The Tribes war on meth got ammunition with $40,000 in funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week.

The money will go to advertising in the newspapers, radio and by billboard signs, and to fund a “State of the Reservation” meeting where all the good, bad and ugly is brought together with statistics and other factual information to show us where we are currently at in order to plan on where to go from here.

Meth has touched the lives of so many people, it’s almost unimaginable that its abuse continues to rage on among our people. Most everyone who keeps aware knows it’s here. It’s said that getting meth is easier than getting marijuana now days. It’s being manufactured in various ways locally and even laced with highly addictive prescription drugs to make the high even higher. And it’s been said it’s already led to the death of some of our people. It’s too bad that injury and death due to drugs – namely meth – cannot be more publicized. It’s not to sensationalize but to educate so everyone can know how the abusers died.

Where once Fort Peck Housing Authority had a problem with house parties in which violence and even death occurred, today, it’s a problem with meth.

Thirty-eight babies born addicted to meth is the latest statistic to be quoted in the Tribes’ committee minutes.

Homes are being broken into left and right. You can’t leave your home unattended or it will be scoped out and broken into. Don’t leave your checkbook out because meth users will wipe out your account in a heartbeat, taking a slew of other abusers down with them as checks are forged and cashed. Even when you leave your vehicle for an instant to run into the store – lock your door.

It’s really this bad. It seems we are in a war of survival.

There are bright lights out there, positive moves and positive people. But at the same time, we can’t ignore this big spirit of abuse sitting on the shoulders of our people.

This weekend is the first summer celebration to be held in Poplar. It’s going to be a good weekend of soaking up the songs, the dances, the food and the people. We don’t want that image of meth hanging over us. All this newspaper can do is keep bringing it up until everyone gets so sick and tired of it, that we hit that State of the Reservation event being planned and to take everything heart to break this cycle of abuse.

I can’t stand that I can’t let certain relatives in my home and my life due to their meth use, abuse and theft to feed their habit.

Our ancestors were called the “hostiles” by the federal government because we wouldn’t settle down and be good Indians. We were only trying to keep our way of life alive. We need to continue that hostile spirit when it comes to abuse of drugs among our people. Especially when mothers are leaving their kids, and dads are leaving their families.





WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – West Monroe Police arrested a man early Sunday morning for possession of drugs.


Around 5:30 a.m., an officer made contact with Patrick Collier, 31, at Walgreen’s on Cypress at Thomas Road.  The officer discovered a glass pipe used for smoking crystal meth and an insulin needle for injecting in his pants pockets. Collier gave officers consent to search his vehicle, where additional needles, meth and part of a homemade pipe were found.

Collier admitted everything recovered was used for meth, but denied possession of the drug.

He was arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

This isn’t Collier’s first drug arrest. In March of this year, Collier was arrested on the same charges.



A woman was going to be paid $20,000 for successfully delivering $1,143,000 worth of liquid crystal meth.

However, the drug smuggling ended in an arrest on Thursday, July 24th at Hidalgo International Bridge.


Fabiola Moreno is accused in the crime after US Customs and Border Protection said they found crystal meth inside the muffler of a Chevy truck she was driving.

At first, Moreno told authorities she was from Georgia and flew to McAllen from Florida. She then took a taxi to Reynosa.

In Reynosa, Moreno visited with her father and was taking the truck to McAllen “as a favor”, according to what she told authorities.


After hearing her story, a Customs officer referred her to secondary inspection where a canine altered authorities to the drug.

She was placed under arrest, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) personnel were called to extract the liquid meth.

The liquid meth began to crystalize as it was being extracted.

Moreno allegedly told authorities she was going to be paid thousands of dollars to illegally transport the drug from Reynosa into the US.

The 28-year-old is currently jailed and is set to appear for a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby on July 30th at 9:00 a.m.



COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Colorado Springs police found what was believed to have been a large amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop late Sunday evening.

John Chew, 63, is now facing charges in the incident.

The traffic stopped happened at about 9:50 p.m., Sunday in the area of Pikes Peak Avenue and University Drive.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle, Chew, was a habitual traffic offender who could not legally operate a motor vehicle in Colorado.

