NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man and woman were arrested Friday after they reportedly left the scene of a car accident to hide the bottle they were making methamphetamine in.kelsey-colvin

Police reported Tyler Mahacek, 28, and Kelsey Colvin, 21, were in a crash on Apache Trail in south Nashville on Tuesday.

During the crash investigation, one of the occupants of the car allegedly left the scene with a backpack to go to the restroom at a nearby Shell gas station.

According to an affidavit, police searched the restroom and found a “one pot” shake and bake lab used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The pot was still in the active process of making meth and its contents tested positively for methamphetamine.tyler-mahacek

Both Mahacek and Colvin were booked in to the Metro jail and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

Mahacek was additionally charged with driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. His bond was set at $60,000.








A Department of Public Safety (DPS) report states that Mexican drug cartels are among the “most significant” threats facing Texas. Mexican drug cartels continue to operate throughout Texas carrying out violent attacks throughout the state as well as controlling the flow of illegal aliens and drug trafficking, the report states.Cartel-Shootout-in-La-Joya

Texas’ top law enforcement agency places the spread of Mexican drug cartel operations across the state as one of the top current security threats. The meteoric rise to power of Mexican cartels is attributed to a porous border as well as the unending demand for drugs, commercial sex and forced labor, the agency wrote.

The stern warning came in a leaked report from DPS to state lawmakers requesting additional funding for the current border surge where hundreds of state troopers patrol the Rio Grande Valley. The request comes in response to an unprecedented spike in human smuggling and drug trafficking activity along the border. The report was first published by the Houston Chronicle.

As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the report addresses the operational presence of cartels throughout the state. It also addresses the issue of illegal aliens with ties to terrorist organizations who have made their way into the country and are working to smuggle in other potential terrorists.

“There is ample and compelling evidence that the Texas-Mexico border is not secure, and this lack of security undermines public safety and homeland security in every region of the state,” the report states. “Mexican cartels constitute the greatest organized crime threat to Texas … Mexican cartels control virtually all illegal smuggling activities through the U.S.-Mexico border and continue to supply most of the illicit drugs in the U.S. market.”

Some of the many violent acts carried out by drug cartels include multiple kidnappings across the nation where the criminal organization targets the relatives of individuals believed to have either stolen or lost a drug load, the report revealed.

Other criminal acts by cartel members in Texas that raise red flags for law enforcement include:

  • A May 2013 murder in Southlake where three cartel hitmen spent two years preparing the execution of a Mexican lawyer who represented members of the Gulf Cartel. To carry out the murder, the hitmen, two of whom were former Mexican, cops spent a long time tailing the individual and setting up a complex surveillance network of video cameras to track his movements. Breitbart Texas previously reported on the arrest of these cartel hitmen.
  • In July 2014, two Edinburg police officers were injured in a fierce firefight with a member of the Texas Syndicate. These gang members were working for the Gulf Cartel in the border town of La Joya. The officers had been trying to arrest the man in connection with the execution of a 19-year-old in relation to a drug deal gone bad. The teen had been shot in the back of the head. In addition to the report, Breitbart Texas also reported on that shootout.
  • In November 2013, members of the Gulf Cartel wearing vests with insignia from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office carried out a series of home invasions in Las Milpas. The cartel members passed themselves off as law enforcement as they burst in through the door holding residents at gunpoint and demanding cash and drugs. The gunmen made off with at least $100,000 in cash in one of those raids.
  • In June 2013, La Joya police rescued five illegal immigrants who had been kidnapped by a man claiming to be a cartel member. The man had been holding them for ransom.

Mexican cartel members have also taken advantage of the recent increase of illegal aliens trying to get to America who have arrived in their territory. In addition to making a profit by getting them into the country, cartel members are using them to tie up law enforcement by sending them as bait while drug smugglers are able to move narcotics with little problem, the report revealed.








EDMOND, Okla. — A Logan County mother and her 2-week-old baby are listed as missing and/or endangered, said Detective Greg Valencia of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicole Leann Kerschner, 26, used a fictitious name when giving birth to a male child Feb. 12 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Valencia noted.54f0f5e61819b_image

“She has been seen in the Guthrie area as well as the area of S.W. 15th to S.W. 29th and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City,” Valencia said.

The hospital notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services when the infant tested positive for methamphetamines, Valencia continued.

“The female left Baptist Hospital with the child Feb. 15 prior to the child being placed in protective custody by DHS, Valencia stated.

Valencia said that the mother has since been seen in various locations within Oklahoma County and Logan County using methamphetamines and breastfeeding the child.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the child and female, please contact the Logan County Sheriff Office at 405-282-4100.








A Jackson County man arrested last month in Colorado on a slew of sex abuse charges stemming from the alleged abuse of a minor and the distribution of photos and video he recorded during the incidents was booked into the Jackson County Jail Thursday.Mullica-Darin-250x250

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, who is listed in court records as living in the 11000 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point, is held on $1 million bail. An indictment shows he is charged with 15 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, six counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, five counts of possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct in the first degree, and one count of unlawful delivery of Methamphetamine.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reported Mullica sexually abused a 17-year-old girl over several months in 2013 and 2014.

The indictment alleges the abuse began in mid-December of 2013 and continued through late May of 2014. Detectives allege Mullica gave methamphetamine to the victim, and that he filmed and photographed the encounters. Investigators suspect he shared the images and footage with others, online and in person.

Mullica was arrested Jan. 22 on a Jackson County fugitive warrant in Littleton, Colo. Court records show he has no previous criminal history in Oregon.

