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A commuter has accused police of not taking her reports of two men appearing to smoke drugs on a tram seriously.

The 30-year-old Metrolink user, who does not wish to be named, took a picture of two youths while on an East Didsbury-bound tram on Monday evening.

She posted the image on Twitter, alerting Greater Manchester Police’s city centre Twitter account to the incident – but they did not reply for more than 40 minutes.


And when they did, instead of asking for further details of sending police officers to investigate, they told her to phone the non-emergency hotline number 101 if she saw it happening again.

GMP encourages people reporting crimes to use 101 but the commuter says it would not have been suitable in this case, as those she suspected of smoking the drugs would have heard her.

The force also prides itself in its use of social media to engage with the public.

Today, the commuter told the M.E.N.: “I could see white smoke coming out of a plastic coke bottle and something was bubbling away in there.

“I’m not sure what it was but something was bubbling away in there. It looked like what I’ve seen on Breaking Bad, it wasn’t an electric cigarette that’s for sure.

After she tweeted GMP, they responded around forty minutes later through their city centre


Twitter account: “@MCRMetrolink Just seen this. If you witness again can you call straight away on 101. Will try intercept”




Two police officers patrolling a St. Paul public storage building were stunned when a door opened, revealing a full methamphetamine lab, bubbling beakers and a woman passed out in a chair.

The man who opened the door, Matthew Lee Krause, 30, was charged Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court with manufacturing methamphetamine.


Krause was formerly a University of Minnesota undergraduate research assistant, the university said Wednesday.

Police were called Friday to Minikahda Storage at 1441 Hunting Valley Road by a man who said a friend had stolen his tools, according to a criminal complaint.

The man, identified in the complaint as J.M., said his friend — later identified as Krause — “lives in some storage lockers and he breaks into lockers and sells stuff from them.

” When J.M., who had recently been released from jail, showed up at the building to recover his tools, he smelled meth cooking and fled.

Officers approached one unit and smelled a strong chemical odor from inside — before the door suddenly opened. Krause emerged and “appeared very surprised to see police,” according to the complaint.

Chemicals in some beakers tested positive for methamphetamine, and Krause’s Jeep Cherokee contained a box of pseudoephedrine, as well as a set of master keys to the University of Minnesota, the complaint added.

Krause rented four other lockers at the storage center, police said.

J.M. told police Krause had “cooked methamphetamine in a lab on campus in the past and had stolen a lot of property from the university including chemicals,” the complaint said. He said he thought Krause also was ordering chemicals from Russia over the Internet.

The woman in the chair, identified as N.R., said she had come to clean out the units, got tired and fell asleep — and said she knew nothing about Krause allegedly manufacturing meth.

She said Krause was a chemist and worked at the University of Minnesota, so the “chemicals didn’t seem out of place to her.

“University police are investigating claims and allegations related to university property or other alleged connections to the U,” University of Minnesota spokesman Chuck Tombarge said in a statement Wednesday. A search of U of M police records didn’t show past interactions with police there.

Krause was a student of the U’s College of Biological Services, attending from fall 2010 to spring 2013 and not earning a degree, the university said. He worked as an undergraduate research assistant in plant biology and his employment ended in June 2013.

The Minikahda location in St. Paul is a single-story, fenced building whose units have doors opening to the outdoors. A phone call to the Minikahda Mini Storage location was not returned Tuesday evening.




Tlana Jealous, 22, of Riverton, was arrested at about 2 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of West Main Street for possession of methamphetamine, use of methamphetamine, child endangerment and a warrant for failure to appear.

Police says she had left her two daughters — a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old — in a vehicle at the Rodeway Inn with two unconscious subjects and a bag that contained trace amounts of methamphetamine.

Police were called to the scene by a woman who was staying at the hotel. She said she was walking to her room when she heard a baby screaming. The sound reportedly was coming from a tan 2004 Buick Rainier parked nearby.

“She looked through the window and saw a male and female were passed out in the car,” Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said. “One child was crawling around in the driver’s seat, while another very small infant was lying next to the car seat on the bench screaming.”

The woman removed the two children from the vehicle and brought them to the hotel office.

When they arrived on scene, police made contact with Jealous, who was inside the hotel. They said she had been using drugs but was not under the influence of alcohol.

“Tlana had several marks on her arms, extreme dry mouth, and her responses seemed to be noticeably slow and sluggish,” Murphy said.

She consented to a search of her vehicle. Officials said they found a small zip-lock bag containing trace amount of meth in the Buick, and Jealous’s purse contained a rolled up $20 bill with white-colored dust on the inside.

“We showed Tlana what we found and asked her when was the last time she used,” Murphy said. “She said about 3 o’ clock that morning.”

Officials contacted the Northern Arapaho Department of Social Services Child Protection Service to take the children into custody. Murphy explained the justification for the child endangerment charge.

“The 6-month-old was actually moving around freely in the car and had very direct access to the methamphetamine,” he said. “The baggie was on the kick plate of the front driver’s side door. (Plus) the fact she left them in there with two people who were passed out.”




OAKLAND — Cecilia Garcia was a 24-year-old single mother in 2002 when she was found strangled and drowned in a running shower inside her Livermore home.

It took eight years after her mysterious death for authorities to arrest Garcia’s family friend Bryan Davis, a 38-year-old Modesto resident who also goes by Bryan Vulgamore.

