TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Town of Tonawanda Police say a woman suspected of possessing methamphetamine was arrested in the area of Ying’s K Cafe.

The restaurant is located at the corner of Decatur Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police arrested Dawn Weevie, 32, around 6:45 Friday morning.0101%20Weevie_1451676951800_29262535_ver1_0_640_480

The Tonawanda woman was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance after police say they found her carrying a large bag of meth that she had cooked. Weevie had been cooking in her home several houses away, according to police.

Authorities say they found four ounces of meth in her possession.

She is being held at the Town of Tonawanda Police headquarters pending arraignment.

Ying’s K Cafe owner, Kate Li, says she didn’t know the parking lot was a crime scene until her friend called her.thehehqweh

“It’s pretty scary because the first thing on my mind was ‘Wow what’s happening in the area?’” said Li. “We don’t know anything about what happened. The police department was telling us we could go back to doing business at 4 p.m. Everything should be clear there, should be nothing to worry about at my business or the building, everything is fine here.”



A bullet-resistant vest, two guns and methamphetamine were confiscated in two separate incidents on New Year’s Eve in San Bernardino, police said.

The first incident began about 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, when officers spotted and tried to talk to Paulino Uzueta, 27, a suspected gang member, in the 1200 block of West King Street, said San Bernardino police Lt. Travis Walker.

Uzueta ran from officers but was quickly captured. Officers searched the location he ran from and found a Kevlar vest, a loaded gun and meth, the lieutenant said.

He was booked into Central Detention Center on suspicion of being a felon in possession of drugs for sale. Bail was set at $50,000, jail logs show.

The second incident happened a short time later about 8:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Belleview Street. Officers went to the home to follow-up on a search warrant they served there on Wednesday, Dec. 30, in connection with a stolen vehicle investigation, Walker said.

They found Michael Cerda, 29, a parolee-at-large at the home along with two other known gang members. Officers found a revolver and some methamphetamine at the location. Three suspects were arrested.

Cerda was booked on suspicion of being in a gang and being a felon in possession of drugs, jail logs show. Bail was set at $100,000.

The other two suspects’ names were not released.



Two Jacksonville residents were being held Friday in the Morgan County Jail after police said they found methamphetamine production materials in an apartment in which there was also a child present.

Whitney S. Mendenhall, 25, and Anthony C. Newingham, 25, both of 815 Hardin St., Apt. 53, were arrested about 1:34 p.m. Thursday.

Police said they found meth and meth-making materials inside their apartment.

Both were charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials, use of property for methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine-related child endangerment.


LAKESIDE — The Coos County Sheriff’s Office allegedly found methamphetamine when making an arrest of a Lakeside man and woman suspected of serial shoplifting at the Lakeside McKay’s Market.5687478370b25_image

Deputies were dispatched to McKay’s Market at 2:14 p.m. Tuesday, where they reviewed video evidence allegedly depicting John Rooke, 46, and Amie Culley, 42, shoplifting groceries on three occasions.

“During the investigation, deputies discovered Mrs. Culley was unlawfully in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,” according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

Police learned Rooke also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Douglas County.

Police cited Culley for third-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine and released her. Officers took Rooke into custody, and he was taken to Coos County jail.



TEXARKANA — A woman whose 5-month-old baby tested positive for methamphetamine was recently charged by Miller County prosecutors with introducing a controlled substance into the body of another.Kelli hicks

Paramedics were called at 12:30 p.m. July 23 to the America’s Best Value Inn on State Line Avenue in Texarkana to treat a woman who appeared to be having a stroke or seizure, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Kelli Rene Hicks, 43, allegedly appeared “nervous and unable to remain still” when Texarkana, Texas, police and paramedics asked her about her crying 5-month-old daughter, the affidavit said.

When asked to make the baby a bottle, Hicks allegedly walked to a sink in her hotel room but appeared to forget what she was doing.

Police contacted the Department of Human Services. Paramedics then took the baby to a local hospital.

After being seated in a patrol car, Hicks was asked by an officer if she had anything illegal on her person.

“The suspect advised, ‘No,’ and reached into her bra and pulled out a small clear vial containing a clear rock substance believed to be methamphetamine,’ ” the affidavit said.

