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Natali+Rose+GitelmanWAYNESBORO, Va. — The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Maryland woman early Sunday morning after they found her passed out in a wrecked car loaded with suspected methamphetamine.

Officers charged Natali Rose Gitelman, 31, of North Potomac, Md. with a felony, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana.

On Oct. 26 at approximately 4 a.m., officers responded to the Sunoco, 1175 East Main Street, to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked on the lot. The caller indicated that the vehicle was improperly parked with two people apparently passed out inside. When officers arrived, they found Gitelman, in the driver’s seat, and a 34-year-old man sleeping in a heavily damaged 1996 Toyota Camry.

The officers woke the subjects and investigated the damage. Gitelman told the officers that she was en route from Maryland to Georgia when she crashed on Interstate 64 near mile marker 99. During the course of the interview, Gitelman admitted having marijuana and a pipe in the vehicle. The officers recovered the items inside the vehicle. Gitelman’s male passenger told the officers that she was traveling to Georgia to pick up drugs and that he was “just along to be security;” however, he was only armed with a BB gun and a knife.

As the search of the vehicle continued, they found several rock like items in a purse that Gitelman said belonged to her; however, she claimed the suspected drugs weren’t hers. She told the officers that she found the items on the floorboard of her car. She told them she was sure it was methamphetamine because she tasted it and knows what meth tastes like.

The officers field tested the rock like items, which yielded a positive result for methamphetamine. Several others items that are related to drug distribution, i.e. scales, cash, glass containers, plastic baggies, were also located during the search of the vehicle.

The male passenger was released but officers arrested Gitelman at the scene. She is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

She also faces traffic charges from the Virginia State Police for the car crash.




(KMSP) – Meth used to be found in mostly rural areas because of the smell and danger associated with making it. But over the last few years it has made its way into the metro and is growing in popularity with younger users.

“Devastating, just destroyed me and made me someone I didn’t want to be at all,” Nick from Savage, Minn. said. He started abusing Adderall in the 9th grade, and then graduated to pot, cocaine, and heroin. But when his friends introduced him to meth, he found the “high” he was looking for.

“It was that invincibility,” Nick said. “It was that power. I was The Hulk and I’m going to smash you now.”

Nick is one of a new wave of drug users getting hooked on the illegal stimulant. After peaking in popularity in the late 90s and bottoming out in the mid-2000s, thanks in part to public service campaigns like “Faces of Meth” which show the damage the drug can do to a user’s mind and body, local addiction counselors say meth use has done an “about face” in Minnesota.

“It used to be meth was a rural thing, a rural cultish clique of people making their own meth and selling it to their circle,” Dr. Joe Lee at Hazelden said. “Now it has gone mainstream. Gangs are selling it. Other organizations are selling it right in the city.”

Dr. Lee says meth manufactures no longer need a big lab which could possibly explode to make their product.With a new method called “shake and bake,” all it takes is a few chemicals in a plastic pop bottle to create a cheaper version of the drug. According to Dr. Lee, shows like “Breaking Bad” have unintentionally made meth more attractive to a new generation of users.

“The irony really is that despite all the dangers on the show of using methamphetamine, kids still cling to the glamorization of the drug use and that’s how powerful the media messaging can be,” Dr. Lee said.

“I’ve seen every episode of Breaking Bad,” Nick said. “I idolized the show.”

Nick says it was more the price and availability of meth that made him want to “break bad.” But in the end, the temporary “high” didn’t outweigh the reality of hitting rock bottom.

“Anything is better than that,” Nick said. “Really, it will literally destroy your life.”




dt_common_streams_StreamServerwertgFriday, a possible first in the area.

Athol police arrested Joseph Hamel, 28, and subsequently called the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit and the Drug Enforcement Agency to remove a portable meth lab from the back of his mother’s car. Methamphetamine labs are famously combustible.

Crystal methamphetamine is an established problem drug in much of the rest of the country, but is rarely heard of in western Massachusetts.

“First time that I’ve ever dealt with it,” said Athol Police narcotics officer and Northwestern Anti-Crime Task Force member Jarret Mousseau.

“Hopefully it’s an isolated case,” Mousseau said.

