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GARNER — Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged a man and woman Tuesday night with manufacturing methamphetamine in the mobile home where they live at 118 Buffaloe Acres Lane, near Garner.Hannah_Jane_Clephane

Christopher Alvar McCord, 31, who was paroled in August after serving time for a meth-related conviction in Johnston County, and Hannah Clephane, 28, also were accused of having meth-making materials and allowing methamphetamine use at their residence.

Deputies had accompanied state Division of Probation and Parole officers to the trailer to serve a warrant accusing Clephane of a probation violation and found drug materials, Capt. James Stevens, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said.Christopher_Alvar_McCord

Clephane was on probation for a misdemeanor drug conviction in Johnston County. She and McCord were convicted in March 2014.

Early Wednesday, a magistrate set Clephane’s bail at $227,000. McCord was being held without bail because of the parole violation, records showed.

The pair was due in court Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article13410488.html

 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – An Ohio man has been charged with breaking into a Port Charlotte home and cooking methamphetamine inside.Brenton Kenneth Mann

Brenton Kenneth Mann, 30, of Akron, Ohio, was charged Friday with burglary after he was found inside a home on Barbour Avenue, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. On Monday, he was charged in relation to the methamphetamine allegations.

Witnesses called the out-of-town home owner after noticing a man walking behind and inside the residence. No one was supposed to be there. When deputies arrived, they met Mann at the back door, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

While deputies checked the house during a burglary investigation, they found suspicious items in the bedroom, which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office. One of the vials exploded while being tested, deputies report. Deputies were wearing protective clothing, and no one was injured.

In addition to burglary, Mann is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of chemicals and possession of methamphetamine. He is being held on $70,000 bail at the Charlotte County jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SALTON CITY, Calif. – A 25-year-old man was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents Saturday morning at the Highway 86 checkpoint after a canine team detected nearly 26 lbs. of methamphetamine stuffed inside the firewall of an SUV.

According to agents with the Indio Station, the suspected drug smuggler was traveling with his 24-year-old girlfriend and their two children; all citizens of Mexico.

While inspecting the SUV at about 10 a.m., agents said they found 20 packages of methamphetamine that weighed 25.90 lbs. The meth has an estimated street value of more than $259,000, according to the Border Patrol.

The man and narcotics are now in the custody of the DEA, which is handling the investigation.

Agents said the woman and her two children were returned to Mexico and the woman’s temporary visitor Visa was revoked.

In the last fiscal year, agents with El Centro Sector Border Patrol have seized more than 445 lbs. of methamphetamine, according to the release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAIRFIELD — A 26-year-old suspected bike thief only made it four blocks away from the man who he allegedly robbed at knifepoint before being stopped and arrested by Fairfield police late Monday night, according to the Fairfield Police Department.

The victim, a 62-year-old Fairfield man, was standing in a parking lot on the 200 block of East Tabor Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. when he was approached by a black man wearing a mask, police said in a press release. The man allegedly pulled out a 6-inch Buck knife and demanded the bike.

The bicyclist handed over his bike and the man then fled south through the parking lot.

Officer Nate Strickland soon thereafter spotted a man riding the bike on the 1800 block of North Texas Street and stopped him. The rider was identified as 26-year-old transient David Daniels. Police said they learned that Daniels was a sex offender who had not registered as required by law. He also had suspected methamphetamine on him, according to police, and was on probation.

The victim identified Daniels as the man who took his bike, which was returned to him by police. Daniels was booked into Solano County jail on suspicion of robbery, failure to register as a sex offender, possession of methamphetamine and for an alleged probation violation.

Anyone with information the incident is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MCEWEN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 58-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on drug-related charges in connection to an on-going homicide investigation in McEwen.william-hunter2

William Hunter is accused of producing methamphetamine at a home where a man as found dead Sunday on Trace Creek Road.

A meth lab was found after authorities were called to the home when the homeowner returned to find the man staying with him was dead.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Hunter is the homeowner.humphreys-county-meth

He was charged with one count of initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Hunter is being held in the Humphreys County jail on $75,000 bond.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the investigation into the homicide is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://wkrn.com/2015/03/10/58-year-old-arrested-on-meth-charges-in-mcewen-homicide-investigation/

 

For the second time in a week, a routine traffic stop by the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department [RCSD] uncovered a stash of methamphetamine on Friday, according to arrest reports on file at the sheriff’s department.54ff51c91e56a_image

Austin Trey Rice, 18, and Denis Lamarr Collins Jr., 41, both of Cleveland, Tenn., were arrested Friday and are currently facing a variety of drug-related charges.

At around noon Friday, RCSD Deputy Jesse Wilkey said he pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 27 and Iowa Avenue in Dayton for minor traffic violations such as failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to use a turn signal.

“Upon the stop, I spoke with Denis Collins and the passenger, Austin Rice,” Wilkey said. “Both were very nervous and physically shaking.”

While speaking with the two men, Wilkey said he saw a blue pill laying in the floorboard behind the driver’s seat and “obtained verbal consent” to search the car.

“I found a tan colored coat in the middle of the back seat,” Wilkey said. “Inside the coat pocket, I found one hypodermic needle, along with a prescription bottle which had black tape around the outside of it containing four plastic bags containing a white crystal-like material believed to be methamphetamine.”

In addition to the alleged methamphetamine, Wilkey said he also found a wooden container in the coat that contained two more plastic bags of a “white, crystal-like material” that was also suspected to be methamphetamine.

Deputies estimate that nearly 11 grams of methamphetamine were discovered in the vehicle.54ff51e5600e0_image

“Both [of the men] stated that the coat containing the listed evidence did not belong to either of them,” Wilkey said. “Upon arrival at the jail and during the booking process, Collins stated that the coat belonged to him.”

Collins was charged with driving on a suspended license, driving while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Collins’ bond was set at $80,000.

Rice was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance for resale and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. Rice’s bond was set at $70,000.

Both men were still incarcerated at the Rhea County Jail as of press time Tuesday, according to jail records.