During a search of the vehicle, police said a large amount of suspected meth and cash was found.

Chew was booked into the El Paso County Jail.



A Minot man was arrest last night after snorting meth during a traffic stop.Officers tells us they stopped Gabe Degroat Junior, 25,  Friday afternoon because he was driving his motorcycle over the lawn at Jefferson School and he didn’t have his license plates visible.

During the stop police found out Degroat’s driver’s license was suspended and that he also had two outstanding warrants out of Ward County. When officers came back to Degroats motorcycle, they saw him ingest a white powder, which turned out to be meth.

Degroat was arrested for his third offense of Driving Under Suspension, Ingestion of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to Ward County Jail.

Degroat wasn’t the only person arrested for meth in Minot over the last few days.

Police say they found Angelita Waller, 45, sitting in her car at a Kum and Go parking lot. Officers tell us she looked drunk and when they began to search her they found meth and meth paraphernalia. She was also taken to Ward County Jail.




Five men, charged with conspiracy to possess with the Intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Galveston area, have been ordered detained pending further criminal proceedings, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Abel Hinojosa, 34, Nelson Agapito Ventura, 37, Daniel Reyna, 33, Israel Sanchez, 20, and Rodolfo Hernandez Perez, 26, all of La Marque, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John R. Froeschner last Friday. The court took the matter under advisement and subsequently ordered they be detained pending trial.

All five are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the Intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine as well as more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

Perez and Hinojosa are further charged with one and three counts, respectfully, of possession with intent to distribute varying amounts of methamphetamine. The indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture.

At the hearing, the government presented evidence that Hinojosa and Ventura were the alleged leaders of this narcotics conspiracy. According to the allegations, they were obtaining crystal methamphetamine and other narcotics from Mexico, sending couriers to pick up the narcotics and then distributing the drugs within Galveston as well as to out-of-state customers.

Perez and Sanchez allegedly served as couriers for the drug conspiracy, helping to pick up the drugs from Mexico and transporting it to customers.

The government presented evidence that Reyna served as a street-level distributor. Upon his arrest, he was allegedly found with crystal methamphetamine, eight firearms (including two assault rifles) and approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition.

After hearing the evidence and testimony, Judge Froeschner found them to be a danger to the community and ordered they be detained pending further criminal proceedings. The court further noted the strength of the government’s case and its substantial evidence. Trial is set for Sept. 22, 2014.

Each face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison for the conspiracy, if convicted. The possession with intent charges against Hinojosa and Perez also carry varying terms of either a minimum of five and up to 40 or another minimum of 10 and up to life for the underlying drug offenses.

The case is being investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and Galveston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Ted Imperato and Sharad Khandelwal are prosecuting.



Meth labs may be set up at campgrounds, rest areas, homes, motel rooms, abandoned cars, garages, storage sheds and vacant buildings.  A typical meth lab includes a collection of chemical bottles, glassware, hoses, and pressurized cylinders. The cylinders can take many forms, including modified propane tanks, fire extinguishers, scuba tanks and soda dispensers. The tanks usually contain anhydrous ammonia or hydrochloric acid – both highly poisonous and corrosive.

 The most common chemicals used to start the meth-making process are over-the-counter cold and asthma medications that contain ephedrine or pseudoepherine as decongestants or stimulants. Other common chemicals and equipment found at meth labs include:

•Red phosphorous


•Starter fluid (ethyl ether)

•Acetone, toluene, alcohol or paint thinner

•Camp stove fuel (naphtha)

•Anhydrous ammonia (in propane tanks or coolers)

•Drain cleaner containing sodium hydroxide (lye)

•Lithium batteries

•Sulfuric acid, muriatic acid, phosphoric acid

•Hydrogen peroxide

•Glass containers (cookware such as

Pyrex or Corning ware)

•Plastic or rubber tubing


•Propane tanks (with corroded, bent or tampered valves)

•Coffee filters (with red stains or ephedrine residues)

•Camp stoves or hot plates

 •Kitty litter

How can I tell if a meth lab is present near my residence?

