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SPRINGDALE, AR (KNWA) – A truck driver is behind bars after drug task force agents say he transported four pounds of methamphetamine from California to Northwest Arkansas.
Agents say they have been investigating several people in Northwest Arkansas recently for trafficking and selling meth. According to investigators, a confidential informant notified them that approximately four pounds of meth was going to be transported by Jacob Burkhalter and a relative from California to Northwest Arkansas.

Thursday, investigators learned the meth had arrived in the area. At a truck stop in Springdale, detectives say they watched Burkhalter and the relative hand over two large bags to two other people. Then, agents say, all four got into a car and left the truck stop.

Once agents pulled the car over, they say they found the meth inside the bags, and determined Burkhalter drove the semi-truck carrying the drugs to Arkansas. He faces a charge of trafficking methamphetamine.



While taking out the trash, a firefighter discovered what appeared to be a discarded methamphetamine lab behind Engine House 2, 601 Harrison Avenue.

A yellow backpack was found inside the fire station’s trash bin with a one-pot meth lab inside, including tubing, a bottle of lye and sulfuric acid, according to a police report.

The Major Crimes Unit was called to the station and collected the lab, the report stated



On Thursday October 30, 2014, Isaiah Zoar Marin, 21, was charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Jacob Andrew Crockett, 19. Marin is accused of using a “long knife or sword” to kill Crockett. Police report the victim had what appeared to be multiple deep slash and stab wounds and the “head was mostly severed from his body.”836fc63c51621fe3e3d00fac4e0f255e

According to a court affidavit, Marin is described as a “religious zealot” and “heavy methamphetamine and drug user.” The victim, Crockett, was Marin’s brother’s roommate and the son of an Oklahoma state trooper.

It’s reported that on Wednesday afternoon, police received a 911 call from Marin, saying he had just killed someone and was “rambling about sacrificing and magic.” Capt. Randy Dickerson, with the Police Department, said the motive for the grisly murder is still unclear, but that Marin admitted to fantasizing about killing “four or five” people.

Though Capt. Dickerson says the case is not related to recent beheadings by Islamic extremists and had no religious implications, Crockett’s brother told police Marin is a “heavy drug user”.

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Marin was arraigned at the Payne County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon. His bond was denied. A preliminary hearing conference is set for December 1, 2014.

This is the second Oklahoma beheading in 2014. In September of this year a woman was attacked with a knife and beheaded by a former co-worker who had been fired from a the suburban Oklahoma City food processing plant where she worked.




Alexandria narcotics agents discovered three pounds of crystal methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana when they served three search warrants at locations in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Monroe Street Friday morning. The street value of the of the narcotics is estimated at $162,200. Three firearms were also recovered.tedrickt_love

Tedrick T. Love, 37, was arrested and charged with CDS II possession with intent to distribute, CDS I possession with intent to distribute and illegal possession of a weapon with drugs. Love has been booked 29 times in the Rapides Parish jail. He was on probation for a felony narcotics conviction at the time of this arrest.




LEE COUNTY, GA — Three more people have been arrested who police say have connections to Amanda Mason, who was indicted in September for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

The Lee County Narcotics agency arrested 31-year-old Tracie Coston, 32-year-old Jason Jordan and 32-year-old Justin Vinson were picked up at a residence in the 300 block of CrCoston%20Tracie%20Lyneekside Drive Thursday night.

Police say they got a tip from a concerned citizen about a possible methamphetamine lab at the residence. Contact was made with Vinson, who police say had a warrant out of Cook County.






Upon further investigation, police say they found that the three were preparing to manufacture methamphetamine with all the necessary tools and chemicals being seized from the residence.

Coston faces one charge of manufacturing methamphetamine while Jordan and Vinson both face one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and sale of methamphetamine.

Lee County Sheriff’s officials say that the investigation continues and that at least one more warrant will be taken for an accomplice.




NYDN – [Suspected meth dealer] Edward Henderson ultimately ended up being betrayed by his best friend soon after bolting from his Prattville, Ala. home when the city’s drug enforcement unit pulled up with a search warrant, police said.

The suspected meth head managed to run out the backdoor and down a 25-foot ravine where officers temporarily managed to lose him.fetch30n-1-web-480x559

“The dog, later identified as Bo, looked at one of the investigators and the investigator pointed at Henderson and said go get him. Bo without hesitation went down the ravine trailed by two Drug Enforcement Investigators,” the police department said in a release.

Upon exiting the brush Bo tipped them off to some tall grass he was now hiding in, all by the swoosh of his tail. There with him they found Henderson lying flat on the ground.

“Bo was rewarded with dog biscuits from our K-9 Sergeant,” the Prattville Police Department said.




Federal authorities on Friday charged an Arizona man with drug trafficking charges after a state trooper found more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine during a Carson County traffic stop.

About 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety stopped Francisco Josue Beltran, 21, of Glendale, Ariz., on a speeding violation in Conway along Interstate 40. At the time, Beltran was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40, the DPS said.

According to a federal agent’s affidavit, the trooper talked to Beltran, who said he was traveling to Oklahoma City to visit his brother, but Beltran was unable to provide his brother’s address or his telephone number.

The trooper further quizzed Beltran, noticed his hand was shaking and asked if he was transporting methamphetamine.

The trooper then asked to search the 2004 Jeep that Beltran was driving, and Beltran agreed to the search.

Beltran then followed two troopers to the DPS office in Panhandle.

During the search in Panhandle, troopers found 23 bundles of methamphetamine wrapped in black electrical tape and cellophane, according to the agent’s affidavit. The methamphetamine was valued at more than $871,000, the DPS said.

Beltran was charged Friday with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and was ordered held without bond until a federal court hearing scheduled for next week.