In opening statement at Davis’ murder trial Tuesday, prosecutor Mark Melton told jurors that Davis killed Garcia while on a methamphetamine bender and then told several lies to police to create a false alibi for the time of the Jan. 8, 2002 slaying.

Davis told a friend that Garcia stopped breathing after she slipped and hit her nose on the edge of a bathroom sink when he tried to stop her from answering a knock on the door while they were “sexually messing around,” Melton said.

Davis told the friend that he didn’t call for help “because it would look like I did it,” and instead put her in the shower to wash away DNA evidence, according to Melton.

Defense attorney Brian Hong said Davis’ friend lied to police. The friend was a heavy methamphetamine user when he told police about Davis’ alleged admission, and that Davis also lied when he said he was with his friend the morning Garcia died.

The video tapes of that friend’s 12-hour police interview have disappeared, Hong said, and the police reports on what Davis’ friend said are incomplete and misleading. DNA from an unknown person — and not Davis — was found under Garcia’s fingernails Hong said.

Davis told police that he went over to Garcia’s house that morning to visit puppies that were staying there, but he left around 10 a.m. to go across town with his friend because Garcia had to get ready for a doctor’s appointment.

But Garcia called a girlfriend at 10:30 a.m. and told her she just woke up and was go to start getting ready for her appointment. Melton said the evidence indicates that Davis attacked her in her bedroom sometime after 10:30 a.m., and then used a towel to drag her body into the shower.

Both the bathroom and bedroom door locks had to be forced open hours later when Garcia’s father and sister, worried that no one had seen her all day, went looking for her. Garcia’s sister had spotted Davis at a laundromat by Garcia’s Mayten Drive home earlier that day, around the same time he claimed to have been across town, Melton said.




KUALA LUMPUR: An Iranian drug kingpin, nabbed by police in 2008 and deported, was re-arrested by police on Monday when he slipped into the country again to resume his shady activities.

Federal police NCID director Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the suspect, in his 40s, who was detained in Simpang Renggam detention centre for a year before being deported to his country in 2009, was arrested in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur at about 11.40pm.


“We are checking on how he managed to slip into the country without having any legal documents. We did not find any drugs on him but he is the kingpin of several Methamphetamine syndicates,” he said

Noor Rashid said the suspect was arrested in a joint-operation between the federal Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) and Selangor police over two days which resulted in the seizure of 22.9kg of drugs worth RM4.6 million in several raids involving three foreign drug syndicates in the Klang Valley.

He said in a separate raid on Monday, three Iranian male suspects were arrested in Ampang Utama at about 2pm where police found four packets of Methamphetamine at the back of the car seat amounting to 2kg.

In another case on the same day, a Nigerian woman was arrested at about 3.20pm after the police party radied two apartment units in Bukit Jalil.

Noor Rashid said police seized 8.7kg of syabu which were hidden in five DVD player boxes and concealed in packets of junk food at the apartment. A small amount of ganja was also found at the place.

Just an hour later, in a third operation, police detained a Nigerian man at another condominium in Bukit Jalil and found him in possession of three packets of syabu weighing 718gm.

More drugs were seized on Tuesday when a General Operation Force (GOF) team on a operation to weed out illegal immigrants found eight packets of syabu amounting to11.5kg in a shoulder bag at an oil palm plantation in Sabak Bernam.

“The bag contained eight packets of drug,” Noor Rashid told a press conference at Bukit Aman.

All the six detainees aged between 20 and 46 have been remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction.



•Timothy Povlick and Derek Boff had been stopped for traffic violations

•They were in possession of 10.5 grams of methamphetamine at the time

•Povlick had drugs in his mouth, but Boff was worried they may kill him

•They were filmed passing the drugs to each other by kissing on the lips


Two men have been charged with destruction of evidence after they were filmed passing a stash of methamphetamine to one another by kissing on the lips.

Timothy Povlick and Derek Boff had been arrested for traffic violations in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and were sat in the back of a police car when they decided to get rid of the drugs they were carrying.

Aware that the 10.5 grams of methamphetamine Povlick was holding in a bag in his mouth could kill him if he swallowed it all, the men came up with a plan to consume half each, with Boff taking hold of his half of the drugs by kissing his friend hard on the mouth as they waited to be questioned.

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It appears the men knew they were likely to be filmed while sat in the police car, which is why they decided to use such an unorthdaox method to pass the drugs.

What they didn’t bank on, however, was that the vehicle had only recently been kitted out with a new camera that also records audio – a feature police cars in Oklahoma did not previously have.

The result was the entire awkward conversation the men had about how best to dispose of the methamphetamine was caught for officers to listen to.

As they sit in the back of the police car having been arrested for unspecified traffic violations, Boff expresses concern that his friend could die if he alone swallows all the drugs held in his mouth.

Aware that they would face serious drugs charges if the three 3.5 gram packages were found in their possession, however, they decide to split the stash and limit the effects by swallowing half each.

‘We’re going to have to be gay for a second,’ Povlick is heard telling his friend.

‘It’s nasty bro, I’m telling you,’, Boff is heard replying.

‘I know. Do you want it?’ Povlick adds.

‘Try suck some of your saliva off of it and I will,’ Boff responds.

Povlick is then seen dividing the bags in his mouth using his tongue before leaning towards his friend and giving him a kiss on the mouth.

