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Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force was notified by the Lafayette Fire Department Haz-Mat Unit on Wednesday of a fire that was the result of meth lab explosion.

Metro Agents responded to the location which was 417 Louveteau road and upon arrival was informed that one subject had been taken to a local hospital to be treated for burn injuries related to the meth lab explosion.

Agents located approximately one gram of meth in the residence. Metro agents arrested Shannon Sullivan who was charged with creation of a clandestine meth lab and possession of meth.

John Sullivan who was taken to the hospital to be treated for burn injuries will be charged with creation of a clandestine meth lab, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, and simple arson upon his release from the hospital.





SPRINGFIELD — A duffel bag containing the ingredients to make methamphetamine was removed from Buck Creek State Park over the weekend, the first time a meth operation has been found inside the park, authorities said.

A hazardous materials crew and specialists from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called to the reservoir about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, officials said, after a passerby noticed the duffel bag and thought something seemed off.

“It contained what appeared to be a disposable meth lab,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Central District Law Enforcement Manager Brad Copeland.

It’s possible that the perpetrators left the materials to cook while they watched from a safe distance, Copeland said. The chemicals used to make meth are highly caustic and flammable.

The investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been identified. The hazardous materials were safely removed by BCI officers and no contamination occurred in the park, Copeland said.

He oversees officers at 12 parks, including John Bryant in Greene County, and said mobile meth labs are rare in Ohio State Parks.

“We’ve had them before on state property,” he said. “This isn’t an epidemic within Ohio State Parks by any means.”

A wooded area with thousands of acres is likely to tempt meth makers, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly, but it hasn’t been a problem on county or state land locally.

“They’ve found ways to cook it almost anywhere,” Kelly said. “The bad thing is an innocent bystander could walk up on this.”

But the low cost of heroin in the area has kept the prevalence of meth down, Kelly said.

On Wednesday, his deputies made a bust of three alleged drug-dealers in New Carlisle in which a large amount of heroin and cash was seized.

“But these individuals, according to our investigation, also had meth,” Kelly said.

All law enforcement officers in the state are trained to look out for and recognize the ingredients and tools used to cook meth, Copeland said.

“If you see a bag or container that doesn’t look right, notify a local officer,” he said.





HAMLIN – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies uncovered an active methamphetamine operation in Hamlin, late last week. The lab was found just hours before the annual Fourth of July parade which saw hundreds of families descend on the county seat for the annual parade. The location of the lab, at the Barbara Apartments on Anna Avenue, is a short distance away from where groups assembled for the parade just a few hours after the apartment had been evacuated and made safe.
The arrests came Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014. Chief Deputy J.J. Napier and Deputy D.T. Bryant, along with colleagues, visited the apartment to serve a search warrant. Upon searching the residence, the deputies found 10 drug injecting devices containing an unknown liquid residue, coffee filters with a white powdery substance, and vinyl gloves. Also found were cold packs, hydrogen peroxide, plastic tubing containing a white powdery substance, all materials used commonly in the production of meth. In the kitchen, the officers found two plastic soda bottles in a grocery bag. A strong chemical odor was detected from the bottles. The same bottles had white powder inside. The deputies identified this as a gasser bottle used in the production of meth. Deputies confirmed to The Lincoln Journal that the situation was treated as an active meth lab.

The two accused were named as James Michael Randolph, 29, and Holly Faye Roberts, 24, both with an address at the apartment. They were taken to the Lincoln County Courthouse for processing and arraigned by Lincoln County Magistrate Sophia Tully at 3.45 p.m. Bond was set for each at $25,000. The pair was then transported to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville by Deputy Bryant and newly appointed Deputy Ashworth. They remained incarcerated at press time (Monday) for this issue of The Lincoln Journal.
Randolph and Roberts are expected to appear again in magistrate court in due course. Charges for the two included operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, meth possession, felony conspiracy, and possession of meth precursors. 




Today, 23-year-old Brandie Jeddou of Taylorville was sentenced to two years of probation for aggravated unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing, after admitting she had the ingredients to make meth.

