Provincial newspaper publisher shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence, sparking calls for investigation

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemned Monday’s murder of Larry Que, publisher of a news site on the island of Catanduanes, and said it “challenged” President Rodrigo Duterte to find the perpetrators and utilize a special task force he set up to protect media.

The Philippines enjoys one of Asia’s most liberal media environments, and one of the most dangerous for journalists.

Scores have been killed in the past three decades, with radio broadcasters who cover provincial politics among the most common victims. Investigations of killings have often been inconclusive.

The NUJP said Que had run Catanduanes News Now, a new publication, for only two weeks before he was shot in the head outside his workplace. He also owned an insurance firm and previously ran for local office.

His article, according to NUJP, suggested local officials were negligent when a laboratory was illegally set up to make “shabu”, a methamphetamine that Duterte has vowed to wipe out, along with anyone selling it.

Duterte signed an administrative order in October to create a task force of ministers, police, defense and justice officials to protect media, investigate attacks on media workers and create an oversight body to scrutinize probes.

The NUJP said the presidential panel should be put to work to find Que’s killers. It criticized the government for its approach towards media and for what it said was a tendency to accuse journalists of distorting the president’s words.

“We call on this administration to walk the talk and prove its professed respect for press freedom, not only by quickly solving these brazen assaults on press freedom but, just as importantly, by ending its penchant of falsely blaming media for deliberately misinterpreting its often inconsistent and incoherent messages,” the NUJP said.

Duterte’s office has often issued statements that contradict the mercurial president’s public remarks. After some of his most controversial comments, his communications team has said his words should be taken seriously, but not literally.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the government condemned violence against journalists and called for a thorough investigation into Que’s death.


Shiite Iran’s narco-jihadist proxy Hezbollah is operating a “virtually unopposed drug trafficking operation” in South America with links to the terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reports the bipartisan House Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.

Hezbollah is also involved in money laundering and provides its expertise in the illicit practice to other drug trafficking groups in Latin America, including Los Zetas in Mexico.

“Multiple financial actions by the [U.S.] Treasury Department in recent years have highlighted the ability of Hezbollah, a terrorist group with reputedly sophisticated financial expertise, to exploit the international financial system and move and store illicit assets,” notes the House Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing in its report.

“In 2011, Lebanese-Colombian national Ayman Joumaa was indicted in the United States for cocaine trafficking with links to the Mexican Los Zetas group and laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds across Latin America, West Africa, and Europe—some portion of which he reportedly reserved as profit to Hezbollah,” it adds.

Echoing the report, Joseph Humire, an expert on Iran’s presence in the Western Hemisphere and executive director at the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), told Breitbart News in September that various Latin American transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), including Mexican drug cartels, are paying Hezbollah a “tax” to move people, narcotics, weapons, and other contraband in and out of the Americas.

While it remains unclear exactly how much money Hezbollah generates from its illegal activities in Latin America, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, former deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), estimated in March 2015 that illegal drug trafficking in the region generates at least “tens of millions” for Hezbollah.

The congressional task force reports:

Based in Lebanon, the Shiite Muslim terror group Hezbollah has been linked with South American drug trafficking organizations operating out of the tri-border [Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil] region. This criminal partnership has generated millions of dollars in revenue for the group to fund their operations in the Middle East. Further, there is a growing concern that terrorist groups could use Latin American criminal organizations to infiltrate the United States.

The report points out that U.S. law enforcement has affiliated Hezbollah’s drug trafficking operations with the U.S.-designated terrorist group the FARC, which is identified as one of the Latin America-based groups that controls the majority of the illicit cocaine cultivation and production across the world.

Citing Michael Braun, a former DEA operations chief, the bipartisan task force reports that Hezbollah is running a “virtually unopposed drug trafficking operation… in South America.”

In June, Braun told the House Financial Services Committee that Hezbollah is generating millions from a “cocaine money laundering scheme” in Latin America that “provides a never-ending source of funding” for its terrorist operations.

Also in June, the U.S. State Department reported that Venezuela, which has refused to cooperate with the United States’s counterterrorism efforts in Latin America for nearly a decade, provides a “permissive environment” within its borders that promotes ideological and financial support for Hezbollah.

The task force notes that a Venezuela-led group of South American Countries is behind the operations of criminal networks that are creating alliances with terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.

National security expert Douglas Farah, president of IBI Consultants LLC and senior visiting fellow at the National Defense University Center, told lawmakers in May 2015 that the “convergence of terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption [is]… a significant strategic threat to the United States.”

He claimed that a bloc of South American countries, led by Venezuela, are operating transnational organized criminal networks and creating alliances across the world with terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and the FARC, adding that they often use the proceeds from drug trafficking as their revenue source.

The “bloc of countries, led by Venezuela, now operate jointly both as a political project with an underlying goal of harming the United States, and as a joint criminal enterprise,” testified Farah.

According to the House task force, the nexus between criminal groups and terrorist organizations in Latin America is growing.

The task force acknowledges that Hezbollah operations in the Western Hemisphere extend to the United States, noting, “Hezbollah [has] financed its activities in part by using shell companies in North Carolina to smuggle cigarettes to finance terrorism.”

Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), vice chairman of the terrorism financing task force and chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, told Breitbart News that terrorism financing is an overlooked threat that needs to be taken seriously.

“The [task force] report underscores the need for a continued and greater focus on the matters related to countering terrorism financing in this country as well as working with our friends and allies around the world,” he said.


A woman is accused of introducing contraband into Ouachita Correctional Center following a traffic stop Monday.

About 10:30 p.m., a Louisiana State Police trooper conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 165 near Finks Hideaway Road after a vehicle reportedly crossed the fog line with both right side tires.

According to the trooper, the driver, Amy Williams Jones, 38, of Rayville, was unsteady on her feet and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. She was arrested and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center, where she reportedly told corrections officers that her passenger had stuck a bag in her underwear. A deputy found a bag containing methamphetamine.

Jones submitted to chemical tests for intoxication. No alcohol use was found, but Jones reportedly said she had taken a Klonopin.

She was charged with DWI first offense, introduction of contraband into a penal institution (meth), possession of a controlled dangerous substance Schedule II (meth) and improper lane use. Bond on the DWI charge and improper lane use was set at $1,150. Other bond information is not available.


BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Richmond Register is reporting that a Berea man was arrested Sunday morning after a woman called Madison County deputies saying the man was holding her against her will at a home on South Dogwood Drive.

According to the newspaper, the woman told deputies that the man had forced her to use methamphetamine and had raped her repeatedly over a three-day period.  The woman reportedly locked herself in a bedroom in order to make the call.

