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Sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina say they are looking for a young mother who left her small child at a meth house and didn’t come back.

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Amanda Leigh Vosburg, 24, is wanted on charges of child neglect, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Friday. The woman also sent a Facebook message to a stranger, offering to give away her daughter.

“This is a heartbreaking story and a far too common scene about a child that was shuffled around, abandoned, and neglected because her mother simply doesn’t care, Ravenell said, WIS-TV reported.

Authorities arrested two women at the drug home, he said. Christy Kinsey, 41, has been charged with methamphetamine possession. Fran Roberts, 29 was arrested on an outstanding family court warrant.

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The little girl has been placed in emergency protective custody.

Ravenell said Vosburg left her toddler at the home, in the care of another resident. When she didn’t return after days, the unnamed resident tried to get others, including the child’s relatives, to care for the little girl. No one would take her, the sheriff said.

The child was taken to another county and left with social service workers, who contacted Ravenell’s office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A man was seriously injured after a fire broke out at a home on Coastdale Road Friday evening.

Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department said police and fire crews were called to a home in the 1000 block of Coatsdale Road near Veterans drive after a suspected meth lab caught fire inside the home.

The man, who name has not been released, suffered severe burns and was transported to a local hospital, Timmons said.

Officers at the scene were also taken to the hospital as a precaution to be checked out for possible meth exposure, Timmons said.

Fire crews were able to put out the fire, but not before the home was damaged.

Timmons said charges for the man are pending.

The incident is still under investigation.

 

 

 

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The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s Field Services Department this week investigated reports of a puppy that had possibly overdosed on methamphetamine.

Officers received an emergency call from VCA Veterinary Hospital in Santa Cruz Tuesday regarding a puppy they had in their care. Based on statements made by the person with the dog, as well as the dog’s behavior, the veterinarian believed that the dog was under the influence of methamphetamine. The person who brought the dog to the veterinarian was evasive and tried to take the dog back, shelter officials reported.

An animal control officer made contact with the person via phone, and told them they would not be taking the puppy home and that the Animal Shelter would be taking custody of it.

The officer responded to the veterinarian’s office and rushed the puppy to the Animal Shelter Veterinarian, who immediately began emergency treatment on the dog.

Based on tips of whom the owner could be, the animal control officer went to several known transient locations in search of the owner and additional puppies suspected to be in the litter.

The officer was unable to locate them, but began spreading the word that animal control was looking for the suspected owner to answer questions on how one of her puppies overdosed on methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, animal control officers went with Santa Cruz city park rangers to conduct multiple sweeps in the area in search of the owner and the other puppies. Six hours of searching did not turn up the woman or the dogs.

Animal control officers are still seeking the owner. Meanwhile, the puppy believed to have overdosed is recovering and will be adopted out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Thursday evening around 10:00 p.m., Warsaw Police narcotics officers received a tip that a prior meth offender was involved in drug-related activity in a vehicle on the west side of Warsaw.

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Officers located the vehicle near Columbia and Fort Wayne Streets and initiated a traffic stop.

A police canine alerted officers to the presence of illegal drugs, and a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, officers located five one-pot meth labs, an HCL generator, numerous ephedrine blister packs, and multiple precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The investigation also led to a residence on North Sherman Street, where officers served a search warrant at the house and found additional precursors and meth paraphernalia.

Police took 37-year-old Travis Johnson, of Warsaw, into custody. He was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on an initial level 5 felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, and a level 6 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine precursors by a prior offender. An additional charge of level 4 felony manufacturing methamphetamine by a prior offender was added Friday morning. Johnson is being held with no bond on a prosecutorial hold.

Narcotics officers also took 33-year-old Dallas Deckys, of Warsaw, into custody for visiting a common nuisance. She was being held on a $350 bond.

