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An Alford woman is facing multiple charges after law enforcement find what officers are calling a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, March 30, deputies responded to a disturbance on Elizabeth Lane in Alford.

On arrival, deputies made contact with 40-year-old Aurora Deotona Cutchins and, while attempting to contact with the other party involved in the disturbance, saw several pieces of drug paraphernalia and items consistent with the attempted manufacture of methamphetamine: used hypodermic needles; butane fuel; charcoal lighter fluid; several plastic bottles containing “bi-layer” liquids; coffee filters; and disassembled “Instant Cold Packs.” The items, officials say, were in Cutchins’ bedroom, in plain view.

After the “shake and bake” method methamphetamine lab was located, the residence was evacuated and investigators with the Jackson County Drug Task Force responded to dismantle the clandestine lab.

Cutchins was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await her first appearance in court on the charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Cutchins’ bond was set at $17,500.

NEW ENGLAND — Seven more women have been charged with possession of methamphetamine inside the women’s prison here.

The latest charges, resulting from an investigation in February, come less than a year after correctional officers at the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center discovered five different woman on methamphetamine last August.

In the new cases, one defendant — 20-year-old Luckee Enget — is alleged to have arrived at the center Feb. 2 while already on methamphetamine, two days before the seven women tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Deputy Warden Vicki Urlacher’s affidavits in Hettinger County Court. Enget also tested positive for THC.

All the women except Enget have since pleaded guilty, according to the affidavits. Their initial appearances are scheduled for Thursday.

Warden Rachelle Juntunen said previously that 22-year-old Chelsea Nelson is believed to have smuggled in the drugs when she arrived at the prison and supplied them to the four other women last summer.

Juntunen said it has been years since the prison saw these charges, but that might not mean it’s been years since prisoners were on drugs.

“Contraband, does it get into the facilities? Yes,” she said. “It’s just a matter of catching it.”

The latest set of charges is still under investigation, Juntunen said, but officials believe that, like last time, “it was smuggled in with a new arrival within a body cavity.”

She said the prison is looking at its procedures in light of the cases.

The other women charged in the latest sweep are Shantell LaFountaine, 27; Kayla Payne, 31; Tamara Clapper, 23; Phyllis Kraft, 21; Amanda Morin, 28; and Kayla Wright, 22.

The Class B felony charges carry a maximum of 10 years (more) in prison.

SMARTSVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —A woman who was promised a free tattoo by a man she met on Facebook was later raped and held against her will for several days inside a Smartsville home, officials said on Tuesday.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said Jason Brakebill friended the victim on Facebook and later made arrangements to meet her March 23.

After accepting his offer, Brakebill drove the victim to a home in the 8100 block of Eureka Lane. While there, Brakebill is suspected of drugging the victim with methamphetamine and Klonopin, deputies said.

Unconscious, the victim was sexually assaulted and forced to stay inside the home for four days, the sheriff’s department said.

It was not until Brakebill passed out that the victim was able to get help, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

On Tuesday, neighbors reacted with shock and disbelief.

“It’s very crazy,” said neighbor Crystal Sotelo. “It’s just shocking to me. I never expected something like that to happen right here.”

“Anything is possible nowadays,” said neighbor Judy Erion. “This is scary stuff, because it’s in our neighborhood. This is bad.”

Following his arrest, officials said that Brakebill denied the allegations, stating that the sex was consensual.

Brakebill is being held at the Yuba County Jail on felony charges related to rape and false imprisonment. His bail is set at $300,000.

Indiana leads the nation in meth lab busts. As dangerous as these homes can be for people, pets found in meth labs can also suffer some serious consequences.

Finding pets in a meth home isn’t unusual. In fact, officers find animals in nearly 50% of all labs they bust.

Sgt. Joe Watts, with the Indiana State Police explained, “If the animals are outside and they’re not in the lab environment, we will release those animals to family members. If a lab is located in the home or in a garage or an out building and the animals are in there, then we’ll release those pets to the humane society.”

That’s exactly what happened to Iva. Iva was rescued from a meth home in January with two other dogs.

Fred Strohm, with the Terre Haute Humane Society said “Two of them had chemical burns on their bodies, presumably from the meth fumes.”

Physically, Iva was okay. But the dogs were agitated after being ripped from their homes.

“One of them was so wound up that he actually busted out of the kennel that we put him in,” said Strohm.

And unfortunately, one of the dogs was so aggressive, she had to be put down.

“That may have been a side effect of the chemicals,” said Strohm. “We don’t always know what they’re going to do, how they’re going to react.”

Iva and the other dog, Buddy, were much luckier.

“Iva, when she got in here and we got to know her, she was the sweetest dog,” he said.

And if Iva was the sweetheart, Buddy was the goofball.

Strohm said, “He actually had a little plastic hammer that he would carry around all the time. That was his toy, that was his thing. It was always in his mouth every time you saw him.”

Buddy has since found his forever home. Iva is still at the humane society. But the shelter says her situation could have been much worse.

“She was in a bad situation where she was exposed to those chemicals and could have become addicted at minimum… Now she’s here. We’ve got her fully vetted. She’s ready for adoption and could go to her forever home,” said Strohm.

Meth home pets can also face other road blocks besides health issues. They might be considered evidence in a case. The animals can’t be put up for adoption, until the courts say so.

LANCASTER –  A husband and wife are in custody after the Lancaster Police Special Response Team and Major Crimes Unit raided a home, uncovering a significant meth lab operation on South Broad Street Tuesday morning.

The Major Crimes unit confiscated 12 one-pot meth labs, including one active vessel from the couple’s home at 898 S. Broad St.

