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Marijuana, meth, and explosives — those were all found at a Wexford County Residence after a drug bust on Thursday.

Michigan State Police Troopers from the Cadillac Post responded to a residence on East 34 Road in haring Township Thursday afternoon as part of an ongoing investigation. Upon arrival, the found an illegal marijuana grow operation.

The Traverse Narcotics Team was then called in to assist with the investigation. Numerous suspected marijuana plants as well as suspected marijuana, firearms, and other weapons were among the items found and seized.

As TNT detectives and the State Police continued to investigate, they found materials commonly used in the manufacturing of meth. Teams obtained a search warrant to seize and remove the illegal and hazardous items… that search led to the discovery of suspected explosive devices near the meth lab and components. Michigan State Police Bomb Squad personnel were called in to handle those explosives.

One subject was arrested on numerous charges — including Operating and Maintaining a meth lab, Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of an Explosive Device, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Firearms During the Commission of a Felony.

The investigation remains ongoing, and charges are expected for some additional people believed to be affiliated with the case.





Four people were arrested this week on drug charges after sheriff’s deputies found methamphetamine near China Spring Elementary School and in the clothes of a 2-year-old during area raids.

Tuesday morning, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Larry Moon, 40, and Lora Pryor, also known as Lora Applegate, 33, after a raid on their home in the 100 block of Martin Drive in China Spring yielded a gram and a half of meth, several oxycontin pills, packaging, scales and drug paraphernalia, organized crime unit investigator Mike Gates said.


The home shares a property line with China Spring Elementary, which led officers to increase the severity of charges due to penalties for illegal drug-related activities in drug-free school zones, Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.


Moon was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, and Pryor was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and theft by check, Gates said.

Wednesday, deputies conducted a raid on the home of Suzanne Rodriguez, 37, in the 1700 block of Connor Avenue, and allegedly found 36 grams of methamphetamine hidden in the clothes of a 2-year-old child. Officers also found scales, packaging and drug paraphernalia, along with a semi-automatic 9 mm pistol, Gates said.

Rodriguez was charged with possession with intent to distribute, endangering a child and felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputies simultaneously conducted a raid on Rodriguez’s brother’s residence in the 1800 block of Bagby Avenue. Isidro Rodriguez, 27, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after officers found methamphetamine and Xanax in his home, according to Gates.

“Our main concern is the young people that are so vulnerable when you’re dealing drugs that close to an elementary school or with children around,” McNamara said.

McNamara said it isn’t unheard of for children to be present when drugs are found in a home.

“That just makes it a whole lot worse,” he said. “If something does go wrong with a drug deal and you’ve got children there, that can go bad really quick.”

Gates said, “I think it’s unusual to hide it in clothing. We don’t see that a lot. It’s common for children to be present during an investigation, but the reason we searched the clothing is because people hide things everywhere.”

Gates did not know whether Rodriguez’s child was in the custody of child protective services or still living with her after the endangerment charge.

Suzanne Rodriguez was released Wednesday afternoon on a $40,000 bond, Isidiro Rodriguez was released on Wednesday after posting a $7,000 bond, Applegate was released on Thursday on a $6,000 bond. Moon was still being held Friday held in lieu of $15,000 bond.







RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) — Narcotics officers say people are making meth in their cars, in hotel rooms, and maybe even in your neighborhood.

Those who cook the chemicals put everyone around them in danger. Those who use risk losing everything.

“Right there, right there is where I gave my life to the Lord. Right below that table,” said former meth user Stuart Waller.

Waller said God has lifted him above his need to get high. For 10 years, meth stole his life, and back then not using was not an option.

“Staying up without eating, and then after you don’t eat you hallucinate, and after you start hallucinating you’ll do things you normally wouldn’t do,” Waller said.

Waller has a wife and two kids and meth is something that affects many families.

“It’s got a draw on you so strong,” said Waller.

Meth is on the rise in Richmond County. Investigators say they are seeing more meth labs and ice, which is made by Mexican cartels, shipped to Atlanta and making its way here to Augusta.

“When I first started working narcotics you very rarely got a meth lab,” Lt. Greg Meagher said.

Families live along Heckle Street and small children actually live right next door to a house which was busted for meth a couple of weeks ago. Richmond County narcotics say they bust about two meth labs a month but there’s so much out there that they could be doing more.

The meth bust on Heckle Street wasn’t the only one this month. Two were arrested at an Augusta hotel, which deputies said is the number one place people are making meth.

“It’s so easy, and so portable that it’s hard to stay on stuff like that,” Lt. Meagher said.

According to the DEA, there were 2,187 meth drug seizures nationwide in 2010. In 2011, that number spiked to 2,481 and 2012 it rose to 3,898.

“It’s everybody. Race, color, creed, sex, national origin. It doesn’t matter we’re finding everybody in it,” Lt. Meagher said.

At Berean Baptist Church, Waller spends his Friday getting ready to counsel other addicts, and try to save them like he was saved all those years ago.

“I can’t reach all, but if we can just reach one its worth every bit of it,” Waller said.

If you are addicted to meth, Berean Baptist Church has counseling every Friday at 7 p.m. and anyone is welcome.

Officers say if you smell a strange chemical odor coming from your neighbors home or even your kid’s bedroom call them right away, because meth is extremely flammable.




North Korean meth is the bomb — at least, according to US officials who tested two batches last year. The packages of sharp, ice-like crystals measured 98 percent and 96 percent for purity respectively. According to an indictment against the suppliers, who were arrested in 2013, the drug was so pure that “people in New York, they went crazy… the places that we put it in the States, New York… Boston, all these places, I mean, they went crazy.”

