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An Oklah13785642oma City woman allegedly began using a breast pump to distract a state trooper from searching her vehicle during a Carson County traffic stop that netted 15 pounds of methamphetamine, according to court records filed Thursday.

Federal authorities in Amarillo charged Elda Deyanira Delfin, 37, and Diego Delfin-Esquivel, 27, of Oklahoma City with drug trafficking conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a 2015 Kia Sorento SUV on Interstate 40 on a traffic violation of an improperly placed or obscured license plate, according to court records.

The trooper then talked to Delfin-Esquivel, the driver, and Delfin, a passenger, about their trip through the area, and both appeared nervous and gave conflicting information about their travels.

“During the traffic stop, Delfin started to pump breast milk from her breasts in what (the trooper) believed what an attempt to distract him from searching the interior of the vehicle,” according to court records.

Delfin then told the trooper she could not stop pumping once she started. Because of Delfin’s actions, the trooper thought Delfin was trying to hide something inside the SUV.

The trooper asked Delfin-Esquivel to search the SUV and he agreed, according to the affidavit. During the search, the trooper found nine bundles of methamphetamine in the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Six of the bundles were in a box by Delfin’s feet and three more bundles were found under the passenger’s seat where Delfin was sitting, according to a court affidavit.

Delfin and Delfin-Esquivel agreed to be interviewed by investigators. Delfin said she traveled with Delfin-Esquivel, her husband, to Phoenix to attend a funeral of one of her husband’s relatives, but she said she did not know the person’s name or gender. Delfin stated her husband dropped her off at the Phoenix funeral home and left her for about 45 minutes.

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Delfin-Esquivel stated he never dropped his wife off at a funeral home, but said they drove to an apartment complex where he met a person in the parking lot who gave him the methamphetamine. Delfin-Esquivel later said he placed the methamphetamine under his wife’s feet, but claimed she did not know the drugs were there.

Delfin also said she had just given birth and that the child was in the intensive care unit at an Oklahoma City hospital.

During the investigation, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent interviewed another unidentified person who said Delfin-Esquivel was a methamphetamine dealer, that his wife was aware of his drug trafficking and that the couple had made several trips on short notice to unknown locations.

The pair made a brief court appearance Thursday in Amarillo’s U.S. District Court and will remain in custody pending further hearings in the case. Child Protective Services also took custody of a 3-year-old child who was in the vehicle, a DPS spokesman said.

 

 

 

 

 

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-10-09/files-woman-used-breast-pump-distract-trooper

 

CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS) – A Shawsville woman who was high on methamphetamine when she ran over a man with her car appeared in court Thursday. 5092027_G

Makayla Jones, 19, plead and was found guilty of felony maiming while driving under the influence of drugs and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs in Montgomery County Circuit Court Thursday. Her bond was revoked and she will remain in jail while until her sentencing on Jan. 6.

She will be sentenced by the judge and faces up to 5 years in prison for the felony and 12 months in jail on the misdemeanor.

The Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office says the incident happened on March 13 around 4:45 p.m. Jones was driving a Ford Focus on Route 460 in the Shawsville/Elliston area of Montgomery County when she was observed cutting off another vehicle and then straightening back up. Jones then abruptly veered off the road and ran over Jeremy Miller with her car. Miller had been walking on the shoulder of the road.

Miller had life threatening injuries and was flown to Roanoke Memorial by Life Guard. Jones and the two passengers from her car, her two year old son and her friend Amber Austin, were taken to Montgomery Regional.

Jones told a Montgomery County Sheriff’s office deputy that there might be methamphetamine in her blood. She said she’d been using for the past few days and it had been a few days since she had slept. Analysis of her blood indicated that the level of methamphetamine in her blood was .15 mg/L. By statute, a driver is presumed impaired at a level of .10 mg/L of methamphetamine.

The passenger, Amber Austin, told police that she and Jones had been using methamphetamine at a motel in Radford the previous night and that morning. They had then gone to a residence in Radford used meth there, as well. She said they drove from Radford to Salem to pick up Jones’ child and used meth again in the car.

Austin said that she began going in and out of consciousness as she rode in the car. Near Riverside she awoke and saw that Jones had her phone out and was using Snapchat. Austin then passed back out and awoke to find that she’d been in an accident.