Mullica is scheduled to be arraigned on the case at 1:45 p.m. today in Judge David Hoppe’s courtroom at Jackson County Circuit Court, records show.




 Man charged with filming sexual abuse of a minor, Neighbors shocked by charges 


Medford, Ore. — A man lodged in the Jackson County Jail faces nearly three dozen felony, sexual abuse and pornography charges. His bail is set at $1,000,000.

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, was arrested on January 22, 2015, in Littleton, Colorado, on a Jackson County fugitive warrant. He was transferred to the Jackson County Jail, arriving February 26th.

Mullica was indicted on a total of 32 charges: Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (15 counts); Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct (six counts); Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (five counts); Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the First Degree (five counts); and, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine to a Minor.

Detectives say Mullica sexually abused a 17-year-old female over a period of several months in 2013 and 2014. During that time, Mullica provided methamphetamine to the victim and created photographs and videos of the sexual abuse. Investigators believe Mullica shared some of the images with others, both in person and online.

Detectives ask anyone with additional information about the case to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 774-6800.

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Gold Hill, Ore — A Gold Hill man is charged with nearly three dozen felonies involving a sexual relationship with a minor.

Neighbors describe Darin Lee Mullica as respectful but also as no stranger to suspicious activity.

That dark side was revealed to the tune of nearly three dozen felony sexual abuse and pornography charges involving a 17-year-old girl.

“Sometimes it’s easy not to see what happens right under your nose,” said neighbor Brian Reynolds.

Reynolds saw the Sheriff’s Deputies the first time they came knocking at his Gold Hill neighbor’s door.

“The cops were here, they arrested him, then they let him go,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds’ former neighbor, Darin Lee Mullica, skipped town. On January 22nd he was found in Littleton, Colorado and arrested on a Jackson County fugitive warrant. Charged with nearly three dozen felony charges for sexual abuse and child pornography.

“We’re very kind of surprised of the charges,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds says he had no idea about the extent of the sexual abuse, but did have his suspicions about Mullica. As Mullica sits in Jackson County jail, Reynolds says he’s happy to have one less neighbor for the time being.

“I don’t feel sorry for him, sorry, don’t feel sorry for him, not one bit,” said Reynolds.

Detectives handling the case weren’t able to speak on camera but did ask that anyone with information call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as there may be more victims out there.








A 34-year-old man was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years in prison for child molesting, to be served after he completes an additional 10 years for dealing methamphetamine.fagan

Richard D. Fagan, of the 1900 block of Hoagland Avenue, pleaded guilty this month to a charge of child molesting, a Class A felony, one of 10 charges against him. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the additional charges, which included child molesting, vicarious sexual gratification and intimidation, were dismissed Friday by Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull.

Gull sentenced him to a total of 23 years in prison on the child molesting charge, but ordered three years suspended and to be served on probation. She ordered the sentence to be served after a 10-year-sentence on a methamphetamine-dealing case.

The sexual abuse came to light when the children were placed in foster care and started therapy, according to court documents.

Those disclosures led to an investigation, and during a forensic interview, the children said their mother did drugs and “nasty stuff” and that Fagan did “very nasty stuff,” often in the presence of their mother.

Not only did Fagan molest the children, he also forced the children to perform sex acts on their mother as well as each other, according to court documents.

One of the children said that the abuse began when she was 5 years old and that Fagan told her not to tell anyone or they were all going to jail, according to court documents.








Mexico captured one of the country’s most-wanted drug lords on Friday, who had terrorised the western state of Michoacan as head of the Knights Templar cartel.

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez was arrested in Morelia, Michoacan’s capital, without a shot being fired, according to reports.


 Federal police show off Servando “La Tuta” Gomez,” leader of the Knights Templar cartel, as he sits inside helicopter at the Attorney General’s Office hangar in Mexico City

The 49-year-old former schoolteacher was the prime target of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan. Last year, police mounted a massive manhunt for Gomez in the mountains of Michoacan with help from a “rural defence” force comprised of former vigilantes who took up arms against the Knights Templar.

A police spokesman said the arrest followed months of intelligence work in the region.

The cartel had ruled over much of Michoacan state, controlling politics, agriculture and mining through tactics including murder and extortion. It trafficked methamphetamines to the United States, and also made a living by tapping Michoacan’s iron ore mines and exporting the metal to China.

The arrest marks a victory for Mr Peña Nieto as he grapples with falling approval ratings and public outrage over his handling of the situation in Guerrero state, where 43 students were allegedly killed by a gang in league with local police.


 Gomez is escorted to the police helicopter

Attorney general Jesus Murillo, under fire for months over his handling of that investigation, will soon step down, a senior government official told Reuters news agency on Friday.

Gomez’s arrest came a year after police captured the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The leader of the Zetas gang, Miguel Angel Trevino, was detained in July 2013.

Gomez, also known as “El Profe” for his teaching career, appeared in several television interviews and videos uploaded on the internet, defending his Knights Templar as a “necessary evil”.

“Our only function is to help the people, preserve our state, and preserve our country from people causing terror,” Gomez said in a video posted online in 2012, sitting in front of images of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and other revolutionary icons.

Mexican drug lord Servando "La Tuta" Gomez speaks as he tapes messages in Michoacan

Mexican drug lord Servando “La Tuta” Gomez speaks in a taped message

A father of at least seven, Gomez is wanted by the United States for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking. The Justice Department said he is also implicated in the 2009 murder of 12 Mexican federal police officers.

