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PRESTON, Iowa — Police say three people have been charged after an active methamphetamine lab was found and destroyed in a Preston apartment.

The Preston police chief says Clyde Squires, Kelly Lucy and a 17-year-old were arrested following a search of the apartment last week.

Squires faces several charges that include manufacturing methamphetamine. Lucy is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and gathering where drugs are used.

The 17-year-old is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Court records show the teenager has lived with Squires for the last two years.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/e2b98142432d4376bc98de5d838ee04b/IA–Meth-Lab-Charges

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) — A Charleston couple is charged with making meth and child endangerment after an explosion at an extended stay motel Wednesday night.7252676_G

Authorities confirm it was a “one pot” meth lab that exploded at the InTown Suites on Savannah Highway in West Ashley. Usually a “one pot meth lab” is meth making chemicals inside of a soda bottle.

Joshua Earl Lantz, 37, and Jamie Lynn Lantz, 33, are both charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, two counts of child endangerment, and manufacturing or distributing ice, crack or crank in the first degree. Joshua Lantz has an added charge of neglect of a child.

Josh Lantz was given a $500,000 bond Thursday afternoon, $100,000 for each charge. Jamie Lantz was also scheduled to appear, but was not present in bond court.

Residents said the explosion came from one of the upper floors of the building. Police confirmed it happened in the bathroom of room 337.

Justin Pierce, who was staying in the motel, said a manager knocked on his door and told him a meth lab had exploded. Pierce said he saw smoke billowing out of a room down the hallway, so he grabbed several personal items and left.7254631_G

According to the incident report, the guest in the adjacent room said he was watching TV when he felt the building shake and heard a loud noise as if something had hit the wall between the two rooms. He said he walked outside and saw a large amount of dark grey smoke filling the balcony in front of room 337. He said he heard someone say “Don’t call the cops” but he immediately dialed 911.

Police officials said one officer was taken to a nearby hospital after inhaling the chemicals in the motel room, but the officer is expected to be OK.

According to officials at the scene, there were two adults and two children in the room where the explosion originated.

The two children had taken shelter at their mother’s request in another guest’s room before they were taken away in an ambulance shortly before midnight. That guest lives in the hotel and knew the family living in room 337. Officials say the children were not hurt.

The guest said Jamie Lantz soon followed her children into the room. She was wearing only a shirt and underwear and reportedly said “the chemicals got me” and that her legs felt like they were on fire.

The Lantz’s were taken to the hospital. One officer was taken to Medical University Hospital for fume inhalation.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the residents and emergency crews working at the scene. Guests of the hotel were moved to Saint Andrews Middle School early Thursday morning. They were allowed to return to the hotel around 7:30 a.m.

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/28617898/explosion-at-west-ashley-motel-leads-to-evacuations-investigation

FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville man accused of prostituting a teenage girl was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison and five years supervised release Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith.

Doncouri Wells, 38, pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to sexual trafficking of a child. Wells faced up to life in prison.58036016_WC-WELLS-3-27_t300

Fayetteville police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were alerted June 8 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to an advertisement for prostitution posted on a website under the “escort” section that depicted a suspected minor from Fayetteville.

Law enforcement found the girl and confirmed she was 16 years old. During an interview the girl said she had been engaging in sexual acts for money in Northwest Arkansas. She identified her “pimp” by the street name of “D.” She told police “D” took digital photographs of her and posted them online under his account for the purpose of prostitution. The girl told police in early June she had sex with several different adult men in exchange for money in a room rented by “D” at a Fayetteville motel.

The girl told police she told “D” she was 16 before he posted her photos. She identified “D” as Doncouri Wells from a photo lineup. During the subsequent investigation, FBI agents were able to identify the user of the advertisements as Wells. On July 17, Wells admitted to promoting the prostitution of the teen.

At the time of the crime, Wells was on parole after a conviction for possession of methamphetamine. Wells has at least two prior felony convictions for violent or drug-related offenses and is considered a career offender.

Wells’ wife, Sherwanda Body Wells, was also arrested and charged in connection with the case. Sherwanda Wells pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to aiding and abetting another in the use of interstate communications in aid of racketeering. She is awaiting sentencing with no date set.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/mar/27/man-trafficking-teen-for-sex-heading-to/?f=news-arkansas

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio —A mother is accused of making methamphetamine while her three young children were in the home.DIANA-SUNDERHAUS-mugshot-jpg

Police said it was happening in the 4000 block of East Miami River Road in Miami Township.

Authorities said they received a tip Tuesday evening about drugs in the home and police found chemicals to make meth in the house.

Diana Sunderhaus, 33, was arrested and charged with manufacturing drugs and child endangerment.

The children, ages 4, 9 and 12, were removed from the home by Children’s Services.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/woman-accused-of-making-meth-while-three-young-children-at-home/32003684

A New Castle couple was arrested Tuesday night after members of an Indiana State Police methamphetamine suppression unit served a warrant at their home.B9316738490Z_1_20150325150928_000_G21AATG71_1-0

Joshua L. Pierce, 38, and Sally A. Pierce, 37, both of 751 Kentland Ave., were preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

Child Protective Services officials were called to the house and took custody of two children under the age of 14.

The Pierces were being held in the Henry County jail on Wednesday. The Henry County sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices and the New Castle Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Joshua Pierce was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2009.

Anyone with information about illegal drug use is encouraged to call the ISP Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-453-4756. Tips can be made anonymously.

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/crime/2015/03/25/couple-held-meth-neglect-probe/70442108/

TEENAGE babysitters in the Top End are being paid with the horror drug ice, the NT News can reveal.

