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Authorities said five people, including Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill’s son, were arrested Friday during a raid at a Pine Hills home that’s owned by Regina Hill.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Tactical Teams served warrants at the Baywood Avenue home on Friday.

Sheriff’s Office PIO Jeff Williamson said the home has been under surveillance for several months and that they “know for a fact” that illegal drug activity was going on inside.

“We received some tips that there was illegal activity going on in and around the residence,” Williamson said.

Approximately 10 people were detained during the raid and five were arrested on a number of gun and drug charges.

Those arrested were Rakeem Hill, 27, Richardson Bellefeur, 27, Teshawn Clarke, 19, Omari Nembhard, 26, and Shaneika Jackson, 20, according to deputies.

Rakeem Hill was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams, and three firearms and ammunition charges. He listed Regina Hill as his mother on court documents related to a previous criminal case.

Bellefeur was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell and with obstructing a search warrant.

Clarke’s charges included possession of cannabis with intent to sell and possession of cannabis more than 20 grams.

Nembhard was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of cannabis less than 20 grams.

Jackson was charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstructing a search warrant.

The home is owned by the commissioner, who was recently fined more than $22,000 for a broken down car that’s parked outside the house, but she said she doesn’t live there.

Code enforcement had ordered the car be removed and fined the commissioner $250 for each day that it stayed put.

Attempts to contact Regina Hill were unsuccessful.

Two men were arrested at Days Inn hotel in Priceville Wed., July 15.

Boe Don Rusie, 31, and Joshua Laron Kelso, 30, were taken into custody after Morgan County Drug Task Force agents responded to reports of possible methamphetamine manufacture activities in room 212. After obtaining a search warrant, the agents found a one-pot methamphetamine lab in the bathroom, methamphetamine oil, sulfuric acid, lithium batteries and reagents.Rusie-and-Kelso2Rusie-and-Kelso

The occupants of the surrounding rooms were evacuated, and they were later examined by the Priceville Fire Department after they complained of headaches.

Rusie and Kelso were decontaminated and taken to the Morgan County Jail, each with a bond total of $510,000. Both men were charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance – methamphetamine – first degree, trafficking in methamphetamine and unlawful possession of felony drug paraphernalia. Kelso had been released from jail in Lawrence County in February 2015 after serving a six-year sentence for drug charges. He was also out on bond for a recent drug-related arrest.

A complaint about a possible meth lab in a wooded area in Reserve led to the arrest of two St. John the Baptist Parish men shortly after midnight Thursday (July 16), authorities said.christopher-trosclair-d5741dd9d3102567

A deputy investigating the wooded area near Jean Marie Street discovered items typically used to “cook” methamphetamine, a St. John Sheriff’s Office news release states.

As he secured the scene and waited for narcotics detectives, authorities said the two men suspected of creating the lab arrived at the site. The deputy was able to detain one of the men, identified as 38-year-old Jamie Cambre, while the other man fled on an ATV.

He was later found hiding under an abandoned house on East 15th Street, authorities said. He was identified as Christopher Trosclair, 33, of East 15th Street in Reserve.jamie-cambre-8e85b612892b1ba0

Authorities say the site bore evidence of previous meth lab activities with materials used in the process strewn about the area. Trained technicians removed the potentially volatile material from the area, the news release states.

Cambre was arrested and booked with distribution/manufacture of methamphetamine. He remains in custody in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

Trosclair was arrested and booked with distribution/manufacture of methamphetamine and resisting a deputy. He is being held on a $36,500 bond and a probation/parole violation.

BETHEL HEIGHTS — Six people were arrested Wednesday after Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies found methamphetamine at a home that doubled as a day care.

There were 32 grams of methamphetamine, a gun and drug paraphernalia — including used syringes — found at 559 Buffalo Lane in Bethel Heights when deputies searched the home Wednesday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. No children were present during the search. Detectives are trying to contact parents of the children enrolled in the day care, according to the news release.