The Warsaw Police and Indiana State Police clandestine lab teams were called to collect and remove the dangerous and toxic meth manufacturing products. Also assisting was the Winona Lake Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Warsaw Police continue to diligently work to reduce the influence of illegal drug activity in our community. Any drug tips can be called into the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9540.

 

 

 

 

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A missing Ramona man found dead in a field was killed by methamphetamine intoxication, according to a medical examiner’s autopsy.

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Before his death, Carl Salayer, 67, suffered from Parkinson’s disease and other medical problems from his time working at the San Onofre nuclear plant, the report says, and his medications had caused dementia-type symptoms and paranoia.

So when his wife reported him missing on June 17, search and rescue teams classified him as an at-risk senior and immediately spread out to find him.

However, deputies called off the search after four days and no signs of Salayer.

Eight days after the missing man was last seen, a couple living on Chablis Road reported a foul odor near their home to San Diego County Sheriff’s officials.

Deputies searched the area and found Salayer’s decomposing body in a field full of thick brush.

When medical examiners performed an autopsy on him, they discovered hydromorphone – a prescription drug – and methamphetamine in his system.

Their report states it was acute methamphetamine intoxication that killed him, but environmental exposure, Brugada syndrome and Parkinson’s disease probably contributed to his death, which was classified as an accident.

Salayer had no history of drug use, according to his autopsy.

 

 

 

 

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CHURCH HILL, TN (WJHL) – Church Hill Police Department officers arrested a Kingsport man on methamphetamine charges Wednesday, after local authorities found him sleeping in a semi-truck blocking an intersection near a school zone.

 According to the release, officers responded to the intersection of Tipton Avenue and Volunteer Street in reference to a semi-truck blocking the intersection.4430696_G

Officers, along with Hawkins County deputies and a Volunteer High School SRO were able to wake up the driver, later identified as Larry Wayne Jones, 41, 2033 Flanders St., who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

Jones reportedly had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and did not know where he was or what time it was.

Jones told police that he had been taking Lortab the night before and had just dropped a woman off at a nearby residence.

He said he did not know he was blocking the entrance of Volunteer High School.

According to the release, Jones consented to a search of his truck and his cellphone.

Police said the cellphone kept ringing and said they observed numerous drug dealing type messages on his phone.

A computer check revealed that Jones had a prior DUI conviction back in 2011 and a search of his person revealed a film container in his left front pocket with four crystal rocks believed to be methamphetamine.

According to the release, the estimated weight of the rocks was over half a gram.

Jones said he had been smoking methamphetamine prior to authorities responding to the scene.

Inside the vehicle, authorities found a syringe and a glass pipe with burnt crystal residue, and two butane torches in the driver’s area of the vehicle.

According to the release, Jones refused consent to a blood test.

Jones was taken to the Hawkins County Jail for booking.

 

Twin Peaks, CA – Captain Rick Ells of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station has notified news outlets that Most Wanted subjects Edgar Daniel Noice, 21, and Brandi Lee Loera, 19, were arrested on outstanding warrants related to their alleged role in the Wednesday, April 30, fire in Crestline that destroyed three homes on Matterhorn Court.

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The arrest took place in Eastvale (Riverside County), according to Captain Ells.

Noice and Loera were scheduled for video arraignment on felony charges including causing a fire resulting in great bodily injury and causing a fire of an inhabited structure at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, according to court documents.

Captain Ells indicated both Noice and Loera were booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Booking information on Noice was available online and indicated he was booked at 4 p.m. Tuesday.  He is being held on $725,000 bail. Information on Loera’s booking was not available at deadline.

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The warrants for Noice and Loera’s arrest were issued by Judge R. Glenn Yabuno at 11:04 a.m. on Thursday, July 17. After the District Attorney filed five felony counts against the two subjects.

The charges are: PC 252(A) – causing fire that causes great bodily injury, two counts of PC 452(B) – causing fire of an inhabited structure and one count of PC 11379.6(A) – manufacturing a controlled substance.