On Monday, Hamel pleaded innocent at his arraignment in Orange District Court to three charges of manufacturing, possession with intent to distribute and simple possession of methamphetamine, a Class B drug. Judge David Ross ordered Hamel held on $25,000 cash bail.

Hamel’s address is variously listed in court papers as the apartment in which he was arrested, 159 Park St., Apt. 3, Athol, and a Blackington Road, New Salem address. In explaining his decision to hold Hamel on bail, Ross wrote Hamel reported himself to be homeless and living seasonally in Maine.

According to Mousseau’s police report, he and another officer, acting on a tip from the Park Street apartment building’s landlord and with permission from the apartment resident, searched the apartment for a portable meth lab and found Hamel, whom they arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Ross set a second bail of $25,000 on those charges: warrants from a 2008 case in which Hamel was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a prescription opioid, half a Percocet, without a prescription.dt_common_streams_StreamServereweew

Tipped off that the lab was in a PT Cruiser driven by a man matching Hamel’s description, Mousseau questioned Hamel. Hamel allegedly admitted that all the chemicals needed to make meth were in the trunk of the black PT Cruiser, the car belonging to his mother and driven to the parking lot by himself, and later described manufacturing the drug to sell it for profit in a recorded interview.

Members of the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit, DEA, Athol Fire Department and more Athol Police and members of the Anti-Crime Task Force responded.

Mousseau said the lab and ingredients all fit into a large laptop bag. “It’s highly portable, you could bring it inside, you could carry it in the woods, you could do it in your car, it’s very small and portable,” Mousseau said.

Hamel cooperated with the investigation and later told police that he had left some of the finished product under a mattress inside the apartment, according to the report. Mousseau wrote the tenant told him to “get it the hell out of there” when told of the meth, worried his 4-year-old son would find the drug.

Police seized unidentified pills and less than a gram of a flaky white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.



MUNCIE – Two people had to be decontaminated Friday after a meth lab allegedly popped on them.

On Friday, officers arrested and booked Richard Morris, 41, of 1400 E. Fifth St., and Amanda Doss, 27, and Dusty Norris, 23, both of 1613 E. First St. The trio has been accused of making and selling methamphetamine in Delaware County.

Authorities received a complaint about suspicious activity taking place at Morris’ residence, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers searched the home, and allegedly found several items commonly used to manufacture meth.

Several guns and knives were also found throughout the house, documents said. There was also hypodermic needles found in the kitchen, as well as several plastic bottles containing a crystal like residue.

Doss allegedly told police that she and Norris had a meth lab pop on them, causing her skin to burn. A decontamination site was put up at the scene and the two people were decontaminated before being transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, documents said.

All three suspects were preliminarily charged with four felonies, with the highest being dealing in methamphetamine. They remain at the Delaware County jail on Monday under $35,000 bond.

In other police news:

State troopers and local officers arrested three people over the weekend for allegedly conspiring to manufacture meth.

The group was arrested Friday after officials were tipped off to a meth making scheme, according to an affidavit. Paraphernalia and ingredients, including empty pseudoephedrine packs, were also found in Davis’ house, documents said.

Derrick Davis, 34, of 17909 N. Wheeling Ave., and Spring Miller, 26, and Jeremy Williams, 37, both of 1816 E. 23rd St., were all preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance, in addition to several misdemeanors.

As of Monday, all three remain in custody at the Delaware County jail.



 Police say a man carrying meth and armed with a large machete tried to fight an officer early Tuesday morning.

According to police, around 3:45 a.m. CSPD Officer Spicuglia spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle driving slowly behind several shops in the area of North Academy and Flintridge. When Spicuglia stopped the driver, he noticed the man was carrying a machete.

The driver allegedly turned combative once the officer started searching for other weapons. Police say he tried throwing several punches at Spicuglia, but was quickly detained and taken into custody. After he was arrested, police say Spicuglia found meth on him.

The suspect has been identified as John Britten.




Christina OsborneA visit from social services resulted in the arrest of a Cumberland woman on multiple drug charges including manufacturing methamphetamine.

Christina M. Osborne, 27, was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Bargo on Friday.

According to the citation, Bargo and Officer Mark Saylor went along to assist social services with a complaint concerning Osborne. Upon request from police, Osborne consented to a search of the home and cars.

