In an exclusive interview with The News Herald, Andre Underwood – shackled and dressed in the orange jumpsuit of high-priority inmates – said he strangled his fiancee, Tawanna James, to death after multiple occasions where he suspected infidelity.

PANAMA CITY — Infidelity and deceit led Andre Underwood to strangle his fiancée to death, he said in an interview Monday afternoon.

Underwood, 24, was arrested Monday morning on an open count of murder in connection with the incident. Panama City Police reported finding his 37-year-old fiancée, Tawanna James, unresponsive at tgheayheyeaerabout 2:30 a.m. that morning in the couple’s Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard home. Underwood was being held Monday night at the Bay County Jail, awaiting his first appearance in court on the charge.

In an interview with The News Herald, Underwood — shackled and dressed in the orange jumpsuit of high-priority inmates — said he strangled James to death after multiple occasions in which he suspected infidelity. He said the series of incidents culminated with his hands around her throat in their living room.

“She passed out three times,” Underwood said. “I thought she was dead, but then she would take a deep breath into her lungs. I had to choke her until she stopped.”

Both James and Underwood are from Enterprise, Alabama, and had been living in Panama City for about a year. They’d only recently moved into the home at 722½ MLK Jr. Blvd., where police would arrive Monday morning to find James not breathing in the living room.

Underwood had called them to report the incident moments earlier; however, he said he waited more than an hour before alerting the authorities to James’ body.

Over the past few days, Underwood said he noticed changes in James’ behavior. She had been staying out late and coming home intoxicated and “smelling like sex,” Underwood said.

The night of her death, Underwood said, the two had smoked crack cocaine before James left the home. While she was gone, Underwood smoked synthetic marijuana to calm down. Later in the night, he saw James walking in their neighborhood with a man, which led to Underwood slapping James across the face.

Back at their home, as James packed her belongings to leave, she told Underwood she was leaving because she didn’t feel safe.

“I said, ‘You’re not going nowhere,’ ” Underwood said. “That’s the moment I knew I was about to try to kill her. She laughed, so I grabbed her by the neck and rushed her into the bathroom.”

After a scuffle in the bathroom, during which James pleaded for her life, the altercation spilled into the living room. Once there, Underwood gave James an ultimatum to either kill him or he would kill her.

“She said no, so I said, ‘You got to die,’ ” Underwood said, “because one of us has got to die.”

After strangling James, Underwood walked to a local bar and sat there for about an hour. He came home and smoked some “ice” methamphetamine and two cigarettes before calling the police. He waived the officers down in the roadway and then showed them James’ lifeless body.

“What pushed me over the edge was the lies and lack of communication,” Underwood said. “The cheating I could deal with, but can’t deal with lying.”

Underwood said that, despite the two knowing each for years in Alabama and living together in Panama City, he felt no remorse.

“I don’t regret anything,” he added. “I don’t give a (expletive) if I get executed. You’d be doing me a favor to end all this suffering. When someone has been living my life, they wouldn’t care either.”


FAYETTE COUNTY, TEXAS – Two men have been arrested after Fayette County deputies found approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine in their vehicle that was hidden in fire extinguishers.fcso-1028-meth-bust2_1477935258376_6680372_ver1_0

The sheriff’s office said Vidal Rodriguez, 24, and David Sanchez, 23, were stopped around 2 p.m. Oct. 28 near the 658 mile marker of Interstate 10. Rodriguez consented to have the vehicle searched, and the narcotics canine unit helped locate the extinguishers.

Rodriguez and Sanchez were arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance charges. The street value of the meth was approximately $1 million.

The sheriff’s office in July seized approximately 30 pounds of meth that was also hidden in fire extinguishers.


The plague of Methamphetamine addiction

Posted: 1st November 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

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In the scene called “The Meeting of the Five Families” in the movie “The Godfather,” Marlon Brando’s character Don Vito Corleone explains to the other mafia bosses why he is against the proposal to go into the illegal drug business.

“When, when did I ever refuse an accommodation?” the don says. “When did I ever refuse, except one time? And why? Because I believe this drug business is gonna destroy us in the years to come.”

Sometime in the middle of the scene, we see Giuseppe Zaluchi, one of the five mafia bosses, stand up and exclaim how he has struggled to keep his caporegimes and underlings from going into the drug business but that they could not resist the tenfold profits from the drugs trade.

“The Godfather” is one of my all-time favorite movies. Although it probably does not have the most realistic portrayal of the mafia, it did underscore a reality that the immense profits from drugs is simply too tempting for the mob to pass up. Had Don Corleone insisted on keeping his organization away from the drug business, his own capos and associates would have turned against him and eliminated him. His partners and associates can’t say he didn’t warn them – that the drug business is going to destroy them in the years to come.

Illegal drugs, especially the methamphetamine kind locally known as shabu, prey on our basic human weakness: for the peddlers, the allure of easy money, and for the users, the need for instant pleasure. You need not be a person lacking in self-control or a person with a dysfunctional background in order to be lured into drug addiction. I’ve seen educated workers, professionals, those with decent family backgrounds fall into this death trap. In most cases, you need only to be with the wrong peers at the wrong time.

I’ve been meaning to write about the scourge of illegal drugs. In these “days of the dead” (October 31-November 2), now is my chance. No, this has nothing to do with the current administration’s bloody war against drugs. My reason is more personal.

I lost a cousin to shabu addiction. I almost lost a good friend to the same drug. His tooth had already shown signs of decay, and his promising post-college life was similarly going toward the same fate, when he finally decided to leave the country and migrate to the United States. Then there’s the doting father of five beautiful and wonderful kids who almost lost his job at a BPO company after testing positive of shabu during a surprise company drug test. I’ve also heard personal stories of brothers or sisters in the profession who are into meth too.

According to, methamphetamine (meth) is a powerfully addictive stimulant that drastically alters the central nervous system. The drug is popular because it is relatively easy to produce and is cheaper compared to other drugs like cocaine and heroin. Ingestion of the drug results in the release of very high levels of dopamine in the brain. All this dopamine makes the user feel an extra sense of pleasure that can last all day.

But the long-term effects can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels throughout the body, including the heart and brain. Scientists don’t know yet if the damage to the brain is permanent or not. Studies have shown that even three years after meth addicts quit, their dopamine neurons were still damaged.