Austin said Jones then told her, “I killed somebody”.

Jones told deputies that the meth made her sleepy and she’d considered pulling over but figured she’d be ok and continued driving. She put her car on cruise control and then there was a big crash. She did not remember if she had been using her phone prior to the crash. A search of her phone indicated that she had posted a “selfie” of her driving the car on Facebook about 10 minutes prior to the crash.

Miller sustained multiple serious injuries in the crash. Both of his legs were broken as was his arm. His knees are badly damaged and he has a head injury. He was in a coma for an extended period. He remains in a rehabilitation facility and is unable to walk and has difficulty communicating.

“Jones’ choice to use meth and drive had devastating consequences for Mr. Miller and his family. Thankfully Jones’ own child wasn’t injured,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt. “We will urge the judge to impose a lengthy sentence for her behavior.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wsls.com/story/26749175/driver-on-methamphetamine-who-runs-into-pedestrian-in-montgomery-county

 

BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – A backpack, thought to be that of student who may have lost it, was brought to West Branch High School, but it contained nothing a student would need for class.

The book bag was dropped off at the school Monday by a person who said they found it by the railroad tracks near the fire station. The person thought it may belong to a student.

School officials opened the bag to determine who it may belong to and found items that looked “suspicious” and realized it was not a school book bag.

An officer who was working at the high school took the bag outside to examine its contents and found several items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Drug Enforcement agents from Salem and Portage counties were called to the scene and confiscated the items.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

 

 

 

 

 

http://wkbn.com/2014/10/09/backpack-dropped-off-at-school-contained-a-mobile-meth-lab/

 

5094570_GTULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa police are looking for a suspect who’s still on the loose. They said they don’t know if he is still in the city, or long gone.

Police said Erik Williams shot and killed his former girlfriend Wednesday at the Colonial Park Apartments.

The homicide detective investigating the case described Williams as armed and dangerous and known to use drugs and guns.

They believe he was looking for the victim, found her, shot her, and fled.

There’s a makeshift memorial at the Colonial Park Apartments, where several people saw a young woman as she was shot to death Wednesday afternoon.

The police said it was anything but random, and that the 37-year-old suspect was looking for 24-year-old Christian Shockley.

“Some people said they were fighting, they would have domestic violence in the front yard of their house. That relationship recently ended maybe three, four, five days ago. He had been using methamphetamine and that put him in a state of mind where he’s not thinking clearly,” said Tulsa Police Sergeant, Dave Walker.

Police said Williams fled to a nearby apartment complex, Autumn Ridge, where he abandoned his truck. They watched it for ten hours, but he never returned.

They since found another car he used and they have that too.

“Even though we stole his car so to speak, he’s getting around somehow. So there’s people out there that are in his underground, they’re helping to conceal him, and we’re trying to reach out and touch those people, and eventually those people will be the ones that lead us to him,” said Walker.

When the shooting happened, police said the witnesses were able to describe the truck well so it didn’t take long to identify their suspect; now they just need to find him.

Though his only conviction is for public intoxication, police said in his vehicles they found drugs and guns and believe he’s growing more violent.

“He premeditated a murder. He drives up, sees her, gets out of his truck, pulls his gun, shoots his ex-girlfriend in front of a lot of other people, so obviously he targeted her, and then got back in his truck and left and then put his plan in motion to escape and so far he’s been successful doing that,” Walker said.

The suspect has ties to the Pryor area and detectives are working on those connections to find him.

Police ask anyone with information to either call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

 

 

 

 

http://www.newson6.com/story/26750276/tulsa-police-believe-shooting-suspect-growing-more-violent

 

Montanans, it is time we all take a stance to stop one of the most damaging and dangerous addictions that is occurring in our backyard. Methamphetamine is bulldozing across our great state leaving no community untouched.

Methamphetamine infiltrating our state is at its highest availability, in part due to drug cartel activities originating out of Mexico. Law enforcement has seen a dramatic upswing in the purity of the meth being smuggled into our state. In fact, meth tested in our area often exceeds the purity levels of 98 percent. Methamphetamine is so addictive that users will commit unthinkable crimes to obtain their meth.5433519da564c_preview-620

You may be asking yourself: Why do I need to be involved? The simple answers are the rise in crime, the destruction of our loved ones, and the cost to each of us, and to our communities.