Some of the warning signs of a suspected meth lab include:

•Strong or unusual odors (solvents, ammonia, ether-like, vinegar-like, pungent, acrid orfoil sour)

•Unusual security systems or other devices

•Increased activity, especially at night

•Unusual structures

•Renters who pay landlords in cash

•Excessive or unusual trash

•Discoloration of structures, pavement and soil

What should I do if I suspect the presence of a meth lab?

DO NOT ENTER a site that you think may be used for cooking meth. Call your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another longtime industry: methamphetamine.

For the first time, the EPA’s “Brownfields” program is covering the cleanup of former meth houses, and the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.


It’s sometimes called “third-hand exposure.” Toxic residue from meth production and use can permeate drywall and carpet and linger on countertops and in ventilation systems.

That’s what the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority discovered in some of its public housing. The north Idaho tribe just received a $200,000 grant to gut six tribe-owned homes.

“A number of them were just party homes,” said Heather Keen, the tribe’s spokeswoman. “And the level of cleanup that will need to be done so that they’re safe to inhabit was just more than the Tribal Housing Authority was financially prepared for.”

The EPA also gave the Tacoma Housing Authority $600,000 to test and clean out some of its publicly owned family housing.

This is the first time these grants have covered meth since Congress expanded the definition of Brownfields in 2002 to include drug contamination.

The EPA’s Brownfields program is aimed at making contaminated sites useable again. These have historically been commercial and industrial sites. Communities often apply for grants to clean up former gas stations, mechanic’s shops, dry cleaners, salvage yards, factories, logging mills and grocery stores.

Exposure to meth residue is associated with numerous health problems, especially in children. Problems include neurological damage, asthma, respiratory illness and, when women are exposed during pregnancy, birth defects.



COQUILLE — Coos County’s chief prosecutor says drugs were a factor in the events leading up to the killing of a California man near Bandon last fall.

Coy Daniel Smith was sentenced June 30 to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

The homicide sentence will run consecutively with a 26 month sentence he’d already received for burglary and first-degree theft — a total of a little more than four years.

Smith will also have to spend 36 months under post-prison supervision and pay $3,530 in restitution.

Smith, 40, originally faced first-degree manslaughter charges in the Oct. 3 death of 42-year-old William Drews following an altercation involving Smith at a residence on Bill Creek Lane.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said Drews’ estranged wife had lived in the trailer with two other men, and been in on-again off-again relationships with all three.

He said that members of the group had been using methamphetamine the night of the murder, and had been trying to get more shortly before Drews’ death.

“The victim had a very high level of meth (in his system),” Frasier said. “Coy Smith was the one bringing the meth.”

By the time Smith arrived, a fight had broken out between Drews and one of the other men, Jeremy Perry.

Smith joined the fray, and at some point in the altercation, kicked Drews in the head.

“The injury that killed this guy I don’t think I’ve ever seen,” Frasier said.

An autopsy later determined that Drews died of blunt force trauma to his head and neck.

Frasier said that when Smith kicked Drews in the head, the blow severed arteries that ran along the man’s spine to his brain stem.

Drews was pronounced dead on arrival at Southern Coos Hospital.

Smith fled the scene, but later turned himself in at the Bandon Police Department.

Had the case gone to trial, Frasier said, he would have presented the death as unintentional.

“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind Coy did not intend to kill this guy,” he said.

As of Friday, the Oregon Department of Corrections hadn’t calculated an estimated release date for Smith, who’s currently held at the Coffee Creek Intake Facility in Wilsonville.




  • A 49-year-old and 32-year-old arrested on Friday night
  • Heavily armed police stopped them in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s north
  • It is believe the two Mexican nationals were operating a cartel out of Manly
  • Australian Federal Police searched three properties in the city
  • Also discovered $2 million in cash and two guns
  • Men are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel targeting Australia

Two men allegedly operating a Mexican cartel out of Sydney’s beachside suburb of Manly were held up at gunpoint by police in dramatic scenes on Friday.


Federico Gonzalez Magana and Juan Vergara Rodriguez have been charged with possession of $30 million worth of drugs thought to be crystal methamphetamine.