‘They ended up swapping a kiss to exchange the baggies in order to try to keep them concealed so we wouldn’t find them,’ Officer Cheyenne Lee told FOX 23.

‘It’s quite odd, especially the conversation before they have it and the fact they do it in the back of my car. It’s very odd,’ he added.

Having taken the men to a nearby police station to be questioned over their alleged traffic offences, the officers noticed a marked change in behavior and suspected the men had consumed drugs.

Officers then decided to take a look back at their new dashboard camera, where they saw – and more importantly heard – the entire bizarre exchange for themselves.

While officers tried to work out what had taken place, Povlick’s condition deteriorated rapidly and he was rushed to hospital to have his stomach pumped – an action that is likely to have saved his life.

Having seen and heard the men attempting to dispose of the drugs, officers had enough evidence to charge the pair with possession of methamphetamine and destruction of evidence.

Officers suggested that, had the audio not accompanied the video, it would have been almost impossible to suggest the kiss was a drug exchange and the men would have received lesser charges.



A leader in a family-run drug trafficking organization that recruited young women to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison.

Jesus Manuel Rivera-Villareal, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

In August 2011, agents with the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations arm in San Diego began investigating the Rivera-Villareal drug organization for its involvement in importing large quantities of drugs into the United States.

Using four recruiters, Rivera-Villareal and an associate hired at least five young women from the Riverside area to smuggle more than 27 kilograms of cocaine, six kilograms of pure methamphetamine and nearly three kilograms of heroin in this country, according to prosecutors.

After hiring the women, Rivera-Villareal arranged for another associate to load the narcotics into secret compartments of various cars during brief trips to Mexicali, Mexico. Once the cars were loaded with drugs, the defendant returned the cars to the women who would drive them into the United States in exchange for money, prosecutors said.

It was more than a case of the munchies that landed a Clovis potato chip delivery truck driver in jail on Tuesday.

Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested the man and a Clovis woman after their vehicle, a 3-ton potato chip delivery truck, was found parked illegally at Courthouse Park about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Mark Jerome Diamante, 46, was arrested on a felony narcotics warrant and Raquel Dawn Petrochilos, 43, was arrested on felony charges of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia possession.

After deputies noticed the illegally parked delivery truck, they found Diamante and Petrochilos in the back of the truck.

An investigation revealed Petrochilos was on felony probation and had a court date. Deputies found a small amount of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe in the rear of the truck, sheriff’s spokesman Chris Curtice said.

Petrochilos was smoking methamphetamine to prepare herself for the hearing, Curtice said.





JOHANNGEORGENSTADT, GERMANY – MAY 13: Officers of German Customs (Zoll), who asked not to be identified, apprehend a young man who tested positive for methamphetamine usage on May 13, 2014 in Johanngeorgenstadt, Germany.

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Johanngeorgenstadt is located in the Ore Mountian region of Saxony on the border to the Czech Republic, and is a common trafficking point for methamphetamine, also called crystal meth, produced in illegal labs in the Czech Republic and smuggled into Germany. Though the problem has existed since the early 90s, German law enforcement agencies are strugging to cope with a rising influx of the drug that is creating more and more addicts and spreading deeper into Germany.



Cheap, widely available and used by students and housewives alike, crystal meth is taking the Iranian capital by storm. The author of a new book about the country reports on an addiction that even the repressive regime is struggling to control.

“What economic crisis? Business is good,” Bijan winks as he flashes his big, gap-toothed smile.

Mana (with cigarette) in the yard of a crystal meth rehab centre on western outskirts of Tehran.

Bijan is a cook and dealer of sheeshehcrystal meth – which has exploded on the Iranian drug market and, for the first time, overtaken heroin to become the country’s second most popular drug (opium still tops the list). Meth production in the country has been expanding at an astonishing rate. According to a 2013 study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Iranian government first reported manufacture of the drug just six years ago. when four production facilities were seized. By 2012, though, Iran was the world’s fourth highest importer of pseudoephedrine. the main precursor chemical used in the production of crystal meth. Research carried out by the State Welfare Organisation shows that over half a million Tehranis between the ages of 15 and 45 have used it at least once.

The country’s drug problem is not new; Iran has one of the highest rates of addiction in the world and the interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, announced recently that some six million Iranians are affected by problems related to drug addiction.

In Tehran, drugs are everywhere. At one popular spot north of the city, queues of cars pull up to be served under a motorway flyover. Dealers trade on a layby with lookouts and security dotted around them. The peak time is 2am and all are catered for. Cocaine has become a regular feature at parties among Tehran’s richer residents; young people throughout the city smoke marijuana and pop ecstasy pills; opium – viewed as an older person’s drug – is still widely considered to be culturally acceptable. In seedy corners of south Tehran, addicts gather to inject heroin, as they always have done. But when crystal meth hit the streets it managed to transcend social divides, and could be found everywhere in the city.

In a graffiti-daubed side street in the centre of Tehran, a teenager with an emo haircut and a leather jacket pulled over a grey hoodie stands in a doorway, his pockets stuffed with small plastic bags of crystal meth. Peyvand sells a gram for the equivalent of about $5. He has been caught countless times by the police but has always paid his way out of prison.

