SARASOTA — Detectives intercepted almost two pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $80,000 on the street, seized more than $5,300 in cash and made three arrests, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.1bGcLC_AuSt_69

Timothy Matthews, 46, on Thursday was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance (Dilaudid), possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance (morphine) possession of a controlled substance (Clonazepam) and violation of probation.


Jack Courtney, 24, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Kayla Masek, 23, was charged with being principal to trafficking in methamphetamine and principal to possession of cannabis with intent to sell.

Detectives were able to make the interception on Thursday after learning a package of methamphetamine was being delivered to an unknown location in Venice, according to a news release. The delivery address was determined to be in the 400 block of Briarwood Road.

When detectives executed a search warrant at the home they located a package containing 457 grams of methamphetamine and 451 grams of cannabis, the report said. Detectives also found smaller quantities of methamphetamine and prescription medication in the house.


After learning there were more drugs at a storage facility in Sarasota, detectives seized an additional 361 grams of methamphetamine.

All three have been arrested multiple times in Sarasota County.

Courtney is on probation under the Department of Corrections for a battery conviction.

Matthews is a violent felony offender and was on probation under the Department of Corrections for a possession of a firearm and/or ammunition conviction.

This investigation is still ongoing and there are additional charges pending.






FAIRBANKS — A North Pole woman faces 11 criminal charges after she allegedly passed out in her car in front of Chena Hot Springs Gas on Monday morning.

Carey Lynn Benson, 39, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with license revoked or suspended, second-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree weapons misconduct, fourth-degree weapons misconduct, fifth-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, three counts of violating conditions of release and improper use of evidence of registration after the gas station clerk called troopers to report a woman passed out in a 1996 Monte Carlo.

Troopers found Benson asleep behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition but the engine off, according to charging documents. Troopers knocked on the window for more than two minutes, but Benson would not wake up. Troopers entered the vehicle to ensure Benson was not having a medical emergency. When she woke up, Benson said she didn’t know where she was or how she got there. Troopers found a pistol in a holster Benson wore on her calf. A second pistol was subsequently found in her possession.

Benson repeatedly fell asleep as she was being driven to jail, prompting troopers to pull over and check on her because she was slumped over. At one point, she woke up and didn’t know she was in a police car and did not understand why she was being arrested, according to charging documents.

The store clerk told troopers Benson drove into the parking lot between 5:05 and 5:10 a.m. The clerk said Benson drove in the wrong lane when pulling in and she never got out of the car. The clerk watched Benson through the glass and saw her head nodding before she passed out. The clerk called troopers about an hour after Benson arrived at the gas station.

A search of Benson’s car and belongings was conducted based on the fact that Benson was violating the conditions of release for several previous cases.

A metal box containing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana was found in Benson’s purse. Benson’s breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.00.

A drug recognition expert determined Benson was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and a central nervous system stimulant and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The vehicle registration tabs on Benson’s license plates were found to be for a 1997 green Dodge, not the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving.

Benson’s conditions of release stem from a previous drugs misconduct charge and a DUI.

The drugs in Benson’s purse were weighed and found to total 9.5 grams of heroin, 2 grams of methamphetamine and 7.5 grams of marijuana. A digital scale and more than 100 small plastic baggies were also found.






The city hopes to shut down a northwest Dallas dance club after 15 people were indicted last week on selling drugs there and two teenage patrons died from overdoses.

In their request for an injunction, city attorneys say those deaths sparked a five-month investigation at Jaguars all-nude club and Eternal Eden, an 18-and-up after-hours dance club inside the strip club.

“Undercover detectives found that Jaguars was actively marketing to the youngest possible club goers,” the city said in court documents filed Wednesday in Dallas County, “and deliberately promoting a club environment where illegal drugs were sold and used openly and blatantly throughout the night.”

The city wants Jaguars, off Stemmons Freeway and Royal Lane, classified as a “common nuisance” and closed for a year, the maximum time allowed under the state’s health and safety code.

On Monday, the city revoked Jaguars’ sexually oriented business license. The club’s owners and attorney have 10 days to appeal.

Attempts to reach Jaguars’ attorney, Roger Albright, were unsuccessful.

The city alleges that drugs sold at Jaguars and Eternal Eden have been linked to the deaths of two teenagers.

KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported in September that 19-year-old Brittany Nemeth of White Settlement overdosed on methamphetamine and ecstasy after a night out with friends at Jaguars. The city didn’t identify the other overdose victim.

Last week, a federal drug investigation linked to the club resulted in the indictment of 15 people, including 23-year-old Hunter Lee Foster, the boyfriend of missing Fort Worth woman Christina Morris.

City attorneys say undercover detectives “easily and routinely” bought cocaine, methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana and ecstasy 51 times since July at Jaguars.

Most of those arrested and indicted are in their late teens and 20s and were either “VIP customers or Jaguar employees,” according to the city’s complaint.

An injunction hearing is expected to take place early in the new year.









DOBSON, N.C. — The Surry County Sheriff’s Office found a methamphetamine lab in a home in the Copeland community.

When officers entered the home  located at 139 Coachlight Lane, they found three people cooking a batch of methamphetamine.meth-heads1

Brian Regn, 59, the homeowner, Jack Jackson Jr., 35, of Mount Airy, and Megan Barrier, 20, of Cana, Va., were arrested  while officers searched the home.

Officers found 1,176 grams of methamphetamine, chemicals used to produce the drug, plastic containers used for the cooking process, smoking devices and hypodermic needles.