Brandie Jeddou

Back in May of this year, 36-year-old Josh Moore and Jeddou were arrested after police found an active meth lab inside their home, which was just blocks away from a school.

Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful methamphetamine manufacturing.

One count was aggravated because a 7-year-old boy was living at the home at the time of the arrest. Moore is spending 15 years behind bars.




The Otero County Narcotics Enforcement Unit seized more than an ounce of methamphetamine after searching an Alamogordo motel room on Monday.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House said the unit, acting on a tip, arrested Presciliano Ancira III after serving a search warrant at his motel room.

Ancira, 51, is charged with one count of first-degree felony trafficking by possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

The Sheriff’s Office also seized $131 in cash taken from Ancira at the time of his arrest, court records show.

House said the Otero County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Alamogordo Police Department assisted in the search of the motel room in the 200 block of Panorama Boulevard.

“Upon arrival, they located Presciliano Ancira inside the room,” he said. “Once inside the room, they located approximately 31 grams of methamphetamine, which had been separated in several areas of the room.”

House said that as narcotics agents searched the room, they also allegedly located drugs in Ancira’s pocket.

According to court records, agents found an ash tray containing “large shards of a white crystal substance” inside a night stand and more in a box beneath the bed.

The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine, and agents also found numerous items of paraphernalia throughout the room, court records show.

Ancira has a prior conviction for drug trafficking and another case pending in 12th Judicial District Court, according to court records.

“He’s been arrested a number of times,” House said.

Alamogordo Police arrested Ancira in March for alleged methamphetamine trafficking following a traffic stop, according to court records.

Ancira allegedly told police in that case that he only gave the methamphetamine away when “entertaining” female guests, court records show.

He allegedly told Alamogordo police in the earlier case that he picks up an ounce about every three months while traveling in Phoenix, paying $600 to $800, according to court records.

Ancira was jailed at the Otero County Detention Center in of a $51,000 bond pending his appearance in court, according to court records.





Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 29.8 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $89,400 and arrested one suspected smuggler Wednesday.

Agents assigned to Blythe Station working at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 78 referred a vehicle to a secondary inspection area after a working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband inside the vehicle.

After the driver reportedly consented to a vehicle search, agents allegedly discovered 14 shrink-wrapped packages of meth hidden in two non-factory compartments within the gas tank.

The driver was arrested and the meth and vehicle were seized.





BILLINGS – We’ve known for years the dangers of methamphetamine, and Montana law enforcement and mental health experts take on the fight every day.

But a recent trend of high drug use and violent crime is now putting community members and law enforcement at greater risk.

A fatal downtown Billings stabbing on June 19 and then two weeks later a gun battle in the Billings Heights. The suspects in both cases were under the influence of drugs.

“We have irrational, unpredictable behavior, we have desperate people who are trying to get more money to purchase drugs,” said Billings Police Chief Rich St. John.

He says the city tackled this issue head on about a decade ago by stomping out homegrown meth labs and putting suspects behind bars. But St. John says that today more and more drugs are coming in from across state lines.

“The last few years we have a constant supply and a stable supply of methamphetamine from Mexico. By the time you get to Billings, you’re about $2,000 an ounce – and the further east you go for the Bakken for example, they’re getting $3,000.”

“We do see that Billings is becoming kind of a highway to the Bakken for methamphetamine. Heroin is on the uptake. So we do see a lot of that just by the virtue of where Billings is located,” added Rimrock Foundation Director of Learning Malcom Horn.

Methamphetamine is known to make users agitated, restless and heightens anger. “They may believe that there is a violent thing they need to protect themselves against, they may act violent,” Horn explained.

Chief St. John says, the violent behavior puts the community at greater risk. “We’ve always had the violent encounters but didn’t seem to be as frequent and week in and week out. We had them every once in a while. Maybe two to three times a year.”

The Montana Meth Project reports that more than 30% of Montana teens report that meth is easy to get – second only to Marijuana.





Whitfield County deputies checking on a sex offender found 11 pounds of marijuana and nearly a pound of methamphetamine in the man’s home, authorities said.

Deputies were trying to find out where Trinidad Saenz was living. Sex offenders are required to register their addresses with law enforcement.