Thus, I can compare meth addicts to “walkers” or the zombies in the popular Fox series “The Walking Dead.” Their brains are too fried up to think like normal humans. But unlike the zombies in the TV series, there is still hope for meth users to recover their life. But that hope for recovery is very slim.

My appeal to people, especially the youth: Never fall into the death trap of meth use. Please, please run away from friends who offer the drug to you.


NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Officers with Customs and Border Protection arrested two men for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the U.S., one hid the drugs in his SUV, while the other used tortillas.

Yes, you read that right, tortillas.  12336270_g

The two were arrested in two separate smuggling attempts.  On Friday, Oct. 28 the first man, a resident of Nogales, AZ attempted to smuggle three pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. via the Morley Pedestrian crossing in Nogales.  CBP pulled him aside for further inspection after a canine alerted to the possibility of drugs.  Officers searched the man and found the drugs inside stacks of hollowed out tortillas.

The second man, a resident of Sonora, Mexico attempted to smuggle nearly $78,000 in methamphetamine across the border using his SUV on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Dennis DeConcini crossing.

CBP seized all drugs and the SUV involved and turned the suspects over to  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for further processing.


JAKARTA: Indonesian police believe they have crippled an international syndicate that uses mineral water bottles to smuggle in drugs into the republic.

The modus operandi of the syndicate was uncovered by authorities following the arrest of five members of the syndicate including a Malaysian woman at 51477968356_bottledwaterSoekarno-Hatta International Airport on Oct 13 and oct 14.

Online media quoted Soekarno-Hatta International Airport deputy police chief Risnanto as saying that a Malaysian woman had been detained by Customs authorities on Oct 13 after she was observed to be acting in a suspicious manner.

He said an inspection on the woman’s baggage found two bottles of mineral water packed neatly in a box. A test on the mineral water revealed that it contained 3.160 kg of liquid methamphetamine.

The next day after the arrest of the Malaysian woman, police and Customs detained two Indonesian women who had just landed at the same airport from Hongkong and seized 12 mineral bottles that were neatly packed in a box.

A test on the water in the 12 bottles found that it contained 18.9 kg of liquid methamphetamine.

Each bottle could fill 1.5 litres of mineral water and if the liquid methamphetamine in all 14 bottles is heated, it can produce syabu powder weighing 22kg, according to Risnanto.

He said the two other syndicate members who police subsequently detained were a Pakistani and an Indonesian who acted as receiver and handler respectively, at the airport.

All five have been remanded pending prosecution under Indonesia’s drug law which carries the death sentence.

On Friday, two Malaysians – a university student and a sports official were detained at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali after being found with 100 pills of synthetic drug and more than 70g of cannabis.

The Indonesian government is going all out to combat the drug menace after President Joko Widodo declared the republic as in state of emergency against drugs.


LOEI – Soldiers seized 2.7 million methamphetamine pills which were delivered across the Mekong River to Pak Chom district on Monday night.

Lt Withaya Sing-on, commander of Ranger Company 2013, said an army patrol from the Surasak Montree Force was deployed along the bank of the Mekong River near Ban Khok Wao in tambon Hat Khamphi on Monday night after a tip off a large amount of methamphetamine pills would be brought across the river to the village.

Late that night the soldiers saw three men walk down to the river bank from a white Toyota pickup and return to the vehicle, each carrying a sack.

The soldiers identified themselves and called on the men to stop for a search. The men dropped the sacks and ran away.

The soldiers examined the river bank and found 13 more sacks. The sacks contained 1,350 packages containing in total about 2.7 million methamphetamine pills, which were later handed over to Pak Chom police, he said.

Pak Chom police were investigating.


Most know the adverse effects of methamphetamine use: memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior, malnutrition and severe dental problems.

Dr. Sasikanth Adigopula wants to get the word out about yet another one: methamphetamine poisons the heart.

The drug can make the muscle weak, robbing a patient’s energy — in some cases leaving a patient so short of breath they can’t work.

It may sound like common sense, but Adigopula’s study found most users didn’t know.

“What was striking to me was there did not seem to be much of an awareness” about the relationship between meth use and the weakening of the heart, Adigopula said.

Starting in July 2015, as a cardiologist and assistant professor at Loma Linda University Medical School, Adigopula was assigned to direct the heart failure program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

In this county hospital setting, Adigopula was surprised see such a large number of his patients with serious heart issues who were also methamphetamine users.

“Methamphetamine use seemed to be a way of life for some of them,” said Adigopula, who has patients at the ARMC clinic, including meth users in their 60s and 70s.

This disconnect about meth and the heart led Adigopula to assemble a team to conduct what he says is the “world’s largest” research project, based on the relationship between meth use and cardiomyopathy, or a weakened heart muscle.

“The association has been suspected for years, but there has been no big clinical study showing this,” he said.

The Adigopula team study looked at 590 ARMC patients between 18 and 50 years old who were diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. These patients had been seen at ARMC between 2008 to 2012.

Of those, 223, or 37.8 percent, had a history of methamphetamine use. The study ruled out coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and other causes of the cardiomyopathy, Adigopula said.

The study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology in August, found that those patients with history of methamphetamine use tended to have the most severe forms of cardiomyopathy.

In the study, 40 percent of the men with cardiomyopathy were using meth as were 35 percent of the women.

Men accounted for a little more than 62 percent of the study group.

Among ethnic lines, 41 percent were Hispanic, nearly 28 percent were African-American, and nearly 26 percent were Caucasian.


A woman coming out of a Denny’s bathroom was arrested early Sunday morning after police say a syringe of methamphetamine was found in her bag.

Myrtle Beach police were called to the 800 S. Kings Hwy. restaurant shortly after 1 a.m. for a narcotics complaint.christianjessicab

A customer told an on-site security officer that she saw a woman “shooting up drugs” in the bathroom, according to an incident report. The customer pointed out 36-year-old Jessica Barrett Christian of Myrtle Beach as the suspect when she stepped out of the restroom.

The security guard detained Christian and searched her bag. “Once he found a needle containing a dark substance, he contacted the police department,” Officer N. Tramontozzi noted in his report.

Once on scene, police asked Christian what the substance was in the syringe and she said it was meth, the report stated.

