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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.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease caused by chemical changes in the brain. It affects the brain’s reward, motivation, and memory circuits. Dysfunction in these brain circuits causes an individual to pursue reward and/or relief pathologically by substance use and other addictive behaviors.



Addiction is characterized by:

The inability to abstain consistently

Impairment in behavioral control

Craving or increased “hunger” for drugs or rewarding experiences

Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships

Dysfunctional emotional response

Like with other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can be fatal.

Jackson offers a full-continuum of addiction treatment services for adults, adolescents and families suffering from the disease of addiction.






“We have seized a sum of 197 kg of narcotics at the country’s airports,” Commander of Iranian Airports’ Police Colonel Hassan Mohri said on Sunday.


He noted that the discovery of illicit drugs at Iranian airports shows a 110 percent growth as compared with the corresponding period in the last year.

Colonel Mohri reiterated that the Imam Khomeini International Airport ranked first in terms of narcotics seizures, reminding that it is the largest airport in the country with a large volume of trans-national passenger transiting on a daily basis.

The seized synthetic drugs from the passengers usually include methamphetamine and crystal while the non-synthetic narcotics mostly include opium.

Methamphetamine, a synthetic drug with more rapid and lasting effects than amphetamine, is illegally used as a stimulant.

Synthetic drugs have recently been smuggled and distributed in Iran by drug-traffickers who seek to change addiction behaviors in the country and redirect addicts’ tendency from conventional drugs, such as opium, heroin and hashish, to those narcotics mostly prevalent in the West, like cocaine, crack, crystal meth and LSD.

A 30-year-old New Port Richey woman was arrested Thursday by deputies who reported finding her with three plastic bags containing methamphetamine at the Hernando County Jail.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped Jennifer Land’s vehicle after it made an illegal U-turn at the intersection of Mariner Boulevard and Spring Hill Drive.

A check on her driver’s status showed it was suspended multiple times. Her driver’s license also was expired.

A cursory search was done on Land at the scene because no female deputy was unavailable.

Once inside the booking department at the Hernando County Jail, deputies found a small plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance in Land’s pocket. Land told deputies it was crystal meth, a sheriff’s report states.

She then told deputies there was another baggie in her bra, officials said. During a strip search, deputies reported, they found a large baggie in her underpants.

In all, three baggies were found containing 17.31 grams of methamphetamine.

Land was booked and charged with various drug offenses and driving with an expired license and driving while her license had been suspended or revoked.





ATHENS, Alabama  — An Athens woman already on bond for methamphetamine-related charges is back in jail after her young children tested positive for similar drugs.jennifer-amelia-michelle-camacho-1c204475fc7bb001

The Limestone Department of Human Resources contacted Athens police this week after two of Jennifer Amelia Michelle Camacho’s children tested positive for drugs. Her 2-year-old tested positive for meth, and her 7-month-old tested positive for meth, amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana. Camacho, 28, was picked up on two arrest warrants for chemical endangerment of a child on Thursday and taken to the Limestone County Jail.

Court records show Camacho is currently on bond for controlled substance charges involving meth and cocaine, including possession and intent to distribute.





LONDON, Ont. — Firefighters returned Saturday to the scene of an explosion that ripped open the second floor of a south London townhouse Friday night.


The ruins of the second floor continued to smoulder, keeping investigators out of the heavily damaged structure.

“We can’t get in there because of the structural damage. You don’t want to get crews injured,” said District Chief Kirk Loveland.

The blast about 8:15 p.m. shook units as far away as 35 metres and Const. Danielle Wright said “there’s definitely a person of interest seen fleeing from the scene.”

Wright didn’t rule out that a meth lab was involved in the explosion

By the time paramedics, firefighters and police arrived at the subsidized public housing complex, no one was in the unit and no injured were reported, Middlesex-London EMS says.

Natural gas was not involved — Union Gas says it wasn’t called to the scene Friday.




HICKORY, N.C. – Three suspects who led police on a 14-mile car chase Wednesday face felony drug charges, officials said.

Larry Michael Johnson Jr., 43, of 123 23rd St. NW, H, Hickory, was charged with one count of felony possession of heroin, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, two counts of felony trafficking in methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, his arrest report said. He was given a $100,500 secured bond. 53ef9c15cae7a_image

Brandy Nicole Conrad, 30, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of heroin, two counts of felony trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear, her arrest report said. She was given a $114,000 secured bond.

