Ithaca authorities say they confiscated multiple bottles of methamphetamine found near the Green State parking garage Sunday.

According to Ithaca City Firefighters, city police officers responded to the scene around 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6 and found approximately a half-dozen clear bottles filled with an unknown substance. Officers said the substance within the bottles appeared to be reacting, emitting gas.

The New York State Police C-CERT team and the Tompkins County Sheriff were called down to assist, as well as the Ithaca Fire Department Haz Mat Team.

Technicians from the responding agencies tested the substance and confirmed it was methamphetamine, firefighters said. An outside, private commercial clean-up company was called in to safely dispose of the substance, and Bangs Ambulance stood by during the event.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with information is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-3245.




Auburn, N.Y. — Auburn troopers arrested a suspect after a raid of his garage turned up methamphetamine, police said.

State police, executing a warrant, searched a garage in the town of Sempronius, located at 2287 State Route 41A.


Police arrested Richard D. Casterline, 38, and charged him with with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, both felonies.

Casterline was arraigned on the charges and is being held at the Cayuga County Jail without bail.

Emergency responders from the state police and Sempronius Fire Department also responded to the garage where it is alleged that methamphetamine was produced.



LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Lincoln County’s fourth meth lab of the year has been found in a public housing unit.

The sheriff’s office says detectives used an internet tool to track pseudoephedrine purchases. They were able to identify several people who bought methamphetamine precursors.

Detectives found the suspects Tuesday afternoon at an apartment in the 200 block of Mauney Drive in Lincolnton.

Police say the people inside consented to letting deputies search the residence. They found evidence of a one pot meth lab, according to the sheriff’s office, like empty packs of pseudoephedrine and lithium batteries.

Three suspects have been arrested:

  • Kimberly Nicole Parker, 22: one felony count each of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Schedule II, Possession/Distribute Meth Precursor, and Maintaining a Dwelling for a Controlled Substance. She also faces one misdemeanor count of Child Abuse. Bond for Parker was denied and she has a first appearance in court today.
  • Carl Lloyd Almany, III, 20: one felony count each of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Schedule II and Possess/Distribute Meth Precursor. He is also being held without bond with a first appearance in court today.
  • Pedro Salazar Pardo, Jr., 31,: one felony count each of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Schedule II and Possess/Distribute Meth Precursor. He is also being held without bond with a first appearance in court today.


RICHMOND — A methamphetamine lab bust at the Bel Air Motel in Richmond led to the arrest Wednesday morning of five people.

Anthony Debord, 44, Carolyn Eckler, 33, and Bobbie L. Evans, 30, all of Richmond, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Douglas Pearson, 24, and Amber Dean, 21, also both of Richmond, were charged with complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Carolyn EcklerAmber DeanBobbie EvansDouglas PearsonAnthony Debord

Richmond officers were sent at 12:40 a.m. to the Bel Air Motel, 1509 Lexington Road across from Arlington House, after receiving a report that meth was being made there, according to an RPD report.

When they arrived, the officers reported making contact with an occupant of one of the rooms and finding several one-step meth labs in plain view.

Officers secured the premises and detained several people believed to be involved in the manufacturing operation, the report stated. The RPD meth lab cleanup team, Richmond Fire Department and EMS units were summoned to the scene to assist. The clean up and processing of the scene continued until late morning.


The officers determined that one of the suspects had rented three rooms at the motel, including the room were the labs were discovered, according to the report.

The five suspects were decontaminated and examined at Baptist Health Richmond prior to being taken to the Madison County Detention Center.


Additional charges

One of the suspects in the meth lab operation, Anthony Debord, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with flagrant nonsupport. The warrant was issued in December and alleges that Debord owes $40,085 in child support dating back to March 1998.

Another suspect in the meth operation, Bobbi L. Evans, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging her with passing a counterfeit bill in February. The manager of Red Roof Inn reported Feb. 4 that Evans presented a counterfeit $100 and asked for change. Evans was an employee at the hotel at the time, the report stated. The manager told police he questioned the authenticity of the bill but was assured it was valid currency.

When the bill later was taken to a bank, it was determined to be counterfeit. Evans did not return to work after the incident, the report stated.