According to federal court records, the Jeep was registered to Beltran, who purchased it in Mesa, Ariz., in August.

According to Department of Homeland Security records, Beltran drove the Jeep into the United States from Mexico via a California port of entry on Oct. 15.

Beltran was transporting the methamphetamine from Phoenix to Oklahoma City, according to information from the DPS.

Beltran remained in Randall County jail on Friday, according to county jail records.




Texas DPS trooper seizes more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine

The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a traffic stop Thursday on Interstate 40, yielding over 24 pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $871,000, according to a DPS news release.

At about 7:37 p.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Jeep traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Jeep was identified as Franscisco Jouse Beltran, 21, of Glendale, Ariz. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 23 bundles of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.

Beltran was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.

Following an overnight methamphetamine binge, a couple got into a fight over laundry that included dog feces being thrown inside the Indiana home they share with their two small children, one of whom who was hit by the flying animal waste, police charge.

The revolting incident Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of Terri Patterson, 23, and Nicholas Schelb, 29, for felony child neglect. Schelb was also charged with two battery counts.epdarrests

When cops arrived at the duo’s Evansville residence, Patterson was locked outside and screaming and banging on the home’s rear door. According to a probable cause affidavit, Patterson’s feet were bleeding and she had “large clumps” of feces “in her hair as well as her face and clothing.”

During subsequent questioning, officers determined that during an argument over laundry, Schelb picked up dog waste from the floor and rubbed it on Patterson. He later threw more feces at her. In addition to striking the woman, the waste hit the couple’s younger child–who was in a baby seat–in the face and body.

A cop noted that the floor was littered with a broken coffee table, shattered glass, and animal feces. The couple’s older child, a one-year-old boy, had feces on the tops and bottoms of his feet and between his toes.

Schelb reportedly told an officer that he and Patterson had been “awake all night after smoking meth.” The children were removed by child welfare workers due to the home’s condition “as well as both Schelb and Patterson testing positive for using meth.”

Patterson and Schelb are both locked up in the Vanderburgh County jail.


Oconee County sheriff’s deputies made 11 arrests in a pre-Halloween operation that sought 26 people for various drug and child neglect charges.

The arrests come as part of the sheriff’s office’s Operation Infinity and included officers from the Seneca Police Department.

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said the arrests are part of an ongoing effort to target his county’s drug problem. Fifteen people are still wanted by the sheriff’s office.



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Those arrested:

Matthew Blake Sosby, 30, of Westminster, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Jon Conner Wacaster, 19, of Salem, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Bobby Errol Kimbrell, 42, of Seneca, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Danny Dewayne Orr, 42, of Seneca, was charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Tammy Renee Cobb, 45, of Seneca, was charged with distribution of marijuana and distribution of Xanax.

Kenneth Daniel Jones, 24, with no fixed address, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

April Chantley Poole, 39, of Seneca, was charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

Audrey Sosby, 19, of Westminster, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Nicole Sosby, 21, of Westminster, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Jonathan Ryan Price, 22, of Westminster, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Kelley Morehead, 31, of Westminster, was charged with distribution of a prescription drug.

Those still sought:

George William Stein Jr., 29, of Seneca, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Jennifer Marie Stein, 30, of Walhalla, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Kenneth Tyler Singleton, 28, of Westminster, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Nicki Lyn Singleton, 26, of Westminster, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Leslie Weaver Campbell, 42, of Westminster, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

John Scott Vassey, 41, of Seneca, has been charged with two counts unlawful neglect of a child.

Josh Hank Cope, 23, with no fixed address. has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Brandy Lee Ratteeree, 22, with no fixed address, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Stacey D. Walraven, 25, with no known address, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Kristina Amber Rogers, 32, of Fair Play, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Patrice Ann Johnson, 30 of Seneca, has been charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

Miguel Antonio Oliver, 41, of Central, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Dexter Lamar Mathis, 27, of Seneca, has been charged with two counts of distribution of cocaine.

Matthew Kyle Swafford, 23, of Seneca, has been charged with distribution of methamphetamine.

Marcus Derrel Whitner, 28, of Westminster, has been charged with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.



Willard F. Campbell Jr., 47,STAUNTON – As expected, a judge on Thursday upheld a life sentence recommended by a Staunton jury earlier this year for a man who raped a 12-year-old girl.

And then the defendant threatened his attorney before bailiffs quickly ushered him out of the courtroom and into a holding cell.

Willard F. Campbell Jr., 47, of Staunton, was convicted in March on charges of rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The jury recommended life in prison, which under Virginia law is mandatory because Campbell was over the age of 18 and his victim was under the age of 13.

On Thursday, Campbell, who already served a previous prison stint for sex crimes committed in Augusta County, continued to claim his innocence. Although he admitted plying the victim with alcohol, he said, “I did not rape that kid.”

He also blamed his attorney, William Little II, even though Little filed a motion for a mistrial after being told by Campbell’s family members that a juror was nodding off during the trial. Judge Charles Ricketts III denied the motion.

Little will also appeal the case before resigning as Campbell’s attorney.

After Ricketts upheld the jury’s life sentence, the handcuffed Campbell pointed a finger at Little and threatened him.

Evidence at the trial showed the girl consumed several shots of whiskey with her friend and Campbell the night she was sexually assaulted at a Staunton home in June 2013. The victim testified she woke up to Campbell raping her, then she passed out.

The victim’s friend testified that when she awoke, she found the 12-year-old wearing no clothing beneath the waist. The victim had also vomited on herself, according to testimony.

After being arrested, Campbell told police he was high on methamphetamine on the night in question, but initially denied providing alcohol to the 12-year-old girl. He later admitted to giving her liquor.

