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A fight between a man and a woman Wednesday evening (Sept. 10) led St. John Parish authorities to discover a meth lab inside a home in LaPlace, according to a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office release.

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Deputies found the “clandestine methamphetamine laboratory” around 6:15 p.m. inside a home in the 400 block of Birch Street, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities accused 36-year-old Jason Hicks of fighting with 33-year-old Michelle Orgeron.

Hicks and 34-year-old Kristy Salazar were renting a room from the home’s owner, 58-year-old Paul Crotwell Sr., authorities said, while Orgeron and fellow LaPlace resident Michael Richardson, 39, were visiting the home with Orgeron’s two daughters.

Hicks is accused by deputies of striking the two girls, ages 11 and 8. Orgeron and her two children refused medical attention, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Hicks was gone when deputies arrived, authorities said, but a search of the home turned up the meth lab as well as three grams of marijuana and a half-gram of methamphetamine.

Deputies called in specialists to safely remove the lab equipment, authorities said.

All five individuals have been booked on the charge of creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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Salazar and Hicks were also booked on charges related to the possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, authorities said. Hicks was also booked on two counts of cruelty to juveniles and two counts of simple battery. He and Orgeron were also booked on a disturbing the peace charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FLINT, MI — Remnants from at least nine alleged methamphetamine cooks, as well as some unused supplies, were seized by police during a raid of a Flint home Thursday morning, Sept. 11.

Flint police arrived at the home in the 2200 block of Corunna Avenue near West Court Street in Flint around 1 a.m. after receiving a call about possible drug activity.

While talking to people in the home, police saw materials commonly used in meth labs in plain view and smelled a strong chemical odor, according to Detective Sgt. P.J. Moore with Flint Area Narcotics Group, a multi-jurisdictional task force operated by the Michigan State Police.

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Using a search warrant, officers discovered remnants from at least nine suspected one-pot meth cooks and unused supplies, Moore said.

Moore described the lab as average in size. He also said the one-pot cooking method is common, but not any less dangerous than other methods.

“The one-pot method is very dangerous… I would say it’s not a matter of if they’re going to catch fire or explode, but it’s a matter of when,” Moore said. “The bottles that are used to cook meth often times fail and explode or catch fire.”

Officers cleared the scene around 10:30 a.m. after neutralizing and removing the remnants of the meth lab, which will be taken care of by a company that specializes in chemical disposal, Moore said.

Four people were taken into custody and lodged in the Flint City Lockup, according to Flint police. Flint police say they are preparing information for prosecutors to review for possible charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WINDER – The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon detailed a drug arrest they made earlier this week that netted 569 grams of crystal methamphetamine, worth about $62,000 on the street.

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According to Barrow County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Guthas, the arrest and drug seizure happened Tuesday during the execution of a search warrant at 150 Brookview Terrace, Apt.13, in Winder. Winder Police were also involved in the investigation.

Investigators were notified by an out of state agency regarding a suspicious package being shipped from Mexico to the address, according to Guthas.

The warrant came as a result of a controlled delivery of the package. Authorities at some point intercepted the package. Undercover agents then delivered it to the residence, where it was accepted by the suspect, according to Guthas.

The suspect, identified by authorities as Lucero Arroyo, a 25-year-old woman from Mexico, had already opened the package when investigators executed the search warrant.

According to Guthas, the meth was in five individual packets.

Arroyo is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking in methamphetamine. She was being held without bond.

Guthas said the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

 

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Police: Woman accepted meth shipment from undercover deputies

Apparently, the delivery drivers looked normal enough, but they were far from it.

A Winder woman was in jail Thursday after she allegedly accepted a package of methamphetamine from Mexico, delivered to her apartment by undercover deputies.

Lucero Arroyo, a 25-year-old from Mexico, was arrested Tuesday when Barrow County sheriff’s deputies reportedly found the package — containing about 1.25 pounds of the drug — in her apartment at 150 Brookview Terrace following the delivery.

“The search warrant was the product of a ‘controlled delivery,’ where Sheriff’s officials were notified by an out of state agency of a suspicious package being shipped from Mexico,” sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Matt Guthas said in a Thursday news release.

When deputies executed the search warrant, they found that Arroyo had opened the package, Guthas said. Inside the box, they found five bags of the drug, enough to go for about $62,000 on the street.

Arroyo was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking in methamphetamine. She remained in the Barrow County jail Thursday while awaiting a hearing to apply for bond.

 

 

 

 

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 A roundup of law enforcement opinion in Southeast Texas shows the top dangerous-drug problems still is methamphetamine, whether clumsily cooked in someone’s microwave locally or imported from perhaps Mexico.628x471a

The other usual suspects are about the same — marijuana, cocaine, synthetic marijuana including the chemical stew comprising “bath salts,” also known as “kush.”

Prescription pill abuse also is high on the list even though legislation has helped close down the so-called “pill mills” and the doctor-shopping that addicts used to buy large amounts of painkillers like hydrocodone.

Recent reporting by the Drug Enforcement Agency shows that an old form of drug is making something of a comeback in PCP-dipped tobacco cigarettes or large marijuana-filled “cigars.”

PCP in Southeast Texas has taken on a new name — “gumbo” — but it’s just a variant on what law enforcement has seen for years, a survey of Southeast Texas sheriffs and police said this week.

“We haven’t seen anything like that here in Hardin County,” said Sheriff Ed Cain. “We’re not really seeing anything new. We’re still seeing meth, prescription pills and synthetic marijuana like bath salts.”

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said the most common illegal substance is methamphetamine “without question.”

Capt. Troy Tucker of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force that includes Nederland police and Port Neches police, said the top two substances the task force encounters are methamphetamine and heroin, which is generally clustered around the Port Arthur stretch of the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel.

Prescription pills are a big problem, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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More than 20 area gang members were arrested following a 10-month law enforcement investigation that also netted 9 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a dozen firearms, Department of Justice officials said.