The Richmond Register says, when deputies arrived, the victim ran out of the home barefoot and was taken to safety.  63-year-old Danny Davidson, the suspected captor, also came out of the home and tried to drive away, but was taken into custody, according to the paper.

Davidson has been charged with rape and adult kidnapping.  He was taken to the Madison Co. Detention Center.




Rape, Kidnapping Charges for Berea Man


The Morgan County Drug Task Force arrested a mother and daughter Monday for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said.

Angela Terrell, 45, and Taylor Terrell, 20, were arrested in Hartselle after a Drug Task Force agent was called to a traffic stop when Hartselle police discovered what they believed to be methamphetamine inside the pair’s vehicle, Franklin said.

Authorities initiated a search of the vehicle after smelling the odor of marijuana while conducting the traffic stop, Franklin said. During the search, officers located several glass smoking pipes, marijuana, a set of digital scales and approximately 2 grams of a crystal and powder substance that tested positively as methamphetamine, Franklin said.

Both women were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and transported to Morgan County Jail with bail set at $2,500 each.


PRESCOTT — Trying to conceal gem baggies full of meth down her shirt during a traffic stop in Prescott didn’t prevent a Minnesota woman from being arrested for multiple felonies.

Meghan J. Blaiser

Pierce County prosecutors charged Meghan J. Blaiser, 32, Cottage Grove, Minn., with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and THC and carrying a concealed knife Dec. 12.

She was released from jail on a $10,000 signature bond. If convicted, she faces up to $100,000 in fines and/or 25 years in prison.

According to the complaint:

Police stopped a Chevrolet Cruze at 8:56 p.m.  Dec. 9 at the intersection of Highway 10 and Canton Street in Prescott for speeding.

Blaiser, along with passenger Jeffrey J. Fritz, Cottage Grove, told police the vehicle belonged to a man named “Hawk” who let her borrow the Cruze while he installed a subwoofer in her car.

As police escorted Fritz from the vehicle, who had a Hudson municipal warrant for his arrest, they smelled the odor of marijuana drifting from the vehicle. After Fritz, a convicted felon, admitted to possessing a spring-assisted knife in his pocket and told officers the marijuana in the car wasn’t his, police questioned Blaiser, who kept repeating that the vehicle didn’t belong to her.

Officers found small particles of a green, plant-like substance in the center console, plus two large Ziplock bags containing a large quantity of marijuana tucked into a black plastic bag on the floor of the backseat.

Blaiser’s purse contained $232 in cash, a spring-assisted knife (illegal to have in her possession as a convicted felon), two cellphones and a long lightbulb that appeared to be a “grow lamp.” Fritz was carrying more than $800 in cash.

When police found the marijuana, Blaiser told them she didn’t have any idea where it came from, but added that she was an informant for the Dakota County Drug Taskforce and that her contact is a man named Dan, though she had no idea of a last name. She claimed to be working with the task force in nabbing Hawk, the man allegedly installing her subwoofer.

During a search of her person before being transported to jail, a Prescott officer found folded sandwich baggies beneath a scarf coming from inside Blaiser’s shirt. As a baggie of a white, crystalline substance was pulled out of her clothing, she denied having more. Several more were found. She later told investigators the meth was being used to “bring in Hawk.”

In all, police confiscated 23.9 grams of methamphetamine and 90.2 grams of THC. Blaiser admitted to investigators that she was going to sell the meth and that the cash found was proceeds from a drug sale.

Blaiser told police Fritz had nothing to do with the drugs found; he is not facing any charges at this time.

Blaiser is scheduled to appear in Pierce County Circuit Court at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 30 for a preliminary hearing.

SANTA CRUZ >> A Santa Cruz man and Scotts Valley woman were arrested on suspicion of having more than 89 grams of methamphetamine, 8 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team.

Meryl Craig, 46, of Santa Cruz was arrested in connection with possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale and possession of drugs for sale with the same prior offense. All are felonies. Jessica Thompson, 33, of Scotts Valley also was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin for sale and possession of methamphetamine for sale, according to a release by Sgt. Mark Yanez.

Members of the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team served a search warrant at a motel at the 600 block of the of Third Street in Santa Cruz, where officers found the drugs, a scale, drug-packaging materials “consistent with drug sales” and syringes, according to the release.

The Anti-Crime Team combines efforts by California State Parks, Santa Cruz County Probation Department, Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Watsonville Police Department, Capitola Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, California Highway Patrol and UC Santa Cruz Police Department.

Craig remained in custody Tuesday afternoon at Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $140,000 bail. Sgt. Chris Clark, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Thompson was released Saturday. He did not immediately have information about her bond.



COWETA — A woman was arrested Tuesday after nearly 20 meth labs were found in her Coweta home, law enforcement officials said.

Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies and Coweta police officers discovered 19 “shake and bake” meth labs in the home of Apryl Jeske, 54, in the 26000 block of East 10th Street on Tuesday morning, Deputy Nick Mahoney said in a news release. A search warrant had been issued for Jeske’s home after officials gained information that narcotics were being manufactured and maintained there, he said.

Officials located methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the house, Mahoney said, and also found a motorcycle that had been reported stolen in Broken Arrow.

“The Sheriff’s Office is aggressively seeking out people who use and (sell) narcotics in our county and working hard to take the drug dealers off our streets,” Sheriff Chris Elliott said in the release.

Jeske was booked into the Wagoner County Jail on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, and endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, Mahoney said.

NICEVILLE – A 32-year-old Crestview woman sitting in the third row of a passenger van that was pulled over by a Niceville Police Department officer was arrested after syringes and methamphetamines were found near her.

One of the syringes was in plain view at her feet.

The other was crammed into a pile of her clothing, as if she’d tried to conceal it at the stop, according to her Niceville Police Department arrest report. A clear bag of methamphetamine was also discovered.

She told officers none of the items were hers and she had no idea who they belonged to.

She was charged with possession of drugs and equipment.


Roseburg Police arrested a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of stealing from Coastal Farm & Ranch and possession of methamphetamine. 

Amber Michelle Douglas, no address provided, allegedly stole merchandise from the supply store before fleeing from the scene in a blue 1995 Nissan Pathfinder in the 740 block of Garden Valley Boulevard, Roseburg.

At approximately 7 p.m., officers located the vehicle and contacted Douglas. During an investigation police found the woman to be in possession of the stolen items and a small amount of methamphetamine.

She was arrested without incident on suspicion of second-degree theft and methamphetamine possession. She was lodged at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $56,250 bail.


As part of an ongoing investigation into large-scale trafficking and distribution of crystal methamphetamine in the Mobile area, the Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team executed an operation in Eight Mile Dec. 19 – 20 that led to the arrest of a husband and wife.