Police said that Christian admitted meth was her drug of choice and that she had been using it for roughly three months.

Tramontozzi found a small clear plastic bag containing “crystal like substances” inside Christian’s satchel during a search prior to her arrest, the report stated. The substance tested positive for meth.

Christian was charged with possession of methamphetamine.



GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A Dudley man is facing gun and methamphetamine charges following an investigation by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Larry Pierce announced.

Dennis Allen Anderson, 63, of the 4300 block of U.S. Highway 117, has been charged with possession of aukdctukdtiduir firearm by felon, possession with intent to sell/distribute methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest and charges come following an investigation into the purchase and sale of narcotics involving Anderson that began on Sept. 20.

On Oct. 7, authorities obtained a search warrant for Anderson’s residence. During the search, two firearms and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were found. Anderson was also found to be in possession of 7.6 grams of methamphetamine at the time of the search, authorities said.

Arrest warrants were then secured by the sheriff’s office and Anderson was arrested and charged.

He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail under an $18,000 secured bond.



EDINBORO — Pennsylvania State Police troopers searching for a Springfield Township man wanted on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab in September said they found him, and others, in a Washington Township motel room where a suspected methamphetamine lab was discovered in the bathroom.

A 4-year-old girl was also found in the motel room, investigators said Monday.

Taken into custody and charged by state police Saturday were William J. Lahnan, 30, whom the troopers were looking for; Erika S. Mininger, 27, of Girard Township; and Shelby R. Humes, 24, of Franklin Township. They face charges including possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present, risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of children.

Lahnan and Mininger were each placed in the Erie County Prison on $25,000 bond following their arraignments by Millcreek Township District Judge Paul Manzi on Saturday afternoon. Humes was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Police charge in the affidavit of probable cause filed with each of the criminal complaints that state police Troop E headquarters in Lawrence Park Township received an anonymous call Saturday from someone who reported that Lahnan, who was wanted by police, was staying in a room at The Wooden Nickel Cloverleaf Motel on Route 6N in Washington Township. Police checked with another source and confirmed that Lahnan was renting the room, according to the affidavit.

Lahnan was wanted by state police in Girard on charges including operating a methamphetamine for another incident that occurred on Sept. 5, according to court documents.

Troopers obtained a room key and entered the motel room where Lahnan was believed to be staying and found him, Humes and the young girl. While troopers were taking Lahnan into custody Mininger opened the bathroom door and was told to exit the room, and when she did a trooper spotted a suspected methamphetamine lab on the floor, according to the affidavit.

The child was placed in the custody of the Erie County Office of Children and Youth and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to troopers.

Investigators said they found a quantity of suspected methamphetamine on Lahnan and drug paraphernalia on Mininger. A vehicle was also searched and more drug paraphernalia, and a rifle that troopers learned was purchased by Lahnan, was found inside, according to the affidavit. Lahnan is prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior felony conviction, investigators wrote in the affidavit.


The biggest barriers to methamphetamine users seeking treatment are embarrassment or stigma, belief that help is not needed, preferring to withdraw without help and privacy concerns, according to a new study.

The research, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, was led by Craig Cumming, from The University of Western Australia’s School of Population Health, with researchers from the University of Melbourne and National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University.1280px-crystal_meth

It is being presented today at the APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drugs Conference in Sydney.

The research team reviewed 11 studies carried out in five countries – Australia, US, UK, South Africa and China – and analysed the prevalence of barriers to treatment.

Methamphetamine use is linked to a range of poor health, social and justice outcomes in many parts of the world. Recent increases in methamphetamine use and supply have led to concern for authorities around the world.

Cumming says the benefits of treatment for substance abuse far outweigh the costs when compared to improvements in health, social and justice outcomes and related economic costs.

He says social stigma and shame/embarrassment associated with accessing treatment could be exacerbated by media campaigns that sensationalised the negative health, social and criminal issues associated with methamphetamine use and could be more likely to stigmatise, rather than help users.

Advertising campaigns that use shock or fear tactics with the aim of changing behaviour need to emphasise the treatment options available in order to be effective.

“What our study shows is that any kind of intervention that encourages users to seek treatment needs to target these major barriers and particularly those that address and reduce the stigma associated with meth use,” he says.

“Meth users often also experience mental health problems so there also needs to be greater integration between alcohol and other drug support and mental health services.”




Meth users too embarrassed to seek help


Forget Islamic terrorists.
The likelihood of a foreign terrorist killing you is almost nil.
You’re far more likely to be killed by lightning, a heart attack, cancer, the flu, Alzheimer’s, an infection, Parkinson’s, or a car crash than by terrorism.
Or maybe you’ll die from a self-induced drug overdose, or at the hands of an angry lover, or mad neighbor.
America is gripped in a frenzy of fear right now with a fear of terrorism far out of proportion to reality.
But if you want to see what you should really be afraid of, look in the crime and court pages of this newspaper. A rising tide of drug abuse — much of it prescription drugs and meth — is swamping local law enforcement and court officials.