Killeen and Temple police departments, among others, assisted federal and state authorities Thursday in the arrest of 21 Aryan Brotherhood members and associates, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman’s office.

Among those arrested were ranking brotherhood members Wayne Huisinger, 54, of Belton, and Robert Eaton, 39, of Kempner, for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation.

A federal grand jury indictment, unsealed Thursday afternoon, charges 20 of the 21 arrested, as well as four others who were already in custody before Thursday, with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Robert Helms, 29, of Temple, was also arrested Thursday morning and charged by a federal criminal complaint with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Helms faces up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction.

The indictment alleges that since November 2013, the defendants conspired to distribute various amounts of methamphetamine.

During this 10-month-long operation, investigators conducted several controlled methamphetamine purchases. To date, authorities have seized approximately 9 pounds of “crystal” methamphetamine, 15 firearms, more than $9,000 and other assets in connection with this investigation, according to the release.

“These charges resulted from unprecedented collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement targeting a large-scale prison gang involved in violent organized crime over three counties in Central Texas,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher H. Combs

. “This effort not only exemplifies our commitment to prevent gang violence and criminal activity from poisoning our communities, but it also sends a clear message that we will relentlessly pursue and prosecute the leaders and members of these violent criminal enterprises regardless of where they lay their heads.”

“Operation ‘La Flama Blanca’ has inflicted a debilitating blow to the network of shadow and often violent facilitators of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, of the Houston Division. “This operation highlights a deliberate and strategic effort to cut off and shut down the supply of methamphetamine trafficked by the Aryan Brotherhood and the corresponding impact that this horrific drug inflicts on our communities.”

The defendants face between 10 years and life imprisonment for distributing more than 500 grams of meth, and between five and 40 years imprisonment for distributing between 50 grams and 500 grams.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and several state and local law enforcement agencies between Lampasas and Waco participated in the investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

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FARGO, North Dakota — Five people from the Jamestown area have been charged in a federal drug case.

Donald Ringdahl, Arne Otterson, Keith Case, Barbara Case and John Beyer are charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Authorities say the conspiracy involved large quantities of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana. The drugs were allegedly distributed in North Dakota and Oregon.

Trial is scheduled for Nov. 4 in Fargo.

 

 

 

 

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THE Central Grampians Drug Action Taskforce has welcomed the release of the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ‘ice’, in Victoria.

The report reinforces the extremely harmful physical and social impacts of the drug ice, particularly on individual health, families and children and its strong connection with violence and aggression and other criminal behavior.

Given the complexity of the issues surrounding the drug, the report calls for a coordinated response through multifaceted strategies set out in an action plan and framework overseen by an all-of-government Ministerial Council on Methamphetamine.

The chairperson of the Inquiry Committee, Simon Ramsay MLC, participated in the Community Ice Forum organised by CGDAT in Ararat recently and took away the message that there is a strong desire in local communities to be educated and informed in order to prevent the problems associated with this insidious drug.

Marianne Hendron, chair of CGDAT, said the group was particularly interested in the report’s recommendations around the need to engage communities to address methamphetamine use through Community Action Partnerships.

The report recognises that the harmful impacts of methamphetamine use go beyond the individual user, hence an all-of-community response including by the government, the community and private sectors, such as user groups, families and family support groups, individuals and organisations, is needed to combat this problem.

“It is the committee’s view that this can best be done through the establishment of (methamphetamine) community partnerships,” Ms Hendron said.

“Such partnerships should comprise of government and non-government representatives with relevant expertise in the area of drug-related issues.”

The report also highlighted particular challenges with treatment services in rural settings, such as issues with accessing services, the difficulty of maintaining anonymity, and insufficient AOD specialists working in country areas.

In addition, many rural and regional areas may not have previously experienced a significant problem with illicit drug use and are therefore not well equipped to address it.

The report acknowledges that the harmful use of other drugs including alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and ecstasy as well as pharmaceutical medication, are all more prevalent than methamphetamines and any approach should be flexible enough to be able to address other problematic drug use should the situation arise.

Ms Hendron said that the objectives and approach of the CGDAT were very much affirmed by the report’s recommendations, including the view that local communities have a distinct role to play in addressing and ‘owning’ the methamphetamine problem. “As the report suggests, we have established a working group that provides a focal point for local planning and implementation of community action targeting the identified problem – involving representatives from local health services, local government and community groups,” she said.

The CGDAT does not receive any funding and has limited capacity to undertake activities, however Ms Hendron the group is committed to providing further community education forums, disseminating current and accurate information and is in the process of developing an action plan to address information and education needs across the Central Grampians.

“It is our hope that the government will back up the proposals in this report with a realistic allocation of funding to support this important community prevention work” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

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A 25-year-old man made an initial court appearance Wednesday on charges alleging he was dealing methamphetamine from a Billings hotel and reached speeds of up 100 mph, through a school zone, while fleeing police on a motorcycle.

Police arrested Jensen Blake Waldron on a warrant Monday. He appeared by video on Wednesday from the county jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony charge of drug possession with the intent to distribute and five misdemeanor charges.

Justice of the Peace Pedro R. Hernandez set Waldron’s bond at $10,000.

Charging documents state police were contacted Monday by a hotel employee about possible drug activity at a hotel on the 4900 block of Southgate Drive.

Police responded, and the hotel employee said he wanted everyone cleared from three rooms rented to one person, Waldron, court records say.

Police reported that when officers went to enter one of the rooms with the help of the hotel employee, they learned Waldron was fleeing on a motorcycle.

An officer followed him but called off the pursuit when Waldron reached an estimated 100 mph through a school zone on South Billings Boulevard, charging documents state.

Waldron was later arrested on a warrant on the 1100 block of Bench Boulevard.

Police searched one of the hotel rooms and reported finding multiple bags of suspected meth and a bag of pills identified as the controlled substance phentermine. Police also reported finding a syringe kit, a suspected meth pipe with residue and what appeared to be a price list of drugs, court records say.

