Bertha Moore is sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for smuggling in the drug ice through her rectum.

Guam – A 45-year-old woman was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for smuggling in methamphetamine or the drug ice from the Philippines.96e5c789d9b8bf3a9e86699e2b445aec_M

Back in May of 2012, authorities were alerted to Bertha Moore from a husband and wife who were also involved in a drug conspiracy case. So in August 2012, federal agents waited for Moore to arrive from the Philippines. Drug detecting dogs confirmed the presence of methamphetamine. Moore was then interrogated and she eventually confessed that she had smuggled in ice through her rectum. A press release from the US Attorneys’ Office states that agents recovered 108 grams of ice from Moore’s rectum. 108 grams has a street value of about $60,000. Moore eventually pled guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Again, she was sentenced to 87 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.

Read the press release from the US Attorneys’ Office BELOW:

(GU) – ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the northern Mariana Islands (NMI), announced that Defendant BERTHA LEE MOORE, age 45 of Mangilao, was sentenced Monday, November 10, 2014, in the District Court of Guam by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, sitting by designation. Defendant was sentenced to serve 87 months incarceration followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee and perform 400 hours of community service during her term of supervised release. Additionally, MOORE was ordered to complete a substance abuse program.

In May 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was alerted via anonymous tips that Eric Tedtaotao and Macrina Tedtaotao, husband and wife, had been smuggling methamphetamine a/k/a ice into Guam from the Republic of the Philippines. As a result of the investigation of the information, on August 4, 2012, agents were at the Guam airport waiting for MOORE to arrive from the Philippines. When she arrived at the baggage claim area a drug detecting dog alerted to MOORE as having methamphetamine on her person. MOORE was questioned and admitted to having methamphetamine concealed in her rectum. 108 grams of methamphetamine was recovered from her rectum. MOORE, a codefendant with Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao, pleaded guilty July 17, 2013, to the offense of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Import more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Codefendants Eric and Macrina Tedtaotao will be sentenced later.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal’s Service, Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI), Guam Police Department (GPD) and the Guam Superior Court Probation Office. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clyde Lemons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crystal methamphetamine remains the biggest drug threat in Napa County, according to the Napa Special Investigations Bureau, the countywide unit that focuses on drug-related offenses.

Detectives in 2013 made 108 arrests for suspected methamphetamine-related offenses; they also seized 1,368 grams of methamphetamine – or about 3.2 pounds of methamphetamine– with a street value of about $136,800, according to NSIB.

In 2007, NSIB reported its detectives seized about 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine in Napa County, according to its 2007 report.

Methamphetamine has been, and continues to be, our priority,” said Napa Police Lt. Gary Pitkin, who heads NSIB.

In August 2013, NSIB detectives served three separate search warrants on the same day on three suspected methamphetamine dealers in Napa. The three suspects worked independently of one another. Two of the three suspects were stopped in American Canyon. They were allegedly travelling to Vallejo, buying methamphetamine there, and selling the drugs in Napa County, according to NSIB’s annual report. A third suspect was arrested in Napa.

“The addictive properties and behavioral changes caused by methamphetamine is cause for concern,” according to NSIB’s 2013 annual report. “Methamphetamine continues to be trafficked into our County from Mexico by way of Southern California, the Central Valley and through surrounding counties including Solano, Contra Costa, and Sonoma. Methamphetamine has crossed every gender, age, and cultural line in our community.”

In 2013, drug agents also eradicated 25,555 marijuana plants, including 24,181 plants grown outdoors, according to the report. Marijuana grown in Napa County is transported across state lines and sold in other states.

Citizens’ reports of strong odors, armed trespassers, and water theft, spurred many of NSIB’s investigations.

Most of the outdoor marijuana plants that were eradicated were grown in large-scale operations on privately-owned lands. In most cases, the landowners did not know the marijuana was being cultivated on their property, according to NSIB.

NSIB detectives seized 20 grams of powder cocaine – or .70 ounces – far less than in 2012, when agents seized nearly 16 ounces of the drug. That may be due to falling of methamphetamine prices

The illicit sales and abuse of prescription painkillers and sedatives have increased. Many of the prescription painkillers may lead to a resurgence of heroin use and abuse, according to the report. “This theory is predicated on the fact that many of the highly desired prescription painkillers are more expensive and harder to acquire than heroin, a substance that provides a similar high.”

The recent passage of Proposition 47 imposes new rules on how drug and theft allegations are charged in California, with drug possessions prosecuted as misdemeanors instead of felonies. This new law, which went into effect Nov. 5, the day after California voters approved the statewide measure, will not affect NSIB investigations, according to the task force.

“NSIB targets drug dealers, manufacturers and cultivators,” Pitkin said.

NSIB detectives can either book into the jail or cite and release offenders arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drug offenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DURHAM, N.C. – She had been a drug addict all her adult life.

Addicted to methamphetamine since she was 17, Kimberly Connolly had been in and out of recovery programs. She’d be clean for three years. She would tell her family that she was done with drugs forever and that she was going to change for good.

Then she would relapse.

“It was like I was in quicksand,” Connolly, 35, said with tears in her eyes. “People are trying to pull you out and you’re trying to pull you out, but you feel hopeless.”

Most programs didn’t work for long.

TROSA – Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc. – she said, is different.

Recently TROSA, a 20-year-old substance abuse recovery program, opened a second thrift store in Durham, following a model of creating opportunities for recovering addicts to work and learn skills and to raise money for housing and other services it provides to clients.

The 113,000-square-foot store, in a remodeled building that once housed a Wal-Mart, will provide extra vocational training, said Kevin McDonald, TROSA’s chief executive.

The two-year residential program is “a work program,” Connolly said. “You’re not just going to class here, class there, and sitting, then maybe doing a chore, and then going back to classes and learning about your drug addiction. And all those things are wonderful and for the right person they’re the right program, but this program makes you work for what you want.”

