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The United Nations warns that Mexican drug cartels are targeting criminals in Australia to import ice into the country.

A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says cartels involved in methamphetamine trafficking have actively sought partners in Australia.A supplied image obtained Friday, April 4, 2014 of amphetamine (Ice) which part of a $3.5 million drug seizure conducted by Strike Force Siddon. Six people were arrested following raids in Sydney and Canberra yesterday.  AAP image/NSW Police) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The report says ice usage in Australia has risen to 50 per cent of drug users aged 14 years or older from just 22 per cent in 2010.

UNODC Asia Pacific regional representative Jeremy Douglas said transnational criminal gangs overseeing the synthetic drug trade pose a rising challenge for governments.

An Australian Senate Committee this week reported a sharp rise in smuggled seizures of ice into Australia at 2.9 tons in the current financial year, compared with 1.8 tons in the previous year.

China is the main source, the committee said.

Seizures of ice – crystalline methamphetamine – in China doubled from 4.5 tons in 2009 to 8.0 tons by 2013, making up over 50 per cent of seizures in the Asia-Pacific region.

Across Asia-Pacific, ice seizures reached 42 tons in 2013 from 11 tons in 2008.

Ice was the most frequently seized form of meth with over 1.2 tons trafficked from China in 2012-13, with Hong Kong and Thailand also sources in Asia.

Australia and New Zealand are key regional markets in meth trade, which also includes the tablet form.

The report also said Asia-Pacific represents an increasing share of the global ecstasy market, with imports largely from Asia, but also Western Europe, South Africa and South America.

Law enforcement authorities in Australia and Myanmar reported multi-ton ecstasy seizures in 2014, the report said.

In the summer of 2013, a 50-year-old chemistry professor in the Chinese province of Xi’an apparently decided to emulate “Breaking Bad.”  Teaming up with a Mr. Chen, Professor Lu (full names haven’t been released) straddled between his classroom duties and a growing methamphetamine business — at least until last week, when law enforcement swept down on the pair and their employees, seizing 128 kilograms of finished product, more than 2,000 liters of semi-finished product, and 5 million yuan in cash (approximately $806,000). As of a week ago, their sales network, which stretched across China, is no longer in operation.620x349

Lu’s was a short, spectacular run at one of China’s fastest growing business opportunities: the manufacture of methamphetamines and other synthetic drugs.

According to data released last week by China’s National Narcotics Control Commission, China was home in 2014 to 14 million drug addicts (a number that the agency acknowledges is a serious undercount). Of these, 2.955 million are registered with government agencies (for the purpose of treatment and monitoring by public agencies, including law enforcement), and more than half — 1.459 million — were recorded as users of methamphetamine. According to the government, the ranks of synthetic drug users are growing 36 percent every year.

Of course, China isn’t the only country that has struggled to deal with a drug epidemic. But there are several reasons meth will likely prove to be an especially stubborn scourge for the Chinese government.

The first problem is easy supply. China is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the chemical precursors necessary to make licit and illicit drugs. China tries to strictly control the distribution of these chemicals, but ambitious meth entrepreneurs can often find crooked chemical and pharmaceutical factories that are willing to evade regulations. Directly sourcing large volumes of ingredients allows meth producers to produce large batches and benefit from economies of scale.

In that way, it’s no accident that Guangdong Province, home to the bulk of China’s chemical industry, is also home to some of its biggest methamphetamine busts. In January 2014, for example, 3,000 paramilitary and police descended on a village of 14,000 devoted to meth production, where they shut down 77 meth labs, and seized more than 100 tons of meth-making ingredients.

China is also dealing with a complicated demand problem. Consider Guangdong, which has some of China’s highest rates of methamphetamine use. (That’s according to an innovative 2014 study that measured illicit drug levels in the sewage of major Chinese cities and found meth “in every single sample analyzed.” The provincial government’s data confirms the high rate.)

What differentiates Guangdong from other parts of China? Li Xiaodong, a member of the board of the China Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, has suggested the province’s high rates of drug use are linked to its high rates of migrant labor. (The area attracts tens of millions of laborersevery year from other parts of China.) Li recently told the South China Morning Post that more than 60 percent of Guangdong’s drug users were originally from other provinces, and it’s not hard to imagine why that group might find its way to drugs. Migrants often lead lonely lives — many leave their families behind when they set off to find work — and they’re said to suffer from high rates of depression.

Studies suggest that migrant labor also takes a toll on the family members who are left behind. Studies have shown that China’s biggest base of drug users is the country’s poor rural youth. According to a 2011 report in the Global Times newspaper, 87 percent of rural Chinese drug users were under the age of 35, including many whose migrant laborer parents were no longer at home. (Meanwhile, a handful of studies and plenty of anecdotes suggest that drug use — especially cheap drugs like meth — are on the rise among working class Chinese more generally. In 2012, for example, a fatal truck crash caused by a meth-using driver inspired the national authorities to drug test truck drivers nationally and suspend more than 1,400.)