 

 

 

 

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In head-to-toe protective gear, fire and police personnel faced the heat and possible dangers Friday for the final part of a methamphetamine lab certification course.

Twenty-five members of the Lafourche and Terrebonne sheriff’s offices, Houma Police and local fire departments completed the Methamphetamine Recognition and Investigation Training.

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Jake Kelton, the course’s owner, main instructor and curriculum designer, said firefighters need the training because their departments often respond to meth labs before police and they must be able to take precautions.

“They go into a location, thinking it’s a structure fire, (and it) turns out it’s actually a meth lab,” he said. “They need to be able to recognize those things right away.”

Participants were divided into groups and assigned to one of three scenarios, including some involving a vehicle and a home. They assessed each situation and identified potential hazards, removed the chemicals and processed them for verification.

Kully Griffin, assistant chief for Lafourche Fire District 3, said the main ingredients typically found in a meth lab are lithium and ammonia.

Although Kelton’s company controlled the simulations, Kelton said the labs were still real.

“They could have an explosion just like they could have an explosion out on the streets,” he said.

Participants were called out of a scenario after about 20 minutes. They were hosed off to remove any traces of the chemicals, and fans and water were available to combat the heat.

The five-day, 40-hour course also included a 75-question, fill-in-the-blank exam.

The Methamphetamine Recognition and Investigation Training offers nationwide training in processing meth labs. The certification is good for one year. Many who undergo the training work in the narcotics division, said Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brennan Matherne.

Sgt. Adam Dufrene of the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Task Force, said the Sheriff’s Office investigates at least three or four meth labs each year. Dufrene said the training course was an educational experience that showed the realities of processing a meth lab.

“It shows the truer side than what television shows,” he said. “This will present the dangers, and it gives the public a chance to see how much precaution, how much safety we have to use.”

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) – A house fire on Coatsdale road Friday afternoon is being blamed on a man making methamphetamine.

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According to Columbia police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons, around 6:30PM both the Columbia fire department and the Columbia police department were responding to a house fire at 1033 Coatsdale Road off Veterans Drive.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a man in the doorway of the home and went inside to pull him to safety. The man was transported by EMS for serious burns.

Preliminary information indicates that the man was making methamphetamine in a pot inside the residence.

The responding officers were transported to a local hospital due to a possibility of possible meth contamination exposure as a precaution.

South Carolina Law Enforcement (SLED) and a ‘clean up’ crew also responded to the scene. The investigation is still ongoing and charges are pending.

 

 

 

http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/08/08/suspected-meth-lab-house-fire/13810903/

 

 

COVINGTON — A Covington man who had an active warrant for violating his probation will also have to face drug charges as well after he allegedly tried hiding from police under clothes in a closet.

Covington police learned that 20-year-old Christopher Kyle Bell, who had an outstanding warrant out of Newton County, was at a home on Elizabeth Street. When they went to the home just before 1 p.m. Monday, they spoke with Bell’s mother, who confirmed that he was inside, according to the incident report.

Officers entered the home and Bell’s mother began walking toward a bedroom, repeatedly calling his name, but he did not answer or come out of any room. She then led officers into the bedroom where she said Bell was located.

The female opened the closet door in the bedroom and I could see someone’s shoulder. The individual was covered in clothes attempting to hide from officers,” reported Covington Police Department Officer Daniel Digby.

The officer told Bell to raise his hand and when he stuck his hands in the air, Officer Digby pulled him from the closet and placed him under arrest.

While searching Bell’s pockets, officers found a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue as well as a small clear plastic bag that contained residue from methamphetamine. Officers also found a cigarette box inside that closet that contained a clear bag of methamphetamine.

“When asked about the cigarette box, Bell stated that it was his and the meth was also his,” the incident report states.

Bell was then transported to the Newton County Detention Center and was charged with probation violation and possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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— Six members of a motorcycle gang in Northern California, including two who remain fugitives, have been indicted in a methamphetamine-trafficking case, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

The ongoing investigation by federal and local agencies targeted three Sacramento-area chapters of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento said.

