Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A meth lab causes an explosion inside a Lafayette home Saturday evening.

It happened around 6:15 Saturday night in the 24 hundred block of Roosevelt Drive. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team worked for hours to remove hazardous chemicals from the home. Indiana State Police Trooper Wesley Ennis believes trapped vapors during the cooking process caused the explosion.


“So when the one pot ignites or the meth lab which ever method it is they’re using. When it ignites it ignites those vapors so they’re in a close area so when those vapors ignite they need somewhere to go and so they made a place to go by blowing that wall off the front of the house” said Ennis.

The tenant  was inside the home at the time of the explosion.

She received burns to her body and face and was taken to an area hospital.


No other information about the tenant is known at this time.



Stevie Arta Workman Jr., 23, no known address. Medford police Friday arrested Workman on charges of possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation for second degree rape. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Jana Mae Rempillo, 39, no known address. Talent police arrested Rempillo Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, harassment, resisting arrest, interfering with police and assaulting an officer. She was lodged in jail on $536,000 bail.

Kimberly Leeann Herring, 25, no known address. Central Point police arrested Herring Friday on charges of possession of methamphetamine. She was lodged in jail without bail.



Six Taiwanese men are facing life sentences after fronting a Sydney court charged with importing 50 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $42 million.

The men also face fines of more than $1 million if convicted of importing the illegal drug, Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

Customs officers were alerted last month when a consignment labelled as “boiler” from China was selected for examination. Inside, authorities found methamphetamine.

Officers allege the men tried to access a container at a property in Merrylands in Sydney’s west.

Detective Superintendent Ben McQuillan says the men were arrested after taking the packages to a hotel in Bass Hill.

“The shipment was delivered there on Wednesday of the past week, we say it was accessed, using a number of power tools to cut into the consignment yesterday,” he said.

The men have been charged with importation of a commercial quantity of an illegal drug and attempted possession.

The men, aged between 27 and 46, fronted a Sydney court on Sunday.

Federal police crime operations manager Jennifer Hurst said the arrests should send a “strong signal to those wishing to import and distribute illicit drugs that it is not worth it”.

Four Taiwanese nationals and one Australian were charged in February after police seized $180 million worth of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China.







KINGMAN — Two people were arrested early Thursday after a traffic stop turned out to be much more than that.

According to reports from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Dontrell Anthony Powell, 24, of Apple Valley, and Candice Onetha Butler, 23, of Santan Valley, Ariz., were arrested on a variety of drug charges after being stopped for their vehicle entering Interstate 40 without its headlights on.


Butler, identified as the driver, and Powell, the passenger, were stopped at Milepost 54 around 12:15 a.m. Deputies making the stop reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Both Butler and Powell denied having any marijuana but, during a consent search of the vehicle, deputies found about 1 gram of marijuana in Butler’s purse along with a glass pipe with marijuana residue. Butler was taken into custody without incident.

Additional search of the vehicle revealed about 5 pounds of what turned out to be methamphetamine in the trunk, packaged in several clear plastic bags. Powell reportedly admitted that the meth was his, and told investigators that Butler knew nothing about the drugs.

Powell was booked into the Mohave County Jail for suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs. Butler was released after being cited for suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team. Powell and Butler were believed to be traveling from California to Oklahoma.





State police say Ronald Stephen Peddigree Sr., 52, Westfield, and a 14-year-old boy manufactured methamphetamine at his home on Short Hill Road, Little Marsh, in June.

Peddigree is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 15 on four counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture/deliver a controlled substance; and one count each of operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of precursors, manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present, risking catastrophe, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with altered manufacturer’s number and endangering the welfare of children.

A Pa. State Police Vice/Narcotics officer at Mansfield interviewed the boy, who reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine after ingesting it with Peddigree. Peddigree allegedly purchased pseudoephedrine June 16 and made several batches of methamphetamine with other ingredients purchased in Wellsboro. He and the boy allegedly mixed lithium from batteries, crushed pills, Coleman camp fuel and a chemical ice pack in a sports drink bottle.

“[The boy] explained that he saw the lithium react and cause the contents to ‘boil,'” the officer wrote.

After they ingested the drug, Peddigree reportedly patrolled around outside the house with loaded firearms looking for trespassers, firing several times into the ground.

A Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Clandestine Lab Response Team raided Peddigree’s home on Short Hill Road, Little Marsh, on June 20, and arrested him. Peddigree reportedly admitted he had made 2.5 grams of methamphetamine with two children present and ingested meth with the boy several times. Police reportedly found two .25 caliber pistols with the serial numbers removed, a grinder with lithium inside and ammonium nitrate.






WEATHERFORD — Authorities Wednesday arrested sixteen people accused of drug trafficking .

The organized crime arrest warrants executed Wednesday bring the total number of people arrested in connection to an alleged Weatherford methamphetamine distribution ring to 31.

All 31 remained in the Parker County Jail as of Thursday morning on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, according to jail records. Many suspects had additional charges or warrants, as well.

Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigators say those arrested conspired together to bring large quantities of methamphetamine to Parker County residents.



Investigators were reportedly told that Johnny Lee Forsyth Jr. and Ellen May Causey were obtaining large of amounts of methamphetamine from a person in Fort Worth and, along with numerous other suspects, distributing it in the Parker County area, according to court documents.

“The proceeds from the delivery and manufacture operation enabled all of the parties to profit and also provided a means to perpetuate the manufacture or delivery operation by allowing [those involved] to reinvest a portion of these proceeds toward the purchase of additional equipment and/or supplies for the continued manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine,” investigators wrote in court documents.

Investigators searched homes and vehicles during the several month investigation, finding methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and scales, according to court records.

Some suspects reportedly admitted to distributing methamphetamine, according to investigators.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing.


Those who have been arrested on the felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity include:

• Bryan Lee Towles, 58, of Weatherford, arrested April 7.