  • Prosecution of adult methamphetamine crimes at the federal level has doubled within the past ten years.
  • Over the last five years, warrants served by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force have shown a 200 percent increase in adult offenses with a direct correlation to drugs.
  • 50 percent of adults in prison are there due to meth-related crime at a cost of $60 million per year.
  • 20 percent of adults in treatment are there due to meth addiction at a cost of $6 million per year.

With these expanding numbers, each and every one of us has the potential to become a victim. We are losing the battle against protecting our communities against this cancer in our state. As the United States Marshal for the state of Montana, I ask you to join me and the Montana Meth Project in a renewed commitment in the battle against meth in our communities.

The highly successful Montana Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing first-time meth use among teens through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. Central to their integrated, research-based campaign is MethProject.org, a definitive source for information about Meth. Additionally, their Meth Prevention Lesson reaches students in the middle and high schools with the facts, tools, and resources to understand the risks of methamphetamine and to influence their peers.

In order to help us reach adults, the Montana Meth Project is committed to doubling their efforts with a return to traditional advertising noticeable on television, radio, billboards and newspaper, as well as maintain their presence on social media. These advertisements are meant to get your attention, challenge what you know about meth, and encourage you to get involved.

Law enforcement and the Montana Meth Project need your commitment to join us in this fight. It will take all of us to protect our great state and our families from this destructive drug. Help us strive to make a difference, find solutions, and protect the future of Montana.

 

 

 

 

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StorywrwwCONWAY, TX — A DPS traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 40 near Conway in Carson County, yielded over 14 pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $515,000.

The DPS trooper pulled over 27-year-old Diego Delfin-Esquivel and 36-year-old Elda Deyanira Delfin for a traffic violation.

During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 12 bags of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Both of the occupants were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail.

The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix, to Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/story/d/story/interstate-40-traffic-stop-leads-to-seizure-of-14/26753/gAlCZDSoO0K7DFPnXpXMyA

 

meth_21396There’s a new twist on an old but deadly drug.  Hundreds of thousands of pounds of methamphetamine are pouring into our neighborhoods — but not in the traditional way.

“We’ve seen a really big trend, and the most common that we’ve been seeing lately, is liquid methamphetamine,” says DEA spokesperson Wendell Campbell.

It could be in a water bottle, soda bottle, even tequila bottles.  Campbell told us the liquid form is typically used for transportation.  A stash on a bus from Houston on Sept. 30 is believed to be the largest seizure of liquid meth in U.S. history.  It was stored in dozens of old soda bottles.

But the problem is much bigger than liters.  Campbell says, “We’ll see a dual tank pick-up truck.  One tank will be full of methamphetamine – the other will be used for fuel going down the freeway.”  That means gallons of combustible chemicals sharing the road with you.  “It is our biggest and number one drug threat coming across the southwest border right now,” Wendell continued.

In Williamson County, Raymond Johnson was recently arrested driving with a couple bottles.  According to the arrest affidavit the deputy did not even realize that the brownish colored liquid inside a Listerine bottle was drugs.  That’s how new this trend is.  The deputy actually let Johnson go with a ticket for not having insurance.  Johnson was later arrested after lab test confirmed the liquid was meth.

Yet, the danger goes beyond transporting it.  A 16 year old died in California earlier this year when he drank liquid meth.  Near Houston last year, six eighth grade girls got high in their middle school when they put paper in their mouths soaked in liquid meth.

In the Austin area, the DEA is particularly worried about what they call conversion labs.  That’s where the liquid is turned to crystal.  The procedure can cause explosions.

“It’s highly concentrated methamphetamine, it’s extremely dangerous,” Campbell says

The DEA says a good gauge of how much meth is coming into our area is the price.  Years ago in the Austin area, meth was $20,000 to $30,000 a kilo.  Today it’s about $8500.

 

 

 

http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/dangerous-liquid-meth-trend-hitting-texas-21396.shtml

 

 

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday implicated 52 members and associates of a San Bernardino street gang in a drug-dealing operation that stretched from a local park to state prisons.

