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MASON CITY | A Mason City woman authorities say had methamphetamine and marijuana in her residence faces criminal charges.

Jessica Wallace, 25, was charged with felony possession of meth with intent to deliver, a felony drug tax-stamp violation and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.550c8bedbcecd_image

Law enforcement officers found about a half ounce of meth, a bag of marijuana, a scale, baggies and weapons at Wallace’s residence in the 300 block of First Street Southwest on Feb. 24, according to court documents.

Wallace was arrested Thursday in Mason City.

She remained jailed Friday under $32,400 bond.







Kenner police arrested a LaPlace woman accused of cooking up methamphetamine in her motel room. Lori Lesaicherre, 51, was taken into custody after authorities discovered a drug-manufacturing set-up inside her room at the Contempra Inn, 2820 Williams Blvd., Kenner, on Thursday (March 19), said Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the department.17317186-mmmain

Investigators received the tip about Lasaicherre’s motel meth lab around 11:47 p.m. Detectives went over and paid a visit to room No. 116. When Lesaicherre opened the door, out wafted the smell of ammonia, a product used to cook meth, McGregor said.

Authorities searched her room and found plastic tubing, lighter fluid, camping fuel and pseudoephedrine caplets and other meth precursors. Lesaicherre confessed to making meth in the room and dumping the byproducts into a nearby dumpster, McGregor said.

Meth production includes volatile, toxic chemicals. Authorities called out a Jefferson Parish Hazmat crew to dispose of the byproducts, McGregor said.

Lesaicherre was booked with creation of a clandestine lab to manufacture illegal substances. No bond had been set as of Friday evening.








BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – U.S. Attorney William Hochul of the Western District of New York says a rise in the production of methamphetamine may be tied to use among workers in the fracking fields of northern and western Pennsylvania.

“The concern is workers coming from the mid-west who had already been using methamphetamine,” Hochul said. “They have more money in their pocket, than perhaps they had before.”

He believes one of the drug’s effects, a surge of energy, may be the reason for their addictions.

“Some methamphetamine users report being able to stay up 48 to 72 hours before ultimately they have the crash which inevitably follows,” he said.

Hochul also believes the relatively low cost of purchasing the drug might be another reason for the increase in its use.

There has been a dramatic increase in raids of clandestine meth labs in Western New York and across the state.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says last year there were 225 methamphetamine labs dismantled by law enforcement. 34 were in Western New York.

Erie County Sheriff’s narcotics agents raided what is believed to be a meth lab in a storage facility on Grand Island Thursday night. Two people were arrested.

“I think when this one is closed up we’re going to find another one,” Alan Rozansky of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department said.

U.S. Attorney Hochul says he seen statistics where one in six of these labs explode during the production process.

Besides meth’s devastating effect on the brain and body, Hochul says producers of the illicit drug will put toxic elements down the drain or into the trash, further putting communities at risk.








Posted: March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Had the fictional TV show “Breaking Bad” been set in Illinois or another state in the Midwest, Walter White, aka Heisenberg, would have felt right at home.Season_2_promo_pic_4-800x449

No other region in the U.S. is more awash with clandestine methamphetamine labs than the heart of the Midwest; and in Illinois, the number of meth lab seizures by authorities ranks among the highest in the nation, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 2013, Illinois trailed only Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and Indiana for meth-related incidents.

The Illinois State Police has kept track of the number of meth lab busts since 1997. Note this data differs from federal figures because the DEA also includes the seizure of dumpsites, equipment, chemicals and glassware in its statistics. Over the past 10 years, 2006 was the first time there was a significant decrease in the number of meth labs seized, after it peaked at 973 in 2005. In 2009, the trend reversed and there was a sharp rise in lab seizures, reaching 753 in 2013.



To address the explosive growth of Illinois meth labs, the Legislature passed a law in 2006 that created a statewide registry of individuals who have been convicted of manufacturing meth. The database also includes counties where offenders were convicted, making it possible to see which counties have had the most meth lab seizures since June 2006.


Most Lab Seizures by Illinois County

While addicts can find the destructive drug pretty much anywhere in the state, those who manufacture meth in secretive, homemade labs typically are concentrated in more rural areas where there are fewer economic opportunities. Making meth might seem rewarding to some, but it’s also a deadly line of work. Faster and cheaper ways of cooking meth has led to an increase in explosions and burn cases, the victims of which often are uninsured, costing taxpayers billions each year in medical costs.

The New Hope Recovery Center notes the devastating effects it has on the human body.

The long term use of methamphetamine can have serious internal physical health consequences:

  • Weight loss
  • Severe dental problems: Meth Mouth
  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
  • High blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if snorted
  • Respiratory problems and lung damage if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Convulsions
  • And of course there are the observable physical effects that have been shown in numerous mug shot comparisons:
  • sunken eyes
  • dark baggy eye lids
  • facial drooping, particularly the mouth and lower lips
  • pale skin
  • dark blue-black lips
  • wrinkles from skin losing elasticity
  • acne and sores








Two people were arrested and five pounds of methamphetamine confiscated after a search warrant was served at an Omaha home earlier this week.

Authorities said the Nebraska State Patrol, along with law enforcement agencies in the Omaha area, served the warrant around 6 p.m. Wednesday at 4513 S. 40th St.

The patrol said the search led to the seizure of five separate packages containing one pound each of meth.

The meth has an estimated street value of $50,000, authorities said.

