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An Indianapolis couple was arrested in a drug bust Thursday night that netted 2 pounds of methamphetamine and 13 guns, including three that had been reported stolen.

Police also seized three cars and three motorcycles, including a stolen Harley-Davidson, which will be the subject of forfeiture proceedings, according to a statement issued by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Marcella Rubio-Allen, 49, and her husband Eddie Allen, 48

Eddie Allen, 48, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine or narcotics, possession of methamphetamine, dealing drugs while armed and maintaining a common nuisance.

His wife, Marcella Rubio-Allen, 49, is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

Both were being held today in the Marion County Jail.

Officers from several agencies, including IMPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration, made the arrests after serving a search warrant at the couple’s home in the 1500 block of North Fenwick Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The bust was part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, the IMPD report said.

Police also seized a digital scale, a small amount of marijuana and an “unknown quantity” of cash during the raid, the report said.

Eddie Allen is identified in the report as a convicted felon, which could lead to other charges involving the guns in the home. The site also is within 1,000 feet of Trinity Lutheran School on East 16th Street, which could lead to added charges.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/03/07/drug-bust-nets-2-pounds-of-meth-guns-stolen-motorcycle/6169875/

 

CONWAY, Texas (AP) — An Oklahoma man faces drug charges after a traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle led to the seizure of more than $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says a trooper discovered more than 36 pounds of meth wrapped in bundles and hidden in the seats of an SUV.

Carson County jail records show the driver, 18-year-old Leira Cota of Oklahoma City, was being held Friday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Jail officials didn’t immediately provide information on bond or an attorney for Cota, who was arrested Wednesday on Interstate 40 near Conway.

DPS says Cota was pulled over for a traffic violation. Investigators did not immediately elaborate.

Authorities believe the methamphetamine was being transported from Nogales, Ariz., to Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Oklahoma-man-arrested-in-1-3M-Texas-drug-bust-5296690.php

 

This morning (Friday, March 7) at approximately 5:20 a.m. the Eufaula Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1992 Honda Civic traveling south on US Highway 431 in Eufaula for a traffic violation.

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While speaking with driver Johnnie G. Wildermuth, 33, of Stockbridge Ga. officers conducted a free air K9 search of the vehicle for narcotics. Police K9 gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics and officers also were given consent to search the vehicle from the driver.

During a search approximately 192 grams of methamphetamine valued at $16,000 were recovered, hidden in a speaker box in the trunk of the car along with various other drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Passenger Pamela Lynn Carver, 46, of Griffin Ga. was also arrested on the same charges.

http://www.dothaneagle.com/eufaula_tribune/news/crime/article_7c001d5a-a612-11e3-b64a-0017a43b2370.html

 

Several men are facing federal charges after, agents said, they were caught at an Orlando business with roughly two pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a $48,000 undercover drug deal.

The investigation began in February, when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents learned Kenny Antonio Rodriguez was trafficking methamphetamine, according to a criminal complaint filed this week.

An undercover agent and a DEA confidential source met with Rodriguez at a seafood restaurant on South Semoran Boulevard on Feb. 25 and discussed the deal.

On Sunday, Rodriguez met with the confidential source and the undercover agent at a business on East Colonial Drive in Orlando.

Rodriguez gave the confidential source a sample of the drug, the complaint said, and was arrested soon after.

Three men who were with Rodriguez — Manuel Estrada, Luis Carlos Sagarnaga and Johannas Tejeda — were also detained.

Agents searched their pickup truck and found more than two pounds of crystal methamphetamine in containers under the floorboard.

The four men were arrested on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

 

 

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-methamphetamine-arrests-orlando-20140307,0,1707255.story

 

 

 

GAINES COUNTY – One woman is behind bars following a methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, they were working on the investigation near the Gaines County line on Wednesday when the CID Unit identified two female subjects involved in the trafficking of methamphetamine.

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The CID Unit recovered 15 grams of crystal methamphetamines, worth about $1,700.

Officials say they also recovered a quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

24-year-old Sayra Baeza was arrested and booked into the Gaines County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamines and prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

A second female suspect is pending charges in connection with this case.

 

 

 

 

http://www.newswest9.com/story/24916340/woman-arrested-after-methamphetamine-trafficking-investigation-in-gaines-county

 

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI — The eight methamphetamine labs discovered by deputies in Comstock Township so far this year already outnumber the total number of labs found in the previous two years combined.

Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services reported seven meth labs in Comstock in 2012 and 2013. But the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office has already investigated eight suspected labs and arrested eight suspects so far this year.

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Sheriff Ric Fuller attributed the increase in meth busts to the number of tips his department is receiving.

“We’ve gotten quite a few tips out of Comstock,” Fuller said. “When you get a number of tips in a row like this, it means the community is hanging together. There are neighbors who are paying attention.”

Comstock Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis said cutting down meth production in the township has been one of her top priorities since taking office in 2012.

“When I knocked on doors, one of the main things residents wanted improved was public safety and property values,” Nieuwenhuis said. “So we knew we had to get rid of meth production.”