Joel Scott Wimbish Jr., 32, of 216 2nd St. SW, Hickory, was charged with three counts of felony trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of heroin, one count of felony maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, one count of felony failure to appear, one count of misdemeanor failure to appear and one count of felony speed to elude arrest, his arrest report said. He was given a $148,500 secured bond. 

The three suspects were driving a blue Chevy Impala in Granite Falls, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said.

The chase started after a Granite Falls officer saw the vehicle and found it sporting a fake license plate with a revoked tag, Dieter said. The officer then tried to initiate a traffic stop.

Instead of pulling over, Wimbish Jr. sped away, Dieter said. Hickory police picked up the chase as it crossed into city limits, Dieter said, and pursued the car into the northeast part of the city.

One of vehicle’s tires blew, stripping the rubber from the wheel, Dieter said. The car continued to drive, but the naked wheel eventually made the vehicle inoperable. Officers arrested the trio after their car stopped.


Officers found 381 grams of methamphetamine, trace amounts of heroin and drug paraphernalia in the car, Dieter said.

A British holidaymaker was found dead in his cell hours after being arrested for possession of crystal meth.


Liam Whitaker, 24, was arrested after he asked a tuk tuk driver in Bangkok where they could buy drugs.

His friend, James Meredew, said that they had been drinking before Liam asked for the drugs.

An inquest heard that Mr Meredew was asked for £7,500 from police but when he returned the next day he was told that Liam had been hanged in the early hours of the morning.

An inquest in Truro, Cornwall, heard the tuk tuk driver took them down an alleyway where a police officer found a bag of powder containing crystal meth and took them to a police station.

Liam was put in a cell and Mr Meredew told the inquest he was asked to hand over 400,000 baht (£7,500) but could only take out £100 from a cash machine.

He said: “I went out with an official looking man to a cash machine. I took out £100 but couldn’t take out any more. I don’t believe Liam had knowingly bought that kind of drug.

“It seemed like we were talking to gangsters and the Thai police seemed to be corrupt. It didn’t seem safe.”

The police would not release Liam and Mr Meredew left saying Liam was ‘in good spirits – happy drunk’ and said things would be sorted out in the morning when Liam had sobered up.

Lt Col Panoosak Smeri of the Thai Police said Laim was found hanged from his belt in a bathroom in a juvenile detention room 20 minutes after he asked to use the bathroom.

A UK examination found Liam had alcohol and drugs including methamphetamine, ketamine and diazepam in his system.

Det Con Dan Skelton, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said there was a ‘gap in the evidence’ and no mention in Thai police reports about demands for money.

Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said she was not satisfied where was a legal level of proof that Liam had killed himself but said there were no injuries to suggest anyone else was involved in his hanging.

Afterwards Liam’s mother Andrea said: “People need to be aware of what’s happened. It’s a dangerous place.”



— Tribune editorial board

Last Sunday’s story Montana’s list of real estate properties where meth labs were operated by Tribune Staff Writers Karl Puckett and Eric Dietrich was illuminating.

Too many Montanans battle addiction to methamphetamine, a grotesque drug that ruins bodies and families.

The damage the manufacturing of the drug does to buildings is also devastating. One landlord said he spent more than $12,500 to clean up two apartments tainted by meth cooking. The effects can be long lasting and new occupants can be harmed by remnants from a meth lab after moving into an apartment or house where meth was manufactured.

We applaud the state of Montana for being ahead of the game by providing a website that lists properties that officials believe housed meth labs. That website is

It was a progressive move to create such a website, but unless big improvements are made to keep the list current, outdated or incorrect information will continue to be another blow to property owners who are already victims of a crime. Reporting leading up to the Tribune story, for example, revealed that at least one landlord had already cleaned up the property but remained on the list. The DEQ corrected its information after the Tribune inquired about it.

Another property address is still listed, even though the mobile home that was used for meth cooking was removed and a different mobile home is now on the property.

“If it’s not the trailer, and it was the trailer before, it would be nice if they take me off the list,” said Dawn Wilson, the owner who hopes to sell the mobile home one day.

It’s important for the state to be vigilant in efforts to warn would-be occupants of rental housing about potential health threats of a property. It is just as important for the state of Montana to provide sufficient staffing to keep information on its website about property were meth labs were operated current and accurate.