The residents of the home, Wendy Flores, 36, of Tolleson, Arizona, and Luis Guillermo Sanchez-Fraijo, 27, of Omaha, were arrested on suspicion of possession of meth with intent to deliver. They were being held in the Douglas County Jail.








The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has arrested nine people in connection with a methamphetamine ring in Carson City.

According to a press release, the Tri-NET Narcotic Task Force ended a three month long investigation on Thursday into the distribution of Methamphetamine in the Woodside Drive area of Carson City. The investigation ended with the service of search and arrest warrants throughout the east side neighborhood. As a result of the investigation, a total of approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine was seized with a street value of $30,000.7200862_G

A search warrant was served in the 3500-block Desatoya Drive, which resulted in the seizure of approximately 112 grams of methamphetamine, three handguns, and one stolen motorcycle. 32-year-old Elvin Lee Fred was arrested on a warrant charging him with multiple methamphetamine trafficking charges, in addition to new charges of being an ex-felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and new Level Three Methamphetamine Trafficking charges. 28-year-old Tawnee Johnson was also charged with Possession of Stolen Property, and Level Three Methamphetamine Trafficking.

Seven additional drug-related arrest warrants were served on the following individuals: Christopher Shane Landry, 43; James Tito, 41; Michelle Rendleman, 34; Aaron Jalbert, 25; Lee Huttman, 53; Patricia Skenandore-Bigpond, 33; and Jason Huddleston, 38. The individuals were charged with various felonies including Sales of a Controlled Substance, Drug Trafficking, Conspiracy to Violate the Uniformed Controlled Substance Act, Conspiracy, and Having a Child Present During a Controlled Substance Violation.

The operation began before sunrise Thursday morning and culminated with the final arrest around 2 p.m., with all individuals in custody.  As a result of the service of the search warrant, schools located near Desatoya Drive elected to hold recess inside until the operation was completed as a precaution. However, there was no immediate threat to any of the schools.








031915-meth-bear-1-200x300A Vicksburg man accused of a possessing two pounds of methamphetamine stashed inside a teddy bear was free on bail Thursday while his accused accomplice was still behind bars.

Nicholas Ringold, 33, 105 Elm Lane, and Ronald Vaughn, 35 1314 Nutter Drive, Picayune, were arrested Tuesday in a raid by Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents and Vicksburg Police. Both were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Ringold and Vaughn appeared in Warren County Justice Court Wednesday where Judge Jeff Crevitt denied bail for Vaughn and set bail at $100,000 for Ringold.

Their arrest came after a month long investigation by MBN, said Delores Lewis, the spokeswoman for the agency. During the bust, agents discovered a white teddy bear holding a red heart with the phrase “Te Amo” — Spanish for I love you — with a package of meth stashed inside.031915-Te-Amo-Bear-200x300

Evidence photos show the large ball of methamphetamine in “ice” form wrapped in green plastic being removed from the back of the toy bear.

“Ice” is a pure crystalline form of methamphetamine that is commonly produced in labs in Mexico. It resembles shards of glass or ice.

The bear had been shipped from Coachella, Calif., to Vicksburg, MBN Director Sam Owens said.

The drugs stashed inside the teddy bear have an estimated street value of $100,000, Owens said. In addition to the drugs, agents seized more than $3,000 in cash. The arrest came after a tip received by Richland Police Department in Rankin County that said the two men might be trafficking meth from California to Mississippi.

Ringold posted bail and was released from the Warren County Jail. Vaughn’s bail was denied pending the outcome of a probation hearing, Lewis said.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections probation retainer had not been received at the Warren County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

In 2006, Vaughn was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of a controlled substance after running over a Warren County deputy. It was unclear when Vaughn was released from prison.

On Feb. 9, 2004, Vaughn ran over Deputy Mike Hollingsworth who was directing traffic on U.S. 80 in front of Green Acres Memorial Park. The crash left the deputy with what his doctor described at trial as “a serious brain injury.” Hollingsworth returned to duty seven months later, and retired from the department in 2011.

Vaughn had previously been convicted of drive-by shooting. He was sentenced in 1999, served one year of a three-year sentence and was on probation when Hollingsworth was injured. Ringold is also a convicted felon, according to court records. He was convicted of felony possession of marijuana in 2006 and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2008








A 33-year-old Corvallis man is facing two felony drug counts after his mother went to authorities, allegedly with evidence of his drug use.

Devin Neil Farley appeared this week before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey on two felony charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

An affidavit in the case said Farley’s mother called the sheriff’s office to report that her son was using dangerous drugs.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, she allegedly turned over a container containing methamphetamine, two capsules of Methoxetamine, marijuana, a Lorazepam tablet, and nine capsules that later tested positive for the presence of marijuana.

She told the deputy that Farley had turned the drugs over to her.

A day later, sheriff’s officers met with Farley. After being advised of his rights, the affidavit said Farley identified the crystals in the container as methamphetamine and said the clear capsules contained Methoxetamine, a designer drug that doesn’t currently meet the state’s dangerous drug definition. He also told them he did not have a prescription for the Lorazepam pill.

Farley then allegedly surrendered various glass pipes, a water bong, marijuana pipes, and a small black container that contained hash oil.

Bailey set bail at $2,500.


In Justice of the Peace Jennifer Ray’s court

  • Todd P. Schiffman, 51, of Hamilton appeared on a felony charge of possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Schiffman was arrested on March 16 after he came into the county sheriff’s office to turn in some drugs he’d discovered.

Schiffman said he found a marijuana pipe and a bag of methamphetamine in a parking lot in Florence.