Waldron is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges on Sept. 16 in District Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lexington police have arrested a man and woman accused of hiding meth in the same room as a 3-year-old child.

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Police say they received a tip from child welfare and responded to an apartment on Daniel Court. According to court documents, Kayla Nicole Posey, 27, consented to a search. Officers say they found three individually packaged baggies containing meth in the room, and $209 in cash hidden under a mattress. Police say Posey’s 3-year-old daughter was in the room.

Officers arrested Posey and Socrates Martinez-Hipolito, 21, on Tuesday. They both faces charges including trafficking in a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Volusia County man was arrested after deputies making a well-being check at this home discovered the residence full of smoke from meth being cooked, an arrest report shows.Sidney Koster

Sidney Koster, 55, who works for a fence company, was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of meth. He was being held Wednesday in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $35,000 bail, records show.

Earlier Tuesday morning, a deputy made a traffic stop while investigating an assault on a Katherine Cowart and asked that a well-being check be made at Koster’s home at 1320 Wesley St. near Daytona Beach.

When deputies arrived at the home at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, they smelled a strong chemical odor associated with meth cooking and smoke coming out from the cracks of the front door, a report detailed.

Deputies knocked on the door several times and eventually Koster, who said he owns the house, opened the door and stepped out. Deputies could see that the house was full of smoke. When asked about the chemical smell, Koster said he was cleaning his carpet and the smoke was from burning incense sticks, investigators said.

 

 

 

 

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GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) – Greenville County deputies said they are investigating a stabbing that sent a man to the hospital on Wednesday.26493429_BG2

Dispatchers said the stabbing was reported at a home on Amarillo Trail in Greer about 2:30 a.m.

Lt. Robert Watley with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said when officers arrived, they found the victim with a puncture wound underneath his arm and a slash wound atop his head.

The 30-year-old victim was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but deputies said the suspect was not on the scene. Watley said they have identified a person of interest in the case and would follow up with the victim before arrest warrants were signed.

He said those involved knew each other, and the stabbing happened after some type of fight.

Watley said they were also investigating a connection to drugs at the home. Deputies said a meth lab was found at the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/26493429/dispatch-1-wounded-after-stabbing-reported-at-greer-home

 

In the post–Walter White world of methamphetamine trafficking, the stereotype of the average meth cook has broken down, but even so, Apo, a name he used to protect his identity, did not fit the mold. He met me in an East Beirut bar in a nicely pressed pink Ralph Lauren shirt. He was well groomed, slightly shy, and had an air of sweetness that didn’t match up with the image of Mickey Rourke in Spun. The “Walter White of Lebanon” had agreed to talk to me now that some time had passed since prison.

Apo was raised 20 minutes outside Beirut. He described himself as “not a perfect student, but good. The best in his family, at least.”  Like so many other Lebanese youth, he continued his education after high school, and began a mechanical engineering degree at a major Lebanese university.

In 2005, two years into his mechanical-engineering degree, Apo’s trajectory changed dramatically. It started with the emergence of the underground party circuit in Beirut. Trance and house broke onto the Lebanese music scene, and as in so many other countries, drugs followed—mostly ecstasy, cocaine, and speed. The scene was centered around smaller nightclubs—“BO18,” an old converted bomb bunker, and “the Basement,” now defunct—as well as larger venues like Forum de Beyrouth and Biel, an event space on the waterfront. Both Apo and a friend of his who asked to be called Sami described it as their favorite moment growing up in Lebanon, a time of naïve youthfulness. They agreed, “Lebanon was banging.”

Apo and his friends spent weekend after weekend chasing girls and raving. But they were curious about the chemicals they were experimenting with. They scoured the web to find out about various combinations of chemicals that made up the pills they were taking, but their interest homed in on a drug that was possible for them to produce. “It was like heaven, ignoring the side effects,” Apo noted when describing his initial impression of meth. “You’re productive, not sleepy, friendly,” he added. A set of insecurities every young adult can relate to.

They started cooking for their friends. It was a cheap alternative to the pricier drugs on the market, and it wasn’t a crowded field. There had been rumors of an Armenian cook who had escaped to Yerevan years before, but apart from that meth was a new phenomenon for Lebanon. Apo told me it took him seven months to master the hang of cooking. They sourced Sudafed from local gym clubs, which sold it as an appetite suppressant. The precursor chemicals, which are hard to source in America, were purchased from the same companies supplying their university laboratories. He and his friends set up makeshift labs wherever they could, but usually in the basement of their parents’ apartment buildings.

One day, Apo and his crew started a cook in one of their parents’ apartments. Half way through the process, everything lit on fire.  It was out of control, and fire spread quickly to the balcony. One of his friends grabbed the fire extinguisher to put it out, but the extinguishing chemicals mixed with the meth fumes, blanketing the entire apartment in thick, white dust. Seconds later, Apo’s friend’s mom walked through the door, astonished. They told her it was a university experiment gone wrong. She bought it.

“It was boys being boys,” Apo told me. “In the beginning it was just, go with the flow.”

Once the gang perfected its cooking method, they gave out product to their closest friends, and partied harder than ever. In a country where youth unemployment is expected, Apo had found his purpose. “It’s an art; you’re painting something.”

His art quickly turned to business. Within seven months, Apo and his crew saw a potential market when friends of friends came knocking. One batch every two weeks turned into two every week. They were happy to be making money, but they were also making addicts, themselves included. “A year of good fun and then paranoia kicks in, a lack of sleep, and you get thin. When you want to sleep, you can’t sleep,” Apo explained. This, in combination with the influx of money, created an atmosphere of distrust among the original friends, who were now no more than greedy partners. What had started as “meth among friends” had become a drug operation that spread beyond Apo’s largely Armenian crew and inadvertently infiltrated the Lebanese party scene. Meth was on the rise in Beirut.

