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BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A Dexter, Missouri, restaurant owner is scheduled to appear in court today after being charged with possessing methamphetamine.

After an investigation by the SEMO Drug Task Force and the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, Robert Lay, 45, owner of The Grill off Business Highway 60 on the western edge of Dexter, was arrested at the restaurant on Friday. He posted bond Monday.

Deputy Keith Haynes, who also works on the Task Force, served Lay with an arrest warrant at the business, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Lay complied with emptying his pockets, and among the items in his possession was a “short red snort straw.”

At that point, Lay was advised of his rights, and he gave Haynes permission to search the restaurant’s office area.

In a desk drawer, Haynes found a plastic baggie containing a solid rock of what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine.

Lay subsequently was charged with meth possession and was transported to the Stoddard County Jail, where his bond was set at $20,000 cash only.

That bond was later amended to 10 percent cash or surety.

Lay is scheduled to appear before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield at 9 a.m. today.




  •  Baby is being kept alive by a life support machine after being fed potent drug
  • Silvia Strnadova, 26, and husband Miroslav, 30, arrested by Slovak police
  • Crystal meth has deeply unpleasant side effects and is dangerously addictive
  • Father had reputation for being dangerous and ‘best crystal meth cooker’


A four-month-old baby is fighting for his life after his drug addict parents fed him crystal meth to stop him from crying.  1411575269344_wps_65_Pic_shows_Woman_Silvia_St

Silvia Strnadova, 26, and husband Miroslav, 30, took the unconscious child to hospital but he was left brain dead and is only being kept alive by a life support machine.

The parents from the town of Prievidza in the north-western Slovak region of Horna Nitrawere were arrested after police discovered that they had given the infant a strong dose of the potent drug.

A hospital spokesman said: ‘They came into the waiting room with the unconscious baby in a pram and demanded to see a doctor.

‘When we carried out checks it became apparent the child was in a critical state and had been given a strong dosage of drugs.’

Head doctor Anna Moracikova added: ‘The child’s brain is severely damaged and he is clinically dead. His chances of survival are minimal and he is being kept alive by a life support machine.’

The drug crystal meth - made notorious by the popular US drama Breaking Bad – is a powerful stimulant known for its fast and long-lasting effects.

It delivers a euphoric high, but has deeply unpleasant side effects and is dangerously addictive. It can keep users awake for days, followed by a severe come-down.

Referred to as ‘ice’ or ‘glass’, crystal meth - a form of methamphetamine - can be consumed orally, sniffed, smoked or injected.



In its most popular crystalline form it resembles glass shavings or a crystal rock but is also available in pills and powder.

Across the US, where there are thought to be a million users, before and after pictures of users are often used to emphasize its ravaging effects, such as tooth decay.

Across Europe, seizures of methamphetamine have increased from 30kg in 2000 to 1,582kg in 2011.

Neighbors reacted with shock at the news but say the pair were well-known for their drug abuse.

Jana Trznikova, 36, said: ‘Really weird people kept going to their apartment. I always worried about letting my children play outside because you never knew what would happen.


‘She’s well-known for not settling down and already has two other children with different men.

‘He was known locally as the Crocodile on the drug scene, with a reputation for being the best crystal meth cooker, and because of his bad temper and the fact that he was dangerous.’

Social workers have also come under fire over their failure to take the child away from the pair.

Ms Trznikova said: ‘They should never have been allowed to keep that poor baby.’

A police spokesman said: ‘The man admitted giving the baby the meths in order to stop him crying. He has been arrested for neglect and for causing harm to a minor.

That may change if the child dies. He is in custody, while the woman has for the time being been released. We are still investigating her for failing to stop her partner giving the child the drug.’




Area law enforcement officials say methamphetamine use remains prevalent in the area, but it’s not solely a local problem.

“We’re seeing quite a bit of meth,” Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said. “Methamphetamine is the driving force behind a lot of our crime.”


Niles said people attempting to support a habit turn to criminal means.

“A lot of our theft, our property crimes, is people fighting addiction,” he said.

The sheriff said the majority of the methamphetamine his deputies find is coming from across the border in Mexico.

“We are finding large quantities of methamphetamine being transported or smuggled into the state,” Niles said. “Predominately, it’s being imported because of our porous southern border.”

Enid Police Department Narcotics Unit Sgt. Eric Reddick said he and other detectives are seeing larger quantities of the drug.

In May, law enforcement agencies dismantled a suspected multi-county methamphetamine and heroin trafficking ring operating mostly in the Enid area.

The operation was believed to be responsible for importing a pound of methamphetamine into the area every week.

“It’s still here,” Reddick said of the drug. “That’s pretty much all we are seeing, is that and high-grade marijuana.”

He said a recent search warrant found one man was in possession of 4 ounces of methamphetamine. Less than 10 years ago, finding such a large quantity would not have been the case.

“It was common for users to have a gram of meth,” Reddick said. “If someone had an ounce you had found a major dealer. The ounce has become the new gram in today’s drug world.”