The day care program wasn’t a formal one and had an enrollment of six children ranging in age from infant to 5 years old, said Keshia Guyll, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. The six people arrested in connection with the incident were all at the home when it was searched, Guyll said. The six were booked into the county jail between 9 and 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

The people arrested, according to the release, were:

  • Christopher Preston Polk, 38, of 559 Buffalo Lane was arrested in connection to possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of property to facilitate crime.
  • Courtney Michelle Polk, 35, of 559 Buffalo Lane was arrested in connection to possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of property to facilitate crime.
  • Edward Mosier, 34, of 590 S. Phillips in Fayetteville was arrested in connection with possession with the purpose to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing and maintaining a premise used for drugs.
  • Chasity Deshae Humphries, 34, of 811 S.E. Falcon Lane, Apt. No. 21 in Bentonville was arrested in connection with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Travis Jake Edens, 33, of 1306 Davis Ave. in Springdale was arrested in connection with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and felony tampering with physical evidence.
  • Kaneaster Hodges, 49, 1221 Countrywood Circle in Rogers was arrested in connection with possession of a controlled substance.

All six were being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail with no bonds set.

DECATUR – When members of the Decatur Police Department Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a house on the city’s near northside, they found a small quantity of heroin, methamphetamine and an alleged meth lab.55a7b5604c359_image

They also found that Christian M. Berger, a 32-year-old man with an extensive criminal history, allegedly was in a sexual relationship with an underage teen girl.

Berger, who is being held in the Macon County Jail on $250,000 bond, entered a not guilty plea in circuit court Wednesday on six felony charges.

He is charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacture, a Class X felony; child pornography, a Class 1 felony; aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony; and three other narcotics offenses.

Officers found Berger and the teen girl in Berger’s bedroom after entering the residence at 10:40 a.m. June 18.

On a shelf in the bedroom, detectives found two baggies that field tested positive for meth, as well as a baggie containing a small amount of heroin, said an affidavit by Decatur police detective Paul Vinton. A digital scale was on a bed.

In a police interview, Berger admitted that the meth and heroin belonged to him.

He said he and the teen girl “started sleeping together a month previously” and that they “had sexual intercourse at least 10 times” at the Water Street residence during the past month, the affidavit said.

“During an examination of Berger’s cellphone, detectives located a video which showed Christian Berger and (the juvenile) having sexual intercourse.” Berger told police the video was shot in Decatur during the past month.

In the basement of the residence, officers found meth lab components, including 20 or more empty pseudoephedrine pill wrappers, used coffee filters with suspected meth residue, a Coleman fuel can with fluid remaining, two full lighter fluid containers, an empty heavy duty drain cleaner container and a gallon of muriatric acid.

The Illinois State Police meth team helped process the scene and dispose of hazardous waste products.

At the time of Berger’s arrest, he was out on bond in connection with a 2014 Macon County narcotics case. He was charged Dec. 18 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with a prior conviction for heroin possession. That case is pending.

He is due in circuit court for a pretrial hearing in his most recent case Aug. 11.

Carrie-SchambersPolice found meth, manufacturing equipment and multiple firearms Wednesday after a meth report near Barbee Lake in Kosciusko County.

Two Leesburg residents were arrested by officers from Indiana State Police and Warsaw Police Department on Wednesday, July 15, when they were found with multiple one-pot meth labs and more than a gram of finished meth, according to a Warsaw police press release.

Carrie Schambers, 47, tried to hide meth in her pants, according to the release. She was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

Schambers also faces a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent, according to the release. Police contacted Child Protective Services for a child who was present during the arrests.tracy-bickel

Tracy Bickel, 54, was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of drug precursors and maintaining a common nuisance. His charges will be enhanced because of the child’s presence and the presence of firearms, according to the release.

The state police meth lab cleanup team removed the meth labs and harmful chemicals, according to the release.

Bickel and Schambers are in Kosciusko County Jail. Bickel’s bond is set at $20,250 and Schambers’ bond is set at $5,250.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Moments after shooting a man in the chest, the accused gunman ate close to an ounce of methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Wayne Archie Woodruff appeared in court on Thursday afternoon. He is now charged with murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.wayne-archie

He was booked into jail on Wednesday. He had spent 3 days in the hospital after police say he shot and killed Brandon Kaufman. The shooting happened at a mobile home near the intersection of NE 72nd and Killingsworth, according to police.