Richmond Motel Evacuated After Meth Lab Discovered In Room

A Madison County motel was evacuated Wednesday morning after a meth lab was discovered in one of the rooms overnight.

Police say it appears a group of people rented out one motel room at the Bel Air on Lexington Road to house their meth-making operation. The group also rented out both neighboring rooms in what detectives suspect was an attempt to create a buffer between their operation and any other guests.

Firefighters were called out to the motel around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning on reports of a chemical smell. Once they arrived, they found seven people across three motel rooms contaminated by “hazardous materials,” firefighters said. Officials said there were several one-step meth labs in plain view inside a room.

Those people were taken to the hospital to be decontaminated, and then taken to be questioned by authorities. Meanwhile, others in the motel also had to be removed as firefighters began cleaning up the room where the meth lab had been set up.

“I don’t think they were actively cooking,” said Richmond Police Assistant Chief Bob Mott. “There were several reaction vessels that had been in there. Looks they had been cooking over a period of days at least, maybe even longer than that.”

Authorities say most of those who were decontaminated will likely be charged. No others staying at the motel were contaminated, say Richmond Police.

Anthony Debord, 44; Carolyn Eckler, 33 and Bobbi L. Evans, 30, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Douglas Pearson, 24 and Amber Dean, 21, were charged with complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine.




AUBURNDALE | An Auburndale man was arrested Tuesday after detectives found 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of methamphetamine in the bushes outside of his home.

John Matthew, 53, of 2262 Lake Ariana Blvd., was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges.

John Matthew

Detectives assigned to the Polk County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force were watching Matthew’s home when they saw him trying to reach something in the bushes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives approached Matthew and found methamphetamine behind the bushes. He was also carrying a digital scale, baggies with methamphetamine residue in them and a drug ledger.

They also found other drug-related objects in his house.

Matthew has 10 previous arrests in Polk County on 31 charges.




Two Alamogordo residents face child abuse charges after police allege the suspects left their methamphetamine out where four children had access to it, according to Otero County Magistrate Court records.

According to court records obtained by the Daily News, Amanda Nye, 30, and Dustin Bolden, 29, are each charged with one count of third-degree felony child abuse, one count of fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one count of special penalty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bolden is also charged with misdemeanor battery on a household member for allegedly battering Nye, court records show.

Police responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Aspen on April 3 in reference to a physical domestic dispute in progress, according to court records.

Once on scene, police allegedly found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on the ground outside the residence, which Bolden allegedly said had been inside the home within reach of four young children, court records indicate.

Police allege Bolden attempted to pull Nye through a window during the domestic dispute, according to court records.

Nye was jailed at the Otero County Detention Center in lieu of a $21,000 no-10 percent bond pending her appearance in court. Bolden was also jailed at OCDC on a $22,000 no-10 percent bond pending his appearance in court, according to court records.

The children were released to a family member, Alamogordo Police Department Sgt. Tracy Corbett said.



MOULTRIE — For the second time in as many weeks, law enforcement has seized suspected crystal meth in the county, with investigators saying this purer form of methamphetamine is turning up more frequently.

On Tuesday night, Moultrie police said, they stopped a car on a traffic violation, smelled marijuana and found suspected pot, methamphetamine, bags of pills and a pistol.

Moultrie Police Department reports said that an officer stopped a 1978 Ford pickup truck driven by Nathan Keith McClelland at about 12:10 a.m. because of a faulty tag light. When McClelland pulled into a parking lot at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Tallokas Road, he told police he did not have a license and the officer smelled the aroma of marijuana, the report said.

When one of the two passengers got out of the truck, a second officer noticed two syringes in the floorboard, police said. A search of McClelland and the passengers, a male and female, turned up nothing illegal, but a search of a black bag inside the truck revealed several bags of suspected marijuana and multiple bags of suspected crystal meth.

Also inside the bag, police said, were a bag containing pills, scales and a black semi-automatic pistol.

On April 1, the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office found suspected crystal meth , marijuana and prescription drugs, as well as more than $2,000 in cash and a pistol. They also arrested Joseph Paul French, 27, during an investigation at the former Wilkes Nursery building after a jogger flagged down a passing deputy’s car to report suspicions of several cars parked there.