“Everyone buys it. Most of my customers are regular kids like me, students, or they’ve got office jobs. But rich kids use it too – I either deliver it to their houses, or they turn up in their flash cars,” he says. “It’s more expensive than heroin, and young people see it almost as a luxury drug; it’s become a chic thing to do.”

One of Peyvand’s friends, who is also a regular customer, smokes sheesheh once every couple of days. “I love it. It’s much stronger than heroin, much more intense. And it’s safer; there’s no risk of overdosing. Sheesheh is just a great high.”

Peyvand says he sells crystal meth at his local gym to bodybuilders and athletes who use it to give them energy while they train, and to a growing number of young women who buy it to lose weight.

A few miles north of where Peyvand deals, a queue of women sit on white plastic chairs in a beauty salon set up in a marble-clad apartment block. Drawn by the salon’s reputation as a purveyor of the finest Hollywood bikini waxes, they flick through hairstyle magazines and a few outdated copies of Hello! There are housewives, students, a women with her black chador hanging open around her shoulders and a group in their mid-20s with Botox-smooth foreheads clutching Louis Vuitton handbags. The place fizzes with gossip. A fortune-teller works her way up the line, dispensing advice with the flick of a card and extracting generous tips. Also a hit with some of these women are the under-the-counter methamphetamine pills. A couple of years ago, meth was widely available at beauty salons, until a member of parliament called for a clampdown. Even though many places stopped stocking it, demand is still high.

“The pills are cheaper than liposuction, and I think it’s a lot safer,” says Roya, a 26-year-old secretary. “When it’s in pill form, it’s a slimming aid. It’s not like smoking bags of it, which is bad for you. For me, it’s like medicine, it’s not for enjoyment.”

Bijan, who is from a family of gangsters, ditched selling more conventional drugs like heroin and opium in favour of crystal meth three years ago. “It’s a cheap and easy drug to make. And unlike heroin, you don’t have to deal with Afghanistan and all the middle-men along the way, so there’s less chance of being caught and fewer people to deal with,” he says.

He runs his operation out of a ragged, industrial town just outside the capital. It is a poor, forgotten place surrounded by factories. Here grocery stores still sell blocks of pungent black opium alongside staples such as milk and slabs of white ewe’s cheese. Most of the residents are either unemployed or work as day labourers and in recent years it has become home to many paperless Afghan migrants. Even though this is not Bijan’s patch – he only sells to dealers in Tehran – the changing face of drug use in the town is emblematic of what is happening in the rest of the country. Ironically, the rapid growth in sheesheh is partly due to the falsely held belief that it is less addictive than heroin.

While the country’s economy is flailing in the wake of stricter sanctions and the damage wreaked by the populist policies of the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that sent the Rial tumbling and the inflation rate soaring, the illegal drugs trade is booming. Iran has long been one of the busiest transit countries for drugs traffickers moving heroin from Afghanistan to the West and it has the highest rate of opium and heroin seizures in the world. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers and soldiers have been killed in a neverending and costly war; Iran spends around $1bn a year on anti-drug operations and on securing its 900km border with Afghanistan. Punishments for people caught are severe. Fazli, the interior minister, has said that 80% of all those who are killed by the state are executed on charges relating to drugs trafficking.

There have been extensive public awareness campaigns, with adverts on the television and radio warning of the dangers of crystal meth. These appear to have had some impact, as unlike opium, sheesheh use is becoming increasingly taboo, especially in the more affluent parts of the city.

The government, predictably, says it is stemming the surge in crystal meth production, with Fazli announcing the seizure of 3,500kg of crystal meth last year and that 375 meth labs had been discovered – more than double the number in 2012.

“It’s not like the early days when they didn’t have a clue what sheesheh was. They are definitely putting more resources into fighting it. But for every meth lab they destroy, another lot spring up,” says Bjijan.

To keep one step ahead of the authorities, Bijan says he bribes police officers. In return for a small cut of his profits and “hush” money, the policemen tip him off about raids and investigations that may involve him, and they promise to destroy any files on him, should they materialise.

“This country’s all about connections. As long as you know a few powerful heavyweights, you’ll be fine. It’s one rule for the rich and one rule for everyone else. I’m lucky in that I’ve got money and I know people. That way, you stay out of the noose,” he says, dragging on a cigarette as he makes a hanging gesture with his free hand.

In south Tehran there seems to be little indication that the crystal meth craze is abating. Outside a charity for sex workers, two women are slumped on the pavement, their faces scratched and covered in sores and their eyes sunken; the tell-tale signs of crystal meth addiction. One of the women cries as she explains that she is now hooked on sheesheh as well as heroin. Outreach workers here say that the area’s most vulnerable and severe addicts have little access to services and are unaware of public campaigns; they complain bitterly that sanctions have halted funding for their rehabilitation programmes.

Bijan does not live far from the community of sex workers who are struggling to feed their habits. He has no moral conscience about what he does and blames the selling and buying of drugs on being forced to live in a repressive country. But he prides himself on making pure, safe crystal meth and he is now considering expanding his operation to Malaysia and Thailand, where he says associates are making even more money – the average price of meth pills in Malaysia is at least five times that in Iran.

“People need an outlet. And for those of us who sell it, well, there are no jobs, and if you’re not from a rich family, you will never have opportunities in this country. At least making crystal meth has given me the chance to look after my family.”

Some names have been changed.



