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B9316975142Z_1_20150414115745_000_GIEAGJMPA_1-0A West Monroe man was arrested early Tuesday after Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies located a bag containing methamphetamine, Viagra and syringes under his front seat.

Deputies found Kevin Lewis parked after hours at Cheniere Lake Area No. 1 and was given consent to search his vehicle.

A black Crown Royal bag was located beneath the driver’s seat. It contained plastic bags that held 2 1/2 tablets of Viagra, four syringes and four small clear plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Desiree Day was also with Lewis at the time of the arrest. Deputies found a plastic bag containing five suspected Suboxone tablets inside Day’s purse.

Lewis were booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug (Viagra).

Day was booked for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – More than nine kilos of high-grade methamphetamine with a potential retail value of over $1 million, eight pounds of marijuana, and numerous weapons including an AR/15 assault rifled were seized during an investigation into a drug trafficking network operating in Louisiana and California.

The methamphetamine seizure is the largest in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to United States Attorney Walt Green.

The operation also resulted in a federal grand jury indictment against nine individuals. If convicted, these defendants face significant terms of imprisonment, fines and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity.

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, of Baton Rouge is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Alexander P. Nava, age 45, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and forfeiture.

Lori Lee Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, age 25, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Gregory John Landry, age 39, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, age 36, of Breaux Bridge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Roy Martin Herrera Romero, age 38, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; distribution of marijuana; and forfeiture.

Mervin Ronald Spencer, age 24, of Baton Rouge, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, age 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; and forfeiture.

“We will continue to meet the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations by working tirelessly with our excellent federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue drug dealers. I greatly appreciate the great work of the agents and prosecutors in this important investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Green.

“We are proud to be part of the combined efforts of all of the participating agencies in the Task Force, and I would like to personally congratulate them on their efforts in this outstanding case,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “I am extremely proud of my deputies and the contributions that they were able to make on a case of such magnitude. As Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, I pledge to continue to work with our federal, state and local partners to combat illegal narcotics and make our community a safer place to live. This case is a prime example of the results that can be achieved when we have the level of cooperation exhibited by this Task Force. I would like to thank the DEA for facilitating the Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana for their unwavering support of not only this office, but for all law enforcement agencies in our region.”

Case of Methamphetamine trafficking network operating in California and Louisiana results in 9 indictments

A federal grand jury indictment, according to United States Attorney Walt Green for the Middle District of Louisiana, involving several men operating a drug trafficking network in Louisiana and California, was unsealed this week.

As part of Operation Armageddon, agents executed federal search warrants that resulted in the seizure of more than nine kilograms of high-grade methamphetamine with a potential retail value of more than $1 million, eight pounds of marijuana, and various weapons, including an AR/15 assault rifle.

The methamphetamine seizure, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, is the largest in the history of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, which was one of the participating agencies.

Nine individuals were indicted on drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses.

Oscar Machado-Galeana, 32, and Alexander P. Nava, 45, both of Baton Rouge, were both indicted on a laundry list of charges including: possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine; heroin and marijuana; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine; four counts of distribution of fifty grams or more of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; distribution of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and forfeiture.

Devin Joel Martin, 25; Lori Lee Landry, 39; Gregory John Landry, 39; Roy Martin Herrera Romero, 38 and Mervin Ronald Spencer, 24; who are all of Baton Rouge were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Victor Hugo Sandoval-Quinonez, 36, of Breaux Bridge, was also charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; and forfeiture.

Marco Antonio Lopez-Sandoval, 20, of California, is charged with conspiracy.

If convicted, these individuals face significant terms of imprisonment, fines, and the forfeiture of proceeds from the illegal activity.

LANCASTER — A mother of seven could spend more than a decade behind bars after officers say she was cooking meth in a room where her children sleep.

Officers were executing a search warrant at Sara Sells’ Reese Avenue home Tuesday morning when they say they stumbled on a “shake and bake” methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Agents with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation came out to remove the lab that they say was currently reacting in a bedroom full of children’s clothing. Officers arrested Sara and Craig Sells, who were inside the home, and charged them with child endangering, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals.

They also removed three of Sells’ children, who were also inside the house at the time.

State agents say the case is adding to an ongoing epidemic involving meth busts in Ohio. In 2008, slightly more than 100 meth labs were reported to the state. That number jumped to more than 1,000 in 2014.








