroin overdose in 1971.

“The story of the famed Getty family is one of the most obvious examples that money, cold hard cash, doesn’t buy happiness,” Forbes Magazine reported in a profile last year when it listed the combined family fortune at $5 billion – 54th highest on its list of America’s most wealthy.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/17/autopsy-finds-getty-oil-fortune-heir-died-hemorrhage-had-meth-in-system/

Investigators say they’ve dismantled a methamphetamine-trafficking organization responsible for distributing pounds of the drug to dealers across Central Florida.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 10 people had been arrested with charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, racketeering and conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine, according to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators were still searching for six more on the same charges.

MBI Lt. Doug Goerke said investigators started looking into the trafficking ring in January.

At the center of it was 49-year-old John Wayne Bell, who had been released from prison only a month earlier after serving a year sentence on a charge of trafficking in amphetamine, MBI said.

When he was released, investigators soon learned Bell was back at it again, Goerke said.

They started following him and watched as he brought in pounds of “very pure” crystal methamphetamine to his house on Live Oak Lane in Davenport, Goerke said.

He then divided the drug up into ounce-size amounts and delivered them to dealers in almost every Central Florida county, including Marion, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Orange and Polk, according to MBI.

Goerke said during one instance when detectives were watching him, Bell was awake for nearly five days, driving all across Central Florida delivering the drug.

He said the meth Bell sold was worth about $20,000 to $25,000 a pound, or about $1,300 to $1,600 an ounce.

The dealers he sold to, who have mostly all been arrested, would then break the ounces up into smaller -amounts and resell them to users, Goerke said.

Investigators are still trying to determine where Bell was getting the meth from, but based on its purity, Goerke said it mostly likely came from outside the U.S.

He definitely wasn’t making it at home, Goerke said.

At Bell’s side was his wife, 46-year-old Colleene Bell and his 23-year-old son, John Bell Jr., according to MBI.

Goerke said their involvement is still being investigated, but both were “high-ranking” in the organization and have been arrested.

When detectives searched the family’s house this morning, they found a 12-year-old girl living there, too, Goerke said. She is now staying with other family members.

At the house, Goerke said investigators found $6,000, several ounces of meth, baggies of prescription drugs and marijuana.

No weapons were found.

MBI said many of the 16 people who were identified have criminal histories — some violent.

Investigators are expecting additional charges and searches.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-meth-drug-ring-arrests-orlando-20150617-story.html

Border Patrol agents seized almost $1 million worth of methamphetamine at the Veteran’s International Bridge in Brownsville on Sunday, according to a news release.

A 47-year-old man from Harlingen was taken into custody after officials found 22 packages of the drug in the 2006 blue Ford Fusion he was driving, according to the agency.

The 22 packages contained a total of 49.87 pounds of alleged methamphetamine valued at $997,000, officials said.

“I congratulate our CBP officers for their outstanding resiliency which resulted in this interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our borders is how our agency contributes in keeping our communities safe.”

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/CBP-Officers-Seize-997K-in-Methamphetamine-at-6330150.php

A man who died when he crashed his motorcycle during an attempted police intercept in Huntingdale was going at least 190km/h (118 miles/hour) before he came off his bike, an inquest has been told.

Sean Bruce, 18, died in May 2012 when he crashed his motorbike while he was high on methamphetamine and cannabis.

Two police officers, first class constables Wesley Elston and Andrew Wood, tried to stop Mr Bruce before the crash after noticing the motorcycle had no visible rear number plate or plate lights.

Coroner Sarah Linton is investigating Mr Bruce’s death to determine whether the actions of the police officers contributed to his death.

The officers turned on their emergency lights and followed Mr Bruce after they spotted him near the Warton Road and Garden Street intersection.

They briefly lost sight of Mr Bruce before coming across the crash scene at a roundabout.

Witness Kevin Aquilina was driving along Warton Road when Mr Bruce flew past him with his engine rattling.

