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Border Patrol agents seized three bundles of methamphetamine that had been hidden in a bus toilet Monday during one of the two investigations that day that turned up almost 16 pounds of the drug.

During a traffic stop at the Highway 86 checkpoint at 4:30 a.m., agents searching the commercial bus found a plastic bag containing three bundles of methamphetamine wrapped in tape hidden in the bus’s toilet.

The bundles contained 6 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $60,000.

Agents were unable to determine who put the drugs in the toilet and turned the investigation over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Later in the day, drug-sniffing dogs alerted to a Nissan Sentra being driven through the same checkpoint by a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen.

During further investigation of the car, agents found nine packages of methamphetamine wrapped in black tape and hidden in the front rocker panel of the car.

The methamphetamine weighed 9.9 pounds and was worth an estimated $99,000.

HONOLULU >> A package mailed from Las Vegas containing a Golden Nugget casino sweater, a pillowcase and six pounds of methamphetamine led authorities to a man’s Aiea apartment, where he allegedly kept another 14 pounds of crystal meth, a large amount of cash and a revolver, according to court documents.

Authorities intercepted the package last week and a postal inspector posing as a mail carrier delivered it to the Kaonohi Street apartment building. The inspector called the unit from the call box and a man asked that it be left at the front desk, said the criminal complaint filed in court.

Agents keeping surveillance watched as Bryant Iwai later picked up the package and went in the elevator to the unit. Authorities knocked on the door, announced “police,” waited for a few minutes when there was no answer and then entered the unit, the documents said.

Officers detained Iwai, who was walking toward them in the living room.

The .38-caliber gun was in “plain view” in the living room, along with the 14 pounds of crystal meth, according to the complaint signed by a Drug Enforcement Administration officer. There was cash was in a kitchen cabinet. There was also a digital scale and other drug dealing-related items.

Iwai told agents this was his third drug parcel he received from Las Vegas and that he paid $60,000 for the meth, which he planned to sell. “He related that this is his job since he’s unemployed and he would sell all the methamphetamine in small amounts to make a huge profit,” the complaint states.

A pound of crystal meth has a Honolulu street value of about $20,000.

About $30,000 in cash was seized from the apartment, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Inciong said in court Tuesday at Iwai’s detention hearing. He urged the judge to order Iwai jailed because of the “extraordinarily large amount” of meth involved.

Iwai’s parents, who watched the hearing from the front row of the courtroom gallery, are willing to pay a cash bond for their son to be released to their custody and have him be monitored by a GPS device, Iwai’s federal public defender, Salina Althof, told the judge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang ordered Iwai to a halfway house, when bed space and GPS monitoring equipment are available. He must also post $50,000 bond.

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Local and federal agents arrested more than four dozen people Tuesday as part of a two-year investigation into alleged drug trafficking and gun violence in northeastern Arkansas.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer and others said 70 people were named in 40 indictments handed up last week and unsealed Tuesday. More than 500 law officers took part in the arrests.

Between January 2014 and June 2015, agents bought drugs and/or guns 160 times. Prosecutors said they seized more than 19 pounds of methamphetamine, 89 illegally possessed firearms and 10 ounces of crack cocaine.

“It has been evident for some time that drugs and guns are overrunning the entire Arkansas Delta in general, and Mississippi County in particular,” Thyer said.

Prosecutors said 50 people were picked up Tuesday, including 11 already in custody on other charges. After the sweep, 20 of those charged remained as fugitives.

The IRS said it conducted two search warrants as part of the investigation with the hope it could disrupt drug operations. The subject of the search warrants was not among those indicted.

Charges in the indictments unsealed Tuesday include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine, use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of a firearm and use of a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.

MORGAN CITY, LA (WAFB) – On Saturday, August 8, 2015, narcotics investigators with the Morgan City Police Department searched a home on Cypress Street and found children living in dirty and unsanitary conditions, starving animals caged outside of the home, drugs and stolen guns. The house is located in a drug-free school zone.8531632_G

Four adults and three children ranging in age from infant to three years old were found in the home. Two adults who live in the home have been identified as 22-year-old Jeana M. Domangue and 32-year-old Jacob P. Domangue.

During the investigation, investigators found two children, ages two and three years old secluded in a separate room.

“The conditions inside the room were found to be dirty and unsanitary. The room was gated and found to have what appeared to be feces on the floor and walls of the room,” said officials with the Morgan City Police Department.

