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HONOLULU (AP) – A man has been sentenced for his role in the mailing of methamphetamine to Hawaii in two mannequin heads.6396028_G

Zebulon Bates was sentenced Thursday to 52 months in prison and has until next month to start serving the time because his girlfriend is about to give birth to their fourth child.

Federal documents say authorities intercepted the package from California last year at a UPS sorting facility. Bates says he planned to sell four ounces of the crystal meth himself.

It was the second case involving the mailing of meth to Hawaii in mannequin heads. Prosecutors say they haven’t been able to directly link the two.








One year ago, most Americans viewed al-Qaeda as the most formidable terrorist organization in the world.isis

Yet, the rapid ascent of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or IS) over the course of 2014 has challenged these assumptions. The notorious jihadist group has shocked, terrified and enraged much of the world with its barbaric and gruesome tactics.

At present, ISIS is continuing its murderous rampage and controls a large portion of territory across Iraq and Syria. Over the past several months, the United States and its allies having been pounding ISIS with continuous airstrikes.

This effort has slowed its advance, but ISIS still poses a significant threat to the surrounding region.


One of the most active and fierce fighting forces that stands in the way of ISIS is the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia group. During a recent battle in the Syrian city of Kobane, the YPG killed ISIS leader Emir Abu Zahra.

VICE visited the Kurdish fighters involved and obtained exclusive video footage of the items found in the home where Zahra was staying.

Among these items were an expensive Dell laptop with a ballistic armor protection system, a traditional Middle Eastern dagger and a giant bag of cocaine. Indeed, it appears that Zahra was not only using this cocaine, he was giving it to his fighters.

If this is true, it contradicts many of the fundamentalist Islamic beliefs that ISIS professes. It is illegal to consume drugs, alcohol and other substances under sharia law.

Accordingly, ISIS has attempted to present an image of abstinence. At one point, the terrorist organization even released a propaganda video in which it burns down a marijuana farm.

In spite of this, Kurdish fighters have reported finding dead ISIS fighters with syringes in their bags, and capsules and vials in their mouths. Likewise, as Joakim Medin notes for VICE:

“There have been persistent rumors and accusations of drug use in the ranks of Islamic State fighters. Leaders in the group have been said to drug their militants to give them greater courage as they go into battle.”

“With the finding of what seems to be Abu Zahra’s cocaine in Kobane, this could be the first confirmed and concrete evidence of drug use among IS fighters — and of a double standard of men who preach fundamentalism, yet are getting high as they commit massacres.”

Simply put, in addition to being genocidal and bloodthirsty, it appears that ISIS is also hypocritical.

With that said, do cocaine and other substances help explain the rapid rise of ISIS? After all, ISIS is hardly the first group in history to use drugs to fuel its soldiers during battle. In fact, it appears that ISIS is following in the footsteps of one of the most sinister fighting forces in history, the Nazis.

The Nazis Gave Their Soldiers Meth During WWII

At the beginning of World War II, the Nazis spread across a vast territory within a very short period of time. This has often been attributed to a military tactic known as “blitzkrieg,” or lightning war.

As Encyclopedia Britannica notes, blitzkrieg is a “military tactic calculated to create psychological shock and resultant disorganization in enemy forces through the employment of surprise, speed, and superiority in matériel or firepower.”

ISIS offers an interesting parallel to Nazi Germany in this regard. It has arguably fought in a similar style, attacking enemies with rapid speed, and utilizing shock and surprise to its advantage.

This was exhibited, in particular, when ISIS stormed the city of Mosul and Iraqi soldiers dropped their weapons and fled from their posts.

In addition to fighting styles, it also appears that the Nazis and ISIS share another similarity: the use of drugs in battle.

Nazi soldiers reportedly used a form of methamphetamine (crystal meth) to fight off fatigue during WWII. The drug they used was called Pervitin, and it was labeled as an “alertness aid to maintain wakefulness.”

This was all revealed in letters written by the Nobel Prize-winning German author Heinrich Böll while he was a soldier during WWII. Böll wrote home and requested for more Pervitin to be sent to him.

As Fabienne Hurst highlights for Der Spiegel:

“In 1938, high-ranking army physiologist Otto Ranke saw in it [Pervitin] a true miracle drug that could keep tired pilots alert and an entire army euphoric.”

“It was the ideal war drug. In September 1939, Ranke tested the drug on university students, who were suddenly capable of impressive productivity despite being short on sleep.”

“From that point on, the Wehrmacht, Germany’s World War II army, distributed millions of the tablets to soldiers on the front, who soon dubbed the stimulant “Panzerschokolade” (“tank chocolate”). British newspapers reported that German soldiers were using a “miracle pill.””

“What’s more, it wasn’t only the Nazi soldiers that were fueled by speed, but also their infamous leader. According to reports, Adolf Hitler was a meth addict, and took a number of other substances, including barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine and bulls’ semen.”

