Comments Off on Sarah Inez Garrett, 28 of Silver Creek, Arrested at the Baymont Inn Hotel After Admitting to Having Methamphetamine

Sarah Inez Garrett, 28 of Silver Creek, was jailed over the weekend after she was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine at the Baymont Inn hotel on Chateau Drive.

Reports stated that after being asked the leave the property Garrett admitted to having methamphetamine on her.  As the result of the admittance a search was conducted and the drug was found.

Garrett is charged with possession of meth.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab found when checking on parolee, Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr. 35, of Greencastle

GREENCASTLE – A Greencastle man is in jail on meth lab-related charges after his parole officer walked in and found his equipment, police said.

Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr. 35, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, possessing a precursor substance with intent to unlawfully manufacture, operating a methamphetamine lab and risking catastrophe, according to court documents.

On July 20, A state parole officer stopped at Deardorff’s residence on West Baltimore Street around 10:15 p.m. The officer wanted to check on Deardorff, who lives alone at the house.

When the officer arrived, he noticed a chemical smell in the apartment and saw what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab inside, according to court documents.

Greencastle Police were dispatched to the scene and verified what was in the residence, according to court documents. They then called the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team to search the residence.

According to court documents, the CLRT found several items indicative of a methamphetamine lab, including three “One Pot” generators, according to court documents. Other items included salt, lithium batteries that were both intact and cut open with their lithium strips removed, coffee filters, drain opener and chemical cold packs.

Greencastle Police Chief John H. Phillippy documented how the “One Pot” method for making methamphetamine works: Specific ingredients are mixed, and a reaction results in the methamphetamine that then is filtered through different methods, including the coffee filters, to become “usable.”

Deardorff’s risking catastrophe charges come from the fact that the chemicals used in methamphetamine production can cause fire or explosion, according to court documents.

Deardorff’s previous criminal history in Franklin County includes a homicide by vehicle conviction, for which he was sentenced to a minimum of two years in state prison and was paroled.

Deardorff’s conviction stemmed from the 2012 crash that killed motorcyclist Keith Monninger, the Public Opinion previously reported. Deardorff was driving a box truck when the crash occurred.

The crash was a hit-and-run, with Deardorff turning himself in after the truck was recovered in Harrisburg the day after the crash.

Deardorff also has an assault conviction from 2005.

In the methamphetamine case, Deardorff was denied bail. He is being held at Franklin County Jail, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.


Comments Off on Four women facing Methamphetamine smuggling charges after busy weekend for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales – More than 136 pounds discovered

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Five women are now facing charges after attempting to smuggle more than 136 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin across the border in three separate incidents at the Port of Nogales, Dennis DeConcini Crossing over the weekend.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release, officers at the Port of Nogales stopped three women
from Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, July 21 when they attempted to cross the border into the U.S.  A secondary search revealed two of the women had methamphetamine bundles hidden in their vaginas, while the third woman had a package of heroin in her purse.  The drugs weighed more than a pound and were worth an estimated combined value of $11,000.

In two separate incidents on Saturday, July 22 CBP officers found nearly 43 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the spare tire of a Dodge SUV that had been pulled for secondary inspection, after a CBP canine alerted officers to the possibility of drugs.  The driver of the SUV, a 47-year-old woman and a U.S. citizen was arrested. The drugs were worth an estimated $129,000. 

Nearly an hour later, according to the CBP release, a woman and resident of Mexico was pulled for a secondary search of her Dodge sedan, after a CBP canine alerted to the possibility of drugs in the car.  Officers searched the vehicle and found 92 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside.  It was worth an estimated $275,000. 

CBP officers seized all the drugs and vehicles involved and the five women were arrested for narcotics smuggling and have been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s


Comments Off on Methamphetamine still drug of choice in Clay County

While the number of methamphetamine labs in Iowa has dropped significantly, the drug is still highly used in Clay County.

“I believe that methamphetamine is the most problematic drug we have right now in Spencer,” Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton said. “Due to its highly addictive nature, drug addicts will commit other crimes in order to pay for it. This results in increased burglaries, thefts, etc.”

Meth is a Schedule II controlled stimulant under the Controlled Substances Act which means it has a high potential for abuse and limited medical use according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“This is a national issue, not just a county one,” Warburton said. “Because meth has such long-lasting effects compared to other drugs, with an almost instant high, initial users see an increase in energy and libido.”

The Spencer Police Department arrested 30 people last year for possession of meth while Compass Pointe has served 178 people with meth-related issues in the last year.

“We are doing a lot of education around the community of the hazards of meth use for individuals and their families,” Compass Pointe Treatment Supervisor Bill Glienke said.

Local law enforcement is doing many things to curb meth abuse.

“From an enforcement perspective, we are involved with the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force” Warburton said. “This group’s goal is to combat the drug epidemic through increased collaboration and resources between law enforcement agencies. We also have a great K-9 drug interdiction team.”

He continued, “From an educational perspective, we have a committed DARE program, drug prevention 5K, a loyal partnership with Positively Spencer Youth, drug paraphernalia display, along with a number of demonstrations and speeches.”

Some symptoms of meth abuse are paranoia, weight loss, severe dental issues, sores on the skin and hallucinations.

“First and foremost we try and help people stop using.” Glienke said. “If they have been using for a time, their body probably is dependent on the drug. The withdrawal from the drug can be very severe the first 24 to 72 hours. Typically, it takes 30 days for the patient to start thinking clearly and functioning appropriately. … There are drug treatments to help with the symptoms of withdrawal. When people are using they are often in a hyperactive state so when they start withdrawal we see a swing the other way. We see depression and anxiety.”

He continued, “After the initiation of withdrawal it is important to keep seeking help. The period after withdrawal usually lasts up to six months and during this period peer instructors help users to learn the tools needed to cope with the addiction.”

Meth works by increasing the amount of dopamine being released in the brain. Dopamine is the chemical associated with pleasure.

Meth can be smoked, inhaled, taken orally or injected. There is a danger of mixing it with MDMA, which is a form of ecstasy. Compass Pointe has seen patients who thought they were taking pure meth and took a meth laced with MDMA. The mixture is known to cause psychotic episodes.

“It impacts everyone around them, loved ones and family members,” Glienke said. “Our main goal is to stop the usage so they can get their lives back in a healthy way. It is a very devastating drug.”