The Mexican nationals share the same address and fronted Parramatta Bail Court via video link on Saturday, communicating through a Spanish translator.

Bail for the pair was refused. They will reappear again in Central Local Court on Wednesday.


The 49-year-old and a 32-year-old were arrested on Military Road in Neutral Bay, in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, in front of school children who filmed the incident after heavily armed police stopped traffic and surrounded their car.

Vergara-Rodriguez and Gonzalez-Magama were pulled from a red vehicle, handcuffed and lined up against a shop window.

Police said the drugs seized represent 300,000 street deals of meth and the men are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel targeting Australia.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) members searched properties in Manly, Pennant Hills and Moore Park and found about 30 kilograms of a substance believed to be crystal meth.

They also discovered about two guns and $2 million in Australian cash, suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

The men have been charged with drug possession and dealing in the proceeds of crime, following a joint investigation between the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).


ACC National Manager Investigations Richard Grant said: ‘This is a drug that is ruining lives, wrecking careers and pulling apart families.’

‘The ACC and AFP are serious about removing these drugs from our streets, and we will continue to work together to stop organised crime groups from harming the Australian population.’

Police said they were arrested after they were supplied with intelligence by the ACC through its Eligo National Task Force, which is tracking illicit money flows in the country.

AFP Manager Serious and Organised Crime Commander Scott Lee said the operation was a result of close cooperation and intelligence sharing between the AFP and the ACC.

‘This joint-agency operation is testament to our combined determination to stopping criminals from profiting from the importation of drugs into Australia’, Commander Lee said.

Both men were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs reasonably suspected of having been imported, and dealing in money reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

Forensic tests are being carried out to confirm the exact weight and purity of the drugs seized, police said.




GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A jump in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea over the past year in rural southwestern Oregon has state and local health officials alarmed and puzzled.


Ruth Helsley, sexually transmitted disease program manager for the Oregon Health Authority, tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier the reason is unclear.

She and Josephine County medical director Dr. David Candelaria say the sudden increase may be related to an increase in methamphetamine use, which increases sex drive and lowers inhibitions.

State figures show Josephine County saw an increase of 270%, from 10 in 2012 to 37 in 2013. In Douglas County it went up 1,050%, from two cases to 23. Jackson County saw a 387% jump, from 31 cases to 151.

The statewide increase was 18.5%.



DECATUR, Alabama — Decatur police investigated complaints of methamphetamine use and sales coming from a home on Cedar Street this week.


Officers with the anti-crime unit said they went to a home in the 1000 block Thursday because numerous meth complaints were coming in. They said they found an unspecified quantity of meth inside. They said the resident, Christina Ann Hogan, also had meth on her. She was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and will be transferred from the city jail to the county jail on a $2,500 bond.




A 36-year-old Chinese man who killed two infants after taking drugs has been executed, a court in China’s southern Guangdong Province said today.

The Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Zhongshan sentenced Huang Mingxing to death on charges of hacking two babies to death after taking drugs. He was executed yesterday.

Huang was under the influence of crystal meth when he killed the babies, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

He said the drug caused him to hallucinate that the two families would kill him, so he decided to strike first.

The court, however, found he was of a clear mind when he committed the killings, the report said.




HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) – A search warrant served at a Hammond motel room resulted in two arrests and the seizure of a small meth lab.

Following an extensive investigation, agents with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Hammond Police Department executed a search warrant on July 16. Officers searched a room at the 190 Hotel, located in the 3600 block of U.S. 190 in Hammond.


A search of the room found a one pot methamphetamine lab, two HCL generator and precursors used to manufacture meth.

Kristopher Payne, 26, and Stephanie Parker, 25, were both arrested.

Payne, of Albany Louisiana, and Parker, of Loranger, were both charged with manufacturing meth. Parker was also on probation for a previous charge of operating and creating a clandestine lab



Governor Kitzhaber’s Department of Education is pressuring school districts to adopt Brad Victor’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education program. The Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside is one of the ways in which Brad Victor showcases that program.