The government has made efforts to push back against these trends. Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has undertaken a very public campaign against recreational drug use. In 2014, the Narcotics Control Commission claims that law enforcement “cracked” 146,000 drug-related cases, convicted 109,000 drug-related suspects, and seized 69 tons of “illegal substances.” And the government has also undertaken prosecuted celebrities, including the son of film star Jackie Chan, on drug charges.

But laudable as these efforts are, they don’t address the root of China’s methamphetamine problem. The country’s growing demand and near endless supply for meth production means that, for the foreseeable future, there will likely be many more people vying to become the country’s next Walter White.

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Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.

Growing economic integration across the region was also enabling cross-border criminal networks to cooperate in peddling amphetamine-type stimulants and so-called “legal highs”, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report.3795fd1eff20b62363dd9d51816a37c3f783226d

The study, which was released in Bangkok, covers Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania, but excluded South Asia.

Between 2008 and 2013, the last year covered by the UNODC figures, regional seizures of methamphetamine — known colloquially as meth — rose nearly four-fold from 11 to 42 metric tons.

Much of the increase is down to an explosion in production of meth tablets, known in parts of Asia as “yaba”.

The drug, a potent stimulant, tends to come in two forms, a powerful crystalline variant known as “ice” or crystal meth, and the usually less pure tablets.

Between 2008 and 2013 crystal meth seizures doubled, from seven to around 14 tons.

But meth tablet seizures grew eight fold, from 30 million tablets in 2008 to more than 250 million in 2013.

Long popular in the poorer Mekong region countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam as an affordable high — often for people working long hours such as truck drivers — yaba is finding new consumers in wealthier countries.

South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore have all reported recent seizures of meth tablets, the UNODC said, although it is thought intended customers are likely to be labourers from the Mekong region rather than locals.

“This significant increase of seizures might partly be the result of effective law enforcement measures, ” the study said.1d7ea9dea8bd3625ca3dee701d209a2a63b118e5

But the rise “also points to expanding manufacture and an increase of trafficking to and through the region as the synthetic drug market is becoming increasingly interconnected with other regions.”

Legal High

The UN’s research also reported a significant increase in the production and consumption of new psychoactive substances — often colloquially referred to as “legal highs”.

These are laboratory produced chemical compounds that mimic the effects of popular recreational drugs like ecstasy and cannabis but are not yet controlled by international drug conventions.

In 2009 the number of reported new substances on regional markets was 34. By November 2014 that number had jumped to 137, with Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan reporting the largest number of new substances.

Both southern China and Myanmar remain major regional synthetic drug production hotspots.d315fd41d1ee6a6d1dabee070cbb6e4e

Tun Nay Soe, UNODC program coordinator for East Asia, highlighted a village in southern China’s Guangdong province where a police raid in December 2013 netted three tons of meth and 260 kilogrammes of ketamine.

The same community was raided again in February this year and a further 2.4 tons of meth was uncovered along with precursor chemicals.

“Both crystal methamphetamine and also methamphetamine pill seizure are continuing to increase and based on the data we have received we don’t believe the momentum is going to stop at the moment,” he said.

HESPERIA (  —  Hesperia Police say a woman’s stolen phone inadvertently led them to a THC lab and the arrest of six suspects.

The victim called police to say her cellphone had been stolen while she was at Knott’s Berry Farm. She was able to track her phone to a residence in Hesperia.

Deputies were dispatched to the location around 1 a.m. Saturday  — a home in the 11000 block of 4th Avenue —  and found a known parolee by the name of Bobby Turner, 39, of Hesperia.

Police said Turner was in possession of drug paraphernalia, needles and methamphetamine.

Meanwhile, the homeowner — 49-year-old Stacey Shelton — allegedly admitted to stealing the phone from the victim.

Deputies uncovered a THC extraction lab inside the home after executing a search warrant.

The stolen phone was recovered. A fully-operational drug lab, meth, marijuana and more drug paraphernalia were also uncovered, officials said. The marijuana was allegedly found in a 13-year-old’s bedroom.

Police said Stacey and Michael Shelton, 47,  admitted to smoking pot with their minor child on numerous occasions. Children and Family Services was dispatched to the location and removed the child from the premises.

The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous due to the use of large amounts of flammable chemicals during the extraction process. This chemical process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health & Safety Code.

In addition to the Sheltons and Turner, three other associates (Michael Walker, 22, of Hesperia; Dina Gorman, 51, of Rancho Cucamonga and Michael Funderburg, 49, of Rancho Cucamonga) were arrested on various charges.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840.

