MISSOULA – Firefighters had to use caution when fighting a trailer fire at what was called a “known meth house” by authorities on Wednesday morning.

Missoula City Fire Department crews responded to the 1700 block of Cooley Street at around 8 a.m. and arrived on the scene to find smoke and flames coming from the building with nearby structures being threatened.

Despite a quick attack, the structure is considered a total loss, but the surrounding structures were unaffected.  Cooley Street was closed off by police near North Russell Street as crews battled the fire in an effort to prevent potential exposure to those nearby.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation






SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Ysidro resident who was arrested during a routine traffic stop when an Oceanside police officer discovered millions of dollars’ worth of methamphetamine and cocaine hidden inside his vehicle pleaded guilty today to federal drug charges.

Ricardo Lujan, 44, admitted that he drove his vehicle with controlled substances from Mexico into the United States and that he intended to deliver the drugs to another person.

Lujan was arrested last Nov. 17 after the police officer discovered the drugs hidden inside the floorboards, door panels, center console and elsewhere in Lujan’s vehicle.

According to a federal complaint, the Oceanside police officer was conducting random vehicle registration checks about 12:40 a.m. on Harbor Drive.

The officer noticed a car with expired tags, then saw Lujan get into a Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV and try to drive off.

Lujan, the registered owner of the vehicle, appeared nervous after his car was pulled over but agreed to a search of the vehicle.

A Border Patrol canine handler responded to the scene, and the dog responded to the odor of drugs.

During a search of the vehicle, agents found 99 packages that were vacuum sealed in plastic containers of cocaine and 58 rectangular vacuum sealed containers of methamphetamine. The agents seized approximately 89.50 kilograms of cocaine — valued at $1.7 million — and 68.90 kilograms of methamphetamine, valued at $450,000.

Lujan faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced June 5.





TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office made its biggest drug bust ever on Wednesday night, officials said during a press conference Thursday.

The bust happened at 2 locations: on the 4000 block of SE 104th Avenue in Portland and the 1700 block of SE Orient Drive in Gresham, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies seized 90-100 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $2 million. Two pounds of heroin, a firearm and $30,000 in cash were also found.

Lt. Chad Gaidos said the meth seized was equal to 50,000 street doses.

Alfredo Narciso Pineda, 34, Alejandro Lopez Gonzales, 25, and Celso Marroquin Benitez, 39, were arrested on charges related to possessing, manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine and heroin, deputies said.

“Given the amount alone, that leads us to believe this has connections to cartel activity,” Lt. Chad Gaidos said. “Just the sheer amount leads us to believe this comes from a bigger source than something we might see locally.”

The incident is likely within the top 10 biggest drug busts in the state.

The Gresham residence involved in the drug bust was where deputies found the suspects converting methamphetamine into its crystal form, Detective Zwick said.

“Right now in Oregon we have 90% purity rates, very high, at low prices,” Detective Zwick told KOIN 6 News. “Why? Demand is huge. Our addiction rate is so high here, they are going to keep flooding the market.”






  • New Zealand landlord Ron Goodwin has been left a with $140,000 damage bill
  • Methamphetamine cooks contaminated his property with drug and trashed it
  • Photos of the house show broken fixtures, floors covered in food and rubbish
  • Windows also appear to have been smashed as they are boarded up

A landlord has been left a with $140,000 damage bill after methamphetamine cooks contaminated his property with the drug.

Ron Goodwin, a full-time, Auckland-based landlord, told The New Zealand Herald the ‘tenants from hell’ contaminated his property so badly even the paint had to be removed.

Photographs of the house in Auckland show broken fixtures, and floors covered in food and rubbish.

Mr Goodwin said the couple were not working but somehow managed to pay $500 a week in rent.

They held late night parties and invited over ‘undesirable acquaintances’, Mr Goodwin said.

Goodwin’s insurance company did methamphetamine testing on the property in November.

He expects about $70,000 of the up to $140,000 worth of damage to be covered by insurance.

Work on the house was completed in January after the tenants vacated in August.