Hicks tested positive for amphetamines, opiates, methamphetamine and marijuana during a drug screen July 23. She was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The baby was placed in the temporary custody of the Department of Human Services, and an order for the child to have a hair follicle drug test was approved Aug. 5 by a Miller County circuit judge. A test of the baby’s hair performed Aug. 11 tested positive for methamphetamine.

Hicks entered a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and was sentenced Nov. 18 to five years probation, court documents show. As a condition of probation, Hicks is participating in drug court.

The new charge of introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another was filed Dec. 22 by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Cotten. If convicted, Hicks faces 10 to 40 years or life in an Arkansas prison.

Hicks is free on a personal recognizance bond.



Two children were found in a home during a methamphetamine bust in Marshall County on Thursday. The bust resulted in a man’s arrest.

Sheriff’s investigators and agents with the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit located a “red phosphorus” meth lab inside a home in the 300 block of Cedar Ridge Drive in Union Grove.19476759-large

Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls called it a “very elaborate clandestine lab.” He said it took hours for drug agents to process and dismantle it.

“This method of cooking meth was common years ago, but was replaced by a quicker method, which is known as ‘one pot’ or ‘shake and bake’,” Walls said.

Two minor children were found in the home. They have been relocated by the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Clark Kelly Walker, 31, was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance. No bond has been set at this time.



The mother of a newborn, Shanee Alexson was introduced to crystal meth by a friend and fell into addiction upon discovering how much energy it gave her to get things done.

Unfortunately, some of what she accomplished was illegal, leaving her with her first serious criminal convictions and a resulting jail term.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty at Regina Provincial Court this week to a range of offences, including stabbing a man in the arm during a robbery, spitting on a police officer, and committing a shoplifting offence that involved the evacuation of a store and the attendance of the Regina Fire Department.

Alexson — who court heard had a very limited record prior to these offences — received an 18-month jail term. After credit for remand, she is left with 15 1/2 months to serve.

Alexson wept through much of the sentencing, having pleaded guilty to robbery, assaulting a peace officer, theft, fraud and obstruction. The fraud conviction led to a standalone restitution order.

Crown prosecutor Chris Davison said the most serious of the incidents, the violent robbery, occurred on the night of Oct. 21 when the male victim went to Alexson’s apartment building, thinking he was buying her cell phone. The two had agreed to $300 and the victim asked to meet Alexson downstairs rather than in her apartment.

Alexson confronted the victim with a knife, saying she would stab him if he didn’t hand over his money. He did as demanded and then was stabbed anyway, court heard.

The male, who suffered a deep stab wound to his right forearm, called police who found Alexson hiding in a closet. Officers had to pull an unco-operative and screaming Alexson out of the closet and down the stairs and, during the course of the arrest, Alexson spit in the face of one of the officers.

The fraud occurred at the beginning of September when Alexson went to a local convenience store with a Canada Post outlet inside. Alexson — who had worked at the store for a number of years while her relative owned it — offered to help with a non-functioning terminal at the post office outlet. Staff agreed and, while Alexson was accessing the machine in question, she sent two money grams to two individuals. The money, a total of $1,852, was never recovered.

On Nov. 17, Alexson and some others went to London Drugs and pulled the fire alarm. After the store was evacuated, the culprits rushed around the empty store, filling baskets with items they then made off with. Davison noted the fire department had to attend.

Two days later, when arrested by police, Alexson gave a false name. But her story unraveled when police noted she didn’t have a tattoo on her shoulder like the woman whose name she had provided.

Defense lawyer Jennifer Calderbank said her client’s addiction resulted in not just the criminal charges but Alexson now losing out on time with her baby daughter.

Calderbank said both Alexson’s parents suffered from substance abuse problems at points in their lives, though her mother has since gone on to become an addictions counselor.

Judge Carol Snell called the robbery “somewhat shocking because the violence you displayed seemed to be completely gratuitous.”

The judge advised Alexson to use her time behind bars to pave the way for a drug-free life when she gets out.



Two Grand Junction men were found near the Interstate 70 business loop allegedly “hot boxing” methamphetamine in a car, officials said Thursday.20151231__Gerald-Jordan-Jr~p1_20020151231__Justus-Ladage~p1_200

Gerald Jordan Jr., 21, and Justus Ladage, 22, were arrested by a Mesa County deputy when they were found pulled over on 29 Road just before midnight on Wednesday smoking meth in a car, or “hot boxing,” the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Jordan and Ladage were arrested on charges related to possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.