• Johnny Lee Forsyth Jr., 25, of Weatherford, arrested April 19.

• Steve Dustin Morris, 37, of Granbury, arrested April 22.

• Brandon Larson Guice, 29, of Springtown, arrested April 24.

• Adam Michael Berreth, 31, of Weatherford, arrested May 7.

• Ellen May Causey, 27, of Weatherford, arrested May 13.

• Brett James Zeeb, 27, of Weatherford, arrested May 14.

John Fredrick Walsh, 32, of Grandview, arrested May 16.

• Candice Lee Cooke, 23, of Weatherford, arrested June 11.

• Terry Curtis Greer, 30, of Weatherford, arrested June 11.

• Benjamin Lee Beshara, 27, of Weatherford, arrested June 18.

• Luis Alberto Castro-Ramirez, 32, of Weatherford, arrested June 25.

• Summer Lynn Hardin, 28, of Weatherford, arrested June 27.

• Randy James Terry, 33, of Weatherford, arrested June 30.

• Blakely Ann Farmer, 32, of Weatherford, arrested June 30.

• Vincent Cabello Acuna, 34, of Fort Worth, arrested Wednesday.

• Danielle Nicole Clark, 26, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Vincent Ray Ellis, 21, of Mineral Wells, arrested Wednesday.

• Lucas Glen Lewis, 26, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Martha Minton, 58, of Fort Worth, arrested Wednesday.

• Jake Allen Morgan, 23, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Courtney Faith Morrissey, 21, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Michelle Virginia Padilla, 24, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Davis Wayne Slimp, 30, of Athens, arrested Wednesday.

• Danny Joe Stricklin Jr., 32, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Dusty Lee Tillery, 27, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Justin Lee Towles, 35, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Jimmy Kyle Travis, 57, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Tommy Wayne Turner, 25, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Vincent Edward Vianello, 42, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.

• Wesley Ray York, 32, of Weatherford, arrested Wednesday.




Methamphetamine continues to plague southwestern Indiana.

And while the amount of meth labs dismantled by the Indiana State Police hasn’t seemed to decrease, some law enforcement officials are also attributing out-of-state sources as to the drug’s presence in the area.

Boonville Police Chief Daryl Saltzman said that state legislation aimed at making it harder for individuals to manufacture methamphetamine — for example limiting pseudoephdrine/ephedrine purchases, etc. — is forcing dealers to go elsewhere to find supplies.

Meth labs are a problem and they need to be eliminated wherever they exist,” said Joseph Hogsett, United States Attorney. “The whole one-pot, shake-and-bake methodology has made creating it an urban issue, as well as a rural issue.

“But (law enforcement) will confirm local meth dealers cannot produce methamphetamine in (the) types of quantities (seen recently in Warrick County).”

Basically, Hogsett said that local meth dealers are creating a high demand for methamphetamine, which is then being filled by out-of-state manufacturers.

“(Local dealers) can’t make it fast enough, they can’t make it in quantities significant enough, they can’t make it at levels of purity that are desired,” said Hogsett. “That’s why pounds of methamphetamine are coming into this community from outside the area. There are places where they make methamphetamine in significant quantities.”

Scott Sieben, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, said mass distribution of methamphetamine that originated outside of Indiana is an increasing trend.

“Within one month, two Boonville residents have been indicted for allegedly bringing in multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine from out of state,” he said. “It’s not just a meth lab phenomenon anymore. It’s interstate trafficking that’s reaching beyond Warrick County and southern Indiana.”

It is just state legislation that has made it tougher on individuals who manufacture meth.

“The public is much more aware, too, as far as what to look for, such as the smell,” said Warrick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Wilder.




BURLINGTON, Iowa — A day care worker in southeast Iowa has been accused of making methamphetamine.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports ( ) 39-year-old Jennifer Tucker was arrested Tuesday. She faces two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug substances. Court records do not list an attorney.

Tucker appeared in court Wednesday, and bond has been set at $220,000. She remained Thursday at the Des Moines County Jail.

Tucker is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and other substances in August and October of last year. Authorities say they had to process evidence before they could make an arrest.

Tucker is expected in court on July 11.



Keypads, batteries, touch screens, circuit boards, SIM cards, camera lenses, plastic clips. Lance the cellphone repair guy is scratching through an overstuffed backpack for a missing part. A disembowelled Nokia lies on the coffee table beside him, next to an ashtray, an empty cigarette box and a day-old copy of Die Son. It has just stopped raining. The room is dark. Lance is sweating.


“Speak to that guy,” the owner of the apartment says, pointing at his guest. “He’s one of the tik-koppe. He’s one of the aliens. He smokes every day. He’s fucked up. Look at him.”

I do. Lance, who is 32 years old, has a seeping wound above one eye and straight, greasy hair. He starts fiddling with a screwdriver and acts like he doesn’t hear. Using tik in a community that widely refers to its addicts as “aliens” has hardened him to throwaway insults – and besides, he needs money for his next fix.

“Write what you like about me,” he mutters, prizing open another phone. “I don’t care. People must know what’s going on.”

Two days later Lance, who has been using tik for 14 years, takes me with him to score drugs.

We enter Hangberg’s informal settlement, and find five boys huddled at the doorway of a wooden bungalow. Lance hands one of them R30 and he receives a small packet of white crystals, which he slides into a pocket. Lance winks at me.

“Now we go smoke.”

Popping sound
Crystal methamphetamine – known locally as tik for the popping sound the crystals make when smoked – has had a massive impact in the Western Cape since the early 2000s, when it became widely available on the streets. Researchers have linked its arrival to the activities of Chinese-organised criminal groups, who began bartering its ingredients with local gangs in exchange for poached abalone, a delicacy in the Far East. Within a few years the drug had eclipsed mandrax and marijuana as the low-cost drug of choice on the Cape Flats and beyond.

