The beach is a place for surf, sun and sand — not meth making.

However, a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, is facing drug charges after allegedly cooking up methamphetamine in his truck at Gandy Beach.


Charles J. Tapp, 24, was arrested June 14 after deputies in Pinellas County noticed a dark colored Chevy Silverado parked along the beach’s tree line.

Tapp was in the truck as were several needles. An investigation of the vehicle turned up other items that indicated the suspect was making meth in it, WTSP TV reports.

Tapp was arrested on charges of possessing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine and hydrochloric gas, chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

Police said that Tapp admitted to manufacturing meth during questioning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He was taken to the Pinellas County jail, and later released on $10,000 bail, according to the jail’s website.



— Five defendants facing federal drug and firearms charges will appear in front of Judge Jacquelyn Austin Friday at 11 a.m. for a detention hearing to determine whether or not they will receive bond.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a federal grand jury has charged Rory Severin, 45, William Scott Powell, 40, Chad Edward Moore, 42, Marie Higgins, 36, and Angel Miranda-Luna, 24, for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute in excess of 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

The release said Powell, Moore, Higgins and Miranda-Luna have also been charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking charge. It also said that Moore is charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation was carried out by several law enforcement agencies including Homeland Security, the Douglasville Police Department from Georgia, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The investigation concluded on two separate dates. In April 22, 2014 law enforcement officers arrested Severin, Powell, Moore and Higgins and seized in excess of two pounds of methamphetamine and four firearms.

Then on May 5, law enforcement officers stopped Miranda-Luna, who also went by the alias of Luna-Miranda, on a routine traffic stop in Atlanta. Officers discovered nearly 26 pounds of methamphetamine and, $90,000 in cash and a firearm Miranda-Luna was using to protect the drugs and drug proceeds.

If convicted, the defendants face a sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment.

Andy Moorman, an assistant attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will prosecute the case.





RANGOON — To mark World Drug Day, Burmese authorities organized drug-burning ceremonies on Thursday that destroyed seized illegal drugs said to be worth a combined US$130 million.

But as piles of opium, heroin and methamphetamine went up in smoke, UN officials warned that illicit drug production in Burma continued to rise in order to supply a growing Asian market. They noted too that there had been “relatively little” heroin seizures in the country, in remarks that raise questions about Burma’s anti-narcotics efforts.


Opium production in Burma was “in 2006, at the lowest point, representing roughly 7 percent of the global production, it is now 18 percent. So it has increased year on year,” said Jeremy Douglas, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Southeast Asia representative. “The bulk of that is produced in Shan and Kachin states; southern Shan has the greatest problem.”

In the Southeast Asia and China “region we have seen a seven-fold increase in methamphetamine seizures in recent years… the highest levels ever recorded. We’re looking at 240 million pills recorded and seized last year. The source of those pills is Shan State,” he told a press conference held at Rangoon’s Drug Elimination Museum to mark the launch of the annual UNODC World Drug Report.

“For crystal methamphetamine, a more purified form, seizures have also been rising to record levels… It’s now a mixed methamphetamine market,” Douglas said, adding that the precursor chemicals used for meth production in Shan State were being supplied from India and China.

Comparing the scale of heroin seizures in northern Burma with other opium-producing regions such as Afghanistan, Douglas said, “Oddly, with 18 percent of opium production taking place in the Golden Triangle, there have been relatively little [heroin] seizures… The explanation for that will have to come from the government.”

The remarks are in line with a drop in drug seizures by Burmese authorities that was reported by The Financial Times on Monday. It said new police figures showed that seizures of methamphetamine pills fell from 11.9 million in 2013 to 204,000 in the first five months of 2014, while heroin seizures fell from 238 kilo in 2013 to just 16 kilo in the year to May. From 2012 to 2013, the scale of drug seizures had also dropped.

Along drug-trafficking routes in neighboring countries, however, authorities have made huge seizures. The paper cited an anonymous senior police officer as saying that drug traffickers were shifting tactics and smuggling out smaller shipments, while stepping up production in lawless conflict areas.

