Comments Off on Kristin Breez Knowlton, 22, of West Rome, arrested on Methamphetamine, marijuana charges

Local police arrested a West Rome woman in the 1600 block of Shorter Avenue on Tuesday after they said they found methamphetamine and marijuana in her possession.

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Kristin Breez Knowlton, 22, of 66 Lyons Drive, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession and use of drug-related objects.

Police reported that Knowlton was taken into custody around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday with two bags with the suspected methamphetamine hidden in a bandana and a small amount of marijuana stashed away inside a cigarette box.

The police also recovered a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine in the pipe bowl.


Comments Off on Suspect, Albert Munoz-Gil Jr., 27, of Del Rio, Booked into Tom Green County Jail After Fiery Crash for Methamphetamine

A red pickup was chased by Texas DPS and possibly the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, headed southbound on U.S. 87. As the chase entered the city limits, San Angelo police were alerted to assist at about the Humble Rd. intersection. The chase happened just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

We were able to gather the following information from the scene and from radio traffic. We have no official statements from law enforcement.albert

As San Angelo police rolled in, the chase continued south on Bryant, from Humble Rd., under the Houston Harte Expy. underpass, then east on W. Concho Ave. The chase ended in a fiery crash on the bridge crossing the Concho River in the 300 block of Rio Concho Dr.

When it hit the bridge railings, the truck burst into flames. Initially, police thought the driver or a passenger was ejected. But soon thereafter, they determined that the occupants of the truck fled on foot. An unknown number of suspects were caught with the help of an SAPD K-9 unit and witnesses. One was caught climbing out of the Concho River.

Trooper Justin Baker, public information officer for DPS, said at approximately 11:24 p.m. last night, San Angelo Troopers initiated a traffic stop on a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado for a defective stop lamp on Side View Road. As the trooper approached the vehicle, he observed the right side passenger, Arturo Mascorro, 27, of San Angelo, exit the vehicle.dps1080-crash-20160418-01-k9

At that point, the pickup fled the scene as soon as the passenger shut the door, Baker said.

“Tom Green Sheriff Deputies immediately followed the fleeing vehicle,” Baker said. “Shortly after, the pickup truck crashed near Rio Concho Drive and the driver fled on foot.”

Baker added that, with the assistance of San Angelo Police, the driver was located near Bosque Park. The subject was identified as Albert Munoz-Gil Jr., 27, of Del Rio.

“During the investigation, it was discovered Munoz-Gil was in possession of 40 grams of methamphetamine and currently a fugitive out of Val Verde County for fleeing police officers,” Baker stated. “Munoz-Gil was placed under arrest and booked into Tom Green County Jail.”

Munoz-Gil was charged with evading in a motor vehicle with previous conviction, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance PG1 =>4grams<200grams, and being a fugitive from justice. Mascorro was released with no charges.


Comments Off on Mother, 25-year-old Glenda Cole, found passed out on Methamphetamine in Tulsa – had no idea her child was with her

Tulsa, Okla. — It’s just another example of how meth can destroy families.

We’re told Tulsa officers were recently called about a woman passed out near 101st and Riverside Parkway. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered 25-year-old Glenda Cole still passed out in her vehicle, Colealong with her child.

Police say it took a while for Cole to wake up and be able to answer questions. She reportedly admitted to taking meth and Lortab.

“Cole’s intoxication was so severe, that she informed me that her children were with her mother,” TPD said.

At the time, she had no idea one of her kids was with her.

While searching Cole, officers found meth and paraphernalia.

Cole was taken to the Tulsa County Jail. She faces multiple counts including possessions of a CDS in the presence of a minor child and child endangerment.



Comments Off on Dog bites Indiana State Police trooper during Birdseye Methamphetamine lab bust; Karen D. Clapp, 59, arrested

BIRDSEYE — A dog bit an Indiana State Police trooper assisting Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies at an alleged methamphetamine bust Tuesday in Birdseye.

The incident at 59-year-old Karen D. Clapp’s 101 Ingle St. residence began when deputies who had gone there d8ba13e649315721cb3bba5dc5267eb5to carry out civil process duties saw items commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in plain view.

A trooper with a clandestine lab team called in to process the scene had just arrived and was starting to take pictures outside the trailer when one of Clapp’s five dogs bit him. Clapp told law enforcement the dog was not current on its shots.

The sheriff’s department alleged three dogs were tied in the yard without access to food and water and one dog was suffering from a skin condition.

When deputies who secured the scene went to the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office and then Dubois Circuit Court to obtain a search warrant for a meth lab, they also applied for a separate warrant to remove the dogs.

Back at the scene, police allegedly recovered precursors, drug paraphernalia, a one-pot meth lab and a reaction container known as a hydrogen chloride gas generator, which is another common component used for the illegal production of methamphetamine.

The Dubois County Humane Society assisted police with the dogs, which are being cared for at the Dogwood Animal Clinic in Jasper. The dog that bit the trooper is under quarantine to determine if it could have rabies.

Clapp is preliminarily charged with a Level 5 felony count of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine; Level 6 felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a vertebrate animal and possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine; plus misdemeanor counts of harboring a non-immunized dog that injured a person and possession of paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s department said the investigation is ongoing and at least one other person is wanted for questioning.

Authorities booked Clapp into the Dubois County Security Center at 3:10 p.m

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department reminds everyone that the fact that a person has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, Dubois Circuit Court, the Dubois County Humane Society, Indiana State Police and Dogwood Animal Clinic.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine House Bust In Sheboygan Leads To Charges For Jamie Chandy, 27, Monica Wolf, 33, and Brooke Haneman, 32

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) — A traffic stop has lead to a bust at a drug house and more charges for a woman accused of meth possession.

27-year-old Jamie Chandy is charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a drug trafficking place. 33 year old Monica Wolf is also charged with possession of meth and maintaining a drug trafficking d2eadf60ca4a06f5f19a7f73f18f6e98place. 32-year-old Brooke Haneman is charged with possession with intent to deliver meth, maintaining a drug trafficking place and bail jumping.

According to a criminal complaint, officers pulled Chandy over on Friday night and had a K9 unit sniff her vehicle. The dog alerted to some marijuana, and officers say Chandy admitted to having meth as well. Chandy told officers that she was living with Wolf, and that Haneman had been staying the basement of the house as well, alleging that Haneman had been selling meth from the home.

Police say Chandy allowed officers to search her home. That search turned up meth, other drugs, and paraphernalia. Police questioned Wolf who was inside the home, and she said she had no idea that meth was being dealt out of her home and that she’d never seen meth before. When officers told her they had found meth and meth pipes in her bedroom, she allegedly admitted that she was using meth.07c21f0f566fa1184ee2e87137f3957e

When police interviewed Haneman, she allegedly told them that all of the meth in the house was hers and that she had been dealing from the home.

Wolf is being held on a $1,000 cash bond and will be back in court on the 27th for a preliminary hearing.

Chandy is being held on a $1,000 cash bond and will also be back for a hearing April 27th.

Haneman had already been facing drug charges from an arrest last month and has had her bond increased to $15,000 dollars.



Comments Off on Heather L. Staub, 27, and Andrew V. Hunger, 44, living in shed in Northampton County, also made Methamphetamine there

A mother’s concern led authorities in Northampton County to a meth lab inside a shed, in which two people were living, police said.

Andrew V. Hunger, left, and Heather L. Staub face drug charges following a March 9, 2016, visit by police to Hunger’s home in the 1000 block of Elm Street in Moore Township, where the couple had been living and making crystal meth in a shed, according to court records.hunger-staubjpg-7d6fac8fc35b0e16

Addicted to methamphetamine, 27-year-old Heather L. Staub was living in Moore Township with a man fueling her addiction, Staub’s mother reportedly told township police.

Police responded March 9 to the property owned by 44-year-old Andrew V. Hunger in the 1000 block of Elm Street in Moore Township and found Staub in a converted shed where she appeared to be living, according to court records.

Investigators got a search warrant for the shed and found items commonly used to manufacture crystal meth, including a glass bottle containing a cloudy liquid and powdery substance and a coffee filter inside a funnel, records say.