“It was pretty extensive,” said Major Crimes Unit Commander Eric Brown. “There were one-pot vessels, assorted chemicals and product.”

A combination of liquid and solid meth product was found in the home, Brown said. What was more concerning than the amount of product and chemicals, he said, was that there was an active meth lab when officers arrived.

“When you have an active (meth lab) and you have a tactical team entering, there’s lots of hazards with those,” he said. “(They could) knock it down, or kick it on accident …”

The chemicals combined to create meth are unstable, Brown explained, which can result in explosions or flash fires if the vessel isn’t handled properly.

The couple is in custody at the Fairfield County Jail, but they have not yet been charged with a crime. Brown said he expected investigators to file charges soon, but they had not been filed by press time.

The amount of meth found also was not available. Brown said investigators still need to weigh each product to determine the quantity they confiscated from the home.

He said there were many complaints surrounding the couple’s property about alleged drug activity. He said they were thankful officers had raided the home.

“We had a lot of neighbors come out and thank us for helping them,” he said.

While there were no children at the home at the time of the raid, there are two children who were living at the residence. Brown said investigators are working with Fairfield County Child Protective Services to find them a place to stay.

ANDERSON, California – A man who officers say was likely under the influence of methamphetamine attacked a woman and her neighbor’s home late Monday, according to the Anderson Police Department.

Officers at about 10:51 p.m. went to the 2100 block of Knobcone Avenue, off Pinon Avenue west of Highway 273 and just north of the Shasta Outlets, for a report that a man had thrown a rock through a front window of a home was trying to climb inside.Ault--Phillip

Police located  in the front yard of the home. He displayed symptoms of being under the influence of meth and refused orders from police to get on the ground and show his hands, Anderson police officer Tyler Finch said.

Officers hit Ault twice with a stun gun and were able to arrest him after a brief struggle, according to police.

Police interviewed witnesses and learned Ault followed a woman from the Tower Mart gas station just off 273 to her home and punched her in the face when she told him to leave, Finch said. The woman ran to a neighbor’s home but not before Ault punched her again and threatened to kill her, police said.

Neighbors let the woman inside their home and locked the door. Ault began yelling and claimed the house was now his and his mother’s mansion before throwing a brick through the window, Finch said.

A man inside the home stabbed Ault in the arm with a knife to defend himself and his family as Ault tried to enter through the window, police said. Ault retreated the home’s front yard before other neighbors cornered him and police arrived, Finch said.

Police took Ault to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries before booking him into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats, residential burglary, vandalism, assault and resisting arrest.

The woman Ault is accused of attacking received minor injuries but didn’t require medical attention, police said.

A young Australian man has been sentenced to death and another is awaiting trial after being caught by Chinese authorities trying to smuggle methamphetamine from China to Australia.

Queensland man Ibrahim Jalloh and another Australian citizen, Bengali Sherrif, were arrested by the Chinese authorities at Guangzhou airport in June last year, but until now their plight has remained secret.

The ABC understands Sherrif was sentenced to death for attempting to traffic the drug, which is used to make ice, but this will be commuted to life in prison if his behaviour in prison is good for two years. Jalloh has apparently not been tried yet.

The two men are among a number of Australians arrested and held in China over drug-related crimes, but precise details about the prisoners are difficult to come by.

News of the arrests emerged in a Melbourne court last week during a committal hearing for three men charged over an alleged conspiracy to import drugs from China.

Sam Komba, 20, and Foday Kamara, 29, both of Queensland, were ordered to stand trial on one charge of conspiring to import a controlled substance.

Melbourne man Wedi Bembo will be tried for the same offence, and also over an alleged heroin importation in 2013.

At the hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court, an Australian Federal Police officer gave evidence that the AFP were tipped off by Customs in December 2013 that two kilograms of heroin sent from India had been intercepted.

Federal Agent Sarah Brener said the AFP then began intercepting telephone calls, which eventually led them to a man described as “Sammy Africa”, who they alleged was actually Bembo.

Suitcase wrapped in plastic delivered to hotel: court

In May, according to Ms Brener, the police listening to the phone calls became aware of a planned importation of drugs from China. From the intercepted conversations, they initially believed the syndicate was sending six couriers to China, but it became clear by the end of May there were only two.

Ms Brener said this information was passed to an Australian Federal Police liaison officer in Guangzhou. However, the ABC understands the information was not passed on to the Chinese authorities.

Sometime between June 6 and June 8, Jalloh and Sherrif were arrested at Guangzhou airport, allegedly with a substantial quantity of methamphetamine.

Jalloh’s brother, Chiwto, gave evidence that he and Ibrahim had arrived in Australia from Sierra Leone with their mother and three sisters about eight years ago.

Chiwto said he moved from Sydney to Brisbane, where he met Sam Komba through casual football matches and parties at nightclubs. He then moved to Adelaide.

In April last year, according to evidence given by Chiwto, Sam Komba phoned him and asked if he wanted to accompany him on a trip to South Africa to “pick up some passports”. According to Chiwto, Komba said his trip would be paid for.

Chiwto went with Komba to South Africa, where the two men stayed at a Johannesburg hotel for more than three weeks. Chiwto told the court he was not suspicious about the purpose of the trip, and would not have gone if he believed it had anything to do with drugs.

He said at some point during the trip, a large suitcase wrapped in clear plastic was delivered to Komba at the hotel.

Chiwto eventually flew back to Brisbane, carrying nothing more than the small suitcase and a carry bag he took with him.

He told the court that sometime after his return, he met with Komba, Kamara and another man. He was given some money “in appreciation” of his trip to South Africa, but warned to keep his mouth shut.

