TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Complaints of chemical odors led Tulsa police to a motel where five people were arrested in connection to manufacturing methamphetamine.Meth_Bustreere

Police say four men and one woman were trying to dismantle the meth lab at the Super 8 when officers arrived Friday night. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possessing meth.

http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/police-5-arrested-tulsa-motel-meth-operation

A crackdown on drugs in North Korea is sending many users across the country on long trips in pursuit of their means of pleasure.

“Border control has become a lot tighter, making methamphetamine harder to get”, a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK. The blanket crackdowns, aimed at curtailing defections, illegal phone calls and human trafficking as well as drug smuggling, have adversely affected North Korean’s once-buoyant drug production market: domestic production has decreased significantly, as those in the industry look for other ways to make money.Crystal meth, once abundant in North Korea

“Some residents with strong addictions are even traveling to areas where the drugs are produced. In the past, you could get meth in provincial black markets, but these days this has become more challenging, so people are seeking out places where it’s [still] being made.”

The lack of supply is sending addicts – often in groups – to the major crystal meth-producing cities of Hamhung and Sunchŏn, where supply is still reliable.

“Currently, it’s very hard to find anyone in Hyesan [on the Chinese border] who smuggles or sells drugs. Some people who use meth will travel to Hamhung and then climb through the mountains on foot to get back to Hyesan”, she said, describing a 360-mile round journey.

She added, “State Security Department and Ministry of People’s Security officials have figured out that people head to meth-producing cities [to buy drugs] – so officials spend a lot of time on the streets.”

Though the North Korean government has been widely accused of profiting from the production and smuggling of methamphetamine, a tough line is officially taken against drug abuse.

In 2013, state news agency KCNA said unequivocally: “The illegal use, trafficking and production of drugs which reduce human beings into mental cripples do not exist in the DPRK.”

Underneath this stark rhetoric, drug use is widespread – and production lucrative. Both are technically illegal, and for those unfortunate enough to be caught and convicted, punishments range from three to six month stints for minor first-time offences to the ever-present fear of execution in extreme cases.

Many of those incarcerated in long-term reeducation or labor camps for drug crimes still pursue their addiction after release.

The state may persistently crackdown on drug abuse, but narcotics are still serve medical and social purposes. DailyNK reported in 2014 that for those wanting to curry favour with an official, “the drug ‘ice’ is seen as an ideal gift”, and is commonly seen as a panacea, curing everything from strokes to back pain.

Much of this proliferation in drugs is attributed to the failing medical system in the country. Healthcare in North Korea is purportedly free, but has deteriorated at a rapid pace since the mid 1990s. Most are required to pay for medication, and connections generally prove more advantageous than financial means alone.

With trust in the state service low, many self-medicate with crystal meth or opium, and end up addicted. One of the residents told the source what started as a method to cope with an inflammation in the gallbladder has become a full-blown addiction to opium. “In difficult times like this, I can’t seem to get by without my drugs. I can’t live with my head clear,” he told our source.

Government crackdowns and surveillance has led to greater pent-up anxiety, and in many ways encouraged the use of such substances, the source added.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/29/north-korea-crystal-meth-drug-addicts

GUWAHATI: The city continues to receive a steady supply of popular party drug crystal meth, as crystal methamphetamine is popularly called, in spite of repeated attempts by the narcotic control agencies to seize consignments of the drug.

Sources in the state excise department said illegal meth factories dot the India-Myanmar border and the drug makes its way to the city through Barak Valley via Mizoram. In the past one month alone, over 3.93 lakh tablets of crystal meth were seized from various areas of Assam and Mizoram in separate operations. Several persons, including Myanmar nationals, were arrested.

 “The seized tablets are worth Rs 6 crore. Huge money is involved in the deals,” an excise department source said. “Crystal methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people snort, smoke or inject. Some even take it orally,” a test revealed.

Usually, its effects last from six to eight hours, but they can also last up to 24 hours. The drug, also called crystal, glass, ice and crypto, is sold in crushed or pill form. Last year, the police commissionerate here issued a lookout notice for at least seven drug peddlers. None has been arrested yet.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/City-high-on-party-drug/articleshow/47851516.cms

A drug trafficker who used his cellphone to text photos of a man who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered during a drug deal gone south has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.The office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy said Juan Castro-Navarro, 43, of Sinaloa, Mexico, was sentenced in a federal courtroom in San Diego to 182 months behind bars on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

A judge called him a “monster” who brought “poison” into the U.S. in the form of drugs.

According to prosecutors, in January 2014 Castro-Navarro used his cellphone to document the gruesome, violent torture of a man murdered in retaliation for stealing 10 pounds of methamphetamine.

Court documents show that Castro-Navarro – also known as “J” – sent graphic photos of the victim in a series of text messages to fellow drug traffickers.

He also sent the pictures to his girlfriend, telling her not to worry because he was working. In the texts, he told his girlfriend to look at a photograph and then “erase it.” In more messages, he told her again to “not to forget to erase” the images.

One photo that Castro-Navarro sent to his contacts was accompanied by this text message: “I just want you to know that I love you guys and that I’m only going to kill one more. I have never killed anyone who didn’t deserve it. I’ll see you later.”

Court documents said Castro-Navarro and other traffickers were set on revenge for the drug theft. In some text conversations, they incorporated emoticons.

One trafficker, identified as “Pokemon” texted Castro-Navarro: “Did you beat him or choke him?”

Castro-Navarro replied: “The second.”

Pokemon responded: “Very well.” He also added a semi-colon and a parenthesis to denote a winking emoticon face, the documents said.

Prosecutors said the first photograph sent via Castro-Navarro’s cellphone showed a man tied and taped to a chair with his hands behind his back. The victim had a black eye and was wearing a black sweatshirt and green or gray jeans.

After sending that picture, Castro-Navarro texted this message to a fellow trafficker: “I’m so f***ing pissed and these people are doing as I say.”

In another text, Castro-Navarro told a trafficker he and his crew were “extracting information” from the victim.

In a follow-up message, he texted: “I haven’t killed him because he says he is going to bring me 20 pieces [units of narcotics].”

Castro-Navarro then sent another photo showing a person holding down the victim with one knee on the man’s back, pulling on the end of a baseball bat. The victim’s face was down on a concrete floor with his pants half off. Another person was holding the victim’s head down. A third person holding a baseball bat was also standing nearby.

Half an hour later, prosecutors said Castro-Navarro sent another picture of the victim which showed the man face-down, naked from the waist down. He had a green plastic bag over his head. A person was stepping on the back of his head while another held the victim’s arms behind his back and a third person stepped on his legs. Prosecutors said the victim’s buttocks showed signs of bruising.