According to a new report by Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri, the North Korean government has used drug manufacture and a host of other nefarious activities to raise funds since the 1970s. The regime defaulted on its international loans in 1976 and Greitens describes how that same year “a dozen members of North Korea’s diplomatic corps, including the North Korean Ambassador to Norway, [were] ejected… for smuggling illicit goods” including “4,000 bottles of booze (mostly Polish vodka) and 140,000 cigarettes” in Sweden, and “400 bottles of liquor, 4.5 million cigarettes and 147 kilos of hashish in Denmark.”

After the collapse of the USSR, North Korea lost its communist financers and that, combined with tough sanctions and disastrous policy decisions, resulted in the famine of the 1990s where an estimated one million people died. Factories were not operating and fishermen starved in the harbor, as they had no oil to power their boats. Desperate to survive, the Kim regime forced community farms to cultivate opium poppies and demanded as much as 60 kilograms of raw opium per harvest. “We should be growing grain, not poppies,” said one defector quoted in Dr. Greitens’ report. “But the instruction from the central government was that if we grow poppies we can sell the product for ten times as much to buy grain.”

After the famine ended in the 2000s, North Korean factories began to produce a more modern type of drug: methamphetamine. “Officials from North Korea’s various security agencies were reportedly involved in guarding the plants and factories,” writes Greitens. Within the factories, real-life Walter Whites were hired to school local chemists in the art of synthesizing pure, potent meth crystals. “Experts were brought in to advise on production.”



A line of crystal meth or “bangdu” in Chinese


North Korean meth and heroin was highly prized on the black market and Triad and Yakuza gangs were lining up to distribute the drugs across China, Japan and the US, according to Greitens. “The gangs would pick up packages of drugs dropped at sea… Drugs were also transported by train (and other methods) across North Korea’s northern border into China.” 

But why rely on desperate gangsters when you have a host of agents stationed legally inside target nations with diplomatic immunity? Indeed, North Korean embassy staff continued to be thrown out of their host nations on various charges. As well as drugs, North Korean officials have been caught smuggling such things as rhino horns and ivory, 500,000cigarettes and counterfeit $100 bills so convincing that US treasury officials dubbed them “super notes.”

“Given the variety of products involved in these incidents and the repeated presence of North Korean diplomats in them, these incidents appear to be primarily the result of a ‘self-financing’ policy,” writes Greitens, “by which embassies are expected to finance their own operations, and contribute money back to the regime in Pyongyang.”

Since 2005, the regime has apparently scaled back official meth manufacture. “The North Korean government already burned all the labs to show the Americans that they are not selling it any more [but] then they transferred it to another base,” one of the meth-importers arrested last year was quoted as saying in the indictment. Elsewhere in the document, he claims, “only [North Koreans] can get the real North Korean product now.”

The closure of government meth labs has left a lot of talented meth cooks unemployed and many continue to operate in what Greitens calls “a hybrid space between public and private.” In these grey markets, political elites grab a share of the profits raised from evil-smelling meth kitchens constructed in broken-down houses and abandoned school buildings.

While the regime asserts that “North Koreans with healthy mental and moral qualities have no intention of turning out or exporting narcotics,” it’s clear that no large scale economic activity happens in North Korea without officials knowing about it — I mean, what kind of totalitarian regime would they be if they didn’t?




North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and some generals


Unsurprisingly, domestic use of meth has skyrocketed. Suited elites in Pyongyang restaurants offer each other a “nose” after dinner, the middle classes take it as a cold cure or remedy for back pain, and the poor take it to ease the emptiness in their stomachs. The drug is apparently so common that the attitude of North Koreans has become blasé. “When meeting people we not infrequently swapped drugs to see whose ice was more potent,” said one defector in Greitens’ report. “We just did it naturally as if we were exchanging cigarettes.” Another defector said, “If people in the countryside take ice, their back pain is cured… And if you give it to people who have had a stroke, they recover.”

While the regime denies exporting meth, large amounts continue to leave the country. In 2011 Chinese authorities reported that they had seized $55 million worth of drugs coming in from the hermit kingdom. In the Chinese border province of Jilin, the number of people addicted to drugs has leaptfrom a registered 44 in 1991 to an estimated 10,000 today.

North Korea’s involvement in the drug trade is a result of economic necessity and the ideology of self-reliance. The tragic fallout of these policies has led many of the country’s own citizens to become addicted to the drugs their country is peddling abroad.

Brea-KIM bad! 99% pure crystal meth made in North Korea floods U.S. drug markets
  • U.S. police intercepted batch of highly addictive drug bound for New York
  • Tests revealed the ice-like crystals were 99 per cent pure
  • Communist state is said to be in the grip of a crystal meth epidemic
  • In some parts up to 50 per cent of the population are addicted
  • Parents said to offer the drug to their children ‘to help them concentrate’

Crystal meth made in laboratories in North Korea is flooding the world’s drugs market, with shipments ferried through China to distribute across the globe.

In the U.S. police officers have intercepted batches of the highly addictive drug, that were bound for New York after being produced in Kim Jong-un’s Communist state.

Analysis of the highly potent drugs – which come in the form of ice-like crystals which are smoked, to provide a powerful and near-immediate hit – showed they were up to 99 per cent pure.

The drug, thrown in to the limelight by the hit U.S. drama series Breaking Bad. In the show, terminally-ill chemistry teacher Walter White turns into a drug baron to ensure his family’s financial future.

North Korea is said to be in the grip of a crystal meth epidemic with the drug being produced on an industrial scale by corrupt officials in collusion with criminal gangs and the number of addicts spiraling.

Use of meth is reportedly so common in the shadowy communist state that offering some to house guests has been described as the equivalent of making them a cup of tea.

In some parts of North Korea up to 50 per cent of the population are reported to be hooked. Parents even offer it to children to help them concentrate on their studies.