He said the rider was thrashing the bike as hard as he could and was going 190km/h “at a minimum”.

“He came out of nowhere and went straight past me.” Mr Aquilina said.

Mr Bruce was taken to hospital with serious and traumatic injuries but he died after emergency surgery.

A police investigation found the motorbike was stolen, Mr Bruce was not licensed to ride the vehicle and the officers did not contribute to the crash.

Outside court, Mr Bruce’s sister Erin said meth had completely changed her sibling and had broken her family.

She said she blamed drugs for what had happened on the night of the crash, not the police who were involved.

Ms Linton told the court it seemed the police were “some distance” behind Mr Bruce when he came off his bike.

She said there was nothing to suggest they were close to the rider, whose decision making abilities may have been affected by the drugs he had taken.

Ms Linton will hand down her findings later this year.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/28471330/meth-link-to-fatal-190km-h-crash/

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) – A 60-year-old homeless Phoenix man is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl not far from her home.

It happened Saturday night behind a Family Dollar Store in the area of 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road.8073499_G

According to police, the victim and her family had known Billy Mullins for about four months. He is a homeless man who frequently collected cans and plastic bottles in their neighborhood.

On Saturday night, the victim walked with Mullins to a Circle K to get some change for cans.

The two were seen leaving the store shortly after 8 p.m., with Mullins directing the girl to walk east with him.

The girl told police that he led her to a walkway behind the Family Dollar Store and then pulled her over to the trash bin, took off her clothes and sexually assault her. She said she tried to yell for help, but Mullins covered her mouth with his hand.

While Mullins was getting dressed, the girl threw on her clothes and ran to a nearby parking lot and got help from a stranger.

The girl’s mother positively identified Mullins in a photo lineup, telling police that he was the man whom her daughter had gone to Circle K.

According to court paperwork, Mullins told the girl he would kill her if she told anyone what he had done.

When police contacted Mullins, he had drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine on him.

Once at the Phoenix Police Department, Mullins immediately requested a lawyer.

Officers booked him on suspicion of sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as multiple drug charges

http://www.kpho.com/story/29326758/pd-60-year-old-homeless-man-raped-threatened-to-kill-12-year-old-girl

A Hopkinsville man who works as a security guard was arrested Friday night after he allegedly smoked meth with a 17-year-old girl at his workplace, according to a report from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrested James R. Hale, 39, at 8:14 p.m. Friday on a warrant signed by Christian District Judge Foster Cotthoff. The report states officers approached Hale at his workplace, PTC Alliance on Frank Yost Lane, on Thursday about two active warrants, and he told them he was the only person there despite a purse that was seen lying on a table.

http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/crime/article_43baac4a-13b6-11e5-9fe7-a7ce5f125366.html

A Valdese woman was hit with drug charges after police say she was involved in a crash Friday morning.

Brittney Michelle Melton, 24, of 4277 Milton Road in Valdese, was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor probation violation, according to a Morganton Department of Public Safety arrest report.557f71c4aaa78_image

Officers responded to a crash on East Meeting Street and identified one of the drivers as Melton.

“She informed me she was running late to meet her probation officer,” arresting officer D.E. Gabryszewski wrote in the arrest report.

Melton had a warrant for probation violation, and allowed police to search her vehicle, according to the report. Officers found a small, clear bag with a clear substance believed to be methamphetamine in the suspect’s purse, along with a scale “used for weighing narcotics and Percocet.”

The Burke County Narcotics Task Force confirmed the substance was meth, and took control of all evidence.