Saenz was supposed to be living on Hester Circle, but deputies tracked him to Maple Grove Drive. They also heard he was selling drugs.

Narcotics and state probation officers went to Maple Grove Drive on Thursday and searched the home. They said they found drugs valued at $50,000, along with a handgun and more than $7,000 in cash.

His girlfriend’s two children were living in the residence, which is a violation of his status of probation as a sex offender, according to a news release.

Saenz, 35, was charged with trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine; possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with intent to distribute; possession of marijuana and methamphetamine; possession of tools for the commission of a crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and failure to register as a sex offender.

He is being held without bond.




 CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A woman was arrested Wednesday after authorities found a methamphetamine lab inside her Clarksville apartment and vehicle.

The 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force charged 29-year-old Samantha Smith with initiating the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Clarksville Police were initially called to the apartments on Executive Drive on Wednesday night after reports of children complaining of a chemical smell and a burning sensation in their eyes.


Drug Task Force Agents were called to the scene and searched the apartment. They dismantled the lab and collected the components used to make meth.

The building also had to be quarantined as the apartments share an attic and ventilation system.

“The neighbors, who were innocent in all this, found themselves displaced because of the meth being manufactured in the apartment,” 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Sgt. Kyle Darnell.


On Thursday, the residents were still not allowed back inside.

“It’s a hardship on the families that shouldn’t have to be,” said neighbor Alonzo Haney.

Sheriff John Fuson said neighbors did the right thing by calling 911 when they smelled the strange odor.

“You may get a headache or you may have an issue that you don’t think a whole lot about, but it could be breathing something from your neighbors if you live in an apartment complex or even a house,” he said.


Smith was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $20,000 bond.





CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Clearlake Police Department’s newest K9 team discovered methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle during a traffic stop on Thursday.

The team of Officer Travis Lenz and his K9 partner, Dex, found the drugs and arrested 40-year-old Clearlake resident Jerry Jones during the stop, according to a report from Sgt. Rodd Joseph.

Just after 3 p.m. Thursday Lenz conducted a traffic stop on a maroon GMC pickup in the area of 31st Avenue and Boyles Avenue for a simple vehicle code violation, Joseph said.

The driver, identified as Jones, had symptoms of recent controlled substance use. There also was an adult female passenger in the vehicle with Jones.

Based on Jones’ symptomatology of recent drug use, Joseph said Lenz conducted an under-the-influence investigation.

At the completion of the investigation, Jones was arrested for being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, Joseph said. The female passenger was released at the scene.

Joseph said Lenz conducted a search of the vehicle incident to arrest with Dex, who is a cross-trained narcotic and protection K9.

Dex alerted to the presence of contraband in the vehicle’s gear shift selector, Joseph said.

Lenz examined the gear shift selector and discovered a hidden compartment. Upon further inspection, the hidden compartment was found to contain more than 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, Joseph said.

Jones ultimately was arrested for a misdemeanor violation of being under the influence of a controlled substance and several felony violations including transporting a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and having a hidden compartment in a motor vehicle, Joseph said.

The vehicle Jones had been driving was impounded. Joseph said Jones later was booked into the Lake County Jail.

Joseph said Dex and Lenz graduated K9 training approximately two weeks ago, and this is the K9 team’s first narcotic find.





Police have seized a significant amount of methamphetamine with a street value estimated at around $80,000.


A 34-year-old Takaka man is facing Class A drug charges after he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon.

The man was initially stopped for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt, however when the officer noticed drugs in the vehicle he invoked powers to search the vehicle.

The search unearthed numerous sealed bags containing crystal methamphetamine, high grade cannabis and a significant quantity of cash.

Inspector Steve Greally said this was the third significant seizure of methamphetamine in recent weeks.

“This has to be one of the largest ‘street stop’ seizures of methamphetamine I have seen in recent years and we believe it will put a significant dent in the supply of this socially destructive drug in our community.”

The Takaka man has been charged with possessing methamphetamine for supply, supplying methamphetamine and possessing cannabis.

