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Customs and Border Protection officers seized about $565,000 in drugs and arrested six in separate smuggling incidents across Arizona’s ports of entry this weekend, authorities said.

In Nogales, CBP officers seized five pounds of cocaine and 78 pounds of methamphetamine in three separate incidents between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

On Friday, officers working at the Mariposa Port of Entry arrested a 21-year old man from Nogales, Sonora after a secondary inspection turned up 18 pounds of methamphetamine worth close to $54,000 hidden in the bumper of his Mercury sedan, a news release said.11032014_mercury_meth_CBP

The same day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 62-year old woman also from Nogales, Sonora after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in her Isuzu SUV. An inspection revealed nearly five pounds of cocaine worth $52,000 and 46 pounds of meth worth almost $137,000 hidden in the vehicle’s rear quarter panels. 11032014_255_truck_CBP

On Saturday, officers at Mariposa arrested a woman from Goodyear, Ariz. after a drug dog helped officers find 14 pounds of meth worth more than $42,000 in the rear seats of her Dodge sedan, the release said.

In Naco, officers arrested a 26-year old Mexican man for attempting to smuggle 60 pounds of marijuana through the port on Saturday.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jose Humberto Osuna-Carvajal after officers turned up 57 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $30,000. A drug dog helped officers find the marijuana hidden compartments in the floor of his Mercedes sedan.

Meanwhile in Douglas, officers arrested two people for smuggling attempts on Saturday. 11032014_Naco_CBP

Officers arrested Douglas resident Rosalylya Espinosa-Lopez, 30, when a drug dog detected nearly 246 pounds of marijuana worth $123,000 hidden in the bumper and body of her Pontiac sedan.

Later that day, Manuel De Jesus Lopez-Montano, 65, was arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly 255 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $127,000, stashed in his Dodge truck.

All five were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the vehicles and drugs were seized, the release said.






Addicts struggling to kick a meth habit could be helped by gene therapy according to the team behind a US National Institutes of Health funded project.

University of Arkansas scientists injected adenoviruses filled with genes encoding anti-methamphetamine antibodies into rats and mice which, when given a dose of meth 50 days later, had higher concentrations of the drug in their blood than animals given a saline placebo.

The findings –presented at the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition this week – suggest antibodies could be used to stop meth reaching sites in the brain where it increases the release of dopamine, which is the chemical responsible for the “high” addicts crave.

The results of the US National Institute on Drug abuse funded project also suggest genes encoding anti-methamphetamine antibodies can be delivered using viral vectors in a way that provides long-term benefits to addicts according to project leader Eric Peterson.

“The goals of this project are to integrate antibody engineering and gene therapy technology to generate a long-acting antibody-based medicine that will both protect patients from relapse to meth use and minimize treatment failures associated with long-term patient compliance.”

Meth psychology

Government data suggest more than 10 million US citizens aged 12 and older have already used methamphetamine, which is considered by academics to be among the most addictive illegal narcotics largely due to its impact on the brain.

According to the Arkansas research team adenovirus-based medications that make meth less psychologically rewarding could help addicts who want to stop by reducing the likelihood of relapse.

“Anti-meth antibody-based therapies that tightly bind and sequester meth away from its sites of action in the brain are showing promise as a viable treatment option. In addition, they are non-addicting and suitable for use in combination with existing behavioral therapies.”

The project is funded through to the end of June 2015.




A recently fired electrician high on methamphetamine was believed to be set on harming people during a bizarre attack that started in Henderson, Nevada, and stretched into neighboring Boulder City. According to the man’s wife, when he was unable to purchase a firearm, he simply chose another, more easily accessible weapon – a hammer.

Victoria Mackenzie told the Las Vegas Sun that her husband, Damien Robins, was fired from his job the day before the attacks occurred, but she had not seen him for several days. Mackenzie said Robins was addicted to methamphetamine and it wasn’t unusual for him to disappear for several days at a time.Robins_Mugshot_t318-239x300

But on the afternoon of Oct. 24, Robins, who Mackenzie believed was high at the time, showed up at their home with ill intentions. For several hours, Robins held Mackenzie captive inside their house, during which time he told her that he wanted to kill her and burn her body. Robins also revealed that he “felt like bludgeoning someone” as a means to ease his aggression.

Then Robins decided he wanted to get a gun, but since he was a convicted felon and unable to purchase one legally on his own, he enlisted the aid of Mackenzie. And since it got her out of the house after being trapped for several hours, she did not disagree.

Mackenzie withdrew $500 from her bank account, as instructed by Robins, then went to a local gun shop to purchase a gun for Robins. She completed the paperwork as needed, but was unable to walk out with a firearm, because the county in which they resided required a three day waiting period.

The couple then returned to their home and Mackenzie was able to convince Robins to let her go get their child from the babysitter. However, Mackenzie used the opportunity to go to a friend’s house to get help instead.

While Mackenzie was gone, the violence exhibited by Robins escalated.

Unable to purchase a gun, Robins armed himself with a hammer and attacked 10 randomly chosen people.

Twenty-seven-year-old Nicole Thompson suffered a jawbone broken in three different places and a broken finger after Robins cut her off in her car before he jumped out of his car and began hitting her across the face with the hammer.Screenshot-849-300x167

“He got out, holding something, a hammer in his hand,” Thompson told KLAS. “So, I was saying ‘Please, you have the wrong person, please, please, please,’ and he started hitting the car. I just started telling him you know, I don’t want to die, I have a child at home, and he just started hitting me in the face.”

