I have spent 15 years of my law enforcement career working narcotics investigations. During that time, I found methamphetamine usage and sales to be the most prevalent drug of choice – and truly the most addictive and damaging drug to society today. For these reasons, I want to share some information regarding the dangers of methamphetamine use and manufacture.
At present, drug users have found meth easy to manufacture because of its low cost, easy-to-find ingredients and relative long-lasting high. What they fail to take into consideration is the toll methamphetamine takes on the user’s appearance and how severely it affects the remainder of their lives. Unfortunately, I have seen only a small portion of users who were able to walk away from this particular drug without any long-lasting effects on themselves or their families.
Because of a recent methamphetamine arrest, I want to make everyone aware of some of the trends, effects and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. Keeping this information in mind should make it easier to recognize meth users and manufacturers on the streets or elsewhere.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug, meaning it gives users a sense of alertness. The drug can also cause paranoia, insomnia, mood swings, weight and tooth loss and abscess sores forming on the skin, along with other ill effects. Long time usage can lead to permanent changes in personality, leaving a person with clinical depression issues.
In the old days, meth was predominately manufactured by outlaw biker gangs and entailed a lengthy process. Currently, most of the major manufactures of methamphetamine are Mexican drug cartel members – due to the fact that ephedrine is not controlled in Mexico like it is now in the US.
These days, the method of “cooking” – aka manufacturing – meth has become so refined that it can be as simple as using two large plastic soda bottles, some plastic tubing and some locally bought chemicals. Two hours later, the methamphetamine is ready to use.
Some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of meth include Coleman fuel, large amount of matches because of the red phosphorous contained in the strike plates, Red Devil Lye, Heet Fuel Treatment, iodine from either tincture of iodine or purchased from a veterinarian where it is used to strengthen horse hooves and cold tablets which contain pseudoephedrine. Most of the ingredients are available at local stores.
Unfortunately, when combined, some of these chemicals can cause explosions and fires. The chemicals are also toxic if inhaled.
Additionally, the “before” and “after” photographs of a meth user may help everyone understand this drug’s disastrous effects.
Anyone who comes in contact with anything that looks or feels similar to this or anyone with concerns is urged to contact me by calling 830-796-3456. I will do my best to help.







Authorities in Christian County say they are trying to crack down on the production of methamphetamine after 15 to 20 meth lab busts over the last few months.

But a relatively new way to cook the drug is keeping them on their toes. Meanwhile, the most recent bust is shocking neighbors because of where police say the illegal activity was taking place.

A few blocks from where children learn and play at North Elementary School and Taylorville Junior High School danger was brewing.

“Pretty crazy. I didn’t know. This is a good neighborhood. I always walk my dog around here,” Taylorville resident Aaron Logue said.

Authorities say they got a call about somebody trespassing but when officers arrived they smelled a different kind of trouble.

“They noted a chemical odor that was consistent with methamphetamine production and then resulting from that odor an active clandestine meth lab was found inside the house,” Taylorville Police Chief Dave Herpstreith said.

Police arrested 23-year-old Brandie Jeddou and 36-year-old Joshua Moore for manufacture and possession of methamphetamine. They say at least four adults lived at the home on East Oak Street in Taylorville and so did a child. Authorities say they’re still waiting on lab results to see just how much meth was being produced inside.

“But preliminary weights of all substances containing methamphetamine, which could be liquid or any byproducts that still test positive for methamphetamine was i believe roughly over 1,500 grams,” Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera said.

Havera says that could carry a sentence of nine to 40 years behind bars.

“Probation is not an option. If found guilty you go to Department of Corrections,” Havera said.

Havera says the penalties are harsh for a reason. Drugs have almost become common place in Taylorville with meth manufacturers finding new ways to skirt around the law.

Right now they do what’s called a one pot shake and bake method, which is a little bit harder to find. It’s smaller, they can continually even carry it with them sometimes,” Havera said.

That’s why police need your help.

“Any suspicious odors, activity at houses that– a lot of people coming and going and staying for short times. If you find any of that type of stuff that you suspect to be methamphetamine involved do not pick it up. Call the police department,” Herpstreith said.

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted in dismantling the meth lab but an orange sign on the front window of the home where police say the meth lab was found warns residents of the potential for lingering hazardous materials.

Police are asking with anyone with any information relating to a potential crime to call the department at 217-824-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS. Remember, police want your tip and never your name.







BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Three Brookville residents were arrested on Monday evening following the investigation into a suspected methamphetamine lab on Summit Street, in Brookville, Jefferson County.

Brookville Police Department served a search warrant on three occupants of the house, 30-year-old Eric Powell; 27-year-old Emily Dixon; and 29-year-old Jake Wilson, all of Brookville.

The three were arrested by the Brookville Borough Police Department following the search warrant.

Jefferson County District Attorney’s office is filing charges against the three individuals.

They have been remanded to the Jefferson County Jail.

Brookville Police were assisted by members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force; the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office; the Pennsylvania State Police Vice Unit; and the Pennsylvania State Police CLRT (Clandestine Lab Response Team).

State Police CLRT recovered evidence of methamphetamine production once the house was secured.

Jefferson County EMS was also on scene.







More than her four children, most certainly more than her 9-year-old boy, Omaree, Synthia Varela-Casaus apparently loved meth.

Her relationship with the drug began when she was 15, and its addiction was the driving force in her sad, crime-laden life, leaving her a wreck of a woman at age 38.

She lives now in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque, charged with kicking, beating and stomping to death young Omaree Varela in a seething rage in December. She did not mean to kill her son, she told police. She was only disciplining him and “kicked him the wrong way,” KOAT-TV reported.

Varela-Casaus has been arrested more than 20 times, on charges ranging from meth possession to prostitution, and her mug shots over the years show her descent from a young, albeit hard-looking woman 13 years ago to a gaunt, scabbed, diseased-looking junkie.


Two of her children, one of them Omaree, were born while she was in jail. At varying times, she has left her kids in the care of friends, relatives and the foster care system. When her drug urges waned and her maternal instincts kicked in, she would collect her children from their various homes, only to repeat the cycle of falling into meth abuse.

Of the four youngsters, Omaree had spoken out in his own defense. Last summer, he managed to dial 911 while a 20-minute rain of verbal abuse and physical threats barraged him. On an audiotape of the call, his mother and his stepdad, Steve Casaus, are heard berating him in a series of profanity-laden rants.

“Shut the (expletive) up before I really pop you hard man,” says the man, according to an audio broadcast by the station.


“You caused this on yourself Omaree. Cause you don’t want to (expletive) change do you?” says his mother.

The tirade apparently began after the boy spilled fast food on himself.

“And you want me to be your dad? (Expletive) you! I ain’t gonna be (expletive) to you. Don’t you even (expletive) look at me as our dad,” Casaus yelled. “(Expletive) you Omaree! (Expletive) you.”


Child welfare workers later visited the home, but did not remove the children, KOAT reported. In video taken from an inspector’s lapel camera, Omaree is seen standing at his front door, peeking around to watch the child welfare workers walk away.

He was dead six months later. Casaus was not charged in his death. He is in jail on a variety of drug-related charges.







BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C.A man and woman deputies say are “armed and dangerous” are being sought in Buncombe County, N.C.

Deputies say Amber Dawn Ingle, 26,is wanted for felony possession of methamphetamine, a felony fugitive warrant and a felony Governor’s warrant.


David Glenn Adkins, Jr., 35, is wanted for driving while license revoked not impaired, felony possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by felon, trafficking methamphetamine, and a pretrial release violation.

Adkins and Ingle should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, deputies said.

Deputies request that if anyone sees these two individuals to contact the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 250-6670 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.









KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Two people are under arrest Wednesday morning following a meth bust.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department says members of Kalamazoo Metro SWAT team executed a search warrant around 11:00 Tuesday night at a residence in the 12-thousand block of south 18th street.

Deputies recovered several one-pot labs, components for manufacturing methamphetamine, suspected methamphetamine, and a short barrel shotgun in the home.

The suspects are currently at the Kalamazoo County Jail facing multiple charges.








“Just because somebody wasn’t caught or busted for meth, doesn’t mean it wasn’t done there. ” It’s a danger you can’t always see. During an Evansville town hall meeting, people gather to learn more about the possibly of living among meth without even knowing.

When you move into a new place there are many things you might look for, there are many things you might inspect, but would you ever think to check for the drug methamphetamine, or the residue it leaves behind? “Its a side of the story that really hasn’t been told.”