The use of drugs by Nazi soldiers might have aided their battle efforts in the beginning, but the negative consequences of substance abuse eventually took their toll. Many soldiers became addicted to the drugs, which caused sweating, dizziness, depression and hallucinations.

Some soldiers had heart attacks or shot themselves during these phases. While there are many factors that led to the ultimate defeat of the Nazis, one might argue that the use of drugs certainly didn’t help in the long run.

Perhaps the same will be true for ISIS, if the reports surrounding its widespread use of cocaine and other substances are indeed true. Correspondingly, there are reports that while ISIS’ use of drugs have sometimes aided its efforts in battle, it’s also led to reckless and ineffective suicide attacks.

Hence, like it was for the Nazis, we can only hope that the sinister ambitions and unsustainable tactics of ISIS will be the catalyst of its demise.








The plot seemed absurd, at first.

An Iranian-born car salesman in Texas was on a mission to hire a Mexican hit man – who was secretly a DEA informant – to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Blowing up a crowded Washington, D.C., restaurant would be catastrophic. It also marked the first known instance of Middle Eastern terrorists uniting with a Mexican cartel to spill blood on U.S. soil.

FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents, who teamed up to take on the case, said there was apprehension up and down the chain of command when the plot came to light in June 2011. There also was certainty they couldn’t let a real threat slip through their hands.

FBI Special Agent Christopher Raia recalled a phone call from the DEA.

“I know this sounds crazy,” Raia, who is based in Houston, recalled a DEA agent saying. “… but I’m telling you the information is from one of our top informants in the division,” the agent continued. “I have a name for you. He wants to have something blown up, says he is going to do it for the country of Iran.”

Authorities declined to reveal exactly how Manssor Arbabsiar, who lived in Corpus Christi, was able to first make contact with the informant.

Portions of the investigation are now revealed in interviews with agents, court documents, including an in-depth psychological profile and a letter to the Houston Chronicle from the former car salesman, who in 2013 was sentenced to 25 years after pleading guilty.

The night the DEA called the FBI, the informant secretly recorded a meeting he had with Arbabsiar, as the two sat in a car in the border city of Reynosa.

Arbabsiar shared his plan

He was working for his cousin, a general in the Quds Force, a special forces unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The U.S. branded the unit as a state-sponsored terrorist group in 2007 for its attacks on Coalition Forces and other acts.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said the Arbabsiar case stands as a warning.

“We know that international terrorist networks are expanding their ties to Latin American drug traffickers and creating risks to our nation’s borders and homeland security,” he said. “No better example illustrates this danger than the Iranian Quds Force attempt to work with a drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States on American soil,” said McCaul, a Republican who represents part of Harris County.

Arbabsiar emigrated from Iran in 1977 and earned a mechanical engineering degree in Louisiana.

When times were good, he had a penchant for bars and nightclubs, where he wined and dined women other than his wife. He was a smooth talker, quick with compliments, loved fast cars and always carried lots of cash.

During that meeting with the informant in Reynosa, Arbabsiar spoke of hiring him and his cartel team to kill the ambassador, then later doing other jobs, such as hitting the Israeli Embassy to the United States as well as Saudi and Israeli embassies in Argentina.

But first, Abel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had to die – and Arbabsiar said Iran would pay $1.5 million for each attack on U.S. soil.

The informant flew to Houston the next day and shared a more than two-hour recording with DEA and FBI agents at the DEA’s Houston Division headquarters, not far from the Galleria Mall.

“It was evident to everybody who sat in the room and listened to that recording that whoever was on the other end of the recording thought he was hiring our guy to commit that assassination,” Raia recalled of the recording. “The way he talked, he was very calculating. He had a plan.”

Arbabsiar had been at a low point in his life. The car business he’d named after his son had gone bankrupt, and he was estranged from his family in Texas, including his third wife, who was from Mexico.

His cousin, the general, allegedly asked him if he’d be able to go back to Texas and use his connections along the border from his car-selling days to hire a cartel to carry out the hit to pressure Saudi Arabia, its Persian Gulf region rival.

Backup plan: explosives

There would be several meetings and phone calls as the plot came together, both between Arbabsiar and the Quds Force, and Arbabsiar and the DEA informant.

The trafficker said he’d need four men. In the event the ambassador could not be shot, the explosive C-4 would be used to kill him as he ate in a restaurant among as many as 200 diners.

Arbabsiar responded that mass casualties would not be a problem. Iran wanted the ambassador dead soon.

“Iran was basically a winner either way,” said FBI Special Agent James Walsh, who also worked on the case. “If it worked out, they succeeded in their mission. If it didn’t work, they had the ability to say, ‘We don’t know what you are talking about, it makes no sense, you have a used car salesman who has family in Iran and you blame it on us?’ ”

Everything kicked into high gear when $100,000 was wired from overseas to an undercover bank account in Manhattan.