As one of the few commodities easily available, it is used for everything from treating colds to curbing hunger pangs during times of food shortages. But few users realise the dangers or what the side-effects will be.

In an interview with the LA Times earlier this year one North Korean, Lee Saera, 43, of Hoeryong described how prevalent the drug has become.

She said: ‘If you go to somebody’s house it is a polite way to greet somebody by offering them a sniff. It is like drinking coffee when you’re sleepy, but ice is so much better.’

Such is the explosion in the drug’s popularity that a new word ‘munlan’ has sprung up to describe meth addicts. 

Experts say the North Korean government reportedly began producing meth in the 1990s to provide desperately-needed hard currency for the ruling elite.

Then it was exported, mostly to China, with reports of North Korean diplomats being sent abroad with their bags stuffed full with meth.

Studies from the US and China found soaring levels of crystal meth addiction in border regions with North Korea.

As state-controlled production was curbed in the late 2000s the trade went underground with meth ‘cook’ criminals setting up small ‘kitchen laboratories’.

The Sun reported that in 2012, police officers in the U.S. intercepted 30kg of the drug – with 99 per cent purity – that was destined for the streets of New York.

Another sting last year uncovered a plot involving 100kg of crystal meth. Two Thailand-based Britons have now been charged in New York with conspiracy to smuggle illegal drugs.

Now business is booming and as well as supplying the burgeoning domestic market, North Korean-produced meth is reportedly being exported to the West.

In North Korea drug use is widely tolerated. Cannabis is legal with many people growing it at home.

Opium paste is also widely available as a pain reliever.

Experts estimate up to 40 per cent of North Korea’s foreign earnings now come from illegal activities.

Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis arrested a suspected drug smuggler and seized almost 21 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $324,000 Wednesday.


Juan Carlos Maduena-Penaloza, of Tolleson, was attempting to drive a Ford truck across the border when he was directed to a secondary inspection area. After a working dog reportedly indicated the possible presence of contraband in the vehicle, officers allegedly found 20 packages of meth hidden inside the gas tank.

Thirteen people have been arrested in relation to a local methamphetamine ring, the result of a roughly yearlong investigation by multiple agencies that involved multiple confidential sources and warrants to tap more than 80 phones.

The investigation, led by the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement, resulted in conspiracy charges for each of the 13 individuals arrested and drug possession charges for several of them.

All of them appeared Friday afternoon in Natrona County Circuit Court for their initial appearances. Those arrested are Elizabeth Stultz, Kaleb Gallegos, Bradley Shepherd, Preston Montoya, Vanessa Miller, Joe Montoya, Theresa Porter, Joseph McNaughton, John Faulkner, Chad Erickson, Sunny Sisneros, Beverly Hicks and Amanda Gill.

According to court documents, the investigation involved the seizure of multiple ounces of methamphetamine from multiple people and the seizure of at least three guns. The investigation is also related to a reported stabbing in Rawlins and two overdoses in Casper, according to investigators.

Police reportedly began investigating the meth conspiracy after receiving information that Preston Montoya often traveled to Utah to pick up methamphetamine to bring back into Wyoming. The source reportedly told police Montoya would sometimes return with a pound or more of the drug.

Police alleged that Montoya and others arrested would then distribute the meth. The police reports state that much of the business was conducted via text message, often using code words whose meaning investigators knew.

For example, police allege that many of the suspects would text their dealers asking for a basketball, which is code for an eight-ball, which is code for 3.5 grams.

At the next-lowest level in the conspiracy, some of the buyers would text their dealers asking for a certain number of “grandpa’s things,” which police believe refers to a gram, according to an affidavit.

During questioning, Preston Montoya reportedly told police initially that he picked up the Utah meth from the U.S. government but later changed his answer to “some Mexicans.”

According to police reports, almost all the suspects confessed during questioning.




Officers from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol say they seized 35 grams of suspected methamphetamine, about one third of it packaged for sale, and suspected drug sales paraphernalia Friday around 1:50 p.m.

Officers arrested Alice Hobbs for suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers arrested Dawn Swanson for suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers also arrested Catherine Langford for suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

All three women were booked into the Central Receiving Facility in downtown Bakersfield.





Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says narcotics agents with the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force teamed with other area law enforcement agencies Wednesday and arrested 49 persons wanted on mostly felony drug charges following an 11-month investigation.

The Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force is comprised of agents with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department. Joining them Wednesday to lock up drug dealers and users were agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force, which included agents from Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and Haughton Police Department, in addition to agents from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department.

Combined Narcotics Task Force

In August 2013, the task force rounded up 32 persons during Operation Summer Sweep to get drug dealers off of the streets of Bossier and northwest Louisiana.

“Yesterday’s roundup of drug dealers and users was ‘Round 2′ of our pledge to clean up the streets of Bossier Parish and to show our commitment to ridding our community of illegal drugs,” Whittington said. “This was a joint effort with our partnering law enforcement agencies to show that we have zero tolerance for those who want to infest our neighborhoods and children with drugs.”

Methamphetamine charges accounted for the most arrests at around 60 percent, with 20 percent of the arrests for cocaine, 10 percent for marijuana and 10 percent for prescription pills such as Lortab and Percocet.

Arrested were:
Booked in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility:
Heather R. Arellano, 32, of the 600 block of Joannes St. in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Amber N. Boykin, 23, of the 2200 block of Bellgrove in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Johnny W. Brinkley, 59, of the 10 block of Amanda Lane in Haughton, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Dana D. Brousard, 38, of the 100 block of Timberline in Haughton, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule IV with intent to distribute.

