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(WORTHINGTON) – An Avon man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday night after police found him partially dressed and asleep on a park bench.


Worthington police arrived at the park just before 7 p.m. to find 27-year-old Marinko Tanaskovich lying in a grassy area beside the park’s mortars and cannons.

Tanaskovich was curled up in the fetal position and wearing only a black t-shirt, a pair of blue underwear, and a pair of black socks.

Two men told police they attempted to wake Tanaskovich, who they saw lying in a different part of the park earlier.

Police woke Tanaskovich. According to probable cause affidavit Tanaskovich seemed to be under the influence of a narcotic or a controlled substance because he could not stand still, was sweaty and jittery, and at times seemed disoriented, incoherent, and confused.

But Tanaskovich told police he was just tired. When police asked Tanaskovich where he was he replied Bloomington.
Police then told him he was in a city park in Worthington. Tanaskovich then argued with police saying he was in Bloomington.

Tanaskovich, who was not drunk, was then checked by Greene County EMS.

Police also found Tanaskovich’s SUV in the parking lot, along with a pile of clothing outside of the vehicle and two floor mats, and a pair of steel-toed work boots.

Police found a plastic pill bottle with a blue paper napkin with a glass smoking pipe wrapped inside with a white-powdery substance. They also found a plastic straw with white residue and a ziplock baggie containing a white crystal-like substance.

The substance tested positive for meth.

K9 Layla alerted officers that a suitcase in the vehicle also may contain narcotics. Inside that case officers found a book titled “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture 8th. Edition,” by Uncle Fester.

Tanaskovich was taken to Greene County General Hospital, for a medical evaluation and he submitted to a blood draw. He refused to give a urine sample stating – “I’m a human being and I demand to be treated like one. I’m not an animal and I’m not peeing in a cup for you, I want you to start treating me like a person and not an animal!'”

At the hospital, Tanaskovich told police he was just tired because he was up for three days and didn’t understand why he was in the hospital.

When asked if he had been doing meth, Tanaskovich admitted to doing the drug before he had left work, saying he had smoked and snorted it.

Tanaskovich was medically cleared at the hospital and then taken to the Greene County jail on felony charges of possession of meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.



For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”

These new revelations are bound to impact the current debate about the border crisis and immigration policy.



WALHALLA — A Westminster woman is charged with child neglect.

Authorities tell local media outlets that 36-year-old Bridgette Delanea McCall was booked into the Oconee County jail at around 6 p.m. Wednesday on a child neglect charge.

Warrants show McCall is accused of exposing her 1-year-old child to methamphetamine. Authorities say the child tested positive in a drug panel screening.

The investigation began July 9 when a sheriff’s deputy spoke with a South Carolina Department of Social Services employee. Deputies say the child was removed from McCall’s care and placed with family members.

McCall is in jail on $10,000 bond. It wasn’t known if she had an attorney.



Nacogdoches County Deputies were able to stop a drug deal ending in three arrests Friday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., following a call from a home located on Paradise Drive, deputies arrived on the scene and became suspicious of three suspects at the residence. During the investigation it was discovered two people had just arrived at the scene to deliver methamphetamine.

Deputies were able to search the residence and vehicles parked outside. During the search, officials found over six grams of crystal methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Deputies also found methamphetamine located on a motorcycle parked outside of the home.

April Carey, 33, Allan Stevens, 34, and Christopher Gilliam, 39, were arrested at the scene for engaging in organized criminal activity and delivery of a controlled substance.

The suspects were booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.





Two men have been arrested and charged after a meth lab was found on a moped Wednesday evening.

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James Franklin Polson, 60, of Darlington, was arrested and charged with Distribution of Methamphetamine 2nd offense and Robert Wayne Polson, 56, of Marion, was charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Marion County Major Brian Wallace said that James Polson already had warrants out for his arrest when he was seen stopped in traffic due to a motorcycle wreck on Highway 76 Wednesday evening.

Deputies working the wreck noticed items on James Polson’s moped that were consistent with that of a mobile meth lab, Wallace said.

After James Polson was taken in to custody, deputies went to a home and arrested his brother, Robert Polson, Wallace said.