The FBI used confidential sources and undercover agents to buy methamphetamine on several occasions from Vagos members and their associates starting in March 2013, according to affidavits supporting the charges. In addition to distributing methamphetamine, the investigation also accuses members of the Sacramento-area chapters of being involved in illegal weapons purchases and handling stolen motorcycles.

It became clear to agents that the gang would be difficult to infiltrate because of members’ longstanding relationships and its extended initiation process, the affidavits said.

“Many of the members are childhood friends, prison associates, and/or white-power gang members,” the affidavits said.

Nevertheless, agents were able to introduce an undercover employee into the Sacramento-area Vagos in spring 2013. In a case that led to three of the charges, the undercover operation got help from a person who cooperated with the FBI in exchange for a reduced sentence in an unrelated case.

That person, referred to in the affidavit as Source No. 2, was described as being motivated to cooperate partly out of a dislike of the Vagos club.

Four of the defendants were arrested July 30 and remain in Sacramento County Jail.

James Cline, 43, of Rio Linda; Leonard Walter, 37, of Sacramento; and Michael Wright, 45, of Sacramento, were charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute. Richard Cardenas, 49, of Sacramento, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Attorneys representing Cardenas and Walter said they had no comment, while messages left with the attorneys representing Cline and Wright were not immediately returned. All four are scheduled to be arraigned next week in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

Two other Sacramento men named in the indictment, Quentin Stallings, 35, and David Homan, 50, remain at large and are considered fugitives, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say the Vagos have an estimated 600 members with chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Muncie woman allegedly admitted to police that she was in the process of “cookingmethamphetamine when they arrived at her soutside home early Tuesday.

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Zonda Wyleene Blevins, 42, 1412 W. Memorial Drive, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of precursors and seven counts of cruelty to an animal.

The cruelty charges allege seven dogs, including four puppies, were in the house when the meth production was creating an “overwhelming odor.”

A city police officer reported he was driving in the area of Blevins’ home when he smelled “the odor of meth being cooked.” He and other officers then went to the house.

A state police meth suppression team was called to the scene to remove potentially hazardous materials.

Blevins was fined last September after she was cited for failing to get rabies shots for her dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AMERICAN FORK — Four individuals were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine after detectives with the Utah County Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a room at the Value Place Motel in American Fork.

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Detectives reported that when they arrived at the room, the door was barricaded and locked. While attempting to make entry, detectives stated they could hear the toilet flushing.

Detectives reported they forced entry and came in contact with Shaun Medford, 40; Justin West, 34; Desiree Clark, 34; and Josh Haskell, 36, inside the room.

Detectives reported they located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including several empty, used and loaded syringes. They also located methamphetamine inside the toilet, which they reported appeared to be an attempt to tamper with evidence.

Detectives stated they spoke with all four individuals and were told Medford and West attempted to tamper with evidence as detectives forced entry into the residence.

Detectives reported the drugs found tested positive for methamphetamine. The area is considered a drug-free zone because of a nearby Cinemark Theater. All four individuals consented to blood and urine tests, and detectives reported all four individuals tested positive for methamphetamine.

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Medford was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone, possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone and tampering with evidence.

West was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone, possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone and tampering with evidence, and had a hold placed by Adult Probation and Parole.

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Clark was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone and possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, and had a hold placed by Adult Probation and Parole.

Haskell was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone and possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone.

Jail booking records show that Medford has been booked into the Utah County Jail 18 times, West has been booked 30 times, Clark has been booked 13 times and Haskell has been booked 25 times.

 

 

 

 

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ANCHORAGENew information has emerged in the case of former missing mother, Erica Gibbs, and her 4-month-old son, Dominik Gibbs.