Thompson said Robins could not be reasoned with, but eventually just got back into his car and drove away.

“He was just crazed,” she said. “I don’t know, he was just going and just hitting me.”NicoleThompson

Robins told another victim, whom he had randomly chosen from a crowded parking lot at a local high school, “Sir, I’m sorry but I’m going to kill you; everything will be okay when you’re dead,” a local ABC affiliate reported.

After briefly eluding authorities, Robins was eventually apprehended with the help of a K-9 unit.

Authorities said that Robins was eerily calm during the instigation and very vague with his answers when they questioned him about the events that evening. At one time Robins told investigators, “Well, I beat some people up, I guess.”

Robins faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of attempted murder and kidnapping charges. Several people were hospitalized following the attacks, but fortunately, nobody was killed.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,” said Keith Paul, a spokesman for Henderson Police. “I’ve been in town for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything quite like this.”




HERCULES (CBS SF) — A parent in Hercules made a startling discovery Monday when he found a small bag of methamphetamine among his daughter’s Halloween candy, a police sergeant said.

Police said the father reported finding the drugs this morning while going through the bag of candy collected by his 8-year-old daughter while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

The father reported that he had taken his daughter trick-or-treating Friday night in the city’s Promenade community, an area near the San Pablo Bay comprised of Sycamore and Railroad avenues, Promenade, Earnest, Main and Park streets and Taraya Terrace.

Police said the man gave a responding officer the small Ziploc plastic bag, which contained a white powdery substance. The substance later tested positive for containing meth and weighed about 0.1 grams without packaging, according to police.

Even without testing it, police were pretty sure about what they had.

“Pretty instantly, I mean it’s something we see a lot, methamphetamine,” Sergeant Ezra Tafesse said.

Hercules police are asking for help and encouraging parents to check their children’s bags of Halloween candy for any illegal substances.

“It wouldn’t be easy for us to try to locate the person who did this unless we had a little bit more to go on,” Tafesse said.

If any suspected drugs are found, citizens are asked to call Hercules police at (510) 799-8260 or Pinole-Hercules police dispatch at (510) 724-1111.







Dad finds bag of meth among child’s Halloween candy

HERCULES, Calif. (KGO) — A bag of meth was thrown into an 8-year-old’s candy bag, it sounds like a Halloween hoax, but it really happened. Residents are shocked that something like this could happen in their neighborhood. The little girl was trick-or-treating in the Promenade area of Hercules on Halloween.

“I think this is a good community, so that’s a surprise,” said Norman Santos, Promenade neighbor.

It’s hard for these people to believe that one of their neighbors may have slipped some crystal meth into a child’s Halloween bag.

“I think that’s sick, that person is so sick,” said David Pel, Promenade neighbor.

While examining his 8-year old daughter’s candy, Hercules police say a man reported the discovery of a small, pink, plastic bag. It tested positive for methamphetamine.

“I know it can happen in any social, economic area. So as much as I would like to deny that it’s not happening here, I can’t put my finger on it,” said Maureen Albritton, Promenade neighbor.

The pink packet contained only a tenth of a gram.

“A tenth of a gram is enough for felony charges filed for possession of a controlled substance,” said Hercules Police Department Sgt. Ezra Tafesse.

Police don’t know if the drugs were intentionally or accidentally dropped in the child’s Halloween bag.

“It’s not somebody vicious in this neighborhood. It’s somebody who was stupid and made a mistake, or the child picked up the wrong bag,” said Susan Keeffe, Promenade neighbor.

Police say it’s difficult to fingerprint evidence this small after so many people have handled it. That’s why they’re not actively pursuing the perpetrator. At most, they want parents to check their child’s candy carefully.







jay-michael-pepper-79cbf6f81edd6d37ATHENS, Alabama — A man originally facing traffic violations now has felony drug charges to contend with.

Athens police say two officers made contact with the suspect at the Bomar Inn on U.S. 31 as they were conducting a welfare check late Saturday. Police learned the man, 35-year-old Jay Michael Pepper of Toney, had two outstanding warrants on traffic violations.

The drug aspect came into play when police said they noticed a large quantity of pills that had been crushed on a piece of paper in Pepper’s room. They said Pepper told them it was Sudafed. Police searched the room and said they found precursors for methamphetamine production. The items included a drain opener, plastic tubing, a lithium battery, a bag of ammonium nitrate, a two-liter bottle containing a clear fuel, a bag of lye with lithium strips and a stack of coffee filters.

Pepper was arrested on the two warrants and subsequently charged with second-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.





A Colton man involved in a fatal Oct. 15 crash on Oregon 211 is facing drug-related charges. However, the man has not been charged in connection with the crash.16252903-mmmain

Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman, said Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies arrested Sean Michael Buschke, 33, Saturday after stopping him for a traffic violation. After checking, deputies determined that Buschke had an outstanding arrest warrant issued after a grand jury indicted him on drug charges.

Hastings said the indictment stemmed from an investigation into an Oct. 15 traffic crash on Oregon 211 near South Vaughan Road. He said Buschke was driving a Ford Mustang west on the highway around 2:35 p.m., when he crossed the center line and collided nearly head-on with a Honda Accord driven by Kristine Louise Anderson, 64, of Molalla.

Anderson died after she was rushed by ambulance to OHSU Hospital. Her 3-year-old granddaughter suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Buschke also was taken by ambulance to OHSU Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

During the subsequent investigation, state troopers obtained a search warrant and went through Buschke’s car, seizing heroin and methamphetamine.