When asked if he was willing to submit a urine test for the presence of drugs, Schiffman refused. He told the officer that he had ingested the methamphetamine by licking it to determine if it was “speed.”

This was the second time this year that Schiffman had turned himself in.

On Jan. 21, he stopped at the sheriff’s office to let the undersheriff know that he had consumed methamphetamine two days earlier.

A urine sample tested positive for the drug in that incident. Schiffman also surrendered a syringe that he told the officer he planned to use to “shoot speed.”

Schiffman was out of jail on those initial charges under conditions that he not use dangerous drugs.

Ray set bail at $20,000.









CANTON — A Level 3 violent sex offender who recently was indicted on charges of selling methamphetamine in Ogdensburg has been jailed for not registering a change of address.Kenneth P. Fisher

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies on March 9 charged Kenneth P. Fisher, 46, of 809 Pearl St., Ogdensburg, with felony failure to register change of address.

Deputies charge that on Dec. 15, Fisher was released from the St. Lawrence County jail and, as a registered sex offender with the state Department of Criminal Justice Services, failed to file a change of address after being released. He was required to file a change of address with the DCJS no later than 10 calendar days after any change. Deputies said 78 days passed since he was released from jail without registering.

On June 21, 1990, Fisher was convicted of having deviant sexual intercourse with an 8-year-old girl in Texas.

He was arraigned in Canton Town Court on Wednesday and was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail. He is being held at the jail on two counts of felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Fisher also is charged with selling methamphetamine June 17 and 19 in Ogdensburg.

He was picked up on an arrest warrant March 4 and taken to County Court, where the indictment against him was unsealed.








mark_lyon_N2A young woman who acted as pimp for sex fiend Mark Lyon has been sentenced to ten months home detention.

A judge ordered her identity be permanently suppressed because he said she was effectively a victim too.

The Aucklander was 17, a methamphetamine addict and plagued by mental health issues when she fell in with Lyon, who’s now serving 15 years jail for drug and sex offences.

The pair had an arrangement where she would procure underage girls for Lyon – some of them her friends – in return for meth.

Crown prosecutor Jo Murdoch said the woman who was found guilty of four charges under the Prostitution Reform Act, played a critical role in feeding Lyon’s appetite for underage girls.

Text messages obtained by police showed she was at times relentless in pursuing some of the victims to have sex with him.

These victims were also meth addicts and were promised drugs in return for sexual services.

On one occasion one of the girls received 30 text messages in a day pressuring her to go to Lyon.

The pimp had been promised a quarter gram of meth if she could get that particular girl for him.

The judge said that on that occasion the woman was driven by her hunger for meth and became so desperate she told Lyon he could have her for an hour instead just so long as she got her drugs.

The woman also pled guilty to six dishonesty offences. She’s been ordered to attend a residential drug program.









WARRICK CO., IN (WFIE) – Two people are arrested on drug related charges in Warrick County.7185403_G

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were sent to check out a chemical odor coming from a home in the 200 block of Delaware Street in Chandler on Tuesday.

Deputies talked to the occupants of the home, 47-year-old Tonya K. Simmonds and 44-year-old Edwin R. Clark, in an attempt to find the odor.

We’re told deputies found remnants of chemicals commonly used to manufacture meth on the vehicle parked in the driveway. They say the vehicle was registered to Clark.7185402_G

During the investigation, deputies say they also found meth and paraphernalia on both Clark and Simmonds.

The sheriff’s office says deputies then got a search warrant for Clark’s home in the 7500 block of Gourley Lane in Newburgh. They say deputies found six meth labs and numerous precursors to manufacture meth.

Clark and Simmonds were both arrested and taken to the Warrick County Jail.

The sheriff’s office tells us Clark had been out on bond for possession of meth in Posey County.








MISSOULA, Mont. – Authorities say there is an increase in meth use throughout the state. The Drug Task Force team says while criminals aren’t making as much meth in Montana, others are sneaking it into the state.

Ed McLean is the commander of the Drug Task Force team. McLean says the surge of meth is alarming.

“The increase in methamphetamine use is one o those mysteries because you have a drug  that is so dangerous and so harmful,” said McLean.

Montana Highway Patrol K9 Unit Sergeant Jim Sanderson agrees it’s the most he’s seen since he started patrolling the roads in 2001.

“It’s resurging, it’s as big as I’ve ever seen it,” said Sanderson.

Sanderson searches vehicles when he has reasonable belief to think drugs are stashed inside. He gets help from his K9 pup Tika. She helped sniff out 18 pounds of meth seized from vehicles during 2014.

Sanderson says where there are users there’s demand.

“Narcotics have been transiting through routes in our state that normally haven’t been transited, and that gives those folks who are bringing in illegal narcotics into the state the opportunity to drop some methamphetamine off in our little communities that really haven’t seen the problem in as big of the scope as they do right now,” said Sanderson.

Recent cases prove Sanderson’s point. An Anaconda woman faced federal drug charges for being one of 20 people involved in a conspiracy to bring meth into Montana from Los Angeles. In another case just north of Missoula in Pablo, the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority had 62 rental units test positive for meth.

McLean said the meth he finds is pure. It’s coming from out of state along I-15 and I-90 east. He says Montana is an end destination.

“The super labs and the quality of the methamphetamine being imported into Montana — the vast majority of the methamphetamine we see is being produced elsewhere and being trafficked into Montana,” said McLean.

For law enforcement one drug bust usually leads to the next.