Mexican Drug Smugglers High on Ford

Posted: 24th July 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from The Daily Beast
By: Jeremy Kryt

Fresh evidence turned up this month at the Ford dealership in Youngstown, Ohio.That’s where the bales of marijuana were discovered, hidden in a batch of Ford Fusions shipped by rail from the company’s plant in Mexico. A subsequent investigation turned up 17 other loaded Fusions in three other Ohio counties and nearby Pennsylvania. In total, police found 400 pounds of weed just between July 7 and 11. That’s more than $1 million which should have gone toward lining cartel pockets, instead of making headlines.

Trafficking in Traffic:

Long maligned for its lack of appeal to young drivers, the Fusion now seems to be trending with a certain demographic. Just not the one Ford had in mind.

So far this year dozens of other Fusions stuffed with hundreds of pounds of skunk in the trunk have been found from Arizona to Minnesota. And since the cars as such are shipped legally, no physical barrier would have kept the stashed cannabis out.
Trade between Mexico and the U.S. accounts for about $580 billion per year, making a long-term shutdown of commercial traffic on the border unrealistic.
FORD Assembly and Stamping Plant in Hermosillo,  Sonora
Fusion Collusion:
Ford produces the Fusion at its Hermosillo plant in Mexico’s northern Sonora state. A company spokesperson issued a statement in the wake of the Youngstown discovery, saying Ford was cooperating with the FBI and that: “We have confirmed that this is not happening at our plant or at our internal shipping yards.”
The first part of that statement about working with law enforcement might be true, but the second claim almost certainly isn’t.
Dillworth, Minnesota
The pot found in all the vehicles was carefully wrapped in half-moon-shaped packages designed to fit into the spare wheel well. Coffee grounds were used to mask the scent. Aluminum Foil and Saran Wrap was used as packaging. The degree of detailed planning, and the uniform use of Fusions from the same facility, likely means an inside job.

DEA Photo: Youngstown, Ohio

A federal law enforcement officer, who agreed to speak to The Daily Beast on background, says the marijuana would likely have had to be placed in the vehicles prior to them being loaded onto railcars for transport from the Ford plant. “The enemy is very agile, they’re dynamic, they’re constantly looking for a loophole,” the officer says, citing what he calls “infiltration from the cartels in the supply chain.”

Automotive workers in Mexico make on average about $50 a week. That leaves them vulnerable to bribes, according to the law enforcement source, who says the conspirators could be anyone from warehouse workers to drivers.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency generally counts on their counterparts in Mexico to inspect vehicles. On the American side “they don’t open every single vehicle to see what’s inside,” says the officer. “Maybe someone told [the smugglers] these vehicles are pre-cleared.”
Mexican Auto Worker Earning an Average of $50 USD per WEEK
Only a tiny fraction of consumer goods coming across the border are screened, which can make them ideal for stowing banned substances. Once on U.S. soil the shipping containers housing narcotics are easily tracked down by stateside accomplices.
In Ford’s case, the likely culprit is the Sinaloa cartel—formerly run by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, currently imprisoned in the U.S.  Organized crime groups in Mexico are notoriously jealous and territorial of their plazas (production and shipping routes), and the Sinaloa syndicate is known to rule Sonora, at least for now.

Sinaloa: Famous for Beauty Queens

Posted: 24th July 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from Debate

July 7, 2017

Exposed for their beauty or excited by the thought of a life of luxuries and eccentricities, the participants in beauty contests are seen by the world of drug trafficking as easy prey, and are often seen by criminals as trophies who then among themselves become delinquent.
This is when the beauty of women and organized crime set aside the line that divides them and decide to join, here is one of many cases.
Sinaloa woman María Susana Flores Gámez, Sinaloa Woman 2012, met a final tragic end and died at age 22 as if she were a hit man during a clash between Sinaloa Cartel members that she was traveling with and Mexican soldiers. She had a  gun in her hands, according to a former official of the Attorney General’s Office, it was reported that the alleged narco-traffickers took refuge behind Flores Gámez, as if she was being used as a human shield. She got out of the vehicle in the midst of the shootout near her hometown of Guamuchil in November 2012.
Flores Gámez was buried in the gala dress with which she received her crown as Mujer Sinaloa 2012, in addition to her crown and her scepter.
Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga: Mexican  Representative for Miss International
The list does not end because years later appeared a beautiful girl named Laura Elena Zuñiga, who won for her beauty the title of Miss Sinaloa 2008.
Nuestra Belleza Sinaloa 2008 was arrested in Zapopan along with Ángel García Urquiza, one of the alleged leaders of the Juárez cartel. Laura Zúñiga was to represent Mexico in Miss International.
The arrest took place in a blockade that the Army and the State Police jointly mounted in streets of the  Colonia Residencial Poniente, after receiving an anonymous complaint that alerted the presence of alleged members of the Juárez cartel in the municipality of Zapopan . Five firearms and a large amount of dollars were secured in the operation.

The detainees were secured with two AR-15 rifles, three pistols, 633 cartridges of various calibers, 16 cell phones and almost $ 100,000 in cash. Several more criminals were arrested not seen here in this photo.

According to authorities, at the time of her arrest, Laura Elena Zuniga Huizar said she and her companions planned to go shopping in Bolivia and Colombia. In Sinaloa, her father told them that the models had traveled to Guadalajara to an inn.
In subsequent statements, Laura Elena said that she was unaware of the criminal activities of her boyfriend, the brother of “El Doctor”, Ricardo Garcia Urquiza, former leader of the Juarez Cartel who had been apprehended in 2005 by the PGR. He had replaced Rodolfo Carillo Fuentes who was executed by an  armed commando in Culiacan, Sinaloa.  Laura Elena claimed to  have been kidnapped and now only prays for her safety.
Comments Off on With an execution and narco message, Old School Los Zetas united with Cartel del Golfo declare war on Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion in Veracruz

Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

Subject Matter: Los Zetas Old School, Cartel del Golfo, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required


Reporter: Noe Zavaleta

The violence occasioned by cells of organized criminals worsened in these last hours in the south of the state, with three executions in less than 24 hours, members of Old School Los Zetas in alliance with the Cartel del Golfo declared war on the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

Today in the town of Agua Dulce, 456 kilometres from the state capital, a youngster of 30 years of age was shot dead at a landfill site, his body had bullet impacts in the head and one more in the left hand, as well as visible signs of being beaten.

At his side, an narco message on red card with black letters, on which members of the Los Zetas Old School and Cartel del Golfo assured that they were united for battle against the traitors and those who flipped to and anyone who claims to be a member of the Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generacion.