Daphenie A. Bunnery, 51, of the 3300 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Grady Caldwell, 46, of the 400 block of N. Circle in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Bessie L. Crosby, 54, of the 100 block of Yarborough in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Loren J. Dancer, 42, of the 4800 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Magen C. Dancer, 37, of the 4800 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with four counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Steven M. Day, 27, of the 500 block of Rugby in Bossier City, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

James P. Denning, 40, of the 1200 block of Boone Street in Bossier City, charged with three counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute, simple possession of Schedule I, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jamichael A. Dykes, 25, of the 100 block of Yarborough in Bossier City, charged with resisting an officer.

Dale W. Folmar, 37, of the 900 block of Mark Kay in Bossier City, charged with manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Tony W. Fontenot, 26, of the 4100 block of Wayne Avene in Bossier City, charged with possession of Schedule IV, possession of Schedule I and popossession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richard T. Goodwin, 20, of the 7800 block of Sherrell Drive in Shreveport, charged with possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Kevin T. Gordon, 47, of the 5300 block of Hollyhock in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Lord B. Gordon-Davis, 19, of the 1300 block of Teresa Place in Bossier City, charged with simple possession of Schedule I.

Donald R. Gullette, 53, of the 2800 block of Keithville Kingston Rd. in Shreveport, charged with manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Jaylen P. Harris, 21, of the 2300 block of Julia Street in Bossier City, charged with simple possession of Schedule I.

John E. Harris, 57, of the 2200 block of Riverwood Loop in Bossier City, charged with possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Edward E. Kent, 58, of the 1100 block of Boone Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule II with intent to distribute.

Brittany E. Mahoney, 24, of the 100 block of Yarbrough Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to didistribute.

John L. Marshall, 24, of the 3100 block of Jameson Road in Haughton, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of Schedule II.

Kelsey J. Mastronuzzi, 18, of the 4800 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with possession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher A. McKinnon, 24, of the 100 block of Jodie Drive in Haughton, charged with possession of Schedule I, possession of Schedule II, manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steven B. McLendon, 24, of the 900 block of Mary Kay in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute.Gustavo Santos, 20, of the 90 block of Chalmette Loop in Princeton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule IV with intent to distribute.

Joseph S. Sebastien, 50, of the 2200 block of Bodcau Spur Road in Haughton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III and IV with intent to distribute.

Thomas W. Smith, 51, of the 2200 block of Swan Lake Drive in Bossier City, charged with simple criminal property damage and criminal trespassing.

Vicky L. Taylor, 45, of the 100 block of Jody Lane in Haughton, charged with three counts of possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute, simple possession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wayne I. Taylor, Jr., 41, of the 50 block of Hillcrest Circle in Haughton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Wilson Thomas, 50, of the 4400 block of East Texas Street in Bossier City, charged with two counts manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute and simple possession of Schedule I.

Jason A. Vegosen, 36, of the 40 block of S. Thurman in Haughton, charged with possession of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Greg J. Westfall, 37, of the 5 block of Jays Lane in Haughton, charged with possession of Schedule II, manufacturing of Schedule II with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alicia D. Wheat, 36, of the 10 block of Pine Hill Circle in Haughton, charged with manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute, simple possession of Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pamela B. Williams, 55, of the 10 block of Amanda Lane in Bossier City, charged with two counts of manufacturing of Schedule III with intent to distribute.

Booked in the Bossier City Police Jail:
Mary H. Boyd, 42, of the 1400 block of Beverly Street in Bossier City, charged with contempt of court.

Anita K. Ruffins, 50, of the 400 block of North Circle in Bossier City, charged with failure to appear.

Quindarius Q. Simpson, 23, of the 1600 block of Claiborne Avenue in Shreveport, charged with four counts of manufacturing of Schedule I with intent to distribute.

Donald R. Smith, 61, of the 400 block of North Circle in Bossier City, charged with failure to appear.

Booked into Caddo Correctional Center:

Dantwoine L. Brown, 33, of the 6800 block of Greenway Avenue in Shreveport, charged counts of distribution of Schedule II.

Kelly L. Carraway, 29, of the 2500 block of N. Sibley in Benton, charged with three counts of prohibited acts.

Billy S. Flowers, 56, of the 8900 block of Meadowcreek in Shreveport, charged with being a fugitive.

Calippee B. Houston, 41, of the 5600 block of McAlpine in Shreveport, charged with distribution of Schedule IV.

Eric W. Ratcliffe, 20, of the 7700 block of Womack Road in Shreveport, charged with being possession of Schedule I.

The Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force comprises agents of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the Bossier City Police Department. The team was established in October 2012 by Whittington and McWilliams as a combined effort to combat illegal drug activity and associated crimes all throughout Bossier Parish.





DeKALB – Three people on probation for methamphetamine-related crimes in DeKalb face new charges after police said they stumbled upon an active meth lab about 1:30 p.m. Friday.


DeKalb police declined to reveal which of the three suspects they saw making methamphetamine in the upstairs apartment at 418 N. Eleventh St., but all three face the same charges; the most serious is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison.



A man who was stopped trying to board a plane at Missoula International Airport using a dead man’s identity last year was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison Friday for attempting to sell large amounts of methamphetamine.

Charles Ferrill Patton, 50, appeared in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Friday, where Judge Brian Morris handed down a 125-month prison sentence with an additional five years of supervised release.

Patton pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in January. A second felony charge of making a false statement was dropped in his plea agreement.

According to a statement released by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carl Rostad and Keri Leggett, the Russell Country Drug Task Force found Patton in possession of $3,337 and 106 grams of meth in April of last year. Patton was arrested by the agents, but bonded out of jail several days later.