It was proof not only that Arbabsiar’s connections were legitimate, but that he had major backing.

President Barack Obama was briefed.

But as everything was set, Arbabsiar was still in Iran and beyond the reach of U.S. law. As a result, the informant told Arbabsiar that the cartel had put a lot of time into the hit, and needed one more assurance. Either half the money had to be paid up front or Arbabsiar himself would have to be held in Mexico as human collateral.

Arbabsiar was told by his handler in Iran that he wouldn’t get any more money until after the job, and was warned against going back to Mexico.

Arbabsiar flew from Iran to Germany and on to Mexico City, but was turned away by Mexican customs officials, who had been tipped off by the United States. He was told that he’d have to leave, and was put on a flight to New York, where U.S. agents secretly sat among passengers to watch him.

Upon landing, agents arrested Arbabsiar, who was taken to a hotel room, given a meal and asked in a ploy if he knew of a bomb plot along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agents said Arbabsiar not only waived his rights, but after hearing recordings of his conversations with the informant, spoke with them for 10 days.

He also voluntarily made several recorded phone calls to Iran, but agents later said his help ended abruptly.

“I am a nice guy, but everything has its limit,” Arbabsiar would later say. “I told them you want me to make another call, but that will put my family in danger.”

Tip could have been ignored

In a letter to the Chronicle, Arbabsiar said Iran has long been put in an undeserved bad light by U.S. media. He stressed that with regard to the assassination plot, he acted alone.

“The actions I committed were only the doing of one person – mine, and mine alone,” he said. “I was not there mentally and I went off the deep end. My country should not be held accountable for my actions. What I did had nothing to do with my government.”

Arbabsiar said he understood that he has to pay for his crimes.

“For some crimes, a fine will pay the debt and balance the books,” he said. “For others, it takes a prison sentence. For me, my debt is 25 years.”

FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, of the Houston Division, said the tip about Arbabsiar might have seemed outrageous.

“Given the facts of the case, some individuals would have easily dismissed the astonishing and seemingly outlandish allegations,” Freeze said. “But they were true, and that is why we do what we do each day.”








JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Missouri man faces rape charges after police say he forced two teens to have sex with each other and with him under a Jonesboro overpass.6383368_G

According to court documents, Christopher Daniel Franklin, 29, of St. Joseph assaulted the 14 and 15-year-old victims during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.

The victims told investigators they went to visit Franklin and his wife at the Fairview Hotel, 3000 Apache Street, then walked with Franklin to a nearby house where he smoked methamphetamine.

Several hours later Franklin and the victims left the house. The victims told investigators Franklin led them under the Willow Road overpass where he forced the two teens to have sex with each other and then with him.

According to the court document, the victims were “hesitant and unwilling the whole time.”

The victims, accompanied by their parents, reported the incident to Jonesboro police on June 30. The victims were then taken to the Arkansas State Police’s Crimes Against Children Office and interviewed using specific child interview techniques, the affidavit stated.

On Friday, Jan. 2, District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge Franklin with rape. Four days later Franklin was arrested in Missouri and transferred to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday.








GOLDEN – A man convicted of pimping his then 14-year-old foster child was sentenced Wednesday to 112 years in prison.635562439651909760-robert-gonzalez-MUG

Family members of the now 17-year-old victim told the judge the teen was a “broken little girl” when Robert Gonzales, 41, came into her life.

Gonzales met the teen in 2011 through a foster home placement and began having sex with her, grooming her to believe that she was in love with him, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.

Gonzales provided her with methamphetamine and alcohol and forced her to have sex for money or drugs with men she did not know. He arranged for the motel rooms in which she would have sex with strangers. The money and drugs went to Gonzales.

Prosecutor Katie Kurtz said that Gonzales didn’t treat the young woman as a human being, but as his property. She described that he had punched her, kicked her, burned her with cigarettes, and used her to create child pornography. He also caused her to be addicted to methamphetamine.








RUPERT • A Heyburn woman accused of forcing a 5-year-old to have sex with her in 2012 faces sentencing later this month after pleading guilty to felony injury to a child.54aecb4aabfaa_preview-620

Makinzie Sarah Frost, 21, filed an Alford plea — a plea in which the defendant maintains their innocence but acknowledges there is enough evidence to be found guilty by a jury — in November, according to court records.

Frost is set to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Jan. 26 in Minidoka County District Court. She will also be sentenced for possession of methamphetamine, a crime she pleaded guilty to in April, before this case was filed, records show.

Records show the prosecution will recommend a seven year sentence with retained jurisdiction to be served concurrently with her sentence for meth possession.

The maximum sentence for injury to a child is 10 years in prison.