All three face methamphetamine related charges. Regn and Jackson are being held on $750,000 bond and Barrier is being held on a $5,000 bond.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Team was called in to assist with collecting evidence from the home.








SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is in custody following a methamphetamine bust in Surry County.methlady

Melissa Atkins Meredith, 39, of Dobson, faces several drug charges as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Meredith after an investigation into methamphetamine sales in the Dobson area.

Officers uncovered methamphetamine purchases from Meredith at her residence in the 100 block of King Fisher Way.

Prior to her arrest, narcotics officers searched Meredith’s residence and located a .22 caliber rifle, a small quantity of methamphetamine, various types of pills, digital scales, packaging material, smoking pipes and hypodermic needles.

Meredith was placed under a $150,000 secured bond.








Boise patrol officers noticed two vehicles suspiciously parked in a North End elementary school parking lot around 4 a.m. Wednesday and ended up arresting a 39-year-old Boise woman on methamphetamine and paraphernalia charges, police reported Thursday.1sNSWl_AuHeEm_36

Danielle A. Harrison, 39, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony meth possession charge and misdemeanor paraphernalia possession. She remained in jail Thursday evening.

When Boise Police officers checked on the suspicious vehicles early Wednesday, they saw two people outside of the vehicles, police said. As they approached, officers observed items commonly used to consume meth inside a vehicle that was later identified as Harrison’s. A police drug-detecting dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle and, upon searching the car, officers found a hypodermic needle with liquid inside that tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Investigators also found a hollowed-out pen and tinfoil allegedly used for smoking meth, as well as a plastic spoon allegedly used to inject meth.










KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man was indicted Thursday on a federal charge of transporting approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Armondo Medina Gomez, 29, North Hollywood, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

A criminal complaint filed in the case alleges that on Dec. 16, 2014, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped a 2004 Ford on Interstate 70 near mile post 198 in Russell County, Kan.

With the help of a dog trained to detect drugs, investigators found approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire in the vehicle.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.








A wealthy businessman who chained up a woman in his “dungeon” and forced her to perform sex acts has been jailed for 15 years.

The 56-year-old was found guilty at trial of 15 sex and drug charges, some of which came from providing methamphetamine to underage girls in return for sexual services.

At Auckland District Court today, Judge Russell Collins jailed imposed the lengthy jail term along with a minimum non-parole period of eight years.

The judge said he was “far from convinced” about the defendant’s prospects of rehabilitation, who was deemed a high risk of reoffending by probation.

“I don’t see them as high at all. There’s no indication whatsoever of remorse,” Judge Collins said.

The man stood trial with a 20-year-old female co-accused who was also found guilty of four counts relating to providing the businessman with young girls for his sexual gratification.

The court heard how she would attract the drug-addicted teen victims to his plush inner-city apartment with the promise of methamphetamine.

“He used his position of authority, money and sense of entitlement to lead a hedonistic lifestyle, preying on young people who were living vulnerable lives in Auckland city,” Crown prosecutor Jo Murdoch said.

The most serious case saw a woman in her 20s picked up off the street by associates of the defendant.

She was taken back to his pad, into a “dungeon” where she was stripped naked and shackled to a “device” which left her incapable of resistance.

The victim was taken into a room where the defendant was forced to perform sex acts on him for what she told the jury felt like hours.

At one stage she begged him to rape her to get it over with.

“He degraded her further saying she looked beautiful when she cried,” Ms Murdoch said.

Judge Collins said her evidence during the trial was pivotal to the Crown’s case.

“Anyone who heard that testimony will never forget it,” he said.

“The more evidence she gave the more compelling it became.” The judge referred to the victim-impact statements provided to the court, the contents of which he called “predictable but disturbing”.

His lawyer Mark Ryan said his client had made a lot of progress on addressing his addiction issues since the offending.

“He’s a very astute businessman who fell from grace, like a number of people who have got involved in methamphetamine. He’s identified that and he wants to serve his sentence, do courses and then get back into the community and put something back into the community he’s taken from.” He asked the court to continue the man’s name suppression, which was granted by the judge until February.

The hearing was briefly interrupted by a woman in the public gallery who launched into an expletive-riddled rant at the judge and was removed from court.

The man’s co-defendant was due to be sentenced this afternoon but was delayed by the judge because of other outstanding charges.








SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – An investigation by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team has resulted in the arrest of eight people in Chatham County on methamphetamine related charges.

CNT agents conducted warrant searches early Wednesday morning and resulted in the arrest of eight of 10 wanted persons. Two home searches were also conducted, one on E. 38th Street and one on Sugar Mill Drive.6252130_G

Agents seized two inactive methamphetamine labs from the Sugar Mill Drive address and evidence related to previous manufacturing of methamphetamine cooks at the E. 38th Street. CNT agents also seized methamphetamine, firearms and one vehicle.

Jennifer “Chatham” Crawford, 34, Erik Hullum, 45, James Owens, 33, Christopher Spencer, 34, Melissa Velasquez, 44, Bobby Hughes, 35, Lauren Ginevan, 32 and Molly Crumpton-Pewett, all of Savannah, were arrested. CNT is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Zefani Moss, 33, Alexander Persons IV, 37. Both are wanted in connection to the investigation.

CNT believes Moss is currently in the Atlanta area and believes Persons IV to be in the Pensacola, FL area. Yesterday’s operation stems from an eight-month investigation into the organization. CNT began investigating several of the persons following information they were involved in the illegal distribution, sale, possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

On October 22, 2014, CNT executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1800 block of East 39th Street. During that search warrant, agents encountered several small children and one adult female and safely removed them. Agents found a methamphetamine lab that appeared to have been active recently and evidence that previous manufacturing had occurred inside the home.