A complaint released by the district attorney’s office reveals that Gibbs’ infant son tested positive for methamphetamine; traces of which were found in his hair follicles. It is unclear at the moment exactly how the drug was transferred to the infant’s system.

This information follows a written statement released by the Anchorage Police Department Wednesday morning, detailing that Gibbs and her infant son were located Tuesday night following an anonymous tip.

The string of events leading to the pair’s apprehension began on July 20. According to court documents, the Office of Children’s Services met with the 30-year-old to advise her that her son would be placed in emergency custody. Police arrived at her San Roberto Avenue residence July 22 to take the infant into custody, but when officers arrived, the pair was nowhere to be found. APD said officers learned Gibbs had left the home on foot shortly beforehand. A search warrant was obtained for the residence, where police found evidence that a young child had been living there. While Gibbs was located shortly thereafter, police said she refused to divulge her son’s location.

At a court hearing July 25, a judge ordered Gibbs to disclose the location of the infant but she again refused to comply.

On July 31, Gibbs’ mother, Dorothy Gibbs, was asked to assist police in recovering the baby. After talking with Dorothy Gibbs, police learned that Erica Gibbs would bring her son to his grandmother’s home if OCS agreed to let him stay in Dorothy Gibbs’ custody.

According to a police statement, when Erica Gibbs learned OCS refused to allow the infant to stay with her mother, she “freaked out” and fled with her son. Officers apprehended both mother and son in an East Anchorage apartment Tuesday after receiving an anonymous tip earlier in the day, APD said.

Now in police custody, Gibbs — who has a criminal history — faces charges of custodial interference in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a minor.

 

 

 

 

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Rapides Parish deputies arrest an alleged, rolling meth dealer after a traffic stop last Tuesday, seizing an estimated street value of $29,000 in methamphetamine.E8643F3DF9997C412C5C0658C7A75E6F_787_442

On July 29, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Metro Division closed a case involving methamphetamine sales in the Alexandria area. Agents said they had received tips that a suspect, identified as Dexter Demond Hall, was selling large amounts of methamphetamine.

After conducting rolling surveillance during approximately two weeks into the investigation, agents determined Hall was in possession of methamphetamine. The rolling surveillance ended in a traffic stop at the Monroe St exit off I-49, deputies said.

Agents explained they made initial contact with Hall and could see a package in Hall’s lap. Initially, they said, Hall refused to comply with the agents’ request, but eventually did comply and exited the vehicle and agents recovered approximately one half-pound of methamphetamine.

Hall was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a single count of Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II. Hall was later released on a $10,000.00 bond.

Deputies indicate that the investigation is still ongoing.

“Our agents are continually working and following up on tips from the public. We appreciate the public’s assistance and we will continue this aggressive enforcement of narcotics violations” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton.

 

 

 

 

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LAS CRUCES >> Federal and local authorities arrested eight Las Cruces men Wednesday, representing the end of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation targeting repeat offenders.

When it began, the 15-month investigation by FBI and local Metro Narcotics Task Force Officials sought methamphetamine manufacturers and suppliers in Doña Ana County.

Eventually, authorities expanded the investigation to include other illegal drugs, and firearms used in trafficking from El Paso to Los Angeles.

Here are the men taken into custody Wednesday, according to a news release issued Thursday by the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office.

- Anthony Calderon, 40, and Orlando Roman, 34, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing heroin and methamphetamine in April 2014.

- Salvador Ortega, 33, and Steven Roman, 26, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing methamphetamine in April 2014.

- Robert J. Lambe, 36, of Las Cruces, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine in June 2014, using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

- Jesse Antillion, 27, of Las Cruces, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in Nov. 2013.

- Josh Alamagor, 32, and David Enriquez, 26, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing methamphetaminein May 2014.

The investigation led to the filing of criminal charges against 75 individuals, including 42 federal defendants and 33 state defendants, the release states.