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HEYBURN • A Heyburn woman faces felony child sex charges after she allegedly forced a 5-year-old to have sexual contact with her.

Makinzie Sarah Frost, 21, is charged with two felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16. A preliminary hearing is set at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, in Minidoka County Magistrate Court.

The child said Frost would force him to have sexual contact with her before she would allow him to go outside and play.

According to court records, the male child said Frost had sexual contact with him multiple times a day at three different locations, two locations in Heyburn and one in Burley, between July 1, 2012 and Aug 5, 2012.

Frost is held on a $25,000 bond at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center.

Charges were filed July 28.

If convicted, Frost faces a penalty of up to life in prison on each charge.








Officers got a handful of trouble when they responded to a call in an Orlando neighborhood about a drunken person wandering through back yards, a report says.os-mackenzi-ann-steele-20150107

They found Mackenzi Ann Steele on a patch of grass on the southeast corner of N. Fern Creek Avenue and Mount Vernon Street just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“Steele was initially unresponsive” but began yelling profanities and insults when she realized they were Orlando police officers, her arrest report said.

Steele, 24, got angry and stood up as an officer told to her stay seated.

Then she “quickly balled up her fists and punched” an officer in the chest with both fists while yelling, “I’m going to [expletive] y’all up,'” the report said.

Two officers “quickly put Steele to the ground and placed her in handcuffs,” the report noted. She was placed into a patrol vehicle and taken to the Orange County Jail.

At the booking station, Steele raised her left leg and kicked an officer’s left thigh, the report said.

At one point, she stood up and ran to the booking-station doors.

“I grabbed Steele by the left arm with my right hand and placed my left hand on her left shoulder,” an officer wrote in a report. “While grabbing on Steele I could feel her body still continuing towards the booking doors and I attempted to place Steele on the ground using a soft control technique (arm bar) as she passively resisted my verbal and physical commands.”

She lost her footing and fell forward on the ground, injuring her nose.

Steele was taken to a local hospital. She claimed to have no injuries and was later released.

She was taken back to the jail and charged with two counts battery of law enforcement officer and one count of resisting officer without violence.








Huntington Beach police Tuesday arrested a Santa Ana man who was found running naked on the streets, reportedly after taking methamphetamine.

Israel Cortez, 26, was booked into Huntington Beach City Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He later was released with a citation, Officer Jennifer Marlatt said.

At about 10 a.m., police responded to Delaware Street and Ellis Avenue after receiving a call about a man running around the neighborhood naked. The first responding officer requested paramedics for a potential medical emergency, police said.

According to police, Cortez said he took methamphetamine and prescription pain medication and took his clothes off because he was hot.

He was taken to a hospital and later to the city jail.

Police said Cortez thanked the officers for saving his life.








Samantha A Malcom, 27 of Lovell, possession of a controlled substance, drug violation.

Tessa A Simons, 24 of Casper, possession of a controlled substance

Officers were responded to a report of hotel personnel believing that rooms in the building were being used for drug use and prostitution. Officers responded at approximately 11:20, Jan. 6 to clear the suspected room for hotel staff.

Officers found two women in one of the suspected rooms, Malcom and Simons, according to the affidavit. During their interviews with the women, officers located methamphetamine, syringes and marijuana in the room, according to the report.

Both women told officers that they had been in the room for the last three days ingesting methamphetamine and performing acts of prostitution, according to the affidavit.

Officers located cash belonging to the women that was paid after services to the Johns, according to the report.

Officers arrested both Malcom and Simons for possession of a controlled substance.

Malcom claimed the marijuana and was charged with possession, according to the report.






COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. – Deputies arrested an Oklahoma mother after allegedly finding a meth pipe attached to a child’s sippy cup.

According to KSWO, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigators found numerous syringes, marijuana, pills, and meth pipes at Pamela Rowland’s home.

One of those pipes was allegedly covered in meth residue and attached to the child’s cup.

Officials say Rowland’s two-year-old daughter was found sleeping in the home.

Rowland allegedly admitted to smoking meth inside the home on a number of occasions.

Right now she is facing charges of child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.








JEWETT, Ohio – Police arrested five people during a drug bust Tuesday night in Harrison County where meth labs were set up on each floor of the home.


The bust was made following a three month investigation of 112 West Main Street in Jewett, next door to the village administration building.

When authorities moved in for the bust about 7 p.m., they say there were three meth lab setups in the house, one on each floor. According to Jewett Mayor, Dwight Busby, the labs were inactive at the time, but had been operational earlier in the day. This is the third time police have made drug related arrests at this home.

Authorities arrested homeowner Becky Keener, Amber Moore, Howard Hennis along with brothers Collin and Chris Curry. All five were taken to a hospital for decontamination before being transported to jail. Keener and Moore were taken to the Jefferson County Jail. Hennis and the Curry brothers were taken to the Harrison County Jail.