The spread of methamphetamine – commonly called ice – has now reached epidemic levels in Darwin and Palmerston.

Well-placed sources have told the NT News some girls are selling themselves for ice and some are babysitting and being paid in ice.

The Territory’s only specialised service dealing with drug abuse in young people says outreach workers have witnessed a startling rise in the use of ice by 15 and 16-year-olds. Catholic Care NT director Jayne Lloyd said the spike began in October last year and has not stopped.

“Addiction to ice is placing young women in vulnerable situations and leaving them open to exploitation, further the easy accessibility of ice means that it is used as a form of currency,” Ms Lloyd said.

She said more and more young people were being drawn to the drug because of its easy access and for the experience.

“It’s the drug of curiosity,” Ms Lloyd said. “It’s the drug they’re wanting to have a go at and experiment with.”

The program, Alcohol and Other Drugs in Youth service, commonly known as DAISY, is full. It works with schools and police, as well as families.339223-ab4866fc-d2a4-11e4-b7d3-d02420dc68ad

Catholic Care NT’s Alcohol and Drug urban team leader Yianna Paterakis said youth ice users were sporadic about six months ago. But this year it has become an epidemic.

“We would hear about it,” Ms Paterakis said.

“Everyone knew it was coming and we were just waiting for it to hit service providers.”

The problem is widespread throughout Darwin and Palmerston and youth using it are becoming more exposed to and involved with crime.

“These things don’t discriminate,” Ms Paterakis said.

“It has been used as a tool – kids are easily manipulated and used in many ways and ice is one of many tools that is being used.”

But the federal funding for the program will be axed on June 30. “It seems really ironic that the Government is talking about it but taking resources out of the hard end services,” Ms Lloyd said.

http://www.news.com.au/national/northern-territory/darwin-youths-are-being-paid-for-babysitting-services-and-sex-with-ice/story-fnn3gfdo-1227279060335

HOMETOWN, Pa. –  Smog coming from a car parked in Hometown led police to discover the 1997 Honda CRV was being used as a mobile meth lab.

At  6 p.m. Tuesday, Rush Township police patrolling in the Schuylkill County community noticed the vehicle parked in a vacant lot off Claremont Avenue.meth-lab-guy-jpg

All four windows were partially rolled down. A haze could be seen inside the vehicle with smog coming out of the windows.

When the Hometown Fire Department was called to determine the cause of the smog, officials learned the car was being used as a mobile meth lab.

The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team recovered several bottles and numerous other items from the Honda.

When police spoke to the owner of the vehicle via phone, he admitted parking it in the vacant lot.

After further investigation, 27-year-old Justin D. Pakosky of Tamaqua was taken into custody and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and two counts of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

Pakosky is awaiting arraignment.

http://www.wfmz.com/news/Regional-Poconos-Coal/smog-leads-police-to-mobile-meth-lab-in-hometown/32010038

TACOMA, Wash. — Three men will face a judge Thursday in connection a massive drug bust reminiscent of the TV show “Breaking Bad.”13226038

Samuel Tafolla Hernandez, 39, and Thomas Servantes Diaz, 34, are accused of running a smuggling ring that brought the drugs up from the southwestern U.S.

A third man, Jose Mauricio Lozano-Miranda, 38, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Tacoma police arrested the men after an investigation led to the discovery of 44 pounds of methamphetamine in a Puyallup storage unit.

“This is one of the biggest drug busts we’ve seen in Pierce County in the last decade,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Tacoma police said they received a tip that Tafolla Hernandez had arranged for loads of meth to be smuggled from the southwestern U.S. to Pierce and King Counties. Detectives said they watched Tafolla Hernandez while he routinely visited his storage unit in Puyallup and then met other individuals in parking lots throughout the county.

On Tuesday, police followed Tafolla Hernandez and Servantes Diaz to the storage unit, and the officers served a search warrant. In the unit, they found 44 pounds of meth. At the Fife home the men shared, police found bundles of cash totaling $225,000 concealed in a bookcase behind a wall of diapers.

Tafolla Hernandez and Servantes Diaz were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Servantes Diaz was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm while not being a citizen of the U.S.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/44-pounds-meth-found-mens-storage-unit-during-drug/nkfpd/

Berks County detectives say they’ve taken down a drug-smuggling ring that brought $2.2 million in methamphetamine and other drugs from Mexico to be sold in Reading and Allentown.mc-police-berks-county-allentown-meth-bust-201-007

Six people, four from Reading and another from Mexico, were charged in the drug operation Tuesday, and a gun and large amounts of cash and drugs were recovered, detectives said.

Berks County detectives say they have taken down a drug smuggling ring that brought $2.2 million in meth and other drugs from Mexico to be sold in Reading and Allentown. Six people, four from Reading and another from Reading, were charged in the drug operation Tuesday, and a gun and large amounts of cash and drugs were recovered, detectives said.mc-police-berks-county-allentown-meth-bust-201-006

The investigation began in July after detectives in Reading and Allentown received tips of a drug-smuggling organization that was bringing large amounts of meth, cocaine and heroin to be sold in Berks and Lehigh counties. Detectives were told the drugs would be smuggled in from Mexico by tractor-trailer and driven to Reading, where they would be split up and sold in Reading and Allentown.

Berks County detectives were tipped off that the drug ring would be getting a shipment Tuesday and learned of the drop-off location at a lot at 11th and Richmond streets in Reading.

Police set up surveillance and watched a tractor-trailer with California license plates pull into the lot shortly after 3 p.m., followed by two cars. Two men were in each of the vehicles.

Police watched as the men took two large duffel bags from the back of the tractor-trailer and placed them in each of the cars, detectives said.