Law enforcement officers seized more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana, 74 firearms and 17 vehicles during the course of the investigation.

Four federal defendants have yet to be arrested and are considered fugitives.

The investigation leading to the aforementioned arrests, drug seizures and cases was conducted by the FBI’s Las Cruces Southwest Border/Safe Streets Task Force and the New Mexico HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force.

Agents and officers from the FBI, Metro Narcotics Task Force, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Las Cruces Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol and DEA assisted in today’s law enforcement operation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feds, NM authorities bust dozens of alleged Methamphetamine dealers

A 15-month investigation by the FBI and New Mexico authorities has resulted in criminal charges against 75 alleged drug traffickers from Las Cruces to Los Angeles.

The investigation begun in May 2013 implicated dealers of high-grade methamphetamine across Doña Ana County, including Las Cruces and Anthony, and Deming, according to the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico. Investigators also nabbed the dealers’ alleged suppliers in Los Angeles, Tucson and El Paso.

Criminal charges have been filed against 75 people, including 42 federal defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney. All but four federal defendants have been arrested; the remaining four individuals are considered fugitives.

All told, law enforcement officers seized more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana, 74 firearms and 17 vehicles during the course of the investigation.

 

 

 

 

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Three recent methamphetamine-related arrests in Martinsville— two of them just weeks apart — suggest meth is on the rise in the city, according to Police Chief Sean Dunn.

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Dunn, who became the city’s police chief on May 5, said that before he came to Martinsville, he had been under the impression that meth was on the rise across Southwest Virginia, “so I was actually pleasantly surprised to arrive here and be informed from staff that we’re not seeing much of a meth problem,” he said.

Since then, however, there have been three meth-related arrests in the city, which causes Dunn concern.

“We’re definitely on high alert for this,” he said. “We’re hoping to … make the public aware of how dangerous it is and continue our enforcement efforts.

Methamphetamine is an illegal synthetic drug that acts as a stimulant. It can be made illegally in homes, vehicles and elsewhere.

The two most recent arrests were Frank Red Sink Jr., 44, who was charged Aug. 1 with felony manufacture methamphetamine and felony possession of methamphetamine; and David R. Cannaday, 45, who was charged with possession of controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

In the first incident, Dunn said, “we received information that an individual (allegedly) was in the process of making meth. Officers went out and they were able to observe him doing what appeared to be walking outside and going through the process of … ‘working the pot’ to make the meth.”

After police noticed additional indicators of alleged meth production, a search warrant was obtained and Sink was arrested, Dunn said. The incident occurred on the 800 block of Forest Street, he added.

In the second incident, Dunn said, police stopped Cannaday’s vehicle because of improper equipment and “they recovered what appeared to be an inactive or recently finished cooking pot” allegedly related to meth production.

Both incidents, Dunn said, allegedly are examples of a newer type of meth production known as the “one pot” or “shake and bake” method, which forgoes the need for an extensive meth lab in exchange for common pharmaceutical ingredients prepared in an empty plastic two-liter soda bottle.

Although this new method is easier than older means, Dunn said, it also is exceptionally dangerous.

“This (method) is very dangerous, very volatile,” the chief said. “It’s hazardous to whoever is making it, especially someone who’s making it in an enclosed area like a car. … They’re really taking a great risk to their own personal safety, not to mention the dangers of this drug once you’ve put it into your body after you’ve manufactured it.”

According to online sources, if the meth chemicals are exposed to oxygen at the wrong time or the chemical reaction does not go as planned, it can result in a deadly explosion or a flash fire. According to previous Bulletin reports, the third city resident arrested recently in connection with meth is Christopher Ray Richardson, 35, formerly of 106 Roselawn Heights, Martinsville, who was arrested on indictments of one count each manufacture methamphetamine in the same dwelling of a minor under the age of 15; manufacture methamphetamine; and possess ammonium nitrate, hydrochloric acid, lithium and psuedoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, methcathinone or amphetamine in connection with a May 20 incident.