Melton was transported to Burke-Catawba jail and placed under a $10,000 secured bond. She had a first appearance in court Monday.

http://www.morganton.com/news/valdese-woman-charged-with-meth-possession-after-crash-police-say/article_f43953dc-13c0-11e5-b002-6f86f5799f2a.html

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville residents on Watterson Street told police they feared for their safety last week when a Kingsport man who was admittedly high on the potent “Ice” type of meth was observed attempting to dig a hole in the road with his hands.fb07b565ec301a2f353fa0e44f85c839

Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday Rogersville Police Department Officer Andy Banks was dispatched to the driveway of 410 Watterson Street on a complaint of a man there being “very fidgety and uncontrollable moving his arms and body.”

The man was identified as Terry Dewayne Seawell, 21, 1519 Grandview Road, Kingsport.

Banks said Seawell told him he walked to the residence to get a ride, but he didn’t know where he came from or how he found the house.

“Terry stated that he had shot up 30 units and ingested five units orally of meth (Ice) approximately two to three hours prior to having contact with me,” Banks stated in his report. “Witnesses at the neighboring houses stated that he looked as if he were trying to dig a hole in the road with his hands, and then he done the same in a few (residential) yards on (Watterson) Street. The witnesses stated they were in fear for their safety, as well as their kids.”

Seawell was arrested and charged with public intoxication, but medical staff at the Hawkins County Jail refused to admit him into custody due to his vital signs.

Seawell was then treated at the Hawkins County Memorial hospital emergency room for about an hour, and then booked into jail.

As of Monday Seawell remained held in the Hawkins County Jail, and he was scheduled Monday to appear in Sessions Court.

http://www.timesnews.net/article/9088550/man-high-on-meth-seen-trying-to-dig-holes-in-the-road-with-his-hands

A Baton Rouge grand jury on Monday (June 15) returned federal indictments on 10 alleged drug traffickers with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

High-potency heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana are among the drugs the network is accused of trafficking, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Walt Green’s office.

Eight of the suspects now under indictment are from Baton Rouge, one is from Breaux Bridge and another from California. The indictments are the result of “Operation Armageddon,” an investigation into a drug trafficking network based out of Baton Rouge with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Also included in the more than 50-page indictment is accusations of money laundering, possession and use of firearms — including an AR-15 assault rifle, and mail-aided racketeering.

“According to the … indictment, two of the defendant allegedly discussed how that potency of the heroin was such that it had to be diluted or else the user would be killed,” the release says.

Green gave the following statement, in the release:  “As our nation continues to examine ways to tackle the many challenges associated with illegal drugs, we will and must remember this hard reality: Drug traffickers often use brutal violence in our communities to enforce their market share and to ensure their collection efforts. Those traffickers will find no safe harbor or relief in this district. They will instead find a united law enforcement community fully prepared to aggressively investigate and prosecute their wrongdoing.”

Monday’s indictment is the second in recent months stemming from Operation Armageddon.

Suspects face the following charges:

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and posses with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of methamphetamine and heroin; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; unlawful use of the mails in aid of racketeering enterprise; and forfeiture.

Alexander P. Nava, age 45, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; unlawful use of the mails in aid of racketeering enterprise; possession of a firearm by person convicted of domestic violence; and forfeiture.

Lori Lee Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, age 25, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Gregory John Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo QuinonezSandoval, age 36, of Breaux Bridge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Roy Martin Herrera Romero, age 38, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; distribution of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Mervin Ronald Spencer, age 24, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio LopezSandoval, age 20, of California: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; unlawful use of the mails in aid of racketeering enterprise; and forfeiture.

Kyle J. Tidwell, age 38, of Baton Rouge: conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

http://www.nola.com/crime/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/06/baton_rouge_drug_cartel_heroin.html

A 34-year-old Seabrook woman was charged Sunday with manufacturing methamphetamine after an anonymous caller reported the woman, according to a news release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.Jennifer Harvey

Sheriff’s deputies called to the home in Seabrook Mobile Home Park found Jennifer Harvey cooking methamphetamine in the kitchen, the release said. All of the home’s residents were evacuated while investigators conducted a search, the release said.

Evidence of the methamphetamine cook was safely collected and the volatile chemicals in the kitchen cleaned up, the release said.