Since it was founded in 1994, TROSA has proved its value to the community in tackling the seemingly intractable problem of addiction, said Durham County Commissioner Ellen Reckhow. “The reason we provide them funds is because we know that their program works,” she said. “What’s great about TROSA is they get their residents involved in a variety of businesses so that they have employment experience.”

The program serves 500 people struggling with additions to a variety of substances. To date, the organization says 1,350 people have graduated from the program. One year out, 85 percent remain sober and off drugs, 90 percent have a permanent home and 95 percent have jobs, according to TROSA.

McDonald said the program has had to adjust to different waves of addictions and different kinds of clients over the years. When the program started, he said, most of the residents were addicted to crack cocaine.

The clients are younger now, and the scourge is heroin. “It’s a hard drug to get clean from,” McDonald said.

The new thrift store will sell clothes, furniture, electronics and other household items.

McDonald said he hopes to develop another TROSA in a different part of the state. “My biggest fear is running out of beds,” he said. “I’d hate to have to turn people around and leave them out there alone with no help.”

A former addict, McDonald said he started drinking and doing drugs when he was 13. At 32 and facing 20 years on criminal charges, a lawyer persuaded him to join a treatment program in San Francisco to avoid prison time. He agreed, but the day he got out of jail he reverted to his old ways.

“The first thing I did was went to drink, and scored some heroin, and the heroin was no good,” McDonald said. “It was the best thing that happened to me in the world because it was no good. That piece showed me the futility of the life going around doing all this different stuff. It just hit me in the face.”

He made it a point to change.

From then on, he wanted to help others just as some have helped him.

Connolly said she still thinks about her struggle with methamphetamine but no longer craves it. She will graduate from the program next year but plans to continue her work with TROSA to help other alcoholics and drug addicts recover.

Sixty percent of the staff at TROSA are graduates of the program. When asked what exactly she’ll do after graduation, she paused.

“I don’t know,” she said. “The sky is the limit.”

When she graduates this time, she says she won’t tell her family that she is done with drugs forever. She won’t tell them that she going to change for good. She’ll just do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MCDONOUGH — A Hampton man is being held on $35,000 bond after a preliminary hearing Monday on charges that include incest.web1_1112_HDH_IncestMUG_t300

Police charged James Schertz, 38, of Lisa Court with incest, statutory rape, child molestation, sodomy and possession of methamphetamine. The female relative told police Schertz fathered her 5-month-old baby and prosecutors are awaiting the results of DNA testing to confirm that allegation.

The woman, 18, told police she began having consensual physical relations with Schertz two and a half to three years ago. She said the two were intimate more than 100 times.

At some point, the alleged victim said she grew more reluctant to participate and Schertz had to “convince, coerce and guilt her” into having relations with him.

Police searched Schertz’s home and found methamphetamine. Schertz reportedly told police he had sex with the relative once and that the drugs were his.

 

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http://www.henryherald.com/news/2014/nov/11/james-schertz-of-hampton-faces-incest-allegations/

 

 

Dubai: An employee has been jailed for five years for possessing methamphetamine and punching and kicking drug enforcement officers inside a hospital’s emergency ward where they arrested him.

The 59-year-old Korean employee, S.K., was said to have fiercely resisted a number of drug enforcement officers and repeatedly punched and kicked them when they tried to arrest him in the emergency ward during a sting operation in April.

Despite having entered a not guilty plea, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of resisting arrest, assaulting drug enforcement officers and possessing methamphetamine without any particular intent.

Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal ordered police wardens in courtroom three to immediately lock up S.K., who was out on bail until the ruling was delivered on Tuesday.

The accused will be deported following the completion of his imprisonment.

According to the charge sheet, drugs prosecutors accused the Korean of consuming methamphetamine, possessing the same substance for unknown purposes and resisting arrest and assaulting arresting officers.

The defendant contended before the court that drug enforcement officers were the ones who assaulted him at the time when they detained him in the hospital in Satwa.

He further claimed that he possessed methamphetamine for medical reasons.

An anti-narcotics police major testified that after they arrested a Filipino, who possessed and consumed methamphetamine, the latter informed them that he had obtained the banned substance from S.K.

“We ordered the Filipino to call the Korean and asked him for methamphetamine… we heard the conversation on the speakerphone. The Filipino and S.K. agreed to meet in the parking lot of the hospital in Satwa. A police squad was dispatched to the location to arrest the accused in a sting operation. S.K. came on foot and walked into the emergency ward… the drug enforcement officers went to arrest him after they identified themselves as policemen. The Korean resisted arrest ferociously. He punched and kicked everyone who tried to approach him. We restrained and arrested him after we outnumbered him. Some of the policemen were hit and injured… a sergeant had to be taken to hospital,” claimed the major.

When questioned by the arresting officers, according to prosecution records, S.K. admitted that a Chinese woman provided him with methamphetamine and he sold it to Filipinos.

“When he agreed with the Filipino to take the banned substance from him, S.K. did not set any price. At the time of his arrest, S.K. was the one who assaulted us and we did not beat him or coerce him to confess,” said the major.

Tuesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KEARNEY — A Kearney woman faces a methamphetamine distribution charge after a report that she left a child unattended.

Angel Poore, 38, is charged in Buffalo County Court with felony distribution of meth Friday in Kearney. She was contacted at about 8:30 p.m. following a report that a child had allegedly been left unattended in a parking lot in the 10 block of West 39th Street.546250368a108_image

Court records outline the case against her:

Police were called to the parking lot where they saw the unlocked car in the parking lot with its engine running and a crying 2-year-old child secured in his safety seat. Based on prior contacts, police knew Poore was the owner of the car and went inside the nearby store to locate her.

Police located Poore inside the store coming out of the men’s restroom. Inside the restroom, police found numerous small plastic bags and store merchandise packaging in the trash.