Mexican authorities had placed a bounty of 30 million pesos (£1.3 million) on his head.


 Relatives hold pictures of missing students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos, during a demonstration demanding the government find them, in Chilpancingo








Two men are in the Clay County jail after authorities seized nine pounds of methamphetamine.

Pablo Camarena-Aguilar and Nestor Orlando Camarena were stopped by a Minnesota State Patrol officer on Wednesday just outside of Moorhead.

The State Patrol says a trooper could smell marijuana, and called for a drug dog. Officials say the dog helped discover the meth. The meth has an estimated cost of about $400,000 dollars.

The men are each facing charges that include first-degree possession with intent to distribute. Bond is set for each man at $300,000.








Rapid City police are investigating a methamphetamine bust, which lead to the arrest of 11 Rapid City citizens.

It happened around 8 p.m. Friday night, starting with a simple traffic stop. All six occupants of the stopped vehicle were found to be in possession of methamphetamine or items containing the drug.

While investigating this incident, officers also responded to a room at M-Star Hotel, leading to five more arrests.

Two juveniles were arrested and nine adults were taken to jail. Police arrested Michael Jurisch, 59, Ronald Knode, 26, Dalana Klug, 25, Presila Lofton, 22, Jeffrey Styles, 27, Jason McDow, 32, Dezmond Two Hearts, 18, Bobby Goodman, 57, and Corrine Abourezk, 38.












A report highlighting cases related to substance abuse in Alaska in 2014 was released by the Department of Public Safety Friday.

The Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit’s 2014 annual drug report covered arrests and seizures of items ranging from alcohol and prescription medication to heroin and meth labs.

Over $28 million worth of drugs — in street value — were seized in 2014 by federal, local and state law enforcement agencies. The Anchorage Police Department alone was responsible for more than $6 million worth of drug seizures, followed by the Juneau Police Department, with a total street value amount of more than $5.7 million.

According to the report, there has been a significant increase in cases involving heroin in the state, in both rural and urban areas. In 2012, only 4.93 pounds of heroin were seized by Alaska law enforcement, compared to 2013′s 55.12 pounds and 2014′s 22.42 pounds of heroin. The report noted that much of the state’s heroin import is brought in via the U.S. Postal Service and “body carries.”

The State Medical Examiner’s office has also stated “a significant number of deaths where heroin and other opiates are listed as the cause” have occurred.

Methamphetamine-related cases also showed a notable increase of roughly 19 percent since 2013, according to the report, despite a crackdown on users and labs alike by law enforcement agencies. The report pointed to 2006 legislation regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in making methamphetamine — as the cause of success on law enforcement’s part to locate and seize methamphetamine labs in the state. Despite that, a disturbing trend began to emerge, the report says.

“Although we have witnessed a decrease in the number of methamphetamine labs since 2006, SDEU has some concern of the recent popularity of a new method in producing methamphetamine known as the ‘One Pot’ or ‘Shake and Bake’ method,” the report stated. “As this method begins to gain in popularity within Alaska, it will increase the danger to all citizens of Alaska from explosions, fires, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. All of the labs encountered by the SDEU in 2013 employed the ‘One Pot’ method.”

No labs were seized by law enforcement in 2014, according to the report.

Also mentioned in the report was the continuance of large numbers of prescription medication being abused, particularly oxycodone and hydrocodone. Deaths from prescription drug overdose made up a larger portion of deaths ”in all of the United States than heroin and cocaine combined.” Investigations into such cases revealed that many times, the medication was illegally obtained.

The full report is available on the Department of Public Safety’s website.










A woman received a few extra charges Tuesday after Coweta County authorities arrested her for violating her parole and found she was carrying a variety of narcotics in a body cavity.

About 7 p.m., Coweta County authorities went to America’s Best Family Inn to find a man who had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Although authorities didn’t find the man at the hotel, they did find his girlfriend, Kathryn Michelle Lunsford, 32, who also had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole and had rented a room under the name of Shelley Byrom.

Authorities met with Lunsford, and took her into custody, Yarbrough said, and because her parole was related to a drug case, they asked her if she had any narcotics in her possession or in the room.

Lunsford said she did, and she had some on the bed and hidden on her person. According to Yarbrough, authorities waited for a female deputy to arrive, who found five individual baggies that contained suspected methamphetamine and oxycodone and xanax pills inside a body cavity. Investigators also found a few needles filled with suspected methamphetamine lying on the bed, and more than 50 small plastic baggies, commonly used for distributing narcotics, in the room.

Because of this, Lunsford was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and violation of parole, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail.








HOUSING SCENE: Watch out for ‘Meth houses’

Posted: 27th February 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Evelyn Johnson felt something was off from the get-go. For starters, the Elkhart, Ind., real estate agent tried to schedule an appointment three times before she and her clients were actually able to get inside the house listed for sale.

But that wasn’t all. The place “had a big handmade sign in the yard listing five or six people’s names, saying to stay off the property or they would be prosecuted,” Johnson recalls. Turns out, they were the names of the ex-wife and children, who “had repeatedly broken in and taken things that did not belong to them.”

Still, her buyers loved the place and wrote an offer that was above the asking price. But the seller refused to respond. So a few weeks later, Johnson and the listing agent went to the owners’ divorce proceedings, where the judge ordered the sale as part of the couple’s breakup.

There were other clues that something wasn’t right. At the hearing, Johnson says, the husband was visibly shaking. “There was no part of him that was still. His head, his arms, his voice. Everything.”