The mantra is being repeated everywhere in Oregon.  Our children need this sex education because abstinence does not work. Almost all of our children will have sex early and often.  Therefore we need to teach them how to reduce their risks.

The logic is crystal clear:

  • Sex is very pleasurable and therefore kids will have sex early and often;
  •  Unfortunately, sex may also be harmful and result in pregnancy or other socially transmitted diseases;


  • We must teach kids how to reduce the risks of sex.

That same logic can be applied to any number of other human activities. In fact, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), one of the principal sponsoring organizations for the taxpayer-funded Adolescent Sexuality Conference, extends that logic to the use of methamphetamines.

In CAP’s  “A Young Male’s Guide To…. ” the use of methamphetamines and the use of sex are intertwined.  Let’s look at what the CAP authors actually say to our young people.



Like sex, meth “sends pleasure messages to the brain,” you can take meth orally or it can be “injected or inserted into the anus,” “it’s cheap,”  and the “high lasts for a while.”  Like sex, the use of methamphetamines usually “starts out being a social experience, but can become an addiction.”

And some of the benefits of meth are, in fact, sexual.  Meth allows you to “have lots of sex with lots of partners for long periods,” and it allows you to “lose all sexual inhibitions.”


Meth can also cause mental and physical exhaustion, depression, “extended psychosis,” and liver and kidney damage.  The sexologists don’t believe sex, in and of itself, can be harmful, but they know that sex can lead to pregnancy and “other socially transmitted diseases” and they know the effects of diseases like AIDS, cervical cancer, and, untreated syphilis are easily as dangerous as the effects of methamphetamine addiction.

Risk Reduction

So CAP tells its young readers how to reduce the risks of meth use just as it tells its readers how to reduce the risk of sex.  The readers are told:


“Don’t overdo it. Watch your intake; don’t share works. [needles. tuters,]; eat. Drink water;Sleep. Allow your body to Recover; Don’t hesitate to get help; Listen to what your body is telling you.”

Most of which might also be recommended to young people who are having a great deal of sex with many different partners.

It is all so simple and straightforward.  It’s all so logical.  How can it possibly fail?

Governor Kitzhaber’s Department of Education is bringing this advice to young people in your neighborhood.

A version of this story was originally published in the U-Choose Education Bulletin.


A federal grand jury in Knoxville has indicted nearly five-dozen people involved in an extensive methamphetamine production operation spanning Anderson and Campbell counties.


The grand jury returned five separate indictments July 16 against 59 people in a conspiracy to manufacture meth, according to a news release Thursday from the U.S. Attorney Bill Killian’s office.

Among the defendants, 22 also are indicted on a charge of conspiring to distribute meth.

“The investigation has shown that individuals involved were purchasing pseudoephedrine at local pharmacies and using that pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in Anderson and Campbell counties,” the release states.

Appearing in court between Monday and Thursday this week, all 59 people pleaded not guilty.

The indictments follow a similar, large-scale investigation that resulted in federal indictments against 42 Anderson County residents for various methamphetamine-related charges in March 2013.




A 44-year-old Austin woman was in possession of 14 different Social Security cards during a traffic stop, authorities said.

A deputy constable made the stop at F.M. 158 and Dansby Lane at about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday after watching a Hyundai four-door fail to stop at a stop sign, according to court documents.


In the arrest report, the officer said he knew the driver, Jana Janean Closs, had been arrested on drug charges in February and had just “departed from a suspected drug house.”

A search of the car yielded the 14 Social Security cards, driver’s licenses from New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ID, a New Mexico birth certificate and a Texas ID, authorities said.

Jail staff later found almost 4 grams of methamphetamine in Closs’ sock during the booking process and required additional officers to pry the baggies from her hands, according to court documents.

Closs was charged with fraudulent possession of identifying information, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, as well as possession of methamphetamine, prohibited substances in a correctional facility and tampering with evidence, each of which is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She remained behind bars Friday in lieu of $90,000 bail.





Meth and mailboxes. Drug addicts are targeting them to get quick cash. In Austin, crooks are currently at work in the 78749 zip code.