Dunn said the city has received help cleaning up meth manufacturing sites from the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team, which not only collects the dangerous components but also helps gather evidence for prosecution.

“Probably the biggest benefit to us is it helps us to manage these scenes as safely as possible,” Dunn said. “These guys are experts. They know exactly what they’re looking at. They deal with this a lot more frequently than we do.”

Dunn said several city police officers have received meth collection and cleanup training, but the level of expertise the state police offers still is invaluable.

“We’ve been very fortunate that they’ve been as responsive as they have,” he said.

To effectively combat meth in the city, Dunn said, the public’s assistance is needed. He encourages anyone who knows of meth production taking place in the city to contact the police department.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice website at http://www.justice.gov, a combination of several of the following factors can suggest the presence of meth manufacturing in a home: unusual smells, such as ether, ammonia or acetone; excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers; covered windows; frequent visitors at unusual times; extensive security measures; and secretive or unfriendly occupants.

“It’s dangerous for the folks who are producing it as well as the folks who are using it,” Dunn said. “We definitely want to see this problem go away.”

 

 

 

 

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Nogales, Arizona – Two males, one from Mexico and the other a United States citizen, were recently arrested in separate drug-smuggling attempts through Nogales Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Jorge Humberto Lopez-Ramos, 64, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of a GMC truck he attempted to drive through the port Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s driver-side door, where officers discovered 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $82,500.

Monday, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Christian Ortiz, 31, a U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a further search of his Chevrolet truck. During the search, a drug detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s front and back seats where officers found 39 pounds of meth worth an estimated $117,700.

The vehicles and drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yuma, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 23 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested one smuggler, yesterday.

Blythe Station agents working at an immigration checkpoint on Highway 95 referred a vehicle to secondary when a canine alerted to the vehicle.  Agents noticed the bolts near the fender with heavy tooling marks.  Agents took off the fender and noticed anomalies near the firewall, including fresh paint and weld marks.  Agents removed the welds, and found 20 wrapped packages of methamphetamines.  The total weight of the methamphetamine was 23 pounds, worth an estimated $69,000.

 

 

 

 

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SAN CLEMENTE – A 24-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 30 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in his car, authorities said.

Agents discovered the estimated $300,000 worth of methamphetamine in a 2007 Dodge Caliber about 7:30 p.m. on the freeway checkpoint near San Clemente after a police dog alerted them to the drug’s presence, according to a U.S. Border Patrol statement.

The methamphetamine was hidden in freezer bags stacked in the left “rocker panel” area of the car, according to the statement.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody by Drug Enforcement officials. The vehicle was seized by the border patrol.

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Madison Heights residents were arrested late Wednesday evening and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

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According an Amherst County Sheriff’s Office release, a search warrant was executed at 180 Secluded Acre in Madison Heights after 11 p.m. as a result of a meth lab investigation, Capt. John Grieser said.

The Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab team responded to the scene as well. He said they found evidence of old bakes and previous batches of the drug. It appeared to investigators another batch of meth was about to be cooked.

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James Willis Campbell Sr., 57, Timothy Blake Birch, 28, and Ashley Nicole Campbell, 23, were arrested at the scene and charge with manufacturing methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. They are being held at Amherst County Adult Detention Center without bond, according to the release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEMMES, Alabama — Mobile County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested seven people Wednesday after they found a methamphetamine lab.

At around 11 p.m. Wednesday deputies responded to 3301 Normandy Drive West in Semmes to execute a July arrest warrant for 45-year-old David Thomas Blanton for the possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lori Myles.

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Myles said when deputies got to the door, they smelled meth. Blanton and four others were inside with an active meth lab, Myles said.

The five people arrested were David Thomas Blanton, William Ellis Dunham Jr., Lynn Marie Mason, Heather Lynn Silvers and Cory Everette Lambert.