Crowds gather for a monthly town hall meeting after partnering with the Eastview Neighborhood Association. The topic is the possibility you could be living among meth, without even knowing. “It just shows that this is a hot button issue, and this is a process of raising the meth issue from all sides,” says Chris Cook President of the Eastview Neighborhood Association.

Explaining what it takes to make a home safe from meth, the company Crisis Cleaning hopes to help. “The police are removing hazardous chemicals from the house, but they don’t realize the danger is still there,” says Donetta Held. Held is the owner of the company. She says officials may remove the chemicals, but residue is left behind. “There is no ‘typical’ meth home,” says Held

Held says her company has performed meth cleanups in homes that range in the five-hundred thousand dollar price range. She recommends always testing your new home if you are buying or moving in. “There’s not that question, was there a former meth lab there. Building inspectors don’t do testing for meth, and that is something we are trying to educate and offer that as a service,” says Held.

If there is a chance the drug’s residue is living with you, they suggest getting it cleaning by the professionals. “Some people think it’s an easy clean up like bleach, or they will just paint over it and they’ve solved the problem. We will test homes that have been cleaned by people because they didn’t think they could afford to have it done professionally, and there’s still meth there of unsafe levels.”







 WAUSAU — A Wausau couple is accused of dealing methamphetamine from their west-side home while three young children were living and playing inside.

Chue Xiong, 43, and Xue Xiong, 42, face charges in Marathon County court of possession of amphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, compound, convert, produce or store methamphetamine and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

Xue XiongChue Xiong

The married couple was arrested Monday afternoon at their home, 608 S. First Ave., after police found more than 90 grams of crystal meth inside, according to a Marathon County Sheriff’s Department news release. Three minor children, all relatives of the two suspects, were removed from the home and placed in the temporary care of Marathon County Social Services, according to the release.

Investigators believe the couple was dealing meth from the home while the children were inside, said Lt. Gary Schneck, who heads the county’s Special Investigations Unit.

“It was not a good situation,” Schneck said.

The drugs seized at the home had a street value of around $10,000, according to police reports. A small amount of cash along with a complex video surveillance system, glass pipes and small bags commonly used to distribute methamphetamine were also taken from the home, according to court documents.

A 27-year-old man who was at the home also was detained at the scene, but was released pending crime lab testing of evidence found in his possession, Schneck said. The man, whose name was not released, will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office at a later date for charges if test results are positive for meth, Schneck said.

Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau ordered Chue Xiong and Xue Xiong each held on a $20,000 bond with the first $5,000 to be paid in cash. Preliminary hearings are set for May 7.








Wellton, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $18,000 in methamphetamine, and apprehended a subject with an active warrant for first degree murder.

Tuesday, Wellton Station agents working at an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 referred a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee to secondary inspection following a canine alert. During the inspection, agents noticed the battery in the engine area had a false compartment. When agents removed a panel from the bottom of the battery, they found six packages of methamphetamine wrapped in grocery bags. The packages weighed a total of 6.1 pounds and was worth an estimated $18,000. The vehicle, subject and drugs were taken to Wellton Station for processing.

In another incident, Yuma Station agents patrolling near San Luis apprehended Nereo Fernandez-Garcia, an adult, male, Mexican national illegally in the United States. Records checks revealed the subject has an active arrest warrant for First Degree Murder in Haywood County, North Carolina. The subject was processed for a reinstatement of prior order of removal, and turned over to the Yuma Police Department pending extradition to North Carolina.

The Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector effectively combats smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.







Lafayette police arrived at the Economy Inn in the 2200 block of Sagamore Parkway North to serve a warrant, but they smelled the tell-tale odor of a meth lab cooking a batch of drugs in one of the rooms, according to police.


Three people — the man who rented the room and two guests — went to jail with methamphetamine-related charges, police said.

Arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors for methamphetamine and manufacturing of meth were Jeremy L. Richardson, 28, of West Lafayette, and Desiree D. Davis, 27, who is homeless.


Arrested on preliminary charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance was Joseph D. Gia, 32, of Lafayette.

The three were booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail, and the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression team was contacted to clean up the toxic contaminants that meth production creates.








PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A Monroe County man was arrested earlier today on charges, including possession of methamphetamine, during a vessel safety check by Charlotte County Marine Patrol deputies.

Deputies checked a boat that was in the area of the US 41 bridges in the Peace River to make sure it had the required safety equipment on board. They spoke with 38-year-old Frederick Justin Cunningham and found his vessel documentation had expired, as had the flares he had on board.

