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A paraplegic who is allegedly a drug dealer nicknamed ‘Hot Wheels‘ hid methamphetamines in socks while receiving treatment at Royal Perth Hospital, a court has heard.

Ryan James Salton appeared in the District Court of Western Australia in a hospital bed on Wednesday, charged with several offences including possessing drugs with intent to sell or supply.

The charges relate to three incidents between September and November 2011 when police allegedly found Salton in possession of several drugs including including cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine and a cutting agent known as ‘MSM’.

Prosecutor Robert Wilson said mobile phones believed to belong to Salton contained text messages that showed he was involved in the drug trade.The court heard one of the texts asked for ‘tick’ and said they knew they were good for it because ‘you guys scare the f out of me’.

Mr. Wilson said when police visited Salton in hospital, they allegedly found four bags of methamphetamine hidden in socks in his tracksuit pants as well as a ‘sweet puff’ pipe.

The same type of pipe was found at a Morley house Salton was renting,

Mr Wilson said.Before the hospital incident, police found Salton in bed next to a toiletry bag containing his personal belongings and several drugs at a separate Morley house where Salton was also believed to be living, the court heard.It is alleged electronic scales, a gun and a CCTV system that monitored access to the building were also found at the house, as well as $5000 in a wheelchair.

Salton’s defence lawyer did not give an opening statement.

The trial continues.


FORT SMITH — A Fort Smith man and woman will remain in federal custody pending their trial on drug conspiracy charges after they were arrested earlier this month in possession of 7 pounds of methamphetamine.

U.S. Magistrate James R. Marschewski ruled Monday that William Alexander and Rosa Sharon were a danger to the community if released after hearing testimony that they dealt in large amounts of methamphetamine and had guns in their Fort Smith home. Marschewski also said Sharon was a flight risk because she had no ties to the area.

The couple are charged in a magistrate’s complaint with one count each of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

A Fort Smith police officer pulled over a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe that Sharon was driving with Alexander as a passenger July 13. After getting a consent to search the vehicle, officers found an electronics box in the back seat that contained 7 pounds of methamphetamine, according to testimony during the hearing.

Under investigation for months, the couple were followed to and from Oklahoma City, where federal drug agents say Alexander bought the methamphetamine for distribution in the Fort Smith area.

The agents sent in a confidential informant in December who bought an ounce of the drug from Alexander.

After his arrest, according to court records, Alexander confessed to selling large amounts of drugs in the Fort Smith area and that his wife, Sharon, helped by driving him to Oklahoma City, interpreting Spanish for him in phone calls to his drug source, weighing out the drugs and counting the money.

During the hearing, Alexander’s relatives testified they were told Alexander and Sharon supported themselves from the sale of his share of a furniture store in California 18 months ago and from the sale of Sharon’s home there from a previous marriage.

Relatives who live in Johnson County testified they didn’t know that Alexander and Sharon were involved in selling drugs or that Alexander admitted to being a heavy methamphetamine user.

Marschewski questioned inconsistencies in information the couple gave federal probation officials. He said Alexander stated in his financial report for the court that he had no assets but that Sharon reported they had $225,000 in cash. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Fowlkes read from the report that Alexander also wrote down he had six cars and pickups and a motorcycle.

Marschewski also noted the probation report stated that Alexander had drug possession convictions in California in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.




MUNCIE — City police say a mother suspected of possessing meth abandoned a toddler at the side of a motel swimming pool in an escape attempt when they showed up to arrest her.

The events leading to the apprehension of Amy Dale Wheeler, 34, 707 S. Umbarger Road, on Saturday night began on Friday night when police stopped two mo-peds at 14th and Shipley streets.

One of the mo-peds, which was stolen, was being ridden by a juvenile boy who was Wheeler’s son, according to city police officer Brian Jackson.

During the traffic stop, Jackson said he learned that Wheeler, who had been evicted from Pinewood Apartments, had left the boy, his two brothers and a sister in the custody of her parents because a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

“I was advised she sells her food stamps for drugs and does not help with buying food for her children,” Jackson said in an affidavit of probable cause. “I also learned she was currently at the Best Western (3011 W. Bethel Ave.) with … her children swimming. I was told she may have drugs in her possession while watching her children as well.”

When Jackson and another officer approached Wheeler at the indoor pool, she was holding a young child.

“She put the child, looking to be around 12 to 18 months, down next to the pool, then quickly walked to the west door exit,” Jackson reported.

Ignoring two “stop, police” commands, Wheeler allegedly ran but did not make it far before she was caught and handcuffed after trying to pull away while her arms were pinned behind her back.

A 12-year-old child was holding the younger child, who turned out to be age 1. Jackson said he saw the 12-year-old grab the toddler before he started the foot pursuit.