An expert with the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team confirmed the shed “contained an active methamphetamine laboratory and the manufacturing of methamphetamine was in progress and at different stages of that process,” township police Deputy Chief James Cavallo wrote in court records.

Authorities on Thursday arrested Staub, who said she was merely assisting Hunger as he made the meth, records say.

Moore Township police reported charging the 23-year-old after responding to a suspicious-vehicle call Friday night.

Hunger owns the property and home but was living in the shed with Staub because they are in a relationship, police said.

Police said they found in the shed clothing, personal items and photo identification belonging to Staub, in addition to a makeshift bed and mail and correspondence addressed to her. They also found men’s clothing in the size Hunger wears and a wallet with a driver’s license and other items belonging to him, records say.

Staub was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Douglas Schlegel on felony counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, operating a methamphetamine lab and possession of meth ingredients, in addition to misdemeanor drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hunger was arraigned Monday, also before Schlegel, on the same charges.

Schlegel sent both to Northampton County Prison, in lieu of 10 percent of $20,000 bail for Staub and 10 percent of $50,000 for Hunger.

Hunger and Staub each faces a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled May 2 and 3, respectively, before Schlegel.



Comments Off on Bernadette Nugent, 30, of Ucon, continues crime spree in jail when deputies discover Methamphetamine stuffed into her bra

A Ucon woman, who had a busy weekend racking up three felonies, added another to the list Monday.

Idaho Falls Police arrested Bernadette Nugent, 30, on Saturday after she is reported to have stolen a truck, driven while intoxicated, backed into a different truck and kicked a nurse. Then Monday, Bonneville County Jail deputies discovered about .74 grams of methamphetamine stuffed into Nugent’s bra, a police news release said.877256_web1_NugentBernadettepixC

Nugent’s weekend activities landed her in jail and now she faces a felony charge of conveying major contraband in a correctional facility. This tacks on to her previous three felonies — battery against a health care worker, grand theft and malicious injury to property — and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and driving under the influence.

Nugent had bond set at $15,000. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled April 29.

Police had their initial contact with Nugent on Saturday evening on the 1300 block of Paul Street for a report of a stolen vehicle, the release said. Nugent is reported to have stolen a 2001 Chevy Silverado.

The truck’s owner told police he saw Nugent steal the vehicle, and that he and a friend followed Nugent in a 2007 Chevy Tahoe for several blocks until she stopped the truck on a grassy area. Nugent realized the men had followed her and she tried to drive away. She ended up backing into the Tahoe, causing about $1,000 in damage to both vehicles.

Police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said the men pulled Nugent from the truck and kept her there until police arrived. Officers suspected Nugent was driving under the influence and began field sobriety tests, Hansen said. She said Nugent became uncooperative, and when given a breathalyzer test Nugent is reported to have bitten down and torn the tube off of the machine.

Officers took Nugent to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to have her blood drawn. Hansen said Nugent began to yell and swear in the waiting room of the hospital and became violent when a nurse tried to draw blood from Nugent. Nugent is reported to have kicked the nurse.

Battery against a health care worker is punishable by up to three years in prison. Conveying major contraband in a correctional facility carries a punishment up to five years in prison. Grand theft is punishable by at least one year in prison and up to 14 years. Felony malicious injury to property carries a punishment of at least one year in prison and up to five years. Misdemeanor charges are punishable by up to one year in local jail.



Comments Off on Johnny Chidester, of Walkersville, Allegedly Causes Fire By Burning Methamphetamine Lab

A Walkersville man allegedly admitted to causing a fire by burning the remains of his meth lab.johnny%20chidester

According to the criminal complaint, when police asked Johnny Chidester how the fire had started he and his girlfriend said they’d made a small fire to cook hot dogs and also that they’d burned a bag of old syringes. However, police supposedly found a broken glass jar and melted plastic bottles in the remains of the fire. After questioning Chidester again, he supposedly admitted to burning the remains of his meth lab and causing the fire.



A Hartselle woman is accused of offering up her home – located just two blocks from an elementary school – as a meth “kitchen” in exchange for money, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday.

Shelly Diana Smith, 32, is charged with first-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, two counts of felony possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of drug endangerment of a child. Her child 20181994-mmmainwas not home during the execution of the search warrant, but the Department of Human Resources was called and the child was placed in the custody of a relative.

Smith lives two blocks from Crestline Elementary School.

Agents with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, along with officers from the Hartselle Police Department, went to Smith’s home at 608 Gable Circle SW on Wednesday with a search warrant obtained after several weeks of investigation into Smith’s activities. There, they found eight one-pot meth labs, lithium batteries, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, lye and syringes.

Smith was taken into custody, as was a second person, 50-year-old Harold Alan Glenn, 50, of Falkville. Glenn is charged with loitering in a drug house; he was booked into the county jail in lieu of $300 bond on that charge, along with outstanding charges for failure to appear in court.

Investigators say that Smith was allowing people to come into her home and cook meth, even providing them with some of the ingredients, for pay. Her bond was set at $170,000.



Comments Off on Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Police Say Businessman, Jesse Michael Seifert, 40, Paid Employees in Methamphetamine

Police in Mankato, Minnesota, have arrested an area business owner for allegedly paying his employees with methamphetamine, instead of money.

According to the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, the owner of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato decided to hand out a half gram of meth to each employee, instead of bonus money. The task force reported that one of the shop’s employees alerted them to the businessman’s actions.crystal-meth-ap

Officers arrested shop owner Jesse Michael Seifert, 40, and his girlfriend Nancy Jean Loehlein, 39, for possession of the illegal drug. Enforcement agents also found syringes and a digital scale in the couple’s possession after their home was raided.

The three agencies involved–the task force, Mankato Department of Public Safety, and Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office–are continuing the investigation, and more charges against the couple are expected.

The businessman noted on his own Facebook page that he has had run-ins with the law before. In one post, for instance, Seifert talked about an ankle monitor he was required to wear for a past violation.

After the arrest, the local newspaper found one forlorn employee sitting outside the closed shop wondering when he would be able to get his latest paycheck.



Comments Off on Search of Oklahoma City Carver Transitional Center halfway house nets drug cache, including Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, marijuana, weapons and other contraband were found during a surprise search of a halfway house in southwest Oklahoma City.

Nearly 40 grams of marijuana, a half gram of methamphetamine, alcohol and 26 cellphones were among the contraband found Tuesday at the Carver Transitional Center, 400 S May Ave., according to a news release.w320-a2817616204f458edcf0244d4a05c65a

Thirty officers with the Department of Corrections conducted the three-and-a-half hour sweep of the facility, which is under the overview of the DOC, but owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh said inmates at a transitional center are under the same restrictions as in state prisons. The inmates are allowed to leave during the day to work and are required to pass through a security checkpoint when they return in the evenings.

“It is unacceptable for inmates to walk past a security check point with the volume of contraband items that were found inside the facility,” Allbaugh said. “This kind of negligence will end immediately. I expect the full cooperation of CCA as we review its safety protocols.

“The difference with a contraband issue at a facility like Carver is the inmates are literally walking in the front door with items. At a regular prison facility, the inmates are sneaking it in under the radar,” Allbaugh said.

Also found during the sweep were a bottle of vodka, two syringes, two knives, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, wire cutters and $596 in cash.



Comments Off on Sascha Barry, 27, and Jonathan Perkins, 34, homeless, arrested on Methamphetamine drug charges at Quincy Inn and Suites

QUINCY — Two homeless people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after Quincy police received information about one of them being wanted.

Police reported officers went to Quincy Inn and Suites, 224 N. 36th, to arrest the person. When they arrived, EP-304209834officers said Jonathan Perkins, 34, jumped from the third floor of the hotel and ran eastbound toward Hy-Vee, where he was stopped by officers.

Adams County Ambulance was called to evaluate Perkins, who was transported to Blessing Hospital and treated. A search warrant was obtained for Perkins’ room, and methamphetamine, cannabis and drug paraphernalia were found, police said.

Perkins was arrested on warrants for methamphetamine and driving under the influence, as well as new charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another occupant of the room, Sascha Barry, 27, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were lodged in the Adams County Jail.