According to research by the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use, which monitors addiction trends among patients receiving treatment at specialist centres, the drug has become the most frequently reported substance of abuse in the Western Cape, with nearly 28% of users at 32 clinics listing it as their primary addictive substance in 2013. This represents a precipitous increase from less than 3% of patients just 10 years before, indicating the remarkably sudden onset of a new drug epidemic. (See graphic on Page 26)

A cheap and highly addictive stimulant, tik abuse has become particularly rife among the province’s coloured population, contributing to what the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) considers one of the highest methamphetamine addiction rates in the world. Its main short-term effects are increased energy, confidence and libido, accompanied by elevated blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate. Addiction can set in disturbingly quickly, resulting in cravings and increases in physiological tolerance. Other effects are weight loss and psychosis.

In Hout Bay’s impoverished Hangberg fishing community, tik has destroyed families, trapped children in addiction cycles and fuelled waves of criminal activities by cash-strapped users chasing their next fix. Yet it has also become the fulcrum of a powerful illicit economy that employs hundreds of people, operating in parallel to a hostile formal job market and exacerbating drug use trends by offering dealers a meaningful form of income.

Joseph (whose name I have changed), a former merchant, told me that he sold drugs in Hangberg for seven years, but quit when his conscience got the better of him.

“It’s an easy industry to get into,” he explained, sitting on a broken armchair in his home.

“And it’s a good way to make money. When I started dealing I didn’t see at it as damaging my community, like I do now. It was just a job opportunity, and the kids had to eat.”

At first Joseph sold marijuana, mandrax, crack cocaine and heroin, only stocking tik after his customers started requesting it.

Instead of mandrax
“The market changed quickly,” he said. “Tik became the popular thing. I don’t know why it happened – it was like a trend, you know? All the kids began using it instead of mandrax, which is what my generation smoked growing up.”

By 2006 he was buying the drug wholesale from suppliers on the Cape Flats, adding a mark-up of nearly R100 a gram, which sounds like good money until you consider the range of costs merchants incur.

“A dealer never eats alone. From that R100 I must pay my driver. I must pay the guy at the safe house for storing my stuff. And then there are the boys who sit outside all day, actually selling the drugs.”

In all, Joseph said he directly employed four people through his illicit business, as well as six more downstream. He estimated that the 15 merchants currently operating in Hangberg collectively employ at least 150 people – a big number for a small, tight-knit community that has increasingly turned to illegal crayfish and abalone poaching for income in the absence of viable jobs in the commercial fishing industry.

“Kids these days are very materialistic,” said Juan Julies, headmaster of Hout Bay High School.

“They know that their chances of getting a well-paid job after school are small because they live amid such widespread unemployment. They want the shoes, the bling, the lifestyle. And the merchants make it easy for them to join the trade.”

A short distance from the school, Hout Bay Community Awareness Rehabilitation Education Services (Cares) offers some addicts hope.

Housed in the local clinic, a utilitarian facebrick and plaster building where people queue patiently to see doctors, dentists and social workers, Cares represents a partnership between nonprofit organisation Faces and Voices of Recovery (Favor) and the Western Cape departments of health and social development. Since opening its doors in 2011, the centre has treated more than 500 patients, the majority of whom have been addicted to tik.

Patients enter an intensive four-week programme on an outpatient basis, focusing mainly on lifestyle changes, education about dependencies and triggers, and training to avoid relapses.

“It’s about giving users practical tools to get their lives back,” explained Jurgens Smit, chief executive of Favor South Africa.

“And it works. Our experience is that recovery is real.”

Laminated motivational posters
Sitting in a bright blue room with laminated motivational posters stuck to the walls – “Expect a miracle”, “Recovery is beautiful”, “Staying clean is a choice” – Josephine (whose name I have changed), a matronly mother of four wearing hoop earrings and a loose patterned shirt, told me about her own journey of recovery.

“I was among the first tik users in Hout Bay,” she said, “and I quickly became one of the worst. People wouldn’t let their kids anywhere near me. I spent my days with gangsters and merchants, getting high.”

After being arrested for shoplifting and losing custody of her two eldest children, she began trying to quit, but fell back to her old habits each time.

Nearly 15 years after starting to use drugs – mandrax and marijuana, in addition to tik – she joined Cares in 2012 after a friend convinced her that she needed help.

“I came here knowing that I’d had enough,” she said.

“I didn’t want to use drugs any more. But I didn’t think that anyone would be able to help me.”

Now, after two years clean, she works full time for Cares as a trained facilitator, assisting incoming patients with treatment. By the end of this year she hopes to have qualified as a fully fledged therapist.

But for each inspiring narrative of recovery, how many tik users remain yoked to the cycle of addiction?

I asked Professor Bronwyn Myers, chief specialist scientist at the MRC’s alcohol, tobacco and other drug research unit, how adequate treatment facilities were for coping with the province’s tik epidemic.

“There are a number of options in marginalised communities,” she explained over the telephone, “but not nearly enough. A few nongovernmental organisations run treatment programmes, the City of Cape Town has a network of outpatient centres, and there are three inpatient clinics run by the ­provincial government, although it’s difficult to get into these as they have extremely long waiting lists.”

But it was pointless investing in extra treatment capacity without addressing the root causes of substance abuse, she said.

“Treatment is important, but so is dealing with structural factors like poverty and unemployment. Many patients leave rehab only to find that their lives are the same outside, and it’s very easy for them to start using again. I don’t think it’s a question of throwing more money at treatment. We need to focus on the full picture.”

“In here,” Lance says, ducking through a dark doorway. There are broken concrete slabs on the floor and an ancient photograph of a pin-up girl on one wall. Lance sits on a crate and unzips his jacket pocket.