Only two days prior to Collins’ and Rice’s arrests, the sheriff’s deputies also uncovered a drug stash during another routine traffic stop. In that incident, Crystal Parmenter, 28, of Dayton, and Gary Motley, 26, of Spring City, were charged with simple possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana after being pulled over for running a stop sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If any state in Mexico is emblematic of the country’s struggle with organized crime, drugs and corrupt government, it’s Michoacan. As such it’s been a regular stop for international journalists in Mexico.

At one time or another we’ve almost all passed through; whether to follow the atrocities of the Knights Templar cartel and its predecessor La Familia, the uprising of citizen vigilantes or to document the influxes of federal troops trying to dampen down the frequent outbreaks of violence.2ce20eee30764c7ab491c843c9dd372d_18

But despite the constant media attention, at times it’s felt – at least for this reporter – that we are only hearing the half of what was really going on in the state. People may talk, but when your neighbor or work mate could be a cartel informer, sharing everything you know – especially with a journalist – is for many simply not an option.

When we returned to Michoacan this week things seemed different.

Mexico’s most wanted man, “La Tuta”, had just been captured. Most other leaders of his Knights Templar cartel had also been arrested or killed, and an organization which once held an iron grip on the state appeared to be an irrevocably weakened force.

Suddenly people were talking. Often not on camera – they’re still scared stiff. But in an anecdote once the tape stopped rolling, a tale told away from the ears of co-workers or neighbors. They seemed to be relishing the chance to pour out terrifying or tragic experiences after years of silence.

Over a meal of pork ribs with hot, red chili sauce in a yard on the outskirts of the town of Apatzingan, local women described to our producer Amparo Rodriguez convoys of Knights Templar trucks arriving in their town covered with bullet holes and once even with bloody hand prints on the side of one of the vehicles.

When the trucks came for someone in their street, they would turn off all the lights in their houses, lock their doors and hide their children. You could never be sure who the cartel was after.

On one occasion, the women said, a neighbor was kidnapped and found the day later wrapped in a blanket, dead. On another, a man fought back.

The kidnappers still managed to bundle him into the van, which then went down the road to pick up another victim, but as the second man was taken, the first managed to escape, jumping out and running away. He wasn’t seen in Apatzingan for years and, according to the women, only recently returned after hearing his kidnappers had finally been put in jail.

One of the women told us that in her neighborhood she frequently sees the men who kidnapped her relatives. There is nothing she can do.

The power of the cartel might be broken, but in a country where authorities often have links to organized crime, she still feels that the federal forces can’t or won’t protect her if she speaks out.

Outside of Apatzingan, a farmer described to us an incredible daily route to work: “Every day in just a few kilometers I passed through three check points. First the one where the Knights Templar cartel men searched cars, then the army and after that, the vigilante citizens groups. The vigilantes and the cartel checkpoint were the worst; armed to the teeth like Rambo and high on marijuana. It was pretty frightening.”

The Knights Templar demanded protection money from businesses, large and small, throughout the state – justifying the extortion as a tax paid to them for keeping the peace.

When citizen vigilante groups began to rise up and challenge them in 2013, they changed their tune, said a local businessman: “They sent a letter round politely informing businessmen that their ‘voluntary contributions’ were no longer required and invited everyone to a celebratory meal with them.”

He said that some went, and it wasn’t their first time. Knights Templar leaders apparently regularly held banquets for local businessmen in their strongholds in the Michoacán hills.

It’s clear that even with the Knights Templar significantly weakened, the state still has serious problems. The large numbers of federal police and army sent in haven’t been able to bring down one of the highest homicide rates in the country.

Locals in Apatzingan told us that criminals once employed by the Knights Templar are now killing and robbing indiscriminately – without even the cartel’s command structure to control them.

Others also fear that it is only a matter of time before other cartels, already present in Michoacan, fully step into the void left by the Knights Templar to begin a new reign of terror in the state.

But for now, at least, the silence and the tension appear reduced. And a terrorized populace are able to finally gain some relief by sharing what they have suffered through years of violence, extortion and oppression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/americas/2015/03/mexico-knights-templar-cartel-michoacan-150311022156168.html

 

On March 2012, the US Department of Treasury (USDOT) declared Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Brig. Gen. Gholamreza Baghbani, the commanding officer of the al-Quds Forces (IRGC-QF) to be a kingpin of heroin exports to the West. Seven months later, on Nov. 16, 2012, the US added Mullah Naim Barich, the Taliban’s leader for the southern Afghan province of Helmand, to the list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. While the designation did not directly link Barich to Baghbani, the Taliban commander was involved in smuggling heroin to Iran. Brig. Gen. Gholamreza Baghbani supports heroin and opium smuggling in Iran and Afghanistan “as part of a broader scheme to support terrorism.” The Iranian general supports the drug smugglers in order to arm the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Geographically, the Islamic Republic of Iran is located between the poppy fields of Afghanistan and the West, which makes it the starting point of the world’s major heroin trade routes, supplying the drug to Russia, Western Europe, and the United States.

The Al Quds Force is a branch of the IRGC assigned to national, regional and international special operations and unconventional warfare, it is given priority in terms of funding, training, and equipment. It plays a major role in giving Iran the ability to conduct unconventional warfare overseas using various foreign movements as proxies such as Hamas & Hezbollah. The IRGC-QF  is thought to be composed of 10,000 -15,000 men.

“Established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini, the Revolutionary Guards have grown beyond their basic security function to become a political, social, and economic corporation with a foothold in every aspect of Iranian political and social life. 15. Frederic Wehrey, Jerrold D. Green et al., ““The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp,” RAND, 2009, p. xi.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF) General Gholamreza Baghbani as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  This is the first use of the Kingpin Act against an Iranian official.

