The Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit continues to send a loud message to those manufacturing methamphetamines in Greenwood County, busting the fourth meth lab in a week Tuesday.32751a

According to DEU officials, agents began an investigation at 215 Briggs Avenue Tuesday morning that led to a search warrant for the residence. Agents returned to the residence just before 3 p.m. with the search warrant and discovered at least two active “one-pot” meth labs in a bedroom containing bunk beds and children’s clothing. Agents immediately contacted the Greenwood Fire Department’s HAZMAT team to make the scene safe.

According to officials, a search of the residence turned up nine of the one-pot labs, including the two discovered in the bedroom. Agents seized various ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamines and over 1,600 grams of methamphetamine byproduct.

Three people were arrested at the residence. David S. Mooney, 43, Karen Mooney, 39, and David F. Mooney, 66, have all been charged with trafficking methamphetamines and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste in connection with the incident.

DEU took down three meth labs on three consecutive days last week, seizing nearly 1,500 grams of methamphetamine and methamphetamine byproduct in those three raids.








Imperial, California – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrest a street gang member, a suspected narcotics smuggler, and seized more than two pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, at approximately 7:00 a.m., when El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a known street gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.

Border Patrol agents arrested the 27-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico, approximately one mile west of the downtown Calexico port of entry.

The man, later identified as Cesar Lopez-Gutierrez, was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was a member of the “Drifters” criminal street gang.  Agents also discovered that Lopez has an extensive criminal record, including aggravated felonies and a history of immigration violations.

The gang member was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge in September, 2014.

The man is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for re-entry into the United States after being ordered removed.

The second incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m., When El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station referred a commercial passenger bus to the secondary area of inspection of the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City.

Upon further investigation Border Patrol agents discovered two packages of methamphetamine tapped to the thigh area of a 25-year-old Mexican national male passenger.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 2.2 pounds with an estimated street value of about $22,000.

The man and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration agents for further investigation.







6435103_GHOBBS, N.M. – Almost 150 grams of methamphetamine were found in a Hobbs home.

The Lea County Drug Task Force received a tip that illegal drugs were being sold out of a home on Mescalero Street.

When police went to search the house, they found 146 grams of methamphetamine.

41-year-old Karen Diaz-Cheatham was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

34-year-old Jeremy Morales was also arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.








On January 12, 2015, after a seven-month long investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force detectives arrested eight suspects charging them with multiple drug related charges.Meth-Suspects

Those arrested were:

  1. Julio Sesor Cendejas, DOB 10/14/1981, 213 N. 10th Street, Davenport. Cendejas was charged with Armed Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 28 Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell, Own/Rent Vehicle to Traffic Drugs, And Possession of Paraphernalia. Cendajas’ criminal arrest history includes one previous felony charge and seven previous misdemeanor charges.
  2. Jennifer Leighann Gilliam, DOB 04/10/1987, also of 213 N. 10th Street, Davenport. Gilliam was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (3 counts), Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription (3 counts), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony and Child Neglect.  Gilliam’s criminal arrest history includes one previous felony charge and one misdemeanor charge.
  3. Kendall Lee Gilliam, DOB 12/07/1961, also of 213 N. 10th Street, Davenport. K. Gilliam was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia. K Gilliam has no prior arrest history.
  4. Edward Alan Ricks, DOB 07/08/1983, 689 Avenue L S.E., Winter Haven. Ricks Was Charged With Armed Trafficking In Methamphetamine Over 28 Grams, Rent Structure To Traffic Methamphetamine, Possession Of Firearm By Convicted Felon, And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.  Ricks’ criminal arrest history includes 20 felony charges, 19 misdemeanor charges, one unknown level charge and one failure to appear.  Ricks has been in state custody three times and has been in the Polk County Jail 20 times.
  5. Jason Taylor, DOB 07/21/1982, (At Large). Taylor was charged with Violation of Community Control Reference Possession of Methamphetamine, DWLSR- Felony, and Felony Fleeing to Elude.  Taylor’s criminal arrest history includes 23 felony charges, 37 misdemeanor charges, and six failures to appear.  Taylor has been in state custody twice and has been in the Polk County Jail 15 times.
  6. Vanessa Gayle Turner, DOB 07/13/1989, 5718 Lagestrum Lane, Polk City. Turner was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Turner has one previous felony charge.
  7. Becky Yates, DOB 08/17/1979, 1401 N.W. 37th Street, Winter Haven, Yates was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, And Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Yates’ criminal arrest history includes 8 felony charges, 10 misdemeanor charges, two unknown level charges, and four failures to appear.  Yates has been in state custody once and the Polk County Jail 3 times.
  8. Benigno Calvillo, DOB 12/23/1987, (At Large- Frostproof). Calvillo was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Own Rent Structure to Traffic Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer without Violence.  Calvillo’s criminal arrest history includes 3 felony charges, and 3 misdemeanor. Calvillo has been in the Polk County Jail 3 times.

In May 2014, HIDTA detectives received information confirming Candelas was selling trafficking amounts of methamphetamine in Polk County.  During the investigation additional suspects were identified as associates of Candelas and his criminal activity.

Ultimately 2 search warrants were executed at two addresses and a total of 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine was recovered.  In addition, detectives seized $14,831 in US currency, three handguns, a 2006 Honda Motorcycle, and a 2004 Polaris four-wheeler.

The search warrants were executed at Candelas’ residence in Davenport, and at Ricks’ residence in Winter Haven.

All subjects were booked into the Polk County Jail without incident.








A Van Buren man charged with rape in March pleaded the charge down to second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus 15 years suspended in Crawford County Circuit Court Monday.

A minor female told Van Buren police she went to borrow a cigarette from Terry Leroy Tindle, 39, who was staying in an outbuilding behind his parents’ home when he started acting “stranger than she had ever seen him,” according to a police report.

Tindle then told her they were going to have sex, locked the door to the building from the inside, used towels and sheets to cover cracks so no one could see in the building and then ordered her to strip, according to the report.

The girl told investigators she stripped because she was afraid Tindle was going to hurt her, but as soon as she was nude, her mother and aunt started banging on the door to the outbuilding.

The girl’s mother told police it took Tindle a long time to unlock the door, and he fled once the door was opened.

