ROSAMOND, Calif. – Sheriff’s deputies out of Rosamond served a search warrant in the 2000 block of Poplar Street in Rosamond.

Deputies entered the home where they located two 14-year-old teenage girls and 49-year-old Robert Smith of Rosamond.

Both teens displayed signs of recent marijuana use, officials said. Smith displayed signs of recent methamphetamine use.

Deputies located about 10 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packaging, ammunition, multiple firearms, and a grenade in the bedroom.  The grenade was located within a small cylinder cardboard container on top of the dresser in the bedroom.

Deputies located methamphetamine lined out on a square piece of glass next to the grenade.

Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded and took custody of the old military, pineapple-style grenade, which still had the pin and fuse device still attached.

Four rifles, a shotgun, and a pistol, were seized from the bedroom. One of the rifles was a reported stolen firearm from Rosamond.

One billy club was seized from the bedroom and another billy club was located in the kitchen area.

The teen’s parents were contacted and they were released to their parents.

Robert Smith was later transported to the Kern County Jail where he was booked in for the following charges:  Two counts of providing minors with methamphetamine, 20 counts of providing minors with marijuana, possession of an explosive device, possession for sales of methamphetamine, possession of meth for sales while armed, two counts of possession of a billy club, possession of stolen property, Felony child endangerment, and numerous other narcotics charges.

His bail was set at $895,000.00



Authorities arrested three adults and took four minors into protective custody after a warrant search of a McKinleyville home on Friday turned up meth, according to a Humboldt County Drug Task Force press release.

Upon serving the warrant at a single-story residence on the 2200 block of Walnut Avenue at about 7 a.m., task force agents found six children — ranging in age from 9 months to 14 years — and five adults.

A man, Ryan Hill, was found sleeping on the couch in the front room and arrested for three outstanding warrants, with bail amounts totaling $75,000, officials said.

Before exiting a spare bedroom where he was found, Casey Cooper, 30, attempted to throw a small package of methamphetamine out of the window into the side yard, according to the release. Cooper was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

Valerie Dake, 32, was found sleeping in the master bedroom with two of her four children, along with methamphetamine and prescription medication that was later determined to be hydrocodone and not prescribed to Dake, according to the release. Agents also seized $1,213 in cash, packaging material and digital weigh scales.

Dake was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale of a controlled substance and child endangerment. She was later released. Humboldt County Child Welfare Services took custody of her four minor children. Cooper was also booked and held on $25,000 bail.

Two other adults found at the home were questioned and released at the scene.

Agents seized a total of 20 grams of methamphetamine and 36 hydrocodone pills.

Task force agents continue to investigate this case. To report any drug-related activity call 707-444-8095.




A video of an Oregon woman’s meth-fueled joyride in a stolen police vehicle was recently released and shows the 23-year-old singing, screaming and taunting police over the radio as she speeds down a highway at more than 120 mph.

Tara Elizabeth Axmaker was high on meth when she stabbed a man in the back at a Molalla home – about 60 miles South of Portland – in the early hours of the morning.


As the deputies searched the crime scene thoroughly, Axmaker managed to climb into one of the responding police cruisers, which she used to take cops on a high-speed chase for over 11 minutes.

Video of the chase was released by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to the Oregonian newspaper on Thursday.

The entire joyride, and Axmaker’s expletive-filled commentary, was caught on the patrol car’s video cameras and on police radio.

Nobody was hurt as Axmaker drove into oncoming traffic, ignored stop signs and tried to get away from her pursuers.

Axmaker pleaded guilty on Oct. 15 in Clackamas County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for first-degree assault, aggravated theft and attempting to elude police.

“We’re on a high-speed chase [expletive],” she said as she started driving away.

The incident was similar to a 2010 incident, in which Axmaker, who was also high on meth, stabbed a man in the back.

According to KGW, Kelly Glenn Christensen, the victim, was taken to Legacy Emanuel hospital and treated for a minor wound.

Axmaker pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault and was sentenced to four years in prison.




BONNEAU, SC (WCSC) – According to Bonneau Police Chief Franco Fuda, in 2013 law enforcement came across six meth labs in a two-mile radius.

Fuda says methamphetamine is the drug of choice on the market.


“You can pretty much get all the components you need to manufacture meth nowadays at Walmart, one stop.”