“Today’s action exposes IRGC-QF involvement in trafficking narcotics, made doubly reprehensible here because it is done as part of a broader scheme to support terrorism. Treasury will continue exposing narcotics traffickers and terrorist supporters wherever they operate,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

General Gholamreza Baghbani is an IRGC-QF officer and the current chief of the IRGC-QF office in Zahedan, Iran in southeastern Iran, near the Afghan border.  General Baghbani allowed Afghan narcotics traffickers to smuggle opiates through Iran in return for assistance.  For example, Afghan narcotics traffickers moved weapons to the Taliban on behalf of Baghbani.  In return, General Baghbani has helped facilitate the smuggling of heroin precursor chemicals through the Iranian border.  He also helped facilitate shipments of opium into Iran.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with General Baghbani, and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

“Treasury Designates Iranian Quds Force General Overseeing Afghan Heroin Trafficking Through Iran,” March 7, 2012, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1444. Aspx ;

“Afghanistan is the world’s primary source of opium poppy cultivation and opium and heroin production, as well as a major global source of cannabis (marijuana) and cannabis resin (hashish). Drug trafficking, a long-standing feature of Afghanistan’s post-Taliban political economy, is linked to corruption and insecurity, and provides a source of illicit finance for non-state armed groups.”

Afghanistan: Drug Trafficking and the 2014 Transition Liana Rosen Specialist in International Crime and Narcotics Kenneth Katzman Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs May 9, 2014 Congressional Research Service

In 2014 the Afghan opium cultivation has once again hit a record high, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2014 Afghan Opium Survey. Heroin is a multibillion dollar business supported by powerful interests, which requires a steady and secure commodity flow. The Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands became the world’s top heroin producer, supplying 60 per cent of U.S. demand. According to EU agencies, Afghanistan has been Europe’s main heroin supplier for more than 10 years.

Commander Brigadier General Gholamreza Baghbani of the Ansar Corps, based in Sistan and Baluchistan province on the Iran-Afghanistan border, The IRGC-QF Department’s Ansar Corps is approximately 4,000-strong Ansar, is responsible for Afghanistan and Pakistan. It has bases along Iran’s Eastern border with Afghanistan and supports covert action among Afghan Shia in Iran and various Afghan groups, including the Taliban, in Afghanistan. The Ansar Corps is one of the largest Qods Force units, largely due to the war in Afghanistan since 2001.  Millions of Afghan Shi’a fled to Iran during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The IRGC used Ansar Base to train the Afghan Shi’a, and to direct intelligence & covert military operations on Afghan soil against US and NATO Forces. In August 2010, the Ansar Corps was identified by Treasury as supporting Iranian operations in Afghanistan .

In 2014 USDOT added to its list of global terrorists today four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force officers and one “associate” who are involved in the “use of terrorism and intelligence operations as tools of influence against the Government of the Afghanistan.

 “this underscores Tehran’s use of terrorism and intelligence operations as tools of influence against the Government the  of Afghanistan,” Treasury stated in its press release.

The IRGC-QF officers were identified as Sayyed Kamal Musavi, Alireza Hemmati, Akbar Seyed Alhosseini, and Mahmud Afkhami Rashidi.  The four men are members of the Qods Force’s Ansar Corps, the command that is assigned to direct operations in Afghanistan. Musavi is described as an “Afghan associate” who served as a “facilitator and operational planner” to help Qods Force “plan and execute attacks in Afghanistan.” He is currently held in custody, presumably by the International Security Assistance Force. The date and location of his arrest was not disclosed.

The designations of the Iranian Qods Force officers were among a series of  2014 sanctions by Treasury that targeted “a diverse set of entities and individuals located around the world for evading US sanctions against Tehran, aiding Iranian nuclear and missile proliferation, and supporting terrorism.” In addition to the four Qods Force officers and facilitators, the US also added an Islamic Jihad Union facilitator based in Iran who supports “Qaeda’s Iran-based network” and its leader, Yasin al Suri. [See LWJ report, Treasury Department identifies another Iran-based facilitator for al Qaeda.]

USDOT has previously designated other IRGC-QF officers, including General Hossein Musavi, Colonel Hasan Mortezavi, and General Gholamreza Baghbani, for aiding the Taliban. General Musavi is the commander of Qods Force’s Ansar Corps, “whose responsibilities include IRGC-QF activities in Afghanistan,” Treasury stated in the Aug. 3, 2010 designation. “As Ansar Corps Commander, Musavi has provided financial and material support to the Taliban.” Colonel Mortezavi, who was designated the same day as General Musavi, was described as a senior Qods Force officer who “provides financial and material support to the Taliban.”

Currently, in the city of Zahedan on the Iranian-Afghani border, reports indicate narcotics trafficking by Brig. Gen. Abdullah Araqi, is the deputy commander of the IRGC ground forces and the former commander of Tehran Province. Various Intel reports maintain he has contacts with Albanian, Bulgarian and Romanian crime organizations involved in transporting Afghani heroin to the West.  Afghan narcotics traffickers moved weapons to the Taliban on behalf of Baghbani. In return, General Baghbani has helped facilitate the smuggling of heroin precursor chemicals through the Iranian border. He also helped facilitate shipments of opium to Iran.

The Revolutionary Guards’ entanglement in the country’s smuggling industry has become an important factor in the country’s economy and trade. Thus allows IRGC to make tremendous profits by controlling border crossings and “taxing” illegal smuggling activity. In this context, the Revolutionary Guards’ involvement in the international drug trade and the sponsorship of criminal organizations are involved in it are a source of income of almost unlimited potential. The US 2013 annual Worldwide Threat Assessment Report produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) rated terrorism and transnational organized crime as the second most severe threat to the United States security.

The IRGC’s labyrinth snakes through in the international drug trade, both directly and through proxies such as Hamas & Hezbollah. This involvement provides the organization with access to sources of financing that bypass international sanctions, as well as to sophisticated operational platforms that support its subversive efforts aimed at the West.  The link between a global narco- terrorism drug trades is a complex, murky nexus. The Revolutionary Guards and the world of organized crime is a phenomenon in the absence of appropriate attention and response, has deadly significant strategic ramifications.

“their own autonomous apparatus for the production and distribution of heroin. Members of the organization bring tremendous quantities of raw opium from Afghanistan to Iran, which are processed into heroin and other opiates in local labs. These drugs are then transported westwards through the extensive smuggling network established by the Revolutionary Guards, which consists of large fleets of ships and planes, straw companies, and secret bank accounts.”

Tomlinson, “Iran’s Elite Guard Runs Global Crime Network Pushing Heroin to West.”