The advanced laboratory included an air filtration system that expelled the toxic gases from the lab into the open air outside. Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, CNT determined the organization as a whole purchased or attempted to purchase well over 200 boxes of pseudoephedrine, the main precursor needed to manufacture methamphetamine.

In all, the organization obtained more than 480 grams of pseudoephedrine. Based on all information gathered, CNT determined the organization manufactured more than 436 grams of methamphetamine. That number does not include any of the methamphetamine or methamphetamine labs seized in Wednesday’s operation.

Police say they have been investigating this case since March, waiting for the right time to make their move. Wednesday they finally pulled the trigger, busting two Savannah homes where they believe people were cooking and selling meth.

Chatham-Savannah Counter narcotics team said there was evidence of methamphetamine lab at two Savannah homes. They arrested eight people including Melissa Valasquez and Christopher Spencer who lived at the home on Sugar Mill Drive. Investigators said Spencer was considered to be one of the cooks.

“But what a lot of people don’t understand is that these methamphetamine labs can essentially be condensed into the size of a two liter bottle,” said Gene Harley, CNT PIO.

Investigators say that’s exactly what they found inside outside of the house, bottles that had been thrown out in the yard.

“Any child could have walked up on it and started messing with it and could have been seriously injured or up to death as result of messing with a methamphetamine lab,” said Harley.

They don’t believe any children lived at the home on Sugar Mill Drive, but they do think children may have been exposed at the other house they raided on Wednesday.

Investigators said it’s much harder for the average person to detect meth labs these days because they are nearly odorless. So make sure you and your children know what to look for.

“Most of the time the labeling on the bottle has been striped and you’ll what’s almost like a grit type material inside the bottle with clear liquid in it,” said Harley.








IMAGINE being so high you stabbed someone and didn’t remember doing it.

Nathan Arnott doesn’t have to imagine it, he lived it. For two years of his life, the Rockhampton father danced with the devil by living a life of drug abuse, violence and crime.9-2621364-rok171214iceguy1_fct679x509x196_0_t620

Like many other Australians, Nathan was led astray at a young age and introduced to crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice.

“I grew up in one of the worst parts of Brisbane and I started doing ice when I was about 17, just every now and then,” Nathan said.

“My mate was doing it and I tried it and just got hooked. After a while I was doing it full time, 24/7. I’d go on four to five day binges and then sleep for two days.”

Nathan said after he was hooked, there was nothing he wasn’t prepared to do to get his hands on more of the addictive drug.

“With ice, I went through hell and back. I’ve played with every devil you can imagine,” Nathan said.

“I did ice for a good two years and in that time I was stealing cars and boats, breaking into houses and shops.

“I used to get into fights and I’m not like that sober. I’m a calm, laid-back person. I stabbed a guy one night and was so high I don’t recall doing it. I saw people get shot and stabbed and die in front of me.

“I went to court so many times I racked up $3500 worth of fines and ended up being on parole for two-and-a-half years.”

But after claiming to witness a mate murder someone in front of him while high, Nathan said he knew he had to break free from the chains of ice holding him down.

“The breaking point for me was when I was out with mates one night high and a fight broke out and one of my mates bludgeoned a guy in the head with a hammer and killed him. He went to jail for life,” he said.

“I went home and just told my dad everything and he said ‘That’s it, we’re moving’.

“My dad was a big support; he took me out of the crowd. I sat down and had family members crying in my arms telling me they didn’t want me to end up dead or in jail.

“I walked away from it. I moved up to Rocky with my dad and was in lockdown in my aunty’s house. I told myself I was never going to touch it again. It was a real self battle. I wasn’t allowed to leave the house or go anywhere.”

While he has been clean for nearly seven years now, Nathan said ice still haunts him and has devastated his family in the worst way.

“Two years ago my brother was stabbed nine times and murdered over a $50 ice debt,” Nathan said.

“We were introduced to ice at around the same time… I tried to get him to move with me but he said he couldn’t and he stayed in Brisbane. Realistically, he met the fate that was meant for me.

“I’ve lost mates through drug addiction. Some have over-dosed on ecstasy, other have passed away in car accidents from driving stoned. I’ve lost nine mates from drug use so far.”

With his drug abuse days well behind him now, Nathan said he was grateful for the second chance at life he was granted by reaching out for help.

“It gets hard sometimes and I sit back and realize what I’ve gone through and what I’ve got now. I could have ended up in a jail cell or lying dead next to my brother,” he said.

“I think of myself as a success story now. I have a full-time job and I’m about to relocate to Townsville to continue it. I have a wonderful fiancé who I’ve been with for four years and a beautiful daughter. Having her was a battle in itself as she was born three months early weighing just 994 g.

“At the moment I’m going through training so I can go to schools and speak to kids about drugs. I want to get the word out there that the help is there.”








MIDKIFF, W.Va. — A Lincoln County woman faces multiple charges after deputies said they found methamphetamine residue, pills and animal feces covering three floors of the home where the woman and her children sleep.zkUusL28

Jessica Dawn Gray, 42, of Midkiff is charged with child neglect resulting in risk of injury, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a felony, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and obstructing an officer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Lincoln County Magistrate Court.

Deputies said they went to a home along Court Side in Midkiff on Monday after they got a tip about children living in extremely rough conditions. Deputies said they noticed a strong odor coming from inside the home. The complaint said Gray gave deputies permission to search her home, and said she had no idea what the smell was.