A sexual assault nurse from Augusta Health testified in Staunton Circuit Court that the victim had signs of trauma to her vaginal area. However, Campbell’s DNA was not found on the girl.

Campbell was a registered sex offender at the time he raped the girl. In 1992, he was convicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery in Augusta County Circuit Court and sentenced to 13 years behind bars. The charges involved him having two minors, ages 4 and 6, simulating sex while he watched, according to Anne Reed, a Staunton assistant prosecutor.

In 1986, a charge of gross sexual imposition was lodged in Ohio against Campbell, although it was not prosecuted and the girl recanted the allegation as a teen, according to court records.

Court records also state Campbell started drinking alcohol as a 7-year-old, and became a heavy drinker by the time he was 17. He also had access to pornography around the time he was 8.



(Lander, Wyo.) – A Lander woman is facing a potential prison sentence of 40 years in prison and/or $50,000 in fines for allegedly delivering methamphetamine to confidential informants twice in late 2013.

Jane Marie Market, 49, is facing two charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance after the alleged crimes. She is currently being held on a $15,000 unsecured bond. (A photo of Market The crimes detailed in the affidavit written by Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Colin Ryder allegedly occurred in November and December 2013. However, the charges weren’t filed in circuit court until Oct. 16.

According to the affidavit, the investigation began in September 2013 with a report of possible drug activity at a home on the 900 block of McDougall in Lander. The caller reported that a large number of people were stopping at the residence briefly and then leaving. A couple days later, Ryder was made aware of a local man who believed his wife was purchasing meth from Market. The man’s wife told investigators “that she purchased one-0half to one gram of methamphetamine from the defendant whenever the defendant sent her a ‘text’ message that it was available.”

About a month later an unidentified confidential informant who had played middle man between a subject in Casper and Market. “When the individual from Casper arrived in Lander, the CI would give the money to him, and he would hand the methamphetamine to the CI,” the affidavit states. “The CI would in turn give the methamphetamine to the defendant. This had occurred approximately four times since April 2013.”

A controlled buy between the CI and Market was set up in late November 2013, and it allegedly resulted in the exchange of money and meth. The sale was completed inside a bathroom at the Fremont County Library in Lander; there was an audio recording device on the CI during the exchange.

Another confidential information contacted investigators in December, saying they wanted to quit using methamphetamine and agreed to provide information on Market. This exchange reported happened at Market’s home.




TAMPA — A Hillsborough County School District substitute teacher was charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine, which deputies said they found in his vehicle at the middle school where he was teaching.

James Tobin, 54, of Tampa, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at Davidsen Middle School, 10501 Montague St., Tampa.

He was initially wanted on an arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested him at the school after receiving information he was going to be substitute teaching that day.

After his arrest, deputies searched his vehicle and found methamphetamine, said Debbie Carter, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman. He was then also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The original arrest warrant was issued after the sheriff’s office went to Tobin’s home, 11266 Windsor Place Circle in Tampa, to serve a search warrant on Saturday. The sheriff’s office had received a tip of possible drug activity.

No one was home when deputies arrived with the search warrant, Carter said. Deputies searched the home and found methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators contacted Tobin and told him an arrest warrant would be issued if he didn’t turn himself in, Carter said. When Tobin didn’t respond, the arrest warrant was issued Monday. When deputies learned he would be at the school, they arrested him there.

Tobin remained in a Hillsborough County jail on Thursday, with bail set at $5,500.

Tobin’s attorney, Brian Gonzalez, said the amount of drugs found in Tobin’s home and car are minimal.

“This is not a drug dealer,” Gonzalez said. “We’re talking less than a gram in his vehicle found at the school. “He’s not a danger to children. There was no threat to the safety of our children in our community.”

Tobin was arrested in 2006 and 2009 on DUI charges. Gonzalez said Tobin pleaded guilty to one DUI charge and the second charge was reduced to reckless driving.

Gonzalez said Tobin has been substituting for about a year. Before substituting, he was the former chief executive officer for Prevent Blindness Florida, a St. Petersburg-based non-profit.

Gonzalez said the sheriff’s office didn’t need to arrest Tobin at the school.

“I already talked to law enforcement and said we would surrender him when they issued a warrant,’’ Gonzalez said. “He didn’t need to be arrested at school. That didn’t need to happen.”

The sheriff’s office said deputies followed standard procedure for dealing with an arrest warrant.

“We picked him up like we would anyone that there’s an active warrant for their arrest,” Carter said.

Tobin was working at the school through Kelly Educational Staffing, which the district contracted with at the beginning of the school year to hire substitute teachers.

Steve Hegarty, a school district spokesman, said Kelly Educational Services has prospective substitute teachers undergo a fingerprint or background check, just like the school district did when it hired substitute teachers.

Tobin’s DUI arrests would not have disqualified him from being a substitute teacher when the district was in charge of hiring, Hegarty said. However, charges involving drugs would not allow him to teach, he said.

“Kelly (Educational) Services would do the same exact checks that we would do,” Hegarty said. “They did exactly what we did.”




SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – A Santa Cruz man authorities describe as being a prolific meth dealer has been arrested again after investigation into alleged drug activity.

Members of the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Narcotic Taskforce and Santa Cruz Police executed search warrants on Oct. 23 in connection with the months-long investigation.

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The investigation, which included surveillance of Roberto Murillo, revealed he was continuing to sell methamphetamine after two previous convictions from arrests in 2011 and 2012 for the transportation and/or sales of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested Murillo and Karla Figueroa after finding 41 grams of methamphetamine in separate packages hidden in their car. A search warrant at their residence on Goss Avenue turned up an additional 789 grams of meth, officers said. The majority of it had been packaged for resale into smaller packages.