The gang, West Side Verdugo, operated under the direction of the Mexican Mafia, transferring drug profits for lawyer fees and taxing local drug dealers, according to the indictment.

Twenty-one of the men and women indicted were arrested Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the drug conspiracy in U.S. District Court in Riverside, according to Corey Lee, assistant U.S. attorney.

Another 22 were already incarcerated — mostly in state prisons — and their cases will be transferred within the court system, Lee said.

Federal, state and local police were searching for the remaining nine people who were indicted but not arrested.

The federal investigation into West Side Verdugo’s activities lasted at least from Aug. 26, 2010, to Jan. 16, 2012, but the San Bernardino police spokesman, Lt. Rich Lawhead, said local police, who assisted in Thursday’s operation, will continue to put pressure on gangs in the area.

“We are trying desperately to put a dent in the amount of money and everything else that gangs can use to raise their profile,” he said.

By paraphrasing phone and text message conversations, the 90-page indictment — prepared by federal authorities — details an international drug-dealing operation with a hub in San Bernardino.

One of the hub’s directors, as laid out in the indictment, is Jonathan Ray Brockus. He is not a defendant in this case but is listed as a co-conspirator. Lee said Brockus has been indicted in another case.

Lawhead described Brockus as one of the “shot callers” in West Side Verdugo.

According to the indictment, Brockus oversaw heroin and methamphetamine sales in WSV territory, particularly at La Plaza Park, at Seventh Street and Mount Vernon Avenue.

He purchased heroin from a Rialto woman, until she was arrested, and distributed the opiate along with copious meth, authorities said.

Much of the heroin was sold at La Plaza Park, where drug dealers paid a $5-per-day tax to the gang. Other times, authorities said, Brockus mailed small amounts of the drug to inmates in state prison.

On Oct. 13, 2010, guards at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe intercepted 3.6 grams of heroin allegedly shipped by Brockus. Five days later, authorities at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad found 1.8 grams of heroin in a package Brockus shipped, according to the indictment.

Through a middleman, Brockus told an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member in September 2010 that he would receive a special plate of food from the kitchen for personal use, authorities said.

Other times the drugs were sold in the prison yard. Inmates returned drug profits to Brockus by sending him a blank money order, the indictment said.

The majority of the 502 pieces of evidence listed against the defendants in the indictment center around Brockus.

He controlled most of the heroin and methamphetamine trade in WSV territory, authorities said, by supplying it to or taxing lower level dealers.

However, in early 2011, it appeared a political shake-up within the enterprise began to take form.

On Sept. 11, 2011, defendant Frank Joseph Ramos, “informed Brockus that he no longer had the authority to collect drug taxes from WSV gang members because they were now being collected by” a Mexican Mafia member who is identified in the indictment as “A.R.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20141009/52-san-bernardino-gang-members-associates-charged-in-mexican-mafia-drug-case

 

Six people have been arrested and approximately 90kgs of Methamphetamine has been seized after a drug bust in West Perth.skynews_img_1200_745

A joint operation between the Australian Federal Police, Western Australia Police, the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, which had been in progress since July, led to the bust.

The investigation targeted a South-East Asian-based criminal organization suspected of sending members to Australia to facilitate the trafficking of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/10/10/90kgs-of-methamphetamine-seized-in-wa.html

 

HESPERIA — A 30-year-old Barstow woman was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession Thursday morning after she was found passed out in her car at a Hesperia AMPM, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Authorities said Erin Shelikh, 30, was found by deputies just before 2 a.m. in her vehicle, which had reportedly been parked in front of a fuel pump at an AMPM in the 16800 block of Main Street for over an hour.

Sheriff’s officials said Shelikh was passed out when deputies found her. Later, during an investigation and vehicle search, authorities said deputies found six grams of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle.