Since Cunningham had several saltwater fishing poles and large coolers on board, the deputies asked if he had been fishing. When they checked his coolers, they found two Cobia under several bags of ice. One of the Cobia was of legal size, but the other was below the legal limit to keep. When they checked, the deputies learned that Cunningham was on probation. He was placed under arrest for the undersized fish and violation of his probation.

When the deputies checked the boat prior to taking it back to dock, they found a container with a zip-locked baggie inside that contained residue and a smoking pipe that also had residue. Both items tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Cunningham was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Violation of Probation and Failure to Release an Undersized Food Fish (Cobia). He was still in the process of being booked into the Charlotte County Jail at the time of this report. He was given a citation for the expired vessel documentation and a warning for the expired flares.

The vessel was returned to a local dock and turned over to Cunningham’s wife at his request.








    PHUKET: Five monks from Northern Thailand were defrocked in Phuket and volunteered to go to a drug-rehabilitation camp after testing positive for ya bah (methamphetamine) during a Thalang Police raid yesterday.

Police were notified of the behavior of the group of monks by residents in Moo 5 of Thepkrasattri Sub-district.


“Residents suspected that the men were fake monks because they went out and collected food and money at 1pm daily, then allegedly returned to a shelter on the airport bypass road to drink and use drugs,” said Lt Suchart Leucha of the Thalang Police.

When police arrived at the two shelters the monks were using, they found empty beer bottles outside.


“We questioned 16 monks at the scene, and asked to see their documentation while we conducted urine tests – we could smell alcohol on some of them,” Lt Suchart said.

“They all had the proper documentation. They are from temples in North and Northeastern Thailand.

”The five monks who tested positive for ya bah were defrocked at Thep Wanaram Temple (Wat Manik), but not charged, as they agreed to go to rehab.

The remaining 11 were sent back to their temples in the north, said Lt Suchart.


Lt Suchart declined to name those defrocked.

One of the monks explained to police that it was possible to raise much more money at tourism destinations than they could at temples upcountry, which inspired them to come to Phuket.

“We cannot allow this to happen in Phuket. It could destroy our tourism image,” Lt Suchart said.







A drug investigation in Young County has resulted in the arrest of 26 people.

Texas DPS arrested the group on Tuesday, April 29th, all reportedly involved in the distribution of methamphetamine, following a 20-month investigation in Young County.

The investigation, led by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division, began in August 2012. A Young County grand jury indicted 30 defendants for engaging in organized criminal activity on March 8th.

Authorities continue to search for the four remaining indicted defendants.

Three properties were searched on Tuesday in Young County, which yielded approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine and two firearms.

The list of arrested defendants is included below, and come from a DPS press release.

  • Robert Aguilar, 34, Graham.
  • James Robert Alexander, 44, Olney.
  • Kimberly Ann Bailey, 44, Graham.
  • Jaycie Jo Burkett, 26, Graham.
  • Kelly Wooderson Burkett, 49, Graham.
  • Ralph Marcelino Castro, 28, White Settlement.
  • Russell Eugene Cottle, 30, Graham.
  • Gary Paul Cox, 42, Graham.
  • Donald Ray Cox, Jr., 47, Graham.
  • Bobby Earl Gilbert, 46, Iowa Park.
  • Launa Lynn Henderson, 35, Graham.
  • Bobby Ray Huffman, 24, Graham.
  • William Frank Huffman, 48, Graham.
  • Emily Louise Kee, 39, Newcastle.
  • Crystal Marie Moore, 33, Graham.
  • John Raymond Moore, 46, Graham.
  • Daphne Mueller-Segars, 47, Olney.
  • William Allen Myers, 37, Graham.
  • Jeffery Scott Palmer, 32, Olney.
  • Brandie Lynn Renfrow, 28, Graham.
  • Randall Todd Routon, 46, Newcastle.
  • Byron Lamar Saunders, 43, Bedford.
  • Chris Alan Saunders, 41, Plano.
  • Christopher Allen Sefcik, 30, Jacksboro.
  • Misty Dawn Teakell, 34, Big Spring.
  • Sheetiea Gale Tozer, 45, Newcastle.










The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has recovered four methamphetamine labs and arrested eight people on meth charges over that past 10 days, the ECSO announced Wednesday.