Fuda says the ingredients are simple, among them coffee filters, salt, fuel and ephedrine, but the process is complex chemistry.

“You have people that have no chemist background whatsoever and in some  cases have very little education to put it bluntly, and they’re  attempting to make a chemical process, and that’s how we end up with the explosion.”

Fuda says that’s why the public’s tips are so  important. He says if anyone suspects meth production in their apartment complex or neighborhood, call it in.

During the interview, Fuda  referenced the meth lab explosion at Pine Harbour apartment complex in  2012 a few times. Three people, including a four-year-old, were killed  in that explosion.

“Most people don’t want to react or don’t want  to respond to criminal activity unless it involves them or affects them, but when you know, and again that Pine Harbour fire, that tragedy  really brings it home to me, and I can’t imagine anything better to  impress upon the public how serious it is to keep your eye aware of  that.”



A woman recently placed on probation for methamphetamine convictions is in jail after again Metro Police accused her of selling the drug again.


Shawn K. McClanahan, 32, was charged with two drug possession charges after police raided her home on Wednesday and said they found 55 grams of crystal meth, 15 grams of marijuana, cash and other drug paraphernalia there.

Police said they were tipped to McClanahan’s alleged actions in late December and found marijuana oil that was allegedly sold by her in a nearby car on Wednesday.

Officers then searched her home with her consent and found the drugs, including crystal meth.

McClanahan received a three-year probationary sentence on meth charges last November. She is free on $50,000 bond.



PARKERSBURGMethamphetamine lab discoveries, along with two arrests, were made by the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, officials said Friday.

Two meth labs were discovered by officials in Parkersburg within 48 hours of each other, said West Virginia State Police Cpl. C. A. Blevins, task force coordinator for the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force.

Earl McElfresh, 40, of 1012 1/2 George St. and Robert Patterson, 31, of 1330 Dillaway St. were each arrested on a charge of operating a clandestine drug lab, Blevins said. Patterson was arrested on Thursday, and McElfresh was arrested on Friday, he said.

One meth lab was discovered in the early morning on Thursday at 1330 Dillaway St. in Parkersburg, said Blevins. The second lab was discovered at 8 a.m. Friday at 1012 1/2 George St. in Parkersburg, Blevins said. The two locations are within blocks of each other, near Seventh Street.

Each meth lab ranks among the largest discovered in recent years, Blevins said. The George Street discovery contained nine reactionary vessels, while the Dillaway Street location revealed 15 reactionary vessels, Blevins said.

The reactionary vessel is one of the primary pieces of equipment for the creation of methamphetamines.

The Dillaway Street lab had been under investigation for some time, Blevins said. Agents with the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the address and discovered 15 reactionary vessels, along with items used in the manufacturing process of meth, Blevins said.

Calls to the Parkersburg Police Department alerted officials to the suspected drug activity at the home, Blevins said.

The George Street lab was discovered by Parkersburg sanitation workers when they observed smoke coming from a trash bag that had been set out for collection, Blevins said. When agents investigated the trash bags, they discovered items used in the manufacturing of meth inside, he said.

The trash bags revealed eight reactionary vessels, pseudoephedrine and needles, Blevins said. Agents with the task force identified the residence the bags had come from, and McElfresh consented to a property search, Blevins said. Agents discovered an additional reactionary vessel and additional meth manufacturing items inside the home, he said.

Both suspects were arraigned on charges of operating a clandestine lab: Patterson on Thursday and McElfresh on Friday, Blevins said. If convicted, each man could face a sentence of 2-10 years in prison.

Patterson failed to make a $100,000 bond, and McElfresh failed to make a $150,000 bond. Both are being housed at the North Central Regional Jail.



A Bastrop woman is in custody after being arrested Wednesday following a three-month drug investigation.

Shelley Matthews made her initial court appearance Thursday before 4th District Court Judge Scott Leehy after being charged with selling drugs to undercover officers least six occasions.

Court records filed in connection with the case state a reliable confidential informant working with the Northeast Louisiana Drug Enforcement Bureau made contact with Matthews on six different occasions and was wearing a device to record audio and video during each meeting.

Arrest warrants issued in connection with the case indicate Matthews sold methamphetamine to the informant on three separate occasions and sold other drugs during three other meetings.