Mother received phone call alerting her to Ibrahim’s arrest

He said he was also asked if he wanted to go on another trip, this time to China, but declined.

Chiwto said soon after this, he was contacted by his brother, who told him he was in China at the behest of Sam Komba — who knew Ibrahim as well — to pick up some passports.

He said he was not particularly concerned by this, but then his mother received a phone call from the authorities to say Ibrahim had been arrested.

Chiwto told the court he then phoned Komba, saying to him: “Sam, my brother has been caught, if you don’t do something it will not be good.”

Chiwto said Komba vociferously denied he knew anything about the drugs, and told Chiwto he would make enquiries and get back to him, but that was last he heard from him.

Federal Agent Brener also gave evidence that telephone intercepts showed two other men, named “Jacques” and “Mike”, were aware of the couriers’ movements, and that Jacques is believed to have been with them in China at some stage.

A trial date has been set for October.

Five people have been arrested and booked with making methamphetamine in a Marrero home, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

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Detectives arrested three women and two men after serving a search warrant at the residence, at 5019 Oak Drive, early Saturday morning (March 28). They recovered a notebook with a meth recipe as well as the finished product and a bottle with meth in the middle of the cooking process, arrest reports said.


Tammy Isabell, 32, of Marrero; Jodie Barrios, 45, and James Miller, 43, both of Harvey; and Christopher McCoy, 28, and Bethany Singletary, 33, both of Kenner,  were booked with creation of a clandestine lab for the manufacturing of illegal substances. Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested them after conducting surveillance at Isabell’s home, the arrest report said.

No details were available on what triggered the investigation. But detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence. While watching the double around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, investigators spotted Barrios, Singletary, Miller and McCoy removing garbage bags from the house, the report said.

Detectives watched Miller toss one of the bags into a dumpster behind a nearby business. They retrieved the bag, which contained precursor materials used to cook meth, including tubes, 2-liter and 20-ounce bottles and pseudoephedrine, the report said. Investigators followed Miller to a nearby drug store and took him into custody.

Detectives arrested the other suspects as they loaded additional garbage bags into a vehicle. In those bags, detectives found more meth precursors, the report said. They located a bottle that was in the middle of the meth manufacturing process, the report said.

A search of the house turned and undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.

Neighbors were surprised to learn of the drug bust and arrests. “It was always very quiet,” neighbor Stacie Vicknair, 46, said. “You didn’t see a lot of traffic there.”

Neighbor Katherine Johnson, 24, had only recently seen the tenant for the first time about a month ago. But she, too, said things always seemed quiet at the residence.

Miller and Barrios, both of 417 St. Joseph Lane, in Harvey, and McCoy and Singletary, both of 915 Curtis Ave., in Kenner, were booked with obstruction of justice, drug possession with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, arrest reports said.

Barrios was also booked with drug possession and possession or distribution of drugs without a prescription after detectives found pills that tested positive for MDMA in a canister on her keychain, the arrest report said.

Barrios has a criminal record with several convictions in Jefferson Parish, including two counts of armed robbery, possession or distribution of drugs without a prescription and possession of marijuana, court records said.


CALLAWAY CO., Mo. – An Illinois woman was arrested early Monday morning in Callaway County after an investigation revealed she had given deputies a false identity following a pursuit in February.Sarah-see

On Sunday, Callaway County deputies learned Illinois State Police had a warrant out for the arrest of 32-year-old Sara See who was wanted for unlawful use of a credit card.

Deputies recognized her as the woman who has been using the name Sara Barringer.

Deputies then went to a home in the 1900 block of Lumberyard Lane just outside Fulton to find See.

She was found hiding behind the home and had methamphetamine with her.

See has previous charges in Callaway County for resisting arrest and identity theft from a police chase on February 14 where she identified herself as Sara Barringer.

In addition to those charges and the charge from Illinois, she is also charged with possession of methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Louisiana State Police troopers uncovered a secret meth lab in a home in Gert Town Sunday.

Justin Chambers, 29, and David Murray, 58, both from New Orleans were arrested and booked for operating a clandestine lab, possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Troopers assigned to criminal enforcement in New Orleans found the lab along with 2 grams of meth at a home in the 4300 block of Calliope rerateatatreet

Louisiana State Police say the case is on-going and further criminal charges may be forthcoming.

If citizens have information related to criminal activity, they are encouraged to use the “See Something Send Something” application which will connect them and their mobile devices to criminal intelligence centers nationwide.


BANGKOK: — A border patrol police sergeant and eight other civilians were arrested separately in several places after they were responsible for trafficking in 1.2 million methamphetamine pills from across the border to Thailand.

The police officer admitted that he had been involved in narcotics on 3 previous occasions all in order to clear gambling debts that he had incurred.288003-imagejpeg-449560-wpcf_728x413

Police General Somyos Phumphanmuang, the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said Pol Sgt Major Jirawat Maklai, the head of the 32nd Border Patrol Squad of the Phaya Mengrai Camp in Chiang Rai province, along with eight associates had been arrested on charges of narcotics trafficking after more than 1,200,000 crazy pills or methamphetamine were seized.

He said the arrest was the result of a tip-off that a van was making a trip to transport drugs from Chiang Rai and was heading to Klong Luang district in Pathumthani province to deliver them.

The police narcotics unit was alerted and the vehicle in question was discovered while in the process of offloading the drugs and was duly arrested.

Seven individuals were arrested and following information given by the suspects police were able to raid a home of another suspect and a further 2 individuals were arrested along with 65 pills.

Related investigation made a connection which led to a raid on yet another drug syndicate based in Rayong province. One suspect was arrested.