US intelligence indicates that Mexico is home to some 200,000 Syrian and Lebanese immigrants most of them illegal. They can cross the border via an extensive web of contacts with drug cartels, both in Mexico and in other countries in South America.

These cartel contacts smuggle illegal immigrants, including individuals affiliated with Iran, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups into Mexico, placing them a virtual stone’s throw away from the United States.

US intelligence agencies have been able to gather ample the drug cartels in Mexico  that are the de facto rulers of the northern districts bordering the US  are in cahoots with  Hezbollah to IRGC. These Islamic terror organizations, which are eager to execute attacks against American, Israeli, Jewish and Western targets; but most of all, the Islamic terror groups are anxious to make money, so they can fund their nefarious aspirations.

In December 2011, the US authorities released an indictment filed against Lebanese drug lord Ayman Juma, which exposed Hezbollah’s involvement with the Los Zetas drug cartel. According to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Los Zetas is the most technologically advanced and most dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.

The IRGC convert drug industry is other means to destroy the fabric of America and the Western world.  This Narco – terrorism drug trade provides billions of dollars covertly to fund the Revolutionary military programs, (According to assessments made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the international drug market is worth some $320 billion annually.) from its nuclear programs to ballistic missiles. But this and other volatile issues are not allowed with President Obama’s Iranian nuclear talks, no more than the Islamic Republic‘s Military Nuclear Dimensions, so what good are these talks if they are to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran?

“the Revolutionary Guards’ involvement in the drug market also provides the organization with cash. Due to the severe international sanctions imposed on Iran, the Revolutionary Guards’ involvement in the country’s smuggling industry has become a major factor in the country’s economy and trade, as it allows the organization to make tremendous profits by controlling border crossings and “taxing” illegal smuggling activity.. “

 

Jonathan Spyer, “Inside Iran: War by Other Means,” The Global Research in International Affairs Center (GLORIA), July 13, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/The-Iran-Threat/The-Dirty-Secret-No-One-Talks-About-Tehrans-Heroin-Drug-Trade-its-Narco-War-Against-America-393542

 

A former officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services admitted to coordinating shipments of crystal methamphetamine from interstate suppliers and providing them to retailers in North Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced on Monday.20150354fe1d5bb53f6

Multiple Belleville residents were also charged with conspiracy to distribute.

According to a release, John Freehauf, aka “Johnnie Rocket,” 37, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to one count of knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements, individuals operating in Arizona, California, Nevada and elsewhere sent parcels containing large quantities of methamphetamine through the U.S. mail to addresses provided by New Jersey-based conspirators, who would then repackage the methamphetamine and distribute it to lower level dealers in and around New Jersey. Conspirators working for the U.S. Postal Service would sometimes supervise receipt of the methamphetamine-laden parcels to ensure successful delivery.

Freehauf admitted that between July 2013 and June 2014, he conspired with others to distribute an average of three to five pounds of crystal methamphetamine per month in North Jersey, stated the release. Freehauf also admitted that he arranged the shipments from California, Arizona and elsewhere and repackaged the drugs for distribution to lower-level dealers.

Freehauf and several other defendants were charged by complaint on June 18, 2014, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Other named defendants include:

  • John Freehauf, 37, Jersey City
  • Benjamin Navarro, 44, Jersey City
  • Maria Lisa Pascual, 37, North Bergen
  • Arnold Balagtas, 55, Jersey City
  • Margaret Tiangco, 39, Jersey City
  • Javier Diaz, 31, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Candace Healy, 21, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
  • Ricce Anciado Jr., 44, Union
  • Stephanie Luna, 36, Bergenfield
  • Benedict Cipriano, 52, Jersey City
  • Ricky Tulud, 44, Belleville
  • Janice Vidallon, 32, Belleville
  • Ryan Bontempi, 35, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Howard Taylor, 49, Phoenix
  • Carlos Asturias, 43, Clifton

The conspiracy charge to which Freehauf pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine, according to a release.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 1, 2015.

According to a release, Diaz, Anciado, Cipriano, Tulud, Bontempi and Asturias have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Charges against Navarro, Pascual, Tiangco, Healy, Luna, Vidallon, and Taylor are still pending.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski; U.S. Postal Inspectors under the direction of Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates; law enforcement officers from the N.J. National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, under the direction of the Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff; the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Rick Fuentes; the Edison Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Bryan; and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Cowan, with the investigation.

This case was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://patch.com/new-jersey/belleville/ex-immigration-officer-admits-leading-methamphetamine-ring

 

BERWICK — Four people were arrested Saturday after narcotics agents raided a Second Street home and found methamphetamine pills, guns and drug paraphernalia.

Eric Driskill, 39, and Mary Driskill, 59, were booked on counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after agents raided the home upon allegations the pair were selling methamphetamine from the home at 3107 Second St., said Traci Landry, spokeswoman for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. They were also booked on possession of Oxycodone, a Schedule II drug.

Gary Driskill, 62, and Kathryn Vines, 42 — who also lived at the home — were booked on methamphetamine possession.

All four were also booked on counts of possessing guns in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, along with counts for possessing Subutex, a Schedule III drug, Landry said. They were booked on additional counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and pipes, and on possessing the drugs in a drug-free zone, as the house is a block away from two churches.

Eric, Mary and Gary Driskill were released Monday after each posting a $35,000 bond, according to booking records. Vines was also released Monday after posting a $1,500 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://theadvocate.com/news/11804578-123/four-booked-in-st-mary

 

In Kim Il Sung times, the DPRK was well-known for producing narcotics for export: It brought a significant amount of profit into the budget of the “people’s Korea.” One of the centers of drug production was the Hungnam pharmaceutical factory. The town of Hungnam was one of the centers of Korean science and technology, even from the colonial era. There is even an urban legend that the Japanese tried to manufacture an atomic bomb there but, of course, these rumors are completely groundless.DPRK was well-known

As one of the former residents of North Korea told me, sometime in the early 2000s the factory became undersupplied, while the workers were still require to fulfill the plan – and if they failed to do so, their salary was to be cut. Therefore the workers had to look for alternate sources of income. And within a few years, around 2004-2005 or so, Pyongyang decided to stop exporting the narcotics.