On Thursday, to mark the occasion of World Drug Day, Burmese authorities put on a show with the results of their efforts, inviting reporters to join drug-burning ceremonies in Rangoon, Mandalay and Taunggyi to destroy drugs with a reported combined value of US$130 million

Home Affairs Minister Ko Ko, senior police offers and US Drug Enforcement Agency officials and Chinese anti-narcotics officials attended the ceremony in Rangoon’s Mawbe Township, which set a light $19 million worth of drugs, including 48 kg of opium, 1.6 kilo of heroin, 3.4 kg of cannabis and 3.4 kg of methamphetamine.

Authorities announced that in 2013, they seized 2,356 kilo of opium, 238 kilo of heroin, more than 10 million amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) pills, along with precursor chemicals caffeine, 13,482 kilo, and pseudoephedrine, 3,580 kilos.

Police Maj. Khin Maung Thein acknowledged that authorities’ efforts were doing little to stem the rampant drug trade in Burma, adding that ongoing tensions with various ethnic groups in northern Burma were the cause of the drug trade.
“We found that opium growing has increased year after year,” he said “Our actions did not have effect as we have arguments with each other.”

“Our police seized a lot of drugs in Shan State. In this area there is poppy growing and opium production. It is close to the border areas and [that’s why] it is hard to stop and crackdown on it,” Khin Maung Thein said during a brief exchange with reporters.

He added, “We need more education on drug awareness for our people because we found that their knowledge [of the dangers of drugs] is very weak. Methamphetamine is easily spread among young people, when they take it they think it’s fun.”

For many years, northern Burma has been the hub for opium and methamphetamine production in Asia and the trade is directly tied to the country’s decades-old ethnic conflict, which continues to fester in many parts of Shan and Kachin states.

Between 2006 and 2013, the area under opium poppy in Burma rose from 24,000 hectares in 2006 to 58,000 hectares in 2013, the UNODC estimated late last year.

Tens of thousands of poor ethnic farmers grow the opium. All parties involved in the ethnic conflict—rebel groups, the Burma Army and pro-government militias—are taxing the drug trade to fuel the war, while some militias and rebel groups are directly involved in drug production and trade, researchers have said.

Drug production fell from 1998 to 2006, after some armed groups and the then-military regime came under growing international pressure to stem the flow of drugs, but the production resurged in southern Shan State.

The Home Affairs Ministry acknowledged last week that a 15-year drug elimination program started in 1999 had failed, and it announced plans to extend the deadline for eliminating all drugs in Burma to 2019.

Jason Eligh, UNODC Country Manager for Burma, told reporters that the deadline is “a nice political goal but it’s not a realistic law enforcement goal.

“It is possible though investment, increased capacity building of law enforcement, through attaining peace in a place like Shan State to begin the process of containing problem, but certainly five years is not enough to achieve a massive reduction in drug production.”

A joint drug-elimination program involving the UNODC, law enforcement authorities, the Burma Army and an armed ethnic group, the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has made little progress since it began in October 2012, showcasing the complexities of dealing with the drug trade in Shan State’s remote, conflict-affected regions.

“It’s basically a trust-building exercise between the actors. It’s important to find a point of trust, a beginning, where people can agree on something—that one thing is actually drugs,” said Jason Eligh, UNODC country manager in Burma. “The RCSS recognizes that drugs are a threat to the people to the people of Shan State, the government recognizes this as well of course.”

He noted, however, “We are moving much slower than expected … [and] are at a point where the only thing we are waiting for is the start of the implementation of the activities.

“It’s now waiting on approval from the Tatmadaw [Burma Army], to be honest, and that’s proved a stickier point than we thought it would have been, but we are making progress nonetheless.”





A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department captain was arrested in Yulee early Wednesday with methamphetamine, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and Times-Union news partner First Coast News.

Joseph E. Acosta, 48, was charged with possession of the drug after deputies found 0.4 grams of crystal meth and a glass pipe inside his truck, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

Deputies stopped Acosta on U.S. 17 and Crady Lake Drive for having an unsecured load about 5 a.m.

The officer noticed beer cans in the back seat of Acosta’s truck and asked if there was an open container in the vehicle. Acosta said yes and consented to a search, the report said. The deputy found the meth and a pipe in a backpack on the floorboard, according to the report.

Fire department spokesman Tom Francis said Acosta has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The arrest follows a recent audit that noted the fire department didn’t follow proper accounting in regard to narcotic drugs it keeps.


