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Two suspects face drug charges after deputies found about $1,000 worth of methamphetamine, digital scales and a syringe that was loaded with suspected drugs hidden inside a stuffed animal at a residence in the Springhill community, the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.635669762016506432-Brina-Ortego

Shane Crain, 39, of 6995 Esler Field Road, Pineville, was charged with possession of CDS II (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and a contempt of court warrant, police said.635669761434618972-Shane-Crain

Brina Ortego, 19, of 127 Ashley Drive, Pollock, was charged with possession of CDS II (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies went to the residence in Springhill after receiving information that two people wanted for outstanding warrants were there.

http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2015/05/11/2-face-drug-charges-after-grant-parish-deputies-find-meth-and-syringe/27152199/

West St. Paul police say two children in two separate families reported their mothers’ alleged drug use to them, leading to charges of drug possession and child endangerment.

In April, one child told West St. Paul police that his mom was an opiate addict and that he found a clear pipe with burnt residue on their coffee table. Officers spoke to the child’s mother, who said the pipe belonged to 36-year-old Brandi Rose Emmel of West St. Paul. The child said he believed his mom did drugs with Emmel and her live-in boyfriend.

Police say Emmel lives in an apartment in West. St. Paul with her live-in boyfriend and her two kids, ages 11 and 13.

According to a criminal complaint, an officer spoke with one of Emmel’s children, who said they are often sent to their rooms and told to shut the door. The child said they can hear a blow torch and have seen it in the apartment, according to the complaint.

Officers did some digging and say they found three prior reports regarding Emmel. Back in November 2014, one child reported that his mom and her boyfriend made him urinate in a cup about once a month “to make sure he is not sick,” according to the criminal complaint. Officers say Emmel’s boyfriend was placed on probation with conditions that he can’t use drugs or alcohol.

In January 2015, the child again told police that he is ordered to urinate in a cup and that he believed there were drugs in the house because he would hear a blow torch one to three times a week and once saw a bong in the garage, according to the complaint.

On April 7, the child said he felt unsafe at home because he could hear the torches and could smell burning metal and rubber.

A warrant was executed at Emmel’s home May 5, and officers say they found a suspected meth pipe in her purse. She admitted to using meth one to three times a week, according to the complaint.

Police say they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom, which was easily accessible to a child. According to the complaint, the items included scales, pipes, tubing, propane torches, a bag of suspected meth and a bag of suspected heroin.

Emmel has been charged with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime and child endangerment. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the controlled substance charge and up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines on the child endangerment charge.

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Rachel D. Burlson, 37, of 600 Choctaw Drive, was charged Wednesday afternoon with drug-related offenses, Greeneville police Officer Larry Gilbert said in a report.

Burlson was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II, III and VI drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police were called to Lee’s Food Mart on West Summer Street on a report of a woman kicking the door of a car “that looked like it had been in an accident,” the report said.

The car had been at the gas pumps and was pulling out of the parking lot when police arrived.

A man identified as Cory R. Mathes, 22, of 1520 Nolichuckey Road, was driving.

A records check showed that Mathes’ driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay a citation, another report by Gilbert said.

Mathes was charged with driving on a suspended license.

He gave officers permission to search the vehicle and the passenger, Burlson, was asked to step out of the car, the report said.

Officers noticed Burlson “was trying to hold something in the crotch area of her shorts,” the report said.

Burlson told officers “it was just a pipe,” the report said.

Burlson was asked to remove the pipe from her shorts. When she did, a “small zipped up bag” fell to the ground, the report said.

Methamphetamine, Suboxone and marijuana was found inside the bag, the report said.

During the car search, a bag of unused syringes was found, the report added.

Bond for Burlson was set at $4,000, with a first General Sessions court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Bond for Mathes was set at $1,000. His first court appearance was also scheduled for Friday.

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Advertisements asking teenage girls to swap sex for the drug ice have been found in the listings of online dating sites.

Personal ads on Craigslist and Locanto in Wollongong are offering much more than the dating clichés of long walks on the beach and a great sense of humor, with drugs including MDMA, marijuana and methamphetamine all offered.

In the past two months, 31 posts from Wollongong to Nowra have offered marijuana and 19 have offered marijuana and methamphetamine under the commonly used street names “420” and “sweet puff”  to avoid suspicion.