Castro-Navarro texted the victim was “gone” and then said he had been choked to death.

The final photo sent by Castro-Navarro to his associates depicted the victim’s lifeless body wrapped in a blanket.

According to a prosecutor, the body of a man brutally beaten to death was found wrapped in a blanket in Tijuana, Mexico, the day after Castro-Navarro sent the graphic text messages. The victim was wearing the same clothing as the man in the cellphone photos. The violent murder was documented in a Tijuana newspaper, the prosecutor said.

Castro pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 40 kilograms of meth and two kilograms of heroin on Jan. 13, 2015. He also admitted he managed other traffickers in the distribution of the drugs within California and from California to Utah, Washington and other parts of the United States.

His charges carried a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and a $10 million fine and a maximum of life imprisonment.

Duffy’s office said U.S. authorities did not charge Castro with murder because the victim was not a U.S. citizen and the crime occurred in Tijuana, thus the U.S. government lacked jurisdiction on that type of charge.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Juan-Castro-Navarro-Drug-Trafficker-Murder-Photos-Sentencing-San-Diego-310168811.html

An Otoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy performing a traffic stop on a vehicle Sunday at 6:36 p.m. for having expired registration tags led to an arrest of a Nehawka woman.

was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a controlled substance, not in the original container.

The deputy was traveling west on County Road F from 36 Road and noticed expired registration tags from April 2015 in a red Ford Escort that was in front of his patrol vehicle. After turning on the patrol vehicle’s overhead lights, a traffic stop was initiated at 3343 F Rd.

According to an affidavit, Adkins-Hickey told the deputy that “she knew her plates were expired” and had received a ticket from Plattsmouth June 19. While waiting for a license and warrant check information on Adkins-Hickey, the deputy asked her if he could search her vehicle.

“If you want to go ahead,” she said to the deputy, according to the affidavit.

As Adkins-Hickey exited her vehicle, she grabbed her purse. The deputy asked her if she didn’t want her purse checked. She told the deputy he could search her purse and placed it on the seat.

While looking in Adkins-Hickey’s wallet, the deputy found a syringe inside of it. The deputy asked Adkins-Hickey if there was methamphetamine in the syringe and she said, “yes.” Adkins-Hickey was then handcuffed and placed under arrest on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

Adkins-Hickey admitted to the deputy that she also had an “eight-ball of meth in her bra.”

According to the affidavit, the deputy un-cuffed her and she took out “one blue bag that contained three separate bags of suspected methamphetamines along with a cellophane baggie of marijuana.” She was handcuffed again and placed in another OCSO deputy’s patrol vehicle.

Two deputies then searched Adkins-Hickey’s vehicle and found a separate cloth bag containing marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a blue glass pipe with white residue inside of it in her purse.

According to the affidavit, Adkins-Hickey was transported to the Otoe County Jail where a deputy found a “light purple pill in a cellophane baggie” that she admitted was Lorazepam and she didn’t have a prescription to use it.

All of the evidence was packaged, sealed and was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime lab for further testing.

http://www.ncnewspress.com/article/20150626/NEWS/150629923

A St. Paul woman and man face felony drug charges after getting caught stealing at Wal-Mart.

Sylvia Pearl Cramer, 29, was charged with fifth-degree possession. She appears in court June 24.

According to the complaint:

Cramer was concealing makeup in her pockets at the business in the 10200 block of Hudson Road. She admitted to theft.

Also in her pocket was a plastic bag of syringe caps containing a white substance that tested positive as methamphetamine. The meth weighed more than 7 grams.

http://www.woodburybulletin.com/news/crime-and-courts/3766577-thiefs-pockets-contained-makeup-and-meth

CEDAR RAPIDS | A man who was found with meth hidden in his prosthetic leg will remain in jail until his trial for federal drug charges.

Jason Gauthier, 40, and six others were charged earlier this month for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in an operation that included Waterloo.558c80b5390ac_image

Authorities allege they intercepted 11 phone calls between Gauthier and the person at the head of the alleged meth ring, 39-year-old Mario Murillo-Mora, discussing repayment of debts. Authorities also claim Gauther had sold about 17 pounds of meth he received from Murillo-Mora, and officers found a pound of meth when they searched his home May 18.

Even after the search, Gauthier was caught with more meth a month later.

“When defendant was arrested on the instant charge on June 17, methamphetamine was found in his artificial leg,” according to court records.

One of Gauthier’s legs was amputated above the knee following a 1994 car accident, court records state.

Others charged in the case include Austin Michael Bertch, of Waterloo; Jessica Acosta; Vania Guadarrama; Rachel Berrones; Gustavo Gonzalez-Torres; and Jeff Richardson.

In 2005, Gauthier was arrested in connection with a federal counterfeiting probe. Marshalltown police found $1,890 in fake money along with two pounds of marijuana while searching another person’s home, and the investigation led them to Gauthier’s home.

There, authorities discovered remnants of a counterfeit bill and computer equipment.

http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-who-hid-meth-in-fake-leg-to-remain-in/article_0d9036a7-b61e-5208-9361-3efc1e6ed5d2.html

A crash in Porterville led to the arrest of a Visalia man accused of having more than six pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Porterville police were called to the area of the Porterville Developmental Center at Blue Heron and Worth Drive where a crash occurred. Alejandro Cabrera was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for his injuries and police began investigating the cause of the crash.

During their search of the vehicle, a small amount of drugs was found in the vehicle’s air vents. A search warrant was later served in the 1600 block of West Castle Avenue, where officers found six pounds of methamphetamine. They also found other evidence of drug sales, police said.

Once released from the hospital, Cabrera will be booked into Tulare County jail on suspicion of drug sales and transportation.

His bail has been set at $500,000.

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/local/2015/06/27/visalia-man-arrested-pounds-meth-found/29383047/

BEIJING— China has admitted that more than 14 million people or about one percent of the country’s massive population has used drugs. It has also disclosed for the first time that drug use has spread to as much as 90 percent of the country’s cities, districts and counties.C3EFDDD6-0BCF-4B35-B8EC-50C1939D0917_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy5_cw0

Chinese authorities are also finding it increasingly difficult to point fingers at traditional suppliers – such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar – because China itself is a major producer.

Chinese factories are churning out hundreds of thousands tons of synthetic drugs while some of its farmers have even taken to opium production at home, according to a report released by China’s National Narcotics Control Commission earlier this week.

The release of the report came just days before International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is marked on Friday June 26.

Uphill Struggle

The dire situation is complicated by rising demand for drugs among youth, increasing manufacture of synthetic drugs, changing supply routes and use of Internet for marketing and sales, according to the report.