As the cars tried to leave, police stopped them.

Police said two men were in the rear of the trailer trying to close a secret compartment. One of them had a gun and $20,000, detectives said.

Police obtained search warrants to search the vehicles. In the tractor-trailer, detectives found seven sealed plastic bags and containers, each holding 1 pound of meth. In each car, police found a duffel bag containing 16 sealed plastic bags each containing a pound of meth and three sealed plastic bags each holding a kilo of heroin.

The meth and heroin have a street value of $2.2 million, detectives said.

Detectives said an immigration query revealed that the tractor-trailer traveled into and out of Mexico seven times between May 22 and March 4. Also, detectives said, the same truck was stopped years earlier in Missouri hauling $120,000 in cash in a secret compartment.

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Those charged were:

Gabriel Colin-Lopez, 56, with no known address, and Carlos Javier, 29, of Reading, in the tractor-trailer. Joan Abreu-Feliz, 32, of Reading, and Francisco Escobar-Ramos, 32, of Mexico, were in one of the cars and Carlos Morales-Javier, 22, and Carlos Cirilo-Garcia, 30, both of Reading, were in the other car.

All face charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

All were sent to Berks County Jail under $1 million bail each.

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-n-berks-county-allentown-meth-bust-20150325-story.html

Barney, the Tacoma police narcotics dog that became sick after ingesting methamphetamine during a drug investigation, has died.635628975977591361-barney-k9

The Olympian reports ( http://bit.ly/1FXrMm7 ) that the 11-year-old black Labrador mix died Wednesday night.

His handler, Officer Henry Betts, rushed him to a veterinary hospital on Tuesday after the dog touched his nose to meth at a Puyallup storage unit. He was with officers who were serving a search warrant.

Narcotics dogs are trained to alert their handlers to drugs by placing their nose on them. In this case, Barney accidentally inhaled residue from the meth.

He suffered seizures and his body temperature reached 109 degrees.

Vets said Barney was more responsive Wednesday morning but he passed away that evening.

Pierce County prosecutors say they haven’t decided whether they’ll amend charges against the three defendants to include Barney’s death.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/narcotics-dog-ingested-meth-search-dies-29932148

TACOMA, Wash. – Barney, an 11-year-old K-9 officer with the Tacoma Police Department, was rushed to the vet Tuesday night after ingesting powdered methamphetamine while serving a search warrant.

Dr. Kobi Johnson said Barney had a body temperature of 109 and was experiencing hyperthermia and seizures when he reached the hospital.635628975977591361-barney-k9

By Wednesday morning, the Lab mix was gradually becoming more alert and responsive. Doctors will continue to monitor him for any secondary effects from the hyperthermia.

Dr. Johnson said thankfully, the Tacoma officers got Barney to the hospital quickly.

Methamphetamines are extremely toxic to dogs. At this point, we are cautiously optimistic about Barney’s chances for a full recovery,” said Dr. Johnson.

Loretta Cool, a spokesperson for the Tacoma Police Department, said Barney and his handler, Officer Henry Betts, were investigating a narcotics complaint and serving a search warrant around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Narcotics dogs typically signal the presence of drugs by placing their noses on the substance. In this instance, the drugs were unwrapped and Barney came directly in contact with the powdered methamphetamine, Cool said.

Betts and Barney have worked together since 2010.

“He’s a phenomenal dog,” said Betts. “Really just incredible.”

http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/pets-and-animals/2015/03/25/tacoma-police-k-9-being-treated-after-ingesting-meth-during-raid/70446572/

(WDEF)  22 individuals from over nine counties, spanning southeast Tennessee, northern Georgia, and northern Alabama, were arrested for their roles in a large methamphetamine distribution conspiracy centered in Marion County, Tenn.

An investigation led by special agents and task force officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) along with detectives of the Marion County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, resulted in two separate grand jury indictments, which include charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by prohibited people.

Details of the charges are outlined in two criminal indictments on file with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Those charged in the first indictment include:

  • David Henderson, 45, of Wildwood, Ga.;
  • Ronald Green Jr., 49, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • James Ray Pritchett, 36, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Dennis Reed, 44, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Steve Hankins, 58, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • Christopher Brian Janeway, 41, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Kevin, Denney, 40, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • James Allen Sexton, 50, of Chattanooga, Tenn.;
  • Kelly Nance, 34, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • Jason Boston, 35, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.;
  • Charles Meeks, 41, of Tracy City, Tenn.;
  • Michael Patterson, 40, of Philadelphia, Tenn.; and
  • Robert Graham, 46, of Trenton, Ga

Initial appearances for individuals listed above who were arrested on Mar. 25, 2015, are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, before the Honorable Susan K. Lee, U.S. Magistrate Judge.

Those charged in the second indictment include:

  • Monica Sha Newman, 38, of Jasper, Tenn.;
  • Mark Anthony Johnson, 33, of Tracy City, Tenn.;
  • Terry Jones, 53, of Crandall, Ga.;
  • Ronald Terry Wilmore, 46, of McMinnville, Tenn.;
  • Tiffany Hadder, 32, of Gruetli Laauger, Tenn.;
  • Nathan Carlton, 40, of Stevenson, Ala.;
  • Rodney Craig Akins, 49, of Dunlap, Tenn.;
  • Jamie Harris, 43, of Whiteside, Tenn.; and
  • Jeremy Toro, 40, of Tracy City, Tenn.