The methamphetamine seized in the area typically has been the homemade variety made in plastic drink bottles using household ingredients including batteries, lantern fuel and lye. It has only been in the last couple of years that the purer form with the signature clear crystals has started to turn up in the county in any quantity.

“We’ve seen it a few times recently,” police Inv. Steven Colgan said.

The sheriff’s office also has been seeing the purer form of the drug.

Colgan said he could not speculate on where the methamphetamine seized on Wednesday came from.

“That’s part of the investigation,” he said.

So far McClelland, 25, 1637 Bob Taylor Road, has been charged with possession of crystal meth, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of tag light required, driving with license suspended and possession of marijuana.





Kern County Sheriff’s Department deputy Steven Battistoni said methamphetamine was discovered inside a day care facility.

At about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, with assistance from the Southern Tri County HIDTA Task Force and the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant in the 400 block of F Street in Wasco.

Wasco is about 30 miles northwest of Bakersfield, Calif.

The search warrant concluded a narcotic investigation that was instigated after public complaints regarding the sales of narcotics coming from the home that serves as a day care.

During the search, officers said they found just under a half of a pound of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of just over $20,000.

Officers had determined that there was a day care being ran out of the home and served the warrant prior to any children arriving.

Officers have notified state licensing agents of their findings.

Arrested at the scene was 24-year-old Wasco resident Angel Soto.

Soto was booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Jail on various narcotics related charges, destruction of evidence and participation in a criminal street gang charges.



It’s one of the least populated portions of Virginia.

Yet communities like Pulaski, Giles, Wythe, Carroll and the 11 other counties that make up division four of the state police have one of the Commonwealth’s biggest problems.


“There’s no easy answer in trying to deal with the meth problem here in Southwest Virginia,” said Sgt. Michael Conroy with the Virginia State Police.

Methanphetamines, or meth for short, have gone from a blip on the radar to one of the biggest problems facing police in our area today.

Conroy is one of several troopers who regularly work meth busts.

“Every year it seems that our responsibilities in terms of meth labs is growing,” he said. “Sometimes the budget issues don’t catch up with the cost involved.”

It’s a claim the numbers back-up.

Statewide, there were 28 meth busts in 2009.

In 2013, that number sky-rocketed to 408 busts, with 85 percent of those happening in Southwest Virginia.

Conroy said the drug’s addictiveness and how easy it is to make are causing it to spread rapidly.

“We have followed people when they have been released from custody and they’re out buying Sudafed again or going to another lab.”

Now the problem is beginning to spread east.

Montgomery County saw its meth lab busts jump nearly five times in 2013.

Communities like Roanoke and Bedford are seeing a rise as well.

Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Whitt said it’s a growing concern for deputies.

“I think it’s jumped almost to the epidemic portion at this time,” he said.

The General Assembly instituted a monitoring system for certain ingredients used to make meth.

Lawmakers are asking for patience with the new system.

But with more resources needed and more money being spent, patience is a luxury many departments are running out of.

“(It’s) the compensatory time, the overtime,” Whitt said. “The dedication of trying to ensure that we’re as safe as we can be here in Montgomery County.”

If the number of meth busts continue on the current pace, there will be close to a 50 percent jump statewide in 2014.

So far, 80 percent of those busts have been here in Southwest Virginia.


Meth labs are a growing problem across the Commonwealth and new numbers show the majority of the problem is here in Southwest Virginia.

In 2013, police busted more than 400 meth labs across Virginia.

85 percent of those came from Southwest Virginia.

State Police say the problem has been spreading from west to east, with the current problem coming from Tennessee.

For all of the dangers surrounding the drug, users are not the only ones effected.

“You do see a lot of children that have been exposed to these meth labs,” said Sgt. Michael Conroy with the Virginia State Police in Wythe County. “It is very frustrating because the children are innocent victims, and you have their caregiver or parents addicted this powerful stimulant.”

Coming up tonight at 6 on WSLS 10, we dig deeper into Southwest Virginia’s meth problem and the impact it’s having on local and state police.



 Medford police last week arrested a pair of Medford sisters for packaging and selling methamphetamine inside a house across the street from Wilson Elementary School, authorities said.

Following a monthlong investigation, police on April 3 raided the house at 1524 Corona Ave., and arrested Kayci Nichole Miller, 30, and Haley Rianne Miller, 31, of the 300 block of Chestnut Street, according to a Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement news release.