On May 7, Patton violated the conditions of his release by attempting to leave the state. According to the statement, Patton used a dead man’s driver’s license to board a plane at Missoula International Airport. He was thwarted in his attempt to flee by TSA agents, who stopped him but didn’t arrest him.

The following day, law enforcement officials located Patton near his home in Great Falls, again with a large amount of meth.

After searching his car, agents found 391.4 grams – nearly 1 pound – of meth in two separate baggies, a syringe, a scale and a pipe.




A Waco man was arrested Friday morning as part of a DEA investigation into a large methamphetamine drug trafficking ring that spread throughout Central Texas.

David Ash, a former Tribune-Herald employee, was arrested at 9:05 a.m. Friday by DEA special agents, with assistance from the Waco Police Department. He faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ash worked in the Tribune-Herald’s sports department before resigning in early March.

He has yet to appear before a Fort Worth federal magistrate for a bond.

Ash was one of 25 people arrested Thursday and Friday on charges they participated in the Stephenville-based drug ring, which DEA officials allege was responsible for distributing methamphetamine in McLennan, Erath, Parker, Palo Pinto, Comanche, Eastland, Stephens, Hood, Hamilton, Somervell and Taylor counties.

The investigation, a joint partnership between DEA and Stephenville Police Department, began in 2012 and focused on a cell called the Brittany Barron Drug Trafficking Organization, according to a press release from the DEA and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

DEA Supervisory Special Agent Steven Robertson said the methamphetamine typically is brought in to the Dallas area through Mexican-based drug cartels, then broken down into smaller amounts and distributed to other regions of the state.

A total of 87 people have been arrested in connection to the ring, the release said. Arrests began a few months ago and have included individuals in Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Stephenville and now Waco.

Robertson said DEA agents are expecting to arrest a second Waco man, but have not yet done so.

Each suspect faces a federal prison sentence of five to 40 years and up to a $5 million fine if convicted, the release said.

“This is a significant organization, and the fact that it went federal and the fact that they’re looking at that time means they’ve been moving a pretty significant amount of methamphetamine,” Robertson said.

Crystal meth is a terrible drug, and it destroys a lot of lives. It’s just a reminder that crystal meth is here, it’s in our communities, it’s bad stuff.”



ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Imagine meth being made in your backyard — millions of dollars worth — and then learning it’s connected to a Mexican cartel. Investigators believe that was happening in an Elk Grove neighborhood.

Police say a high-ranking cartel member used the community as an assembly shop for his multi-million-dollar meth business.

At least two-dozen federal agents swarmed the area, all part of a multi-county bust that nabbed 18 people from here to the Bay Area, including Esdra Avila Carillo, a.k.a. Blanco.

“He was able to refine it, package it, and then distribute it to parts throughout the United States,” said Patrick Vanier of the Santa Clara County DA’s office.

Police say in one month, millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine was smuggled in from Mexico and processed at a home right across the street from one neighbor so spooked after hearing the cartel was allegedly involved, she didn’t want to show her face.

“Wow, shocking because it’s a regular neighborhood,” she said. “I would never expect something like that.”

Police say Blanco ran his drug business like a Fortune 500 company. His home base in Silicon Valley and Elk Grove was one of his satellite offices. The latter was chosen because of its easy access to distribution routes, notably Interstate 5.

“I would imagine that it was selected for a reason because of its accessibility to Interstate 5,” said Vanier.

Neighbors say a drug bust in the community doesn’t necessarily shock them, but police confirming big-time cartel businesses nearby surely does.

“Kind of surprising it’s happening in this area. I mean especially those numbers, sure there’s little things happening here and there, but not to that extent,” said Elk Grove resident Rami Batakji.

Carillo is being held by police on $1 million bail.



A man suspected in a brazen theft of pseudoephedrine from Bristol’s Target store — and spurring several police pursuits over multiple days — has been arrested in Sullivan County, leading authorities to a large meth dump site in the Cherokee National Forest.


Michael Edwards, 27, of 144 Massengill Road, Blountville, was apprehended Tuesday by U.S. Marshals and members of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. An SCSO incident report states he was arrested at a convenience store on Highway 11-E in Bluff City, where he attempted to run away before being brought into custody by officers and a K-9.

That incident marked the second time Edwards allegedly fled SCSO deputies in two days, and the fourth time total that he had fled local police in less than a week. According to Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jack Davidson, Edwards’ run-ins with the law began on April 16.

That’s when he allegedly stole multiple packages of Sudafed from Target off of Bristol’s Lee Highway, running with the items out of the store. Shortly thereafter, according to Davidson, a Washington County deputy on Interstate 81 spotted the vehicle Edwards had fled in.

Davidson said that Edwards initially stopped for police, then accelerated away when deputies exited their cruiser. That led to a vehicle pursuit off of I-81, onto King Mill Pike and into Bristol city limits, at which point the chase was terminated out of concern for public safety.

A BOLO was issued for Edwards’ car, with Davidson saying another Washington County deputy spotted it on Sunday. An attempted stop allegedly led to another pursuit, this time into Sullivan County. An SCSO incident report states a Sullivan deputy spotted the vehicle turning into a residence on Paperville Road, at which point Edwards bailed from the car and ran.

Edwards could not immediately be located, according to the SCSO report, but drug paraphernalia and items used to make meth were found in his vehicle. Also inside the car was Lindsey Brown, 23, of 176 Marlene Drive, Bristol, Tenn. She was arrested on warrants out of Virginia and booked into the Sullivan County jail in Blountville.

According to a separate SCSO incident report, U.S. Marshals requested assistance in arresting Edwards on Tuesday, noting that he has a “violent past.” There were warrants out of Virginia for felony evading arrest and theft, as well as in Sullivan County for violation of probation.