Poore then left the store and officers contacted her near the car. She and the child were placed into a police cruiser. A K-9 unit arrived at the scene. After the dog indicated drugs in the car, police seized a kit that allegedly contained three small bags with a white rock crystallized substance. The substance field tested positive for meth.

Many similar plastic bags and a digital scale were located in the car. Poore also allegedly had $330 in cash in her jeans pocket along with store merchandise.

Poore denied leaving the child unattended by saying a family member was with her in the car. Police were unable to locate that family member.

Poore was arrested and taken into custody, and the child was released to family members. In addition to being arrested on the drug allegation, she also was cited for child abuse and shoplifting.

Late this morning, Poore remained at the Buffalo County Jail on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. She must post $3,000 to be freed.

Poore is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

If convicted on the drug charge, and if she isn’t placed on probation, she faces one to 50 years in prison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATHENS (WATE) – An East Tennessee sheriff says he’s seeing more cases of crystal meth coming in from Mexico. That’s because while local deputies were busy shutting down homemade meth labs, traffickers continued to sneak in the drug.5711518_G

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy told WATE 6 On Your Side the large number of meth labs made it harder to crack down on the people bringing in crystal meth from countries like Mexico. With fewer of those labs around, they can now focus their efforts on drug trafficking in the county.

Inez Fain, who lives in Athens, raises chickens for a living and learning about the drug problem is shattering her peace of mind. She worries that crystal meth from Mexico could take over McMinn County.

“I’ve got four granddaughters and I’d hate to see my granddaughters get hooked on that crap,” said Fain.

Sheriff’s deputies found a few bags worth of crystal meth from Mexico five weeks ago. Sheriff Guy said there’s been a shift toward people buying meth over making it at home. Part of the reason why it’s cheaper.

“It’s simpler. It’s simpler just to buy it already made than to have to make it yourself,” said Guy.

In the last four years, deputies have shut down about 100 meth labs.

“We sort of opened up a vacuum and some of our Mexican friends to the south of us saw there was a business opportunity there,” said Guy.

McMinn County Sheriff investigators said they’re dealing with crystal meth trafficking like they would marijuana or heroine by finding out where it’s being sold.

As for people in the area like Fain, she believes other neighbors need to help out the sheriff’s department to solve the drug problem.

“He’s good with the young people and good with the old, but he can’t do it all. The adults within their self and the city have got to step up and take their role,” said Fain.

The McMinn County Sheriff’s Department has identified about a dozen dealers in the county and it’s not just in one community. Guy said crystal meth is popping up in all kinds of neighborhoods.

According to a recent report, the number of meth labs seized has gone down by about 40 percent statewide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A former Winston County sheriff’s deputy previously jailed on state charges now faces federal charges for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine.

Grady Keith Concord, 42, of Lynn, has agreed to plead guilty to one count each of extortion under color of official right, manufacturing methamphetamine, and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside.grady-keith-concordjpg-6c17800152ce996ag

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. announced the charges Monday, after an information and plea agreement were filed in U.S. District Court.

His arraignment is set for Nov. 18 at the federal courthouse in Huntsville.

Richard S. Jaffe and Michael Whisonant Jr. are representing Concord.

“Keith deeply regrets becoming addicted to methamphetamine and further breaking the law to obtain the substance, rather than seeking medical treatment” Jaffe said. “Keith in no way blames anyone or anything but himself for violating his oath as a law enforcement officer, and embarrassing his department and his family. His agreement to plead guilty and accept full responsibility is a positive first step toward recovery.”

In June, Concord was arrested on a second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine charge in Winston County. He was fired from the sheriff’s department and has remained in jail with bond set at $500,000.

He was indicted on the state charge in August. Online court records do not indicate when his next court appearance will occur.

The information and plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court give this description of Concord’s actions:

In July 2013, Concord, who used methamphetamine, approached a woman who lived in Nauvoo and pressured her to make the drug for him. He arranged to supply pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, in exchange for the finished product.

Until June 2014, Concord delivered pseudoephedrine to the woman’s home and picked up meth. He took decongestant pills containing pseudoephedrine from the sheriff’s office evidence room, and he and his wife also bought pills, the plea agreement states.

Concord disputes the woman’s claim that he threatened her with an arrest warrant unless she cooperated, but he concedes that because he was a sheriff’s deputy, she might have felt that she “had no choice but to accept his offer,” his plea agreement states.

Concord knew the woman had two sons who lived at the home, and that one of them was a minor.

As part of the plea agreement, Concord must surrender all law enforcement certifications and not seek future employment in law enforcement or custodial oversight.

He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the extortion count and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A sentence imposed for the manufacture of methamphetamine where minors reside or are present must be served consecutively with any other sentence imposed. The maximum penalty for that count is 20 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

The FBI, agents of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force assigned to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, and the Winston/Marion County District Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynn Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamarra Matthews Johnson is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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According to reports from the FADE Drug Task Force, DEA, and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, three men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of $1 million of crystal methamphetamine confiscated by authorities on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Reports reveal that Jose Guzman, 41, of Grayson, Ky. Carlos Garza, 39, of Grayson, Ky. and Ariel Ceballos, 28, of Tucson, Ariz. were arrested in Rowan County, Ky. on Wednesday, and each charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Authorities said they believe that the type of methamphetamine found is thought to be produced in Mexican super labs.

Guzman, Garza, and Ceballos were transported to the Rowan County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

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Forrest County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a City of Hattiesburg accountant on drug charges.

Investigator Nick Calico said James Eugene Polk was arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine and manufacture of methamphetamine — both felonies — as well as a misdemeanor of disturbance of the family.

Calico said the 12th Judicial District’s Narcotics Unit was also involved in the arrest.

He declined to divulge any other information about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.

City of Hattiesburg spokeswoman Chinika Hughes said Polk has been employed as an accountant with the city for the past four months. She said he still holds his job, despite his arrest.

Hughes said Polk’s duties involve handling money and dealing with budgets.