Many people living in property were meth labs were operated were unaware of the list, so it’s important to raise awareness of the resource. But it’s equally as important for the state to make sure the list is accurate and updated.

The state of Montana provides other websites with public information, including a list of violent and sexual offenders and their addresses. For example, visit the state Department of Justice’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registry at to see people living nearby who are required to register as a violent or sex offender.

You can also look up Montana-licensed professionals such as physicians, pharmacists, cosmetologist and accountants, at to look at their license status.

Access to such information is useful. The trick is to let people know the data is available and to keep the data accurate.




HUNTSVILLE, AlabamaCitizen calls about suspected drug activity led Madison County sheriff’s deputies to a home in the 100 block of Harmening Drive where two small children were living among methamphetamine activity


Lt. Michael Salomonsky said two or three meth labs were found in the home and several more were in the garbage. A 4-year-old and 2-year-old were found with two adult women there. One of these women lived there. The Department of Human Resources was called in to see to the children. They were decontaminated and evaluated at the hospital.

Salomonsky said the Department of Human Resources has a safety plan for the children to ensure they will go to a safe place.

The two adults inside the home, one of whom lived there, were arrested. Ashley Michelle Hopper, 28, and Jennifer Lynne Swaim Melton, 34, were both charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance and chemical endangerment of a child. Their bonds are $255,000 each.

Salomonsky said Thursday’s response was because of basic citizen complaints about drugs in the area. He said the department takes all such complaints very seriously, and in this case such calls were essential for the children’s sakes.




The recently adopted method of tracking pseudoephedrine purchases throughout Tennessee shows signs of flaws.

The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) system, fully adopted by the state in Jan. 2012, is a major step in slowing down the manufacture of methamphetamine, but the system is not perfect.

The system uses real-time, stop-sale technology to block excessive pseudoephedrine sales at sales counters and provides law enforcement agencies with data that could be used to apprehend people involved in meth activities.

Pseudoephedrine is one of the main ingredients needed to produce meth and is the active ingredient in many cold and allergy medicines.

The system checks the personal information given to clerks against nearby states to monitor how much the person has bought.

A person is not allowed to buy more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine a day, or 9 grams a month. When a person reaches that limit, the system blocks the sale.

The system incorporates the Tennessee Drug Offender Registry, and anyone with previous meth-related offenses, are not permitted to purchase medication that contains pseudoephedrine, if the system worked perfectly.

Randi Dodd, 32, of Carthage, was charged with eight counts of purchase of immediate meth precursor earlier this year after she purchased pseudoephedrine products on eight different occasions throughout Lebanon.

Dodd, at the time of her purchases, had two convictions on the TBI Methamphetamine Database from 2011, according to the Lebanon Police Department case report. Dodd’s ability to make the purchases may point to holes in the system.

TBI Public Information Officer Josh DeVine said the flaws are more than likely due to the NPLEx system and not the negligence of law officials.

“We simply supply the info to Appriss to enter into the system that alerts the cashier.” DeVine said. “We are not responsible for anything at the point of purchase.”

“Obviously, we’re always looking for the channels that people create for meth. Our officials are always working to limit the purchase of meth ingredients.”

Smurfing is one of the popular channels for people to make illegal purchases of pseudoephedrine. Smurfing involves purchasing pseudoephedrine products for other individuals’ use. Smurfing is illegal and plays a role in the high number of meth seizures in Wilson County.

Wilson County had the fourth-highest rate of methamphetamine seizures through May, according to a report from the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force released earlier this year.

Lebanon has a hotbed for meth due to its number of hotels and pharmacies, which includes Walgreens. The Walgreens on South Cumberland leads the region in the number of pseudoephedrine purchases and blocked purchases.

Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said in a statement released earlier this year that Walgreens takes the sale of pseudoephedrine products seriously and cooperates with authorities in monitoring efforts. He said Walgreens follows all laws and regulations regarding sales.

Lebanon Police meth technician Chris Luna said they have found about a dozen meth labs so far this year, with three of those being mobile labs.

A local Walgreens representative could not be reached for comment.

In the three years since Heather Krupicka first appeared in federal court on drug and firearms charges, the 30-year-old Eugene woman has turned her life around.