Jewett, Cadiz, and New Athens Police Departments, as well as the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office participated in the bust. The Holmes County Decontamination Unit was also called in to help secure the scene.








KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Two women are facing charges after officers say they found 21 one-pot meth labs and a nine-year-old girl in a home in Kalamazoo.

On Tuesday KVET officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 900 block of East Stockbridge Avenue after numerous citizen complaints of drug dealing taking place there.ka6K8gAn

Inside the home officers say they found seven adults and a nine-year-old girl. Officers also found 21 one-pot meth labs, 14 of which were located in the kitchen freezer. Officers say they also located finished meth, components used to make meth, marijuana and a bolt action rifle.

Charges have been requested against two female suspects, ages 25 and 26. Investigators hope to charge the pair with operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession with intent to deliver meth and other charges.

The nine-year-old girl found in the home was the daughter of the 26-year-old suspect. The child was taken into protective custody.

Investigators are also looking to speak to the driver of a vehicle who fled the residence when they arrived. That vehicle is described as a 2001 four door Buick, Michigan plate DDJ-0437. The driver is described as a black male with short hair in his mid 20s.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call KVET at 269-337-8880.








ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — An inmate is facing new charges after deputies found a bag of methamphetamine during a cavity search.6381868_G

Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said David Brooks, 52, of Rochester, was initially arrested for a restraining order violation.

While in the Olmsted County Jail, deputies noticed Brooks acting suspicious. Deputies searched him and said they found a bag hidden inside of him.

Brooks was then transported to the emergency room, where the substance in the bag tested positive for methamphetamine.

He now faces charges of fifth-degree controlled substance, and introducing contraband into a correctional facility.








Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies found and secured two methamphetamine lab cooking sites at a Wilson County business after receiving a tip from an employee at Roadrunner Transportation on Tuesday.

Upon arrival at the scene at 135 Maddox Drive, Deputies Sgt. Kyle Wright, Mike Warren, and Chris Brandenburg found two separate locations where methamphetamine had been cooked.

The deputies secured the area and called methamphetamine lab technicians to quarantine the property in accordance with Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation state laws.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Reich, a member of the Tennessee Methamphetamine & Pharmaceutical Task Force, was originally called to the scene. Detective Jeremey Reich asked Mike Justice, director of Lebanon Public Safety, for assistance.

Director Justice sent a clandestine lab team to help retrieve and dispose of the hazardous materials and chemicals.

“Director Justice’s team and WEMA were instrumental in ensuring all precautions and safety requirements were taken to prevent further exposure as required by state law,” according to a statement from the Sheriff’s office.

The property remains under quarantine.

Detective Reich is continuing the investigation and upon completion will present all evidence pertaining to this case to the Wilson County Grand Jury for potential indictments related to narcotics.

Sheriff Bryan has been instrumental in assisting with developing a joint Wilson County Methamphetamine Task Force and has recently assigned several members of the Sheriff’s office to this team. This multi-agency team, which was recently formed, includes Lebanon police and WEMA,

“We are proud of this new task force and appreciate the collaboration all of our county agencies have provided to combat this growing problem,” Sheriff Bryan said. “The team was very effective and professional.”








ORLAND, Calif. – A father and son in Glenn County were arrested Tuesday after drug agents served a search warrant at a home in Orland.holder-father-and-son-jpg

The raid happened Tuesday at a home at 131 Central Street.  Agents with the Glenn Interagency Narcotics Task Force (GLINTF) had previously received information about the sales of narcotics at the residence.

During the search, agents said they located approximately 11.5 grams of methamphetamine, 77 grams of marijuana, scales that indicated the sales of methamphetamine, smoking devices and hypodermic syringes.  Approximate street value of the narcotics is $2,690.  Agents also seized a firearm at the residence. Agents said they located the precursor chemicals that are used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Frank Holder, 66, and Wade Holder, 41, were arrested on charges of drug trafficking within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of substances with intent to manufacture, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

Wade Holder, faces additional charges of possession of metal knuckles, possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The residence is within 1000 feet of CK Price Elementary School.








The Mountain View Police Department tweeted Tuesday that its K-9 named Zeus found $240,000 during a recent traffic stop and a large amount of methamphetamine in Santa Clara.

Zeus reportedly alerted officers to the exterior of the vehicle and during a subsequent search officers located a hidden compartment containing a large amount of U.S. currency, police said.

Zeus also located 50 pounds of methamphetamine at another location in Santa Clara, according to the Mountain View Police Department’s Twitter account.

Additional details about the time, location and circumstances of the two busts were scant on the tweet.

Mountain View Police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said the dog is assigned to undercover work on the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team.








Four people were charged with felonies in Tulsa County District Court on Tuesday after Tulsa police found methamphetamine lab components and a bucket of human waste in a home without working utilities last week.