Deputies said they found animal feces in the living room, kitchen and bedroom where Gray and her two children sleep. Deputies also found a trash bag with materials inside that are used to manufacture methamphetamine, including bottles with tubing, cotton balls and various plates all containing meth residue, the complaint said. They also found a Gatorade bottle along with a coffee filter that also had meth residue on it.

Gray is being held is Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.








A 30-year-old Carson City woman was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony charges related to a burglary in which jewelry was stolen and allegedly sold to a pawn shop, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Bexy Barbara Mora was arrested Tuesday, 2:12 p.m. in the 200 block of South Carson Meadows. She faces felonies charges of two counts possession of stolen property, one count obtaining money under false pretenses, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She’s being held on $73,632 bail.

Victoria Julia Mora, 37, was also arrested on felony charges of parole violation and possession of methamphetamine. There was also a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She’s being held without bail on the parole violation charge and $3,632 on the drug charges.

According to the arrest report, officers made contact with the suspects at the Carson Meadows residence after locating a vehicle that was believed to be involved with a burglary case detectives had been working on.

The women gave officers consent to search the residence. Officers found a small amount of methamphetamine and meth pipes with residue. The detective on the case concluded his investigation and charged Bexy Mora with the stolen property crimes related to a burglary and pawning the property and the drug charges. Both were taken to jail.








JACKSON— The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) has been busy lately as more and more active meth labs are being discovered around the county.

The sheriff’s office reported Wednesday morning it had responded to five methamphetamine labs in four days that had to be neutralized and disposed of. 5491f4edcf7f3_image

It all began on Saturday, Dec. 13, when a call came in at 1:16 p.m. from a male at 217 Cambrian Ave. in Jackson. The man said that as he and his wife were cleaning up trash along their fence-line, they came across a yellow bag that started smoking when they picked it up.

When a deputy arrived on scene, the homeowners said they carried the bag approximately 50 yards to put on a pile of trash they planned to burn. Because it appeared to be smoking, however, they decided to look online for a possible explanation, and realized it could be a meth lab.

Upon inspection, the deputy quickly determined the bag contained two one-pot meth labs that had to be neutralized and disposed of. The Jackson Fire Department and Jackson County EMS were also on scene. There are currently no suspects in this case.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 14, at approximately 5 p.m., a deputy responded to a call from the Wellston Police Department which had came across what it suspected were two, one pot meth labs in an old burned out home on North Wisconsin Avenue.

Those two working meth labs had to be neutralized and removed from the scene. The Wellston Fire Department was also on scene with the deputy, along with the Wellston Police Department. At this time there are no suspects in this case either.

On Monday, Dec. 15, at approximately 5:30 p.m., deputies executed a search warrant at 1098 Phillip Kuhn Road in Oak Hill. At that residence law enforcement officers discovered two active one pot meth labs and two inactive one pot meth labs in a garage. A gas generator was also sitting nearby, as were glass jars, pliers, lithium strips, Coleman fuel, and other items associated with the manufacture of meth.

Arrested at the scene was Darold Adkins, 29. He was charged with the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony.

Adkins is currently incarcerated in the Jackson County Correctional Facility, and other charges are pending.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, at approximately 8:07 a.m., deputies went to serve a felony warrant on David Canter, 27, of 473 South Gallia St. in Oak Hill. He had warrants for failure to pay child support and failure to appear.5491f4ed9364e_image

Deputies found that Canter was in the garage of the residence, but he refused to open the door and come out. Law enforcement eventually gained entry to the garage. According to reports, Canter was hiding inside a car, covered with a blanket. Some time went by, but Canter finally climbed out of the car and was arrested.

Law enforcement then found two black bags full of the chemicals and tubing used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Canter was taken into custody on his warrants, and has several other charges pending. He is currently incarcerated at JCCF.

The final incident also occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in Vinton County. Members of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office discovered a five-gallon bucket with meth making ingredients inside it on Clarion Road. The JCSO was notified and responded to neutralize and/or dispose of the ingredients, which included lithium batteries, glass jars, liquid fire, and other ingredients.

Again, there are no suspects in this case, at this time.

In three of these instances, a JCSO methamphetamine technician had to suit up and put on the air packs to be able to neutralize the potentially explosive materials.








Three area residents were arrested Tuesday for operating a methamphetamine lab.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 15, the newly activated West Central Illinois Special Response Team, which is composed of members of the Canton Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at 207 S. First, Apartment 1, in Canton.Cari Ann Johnson

The search yielded an active methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine product and precursors to continue the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Arrested at the scene were Cari Ann Johnson, 32, whose last known address was Cuba, and Matthew A. Boughan, 31, of 207 S. First, Apartment 1, Canton.

Both were arrested for aggravated unlawful participation of manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

Also arrested was Ezekial J. Barker, 30, of 207 S. First, Apartment 1, Canton, following a traffic stop while he was attempting to leave the scene.

Barker was arrested for possession of methamphetamine precursors and participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

All three are in the Fulton County jail awaiting their first court appearance.

The search was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Canton Police Department, the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force, the ISP Methamphetamine Response Team, the Fulton County States Attorney, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the West Central Illinois Special Response Team.











GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A woman was arrested last night after getting in a physical fight with a deputy and showing signs of being high on meth.

According to an arrest affidavit, 27-year old Jamie Fornwalt was pulled over at North and 28.5 roads right before 10:00 p.m.JAMIE+FORNWALT+MCSO+PHOTO+121614

Deputies asked a series of questions after observing her rocking back and forth from the steering wheel to the seat and also noticed “track marks” on her arms.

They determined she was possibly under the influence of meth.