A 26-year-old Omaha woman was arrested Friday afternoon for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

When Maria Vallesillo was stopped in Waverly for having fictitious plates on her vehicle, Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies say they discovered she had 3.4 grams of meth on her as well as $7,000 in cash.

After a more thorough search on her vehicle, authorities say they discovered 56.5 additional grams of meth and a handgun found in the glove compartment.

A search through Vallesillo’s phone records revealed several conversations discussing sale of the drugs, authorities said.

Vallesillo was taken to the Lancaster County Jail and cited for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, felon in possession of a firearm and several traffic violations.







ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. – Police discovered a meth lab strapped to a moped after they tried to make a traffic stop Saturday night. It happened on Railroad Street near Hindman St. in West Pelzer.7871108_G

Upstate Drug Enforcement say these types of mobile meth labs could be going undetected on South Carolina roads.

“In my mind I would think of [them in] a shack or something really creepy,” said Will Black. “I heard they explode. That scares me.”

Boats, cars and now, a moped are all places drug enforcement says working meth labs have been found before. Because of the flammable chemicals used to make the drug, officers say it’s very dangerous to have on our roads. If the lab is shaken enough, it could catch fire or explode.

“It can be extremely hazardous for people to innocently come upon it and not know what it is,” said Lt. Baker, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.7871112_G

7 On Your Side asked drug enforcement how easy is it to detect these mobile meth labs. They say it’s pretty hard, because meth can be made in small, plastic bottles and put in small places like a trunk.

Some call them “shake and bake” meth labs. It’s a cheaper, easier option to make the drug by mixing ingredients together in a bottle.

“[If a] van explodes. there could be school children on the side of the road,” said Black. “Just horrible things can happen.”

Experts say the chemicals can be harmful even if the meth lab isn’t active. They can burn your skin and put your health at risk.

“The chemicals are extremely hazardous,” said Lt. Baker. “The aftermath could be potentially hazardous if it’s not handled properly.”

Law enforcement usually find mobile meth labs during traffic stops or accidents. When they do, they’re told to immediately back away and call in a hazmat team, as police did Saturday night in West Pelzer.

We asked law enforcement how common these mobile meth labs are in the upstate. The Anderson County Drug Unit say they don’t see as many as they do meth labs inside homes or other buildings.

Law enforcement do tell us that meth labs overall are on the rise in the Upstate. So far this year, Spartanburg County and Anderson County say they have busted about 28 meth labs.

In Greenwood county, law enforcement has found 15. They were not able to tell us how many of those were mobile.

Melbourne – An Australian man who repeatedly raped and degraded a terrified Dutch tourist during a six-week ordeal, including carving a cross into her forehead, was sentenced to 17 years in jail Monday.

Alfio Anthony Granata, 47, pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including multiple rapes, threats to kill and intentionally causing serious injury over a six-week period in 2012.

Victorian County Court Judge Frank Gucciardo said Granata’s behavior was “vile and repulsive” and had dehumanized his 21-year-old victim.

“The victim was in constant pain,” he said. “She was degraded and humiliated.”

An earlier hearing was told Granata and his former partner Jennifer Peaston met the young bisexual backpacker at a party in Melbourne and they became friends, having consensual sex while smoking the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine.

Granata later became obsessed that the two women were having sex behind his back and turned violent, threatening to kill the young woman if she left the hotel room where he and Peaston were living.

He was accused of attacking her, with the help of Peaston, with objects including a rolling pin, vacuum cleaner and a gas torch lighter in a pattern of escalating attacks.

The Melbourne Age said that on one occasion Granata carved a cross into the victim’s forehead, saying it meant she belonged to him and was “marked for death”.

In another bizarre ritual, Granata sealed her photograph, fingernail and hair clippings and blood in an envelope and poured hot wax over her body.

The harrowing ordeal culminated in the tourist stabbing Granata as he slept and then attempting to kill herself. Granata and his girlfriend panicked and called emergency services, bringing an end to events that the judge said would scar the woman for life.

Police said Granata shot extensive video footage of the attacks and it had taken officers six months to sift through it all. Chains, blindfolds and sex toys were also seized from the hotel room.

The defense argued that the offences were linked to Granata’s ice addiction, but the judge rejected this.

Earlier this year Peaston avoided jail after pleading guilty to two charges of intentionally causing injury. She was placed on a good behavior bond after the court decided that she too had been the victim of sustained abuse.

A Cowpens woman is accused of exposing a child to methamphetamine and marijuana.

Mariah Ne’Shelle Brewington, 19, of 1050 Double Branch Road, has been charged with child neglect.Mariah Ne'Shelle Brewington

The state Department of Social Services opened an investigation into the child’s family amid allegations of the use and sale of illegal drugs, according to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report.