The message goes on ” so for those hiding in Villa, Xalapa, Poza Rica and Tijuana, we will find you, you ball of traitors”, recorded the message.

A couple of hours earlier, in the El Tesorero Colonia, Antonio Rodriguez, in charge of legal matters of the municipal DIF, was found tied up and slain. The official from the city council had been kidnapped some days before from a bar in the town.

A few days earlier, it was confirmed that Patricia Herrera Martinez, a student of business management at the Veracruz University, 24 years of age, had been beheaded and her head had been left near the Cosoleacaque-Jaltipan road, the rest of her body has not been located.

With her head, appeared a narco message that threatened members of a criminal cell and police forces that collaborate with them. The Attorney General of the state has kept the case files secret.

The youngster Herrera Martinez left her house in Minatitlan on Friday night, together with four friends and headed to the La Tecolota bar around 9pm.

Then some subject desceneded from a white Versa car with tinted windows, and immediately, said her friends, said “this is the niece of El H.”

Looking stupified, Patricia Herrera did not know what to say and was taken by the alleged kidnappers. Relatives contacted the media, that via telephone the CJNG had demanded one million pesos to return their daughter safe and sound.

The narco message left with her head said ” citizens, we are already here and like the head of the pig and this dog, we are going to stay for the other dogs mentioned, Civil Force and the Police are going to suck, we are not playing Pablo Herrera, this happens to those who flip, your children and all the dogs that hinder us”.

In Veracruz, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security, in Decemeber 2016 to June 2017, there were 1444 homicides, which Governor Miguel Angel Yunes himself acknowledged that 70% are felony homicides that are executions due to settling of accounts among organized criminals.

Just last Wednesday, the Secretary of Public Security, Jaime Tellez Marie, appeared with local deputies, and acknowledged violent crime rates, blaming the previous governments of Javier Duarte and Fidel Herrera for having been permissive with the entrance of criminal groups of drug trafficking.

Tellez also admitted that the SSP had no resources to operate as it wished, in return he said ” we work from the heart”.

The appearance became heated when the deputies, Ernesto Cuevas and Fernando Kuri demanded his resignation for the bad results, to which, Tellez Marie responded that Vuevas takes it personal because he has been caught drunk driving and that in the case of Kuri, had denied that he had let some trucks with stolen material pass by, and whose cars belonged to the family business of the legislator in the Cordoba-Orizaba region.

Tellez also acknowledged that it was not possible to advance the purge of the police as intended, for the same issue of economic insolvency.

Original article in Spanish at Proceso
Comments Off on Brittany N. Tovey, 29, of Shamokin, accused of smuggling Methamphetamine, hidden in her vagina, into the Snyder County Prison after her bail was revoked

MIDDLEBURG — A woman with drug charges or convictions in four counties including Dauphin has been accused of smuggling drugs into the Snyder County Prison and distributing them to other inmates.

Brittany N. Tovey, 29, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possession of contraband and recommitted to the prison in lieu of $25,000 additional bail.

She is accused of secreting methamphetamine and alprazolam in her vagina after her bail was revoked May 16 in another drug case in which she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Tuesday.

The drugs were found during a body cavity search conducted after a warrant was obtained, Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch said Friday.

Tovey’s bail had been revoked in a case arising from a joint investigation by the state attorney general’s office and chief Snyder County Detective William Neitz Jr. into a methamphetamine ring.

In addition to the Snyder County cases, court records show Tovey is waiting court action on drug charges in Dauphin and Berks counties and has 2008 and 2011 convictions in Northumberland County.

She was one of six charged in 2008 by the state attorney general’s office following an investigation into a scheme that resulted in large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine being brought into the Sunbury area from Harrisburg and New York City.

A statewide grand jury presentment alleged Tovey was among those who made runs to suppliers for drugs and also sold them in Northumberland and Montour counties.



Comments Off on DeKalb County Jail nurse, Morgan McCurdy, 23, accused of getting Methamphetamine for DeKalb County inmate

A DeKalb County Jail nurse is now behind bars after a months-long investigation determined she was trying to drugs and other prohibited items into the facility, the sheriff announced.

Morgan McCurdy, 23, has worked on the jail’s medical team as a licensed practical nurse for about a year. She previously was employed by the Jackson County Jail.

McCurdy was arrested Thursday after video surveillance confirmed suspicions that she was involved with smuggling drugs into the jail, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release. The Fort Payne woman is jailed on charges of second-degree promoting prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

“It all came to an end last night when we received video surveillance of information that there would be a drug drop in a restaurant parking lot to Ms. McCurdy,” the sheriff said in a news release. “In the parking lot, we observed a male walking across the parking lot and handing Ms. McCurdy a package.”

Harris said he and other undercover agent followed McCurdy from the restaurant to the parking lot of Walmart in Fort Payne. A K9 was brought to the scene and alerted deputies to McCurdy’s vehicle. Inside, deputies said they found a package of methamphetamine, prescription pills, a cellphone charger and two cans of tobacco.

“This was exactly what we received on video and audio surveillance that Ms. McCurdy was supposed to deliver to an inmate in the jail,” the sheriff said. “The jail staff has work with the investigators and drug task force many hours on this investigation.”

The sheriff said McCurdy was taken to the jail for questioning.

“Ms. McCurdy has admitted her wrongdoing and is real remorseful,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing.



Comments Off on Jessica Verdiguel, 36, caught in Williamson County hiding 41 pounds of Methamphetamine in boat batteries

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Deputies arrested a woman during a traffic stop they say had 41 pounds of meth hidden inside batteries made for boats or jet skis.

Williamson County deputies pulled over Jessica Verdiguel, 36, on Interstate 35 in Jarrell, near County Road 305, on Tuesday at 2:38 p.m.

Verdiguel told them she was on her way from Laredo to Dallas for real estate classes, but they became suspicious of her after she acted nervously.

If convicted, she could face up to 99 years in prison.After giving them permission to search her car, deputies found the batteries full of meth inside a toolbox in the back of her pickup. She told them she did not know the drugs, worth $270,000, were there.

In another case, on July 12, police arrested 23-year-old Seline Ayala, who is accused of having 75 pounds of meth hidden in her car, worth about $2 million.