She embraced drug treatment, ditching her years-long meth addiction. She got a job and is working her way toward a high-school equivalency certificate. In fact, Krupicka can be a role model who doesn’t deserve to go to prison, despite federal sentencing guidelines advising incarceration.


The attorney making the case? Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin –- the one who prosecuted Krupicka.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown agreed, handing down five years of probation for Krupicka, whose history of meth possession and property crimes would normally bring a recommended prison term of at least two-and-a-half years. But the judge complimented Krupicka on her “positive progress,” adding that she could end the probation term early if merited.

Brown also sentenced her to 125 hours of community service for her guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. She also recommended “re-entry court” designed to help offenders re-integrate into the community and ordered her to pay a $700 fine. Two counts of methamphetamine distribution were dismissed.

Krupicka was arrested in 2011 after she sold drugs and a gun to an informant. At the time, she was hanging out with East Portland gangs who were under investigation for selling large quantities of methamphetamine as well as supplying guns, Kerin said.

He recalled seeing her sitting, balled up in her chair with “the wide-eyed shock of being in federal court all of a sudden” apparent on her face and wondered what led her down the path she was on.

Defense filings recount a childhood full of abuse and domestic violence. She was introduced to alcohol at age 3 or 4 by her mother, according to the court filings, and was drinking regularly until she blacked out by the time she was 14. She was put in foster care around the same time, and at age 20, started taking meth. It would become her drug of choice, according to the filings, and would spur her to commit crimes to feed her habit.

But after the latest arrest, as she sat in jail and awaited her arraignment, “I just woke up and thought ‘I don’t want my life like this,'” she said after the sentencing hearing. She thought of her daughter, who is now 8 and lives with her father.

“Is this how my life is going to be?” she said.

She decided she didn’t want it to be.  On her second meeting with her lawyer, Robert Calo, she said: “I’m here for my child. I have to get my life together. I’m done” with drugs, he recalled in court.

“There are very few people who could climb that far out of the valley,” he said.

Now, Krupicka plans to move to Portland and hopes to learn a trade to help her make a living, he said.

She still struggles with her addiction at times and fights with the emotions that used to trigger her drug abuse. She reminds herself “the first thought is always wrong. Sometimes the second and third, too” and keeps focused on everything she could lose if she relapses.

And she has an ultimate plan – to someday open a center for those people “who come from my walk of life.” She recalled as a 15-year-old in foster care, talking with a therapist who said she understood how Krupicka felt.

“You don’t know how I feel,” she recalled thinking, noting that the counselor’s background was nothing like hers.

“I have been there,” she said. “If I can reach out to one person, the work is all worth it.”




EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office is in the process of possibly taking over the Canal Motel, where police have found at least three alleged clandestine drug laboratories.

The state’s attorney’s office has filed for forfeiture under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Cannabis Control Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act and the Illinois Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act.

A Granite City police officer has submitted a sworn statement outlining several alleged illegal activities at the motel which is located at 3317 West Chain of Rocks Road, Granite City.

Named in the suit is Mavani and Sons, Inc., of Wood River, the owners. The motel operators could not be reached for comment.

The officer states in his affidavit that an owner or agent of the motel has been at the premises at the time of of an arrest for possession, manufacturing, concealment and sales of illegal drugs or was notified that the activity was going on.

“The owners of this property knew or should have known of the illegal drug related activity taking place at the property. In addition, many of the individuals involved in the illegal drug-related activity are long-term, permanent occupants, and the proceeds of these illegal drug sales are used to pay rent or boarding fees,” the affidavit states.

The statement lists some of the incidents. A charge was filed March 25 of possession of a controlled substance.

On two occasions in the past year, police found a clandestine methamphetamine lab, including dangerous chemicals.

On two other occasions the Illinois Department of Public Health has sent letters to the motel operators notifying them of the meth making operations.

A judge has issued an order for “constructive seizure,” which means the owners must preserve the property in its present state until a decision on the forfeiture is made.




County wants to seize control of Canal Motel

Prosecutors are wielding a series of state drug laws in an attempt to seize the Canal Motel and the Relax Inn, two Granite City motels that have been under investigation for years.

The Canal Motel, at 3317 W. Chain of Rocks Road, has been under investigation since at least July of 2012 when the Illinois Department of Public Health sent a letter to its owners notifying them that “a clandestine drug laboratory was found” in one of the rooms and “known hazardous chemicals and substances were seized and disposed of.” Parts of the letter were contained in a sworn statement filed recently by a Granite City police officer in support of the forfeiture.