The Department of Child Services were called and responded to the scene.

Officers found several small, caged animals outside of the home. “The animals were found to be emaciated and without shelter, food or water. An animal control officer with the Morgan City Police Department responded to the scene.”

Witnesses told police the children have been living in squalor for some time and on occasion, Jeana and Jacob Domangue held some of the children in animal cages inside the home.

The Louisiana Department of Child Services took custody of the children where they were evaluated and given the proper care.

Detectives found methamphetamine and evidence that the drugs were being sold from the house. Officers also located two handguns, a 9mm and a .380 cal., one of which was discovered to be stolen.

The Morgan City Police Department is continuing to work with the Louisiana Department of Child Services during the investigation. The investigation is continuing.

Jenna Domangue has been charged with possession of schedule II CDS-methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, transactions involving proceeds from illegal narcotics activity, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of uniformed controlled dangerous substance law-school zone, keeping a disorderly place, cruelty to juveniles, cruelty to animals, illegal use or carrying of a weapon, illegal use of controlled drug in presence of persons under the age of 17, and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Her bond has been set at $475,000.

Jacob Domangue has been charged with possession of schedule II CDS-methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, transactions involving proceeds from illegal narcotics activity, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of uniformed controlled dangerous substance law-school zone, keeping a disorderly place, cruelty to juveniles, cruelty to animals, illegal use or carrying of a weapon, illegal use of controlled drug in presence of persons under the age of 17, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond has been set at $500,000.

Courtney J. Smith, 28, of Morgan City was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 16 grams, resisting an officer, illegal use of controlled drug in presence of persons under 17 years of age, and violation of uniformed controlled dangerous substance law.

Deborah Francois, 32, of Morgan City was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 16 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of uniformed controlled dangerous substance law, and illegal use of controlled drug in presence of persons under 17 years of age.

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) – Deputies used Tasers three times on a man who was high on meth when he got into a fight with two of them at a convenience store.

According to a report, a clerk called 911 when a man wouldn’t pay for a bottle of water, and would not leave the store on Saturday.8535847_G

The man, later identified as 21-year-old Terry Allen, spoke to a deputy who responded to the store, and told him that he didn’t have enough money for the bottle of water.

The deputy paid the remaining price for the water, and told Allen to move on out of the store.

But officials said that’s when Allen got aggressive and began fighting with the deputy.

Moments later another deputy arrived on the scene and tried to restrain Allen, who was becoming violent, the report read.

A deputy warned Allen, and then Tased him, but he leaped over the counter and continued to struggle with the deputies, and was Tased a second time.

He continued the fight until he was Tased a third time, which deputies said slowed him down enough to be handcuffed.

Allen told the deputies he had taken Methamphetamine and “Molly” prior to the incident. They called an ambulance to the scene, and he was taken to South Georgia Medical Center to be evaluated, but was released and taken to the Lowndes County Jail.

The two deputies were also treated and released from the hospital for injuries received during the fight.

Sheriff Chris Prine he was grateful that no one was seriously injured, but expressed concern that incidents like this could become more frequent as synthetic drugs become more prevalent.

“These drugs can ruin a person’s life because it affects their decision making capabilities and certainly their behavior,” he said.

Terry Allen was expected to appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court Monday for a bond hearing.

MT VERNON, IL (KFVS) – A Mt. Vernon sex offender has been arrested and taken into custody and is facing charges related to methamphetamine production.

On Saturday, officers from the Mt. Vernon Police Department went to the 1302 Wescott to conduct a compliance check on William Flanders.8527924_G

Flanders is a registered sex offender, so officers routinely check to verify all sex offenders in Mt. Vernon are in compliance with the terms of their sex offender registrations.

While at the home, officers made observations indicating methamphetamine was being produced there.

After further investigation officers located items used in the making of methamphetamine inside the home.

A child inside the home was taken into protective custody and transported to a local hospital for a check up.

Flanders was taken into custody on charges of possession of drug equipment, possession of methamphetamine, child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing chemicals, possession of methamphetamine materials, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine waste, and participation in methamphetamine production.

The investigation continues and additional charges are possible.

HICKORY — Reports of a man looking into apartment windows led to police charging a Hickory resident with trafficking methamphetamine early Sunday morning, officials said.

