That’s the word Joseph Mazzuca of Meth Lab Cleanup Company uses to describe mobile meth labs.

“They are the latest trend, that is ninety-eight percent of what our company sees east of the Rocky Mountains,” Mazzuca told 13News Now. “The trend right now that we’re seeing is off the charts. I mean, you know, we’re getting calls all day, every day.”

By no means is Hampton Roads escaping the volatile and dangerous trend.

In June, Virginia Beach police came across a suspected mobile meth lab in a truck. Emergency workers cleaned up the materials used to make the highly addictive drug in a parking lot along Holland Road.

In April, a Virginia State trooper pulled over 39-year-old Christie Anne Smith of Friendsville, Maryland on Interstate 64. A VSP spokesman said the trooper found her with a “one-person lab.”

Hazmat crews set up tables on the side of the road, put liquids into containers, then took them away. They also used large, dark bags for other materials.

“There are many hazards in relation to, you know, handling or the disposal process of these hazardous materials,” said Officer Patrick Kane with Virginia Beach Police Department. “One pound of methamphetamines creates six pounds of hazardous waste that needs to be disposed of.

When it comes to mobile meth labs, Kane said, “I don’t think there’s any specific benefit other than trying to transport some of the materials that create an unusual odor that they don’t want other people in the area to be alarmed about, or they’re in the process of trying to get rid of some of the hazardous materials that is created by making methamphetamines.”

“People are being more and more creative about how they can create drugs, how they can buy and sell them, how they can buy them cheaper and make them for more money,” said addiction recovery expert Paul Hardy, who explained the added danger that comes when production is being carried out by a meth addict whose thinking can be erratic.

“They’re mind just goes to all kinds of places. They’re just not able to concentrate on a thought. That person now has to put a certain level of ingredients in a certain order together at a certain time in a very detailed manner or they have an explosive in their hands,” said Hardy.

He, along with Mazzuca, said the Shake ‘n’ Bake Method of production remains one of the most popular. It requires a bottle, a limited amount of materials, and a lot of movement.

“A lot of it, we attribute to the economy, which is bad, and the loss of jobs,” Mazzuca stated. “We’re seeing people doing these small Shake ‘n’ Bake meth labs, ’cause they’re so easy to set up.”

“You’re shaking this for a period of time. If you don’t let the air out at a certain amount, if you don’t let it out at the right time, it will literally burst into flames wherever it is: in your face, in your vehicle, on your backpack, wherever you are.”

Because meth production typically finishes at a home base, police suggest being mindful of a number of things that could indicate a meth lab on or off the road.

“Let’s say they see a vehicle or some type of structure that has, you know, an unusual amount of glass bottles with tubes coming out, buckets, any glass or metal cookware with some type of substance that appears foreign to them or if they, you know, smell some type of unusual odor that they’re not used to, call law enforcement personnel immediately so that we can investigate the matter,” Kane said.




HELENA — While prescription drug crimes have dropped significantly in Lewis & Clark County over the past three years, for meth it’s a different story.

The Montana Board of Crime Control, which funds the Missouri River Drug Task Force, reported a drop in drug-related arrests between 2009 and 2013. There were 277 arrests in 2011 and 176 recorded in 2013.

Sergeant Cory Bailey, a detective with the Helena Police Department, said, “We do see a lot of prescription pill cases but currently the trend is pointing toward meth usage.”

Last year, the task force performed 18 investigations, obtaining 171 illegal units of prescription drugs. In 2012, officials confiscated 623 over-the-counter drugs.

With meth crimes on the rise in Helena, that doesn’t necessarily eliminate the potential for other narcotics to take over.

Bailey said, “Currently, just seven months into the year, we’re seeing more meth cases but that number could go down. It could change to some other product.”

Forty percent of complaints from the public and members of law enforcement have been meth-related this year. A little more than half-way through 2014 and the crime task force has seized 648 grams of the illegal drug.

Crystallized meth goes for about 200 bucks on the street. Bailey said much of the purified meth is coming from Mexico and South American nations.