A Rome man and woman were jailed after officers discovered methamphetamine and other items following a high-speed pursuit on U.S. 27, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

According to the report:

Cody Shane Garrett, 23, and Christina Lynn Garrett, 24, both of 2528 Kingston Highway, are each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.


Cody Garrett was driving Wednesday when the vehicle reached speeds in excess of 80 mph before stopping around Old Summerville Road. He was found with digital scales and two bags of methamphetamine that he said were for sale.

Cody Garrett is also charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and fleeing or attempting to elude officers, along with misdemeanor counts of possession and use of drug-related objects, reckless driving, speeding, driving while license suspended or revoked, and driving with a tail light out.

He is being held on probation violation and two counts of failure to appear.

Christina Garrett was released on $5,700 bond.



NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A Mexican man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle 4 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine into Arizona in an accordion.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say 18-year-old Eloy Renteria-Ortiz was arrested on Monday at the Port of Nogales after being searched at the Morley Gate crossing.

Officers say nearly $13,600 worth of meth was found wrapped in black tape and stashed in the center of the accordion that Renteria-Ortiz was carrying.

The drugs and instrument were seized and Renteria-Ortiz was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

His hometown in Mexico wasn’t released and it wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if Renteria-Ortiz has a lawyer.




BEIRUT: The US House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday passed an amended version of H.R. 4411 aimed at preventing Hezbollah from receiving financing through international institutions.


The Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act of 2014 was introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

The Committee Chairman Ed Royce said, “The threat posed by Hezbollah’s global operations has exploded. Underpinning that development is a financing and logistical network. In 2011, we saw the tip of the iceberg when a massive Hezbollah drug and money laundering operation was uncovered. To deter dealings with Hezbollah, the bill targets those financial institutions that knowingly do business with what has been called the “A-team” of terrorists.”

The Committee drafted the law against Hezbollah on April 3. Lawmakers at the time said Hezbollah continued to “pose a threat to the United States, our allies and interests throughout the Middle East, and well beyond.”

The U.S. announced last August that it was sanctioning Hezbollah over its support for the Syrian regime, a largely symbolic move as the group has been subject to financial restrictions since it was classed as a terrorist group in 1995. In September, the U.S. imposed further financial sanctions against Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah for giving assistance to Assad.

The U.S. has repeatedly taken a stance against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and the backing by Hezbollah since the Syrian uprising began in 2011.





A Nevada man remains in the Ellis County Jail after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine and an unspecified amount of cocaine in the car he was driving.

The KHP isn’t releasing many details about the incident, but Trooper Tod Hileman said the traffic stop was made Friday in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 approximately a mile east of Vine.

The vehicle, bearing a Missouri license plate, was being driven by a Nevada man, but Hileman declined to identify him because of the ongoing investigation.

Only one inmate is being housed in the Ellis County Jail for the Kansas Highway Patrol. The log identifies that man as Tomas Serrato Jaimes.

Hileman said the vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction, and the trooper making the stop ultimately discovered “a large amount of methamphetamine and cocaine” in the vehicle.

Hileman declined to detail the quantity involved, but other sources put the amount of methamphetamine discovered at more than 70 pounds. It’s not clear how much cocaine was discovered.

“It was a large quantity,” Hileman said of the drug bust.

Although the man was booked and remains in the Ellis County Jail, charges are expected to be filed through federal court.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Hileman said.




PLYMOUTH, Ind.— A Plymouth woman convicted of manufacturing meth and neglect of a dependent was sentenced today.

Amanda Heeter, 24, of Plymouth received 10 years imprisonment for manufacturing meth, and an additional 4 year term for neglect of a dependent.


The sentences are to be served concurrent with one another.

Heeter was also ordered to undergo intensive drug rehabilitation while incarcerated, and to be placed on two years probation upon her release.

Heeter admitted in court that she conspired with two other individuals, Brock Biddle and Kelly Cowger, to manufacture meth at her house on Loon Court in Plymouth.

She also admitted that manufacturing the meth put a dependent child in danger.

They were caught after an investigation found that Heeter and Biddle were frequent purchasers of pseudo-ephedrine based products, according to the national NPLex log.




“She was quite rebellious,” Sarah* smiles as she recalls her then, teenage daughter.