7458575_GGREAT FALLS – James Antonio Amato has been charged in Great Falls after police say that he was caught with 114 grams of methamphetamine.

A police affidavit states that on Saturday, April 11th, Amato was pulled over for a traffic stop. During a routine safety search, a police officer noticed something “crunchy” stuffed inside Amato’s pants.

An officer then removed approximately a quarter-pound of meth from inside Amato’s underwear. Amato confirmed that it was meth, and a field test identified the substance as meth.

Amato told officers that he went out of town to pick up the meth, and stated that he was bringing it back to Great Falls to “give to other people.”

Court documents state that the the street value of the meth was approximately $15,000, and that Amato is “more than just a street level dealer.”

Amato has been charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors have requested that bond for Amato be set at $100,000.

MARION COUNTY, Fla. –  A 43-year-old man has been arrested after he tried to kill another man who allegedly “snitched” on him to get out of prison, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.Neil-Elder-jpg

Deputies arrived April 5 at The Villages Regional Hospital on El Camino Real to investigate an attempted homicide.

The victim spoke with authorities while being operated on by doctors to stop the bleeding from his arm where he had been stabbed by Neil Elder, according to the arrest report.

Elder possibly had four active warrants for his arrest, deputies said.

The victim told deputies his friend took him to the home of Elder’s girlfriend to explain to Elder he did not “snitch” on anyone when he was sent to prison.

The victim said when he arrived at the home, he told his friend to stay in the vehicle. When the victim entered the home he noticed Elder cooking meth inside the living room around a child, according to the arrest report.

Deputies said the victim told Elder he should not be cooking meth around a child. Elder then became angry and began yelling at the victim, saying he snitched to get out of prison, there was a hit out on him and he was going to kill him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Elder began cutting the victim on the hand and then his left arm, causing a large laceration. Deputies said the victim ran out of the home to get away from Elder, who dropped the knife, picked up a baseball bat and began to chase him.

Once Elder caught up with the victim, Elder told him he was going to make him suffer in pain before he killed him, deputies said. Elder then struck the victim with the baseball bat.

The victim was able to get away from Elder by entering the vehicle where the victim’s friend was waiting, who then quickly drove off, taking the victim to the hospital, deputies said.

Doctors at the hospital told deputies the victim’s injuries were life-threatening. The doctors said the victim lost blood and could also be suffering from a fractured shoulder, deputies said.

Elder was later found and arrested Tuesday for attempted murder, deputies said. He was given no bond.

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. — Community service workers found and got rid of 140 one-pot meth labs in LaGrange County over the weekend, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon.

The bottles can be all different sizes, with powder, crystal or liquid inside.

The department says if you find a bottle that looks like it has been burned, or has a substance inside that looks it shouldn’t belong, do not pick it up, kick it or shake it.

Call the police and allow trained authorities to discard them. As you are doing your spring cleaning this year, please be on the lookout for meth related items.10647128_863352937064018_5652133561315060868_n

If you come in contact with a bottle that appears to be burned or have a substance inside of it that does not appear to be soda or whatever would normally be inside of the type of bottle, call and have trained authorities handle it. If it is smoking make sure to stand away from it and call the police, it could explode. DO NOT PICK UP THE BOTTLE. AND DO NOT KICK IT OR SHAKE IT.

There also could be meth trash inside of trash bags. If you come in contact with bags that are double or triple knotted and you can see bottles inside of them, do not open the bags.

Remember if it’s suspicious then do not touch it and call your local police. Dispatch’s number for LaGrange County is (260) 463-7491. Please share with your friends and family so everyone is aware. And please be careful.–299746861.html

Danielsville police recently arrested three “squatters” — including one who is suspected of hitting a Clarke County school bus and fleeing — on drug charges.

The suspects were arrested at a condemned house on Hillwood Drive last Thursday, where a search turned up methamphetamine and other drugs, according to Danielsville Police Chief Brenan Baird.

Leslie Ann Ankerich, 26, of Wildflower Drive, Braselton, and William S. Cowart, 22, of Buddy Moore Road, Colbert, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, while Courtney Nicole Davis, 18, of Woodstone Drive, Athens, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Cowart, who was also charged with possessing Lortab and Adderall, is suspected of driving a car that rear-ended a school bus on Spring Valley Road in Athens-Clarke County on April 8, then leaving the scene, Baird said. There were no injuries in the wreck. Cowart “said he left because he had drugs and he didn’t have a license,” Baird said. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Police and probation officers went to the condemned Danielsville house to make sure people known to be there were moving out, Baird said.