Woodruff and his girlfriend had spent a couple nights at the mobile home belonging to a woman named Sherrie Jordan, according to court documents. Jordan told police that Kaufman and his fiancée had been staying at the same trailer for since June, according to court documents.

According to a court affidavit, on the night of July 11, there was a fight between Jordan and Woodruff over an inhaler and whether or not Woodruff needed to go to the hospital, Jordon told police. Woodruff reportedly kicked Jordan and that’s when the other people in the trailer stood up and told him to stop, court documents state.

Jordon told police that Woodruff then walked out of the trailer and that she saw him pull out a silver handgun, point it at her and hesitate, the affidavit states. Jordan told police that she “ducked” as the gun was being fired and that the bullet hit Kaufman, who was standing behind her. He died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

At the moment the round was fired, Portland Police Officer Tim Hoerhauf and his partner were driving their patrol car in the area of NE 72 and Killingsworth. Hoerhauf reports hearing the gunshot and seeing Woodruff run out of Jordan’s trailer, the affidavit states.

Police recovered the silver handgun used to kill Kaufman, according to court documents. It was found near the start of the foot pursuit between Woodruff and police.

Homicide Detective Anthony Merrill interviewed Woodruff who admitted to being in possession of a silver handgun and admitted to eating close to an ounce of meth while fleeing, the affidavit states.

On Nov. 29, 2011, Woodruff was convicted of bank robbery in federal court. In Aug. 1996, he was convicted of first-degree arson.

Woodruff’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 24.

A father and son were arrested about 7 a.m. Thursday after the Visalia Police Department’s SWAT team served a search warrant to investigate meth sales in the 3500 block of West College Avenue in Visalia, officials said.

As SWAT officers approached the residence, Alexander Legra Sr., 45, fled and allegedly attempted to destroy two large bags of methamphetamine. One of the bags was thrown into a backyard occupied by small children. Officers found nearly 1 pound of meth and digital scales at the home, officials said.

Officers allegedly found chemicals for making explosives, which they say belong to Legra’s son, Alexander Legra, Jr., 23.

The older man was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, destruction of evidence, child endangerment, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. His son was arrested on suspicion of possession of chemicals for manufacturing explosives.

RUTLAND, Vermont — Authorities evacuated tenants from a building in Rutland, Vermont, after police say they discovered a methamphetamine lab.

The Rutland Herald reports ( firefighters and police investigated an apartment building Wednesday evening in Rutland and closed off a nearby intersection for nearly eight hours. Authorities searched the unit for any potential hazards.

The scene was cleared early Thursday morning and police say there are no active health risks to the public.

Detectives and a federal agent were looking into a potential drug investigation at the residence and found that a 19-year-old man had materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

He was taken into custody and has been charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine. He was released and is slated to appear in Rutland criminal court on August 31.–Meth-Lab-Apartment

GLYNN CO., GA (WTOC) – The Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team dismantled a methamphetamine distribution ring that has been operating in several counties of Southeast Georgia.8336220_G

The Narcotics Team along with the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office collaborated on the investigation for the past fourteen months.

During the course of the investigation, several subjects have been arrested on drugs and weapons charges in both Glynn and McIntosh counties. Over two pounds of methamphetamine was seized. Also seized were two hits of LSD, numerous illicit pharmaceutical pills, about one ounce marijuana and two grams of heroin. Eight firearms were also taken off the streets during the investigation.

Some individuals that are a part of this organization have already been arrested, convicted and sentenced. Some others are currently incarcerated on other related charges.