CLINTON (WATE) – An Anderson County man has been arrested and charged with raping a child as well as manufacture of methamphetamine.

Jason Edward Lee, 33, is charged with rape of a child, sexual battery by an authority figure, promotion of meth manufacture and failure to appear.


A grand jury indictment alleges the sexual abuse happened between November 2 and November 4. They allege Lee touched the child’s private parts and clothing for the purpose of sexual gratification.

The grand jury also says Lee unlawfully obtained chemicals and materials for the purpose of producing meth.

He is being held on $126,500 bond.





A man who attempted to smuggle liquid meth in Jarritos Mexican soda bottles through a local international bridge was arrested, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.

The man was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the controlled substance, a criminal complaint filed July 3 states.



POCATELLO — Cyn Reneau said 52 percent of male inmates in the state claim that their crime and their incarceration is related to methamphetamine abuse. Eighty-nine percent of Idaho’s female inmates attribute their incarceration to meth use as well.

“That means that either they stole to get meth, or did something crazy while they were on meth, or were caught with meth,” Reneau said.


    “Encourage kids to enter into a contract with a trusted adult and promise not to put themselves in harm’s way and let them know that, if they get in harm’s way, they can always call, and you’ll come get them,” Reneau said.

    Reneau, developmental education director for the Idaho Meth Project, said there are 400 secondary schools in Idaho, and she tries to hit as many as possible. Her message and presentation is also available on DVD, and her program has been incorporated into a number of middle school health classes.

    Reneau said 93 percent of Idaho teens reports seeing at least one Idaho Meth Project ad per week.

    Describing herself as a cop-turned-junkie-turned-advocate, said her addiction lasted just 100 days, but as an intravenous user, Reneau pumped huge quantities of meth into her veins and created $52,000 in debt before she was arrested.

    “The smartest thing my family ever did was not bail me out of jail that night,” Reneau said. “I hate to say it, but I would have been right back there if they would have.”

    Reneau said methamphetamine withdrawal can last for months and that’s why a lot of addicts start using again.

    “You have the shakes and you vomit and you sweat,” Reneau said. “When you just think that you can’t live, the buzzing starts, buzzing in your ears and that can last for months.”

    Meth is synthetic and  manufactured using a number of abrasive, toxic and poisonous substances; acetone, commonly found in finger nail polish remover, Lithium from batteries, hydrochloric acid, Sudafed, paint thinner, red phosphorous, lye, sulfuric acid, ammonia, toilet bowl and drain cleaner can all be used to concoct methamphetamine.

    Reneau said 80 percent of the meth in Idaho comes from Mexican drug cartels wreducing the number of local meth labs. For more information about how to start a conversation about meth, go to

    “Don’t think that you kid is a good kid and he won’t be exposed, failing to have the talk is, in my opinion, lethal,” Reneau said.

    The 30-member Pocatello Kiwanis Club hosted District officers during the Tuesday luncheon.

    Prior to the one-hour meeting, Pocatello Attorney Mark Nye announced that former Gov. John Evans passed away Tuesday morning and he asked members to keep the Idaho Democrat and his family in their thoughts.

    Utah Idaho District Kiwanis Governor Jim Spinelli said the group raises money to support projects that serve children.

    Spinelli lived in Pocatello for seven years and now resides in Hailey. He said Kiwanis clubs are working to make this year’s convention, set for Aug. 1 -3 at the Clarion in Pocatello, more family oriented.

    The district encompasses all of Idaho and Utah and represents 52 Kiwanis clubs with a combined membership of more than 1,400.

    Spinelli expects about 100 members and their families to attend the convention next month.

    Revas Turner of Twin Falls is the incoming District Governor, he will assume the position following the August convention.





BONNEY LAKE — Deputies found an 8-year-old girl inside a house filled with drugs in Bonney Lake.

According to court documents, deputies found several pounds of meth inside the home. The crystal and liquid meth was in every room including the kitchen where it was being processed right where food was being prepared.

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Deputies arrested the girl’s mother, Rosa Cuevas-Valencia, and her boyfriend, Jesus Villagomez-Ledezma.