After being questioned, Jirawat admitted that this was the third time that he had carried out the narcotics operation and the proceeds were to pay off gambling debts that he had accumulated.

Pol. Gen. Somyos stated that the officer will face charges while his superiors are also liable to face disciplinary action for not taking care of his subordinate who managed to engage in drug trafficking for three separate occasions.

WASHINGTON CITY — A Hurricane City man was arrested Sunday after police found over two pounds of methamphetamine in his storage unit in Washington City.MangumPIC

Washington City Police Officer Matt Page discovered slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle with the driver’s side door open, Page wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. After the officer made contact with him, Mangum said he was just leaving his storage unit and must have fallen asleep.

According to the statement, Mangum appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. Page discovered Mangum had a history of narcotic arrests and also saw there were surveillance cameras on the exterior of the storage unit, so a K-9 unit was called to the scene.

“K-9 ‘Hunter’ responded and conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle as well as the storage unit,” Page said in the statement, “indicating in both locations of the presence of a narcotic.”

Page then drafted a warrant to search Mangum, his vehicle and the storage unit, the statement said. A judge signed the warrant, and it was executed.

While searching Mangum, the statement said, police discovered a piece of tinfoil containing suspected methamphetamine. Mangum was placed under arrest at that point and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Upon searching the storage unit, the statement said, police discovered a metal safe, which members of the Washington City Fire Department pried open. Inside, police found much more than a piece of tinfoil.

2.5 pounds of methamphetamine was located inside the safe

“ … A suspected 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine was located inside the safe in several sealed packages,” Page said in the statement. “Officers located several suspected methamphetamine pipes as well and digital scales.”

Mangum was charged with one first-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. Because his storage unit was located within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone, all drug charges against him were enhanced.

His bail is set at $25,000 cash-only for the felony charge and $389 cash or bond for the misdemeanor charge.

As of this publication, Mangum is still incarcerated at Purgatory Correctional Facility, according to bookings information.

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

The Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah is working with Mexican cartels, said Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo, deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command before the 114th. Congress Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

During a hearing by the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Tovo explained that Hezbollah, “which has long viewed the region as a potential attack venue against Israeli or other Western targets, has supporters and sympathizers in Lebanese diaspora communities in Latin America, some of whom are involved in lucrative illicit activities like money laundering and trafficking in counterfeit goods and drugs.”Kenneth Tovo

“I think it is fair to say that there is a good amount of profit that Lebanese Hezbollah makes off of illegal trafficking,” Tovo added.

In the general’s opinion, “the relative ease with which human smugglers moved tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep also serves as another warning sign: these smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland. As I stated last year, terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.”

In May 2011 an Iranian-American car seller who lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, identified as Manssor Arbabsiar, met a man that he believed was a member of the Mexican cartel Los Zetas and offered him US $1.5 million to murder the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Over the next four months in 2011, Arbabsiar, a spy for the Royal Forces, a special operations unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran, and another person posing as his “cousin” met in Mexico with the man they thought was a member of Los Zetas, who was actually an undercover agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The DEA agent requested that the money was deposited in a bank controlled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Soon after, in September 2011, Arbabsiar was captured with the help of Mexican authorities, accused of trying to assassinate a diplomat based in Washington, DC.

About the relationship of Hezbollah with drug trafficking, U.S. Marine General John Kelly, commander of the Southern Command, said in a speech delivered to an audience at the National Defense University in Washington in October 2014 that “we know that some of the [cocaine] money that comes out of the United States is laundered into the coffers of Hezbollah.”

Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo, deputy commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said that the extremist group has supporters and sympathizers in Lebanese diaspora communities in Latin America, some of whom are involved in lucrative illicit activities like money laundering and trafficking in counterfeit goods and drugs.

According to Tom Diaz, former senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center, Hezbollah is heavily involved with drug trafficking in Mexico, even though he says that their relationship does not involve terrorist activities against the United States “still”.

After the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was discovered in 2012, Sue Myrick, a Republican lawmaker from North Carolina, along with U.S. civilian and legislative groups, asked the U.S. government to investigate the presence of Hezbollah members in Mexico and any relation they may have with Mexican drug cartels.

A fact that supports the U.S. military intelligence report is the arrest of Jameel Nasar in July 2010 in Tijuana, Baja California, accused of trying to establish a Hezbollah network in Mexico and South America. The incident was reported by the Tucson Police Department. Also in 2005, a British citizen named Amer Haykel, an alleged member of Al-Qaeda, was arrested in Baja California, Mexico.

A Springfield man is accused of rape after police say he attacked a woman in her home during a Craigslist encounter gone wrong.Charles E. Sh

Charles E. Shull, 43, was charged with first degree rape and felony sodomy Sunday in connection with an incident in December of last year.

According to the probable cause statement, a woman responded to a Craigslist ad placed by Shull, in the “casual encounters” section of the website. The woman told police she picked up Shull, who reportedly called himself “Chuck,” at a Springfield gas station, then the two returned to her residence.

When they did, she said she had second thoughts about the encounter after Shull pulled out what she identified as drug paraphernalia. The woman told police that Shull refused to leave and followed her into her house from the garage.

That’s when the woman said Shull grabbed her hair from behind, pulled her over to her couch, and performed a sex act on her, according to the documents.

According to the probable cause statement, when she did not cooperate, the woman said Shull dragged her into her bedroom by her hair while she tried to crawl away. Then she said she lost consciousness after he choked her and told her they were going to “try again.”

She said when she woke up the next morning, she was missing her cell phone, and her car was outside with the key broken in the ignition. Officers said they found a pool of blood on her mattress, and the woman was brought to a local hospital for treatment. Tests reportedly found methamphetamine and marijuana in her system.