Officers served a search warrant Dec. 29 at a home in the 200 block of South Phoenix Avenue, where they found three children — ages 2, 4 and 6 — living in what officers described as “unlivable” conditions, according to court and jail records.

Ashley Pennington, 27, and Dennis Johnson II, 41, were arrested that day and later charged with child neglect. Both also face charges of having marijuana while in the presence of the children.

Police found a 5-gallon bucket filled with feces in a bathroom and rotting food in the kitchen, where the meth lab components were also discovered, according to Pennington’s arrest report. The home had no running water or beds for the children to sleep on, and many of the rooms were closed off, the report states.

The children were taken into DHS custody, police said.

Randall Alverson, 46, was also arrested at the home last week and charged Tuesday with endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine there. Kaci Shannon Ray, 20, also reportedly was at the home and faces two counts of illegally possessing controlled drugs — marijuana and Tramadol — in the presence of minors.

Johnson has multiple convictions in Craig and Ottawa counties in 2009 for child endangerment, manufacturing controlled substances and drug possession, court records show. Department of Corrections records indicate that he was released from prison in April 2012 and was slated to be on probation until 2029.


Alverson and Ray each have prior Tulsa County convictions for drug possession and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to court records.








New England, ND – Five women are charged with using meth while in prison in New England.

Court documents say that 22-year-old Chelsea Nelson of Minot used meth while in jail and provided it to four other women.New%20England_0

Nelson is facing a Class A felony in the case.

Court documents say an investigation was ordered last August to see if inmates were using meth.

The next day, Nelson and four others tested positive for meth use.

None of the inmates had left the prison at the time.

Also facing charges are 32-year-old Darcy Schauer of Baldwin, 23-year-old Krystanna Knox of Mandan, 27-year-old April Bracklin of new England and 22-year-old Elaine Martinez also of New England.

All five are inmates at the Dakota Women’s Correctional Rehab Center in New England.








On 01-06-15 a deputy working court security in Humboldt County Superior Courtroom five noticed a subject who had fallen asleep. The deputy contacted the subject, who was later identified as Zachary Davis (27 yrs old), and struggled to wake him up.

When Davis finally woke up he dropped a cellular telephone and plastic bindle containing a white crystalline powder.15177525a606247c9fbe5d3d040c4367

Davis quickly picked up the items and exited the court. Davis then entered a bathroom. Additional deputies contacted Davis in the hallway as he exited the bathroom.

A search of the bathroom reveled a bindle of suspected methamphetamine.

Davis was in court to be sentenced on a prior case. Davis had been released from custody and was on SWAP.

He was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and the SWAP violation.








WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it “Breaking Bad” on the border, only bigger. Apparently much bigger.

Even before Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto arrived at the White House for a snowy morning meeting with President Barack Obama, senior administration officials had already highlighted new “border enforcement priorities” to enhance “national security and safety” at the southern border.

The meeting comes at a time when U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego have just reported an enormous increase in confiscation of methamphetamine in California’s southernmost large city. San Diego’s border patrol said that methamphetamine seizures increased in the 2014 fiscal year by a whopping 43%. And meth seizures in just that one area accounted for almost half (47.7%) of all the methamphetamine seized by the Border Patrol nationwide.

The spike in meth confiscations is both cause for alarm in Washington, and also a signal that efforts to control access to chemicals used to make meth in the U.S. may be paying off.

Dave Gaddis, former chief of global enforcement for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the flow of the drug across the border is adding to a “dwindling supply” of meth that is already in the United States.

“Because of more effective law enforcement, you don’t have the large labs that will manufacture the amounts that the demand [in the United States] is requiring,” he said.

The other good news is that there is no concrete evidence that the amount of methamphetamine use in the U.S. has spiked. The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests the number of meth users has neither risen nor fallen significantly since 2011.

But here is the problem for U.S. law enforcement: Cooking and smuggling meth has become much more of an international business. Small homegrown labs in someone’s house used to create a lot more of the product, with all the associated risk including fires and explosions and, of course, arrests.

Now, Mexican drug cartels are suspected of manufacturing as much as 90% of the available quantities of the drug and shipping it across the border, along with other drugs including cocaine and marijuana. In earlier days when the homegrown version of the drug was more popular, Gaddis said law enforcement might have encountered “10 to 12, maybe 16 ounces” of the drug at a time.

“But down there? They’re manufacturing 500 kilos at a time,” he said.

The illegal drug markets could flood, thanks to the large volume of meth the cartels can supply, Gaddis said.

“Prices could go down. And if prices do go down, because of the nature and violence of that particular drug, we’re going to see emergency room visitations increase,” he said. “We’re going to see [overdoses] increase. More homicides.”

So why would Mexican drug cartels want to get involved in the meth business anyway? Many experts see the law of supply and demand at work.