Inside she and her sister found the girl behind a sheet, completely nude, according to the report.

Later that same day, police located Tindle passed out on a couch in the outbuilding, where they also recovered drug paraphernalia and took him into custody, according to the report.

Tindle denied attempting to rape the girl, but admitted to providing her and another minor female with methamphetamine, according to the report.

Second-degree sexual assault is normally punishable by a maximum 20 years in prison, but Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune said Tindle faced up to 30 years because he was deemed a habitual offender.

Tindle has prior felony convictions in Crawford County for fourth-degree sexual assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, false imprisonment, breaking and entering, residential burglary and theft of property.








HOMER — Cortland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Heather J. Naylor, of Cortland, for unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.Heather%20J%20%20Naylor

On Wednesday, Jan. 7 officers responded to 5065 State Route 11 in the town of Homer for a possible meth lab complaint.

Officers found commonly used materials for making methamphetamine along with used laboratory equipment inside a bedroom being rented by Naylor.

Deputies received a search warrant and found through further investigation and with the assistance of New York State Police CCSERT, Homer Fire Department, and TLC, that Heather Naylor owned the property and components located inside the bedroom.

Naylor was arraigned on Friday, Jan. 9 and held on a $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond. Police say she will be returning to court in the Town of Homer Court on Tuesday, Jan. 20.








A Downsville mother of two young daughters has been arrested on drug-related charges including the use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.

Samantha Holmes, 33, of 4812 Louisiana Hwy. 552, was booked Saturday into the Union Parish Detention Center on possession of marijuana (second offense) and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies.

In addition, she was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia (second offense) and two counts of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of juveniles. Bond had not been set Monday.

The investigation started when Holmes called deputies stating that her former husband had taken one of their daughters without permission. The ex-husband returned the child when called and told deputies and Child Protection Services that he just wanted his daughters safe.

It was reported to deputies that Holmes had possibly been using narcotics so deputies gained permission to search her bedroom. Deputies recovered one glass pipe with meth residue, one gram of suspected crystal meth, and a partly smoked marijuana cigarette.

The children were turned over to a grandfather.








Tahlequah police officers say a woman who stored her methamphetamine and paraphernalia inside a tin box that originally contained Juicy Fruit chewing gum was arrested late Thursday night.

Officer Cory Keele stopped 38-year-old Gwendalynn Dee Tyon near Hillcrest and Fourth Street at around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Keele said he began to question Tyon about the travel plans of she and her passengers, but a man inside the sport utility vehicle began to talk over Tyon.

“Tyon would not look me in the eye during this conversation and kept smoking a cigarette she had,” Keele wrote in his arrest affidavit.

Keele later confirmed that arrest warrants were in place for Tyon out of Delaware and Cherokee counties, so Tyon was taken into custody.

When Keele was given permission to search the SUV by its owner, he discovered a purse tucked beneath the driver’s seat. Inside the purse was an identification belonging to Tyon, along with a metal tin labeled “Juicy Fruit.”

That container had a glass pipe with a white residue, two straws that had been cut, and a piece of paper folded up to conceal a bag of white, crystal-like substance. Tyon allegedly claimed ownership of the items and was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for driving while revoked, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia.








Nine people—eight Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman—were on Monday charged with drug trafficking for allegedly distributing crystal methamphetamine out of a church in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, officials said.

The nine were arrested Thursday at separate locations in Meanchey and Chamkar Mon districts in a sting by undercover anti-drug police, who arranged to buy 200 grams of methamphetamine from them, said Yin Panharith, acting chief of an Interior Ministry anti-drug bureau.

“They took the drugs from a church near Wat Sansamkosal in Meanchey district’s Boeng Tompun commune any time someone ordered the drugs,” he said, adding that police seized a total of 802.44 grams of the narcotic during the operation.

Mr. Panharith claimed the ringleader of the trafficking operation —who was not apprehended—was the deputy head of the church, whose name he could not provide.

“The ringleader went to Burma to get more drugs a day before the arrests,” he said.

The other nine were charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday, according to deputy prosecutor Keo Socheat.

“I charged them with drug trafficking,” he said. Mr. Panharith said the suspects were being held at the Interior Ministry.








Eight Chinese and South Korean nationals have been arrested on charges of smuggling methamphetamine worth more than 440 million won ($403,000) from China, Seoul police said Tuesday.

Among them, five, including a 35-year-old suspected drug lord surnamed Kwon, had allegedly smuggled in 132 grams of meth from China through Incheon International Airport, South Korea’s main gateway, since August 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency told reporters in a briefing.

The smuggling occurred on seven occasions, with the amount estimated to be enough for 4,400 people, the SMPA said.

The suspects hid the drug in their shoes or suitcases, wrapped in carbon paper, before going through security check points, police said.

Police believe the ring did this knowing that each gram of meth goes for 500,000-800,000 won, or 20 times the price in China, among Chinese communities in South Korea.

Three others were arrested and another three booked without physical detention in connection with the case, the SMPA said.

Four others, who allegedly distributed 28 grams of meth to Chinese and Chinese-Koreans in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi region, remained at large. They are believed to have met their customers through social media, the SMPA said.

Police said arrest warrants were in place for the last remaining four, adding they were widening their investigation to locate other potential suspects. (Yonhap)








  • Victorian Police have launched investigation into headless deer found on farm properties around the Gippsland region
  • They allege that an organized crime gang is decapitating the animals and selling their heads to fuel their methamphetamine addiction
  • The heads were being traded for drugs or sold for cash to buy substances
  • The Samba deer heads fetch up to $300, and are prized for large antlers
  • At least six people have been charged with illegal hunting offences related to the criminal activity, with up to ten incidents in a night reported
  • The Australian Deer Association has condemned the actions
  • Police are fitting cameras on farmyards to continue investigation

Police are investigating claims that deer are being illegally poached and decapitated in order to trade their heads for drugs.

Farmers in the Gippsland area of south-eastern Victoria, have reportedly discovered piles of headless deer on their properties after smelling their decayed cadavers.

Police authorities confirmed that the presence of the dead deer on farmland was linked to crime activity by an organized gang who exploited the animals as a way to fund methamphetamine addiction.