Officers found another 198 loose grams of the drug, as well as scales, baggies and other equipment.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of multiple drug charges and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.




Cash totaling about $310,000 has been unearthed northwest of Napier in a drugs operation police believe has cracked a major methamphetamine ring in Hawke’s Bay.

Police found the cash buried in the ground near a small farm alongside the Napier-Taupo highway last week.

Methamphetamine estimated to be worth about $125,000 and two pistols were also seized, and police have used the Proceeds of Crimes Act to restrain the farm. A Ford Mustang car and a quadbike have been seized.SCCZEN_A_041213NZHRGRDRUG14_620x310

A 53-year-old man, from the Te Haroto area, has appeared in court charged with supplying methamphetamine.

A judge has remanded him in custody with interim name suppression and without plea to appear in court again on November 13.

A two-and-a-half month inquiry had focused on a man who allegedly supplied methamphetamine to various dealers around Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and other parts of the country, said police spokesman Detective Inspector Mike Foster.

About 25 police staff were involved in the searches, including the Hawkes Bay Armed Offenders Squad and a Specialist Search Group.

“This was a difficult operation, not least because of the rural location of the property,” Mr Foster said.

“We believe the arrest will make a significant dent in the supply of methamphetamine not just in the Eastern District, but to other parts of the country.”

Methamphetamine is still regarded by police as a major driver of crime, particularly burglaries, and police were constantly dealing with offending that had its origins in drugs, Mr Foster added.

“It’s well-known that a lot of burglaries and dishonesty crimes are linked to the offender’s need to get drugs, often to support a habit.

Methamphetamine is a major player in the criminal community and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice.”

Napier community advocate Denis O’Reilly, who has headed community searches for answers to the methamphetamine problem, said a “spike” in methamphetamine availability in Hawke’s Bay had been noticed.

“Something’s going on,” he said.

The finding of drugs, cash and weapons on farm properties, while not always incriminating the farmers, showed “what a horrible drug it is,” he added.




 MOORESVILLE, Ind. – A family forced to flee their home over a hidden danger is taking legal action.

Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez first spoke to the Nugent family back in May and shared their real estate nightmare.meth_house_couple_1400183336703_4775599_ver1_0_640_480

The family moved into their dream Mooresville home last year, but their kids soon became sick and their dog suddenly died of cancer.

Experts eventually found traces of methamphetamine in their home and cleanup costs topped $10,000.

The Nugents are now suing the real estate agent, the real estate company, Carpenter Realtors, and the former owners of the house for breach of contract, claiming the agent who sold them the house, Lori Argue, knew meth was being used on the premises because the former owner is her son, Joshua Argue.

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When contacted by ABC News, the attorney for Lori Argue and her company said, “There is simply no evidence that Lori Argue or any representative of Carpenter had any knowledge of methamphetamine use or contamination on the real estate,” adding that the buyers had an independent home inspection prior to purchasing the home.

Joshua Argue declined ABC News’ request for comment, but his ex-wife Jelisa Argue told ABC News in a statement, “There was no meth being used or cooked in the house when I lived there; I’ve never used meth and I would never put my son or anyone else in that environment.”

She added that after she and her son moved out, her ex-husband remained in the house for almost two years. Read her full statement here.

“It causes a lot of anger. There are some days that are harder than others,” Jenny Nugent said. “I think what helps us get through a lot of the anger is the fact that we’ve had a lot of support from our friends and family.”




Home Sweet… Meth Home? Indiana Family’s Real Estate Nightmare

When Chris and Jenny Nugent bought their dream home in Indiana, they made sure to get the house inspected for mold and damaged pipes.


But they never imagined they would also need to have the house tested for meth contamination.

Watch the full story on “Nightline,” Friday, Oct. 31 at 12:35 a.m. ET.

The Nugents said they used their life savings to take out a mortgage on the $144,000 cheery-looking home nestled on an acre of land in the quiet suburbs, enough room for them, their two young daughters and infant son. But after they moved in, they said everyone in the house started feeling ill.

When Chris and Jenny Nugent brought their dream home in Indiana, they never imagined they would need to have it tested for meth contamination.

When Chris and Jenny Nugent brought their dream home in Indiana, they never imagined they would need to have it tested for meth contamination.

“They were sick every week,” Jenny Nugent said. “They would wake up. Throw up. Have digestive issues and then by noon, 1 o’clock start to feel better.”

The Nugents said their daughters were missing school, the baby wasn’t sleeping through the night, and even the family dog became ill and had to be put down. Jenny Nugent also said she noticed strange metallic smells around the house, especially in the kitchen.

“It smelled like a handful of change,” she said.

Jenny Nugent said a neighbor finally cracked the mystery, telling her she suspected the previous owner had cooked meth in the house. Nugent immediately got her home tested — a simple procedure that costs $50.

“I am so grateful that we were fortunate enough to have really good neighbors,” she said. “If it were not for them, we may have not known until one of our kids ended up in the hospital.”

After two tests, the results were horrifying. The Nugents said the downstairs floor had methamphetamine levels nearly 18 times higher than what’s considered legally safe, including the room where baby Mason had been sleeping for 10 months.abc_methhouse_le_141030_4x3t_384

The family immediately moved out and eventually ending up in an apartment, but they said they felt forced to throw away most of their belongings for fear of contamination.

“Those test results came back, I remember that night we just pulled up in the driveway and were like, ‘we’re never going back in there other than to get our clothes,’ and we haven’t,” Chris Nugent said.

For Jenny, returning to the house is painful. She says she feels like she can’t even go inside without wearing protective gear.

“It feels like a death happened, to be honest,” she said. “That’s how it feels to my husband and I.”