“The continuous upgrading and change in drug trafficking approaches is making drug prevention and crackdown even more difficult,” said Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the drug commission.

Staggering though it might seem, drug experts suspect China is still underestimating the problem.

“The official figures provided by the Chinese government about drug use, have always been on the low end,” said Martin Jelsma, an expert with the Drugs & Democracy Program of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI). “In the past they were based on amounts of registered drug users, which obviously only represent a small proportion of the total amount of people who use drugs.”

In the report, China said nearly three million people are registered drug users, but estimated that more than 14 million had used drugs.

Intensive Enforcement

China has long taken a tough approach to combating drug use, focusing largely on harsh penalties instead of looking at the underlying social and economic issues driving drug use. Despite new efforts to crack down on the problem, drug use continues to rise, particularly among women and young people.

The number of identified and “registered” drug users rose by nearly 20 percent from 2.47 million in 2013 to 2.95 million last year. Authorities estimated the total number of users, including unregistered ones, at 14 million.

Much of the increase was among users of synthetic drugs who are usually young men and women in their 20s and 30s, observers said.

“In the past, Chinese women had only one role as housewives. Now many of them [are in] a different life as workers and frequent visitors to bars and Karaoke booths. They are also very stressed. Some of them feel drugs can release their stress,” said Keki Liu, an official with a women’s association.

Researchers Sheldon X. Zhang of San Diego State University and Ko-lin Chin of Rutgers University, who examined China’s drug problem, said, “China needs to establish a reliable drug market forecast system, which combines chemical composition analysis, reports and urine tests of arrested drug abusing offenders, and community informants on illicit drug use trends and pricing information.”

They also suggested that China “accelerate its experiment with the decriminalization of substance abuse and apply a public health approach to the treatment of addicts.”

Home-grown

Last year, Chinese authorities destroyed 4.36 million illegal poppy plants after using satellites to survey nearly half a million square kilometers of “potential drug planting areas.” And according to official statistics opium growing has spread across seven provinces and marijuana or cannabis is grown in 25 of the country’s 31 provinces.

This is a new revelation for international drug researchers, who see it as a sign that the Chinese illegal drug industry has found ways to sustain itself even if foreign supplies are cut off.

“The mention of an increase in home-made heroin is new and intriguing: the reality of a shortage of good quality heroin on the Chinese illicit market has often been mentioned, and it has puzzled drug market researchers including TNI why not more of the Afghan over-production found its way to fill the Chinese gap,” said the Transnational Institute’s Jelsma.

China’s Biggest Drug Worry

But traditional drugs such as heroin are not China’s biggest problem. The country’s biggest challenge is the surging growth of synthetic drug use and production. Last year 80 percent of the country’s new registered drug users were those addicted to synthetic substances.

And that is what is worrying officials the most.

“Compared with taking traditional drugs, such as heroin and opium, using methamphetamine can easily bring on mental problems,” Liu said. “The addicts find it difficult to control themselves and are prone to extreme and violent acts, including murder, kidnapping and injuring others.”

Health ministry officials have said that between January and September of last year, more than 100 cases of violent crimes across 14 of China’s provinces, were linked to methamphetamine abuse, exceeding the total number of cases over the previous five years.

Exports Rising

And the problem of synthetic drugs is not just domestic – it reaches far beyond China’s borders. China is a major world producer of synthetic drugs, and is coming under increased pressure from other countries including the U.S. to stop exports of chemicals used to manufacture them.

China has begun to face up to role it plays in the international drug market but in a more subdued manner. In the National Narcotics Control Commission’s report details about precursor chemicals seized by authorities was placed at the end of a section on ‘Sources of drugs’. The report said authorities stopped the export of 32 batches of chemicals totaling nearly 6,000 tons.

It remains unclear why China has not been able to effectively switch off supplies of precursor chemicals that go into the production of synthetic drugs. But there are signs that authorities are changing tactics.

China has begun to discuss the problem in a transparent manner and taking the people into confidence about the enormity of the problem instead of limiting its focus to the so-called “People’s War on Drugs” to officials.

“Under the pressures of rampant drug smuggling and strong domestic market demand, China is facing the grim task of curbing synthetic drugs, which young addicts increasingly use,” Liu said.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-drug-problem-worsening-as-local-production-rises/2838028.html

A Vanderburgh County woman is in jail after her child’s grandparents turned in videos of her allegedly smoking meth into authorities on Wednesday.

Lisa M. Saubier, 34, is preliminarily charged with child neglect and three drug-related charges. According to the probable cause affidavit against her, the investigation into Saubier started Wednesday after the grandparents of lisasaubier_1435276098208_20331244_ver1_0_640_480at least one of Saubier’s five children reported that they had videos showing the woman smoking meth last week.

Deputies, along with a Department of Child Services caseworker, went to Saubier’s residence in the 7100 block of Marx Road. According to the affidavit, Saubier declined to take an official drug test, but reportedly admitted that she had used meth earlier on Tuesday as well as two other times in the past week.

A man who was at Saubier’s home when investigators arrived — identified as Aaron W. Loesch, 40 — was also arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. According to the affidavit, deputies found a glass pipe in his pocket. He was released after posting bond, according to jail records.

During a search of Saubier’s home, authorities found multiple pipes and a box containing different prescription pills. All of Saubier’s children were placed in the custody of a grandparent different from the two who alerted deputies, according to the affidavit.

Saubier bailed out of jail on $1,500 surety on Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.

http://www.courierpress.com/news/local-news/crime/deputies-mom-arrested-after-videos-showing-her-smoking-meth-surface_72361359

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK— Oklahoma narcotics agents say they discovered a lot more than they bargained for when they busted a local woman for meth.

Undercover agents say they were tipped off that a woman living on Soward Road in Marshall County was selling methamphetamine from her home.Pickens+Karen+mug

They posed as customers, but during the exchange they say she asked them to do more than just buy drugs.

“The defendant said she was looking for somebody that she’d like to hire, to kill the ex-husband of her niece,” Mark Woodward, OBN Public Information Officer said.

Agents say she offered the drugs as payment in exchange for their acceptance to be hired hit-men.

“She provided methamphetamine as a down payment for him carrying out this murder for hire,” Woodward said.

59 year-old Karen Pickens was arrested Wednesday.

She’s charged of solicitation to kill in the first degree, as well as distribution of methamphetamine.

Narcotics agents stayed in constant contact with Pickens throughout the whole process as well as notifying and warning, the person she wanted to have killed.8165912_G

Neighbors who know Picken’s say they’re shocked to hear what went on so close to their homes.