24A7090500000578-2907513-image-a-1_1421112550010 Farmers in the Gippsland area of south-eastern Victoria, have reportedly discovered piles of headless deer on their properties

‘These groups have been conveying the heads to Melbourne with an aim to either swap them for drugs or exchange for money to buy drugs,’ said Benalla Detective Sergeant and Agricultural Liaison Officer Shannon Murphy.

It is believed that the deer heads are being traded for drugs or sold for cash to buy drugs, with the heads fetching up to $300, Detective Sergeant Murphy told The Age.

‘I wouldn’t say it surprises me, we’ve got some good local hunters who have utilized their skills to support their criminal activities in the only way they can,’ he said.

Detective Sergeant Murphy said that the organized gang had been using lookouts, along with encrypted two-way radios in order to capture and slaughter the animals.

Authorities said that the gang had also been using spotlights on the deer, a species known as Samba, which freeze in the light.

Police in Mansfield, Benalla and Wangaratta confirmed that at least six people have been charged with illegal hunting offences related to the decapitating of the animals. 24A6C90E00000578-2907513-image-a-2_1421112556695

The deer heads are reportedly being traded for drugs or sold for cash to buy drugs, with the heads fetching up to $300


Police in Mansfield, Benalla and Wangaratta confirmed that at least six people have been charged with illegal hunting offences

In the past 18 months the incidents have increased, with Game Management Authority officers reporting that up to ten reports had been recorded in the space of one night.


Col Brumbley, Victorian State President for the Australian Deer Association, said that he had never heard of something like this before.

‘The ADA completely condemns this kind of behavior. It’s this element of people who taint it for the rest of us,’ said Mr Brumbley.

‘The whole thing is deplorable. The minority of people who want to behave badly should have the full force of the law come down on them,’ he said.

‘Everyone from the organization would have an issue with this. Farmers might have a poacher come in and accidentally shoot stock at night instead of deer, which gives us a bad reputation.’

A farmer from Alexandra, in the Goulburn River region of Victoria, said that he had heard shotguns in the night and had found the headless cadavers of deer both on his property and near the road, reported The Age.

‘To me, they (these illegal hunters) are no better than dogs that see a rabbit and kill it just to kill something,’ he said.



Police authorities confirmed that the presence of the dead deer on farmland was linked to crime activity by an organized gang who exploited the animals as a way to fund methamphetamine addiction



The headless deer have been found on properties in the Gippsland region of Victoria

The farmer said that there was an added danger of using high-powered rifles on farm land, as the guns could shoot houses from a thousand metres away.  ‘There is a bit of an ego thing for some people with killing deer with large antlers,’ said Mr Brumbley.

Between 2013 and 2014 approximately 50,000 deer were killed by hunters with licenses, with a majority being the Sambar deer, a breed known for their large antlers.

Police are continuing to operate patrols in the area and were fitting cameras to further their investigation, reported The Age.

The ADA boasts nearly 6,000 members and takes an ethical stance on the organizations approach to deer hunting.

‘We are good people. Hunting is a massive industry and I don’t think we get the attention we deserve, and it’s a shame that something like this draws attention to the minority,’ said Mr Brumbley.

‘We’re not a bunch of yahoos running around with guns, doing the wrong thing,’ said Mr Brumbley.

‘This kind of behavior makes us look like a bunch of rednecks, but most of us are educated beyond secondary school. What we do is a legitimate sport and we are just trying to do the right thing,’ he said.

It is believed that the heads are being sold without taxidermy, with Mr Brumbley estimating that taxidermy for deer heads would cost up to $600.











METHAMPHETAMINE has replaced heroin as the drug of choice among male prisoners seeking treatment in Victoria.

New research has found about 40 per cent of males reported that methamphetamine was the drug causing them the most serious problems, up from 19 per cent four years ago.

Caraniche managing director Jacinta Pollard said the organization was starting to see a significant shift in drug use and was refining its programs as a result.

Caraniche delivers drug and alcohol treatment programs in Victorian prisons and conduct­ed the research on 769 Victorian prisoners in 2013-14, who were being assessed for longer-term drug programs.

Methamphetamine was seen by 38 per cent of males as being the most problematic in relation to their offending.

And a third of male offenders who used methamphetamine reported that the most serious offence for which they were jailed was violence­-related­.

For females, methamphetamine was the drug identified by 30.9 per cent as being the substance that caused them the most serious problems, up from 10.5 per cent four years ago.

But heroin remained the number one drug of choice for women (35 per cent), ahead of methamphetamine (27 per cent).

Methamphetamine was the drug of choice for 30 per cent of males seeking treatment, followed by alcohol (22 per cent), cannabis (19 per cent) and heroin (14 per cent).

Methamphetamine was used daily by 29 per cent of females­ in the year before they were jailed and by 26 per cent of males.

“What we are seeing in prisons just reflects what we see in the community,” Ms Pollard said.

She said being locked up was often a big wake-up call for drug users.

“When you are out there in the community and you are involved­ in a lot of drug use, it’s very easy to get caught up in it and not think about what you are doing and where you are headed to.

“A lot of people use drugs and are not very well educated about what they are doing to their bodies and what they are doing to their brains.”

Penington Institute CEO John Ryan said ice presented new challenges to the justice system.

“I recently visited a major prison and an old-timer prisoner, who knows the drug scene inside out, said ice had become the ‘drug of the day’,” Mr Ryan said.

“Penington Institute has delivered training to a number of prisons recently in order to assist them understand and better cope with crystal meth.

“It shows that prevention, education and support for people before they get into the cycle of violence and crime is more important­ than ever.”

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged two women with methamphetamine sales charges Thursday night following an investigation in the Bulls Gap area, Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said in a news release.54b3ef9ced04d_image

Karrieann Lachelle Goins, 26, of 111 S. Main Street, Bulls Gap, was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to deliver and simple possession of a Schedule II drug, hydrocodone.

Ashley Renee Hileman, 27, of Talley Chapel Pike, Russellville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to deliver.

The investigation centered in the Bulls Gap area of Hawkins County, Lawson said.

Narcotics officers received information “that two females would be transporting a quantity of methamphetamine into Hawkins County while operating a blue pickup truck,” the release said.