According to police, Shull initially denied knowledge of the incident, then said the sex had been consensual and the woman did not have any injuries when they had sex.

Shull has felony convictions for assault, tampering and possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault in the third degree. Shull was out on bond at the time of the alleged rape in a case in which he was charged with second degree domestic assault.

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Three children were removed from the home of an Olmsted Township couple accused of cooking methamphetamine.Ryan Lacko 39 and Bonnie Skinner 45

Officers raided the Irma Lane home shortly after midnight March 23 and arrested Ryan Lacko, 39, and Bonnie Skinner, 45, both of Olmsted Township, police said.

The couple is charged with endangering children, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Their cases have been bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Three girls living in the mobile home — ages 12, 14 and 16 — were turned over to their grandparents, police said.

Officers began investigating the mobile home after receiving an anonymous tip, Olmsted Township Police Lt. Matt Vanyo said.

“Once we found out there were three children in the home, we wasted no time (preparing for the raid)” he said.

Lacko and Skinner were arrested without incident and officers found evidence that they were cooking methamphetamine, Vanyo said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ohio Highway Patrol assisted in the raid, Vanyo said.

The ingredients to methamphetamine are potentially explosive and the Highway Patrol has troopers trained to safely raid and break down suspected labs.

The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, arrested three individuals Thursday, Feb. 19, after receiving information of a residence on Church Street, allegedly selling drugs and making methamphetamine.5515b2dab1eef_image

Sheriff Leon Dwerlkotte, deputies and the CNET officer served a search warrant at the residence of Gary Hamlett, 43, 205 S. Church St. Prior to issuing the warrant, the sheriff’s office and CNET gathered information about an unidentified white male who was making methamphetamine and selling it to various people in the Stockton area, as well as using the drug.

CNET and the sheriff’s office arrested Hamlett for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and maintaining a public nuisance; and Misty Ebert, 41, Fair Play, for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The alleged unidentified drug maker was using the false name Robin Marks. He later was identified as Ronald Eugene McGwin, 32. McGwin is wanted out of Wisconsin for manufacturing methamphetamine and substances which can be used to make illegal drugs.

McGwin also is a registered sex offender from Wisconsin with outstanding warrants. McGwin was located at 202 S. Vine St., Stockton, and was found hiding in the north bedroom of a trailer rented by Heather Henley.

As of Monday, March 23, no formal charges were filed by the Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. All three have been released with requests for arrest warrants pending.

rydges-hotel-streetview-1-762x428A man’s methamphetamine addiction led him to violently rape and beat a Dutch tourist he had taken hostage during a six-week ordeal at a Melbourne hotel, a court has been told.

Alfio Granata, 47, has pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including multiple rapes, threats to kill, and intentionally causing serious injury.

The victim was left with 54 separate injuries after she was repeatedly beaten unconscious, violently raped and cut with a knife.

Granata’s lawyer argued the “copious amounts” of methamphetamine he took daily explained his extreme behavior.

However, the judge said there could have been a cocktail of reasons for his brutal behaviour including jealousy, anger, and sadomasochistic tendencies.

In a recorded victim impact statement, the woman said she could not believe she survived and could not grasp the injustice carried out against her.

She told Granata her scars remind her everyday of what a sick person he is.6032146-1x1-340x340

Earlier this year Granata’s accomplice, 34-year-old Jennifer Mary Peaston, pleaded guilty to two counts of intentionally causing injury for her involvement in the ordeal.

But she avoided jail after the judge ruled that she had also been the victim of sustained abuse from Granata.

In sentencing Peaston, Judge Frank Gucciardo described the Dutch woman’s ordeal as “abhorrent and repulsive” and said she was subjected to “repeated and sustained psychological and sexual abuse”.

Granata will be sentenced at a later date.

Granata ‘claimed to be possessed by the devil’

In an earlier hearing, the court was told when the couple first met the tourist they smoked the drug ice and had consensual sex at Rydges Bell City hotel, where Peaston and Granata were living at the time.

Days later Granata became obsessed that the two women were having a secret liaison and started to beat and threaten them.

The victim said she thought she would be killed if she tried to leave the hotel and that Granata had also made threats against her family.

Police said the pair assaulted the woman with a range of items including a meat tenderiser, a rolling pin, a vacuum cleaner and a jet lighter.

Prosecutor Nanette Rogers said Granata claimed he was possessed by the devil and the spirit of his dead grandfather.

Dr Rogers told the court on one occasion Granata put the victim’s nail cuttings, hair and blood in an envelope as part of a supposed ritual to destroy her soul.

The 21-year-old victim had earlier told the court she suffered from depression and anxiety, and still had scars on her body from the attacks.

“I suffer flashbacks. At night I wake up bathed in my own sweat fighting against something that isn’t even there,” she said.

“I don’t feel safe alone, can’t use public transport… [I] can’t go out at night.

“I feel like something terrible will happen again, it just kills my enjoyment of life.”

A Dutch tourist on holiday in Australia was held hostage in a Melbourne hotel room for six weeks, tied up and repeatedly raped.

The 21-year-old backpacker suffered physical assaults, death threats, sexual abuse and mental trauma at the hands of 47-year-old Alfio Anthony Granata.

She was told that if she moved, spoke or complained she would be beaten, Victoria’s state court has heard.

During her ordeal, she was beaten with a meat tenderizer, cut with a knife, kicked in the head and forced to live and sleep undressed for days on end, according to the Herald Sun newspaper.

She was also burnt with a gas torch light and assaulted, ABC reported.

Granata warned the 21-year-old she would be killed if she tried to escape.