Then there was a conversation with a neighbor, who reported that the wife and her kids were into drugs. “They were very bad children,” Johnson was told. The neighbor said they were “always in trouble” and had been to “kid-prison.”

Johnson recommended that her clients test the house for methamphetamine, an illegal, highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the brain and central nervous system. If it is present in a house, it can leach into practically everything. The contaminants found in meth can result in numerous health problems, including respiratory irritation, skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness, according to authorities in Oklahoma. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality says that “high exposures, even for a short time, can cause death or severe lung damage.”

When the test on the Indiana house came back positive, the offer was withdrawn.

It’s a good thing the deal failed to go through, too, because cleaning up a meth-tainted house can cost thousands. Even though the drug wasn’t manufactured in the house, “just” smoked in both the boys’ bedrooms, the next owners will face a monumental task.

Though the preponderance of houses where meth has been manufactured or smoked are in the Midwest, they can be found everywhere. Worse, some law enforcement agents believe they find only about one in 10 labs. And even though a house may have been continually cleaned, that doesn’t get rid of the contamination, which will affect every corner of the property.

Under some circumstances, the house may have to be stripped to its bones. Walls will have to be removed down to the studs, flooring will have to come up, ceilings will have to come down, the HVAC system and its vents must be cleaned, and insulation and light fixtures must go. There’s also a chance that at least part of the plumbing will have to be replaced, because waste products poured down the drain or into toilets can collect in the traps and give off fumes.

Despite the devastating impact of meth contamination, only about half of states require owners and their agents to disclose known meth exposure in homes for sale.

Law or not, though, agents have a duty to disclose this information, says Lesley Walker, an associate counsel with the National Association of Realtors. “If (agents) are aware that a property has been used for a meth lab or that marijuana has been grown in the house,” Walker says, “that would be considered a material fact and they would need to disclose.”

Once disclosed, moreover, it would have to be disclosed every time the house is resold. So if you buy a meth house, clean it and live in it for a few years, then go to re-sell, the presence of meth would have to be revealed to your potential buyers — even though it had been removed and you had no problems.

But not all agents play by the rules. Nick Ratliff of the Cypress Residential Group in Lexington, Key., ran into that problem recently. He represented an investor who wanted to purchase a rental property where a previous tenant had been busted for selling meth. Even though his state has rules requiring disclosure, the listing agent felt no such duty because the unit had been cleaned and the seller had never lived in the property.

Sometimes, though, the seller is the one who refuses to disclose. In that case, it’s up to realty professionals to step up. Prabhjit Singh with NAAAM Real Estate in Rockville, Md., did just that recently, by refusing to list a meth house because the seller balked at disclosing — even though the cops had raided the place and the seller’s teenage son was arrested.

“It was very clear to me that this was a material fact, as there would be health issues for whomever would own the home,” the Maryland agent says.








CROCKER, Mo. – In a small house on Eastside Street, investigators made a heartbreaking find.

“The best way I can describe it is it was just unsafe and unsanitary for the kids.  Very unsafe and very unsanitary is about all we can release right now,” said Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel.

Four little kids, who are ages 1, 2, 6, and 8 years old, were found living in disgusting conditions.   It was what tipped-off police about this situation that’s just as sad.

A local hospital had called authorities about a mother, Rachel Valenicia, who gave birth to a baby.  That newborn tested positive for methamphetamine.

Her other kids were all at home, which was being lived in by Jeremy White, 38.

Chief Twitchel said, once investigators got there, the four kids were placed in Children’s Division custody, Also, the newborn infant was taken away from the mother (per state law when a mother tests positive for illegal drugs).  Unfortunately, this was not the first time officer have come to this house to check on the well being and safety of these children.

“Even though I am a police officer, I am a father too,” Twitchel said. “And, you never want to see children hurt like that or children in  any other condition like that. So it kind of pulls your heartstrings quite a bit.”

White was arrested and charged with eight felony counts.  That includes (for each child found in the home) a count of child abuse, and a count of endangering the welfare of a child.  Rachel Valencia was slapped with the exact same criminal charges.

“If you are not taking care of your child, and you are not feeding your child, and making sure your child is safe and in a good environment, [then] you could face charges.








PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say an inattentive woman wearing headphones and eating taquitos survived being run over by a train locomotive after ignoring its horn as well as bells and flashing lights at nearby crossing signals.

Sgt. Trent Crump says the woman was struck Thursday as she walked on railroad tracks near an intersection of three major streets.

He says the woman was struck by the first of two engines and fell between the rails but escaped being hit by the wheels.

Crump said the woman was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where methamphetamine was found in her possession. Her identity was not released.

Crump says that the engine’s horn and the crossing signals were tested and working properly and that the woman’s “inattention” apparently caused the crash.








A 30-year-old Perth woman has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of trying to bring more than a kilogram of methamphetamine into Western Australia.

Leanne Margaret Renton was arrested at the Perth domestic airport on Thursday afternoon after arriving on a flight from Sydney.

The Perth Magistrates Court was told a search of her hand luggage found five vacuum-sealed bags containing 1.1 kilograms of a crystallized substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The court also heard Ms Renton had only travelled to Sydney the day before with $4,500 cash in her purse and carry-on luggage.

She was not required to plead to a charge of trafficking in a marketable quantity of methamphetamine, which carries a maximum jail term of 25 years.

Ms Renton was not represented by a lawyer and applied for bail so she could get legal advice.