Once thought of as the bane of urban cities, serious drug abuse has been sweeping suburban and rural communities over the last decade. Meth has been a major part of that, but so has the abuse of opium drugs.
On an individual basis, that abuse is bad enough. But it’s larger than the individual.
Many of those hooked on drugs can’t get jobs because they can’t pass a drug test. Their lack of resources affects their children, too, who often struggle in school and who are in danger of continuing the cycle of drug abuse as they become adults.
And drug abuse is all too often part and parcel to physical abuse within homes and families. Often, those involved in domestic fights have been drinking too much or abusing drugs.
In the larger picture, this abuse is also destroying some rural communities across the nation.
Rural areas have been struggling for years as its younger generations move to jobs in cities. That leaves behind empty school buildings and decaying downtowns as the population drops.
In addition, many areas have seen a decline in manufacturing jobs as our economic system moves away from industrial manufacturing toward an information and technology based economy.
That has left many rural areas with shuttered factories and a population that lacks the resources to transition into that new economy.
Some cite that economic change and the stress it brings as the underpinning of the drug abuse epidemic in rural areas. Maybe, but there’s more going on than just economic dislocation.
The basic idea of “community” that has been so much a part of rural America is itself fraying. That’s apparent in the overall vulgarity of our culture and how that is expressed in everything from music to politics.
For too many people, the concept of “community” has gone from one of geography to that of the dark isolationism found in social media. It’s easier to have online “friends” than the real thing.
Perhaps all of those things have unmoored rural America from its traditional roots. Personal aimlessness seems to be part and parcel to the drug abuse epidemic. Work is replaced with welfare, accountability replaced with neglect.
Back when much of America looked at drug abuse as mostly an inner city problem in the black community, the cry was “law and order.” Many Americans, especially white citizens, just wanted to lock up the city crackheads, most of whom were black.
But now that the meth and opium epidemic has spread to rural white America, the focus has changed. The call to “lock them up” has faded as white Americans see drug abuse in their own neighborhoods and families.
The result is that many rural communities have created local drug courts that seek counseling rather than prison for drug abusers. It’s easy to call for prison when the problem is somewhere else, but more difficult when it’s in your own backyard.
Still, many rural communities don’t have the resources to deal with the onslaught of drug addiction, family violence, the neglect of children and accidental drug overdoses. In many cases, rural law enforcement, DFACS, schools and courts just can’t keep up.
This is a national problem, but the answers won’t come from Washington. At its core, this is a local problem and demands local solutions.
We can’t lock up everyone who is addicted to meth or prescription pills — the direct cost is far more than any community could afford.
But the indirect cost of doing nothing is even worse.
There is a crisis in rural and suburban America today and it has nothing to do with terrorism or politics. A new drug culture has emerged and it is tearing both families and communities apart all across rural and exurban America.
We ignore it at our own peril.

Mike Buffington is co-publisher of Mainstreet Newspapers, Inc. He can be reached at

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat US Treasury Dept Oct 27, 2016

US Treasury Dept Sanctions Individuals Supporting Powerful Mexico – Based Drug Cartels

Action Targets Nine Individuals Tied to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO)

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned nine Mexican individuals linked to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and its img_1391close ally, the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), which were initially sanctioned on April 8, 2015. The nine individuals are designated as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for providing material assistance to the drug trafficking activities of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes (a.k.a. “Mencho”) and his brother-in-law, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, the respective leaders of CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO. As a result of today’s action, any assets these individuals may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

“Today’s action strikes at the inner circles of CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO by targeting the complicit family members of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes and Abigael Gonzalez Valencia and other key players in their drug trafficking operations,” said John E. Smith, Acting Director of OFAC. “We will continue to work closely with the Mexican private sector in our efforts to expose, isolate, and disrupt the finances of Mexican cartels.”

The Treasury Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division worked closely in order to execute today’s action.

“These designations mark another significant blow to the financiers of CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO,” said Steve Comer, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division. “Such efforts reflect the brilliant partnership between DEA Los Angeles and OFAC as we target two of the most prolific and violent drug trafficking organizations in the World.”

Antonio Oseguera Cervantes (Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes’ brother) and Julio Alberto Castillo Rodriguez (Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes’ son-in-law) are among the individuals designated today. Both individuals provided material support to the narcotics trafficking activities of CJNG. Antonio Oseguera Cervantes and Julio Alberto Castillo Rodriguez were arrested in Mexico in December 2015 and April 2016, respectively. In addition, Antonio Oseguera Cervantes served a prison sentence in the United States following a 1996 arrest on heroin charges before being deported to Mexico and reengaging in drug trafficking activity.

Five siblings of Abigael Gonzalez Valencia – Arnulfo, Edgar Eden, Elvis, Marisa Ivette, and Noemi Gonzalez Valencia – are designated for providing material support to the narcotics trafficking activities of the Los Cuinis DTO. Elvis Gonzalez Valencia was arrested in Mexico in January 2016.

Two additional individuals are designated today for supporting the trafficking activities of CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO. Fabian Felipe Vera Lopez provided material support to the narcotics trafficking activities of the Los Cuinis DTO and served a prison sentence in the United States following a 1996 arrest on methamphetamine charges. Maria Teresa Quintana Navarro is a Guadalajara-based attorney who provided material support to the drug trafficking activities of both CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO.

In previous actions targeting CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO, OFAC designated multiple Mexican companies, including Hotelito Desconocido, a luxury boutique hotel that Mexican authorities seized on the same day it was designated. However, other designated entities, such as the shopping centers Plaza Los Tules in Zapopan, Jalisco and Xaman Ha Center in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, continue to operate.

In March 2014, based on an investigation led by the Los Angeles Field Division of the DEA, a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia indicted Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes and Abigael Gonzalez Valencia on several narcotics-related charges, including being the principal leaders of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise. Gonzalez Valencia was captured by Mexican authorities in late February 2015, but Oseguera Cervantes remains a fugitive.

Since June 2000, more than 1,900 entities and individuals have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

Borderland Beat Reporter yaqui


Posted by Chuck B Almada, Republished from a Business Insider article

Written by Christopher Woody October 21, 2016
The grisly accounting continues in Mexico, as homicides hit a new high for the year in September — the third month in a row in to lodge such a record.
Nationwide, there were 2,187 homicide victims in September, exceeding the 2,155 of August and the 2,098 recorded in July. July was the first time the number of homicide victims was over 2,000 since the government began releasing that statistic at the start of 2014.
The number of homicide cases — a data point the Mexican government has released since 1997 — were 1,974 in September, which was a high for this year and the most registered since May 2012, meaning those 1,974 cases are the most recorded in a month since current President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in December 2012.
The number of homicide victims in September was a 37% increase over the number in September 2015, 1,599, and the total number of homicides recorded in the first nine months of this year, 16,747, was a 20% increase over those in the first nine months of last year, 13,938, Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope noted on Twitter.
“Measured by daily average, September 2016 was the month with most preliminary investigations for intentional homicide since June of 2011,” Hope said. 2011 and 2012 were the tail end of a period of violence that lashed Mexico starting around 2009, a few years after then-President Felipe Calderon deployed troops throughout the country to fight drug cartels.

“Let me put it this way: there were more homicides [in September 2016] than in 11 of 12 months of 2012 and in 9 of 12 in 2011,” Hope added.

The 16,747 homicide victims recorded nationwide through the first nine months of this year put the country on pace to vastly exceed the 18,673 registered through all of 2015 and the 17,324 the country saw in all of 2014, returning to homicide levels not seen since 2011.