“Where’s the source of this methamphetamine coming from, and it seems like every single time we end up making an arrest stopping a dealer there are two more to go after,” said McLean.

McLean says they’ve seen an increase of heroin use in Montana as well.








WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) — Drug use is rising across different sectors of North Korea’s population and methamphetamines produced inside the country lead to foreign and domestic trade, the U.S. State Department said in its annual narcotics control report Thursday.

The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, or INCSR, stated methamphetamines, or crystal meth, continue to dominate North Korea’s illicit drug market. The report said it is not clear whether the North Korean government is directly involved in drug production, but North Korean officials have in the past been apprehended for drug sales.

Based on interviews with North Korean defectors, the report noted poppy cultivation has diminished since the early 2000s with the rise of methamphetamine production and trafficking.

The State Department’s report stated incidents of drug trafficking and methamphetamine use is prevalent on the China-North Korea border. In August, a North Korean national was executed in China for selling 3.75 kilograms, or about eight pounds of crystal meth manufactured in North Korea. Chinese law enforcement has since heightened its surveillance of cross-border transactions, the report said.

The methamphetamine used in North Korea reach across all sectors of North Korean society, including women and young people. The report said the drug is snorted rather than smoked or injected and sometimes used in place of medicine, which is scarce in North Korea.

Radio Free Asia reported in January the drug is sometimes used in place of cash to pay for items or services, but a crackdown on the drug in North Korea had led to other methods of exchange, including the use of lapel pins that portrayed Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, to buy basic goods around the country.











A woman who imported nearly $1 million of methamphetamine in the post made the police’s job significantly easier by having it delivered to her home.

Judge Russell Collins said the role of “catcher” often saw criminals use a variety of tactics to separate themselves from the crime.Woman posted

“Your offending involved no greater activity like organizing post boxes or other false addresses, nor deceit or subterfuge, which are often carried out when people act as the receiver of illegal drugs,” he said.

“The drugs were sent to the address you were living … and you took control of them.”

Waipiu Lau, 23, was found with 913.4 g of P at her North Shore home on August 29 and was promptly charged with importation and possession for supply.

The Hong Kong national appeared in Auckland District Court this afternoon where Judge Collins took a starting jail term of 12 years.

Lau received sentence discounts for her youth, her previously clean record, “difficulties and trauma” she had gone through in her life, her remorse and her early guilty plea.

Judge Collins settled on a final sentence of just over seven years in prison.

Because of the large quantity of the imported meth, he imposed a minimum non-parole period of two years and 10 months.








TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) – A Tallahassee man was arrested Tuesday after investigators said they discovered not only was he in possession of child pornography, but he also had a meth lab inside his home. 5509881a9147d_image

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, arrested 41-year-old James Rimes after they said investigators found out he was distributing child pornography out of his home on Wax Myrtle Road.

According to investigators, a search warrant was served at Rimes’ home Tuesday regarding the child pornography case. When arresting Rimes, investigators charged with him on four drug charges related to a methamphetamine lab inside his home. They also charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to FDLE, Rimes is facing 12 counts of child pornography. He was taken to the Leon County Jail. They also said the investigation will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office.








LORENA (March 19, 2015) A former Lorena postal worker who police say was delivering methamphetamine along with the mail was indicted Wednesday by a McLennan County Grand Jury.Edward-Flores-Lorena-Drug-Bust

Edward Flores, II, was named in a one-count indictment Wednesday charging him with delivery of a controlled substance methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, grand jury records show.

McLennan County deputies on November 13, 2014, seized methamphetamine valued at $17,000 and arrested Flores, a longtime U.S. Postal Service employee, in a raid on a home in Lorena that was the culmination of a 10-month investigation.

The home at 400 Greystone Dr. that deputies raided is near both Lorena Middle School and Lorena Elementary School.

Flores II, 39, is the husband of Lorena Postmaster Allena Wood Flores, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Allena Flores was named Lorena’s postmaster in April, 2014, according to online U.S. Postal Service records.

Edward Flores was charged with possession of a controlled substance over 4 ounces, but under 200 ounces in a drug-free zone.

He was freed in November after posting a $10,000 bond.

The investigation that led to the raid stemmed from allegations that methamphetamine was being distributed not only from the house, but also from a U.S. Postal Service vehicle by a uniformed post office employee, McNamara said at the time of the arrest.








WOOSTER, Ohio — The toxic waste that John Marlow hoarded under the floorboards of his hovel and in a broken-down shed did more than disgust his neighbors.hintonjpeg-b368c57eb1e05a36

It also terrified authorities, who feared the witch’s brew could ignite a fireball and torch the neighborhood.

Marlow, 54, is accused of cooking a mega-lab worth of methamphetamine in a small house in Wooster, a city 90 minutes southwest of Cleveland. Authorities said they found 40 small labs in the home. The chemical stash marks the latest large-scale meth operation unraveled in Ohio in recent years.

What makes this case different is that the garbage-filled home is still standing and the accused cooks were not harmed, as fires have become so much more common, especially in such sizable labs, according to records and interviews.

Marlow and Charity Hinton, 34, were indicted this month in Wayne County Common Pleas Court on charges of illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal possession of chemicals to make methamphetamine. They have denied the charges. Their attorney, a public defender, did not return phone messages.

Records show that Marlow and Hinton are accused of being part of a growing wave of meth cooks, who make the drug in the so-called “one-pot method.” It allows cooks to mix a batch of household items together in a 2-liter pop bottle and shake it to create a reaction that produces the highly addictive stimulant. The method has not only turned cooks’ teeth to rotted enamel and their skin to a pasty, pocked surface, but also has caused explosions across the state and country.marlowjpeg-70233bda07991582

And that’s what has terrified neighbors.