The ECSO Drug Suppression Unit recovered the labs as well as methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and other items used to manufacture meth.

This 10-day operation stemmed from a long-term investigation in which investigators targeted people who have been illegally purchasing pseudoephedrine and providing it to the meth cooks, according to ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

“Unfortunately, methamphetamine, along with other drugs, is in every community, but we will not stick out heads in the sand and pretend it does not exist,” he said.

Arrested on meth-related charges were:

Chad Barrs, 40, of Springfield

Leslie Ellis, 53, of Springfield

Christopher Mosely, 37, of Guyton

Wesley Lanier, 34, of Springfield

Jessica Lanier, 37, of Springfield

Melissa Edwards, 42, of Springfield

Dan Edwards, 45, of Springfield

Tracy Lively, 43, of Springfield

For more, see Friday’s Herald.







Taylorville police uncovered a suspected methamphetamine lab while responding to a disturbance call Tuesday at 513 E. Oak St.

While officers were at the home, they smelled a strong chemical odor. Officers investigated further and discovered an active clandestine meth lab, according to the Taylorville Police Department.

Joshua W. Moore, 36, and Brandie Ben Jeddou, 23

Joshua W. Moore, 36, and Brandie Ben Jeddou, 23, were arrested without incident and charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted with the cleanup.

Anyone with information about meth production in Taylorville is encouraged to contact the Taylorville Police Department at 217-824-2211 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-568-TIPS.







No arrests have been made in the discovery of an alleged methamphetamine lab at a village residence earlier this week.

Mohawk Police Chief Joseph Malone said his agency received a tip from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department about a possible “one pot” meth lab at 8 Lock St. Mohawk and state police were dispatched to the scene Monday and said they discovered a lab at the residence.

Malone said state police assisted in the investigation since “they have a special team that deals with meth labs.”

“We always work with the state (for these type of investigations) because they have specialized training and equipment,” he said. “We don’t deal with it enough.”

Malone said there are hazards involved for officers responding to a possible meth lab because of the “toxic and dangerous” materials that might be present at the scene.

“Just inhaling some of the chemicals can be hazardous,” he said.

Malone, who also is chief for the Herkimer Police Department, said meth labs are something the departments see “from time to time.”

“They’re making a comeback in this area,” he said. “The ingredients are so easy to get.”

As of Thursday, no arrests have been made, but Malone said charges are forthcoming.

“We need to wait for the state police to give their final report,” he said.

Malone also said the hazardous materials were removed from the home from an agency hired by the state







A man is in jail today after engaging police in a high speed chase.

Daryl Jandreau, 37, of Wagner, faces charges for eluding, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and ingestion of a controlled substance. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

A Charles Mix Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop Jandreau in Wagner, but the car didn’t stop and took off at high speeds. Police say maximum speeds were around 85 miles per hour. Jandreau and passengers tried to run on foot from police, but they were taken into custody.

Jandreau is in the Charles Mix County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.








Methamphetamine charges have been filed for a Bartlesville couple who allegedly was caught starting a meth lab.

40-year old Tony William Teehee and 31-year old Lauren Rae Hale are charged with endeavoring/conspiracy to deliver/manufacture meth and possession of paraphernalia.

William Teehee

Bartlesville police served a search warrant at a home in the 3800 block of Limestone Road. According to a court affidavit, officers went inside and smelled an odor of chemicals.

The authorities found inside the home numerous items used to make meth.

Both suspects were inside the home when officers arrived.

Both Teehee and Hale’s next court date is May 16th. Teehee’s bond remains at $50,000 while Hale’s bond remains at $25,000.








SHAFTER, Calif. – The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Calif. Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on Wednesday in the 1100 block of Central Valley Highway in Shafter.

The warrant was the result of an investigation into the sales of methamphetamine, and officers located just over four pounds of it and over $10,000.

Officers said they arrested 41-year-old Santos Gutierrez for various narcotics related charges and he was booked into the Kern County Jail Central Receiving Facility.







CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL-Detectives located what appeared to be a small methamphetamine cooking operation along Taylor Road in Punta Gorda last Friday which resulted in the surrounding area being shut down for a short time.

Shortly after noon on Friday April 25, detectives checked buildings located at 2730 Taylor Road in Punta Gorda after learning that unauthorized people may have been at the location. The property owner had previously given the Sheriff’s Office authorization to take any necessary legal action on their behalf if anyone were found trespassing on the property.