Bargo said a search of the residence turned up several items including several large white oval pills with 800 on one side and the letters GAB on the other. Officers also found a needle inside a drawer. A garbage can was found to contain a green bottle with a white salt-like substance inside and a needle.

Social services removed the children from the residence.

Osborne was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

Osborne was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $50,000 full cash bond.




LAREDO, TEXAS (CBP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry seized 40 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamines (meth) in an enforcement action at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge.

“The detection of this seizure can be attributed to the primary officer’s interviewing technique and the keen observation skills from the officers operating our non-intrusive imaging system,” said Acting Port Director Joseph Misenhelter, Laredo Port of Entry.meth+seizure4

The incident occurred on Oct. 23 at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2004 Ford Expedition for a secondary examination.

CBP officers conducting non-intrusive imaging system inspections noticed anomalies within the vehicle. An intensive examination of the Expedition by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 114 bundles that allegedly contained 40 pounds of crystal meth.

CBP officers seized the Ford Expedition and the narcotics, valued at $806,000. CBP officers arrested a 34-year-old Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in connection to the seizure and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

CBP’s Laredo Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.


img_2527EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – A car crash in East Palestine Sunday turned into a more serious situation for authorities on the scene.

Police told WKBN they found a suspected mobile meth lab while investigating an accident on East Market Street near James Street.

A firefighter responding to the crash said he saw 22-year old Jordan Wales go to his trunk and take out a bag. Police said there was a plastic pop bottle inside used to mix chemicals to make methamphetamine.

Officer Alex Pryor was treated at the scene after inhaling fumes while searching the bag. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force was called to secure the scene.

Wales was charged with illegal possession of chemicals used to make methamphetamine. He was immediately arraigned on Monday and held on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.




JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Drug Task Force agents say they found “several one-pot meth labs” inside a car after that car went up in flames.5411752_G

The Johnson City Police and Fire Departments responded to the car fire around 10:30 Monday morning below the I-26 overpass, just off East Main Street in downtown Johnson City. Although police say several vehicles were parked near the car, no other cars were damaged and fire crews were able to put out the fire quickly.

DTF agents says a man and a woman are in custody. Investigators say the woman suffered minor burns. Both have since been de-contaminated, according to the DTF.

Tara N. Hall, 28, and Simon Hughes, 31, of Johnson City were arrested on charges of felony drug paraphernalia and felony possession of methamphetamine.5404941_G

Investigators say they found six “one-pot” meth labs and 10 other bottle components inside the car.

Officers say the car was registered to Hall, who was operating the car at the time of the fire.

Both Hall and Hughes are being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on October 28.






Update: Police say 2 arrested after meth lab mishap results in car fire

Police said a city couple was arrested on felony drug charges after they caught their car on fire while trying to make methamphetamine.

On Monday morning, Johnson City police arrested Simon Hughes, 31, and Tara N. Hall, 28, both of 293 Austin Springs Road, Apt. 98, after emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot between East Main and East Market streets, under the Interstate 26 overpass.tara%20hall%202

In the arrest report, police said Johnson City firefighters from Fire Station 3 had extinguished the vehicle fire by the time officers arrived, but the vehicle, a white 1995 Honda Accord, had been consumed in the process. Additionally, police said firefighters told them a woman at the scene kept trying to retrieve items from the burning car, even after firefighters instructed her to stay back. Police said that woman, who was identified as Hall and as the car’s owner, was treated for minor burns to her hands at the scene.

Once the fire had been extinguished, police said, officers then began to search the vehicle. According to JCPD Capt. Debbie Botelho, who was at the scene, that search resulted in the discovery of what police would later determine was the cause of the fire.

“We did locate components of a meth lab,” Botelho said. “It looked to me like they had little shake-and-bake bottles.” 

Upon that discovery, police said, Hall was taken into custody and officers contacted the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force to process the scene. Police said Hall denied any ownership of the materials — which was later determined to be six one-pot labs and 10 other bottle components — saying someone else put them in her car while it was immobile within the last two weeks.