Commonwealth prosecutors opposed the application, saying Ms Renton was a flight risk and the charge against her may be upgraded to trafficking in a commercial amount of the drug.

Magistrate Michael Wheeler denied bail saying the charges were serious and a jail term was inevitable if Ms Renton was convicted.

She is due back in court next month.








MARQUETTEMeth has become more prevalent across the Upper Peninsula over the past few years.

Last year the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or UPSET, responded to 51 meth labs. There were also 59 meth cases in Marquette County that were brought to court in 2014 compared to 2009’s three cases. The drastic jump is the result of the ‘One Pot Method.’meth%20part%20two

“People went from buying meth from someone who manufactures it to being addicted to meth and manufacturing it on their own or manufacturing it with other people,” said Marquette county Prosecutor Matt Wiese. “That’s typically what we see now.”

It’s cheap and easily made with household items like fuel, fertilizers, and batteries, but the key ingredient is ephedrine commonly found in cold medicines. Currently the state is using tracking logs for the amounts of Sudafed being purchased at pharmacies. It hasn’t reduced meth usage, but it’s made it easier to investigate.

“We do know that the states that have made ephedrine a prescription drug they’ve had a drastic drop off in methamphetamine manufacture,” said Wiese. “That’s what we’ve asked the legislature to do. They didn’t do it, we’ll go back and ask them again.”

While we wait for stricter regulations on ephedrine, meth labs are costing thousands to clean up. UPSET does receive some federal funding. Otherwise site could cost up to $12,000 for private companies to clean up.

“By having UPSET around that number probably gets knocked down to a quarter, and the unfortunate part is half way through the year that grant is going to run out,” said Det. Lt. Tim Scholander of UPSET. “Then, it’s going to fall back on UPSET or it’s going to fall back onto the agencies that put an officer on UPSET.”

The grant pays for officers overtime, but funding ruins out half way through the year. It costs $180,000 to operate UPSET and around $40,000 to clean up meth sites per year.








JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro couple was arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs after a Craighead County sheriff’s deputy said he found $8,500 worth of meth hidden in the grille of their SUV.6835906_G

Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, while patrolling Highway 226 near Cash, Deputy Brandon Womack reported seeing a Suzuki Grand Vitara cross the center line several times.

Believing the driver might be impaired, Womack stopped the vehicle.

The driver, later identified as Jessica Ann Bolin, 34, of Jonesboro, told Womack she and Robert Bryan Holt, 42, also of Jonesboro were returning from Bald Knob and that “she was having trouble seeing at night,” according to the incident report.

Bolin also reportedly told the deputy her driver’s license was suspended and Holt could not see well at night to drive.

While waiting for Bolin and Holt to retrieve their identification and insurance papers, Womack stated he “noticed the driver to be shaking uncontrollably to the point that she was dropping numerous credit cards and other documents.”

Upon seeing this, the deputy ran the couple’s names through dispatch and learned that both had criminal histories, including “numerous narcotic-related arrests,” the report stated.

At that time Womack took Bolin and Holt into custody and patted each of them down. During the search Womack reportedly found a plastic baggie containing a small amount of methamphetamine inside Bolin’s pocket.6835911_G

Knowing that Holt was on parole, Womack asked if he had a pass from his parole officer to travel out of the county. Holt said he did not have one and had not attempted to get one, the report stated.

After receiving consent from Bolin, Womack then searched the car and reported finding “numerous cell phones, a box of plastic bags, rubber bands and electrical tape.”

Womack then retrieved his K9 partner, Renko, to conduct an exterior search of the SUV.

Upon reaching the front of the vehicle, Womack stated “Renko showed a great amount of interest in the grille area.”

After the canine gave a final alert, the deputy raised the hood and found a black bag wedged between the battery and the firewall. Inside the bag he found numerous plastic bags containing 85 grams of suspected methamphetamine valued at $8,500, the report stated.

Womack took both suspects to the Craighead County Detention Center where they were both charged with possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, greater than 10 grams but less than 200 grams; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bolin was also charged with driving on a suspended license and careless driving.

Holt was charged with a parole violation.

During questioning at the jail, Bolin reportedly told Womack she and Holt were returning from Batesville where they had purchased the suspected methamphetamine.








A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars.

In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, another Somalia-based group once funded by Osama bin Laden. Another undocumented immigrant arrested crossing the border was on multiple U.S. terrorism watch lists, the report says.

According to the report, one member of al-Shabab, apprehended in June 2014, told authorities he had been trained for an April 2014 suicide attack in Mogadishu. He said he escaped and reported the planned attack to African Union troops, who were able to stop the attack. The FBI believed another undocumented immigrant was an al-Shabab member who helped smuggle several potentially dangerous terrorists into the U.S.

Authorities also apprehended immigrants who said they were members of terrorist organizations in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Department of Public Safety said the report, first published by the Houston Chronicle, was not meant for public distribution.

“[T]hat report was inappropriately obtained and [the Chronicle was] not authorized to possess or post the law enforcement sensitive document,” department press secretary Tom Vinger said in an e-mail.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not respond to requests for comment.

The department said it had come into contact in recent years with “special interest aliens,” who come from countries with known ties to terrorists or where terrorist groups thrive. Those arrested include Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans and Pakistanis. In all, immigrants from 35 countries in Asia and the Middle East have been arrested over the past few years in the Rio Grande Valley.

The department says there is no known intelligence that specifically links undocumented immigrants to terrorism plots, but the authors warn it’s almost certain that foreign terrorist organizations know of the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico.