 Two months later, authorities found a body in another room and later determined that the deceased had died after ingesting heroin, benzodiazepines, and other drugs.

I.D.P.H. officials sent a similar letter on March 7, 2014, the same month the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 21-year-old local woman with unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and unlawful possession of meth.

The incidents violate the Illinois Controlled Substance Act, The Cannabis Control Act, the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act and/or the Drug Asset Forfeiture Act.

The Canal Motel is owned by Mavani & Sons, Inc., whose offices are in Wood River.

The affidavit in support of the forfeiture alleges that the owners, or one of their agents, was at the motel during the arrests or investigations and knew, or should have known, that illegal drug activity was taking place there.

A similar forfeiture notice was sent to the Velani Brothers Corp., a St. Peters, Mo. corporation that owns the Relax Inn, at 100 Niedringhaus Avenue in Granite City.

The sworn statement also mentions that a body was found in one of the rooms on May 14, 2013. An investigation found the death to be from acute intoxication with cocaine and hydromorophone.

Police allege that many of the people involved in the illegal drug activity are “long-term permanent occupants and the proceeds of these illegal drug sales are used to pay rent/boarding fees.”

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics team arrested 3 people Thursday night, accused of attempting to sell large quantities of meth to undercover agents.


CNT agents say on Thursday, agents purchased more than two ounces of meth from a 31-year-old Travis Montreal Billings at one of the motels in the I-95/ Highway 204 area. Agents say two other people, 21-year-old Steven Frank Rodriquez and 21-year-old Morgan Folds were also arrested.

4492072_GBillings has been charged with sale of a controlled substance and trafficking methamphetamine; Billings also had warrants for his arrest through Dougherty County for Parole Violation. Rodriquez has also been charged with sale of a controlled substance and tracking methamphetamine. Folds has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance; Folds also has an outstanding warrant for her arrest out of Camilla, GA for various traffic charges.





The Russellville Police Department (RPD) and the Fifth Judicial Task Force seized more than 200 grams of methamphetamine and arrested two suspects on Wednesday.


A local parcel distribution center contacted the RPD about a “suspicious package,” an investigator testified during felony bond hearings Friday. The company had tried twice to deliver the package to the address listed.

“Through both attempted deliveries, they felt that the circumstances were suspicious,” the investigator testified. “[They] thought the package coming from California was suspicious, so they opened it up and found what they believed to be 1 pound of methamphetamine.”

The officers conducted a field-test, in which the substance tested positive for methamphetamine, he said.

The package was reportedly addressed to a fake name, but a phone number given to the distribution center was Deandre Turner’s cell phone. A worker at the center called Turner, who reportedly gave the same name that was listed on the package, and set a pick-up time for the package.

Turner allegedly said Chris Jackson would pick up the package and that he would have a valid ID with the address that was listed on the package.

When investigators had dispatch run Chris Jackson’s name, it returned with the address on the package.

“He just had his ID changed to that address the same day that he was supposed to come pick up the package,” the investigator testified.

Investigators spotted Turner park a vehicle in which Jackson was a passenger in a restaurant parking lot across the street from the center. Jackson went into the center, signed for the package and was walking back to the car when agents arrested him, the investigator testified.

When Turner saw Jackson being arrested, he reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase through city streets and parking lots before exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Turner “most definitely” endangered other people during the chase, the investigator testified.

Jackson, 28, was charged with drug trafficking (methamphetamine). He has prior felony convictions in Colorado, including three escape charges.

Turner, 25, was charged with drug trafficking (methamphetamine) and felony fleeing in a vehicle.

Both suspects are being held in lieu of $1 million cash-only bonds and are scheduled to appear Sept. 29 in Pope County Circuit Court.






PHUKET: Police at the Tah Chat Chai checkpoint arrested a woman carrying methamphetamine pills and kratom leaves into Phuket yesterday afternoon (August 14).


Thalang police and narcotics officers checking cars coming through the checkpoint noticed the driver of a Honda City car looked particularly nervous.

They pulled over the car and discovered that the driver, Kallaya Duranae, 37, was holding a methamphetamine (ya bah) pill in her hand.

They searched the car and found two packets containing another 374 ya bah pills, along with a sack of banned kratom leaves.