In addition to ATF and the Marion County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, state and local law enforcement agencies who assisted with the arrests include: the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Tennessee Highway Patrol; Dade County Georgia Sheriff’s Office; Grundy County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Jackson County Alabama Sheriff’s Office; Loudon County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Murray County Georgia Sheriff’s Office; Sequatchie County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Warren County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office; Monteagle Tennessee Police Department; and Chattanooga Tennessee Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Bay will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

http://www.wdef.com/news/story/22-People-Arrested-for-Meth-Ring-in-Marion-County/jumilFCK4UyTxwBcLYDEvQ.cspx

Joe Sayerwinnie can still recall vividly the first time he tried methamphetamine.

Just 14 at the time and already a regular consumer of alcohol, cocaine and a variety of pills, Sayerwinnie says he was turning to whatever drug he could get his hands on.not_on_our_land

Riding around Oklahoma City with two friends in search of the next chance to party, Sayerwinnine, a member of the Comanche Nation, was handed a pipe of meth to smoke.

“My buddy was like, ‘smoke some of this and you’ll be alright. You’ll be able to keep going and keep partying.’ I remember when I smoked it, man, I liked it a lot. The high was just, it was great,” Sayerwinnie said, comparing the high he felt to the energy buzz people get from drinking a five-hour energy drink. “I started smoking it and I started using it more often.”

Over time, Sayerwinnie started stealing to fund his habit, including stealing from his mom. “I was so bad. I didn’t care about nothing and nobody but myself and where I was going to get my next high,” he said.

Across the country, methamphetamine use has been ravaging tribal communities and their members. A 2006 report from the National Congress of American Indians found that Native Americans have the highest rates of meth abuse, with 1.7 percent of American Indians or Alaska Native respondents reporting they had used meth in the past year. Among Native Hawaiians surveyed, 2.2 percent said they had used the drug in the past year. This compares with 0.7 percent for Caucasians, 0.5 percent of Hispanics, 0.2 percent for Asians and 0.1 percent for African-Americans.

Methamphetamine use in rural communities can be especially devastating. The NCAI report says use on reservations and in rural Native communities can be as high as 30 percent.

The Concho, Oklahoma-based Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is the latest Native community to try to combat the drug’s detrimental effects among its tribal members.

The tribe created a public awareness campaign called Not On Our Land to draw attention to the abuse and offer resources for people needing him.

“The crippling drug has affected so many of our people that we must no longer stand idly by and allow this travesty to go,” Cheyenne and Arapahoe Gov. Eddie Hamilton said in a statement on a newly created website about the campaign, NotOnOurLand.com. “Meth abuse is becoming more prevalent each day as it destroys the lives of our families and loved ones.”

The campaign aims to educate the public about meth, which is also known as speed, tweak, crystal, crank and ice; its effect on communities and offer information for those addicted.

The drug not only ravages the person taking it – causing paranoia, hallucinations, delusions of parasites under the skins, heart attacks, stroke and even death – but it also affects everyone around it. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has found that 74 percent of tribal police rank meth as the greatest drug threat to their communities. The drug is often a precursor to violence, with 40 percent of crime in Native land attributed to its use. Sixty-four percent of tribal police say domestic violence and assault has increased as a result.

“Crime increases as users seek quick cash to feed their addiction,” said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. “Families suffer as meth takes over a person’s life, which can lead to violence and stress in the home.”

Small children living in the home of a meth addict are especially vulnerable, Woodward said, because there is often little food, water or supervision because the parent is focused on meth rather than caring for the child. Approximately 72 percent of meth homes in Oklahoma have children under the age of 12 living inside homes with deplorable conditions, Woodward said.

He said the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe’s campaign is critical for both users and their families.

“Many meth addicts or family members don’t know where to turn for help and hope,” he added. “This campaign will provide awareness to programs for assistance, as well as education to help our youth understand the dangers and help them make decisions to stay away from meth or other forms of substance abuse.”

For Sayerwinnie, 31, several stints in prison for various offenses wasn’t even enough to scare him straight and convince him to get help. What did? His then-13-year-old daughter. One day, Sayerwinnie said, she had had enough of the drug abuse and its lifestyle. She started screaming and yelling at him, pleading for him to stop using drugs.

“Just the reaction of my daughter talking to me and yelling at me and telling me that, because she had never said anything to me before,” he said. “It took her to do what she did for me to really want to change. I could see the pain and the hurt. I could see it all in her.”

That was the moment Sayerwinnie decided to turn his life around. He headed to Lawton, the headquarters of the Comanche Nation, to seek help. The tribe sent him to a rehab facility, which he calls the “best thing that ever happened to me.”

“I met people just like me. Some of them were really good people who had made bad decisions,” he said.

Remaining sober is a challenge, but Sayerwinnie said he takes it one day at a time and uses the knowledge and skills he learned during rehab to cope. He’s also focused on helping other American Indians who may feel like they have no one who understands what they are going through.

“Our Native American children, our Native children, are our future,” he said. “If I walk into a room and we give it our all and tell our speech and put it out there, hopefully with the campaign and what I’m trying to do for them … I hope and pray that if I can get a handful, or even just one, to listen or not do it, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/03/25/not-our-land-oklahoma-tribe-latest-combat-meth-indian-country-159744

A recent article on the website Salon.com drew a comparison between Mexican drug cartels and terror group Islamic State (Isis), which operates in Syria and Iraq, as they both behead people by the hundreds and gain control of large areas by instigating fear among populations.

According to the site, drug cartels such as Los Zetas and Sinaloa are the products of the US war on drugs “just as US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya fertilized the field for IS.”

IS, which aims to overthrow the current governments in Iraq and Syria and establish an Islamic caliphate, has killed thousands of people since its insurgence started in summer 2014. The terrorists, who have also claimed responsibility for recent attacks in Tunisia, Yemen and Libya, are renowned for persecuting non-Muslims and non-Sunni and enslaving thousands of women from the Yazidi community.