Shortly after the arrest, a female friend of Wheeler’s showed up at the pool with Wheeler’s purse, which the friend said she had gone to retrieve from the room she had booked for Wheeler and her kids.

Police searched the room and the friend’s purse and found no drugs.

However, Jackson says he found a burned spoon in Wheeler’s purse that tested positive for meth, and also retrieved four syringes and several cotton balls from the purse.

The friend was not charged but the hotel manager asked her to leave.

Wheeler had been charged last summer with possession of meth, false informing, speeding and maintaining a common nuisance.

In May of this year, Wheeler pleaded guilty to the latter charge, a felony, and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation; 40 hours of community service; and substance abuse evaluation.

But a month later, a warrant was issued for her arrest for failure to comply with probation. Besides being arrested on Saturday night on the arrest warrant, she was preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of meth and resisting law enforcement.




A Richlands woman is accused of having more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Melissa Ann Laffan, 40, of 9 Mile Road was arrested Tuesday by Jacksonville Police Department on three charges in trafficking methamphetamine.

Laffan is accused of having between 28 and 200 grams of the drug on May 21, according to warrants.

Court documents provide no additional narrative about the alleged act.

Laffan also has Onslow County District Court dates on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine, felony conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession and distribution of drug paraphernalia, selling a Schedule 2 controlled substance and delivering a Schedule 2 controlled substance — all scheduled for Aug. 21, according to the N.C. Court System database.

Bond was set at $60,000.




The Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit was called out to mitigate a meth lab found in a bathtub at the Relax Inn, 1327 River Valley Boulevard, at 6:10 a.m. Sunday.


Lancaster police were originally called to the motel for a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend in one of the motel’s rented rooms. When police arrived, the report said the man had left but the woman was there and allowed police to go inside.

Soda bottles with white residue and other components commonly used in manufacturing meth were seen in the room’s bathtub, according to police reports.

The woman was arrested Sunday but has not been formally arraigned on drug charges.



SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) – Paint thinner, battery acid and drain cleaner are just a few of the highly toxic chemicals used to make meth. When these ingredients are mixed together harmful fumes are released.

“We see children in these homes,” DEA Supervisor Special Agent Toby Schwartz said. “The guardians of these innocent children, they don’t care. They are strung out. They are just making enough meth to get through the day. These labs are combustible. There are a lot of volatile chemicals laying around, glassware, just dangerous items.

In 2009, there were 692 meth labs reported across the state, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN). Of those, 349 were active labs, not only putting the makers and their families in danger, but also the community.


To combat the dangerous problem, Mississippi joined Oregon in passing a law requiring a prescription for the main ingredient pseudoephedrine. The results have been dramatic. According to MBN, there has been a 98 percent decrease in meth labs.

“It was a very helpful law, just unfortunately drugs are an addiction, and you take away one source from an addict. They are going to find another avenue to get it,” Schwartz said.

Some are still making meth. This year, MBN reports 21 labs statewide, two of those are still active or in use. The majority of the labs busted have been discovered in South Mississippi.

“We definitely see a lot of people going across state lines,” Hancock County Narcotics Director Jeremy Skinner said. “Especially being a county that boarders Louisiana, where it’s so readily available. And Louisiana doesn’t have any real regulations on pseudoephedrine.”

Skinner said his department keeps a close eye on pseudoephedrine sales in Louisiana by customers from Mississippi. But the even bigger trend when it comes to meth in Mississippi is imported meth.

“We have seen a big influx in meth from other parts of the country or Mexico, and a lot of meth is in ice form,” Skinner said.”

Mexican meth is coming in by the pounds right now,” Schwartz said. “It’s more dangerous, it’s more potent, it’s more addictive. It gives former users of meth a greater high and a stronger addiction.”

Schwartz said meth confiscated from homemade labs tests around 20 percent pure meth, while the imported meth is showing results of anywhere from 97 to 99 percent pure meth.

This imported meth is dangerous for the user, but again like meth labs, imported meth also presents a hazard for the community.

“It does if the drug cartel members show up,” Schwartz said. “Fortunately, they are in transit when they are in our area. The DEA, along with state and locals, have done a good job of keeping them out. We have caught them in transit, but they are setting up shop in rural parts of Mississippi.”

As the war on meth continues to evolve, law enforcement agencies and lawmakers must continue to work together to try and get a step ahead of the problem.

According to DEA agents, meth users usually use abut a gram of meth at a time. Imported meth is selling on the streets of South Mississippi for around $120 to $150 a gram. This, agents said, can also present other dangers such as meth users having to commit crimes to pay for their habit.




A Livermore woman was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen credit cards and methamphetamine in San Leandro on Wednesday afternoon, police said.