Comments Off on Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Receives Accidental Phone Call And Is Offered Methamphetamine, Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, 43, aka ‘Shorty’, of Lincolnton, and Robert Castillo, 44, of Vale, Arrested

43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, aka ‘Shorty’, of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton and 44-year-old Robert Castillo of Millers Park Lane in Vale, were both arrested Monday (April 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Juarez was charged with one felony count of Conspiracy to Sell Methamphetamine, one misdemeanor count of Resisting a Public Officer, and served with outstanding Orders for Arrest for Failure to Appear, 1de98c20e6122e4c820991f4d063181c_XLLarceny, and First Degree Trespassing. Castillo was charged with one felony count each of Possession of Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Sell Methamphetamine.  He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance.

On Monday, the Lincoln County Narcotics Unit arrested the two suspects after Juarez allegedly called detectives and offered to sell them drugs. According to detectives, the woman inadvertently called an undercover detective thinking he was someone else.

Detectives say that’s when the undercover narcotics investigator continued to have a conversation with her acting as if he was the person she intended to call. The woman and man had several more phone conversations with the undercover and set up a meeting to exchange money and methamphetamine.

Detectives then conducted a surveillance and undercover operation in an attempt to purchase the drugs. An undercover detective gave the couple money for drugs. Once the couple realized the undercover was not who they thought they called they left the area, keeping the money.

Detectives followed the couple to a business near Lincolnton and approached them. The woman had outstanding warrants for her arrest and was taken into custody. The man possessed methamphetamine and a small amount of hydrocodone pills and was taken into custody. Juarez was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $8,000 secured bond. Castillo received a $12,000 secured bond.

Both suspects were scheduled to make first court appearances in Lincoln County District Court today (April 19).



Comments Off on Remnants of Methamphetamine labs have been found in the past two weeks on roadsides in Branch County

COLDWATER, Michigan — Remnants of methamphetamine labs have been found in the past two weeks on roadsides in Branch County.

The Daily Reporter of Coldwater reported Monday that two certified meth disposal officers have been called on to remove 15 meth labs.

Sheriff John Pollack says people should be suspicious before picking up bottles that are found, and to leave them alone if there’s material inside. He says 911 should be called if there are tubes sticking out of the top and there’s a gray or bluish residue inside bottles.




Comments Off on Babette Manske, 44, and Jessica Graham, 27, Arrested at Methamphetamine Lab in Louisville, Three Children Pulled Out of Home

LOUISVILLE – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Tuesday, and discovered a small methamphetamine lab.

According to Sheriff William C. Brueggemann the warrant was served at 18805 96th Street in Louisville. Upon discovery of the methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine and ingredients to make it were found.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Babette Manske, 44, and Jessica Graham, 27, who were at the residence on drug charges.

The Sheriff’s Office also reports that they removed three young children from the home due to drugs and drug paraphernalia being within reach.



Comments Off on 8 active Methamphetamine labs found in Hartselle home near elementary school; Shelly Diana Smith , 32, and Harold Alan Glenn, 50 of Falkville, arested

HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) – Two people are facing charges and a child was taken from a home after drug agents discovered several meth labs inside a Hartselle home.

The Morgan County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a home on Gable Circle near Crestline Elementary School around 3 p.m. Wednesday.10381312_G

Agents say they found eight active meth labs in the home.

Agents had been investigating the woman who owned the home, Shelly Diana Smith , 32, for several weeks.

During the investigation agents say the learned Smith was allowing people to come to her home and cook meth in exchange for money. Agents say Smith was also providing cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine to the meth cooks.

Sheriff Ana Franklin says the meth cook was paying Smith $100 per cooking sessions plus meth. They estimate this happened 50 or 60 times.10374617_G

Agents also learned that Smith has a 10-year-old child in the home.

When agents entered the home they located Smith and Harold Alan Glenn, 50 of Falkville.

Agents found eight one-pot meth labs, lithium batteries, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, lye and syringes.

Smith’s daughter was not at the home while the search warrant was being conducted but DHR was called to the scene and placed the child in custody of another family member.

Smith is facing two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, one count of felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of drug endangerment of a child.

Her bond has been set at $170,000.

Glenn was charged with loitering in a drug house. His bond has been set at $300.

He also had active warrants with Morgan County for failure to appear.



Comments Off on Ashley Eichinger, 23, and Jeromy Hurd, 29, arrested in swampy area east of Montgomery in Hillsdale County after high speed chase; had active Methamphetamine lab

CAMDEN TOWNSHIP — A man and woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon with an active meth lab, after a high-speed chase in two states and three counties ended in a swampy area east of Montgomery in Hillsdale County.

Jeromy David Hurd, 29, and Ashley Rose Eichinger, 23, were booked into the Branch County Jail and are expected to be charged with multiple felonies today.Ashley Eichinger

The case began after Fremont Indiana Police Chief Joe Patterson received information about a wanted subject and suspected drug activity at a house in the 800 block of East Toledo Street in Fremont.

Just before 3 p.m., Patterson saw a Jeep SUV leaving the residence with a man at the wheel whom Patterson knew had active arrest warrants.

According to a press release from the Fremont Police Department, “A traffic stop was attempted by officers with the Fremont Police Department and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.”

When the chief turned on his police lights, the SUV sped off west on SR 120 toward I-69.

“The vehicle failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued,” the FPD press release stated.

As the car headed northbound, Patterson and FPD Officer Adam Trippe chased the Jeep north on the interstate.

The Indiana officers made contact with Branch County Central Dispatch and requested assistance as the chase moved into Michigan. The pursuit — which exceeded speeds of 100 mph — went from I-69, east onto Copeland Road, then south to Southern Road.

Branch County Sheriff’s Office deputies Steve Foster and Dave Filmore were in the southeast area of Branch County and joined in the chase.

Patterson said that the driver of the Jeep ran off the road into fields several times.

The Jeep sped through Montgomery at over 90 mph, to Montgomery Road, then about a quarter-mile east of Long Lake Road. It turned north into a mowed field off the road for a quarter of a mile.

“The vehicle finally came to a rest after attempting to drive through a field, before becoming stuck in a swamp,” the FPD press release stated.

Patterson and Foster were close behind, but stopped short of the SUV. Hurd and Eichinger — the owner of the Jeep — were taken into custody without incident.

“Located inside of the vehicle were multiple precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine and an active methamphetamine lab,” the press release stated.

A search of the SUV found an active “one-pot cook” meth lab, along with a number of used meth lab components. Foster also recovered plastic baggies containing meth.

Michigan State Police meth disposal officers were called in to help Foster dispose of the lab. Montgomery Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Montgomery firefighter David Fowler noted that there was one active meth lab, one completed meth lab “still full of meth” and “numerous already used” labs.

In addition to charges in Michigan against Hurd and Eichinger, Patterson said he would also request charges from the Steuben County Indiana prosecutor in the case.

Hurd will be facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, all felony charges.

Eichinger will face charges of possession of methamphetamine and operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, both felony charges.

Agencies assisting the FPD were: Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Angola (Indiana) City Police Department, Clear Lake (Indiana) Police Department, Steuben County Communications, Branch County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police.



Comments Off on ‘I blame it on the Meth’: Travis Vader’s sister offers glimpse into his past as part of her brother’s double murder trial

EDMONTON – Taped interviews with Bobbi-Jo Vader were played in court Monday, as part of her brother’s double murder trial. She said Travis gave everything to his kids.

The interviews with RCMP will be played in their entirety and Justice Denny Thomas will determine if they can be entered as part of the trial.bobbi-jo-vader-2010

In a taped interview on July 16, 2010, three days before Travis was arrested, Bobbi-Jo provided RCMP a look into her brother’s life before he spiraled into despair.

Bobbi-Jo said her brother married his wife in 1997, the couple had six daughters together, and Travis had an adopted son from their marriage.

The couple lived in Niton Junction before their house burned down, but then moved to Summerland, B.C. for a “fresh start.”

Bobbi-Jo said when Travis moved to Summerland he bought his family a $600,000 house with an in-ground heated pool. She said he gave his wife and kids everything, including skiing, music and skateboarding lessons.

“He wanted everything for his kids and now they have nothing.”