Hastings said troopers are continuing their investigation into the crash.16252907-small

Meanwhile, Buschke was arraigned Monday in Clackamas County Circuit Court on charges of possessing heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone; and of distributing methamphetamine. He is being held in the Clackamas County Jail, with bail set at $170,000.






A SWAT team served a search warrant at 704 Fourth Ave. S.E. Saturday shortly after 5 p.m., seizing drugs and stolen property from a house that neighbors say has been an eyesore for years.

A baby also was taken into protective custody during the incident, and a suspect was arrested on methamphetamine dealing charges on Sunday morning, said Albany Police Department Detective Lt. Travis Giboney.5458194a2bcb9_image

The house, owned by Abigail Dischner, doesn’t have running water or electricity, and it is under foreclosure, according to city officials.

Nevertheless, the SWAT team surrounded the residence and called out six people from inside, Giboney said.

Neighbor Tom Pritchard said there have been problems at the property with trash and junk, screaming and fights in the wee hours, and a revolving cast of characters.

“It’s a very unsafe feeling. We don’t go outside at night anymore,” he added.

And he doesn’t leave anything on his porch, unless he can risk it being gone in the morning.

Neighbor David Abarr said he was “relieved” by the police activity on Saturday.

“We live in a historic neighborhood. I can see the neighborhood turning around. A couple of the houses have gotten cleaned up,” Abarr said.

But he added that “stereotypical druggies” still wander down the street, talking to themselves, cursing aloud.

Pritchard was frustrated things weren’t getting cleaned up more quickly.

“I don’t think we’ve got any support from the city. How many times do you need to call to complain?” he added.

City spokeswoman Marilyn Smith said that in the case of a nuisance ordinance violation, property owners typically get 30 days to clean up a junk yard to code, or to go to court.

And a municipal court judge could give residents additional time to clean up any mess.

“Most people will clean up, but sometimes it takes a very long time to convince them to do that,” Smith said.

In 15 years, only one person in Albany has ever been sent to jail for failing to clean up a junk yard, she added.

“It took us more than a year to get to that point,” Smith said.

The city also has concerns with potential building code violations at the property, and reports of people camping illegally in the back yard, Smith said.

On Saturday, about 20 officers belonging to the Linn and Marion County SWAT teams surrounded the house and property before the search warrant was executed.

On Sunday, one of the residents of the house, who wasn’t home when the warrant was served, was spotted walking nearby and arrested at about 10 a.m., Giboney said.

Joe Luis Duran, 50, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court on Monday with delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, first-degree child neglect and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Judge Daniel Murphy set his bail at $25,000, and appointed Keith Rohrbough as his attorney.

Duran’s next court appearance was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17.

Giboney said additional arrests are expected.





LA JOLLA, CA – Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that even brief workouts can reduce the risk of relapse in rats withdrawing from methamphetamine. In addition, the team found that exercise affected the neurons in a brain region that had never before been associated with meth withdrawal, suggesting a new direction for drug development.

“There was no correlation between length of workout and risk of relapse—it’s the mere involvement in the activity of physical fitness, rather than how much time you can put in,” said TSRI Associate Professor Chitra Mandyam, senior author of the new study, published in the journal Brain Structure and Function. “That’s really important if we are going to translate this to humans.”

These research results come as the number of methamphetamine users rises in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In San Diego County, this rise has had dire consequences, with the county reporting a 55-percent increase in meth-related deaths since 2008.

“Right now, there is no FDA-approved medicine for methamphetamine addiction,” Mandyam noted. “Discovering novel pathways in the brain that could be associated specifically with the withdrawal and relapse stage may lead to new avenues for therapeutics.”

The Impact of Exercise

In a 2013 study, Mandyam and her colleagues had shown that running during methamphetamine use reduced the amount of methamphetamine that rats chose to consume. By investigating the brain chemistry involved, the team found that both running and drug use activated the brain’s reward system—apparently rats that exercised didn’t need as much methamphetamine to be satisfied.

For the current study, the researchers wanted to see whether running could play a similar protective role in methamphetamine withdrawal.

To find out, they set up an experiment using two groups of rats. One group had access to running wheels during withdrawal; the other did not. During the addiction stage, the rats were allowed to choose how much methamphetamine to consume. During the withdrawal stage, they could also choose how often to run on a wheel.

“Right off the bat, we noticed that the rats going through withdrawal did get on the running wheels when given access to them, but they didn’t run as much as drug-naïve rats,” said Mandyam.

The rats given access to running wheels, however, showed a reduction in drug-seeking behavior, meaning that they were less likely to press a lever to request a dose of methamphetamine after the drug had been withdrawn. This finding echoes observations of decreased drug-seeking in cocaine and nicotine-addicted rats given access to running wheels during withdrawal.

How the Brain Changes

The researchers went on to determine the brain region associated with this difference in behavior.

They measured neurotoxicity and the activity of neurons in the brain, and were surprised to find that running reduced the number of dopamine neurons in the periaqueductal grey (PAG), an area of the brain associated with pain-sensing. Scientists had long known that opiates, such as heroin, affected the PAG, but a change had never been seen during the withdrawal stage from a stimulant such as methamphetamine.

The researchers suggest that the connection between the dopamine neurons in the PAG and neurons in a region of the brain called the central nucleus of the amygdala, which is associated with negative reinforcement, could be driving relapse behavior in methamphetamine-addicted animals.

Mandyam said that more experiments are needed to determine exactly how the PAG and central nucleus of the amygdala interact. Mandyam is also studying whether changes in the PAG occur in rats withdrawing from alcohol and is interested in whether any significant differences can be found in the brain structure.