At about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a San Leandro police officer ran a routine records check on a vehicle traveling on San Leandro Boulevard near Davis Street, police said.

The records check revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Hayward on June 5, according to police. The officer pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver, identified as 30-year-old Stephanie Lamb, police said.

Lamb was arrested and booked into jail for possession of the stolen vehicle, as well as possession of stolen credit cards and possession of methamphetamine, police said.






The teenager sits quietly in a Mumbai rehab clinic, a victim of India’s emerging fad for the drug crystal meth, which experts say is spurred by loopholes in the country’s giant chemical industry.

“It made me feel powerful,” said the 19-year-old undergraduate student, who began taking the drug with friends at college last year and was soon snorting up to 40 lines of the dangerous stimulant in a single session.

“We would just sit and keep doing it,” he told AFP, declining to be named as he recovers from his addiction.

While meth has long been a scourge across east and southeast Asia, staff at the rehab centre in Mumbai’s Masina Hospital say it only surfaced as a concern in the city in the past 18 to 24 months.

“Before that we’d never heard of it. Of late we had a small (addicted) boy aged 14 come in and he opened our eyes,” said Ali Gabhrani, director of the centre.

India is home to one of the world’s biggest chemical industries and is a major source of key meth ingredients ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are both legally used in medication such as decongestants.

Along with China, India is the most commonly cited origin of illicit shipments of these precursor drugs destined for meth labs abroad, particularly in neighbouring Myanmar but as far afield as central America and Africa, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.


But concern is growing about the clandestine manufacture and consumption of meth within India itself, with Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in recent weeks taking up a “war footing” against the drug.

“It’s very much a local product,” ATS chief Himanshu Roy told AFP.

“It’s a new age drug, it’s easy to manufacture, the ingredients are available.”

‘So many loopholes’

Experts say meth’s precursor ingredients are both made illegally in India and diverted from legal sources in the chemical industry, despite regulations designed to prevent this and ensure a paper trail of payments.

“There’s a really strict regime but in the last 15 years there have been so many loopholes,” said Romesh Bhattacharji, a member of the Institute for Narcotics Studies and Analysis in New Delhi.

“Officialdom doesn’t enforce it; they don’t check,” he told AFP, blaming “collusion and corruption” for the drugs siphoning.

India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) gets quarterly returns from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers on sales of ephedrine, but Bhattacharji said nothing is done with the information.

Vijay Kumar, the NCB’s deputy director general in Mumbai, said they maintained the database of returns “to cross-check if there are any violations later”, adding that they had busted four illegal meth labs since 2013 in west and south India.

But he said anyone could buy pharmaceutical products containing ephedrine over the counter in India. As early as 2007, an illicit meth lab was found in Mumbai extracting precursors from such products, according to the UNODC.

“You can’t restrict these chemicals because they’re essential for legal use,” said Kumar.

While users are drawn to feelings of euphoria and energy brought on by meth, which affects the central nervous system, excessive doses can trigger violent behaviour, convulsions and even death from respiratory or heart failure.

Meth comes in powder, pills or in the crystal form that Mumbai users said they crushed with cards and snorted, although the drug can also be swallowed, injected and smoked.

Addicts at the Masina clinic told AFP they were buying it for as little as 1,000-2,000 rupees a gram ($17-33), making it far cheaper than cocaine which cost them up to 7,000 rupees.

“It can proliferate into new groups and categories — younger professionals, college and even school children,” said Roy.

An emerging trend

Amphetamine-type stimulants, including meth, are an “emerging trend” in India, with most users in their early twenties, according to an exploratory UNODC study in five states released in January.

“Meth produced in India is undoubtedly for the local market which has the right elements to grow and make significant profit for producers,” said Jeremy Douglas, UNODC’s representative in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

He pointed to the sheer market size in the country of 1.2 billion people, which has a youthful population and rising disposable incomes.


Pushpita Das, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, said India had traditionally been a “transhipment” country for such drugs rather than one with big consumption problems.

“But now we see this consumption of synthetic drugs increase,” said Das, who called for greater regulation especially in northeast India, near the Myanmar border, where most of the country’s meth seizures take place.

Seizures of meth across Asia have tripled in five years to record levels, with use and production growing in line with the country’s expanding economy, according to a UNODC report in May.

In terms of Asian consumption, meth has evolved from a drug mostly taken by poor workers, often to help them stay awake during long shifts, into one increasingly popular in the youth party culture.

At the Masina clinic, a recovering 34-year-old said a “huge crowd” of youngsters was now staying up late on south Mumbai’s iconic Marine Drive to take the drug, available from cigarette sellers on the street.