James Polson is currently in the Marion County Detention Center on a $10,000 surety bond.

Robert Polson is currently in the Marion County Detention Center on a $30,000 surety bond.



LAKE CITY — The Missaukee County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police troopers executed a search warrant at a Lake City home that resulted in the arrest of two adults on charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine and the removal of a 4-year-old child from the residence.

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Police conducted the search Thursday, Aug. 28, at a house on North Al Moses Road, according to Detective Lt. Dan King of the Traverse Narcotics Team.

Investigators discovered numerous chemical components and paraphernalia used to manufacture methamphetamine both inside and outside the home, King said.

Ronald Wayne Hahn, 50, Dawn Marie Hahn, 44, both face numerous felony counts.

Each have been charged with operating and maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory while also possessing a firearm, an offense punishable by up to 25 years in prison or a fine of up to $100,000, or both.

They also have been charged with delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine, operating/maintaining a meth lab in the presence of a minor, maintaining a drug house, receiving and concealing stolen firearms, and possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony, including a Stevens Savage .22 rifle and a Ruger .22 single-six pistol.

Marijuana, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia also were seized. Both were charged with possession of marijuana. Additional charges will be sought pending a continued investigation, King said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Missaukee County Sheriff Jim Bosscher at (231) 839-4338 or King at (231) 779-6005.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) — Police detained a 39-year-old Filipino at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Thursday, on suspicion of trafficking in 3.1 kg of crystalline substances believed to be methamphetamine worth RM620,000.

Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the suspect who was arrested at 7.35 am, had arrived from New Delhi, India.

“The substances in five plastic packages, were concealed under a pile of clothes at the bottom of her suitcase,” he told a media conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here Friday.

He said police also seized Malaysian, US, Indian, Philippines and Thai currencies from her.

The suspect has been remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, he said.

Noor Rashid said it was the suspect’s first arrival into the country and was to be paid RM5,000 for the alleged deal.

He attributed the success of the arrest to sharing of intelligence between his department and international narcotics enforcement agencies.






ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 29, 7:05 A.M.: U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente checkpoint are giving Orange County law enforcement at their various sobriety checkpoints a run for the money lately, only the feds are catching alleged drug smugglers instead of alleged booze hounds.


Now comes this: Two separate busts at and near the same San Clemente checkpoint on Tuesday. First, agents said they smelled marijuana in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala passing through and had the driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, pull over to a secondary inspection area, according to a Border Patrol statement.

The driver said he and his female passenger, also an adult citizen, had just come from Oceanside, say agents, who go on to allege a canine officer sniffed out a duffel bag in the trunk with several pounds of marijuana inside. The unidentified man said the pot was his and he and the herb were turned over to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Border Patrol.

A larger bust happened around 5:30 p.m. not at the checkpoint but a nearby rest stop along the 5 freeway, when patrolling agents approached two men in a parked 1996 Ford Mustang. Again, it was a canine officer that alerted human handlers, who were allegedly told by the 21-year-old driver that he previously had an empty container of marijuana in the console.

Let’s just stop right here for a moment and ask if this excuse has ever worked.

“Oh, you previously hit pot in the car?” asks the agent. “Great, no need to search any further. Carry on.”

Agents did search the car and, lo and behold, there was an empty container, just like the dude said. But nine bundles of methamphetamine also turned up hidden inside the spare tire and eight more bundles were stashed inside a speaker box in the trunk, according to the Border Patrol.

Weighing in at 18.63 pounds, the 17 bundles have an estimated street value of $186,300, say the agents, who turned the meth and two fellows–both Mexican nationals–over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Border Patrol seized the Mustang.

UPDATE, AUG. 29, 8:14 A.M.: Agents made another double play Wednesday, stopping a 2005 Nissan Sentra and 2004 Dodge Ram truck with more than $1 million in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine hidden inside them, according to the Border Patrol.

Around 2:15 p.m., the Sentra accelerated without stopping at the San Clemente checkpoint, prompting agents to halt the car and conduct an inspection, according to the Border Patrol, which adds the driver presented “questionable identification” that led to his being directed to a secondary inspection area.