Minutes later, officers received information that the females would be bringing the meth to the Bi-Lo Market, at 515 U.S. 11E in Bulls Gap.

“Narcotics officers set up surveillance on the Bi-Lo Market, and minutes later, a blue Dodge pickup occupied by two females was observed to pull into the gas pumps,” the release said.

Narcotics officers approached the two females, and informed both about why they were there.54b3ef9d0f11f_image

As officers were speaking with Goins, she was seen to drop two small zip-lock plastic bags onto the ground, the release said.

Both bags were determined to contain a rock-like substance believed to be approximately three grams of meth, the release said.

Goins and Hileman were placed in custody and taken to the Hawkins County Jail. While there, Goins was also found to be concealing a yellow tablet believed to be hydrocodone, the release said.

Goins and Hileman were processed into the Hawkins County Jail on the charges filed against them.








A Rome woman remained in jail Sunday after being accused of having meth and marijuana at her home. 54b35266ce784_image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Samantha Diane Simpson, 34, 23 Stevens St., was arrested Sunday at 1:43 a.m. after police found methamphetamine, marijuana, bongs for smoking marijuana and a set of digital scales in her home.

Simpson was charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug-related objects and less than an ounce of marijuana. She remained in jail with no bond.








The female bystander stopped Marvin Walker Jr. after he allegedly got into the 25-year-old woman’s car at Eco Car Wash in Portland on Jan. 4, then chased after her as she fled with her 2-year-old son.

A wild-eyed meth-head who tried to carjack a pregnant woman at an Oregon car wash was arrested after being fought off by a Good Samaritan bystander.

Terrifying-looking Marvin Walker Jr., 55, allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat as the 25-year-old was vacuuming her vehicle at Eco Car Wash in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 4.article-carwash-0112

The terrified mom, in fear of her life, grabbed her 2-year-old son who was in the backseat and ran away, according to FOX 29.

Walker — who she said looked “like he wanted to kill somebody” — followed.

“He said, ‘Hey come back here,’ and so I just kept running and then some other girl was there,” the woman, who has not been named, told FOX 29.

Cops say that “other girl” stepped in to yell at the alleged attacker.

Walker then reportedly pushed her up against a car, demanded she give him the keys and threatened to stab her.

But the would-be hero fought him off — and did not suffer any injuries.

Police arrived and Walker was arrested and charged with robbery and coercion.

Walker has been charged with robbery and coercion.

During questioning, he confessed to using meth just two hours before the incident, reports FOX 29.

The alleged victim said it was “a blessing” that the other woman intervened.

“If she wasn’t there, I don’t know what could have happened,” she said.

“I hope he goes away for a long time. We don’t need any more people like that on the streets,” she added.








Housefirejan10damage4webA fire in a two store wood frame house in Langley Township uncovered what RCMP said was a suspected meth lab Saturday morning.

The blaze in the 22800 block of 40 Avenue caused extensive damage to the building interior.

The house appeared to be unoccupied at the time.

No injuries were reported.

Roadblocks were set up between 228 and 232 Streets on 40 Avenue for most of Saturday.








The new money will add to efforts to tamp down the spread of small operations that are already on the rise and taking a heavy toll on lives. 569542_747391-20141216_meth2

David Coffren does not associate using methamphetamine with good times.

Instead, he recalls trying to make the drug in his house and watching while the poisonous concoction started spitting sparks that ignited wherever they hit. 569542_747391-20141210_meth1

Tabitha Osnoe, 30, of Danforth in Washington County, said she got hooked on methamphetamine “real quick.” She was sentenced to prison after a meth lab was found in her home.

He thinks of his terrified mother watching as firefighters searched for his body in the burned-out shell of his mobile home.

His voice thick with emotion, he describes going down on one knee to look his 5-year-old son in the eyes, telling him that he had to go away to get help so he could be a better dad and someday they could live together again.

“We all lost everything, but I’m the only one that made that decision,” Coffren said recently during an interview at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, where he is serving an eight-year sentence.

The fire destroyed Coffren’s home in Kingfield on Feb. 8, 2012. Since then, Maine has seen a growing number of people trying to make methamphetamine at home. After finding just four labs in 2012, the state’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team – which includes drug agents and chemists with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services – responded to 16 labs in 2013 and 28 in 2014, along with seven “dump sites” where the toxic byproducts of the process were discarded.


Now the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Maine a $900,000 grant to hire four new drug agents specifically to combat the rise in methamphetamine manufacturing and the small do-it-yourself operations.

The state has created an education program for local police and firefighters so they can recognize the signs of “one pot” meth labs: tubing, camp stove fuel and lots of packs of cold medicine.

Heroin and prescription drug abuse remain Maine’s most serious drug problems, said Roy McKinney, director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The agency made 195 heroin arrests and 168 prescription drug arrests in the first 11 months of 2014. But McKinney said it is vital to invest now to keep meth use from spreading.

In many other states, police have called methamphetamine their worst drug problem. In those regions, users typically purchase high-grade crystal methamphetamine produced in sophisticated labs located primarily in Mexico.

Those are the labs that viewers of “Breaking Bad” would recognize, says Cmdr. Scott Pelletier of the MDEA’s southern division, referring to the popular television series about a New Mexico drug kingpin.

By contrast, most of the meth in Maine is produced by users combining cleaning chemicals, flammable liquid, cold medicine and battery components in a plastic soda bottle, in an operation called “shake and bake” or “one pot” methamphetamine labs.

The chemicals are dangerously unstable, and the slightest error in the mixing can lead to an intense fire.


In almost every case where Maine agents have responded to a meth manufacturing site, there are burn marks on the counter and other evidence of meth batches gone bad, Pelletier said.569542_747391-meth-house2

“I don’t think anybody has ever made it the first time correctly without having a mishap of some sort,” he said. “I’m still waiting for the fatal fire. It’s going to happen, without a doubt.”

The process itself gives off toxic fumes, coating walls and furniture and leaving behind a toxic sludge. Responding authorities have to dress in protective suits with breathing apparatus when dismantling a lab, a process that can cost $10,000 in overtime and equipment.

But for all its hazards, meth is the only hard drug that can be manufactured relatively simply, with legally obtainable components, which makes its rise more concerning.