“They were basically squatters, they were not renters,” he said.

Two others at the house were allowed to leave, he said.

A Colbert man was sentenced recently in Madison County Superior Court to 20 years in prison for sex crimes.

74 Buddy Moore Road, was sentenced to 20 years confinement for aggravated assault with intent to rape (reduced from rape) and 20 years confinement for child molestation (reduced from statutory rape). He was also sentenced to two years confinement for possession of methamphetamine. Charges of incest, theft by taking and two counts of obstruction of officers were disposed of through nolle prosequi, meaning the charges won’t be prosecuted now but could be later.

JAKARTA – A Japanese man who is on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking and faces the death penalty if convicted said Tuesday he plans to donate his organs to needy Indonesians if he is executed, as his earlier plan to donate them to a Japanese university may no longer materialize.

Masaru Kawada, 73, from Aichi Prefecture, was arrested at Minangkabau International Airport in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang on Nov. 22 after customs officials found 2.35 kg of methamphetamine in his luggage.

On Tuesday, Kawada told the court in Pariaman, about 50 km from Padang, that he did not know he was carrying methamphetamine when he was arrested at the airport.

“I was shocked when I arrived in Padang and was arrested,” he said.

The indictment said a man identified as Edward Mark called Kawada at his home in Japan last November and asked him to travel to Macau and that Mark paid for his air tickets and accommodations in Hong Kong and gave him $500 in travel expenses.

Kawada told Kyodo News in an interview last week that a Chinese woman he met in Macau asked him to carry a bag to a friend in Padang. The drugs were later found in that bag.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Kawada said he had checked the bag and did not find anything suspicious.

He said he only realized he was carrying methamphetamine after customs officials in Padang arrested him and confiscated it. He flew to Padang from Macau via Kuala Lumpur.

Kawada’s trial was adjourned until April 28 to hear the sentence the prosecutors are seeking. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

In a will written in Indonesian and Japanese, Kawada said: “If I’m found guilty by the judicial panel and am sentenced to five years in jail or even more, I will surely be unable to return to Japan and most probably, I’ll die in Indonesia.”

MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors have taken into custody a U.S. woman and a Mexican man who were allegedly caught driving a sport utility vehicle with 25 gallons (94 liters) of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank.

The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that the couple was detained on a highway in the northern border state of Sonora following a tip to police. The office said they have been taken to prisons pending drug trafficking charges.

The office says the couple departed Culiacan, Sinaloa, and was driving to Los Angeles.

It did not identify either of the two suspects.

Smugglers have attempted to bring liquid methamphetamine into the United States in tequila bottles and windshield-washer containers.

mustangs11Five people were arrested after a brawl in the parking lot of a Cantonment bar that injured two people and a deputy.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was on patrol and in the parking lot next to Mustangs North in the 600 block of Highway 95A North about 11:30 Saturday night when he observed a large fight involving approximately 30 people in the bar’s parking lot.

He arrived to find two victims down and bleeding from their injuries. The situation quickly grew out of control as more intoxicated individuals exited the bar into the the parking lot, causing the deputy to call for multiple backups units.

Deputies said they placed 38-year old Billy Monroe Edwards under arrested after he began cussing them and became aggressive, followed by 45-year old Lorraine Cassady Fox who was also aggressive and would not follow orders.

Then an intoxicated 36-year old Amanda Ginette Rutherford ran toward a deputy, throwing a full can of beer and hitting him hard enough in the face to cause the can to “explode”, the report states.mustangs12

Witnesses said the fight started when 30-year old Jenni Marie Michanowicz and an unknown male subject attacked and injured a male and female in the parking lot. She told deputies she was first attacked by the female victim.

A fifth suspect, 49-year old Darren Nelson Kersey, was arrested after deputies said he continued to argue with them about arresting Michanowicz.

At the Escambia County Jail, detention deputies reported that they found powered cocaine, a clear bag containing methamphetamine, a glass pipe for smoking meth and an Adderall tablet in Michanowicz’s purse. Michanowicz was charged with two counts of battery, resisting an officer without violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $29,000 bond.

Rutherford was charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer, felony aggravated battery on an officer, felony resisting an officer with violence, felony inciting or encouraging an affray or riot and disorderly public intoxication. She was released from jail on a $23,000 bond.