One advertisement placed on April 28 titled “Looking for teen girls will reward for fun” targeted young female drug users, offering “rewards or puff or both” in return for “fun”.

The poster, listed as a 30-year-old Wollongong man, said “younger slim girls” were preferred and this was “something I’ve had on my mind for a while and wouldn’t mind trying out :).”

A North Wollongong-based poster promised beer, “sweet puff” and marijuana for “adult naughty fun all night” in his hotel room for partners who fulfilled the requirement of “ONLY YOUNG GIRLS PLEASE!”

One 29-year-old claiming to have finished work early was after “a nice, friendly, young clean sexy girl to have smoke, chill, hang, get high and hot adult x-retaed (sic) fun all night” to share his “5 star apartment”.

According to criminal lawyer Aaron Kernaghan, mixing drugs with sex could cause complicated legal ramifications if posters were caught – even if cash didn’t change hands during the drug deal.

“It causes a couple of problems particularly around potential solicitation and supply which includes agreeing to supply, offering or keeping drugs for the purpose of supply with, or without, the exchange for money,” he said.

Due to the perceived exploitation of targeting drugs users, courts could be particularly hard on those found to be trading drugs for sex.

“Courts could treat supply in exchange for sex in a worse category because you’re exploiting people sexually and exploiting drug habits,” he said.

“That would likely bring greater condemnation above and beyond the usual sentence.”

Allegations of rape could also arise in situations involving sex and drugs, warned Mr Kernaghan, when one party could be too affected by substances to have consenting sex.

“From a legal point of view you wouldn’t want to be mixing drugs and sex because, in regards to sex crime, the issue of consent might arise when drugs are present in a situation,” he said.

The majority of posters offering the trades were male and aged between 26 and 38. However, one post from three women in their twenties sought out ice in a “sweet puff and play” exchange.

Numerous “men seeking men” posts preferred “420 friendly” casual sex partners.

One couple offered marijuana and ice in a “shout out to all the sexy females that like to puff and play, we have plenty to share.”

Not all posts seek trades, with plenty using the personals section to advertise their wares and some even offer delivery.

“Got a little bit of 420 that the Easter bunny forgot to eat today so we thought we would hit the road and help put some holidayers with a courier service,” read one ad which was titled “Mobile 420 unit”.

Others tried to undercut each other on prices, advertising a gram of methamphetamine for $400-$450 for “high quality product” with the aim of retaining “loyal return customers”.

One upset buyer registered a consumer complaint after receiving faulty goods.

“If you looking (sic) to get sweet puff don’t go to (seller number).. sells you bath salts, he will rip you off.”

Lake Illawarra Area Commander Superintendent Wayne Starling confirmed police intelligence were aware of the website.

The frequent ads coincide with the spread of methamphetamine use in the Illawarra, according to Watershed chief executive Will Temple.

“There has definitely been an increase and what we’re noticing is existing drug users who are older are switching to ice because it’s cheaper and easier to get a hold of.”

Mr Temple said in his experience drug users often turned to sex work to support their addiction.

This story first appeared in the Illawarra Mercury.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/online-dating-sites-ask-teenage-girls-to-swap-sex-for-drugs-20150512-ggznfs.html

A Phoenix man was arrested over the weekend after police said he was high on methamphetamine when he ran over a man then put his SUV in reverse to run the victim over a second time, according to court documents.

Police said Frank Gonzales, 21, fled the scene on Thursday night near Mesa Drive and Broadway Road and left the victim with significant injuries including a broken back, according to court records.635669591819293978-gonzales

According to court documents, Gonzales told police that he was looking for a woman who had the title to his GMC Yukon, and when he found her she was with another man.

Gonzales said he asked the woman a few days earlier to put her name on the title, which she did, according to court records.

The woman, who was staying with Gonzales in a hotel room, later thought that Gonzales was conducting illegal activity within the vehicle and walked away with the title to the vehicle, police said.

On Thursday, Gonzales received information that the woman holding his title was in a west Mesa neighborhood and when he saw her with another man, he started to drive quickly at the couple, according to court records.

The victim was flailing his arms as Gonzales drove toward him, according to a police report.

Gonzales hit the man which threw him under the SUV, police said. Gonzales then put the SUV in reverse and hit the man again, according to court records.

Gonzales originally told police he thought he saw the man with a gun before Gonzales struck him, but he later recanted his story and said he knew the victim to carry a gun, according to court documents.