Mexico’s drug cartels systematically rape, kidnap, torture and execute people and fight against each other over the hegemony of Mexican territories and the control of drug trafficking. The problem of drug cartels in Mexico has once again caught the attention of the international community after thousands of Mexicans took to the streets to protest against violence and corruption following the abduction and alleged massacre of 43 students.

The  students, from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, disappeared from Iguala city, Guerrero State, after staging a protest against what they perceived was an unfair hiring process for teachers, which favored urban applicants over rural ones. It is alleged they were abducted and handed over to the Guerrero Unidos drug cartel upon instruction from the then Iguala mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, who feared the students’ protest could disrupt an event being held by his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa.

IS and Mexico’s cartels have similarities but a different ideology

Andrew Chesnut, professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, and author of a book on the cult of Santa Muerte, believes there are many parallels between IS and Mexican drug cartels, but not in terms of “larger objectives”.

Speaking to IBTimes UK, he said: “IS is a radical religious organization that seeks to establish a theocratic state or caliphate. In contrast, though the cartels employ religious elements in their operations, they are uber-capitalists motivated by hyper-profits. If they seek territory and government influence it’s not to further any particular ideology beyond capitalism. Some cartels employ patron saints, such as Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde for purposes of supernatural protection and harm against rival syndicates and law enforcement.”

According to Chesnut, the the four-decade-long US War on Drugs should be ended as it failed to achieve its aim.

“As the Salon piece shows, the billions of dollars invested, one hundred thousand lives lost since 2006 and arrest of high-profile kingpins has not made a significant difference. Marijuana, heroin and methamphetamines continue to flow north to the US at a steady pace while guns and cash continue their uninterrupted march south to Mexico,” he said.

Referring to the recent protest in Mexico, Chesnut said the rallies will probably not result in current President Pena Nieto stepping down, but could have an impact on the next leader “who has the courage and resolve to put Mexico on a path to greater democracy and economic development, including an end to the bloody drug wars.”

War against cartels much simpler than war against IS

When asked to draw a comparison between the US war on drugs and the international community’s fight against IS, Chesnut said that fight against the Islamist insurgents is more complex.

“The US and Mexican government’s strategy for fighting drug cartels is much simpler than the campaign against IS. The strategy in Mexico has been to favor the most powerful cartel, Sinaloa, in its battle for dominance against its rivals.

“The war against IS is more complex with the US and its allies betting on Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq and supporting moderate Sunni elements, such as the Kurds and the Jordanian government. The great majority of Middle Easterners are Sunni, as is IS, so the US and its allies can’t be perceived as going too far in their surreptitious support for regional Shia power Iran and its Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese proxies. Saudi Arabia, of course, is the regional Sunni power broker and a linchpin in the war against IS, even more so since the group seeks to overthrow the ruling monarchy.”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/are-drug-cartels-isis-mexico-us-war-drugs-results-fear-death-1493528

LUCEDALE, Mississippi — A Lucedale man and woman were arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine, one with intent to distribute.17342811-large

Arrested were Timothy Adam Havard, 39, of Wes Havard Road in Lucedale, and Sierra Montana McLeod, 20, from the 5000 block of Miss. 26 West in Benndale.

George County Sheriff Dean Howell said a tip to the sheriff’s office was received saying the two suspects were located at a residence in the 5000 block of Miss. 26 West, near the Benndale community.

Havard was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to distribute.

McLeod was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

The arrests were a joint effort of the George County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Howell said.17342817-small

To make an anonymous tip, contact Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811.

 

 

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2015/03/lucedales_timothy_havard_sierr.html

A man who says he and a woman used methamphetamine over two days has denied being aggressive towards her, telling a jury she died during an episode of erotic asphyxiation.

Darren Collins, 36, is on trial in the SA Supreme Court accused of murder after the crown did not accept his guilty plea to the manslaughter of Jacqueline Franklin, 34, in October 2013.

The jury has been told the pair met days before her death and used methamphetamine in Adelaide before her body was found buried in a shallow grave in the backyard of a house at Stansbury, on SA’s Yorke Peninsula.

A belt was around her neck and she had jaw fractures, chipping to her teeth and a laceration to her cheek.

Collins told the jury they had both taken methamphetamine over a two to two-and-a-half day period and were having sexual contact inside in his car while parked outside The Pines Football Club.

He said Ms Franklin grabbed a belt and placed it around her neck and told him to jump into the back seat and hold onto it, while she carried out a sex act.

He said he kept pressure on the belt, but after a few minutes realized she wasn’t very well and panicked when he saw she was dead.

Under cross-examination from prosecutor Tim Preston, Collins denied that while at The Pines he felt aggression or had hallucinations, delusions or paranoia which could have been induced by the drugs.

A former girlfriend of Collins told the jury on Wednesday that when both were using methamphetamine she had grabbed his hands and put them around her neck during sex.

This happened more than 10 times, a ligature was never used and she had never lost consciousness.

Collins denied Mr. Preston’s suggestion that his experience with his ex-girlfriend led to his concocting a story about what happened to Ms Franklin.

He also denied telling the jury he jumped on the dirt covering Ms Franklin’s grave so as to explain why she had fractures to her jaw.

The trial is continuing.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/a/26796632/man-claims-woman-died-during-sex-act/

A 25-year-old former jockey and stable hand who was once said to be “destroying herself” with drugs, was jailed for three years and two months on a charge of possession of methamphetamine for supply.