The township has been active in educating the community in the signs of meth production and encouraging residents to report suspected drug activity, which has spawned more tips at the Sheriff’s Office.

“Many of the tips are really good,” Fuller said. “We’re very pleased the citizens are being observant.”

The township is also targeting homes condemned due to meth production.

“We have some condemned homes from 2008 that haven’t been cleaned,” Nieuwenhuis said.

Nieuwenhuis said the township re-wrote the building ordinance last  year, allowing the township to move more quickly on cleaning or  demolishing houses contaminated by meth. Comstock Township took down seven houses in 2013.

The recent meth busts have required deputies to call in Child Protective Services, Animal Control, and help from other police agencies.

On Feb. 15, more than 50 meth labs were found inside a home in the 5900 block of Comstock Avenue. There are several suspects in the case, deputies say.

On March 2, during a search in the 6200 block of East Michigan Avenue, deputies found several meth labs, a loaded gun, and a child inside the home. On two other occasions in the past month, mobile meth labs were found inside vehicles in Comstock Township.

“We have noticed more of the labs are mobile,” Fuller said. “People driving down the road and manufacturing meth in the back. But this just lends itself to more trash.”

Meth waste could be a major problem when the snow melts, uncovering pop bottles with harmful chemicals inside.

“It’s especially dangerous when you have kids walking alongside the road picking up bottles. We discourage them from doing it,” Fuller said.

The meth problem is not unique to Comstock, Fuller said.

“Right now the focus is on Comstock, because people are very aware of it, but it’s happening everywhere,” Fuller said.

There have been 864 meth busts throughout the county since 2004.

A Kalamazoo Gazette investigation last year found that Kalamazoo County reported the most meth labs in the state in 2012. The county also is selling pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in producing meth — at double the state average.

Comstock Township residents are trying to change those statistics.

“The message is: If you are going to cook meth, don’t do it in Comstock Township,” Nieuwenhuis said.

Fuller encourages residents if they suspect drug activity to call the Sheriff’s Office at 269-383-8748 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/meth_tips_keep_rolling_in_from.html

 

A day after law enforcement charged Zachary Rye Adams with kidnapping and killing Holly Bobo, a violent picture of the Decatur County man began to emerge.

Adams has a history of violence toward women, including a conviction for shooting his mother in the knee in 2004, according to court records.

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The frequency of the violence increased as Adams’ drug use progressed from the possession of marijuana to possessing, manufacturing and selling methamphetamine, court records show.

Adams was given several opportunities for reform, such as community corrections and drug rehab, but records show he violated the restrictions of the community corrections orders and it was during the time he was free he assaulted and terrified those who knew him, even those who loved him most.

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An arrest affidavit in the Decatur County Courthouse said Adams was 19 years old, when he “recklessly shot his mother, Cindy King, in the knee with a Glock 9mm pistol … on Feb. 7, 2004.”

The petition for the protection order was filed by Joseph King II, Adams’ former stepfather, and Cindy Lee King, his mother.

“We are in fear of our lives,” they said in the court documents. “He shot his mother point blank with a 9mm Glock. He is a danger to us and the community and our relatives he has.”

Adams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, which was suspended except for six months, and he was allowed to serve that time in rehab.

Adams was ordered by Judge C. Creed McKinley to attend drug and alcohol treatment at the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in September 2004.

Credit was given for 88 days already served in jail, and up to six months’ credit was given for inpatient treatment and/or long-term transitional living at JACOA.

On June 16, 2005, Adams threatened to shoot his grandfather Dick Adams and grandmother Becky Adams with a shotgun, according to an arrest affidavit, which charged Adams with aggravated assault.

In May 2007, Adams was indicted on charges of theft over $10,000.

The indictment said that on Jan. 23, 2007, Adams stole a John Deere ATV, firearms with ammunition, a chainsaw, torches, shop rags, power boat and a small utility trailer from Hearts Desire Lodge-Campground on 88 Hearts Desire Lane, Sugar Tree, Tennessee.

The indictment said Adams also stole a Honda 250, deer stand and bug zapper from Jeff Davis of Duck Farm Road.

Adams pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, 2007. He was sentenced to 2 years, 9 months, with time to be served in community correction program after 90 days in the county jail.

On September 17, 2007, Adams tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana and failed to abide by curfew.

On Aug. 15, 2009, Adams was booked for violation of community corrections.

On Nov. 4, 2009, McGinley ordered Adams be sentenced to three years in the Tennessee Department of Correction.

The judgment order said Adams was convicted on July 13, 2009, for simple possession of drugs in Franklin County.

By this time, all signs pointed toward Adams being a violent man with an escalating drug problem. The most damning drug-charge related arrest of Adams was nine days before Bobo disappeared. Documents released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation show that Adams was arrested on charges of fabricating/tampering with evidence, assault on a police officer, resisting stop arrest, drug manufacture, dealing, sale, possession of drugs, including cocaine.

Then on April 13, 2011, Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student, disappeared. She was seen being led away from her house into the woods by a man wearing camouflage.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday a Decatur County grand jury indicted Adams on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in connection with Bobo’s disappearance.

