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The Myanmar Police Force will begin investigating money laundering in cooperation with the United Nations Offices on Drug and Crime (UNODC), Zaw Win, chief of the force.

Cooperation is heightened after the Ministry of Planning and UNODC signed the integrated Country Programme for 2014-2017 on Monday, agreeing to collaborate together to strengthen the rule law and address significant crime and drug issues. The agreement was approved by President Thein Sein and the Cabinet.

Investigations into money laundering will include transnational crimes, narcotics, human trafficking and illegal timber extraction, Zaw Win said.

Parliament approved the Anti-money Laundering Law on March 14. UNODC’s support could affect investigations about share dealings at Asia Green Development Bank to determine whether the cash using to buy shares was derived from or connected to illegal activity, officials said.

The agreement calls for building the capacity for Myanmar police to implement UNODC programs according to international standards of policing.

Officials said that investigations into alleged financial aid to terrorist groups as well as efforts to reduce violent crime will accelerate following the agreement.

Zaw Win said there will also be a shift to prevention of crime that will be in line with the transformation to democracy. An opium poppy substitution programme for farmers will also be introduced in cooperation with UNODC, the police chief said.

Today, senior policy, law enforcement and justice delegates gathered at special regional conference in Yangon. They shared the information that East and Southeast Asia remains the world’s largest market for synthetic drugs, and the methamphetamine problem is showing signs of accelerating, with Myanmar being a key part of the jigsaw,

The event was organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Global SMART Programme.

Growing demand in East and Southeast Asia for methamphetamine is being met by large-scale production in China, Myanmar and several other countries in the region. Information presented at the conference confirms continued high, and rising, demand and supply of methamphetamine.

“Organized crime groups are well positioned to take advantage of regional integration agreements to expand the trafficking of synthetic drugs and precursor chemicals” said Jeremy Douglas, UN Regional Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

“Capacities to ensure the rule of law vary greatly across the region, and this evolving and growing threat diverts increasing amounts of scarce state resources away from efforts to develop and improve governance. Douglas commented further that “It can’t be ignored that the billions generated for organised crime exceed the size of several national economies in the region. Where is the money going?”

While most of the methamphetamine produced in East and Southeast Asia is consumed within the region large quantities are also being trafficked to nearby major markets like Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and more recently to neighbouring South Asia. Transnational criminal groups also continue to identify new precursor sources and methods for production, and are diversifying trafficking routes.

Myanmar remains a major source of both methamphetamine pills and crystal methamphetamine or “ice”, with significant volumes from the country seized in neighbouring states. At the same time the Government of Myanmar officials acknowledged methamphetamine use is rapidly increasing across the country.

“A much greater degree of information sharing and cooperation is needed to effectively respond to the synthetic drug and precursor problems in our country and across Asean,” said Pol Lt Gen Kyaw Win of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC), Ministry of Home Affairs. “No country can tackle these challenges alone, and there is no doubt we need improved training and support for frontline law enforcement and justice officers, especially along the Mekong corridor and in remote areas of the region.”

Several delegations raised concerns about new psychoactive substances (NPS) also known as “legal highs” being produced by introducing slight modifications to the chemistry of controlled drugs. The fast-paced nature and evolution of the regional drug market has raised concerns that transnational organised criminal groups are expanding product lines to target youth.

In 2008, UNODC launched the Global SMART Programme to enhance the capacity of states and authorities in East and Southeast Asia to generate, manage, analyse, report and use synthetic drug and precursor information, and to apply this evidence-based knowledge to strategy, policy and programme design and implementation.

All 10 Asean nations and China now receive related assistance from UNODC through Global SMART. The programme is funded by the governments of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.


A 44-year-old Eldorado man faces a number of charges after Saline County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his home Tuesday.

Inside Joseph Robertson’s home, deputies found 145 grams of cystral methamphetamine, more than 5,000 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine, more than $18,800, a .38-caliber pistol, a .410 shotgun, 31 Lortabs, 24 Xanax and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis.




ARDMORE, AL (WAFF) – An Ardmore man was arrested on Monday on drug charges after investigators responded to complaints at his home.4529626_G

Investigators received complaints that 48-year-old Ronnie Rolin was manufacturing methamphetamine. When they got there, investigators smelled a strong odor and discovered an active meth lab.