During the course of her conversation with officers, police said, Hall said her boyfriend had been riding with her before the fire and she had dropped him off at Medical Care, located across the street from the parking lot at 401 E. Main St. Police said the boyfriend, who was later identified as Hughes, emerged from Medical Care and began to walk away from the parking lot. After officers caught up with Hughes, police said, he also denied any knowledge of the presence of drug paraphernalia inside the car. Police said despite those denials, both Hughes and Hall were decontaminated and taken into custody. simon%20hughes%202

After Hughes and Hall were taken away, police, fire and Washington County/Johnson City EMS workers remained at the scene to assist Task Force personnel as they sorted through hazardous materials at the scene. Task force agents burned some of the hazardous materials left at the scene, while other items were collected and itemized. The car was towed away from the parking lot around 2:20 p.m.

Hughes and Hall were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony drug paraphernalia. They were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where they were each being held on $20,000 bond. Their arraignments were scheduled to take place this afternoon in Sessions Court. 

Police said two city residents were arrested on felony drug charges after they caught their car on fire while making methamphetamine.

On Monday afternoon, Johnson City police arrested Simon Hughes, 31, and Tara N. Hall, 28, both of 293 Austin Springs Road, hours after police responded to the vehicle fire.941e9e0b33b96fafd26baf4adcf4c1b9

According to a JCPD press release, officers arrived at the parking lot of 401 E. Main St. to find a white 1995 Honda Accord engulfed in flames. Police said the subsequent investigation revealed the fire began as a result of the manufacture of methamphetamine in six “one-pot” labs. Additionally, police said they found 10 other bottle components.

Hughes and Hall were each charged with felony drug paraphernalia and felony possession of methamphetamine and were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where they were each being held on a $20,000 bond. Their arraignments were scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon in Sessions Court.








KUALA LUMPUR: Seven Iranian drug suspects, including the syndicate’s kingpin, were nabbed after a month-long surveillance.

They were picked up together with a Malaysian woman, all ages between 22 and 46, at several locations here last week. KL04_271014_DADAH

Seven cars used by the syndicate, including a Mercedes Benz and Volvo, and over 7kg of methamphetamine worth about RM1.1mil were seized.

Federal Narcotics (NCID) director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the arrests came after surveillance carried out by the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING).

“We arrested seven Iranians, including two women, and the Malaysian woman in the raids from Wednesday to Thursday (last week).

“They were picked up at locations in Jalan Kuching, Mont Kiara, Penchala Link Highway and Desa Sri Hartamas,” he told reporters.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence.




A company that operates this state’s pseudoephedrine tracking system claims its software is helping to drive down sales of the drug. And a company representative along with a detective from Louisiana told members of the West Virginia news media that the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) is also helping law enforcement track and prosecute people who are using pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine instead of using it to treat the sniffles.

“It has proven itself to be effective,” said Bridget Lambert, president of the West Virginia Retailers Association, which hosted a media event for the NPLEx system last week.

NPLEx, which was first brought on line in West Virginia in January 2013, allows law enforcement and retailers to track purchases and block sales to individuals who exceed purchase limits. In this state, individuals may purchase no more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per day, 7.2 grams in 30 days or 48 grams per year.

NPLEx is used in 30 states, including all of West Virginia’s neighbors except Maryland. The software is produced by Appriss, a company based in Louisville, Ky. And the NPLEx system is supported by the West Virginia Retailers Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is the same pharmaceutical lobbying group that fought heavily this year against a state proposal to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only except for the tamper-resistant forms like Nexafed and Zephrex-D.

According to data provided by Appriss, sales of pseudoephedrine have declined from 2013 to 2014. Here in West Virginia, the NPLEx system tracked 728,825 grams of pseudoephedrine sold in January through September of 2013 but only 456,883 grams during the same period this year, a decrease of about 37 percent.

The number of pseudoephedrine purchases blocked by the NPLEx system and the number of individual purchases also fell. Krista McCormick, an Appriss account manager, said she believes the drop is attributable to the NPLEx system.

A detective in the St. Tammary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisana said the system has helped law enforcement in that state track and prosecute manufactures of meth. He said in his practice, the system was helpful in allowing tracking of suspects.

In Kanawha County, the number of meth labs located annually from 2006 through 2013 by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has ranged from a high of 73 in 2008 to a low of 22 in 2010. There were 30 located in 2013 and as of Oct. 8 this year the sheriff’s office has located 17 labs.