Prosecutors say Villagomez-Ledezma was turning liquid methamphetamine into crystal meth at his homes in both Bonney Lake and Sumner.

Prosecutors charged him with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of a firearm while not being a citizen of the United States.

Cuevas-Valencia is charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Authorities also seized eight guns and thousands of dollars in cash, according to court papers.

The child and her 12-year-old brother are now with Child Protective Services. Officials will test them for exposure to meth.



Meth seizures in Georgia and nearby states increased dramatically from two years ago, according to a regional drug-tracking agency.

The rise comes at a time when officials hoped the public’s heightened awareness of the drug’s dangers was beating back the meth problem.

Law-enforcement officers seized more than 734 kilograms of power and crystal meth last year, enough meth to fill five bathtubs. That haul represents a 789 percent increase from the 93 kilos of meth seized in 2011, according to an annual review released by the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program in June.

Most of the meth was seized in Atlanta and North Georgia as it settled in the state or began the journey to large markets such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York, the review said.

Inexpensive, high-quality meth has flooded the market despite laws that moved pseudoephedrine – a main ingredient commonly found in cold and flu medicines – behind the counter. It has flourished despite a lull in production from 2010 to 2011, according to multiple drug agencies, and an increasing awareness of the drug’s dangerous side effects.

“Some drugs you hardly hear about anymore,” said Jack Killorin, director of the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA program. “But meth is forever back.”

Eight metro-Atlanta drug agencies listed meth as either an increasing threat or their greatest drug threat in the report.

Once thought to be the drug of the poor, rural whites, meth no longer has clear demographic ties. Crystal meth, known as “ice,” is on the rise from the suburbs of Cobb County and Forsyth to Cherokee and DeKalb.

“You can’t say it’s just a drug for out in the country anymore,” said Maj. Vince Hester, whose Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna drug task force listed meth as the greatest increasing threat in its area, second only to heroin.

Role of the cartels

The meth is transported in juice boxes, or beer bottles or gas tanks, making it difficult for authorities to track.

Mexican cartels moved to liquid meth in recent years to fool border officials, a nationwide trend that was noted by the National Methamphetamine & Pharmaceuticals Initiative in 2013. A 16-year-old drug trafficker died in November after drinking liquid meth to convince San Diego authorities that it was juice.

By the end of last year, Killorin said, more meth was being transported in powder form.

“With the powder, you can mold it, you can put it in different things to smuggle it,” Killorin said. “With liquid, you’re kind of stuck because it doesn’t compress.”

Drugs including meth and heroin are cooked in bulk in Mexico and then moved to Atlanta, a major distribution hub for the rest of the East Coast, according to the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA program. Drug producers travel across I-20, then carry their cargo via I-85 and I-95 to cities along the east coast.

The meth is processed from liquid or powder form into a usable product through conversion labs, stealthy operations that have mostly replaced the homegrown super-labs that dominated the meth discussion and inspired television dramas for so long.

One such conversion lab exploded in February at an apartment on Jameson Pass in Alpharetta, sending a pair of French doors into the streets of the quiet suburb early on a Saturday morning. If it weren’t for the blast, the drug operation may have gone unnoticed by authorities.

That site was included in an indictment of 17 Mexican drug operatives that was announced in May. Law officials reported seizing 644 pounds of meth, 37 kilograms of heroin, 27 kilograms of cocaine and $680,000 in drug proceeds through a series of arrests since October 2013.

While some of the seizures happened in rural counties traditionally considered at-risk for meth, the arrests also included men from Alpharetta and Sandy Springs.

“We’re seeing [meth use] from all walks of life,” said Joe Chesnut, a drug agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “Within the past 24 months, it’s become the top priority.”





A 23-year-old man is facing federal drug trafficking charges following his arrest near Temecula last week, according to Border Patrol officials.

The unidentified man, a U.S. citizen, was arrested Thursday when a total of 50 bundles of methamphetamine were found in his 2003 Nissan Sentra, according to U.S. Border Patrol Spokeswoman Mary Beth Caston.


It all began around 11 a.m. Thursday when agents patrolling Interstate 15 in the Temecula area pulled the man over, and a K9 alerted that something wasn’t right with the vehicle, according to Caston.