“From what they found in that house, it could have leveled this whole neighborhood,” said a man who lives near Marlow and Hinton but declined to give his name. He said he watched as authorities spent two days pulling chemicals from the home.

“We just thought they were just selling it,” the man said. “But selling it is one thing, and cooking it is something else.”

Another neighbor, a woman, said: “I wish I had never moved here.”

What authorities accused Marlow and Hinton of doing is nothing like the high-tech meth production of the popular television series, “Breaking Bad.” Marlow and Hinton, according to court records, are accused of running a crude system that used jugs of chemicals to fill pop bottles with the homemade drug.

Nearby residents complained of smelling an ether-like chemical odor, which is typical of meth cooking. They also said they grew tired of seeing people walk into the home at all hours, staying a few minutes and then bolting.17292097-mmmain

In addition, they watched Marlow explode in a paranoid rages that prompted him to threaten his neighbors, according to court records and interviews.

Court records indicate the meth cooking at the tiny, two-story frame house on West Vine Street took off after June 1. That day, Gerald Hinton, Charity’s father and the owner of the home, was charged with raping a 3-year-old child at a nearby residence, records show.

Marlow and Charity Hinton began brewing the drug soon after Gerald Hinton’s arrest, according to documents, and they continued through early February.

On Feb. 4, Charity called police and reported a domestic disturbance involving Marlow. Once officers arrived, they found chemicals scattered around the house, according to court records.

Drug agents obtained a search warrant for the house and found about 30 labs, according to court records and authorities.

Agents also found a makeshift chemistry lab filled with gallon containers of drain cleaner and camp stove fuel, four hydrogen-chloride gas generators, packages of lithium batteries and 40 blister packs of cold medicine — all ingredients used to make methamphetamine, the records show.

The next day, Wooster firefighters and drug agents went back to the house and found 10 more discarded labs, authorities said. Some of the labs were days old, while other were much older. Much of the trash was buried under the floorboards, authorities said.

“Just because the cooking process is over, that doesn’t mean the danger is gone,” said David Posten, supervisor of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s clandestine lab unit. He said flammable chemicals and solvents remain long after the drug is brewed, potentially causing fires.

Nathan Murphy, the acting fire chief in Wooster, said the chemicals are a major concern, as nearby departments have battled recent house fires caused by meth labs.

“Unfortunately, it has become quite the epidemic,” Murphy said.

In an interview with drug agents, Marlow admitted that he and Hinton had been cooking meth from the house for months, according to court records. He said he made the drug at least 50 times since last summer, and he usually cooked from the living room, the records show.

Don Hall, the director of the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, which fights drugs in Wayne County and the city of Brunswick in Medina County, estimates Marlow and Hinton made about $100 a gram or $400 a lab.

Marlow and Hinton were not charged with dealing the drug, mainly because police never made an undercover purchase from them. But Hall said he suspects the couple were selling to others.

Marlow hardly kept it a secret that he cooked methamphetamine. Last September, he was arrested for shoplifting camp stove fuel at a department store. He was later convicted and ordered to pay a $200 fine.

Gerald Hinton, 66, pleaded guilty to rape in November involving the attack on the 3-year-old girl. A month later, a judge sentenced him to prison for life.

“Why should I show you any mercy after what you did?” Judge Mark Wiest said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Gerald Hinton’s house on West Vine Street is condemned. The four-bedroom, one-bath home was built in 1920. The Wayne County auditor’s office values it at $12,850. Prosecutor Dan Lutz said his office will not seek to obtain it through forfeiture.

The neighbor who lives near the house and feared an explosion said there is only one solution for the home, given the amount of chemical fumes in the walls and the toxic trash beneath the floorboards.

“Just tear it down,” he said.








BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — A Booneville woman was put behind bars on drug charges Thursday by Prentiss County authorities.Teresa Lynn Moss

Deputies say they received a report concerning a vehicle parked partially in the roadway and a woman going from house to house on County Road 8121.

Deputies responded and found the female, identified as 40-year-old Teresa Lynn Moss, in the vehicle when they arrived. Authorities report they were able to determine Moss was in possession of a felony amount of methamphetamine.

She was arrested for possession of meth and numerous misdemeanor charges.

Her bond for all the charges totaled to $8,500.








PHOENIX — Ryan Giroux, the suspect in a Mesa mass shooting that left one person dead, is a former Arizona Department of Corrections inmate with a history of police assaults and illegal drug use, according to police and prison records.

Giroux, 41, has a criminal record dating to the early 1990s and served a two-month county jail sentence last year for violating terms of a previous probation. His record includes convictions for drug possession, theft and aggravated assault, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.B9316652308Z_1_20150318200325_000_GABA8SGCQ_1-0

Giroux is accused of gunning down a man in a Mesa motel Wednesday morning, then going on a shooting spree that left five others, including a culinary student, injured.

A Mesa SWAT team took Ryan Giroux, 41, into custody around 1 p.m., in a vacant condominium near Longmore and Emelita Avenue after a massive manhunt that included four other law-enforcement agencies.

Giroux was shot with a Taser, taken to Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa for treatment, then questioned late into Wednesday evening by detectives and investigators. He was expected to be booked into Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail on multiple charges.

Court records show Giroux has seven felony convictions. He served 7.5 years in prison as part of a plea agreement and was released in October 2013, records show. He also was in state custody in the 1990s.