Those arrested on Wednesday are as follows:

  • Larry Baxley, 37, of Brunswick – Three Counts Sale of Methamphetamine
  • Nephi Clark, 30, of Brunswick – One Count Sale of Methamphetamine
  • John Boatright, 35, of Brunswick – Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Two Counts of Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a crime. In addition at the time of his arrest on July 15th Boatright was found to be in possession of multiple drugs. At that time he was further charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of LSD, Possession of Morphine, Two counts of Possession of Schedule III Controlled substances (illicit prescription pills), Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor), and Possession of Drug Related Objects.
  • Amber Layton, 28, of Brunswick – Possession of Methamphetamine. At the time of her arrest she was found to be possession of methamphetamine and marijuana which resulted in other charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor), and Possession of Drug Related Objects.
  • Stephen Harrison, 31, of Brunswick – Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug related Objects.
  • Vance E. Watson Jr., 36, of Brunswick – Two counts of Sale of Methamphetamine

Those arrested and already convicted in connection with this investigation are as follows:

  • James Hayes, 59, of Brunswick – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
  • Bryant Todd Leggett, 44, of Brunswick – Sale of Methamphetamine
  • Joseph Andrews, 34, of Brunswick – Sale of Methamphetamine
  • Alyssa Green, 30, of Hortense, GA – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
  • Randi Beecher, 33, of Brunswick – Sale of Methamphetamine
  • Joshua Elsebusch, 34, of Brunswick – Two Counts Sale of Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute
  • Kenneth Latham, 36, of Brunswick – Two Counts Sale of Methamphetamine
  • Richard Wolfe, 29, of Brunswick – Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) and Possession of Drug related Objects.

Individuals currently incarcerated on charges relating to this investigation and other charges are as follows:

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  • James Mimbs, 27, of Brunswick currently in custody for Possession of Methamphetamine and Probation Violation has also been charged with Sales of Methamphetamine.
  • Johnny Yeomans, 45, of Brunswick currently in custody for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug related objects. He has also been charged with one count of Sale of Methamphetamine.
  • Kristopher Marr, 25, of Brunswick currently in custody for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, probation violation. He has additionally been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and Criminal Attempt to Possess Methamphetamine.
  • William Travis Roof, 34, of Brunswick currently in custody charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Probation Violation. Additionally he was charged today with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a crime.

McIntosh County Detention Center

  • Clifford Allen Angle, 26, of Brunswick currently in custody in the McIntosh County Detention Center in Darien, Ga  – Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Firearm in Commission of a Crime, Possession of a firearm by Convicted Felon has now also been charged with one count of Sale of Methamphetamine.

Those arrested previously during this long term investigation, currently on bond, and awaiting trial are:

  • Thomas Franklin Brown, 39, of Brunswick – Possession of Schedule II controlled substance (illicit possession of prescription pills)
  • Gabrielle LaRoche, 30, of Hortense, GA – Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Ashley Marie Collins, 27, of Brunswick – Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

Officials say other arrests are anticipated in this investigation. Members of the Glynn/Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team and the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their cooperative work effort in both counties.

SALTON CITY, Calif. – A man was busted by Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint Thursday morning after authorities found just over 50 lbs. of methamphetamine hidden in his car.7-16drugs1-jpg

Agents said the methamphetamine was stashed in the car’s rocker panels.

The 24-year-old man was driving a Dodge Avenger when he was stopped at the checkpoint around 10 a.m., agents said in a release.

Agents searched the man’s car after a canine detection team alerted them. After extensively searching the car, authorities said they found 34 packages of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s rocker panels.7-16drugs2-jpg

The narcotics weighed 50.57 lbs. and is valued at more than $505,000.

Border Patrol agents said the man was a Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the United States. The Drug Enforcement Agency took custody of him, the car and the methamphetamine.

The D.E.A. continues to investigate the suspected drug smuggling attempt.

Agents said in the last fiscal year, El Centro Sector Border Patrol seized more than 445 lbs. of methamphetamine.

Thursday morning, Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins announced a drug bust having been executed in the city of Tomahawk on Wednesday afternoon.IMG_0760-692x360

According to a press release issued by the Tomahawk Police Department, an investigation into the sale and distribution of Methamphetamine within the city of Tomahawk and surrounding areas, concluded Wednesday with the arrest of a 27 year old male from the Merrill area.