Detectives found that someone had apparently broken into the buildings at the location and had been living there. They found various narcotic paraphernalia and pill bottles, along with a jug that had vapor coming out of it in one of the bathrooms. The items located were indicative of those typically used to make methamphetamine.

Because of the hazardous nature of their findings, detectives called for the Fire Department HazMat team, as well as Sheriff’s Office members who have been trained in how to deal with the safe dismantling of methamphetamine operations. A portion of Taylor Road was closed temporarily while the materials were safely removed.

Nobody was present at the location when the detectives arrived. No arrests were made, but, after speaking with the property manager, a report was filed for the burglary of the buildings on the property.







DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) – An agent with the Hancock County Narcotics Task Force was bitten by a pit bull during a meth bust at a home in Diamondhead Tuesday. The agent stopped the attack when he shot and killed the dog.

It happened around 10:30am when agents executed a search warrant at 9823 Ana Hulu Street. It was the culmination of a two-month investigation into possible manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine at the home.


Agents were making their way through the house, searching for suspects, when a large pit bull terrier charged from the rear bedroom toward the officers. The lead entry team agent first tried to stop the dog using pepper spray, but the animal jumped and latched onto the left hand of the agent and began dragging him to the floor. That’s when the agent shot one round into the dog.

No one was in the home at the time of the search, but agents found plenty of evidence. According to agents, they recovered two active meth labs, substantial quantities of precursor chemicals and methamphetamine oil, manufacturing equipment, packaging and distribution items, and very large quantities of hazardous waste generated by the illicit methamphetamine manufacturing operation. Also recovered were items of usage paraphernalia and small quantities of other illegal narcotics. All hazardous materials were safely processed and removed from the scene.

Jacob Dodd, 33, of Diamondhead, was later arrested and charged with Manufacturing Controlled Substance, Generation of Hazardous Waste, and Possession of Controlled Substance. The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are likely.

The dog that died at the scene is being tested for any diseases that may pose a health risk to the agent who was attacked. The agent was treated and released from Hancock Medical Center for significant injuries to his hand and arm.







CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection found $13,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in a wheel of cheese at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Saturday.


U.S. citizen and Valley resident Jose Alejandro Nava, 62, approached the port’s pedestrian lane around 11:40 a.m., according to the court complaint, and was carrying two large cheese wheels which he declared to officials.

He told an officer that “the cheese was only for personal consumption to make quesadillas,” according to the complaint. An agriculture specialist detected anomalies in the wheels of cheese and then found four wrapped packages of methamphetamine containing about two pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside.

Nava said he picked up the cheese wheels from a man at Hotel del Norte in Mexicali and was paid 440 pesos to smuggle the cheese, according to the complaint. He was to be paid $50 more once the cheese was delivered to the Don Juan Motel in Calexico.

Nava was arrested, turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing and booked into Imperial County jail. CBP seized the narcotics.







ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico corrections officer participated in a scheme to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the Otero County Prison Facility with the help of inmates, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, Luis Delgadillo, 37, is one of six people charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws.

Delgadillo, of El Paso, Texas, was arrested by the FBI last week.

The other defendants are two women who live in New Mexico and three men who are prison inmates.

According to the complaint, the FBI began its investigation in January after receiving information from the New Mexico Corrections Department that Delgadillo possibly was smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into the prison.

The investigation, which included a review of recorded inmate telephone calls and surveillance video, identified the six suspects as members of the drug ring, authorities said.

A federal magistrate in Las Cruces on Wednesday ordered Delgadillo detained pending trial.

It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said the arrest is evidence that his department is serious about maintaining the integrity of the state’s prison system. “This shows that we have the ability to police ourselves,” he said.







Methamphetamine hydrochloride, better known as crystal meth or ice, first became a factor in Australia’s illicit drug scene in the mid-2000ss. The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) currently classes crystal meth as an “imminent threat” due to increased seizures worldwide, particularly in east and southeast Asia.

Australian Federal Police

On releasing the report, acting ACC head Paul Jevtovic described crystal meth as a “national concern“, likening it to the crack cocaine scourge in the United States in the 1980s. Rates of use and detection are rising significantly.