At that time, she said Travis owned his own oilfield consulting company.

However, in the taped 2010 interview, Bobbi-Jo said their relationship crumbled after his brother’s wife met someone else online. She left him and Travis was ordered to pay about $10,000 in child support every month, Bobbi-Jo said.

She explained half or all of his work cheque went to his former wife and kids, and Travis was left with nothing.

“He feels like he’s alone and nobody wants to be around him,” she told RCMP.

“He feels like everyone is out to get him.”

Bobbi-Jo said her brother moved back to Alberta and was in jail in December 2009. She paid half his bail.

In July 2010, she said Travis called her and asked if he could come stay with her. She said he arrived in Edmonton late on July 4, 2010 and was driving a tan truck with a red tidy tank in the back.

“He looked terrible to me,” she said, “he just didn’t look well,” and told the investigator her brother looked to be about 140 pounds.

“I’ve never seen him look so skinny. His face was all sunken in.”

But Bobbi-Jo told the investigator she didn’t believe he was on drugs. She said he looked tired and needed to sleep. After two days at the home, he left and told her he needed to get back to work.

Bobbi-Jo said her brother was always “anti-drug” but, in the two years leading up to his arrest, he had changed.

“I blame it on the meth,” she told police.

In that same interview, Bobbi-Jo said she couldn’t see her brother being involved in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann. She said her brother didn’t want to go back to jail and police wouldn’t get to him.

“He’d do himself in,” she said.

“I can’t see him hurting two elderly people.”

Bobbi-Jo gave three interviews to RCMP but during her testimony last week she told court she doesn’t remember what she told police.

She said she was addicted to crack-cocaine at the time and her statements were unreliable.

On Friday, Justice Thomas ruled the Crown could cross-examine Bobbi-Jo as a hostile witness because of inconsistencies in her statements about meth and guns.

Travis is facing two first-degree murder charges, accused of killing the McCanns.

The St. Albert couple fuelled up at a superstore on July 3, 2010 before heading to B.C. for a family camping trip. Their burned out motorhome was discovered two days later near the Minnow Lake campground.

The green SUV the McCanns were towing behind the motorhome was found on July 16, the same day RCMP named Vader as a person of interest.

Three days later Vader was arrested on outstanding warrants.



Comments Off on Killer, Gordon Rohrbaugh III, 25, admits strangling wife, Jillian H. Rohrbaugh, 26, in her Whitehall Township apartment during Methamphetamine bender

Three months after being married, Gordon Rohrbaugh III and his wife separated after what authorities described as a “toxic” relationship.

Killer was upset with wife spending time with ex-boyfriend, cops saykiller-was-upset-with-wife-spending-time-with-ex-boyfriend-cops-say-444676a50769c9e1

It was the couple’s last argument that left Jillian H. Rohrbaugh dead.

On Thursday, Gordon Rohrbaugh admitted strangling the 26-year-old woman in the Whitehall Township apartment she shared with her mother and her young daughter.

Rohrbaugh’s attorney said his client was at the end of a three-day bender with methamphetamine when Rohrbaugh killed his wife.

The 25-year-old Rohrbaugh, who lived in the 100 block of West Washington Street in Fleetwood in Berks County, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison as part of the plea.

First Assistant District Attorney Steve Luksa said not all of the victim’s family agreed with the plea deal, and many spoke on Thursday about wanting Rohrbaugh to serve life in prison.

Luksa said his office was faced with a number of potential defenses Rohrbaugh could use at trial. Besides being under the influence of drugs at the time of the crime, psychiatric evaluations revealed Rohrbaugh suffers from metal illness, although a diagnosis was not revealed by attorneys in the case.

Rohrbaugh could have also claimed heat of passion. The couple was arguing the morning of Oct. 21, when Jillian Rohrbaugh confirmed to Gordon Rohrbaugh that she saw the father of her child the night before.

While Luksa said Rohrbaugh’s actions were “monstrous,” all of those factors added up to running a risk at a jury trial of Rohrbaugh being convicted of involuntary manslaughter. With his lack of a prior criminal record, Rohrbaugh would potentially face less time in prison.

The third-degree murder plea deal with a maximum sentence “was the next best thing to life in prison,” Luksa said.

Police said the night of Oct. 20, Gordon Rohrbaugh argued with Jillian at the apartment in the 3300 block of South Fifth Avenue, and then left.

Around 7:50 the next morning, Jillian’s mother left the apartment and locked the door behind her. About 10 minutes later, Gordon Rohrbaugh showed up, took a shower and resumed arguing with Jillian, court papers say.

“Gordon said that during the argument the victim began hitting him, and he responded by pushing her onto the bed and in an attempt to quiet her, he shoved a sock into her mouth,” prosecutors said.

The 6-foot-1-inch-tall, 170-pound Gordon Rohrbaugh told investigators he “then placed duct tape across her mouth and began choking her with his hands,” the court document continues. “Jillian’s face began turning blue, at which time Gordon believed she lost consciousness.

“Gordon stated he then knotted an electrical cord from a floor fan around her neck and used it to choke her.”


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation revealed that cases of violent crimes, such as rape and murder, increased in 2015.

On Monday, the TBI released its 2015 Crime in Tennessee report — which showed an overall decrease in reported instances of crime, despite rising numbers in certain types of crimes.    Police-TBIPatch2_23791273_ver1_0_640_480

According to the study, reported homicides increased by 9.4 percent, while the number of forcible rape cases reported by law enforcement agencies increased by 2.4 percent.

Other findings in the report, included:

  • The total number of reported Group A incidents decreased by 2.1 percent year-to-year.
  • The number of Drug/Narcotic, Prostitution, and Burglary offenses all decreased in 2015’s study.
  • Reported methamphetamine offenses increased from 4,362 in 2014 to 6,276 in 2015.
  • Simple Assault accounted for 67.3 percent of all reported Domestic Violence offenses.

The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

“We’re extremely thankful for our dedicated law enforcement partners,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Together, they helped us compile a thorough snapshot of crime in Tennessee. We now hope every department takes this information and works to further address the key crime issues facing their communities and our state.”

To see the full report, click here.


Comments Off on Operation TOTAL COVERAGE culminates with charges for Methamphetamine and other drugs filed against 28 women and men in Gordon County

According to Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston, in an undercover operation spanning five months, deputy sheriffs have charged 28 people with drug offenses related to trafficking and illegal distribution of 571536e16a814_imagemethamphetamine, marijuana and prescription narcotics. On Friday, April 15, teams of deputies, armed with arrest warrants, deployed throughout the county to arrest the 18 defendants who were not already in custody. As of April 18, all but five defendants have been apprehended. The investigation, dubbed, “Operation FULL COVERAGE” by sheriff’s detectives, involved hundreds of man-hours of undercover work, covert physical surveillance and extensive electronic surveillance. Detectives also executed seven search warrants throughout the course of the five-month investigation, resulting in the seizure of drugs, firearms and electronic devices.

The following persons were arrested Friday through Sunday, April 15 -17:

  • Melanie Lynn Robertson, age 34, 104 Holly Drive, Calhoun, charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
  • Wally Keith Joyner, 1143 Brackett Ridge Road, Chatsworth, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Christopher Shea Satterfield, age 25, 440 Owens Gin Road, Calhoun, charged with multiple sales of methamphetamine, and sale of schedule II narcotics.
  • Candace Lynn Satterfield, age 36, 440 Owens Gin Road, Calhoun, charged with multiple sales of methamphetamine, and sale of schedule II narcotics.
  • Crystal Faye Smith, age 33, 742 Hightower Loop, Ranger, charged with multiple sales of methamphetamine and multiple sales of schedule II narcotics.
  • Kyle Collum Carter, 841 Cass-Pine Log Road, Rydal, charged with multiple sales of marijuana.
  • Lillian Yvonne Helston, age 27, 322 Franklin Road, Plainville, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Marcus Sintel Williams, age 37, 322 Franklin Road, Plainville, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Deborah Ruth Pilcher, age 63, 255 Park Drive, Calhoun, charged with sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
  • Barry Keith Pilcher, age 58, 255 Park Drive, Calhoun, charged with multiple sales of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
  • Ronnie Dale Young, age 56, 184 Hall Memorial Road, Calhoun, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and multiple sales of methamphetamine.
  • Virginia Cara Hamrick, age 40, 109 Middle Road, Ranger, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Heath Lee Rhymer, age 43, 109 Middle Road, Ranger, charged with possession of methamphetamine.
  • Kim Junior Redd, 36B County Line Road, Rydal, charged with sale of methamphetamine.