The crew had managed to stay beneath the police radar, but Lebanon is a small country. Unbeknownst to them, one of their customers was also an informant for the police. The informant had kept quiet as long as he was getting his supply. But the partners’ paranoia, driven by a lack of sleep, left them with the feeling the operation was spinning out of control. They started to say no to people. Around the same time, Apo began to understand the depth of his own addiction. He wanted out and headed to a hospital to get clean. Meanwhile, Apo’s partner had cut off the informant, who then headed to the police.

Four days after Apo’s release from the hospital, the cops came knocking. They knew everything. He was tried and convicted, and sent to Rumieh, the largest prison in Lebanon, where he served four years. For a boy brought up within the traditional Lebanese family structure, prison was an adjustment. It took him six months to find his feet. He used Xanax to control his anxiety, but he was determined. “If people throw you in a desert, you just have to survive,” he told me.

Apo was released from prison, still this side of 30. He returned to school, where he is now finishing his bachelor’s degree. He said the police are letting him live a free life and don’t check up on him anymore. He’s not proud of what he’s done, but “it’s definitely a story to tell your kids when they grow up.” He has a new group of friends, but in regard to his old partners, he said, “I still respect them. Shit happens.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tahlequah police officers discovered methamphetamine after stopping a man suspected of shoplifting from Wal-Mart the previous day.

Officer Cory Keele was patrolling late Saturday evening when he saw a vehicle that officers believed was involved in a shoplifting case on Friday. Keele said the truck was moving at a high rate of speed and failed to maintain its lane, so he tried to stop the truck. 5410cd467354a_image

The vehicle continued driving and finally stopped inside an apartment complex. Bradley L. Johnson, 35, was driving the truck and was “very talkative” with “exaggerated” movements, Keele reported.

Johnson told Keele his license had been stolen, and when he tried to retrieve insurance information from the glove box, Johnson’s body tremors sent papers flying inside the vehicle.

After giving Johnson sobriety tests, officers arrested him for driving under the influence of a drug. He refused to take the state’s blood test.

“I went back up to the vehicle to start my inventory process and I noticed a shotgun shell sitting in the driver seat,” Keele said. “The information during the shoplifting investigation that had happened the previous night told us the suspect involved stole a gun tactical light and shotgun shells.”

Officer Thomas Donnell determined Johnson was the suspect from Wal-Mart’s theft, and that the vehicle he was driving was used in the alleged crime.

During a search of the vehicle, Keele also found a a gun tactical light that appeared to be the one taken from Wal-Mart. Behind the driver’s seat, Keele discovered a glass jar with a tube, wrapped in green tape, and containing a white residue inside of it. The substance field-tested positive as methamphetamine. Detectives also responded to inspect the jar and determined it was not part of an active meth lab, but was likely being used as a smoking device.

Johnson was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center and booked for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers also plan to seek warrants against Johnson for the theft case.

Booking records show Johnson was released with a $6,000 bond Monday.

 

 

 

 

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Federal authorities have charged two Missouri women with drug trafficking after a Potter County deputy found 8 pounds of methamphetamine in their rental car during a traffic stop last week.

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The women were charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.

On Sept. 5, a deputy spotted a gray 2014 Chevrolet Camaro convertible traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 and clocked it on radar traveling at 84 mph in a 75 mph speed zone.

The deputy stopped the Camaro and identified the driver as Christine Marie Endsley, 36, and confirmed that the passenger in the vehicle was Danielle Nicole Crider, 25, according to a criminal complaint.

The deputy talked to Endsley, informed her she would receive a warning ticket and directed her to his patrol car.

While interviewing Endsley, the officer noticed that she appeared very nervous and that parts of her story did not make sense, according to a criminal complaint.

The deputy also spoke to Crider about her trip, and her story about the trip differed from Endsley’s account.

The officer again talked to Endsley, and asked her if she had anything illegal in the vehicle.

The officer then named several narcotics by name, and Endsley answered “no” to each item the deputy inquired about.

When the officer asked Endsley if she had any methamphetamine, her answer was spoken under her breath, which was different from her answers to other questions, according to the complaint.

The deputy then asked to search the Camaro, and Endsley refused to permit the search, and began crying.

A canine unit called to the scene alerted on the Camaro, and deputies searched the car.

Inside the vehicle, officers found five packages containing methamphetamine wrapped in black electrical tape. Officers also found two pistols and two large plastic baggies of methamphetamine in a plastic container.

A magistrate set a $30,000 bond for Endsley on Wednesday. The magistrate ordered Crider to remain in custody pending further hearings in the case.

 

 

 

 

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-09-10/women-arrested-drug-trafficking-charges

 

Eleven people, including five members of the same Blenheim family, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday after an undercover police operation.

Seven men and four women appeared in front of justice of the peace David Whyte facing a total of 95 charges, including possession and supply of class A, B, and C drugs, including methamphetamine, ecstasy, cannabis and cannabis oil.

The offences allegedly took place between April and Tuesday this week when police raided seven houses in Marlborough looking for drug activity.

A 16-year-old male was also arrested, but did not appear yesterday.

All of the defendants are charged with participating in an organised criminal group. They did not enter pleas to any of the charges.

The majority of the defendants were calm when they appeared in the dock, supported by family members and friends in the public gallery.

Tyrone Teoti Macdonald, 24, a vineyard worker, shouted for his charges to be read out. “I don’t even know what I’m charged with,” he said.

Rex Brandon Caldwell, 45, who faces 20 charges – the highest tally – said sorry to his mother who could be heard sobbing quietly in the gallery.

The justice of the peace did not have jurisdiction to grant bail to those charged with possession or supply of class A drugs.

He remanded 10 of the accused in custody to reappear in front of a judge on Tuesday next week, while one woman facing a lesser charge of selling cannabis was remanded in custody to reappear on Friday.

The police operation involved 44 Marlborough police staff and a drug detection dog and handler from Christchurch.

Five houses were raided simultaneously in Elizabeth St, Budge St, Scott St and in Picton on Tuesday morning.