Shelikh was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale. She was booked into the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.desertdispatch.com/article/20141009/NEWS/141009955/12963/NEWS

 

On Tuesday October 7th 2014, Deputies with the Uniformed Patrol Division of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1632 Sand Basin Road in Grand Ridge Fl., to investigate a tip from a concerned citizen in reference to possible illegal drug activities. When Deputies arrived they made contact with Lori Hemanes and Sharon Neely. Lori Hemanes lived in the house located at this address and Sharon was living in a camper trailer also on the property. During the investigation a legal search of the property and residences revealed various drug paraphernalia which was consistent with the use of methamphetamine and approximately 316 grams of suspected methamphetamine concealed inside of Lori Hemanes residence. At the conclusion of the investigation, Sharon Neely, who is also currently on State Probation, was placed under arrest and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of State Probation. Lori Hemanes was placed under arrest and charged with Trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the State of Florida, the minimum mandatory sentence for trafficking methamphetamine in excess of 200 grams if convicted is 15 years and a fine of $250,000.00.

 

Defendants:

Lori Hemanes, 36 years old

1632 Sand Basin Road

Grand Ridge Fl. 32442

Charges: Trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Sharon Neely, 37 years old

1632 Sand Basin Road

Grand Ridge Fl. 32442

Charges: Trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of state probation

 

 

 

 

http://www.mypanhandle.com/story/d/story/two-jackson-county-women-arrested-on-meth-traffick/31255/SZnP-4OJLUiM1chcEHY4Fw

 

FLORIDA (WKRC) — A mother and her son were allegedly busted for making meth in their home after “butt-dialing” 911.

Police reports said Donna Knope, 55, and her son Jason Knope, 32, were “talking about making and selling methamphetamine” for a half hour as the 911 operator listened to the whole conversation. The operator also heard a bubbling sound in the background, as if something was cooking.

Police went to the house from which the call came and they saw white smoke coming out of a shed. In the shed, they found all the makings of a meth lab.

Donna and Jason were both charged with manufacture and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver.

A third person was arrested at the scene. Thomas Stallings, 41, who does not appear to be related to the Knopes was also charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine. He was already on probation.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/mother-son-arrested-making-meth-after-buttdialing-911-18879.shtml

 

 

A Buffalo man and woman were each charged last week in Dallas County Circuit Court with three felony counts — possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; maintaining a public nuisance; and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 30.

Johnny R. Swigart, 45, and Buffy M. Owens, 42, both of Buffalo, allegedly manufactured and possessed methamphetamine at a residence at 740 E. Madison in Buffalo. They also allegedly did this while a minor child was present in the home.

Swigart’s bond was set at $60,000, and Owens’ bond was set at $50,000.

In his probable cause statement, Buffalo Police Chief Curtis Mayfield reported that on Sept. 30 at approximately 12:15 p.m. he responded to the residence of Buffy Owens at 740 E. Madison to assist the Division of Family Services with a hotline report.

When Mayfield entered the house, Owens was advised by family services that there had been a report made on the residence for unsanitary living conditions as well as a possible meth lab. Owens gave consent to search the residence and said there was no meth lab there, according to the report.

While checking the residence, Chief Mayfield found a juvenile girl sleeping on the living room couch, and Owens said that was her daughter. In the kitchen Chief Mayfield located a male subject who appeared to be asleep on a cot, and he was identified as Johnny Swigart.

Near where Swigart was lying, police located a piece of cellophane which contained a coffee filter, two white saucers containing a white powder substance identified as methamphetamine and a broken knife blade, the report said.

According to the report, Owens said she used the plates to “vamp” the meth from the coffee filter. She allegedly explained that vamping is a term used to describe the process of extracting meth from the filter for use. Also located in the kitchen were three used syringes as well as various pieces of drug paraphernalia, including a plastic funnel, glass bowls with residue, metal spoons with residue, two partially melted plastic bottles and liquid Drano. Chief Mayfield said the residue located on the items field tested positive for the presence of meth.

Believing that they had located items used to manufacture meth, officers asked Dallas County sheriff’s meth-lab technician, Deputy Vic Barber, to respond to the location to assist. Deputy Barber confirmed that the items were in fact a meth lab.

Swigart said that the white powder substance that law enforcement officers had seized was methamphetamine, the report said. He allegedly confirmed that all of the contraband found in the house belonged to him and that he injects meth into his arms and often injects it into Owens’ arms.