Miller, Haley RianneMiller, Kayci Nichole

Police recovered a half-pound of methamphetamine, a pound of marijuana, packaging materials and scales from the residence, the release said.

Medford police Sgt. Ben Lytle wouldn’t disclose how police were alerted to the drug house, but he said police were happy to “interrupt their business.”

Kayci Miller was charged with possession, manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, delivery and manufacture of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and three counts of first-degree child neglect, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.

Haley Miller was charged with possession, manufacture and delivery of methamphetamine, and delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, records show.

Lytle said drug investigations involving residences in close proximity to schools take priority for MADGE because of the potential for violence associated with drug deals, higher chance of intoxicated drivers and the frequent visits drug users typically make to a property.

Both suspects were lodged in the Jackson County Jail following their arrests but were released on their own recognizance the following day after being arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Three children of Kayci Miller, who were living at the residence, were taken into the custody of the Department of Human Services, Mak said.

Devices to monitor houses for illegal drugs are starting to appear in Waikato rental properties but agencies say the demand isn’t great – yet.

The MethMinder is a smoke detector-sized monitoring and alarm unit which can detect gases given out in the P cooking process and use the digital cell network to send a message to monitors.

One was installed several weeks ago at Amy Maynard-Hassett’s rented home in Silverdale.

The 26-year-old and her fellow tenants – mostly family members – had been in the house about four months and were a little surprised to find the monitor was for drugs.

But they had nothing to fear, she said. “It was basically like . . . ‘Install away. You’re not going to find anything’.”

Later, they asked friends to see if anyone else had a similar monitor in their properties but no-one had.

Auckland-based MethSolutions sales and marketing manager Nicky Stratford said the “highly sensitive” monitor had been on the market for around five years.

“Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s about protecting the asset [property] but also protecting the health and safety of the tenants and the future tenants going into the property.”

She estimated that about 30 monitors had been installed in the Waikato area and said interest was “growing by the day”.

Installation outside Auckland cost around $200 and yearly lease costs started from $440.

Property owners were becoming more aware of the possibility of meth manufacturing in their properties but there had been few requests for monitors so far, Hamilton rental agencies said.

Natasha Metcalfe-Black of L J Hooker Hamilton predicted they would become far more popular and said she would want a meter installed if she were a landlord.

“It’s going to be more popular for landlords to ask for that in some of their houses. Maybe especially places like Ngaruawahia and Huntly.”

So far the agency had just one request and a monitor was installed in a Raglan property.




MASSILLON – A fire that sent one man to the hospital appears to have been caused by a meth lab just before midnight Monday.


Firefighters responded at 11:33 p.m. to a house fire at 914 Ninth Street SW. A man was found behind the house complaining of shortness of breath, and he told firefighters the fire was in a closet on the second floor, according to Assistant Chief Chris Bunnenberg. The man was treated at the scene and then taken to Affinity Medical Center. He was transported to the burn unit at Akron Children’s Hospital.


The fire was under control at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Bunnenberg said. Ohio Edison was called to remove the electric meter. The gas company also had to be called even though the house did not have a gas meter. Someone had tapped into a bypass, which made gas come into the house.


A Perry Township medical unit and an engine from Jackson Township were on standby. The Stark County Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team was called because materials for manufacturing meth were found inside the house.


The cause of the fire is listed as accidental. The building sustained about $15,000 damage. The fire department was on the scene until 3:45 a.m.




SOUTH ROXANA, Ill. (AP) — Four southwestern Illinois men face methamphetamine-related charges following the February death of a woman whose body was found in a rental van.

The Belleville News-Democrat ( ) reports that Madison County prosecutors charged two of the men with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. All four are accused of unlawfully disposing of meth manufacturing waste.

Authorities say 42-year-old Frances Ragan of East Alton was found dead Feb. 8 in a South Roxana store parking lot.

South Roxana police Lt. Bob Cole says the official cause of Ragan’s death was ruled to be hypothermia, though methamphetamine was found in her system.

Cole alleges the four men manufactured and dealt meth, and that Ragan partook in it.




 A man will appear in court today (Wednesday) facing more than 100 charges relating mostly to drug supply following a police raid on a home at Broken Hill.