He noted, “80 percent of the methamphetamine that comes into the state comes from Mexican or from the southern regions that’s due to more crimes being or it’s easier to produce in Mexico.”

Bailey said it’s cheaper and easier to distribute, than it is in Montana. However, this trend isn’t solely limited to the Treasure State.

He said, “It’s seen nationally. Everybody is feeling the effects of drugs and meth.”

The public aid continues to aid law enforcement in convicting illegal drug offenders.

Bailey noted, “If the public wasn’t there to help us or to try to protect their own community, we’d have a much more difficult time having these cases and convicting people on them.”




TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old Washington woman has been charged with manslaughter after her toddler died of a meth overdose.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Tuesday the 2-year-old boy had ingested enough methamphetamine to kill an adult when his mother noticed he wasn’t breathing in December 2012.

Paramedics arrived at the Spanaway home and found him without a pulse. They couldn’t insert an airway because his jaw was locked.

Lindquist said witnesses told investigators that the woman, identified as Alyia Iverson, had a history of smoking meth in front of her children.

Iverson was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had a lawyer. In an interview last year, she told The News Tribune she didn’t know there was meth in the house.








A Spartanburg woman is facing numerous drug charges after deputies found items used for the production of methamphetamine in her home.

Deborah McBrayer Jones, 48, of 19 County Road, is charged with four counts of drugs/attempt and conspiracy, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drugs near a school and disposing methamphetamine waste.

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According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies went to the home Monday and found a burn pile outside that contained a melted bottle, or “one-pot meth lab,” along with other paraphernalia.

Deputies searched an outbuilding and the home, where they found a multitude of items used for the production of methamphetamine, including a bottle with pink sludge, a large glass smoking pipe and two receipts for the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the report states.

The report also states that Jones’ residence is within a half mile of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Jones is being held at the Spartanburg County jail on $20,000 bond.




KNOXVILLE — A 27-year-old Dandridge, Tenn., woman was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Lacey Weld must serve 151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to a news release.

Weld used and manufactured meth while in her ninth month of pregnancy, and her baby was born severely drug-addicted and suffered from withdrawals for almost six weeks, the release states. Department of Children’s Services Case Manager Lynnie Vaughn testified that in the approximately 50 cases she has investigated involving drug-addicted babies, this was by far the worst.

Judge Thomas Varlan determined that the enhancement for creating a substantial risk of harm to a minor, which resulted in a six-offense level increase to Weld’s sentencing guidelines range, was justified. Video evidence from the investigation showed that Weld was in a meth lab for about 40 minutes, where she cooked and used meth.

“This nation has seen a tragic rise in the number of babies born addicted to drugs,” U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said in the release. “Through this prosecution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office sends a message that, should a child, born or unborn, be exposed to a substantial risk of harm through the manufacture of methamphetamine, we will pursue any available enhancements at sentencing.”




The number of suicides logged by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office was the highest on record last year, with 441 people killing themselves, according to a report released Tuesday.

Suicides made up about 15 percent of the nearly 3,000 deaths investigated by the county Medical Examiner’s Office in 2013. Accidental methamphetamine overdoses were implicated in 190 deaths, the highest number since 2000, the report said. Prescription drug overdoses were the most common cause of accidental deaths, although the number was slightly lower in 2013 than in previous years, according to the report.

“One of the main reasons our office compiles this report is to help identify patterns and trends for various deaths, many of which are preventable,” Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas said. “This data is useful to identify issues that may need additional resources. The data may also show whether prevention education efforts are working to address previously identified problems.”

Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of natural deaths, with obesity listed as a a major risk factor, the report said.

According to the report, 45 percent of the investigated deaths last year were accidental, 36 percent were deemed natural, 15 percent were suicides and 3.3 percent were homicides, the report said. In 1.3 percent, the manner of death could not be determined.

Alcohol, implicated in 127 deaths, was the second leading cause of accidental deaths, behind methamphetamine overdoses. Heroin was blamed in 89 cases — mostly among people in their 20s, according to the report.