When questioned, Kallaya admitted that she had bought the drugs from someone in Phang Nga she knew only as “Boy”, and she was on her way to deliver them to buyers in Phuket.


She was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 and Category 5 drugs with intent to sell.




A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday after 6.8 pounds of methamphetamine were found hidden inside the vehicle he was driving, according to the Department of Homeland Security.


The incident occurred at 11:25 p.m., according to officials.

Border Patrol agents encountered the man, described as a Mexican national, at the Highway 86 checkpoint after drug dogs were alerted to the vehicle, a blue 2003 Ford Expedition.

Agents discovered two packages of methamphetamine concealed within the SUV’s oil pan, officials said.

The drugs were valued at about $68,000.

The man, whose name was not released, the SUV and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.



Border Patrol dog sniffs out cache of meth

Indio, Calif. – A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to a large quantity of methamphetamine hidden in the oil pan of a vehicle on Thursday. 

According to a news release from the El Centro Sector Border Patrol office, agents assigned to the Indio Station stopped a 46-year old man driving a blue 2003 Ford Expedition at the Highway 86 Checkpoint around 11:25 Thursday night.

After a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle, agents referred the driver to secondary inspection area for further investigation.  The agents subsequently discovered two packages of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle’s oil pan.  The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 6.8 pounds with an estimated street value of $68,000.

The suspected smuggler, a lawfully present Mexican citizen, was taken into custody.  The man, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement  Administration for further investigation.




A Wagoner man has been charged with numerous complaints after 53ed6630a277d_imagebelligerence during the booking process produced a bag of meth.






The drug trade generates globally about 320 billion dollars (mdd) profit per year, forcing the international community to strengthen their work together in the fight against crime, the legal assistant attorney considered and International Affairs Attorney General’s Office (PGR), Mariana Benítez Tiburcio. The figure, obtained from an estimate made ​​in 2012 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “is used to gauge the size of the challenge transnational criminal phenomenon, “he said at the opening of the XVII World Congress of Criminology 2014.

The federal official figures provided more dividends generated by the criminal industry in the world: In 2012, according to UNODC trafficking illicit gains provided 32 billion dollars; and in 2010, cybercrime generated billion dollars worldwide. Inside Cintermex, before officials, academics, students and practitioners of law enforcement in Mexico and 30 countries, said that according to data provided by the IMF (IMF) in 2012, the value of the laundered assets of organized crime on the planet represents between 2% and 5% (between 800 billion and 2 trillion) of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Facts that year . revealed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) indicate that in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are 1.8 million victims of human trafficking Benitez Tiburcio stated: “Today, the success of a country is shared by the international community for the positive impact inevitably has to take that action worldwide. However, this close relationship fostered by the globalization phenomenon has, consequently, that the challenges faced by the country become globally shared challenges. ” The official stressed the transformation that happens the country to adopt the new criminal justice system . He said that although the PGR has improved strategies to combat crime, it is necessary that the causes of illegal actions to bring down crime rates are known. Called participants to promote the exchange of intelligence information between national and international agencies and strengthen dialogue and cooperation between regions such as Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the European Union in order to establish comprehensive policies against acting outside the law. The World Congress of Criminology has as its central theme gangs, traffic and insecurity, as well as community empowerment.



These shocking pictures show the terrifying toll of years of hard drug abuse on a woman who robbed her 84-year-old grandmother.QtGcFTE

Brigitte Matzke of Port Orange, Florida, is just 25 – but could easily pass for a woman 20 years older since her looks were ravaged by the suspected long-term use of Class A substances including methamphetamine – commonly known as crystal meth.

Matzke has been arrested 11 times in just three years – and the gallery of police mugshots below shows the harrowing effects of her habits, transforming her from a fresh-faced young woman to a sore-infested addict.

She was arrested on Monday after she assaulted and stole jewellery from her grandmother, according to police.

Matzke wanted to book a night at a hotel with her husband, 26-year-old Alex Caldwell. When she realised she didn’t have enough cash, she visited her grandmother at her luxury apartment and demanded $80.

When her grandmother said she didn’t have the money, police say Matzke forced her way into her bedroom.

The older woman tried to stop her but her granddaughter grabbed her, ripped her bra off, twisted her wrists and took jewellery and other items worth $1,900, police said.

The couple then left the apartment but were arrested later that evening.