He, too, explained the vamping process and said Owens’ juvenile daughter was present when they vamped meth. According to the report, Owens said her daughter was asleep on the living room floor when the vamping took place.

 

 

 

 

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BEMIDJI — A Red Lake woman was apprehended Saturday by Bemidji Police in Bemidji with more than 40 grams of methamphetamine.

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Stormie Jasmine Graves, 23, appeared Monday in Beltrami County District Court facing a felony first-degree possession of methamphetamine charge. Graves was arrested at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday outside a residence on the 2300 block of Calihan Ave. NE. Bemidji Police officers were originally in the area responding to a 911 call, according to a criminal complaint.

Officers questioned occupants of a Dodge Caliber parked in the driveway at the residence about the origin of the 911 call. When a passenger rolled down the front window of the car, an odor of marijuana was detected, court documents said. Police officers noticed a plastic micro baggie on the floor, as well as a silver scale in the back between the passengers. Officers searched the interior of the vehicle as well as the four occupants. Graves was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

During the search, a plastic baggie containing fresh marijuana and a methamphetamine pipe was seized from the center console, according to the complaint. Approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine was seized from Graves’ purse as well as a methamphetamine pipe, another 5 grams of methamphetamine was found on Graves after she was arrested for meth possession.

Graves was transported to the Beltrami County Jail where correctional officers seized a baggie containing approximately 30 grams of meth which was concealed under Graves’ shirt. All baggies tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint stated. Officers noted Graves is on probation for a DUI conviction which conditions include abstaining from drugs and alcohol.

A first-degree possession of methamphetamine charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Graves is scheduled to appear Monday in Beltrami County District Court. She is being held at the Beltrami County Jail with conditional bail set at $50,000.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/red-lake-woman-arrested-meth-possession

 

 

Under the influence–Oct. 5, 11:38 p.m. Dallas Drive. A woman was contacted after making paranoid statements during a call to the Campbell Police Department. She was determined to be under the influence of methamphetamine and was on probation. A search of her room revealed a meth pipe.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/campbell/ci_26690492/blotter-woman-meth-makes-phone-call-campbell-police

 

A suspected meth user’s unique face tattoos helped police quickly identify and arrest him when they responded to a disturbance at a Billings hotel on Sept. 28, according to charging documents.

While police were en route to the hotel, dispatchers described the man’s face tattoos. 54357f2b8be99_preview-620

Officers realized the tattoo descriptions matched those of 40-year-old Michael Ray Hinshaw from having interacted with him before, according to prosecutors.

As police arrived at the hotel on the 5200 block of Midland Road, “they observed him driving away from the hotel at a high rate of speed,” Chief Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Juli M. Pierce said at Hinshaw’s arraignment on Tuesday.

“When he was stopped, BPD finds a syringe with methamphetamine under the seat and empty syringes in the vehicle,” she continued.

The syringe contained 40 units of liquid that tested positive for meth, charging documents say.

At Hinshaw’s arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

At the arraignment, Pierce asked that bond be set at $20,000 and told District Court Judge Russell C. Fagg that Hinshaw has a “significant” criminal history that includes convictions for burglary, false use of a credit card, forgery, operating a clandestine meth lab, drug distribution and multiple misdemeanor assaults.Hinshaw asked the judge if he could be released from jail without bond.

“I just want to go back to work, that’s all,” he said, adding that he was paroled 10 months ago.

The judge said he couldn’t do that and set bond at $10,000.

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When police arrested Hinshaw on Sept. 28, he had a passenger, 26-year-old Amanda Parrish, who was also arrested after she allegedly gave police a false name.

On Tuesday, she pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer and felony drug possession for allegedly having Clonazepam, a sedative, that was not prescribed to her.

Fagg set her bond at $3,000 and ordered her to wear a patch that monitors drug use if she posts bail.

The defendants’ trial dates are yet to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-identify-suspect-by-face-tattoos-arrest-him-on-meth/article_a3dbc338-9e1d-56ef-850a-b5bec675b089.html

 

PUTNAM COUNTY — The driver and the passenger of a tractor trailer were expected to be in court this morning on meth charges after being stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol yesterday for speeding.