The ongoing spike in homicides is largely driven by increasing violence among organized-crime groups involved in the drug trade.

In the parts of Mexico where these groups are active, the number of killing vastly outstrips more placid parts of the country.

Mexico state, which wraps around Mexico City like a horseshoe, saw the most homicides in September, 185, though as Mexico’s most populated state, with 16 million people, its homicide rates are typically high.

Southwest Mexico, however, has been a focal point of organized-crime-related violence.
Guerrero state saw 170 homicides. That number was down significantly from the 217 the state had in August, but it was still the second most in the country last month. Guerrero is home to extensive marijuana and opium cultivation, and its location on the coast and near the country’s center has made it prize territory for traffickers.

It’s thought regional groups, including the Guerreros Unidos gang involved in the disappearance of 43 students in September 2014, are vying for control of the state’s eastern highlands, while other gangs and major cartel groups like the Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG) are battling for control of Acapulco, a once idyllic resort city on the Pacific coast that is now one of the most violent cities in the world.
Michoacan, in southwest Mexico, saw 164 homicides last month, the second most in the state so far this year. Michoacan has long been a hotspot for cartel activity.
The brutal reign of the Knights Templar cartel sparked a popular uprising around 2014, with citizen-formed auto defensas, or self-defense groups, rising up.
That uprising, coupled with a heavy federal response, undermined the Knights Templar, but since then other groups, including the ascendant CJNG, have moved in.
In recent weeks, clashes in the state have intensified, particularly in the state’s central Tierra Caliente region, as remnants of the Knight Templar, elements of the CJNG, state security forces, and others clash. A government helicopter was shot down in September.
Jalisco state, just north of Michoacan, saw 123 homicides in September, its second most this year. The state is thought to be the home turf of the CJNG, but that group has clashed with the dominant Sinaloa cartel there.



In September, it’s believed that CJNG gunmen abducted at least one of incarcerated Sinaloa kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sons.
He was released five days later, but the incident has brought the Sinaloa-CJNG competition to the fore, and Sinaloa state, farther north of Jalisco, has seen more killings and fighting between state security forces and cartel gunmen in the weeks since.
The most shocking spike in killings has come in Colima, one of Mexico’s smallest states by size and population.
Nestled between Jalisco and Michoacan, Colima is home to the port of Manzanillo and is strategically valuable to any cartel trying to move product in and out of Mexico.
Colima saw 48 homicides this September, more than double the 23 it had last September and 24 times the two killings it had in September 2014.
The state’s homicide rate so far this year, 58.99 per 100,000 people, is nearly five times the national average of 12.43.
The rising violence has also affected areas savaged by drug-related violence between 2009 and 2012.
Chihuahua, which borders the US and is home to Ciudad Juarez, saw its highest number of homicides so far this year in September, with 143.
This has likely been driven by violence in Ciudad Juarez, a city of some 1.3 million people and


through which highly lucrative trafficking routes pass.
Increased fighting in and around the city appears to be driven by instability within the Sinaloa cartel since Guzmán was recaptured in January as well as the reemergence of the Juarez cartel, which Guzmán’s organization defeated in 2012.
The 2009 to 2012 period when the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels fought over the city made it the most violent city in the world, with more than 3,000 homicides three years in a row.
Farther west, in Baja California’s Tijuana, which is also a valuable trafficking transit point, low-level
fighting between the Sinaloa cartel and the CJNG cartel have pushed up homicide levels too.
The state as a whole saw 139 killings last month, the most this year. Tijuana itself had 80 homicides in September, the most this year as well.
This isn’t to say that all of Mexico has been swept by killings.
Nayarit, tucked between Jalisco and Sinaloa on the west coast, has only had 31 killings this year.
Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico has only seen 32, and Yucatán, Mexico’s far eastern state on the Gulf of Mexico, has had just 37 killings.
States like Querétaro and Tlaxcala, which both border Hidalgo, and Campeche, which neighbors Yucatán, have had single-digit monthly homicide totals for much of this year.
In response to elevated crime levels, the Peña Nieto government said earlier this year that it would send federal police and soldiers to intervene in the 50 municipalities that had 42% of the country’s homicides.
The criteria used to structure this deployment likely left out many areas with serious crime problems, Hope argued in September.
This kind of intervention also mirrors past responses to crime, such as Calderon’s massive deployment in 2007, to which several years of brutal, nationwide violence has been attributed.
“The security policy continues suffering from a deficit of imagination,” Hope wrote in Mexican newspaper El Universal in early September. “While that doesn’t change, we are going to continue reporting frightening numbers.”

A 26-year-old Hastings woman has been accused of intending to distribute methamphetamine in Adams County Court.

Kristine A. Roettger of 304 S. Rhode Island was charged Oct. 3 with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a Class 1D felony punishable by three to 50 years in prison.

Roettger was arrested on the charge Oct. 20 and had an initial appearance in Adams County Court on the charge. A further hearing was scheduled for Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.

According to the arrest affidavit, Roettger was the passenger in a vehicle stopped by police on April 15 in the 900 block of West J Street.

During the stop, officers saw a pipe that appeared to have been used for drugs and obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and contents.

Inside a plastic bag at Roettger’s feet, they found a blue pencil case that contained 13.08 grams of meth and two hypodermic needles.

Given the quantity of the drugs and the way it was packaged in four smaller bags, officers believe the meth was intended for sale.


A staggering increase in the amount of methamphetamine being seized at New Zealand’s borders.

Figures released to Newstalk ZB under the Official Information Act show the quantity of the drug being intercepted by Customs has increased more than 35 times in the past few years.

In 2009, a little under 10 kilograms of the class A drugs were seized.

But up until the end of August this year, more than 357 kilograms was stopped at the border by Customs officials.

That’s a street value of more than $357 million.

353 out of the 357 kilograms was intercepted in Auckland.

Drug Foundation CEO Ross Bell said the surge can be put down to a flexible drug market.

“Increasingly we’re seeing a move away from methamphetamine being manufactured in New Zealand…a few years ago we saw ingredients for methamphetamine coming across the border,” he said.

Addiction Treatment National Committee Chair Dr Vanessa Caldwell said the surge in seizures isn’t being felt on the streets.

“Certainly the communities are telling us that it’s easy to get on the streets and it’s very prevalent.”