During a Bluff City traffic stop of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado which Edwards occupied, according to police, Edwards again jumped from the vehicle and attempted to run. SCSO K-9 Evo was deployed, taking him into custody with the assistance of officers.

A search of the Silverado reportedly located methamphetamine and meth precursors. SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says Edwards was subsequently questioned about the drugs, at which point he claimed to have disposed of a one-pot meth apparatus on Big Creek Road.

Police searched that location, east of South Holston Lake in the Cherokee National Forest, locating several meth dumpsites. Earhart says nine one-pot meth bottles and 30 gas generator bottles used in meth production were found, along with other items for making the drug.

Charges have not yet been placed in connection with the finds. As of Wednesday afternoon, Edwards remained held in the Sullivan County Justice Center, awaiting extradition to Virginia.

In Sullivan County he is charged with possession of Schedule II drugs for resale, promotion of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. All of those charges are related to the items reportedly located in his vehicles.

Agencies responding to the dumpsite in Cherokee National Forest, include the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, U.S. Forest Service and Hickory Tree Volunteer Fire Department.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “We’ve been in homes where there have been cooks and they are wealthy and very pristine and then we go in other places that are very tragic,” says Scotty Salter, Owner of Hisco Environmental, LLC.

Part of Salter’s job is to clean-up meth labs.

Methamphetamine has traditionally been a rural, white drug abuse problem,” says Sheriff Jim Matthews, Kershaw County

The “Tribal Waste Journal” published by the EPA in 2008 backs up that claim, but adds labs are multiplying nationwide.

“We’ve seen the growth of meth labs grow,” says Salter

Salter decontaminates meth locations in South Carolina and nationwide after the labs are removed.

“It’s a endless spectrum as far as what we encounter,” says Salter

For Gross Decontamination of Meth materials, separate from clean-up, SLED has contracts with two companies in the state.

According to the EPA, chemicals used in the cooking of meth can cause caner, damage to the brain, kidneys, liver and more.

“If we don’t suit up and wear proper PPA, it can be deadly,” says Salter

Because of that, Salter’s company removes everything from the homes then treats the walls and floors.

“We treat it with a formula that was developed by the United States Defense Department to neutralize weapons of mass destruction,” says Salter

But, not all clean-ups are as thorough and there are no laws governing the clean-up process. According to SLED, only guidelines are issued by the EPA.

Take for instance the case of the Holt Family of Tennessee, showcased in the New York Times in 2009.

“When they were engaged, they found a house, they got married and bought it. They had some children and those children were staying in the hospital,” says Salter

Salter says the home later tested off the charts for meth.

He also says unless properly cleaned, the chemicals won’t go away. Take for instance a story from his colleague in Idaho.

“There had been a cook in that house in 1999 and it was still testing off the charts and that was year before last,” says Salter

Salter says his company is advocating to have a law passed in South Carolina to govern the clean-up of meth labs. In all his work nationwide, Salter says, Tennessee has the most stringent clean-up guidelines.



A Charleston-area man moved his meth lab from his parent’s home to a motel room – and has been busted hiding under a bed 5 days later, officials say.

John Eric Phillips, age 34, broke into his parents North Charleston home around 2:30 am on April 18 and carried a baseball bat during the incident, officials say.


A warrant was issued for his arrest after authorities say “a cloud of smoke”, meth ingredients and equipment were found in Phillips’ room at home in the 2800 block of Otranto Road.


Phillips’ father was forced to grab a shotgun to defend the mom and elderly grandmother in the incident, the CBS-TV affiliate in Charleston reported. Phillips managed to escape the area before police got there, authorities say.

Wednesday night, Phillips was again linked to a meth lab – this time at a Relax Inn in North Charleston.

Police and the fire department responded to the motel on Ashley Phosphate around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after an anonymous tip that methamphetamine was being cooked in room 106.


When police arrived a female came to the door, officers escorted her from the room. Police say the room was filled with vapor and they evacuated the hotel.

After about 10 minutes a suspect emerged from under the bed in the hotel room and was taken into custody. Police later identified the suspect as John Eric Phillips who was wanted for manufacturing meth.

The DEA collected evidence of the meth cook from the hotel room and decontaminated the room.

Phillips was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.



TAMAQUA, Pa. – Police in Schuylkill County say they stumbled upon a meth lab.

They also say they know who was running it, they just have to find them.

Police in Tamaqua are still looking for Kelsey Anderson, 21, and Thomas Heiser, 33.

Police say they fled their home after a fire that led to the discovery of a meth lab.

Samuel Garcia says after an alleged meth lab was discovered in his apartment building at 14 West Broad Street in Tamaqua, he wants to find a new place to live.

“I opened up the door and I see smoke all over. I said, ‘What’s going on?’ and they said, ‘We have to evacuate the building!'” said Garcia.

Police say around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night they were called to Garcia’s neighbor’s apartment.

They say a fire was burning in the bathroom and items consistent with cooking the drug methamphetamine were found nearby.

“I felt like a vibration in my kitchen. Like a rumble,” said Dorothy Forte, who lives in the building next door.

She says she fears for her family.

“It shook me up some. Because I have grandkids. And this is a nice town to raise them. But with this going on I don’t know now.”

Investigators say this discovery comes just one week after Tamaqua police officers underwent special methamphetamine training.

Borough Councilman Justin Startzel says it’s training like this that keeps officers prepared as meth labs continue to pop up in Tamaqua.

“It helps them become more aware of what they need to look for and it helps them become more educated on tackling issues like this,” said Startzel.

Councilman Startzel says if you see any suspicious activity in your community, you can contact the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force at 1-800-414-1406.