“You have to be a genius to make Ecstasy. You don’t have to be a genius to make meth,” said Dr. Karen Simone, head of the Northern New England Poison Control Center. That makes it particularly alluring in areas with high poverty and where access to other drugs is limited and sporadic. Most of Maine’s meth arrests and lab seizures have been in northern and rural areas, in towns like Dyer Brook and Merrill in Aroostook County and Mason Township in Oxford County.

The most difficult ingredient to get is available in stores: cold medicine. Maine limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy to up to 9 grams a month and maintains an electronic registry to enforce the limit.


In Maine, the drug is rarely made to sell for money, but is instead made by users for themselves, friends and acquaintances who buy the cold medicine for the mix and are paid in meth, Pelletier said.

Tabbatha Osnoe, 30, of Danforth in Washington County, was attracted to smoking methamphetamine because she thought it wouldn’t be as bad as the opiate addiction she had overcome.

Osnoe and her boyfriend, Alan Richardson, had two sons, a 5-month-old and a 4-year-old, when the drug began to affect her life.

“It became a problem real quick. … I was watching my life go downhill but I couldn’t stop it,” she said. “In six months we had secluded ourselves from everybody.

“The drug is horrible. It makes you somebody that you’re not. I wasn’t an angry person and he wasn’t either, but we became angry people.”

On March 21, she was sleeping with her baby alongside her and woke to find the baby not breathing.

Richardson rushed the child to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Soon after, the mobile home where the family lived caught fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office concluded the fire was deliberately set, but nobody has been charged.

After the fire, investigators found meth-making equipment in the mobile home. The next day, Osnoe and Richardson were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

She was sentenced to 2½ years, Richardson to five years. Their surviving son was placed in foster care.

Osnoe says her baby had traces of methamphetamine in his system, but was told it was not enough to kill him and that his death remains a mystery.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner refused a request by the Portland Press Herald to release the baby’s autopsy report, saying the case remains under investigation by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.


The drug is notoriously difficult to overcome. Methamphetamine delivers an intense and prolonged high. Users may not sleep or eat for days.569542_747391-Fuelgenerator

The drug works by stimulating the nerves to release a massive amount of dopamine, a natural stimulant. But as with all drugs, it eventually wears off, leaving the user irritable, paranoid, exhausted, hungry – and craving more.

“You’re basically putting your body in overdrive all the time,” said Simone, the poison center doctor. “If you’re very unlucky, the first time out or early on, you could have a heart attack even if you’re young or a stroke or a dangerous increase in temperature. We tend to see that in people using chronically.”

Users can develop sores as they pick at imaginary bugs, and tooth decay as they grind their teeth. They can become psychotic. Osnoe said she would glimpse figures at the corner of her vision, hallucinations called “shadow people.”


Coffren, the correctional center inmate, had used marijuana and alcohol and many other drugs his entire adult life, but the intense, long-lasting energy burst of meth took hold the first time he used it. A friend learned about making the drug while in prison, so they tried to make it themselves.569542_747391-Gasgenerator

“The third time we tried, something went wrong,” he said. “I was in the next room. I heard them say, ‘Sparks! Sparks!’ and it was just like a cannon going off in my house. I ran in and there was fire all over the walls and the sink and the floor.” Coffren smothered the flames with baking soda.

“I said, ‘Never again.’ ” But about 20 minutes later, they were ready for another attempt. This time sparks ignited a rug and some laundry.

Coffren ran into a back room, wrapped his son, then 4 years old, in a blanket, and fled in a car as fire gutted his house.

“I felt like the lowest on the Earth driving away,” he said. “My son was totally innocent and everything he had was going up in flames because I was selfish and said, ‘I don’t care.’ ”








BANKOK:  Police have arrested seven Chiang Rai residents who are alleged to be members of a Myanmar-based drug ring and seized more than 1.1 million methamphetamine tablets.  The seven suspects were apprehended and taken to a press conference at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.thai2

Police said the seized pills belonged to the “Wiang Kaen” network which has a drug production facility in Myanmar. The gang used Loa as a transit point before smuggling the contraband into Thailand.  Police also seized three cars and nine mobile phones.

National police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said the drug squad had tracked the movements of the northern gang for two months until they arrested Jirawat Khathadhammawut, 37, who was delivering the speed pills in a pickup truck on the Dan Khun Thot-Mueang Khom Road in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Dan Khun Thot district.

Further investigation led to the arrest of the six other drug suspects Wichai Chattanartworakul, 36, Somboon Kammalamorakot, 35, Ying Sae-lee, 36, Santi Sae-lao, 28, Surin Khathadhammawut, 32, and a 17-year-old man — at a hotel in Muang district of Leoi province, where they were waiting for the ya ba pills.

Pol Lt Gen Rewat Klinkesorn, the NSB commissioner, said the group was involved in the killing of two police officers who tried to arrest those four years ago. He declined to reveal where the drug would have gone pending further investigation.









GUANGZHOU, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Police in south China’s Guangdong Province said on Monday they have seized 172 kilograms of methamphetamine and caught 16 suspects who allegedly trafficked drugs to Indonesia.

Two primary suspects, surnamed Hu and Chen, and eight others were nabbed on Nov. 11, 2014 during a police raid, said a spokesman with the public security bureau of Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong.

Police confiscated about 2 kilograms of methamphetamine, more than 1.9 million yuan (about 306,000 U.S. dollars) in drug money, and three vehicles used for drug trafficking, according to the spokesman.

Chen, from Hong Kong, confessed that he purchased more than 150 kilograms of methamphetamine from Hu and shipped it to Jakarta, Indonesia. The Jakarta police later caught several other suspects and seized the drugs on Nov. 22.

On Jan. 5, a joint operation by authorities in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Indonesia captured nine suspected drug traffickers in Indonesia and seized 862 kilograms of methamphetamine.








SAN YSIDRO, Calif.Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America’s marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.

The amount of cannabis seized by U.S. federal, state and local officers along the boundary with Mexico has fallen 37 percent since 2011, a period during which American marijuana consumers have increasingly turned to the more potent, higher-grade domestic varieties cultivated under legal and quasi-legal protections in more than two dozen U.S. states.