Edwards, Kersey and Fox were charged with disorderly pubic intoxication and resisting an officer without violence. Each was released from the Escambia County Jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

The male victim who was knocked unconscious in the parking lot refused medical treatment. The female victim was transported by Escambia County EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital with multiple injuries, including a possibly broken nose.









SANDUSKY, Ohio — A Sandusky teen has been arrested after police found her with a mobile meth lab.sidney%20simcox

19-year-old Sidney Simcox was located by Perkins Township police after a citizen called in a driving complaint on a vehicle. That vehicle had been stolen and Simcox was found inside.

As Simcox was being arrested, officers realized there were components of a mobile methamphetamine lab inside the vehicle, making the arrest a little dangerous.

Officers from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrived on the scene a short time later to confirm the ingredients were for meth production. They then successfully dismantled the lab.

Simcox was arrested and is being held in the Erie County Jail on several charges.

FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville woman police was arrested on charges Friday after police said they found drugs on her when she arrived at the Washington County Jail.

Police stopped Shana Perry, 23, who was driving a moped near College Avenue and Township Street at 10:49 a.m. Friday because they said she was texting while driving. They said she gave them a false name. She later told officers she’d given a false name because of a probation violation, according to arrest records.

Officers asked Perry if she had any illegal drugs on her and warned her that taking drugs to jail would be a felony charge of furnishing prohibited articles. After arriving at the Washington County Detention Center she said she had a bag of marijuana in her bra. A gram of marijuana was found.

Officers requested a strip search, and deputies discovered a bag in Perry’s rectum. She told police it had between a quarter to half gram of methamphetamine. Deputies also found a second bag they said contained 0.75 grams of methamphetamine.

Perry was arrested in connection with violation of probation or a suspended sentence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony furnishing prohibited articles, tampering with physical evidence, texting while driving, obstructing government operations, driving on a suspended or revoked license, resisting arrest and no proof of insurance.

She was being held Sunday in the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — A St. Joseph County woman is facing multiple drug charges after a tip led to police discovering a methamphetamine lab and marijuana in her home, according to a press release from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers with St. Joseph County Area Narcotics executed a search warrant Monday on a home in the 60000 block of Constantine Road after receiving information that meth was being produced in the home.

Once inside, police discovered a meth lab and marijuana, among other controlled substances.

A 54-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld pending arraignment, was taken into custody and lodged in the St. Joseph County Jail on charges of operating/maintaining a meth lab, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and operating/maintaining a drug house.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact SCAN at 269-467-9045 ext. 245.

NEWTON, Iowa —An Iowa woman was arrested and charged after a 1-year-old child tested five times higher for meth than she did, according to court records.lrhwp0d9q78g2o2238ojtslkzt966rg

Now, police are crediting an apartment property manager and neighbors for sounding the alarm when they spotted a potentially dangerous environment for the baby.

Newton police issued an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Vanessa Trotter on March 27. Two weeks later, a detective pulled her over on an outer road along Highway 14 near I-80.

Police discovered a makeshift pipe inside her car.

Stephanie Jones lives next door to Trotter and said it was difficult to keep her three kids sheltered from the late-night activity.

“You never knew what you were going to walk up the stairs to,” she said.

The suspicious activity got so bad here, the apartment manager called the Iowa Department of Human Services months ago.jtjlixft7kaqbfncf5slfq09t62gbhf

According to court documents obtained by KCCI, the 1-year-old boy Trotter was caring for tested positive for meth.

In fact, his results hit five times higher than Trotter’s.

Newton Police Interim Chief Rob Burdess called the case disturbing and is crediting the property manager and neighbors for saving the child.

“Oftentimes, it is the neighbors and the family members and the property managers that see that type of activity because law enforcement is not in the complex 24/7,” Burdess said.

“I think that the kid has a better chance now of having a good life. It was really, really despicable what they did. That child should not have been subjected to that at all,” Jones said.

Neighbors and the property manager told KCCI Trotter is the child’s mother, but police could not confirm Monday night.

Newton police have also arrested Trotter’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Cody Sanders, for child endangerment.

NEWTON, Iowa — Newton police have arrested a 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend after a toddler tested positive for methamphetamine.

Court documents say test results for the 1-year-old boy who the woman cared for showed he had five times more meth in his system than the woman did.

KCCI-TV reports the woman’s 27-year-old boyfriend was arrested for child endangerment.