The term was imposed at a Christchurch District Court sentencing for Rose Grace Steeman.11439809

Steeman, 25, had previous convictions for possession of methamphetamine, and in 2010 worked for a Matamata stable owned by Paul and Mike Moroney.

At a hearing in 2010, where the Moroney brothers pleaded guilty to charges resulting from a positive drug test by one of their horses, the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing investigators said: “The leading Matamata stable of Paul and Mike Moroney is dysfunctional and has a culture of excessive drug use by both staff and horses.”

When Steeman was sentenced after the hearing in 2011, Judge Lindsay Moore said: “This is a young woman in the process of destroying herself.”

Today defense counsel Jeff McCall said Steeman had spent 14 months in prison and had made the most of the time by doing a lot of courses and getting educated.

Judge Paul Kellar said Steeman was found with 38g methamphetamine worth $38,000.

He said she was given a sentence of intensive supervision for possession of methamphetamine in 2011, and a home detention sentence for possession of methamphetamine for supply in 2013.

She had only just finished that sentence when she was caught in January 2014 on the latest charge, he said.

Steeman’s pre-sentence report said she was at a medium risk of re-offending, Judge Kellar said, and he sentenced her to prison.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/67504290/Former-jockey-Rose-Steeman-jailed-on-drugs-charges

Police came to the Haystack Apartments on an outstanding warrant for Sammy Lynn Friday and were surprised by what they found in his apartment.haystack1

Marcus Hines, Public Information Officer for the Shreveport Police Department, said “As officers entered the home they were able to detect there was some sort of, what appeared to be meth, out in plain view. When speaking with Mr. Friday it was learned that there was a working meth lab inside the home. It was stored inside a closet.”

Neighbor Arnie Will saw the bust happen when he took his dog out for her morning walk.

Will said “I saw the neighbor in question being questioned and then handcuffed and taken to the back of one of the squad cars.”haystack12

Once Friday was removed from the apartment HAZMAT moved in.

Hines said “When you’re dealing with something as volatile as a meth lab you have to take every precaution. As you saw earlier officials from the Shreveport Fire Department were on the scene to make sure everything was cleaned up properly and we still have a good amount of law enforcement that’s out here right now working to seize it and collect all the evidence that was located inside the home.”

Although he didn’t know Friday well, Arnie Will was surprised by the bust.

Will said “Pretty much stayed to himself completely at all times. He more or less represented himself as an independent contractor because of all the items he carried on the back of his truck.”

Shreveport Police and Fire Departments are glad they could safely remove all the lab materials.

Hines “You’re dealing with some highly flammable explosives, chemicals, that you know when mixed improperly, could cause a very bad situation resulting in some tragic consequences. Fortunately that didn’t happen today.”

Charges are currently pending against Friday for Methamphetamines possession.

http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/story/d/story/meth-lab-discovered-in-apartment-closet/14471/fgW4qfpKYU25nbU7FuUGUA

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) – There have been two horrific attacks in the Valley in just the past week: a shooting rampage in Mesa and a man who tried to kill his mother in west Phoenix.Ryan Elliott Giroux

One, if not both, were likely fueled by methamphetamine – a drug that has long had a grip on Arizona.

“My son is very gentle and he’s very loving, and he’s a good boy,” said Victoria Mendez about her son, Hakeem Shawky. “But, that thing – that wasn’t him. Even the look in his eye was like there was someone else within him. It wasn’t him.”Hakeem Shawky

But the person who slashed and stabbed at her throat with a box cutter Sunday night was, in fact, her 29-year-old son – who Mendez said was high on meth.

A neighbor came to her rescue.

She said Shawky ignored the unidentified hero’s orders to stop attacking her – so, the man was forced to shoot her son to death.

“Crystal meth is stealing our kids and turning them in to murderers,” Mendez said about her son’s attempt at taking her life.

She said Shawky struggled with meth addiction for about 15 years.

According to court records, that same drug had a 20 year grip on Ryan Giroux.

The 41-year-old is accused of a shooting spree in Mesa that killed a man and injured five other people last week.

Police said Giroux did not have drugs on him at the time of his arrest.

But they are still waiting to find out if he was high.

“We’ve always explained that the symptoms are: you are aggressive, you are violent,” said Stephanie Siete, director of Community Education for Community Bridges, Inc. – a nonprofit aimed at drug prevention and treatment. “You can be (aggressive and violent). It’s different in every case.”

She said meth still has a strong hold on the state.

“It’s a really cheaply processed drug,” Siete explained. “So it’s always going to be a problem. It’s always going to be available.”

And meth will always be dangerous.

Siete said the addictive, mind-altering drug can cause hallucinations, delusions and permanent damage.

“They’re destroying the brain, the physical appearance – everything,” she said. “That’s meth.”

Mendez wants other parents to know, as long as their kids are using meth – they’re in danger too.

“Once a delusion takes hold, they could very, very possibly hurt you,” she said. “And, you become the victim.”

http://www.kpho.com/story/28607332/meth-use-behind-two-violent-attacks-in-the-valley

NEW YORK — Federal drug agents at JFK airport found a pair of plush toy bunnies stuffed with an unusual and illegal substance: a kilo of meth.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents at JFK recognized Lucas Dasilva, a suspected drug methamphetamine dealer wanted on drug charges in Florida, after he stepped off a flight to JFK from California on Friday, the New York Post reported.F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday

Investigators said the 35-year-old was carrying a Brazilian passport with a fake name, plus luggage containing the two bunnies, according to the Post.

“A search revealed two stuffed rabbits which were unusually heavy and made a crunching noise when squeezed,” stated court papers quoted by the Post.

One of the bunnies was big and brown, while the other was small and white, the Daily News reported.