The following persons were already in custody in the Gordon County Jail on Friday, April 15 having been arrested earlier as part of the same investigation:

  • Bobby Gene Goforth, age 43, charged with trafficking methamphetamine and other charges.
  • Timothy Daniel Lumpkin, age 46, charged with trafficking methamphetamine and other charges.
  • Stephanie Lynn Baldwin, age 31, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges.
  • Heather Susanne Jones, age 41, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges.
  • Justin Robert Hunter, age 22, charged with multiple sales of methamphetamine.
  • Justin Leon Mulkey, age 36, charged with sale of methamphetamine.
  • Steven Douglas Roebuck, age 47, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges.
  • Amanda Michelle Shelton, age 33, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.
  • Ronnie Lamar Thomas, age 62, charged with possession of methamphetamine.

All defendants are being held in the county jail pending judicial proceedings.

The street value of the methamphetamine seized in this case exceeded $82,000. A number of illegally held firearms were also seized from defendants.

Seven defendants were on probation and/or parole at the time of their arrest. Fourteen defendants have previous drug-related arrests in Gordon County. Deputies are actively seeking five defendants still at large.

Some defendants are cooperating with detectives and more arrests are possible.

Trafficking in methamphetamine is defined under law as the possession of more than 28 grams of the illicit drug. Traffickers are essentially wholesale suppliers, who generally sell methamphetamine to street level dealers who in turn sell the drug to users. The huge majority of methamphetamine is believed to originate in Mexico and is transported into our community by automobile. Methamphetamine laboratories, once popular, are now very rare. Trafficking is the most serious of Georgia’s drug related offenses, punishable by mandatory sentencing if defendants plead or are found guilty.

“ I want to praise the detectives and deputies involved in this case for all of their hard work and dedication in helping to rid our community of the pollution of methamphetamine and other drugs,” said Sheriff Ralston. “Drug-related investigations are tedious and time consuming. I’d also like to sincerely thank the private citizens in the county who provided the information to my staff and myself, which made this case and these arrests possible. We urge anyone with an addiction or substance abuse problem to seek help. We also urge anyone with information about the distribution of drugs to call our office. As you can see here, I will hold those people who choose to bring this poison into our community accountable.”


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The mercenaries had gathered in Phuket, a tropical resort island off the west coast of Thailand, to discuss a job. They were supposed to safeguard 300 kilos of Colombian cocaine on its way from the Bahamas to New madnessaYork and kill two people: One a DEA agent, the other his snitch, a ship’s captain who was leaking information about drug loads. Joseph Hunter, a burly former US Army drill sergeant nicknamed Rambo, briefed them on the assignment.

“It’s just like a military mission,” Hunter told the men, four ex-snipers from the US, German, and Polish armed forces. “This is real shit. You know, you see everything. You see James Bond in the movie and you’re saying, ‘Oh, I can do that.’ Well, you’re gonna do it now. Everything you see, or you’ve thought about, you’re gonna do.”

Hunter made sure the men knew what they were getting into, warning them about the consequences of stealing from their new employer.

“If you steal money,” he said, “they’re gonna kill you.”

The problem, Hunter explained, was that there were always people in their line of work who got greedy. He’d heard guys promise not to steal before, only for them to find a pile of cash and give into the impulse to take it and disappear.

“If they don’t find you, they’re gonna get your family,” Hunter said. “They’re gonna get your children, your mother, your father. I don’t know. Whoever they can get, they’re gonna get. ‘Cause yeah, you might be able to run and you might be able to hide, but they’re gonna get somebody. Everybody says that [they won’t steal] and a lot of people steal fucking money. When you’re standing there with a fucking million dollars, you’re like, ‘I can just take this million dollars and go away.'”

To hammer home the point, Hunter told them stories: How he’d once shot a guy in the hand, waterboarded another, and thrown a third overboard at sea to recover stolen money. He bragged about how easy it was to get away with murder in Africa. “It’s not like CSI,” he joked. “They don’t have all that shit.” Sometimes, instead of killing, his boss just set people up for prison. He’d done it before in the Philippines, where they had cops on their payroll.

“My boss, he doesn’t kill everybody, because it’s just not worth the trouble sometimes,” Hunter said. “But if you take, he does kill people.”

What Hunter didn’t know at that moment was that his boss had sold him out. With his help, the DEA was listening in on the conversation. US agents and Thai authorities had rigged the Phuket house with video and audio recording equipment. The Colombian drug lords who had offered Hunter the job were really undercover DEA operatives posing as narcos. The cocaine shipment and double-murder plot were pure fiction, part of an elaborate sting operation.

Hunter pleaded guilty in February 2015 to drug, weapons, and murder-for-hire charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 16 in federal court in Manhattan — sentencing has already been pushed back on several occasions — where he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

But while Hunter will be locked up for at least the next decade, the situation with his boss — the man supposedly calling the shots on those kidnappings and murders Hunter boasted about — remains something of a mystery.

According to hundreds of pages of court records reviewed by VICE News, along with interviews with several sources familiar with the case, Hunter was employed by a shadowy figure named Paul Calder Le Roux, a 43-year-old white Zimbabwean who holds South African and Australian passports and was last known to reside in the Philippines. By all accounts, Le Roux is now working as a government informant, setting up his former associates in the world of drug and arms smuggling.

Hunter’s bust is one of several that Le Roux appears to have orchestrated for the DEA. The others involve a large shipment of ultra-pure methamphetamine manufactured in North Korea; two hitmen arrested in North Carolina for hired killings in the Philippines; and an Israeli businessman who faces charges of illegally selling pharmaceuticals to US customers through an online market.

The DEA and federal prosecutors in New York declined to comment on Le Roux’s whereabouts or his alleged role in Hunter’s case (and others). “Probably going to have to let the court records speak for themselves for now until everything is over and adjudicated,” chief DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne said in an email to VICE News.

The court records speak volumes, but leave many questions unanswered — in part because dozens of documents have been filed under seal. What is publicly available paints a picture of Le Roux as a swashbuckling international criminal mastermind. Beyond drugs and guns, Le Roux was allegedly involved in arming a militia in Somalia, illicit gold smuggling in West Africa, harvesting exotic timber in the South Pacific, money laundering, and the development of encryption software. Le Roux is also allegedly linked to a yacht that washed ashore on the Pacific island of Tonga with $120 million worth of cocaine and a dead body onboard.

“Mr. Le Roux probably was the most dangerous man in the world,” said Joseph Friedberg, the defense attorney for Moran Oz, an Israeli man accused of working with Le Roux in the pharmaceutical scheme. “There’s nothing he hasn’t done.”

The Department of Justice has not publicly mentioned Le Roux’s name, and court filings by federal prosecutors refer to him as a confidential witness, or CW-1 for short. In Hunter’s case, there’s a reference to a search warrant affidavit submitted by the DEA on January 9, 2014 that explained how CW-1 came to have an arrangement with the government.

“The Affidavit disclosed that CW-1 had been charged with a drug-trafficking offense, began cooperating with law enforcement following his arrest in September 2012, and pleaded guilty pursuant to a cooperation agreement,” prosecutors said. “The Affidavit also described CW- 1’s prior criminal conduct, including: leadership of a long-running Internet pharmacy scheme… trafficking in controlled substances including but not limited to methamphetamine; procuring multiple murders; and multiple other serious criminal offenses.”

‘If they don’t find you, they’re gonna get your family. They’re gonna get your children, your mother, your father. I don’t know. Whoever they can get, they’re gonna get.’

Le Roux could not be reached for comment. When VICE News sent federal prosecutors in New York questions about Le Roux and Hunter’s case and asked for a copy of that search warrant, James Margolin, spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York, replied, “We can’t comment or provide any guidance for you on your questions. And the January 9, 2014, search warrant affidavit was filed under seal and is not public.”