Oklahoma’s law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine has limited the manufacturing of methamphetamine but also is for increasing its importation.

“The meth we are purchasing and seizing with search warrants and arrests, it’s all ice, or the crystal meth, that comes from Mexico,” Reddick said. “When we got the pseudo law passed, the Mexican cartels essentially flooded the market with it, and we were off to the races.”

Reddick said methamphetamine was not a problem unique to the Enid area.

“It’s everywhere”, he said. “It’s not just Enid.”



A Sorrento husband and wife were arrested Monday on suspicion of operating a large-scale methamphetamine dealing operation out of their home.


Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, with help from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, made arrangements to buy a “large quantity of methamphetamine” from 36-year-old Donald Sanford at his residence on the 8200 block of Pond Street in Sorrento.

They then conducted a search of the home, where they found meth, four handguns, two bulletproof vests, marijuana, methamphetamine pipes, scales, and $92,961 in cash, officials said. Sanford and his wife Chelsea’s 4-year-old child was present at the home, and was released to relatives.

Donald Sanford was arrested on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, four counts illegal carrying of weapons, illegal use of controlled substances in the presence of a person under 17, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts illegal possession of body armor, and four counts possession of firearms by convicted felon.

Chelsea Sanford, 22, was arrested on suspicion of being a principal to distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, four counts illegal carrying of weapons, illegal use of controlled substances in presence of person under 17, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts illegal possession of body armor. Chelsea Sanford has no prior criminal history.


The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office noted that Donald Sanford has a lengthy criminal history, and has been arrested 13 times since 1996 on charges ranging from robbery, to burglary, to stalking.





  LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – After an 18 month investigation into what law enforcement is calling “Operation Ice Storm” in Clinton, 49 suspects have been arrested on charges involving possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and weapons possession.49 Arrests Made 3

Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; along with David Downing, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); 20th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland; and Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley announced an investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking organization based in Clinton resulted in the early-morning arrests of multiple defendants on charges involving possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and
weapons possession. Ten of the defendants were already in state custody on separate charges.

“Today, a major drug trafficking organization in Van Buren County was dismantled,” stated Thyer. “This organization put the citizens and children of Clinton and the surrounding community at risk every day. Through the efforts of law enforcement at all levels, we have brought federal charges against these drug-dealing criminals to get them off and keep them off the streets for years to come.”

Methamphetamine destroys the lives of its abusers and has far-reaching negative effects in the communities where it takes hold,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Downing. “By targeting local distribution networks in Arkansas, DEA and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners are working to reduce overall crime and improve the quality of life for area residents. The numerous arrests and seizures in this investigation are the result of our close cooperation and part of our on-going efforts to ensure that drug traffickers are held responsible for the harm they cause.”

Prosecutor Cody Hiland added, “today’s arrests are the culmination of an 18 month criminal investigation that began with a local tire shop in Clinton. I think today’s operation certainly highlights the value of our local drug task forces and the virtue of working with other state and federal law enforcement agencies in helping make our communities more safe. The operation today is historic in scope and size and its impact on the illegal drug trade in Van Buren County will
continue to be felt in the years to come.”


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The DEA and 20th Judicial Drug Task Force investigation began in January 2011. Multiple undercover operations and numerous other law enforcement actions, including multiple seizures of methamphetamine were used during the investigation. All told, the Task Force purchased and seized more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine from the Jeffery Weaver drug trafficking organization (DTO) through controlled purchases and search warrants. The DEA and Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) also seized a total of 52 firearms. In addition, the defendants charged in the indictment are responsible for distributing or possessing over 300 pounds of methamphetamine.

The indictment, unsealed this afternoon, was handed down by a Federal Grand Jury on September 11, 2014. The indictment charges 34 defendants in 45 separate counts. The counts include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine, felon in possession of firearms, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and the use of telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine each defendant will face a sentence of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment. The investigation and prosecution of this case is a coordinated effort through the David G. Wilhelm OCDETF Strike Force and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and was conducted by the DEA and the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force with assistance from several law enforcement agencies including the ATF, Arkansas State Police, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas National Guard, Conway Police Department, and the United States Marshal Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kristin Bryant and Stephanie Mazzanti.

An indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.




BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. — A Buncombe County woman is busted for making meth inside her home.826-Police-Light_17877

Kelly Portch was charged after deputies suspected a fire at her mobile home was sparked by meth production. Deputies say they found the lab inside her home on High Oaks Drive.

Portch was arrested on Sept. 12 and is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of an Immediate Precursor Chemical with Intent to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She could face more charges pending lab results.



QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) – Meth-making materials scattered across a lawn after another drug bust is an all-too-common site in the Tri-States.4813207_G

“The problem is Quincy, Illinois has one of the highest – if not the highest – methamphetamine use in the state, and certainly we are seeing a number of women who have used meth during pregnancy,” Dr.Ira Chasnoff said.

Chasnoff led a discussion at the Adams County Health Department Tuesday, focusing on meth’s impact on mothers and their unborn children.