“She had a mind of her own, into music, dark clothes, we knew she was going to be different when she got older.”

By the age of 21, Amy had become a full blown ice addict, living with a dealer in Melbourne.


Sarah, who was quietly watching her daughter’s erratic behaviour grow, said she had never heard of crystal methamphetamine.

“I didn’t know that ice and crystal meth and all the other names it had were one drug and there were different ways to smoke it.

“I’d never smoked drugs ever and no one in my family had.

“I was pretty naive.”

When in the grip of the drug, Amy would answer her mother’s calls, telling her she’d been up cleaning all night and working hard, always quick to get off the line.

But one morning, Amy spoke to her mother for two hours and confessed.

“She ended up saying to me, ‘I have to tell you the truth, I’ve been doing drugs’.

“I thought it was just something pretty low-key, then she said, ‘no I’ve been taking ice and I need to come home, tell the rest of the family and I need help.”

Sarah was reasonably positive about Amy’s disclosure, thinking giving up the drug would just be as simple as giving up smoking.

But the day after returning home and telling her family, Amy took off back to Melbourne, leaving many questions still unanswered.

Sarah tried to call her daughter, but on the rare times Amy would pick up, she would struggle to get any sense out of her.

“I was still naive – still not knowing how deep she was into it.

“I knew her partner at the time was using it, but it took a little while for us to realise there was a reason she wasn’t making contact.”

Two months later, Amy came home only to flee back to Melbourne again, her appearance causing increasing awareness with her family that something was seriously wrong with her.

“She looked shocking,” Sarah said bluntly.

“She had scabs all over her face…her arms, she was scratching all the time.

“She was very thin, no fat, no muscle, just skin and bone.

“Her hair was dry and lank and dirty looking, she had big black circles under her eyes.”

Paranoid from her constant drug use, Amy told her family she had hidden her mobile phone because she thought there were people going through her messages.

After her daughter again fled back to Melbourne, Sarah described the following six week period as one of the worst times of her life.

“I felt like I was in the middle of a bad movie… I had no idea whether she was alive or dead.”

Amy no longer answered her phone and her mother had to ask a friend of hers for her daughter’s address.

She rang police and begged them to find her, but they said their hands were tied and they could not help her.

Sarah hoped police would arrest her daughter, as she believed she would be safer in custody.

“I thought it was better that she was arrested and go to jail than die from taking the drugs.”

Sarah spent those six weeks in a depressed state and constantly in tears, feeling the burden on her shoulders.

“I had no idea what to do – I was totally lost.”

Amy had moved in with an ice dealer, abandoning her old flat, leaving her mother to have to travel to Melbourne to clean it out and pick up her daughter’s possessions.

“I cried the whole weekend, the way over, the way home.

“I felt like I was packing up her life and saying good bye…like she had died and I was never going to see her again.”

At this point, she began grieving for her lost daughter.

“Not because she had died but because I expected her to die.

“I’d seen what she was like, her behaviour, she wasn’t healthy, she was aggressive.

“I didn’t think she’d get back to being the person she was before.”

“We were hiding all sorts of things.”


“It was September when we got her out for the last time,” recalls Sarah.

Travelling to Melbourne to pick up her daughter, Sarah searched high and low for a detox centre that would take her, or that the family could afford.

“We found one place in Melbourne that could get her in straight away but wanted a deposit of $6,000. We just couldn’t afford that.”

Amy had seen two counsellors in the South East but could not get further treatment locally.

Eventually finding a place at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital that would take her in a week’s time, Sarah said her daughter was at this point determined to give up her toxic lifestyle.

But the family watched her closely, hiding anything that could enable a return to Melbourne.

Sarah slept with Amy’s phone under her pillow, so she couldn’t get it to ring her former partner.

“We were hiding all sorts of things – money and the car keys so she couldn’t take off.”

Amy was supposed to remain at the detox facility for weeks, but counsellors said she was ready to go after just a few days of intensive group and one-on-one therapy.

Returning home to Mount Gambier, Amy made plans to move to a small town in country Victoria.

“She wanted to start again, get clean, get work and build a life with new friends who weren’t going to get her into trouble.”

Years passed and Sarah said she saw a huge change in her daughter, particularly when she fell pregnant to her new partner.