Items seized during the bust were Methamphetamine, Marijuana, numerous paraphernalia items, a motor vehicle and approximately $1800 in U.S. Currency.

The male subject is currently in custody at the Lincoln County Jail, facing multiple felony charges including; Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession with intent to deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Elvins stated that this arrest is part of a cooperative effort by the Tomahawk Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Merrill Police Department and the North Central Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Police charged an woman Wednesday for allegedly bringing methamphetamine and a glass pipe with meth residue into the Stephens County Jail. 55a865fc1e6f6_image

Authorities found the bag of meth during a search of Julia Cozad, 40, after a pipe was determined to be from her, according to an incident report.

The contraband was found on Cozad’s person July 2, according to a report.

Cozad was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the county jail, according to court documents.

CADILLAC — A 32-year-old Cadillac woman and a 43-year-old Cadillac man face conspiracy charges in Wexford County’s 84th District Court involving the delivery or manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy.

Sarah Diann-Burns Perry and Bradley Eugene Little were both charged with conspiracy to deliver or manufacture methamphetamine/ecstasy. The two allegedly conspired with another suspect, Timothy Duane Miller Jr.

Perry also was charged with one count of maintaining a drug house.Sarah Diann-Burns Perry and Bradley Eugene Little

If convicted, both Perry and Little face up to 20 years in prison and/or a $35,000 fine.

In May, Miller was charged in 28th Circuit Court with operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine second or subsequent offense; conspiracy to deliver or manufacture methamphetamine second or subsequent offense; possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy second or subsequent offense; maintaining a drug house second or subsequent offense; and child abuse, second-degree, for exposing a child to methamphetamine. A habitual offender, fourth-offense notice also was added.

Due to the habitual offender notice, Miller faces life in prison, if convicted. Previous convictions include maintaining a drug house, fleeing and eluding in Wexford County, as well as a conviction of homicide-manslaughter with a motor vehicle in Missaukee County in December 2006 stemming from a crash on Nov. 11, 2005.

Police and Australian authorities have intercepted a consignment of methamphetamine worth more than $6.5 million.

The consignment was initially intercepted at the Los Angeles Airport last week on it’s way to Fiji after custom officials were suspicious of the country of origin on the packaging label.

20 packages were found in the consignment containing a pressure cooker and further testing confirmed contents to be methamphetamine’s weighing over 21 kilograms.

Fiji Police along with the Australian Federal Police then allowed for the consignment to be sent through to Fiji to determine the recipient here.

When the package arrived in Fiji, it was received by two men aged 31 and 35 years.

The package was seized from them by a surveillance team of police and customs officers.

The 31 year old has been charged with Unlawful Transfer and Supply of Illicit Drugs and will be produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court today while the second suspect remains in custody.

This is the second large seizure of illicit drugs made with the joint cooperation of the Fiji Police Force, Australian Federal Police, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.

A Kennewick man was arrested Wednesday, seven months after police say he smoked methamphetamine with a teen girl then sexually assaulted her.

Edward Gene Richardson, 46, was arrested at his home and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree rape and distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.

In December of last year, Richardson gave two underage girls a ride to his home on West 15th Avenue, police said. He is accused of giving meth to the girls and smoking it with them.

One of the girls, a 14 year old, reported Richardson had sexual contact with her, police said.

Police served a warrant at Richardson’s home on Wednesday. Another man at the home, Wilson Blake Thomas, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

During an interview on Yellowhammer Radio Wednesday, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry expressed outrage with President Barack Obama’s decision to release a local man from federal prison after he was convicted multiple times on drug and weapons charges.

Earlier this week, President Obama announced he is commuting the sentences of 46 “non-violent” drug offenders whose punishments, he says, do not fit their crimes.

Robert “Bobby” Joe Young of Joppa, Alabama, was one of the convicted criminals who will be released back out onto the streets as a result of the President’s decision. Young was arrested in 2000 for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a substance containing methamphetamine and a substance containing cocaine; trafficking in methamphetamine; and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, among other charges.

In short, Young was caught with roughly two pounds of meth and an arsenal consisting of dozens of weapons at a time when he was already on probation for a previous drug offense.