HAMMOND – Three children are in state custody after sheriff’s deputies said they were discovered in a methamphetamine lab in Hammond Tuesday.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating a burglary on Wardline Road when detectives smelled the drug lab. Deputies said they got permission to search the residence, and discovered a lab that had contaminated the entire home.

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Four adults and three children were removed from the residence. The children are eight weeks old, five years old, and nine years old.

The Hammond Fire Department Haz-Mat team was called in for decontamination. All the residents had to remove their contaminated clothing and other items then be scrubbed with biodegradable soap.

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The children were taken to North Oaks Medical Center to be checked for chemical exposure then taken into state custody.

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The adults, Mark White Jr., 32, Tamara White, 29, Justin Kuffner, 30 and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment.





Children taken, decontaminated after deputies bust home meth lab

HAMMOND, La. — The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office has arrested 4 adults for running a methamphetamine lab out of a home with young children present.

According to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office, on April 22, detectives arrived at 12026 Wardline Road in Hammond in reference to a burglary investigation.

A spokesman said that as detectives approached the residence, they detected a strong chemical odor coming from an open window under the car port, and immediately recognized the smell as that of an active methamphetamine laboratory.

They made contact with the residents and obtained permission to search the residence, at which time they found an active methamphetamine laboratory inside of the home.


Detectives immediately escorted all the people in the home, 4 adults, a 9-year-old child, a 5-year-old child, and an 8-week-old infant, out of and away from the residence for their safety.

All occupants, including the infant child, had to be decontaminated by Hammond Fire Department HazMat.

The decontamination process involves the removal of all contaminated items and clothing, having the body washed with biodegradable soap and then placing the subjects in a special paper suit for a specified amount of time.


All three children were transported to North Oaks Medical Center for examination as a result of being exposed to the hazardous chemicals produced in the illegal production of methamphetamine.

The children were then placed in the custody of the state.

All 4 adults Mark White Jr., 32; Tamara White, 29; Justin Kuffner, 31; and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, were taken into custody and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and three counts of child endangerment.





SAN JOSE, California — Prosecutors in Silicon Valley say authorities have arrested 18 people and seized methamphetamine, cocaine and drug labs as part of an investigation into a major drug distribution ring with ties to a Mexican cartel.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced the arrests and seizures on Thursday. Prosecutors say the investigation was conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and began with the arrest of a low-level drug dealer in 2012.

They say it led to a drug lab in Elk Grove that was manufacturing millions of dollars of methamphetamine each month and also turned up marijuana, weapons and laundered cash.

Among those arrested was Esdras Avila Carrillo, of San Jose, who prosecutors say is believed to be a high-ranking member of the Mexican drug cartel connected to the operation. They did not name the cartel.




CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS — During an April 23 traffic stop on I-40, a Department of Public Safety trooper discovered 22 pounds of liquid methamphetamine being transported from coast to coast.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., a trooper pulled over an eastbound 1995 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Corolla was identified as Leonardo Moreno-Aguilar, 26, of Sunnyvale, Calif. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered liquid methamphetamine in plastic containers.

Moreno-Aguilar was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Los Angeles to Charleston, S.C.


PUNTA GORDADeputies called to investigate people trespassing on private property wound up arresting two people on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine on Tuesday.

Deputies were called to an area off Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda because a property owner learned that people were living on private property owned by the caller’s parents.

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When they checked the area, deputies found Richard Thomas Parsons, 39, and Jennifer Motta-Guedes, 32, both of whom listed no home address, in a tent on the property.

When the deputies announced themselves to the pair, Motta-Guedes knocked over a bowl and a paper towel containing numerous yellow pills.

Deputies saw a can of acetone in the same area where both Motta-Guedes and Parsons were located. Recognizing these as items that could be used to produce methamphetamine, the deputies asked the couple to exit the tent.

When the deputies checked inside the tent, they located several items with residue and ashes that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. Among the items were several used syringes.

They also located a bucket outside the tent that contained camping fuel, crystal drain opener, lighter fluid, tubes and other apparatus. Beside the bucket was a bottle of muriatic acid.

As a result, deputies arrested both Motta-Guedes and Parsons for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Motta-Guedes was being held on a $62,500 bond and Parsons was being held on a $60,000.



FRESNO – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Edwin Rigoberto Mayorga-Fajardo, 42, of Bakersfield, charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on April 8, Mayorga-Fajardo attempted to distribute five pounds of methamphetamine to a government informant.

When law enforcement officers attempted to stop the Mayorga-Fajardo’s vehicle he sped off and a chase ensued. While attempting to flee, he was observed throwing packages of methamphetamine from the vehicle. Eventually Mayorga-Fajardo was stopped and arrested and approximately four pounds of methamphetamine was recovered.

This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mayorga-Fajardo faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.




SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) — Officials say the parents of an infant who was found dead at their Mississippi home drove with their 2-year-old daughter to Georgia, where they are being held on felony drug warrants.

Police in Sylvester, about 170 miles south of Atlanta, say 2-year-old Maliah Harris was found unharmed at 12:09 a.m. Thursday in a traffic stop after an Amber Alert was issued. Police Chief Robert Jennings says 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard are wanted on warrants for possession of methamphetamine in Mississippi. Jennings says drugs also were found in the car, with additional charges possible.

Maliah’s 7-month-old sister, Alyssa, was found dead early Wednesday. County Coroner Greg Merchant says an autopsy didn’t reveal a preliminary cause of death. A toxicology report is pending.

Sheriff Mike Arledge tells WCBI-TV ( methamphetamine was found at the scene.



The San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell and later died had succumbed to a methamphetamine-induced heart attack, among other factors, according to a toxicology report released Thursday by the Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

Generally speaking, the report said, Josey Richard Meche, 28, died from methamphetamine toxicity, as well as contributing factors such as hyperthermia — or core temperature overheating — and a fatty infiltration of the right ventricular wall heart muscle.