Fixing broken mailboxes isn’t how Fred Romero normally spends his days. But, a string of burglaries in south Austin has Fred undoing the damage caused by suspected meth addicts.


“They’re looking for cash to buy their drugs,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Sullivan.

To get it they come at the lightweight aluminum doors on some older mailboxes with a crowbar.

“The actual break-ins are probably three to five a week,” said Sullivan.

Bill Ford just had his mailbox cleaned out.

“Calling creditors, banks, investment accounts,” said Ford.

The damage he’s worried about is financial.

“Having a couple of cards cancelled and reissued to get new numbers on them,” said Ford.

He’s also concerned that his older neighborhood mailbox in south Austin was an easy target.

“It looks like you could get in with a screwdriver,” said Ford.

The U.S. Postal Inspector showed us a side-by-side comparison of why older aluminum mailboxes need to be upgraded to thicker sturdier steel.

“It is more easily defeated than the thicker metal,” said Sullivan.

Until they’re all switched out postal workers will be on the move repairing the damage from drug addicts.

Sullivan says the best way to protect your mail is to empty your box every day. In addition, since most mailbox burglaries happen on Friday and Saturday nights, never let your mail accumulate over the weekend.



GRAYSON COUNTY, TX — Narcotics officers say Methamphetamine is coming into Texas by the truckload, and Grayson County is on that route.

Twice a month Grayson County holds a grand jury, and this week, nearly half of all indictments are meth related felonies.


“There’s definitely an upward trend in the number of individuals we’re coming across with meth or selling metho” said Jeremy Cox, a Sherman Police detective.

Fourteen people in all face charges ranging from possessing the drug to trying to sell it. And that’s this month alone. Last year the district attorney saw 174 meth related cases. So far this year, they’ve already seen 183 cases.

“It’s a problem,” said Britton Brooks, Grayson County Assistant District Attorney. “Grayson county knows that. We are trying to do what we can do to put a stop to that problem and put these meth dealers behind bars.”

The most well known way to make meth is by going to the pharmacy and getting drugs that contain pseudoephedrine but authorities say the majority of meth they’ve seen doesn’t contain pseudoephedrine at all, but a chemical called P-2-P, and that chemical is not sold the in United States at all.

“Ninety-five to 98 percent of the meth that we’re seeing is coming from Mexico,” Cox said.

Federal regulations on pharmaceutical drugs brought a decline to meth use between 2007 and 2012 but with the demand still there it’s made it’s way back to Texoma.

“It’s just easier to get it from out of country sources,” Cox said.

Mexican meth is also more potent, and meth deaths for 2013 in the state of Texas are higher than ever, but there is one number that remains down, the number of meth labs.

“You’d find large meth labs, regular sized meth labs everywhere, but nowadays you don’t seem them like that anymore because the large amount of methamphetamine that is coming from Mexico,” Cox said.

The district attorney’s office said that some first time meth offenders with no prior convictions may only receive probation and drug couseling, but the majority of people they see are repeat offenders, which results in prison time

BEREA — Berea Police arrested four people Wednesday at the Knights Inn on Chestnut Street, including a man they said tried to conceal a meth lab on his person.


Officers conducting a drug investigation said they noticed William J. Gilbert, 28, exit a motel room acting suspiciously, according to a BPD news release.

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After being advised of his rights, Gilbert told police he was carrying a one-step meth-making device, the release added.

Three other adults and a 17-year-old were found in the motel room Gilbert exited. The adults were arrested and the minor, who was a ward of the state, was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Gilbert, who resides at the motel, was charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor and drug paraphernalia possession.

Brent A. Oliver, 23, of Berea, and Jessica Brock, 27, of Richmond were charged with the same offenses as Gilbert.

Ranissa Lainhart, 26, of Paint Lick was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.

All four were taken to the Madison County Detention Center where each remained Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.

Another drug investigation led to a search and two arrests July 18.

Officers searched the home of Sherry Sturgill, 33, in the Big Hill community, and found a half gram of crystal meth as well as marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia, according to a BPD news release.


She was charged with first-degree trafficking and possession of a controlled substance as well as drug paraphernalia possession.