Crystal meth is just one of a number of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) that are competing for market share against more traditional illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. At least one studyy has shown that the use of crystal meth in Australia has increased by 10% since 2011. And while the use of some other ATS has declined, the use of crystal meth remains at a high level and continues to increase.



Ice use of injecting users. Australian Crime Commission


Current threat assessment

The ACC report provides sombre reading. In the year 2012-13, the number and weight of ATS (excluding MDMA/ecstasy) detections at the Australian border increased and are the highest on record.ƒ

The UNODC estimates that some 90% of ATS are manufactured locally. However, for crystal meth, the situation is different; a higher proportion is imported.

Significant border detections of crystal meth in 2012-13 included 58 kilograms of crystal meth in February 2013, declared as metabisulphite, via sea cargo from China to Sydney andƒƒ 306 kilograms of crystal meth in July 2012, concealed in 3200 terracotta pots, via sea cargo from Thailand to Sydney. This trend matches the previous year, when crystal meth accounted for some of the biggest seizures at the Australian border.



Border detections of ATS in 2012-13. Australian Crime Commission


Law enforcement responses

Drug trafficking is characterised by a high level of free enterprise and in some respects it does not suffer from the constraints of legitimate markets. “Success” in the drug business focuses on elements such as access to working capital, availability of raw materials, manufacturing facilities, reliable shipping, wholesale distributors and a marketing arm and retail.

Recently, law enforcement efforts have moved from focusing on the ends – that is, drug users – to the means: raw materials and manufacturing facilities. The efforts are aimed at undermining the business models of drug traffickers. Evidence of this can be seen in the number of detections of precursor chemicals at the Australian border increasing by 11% in 2012-13.

The number of clandestine labs detected in Australia over the last decade has doubled. In 2012-13, 330 clandestine labs were discovered in Queensland: 43% of the Australian total.

The number of national ATS arrests also continued to increase to 22,189 in 2012-13, according to the report. This was the highest on record and represents an increase of almost 32% from the previous year.



National amphetamine arrests. Australian Crime Commission


Health implications

The evidence in relation to the effect of heavy crystal meth use is cause for concern. Heavy use can lead to addictive behaviour, which includes tolerance, dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Short-term effects can include irritability, sleeplessness, increased heart rate, depression and a number of other impacts.

Dependence on crystal meth can be both physiological and psychological. Long-term heavy use is linked to paranoia and psychosis. The anecdotal evidence is that use can lead to episodes of violence. Victoria Police has linked crystal meth use to a number of murders in recent years.

Health services in Victoria have warned that overdose deaths were increasing and second only to heroin. The risks of blood-borne diseases were also likely to increase.


Government responses

The responses of Australian governments have been many and varied. The Victorian parliament is conducting the final public hearing for the inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, especially ice, in the state.

Many states have introduced legislative amendments. For example, Queensland has amended its Drugs Misuse Act and created a new offence for trafficking in precursor chemicals used in the production of dangerous drugs.

The solution to dealing with the ice problem will not be simple, nor short-term. It will need to be a sustained, long-term strategy, utilising education, harm-reduction strategies, healthcare responses and aggressive law enforcement strategies. As prime minster Tony Abbott recently noted:







Magistrate Paul Heaney made the comments during the bail application for Justin Glen Rinaldi, a 37-year-old with alleged Mongols links who is facing serious drugs and weapons charges has been refused bail.

Mr Rinaldi appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Hakea prison is morning.


His counsel Lisa Boston made an application for bail, however Magistrate Paul Heaney the charges were too serious for bail to be considered.

Mr Rinaldi is accused of being the sole occupant of a Belmont home raided by police on February 21 this year.

Police allege in the home they found a secret room under the lounge room and in it was a cache of more than $300,000, kilograms of drugs including methamphetamines, and firearms.


It will also be alleged mobile phones were also found and on them were videos of Mr Rinaldi smoking methamphetamines and handling firearms.

In delivering his decision to refuse bail, Magistrate Heaney said he had heard Tom Percy QC on the radio commenting about the recent ACC report on the “pandemic” of illicit drugs in Australia.

“He said it’s worse (in WA) because penalties in WA are so severe that’s forced the price of drugs up,” Mr Heaney said.

“I don’t disagree with that, but I think it’s important the courts provide a disincentive.”

Mr Rinaldi was refused bail and Mr Heaney suggested if he wanted to pursue bail it would have to be made in the Supreme Court.