It was then that some of the workers decided to sell the drug production technology and thus it was leaked to the public. The highest levels of corruption, the domination of farmers’ markets at the low levels of the economy, the loosening of the grip of the regime – all these realities of the 21st century’s DPRK caused methamphetamine to start spreading like a plague. Furthermore, many North Koreans were quite ignorant about the dangers of narcotics’ consumption: drugs were rarely mentioned in North Korean media, and, of course, only when they were talking about “rotten capitalist countries.” Moreover, they don’t usually call meth by its official name. The most popular slang term is “ice,” since that’s what the white crystals of methamphetamine resemble. Many North Koreans, especially at first, did not understand that “ice” and “drugs” were the same thing and therefore a myth was born: “ice,” they say, is merely a stimulant. Those who understood that the consumption of “ice” damages one’s health created a new myth: take it once a year, they say, and it will be OK.

The Chinese origins of the drug materials were responsible for another nickname for methamphetamine – pingdu

The narcotics market was growing – and the demand for raw materials for the production of drugs was growing with it. Dealers started to use contraband channels to illegally import ephedrine from China, which was converted to methamphetamine inside North Korea. The conversion process caused the side effect – a strong smell – so dealers tried to put their facilities underground, literally, to hide from unwanted eyes and noses. The Chinese origins of the drug materials were responsible for another nickname for methamphetamine – pingdu. This comes from the Chinese term bingdu, meaning “ice poison” or “ice narcotic.” (This also means that the Chinese people understand what they are dealing with much better than the North Koreans do.)

BRANCHING OUT

As time went on, drug dealers started to think about new markets, and they started to send the methamphetamines back to China, specifically to the provinces of Jilin and Liaoning bordering North Korea. Ironically, here North Korea acted like a more developed economy: They imported raw materials and exported the finished product. Often North Korean dealers were assisted by Chinese Koreans, whose knowledge of both Chinese and Korean proved very useful. According to the Department of All-China People’s War against Narcotics (yes, that’s how it’s officially called), from 2005 to 2007 the amount of confiscated methamphetamines at the North Korean border increased four times over. High-ranking Chinese officials, like Liu Yuejin, the deputy director of the National Narcotic Department, described the situation with drugs in northeastern China as a “heavy calamity” and said that the drugs continue to spread there. Furthermore, Chinese authorities report that a number of addicts of the city of Yanji, the capital of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture from 1995 to 2010 increased from only 44 to 2,090, a 47.5-fold increase.

While Chinese authorities did realize that something should be done about the problem, they were still unwilling to spoil their relationship with Pyongyang. So when another North Korean drug dealer was caught at the border, state media usually reported that he was “from another country,” although no one had any illusions as to what country they were talking about. Police actions, were, of course, proceeding as they should. A rehabilitation center for drug addicts opened in Yanbian. In 2012, Yanbian authorities organized an event called “Mothers against drugs” which was – rather diplomatically – scheduled to take place on June 26, the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. At the same day, local press reported the execution of a Chinese Korean drug dealer. However, since none these measures were very efficient, China enforced stricter border controls, and even started to build a fence across the border.

DRUGS AS A WEDDING GIFT

While China has a relatively good chance of crushing North Korean dealers operation on its territory, the situation in North Korea itself is breaking bad, in full accordance with the name of the famous TV series. The drugs continue to spread and there are virtually no factors that can stop this process. The state seemingly cannot do much: Drug dealers are rich and North Korean policemen are very corrupt, so for an average sergeant it would be much easier to take a bribe rather than to attempt to crush the drug market in his town. Sometimes people who are supposed to fight the drug mafia join it instead.

The average person is still quite illiterate about the drugs

Some South Korean newspapers did report that some North Korean secret policemen provide the drug dealers with Chinese raw materials – for a hefty fee, of course. The average person is still quite illiterate about the drugs; few understand that consumption of pingdu causes teeth to fall out, followed by psychiatric disorders and death from thrombophlebitis. A striking example: In one of recent academic articles about the North the author reported that methamphetamine is sometimes given to a marrying couple as a wedding gift.

Mostly our hopes should lie with China. Should Beijing be successful in its fight against the drug menace, it would mean that North Korean dealers would be left without Chinese ephedrine, causing the production of the “ice” to shrink. However, this victory would be a costly one. First, a closed border would mean that would be much harder for the average North Korean to reach China. Second, it would reduce the amount of the unofficial trade, which is the main source of income for many North Koreans and without which they would be left in total destitution. If the drugs continue to spread, however, it may change the image of North Koreans in the eyes of the Chinese. They will start to think of them not as “poor people, who live just like we used under Mao” but “vagabonds and drug addicts,” or as “heartless drug dealers.” Surely they won’t be willing to help North Koreans then.

The saddest part is how little attention is paid to this problem by the media. My guess it is partially because the main cause of the drug plague is not the North Korean regime, but ordinary North Korean dealers, who are acting independent from the Kim dynasty. But the problem continues to grow and some dealers, according to the recent reports, are already probing South Korean market for potential export. We shall see if the South Korean police can be more successful than their Chinese and North Korean colleagues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nknews.org/2015/03/ice-age-drugs-in-north-korea/

 

A Kentucky woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine when Weakly County police stopped her for driving without tail lights last Monday.635615087588229703-Bk-49159-Front

Johnna Clark, of Fulton, Kentucky, was stopped on Littrel Road in Weakly County when sheriff’s deputies on a narcotics call in Mt. Pelia noticed Clark’s Ford Fusion driving without tail lights. Clark gave officers permission to search her car during the traffic stop.

Officers found four ounces of methamphetamine, less than an ounce of marijuana and prescription pills in the vehicle.

Clark also had $469 with her at the time of her arrest. The money and Ford Fusion were confiscated by police.

She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of prescription pills and violation of light law.