Following a special presentation, Sheriff Tom Spurlock spoke Monday at a town hall meeting of about 20 attendees hosted by the Jacksboro Police Department along with STOMP at the Jacksboro Middle School. He reported what local law enforcement is doing to combat illegal drug use in the county. He said beginning January 1, a special enforcement team made up members from the sheriff’s office, Jacksboro Police Department, the game warden and DPS began to step up enforcement.

“Since January 1, we’ve booked 58 people into the county jail,” Spurlock said.

He said the sheriff’s office is also in the process of trying to get a drug dog using money from seizures.

Regarding high school students and drug abuse, Spurlock said students sought out law enforcement officers to talk to following the overdose death of JHS junior Trey Pruitt.

“I was just blown away at the drug problem that’s in our high school and in our middle school,” he said. “You know there was an arrest that came from that one deal; that’s not the only parent in this county that is supplying their children with dope. And the kids are sitting there laying it out on the line. Not every story has been validated, but we have started doing some investigating.”

The program for the evening featured Steve Reynolds, retired Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics investigator who provided information on what the trends are with drug use and what indicators parents or loved ones can look for.

He said the eyes are a good indicator of drug use and can often give signs of what type of drug is being used. Take into consideration the type of light the observation is made in and wait 60 to 90 seconds after a change in amount of light.

“The key thing to remember is if we’re talking about a child in school, a family member or a friend, somebody that we know, we’ve established a baseline somewhere in our life,” Reynolds said. “We have something to compare to. Are they on drugs? Maybe, maybe not. You have to look at the indicators and you have to make a determination what you feel like is going to be your avenue to take.”

He shared details on three of the most abused drugs — methamphetamine, prescription drugs and marijuana.

He said there is currently more methamphetamine in the U.S. than there has ever been.

“I would venture to say there’s probably not many towns in Texas you could go to today and not find some methamphetamine,” Reynolds said. “Population 10, you might get away with that, but for the most part we see meth everywhere we go.”






TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Woodville father and mother after one child tested positive for meth on the heels of an investigation into a baby’s death.

Amanda Haughton, 27, and Gregory Haughton, 34, are each charged with state-jail felony endangering a child.

According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy began investigating on Nov. 12 the death of a six-month-old child in the 200 block of Dogwood Circle in Ivanhoe.

According to the affidavit, Amanda Haughton field-tested positive for meth and a family friend admitted to last smoking meth with her the day before, while the children were with her.

The affidavit states Gregory Haughton also tested positive for meth on a hair test conducted on Nov. 28.

Gregory Haughton had stayed the night with Amanda Haughton on Nov. 11, even though the two were separated, the affidavit states.

The affidavit states Gregory Haughton’s son, who lived with his estranged wife, had a positive hair test come back on Nov. 28.

According to CPS documents filed in the district clerk’s office, the cause of the baby’s death in undetermined and pending a toxicology report.

Both parents have posted a $7,500 bail. They were released on Feb. 14.






A 43-year-old Cheyenne woman is facing up to 27 years in prison after a Laramie County Sheriff’s Department deputy executing arrest warrants found methamphetamine and over $2,700 cash in her purse.

According to court documents, Dominique Stanford was arrested in the 400 block of Murray Road on February 9.

When the deputy searched Stanford’s vehicle, he discovered 12.9 grams of meth in a black purse. The purse also contained an assortment of colored, plastic baggies with meth residue in them, a small digital scale and approximately $2,714 in cash.

Stanford, whose case was bound over to Laramie County District Court on February 16, is facing one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of felony possession of methamphetamine.

Stanford is being held in the Laramie County Jail on $15,000 cash bond. A bond revocation hearing is scheduled for February 23.





A Marion woman has been charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted federal probation officers with a search of the home belonging to Angela Naomi Howell, 49, of Marion.

Howell is currently on federal probation and is subject to warrant-less searches.

K-9 Loki hit on several spots inside the residence, helping authorities uncovered 14.40 grams of methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia.






JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Two people in custody will face additional charges after authorities say they attempted to bring drugs into jail with them.