According to the affidavit, Trooper Michael Robertson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was stopped a tractor trailer on I-40 for speeding. The driver was identified as Scott Edwin Bunyard of Branson, Mo., and the passenger was identified as Crystal Lynn Williams of Abilene, Texas. Both the driver and the passenger were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture after several items consistent with the manufacture of meth were found.

A syringe containing a brown substance believed to be meth was also found.

The bond for Bunyard and Williams was set at $30,000.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.herald-citizen.com/newsx/item/3904-driver-passenger-of-tractor-trailer-face-meth-charge

 

Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies responding to a call about stolen power Friday found ingredients for manufacturing methamphetamine, and two men were arrested, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Deputies went to Duck Pond Lane off Walter McGlamery Road on Friday to investigate reports of someone using power illegally after an Excelsior EMC employee made a complaint, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Wednesday.

“While on the scene … deputies observed items used to manufacture methamphetamine in plain view,” Anderson said.

Members of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team were called to the scene and arrested William Stephen McDaniel, 29, of Duck Pond Drive, and Jarod Carter Hurd, 30, of Bradford Lane, and charged each with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, the release says.

Hurd was also charged with marijuana possession. Both men were taken to the Bulloch County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.statesboroherald.com/section/1/article/63899/

 

ROCKBRIDGE CO., Va – WDBJ7 got a rare look at just how deadly a popular method of making meth can be. A man in Rockbridge County died this week after deputies say the batch of meth he was making at a rest stop caught fire. Deaths from the making meth don’t happen very often; but it’s an opportunity to show you the danger.

“It is rare,” says sheriff’s office Lieutenant Steve Funkhouser. “It is the first occurrence that I’m aware of here in Rockbridge County.”

Funkhouser was one of the first on the scene at the rest stop. A public location where anyone had the potential to be exposed. It’s the first time deputies in the county saw up close what happens when shake and bake meth making turns deadly.

It was a Powerade bottle an employee at the rest area off the Fairfield I-81 exit chose for his cook. Something went wrong, investigators aren’t sure what, and the bottle blew out from the bottom.

Caustic and flammable liquids like lighter fluid leaked out. A fire started. The man locked himself inside a shed for privacy, but then struggled to open the doors after he was severely burned.

“The danger is grave with the methamphetamine manufacturing,” he says. “The reliability of the shake and bake one pot bottles [and] the danger and the burns that you’ll suffer.”

While it is rare for meth making in plastic bottles to cause major injuries to the cook; it can happen. And the aftermath of charred lawnmower bags and chemicals covering the floor shows what it leaves behind. Also left behind, a mother now without a son.

“It’s probably the most easily accessible [way] to learn how to do it [with] the availability of the products used to manufacture it but the danger is extreme.”

The death investigation is closed. All of the items inside the shed had to be thrown out.

 

 

 

 

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Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $92,000 in methamphetamine on Monday.

According to the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, Wellton Station agents working at an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 referred a Nissan Sentra to secondary inspection following a canine alert.

During an inspection of the vehicle, agents noticed a false compartment within the trunk of the vehicle. When agents opened the compartment they found 28 packages of methamphetamine weighing 30.8 pounds

The vehicle, driver and drugs were taken to the Wellton Station for processing.

 

 

 

 

 

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AMARILLO, Texas — A state trooper discovered more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $515,000 in a vehicle during a traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper made the discovery Wednesday after stopping the vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 for a traffic violation. The stop was made about 30 miles east of Amarillo.

The two occupants of the vehicle, both from Oklahoma City, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance after the trooper discovered the 12 bags of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

DPS says the drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

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CRYSTAL RIVER (FOX 13) – Deputies responded to a suspected meth lab in Citrus County, arrested two people, and took two children from the home.

Inside, they say they found meth-making materials and “deplorable” conditions.

 

 

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The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office released photos showing dozens of plastic bottles. The photos also show the inside of the mobile home in disarray.

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Deputies arrested 27-year-old Lindsey Houghwot and 23-year-old Jordan Kennedy. Two minors were taken from the home; the sheriff’s office did not release their ages.

Houghwot and Kennedy each face numerous charges of drug manufacturing and possession.

 

 

 

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PEKIN – Pekin Police Department said its meth task force, Operation Copperhead, continues to successfully crack down on drug in the area.