Homicides declined to 88 last year, the report said. In 39 killings, firearms were used, and 22 people died in cuttings or stabbings. Fifteen people were killed by blunt force, and 10 died at the hands of law enforcement officers.

Nearly 250 people died in vehicle crashes last year — or about 20 less than in 2012, according to the report, which called alcohol was a “major factor” in the deaths.

About 20,000 people die each year in San Diego County, almost half of which are reported to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The agency conducted 1,955 autopsies and 1,019 external examinations in non-natural deaths in 2013, as well as in a few natural deaths of younger people or that had occurred unexpectedly.

The following 24-hour hotlines are available for suicide prevention:

  • San Diego County Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255




Prosecutors say a man charged with punching his wife and threatening her with an AR-15 rifle last August also exposed the couple’s young children to methamphetamine.

On Tuesday, prosecutors added a felony endangering the welfare of children charge to the felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor partner or family member assault charges against 43-year-old Adrian Ralph Krell.


The new charge specifically alleges that Krell exposed children to methamphetamine paraphernalia in his home and vehicle.

Appearing in Yellowstone County District Court by video from the county jail, he pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Officers arrested Krell on Aug. 15 after responding to a disturbance at a parking lot off Main Street. Officers found Krell in a vehicle with two young children. He reported he had been in a fight with his common-law wife, according to charging documents.

Officers went with Krell to the couple’s home, where they reported finding loose marijuana on the kitchen floor.

Police also reported finding, in plain view, about 203 glass pipes. Some of the pipes had white crystalline powder in them, while others smelled of burnt marijuana, police said.

Krell’s wife started crying heavily when an officer said he was there because he was worried she was the victim of violence and wanted to help her, court records say.

No, he’ll kill me, he’s right there, I can’t tell you. He’ll kill me,” the woman reportedly told police. Krell was taken outside and the woman then told police that he had repeatedly punched her in the face and kicked her in the legs, according to charging documents.

The woman also said her husband had pointed a “green rifle” at her and told her she “was dead.”

While searching the home, police found a green AR-15 rifle and methamphetamine-related paraphernalia. Police also searched the vehicle that Krell and had been in with his children and found more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Krell remains in custody with bond set at $50,000.




KUANTAN: Police have crippled a methamphetamine (pil kuda) trafficking syndicate with the arrest of eight men and two women including a secondary school student in Pekan in three separate raids, here yesterday.

Pahang deputy police chief Datuk Jamaluddin Abd Majid said in a special narcotics Ops Cantas, police seized 7,971 methamphetamine pills valued at RM278,985.

“In the first raid in Kampung Selamat near here at about 1.30am yesterday, we apprehended a 25-year-old man and confiscated 1,400 methamphetamine pills.

“Subsequently, the same team raided the suspect’s house in Indera Mahkota 2 and caught three men and a woman, who is a private college student, and seized 600 methamphetamine pills,” he told reporters here today.

He said following the arrests, police raided a car in the compound of a house in Taman Padang Permai Sungai Lembing at about 2.30am.

He said police detained three men and a 17-year-old secondary schoolgirl in a Suzuki Swift and found 3,971 methamphetamine pills in the house.

“Police believe the drug trafficking syndicate has been active in the past three months and the suspects did not have any criminal records. All suspects, aged between 17 and 26 years, were remanded from today for investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.”

Meanwhile, he said police had launched the special narcotics Ops Cantas since Wednesday until July 27 to eradicate drug trafficking in Pahang.




The Pearl Police Department confiscated 16 pounds of “ice” after a traffic stop Monday night at on I-20 near Highway 49.

A release by PPD spokesman Jake Windham said a traffic stop on a stolen blue Dodge Ram driven by John Woods III turned up the substance in a non-factory compartment when officers conducted a search of the vehicle.


“Ice” is the purest form of crystal methamphetamine.

“This is another classic example of state and local agencies working together to fight the distribution of illegal drugs,” Lt. John Johnson said.