Harvey was charged with two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center, the release said.

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/06/15/3795619_seabrook-woman-charged-with-manufacturing.html?rh=1

Officers arrested a Mexican woman Friday at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after finding nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine in her vehicle.Hid_Meth-26_80_lbs__06122015_courtesy_CBP_Hidalgo

The woman from Reynosa attempted to cross the Hidalgo International Bridge driving a Jeep Compass, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

After searching the vehicle in a secondary inspection, officers found 24 packages of methamphetamine, weighing about 26.80 pounds hidden within the Jeep, authorities said in the news release.

Officers arrested the Mexican woman upon finding the narcotics in her vehicle, according to the news release.

Customs and Border Protection seized the narcotics and Jeep Compass and handed the woman over to Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for further investigation.

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1217858#.VYBOamtFCUk

A Silver Creek woman remained in jail without bond Sunday after being accused of stealing several items from Belk at Mount Berry Mall while she had meth in her purse. 557e70dda8861_image

According to Floyd County Jail and Rome police reports:

Martha Blake Ashworth, 33, of 41 Woodberry Drive, Apt. C, Silver Creek, was arrested Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at Belk at Mount Berry Mall after she put into her purse a pair of Yellow Box flip-flops valued at $35, two Yankee candles valued at just over $10, and a sports bra valued at $24.

During a search of her purse, police found two glass pipes with methamphetamine residue inside them.

She is charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of theft by shoplifting.

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/police_fire/police-woman-stole-candles-flip-flops-from-belk-had-meth/article_a3290918-1327-11e5-ba45-c335e42cdae1.html

She was stopped for speeding, but arrested on drug charges. According to court documents 36-year-old Jessie Delgado was only given a verbal warning for speeding. When the police officer returned to his patrol car however, he observed Delgado started her engine, but did not leave.

When the officer went back to her car, he noticed a change in her demeanor prompting him to search her vehicle. Inside her coach purse was a glass pipe and suspected drugs.

The items later tested positive for methamphetamine.

http://www.kuam.com/story/29318106/2015/06/15/woman-pulled-over-for-speeding-tests-positive-for-meth

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Marshall County deputies arrested and charged two people for manufacturing meth in a Gilbertsville hotel.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday they got a call from a Cinderella Motel resident about a chemical odor that had woke them up.8068140_G

Deputies arrived and found the odor was coming from another apartment.

Inside the apartment, deputies found numerous items for manufacturing methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.

29-year-old Nicholas Ordunez and 28-year-old Megan Steinkoenig, both of Gilbertsville, were also inside the apartment.8068139_G

Ordunez was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and wanton endangerment.

Steinkoenig was charged with unlawful distribution of meth precursor, possession of a controlled substance, wanton endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were taken to the Marshall County Detention Center.

One of the tenants of the motel was taken to a local hospital after breathing in the fumes.

A detective also arrived  to assist in the cleanup of hazardous substances from the manufacturing of meth.

A statement was released on behalf of the owners of the Cinderella hotel, “For the past two and a half years my in-laws have been running the Cinderella Motel, the previous owners seemed to have been turning a blind eye on illegal activities within the motel. After some major clean up, restoration, and a strict policy of no smoking in the rooms and absolutely no drugs on the premises, they have successfully turned around the reputation of their business. As soon as it became clear that there might be illegal activity in room 4, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was notified and because of our prompt action as well as the swift response of the Sheriff’s Deputies, the couple in question was caught before they could complete the manufacturing process, the harmful substances were removed, the neighboring rooms were vented and the room sealed off from the a/c system. We are expecting the Health Department inspection soon, and will fully comply with orders for the health and safety of our guests and our community.”

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/29322257/two-people-arrested-and-charged-with-making-meth-in-gilbertsville-motel

GILBERTSVILLE – Law enforcement officials have arrested two people and one person was taking to the hospital after an active meth lab was discovered at a local hotel.