The rabbits were gutted, and agents found drug paraphernalia and 1,844 grams, or nearly two pounds, of methamphetamine, the Post said.

A later search of DaSilva’s Manhattan residence turned up another 333 grams of methamphetamine, plus 28 grams of heroin, the Post reported.

DaSilva appeared in Brooklyn federal court Friday, and was being held without bail pending a Tuesday hearing, the Post said.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/stuffed_rabbits_were_hopped_up_on_meth_federal_agents_say.html

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — A San Jose, California man is accused of supplying methamphetamine to people in North Dakota.

Victor Pacheco is charged in federal court with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He has yet to appear in North Dakota.

Authorities say they were tipped off by an informant that Pacheco was mailing packages of meth to Grand Forks. Agents later sent Pacheco $4,600 concealed in a stuffed animal and received drugs in return.

Pacheco was arrested earlier this month in California.

Court documents do not list a lawyer for Pacheo.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/377f6daa69744dc7b7a0a67594246cdb/ND–Drug-Charge/

As the snow melts, methamphetamine dump sites are popping up like spring flowers across Calhoun County.

Last week Battle Creek police found eight plastic bottles used to make the drug in one woods along M-37 in Bedford Township.B9316725027Z_1_20150324170807_000_G1GAAJPHE_1-0

On Tuesday, Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies collected 18 one-pot bottles and about 26 pounds of waste along a two-mile section of Nine-Mile Road near Burlington.

There is more of the dangerous material along county roads and in urban areas, police said.

“Under the leaves, and with the snow melting, there are things sitting out there since winter and we are now just finding the stuff,” said Battle Creek Officer Scott Marshall. But he said fresh waste is always being thrown along roads and dumped where people may stumble upon it.

Marshall was wearing a protective suit and breathing mask last week while collecting the spent one-pot bottles and some packages of toxic chemicals.

“It is in urban neighborhoods and all the way to rural neighborhoods,” Marshall said. “There is no place this drug hasn’t touched.”

Early Sunday three people were injured, one seriously, when a one-pot meth lab exploded at a house on Nine-Mile Road near where deputies were finding waste on Tuesday.

Deputy David Homminga said it’s believed about half of meth cooks injure someone.

But if they are successful, the residue from making meth is discarded and can be dangerous to innocent people.

“It is people who are out enjoying the weather and finding the dump sites,” Marshall said. “Stay away from suspicious-looking pop bottles.”

“Don’t move the package because it could catch fire or explode or emit a hazardous gas,” said Detective Bryan Gandy of the sheriff department.

The possibility of finding toxic material is high in Calhoun County, which ranks fifth in Michigan for meth labs.

Over the last five years Calhoun County has reported 155 meth labs in 2010; 32 in 2011; 154 in 2012; 114 in 2013; and 113 in 2014. The numbers dropped in 2011 because the federal Drug Enforcement Agency did not reimburse local agencies for clean-up costs and local governments could not afford the expense.

“I think more people are using it,” Gandy said. “And it can be all over the county.”

Gandy said the majority of labs are in the southern part of the county. Usually the waste is found not far from where someone is making the drug.

“They want to get rid of the stuff so they don’t get caught and they don’t want to be driving with it either, so they go just far enough away to get rid of it so they don’t get caught,” Gandy said.

Homminga and Deputy Tyler Paesens said most of the material is found along roads and in ditches.

“They are just driving along and throw them,” Homminga said.

On Tuesday deputies found plastic bottles and bags of waste in the ditches along with old tires, Bud Lite bottles, McDonald’s cups and a deer carcass.

As deputies found meth waste, Homminga approached wearing protective clothing and carrying heavy plastic buckets to contain the material.

Marshall said people should watch for plastic bottles without labels and with granular material inside.

“Steer clear of the area and don’t approach it,” he said. “The gases that are bottled up inside are still toxic. And you can still find active labs if someone is driving along and is scared and throws the bottle out the window and the cook is not finished. So don’t open anything. You never know what you are going to get. The last thing you want is a child taking a sniff.”

And Gandy agreed, saying said anyone finding a suspicious bottle or package should leave it alone and call 911.

“Don’t move it,” he said. “Don’t bring it back to the house thinking it will make it easier for the police. We don’t mind climbing down into the ditch.”

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2015/03/24/meth-waste-popping-like-spring-flowers/70394142/

Methamphetamine addiction and supply is the most damaging drug problem confronting police, the first snapshot of its use in Australia has found.

The report by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) shows that as many as 1.3 million Australians have tried methamphetamine in its crystalline form, known as ice, or its powdered form, known as speed.methamphetamine in the form of ice

Nearly 400,000 Australians had used the drug in the past 12 months, the report found.

The ACC’s chief executive, Chris Dawson, said on Wednesday the level of use – among the highest in the world – was a matter of national concern.

“We’re particularly concerned that there’s this demand, and while we’re addressing supply, the nation does need to take this as a national problem,” Dawson said.

The purity of the drug in its crystalline form, the high demand and the relative success of law enforcement in intercepting imports meant the price of the drug was higher in Australia than nearly anywhere else in the world.

The average street price per gram in China is $US80. Australians pay nearly $US500 a gram. Wholesale prices in Australia ranged from $9,000 to $325,000 a kilogram, the report said.

The massive profit margin had made Australia an attractive destination for criminal gangs involved in the manufacturing and trafficking of methamphetamines.

“Ice is now the number one problem in terms of illicit substances,” justice minister Michael Keenan said.

More than 60% of Australia’s most wanted serious and organized crime figures were involved in the methamphetamine market, the report found.

“The outlaw motorcycle gangs are a central part of organized crime in Australia,” Dawson said.