“It screws up their lives. It’s so addictive you want it again and again,” he said.





CHANDLER, Ariz. — A man was arrested on Monday after he offered methamphetamine in exchange for sex to an undercover police officer posing as an underage girl on social media, according to court documents.


Stephan Kyle Platerio, 29, allegedly contacted an undercover social media profile throughout June and July asking to smoke “g funk,” slang for methamphetamine, with a 16-year-old girl.

The male officer operating the undercover social media account gave Platerio’s phone number to a female officer to pose as the underage girl on the phone. This officer told Platerio that she was 14 years old, but Platerio kept talking to her and agreed to pick her up, smoke “g funk” with her and engage in sex.

Platerio arrived at the Chandler location that the two agreed to meet at and described his location and the vehicle he was in. Police arrested Platerio without incident and found the phone he had used to talk to the undercover officer in his possession.

The suspect admitted to contacting the underage profile and said he initially thought she was 16, but learned she was 14 before trying to meet with her. Platerio faces charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.




ELKO — An Elko woman who was spotted hanging around a suspected drug dealer was arrested with an alleged 8 grams of methamphetamine hidden in her bra, according to police.

Officers saw three men, one of whom was known to police from a previous drug investigation, acting suspiciously in a parking lot on South Fifth Street on Sunday near a gold colored four-door wagon, a police report states.


Ariel Hammond, who was in the driver’s seat, eventually drove away with two of the men in her car.

Police ran Hammond’s license plate and learned that it had expired the day before, according to the police report. The car also fit the description of a vehicle that was reportedly near the scene of a recent home burglary.

Officers pulled over the car and told Hammond her license plates were expired, and that her vehicle had been in the area of a burglary.

When asked whether she had loaned out her car, Hammond replied she was going to “take the Fifth,” — referring to her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination — but said no one in the car had it the night before, a report states.

Hammond refused to let police search her car, according to the document, but a trained K-9 allegedly detected drugs later, giving police cause for a search.

Police allegedly found a glass pipe coated with a white residue and a hypodermic needle. Inside her purse, officers reported finding a prescription pill.

Hammond was placed under arrest, at which time she removed a sandwich baggie from her bra. Inside the baggie were about five smaller individual baggies each containing meth, according to police.

Because of the way the drugs were packaged, police believed Hammond intended to sell the meth, Lt. Ty Trouten said.

Hammond was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic device, possession of a controlled substance for sale, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription.

Her bail was set at $36,780.




FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – Police arrested a woman after she stole around $400 from a fruit and vegetable stand in Franklin on Saturday.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Rayna J. Russell approached a woman who was working at the stand and asked her if she could have some money for gas because she was almost out.


The woman said she started walking towards her home to see if she could find a gas can. She said Russell then reached over the stand table and grabbed the black cash box. Russell then fled the scene in a truck.

The victim gave police a description of the vehicle and Russell. Police were able to find Russell driving near SR 252 and SR 135 and pulled her over.

During the traffic stop, police found out Russell was driving while suspended with an indefinite, altered interim license plate on the truck. Police also found a lighter and a hypodermic needle in her pocket. Russell told the officer the needle was for meth.

During a search of Russell’s car, police found scales two more needles, a butane lighter and the black cash box from the produce stand.

While officers searched Russell at the jail, they found $330 in cash in her bra and marijuana in her underwear. According to police, while at the jail, Russell said she hadn’t had meth for 12 hours and she was going to start withdrawing.

Officials said Russell was charged with conversion, altered registration plate, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of marijuana.

Russell’s bond amount was doubled because she was on probation in Marion County, according to police.



PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The number of meth busts around West Michigan remains high and local departments report an increase in people using the drug recently.

A local woman is once again working to highlight the problem and stop people from using in the first place.

This weekend will mark the 4th year of prevention with the Festivalooza.

“I come from a life of using methamphetamines,” said Jewel Dailey, the organizer of the Festivalooza.

Dailey spent 14 years using meth.

Nearly 5 years ago she graduated from the drug treatment court program in Van Buren County and moved on to bigger and better things.

“I was given a vision, you would say, to help out our community and help change things that I helped damage,” said Dailey.

It led her to organize and event to educate the public about the dangers of meth.

Together with Freshwater Community Church, they are on their 4th year of fighting the drug together.

“We try to combine family fun, a lot of activities with education about the dangers of meth and it’s prevalence in our community,” said event coordinator Jason Bull.

Over the last 3 years the event has raised nearly $60,000 to support the drug treatment court, the county substance abuse task force and Dailey efforts to go into the schools to stop the problem before it starts.

“Going into schools to do prevention and awareness. I mentor women out of the drug court treatment program. I think prevention and awareness is the key to keeping a community safe from the drug,” said Dailey.