Hyperthermia can be caused by drug toxicity or an infection, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

The manner of death is being considered accidental.

Meche was booked into jail following an incident on the 700 block of Mountain View Street in San Luis Obispo, where he was found in a residence’s driveway “acting bizarre,” according to San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley. He later became combative with officers and had to be placed in a “control hold.” Staley said he calmed down after the arrest.

Jail staff also reported that Meche was cooperative during his booking just before midnight March 11 and did not complain of any medical problems before he was found in his cell at 1 a.m. March 12.

He was taken to Sierra Vista Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 a.m.



BALIK PULAU: An underage Malawi national was charged with trafficking 4.3kg of methamphetamine at the magistrate’s court here today.

The 17-year-old allegedly committed the offence at the international arrival hall of the Penang International Airport at about 10.30am on Oct 5, 2013.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old Indian national was also charged with trafficking 3.1kg of methamphetamine last year.

Sangeeta Sharma Brahmacharimayun allegedly committed the offence at the domestic arrival hall of the Penang International Airport on Oct 7 at about 1am.

Both were charged under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which is punishable by death under Section 39B(2) of the same act.

Magistrate Muhammad Najib Ismail set June 25 for mention pending reports from the Chemistry Department.

No plea was recorded from both accused, who were not represented, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Inspector Noraini Ahmad appeared for the prosecution.

In another case, a 56-year-old mother who allegedly passed drugs to her son after he was sentenced for drug possession had her remand order extended until April 29.

She was reported to have committed the offence on April 18 by passing 9.4 grams of heroin wrapped in tobacco leaves to her son as he was being escorted by policemen to a lock-up.

Alert policemen on duty noticed something amiss and detained her.



PORTLAND, Ore.Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson released 2013 drug-related death statistics Thursday reflecting one fewer death from last year and a near 7 percent drop from 2012, when deaths reached their highest level since 2000.

Preliminary drug-related death statistics showed the lowest number of cocaine-related deaths and highest number of methamphetamine-related deaths since 2000.

Drug-related death statistics indicate 222 deaths in 2013, down less than 1 percent from 223 deaths reported in 2012. These deaths are associated with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or a combination use of those drugs.

In 2011, Oregon reported the highest number of drug-related deaths. when 240 people needlessly died from the abuse of illicit drugs.

A review of last year’s 222 reported deaths and their frequency of use reflected:

* 123 methamphetamine-related deaths, a 32 percent increase over the previous year’s reported 93 deaths and the highest recorded since the beginning of 2000. More than 55 percent of all drug-related deaths were associated with methamphetamine use. Multnomah County noted a 62 percent increase in this category with 45 recorded deaths, up from 28 deaths last year.

* Heroin-related deaths (111) were a 25 percent decrease from the previous year’s reported 147 deaths, which was the highest number since the beginning of 2000. More than half (65) of heroin-related deaths happened in Multnomah County, and Clackamas County recorded 13 deaths which is an increase from last year’s eight recorded deaths in this category.

* Cocaine-related deaths (12) were the fewest recorded since the beginning of 2000 and a 35 percent decrease from the previous year’s 19 reported deaths. The highest number was reported in 2000 when 69 people died from illicit use in this category. Cocaine-related deaths occurred only in Multnomah (9), Lincoln, Malheur, and Yamhill counties.

* Combination of drug use deaths (26) dropped 20 percent and was the second fewest since the beginning of 2000.

In Central Oregon, four drug-related deaths were recorded — all in Deschutes County, two from heroin and two from methamphetamine.

Dr. Gunson noted the majority of methamphetamine-related deaths are not overdoses but actually related to some other event such as traffic crash, drowning or other traumatic event. Methamphetamine use is also linked to seizures and sudden elevation in blood pressure, which can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Forty-five percent of drug-related deaths in 2013 happened in Multnomah County, a drop of one death compared to last year’s 103 deaths.

Counties with notable increases include:

* Clackamas County: 13 (2012) to 17 (2013) – all 13 were heroin-related
* Columbia County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) – three were methamphetamine-related
* Coos County: 4 (2012) to 8 (2013) – six were methamphetamine-related
* Josephine County: 1 (2012) to 4 (2013) – three were methamphetamine-related
* Lane County: 15 (2012) to 20 (2013) – 13 were methamphetamine-related
* Linn County: 1 (2012) to 6 (2013) – five were methamphetamine-related
* Polk & Umatilla County: 0 (2012) to 3 (2013) – five of their six combined deaths were methamphetamine-related

Counties with notable decreases include:

* Clatsop County: 4 (2012) to 1 (2013)
* Jackson County: 19 (2012) to 11 (2013) – seven were heroin-related
* Marion County: 19 (2012) to 6 (2013) – five were methamphetamine-related
* Washington County: 17 (2012) to 12 (2013) – nine were methamphetamine-related

Oxycodone use surpassed methadone in topping the list of major drug prescription deaths. In 2013, the 150 opioid-related deaths in three noted categories dropped from 170 in 2012 and 193 in 2011. Decreases in methadone-related deaths accounted for the yearly decreases. The noted prescription drug categories are:

* Methadone-related deaths dropped from 78 (2012) to 58 (2013)
* Oxycodone-related deaths dropped from 66 (2012) to 60 (2013)
* Hydrocodone-related deaths rose from 26 (2012) to 32 (2013)

Note that prescription drug overdose death statistics are statewide and not included with the information provided on the State Medical Examiner’s website charts.

Information for all counties with at least one drug-related death and a comparison of categories is provided in links with this news release. Similar statistics since 2002 is available on the State Medical Examiner’s website at