In December 2012, officers attached to Barrier Local Area Command formed Strike Force Ipel to investigate drug supply in the Broken Hill area.

The execution of a search warrant at a North Broken Hill home yesterday (Tuesday) was the result of those investigations, police say.

Officers say the raid turned up a small quantity of methamphetamine, drug utensils, packaging, a number of samurai swords and electrical items and equipment believed to be stolen.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at the premises and taken to Broken Hill Police Station, where he was charged with more than 100 offences, predominantly relating to the supply of methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine and property theft.

He was refused bail to appear before Broken Hill Local Court today.

Idaho Falls Police arrested 29-year-old Kimberlee N. Morton Sunday night for felony possession of Methamphetamine.

Morton of Shelley was booked into the Bonneville County Jail.


According to reports, around 10:30 p.m. police received a report of suspicious activity in the 2400 block of South Yellowstone. Upon arrival, officers learned there was drug activity happening at the location.

Morton was found in possession of .63 grams of Methamphetamine and a Meth pipe.



Local drug task agencies have seen a rise in drug-related activity over 2012, resulting in more arrests in 2013.

According to Det. George Daoud, a total of 68 arrests were made in 2013, compared to 47 in 2012, an increase of 44 percent. Two of those included drug trafficking and one was for distributing, delivering, or manufacturing methamphetamine near a school. One meth lab was seized and disposed.

“The amount of methamphetamine seized increased significantly in 2013,” Daoud said. “Other classes of drugs saw a decrease in numbers compared to previous years.”

Drug assets seized in 2013 included $60,660 in cash, two firearms and a 2004 Ford Explorer, compared to $11,882 in 2012. Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force investigators 15 weapons and $7,168 in cash.

Methamphetamine is still the primary drug investigators are finding in the community.

In Monett, officers seized a total of 11,894 grams, or over 26 pounds, of finished methamphetamine worth an estimated $1,189,400, while investigators with the DTF seized 13,188 grams, of over 29 pounds of crystal meth, with an estimated $1,318,800.

DTF officers made 91 arrests in Barry, Lawrence and McDonald counties in 2013 and investigated 240 cases involving illegal drugs. DTF seized 74 meth labs in the tri-county area.

DTF officers also seized 3.8 grams of cocaine, worth an estimated $380, along with over 779 grams of marijuana and 68 plants, valued at over $151,700.

“When we get tips, it’s usually one drug dealer ratting out the competition, said John Luckey, DTF director. “But we are worried about the Mexican ice coming into the area. Several thousand metric tons in recent years.”

Officers in both agencies also seized prescription medications such as Hydrocodone, Xanax and Codeine, along with over 573 grams of synthetic marijuana.



A Spartanburg woman faces a child neglect charge after Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies determined that she had been smoking methamphetamine in front of her child.

Ashton Michelle Gillespie

Ashton Michelle Gillespie, 26, of 630 River Drive, was arrested Monday evening and charged with neglect of a child or helpless person, according to online jail records.

On March 26, deputies responded to a domestic dispute complaint at her residence and found her and the father of her child arguing, according to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

They both told deputies they have a violent relationship and an investigation revealed that Gillespie and the man smoke methamphetamine on a weekly and daily basis inside the home with the juvenile child inside, the report states.

The child was turned over to the custody of Gillespie’s mother, according to the report.

Gillespie is being held on $5,000 bond.




A driver was charged Monday night after state police found what they believe was a mobile methamphetamine lab during a traffic stop on Interstate 64.

Trooper M. Billeter believed the 2005 Chrysler was traveling erratically and stopped it about 8:30 p.m. at mile marker 234, according to a Virginia State Police news release. York County firefighters were called to the scene to handle the items found inside the vehicle, considered hazardous materials.

The trooper charged Christie Ann Smith, 39, with driving under the influence of drugs, giving a false identity, not having a valid driver’s license, driving on a suspended license, manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Smith, of Friendsville, Md., was being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.



A Beatrice woman will be attending drug court following an August arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

Hilda R. Soldier was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana in Hannibal Park.


She appeared in Gage County District Court Tuesday where a plea deal was reached. Soldier pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony, and will be participating in Saline County’s drug court program.