There’s still some getting through.”

Interceptions of ingredients for methamphetamine drop

While methamphetamine interceptions have skyrocketed, the amount of P ingredients being found has dropped.

In 2009, more than a tonne of pseudoephedrine was stopped by Customs. So far in 2016, just over three and half kilos has been found.

But seizures of ephedrine, another ingredient for the manufacture of P, has risen. In 2009, almost 96 kilos of the product was stopped.

This year, that leaps to more than 760 kilograms. And in 2015, more than 900 kilograms was seized.

Staff numbers drop

In the same period, from 2009 to 2016, the number of operational Customs staff has dropped from 572 to 501.

The majority of those 71 losses were in Auckland, where 53 people lost their jobs.

Ross Bell said the reduction is probably down to better technology.

“New screening devices at the border, better intelligence gathering, they know now what to look for in the mail.”


Cassidy McDonald is the 2016 win-a-trip winner. This month she traveled with Nicholas Kristof through Arkansas and Oklahoma to report on domestic poverty.

Too often, we talk about Native American oppression in the past tense. The Trail of Tears, genocide and forced adoption are part of our history, but inequality is still present today, made clear when examining how drug addiction plays out in Native American communities.28kristof_blog-blog480

In Tulsa, Okla., I met a woman named Dah-Day-We Warrior, a Ponca Native American who grew up in White Eagle, a nearby town.

At 23, Warrior has five children and is on her second round of rehab for a methamphetamine addiction. When she left rehab for the first time last year, she said she moved home — and immediately relapsed.

“Drugs were around me every day,” Warrior said, adding that family members have also dealt with meth addictions. “My mom was my main supporter, but also the one I relapsed with,” Warrior said.

Nationally, Native Americans have the highest rates of meth use of any ethnic group, according to the Department of Justice. In Warrior’s town, meth is a major problem.

Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate and founder of the Center for Native American Youth, discovered the horrific reality of the Native American drug problem over the course of his career. “The meth use is devastatingly addictive and very often meth is produced in very rural areas, abandoned places,” he said.

American Indian communities face many of the same risks as other rural areas but have the added burden of historical trauma, including relocation, forced separation of families and compulsory cultural assimilation.

“Does that have some impact on the population? Of course it does. Damn right it does,” Senator Dorgan said. “There is more vulnerability in a Native community because of all the other issues.”

Warrior will graduate in November from her 90-day rehab program at the Tulsa Women and Children’s Center, which provides substance abuse treatment for pregnant or parenting women. She believes she’ll be able to stay clean — as long as she doesn’t go home to White Eagle. “I can go back, I just don’t think I am strong enough,” she said.

Drugs haven’t always been pervasive in Native culture. Jake Roberts, director of behavioral health, substance abuse and suicide prevention for the Ponca tribe, said the tribe’s prevention services focus on returning kids to the traditional Ponca culture. “It provides the young ones with a sense of identity,” he said.

But funding is scarce. So instead of a return to traditional culture, young people like Warrior want out — for themselves, and for their children.

Warrior believes White Eagle’s drug problem stems from a lack of opportunity. “’Cause it’s a little town,” she said. “Nobody can get a job because almost everybody is a felon.”

Research suggests Warrior is right — unemployment may lead to increased substance abuse.

For Warrior, drugs began as a career. At 14, she became unexpectedly pregnant, so she dropped out of school and started dealing drugs to make money. She began with cocaine and marijuana, and eventually moved to meth.

It wasn’t until she was 16, in a moment of despair, that she began using the drugs she sold. She’d just become friends with her biological father, whom she’d never known. She had a turbulent childhood, and had pinned her hopes on him. But then, he committed suicide.

“Why, God?” she remembers thinking. “I’m just getting to know my dad.”

In anguish, she soothed herself with what she had laying around the house.

Her addiction spiraled. A year later, Indian Child Welfare took away her oldest two children. She smoked so much meth on her 18th birthday that she went to the hospital, where doctors found a kidney infection. In 2012, her grandmother — her main caregiver and only sober supporter — died at age 57. Warrior was crushed, and descended further: she started shooting up with needles.

Warrior was briefly jailed for felony drug possession charge, but is now in rehab with all five of her children. The Tulsa Women’s and Children’s Center aims to keep families intact. There Warrior goes through drug treatment and learns parenting skills; her kids receive counseling.

The day before I visited, the family had therapy and the kids “drew their feelings.” Warrior’s oldest daughter, age eight, drew a picture of boys at school pushing her down and making fun of her. Warrior immediately understood what her daughter was trying to tell her. She held her and didn’t let go.

Warrior said that if she were still on meth, she wouldn’t have done that. “I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t found this place,” she said.

“I’m just trying to prove to them that I’m still here. I’m back, and I’m ready to be there for them.”


Avoiding drugs in the world today is a hard thing.  We see it in our bars, clubs, homes, and are offered it in broad daylight on our streets.  We have friends that do some hard core stuff which we may like or it may lead to the ending of those friendships. I’ve said adios to some friendships before because of their drug use and some because of their abuse. It’s a tough choice to make.

Not talking about drug use in our community is not the answer. We need individuals to tell us their stories, instead of just NO.  We need people to be open about their experiences and let us know the choices they made and the choices they are making.screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-1-19-53-pm

Thanks Skippy for the following interview with  The following are the questions he was asked and some of the responses. for the full article, head over to their site.

Skippy Baxter is a Melbourne-based porn star who has starred in over 30 films for well-known Australian and American porn companies like Bentley Race, Raging Stallion, Falcon, Hot House and He spoke to the Star Observer about his battle with crystal meth addiction.



Tell us a little about yourself?

I used to be pediatric nurse and did that for about two and a half years. Before that I was just a regular nurse. Recently I quit that and I’ve been working in bars and cafes for the past ten months, but currently out of work.

This year I did a couple of porn movies overseas, but I’ve put that on hold while I get my shit together.

You recently revealed your meth struggle on Facebook. How did that start?

It started probably about two and a half years ago when I was at a sex party and some guys were doing it. They asked if I wanted to slam some meth, and I said ‘what is that?’

They said, ‘well you inject it.’ I said, ‘sorry no, it’s not for me’ but they talked me into it – they said ‘if you don’t like it, you don’t ever have to do it again, it’s just a once off thing. Just see if you like it.’