He bites a hole in the corner of the packet, sprinkles the powder into the bulb-shaped end of his plastic pipe, and places the stem between his lips. The crystals make a soft crackling noise as they melt. He breathes out and his face vanishes in white mist. “I feel lekker now,” he tells me, drumming on his thighs.

“I feel like I can do anything. I’m going to fix some cellphones.

“You know, I never knew how to fix anything before – I learnt from smoking tik. Your brain tells you that you can do something and then you just do it, like that.”

He snaps his fingers. His pupils are black discs. “But now I need to go find more money.”

“What will you do afterwards?” I ask. He laughs.

“Buy more tik.”







SALTON CITY, Calif.Border Patrol agents arrested a woman who was caught with 15.5 lbs of methamphetamine in an ice cooler Thursday morning.

The 49-year-old suspect was stopped around 9:30 a.m. as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint in her Buick Regal.


A canine detection team alerted agents to her car which led to a secondary inspection. While searching the Buick, agents found six vacuum-sealed packages of meth hidden within the liner of an ice cooler, according to a release.

Agents said the methamphetamine weighed 15.5 lbs and is worth an estimated $297,600.

The suspected narcotics smuggler is a United States citizen. She was taken into custody and her car and the drugs were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.





BUCKHANNONA strong odor has landed three Upshur County residents in jail.  Wednesday night, Upshur County sheriff’s deputies received a report of that strong smell coming from a home in Adrian.

When deputies arrived, they found an active meth lab.  The lab was located in a back room of the home, according to Upshur County Sheriff Dave Coffman.


Corey Bender, 22; Kathy Dunham, 26 and Nicole Brannon, 37,  were all charged with operating an active meth lab, which is a felony charge.  All three are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail set at $50,000 each.







CALDWELL PARISH (KTVE/KARD) – Authorities say six accused drug dealers are now off the streets of Columbia.
“I feel good about this one last night, this was some of our bigger dealers in the Anding Heights area and Brownville area that we’ve been working on,” said Caldwell Parish Sheriff, Steve May.
All of the suspects are charged with distribution of meth, among other drug charges.
Antonio Harris Kenneth Modique Lakora Williams Marcus Green Meshaal GriffinDedric Cloman
“That’s all they’re concerned about is the money. Not the people out there, it’s just big money,” said May of those working in distributing methamphetamine, a powerfully addictive drug.
Sheriff May says the investigation began after receiving several calls about drug activity in the Anding Heights area.
“We’ve been working on this for four or five months, and this is knocking some of our bigger drug dealers out of the picture,” he said.
Three of the six suspects were arrested on Wednesday: 36-year-old Dedric Cloman of Columbia, 31-year-old Meshaal Griffin of Columbia and 29-year-old Marcus Green of Columbia.
Cloman faces one count of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine).
Griffin faces two counts of that same charge.
Green faces two different Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance charges, one for marijuana and the other for methamphetamine.
Three other suspects were arrested on Thursday: 39-year-old Kenneth Modique of Caldwell Parish, 30-year-old Lakora Williams of Columbia and 33-year-old Antonio Harris of Caldwell Parish.
Modique faces one count of Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Methamphetamine).
Williams faces three counts of that same charge while Harris will face four counts.
We’re told all six now reside in the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail.
Sheriff May said a few of the suspects have been in and out of jail.
“But hopefully now that we’ve had the arrests like this, they’ll put them away this time,” said May, adding that it takes time to build a solid case in investigations like this one.
Sheriff May says meth is a growing problem in the area.
“It’s a never ending battle,” he said. “It’s getting worse. Back 10, 15, 20 years ago it was marijuana, and that’s what we had to fight then was the marijuana. But that’s not the big drug now, it’s the meth. We can teach our kids in school [with] DARE. And the parents can teach them at home, ‘stay away from drugs, say no to drugs,’ and just hope and pray that they’ll learn the dangers of it and stay away from it when they get older.”
And this investigation, doesn’t stop here.
“it’s not going to stop. We’re going to keep on,” said Sheriff May. “You get them out of the way, there’s somebody else that’s going to take their place.”
Authorities say if you know of any drug activity to report, please call the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-649-2345.

Without the help of an automatic tag reader, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies might have missed a suspected Mexican cartel mule carrying more than a pound of methamphetamine to Panama City, Fla.

That arrest led agents to six more drug ring members and almost 18 additional pounds of meth, Sheriff Mike Jolley said during a Thursday press conference.

YriJl_AuSt_70 AbHqR_AuSt_70

The bust began June 21, when a deputy’s automatic tag reader alerted him to a stolen license plate on a vehicle heading south on I-185 near Exit 19. The deputy pursued the vehicle and apprehended 29-year-old Angela C. Nash, who was found in possession of one pound of crystal meth, a pistol and $5,200 in cash. The meth was valued at $50,000.


Investigators later learned that this was Nash’s eighth trafficking trip to Panama City Beach since the beginning of June. Normally, each trip scored Nash $1,500. However, since she was training an additional worker, this trip would have earned her $3,500.

“A lot of our teenagers, a lot of our kids go to Panama City Beach every summer,” Jolley said. “The potential of some of our kids here in this county to come in contact with this dope stirred my heart. We can’t just get this drug and let it go. We’ve got to follow it back to the source, even if the source isn’t in Harris County.”

Once deputies apprehended Nash, they instructed her to call her lookout — 31-year-old Andrea McInally of Southport, Fla. — who was riding ahead in search of law enforcement. Nash told McInally she was having car issues and needed McInally to pick her and the drugs up. When McInally returned to the gas station where deputies laid in wait, she was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit a felony.


Nash was charged with trafficking meth, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both women were taken to Harris County Jail, where they were interviewed by Harris County deputies, the Columbus Drug Enforcement Agency and the Metro Narcotics Task Force. They were released days later on a $100,000 bond.