“By school age, if a child has been exposed prenatally, or even environmentally, to methamphetamine, what you see in children who are dis-regulated,” Chasnoff said. “They are not able to regulate well, they get pulled off task, they are very distractible, they have difficulty focusing.”

Cindy Vahle is with the Adams County Children’s Mental Health Partnership. She says the county has doctors at its clinics that perform early childhood screenings for at-risk families.

The health department also provides home nurses to assist with child development after exposure.

“A very high risk of the baby, either in utero or very early on into the birth, having a stroke or heart attack, much higher risk than in the normal population,” Vahle said.

Vahle says meth’s impact on children goes well beyond health; It can ruin their home lives for years to come.

“It is resulting in more children in foster care, which puts a strain on the foster care system” Vahey said.

Doctors say even if pregnant moms don’t use meth, their unborn children can still be affected if meth is in the house.




Police investigating a trespassing call this week discovered a meth lab inside a vacant home off of Madison Street.

The owner of the vacant property on Claridge Drive downtown believed people had been in the home and told officers he had seen signs of methamphetamine manufacturing, according to a news release Tuesday from Jamie Dexter, spokesman for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Clarksville Police responded Monday at 1:30 p.m. and contacted the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS.

CFR and EMS set up an area for fire suppression, decontamination and medical treatment in the event that the hazardous materials used to manufacture meth started a fire or resulted in an explosion.

An agent with the 19th JDDTF entered the home and found a one-pot meth process among other items used to make meth.

No suspects were present, and the incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information on the lab should call the 19th JDDTF at 931-648-5753.



Although fewer numbers of methamphetamine labs are being discovered across the state, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.

Last year, 167 people died of meth-related overdoses, while 421 labs were shut down by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. That compares with 140 deaths and 830 lab busts in 2012.

The number of meth-related overdose deaths has been climbing for years. The number of lab discoveries grew to match them until 2012.

The number of meth deaths has quadrupled since 2008, when 40 people were killed by the highly-addictive and super-potent stimulant.

Now, according to OBN spokesman Mark Woodward, home-cooked meth isn’t as popular as Mexican “ice.” While the number of lab busts is shrinking, meth overdoses continue to rise due to the popularity of the Mexican variety.

“The meth users themselves, who used to be cooks, are saying, ‘Why risk getting caught at a pharmacy, leaving a paper trail or blowing up a house when I’ve got a connection with a guy who’s bringing 10 pounds into Oklahoma City or Tulsa out of Dallas … Mexican “ice” that will be here in two days?’” Woodward said. “The Mexican cartels are filling the void left over by these people who still need meth but can’t cook it anymore.”

A national database that tracks purchases of pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients used to manufacture meth, has helped to deter former cooks from making the drug themselves, Woodward said.

Recent legislation has also limited the amount of pseudoephedrine one person is allowed to buy. In addition, purchases are tracked across the nation, so a user can’t buy the drug in one state and then another without consequence.

But meth availability and use continue to be epidemic, Woodward said. In previous years, he said, Mexican “ice” was considered to be an inferior product. But more recently, users have told OBN agents it’s better than their home-cooked meth.

As labs decrease, narcotics officers have more time to work on long-term cases to stop the cartels that are bringing in the “ice.”

In the past year, OBN has made six major busts involving Mexican-sourced meth, Woodward said.

Last year, the OBN, working with local law-enforcement agencies, arrested 20-50 suspects in five major Mexican “ice” investigations in Oklahoma City, Lawton, Tulsa, Okmulgee and Lindsay, Woodward said. Earlier this year, authorities also made a series of arrests in Enid. A prime source of the meth in that case had a source in Oklahoma City, who had a source in Dallas, who was getting the drugs from an El Paso source, he said.

“There’s so much ice coming in to Oklahoma City and Tulsa,” Woodward said. “We’re just eaten up with it.”

More time for officers to work major cases, fewer explosions and house fires, and fewer children exposed to toxins are among the benefits, Woodward said. But that doesn’t mean local labs aren’t still out there. And the availability of Mexican “ice” continues to increase the overdose death toll.

“There are a lot of benefits to labs being down,” Woodward said. “Unfortunately, one of them that we’re not seeing is the drop in user deaths.”





Officers arrest a Wichita Falls woman after ingredients to make meth are found in the vehicle she was driving.

Kelly Elaine Cribb
Kelly Elaine Cribb, 24, is charged with possession or transport of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture and deliver, manufacture or delivery of controlled substance over 4 grams Under 200 grams, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Wichita Falls police say Cribb was pulled over Monday just after noon after almost causing an accident near Kell West and 14th Street. Police say they saw a multi-colored pipe sitting on the center console.

During a search of the vehicle, police say they found 2 packs of lithium batteries, multiple blister packs of pseudoephedrine, a can of Drain-o, a bottle of drain opener, runner tubing, three cold packs, three cans of starting fluid and a pack of hand warmers. Police also found a digital scale, clear baggies, a clear baggy with a white substance that tested positive for meth, and a semi- automatic handgun.