NANTICOKE — A methamphetamine lab is believed to have been the source of an explosion that blew two doors off their hinges at an apartment building here on Saturday night.

The State Police Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement posted and cordoned off the building on Lee Mine Street after the blast, which occurred at about 8 p.m.

The posting states: “A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location on 10/25/14 by the Pennsylvania State Police. Known hazardous chemicals have been disposed of pursuant to law. However, there still may be hazardous substances or waste products on this property either in buildings or on the ground itself. Please exercise caution while on these premises.”

Several people who allegedly were cooking meth inside the apartment building fled after the explosion. About a half dozen units in the building were evacuated. Emergency personnel in protective hazmat gear removed chemicals from the building.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Additional information was unavailable Sunday night.




WASHINGTON CITY — In addition to driving under the influence and various other traffic charges, a Washington City man was arrested for felony drug possession Thursday after officers discovered he had more than lint in his socks.Gary

Officer Colton Skeem, of the Washington City Police Department, pulled over Gary Henderson, of Washington City, for a traffic stop after seeing him drive by, running his registration and discovering his motorcycle was uninsured, Skeem wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

After being pulled over, Henderson told the officer his motorcycle was covered by insurance and began looking for the appropriate paperwork. While Henderson did this, Skeem noticed the mans’s speech and body movements were slow.

Henderson was unable to find any insurance documents.

When Skeem asked Henderson to perform field sobriety tests, Henderson said he recently had surgery on his foot. He removed one of his shoes and a sock to show Skeem and other responding officers a surgical scar on his foot. He then placed the sock in his pocket, replaced the shoe on his foot and began attempting to perform the tests, Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson failed the field sobriety tests. Skeem left him temporarily with a fellow officer, and shortly thereafter, that officer alerted Skeem that Henderson was pulling his sock apart and there was a small bag of suspected methamphetamine inside the sock.

“Gary advised he did not know what (the bag) was and that it wasn’t his,” Skeem said in the statement.

Henderson refused to participate in a drug test

Skeem arrested Henderson for suspected DUI metabolite and transported him to the Washington City Police Department. Once there, Henderson refused to participate in a drug test, Skeem said in the statement, so Skeem submitted an e-warrant, which was approved. The Washington Fire Department responded to draw Henderson’s blood.

“Gary was then transported to jail for DUI metabolite and possession of Methamphetamine,” Skeem wrote in the statement.

Henderson was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine; a class B misdemeanor charge for driving with a measurable controlled substance in his body; another class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; a class C misdemeanor for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement; and a class B misdemeanor for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Henderson was booked on $7,030 bail. He has since posted bail and been released from custody, according to current bookings information.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.




Detectives have charged two men after seizing nearly $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in Broome.

Police executed a search warrant last week and allegedly found 48 grams of the drug inside a car parked at a Broome hotel.

A 28-year-old Mandurah man has already appeared in the Broome Magistrates Court charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possessing unlawful cash and possessing a smoking implement.

His 31-year-old co-accused, who is from the north-west, is due to appear in the Port Hedland Magistrates Court at a later date.




A Humboldt County parolee allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine allegedly drove a stolen golf cart on the 101 freeway in an effort to escape from the California Highway Patrol.

According to a CHP press release, Cory Peterson allegedly stole a golf cart from the Sun Valley Bulb Farm in Arcata at 7:46 a.m on Friday and crashed into a parked car. The Times Standard reported that the CHP responded to the alleged incident and found the 35-year-old a half hour later driving the golf cart south on U.S. Highway 101 from Giuntoli

Peterson allegedly tried to evade the officers by stepping on the accelerator and was reported to have reached speeds as high as 10 mph in the southbound lanes, center median and shoulder. Assumedly, deciding that running may be a faster way to evade the officers, he took to foot and was apprehended “within seconds.”

The Standard reported that Peterson was booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of felony vehicle theft, felony drug influence and evading police.




Elisha Horn, also known as Elisha Ann Resler 34, was charged Thursday with possession of meth, a felony.