Investigators served a search warrant at the hotel where Gonzales was staying, near Interstate 10 and loop 101, and said they discovered the carpet coated in a powdery, white substance later determined to be methamphetamine, according to court records.

Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and various drug charges. He was being held on a $50,000 bond and had a court appearance scheduled for Friday, according to court records.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2015/05/11/mesa-man-run-over-arrest-abrk/27137123/

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/11/15) — Two Madisonville women were charged with numerous drug offenses after a joint investigation by the Madisonville Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics unit.shrooms-5-11

According to a MPD report, a search warrant was executed at 7:57 a.m. Today, May 11 at 228 Lawrence Street, Madisonville. During the search, police located methamphetamine, prescription drugs, synthetic drugs, an illegal hallucinogenic mushroom spawn, multiple items consistent with drug use/trafficking and a substantial amount of cash.

The report said Dakota Scott, 28, and Heather Wyatt, 32, were both charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance/meth – first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of controlled substance/prescription pills, possession of synthetic drugs and trafficking in a controlled substance/hallucinogen-mushrooms – first offense.

Both were lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

http://surfky.com/index.php/news/local/hopkins/60478-two-women-charged-with-trafficking-meth-drug-possession-including-shrooms

Police believe driving under the influence of drugs is a worse problem than drink driving in Western Australia’s South West.

The claims came after random drug testing in Bunbury revealed a spate of drug-affected drivers.6419104-3x2-340x227

Over two and a half hours on Saturday morning, five consecutive drivers tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sergeant Craig Clarke, the officer in charge of South West traffic, said numbers were not consistently that high, but the drug was an increasing problem in the area and the ability of police to test for it was limited.

“It’s quite an anomaly to stop five cars and have five positive tests, but since we’ve started drug testing in the South West it has become evident that it is fairly prevalent,” he said.

“The amount of drivers that we test and that come back positive [for methamphetamine] is disappointing.

“I’d say it’s probably more of an issue than drink driving at the minute.”

Sergeant Clarke said the rise in drug driving was partly due to a change in attitudes towards drink driving.

“I think drink driving is socially unacceptable now through education over the last 20 to 30 years, whereas the drugs scene hasn’t been policed as much as drink driving,” he said.

Drug users less likely to get caught: police

He said drug takers were more likely to risk driving because they were less likely to get caught.

“The chances of you being stopped and drug tested are far less than for alcohol,” Sergeant Clarke said.

“Every officer has access to the machine to test for alcohol, whereas the drug testing is limited to a few specialist officers in the district.”

The ages of the offenders caught on Saturday were a surprise to police – the youngest was 31-years-old.

“The five that were tested on Saturday morning ranged from 31 to 47 years of age, so we’re not talking inexperienced, immature young adults,” Sergeant Clarke said.

“We’re talking about people of working and family age consuming meth and getting behind the wheel.”

He said the drug did not discriminate, with both men and women returning positive readings and posing a potential risk to the public.

Meth, at the minute, seems the drug of choice,” Sergeant Clarke said.

“If you’re going to consume alcohol or drugs, it’s a decision for yourself to make, but please don’t get behind the wheel and put your own life and everybody else’s at risk.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-12/meth-users-driving-worse-than-drunk-driving-say-bunbury-police/6461794

A Topeka man and woman were arrested Friday after counterfeit bills totaling more than $250 and methamphetamine were found in their possession after a traffic stop on the grounds of the Colmery O’Neil VA Center.14376356

Sparky Edwards, chief of police for the Eastern Kansas VA System, said Monday he stopped a vehicle driven by Garry L. Ray, 44, after it ran a stop sign on the VA grounds.

VA police have been running radar as motorists have increasingly been cutting through the VA campus to avoid construction at S.W. 21st and Gage, Edwards said, posing a threat to veterans and staff by speeding through the area.

Edwards said Ray was one such motorist.

“He was an outsider,” he said, adding that Ray also was wanted in connection with running from Edwards after an assault more than a week earlier.14376355

In Ray’s vehicle, Edwards said, he found a “large amount” of meth, drug paraphernalia and several counterfeit bills in denominations of $10s, $20s and $50s. Edwards said the counterfeit bills were of high quality, but something about them seemed off. As he looked at one bill that had gotten wet, he said, he saw that the ink on it was running.

“They looked very real,” Edwards said. “They were well made.”