On around July 12, 2011, about four months after the disappearance of Bobo, a July 14 arrest affidavit said, Adams brutally abused a woman who had come to his grandfather’s house. He later threatened to “gut” another woman.

Pastor Don Franks of Corinth Baptist Church was with the Bobo family on Thursday.

Franks said it was too soon for a memorial to remember Bobo. He expects those plans to be made sometime in the future. “Just keep praying,” Franks said. “As difficult as the last three years have been, it’s especially difficult for the family now.”

http://www.dnj.com/article/20140307/NEWS/303070011/Man-charged-Bobo-case-has-previous-convictions-violence-meth?nclick_check=1

LAWRENCE, MI – A Hartford man who police say violated a personal-protection order, raped a woman and forced her to use methamphetamine for a week inside her home has been jailed on felony charges of sexual assault and methamphetamine possession.

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Scottie Costner, 33, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned Thursday in Van Buren County District Court on one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of methamphetamine, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

A judge set Costner’s bond at $150,000 cash/surety.

Sheriff’s investigators said Costner was jailed Feb. 27 on suspicion of impersonating a firefighter and later posted bond. Shortly after his release from jail, Costner went to the woman’s home in Lawrence, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Investigators said the woman had taken out a personal-protection order against Costner.

“The suspect remained in that home for the next several days using methamphetamine, forcing (the woman) to use methamphetamine and raping her,” investigators said in the news release.

The woman was able to escape from her home Wednesday and went to her mother’s home, where she called police for help. After the woman contacted police, deputies found Costner inside her home and arrested him at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, during Costner’s arrest he was found to be in possession of meth residue and camp fuel. Residue of ground Sudafed and lithium batteries were also found in the house.

“The victim also directed deputies to dumpsters in the Hartford and Lawrence area where she had taken meth lab components to be disposed of,” the release said.

In addition to his arraignment on the sexual assault and meth possession charges, Costner also appeared before Van Buren Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dufon for the violation of the Personal Protection Order. Judge Dufon set a $500 bond on the alleged violation of the PPO, according to the news release release.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office 269-657-3101, Silent Observer 1-866-774-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/hartford_man_breaks_ppo_to_hol.html

 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Four people were arrested Wednesday after a fight at Fun Zone Internet Café on Morning Drive.

Two men allegedly involved in the fight, 19-year-old Micah Patterson and 23-year-old Benjamin Patterson, were arrested. The sheriff’s office said they were fighting because of a burglary that had occurred earlier in the day.

Benjamin Patterson was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Micah Patterson was arrested on suspicion of possession of prescription medication without a prescription.

Deputies arrested two other people while at the café.

Anthony Grijalva, 36, who was on active post-release community supervision status, allegedly was found with methamphetamine. Angelica Lomeli, 30, also allegedly had methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/4-arrested-after-fight-at-Fun-Zone-Internet-Cafe-248865501.html

 

A 21-year-old LaGrange Highlands man confined to his home on electronic monitoring after being arrested last year for running a methamphetamine lab from his home was arrested again last week after the makings of a second meth lab were found in his home, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said in a news release.

Daniel Kowalski was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of methamphetamine precursors, which are all felonies, Dart said. Kowalski also was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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At approximately 6:45 p.m. Feb. 24, sheriff’s police narcotics officers went with members of the sheriff’s electronic monitoring unit to perform a home check at his residence, a coach house in the 1000 block of 61st Street in unincorporated LaGrange Highlands, after narcotics officers received information that Kowalski might be trying to cook methamphetamine.

Inside the residence, officers found glass beakers, burners, chemicals and instructional materials for making controlled substances. The lab was not active.

Officers also found 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms in the residence.

When arrested, Kowalski was wearing a shirt that said Los Pollos Hermanos, which was a restaurant that sold meth in the “Breaking Bad” television series about a ruthless meth dealer.

Kowalski was on electronic monitoring. Sheriff’s police had arrested him in July after they found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home at that time.

Two other men were inside the residence during the home check. They were taken into custody and later released without charges.  An Illinois State Police Clandestine Lab removal team responded and removed the chemicals and lab equipment.

Bail for Kowalski was set at $100,000 after he appeared Tuesday at the Bridgeview Courthouse. He remains in custody at Cook County Jail.

Kowalski’s next court date is scheduled for March 19.

 

 

 

 

http://desplainesvalleynews.com/lagrange-highlands-man-charged-after-second-meth-lab-found-in-home-p635-90.htm

 

A series of recent arrests in Niagara County has pointed to an increasing problem with methamphetamine production, which in most cases are small “one-pot meth cooks,” according to law enforcement officials.

These cases, also known as “shake-and-bakes,” involve the combining of chemicals in a sealed container – usually a soft drink bottle – for personal use and/or sale, authorities said.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said Wednesday that investigations show an increase in the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in Niagara County. He highlighted several arrests throughout the county after a recent rash of investigations tied to the drug this past week.

“It is becoming more prevalent unfortunately,” Voutour said. Niagara County has had more than its share of such cases, compared with other counties, according to the sheriff.

Voutour said crackdowns on prescription pills may be part of the reason.

“My guess is the hard work we put into pills is paying off, but this is the result of it,” Voutour said.