Bond was set at $12,250 for each of the methamphetamine (Controlled Dangerous Substance-Schedule II) distribution charges and $5,000 each on counts of selling oxycodone (CDS-II), hydrocodone (CDS-III) and Xanax (CDS-IV) charges.

She remains in custody at the Morehouse Parish Jail.


A  warrant roundup involving multiple local state and federal agencies Thursday netted 12 people on various charges.

According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, its deputies, along with the West Central Illinois Task Force, the Meth Response Team, the Quincy Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested the 12 during the daylong warrant service detail. The primary focus was felony warrants.

More arrests are pending.

Arrested were:

• Harlan W. Mohr, 76, for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

• Buddy R. Baker, 36, for deceptive practice and domestic battery.

• Richard D. Lewis, 29, for possession of methamphetamine precursors.

• Claudelle S. Altgilbers, 50, for unlawful methamphetamine conspiracy, unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

• John A. Anders, 31, for failure to appear for aggravated battery.

• Lindsay M. Brothers, 26, for unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

• Thomas F. Veihl, 48, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

• Brenda L. Schumm, 41, for unlawful methamphetamine conspiracy and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors.

• Richard E. Wright, 34, for fail to appear for possession of methamphetamine and fail to appear for criminal trespass.

• Tarae T. Gates, 20, for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

• Laura P. Koss, 43, for unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.

• Toni S. Dyer, 41, for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.




Debra Davis, 55, was arrested near Mesa Grande and Wildwood on Jan. 3 at 12:13 p.m., for possession of methamphetamine.

According to the police report, Davis was seen walking across the street when deputy stopped and spoke to her. Davis did not possess any form of identification on her person.  

Records indicated Davis was on felony probation out of Riverside County.

When a Yucaipa deputy conducted a pat-down search of the suspects person and recovered approximately 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe inside of her bra that she said belonged to her. Davis was arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.



MUNISING – Four Munising residents have been arrested after authorities discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in their vehicle.

Arrested were 19-year-old Cortne Cornish, 20-year-old Jordan Maddox, 21-year-old Trent Howard, and 17-year-old Trevor Maxon. Each faces one felony count of manufacture of methamphetamine, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The charges stem from a Tuesday incident that occurred on Prospect Street in Munising.

Troopers from the Munising detachment of the Michigan State Police had stopped a 2003 Ford Taurus for a traffic violation. While investigating, they discovered an active “one pot” methamphetamine lab and other components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) responded to the scene in order to safety collect and dispose of the components at a secured holding facility.

Assisting at the scene was the Munising Fire Department.



ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. — Neighbors in one St. Johns County community say they have noticed suspicious activity in the area over the past four months.

On Thursday, a young boy found evidence of a meth lab while taking in the trash can for his mother.

Authorities say they found Pseudoephedrine, iodine salt containers, a plastic bag with sludge, a cooking vessel and used filters in the trash.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said methamphetamine is a growing problem in North East Florida

“As law enforcement officers, we’ve noticed a direct correlation with the economy. It’s easy to make, it’s not hard to find out how to make it and its very addictive,” said SJSO Sgt. Catharine Payne.

She said meth not only causes fires, but it is a biohazard for the environment.
So what should you watch out for?
-Authorities say to look for a plastic bottle with a smoky or watery substance: this could be a one-pot lab.
-Also, look for used containers or propane fuel or acetone, cold medicine and even fertilizer.



Two Polk County men were arrested Thursday after a raid of a home at 315 Scoggins Road uncovered one of the largest methamphetamine lab operations in Polk County’s history.

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During an investigation, narcotics officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and agents of the State Bureau of Investigation discovered a working lab inside the residence on Thursday. They also spotted about 15 old one-pot labs inside and outside of the home, according to a news release issued Friday.

Detectives said it was the largest meth lab operation that had been found in the county in recent years.

Deputies found a meth lab dumpsite on John Weaver Road in the Green Creek community on New Year’s Day, sparking an investigation and a call to residents to report any suspicious activity in the area. The dumpsite held materials and chemicals associated with “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” productions of the illegal, manmade drug methamphetamine, according to a Jan. 2 news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies contacted a narcotics officer, and a hydrogren chloride gas generator and a two-liter bottle used to cook the drug were found. Tips from the investigation led detectives to Scoggins Road.