One of the only known photos of Le Roux was taken from a surveillance camera at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao airport. The image shows a heavyset man in a blue polo shirt with a five o’clock shadow and bleached blond hair. According to a report by Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, Le Roux arrived in the city on May 19, 2012 to open a front company, negotiate with Colombian cocaine traffickers, and arrange drug shipments to Australia and the Philippines. That report and others said Le Roux was eventually arrested in September 2012 in Liberia.

VICE News obtained documents from federal legal proceedings in New York and Minnesota that confirm Le Roux was taken into US custody and now faces an array of drug charges. The documents, a pair of sealed indictments and what’s known as a “consent to transfer of case for plea and sentence,” indicate that Le Roux has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he plotted to smuggle meth from Liberia to New York.

In April 2012, according to a sealed federal indictment from the Southern District of New York, a confidential source working for US authorities posed as a member of a “South American drug trafficking organization” who was “interested in establishing facilities in Liberia for the production of methamphetamine and cocaine.” A month later, on May 11, 2012, Le Roux met the source in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra da Tijuaca neighborhood and offered to supply chemicals, a chemist, and facilities to manufacture meth in Liberia that would then be smuggled into the US. In exchange, Le Roux wanted cocaine for his organization to sell in Europe.

A week after the meeting, Le Roux, who used several aliases, including Bernard John Bowlins and John Smith, sent bank account information so the US source could pay for a sample of meth produced in a sterile “clean room” similar to the one they planned to set up in Liberia. Soon after, Le Roux sent a package containing 24.2 grams of “nearly pure” meth. He also proposed trading 100 kilos of meth for 100 kilos of cocaine.

The other federal indictment, filed under seal in January 2014 in the District of Minnesota, accuses Le Roux of an elaborate scheme to illegally sell pharmaceuticals, including an Ambien-type drug and barbiturates, to US customers via the internet. Le Roux is also accused of mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to launder money.

There is also evidence that Le Roux was briefly in federal custody. According to the Bureau of Prisons, Le Roux was locked up at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, a federal jail, from September 27, 2012 to September 4, 2013. Bureau spokesman Ed Ross said Le Roux was a “pretrial detainee,” and that no other information was publicly available.

According to Evan Ratliff, a journalist who is working on a book about Le Roux and is in the process of publishing a seven-part series about him called “The Mastermind” on the website The Atavist, the DEA arrested Le Roux after luring him to Liberia in the meth lab sting. Le Roux, he said, took a commercial flight to Monrovia expecting to meet Colombian drug traffickers and seal the deal to swap meth for cocaine. Local authorities reportedly arrested Le Roux, who turned down his bribe offer and handed him off to the DEA. The feds, Ratliff, said, immediately put Le Roux on a chartered flight back to the US, and the alleged drug kingpin briefly tried to resist getting on the plane by going “limp,” like a protester practicing passive resistance.

The government’s reluctance to discuss its deal with Le Roux, combined with his apparent role setting up his former associates, raises troubling questions about how far US agents are willing to go in order to make high-profile cases. While it’s common for investigators to turn suspects facing charges into informants in exchange for leniency, they typically work their up to the top of a criminal organization — it’s rare to use the boss to set up underlings.

The arrest of “Rambo,” as the feds say Hunter was known, in September 2013 was loudly trumpeted and has received significant coverage, with VICE News and the Washington Post first detailing the links to the separate blockbuster case involving North Korean methamphetamine.

The New York Times has also reported extensively on the case, and first revealed Le Roux’s involvement. The Times recently asked the judge in Hunter’s case to unseal 45 documents, arguing that keeping them private violates the First Amendment and the “public right of access to judicial documents.” So far, six indictments and accompanying arrest warrants have been ordered unsealed as a result of the request, as well as a letter from the government to the court that was filed under seal in September 2013.

Hunter’s attorney, Marlon Kirton, identified Le Roux in a number of court filings, essentially arguing that Hunter was just following orders, and that the plan to kill a DEA agent and smuggle drugs was concocted by the DEA itself. Making the case that Hunter should receive the minimum sentence, Kirton said he spoke to a law enforcement source that described Le Roux as “Viktor Bout on steroids,” a reference to the notorious Russian arms trafficker nicknamed “The Merchant of Death.” Kirton claimed that Hunter was afraid because he’d seen others killed for trying to quit Le Roux’s organization.

“We believe Mr. Le Roux used force threats and intimidation against Mr. Hunter at almost every stage of their association together,” Kirton wrote. “Le Roux was involved in international narcotics trafficking, illegal firearms trafficking, the raising of private militias to destabilize regimes, bribery of government officials, pornography, illegal trafficking of prescription pills and murder. Mr. Le Roux murdered at least two former associates because they did not follow through with his order or he believed that they stole from him.”

Kirton called Le Roux “a dangerous, murdering madman” and alleged that working closely with him amounted to “outrageous conduct” by the DEA. “Mr. Hunter was set up for these crimes by the government’s murdering, sociopathic cooperating witness,” Kirton wrote.

Prosecutors responded by stating that Hunter was an “active and willing participant” in the drug and murder-for-hire conspiracies the DEA initiated with Le Roux’s help. They also made the claim that Le Roux’s involvement was acceptable because, in essence, the feds establish relationships with similar characters all the time. “The Government’s use of a cooperating witness with a violent criminal history is, in fact, commonplace in sting operations targeting narcotics and violent crimes,” prosecutors wrote.

To further convince the judge, the prosecutors revealed something else: Hunter had once successfully walked away from Le Roux and lived in the US for nearly a year — only to come back when he was offered a promotion. The man Hunter replaced had been killed for stealing; Hunter recalled the incident in the taped DEA conversation.

Hunter said his first job with Le Roux involved procuring and smuggling gold in Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When one of his superiors tried to steal $2 million worth of gold that had been buried under a hot tub for safekeeping, the boss found out and the thief ended up dead.

“And then I took his job,” Hunter said. “I got promoted to his job. That’s the number one thing that will get you killed. That one year, we killed nine people. Don’t take the money.”

Hunter, 50, was hired by Le Roux to work as “private security” in 2009, according to court records. Hunter was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, and enlisted in the Army in 1983, initially in the elite Ranger program. His attorney said in court documents that Hunter left the Rangers in 1986 with a medical discharge after a friend of his died in a live fire exercise.

He remained in the Army, serving overseas assignments in Germany, Panama, and Puerto Rico, and became a sniper instructor and senior drill sergeant involved with Special Forces training. Hunter’s attorney claimed that he also performed classified missions “for up to five years” in Latin America, though he said his client wouldn’t divulge details about the operations, and there was no confirmation of the missions from military records.

“Given Mr. Hunter’s skill set, fluency in Spanish and his general familiarity with South and Central America, he would make an ideal candidate for classified missions involving a small group of highly trained, heavily armed and mobile troops,” Kirton wrote.

Hunter left the Army in 2004 with an honorable discharge. He was married with three kids. His attorney wrote that he passed the entrance exam to become a New York City police officer, but decided he couldn’t support his family on a rookie cop’s salary. He worked for two years as a prison guard in his home state of Kentucky. Then, in 2006, he took up a more lucrative position as a private security contractor for the US military in Iraq, working for the companies DynCorp and Triple Canopy. Hunter’s attorney said that his job included “collecting biometric information for those entering and leaving the ‘Green Zone’ in Baghdad,” providing security at the US embassy, and investigating suicide bombings.

Precisely how Hunter met Le Roux remains unclear. In the taped conversation in Thailand, he said he graduated from gold smuggling to arms trafficking, and later became a jack-of-all-trades, collecting debts for Le Roux and assisting in various illicit schemes. One of his jobs involved procuring arms for a militia that Le Roux was backing in Somalia, purportedly with the intent of taking over the island nation of the Maldives, which is in the Indian Ocean about 1,800 miles to the east.

“One time I went to Sri Lanka to buy hand grenades,” Hunter told the group of hitmen. “We have guys in Somalia buying weapons that are making an army…. They was [sic] making a army in Somalia because we were gonna invade an island [the] Maldives…. You can’t make it up… not even in a movie. This is real stuff.”