The estimated street value of the controlled substance is approximately a quarter of a million dollars, police said.




Two suspects were taken into custody after law enforcement agents searched a Marion home.

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Detective Curtis Stuteville of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged James Lionel Ferguson, 39, of Old Highway 10 East in Marion, with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stuteville also charged Tammy Lynn Wilson Bryan, 47, of Knubs Knob Drive in Marion, with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Friday morning, July 11, officers with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration searched Ferguson’s residence as part of a month-long investigation.

Stuteville said they seized one-half gram of methamphetamine, 2 grams of marijuana and a rifle.

Ferguson was taken into custody in lieu of a $25,300 bond. Bryan’s bond was $2,500.




 MACHIAS, Maine — A Danforth couple who were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after a fire at their mobile home earlier this year have been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.




Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 31, were each indicted on a single count of unlawful trafficking of a scheduled drug. The indictments were returned on Friday.


Their mobile home was heavily damaged by fire March 21. Their infant son, 5-month-old Mach-Danyel Richardson, was pronounced dead at a Danforth medical facility earlier the same morning.


Richardson and Osnoe were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine the next day. An investigation of the fire turned up items typically used in “one-pot” methamphetamine-making operations, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.


Richardson allegedly admitted to agents that he made methamphetamine for the past six to seven months, according to a source with knowledge of a search warrant affidavit, and Osnoe allegedly admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine — a nonprescription cold remedy — and giving it to Richardson so he could make methamphetamine.


Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the infant’s death.

A newborn girl found dead in a North Portland apartment in April died of methamphetamine intoxication and neonatal pneumonia, an autopsy showed.

The methamphatamine likely passed through the mother’s placenta to the girl,  state medical examiner Dr. Karen Gunson said Monday.


Sarah Mangus, 29, and Jamie Mangus, 34, were arrested last Friday in the April 12 death of Krystal Mangus. They also face first-degree manslaughter allegations in the case.

They were indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury earlier this month. The indictment accuses them of causing the baby’s death “by neglect and maltreatment.”

Police say they were called to a residence in the 8000 block of North Newman Avenue on a report that the baby wasn’t breathing. Officers found the child was dead and called homicide detectives.

Investigators determined that the girl had been born in the apartment but hadn’t received medical attention, police said.

Jamie Mangus filed for divorce in October and in his petition said the couple had three children and his wife was expecting a fourth child around March of this year.

At that time, he wrote that two of the children were in foster care and a third was with the mother at a treatment center for drug addiction and alcoholism. He said the child on the way was not his.

The Magnuses are being held without bail on the murder by abuse charge.





A Mount Pleasant man was arrested early Sunday morning for assault after allegedly attacking both his girlfriend and several friends who attempted to intervene with a piece of lumber – and also with forcing a child to swallow methamphetamines.


Titus County deputies responded to an assault call at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of CR 1340.

Deputies arrived on the scene and determined that Trevor Ward, 26, of Mount Pleasant, was at his girlfriend’s residence and had assaulted her. Friends of the victim had attempted to intervene, at which time Ward began assaulting them with a piece of lumber, according to Sheriff Tim Ingram.

As a result of the assault, one person was transported to the Titus Regional Medical Center for injuries. Deputies placed Ward under arrest for the assault on his girlfriend and also arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the assault on the friend.

After Ward was taken to the Titus County Jail, deputies determined that before they arrived, Ward went into his girlfriend’s residence and forced his way into her children’s bedroom, Ingram said.

There were two children there, ages 8 and 9, and he made one of them ingest methamphetamines, Ingram said. The child was taken to Titus Regional Medical Center, tested positive for methamphetamines, and was treated.

Titus County Investigators and Deputies obtained a search warrant for Ward’s vehicle and found scales with methamphetamine residue and other paraphernalia items consistent with methamphetamine use, Ingram said.

Ward was also charged with injury to a child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

Injury to a child and aggravated assault with deadly weapon charges are both second-degree felonies.