Billy Lawrence Carr, 38, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; possessing or distributing a meth precursor; maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances; possessing with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth; and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Carr is being held at the Polk County Jail in lieu of $30,000 secured bond.

Harold Dean Bailey, 50, was charged with manufacturing meth, possessing or distributing a meth precursor, and giving fictitious information to an officer. Bailey is being held at the jail in lieu of $25,000 secured bond.

Green Creek Fire Department assisted at the home with the potentially highly combustible lab’s dismantlement and the extensive decontamination process required at the site.

“This is a great example of law enforcement agencies working together. I appreciate all the agencies involved including the Green Creek Fire Department for their time and help making Polk County a safer place to live,” Sheriff Donald J. Hill said in the release.

SBI agents investigated 561 meth labs in 2013, an increase from 460 labs found in 2012. Of those meth labs, 81 percent used the “one pot” method — portable labs which make small amounts of meth.

Also known as “shake and bake” labs, one-pot meth labs use a small amount of pseudoephedrine, found in cold medicine, to make meth in a plastic soda bottle. The labs are easy to conceal and move, making them more challenging for law enforcement to find than traditional meth labs that are larger and less mobile, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Justice Thursday.

SBI agents and other law enforcement officers in North Carolina have access to information about pseudoephedrine purchases through the National Precursor Log Exchange, helping them to identify likely meth cooks and find more labs. More than 400 investigators in North Carolina are now using the database to aid their investigations.




Montgomery Co., VA – A third person has been arrested after Montgomery County deputies say they found a mobile meth labin Elliston.

42-year-old Anita McGuire is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.


Montgomery Co., VA – Two men have been arrested after Montgomery County deputies say they were running a mobile meth lab in Elliston.

The sheriff’s department says at around 2 a.m. Friday, the vice unit was called to the truck stop on North Fork Road.

23-year-old Kalah Harrison and 31-year-old Jackie Lane are facing charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

Lane is also being charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving on a Suspended License.

The truck stop is closed for the investigation and cleanup.




Interstate 20 is a key artery transporting drivers and goods across northern Louisiana.

Though only two lanes in each direction, it has also proven to be a major thoroughfare for drug trafficking between the Southeast, Texas and Mexico.

While large quantities of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine flow through the area, Capt. Jay Ellerman of the Metro Narcotics Unit in Monroe said drugs that pass through on I-20 rarely are earmarked for delivery in the region.

In the case of methamphetamine and cocaine, high-quality product from Mexico is generally trafficked to Dallas and Houston. From there, drivers often transport the illegal substances into other states across the Deep South and Southeast.

Ellerman said officers can tell by the quality of drugs seized if they originated in Mexican “superlabs” — a type of drug factory where cocaine and methamphetamine are manufactured in quantities that can reach tons.

Louisiana State Police Trooper Albert Paxton said smugglers can often be revealed by something as innocuous as speeding or a broken or burnt-out taillight.

“There may be some cases when [officers] have tips, but for the most part, they’re just doing their jobs, looking and talking to people,” Paxton said, adding that drug traffickers frequently become nervous during such encounters and will confess to the illegal activities on their own volition.

“You start talking to people, asking them questions, and their story doesn’t match up,” he said. “You’d be surprised at what they’ll tell you.”

Many troopers are specially trained to pinpoint false stories and talk their way to the truth.

Before the Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005 limiting nationwide the sale and purchase of pseudoephedrine — an ingredient found in now behind-the-counter cold medicines that can also be used as a chemical precursor in the manufacture of meth — the majority of methamphetamine seized in the region was produced in northeastern Louisiana, Ellerman said.

Since about 2008, however, he also said an increasing number of users travel to Texas to purchase the drug.

The majority of meth labs discovered in the region now are not cooking in bulk — they produce the drug with a “one pot, shake ’n’ bake” method, Ellerman said. These techniques result in a smaller amount of meth for personal use. But Ellerman said the process is more volatile than what is produced in bulk.Metro Narcotics has seen multiple fatalities as a result.

Marijuana in the mail

Paxton said Louisiana State Police are “starting to see trends of more marijuana coming from other states out west where it’s legal.”