During the operation, a search warrant was executed at the home on 9171 Spice Pond Road. Officers seized over a half a kilo of crystal methamphetamine worth $60,000. An ounce of marijuana, a Toyota pickup truck, and $3,000 cash were also seized.

Carlos McDonald, 35, was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana first degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kimberly McDonald, 37, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman and three men were arrested at a Goldsboro home after deputies say they were found making meth at the house.

The arrests took place on Tuesday at 2002 Margaret Drive in Goldsboro, according to an email from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

“During the course of the investigation officers executed a search warrant at the above listed residence,” deputies said. “During the search officers located items consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine … and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.”

Edwin Alan Foil, 42, James Creech, 49, Amanda White, 27, and Bobby Pelt, 41, all of the Margaret Drive home were charged.

Each suspect is charged with one count of manufacture methamphetamine, six counts of possess / distribute methamphetamine precursor, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Each of those charged is being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $300,000 secured bond.



Recently, The Maine Public Broadcasting Network published an article detailing a dramatic spike in the number of clandestine methamphetamine (meth) laboratories discovered across the state. Drug enforcement authorities in the state reported that Maine is on track to double the number of meth lab busts for this year.

Not only is meth an illegal drug that can destroy people’s lives, but the chemicals used in its production can also contaminate buildings, leaving hazardous chemical residues in homes and businesses where it is produced. Chemicals commonly used in the production of methamphetamine include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride and trichloroethane. Other chemicals may include muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide and ammonia.  Many of these same toxic chemicals can easily contaminate carpeting, wallboard, ceiling tiles, furniture and fabrics that absorb spilled or vaporized chemicals.

“People, and especially children, living in homes once used as clandestine methamphetamine laboratories can be exposed to these dangers left behind in chemical residues throughout a property,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Many of these chemicals can remain a hazard long after the property was used to produce meth and unsuspecting residents and building occupants could be at risk.”

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As the drug and opioid epidemic escalates in the U.S., a new study has identified the 10 drugs most associated with fatal overdoses.

The study, published today in the National Vital Statics report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 47,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2014 — an increase from more than 38,000 in 2010. Opioid drugs continue to be linked to the highest percentage of these deaths.

The report may spur public health officials and other leaders to focus more on responding to the growing addiction and drug abuse problem, said Dr. Caleb Alexander, a co-director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness.

The data “should give patients and providers and policymakers pause,” he said. “They underscore the seriousness of the overdose epidemic.”

The study’s researchers, from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Food and Drug Administration, found that the most frequently mentioned drugs on death certificates in fatal drug overdoses were multiple forms of opioids, stimulants and a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, often used to treat anxiety or insomnia. The researchers examined federal data from death certificates from 2010 to 2014.

The 10 most abused drugs on those death certificates were listed in this order: heroin, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and two benzodiazepines called alprazolam (a common brand name is Xanax) and diazepam (a common brand name is Valium).

Despite work to combat rising numbers of fatal overdoses in the U.S. in recent years, deaths associated with all these drugs, except methadone, increased during the study period.

However, the authors clarified, it is possible that some of the increase may be due to improvements in reporting on death certificates.

Opioids remained the leading cause of overdose deaths, according to the period and data reviewed in the study, but the specific opioid drugs responsible for the fatal overdoses changed. From 2010 to 2011 oxycodone, a prescription drug, was the leading drug linked to overdose deaths. In the following years the illicit drug heroin caused the most drug overdose deaths.

From 2010 through 2014, the number of drug overdose deaths per year increased nearly 23 percent, from 38,329 to 47,055, according to the CDC.

In the same period, deaths associated with heroin use more than tripled, from 3,020 to 10,863.

“I think that these findings are important and another indication of just how serious of an issue this is,” Alexander told ABC News today.

“Opioids are responsible for a disproportionate number of injuries and deaths,” he said. “It’s only natural that policymakers and public health officials focus on opioids.”


Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat

Former President Felipe Calderón declared the war against drug trafficking on December 11, 2006, in Mexico, leaving an outcome calculated with over 27,000 people disappeared, 150,000 dead, and 280,000 displaced from their home.

December 11, 2016, marked the 10 year anniversary of Mexico’s War on Drugs.

Former President Felipe Calderón watches a military vehicle on top of a pile of weapons confiscated in Ciudad Juárez. The PANista unleashed the war on drugs on December 11, 2006.  Photo: AP / Eduardo Verdugo

In this archived photo of January 12, 2014, men belonging to the autodefensas of Michoacán travel on board a truck full of sandbags as they try to expel alleged members of the Knights Templar Cartel from the city of Nueva Italia, México. Photo: AP / Eduardo Verdugo

In this photo from October 9, 2009, the corpse of an unidentified man beaten and mutilated hangs from his neck under a bridge on the old road Rosarito, in Tijuana. Photo: AP / Guillermo Arias

Image from August 16, 2011, shows the bodies of two men shot dead next to the Caleta Beach in Acapulco. Photo: AP / Bernandino Hernández

In this photo from January 16, 2014, a child helps his father to arrange the weapons at a checkpoint established by the autodefensas of Michoacán in Tancitaro. Photo: AP / Felix Marquez

People paint sketches of bodies as part of a memorial for the dead on the death anniversary of the war on drugs at the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City. Photo: AP / Rebecca Blackwell

In this photo from September 6, 2014, a soldier enters a house riddled with bullets, labeled with the initials CDG for the Gulf Cartel and Z for the Zetas, in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. Photo: AP / Eduardo Verdugo

In this photo from May 6, 2011, the hand of a corpse hangs from a bed with a syringe, in an improvised morgue inside a container in Durango. Photo: AP / Dario López-Mills

In this archived photo of April 16, 2016, soldiers salute Mexico’s Secretary of Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos, at the No. 1 military camp in Mexico City. Photo: AP / Marco Ugarte

Source: Proceso


Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 153 people in jail, including one man from Shreveport serving a life sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Cullen Reed Harris was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole on March 27, 1992 in the U.S. federal court of the Western District of Texas for conspiracy to manufacture more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine and manufacturing of more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine.

Obama commuted the sentence Monday to 420 months, or 35 years, meaning Harris will be out of jail in 10 years.

Monday was the largest single-day act of Obama’s presidency with 231 pardons and commutations, bringing the total number of commutations while he’s been in office to 1,176, including 395 life sentences. Obama has granted commutations and pardons to a total of 1,324 people while in office.

Obama granted  commutations, Obama also granted pardons to 78 individuals, doubling his previous number of pardons for a total of 148. A majority of Monday’s grants involved drug-related charges.