Charges of criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

According to Gage County Court documents, a Beatrice Police officer patrolling Hannibal Park spotted a vehicle parked near the softball fields.

After speaking briefly with a male and female, the officer found another woman curled up on the floor on the passenger side of the pickup.

Nearby was a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the floor of the vehicle.

Police found two small baggies containing a white crystal substance in a pack of cigarettes carried by 51-year-old David T. Lewallen of Beatrice.

Lewallen allegedly told police the substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, belonged to him, but the glass pipe belonged to the female on the floor of the vehicle, identified Soldier.

Police searched the remainder of the truck, which Lewallen said was borrowed from a roommate, finding a black bag Lewallen claimed was his. Inside the bag was loose marijuana, drug paraphernalia and another baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.

Lewallen was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 36 months probation in early January.



On Thursday, April 3 members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an investigation targeting John Travis Clark, of Santa Rosa Beach, suspected of manufacturing of methamphetamine.


As a result of the investigation, agents searched the residence of 3222 Chat Holley Road and located approximately 1500 grams of suspected methamphetamine oil and paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after Clark had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to facilitate the purchase of pseudoephedrine, which is precursor chemical used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

John Travis Clark was charged with Manufacturing and Trafficking in methamphetamine and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer. Clark was booked in the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail and is being held on $$$$$ bond.




A routine traffic stop in Canton the weekend before last turned into a drug bust after officers discovered 4.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine hidden inside Talitha Dempsey’s pickup truck.

Officers stopped the Toyota pickup just after 9 p.m., March 31, after Dempsey failed to use her turn signal before making a right-hand turn onto Waleska Street. While explaining the reason for the traffic stop, the officer reportedly noticed that Dempsey, 27, of Rome, and her juvenile passenger appeared nervous.

According to a report filed with the department, Dempsey told the officer that she was meeting a friend in Canton for dinner, despite having food items inside the vehicle, and that the juvenile was a “good friend.”

Dempsey reportedly denied having anything illegal inside the vehicle, but gave the officer permission to search. According to the report, the officer located $4,000 in Dempsey’s purse and suspected marijuana in the passenger side door handle. Dempsey reportedly had another $2,000 in her pockets and advised that it was “for school.”

A further search of the car yielded the suspected methamphetamine after the officer noticed the passenger side door panel was loose and without the same rivets found in the driver’s side door.

In addition to a large bag containing 4.5 ounces of meth, a smaller bag containing almost 25 grams of suspected methamphetamine also was found hidden in the door panel.

Dempsey was taken into custody for drug trafficking and the juvenile, who was 15 years old, was transported to the Youth Detention Center for giving officers a false name and date of birth.



Chesnee man is being held on $50,000 bond after being arrested on numerous methamphetamine charges.

Spartanburg County deputies arrested Sank James Howell, 32, of 155 Harvest Moon Lane, Monday night after conducting a traffic stop and finding him in possession of nearly two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

James Howell

The traffic stop was made at the intersection of Highway 215 and Highway 221 around 9 p.m.

Deputies searched his vehicle and found a Pringles container with two plastic baggies of methamphetamine and two bundles of cash totaling $179, the report states.

A search warrant on Howell’s residence also was conducted and deputies found additional baggies of methamphetamine, a glass jar with three bags of marijuana and a Remington rifle, according to the report.

He is charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine greater than 28 grams, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

Howell, a convicted felon, was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm, the report states.





CHILLICOTHE (Ken Hines) — A routine response to a report of a small fire led to the discovery of an alleged meth lab inside a central Ohio home on Sunday evening.


Green Township Fire Department members found items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine while investigating a report of a chimney fire at 20544 U.S. 23 Lot 72 in Chillicothe at approximately 7 p.m.

After discovering the apparent drug operation, firefighters called Ross County deputies, who subsequently searched the home and collected several pieces of evidence.

Deputies arrested the home’s occupant, David Stone, after conducting their search. Stone, 49, is in custody at the Ross County Jail on a charge of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.Report of Chimney Fire Leads to Meth Bust in Chillicothe



CHOUTEAU, Okla. — People in one Mayes County town are shocked after police found a large meth lab nearby. Five people are now behind bars, thanks to an alert neighbor.