When methamphetamine is smoked or cooked inside a home, invisible molecules of the drug sink into the carpet, walls and everywhere else, experts said. The meth residue is then inhaled or ingested, even absorbed through the skin. Exposure can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea and vomiting, according to the National Institute of Health.

To be able to re-sell the house and recoup their savings, the Nugents had to hire a professional cleaning team, Crisis Cleaning, who handle meth decontamination, something most home insurance doesn’t cover.

“That’s something that’s happening even more than what I’ve ever seen before since I started doing this the last five years,” said Crisis Cleaning’s Donetta Held.

To decontaminate the Nugents house, the Crisis Cleaners cut out all the carpets, gave the house a professional vacuuming and then gassed it with a mix of potent chemicals that the cleaners say neutralize the meth particles. One pass-through is often not enough, sometimes they must de-contaminate a room several times. All in, the cost to clean the Nugents’ home is expected to be about $10,000.

While this is a frightening scenario, the Nugents are not alone. Indiana was ranked number one in the nation in meth lab seizures last year, beating out Tennessee and Missouri, according to statistics that the Missouri State Highway Patrol complied from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure Report. Indiana State Police’s Meth Suppression Section said they conduct as many as four meth busts a day across the state.

“It’s an ongoing battle,” said Trooper Nate Raney. “Everything that we do is to try to stay one step ahead of them.”

To combat the meth house problem, the Indiana state police created an online registry that lists thousands of homes where meth or meth labs have been found, although they estimate that for every meth house they locate, two more are undiscovered. “We really don’t know how many meth labs are out there,” said Meth Suppression Section Commander Niki Crawford. “The problem is, when you find one that’s been thrown in a ditch somewhere, that meth lab was somewhere. Was it in a car? Was it in a hotel room? Was it in an apartment? Was it in a house? We don’t know.”

The best way to prevent a nightmare like the Nugent family’s is to have a simple home meth test done on the house before you sign.

“Just do the meth test,” Jenny Nugent said. “It’s $50. It will give you peace of mind. … That’s the best recommendation I could make to anybody.”

The Nugents are now suing the real estate agent, the real estate company, Carpenter Realtors, and the former owners of the house for breach of contract, claiming the agent who sold them the house, Lori Argue, knew meth was being used on the premises because the former owner is her son, Joshua Argue.

When contacted by ABC News, the attorney for Lori Argue and her company said, “There is simply no evidence that Lori Argue or any representative of Carpenter had any knowledge of methamphetamine use or contamination on the real estate,” adding that the buyers had an independent home inspection prior to purchasing the home. Read Read the full statement from Lori Argue’s attorney HERE

Joshua Argue declined ABC News’ request for comment, but his ex-wife Jelisa Argue told ABC News in a statement, “There was no meth being used or cooked in the house when I lived there; I’ve never used meth and I would never put my son or anyone else in that environment.”

She added that after she and her son moved out, her ex-husband remained in the house for almost two years. Read her full statement HERE.

“It causes a lot of anger. There are some days that are harder than others,” Jenny Nugent said. “I think what helps us get through a lot of the anger is the fact that we’ve had a lot of support from our friends and family.”




A Lenoir man was arrested after police say they found him cooking meth Wednesday.

Gareth Todd Nichols, 27, was caught in the process of cooking the drug in his grandma’s attic, at the home where police say he lived. 5491307_G

Officials say they obtained a search warrant after several undercover operations. Agents say when they entered the home, they found Nichols ‘one step away in the cooking process from having an active meth lab.’ Officials say Nichols was using a ‘one pot’ method for cooking the meth.

Sheriff Alan Jones said, “This guy was cooking meth right in his grandmother’s house, in the attic, with no regard for her safety at all. This could have easily turned into a disaster had he not been caught.”

Nichols is charged with felony manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession of precursor chemicals, and felony maintain a dwelling to keep and store a controlled substance.




U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly half a million dollars in drugs at two international bridges.54525955551b8_image

On Wednesday an officer stopped at a 36-year-old Matamoros woman walking across the B&M International Bridge for a secondary inspection.

During the inspection officers discovered three packages of methamphetamine hidden in the woman’s clothes. The drug weighed 9.2 pounds and worth $294,400

The second bust was made at the Gateway International Bridge when a 44-year-old Brownsville woman was stopped during a secondary inspection.

CBP officers say they found two packages hidden within a 2003 Saturn L300 that contained 5.2 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were worth $166,400.

Both women were arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.



Peaks Sheriff’s Station Deputy Rob Scribner arrested 42-year-old Rialto resident Troy Chris Christiansen and 34-year-old Lancaster resident Mindy Nabil Haddad for narcotic violations after methamphetamine was found in their vehicle.

According to a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, Deputy Scribner had conducted a vehicle check of an occupied vehicle parked on Crest Forest Drive near Great View Drive in the Arrowhead Highlands area on Saturday evening shortly before 10:00 p.m. When Scribner contacted the apparent driver of the vehicle, identified as Troy Christianson, he discovered that he was on felony probation until 2016 due to a 2013 conviction for possession of a controlled substance. Part of Christianson’s condition of release and terms of his probation were search of his person, vehicle or residence.

During the search of the vehicle, Scribner reportedly located a baggie between the center console and front passenger seat containing one gram of methamphetamine. Neither Christianson nor Haddad told Deputy Scribner that they had any knowledge as to how the narcotic came to be in their car. Both were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and transported to the West Valley Detention Center in Etiwanda.

After arrival at the jail, due to the nature of the arrest, jail personnel conducted a strip search of the two suspects. During the search of Haddad, the female intake deputy located a glass methamphetamine pipe, containing one gram of methamphetamine hidden in Haddad’s buttocks.