Obama grants record 231 commutations

Posted: 21st December 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

President Obama granted clemency to 231 individuals Monday, the most in a single day by any president in U.S. history.

The president announced the commutation – or shortening – of sentences for 153 federal inmates and pardons for 78 individuals, most of whom were serving or had served sentences for drug-related crimes. Pardoned individuals will have certain rights restored and are formally forgiven for their crimes.

The move comes as Obama prepares to end his second term with a flurry of actions the White House said reflected the president’s “commitment to exercising his clemency authority.”

“The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance. While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them,” White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a blog post.

During his two terms, Obama has commuted the sentences of 1,176 prisoners, including 395 serving life sentences. The president has also granted pardons to 78 individuals bringing his total number of pardons to 148.

The announcement was made during the president and his family’s annual holiday vacation in Hawaii.

Eggleston indicated the president will likely make more commutations before he leaves office but the number of requests awaiting response is sizeable: there are currently 13,042 requests for commutations and 1,937 pardon applications filed with the Department of Justice’s Office of the Pardon Attorney.

Alabamians included on commutation, pardon list


  • Jonathan Rodrico Carter of Anniston was sentenced in 2006 to life in prison and 10 years supervised release on charges of possession with the intent to distribute a cocaine base. His prison sentence was commuted to end on Dec. 19, 2018 with enrollment in a drug treatment program upon release.
  • Jeremy Conner of Tarrant was sentenced in 2011 to life plus 60 months imprisonment with 10 years supervised release for possession with an intent to distribute cocaine base, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a fire arm. Prison sentence commuted to a term to 15 years imprisonment, with enrollment in residential drug treatment upon release.
  • Curtis Drayton of Prattville was sentenced in 1995 to life with five years supervised release for four counts of distribution of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting. His prison sentence was commuted to expire April 18, 2017.
  • George Ralph Ellis of Birmingham was sentenced in 2005 to 15 years imprisonment with five years supervised release for possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing marijuana, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; and possession with intent to distribute a substance containing cocaine base. His prison sentence was commuted to expire on April 18, 2017.
  • Cecil Ray Frye of Saraland was sentenced in 2007 to 548 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking felony. Prison sentence was commuted to 211 months’ imprisonment with enrollment in a residential drug treatment program upon release.
  • Scherean Jean Means of Birmingham was sentenced in 1996 to life imprisonment with 10 years supervised release for conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana; and five counts of using a communication facility to commit, cause or facilitate commission of drug felony. Prison sentence commuted to 360 months imprisonment.
  • Jamael Aaron Nettles of Mobile was sentenced to 365 months imprisonment and four years supervised release in 2006 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and simple possession of marijuana. Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 18, 2017.
  • Lawrence Maurice Powe of Mobile was sentenced to 40 years in prison and five years supervised release in 1992 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute schedule II controlled substance; possess with intent to distribute schedule II controlled substance; and two counts of use of firearm in a drug trafficking felony. He was also assessed a $100,000 fine and $900,000 in forfeiture obligations. Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 18, 2018 and unpaid balance of forfeiture obligation remitted with enrollment in a residential drug treatment.
  • Mark David Turner of Opelika was sentenced to 481 months in prison and five years supervised release in 2002 for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 50  grams or more of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of pseudoephedrine; two counts of using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and two counts of manufacture and possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. Prison sentence was commuted to expire on Dec. 19, 2018 conditioned on enrollment in a drug treatment facility.


  • Jesse Daniel Burgher of Montgomery was sentenced on Sept. 8, 1989 to five years in prison for possession with intent to distributed at least 100 kilograms of marijuana.


More than $3 million in cash destined for Mexico was found in two cars in Escondido Tuesday, the largest cash seizure ever made by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego County, authorities said Friday.

Two men, one a citizen of Mexico, the other of the United States, were arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. currency in their separate vehicles.

“It was quite a significant seizure,” said Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott. Stacks of crisp $100, $20, $10 and $1 bills were confiscated.

An agent followed a speeding Kia Forte from southbound Interstate 15 to West Country Club Lane about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and pulled over the driver. The agent suspected that the Kia was being driven in tandem with a Volkswagen Passat that raced off while the Kia was stopped, Endicott said.

Agents found $33,880 inside eight vacuum-sealed bundles in the Kia’s center console. The driver, a 53-year-old American man, was arrested.

Endicott said agents fanned out looking for the Passat and found it abandoned on Bittersweet Street, a residential cul-de-sac. The suspected driver, a 41-year-old Mexican man, was discovered hiding in some brush.

Inside the trunk of his car were eight cardboard boxes containing a total of $3,018,000 in cash.

The two suspects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. They pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges of willfully concealing currency in excess of $10,000 and intent to take the money out of the U.S., to Mexico.

“This amount of money represents the largest currency seizure ever in San Diego Sector,” Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow said in a statement. “The hard work and perseverance demonstrated by the involved agents was essential for this outcome.”

By comparison to other cash seizures in recent years, border agents at the San Onofre checkpoint found $291,000 in a car, tucked amid baby supplies and boxes of laundry detergent, in 2014. Another seizure that year netted $51,000, and in 2013, $43,000 was found in a car.


A homeless mom is facing felony drug charges after Cheyenne Police found her high on meth in front of her kids.

Officer Kevin Malatesta says police were called to Little Philly on December 15, after someone reported that an occupied car had been sitting in the parking lot for several hours.

“When the officers approached the car they found a person named Glenda Lewis standing outside of the car with the trunk open and all of the doors of the car open,” said Malatesta. “Lewis was throwing things out of the trunk and ranting about someone being planted in her car.”

Malatesta says Lewis’ 5-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son were in the back seat.

“Lewis was found to be under the influence of methamphetamine,” said Malatesta. “She had a small amount of methamphetamine on her and she admitted to using the methamphetamine around the kids.”

The 32-year-old was arrested and her kids were taken into protective custody.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Laramie County Circuit Court.



A Rockmart woman was in jail Monday after being accused of forgery and identity fraud.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Macy Renee James, 22, of 49 Crayton St., was arrested Sunday at 8:38 p.m. at Staples, 212 Shorter Ave., after she used identification cards belonging to another person and signed a check as someone else.

She also gave two false names to police when asked and signed the wrong name on her booking information.

James had a bag of methamphetamine in her possession as well.

James is charged with two felony counts of identity fraud, four felony counts of forgery in the first degree, four felony counts of false statements and writing and felony possession of methamphetamine.

She also is charged with misdemeanor counts of giving a false name and date of birth and theft by receiving stolen property.