According to police reports, Marshall County Sgt. Samantha Mighell and Deputy Cory Curtner responded to the Cinderella Motel in Gilbertsville over the weekend after a chemical odor awakened a resident.

When Deputies arrived, they located the source of the odor in another apartment which was occupied by 29 year-old Nicholas Ordunez and 28 year-old Megan Steinkoenig, both of Gilbertsville.

The two subjects were in possession of numerous items for the manufacturing of Methamphetamine, along with a small quantity of marijuana. Ordunez was charged with Manufacturing Meth, Possession of controlled substance (meth) 1st degree (2nd offense), Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and wanton endangerment 1st degree.

Steinkoenig was charged with Unlawful distribution of meth precursor, Possession of controlled substance 1st degree (meth), wanton endangerment 1st degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

One of the other tenants of the motel was taken to the Marshall County Hospital after inhaling fumes. Both Ordunez and Steinkoenig were lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Mighell responded to the scene and assisted in cleaning up the hazardous substances associated with the manufacturing of Methamphetamine.

The Marshall County Sheriff Office was also assisted by Julie Connor with the Marshall County Health Department.

http://www.marshallcountydaily.com/2015/06/15/two-arrested-one-sent-to-the-hospital-after-meth-lab-discovered-in-local-motel/

NEAR SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –  The Greene County Sheriff’s deputies arrested nine people at a home late Friday night after they say they uncovered an active methamphetamine lab.

A crime tip lead them to the home in the 10000 block of North Farm Road 177.  No charges have been filed.  The investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff’s department has not released any names involved.

http://www.kspr.com/news/local/greene-co-sheriffs-department-tip-leads-to-active-methamphetamine-lab-nine-arrested/21051620_33568628

HAMILTON, Ohio —A 2-year-old Milford Township boy tested positive for methamphetamine, and his mother has been indicted.

On March 18, Butler County officials conducted a search at a home in the 2800 block of Scott Road and discovered chemicals used to manufacture meth.Caroline-Lissal-jpg

According to police, there were two children in the home at the time of the search.

Initially Michael Murray was charged in connection with the meth lab. An additional case was presented to the grand jury against Caroline Lissal, who was also at the residence at the time of the search.

Lissal was indicted on endangering children and permitting drug abuse after police said her 2-year-old son tested positive for methamphetamine.

Bond for Lissal was set at $30,000.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/2yearold-test-positive-for-meth-mom-indicted-in-milford-township/33545352

COLUMBIA — Police say two teenage sisters missing since last month in southwest Missouri might be with gang members.

Police say were last seen May 24 at the Monett YMCA.

Monett police Sgt. Jerry Harrison says family members and others told police the girls could be with two people associated with the Southwest Honkey gang. Police believe they might be in the El Dorado Springs area.

Olivia is 5-feet tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. She has a faded tattoo on her left foot and the numbers “5150” tattooed on her right thigh. Tori is 4-feet-8 with brown hair and brown eyes.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the Southwest Honkey gang is an generally unorganized group involved in methamphetamine trafficking.

http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=1216886#.VX3pQiww-Ul

A man who drugged and raped a 14-year-old girl after bringing her and another teenager to a home to smoke methamphetamine was sentenced Friday to 158 years to life in prison.

William G. Cortez, 50, was found convicted in April of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and adult using a minor.

Cortez met the victim and another 14-year-old girl and brought them to a house to smoke methamphetamine on Oct. 28, 2013, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael DeRose.

One of the teens decided to go home, but the other was too intoxicated to leave and Cortez injected her with methamphetamine, then raped her, the prosecutor said.

The girl’s mother learned from the other 14-year-old girl where Cortez had taken her daughter and notified authorities.

http://mynewsla.com/crime/2015/06/12/158-year-term-for-girls-rapist-in-meth-smoking-case/