Horn who has failed to appear in court to face charges twice this yaer, was found at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police went to a home in the 2300 block of E. Philip on a tip that she was there.genThumb

Police found and searched Horn as well as her belongings, and they found paraphernalia commonly used for smoking meth, multiple syringes, a scale, bag of marijuana, as well as a small empty zip lock baggie having faint residue that later field tested positive for meth, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

Horn was charged with two counts of meth possession, plus failure to appear, and she is also charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, both of which are infractions.

She faces a total of $45,000 in jail bonds.




800px-Crystal_MethJakarta. Police say they have arrested three men — including a prison guard — involved in an operation to supply large amounts of crystal methamphetamine to Cipinang Prison.

The drug ring was exposed on Sunday, after a plan to pick up one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in East Jakarta was botched, and a member of the ring detained in a citizen’s arrest.

A Cipinang Prison inmate, who is already serving a life sentence for drug smuggling, has been arrested, along with a former inmate at the prison — identified as Gilang — and the guard.

Not in this neighborhood

Gilang was detained by residents on Sunday after leaving a package containing the drugs at a mobile phone kiosk in Jatinegara, police said.

The kiosk owner, after alerting a security guard named Suharto to the package, called Gilang — who had bought credit for his phone at the kiosk — to come back and pick up the package. He was detained by residents when he returned.

According to testimony from Gilang, he was ordered to drop the drugs at the kiosk by the Cipinang Prison inmate, who police have identified as Y.F. The guard was to pick up the package and deliver it to Y.F, police claimed.

Up to 20 years

Gilang, who told police he met Y.F while serving five years at Cipinang, said he was to receive Rp 10 million ($830) for successfully dropping the package off. He has been charged under the 2009 Law on Narcotics and could face up to 20 years in jail.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Afrisal, head of the drug division at the East Jakarta Police, said the crystal meth was to be sold to prisoners.

He said he would coordinate with the directorate general for correctional facilities at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in his investigation into Y.F’s dealing inside the prison. Y.F is serving a life sentence at the prison on drug charges.



ebc8dcbb96e8eb15576ee3e3c37e9e1bLes Stroud, host of Survivorman, is having trouble with what Humboldt folks call normal life. (Remember, he’s up here shooting an episode of his show.) This morning, he wrote on his Facebook page,

well – I’m [in] Hoopa California in the mountains trying to shoot this episode – and man!!!! everything is going wrong – this is the craziest shoot i have ever attempted – i have been here a week and i have nothing to show for it – rain held me back – cameras not working right – people messing up – just never ending….maybe its all the smell of pot in the air – every bend in the road you smell a new flavor of pot – deep in the surrounding hills there are numerous pot farms and meth labs - it’s a dangerous place and i am trying to keep clear of those areas….I’m headed out in an hour deep into the forest yet again to hopefully stay….crazy place – but incredibly beautiful….

Hope he isn’t blowing away today or getting struck by lightning….And, joking aside, we’re glad we’re not out in that storm today.




RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Four people have been arrested after a drug bust in Box Elder yielded nearly a pound of methamphetamine and $2,500 in cash.

Authorities say the home is owned by 44-year-old Sheila Buchholz, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, and possession of meth. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The Rapid City Journal reports ( that 42-year-old Christopher Block, 21-year-old Miranda Clark and 54-year-old Bradley Dethlefs are charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police also confiscated a gun and drug paraphernalia from the home on Old Calvary Road.

Court documents do not list lawyers for the defendants.




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Recovering addicts will be the stars of public service announcements, planned by the Portsmouth Police Department, in an effort to connect people struggling with addiction with people who can help.

It’s a project being led by police detective Rebecca Hester, while Portsmouth Police Commissioner Jerry Howe, his wife Jocelyn Frechette and a family trust they manage have donated a combined $5,750 toward the cost of producing the video announcements.

“We can’t afford to only talk about prevention and education as an answer, without addressing the very real immediate need of those families and individuals already embroiled in the struggle,” Hester said. “Yes, we have to enforce and arrest people, but everyone wants to see people be successful. I have an investment in this community. I’m a parent in this community.”

Announcements about the donations and the PSAs come in the same month that Keith Napolitan, 43, and Cassie Clermont, 30, died in Portsmouth of what police are calling apparent heroin overdoses. Firefighters have responded to other overdoses and in several instances used the opiate antidote Narcan to revive overdose victims, Fire Chief Steve Achilles has said.