The child was placed in the care of Brewington and Brewington’s girlfriend, but both refused to take drug tests, the report states.

They later moved from their residence and DSS was unable to find them and the child. DSS officials notified law enforcement.

The suspects and child were located at a Spartanburg restaurant. The child was removed from Brewington’s custody and a drug test revealed she had been exposed to methamphetamine and marijuana. Brewington tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, a report states.

Brewington’s girlfriend refused to be tested.

Brewington was booked and released from the Spartanburg County jail Wednesday, according to online jail records.

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – Jackson fire investigators discover a meth lab during a house fire Friday night.7866969_G

Jackson Fire Department Division Chief Cleotha Sanders Jr. said the fire on Hampton Street initially started from a cigarette that was disposed of improperly.

Units responded to the scene just after seven p.m.

There were reports of a possible explosion.

Investigators found a meth lab at the home.

The fire was contained to one room.

Sanders said the case has been turned over to MBN for further investigation.

No word on arrests at this time.

A long investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in northern Westchester culminated when police searched a house at 1660 Hunterbrook Road in Yorktown Heights.

Now five men, three of whom police say lived there face felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

  • Peter A. Laquer, 66, of Yorktown
  • Brian T. Zignego, 43, of Yorktown
  • Robert Mandry, 53, of Yorktown
  • Akihiko Nitta, 51, of New York City
  • Connor Schloop, 22, of Cheekatowga, NY

Yorktown police officers, the Westchester County Northern Drug Task Force and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant.

it was the culmination of a long investigation into the packaging and distribution of crystal meth throughout Westchester, police said.

“This is a perfect example of multiple law enforcement agencies working together to combat the drug epidemic that is gripping our community,” said Lt. Robert Noble, the Yorktown Police Department Patrol Division Commander.

Zignego, Mandry, Nitta and Schloop are due in Yorktown court June 4. Laqueur was scheduled for a court appearance May 19.

A solo mum and her two children have been forced out of their rented home after tests for P residue revealed levels of the drug 25 times above safety limits.

The four-bedroom villa at Fairway Ave, Red Beach, Whangaparaoa, is owned by large-scale methamphetamine dealer Brett Campbell Bogue, who was jailed for more than nine years in November.SCCZEN_130515HOSDSP3_480x270

But when Kadon Captain rented the house for $720 a week in January she had no idea about its past.

She rented the property through a North Shore letting agency. Bogue’s mother, real estate agent Janice Bogue, was the acting landlord, and his sister, Krishla, was Captain’s initial point of contact for any property issues.

On Thursday, Captain appeared in the Tenancy Tribunal seeking compensation from Janice Bogue, who in return is counter-claiming, seeking $6,582 in alleged unpaid rent from Captain.

Captain became aware of the property owner’s history after being informed by a neighbor two months after moving in.

“I was horrified,” she told the Herald on Sunday. “I know residue from that drug is toxic and I had real worries for my family’s health.”

Captain told the tribunal she contacted Janice Bogue at the end of March about the possibility of contamination.

Two weeks later, Bogue indicated she would organize a meth test, but nothing happened, Captain said. She went ahead with private testing, conducted by MethSolutions.

“Results showed the lower part of the house was 25 times Ministry of Health guidelines for decontamination,” Captain said. “My teenage son was staying there.”

Miles Stratford, director of MethSolutions, was alarmed at the results. “There can be short-term symptoms such as skin rashes, eye irritation and headaches. Longer term, people are at increased risk of cancer, lung disease, stroke and birth defects,” he said.

“If you are living in houses with meth contamination in them, but have no resistance to P because you don’t use the stuff, you can still get a mild meth effect.”

Captain reported her concerns to the police and contacted Environmental Health at Auckland Council. Her insurers, State Insurance, are carrying out tests on her family’s possessions for contamination.

The hearing will continue next month when Krishla Bogue is due to give her side of the story. Janice Bogue was not at Thursday’s hearing.

Meanwhile, further testing at Bogue’s house – which has a 2014 CV of $600,000 – was conducted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and State Insurance this week.

Etienne Dyssel, acting manager of Environmental Health at Auckland Council, said if a rental property returned methamphetamine levels exceeding Ministry of Health guidelines, council would serve the owner with a cleansing order.

Brett Bogue, 44, a former award-winning real estate agent was sentenced in the High Court at Auckland after pleading guilty to six charges covering class-A drug offending and unlawful possession of a pistol.

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Police officers who responded to an apartment Saturday to check on someone ended up discovering a methamphetamine lab.

Oswego police said around 8:30 a.m. officers responded to a second-floor apartment at 200 W. First St. for a “check the welfare complaint.”

When the officers arrived, however, they found indications that there might be a methamphetamine lab in the apartment, police said. Officers secured the scene and two people in the apartment were treated by the Oswego Fire Department for unknown medical conditions.