A 25-year-old woman is facing charges after U.S. border customs officials say she tried to smuggle liquid methamphetamine inside Native American-style dreamcatchers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the woman was detained Sunday at the Columbus, New Mexico Port of Entry after a drug-sniffing dog alerted customs officers. The officers found six dreamcatchers in the woman’s 2000 Dodge Neon.

Officials say the dreamcatchers’ rings were made of rubber tubing filled with a liquid that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

The woman from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, was handed over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents.



Ten Kansas City, Missouri area defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute at least 100 pounds of meth. Authorities allege that the defendants conspired to deal meth from January 2013 to December 2016 and also engaged in a money-laundering conspiracy during that time. If convicted, the defendants would also have to $700,000 judgment, and forfeit several vehicles.
The defendants include:
  • 32-year-old Juan Rodriguez-Rivera, also known as “Juan Carillo,” “Armando Garcia,” and “Luis Rodrigues,” a citizen of Mexico.
  • 27-year-old  Rafael Elodaid Baylon-Palma, also known as “Eli” of Kansas City, MO
  • 34-year-old  Mauricio Daniel Dominguez of Kansas City, MO.
  •  Rolando Segura, age unknown, of Kansas City, MO.
  • 29-year-old Jesus David Baylon-Palma, also known as “Raul,” “Fathead,” and “Primo” of Raytown, MO.
  • 27-year-old Esmeralda Contreras-Fernandez of Raytown, MO
  • Jose Carlos Baylon-Carrasco, age unknown, a citizen of Mexico residing in Grandview, MO.
  •  26-year-old Eduardo Luna-Avina, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, KS.
  • 36-year-old Jose Santana-Chavez of Kansas City, KS.
  • 32-year-old Rory Sanchez, address unknown.




Along with shortening the sentences of 153 nonviolent drug offenders on Monday, President Obama also pardoned 78 people. Here are their names:

Ryan Michael Ashbrook — DeWitt, Mich.
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute approximately 56 pounds of marijuana (Southern District of Texas)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon six months’ home confinement and performance of 200 hours of community service (September 8, 2000)

• Robert Spencer Baines — South Thomaston, Maine
Offense: Conspiracy to possess, possession with intent to distribute over 1,000 pounds of marijuana (District of Maine)
Sentence: Six years’ imprisonment (July 31, 1986)

• Roy Darrell Benson — Albuquerque
Offense: Bank fraud (District of Oregon)
Sentence: 18 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; $50,000 restitution (January 30, 1995)

• Theresa Marie Bishop, a.k.a. Teresa Clark — Pittsburgh
Offense: Knowingly disposing of a firearm to a person convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year (three counts); falsification of firearms purchase forms (two counts) (Western District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon one year of home detention (December 8, 2006)

• Tavia Dion Blume — Snohomish, Wash.
Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense (District of Montana)
Sentence: 42 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (May 21, 1999) (as amended July 12, 1999)

• Bob Edward Bone — St. Louis
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine (Eastern District of Missouri)
Sentence: One year and one day of imprisonment; two years’ supervised release (May 2, 2006)

• Philip Stephen Brown, a.k.a. Phil Brown — Rock Springs, Wyo.
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine (District of Wyoming)
Sentence: Five months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release, including five months’ home confinement (May 11, 2000)

• Jesse Daniel Burgher, a.k.a. Jessie Burgher — Montgomery, Ala.
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana (Southern District of Florida)
Sentence: 60 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (September 8, 1989)

• Caryn Lynn Camp, fka Caryn Lynn Camp-Kenworthy — Taichung, Taiwan R.O.C.
Offense: Wire fraud (10 counts); mail fraud (two counts); conspiracy to steal trade secrets; conspiracy to transport stolen goods; interstate transportation of stolen goods (District of Maine)
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $7,500 restitution (December 7, 1999)

• Randy Dale Cantu — Niwot, Colo.
Offense: Conspiracy; falsely making and forging endorsement on government bonds (Southern District of Georgia)
Sentence: Five years’ probation; $169.80 restitution (February 8, 1978)

• James Randolph Carter — Wagoner, Okla.
Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute (Northern District of Oklahoma)
Sentence: 60 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 30, 1991) (as amended May 15, 1997)

• Dolly Ann Chamberlain, fka Dolly Ann Taylor — Herald, Calif.
Offense: Conversion of government money (Eastern District of California)
Sentence: 36 months’ probation, including 180 days of home confinement; $3,000 fine; $82,673.06 restitution (September 23, 2002)

• Tietti Onette Chandler, fka Tietti Chandler-Shelton — Columbus, Miss.
Offense: Embezzlement of mail matter by a postal employee (Northern District of Mississippi)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon the performance of 150 hours of community service (April 1, 1999)

• Larry Wayne Childress, Jr. — Williamsville, Mo.
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine (two counts) (Eastern District of Arkansas)
Sentence: One day of imprisonment; four years’ supervised release, including 12 months’ home detention (March 6, 1997) (as amended November 13, 1997)

• Kristi Lynn Coe, a.k.a. Kristi Lynn Coe-Hagan, fka Kristi Hinshaw — Haw River, N.C.
Offense: Mail fraud (mistakenly listed in the judgment as mail theft) (Middle District of North Carolina)
Sentence: Five years’ probation, conditioned upon four months’ home confinement; $17,785.72 restitution (October 11, 2001)

• Melissa Rae Conley, fka Melissa Faith — Midland, Tex.
Offense: Aiding and abetting distribution of a detectable amount of methamphetamine (Western District of Texas)
Sentence: 18 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (January 24, 2007)

• Christopher John Darville — Missouri City, Tex.
Offense: Making false statements to a federally insured financial institution (Middle District of Louisiana)
Sentence: One day of imprisonment; three years’ supervised release conditioned on three months’ home detention; $2,000 fine (November 27, 2001)

• Amanda Kucharski DeBlauw, fka Amanda Richmond — Newmarket, N.H.
Offense: Distribution of heroin (District of New Hampshire)
Sentence: Five months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 11 months’ home detention (November 29, 1999)

• Lehi Victoria Dickey, a.k.a. Lahi Dickey, fka Lehi Dickey Bryant — Oakland, Calif.
Offense: Bank embezzlement (Northern District of California)
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $1,000 fine (September 13, 1985)

• Ronald Lee Eyler — Williamsport, MD
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in excess of one kilogram of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine (District of Maryland)
Sentence: Two years’ imprisonment (March 9, 1992)

• Michael Anthony Facchiano, Jr. — Venetia, Pa.
Offense: Mail fraud (two counts) (Western District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence: Six months’ imprisonment; five years’ probation; $2,000 fine (February 22, 1985)