They also saw a haze of fumes in the home when Rolin answered the front door.

Investigators served a search warrant and found five, one-pot meth labs and an active gas generator in the residence. They also found one container of meth oil that Rolin was apparently in the process of making when investigators arrived.

Investigators also found chemicals that are used to manufacture meth, as well as a small amount of finished meth.

Rolin was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $56,000.




FATE, Texas – Two Dallas area men were arrested by Fate detectives following a traffic stop which revealed over $600,000 worth of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

The two men, who have not been identified, were taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Additionally charges may be filed, according to the Fate DPS, including possible immigration violations.

Officials are continuing to investigate the bust to determine if there are any additional suspects involved in the trafficking of drugs in and around the community.

The suspects names have not been released.

Fate residents are encouraged to call the Fate DPS Criminal Investigations Division at (972) 771-4601 x118 or the Rockwall County Crime Stoppers at (972) 771-TIPS with any information concerning the possession, sales, and manufacturing of illicit drugs or any other criminal activity.





Walkers, joggers and children playing in the woods are being warned that any trash they find may be contaminated with chemicals used to manufacture meth.

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“On August 14th we had some children playing in an wooded area in East Oolitic and they came across the remains of a meth lab,” Craig says. “Parents need to be vigilant and talk to their children about the dangerous of finding and or touching what might look like trash. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into contact with the skin.”

The “trash” could be toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic.

Craig’s advice: Don’t touch it and call police.

Indiana State Police say meth cooks are using a variety of containers to manufacture their product.

For example, 1.5-gallon gas cans have been found along the roadside by people who believe that they have found a new gas can and end up with a working meth lab.

Other items to avoid: battery casings, Ziploc style bags, empty blister packs and containers that contain a granular material.

Be aware of any type of cylinder found in a field, ditch or wooded area that has a modified valve. The valve will typically be modified in some way and will have a bright blue color to it.

These cylinders are used to store or transport anhydrous ammonia, which is an extremely dangerous gas when direct contact or inhalation has occurred.

If someone comes across this type of trash, contact police.



East and Southeast Asia are the world’s largest markets for synthetic drugs. With rising demand for methamphetamines, health is not the only thing to suffer. The drug trade is also slowing development, say experts.  


The use of synthetic drugs, particularly methamphetamines, is escalating rapidly in East and South East Asia. Powerfully addictive stimulants, methamphetamines can deliver a euphoric high but come with devastating side effects including brain damage, psychosis and severe decay as well as loss of teeth known as “meth mouth” – a tell-tale sign which could become increasingly recognizable across the region.

In East and South East Asia, the drug is mostly consumed in the form of pills, or by smoking white crystals known as “ice” – notorious around the world as crystal meth. Following crackdowns over the last decade on plant-based drugs in the region, most notably opium, the market has opened up for the production of synthetic drugs, which is more difficult to detect as it does not rely on cultivating large areas of land.

Myanmar, which remains the world’s second largest opium producer after Afghanistan, is the principal producer of synthetic drugs in Southeast Asia. On August 18, the Myanmar government signed a landmark agreement with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to implement a program tackling the country’s major drugs and crime issues. The country is also currently hosting a regional conference aimed at identifying solutions to resolve the problem.

Jeremy Douglas, UNODC regional representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, told DW that a transnational approach is essential when tackling synthetic drugs. One of the reasons the market has expanded so quickly is because economic integration in the region has created opportunities for drug-related activities across borders.0,,17339793_404,00

East and Southeast Asia are the world’s largest markets for synthetic drugs

Keeping up with demand

While the level of plant-based drug use across East and Southeast Asia has remained relatively stable, “synthetic drugs have really exploded,” Douglas says. “They’ve been very attractive to young users where opium or heroin is associated with the older generation,” he added. And the use of the drugs has not only grown geographically – their social appeal has also expanded. “More recently they’ve evolved again and gone upmarket, attracting different demographic groups,” Douglas added.