“She just started to glow, she was happier than I’d seen her for a long time.

Amy was doing all the right things while pregnant, said Sarah, eating well and stopping smoking.

“She was very clucky – it was beautiful.”

When Amy’s daughter was born, Amy devoted her life to her baby girl, and seemed content with her new life.

Each year, Sarah sent a text message to Amy – on the anniversary of the day she got clean.

“I always remembered the anniversary when she got out of Melbourne.

“It was a big deal to me that she had come clean and I always wanted to remind her because it was about her birthday.”

Sarah didn’t know one year after sending her message of support, that Amy had smoked ice two days before. Sarah didn’t learn the truth for another year.

Amy’s behaviour began to become erratic again, her visits home rare.

When she did come home to Mount Gambier, her parents saw that Amy was losing weight.

Sarah said she didn’t want to believe the obvious.

“Probably the first six months afterwards, we were double checking everything that she told us.

“It just seemed too easy that she’d come clean cold turkey.”

Sarah had made up her mind to question her daughter about her strange behaviour when she went to visit her one day.

Amy confessed to her mother that she was smoking crystal methamphetamine again on a regular basis.

“I was sad… betrayed that she was doing that, lying again.

“This time I didn’t think she was in it as deep as before.

“I thought it was just an occasional smoke.”

“Disappointed, disgusted, angry.”


One day Amy called her mother saying said she had to leave town because the police had raided her house looking for stolen goods and her partner was involved in criminal activity.

Sarah took Amy home and found out the true extent of Amy’s drug use, including the news that her partner had been dealing.

“When I found out I was really disappointed, disgusted and angry that she would do that when she had a little girl in the house.

“That she would go back to taking drugs when she knew how it affected her life before.”

Sarah threatened to take her granddaughter away.

“I said to her, ‘if you don’t get clean, I will go to the courts and take her off you, because you don’t deserve her’.”

“We’re starting to trust each other again.”


Amy has now been clean for six months but Sarah said she is aware her daughter will forever be in danger of returning to her previous life.

“She’s a drug addict and she knows she’s a drug addict.

“She just has to take it day-by-day.”

As time continues, their relationship is healing and growing.

“We’re starting to trust each other again.

“I think she knows now that she can come to me with anything, she really can’t shock me anymore.

“I want her to be happy and healthy and I want her little girl to have a happy life.

“I try not to preach to her, but to see her blossoming now is the best thing in my life.”

Sarah hopes the counselling course Amy has been accepted into will teach her how to deal with the stresses of daily life, something that her daughter had struggled with before.

Sarah says she now understands the motivators behind her daughter’s addiction.

“Sometimes she has things going on in her life which just get the better of her and she goes back to the drugs.

“That’s how she handles stress and tension.

“We’ll be watching, we’ll be aware of it this time, if it ever happens again.

“There’s nothing she could do to make me push her away.

“I love her too much, I would hate to see it happen but I would stand by.


*Names have been changed to protect identities.






Myrtle Beach Police busted a meth lab Tuesday night at the Hurl Rock Hotel located along the 2000 block of South Ocean Blvd.

Captain David Knipes with Myrtle Beach police confirms three arrests were made and 89 grams of meth were seized.

Further details are not available at this time.



NEW PHILADELPHIA  – A 30-year-old resident of a New Philadelphia apartment complex where two 2-liter pop-bottle methamphetamine labs were dismantled Tuesday has been charged.

Police charged Ashley M. Bates of 233 Fourth Drive NW, Apt. 2, on Wednesday with one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony.

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Bates is being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond established by Judge Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman during Bates’ video appearance in Municipal Court.

VonAllman appointed attorney Vernon Infantino of Canton to represent Bates. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Municipal Court at 11:15 a.m. July 3.

The charge filed Wednesday states that Bates on or about Tuesday “did knowingly manufacture or otherwise engage in any part of the production of a controlled substance, and the drug involved in the violation was methamphetamine.”

Bates was arrested Tuesday after a search warrant was executed at the residence. Police found the two meth labs after receiving a telephone call from an anonymous person who reported the odor of meth being cooked at the apartment.

Police contacted the Holmes County Meth Lab Containment Team, which dismantled the two meth labs Tuesday afternoon. One was in the apartment and the other was in a bag along with trash in front of the apartment complex.