Police say Cribb was taken to the hospital for medical clearance where they found more meth in her pocket. She is in the Wichita County Jail on bonds totaling more than $60,000 dollars.



 “Tabitha” said she was smoking meth “pretty much all day” when her three young children were taken away.  1411530744001-0923-meth05

Nationally, it’s a problem that can’t be ignored.

In a recent survey of 500 police departments, 58 percent said methamphetamine is their most serious drug issue, compared with only 19 percent for cocaine and 17 percent for marijuana.

In places like Parker and Palo Pinto counties, meth is at the heart of hundreds of broken families.

Tabitha and her son are making good memories now; but there are so many bad ones.

April 25, 2013 stands out.

“My caseworker sits down beside me and says, ‘OK, I’m taking your kids.’ I just flipped out on her,” Tabitha said; we’re not using her last name.

The 29-year-old woman tested positive for meth and had her three young children were gone.

How often was she smoking the extremely addictive stimulant drug? “Pretty much all day,” she confessed.

Child advocates in Parker and Palo Pinto counties say meth use by parents is driving an astonishing increase in child removals… along with heartbreaking scenes of neglect.

“Probably the saddest story that comes to mind is the mother who was prostituting her four-year-old child in exchange for drugs,” said Trisha Duke, who volunteers for CASA, a non-profit that provides advocates for children in foster care in Parker and Palo Pinto counties.

Five years ago, Child Protective Services removed 16 children in Parker County. Last year, that figure skyrocketed to 110.

Palo Pinto County showed a smaller increase, but still nearly doubled from 34 removals to 65.

“I would say 70 percent of the cases at least have to do with meth,” Duke said.

“I started doing meth when I was 11,” said Johnny Forsyth Jr., who tells his story as a parent and a child. “Turned out, I started doing meth with my mother and father.”

His mother and father are both now serving time in prison; they have long criminal histories for drugs.


Johnny Jr. was four months out of prison when he was busted with about 30 others earlier this year in an undercover meth investigation.

He went to prison, joined a gang and covered his face with tattoos.

Forsyth has four kids. He says the day of his release, his gang gave him free meth.

“Right after that, I went and put a needle in my arm; didn’t even go see my kids like I promised,” he said.

Forsyth’s childhood sounds a lot like the extreme neglect that caseworkers now see.

“That’s the way I grew up,” he said. “No power. Poop in a bucket. You don’t even have toilets.”

CASA’s caseload has grown from 190 children in 2012 to 463. They expect 500 by the end of the year.

The agency currently has 132 volunteers she said they need at least 100 more.

“We are an overwhelmed system,” she said.

There aren’t nearly enough foster families, either; fewer than 50 in Parker and Palo Pinto counties. As a result, most kids removed from their families are sent someplace else.

“These counties are drowning,” Duke lamented.

The Parker County Attorney has asked for another lawyer just to handle the increase in CPS cases.

Tabitha has never been arrested for drugs; she got her children back after faithfully attending counseling and passing multiple drug tests.

Johnny Forsyth faces years in prison.

“I don’t want my children here,” he said. “I got a letter from my daughter about three months ago. My oldest daughter is eight. She said she forgives me for everything I’ve done.”

Forsyth said he talked to News 8 because he wants others to learn from his mistakes.

“I want to break the chain,” he said. “You need to break the chain.”

He wishes he could hear what Tabitha heard the day she got her kids back; what she longs to hear every day.

“I love you.”


Three people were arrested last week on charges of supplying ingredients to a Pensacola methamphetamine lab, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Andrea Michelle Rohrer, 29, Erica Laine Rohrer, 29, and Dustin Edward White, 22, allegedly were among a half-dozen people acting as “smurfs” for a group that was producing meth at a West Pensacola residence. According to the report, a “smurf” is a person who buys and transports ingredients for a drug producer, or “cook,” in exchange for a portion of the finished product.

The report said the cook in this case was Jeffrey Hudson McElwain, who was arrested in February when deputies searched his Matador Camino residence and found five “one pot” meth labs, various chemical ingredients, a digital scale that tested positive for methamphetamine residue and numerous other types of drug paraphernalia.

A “one pot” is a term used to describe a method of producing methamphetamine by shaking the ingredients together in a plastic bottle.

McElwain and three other individuals who were in the home with him, Lanee Michelle DeGraaf, Joseph Lee Lewis and Mary Elizabeth White, were taken into custody and charged with an array of drug offenses. While in custody, McElwain reportedly told investigators there were six or seven people who purchased pseudoephedrine for him so he could cook meth.

The Rohrers and Dustin Smith were identified as part of that group. Records are kept on all purchases of pseudoephedrine in the state, and the records reportedly confirmed all three of the individuals purchased the medication with or on the same day as other defendants in the case. According to witness statements in the arrest report, McElwain and Erica Rohrer also would pick up homeless people from around the city and pay them to buy pseudoephedrine.

Following an investigation, the Rohrers and White were taken into custody and charged with possession of a listed chemical and conspiracy to produce methamphetamine.