A further two houses in Blenheim were searched in the afternoon.

Police believed two neighbouring houses in Elizabeth St had been operating as tinnie houses for some time.

Stolen property was also recovered during the raids.

FACING CHARGES

Rex Brandon Caldwell, 45, faces 20 charges, including offering to supply and supplying methamphetamine and LSD; offering to sell ecstasy and morphine; and offering to sell and selling cannabis.

Jessica Nicola MacDonald, 33, faces five charges, including selling cannabis, possession of a pipe to smoke methamphetamine, and possession of utensils for smoking cannabis.

Tyrone Teoti MacDonald, 22, faces six charges, including selling cannabis, offering to supply methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and utensils, and possession of firearm ammunition.

Sloan Daniel Louis MacDonald, 36, faces 14 charges, including selling, supplying and possession of cannabis; and supplying methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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JACKSON, Miss. — The father of five South Carolina children whose bodies were found in Alabama Tuesday confessed to killing them, then led authorities to their bodies, according to Smith County, Miss., Sheriff Charlie Crumpton.  1410302106000-jones

Authorities found the remains of the five children — ages 1 to 8 — around 3 p.m. on a dirt road off Alabama Highway 10 near the Oak Hillcommunity in Wilcox County, said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett.

Jarrett declined to say how the children were killed.

“It would be premature to speculate,” Jarrett said.

The children, who were found buried in individual garbage bags, were reported missing to the Lexington County (S.C.) Sheriff’s department Sept. 3 by the children’s mother.

The mother, divorced from the children’s father, told South Carolina deputies that she had been unable to contact her ex-husband, Timothy Ray Jones, said Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty. Deputies entered the five children and their father as missing persons on the National Crime Information Center computer database.

The children were last seen with their father, who was their primary legal guardian. Neighbors told deputies that Jones told them he and the children were moving from Lexington to another state.

Jones, 32, was arrested in Mississippi on unrelated charges Saturday. Authorities said they suspected foul play when the children were not with him, according to a release from McCarty.

Jones was stopped Saturday night at a driver’s license checkpoint, Crumpton said. Officers determined that he was under the influence and got him out of the vehicle. When they ran his license, nothing came up, but when they ran his tag, it registered a hit with NCIC.

A deputy found what was believed to be chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and a substance believed to be the street drug Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana, a sheriff’s department press release stated. Then an investigator was summoned to the scene and found what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood and possible body fluids, the release said.

Jones was taken into custody on charges of DUI and possession of a controlled substance, Crumpton said.

Late Tuesday, Lexington County Coroner Earl Wells was arranging to transport the bodies back to South Carolina for autopsies and to positively identify the remains.

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Lexington Sheriff’s Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Jones on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child by a legal custodian, McCarty said. Detectives expected to obtain additional arrest warrants for Jones and return him to South Carolina, he said.

Jarrett said law enforcement would remain at the scene in Alabama for as long as it takes.

“It is going to be a very detailed processing to ensure that the case is as solid as possible,” he said.

In Mississippi, Crumpton expressed relief that the children were found.

“I’m a father of two, and I can’t imagine what goes through a man’s head when he does this. It was a horrible, horrible crime,” Crumpton said. “As tragic as it is — and it’s terribly tragic — at least it didn’t last long. We had to get some closure for their mother.”

 

 

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/09/deputies-seek-5-children-missing-from-sc/15350941/?csp=eMail_DailyBriefing_50246887

 

An enraged California woman was high on meth when she berated and tossed her wheelchair-bound boyfriend to the ground before driving off, prosecutors said.

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Video of the wild incident Sunday went viral, garnering some 1.8 million views on YouTube by Tuesday, after the couple’s Huntington Beach neighbor posted the 70-second clip under the title, “Neighbors from hell.”

Laura Cox, 47, was busted by a Huntington Beach police after she drove off in her white truck following the altercation just before noon Sunday.

“Common weekly occurrence with this insane neighbor,” Sarah Oliver wrote in the video’s description. “She throws things, beats her boyfriend, drives into stuff. All time day and night.”

The video, taken from Oliver’s window, shows the large man, wearing just boxer shorts, sitting in his motorized scooter directly behind the truck. Suddenly, Cox flies out of the driver’s side door, screaming and gesturing wildly.

“Get the f–k out of my way!” she howls in the man’s face as he asks her to calm down.

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Cox begins to punch and kick the truck’s tailgate as she shakes with rage.

Sarah Oliver shows her vantage point for many of her Huntington Beach neighbor’s fights and tirades, including Sunday’s, which she recorded and went viral on YouTube.

“Get out, MOVE!” she yells as she puts down her shoulder and hip checks the man to the ground.

The man flounders and squirms on the ground until he gets up, distraught. Cox, meanwhile, puts the truck in reverse and backs over the motorized scooter.

“My scooter, my scooter! You b—h!” the man is heard wailing on the video, as she drives forward and takes a second run at the scooter, apparently running over the man’s cell phone.

The unidentified man claims he was not assaulted, does not want to press charges and says people should mind their own business instead of watching he and his girlfriend’s domestic disputes.

After her arrest, cops charged Cox with driving under the influence of drugs with a prior conviction, use and under the influence of a controlled substance, domestic violence battery and vandalism under $400, Orange County prosecutors said.

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But the man, who declined to give his name, told KNBC-TV that Cox, his girlfriend of 20 years, should not be charged with assault.

“Do you see a mark on me? Do you see any marks on the scooter? If you actually really look at the video, she bumps me with her hip,” the man told the news station. “I wanted her to stop. I didn’t want her drinking and driving.”

 

 

 

 

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OC Woman Allegedly on Meth Charged With DUI After Viral Video Shows Violent Confrontation

Two days after video was posted to YouTube showing a screaming woman pushing her boyfriend off his electric scooter in a Huntington Beach alley, prosecutors announced criminal charges filed against the woman.