In addition to Mandyam, other contributors to the study, “Chronic wheel running-induced reduction of extinction and reinstatement of methamphetamine seeking in methamphetamine dependent rats is associated with reduced number of periaqueductal gray neurons,” are Jeffrey C. Sobieraj, Airee Kim and McKenzie J. Fannon, all of TSRI.

Support for this study came from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA022473 and DA034140), National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (AA020098 and AA06420) and Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation. For more information on this study, see





ANCHORAGE – Federal authorities have seized nearly 100 pounds of illicit drugs and arrested eight people in four states, in raids on a drug ring which allegedly sent drugs to Alaska and laundered their profits in Mexico.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler’s office said Monday that the seizures included about 50 pounds of heroin, 38 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of heroin. The ring, which has allegedly been operating for at least a year, had contacts in Alaska as well as California, Arizona and Texas.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Courter, who prosecuted the case, Drug Enforcement Administration estimates of the seized drugs’ total value range from $2.3 million at the wholesale level — sold by the pound or kilogram — to over $10 million if they were sold on the street as ounces or grams.

Texas residents Omar Alejandro Alfaro and Jose Ramon Canales, as well as California man Genaro Gutierrez-Reyes, are charged with conspiring to transport drug proceeds from the scheme to Mexico. Alfaro and Canales also face charges of conspiring to distribute Alaska-bound drugs — including about 12 kilograms of heroin and two pounds of meth. Six kilos of heroin sold in early 2013 in Texas were later recovered, as well as three kilos of the drug mailed from Texas to Canales.

“Investigators found these kilograms of heroin hidden in a storage unit here in Anchorage along with an additional nine kilograms of heroin and various packaging materials,” prosecutors wrote.

More drugs were both sold to undercover officers and seized during recent raids in the case.

“The conspirators also sold three kilograms of heroin and two pounds of methamphetamine to an Alaska undercover agent,” prosecutors wrote. “Agents seized an additional two kilograms of heroin and two pounds of methamphetamine from conspirators during arrest operations in Texas late last week.”

In California and Arizona, four more people are charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamines headed for Alaska. They include Tomas Gutierrez Ayala, Geronimo Arellano Velarde, Cristian Giovanni Lugo and Jasmin Sanchez.

“According to the indictment, in July 2013, Ayala possessed approximately ten pounds of methamphetamine,” prosecutors wrote. “Around the same time, an Alaska-based conspirator traveled to California to purchase a large quantity of methamphetamine.”

More drugs — including five kilograms of cocaine and five pounds of meth – allegedly arrived in Alaska in October 2013.

“In two subsequent transactions, conspirators sold four and seven pounds of methamphetamine respectively to an Alaska undercover agent,” prosecutors wrote. “In arresting the defendants, law enforcement seized an additional eight pounds of methamphetamine. Overall, the conspiracy was responsible for the distribution or attempted distribution of approximately five kilograms of cocaine and 34 pounds of methamphetamine.”

Courter says that all of the drugs seized were apparently headed for the Last Frontier, despite the disparate locations where they were seized.

“They were either seized in Alaska or they were seized ultimately in an operation which was destined for Alaska,” Courter said.

Federal agents are seeking $70,000 in forfeitures of alleged drug money from the last person charged in the arrests, 51-year-old Anchorage man Timothy George Alex. He is accused of conspiring to distribute all three drugs, as well as attempting to possess cocaine in February.

According to Courter, the complicated indictments break down more neatly on the basis of which drugs were allegedly distributed by the operation’s various elements.

“As far as the meth side, that was definitely California,” Courter said. “The Texas side was more focused on heroin.”

Courter said that all of the defendants save Alex face mandatory minimum 10-year prison terms if convicted, while Alex will be imprisoned for at least five years if he is convicted.

“This is a very, very substantial seizure, especially for a district like Alaska,” Courter said. “This is a statement that if you’re going to traffic this amount of drugs in Alaska, we’re going to do something about it.”

Federal agents in California, Arizona and Texas helped prosecute the case, which was investigated by numerous federal agencies ranging from the FBI and the DEA to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. In Alaska, the Alaska State Troopers as well as Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport police were also involved with the case.






BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A raid at an East Lake home turned up nearly $20,000 in methamphetamine that was hidden under a toddler’s bed.

A man and a woman were taken into custody. Their 2-year-old son was placed into the custody of the Department of Human Resources.16248764-mmmain

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 30 carried out a drug search warrant at a home in the 9000 block of Beverly Drive. Inside the home deputies found nearly two pounds of methamphetamine, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

The drugs were found in a plastic container under the young boy’s bed, and on a shelf directly over the bed. Christian said the search was part of an ongoing investigation that began four months ago into the illegal sale of large amounts of methamphetamine from the home.

The couple’s son was placed in protective custody because of the close proximity of the drugs to his bed, and because of the living conditions in the home, authorities said.

Those arrested were Jonathan Hernandez, 23, and Jessica Mae Johnson, 23. Both are charged with trafficking methamphetamine and chemical endangerment of a child.

Bond for each is set at more than $1 million.






LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)   Five people were arrested after Lafayette police find drugs, including heroin and meth, scattered across a motel room that also had four children under the age of 8 inside.

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Around 7:15 Sunday evening, an anonymous call came in about a group of people using drugs in the presence of young children in a room at the Knights Inn motel.

When officers arrived, various drugs and drug paraphernalia were in plain view, along with an inactive meth lab. Police arrested the five people in the room for various charges:

Erica Shires is facing multiple charges including possession of heroin and neglect of a dependent.