According to a report by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANOD), “most countries of Asia are either producing countries or on major transit or trafficking routes from producers to consumer nations.” The growing demand for methamphetamines in East and South East Asia is being met primarily through large-scale production in China and Myanmar.

Between 2009 and 2011, the total number of dismantled laboratories in the region that were producing amphetamine-type stimulants rose by almost 90 percent, according to a UN report this year. Douglas believes, the key to stalling the trade is to target the precursor chemicals used in the preparation of these drugs. “Most of the countries in this region don’t produce the chemicals that are necessary to make the drugs,” he told DW. These chemicals are produced by pharmaceutical companies in countries such as China and India, and are then sold by traffickers to drug producers in East and Southeast Asian nations.

“Distorting effect”

The UNODC estimates that the trade of synthetic drugs alone generates almost 17 billion USD a year in East and Southeast Asia. “This money is in the hands of criminal groups which are able to influence public officials; they are able to launder the money into legitimate businesses so it has a distorting effect on the economy,” explained Douglas, adding that the huge economic power of the drugs trade can seem an attractive prospect for those involved.

After contacting a person familiar with the drug trade in China, DW found out that while “ice,” or crystal meth, was previously the most popular methamphetamine on the market, a new variety nicknamed “pork,” which is “stronger,” has now taken over. “Nobody takes “No. 4″ [high purity Heroin] anymore,” the contact told DW on condition of anonymity, adding that the price of “pork” has also increased. The drugs are produced in China’s Sichuan province, and close to the border with Myanmar, he said.

While some East and Southeast Asian countries do offer treatment for drug addiction – Thailand, in particular, has extensive programs. However, the treatment available is often not in line with international recommendations. The focus on confinement and withdrawal often results in high relapse rates, where community-based programs show longer lasting results.

While the punishment for possession varies, almost every country in the region enforces the death penalty for the trafficking of methamphetamines, depending on the amount of drugs involved.

“Synthetic drugs have been very attractive to young users where opium or heroin is associated with the older generation,” says Douglas

Undermining development

While poverty is believed to be the underlying cause of the surge in the market, the economy suffers even further from the ensuing financial burden. According to experts, the drug trade is a major drag on development in the region, drawing resources away from where they are most needed.

“A disproportionate amount of public expenditure is spent on the drug problem,” said Douglas. While law enforcement bodies are under pressure, court systems are clogged with cases, prisons are overrun and in some cases the health systems are struggling to cope with the number of drug related patients, he explained.

Furthermore, the criminal activity on account of drug trade is not only undermining development efforts, but also increasing human insecurity and threatening peace processes in the region, according to UNODC. The impact of the region’s methamphetamine habit reaches further than the growing number of users and producers. The powerful drug trade is chipping away at the region’s stability, even for those to whom “pork” and “ice” still just mean meat and water.


Results of a toxicology report released Wednesday showed the driver in last week’s fatal State Route 36 crash was under the influence of more than three times the lethal level of methamphetamine, which could have caused him to have a heart attack, according to the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

“Daniel Morris was very high, and his methamphetamine level was at 0.77 mg/L,” said Deputy Coroner Roy Horton. “Methamphetamine levels are potentially toxic around 0.2 mg/L, and that’s been known to kill.”

Morris, a 40-year-old Fortuna resident, died in the crash. He was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck just east of Fisher Road near Hydesville around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 when the vehicle veered off the road and ran head-on into a tree, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. Three other Fortuna residents, including 33-year-old Alisha Marie Summerfield, her 13-year-old daughter Judith Maxine Martin and 20-year-old Savanna Nicole Line Ramirez were also killed.

Officials described it as the deadliest crash to be investigated by Humboldt County CHP in 12 years.

Four other occupants received major injuries and were taken to out-of-the-area hospitals. Twins Thomas and Taylor Wheeler, 15, were flown to UC Davis Medical Center, while 21-year-old Fortuna resident Christopher Spencer and Scotia resident Faith Anderson, 15, were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

“It’s my understanding that one of the twins still has pretty serious injuries, but they’re all expected to live,” Horton said.

CHP Officer Matt Harvey said he didn’t have any updates on the surviving victims.