While deputies were at the residence a man and a woman, later identified as Jeremy David Love and Keri Nicole Junkins, were calling Lambert’s phone trying to purchase meth, Myles said.

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The deputies impersonated Lambert, arranged a meeting point and arrested Love and Junkins.

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Blanton, Dunham, Mason, Silvers and Lambert face charges of first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine.

Love and Junkins were charged with attempting to commit a controlled substance crime. Love was also arrested on five outstanding warrants that included trafficking methamphetamine and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Junkins faces additional charges of pistol carrying without a permit and possession of a controlled substance for carrying a 25 caliber pistol and Xanex,  Myles said.

Everyone involved was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail around 2 a.m. Thursday. As of 2:15 p.m. Junkins is the only one out of the seven that was released on bond.

 

 

 

 

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Dallas man is accused of shooting his boyfriend 15 times with a pellet gun and manufacturing methamphetamine.

 show_image4Jorge Ramirez, 32, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He remains in the Dallas County jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Police responded to a call around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday at The Oaks Apartments in the 4900 block of Gaston Avenue in Old East Dallas. A witness told officers someone was screaming for help inside an apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Ramirez’s boyfriend told officers he screamed for help after Ramirez pointed a handgun and a pellet gun at him. Ramirez shot the man with the pellet gun 15 times, police said.

When officers knocked on the door, Ramirez forced his boyfriend to lie face down in the bathtub. Ramirez then threatened to kill the man, the boyfriend told police.

Officers searched the apartment and found three pistols, a BB gun, 229 grams of methamphetamine and a half gram of amphetamine. There was also $33,676 stashed inside a large teddy bear, according to police documents.

 

 

 

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TAHLEQUAH — A woman arrested in June for drug- and firearm-related allegations is facing additional charges for allegedly taking several bags of methamphetamine into the Cherokee County Detention Center.g0a0000000000000000875975eddef38edbc7fbdfd2844d6e168acdba76

Tracy R. Rogers, 36, of Muskogee, is charged with a felony count of bringing contraband into a jail or penal institution.

She is free on a total bond of $5,000.

Rogers was arrested in mid-June after a traffic stop by Tahlequah Officer Austin Yates. Police retrieved a pellet gun, a pipe with burnt residue, and a couple of pills from the vehicle Rogers was driving.

Officers also learned Rogers was being sought on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property

Bond at that time was set at $50,000.

On June 16, Cherokee County Detention Center Officer Sylvia Holmes filed a report after women in one of the pods claimed Rogers had drugs and “that she had it inside her.”

“She was asking the girls if they wanted any,” Holmes reported.

Rogers denied having narcotics that day – June 15, Holmes said – and a subsequent search of the inmate, called a “bend, squat, and cough,” revealed no substances.

Rogers was then moved to a cell with another inmate. On June 16, another female inmate told CCDC officers she needed them at her cell. Holmes was pointed to a roll of toilet paper, where she found a gold metal container with a lid containing eight small bags of methamphetamine.

The substances were seized and turned into the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

Rogers’ newest charges could result in one to five years in a state prison and a fine of $100 to $1,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Burlington County man and woman were arrested on drug and weapons charges after police allegedly found methamphetamine and a sawed-off shotgun while executing a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities also had to call in the Burlington County Haz-Mat team and members of the State Police’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit when unknown chemicals were discovered in the house, police said. The chemicals were sent for testing.

William Kirchner, 23, and Amber Ogden, 22, both of the 200 block of Norcross Lane in Pemberton Township, were taken into custody at 5:30 p.m. when State Police entered the house.

Kirchner and Ogden were charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine as well as possession of a prohibited device and possession of a defaced firearm, according to Pemberton Township Lt. Brian Wechkus.

Ogden was released on her own recognizance. Kirchner was held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Kirchner is still jailed in the Burlington County Detention Center as of this morning, online records indicate.

 

 

 

 

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