The affidavit says when deputies went back to their car, Fornwalt got out of her vehicle and began a physical altercation trying to kick deputies insisting that no one take her blood.

She was arrested and booked in jail on seven charges including DUI, violation of restraining order and resisting arrest.








BUTTE — About half of the co-conspirators in a $2 million methamphetamine ring throughout Montana have accepted plea deals.

A Butte woman accused of playing an integral role in the trafficking has yet to opt for a plea and is set for a March trial in federal court.544956894ffb2_preview-620

Prosecutors say Michelle Renee Yallup personally dealt more than 110 grams of pure, uncut meth in Great Falls and on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in northern Montana. As part of the drug-trafficking ring, Yallup helped transport and sell more than 500 grams of meth — that came from Los Angeles — cut for street sale, the indictment says.

Eight of Yallup’s cohorts have accepted plea deals and admitted their parts in the distribution of meth from winter 2013 through September 2014. Two more co-defendants filed to change their pleas to guilty Tuesday. For accepting responsibility, those guilty could receive lesser sentences.

In all, 20 people face charges for the trafficking.

Yallup is facing charges of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, conspiracy involving firearms and drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

If convicted, she could get life in federal prison.

A trial was originally slated for the end of December. That date was pushed back to March after Yallup and others asked for more time due to “the complex and unusual nature of this case.”

Yallup has until February to potentially accept a plea agreement.

Prior to being incarcerated on the federal charges, Yallup sparked a multi-state search after she and her newborn son tested positive for methamphetamine. She fled an Anaconda hospital with her baby a short time after giving birth in June.

Authorities caught up with Yallup at a truck stop in Utah. Officials have not released an update on the child, whom Utah officials took into their care when Yallup was apprehended.

She has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of forgery for skipping out on the hospital bill after giving her sister’s name.

Yallup was accused of more crimes in Utah, where she was apprehended on July 21. Officials there decided not to pursue allegations of obstructing a peace officer, child abuse and possession of marijuana.

On court documents, Yallup lists her profession as “self employed.” She has addresses listed in both Butte and Great Falls.











After receiving an anonymous tip, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies have shut down an apparent drug lab that was located in Northwest Harris County, according to a release Wednesday.

According to deputies they have arrested four men in connection with the drug lab, which was making methamphetamine pills and designing them to look like ecstasy pills. Officials entered the warehouse on Monday after obtaining voluntary consent to do so. The warehouse, located in the 4800 block of West 34th Street, was in same strip center as a daycare center, a church, and a Family Dollar store.

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An apartment unit off Pinemont was also allegedly involved in the operation. Counterfeit money, codeine syrup, and a large number of pills were found at that location after a warrant search.

So far only four suspects have been arrested and charged with the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams.


The pills were packed in what are called “K” packs, which are bags containing 1,000 pills in each. The lab off West 34th was set up to manufacture at least 25,000 of these packs a day, according to officials.


Officials say that the total street value of the drugs seized was about $1 million.








CONYERS — For several weeks, neighbors have complained that there was some illicit activity in a home on Hillside Place, and last week deputies arrested four people who are accused of using drugs inside the house.

Cpl. Michael Camp said the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office has been called several times to a report of a burglary in progress at the home located at 1438 Hillside Place, but last Wednesday, they found four people from the Atlanta area inside.

A nearby resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office Dec. 10 to report that a brown truck was parked outside the residence that has been vacant for some time.

When Deputy Mason West arrived, he saw a man standing near the truck. Soon, a woman exited the garage.

West told the two to stand next to him while other deputies searched the residence, where they found two other people.

“While waiting, I asked then-identified Christopher Testa and Tamara Bowdler why they were there. They both stated that the homeowner stated they could be there to clean up the house,” Deputy West stated in the incident report.

According to the RCSO, the homeowner has been in the Henry County Jail since Nov. 8 on shoplifting and methamphetamine charges.

During a protective search of the house, deputies found a small light bulb with the tip hollowed out and methamphetamine residue inside. West also found several used needles and a small plastic bag containing meth residue.

The RCSO Narcotics and Vice Unit was notified. Camp said when investigators returned with a search warrant for the home, they found approximately 1.8 grams of heroin, about ½ gram of methamphetamine, various pills and drug paraphernalia.

The four people inside the home were arrested and charged as follows:

  • Christopher Michael Testa, 48, of 65 Rogers St., Atlanta, charged with burglary, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance;
  • Racquel Odessa Murphy, 25, of 2115 Shady Lane, Tucker, charged with burglary, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance;
  • Brooklin Tamara Bowdler, 33, of 2010 Lenox Road, Atlanta, charged with burglary, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; and
  • Eric Sundman, 49, of 10206 Peachford Drive, Dunwoody, burglary, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance.








Pine Level, N.C. — A 22-year-old man was airlifted to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center Wednesday night after an explosion in a mobile home on Bizzell Grove Church Road, located between Pine Level and Princeton, authorities said.14290633-1418898206-300x225

A preliminary investigation indicates the home was a meth lab, investigators said.

The man, whose name has not been released, suffered burns to at least 30 percent of his body, authorities said. The victim has two children, but they were not at the home at the time of the explosion.

The incident was the county’s third meth lab discovery of the day, sixth since Friday and 40th of the year, investigators added.

Two people were arrested Wednesday at a meth lab on the 100 block of Duchess Drive. Three others were arrested earlier Wednesday at a home on Ennis Road near Willow Springs.











It’s “just a point” of crystal meth, Angela says. No big deal. But the fix will send her into orbit.