Jordan has been booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility nine times since turning 18, authorities said. He has been previously arrested for charges of outstanding warrants, possession of methamphetamine, attempting to influence a public servant and underage consumption of alcohol.

Ladage has been booked into the Mesa County Jail five previous times since turning 18, authorities said. Ladage has previous charges related to driving while ability impaired and drug distribution, the sheriff’s office said.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.



CONYERS — A small fire at a local hotel led Conyers police to discover a make-shift “shake and bake” meth lab in the room where a man and four children were staying.

Officer Kim Lucas with the Conyers Police Department said that officers and firefighters with Rockdale County Fire Rescue were called around 4:40 a.m. Thursday to the InTown Suites Extended Stay hotel on Northlake Drive where a small fire had broken out in the microwave inside one of the rooms.

Lucas said four children, ages 12, 11, 9 and 2, had been staying in the room with their mother’s boyfriend. The children’s mother was not there at the time and had left the children in the care of her boyfriend.

It was not known as of press time what caused the fire, and the man and the children had left the area before authorities arrived.

The fire was contained to the room and it was extinguished quickly.

“Once that was done, we discovered what is called a ‘shake and bake’ methamphetamine lab, which is really just a small self-contained lab for making meth in a 2-liter bottle,” said Lucas.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency were called in as a precautionary measure and they rendered the area safe, she said.

No clean-up crew was required, but we did find methamphetamine and precursors, which are the materials needed to make meth, in the room” said Lucas.

Detectives have been in contact with the woman who rented the room and the investigation into identifying the man who was staying there is ongoing.

While working the crime scene, a Conyers detective had an odd encounter with a would-be burglar. Lucas said a man carrying a screwdriver walked up to the room, removed the crime scene tape over the threshold and walked inside, where he attempted to unscrew the mounted television and steal it.

Instead, 30-year-old Michael Suthard was arrested and charged with burglary.



GULFPORT — A former college administrator has notified federal court officials of his intent to plead guilty in a meth distribution case in which his co-defendant faces trial.

Morris Wilson Etheredge, 41, former academic dean at Virginia College in Biloxi, will change his plea Jan. 5 in U.S. District Court.

Judge Sul Ozerden set the plea date for Etheredge on Tuesday. He also announced the trial of James Corey Broussard, 35, will start JaBI_bilo_0101_morris%20wilson%20n. 19 and is expected to last three days.

The men, both from Gulfport, are accused of buying two pounds of meth in Oakland, Calif., and trying to bring it with them to Harrison County.

Half the meth allegedly was concealed in a cereal box inside a duffle bag and the other half was in a clear container under the duffle bag when a state trooper stopped their vehicle late Aug. 5. Their eastbound vehicle was pulled over on Interstate 10 in Hancock County.

The trooper reported he stopped the car because it had left its lane twice and hit the rumble strip.

Etheredge told investigators he and Broussard had bought the meth for $13,000 from a man at the Marriott Convention Center, and said they had made the same drive to buy meth a few weeks earlier, a Homeland Security Investigations agent’s sworn statement said. Etheredge also reportedly said he needed money to pay his bills, and the meth offered a source of income.

Etheredge first told drug agents he had been unemployed since February 2013. But at the time of his arrest, he was employed by Accreditation Alliance, a company that reviews documents on college accreditations, his attorney said in a recent hearing. He is a licensed nurse with advanced studies in dealing with patients who have dementia or Alzheimer’s and has a serious health condition, his attorney said.

A court transcript shows Broussard’s attorney has told the court Broussard was pursuing studies in nursing and was the caregiver for Etheredge.

Both men have been held without bond.

Etheredge has admitted he had used meth weekly for a year and Broussard said he’d used meth daily for about 10 years, detention orders show.

A grand jury indicted them Sept. 1. They are charged with one count each of conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute meth and interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.


When a federal judge recently sentenced the last two of 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members to prison for their roles in a methamphetamine drug distribution network, it marked the end of the gang’s foothold in Central Texas—and also highlighted the extraordinary partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement that brought the criminals to justice.meth story

Methamphetamine—also known as ”meth” and “ice” because it is usually sold in crystallized form—can devastate communities. In a 60-square-mile area of rural Central Texas where the Aryan Brotherhood gang was selling as much as four kilos of the drug each month, meth was taking a toll.