Donte Rassan Gore, 32, of Hickory, was charged with one felony count of trafficking methamphetamine, one 55c9004f8536a_imagemisdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or other place for a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked, according to an arrest report.

He was given a $105,300 secured bond.

Police responded to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory after receiving reports of a man walking behind the apartments and attempting to look inside them, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said.

When police arrived at the apartment complex at about 2 a.m. Sunday, the suspect left the scene in a vehicle.

Officers then stopped the vehicle and saw a clear, plastic bag containing what looked like a controlled substance in the car.

A search of the suspect and the vehicle yielded eight units of oxycodone, $1,058 in cash, and 29.6 grams of methamphetamine, Dieter said.

A 63-year-old Nicholson woman remained in the Jackson County Jail on Monday following her arrest Friday on illegal drug charges.

Investigators searched Connie Beth Parr’s home at 1978 Cabin Creek Road, where they located a quantity of methamphetamine and packaging products for the distribution of the drug, along with some stolen property, according to Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum.

Deputies charged Parr with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possessing tools for the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property. She may face more charges, Mangum said.

Parr’s arrest followed a lengthy investigation after deputies received information about drug activity at her home, Capt. Rich Lott said.

“We did some undercover purchases of illegal drugs from her,” he said, which led deputies to seek a search warrant for her home.

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a bail bondsman Monday (August 10) after he entered the sheriff’s office while intoxicated on methamphetamine, according to the sheriff.

Joshua Bradley, 29, came to the sheriff’s office to bond out a client when a clerk at the jail noticed he was displaying signs of someone under the influence of drugs, Sheriff Kelley Cradduck said. Deputies then searched Bradley’s vehicle and found he was carrying shotguns and other weapons, according to Cradduck.

When Bradley was brought inside for booking, deputies also found a small bag of methamphetamine, the sheriff said.

“They took off his socks and about a gram to a half a gram of methamphetamine fell out of his sock,” Cradduck said. “His life is now changed forever.”

Bradley is facing felony charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of DWI drugs and public intoxication, according to the sheriff’s office.

“I am grateful for the fact that we had a deputy and a clerk that noticed his actions were so strange that they confronted him and did not allow him to leave before he could hurt himself or someone else,” Cradduck said.

Bradley is also a former Conway County deputy and was carrying a badge, which he should not have, the sheriff said.

“Maybe this [arrest] gets his life back on track,” Cradduck said. “If he was an officer before, he had interest in helping people and being a bondsman, maybe this is something that will help him.”

Jail records show Bradley’s bond has not yet been set.

A 21-year-old Montegut woman was arrested Monday in connection with methamphetamine possession during a routine traffic stop, Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman said.Chauvin

Police spotted Taylor Chauvin, of Reynold Street, driving with only one brake light on Prospect Boulevard near West Main Street. Over the course of their conversation, officers determined Chauvin was under the influence of drugs.

A subsequent K-9 search showed that Chauvin had drug paraphernalia and plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in her car. Her driver license was also found to be suspended.

Chauvin is charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS I (methamphetamines), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension and operating a vehicle without two brake lights. She remains in the Terrebonne Parish jail.

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – The Branch County Sheriff’s Department says a man and a woman were burned in a meth lab explosion Sunday morning at a residence in Ovid Township and there could possibly be other victims as well. 9-1-1 Central Dispatch took a call at 5:50 a.m. yesterday about the explosion at 675 Jo Jo Lane. On arrival deputies found a 26 year old man in the driveway with the majority of his clothing burnt off with severe burns on his body. In the residence was a 24 year old woman with burns on her upper torso.

Deputies assisted Life Care Ambulance and the Lakeland Fire Department in treating the man and woman. The female was transported to the Community Health Center of Branch County and the male went to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne. No names have been released and there’s no word on their conditions.

The preliminary Investigation shows 4 adults were sitting in a car in the driveway manufacturing methamphetamine when the meth cook blew up. Deputies said it appears two of the subjects then fled the scene on foot. Child Protective Services was summoned to the scene for a five year old that was sleeping in the residence.

Deputies will be submitting warrant requests to the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office for numerous felony charges involving the use and manufacture of methamphetamine for all four subjects. The incident remains under investigation. Also assisting Sheriff Deputies was a meth technician from the Coldwater Police Department.

Fourth Judicial District Judge Sharon Marchman has seen an alarming trend within drug court lately — an increase in women who are addicted to drugs and pregnant.