Police said the sidewalk in front of the apartment on West First Street was closed off and the state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in. Officers seized a one-pot methamphetamine lab.

All units had left the scene and the sidewalk had been opened by 12:30 p.m.

Police said they are continuing to investigate and that arrests are possible, but that no other information will be released until next week.

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two people were arrested Thursday on several charges, including criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

On Thursday, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol Division responded to a theft of services complaint on Zeggert Road in the Town of Union.endicott+meth+web+333

Deputies said the complaint stemmed from the residents of 1006 May St. stealing electrical service from a residence on Zeggert Road, which is located directly behind the May Street residence.

The investigating deputy followed the extension cord back to 1006 May Street, and saw a meth operation through an open window of the home.

The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force was contacted to continue the investigation. Members obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Broome County SIU Task Force members and members of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol Division searched the residence for anyone inside, with negative results, and were able to render the scene safe for the night.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol Division monitored the home throughout the night until morning.

Because of the volatility of the meth that was being manufactured, the task force called for the assistance of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT).

On Friday, task force members and CCSERT executed the search warrant on the residence and located approximately five fluid ounces of methamphetamine oil, packaged heroin, controlled substance pills and an indoor marijuana grow operation.

An inspector from the Town of Union Code Enforcement Office responded to the scene and deemed the house unsafe. The property was condemned.

Peter Drossos, 53, and Michele Drossos, 48, both of 1006 May St., were arrested and arraigned in the Town of Union Court Thursday night. They were taken to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force was assisted on the scene by the West Corners Department and the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad.


Peter Drossos, 53

  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, second degree, class A-II felony
  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, third degree, class D felony
  • Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, second degree, class A misdemeanor
  • Two counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, class A misdemeanors,
  • Growing of the plant known as cannabis by an unlicensed person, class A Misdemeanor -Unlawful possession of marihuana, a violation.

Michele Drossos, 48

  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, second degree, class A-II felony
  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, third degree, class D felony
  • Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, second degree, class A misdemeanor
  • Two counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, class A misdemeanors,
  • Growing of the plant known as cannabis by an unlicensed person, class A Misdemeanor -Unlawful possession of marihuana, a violation.

The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force is comprised of members of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Binghamton Police Department, the Village of Johnson City Police Department, and the Village of Endicott Police Department.

Candida Velazquez has pleaded guilty to felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. She was scheduled to be sentenced Friday but could not find transportation to Ithaca from her Cortland home.

Records state that Velazquez was charged at 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 24 at 177 Main Street in Groton after police say they found materials used to make methamphetamine in her home.

Court records show that police found the following:

  • 96 pills of pseudoephedrine
  • Drain opener with sulfuric acid
  • 24 ounces of sea salt
  • sterno cooking jelly
  • a digital scale
  • Other materials such as tubing, a funnel and residue crusted blender

She and her co-defendant and boyfriend, Kenneth O. Bush, admitted to the making methamphetamine, police said in court records.

Velazquez was also convicted of felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine June 7 in Cortlandville, according to WGN.

She and her husband Ramon Velazquez were pulled over by a police officer saw contraband and methamphetamine in the vehicle, the report says.

Court records show that her sentence will be served concurrently with her Cortland County charge.

23-year-old Ashley Jordan Sigmon and 47-year-old Marcus Otto Gienger, both of the same Thomas Drive, Newton b31a1e0cb6278e5bc3b5270b10883131_XLaddress, were arrested by Newton Police Officers. They’re both charged with possession of methamphetamine. Sigmon is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Following their arrests, both suspects were detained this morning (Friday, May 22) in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Sigmon’s bond was set at $10,000, Gienger’s bond was set at $15,000. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court today.

After a brief chase and struggle, narcotics agents arrested a 31-year-old Alabaster man accused of trafficking methamphetamine Thursday afternoon.17887370-small

Sgt. Brent Blankley, a spokesman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force met a 31-year-old man in McCalla around 4:30 Thursday for a drug buy.

Blankley said officers surrounded the man in the 21000 block of Highway 11 North. The suspect tried to flee on a motorcycle, he said, but was subdued after a brief struggle by officers on foot before he could escape.

When the searched the man, agents found 40 grams of methamphetamine, 7 grams of methadone, steroids, alprazolam powder, approximately 8 ounces of GHB and drug paraphernalia.17887317-mmmain

Officers arrested Christopher Adam Blake and charged him with two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs, one for possession of a controlled substance, one of attempting to elude police, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blake is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where his bond was set at $1,020,000 bond.

An Orangeburg man was arrested on drug charges after law enforcement alleged he purchased pharmaceuticals to make methamphetamine.