“The area was being tormented,” said Special Agent Dan Snow, who supervises a violent gangs and criminal enterprise squad in the FBI’s San Antonio Division. “When you’re addicted to meth, you will steal anything that’s not bolted down to get money to feed your habit.”

In multiple Central Texas counties near Waco and Fort Hood, crime was spiking—burglaries, property crimes, arsons, assaults, firearms thefts, even homicides—and when local authorities compared notes, they realized that a significant part of the crime problem resulted from the meth trade.

In late 2013, the FBI participated in a meeting with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and local police departments. “We were hearing from our local counterparts about the issues related to the Aryan Brotherhood,” said Special Agent Dan Tichenor, who investigated the case from the FBI’s regional office in Waco. “From the outset, this investigation was a true partnership between local, state, and federal agencies.”

Through good police work, approximately 30 Aryan Brotherhood gang members central to the drug distribution operation were identified. “The main targets intentionally lived in very rural areas,” Tichenor said, “so law enforcement couldn’t do drive-bys of their houses or conduct surveillance. For a time,” he explained, “they were operating under the radar.”

During the course of the three-year investigation, the FBI developed confidential sources and administered court-ordered wire taps. Controlled drug buys were made, and evidence was compiled against the gang members. Eventually, investigators learned the source of the gang’s cartel-affiliated supplier in Dallas.

In September 2014, 20 members of the gang were arrested and charged with drug distribution related to the methamphetamine operation. Since then, all 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas members who have been charged and convicted for their roles in the drug network are now serving time in federal prison. On December 9, 2015, Chris Voerhis, 51, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, and Derrick Cooper, 35, received a seven-year term.

“We dismantled their entire organization, from the leadership to suppliers to distributors,” Tichenor said. “This case has had a big impact on the community,” he added. “Local police departments reported a significant drop in crime—especially property crimes—after the drug operation was stopped.”

At the time of Voerhis and Cooper’s sentencing, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the San Antonio Field Office noted that “these sentences resulted from unprecedented collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement.” He added, “This effort not only exemplifies our commitment to prevent gang violence and criminal activity from poisoning our communities, it sends a clear message that we will relentlessly pursue and prosecute the leaders and members of these violent criminal enterprises regardless of where they lay their heads.”


These incredible before and after photographs show the dramatic difference 90 days can make.

On the left is a young woman hooked on crystal meth, while to the right the same woman looks almost unrecognizable after giving up the drug.S4LldL5l

The photograph was uploaded to social media site Reddit by user ‘Wormguy666’ who claims the unnamed woman in the image is his sister.

Talking about her behavior while on meth, he described how her sweet nature changed to become ‘horrible, self-centered, mean [and] cruel’.

He said: ‘They say and do things that you can’t even believe. My sister would lie, steal from us, take advantage of us, she’d do anything to get a fix. She obviously regrets it all now, but she was honestly in the position to get help. We had no way to force it on her. I think getting busted helped a bit.’

Crystal meth – a methamphetamine also known as Ice – is known to cause paranoia, confusion and aggression as well as possible brain damage for long term abusers. It is extremely addictive and users describe the effects as an intense, powerful high followed by a severe comedown.

He added: ‘Well, we sort of had a family intervention and she agreed to go to a rehab center. There’s lots of good places, but they’re expensive. Thank god she had health insurance so it covered a lot of it. Put her in a 30 day program and now she’s living with us while we help her get back on track.

‘In short, rehab, constant NA meetings, and living with loving family that’s helping her stay away from the wrong crowds.’

While his sister has recovered, Wormguy666 revealed how his mother-in-law is also hooked on the drug.

He said: ‘She’s not ready to get help yet, and we sadly have had to cut communication off. One thing we did learn is this: if they aren’t ready to get help, then there’s nothing you can do. It’s a harsh reality to face.

‘Just know that the change has to come from within them. I think that was the hardest part for us. If you can accept that, and learn to let go of them until that time hits, then you have a chance.’7JNA1C9l

The Reddit post follows a similar post yesterday, showing a before and after photograph of a man called Ryan who had also quit the drug.




A woman was seriously burned when a meth lab exploded at a Shelbyville motel early Tuesday, police said.

Amy Williams of Shelbyville was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center’s burn unit after a small explosion at Bedford Motel, Madison Street, Shelbyville police said.