He told his victim her parents in the Netherlands would also be killed, telling her he had a network of mafia contacts around the world.

He claimed he had killed 248 people but had not been caught because he was “very clean and precise”.

Police attended Granata’s room at the Rydges Bell City hotel twice during the time she was held but the alarm was not raised.

On the first occasion the terrified victim told officers there had been a fight but that everything had calmed down.

When police attended the room in the smart hotel for a second time, Granata spoke to them in the corridor after she was ordered to stay inside.

On several occasions during the six weeks, Granata used a network of secret cameras to film his victim being allegedly forced to take part in sex acts.

She was finally rescued by paramedics after she managed to stab Granata while he was sleeping and then attempted to kill herself.

The court had earlier heard that the victim met her abuser at a party in St Kilda and, not realizing he was dangerous, willingly went with him and his then girlfriend Jennifer Peaston to the hotel in Preston.

Granata subsequently became obsessed with the idea that Peaston and the victim were having a secret affair and started to beat them both.

Peaston, 34, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of intentionally causing injury because of her role in the victim’s ordeal.

She avoided jail because the judge ruled that she had also been a victim of Granata’s sustained abuse.

Granata was originally charged with more than 100 offences, including 62 counts of rape, but agreed to plead guilty to 14 charges including nine counts of rape, one of intentionally causing serious injury and two of making threats to kill, said the Herald Sun.

The woman said in a pre-recorded impact statement she could not believe she had survived and could not grasp the injustice carried out against her.

Peter Chadwick, counsel for Granata, blamed his client’s “copious” use of the drug methamphetamine (crystal meth) for his offending.

Granata will be sentenced at a later date.

He fell into a toxic downward spiral of drugs, and copped abuse from his alcoholic father, but Dale Thomas Robertson was praised for being the “father figure” of his family.crystal_meth-xguj3n4w0vqsjfgrth2_t620

Robertson, 25, endured a turbulent upbringing that tested his resilience, a Rockhampton court heard.

He pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to a string of drug charges including unlawfully supplying methamphetamine and possessing a mobile phone to commit a crime.

The court heard Robertson grew up in Townsville until he was 15 years old. Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said Robertson and his older brother were constantly abused by their alcoholic father.

Their mother was a habitual methamphetamine user.

These influences caused Robertson to start dabbling in drugs, mainly cannabis, at the age of 14.

The court heard during Year 10 of school, Robertson dropped out and started working at a fish and chip shop to help his mother pay the bills.

“You, in essence, become the man of the house… that is an admirable feature and tells of your very strong character,” Judge Helen Bowskill told Robertson.

When things got too rough, Robertson’s mother packed up and moved her family to the Sunshine Coast, the court heard.

When he reached the age of 18, Robertson fell into his mother’s habit: taking methamphetamine.

In 2008, Robertson stopped taking methamphetamine because of the birth of his first child to his now ex-partner. The court heard that after four years, Robertson slowly found his way back to methamphetamine use.

In October 2013, Robertson’s partner at the time, and the mother of his two children, told him she was taking the kids to the park.

She did not return. Since then, Robertson hasn’t seen his children.

Robertson moved back in with his mother, who was still heavily using drugs.

The court heard that in April last year, while his mother was sick, a text message came through to Robertson’s mum’s mobile phone asking her for 0.11g of methamphetamine.

Mr Ahlstrand said Robertson’s ill mother instructed her son to “go and do it”.

The court heard Robertson made arrangements to get $200 cash from the customer for the methamphetamine.

Days after the deal, police officers raided Robertson’s mother’s home and found an array of drug items.

Judge Bowskill acknowledged Robertson was “the middle man” for his mother; and acknowledged his efforts to support his family when he was 14.

“You have it in you to overcome this,” Judge Bowskill said.

“These events of your past don’t have to define you… I can tell you have a strong character.”

Robertson planned on living with his aunt in Hervey Bay. He is also determined to be reunited with his children.

He was remanded in custody on April 16 of last year. Judge Bowskill declared the 331 days he was remanded as time served. He was released on parole.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday charged a Hardee County man with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and purchasing methamphetamine after he attempted to buy 2 kilograms of the drug from undercover detectives.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jose Antonio Alfaro, 55, of 1409 Lost Acres Drive, Wauchula, signed over the title for his 2003 Ford F-350 pickup to the detectives as a down payment. The affidavit said he told detectives he was going to take the drugs to Orlando and come back with a $32,000 payment for them.

The Sheriff’s Office said the case began when detectives received a tip that Alfaro was looking to buy large amounts of methamphetamine from a confidential informant.

NEW ORLEANS, L.A. — A man wanted for operating several meth labs around Chautauqua County has been arrested in Louisiana.Swanson

Investigators said Christopher Swanson was caught in New Orleans early Saturday morning and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Swanson was wanted for operating a methamphetamine lab in Westfield.

He was also wanted by the Lakewood-Busti Police Department and the Jamestown Police Department for operating meth labs in both Busti and Jamestown.

He’s expected to be extradited to Chautauqua County soon where he will be arraigned.

Swanson also faces an outstanding arrest warrants in Alaska on similar charges.

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI — A fire that ripped through a Comstock Township house Friday may have been cause by methamphetamine production, police say.-07326c6618200893

Comstock Township Fire Department responded to the blaze at about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Rex Street. Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene after firefighters found items they believed to be used in producing meth, according to a news release.

Police executed a search warrant at the home and found remnants of suspected meth. More evidence of meth production was found on the property surrounding the house as well.

In order to fight the blaze, firefighters doused the home’s west side with water, knocked out windows to ventilate flames and ran a fire-hose inside the house. Within 30 minutes fire crews had extinguished the blaze.