• Theresa Renee Gardley, fka Theresa Renee Naper, fka Theresa Renee Thornton — Hillside, Ill.
Offense: Unlawful use of an unauthorized access device (Southern District of Texas)
Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment, suspended; five years’ probation, conditioned upon 200 hours of community service; $6,411 restitution (December 9, 1988)

• Karim Riad Georgy — Tampa
Offense: Acquiring and possessing controlled substances by fraud, deception, or subterfuge (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $1,500 fine; $1,000 restitution (November 6, 2001) (as amended January 28, 2002)

• Donald Lee Gilbert — Phoenix
Offense: Interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle (District of Maine)
Sentence: Two years’ probation (October 19, 1964)

• Pamela Ann Golemba — Enfield, Conn.
Offense: Conspiracy to export cocaine (District of Connecticut)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, including six months’ house arrest; $2,500 fine (December 15, 1989)

• Richard Allen Graham — Callahan, Fla.
Offense: Destruction of mail matter by a postal employee (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence: One year of probation, including 25 hours of community service (December 19, 2008)

• Bobby Joseph Guidry, a.k.a. Bob Guidry — Youngsville, Calif.
Offense: Conspiracy to import marijuana; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana (Southern District of Mississippi)
Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment; five years’ probation; $1,000 fine (March 4, 1988)

• Edward John Hartman — Westampton Township, N.J.
Offense: Conspiracy (submitting false and fraudulent documents to FHA and VA) (District of New Jersey)
Sentence: Four months’ imprisonment; three years’ probation; $3,000 fine; unspecified restitution (July 11, 1986)

• William Bernie Heckle, Jr., a.k.a. Billy Heckle — Orangeburg, S.C.
Offense: Falsifying medical prescriptions and illegally dispensing controlled substances (Schedule II through Schedule V); dispensing prescription medication without a legitimate written order from a prescribing physician (District of South Carolina)
Sentence: 18 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (December 4, 1996)

• Juleen Nicole Henry — Duluth, Ga.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana (Eastern District of Michigan)
Sentence: Time served (115 days’ imprisonment); two years’ supervised release (April 23, 2001)

• James Ralph Hoeckelman — Irwin, Pa.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana (Western District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence: 30 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (April 10, 1992) (as amended April 18, 1997)

• Ralph Allen Hoekstra, a.k.a. Ralph Alan Hoekstra — Huntington Beach, Calif.
Offense: Importing wildlife contrary to law (Central District of California)
Sentence: One year of probation; $5,000 fine (January 19, 2005)

• Samuel Wesley Howze, a.k.a. Sala Udin — Pittsburgh
Offense: Unlawfully transporting firearms; possession of untaxpaid distilled spirits (Western District of Kentucky)
Sentence: Five years’ imprisonment (November 20, 1970)

• Herman Lamont Jackson — Maple Heights, Ohio
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine (two counts) (Northern District of Ohio)
Sentence: 63 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine (March 29, 1999)

• Mark Edward Johnson — Hanscom Air Force Base, MA
Offense: Conspiracy to import more than 100 kilograms of marijuana (Western District of Texas)
Sentence: 24 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 200 hours of community service (April 6, 2004)

• Cathy Mae Jones, fka Cathy Mae Bennett — Alamogordo, N.M.
Offense: Conspiracy (District of New Mexico)
Sentence: Time served (nine days’ imprisonment); five years’ supervised release; $1,423.50 restitution (September 14, 2006)

• Fabius Romero Jones — Oakland, Calif.
Offense: Theft from interstate shipment (Northern District of California)
Sentence: One year of probation; $100 fine (August 24, 1977)

• Ricky Eugene Jones — Alamogordo, N.M.
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 5 grams or more of methamphetamine; attempt to manufacture 5 grams or more of methamphetamine; maintaining a place for manufacture of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute less than 5 grams of methamphetamine (District of New Mexico)
Sentence: Time served (42 days’ imprisonment); five years’ supervised release; $1,423.50 restitution (September 14, 2006)

• James Harold Keaton — Bassett, VA
Offense: Possession of a stolen firearm (Western District of Virginia)
Sentence: 30 months’ probation, conditioned upon 50 hours of community service (November 9, 2007)

• Dean Robert Kondo — Daly City, Calif.
Offense: Possession of counterfeit currency (Northern District of California)
Sentence: 12 months and one day of imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (July 19, 2000)

• Mary Ann Krauser, fka Mary Ann Iron Shield — Fort Yates, N.D.
Offense: Involuntary manslaughter (District of North Dakota)
Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment, suspended; five years’ probation (June 1, 1982)

• Emmanuel Gabriel Leeper — Plano, Tex.
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute marijuana (Eastern District of Missouri)
Sentence: 151 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 9, 1993)

• Keith Alan Little — Odessa, Tex.
Offense: Interception of electronic communications (Western District of Texas)
Sentence: Five years’ probation, including four months in a halfway house; $10,000 fine (June 14, 1990)

• Victoria Hunter Lowe — Tucson
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Western District of Texas)
Sentence: 46 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (July 18, 2006)

• Dawn Mascari, fka Dawn Steponavich — North Branford, Conn.
Offense: Aiding and abetting in illegal gambling operation (District of Connecticut)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon two months’ home confinement; $2,000 fine (April 23, 2002)

• James Willie McGrady, Jr. — Fayetteville, N.C.
Offense: Distribution of cocaine and aiding and abetting; distribution of cocaine in excess of 500 grams and aiding and abetting; possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug trafficking crime (Eastern District of North Carolina)
Sentence: 37 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine; $1,000 restitution (April 11, 1989) (as amended May 3, 1990)

• John Frederick McNeely, Jr. — Santa Ana, Calif.
Offense: Receiving counterfeit government obligations (Central District of California)
Sentence: Three years’ probation (July 27, 1970)

• Kenneth Shannon Meadows, a.k.a. Kenny Shannon Meadows — Celina, Tenn.
Offense: Manufacture, assemble, modify, sell and distribute electronic devices for the unauthorized decryption of direct-to-home satellite television services (Western District of Kentucky)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon six months’ home confinement; $36,424 restitution (August 25, 2003)

• Roger Delos Melius — Faulkton, S.D.
Offense: Conspiracy to submit false statements (District of South Dakota)
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $87,712.91 restitution (October 11, 2007) (as amended December 17, 2007)

• Samuel Nyamongo Mongare — Arlington, Tex.
Offense: Possession of false identification documents with intent to defraud the United States (Western District of Texas)
Sentence: Four months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (March 27, 2001)