Laura Angela Cox, 47, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of driving under the influence of methamphetamine after the altercation, among other charges.

A neighbor’s video of the fight racked up more than 1.7 million views since it was posted Sunday by Sarah Oliver. It was titled “Neighbors from hell. Huntington Beach, CA.”

Cox was arrested in connection with the video, a Huntington Beach Police Department lieutenant told the Los Angeles Times, which described the victim as Cox’s boyfriend. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said the victim, named only as “John Doe,” was Cox’s roommate.

In the 69-second video, apparently shot from a second-story window, a shirtless man is seen on his electric scooter stopped behind a pickup truck parked in an alley.

“Calm down and relax,” he cries to a woman in the truck’s driver’s seat.

She gets out of the truck, comes running up to him and screams directly into his ear, “Get the f*** out of my way!”

She slaps the truck’s tailgate and then knocks him off the scooter with a shove of her shoulder. He falls onto the concrete. She then gets into the truck and backs the vehicle up, partly running over the scooter.

As she drives away, the man stands up and screams obscenities at her, exclaiming that she broke his scooter.

“I’m calling the police. You’re going to jail,” he shouts as the video ends.

Cox was later stopped by Huntington Beach police. The incident occurred just before noon Sunday, according to the DA’s office. Oliver, who recorded the video, said the fight took place in the 7800 block of Liberty Drive.

Cox was charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of drugs with a prior conviction, use and under the influence of a controlled substance, domestic violence battery, and vandalism under $400.

She faces a sentencing enhancement for a 2013 prior conviction for driving under the influence of drugs. If convicted, Cox faces up to four years in county jail.

She was arraigned Tuesday in Westminster court, where she said she could not make it up the stairs to the courtroom. Cameras were not allowed in the landing area where her hearing was held.

“I fell off, but it had nothing to do with her,” said the man in the video. He spoke outside his girlfriend’s arraignment on Aug. 9, 2014.

Prosecutors had planned to ask that she be held on $20,000 bail. Cox was due to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

“John Doe” did not suffer any “visible” injuries, the DA’s office said.

Outside the courtroom, the man confirmed he was Cox’s boyfriend and told reporters that “nothing happened.”

The alleged victim emphasized that his scooter was working well.

“Do I look injured? Does the scooter look injured?” he said. “All the media is doing, all you guys are doing, is throwing fuel on a fire.”

He conceded he “fell off” his scooter, but said it had “nothing to do with” Cox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JACKSON, Mississippi — An Ocean Springs woman is among 20 people facing federal drug charges in three separate indictments which were unsealed today, according to federal officials.

Stacy Shelwood of Ocean Springs was one of the 20 who have been charged as a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation dubbed “Operation Yeti Ice.”

The operation began targeting the sale of illegal narcotics in the central part of the state. The drug network involved the distribution of over 1000 kilograms of methamphetamine in Mississippi and California.

“The unlawful distribution of controlled substances violates federal law and constitutes a danger to our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis. “This operation evidences the commitment of federal law enforcement to aggressively investigate and prosecute those who, through violation of federal criminal laws, pose a threat to the safety of our communities.

“Through joint law enforcement efforts such as this one, we can make our cities safer for our children and every law abiding citizen. Our thanks go out to the federal, state and local law enforcement officers who contributed to the investigation that led to this prosecution.”

Shelwood, 32, is accused of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Actual Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or more of Actual Methamphetamine.

She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, if convicted.

Sixteen of the 20 indicted, including Shelwood, were arrested Tuesday morning in central Mississippi and in California.

Others charged in the case are (those in bold have not yet been arrested):

  • Rodney Gerald Henderson, 69, of Newton, Miss./Rialto, Calif.
  • Kafien Kidd, 35, of Newton
  • Jennifer Toole Kidd, 30, of Newton
  • Marcos Jones, 35, of Newton
  • Walter Pernillo, 42, of San Bernadino, Calif.
  • Cliff Williams, 36, of Meridian, Miss.
  • Angelina Fortenberry, 38, of Decatur, Miss.
  • Princess Grace, 35, of Meridian
  • Terry Garth, 24, of Meridian
  • Steven Elias Ochoa, 29, of San Bernadino
  • Michael Thomas McLemore, 38, of Pearl, Miss.
  • Jennifer Higgins McLemore, 35, of Pearl
  • Kenneth Waggoner, 46, of Forest, Miss.
  • Christopher Raynard Kidd, 26, of Rialto
  • Ronniee Round, 45, of Conehatta, Miss.
  • Thomas Odell Mason, 55, of Little Rock Miss.
  • Jakeivia Fairley, 24, of Rialto
  • Beatrice Williams McEntee, 56, of Forest
  • Jamie Tavare Thames, 40, of Forest

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Grace, Garth, Waggoner or Kidd is asked to contact their local law enforcement.

Henderson was the apparent “ringleader” of the organization. He is named in all three indictments and is facing a total maximum sentence of life in prison and a $97 million fine. Among the charges against him is Distribution of Actual Methamphetamine which resulted in the death of another.

The suspects are due to be arraigned in federal court on Sept. 11 in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson.

This OCDETF operation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Postal Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Leake County Sherriff’s Office, Madison County Sherriff’s Office, Carthage Police Department, Forest Police Department, Newton County Sherriff’s Office, Lauderdale County Sherriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Richland Police Department, Pearl Police Department, Ridgeland Police Department, and the Jackson Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Chalk.

 

 

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HAMILTON – Two Ravalli County residents were arrested for allegedly possessing methamphetamine with the intention to distribute.

Jodi Ann McKinney, 44, of Victor appeared before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Robin Clute on felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal child endangerment.

Shawn Adam Birch, 21, of Hamilton appeared on the same felony drug counts and misdemeanor charges for possessing marijuana, drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Their arrest was tied to an alleged drug runner who was picked up in Missoula with 3 pounds of methamphetamine, two handguns and $17,000 in her car, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

McKinney allegedly told a sheriff’s detective Sept. 4 that the woman arrested for running drugs had stopped at her home near the Woodside intersection the day before.