“I know the lady and I never would’ve dreamed that she would do anything like that,” Allen Henry said.

Pickens was taken into custody after the second meeting, her bond is set at 1 million dollars.

“Can’t believe she’s been involved in it and now she’s messed up her life,” Henry said.

Pickens is set to be back in Marshall County Court tomorrow morning with a hired attorney.

http://www.kten.com/story/29411986/drug-investigation-leads-to-solicitation-to-kill-discovery

Marshall County woman arrested in murder for hire scheme

MADILL, Okla. — A Marshall County woman is in jail after allegedly hiring an undercover agent to murder her niece’s ex-husband.

Karen Pickens, 59, of Madill offered an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officer methamphetamine and cash to kill Darren Bailey two days ago. Her bond is set at $1 million.

She faces two felony counts, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and soliciting for first degree murder.

“Our undercover agent met with the defendant again on Wednesday of this week at her home and she provided methamphetamine as a down payment for him carrying out this murder for hire,” OBN spokesperson Mark Woodward said. “After the exchange she was arrested and taken into custody without incident.”

http://www.kxii.com/home/headlines/Marshall-County-woman-arrested-in-murder-for-hire-scheme-310082691.html

Blowing past cocaine to No. 2 in usage across Texas, methamphetamine poses the greatest drug threat to Southeast Texans, say local undercover agents tracking illicit drug trends.

Marijuana remains the most seized drug in the state, according to a recent annual report by UT-Austin.

Meanwhile, the state is reporting record numbers of meth-related deaths and seizures, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Jefferson County’s proximity to Houston, a major distribution hub for drugs coming into the U.S. from Mexico, makes Southeast Texas a permanent target for illegal drug trends across the state.

“We’re getting an awful lot of cases,” said Senior District Judge Larry Gist, who presides over Jefferson County’s Drug Impact Court.

From 1999 to 2006, the drug was linked to about 650 deaths. From 2007 to 2012, the number increased to 985 deaths, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

In 2009, the Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory detected methamphetamine in 97 samples taken from drug busts in Jefferson County. In 2013, the number jumped to 246, according to previous Enterprise reporting.

The lab also analyzes samples from Orange, Hardin and Chambers counties, though it gets few from Hardin and Chambers.

From 2009 to 2013, the number of samples that contained meth more than doubled, from 162 to 382, across the four counties.

Meth, known for its toll on the bodies and teeth of users, is cheaper and more pure now that the drug is mass-produced in Mexican superlabs rather than bathtubs in rural areas, said Capt. Troy Tucker with Jefferson County’s Narcotics Task Force.

In 2006, the state and federal governments placed strict regulations on the sale of pseudoephedrine, a compound found in cold medicine that is used to manufacture meth, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The crackdown worked, but only for a while.

Jane Maxwell, who authored UT-Austin’s report, said the restrictions had an adverse effect in that the sudden drop of domestic meth production created a demand Mexican cartels were willing to fill.

Maxwell recently testified to the state Legislature that the meth problem is even greater now than when pseudoephedrine was outlawed.

About seven years ago or more, meth labs abounded in rural parts of Jefferson County, Tucker said. But they became rare as manufacturers’ accessibility to the ingredients decreased, he said.

Orange County averages about two home narcotics searches a month, said Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson. Traffic stops account for most drug-related arrests in the county.

“It does seem like we’re dealing with a lot more meth than any other drug right now,” Hodgkinson said.

Meth usage is associated with property crimes, including burglaries and copper theft, he said.

Maxwell said methamphetamine affects a wide demographic. She said that men often decide to use meth because it can boost sexual performance and stamina, but it comes with a heavy price tag – an increase in STD and HIV cases among men who have sex with other men and by high-risk heterosexuals, who use mobile apps to meet sexual partners.

Local treatment programs say they’ve seen meth, which is cheaper and now more potent than cocaine, flooding the streets.

Other trends Maxwell noted in her report included an increase in the number of younger heroin users as well as a surge in cocaine’s popularity in Europe at the same time it is dipping in Texas.

Pill mills are trending downward, but they still remain a problem in the state.

Another growing threat is the use of designer and synthetic drugs, which are difficult to identify and which change often.

“It’s hard to warn our kids when parent don’t know what bath salts are or when new types of drugs are made every day,” Maxwell said.

Jefferson County’s Tucker said most overdose deaths in Jefferson County are caused by prescription pills.

Bath salts, a synthetic drug with stimulant and mood-altering properties often found in crystal form, and synthetic marijuana also are trending in Jefferson County, he said.

In early January, Beaumont Emergency Medical Services responded to more than 50 overdoses linked to a batch of synthetic marijuana that police were referring to as “particularly vile.”

“You get rid of one drug, and you get a new one,” Tucker said.

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/This-is-the-greatest-drug-threat-in-SE-Texas-6348818.php

In 2013, 246 million people worldwide—one of every 20 people between the ages of 15 and 64—used an illegal drug. Some 27 million of those are problem drug users suffering from addiction, dependence, or other disorders.

Combined, they would make up the 27th largest country in the world—nearly the size of Malaysia’s population. So how do drugs get delivered to market?

According to the annual World Drugs Report released Friday by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime, traffickers are evolving their routes in ways unique to the type of drug being smuggled.

Synthetic Drugs: Synthetic drugs, which include ecstasy, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, are believed to be produced all around the world. While they have been primarily trafficked within regions, significant increases in seizures over the past five years indicate new routes are being created to connect regional markets. From the UN report:628x-1ds

“New international supply channels [link] major markets in North America and East and Southeast Asia. … West Africa in particular appears to have become an established source of methamphetamine trafficked to East and Southeast Asia via South Africa or Europe. Turkey may have emerged as a transit point for methamphetamine smuggled from West Asia to Western and Central Europe. Recently there have also been reports of methamphetamine trafficking from Western and Central Europe to North America, South America and East and Southeast Asia.”

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Opiates: Major producers of opiates (or narcotics derived from the poppy plant, such as opium, morphine, and heroin) include Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos, Mexico, and Colombia.

Afghan opiates are generally smuggled to Europe on the “Balkan route” through neighboring Iran and overland to Turkey, a major transit point. Or they move north via central Asia to Russia, south through Pakistan, and onward to southern and eastern Asia.

New seizures made in Armenia and Georgia, countries never featured on the Balkan route, indicate that trafficking networks are experimenting with new trajectories, the UNODC said.