Brandon Silva is preliminarily charged with possession of a meth lab and possession of a syringe.

Mitchell Decker was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of syringe.

The two other adults in the room, Jacob Shires and Monica Ybarra, were arrested for visiting a common nuisance.

The Department of Child Services was contacted to assist officers in providing alternate care for the children.




Being addicted to methamphetamines could probably demoralize any human being.

“If they ever use it more than once, most people are addicted to it at that point,” said Darla Tate of St. Bernards Counseling Center.

The number of people using the drug and the number of people being treated for it is skyrocketing .

“Most of the products that are used in it, it’s found in our homes, it is found in the barns in our farm…so it’s very easily manufactured,” said Tate

Tate said that although it’s easy for people to get their hands on the drug, getting off the drug is the hard part.

“There is not a detox for methamphetamine, not a medical detox…there’s a social detox.”

A social detox means that the person undergoes a physical and mental withdrawal, without the help of any type of medication. Treatment is not inexpensive and the extent of that treatment depends on funding.

“State funded facilities…most of them run 28 days inpatient,” said Tate.   “Our program here is a 16 week intensive outpatient program.”

Methamphetamines are considered one of the most addictive substances on the illegal drug market, an addiction best treated in a safe, therapeutic setting such as a recovery center.



People who make meth think the police are stupid. The meth cookers come into both the mom and pop drug stores and the giant retail pharmacies for products containing pseudoephedrine.

You are only allowed to buy 9 grams every 30 days. They’re buying more. Capt. Scott Roper oversees JPD’s warrants division. Right now, his department has warrants on dozens of people in Region 8 for over purchasing pseudoephedrine. Here are three of the many police are after.

Kevin E. Norwood. He is 34 years old. He has one warrant for violating the sales limit of pseudoephedrine.

Melanie J. Deloache. She is 29 years old. In addition to her warrant for over purchasing pseudoephedrine police want her for one non-payment f fines warrant.

To show this crime isn’t limited to young people, here is 60 year old Vivian Bullock. She has two warrants for over purchase of the drug used to make meth.

If you know where police can locate any one of these three suspected meth makers it will be worth Crimestoppers cash as well as the knowledge you helped put them away. Call Crimestoppers with your anonymous tip, 935-STOP. When you call, you will be given a tip number. That’s your ID. When you see me give our suspects ”the stamp” call or email sgt. Steve McDaniel and tell him your tip number. He’ll tell you how to get your cash. Call now, and get these suspected meth makers off the street and the help they need. 935-STOP.




Rachel is a meth addict.

She wouldn’t let us show her face because of a pending drug case in Lee County, but she can describe what hell looks and feels like.

“They call it running around with your foot nailed to the floor. You got all this energy and stuff, but your brain’s already fried,” recounts Rachel.

It destroys the body as well. “I watched a girl inject it into her neck,” says Rachel, “and get a sore this big and fluorescent green on her cheek.”

Common side effects include insomnia, palpitations, paranoia, and psychosis. Rachel recalls, “This one girl was so messed up she had her shoe and thought it was her cell phone.” 4524725_BG1

Meth mouth is a common condition brought on by the ingredients of meth and the lifestyle of meth addicts.

Rachel says, “After a few months, you’re tore up looking, your house is tore up looking, you can’t get to an appointment, you can’t do anything.”

The ugly aftermath of meth use makes you wonder why anyone would try the drug in the first place.

Rachel says, “I liked it because I was a really sad and lonely person, and had a lot of trauma throughout my life.”

Science offers some clues to the drug’s appeal. Methamphetamine releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain, the natural chemical the body releases to produce pleasure. One bump of crystal meth– either smoked, snorted, or injected– can create a stimulated euphoria for up to twelve hours. However, in the process, crystal meth rips havoc on the prefrontal lobe, causing permanent brain damage.

Captain Jerry Conner of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation says, “It produces depression, suicide, violence. The lack of sleep makes them dysfunctional. No good to society. No good to their families.”

In less than five years using meth, Rachel wrecked her marriage and split her five children apart.

“My biggest regret is what I’ve done to my children,” says Rachel. “I cannot imagine what they’re going to say to me now, whenever I get to talk to them.

“What do I tell them? ‘It’s going to be okay,'” asks Rachel. “I don’t know that it’s going to be okay. I told them it was going to be okay last time.”

Experts say that crystal meth is one of the most addictive street drugs and one of the hardest to treat. Addiction counselors report a relapse rate of 92%, worse than cocaine. Treatment options are limited here in the U.S. because most users don’t have health insurance.

Federal, state, and local agencies uncovered 385 meth labs in Alabama last year alone. Of course, that’s only the one’s they’ve found.








Crystal meth is growing in popularity in continental Europe with middle class drug users according to experts.

The drug gained renewed infamy due to hit TV series, Breaking Bad, which detailed the rise and fall of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who sets up a meth based drugs empire.

Usage of methamphetamine in Germany, for example, has risen by 51 per cent in a recent crime survey.Vilem Kurta, investigator of Bavaria police

The main source of the drug flooding Europe is the Czech Republic where it produces 95 per cent of all crystal meth consumed by the continent.

Fanda, a meth addict for two decades told Sky News of the drug’s changing image: ‘For instance here in Prague I know that it’s not only people on street, it’s also just normal people who work in office, in kitchens or on construction sites.

‘I know about 1,000 such people in the whole of the Czech Republic.’

While some have blamed the global economic crisis, Police authorities believe it is organised Vietnamese gangs based out of Prague that revolutionised the production and distribution of the drug.