“During a search of the vehicle, agents located 50 bundles of methamphetamine hidden under the carpet of the driver’s seat,” Caston said.  “The bundles weighed 68.34 pounds and are worth an estimated $683,400.”
The man was arrested and the drugs were turned over to the DEA.  Border Patrol officials seized the sedan, according to Caston.

“The suspect faces federal charges for drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance,” she said.

Border Patrol officials tell Patch the agents who made the bust are assigned to the agency’s “Smuggling Interdiction Group,” or SIG, which is made up of members from the eight San Diego Sector stations.




Montgomery County, TN – Agents with the 19th Judicial District Drug Task Force last night, July 8th, 2014,  dismantled a methamphetamine lab at a local apartment and arrested one woman.


Samantha Smith, 29, who gave a 245 Executive Drive Apt. 2A address, was booked into Montgomery County Jail on charges of initiating the process of manufacturing methamphetamine. on Executive Drive in Clarksville.

“Clarksville Police Department responded to a call at the complex where children were complaining of a chemical smell and a burning sensation in their eyes,” said Sgt. Kyle Darnell, Director of the 19th JDDTF. “They called us for assistance and we searched the apartment.”

Agents collected components used in creating methamphetamines, which lead to the quarantine of the entire building, as the apartments in the building share an attic and ventilation system.


“The neighbors, who were innocent in all this, found themselves displaced because of the meth being manufactured in the apartment,” Darnell said.

Along with CPD, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County EMS provided assistance at the scene.





A pharmacy in Wilson County ranks among the top 25 in the state in sales of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

According to a report from the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, the Walgreen’s at 1303 W. Main St. in Lebanon ranks in the tops in the state in pseudoephedrine sellers.

The report, which collected data through May, shows the Lebanon Walgreen’s location, the only store in Wilson County on the list, had 2,347 transactions that included pseudoephedrine, with more than 5,000 total grams sold, averaging 2.13 grams per sale.

The Lebanon Walgreen’s ranked No. 6 on the list of most pseudoephedrine sold, just after Walgreen’s locations in Memphis, Chattanooga, Collierville, Clarksville and Dickson, respectively. The Memphis location tops the list with 6,492 total grams sold through May.

Of the top 25 pseudoephedrine sellers in the state, 22 stores were Walgreen’s locations across Tennessee. There was one instance of a CVS in Powell and two instances of Walmart pharmacies, one in Covington and one in Kingsport.

Locations with stores that appear in the top 25 multiple times include Knoxville with four different stores, Memphis with three different stores and Nashville with two different stores.

It’s a battle that we are fighting every day,” Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said. “Hopefully the change in the law that took effect July 1 will have a significant impact on the illegal pseudoephedrine purchases or ‘smurfing.’ It was shocking to me to see a local store in the top 10 in pseudoephedrine sales. I believe it definitely plays a part in our problem.

Additionally, TMPTF also released a report last month of Middle Tennessee-region meth seizure totals through May.

According to the report, which is totaled by county, Wilson County had a 116-percent increase in total seizures compared to the same time last year.

Through May 2013, Wilson County had six seizures. Year to date, the county’s seizures more than doubled with 13.

Wilson County is just under Giles and Putnam counties in the Middle Tennessee region, which both had 17, and Hickman County, which had 14. However, Putnam’s seizure numbers were down 55 percent, and Hickman’s seizure numbers decreased by 39 percent.

Wilson County also showed one of the top increase changes from 2013, just under Williamson County, which increased 250 percent, and Marshall County, which increased 200 percent, in reported meth task force seizures.

“We have seen a huge increase the first six months this year compared to last,” Bowen said. “Hopefully the last six months will tell a different story.”

Tracy Hoffman, 35 of Gering, has been arrested on charges of felony drug distribution. She’s been charged with two Class II felony counts of distribution of morphine within 1,000 of a school zone.

She’s also been charged with one count of Class II felony for distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

The charges result from a WING Drug Task Force investigation that began in September 2013. Court documents detailed a number of controlled buys where cooperating individuals purchased methamphetamine of morphine from Hoffman.