Killer drug crystal meth has reached the streets of Cambridge, the News can reveal.

Police have arrested three users of the drug methamphetamine in the last five years, data released by the forced said.


Within the last five years Cambridgeshire Constabulary have recorded three incidents of the use of crystal meth in Cambridge, two in Peterborough and two in Wisbech.

Drugscope, which advises the Government, says crystal meth is “relatively uncommon” in the UK but its widespread use abroad and its appearance on the UK dance scene have led to fears of it becoming more popular.

In December 2006 three men were the first to be convicted in the UK for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Police have urged the public to report anyone selling the drug.

Call officers on 101.



— A 38-year-old Pelion woman was arrested Monday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Jamie Williams Greenlee, of Pelion Road, was also charged with altering pseudoephedrine and improperly disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory, according to a press release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. She was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.

Greenlee was arrested Monday by the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team when officers found components for a methamphetamine lab at the woman’s home. Officers found five acid generators that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.

Officers dismantled and safely disposed of the acid generators.





Laurel County, Kentucky - One Laurel County woman faces meth charges following a traffic stop on Arthur Ridge Road.

Officers say they arrested 44 year old Mary Lucas Saturday night after they found meth and pills in her car.

They say the drugs had an estimated street value of more than $11,000.

Lucas’ passenger 34 year old Heather Smith was also arrested.

They both face trafficking in a controlled substance charges.




An explosion and flash fire rocked an apartment complex on Pearl Street in Albion on Monday afternoon. Albion police and Pennsylvania State Police are now investigating if meth lab activities are behind the cause of the explosion.

“My friend and I were sitting out there on the side of the building and all of a sudden we heard an explosion and looked to our left, and saw glass and curtains flying out the one apartment, then big black smoke,” said Bill Diamon, a witness.


One man who was in the apartment where the explosion occurred is at UPMC Hamot in Erie with chemical burn injuries. Police say he was not a resident of the complex.

There have been no charges filed in this time, but police do suspect that the explosion and flash fire was caused by meth lab related activities.

“We noticed some meth activities on the second floor and we’re still investigating at this time,” said Dan Ries, the Albion police chief.

- The state police clandestine team recovered meth paraphernalia, including a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.
– The apartment building is electric, eliminating the possibility of a gas explosion.
– The victim suffered chemical burns.

The explosion happened just before 2pm at 32 W. Pearl Street. The apartment complex is called the “Barnett Building,” and houses Section 8 families as well as the elderly.

Officers in gas masks extracted some evidence in hazardous content buckets for chemical testing from the second floor apartment where the explosion occurred. Ries said testing will confirm or deny the suspected meth activity. PSP expects results by the end of the week.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Shreveport narcotics detectives were called to Sam’s Town Casino and Hotel Thursday morning to investigate a fire that may have been started by possible drug activity.

According to police, a call from the hotel on Clyde Fant Parkway came in about 9:50 a.m. and when officers arrived looking for a fire, they found components of a methamphetamine lab.

One woman has been arrested in the case. Her name has not yet been released. There may be another suspect linked to the situation (who ran away in his pajamas), said Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines.

No one was evacuated from the hotel, but the room where police found the lab and a couple of nearby rooms were cleared out.

A Shreveport Fire Department haz-mat unit and medic unit had been called to the casino, but police are now waiting for a clean up crew to arrive.




ALICIA, AR (KAIT) – A man on parole was arrested after testing positive for meth.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, a deputy was on patrol in Alicia on May 10 when the officer discovered a fire at the edge of a wooded area along with a vehicle. The fire turned out to be a campfire.


The deputy spoke with Mitchell Nicholas, 35, of Alicia at the scene. A background check showed Nicholas was on parole. The officer asked Nicholas if he had any illegal substances on him and Nicholas gave the officer permission to look.

Dotson said the deputy found two loaded syringes that tested positive for meth.

Nicholas was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail where he was tested. Nicholas tested positive for meth, according to Dotson.

Nicholas was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. A parole hold was placed on Nicholas by his parole officer.



LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Kevin Shepard moved into Room 232 at Knights Inn in Lafayette weeks ago with his fiancee and 3-year-old child to escape a house contaminated with mold. On Friday, the family learned that their temporary refuge might be even more hazardous.

It had been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

More than two years ago, the Tippecanoe County Health Department declared Room 232 unfit for human occupancy and ordered the motel’s managers to hire a state-certified company to test contamination levels. But Ron Noles, the county health department’s chief environmentalist, said he’s received no documentation that the managers ever complied with the order.

“I think he tried to skirt the law, save a buck,” Noles said, adding that he wields no power to fine or cite noncompliant property owners.

Shepard said he had no idea the room had been used as a meth lab until the Journal & Courier ( ) knocked on his door Friday afternoon.

“They shouldn’t have given us this room until it was totally inspected,” he said, noting that management didn’t mention meth when they offered him a new room Friday. They simply cited a need to remodel the room.

Deven Patel, manager of the motel, declined to comment about the situation, but Noles said Patel told him Friday afternoon that he had hired a meth-remediation company to test contamination levels in the room.

The lesson of this and other episodes is clear: The next time you check into an inexpensive motel, you might just want to sniff around under the bed. The guests who stayed in the room before you might have been cooking up a batch of methamphetamine.