Williams, who police said suffered burns to her torso and arms, told investigators “some type of explosion” occurred when she opened the door to her room at Bedford Inn, Madison Street.

The blaze erupted from a meth lab in the room, Assistant Director Tim Miller of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force said.

“A Powerade bottle had a hole in its side and there were sizeable burns to the carpet where it burst on the floor,” Miller said.

Officer David Curley had noticed a plastic bottle on the floor and several Mason jars on a table with plastic tubing and notified the DTF.

Two people investigators say were living in the room with Williams have been charged, Miller said.

Frances Ruth Davis, 37, of Jennifer Circle is charged with promotion of meth manufacturing and her son Zachary Tyler Moore, 18, of the same address, with simple possession of a schedule IV drug. She was being held on $10,000 bond Wednesday at Bedford County Jail. Moore posted $500 bond.

Moore told police he and his mother were outside smoking, heard an explosion, ran inside, found Williams on fire and put the flames out.

Davis said she had been away, walked into the room and Williams was ablaze, Curley said in his report.

Moore and Davis were treated at Heritage Medical Center for burns, police said.

Williams had left the motel around 6 p.m. and returned at midnight, according to police. The explosion was reported at 12:02 a.m.

She told Curley she had let “someone she didn’t know” use the room while away.

The room’s door was kept shut until firefighters arrived, with Curley noting smoke was oozing around its edges.

“Smoke came pouring through the door” when opened, Curley said. “The fire department checked the room and stated there was no fire at this time.”

Additional charges are expected in the case, according to the DTF.



A Texarkana man is currently in custody after calling 9-1-1 and asking to show officers his methamphetamine.

James Harmon, 59, allegedly asked an emergency dispatcher to send police to his home Nov. 29 so he harmon-696x365could show his methamphetamine stash to officers, court records show. Police who responded to Harmon’s call that day noted he had a non-usable amount of what appeared to be an illicit substance and left Harmon’s residence without taking any action.

Harmon allegedly called 9-1-1 again the next day, asking again to show police officers his methamphetamine. When officers came to Harmon’s residence Nov. 30, he allegedly showed them a usable amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine. At that time Harmon was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Miller County jail.

Possession of methamphetamine is punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.



Brookston Police Department arrested six people Tuesday night riding in a vehicle allegedly containing an active meth lab.

Officer Mark Thomas pulled the vehicle over due to a faulty license plate light, he said. Paraphernalia was in plain view when he approached the car, he noted.635870806786775994-JIMENEZ-HEIDI

The Indiana State Meth Suppression Unit, White County Sheriff’s Office, and Monticello and Monon police departments assisted with a search of the vehicle, where the lab and some methamphetamine were discovered, Thomas said.

The driver — Lewis Plybon II, 35, of Lafayette — and the five following passengers were formally charged Tuesday with 635870806780847956-LOFLAND-CARLENA-5felony counts of possession of a precursor, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a syringe; and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia, Thomas said.

  • Heidi Jimenez, 32, of Greenville
  • Adam Sander, 21, of Rossville
  • Ryan Rogers, 34, of Lafayette
  • Christian Marchand, 23, of Lafayette
  • Carlena Loflane, 22, of Stockwell

Several of those arrested have outstanding warrants in Tippecanoe County, according to online records. Plybon was wanted for violating the terms of his probation in a 2006 robbery conviction. Jimenez was wanted for her failure to appear in a trespassing case. Rogers was wanted on a petition to revoke probation in a 2010 child neglect conviction.

Sander and Marchand were convicted recently for possession of a syringe and were out on probation.


A North Palm Beach man is accused of causing an explosion at a Palm Beach Gardens home while making methamphetamine that left him and a woman hospitalized with severe burns, according to an arrest report.

Gary Nawrocki, 45, is facing three felonies connected to the manufacture of the highly-addictive drug. The explosion occured Dec. 16 at a home on the 2200 block of Idlewild Road, just east of Prosperity Farms Road and north of PGA Boulevard. Nawrocki bonded out of the Palm Beach County jail on Dec. 29.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was contacted after Nawrocki and a 45-year-old woman walked into an unidentified hospital emergency room with severe burns. The report said that Nawrocki had burns on 15 percent of his body while the woman had burns on 60 percent of her body.

Nawrocki gave law enforcement his attorney’s name, but refused to provide the address of where the fire took place or other information.