High-grade marijuana found in northeastern Louisiana typically originates in California, where medical patients and caregivers may possess marijuana with a physician’s approval. For all other California residents, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is punishable only by a maximum $100 fine, without the infraction appearing on a criminal record.

For more than a decade, Colorado has had a law on the books regarding the use of medical marijuana. On Jan. 1, the first retail recreational marijuana shops opened in Colorado to much fanfare. In-state residents can buy up to one ounce for recreational use while out-of-state residents are limited to a quarter-ounce.

Northeastern Louisiana drug users with contacts in California have marijuana shipped to them via the U.S. Postal Service or order the drug off the Internet. Ellerman said the post offices sometimes contact Metro Narcotics regarding suspicious packages. The unit will then bring detection dogs to the post offices. Depending on the dogs’ responses, officers will either obtain a search warrant for the package or allow it to be delivered in an attempt to locate the recipient.

That’s not to say I-20 isn’t used to bring pot through the region. In November, two men from the Houston area were caught by Louisiana State Police at eastbound mile marker 103 transporting 54 pounds of suspected marijuana. The driver told LSP that they were headed to Malone Stadium to see a University of Louisiana at Monroe football game; however, the Warhawks played two nights earlier in Troy, Ala.

Prescription abuse

Prescription drugs, primarily painkillers like Oxycodone, also present a problem in the region given the pervasive availability of such medications. Ellerman described the practice of “doctor shopping,” where drug users visit multiple physicians for the same ailment and obtain prescriptions for medication from them all. Once such people become known for this, Ellerman said they will travel to Texas for the “super pain clinics,” establishments where doctors will often prescribe higher dosages.

Ellerman is sure of one thing: Approximately 75 to 80 percent of crime — violent, property or otherwise — relates back to the usage and trafficking of drugs.

Paxton said drugs pass through the area constantly, and Ellerman said that eliminating drug trafficking is “next to impossible because of the rampant availability and amount of people that use it.”

Ellerman’s most eye-opening experience as a narcotics officer has been the realization that “it’s always around. It doesn’t discriminate.” He said that regardless of the race, wealth or class of residents, illegal substances can be found in any neighborhood.




BROOKVILLE — Three people were arrested Thursday in connection with running a methamphetamine lab in the garage of a residence in Brookville, according to DuBois-based state police.

The Troop C Vice Unit and members from the Jefferson County Drug Task Force began an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Brookville area Aug. 21. The investigation revealed that April Ann Novak, 43, and Michael Andrew Novak, 22, both of 9747 Richardsville Road, Brookville, and Dean William Paige, 52, 32 Robison St., Blacklick were allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine and distributing it throughout the county.

Numerous purchases of methamphetamine were allegedly made from Paige and Michael Novak over the past four months.

On Thursday, a search warrant was served at 9747 Richardsville Road, where an active methamphetamine lab was located inside the garage at the Brookville residence in Warsaw Township.

April Novak and Paige were also found in the garage.

All three suspects were taken into custody based on arrest warrants and transported to District Judge Gregory Bazylak and arraigned.

All three were placed in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.

Investigation continues.



Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Investigators received information that April Watson, who was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, was walking in the 2300 block of North Highland Avenue. The Investigators made contact with Watson near 2314 North Highland where she was walking with Max Wade.  Initially, Watson used false personal information to avoid arrest, but her identity was confirmed and she was taken into custody.  Max Wade was found to have approximately 2 grams of finished methamphetamine in his pant pocket.

A search of their possessions revealed that the couple was transporting an active “one pot” or “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab along with additional precursors, reagents and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.  The lab components were dismantled and processed and a Response Truck from the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force was called to the scene to package and remove the hazardous wastes and lab equipment.

April Deshannon Watson, age 31, of 241 Chester Levee Road in Jackson was charged with Initiation of Methamphetamine Manufacture, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Criminal Impersonation.

Max Ray Wade, age 41, of 106 New Street in Jackson was charged with Initiation of Methamphetamine Manufacture, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell or Distribute.

Both are currently being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex where they await arraignment in Madison County General Sessions Court.



The illicit production of methamphetamine remains a serious public health, safety and fiscal issue in Tennessee, yet two of the most popular methods aimed at curbing meth production have shown inconclusive results. These are among the key findings of an updated study of meth production released Friday by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA).