Brian O’Dea, a former drug smuggler and author of the book, “High: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler,” said the precursor chemicals to make meth are readily available in Mexico. And it’s very easy to do.

“You can build the product in Mexico with impunity pretty much,” he said. “You can pay for protection. To cross the U.S. border from Mexico, there are a whole lot of people willing to take that chance and to get the drug across the way that illegal aliens come across that border.”

What to do about it?

Gaddis said in years past, law enforcement shifted its priorities and took the focus off of meth, which may have given it an opening to grow.

“You can’t keep your eye on 10 balls at one time,” he said. “It’s a very nasty drug. It does a lot of damage physiologically to people. I hope we take another look at it and try to build another program that blocks a lot of that.”







Christopher Cook, the man accused of shooting Albuquerque police officer Lou Golson, is a meth addict, according to his former friends and police.

At his perpetrator walk Tuesday morning after being arrested, Cook answered a KOB reporter’s question of what happened Saturday morning by saying, “I don’t know, I don’t remember from Saturday. I haven’t slept in two weeks.”

Albuquerque substance abuse counselor Ron Timmcke hasn’t met Cook or treated him, but believes that statement could be a sign of meth addiction.cop shooter christopher cook

“Two areas are affected by meth use,” Timmcke said. “One is short term memory and the other one is the frontal lobe, executive functions, decision making, impulse control – that type of thing.”

KOB also showed Timmcke Cook’s mug shots that were taken over the years. In the most recent ones, he appears to have lost weight. The change in appearance points to another possible consequence of drug use.

“One of the things that’s happening is the person is not making decision to eat, so the long they’re on the drugs – the meth or stimulants of that type – the lower and lower the weight will go,” Timmcke said. “Over the time period, they don’t eat and they don’t maintain their nutrition.”

Cook also has an extensive criminal history – no drug charges, but lots of property crime and theft charges.

“A drug addict needs to support their habit, so a lot of the property crimes that are committed in Albuquerque and around the nation are people that are responding to their addiction and using property crimes to support that addiction.”

Timmcke speculated that Cook didn’t have any drug charges on his record because he simply hadn’t been caught.








Police work and a lucky break lead to shooting suspect’s capture

Two Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies were finishing a routine traffic stop in the North Valley early Tuesday morning when they saw a man staggering down the street.

They decided to check whether he was OK and got more than they bargained for.

He was the most wanted man in Albuquerque.

That put an end to a massive, three-day, multi-agency manhunt for the suspect in the shooting of veteran Albuquerque police officer Lou Golson.

Christopher Cook, 36, shot Golson four times at close range during a DWI stop near San Mateo Boulevard and San Mateo Lane early Saturday morning, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. The officer was seriously injured, but he survived.a01_jd_05jan_cop-shot-e1420434624759-148x175

Early on, investigators keyed in on the gun used in the shooting and left at the scene. They tested it for DNA and on Monday night got a hit – Cook had a lengthy police record.

They had an ID. Now they needed to find him.

The statewide search was underway when the deputies ran across him walking southbound on Edith Boulevard near Montaño Road around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

“Based on the temperature, deputies went to check on the welfare of the individual,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Aaron Williamson said.

Cook had a large screwdriver in his pocket and was dressed in a dark-colored hoodie and jeans. He was carrying no identification and provided the deputies with false names and birth dates.

But they recognized him as the shooting suspect, Williamson said. They verified Cook’s name when he was fingerprinted, and BCSO turned him over to APD.

Cook was escorted past news photographers and reporters into the Prisoner Transport Center after police interviewed him Tuesday morning. When asked by a reporter what happened Saturday morning, Cook said he didn’t remember.

“I don’t know, I don’t remember Saturday. I haven’t slept in two weeks,” he said.

Cook was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center and charged with attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, shooting from a motor vehicle and receiving and transferring a stolen vehicle.

Cook is also facing a federal charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a criminal complaint in federal court Tuesday, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police said he will be transferred to federal custody to face that charge.

Cook could face up to a lifetime in prison if he is found guilty of being an armed career criminal, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Cook was released from prison about a year ago and has a violent criminal past. Police also say he has a history of drug abuse.

Details of the shooting

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden provided more details of the shooting and the investigation that led to Cook’s capture.

“Officer Golson approaches the vehicle, the car door opens, and the suspect opens fire, firing multiple rounds from a handgun at officer Golson,” Eden said. “Officer Golson was shot multiple times, and he falls to the ground as a result of being shot.”

Eden said the suspect fired five shots and Golson returned fire with eight shots. The gunman then ran north on San Mateo.

Golson called police dispatchers, saying he had been shot, and a team from the Albuquerque Fire Department arrived on scene to provide emergency aid, Eden said.

“Ah, it hurts, it (expletive) hurts,” Golson says as two officers arrive and check the SUV for the shooter, according to the lapel video.