Police say Peter Russell was producing meth under the nose of his wife and children while maintaining his day job – but the similarities to Breaking Bad’s notorious kingpin Walter White pretty much end there.

Russell, an accountant by profession, was charged Saturday with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony, after police seized lab equipment and chemicals from the house he shares with his wife and two grown children, police said.

New Castle and state police, armed with a search warrant, raided his 24 Red Oak Lane home, located in a quiet, upper-middle-class neighborhood, at 7 a.m. Saturday. They seized the equipment and chemicals but didn’t find methamphetamine, police said.

According to New Castle Detective Sgt. James Wilson, Russell had a small-scale operation located outside the main living area. There is no indication that his family knew about it, or that he was selling to the public, Wilson said.

Russell, who appears pasty-faced and wide-eyed in his police mugshot, was arraigned in New Castle court and released on $5,000 bail. He is due back in court July 17.




TEENS as young as 13 are seeking help for addiction to the methamphetamine ice, as the Salvation Army increases its efforts to reach Northern communities affected by the devastating drug.

Salvation Army outreach counsellor Maurice Dawe said the organisation’s Bridge program had been expanded to George Town, Fingal and Beaconsfield after the areas had been identified as hotspots for the drug.

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Mr Dawe said education sessions led in each town revealed that use of the debilitating drug was widespread.

He said ice was cheap, readily available and its use was rapidly increasing.

“There is the perception that this is used mainly by people of a low SES (socio-economic status) . . . but it is far more broadly spread,” Mr Dawe said.

Crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride has a high risk of dependence and its use carries a range of consequences, including brain and mental health conditions, heart and lung problems, paranoia, increased risk of stroke and chronic memory loss.

The drug releases monoamines and can eventually destroy the brain’s receptors, leading to a point where the user cannot feel pleasure without further ice use.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs chief executive Jann Smith said people who injected ice were also at a high risk of contracting a blood borne disease, such as HIV or hepatitis.

She said anecdotal evidence showed that Tasmania was experiencing the same as what much of regional Australia was already going through, with police and member groups of the council confirming ice use was on the increase.

Ms Smith said it created particular challenges in small communities.

“In any small community, the impact will be broadly felt,” Ms Smith said.

Mr Dawe agreed: “It is damaging to family structures and impacts on our health services, courts and police.”

Ms Smith and Mr Dawe emphasised that support was available.

“Support and treatment can make a difference . . . there are services out there that are ready and willing to help,” Ms Smith said.




CADILLAC — A Cadillac woman was arraigned on felony charges in 28th Circuit Court in Wexford County regarding the alleged operation of a methamphetamine laboratory.

Samantha Michelle Byrne, 26, stood mute to charges of operating or maintaining a meth lab. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.

Byrne also was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine.

Byrne has a habitual offender, fourth notice, which means if she is convicted, she could face a maximum of life in prison on any of the above three charges. Court records show she has previous convictions for attempting to assault, resist or obstruct a police officer in 2004 and for attempted forgery and attempted larceny in 2007.

Byrne also was charged with maintaining a drug house.

A 28-year-old woman from Pikeville was arrested over the weekend on Meth Charges.


Deputies tell 9 On Your Side that officers with the Wayne County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team and the Goldsboro/Wayne County Drug Task Force were continuing an investigation into the illegal manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the Wayne County area. During the course of the investigation it was determined Jeannie Marie Johnston was purchasing pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Johnston was arrested and placed into the Wayne County Jail under a $5,000 bond.

Deputies say the 28-year-old has been charged with one count of : Possession/Distribute Meth Precursor.





A North Platte man and a woman were arrested Friday and charged with possession of 80 grams of methamphetamine.

The value of that much meth would be around $12,000, according to estimates. The pair are also charged with intent to distribute, and the woman, Sheena Strand, is also charged with a marijuana infraction.


At around 8 p.m. on July 11, a police officer saw a black Dodge Durango in the area of Adams and Sixth St. that officers previously learned was possibly displaying fictitious Colorado in-transit tags, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

The officer contacted a man and woman as they got out of the vehicle near a house in the 1200 block of West Sixth.