The exchanges were made at the Dollar General store in Gering or at the Loaf and Jug convenience store in Gering. Both are within 1,000 feet of a marked drug free school zone.



(WBIR – Monroe County) Mallory Loyola, 26, of Madisonville gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, July 6th. Two days later, Loyola was arrested and charged with simple assault.


The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Loyola and her young daughter both tested positive for amphetamine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Deputies say Loyola admitted to smoking meth three to four days before giving birth to her child.

State officials say to their knowledge Loyola is the first in the state to be charged under a new Tennessee law that took effect on July 1st. The new law states “a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug“.

“It’s sad to see a child not getting an opportunity to come drug-free and given a chance. We want to see our children have a chance in life,” said Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens. “Children need the chance and it’s sad when you see children who come out born into the world already addicted to drugs.”

Loyola has an arrest history with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that dates back to August 2012. She’s faced several charges of possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation and has spent some time behind bars.

No bond has yet been set for Loyola regarding her newest charge of simple assault. She remains in the Monroe County jail.

The Department of Children’s Services said the newborn baby is not yet in state custody, as they continue to investigate.




PUTRAJAYA: It was short-lived freedom for a Nigerian man who had earlier been acquitted of drug trafficking, which carries the death sentence, when the Federal Court here allowed the prosecution’s appeal and upheld his conviction and punishment.

Nolose Albert Raleshome, 35, was found guilty by the High Court on Jan 11, 2013 and sentenced to death by hanging for trafficking in 707.5 gm of methamphetamine at the Food Court 118 carpark in Taman Len Seng, Cheras about noon on Dec 30, 2010.

However, on Dec 9, 2013, the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal and quashed the conviction and sentence on grounds that the chemist’s oral evidence contradicted with her report.

Today, a five-member panel chaired by Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif in an unanimous decision, set aside the court of appeal’s decision and affirmed the high court’s judgement.

Justice Md Raus held that there was no material contradiction in the chemist’s oral testimony and her report with regard to the homogenisation of the crystalline substances containing methamphetamine.

According to the facts of the case, a police team acting on a tip off, trailed a car driven by Raleshome from Taman Connaught, Cheras to Taman Len Seng.

The team subsequently apprehended Raleshome and found a black bag containing a package of crystalline substances in his car. The report prepared by chemist Muzaiyanah Mohd Kaprawi stated that the crystalline substances contained methamphetamine.

Raleshome’s defence was that he was a student from Lesotho and came to Malaysia in January 2010 to study in a language school. He testified that he was waiting in front of a bank in his rented car for his friend’s girlfriend who wanted to use the vehicle for a day. He claimed he had no knowledge about the bag and that it belonged to his friend’s girlfriend.

Deputy public prosecutor Awang Amardajaya Awang Mahmud appeared for the prosecution while Raleshome was represented by counsel Ram Karpal Singh.





SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn’t want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was heavily into a meth addiction when she strangled or suffocated the infants from 1996 to 2006, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts told The Associated Press.

She wasn’t worried about potential health problems caused by her drug abuse while pregnant, she simply didn’t want to care for them, he said. “It was completely selfish. She was high on drugs and didn’t want the babies, or the responsibility,” Roberts said. “That was her priority at the time.”

 Megan Huntsman

Authorities think a seventh baby found in her Pleasant Grove garage after an April search was stillborn.

Police had previously declined to discuss a motive in the case, saying only that it had been uncovered during interviews with Huntsman.

 Seven Babies Dead

Huntsman has been held in Utah County Jail since April 13, and her bail has been set at $6 million. She has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and is due in court in Provo on July 21. She has not yet entered a plea.

Her lawyer, public defender Anthony Howell, declined comment Tuesday, saying office policy prevents him from discussing open cases.

Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, spent more than eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to meth charges. He was released to a halfway house in Salt Lake City in January.

West made the grisly discovery April 12 while cleaning out the garage of the home he had shared with Huntsman. He told police he found a dead infant in a small white box covered with electrician’s tape.

Six other bodies were found after police obtained a search warrant. Documents show the newborns had been wrapped in shirts or towels inside individual boxes in the garage.