Le Roux’s alleged activities in the Horn of Africa were documented in July 2011 in a report to the UN Security Council from the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea. According to the report, Le Roux secretly backed a Hong Kong–based private security firm called Southern Ace, which in January 2009 started working with a Somali businessman in the country’s Mudug region. In early 2009, the report states, Le Roux’s company “recruited and operated a well-equipped, 220-strong militia,” which was “supervised by a dozen Zimbabweans and three Westerners.”

The report says the company armed its fighters to the teeth with Kalashnikov assault rifles, light and heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and an anti-aircraft ZU-23 machine-gun with 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Several of the weapons were mounted on pickup trucks, and the company also imported “Philippine army–style uniforms and bulletproof jackets.”

“The result was one of the strongest forces in south Mudug region, with the potential to change the balance of power in the area,” the UN report said. “Southern Ace also began to explore prospects for arms trafficking and engaged in horticultural experiments aimed at the production of narcotic drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and opium.”

The company allegedly imported generators, greenhouses, gardening tools, herbicides, fertilizer, a bulldozer, and other equipment to grow illicit crops. Toward the end of March 2010, according to the report, “Le Roux planned to import by air a large quantity of heavy weapons, including 75 kilograms of C4 explosives, 200 land mines, one million rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, and five AT-3 ‘Sagger’ anti-tank missiles.”

There’s no mention in the UN report of the plan Hunter described to invade the Maldives, and the whole operation reportedly began to fall apart in mid-2010 after Le Roux got into a dispute with his Somali partner when he realized “he was paying his militiamen almost twice the market rate.”

The UN report said Le Roux’s Southern Ace company ceased operating in Somalia altogether in early 2011. By that time, the report estimated that “Le Roux and his associates had spent approximately $3 million in Somalia, including almost $1 million in militia salaries and over $150,000 on arms and ammunition.”

One of the few people who publicly admits to knowing Le Roux is a former Israeli spy named Ari Ben-Menashe. A colorful character in his own right, Ben-Menashe is best known for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, in which he faced federal charges for violating the US arms embargo on Tehran. He was ultimately acquitted, but was forced into exile from Israel, where he had worked as an intelligence officer and national security advisor. He settled in Canada, and now runs an international consulting firm in Montreal.

While chain-smoking Camels during an interview with VICE News at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan, Ben-Menashe explained that he met Le Roux in 2007 through his consulting firm’s dealings in Zimbabwe. Ben-Menashe has a cordial relationship with Zimbabwe’s authoritarian president, Robert Mugabe, having released a secret video recording that appeared to show opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai asking Ben-Menashe to help assassinate Mugabe ahead of elections in 2002. Tsvangirai was later cleared in the case.

Ben-Menashe had previously been involved in land reform efforts in Zimbabwe, and said that Le Roux approached him “out of the blue” with a plan to convince Mugabe to hand over thousands of acres of land that the government confiscated from white farmers in 2000. If the deal could be arranged, Le Roux stood to profit handsomely by leasing the land back to the farmers. The arrangement would also benefit the Zimbabwean government, since the country’s food production plummeted after the farmers had their land confiscated.

“It didn’t look weird, it looked very reasonable,” Ben-Menashe said. “It was a smart idea. It made total business sense.”

Ben-Menashe said he wanted to make sure Le Roux was “kosher,” so he asked around about him with what he cryptically referred to as his “American friends,” an apparent reference to US law enforcement or the Intelligence Community. Ben-Menashe said Le Roux was “cleared” by these sources, and suggested that Le Roux may have had some type of unspecified relationship with the US government nearly a decade ago. VICE News could not independently verify this claim.

According to Ratliff’s reporting in The Atavist, Le Roux has an extensive background in computer programming, and played a key role in the development of the encryption software Encryption for the Masses (E4M) and TrueCrypt, which is still widely used today, and is reportedly the preferred digital shield employed by members the Islamic State.

Ben-Menashe said the Zimbabwean government also looked into Le Roux’s background, and found that he was born out of wedlock and adopted by a wealthy family in Zimbabwe, which was then known as Rhodesia. After Mugabe came to power, the family reportedly fled to South Africa and then to Australia after the fall of apartheid.

“His explanation about Zimbabwe was totally understandable,” Ben-Menashe said. “He said, ‘I want to come back, but on the government’s terms.'”

Ben-Menashe agreed to work with Le Roux, and documented their deal with the US Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. According to these records, Le Roux paid Ben-Menashe at least $10 million for his services.

Le Roux, the consultant said, visited his office in Montreal, and the two travelled together through Europe and to Zimbabwe. Ben-Menashe says he also visited Le Roux’s house in an exclusive gated community in Manila. He claims that throughout all of these interactions, there was “no whiff of criminality.”

“He was coming back and forth — he came to Canada, he’d go to Philippines, he’d go through passport control in the United States, there was no issue,” Ben-Menashe says. “It didn’t look weird, he travelled with us through Europe, we went through Paris, there was no issue. It didn’t look weird. It looked very reasonable.”

Asked to describe Le Roux’s personality, Ben-Menashe answered that “he wasn’t an intellectual giant, but he seemed to be pretty smart.” He recalled having to tell Le Roux to “behave himself” ahead of their meeting with Mugabe, because he had a tendency to “use some slur words against the blacks.”

“He wasn’t the scary type,” he added. “He really wasn’t.”

The deal with Zimbabwe went through, and Mugabe’s government agreed to let Le Roux lease out about 80,000 hectares of land — nearly 200,000 acres. Le Roux also struck a deal with Ben-Menashe to lobby the government of Vanuatu, a tiny island nation in the South Pacific, to allow the logging of kauri trees, a rare and expensive type of timber. According to Ben-Menashe, after the deals were arranged, Le Roux vanished.

“What was strange about this, he did all these things, clearly he had the money, then poof,” Ben-Menashe said. “We got him what he wanted, but suddenly he disappeared…. He got what he asked for, but he didn’t use it. It was extremely unusual.”

It was only later, Ben-Menashe claims, that he learned of Le Roux’s alleged involvement in drug and arms smuggling, which he thought explained the disappearing act.

“We heard he was arrested and turned around to set up some people,” Ben-Menashe said, noting that he had received several inquiries about Le Roux in recent months, including one from Hunter’s attorney. “Apparently I’m the only guy in the world who knows him.”

As for Hunter, Ben-Menashe maintains that he never had any dealings with him during all of his interactions with Le Roux. “I never heard of him,” he said with a shrug.

In 2007, the DEA began investigating an online pharmaceutical company called RX Limited, which allegedly allowed buyers in the US to purchase barbiturates and other prescription drugs without having to visit a doctor. The company was headquartered in Israel, and court documents show that federal agents focused on busting a businessman there named Moran Oz.

Oz was arrested on March 13, 2014, and he now faces an array of charges in federal court in Minnesota, along with 123 other people who have been indicted in connection with the case. The criminal complaint against Oz includes a sworn affidavit from a DEA agent, who describes him as one the “various associates” who assisted an unnamed individual referred to as “the RXL manager” in running the illicit online pharmacy. According to Oz’s attorney, Joseph Friedberg, the unnamed “RXL manager” was Le Roux, who allegedly created the site in 2004.

“It was Paul Calder Le Roux who managed the business,” Friedberg wrote. “It was Paul Calder Le Roux who made, according to the government, millions of dollars each week from the operation. It is as if Microsoft was a criminal enterprise, and the government cuts a deal with Bill Gates to take down the entire shipping department.”

‘It is as if Microsoft was a criminal enterprise, and the government cuts a deal with Bill Gates to take down the entire shipping department.’

In another court filing, Friedberg alleged that the “entire case is the product of an unholy alliance between the United States government and one of the most ruthless and diabolical international criminals in recent memory,” a reference to Le Roux.

Oz has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled to begin in June. In an interview with VICE News, Friedberg said that he has been trying persuade the judge to order prosecutors to disclose information about Le Roux and his deal with the feds. So far, those efforts have been unsuccessful.