Officers pulled her over near I-35 and 51st Street last Wednesday and found the drugs hidden in three jugs of degreaser. APD says Ayala faces federal drug trafficking charges.
Comments Off on Tulsa Department of Corrections Employee, Lorenzo Jones, 28, Had Sex With, Let Halfway House Inmate Smuggle Methamphetamine In Her Vagina

TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa Department of Corrections employee faces rape charges after he reportedly told investigators he had sex with an inmate at a halfway house he works at.

Lorenzo Jones, 28, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of sexual battery on July 14, Tulsa County District Court records show.

Jones reportedly admitted to having employee-inmate sexual relations with the woman, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman, who was housed at the Turley Residential Center, also reportedly admitted to the relations with Jones, the affidavit states.

Prior to intercourse, Jones reportedly told police he found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine inside the inmate’s vagina.

The meth was placed back inside of the inmate’s vagina after she and Jones reportedly had sex, and the drug was shared with other inmates within the halfway house, the affidavit states.

Surveillance footage from a Subway restaurant in Owasso reportedly captures Jones enter the women’s bathroom with the inmate on three occasions in March.

Jones said the inmate sent a nude photograph to Jones’ cell phone and threatened to “expose him to the administration at the center” if he didn’t engage in sexual acts with her.

Jones said he felt threatened and had sex with her to avoid losing his job, the affidavit states.

Jones reportedly admitted to letting the inmate bring meth and “crack” cocaine into the center as well.

Some of the information in this news story may have been provided by law enforcement .




Comments Off on Drug Enforcement Administration Agents and other officials seize 66 pounds of Methamphetamine, Corvette, and 2 Mercedes at a property on Weed Court in Red Bluff in Tehama County drug bust

A two-year-long investigation culminated in authorities seizing 66 pounds of methamphetamine, a Mercedes Benz and a yellow Corvette at a property on Weed Court in Red Bluff earlier this year, federal court records show.

The case, most of which remains sealed, revolves around a ring of drug dealers and traffickers, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California by Trang Le, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The DEA worked with the Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement Task Force on the investigation, which dates back to summer 2015, Le wrote. It led to the arrests of alleged ringleader Cesar Erendira Nava, his girlfriend Georgina E. Lopez Quintero of Red Bluff, Alfonso Rivera Jr. of Corning, Ruth A. Kellner and Rodney G. Sharp, Le wrote in the April 20 affidavit. They all have pleaded not guilty to various drug and conspiracy charges, court records show.

On April 19, agents converged on two Tehama County properties, Nava allegedly bought through straw-men, Le wrote in a filing for a related case in the district court.

Agents searched the two homes, a barn and an outbuilding in the 22000 block of Weed Ct., where they found a yellow 2007 Corvette, a stolen pickup and a 2011 Mercedes GL 450 registered to Lopez and Nava, Le wrote. Agents also found Lopez’s 2013 Mercedes CLS 550 in Corning, Le wrote.

“Nava purchased the Mercedes CLS 550 and registered it in Lopez’s name,” Le wrote. “Lopez was unaware of the purchase until Nava brought the Mercedes CLS 55 home on Valentine’s Day of 2017.”

They had jointly purchased the other Mercedes, though Nava denied owning either property or the Corvette, Le wrote. He told agents he owned a “bounce-house business,” Le wrote.

But inside the barn, agents found 57 pounds of methamphetamine and evidence of drug trafficking in the vehicles, he wrote. Inside the homes, agents found an additional nine pounds of methamphetamine and about $36,000 in cash, he said. They also had seen all vehicles involved in transporting drugs

Agents used surveillance, court-approved wiretaps and undercover drug purchases, to uncover the conspiracy centered in Tehama County, Le said. He detailed several drug deals agents monitored.

That includes a deal allegedly arranged between Kellner and Rivera July 28 in Redding. Le wrote he believed Kellner planned to buy two pounds of meth for resale in Oregon.

Rivera arranged via text to buy the meth from Nava, and agents saw Lopez deliver the drugs in her black 2011 Mercedes SUV to Rivera’s home in the 3800 block of Illinois Ave. that day, Le wrote.

Then, Le said, Rivera went inside and Sharp left the home in a truck a few minutes later, only to be stopped by the California Highway Patrol for a traffic violation.

“Following a (police dog) alert of the vehicle, officers located a plastic bag containing 944.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine as well as $8,610,” Le wrote.

The case’s status conference is set for mid-September because of the volume of evidence to be reviewed, including hundreds of pages of investigative reports, recordings of thousands of calls, photographs and other items, district court records show.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine-related deaths rising in Madison County

EMS says overdose calls also up

In 2016, the majority of overdose deaths in Madison County were heroin or fentanyl related. Through the first six months in 2017, that trend has continued; however, methamphetamine isn’t far behind.

According to Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, there have been 24 confirmed drug-related deaths — four more are pending toxicology results — in 2017 through mid-June. Of those 24, 10 were heroin/fentanyl-related and eight were meth-related.

“Talking to other coroners around the state, even in smaller counties, they are seeing meth more,” Cornelison said.

Fayette County Chief Deputy Coroner Shea Willis said they are starting to see an increase in methamphetamine as well.

Although heroin-related deaths may be trending down, according to Cornelison, drug overdoses are not.

According to the 2016 Overdose Fatality Report released by the state, Madison County had 29 drug overdose deaths — a slight decrease from 30 in 2015, but an increase from 23 in 2014.

Willis said Fayette County is slightly ahead of last year as well with 83 drug-related deaths — 63 being opioid-related — through the first six months of 2017.

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After seeing an increase of nearly 50 percent in the first three months of the year, opioid overdose patients requiring the administration of Narcan has increased 35 percent at the half-way point over the same period last year, according to Madison County’s EMS Director Carlos Coyle.

Coyle said 163 patients required 261 doses of Narcan administration. In the first six months of 2016, 123 patients required 193 doses.

“There are many calls though that aren’t included in those statistics,” Coyle said.

The EMS director said there are many more drug-related responses, but not all require Narcan or would respond to Narcan due to being on another drug.

EMS has already administered more doses of Narcan in 2017 than it did in all of 2014.

In that year, Coyle said 231 doses were administered to 186 patients. He said the numbers increased to 404 doses to 264 patients in 2015 and were even worse in 2016 as EMS administered 443 doses to 291 patients.

Despite the upward trend, Coyle said EMS will continue to be there to help.

“We can’t give up,” he said.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine still top narcotic in Northwest Arkansas

Methamphetamine remains a problem in Northwest Arkansas despite fewer homemade labs and the spotlight on opioid abuse.