Kern County isn’t winning its fight against methamphetamine.

A new report, crafted six years after a Kern County study outlined the massive impact the drug has on families and communities here, shows things have gotten worse.

And Kern County supervisors want to find more money to fight the highly addictive chemical concoction.

Dixie King of the Kern Stop Meth Now taskforce delivered the 2014 report to supervisors Tuesday.

In May 2008, she said, the Kern County District Attorney’s office reported that 37.7 percent of felonies here included meth-related charges.

This May the number jumped to 50.2 percent.

In 2008, Kern County Probation looked at a random sample of juvenile probation cases and found 17 percent were related to meth in some way.

In 2014, that random sample showed 54.2 percent of referrals in May were meth-related.

King told supervisors it will take government, business, law enforcement, churches and social service agencies working together on a complex and nasty problem to turn things around.

Children need to be kept away from alcohol, the biggest gateway drug to meth, King said.

Businesses need help combating the drug in the workplace and helping workers escape the drug.

Long-term treatment programs need to be in place to save addicts.

And law enforcement needs to combat the import of the drug into Kern County, which King said is now a major hub for meth smuggling operations that help supply the drug to the entire nation.

Supervisor Mike Maggard called for pouring “significant resources” into the fight to keep meth out of Kern County.

But King warned him that enforcement isn’t the only way the addiction has to be fought.

“You can go on your phone and find six recipes (for meth) in less than five minutes,” King said. “People will find ways to get it and use it.”

The key to fighting meth, she said, is to fight it on all fronts.

King said that from what her sources are telling her, the increase in meth problems for Kern County is linked in part to the implementation of Assembly Bill 109, state legislation that transferred the incarceration and supervision of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual from the state to counties.

Those offenders are being released to the streets because there isn’t enough jail space to hold them.

They don’t have a support system or jobs or a good education, King said, but many of them do have an addiction.

But AB 109 has also sparked the creation of treatment programs, King said, and Kern County is building more and more programs designed to get meth addicts off a drug that alters their perception of the world.

Parents also need to teach their children how to refuse meth.

“If we do not apply resources to this, our children and our children’s children are in grave danger,” Maggard said.

Supervisors voted to have the County Administrative Office explore funding sources that could power an increased effort to combat meth and a plan for how to step up Kern’s efforts against the drug.






At about 12:22 a.m. on Sunday, Oregon City police responded to a report that a neighbor’s window was broken out along the 700 block of Hilltop Avenue to find that Robert Benjamin Fear, 31, had fired a .45-caliber handgun several times through his front door.


An occupied residence across the street was struck by gunfire but no one was hurt. One round hit the side of the house, and one round hit the rear window of a vehicle parked in the driveway.

Suspected to have been under the influence of methamphetamine before the shooting, Fear was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangering and possession of a controlled substance




Over 2,000 grandparents in Wyoming are raising their grandchildren because of parents addicted to methamphetamine.


The sad thing about meth is that it basically hollows people out. They’ll walk away from their jobs and even their families in some cases and addiction recovery experts say there are certain things neighbors can do to help prevent a drug addiction from breaking up families and ruining lives.

Jean Davies, Executive Director at the Wyoming Meth Project says, “people need to be aware of what’s going on with their neighbors and we’ve come to the point where we really don’t.”

Experts say there are certain things to look for when dealing with a neighbor abusing methamphetamine… Like suspicious activity and strange, strong odors.

“When they’re burning meth it can smell like cat urine.”

Sgt. Joe Nickerson of Casper PD says, “if your neighbors have different vehicles at their house at all times at night and they only stop for a few minutes and then leave again, that could be an indicator there’s drug activity going on.”

Davies says a “tweaker” is a term used to describe a meth addict showing signs of nervousness and paranoia… Something more children can describe than adults.

“Most of the kids in the school systems that I talked to across the state can describe a tweaker to me and most adults can’t.”

Which just goes to show you how many children are exposed to people with symptoms of meth addiction… especially those now in foster homes.

“The majority of kids that are in foster care are there because of drugs and a large percentage are there because of methamphetamine.”

Bottom line, if a neighbor or family member can prevent someone from becoming addicted to the deadly drug, they should tell police immediately before it worsens.

Sgt. Nickerson says, “if you know your neighbors and your neighbors know that you know who they are and you’re keeping an eye on their place, even as a friendly offer, hey if you’re ever out of town let me know I’ll keep and eye on your place. If they know that you’re watching and are aware, they’re going to be less likely to commit things right under your nose.”

Experts say a lot of times meth residue falls into the carpets in homes… And causes illness or even death to toddlers.

Adverse health effects of meth use include memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, heart damage, malnutrition, and severe dental problems.




BEND, Ore. – Marking National Recovery Month, a Bend mother has just written a book sharing her journey through her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bend on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. hosts Barbara Stoefan’s release of her new book, “A Very Fine House, A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth.”