Polk was released from the Forrest County Jail Friday on $32,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the components to a methamphetamine lab Friday morning during an unlikely circumstance.

Engaged in a high-speed car chase near County Road 1043, the deputies’ suspect, David Jeffery Miller, of Cullman discarded a black bag through his car’s window.546151c42cf43_image

After apprehending their suspect, deputies discovered that the contents of the bag were consistent with methamphetamine production.

“In the black bag, there were more articles for manufacturing,” Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said. “There were funnels, glass jars and meth residue.”

Miller, 32, has been charged with unlawful manufacturing, resisting arrest and attempting to elude officers.

The sheriff’s office responded to a call at 3:32 a.m. Friday after residents on County Road 1038 complained that Miller was making threats to them and firing a gun toward their homes.

After surveying the scene twice, the sheriff’s office obtained a description of Miller’s vehicle and subsequently attempted to halt him at a traffic stop.

The suspect, however, fled from police in what developed into a car chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The chase ended when Miller wrecked on County Road 1043 and took to the nearby woods to avoid officers.

Miller was detained in an effort led by Deputy Patrick Thompson.

“They did a outstanding job,” Bartlett said of the responding deputies. “We’re thankful no one was seriously hurt.”

Miller sustained minor injuries from the wreck.

Along with the meth lab components the suspect tried to dispose of, the deputies also discovered 14.5 grams of methamphetamines.

The sheriff’s office did not find a firearm on Miller or in his vehicle to explain the complaints of the residents on County Road 1038. Investigators said they did not discoverany damages to homes from the alleged gunfire.

 

 

 

 

 

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In Australia, drugs, sex and HIV have long had an intimate relationship. Public concern and political attention is currently focused on the harms of methamphetamine use, the potent stimulant better known as, ice, tina or crystal meth.

In Victoria, recent media coverage of an ‘ice epidemic’ has been alarming.

Public health experts have argued that it is misleading to suggest we are in the midst of a widespread “ice epidemic”, across communities. Fact-checkers out there will find that, in fact, the evidence points in the opposite direction.viewpoint-ice

Over the last ten years it actually seems that the number of people who are using crystal meth has been mostly stable. The kick, however, is that there has been a massive increase in the purity and potency of crystal meth. The desired effects that users seek out may be much stronger than before, but so are the risks and potential harms.

Multiple surveys of drug use support what many of us know from experience or might guess. Gay men and those living with HIV are more likely than many others in the population to use most illicit drugs. Crystal meth use follows such a pattern. HIV positive gay men are more likely again to have used crystal meth, with about one in four reporting use.

Whilst there can be a temptation by some to assume how and why crystal meth is used by gay men and those living with HIV, we must be careful in judging motivations and ‘taken-for-granted’ links. Like most human behavior, it’s not always simple to explain and deliver quick fixes.

For some parts of the wider community such drug use and activity is confronting and concerning. One question raised is whether the use of crystal meth can be held responsible as the cause of HIV transmissions. Certainly there is no doubt there is a strong relationship between HIV infections and the use of some illegal drugs and also legal drugs, like alcohol and Viagra.

The links between drugs and HIV are complex. The evidence is that many sexually adventurous men, including those who use crystal meth for sex, understand and anticipate health issues such as the risk of HIV transmission in condomless sex.

Focusing our concerns solely on crystal meth use misses key understandings of why and how pleasure seeking and risk taking happens.

Surely we can take a sex positive attitude and also build on the strong community history of providing relevant and realistic information, risk reduction strategies and supporting harm minimization? However, to get there we will need to have some frank and honest discussions.

The recent Victorian inquiry lends support for the key role community-based organizations have to act as trusted facilitators. Living Positive Victoria is well placed to lead such engagement and actions where we engage in drug use as a health issue, promoted through peer engagement and support.

 

 

 

 

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Four members of a drug caravan were killed and four bags containing methamphetamine seized in a gun battle with border patrol police along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district on Tuesday morning.707750

A team from the 335th border patrol unit based in Chiang Dao spotted about 10 armed men carrying bags suspected to contain illegal drugs close to the border with Myanmar near Ban Denyakhad village in tambon Muang Na in Chiang Dao district on Tuesday morning.

The patrol signaled to men to stop for a search, but instead they opened fire on the security force.

A brief gunfight followed. Afterwards the patrol found four dead men, with their weapons and four bags containing methamphetamine pills. The number of pills had yet to be counted, officials said.

 

 

 

 

 

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The war on drugs in Afghanistan is unlikely to be successful as the international forces withdraw local players lack a mechanism to address the problem of narcotics, Khuram Iqbal – Co-author of Pakistan Terrorism Ground Zero, told RT.

RT: A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective, and likely to get worse. Do you agree?afghanistan-drugs-trafficking-taliban_si

Khuram Iqbal: If your question is related to the drug production in Afghanistan, its impacts on Pakistan, I would say that the impact of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is [significant] in Pakistan. According to some estimates by the United Nations, Pakistan remains a transit as well as a destination country for far more than 30 per cent of the opium produced in Afghanistan. On the one hand, it has resulted in widespread drug abuse in Pakistani society, and on the other hand, it has created a very complicated and dangerous nexus between drug cartels and terrorist organizations which are operating from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. What we are witnessing in this region is that the groups of Pakistani Taliban are cooperating with drug cartels which are operating with them from Afghanistan to seek finance, and to protect their finances. Drug cartels and criminal syndicates are basically relying on terrorist organizations to ensure the security of their production facilities and their transit routes. And one alarming trend which has recently emerged in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region with regards to the drug cultivation is that there is a number of terrorist organizations which have sought a religious decree from their handpicked Islamic scholars which justify the production and trafficking of drugs to wage Jihad. So we can conclude that the problem of narcotics in Afghanistan is not only facilitating the organized criminality but it is also contributing to transnational terrorism.