West lived with Huntsman during the decade their children were killed before going to federal prison in 2006, but he isn’t a suspect in the deaths, Roberts said. Investigators don’t know how he could have been oblivious to the pregnancies or deaths, but they don’t plan to bring him in for further questioning.

Huntsman remains the only suspect in the investigation, which remains open, Roberts said. Results of a psychological examination of Huntsman haven’t been disclosed.

DNA results revealed Tuesday showed that all seven babies were full term and that five were girls and two were boys. Those tests also confirmed that West was biological father of the infants.

Previous tests from the Utah state lab found that the babies were likely dead anywhere from two to 10 years or more, Roberts said.

The day of the grisly discovery, Huntsman told police that were eight or nine dead babies in her home, a previously released search warrant affidavit showed. But Roberts said Huntsman was confused and was taking a ballpark guess. Roberts said Tuesday investigators continue to believe there were only seven.

Summary: A Beaverton man accused of smoking meth with a runaway teenager and sexually abusing her has been convicted and sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court.


The case: About 9:15 a.m. on April 12, Beaverton police received a tip of a runaway teenager at the Peppertree Inn, 10720 S.W. Allen Blvd., accompanied by Chance O. Daring, 44, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers found Daring and a 17-year old girl in a room at the motel. Officers searched the room and discovered meth, then arrested Daring. Daring told officers the drugs were his and that he had smoked meth with the girl several times since checking in the previous Wednesday, the affidavit said. Daring also claimed he had engaged in a sex act with the teen. Daring was accused of unlawful possession of meth, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and sexual abuse.

Update: On June 2, Daring pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine to a person under age 18.

Sentence: Daring was given a 22-month suspended jail sentence and three years of probation. Daring was fined $200 and must pay $624 in attorney’s fees. Daring must undergo drug abuse and sex offender treatment programs, cannot use controlled substances, including prescriptions and cannot associate with drug users. Daring cannot have contact with minors, cannot live with children, or be in places where children frequently congregate. Daring agreed to waive client-psychiatrist privilege, register as a sex offender, cannot have contact with the victim and cannot view, listen to or own pornographic materials.




Hell hath no fury like a husband scorned, particularly ones who smoke meth. While giving his wife a ride, jilted husband Thomas Nolan spotted his better half’s new boyfriend walking down the street and mowed him down. Police in Longview, Washington say Nolan intentionally ran over Nickolas Peterson last week, an act of revenge that left his estranged spouse scratching her head.

“He’s not usually like this,” said Lisa Nolan.

Maybe it was the meth, which Thomas Nolan admitted to smoking the day before. Or the fact that his marriage of several years had recently crumbled. Or perhaps the indignity of having to ferry his wife around town while she dated another man just got to be too much for the 39-year-old.

On Thursday, Lisa Nolan says she had jury duty and asked her husband to pick her up at the courthouse and take her to work. He did, but he didn’t seem too pleased about it.

“I have to run somebody over,” an angry and irritated Thomas Nolan said, according to court records. Lisa Nolan didn’t take the threat seriously, but she probably should have. As the couple drove west along Delaware Street near Ninth Avenue, Thomas Nolan spotted Peterson, his wife’s lover, by the side of the road.

“When he saw him, he just gunned it,” Lisa Nolan said. “I was trying to get out of the car so I could call 911.”

It probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Thomas Nolan sped up and hopped the curb in his 1996 Ford Explorer, ramming right into Peterson, witnesses said. His car continued forward and rolled right over his adversary, police said. Thomas Nolan then jumped out of the Explorer and bolted.

Authorities rushed a bruised and battered Peterson to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview. He later left the hospital with a broken foot. Cops, meanwhile, quickly caught up with the broken-hearted husband and dragged him off to the Cowlitz County Jail. Thomas Nolan was booked on suspicion of first-degree assault and may face additional charges. On Monday, his bail was set at $100,000.

Lisa Nolan said that she and her husband had separated back in April. After the separation, she started dating Peterson, who had been a family friend for 25 years.

“Tommy didn’t like that,” she said.