Deborah Daniel, 49, faces preliminary misdemeanor charges that include driving while suspended, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, as well as a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

James Beatty, 19, faces preliminary misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

These separate, overnight instances of arrestees attempting to bring concealed items into jail highlight a source of other problems faced by jails. According to Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox:

People wonder how drugs get into our jails. Sometimes this is how. It requires the jail staff to be on their toes. People wonder how people die in the jail. Sometimes this is how. More times than not, the person is in more trouble for the items they are trying to sneak into the jail than they are for the traffic offenses for which they were stopped.”

The first incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A Johnson County deputy driving on State Road 135 just south of Fairview Road in Greenwood ran a plate that came back to the suspended license of Deborah Daniel, after which he conducted a traffic stop.

After the deputy’s K-9 partner indicated the possible presence of narcotics, a search of Daniel’s car uncovered a small tin with a pipe and green plant material believed to be marijuana.

The deputy arrested Daniel for driving while suspended with a previous conviction and transported her to the Johnson County Jail, where a body search revealed Daniel had attempted to conceal a small plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance inside her body. Daniel said she believed the substance was cocaine; however, a field test kit determined it was methamphetamine.

The second incident happened Wednesday around 11:15 p.m. at the intersection of Smith Valley and Paddock roads, when a deputy responded to a welfare check after a report that someone was getting outside a car and then driving erratically. The deputy a traffic stop with Beatty, who informed him he was driving distracted because of his phone and had gotten sick due to the influenza. The deputy noticed Beatty was acting nervous, and after a another deputy’s K-9 partner indicated the possible presence of narcotics, he asked Beatty to exit the car. During that exit, the deputy observed a bag of what appeared to be marijuana, as well as a bad containing two white pills confirmed to be Xanax.

The deputy transported Beatty to the Johnson County Jail, asking him if he had any other illegal items on his person. According to the deputy’s report, Beatty confirmed he did not. However, after jail staff informed him they’d be taking his clothing, he handed the deputy a second bag of marijuana that had been hidden in his sock.





TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. — Two people were arrested Sunday on drug charges after authorities responded to a house fire in the 14000 block of Clements Road in Coaling.

While clearing the trailer, police said they found components of a methamphetamine lab in the portion of the trailer that was not damaged. Police also said they recovered a small amount of methamphetamine in the trailer.

The Department of Human Resources was called to take custody of two children who were present.

Kala Barger and Samuel Barger were arrested on charges of chemical endangerment of a child and first-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

Both Bargers were taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and ordered held on separate bonds of $515,000.





MAHONING TWP., Pa. – A Carbon County woman is facing several charges after police say they caught her with several drugs and saw her child smoking.

On January 10, police were called to the Carbon Plaza Mall for a report of an intoxicated person.

According to police, they arrived and found a 14-year-old smoking a cigarette.

Police found methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and a syringe on the teen’s mother, Alicia Hibbler, 38, of Lehighton.

She is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hibbler has a preliminary hearing set for March 22.





Three people are arrested after police found a meth lab in Lebanon on Wednesday.

PJ Hardy with Lebanon police says the meth lab was found around 4 p.m. at the Northwood Park Apartments on Western Avenue.

Hardy says the meth lab was not active, but officers also found methamphetamine and cocaine on the three people.

Further investigation revealed that the apartment actually belonged to a woman who had a child living at the home with her.

The names of the people arrested have not been released, and the woman who owns the apartment could face charges this morning.






NORFOLK — A Norfolk woman known to have a suspended license was arrested on drug charges after a police officer spotted her vehicle being driven early Wednesday morning.

Capt. Mike Bauer with the Norfolk Police Division said the officer observed Amanda Marx’s car near Second Street and Grove Avenue at 1:46 a.m. The vehicle parked in the 1500 block of S. Fourth Street, and Marx, 38, exited the driver’s door. The officer then stopped and had contact with her.

Marx’s suspended license was confirmed, and she was arrested. In a subsequent search, officers recovered from her purse a glass methamphetamine pipe containing burnt residue as well as two plastic bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine.