Sgt. Tim Stryker of the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department, who also is a member of the Meth Lab Containment Team, said hydrogen chloride generators were found in bags along with the meth lab bottles.

Stryker said both meth labs were used and were “meth trash, the aftermath.” And, although they weren’t smoking, both still were very dangerous, he noted.


Police were called for assistance to a routine traffic stop that turned into a drug arrest.

Thirty-four-year-old Jade Wondercheck is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic equipment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


After being pulled over with two other females, Wondercheck placed her purse on the sidewalk. She asked an officer if she could get her cigarettes out so she could smoke.

The officer asked Wondercheck if he could check her purse before she grabbed the cigarettes, and she agreed. The officer then found a clear glass pipe with a white substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

A purple marijuana grinder was also located in her purse.

She was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.





TOWN OF VIRGILA Town of Virgil woman is arrested and charged after a meth lab is found.


The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department received information on a possible meth lab on 2526 Route 11 in the Town of Virgil. During the investigation, evidence of a meth lab was found and an environmental clean up agency was called to clean up the hazardous material at the scene.

The resident, 28-year-old Ashley M. Huss, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the third degree and Unlawful disposal of Methamphetamine laboratory material.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

Ashley was arraigned in the Town of Virgil Court and sent to jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. She is due back in court July 1st.




A woman whom officers initially contacted as a suspicious person was arrested after they found methamphetamine and evidence that she was dealing the substance in her vehicle, Alameda police said.

Along with methamphetamine, the 47-year-old woman, who was arrested about 12:45 a.m. June 21 in the 2100 block of Shoreline Drive, had more than $800 in cash, a digital scale and plastic bags, according to police.

A man, also 47, who was with the woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, police said.





A Perris councilman was arrested Tuesday after he called police to report a theft but appeared to authorities to be under the influence of drugs.

Julio Rodriguez, 28, called officers about 7:30 a.m. to investigate a theft at a hotel in the 500 block of Redlands Boulevard, according to the Perris Police Department.


As officers investigated the theft, they noticed Rodriguez appeared to be under the influence of drugs, so they arrested him. Officers then searched his hotel room, where they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine, police said.

Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the Police Department.

Rodriguez was elected to the Perris City Council in 2012. His term expires November 2016.

His bail was set at $5,000.

Police said they still plan to investigate the reported theft.



A man was arrested Saturday after a deputy with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office discovered he was transporting a large amount of methamphetamine in his truck.

At 4:15 p.m., Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Crime Suppression Unit stopped a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck around the 2500-block of East Highway 34 for an illegal window tint violation, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Bugg identified the driver as William Mark Vining, 44, and Vining gave Bugg consent to search both himself and his vehicle.

Bugg first searched Vining, and in Vining’s front right pocket he found a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, Yarbrough said. Bugg then searched the vehicle, and inside a toolbox he found a black plastic bag that contained a bag of Takis snack food.

According to Yarbrough, whatever was inside the Takis bag did not feel like chips to Bugg, so he opened it and found a large plastic zip bag containing many more suspected methamphetamine crystals. The bag was weighed at 535.9 grams, or 1.181 pounds – according to Georgia Law, any amount of methamphetamine more than 28 grams is considered trafficking, and any amount more than 400 grams carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

Vining was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and a window tint violation, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.






A woman led Des Moines police on a high speed chase early Tuesday morning before jumping out of the stolen car and fleeing on foot, officials said.

Officers spotted a black GMC Envoy with no license plates traveling in the 3500 block of an alley near Oxford Street around 1 a.m. and tried to stop the vehicle, according to Des Moines police reports.


The driver, later identified as Alexandra Venus Lene Gealow, 22, continued to drive slowly down the alley, despite several attempts to stop her by officers to activating their sirens, police said.

Once the SUV got to Oxford Street, it accelerated and went south, running a stop sign at Oxford Street and Hull Avenue, authorities said. Gealow continued south on Second Avenue, then east on Interstate Highway 235, police said.

She took the exit for East University Avenue and continued down that street until she turned north on East 32nd Street, officials said.

Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour, police said.

In the 1200 block of East 32nd Street, the SUV was boxed in by squad cars and a parked vehicle. The SUV rolled as Gealow jumped out of the passenger side and fled on foot, authorities said.