Pure grade meth rolls in from Mexico with central Arkansas a trafficking crossroads, said Tim Jones, resident agent in charge of the Fayetteville office of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“We’re seizing about 100 pounds per year,” Jones said of the Northwest office. “You figure we’re only getting a small portion. It could be 1,000 pounds a year coming in.”

The Fayetteville office has arrested 1,738 people on meth-related complaints and seized 633 pounds of meth in Northwest Arkansas cities and Fort Smith since 2010, he said.

Mexican meth brings an intense high for not a lot of money. It also comes with old meth-related problems, officials said.

“Drugs fuel so many other crimes,” Jones said. “People are ‘methed out’ to the point that reality doesn’t exist for them. You’re dealing with people who are willing to hurt you to get their next high.”

Benton County Circuit Judge Tom Smith, who presides over adult drug court, juvenile drug court and veterans treatment court, said addiction feeds into other crimes such as theft, including breaking into homes, and violence.

“I’ve had cases where people have been on a controlled substance, and they can’t tell why they did what they did because they’re so out of their minds,” Smith said.

Methamphetamine also can be fatal.

Carol Davidson, 35, of Siloam Springs died as a result of meth use. Rosemarry Davidson, her 22-monthold daughter, died alongside her. They went missing Nov. 12 and their bodies were found in February near Lookout Tower Road, roughly 12 miles southeast of Siloam Springs.

The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined Carol Davidson died accidentally because of methamphetamine intoxication with contributing environmental hypothermia. The child’s death was left undetermined, but most likely due to starvation or environmental hypothermia, Sgt. Shannon Jenkins with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said in April.


Meth enters the U.S. through the southern border states and is taken across the country on major highways and interstates. Interstates 40 and 30 are the two major trafficking corridors in Arkansas. Shipments through Little Rock have resulted in law enforcement making 100-pound seizures. Shipments in and through Northwest Arkansas tend to range from 10 to 20 pounds, Jones said.

“It has slowly changed from homemade methamphetamine to Mexican methamphetamine,” said Lt. Jeff Taylor, public information officer for the Springdale Police Department. “This is due to the purity being higher and items to manufacture homemade methamphetamine are harder to come by.”

Jones has worked in the Fayetteville DEA office for four to five months, but he’s been with the DEA for 20 years. He was an agent in Florida in 2004.

Mexican meth has become the preferred meth everywhere, pushing out local labs, Jones said.

Mexicans who smuggled cocaine into the U.S. for Colombian cartels decided to go into business for themselves and manufacture meth, Jones said.

The gang MS-13 is involved with importing meth, serving as smugglers, said Jones, who credits state and local law enforcement agencies with preventing gangs from establishing a foothold in Northwest Arkansas.

Mexican meth manufacturers make a product 90 percent to 95 percent pure in large laboratories, whereas homemade labs have a 50 percent or lower purity level, Jones said.

“In the early 2000s, there would be guys who couldn’t sell their product because the purity was so low,” Jones said. “The super labs [in Mexico] refined the process.”

Jones said his office saw a sudden rise in methamphetamine seizures between 2010 and 2012, going from seizing 10 to 15 pounds of meth a year to 95 to 110 pounds.

“That’s when the super labs started taking hold,” he said. “People south of our borders saw an opportunity and jumped all over it.”

Meth is moved from Mexico to the U.S. as any supply chain, said Sgt. Chris Moad with the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force based in Fayetteville.

“Large quantities are typically smuggled across the border and then dispersed to organizational contacts,” Moad said. “Those contacts disperse smaller quantities to area dealers, who then further disperse it. This may start in the hundreds of pounds and be dispersed all the way to a small local dealer who sells grams.”

Meth is brought into the U.S. in crystal form or as a liquid taken to a conversion lab and crystalized, Taylor said.

Mexican meth also is cheaper to buy compared to anything made locally. One pound of Mexican meth has a street value of $8,000 to $10,000. It sells for $500 to $700 an ounce.

“That’s mainly because of the mass quantities that they’re making in these super labs. It drives the price down,” Jones said. “When you make 40 pounds in a cook instead of 4 ounces, then you have a larger quantity to sell and you can lower your prices.”

Detrimental effects on the use are the same despite the purity, Jones said.

“It’s very corrosive to the body,” he said.


Meth isn’t as easy to manufacture locally as it used to be. The stimulant had its heyday in the early 2000s, but federal and state lawmakers made moves in the mid-2000s to curtail meth manufacturing.

Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2005 requiring pharmacies and stores selling medicine to keep purchase logs of all products containing pseudophedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, and limit the amount of products a person could purchase over time. Pseudophedrine is decongestant used in cold, allergy and sinus medicines.

Arkansas started its fight the same year when the General Assembly passed Act 256, which required pharmacies to sell certain cold medications from behind the counter. Act 508 was passed in 2007 to create a law enforcement database to track pseudophedrine amounts sold in each pharmacy. Act 588, passed in 2011, requires pharmacists to make a “professional determination” on whether someone without a medical prescription needs pseudophedrine based on symptoms and medical history.

Northwest Arkansas meth manufacturing has become rare because of these restrictions, officials said.

“There’s almost no manufacturing arrests,” Sgt. Jason French of the Fayetteville Police Department said. “We arrest a number of individuals for trafficking, delivery, possession with purpose to deliver and possession.”

There were close to 1 million purchases of pseudophedrine in the state before Act 588 was passed. That number fell to 191,926 a year after the law was enacted, according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

The Northwest Arkansas meth labs that remain are crude and minuscule, Taylor said.

“The ones that are located are one-pot and old-fashioned anhydrous ammonia labs,” Taylor said.

Springdale police made 47 meth-related arrests in 2011. Only two of those were in connection with manufacturing. Springdale has only made two other meth manufacturing arrests since then, both in 2013, according to numbers provided by Taylor.


Northwest Arkansas law enforcement agencies, including police departments in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville as well as sheriffs’ offices in Benton and Washington counties, describe methamphetamine as either the most abused narcotic in their area or at the top alongside opioids, which are prescription-strength painkillers.

“Meth is by far the most abused narcotic in Benton County,” Jenkins said.

Springdale police have detectives assigned to the DEA’s task force and the 4th Judicial District as well as its own narcotics division, Taylor said.