Colonel Jackub Frydrych runs an anti-drug team in the Czech Republic and spoke of the growing epidemic: ‘There are booming markets, I will give you an example: in Japan there is a big mark up of about £435 on each gram of crystal meth.

‘From a profit perspective it is one of the most dynamic markets.’

Earlier this year Michael Hartmann, a German MP, admitted to taking crystal meth to improve his work performance.

The drug is not a newcomer to Europe, and Germany especially, as the Nazis distributed a form of it to soldiers to help them stay alert.




A CRIME spree that lasted two weeks and included at least eight victims, spread across seven towns, will reach a conclusion after the culprit pleaded guilty in Orange Local Court to 17 offenses.

Jason Golonski, of Phillip Street in Orange, is in jail after he was refused bail for the crimes which included the theft of five getaway vehicles and nine guns.

Director of Public Prosecutions solicitor Talitha Hennessy said on Thursday she would not seek a plea to the last offence, of supply or knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug, until a test revealed the strength of the alleged methamphetamine he had with him.

“I’m reluctant to proceed until we know the purity of the drug … it could be an indictable amount,” she said.

If the purity is strong, Golonski could face a significantly longer sentence in Orange District Court.

According to police charges the 41-year-old started his crime spree in Bathurst where he stole a Ford Laser on September 6 at about 5 pm.

He also stole a chainsaw from the same victim worth about $600.

In Nashdale, Golonski stole $1200 worth of frozen meat and a chainsaw, and from a separate property he stole nine firearms and ammunition.

He then appeared in Garland, near Lyndhurst a week later and stole a Toyota Kluger that enabled him to reach Orange on September 14 and 15 where he stole a black Holden Commodore utility and a motorbike.

On the same day he appeared in Lyndhurst where he stole $4000 worth of alcohol.

Golonski then made an appearance in Cowra where he stole a boat battery and was in the possession of methamphetamines, or ice.

It was in Cowra police allege he was supplying the drug.

Later on September 19 he broke into a couple’s home, while they were still inside, and stole their Toyota Prado.

In Grenfell on September 21, he broke into a home and stole some fishing rods and a tool box.

He stole and drove all of the vehicles while not having a license.

A fast track order has been issued for the test of the methamphetamines and Golonski will reappear in court in December where he will be committed for sentence in the Orange District Court.


A Sky News investigation has seen how Vietnamese gangs operating in the Czech Republic are fuelling a “concerning” increase in crystal meth use across continental Europe.

Abuse of methamphetamine in Germany has risen by 51% in the most recent crime survey and there is evidence more professionals are starting to take the drug, which is relatively cheap to produce and highly addictive.cegrab-20141103-040503-211-1-762x428

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) says that EU member states need to work on a proper response to the growth of the drug which “has the potential to cause significant harm”.

Sky News travelled to Prague, which is now the epicenter of the crystal meth industry, to try to find out why it’s the source of a staggering 95% of all batches consumed in Europe.

In the Czech Republic crystal meth is known as Pervitin, the brand name of the drug used by Adolf Hitler to keep his military alert.

When the Iron Curtain swept across the continent, the then Czechoslovakia became the centre of the Communist empire’s pharmaceutical industry, making the source material for crystal meth easily available.

At that time little was known about the damaging effects of crystal meth, which is relatively easy to “cook” from ephedrine-based cold remedies and is versatile in its use, as explained by Dr Jiri Prisl, who tries to wean addicts off the drug.

“You can swallow it, whether in powder or in dilution, so you can drink it, swallow it, sniff it, you can smoke it, you can inject it into your veins. In all possible ways,” he explains.

He said most white collar workers still prefer cocaine because crystal meth is seen as a socially inferior drug, but those who work in a mobile needle exchange in the centre of Prague told us that pattern is beginning to change.

Fanda, a homeless man who’s been addicted to the drug for nearly two decades, says he’s noticed the changing profile of crystal meth users.

“For instance here in Prague I know that it’s not only people on street. It’s also just normal people who work in office, in kitchens or on construction sites. I know about 1,000 such people in the whole of the Czech Republic,” he said.

In July 2014, a German MP Michael Hartmann admitted taking the drug to improve his work performance, while in affluent gay circles in London and Paris the drug, known as “Tina”, is commonplace among those looking to enhance sexual pleasure.

Researchers at the EMCDDA believe the global financial crisis could be partly to blame, but police say it is also down to a much more sophisticated production and distribution network run by Vietnamese gangs based in the Czech Republic.

Colonel Jackub Frydrych, who heads the team trying to disrupt the trade, said success in breaking up the triads’ traditional money-maker in counterfeit goods, led the gangs to look for other potential revenues.

They are looking at worldwide expansion, he said.

“There are booming markets. I will give you an example: in Japan there is a big mark up of about £435 on each gram of crystal meth.

“From a profit perspective it is one of the most dynamic markets.”

So the drug that started in kitchens of Czechoslovakia has now moved to the factory production line: six tons of the drug were seized in raids last year even though the number of raids fell.


Methamphetamine doesn’t discriminate. Like the cocaine and crack craze of the 1980s it’s the drug of choice by many in Benton and Washington counties. Most of the crystal meth is tracked in from Mexico with a purity level of 95% to 100%, according to Tommy Flowers, resident agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Flowers was one five panelists presenting at The State of Meth luncheon in Rogers on Friday (Oct. 31).