“This is one of the more unfortunate reminders that we need to intervene if we see someone impaired that’s going to get behind the wheel, because we could save a life,” Harvey said. “It’s extremely sad and unfortunate, and impairment continues to be a leading cause of accidents in Humboldt County.”

Horton said it’s very rare to see that level of methamphetamine.

“I’m used to dealing with blood alcohol level, but this lends itself to a new level, and I’ve not seen this before,” Horton said, adding that no alcohol was detected in Morris’ system. “The vehicle left the roadway secondarily to the methamphetamine, which I think was the primary cause. The public needs to know why this happened, because it was so horrific. For someone to be driving around with that level is unfathomable. It leaves me speechless, and it’s scary.”

Horton said to be at that level, Morris “had to be a user in the past or present.”

“With methamphetamine, you don’t know how pure it is and this could’ve been really pure,” he said.

Harvey said the CHP accident investigation is ongoing.



Bellflower sheriff’s authorities seized 13 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Tuesday night, officials said today.

A deputy made a traffic stop of a car that came back with a warrant Tuesday night, according to officials. The exact location of the stop and time was not released because the case is still under investigation, authorities said.

The deputy reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the car and searched the vehicle, resulting in the seizure of 13 pounds of methamphetamine, officials said.

At least one person was arrested. The person’s name was not made available.



CLARKSVILLE — Two men were arrested after they were found cooking methamphetamine Tuesday in a wooded area behind Hobby Lobby in Clarksville, police report.

Ricky Shepherd, 46, Clarksville, and Joshua Webb, 34, Tennessee, were each arrested on various preliminary, drug-related charges.


A Clarksville police officer reported that at about noon, “I got out of my vehicle and was checking the wooded area to the southeast of Hobby Lobby [located on Lewis and Clark Boulevard] for trespassers on town property, which I periodically do,” according to the report.

The officer saw the men sitting under a tree and determined they were in the process of making methamphetamine by the one-pot method.

After the officer activated his body camera to record the activity and identified himself as Clarksville police, Webb fled on foot, according to the report, and Shepherd was taken into custody.

Through the use of a CPD K-9 unit, including canine Maiko, Webb was located and arrested.

Before he was booked into the Clark County jail, Webb was taken to Clark Memorial Hospital for treatment to bite wounds.

Adding to his preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine; manufacturing methamphetamine; resisting law enforcement, possession of a precursor; and possession of a syringe, Webb was also preliminary charged with cruelty to an animal and battery to an officer for his alleged actions at the time he was taken into custody.

Shepherd has been preliminary charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of a syringe; possession of precursor; and possession of methamphetamine.

An Indiana State Police methamphetamine lab team responded to the scene to safety process the possibly volatile drug materials.

According to online court records, the men have not had their initial appearances scheduled in a Clark County court.








KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – A toddler aged child was transported to an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday following a warrant service by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies found a child had ingested materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Deputies arrested Richard Poe, of Bicknell, following the Tuesday incident. He was charged with five counts, including neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

“It’s alleged that the young child had consumed the meth residue,” said Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris. “The contents of it, the draino, the ammonia the acids, it can literally eat through your skin or whatever else.”

Sheriff Morris explained deputies intended to serve the warrant to Poe for a May 2014 incident involving methamphetamine. Poe was incarcerated the Knox County Jail and the Department of Child Services was called to investigate the incident.

The toddler’s condition was not immediately known.




CALIPATRIATwo women visiting inmates at Calipatria State Prison are accused to trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the prison on Sunday.

Delores Ann Carrillo, 45, of Lancaster was visiting inmate Miguel Arellano, who has been convicted of carjacking, when prison staff noticed they were seated and behaving suspiciously, said Lt. Everardo Silva, prison public information officer and administrative assistant.



Carrillo and Arellano were continually looking in the direction of visiting staff and Arellano was seen reaching into Carrillo’s blouse and retrieving a bindle. Staff approached the couple, separated them, and recovered the one bindle from the inmate.


The bindle contained two smaller bindles, with one containing 17.6 grams of heroin with an estimated prison value of $13,200 and the other containing 4.1 grams of methamphetamine with an estimated prison value of $4,100.