Those interviews led deputies to three additional drug ring members in Greenville, Ga., on June 26. Posing as meth customers, Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Harris County deputies purchased 4.4 pounds of crystal meth at Christopher, Tiffany and Harlan Jackson’s Kodiak Lane home for a partial payment of $5,000. The street value of that package was valued at $200,000.

Days later, agents swarmed the 100 block residence around 5 a.m. to apprehend the distributors. Investigators found two pounds of meth, valued at $100,000 and $8,020 in cash. The property, which operated as a private used car lot as well as a residence, was also seized, along with 17 vehicles.

Before investigators were able to enter the home, one of the residents managed to flush a pound of meth. Pieces of the hastily disposed drug were found scattered on the floor and toilet seat, Jolley said.


Deputies from the Meriwether and Troup County sheriff’s offices assisted Harris County and DEA investigators during the raid.

Christopher, 38, and Tiffany, 36, are married, Jolley said. Harlan, 39, is Christopher’s brother. All three suspects were taken to the Meriwether County Jail.

Again, deputies devised a plan to entrap additional members of the drug ring. Investigators told the Jacksons to call 33-year-old Elmer V. Ochoa, of Lawrenceville, and 29-year-old Jose M. Lopez, of Crescent City, Fla., who were asked to come to the Kodiak Lane home with 11 pounds of meth. That shipment was valued at $500,000.

Ochoa and Lopez were charged with meth trafficking. They were taken to the Meriwether County Jail.

“We believe the operation is part of the Mexican mafia,” Jolley said. “The two individuals who came out of Atlanta come from Mexico, even though one had an address from Lawrenceville and another in Florida.”

In total, 18.7 pounds of crystal meth were seized, with a street value of $850,000. Four of the seven members arrested were charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Additionally, 19 vehicles and $13,240 in cash were seized, along with two pistols.

Jolley said DEA agents are interviewing the Jacksons to see whether additional distributors were involved in the scheme.

“There may have been other mules that picked up and dropped off in other locations,” Jolley said. “But I think we took a major trafficker out of the loop. I think (Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith) is very pleased with the outcome of this.”

The profits from the seized cars, property and cash will be distributed among the involved agencies once the assets have been sold, Jolley said. Those profits can then be used by law enforcement for new vehicles, mobile license plate readers and other equipment that will assist agents in taking down additional traffickers.

“We took motorcycles, four-wheelers, big screen TVs. We came back yesterday for the washer and dryers,” Jolley said. “They’re in it for the money, and we’re taking the money. The only way to hurt them is through the economic death penalty, because they’re not going to jail forever.”

Jolley said he hoped the bust would send a message to others interested in entering the drug dealing business that their actions would not go unnoticed.

“It might be great for a month or two, or a year or two,” Jolley said. “But whatever you make, you’re going to lose plus go to jail. So get your job so you don’t have your door kicked in at 5 a.m.”





Gregory Price assumed his preschool-aged daughter was asleep when he stepped quietly into her room late one night four years ago.

“She told me he came to see her while he thought she was sleeping and he told her he loved her and told her everything was going to be OK,” Elsie Kelly recalled her granddaughter telling her.


It would prove to be one of the last times the young girl would hear her father’s voice.

Price, a 33-year-old former Ottawa resident, disappeared in mid-December 2010. In spring 2012, his body was found stuffed in a refrigerator along a tree line in a field near the intersection of 103rd Street and Kill Creek Road, near De Soto.

Details about Price’s death surfaced June 23 in U.S. District Court, Kansas City, Kansas, during the sentencing of Tracy Rockers, 24, Greeley, on drug trafficking charges. Rockers admitted she was present Dec. 17, 2010, at a Eudora residence when drug traffickers killed Price for failing to pay a drug debt of $400 and disposed of his body by hiding it in a refrigerator.

But a news release about the sentencing from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office didn’t tell the whole story, Kelly said of the court proceedings for more than a dozen people who were convicted of federal drug trafficking charges in the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.

“It was a two-year [investigation] of drugs,” Kelly said. “That’s what this was all about — that’s all [the prosecutors] cared about. It was not about Gregory’s death. It was all about them trying to bust all these meth heads.”

Kelly is upset no one was charged with her son’s death and the real reason he was killed by drug traffickers has gone untold, she said.

On Dec. 17, 2010, several drug traffickers confronted Price at a residence in Eudora about $400 they said he owed them, according to court documents. When Price refused to pay, the traffickers decided to take him to a rural farm where they intended to kill him, according to court testimony. They grabbed Price and attempted to pull him out the front door, but he resisted. Then they threw him into a door, causing him to collapse and begin “making gurgling noises,” according to court testimony.

Rockers watched Price while the traffickers installed a camper shell on the back of a pickup they would use to transport his body, the federal prosecutor said in a news release. At some point, while lying on the floor, Price died, and traffickers put Price’s body inside a refrigerator and took it to the rural location near De Soto, the release said.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responding to a tip, discovered Price’s body April 19, 2012, along a tree line near 103rd Street and Kill Creek Road. A fingerprint match helped to identify the remains, which were badly deteriorated, according to media reports.

Kelly, who sat through several of the court proceedings including Rockers’ sentencing hearing June 23, questioned Monday why prosecutors didn’t tell media about the real reason drug traffickers took her son from his motel room in Independence, Missouri, in the dead of winter without even allowing him to put on his shoes and killed him at the house in Eudora.


Several witnesses testified about a phone call to one of the drug traffickers saying Price had raped a girl in a motel room, Kelly said, which is what truly had angered the drug traffickers who killed her son.

The supposed rape victim was a friend of some of the traffickers, she said.

“So one of the guys went to the motel where he was staying and took him to a house in Eudora,” Kelly said. “The testimony said Gregory didn’t want to get out of this guy’s truck, so the guy convinced [Rockers] to go out and talk him into coming inside the house. Inside, [several drug traffickers] had guns and Tasers and stuff and they kept on asking him why he had done this to the girl. And Gregory kept saying, ‘I didn’t do it. I didn’t do anything wrong.’”