Ray’s girlfriend, Gisella K. Pryor, 48, then approached, and police determined she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Edwards said. She also was in possession of a large quantity of meth, as well as counterfeit bills with serial numbers matching those found in Ray’s possession, he said.

The two had about $250 between them, Edwards said.

The earlier assault incident in which Ray was wanted also involved Pryor, as Ray had broken out the window on Pryor’s vehicle, Edwards said.

According to Shawnee County Jail records, Pryor was booked in at 5:52 p.m. Friday in connection with possession of opiates and counterfeiting. Ray was booked in at 6:37 p.m. in connection with possession of opiates, counterfeiting, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses including failure to stop at a stop sign.

Edwards said Topeka police responded as backup during the incident. He said he appreciated their assistance as the VA police department’s primary concern is protecting the property, veterans and staff at the VA.

http://cjonline.com/news/2015-05-11/topeka-couple-arrested-va-hospital-connection-meth-counterfeit-bills

A man who was high on the drug ice died after stabbing himself , a symposium on the drug held in Lismore last week heard.

Attendees also heard that while use of the drug in the community was still not widespread, many former speed users were transferring to it, and that it had profound effects on the individuals who became addicted to it and their families.

As a result of the symposium a working group has been formed which will meet soon to further the action plan and to draw up a submission to the National Ice Taskforce meeting in Lismore on May 19.

The group has been promised $200,000 to implement a four-point plan aimed at limiting the availability of the drug, reducing its impact and improving the capacity of health care workers to deal with its effects.

At the symposium North Coast Medicare Local’s substance misuse program officer Christine Minkov said that while a steady 2.5 per cent of the population had used methamphetamines over the last 12 months, what had changed was that people were turning away from powder and pills (speed) and turning to crystal meth (ice) for a variety of reasons.

‘People are choosing ice because of its purity and potency, its availability and its long lasting, intense high which can be achieved through smoking the drug,’ she said.

Ms Minkov said that the between 2010 and 2013 the use of speed had reduced from 51 per cent of all methamphetamines to 29 per cent. Over the same period, the use of ice had increased from 22 per cent to 50 per cent.

Richmond Area Command’s Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said that while 345 g of methamphetamines had been seized in the Richmond area last year, more than 600 g had already been seized this year. He said that the use of ice meant that police were dealing with a level of aggression and violence not faced before by methamphetamine users.

Detective Inspector Lindsay talked about one man stabbing himself while walking along the street with a broken bottle until he died.

NSW Ambulance district manager, inspector Glen Eady, also spoke of the difficulties of dealing with ice users who they described as a danger to officers.

Addiction specialist Dr David Helliwell said that while methamphetamine users were a small percentage of the population, those who used it got into lots of trouble.

‘There’s been a three-fold increase in patients in the last couple of years. Methamphetamine use is often related to disadvantage – unemployment, isolation, low incomes. We need to improve people’s circumstances and employment rates to reintegrate into society. What’s lacking is a whole of government response.’

CEO of Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation, Scott Monaghan, said that in the area of Aboriginal health the biggest problem was people getting a prescription for methamphetamines and copying or selling them.

‘Families and friends are most affected by use and it’s tearing communities apart,’ he said.

Vahid Siberi from North Coast Medicare Local said the group now had a strategy and funding for its short-term action plan. He added it would seek further funding for longer-term strategies.

http://www.echo.net.au/2015/05/man-on-ice-stabbed-himself-to-death/

A Monrovia man is due back in court Wednesday after a traffic stop yielded several pounds of methamphetamine, officials said.

Victor Ochoa, 28, is facing one count of transportation of a narcotics for sale.

Ochoa was pulled over for a traffic stop April 29 around 10:10 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Department arrest records.

Preliminary reports indicate he was tailgating another vehicle when he was pulled over by a patrol deputy from the Sheriff’s Station.

After their subsequent investigation, deputies reportedly found four pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle Ochoa was driving.

Ochoa was in court for a hearing Monday, and scheduled to be in court later this week for a preliminary hearing, when the evidence is going to be presented against him, and a judge will decide if there’s enough to merit a trial.

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PORTAGE, MI — Portage public safety officials conducted a raid Monday that uncovered a methamphetamine lab, according to a press release from the Portage Department of Public Safety.

The raid was conducted about 9 a.m. in the 5200 block of Regay Street of Sprinkle Road.