“It is important to note that an unsecure border is a vulnerability that can be exploited by criminals of all kinds,” Vinger said. “And it would be naive to rule out the possibility that any criminal organizations around the world, including terrorists, would not look for opportunities to take advantage of security gaps along our country’s international border.”

Even without the threat of foreign terrorists making their way across the border, Texas law enforcement officials say seven of the eight major Mexican drug cartels operate throughout Texas.

Those cartels have sent assassins as far north as the Dallas-Fort Worth area to commit murders, and the drug trade is thriving. The cartels are also branching into sex trafficking, which can present a lower risk and yield a higher profit than the drug trade, the report says. Law enforcement officials have uncovered major trafficking rings operating in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and several east coast cities.

Almost all human smuggling rings have ties to the Mexican drug cartels, the report found, and in many cases undocumented immigrants are kept locked in small, confined spaces where they go days without food or water. Law enforcement officials found one “stash house” in the Houston area crammed with 115 illegal immigrants.

The report says the Gulf, Zeta, Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have the most prominent footprints in Texas. Officials are also worried about the growing influence of MS-13, the Salvadoran gang that originated in Los Angeles.

The cartels have been “effective in corrupting U.S. law enforcement officials at all levels,” the DPS report says.

But the surge of Texas DPS officers, National Guard troops and other law enforcement officials, ordered by then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) last June, has worked to stem last year’s flood of undocumented immigrants crossing into the Rio Grande Valley.

Border officials apprehended 313,000 immigrants in FY 2014, nearly three times the number caught in FY 2011. In recent months, that number has diminished significantly. The report said the number of arrests per week had fallen from a high of about 6,000 to around 2,000.

The surge has also led to the seizure of more than $1.8 billion worth of cartel drugs, or about 150 tons of marijuana, 588 pounds of cocaine and 320 pounds of methamphetamines. Cartels have shifted marijuana trafficking west, from McAllen to the small towns of Escobares and Roma.

The cartels are sending scouts to watch U.S. border patrol officers, and they believe the Texas border surge will end soon, once the money runs out, according to intelligence collected by the Department of Public Safety.

It is not without costs. DPS said the state and National Guard have spent more than $102 million deploying troops and officers and bolstering surveillance capabilities. The state has already installed 1,224 surveillance cameras along the border, and another 4,000 cameras will be installed in the coming months.

Fully securing the border would require the constant presence of an incredible number of troops — as many as 76,000, the report found. This summer, the surge sent about 1,000 National Guard soldiers to the border.








A recent increase in methamphetamine seizures at the border suggests that Mexican cartels are seeking to meet demand with meth-making ingredients more difficult to obtain in the U.S., the top drug-enforcement official in Arizona said Wednesday.

In the last two years, Arizona has seen a 40 percent increase in meth seizures, with about 5,500 pounds seized last year, according to Douglas Coleman, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge for Phoenix.

Most of that methamphetamine came from Mexico, he said.

“We see very little that’s actually manufactured here,” Coleman said. “Those labs that we do have here, which are eight or nine a year, produce minimal amounts. So that is the stuff that’s coming across the border.”

Comparing Arizona to another major access point for drug trafficking, the DEA reported 5,124 pounds of meth seized last year in San Diego, which used to be a main production hub for meth.

Only marijuana is trafficked more than meth in Arizona, Coleman said.

The federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 restricted over-the-counter sales of products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, all used in the production of methamphetamine.

The number of meth labs in Arizona has dropped dramatically since, with the DEA reporting five clandestine meth lab incidents fiscal 2014 versus 133 in calendar 2005.

The drop-off in domestic production hasn’t reduced demand for meth in Arizona or the rest of the country, however. And cartels in Mexico, particularly the Sinaloa Cartel, which controls most of the meth production in Mexico, are meeting that demand by sending more of the drug across the border, Coleman said.

Meth-related statistics
Number of clandestine meth lab incidents in Arizona:
• 133 in calendar year 2005
• 14 in fiscal year 2013
• Five in fiscal year 2014

Amount of meth seized at the border in Arizona since the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act:
• 389 pounds in 2005
• Roughly 5,500 pounds in 2014


“If the domestic labs weren’t operating, then the Mexican labs began to pick up,” he said.

The price of meth has also decreased significantly as well. Coleman said the DEA can find the drug for as low as $3,000 per pound, a price he deemed “dirt cheap,” down from $8,000 per pound five years ago.

Tony Vidale, a program manager at the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s Drug, Gang and Violent Crime program, said drug seizures are a good sign of drug trafficking taking place in the state. Task forces his agency works with have seen a steady increase in meth-related investigations since 2010, including 1,517 meth-related arrests in the 2014 fiscal year, he said.

“The increase in investigations tells us that drug task force officers are coming across the drug more often in the community, and it is drawing their attention enough to trigger investigations,” he said.

The increase has also resulted in an increase in the number of people sentenced to prison on charges related to meth. Vidale said that during fiscal 2014 methamphetamine was the most common primary drug among those sentenced to prison.

Vidale said that the numbers his agency has collected point to Arizona still having a significant problem with meth.

“The amount in the community and the number of people involved with meth has been increasing over time,” he said. “As a result, an increasing number of individuals are being prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for drug crime involving meth.”

Coleman said that since Mexico does not have the same kind of controls that the U.S. has on the precursor chemicals, production there has been able to increase drastically.

“The super labs, the 100-plus pound labs, have increased significantly in Mexico in the past 10 years,” he said.