In a graffiti-filled Windsor alley mid-afternoon, she pierces the crook of her arm, slowly pulls wine-red blood into the syringe, and “smashes” a .1-gram blast of methamphetamine hydrochloride into her vein.meth_-_08

The rocket rush immediately takes her.

“I hate that I love it so much,” said Angela, 26, who has used crystal meth for a decade, injecting it the last four. “Other than the extreme burst of energy it gives you, I just feel super confident.”

Angela, her street name, now often wakes up and for breakfast pops a morphine pill followed shortly by a shot of crystal meth – or methamphetamine, a potent psychostimulant.

“If I have been on a binge I have to do at least a pill in the morning,” she said. “But a pill puts me on the downs, so I have to get up with crystal.”

She started doing drugs at 14 — a line of cocaine, supplied by her 19-year-old boyfriend — when she moved out from her parents’ place.

“I was with an older crowd and we started doing pickups in Montreal,” Angela recalled of her introduction to the underworld. “It came in capsule form then. But I started doing coke before I ever tried weed or drank alcohol. Then I started doing crystal. I didn’t bang it then, I only ingested it or snorted it.”

Now she runs her own operation. Dips into her own stuff, too.

“Sometimes you don’t think you’re getting high,” she said. “But by the time you realize you’re so high, you even have to monitor your breathing.”

Well-spoken and friendly, she does not look like the stereotypical skinny, jittery, scabbed mess that some meth-heads become. In an ironic twist, she studied addictions at college. Still, Angela cannot escape meth’s grip.

She is not alone. A number of local agencies warn that crystal meth – popularized by the stylish hit cable TV show Breaking Bad, about a genius high school chemistry teacher turned drug dealer – is exploding in Windsor.

Crystal meth is growing rapidly,” said Dale Richardson, coordinator of Withdrawal Management Services at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. “It’s so in abundance out there.”

Richardson can’t say for sure why crystal meth has spiked. He suspects, however, the cheap cost and long high seem too good to pass up for addicts, especially those moving away from opioids, such as OxyContin which was replaced in 2013 with the more tamper-resistant OxyNEO.

In 2010, for instance, Richardson’s program helped 37 people with crystal meth addictions. This year, through to the beginning of December, that number rose to 222. In five years, crystal meth has jumped from two per cent of Withdrawal Management Services admissions to 12 per cent. The drug is used by males roughly 2 ½ times more than females.

“It’s been known as Hillbilly Heroin,” Richardson said. “It’s very addictive. The thing is, when you’re coming down you crave more.”

Richardson considers the drug’s spell particularly severe.

“It affects people’s bodies and teeth,” he said. “They tend to pick at their skin. They think spiders are crawling on them. They have hallucinations. They’re paranoid. They grind their teeth. They eat a lot of sweets. They go on highs for three, four, five days, without bathing. They smell pretty rancid at times when they come in.”

The physical effects of methamphetamine include: anorexia, hyperactivity, dilated pupils, flushed skin, excessive sweating, dry mouth, “meth mouth” (jaw clenching), rotting teeth, headaches, irregular heartbeat, a change in blood pressure, diarrhea, constipation, blurred vision, twitching, acne, pallor and more.

Richardson finds crystal meth users difficult to deal with, as if they operate in overdrive but go nowhere.

“They’re speeding,” he said. “They pace a lot. They have different types of hallucinations. They talk and talk and talk and don’t say anything.”

That’s where Withdrawal Management Services comes in: helping those who cannot help themselves. Crystal meth has trapped a wide range of people, though it seems to have zeroed in on younger people.

“We hear about crystal meth far more than we hear about any other drug, including crack,” said Tamara Kowalksa, executive director of the Windsor Youth Centre. “It’s more accessible than other hard drugs because of the cost and simply because it seems to be a lot more prevalent these days.”

Crystal meth can differ slightly in appearance, with crystals, chunks, and fine-course powders, and typically appears off-white to pale yellow in color. It’s sold loose in bags or in capsules. It usually costs $15 to $20 for a tenth of a gram, which can provide a high lasting up to three hours, depending on individual tolerance. Users can smoke, eat, snort and inject it.

Crystal meth is one of the reasons Kowalksa’s organization formed the Up 2 U program, where young people support other youth battling addictions.

Windsor police spokesman Const. Andrew Drouillard said officers see more crystal meth these days, but don’t feel it has yet exploded on the street – in part because of preventative policing.

“It’s becoming more of an issue in Canada and it’s starting to peak in Windsor a little bit,” Drouillard said. “But we’re getting ahead of the curve so our DIGS (drugs, intelligence, guns and surveillance) unit and PAVIS (the multi-force Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy) are on top of it, trying to get it off the streets.”

Besides harming themselves, Drouillard added, addicts pose a risk to others.

“There is a direct correlation with various drug-related crimes like property crimes, break-and-enters, assaults,” Drouillard said. “It can often lead to crime when you have somebody who’s trying to seek out money to support their habit.”

Byron Klingbyle, the HIV/IDU outreach prevention coordinator at the AIDS Committee of Windsor, worries that crystal meth will soon erupt.

“It’s going to be an epidemic, for sure,” said Klingbyle, whose program helps addicts with food and counseling services. “It’s going to be more prevalent than crack cocaine and powdered cocaine.

“It’s going to take over.”

Klingbyle said, for whatever reason, crystal meth started gaining strength in Chatham about four years ago, but only caught fire in Windsor over the last year or so.

“There are less people using crack cocaine and powdered cocaine and more people using crystal meth for a simple reason: it’s cheaper,” he said. “With crack cocaine, your euphoric high is 20 minutes. On crystal meth, your high is six to eight hours, depending on how much you use.”