Stoefan introduces readers to her dream of a perfect future for her family — a future torn apart when her daughter’s alcohol and drug use ensue after turning 18.

She recalled how her daughter told her she was using methamphetamine, talking in the family kitchen.

“And I knew in that second that everything’s different,” she recalled. “It’s like a death, when you lose your child to addiction, because they aren’t that person anymore.”

For the past seven years, Stoefan volunteered her time as a board member with the Meth Action Coalition. She says the friends and family group there served as a huge support system.

“We helped each other. We all had kids on the street addicted to meth. And we met weekly, and there were speakers from the DA’s office, from Deschutes County Mental Health, etc.,, etc.,” she recalled.

“We were helped, we were educated, and we supported each other. So it really was a support group, not a 12-step program. But I think many of us survived because of that group and how we helped each other and very ironic to learn all of our kids knew each other,” Stoefan said.

According to a proclamation signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, 283,000 Oregon adults have alcohol or other drug abuse issues. 20,000 are children.

It’s estimated the cost of untreated addiction in Oregon is $5.9 billion a year, but with effective treatment, thousands are able to speak up and eventually get care.

But the proclamation also says that every dollar spent on addiction treatment saves an estimated $12 in criminal justice and health care costs.

Once friends in the addiction world, Emily and Barrett are now recoverees mentoring others at BestCare Treatment Services in Redmond.

Emily says, “I have been clean for about 3 1/2 years. I have been doing, commitments through recovery, and then I started working here about 3 1/2 months ago, and now it’s just helping people.”

Barrett says they are examples that if you do what is necessary in post-care, it works.

“The important thing part is to get into recovery,” he said. “You have to do something to change your thinking, so you’re able to stay sober.”

Stoefan says she hopes her book will help to change the way people think and talk about addiction.

 “To show that this can happen to anyone, to remove the shame,” she says. “A part of my mission is to de-stigmatize addiction, and that we treat it like a disease and stop looking at these people as if they are damaged, bad-human beings.”


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EDMOND, Oklahoma – A Woodward woman is facing a host of charges, including indecent exposure and drug possession, after being caught naked in front of a hospital in Edmond over the weekend.


Edmond Police arrested 30-year-old Misty Fargo on Saturday after two people called to report seeing a naked woman in the area of 9th St. and Rankin St. A responding police officer located Fargo sitting on a sign in front of the AMG Specialty Hospital of Edmond, located at 1100 E. 9th St.

The officer made contact with Fargo and gave her a blanket to cover up. All of her clothes were on the ground around her. Fargo told the officer that she was from Woodward, Okla. and did not know why or how she was in Edmond.

Fargo was placed under arrest for indecent exposure and transported to the Edmond Police Department. During the booking process, the jailer found a used syringe in Fargo’s makeup bag. The jailer also found a small plastic baggie with a white crystal substance in a pocket of Fargo’s jean shorts. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Fargo is now facing charges of Indecent Exposure, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Details on a possible bond were not available.




  DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – Two Georgia residents were arrested Sunday after 10 pounds of methamphetamine were seized at a Dothan motel.


Anastacio Mendoza, 37, of Norcross, GA, and Carmen Theresa Silva, 39, of Monroe, GA, were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. No bond has been set.


According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, these arrests are part of an ongoing investigation. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Dothan Police Department assisted.

Police say the methamphetamine, known as ICE, has a street value of about $500,000.




MATTOON (JGT-TC) — Police and the East Central Illinois Drug Task Force on Saturday arrested a Mattoon woman and charged her with delivery of a methamphetamine precursor, according to a press release from the Mattoon Police Department.5420834acd193_preview-620

Amanda L. Wilson, 26, was arrested at 2:28 a.m. in the 2400 block of Broadway Avenue. The charge alleges that Wilson assisted in the production of methamphetamine by obtaining ingredients to be used in the manufacturing process, the release says. Wilson was taken to the Coles County jail.

In a separate incident, police arrested Tiffany J. Boyd, 25, of Mattoon on Sunday at 2:29 a.m. in the 1400 block of Charleston Avenue. She was charged with possession of cannabis. Boyd was unable to post bond and was taken to the Coles County jail.



NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers in Arizona are trying to stop methamphetamine from flooding into local communities from Mexico. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the Mexican drug cartels control 90 percent of the meth market in America.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave KGUN9 rare access into their daily battle at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.

“They’re very creative. It’s a chess game. You have to be thinking ahead to try to figure out where are they going next,” said CBP Port Director, Guadalupe Ramirez.

For years, meth making was popular in the US, but with tighter restrictions on buying pseudoephedrine in the US, the main ingredient in cold medicine, means it’s now coming from Mexico. The Mexican cartels are meeting the demands.

“Right now they control probably 90 percent of the meth market in the US,” said Richard Fahey, Deputy Special Agent in Charge with the Department of Homeland Security.

CBP officers say smugglers will stop at nothing to conceal the meth. They will put it in all sorts of compartments, like tires, fire walls, seats, sealing floors, gas tanks and even transmissions.