A 50-year-old faces misdemeanor charges of possession of methamphetamine and attempting to obtain pseudoephedrine by fraud, according to Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Lt. John Caddell.

An ODPS incident report says the man and a woman purchased pseudoephedrine from the John C. Calhoun Drive and Chestnut Street Walgreens Monday using other people’s identification.

The drug is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement asked the man to turn his leftover meth into the agency’s narcotics office and he did so voluntarily. The total amount of meth turned in was .42 grams.

Businessmen running big companies and footballers are among WA’s hidden methamphetamine addicts, according to a drug rehabilitation expert.

Tabitha Corser, a Drug and Alcohol Office-trained counselor in private practice, said meth users were wrongly assumed to be mostly fly-in, fly-out workers.

But many of her clients were high-functioning businessmen and sportsmen, such as footballers, who were skilled at keeping their addiction secret from family and friends “until they unraveled”.

“I work with footballers and they have many other issues because addiction can be in many areas – gambling, sex, booze, you name it – and it’s not really about the item they’re addicted to but what’s underlying it,” she said.

“I’ve seen very successful sportsmen who have grown up in beautiful, supportive family environments and they’re still not happy – it’s the whole myth of success.”

Ms Corser, who runs the Whitehaven Clinic, said addicts with money could hide their addiction. Those who ran companies often had a personal assistant to cover for them or a team in place to do the heavy-lifting work.

“Among my private clients are many high-functioning drug users and one I’ve started to mentor was a sales manager for one of the big building companies in Perth,” she said. “He and his management team were shooting up three times a day at work and that’s not uncommon.

“I had another young guy who was in jail when his meth addiction spiraled out of control and he worked at a prominent company in Perth where the foreman was smoking meth at lunchtime.”

Ms Corser said demand for meth rehabilitation was soaring, so people had to wait three to four months for mainstream services.

At one time about half her clients were meth users but now it was about 95 per cent.

In the pro bono work she does two days a week at Casuarina and Hakea prisons it is the same story, with most of her clients nominating meth as their drug of choice.

“Nothing shocks me anymore because I’ve heard it all – people driving with guns in their cars or weapons in their homes,” Ms Corser said. “People can recover but they have to want to change, and that usually only happens when their use becomes problematic and they hit rock bottom.”

She has reservations about the “war on drugs” approach, which she said sounded good in theory but did not seem to work.

The current anti-meth advertising campaign might deter people from using meth but was unlikely to have any impact on those “already way down the road”.

Assault: 8 p.m., 400 block of 6th St S. A 23-year-old man assaulted the owner of a local kickboxing club after smoking meth. The victim and another man were able to restrain the suspect until police arrived. He was transported to EvergreenHealth Hospital, where he then proceeded to assault a police officer.

A Roberts woman accused of burglary and teaching a child to inject methamphetamine was sentenced last week to jail time, probation and enrollment in drug court.

The sentence, issued by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack, followed guilty pleas by Bridget Nicole Eisele to one count of felony meth possession and one count of burglary.012915_FRT__NRN__Eisele_0

Vlack sentenced her to three years on probation, a year in jail and restitution costs. A five-year prison term was stayed.

The 33-year-old was charged in January after her mother, Lisa Burns, reported her Roberts home had been burglarized. Authorities later learned Eisele had been staying at the home and was suspected in the burglary.

A missing safe that had contained jewelry, knives, about $2,900 in cash and pain medication was found days later in Minnesota, so authorities went to check back at the Burns home, where they found Burns’ 12-year-old daughter — Eisele’s sister.

The child allegedly told police how Eisele had prepared and used “oxy” or “meth” in front of her and demonstrated to her how to inject drugs. According to a criminal complaint, Eisele helped the girl shoot up drugs on at least one occasion.

“Facts alleged in the complaint are disturbing, shameful and, frankly, just plain sad,” Assistant St. Croix County District Attorney Matthew Hartung said at Friday’s hearing.

Eisele was later found at a River Falls hotel, where she was arrested on Jan. 20. Police said Eisele was in possession of jewelry that was reported missing from Burns’ safe at the time of the arrest.

Burns described feelings of victimization to Vlack during Friday’s sentencing hearing, noting that she changed the locks at her house in response to the burglary.

Burns said she feared Eisele hadn’t yet hit “rock bottom” and asked the judge to issue jail time in the case.

“I just wish Bridget would get the help that she needs,” Burns told the court before offering that Eisele had yet to offer a face-to-face apology.

Burns said the burglary and its fallout came after a difficult stretch for her that included two bouts with cancer.

“It’s just caused me so much more stress,” she said.

Hartung said that in spite of the plea agreement calling for jail time and other penalties, he thought the circumstances of the crime warranted prison time.

If Eisele was willing to burglarize her own mother’s home, Hartung said in court, “who won’t she steal from?”