She was caught and arrested a few houses away, police said.

Officers found out the vehicle was stolen and asked Gealow if she knew that.

Police said Gealow responded, “When you pay for a vehicle with meth, you don’t ask questions,” according to the police report.

Officers also found 55 pills of Diazepam and a small bottle of clear liquid Gealow said was morphine.

Gealow was charged with eluding, interference with official acts, second-degree theft, possession of Schedule IV and Schedule V drugs, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, driving without a valud license, failing to have a license plate and failing to obey traffic control devices.

She remains in the Polk County Jail on a $21,964 bond.




The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a motorcyclist who seemed to have misplaced a bag full of meth on Amity Road.

Two motorist reported to police that on Friday morning they saw a motorcyclist who was driving a “sport” bike going about 80 mph on Amity Road between Eagle and Locust Grove on Friday, June 20th.


According to witnesses, a bag fell from the motorcycle and landed on the road. When a motorist went to retrieve the bag, they found a bag of white powder containing 72.5 grams of methamphetamine.

The motorists didn’t get a good look at the driver because he was going so fast.

Anyone with information should call Ada County Dispatch at 377-6790.




TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Scattered across Tippecanoe County are 128 blue dots. Each of those dots represents a home where meth was once cooking.

“It’s becoming a bigger problem, people moving into houses that have had meth labs in them and are contaminated,” said Indiana State Police Trooper Wesley Ennis.

Thanks to a new Indiana state website, that information is now available with the click of a mouse.


Ennis said meth suppression teams from across the Hoosier state helped compile the statistics over the last several years.

“We’re trying to educate people on what they’re moving into, whether it’s a rental property or a whether it’s a house they’re looking to buy,” said Ennis.

Broker and real estate owner Cathy Russell agrees with state police, it’s something residents deserve to know. However, she said trying to resell those homes may be difficult.

“I do think it will affect the value of the property from a standpoint of stigma,” said Russell. “Also, you’re going to have a lot of extra inspections because people are going to want to know what was done to mitigate the problem.”

If you don’t plan on moving into a new home anytime soon, Russell said you’re still not in the clear. Even living in the same neighborhood could be impacting your property value.

“If you see a cluster of three houses in one general area, it’s definitely going to make you say — going to make somebody say — that side of town is dangerous, or whatever,” said Russell.

She said real estate agents are now required to inform buyers if the home they’re interested in once housed a meth lab. However, Ennis said only meth labs reported to state police are included in the statistics, which means many more are still left unreported.

“Unfortunately, we don’t find all the meth labs out there,” said Ennis. “If we could, we would.”

Ennis suggests hiring a professional to come inspect the home you’re interested in buying for possible meth residue.

To view the map and statistics of homes with former meth labs, click here.

Ennis said once a home is professionally cleaned for meth residue, it will be removed from the website.






PORTAGE, MI – Police and firefighters found a suspected methamphetamine lab late Tuesday at the scene of a fire that investigators say was sparked by a 50-year-old Portage man who was trying to make homemade fireworks in his house.

The meth lab was found as firefighters were working to put out the blaze in the 2200 block of Fairfield Road, Portage Public Safety Lt. John Blue said.

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Firefighters responded to the house just before 10:20 p.m. after receiving reports that there had been a large explosion and fire and a man had been burned.

At the scene, investigators learned the man, whose name has not been released, was trying to use raw explosives to make fireworks in his kitchen when the explosion occurred, authorities said.


The explosion caused windows of the home to be blown out and a garage also was damaged.

The man suffered burns in the incident, although the extent of his injuries was not known Wednesday morning, the lieutenant said.


Blue said investigators believe the fire and explosion was caused by the homemade fireworks and investigators are working to figure out what materials the man was using to make the fireworks.

Blue said the meth lab is being investigated separate from the fire and fireworks.





KALAMAZOO, MI – Police found methamphetamine lab components at the scene of a house fire early Wednesday on Kalamazoo’s north side but don’t know yet if the materials sparked the blaze, authorities said.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the fire at about 1:15 a.m. in the 900 block of Staples Avenue near Conant Street, Assistant Chief Ryan Tibbets said.