A $50 piece of crack might last a couple of hours. A user can ride the same price of crystal meth all night long. But it costs in other ways.

Klingbyle has seen users hit rock bottom after just a few months on crystal meth.meth_-_04

“It damages serotonin and dopamine receptors,” Klingbyle said. “So when you stop using crystal meth you’re not getting as much serotonin and dopamine, which leads to depression.”

Klingbyle thinks front-line action – treatment centers, harm-reduction programs – need boosting in order to properly deal with the problem. The AIDS Committee of Windsor, for instance, offers a needle exchange and “safe inhalation kits,” pipes made of Pyrex so that they don’t as easily break, since glass chips can cut users and spread viruses such as hepatitis C and HIV. Klingbyle also notes that crystal meth leads to unsafe sex since when people are high, they tend to go longer and try riskier behavior.

He encourages anyone struggling with drug addiction to seek out a number of treatment or counseling programs. Crystal meth scares him more than most drugs do.

“It’s horrible,” he said. “It’s not going to be nice.

“But people can get off any drug if they’re determined enough.”

Lester Dorsey, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, said he escaped crystal meth after only one month of using it – because he saw signs of the apocalypse.

“I like the euphoric feeling. For me, it was very sexual — what I mean is the warmth,” Dorsey said. “But I started seeing things that weren’t there. I saw the Four Horsemen (of the Apocalypse). They were standing in front of me. Because I was high, I was trying to communicate with them.”

He decided then and there to go cold turkey, ditching crystal meth. So far, so good – but the temptation may never fully disappear.

Also known as meth, speed, crystal, cries, tweak, jib, Tina, and ice, crystal meth is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It revs up heart rate and boosts wakefulness. It stimulates the part of the brain that controls pleasure, fine motor skills, sex drive and energy levels.

Euphoria feels strong, but the crash harsh. It also increases a smorgasbord of side-effects, such as: irritability, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, panic, paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, anti-social behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.

Overdoses trigger such problems as hostility, fever, respiratory distress, comas and, at its extreme, death.

“Jane” first sampled crystal meth after a fiancé left her for it a year ago. She says she married the drug instead.

“Now I understand why he left me for it,” she said recently in an interview with The Windsor Star. “I really don’t blame him now. I’m angry, but I don’t blame him.

“Now I’m in love with the drug. I really am.”

Jane, who is in her late 30s and did not want to give her real name, feels swallowed whole by crystal meth.

She has lost everything: fiancé, money, family, friends.

”I get so high it takes me out of this world,” said Jane, dressed in pink pajama bottoms and a black parka, who has used the drug daily since starting a year ago. “When I do crystal meth, I’m in another world.”

Jane, who smoked crack for 10 years before switching her drug of choice, feels buried deeper than ever before.

“Every drug that you can put in a needle, I’ve done,” said Jane, whose sunken cheeks hint at recent weight loss. “Crystal meth is worse than any of them. I wake up and it’s the first thing I think of. I do it till I go to sleep. It’s very addicting. I don’t know what they put in it. It scares me.”

The list of toxic ingredients changes somewhat from cook to cook, but based on ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, a shocking cocktail of dangerous chemicals sometimes help make meth: cough medicine, lighter fluid, lithium strips from batteries, hydrogen chloride gas, ether from spray cans, propane and more. And meth labs, fuelled by everyday products bought at home improvement stores, pop up in warehouses, basements, garages, apartments, etc.

“The cons outweigh the pros of this drug a million to one,” said Angela, recounting the woes she and friends have suffered at the point of a syringe. “I’ve watched people pick their faces off, or shave their heads because they thought something was there. Some people get very paranoid and think everyone’s plotting against them. I’ve had a friend think someone was poisoning his food and drinks.”

Angela said once she started “banging” – or injecting – crystal meth, no other drug seemed to suffice. She largely dropped crack. Alcohol, forget it. She still swallows pain pills. But crystal meth – she’s tired and sore without it — nothing quite matches its lure. Nor its sway.

“People say a crack-head will steal your stuff,” she said. “But a meth-head will steal your stuff and help you look for it.”









ESCANABA — One person is recovering from noxious fumes after discovering a meth lab in a recycling bin.

Escanaba Public Safety was called out to the 800 block of South 13th Street around 1:00 p.m. Monday. A homeowner was putting recyclables into a bin in the alley. Inside the bin they found pop bottles emitting fumes. They immediately felt a burning sensation in their lungs. They contacted police and then went to the hospital. They have been released after treatment.Meth%20Dump%20Site

Escanaba Public Safety contacted the UPSET Narcotics Unit. Crews were sent to the site and disposed of the hazardous materials. They confirm the bin was a meth dump site.

Officials are now warning residents is be cautious when they the notice unusual items in and around garbage and recycling bins, alleys, woods, yards, and parks. Use extra care around two litre bottles containing rust colored sludge, plastic bottles with tubing affixed to them, and coffee filters with rust colored residue.

“Muriatic acid, aluminum foil, so we look for those components as well,” said Lt. Timothy Sholander of UPSET. “As well as lithium batteries and lye, which they can get out of drain opener. Also tree spikes for a compress cold pack are some of the components they use.”

If you see items like these, do not touch them. Instead contact your local law enforcement.








A Lakewood woman is accused of taking over her boyfriend’s methamphetamine operation after he was jailed on drug charges.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Sarahanne Patterson, 20, with two counts of unlawful possession of meth with the intent to deliver.

She was arrested Monday after officers served search warrants on her Cadillac Escalade and Pontiac.

Police had information that she had immediately taken over her boyfriend’s drug operation after he was incarcerated,” according to charging papers.