RT: The US are withdrawing from Afghanistan leaving record high levels of drug trafficking there. This is just one of the consequences of the devastating war in the country. What legacy as a whole the Americans are leaving?

KI: The international forces are preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan. Once they withdraw all the fragile gains which have been made against the narcotics trade in Afghanistan are likely to dissolve. I am afraid that after the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan the narcotics trade in the country can potentially emerge as the financial lifeline of the global Jihad movement. So a war on drugs in Afghanistan is highly unlikely because firstly, the international forces are withdrawing from the region and, secondly, the regional players, the countries in the Southern and Central Asian region lack coordination, they lack a mechanism which can address the problem of narcotics in Afghanistan.

RT: Is the Afghan government capable of handling the situation on their own?

KI: I suspect not, because there have been a number of instances where high-profile Afghan officials have been found involved in poppy cultivation, they have been found involved in drug trafficking. One prominent example of such cases is the late brother of the former President Hamid Karzai who was involved in drug trafficking on a massive level. As soon as the international checking balance goes down in the coming year or so we will see more corrupt Afghan officials, we will see more Afghan tribal elite resorting to drug trafficking to meet their financial needs and run their fractional infighting.

 

 

 

 

 

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Haunting communities across America for generations, methamphetamine maintains its position as a go-to drug for some of our country’s most chemically addicted drug users. It’s known for being extremely addictive, attacking the central nervous system and creating what some users describe as a euphoric high.

It’s not only the chemical effects on the brain that’s harming meth users. Simply making the drug is enough to take your life. The chemical mix used to make it can explode at any time, catching even the most experienced meth cookers off guard. Meth burns are just one more hazard of the drug destroying lives across West Michigan.

So-called meth labs in our own west Michigan communities don’t look like anything Walter White from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” would be caught dead in.

In fact, a modern day meth lab can consist of a plastic drinking bottle. When common products such as fertilizer and lithium strips are combined to make meth, the bottle can explode in an instant.

“If you talk to the burn centers, they know a lot of these people they are seeing are meth related incidents, but we are not getting notified of those,” Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Capt. David Boysen.

Capt. Boysen said that meth cookers will go to every extreme to hide their burns.

“I don’t know of any cases where they show up at the hospital and say,’Hey, I was cooking meth, and I got burned.’ Usually they always come up with some, ‘I was by a camp fire,’ or ‘You know, my Coleman stove blew up,” said Capt. Boysen.

“A lot of times, by the time the fire department gets there it’s a well-involved fire, and that puts a lot of people’s lives at risk,” said Capt. Boysen.

If you get burned while making meth with others, don’t count on your buddies to stick around, Capt. Boysen said.

“People that are cooking with them will just show up at the hospital, you know, kick them out at the curb and take off, so we don’t get called. So there’s a lot of this stuff that we don’t know about.”

There was another apartment fire in Portage in January of 2013. Several tenants inside one of the units were charged with operating a meth lab after the fire left about 40 people without a place to live. The unit the fire started in was completely destroyed.

Due to patient privacy laws, the captain said that law enforcement isn’t notified about suspicious burns when people show up to area burn centers.

“There are very few people that have cooked meth for any length of time that don’t have some chemical burns somewhere on their body from this process,” he said.

Keep in mind that meth burns don’t require a flame. Chemical burns are dangerous from even just a small leak in plastic drinking bottles used to make the drug. The chemicals are caustic and when mixed and come in contact with skin will cause severe burns, Boysen said.

“One of our biggest concerns with this whole meth manufacturing and the fires involved is a lot of it takes place in multifamily residences, in apartment buildings,” said Boysen.

With law enforcement continuing to tackle meth addiction, burns from the drug are now serving as another reminder of the problems plaguing our communities.

“There is a lot of this stuff that goes on that we in law enforcement don’t even know it’s happening,” said Capt. Boysen. “When we know about it is when it gets so bad that the structure catches on fire: the house catches on fire, or they get incapacitated so bad that we respond to the scene and find the victim there.”

Another danger law enforcement wants to remind you about is that if you see bottles laying around outside with what appears to be dried salt or dirt inside, stay far away, as they can still spark up a flame. Instead, call police right away for proper disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://fox17online.com/2014/11/09/scars-of-meth-beyond-the-addiction/

 

TULSA COUNTY, Okla. – Your home is typically your biggest investment.to know if a home for sale in Oklahoma was a meth

That makes it especially important to have access to all the information you need to make sure the home will be a safe place to live.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought this house would have been a meth lab,“ says Maria Gaytan about her house.METHCONTAMINATE2_20121113104005_640_480

Gaytan said she grew up poor, but worked while going to college to save the money for a down payment on her dream home. She was just 19 years old when she became a homeowner. Now she feels that dream is crushed.  “I feel like I’m in a nightmare you know, trying to wake up.”

After moving in she says a neighbor asked her fiancé if they knew about the home’s history.

“She said, ‘Did you guys know there was a meth lab here that exploded?’” During renovations Maria said she found and repaired a burned area along her master bathroom wall.

Fumes from cooking methamphetamine, or when a meth lab explodes, can contaminate almost any surface in a home. It can get into carpet, wallboards, furnishings, drapes and heating and air conditioning systems.   Maria said she often gets headaches in her house.  She added she had no idea meth manufacturing can cause eye, nose, skin, and lung irritation as well as cause dizziness, headaches and in rare cases death, if the chemical concentrations are high enough. Methamphetamine manufacture can involve many different chemicals depending on the method the person making the meth uses.

For Maria, the fact that her home really was a meth lab didn’t sink in until the 2NEWS Investigators told her it was on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry. We also pulled police and fire reports confirming meth was being made in the home. The fire report states: Fire resulted during the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

When law enforcement finds a meth lab it reports the location to the DEA. The DEA then puts that address on its Clandestine Drug Lab Registry. Maria said if she had known her home was on that list, “I wouldn’t have bought the house at all.”