The evidence collected linked Carrillo, Arellano to the crime as well as two others, Angelica Mendez Esquivel, 28, of Canyon County and the inmate she was visiting, Steven Mendez who has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.


Arellano and Mendez were placed into the prison’s administration segregation unit while Carrillo and Esquivel were booked into Imperial County jail.

If convicted, Carrillo and Esquivel will face three to five years in prison. A child who was with Esquivel was turned over to Child Protective Services.




SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Santa Cruz police officers posed as drug users looking to buy methamphetamine from street dealers.

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The sting focused on three areas plagued by frequent drug dealing: Harvey West Park, the 200 block of Coral Street, and the top of Ocean Street.


According to police, one woman and five men who sold methamphetamine to the undercover officers were arrested during Friday’s sting.


The suspected drug dealers were: Kathryn Gibbons, 32, arrested at Grant Street Park; Kevin Jones, 42, arrested at Harvey West Park; John Burke, 55, arrested at Harvey West Park; James Beck, 45, arrested at Harvey West Park; Paul Ensminger, 49, arrested  on the 200 block of Coral Street; Anthony Rodriguez, 52, arrested on the 200 block of Coral Street.





A man shot and killed by a U.S. deputy marshal in July had a large amount of methamphetamine in his bloodstream at the time of the shooting, according to the Office of the Medical Investigator’s toxicology report.

anthony-chavezOn July 2, deputy marshals attempted to serve a federal arrest warrant near 98th and Dennis when they shot Anthony Jacob Chavez, 27. Albuquerque police said Chavez pointed a BB gun at a deputy during the incident.

According to the OMI, Chavez’s blood contained 680 ng/mL of meth and trace amounts of cannabinoids and amphetamines.

The OMI says blood levels of 200-600 ng/mL have been reported in “methamphetamine abusers who exhibited violent and irrational behavior.” The report also noted that high doses of methamphetamine can also elicit restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, circulatory collapse and convulsions.

According to the autopsy report, Chavez died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally into the United States. The conviction resulted from a 2010 arrest in Luna County.

According to court records, Chavez had a pending criminal case in which he was charged with vehicular homicide in 2013.




There’s a new terror in the vast, violent stockpiles of drug barons in Mexico: the hand grenade.

Authorities on both sides of the U.S-Mexico border say the weapon of war is being lobbed by drug runners to protect their shipments and to terrorize residents into remaining quiet about their loads.


Four live grenades were found in a rural home earlier this month near Texas’ Rio Grande City, where three Hondurans were found murdered.

“I can’t even remember the last time we saw a grenade at a crime scene,” Starr County Sheriff’s Capt. Carlos Delgado recently told The Brownsville Herald.

In the border town of San Juan, Texas, the ATF began helping local police in 2009 after a sting operation resulted in the arrest of a man who sold nearly 200 grenades to an undercover federal agent posing as a drug cartel member.

The most recent finds of the explosive devices comes as busy border agents are overwhelmed by immigrants.

“The reason you’re seeing so many more (grenades) this year is because much more heavily armed drug shipments are coming into the United States,” said James Phelps, an assistant professor of security at Angelo State University in Texas, according to Fox News.

The weapons are sometimes built in Mexico and sometimes cartel members buy them in bulks from Central American countries previously plagued by civil wars.

Grenades are also used to intimidate and threaten residents into remaining quiet about narcotics shipments, human trafficking and other crimes blatantly committed in rural, lawless areas of Mexico, authorities said.




A California woman was arrested in Mesa County last week after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found 6 pounds of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment in her vehicle.


Rosa Perales, 32, was pulled over Thursday on eastbound Interstate 70 for a traffic violation before the drugs were allegedly found. The Fresno, Calif. woman was traveling with two children.

Deputies with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force found the meth, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said, which has an approximate street value of $150,000.

Perales was booked into the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and child abuse. She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.





(Riverton, Wyo.) – A Riverton Police officer on patrol mid-morning Saturday in the All Nations Mobile Home Park spotted a vehicle parked in front of an empty trailer. The owner of the home had complained to police that people were trespassing there.