His most recent prison stint came after his conviction in the assault of two Mesa police officers who were trying to arrest him outside a Circle K convenience store in December 2006, records show.

The clerk said Giroux had shoplifted a bag of potato chips worth 99 cents and, according to court records, he fought with officers who questioned him about it.

Local authorities escort the suspect involved with the shooting of 6 people in Mesa, Az., after finding him in a local apartment complex Wednesday, March 18, 2014. One of the six people shot was killed.

The two officers said they saw the butt of a gun in Giroux’s waistband, records show, and said Giroux kept trying to reach for the weapon while the three men fought. Both officers said they suffered bruises and scrapes on their arms and hands.

Officers arresting Giroux at the time said that his tattoos and notations in a notebook he carried indicated he was in a gang.

Prosecutors recommended the 7.5-year prison sentence, citing Giroux’s six previous felonies.

Those include convictions in California, Washington state and Arizona from 1993 to 1999 for theft, burglary and robbery. In 1999, records show, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in California.

Upon his 2013 release from prison in Arizona, Giroux still was having problems.

“By the defendant’s own admission, he has the propensity to become violent when he is either intoxicated or using illegal drugs,” Giroux’s probation officer wrote in May 2014. “He has a long arrest history that demonstrates violent behavior.”

The report also noted that Giroux’s mental health “appears to be stable until he uses methamphetamine.”

In the report, Giroux’s probation officer noted that he “wants to change his life around.”

Giroux began to have tattoos removed from his face and hands, the report said. Symbols inked on Giroux’s neck, chin and eyebrows indicate he had gang sympathies, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office veteran Richard Valdemar, an expert on prison gangs.

According to court records, Giroux had complied with some court-ordered steps for rehabilitation. He reported to his probation officer as directed, submitted to drug tests and took part in individualized drug treatment, records show.

Upon his 2013 release from custody, Giroux agreed to conditions that included being screened by Maricopa County’s mental-health court, participating in programs and taking prescribed medications.

The form he signed was standard. Giroux’s mental-health condition is not clear from the documents.

Giroux, though, continued to use methamphetamine. Records show he tested positive for it once and admitted to using it another time. He also admitted to using alcohol and marijuana, though the record shows that he did obtain a medical-marijuana card.

In April 2014, a probation-violation arrest report said Giroux failed to report to the probation department and instead went to Mesa and used methamphetamine. The report also said he was involved in a car accident in which all parties may have left the scene.

There was no additional information in the report, and he was charged with a probation violation.

Court records show Giroux was sentenced to two months in a county jail in May 2014 for violating his probation.








PABLO – Ever since methamphetamine use began growing here in the mid-1990s, the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority has tested its rental units for signs of meth contamination any time a tenant was evicted because of drug use.Salish Kootenai Housing Authority

But 18 months ago, an incoming tenant asked whether the unit she was moving into had been checked.

“We said no, there was no cause, the previous tenant had simply moved out,” says Jason Adams, the housing authority’s executive director. “But she wanted it tested, and even though it had already been cleaned and painted, it still tested positive for meth.”

That quickly brought about a change in policy. Since then, the housing authority – which oversees 445 rental units on the Flathead Indian Reservation – has tested all units that are vacated for any reason, for meth contamination.

More than half of the tests – 57 percent – have come back positive.


That’s 62 of 110 units tested in the past 18 months, according to Adams, and it’s forcing the housing authority to use money intended for long-term maintenance on cleanup, instead.

It can be expensive.

While low levels of contamination can be dealt with by washing walls and ceilings with chemicals, higher levels are another matter.

In one case, the interior of a unit had to be “gutted down to the studs and rebuilt,” Adams says. The cost for that unit alone: $53,000.

Even low levels of meth contamination can cost $4,000 to $5,000 to remediate, Adams says.

“You have to pay a contractor who does this type of work, and there’s nobody local,” he says. “They have to travel, their insurance costs are high, and they need the right protective equipment. It’s still expensive.”

To date, the housing authority has spent $325,000 to completely remediate and rehabilitate 16 of the 62 units that tested positive for signs of meth – money that was meant to replace roofs, siding and complete other long-term maintenance projects.


Meantime, another 36 units awaiting cleanup sit empty, even as 200 families in need of housing remain on the housing authority’s waiting list.

“It’s hard to tell a family they have to wait longer, but you want to get the house cleaned,” Adams says. The tribes use a contractor out of Missoula, and are in the process of approving a second contractor, from Browning, who is qualified to do the rehabilitation work.

Where does that leave the families on the waiting list?

“The definition of homelessness in Indian Country is different,” Adams says. “It’s two to three families living in one house. Usually, it’s a grandma and grandpa taking them in. You don’t see a lot of people living outside, in tents, although there’s a little of that in the summer. But for the most part, the people on the waiting list are living with relatives.”

In the 1990s, contamination came “primarily from meth labs,” Adams says, but now, meth use itself is a major culprit.

The health effects of living in a house contaminated by meth “are a big unknown,” Adams says. “Our staff has done a great job researching this, and there are yet to be reports that, if you live in a contaminated house, these are the effects.”

It is believed the drug can leave behind toxins that can cause respiratory and other illnesses in adults, children and pets.

“That’s why we’re being proactive,” he goes on. “We want to err on the side of caution, and provide a clean environment for our tenants.”


The new policy, begun 18 months ago, of testing every unit before a new tenant moves in will also allow the housing authority to set a baseline, Adams says.