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Cocaine: The world’s three major suppliers of cocaine are Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. Coke usually flows north from the Andean countries to the U.S. and Canada and across the Atlantic to Europe via the Caribbean or Africa. Cocaine traffickers increasingly transport large quantities via sea, accounting for about 60 percent of the total quantities seized in 2013, according to the report.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-26/these-three-maps-show-how-drugs-move-around-the-world

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New UN Report Shows Marijuana Is Getting Stronger and Cocaine Is in a Bear Market – Coke is dying out, while weed is innovating

Thanks to innovation, illegal marijuana users are getting a stronger—and possibly more harmful—high today than they did 10 years ago.

The potency of cannabis, commonly measured by concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has steadily increased over the past decade in the U.S. and Europe, the two major marijuana markets, according to the annual World Drugs Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime.

High THC intake has been associated with anxiety, depression, and psychotic symptoms in users, and it affects the lungs and the heart. The conditions more frequently occur among regular users, although anxiety or psychotic symptoms may also occur in recent and inexperienced users, the UNODC said.

The rise in THC content is driven by “rapid advancement in cannabis plant cultivation techniques,” such as selective breeding and improved harvests in both yield and potency, according to the report.

Europe, the largest market, reported an average cannabis potency of more than 10 percent in 2012, with most European countries seeing an increase in THC content since 2006. There has also been a rise in cannabis-related health problems during those same years, in which the number of individuals seeking help for cannabis use rose from 45,000 to 59,000. Nearly half of them were daily users.

In the U.S., THC levels increased from less than 3.4 percent in 1993 to 8.8 percent in 2008, the UNODC said. More recent federal data from the U.S. of seized illegal cannabis shows that the THC content of marijuana has increased in the past two decades from 3.7 percent in 1993 to 12.6 percent in 2013.

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As more U.S. states start legalizing marijuana, cannabis use among Americans above the age of 12 increased in 2013 to 25.8 percent of that demographic, from 24.7 percent in 2012.

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While one recent survey showed that weed prices in Colorado, one of the four U.S. states that legalized medical and retail marijuana, are falling faster than expected, that didn’t seem to have affected last year’s profits. Monthly tax revenue last year ended at $8.5 million in December, nearly triple that earned in January, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Total monthly revenue, including licenses and fees, is poised to net approximately $76 million for the 2014 calendar year, according to the report.

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The horizon isn’t as green for cocaine. Coke supply is now at its lowest level since estimates from the mid-1980s, and demand is shrinking as well.

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As authorities intensify efforts to eradicate coca bush fields and dismantle cocaine-producing laboratories, global coca bush cultivation fell 10 percent in 2013 from a year earlier. The fall is driven mainly by cuts in the three main cocaine providers—an 18 percent decrease in Peru and a 9 percent cut in Bolivia. Potential production of pure cocaine in Colombia is estimated at 290 tons, the lowest level since 1996.

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Cocaine markets are shrinking the most in the U.S. and, most recently, in Canada. Cocaine use among high school students has nearly halved since 2006, and the proportion of young people who feel that cocaine is easy to obtain has also declined in recent years, according to the UN report:

“Supply reduction measures may have led to a reduction in the size of the cocaine market in some areas of the world, reflected in the number of seizures made and in the decline in the prevalence of cocaine use.”

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SANTA ANA – A man accused of killing a transgender woman told police he accidentally strangled her during a sexual encounter in the backseat of his car, according to testimony Wednesday.

Randy Lee Parkerson, 39, is charged with one count of felony murder in the death of 28-year-old transgender activist Zoraida Reyes, whose body was found behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim on June 12, 2014.nqh4o4-b88444122z_120150624171211000gdlaha83_10

In a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott A. Steiner found sufficient evidence to continue with Parkerson’s trial. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

Anaheim police arrested Parkerson in October. On the stand, Detective Julissa Trapp said Parkerson began to open up in a six-hour interview when he told her details of the killing.

“As we started to discuss what had happened, he was crying,” Trapp testified.

The detective said Parkerson, a drug addict, told her he doesn’t consider himself bisexual, but said he prefers sexual encounters with men when he’s high on methamphetamine.

Parkerson said he was clean for years but went on a major meth binge after he lost his long-time job last June. He’d been up for days on drugs when he met Reyes on a website and agreed to pay her for sex, according to testimony.

The two met in an area of Santa Ana and began having sex in the backseat of his car. During the encounter, Parkerson told police he wrapped his forearm around Reyes’ neck and began choking her. He said he stopped at one point but Reyes told him to keep going.

“He told you Zoraida wanted him to continue with the arm around her neck?” asked Deputy Public Defender Sara Nakada.

“Yes,” Trapp replied.

The encounter was “quick and intense,” he said, lasting about 10 minutes. Afterward, Parkerson told police he went to the front of his car to get his clothes and asked Reyes, “Are we good?”

When he didn’t hear a response, Parkerson said he checked on Reyes and realized she was dead.

Parkerson panicked and drove to Diamond Bar and Temecula looking for a place to hide the body before he eventually dumped Reyes behind a Dairy Queen on North State College Boulevard.

Trapp said Parkerson has expressed remorse for his actions and wrote a letter of apology to the victim’s family.

Reyes was a Santa Ana resident who immigrated from Mexico with her family at age 12. She was active in local and national groups advocating for the rights of transgender people and undocumented immigrants.

Deputy District Attorney Stephen McGreevy said there is no evidence that the case was a hate crime.

Parkerson is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again July 8.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A man suffered chemical burns and other injuries in the explosion of a methamphetamine lab at an apartment attached to a Bozeman motel.

Police Capt. Jim Veltkamp says the victim called 911 at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to report the explosion. Officers say the man had injuries to his torso and arms and chemical burns on his face. Veltkamp says the man was taken to a hospital outside of Bozeman for treatment of his injuries, which he did not believe were life-threatening. The meth lab team from the Missouri River Drug Task Force responded and processed what remained of the lab.

The drug task force is investigating. No charges have yet been filed.

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – What started as a meth lab complaint, turned into a larger problem.

Martin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fire that happened in the Beauty community Wednesday night.martinmeth

They do not know if the fire was caused by an explosion or arson.

Martin County officials were called to a suspicious camper Wednesday night.

Sheriff John Kirk said, “We had received a call from another deputy that had gotten a tip of a meth lab, a possible meth lab.”

When they arrived, they saw five people run into the heavy brush near the camper.

Inside, they say they saw items to make meth.

Then Thursday morning, the camper caught fire around 7 a.m.

Kirk said, “We believe that possibly either they went back and cooked meth and possibly there was an explosion or that they went back and burned the camper to try and cover up the evidence”.

Sheriff John Kirk said meth continues to be a problem in Martin County.

Meth is a very dangerous drug. its deadly and its proven that its deadly. you have fires, you have a lot of explosions during meth cooking.”