• Steven Odell Moon — Burleson, Tex.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess phenylacetic acid (Northern District of Texas)
Sentence: 60 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (January 24, 1991)

• George Bernard Moran — Federal Way, Wash.
Offense: Conspiracy to import a substantial amount of marijuana into the United States; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute an amount of marijuana over 1,000 pounds; subscribing to a false United States Income Tax Return (District of Maine)
Sentence: Eight years’ imprisonment (May 11, 1984)

• Thomas Whitfield Morris, Jr. — Pawleys Island, S.C.
Offense: Conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States (District of South Carolina)
Sentence: Five years’ probation, conditioned upon 300 hours of community service (August 26, 1992)

• Christopher Muratore — Tampa
Offense: Devising a scheme to defraud the United States of money and property and devising a scheme to deprive the United States Bankruptcy Court and the citizens of the United States of honest services (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence: 36 months’ probation, including six months’ home detention; $107,850 restitution (September 25, 2001)

• Serena Denise Nunn — Atlanta
Offense: Aiding and abetting in the attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine (District of Minnesota)
Sentence: 188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (sentence commuted) (April 11, 1990)

• Francis Joseph O’Hara, Sr. — Camden, Maine
Offense: Conspiracy to restrain, suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids; conspiracy with others to knowingly and willfully make and use false documents containing false statements in matters within the jurisdiction of the Defense Personnel Support Command (District of Maine)
Sentence: Six months’ imprisonment; two years’ supervised release; $200,000 fine; $950,000 restitution (September 13, 1991)

• James Allen Palmatier — Highland, N.Y.
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine (mistakenly listed in the judgment as possession of cocaine) (Northern District of Alabama)
Sentence: 97 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 300 hours of community service (September 21, 1989)

• Allen Wayne Parker — Fort Smith, Ark.
Offense: Officer of U.S. stealing property of another (Western District of Arkansas)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon an undetermined term of home confinement and five weekends of intermittent confinement; $1,000 fine (May 1, 1991)

• Robert Allen Petty — Mineola, Tex.
Offense: Distribution of methamphetamine (Western District of Oklahoma)
Sentence: 33 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (April 4, 1994)

• Benjamin Ramos — Jamaica, N.Y.
Offense: Conspiracy to transport and sell stolen goods (two counts) (Southern District of New York)
Sentence: Four years’ probation; $5,000 restitution (September 21, 2000)

• Erica Renee Ramos, fka Erica Renee DeVore, fka Erica Renee Ramirez — Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Offense: Use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence: Two years’ probation (February 20, 2003)

• Doretha Doreen Rhone — Philadelphia
Offense: Theft (District of Columbia)
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $3,060 restitution (March 14, 1989)

• Adam Philip Ricciardiello — Naples, Fla.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana (District of Vermont)
Sentence: Time served; three months’ residence in a community confinement center; four years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 200 hours of community service; $5,000 fine (July 1, 2002) (as amended July 3, 2002 and January 28, 2003)

• Ramon Escalera Sanchez — Cheney, Wash.
Offense: Possession of less than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute (Eastern District of Washington)
Sentence: 27 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (September 19, 2003)

• Bryan Scot Sandquist — Gig Harbor, Wash.
Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm (District of Oregon)
Sentence: 40 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (November 4, 2002)

• Heidi Kay Schmidt, fka Heidi Kay Watt — Denton, NE
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance (District of Nebraska)
Sentence: 30 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release, conditioned upon 250 hours of community service (June 30, 2005) (as amended April 12, 2006)

• Allen Thompson Sherwood — Ooltewah, Tenn.
Offense: Conduct unbecoming an officer (shoplifting) (United States Air Force general court-martial convened at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana)
Sentence: Dismissal from service; four months’ confinement; forfeiture of $500 pay per month for four months; $5,000 fine (January 24, 1990)

• Kaseen Lathell Simmons, a.k.a. Ceno Smith — Detroit
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana (District of New Mexico)
Sentence: 21 months’ imprisonment; two years’ supervised release (May 17, 1999)

• Brenda Lorene Sinclair, fka Brenda Lorene Pontius — Boise, ID
Offense: Receiving, possessing, concealing and disposing of stolen money (District of Oregon)
Sentence: Ten years’ imprisonment; five years’ probation; $1,986 restitution (October 27, 1986)

• Michael Slavinsky — Irvine, Calif.
Offense: Misdemeanor illegal supplementation of salary by an employee of the United States (District of Columbia)
Sentence: Three years’ probation, conditioned upon performance of 50 hours of community service; $10,000 restitution (January 7, 1998)

• Richard Earl Smout — Blackfoot, ID
Offense: Possession of stolen mail (District of Utah)
Sentence: Time served (77 days’ imprisonment) and two years’ supervised release (November 20, 2001)

• Robin Shelley Soodeen — Upper Marlboro, MD
Offense: Bank embezzlement (District of Columbia)
Sentence: Eight months’ halfway house confinement; five years’ supervised release; $49,000 restitution (October 2, 2001)

• Pamela Joy Stokes — Southfield, Mich.
Offense: False Statement (Eastern District of Michigan)
Sentence: Two years’ probation, conditioned upon 120 days’ home confinement (May 3, 2006)

• Joseph Eugene Swies — Frederic, Wis.
Offense: Forgery of postal money orders (Western District of Wisconsin)
Sentence: Three years’ probation; $1,259.71 restitution (July 27, 1984)

• Shari Dee Trompke — Grand Island, NE
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (District of Nebraska)
Sentence: 36 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 17, 1997)

• Jessica Ann Tyson, fka Jessica Ann Martin — Grand Rapids, Mich.
Offense: Conspiracy to commit bank fraud (Western District of Michigan)
Sentence: Two years’ probation; $1,200 restitution (December 2, 1997)

• Robert Steven Warden — Monroe, Wash.
Offense: Simple possession of approximately two grams of heroin (Central District of California)
Sentence: One year of probation (December 4, 1972)

• Vera Mae Yurisich — Cashmere, Wash.
Offense: Perjury (Eastern District of Washington)
Sentence: Three months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (April 30, 2007)


Tijuana: The whole city is a crime scene

Posted: 20th December 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Original article available at ZETA
Translated by El Wachito
Prior recommended reading: Brother of El Karateca Shot

With the full entrance of CJNG to the fight between Sinaloa and the young fraction of Cartel Arellano Felix, the quantity of murders and the areas of danger of the city have expanded. In this moment, the bloody bath gets worse, man are being dismembered and narcomantas are being left. In the colonies were the fights are more intense, the neighbors complain and consider that the safest thing to do is to look the other way and pretend that nothing happened.