Additionally, a single hydrocodone pill was found in Marx’s purse, Bauer said.

Marx was arrested on charges of driving under suspension, possession of methamphetamine and possession of hydrocodone. She was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.






The last decade has seen rising rates of methamphetamine injection among injection drug users (IDUs) in King County, Washington, which includes Seattle. While currently women and heterosexual men IDUs in the county have a low HIV rate, their sharing of injection equipment with men who have sex with men (MSM) could provide an opportunity for the virus to spread more rapidly among them.

Researchers analyzed data from two serial cross-sectional surveys of IDUs in King County. These included 2005 to 2015 data on 2,103 IDUs from four National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) surveys as well as 2004 to 2015 data from five behavioral surveys that the Public Health–Seattle and King County Needle Exchange conducted with 1,964 local needle exchange clients. They restricted their findings to IDUs who reported any sex within the past year and broke down their results into the categories MSM, men who have sex with women (MSW) and women.

Sara Glick, PhD, MPH, of the University of Washington, presented findings at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle.

The researchers found that, according to both surveys analyzed, King County IDUs reported injecting meth at rising rates over the past decade. The NHBS  and King County surveys showed that among women, a respective 26 percent and 25 percent reported injecting meth in 2005, figures that rose to 65 percent and 61 percent in 2015. The corresponding respective figures for MSM were 55 percent and 76 percent in 2005 and 88 percent and 83 percent in 2015; for MSW they were 42 percent and 16 percent in 2005 and 69 percent and 57 percent in 2015.

Most of the increase in injection use of meth was attributed to the rising popularity of mixing heroin with meth for injection, known as a “goofball.”

According to the NHBS surveys, the majority of King County IDU respondents reported sharing drug injection equipment during the past year, including 54 percent of MSM, 73 percent of MSW and 78 percent of women. Seven percent of MSW and 15 percent of women reported sharing injection equipment with someone who was likely an MSM during the previous year. Meanwhile, 54 percent of MSM meth injectors who reported sharing injection equipment did so with an MSW or woman (mostly the latter).

The findings about injection equipment sharing between MSM and non-MSM are particularly concerning because about 35 to 40 percent of meth-using MSM in King County have HIV. Currently, non-MSM who inject meth have a low HIV prevalence. HIV could thus begin to jump from the MSM population to MSW and women who inject meth and spread more widely among them.

Glick attributes the low HIV rate among IDUs in King County to robust prevention efforts, including the use of syringe services programs.





In 2014, heroin and prescription painkiller abuse was growing as a drug problem in Athens County. After some significant arrests impacted the supply of those drugs, and users grew wary of possible overdose, law-enforcement officials say methamphetamine is now on the rise instead.

Athens-Hocking-Fairfield Major Crimes Unit Commander Dennis Lowe said Tuesday that this is true across all three counties served by the specialized task force, of which the Athens County Major Crimes Unit is a part.

“We’re seeing more and more methamphetamine become available, and it is being used not only by people who prefer stimulants but by people who have opioid issues, or heroin issues, using (meth) for a number of different reasons,” he said.

Some use meth to try to come up off of a heroin high, he said, while others with addiction issues are switching to meth as a way to try to get off opiates.

While most of the meth in Athens County is still produced locally by home “cooks” in the traditional powder form, Lowe said Athens is starting to see what’s been happening more in the other two counties – meth brought to the area in bulk through Mexican drug cartel supply lines that stretch to the American Southwest.

“In Hocking and Fairfield counties, it’s all almost exclusively cartel methamphetamine, or ‘Ice,’” he said, adding that the nickname comes from the cartel meth’s resemblance to shards of glass or crystals. This meth is either produced in Mexico or the border states, and makes its way to Columbus, where it’s then brought to southeast Ohio in smaller quantities.

Lowe said the tri-county MCU is working with Columbus-area law enforcement and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency while also keeping up efforts to tackle local suppliers.