Police will be seeking charges after the investigation is complete.

  • Robert Chouest, 31, of Cut Off, Louisiana, was charged in the May 22, 2013, killing of Shawn Galjour, 41, of Larose
  • After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, jurors on Saturday were deadlocked 9-3 in a decision on his fate
  • During his testimony, Chouest said he’d taken about eight Percocet pain pills and smoked about five rocks of crack cocaine
  • Prosecutors accused Chouest of fabricating the story about the alligator

Louisiana man who said he shot a man he mistook for an alligator will get a new trial after a jury couldn’t make a decision in his second-degree murder case.272056CB00000578-0-image-a-76_1427691376674

Robert Chouest, 31, of Cut Off, was charged in the May 22, 2013, killing of Shawn Galjour, 41, of Larose. Galjour was found on his back in a driveway near Chouest’s home.

After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, jurors on Saturday were deadlocked 9-3 in a decision on his fate. In Louisiana, at least 10 of 12 jurors must agree to convict someone of a charge.

Chouest’s defense attorney said his client had been up for three days and shot at a silhouette he mistook for an alligator as he had no reason to believe anyone would be in his driveway at 4 a.m.

During his testimony on Thursday, Chouest said he’d had about six beers and used crystal methamphetamine the afternoon of May 21, 2013.

He also testified that he’d taken about eight Percocet pain pills and, soon before the shooting, smoked about five rocks of crack cocaine.

The jury could have found Chouest guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide, or not guilty, reports The Courier.

‘We fully intend to retry Mr. Chouest,’ said Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant II.

A coroner’s report showed that Galjour was intoxicated at the time he was shot. Detectives haven’t been able to determine what he was doing near Chouest’s home at 4 a.m.

Lafourche assistant district attorneys Annette Fontana accused Chouest of fabricating the story about the alligator.

She also pointed out that the defendant was able to perform his job the day before the shooting, work on his truck, drive and effectively use a rifle, despite being on drugs.

‘It was a perfect shot to the head, just like he said he was aiming for,’ she said. ‘He shot to kill. He just doesn’t want to take responsibility.’

Attorneys on both sides will have a conference with the judge May 13 to schedule a new trial.

What exactly took place in your hotel room before you arrived? How clean is your bed? And is the guy next door paying less than you? In most cases, the hotel doesn’t want you to know. Yahoo Travel went looking for answers. Here are the nine things hotels do not want you to know about your room and how they operate the business.

People Die

Sudden deaths can happen anywhere. It is so common that a recent article in Lodging Magazine addresses suicide prevention for hotel managers. In most cases hotels follow a “clean up and shut up” approach, making it hard to get statistics about how often room deaths occur.

We turned to hoping to de-bunk the oft-told story about a body found under a hotel mattress, but instead found that they label this story as true. Apparently, it happens frequently. Lift that mattress before you crawl in bed, people!

People Commit Crimes


Hotel room equals meth lab? (Photo: Apolinar B. Fonseca/Moment/Getty Images)

It’s no surprise that drug use and distribution happens in hotel rooms, but according to the DEA, hotel rooms are also becoming a prime place for quickie meth labs. The cookers check in, cook their batch, and leave toxic waste behind without risking damage or detection where they live. The DEA has a fact sheet to help identify the signs of a meth lab, and claims labs turned up in more than 1,300 hotel rooms in 2013. The real question is whether or not a hotel is willing to spend the extra money required to make those rooms safe again.

Don’t Trust That Scent

How many times have you walked into a hotel room and thought it smelled like a department store perfume counter? That’s your clue to ask for another room. A slight scent of cleaning chemicals is normal, but perfume could indicate a cover up — or even a marketing ploy. Hotels use fragrance machines when it comes to both stubborn odors (like bodies under the bed, perhaps?) and creating a fragrance “image” designed to keep you coming back.

Guests Leave Scary Things Behind

Besides toxic meth-cooking chemicals, ordinary guests leave dangerous things behind. Think loaded guns, illegal drugs, and even prescription pills. One would hope that good housekeeping eliminates most of that, but “most” is the key word.

A detective we spoke to said anytime she checks into a hotel room, she lifts the mattress looking for weapons. She also looks inside smoke detectors and tissue dispensers for drug stashes.

There Will be Pests

Bedbugs are the pests most people worry they’ll find in a hotel, but plenty of other yucky pests could be sharing the room, too. Fleas and ticks are a definite possibility in pet-friendly rooms. Roaches seem to be the most mentioned critter on hotel review sites. But even a search for the word “scorpions” on Tripadvisor turned up more than 3,000 reviews mentioning these scary night-crawlers in hotel rooms.

Cleanliness is Not Job One

Reneta McCarthy, Sr. Lecturer, Services Operations Management at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, told Yahoo Travel that while “cleanliness is critical to a successful hotel,” the very fact that housekeepers are tasked with cleaning 14 to 16 rooms in an eight-hour shift — and at low wages — makes it possible that a room may look clean without actually being sanitary.

“It isn’t a glamorous job,” she says. “If you had a choice of working at a grocery store or at McDonalds versus cleaning hotel rooms, what would you do?” Sheets, towels, and toilets may be the only things in your room truly sanitized. McCarthy specifically mentions the mattress pads and the floor around the toilet as problem areas.

Think Twice About the Pool

In fact, think twice about anything in a hotel that doesn’t actually generate income. Pools and workout rooms are secondary to the primary goal of profit-making, so their maintenance moves down the priority list a bit. A 2012 report in the Iowa City area exposed the fact that hotels accounted for 80 percent of closures forced by health officials. The reasons? Positive bacteria tests and dangerous chemical levels, to name a few. And it isn’t just about the water. A report from the CDC showed that poorly ventilated indoor hotel pools can also pose a risk to your health.