If you read the original post, you know where this is going: the canine officer alerted handlers to areas of the car, and a search produced 15 bundles inside the passenger side panel, 13 bundles inside the driver’s side rear-door panel and five bundles in the rear wheel wells, agents said.

The 33 bundles–seven of which were filled with heroin and 26 with meth–weighed 48.32 pounds and had an estimated street value of $519,880, according to the Border Patrol.

Next, during a search of the “suspicious” Ram truck near the checkpoint around 6:30 p.m., the canine again alerted agents, who found 15 bundles of cocaine hidden in the dashboard, according to the Border Patrol, which reports the narcotics weighed 38.36 pounds and had an estimated street value of $498,680.

The 44-year-old driver of the Sentra and 33-year-old driver of the Ram, both unidentified Mexican national men, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration to face narcotic smuggling charges, while the Border Patrol seized the vehicles.




Three people in Florida were so high on meth that police say they imagined their home was under attack, tossing a toilet and bathroom sink out the window at imaginary “intruders.”


Jackson County sheriff’s deputies also found numerous windows shot out and multiple holes in the walls.

They were called to the home by reports of suspicious noises and cries for help, the Dothan Eagle reported.

Matthew McDaniel, 30, Damian Hines, 21, and Madison Douglas, 18, had to be convinced that the “attackers” had left before emerging from the home.

Officers found a small amount of meth and a “shake-and-bake” meth lab inside.

According to the police report:

“(The suspects) completely removed a large rear window from the house on the second floor and threw the bathroom sink at the imaginary attackers. Chunks of sheetrock, wood, firearm parts and anything they could tear out of the residence was thrown outside, including the toilet, which was ripped from the floor. In total, more than $10,000 damage was done to the residence.”

All three now face charges of possession and attempted manufacture of meth, as well as felony criminal mischief.





  • Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, are charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse
  • They are accused of dumping the body of their friend Dennis Meyer, 30, after he died from a suspected drug overdose
  • They took a picture of themselves with Meyer’s body before pushing the corpse out of the car onto a driveway
  • The picture was posted to Facebook

Two southwest Missouri residents posed for a selfie with the corpse of their deceased friend after he died of a drug overdose, say police.


Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, have been charged with abandoning the corpse of Dennis Meyer, 30, whose body was found dumped on Route V last week.

Berry and Prier were identified after the photograph was posted to Facebook.

According to the arrest  report published by The Smoking Gun, Berry said she had been driving around with Meyer in his car.


He decided to inject the painkiller Dilaudid as they sat in a McDonald’s parking lot, after which he began acting ‘crazy,’ taking his penis out of his pants and saying ‘strange things.’

Berry became nervous so called Meyer’s friend Jared Prier, whom she’d met the night before.

By the time Prier arrived, Meyer had passed out, so Jared took the wheel and drove to Loves gas station where Berry went and bought a drink.

When she returned, Prier informed her that he believed Meyer had ‘quit breathing,’ she told police. She checked Meyer and came to the same conclusion.

Berry told police that she and Prier were high on meth and Xanax and were worried that if they took Meyer to hospital they’d ‘get in trouble.’

Instead, they dragged Meyer’s body to the backseat because they no longer wanted to look at him and he had begun to smell – but not before posing for the selfie with their dead friend.

The pair then drove around the back roads looking for somewhere to dump his body, eventually driving down a long driveway in the early hours of the morning and pushing his body to the ground.


Newton County Sheriff Ken has said Meyer possibly died of a drug overdose. An autopsy has been performed, but authorities are waiting for a toxicology report.

The autopsy concluded that Meyer would have died slowly and his breathing would have been very shallow – meaning if the pair had gotten him medical attention he might have survived.

They have been charged with voluntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse.

The Smoking Gun reports that Prier and Meyer are associated with the Joplin Honkies street gang.







JONES COUNTYA woman who was once on the ballot for public office in Jones County has been arrested after deputies discovered she had marijuana and crystal meth.Jennifer-Simpson-Ward-jpg

Deputies say Jennifer Simpson-Ward was arrested after a routine traffic stop on a private hunting club trail around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

They say they found several drugs, including marijuana and crystal meth, as well as other drug-related things.