“The government won’t tell us where he is, although he certainly is in federal custody,” Friedberg said. “It would appear that the government has overwhelming evidence [Le Roux] is guilty of several crimes that carry capital punishment. He’s been given some kind of deal by the government, but we don’t know what the deal is.”

Friedberg said he hasn’t even been able to persuade the government to disclose the name of Le Roux’s attorney.

“The government won’t tell us who is lawyer is, and his lawyer wants to remain anonymous,” Friedberg said. “That’s the first time we’ve ever heard of any such thing. We’ve offered to interview the lawyer with a paper bag over his head and they won’t go for that.”

According to the charging documents in Oz’s case, the pharmacy scheme was extremely lucrative, processing tens of thousands of orders per month. Ben-Menashe said that he assumed the proceeds from the pharmacy business, which he believed to be legitimate, were what allowed Le Roux to spend lavishly on the consulting projects in Zimbabwe and Vanuatu.

Like Hunter’s attorney, Friedberg claims that his client was afraid to quit working for Le Roux. He described how when Oz wanted to leave the business, he was summoned to the Philippines to meet with Le Roux. Oz claimed he was taken out on a boat, ostensibly for a tour — then hurled into the sea.

“They took him out in the boat, they threw him overboard and then fired a rifle around him and said they were doing it to keep sharks away,” Friedberg said, recounting Oz’s tale. “Their intention was to shoot him but not kill him and let the sharks finish the job.”

Friedberg said he was skeptical of the story and thought it was “a bit much” — until he read court documents that showed Hunter describing a very similar incident. In the transcript of the conversation recorded by the DEA in Thailand, Hunter referenced how he once “put the guy in the ocean” to get money back for Le Roux.

“We, ah… not kidnapped a guy, but we conned him to come with us,” Hunter said. “We put him in the ocean, shot at him; he gave us the money back.”

“That’s my client out there in the ocean,” Friedberg said. “When he tried to quit, they did that to him.”

Hunter was also caught on tape describing a pair of botched killings by two American hitmen in the Philippines. The assassins, Hunter recounted, were ordered to meet with two real estate agents, shoot them right away, and quickly dispose of their bodies. Instead, Hunter said, the men decided to carry out the murders inside of a home. The agents took them around to a number of properties — but each was occupied, and the residents saw the hitmen together with their future victims. By the time the assassins found a suitable venue to carry out the murders, Hunter said, “a hundred people” had seen their faces. The police released sketches of the suspects, he said, but they were inaccurate and the men were allowed to board a flight back to the US.

In July, police arrested two men in North Carolina and charged them with a pair of murder-for-hire killings in the Philippines that match the description given by Hunter. The men, Carl David Stillwell and Adam Samia, have both pleaded not guilty and are being held in federal custody while they await trial in Manhattan federal court. According to the documents that are currently available to the public, it appears that neither Le Roux nor Hunter will face charges for their apparent role orchestrating the killings.

There’s yet another sensational case that allegedly involves Le Roux. In November 2013, a month after Hunter was arrested in Thailand, DEA agents busted five men in Thailand who were accused of conspiring to smuggle 100 kilos of meth to New York via the Philippines. The meth was described as being exceptionally pure, and was reportedly manufactured in North Korea. Hunter’s name was never mentioned in court documents, but VICE News detailed the apparent links between the two cases — namely that they both unfolded at about the same time in Thailand and involved sophisticated drug smuggling operations.

It now appears that Le Roux — not Hunter — was the key figure linking the two cases. Like Hunter’s case, court documents in the meth conspiracy refer to an unnamed confidential source who helped make the connections for undercover DEA agents. One of the suspects, a man named Adrian Valkovic who has since pleaded guilty to a meth conspiracy charge and been sentenced to 113 months in prison, was identified as the sergeant-at-arms of the “Outlaw Motorcycle Club” in Thailand.

“That’s Le Roux’s deal too,” Friedberg said. “He’s a go-between between the dealers and the Outlaw motorcycle gang that are the distributors.”

All four of Hutner’s co-defendants in the case — the assassins he met with in Thailand — have also pleaded guilty. Two of them, American Timothy Vamvakias and German Denis Gogol, received sentences of 240 months in prison, and another, German Michael Filter, was sentenced to 96 months. Polish national Slawomir Soborski is due to be sentenced in June.

Hunter’s attorney has said his client was diagnosed with PTSD stemming from his military service, and had asked the court for Hunter to be imprisoned near the Veterans Affairs hospital in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky so that he could receive specialized treatment for the condition.

During the recorded conversation in Thailand, Hunter explained how he kept a clean conscience despite killing people for a living.

“We only hurt bad people,” he said. “Right? Everybody that stole money, or conned the boss or whatever. They’re all bad news. It’s not innocent people, it’s all… these are all wrong people, so you don’t have to worry about hurting innocent people, we don’t do that. We hurt bad guys.”

A moment later, however, he explained that there were exceptions to the rules.

“Unless when, like, somebody took money, and you can’t find them, then you gotta hurt their family, but they know that, right? If you guys take money, you know we’re coming after your family if we can’t find you,” he said. “You know that. You did that to your family, not us.”




Comments Off on 107 pounds of Methamphetamine discovered in tractor-trailer hauling mangoes at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge border crossing

PHARR, Texas (KGBT) — Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge seized 107 pounds of methamphetamine Friday from a tractor-trailer loaded with mangoes.64cbe737-6fc1-4c20-a2cd-888b877725bf-large16x9_IMG_5661

When the tractor-trailer hauling fresh mangoes arrived at the border crossing, officers sent the shipment to secondary inspection, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officers found 38 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the trailer, according to the news release.

The Office of Field Operations — the part of Customs and Border Protection responsible for border crossings — referred the case to Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



Comments Off on A 22-year-old woman and three men, all Chinese nationals, arrested over noodles in the mail that hid massive Methamphetamine haul in Melbourne

A MASSIVE stockpile of the drug ice has been found hidden in a package of noodles shipped from China.

Four young Chinese nationals arrested and charged in Melbourne are now facing life in jail following a joint investigation into organized crime.cca9a65f55133d6e35f5070be6a2f8a0

The group of three men — aged 20, 22 and 25 — and a 22-year-old woman were arrested and charged on Wednesday in a CBD apartment.

They have been charged with attempting to import about 12kg of methamphetamine.

A 22-year-old man was also arrested but later released without charge.

The operation was by the Joint Organized Crime Task Force, which involves Australian Border Force, Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police, and the Australian Crime Commission.

Investigators said the operation began after border patrol officers examined an international mail item which contained packets of noodles.

The package tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

The four were charged with importing and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, and proceeds of crimes offences relating to alleged money laundering activity.

The maximum penalty for these offences is life imprisonment.

Each accused faced court today and were all remanded in custody.



Comments Off on U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes almost $8 million in narcotics at the Laredo Port of Entry, including 336 pounds of Methamphetamine in 3 recent busts

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday it recently seized a significant amount of alleged hard narcotics in four separate enforcement actions at the Laredo Port of Entry that carried a combined estimated value of $7,851,085.

The two latest seizures occurred April 12. CBP officers at Gateway to the Americas Bridge seized 74 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within a 2006 Nissan Altima driven by a 36-year-old female Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.5716832342fd1_image

In a separate case, CBP officers seized 118 pounds of liquid methamphetamine hidden within a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 38-year-old-male, Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. These seizures have a combined estimated street value of $3,860,694.

On April 11, CBP officers at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge referred a 1994 Ford Bronco driven by a 20-year-old-male, Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas to secondary for an intensive inspection. Upon further inspection of the vehicle a total of six packages were removed from the vehicle. CBP officers seized total of 143.56 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine. The narcotics carry an estimated street value of $2,871,271.

The first seizure occurred April 11 when CBP officers at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge referred a 2013 Dodge Attitude driven by a 36-year-old-male Mexican citizen to secondary for further inspection. Utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system and canines, CBP officers conducted a thorough examination and discovered 55 bundles allegedly containing heroin and cocaine. CBP officers seized a total of 42 pounds of alleged heroin and 20 pounds of alleged cocaine. The drugs carry a combined estimated street value of $1,119,120.

CBP officers seized the vehicles and narcotics. The drivers were arrested and the cases were then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.