Police report that they busted two such motel-room meth operations in greater Lafayette in recent weeks. They removed meth-making chemicals from a room at Prestige Inn in West Lafayette on April 30, then dismantled an active meth lab in a room at Economy Inn in Lafayette on May 1.

Authorities posted bright red and yellow signs outside Room 78 at Economy Inn, warning the public that the room is “unfit for human habitation” and will remain so until cleaned and deemed safe by a state-certified meth-remediation team.

Manufacturing methamphetamine in a motel room is a serious felony in Indiana, but those convicted of the crime aren’t the only ones who pay.

Property owners, who are among the many victims cooking meth creates, are stuck at times shouldering the burden of expensive cleanup efforts. Damages are even costlier when lost room revenue and a tarnished public image are factored in.

Ryan Weaver, owner of Rossville-based Bio Recovery Specialists, said his line of business — cleaning up former meth labs — has been particularly “lucrative” lately. That has him thinking, he said, that some motel guests who cook meth are getting away with it and leaving safety hazards behind when they check out.

“The sad thing is, we will probably see more and more people exposed to that situation where they have stayed in a hotel room that has been used as a drug lab,” Weaver said.

The incident last month was not the first time meth-making materials were found at Prestige Inn. A previous incident was reported to the Tippecanoe County Health Department in November 2012. In that case, an operational meth lab was found.

Jagdish Patel, who serves as general manager for both Prestige Inn and Economy Inn, declined to comment on how the costs of testing and remediation are affecting his business.

A total of five motel room meth busts have been reported at Tippecanoe County motels since December 2011.

Dozens of active meth labs and chemical dump sites have been reported during that time in houses, apartments, garages, vehicles, alleys, lots and roadsides, according to health department data.

Law enforcement agencies are required by Indiana law to report meth labs to state police, the criminal justice institute and local fire and health departments, but Tippecanoe County Health Department environmentalist Craig Rich said police probably aren’t catching 100 percent of meth labs, meaning some contaminated spaces may not be getting cleaned up.

“That might be something that’s slipping through the cracks,” he said.

Respiratory problems rank highest on the list of health concerns precipitated by living spaces contaminated with meth-making byproducts, Rich said. Depending on how a structure is built, he added, those concerns could extend well beyond the immediate area where the lab was located.

“When you’re dealing with a hotel, where the heating and cooling units are all interconnected, that can spread to other rooms,” he said.

Noles said any suspicion that a place may have been contaminated by a meth lab should be reported to local authorities or the Indiana State Police drug task force. There’s an online form to report suspected meth activity directly to the state.

Noles said a strong chemical odor is among the telltale signs of a meth lab.

Weaver described the smell as “pungent” or “biting.” It doesn’t take long, he said, for the airborne chemicals to inflict severely itchy eyes or a headache.

Trooper Wes Ennis, a member of ISP’s meth suppression team, said the odor is difficult to describe, but distinct.

“Just like marijuana smells like marijuana, meth chemicals smell like meth chemicals,” he said.

In addition to the chemical odor, authorities warn that the presence of meth-making materials should also raise a red flag. Cold packs with ammonia nitrate, battery packs with lithium strips, pseudoephedrine that often comes in blister packs, tubing, glass jars — these are all used to manufacture the stimulant, Weaver said.

Ennis said if something looks suspicious, people should report it. He’d rather that an officer determines a complaint to be unfounded than let dangerous contaminants go unchecked.

Ennis said he was among those who responded to remove dangerous materials from Prestige Inn.

“They had solvent in jars that there was still meth suspended in,” he said. “So we still had the product and also a solvent, a chemical, on the scene.”

West Lafayette police officers found about four grams of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth, plus several items of paraphernalia and two Mason jars with wet white residue in the Prestige room, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. They took two occupants into custody and removed a sleeping 2-year-old from the room.

Because the defendants had apparently not used their room to cook new product, Ennis said, the threat level was fairly low, making cleanup relatively easy.

Economy Inn wasn’t so lucky.

Lafayette officers arrived at the motel to serve a warrant when they smelled a strong odor commonly associated with meth-making. They entered a room and discovered meth “in the process of being manufactured,” according to a press release. The man who rented the room and two guests were arrested.

When an active lab is discovered in a densely populated area such as a motel, Ennis said, officers will evacuate adjoining rooms as well until they are deemed safe. He said chemicals used to manufacture the stimulant drug pose a fire hazard and are also physically dangerous, burning flesh when touched or inhaled.

“It will do internal damage to your lungs, esophagus, everything else,” he said.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management prohibits the owner of a contaminated structure from occupying it or “transferring any interest in the property to another person,” unless and until the building is decontaminated or demolished.

Ennis said property owners are responsible for costly testing and remediation and that demolition is, in some cases, the most cost-effective option.

The ISP meth suppression team is tasked with removing immediate hazards from a freshly discovered meth lab, but it’s up to county health department officials, Ennis said, to determine if a structure is habitable again.

The owner of a contaminated property must then seek out an IDEM-approved inspector — such as Weaver or Zac Osborn, who owns Indiana State Decontamination — to test contamination levels before and after cleanup.

Osborn said most of the jobs landed by his company have fallen in the $4,000-$6,000 range. One outlier cost more than $10,000.