The officer made contact with the vehicle occupant and Mikki Clutter, 43, of Riverton, said she was there to get some aluminum rims. The officer saw a beer can opened in the center console and asked for permission to search Clutter’s purse, her person and the vehicle. Permission was granted, according to a police report. Inside the vehicle the officer found a brown wood container that had inside a small clear plastic bag with a white powder inside. The officer also found a quantity of the prescription drug Alprazolam. Clutter than admitted to offers that she had been using methamphetamine and had last used at 3 a.m. that morning.

Clutter also told police that she had a glass meth pipe hidden “in her crotch.” The woman’s son arrived on the scene and said he was about to call police because someone was in their home that should not be there. Police followed the son to the Clutter residence and asked for back-up from the sheriff’s office and together they found a 33 year-old female sleeping in a recliner. The officer and deputy noticed the smell of burnt marijuana inside the home, according to a report. Also found inside the house was a razor blade on a bed in a room that was alleged to be Clutter’s, with a clear plastic bag next to it and evidence of marijuana inside. Also found were various pipes, marijuana cigarettes, a tin container with a syringe, spoon and a small plastic bag “commonly found with methamphetamine.”

The individual who was found sleeping had an outstanding Fremont County warrant and she was arrested. She was identified as Amber Sorrelle, 33, of Riverton. Her purse was also searched and a syringe was found.

Clutter was charged with use of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of marijuana, and possession of the prescribed drug that she did not have a prescription for.





EDGEWATER — A 26-year-old mother from Volusia County has been arrested after police said her 7-year-old son turned her in for cooking and using methamphetamine.


According to Edgewater police, the boy told his uncle — as well as investigators — that “There’s really bad stuff in my mom’s car.”

Briana Buchanan and her son had been living with her boyfriend’s brother, Peter — who considers the 7-year-old his nephew — for some time at his Edgewater home.

For several days, the boy had told Peter that his mom was cooking “something bad.”

Then, on Friday, Peter said the boy built up enough courage to show him just how bad it was.

“He came up to me, and he said, ‘There’s really bad stuff in mom’s car that I want to show you,'” said Peter, who asked that his last name not be published.

The 7-year-old brought his uncle to his mother’s car and opened up the trunk, himself. Inside was drug paraphernalia, sitting right next to some of the boy’s toys.

Shocked, Peter closed the trunk, took the boy inside and called 911.

“Her son, who’s 7, just told me she keeps bad stuff in her car, and he opened up the trunk, and she has a meth lab in her trunk,” Peter told a 911 dispatcher.

The 911 operator told Peter to get away from the car, because of the volatility of materials used to cook meth.

When police arrived, they found dozens of items inside the trunk used to cook and use meth.

What’s worse, the boy also described to Peter just how his mom allegedly manufactured meth.

“He said when they would get all this stuff together, they would put it all in a soda bottle, and they would shake the soda bottle and take the top off to, I guess, vent it out,” Peter said.

Police charged Buchanan with child neglect, possession of chemicals, meth and paraphernalia, and manufacturing and delivery of meth.

After Buchanan’s arrest, her son was taken in by his grandmother, away from a world Peter says no boy his age should have to see.

“I can already tell you, just looking at his face, he is relieved to be out of the situation,” Peter said.

The boy’s grandmother planned to enroll him in school this week.

Edgewater police said they were investigating to see if Briana Buchanan could be charged with trafficking meth, which has a harsher punishment.






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An Edgewater woman was arrested and accused of endangering her young son by exposing him to chemicals when she cooked meth, police said.

Briana Buchanan, 27, was charged on Friday with child neglect, possession of a listed chemical, possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing or delivery of methamphetamine. She was being held Monday in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $32,000 bail, records show.

According to police, the boy told Peter Arnold, 30, who also lived in the 1709 Queen Palm home, that he wanted to show him “mommy’s bad stuff,” an arrest report shows.

The boy went to the loft where he slept with his mother and got her car keys, opened the trunk and pointed to a bag saying “that’s mommy’s bad stuff,” police said.

The child told Arnold his mother lied to people and would tell them she was sick and needed medicine and then made the meth in a Gatorade bottle, police said.

Officers made contact with Buchanan, who admitted she knew how to cook meth and that she had done it in the car when her son was with her, police said.