With the new policy came new language in rental agreements. Tenants must acknowledge that they are moving into a unit that is free from meth contamination.

If they move out later, and the previously clean unit tests positive for meth contamination, they will be on the hook for cleanup costs.

“This isn’t just an issue for Indian tribes, this is an issue in every community, I guarantee you,” Adams says.

In 2013, the Denver Post reported that a Boulder, Colorado, firm that tests for meth, asbestos and other contaminants in residences, was finding meth contamination in half the Colorado homes it was hired to look at.

Gone undetected, meth contamination can linger on surfaces, walls, carpets and in duct work for years.

Adams says the 62 units that have been contaminated by meth were mostly ones that have had high turnover rates.

“Ninety percent of our tenants are good tenants, who abide by the terms of their lease and pay their rent,” Adams says. “We’re seeing most of the meth contamination in high-turnover units. We probably turn over 50 to 60 units a year out of the 445 we have.”

He encourages anyone, anywhere, who suspects drug activity in a home to report their suspicions to law enforcement.

In the meantime, the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority will continue to test every unit that people vacate before renting to a new tenant.

“It’s right there in the lease agreement now,” Adams says. “You acknowledge the unit tested clean, and if you move out and it tests positive for meth contamination, you will pay the cost to clean it.”








LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The unlucky couple who apparently got into a fight on the side of I-390 on Saturday between Dansville and Sonyea and sped off in their vehicle, later rear-ending a car hauler and flipping their vehicle on its side, were indicted with 11 others on Tuesday in federal court for “smurfing,” or helping produce more than 500 grams of Methamphetamine, or “meth,” for an illegal drug lab in Wellsville, NY.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr., a federal grand jury has returned three separate indictments charging 13 defendants, including accident victims Bradley Hollenbeck, 34, and Sarah Greene, 37, with conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and to distribute, more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, a charge that carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10 million fine for each defendant.

“Over the last several years, we have seen an increase in the number of cases involving this highly toxic and dangerous substance,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “The public needs to be educated that ingestion of crystal meth causes profound and almost immediate physical, mental and emotional consequences, while the production process can also be deadly.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who is handling the case, alleges that between January 2011 and late 2014, all of these defendants conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. The defendants engaged in the practice of “smurfing” (buying small quantities) at local pharmacies to get around restrictions on purchasing products containing pseudo ephedrine, which he says is the most important chemical necessary in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Defendant Michael Hasert is charged for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug involved premises, possessing more than 10 firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and being a felon in possession of firearms. The charges carry a penalty of 20 years in prison and a mandatory five years to be served consecutively to any sentence imposed.

Brothers Timothy and Justin Billings are also facing charges of maintaining a drug involved premises and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. These charges also carry a penalty of 20 years in prison and a mandatory five years to be served consecutively to any sentence imposed.

The indictments are the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Reyes and Major David Krause; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Division; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Wellsville Police Department under the direction of Chief Timothy O’Grady; U.S. Border Patrol under the direction of Patrol Agent in Charge Steven Oldman; and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation under the direction of Captain Frank Lauricella.

The defendants charged are Michael E. Hasert, 60, of Scio, NY; Lionel C. Carter, 58, of Wellsville, NY; Todd E. Varney, 31, of Wellsville, NY; Bradley J. Hollenbeck, 34, of Andover, NY; Patrick J. Danielewicz, 34, of Friendship, NY; Sarah J. Greene, 37, of Wellsville, NY; Elizabeth J. Schreiber, 35, of Scio, NY; Michael C. Mullen, 34, of Hornell, NY; Timothy J. Billings, 30, of Wellsville, NY; Justin L. Billings, 32, of Wellsville, NY; Jordan R. Doane, 26, of Friendship, NY; Zackery D. Billings, 25, of Springwater, NY; Derek Fagan, 30, of Wellsville, NY.








BLOOMFIELD — Two roommates were arrested after police discovered a large stash of methamphetamine inside their apartment Tuesday, authorities said.17294641-mmmain

Gary Schuren, 54, and Marcus Irizarry, 32, had approximately 224 grams of the drug and more than $2,600 in cash hidden around their third-floor apartment at 165 Franklin Street, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

The home had been the subject of a two-week investigation by a joint task force that included members of the sheriff’s Bureau of Narcotics, which culminated when officers forced their way into the apartment to serve a search warrant Tuesday morning.

Officers uncovered a single gram of methamphetamine on Irizarry, along with a glass pipe, and found $343 in cash stuffed in Schuren’s wheelchair, Fontoura said.

An additional search through the apartment yielded another 223 grams of the drug, $2,350 in cash and various drug packaging and processing materials, he added.

The street value of the meth was estimated at around $35,000.

Both men were charged with various drug possession and distribution charges. They were arraigned in Essex County Superior Court today, and are being held on separate $250,000 cash bonds.








In January, Customs and Border Protection agents in San Clemente found 23 pounds of meth hidden under the back seat of an SUV. Street value: $236,000.

Six months earlier, a vehicle stop near Temecula led to almost 70 pounds of meth hidden under the driver-side carpet. Street value: $683,000.

In 2014 alone, border agents found 132 pounds of liquid meth concealed in the gas tank of a pickup truck, 14 pounds of meth sealed in cans of hominy — they even discovered meth hidden inside wheels of cheese.

A side effect of the success law enforcement has had reducing domestic production is a dramatic increase in meth coming across the border from Mexico.

Between 2009 and 2014, CBP reported a 300 percent increase in the amount of meth seized at California’s ports of entry. This increase is acutely felt in the San Diego region.