“Tighter regulation over the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine over the past five years has limited the number of local labs cooking meth, but there is still anywhere from 50 pounds to 100 pounds of it moving around the region daily,” Flowers said, proclaiming it the drug of choice in the region today.methpanel2

He said the local street value of meth today is about $20,000 a pound, because it comes out of Mexico where it’s $6,000 a pound. The further from the border the more expensive it is.

Chad Brown, board member of the local drug task force, said the lucrative economics around distributing meth in addition to the powerful addiction of users mount a strong resistance, which is why so much effort is given to prevention. He said a 98% addiction rate of first time users is also an eye-opener because unlike other drugs, there are no casual meth users.

Michael Poore, superintendent of Bentonville Public Schools, was also a panelist at the Benton County Drug Task luncheon. Children enrolled in schools whose parents use meth or moms who used while pregnant require more services and suffer other learning challenges at an added cost to schools and ultimately taxpayers, he said.

A social worker recently informed him of a local kindergarden student whose parents used meth in the home. The child was neglected, dirty and troubled by the fights she witnessed between the parents. Poore said the five-year-old worried because her mom slept all the time and she liked it went her daddy went a way because the mom was happier.

Poore said local schools promote prevention and this week it paid off when a local middle school student found 70 pills in a ziplock bag hidden in a stack of chairs in her classroom.

“It could have been a catastrophe, but this child knew that wasn’t right and told an adult. The school is investigating the matter,” Poore said.

Doug Sarver, a minister of global missions at Cross Church and a panel member, said there is also a financial burden on the church and other nonprofits in the region because of the drug trade and abuse.

“In a sense, it’s a tax on the nonusers and productive circles of society,” he added.

Sarver shared a personal story of his own addiction to cocaine 30 years ago, a habit he said was $3,000 a week then, equal to about $100,000 now. He was introduced to drugs in the seventh grade, but managed to establish a professional career with fast-food chain Sonic as head of the regional advertising coop and a franchise owner.

“Just 25% of users are visible and on skid row, and 75% of meth users look like us in the room. They manage to hide their addiction like I did for a few years. But there is an impact on the society at large in the forms of higher work absenteeism and higher levels of work-related injuries,” Sarver said.

He said users also take a huge toll on their families, stealing from them to feed their growing habit. The one thing he knows for sure is that users can’t be rehabilitated until they themselves want it. For him it took six years to get there.

Many meth users won’t have six years, because the average life expectancy for heavy users is five years, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Kim Umber, secretary of the DFBC, said that stat proved to be true for her own daughter who died in 2006 from five years of meth abuse.

Benton County Prosecutor Elector Nathan Smith, also a panel member, said unlike other drugs, meth can alter the chemistry in the brain which can lead to acts of violence that the person would not have normally committed. Smith said there is no nook or cranny in this region where drugs can’t find a way in. His parents who live in a more affluent Bentonville neighborhood had an incident where five adults were found manufacturing meth in a $300,000 home. He said there also is a strong correlation between crimes and meth use, because the costs of using can run out of control after a while.

Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson, also a panel member, agreed with Smith. Simpson said the majority of all crimes have some connection to drug use.

“If not directly related, you don’t have to look far to find the connection. Many times it starts with shoplifting and car break-ins. We are seeing more ‘smash and grab’ car break-ins, which come in cycles. Nine out of ten times they commit these crimes hoping to get the money they need for their next hit,” Simpson said.

The local drug force spent the entire month of October presenting drug prevention programs to 4,000 middle-school children in the area. Formerly part of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce, the Benton County Drug Force has recently had to reinvent itself as an independent entity and advocacy group.

Past president Chad Brown explained that the federal funding expired which had provided the Rogers-Lowell Chamber the ability to operate the program for the past decade.

“We are working to grow our membership and have realigned with the Boys and Girls Clubs, where the real battle has to be fought. Teaching awareness is something we all can do,” Brown said.

Flowers said meth manufacturing is on the decline locally but use is still up.

Another issue Flowers worries will befall the region in the next year or so is a rise in heroin use, which is a growing problem on college campuses and in other southern cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham. He said the resurgence in heroin is coming from college kids and adults who have become addicted to prescription pain killers that they might have been prescribed or took from a parent’s medicine cabinets.

With the recent crackdown by doctors prescribing these drugs, addicted users have sought out cheaper and more accessible highs by using heroin. Flowers said prescription pain killers cost about $1 per milligram and finding the supply is more difficult which creates the demand for heroin.

“Birmingham reported between 80 to 100 deaths last year from heroin overdoses,” Flowers said. “I see this as the next epidemic coming our way.”




A methamphetamine dealer has been jailed for three years and four months.

Police say John David Blaikie, 53, is the highest level dealer they have caught in a drug ring that has brought methamphetamine into Canterbury.

Blaikie was jailed when he appeared by video-link from the Auckland Court House for his sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of supplying and attempting to supply methamphetamine. Two Ashburton co-offenders had earlier pleaded guilty. One received a term of home detention and the other – Raymond Donal Todd, 37 – was jailed for three years and 10 months on several other charges including for drugs.

Defense counsel Serina Bailey said Blaikie had been caught with 40g of methamphetamine but there had been no sign of cash or transaction records. She suggested he had been dealing in the drug to finance his own drug habit.

Judge Raoul Neave said the Christchurch police had begun investigating the source of methamphetamine arriving in the city in April 2013. That inquiry led to Blaikie who was using a woman to courier the drugs as well as bringing it south himself.

It made no difference whether the motivation was cash or other drugs. He also noted that Blaikie had drawn others into the offending though they had been “pretty willing participants”.

Jailing Blaikie, Judge Neave noted that he had struggled while in custody and on bail to cope with a knee injury which had needed two operations.