Kelly freely admitted that her son was involved in the drug trafficking ring — “They wanted him to sell their drugs” — and that he owed them $400.

“[Witnesses] testified that, yes, the [drug traffickers] were mad about the fact he had ripped them off for $400 worth of drugs, but that wasn’t the main issue,” Kelly said. “The main issue was the fact that he was supposed to have done this to this girl and that’s what they were so mad about it. That’s what Tracy Rockers testified. They had called Steven Hohn [a Gardner man and the reported leader of the drug ring who received a 30-year sentence in federal prison]. He came there and they started putting a camper shell on a truck. They were going to take him out and kill him that night.”

But the plan went awry, witnesses testified.

“When they went over to the couch and grabbed a hold of Gregory on both sides to drag him out of the house, they knocked his head into the door and he fell to the floor,” Kelly said. “He was gurgling and [Rockers, a nurse] said he was in trouble. She went over and took his vital signs and said something was wrong. But none of them did anything to help him. They just let him die there on the floor.

“I’ve been a registered nurse for 17 years,” Kelly, formerly of Ottawa, said. “I couldn’t sit there and watch somebody die, even if they owed me money.”

Kelly, wiping away tears, said it was painful to listen to the rest of the testimony.

“They took a refrigerator and set it down [horizontally] on the floor and hollowed it out and put his body in the refrigerator,” Kelly said. “Gregory had long legs, and they said his legs wouldn’t fit in the freezer [portion of the refrigerator] so they made them fit. That was the part that really got to me.”

Five of the convicted traffickers were at the home when her son died, Kelly said. After stuffing Price’s body in the refrigerator, they closed the door and sat on it to pose for a photograph. The photograph was displayed in the courtroom during the trial proceedings.

“The picture taken inside the house in Eudora showed all of them sitting on [the refrigerator] with guns in their hands and smirks on their faces,” Kelly said. “The picture of them sitting there told the whole story for me. They didn’t have any regard for life whatsoever. They knew Gregory had [three] kids, but that didn’t matter to them.”


Kelly is angry that the federal prosecutors didn’t charge any of the traffickers present that day with her son’s killing.

An email response from the U.S. Attorney’s office said that wasn’t accurate.

“The homicide was one of the factors the federal judge took into account at sentencing,” the email said.

No other charges would be filed in the case, the email said.

But that answer didn’t satisfy Kelly, who said she had lost all faith in the judicial system. Kelly believes the traffickers present at the time of her son’s death should have been brought up on homicide charges in addition to the drug charges — rather than prosecutors seeking additional prison time tacked onto the drug charges for her son’s death, she said.

A request for the U.S. Attorney’s office to identify which drug traffickers were in line for the sentence enhancement went unanswered. The three convicted drug traffickers receiving the longest federal prison sentences were: Hohn, 34, Gardner, 30 years; Michael C. Redifer, 37, no address, 30 years, and Michael C. Quick, 33, Eudora, 20 years. Rockers received a sentence of 162 months (13.5 years) for her involvement in the drug ring.

“I thought some of the charges were going to be for him, but I feel like none of them were,” Kelly said. “They said if we got 12 jurors in there and heard about all of his involvement with the drugs, that none of them would have convicted [the drug traffickers] of his murder. Well, I’m never going to have that chance. I understand charges can’t be filed again since all of this has been done. So basically Gregory died for nothing.”

Kelly also is disillusioned by the investigation, though she said she is grateful to the detectives who found her son’s body. Kelly received a phone call 18 months before her son’s body was found from one of the meth users who told her about her son’s death, she said. But when Kelly took that information to investigators, they seemed to brush her off, she said.

“She knew way too many details,” Kelly said of the caller. “It turns out she did know something.”

Kelly last saw her son Dec. 15, 2010, two days before he was killed, at the motel in Independence. She said her son moved away because of threats the drug traffickers had made against him and his family when he told them he wanted out.

“Gregory told my husband that when he went to [one of the drug traffickers] and said he wanted out, the [drug trafficker] told him he would kill him and put him in a refrigerator and no one would ever find his body,” Kelly said. “Gregory left [in early December 2010] because he was trying to keep us safe. His daughter [who still lived in the area at the time] was his life.”

Kelly also moved away from the Ottawa area to an undisclosed location. “I didn’t want those thugs hanging around.”


Price called his mother two days before he was killed, she said.

“I went on the 15th of December because he called and told me he hadn’t ate for three days,” Kelly said. “I took him down to McDonald’s and got him some food and took him back to the motel. He gave me a hug and told me he loved me and that everything was going to be OK. That was the last time I saw him. I wish I would have talked him in to coming back home with me. That thought crosses my mind every day.”

Sgt. Steve Lemons, with the Ottawa Police Department, put Kelly in connection with a detective in Independence, Missouri, Kelly said when she reported her son was missing.

“Officer Lemons was the only one that helped me — I’m grateful to him,” Kelly said. “The [Independence] detective said he would help me but his words [about my son] were, ‘He’s a drug addict. They take off for months at a time to keep out of trouble.’ And that was the end of that.”

But Kelly knew better, she said.

“When he didn’t call me or his little girl’s momma for a week and he didn’t come back for Christmas, I knew [he was dead],” Kelly said. “I think he was using the $400 [he owed the traffickers] to buy his little girl Christmas presents.”

Kelly wanted to bury her son and purchase a tombstone so his daughter would have a place to visit him in the future, but her $3,600 request to the victim’s advocate office in Topeka was turned down.

“They denied me because he was involved in a drug conspiracy,” Kelly said.

During the trial, testimony revealed that the woman who supposedly had been raped by Price said the incident never happened. Kelly said in her heart she knew the allegation was not true. And she didn’t want people to think her son was killed over drug money.