There have been 30 people arrested on meth-related charges since July 1. There have been 70 total meth-related arrests since the beginning of 2014.

Detective Mike Eeten said those numbers are up higher than last year. He said that the number of people involved in the meth-making process and the ease of access to the drug’s ingredients both contribute to the rising number of arrests.

Eeten also said methods of making meth are also changing.

“What we have seen a lot more of is “mobile meth labs,” the detective explained. “We see meth labs set up in people’s cars rolling down the roads which is very dangerous because obviously there’s a lot of volatile chemicals that can explode, causing fire, great bodily injury, even deaths at some point.”

Operation Copperhead started in 2011. It’s a joint effort by the Pekin Police Department and Tazewell County Sheriff.

 

 

 

 

 

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) – With nearly one meth lab bust per week and dwindling funding for officers, Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson is asking for help in the war on meth. 5055453_G

The growing number of meth labs is not just an explosive danger, it’s quickly becoming a burden on manpower and resources in Montgomery County.

“Tennessee has been bouncing back and forth with Indiana for the top spot in the country for meth labs that are seized,” Fuson said. “Montgomery County’s ranking in the state has been fourth.”

In Montgomery County, there have been 20 meth lab busts since the beginning of the year, and 12 in just the last 90 days. Last month, there were two busts in one morning along Madison Street and Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville.

“About 50 man-hours is what it takes,” Fuson said. “You multiply that by three people and you’ve got a big issue there.”

Police don’t want to discourage tips from the public, but the war on meth is getting costly. The drug task force recently lost a $75,000 grant.

“That grant has been paying for one employee plus some operating expenses, some communications, some building rent, gasoline for cars, things like that,” Fuson said.

It can be tough for police to find funding. In many cases, fines are waived. Police can’t confiscate belongings from the home because they’re contaminated with chemicals.

Since so much time is spent on investigating and decontaminating meth labs, other drug seizures are down. Money from assets seized in those busts isn’t there to fund another paycheck.

Monday night, Fuson asked county commissioners for nearly $84,000 to afford at least two salaries.

Even with that money, the drug task force is still down a man.

“We are going to continue to work meth labs like we’ve been working,” Fuson said. “We’re either going to get the resources to keep a leg up on that or we’re not.”

Commissioners should have a decision on the budget for the drug task force on Monday. Meanwhile, Fuson has also reached out to the Clarksville police chief and mayor for help.

 

 

 

 

 

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A 43-year-old man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching his wife, threatening her with an AR-15 rifle and exposing the couple’s children to methamphetamine.53c5da15ae2ba_preview-620q

Dressed in a jail uniform, Adrian Ralph Krell changed his pleas in Yellowstone County District Court before Judge Russell C. Fagg.

Officers arrested Krell on Aug. 15, 2013, after responding to a disturbance at a parking lot off Main Street. Officers found Krell in a vehicle with two young children. He reported he had been in a fight with his common-law wife, according to charging documents.

Officers went with Krell to the couple’s home, where they reported finding loose marijuana on the kitchen floor.

Police also reported finding, in plain view, about 203 glass pipes. Some of the pipes had white crystalline powder in them, while others smelled of burnt marijuana, court records say.

Krell’s wife started crying when an officer said he was there because he was worried she was the victim of violence and wanted to help her, court papers say.

“No, he’ll kill me, he’s right there, I can’t tell you. He’ll kill me,” the woman reportedly told police. Krell was taken outside, and the woman then told police that he had repeatedly punched her in the face and kicked her in the legs, according to charging documents.

The woman also said her husband had pointed a “green rifle” at her and told her she “was dead.”

While searching the home, police found a green AR-15 rifle and methamphetamine-related paraphernalia. Police also searched the vehicle that Krell had been in with his children and found more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Fagg scheduled Krell for sentencing on Dec. 23.

Krell will be sentenced for felony counts of assault with a weapon and endangering the welfare of children and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.

His plea agreement recommends a sentence totaling six years to the Department of Corrections, all suspended except for the time he has spent behind bars since his arrest on Aug. 15, 2013, and a minimum of 40 hours counseling.

 

 

 

 

 

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