“What we largely see is a user-based population who travel to the source cities like Columbus,” Lowe said. “They get a supply of methamphetamine or heroin – typically five to 20 grams, maybe an ounce – and then they bring that back to their respective communities and sell it as a way to support their own habit.”

It’s a transient business, he said, with dealers moving often between different houses, apartments, trailers or hotel rooms, and the MCU detectives tracking them.

Lowe said the transition to meth by some heroin users could be due to a number of factors, including people being afraid of overdose as more and more heroin is becoming laced with powerful drugs such as Fentanyl to increase efficiency and boost profits.

“The risk of them dying is much greater. I think that’s one of the factors,” he said. “And some of it is market-driven.”

About a year ago, he said, the cartels started inundating the market with meth and making heroin dealers take a kilo of meth along with the kilo of heroin they were taking.

Lowe predicted that in coming years meth will continue to increase as it has over the past year, and that heroin will continue to be laced frequently with Fentanyl and Carphentynal, both extremely powerful, and dangerous synthetic opioids.

Lowe said that while enforcement remains extremely important, he’s encouraged by law-enforcement agencies’ efforts to go outside their traditional roles to help create outreach programs and help users into treatment and recovery while emphasizing education and prevention.

“I’m never going to arrest enough people to make a difference, and I’m at the point where I’m not sure we can treat enough people,” Lowe said. “If we’re going to make a difference in this, we almost have to look at this as a generational thing and put more effort in prevention and education, starting with very young kids and following them all the way through college.”

The earlier the onset of drug use in children, he said, the more it impacts their brains and the more likely they are to experience addiction issues later.

Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith confirmed Tuesday that his office has seen rising meth use and more of the drug being trafficked into the area.

“Everything’s evolving. It goes in trends,” he said. “We’re looking for the dealers, and what we’re seeing is that the same dealers who were selling heroin are now selling meth and cocaine.”

Smith said it’s hard to predict where the cycles in drug use will lead or to explain why these cycles occur.

“I can only speculate, but we’ve taken down some pretty substantial (heroin and prescription painkiller) suppliers with our Criminal Interdiction Unit and Major Crimes team, and I think we put pressure on the dealers,” he said.

Long-term, Smith said, his office will continue to target dealers while promoting prevention and addiction treatment.

“I can tell you this, we’ll never be done. We will keep our ears back. We will continue to go after the dealers aggressively, all the time,” he said.

 He said that the community as a whole also needs robust addiction treatment, adding that addiction programs that target opioids have proved effective but “some people are addicted to being high.”

“It’s a community problem. If we can help anybody with addiction, it helps our quality of life; it helps our communities out,” he said, reaffirming his office’s commitment to what’s called community policing.

Smith said deputies will approach addicts and let them know that they can get help before their behavior leads them into the criminal justice system.

“(We want) the citizens to know it’s not us against them. We’re all in this together. We’re trying to make our community safer for everyone,” he said. “The more we can get our community members to believe in that concept and reach out for help when they need it, the more we can help them.”

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn’s office also played a role in some of the bigger busts that have squashed supply lines for heroin and prescription opioids, and also has instituted a Vivitrol program that treats opioid addiction. Meth presents its own challenges, though.

“It’s easier to make. It’s cheaper. And part of the demand for opiates has gone down, and supply has gone down,” he said. “When you have a reduction in demand and a reduction in suppliers, people turn to other drugs to try to meet the need.”

One significant difference between meth and heroin, Blackburn confirmed, is that if a person is caught making meth, he or she gets charged with manufacturing, which carries a higher-degree of felony charge and mandatory prison time compared to simple possession.

Also, he said, Vivitrol treats opiate addiction by blocking the receptors in the brain that derive pleasure from the drug. There is no similar treatment for meth and cocaine or other stimulants.

However, Blackburn said his office is getting ready to launch a cognitive behavioral therapy program for meth and cocaine addicts to develop a treatment plan for those people as well.

Like Lowe and Smith, Blackburn emphasized the importance of addressing addiction and treatment, education and prevention, as well as larger community issues that lead to drug abuse, and stem from it.