About 11 percent of babies nationwide are born to mothers with substance abuse other than nicotine and alcohol.

The rise of prescription drug addiction has resulted in more babies born to women addicted to narcotics compared to just two decades ago, when infant addiction was associated more with street-level drugs.

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found the number of newborns addicted to painkillers tripled in just 10 years. The study indicated 3.4 out of every 1,000 babies born suffered from withdrawals associated with narcotic pain medications. From 2000 to 2010 there was a fivefold increase in the number of pregnant women who used or abused opiates, according to the study.

“I have seen a tremendous uptick in the number of drug-exposed newborns we have in our community. I’m getting calls from child protection services right and left about mothers who continue to use during their pregnancy. They are having babies prematurely, and they’re actually having babies who have drugs in their system,” Marchman said.

She said they face long-term consequences as a result of their mother’s decision to use drugs while pregnant. The majority of pregnant women are using methamphetamine, Marchman said.B9318359592Z_1_20150809172512_000_GMOBIMIOK_1-0

Neonatal abstinence syndrome can occur in infants whose mothers use and abuse narcotics during pregnancy. Depending on the type of drug, how often and when the drug was used, symptoms can range from excessive crying, poor feeding, irritability, seizures, trembling and vomiting.

The impact on infants depends on the type of drug, dosage and how long a mother abused it during her pregnancy. The mother’s prenatal health also is a factor.

Jonathan Phillips, University Health Conway’s director of clinical ancillary services, said there’s a difference between an infant having a positive drug screen with no signs of addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome, where an infant is born addicted.

As of last month, Conway reports numbers below average for mothers who test positive for drugs.

“Infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome is rare here, but it does occur. It can occur from the mother’s habitual use of opiates, narcotics and alcohol. Illicit drug use is also a factor with a rise from young mothers addicted to methamphetamine,” Phillips said.

During prenatal visits at Conway, screenings are done with mothers to assess for drug use and educate them as needed. They also are referred help to address addictions through the hospital’s social services department.

University Health Conway Nursery and NICU manager Diane Terry said all mothers who deliver at Conway are screened, and if they test positive, the infant is screened.

If an infant is positive for a toxicology screening or if the newborn shows signs and symptoms of withdrawals, the child is monitored, and every two hours nurses conduct an abstinence score.

In extreme situations physicians will give medications like morphine and methadone in small doses.

St. Francis Medical Center sees mostly pregnant women using marijuana, methadone or prescription drugs.

St. Francis neonatal nurse practitioner Kim Allen has seen a “large increase” in mothers testing positive for drugs and having babies test positive through a urine test.

“There has been a huge increase in numbers of drug-addicted babies that require treatment. We have on average at least two to three infants at a time that require some sort of drug-related treatment,” Allen said.

While many babies test positive for drugs, they are not symptomatic and therefore do not require treatment, Allen said. Symptomatic babies require medication to treat the drug withdrawal depending on the drug used by the mother. It can take weeks of treatment for symptomatic babies to be treated for withdrawals.

Local health care officials agreed the best preventive measure is education to get mothers off drugs before any pregnancy.

Federal investigators say they arrested a “multiple pound distributor” of meth in southwest Missouri.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri, Jeronimo Juarez, 47, was B9318392698Z_1_20150809165551_000_G47BIUD1P_1-0caught with meth twice in less than two weeks this summer.

Documents indicate Juarez lives in Joplin, but the criminal complaint was filed in Greene County.

According to the complaint, Juarez was stopped while traveling along I-40 in central Oklahoma on July 27. Authorities searched his vehicle and found about six pounds of meth, the complaint says.

Juarez was charged in Canadian County, Oklahoma and released on bond, the complaint says.

Nine days later, Juarez was involved in another traffic stop. This time, authorities set up surveillance outside of his home in Joplin and stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation shortly after it pulled away from the residence, according to the complaint.

Juarez was the passenger in the vehicle, and authorities found about two ounces of meth in his pocket, the complaint says.

In an interview with authorities, Juarez said he had recently received a shipment of about five pounds of meth from California, the complaint says. Authorities searched his house and found 5.7 pounds of meth in the bedroom in addition to four weapons, the complaint says.

The complaint says Juarez has a prior conviction from 2007 for being in the United States illegally. Court documents do not say where he is from originally.