Deputy Chris Todd said there’s two reasons it is now more common. They say they relay on you for help in these cases.

Kirk added, “We are cracking down on it. were finding more and more every day. were getting more and more tips. we just hope that the public will continue to give us the tips.”

Officials said they have strong leads on who they believe is behind the meth lab.

If you have any information that can help, call the Martin County Sheriff’s Department at 606-298-2828.

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The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team Wednesday arrested three people on drug charges and outstanding warrants after investigators served a search warrant at a motel in Medford.EP-150629754

According to a Medford Police Department news release, MADGE investigators served a search warrant just before noon on a room at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road after receiving a tip about possible drug trafficking and wanted persons in the area.

Detectives arrested David Dewayne McDaniel, 37, and John Lawrence Thomas, 38, on charges of unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine after discovering almost 2 ounces of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash, along with scales and packaging materials, the release said.

In addition to the drug charges, McDaniel was held on charge of violation probation stemming from a previous conviction for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Also arrested at the motel room was Ashley Renee Scott, 28, who was arrested on a charge of failing to appear on a charge of criminal mischief.

Scott was booked in the Jackson County Jail and released on her own recognizance, while Thomas was lodged on more than $1 million bail. McDaniel is being held without bail on the probation violation, jail records show.

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In 2014, the adult market for pharmaceutical stimulants in the US overtook the long-reigning children’s market. Thanks to the eagerness of many doctors to prescribe so-called ADHD drugs, every high school in the country is sloshing with enough amphetamine to keep five Panzer divisions awake during an extended Africa campaign. But now, for the first time, you are more likely to find drugs like Vyvanse and Adderall in a corporate office park than a classroom.ADHD drugs are as dangerous

There is something unsettling about this continuing growth in prescription stimulants. Even though the pills are as strong as street meth – which in any case metabolizes quickly into dextroamphetamine, the main active ingredient in most ADHD drugs – nobody seems to call this class of drugs by its name: “speed.”

For those who have experienced the dark-side of regular amphetamine use, it has been a curious and concerning thing to see speed developed into a boom market extending well beyond narcoleptics and those suffering acute ADHD.

I first used speed while living in Prague during the mid-1990s. The city was awash in “pico”, or Pervitin, the name of the local methamphetamine inherited from the Nazis during World War II. Pico was cheap, strong and easy to get. I used it mostly to hit deadlines, but also as a party drug. The usual cycles always threatened: tolerance; the temptation to fend off deep crashes with another rail; the creeping sense that I couldn’t really be productive or have fun without it. I never got hooked hard, but those speed-fueled years were part roller coaster, part haunted house. I saw a lot of kids go off the deep end. When I returned to the US in the aughts, I saw more kids harmed by Ritalin and Adderall — pills prescribed to them basically for the asking, and which I found to be every bit as powerful, and ultimately dangerous, as bathtub crank.

During our recent industry-guided speed renaissance, “speed” has been turned into “meds”, reflecting the idea that amphetamine for most people remains some kind of safe treatment or routine performance-booster, rather than a highly addictive drug with some nasty talons in its tail. The full extent of this cultural forgetting hit me several years ago, when I asked an otherwise sophisticated street dealer what kind of speed he was holding. He stared at me in utter incomprehension. When I clarified my request with brand names, he said: “Oh, you mean meds.”

The trend in adult speed prescriptions has been driven by what Flemming Ornskov, the CEO of the drug-maker Shire, describes as his company’s “shift[ing] more effort into the adult ADHD market.” This “effort” by Shire and other drug companies has taken many forms.

In the US, it’s involved direct marketing on television using celebrity spokespeople like pop star Adam Levine and tennis great Monica Seles. The industry also sponsors conferences and funds research that encourages more testing, diagnoses and prescriptions. To push these ends, it has recently (re)discovered new adult uses for stimulants. In January, Shire won FDA approval to prescribe its leading patented stimulant, Vyvanse, as a treatment for “binge eating,” suggesting a return to the post-Cold War decades when the “Dexedrine Diet” turned millions of women in the US and Europe into amphetamine addicts.

Shire has fuelled this oblivion with its aggressive marketing of Vyvanse, a slightly modified d-amphetamine extended-release rocket fuel. The active patented ingredient in its new bestseller is something the company calls “lisdexamfetamine.” Note the “ph” has been replaced with an “f” in a crude but brilliant gambit. The company’s neo-phoneticism is intended to put more distance between its new golden goose and the deep clinical literature on speed addiction, not to mention last century’s disastrous social experiment with widespread daily speed use, encouraged by doctors, to temper appetites and control anxiety.

Many people signing up for Vyvanse and other new-gen daily regimen speeds are happy to buy into this illusion of distance between past and present, between street dealer and doctor’s pad. Poor people do dirty drugs like “meth” and “speed” and ruin their lives. Middle class strivers do “meds” and succeed while slimming down. But the truth is all speed is addictive. And all speed, even elegantly designed concoctions like Vyvanse, leaves users crashed out and riddled with anxiety and depression that deepens with time. (As those crashes get worse, it’s worth noting, they increase the allure of prescription opiates and benzodiazepines — two other booming drug markets that pharma has done much to cultivate.)

By all means, let adults buy speed if they want it for working, for partying or for losing weight. But let’s be honest with ourselves. The US is on track to becoming a nation of speed freaks, no matter how we choose to spell it.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/25/adhd-dangerous-street-meth-americans-are-getting-hooked

May 24, 2013

CHATOM — James Ryan Booth will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to 11 sex-abuse julie-guyjpg-becf99a6d13f7551charges and one drug charge earlier this year.  Bound in neon yellow handcuffs and wearing standard black-and-white stripes, Booth, 34, of Wagarville said little on Monday as Circuit Judge Robert Montgomery sentenced him to seven concurrent life sentences, five without the possibility of parole. When asked if there was anything he would like to say to the court, Booth responded with a dry “no, sir” before Montgomery read him his fate.

Booth’s sentencing closed a sordid ordeal involving Booth and his common-law wife Julie Ann Reed Guy committing sex acts with their young children. Guy, 21, was also sentenced to life in prison in February after she entered blind pleas on multiple charges of sexual abuse of children under 12, production of pornography, sodomy and rape.

In stark contrast to Guy’s tearful apology during her sentencing, Booth was unemotional, sitting with his hands folded or adjusting his handcuffs and looking up routinely. Deputies sat Booth away from other prisoners in the courtroom before the sentencing. When Montgomery asked him if he understood his sentence, Booth answered with a simple “yes.”

Officials said the children involved were daughter under a year old, a female cousin who was 4 years old and a 6-year-old son.