The event is this Saturday at Paw Paw Middle School from 2 to 7 p.m.

It is $7 per person or $25 per family and includes lunch, a kids’ zone with games and live music.




Ever since Bea Banta moved with her husband into an apartment at Hurricane and Adams streets in Franklin, she’s been worried about some of the houses around her.

Banta regularly sees strangers coming by houses on Hurricane at all hours of the day and night, and police are called to nearby homes at least once a week, she said.

In the past two years, police have found a dozen meth labs throughout Banta’s neighborhood, which is about a half-mile from downtown Franklin, in or near houses on Hurricane, Yandes, Kentucky and Adams streets, according to data from the Indiana State Police.



Bismarck, ND – A Mandan man was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a drug conspiracy that prosecutors say trucked into North Dakota more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine that was linked to the overdose deaths of two people.

Joseph Thomas Senger, 53, and a dozen others were charged by indictment about a year ago in U.S. District Court in Bismarck with conspiracy to distribute drugs resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

Senger and defendant Brock Fay Fish of Bismarck each faced a separate charge for distributing meth allegedly used in the overdose death of Senger’s girlfriend at the time, 59-year-old Cheri Bettis of Mandan, on Feb. 6, 2013.

Fish and his girlfriend, Billie Jo Kirkpatrick, also were charged separately for allegedly supplying the meth consumed in the Dec. 20, 2012, overdose death of Douglas Wayne Peterson, 39, in Linton, N.D. Peterson was from Fish’s hometown of Pollock, S.D.

Fish, a truck driver who has lived in Bismarck most of his adult life and was charged in all six counts of the indictment, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors last month and pleaded guilty July 10 to the drug conspiracy charge. His sentencing is set for Oct. 20.

At his plea hearing, the 50-year-old Fish testified that he needed money to get his truck outfitted for work in the oilfields. He said a California man – Bretton Robert Link, one of the 13 original defendants – introduced him to the possibility of trafficking in meth, according to a transcript from the hearing.

Fish testified that he would fly out to California and drive trucks back to North Dakota for a truck dealer, hiding the meth in his clothes bag. He said he would pay $5,000 per four ounces of meth in California and would turn a $4,000 to $5,000 profit on it back in North Dakota.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Myers said Fish also obtained meth in 2012 and 2013 from a second source in Arizona, defendant Robert George Schaner.

Investigators eventually executed a search warrant at the farm of defendant Gerald Lee Schneider, where they found Link and defendant Andreas Samsa in a vehicle with $48,427 in cash. A 5-pound shipment of meth that had been delivered to the farm and divvied out to the co-conspirators just before authorities arrived, Myers said at the plea hearing.

Federal charges against Link were dismissed in January after he pleaded guilty to Class AA felony criminal conspiracy last October in state district court in Emmons County. He was sentenced to 40 years in state prison, with 20 years suspended during five years of supervised probation.

The other defendants indicted on the federal conspiracy charge were Rodney Lee Braun, Charles James Chadwick, Dale Kenneth Fish, Dee Augusta Gillette, Justin John Hinkel and Dean Derwood Windhorst.

Brock Fish, Windhorst, Link, Samsa, Schneider  and Gillette also were charged separately with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within a school zone.

All of the defendants have either reached plea agreements or pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and are awaiting sentencing.

Myers and defense attorney Stormy Vickers of Fargo jointly recommended that Senger serve a 144-month sentence. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Senger to 139 months, giving him credit for five months served in a halfway house.

“I plan to live a sober life after this, that’s for sure,” Senger told the judge.

Three methamphetamine labs were found over just three days time last week in Oconee County. These labs represent some of the residential dangers associated with the manufacture of this illegal and highly dangerous drug, but there are hidden dangers on the roadside too. Many of the materials used to make meth are highly toxic either by themselves or when mixed and require special clean-up procedures. An increasingly popular way to make this drug is by using two-liter soft drink bottles. When manufacturers are finished, they simply toss these bottles alongside roadways. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt warns that these two-liter soft drink bottles are dangerous. “If you see a two liter drink bottle and it looks really suspicious, don’t even pick it up, for sure don’t open it, just walk away, call law enforcement, report what you find and let law enforcement come out and deal with it.” There is always a presence of life threatening gases in relation to any meth lab, even those labs that are created in drink bottles, and the chemicals used in the process of making meth can cause different injuries and reactions to the human body. Once again, do not touch suspicious soda bottles, call law enforcement and report them.




SALTON CITY, Calif.A suspected narcotics smuggler was arrested Saturday  after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station found several bundles of methamphetamine hidden in her SUV.

According to a release, the 36-year-old woman was stopped around 8:20 p.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint.