In 2013, San Diego field agents seized nearly 15,000 pounds of meth crossing the border — this accounted for 63 percent of meth seized at all ports of entry nationwide.

And the effects are dire. Over the past five years, the San Diego County medical examiner ruled that meth was a factor in 950 deaths.

The Drug Enforcement Administration now estimates that 90 percent of meth consumed in the United States is produced in Mexico.

Criminal groups south of the border buy precursor chemicals from China and then oversee both manufacturing and distribution of meth, which leads to higher profits.

The result is a deadly combination: more meth with a higher potency at a lower cost. CBP reports that a pound of meth is one-third of the cost of a pound of cocaine in San Diego.

To combat this destructive drug, we need to pursue three key strategies: ensure law enforcement has the resources it needs, raise awareness about the dangers of this drug, and increase access to prevention and treatment programs.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, known as HIDTA, helps create task forces that work to dismantle drug trafficking organizations.

These task forces are made up of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and are particularly valuable in regions where meth use and seizures are highest. San Diego is one such high-use area, where 83 percent of those surveyed for the annual Meth Strike Force Report Card said meth is easy to obtain.

In 2012, the Southwest Border HIDTA, California Region, which includes San Diego, dismantled 50 drug trafficking organizations.

In 2015, this program received $245 million. Unfortunately, the administration recommended cutting the program by 21 percent in its 2016 budget request. I believe we must fully fund this essential federal program.

The federally funded Anti-Meth Task Force program, which provides valuable resources to states most affected by meth, is another key program.

In its first year of existence, it provided California with $1 million to create a task force to combat meth trafficking and related crime. The administration recommended eliminating this program in its 2016 budget request. I disagree and will advocate to fully fund it.

Education and treatment are also key.

The San Diego Meth Strike Force reports that meth was the primary drug of choice for 34 percent of all drug treatment admissions in San Diego County. We must ensure those patients have access to the treatments they need.

One of the primary ways the federal government supports access to treatment is through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Block Grant, and it’s critical that Congress fully funds this program. The same goes for prevention efforts like the Drug Free Communities program, which are crucial to stop meth abuse before it starts.

As drug trafficking organizations adapt to U.S. laws and find new and innovative ways to produce and transport meth, it’s equally important that federal agencies coordinate a comprehensive response.

It is also important that we work with our international partners because meth is a shared problem with shared responsibilities.

Mexico is a strong partner and has taken steps to control many of the precursor chemicals used to make meth. However, as drug trafficking organizations expand their production, we must find new ways to prevent them from crossing the border. This is especially true in San Ysidro, the busiest land port of entry in the United States.

We must also look further back in the supply chain. China is one of the largest suppliers of meth precursor chemicals, and we must redouble our efforts to encourage the Chinese government to stop these shipments.

Our legislative and law enforcement efforts have done a great deal to combat domestic meth production, but drug traffickers have adapted.

To ensure previous successes aren’t reversed, we need to address these new challenges quickly and effectively. We must prevent meth from infiltrating our borders and confront its deadly consequences.








PECOS, TX (Local Big 2 News) – A Pecos father and daughter were sentenced to prison Tuesday for distributing more than 3000 grams of 53f27d0751af6_imagemethamphetamine.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal judge sentenced 56-year-old Jose Luis Corrales to over 30 years, and 28-year-old Angelica Corrales to 17.5 years in federal prison.

In addition to the prison terms, visiting U. S. District Chief Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi Louis Guirola, Jr., ordered the defendants to serve a 5-year term of supervised release upon completion of their prison terms.

According to court records, the father and daughter pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, admitting that from October 2013 until August 2014, the two distributed over 3000 grams of methamphetamine.53f27ce5289e3_image

Court records further showed that Angelica Corrales admitted that she sold a minimum of three grams of methamphetamine, supplied by her father, three times a day for a year.








Father, daughter arrested on federal charges

Aug 18, 2014

A father and daughter duo were arrested and charged with federal drug crimes following a raid in Pecos Monday morning.

Jose Luis Corrales, 55, and Angelica Corrales, 27, were arrested during the raid. The two were arraigned in the federal courthouse in Pecos Monday afternoon and were charged with five counts each of intent to distribute methamphetamine, with Jose Corrales receiving a sixth count for being the owner of the home 219 E. Fourth St., in Pecos, where the meth was allegedly distributed, according to the federal court documents from the U.S. District Court of the Western District.

Each of the Corrales’ could receive from five to 40 years for each of the federal drug counts and up to 20 years for maintaining a drug-involved premises.

The father and daughter are currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Pecos.








KNXV%20Coratolo%20_AMP_%20Caufield_1426641769048_15114971_ver1_0_640_480PHOENIX – A Phoenix couple is behind bars for allegedly having sex and doing drugs with a 15-year-old girl numerous times over four months.

Alonso Caufield, 25, and his girlfriend, Chelsea Coratolo, 23, were arrested Monday at their home near 19th Avenue and Cactus Road.

According to a police report, Coratolo asked the 15-year-old girl to “pleasure” her boyfriend because she was having her menstrual cycle and couldn’t. This arrangement lasted from October 2014 to February 2015.

Authorities said the victim told a counselor about the incident, who then notified police.

The victim told police the suspects gave her methamphetamine and marijuana and they would all take the drugs together.

She also told police that the couple recorded the sex acts and emailed them to her.

Caufield was booked on 10 counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Coratolo was booked on 10 counts of molestation of a child and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.