Federal investigators say they believe there is probable cause to charge Juarez with possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Online records indicate Juarez is being held in the Phelps County Jail.

A haul of methamphetamine worth around $80 million has been discovered hidden inside car parts, in a shipping container bound for Fiji.1439178369971

New Zealand Customs investigations manager Maurice O’Brien said a joint operation between New Zealand, Fijian and Australian police and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority led to the find at the Ports of Auckland in July.

About 80kg of meth had been sent from South America and was en route to Fiji from New Zealand when it was found.

A Fijian national has since been arrested in relation to the find.

O’Brien said it was a “great example” of international law enforcement agencies working together.

“It is very satisfying to play a part in this operation and stop this large amount of methamphetamine making it onto the streets,” he said.

“Sophisticated criminal syndicates set up drug supply chains across countries and take big risks for big profits. We’re pleased this significant seizure will hit them hard in the pocket.”

OAK HILL — Seven people were arrested on multiple felony charges for manufacturing meth in the presence of a child, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The seven were arrested at a residence at 1125 Maytown Road, where an investigation Friday into suspected drug activity also led to the seizure of methamphetamine, guns and all the components of a meth lab, sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said.

All the defendants, who range in age from 31-62, were charged with multiple felony offenses, including manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a 9-year-old child who was at the residence, Davidson said.

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Friday’s search by the East Volusia Narcotics Task Force yielded about 109 grams of meth oil and another 8.2 grams of finished meth product along with all of the materials and paraphernalia commonly associated with a meth lab. Agents also recovered drug ledgers, hydromorphone and hydrocodone pills, two loaded guns and additional ammunition. One of the guns had been reported stolen to the New Smyrna Beach Police Department following a vehicle break-in last year, Davidson said.

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The seven defendants are:

Scott Brown, 31, of Oak Hill, charged with Manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine.

Terry Law, 50, of Oak Hill, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine, child abuse.

James Manns, 44, of Oak Hill, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, armed trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II substance with intent to sell, possession of a schedule III substance with intent to sell, grand theft of a firearm, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Jason Melvin, 45, of Oak Hill, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine.

John Norris, 52, of Edgewater, with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine.

Vicki Rodgers-Stowe, 62, of Edgewater, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine.

Amanda Zurwell, 33, of Oak Hill, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II substance with intent to sell, possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

The Florida Department of Children and Families turned over the 9-year-old boy to a relative, Davidson said.

The East Volusia Narcotics Task Force is a multi-agency force of narcotics agents from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach and South Daytona police departments that shares resources and crosses jurisdictional boundaries to combat street-level drug and vice crimes.

Six people face charges after narcotics agents and a SWAT team found heroin, crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy, prescription medicines and other drugs Thursday in a Belle Rose home, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said today.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the search at 267 La. 1003 also yielded crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and about $1,600.


The following were charged:

Travis Franklin, 35, 267 La. 1003, Belle Rose, possession with intent to distribute heroin, crystal methamphetamine, MDMA, Suboxone, crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and obstruction of justice. His bond is $190,500, and he is also being held for Probation and Parole after a recent drug conviction.

Joey Landry, 47, 107 Woodland Drive, Donaldsonville, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana and Suboxone; possession of drug paraphernalia; and obstruction of justice. His bond is $90,500, and he is also being held for Probation and Parole.

Nicole Gros, 35, 118 Gerald St., Pierre Part, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and Clonazepam, possession of drug paraphernalia and bringing contraband into a penal institution. She was also charged on a failure to appear warrant and is being held on a $56,428 bond.

Todd Franklin, 33, 267 La. 1003, Belle Rose, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He is being held in the parish jail on a $25,000 bond.

Billy Rodrigue, 41, 118 Gerald St., Pierre Part, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

Cody Grandin, 38, 1907 La. 70, Pierre Part, possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $500, and he is also being held for Probation and Parole.

An Alexandria man remains in jail on a parole violation hold after tips about drug sales led Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office agents to a MacArthur Drive motel, according to a release.

The agents from the office’s Metro Division went to the Alexandria Inn Wednesday after “numerous tips” about alleged drug sales from a specific room. Once at the room, agents contacted 32-year-old Torren 635745581978429811-ani-Torren-Dejuan-Newman-mugDejuan Newman and, as they were explaining the complaint, Newman dropped something from one of his pockets.