“The circumstances in which you received the injury confirm the circles in which you were moving,” he said.





A Rowan County man who worked for Catawba College has been charged in a California-to-North Carolina methamphetamine ring.

Authorities said, however, that no college staff members or students were involved in the alleged meth operation that led to the arrests of Robin Lee Guest and girlfriend Melanie Ann Pruitt last week.


The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said a three-month investigation ended with the arrest of Guest, 50, and Pruitt, 38, each of Salisbury. They lived at a North Park Drive home that is owned by Catawba College, and authorities said Guest worked in housekeeping at the school.

Investigators allege that Guest received packages of methamphetamine “ice” through the U.S. Postal Service from California and then distributed the drugs in the Salisbury area. The Sheriff’s Office said agents bought meth from Guest on July 17, July 26, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 9.

Guest was taken into custody Tuesday while working at the college, and Pruitt was arrested at the North Park Drive residence. Deputies said they found her hiding in a closet.

Guest was charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine by sale and possession; three counts of possession of methamphetamine; three counts of sale of methamphetamine; five counts of maintaining a residence for keeping and selling controlled substances; and two counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. He was jailed under $250,000 bond.

Pruitt was charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Deputies said they seized about 5 ounces of methamphetamine and $31,000 in the arrest of Guest.









Beijing police have reportedly arrested actor and model Hu Dong for using crystal methamphetamines.

Authorities confirmed on Saturday that they had detained an actor with the surname Hu for using drugs, reports

The 45-year-old Hu reportedly confessed that he had been using crystal methamphetamines, also know as crystal meth, and tested positive for the drug after he was taken in on October 16. The police would not reveal the full name of the detainee, who was later released.

The Chinese government has been cracking down on celebrities who use drugs in recent months. In October, Kai Ko was caught using drugs in his apartment and was given 14 days in detention. In September Chinese prosecutors ordered the arrest of Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan for allegedly allowing others to take drugs in his home in Beijing. And earlier this year, writer Chen Wanning, also known as Ning Caishen, was detained for methamphetamines.



Garland County Deputies arrested a Hot Springs woman Thursday for drug charges.

Dana Michelle Swims, 39, of 105 Tall Oaks Street in Hot Springs was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the sheriff’s report, Deputy Wharton was traveling westbound on Mountain Pine Road behind a green colored 2013 Jeep Wrangler when the Jeep turned left on Blacksnake Road and continue at a high rate of speed. Deputy Wharton then followed behind the suspect vehicle and verified the vehicle’s speed to be 44 mph on a 35 mph zone.

Deputy Wharton then conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle in the 1400 block of Blacksnake Road. Deputy Wharton made contact with the suspect, Dana M. Swims who was also the driver of the vehicle. During contact with the suspect, Deputy Wharton asked her several times if there was any contraband inside the vehicle. Swims advised that there was not any.

Deputy Wharton then asked the suspect if she would consent to a search of the vehicle, and she stated that he could search the vehicle.

During the search, Deputy Wharton observed a blue colored Tommy Hilfiger brand women’s bag. Inside the bag, Deputy Wharton located two syringes, one snorting straw, two baggies containing with a combined weight of 0.5 grams of field tested positive methamphetamine and a fishing license belonging to Dana Swims.

Deputy Wharton asked the suspect if she knew where the wallet came from and she stated that it was supposed to be at her house. Deputy Wharton then asked her about the illegal items inside and she stated that it was not hers.  Deputy Wharton told the suspect that she would need someone to come get the vehicle.

The suspect called her husband, Robert Keith Swims. During this time sheriff’s deputies overheard Swims telling her husband, “The cops pulled me over.”   “They found my wallet,” and “It had my stuff in it.”

The suspect was then taken to the Detention Center for processing.





BENTON COUNTY — Members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), local law enforcement, public schools, local churches and prosecutors office gathered for the Benton County Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention Luncheon Friday.Members of the Drug Enforcement

Here’s a look at 8 things discussed at the meeting, according to the Rogers Police Department:


  1. Most of the meth seen by police in Northwest Arkansas is “high grade meth” and imported from other countries. (MEXICO)
  2. Current laws in Arkansas have reduced the numbers of small time meth producers.
  3. One pound of meth has a street value of as much as $16,000-20,000.
  4. More than 50 lbs of meth moves through Northwest Arkansas each day.
  5. The DEA says heroin & prescription drug abuse are on the rise in our area.
  6. The THC level in marijuana is increasing.
  7. A pound of marijuana can sell for $5,000-6,000.
  8. Heroin use is on the rise locally. Law enforcement agencies say it could be our next epidemic.







A 29-year-old Harper County man was sentenced Friday to 21.5 years in prison on rape and meth distribution convictions, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Reese Adam Young of Anthony was given the 258-month term by District Judge Larry T. Solomon. Schmidt said a jury in July found Young guilty of rape; he subsequently pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance in August.

Young committed the crimes in 2013, Schmidt said.




A Pike County man was arrested Thursday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

of 658 County Road 1117, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Thursday after deputies seized a meth lab at his residence in the Shellhorn Community.

Deputies seized three bottles containing meth oil, two other bottles containing a white past-like substance tentatively identified as ephedrine, and a cold-pack – all of which are consistent with a one-pot cook method for meth, according to a press release issued by Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.

Drug paraphernalia also was confiscated in the raid.

The release said deputies made the arrest based on information received Thursday, which led to the discovery of the lab.

Little is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, first degree, and domestic violence, third degree. He was being held on the Pike County Jail.