Made-in-the-USA marijuana is quickly displacing the cheap, seedy, hard-packed version harvested by the bushel in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains. That has prompted Mexican drug farmers to plant more opium poppies, and the sticky brown and black “tar” heroin they produce is channeled by traffickers into the U.S. communities hit hardest by prescription painkiller abuse, off­ering addicts a $10 alternative to $80-a-pill oxycodone.

“Legalization of marijuana for recreational use has given U.S. consumers access to high-quality marijuana, with genetically improved strains, grown in greenhouses,” said Raul Benitez-Manaut, a drug-war expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “That’s why the Mexican cartels are switching to heroin and meth.”

U.S. law enforcement agents seized 2,181 kilograms of heroin last year coming from Mexico, nearly three times the amount confiscated in 2009.

Heroin seizures along the U.S.-Mexico border have nearly tripled since 2009, while seizures of meth have quintupled.

Methamphetamine, too, has surged, mocking the Hollywood image of backwoods bayou labs and “Breaking Bad” chemists. The reality, according to Drug Enforcement Administration figures, is that 90 percent of the meth on U.S. streets is cooked in Mexico, where precursor chemicals are far easier to obtain.

“The days of the large-scale U.S. meth labs are pretty much gone, given how much the Mexicans have taken over production south of the border and distribution into the United States,” said Lawrence Payne, a DEA spokesman. “Their product is far superior, cheaper and more pure.”

Last year, 15,803 kilograms of the drug was seized along the border, up from 3,076 kilos in 2009.

“Criminal organizations are no longer going for bulk marijuana,” said Sidney Aki, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director here at the agency’s busiest crossing for pedestrians and passenger vehicles, just south of San Diego. “Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they’re profitable in small amounts.”

Voters in the District of Columbia and 23 U.S. states have approved marijuana for recreational or medical use, with Colorado, Washington state, Alaska and Oregon opting for full legalization. Estimates of the size of America’s marijuana harvest vary widely, and DEA officials say they do not know how quickly it may be increasing as a result of decriminalization.

Mexican cartels continue to deploy people as “mules” strapped with 50-pound marijuana backpacks to hike through the Arizona borderlands and send commercial trucks into Texas with bales of shrink-wrapped cannabis so big they need to be taken out on a forklift.

But the profitability of the marijuana trade has slumped on falling demand for Mexico’s “brick weed,” so called because it is crushed into airtight bundles for transport across the border. Drug farmers in the Sierra Madre say that they can barely make money planting mota anymore.

The cartels, and consumers, are turning away from cocaine, too. Last year, U.S. agents confiscated 11,917 kilograms of cocaine along the Mexico border, down from 27,444 kilos in 2011.

This reflects lower demand for the drug in the United States, experts say, as well as a cartel business preference for heroin and meth. Those two substances can be cheaply produced in Mexico, unlike cocaine, which is far pricier, and therefore riskier, because it must be smuggled from South America.

The Sinaloa cartel, considered Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organization despite the capture last February of leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, remains the dominant criminal power along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Its territory spans the entire western half of the U.S.-Mexico boundary, from Ciudad Juarez, opposite El Paso, to Tijuana, on the Pacific Coast.

At harvest time, the cartel’s middlemen make their rounds to remote Sierra Madre stream valleys in pickup trucks and four-wheelers, armed with guns and cash. They buy sticky balls of raw opium from hardscrabble farmers and deliver them to crude heroin kitchens that prepare the drug for shipment. The U.S. interstate highway system is less than a day’s drive away.

Heroin and meth are far easier to transport and conceal than marijuana. Especially worrisome to U.S. officials is a growing trend of more border-crossing pedestrians carrying the drugs strapped under their clothing or hidden in body cavities.

“The criminals are trying to blend in among the legitimate travelers, who are 99 percent of the individuals crossing through here,” said Aki, the San Ysidro port director. “That’s the hard part for us.”

At the San Ysidro crossing, soon to expand to 35 lanes, U.S. agents with drug-sniffing dogs and foot-long screwdrivers weave among the lines of cars that back up into Mexico.

Agents say the screwdrivers, some so old their handles are worn to a nub, are their most valuable investigative tool. Agents knock them against tires and gas tanks for a quick sonic impression.

“If you tap a tank with something solid inside, there’s a thud,” one inspector said. “It’s like hitting concrete.”

Harder to detect are “deep-concealed” drugs buried in fake engine cylinders, dashboard panels, even acid-proof capsules inside car batteries. One vehicle seized here last year carried liquid meth in its windshield-wiper reservoir.

Finding small packages in the river of cars and trucks coming across is akin to a game of “Where’s Waldo?” for U.S. inspectors. Vehicles that arouse the suspicions of border agents or get their dogs barking and lunging are sent to a secondary inspection station with giant X-ray machines and larger teams of screwdriver-wielding inspectors.

If drugs don’t appear, the agents may drive the vehicles into garages to open their engines, pry apart interior panels and search for any signs of suspicious alterations. Traffickers will sometimes mist decoy vehicles with marijuana oil or resin to provoke the dogs and draw agents into a fruitless search.

“It’s like a fish fry,” Aki said. “The fish is gone, but the scent is still there.”

With the dogs and agents tied up inspecting the decoys, the traffickers may try sneaking meth and heroin through.

In recent years, Mexican cartels also have begun producing higher-value “white” heroin, typically associated with traffickers from Colombia or Asia, according to DEA officials.

“The Mexicans are evolving in their production abilities and getting more sophisticated,” said Payne, the DEA spokesman. “It’s not just black tar anymore.”

Colombian and Caribbean traffickers once controlled heroin distribution east of the Mississippi River, but Mexican criminal groups now dominate the entire North American market, he said.

The United States has an estimated 600,000 heroin users, Payne said — a threefold increase in the past five years. But that number is dwarfed by the estimated 10 million Americans who abuse prescription painkillers.

Those addicts are the prime target for the booming heroin business. A U.S. crackdown on prescription opiates has driven up the price for drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet, enticing desperate addicts to switch to cheap heroin to fend off withdrawal symptoms.

The profile of U.S. heroin addiction is also changing, said Phil Herschman, chief clinical officer with the CRC Health Group, which operates 170 treatment centers in 30 U.S. states.