“Yeah he made mistakes, everybody does,” Kelly said. “He may have did some things that weren’t right, but he didn’t deserve to die. Not for $400 and for something he didn’t do. He was a good man, he was a good son and a good father — he just didn’t make good choices.”

Last Christmas, Price’s young daughter came to visit Kelly and saw the urn with her dad’s ashes next to his photograph.

“She said, ‘Grandma, how is Daddy in that box? He’s got long legs,’” Kelly said. “Then she sat down over there on the couch and was real quiet. And then she said, ‘Grandma, I miss my Daddy, and that’s why I’m just looking at him right now.’”






WILLINGBORO — A township woman was arrested Tuesday on charges that she manufactured and sold methamphetamine from her home on Gabriel Lane, police said Thursday.

Marion Roberts, 54, was charged after officers from the township force, the New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recovered an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and heroin during the raid, police said.


Officers also recovered evidence of a previous methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Roberts was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute near a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was placed in the Burlington County Minimum Security Facility, in Pemberton Township, on $25,000 bail.

A second suspect, Jason Page, 38, also of Willingboro, was arrested at the house. Page was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and sent to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The raid was the result of a two-month investigation into suspected narcotics sales from the residence, police said.




MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) – A man arrested less than a week ago on meth manufacturing charges now faces an additional charge of possessing child pornography.


Clifton Leroy Goodwin, 53, of Falkville, was charged Tuesday and had a $200,000 bond added to his $507,500 bond for manufacturing and trafficking meth.

Goodwin and Charles Ray Key, 39, were arrested over the weekend at a Hartselle home, where Morgan County drug agents said they found a meth lab.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said child pornography was found in Goodwin’s home on Wilhite Road when authorities searched there.




A drug overdose led police to a meth lab in Monroe Township June 25.

According to Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg, deputies were called to the Monroe Township Fire Station at 1963 Laurel Lindale Road in New Richmond to assist with an unresponsive woman, 59, who was brought into the station by her boyfriend.

The woman’s boyfriend, Harry Donell, 48, said that he and the woman were abusing illegal drugs at their home at 1928 Clermontsville Laurel Road. Police believe the woman had overdosed as a result of the drugs.


The woman was transported to Mercy Clermont Hospital and remains in critical condition.

The investigative division of the sheriff’s office responded to assist police and a search warrant was executed for 1928 Clermontsville Laurel Road.

During the search investigators with the sheriff’s office and members of the Clermont County Narcotics Unit found chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

In addition, police found 1,000 grams, or 2.2 pounds, of materials that contained meth. The estimated street value of the drugs was $160,000.

Police also learned that before the investigative units responded, two men had fled on foot from the home.

One of the men, Sebastian Kidd, 19, of New Richmond, was found. He took investigators to a ditch along the road where he had discarded a bag that also contained materials to manufacture meth.

Donell and Kidd were both arrested and taken to Clermont County Jail.

Donell was charged with one count of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.

Kidd was charged with one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Donell and Kidd remain incarcerated at Clermont County Jail. They are both scheduled to appear at Clermont County Municipal Court at 3 p.m. July 2 in front of Judge Anthony Brock.

Rodenberg said the investigation is being reviewed by the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and will be presented to the Clermont County Grand Jury where additional charges will be considered.



MACCLENNY, Fla. — Five men are facing federal charges of conspiracy to sell more than 50 grams of pure meth.  During Operation Summer Ice, U.S. Attorney of the Middle District of Florida, A. Lee Bentley says the men face charges for conspiring to sell pure meth in Baker, Duval, and Nassau counties in Florida and in Bacon County, Georgia.

“This methamphetamine has been a problem for nearly two decades now,” said Bentley.


Investigators say a source in Georgia led them to Chase Lee who was working with Archie Crook of Baker County. Officials say Crook partnered with Robert Hartzog, Garrett Follis, and Anthony Fisher to sell meth. Chad Cook with the Drug Enforcement Administration says an apartment complex in Baker County was a connecting point for the meth he says isn’t local.

“In this case the defendants were distributing meth that was up to 98 percent pure which typically means the meth was manufactured in Mexico and then brought into the United States for distribution,” said Cook.

Randy Crews with the Baker County Sheriff’s Office says over the course of a year several pounds of pure crystal meth was being distributed by the group.  Crews says three of the men admitted to selling between 15-20 pounds of meth which has a street value estimated between $600,000-$800,000.

Sheriff Joey Dobson hopes this arrest and the 10-year minimum mandatory federal prison sentence will serve as a warning to others.

“Once You start this in Baker or Clay or Nassau or Duval or anywhere else, we will find you and we will come get you,” said Dobson.

Bentley says Crook, Hartsog and Folice pleaded guilty and will be sentenced this fall.  Lee and Fisher will be tried in Jacksonville later this year.

Investigators say this is still an open investigation and more arrests could come.





A Bartlesville man and woman are behind bars after Drug Task Force officers reportedly raided a local meth lab that one officer described as the biggest he had ever witnessed.


Authorities arrested 42-year-old Steven Wayne Conditt and 28-year-old Dawn Renee Cole on a slew of production of methamphetamine and drug-related charges.

According to the case’s probable cause affidavit, filed by Bartlesville Police Department investigator Steven Silver, around 10:45 p.m. Monday, 11th Judicial Drug Task Force officers served a “no knock” search warrant on a residence in the 100 block of southeast Comanche. Police say that, even before they entered the home, they could “smell an odor of chemicals” coming from the reported meth lab. Entry to the home was gained using a “door ram” and both Conditt and Cole were found to be inside.

Conditt reportedly told police that he is “addicted to methamphetamine and has a bad problem” with the drug. He further agreed to show authorities where the drugs were, leading them to “numerous clear 2-liter bottles.”

When asked who cooks the methamphetamine, Conditt reportedly stated, “We both do.”