On a conviction for:

  • One count of production of child pornography, Booth was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, Booth was sentenced to two 20-year terms for each count.
  • One count of incest, Booth was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Two counts of first-degree rape, Booth was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole.
  • Three counts of first-degree sodomy, Booth was sentenced to three life terms without the possibility of parole.
  • One count of pornography involving a parent and minor, Booth was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • One count for possession of child pornography, Booth was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • One count of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, Booth was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

All sentences are to run concurrently, Montgomery said.

Booth and Guy were arrested in March 2012 at their Wagarville home after Washington County Sheriff ’s deputies were alerted to the sex crimes by the Washington County Department of Human Resources, which in turn had been informed by a concerned citizen, according to chief deputy Ferrell Grimes. Guy was sentenced to life in prison on two counts of production of obscene matter, two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of permitting or allowing a child to participate in the production of obscene matter.

Guy also received 20 years each on three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 (to run concurrently with the life sentences), five years for one count of incest (to run consecutively), and five years for one count of possession of obscene matter (to run concurrently).

Current guidelines make Guy eligible for parole at some point due to her age.

At Guy’s sentencing, Washington County District Attorney Spencer Walker entered into evidence a disc that he said had been prepared by the Alabama Department of Forensic

Science and which contained all the videos showing Guy engaged in acts she was eventually charged with.

The evidence was seized when Guy and Booth were arrested, and Walker requested that it be sealed. Prosecutors at Booth’s hearing also entered the disc into evidence and requested that it be sealed due to the graphic nature of the images and the ages of the victims.

Booth has the right to appeal within 42 days of his sentencing, Montgomery said.

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Officials satisfied with outcome of ‘worst case’ of abuse they’ve seen

Washington County officials say they are satisfied with the outcome of a child sex-abuse case that resulted in life sentences for a Wagarville couple.

James Ryan Booth, 34, and his common-law wife, Julie Ann Reed Guy, 21, both received life sentences for convictions on a combined 14 charges involving the first-degree rape and production of child pornography of three children. Both entered blind guilty pleas.

“I was pleased with the result,” District Attorney Spencer Walker said. “Mr. Booth received the maximum sentence of life without parole as far as the Class A felonies are concerned. He will never be able to abuse another child.”

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer also said he was satisfied with the outcome of what he called one of the worst cases of child sex abuse he has seen.

“I don’t know that we’ve seen anything as severe as this,” Stringer said. “As far as a failure of morality, this is probably the worst case I have ever seen, people abusing their own children. Everyone involved in this case suffered.”

Walker expressed a similar sentiment, saying that since he started with the DA’s office in 1989 as an investigator, this case is “by far the worst example (of child sex abuse) I’ve seen in all those years.”

“All are terrible, but this was certainly one of the more extreme ones I have seen,” Walker said.

On several of the charges, Booth was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while Guy’s age leaves open the possibility of parole.

Federal authorities are considering bringing charges against Guy, according to Spencer. Stringer said that Guy has already been transferred to a state prison after being sentenced in February and Booth will be transported sometime this week.

“It’s sad to say, but in most instances people who are eligible for parole are paroled.” Walker said. “I really don’t think they (the Board of Pardons and Paroles) will grant parole to her based on the facts of this case if they look at it carefully. But you never know.

“The thing to remember, this wasn’t just one child. There were three children that we know of, that we have video evidence of them being abused,” Walker added. “I think they (Booth and Guy) were predatory, and I hope they never have the opportunity to do it again.”

Walker said a young girl who had been babysitting for Guy asked to use Bluetooth to move some songs from Guy’s phone to her own and in the process transferred a video that detailed some of the abuse and was later used as evidence against Guy.

“This young lady was brave for a girl that age. She really held it together in a difficult situation. She didn’t let on and she waited until she could tell her parents,” Walker said.

After warrants were issued, officials from the Department of Human Resources, the DA’s office and the sheriff’s office collected digital evidence from cell phones, computers and a thumb drive that detailed the sexual abuse. That evidence was sent to the Alabama Computer Forensics Lab in Hoover, Walker said.

In a rare move, Walker called the grand jury back into session to consider the evidence for indicting Booth and Guy.

“That’s the first time I’ve done that as district attorney,” Walker said. “I felt there needed to be expedited action.”

The couple was indicted and arraigned before entering blind pleas, meaning no bargain was on the table in exchange for admitting guilt, Walker said.

Guy and her defense attorney alleged that Guy fell under the influence of Booth, but Walker said he was not sure that was the case.

“Honestly, I don’t think that the evidence that we extracted substantiated that claim.

It looked like both were, for lack of a better term, willing participants just from the video evidence,” Walker said.

“They both claimed they were under the influence of methamphetamine at the time, and that may have been the case. However, I have prosecuted by now hundreds of people who have been methamphetamine addicts. I’ve even been present when doors were kicked in, and in most of those cases those people still have the instinct to protect their own child. In this case, that didn’t seem to be present.”

Despite his stoic demeanor during his sentencing on Monday, Walker said Booth seemed remorseful during the interview with police after his arrest and cried during questioning.

“I have not experienced a case where the child has been so young in this area. I don’t recall there being a case with an infant,” Walker said. “I would say it ranks up at the top as far as depravity is concerned.”

Stringer said sex abuse of children is rare in the area, and he has not seen any sympathy for the couple from the public.

“The more severe the punishment, the better,” Stringer said.

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February 23, 2012

Child sex abuse investigation against couple leads to Methamphetamine charges as well

WAGARVILLE, Alabama — A 31-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were charged today with sexually abusing 2 children and manufacturing methamphetamine in Washington County, authorities said.

James Ryan Booth and Julie Reed Guy were each charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and 2 counts each of rape, sodomy, child sexual abuse and chemical endangerment of a child, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ferrell Grimes said.

The couple, who Grimes said were living together but not married, will have a bail hearing Friday morning at the Washington County Courthouse in Chatom. Meanwhile, both were held at the Washington County Jail, Grimes said.

The investigation of the couple was primarily intended to look into the sex abuse allegations, Grimes said. He said that deputies executed a search warrant at their home in the Wagarville area of northeast Washington County.

Besides confirming the allegations of sexual abuse against 2 children, deputies also found components of a meth lab in the home, as well as the drug itself, Grimes said.

The Washington County Department of Human Resources took custody of the children and placed them in what Grimes described as safe homes.

http://blog.al.com/live/2012/02/child_sex_abuse_investigation.html

April 09, 2012

Wagarville couple indicted on sex abuse, rape charges

MOBILE, Alabama — A Wagarville couple have been indicted on several charges accusing them of raping three young children, including their 8-month-old daughter, and recording the abuse on a cell phone video camera, authorities said today.