A secondary inspection was ordered after a canine detection team alerted agents to her Chrysler Pacifica. While searching the SUV, agents said they found five bundles of meth hidden under the rear seat.

The methamphetamine weighed 12.5 lbs. and had an estimated street value of $81,250, according to Border Patrol release.

Agents said the suspected smuggler is a United States citizen and she was taken into custody Saturday night. The drugs and her SUV were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.




Federal authorities have charged three Decatur men with drug trafficking after a Potter County deputy found more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of cocaine in a rental car during an Interstate 40 traffic stop earlier this month.

Michael Glenn Winters, 57, Juan Madrid, 39, and Madrid’s son, Juan, 19, were charged July 17 with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.


Shortly before 9 a.m. on July 16, a Potter County deputy patrolling I-40 stopped a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz on a traffic offense of following too closely. The deputy talked to Winters, the driver and sole occupant, and issued him a warning ticket. The deputy noticed indicators of possible criminal activity, asked Winters for permission to search the car, and Winters agreed, according to federal court records.

As the deputy checked the vehicle, he noticed the spare tire appeared to be heavier than normal. The deputy then used a density meter on the tire and the device showed a higher-than-normal reading.

The deputy checked the tire further and found six bundles inside. Four of the bundles contained methamphetamine and two contained cocaine. About an hour later, the DEA agent read Winters his constitutional rights and Winters agreed to cooperate with authorities, according to court records.

Winters told investigators he was hauling narcotics for a person he knew as Juan and Juan’s father, a man he knew as Pelon. Winters gave authorities a telephone number for Juan Madrid, 19, and investigators obtained photographs of the two men, who Winters identified.

Winters told authorities he was a methamphetamine user, had been buying drugs from the men for the past few months and agreed to work for them. On one occasion, the elder Madrid paid for Winters to fly to California, where the elder Madrid gave him money to open a bank account to obtain a rental car, according to a federal criminal complaint. After renting the car, Winters gave the car to the elder Madrid so it could be loaded with narcotics. Winters then drove the vehicle back to Texas and received a $2,000 payment for the trip.

During the week of July 6, Winters was contacted again to make another trip to California. The younger Madrid picked Winters up and they drove to Santa Ana, Calif., where Winters received money to rent a vehicle. Winters rented the vehicle and gave it to the teen, who took the vehicle for about nine hours so drugs could be loaded inside it.

The pair, traveling in separate vehicles, then drove back to Texas, and Winters was eventually stopped by the Potter County deputy. After he was arrested, Winters told investigators Juan Madrid, 19, was following him in a Cadillac when he was stopped. A DEA agent then contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety to look for the Cadillac, which was stopped about 4 p.m. July 16 near Bellevue. The trooper identified the driver as Juan Madrid, 19, who was accompanied by two juvenile siblings, and the teen was arrested.

When questioned, Juan Madrid said he met Winters through his father and made statements blaming Winters. A DEA task force officer told the teen he did not believe that was true, and the younger Madrid told investigators a group was bringing about 10 pounds of methamphetamine to Decatur weekly. The teen then said he did not want to speak further with investigators before talking with his father, according to a criminal complaint.

During interviews with investigators, Winters told them he was a longtime methamphetamine user. According to the DEA, Winters’ criminal history includes convictions or arrests for driving while intoxicated, assault and arson.

An Amarillo magistrate has ordered Winters to remain in federal custody. Juan Madrid, 19, identified in county jail records as Juan Madrid Jr., was released on a $25,000 bond. Information about whether the elder Madrid has been arrested was unavailable Monday.



The American College of Medical Toxicology will present ‘Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories’ in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 21, 2014. The course will provide training to law enforcement, healthcare providers and public health professionals on hazards and health effects related to methamphetamine use and exposure to chemicals present in clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will present an educational course titled ‘Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories’ on August 21, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The course, which is partially sponsored by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Indian Health Services, will provide training to law enforcement, emergency physicians and prehospital care providers, public and environmental health professionals, HAZMAT professionals and others who work with medical and policy issues related to clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

The course focuses largely on the clinical effects and chemical hazards associated with methamphetamine production and abuse as well as the clean-up and remediation of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. The methods and principles behind methamphetamine production will be reviewed. Participants will be able to identify environmental hazards, choose appropriate personal protection equipment to minimize personal risk of toxicity, and explore the various modalities available to treat exposed victims, including children. Course participants will have interactive instruction in preparing for, responding to, and mitigating chemical toxicity associated with clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

Course faculty includes experts in the field of medical toxicology who have extensive experience directly caring for patients suffering from the adverse effects of chemical agents and poisons. According to Kurt Kleinschmidt, MD, a medical toxicologist with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the course director, “This course has something for all types of providers. Importantly, the group discussions enable the participants to better understand everyone’s unique perspective.” ACMT first developed the Environmental and Health Consequences of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories course 9 years ago under a contract with the ATSDR. ACMT has provided single-day training in methamphetamine laboratory awareness 21 times to more than 1400 participants in the United States and its territories. Organizations may contact ACMT for information on presenting this course to their members.