It was a bag containing smaller bags of suspected meth weighing about an ounce, according to the release.

Newman, of Leonard Street, was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and parole violation.

Bond was set at $10,000, according to the release.

New dedicated ice clinics will be opened across NSW to target young people in a bid to encourage early treatment for people addicted to the drug.

The move comes as the state government honors an election promise to tackle growing ice troubles.

New data obtained by The Daily Telegraph, has revealed cases of methamphetamine overdoses have increased sevenfold across the state.

Clinics will open in Wollongong and Mount Druitt and mobile units will be dispatched around the north and mid-north coast.

The Wollongong clinic will focus on teen ice users aged 16 and over while the clinic in Mount Druitt will target ice addicts of ethnic decent.

Mobile units will work with the indigenous community.

The Hunter-New England clinic, which works will pregnant women who are addicted to the drug, will expand into Taree and Tamworth.

The Baord government promised to set aside $7 million towards the establishment of new ice clinics during the 2015 election campaign.

A plan to help disrupt the supply of methamphetamine in Western Australia has been unveiled by the State Government and WA Police.

The new strategy will include the enlistment of 35 new officers, and the establishment of a dedicated team to target major transport routes for drug trafficking.

There will also be specialist teams targeting methamphetamine dealers across the state and an intelligence “meth desk” to support the teams, as well as a joint agency group to trace money trails.

WA Police Minister Liza Harvey said methamphetamine arrived from interstate and overseas, and there would be a strong focus on disrupting supplies along all possible transit routes.

“So we’re talking about road, rail, air and also opportunities for people to penetrate Western Australia through our coastal or port connections,” she said.

“Something like 400,000 hits have been taken off the street in Western Australia in the last couple of months.” WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan.

Stemming the flow of drugs sent in the post is expected to be a focus of the strategy.

Ms Harvey highlighted a recent operation where officers closed Australia Post’s main distribution centre at Perth Airport and searched nine tons of mail, saying it was a good example of what the new team would be involved in.

The search uncovered more than 120 grams of methamphetamine, 16 MDMA tablets, five kilograms of cannabis, 100 vials of anabolic steroids, a handgun and ammunition.

Consideration is also being given to legislative changes that will enable vehicles to be searched for drugs without the need for reasonable suspicion, with Ms Harvey saying that could help disrupt the methamphetamine supply to remote indigenous communities.

“We need to make sure that we’ve got every tool that police can have to stop the flow of methamphetamine right throughout Western Australia but particularly into those vulnerable communities,” she said.

Meth ‘like a pathogen’: Police Commissioner

Methamphetamine use in WA is almost double the national average, and Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said its affects were all pervasive.

“From my perspective, meth is starting to infect every part of our community,” he said.

“It’s infecting families, it’s infecting the road toll, it’s infecting crime, it’s infecting the health system. It’s almost like a pathogen and we need to do something about stopping that pathogen, because it really is altering our lifestyle in Western Australia,” he said.

In the past few months police have seized about 41kg of methamphetamine in WA.

More than 20 kilograms was found in a storage unit in the Perth suburb of Osborne Park last Tuesday.

“Something like 400,000 hits have been taken off the street in Western Australia in the last couple of months,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

He said while the new strategy might not stop drug use, he was confident it would help disrupt supply and reduce other problems methamphetamine caused in the community.

Two people were arrested on child cruelty charges after an 8-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy — siblings with special needs — were discovered living in a Georgia home in makeshift cages, authorities said Friday.

The disturbing conditions were found Thursday during one of two welfare checks at the home in the rural town of Chatsworth, the Murray County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference. Police had received a tip about a child being in the home alone.150807-wanda-redfern-and-stephanie-stone-1247p_ec71b2292a814a1cb467619c1e476c85_nbcnews-ux-2880-1000

A woman — later identified as Wanda Redfern, 49 — answered the door along with the young girl, allowing a deputy inside, investigators said. During a search, he found two “cages” placed in a bedroom. The cages were beds — one with wooden rails covering it and a second with hinges and plastic zip ties.

A boy was found living inside the second cage, said Greg Ramey, a special agent in charge at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. He added that both children appeared in relatively good condition, but were taken into custody by the state Department of Family and Children’s Services for medical attention.

Authorities believe the children were being kept inside the cages since at least June. State welfare investigators had previously opened a case involving the family, but closed it that same month, Ramey said.