Clark was released on $25,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/crime/2015/03/09/arrest-meth-possession/24658065/

 

A Searcy man is being held in federal custody after allegedly being found with more than $1.2 million worth of methamphetamine54fe2ae1196a9_image

Rufino Beltran-Felix, 35, faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Beltran-Felix was stopped by Searcy police Friday on Davis Drive and an Arkansas State Police (ASP) K-9 unit was called to assist.

Officers reported that 5 pounds of ICE methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle. Officers from the Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, ASP,54fe2c49d902c_image

Searcy Police Department and federal authorities then served a federal search warrant at 509 N. Cross St. in Searcy.

Authorities also simultaneously executed a federal search warrant at 414 Morris St. in Kensett, where an additional 22 pounds of ICE methamphetamine was seized.

Authorities said the total approximate street value of the methamphetamine seized is $1,224,720.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thedailycitizen.com/news/local/article_a4c41748-c6b2-11e4-aadf-0b55488a4ae4.html

 

HURRICANE — A man and woman were taken into police custody Thursday after officers discovered multiple drugs in a lemonade can inside their vehicle during a traffic stop.MITCHELLPIC-240x300

Police conducted a traffic stop on a car for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign on 100 South Main St., Hurricane City Police Sgt. Yates Wright wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrests.

Wright made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Jason Anderson, and a passenger, identified as Tiffani Mitchell, both of Fredonia, Ariz., and ran their identification through dispatch.

During the traffic stop, the Kane County Task Force informed Wright they had information about the occupants of the vehicle and their involvement in transporting controlled substances, the statement said.

Wright questioned the man and woman about the possession of drugs in the vehicle.

Information was gained through interviews at the scene that there was a tin compartment under the driver’s seat that contained drugs, the statement said.

Upon searching the vehicle, Wright located a marijuana cigarette in the front door panel of the vehicle, he said in the statement, along with a small amount of marijuana.ANDERSONPIC-240x300

“At this point, (Anderson) said the marijuana cigarette was his,” Wright said in the statement, “and that there was more in the center console.”

Behind the driver seat on the floor, Wright also located a can of Arnold Palmer lemonade, he said in the statement. When he shook the can, Wright discovered the content inside was not liquid.

“I unscrewed the top of the can and discovered two small baggies of a white powder/crystal like substance suspected to be methamphetamine,” he said in the statement. “The substance was later NIK tested and tested positive for methamphetamine.”

Wright also discovered two other baggies containing a brown-black substance inside the can along with a meth pipe and empty pen tubes believed to be used to smoke heroin, according to the statement. The substance inside the bags later tested positive for heroin.

On the passenger side of the vehicle, where Mitchell was sitting, Wright also located a notebook on the floor with a piece of folded piece of tinfoil inside, the statement said. Tinfoil is often used as a way to smoke heroin and can be considered paraphernalia.

Anderson told Wright they were going to the Washington County area to get drugs, the statement said, and he was “hoping to score marijuana.”

“(Anderson) denied possession of the other drugs in the car,” Wright said in the statement, “but later told me his fingerprints would be on the meth pipe that was in the can.”

Anderson and Mitchell were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Anderson was charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of methamphetamine and heroin; two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; and one class C misdemeanor for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Mitchell was charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of methamphetamine and heroin; and one class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to booking information, both Anderson and Mitchell were released from custody after posting bail via a bond payment.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four people were arrested in Pamlico County Saturday for their involvement in manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine.

Investigators performed a search at 15961 NC Highway 55 in Stonewall where they found packaging materials, digital scales, heroin, and meth.

Robert Sutton, 43, of Merritt was charged with possession of precursor materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of controlled substances in a local confinement facility.

Additionally, Sutton’s home on Florence Road in Merritt was also searched. The SBI assisted in taking apart what investigators call a methamphetamine lab.

Sutton was currently out of jail on bond for a previous possession of methamphetamine charge. He’s currently in the Pamlico County Detention Center with bond set at $55,000 secured.

Todd Whorton, 62, of Merritt was charged with possession of precursor materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He’s in the PCDC under a $15,000 secured bond.

A search of a home on Shine Drive in Arapahoe Saturday also turned up drug paraphernalia and a firearm. Investigators say it’s the residence of Michael Dixon, Sr.

The 61-year-old was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dixon is in the PCDC with bond set at $25,000 secured.

Finally, the fourth person arrested during the operation is John Willis of Oriental. Investigators served warrants for 11 counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with a prior felony conviction of manufacturing or possession of methamphetamine. Willis is in the PCDC under a $60,000 secured bond.

Investigators say more charges are expected in this ongoing investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Officers in Fort Wayne and Noble County have arrested 10 people in four recent raids on sites allegedly involved in the manufacture or sale of methamphetamine.

Shortly before noon Saturday, Noble County Sheriff’s deputies and an Indiana State Police Trooper assisted the Division of Family and Children with the removal of children at a residence in the 4000 East block of Indiana 8. While removing the children, officers obtained probable cause to apply for a search warrant for the residence. When that warrant was executed, officers reported, they found an alleged methamphetamine lab, numerous items of paraphernalia and items alleged to be marijuana and methamphetamine.

Four children were removed from the residence. Two people were arrested at the site: Jennifer Oliver, 28, and Nathaniel Oliver, 30. Deputies did not say what charges they face.

On Friday, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police meth suppression teams served a warrant on a room at the Hometown Inn in New Haven. Police said that in a search of that room, they found methamphetamine as well as paraphernalia, meth generators, meth precursors and marijuana. Two people living in the room were arrested there: Allan Vierling, 48, and Mary Blaine, 33, were arrested. Both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; and possession of meth precursors, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, officers and detectives of the Fort Wayne Police Department searched a residence in the 800 block of Poplar Street, where they report that they found an active meth lab. They arrested Manuel Martinez, 32, and Jonelle Miller, 28, there. Both face charges of manufacturing meth, possession of two or more meth precursors, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. A third person, Gary Maple, 45, was arrested on charges of manufacturing meth, possession of two or more precursors, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, Fort Wayne Police officers were called to what they say was a meth lab in a room at Quality Inn, 1734 W. Washington Center Road. Timothy Eckelbarger, 47, and Michelle Coppess, 26, both were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors and possession of paraphernalia. Melinda Zerbe, 44, was arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Swedish national for trafficking in 4.3kg of methamphetamine today.swedish-death

The panel, comprising Justices Wira Mohtaruddin Baki, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Zakaria Sam, unanimously dismissed Ferry Linnbark’s appeal.