Because Young received a commuted sentence, he is still considered guilty of the crime, but will be released from prison in November, 7 years earlier than expected.

“I really disagree with the President’s statement saying these guys are not violent criminals,” said Sheriff Gentry. “Over the last 16 years, I’ve talked to a lot of parents who would disagree when their child is being buried because of this drug. There is violence associated with methamphetamine.”

Gentry said Young stood out among the other individuals whose sentences the President is commuting because he was trafficking in such large amounts of meth.

“This guy was in possession of a couple of pounds of meth, so I don’t really know or see what would stand out to the President on this one individual,” he said. “…If he comes back into society and he goes back to the old habits he had before he was incarcerated… He is a danger to the community.”

Gentry said he is concerned with the message President Obama is sending by letting Young out of jail long before his sentence is complete.

“I don’t think the President sends a very good message to the community and to our children that you can go out and you can deal drugs — you can be a large scale drug trafficker… deal pounds and cause all this havoc in a community, but there’s really no accountability for it,” he said. “I don’t think that sends the right message to our community. What’s going to happen now when I talk to the kid that says, ‘Well heck, I can go do five pounds, ten pounds, twenty pounds, and there’s really nothing that’s going to happen to me’?”

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (July 15, 2015)– A traffic stop in Bloomington led to two people being arrested, and more than 90 grams of methamphetamine being seized.john-payne-nicole-ryan-cbs

State Police Troopers performed a traffic stop at South Walnut Street and Winslow Road Tuesday. During the traffic stop, a certified narcotics detecting K-9 named Drogos gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. After a search of the vehicle, more than 90 grams of crystal methamphetamine were recovered in this case. The street value of the drugs was more than $9,000.

John Payne, 45, of Bloomington and Nicole Ryan, 42, of Heltonville were arrested  on charges of dealing in methamphetamine (over 10 grams), and possession of methamphetamine (over 28 grams).  Both incarcerated in the Monroe County jail.

More than $7,000 was also seized during the traffic stop.

FORT MORGAN, Colo. – Police said they found 16 pounds of methamphetamine in a car, the biggest bust Fort Morgan police can recall, after one of the accused traffickers called 911 while high on drugs.

Investigators said the crystal meth is worth more than $700,000.Potzler_and_Elguezabal_1436909808233_21403085_ver1_0_640_480

Police said Jonathan Potzler, 28, called 911 Saturday afternoon saying he was in the Wal-Mart parking lot and a woman he didn’t know refused to get out of his car. He also told the dispatcher he believed he was in Arizona.

When police arrived, they found Potzler and Jazmin Elguezabal, 21, who said she was Potzler’s cousin. According to arrest documents, it didn’t take long for the pair to confess to carrying drugs.

The packages of crystal meth investigators found resemble huge foil-wrapped breakfast burritos covered in slime. Police said grease and other agents were used on the packages to throw off drug-sniffing dogs.Meth-photo-fort-morgan-1_1436897235698_21390445_ver1_0_640_480

“I’ve been with the department 28 years, and this is the biggest bust I’ve been involved in,” said Fort Morgan Det. Todd Zwetzig.

He said he doesn’t believe the pair’s final destination was Fort Morgan, and that they were just stopping off from Interstate 76.

“Because of the interstate, we have mass amounts of drugs that go through all the time that we don’t know about,” Zwetzig said. “Just because we don’t have the intelligence on them or we don’t have a reason to contact those persons.”

Potzler and Elguezabal were both charged with multiple felonies, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution, manufacture and dispensing or sale of a controlled substance. Both are being held without bond at the Morgan County Detention Center.

Potzler declined to be interviewed Tuesday.

Fort Morgan Police are still investigating the case, and trying to determine where the drugs originated and where they were being transported.

SANFORD – Two Lee County residents were charged after deputies discovered they were operating a methamphetamine lab on the 200 block of Currie Drive.55a7c72938e4e_image

Jerry Wayne Saunders, 41, and John Tucker Walsh, 17, both of the 200 block of Currie Drive, were charged with three counts of possession of methamphetamine precursors and one count of manufacturing crystal methamphetamine.