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There was fire coming from a second-floor window when officers arrived on scene. Tibbets said the fire was able to be put out quickly and the flames were confined to the second floor of the house.


Tibbets said no one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.


At the scene, officers found meth-lab components. Tibbets said the Fire Marshal was at the scene investigating Wednesday morning and has not determined yet what caused the fire.

Tibbets said the fire is believed to have started on the second floor of the house.





The Marion County Sheriff’s Department busted six different meth labs in just the last week and a half. While any drug use is incredibly harmful to the person that uses it, meth is dangerous, not just for the people that use it, but for everyone surrounding them.

Making methamphetamines is a highly volatile process, which can contaminate children and neighbors, and even shut down entire buildings. It’s not a harmless drug. Law enforcement agencies are doing their best to crack down on this epidemic for three reasons: because of the physical damage it does to the person who uses it, the damage it does to the community, and the rise it causes in related crimes like shoplifting and breaking and entering. The scary part about drug abuse is that it can happen to almost anyone.

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“Not only is it in our county but it is affecting a lot of the people they know and they don’t realize it,” said Debbie Mann, coordinator for the Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

At the coalition, people realize that any drug use is harmful to families, but meth in particular is being used more and more by women and mothers.

“Once they start using it, the changes in the brain chemistry buries the normal maternal instincts, the nurturing,” Mann said.

Mothers on meth often forget to feed and change their babies. Older children become the caretakers. Everyone’s health is at a great risk.

This stuff is so toxic whenever they’re making it, when we do actually find a lab, we have to contact the Department of Environmental Protection; they send somebody up and close this area down,” said Chief Deputy Ralph Wright.

A cleanup from the DEP can cost around $10,000, just for a single family home. Apartment buildings or hotels could cost thousands more. The solid waste from making meth can burn the skin and the gasses that come off the mixture when it is cooking can burn the eyes and lungs of anyone nearby; and anything. If a duplex shares heating and air-conditioning, both side could be contaminated. People that are making the drug aren’t usually doing anything to keep those chemicals contained.

“Most of these people that are cooking meth don’t dispose of this stuff the proper way. This stuff is going down sink drains, out in your yards, and in playgrounds. Anywhere that they make it they’re just dumping this stuff out,” Wright said.

Because of that, meth contamination can spread into the community physically and emotionally, especially for children who have to deal with it.


“Children that are around that kind of exposure are suffering huge physical and mental consequences because of it,” Mann said.


if you suspect meth use in your community, don’t hesitate to call your local law enforcement.




TYLER COUNTY, W.Va.– A major meth bust in Tyler County resulted in 16 arrests and almost 150 charges, police said.

The investigation involved the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department and lasted more than a year and a half.

The grand jury indictments for October 2012 until September 2013 are as follows:

-Benjamin Davis, 40, Middlebourne

-Jeremy Keller, 35, Middlebourne

-Ryen Archer, 22, Middlebourne

-Marc Baker, 30, Middlebourne

-Christina Boor, 44, Middlebourne

-Shelly Davis, 43, Middlebourne

-Dakota Folger, 18, Middlebourne

-Tracy Keller, 46, Middlebourne

-Brock McMahon, 23, Paden City

-Stephen Sheperd, 52,Middlebourne

-Shirl Baker, 34, Sistersville

The grand jury indictments for October 2013 until February 2014 are as follows:

-Shirl Baker, 34, Sistersville

-Brandy Goding, 33, Sistersville

-Joshua (Lloyd) Smith, 29, Sistersville

-Kristin Cross, 21, Sistersville

-William Wells, II, 24, Sistersville

-Amanda Long, 29, New Martinsville

Some of the charges include conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, operating a clandestine drug lab, exposure of children to methamphetamine and possession of meth making materials.

Deputies said most the people involved are related; or in a relationship and some have children together.

Officers said the busts were two separate operations at two homes in Middlebourne and right outside of Middlebourne.

Most of the people involved in the busts have bonded out of jail, but will appear back in court July 3.





MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A Medford police lieutenant says drug addicts are to blame for an increase in burglaries.

Lt. Mike Budreau tells the Mail Tribune ( most burglars say they’re stealing property to supply their habit for methamphetamine, heroin or prescription pills.

There were 214 burglaries in Medford from January through April compared with 186 in the same period a year ago.