Police said they started investigating the home in January after a neighbor called police expressing concern about unusual activity. Police said the unusual activity was a meth lab operation that they believe was supplying much of the county.

“There’s kids on their bikes, playing basketball, there’s a swing set right over there,” neighbor Jaime Witt said.

Police say people in the same area were cooking meth.

“It’s kids and puppies, and then apparently a drug dealer locked in the middle, hiding in plain sight,” Witt said.

Chouteau Police arrested Stacy Wulff, Crystal Reeder, Jacie Mitschelen, Gabriel Carson and Timothy Mullens after they found four shake and bake meth labs, along with the drug, pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, scales and more.

Shake and bake meth labs are known for exploding, so police say what was going on inside the mobile home was endangering everyone else.

“People say often like, what they do in their own homes is their business. But, when you do something in your home that could make it blow up and your neighbors, it’s a little bit different,” Witt said.

“What if it blew up, all the chemicals?” neighbor Jared Kelly said.

All five people are being charged with possession of a dangerous substance, and manufacturing within 2,000 feet from a school.

Assistant Police Chief Michael Reese said it appears they were cooking meth inside the home every day.

Reese said there were many people involved and that they were buying boxes of Sudafed all over and bringing them to Stacy Wulff, the man police say ran the operation, and Wulff would cook the meth.

“We located different notebooks and stuff that led us to believe that this individual was a pretty big player in the Mayes County area,” Reese said.



Attorney General Luther Strange said an Alabama Supreme Court ruling on Friday is groundbreaking in its conclusion that the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory (“meth lab”) in an apartment presented such a dire and immediate threat to public safety that law enforcement officers properly entered the apartment without delay to secure it so firefighters could go inside to contain the lab.


The opinion* involved the search of an apartment located in an area of Montgomery that is both heavily residential and heavily commercial. The Court agreed with the Attorney General’s argument that police officers properly entered the apartment without a warrant because the potential presence of a meth lab posed such a danger to them and to the public that they could not risk waiting to obtain a search warrant. This is the first case in which the Court has addressed the serious danger posed by meth labs and the need for law enforcement and emergency personnel to be able to react quickly to that danger in order to protect the community.


“Meth labs present a great danger both to people and to property. When confronted with a meth lab, police officers and firefighters must be able to react quickly in order to protect the public, as the officers and firefighters did in this case,” said Attorney General Strange. “I am pleased that the Court has now recognized that it is appropriate and necessary for public safety officers to act quickly when they are faced with such a serious public health hazard.”

On January 7, 2011, Montgomery police and firefighters responded to a call about a meth lab operating in an apartment at the Stonehenge Apartments in the Carmichael Road area. When the officers arrived at the complex, they could smell what they knew from their training and experience to be the odor of a meth lab. After they knocked on the apartment door and one of the two defendants opened it, the smell became even stronger. Officers then removed the two defendants – a man and a woman – and two small children who were in the apartment with them before having the entire building evacuated. After the officers cleared the apartment, firefighters went in to contain the lab. Once inside, they found an inactive meth lab packed inside a foam cooler. Both defendants were charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance based on this evidence.

The trial court granted the defendants’ motions to suppress the evidence seized during the search of the apartment. In its order, the trial court found that there were not sufficiently compelling reasons for the officers to enter the apartment without a search warrant. The State appealed, and the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the trial court’s ruling. On appeal to the Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office argued that in light of the meth lab smell emanating from the apartment and the danger a meth lab poses, the officers and firefighters had a reasonable, good-faith belief that they could not risk waiting for a search warrant before they entered the apartment.

In its April 4 opinion, the Court discussed the dangers posed by meth labs, noting in particular that inhaling the odor of the chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process “has adverse health effects” and that there is a “high risk of explosion” associated with the methamphetamine manufacturing process. The Court then determined that “law-enforcement officers were justified in entering and searching the apartment because the officers, acting on probable cause and in good faith, reasonably believed from the totality of the circumstances that the nature of the manufacture of methamphetamine posed a risk of danger to them and the public.”


Attorney General Strange commended his Criminal Appeals Division, noting in particular Assistant Attorney General Michael G. Dean, who handled the case, and Assistant Attorney General P. David Bjurberg, chief of the appeals division.