“A lack of hope, a lack of treating mental diseases is what leads to the overwhelming drug addiction, and the overwhelming drug addiction leads to 90 percent of our crime,” he said. “And 90 percent of our crime is where 50 percent of our money goes from tax dollars, to pay prosecutors and law enforcement and for incarceration.”

Blackburn stressed the importance of stakeholders coming together and working together to address these issues as a community.





MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 21-year-old woman faces drug charges after admitting to authorities that she smoked methamphetamine while six months pregnant.

Rheanna Yurch, of St. Francis, is charged with one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession, court documents filed last week in Anoka County show.

According to a criminal complaint, police officers in Coon Rapids found Yurch living in a homeless camp off Xeon Street. She told officers and she and another man had been living there for three months. She also acknowledged that she was six months pregnant.

The other man, identified as 31-year-old Seth Josef Plys, told the officers active warrants were out for his arrest. He was subsequently arrested.

In the shelter, officers found methamphetamine and items commonly used in the sale of narcotics, such as a scale and small plastic baggies.

Both Yurch and Plys admitted to officers that they smoked meth, the complaint states.

If convicted of the drug charge, Yurch faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. She remains in custody.

According to the complaint, Plys was previously convicted of drug possession in Anoka County in 2013 and 2016.






Etowah County authorities have arrested a 19-year-old for drug use while pregnant.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Brittany Marie Campbell, 19, of Gadsden, has been charged with one count of chemical endangerment of a child. She was arrested Monday.

Entrekin said Campbell tested positive for methamphetamine while pregnant. She is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $10,000 cash bond.

Campbell must successfully complete a drug treatment program and will be monitored by Etowah County Community Corrections.






TULSA, Okla. – Quick Facts:

  • Police arrested Raela Baxter for possession of meth, child neglect and possession of paraphernalia
  • A Tulsa mother says Baxter worked as a live-in nanny
  • She was supposed to be watching a 3-year-old and picking up 5 other children
  • The mother found her passed out in bed with a pipe next to her
  • The 3-year-old was found asleep in the house; EMSA hospitalized him for treatment

A Tulsa nanny went to jail Tuesday after the mother of her charges found her passed out, possibly on meth. 

Police say around 4:30 p.m., police were called about a possible child abduction. A mother said she found her live-in nanny passed out with her 3-year-old nowhere to be found.

The mother received a call from her older children’s school, saying nobody picked them up. When she got home, the garage doors were open. With the 3-year-old missing, she called police.

Shortly after, she found the nanny asleep in her bed, allegedly with  a glass pipe next to her.

Police found the 3-year-old after searching the house. EMSA took him to the hospital for treatment. Officers say they don’t know how long the child was not supervised.

Police arrested the nanny, 27-year-old Raela Baxter after interviewing her with Child Crisis detectives. She faces complaints of possession of a controlled drug, child neglect, and possession of paraphernalia.





When a local nurse was sentenced in Shawnee County District Court, she told the judge that when she became addicted to methamphetamine, she lost everything — her job, her home and all of her relationships.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay told the nurse’s story Tuesday when he spoke to members of the Sunrise Optimist Club of North Topeka. As of Tuesday, Kagay, 33, has been district attorney for six weeks. He was elected to a four-year term in November.

“We have a profound methamphetamine issue (in Shawnee County,)” Kagay said. “It’s very addictive, it’s very destructive.”

The nurse had gone to a party, where she tried meth and immediately became addicted, Kagay said. Within six months, she had lost her job as a registered nurse and in 12 months, she had lost her home. She ruined every relationship in her life, Kagay said the woman told the sentencing judge.

“This was someone with a high level of education, a high level of intelligence,” Kagay said.

The nurse was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, but because she was a first-time offender, she was placed on probation.

The nurse told the judge she was undergoing drug treatment, taking steps to get back on the right track and seeking to return to her nursing career, Kagay said.

Kagay said he is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local federal law enforcement agencies, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the Topeka Police Department to develop an initiative to crack down on meth traffickers. The district attorney’s office also works with the drug court, a program within the district court.