The Newton interim police chief says he credits neighbors and an apartment property manager for alerting authorities to the child’s welfare.–Child-Endangerment-Arrests/

Roger Hettinger, 42,CEDAR RAPIDS — A Manchester man has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to charges of importing pseudoephedrine from Canada to Iowa to make meth and possessing 16 firearms and four gun silencers as a drug user.

Roger Hettinger, 42, is charged with conspiracy to import pseudoephedrine, importation of pseudoephedrine, possession of pseudoephedrine, possession of unregistered firearm silencers and possession of firearms by an unlawful drug user, according to the indictment unsealed last week.

Hettinger is accused of importing pseudoephedrine, commonly used in cold and allergy pills, with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine in June through December of last year, according to the indictment. He is accused of possessing pseudoephedrine on Jan. 12 with the intent to manufacture meth.

Hettinger, as an unlawful user of methamphetamine, is accused of possessing 16 firearms including .22 caliber revolvers, 9 mm pistols, 12-gauge shotguns, .22 caliber rifles and a ,44 magnum rifle on Jan. 12, according to the indictment. Hettinger also had possession of four unregistered silencers.

Prosecutors also filed a forfeiture allegation for the weapons, silencers and ammunition.

Hettinger, who remains in custody, faces a June 8 trial.

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Police responding to a domestic violence report at a Plainfield store found a mobile meth lab in the 7452171_Gparking lot.

Officers were called to the store at 2372 E. Main Street shortly after 6 p.m. Monday when a caller reported a man was striking a woman in the parking lot. The caller provided a description of the vehicle and license plate number.7451912_G

An officer located the vehicle, occupied by 38-year-old Steven Bailey of Terre Haute and, through investigation, learned of the meth lab inside the vehicle. They discovered the mobile meth lab after securing a warrant.

State police were then called to the scene to manage the lab.

Bailey was arrested and faces preliminary charges including domestic violence, possession of precursors and possession of methamphetamine.

CASA GRANDE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) – A man stopped for a traffic violation ended up in jail after authorities found a stash of methamphetamine inside his vehicle.7449583_G

Officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said they discovered 55 bundles of meth on the vehicle’s back seat after pulling the motorist over Sunday along Interstate 10 near Casa Grande.

The meth, weighing 43 pounds, has a street value of around $160,000, DPS said.

The investigation was referred to the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Armenian customs official say that have confiscated 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine at the Meghri border crossing between Iran and Armenia hidden in a suitcase belonging to a citizen of Iran.59625

The market value of the drugs is estimated at close to US $500,000.

No date for the seizure was given.

Armenian’s finance ministry also claims to have recently seized 62 grams of an opium like substance at the Meghri border crossing that was hidden in the belongings of another Iranian citizen.$500000-in-methamphetamine-at-iranian-border.html

SEATTLE — Police suspect a man was using meth Saturday night when he decided to break into a University District apartment complex, take off all his clothes and hide in a small storage unit.

The manager of an apartment building in the 4200 block of Brooklyn Avenue NE call police at around 9 p.m. to complain that a stranger had somehow entered the secure building and was hanging out in a storage area.

Police arrived soon after the call and found the man, who by this time was completely naked, inside the storage area. The naked man refused to come out, and officers eventually had to remove him by force. After a brief struggle, police arrested the man.

During the scuffle, police say the man bit an officer’s thumb. The officer was wearing gloves at the time and the bite didn’t break the skin, according to police.

The man, who has not been identified, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary, assault, possession of stolen property and drug possession. Police say he had more than 25 grams of meth on him, though it’s unclear where he was keeping it.

635644564529640550-Rocky-Byrd-MugshotHARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Detectives are trying to sort out details in a domestic violence case that ended in gun fire.

Rocky Byrd is charged with shooting his son Tad Byrd after police say the father had been on a meth binge for 6 days.

Deputies had to use a crisis negotiator to get Byrd to give himself up.

He’s facing attempted murder, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness.

Byrd is currently booked at the Harrison County Jail.

It’s good news and bad news for Rome and Floyd County in the battle to curb methamphetamine labs here.

First, the good news: the efforts of law enforcement to find and destroy home-grown meth-cooking operations of significant size in this area have been very successful. That, combined with stricter regulation and monitoring of ingredients used by labs, has caused a decline in local meth production.

Now users have gravitated to the “one pot cook method,” says Barry McElroy, assistant commander of the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force. This involves making a small quantity of meth in a soft drink bottle and then tossing the bottle away. In the past two years, McElroy’s unit has been called to the sites of no more than two labs and they were not full-sized, active operations.