Police said they found chemicals used to make methamphetamine, 22 syringes, hot plates, coffee bottles, muriatic acid and batteries, among many other items used to make the drug.




PECOS – A father and a daughter are behind bars and a Pecos Police investigator is no longer with the department.

That’s the result of a months-long investigation that led to raids at two homes and a business on Monday morning. 4512793_G

Jose Corrales and his daughter, Angelica, are both in federal custody charged with distribution of a controlled substance. Officials said they were dealing crystal methamphetamines.

“We have evidence that shows they were dealing a large amount of methamphetamine,” Pecos Police Chief, Clay McKinney, said. “Pecos has never had a methamphetamine problem until recently. I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better because it’s such a bad drug to have.”

It turns out one of the police department’s own is connected to the busts.

McKinney said Jose Corrales is the live-in boyfriend of one of his police investigators. The investigator resigned Monday morning but no charges have been filed.

“At this time we don’t know if charges will be filed,” McKinney said. “If they can find evidence that she knew what was going on, she’ll be arrested and if not, she’ll be vindicated.”

Dept. of Homeland Security agents seized multiple firearms and a computer hard drive from a house on 5th Street and Irene. That’s the home where Jose and the investigator allegedly lived in.

Neighbors NewsWest 9 spoke with didn’t want to go on camera but said they’ve noticed a lot of suspicious activity.

“More cars coming into the area, people coming into the alleys,” one neighbor said. “They turn their lights off and go that direction and turn the on again when they get to the main street.”

A house on 7th Street and Ash was also raided. Neighbors in the area said they’re glad arrests were made.

“We’ve never had a drug problem in the area until now,” a neighbor said. “It’s a big relief off our shoulders to know they’re caught.”


DPS, FBI, DEA, Texas Rangers, Pecos Police and the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the investigation. Officials said more arrests are expected.




Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set bail at $100,000 each for two Missoula residents who are accused of having methamphetamine and more than 3 1/2 pounds of marijuana in their home.

Sean Patrick Rawson, 42, and Kristel Elizabeth Frye, 29, both asked Orzech to set bail at a lower amount or release them during their initial appearance in Justice Court on Monday.

“I was hoping I could get it as low as I could, so I could get back to work,” Rawson said. “I have had a job for eight years. It would be a shame to lose it.”

“It would, but that has nothing to do with me,” Orzech retorted.

According to an affidavit filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks, a confidential informant told Detective Scott Newell he purchased marijuana at the couple’s home on two occasions from Sean Patrick Rawson and his son Sean Dustin Rawson.

Deputies searched the home Friday and spoke to Sean Patrick Rawson and Frye, who were inside the residence. In their room, deputies found $20,000 in cash, numerous firearms, electronic scales and Ziploc baggies containing methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

In Sean Dustin Rawson’s room, deputies found more than 3 1/2 of marijuana. In the home’s common area, they found more meth in baggies and another digital scale.

Sean Patrick Rawson and Frye each face two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sean Dustin Rawson, who wasn’t home during Friday’s search.




KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – We’re getting a better idea of the cost of meth, both in time and money, for local law enforcement.

Deputies tell Newschannel 3 that they’re seeing more and more meth labs popping up, which means more hazardous waste to dispose of.

Cleaning a meth lab is not only dangerous, but it’s also expensive.

As a result, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department is now creating room in their budget to cover the cost.

“One thing we’re learning about meth is that it changes constantly,” said Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller.

The department has been combating the county’s meth issue for years, with Sheriff Fuller creating a task force in 2005.

“It used to be labs the size of a kitchen table, now it can be carried in your pocket, so it doesn’t take as many people to form a response,” Sheriff Fuller said.

It wasn’t until recently, though, that money was allocated to clean-up, disposal bills, or calling in an outside HAZMAT company; and that process is not only time consuming, but can add up to thousands of dollars.

“We have to notify residents this is an issue, we handle the initial clean-up to take away the hazards,” Sheriff Fuller said.

The homeowner or landlord are then responsible for the rest.

“The toxic chemicals get in the walls and carpet,” said Sheriff Fuller.