“There you go. So you can see who commands in Tijuana. Att. Aquiles”

Around 1100 AM, Wednesday 23rd, of August, a couple was gunned down in Fraccionamiento Santa Fe. The area was not included in the 10 most dangerous areas of the city, however, the delegation San Antonio de los Buenos belongs to that area, and it has a red mark.

 “Because of the incursion of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion with the young members of the CAF, the areas of danger of the city continue to expand”, said an investigator to ZETA.

The Santa Fe victims were identified as Brayan Garmiño Moreno and a young woman, identified as Joselyn Garate Marquez. Regarding Joselyn, the investigators of the State Council of Security, know that she is the ex-girlfriend of Salvador Alcala Gonzalez, who was arrested in September 13, of 2014 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, due to an apprehension order with purposes of extradition into the United States for “drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic drugs”; he was also identified as an operator of the Cartel Arellano Felix in Baja California since 2012.

Regarding Brayan, the authorities have two versions: The state indicates that he is the brother of Carlos Garmino Gonzelez (CAF leader) and a cousin of Fernando Garmino Moreno “El Fashion”, “La Muñeca”, or “La Barbie”, both detained in february of 2016. The Federal government claimed that he is the brother of “El Fashion” and a cousin of “El Karateca”. And one day before an attack was perpetrated against Brayan, cops visited his home without any results.

In 2012 this young man was detained while trying to charge 2000 dollars in Los Alamos for extortion. And in October of 2014, he was shot in an armed attack inside ZKA nightclub, where El Karateka” made it out with any injuries. Everything in Tijuana.

During wednesday’s incident, it was Garmino who drove the vehicle where he was attacked, to Hospital Del Carmen, where he was medically assisted.

However, authorities claim that this rise in violence started in August 16, and the criminals have focused in the Third area of La Zona Rio. Criminals have documented this area with violance through dismembered bodies, gunned down individuals and narcomantas.

The morning of Tuesday 16th of August, outside People’s nightclub a luggage with a black bag inside was located, inside the bag, the body of an unidentified man was found. Limbs and head were ripped apart from the body and the following message was left”

“Here we still present and we will never leave. Here im leaving a reminder that we are still giving orders and that from here to El Real you will see that you dont exist. Not even strippers from the CAF or dolls of the Cartel Jalisco. Here is the proof thief’s. Here the sky is still green and thats it. FIERRO METAL”.

For the authorities, this is a message from Victor Hugo Mejia Lopez “El Griego”, who represents the interests of the Cartel de Sinaloa of the brothers Alfonso and Rene Arzate, against CJNG-CAF of the people of Gamiño Moreno.

Then, around 6AM of the morning of August 20th, another narcomessage with the body of a dismembered man was left inside a luggage in the area of the bridge of Gato Bronco:

“This is what bridges are for, bunch of dirties. Not for letters or stupid mantitas, Pendejas Strippers of CAF and dolls of Jalisco. Here we are still in command: Arturo Gomez (El Gross). Jose Juan Perez (El Piolin). Pablo Edwin Huerta Nuño (El Flaco), Edgar Alejandro Herrera (El Caiman o El Zame or El Cabo 8). Ill make you sit down assholes. You cant mess with me FIERRO METAL”.

Again “El Griego” of Sinaloa against CAF and affiliates.

During the same Saturday 20th of August, after 5PM, in Colonia Lomas de la Presa, Luis Angel Astengo was executed, and a manta with the following message was left to his body:

“Here is your fucking green sky. All the people of La Rana and Akiles go fuck yourself. CJNG-CAF”.

The investigators claim that the assassination was an answer from Los Arellano and Jalisco to the Sinaloans.

Then two others were executed. During the morning of Monday 22nd of August, the Police discovered two man that were trying to hang a body from the bridge Simon Bolivar. They ran away. The individuals abandoned ropes and a message inside a bag that said:

“Here is CJNG/CAF. Go fuck yourself Griego”.

A few hours later, in number 27 of the Fraccionamiento Junco in Villas del Alamo, another body was discovered, next to an unused cardboard and a marker. The authorities determined that the two man had been executed inside the house.

According to information received by the authorities, the responsible for the assesination was an independent drug dealer identified as “El Ceja”, “An independent Chapulin”, that buys drugs in La Zona Norte and sells it in the east side of the city. “He left narcomessages without actually being a part of the original conflict”.

In August 23rd, after 5AM, they attacked again. Now it was a direct attack perpetraded againsts People’s Bar. The criminals burned two areas and left a message that said:


“Arellanos and Jalisco responded to Sinaloa”, concluded the authorities. And this are not the only conflicts that have happened in this bar (PEOPLES); in March of 2015, Jorge Calderon Camacho executed Luis Madrigal Madrigal, when he left the nightclub. And in July 1st of 2015, the dead bodies of a male and a female with their bodies painted with green aerosol were found inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the nightclub. According to investigations, the couple dedicated themselves to smuggle drugs for the Cartel De Sinaloa. Over the bodies, the investigators found a narcomessage with threats against Rene Arzate “La Rana”.

In the official Facebook page of Peoples nightclub, Cesar Rodriguez, the main director of the Bar, made the following statement:

“Yesterday morning we suffered an attack, and to be honest we are very mad and at the same time happy because this is a symbol that the work that we are doing its really good and therefore people are jelous because we are succesful. We are sad to know that a lot of people tries to incriminate our work, we are understand that it bothers other people, however we will continue to work because thats why we went to college and we work hard because #peoples is a dream that was achieve after years and years of planning”. Some clients demonstrated support and others made comments such as:

“Something bad is going to happen there very soon, there has been a lot of threats, you come in and the type of people that go there creates a tense atmosphere, you go to the restroom and you see people snorting cocaine, the waiters sell drugs, everybody in there thinks they are Zambada…”.


Borderland Beat Reporter



Johnson City police said officers found methamphetamine and components of meth on two people accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart, according to a press release from the department.

On Friday, officers arrested Sean Garber, 29, 895 Summerville Road, Kingsport, and Leslie Whaley, 35, 283 Furnace Road, after responding to Wal-Mart, 2915 W. Market St., to assist loss prevention personnel who were investigating a shoplifting in progress. After attempting to recover stolen property from Garber and Whaley, officers said they found methamphetamine on Garber and components to manufacture meth on both Garber and Whaley.

The two were charged with theft of property under $500, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Garber was additionally charged with with possession of methamphetamine. Both were taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where Whaley was being held on $12,000 bond and Garber on $22,000 bond. They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in General Sessions Court.