A records check found that Nawrocki and the woman bought items — lighter fluid, sodium hydroxide and over-the-counter drugs containing pseudoephedrine — used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, the report said. The woman is not being named by The Palm Beach Post because she has not been arrested.

PBSO detectives and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration identified the woman’s home address on Idlewild Road. Neighbors told a detective they heard an explosion on Dec. 16 around 8:30 p.m. at the home.

A search warrant of the residence revealed chemicals and other items related to manufacturing meth, the report said.



A 19-year-old Fremont man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges of sexual assault and child abuse.

Fremont Police arrested Lucas Prickett on a Dodge County warrant for one count each of first degree sexual assault, a Class II felony; child abuse, a Class 3A felony; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Class 1 misdemeanor.

The arrest followed a month-long investigation. Prickett is reported to have known the victim, who was a juvenile, for several months.

During the arrest in the 1300 block of Morningside Road, authorities discovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Additional charges related to that discovery are pending. He is being held in the Saunders County Jail.

Prickett’s bond has been set at 10 percent of $150,000.



A woman was arrested in the Pizza Hut parking lot on Sunday afternoon on methamphetamine charges.

On Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, the Russellville Police Department was informed by a concerned citizen that a female subject was exhibiting strange movement and behaviors while parked in a red Mitsubishi Eclipse at the Pizza Hutt on North Main Street.

The Russellville Police Department, assisted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, arrived on scene and made contact with the female, who was identified as Deborah Ewing, of Russellville.

Ewing exhibited signs of being under the influence of methamphetamine. During consented search of her vehicle, two glass pipes commonly used to consume methamphetamine were located. Also located in the vehicle was a clear plastic baggie containing white powdery residue, thought to be methamphetamine.

Ewing was arrest on charges of public intoxication by a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance first degree, second offense (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.

Evidence has been sent to Kentucky State Police labs for further analysis. The investigating officer is Greg Bellar of the Russellville Police Department.



A major methamphetamine operation was shut down in Green County on Monday, with police seizing more than 400 “shake and bake” meth-making bottles and arresting three people.

The raid on the drug house happened in the 2400 block of Ullom Road near Browntown in the town of Cadiz, the Green County Sheriff’s Office said.564cb43370171_image

Arrested were Anthony Herrera, 26, Jose Orellana, 50 and Alexandra Orellana, 21. Each was tentatively charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession and disposal of meth waste, and Herrera also was tentatively charged with maintaining a drug house.

According to the sheriff’s office:

The search of the residence and property was conducted by the State Line Area Narcotics Team along with local deputies and agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This was the second meth lab bust in Green County in December. James Bearer of Monroe was arrested Dec. 14 when 26 “shake and bake” meth bottles allegedly were found at his home.



Police have arrested a Wells woman in Maine and her boyfriend in New Hampshire, both on charges that they were operating a methamphetamine manufacturing lab in a camper where they lived with their three children.PD-Booking-copy

Jennifer Boudle, 28, was arrested Monday during a traffic stop in Wells on a warrant for a charge of unlawful operation of a meth lab. Her boyfriend, John Regan, 41, of Wells, was arrested Tuesday in Concord, New Hampshire, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Their arrests come after local police and agents from both the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and federal Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at their home on Nov. 16 at 859 Post Road in Wells and discovered a meth lab in the camper.

The investigators found Boudle, Regan and their three children, whose ages range from infancy to 10 years old at the camper. Investigators allowed the family to leave as they prepared their paperwork to search the camper. They made the arrests after completing their investigation and obtaining arrest warrants for the parents on Dec. 23, McCausland said in a news release.

McCausland said the children are being cared for by other relatives.

Boudle was taken to the Wells Police Department after her arrest and freed on $500 bail. Regan remains in custody in New Hampshire while authorities arrange for his extradition back to Maine to face the charge here.

Unlawful operation of a meth lab is a Class B felony under state law punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities in Maine have seen a spike in the number of meth manufacturing labs here in recent years, including an increasing number in more densely populated areas in York, Cumberland and Penobscot counties, Roy McKinney, the director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said in an interview last week.

The number of meth lab incidents in Maine rose from 7 in 2011 to 15 in 2012, 20 in 2013, then 37 in 2014 and 55 so far in 2015 with two days left in the year.