When handing down the decision, Justice Mohtaruddin said after considering the evidence the court found that there was sufficient grounds to show possession of the drug.

He ruled that Linnbark’s conviction was safe and upheld the High Court’s decision in finding him (Linnbark) guilty on the drug trafficking charge and sentenced him to death.

Linnbark, 46, who owns a pub in Pattaya, Thailand, was found guilty and sentenced to death by the High Court in Shah Alam on April 23, 2012 for committing the offence at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang at 10am on December 6, 2011.

Linnbark has one final step to appeal against the appellate’s decision, which is to the Federal Court.

According to the facts of the case, Linnbark was heading towards the exit of the arrival hall when he was stopped for inspection of a bag he was carrying, which was found to contain a transparent plastic containing white substances, which when analysed by the chemist, was found to be methamphetamine.

Linnsbark was represented by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, while deputy public prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari prosecuted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/03/09/death-sentence-of-swedish-national-upheld/

 

Methamphetamine is still the most abused street drug in Yuba County, but methamphetamine labs essentially have been eradicated.

Last month, a TV station published a report stating Marysville leads the state in meth labs. It quickly made the social media rounds.

“That’s not true,” said Martin Horan, commander of NET-5, a bi-county anti-drug and gang taskforce. “There is definitely a problem with the use of meth and the sale of meth. But as far as methamphetamine laboratories, since 2012, we’ve handled two meth labs in Yuba-Sutter.”

Laws limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine in 2005 were effective in combating and drastically reducing the number of labs throughout the state. Meth in Yuba-Sutter is primarily sourced now through trafficking from mega-labs in Mexico, or a few in the Central Valley, Horan said.

Media reports that Marysville leads the state in meth were based on a Drug Enforcement Administration database of chemicals and dump sites identified as related to methamphetamine labs since 2004. The DEA warns it does not verify the accuracy of the database.

The television news story was inaccurate for a few reasons.

Eighteen out of 25 addresses listed in the DEA database as Marysville are not in the city of Marysville. And the locations listed in Yuba County were identified as clandestine methamphetamine labs or dump sites for lab materials between 2004 and 2007 and have since been cleaned up or cleared.

Those addresses listed could have been small production sites in a trunk or a garage, or a location where a few items were found, officials said. Some were labs in residential homes. Those, for the most part, have been cleaned up.

Officials with the Yuba County Environmental Health Department identified 14 sites that required some major clean-up after the discovery of a meth lab to assure occupancy was safe. Clean-up of identified lab sites, with oversight by county health officials, was required only after 2006.

Often, cabinets and flooring had to be removed, or the structure was demolished. Some of the sites were houses, trailers, mobile homes, sheds and garages.

There are two or three buildings still listed as contaminated, county officials said. There is an indication on the title of those properties, so any prospective buyer or lender knows about the status.

“We’ve come a long way since legislation in 2006,” said Tej Maan, director of Environmental Health. “Families (were) moving into homes who didn’t know the history. Now, they don’t have to worry about it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEST VALLEY CITY – A man who allegedly broke out windows, set himself on fire, assaulted another man and later attempted to strangle a police dog was taken into custody by police in West Valley City Friday, and police said he was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine.assault-in-wvc

Sgt. Mike Fossmo, West Valley City Police Department, said officers responded to a home in the area of 6800 West Copper Hill Drive around 3 p.m. Friday after receiving a call from someone in the home.

“We received a phone call… an individual out there was acting irrationally and unstably, they believed that he was possibly high on methamphetamine and alcohol—a combination of the two,” he said.

A man in his 30s had reportedly broken out some windows and had used a cane to assault another person in the home. Fossmo said the man had also injured himself.

“[The suspect] had actually also set himself on fire and received some injuries as a result of his actions there, and had also attempted to light his vehicle on fire as well,” he said.

Fossmo said the man had put acetone into his vehicle’s gas tank while trying to light it on fire, but the vehicle did not catch fire. When police responded, the man fled briefly in a vehicle and then on foot. West Jordan PD assisted and provided a K9 unit, which was dispatched when the suspect was located.

“This individual was bitten by the dog, and he subsequently assaulted the dog, was strangling the dog,” Fossmo said. “He was Tased and also OC spray [pepper spray] was also utilized to gain compliance with this party.”

The suspect was taken to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and charges are being screened against him. Fossmo said those charges could include aggravated assault and charges for drugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MCEWEN, TN (WSMV) – Several law enforcement agencies were called to a McEwen home early Sunday after officers found a man dead in a suspected meth lab.Apparent murder, meth lab in McEwen

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis tells Channel 4 News that a resident called 911 just before midnight to report the apparent murder.

The man who died in the home may have suffered a gunshot wound, according to Davis.

Officers alerted the Meth Task Force and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to the potential danger of a meth lab.

As of 6:30 a.m. Sunday, officers had not entered the home.

Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/28291309/apparent-murder-meth-lab-in-mcewen#ixzz3TpbyNoM1

The owner of a Pico Rivera nightclub has been indicted on charges that he laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars for a Mexican drug-trafficking operation, federal officials said..

Edgar De Dios Fragoso, 38, of Hacienda Heights — owner of El Rodeo nightclub — was named in an eight-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to launder money and money laundering for an unnamed Mexican drug trafficker.la-me-ln-pico-rivera-nightclub-owner-charged-2-001

Fragoso, who also operates a second El Rodeo bar in Moreno Valley, was arrested Feb. 23 on suspicion of money laundering after agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided his nightclub and home. He was later freed on a $100,000 bond.

Calls to his attorney were not immediately returned.