We are working to find out what town she was arrested in.

She is scheduled to be in court today.

Her bond is set at $100,000.




BOONE CO., Mo. – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department searched a lot at Katfish Katy’s campground and found meth and drug packaging materials.como-mugs

Deputies found almost one pound of meth, packaging materials, and digital scales at 8816 Sarr Lane, Lot 26.

Deputies did not find evidence linking the campground owners or management to the criminal activity.

52-year-old Teresa Whittington and 32-year-old Dorian Estes, both of Columbia, were arrested for first degree trafficking drugs.

35-year-old Curtis Russell of Columbia, 48-year-old Brian Parson of St. Joseph, and 48-year-old Donnie Perkins of Columbia were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance.




According to CBP, a 41-year-old legal resident alien of San Luis, Ariz., was attempting to drive a Ford station wagon into the United States from Mexico when their vehicle was selected for additional scrutiny in a secondary inspection area.

After a working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband in the vehicle, officers reportedly found 14 packages of meth worth more than $31,000 in the vehicle’s center console.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. The legal resident alien, whose identity has not been released to the public, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Drug Task Force agents arrested Ryan Cady and Jason Gay and dismantled multiple meth labs while serving a search warrant in Tahlequah.19095371

Three meth labs were pulled out of the house.

DTF Director Michael Moore told FOX23 that they deal with meth daily, but the labs are different.

“I’m seeing an increase again with the shake and bake labs,” Moore said.

More than a pound of meth was removed from the home.

Cady and Gay were arrested on counts of manufacturing meth, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Moore said the warrants and drug busts won’t end here and they’ll continue to ramp up efforts to keep drugs at bay in the community.

“It’s something we try to do every day. We get small quantities and we get big quantities, but this was a good one,” Moore said.





SPANAWAY, Wash. — A 21-year-old man who attacked two deputies in a “vicious fight” after being caught driving a stolen car admitted to taking meth 10 minutes before the incident, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, two Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted the stolen car around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and pulled it over near 158th Street East and B Street East in Spanaway.

When the deputies got out of the patrol car with their guns drawn, the driver in the stolen car accelerated, made a U-turn and headed back at the deputies, according to the charging documents.

The deputies used their car to block the stolen car and pin the driver’s door closed. The driver, later identified as Jacob Bolstad, reportedly climbed over a person sitting in the passenger seat and ran from the car.

One of the deputies chased after Bolstad and tackled him when his Taser failed to stop Bolstad. According to the charging documents, a “vicious fight” ensued in which Bolstad punched, kicked, elbowed and body slammed the deputy while also attempting to grab the deputy’s gun.

The second deputy pulled his gun on Bolstad, who stopped fighting. According to the charging documents, the deputies were on top of Bolstad and trying to handcuff him when he lifted both of them off of him and resumed fighting.

The deputies were eventually able to get Bolstad handcuffed at gunpoint.

According to the charging documents, Bolstad admitted the car was stolen and said he tried to run because there is a warrant out for his arrest. He also reportedly admitted to taking meth about 10 minutes before the deputies stopped him.

Bolstad has been charged with assault, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police vehicle, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.



KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — Deputies have discovered three methamphetamine lab operations in the past three days in Kalamazoo County.

When the investigations are complete, several suspects will be charged with meth-related felonies, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

In the first incident, deputies found the meth lab while investigating an unrelated crime in the 8000 block of Douglas Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the news release. During that investigation, police observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation.

The deputies contacted the occupants of the vehicle behind a home in the 8500 block of Douglas Avenue, where they found remnants of meth production and components used to cook meth.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking multiple charges against the resident of the home.

Then at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, while deputies were trying to arrest a man with outstanding warrants in the 1000 block of Colonial Trail in Oshtemo Township, they found several one-pot meth labs and a suspected marijuana grow operation.

Deputies also found methamphetamine and components used to produce the drug. One Kalamazoo-area resident was inside the home and arrested on outstanding warrants. Several suspects are expected to be charged, police say.

The third incident took place Thursday at about 12:30 a.m. when deputies received a tip about drug activity at a home in the 5400 block of Market Street in Comstock Township.