So far this year, deputies have responded to 111 incidents, requiring nearly 180 hours in clean-up.

In 2010, it took more than 200 hours to clean up 114 labs.

The next year, 2011, saw only 68 reported labs, but clean-up took close to 150 hours.

The county is now budgeting $75,000 for meth clean-up costs.

“We no longer have to take monies out of the patrol unit or the jail unit, or something else to pay for clean-up,” Sheriff Fuller said. “Before, no one knew where the money was going to come from.”

Sheriff Fuller says their biggest focus on these calls–whether it be a one-pot lab, or a lab in a home, is making sure the community is safe.




50-year-old Deborah Anderson Ervin of Ken Dar Lane in Hudson, 36-year-old Donna Julianna Watson of Norwood Street in Lenoir and 32-year-old Amanda Joy West of Fork Road in Lenoir were all arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 17). They were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. All three women were jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $25,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow in Lenoir.




Following an investigation by the DEA and Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, two county residents are facing charges related to meth, and authorities expect to charge two more individuals in connection with the case.


On Aug. 14, investigators from the SCSO and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at 1839 Lynx Drive in Marion in connection with the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine.

According to the sheriff’s office, a methamphetamine lab and products used in the production of methamphetamine were found there. Roger Lee “Peanut” Anderson, 45, of 1839 Lynx Drive, Marion, and Amanda Leigh Bossert, 25, of 383 Slab Town Road, Sugar Grove, were arrested at the scene. The sheriff’s office said that both individuals were charged with one count manufacture methamphetamine, one count conspire to manufacture methamphetamine, and one count of possessing components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine:

Both were transported to the Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon and held on a $3,000 bond.  A preliminary hearing date will be scheduled in the Smyth County General District Court.

According to a press release, Sheriff David Bradley anticipates two more individuals being charged in connection to this investigation.

The sheriff said, “I continue to thank all those concerned citizens that contact my office with valuable information on the illicit drug activity throughout Smyth County.”




FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old woman has been accused of leading deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed chase in a vehicle containing methamphetamine, money and her two infant children, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office stated Brittaney Escojeda, arrested on Aug. 10, is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on 21 pending charges, including methamphetamine trafficking, multiple counts of child abuse, multiple counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and criminal damage to property.

The release stated that deputies spotted Escojeda fueling her vehicle at 5 a.m. on Aug. 10 at a gas station on U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington. The deputies recognized that the woman was wanted on a felony warrant for burglary. The deputies attempted to make contact with her, but she fled in her SUV with the fuel hose still attached. Her children, ages 1 and 2, were in the vehicle and not restrained, the release stated.

The officers pursued the woman but stopped because they feared for the children’s safety. The woman was found after she crashed her vehicle through a fence about three miles down the road in an attempt to hide, the release stated.

The officers approached the scene of the crash and the woman allegedly rammed her vehicle into the deputy’s squad car. She then fled on foot, carrying her children. She was eventually taken into custody without further incident and family members took custody of the children.

Deputies said in the complaint that methamphetamine and cash were “strewn” about the interior of Escojeda’s vehicle. Escojeda allegedly confessed that she had more methamphetamine in a separate vehicle.

Altogether, 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine was recovered from Escojeda and her two vehicles, according to the release.

According to court records, Escojeda was previously convicted on drug-related charges in 2010 and 2013. She has not yet been formally charged in relation to the Aug. 10 incident, court records indicate.





LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A tip led deputies to discover a large scale methamphetamine operation in Little Valley on Monday.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team spent hours at a home on South Court Street, seizing numerous pieces of evidence, including lab equipment, meth precursors, solvents, reagents and surveillance equipment. Officers say they also found 14.8 ounces of meth.

Lucas Leclerc was taken into custody. The 32-year-old is being held without bail pending arraignment in Buffalo Federal Court.

Deputies say the DEA Office in Buffalo has taken over the case and as the investigation continues, more arrests are expected.




SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Several of the eye witnesses in the murder trial of Juan Nino Estrada admitted to using methamphetamine the night of the shootings.4512884_G

Carrie Wingert from Jackson Recovery Centers shared information about the impact of meth on Siouxland.

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