“It’s harder to get pills these days. We’ve done the awareness, the pill drops, the pharmacy database to see if people are shopping around.

“I think it’s much more difficult to get pills, and (drug traffickers) are turning to something else.”

Voutour said officer awareness was also leading to arrests.

“Around a year and a half ago, when this came on the radar, I had the DEA come in and train all our guys on recognition – the products, the smell, the ingredients,” Voutour said.

“And that’s paid off because in almost all of the cases it was because an alert deputy smelled remnants of a one pot meth cook and were able to secure scenes and get search warrants.”

The sheriff said investigators will continue to confront this growing problem and are asking the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to local law enforcement.

Voutour said meth labs often emit strange smells, particularly from camping fuel or Coleman fuel used to provide the high heat needed to make meth. Another sign of a meth lab is unusual garbage such as multiple containers of cold medicines, paint thinner and “other poisons,” as well as high traffic at a residence.

In its most serious case, the Niagara County Drug Task Force charged William K. Ray, 26, of Lockport, on Tuesday with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, both felonies. The investigation started in December after investigators found a bag containing multiple ounces of methamphetamine oil, materials, and equipment used to make methamphetamine in the Town of Hartland. Ray is being held without bail in Niagara County Jail.

Last week, the Niagara County Drug Task Force was investigating the sale of methamphetamine on Orleans Avenue in Niagara Falls and recovered a small amount of the drug and materials used to manufacture it. The case led to the arrest of Jason T. Clark, 39, of Lockport, who was wanted in two assault cases in Lockport. As officers closed in on him, police said, he ran from the scene. Brittany T. Blenker, 23, of Niagara Falls, tried to get between a detective and Clark, grabbed the detective’s gun, causing it to discharge and hit another woman, causing minor wounds, police said. She was charged with first-degree assault, and more charges are pending.

Last Friday, members of the task force were serving a parole warrant on Gabriel Drive in the City of Lockport when they encountered a strong chemical odor inside the home. A search uncovered a small quantity of methamphetamine, several depleted “one-pot meth cooks” and materials used to manufacture the drug. Naomi M. Mathews, 29, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Pedro J. Vlaquez, 29, was charged on the warrant, according to authorities.

Also last Friday, sheriff’s deputies serving a warrant on Walnut Street in the City of Lockport encountered a strong chemical odor, which prompted them to obtain a search warrant. The search uncovered a small amount of methamphetamine, a depleted “one-pot meth cook” and materials used to manufacture the drug. Hypodermic needles and suspected heroin were also found at the scene, police said.

Matthew D. Bennett, 23, of the Walnut Street address, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. This investigation is continuing.

 

 

 

 

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/all-niagara-county/one-pot-meth-cooks-targeted-in-niagara-county-drug-crackdown-20140306

 

Eleven people have been charged with federal crimes involving large scale drug trafficking of methamphetamine in the City of Hope and surrounding areas. A total of seven indictments were returned by the federal grand jury.

The following individuals have been charged: Adrian Dabila Aranda, 34; Ishmael Aranda Jr., 19; Christian Archer, 29; Laquan D. Haynes, 29; James L. Block, 24; Brodney J. Dixon, 28; Billy R. Florence, 31; Lamario D. Henderson, 25; Carlos Leonel Silva, 29; Phil Stuard, Jr., 30; and Deshawn G. White, 25, all from the Hope area.

Announcing the arrests on Thursday were Conner Eldridge, United States attorney for the Western District of Arkansas; David T. Resch, FBI special agent in charge; and Christi McQueen, prosecuting attorney for the Eighth Judicial District of Arkansas-North.

“Like many small towns, Hope has been plagued by drug trafficking. With this case, numerous drug traffickers in the area have been arrested and are being prosecuted. Cleaning up drug activity is vital to the success and growth of Hope, as it is for all communities. We appreciate the hard work of all agencies involved in the investigation of this case, and will continue to vigorously prosecute this type of activity throughout the Western District of Arkansas,” Eldridge said.

“I can’t overstate the power of partnerships in fighting today’s organized drug activities,” said Resch. “Today’s arrests of 11 individuals for distributing methamphetamine in Hempstead and Howard Counties is the result of hard work by our partners. Along with thanking those who serve on the South Central and Bi-State Narcotics Task Forces, I would like to thank the Hempstead and Howard County Sheriff’s Offices, the Hope Police Department, the Arkansas State Police, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Eighth Judicial District-North Prosecutor Christi McQueen, all of whose efforts contributed to today’s arrests.”

“I’m grateful for the cooperation of local, state, and federal officials that resulted in these arrests. Methamphetamine is a scourge of our nation and this area. All men and women who are successfully fighting it deserve our appreciation and support,” said McQueen.

Assistant United States Attorney Matt Quinn is prosecuting the cases for the United States.

The charges in the indictments are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

 

 

http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/regional_news/article_6f7f1b7e-a583-11e3-96cc-001a4bcf887a.html

 

 

FAIRBORN — An apparent methamphetamine lab discovered in a garage apartment is on the same property as a 2013 home invasion that left one suspect dead.