The Pico Rivera nightclub, which had been tarnished by violence for years, served as a drop-off point for DEA undercover operatives who would give up as much as $150,000 in cash at a time, according to a sworn affidavit filed Feb. 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-nightclub-owner-indicted-20150306-story.html

 

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —  The drug-addled driver who killed a beloved Community Regional Medical Center radiology technician is accepting blame for her crimes, but still hoping for mercy.Roberta Soto, 46

Roberta Soto, 46, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, auto theft and other charges. Soto is basically throwing herself at the mercy of the court. She admitted to all the crimes, including killing Matt Harkenrider by driving under the influence of meth. But she still has a chance of not getting the maximum punishment.

For Roberta Soto, a days-long drug binge and crime spree ended in Northeast Fresno inside a wrecked SUV — a bag of meth still in her hand and a stolen purse in the back seat floorboard. Soto was still alive, but after she ran a red light and hit a car, Matt Harkenrider was not. Seven months later, Soto faced a judge and said she’s ready to pay the price.

“Ms. Soto is extremely remorseful,’ said her defense attorney Alan DeOcampo. “She’s accepted responsibility for this terrible ordeal and so we’re hoping there’ll be a just and fair closure for all parties in this case.”

Soto set the tragic events in motion when she stole that purse from a Selma hair salon. Action News found a nearby business owner who had surveillance video showing Soto carrying the purse and tracking down the SUV, then driving away with it. Two days later, it was the stolen SUV she drove into Harkenrider’s car. Her defense attorney is hoping a judge will consider her quick admission, her remorse, and her personal problems when he hands down a punishment.

“There clearly is a substance abuse issue in this case and we’re hoping that issue will also hopefully cause the court to maybe show some mercy on Ms. Soto,” DeOcampo said.

Harkenrider’s family has gotten a lot of love and support from his friends at the hospital and up at Yosemite High School, but Soto’s punishment will be their first chance to let her know the true impact of her crime.

A fill-in judge agreed to give Soto a nine-year prison sentence, but the regular judge decided that wasn’t enough and said Friday he’ll give her as long as 13 years, which is close to the maximum she can get for her crimes. We’ll let you know the final outcome next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tulsa, Okla. — Multiple warrants, no insurance, and a suspended driver’s license is bad enough.Howard

On Thursday, it was the least of Jennifer Howard’s problems during a traffic stop near East Pine and North Yale.

Tulsa police say Howard, her child, and an unidentified passenger were inside the vehicle.

While officers conducted inventory of the car, they discovered a makeup box.  Inside the box, police found 6.54 grams of methamphetamine.

After being read her Miranda right, Howard admitted “she sometimes smokes methamphetamine, but not often.”

Plus, police say she intended to sell meth for the first time because “she needs the money.”

Howard was taken to the Tulsa County Jail.  She faces multiple counts including possession of a controlled drug with intent in the presence of a minor child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/mother-admits-selling-meth-first-time/nkPs4/

 

A man says he was kidnapped and forced to snort methamphetamine after he traveled from the Choctaw Casino with two women to Cartwright and then to Colbert, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.Jamin Brent Sims

Deputies served multiple search warrants Thursday evening after receiving information about a kidnapping involving a firearm and methamphetamine. During a search of a Colbert residence, 40-year-old Jamin Brent Sims was arrested.

The victim, who is from out of state and whose name has not been released, said he met two women at the casino Wednesday afternoon and that he was invited to a woman’s home in Cartwright, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan Calloway.

He then rode with the women who then took him to a friend’s house which was Sims’ residence in Colbert, according to statements made to investigators. They then went into an outbuilding where Sims started talking about a criminal investigation and then became concerned that the victim had heard too much, according to the sheriff’s office, and Sims asked the victim several times if he was a police officer.

The victim repeatedly said he was not, and Sims then put out a “line” of methamphetamine and told him that if he was not a cop, he would snort the methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.

After the victim said he did not use methamphetamine, Sims chambered a round into a pistol, placed it on the table, and told him to ingest the methamphetamine, according to statements the victim gave investigators. He then said that due to fear, he proceeded to ingest the methamphetamine.

The victim told authorities Sims got him and one of the women to travel to a gas station in Denison, Texas, and that Sims had the gun during the trip. They then ended up back at the woman’s residence in Cartwright were the victim said he was given a pill and told to swallow it so he would relax. He said the woman checked his mouth to see if he swallowed it, however, he said he hid it between his cheeks and gums. He then pretended to pass out on the couch.

According to the sheriff’s office, the victim heard Sims and the woman arguing over what they were going to do with them. He then got up, ran out the back door and into the woods until he reached a home where he asked the resident to dial 911. A deputy then found him and brought him to the sheriff’s office.

“Based on the information provided by the victim, the sheriff’s office was able to obtain a search warrant for Jamin’s house in Colbert and one for the house in Cartwright along with the pickup truck he was transported in,” Investigator Calloway said, in a typed statement. “The sheriff’s office located meth, scales, marijuana and two firearms with one being loaded and matching the victim’s description. One unsnorted line of meth was also found in the area where this event reportedly occurred.”

During the execution of the search warrant of Sims’ house, he was discovered lying on his back in a bedroom with his pants pulled down with his genitals exposed holding onto a female pit bull, according to Calloway.

“We are unclear as to what was taking place just seconds earlier,” Calloway said. “Jamin was placed under arrest and transported to the Bryan County Jail where he was booked in for kidnapping, and possession of meth, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. Sheriff’s investigators are still reviewing surveillance video from multiple businesses. Based on extremely recent information obtained by sheriff’s investigators, this investigation could very well take a different turn.”

Sims was charged Friday with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing.

The sheriff’s office thanked Colbert Police for assisting with the search warrant in Colbert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/152224388/Sheriffs-Office-investigates-kidnapping

 

Officers arrested a man on Monday after he attempted to smuggle drugs, via a child’s scooter, into the States.03022015%20TFO%20SLU%20Scooter%20instructions

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested 20-year-old Jose Emanuel Figueroa of Yuma, Arizona, after finding nearly $56,000 worth of meth.

A total of 18.5 pounds of meth was discovered within 12 wooden pieces of a child’s unassembled scooter package that was found in his luggage.03022015%20TFO%20SLU%20Meth%20Scooter%203

Figueroa was attempting to enter the U.S. through the pedestrian crossing when officers searched his luggage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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