The study updates a report issued by OREA last year. (Click here for 2013 Comptroller Report.)

Meth is a highly addictive recreational drug that can be illegally produced from household ingredients and certain types of cold and allergy medicines – primarily pseudoephedrine. Federal and state laws limit the amount of these medications, referred to as “precursors,” that individuals can purchase.

One method for limiting meth production is electronic tracking of purchases of cold medicines commonly used to produce meth. Tennessee and 28 other states have adopted the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), a real-time electronic tracking system. However, the study shows that the number of meth lab incidents reported by law enforcement has not decreased substantially since Tennessee began using NPLEx in 2012.

In two states, Mississippi and Oregon, individuals must have a prescription to purchase precursors. The number of reported meth lab incidents declined in these two states following passage of a prescription-only law, but some other nearby states without such laws have followed similar trends.

OREA is an agency within the Comptroller’s Office that is charged with providing accurate and objective policy research and analysis for the Tennessee General Assembly and the public.

To view the report online, go to:




MEADVILLE — Guilty pleas in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas in connection with two clandestine methamphetamine labs — including one in a van — means a Meadville woman faces a mandatory minimum of two years in jail and as many as 34 years.

Devanie Marie Coudriet, 33, who has no known address, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge John Spataro in connection with two separate 2013 methamphetamine cases filed by Meadville Police.

Coudriet, who was arrested by city police for operating a mobile meth lab out of a van, pleaded guilty Thursday before Spataro to manufacture of methamphetamine and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

For Coudriet, her Sept. 25, 2013, arrest was her second methamphetamine arrest by Meadville Police. Coudriet was free on bond awaiting trial in county court in connection with a methamphetamine case in the city on June 14, 2013, when she was arrested again by city police.

Coudriet pleaded guilty in county court Thursday to charges of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and conspiracy in connection with the June case.

All four of the charges are felonies and Coudriet faces a combined total of 34 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of two years for the manufacturing charge. She also faces a maximum of $230,000 in fines.

However, Spataro ordered Coudriet undergo a state intermediate punishment evaluation before setting a sentencing date.

For the Sept. 25, 2013, incident, Coudriet initially was charged by city police with operating a methamphetamine laboratory; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; causing or risking a catastrophe; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals. If convicted in county court on all counts, Coudriet had faced a maximum of 61 years in prison and $270,000 in fines.

However, Coudriet reached a plea bargain with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office to enter guilty pleas to just the manufacturing and conspiracy to possess chemicals charges. Both charges are felonies and carry a maximum combined sentence of 17 years in prison and $115,000 in fines with the manufacturing charge having a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

For the June 14, 2013, incident, Coudriet initially was charged by city police with possession of phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiracy for possession of red phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and disposal of chemical waste. If convicted on all charges, Coudriet faced a maximum of 47 years in jail and fines totaling $240,000. None of the charges had a mandatory sentence.

Coudriet reached a plea bargain with the DA’s office for that case, entering guilty pleas to illegal dumping and one count of conspiracy in connection with the June case. Both charges are felonies and carry a maximum combined sentence of 17 years in prison and $115,000 in fines.

Coudriet was returned to the Crawford County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on Thursday after she entered her guilty pleas.

Coudriet’s alleged co-conspirator for the Sept. 25, 2013, incident, Ashley M. Stewart, 23, of Guys Mills is scheduled to go to trial in county court in March on Meadville Police charges of criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

If convicted in county court on both counts, Stewart faces a maximum of 17 years in jail and $115,000 in fines. She was returned to the Crawford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Coudriet’s co-conspirator in the June 14, 2013, case, Louis W. Lamonde Jr., 29, of Meadville, was sentenced by county court in December to possessing chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Lamonde was sentenced Monday by President Judge Anthony Vardaro to one year minus one day to two years minus one day in county jail with 185 days credit for time already served.



OREM — Police have arrested an Orem man they say was  involved in forging checks, money and identifications so he could buy meth.

Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said he’s seen his share of forgery cases over  the years, but he admits this one is unusual. Low denominations of bills were  forged, an apparent attempt to not attract suspicion.

“Sometimes they will get accepted at different businesses, so it doesn’t  matter how poor. Sometimes they get away with it,” Martinez said.