ACMT is a professional, non-profit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of activities.




A YOUNG mother was raped and humiliated by a depraved real-estate agent who was out of control on the drug ice, police allege.

The 35-year old woman was allegedly bound with cable ties, repeatedly raped and subjected to degrading abuse during her horrific ordeal on April 2 this year.


Henry Jiang, 32, of Maidstone, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault, false imprisonment, and theft. Court documents have revealed Mr Jiang initially hired the woman’s services through an escort agency and had consensual sex with her before turning feral.

The alleged attack was carried out in an empty home in East Doncaster in the early hours of the morning.

Police allege Mr Jiang became agitated after he was unable to perform sexually during his $350 allotted hour, which he paid for in cash. The court heard the pair had earlier smoked the drug ice together before having protected sex.

But when the woman attempted to leave, Mr Jiang allegedly bound her hands and arms with cable ties and shoved a sponge into her mouth. Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg described the alleged attack as “humiliating” and “degrading”.

In applying for bail for the second time, Mr Jiang told the court he had been subjected to racial vilification by a prison guard and assaulted by an inmate while on remand.

Mr Jiang’s parents, who have travelled from China to support their son, have offered a $100,000 surety to the court to ensure his release on bail. Mr Rozencwajg will make his decision on Friday.



According to Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, Monday morning Brown County CID detectives arrested 35-year-old Kevin Sliger, a primary target of Operation Tangled Web, an investigation into the methamphetamine trafficking in Brownwood and Brown County that has so far netted 54 suspects.

Deputies also arrested 30-year-old Jeanna Hopkins who accompanied Sliger as he fled from officers. Sliger, a fugitive and upper-level drug trafficker wanted for engaging in organized crime caused a vehicle accident near Fourth Street and Coggin Avenue in Brownwood, and was arrested by officers after a lengthy foot pursuit.

At about 11:00 a.m. Brown County detectives established surveillance on Kevin Sliger who, when he saw officers approaching, fled in a red Isuzu rodeo. The chase ensued across several city streets and alleys as deputies observed Hopkins and Sliger throw evidence, including currency, meth, cocaine, and a handgun from the vehicle.

Sliger’s vehicle ran a stop sign at the corner of Avenue G and 4th Street near Coggin Avenue and was struck by another vehicle. It came to rest in front of Allegiance Emergency Ambulance Service. This disabled Sliger’s vehicle and he fled on foot for about four blocks before being arrested. Hopkins was arrested at the accident scene. The driver of the other vehicle received only minor injuries.

BCSO deputies seized about 14 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of cocaine, less than two ounces of Marijuana, a .380 semi-automatic pistol, and over $4,000 in currency. Sliger has a lengthy violence criminal history including: kidnapping, multiple assaults, multiple drug trafficking offenses, endangerment of a child, tampering with evidence, and multiple evading arrests. He was armed and considered dangerous. He will be charged with offenses out of Monday’s arrest.

At present, the Tangled Web grand total of suspects is now 54 defendants with 62 charges. Tangled Web began about two years ago to specifically target methamphetamine traffickers in Brown County.




NOGALES, Ariz. — $69,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized in two separate smuggling attempts through the Port of Nogales this weekend, according to a Department of Homeland Security press release.

Border Patrol officers stopped Obed Jese Perez-Alejandre and referred his truck for additional inspection. A narcotics dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the truck’s rear quarter panel.


The officers found five packages of methamphetamine. The packages weighed more than 12 pounds and are worth an estimated $36,000.

At roughly the same time, officers referred Rolando Rodriguez-Chavez for additional inspection. While searching his sedan, a narcotics dog was alerted by the car’s rocker panels.

Officers found ten packages of methamphetamine. These packages weighed nearly 11 pounds and are worth approximately $33,000.

In both cases, the vehicles and drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.



A woman who was carrying a bottle filled with her own urine is facing a drug possession charge after the liquid tested positive for methamphetamine, according to cops who surmised that the suspect was planning to extract traces of the drug from the bodily waste.

 Cindy Wingo

Cops confronted Cindy Wingo, 33, last Wednesday after spotting her and a male acquaintance loitering outside a vacant South Carolina home. During a subsequent investigation, Wingo consented to an examination of her purse.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies found drug paraphernalia items during the search. Wingo, an investigator noted, “has in the past used illicit substances (i.e., methamphetamine).”