The pair were each charged with burglary with assault, battery on a person 65 years or older, false imprisonment, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and intimidating or threatening a witness.







A woman was under the influence of methamphetamine and driving a stolen SUV when she ran a red light and triggered a collision that killed a Clovis man Thursday morning in northeast Fresno, police say. QZgGR_AuSt_8

Matthew Harkenrider, 26, was on his way to work at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno, where he was a radiology technician. He died at the scene.

Harkenrider grew up in Oakhurst and was a former star baseball catcher and football quarterback at Yosemite High School, graduating in 2007. He was married in March 2013 and recently moved his family into a new home.

John Scott, Harkenrider’s longtime friend and teammate, said he was a tremendous athlete and a devoted husband and father to Natalie, his daughter from a previous relationship.

“He spent so much time with his daughter and his new wife,” Scott said. “They really were his number one concern.”

Later in the evening, Harkenrider’s wife, Megan, posted on her Facebook page that she was pregnant.

Police say Harkenrider was westbound on Herndon Avenue at 6:55 a.m. in his Mazda when the crash happened. Sgt. Richard Tucker said a Fresno officer saw the northbound Kia Sorento driven by Roberta Lynn Soto, 45, run the red light at Fresno Street.

The impact sent both vehicles into three other vehicles that were stopped in the southbound lanes of Fresno Street. A total of six people, including Soto, were taken to the hospital.

She faces charges of felony vehicular manslaughter, driving a stolen vehicle, felony driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine, Tucker said. Her driver’s license was suspended in 2012, he said.

Soto suffered several broken bones, including a fractured femur. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Tucker said a nurse there had difficulty persuading Soto to open her fist so an IV could be administered. The nurse and an officer who was present discovered Soto was clenching a bindle of meth in her hand. Tucker described the crash as “an absolute tragedy.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out” to Harkenrider’s family, Tucker said. “I can only imagine what they are going through.”

Scott, Harkenrider’s longtime friend, said Harkenrider was loyal, honest and a dependable rock who always kept the team together. He said they played football and baseball together at Yosemite High and also participated in a Sunday baseball league in Fresno.


“He would always pump us up whenever we were in a tough spot during a game,” Scott said. “Everyone could really count on him, and he made you want to work harder to reach his level.”

Sam Duvall, a teammate of Harkenrider and Scott, said Harkenrider was an amazing person who always made him feel better about himself no matter what they were doing.

Duvall recalled that Harkenrider, who was a naturally right-handed catcher, would fire the ball into second base with his left hand just for fun. “He threw harder with his other arm than I could with my good arm,” Duvall said.

In a statement issued by Community Regional Medical Center, hospital CEO Craig Wagoner said “Matthew’s coworkers said everyone in Radiology wanted him to be part of their team. Matthew was one of those rare individuals with the potential to be successful at anything he desired. His focus was on his family and friends … he will be terribly missed by all.”

In addition to his wife, Harkenrider is survived by daughter Natalie, parents Jeff and Doreen Harkenrider, twin brother Eric and older brother Adam.






Three defendants accused of harming children are expected to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court today including husband and wife Wayne and Stephanie Motes for a pretrial hearing on a charge of introducing methamphetamine into a toddlermotesstephanie

The case began Nov. 3 when Mountain Home police responded to a disturbance call at 509 Ouachita Ave. A resident of the home told MHPD there was a baby in the house, but officers could not immediately find the child. Officers described the condition of the home as that of someone who is a hoarder, with approximately 90 percent of the floor of the home covered in debris and the garage had debris piles approximately 4 feet high.

The 2-year-old boy was located completely covered by blankets on a couch, according to police.

Police said when officers asked to speak with a woman who reportedly had been screaming, they were directed to Stephanie Motes. They knew there were warrants for her husband and asked if he was present in the home. She told them he was not, according to a police report, but they found him hiding in a closet.

When an officer tried to remove him from the closet, Motes allegedly grabbed the lawman by the waist and tried to punch him in the kidney area. Officers subdued Motes and continued searching the residence, according to a report.

A search of Stephanie Motes turned up a small amount of what was believed to be marijuana in one of her pockets. Officers searched a bedroom where the couple and the toddler had been sleeping and discovered several syringes, a plastic bag with 100 assorted pills and a marijuana pipe.moteswayne

Wayne Motes was arrested on charges of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Stephanie Motes was arrested on similar charges with an additional charge of obstructing governmental operations.