Investigators found remnants from one-pot meth labs and components to produce meth near the home. Several suspects will be charged, according to the sheriff’s office.

There have been 70 meth busts through the end of July this year. There were 84 busts in all of 2013.



BAYOU VISTA, LA (WAFB) – Authorities said a man was arrested on multiple charges after nearly three dozen meth labs were found in his home, which is near an elementary school.4599983_G

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Justin Scarbrough, 22, of Bayou Vista, was taken into custody Wednesday night. He was booked into the parish jail on the following charges:

Operation of a clandestine laboratory

Operation of a clandestine laboratory within 2,000 feet of a school zone

Manufacturing methamphetamine

Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Resisting an officer

Criminal trespass

No bond was set.

Narcotics detectives said they were investigating possible illegal drug activity at Scarbrough’s home, when they reportedly saw him throwing a bag into a neighbor’s yard and run off. They said they chased Scarbrough through several yards, but caught him shortly after the chase started.

Deputies said a search of Scarbrough’s home yielded 34 plastic bottles commonly referred to as “shake-n-bake” labs used to make meth. They said a loaded shotgun was also found. They also reported the bag that was thrown and items used to make meth were located.

According to detectives, Scarbrough’s home is within 2,000 feet of the Bayou Vista Elementary School Zone and Bayou Vista Recreational Center.



MIDDLETOWN — A traffic stop led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab and the arrest of three men and a woman, who remain in the Middletown City Jail on drug charges.christiane

Middletown police said the four were in a Mercedes stopped by a police detective around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Manchester Avenue at Leibee Street.

The detective who made the stop found an “active one pot methamphetamine lab” in the back seat, police said.

Middletown Police Detective Kristi Hughes stopped the car for making an improper turn near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and North Leibee Street.

Sgt. David Birk said it was a routine traffic stop until Hughes saw a small refrigerator in the backseat of the car.

“The fridge was somewhat opened and she observed the bottle and the bottle was bubbling,” Birk said. “They were in the process of cooking methamphetamine at the time.”

Firefighters and the Middletown Special Operations Unit were dispatched to dismantle the meth lab, and the road was shut down for at least three hours, according to police.

“Fortunately nobody was hurt,” Birk said. “We were able to disassemble the meth lab before it caused any significant harm to anybody.”

“With an active meth lab you actually have lithium inside a two liter (bottle) and when the lithium reacts with water that’s when you get the explosion and this was actually reacting,” Birk said. “If you don’t release the gas from the bottle that’s when it catches on fire and explodes.”


Police said they also discovered several syringes, digital scales, chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and several marijuana and methamphetamine pipes inside the vehicle.




Arrested were:

  • Richard Gilbert, 34, of Middletown,charged with felony illegal manufacturing of meth, felony illegal assembly of chemicals used to make meth, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, and several unspecified warrants.
  • David Dietz, 40, of Middletown. Dietz, who police said was the driver, was charged with felony permitting drug abuse, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments and minor traffic violations.
  • Robert Wilson, 37, of Middletown, charged with misdemeanor possession of drug instruments.
  • Christiane Fields, 24, of Middletown, charged with two outstanding warrants. Police did not release details of the warrants.


Rodney Capps, who works at a car wash near the corner of Manchester Avenue and North Leibee Street, watched the mobile meth lab being disassembled.


“I saw them put orange suits on. I didn’t know what was happening,” Capps said. “They could’ve blown up by having it in the car.”

Gilbert, Dietz and Wilson are scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday for arraignment, according to court records. No court date had been set for Fields as of press time.



A 47-year-old Sharon Township woman is accused of trying to buy an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sandra Nash was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after Medina County Drug Task Force agents, assisted by county sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant at her home in the 6500 block of Ridge Road.

Task force agents are looking for another resident, Richard Bostwick, 40, who was not home at the time of the search but also is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants accusing him of attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine.

Nash was taken to the Medina County Jail, where she was video arraigned Thursday before Wadsworth Municipal Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

She pleaded not guilty and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The search warrant was issued after task force agents said they developed information that led them to believe that the residents of the home were involved in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Agents conducting the search reported seizing several chemicals commonly used in manufacturing methamphetamine. Additional items seized were submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab for testing.