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Deputies also discovered a pill bottle filled with urine. Wingo said that while the container belonged to her daughter, “it was her urine that was in the bottle,” reported Deputy Chaney Brown. Asked about the urine, Brown added, “Cindy was evasive with her answer, and would not give me a straight answer.”

Brown, who has been trained in “methamphetamine and clandestine lab assessment,” reported that, “it is not an uncommon practice for Methamphetamine users to not discard their urine, due to the fact that a portion of the Methamphetamine is excreted out through the urination process.” Users, Bown added, can then “extract the Methamphetamine from the urine or give it to someone who knows how to do this in exchange for more Methamphetamine.”

“Having this in mind, I field tested the liquid in the prescription bottle,” Brown wrote. “It field tested positive for Methamphetamine.”

Wingo, seen at left, was subsequently arrested for drug possession and booked into the county jail. She was released from custody after posting $5000 bond and is scheduled for a September 25 court appearance.






The Tribes war on meth got ammunition with $40,000 in funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week.

The money will go to advertising in the newspapers, radio and by billboard signs, and to fund a “State of the Reservation” meeting where all the good, bad and ugly is brought together with statistics and other factual information to show us where we are currently at in order to plan on where to go from here.

Meth has touched the lives of so many people, it’s almost unimaginable that its abuse continues to rage on among our people. Most everyone who keeps aware knows it’s here. It’s said that getting meth is easier than getting marijuana now days. It’s being manufactured in various ways locally and even laced with highly addictive prescription drugs to make the high even higher. And it’s been said it’s already led to the death of some of our people. It’s too bad that injury and death due to drugs – namely meth – cannot be more publicized. It’s not to sensationalize but to educate so everyone can know how the abusers died.

Where once Fort Peck Housing Authority had a problem with house parties in which violence and even death occurred, today, it’s a problem with meth.

Thirty-eight babies born addicted to meth is the latest statistic to be quoted in the Tribes’ committee minutes.

Homes are being broken into left and right. You can’t leave your home unattended or it will be scoped out and broken into. Don’t leave your checkbook out because meth users will wipe out your account in a heartbeat, taking a slew of other abusers down with them as checks are forged and cashed. Even when you leave your vehicle for an instant to run into the store – lock your door.

It’s really this bad. It seems we are in a war of survival.

There are bright lights out there, positive moves and positive people. But at the same time, we can’t ignore this big spirit of abuse sitting on the shoulders of our people.

This weekend is the first summer celebration to be held in Poplar. It’s going to be a good weekend of soaking up the songs, the dances, the food and the people. We don’t want that image of meth hanging over us. All this newspaper can do is keep bringing it up until everyone gets so sick and tired of it, that we hit that State of the Reservation event being planned and to take everything heart to break this cycle of abuse.

I can’t stand that I can’t let certain relatives in my home and my life due to their meth use, abuse and theft to feed their habit.

Our ancestors were called the “hostiles” by the federal government because we wouldn’t settle down and be good Indians. We were only trying to keep our way of life alive. We need to continue that hostile spirit when it comes to abuse of drugs among our people. Especially when mothers are leaving their kids, and dads are leaving their families.





WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.


Around 5:30 a.m., an officer made contact with Patrick Collier, 31, at Walgreen’s on Cypress at Thomas Road.  The officer discovered a glass pipe used for smoking crystal meth and an insulin needle for injecting in his pants pockets. Collier gave officers consent to search his vehicle, where additional needles, meth and part of a homemade pipe were found.

Collier admitted everything recovered was used for meth, but denied possession of the drug.

He was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

This isn’t Collier’s first drug arrest. In March of this year, Collier was arrested on the same charges.



A woman was going to be paid $20,000 for successfully delivering $1,143,000 worth of liquid crystal meth.

However, the drug smuggling ended in an arrest on Thursday, July 24th at Hidalgo International Bridge.


Fabiola Moreno is accused in the crime after US Customs and Border Protection said they found crystal meth inside the muffler of a Chevy truck she was driving.

At first, Moreno told authorities she was from Georgia and flew to McAllen from Florida. She then took a taxi to Reynosa.

In Reynosa, Moreno visited with her father and was taking the truck to McAllen “as a favor”, according to what she told authorities.


After hearing her story, a Customs officer referred her to secondary inspection where a canine altered authorities to the drug.

She was placed under arrest, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) personnel were called to extract the liquid meth.

The liquid meth began to crystalize as it was being extracted.

Moreno allegedly told authorities she was going to be paid thousands of dollars to illegally transport the drug from Reynosa into the US.

The 28-year-old is currently jailed and is set to appear for a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby on July 30th at 9:00 a.m.