The home-grown labs are very dangerous, setting up a scenario for damaging, life-threatening explosions. Says McElroy: “People can drop dead just from breathing in the gases produced when it’s cooked.” On top of that, a meth lab can contaminate an entire house and the ground outside if it is used for dumping chemicals. So toxic is the meth-cooking process that the best solution for a contaminated house is to demolish it.

The bad news is that Mexico is more than taking up the slack in local meth output. As McElroy reports: “The Mexican cartels are flooding this area with cheap meth, and people are buying that.” Mexico has numerous large labs and easy access to ingredients. As a result, “Mexican meth seems to have killed the need for labs around here,” the Task Force officer explains.

The same thing is happening across the country. Mexican drug cartels are suspected of producing up to 90 percent of the meth available in this country and shipping it across the border — together with other drugs including cocaine and marijuana, according to the former chief of global enforcement for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dave Gaddis. The U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego, California, reported that seizures of methamphetamine jumped 43 percent in fiscal 2014, accounting for about 48 percent of all the meth seized by the Patrol nationwide.

Nationwide, there is a dwindling supply of homegrown meth because of more effective law enforcement. Yet even when such labs were cooking at a much higher level around the country, officers would find only 10 ounces to 16 ounces of meth at a time. Contrast that with Mexico, where the cartel manufactures 500 kilos at a time.

It probably means more bad news. Former DEA officer Gaddis says if prices go down as a result of the market being flooded, “because of the nature and violence of that particular drug, we’re going to see emergency room visitations increase” as will drug overdoses and homicides.

And that means our law enforcement officers will be facing new challenges in coping with more widespread trafficking in one of the worst drugs ever made. This is a time for vigilance not only by law enforcement officers but by the public, which must play an active role in informing authorities about any activities involving the sale or use of illegal drugs.

SANDWICH, Mass. — Cape Cod firefighters have checked several propane tanks recently over concerns they were damaged by ammonia in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said Sunday no evidence of ammonia was found in three tanks analyzed Saturday and there’s no indication of a widespread problem.

Sandwich fire Capt. James Huska tells the Cape Cod Times a propane company reported the suspicious tanks Saturday, one at a hardware store and two at convenience stores. A hazardous materials team and a state bomb squad were called to help.

Yarmouth firefighters checked two tanks last weekend.

Fire departments say meth manufacturers can use up propane, then store anhydrous ammonia in the tanks. That can weaken them, causing a danger of explosion.

Coan said he’s meeting with experts Monday to determine what’s causing the tanks to look suspicious.

motorcyclesAMARILLO, TEXAS — On Sunday, the Panhandle Mothers Against Methamphetamine group held a ride across Amarillo to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and drug addiction.

The event titled “Hoods to Handlebars” was held  at the Tripp’s Harley Davidson Store. Motorcycle riders started in Amarillo and traveled to Bushland, Canyon, and then back to Amarillo for a rally.

This is the third year the organization has held the motorcycle ride.

All proceeds from the event go toward aiding with counseling and buying educational materials to help the group’s future efforts.

“It helps to purchase books, pamphlets, make videos, that we can take out to our other organizations to talk about the struggles of Methamphetamine,” said MAMas board member, Zane Watts.

“Education is most important if you have small children, start educating them right now. Put them on the internet. Tell them what these drugs do to them and that this can happen to them,” said MAMas executive board member,” Jody Jones.

To learn more about the Panhandle MAMas group, click here.

Three people, two of them corrections officers, face felony methamphetamine charges after arrests by the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.Brandon D. Inghram, left, Sarahbelle J. Stafford and Timothy R. Winters

On April 8, sheriff’s detectives conducting a drug investigation allegedly saw 27-year-old Timothy R. Winters, of Hambden Township, trying to hide a “one pot” methamphetamine lab at 15720 Pioneer Road in Huntsburg Township, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

After getting a search warrant, detectives allegedly found four “one pot” labs in the home, the release stated.

Winters and Brandon D. Inghram, 24, of Huntsburg, were arrested and charged with second-degree felony illegal manufacturing of drugs, according to the release.

Sarah B. Stafford, 27, of Dorset Township in Ashtabula County, also was arrested and charged with second-degree felony complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs, according to the release.

Winters and Stafford are employed as corrections officers at the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, the release stated.

Lake Erie is privately owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. A call to the warden of the institution was not immediately answered.