Shannon King, 37, of Berea was also at the home, the news release added. He was charged with first-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

Both were taken to the detention center, from which King was released the same day. Sturgill remained incarcerated Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.






 HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – Huntsville police confirmed Brandi Vinson Hamby and Brian Jackson Hastings are in jail for the meth bust in Huntsville Wednesday night.


It happened at a home on Oshaughnessy Avenue. Investigators were checking up on someone when they found parts of a meth lab behind the house. They later found a one pot meth lab inside.

Both were charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance first degree.

Hamby’s bond is set at $50,000 and Hasting’s bond is set at $250,000.

Hastings was indicted in 2013 following an arrest in 2012 for operating a clandestine meth lab.



— A pair of Tri-City teens were arrested with stolen property, methamphetamine and a loaded pistol after a neighbor spotted them burglarizing a Kennewick residence, according to police.

A neighbor on the 3200 block of West 19th Street saw a man and woman carry a large flat screen TV out of a residence Wednesday morning and load it into a white van, Sgt. Ken Lattin said. An officer spotted the van a few blocks away and stopped it.

Liliana Ponce and William E. Perez, both 18, were detained while the witness came to the scene and identified them as the suspects in the burglary, Lattin said. Perez had a warrant for his arrest and there was a no contact order between the teens.

Officers found stolen property from the residence on West 19th Street in the van, along with a .22-caliber pistol and meth, Lattin said.

Both teens were booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of multiple charges.

Police are investigating if the teens are suspects in several recent residential and commercial burglaries around Kennewick. Around $10,000 in tools and a safe were stolen in the break-ins.


A Sikeston woman is in jail facing felony charges for meth labs found in her home. 44-year old Sherrie Jane Hamlin is charged by the Scott County prosecutor’s office with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, possessing meth precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth paraphernalia. About 3:04 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Sikeston DPS responded to assist the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department on an ongoing investigation at a home on the 100 block of Comstock Street.  New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens says  the investigation was into counterfeit money that  led into Scott County. Hamlin gave officers permission to search the home. DPS Captain Jim McMillen says officers found what appeared to be meth lab items in the garage, kitchen and a bedroom.
Hamlin was in custody at the Mississippi County Detention Center on $25,000 a cash or surety bond. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.



A man just released from prison arrived home Wednesday to open the door and find a nude stranger standing inside his house, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The man said he had been told by friends that while he was incarcerated for most of the past month, several people had been living in his Cordova home. He said he allowed a woman to live there but he was told she had let several others move in.

For that reason, after leaving jail, the man asked deputies to escort him to his residence to see who was there. Deputies and the man were greeted by the nude man, who did put on a towel. The towel man said he was the only one there at the moment.

Deputies asked the towel man if there was anything illegal in the house since they detected an odor.

According to the report, the towel man admitted, “there was some meth waste that he had not gotten rid of yet.”

Crime scene and narcotics investigators were called to the residence after the towel man said under oath he had been making methamphetamine the previous night, the report states.

The case is still under investigation.





JACKSONVILLE, Fla.A 29-year-old woman appeared in court Thursday morning after she was arrested on several charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, child abuse and animal abuse.

On Monday, Jacksonville police approached Amanda Manning after an anonymous caller reported about a possible meth lab at her home. Police said Manning agreed to let police search her home.


During that search, police found a burn pile in the backyard, as well as the chemicals and equipment used to make meth. Police also noticed a thick haze that permeated throughout the home. They found meth-making chemicals, marijuana pipes and a loaded handgun in one room of the house. A hazmat team was called to remove the items.

According to a police report, investigators said the active meth lab was also in close proximity of a child’s bedroom, making it very likely for a child to breath toxic fumes.

Police called on Animal Control to remove two puppies that showed significant signs of being exposed to a toxic environment.

According to a police database, on July 4 Manning made one purchase for a 96-count of “Whal-Phed,” a common amount and brand of ephedrine used for meth manufacturing. Manning denied having any knowledge of a meth lab inside the house.

According to a police report, there’s mention of a male living inside the home with Manning. His identity has not been released, and it’s unclear whether he will face charges.