He said transnational groups from nearly 50 countries were involved in importing, manufacturing or trafficking the drug in Australia, and their activities were causing many deaths.

“There are drug-related deaths through driving, through homicide, through violence on the streets, through drug deaths where crime groups are robbing each other.”

Keenan said countering the scourge of ice was high on the government’s agenda.

He praised the work of border control and customs staff, saying authorities had made “record seizures” in the past year. He pointed to one seizure in November that stopped drugs with a street value of $1.5bn from entering the country.

Keenan has been in talks with assistant health minister Fiona Nash on the health impacts of the drug, which are of particular concern in rural and regional centers and Indigenous communities.

“The government invests $200m a year on alcohol and drug counseling … which is a very significant sum which is matched by the states as well,” Keenan said.

He said some hospitals had taken to hiring security guards to protect staff from violent users.

“This is a drug that distorts the way people think. It leads them to behave in a way they would never behave if they weren’t on this drug, and it does them irreparable mental health damage,” he said.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/25/methamphetamine-use-the-biggest-drug-problem-facing-australian-police-report

Martin Omar Estrada LunaOrganized crime syndicates traditionally specialising in heroin or cocaine are turning to methamphetamine to feed a booming Australian market, classified police intelligence reports show.

The Australian Crime Commission has warned demand for methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, will continue to grow, even though Australian users pay some of the highest prices in the world for it.

The ACC will today take the unusual step of releasing parts of a normally classified report into the Australian ice market underlining the agency’s concern over the growing scale of the problem.

Charged with pursuing high-end organized crime syndicates, the ACC says that 60 per cent of its targets are now involved in the ice trade in some way.

Ruthless Mexican drug cartels are now targeting the lucrative Australian market and seeking out local partners such as outlaw motorcycle gangs, it is believed.

The agency found the purity of meth sold in Australia has greatly increased, making it even more dangerous.

The average street price per gram for the drug in China is $US 80 but it sells for $500 a gram in Australia.

The excerpts from classified reports show Iranian meth of very high purity is shipped through Asia to Australia.

“This indicates large-scale production using high-quality materials,” the ACC says.

“There appears to currently be significant production of methamphetamine in Mexico.”

The Government is expected to begin to map out its response to the ice crisis in coming weeks, with an increasing number of coalition MPs warning of the problem the drug is causing in their communities.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said ice now posed the greatest threat to the Australian public of all drug types.

“Our nation’s addiction to this mind-eating, personality-distorting, life-ending drug is undermining the social fabric of communities and paying big dividends to organised crime syndicates that are profiting from misery,” Mr. Keenan said.

Recent studies have shown meth users are five times more likely to have psychotic symptoms than when not using.

Hospitals report that methamphetamine users presenting at emergency departments are more aggressive, violent and dangerous that most others.

Supreme Court Justice Michael Corboy recently voiced his concern at the links between ice and the “gross levels of irrational violence” in Perth.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/26790137/global-crims-cash-in-on-meth/

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A teenager who raped a woman during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years in prison.

Jaime Tinoco, 17, and 11 other young offenders went on the field trip to Autzen Stadium last September with the Washington County Juvenile Department. Authorities say he slipped away from the group and attacked the woman.

Tinoco, who was tried as an adult, grinned Monday as his 39-year-old victim described how she was repeatedly punched in the face while being raped near the stadium.

Lane County Judge Debra Vogt asked Tinoco why he was smiling as the victim — whose face required reconstructive surgery — recounted the attack.

“I don’t know,” Tinoco said.

“I don’t either,” Vogt said.

The judge said it was concerning that Tinoco apparently gets pleasure from inflicting pain. She called the teen a dangerous man.

“As much as people here want me to see you as a boy today, I do not,” Vogt said.

In her statement, the victim said she was walking home when she noticed someone following her.

The person ran after her, hit her in the head from behind and dragged her to a large bush. She was going in and out of consciousness during the attack, she said, and wondered at one point how many punches she could withstand.

“I asked him to please let me see my daughter again, but he kept punching me regardless,” she said.

Tinoco pleaded guilty last week to charges of rape, assault, sexual abuse and kidnapping.

Defense attorney Chris Shaffner sought an eight-year prison sentence, saying Tinoco started smoking marijuana at 12 and later moved on to methamphetamine. She said the drug use likely affected his brain.

The field trip was part of a Washington County program to help teens who have been in trouble with the law. A judge had sentenced Tinoco to supervised probation in July following convictions on charges of burglary, harassment and methamphetamine possession.

http://www.dailyastorian.com/teenager-sentenced-to-14-years-for-rape-near-autzen-stadium-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest1179db466b1e4fffb152ff97f20c085a

A Morgan City-area woman was hospitalized and her sister arrested after a vehicle police say operated as a mobile meth lab caught fire, Morgan City police report. Jewel Ross of Amelia

Morgan City Police Department officers responded around 2 a.m. Monday (March 23) to the fire on an elevated stretch of U.S. 90, where the Morgan City Fire Department and a hazmat team helped extinguish the flames.

Evidence allegedly showed sisters Jewel Ross and Pearl Ross, both 31 and from Amelia, had been operating “a functioning clandestine laboratory used in production of methamphetamine.”

Pearl Ross suffered severe burns and was airlifted to a hospital in Morgan City before she was transferred to a burn unit in Baton Rouge.

Jewel Ross refused medical treatment for minor burns. She was then booked into the MCPD jail on a charge of creating/operating a clandestine laboratory and given a bond of $100,000.

Additional charges are possible.

http://www.nola.com/news/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/03/sisters_meth_lab_vehicle_fire.html