DEA REGISTRY: There are 45 pages of addresses of homes in Oklahoma

We found locations spread all across the county. We then cross referenced the DEA’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry with Tulsa County Property sales for the past five years. At least 135 addresses showing up on both lists have changed hands.

If a home seller used a real estate agent and the seller knew meth had been made in the house, Oklahoma state law requires disclosure to prospective buyers. You can find that disclosure on line 30 of the State’s official real estate disclosure form. If the seller fails to properly disclose the information, the buyer does have the right to sue, but the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Act only gives them two years from the time of purchase to do so. A seller that discloses meth was made at the property can add information about whether and how the meth lab was cleaned up. But, they are not required to provide that extra information.

If the seller’s real estate agent knows the home was the site of a meth lab he/she must disclose that fact or risk losing his/her real estate license. However, the buyer’s real estate agent is not required to check to see if the home his client is about to buy is on the DEA’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry.

Now here’s where things get complicated. If the home is sold as a For Sale By Owner, commonly called a FSBO, the owner is not required to disclose any information about its history unless the buyer asks for it. If a landlord is selling a property that has only been used as rental property, if someone is selling a house they inherited, or if a bank or the sheriff’s office is selling a foreclosure property, no disclosure is required at all.

“They will sign a disclaimer which puts the buyer on notice that they don’t know anything about the property,” said Rodger Erker, McGraw Realty’s Managing Broker and also a member of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission. “The buyer needs to be the detective.”

Maria bought her home in a For Sale by Owner deal and prior to her purchase it was a rental.

So what detective work does a buyer need to do whether working with a real estate agent or not?

– Check the DEA Clandestine Drug lab registry.

– If you suspect meth may have been manufactured in the home, you can have an environmental health inspection company test for meth residue.

This can be quite costly often running over $1,000 for a three-bedroom home and going much higher depending on how much of the property requires testing. Remediation can also cost tens of thousands of dollars especially if the clean-up requires tearing out walls, carpeting, insulation or replacement of heating and air conditioning systems.

– You also need to be aware that unlike Arkansas, Oklahoma law does not forbid people from living in homes where meth was made prior to the property being cleaned up. Since 2008, Arkansas posts all addresses of properties where meth labs are found and even maps those locations on its state website.

Arkansas prohibits anyone from living in those properties until they have been cleaned up by a certified methamphetamine contamination clean up contractor.

 

 

 

 

 

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Local drug task force agents regularly bust low-level distributors of methamphetamine, but they’re limited in their ability to go after major suppliers.

The commander of the bi-county drug and gang task force (NET-5), Martin Horan, said the flow of methamphetamine is “like a leak in a dam. You can stand at the leak with a towel, or you can find the cause of the leak.”

Local law enforcement makes the local busts.

Investigators with NET-5 arrested two suspected distributors and seized $10,000 worth of methamphetamine last week, culminating a three-week investigation.

Oshauna Margaret Silva and Domingo Delgado Valasquez, both 39, were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine. Valasquez is believed to be undocumented and has an immigration hold. Horan said his team is looking into who supplied the meth.

But their resources to find and go after the sources are limited.

“We don’t have the manpower or money to chase the sources of who’s bringing it here,” Horan said.

And meth use is prevalent in Yuba-Sutter, even though local production drastically declined (due, in part, to regulation of medications containing pseudoephedrine). The drug is now supplied by distribution from major labs in Southern California and Mexico.

State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris earlier this year called the trafficking of methamphetamine a growing threat to the state.

The source of methamphetamine is ultimately Southern California or Mexico, Horan said, and they’ve approached other agencies to work together on the case, but “nobody else has indicated any interest in it.”

Prior to 2012, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agents could assist agencies like NET-5 by coordinating information with other regional agencies or by taking over the case and employing a statewide approach.

The bureau was closed in 2012 due to budget cuts.

Investigators’ choices now are to reach out to another local task force or to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We don’t get a high priority,” Horan said of the DEA.

Heavy meth use began in the area when Yuba County was a major supplier.

Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath said primary manufacturing points were deserts in Southern California and the hill areas in-between Yuba and Butte County.

As those shut down, gangs saw the business opportunities to start mega-labs and applied what they had done for years with cocaine and heroin.

Horan’s team will continue to try to cut down the local supply by busting distributors, but for now, they’re dependent on agencies near production sites to confront production of supply.

That fight recently got a boost in early October, when Harris announced that the DOJ will create an anti-methamphetamine team of special agents in L.A. funded by a $1 million federal grant. The team will coordinate with other existing DOJ task forces.

 

 

 

 

 

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro Police Department arrested a woman who had a syringe and needle with meth inside.

According to a report, officers were called out to the 4000 block of Jessica Lane on Friday morning.

A witness said Lindsey Henley came home and went into the restroom where the witness saw her using a needle, according to an officer.

When officers arrived, they said they observed Henley trying to shove a needle and syringe into a water bottle.

Officers said the syringe and spoon which were collected had a cloudy substance in them.

When police first asked Henley what was in the syringe, she said she does not remember what it was and she was just scraping the bathroom floor to find something to shoot up with. When asked a second time, she said she thinks it was just candy, according to the report.

Officers said Henley seemed as if she was not in the right state of mind and looked lost and confused at times. This lead officers to believe that she was under the influence of a controlled substance and meth was the cloudy substance in the syringe.

Henley was transported to the Craighead County Detention Center and charged with felony drug paraphernalia according to a report.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kait8.com/story/27338391/jonesboro-police-arrest-woman-on-drug-paraphernalia-charges

 

Drug smuggling significantly increased during the past two years in Vietnam where local users now consume more than VND14 trillion (US$658 million) annually, the Ministry of Public Security reported.

Vietnam has more than 204,000 documented drug addicts, including 19,000 in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the localities with the highest number, the ministry said in a report released during a Saturday conference held in HCMC on the nation’s fight against transnational drug syndicates.