Undercover operations are essential to bust meth distribution, and turning those arrested for meth possession and distribution into informants is the DEA’s “bread and butter,” Jones said.

“Everybody talks. Even those who swear they won’t, they will eventually,” he said.

Cartels have found it more difficult to get meth into the U.S. in recent months, Jones said.

Tighter border security and greater scrutiny on gangs and drug trafficking organizations has caused a “slight decline” in distributing and selling meth, he said.


Decision Point, 602 N. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, treats substance addictions. Many of its clients are referred to them by the court system.

Decision Point treated 813 people in fiscal 2016. About 40 percent, or 324, reported meth as their primary drug of choice; 249 people, or 30 percent, reported alcohol as their primary addiction; and 153, or about 19 percent, reported opioids.

Decision Point only treats adults, said Raymon Carson, its regional director.

“But there are kids who abuse meth,” Carson said. “I’ve had clients talk to me about their age at first use. The youngest persons I’ve heard about using methamphetamine are 9 and 10 years old.”

A woman who received treatment at Decision Point, and who asked not to be named, said she started using drugs 22 years ago. She said 14 years ago she tried meth for the first time. The drug gave her a euphoric feeling, she said, and she quickly became addicted. She began making the drug and eventually was taking more than she was making.

She lost her job and ended up in prison, she said. She started using meth about a year after her release from prison and was arrested again. That’s when she checked herself into Decision Point. Sober now, she credits treatment, Narcotics Anonymous and her resolve to give up drugs.

While meth is the top narcotic in Northwest Arkansas, Jones doesn’t underestimate the rise of opioids.

“The guys selling meth are still trying to get into the pills and the opioids,” he said. “It’s all driven by cash and greed.”

Jones said it’s hard to tell whether meth will increase or decline in Northwest Arkansas, but he’s optimistic.

“I believe with education, things will get better,” he said. “The efforts at the border are making it harder to get the stuff in here, and we are doing what we do to get the drug predators and stop what they’re doing, which is just in time for us to focus on the opioid epidemic.”


Comments Off on In chilling detail, cold-case key witness against George Shaw 56, of Geneva, Fla., Robert Sanders, now 54, recalls night 14-year-old Barbara Rowan of Bucks County was raped and killed

On the night 14-year-old Barbara Rowan was killed, Robert Sanders was sitting in George Shaw’s living room, waiting to shoot meth.

Then Shaw came out of his bedroom, in which he had shut himself with the teenager, who was babysitting his toddler, Sanders testified in Bucks County Court on Thursday, the third day of Shaw’s trial in the 1984 killing.

“He came out all sweaty and wired and says he f—ed up and s— like that,” Sanders, the key witness for the prosecution, said on the stand.

Then Shaw returned to the bedroom and Sanders used the meth. Sanders heard noises from the room, which died down, and then Shaw returned and “says he needs a hand with something.”

On the bed, Sanders said, he saw a body in a black trash bag, with reddish-blond hair sticking out of the top.

“I didn’t want to [help], but I was told I’d be heading the same way,” Sanders said. “I fear for myself. ‘Cause George is an animal.”

Sanders testified that the pair loaded the body into the trunk of Shaw’s 1971 red Pontiac LeMans and Shaw drove a short distance.

“He get out, open the trunk up, and he put her on the other side of the guard rail,” Sanders said. They dragged the body into a brushy area. Then they drove to Hatboro, where he told Shaw to let him out of the car and told him he never wanted to see him again. He said was angry and scared about what had happened.

“I was fearing for my life, so that’s why I never said nothing,” he said.

“I had all kinds of emotions going on,” testified Sanders, a 54-year-old with scraggly gray hair and beard, who answered questions succinctly and at times defiantly. He is currently imprisoned in Monroe County on a firearms charge and is set to be sentenced Tuesday on charges of hindering apprehension and prosecution in the Rowan case.

Sanders’ testimony before a 2015 grand jury was the basis for the homicide and rape charges against Shaw in the long-cold case. Rowan, who lived in a Trevose trailer park with her parents, was killed Aug. 3, 1984. Her body was found in a nearby patch of woods abutting Route 1 days later.

Shaw, 56, of Geneva, Fla., watched stoically Thursday as his former acquaintance and drug buddy testified. Several of Shaw’s family members were in the audience.

After Sanders, a man testified who had reported to police back in 1984 that he and his wife had seen two men taking something out of a car trunk along Route 1 and throwing it off the highway the night Rowan was killed, in the same location where her body was found.

“The trunk was open … and I could see two people pulling, it covered the whole trunk, what looked like a body or something,” Daniel Green said. “It didn’t look right.”

When the body was discovered, the ankles and hands were bound with tape, a detective testified Wednesday. A longtime friend of Shaw’s, Daniel D. Colangelo, said on the stand Thursday that he was working in 1984 at a company that cut large spools of tape into smaller spools to be sold. “I gave out electrical tape and box tape and duct tape and fiber tape,” he said, adding he had given some to Shaw in July.

After Rowan’s killing, Colangelo encountered Shaw in the neighborhood one day. “He said he was thinking of me and the tape,” testified Colangelo, who later reported the comment to police. “I just thought it was important, the way it came out. … [He] had a weird look in his eyes.”

On Wednesday, the detective who first interviewed Shaw testified that Shaw gave conflicting stories immediately after Rowan’s death.

Other witnesses who have testified over the last two days have placed Rowan in Shaw’s apartment or with an older man and have said she babysat Shaw’s toddler daughter.

For decades, Sanders did not tell investigators his story about Shaw and the body. He was interviewed in 2004 while in the Montgomery County prison for DUI charges and said he had heard Rowan was killed because her father owed someone money.

In 2015, Sanders was called to testify before a grand jury. After lying initially, he said, he told investigators that he had been in the apartment and aided with dumping the body. He and Shaw, who maintains his innocence, were then arrested.

Shaw’s attorney, Lou Busico, asked Sanders questions about his longtime use of methamphetamine and cocaine, which Sanders said he gave up 18 years ago, and asked why Sanders was testifying. Sanders is facing jail time for his involvement.

“Your conscience awakes after you knew you were doing 14 years, possibly?” Busico said. Sanders said he had struggled “all the time” with guilt and remorse and had told the grand jury the truth before being charged.

“I wanted to come clean,” Sanders said.