MOORHEAD – A man was arrested Monday after more than 132 grams of methamphetamine was discovered in his car, police say.

Brian Kelly Coppinger, 45, was charged Wednesday in Clay County District Court with first-degree possession of methamphetamine and fifth-degree possession of Clonazepam, both felonies. Court records list his address as unknown.COPPINGER

Coppinger was identified to police by a criminal informant as the informant’s drug supplier, who had recently moved a large supply of meth to the metro area from Minneapolis, the complaint alleges.

He was pulled over Monday by Moorhead police while driving without a license in the 30th Avenue and 20th Street South area, court documents say.

Police found 132.9 grams of meth and 56 Clonazepam pills in the car, as well as more than $3,000 in cash, they claim in court records.

The first-degree drugs charge carries with it a potential 30 year-prison sentence upon conviction.








Brandy M. Couch, 31, of Thayer, was arrested on Friday, Feb. 13 by the Thayer Police Department for possession of methamphetamine.2293978-L

According to documents filed in Oregon County Circuit Court, Assistant Police Chief Jason Jennings observed two vehicles stopped on Highway 63 near the intersection of St. John Street. The vehicles appeared to be in distress, as their hazard lights were flashing. Jennings approached the vehicles and made contact with Couch, who was in the rear vehicle. Couch told officers that she was waiting for the occupant of the first vehicle, whom she identified as “Mark” to come back with a rope in order to tow her.

Jennings identified the vehicle from a previous encounter as one driven by Jamie Hutcherson of Thayer, who has several active warrants issued against him. The license plate on the disabled vehicle was issued to a different vehicle. Officers asked for consent to search the vehicle and Couch told them that they were welcome to do so.

Officer Brady Grinell, with the assistance of Foust, the Thayer K-9 unit, searched the vehicle and found a syringe in the glove box. Couch was taken into custody and asked if there were any more drugs or paraphernalia in the vehicle or on her person. She told officers that she had a baggie in her bra, which she removed and gave to police. The baggie contained a crystal like substance which was identified as methamphetamine.

“We’re just glad to get this amount of drugs off the streets,” Thayer Police Chief Daryl Childers said of the arrest.








MONTGOMERY CO., Va. – One person was hurt in an explosion at a suspected methamphetamine lab Tuesday night in Montgomery County.

The explosion happened in a garage at a property at 5825 Roanoke Road.

According to deputies, the investigation found that 34-year-old Jeremy Hatfield was making meth in the garage. The meth lab failed, causing the explosion. Hatfield was taken to the hospital by an unknown third party.

When deputies arrived, they found a second person at the property. Investigators also found suspected methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals, and items related to the explosion.

Charges are pending.




An explosion at a suspected meth lab sent one person flying out of a Montgomery County home on Tuesday evening.

The sheriff office’s Street Crimes Unit responded to the scene in the Shawsville area sometime before 7 p.m.

A helicopter flew the person to a hospital that has a burn unit.










Man taken to the hospital with chemical burns in Montgomery Co. meth lab explosion


MONTGOMERY CO. (WSLS 10) – A local man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after deputies say he sustained injuries from a suspected methamphetamine laboratory explosion in his garage.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says on Tuesday, February 24 they responded to Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital in reference to a man who had received fire and chemical burns. The man was identified as Jeremy Dean Hatfield, 34, of Ellison.

Upon further investigation, deputies say they discovered damage was located at the man’s residence along the 5800 block of Roanoke Road. Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit, Christiansburg Police Department VICE Unit, and Elliston Fire Department responded to the scene.

The investigation found the garage was damaged from an explosion from an apparent meth lab. The Sheriff’s Office says Hatfield was manufacturing methamphetamine in the garage of the property.

Investigators say the meth lab failed causing damage to the garage. Hatfield had sustained injuries from the explosion and had been taken to the hospital by an unknown third party.

The Sheriff’s Office says they found suspected methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals, and items related to the explosion on the scene. Deputies say another person was also located at the residence.

The investigation is still in progress and charges will be obtained by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at a later date.








078350-0ca0b8c4-bd69-11e4-a005-b478f5906d65THE Australian Federal Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service say they have seized 100 kg of methamphetamine, leading to the arrest of two men.

The pair, a 30-year-old Hong Kong National and a 37-year-old Malaysian national, are expected to appear at Sydney’s Central Local Court today.

The AFP says the drugs were found in a shipping container from China marked ‘kids toys’ and say they have an estimated street value of $65 million.


One of the blocks of methamphetamine


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) have seized more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $65 million as part of a joint operation

Customs officers found a false floor in the container which concealed a compartment that contained the drugs.

AFP officers then conducted a controlled delivery of the consignment to an address in Prestons where the arrests were made.

AFP Acting Manager Serious and Organized Crime Arthur Moerman warned smugglers they would not get away with it.

“Those that seek to import dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine will continue to face the combined efforts of Australian law enforcement partners,” Acting Commander Moerman said.

Investigations are ongoing and the AFP has not ruled out further arrests.








MOSES LAKE – A 5-year-old girl was treated at Samaritan hospital last week for reportedly having methamphetamine in her system.

Child Protective Services and Moses Lake police are investigating after the girl was hospitalized on Friday. The girl has since been released from Samaritan, according to Moses Lake police.

At least two of the girl’s family members have been interviewed and investigators are still trying to determine how the girl came into contact with meth.