A search of the residence turned up numerous precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine, empty packs of lithium batteries, Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, sulfuric acid and empty ice packs, along with numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Police also say they found “a total of 66 2-liter-type bottles that contained remnants of methamphetamine labs that had been previously used.”

According to Silver, it is believed that Conditt and Cole were heavily involved in the production of methamphetamine and, in his experience, “This is the largest methamphetamine lab I have ever observed.”

Following his arrest, Conditt told authorities that he has been manufacturing meth for two years and had been using the drug for years prior.

Bond was set in the matter at $150,000 for Conditt and $100,000 for Cole.



A meth bust in Princeton back on June 27th left tenants living in the same apartment without a home.

The family of 5 was told that because their neighbor was cooking meth just on the other side of their walls, the whole building would have to be condemned.
59 News spoke to the father who had to move his family out in 3 hours.


“The red cross put us in a hotel for 3 days but the thing is I feel like for a situation like this they should have something better,” Reggie Simpson said.

The home is in Princeton and Simpson says he didn’t really know his neighbor.

Kathy Wolfe owns a café right across the street and this meth bust came as no surprise to her and her customers.

They would sit on the deck and ask us when the drug dealing would stop across the street because it wouldn’t take but a few minutes to see all the cars coming and going to know that drug dealing was going on,” Wolfe said.

Simpson says none of this has been easy and he feels helpless. He will also continue his search for a new place to call home.



Traffic stop leads to meth lab search in Princeton home

PRINCETONTwo people are facing charges tonight after a traffic stop leads to the search for a meth lab at a home in Princeton Friday morning (6/27).  Crews dressed in Hazmat suits searched the apartment on Ingleside Road.


The whole situation began with neighbors noticing suspicious activity at the apartment.  They called the police, who then watched the suspects load items into the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Ingleside Road.  Police noticed meth making materials in the car during the stop, which sparked the search of the home.  Crews found evidence that the meth was made in the apartment.
Patrick Jenkins is charged with operating a meth lab. He’s in Princeton Community Hospital tonight.

The apartment is in a building that houses another apartment. The building is now condemned, and its not clear what will happen to the other family.



A 28-year-old Cabot woman is facing shoplifting, drug and traffic charges after she stole from a Wal-Mart, fled at high speed and during a police pursuit threw methamphetamine from the car and caused a traffic accident, the Lonoke County sheriff’s office said.


The Cabot Police Department received a report about 1 p.m. Tuesday of a shoplifter leaving the Wal-Mart store at 304 S. Rockwood Drive in an older-model Mustang convertible, Lt. James Kulesa of the Lonoke County sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Ashley Michelle Leslie drove the Mustang back and forth along Rockwood Drive, first leading deputies south and then turning and heading back north, Kulesa said. Deputies and Cabot officers pursued her as she again turned south and threw two plastic bags from her car, according to the statement. The Mustang then headed east onto Main Street toward the intersection with Arkansas 367, where she hit a vehicle, which in turn hit another vehicle, authorities said.

Leslie was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries; the other two drivers involved in the wreck suffered only minor injuries and did not require trips to the hospital, Kulesa said.

The two plastic bags thrown along North Rockwood Drive contained about 7 grams of methamphetamine in ice form, deputies said. Leslie will face charges related to shoplifting, controlled substances and fleeing, along with “numerous traffic violations,” Kulesa said. A parolee, Leslie also was wanted in Lonoke County on a failure to appear warrant, Kulesa said.



A Macclenny drug ring that supplied “pure” methamphetamine was dismantled by federal and local authorities and five people were arrested, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Law enforcement seized about 205 grams of meth in Baker County that was deemed to be 73.3 percent pure.

Archie Crook, 35, of Nassau County and 27-year-old Baker County residents Robert Hartzog and Garrett Follis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Ashley Chase Lee, 31, of Alma, Ga., and Anthony Fisher, 35, of Baker County are charged with the same count as Hartzog, Follis and Crook, but haven’t pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. There trial is set for September.

All face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.



BOISE – A Boise man admitted his role in a plan to bring methamphetamine to Idaho in federal court Tuesday.

Jason James Martin, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Prosecutors say he traveled to California in February with another man to buy two pounds of meth. He was arrested after a traffic stop as the pair returned to Idaho to sell the drugs.

Martin’s co-defendant, Martin Adam Hernandez, pleaded guilty June 26 to the same charge.

Both men could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 17.




STOCKTON – Authorities made one arrest and seized more than $200,000 worth of methamphetamine Wednesday during a raid on a home in rural south Stockton, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The San Joaquin County Metro Narcotics Task Force and members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in the 3800 block of Marfargoa Road, just east of Highway 99 and north of Arch Road, officials said.

Agents confiscated $7,000 in cash, 25 pounds of processed crystal methamphetamine and two gallons of methamphetamine in solution, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Gabriel Amador Carrillo, 39, of Stockton was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale, authorities said.

The two people arrested June 25 after a search of a town of Stiles home turned up a meth lab have been charged in Oconto County Circuit Court.

William J. Longsine, 49, and Abigail R. Santee, 25 each face seven felony counts of related to methamphetamine manufacture. Longsine was also charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place.


They made initial appearances on July 1. Judge Michael T. Judge set Longsine’s bond at $100,000 and Santee’s bond at $50,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the search by the Division of Criminal Investigation agents, Oconto County Sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration turned up 65 packages of meth, at approximately a quarter gram each.

The search also found methamphetamine cooking vessels, meth paraphernalia, waste and precursors for making the drug.

Longsine told agents he started making the drug this spring, after learning how to manufacture it over the past year. He also said he didn’t sell the drug, but provided to friends if they visited and wanted some. He also said he used it six or seven days a week, but wasn’t addicted and could stop at anytime.

Santee said she wasn’t involved in cooking the meth but would help Longsine separate and package it, in addition to using it.

Both defendants were scheduled for adjourned initial appearances on July 10.