Meth traffickers travel to Topeka from as far away as Clay Center to buy meth, then sell it, Kagay said. They know the source is here, he said.

“Well, that has to stop,” Kagay said. “That will remain a top priority for my administration, cracking down on those who traffic in meth and prosecuting anyone who would bring that into our community. I have no patience with it. Methamphetamine is a poison that’s infecting our community.”

Meth also spawns other crimes, including home and business burglaries and thefts of property to be fenced to support a drug habit, Kagay said.

Kagay also fielded questions about street gangs, marijuana legalization and sex trafficking within Shawnee County.

Kagay voiced opposition to legalizing marijuana in Kansas. He said he had “rarely, rarely” found a meth addict who didn’t also have a marijuana use habit to take the edge off the meth.

“I’ll prosecute (marijuana statutes) as long as it is illegal,” Kagay said.

He also discussed the county’s sex trafficking problem, noting the confluence of cheap motels to house traffickers and their victims along with highways carrying incoming traffic from the Kansas City area and Wichita.

Sex trafficking is the manipulation of children, young women and sometimes young men into the sex trade, where they are trapped by drug addiction, alcohol and violence to earn money for traffickers. Traffickers sell the victims to customers.

“It’s easy for someone to bring their victims here, then traffic them for a week or two, then move on,” Kagay said. The prosecution of sex traffickers is a complex case to build, he said.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he said.

At least two sex trafficking cases are ongoing in Shawnee County District Court.

Kagay also addressed gang culture, which he said demands that a member own a gun. Some gang members vent their frustrations by making threats online, and some follow up by shooting someone, he said.

“A lot of the gang violence is (individual) insecurity, a lot of it goes back to the meth,” Kagay said.

Street gangs use meth and fight over it, and it is a money-maker for them, he said in an earlier interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal.





BEND, Ore. – A 43-year-old Prineville man was arrested by Bend police at his home Tuesday on 75 luring and sex abuse counts, accused of going online and arranging a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old juvenile at a Bend hotel last month, police said.

Bend police officers and detectives learned on Feb. 14 that Christopher Michael Stout, 43, arranged the meeting with the teen in January at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend, said Lt. Jason Maniscalco.

An investigation determined that Stout met the unidentified teen on the social networking site Tumblr, Maniscalco said. After the encounter, Stout made several other attempts to contact the juvenile through social networking sites.

Bend detectives and officers located and arrested Stout Tuesday at his home on Southwest Second Street in Prineville, Maniscalco said. A search warrant was served at his home after the arrest and “numerous” pieces of evidence were seized, which authorities did not identify.

Stout was taken to Bend and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on two counts of third-degree sodomy, 46 counts of luring, four counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, 20 counts of second-degree encouraging child sex abuse, two counts of third-degree sex abuse and one count of methamphetamine possession.

He was held on $800,000 bail pending an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Maniscalco noted, “The Bend Police Department actively participates in programs with our community partners to monitor, educat6e and proactively investigate crimes against children.”






Two Rome women were in jail Tuesday pending bond on drug charges, after their arrest in West Rome.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Angelique Kristen Phillips, 23, of 275 E. Big Indian Trail, and Patricia Ann Gorski, 59, of 513 W. 12th St., were arrested by Rome police Monday around 8:30 p.m. at Old Alabama Road and Pappalardo Street.

The officer found them with several syringes containing suspected meth and a container of suspected marijuana.

Phillips and Gorski are each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Phillips is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects. Her bond was set at $7,900 and Gorski’s at $5,700.





MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 30 shake and bake meth labs were found in a home in Millersville.

Millersville Police officers found the labs while trying to serve a felony arrest warrant at a home on Ellis Lane on Tuesday.

While there, officers found items used to manufacture meth and 32 shake and bake style meth labs.

Officers were at the home for six hours, and their investigation remained ongoing. Charges for the 34-year-old they were looking for also remained pending.







Four people were arrested in Four Oaks Saturday after an active meth lab was found in the bathtub of a local hotel room.