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Between September 2012 and September 2014, relevant forces busted 39 cases of drug smuggling at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and arrested 30 people.

Police seized a total of 16kg of heroin, 15kg cocaine, 21kg methamphetamine and 72kg stimulant used to make methamphetamine during the two-year period.

According to the narcotics department, drug smuggling through airports has increased since 2012 and mostly involves African criminal gangs.

Drugs seizures at Vietnam’s airports mostly involved cocaine from South America, methamphetamines from the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan) and heroin from the Golden Triangle (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar).

The kingpins mostly operate abroad and direct local mules via telephone or over the internet.

“We often arrest local drug mules, but we never catch the African criminals who mastermind the smuggling,” said a police source.

“Foreign and local criminals often conspire to smuggle drugs from Vietnam to Australia and Taiwan, causing difficulties for customs officials,” he said.

Dinh Ngoc Thang, deputy head of HCMC Customs Agency, said customs officials have mostly caught drug mules based on hunches and lack the training and resources to cope with more cunning criminals.

“Besides, there has not been sufficient coordination between airport security, customs and police,” he said.

Nguyen Phi Hung, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s investigative unit, said airport forces frequently detect drugs in the luggage and bodies of smugglers, but have also missed major consignments.

“The smuggling of 600 bricks of heroin out of Vietnam that ended up being caught by Taiwanese authorities is an example,” he said.

Hung said drug smuggling by sea is even more complicated than by air.

“In addition to proper training and resources, we need good officers because one rotten apple spoils the barrel.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/vietnam-consumes-658-million-in-narcotics-every-year-33736.html

 

 

Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has intercepted laser printer cartridges full of methamphetamine and charged a woman with importing a controlled drug.

The cartridges were inspected at a Sydney air cargo facility where officers spotted a white powder. White toner cartridges being something of an oddity, the ACBPS looked out for more deliveries of similar items to the same person.

Another three boxes turned up and all were also found to contain meth.

Australia’s Federal Police then swung into action by arranging “a controlled delivery of the four boxes to an address in the Melbourne CBD.” That plan saw “a 27-year-old female Hong Kong national … arrested following her receipt and access of the packages.”

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Methamphetamine in printer cartridges

 

Neither agency is saying just how much methamphetamine was in the cartridges, but there’s a chance this could be one to file under “gee, crims aren’t real smart” given the sometimes-exorbitant price of laser printer cartridges. The ones your correspondent needs are about AU$120 apiece and the printer needs four of them, a combined sum that’s enough to drive you to drink. If you can still afford it after paying for the toner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/09/printing_bad_meth_found_in_laser_printer_cartridges/

PUTNAM COUNTY (WISH) – Three people were arrested on Saturday night by Indiana State Police.

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ISP Trooper Yan Dravigne pulled over a 1994 Dodge pickup for a defective license plate light on I-70 westbound near the 42 mile marker, near Cloverdale. After the trooper pulled the vehicle over he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle a hidden compartment in the dashboard area yielded 10 grams of marijuana, a .38 caliber handgun and 9 ounces of crystal meth.

The value of the meth was estimated at $10,000 and the marijuana was less than $100.

Police arrested Brandon Ross, 32, of Rockville, Ind., Daniel Keller, 27, of Montezuma Ind. and Meghan Hambright, 23, of Terre Haute Ind. All three were arrested for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of a handgun without a license. Ross was also cited for driving without a valid license.

Hambright is also wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Vigo County.

The three were booked at the Putnam County jail.

 

 

 

 

 

http://wishtv.com/2014/11/09/trio-arrested-for-drugs-on-i-70-near-cloverdale/

 

Canadian County sheriff’s deputies at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 3 seized approximately 11 kilo-size bags of methamphetamine drugs with an estimated street value of $1.1 million.

The drugs were being transported in a vehicle that was loaded on a car hauler parked at the TA truck stop, at Morgan Road along Interstate 40 in eastern Canadian County.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the drugs after they became suspicious of the vehicle due to registration violations and asked the truck driver for his consent to search it. After receiving consent from the truck driver the deputies climbed up to the second level of the car hauler where the vehicle was located and opened up the doors.

Once inside the vehicle, the deputies quickly observed that the back seats and doors had been tampered with, and located the drugs within just a few minutes.

The 11 large kilo size bags of meth were packaged in zip locked plastic bags and wrapped in saran wrap and clear packing tape. The bundles of drugs were stashed inside the front and rear seats as well as inside the doors of the vehicle.

In addition to the drugs being hidden, deputies detected a number of odor masking agents aimed at defeating drug sniffing dogs.

After questioning and determining the truck driver was completely clueless that he was transporting the drugs, Canadian County sheriff’s deputies – working with and commissioned through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force (DEA) – coordinated a controlled delivery of the vehicle and drugs to the intended party in Kansas City, Kan., in hopes of making an arrest of those responsible for the drugs being in Canadian County.

Three sheriff’s deputies/DEA Task Force agents under the direction of Canadian County Sheriff Randall R. Edwards followed the semi to Kansas City, Kan. where they met up with other DEA agents.

Working with the DEA, FBI and local authorities, sheriff’s deputies coordinated the delivery of the drugs with the driver of the semi. As a result of the delivery two suspects were immediately taken into custody in connection with the methamphetamines and interstate drug trafficking.

Warrants are expected to be issued for as many as a dozen or more other suspects involved with the drug operation.

“When I ran for office in 2008, I promised if elected, I would make every effort to eradicate the drug traffic and child predators in Canadian County, in order to do that sometimes we have to travel out of county and occasionally out of state to prosecute those who are responsible for those crimes against the citizens of Canadian County,” Sheriff Edwards said.

“I am proud that Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies hold state and federal commissions through various task forces that allow us to hold those who perpetrate crimes in Canadian County responsible for those crimes, regardless of where they are.”

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office works closely with the DEA, this operation was largely made possible because of the sheriff’s participation with the DEA’s Task Force officer program.

The methamphetamines were valued at just over $1 million, and both individuals were arraigned Nov. 5 before a U.S. federal judge on federal drug trafficking charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://yukonreview.net/county-sheriffs-deputies-sniff-1-1m-meth-car-hauler/

 

Lake County sheriff’s deputies, looking for a burglary suspect, said they found four people crammed into a 300-square-foot utility room on Thursday that served as housing and also contained a methamphetamine lab.

The suspected thief, Dylan Tolin, 23, was charged with burglary, theft and resisting deputies, while the other three people all face drug charges, according to arrest affidavits.

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Two of these suspects, Kayli Dickerson and Timothy Babinec, told deputies they had been living for about a week in the carport utility room, which couldn’t measure more than 15 by 20 feet.

Dickerson, 21, Babinec, 25, and the third drug suspect, Anthony Decotis Jr., 27, all were charged with manufacturing meth, trafficking in meth and possessing drug paraphernalia. They remain in the Lake County jail in lieu on $51,000 bond each.

It’s not clear how deputies tracked down Tolin to a residence at 717 Marietta St. in Leesburg, but said when they arrived there at about 9:30 p.m., Decotis opened the door to the carport utility room. The Eustis resident later said he was only visiting the other people in the room.

Upon searching the room, deputies said they found “chemicals and tools utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” including ammonium nitrate, starter fluid, sulfuric acid, baggies and coffee filters. A small jar containing 200 grams of liquid meth was confiscated.

Dickerson told deputies she purchased pseudoephedrine — cold medicine used to manufacture meth — in the past week, according to her arrest affidavit.

Tolin, who lives in Fruitland Park, remains jailed in lieu of $7,500 bond.

All of the defendants are scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Provo Police are looking for the man allegedly responsible for making methamphetamine in a BYU contracted apartment complex.

‘How can you really know who you are living with?’ Provo Police are looking for the man

It is a bothersome question four college kids grappled with, until developing a strategy to find out.

“I didn’t really know what to expect…” said Brigham Young University student Nicholas Zarate. “It was a big shock—big surprise,” he said.

Zarate and his friends say they needed to investigate, after a roommate’s bedroom caught on fire.

“We went in there, and we checked the place out, and there was a lot of—just some weird things—some empty alcohol containers and some weird chemicals, and we weren’t really sure what had happened,” Zarate recalled.

The college students live at The Riviera apartment complex in Provo. They say their suspicious roommate is part of the Independent Study program at BYU and always seemed fairly normal.

“I didn’t really know him too well. He kind of kept to himself—king of locked his door—was in his room most of the time,” Zarate said.

After doing some research, the students realized they needed to stop whatever was going on inside that room. They reported the fire to The Riviera management team, who then notified Provo police.

“When the police got out there, they found what appeared to be a meth lab…” said Lt. Brandon Post, with the Provo Police Dept. “Since the DEA is the only agency in this region that’s certified to clean up these labs, we contacted them…” he said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration quickly quarantined the apartment. Tenants left quickly, abandoning their clothes, furniture, and even dirty dishes. Now, they say they have had enough.

“We called the police officers, and they let us just come in and clear all of our stuff out, because they moved us to a new apartment, and so right now, we’re just vacating and moving all of our stuff over,” Zarate said, Saturday evening.

The students say moving will take a few days, and while they admit there is ‘no place’ like their previous home, they say they are glad to move on.

The suspect left the apartment complex right after extinguishing the fire. The man’s roommates say he has yet to come back, and police are still looking for him.

Police say if there is probable cause, they could potentially charge the suspect with ‘manufacture of methamphetamine,’ which is a felony charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/provo-utah-abc-4-utah/35276/r23DT4dc6UGLv8FpaA_tvg

 

FLORENCE — An investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Lauderdale County has resulted in the arrests of five people on felony charges and the seizure of three active meth labs in less than 24 hours, authorities said.

“We found one lab in a residence early Thursday morning and then two inside an apartment in Cherry Hill Homes later Thursday afternoon,” said Tim Glover, director of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force Unit.

Glover said the discovery of the meth labs were the result of an ongoing investigation by the drug unit. He said six people were arrested, five were charged with felonies, including:

  • Timothy L. Adams, 44, 6330 Lauderdale 57, Waterloo, first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Stephen L. Irons, 37, 1035 Lauderdale 6, Florence, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance (methamphetamine);
  • Robert R. Holland, 27, 431 B Cherry Hill Homes, Florence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine;
  • Ronnie L. Holland, 29, 20131 Lauderdale 8, Florence, trafficking methamphetamine; and
  • Steven D. Minton, 36, 313 Trade St., Florence, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine.

Investigators said a 26-year-old woman from Cypress Inn, Tennessee, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Glover said Adams, Irons and the Tennessee woman were arrested when agents searched a residence in the 1700 block of Alabama 20 near Central Heights around 3 a.m. Thursday.

“There were eight people inside the residence when the agents went in and found the active lab,” Glover said.

He said Ice, a crystal form of meth, was found at the residence.

“With so many people there, it indicates they were selling some of the meth to get enough money to buy what was needed to keep making the cooks,” Glover said.

A tip of a possible meth cook and information developed by the Florence Police Housing Authority Unit led to the arrests Thursday afternoon.

Glover said agents found the two active methamphetamine labs at the residence plus some meth that had already been made as well as items needed in the manufacturing process.

“They weren’t just cooking for themselves, they were moving some of the meth they made,” Glover said.

He said all of the labs were the one-pot, shake-and-bake labs that are usually in plastic soft drink bottles.

“It’s good to get these people off the street for the time being,” Glover said.

All of the suspects are being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Robert Holland is being held on bail of $28,500. His brother Ronnie Holland’s bail is $25,500; Minton is being held on bail of $25,500; Adams is being held on bail of $26,000; and Irons’ bond is $16,000.

 

 

 

 

 

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