“Now, we’re seeing housewives coming in who had been addicted to Vicodin for two or three years before switching to heroin, or adolescents who got hooked by snorting it, thinking it was safe, only to end up injecting themselves,” he said.

“You can’t even begin to measure how it tears families apart,” he added. “It’s devastating.”









“THEY’RE SCRATCHING THEMSELVES, there’s big scabs all over them. It’s like it’s eating them from the inside out.”

That’s how one drug user described crystal meth – saying it was the worst drug he had ever seen.

Speaking on RTÉ, he said,  ”People are only on it a week or two and you can see it in their appearance.



Source: Faces of Meth



“They’re paranoid 24/7, they think people are after them, looking for things that aren’t there. It’s crazy.

“It’s starting to take a hold and when it does Dublin is going to be ruined because of it.”

Crystal methamphetamine is a powerful synthetic stimulant which is highly addictive. It can be smoked in a glass pipe, injected, snorted or swallowed.

A senior source at the Revenue’s Customs Service told that, “There has been a significant increase in the number of investigations into crystal meth traffickers in the past year.”

‘Breaking Bad hits Lucan’

As far back as 2012 experienced drug worker Father Peter McVerry said the drug was readily available in Ballymun, Dublin.

Crystal meth has ravaged whole communities in the US and the same is happening in Ireland.


crystal-methHow one woman changed dramatically after 10 years on crystal meth. She has since passed away. (Image: Don Hankins/Flickr)

A spate of crystal meth related crimes in Lucan caused one Councilor to say that Breaking Bad has hit the area.

Fine Gael’s William Lavelle said that gardaí had come across six cases involving people who had taken the drug in the space of just two weeks.

Forget ‘Breaking Bad’… this is a highly dangerous drug and can lead to severe violence by users not to mention the catastrophic health impacts.

Making people violent’

Drugs service Coolmine Clinic told that while it’s not seeing an increase in the numbers of clients entering with crystal meth addictions – there seems to be a problem with another synthetic drug, very similar to crystal meth in its presentation, called PVP.

Gardai have also arrested several people in recent months for dealing in PVP.

Meanwhile Brother Kevin Crowley from the Capuchin Day Centre said this week that a new drug is making some users at the centre very violent and that extra security had to be brought in recently.

It’s believed that a synthetic substance called MDPV is the cause of the violent behavior.

Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project Tony Duffin told that many people are buying both PVP and MDPV thinking it’s crystal meth.

“The street name for it is ice- people think they’re buying meth but almost certainly it’s not.”

He said that the increase in these types of drugs started happening around September:

This is definitely an issue on the streets of Dublin and around the country but certainly in Dublin- we are dealing with it on a daily basis.

“For the people we work with who use more than one drug- that’s the wider issue – they are the people who have the biggest problems and we need more treatment options for them.”









Marijuana, pills and alcohol may have been staples of wild teen parties in the past, but more and more, students are using heroin and methamphetamine, an undercover Newport Beach police detective told members of the Corona del Mar High School PTA at a meeting Wednesday.

“In the past few years, especially here and in other affluent communities, there’s a pretty disturbing trend,” said the officer, whose name is being withheld at the department’s request to protect his anonymity. “There’s a trend from marijuana. Now we’re seeing a lot of people getting into heroin — black tar heroin — as young as junior high. They get hooked at 15 or 16 years old, and it’s a lifelong struggle to stay off.”

The officer, along with school resource officer Vlad Anderson and a drug-addiction expert, spoke to about 40 members of the PTA at the group’s first meeting of the new year.

The undercover officer demonstrated how someone would heat a piece of foil, with heroin on top, to create smoke that can be inhaled, often through an empty pen cartridge.

“Kids shouldn’t be carrying around foil,” he said. “And if they are, they’re probably not making a sandwich.”

If the foil has black marks, smoke stains or a vinegar smell, the officer said, it could indicate drug use.

Anderson said he knew of one young adult who died in the past year in Newport Coast of a drug overdose. Officers did not provide information about drug use on the Corona del Mar High School campus specifically but said drugs are a countywide problem.

Police try to identify and arrest dealers, the undercover officer said, but arrests don’t eliminate the problems.

“We never can really stem the flow,” he said. “If there’s a demand, there always will be a supply.”

Meth, he said, also is a problem, with some users taking both narcotics.

Anderson also set up a display showing different drugs and paraphernalia, as well as antiseptic wipes for PTA members to use if they touched the display.








“I worked with narcotics back in the late ’80s, and there are families I’ve arrested for three generations for hard drugs,” says Sheriff Tom Allman.

“We have third-generation methamphetamine inmates in our jail, people who have never in their lives experienced, in a family situation, getting up in the morning, taking a shower, putting on clean clothes, going to school or to work, coming home, not getting drunk or high, getting a good night’s sleep and doing it all over again the next day,”

According to a Jan. 5 report by the Drug Enforcement Administration, a record amount of methamphetamine was seized on the U.S-Mexico border in 2014, where more of it is now being produced.

Because of the difficulty to obtain the needed chemicals in the United States, 90 percent is coming from across the border where it is cheaper and easier to make.

“The Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, head DEA special agent in San Diego.

“While some people would say it’s good that all these drugs are being confiscated, I believe that must mean there’s more being brought over and a lot more getting through,” says Allman.

There’s been an increase of marijuana being traded for methamphetamine; it’s called trading green for white, and the price for the hard drug is one-third of what it used to be.

Ten years ago, a pound of methamphetamine sold for $10,000; now it’s $3500. An increased supply leads to an increased demand and the necessity for fewer middlemen further drives down the price.

In 2012, law enforcement made 282 arrests under Health and Safety Code 11377, possession or sales of methamphetamine; in 2013 there were 329 arrests (almost one a day); and in 2014 there were 295.

“Back in the ’80s and ’90s, we had meth labs in the States. One year we had 20 in the county; now we might have two a year. With the finished product coming from Mexico, we have more meth than previously,” says Allman.

“With its smell, a meth lab is relatively easy to investigate; now we don’t have that; we have the finished product, no smell, with a much higher, almost pharmaceutical quality. Methamphetamine has a 90 percent addiction rate, almost as high as heroin and cigarettes,” says Allman.