They were identified as Ross Rivera, 30 and Strand, 27. They told the officer they found a dealer plate and put it on the Durango. The officer detected the odor of burning marijuana from the SUV, Brown said.

According to the police report, Rivera and Strand admitted to smoking in the vehicle earlier in the day. A subsequent search of the inside and personal items revealed drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke marijuana and methamphetamine.

Brown said the officer also discovered a large self-sealing clear bag containing approximately 80 grams of a substance that field tested positive for meth.

Both Strand and Rivera were taken to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed for felony possession of a controlled substance (meth over 28 grams) and felony distribution of methamphetamine.

Strand was also cited for possession of marijuana, less than an ounce.

The estimated street value of 80 grams of meth in this report has been corrected.

According to a PBS Frontline report, a gram of pure meth was as high as $330 in Chicago but only $60 in Seattle. According to, a gram is worth from $80-$160. If a gram is worth, say, $150, the value of 80 grams would be $12,000.




FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The director of a former youth chemical dependency center in Jamestown recently settled a civil lawsuit over accusations of misconduct among staff members, one of whom allegedly had sex with residents and showed them how to cook up methamphetamine, according to court documents.


The complaint was filed six years ago against Fargo-based Drake Counseling Center Inc. and Charles Drake on behalf of 11 minors who were residents at the inpatient center, which closed suddenly amid an investigation by Jamestown police. Documents in the case remained sealed until earlier this month.


“The Drake Center absolutely failed in its duty to the children involved in this case and breached all levels of trust,” the complaint reads. “Drake not only failed to help these children and their families, but actually caused additional substantial harm.”


Drake in his response to the original complaint denied the allegations and said any “alleged loss, damage or injury” was caused by the negligence or fault of the 11 minors who filed the suit.


Drake and his lawyer in the case, Joel Flom, did not respond to requests for comment. Lawyers for the defendants declined to comment.


No criminal charges have been filed.


The complaint said the North Dakota Department of Human Services initially suspended Drake’s license in March 2008, at which time Drake engaged in “legal maneuvers” to cover up the failed operations, according to the defendants. That resulted in “non-disclosure to the public, insurance companies, referring agents or residents themselves,” the suit states.


Heather Steffl, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, said she could not release licensure review reports because substance abuse treatment programs are protected by confidentiality laws. JoAnne Hoesel, director of the department’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said Drake Counseling is properly licensed in Fargo and Grand Forks.


Drake is also licensed to operate a youth center in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, similar to the Jamestown facility.


The complaints against the Jamestown treatment center primarily involved weekend and night staff. One of them had a criminal record that included a felony conviction for possession of methamphetamine, and he allegedly gave a “step-by-step” tutorial on how to manufacture meth. That staff member also is accused of having sex with at least two residents.


The 92-page lawsuit alleges that other incidents included staff members threatening and physically abusing residents; staffers providing beer, prescription drugs and cigarettes; employees openly using drugs; a staff member showing pornographic photographs and video; and personnel allowing residents to engage in sexual activity.


Activities during the evenings and weekends were out of control,” the suit says.

A 44-year-old woman was arrested Monday after police found more than $3,000 worth of suspected methamphetamine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash at her home, the Merced Police Department reported.


Emerita Marin-Perez was booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale, Sgt. Brian Rodriguez said in a news release.

Police said she allowed officers to search her home after a 27-year-old woman was seen outside in what appeared to be a “hand-to-hand” drug transaction, police said in the statement.

The 27-year-old was released after she was questioned by police. Officers said the woman did not have any illegal substances when she was interviewed.

Officers seized 68 individually wrapped packets of suspected methamphetamine, ranging in weight from 0.21 grams to 0.33 grams. Police found 17.43 grams more in a baby food container in the kitchen, police said.

Rodriguez said police are not aware of any children living at the residence.