After Fairborn fire crews extinguished a fire in a garage in the 1000 block of Victoria Avenue around 12:30 a.m., police were asked to respond.

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Police said it appears methamphetamine was being manufactured inside, and drug-making materials were found that makes the home a hazard. The apartment was cleared of the materials, and a woman living in the apartment garage was allowed back inside. No arrests have been made at this time.

The resident was checked by medics at the scene for any injuries caused by the fire, but she declined treatment. Around 7:30 a.m., medics responded to the residence again when she complained of shortness of breath. She was taken to an area hospital.

The detached garage where the fire and meth lab were discovered has been converted into an apartment behind another home in the 1000 block of Victoria Avenue. The home was the scene of a home invasion in January 2013 where five individuals forced their way inside while brandishing a fake plastic gun. Two Wright State University students were home when the intruders entered, and after a struggle, one of the intruders was shot in the chest and killed.

At the time of the 2013 incident, police said a small amount of drugs was located inside the house. Police said the drugs appeared to be for personal use, but may have played a role in the house being targeted.

The two students living at the house have since moved out, according to neighbors.

Police have not said if the two incidents are connected.

 

 

 

 

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/crime-law/fire-prompts-criminal-investigation-fairborn/nd6n3/

 

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA - A three-month long, joint investigation between the Effingham and Screven County Sheriff’s Office ended Thursday afternoon with the arrest of a repeat meth suspect.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the home of James Joyner, 37, of Sylvania,” said Sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor.
Deputies discovered an active methamphetamine lab along with several other items used to manufacture methamphetamine inside of his residence.

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“Joyner has an extensive criminal history and was currently out on bond for methamphetamine and weapons charges out of Effingham County,” Ehsanipoor said.
Joyner has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine. He is currently being held in the Screven County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wsav.com/story/24909505/repeat-meth-suspect-arrested

 

MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. - Two residents have been arrested after state police say they admitted to operating a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory out of their basement.

West Virginia State Police said on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 around 7 p.m. they responded to a home located at 2068 Martinsburg Road, in response to a physical disturbance.

Upon arriving to the scene, Trooper First Class S.R. Smith met with residents Jeremy Adam McCumbee, 31, and Trista Lynn Courtney, 25, inside the home. According to state police, they had previous knowledge of both possibly manufacturing and operating a meth lab, and selling.

Throughout the course of the investigation, Trooper First Class Smith was able to obtain a confession from McCumbee, who admitted to operating a meth lab in the basement. Sgt. L.A. Faircloth of the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team responded to the scene, and him along with Trooper First Class Smith went down into the basement, where they discovered the meth lab.

McCumbee and Courtney were place into custody and charged individually with one-count of operating a clandestine laboratory, and one-count of conspiracy to commit a felony against the State of West Virginia.

Both were were transported to the Morgan County Magistrate Court and assigned by Magistrate K.A. Ambrose. Bail with set at $20,000 cash only on each suspect. McCumbee and Courtney are currently being held at the Eastern Regional Jail. Trooper First Class Smith was also assisted by Officer L.A. Marshall with the Berkeley Springs Police Department.

The incident has also left many neighbors shaken up.

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“Can you imagine the pain this family is going through? And I want you to know that my heart is out to each and every one of them,” said Linda Maconaughey, neighbor.

According to Morgan County court officials, this incident marks the first arrest and discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in Morgan County in over 25 years.

 

 

 

 

http://www.your4state.com/story/d/story/two-arrested-in-basement-meth-lab-operation/17310/9ZSgB43k7EO9iYTF7HP7aQ

 

MARTIN, TN (KFVS) - Two people from Martin, Tennessee were arrested March 5 after authorities found a “shake and bake” meth lab in an outbuilding.

Pamela Mae Freeman, 37, and Jeremy Chad Martin, 36, were charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of methamphetamine with intent to resale and possession of marijuana.

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Investigators from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and the Martin Police Department found the “shake and bake,” or one pot meth lab, in an outbuilding on Old Salem Road north of Martin, Tenn.

The sheriff’s department said Freeman and Martin were found at the lab site and were arrested. Their bonds were set at $100,000 and preliminary hearings were scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 in General Sessions Court.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kfvs12.com/story/24906748/2-arrested-after-officers-find-shake-and-bake-meth-lab

 

Joseph and Tara Bullock have previous meth-related convictions

Two Payson resident are in jail on drug charges after police say a Thursday morning search of their home turned up a meth laboratory.

On March 6th at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Payson Police Department, West Central Illinois Task Force, and the Adams County Sheriffs Office conducted a methamphetamine investigation at 202 Brainard in Payson.  Police say the investigation lead to a search of the residence and the seizure of a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory.

The search lead to the arrest of 34 year old Tara A. Bullock of the residence.

A second resident, Joseph F. Bullock was arrested at 3:00 p.m. near the residence.

Both Joseph and Tara were lodged in the Adams County Jail on Aggravated Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials,  Methamphetamine Related Child Endangerment, and Use of Property.

The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted in disposing of the meth manufacturing chemicals and the Department of Children and Family Services responded and took custody of three children that were staying with a relative at the time of the search.

Adams County records indicate that Joseph Bullock and Tara Bullock were arrested in 2003 on meth charges.  They both pled guilty, and Joseph was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Tara was sentenced to 24 months probation in the case.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

http://quincyjournal.com/above-the-fold/2014/03/06/payson-couple-arrested-on-meth-charges/

 

Three men and one woman were arrested Thursday in Dallas on federal drug charges after allegedly employing a popular border smuggling technique: storing liquid methamphetamine inside vehicle gas tanks.

Officers with a federal task force used an informant to track the Ford F-250 with two fuel tanks to a home in Pleasant Grove. Agents recovered about 20 gallons of methamphetamine from the secondary tank.

Methamphetamine is flooding into the U.S. from Mexico to fill the void created by police crackdowns on domestic manufacturing operations. Federal authorities have caught on to the gas tank trick while making recent arrests across Texas and other states. They have found liquid methamphetamine not only concealed in gas tanks but also in tequila bottles and other containers.

Special Agent Tim Davis, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Dallas, said smugglers are always looking for new ways to conceal drugs.

“It’s an adaptive culture, and it’s always been that way,” he said. “They do something for a while, and if it gets compromised they’ll go to something else.”

Last summer, for example, officers at a border crossing in California noticed liquid methamphetamine leaking from underneath a car, near the gas tank. They removed the gas tank and found two compartments, one for gasoline and the other containing meth.

Arrested in Dallas were Blas Hernandez-Andrade, Abraham Plancarte, Ignacio Hernandez and Myra Sanchez-Rodriguez, a federal complaint said. To make the bust, officers with a DEA task force used the cooperation of a defendant in another drug case who was hoping for a lighter sentence, the complaint said.

The complaint described the following series of events:

The informant received a phone call Tuesday from Mexico to say a pickup truck in Waco would be used to smuggle the drug to Dallas. The informant was told to meet the truck at the McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Dallas.

The informant drove the pickup to Dallas police’s southeast patrol station, where a police dog confirmed the presence of the drug. The informant then drove to a Home Depot store to buy buckets to drain the methamphetamine from the tank.

The informant and a relative drained the methamphetamine into the buckets at the informant’s home. Later that night, someone in Mexico called the informant with instructions to deliver the drug the next day to a house. The drug was taken to a house on the 8800 block of Woodcastle Drive.

When officers arrived at the home to search it, one of them smelled liquid methamphetamine and diesel fuel. When they got inside, officers found liquid methamphetamine in the bathtub along with buckets containing the drug from the pickup.

Two small children were in the house along with the four defendants, who were renting it. Hernandez was found hiding underneath the home’s crawl space.

Agents also found numerous baggies containing crystal methamphetamine in kitchen cabinets, as well as large amounts of cash and four handguns. When an agent walked by with a bag of methamphetamine, Plancarte said about the drugs, “That’s what we take care of.”

Hernandez told agents Sanchez-Rodriguez is his wife and Hernandez-Andrade is his brother, according to the complaint. He said he and his wife moved into the house two months ago and he helped purify the methamphetamine by “washing” it with the household chemical acetone.

Sanchez-Rodriguez told agents she counted the money and had counted about half a million dollars of drug money in the last three months.

 

 

 

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PEABODY — A Peabody man pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to make methamphetamine in a hotel room at the Holiday Inn in 2012, an effort that ended in an explosion and evacuation.

Joseph E. Penachio, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday afternoon to one count of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, under a plea agreement that saw prosecutors dropping two other counts.

Penachio, who had been free on bond, was put back into custody pending sentencing on May 30.

Police and firefighters were called to the Holiday Inn, which is located at the junction of Routes 1 and 128, on July 29, 2012.

Some 200 guests, including 25 children, and employees of the hotel were evacuated due to fumes coming from the room after the explosion.

Penachio was arrested last August following an investigation.

 

 

 

 

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Two men who authorities say were taking a load of meth to Tunnel Hill have been arrested after a high-speed chase. One of the men struck a state trooper in the face at the end of the incident Wednesday afternoon.

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The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information that Thomas Pickle, Jr. from LaFayette was distributing methamphetamine in the Whitfield County-North Georgia area. The Narcotics Unit obtained information that Pickle would be delivering a large amount of methamphetamine in Tunnel Hill.

The sheriff’s office and the Georgia State Patrol were conducting surveillance in the area around 4:30 p.m. and observed Pickle in the passenger seat of a Toyota pickup truck. The truck was being driven by a man later identified as James Sexton. As officers attempted to stop the truck, they fled at a high rate of speed. Officers chased the vehicle on Highway 201 from Tunnel Hill to Varnell. Pickle was observed throwing items out of the window during the chase.

 

 

 

 

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A convicted sex offender out on bail for more than a dozen cattle cruelty charges now faces a felony drug charge for meth distribution.

Court records show Houston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 28-year-old William Robert Williamson Jr., and charged him with the distribution of meth from his Forrester Road home.

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Deputies specifically charged Williams with distribution of a controlled substance on Jan. 28. He was released from custody at the Houston County Jail on Monday after posting $30,000 bail.

Agents with the agriculture division of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Williamson on Jan. 16 in connection to an animal cruelty investigation involving dead cattle.

Williamson faces 34 misdemeanor crimes in connection to the investigation. Investigators charged him with 17 counts of animal cruelty and 17 counts of failure to properly bury and burn animals.

Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez said the arrest was made after authorities responded to a complaint involving dead livestock. He said it appeared the livestock died from malnutrition. Gonzalez said authorities discovered around 200 head of cattle on the property, and about 17 were dead.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Carlisle said the dead livestock were found on Forrester Road near McCallister Road.

At the time of his arrest on Monday for alleged drug distribution Williamson was out on bail for not only the animal cruelty charges, but a violation of the sex offender registration charge filed against him last week.

He posted $50,000 bail on that charge last week.

Court records show Williamson to be a convicted sex offender.

According to the Alabama sex offender registry website, Williamson was convicted of the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl in Houston County in 2006. According to the sex offender website, Williamson listed his home in the 1100 block of Forrester Road in Houston County, and his place of employment as a laborer on property on McCallister Road.

Court records show Williamson listed his employer at Cobb Farms on McCallister Road.

Court records also show Williamson to be a convicted felon after pleading guilty to drug distribution in Houston County in 2006.

 

 

 

 

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FAIRBORN– A fire breaks out in a Fairborn home and now that fire has turned into a possible meth lab investigation.     The fire started around 1:00 Thursday morning at a house on the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue.
Once the flames were out and the smoke cleared firefighters found several dangerous chemicals towards the back of this house.
When firefighters first arrived they saw flames and smoke shooting from the garage behind the house.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly, but as they went through the home they found materials that are consistant with making meth. Certified technicians were then called in.

Crews suited up in hazmat suits to defuse the chemicals and to make the area safe.
Police say everyone in the house got out in time and no one was hurt.

According to police, the garage, where this fire started is rented out as an apartment.     T

he owner of the home was still on the scene when firefighters arrived

Right now, police are not sure if she has anything to do with this possible meth lab or if it was the people renting the garage.
Police are still talking to her as this investigation continues.


Previous Coverage: FAIRBORN– Police discover a possible meth lab in Fairborn.
Crews were called to this home on Victoria Avenue near Parkwood Drive at around 1:00 Thursday morning on a reported fire.

The flames and smoke were coming from a garage behind the house, but once officers went inside the structure they found materials to make meth.

The garage is rented out as an apartment.

The owner was in the home at the time but was not hurt.

Right now, police are not sure if the homeowner has anything to do with the alleged meth lab or if it was the people living there.

 

 

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A man living at a southwest OKC senior living center is busted for dealing meth out of the facility.

Police set a sting to catch him in the act. According to police, the 57-year-old man made several meth transactions with a confidential informant. That informant says the suspect sold meth out of his 4th floor apartment.

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“Well I don’t like it at all of course,” said Terri Brown.

Hillcrest Senior Center resident Terri Brown says this is something that just doesn’t happen at a senior living facility.

“I didn’t think he would do anything like that for one thing,” said Brown.

“This has always just been a good place and lots of good people live here and there’s just a bad apple there,” said Pat Heard, a friend of Terri.

According to police, officers gave the informant money to buy meth from Clifford Ray Putman in an undercover sting. The informant told police, Putman, who goes by the name “Junior”, normally has about an ounce of meth on him.

Within 10 minutes of the operation, police say the informant walked out with meth he says he purchased from “Junior.”

“I never would have suspected somebody that old selling meth, especially out of an assistant living center,” said Booker Douglass, who has a grandmother who lives in the senior center.

In a statement, Mark Gillett, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Housing Authority said, The Oklahoma City Housing Authority has a zero tolerance policy concerning drugs in public housing. When presented with evidence of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, the tenant is subject to 48 hour eviction. In the case of methamphetamine, if the tenant is convicted of the manufacture or sale, the tenant is banned from all public and assisted housing nationwide for life.”

“It’s sad, especially to put all of these people through something,” said Heard. “They don’t need the stress.”

In addition to meth, police also found $755 in cash in Putman’s apartment. Records show he does not have a history of drug crimes, but he’s been arrested several times for DUI. At last check, Putman has yet to be arrested in this case.

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Police arrested two Berkeley Springs residents for operating a clandestine lab to manufacture methamphetamine in the basement of a house along Martinsburg Road on Tuesday night. West Virginia State Police discovered the lab shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, when they were called to the 2000 block of Martinsburg Road for a domestic dispute in progress.

Trooper Samuel Smith arrested Jeremy Adam McCumbee, 31, and Trista Lynn Courtney, 25, following questioning and a search of the home, which is owned by McCumbee’s mother. Both McCumbee and Courtney live in the home.

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According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Trooper Smith was “familiar with McCumbee” from a previous arrest for public intoxication. At that time, McCumbee told police he was addicted to methamphetamine, Trooper Smith said in his report. Police indicated they had received information in the last several weeks that McCumbee was selling and using the drug.

When Trooper Smith questioned McCumbee about cooking methamphetamine in the residence, McCumbee told police he did have a clandestine lab, commonly known as a “shake and bake” lab, in the basement. He said Courtney had been present while he purchased the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in Berkeley Springs.

After receiving written consent to search the home, Trooper Smith and Sgt. L.A. Faircloth of the State Police Special Response Team located a black plastic container, which McCumbee described as being the “lab” in which he cooked meth. Both Sgt. Faircloth and Trooper Smith are certified to search and identify clandestine laboratories. Samples were removed from the black container for further testing, police said.

According to a statement from Courtney, taken by Cpl. V.E. Branham of the State Police, “she and McCumbee had been cooking methamphetamine for the past ‘couple’ months.”

Both McCumbee and Courtney are being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash-only bail. Their case in Magistrate Court has been assigned to Magistrate Greg Miller, but no hearing has been set in the case yet. Because the charge of operating a clandestine lab is a felony, the case will likely be moved to Morgan County Circuit Court. According to state law, the penalty for operating such a lab is 2-10 years in prison.

Labs are a hazard

Sgt. Faircloth confirmed that meth labs are considered sources of hazardous material, and said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Morgan County Health Department were both notified of the discover of the lab on Martinsburg Road.

Because of the dangers of the method used to “cook” meth, the West Virginia DEP and police agencies have received special training to respond to calls involving labs. Homes and hotel rooms used as meth labs typically require specialized cleaning before they are considered safe to be inhabited, according to law enforcement officials.

A “shake and bake” lab is a one-pot method of making small amounts of crystallized methamphetamine – a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that is injected, smoked or snorted by users. Among the ingredients and supplies needed to operate the labs are pseudoephedrine, found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, plus camping fuel, lye, cold packs and other sources of ammonium nitrate, said Sgt. Faircloth.

West Virginia State Police seized more than 500 of the labs in southern West Virginia in 2013. Efforts to combat the labs have included attempts to reduce access to pseudoephedrine, which is necessary to make the drug.

“The growing use of the one‐pot method increases the danger to law enforcement and civilians from explosions, fires, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. The shake and bake method is extremely dangerous. Authorities suggest that individuals who find discarded bottles containing an unknown mixture, leave them alone. Do not open them or pick them up,” the WVDEP Hazardous Emergency Response team advises in a publication about the labs.

 

 

 

 

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Canadian County deputies found 10 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a secret compartment built into a sport utility vehicle that wrecked on Interstate 40.

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Canadian County deputies arrested two Mexican citizens after finding 10 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle following a traffic accident on Interstate 40, authorities said Wednesday.

Jamie Avila and Humberto Beltran-Flores crashed their 2000 Chevy Tahoe about 5:30 a.m. Sunday into the cable barriers on an icy I-40 at the 125 mile marker, Undersheriff Chris West said.

Deputies were suspicious after talking to the two men and asked a sheriff’s K-9 unit to meet them at the wrecker yard, where the vehicle was towed. The dog alerted to the car, and deputies obtained a search warrant.

They found a hidden compartment in the floor of the vehicle with 10 pounds of methamphetamine inside. Both Avila and Beltran-Flores have criminal records including drug sales and weapons violations. Beltran-Flores was previously deported and was banned from re-entering the country, West said.

Sheriff Randall Edwards said the drugs were headed to Bethany.

“Considering the load was 10 pounds, I’m sure a portion of them would have ended up here in Canadian County,” Edwards said. “I’m extremely proud of my deputies and appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

West said the U.S. attorney’s office has filed charges on both men, who are being held without bail.

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Pounds Of Meth Discovered In SUV After Wreck On Icy Oklahoma Highway

CANADIAN COUNTY, Oklahoma -  The icy roads in Oklahoma over the weekend helped Oklahoma City Police nab two men trafficking pounds of methamphetamine through the state.

Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of an accident on the eastbound side of Interstate 40, near mile marker 125, at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. When deputies arrived they met the men, identified as Jamie Avila and Humberto Beltran-Flores, both Mexican nationals from Phoenix, Ariz.

The men told deputies they had lost control of their 2000 Chevy Tahoe on the icy highway, and crashed into the cable barriers. A wrecker was called to tow the vehicle away, but suspicious of the initial contact with the men, the deputies called in a K9 unit to meet them at the tow yard.

The K9 unit made a hit on the vehicle, indicating that drugs were stowed somewhere inside of the SUV. After a quick search, deputies located a hidden compartment built into the floor of the vehicle, and inside they found 10 pounds of meth, worth an estimated street value of $500,000.

After interviewing the suspects, it was learned that both men had extensive criminal histories, including narcotics sales and weapons. Investigators also learned that Beltran-Flores had previously been criminally deported from the US and banned from re-entry into the country.

“Unlike most interdictions we make, where the drugs are headed to other states, these drugs were headed to Bethany,” said Canadian County Sheriff, Randall Edwards.

“Considering the load was 10 pounds, I’m sure a portion of them would have ended up here in Canadian County. I’m extremely proud of my deputies and appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

Deputies and Homeland Security Investigators submitted the case to the US Attorney’s Office, and federal charges were filed on both men. Both remain in federal custody with no bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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