California voters passed Prop. 47-Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, reducing the penalty for certain non-serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

“It’s antithetical to its title. When our deputies catch someone with meth or heroin, unless it’s for possession for sale, they now get a ticket; they don’t go to jail; it’s no longer a felony but a misdemeanor.

“It will be no surprise when we see an increase of property crimes, of domestic violence and assaults, all three closely associated with the use of methamphetamines,” he says.

He has talked with District Attorney Dave Eyster more about this issue in the last four weeks than any other topic. Seven people were recently released back to Mendocino County from state prison because of Prop 47. “They were home in time for Christmas,” he says.

He has seen more than 20 people released from jail because of the proposition, and many of them were returned to jail in the last 60 days for property damages.

It takes away law enforcement’s ability to mandate offenders into drug courts, very successful programs for individuals and families that have improved lives and helped people maintain a lifestyle of sobriety for years, Allman says.

He has attended many drug court graduations and has seen men and women who had lost custody of their children, with no visitation rights, been retrained as adults to be good citizens and better parents. “It’s taken away our ability to change those lives for the better,” he says.

“People, of course, have a choice to use drugs for the rest of their lives if they want, but when it begins to have an impact on the community’s quality of life, then law enforcement gets involved, whether for domestic violence or for working on a car on their front lawn 24 hours a day. The drug is called speed because that’s what it does, it speeds you up.

“History will prove whether Prop. 47 was the correct measure to pass; my prediction is we will need to correct it after we start seeing the statistics.”

Although domestic violence is not solely drug related—high unemployment and cabin fever are contributing factors—he knows of no substance abuse issues that do not have a negative impact on children.

When law enforcement goes on a call for a situation with hard drugs, Child Protective Services is called in immediately with a priority to protect children. “While some people may stand up and say drugs are a victimless crime, I would challenge that when it involves kids.

“There are the hardened cops who have seen everything; I have witnessed them taken to tears when they see a baby without diapers on a dirty floor. Methamphetamine psychosis is a true disease; there are people whose brains have been changed permanently because of long-term drug use.”

To those who wonder what he’s going to do about this, Allman says, “If we decriminalize hard drugs, then we are pretending there’s no problem. I hope some young kid who is going through school comes up with a solution. Prop. 47 isn’t going to get us closer to the solution. Is that going to help put diapers on those babies?

“Drug arrests will go down, but there will be an increase of property crimes, domestic violence and assaults. Rehabilitation centers both nationally and statewide are full, and sending someone against their will is like swimming upstream, yet we can’t ignore the effect of drug addiction on the quality of life for families and community members.

“The good news is there are police officers and deputies who have not thrown up their hands and walked; they continue to issue citations. There are judges who understand and are trying to help break the cycle.”

Allman gives high praise to those volunteers from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous who bring meetings into the jail on a regular basis, in the evenings and on weekends.

The best anti-meth advocates are people who used to be addicts, those I met when I worked undercover, people who have walked the walk and are now talking the talk.”

His number one advice for those getting off drugs is to get a new circle of friends and find a support group that believes in abstinence.

“It’s a societal problem, and the Sheriff’s Office is not going to solve drug use and domestic violence. We have to push education, offer decent paying jobs and reward good behavior. You have to put prayer in there, as well,” he says.

Although methamphetamine has had horrible consequences on Native American communities throughout the county, in talking with tribal leaders, Allman says they have approached the problem with unique solutions, including restorative justice, peer pressure and working with elders, offering tools that are not available to those who do not live in such close knit communities.

There are inmates in the jail who get up in the morning, shower, get dressed and go to work, who are taught it is perfectly normal to work to support their families. They have maintained jobs outside of jail and are now citizens who are paying taxes, no longer a burden on society.

“When that happens, it’s time to hold up your hands and say touchdown,” Allman says.

“Working with the Probation Department, the Buddy Eller Center, Ford Street, the courts, we are treating people as individuals, not booking numbers. We as a society need to expand services for these people.

“Society mandates certain types of fire engines, building inspectors and permits; we have no mandates on mental health crisis workers, on recovery, on drug rehabilitation. We need to find a way to do it cheaper or expend more tax dollars and foundation money. It’s expensive but how do you measure that, on the human side, in terms of domestic violence?”








An Atlanta woman is facing charges of drug trafficking after authorities seized three ounces of methamphetamine during a traffic stop early Friday.

According to Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. James Yarbrough, Deputy Shane Warren noticed a Lincoln Town Car driving through Moreland without functioning tail lights and randomly pulling in and out of various driveways.1meth

Upon talking to the driver, Carol Hoffman Gaddy, 49, Warren discovered she is currently on parole for drug and fraud charges. During a search of her car, Warren discovered three ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one ounce of marijuana, 18 Xanax pills and $4,700 in a container hidden under her floorboard.

Warren notified the Crime Suppression Unit at the sheriff’s office and Investigator Edwin Rivera took over the investigation. Gaddy was charged with one count of trafficking, possession of marijuana, possession of Xanax, defective equipment, and failure to maintain lane.








Four people were arrested Thursday night after allegedly operating a meth lab in the garage of home where three children lived in Butler County.

A search warrant was carried out at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday after an anonymous tip led undercover agents to the home in the 5800 block of Layhigh Road in Morgan Township.

635564034377877650-DSCN1666“This illegal make-shift laboratory looked like something out of a movie,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in a release. “It’s not a secret how dangerous the components to make drugs are, houses have exploded and people have died over this kind of malicious stupidity.”

In the home, police found chemicals and supplies to make methamphetamine, guns, and other drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

The three children found in the home were removed by Butler County Children Services.

“The chemicals used to make these dangerous drugs are extremely toxic and children should be nowhere near them,” Butler County Lt. Lance Bunnel said in a release.

“These kids were placed in absolute serious danger because of these senseless criminals,” Jones added. “… agents of the Sheriff’s Office and Children Services did a great job stopping this illegal operation before something bad happened.”



The case is still under investigation with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office B.U.R.N. Undercover Region Narcotics Taskforce.


  • Paul Ritter, 47 – charged with first-degree drug manufacturing and second-degree possession of drugs
  • John Ritter, 50 – charged with fifth-degree possession of drugs
  • Linda Ritter, 57 – charged with permitting drug use
  • Ammy Bingle, 38 – charged with three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment