Comments Off on After calling the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office to report a domestic crime, Nichole Lynn Erickson, 33, of Isanti, charged with felony Methamphetamine possession

A woman who called the cops after saying she was thrown out of a moving vehicle is facing a felony drug charge after allegedly being found with methamphetamine on her.


Nichole Lynn Erickson, 33, of Isanti, was charged before Judge Amy Brosnahan on March 6 in Isanti County District Court in Cambridge with felony fifth-degree drug possession. Her bail was set at $25,000 without conditions or $3,000 with conditions and her next court appearance for March 23.

The incident occurred on March 3 after law enforcement was dispatched to the area of County Road 5 and Raven Street in Bradford Township.

According to court records, Erickson has previous convictions for felony fifth-degree drug possession from March 2012 in Isanti County; felony fifth-degree drug possession, subsequent conviction, from September 2012 in Anoka County; felony fifth-degree drug possession, subsequent conviction, from September 2013 in Isanti County; and felony fifth-degree drug possession, subsequent conviction, from November 2013 in Isanti County.

According to the criminal complaint:
On March 3, at 7:31 a.m., Isanti County Deputy John Gillquist was dispatched to a domestic in the area of County Road 5 and Raven Street.

Erickson reported she had been thrown out of a moving vehicle, and when Gillquist located Erickson, she appeared lethargic and was slurring her words. Gillquist also observed a cut on her cheek and a cut near her ear, so an ambulance was called to treat the injuries.

While Erickson was being treated by ambulance personnel, Gillquist observed a blue tube sticking out of her pocket. When Gillquist asked Erickson what it was, she replied her significant other put the blue tube on her, and he was always putting drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine on her to get her in trouble. Gillquist recovered the tube and observed it contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Drug court graduate, Stacy J. Casto of Hometown, arrested on Methamphetamine charges

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A woman who graduated from drug court two years ago was arrested on meth-related charges, Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies say.

Stacy J. Casto of Hometown was arrested Wednesday. She is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Deputies say Casto graduated from Putnam County Drug Court in February 2015.

Casto is in custody in the Western Regional Jail. Her bond is $50,000 cash only.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Louisiana women on Spring Break, Christy Tregre, 44, and Tarah Bergeron, 32, both of Paradise, nabbed in Methamphetamine drug sting at Panama City Beach Ebro Motel

EBRO — Two Louisiana women visiting Panama City Beach for Spring Break are facing drug charges after an undercover operation by the Washington County Drug Task Force.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported Christy Tregre, 44, and Tarah Bergeron, 32, both of Paradise, Louisiana, were staying in Panama City Beach when they made contact with an undercover Washington County investigator early Wednesday. The women set up plans to meet the officer to trade hydrocodone, also known as Lortab, for methamphetamine.

The undercover investigator met the suspects in Ebro, near the Ebro Motel, and made the exchange, after which the Drug Task Force closed in and arrested the women, according to a WCSO report. Further investigation found the women also in possession of hypodermic needles, a glass pipe and metal spoons, all containing methamphetamine residue.

Both women were booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of sale and/or delivery of opiates, possession of drug paraphernalia and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine, syringes found by Arkadelphia Police Department; David Gullett, 48, of Malvern, charged

David Gullett, of Malvern, has been charged in Clark County Circuit Court for drug offenses.

The Arkadelphia Police Department responded to a report of a shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Upon arrival, officers encountered a suspect who had previously been banned for many past incidents. He informed officers that he had driven to the scene with Gullett.

The 48-year-old suspect was waiting in the car when officers made contact with him. Officers learned that Gullett had a slew of warrants against him from Nevada County, the Hot Springs Police Department, and Truman. He was placed under arrest for the Nevada County warrant.

Sgt. Robert Jones did an inventory of the vehicle and discovered a backpack containing an empty syringe and a second one with suspected methamphetamine.

During an interview at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Gullett admitted to having the items, also giving an amount of 30 units of meth.

Gullett has been charged with possession of both methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

 

 

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Comments Off on Chiquita Clelaine Acker, 40, of Pearlington, headed to prison in ‘buckets of Methamphetamine’ case

A Pearlington woman arrested while trying to sell meth at a truck stop as federal agents drained buckets of meth-laced toilet water from her home is headed to prison.

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Comments Off on Jonathan W. Bittleston, 25, of Casper, Accused of Trying to Sneak Methamphetamine Into the Natrona County Detention Center

A man who was arrested after a traffic stop late Wednesday allegedly made things worse when he tried to take two baggies of methamphetamine into jail with him.

Jonathan W. Bittleston, 25, was booked on charges of driving under suspension, altered registration, possession of methamphetamine and taking contraband into jail.

Court documents say a police officer saw a white Ford Ranger accelerate quickly through an intersection. The truck seemed to lack proper muffling, as the engine exhaust was reportedly loud enough to be heard for several blocks.

The officer stopped the truck after clocking it going 40 mph in a 30-mph speed zone and watching the truck make a sudden, improper lane change, according to an affidavit.

The driver — Bittleston — reportedly told the officer his truck was “turbo-ed,” which is why it was so loud. He allegedly said he’d recently purchased the truck from his boss.

He presented a title for the truck, issued to his boss, which was not notarized nor signed as sold and also lacked a date of sale and notarization. It also contained no information on the buyer, charging papers say.

A bill of sale dated Jan. 12 reportedly described the truck sold “as is” for $50. The bill of sale was not notarized and did not describe the buyer.

Bittleston allegedly told the officer he had been “making payments” on the truck, which seemed odd to the officer.

The officer checked Bittleston’s license and found it was suspended through Jan. 30, 2019. He arrested Bittleston based on the totality of the circumstances, the affidavit says.

Inside a “Tootsie Roll” change bank in a cup holder, an officer found a tightly-rolled dollar bill which allegedly had trace amounts of white residue inside.

Bittleston was arrested at about midnight. He reportedly said he “found” the change cup in the “parking lot of a gas station” and didn’t know about the dollar bill.

It turns out the registration tab on the truck belonged to another car Bittlestone owned, according to charging papers. Bittleston allegedly admitted he had put the tab on the truck in an effort to show the truck had valid registration.

Bittleston was arrested and the truck was towed.

About two hours later, the arresting officer was called to the Natrona County Detention Center where a deputy said Bittleston had tried to smuggle meth into the jail.

The deputy said, according to charging papers, that Bittleston had tried to “palm” something in his hands while completing the intake paperwork.

A deputy confronted Bittleston, who allegedly tried to hide two baggies in the paperwork. The deputy examined the baggies and reportedly saw opaque crystals that looked like methamphetamine.

Bittleston reportedly asked, “What did you find there?” He allegedly tried to act like he didn’t know about the baggies, but deputies noted he immediately began to cry when he was placed into his cell.

The baggies weighed .88 grams and .62 grams, respectively, with one testing positive for methamphetamine.

Bittleston’s criminal history as presented in the affidavit shows he was convicted in 2010 for grand larceny and convicted in 2012 for escape.

 

 

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Comments Off on Skyline Drug Task Force seizes 14.5 pounds of Methamphetamine in major take down – Victor Manuel Romero-Cornejo, 32, and Luis Antonio Cardenas-Romero, 27, of Stuarts Draft, arrested

WAYNESBORO — Police seized more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine, and 2.5 pounds of cocaine — with a combined street value of nearly $800,000 — in a two-day operation in Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Augusta and Nelson counties.

The operation also resulted in the arrest of two men with Stuarts Draft addresses.

The Skyline Drug Task Force, assisted by a multi-jurisdictional support team, executed multiple search warrants across the region as part of its ongoing effort to dismantle a methamphetamine drug trafficking organization with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

The search warrants were executed at five homes and one storage unit in the cities of Harrisonburg and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta and Nelson.

The operation began Tuesday night and concluded early Wednesday with the purpose of apprehending two high-level members of a drug trafficking organization that has been operating in the area since at least September 2016, according to police.

As a result of these warrants, the task force seized 14.5 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $650,000, 2.5 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $134,000, three handguns, and four vehicles.

“This particular drug trafficking organization posed a serious threat to the safety and well being of those living within our communities,” said the supervisory special agent of the Skyline Drug Task Force in a release. The agent’s name was not released. “We hope these arrests send a clear message to other traffickers targeting our region that their illegal drug operations will not be tolerated.”

Victor Manuel Romero-Cornejo, 32, of Stuarts Draft, was arrested on charges of distribution of meth, possession of gun by an undocumented immigrant, possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics, and possession of a stolen firearm. Additional charges are pending, including illegal re-entry into the U.S after having been deported.

Luis Antonio Cardenas-Romero, 27, also of Stuarts Draft, was arrested on charges of distribution of more than 1.0 kilograms of methamphetamine as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise and possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics. Additional charges are pending.

Both men were taken into custody without incident and are being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

The Skyline Drug Task Force was aided in the operation by the Virginia National Guard Counter-Drug Program, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Skyline Drug Task Force is composed of investigators from the Waynesboro Police Department, Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Department, Nelson County Sheriff’s Department and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office.

 

 

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Comments Off on 2 U.S. soldiers indicted in Methamphetamine-smuggling case in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Two U.S. soldiers have been accused of smuggling 9 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $12 million hidden in cereal boxes sent via the military postal service, South Korean prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege that the soldiers, who were based at Camp Humphreys, arranged for the drugs to be shipped from California to an Army Post Office address.

Two South Koreans also have been arrested, and four other South Korean suspects with relatives in the United States are wanted in the case.

One of the soldiers has been arrested and jailed on a charge of violating the narcotics control act; the other was indicted on the same charge without detention, according to a statement from the Pyeongtaek Branch Prosecutor’s Office.

The statement said the soldiers were both 20 and had the rank of private first class but did not otherwise identify them. U.S. Forces Korea did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Customs officials at Incheon International Airport confiscated the drugs in December after an X-ray scan found them hidden in cereal boxes that were part of care packages being sent to the soldiers.

Prosecutors said the meth seized had a street value of 13.6 billion South Korean won, or $12 million, and could potentially have been used by 130,000 people.

“It’s the largest amount of drugs found coming through the APO,” senior prosecutor Kang Susanna said in a telephone interview.

The Pyeongtaek office, which is under the Suwon district office, worked closely with police, the airport customs office as well as U.S. military investigators and the Drug Enforcement Agency, the statement said.

The soldier who was not detained is accused of receiving the drugs at his APO address and giving them to the other soldier who then handed it over to a civilian off post. Prosecutors said the suspects planned to sell the drugs.

The transaction was part of a smuggling ring that had a front in Seoul’s Gangnam neighborhood, where investigators also found more than 3 ounces of methamphetamine and a smaller amount of cocaine in a safe, a statement said.

The Military Postal Service Agency provides U.S. mail services overseas to the military and other defense department employees. American diplomats have a similar service. The mail in South Korea is received at the joint military terminal at the Incheon international airport outside Seoul.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Elizabethtown Methamphetamine house shut down – Stephanie Cecil, 28, and Travis Sneed, 23, arrested

A traffic stop in Columbus has led to the dismantling of a methamphetamine distribution operation in Elizabethtown.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team in Bartholomew County arrested two people and confiscated a large amount of paraphernalia, drugs and drug-dealing equipment Tuesday from a home on 11th Street in Elizabethtown, according to a media release.

Stephanie Cecil, 28, of 107 11th St., Elizabethtown, was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Dealing in methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of paraphernalia

Travis Sneed, 23, also of 107 11th St., Elizabethtown, was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Bartholomew County warrant

The investigation began after Columbus Police Department officers made a traffic stop at 11:53 p.m. Monday on U.S. 31, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Angela K. Spencer, 39, 1819 Hiker Trace, was arrested on three Bartholomew County warrants and charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, Columbus police said.

During the investigation, police determined Spencer had obtained the methamphetamine from Cecil at her 11th Street address in Elizabethtown, police said.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies, Columbus police and its community policing unit, served a search warrant at the address Tuesday night, when they found the methamphetamine-distribution operation, police said.

Cecil was arrested immediately and Sneed was arrested after he was found hiding under a bed in the house, police said.

Cecil and Sneed are being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

Spencer is being held in jail in lieu of $127,500 bond, jail officials said.

JNET is a collaboration of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Laura Wallhead, 33, of Henderson, Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

On Wednesday, Henderson Police conducted a traffic stop on Powell Street and reportedly found a small bag of methamphetamine in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle.

Laura Wallhead, 33, had her vehicle searched when authorities say they also found several items of drug paraphernalia and an alprazolam pill along with the meth.

Wallhead was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was lodged in the Henderson County Jail.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Whitney Leigh Russell McBride, 32, of Hartselle, accused of stealing IDs, using them to buy Methamphetamine ingredient

A Hartselle woman is accused of stealing driver’s licenses and using them to buy cold medicine that she sold in return for cash and methamphetamine.

Whitney Leigh Russell McBride, 32, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of identity theft and two counts of second-degree meth manufacturing.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said McBride stole two women’s licenses and used them to buy cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in manufacturing meth. Investigators said she then sold the medicine for cash or meth.

McBride was taken to the Morgan County Jail from Lawrence County, where she had just finished serving a sentence, according to the sheriff’s office.

McBride’s bond was set at $15,000.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Riley Hope Arnold, 29, of Pearland, whose children found with Methamphetamine in system, arrested

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas – A woman whose children were found with meth in their system was arrested, according to Friendswood police.

Riley Hope Arnold, of Pearland, is being held in the Brazoria County Jail.

Arnold, 29, had two felony warrants charging her with child endangerment as a result of an investigation by Friendswood police.

The investigation found that back in August, Arnold’s two children were tested and found with methamphetamine in their system, according to Friendswood police.

The warrants were issued in November, and Arnold was given a chance to turn herself in, police said.

She didn’t turn herself in and was picked up by Brazoria County Sheriff’s deputies on March 3.

Her bond is set at $4,000.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Carpet fire leads to Methamphetamine, domestic charges against Katherine Davis, 32, of Owatonna

OWATONNA — Police say large amounts of methamphetamine and cash were found among the belongings of a woman who lit a relative’s carpet on fire and later assaulted him.

Katherine Davis, 32, of Owatonna was charged Tuesday with third-degree drug possession and two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault. The drug charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

According to the complaint, police spoke Monday to a homeowner who reported a domestic assault and said a relative was starting the house on fire and had assaulted him. The man and other witnesses told officers another relative had found Davis, who was living with him, in her bedroom and her carpet was ablaze. He told police he had gone to Davis’ room and told her she needed to leave his home, and during an argument, she began hitting him with her fists and then struck him while slamming the door.

Officers examining the area for the source of the fire reported finding a number of baggies containing prescription pills and about 13 grams of methamphetamine. Also found was a glass meth pipe and more than $500 in cash. Davis was arrested and told officers during an interview that the meth pipe was hers and that she was the primary user of the area where the meth was found.

Court records show Davis made her initial court appearance Tuesday and was set bail of $5,000 with conditions or $15,000 without. She is scheduled for another hearing on March 21.

Comments Off on Monica Castillo, 37, of San Angelo, charged with trafficking Methamphetamine

Monica Castillo, 37, of San Angelo, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of trafficking methamphetamine.

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division executed a search and arrest warrant at a residence in the first block of West Avenue Q, where Castillo was found. The warrant was issued by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, according to a SAPD news release.

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted the operation.

During a search of the residence, investigators found and seized methamphetamine, items consistent with the trafficking of illegal narcotics and about $1,700, the release stated. Castillo was charged with an outstanding warrant and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 between 200-400 grams — a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Castillo was arrested without incident and taken to the Tom Green County Jail. She was being held without bond.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Evansville police arrest Brooke Mullen, 31, on Methamphetamine charges

A woman with five outstanding warrants is arrested on meth charges outside a motel.

Police were investigating drug activity on North First Avenue near Delaware and Oakley Streets.

Police stopped Brooke Mullen, 31, as she was walking across a parking lot. She apparently told police she had those warrants.

Police say a search at the jail found four needles in her purse, one loaded with meth.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on McDonough County Sheriff’s Deputies arrest Jeanna M. Masten, 30, and Joshua I. Daniels, 33, of Bushnell, on Methamphetamine charges after car accident

BUSHNELL — A Bushnell man and woman were arrested on drug charges early Tuesday morning following a traffic accident north of Bushnell.

According to McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker, Jeanna M. Masten, 30, lost control of the vehicle she was driving and crashed into a guard rail at 2:24 a.m. at the intersection of Illinois Highway 41 and N. 2100 Road. During the investigation, deputies found that Masten and her passenger, Joshua I. Daniels, 33, were in possession of suspected methamphetamine, as well as a hypodermic needle. Both face an additional charge of destruction and attempted destruction of evidence. VanBrooker told the Voice that there was a handoff between Daniels and Masten, and Masten attempted to scatter the meth.

Masten was booked into McDonough County Jail on charges of possession of under 5 grams of meth, possession of a hypodermic needle and obstruction of justice. Daniels was also charged with possession of under 5 grams of meth, resisting or obstructing an officer and obstructing justice.

According to VanBrooker, the type of meth recovered is of the “ice” quality that has been appearing in the area in an increasing frequency.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith tackles Methamphetamine problem with new approach – rehabilitation opportunities

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla.Methamphetamine continues to be a major problem in Franklin County. The county’s new top cop has made it his priority to bust the people behind the epidemic, but he is taking a different approach to get the drugs off the streets.

“When I was campaigning, everywhere I went people were telling me there was a problem with Meth in the communities across the county. I knew there was a problem, but I really didn’t know it was big or that that many people were concerned about it but everywhere I went people were talking about it,” Sheriff A.J. Smith said.

Smith promised residents during his election campaign he’d rid the county of the drug. So far this year, sheriff’s deputies have made 71 drug-related arrests.

The latest was Tuesday when investigators served a search warrant at Jeffery Nowling’s Eastpoint home. They charged Nowling with two counts of sale of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of controlled substance with intent to sale or deliver and several misdemeanor charges.

“When you have heavy meth use in neighborhoods, a lot of people are roaming all night long. They’re stealing. They’re doing other crimes. Some of that has been reduced. That’s attributed to the deputies that are working these neighborhoods really hard,” Smith said.

While Smith is seeing improvements, he said more arrests isn’t necessarily the full solution.

“As these people decide that’s not a life I want to live, then I’m here to help,” he said.

Smith wants to tackle the problem at its root by providing rehabilitation opportunities to inmates.

Christopher Wells, 23, is the first inmate to step forward and request admittance into a rehab program. He has been addicted to methamphetamine and in and out of the system since he was eleven years old.

Wells hopes the nine month jail sentence he finished this week is his last but fears the prevalence of meth in the county threatens any chance he has of recovery.

“I hit it one time, and I’ve been stuck to it,” Well said.  “This go around right here kind of stuck to me. Now I just want out. I don’t want to be in trouble anymore. I want to do right.”

“As the sheriff, I’m going to do my part to make it better,” Smith added.

The drug and rehabilitation program called Teen Challenge is located in Pensacola. One of the major goals is helping adults that grew-up in families and communities where substance abuse created a spiral of addiction.

 

 

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Comments Off on Human Services, Drug Court battling Methamphetamine abuse in Pierce County

(From left): Pierce County Drug Court Coordinator Mary Kelly, Human Services Court Services Worker Samantha Brill, Sadie Zolnik and Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois are all members of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The council’s goal is to improve the quality of justice services to victims, offenders and the community.

ELLSWORTH — Ron Schmidt can remember the cook houses in Pierce County.

Schmidt has been Pierce County human service director for four years. He still remembers procedures followed when children were affected by these cook houses.

“We saw the burning meth house that would catch fire, endanger children, cause toxicity where we literally had drug endangered children protocols where we would decontaminate kids,” Schmidt said. “They’d be showered, they’d be cleansed. Making sure there was no residue of meth on them.”

In 2017, cook houses are a thing of the past, at least in Pierce County. A statewide methamphetamine study reported no cook houses present in the county. Schmidt said the drug trade has changed from local addicts and drug dealers cooking product to a stronger, more established foreign entity infiltrating the region.

“We no longer see the burning meth house anymore,” Schmidt said. “We don’t see people burning themselves up with ether. What we do see though, is an increase in the use, what is obviously cartel-supplied methamphetamine from Mexico or even Canada, but most is now purchased products.”

With drugs continuing their stranglehold on citizens, law enforcement and governmental agencies are running out of money to combat drug abuse. Pierce County Drug Court Coordinator Mary Kelly works to find ways to help as many people as possible.

Kelly, who worked in Wabasha County for four years before coming to Pierce County when the drug court began in 2004, said the drug court has gone through a massive transition since its inception.

“When I first started here, we terminated a lot of people,” Kelly said. “And a lot of them were the younger participants and that’s when we’re looking at what’s going on, what are we doing wrong, how can we keep these people in the program. That really was our catalyst to retool the program.”

A three strikes policy was applied and releasing people from the program “was pretty quick,” Kelly said.

To be eligible for Pierce County Drug Court, participants must meet the following criteria and receive a referral from the district attorney’s office, a probation agent, the Department of Corrections and a defense attorney:

  • Resident of Pierce County
  • Charged with a felony in Pierce County
  • The offense was committed while under the influence of, or while in the possession of illegal drugs, or must be some relationship between the addiction and the commission of the offense.
  • Willing to comply with the drug court program rules.
  • Found, through the use of a screening tool, to be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Able to physically participate in treatment activities, within the guidelines of the Americans with Disability Act.

Drug court meets weekly at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Pierce County Circuit Court, which is open to the public.

The drug court treatment is “rigorous,” Kelly said. A lot of participants have trouble staying in the program because they choose to stay in jail.

Participants are enrolled in drug court a minimum of 13 months; random drug tests are taken throughout the program. These drug and alcohol tests can span weeks or months, or multiple tests may be taken in one week.

Along with drug and alcohol tests, drug court participants must:

  • Attend drug court weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on what phase they are in.
  • Participants must attend one to three meetings a week.
  • Participants must obtain and work with a sponsor.

After meeting the requirements of each phase, participants may move on to the next phase.

In total, the Pierce County Drug Court has graduated 51 and terminated 29 people.

“If you have over 50 percent graduate, that’s typically good,” Schmidt said.

Kelly said when looking at drug court, you have to assess it like a doctor would when looking at an injury.

“In our program, the best practices say we serve high-risk, high-need offenders,” Kelly said. “I like to tell people, if you go to the doctor and you have a broken finger, they don’t put a body cast on you. Drug courts are the body cast of treatment. So we’re not going to want to treat someone with low-risk, low-need.”

A judge’s perspective

Pierce County Judge Joseph Boles has been hearing cases since June 2010; he sees cases dealing with meth too often.

“The overwhelming number of cases that we see here are meth,” Boles said. “Possession meth, sale related to meth, it might be a family case, you know, where there’s a child in need of child protective services.”

Boles said he’s rarely seen any cases related to heroin; meth and drunk driving are the two most common cases heard in Pierce County.

Boles presides over drug court cases; he doesn’t approach these cases all that different than cases he usually hears.

“It’s not really hard for me,” Boles said. “I’m not law enforcement, I’m the referee. I’m the one making decisions on evidence and issues that come up during a case. The charging part of it, I don’t think it’s too difficult from a district attorney standpoint and there’s a lot of precedence for them as far as other cases around the state on how to deal with that.”

Boles, along with Kelly and Schmidt, is part of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee in Pierce County. The CJCC’s goal is to make communities safer, improve outcomes for people who are charged with crimes facing jail or prison time, lower costs and reduce recidivism.

CJCC meetings are open to the public and take place in the Emergency Operations Center in the Pierce County Courthouse Annex from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

When it comes to his case loads, usually a meth-related charge goes hand-in-hand with burglary or theft charges, Boles said. That’s where the CJCC becomes important, keeping people arrested or convicted of crimes away from others who could encourage more potential crime-like behavior.

Reflecting back to 2010, Boles said there’s more of a problem related to meth abuse in the county than before and it has to do with people’s outlook on the future.

“If they’re looking at their future with hope and they have dreams and they think they have a place in society, a chance at a good job, that would help a little bit,” Boles said. “I tend to think that if we help this generation as much as we can with the programs we have and the treatment if they’re able to change their behavior, that it will have a positive effect on their children.”

OWI Court

Recently, a Treatment Alternatives and Diversion grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice was awarded to Pierce County to establish a court that addresses Operating While Intoxicated felony charges.

Kelly said when the drug court first began, they would bring in people with drug and OWI charges. The results were unsuccessful.

“We were finding, when we started to use the assessment tool and really trying to define the people who were in the program, the OWI offenders didn’t fit,” Kelly said. “They typically come out low-risk, so they don’t fit in our program, even though they have felony.”

The drug court is funded by a TAD grant as well, receiving $54,700 annually for five years. The OWI court received $274,000 annually for five years.

The court is slated to open this year, according to the CJCC, but no date was announced.

Schmidt’s outlook for the county and its drug and alcohol abuse problems are simple: change outweighs cost.

“My viewpoint is very social-work orientated,” Schmidt said. “That is, if we get one person to truly change, the economic benefit of drug court being about $100,000 in a total cost program, is changing one person’s life worth a $100,000 to this community? I would say yes.”

 

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Comments Off on Investigation into child sex crimes leads to Methamphetamine lab; Brian Donald, 40, of Theodore, arrested

An investigation into child crimes in Theodore has led to the arrest of a Mobile man charged with enticing a child for sex, and drug charges.

40-year-old Brian Donald was originally on police radar for enticing a 13-year-old child for sex.

When police arrived with a warrant, they discovered an active meth lab and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Donald remains behind bars.

 

 

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Comments Off on Alan Stokke, 60, of Fargo, charged in Moorhead underage sex sting, Methamphetamine possession

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KFGO-AM) – A Fargo man is accused of trying to hire a minor for sex in Moorhead. Court documents say 60-year-old Alan Stokke arranged to have sex with an officer who posed as a 16-year-old girl on Backpage.com.

The complaint says a meeting was set up in Woodlawn Park last Friday. When police confronted Stokke, he admitted he was there to have sex with a teenage girl and brought along methamphetamine.

Stokke also told police that earlier the same day, he met a girl at a Moorhead residence and paid her $120 for sexual contact.

Stokke is charged with attempting to hire a prostitute under the age of 18, but at least 16 years old.

Stokke is the owner of Midwest Pest Control of Fargo.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Jennifer Fugate, 30, of Richmond, facing multiple drug charges, including Methamphetamine

A 30-year-old Richmond woman was arrested in Mejier’s parking lot Monday evening after Richmond police responded to the area regarding a fight.

Attempts to find the man involved inside the department store were unsuccessful, however, the woman, Jennifer Fugate, of Meadowlark Drive, was located in a vehicle parked outside.

When police spoke with Fugate, a needle cap was visible in the driver’s seat, a citation noted. Police notified Fugate this gave them reason to conduct a search. She initially refused to step out of the car until several commands were given.

According to the citation, a search of the vehicle yielded a syringe with an unknown substance inside, a spoon covered in burn residue and a melted cigarette butt. Fugate denied possession.

Further searching found another burnt spoon, suspected marijuana, several baggies and pieces of cigarette filters that the citations stated are commonly used to filter drugs. A small amount of suspected methamphetamine was found in Fugate purse.

Several needle caps and yet a third burnt spoon were found on Fugate’s person, the citation added. An additional search after Fugate was arrested and taken to the Madison County Detention Center, located an unknown substance in a baggie inside Fugate. A small broken unidentifiable pill was also found.

After Fugate was booked into the jail, the arresting officer searched the backseat of their cruiser, where Fugate had been sitting. There, the officer found a white powder substance which looked as if Fugate had attempted to dispose, the citation noted. A small baggie with a small amount of the substance was also found. Based on field testing, the drug was identified as cocaine.

Fugate was charged with first offense first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, first-degree promoting contraband, first offense first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and tampering with physical evidence. She remained lodged at the MCDC Tuesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

 

 

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Comments Off on Marsha Ann Rogers arrested in Lee County for attempting to smuggle Methamphetamine into the Valdosta State Prison

LEESBURG — Three and a half ounces of methamphetamine destined for Valdosta State Prison was intercepted Friday by the Lee County Narcotics Team, the Office of Professional Standards, and the Department of Community Supervision in Lee County.

According to county officials, state prison inmate Kevin Michael Shaffer and his girlfriend, Marsha Ann Rogers, had been communicating by cellphone about a planned visit on March 11, during which Rogers planned to smuggle the drug into the Valdosta prison.

Officials at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office would not comment on specifics of how they were tipped off about the drug smuggling operation, but they did say that Rogers was arrested in January of this year by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office for possession of methamphetamine and was out on bond for that offense.

“I can’t say exactly how they knew about it because there are still ongoing parts of this investigation,” Chief Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lewis Harris Jr. said. “Hopefully, we will be seeing some more arrests.”