Police said 41-year-old Daniel Shearer’s alleged crime spree fell apart after  he was caught trying to forge a check at the Orem Target on Dec. 11.

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Detectives found out Shearer would be in court Tuesday in an unrelated case  and confronted him then.

According to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court, Shearer told  police he printed and wrote the check to Target to obtain merchandise to trade  for meth.

“They arrested him in the car,” Martinez said. “They found check paper,  printed up fraudulent checks, printed fraudulent Utah driver’s licenses, stolen  credit cards, counterfeit money.”

Instead of counterfeiting $20 or $100 bills, Shearer made fake $1 and $5  bills, police said.

“The $5 bills all contain the same serial number, and the $1 bills are of  such poor quality that they are obvious fakes,” the affidavit said.

Officers also found evidence of drug use, which they believe is the likely  motive.

“It always points to money, which usually points to drugs,” Martinez said.

And it’s a scheme that police are investigating more and more.

“I think (forgery) is always going to be on the rise because people can pass  a piece of paper now and get a lot more money now than probably holding up a  bank,” Martinez said.

But police say the crime will eventually catch up to those who try it.

“One thing about forgery, writing bad checks and credit card fraud, there is  usually a paper trail,” Martinez said. “And it just takes a little bit of time,  but you can usually track it back to someone.”

Shearer was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of forgery,  production of false identification documents, and possession of drug  paraphernalia.




A Manawatu tradesman is calling for urgent community action to help a Foxton couple in their 60s after he discovered them living in a caravan beside the methamphetamine-contaminated house they bought.

The couple didn’t know their new property had been contaminated.

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand chief executive Helen O’Sullivan says meth houses are becoming an increasingly “insidious” part of New Zealand’s housing stock, and the plight of people like the Hoopers of Norbiton Rd could in coming years be an issue to rival the leaky homes crisis.

Derek and Ceridwen Hooper bought what was to be their retirement home in Foxton at the end of September, only for a comment from a neighbour and a subsequent test to confirm the house had been used to cook the Class A drug.


They shifted into their caravan on the property and spent $4500 of their own money stripping the house bare to decontaminate it, before they called sole trader Kris Harding of SBR Plastering at the end of 2013.

The couple, who were too emotional to speak to the Manawatu Standard, broke down and told Mr Harding of their plight. He immediately offered to repair the house without charge.

    “I thought about giving a discount but I kind of realised there was no way I could justify charging anything,” he said.

“I’ve put all my other jobs on hold until this is done but I can’t afford to do everything on my own.”

He has emailed most building supply companies in the region asking for support. So far he’s had an offer of a few hundred dollars’ worth of building supplies from ITM Levin and is hoping for more in the coming days.

A bit of vinyl from one company, some carpet from another – anything would help, Mr Harding said.

    “It guts me to see people going through this sort of ordeal.

“They’ve worked their arses off, retired to a home of their choice and it sucks that they’ve been put on their knees by something like this.”

Mr Harding said if the community came together to help, the Hoopers could be back in the house in as little as two weeks, but he was angry that there had not been support available for them sooner.

    “It seems like at the moment, no-one is responsible for meth houses and there’s nothing to help people when something like this happens.

“If there was funding out there that allowed me to survive doing it, I would love to turn this into a business.

“The idea of helping people that have bought these sort of houses really appeals to me.”

Ms O’Sullivan said REINZ felt the problem of meth houses had got to a point where a test for P had to be put by purchasers on the same level of importance as a LIM report and a building code check.

Every house was a possible candidate, although a rental property that was in an isolated location was more likely to have been used for a meth lab, she said.

    “To a degree this is the new ‘leaky homes’ but in a way it’s worse because it’s harder to spot. There’s no tell-tale stain above the sink to go on. They’re really hard to pick.”

For now the responsibility for a meth house had to lie with the homeowner, she said.

    But more needed to be done to encourage those selling their homes to strengthen their “brand” by getting their house certified as meth-free. That might help avoid cases like the Hoopers’, Ms O’Sullivan said.

    “Perhaps one day we will see legislation that compels home-owners to declare whether their home is a meth home when they sell.”

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY (WKZO) — Three people from Three Rivers will get enhanced sentences if convicted because they made the mistake of setting up a meth lab in a drug free school zone.

Three Rivers Police raided the home in the 400 block of 4th Avenue near the Barrows Adult Education School on Washington.