Hotel Taxes Bring More Tourists

Consider this: your hotel may have helped decide how much tax you pay for the privilege of staying there. Organizations at the state and national level employ high-powered lawyers and lobbyists to ensure that as many laws as possible work in their favor — not yours. In the case of taxes, organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Association are often advocates for taxes where the funds are earmarked for the promotion of tourism.

Nobody Pays the Same Rate

Yahoo Travel’s own research often turns up rooms that rent for $500 a night during a peak season or special event but that can drop as low as $89 for a last minute, off-season stay. Companies like Duetto Research offer services that help hotels manage their rates down to the minute. Rates can be set to adjust to things like an increase in airline ticket sales in the area or even the weather.

That means you could be paying more for a hotel room on a sunny weekend than you would have if the skies were overcast.

CRESTVIEW – A 42-year-old St. Augustine woman is accused of having methamphetamine after being stopped for excessive speed and having an expired tag.catherine-michelle-rittell

Catherine Michelle Rittell was stopped on Interstate 10 on March 14 doing 90 mph, according to the arrest report. Her vehicle’s registration had expired in 2013.

She was not able to locate the registration and “appeared very nervous and fidgety,” the report said. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies had seen her leaving over and hiding something.

Rittell later told deputies she’d hidden some marijuana and a small container on the passenger side of her car, according to the report. Deputies found the container with marijuana, as well as a small bag of methamphetamine and a glass bowl smoking device.

She is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her next scheduled court date is April 21.








A WA mother who managed to kick a long-term methamphetamine addiction after the death of her partner says an addiction service opening in WA’s South West is long overdue.

Renee Pitt was an alcoholic living on the streets of Perth at the age of 13.

By 21 she had swapped the bottle for methamphetamine and what was the beginning of an 18-year addiction.

She spent her days in a haze, hanging around Midland shops, in Perth’s east.

It was during this time in her mid-20s that Ms Pitt met her soul mate Jeremy; a local Noongar with a big heart who shared the same fixation with methamphetamine.

In one way it makes you feel fantastic but then on the other end of the scale, I paid the ultimate price – my partner.

Between them, they had 11 children. Their youngest child is now aged three.

The pair lived a functional life, in a home in Butler, in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Their children went to school, played on scooters and enjoyed family outings to the local park.

Ms Pitt said her children were oblivious to that fact that she daily injected methamphetamine into her veins just to function.

“It’s a stimulant, it makes you feel good, it gives you energy,” she said.6356772-3x2-940x627

“In one way it makes you feel fantastic but then on the other end of the scale, I paid the ultimate price: my partner.

“My partner passed away, me and my kids, we lost Dad.”

Jeremy died in April last year after suffering a heart attack, caused by prolonged use of methamphetamine.

He was aged 40.

“We both had a massive habit, we needed help,” she said.

Cutting off contacts key to breaking habit

Suddenly, Ms Pitt was a solo parent and realized she had to turn her life around to make sure she would be around for her children for a long time to come.

She incrementally reduced the amount of methamphetamine she was taking, moved the family south to Bunbury, cut contact from most people she knew and focused on creating a new support system, with the help of her sister who lived nearby.

“For me to have any positivity in my life off the drugs I had to remove myself totally from Perth,” she said.

“You need to get away from it all; you need to remove yourself from everyone you know and everything you know to start fresh.”

Ms Pitt visited a local doctor for help but said instead of guidance she was made fearful of losing her children.

“That doctor, he made me feel that bad, before I’d even finished explaining what I was there for he was on the DCP [Department for Child Protection] website, right in front of me,” she said.

“He was just so cold.”

Ms Pitt said the experience was traumatic and she left the practice in tears.

Desperate to get clean, she booked into a health retreat in Queensland so she could suffer the painful withdrawals out of sight of her children.

“I’ve not looked back and I haven’t even wanted to look back, I want to look forward,” she said.

Ms Pitt has now been clean for five months.

Fresh Start service expands to South West

She is studying social work at TAFE so she can help others and during her research Ms Pitt met Dr George O’Neill, an addiction medicine specialist who founded the Fresh Start Recovery Program.

The service provides a holistic approach to getting clean, involving medication to help with the detoxification process, a residential rehabilitation facility and coaching how to start a new drug-free life.

Dr O’Neill prescribes a medication called Naltrexone, which is implanted into the patient’s body and mutes the effect of the drug.

It is commonly used for heroin and other opioids, but Dr O’Neill also uses it to treat methamphetamine addiction.

After administering the medication, Fresh Start gives addicts a place in its residential rehabilitation facility in Northam and also has several houses it lets families rent at reduced rates.

It is now working to build a facility in the South West city of Busselton which will offer the last step of rehabilitation, in assisting recovered drug addicts to rekindle relationships with their families.

It will have campsites, chalets, beachfront activities and health professionals on site.

“We have found that it’s a driving force for people to recover to get back to their families,” Fresh Start CEO Jeff Claughton said.

Ms Pitt said drugs had driven many addicts to do the wrong thing by their families.

“They’ve either stolen off them, they’ve lied to them, cheated them in some ways, and their families don’t talk to them,” she said.

“For people to recover and long term recovery… they need support and they need their family.”

Mr Claughton said there was a big demand for treatment across the state with services already at full capacity.

“We know overall that about half of the people who would present with that need can’t be met by the current level of services in WA,” he said.

“We believe that people who present for treatment need treatment when they present.

“If we send them away we know that a significant percentage of people don’t return for treatment.

“But we just don’t have enough places.”