Weaver said costs for his company’s services vary between $3,000-$10,000 depending on the square footage involved, the extent of contamination and the materials contaminated. He said remediation of a carpeted room with bare wood and wallpaper, for instance, would cost more than a similarly sized space with cinder block walls and a cement floor.

When called upon to decontaminate a property, Weaver said, cleaners remove all contents, including furniture, clothing, electronics, carpeting and ceiling tiles. They then vacuum the walls and spray all surfaces with a military-grade chemical that boils the meth out of the surfaces, he said.

“We will be in full hazmat suits,” Weaver said. Face respirators and double gloves protect his employees from the chemicals.

Two days later, he said, the team will conduct a post-test of their work and send the results to the state.

Once the county health department gets test results, Rich said, the property can be released for use. Getting a meth lab site cleaned and securing health department approval can go “fairly quickly,” he added, noting that motel owners could have their rooms back in service in three to four months.

Indiana law requires courts to order convicted meth manufacturers to pay for environmental cleanup costs “incurred by a law enforcement agency or other person as a result of the offense.”

Noles, the county environmental officer, said Room 232 was to be tested for meth lab contamination on Saturday. Results should be back within a few days. Meanwhile, he advised the family moving out of Room 232 to have medical checkups as a precaution.

“He still violated the law and will be responsible for any medical issues,” Noles said of the motel’s owner. Noles said he will speak with the county attorney to see whether further action can be taken as a result of the motel’s noncompliance with a health department order.




WARSAW, Ind. (21Alive) — An active Meth Lab was found in a Warsaw Comfort Inn, after staff noticed the occupants failed to checkout of their room.

The incident happened on May 9th, when officers were called to the hotel by members of the hotel staff. Officers were able to enter the and found the occupants still in the room with an active one-pot meth lab.

Richard D. Cain, 33, of Warsaw was arrested and charged with dealing, delivering, or manufacturing methamphetamine, a B Felony charge.

Courtney C. Bowling, 24, of North Webster was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine. She was also charged with possession of stolen property after the license plate on the vehicle the couple drove came back as stolen.





19-year-old Darschae Jamahl Nichols of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (May 10) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.


Nichols was arrested at about 3:50 a.m. after he pulled out in front of an Officer on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. He initially couldn’t find the vehicle registration and a passenger in the vehicle was laid back in the seat, as if asleep.

Nichols got out and gave consent to search. A digital scale with marijuana residue was found in his pants pocket. A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic bag containing 7.4 grams of meth. Nothing was found on the passenger’s person.

Nichols was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 12) in Newton.



Jakarta. Customs officers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on Saturday arrested a Ugandan national carrying 83 capsules of crystal methamphetamine in her stomach, officials said.

“After investigating, it turned out the suspect swallowed 83 capsules of crystal meth,” Soekarno-Hatta customs head Okto Irianto said on Monday, as quoted by state-run Antara News Agency.

The accused smuggler, who flew in from Doha, Qatar, had swallowed 1.2 kilograms of meth in total, worth up to Rp 1.6 billion ($140,000), according to police.

Dug mules often carry illegal cargo inside their bodies to avoid detection, although the risk of death would be substantial if even one capsule were to burst.

Officials pulled aside the 46-year-old suspect — identified by her initials, T.M. — because she was acting suspiciously as she passed through customs.

She was brought to a hospital for an x-ray scan, which revealed the capsules. Police gave her a laxative to help force them through her system.

Okto said the suspect worked as an English and geography teacher in Uganda. He said she was part of a larger network and that also operated in Kenya.

“Previously, we arrested a perpetrator [from Kenya] who swallowed 93 capsules,” Okto said. He did not provide further information.

Soekarno-Hatta Police deputy drug division chief Adj. Comr. Subekti said that the suspect could face 15 years in prison and a Rp 10 billion ($870,000) fine if convicted.

Drug trafficking is punishable by death under Indonesian law.

Two Indonesians — S., 35 amd A.I., 32 — were arrested in Central Jakarta in connection to the same crime, police said, according to Indonesian news portal



Christopher S. Dixon told his roommate on Thursday that he was making methamphetamine so he could pay his rent for the apartment where they lived in Bethlehem.


After a fire Thursday afternoon did significant damage to the home’s third floor, authorities say they discovered two meth labs — one in the basement and the other in the third floor of 746 Linden St., city police said.

Dixon and Derrick Bradley rented the second and third floors of the two-unit building, police say in court papers.

Police interviewed Bradley, who called Dixon his “friend and roommate,” court papers say.

Just prior to the 12:30 p.m. fire, Dixon came downstairs to the kitchen carrying a bucket, Bradley told police, according to court papers. Dixon “appeared excited,” and Bradley asked him if he was “making meth,” court papers say.

Dixon allegedly responded, “Yes, I need money for rent,” court papers say.


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Dixon filled the bucket with water and ran back upstairs, moments before Bradley smelled smoke, court papers say. Soon after, Dixon came down stairs and ran off, court papers say.

Bradley told police that he knew Dixon was making meth, but he didn’t think Dixon was doing it in the apartment, court papers say.

An hour before the fire, neighbors reported seeing garbage bags being thrown from the third floor into the backyard, court papers say. Police found the bags, and a vapor appeared to be emanating from them, court papers say. There was white sludge and plastic tubing in the bags, court papers say.

Pennsylvania State Police were called and determined the bags contained residue from the process of making meth, court papers say. A subsequent search warrant for the home revealed several items and pieces of equipment that were used in the making of meth, court papers say.