The goal of the PSAs is twofold, according to Hester. One is to use the voices of people in recovery to reach others struggling with addiction, as well as their families.

“Our hope is that we will catch that person who might be right on the bubble and give them that path,” she said. “It is incredibly brave to be willing to put yourself out there. I only hope that we can honor that and reach some people who need the message they can bring.”

The announcements will include contact information for resources, Hester said.

The other goal, she said, is to educate the community that addiction “affects everyone.” Hester said she’s spoken with people outside law enforcement and asked for their input about how to reach people using drugs like heroin. She heard from all of them that every family has some connection to someone suffering with addiction.

“Most of us know someone impacted by addiction, but we don’t talk about it,” said Hester, adding that for some people in recovery, anonymity is valuable.

For others, she said, talking about it helps them and likely helps struggling addicts. Frank talk by people who’ve been there could remove stigma eclipsing paths to recovery, she said.

“We have several individuals and families that are willing to put themselves out there to the public as the voice of the project and we have the support of the professional communities impacted directly,” she said.

Jason Corkum, 38, recently gave an interview to Seacoast Sunday about his battle with an addiction to crack cocaine while working in the local restaurant industry. Now clean and sober for almost two years, Corkum said he enjoys a new truck, trips to sports events and plans to buy a house within five years. He’s also been speaking publicly about his own recovery.

Similarly, former Portsmouth High School football star Jamie Pointer recently spoke from the state prison where he’s incarcerated for robbing a bank while addicted to crack cocaine. Pointer said he, too, hopes to serve as a role model in recovery.

The pending public service announcements, according to Hester, are “not about enforcement or laws, scare tactics or blame.”

“It’s about people and about community,” she said. “It’s about changing stereotypes of who an addict is and is not. It is about coming together to support those directly struggling with addiction and their families to try to remove some of the barriers to treatment and recovery.”

The interview-style videos will focus on people in recovery, community statistics and the impact on social services, the medical community, treatment facilities and police, Hester said. One will be three minutes long and another, produced to air as a television commercial, will be 30 seconds long.

The main message, she said, is that “the community as a whole supports people getting help and that we want people to get help.”

The project has the support of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, the state Department of Health and Human Services, local law enforcement and treatment providers, she said.

“We want it to be just one voice and we want to present this as a whole,” Hester said. “We all recognize there’s a problem and something needs to be done.”

Drive Time Productions and Anchor Line Productions of Portsmouth have been retained to film and produce the videos. To help pay the cost, Howe and Frechette donated $1,000, Frechette’s siblings donated $1,750 and their family trust fund, Banyan Fund, donated $3,000.

Howe cited recent heroin deaths in Portsmouth and a national addiction problem as his family’s reason for donating to help cover the cost of the video project. He called it “absolutely critical” that the local addiction problem be addressed.

Hester said their donation will cover about half the cost of producing the public service announcements. Anyone wishing to donate to help pay the balance is urged to contact Hester at

Perhaps, Hester said, the video announcements will also lead to more treatment options.



A man is behind bars after he allegedly hid methamphetamine in his truck’s tires to smuggle into Dallas.

The incident happened July 22nd as Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers stopped a Ford F-150 truck near Kenedy County on Highway 77 for a defective stop light.

DPS came in contact with driver Pablo Jimenez.

Documents stated that Jimenez gave the troopers permission to search the vehicle.

While searching the truck, troopers found a total of 821 pounds of meth hidden in metal compartments of each of the four tires.

Jimenez was taken into custody, and allegedly admitted he knew the drugs were in the vehicle.

He reportedly told DPS that he was going to get paid for smuggling the drugs to Dallas.

Jimenez is expected to be in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with Magistrate Judge Ronald G. Morgan.




PICO RIVERA ( —  Authorities have arrested a 48-year-old man they said shot a passerby with an arrow Friday evening and kept police at bay for more than six hours in Pico Rivera.

The suspect, now identified as Armando Marron, was taken into custody after a SWAT team shot a tear gas canister into the man’s home early Saturday morning.

A 23-year-old man was walking in the 8500 block of Hasty Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Friday when he was shot in the buttocks by an arrow, said Lt. Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.

The victim led authorities to a home where the suspect lives with his mother and aunt, Villanueva said.