Julie Anne Guy, 21, and James Ryan Booth, 33, are each charged with three counts of rape, three counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, possession of obscene matter, production of obscene matter, allowing a child to engage in production of obscene matter, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Guy is also charged with two counts of incest, while Booth is charged with one count of incest.

Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said the couple were arrested in February after someone reported seeing a video of the abuse on Guy’s cell phone.

A grand jury issued the indictments late last month.

The victims are the couple’s infant daughter, Guy’s 5-year-old son and a 4-year-old girl, according to Stringer.

The couple made videos of the abuse on a cell phone camera, Stringer said.

“It’s our opinion they were making the videos possibly for re-sale,” Stringer said. “It really does indicate they were making them for a purpose.”

The couple were also manufacturing meth, the sheriff said.

Court records show that the cases are pending in Washington County Circuit Court. Both defendants have been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation by a forensic psychologist.

Defense attorney Jason Darley, who is representing Guy, said she will be pleading not guilty during an arraignment tomorrow.

An attorney for Booth couldn’t immediately be reached for comment today.

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MARION, Kan. – People in Marion County, one hour north of Wichita, say they are stunned by the rape of a 13-year-old girl over the weekend.

It happened in a rural part of the county at 7:30 in the morning.

Sheriff’s officers arrested two suspects, ages 19 and 21.  KSN is not naming the suspects to protect the identity of the victim.

Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft sys they have a strong case against the two suspects.

He says the two suspects in this alleged rape of the girl are in the jail and have been charged here in Marion county court with rape and child endangerment.

Meanwhile, residents say they are stunned and concerned at the young age of the victim. Some parents also say they are concerned that at least one of the suspects may have been using meth at the time of the crime.”

“They’re both very serious,” said Sheriff Craft. “They’re both felony charges and they would both carry substantial prison time if the court sees fit for that.”

Sheriff Craft says in the charging documents two adult males were riding around in a car with the young girl when the rape happened.

And there was drug use, specifically meth, at the time the alleged rape happened.

In fact, the sheriff says one or both of the suspects may have been using the drug methamphetamine at the time.

Now parents in Marion County say everyone is talking about the alleged crime.

One of those parents is Shelly Schale.

“Yes and no. You hope that you wouldn’t see it here, this small of a community.

Shelly Schale says she has her own 13-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old, and says since it happened, parents are talking about their kids and how to keep them safe.

“This has made me think twice about checking with my girls to make sure they are where they need to be and see who they are hanging out with because this is scary,” said Schale. “Could have been my child.

Shelley says she’s seen problems with meth and other drugs in her neighborhood… And says she wants parents to be on the lookout.

The sheriff says they are dealing with drugs, fighting that fight.

But, he reiterates parents can help with the drug issues in any Kansas county.

“They can get wrapped up in it easily and it can spiral out of control pretty quickly.” Said Craft.

The sheriff says there could be more charges on the way because the incident documents claim there was meth use by at least one of the suspects at the time of the rape.

http://ksn.com/2015/06/24/residents-of-marion-county-say-theyre-stunned-by-rape-of-13-year-old-girl/

A La Farge woman who was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia reportedly smuggled a methamphetamine pipe into the Monroe County Jail.

An inmate reported on June 6 that 26-year-old Cassandra M. Carmody produced a pipe and a small plastic bag after hiding it inside herself, according to the sheriff’s department report.

The inmate also reportedly had a note from Carmody to another inmate asking if that inmate wanted to buy meth from her, and she said she saw Carmody break the pipe and flush it down the toilet.

Carmody reportedly told authorities she was not hiding any drugs or objects when booked on June 5. When she was later questioned she admitted to bringing in the pipe, according to the report.

She was referred to the district attorney’s office for delivering items to an inmate. She currently is facing two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting or obstructing an officer and being party to possession of marijuana, all of which consider her a repeat offender.

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Fargo police say a man high on methamphetamine murdered two people this week, and one attack appears random.

Officers responded to the first killing on Monday afternoon. They found 45-year-old Clarence Flowers dead with more than 50 stab wounds. Early Tuesday morning, police were called to a second location where 24-year-old Samuel Traut, a Sartell Minn., native, was found beaten to death with a hammer.

Ashley Hunter, 35, faces two felony murder charges. Police say Hunter and Flowers knew each other and had been involved in drug deals.

Traut, however, appears to be a random victim — “A good young man unknowingly opened his door to a monster,” Interim Police Chief Dave Todd said.

“We do believe Ashley Hunter was using methamphetamine which produces symptoms such as paranoia and for some reason he ended up at the back door of Samuel Traut’s residence,” Todd added.

Traut graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 and took an engineering job in Fargo. He was active at the NDSU Catholic center where he led Bible studies, said the Rev. James Cheney, who called Traut “a man of tremendous courage and virtue.”

Police say Hunter has admitted killing both victims.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/24/fargo-murders

A Huntington Beach man who police said ran naked through a neighborhood while high on methamphetamine was cited and released Saturday night.

Police officers responded to a call about a naked man running from yard to yard at about 10:25 p.m. near Hartford Avenue and Delaware Street, said Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Marlatt.

Officers detained a suspect, later identified as Donald Ray Ingram, in an alley.

Police said Ingram, 58, told officers that he had used methamphetamine for the first time in a while, which caused him to act irrationally.

He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was later cited and released, Marlatt said.

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Deanna Bargeman, 27, of Lakewood Drive in Jacksonville was arrested June 23 by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on two charges of possession and distribution of a methamphetamine precursor; possession of drug paraphernalia; conspiracy; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute methamphetamine.

Bargeman and two others are accused of making methamphetamine and of possessing sulfuric acid, plastic bottles, syringes, plastic bags, tubing and coffee filters, according to warrants.

Bond was set at $200,000.

http://www.jdnews.com/article/20150624/NEWS/150629468/15170/NEWS

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – One man arrested Tuesday night after police said he crashed his car into the Water Garden at 1901 North Shoreline Boulevard and fled on foot, trying to hide drugs behind the seawall before police arrived.8150865_G

It was around 11:50 p.m. when officers were called out to the Water Garden. A silver car had left the roadway and crashed into the shrubbery around the location, and the driver had fled on foot. However, witnesses identified him.

Police caught up to driver as he was walking away and said he was trying to hide something behind the seawall. Officers took him into custody and recovered the hidden object, which they determined to be a bag of methamphetamine.

The driver, identified as 43-year old Trent Cerrito, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and his vehicle was impounded.

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