I tried it and it was probably the best experience I’ve ever had, it was incredible the feeling but the comedown was just horrific and they didn’t explain to me what that would mean and I swore I’d never touch it again.

How long were you doing it before you realized you had a problem?

I realized I had a problem about three or four months ago I was using it every day. I wasn’t using it for the normal sexual encounters, it was more of an escaping every day life and I needed it to function really so that’s when I knew I had a big problem.

I kind of fell into a blackhole and didn’t really know how to get out of it, …

Have you relapsed since then?

You said you put your porn career on hold – it hasn’t contributed to it at all?

No, no, interestingly enough it never came into play. I was always quite professional, I never used drugs before a shoot or weeks and weeks before a shoot because part of my contract was I had to have a body that was not smaller than when they signed me up.

I had to maintain it so it never came into play. But when I came back (to Australia), it did. I got straight back into getting high and sex parties and all that stuff.

And now I’m noticing it’s everywhere, six months ago it wasn’t. But now everybody is doing pnp and getting high and having sex.

You think it’s getting worse?

Definitely, it’s definitely getting worse. And not just in Australia, it’s even overseas. My partner was saying everywhere he was there was all PnP stuff, all these parties going on. He said it would be hard for me if I went overseas because it’s everywhere.

Do you think it’s possible for some people to use it without it becoming a problem?

I don’t have an addictive personality, but I think if you’re using it a couple of times – it depends how you use it too, if you inject it you’re more likely to get addicted than puff. I’ve known guys who have puffed for years but can go months and months and months. It depends on the person, and the reason why you’re using it.

Do you still think meth about a lot?

I think about the negative impact it has on my life. Whenever I think I wanna use, I think about when my partner (fellow porn star Rogan Richards) found me at a sex party high as a kite, and the look on his face – it was something I had never seen before, it was very heartbreaking. And I think about how it hurt my family and how I have no friends anymore. And I’m pretty much known in the Melbourne gay scene as a druggy. I just think of that stuff and it stops me from using really.



Thanks again Skippy for being so open.  For the full story, head oer to  Yes, this not just an issue for porn stars, Australians, it is everywhere.  And there is help out there, too.  We do not recommend any one service over another, but they are out there, in your town, state, nation.  Here is one in the United States.   If they cannot help you, maybe they have ties to resources in your community.



Virginia Lyn Anderson finally began standing trial Friday in connection with a suspected DUI crash that killed 27-year-old motorcyclist Hayley Riggins in 2014.r0017082594-690187

Anderson’s trial got underway after a seven-woman, five-man jury was chosen to decide her case after nearly a week-long jury selection process.r0017084103-684449

Longtime truck driver Mikel Murphy witnessed the fatal crash from the cab of his large 18-wheel sand and gravel truck. He testified he saw Anderson blow through a red light at Placer Street and Buenaventura Boulevard on April 24, 2014.

“She kept on going through,” he said, noting he viewed the crash from his truck’s large windshield, which he likened as a “big screen TV.” “I was thinking to myself, ‘where are you going?'”

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Laura Smith said Anderson was driving under the influence of methamphetamine and other drugs when she ran a red-turn arrow at the intersection and turned directly into the path of Riggins, riding southbound on her motorcycle.

Despite wearing a helmet, Riggins, the mother of a then 1-year-old daughter, Kadence, suffered traumatic head injuries and died April 30, 2014, after being taken off life support without regaining consciousness.


Murphy, the first prosecution witness to take the stand, said he was driving behind Anderson when he saw her enter the intersection against a red light.

“I’m sure the light was red,” he said. “It was already red when she began to go through.”

Murphy said Riggins tried to avoid the collision but hit the back of Anderson’s white 1990 Honda Accord.

“She went flying through the air and ended up in the middle of the intersection,” said Murphy, who drives for Axner Excavating Inc., and has been a truck driver for more than 40 years.

During opening statements, Senior Deputy Public Defender Ashley Jones, representing Anderson with Senior Deputy Public Defender Stacey Madsen, cautioned jurors about rushing to judgment and to first hear all the evidence before making up their minds.r0017084111-646221

And, she said, there have been unreliable statements made regarding the crash and that police performed a flawed investigation, saying they “rushed, ignored and lost certain pieces of evidence.”

She said she is also planning to call an accident reconstruction expert to the witness stand to refute prosecution claims that Anderson is at fault for the accident.

Redding Police have said Anderson, an unlicensed driver whose criminal history includes a 1996 arrest for methamphetamine possession, admitted using methamphetamine and other drugs before the crash.

She faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of the charges against her.


CLARKSTON, WA – Bond was set at $30,000 for a 31-year-old woman accused of bringing large amounts of methamphetamine into the Lewis-Clark Valley from the Yakima area.  Monica J. Shaw was arrested by the Quad Cities Drug Task Force near 15th Street and Highland Avenue at about 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday.  She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.600600p1352ednmainmonicajshaw102816bedit

“Detectives have recently heard from several sources in the area that Shaw is trafficking large amounts of Methamphetamine.  We have heard from numerous sources Shaw is picking up more than a pound of Methamphetamine twice a week from [an] Hispanic source of supply out of Yakima,” a detective states in the court document.

A confidential informant reportedly told investigators that Shaw allegedly picks up two pounds of methamphetamine twice a week from her source, the affidavit says.

On Tuesday, Shaw allegedly went to Yakima and detectives began surveillance of the residence she resides at in the 1100 block of 16th Street in Clarkston.  They obtained a search warrant and as they were getting ready to serve it, Shaw left her residence.  An officer stopped her vehicle and it was searched.

“In Shaw’s wallet was small zip locks with prescription pills inside (oxycontin and oxycodone, hydrocodone, lorazapam).  I asked Shaw about the pills and [she] said they were her prescription pills but did not have a prescription bottle for them,” the detective states in the affidavit.

“In a purse behind the driver’s back seat I located a small carrying hand bag containing what appeared to be and later field tested positive for methamphetamine (108.6 grams),” the affidavit adds.

Meanwhile, when detectives searched the home, they allegedly discovered “a small amount of methamphetamine, a used methamphetamine pipe, packaging material, digital scale, and a large sum of money hidden in a wall safe,” according to the affidavit.