The MDEA has also dedicated more resources into combating meth manufacturing here, from 17 investigations in 2011 to 76 investigations in 2015, as of Nov. 30.


FULTON, Mo. – A Fulton woman was arrested Tuesday morning after Fulton Police and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force searched a home at 1416 Monroe Street.New-Documentggg

Officers found meth and drug paraphernalia inside the home of 30-year-old Mindy Cook.

Cook was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance and was released on a $5,000 bond.

Police said further charges could be pending.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — An Indiana woman and her family are being forced to move out of their home because it may be contaminated with methamphetamine residue leftover from a meth lab bust three years ago, according to a letter I-Team 8 obtained from the Shelby County Health Department.

A copy of the letter states:

“The Shelby County Health Department recently found out that you are living in a residence that was previously vacant due to the fact it was used to manufacture methamphetamine. The manufacture of meth causes a residue that coats surfaces, absorbing into porous materials, and contaminating the forced air heaters/cooling (HVAC) system. If not decontaminated, the drug lab can leave toxic residue behind indefinitely.”

Karen Hoyt and her family have to be out by Dec. 30.

An Indiana state police meth lab database shows that Hoyt’s current residence in Shelbyville had been involved in a meth lab bust in November of 2012. Hoyt says she didn’t move in until September of 2015 and was totally unaware that the home had ever been contaminated.

A copy of a state police report states that authorities discovered corrosive acids and bases, lithium and ammonia both in and outside of the home during the Nov. 16, 2012 bust.

Hoyt’s problem highlights a larger issue – that Indiana’s storied struggle with drugs like meth continue to create ripple effects that plague those even not directly involved with the drug.

In 2014, Indiana authorities discovered more than 1,400 meth labs across the state. That figure was down from 2013, when more than 1,800 labs were discovered.

According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, property owners are responsible for all cleanup costs.

  • Failure to clean up your property leaves you open to liability for injury to others from exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • You must clean up your property before you reoccupy it, allow anyone else to occupy it, or sell it.
  • You can also get information about the inspection and cleanup of illegal drug labs from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), by calling 317-234-7937 or visiting the IDEM website.

Captain Dave Bursten, a spokesman for ISP, said generally that residences listed on the agency’s meth lab database have not been properly cleaned.

That database, which dates back to 2007, details thousands of homes, apartments or businesses that have not been certified as being cleaned within 180 days of the meth lab bust.

Properties that are cleaned are eventually removed from the list, Bursten said.

“The idea is to not blacklist properties,” he said.

No one answered the property management office at the mobile home park on Chestnut Street in Shelbyville where Hoyt has lived with her daughter, son and grandchildren since September. Hoyt said she initially learned about the meth after calling the local health department to report concerns about mold and water leaks in her trailer. It was then that the health department warned her that her current home on Chestnut Street was considered uninhabitable.

The property manager did not return repeated calls from I-Team 8 seeking comment.

“Words cannot describe the feeling of being told that your home had been used for a methamphetamine lab,” Hoyt told I-Team 8 during an interview.

Karen Hoyt says Christmas in her Shelbyville home just wasn’t the same.

“We just had no interest in the holiday,” Hoyt said.

Just ten days earlier, Hoyt was told she and her family would be forced to move. The stress has been overwhelming, she said.

The family has started a GoFundMe page in hopes of finding a new place to stay.

Crisis Cleaning, a contractor that specializes in meth lab clean ups across the state, said they can run between $3,000 to $4,000 – possibly even more. When asked if they had received a specific work order for Hoyt’s address, the company representative said the property manager at Hoyt’s mobile home complex had asked that the company not speak to reporters.



It would appear meth lab components are once again hot Christmas gift items in Talladega County.

Six people were arrested early Tuesday morning at a residence in Sylacauga and are facing charges of manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

No bonds had been set in any of the cases as of Tuesday evening, according to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray.56832c7423af3_image

The arrests were made at the home of Jeremy Allen Scott, 35, on the 400 block of Smith Avenue in Sylacauga. In addition to Scott, the people arrested included Preston Lee Butler, 20, of Sylacauga; Anthony Ray Meeks, 22 and James Meeks, 23, both of Weogufka; Keith Anthony Taylor, 30, of Sylacauga; and Anna Marie West, 18, of Sylacauga.

The drug paraphernalia involved were the equipment and chemicals needed to make methamphetamine, Murray said.

Unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance is a class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison. Felony possession of drug paraphernalia is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.



A man was arrested Monday after he was allegedly found injecting methamphetamine in the bathroom of a Missoula grocery store.

Danny Carlson, 32, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Tuesday, charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs as well misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit, Missoula police were dispatched to the Missoula Fresh Market on West Broadway on Monday after two people called 911 to report a man injecting drugs in the bathroom.

An officer found Carlson sitting on a toilet in the bathroom, holding a hypodermic needle with the tip in a bottle cap, the affidavit stated. He also saw a plastic baggie with a white crystalline substance in Carlson’s other hand.

After handcuffing Carlson, the officer asked what he had been doing, to which Carlson allegedly replied he was using “ice.”

Carlson confirmed the drug was meth and told the officer there was more liquid meth in the syringe, and more syringes in either his jacket or the backpack on the floor next to him, the affidavit stated. A search of the backpack turned up four empty syringes.

The material in the syringe Carlson was holding, as well as the substance in the baggie, tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit stated.

In court Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen set Carlson’s bail at $5,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 13.



Detectives with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office have solved a multi-parish burglary spree.

A Minden man was charged with several counts of burglary after he reportedly admitted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools, guns, oilfield equipment and other items from Webster, Bossier and Claiborne parishes.weeks-mug

Cody Alan Weeks, 24, of the 1500 block of Shreveport Road, was arrested Friday, Dec. 18, for four counts of burglary, three counts of felony theft of a firearm, felony illegal possession of stolen things, felony theft, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine) and possession of Schedule I CDS (marijuana). A hold has been placed on him by Probation and Parole.

Detective Scott Tucker says the first burglary was reported around mid-November.

“People were reporting that they’d go outside and their car door would be open or their toolboxes would be left open on their trucks with stuff taken out of it,” he said. “The weekend of Dec. 6, we had four burglaries. One was on Germantown Road; we had some up on Methodist Camp Road, areas north of Minden.”

Tucker says Claiborne authorities were reporting similar thefts.

“We had a theft on Highway 518, and the description of the truck reminded us of Cody Weeks, who we’d arrested last on Dec. 23, 2014, for basically the same type of stuff,” he said. “These were done late at night, usually between 12 and 4 in the morning.”

Tucker, Maj. Dustin Reynolds and Det. Bobby Igo III went to Weeks’ residence Dec. 14, after receiving information that he was possibly involved. When they arrived, detectives noticed underneath his carport items they knew to be stolen.

By that time, three firearms had been stolen, and Tucker says following his arrest, Weeks admitted to stealing and trading the weapons for drugs.

“Weeks admitted he was the one who was doing the burglaries,” he said. “He then told us he traded the firearms for four grams of methamphetamine at a residence in Shreveport.”

The U.S. Marshal’s Service assisted the sheriff’s office in recovering the firearms along with some tools that were stolen from Webster Parish.

Tucker and Reynolds went on to say Weeks’ arrest solved four or more burglaries in Claiborne Parish and four additional burglaries in Webster and Bossier parishes.

“We recovered some items and we were able to track down victims, some of which hadn’t even reported or didn’t realize that they’d had a theft,” Reynolds said. “He would take things from shops and vehicles that you might not need today or tomorrow, and you may not realize for two months when you need that item that it’s gone.”

Tucker and Reynolds say he was selling the items at various truck stops and other places to support his drug habit. Further investigation revealed that Weeks has not been employed since he was sentenced for simple burglary in April, the detectives said, and he is behind on his probation fee payments as well as paying restitution for roughly $5,500.

In April, according to court records, Weeks pleaded guilty to simple burglary and was sentenced to three years at hard labor suspended and placed on three years active supervised probation.

“Last time, he hit a shop and stole about $20,000 worth of stuff, but he had several people with him,” Tucker said. “This time, he was by himself, going and stealing what he could get.”

Detectives are asking anyone who purchased items from Weeks to call the sheriff’s office and make arrangements to return them. If they do not, Reynolds says they face the charge of illegal possession of stolen things.“We’re going to give an amnesty period for anyone who bought things from Cody Weeks to contact us and let us get them back,” Reynolds said. “We won’t ask any questions; however, if we have to track every item and find every person, we will. Then they will be charged.”

Tucker says additional charges are pending in this case and they are still recovering items as the investigation continues.