Comments Off on Nemrak Borrero-Santana, 22, Hid 15 Bags of Methamphetamine in Her Vagina, Marijuana in Her Bra, Following Traffic Stop In Springdale

SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A woman from Springdale is charged with several drug felonies, including drug possession, after she was arrested during a traffic stop on Tuesday (July 18).

Nemrak Borrero-Santana, 22, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia following that stop, when officers found a syringe that tested positive for methamphetamine in her purse, according to a police report.

Springdale Police said Borrero-Santana consented to the search.

A later search is said to have revealed a plastic bag inside the suspect’s vagina that contained about six grams of meth in 15 individual bags. A small plastic bag containing 0.3 grams of marijuana was also found in Borrero-Santana’s bra, according to the report.

Borrero-Santana was also charged with two misdemeanors and was issued two traffic citations.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA)- A Springdale woman arrested in a drug investigation had methamphetamine hidden in her private parts, police say.

On Tuesday evening police stopped a vehicle in Springdale that was thought to have been involved in a drug deal.

They found the driver, Nemrak Borrero-Santana, 22, was driving on a suspended license.

The Springdale Police Department said Borrero-Santana had an extensive drug arrest history. Officers asked to search her purse, and she gave them permission. Inside, police said they found small plastic baggies and a syringe with meth residue.

Borrero-Santana was arrested, and at the jail, she was given a strip search. During the search, police said an officer saw a twisted plastic bag in the suspect’s vagina. She refused to pull it out, so the search was stopped.

While officers sought a search warrant to remove the bag, Borrero-Santana was taken to a nearby hospital. A search warrant was granted, and an emergency room doctor removed the bag from her vagina. Police said it contained 15 individual bags of meth. In total, they weighed more than six grams.

The suspect was taken back to the Washington County Detention Center and faces multiple drug charges.


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Comments Off on Michelle Nicole Coward, 30, of Tyler, had Methamphetamine in her bra during Kilgore traffic stop

A Tyler woman was arrested Monday after police said she pulled a small plastic bag of methamphetamine from her bra.

Michelle Nicole Coward, 30, was held Tuesday in the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $11,000, charged with possession of a controlled substance measuring less than 1 gram, possession of a dangerous drug and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

Coward was a passenger in a car stopped about noon Monday in Kilgore for a defective brake light.


Comments Off on Austin police seize 75 pounds of liquid crystal Methamphetamine in I-35 traffic stop; Seline Ayala, 22, of Laredo, arrested

A Laredo woman faces federal charges after Austin police say they found $2 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in her car as she was traveling to Dallas with her 4-year-old daughter last week.

Officers made the discovery after pulling over the driver, identified by police as 22-year-old Seline Ayala. Police said she was driving her Dodge Avenger 5 mph above the 60 mph speed limit in the northbound lanes of the 5400 block of Interstate 35 around 11:20 p.m. July 12. 

According to court papers, the Laredo resident provided police with a series of evolving answers when asked why she as traveling to Dallas: First, she said she worked for a doctor and was traveling to Dallas for a meeting, but could not provide its location or provide the name of the doctor who employed her, officers recounted in an arrest affidavit.

She told the officers she was taking the drugs to Dallas at the behest of a man in Laredo, the affidavit said.

Ayala initially refused to allow officers to search the car, so officers brought in a narcotics unit dog, who indicated that drugs were in the vehicle, police said.

Three large white jugs, labeled “Purple Power,” contained 75 pounds of liquid meth worth about $2 million, Austin police said.

Along with the drugs, Ayala was traveling with a San Antonio woman, who was babysitting Ayala’s 4-year-old daughter, the affidavit stated.




Comments Off on Three Men, Aged 72, 58 and 52, Arrested In Australia Over Multi-Million Dollar United States Methamphetamine Bust

Three men have been arrested in Victoria and New South Wales over the seizure of more than 200 kilograms of illegal crystal methamphetamine and have been charged with drug importation and money laundering offences on Thursday.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed in a statement that a joint investigation with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) resulted in 255 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine being uncovered in a storage facility in California in June, valued at approximately $255 million.

Police allege the illicit substance, commonly referred to as ice, was part of a plan to export the drug to Australia using a light aircraft.

AFP Superintendent Krissy Barrett said the relationship with the DEA is a “vital” step in interrupting the illicit drug trade between Australia and the United States.

“Crystal methamphetamine is a serious threat to the Australian community, and the AFP is focused on continuing to work closely with both national and international partners to stop this drug making its way to the community,” she said.

“To successfully combat crystal methamphetamine in Australia, the AFP’s long-term strategy has been to target the offshore transnational organised crime syndicates targeting Australia and we cannot do this without the help of our international partners such as the DEA.”

On Wednesday, AFP officers arrested a 58-year-old man in the suburb of Sunshine, west of Melbourne’s CBD, in relation to the offences. The detainment also follows the arrest of a 72-year-old man who was stopped at Melbourne Airport on July 5 for allegedly planning to fly the aircraft back to Australia, and of a 52-year-old NSW man on July 14 at Sydney Airport in relation to an earlier seizure of $2.4 million in cash.

All three of the men were charged on Thursday with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, which carries a maximum jail term of life imprisonment.

The 52-year-old was also charged with two counts of money laundering relating to the cash seizure and to the purchase of the light aircraft carrying a further maximum jail term of 40 years, while the other two men received money laundering charges also linked to the purchase of the plane and a possible 20-year maximum imprisonment.

DEA Resident in Charge Sydney Office, Eric Baldus, said: “Our strong partnerships with the AFP, and others within the international law enforcement community, are vital to our unified efforts in combating the world’s most dangerous and prolific narcotics traffickers.

“These arrests, in conjunction with the seizure of a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine in Santa Rosa, CA, are representative of the strength and effectiveness of our combined global policing strategies.”



Comments Off on Bail set at $250,000 for Joshua M. Shelton, 25, of Belgrade, accused of raping, choking woman

Saying he was “gravely concerned” for the alleged victim, a Gallatin County judge set bail at $250,000 Tuesday for a Belgrade man accused of severely abusing and raping a woman.

Joshua M. Shelton, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent, strangulation of a partner or family member, assault with a weapon and failure to register as a violent offender.

Shelton appeared via video in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday morning where Judge Bryan Adams set bail and ordered that Shelton have no contact with the woman.

“I’m gravely concerned for the safety of the alleged victim,” Adams said during the hearing.

According to charging documents:

On Monday evening, a woman went to the Belgrade Police Department to report that Shelton had physically and sexually abused her.