“Upon officer’s arrival, a male and female subject were located in an unattached shed on the property,” the press release said. “A search warrant was obtained for the property and a search was conducted resulting in the discovery of three ‘one pot’ style methamphetamine labs, numerous other methamphetamine manufacturing components, a surveillance system, and a 22 caliber handgun.”

The release said the case is still under investigation and charges of manufacture methamphetamine and felony firearm will be pending.

anyone with information is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, http://www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/05/portage_police_finds_meth_lab.html

China’s government says the nation has about 14 million drug addicts and there has been a rapid rise in the numbers using narcotics such as methamphetamine and ecstasy.

There were 2.95 million registered drug users at the end of 2014, but the China National Narcotics Control Commission estimated the genuine numbers of addicts was more than 14 million, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.drugs_guangdong_reuters

The number of registered addicts using “synthetic” drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy reached 1.45 million last year, an average annual rise in recent years of 36 per cent, according to the report.

The narcotics commission said it was the first time the number of addicts using these newer forms of drugs had exceeded those taking heroin.

Liu Yuejin, a senior official at the commission, said young people in particular were taking synthetic narcotics.

Police arrested more than 880,000 drug users last year in China and 264,000 people were sent to compulsory detoxification programs. Another 197,000 received community drug rehabilitation.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report last May that there had been a huge global expansion in the sale of synthetic drugs.

In a separate statement, the narcotics commission announced on Friday that eight foreigners were detained by police in Beijing last month after receiving public tip-offs about drug abuse involving foreign nationals at an international school.

Police arrested two suspects from the United States and another two from New Zealand on April 17.

They were allegedly caught smoking marijuana in residential community in the Chaoyang district of the city.

The next day another American was detained, allegedly with four grams of marijuana.

Two foreigners from Sierra Leone and Mali were also arrested with 31.7 grams of methamphetamine and 1.9 grams of heroin.

The suspects were accused of drug taking, drug trafficking, illegal possession of drugs and providing a venue for other drug users.

Police said all had confessed, Xinhua reported.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1794241/china-records-big-rise-number-addicts-taking-methamphetamine

Tulsa, Okla. — A traffic stop Saturday night near West 7th and South 65th quickly turned into a drug bust.Almy

Tulsa deputies say Courtney Smith was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign around 7:50 p.m.  Smith was quickly arrested after not having a driver’s license.

Still, that was the least of his troubles.

Deputies found a pellet gun inside Smith’s vehicle and he’s a convicted felon.  Plus, when a deputy went back to their squad car, they discovered baggies on the floor.

Smith quickly apologized for the meth on the floor and Smithgggwas quick to point out his passenger, Stephanie Almy, made him hide the drugs.  He also told the deputy Almy was hiding more meth in a private area.

Deputies say they found a small amount of marijuana by Almy in the vehicle.

They asked her about the meth and at first she was defiant.  Eventually, she removed a clear bag containing meth from the front of her pants.

Both suspects were taken to the Tulsa County Jail where they face multiple drug related counts.

http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/police-find-meth-private-place-during-traffic-stop/nmC4j/

Court officials discovered a large, fully-operational drug lab in a home while carrying out an eviction order in northwest Miami-Dade Saturday morning.

Investigators said the home, located in the 8000 block of NW 200th Street, had an array of tools inside used to make drugs, including an industrial pill maker and hundreds of thousands of pill capsules. Methamphetamine, LSD and ecstasy were also found in the home.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s clandestine laboratory enforcement team assisted Miami-Dade Police with the massive operation.

“The majority of that house was made to be used as an entire lab,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “A clandestine lab of this magnitude is very dangerous because of all of the chemicals that are involved. This could have easily caused a large explosion.”

Zabaleta said a lab of this size not only endangers neighbors because of a possible explosion, but toxic fumes would also pose a threat.

“The neighbors had no idea how much danger they were in on a daily basis,” Zabaleta said.

One resident, who did not want to be identified, said he and others were in disbelief.

“This is a great neighborhood, we’ve never had problems here,” the man said. “We’re all in shock.”

Police took 29-year-old Raul Puig, who lived in the home, into custody around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Puig faces a number of charges, including armed trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, and manufacturing with intent to deliver. He is being held without bond. It is unclear whether Puig has an attorney.