Eisele’s attorney, Julie Weber, said her client is aware the sentence represents her last stop before prison.

Eisele told Vlack she has “lots of regret” and that she sees drug court as a privilege — not a punishment.

“I can prove to you that I am ready,” she said.

Vlack said he would wait until May 29 to tell Eisele how much time he would stay from her one-year jail sentence, a portion of which she was already served in custody.

Numerous charges were dismissed under the plea deal, including delivery of meth, child abuse and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. Charges in a Pierce County case alleging meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia were also dismissed.

Roberts woman charged with burglary

A Roberts woman was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Friday, March 6, with burglary and felony theft along with assorted misdemeanors.

The next court appearance for Bridget Nicole Eisele, 33, is a status conference scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, March 30. In addition to the felony charges, Eisele was also charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property.


According to the criminal complaint, Roberts police and St. Croix County deputies were dispatched Jan. 13 to 105 W. Graham St. for a burglary complaint.

Upon their arrival, Lisa Burns, Eisele’s mother, told law enforcement they departed her house at approximately 10:10 a.m., for an appointment. Burns said she locked the front door and entered her van through the garage. Minutes later, Eisele entered the van.

When they returned, Burns noticed a chair from her bedroom was now located in the kitchen and her black safe was missing from the closet. She also noticed the front door was slightly open. As a result, she called law enforcement.

Burns told law enforcement that while they were en route, Eisele, who had a warrant for her arrest, drove off with Burns’ van.

Burns told law enforcement the contents inside the safe were — a pair of diamond earrings, seven rings, knives, approximately $2,900 in cash and 120 pills of Oxycodone. Burns added she had tried to reach Eisele multiple times since she left, but Eisele didn’t answer.


Another one of Burns’ daughters told law enforcement Eisele told her she wanted to steal her mother’s safe because it contained money and pain medication. A week later, Roberts police received word they knew where Eisele could be located — which was in River Falls, where she was subsequently arrested.

As she was being arrested, River Falls police noticed she had multiple pieces of jewelry on her, which some of the pieces Burns confirmed originated from her safe.

Two individuals also talked to Roberts police about their role in the burglary. Randy L. Meyer, 27, of South St. Paul, Minn., said he was contacted via text by Eisele who said the door was open and now was the time “to do it.” He said he took the safe and met Eisele later in River Falls where he gave Eisele the money and pills.

The other individual, Charlene Stuart, 42, of River Falls, said after taking the safe, they drove to Minnesota to get rid of the safe. Eisele gave this person a couple pieces of jewelry, which she later disposed of. For their involvement, the pair were charged Monday with burglary, felony theft and receiving/concealing stolen property while Meyer was also charged with criminal trespass of a dwelling.

The burglary charge is a Class F felony which carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 150 months prison. The theft charge is a Class I felony, with the maximum penalties of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison.

According to Wisconsin online court records, Eisele is also facing charges of child abuse to reckless cause harm, contributing to the delinquency of a child, manufacturing or delivering amphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia in St. Croix County and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Pierce County.

CASSEL, Calif. – Convicted killer Jayson Elrod was arrested in Cassel today on drug and other charges. The 38-year-old was convicted in 2000 of the shooting death of a nine year old boy.


Drug agents served a search warrant on a home and property on Sand Pit Road in Cassel around 8 a.m. They say they found 1/2 a pound of methamphetamine buried on the property along with packaging materials and evidence that the drug was being sold.

Elrod was arrested, along with Stephanie Louise Isbell, 23 and Elizabeth Ann Bednar, 42. All three are facing charges of being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Bednar was also charged with child endangerment. Agents found a 10-year-old was living in a trailer on the property. The child was taken into protective custody by Shasta County Child Family Services because the trailer was “unfit.” elrod-jayson-jpg

Kenneth Scott Elrod, 63, was cited for multiple building code violations and violations involving his dogs. Several dogs were removed from the property by animal regulation.

In 2000, Jayson Elrod was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after investigators say he shot and killed 9 year old Floyd Short. Elrod told investigators at the time he was aiming for a jackrabbit when he shot the boy. Investigators say he was really trying to scare the boy. Elrod was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

ELKO — A woman wanted on warrants and a man driving the car she was in were arrested late Wednesday night.555e586f4fd2c_image

An Elko County sheriff’s deputy pulled over George A. Smith, 24, of Elko, Undersheriff Clair Morris said.

The deputy recognized the passenger — Jennifer Stanger, 29, of Elko — and knew she had a warrant, Morris said.

She in fact had two bench warrants, both for failure to appear and being in contempt of court.

When Stanger got out of the car, she reportedly told the deputy she had drugs down her pants. She then pulled out about 2.6 grams of methamphetamine, Morris said.