Christiansen was booked for violation of California Health and Safety (H&S) Code Section 11377(a), (possession of a controlled substance) and violation of California Penal Code (PC) Section 3454 (post release supervision). Bail was set at $25,000. Christianson has a scheduled Superior Court arraignment date of October 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Haddad was booked for violation of California PC Section 4573.6 (bringing a controlled substance into a correctional facility) and violation of H&S Section 11377(a), (possession of a controlled substance. In records from the county jail obtained by The Alpenhorn News, Haddad was released on October 26 at 10:17 p.m. No court information was known or supplied.




A man accused of beating his wife to death while using methamphetamine says he assaulted her as part of consensual sex, but police say his story doesn’t quite add up. mauldinfacebook

Daniel O. Mauldin, 36, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tara Mauldin, 30. Judge Dan Imhof found probable cause Wednesday to move Daniel Mauldin’s case toward trial.

Police say Mauldin called his mother and told her that he had found his wife’s body, and that led police to discover her at a home at 1619 S. Kentwood Ave.

Police said Tara Mauldin was “obviously deceased” and had injuries indicating she was the victim of a physical assault.

Police also found blood in several locations in the house.

Daniel Mauldin told detectives he and Tara were having sex which included “choking, punching and kicking,” according to Det. Brian Smith, the lead investigator on the case.

Smith testified Wednesday that Mauldin described, in length, the acts the day of Tara’s death, but that some details would change as he told the story multiple times.

In one case he said she had tripped and hit her head on a granite-topped case, and another time simply that she had collapsed. He said they had been using methamphetamine earlier in the day.mauldindaniel

Det. Neal McAmis testified that Mauldin told him he’d left the house to walk the dogs for 45 minutes, then stayed outside with the dogs for a couple of hours before going in and finding Tara Mauldin.

Police say Daniel Mauldin cleaned up the house and packed a bag “to run.”

Court documents say Mauldin told detectives he believes someone came to the house and “finished her off.”

Mauldin has a previous conviction for assaulting a woman in Fair Grove in 2010.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight homes that have been condemned for methamphetamine are now going to be torn down.

The Kanawha County Commission approved the demolition at its meeting on Tuesday.

Once a home is condemned, it takes anywhere from one to two years before the county is allowed to tear the house down. Law enforcement said during that time, people tend to break into the homes to make more drugs, or steal things left inside the home, which slows things down.

David Armstrong, with the Kanawha County Commission, said getting these houses demolished is a long process.

“You’re actually taking someone’s property,” Armstrong said. “Even though the county commission is not taking ownership in the property, we are removing a structure from the property.”

The county still has to wait 70 days to tear down the homes down. Armstrong said the houses are going to be demolished in February.




DECATUR, Alabama — Two people were taken into custody on Wednesday following a two-month investigation of alleged methamphetamine activity at their Decatur home.16212521-large

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said county drug agents received information that meth was being made and sold from the home on Harold Drive. Franklin said this information reported the people inside were regularly getting cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, which can be used to manufacture meth, both by themselves and from outside sources.

Agents made contact with the resident, Brian Stephen Garrett, 43, and executed a search warrant on Wednesday. They reported finding chemicals, materials and equipment used to make meth as well as some finished product. Franklin said they also found ecstasy, pseudoephedrine, digital scales and two loaded semiautomatic handguns. Agents said the house was equipped with an array of surveillance cameras.

During the search, agents said Stacey Haggermaker Garrett, 43, arrived at the home. She was also arrested. Before going to jail, the Mud Tavern Volunteer Fire Department decontaminated both subjects at the scene.

Both suspects were charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Circuit Court Judge Haddock set their bonds at $120,000.

Authorities expect more arrests in this case. The investigation is ongoing.

Franklin said a code enforcement officer from the city of Decatur was called in, and the home was condemned because of the operation of a meth lab.




  • Amphetamine busts are up 20 per cent on last year
  • Drug gangs are coming up with weird ways to beat Australian Customs
  • They are hiding substances inside toilet deliveries and extension cords as well as truck tires and kayaks
  • ContacNT is a potent form of pseudoephedrine from China which has become a new battle for drug enforcement agencies
  • Australia is training customs teams from across Asia on detection techniques, in an attempt to stem the flow of illicit drugs

With amphetamine busts up almost 20 per cent on the previous year, drug lords are coming up with more weird and not so wonderful ways of trying to get their illegal substances into Australia.

Drugs are being concealed inside everything from boxed up toilets to the everyday electrical extension cord.Almost 500 illegal drug imports are seized each week Australian by Customs and Border Protection teams.


Dunny or drug box? AFP and Customs officials found this box was full of methamphetamines when they busted a drug shipment into Melbourne 



This box was supposed to contain new toilets but Customs officers and AFP investigations found more than 50 kilograms of methamphetamine when they opened it up


The extension power cord is cut open to unveil hidden pseudoephedrine imported from China



Racket or racquets? An importation of tennis equipment was found to contain large quantities of the banned pseudoephedrine ContacNT from China



The highly potent pseudoephedrine called ContacNT from China has become a popular drug of choice from crime gangs. This shipment saw the substance concealed in the handles of tennis racquets



Ephedrine was packed and concealed into this helmet

Among the most surprising was a haul of 50 kilograms of methamphetamine in Melbourne earlier this year, where a combined AFP, Customs and Victoria Police operation stopped a crime gang’s attempt to bring the illicit drug in as part of a large toilet shipment.

And the latest drug of choice in recent times appears to be ContacNT, a powerful form of pseudoephedrine out of China.

It’s been found inside extension cords, the handles of tennis racquets and in batteries too.