Police were called Friday night to the 300 block of East Broad Street for reports of Dixon being sighted in that area, according to city police. When police arrived, they say Dixon attempted to hide behind the Steel City Tattoo Shop on East Broad Street. He was arrested and taken into custody, police.

Dixon was arraigned 3 a.m. Saturday before on-call District Judge Todd Strohe on charges of manufacturing, delivery or possession with the intent to deliver drugs, possession of a controlled substance, causing a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of chemical waste. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police say they expect to make more arrests in the case.

Police say there was a burglary reported Sunday afternoon at 746 Linden St. Someone had gained access to the home by shattering a backdoor window, police say. There were holes found in the plaster walls of the building, but it was unclear if anything was missing, according to authorities.




LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, MI — Deputies are seeking charges against a Van Buren County man after methamphetamine paraphernalia was found in his front lawn over the weekend.

The Van Buren County Sheriff Narcotics Unit went to the home in the 55000 block of Butcher Road in Lawrence Township on Friday after receiving a tip that a fugitive was seen there, according to a news release. The wanted suspect was not found at the home, but officers did find drug paraphernalia and items used to cook methamphetamine on the front lawn.


After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found an active one-pot meth lab, multiple used one-pot meth labs, multiple HCL gas generators, and paraphernalia used for smoking meth. The items were found inside the home, in the backyard and inside a vehicle parked on the property.

Investigators have determined that the suspect, a 28-year-old man, was staying at the home with a 34-year-old woman. Neither of them has been located by police yet. The investigation is ongoing, but police expect to pursue drug-related charges against the suspects.




A report of a disturbance in the area of 227 Jackson Ave. on Friday led to the arrest of a Norfolk woman.

Capt. Mike Bauer with the Norfolk Police Division said officers was dispatched at 5:24 p.m. regarding a disturbance between a man and a woman.

When officers arrived, they spoke with the man, who informed them that he had recovered a glass pipe, a marijuana pipe and marijuana from the woman — Kendra Liibbe, 25.

He provided the items to the officers and explained that there had been a struggle to recover the items.

Liibbe was questioned about the items, and the glass pipe tested positive for methamphetamine.

Liibbe was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was housed in the Norfolk city jail and later transferred to the Madison County jail.



Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say they discovered an active methamphetamine lab Sunday when a teen called to report his mother beating her boyfriend with a bat.

The 13-year-old asked a neighbor to call police about 3:30 p.m. after the fighting began in his mother’s Lake Forest Drive apartment.


According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Ronnie Patricia Walters, 44, was arguing with her live-in boyfriend, Steven Robert Sizemore Jr., 31, because he didn’t have a job.

The argument escalated when Walters took a baseball bat and hit Sizemore several times, police said, and Sizemore suffered scratches to his torso and little finger. Deputies did not see any injuries to Walters other than sores from possible drug use.

While trying to find the bat in the apartment, deputies discovered a glass container of methamphetamine and a working lab, authorities said.

Walters and Sizemore were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, presence of a child during the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Walters was also charged with simple battery.




Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan has been charged with violating terms of his probation after testing positive for methamphetamine and alcohol, according to a court document.


Sullivan, 71, who was convicted in a meth-for-sex case in 2012, is also accused of leaving the state without permission from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5.

“On February 6, 2014, the defendant acknowledged he made a bad choice in traveling out of state without probation,” according to a complaint for revocation of probation.

Sullivan also failed to provide required urine screens on numerous occasions since being sentenced to 38 days in jail and two years’ probation in 2012, according to the complaint.

He failed to provide drug screens most recently on April 10, 2014.

He tested positive for meth use on Sept. 13 and Sept. 25, 2013, and on March 3, 2014. He tested postitive for alcohol four times from April 30, 2012, to Aug. 8, 2013.

It is at least the third time that Sullivan has violated probation.

In March, after failing a urine screen, Sullivan and his probation officer agreed to extend his probationary period for three months so he could “comply with the conditions of supervision ordered by the court,” according to court documents.

The order, signed March 17 by Sullivan and the probation officer, did not specify what banned substance surfaced in the screening. His probation was extended to July 3.

Sullivan also violated probation in 2012. In July 2012, a “special report” was filed by the probation department stating that he was required to wear a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring device.

He has been summoned to appear before Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester on Thursday to respond to the charges.





Patrick Sullivan tests positive for Methamphetamine

CENTENNIAL – 9Wants to Know has learned former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan has tested positive for methamphetamine three times while on probation.


Not only is Sullivan accused of testing positive for meth, he’s also accused of skipping out on numerous drug tests, leaving the state of Colorado without permission and testing positive for alcohol.

The former sheriff, who was arrested during a drug sting in November 2011, will stand before a judge on Thursday for a probation-revocation hearing.

According to court paperwork, Sullivan tested positive for meth twice in September 2012 and on March 3, 2014.

His court summons also says he failed to provide urine screens more than 30 times since May 21, 2012.

Sullivan tested positive for alcohol four times according to the court paperwork and left the state for a period of two weeks earlier this year without permission.

Earlier this year, 9Wants to Know reported Sullivan had his probation extended to July 3 because of a positive urine screen.

Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail and probation for two years after he pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute and to possessing meth in April 2012.