Officials said they recovered two arrows — one from the victim and another from a nearby house where people had gathered out front.

Police said the arrow seemed to be aimed in the direction of the gathered crowd.

After deputies surrounded the suspect’s home, he refused to surrender, Villanueva said.

Just before 5 a.m., SWAT fired the tear gas inside the home and Marron ran out.

He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine, Villanueva said.

Marron is being held at the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $30,000 bail and is due in court in Downey on Tuesday, according to sheriff’s online inmate records.

Villanueva said Marron has been the subject of several previous complaints/disturbances and was well known to police prior to the alleged arrow attack.

Authorities said the man has a long history involving possession of a deadly weapon, forgery, burglary, reckless driving and methamphetamine possession, the lieutenant said.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Some of Indiana’s mayors and law enforcement officials are urging lawmakers to combat the state’s methamphetamine scourge by making some cold medications available only by prescription.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett told about two dozen officials who gathered Friday for a meth summit , including Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, that the goal is for Indiana to join Oregon and Mississippi in making cold medicines containing available only by prescription.

Such medications can be used to make meth, an illegal highly addictive stimulant that’s become a growing problem in Indiana.

“What (meth) is doing to our communities is awful,” Bennett told the gathering at a Terre Haute hotel.

Bennett is the president-elect of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, one of the groups favoring a prescription-only law for medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the Tribune-Star reported ( ).

He said arrests for meth dealing and possession continue to rise in western Indiana, and at least half of the Vigo County Jail’s inmates are there for meth-related crimes.

Summit speaker Niki Crawford of the Indiana State Police meth suppression unit told officials from state agencies, state police and other groups that one box of pseudoephedrine-based medicine is purchased every 15 seconds in Indiana.

“Do we have allergies that bad?” Crawford asked the gathering.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says Indiana is among the top states for meth-related incidents. The DEA reported more than 1,400 meth incidents in Indiana in 2012, behind only Missouri, which had 1,825 such incidents, and Tennessee, which had 1,585.

Supporters of making pseudoephedrine available only by prescription contend that doing so would help combat the state’s meth problem. Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that’s often used in cold medicines, is a key ingredient in making meth.

Oregon started requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine products in July of 2006. That year Oregon reported 63 meth lab incidents. Last year, the state reported nine.

But during a state legislative debate last winter over meth-related bills, Indiana Retail Council president Grant M. Monahan said requiring prescriptions for drugs with pseudoephedrine was bound to increase the cost of health care.

He said people would have to take time off work and pay for doctors’ visits, plus pay for the medicine.




SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport man and a Texas man were sentenced Thursday to 219 months and 168 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation that stretched from Natchitoches, La., to Mexico.

Raymond D. Conley, 39, of Shreveport, was sentenced Thursday to 219 months in prison and Santiago Lopez, 41, of Harlingen, Texas, was sentenced to 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

They were also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to evidence presented at the February 6, 2014 guilty pleas, law enforcement authorities became aware that Conley was storing illegal drugs at a girlfriend’s residence in Natchitoches.

The property was searched on September 9, 2013, and Conley and Lopez were found there. They also found three large plastic wrapped bundles, one of which field tested positive for methamphetamine, and 13 one-ounce baggies containing methamphetamine. Conley admitted to storing the drugs at the Natchitoches home, and Lopez admitted to transporting the drugs from Mexico to the Natchitoches area for distribution.

“Those who deal in illegal narcotics will be brought to justice,” Finley stated. “We will continue to protect our communities from those who want to pollute them with dangerous drugs. I want to commend the prosecutor and the law enforcement agencies in this case for their hard work and dedication to this case.”

The defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation code named “Crystal Bend.”

The DEA, ATF, Louisiana State Police, and Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force participated in this OCDETF operation.




Nanticoke, Luzerne County-Police are investigating an explosion Saturday night in Luzerne County.

The blast hit an apartment building shortly after 8 p-m in Nanticoke. ruzrbhsuuombjqyblxkg

An explosion blew off a door in one of the apartments in the 100 block of Lee Mine Street. Police and the Attorney General’s Office are on the scene investigating if the explosion is the result of methamphetamine manufacturing.

There’s no word if anyone was injured.