‘The risks to the Australian community posed by the movement of drugs and precursors continue to be high,’ said Michael Pezzullo, chief executive of Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS).



This shipment was described as a ‘textile machine’ but on arrival Customs teams found 20 kilograms of meth inside. A 46 year old Taiwanese national was arrested and charged



Customs officers inspect a truck in which more than 200 kilograms of meth was concealed in the tires.



Heavy haulage vehicles are being used by criminals to conceal their drug shipments. More than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine was concealed in the large tires

During the past year the ACBPS, which uses 42 specially trained ‘detector dog teams’ has made more than 25,000 drug busts, over 11,000 were major illicit drugs and precursors, with a total weight of more than four tones.

ACBPS officials also said that drug rings have increasingly used heavy vehicle, machinery and other equipment imports, including kayaks, to hide their material.

One heavy haulage truck had more than 200 kilograms of meth packed into its large tires.




More than six kilograms of ephedrine was found concealed inside these bike seats



Earlier this year $180 million worth of crystal meth, which had been hidden in more than a dozen sea kayaks, was uncovered at a Sydney warehouse.

Five people were charged over the shipment from China.

‘Travel and trade patterns within and to Australia are becoming more complex, with the range of goods, bio-security hazards and economic risks growing,’ said Mr Pezzullo.

‘The geographic area in which the service operates is also expanding, with an increased number of remote ports coming on-line and increasing operational activity.

ACBPS officers this week joined forces with counterparts from across the region to strengthen maritime security in South East Asia, in an attempt to stem the flow of illicit substances.

Officials from Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand have been undertaking vessel search training.

ACBPS National Manager Border Force Capability Terry Wall said this course was an important part of the service’s engagement with its international counterparts in the region.

‘Border security agencies across the region and the world face a shared and ongoing threat from organised criminal networks who are constantly seeking to breach our borders,’ Mr Wall said.


 Criminal networks have gone as far as stuffing chocolates with Methamphetamines to try and avoid detection by Australian Customs officials





SALISBURY, N.C. — “Ice” methamphetamine made its way onto Salisbury streets after police say suspects ordered the drugs through the mail.

Officers arrested Robin Guest, 50, and Melanie Pruitt, 38, on Tuesday following an investigation that began in July.635501931455500108-robin-guest-melanie-pruitt-2014102912259

Police say Guest ordered the drugs from California and wired the money to suppliers. He would then distribute the meth in the Salisbury area, according to investigators.

Undercover officers say they bought drugs several times at Guest’s home between July and the recent arrests. Guest lived in the 100 block of North Park Drive on property belonging to Catawba College, where he worked in housekeeping.

Police arrested Guest during one of his shifts on campus. They found his girlfriend, Pruitt, hiding in a closet at the house. Investigators say she helped Guest in the operation.

Guest is behind bars now charged with trafficking and selling meth, among other crimes. His bond was set at $250,000.

Pruitt is charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of resisting arrest. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Detectives say they seized total of 155 grams of methamphetamine “Ice” valued at $31,000.

Police say there is no indication any other students or staff of Catawba College were involved.

The High Point Police Department, Salisbury Police Department and Catawba College assisted the sheriff’s office with the investigation.




BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Police made an unusual meth bust in Broken Arrow involving a woman who tried to hide the drugs.d861324c-5ff2-11e4-a3d6-00151712edf8

Tammy Stokes and Paul Curry were arrested Saturday morning after they were pulled over during a traffic stop. The arrest report showed that when officers approached the car, Stokes looked between the seat and console and acted nervous.

“We were able to determine that she had actually hid another little baggie of what appeared to be methamphetamine inside her bra,” said Sgt. Thomas Cooper.

Police said they found it stashed in a slit in the fabric.

“She had a suspended license and was arrested for that,” Sgt. Cooper said.

Cooper said that Curry lied to police.

“He gave them a fake name, which led to even more investigation,” Cooper said.

Once officers impounded the car, a search produced a black satchel, three glass pipes and a small bag of methamphetamine.

Officials told FOX23 that Curry had past drug-possession offenses. Neither Curry nor Stokes lives in Broken Arrow.




Police found the remnants of 22 plastic bottles used to make methamphetamine in a filth-strewn house on Jacksonville’s Westside where toilets were clogged with human waste and the only bathtub was filled with a black, rancid liquid.

“It was like a condemned house,” said Chip Moore, narcotics detective with the Sheriff’s Office, of the raid two years ago.

There was evidence children lived there at least some of the time.

Methamphetamine — made by mixing an explosive cocktail of fuels, drain cleaner, lithium and cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine — can crush lives with addiction and cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.

While the number of cases in Northeast Florida fluctuates, lab seizures and meth-related charges have climbed statewide in recent years even as fears exist that new trends will draw more users.

Moore said a shed at the back of the house on Herta Road was a wasteland of jugs used for what is known as the “one-pot” process to illegally make the stimulant. The chemical reactions involved when meth is cooked are so volatile that explosions and fire can occur.

Of the 22 jugs Moore found at the house, 15 had burst, he said.

“At some point, these vessels ruptured,” he said.

The man and woman living there were arrested and later sentenced to prison on convictions related to the drugs and charges that children were present.


Meth lab discoveries can result in properties being condemned and abandoned.

After police and hazardous-materials teams remove dangerous substances from what are often mobile homes or empty houses, owners can face cleanup costs higher than what the properties are worth.

“Most of the homeowners just leave them,” Moore said.

In Ponte Vedra Beach, a patio home in the Sawgrass golf community was so saturated with drug residue that its $40,000 cleanup ranked as the second-most expensive among St. Johns County cases, detective Shawn Ferris said.

Two people were arrested in the January case.

“When you put all that stuff in the bottle and start cooking, it starts giving off gas,” Ferris said. “They must have been doing a lot for a long time.”