“I’m not a mechanic, but it took us 6 to 7 hours to take it apart. I can’t imagine what it took them to put in and modify the gears to make it function,” said CBP Chief Nathaniel Garcia.

Not only are they creative in their compartments, smugglers are now making officers’ jobs harder by trying to transport meth in the form of liquid. They’re hiding it in tequila bottles, plastic water bottles and toiletries. And they’re doing it because there’s a lot of profit.

Tucson is a hub for meth smuggling and distribution.  Nogales is the origin of the pipeline and you move up to Tucson, then Phoenix and and then the interior of the US,” said Fahey.

DHS tells KGUN9 that a pound of meth in Tucson brings in profit anywhere from $3000-$4500. As it travels to Los Angeles, it goes between $4800-$10,000, Chicago $12,000 – $18,000. By the time it arrives in New York a pound of meth sells for up to $25,000.

“Our job is two fold, not just a matter of disrupting the operations coming north. We’re also responsible for disrupting the operations going south,” said CBP Director Ramirez, referring to the money making its way back to Mexico and into the hands of the cartels.

And that’s exactly why Port Director Ramirez’s officers are always trying to be one step ahead of the smugglers.

Dealing with the drug cartels is an uphill battle, but the officers tell us that the small victories are worth it.




A man is facing drug trafficking charges after Prince Albert police discovered meth and cocaine inside a vehicle while conducting a Sunday traffic stop.

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Methamphetamine has become an increasingly prevalent issue for city police of late, Sgt. Brandon Mudry indicated at a Monday press conference.

“We’re seeing it more and more often here recently,” Mudry said. “It’s certainly more frequent than we like.”

Police at 7:13 p.m. initially observed a vehicle come to a stop at an intersection where there was no stop sign. An officer conducted a traffic stop with the car in the 700 block of 12th Street West.

The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old man, was found to have a suspended driver’s licence and outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The motorist then requested that the officer obtain his cellphone from inside the vehicle. While looking inside, the officer noticed drug paraphernalia covered with what was believed to be drug residue.

Describing the paraphernalia at a Monday press conference, Sgt. Brandon Mudry noted, “I believe there were scales and baggies.”

A drug investigation subsequently ensued.

Searching through the man’s vehicle, police uncovered 4.7 grams of cocaine, 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, Canadian currency and more drug paraphernalia consistent with trafficking.

While the type of drug paraphernalia found by police depends on each individual situation, Mudry noted that “finding scales in drug investigations is very common.”

The 32-year-old male driver has now been charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds obtained by crime.

He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday morning in Prince Albert Provincial Court.

Despite the latest bust, Mudry said that there had been no major increase overall in drug trafficking charges laid by Prince Albert police.

Drug enforcement in the city is chiefly the purview of the Integrated Street Enforcement Team and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, with the Prince Albert Police Service contributing one sergeant and two constables to the latter.

“This was a patrol-initiated response, but … I can’t say that there’s been much more than business as usual,” Mudry said.

“As far as the investigative units go, they’re always busy … actively investigating something here in the city or in the northern parts of the province.”




GARFIELD COUNTY, Okla. —A meth lab could be the reason a Garfield County home burned to the ground.

The home in the 9900 block of East Southgate Road in Fairmont was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived on scene Saturday night.

Juanita Jack, who owns a neighboring wheat field, said the home had been there for around 70 years.

She and her family have recently been forced to call law enforcement on a regular basis because of strangers spotted lingering near the home. She said the home’s location off the beaten path behind several tall weeds has made it a popular spot for unwanted guests.

“Anything like this, it’s all so easy to hide because there’s not a lot of traffic,” Jack said. “We have to all of us look out here for one another because there’s always somebody doing something they shouldn’t.”

Authorities do not yet know what caused the devastating fire, but know there were not any utilities connected to the home and it was supposed to be vacant.

“The owners were in the process of attempting to clean it up and renovate it to move back in,” said Garfield County Undersheriff Rick Fagan.

When deputies arrived on scene Saturday night, they were told somebody had been living in the home and may have been cooking methamphetamine.

“We’ve had several fires originate from the mixture of these chemicals during the cooking process,” Fagan said.

As for the person living in the home when the fire started, the only information authorities have is that a blue vehicle was seen leaving the area shortly after the fire began.

If you have any information on the car, you’re asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (580) 237-0244.




LAREDO, Texas – United States Customs and Border Protection officers seized an estimated street value of $796,000 in liquid methamphetamine at the Laredo Port of Entry on Friday.


CBP Port Director Joseph Misenhelter said the drugs were hidden in plain sight.

Misenhelter said a bus passenger was carrying 10 bottles of fruit drinks that contained a total of nearly 25 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine.

Authorities said the drugs contained a highly addictive, crystalline ingredient.

CBP officers arrested the bus passenger and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

The bus passenger’s name was not immediately available Monday afternoon.




There are grave concerns in communities in Western Australia’s Kimberley over reports that methamphetamine use is on the rise.


Once the party drug of only the wealthy, drug services and locals say it has spread throughout the region and is in the hands of Indigenous youth.