The affidavit said a sheriff’s detective had been told by a confidential source a week earlier that McKinney was becoming a large supplier of methamphetamine.

McKinney allegedly told the detective that Birch had been staying at her residence and possessed drugs. She said any drugs or paraphernalia found in her home belonged to other people.

In a search of the residence, officers found a methamphetamine pipe, two bottles of controlled narcotics labeled to other people, a bag containing unknown capsules, digital scales and a baggy of methamphetamine weighing 13.4 grams in McKinney’s bedroom.

The bedroom had a padlock on the door.

The street value for the methamphetamine found in McKinney’s bedroom was between $1,876 and $2,414, court records said.

McKinney told officers that her 8-year-old daughter lives in the house with her.

Clute set bail at $10,000 for McKinney.

Birch was arrested Sept. 4 at the Woodside Town Pump after a deputy learned he had an outstanding arrest for failure to appear.

An affidavit said Birch locked himself in a bathroom stall after the deputy made contact with him. Birch then offered a false name and address.

After some time, officers managed to convince Birch to come out of the stall and he was arrested on the outstanding warrant. While being arrested, a deputy picked up a cigarette box that fell out of Birch’s pocket.

Inside the box, the deputy allegedly discovered a baggie containing methamphetamine.

While being arrested, Birch pulled away as officers attempted to handcuff him. He was eventually placed face down on the trunk of a patrol vehicle until he complied.

Officers allegedly later found that Birch was carrying methamphetamine, hashish and marijuana.

Clute set bail at $50,000 for Birch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two men were arrested on drug charges while eating pizza they retrieved from a dumpster in LaFayette, police said.

The arrested occurred about 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, outside Little Caesar’s restaurant at 904 N. Main St. in LaFayette.

According to LaFayette police Capt. Stacey Meeks, officer Ryan Wilson saw a 2002 Jaguar X-type passenger vehicle parked next to Little Caesar’s dumpster.

Wilson assumed the people were possibly dumpster-diving and decided to investigate, Meeks said.

The driver was 60-year-old Leonard Parker Cook and the passenger was 34-year-old Jeremy Keith Scott, both of LaFayette.

Asked what the two men were doing, Cook and Scott said they were eating pizzas they found in the dumpster.

The police were familiar with Scott from the past and both men gave consent to search them and the vehicle.

Police found a small black bag in the driver’s side compartment area that contained four small bags of methamphetamine, methamphetamine residue, several syringes, a spoon with methamphetamine residue, and cotton balls.

The items tested positive for methamphetamine. Neither man claimed responsibility, so both were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.

 

 

 

 

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A 75-year-old Santa Rosa woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of bringing methamphetamine into the Sonoma County Jail, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Vivian Muscat reportedly stashed the drugs in a locker while she was at the jail to pick up an inmate who was getting released, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cecile Focha.

While in the lobby, Muscat was spotted putting an item inside the locker, Focha said. When asked, she voluntarily gave up the key. About six grams of meth were found in a glass container.

Muscat was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. She posted bail and was released pending a court appearance, Focha said.

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As drugstore chains in West Virginia take steps to limit sales of cold medications that fuel methamphetamine labs, meth cooks have found ways to circumvent the restrictions, according to speakers at a Tuesday symposium on the clandestine labs.

Meth makers thwart new store limits on medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient, by hiring friends and relatives to buy the products, panel members said.

“They get around the system,” said Tonya Cobb, a former meth addict. “They hire so many people — their cousins, their friends. They come back with five, six, seven boxes.”

Also, meth cooks are now buying cold medications that combine pseudoephedrine with other ingredients, after pharmacies stopped selling products, such as Sudafed 12 Hour, that solely contain the decongestant, the panelists said.

“Claritin-D is becoming the product of choice,” said Brad Henry, a Charleston doctor. “As we tighten the chains and have many drugstores going to the single-ingredient product, [meth makers] are going to find the next easiest product.”

Over the past year, Rite Aid, CVS, Fruth Pharmacy and Walgreens stores in West Virginia stopped carrying cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Meth makers typically prefer the single-ingredient medicines because they yield potent meth without byproducts.

However, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has reported that 70 percent of people recently arrested for meth crimes bought products, such as Claritin-D, Advil-D and Zyrtec-D, which combine pseudoephedrine with antihistamines and pain relievers.

Cobb said the multi-ingredient products can easily be made into meth.

“We took anything we could get: the combo or the single,” she recalled. “It’s just a different breakdown process.”

Cobb and Henry joined a drug detective and an aide to Sen. Joe Manchin for a “Stop Meth Labs Policy Session” Tuesday at the Culture Center in Charleston. The panel was part of a conference sponsored by an anti-poverty group called Our Children, Our Future.

Lt. Chad Napier, a Charleston police investigator, said meth lab seizures take time away from officers who are battling West Virginia’s problem with prescription drugs and heroin. West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the nation.

Napier supports a proposal that would require people to get a prescription before they can buy pseudoephedrine. In February, the state Senate passed a bill that would make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, but the House of Delegates gutted the bill, which died the last night of the session.

“If legislators would get our backs and help law enforcement with meth labs, then we can throw all of our resources to what’s devastating the state: the prescription pill problem, which has led to the heroin problem,” Napier said.

Last year, West Virginia law enforcement agencies seized 533 meth labs, a record number. This year, officers are on pace to bust about 400 meth labs, a 25 percent decrease.

Pseudoephedrine sales declined by a similar percentage, after drugstores in West Virginia restricted purchases.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a bill that stopped property owners from tapping the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund for meth lab cleaning costs. A flood of meth claims was gutting the fund.

Jennifer Rhyne, who runs a meth lab cleanup company, said some landlords are now reluctant to report meth contamination because the state no longer reimburses them for cleanup costs. 