The discovery of the lab came at approximately 2:30 p.m. when Four Oaks Police Officers saw a person for whom they had warrants. The man was seen outside room 150 of the Travelers Inn.

When officers confirmed Thad Dudley was staying in the room, they knocked on the door and Mr. Dudley answered. He was immediately placed under arrest.

Officers also detected a strong chemical smell coming from the room as well as three other people who were wanted on felony warrants for methamphetamine. They were also detained.

They then found an active meth lab in the bathtub of the room and contacted the North Carolina SBI.

“It was bad enough that we let the SBI come down and clean it up,” Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson said.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office assisted the SBI in cleaning up the site.

Charged in the case are Gary Thad Dudley II, 29, of Garner, Johnny Brian Guin, 38, of Four Oaks, Billie Jean Snyder, 42, of Four Oaks and Kayla Danielle Robertson, 20, of Garner. All are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling and three counts of possessing and distributing meth precursors.

All four remain in the Johnston County Jail with no bond set.

It is not the first time the Four Oaks Police Department has been to the motel.

“I had almost exactly the same thing about a year ago. It was the same thing where the meth lab was sitting in the bath tub,” Chief Anderson said.

Last year’s meth lab bust came on Feb. 28 in room 157 of the motel. In that case officers were following up on several complaints of drug activity and found a child in the room.

There was also an assault-style rifle and an aggressive dog that had to be removed by animal control officers.

There was another incident in 2014 when six people were arrested when authorities found two meth labs at the motel. Two children had to be decontaminated in that case.

A second, unrelated meth lab was found at the same time when officers had to evacuate nearby rooms.

The chief said it is not uncommon to have those kind of problems in interstate motels.

“We have responded out there several times. It is like a lot of other motels, you never know who is coming and going every day,” he said.

In August of 2015 officers responded to a report of a pit bull attack at the Travelers Inn. The dog eventually was shot in the head. There were no charges filed in that incident.

In addition to the recent meth charges in Four Oaks, the same suspects are wanted on similar warrants in Harnett County. They are scheduled to appear in court this week on felony conspiracy and manfacturing methamphetamine charges here.


Authorities have arrested a Rossville woman for possession of meth with a street value of about $130,000.

Elizabeth Lee Lawson, 38, of 1 Fine St., has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, a search warrant was issued for Lawson’s residence, which lies off Mission Ridge Road, Lookout Mountain Task Force Commander Pat Doyle said. Drug agents found 2.9 pounds (1,315 grams) of “ice’ meth, which sells on the street for about $100 per gram, he said.







Norfolk police were called to investigate a shoplifting on Monday and ended up discovering that the vehicle the woman left in also was allegedly stolen.

Capt. Mike Bauer said Norfolk police were called on Monday at 6:43 p.m. for a shoplifting that just occurred at Wal-Mart, 2400 W. Pasewalk Ave.

Bauer provided the following details:

Employees told police that that the suspect had stolen health and beauty supplies, a first aid kit, CD or DVD, and some craft items. Employees provided a description, including a description of the vehicle, and last known direction of travel after leaving the store.

Responding officers located the suspect car and had contact with the driver in the 1300 block of Ta-Ha- Zouka Road. Shortly after having contact with the woman, she made comments about the theft and the officer recovered the stolen merchandise.

The woman then verbally provided her name. Through the investigation at the scene, officers determined that she actually provided her sister’s name and that her true identity was Jaleesa S. Moder, 28, of Neenah, Wis.

A check of her true identity showed that she had two active Wisconsin arrest warrants. In a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered a concealed knife, marijuana smoking pipe, a syringe, a cut plastic pipe and a grinder.

Several of the items tested positive for methamphetamine. The vehicle that Moder was driving was determined to be stolen, as well as the license plate that was on the vehicle.

Jaleesa Moder was held on the Wisconsin warrants (possession of methamphetamine and escape,) and further charged with theft by shoplifting, criminal impersonation, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance–methamphetamine, and carrying a concealed weapon.

She was also cited for possession of the stolen license plate and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.