Cornell – a 28 year old Yawuru man from Broome – first tried methamphetamine two years ago.

Moving quickly from the powdered form to the more potent crystal form – known as ice – the drug took hold fast.

“I was just sort of doing it on weekends and stuff like that. And then three months after I first tried it, it was a daily occurrence before I knew it. It just came to a point where I had pretty much lost everything that I had.”

He says the drug is becoming easily available in Broome, with kids as young as 15 using.

“In the last three years it’s started to get to the street level. It has started to get into a lot of people’s hands that it shouldn’t have got into. And a lot of the Indigenous people have started to get involved in it. I reckon there would be at least a few hundred that are taking meth on a daily basis and their whole lives would be consumed by chasing methamphetamine.”

According the latest national household drug and alcohol survey, Western Australia has the highest rate of recent methamphetamine use at 3.5 per cent.

In the far flung towns around the state’s northern Kimberley region, health services are raising the alarm.

Milliya Rumurra Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, just outside Broome, was initially set up to combat deep-seated problems with alcohol and cannabis.

Chief executive Andrew Amor says the centre is now seeing a steady trickle of meth addicts, some from remote communities hundreds of kilometers away.

“We’ve already seen the devastation of alcohol and how that’s affected individuals, families and communities. The previous availability of cannabis is now taking a back seat; and so amphetamines and even ice methamphetamine is now available, cheap and becoming the preferred drug of choice.”

Dr Murray Chapman is the clinical director at the Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service.

He says there’s been an increase of people in meth-induced psychotic episodes forcibly taken by police to the mental health unit.

“Once every two or three weeks we’re seeing someone [where] probably methamphetamine has provoked their illness episode. We might pick up on them hearing voices, auditory hallucinations which may be quite persecutory. It can change at a moment from apparent euphoria to tears, sadness and intense anger. We have to use a lot of the hospital resources because of the risks and the potential for aggression.”

And the effects don’t stop at mental health.

Paul Dessauer is the outreach coordinator at the Western Australian Substance User’s Association, specializing in methamphetamine-related health problems.

“This is one of our major concerns in the region – is that Hepatitis C transmission rates have been increasing. This is an incurable disease. Most people that contract Hepatitis C do not show any symptoms for 10 or 15 years. And if nobody is testing them, and if nobody has taught them about this disease, they may be spreading it within the community. This epidemic could be spreading without us realizing.”

Cornell eventually sought help and flew down to a rehabilitation centre in Perth.

He has been out of rehab for several months now and is determined to teach his community about the harmful effects of meth addiction.

“Something that I’m really passionate about is being able to work with Indigenous youth because going through my struggles I understand how hard things can get. It’s a very dangerous drug and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s just good to know that my future looks bright; and to know that the things I want to achieve I can achieve.”




DENVER – Seventeen people have been indicted for their involvement in a drug ring that is accused of selling and distributing methamphetamine – and one of them is accused of selling meth out of a taco truck.



“The brazenness of this ring was astounding,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “For example, customers could literally walk up to a food truck and order a side of meth with their taco.”

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 37, is accused of leading the Gonzalez Drug Trafficking Organization. According to the indictment, Gonzalez coordinated with others to import meth and cocaine from Mexico into California for delivery in Colorado.


Oscar Ruvalcaba, 28, is accused of being the “load car” driver who brought the drugs into Colorado and delivered them to Gonzalez. In August, authorities say they seized 55-pounds of meth from Ruvalcaba’s car – some of which was hidden in the floor of a red Mini Cooper.

It’s being referred to as one of the largest amounts of meth ever confiscated in a single bust in Colorado.

When Gonzalez received the drugs, according to police, he would distribute them to his aunts – as well as others in the ring – for sale. One member of the ring, identified as Maria Arellano, 39, is accused of selling meth out of her taco trailer in the area of 8th Avenue and Federal Boulevard.

The taco truck transactions involved code words, indicating what amount of meth would be needed.

“In this case, we heard coded language like, ‘six pack’ and ‘yellow cups’ to set up their transactions,” Deputy AG Matthew Durkin said.

The owner of the taco truck says he had no knowledge of the operation. The AG’s office says since the owner was not involved the business is allowed to operate.


According to the 64-count indictment, other members of the ring are accused of tax evasion and racketeering, in addition to drug-related crimes.


The 17 people indicted in the ring have been identified as:

•Juan Carlos Gonzalez

•Monica Gonzalez

•Oscar Ruvalcaba

•Luz Gonzalez

•Maria Arellano a/k/a Nena

•Patrick Lorenzo

•Enrique Campos

•Jennifer Seipp

•Joe Baier

•Tina Leblanc

•Frank Hardy

•Matthew Skipp, aka Mateo

•James Loeffler

•Jennifer Ganje

•Jason Jacquez

•Danielle Ulibarri

•Hugo Arevalo


All of the suspects are currently in custody except for Patrick Lorenzo and James Loeffler. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the DEA at 720-895-4139.