Eden said fingerprints were found on the exterior of the stolen Isuzu that Cook allegedly was driving and on a Johnnie Walker bottle of Scotch.

Investigators gathered DNA evidence from the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun left inside the SUV and matched it to Cook’s DNA. Bullet casings found at the scene matched the gun, Eden said.

Police say Cook had stolen the SUV from That Car Place, at Wyoming and Marquette NE, on Jan. 2 after asking to test-drive it.

According to the criminal complaint detailing the state’s charges against Cook, surveillance footage near the scene of the shooting showed the suspect fleeing, but the quality wasn’t high enough to identify him.

However, police showed a still image from the lapel footage to Cook’s brother, who said it looked like him.

Officer recovering

Eden said Golson underwent surgery Saturday. One of the shots went through his left side and broke his left femur, according to the complaint. Three shots hit his bulletproof vest causing bruises, and he broke his wrist during the fall.

“This morning, when officer Golson was contacted that Cook had been arrested, I can tell you the family was greatly relieved,” he said.

Eden said he was visiting Golson on Monday night, when a young man came to the hospital to wish him well.

“It was actually a young man he had issued a traffic citation to. He wanted to make sure that the officer knew that the community was thinking of him, that their thoughts and prayers were with him, and I think that speaks to the nature of our community,” Eden said.

Sheriff Manny Gonzales also spoke at the news conference.

“This was a very personal matter, not only for the department but for myself,” he said. “I worked with officer Golson when he was on the SWAT team for the Albuquerque Police Department. His son is a new graduate of our academy. So it became very personal to our agency.”









NEWTON, Kansas – The Newton Police Department recently completed an investigation on a case surrounding the trafficking and sales on a substantial quantity of methamphetamine in the City of Newton.

Back on December 12, an operation involving an effort between the Narcotic Enforcement Units of the Newton Police Department and Wichita Police Department led to the recovery of 2.25 pounds of methamphetamine.

The drugs originated from a Newton home, and a search warrant was executed. The search of the home yielded an additional 6.28 pounds of meth. The total street value of the seized drugs was at least $386,914.

During the investigation, police learned the 8.53 pounds recovered was a part of a 15 pound shipment. The missing 6.47 pounds has been distributed throughout the city. It is believed the person involved is connected to a network which was bringing similar quantities of methamphetamine to town for years.








Two Lebanon County residents were arrested Saturday after authorities said they were found with crystal methamphetamine and other drugs in a home where there were two young children present.

Corey Robert Hartman, 38, and Andrea Maria Rebuck, 31, of Bethel Township, are both being held in lieu of $50,000 bail in Lebanon County Prison.16708968-mmmain

The Lebanon County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at their home, where they said they found the methamphetamine in addition to Oxycodone and marijuana. Drug paraphernalia, including scales and packaging materials, and a loaded firearm were also found at the residence, authorities said.

Police allege an 8-year-old and 5-month-old were inside the residence at the time the search warrant was executed. The children were released to a family member, authorities said

Hartman and Rebuck were charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy.

Hartman and Rebuck are scheduled to appear Jan. 22 for a preliminary hearing.








LA CROSSE — A 57-year-old La Crosse man has been arrested on charges of possessing blue-tinted methamphetamine worth thousands of dollars.

Steven McCurdy is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver meth, escape, resisting officers, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia, the La Crosse Tribune reported. Police say they seized 98 grams of meth from McCurdy on Saturday.

Police reports say McCurdy damaged the squad car divider, escaped his handcuffs and fought with officers during his arrest.

It wasn’t immediately known whether he has an attorney.

La Crosse police first discovered blue meth in late December. Investigators say they believe the manufacturer of the drug is dyeing it blue to trademark the product in a nod to the popular TV series “Breaking Bad.”








JAKARTA: Indonesian anti-narcotics officials have seized 800 kilograms of methamphetamine and arrested nine people, including five foreigners, in one of the biggest drug busts in recent years. Sumirat said the drugs were suspected to have come from Guangzhou in southern China and were brought over by ship.Petugas mengamankan sejumlah tersangka pengedar sabu-sabu di Kalideres, Jakarta Barat, Senin (5/1)

Agents from the National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, discovered the drugs in a truck in the parking lot of a supermarket in West Jakarta, during a raid based on tips gleaned from informants.

“We carried out the raid when the goods were being transferred” from the truck to a pickup truck, Sr. Comr. Sumirat Dwiyanto, a spokesman for the BNN.

The raid took place in the parking lot of the Lotte Mart supermarket in Taman Surya, West Jakarta. BNN agents discovered 40 sacks inside the truck, each one stuffed with 20 one-kilogram packages of meth. The individual packages were disguised as bags of coffee.

BNN agents have arrested nine people in connection with the raid, including four Chinese nationals and one Malaysian. The four others are Indonesian.