In a locked safe under the driver’s seat of the Cadillac were 88 grams of suspected meth, police said. Another 30 grams of the drug allegedly was hidden in Patterson’s bra.

Patterson’s boyfriend, Bryan Stringer, has been in the Pierce County Jail since Oct. 1. He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Stringer was on federal probation for prior drug convictions when he was arrested after an undercover operation by Lakewood police.

Officers found crack cocaine, Oxycodone, meth, liquid PCP and cash in his apartment when he was taken into custody, court records show.










The Associated Press recently highlighted an unmistakable new trend in drug enforcement: a dramatic decline in domestic methamphetamine laboratories fueled in part by an influx of Mexican-made meth across the country.15872704-small

According to the article, because Mexican-made meth is purer, cheaper and sadly easier to get these days, fewer criminals are making homegrown meth, which can lead to home fires and even explosions. In other words, this story comes with equal parts good news and bad news.

But before we get too upset about these developments, it’s critical to point out that our law enforcement community has taken a number of significant steps to crack down on meth criminals. For instance, our police force use real-time tracking of pseudoephedrine purchases, while our pharmacists use a system–called a meth offender block list–that prohibits meth offenders from buying those cold and allergy products.  Surely these efforts, which have demonstrated clear results in recent years, are also helping lead to a reduction in homegrown meth labs.

Going forward, as lawmakers consider ways to step up the battle against meth, they should focus on the real sources of the problem: Mexican meth and addiction.


Sen. Cam Ward, a Republican, represents District 14 in the Alabama Senate.








Floyd Co., KY (WYMT) Update: “It should be a safe place especially this close to the city” says a neighbor to the park. TIMOTHY+BALDWIN

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies say while out on a nightly patrol they found Timothy Baldwin and Michael Peters parked, making meth at Thealka park.

“On the dash of the vehicle was two bottles of what we call the shake and bake meth that you could still see the lithium strips floating around inside of it” says Deputy Clark.

Deputy Tim Clark says the area is known for drug activity and its one they want to clean up.

“That’s one of the areas I like to patrol to try and stop the drug problem” says Deputy Clark.

Neighbors who live nearby say people use it for things like family reunions, picnics and outings for school age children.

“It makes me feel uncomfortable that their using that as a drug place to traffic” says a park neighbor.

Johnson County School officials tell us Baldwin teaches Special Education at Central Elementary School.MICHAEL+PETERS

Deputy Clark says this is the first time he’s made a drug related arrest at the park but they have noticed meth making materials lying around before.

“I just like to see that it is patrolled and that if there is any activity going on that they can put a halt to it” says a park neighbor.

Along with two active meth labs deputies say they also found a back-pack full of items used to make the drug.

Both Baldwin and Peters were taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.



A Johnson County teacher faces charges in a meth related case.

Police arrested Timothy Baldwin late Monday Night. Deputies tell us they found Baldwin in his car at Thealka Park with Michael Peters. Inside we are told they found two shake and bake meth labs on the dashboard along with items to make meth in a backpack.

Officials with the Johnson County School System tell us Baldwin was employed as a special education teacher at Central Elementary.

Both face manufacturing methamphetamine charges.








WASHINGTON –- A police officer from Salem, Virginia, on a Drug Enforcement Administration task force out of Roanoke pleaded guilty on Tuesday to soliciting and obtaining a sexual favor from a drug defendant in exchange for recommending a federal prosecutor seek out a lighter sentence for the defendant.

Kevin C. Moore, 42, of the Salem Police Department, appeared before a federal judge in Roanoke on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of bribery. He was arrested in October without incident and was suspended from both the police department and the DEA task force the same day, but his case was not unsealed until Tuesday.

While the charge in the case relates to only one woman, Moore admitted to soliciting oral sex from another defendant and to soliciting both oral sex and sexual intercourse from a third defendant. The earliest incident dates back to 2009.

In the latest case, the officer admitted to exchanging text messages with a woman who was cooperating in an investigation into methamphetamine distribution. The woman in question pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement in September 2014, and had been scheduled to be sentenced this month.

Moore’s text messages with the woman are relayed in court filings and, as an FBI agent investigating the case wrote, “made clear to the [cooperating witness] that a sexual relationship could yield a favorable sentence recommendation to the Assistant United States Attorney.”

Moore referred to the defendant as a “wild thang” and wrote in one text message in June that he was “going to take care of you as long as you take care of me.” He texted her that she needed to “release some stress,” and when she replied that she didn’t know how, he said, “Oh I bet… You can figure out something I know. Lol.”

Moore and the woman continued exchanging text messages in August, with him repeatedly telling her she owed him. The woman backed out of one meeting on Aug. 15, which apparently upset Moore. “You better make it up to me. Lol,” he wrote. “You better make it up big time.”

A day later, on Aug. 16, Moore wrote that the defendant owed him “a real good one tho.” When the woman wrote that she wasn’t quite sure if they were on the same page about what he wanted, and that she was “in the dark,” Moore wrote back “U know girl. Everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Moore and the woman met up at a McDonald’s on Aug. 21, then drove to a BP gas station, where the woman performed oral sex on the officer. She later described his demeanor as aggressive, but said he didn’t use physical force.

Roughly an hour after the encounter ended, Moore texted the federal prosecutor handling the woman’s case and told the prosecutor that the woman was assisting in an investigation of an individual thought to be involved in distributing a large amount of methamphetamine. He later informed the woman that the prosecutor had “knocked a lot of the drug weight off” in her case, which would mean a lesser sentence.

Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 2.