Two older men and a 30-year-old woman, all from Three Rivers, are expected to be charged with operating, possessing, and maintaining a meth lab in a school zone, operating a drug house and possession of marijuana.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office found a mobile meth lab inside a truck stop’s bathroom in Elliston early Friday morning.

Deputies discovered what is described as a mobile shake and bake meth lab in the restroom of Lancer Truck Stop around 2:00 a.m. on North Fork Road.
The Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit responded to process the scene.
Kalah J. Harrison, 23-years-old,  and Jackie W. Lane, 31-years-old, have both been arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine.
Lane is also being charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving Suspended.
It is early in the investigation and it is still on-going.  Other charges may be pending.  The truck stop is currently closed due to the investigation and cleanup.  Police say there is no further information is available at this time.

Nine Hillsboro residents were arrested Thursday following a trespassing complaint, and the subsequent discovery of an active meth lab in Paint Township, according to information released by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived on Jan. 9 in the 11000 block of North Shore Drive to investigate, a strong odor associated with the production of methamphetamine was detected coming from a mobile home on the property.

According to the report, a female exited the rear of the mobile home and attempted to flee, but was detained by deputies for investigational purposes.

Deputies then entered the mobile home, the report says, to locate the source of the odor and an operational meth lab was discovered along with several chemicals used to produce methamphetamine.

BCI was called to the scene, along with Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District personnel, to assist with the collection of evidence and the neutralization of chemicals.

After speaking with the tenant of the property and the property owner, it was determined that the subjects were on the property without permission..

The following people were taken into custody and charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespassing: Alisha M. Campbell, 28; Donna M. McKenzie, 41; Aaron L. McKenzie, 22; Joshua A. McKenzie, 24; Ryan A. Roach, 28; Ryan S. Stephenson, 26; Tiffany S. Campbell, 32; Katelyn N. Webb, 19; and Nicole R. Gallaugher, 25.

They are all set for arraignment in the Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.

Evidence collected at the scene will be submitted to BCI for analysis. The case remains under investigation and will be submitted to the Highland County Prosecutor for review.

Two children were left home alone while their father and his live-in girlfriend were out buying ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine last month, police say.

Bradley Allan Rice, 38, of 904 Park Ave., Bettendorf, was being held Thursday in the Scott County Jail without bond. He was arrested Dec. 23.

His girlfriend, Bridget Marie Birks, 25, was booked into the jail Thursday. Her bond is $50,000.


Both are charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony.

Bettendorf police pulled Rice and Birks over the morning of Dec. 22 at 19th and State streets for a license plate violation.

Police searched the vehicle and found tubing and drain cleaner the couple had just bought as well as a bottle of lye they stole from a store in Bettendorf, according to their arrest affidavits.

Birks told police the items were going to be used to make methamphetamine, her affidavit states.

That afternoon, police searched their home and seized cold packs, coffee filters, salt, three bags of marijuana, 1 gram of methamphetamine, meth snort tubes and marijuana pipes, Birks’ affidavit states.

Police also discovered that Rice’s 11-year-old and 13-year-old children were left at his home alone that day while he and Birks were driving around collecting meth precursors, their affidavits state.

For leaving the children alone, both are charged with child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Birks later told to police that Rice taught her how to cook meth and the couple began cooking meth because buying the finished drug was getting too expensive, her affidavit states.



The number of methamphetamine labs shut down in Sampson County doubled in the past year, the State Bureau of Investigation said.

Lawmen busted 27 meth labs in 2013 compared with 13 in 2012, the SBI said in a news release.

The state saw an increase overall in the number of meth labs that were shut down, the release said.

The number jumped from 460 in 2012 to 561 in 2013, the release said.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can be “cooked,” or made with chemicals, the release said.

The key ingredient is pseudoephedrine, which is found in some of the more popular over-the-counter cold remedies, the release said.

The state saw an 81 percent increase in the use of the “one pot” method in which meth is mixed and made in a plastic soda pop bottle, the release said.

Sampson County ranked fifth in the number of meth lab busts with Catawba County also reporting 27 meth lab busts.

Wilkes County, with 50 busts, and Onslow County, with 46, were the highest ranked.

Johnston County, with 22 labs busted, ranked eighth.