PADUCAH, KY – Two women have been charged with drug trafficking after Paducah police say a large amount of heroin and methamphetamine was found in their car.

Police say the women were pulled over in response to a report by another driver that a vehicle was seen driving recklessly on Interstate 24 near Exit 4 in Paducah. 12303613_g

Police say the driver, 48-year-old Terry Stone of Clarkson, Kentucky, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She and her passenger, 39-year-old Nancy Stamper of Lexington, were arrested and the car was searched.

In the car, police say they found more than 2 pounds of heroin and more than 3 pounds of meth. Investigators say they believe the two women were on their way to eastern Kentucky when they were stopped and arrested.

Stone was charged with first degree trafficking of heroin on the second or greater offense, first degree trafficking of methamphetamine, importing heroin and first degree possession of cocaine. Stamper was charged with first degree trafficking heroin on the second or greater offense, first degree trafficking methamphetamine and first degree possession of cocaine.

The two women were jailed in the McCracken County Regional Jail and have since been released on bond. The police department says it delayed announcing the arrests to the public because of the investigation regarding the drugs that were found.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A routine traffic stop on Briley Parkway led to the seizure of 13 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

The traffic stop occurred on Wednesday just after 1 p.m. when an officer stopped a Cadillac CTS because the brake light was not working.amber-gooden

Authorities say the driver, 36-year-old Amber Gooden, was not willing to answer questions, which promoted the officer to use his canine to check the car.

The dog reportedly found a drug odor and a subsequent search revealed six bags of methamphetamine, weighing 2.2 pounds each, inside a gym bag on the floorboard.gooden-case-meth

After officials obtained a search warrant of the home, they reportedly discovered six pounds of marijuana and a stolen pistol.

Gooden has been charged with possessing methamphetamine for resale. She is being held in the Metro jail on a $100,000 bond.




Traffic stop on Briley Parkway leads to seizure of 13 lbs of meth


JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro woman found black clothing, a black BB gun and thousands of dollars worth of meth Thursday when she picked up a towed vehicle.

The vehicle, that belonged to her daughter, had been towed during her arrest on October 18.

When the mother went to pick up the car, she found a black handbag with clothing in it, a black BB gun with black electrical tape wrapped around the handle and 67.9 grams of meth.

According to Jonesboro police, the meth was valued at approximately $6,000.

The items were logged into evidence. No word on if the woman’s daughter will face any additional charges.


Sixty-three pounds of methamphetamine, two pistols and nearly $40,000 in cash were seized in an interagency drug raid, according to officials.

The Clackamas County Interagency Task Force and Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice 636132690820434636-methgunscash1Division joined forces to investigate a drug trafficking organization operating out of three apartment units in the River Run Apartments complex on Risley Avenue in Gladstone, officials said.

The methamphetamine seizure conducted Wednesday, Oct. 12, which Clackamas County Sheriff’s said was one of the largest methamphetamine seizures on record in the county, was estimated to have a street value of $500,000.

Raul Villanueva-Sosa, 32 and Jose Nataren-Duarte, 32, were arrested on two charges of possession of a controlled substance and two charges of distribution of a controlled substance.


The two men have bails set at $1 million. They are currently being held in Clackamas County.

The Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force is comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement officials aiming to reduce illegal drugs and drug-related crime.

The task force is funded by Oregon’s  High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program grants. The program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, designates 28 areas as critical drug-trafficking regions throughout the United States.

Clackamas County is considered to be a high intensity drug trafficking area. Nearby Marion, Wasco, Jefferson, Washington and Multnomah counties are also considered to be high intensity drug trafficking areas, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

To send tips regarding drug trafficking activities or to learn more about the Clackamas County Task Force, visit 


TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. — Nine people are arrested after a methamphetamine bust in Tipton County. The investigation by the sheriff’s office began earlier this month.

Deputies said they were tipped off by a member of the community that the suspects were selling crystal meth at various locations including a hotel and an apartment one block away from the sheriff’s office.haehtethtr

Surveillance was conducted near the locations. Deputies caught some of the suspects through traffic stops. In one case, two young children were in the car. Deputies said Child Protective Services was called to assist.

Inside the apartment, deputies found crystal meth, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

“We see heroin, but meth seems to be our drug of choice for people in this county,” said Tipton County Sheriff’s Deputy, Joe Farinella.

The pure crystal meth form is making a resurgence in many communities like Tipton County.

“We call it “Cartel-meth“, coming from Mexico or any of these big labs. you can tell a big difference in the two of them, because the one-pot meth is just a white powder, kinda sticky and then the what I call the “Cartel-meth” is more of a crystal,” Farinella explained.

He said one reason for the popularity could be because of new state laws, making it more difficult and more expensive for drug dealers to get their hands on pseudophedrine. Instead of producing meth in the “one-pot” format, dealers are getting pure crystal meth from suppliers.

The bust is one of the largest the county has seen in recent years. Right now, there are 13 deputies in the sheriff’s department, 12 officers with the Tipton City Police Department, and a few town marshals. The sheriff’s department doesn’t have a drug unit. Farinella said with very little resources, they have the police department and prosecutors office to thank for their help.

“Nine people for a community the size that we are, and a department the size that we are, I would say that’s very substantial,” Farinella said.

The following people were arrested in the drug bust:

  • Shane Turner, 29, Tipton – 2 counts of possession of methamphetamine, intimidation on a law enforcement officer, 2 counts of resisting law enforcement, and disorderly conduct.
  • Jason Noble, 29, Elwood- possession of methamphetamine.
  • Marcus Mitchell, 25, Canton, Ohio- possession of marijuana.
  • Andrew Vanhorn, 28, Tipton- 2 counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine, and maintaining a common nuisance.
  • Nora Thrush-Lee, 37, Cicero- possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, 2 counts of neglect of a dependent, and possession or marijuana.
  • Megan Egle, 29, Tipton -3 counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a syringe.
  • Tyler Isenhower, 21, Tipton- dealing methamphetamine and dealing in a look-a-like substance.
  • Kacey Rodaruck – possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a syringe.
  • Kacy Horton- possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies said this investigation is ongoing. They encourage members of the community to give tips by calling 765-675-0788.



Nine arrested after meth bust in Tipton County