The lab was discovered by Lee County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers on Thursday.

Agents secured the property, and with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigations Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, agents seized all of the components consistent of a working methamphetamine lab.

Bail for both Saunders and Walsh was set at $20,000 each.

Federal prosecutors say 10 people have been indicted in a two-year investigation of a methamphetamine and weapons ring in East Texas.

U.S. Attorney John Bales says five suspects were being held Wednesday, while the search continues for the other defendants.Meth-Generic-KNSD

Indictments returned July 1 led to law officers from several agencies carrying out search warrants Tuesday in Lufkin and Diboll. Authorities confiscated firearms, about 26 pounds of methamphetamine, $20,000 and eight vehicles.

The suspects face charges including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime.

Conviction on the conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The weapons count carries a minimum five years in prison.

Airline workers smuggled phony heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for distribution nationwide as part of an undercover sting that led to the indictment of 46 people Wednesday, federal officials said.

In the elaborate operation orchestrated by federal and local agents, airline employees used their knowledge, airport friends and security credentials to evade Transportation Security Administration scrutiny and to board planes to Chicago, Las Vegas, Newark, Phoenix, Wichita and San Francisco.

The indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges that four people were at the core of the smuggling operation, at least eight others laundered money paid by the undercover agents and others helped people carrying alleged drugs evade TSA security. Most of the defendants are from the ­Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Airport officials said that none of those indicted are employed by the agency.

“DFW Airport was aware of the FBI sting operation and cooperated fully,” said airport spokesman David Magaña in a statement. “None of the people named in the indictment is employed by DFW Airport.”

Crimes of all sorts happen in airports, though would-be criminals must contend with ubiquitous surveillance cameras, a multitude of police officers, dogs sniffing about and legions of airport workers who are to report anything suspicious.

“We have periodically discovered criminal activity among the aviation worker population,” said TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger. There are ongoing investigations, and it’s a constant attempt to determine whether there is any criminal activity going on.”

With notable exceptions, most people arrested in airports are charged with petty crimes or with attempting to bring banned weapons onto airplanes.

Still, though, the TSA is tightening controls on airline and airport workers after the discovery in December that an airline baggage handler in Atlanta took part in an alleged conspiracy to smuggle guns — including assault rifles — to New York City.

FBI investigators determined the gun-running scheme had been fostered by airline workers whose identity badges gave them access to areas that are off-limits to passengers. The TSA responded by reducing access points to secure areas, increasing the frequency of criminal background checks, subjecting workers to random screenings and sending airport workers traveling as passengers through regular security checkpoints.

According to the indictment Wednesday, an undercover agent was told by an airline worker at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport that he could smuggle drugs on United and American Airlines flights.

On several subsequent occasions, the agent supplied the worker with purported drugs and they were transported by a relative of the worker who was on the employee flight list and exempt from scrutiny faced by other passengers.

Most of the defendants were charged with at least one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine. Eight defendants are charged with at least one count of money laundering or conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation that, upon conviction, would require each defendant to give up any property involved in or traceable to property involved in their crime.

The maximum penalty for each of the drug-trafficking conspiracy charges is life in prison and millions of dollars in fines. Each count of conspiracy to launder money carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Each substantive money laundering count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

If terrorism is defined by the death toll of the innocents, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is in the same league as Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the al-Qaida global terror network.

Like bin Laden, who was killed in 2011 deep inside Pakistan in a secret operation involving U.S. Navy SEALS, Guzman is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of users of illegal drugs and members of drug gangs worldwide.

Indeed, just as bin Laden had designated the U.S. al-Qaida’s No. 1 enemy, Guzman and his Mexican drug cartel has made America the No. 1 market for illegal drugs, including cocaine and heroin, from South America.

The death toll of Americans from drug overdoses is in the thousands, just as the number of deaths of Americans in the Sept. 1, 2011, al-Qaida terror attack on America surpassed 3,000.