The mother of the siblings was identified as Stephanie Stone, 34, and she was later arrested. Redfern was also taken into custody. The women were charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment.

In the 30 years the GBI investigator Greg Ramey has been in law enforcement, he says he’s never seen anything like this case.

Investigators are also looking into a third person who may be connected with the case. No bond was immediately set for the women.

2 Northwest Georgia Women Arrested After Child Found in Cage

Two northwest Georgia women face child cruelty charges after an 11-year-old boy was found trapped in a cage in a bedroom, authorities said Friday.

Law enforcement agents on Thursday arrested Stephanie Stone, 34, and Wanda Redfern, 49, said Greg Ramey, Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge for the region. Both women face charges of first-degree cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Stone also faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance after investigators found methamphetamine.

Responding to a 911 call of a child left alone, a deputy went to a Chatsworth home around 11 a.m. Thursday. He was met at the home by an unidentified woman and a female child. Since the child was clearly not alone, he left.

The same caller, whom Ramey described as a concerned citizen, called 911 again at 3:15 p.m. Thursday and provided more information and asked for further investigation into the home.

When the deputy returned to the home, he was met by Redfern and the same female child, Ramey said. The deputy was given permission to enter the home and inside found the 11-year-old boy in a cage made from one twin bed turned over on top of another and with bars on the sides in one bedroom, Ramey said. Zip ties held the cage together and kept the boy from getting out.

“He had about a 2-by-2-foot area that was not encumbered by toys, clothing and other debris,” Ramey said, adding that the child was not able to sit up in the enclosure.

In a second bedroom, the deputy found a makeshift cage made of wood. That cage was empty, but Ramey said investigators had reason to believe the 8-year-old girl was sometimes kept in there.

The two children were taken into state custody and placed in a secure family situation. They did not appear to have any injuries or life-threatening conditions, but they were getting medical checkups Friday, Ramey said.

Ramey said the home was unsuitable.

“It was not a condition that children should be living in,” he said, declining to elaborate.

Ramey also wouldn’t comment on anything the two women may have said to authorities.

Stone is the mother of the two children and Redfern is the fiancée of Stone’s stepfather, Ramey said. The investigation is ongoing and a third arrest is possible, Ramey said.

A judge on Friday set bond at $25,000 for Redfern and $27,500 for Stone. The two were still in custody Friday afternoon, and it was not immediately clear whether either woman had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

Sumter, SC (WLTX) – A Sumter County woman has been arrested after officers say her infant tested positive for meth and amphetamines.

Ariel Lizzy Holliday, 23, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child.635745413204072096-Holliday-A

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Department of Social Service let them know that drugs were found in the baby’s bloodstream shortly after birth.

The baby has been place in protective custody with a relative by DSS.

GREAT FALLS – A Great Falls woman has been charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child after her children tested positive for exposure to methamphetamine.

Three of the counts that Shawn Lamere face are felony charges, and one is a misdemeanor.8511780_G

Court documents state that during an investigation in December 2014 and January 2015, undercover officers conducted drug buys inside the residence shared by Lamere and her boyfriend.

During two of the drug buys, officers said, there were children present.

The Child & Family Services Division agency had an open investigation into Lamere, who at the time was pregnant with her fourth child; her boyfriend is the father of that child.

CFS conducted drug tests on Lamere and her boyfriend, as well as the three children in late December. Those results for Lamere and her boyfriend were positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. One of the children also tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana; another child tested positive for meth.

In late January, Lamere gave birth to her fourth child; the newborn also tested positive for marijuana.

Lamere’s boyfriend was arrested in February on confirmed warrants; he is currently an inmate in the Cascade County Detention Center.

A Key West man who was “pounding on the walls” of the Emergency Department at Lower Keys Medical Center is now behind the walls of a jail.

Scott Anthony Gunter, 26, was arrested Wednesday night on two felony counts of assault on an 1quqUQ_AuHeEm_143emergency medical-care provider for allegedly punching a hospital nurse in the face and elbowing a doctor in the face. He remained in the Stock Island jail Friday with no bond allowed.

Two Key West police officers responded to the Stock Island hospital Wednesday at 9:02 p.m. and found the two hospital employees in disarray.

According to the employees, Gunter was in the Emergency Room pounding on the walls of the room with his fists. When nurse Tadd Mallard told him to stop, he struck Mallard in the face.