Police estimated the street value of the suspected drugs at $3,160. Officers also found about $23,199 in cash, along with two digital scales, which officers believe were used to weigh narcotics.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Police Department at (209) 385-4710 or the tip line at (209) 385-4725.




HICKORY – Police arrested a man at Crowne Plaza Hickory on Friday morning they say possessed methamphetamine.

Tou Yang, 32, of 3566 Pitts Farm Drive, Morganton, was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to his arrest report. He was given a $5,000 secured bond.


Hickory Police Department officers went to a room at the hotel after the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said they had child support papers on the suspect, Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter said.

The suspect answered the door and officers located four-tenths grams of methamphetamine during the search, his report said. Officers also located a methamphetamine pipe, Dieter said. The suspect was arrested without incident, his report said.




 Ithaca, N.Y. — Two men from Tompkins County were arrested Saturday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

William Apgar, 24, of Brooktondale, and Christopher Merkley, 25, of Ithaca, were arrested around 5:09 a.m. on the 100 block of Floral Avenue.


Police on mountain bikes saw the men “acting suspiciously” and stopped to talk to them, Officer Jamie Williamson said.

The officers then discovered that Apgar had an active warrant out of Ithaca City Court and searched his backpack.

That search turned up “multiple precursors” used to make meth, Officer Williamson said. Police then searched Merkley and found that he also had meth materials, according to Williamson.

Both Apgar and Merkley have been charged with two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines in the third degree, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal conspiracy, a misdemeanor.

Apgar also faces charges — from prior arrest warrants — of petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.




BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Officials in Belmont County are busy handling what’s being called a “massive” meth lab bust just outside of Bellaire along County Road 214 overnight.

Authorities have been at the scene most of the night and early morning. Officials say the lab was so large they were forced to call in outside help.

It’s alleged to be a 71 pot meth lab. It’s still unclear if anyone is in custody in relation to this bust.





TRIADELPHIA, W.Va. – A police call to check on the welfare of a child turned out to be the discovery of a meth lab Friday night in Triadelphia.

41-year-old Cheryl Danehart was arrested as a result of that welfare check.

People who live on Gashell Run Road in Triadelphia said the area is quiet for the most part and drug activity is unheard of but that wasn’t the case Friday night.

“I was pretty shocked, because things like that don’t happen around here,” an anonymous person said.

What happened initially started when friends of Danehart were concerned about the safety of her 3-year-old son and Danehart’s mental stability. They called the police to the home to check on the child but officers said when they walked into the home they made a startling discovery, a meth lab.

“The lab was a normal operation in a child’s bedroom in the trailer, it’s basically everything underneath the sink mixed in and you get what comes out of it,” Lt. Nelson Croft with the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department said.

Danehart, who is now behind bars, faces felony charges including child neglect with the risk of injury.

Police said the child is now safe and in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Resources of West Virginia.

Danehart is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing soon.



A Tulsa woman reportedly on her way to make a drug transaction was arrested by a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Sunday night.

The OHP trooper noticed a black Chevrolet truck that had a Dodge Durango license plate so he conducted a traffic stop shortly before 8 p.m. at I-244 and Sheridan.


The suspect, Christy Orsburn, 44, had a suspended drivers license and could not locate her vehicle’s insurance. The suspect had a very dry mouth, referred to as “cotton mouth,” was routinely laughing nervously after making statement and had a impaired perception of time, the arrest report states.

Orsburn allegedly admitted that she had a gun under her seat when prompted if she had anything dangerous in her car. The trooper found the gun to be a stolen firearm out of Tulsa.

Due to a reported strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle, the trooper then conducted a search of the vehicle. He found a bag of marijuana, methamphetamine, a digital scale and some pills, the arrest report states.

The suspect then reportedly told the trooper she was making some drug sales for her boyfriend.

Orsburn was arrested on complaints of trafficking methamphetamine after a former felony conviction and possession of a firearm by a former convicted felon among other complaints and is being held in the Tulsa County Jail on over $186,000 bond.