While the charges against Nash and Bostwick are misdemeanors, a task force spokesperson said county Prosecutor Dean Holman may present the cases to a grand jury, which could return felony indictments.

The spokesperson added that the investigation is ongoing and additional people may face criminal charges.



Six Sacramento-area residents were indicted Thursday in a case involving drug-trafficking in Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties.

A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against Kenneth Tam, 53; Gerald Osborne, 56; Sherlynn Charles, 52; Marco Antonio Borja, 38; Adalberto Valenzuela-Ruiz, 30; and Nelson Gutierrez, 26. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, a seven-month investigation began in January after law enforcement officials received reports that Tam was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Tam allegedly acquired large amounts of methamphetamine from Borja, Valenzuela-Ruiz and Gutierrez, as well as heroin from other sources, and used sub-dealers, including Osborne and Charles, to distribute the drugs.

Through controlled purchases, searches and other law enforcement activity, investigators seized more than 9 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 2 pounds of heroin, authorities said.

The case resulted form an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.





The best quality of methamphetamine, a highly-addictive narcotic with no known medical treatment, has been trickling into India from Myanmar and caused panic in Mizoram, where large consignments are regularly being intercepted, the latest during the weekend of 20,000 pills worth Rs 70 lakh.


“We are facing an onslaught of a narcotic that is more harmful than any we have experienced so farMethamphetamine is not to be taken lightly, and every family should prepare itself to counter it, every community-based organisation should make battling it a top priority,” the state’s excise and narcotics department (END) said in a public appeal issued last month. Local newspapers frequently carry opinion articles about the narcotic while the Young Mizo Association and church organisations have regularly held awareness campaigns.

The narcotic is not really new to Mizoram. The first seizures were made in the first two years of the last decade, with over 1,600 pills apprehended. For the next 10 years, however, meth disappeared from law-enforcement agencies’ radar. Since 2011, Mizoram has seen huge seizures of pseudoephedrine, a legal drug prescribed for colds and allergies, but which can be processed into methamphetamine. Close to 100 pseudoephedrine traffickers have been arrested and roughly 20 million tablets intercepted in three years by police, END officers, customs and even community-based organisations, but officials estimate just 10 to 20 per cent of all the consignments passing through Mizoram have been detected.

Most of it came from pharmaceutical companies in north and west India. Taken out of their strips and transported in gunny bags and polythene bags, they were being sent to Myanmar where, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says, these apparently harmless drugs are processed into methamphetamine by cartels and ethnic armies that, until a few years ago, supplied the drug to the “Golden Triangle” of Southeast Asia and used the money to buy arms.

These drugs have recently begun returning west, and India’s eastern borders and Bangladesh seem the main corridor. In the last two years in Mizoram, police and END have seized more than 2.5 lakh methamphetamine tablets and arrested 20 traffickers, half of whom are Myanmar nationals, while a police inspector has been suspended and an inquiry instituted against him.

The pseudoephedrine racket, meanwhile, has also brought in the names of a former health minister, political leaders, government officials, and some police and law enforcement officials, with consignments found in parcels sent through India Post, trucks, cars and even suitcases of students flying home from Delhi and other metros.

High and low

Methamphetamine pills come in bright red, pink, green and orange coatings and are invariably stamped with the insignias of cartels in Myanmar. These include “WY” (a brand the UNODC considers the “most popular, of highest quality and the most expensive” meth pills from Myanmar), “88” and “R”.

A teenage user says he has been hooked to meth for a year-and-a-half; he was introduced to it at a Valentine’s Day party. “The high… I danced the entire night, then I went to another party and danced and danced,” he said. “There was a feeling of confidence, and my sexual appetite has increased but I have also developed a dysfunction, so that does not make any sense.”

He came in touch with dealers and now buys pills almost weekly. He has also tried methamphetamine “chewing gum”, tablets he inserts into the anus and a powdered form that he injects into his veins.

Each pill costs him Rs 250. He admits to stealing from his father’s debit card. He used to be a good student but is now struggling to finish XII. He has trouble sleeping — “just two to four hours, if at all”— and complains of severe body pains and restlessness, conditions that have forced him to seek treatment at a daytime drug addiction cessation unit for opiate addicts.