“It’s like, ‘I didn’t see it, I didn’t see it,’” Rhyne said of landlords who don’t disclose meth labs and won’t pay out of their own pockets to clean them. “The homes are now all going back to the bank.”

A group called the West Virginia Intervention on Meth Labs Committee is renewing its push to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine. Only two states — Oregon and Mississippi — have prescription laws. The number of meth labs has dropped significantly in those states.

The group notes that drugstores now sell tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine products, such as Nexafed and Zephrex-D, which can’t easily be cooked into meth. Those products would be exempt from the prescription requirement.

“Sudafed is a cold medication. It doesn’t cure anything,” Henry said. “It doesn’t make you get any better any faster. Nobody’s going to die without Sudafed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140909/GZ01/140909215/1101

 

Six people are in custody after a multi-residence methamphetamine investigation today in Arcata, according to authorities.

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Arcata Police Department Detective Sgt. Todd Dokweiler said the department served two search warrants, one on the 1500 block of Hilfiker Drive and the other on the 2500 block of Cropley Way.

“The warrants are based on drug sales, and these are two places that we’ve had a lot of ongoing complaints from,” Dokweiler said. “The focus of these warrants is on methamphetamine and heroin.”

Officers found methamphetamine and paraphernalia consistent with methamphetamine and heroin use, a release states.

Hallucinogenic drugs and growing opium poppies were located and seized from the Cropley home and a stolen firearm was recovered at the Hilfiker home, according to police.

While APD is leading the investigation, Dokweiler said they’re receiving assistance from the Humboldt State University Police Department and are using a K-9 from the District Attorney’s Office.

City of Arcata Building Inspectors responded to the Hilfiker home for numerous Arcata Municipal Code violations, according to a release.

The APD released the following arrests:

John Goodrich, 55, of Arcata: 11377 Health & Safety-Possession of a Controlled Substance

Shane Goodrich, 28, of Arcata: 1364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1203.2 Penal Code-Violation of Probation

Casey Goodrich, 26, of Arcata: 11364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Nichole Thorpe, 20, of Arcata: 11364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1203.2 Penal Code-Violation of Probation

Robbie Simpson, 36, of Arcata: 11364.1 Health & Safety-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 11377 Health & Safety-Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1203.2 Penal Code-Violation of Probation, 30305 Penal Code-Felon in Possession of Ammunition

Travis Maring, 38, of Arcata: Penal Code-Possession of Stolen Property

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.times-standard.com/breakingnews/ci_26498084/meth-heroin-bust-underway-arcata

 

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers made a large seizure last Friday.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, the seizure was made around 1 p.m. Friday when a female driver applied for entry at a primary inspection station.

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An officer noted several issues during the primary exam and the vehicle and driver were referred to secondary for a detailed examination.

We’re told the vehicle was scanned with an X-ray system and officers spotted anomalies in the passenger side firewall of the vehicle.

After closer examination, officers found a trap door leading to a non-factory compartment containing seven methamphetamine-filled bundles.

The driver, 43-year-old Maria Lourdes Salinas de Garcia, who is a citizen of Mexico, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HIS agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

 

 

 

 

http://www.newswest9.com/story/26488426/16-pounds-of-methamphetamine-seized-at-presidio-port-of-entry

 

Police have arrested a woman following an undercover sting for selling meth — the same woman who had meth placed underneath her car in a criminal conspiracy in 2012 after she claimed a Murray County magistrate judge had propositioned her.

Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said Angela Garmley, 40, of 4129 Brown Bridge Road S.E., was arrested Tuesday at the Wal-Mart on Shugart Road on a warrant arising from an undercover drug investigation in July when Garmley sold meth to an informant at the Wal-Mart on East Walnut Avenue.

The investigation was a joint effort between Dalton Police and the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Frazier said.

In July 2012, Garmley accused former Murray County magistrate judge Bryant Cochran of asking sexual favors from her in return for making a favorable ruling on a case. In August 2012, she was arrested on meth charges but told deputies she was set up. A metal tin filled with meth was found underneath her car during a traffic stop by a deputy of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office. A federal investigation revealed the deputy, a sheriff’s office captain who is Cochran’s cousin and a tenant of Cochran conspired to set Garmley up in that instance.

Garmley’s attorney, McCracken Poston, said Tuesday it was a surprise to hear she has been arrested again on meth charges. He added that during the last two years he has received several reports that law enforcement personnel are targeting Garmley.

“Since that period, we have understood from a number of sources that various agencies in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit have been offering to suspects leniency if they would ‘set up’ (Garmley) with a drug sale,” he said. “It appears from this arrest that someone trying to better their own circumstances has attempted to do this.”

Poston said although he has yet to see the evidence, this appears to be an attempt to help Cochran, who is under federal indictment, and “make everyone feel that it would be fine to not hold him accountable.”

“Either way it turns out, it is a sad day for justice in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit,” Poston said.

Former sheriff’s office captain Michael Henderson pleaded guilty in March 2013 in federal court to obstruction in the 2012 arrest of Garmley. Henderson is Cochran’s cousin and was fired in 2012 for lying to investigators.

 

Former deputy Joshua Lamar Greeson, who stopped Garmley’s car in the 2012 incident, pleaded guilty in April 2013 to false statements. He was fired in 2012 for lying to investigators.

C.J. Joyce, a tenant of Cochran’s, pleaded guilty in June 2013 and admitted to planting meth on Garmley’s car.

Cochran, who resigned in the summer of 2012, was indicted in May of this year in connection with the conspiracy, including for “sexually assaulting a county employee, for framing a woman who alleged that she had been sexually propositioned by Cochran, and for tampering with a witness,” according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office. He has pleaded not guilty.

Poston said he hopes members of local law enforcement are not letting the “Brotherhood of the Badge” influence their activities.

“I look forward to seeing the evidence in this matter, and will remind everyone that Ms. Garmley maintains her innocence until the outcome of this matter,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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