After booking, the couple was released on bond. The child was taken by the Department of Human Services. Medical testing later revealed the child tested positive for having meth in his system, according to authorities. It was unclear how the 2-year-old ingested the meth, though police say it’s possible the child was in a room where the adults were smoking meth.

Once the drug test on the child came back, Wayne and Stephanie Motes were arrested on charges of introducing a controlled substance into another person. Wayne Motes is a former corrections officer.






A 24-year-old Victorian woman arrested at Darwin Airport allegedly concealed 38 grams of methamphetamine inside her body.

The woman arrived on Virgin Airlines VA1457 from Melbourne at 5:45am today.


Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Justin Bentley said the woman was singled out during a random screening of passengers by drug detection dog April and the dog’s handler.

“The offender was apprehended by police, and upon being searched was found with 38 grams of methamphetamine concealed internally in her body,” he said.

He said the woman had used a fake ID to purchase the airfare.

Snr Sgt Bentley said the drugs would have fetched a street value of $60,000.

“NT Police are surprised the lengths people will go to in an attempt to avoid detection by police,” he said.

The woman was charged with several drug offences and obtaining a ticket with false identification.

She will face Darwin Magistrates Court today.




Your local health department is responsible for tracking the cleanup of houses or apartments that may have been contaminated by dangerous chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine, but it lacks the funding to make sure property owners are following the rules.

Local businesswoman Mary Stark, who has one rental house, located in Cadillac, said she believes the solution may be taking action at the local government level.

Given the time-consuming and expensive process involved in cleaning clandestine drug laboratories to meet state standards, Stark said she wonders if other sites are treated with the same care she gave her rental home on Cadillac’s Harris Street. A 48-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were arrested after a three-week investigation into alleged methamphetamine activity at the house.

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Getting the house back to habitable condition involved throwing out everything in the house, including the furniture, tearing up the carpet, treating all surfaces with a neutralizing agent and sealing everything with a layer of polyurethane. In many cases, said Eric Seitter of Arch Environmental Group, owners of residences such as trailer homes decide to simply haul the entire trailer to the dump because the cleanup cost outweighs the value of the home.

71907Stark has yet to receive a final bill, but estimates she will spend approximately $17,000 for the three-day long cleanup process.

The health department refuses to allow a house to be occupied until tests confirm it is clean of meth, said Tom Reichard, environmental health director with District Health Department No. 10.

The property owner is responsible for supplying the health department with test results showing that the cleanup was successful. The health department then, in turn, informs the property owner it has accepted the results and the property is again ready for habitation.

And that’s it. Because of a lack of funding, health officials don’t return to see if the house is occupied or not. Six or seven years ago, Reichard said, the Michigan Department of Community Health did provide funding for monitoring cleanup, but that money has since run out.

On the national level, other communities have developed strict ordinances that require meth houses to be cleaned up before they can reoccupied, said City of Cadillac Fire Marshal Anthony Wolff.

But locally, the fire marshal enforces the city rental housing code and defers to the health department on issues such as meth contamination.

To Wolff’s knowledge, a city ordinance requiring the cleanup of meth houses has not been discussed.

Reichard estimated that in the majority of cases, property owners clean up the home and submit results to acquire a clean bill of health.

But about one out of four homeowners do not submit test results showing that the cleanup was done.

Those buying or renting a home can check for themselves, but checking means they have to be more proactive. They can call their health department and ask for the environmental health division. In most cases, environmental health won’t have any information at all regarding a property.

Checking with the health department about a property’s history can reveal not only whether or not it was used as a meth lab, but also other concerns, such as if the health department knows of a problem with mold or contaminated well water. But also keep in mind that just because the health department doesn’t have any records doesn’t mean the house wasn’t used as a meth lab — it just means it was never reported.

As Wolff noted, concerns about meth contamination are more than a local issue.


“This is not happening just in Cadillac. It is happening all over the state and all over the country,” Wolff said.

Why this story is important to you:

Methamphetamine cleanup is an expensive and time-consuming process. Some of the chemicals used in the production of meth are extremely hazardous.

What you need to know: Cleaning up a meth-lab site so a home is habitable again can cost more than $10,000. In many cases, trailers or less valuable homes are simply dumped in a landfill rather than being cleaned.