Resins from the gases stick to walls, air-conditioning ducts and other surfaces. The mixing pots are thrown out once the drug is made and their contents sometimes dumped.

Earlier this month, a woman arrested in the bust was sentenced to five years’ probation and drug rehabilitation. A man arrested with her pleaded guilty to four drug-related charges and will be sentenced in December, according to court records.

The most expensive St. Johns property cleanup would have run about $80,000, Ferris said. Instead, the house south of St. Augustine was bulldozed.

Still, before a new house was built there, eight inches of topsoil had to be removed to ensure the toxins were gone, Ferris said.

In Jacksonville and St. Johns, properties where drug contamination is found must be certified as clean before they can be occupied again. The process includes an evaluation by contractors vetted for their expertise, then more testing after the homeowner has had the cleanup completed.

Local communities have had to take that initiative, Ferris said.13841875

“There are no set guidelines federally that says this is dirty and this is cleaned up,” he said.

Palatka recently passed a similar cleanup ordinance requiring homeowners to get the work done.


While specific guidelines for addressing methamphetamine cleanups vary in Northeast Florida, a key issue remains finding the labs, which are primarily the compact and quick-acting one-pot style. Users and meth producers are often squatters who move from place to place and are difficult to locate.

Police only know of a small fraction of the meth lab activity occurring in communities, said Dawn Turner, who started, a resource providing information about the topic. Her son and daughter-in-law bought a Tennessee mobile home in 2004 that turned out to be contaminated. Difficulties the family faced after the discovery, including diagnosis of autism in the couple’s two sons, prompted Turner to launch the site.

Former meth houses are still flying under the radar, due to the clandestine nature of manufacturing meth and the fact that meth testing is not required of homes that are sold or rented,” she said.

Tight budgets for local government and police agencies also can mean methamphetamine cases are a lower priority, she said. The Drug Enforcement Administration has a program to help police agencies with some of their costs removing spent meth labs, but other measures such as a $6 million Department of Justice grant for 2014 won’t have a deep impact, she said.

“Only 10 states are receiving money,” she said. The money will be used to make some police hires, buy some gear and pay for some cleanup, she said.

Moore said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigates any complaint it gets about methamphetamine. Twenty-five percent to half of his time is dealing with those cases, he said.

“We get about 20 complaints a month,” he said. “I keep a kind of tally the best I can and we were up around 300 complaints with only 15 labs. Every one of them gets investigated. Not all of them turn out.”

Methamphetamine users, he said, are transient and tend toward paranoia.

Nationally, investigators have run into explosives and other booby traps.

Moore said Jacksonville police have had two such encounters, including one in which an acid would spill into a container of salt when a door was opened. The combination created a toxic gas.

The other involved a Samurai sword dangled above a door and positioned to drop down blade-first when the door opened.

“It was designed to hit you in the head,” Moore said. “You just don’t go opening stuff.”


The effects of methamphetamine addiction can be dramatic. Users will stay awake for days and lab busts often include weapons, Turner noted.

In Clay County, a trial opened Monday in the shooting death of sheriff’s detective David White, who died in a February 2012 meth lab raid.

Ryan Christopher Wilder is the first of four to be tried in the case. He and the others were in the house in Middleburg when White and fellow officers came to the door. White was killed and detective Matthew Hanlin was wounded by Ted Tilley, a fifth person in the house who was shot and killed by police.

Investigators were later told Tilley, who was the meth cook, always carried a gun.

Paranoia can lead to addicts dismantling electronic devices out of fear of surveillance. Terms “meth bugs” and “meth mouth” commonly are used to describe someone digging at the skin because users believe they are infested with bugs and teeth that are ruined from smoking the drug.

“It hijacks the brain’s reward system,” said Joe Spillane, a clinical toxicologist and drug abuse epidemiologist at UF Health Jacksonville who studies drug trends.

Methamphetamine causes the release of dopamine, which according to Psychology Today is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

“You take these drugs and you get 10 times that release of dopamine,” Spillane said. “And pretty soon you don’t care about eating or drinking or having sex. Finally, you’ve got to take the thing just to feel normal.”

Methamphetamine rewires the brain, making it difficult to reason a way out of abusing the drug, he said.

“It can physically damage the brain to the point that you don’t have that same ability to reason the way you had before you got into the problem,” he said.

An intellectual balance in the user’s brain goes out of whack, he said.

Drug abuse also has a generational aspect, Spillane said. As time passes and a drug fades from use, it is then rediscovered by a new generation or used in a new way.

“A lot of times what feels like the hot new thing is just a new route,” he said. “It might be the same drug, but it’s a new route of administration.”

Spillane said he is concerned methamphetamine could be converted to a liquid that would then be vaporized and inhaled using electronic cigarettes now designed for nicotine. There are already concerns by law enforcement officials that vaporizing of synthetic marijuana could become a problem.

“Can it be far behind if it is not happening already?” Spillane questioned.

Otherwise, the production of meth is increasing in Mexico, where cartels manufacture large quantities and ship to places such as Atlanta.

Law enforcement officers in Northeast Florida said users in the region stick to the one-pot method. Only about 1 percent of the meth they seize is from outside traffickers.

However, federal authorities have made at least two cases involving quantities of methamphetamine brought from other areas.

The Department of Justice said in July ounces of methamphetamine were being distributed from an apartment in Macclenny. Five people from Baker and Nassau counties and Alma, Ga., were charged.

In September, federal authorities made three arrests in Putnam County and Texas linked to about eight pounds of the drug.

DEA special agent Mia Ro said the region has been targeted by traffickers.

“A majority of what we are seeing is in North Florida and Central Florida,” she said.