According to Harris, the operation took more than nine hours as officials tracked Rogers from Tennessee, through Atlanta, before apprehending her in Lee County.

“Rogers was buying this stuff off the street and planned to smuggle it into the prison,” said Harris. “We know contraband gets into the prison system, and when it does get in there it becomes worth three times what it is worth on the street. The meth that Rogers had was worth about $7,000 on the street and $21,000 in prison.”

Officials said that both Rogers and Shaffer would face federal charges stemming from the arrest and that the Narcotics Team and Department of Corrections investigators were collecting information from Rogers’ cellphone in hopes of making further arrests.

Rogers and Shaffer have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, using a communications facility to facilitate a drug transaction and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Tiffany Maves King, 26, of Dells, faces Methamphetamine and obstruction charges

A Wisconsin Dells woman was charged with three counts, including possession of methamphetamine and obstructing an officer after being arrested March 10.

Tiffany Maves King, 26, also faces charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license due to alcohol/controlled substance/refusal. If convicted for the first count, King could face a $10,000 fine or three years in prison and six months in prison, or both. For the obstruction charge, King may have to pay $10,000 in fines or face nine months in prison, or both. The drug paraphernalia charge carries a possible $500 fine or 30 days in jail, or both, while the operating a vehicle while revoked charge carries a possible $2,500 fine or one year in the county jail, or both.

King was stopped by a Wisconsin State trooper along Interstate 90/94 for speeding on March 10. During the traffic stop, King was allegedly trying to conceal a purse.

According to a criminal complaint, King provided false identification and appeared very nervous and evasive. She claimed the purse wasn’t hers and said the reason she didn’t provide her real name was because her license was suspended. She eventually told the trooper she was Tiffany King.

King was convicted of an OWI in a Jackson County case in 2014. Based on further investigation, King was on a felony bond for possession of methamphetamine when she was stopped last week.

A deputy from the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office arrived with a K9 to check the vehicle and the dog detected narcotics. Two other passengers were in the vehicle, and a pipe with a strong odor of burnt marijuana was found in a juvenile’s backpack. The mother of the juvenile was present and said she would handle the situation with her child when they returned home.

Authorities suspected King was hiding drugs and arrested her. While she was being transported to the Juneau County Jail, she became very emotional, crying and kicking the back of the car’s cage and hitting her head on a window.

While being searched at the jail, police found two small gem pack baggies and a plastic straw in King’s bra. A small crystal substance was contained in one of the packs. King denied having any drug paraphernalia on her during the arrest.

According to the report, a straw cut that way is often used to ingest crystal methamphetamine.

Based on a test by police, the crystal substance was presumed to be methamphetamine. The total weight of the drugs confiscated was less than one gram.

King is scheduled to have an initial appearance at the Juneau County Justice Center on April 5 at 9 a.m.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Five women and men arrested after Virginia Beach police discover possible Methamphetamine lab during burglary investigation

VIRGINIA BEACH – Police have identified the four people arrested in connection with the discovery of a possible meth lab.

Kimberly Francis Volkman, 39, of Virginia Beach, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and three counts of manufacture, sale, or possession of a controlled substance.

Eric Scott Addison, 40, of Virginia Beach, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Michael Joseph Hoiness Jr., 45, of Chesapeake, was charged with possession of a controlled substance; two counts of manufacture, sale, or possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate drug control act.

Shawn Michael Addison, 36, of Virginia Beach, was charged with possession of a controlled substance; two counts of manufacture, sale, or possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate drug control act.

The latest updates come after officers were called to the 1100 block of Northvale Drive for a burglary Sunday and during the investigation found “possible meth making materials” in the home, according to a news release.

Evan Eugene Reames III, 37, of Virginia Beach, was arrested in connection with the burglary. He was charged with two counts of breaking and entering with intent to assault.

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine and alcohol found in system of drowning victim, Roland Phillips, 73, of Fallbrook

RAINBOW (CBS 8) — Officials say a 73-year-old Fallbrook man who drowned in a North County creek during a rain storm had drugs in his system. 

Autopsy results for Roland Phillips were released Tuesday.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is Phillips had methamphetamine and alcohol in his system when his car overturned into a rain-swollen creek in January.

The five-year-old boy he was caring for, family friend Phillip Campbell, also drowned when the car was swept away.

 

 

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