“Sometimes I keep chewing my pillow because the pain is difficult to bear,” he said. He has been prescribed a strip of 100 mg painkillers and seven sleeping tablets a day.

Treatment challenge

Dr Lalchhanhima Ralte admits treating a methamphetamine addict is a new challenge, one he and colleagues are ill-prepared for. Synod Hospital, where he works, has been treating drug addicts for decades through a specialised division that has also caught the attention of the UNODC, which plans to set up India’s first methamphetamine treatment centre there.

“There is no treatment for methamphetamine addiction. At most, we prescribe antidepressants. There is no substitute like in the case of opiates,” Dr Ralte admits.

There is no properly compiled data to ascertain how many methamphetamine addicts live in Mizoram. “They are all definitely younger than 25. Their symptoms are all the same, but there is little we can do. The problem is that these few who have come are just those who have already tried methamphetamine long enough to want to quit it. We have no idea how many are hooked to it but have not thought about quitting,” said Lalrinawma Chhakchhuak, project manager at the cessation units.

Estimates put the number of opiate and pharmaceutical drug abusers in Mizoram at about 20,000 while END records show that since 1984 at least 1,240 people have died due to overdose, mostly of opiates such as heroin.

“When heroin began to be detected in Mizoram in the early 1980s, everyone said it’s a western drug and for developed countries. That was proved completely wrong,” said Chhakchhuak. “The fear is that it is going to be the same story for methamphetamine.”




A Jonesville woman is charged with child neglect after her 2-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine, according to an incident report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Peggy Elise Collins, 26, of 111 New Hope Church Road, was arrested early Thursday after a state Department of Social Services follow-up investigation.

DSS conducted a hair drug screening on the child Aug. 15, and the results showed the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

The report states Collins admitted to the social worker that she had a history of methamphetamine use.




Two men were arrested in Eureka early Monday morning on suspicion of possessing 11 grams of methamphetamine after they were stopped for speeding and their car was searched, Eureka Police Department’s Sgt. Steve Watson said Tuesday.

Officials said Citrus Heights resident Rodney Tindell, 48, was driving a car with passenger Timothy Driscoll, 45, when they were stopped by an officer on Broadway and West Cedar streets for speeding 10 mph over the limit around 5 a.m.

“The officer noticed both of them displayed characteristics of being under the influence of a controlled substance and found suspected methamphetamine and a pipe on Driscoll, more suspected methamphetamine and pipes throughout the car, a pistol that had a lock on it and was locked in the trunk, and apparently a digital scale but no sales case,” Watson said.

Tindell was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. Driscoll, a Carmichael resident, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Both were booked into the Humboldt County jail.





A 24-year-old Santa Rosa woman was arrested again on drug possession charges Wednesday after showing up at the Santa Rosa Police Department with methamphetamine and three outstanding warrants for her arrest, police officials said.

Patricia Holmes went to the station on Sonoma Avenue at about noon to ask for a receipt to show the court that she registered as a drug offender with the Police Department as required by the terms of a court agreement, Sgt. Eric Goldschlag said.

An officer found that there were three outstanding warrants for prior drug possession cases requiring her arrest, two of which were no-bail warrants and the other for $10,000, Goldschlag said.

As Holmes was being arrested, an officer found she had brought meth and a needle to the police station, according to Goldschlag.

Holmes was booked into the Sonoma County Jail and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) –  A Region 8 woman was arrested after police said her purse contained more than cash and credit cards.
According to a court document, Cheryl L. Sutfin is charged with possession of meth with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jonesboro Police arrested her at a home on the 500 block of E. Johnson Avenue on Tuesday. During a search of that home, police said they methamphetamine, including 1.4 grams in a q-tip container in her purse.
Police said they also found several baggies of meth in a bedroom, which they believe was use to deliver meth and three syringes.
Three others were in the home during the search, they don’t face charges related to Sutfin’s arrest.
If convicted, she could for three to ten years in prison for possession of meth and up to six years in prison for possession of drug paraphernalia.