During an interview with a detective, the woman recounted numerous incidents where Shelton had abused her over the last few months.

The woman said Shelton was a methamphetamine user and would often act paranoid and violent.

Earlier this year, the woman said Shelton destroyed some of her things and knocked several holes in her apartment’s wall with a baseball bat.

The woman also recalled times when Shelton slammed her head against a wall and punched her.

And on multiple occasions, the woman said Shelton choked her, causing her to lose consciousness. In one incident, the woman said when she regained consciousness, Shelton told her that she had stopped breathing and that he had tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her.

On July 9, the woman said the two were driving in a rural area when Shelton started throwing several of the woman’s items out of the car.

Shelton told the woman to pull over and then raped her, the woman said. She said she didn’t resist because she was worried what Shelton might do if she didn’t comply. She said when he was done, Shelton commented, “Would that be considered rape?”

Investigators later contacted Shelton, who agreed to speak with them. He denied assaulting the woman, physically or sexually.

Shelton did admit, however, to never registering as a violent offender in Montana despite a 2014 conviction in California for felony inflicting corporal punishment to a spouse or co-habitant. He is currently on probation for that conviction.

At Shelton’s court appearance Tuesday, Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Jordan Salo asked for the $250,000 bail. In addition to the felony domestic assault conviction, Salo said Shelton’s criminal history includes thefts and assault with a stun gun.

“There is a long history of abuse in the past,” Salo said.

Defense attorney Nick Miller asked for a $20,000 bond, noting that Shelton has family ties in the area and wouldn’t be able to afford the high bail requested by the state.

“I think that’s an extremely high bail,” Miller said.



Comments Off on 4 children, ages 2, 4, 8 and 11, exposed to Methamphetamine in Sheraton Hotel room, admitted to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital; mother, Kathleen Smuter, arrested

GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Four kids were admitted to the hospital after being exposed to meth by their mother on Saturday.

The children visited their mother in a hotel room when they were exposed to meth, allegedly after their mother had been using it.

The mother, identified as Kathleen Smuter, was staying at the Sheraton Hotel on 2352 W. Peoria Avenue after she and her husband got into a fight.

She reportedly had agreed to turn herself into a mental facility but asked her husband if she could see her kids one last time.

Officials say the kids were probably exposed to the drugs by Smuter.

Smuter had also admitted to officials that she and some friends had been doing drugs at her Sheraton hotel room.

She said that she had cleaned the room and thought she had removed all of the drugs before her kids came.

According to officials, Smuter’s two youngest kids, ages 2 and 4, began to display erratic behavior that was described as fidgeting movements.

Both children had amphetamines in their system, and the 4-year-old girl also had ecstasy in her system, according to court documents.

The father took the two children to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Smuter and her older two children went to their residence.

Smuter was detained at her residence and the Arizona Department of Child Safety took the other two children, ages 8 and 11, to the hospital for displaying similar erratic behavior.

According to court paperwork, Smuter’s movements were also erratic when she was detained as she appeared under the influence.

Her husband has denied any involvement but has confirmed the series of events, police said.

Smuter denies seeing any of her kids ingest anything in her hotel room.

Smuter was booked on four counts of child abuse as all four children ingested methamphetamine, which medical officials say can cause physical injury or death.




Comments Off on Michael Dickson, 37, accused of raping homeless women in Tulsa after promising them Methamphetamine

TULSA — A 37-year-old man was arrested by Tulsa police officers on Tuesday on two counts of first-degree rape.

According to a police report, two women have recently told police that they had been raped by Michael Dickson, and another said he had punched her face earlier this month.

One woman told police that she met Dickson at the Greyhound Bus Station in Tulsa, and that he promised her some methamphetamine if she followed him. The woman told police that Dickson did not have any drugs, and forced himself onto her against her consent.

Another woman, who is homeless, said she was under in bridge, when Dickson approached her, said he had drugs, and then had sex with her against her will.

Both women reported being fearful of their lives during the incidents.

Dickson was arrested Tuesday after police said he admitted to punching another woman in the face. Tulsa police said Dickson also had an arrest warrant out of Oklahoma County.


Comments Off on Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics search turned up 11 pounds of Methamphetamine – arrest of Marcus Ladell “Spud” Moody, 43

A search of a McClain man’s home turned up 11 pounds of meth in its purest form and more, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy said.

Marcus Ladell “Spud” Moody, 43, also had several weapons in his home and more than $2,200 in cash, Dowdy said.

Dowdy said the meth has an estimated street value of about $175,000.

The meth is ice, the smoke-able form of meth, and is meth in its purest form, he said.

Narcotics agents arrested Moody on a charge of aggravated trafficking of meth on Monday.

He was taken to the Greene County jail.

Moody’s bond has been set at $100,000. However, he is being held for federal marshals.

Dowdy said his agents were assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Southeast Mississippi Narcotics Task Force and the George County Sheriff’s Department.




Comments Off on Methamphetamine-related Child Protective Services cases clogging Taylor County courts

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) Methamphetamine has caused Child Protective Services removal cases to nearly triple in Taylor County over the past four years, and the increase is straining the court system and has begun to drain the County’s finances. 

During budget hearings that took place in Taylor County Commissioner’s court last week, Judge Paul Rotenberry expressed his concerns about family court, stating the “docket is being overwhelmed by CPS cases.”

He went on to say that the court is on track to reach 300 CPS emergency removals this year, a far greater number than the 103 removals in 2013, 112 removals in 2014, 225 removals in 2015, and even 259 removals in 2016.

Rotenberry attributes the increase in these emergency removals to methamphetamine use, and Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop furthered this claim, citing the fact that 85% of inmates in the Taylor County Jail have been booked on drug charges.

Rotenberry said that he oversees CPS cases for most of his 8 hour work day, leaving little room for family cases not related to CPS. These other cases, such as divorce cases, cannot get a court date until May due to the large number of CPS cases.

The number of cases is so large, in fact, Taylor County’s criminal courts are now hearing around 20 CPS cases a week to offset some of the overflow.

Family attorneys in Abilene are also affected by increase in CPS cases, claiming emergency removals make up about 40% of their caseload.

Court appointed attorney fees for the CPS cases have now reached over $1 million and the only solution proposed right now, giving a part time associate judge a full time position, would cost Taylor County $115,000 a year.

Judge Rotenberry did say the State of Texas was considering dedicating a court in Abilene specific to CPS cases, but the Senate shot down the proposal.