We make the comparison between Guzman and bin Laden to drive home this point: The Obama administration should treat the drug kingpin’s escape last weekend from a Mexican prison as an opportunity to launch a bin Laden-type search-and-destroy mission inside Mexico or any country that is providing him safe haven.

Given the deep-rooted culture of government corruption in Mexico, especially among members of the national police force and the military, Guzman’s capture and imprisonment last year was met with a great deal of cynicism.

In fact, the refusal by the Mexican government to extradite Guzman to the United States where he has been indicted in several states simply confirmed the belief of many Americans that a conspiracy to facilitate his escape had been forged.

An Associated Press story, in the wake of the drug lord’s escape Saturday from a maximum-security prison, lends credence to those who have long believed that it was just a matter of time before he was sprung free.

The AP report noted that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had alerted Mexican authorities 16 months ago about several plans for Guzman’s escape. The drug boss was captured in February 2014, after a previous prison breakout, and shortly thereafter his family members and drug-world associates began considering “potential operations to free Guzman.

”The fact that a mile long tunnel leading from the shower room used by Guzman to a vacant structure outside the prison was dug and equipped with lights and a ventilation system suggests that the conspiracy goes to the very top of officials in charge of the prisons.

The fact that the tunnel was dug in a part of the shower room not covered by security cameras means that confidential information was passed along to Guzman’s operatives on the outside.

Thus, we aren’t impressed with the show of force by the national police and the military to find Public Enemy No. 1 in the illicit Mexico-U.S. drug trade. Even if he’s captured, it will only be a matter of time before he’s given the keys to his cell. Such is his power. He also is popular with the poor who have benefited from his generosity.

Over the years, he has bought the loyalty of government officials and the citizenry, especially in the states where he established his operational centers.

Guzman is acknowledged as the leader of the Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations, which have the lucrative U.S. markets in their crosshairs.

The DTOs remain the largest source of heroin in Ohio and the Mahoning Valley. Nationwide, the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico and other central and South American countries continues unabated because governments in that hemisphere are more often than not owned by the drug cartels.

While we joined others in praising the Mexican government and the U.S. DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Mexican navy, marines and other law- enforcement agencies for Guzman’s arrest last year, we had our misgivings about the long-term effect of this high-profile action.

We believed that extradition to the U.S. was essential, but the Mexican government insisted it had the ability to keep him behind bars for a very long time. But given that a conspiracy facilitated his escape last weekend, there is no reason to trust our neighbors to the south.

Thus, we believe U.S. forces should target Guzman in the same way they targeted bin Laden in 2011 and kill him. He is a terrorist whose death is justified.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a drug-sniffing dog put to work after narcotics officers pulled over a car in southeast Portland found five pounds of methamphetamine and a pound of heroin in the vehicle.

Police say a handgun was also found in the car’s trunk Tuesday afternoon.

The Oregonian reports the car was pulled over at Southeast Stark Street and Interstate 205.

Three people in the car were arrested for investigation of various drug offenses.

Brendin Poirier, a Dickinson man accused alongside two others of engaging in sexual acts with a minor, will sit beside his codefendants for a future trial.

The 25-year-old was arrested with Kimberly Peele, 47, of Dickinson, and Richard Peele Jr., 43, of Bennettsville, S.C., on March 3 after authorities responded to a tip that a 16-year-old female was engaging in illicit activity with them at the Relax Inn in Dickinson.

At a pretrial conference Tuesday at the Stark County Courthouse, assistant Stark County State’s Attorney James Hope said that throughout court proceedings, the three defendants had been split between two judges, resulting in two different trial dates.

He requested Poirier’s trial be delayed so that he sit alongside the Peeles in the same trial, which Southwest District Judge William Herauf accepted.

During questioning, the juvenile said she had ingested meth and alcohol before engaging in sexual acts with Poirier and Kimberly Peele, authorities said.

The Peeles, of Dickinson, are each charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth paraphernalia, both of which are Class C felonies. They are also charged with delivering meth to a minor, a Class A felony.

Poirier and Kimberly Peele each face three counts of corruption of a minor, with Richard Peele facing one. All are Class C felonies.