Investigators worked late into the night Saturday to continue processing the scene and clearing the house.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Police-Discover-Massive-Drug-Lab-in-Northwest-Miami-Dade-Home-303219771.html

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — An alleged single-car crash led Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies to a meth bust Sunday morning in Interlachen.635669338361596562-20150511-Walling-Beecher

On Main Street in Interlachen, 46-year-old Walling Dewayne Beecher seemingly crashed his pickup truck against a metal pole. Deputies reportedly arrived at 9 a.m. and discovered Beecher and his truck parked next to a knocked-over metal pole.

Only, it turns out, there was no traffic crash. As deputies investigated, they discovered instead items used in the creation of methamphetamine in Beecher’s truck.

They also found a baggie full of meth in Beecher’s pocket.

He told the police that he was just taking the drugs to a friend. After which he was arrested without incident and taken to Putnam County Jail.

He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver to another person. Beecher’s bond is set at $2,504.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/crime/2015/05/11/meth-delivery-thwarted-by-traffic-crash/27110671/

A bus passenger who was hired to deliver $100,000 in methamphetamine to Houston was recently arrested at international bridge II, according to federal court records.

The suspect, of Guanajuato, Mexico, was charged with importation of a controlled substance, possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspire to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court records, the suspect entered the United States in a commercial bus at about 1:30 a.m. May 2. An X-ray scan of his suitcase revealed the hidden drugs.

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WATERTOWN — City police charged a woman with petit larceny after she allegedly sold her daughter’s television for methamphetamine.

Police said Melony S. Gray, 36, of 234 Coffeen St., Apt. 1D, sold the television, worth $617.91, for methamphetamine with a total value of $150.

Ms. Gray, charged at her residence at 7:37 a.m. Friday, was held pending an appearance in City Court.

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/police-watertown-woman-sold-daughters-tv-for-meth-20150510

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Portland mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her toddler by herself in a tent while she smoked meth, police said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, neighbors called police to a home on North James Street in the St. Johns neighborhood around 3:30 a.m. Friday after they heard a toddler crying in the back yard. The neighbor reported that the child had been crying for about an hour.7719052_G

The responding police officers found a two-year-old alone in a tent in the back yard of the home, shivering and cold to the touch with a soiled diaper. The child was wearing only thin pajamas and wasn’t covered by any blankets. The outdoor temperature at the time was about 45 degrees.

An officer took the toddler to his patrol car to warm up and called for an ambulance. When paramedics arrived, they said the child’s body temperature and blood sugar were too low. They took her to Randall Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Police said they found the child’s mother, Taylor Marcus, also known as Taylor Kuhn, sleeping in a car parked on the street with a meth pipe in her possession.

Marcus told police she usually slept in the tent with the child and had only been asleep in the car for about an hour,. She told police she had last seen the toddler when she put her down to sleep at 10 p.m.

Police said they found a bag of meth in Marcus’ mouth when admitting her to jail.

Marcus faces charges of reckless endangering, criminal mistreatment in the first degree, child neglect in the second degree, and possession of meth.

http://www.kptv.com/story/29021995/police-toddler-left-alone-in-tent-mother-arrested-and-found-with-meth-pipe

A man believed to be high on methamphetamine essentially killed a fifth-wheel camper Sunday when he took a chainsaw to it.

Kevin B. Avery, 58, is accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to the blue and white 1994 Prowler brand fifth-wheel where it was parked on Pathfinder Circle. He has been charged in Circuit Court this week with felony destruction of property.

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/local/article_4b1720df-694b-5143-81db-10dbec810a65.html

A Columbus man is accused of giving his daughter’s 13-year-old friend methamphetamine in exchange for performing a sex act.

Samuel J. Hitch, 49, of 2890 12th St., was arrested on a Bartholomew Circuit Court warrant, charging him with one count of child molestation as a Class A felony.

The incident took place on June 6, 2011, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed late last month by the Columbus Police Department.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Man-arrested-in-child-sex-case_1431214192/

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. –  Miami-Dade police say officials uncovered a fully functional drug lab while following up on an eviction order Saturday in northwest Miami-Dade.

The elaborate setup was allegedly being used to make and store various drugs, including methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and more.NW-Miami-Dade-drug-lab-discovery-2-JPG

A 29-year-old man in the home in the 8000 block of Northwest 200th Street was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The man is being charged with armed trafficking. More charges are pending. Police said the man was renting the home.