“That guy just cold cocked me in the face,” Mallard told police.

Police say Gunter continued to hit Mallard, pinning him with his back on a hospital bed’s mattress when Dr. Bruce Guerdan entered the room and tried to restrain him. Gunter then swung his right elbow at Guerdan, striking him in the face, police say.

The blow broke one of Guerdan’s front teeth Mallard sustained redness and small cuts to his face and possibly a broken hand.

Arraignment information for Gunter wasn’t immediately available. Neither was information about why Gunter was at the hospital.

This isn’t the first incident with an ER patient at Lower Keys Medical Center.

In June, Ryan Thomas Edison, 31, was arrested for allegedly punching nurse Kevin Lawson in the face. Edison was apparently irked about the hospital staff not writing him new prescriptions after his hotel housekeeper threw out his medications. Lawson, however, said his prescription was in fact filled.

Lower Keys Medical spokesman Randy Detrick could not be reached for comment at press time.

Gunter was arrested in June 2014 on felony counts of production and manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia for allegedly running a mobile meth lab out of a van on Stock Island. He was also charged with marijuana possession.

According to court records, Gunter was given probation this past April.

MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) – A Pearl man facing Aggravated Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault charges, will face even more charges for what police found when they went to arrest him.

Earlier this week, the Madison Police Department began investigating the domestic violence and sexual assault charges, and, along with the Clinton Police Department, they tracked 30-year-old Laney Wyatt Laney-Wyatt-WeathersbyWeathersby to a motel on Johnston Place inside the city of Clinton.

Once officers arrived on the scene, Weathersby attempted to avoid arrest by jumping out of a broken window.

He then began struggling with arresting officers.

He was taken into custody and then sent to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Officers say they found a “substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine… inside the motel room occupied by Weathersby and Stacy Leigh Brooks also of Pearl.”

The Clinton Police Department is handling the investigation and charges of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Weathersby was taken to the Madison county detention facility where he was charged with Rape and Aggravated Domestic Violence.

Bond had initially been set at $50,000 for Rape and $25,000 for Aggravated Domestic Violence; however, additional charges could be forthcoming from Rankin County for earlier charges involving Felony Fleeing.

Sex assault suspect tries to flee through broken window, police say

MADISON, Miss. —A man facing rape and aggravated domestic violence charges in Madison tried to avoid arrest by attempting to climb out a broken window at a Clinton motel, police said.

Laney Wyatt Weathersby, 30, of Pearl, was arrested Thursday by officers from the Madison and Clinton police departments at a motel on Johnston Place in Clinton, authorities said. Inside the motel room, police found “a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine.”

Weathersby was injured during his failed escape and a subsequent struggle with officers, Madison Police Maj. Robert Sanders said in a news release.

Weathersby was treated and released from a hospital before he was taken to the Madison County Detention Facility, where he is being held on bonds totaling $75,000, Sanders said.

Additional felony fleeing charges from an earlier incident in Rankin County could be filed against Weathersby, Sanders said.

MANCHESTER, Ohio | A Manchester man was arrested for allegedly transporting a mobile methamphetamine lab on a bicycle in Manchester.

According to Manchester Police Chief Jeff Bowling, MPD officers apprehended a subject this week, who had been part of a two month investigation of alleged drug activity in the village.55c51a38aa7dd_image

Officers observed Nicholas Walls, 28, with a bicycle at the First Stop store and noticed the odor of a chemical odor emitting from the area of Walls, which indicated a possible methamphetamine lab, police said.

Officer Joshua Hayes was on bike patrol and ordered Walls to stop, Bowling said.

“At the time the suspect dropped the bike and took off running; he was apprehended after a short foot pursuit by Officer Jason Mallott and K-9 Elko,” Bowling said.

Officers went to the area where Walls had dropped his bike and discovered a plastic bag hanging on his bike with a plastic bottle that contained an active methamphetamine lab.

The area was sealed off and a hazardous materials team was requested, and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted to have the materials safely removed, Bowling said.

Walls was treated at the scene for injuries received from the K-9 apprehension then taken into custody.

Walls is in Adams County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

He was arraigned Aug. 3 and a hearing date was set for Aug. 10 in Adams County Court.

A second suspect was detained but later released after police determined they were not involved in the incident, police said.