No other information is available at this time.








b889237z_1_20150225092948_000_gsd62ae8_3_1-1aeq9rqLarry Maiolo left his home for a morning walk at Halls Head beach, surrounded by locals walking their dogs, swimming and riding their bikes. The dedicated family man and father of two never returned — he was stabbed to death by Daniel Luke Zwerus in a frenzied and unprovoked attack.

Zwerus, a complete stranger, then callously dumped Mr Maiolo’s body in the ocean.

Sally Kaur, 57, was cutting vegetables at the kitchen bench of her home in Koondoola. Her stepson, Catalin Alin Borbil, took the knife and repeatedly stabbed her in the torso, plunging the weapon into her neck after she slumped to the ground.

Borbil then stepped over her blood-soaked body to steal from the family home.

Lindsay Ferguson was driving his cab in Mandurah, petrified after one of his passengers brandished a knife and flew into a rage. Grant Lindon Collard’s violent outburst was so terrifying, his three accomplices fled as he smashed up the inside of the vehicle, shouted and swore.

Collard, found guilty of murder by a jury, had frightened the 67-year-old taxi driver to death, causing Mr Ferguson to have a heart attack after his cab collided with a truck.

Witnesses said Collard spat on Mr Ferguson as he lay dying.

Not even two months into the year, this is a snapshot of cases the WA Supreme Court has dealt with. Each has needlessly cut short a life, leaving grief-stricken and devastated families at the sudden and shocking loss.

Each attracted a life jail term for the offender. Though it is the lesser told story, this also often spreads tentacles to another category of victims — the parents wondering what went wrong and children left to grow up without a parent.

There are two common factors which stand out in these cases.

The use of methamphetamine was a driver in the abhorrent actions of each of the three murderers. And the level of violence involved is almost incomprehensible.

The link between drug use and crime is nothing new.

But over the past 10 years, the use of methamphetamine has overtaken other drugs and its prevalence as a cause of violence is undeniable.

It is common for speed use and addiction to be rattled out as one of the factors, often the most pertinent, in offences of drug dealing, drug taking, robbery, stealing, burglary and assault.

But methamphetamine binges are fuelling offending accompanied by an escalating and frightening level of violence.

Late last year, an almost unbelievable tale of determined violence emerged in the Supreme Court during the “head in the bag” trial. Fuelled by speed, Aaron Carlino shot underworld figure Stephen Cookson twice in the head before spending about six hours removing his legs, arms and head.

He buried the corpse and then later dug up the decaying parts, dumping the body pieces off a boat and Cookson’s head washed up on Rottnest.

Again, methamphetamine use was frequently referred to during the trial.

Last year, in a series on methamphetamine in this newspaper, Supreme Court Chief Justice Wayne Martin noted that by the time methamphetamine-related offences came before him, it was too late.

Victims of Crime Commissioner Jennifer Hoffman said the drug was also driving an escalation in domestic violence and cases where women were forced by their partners to commit offences such as drug cooking.

Sentencing Zwerus this month to a life jail term with a minimum of 18 years, Justice Steven Hall described the former WAFL player as being in a drug-induced psychotic state that had left him delusional and paranoid after months of using methamphetamine on an almost daily basis.

“In my view, it is clear that you knew that the drugs were having a seriously adverse effect upon you and your judgment and despite attempts to stop, you went on using those drugs,” he said. “In those circumstances, it is not open for the psychosis to be viewed as a mitigating factor.

“The adverse effects of methamphetamine on mental health are notorious and they include aggression and paranoia.”

Sentencing Borbil on Monday to life with at least 17 years before parole, Justice Michael Corboy commented on the need for court penalties to serve as a deterrent.

“It is apparent to the courts and the community that there is a disturbing connection between methamphetamine intoxication and gross levels of irrational violence,” Justice Corboy said.

Sadly, the past two months have shown that the link between methamphetamine and catastrophic violence is unrelenting — and for too many, it is far too late by the time matters reach the Supreme Court.

That is the challenge for a coordinated response by governments, schools, parents and families as the community deals with the devastating effects of this insidious drug.








A 25-year-old who threatened to kill his wife with a carving knife and was later stabbed by her has been sentenced in a court in Western Australia’s Mid West to four months’ jail.

Police said Jye Gerhard Picking held the large knife to his partner’s throat following ongoing arguments at their property in the seaside town of Dongara in April.5947396-3x2-940x627

The Geraldton Magistrates Court was told Picking eventually released the blade from his partner’s neck when she made mention of their children.

Police said Picking slashed two tires of a car so his wife was unable to travel to Perth and also damaged her mobile phone.

The court also heard that during a scuffle out the front of the property, Picking’s wife grabbed the large knife and stabbed him a number of times in the hands.

Picking, who is serving a three-year sentence at Hakea for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, also used his car to hit a parked vehicle that had a 10-month-old baby inside.

The baby was not injured.

In court today, Picking’s lawyer Kate Fry said her client had become angry because his wife had come home with methamphetamine and he had been trying to stay off the drug.

Ms Fry told the court the couple had a “volatile” relationship and said Picking’s wife had also held a knife to her client’s throat.

Magistrate Geoff Lawrence described Picking as a “poster boy” for what “methamphetamine could do to a person’s life”.

He told Picking that the addictive drug had caused “a lot of grief in your life and others’ lives and your business has suffered because of it”.

Magistrate Lawrence said he hoped others could learn from Picking’s case.

“This is what methamphetamine can do … ruin your life,” he said.

Picking pleaded guilty to seven offences and was fined $600 and given a four-month prison order, which will be served alongside his existing three-year jail term.