The DEA clandestine laboratory enforcement team, Miami-Dade police, the state attorney and chief state attorney all arrived at the home.

Detectives spent hours removing pill makers, more than 100,000 empty pill capsules, flasks, a pill press, beakers and dozens of instruments used to make various types of drugs.

Police said finished product, including methamphetamine, LSD and ecstasy, were also found in the home.

Authorities said the lab posed a severe threat to the surrounding neighborhood, given the dozens of chemicals found in the home.

Police remained at the scene at 9 p.m. Saturday and planned to continue searching and cleaning the home for several more hours.

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SANTA TERESA >> Border Patrol agents at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized three pounds of methamphetamine Thursday from a woman who was hiding the drugs in her bra and inside the oil pan of her car, according to a news release the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.20150508__LSN-L-METH%20BRA-0509~p1_300

The seizure was made about 11:45 a.m. Thursday when a 2006 Dodge Stratus entered the port from Mexico. An agent at the primary inspection booth selected the vehicle for a secondary exam, the release said.

Agents searched the vehicle and noticed “an anomaly in the appearance of the oil pan.” Agents then used a “Buster” density meter to examine the area and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. The oil pan was opened revealing a non-factory metal box, which contained methamphetamine, the news release stated.

The female driver was taken into custody during which agents performed a pat down exam and found two additional packages of methamphetamine concealed within her bra, according to authorities.

Agents arrested the driver of the van, 32-year-old Angelica Guadalupe Gomez Carrillo of Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt, the release said.

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A Winona man has been charged with giving methamphetamine to a child under 16 years old.

Jamie Robert Sherman, 40, faces a single felony count of exposing a child to methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in Winona County District Court, the child told police Sherman had given her methamphetamine on more than five occasions to motivate her to go to school or to clean the house. Sherman admitted smoking meth with the child and providing her with the drug.

After an initial court appearance, Sherman was released on $2,000 conditional bond.

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PALO PINTO – A Palo Pinto County jury Thursday convicted Jimmy Loyd Brown, 36, of Whitt, of delivery of methamphetamine to a child554d01123fb26_image

After hearing evidence in the punishment phase, 29th State District Judge Michael Moore sentenced Brown to 65 years in prison.

The eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Brown guilty. The case stemmed from an incident occurring April 4, 2014, in the Graford school. Testimony in the case indicated that Graford Elementary School Principal Wes Corzine discovered a small baggie of suspected drugs on the floor of the hallway in the elementary school.

After checking the school video surveillance recordings, Corzine determined that the suspected drugs fell from the pocket of a high school freshman student. Corzine notified Pct. 2 Constable Marc Moon, who responded to the school.

Moon testified he examined the substance and believed it was methamphetamine. Moon said he notified Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Deputy Job Espinoza of the City County Narcotics Unit, who tested the drugs and determined it was methamphetamine.

The 16-year-old student testified he bought the methamphetamine from Brown the night before and took it to school the next day.

Following the jury’s verdict, District Attorney Michael Burns presented evidence that Brown had previously been convicted on three occasions of drug-related offenses and had been to prison on each of the three prior convictions.

Methamphetamine continues to be a plague on our community, and it is especially concerning that there are people like Brown who indiscriminately make it available to children,” Burns said following the verdict and sentence. “We are pleased that this jury and this court continue to take a stand against those who continue to deal in this drug.”

Brown will be eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of the sentence after taking into consideration any good conduct credit he might receive.

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A Blyn man was arrested for allegedly starting a fire within the Sellin’ Style car dealership at 251 Old Blyn Highway.

Clallam County Fire District 3 reported to the fire at 10:22 p.m. Thursday, May 7, where they found the center section of the building in flames.33390sequimblyn-fire-mn

However, they extinguished the fire before it spread through the rest of the building.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Department officials said deputies gathered witness information that one of the property’s residents, Jose Noe Torres, 57, was living in a travel trailer inside the building and allegedly started the fire on purpose.

Torres told witnesses that he was upset with the property’s landlord and “would burn everything down,” sheriff officials said.

The business was previously linked to a methamphetamine ring and its owner Timothy P. Smith, 31, of Sequim, was sentenced in April to 11 years in federal prison.

Upon further investigation, deputies with advanced specialty training in fire investigations, obtained evidence corroborating the witness statement implicating Torres.

He is in Clallam County Corrections Facility and is charged with Arson 2nd Degree by the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office.

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