Stanger was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and on two bench warrants. Her bail was listed at $35,000.

Smith was booked on traffic charges. He was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license, operator proof of insurance required, and rear license plate lamp violation. His bail was listed at $1,210.

The man accused of raping and murdering Blessie Gotingco will be kept in a cell for the remainder of his trial after reacting angrily to a judge’s summary.

The accused became increasingly agitated throughout Justice Timothy Brewer’s summary at the High Court in Auckland this morning, clenching his jaw, looking at the clock and passing his lawyer notes.

He then stood up abruptly and launched himself at the dock door to the cells, yelling abuse at a security guard behind the door, who was trying not to let him into the corridor.

However he pushed his way through and Justice Brewer gave the order for him to be kept in the cells during the remainder of his summary.

Before dismissing the jury the judge asked them to disregard the outburst.

“Don’t hold that against him.”

It had been evident throughout the trial just how “vital” the court process was to the accused, he said, which was natural considering the seriousness of the charges.

The jury was dismissed at 11.45 am.

Earlier during his summary Justice Brewer asked the jury to reach a verdict “unaffected by prejudice and sympathy”.

He told them they should not jump to the conclusion that because the accused had a criminal history, he was guilty of killing Ms Gotingco.

“You must reach your verdict unaffected by prejudice and sympathy,” he said.

“You cannot help but be affected by what happened to Ms Gotingco.”

He asked them to consider the evidence logically and rationally.

They must come to a verdict solely on the evidence presented before the court, he said.

They could also consider the points both the Crown and defense raised, but what they made of it was up to them.

Any witness evidence should be assessed on whether it was “credible and reliable”.

“Credibility means honesty and sincerity,” he said.

“You are 12 adults, you’ve spent your whole lives getting to know people,” he said, referring to their ability to judge people’s intentions.

The accused’s own credibility was clearly an issue, and the Crown had called his evidence “lies”, Justice Brewer said.

“If you do decide that [the accused] has told a lie you don’t write him off for that reason.

“Don’t think that because he lied about one thing he lied about everything else.”

People lied for all sorts of reasons, he said, including being scared about what might happen to them, or even just being stupid.

The jury needed to assess whether the Crown had proved the accused had the “necessary criminal intention” to commit rape and murder while high on methamphetamine when he hit Ms Gotingco with his car.

They would need to assess “just how high he was”, after the Crown challenged his evidence about having a heavy drug addiction.

In reaching a verdict, the jury would need to assess whether the Crown had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“It is, at the end of the day, a very human judgment that you have to make.”

The Crown alleged the accused staged a premeditated attack on Ms Gotingco when he hit her with his car on May 24, 2014.

They argued he aimed to incapacitate her so he could take her back to his North Shore apartment and rape her, before strangling and stabbing her, and slitting her throat.

The accused admitted hitting Ms Gotingco with his car, driving her to his apartment and stabbing her several times.

However he maintained he hit the victim by accident and thought she died on impact.

He told the court he was not in his right mind at the time, as he was high on methamphetamine.

When he saw what he thought was her lifeless body lying on the road, he panicked and took her back to his apartment to be home for his 8pm electronically-monitored curfew.

He stabbed her to make it look like a “random attack” before dumping her body in Eskdale Cemetery the next morning.

Following a drug raid Thursday, a 35-year-old Lewistown woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges, including aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production.

According to a press release, the West Central Illinois Task Force conducted a search warrant at 1010 S. Monroe St. in Lewistown at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Police found 100 grams of cannabis, one gram of finished methamphetamine, extensive amounts of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and waste, numerous drug paraphernalia and $150.

Jaimie Wilcoxen was placed under arrest on the following charges: aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession of controlled substance, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing waste and possession of cannabis with intent to distribute.

Assisting in the investigation were the West Central Illinois Special Response Team, Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Pekin Police Department and Lewistown Police Department.

The press release says the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may occur.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies and the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force responded to a call early this morning reporting suspicious activity.352861-felicia-ann-parker-c1013

The caller said there was an ammonia smell coming from a residence in the area of 7200 Hargrove Road. Upon arrival at the residence, five subjects were arrested in conjunction with a recovered Methamphetamine lab, drug paraphernalia and other components found at the scene for the manufacture of Meth.

Matthew Jacob George, 18 of Tuscaloosa, has been charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on a $55,000 bond.

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Chason Ralph Farris, 25 of Northport, has been charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on a $55,000 bond.

Felicia Ann Parker, 25 of Moundville, has been charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. She’s being held on a $55,000 bond.

David John Vandenburg Jr., 18 of Cottondale, is being charged with has been charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on a $55,000 bond.

Frederico Antonio Walker, 22 of Dalton, Georgia, is being charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance in the first degree, attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on a $61,000 bond.