Comments Off on Western Sydney University biochemistry student, Madeline Christine Sawyer, 19, charged with dealing drugs after being caught with Methamphetamine, MDMA, and cocaine, and cash she earned as a prostitute

Her days were spent in classrooms studying the complexities of medical science. After dark, she was living a secret double life as a drug dealer and sex escort.

When Australian police stopped a vehicle in Sydney’s west, it unexpectedly triggered a bust in which a stash of drugs was found at the home of 19-year-old Western Sydney 1466286087085University biochemistry student Madeline Christine Sawyer.

Among the cache was 28 capsules of MDMA powder, 15 resealable bags collectively containing 11 grams of cocaine and a further 11 individual, one gram bags of methamphetamine, better known as ice.

On Monday, Sawyer will be sentenced in Campbelltown Local Court, having previously pleaded guilty to six supply and possession charges and a further count of dealing with suspected proceeds of crime.

But according to a police statement tendered in court as evidence, she had originally attempted to disguise her dealing, claiming the drugs were all “for personal use” and the A$ 3660 in cash found with them was “proceeds” from her after hours “employment as a prostitute”.

Sawyer’s lawyer Paul Meehan said his client had made a “big mistake” and had “done everything to put it right since”.

It was an erratic piece of driving in October last year by a disqualified driver and fellow Western Sydney University student, Fadhil Al Khafaji, which ultimately proved Sawyer’s undoing.

When officers pulled the vehicle over, they found Al Khafaji behind the wheel, Sawyer in the passenger seat and two capsules of MDMA in the front console which according to police documents, Al Khafaji said were his.

When police asked to see his phone, they discovered a text conversation between Sawyer and himself in which he had ordered additional drugs and she had replied: “No worries, will sort tomorrow”.

As police unearthed cocaine, meth, ecstasy and a set of electronic scales at her home, it emerged that, in addition to her studies, she was operating as a sex worker.

A search on her mobile phone then revealed a third occupation, supplying drugs to both her clients and fellow students.

Less than 48 hours prior to her arrest, she had texted a customer who had sampled her cocaine, and asked: “How did the rack go?”

“Yeah, it was good,” he replied, adding: “What are you doing the bags at?”

Sawyer responded: “Generally A$ 300 a bag.”

In another text exchange, she asked a client not to divulge the fact that she had supplied a bad ecstasy pill, arguing it would harm her reputation.1466286087085v

Khafaji has pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited drug and driving a motor vehicle while disqualified.

On Friday, he appeared before Campbelltown Local Court where, like Sawyer, he will be sentenced on Monday.

Both students declined to comment.

A spokesman for Western Sydney University said it was unable to comment on cases that are currently before the courts but added: “The university takes these matters very seriously, and has cooperated with NSW Police as part of its investigation.”



Comments Off on Accused Methamphetamine dealer, Justin Wiley, 28, of New Orleans, raped at least 2 women he met at Armstrong Park

In a four month period, two women separately reported to New Orleans police they were raped by a meth dealer they met at Louis Armstrong Park who appeared pictured in a Facebook profile under the name “Swinga Justtohard,” the man’s arrest warrant says.jason-wiley-edited-1jpg-2b2a43bde6c5bfcb

Justin Wiley, 28, was booked Wednesday (June 15) on a new charge of first-degree rape related to a Jan. 8 attack, the warrant says. He had already been in jail on another charge of first-degree rape related to a March incident at the park that victim reported to police in April.

The victim of the January rape told police she had been staying at Covenant House, which houses homeless or at-risk youth, when she met Wiley at the nearby park. She knew him only as “Jason” or his nickname “Flash,” she told police.

The warrant says he invited the woman to his house to use crystal methamphetamine. They took an RTA bus to the house, the warrant says, which she said seemed abandoned and had no electricity. After they used the drugs, she said, the suspect became “belligerent and strange.”

He put a knife against her throat and began raping her vaginally, she said, according to the warrant.

During the rape, the warrant says, he “stated that he had sex with his young daughter in the past (and) was envisioning that the victim was his daughter.”

The victim told police that meanwhile, she “tried her hardest not to move or scream” as he continued holding the knife to her neck, the warrant says. After he stopped raping her, the warrant says, the suspect became remorseful and “started to cry,” the warrant says.

The warrant says the woman’s attacker asked her “not to leave him alone.” The victim said that out of fear, she told the suspect she would stay, then escaped after he fell asleep. She went back to the Covenant House that night, she said, and the next day underwent a sexual assault examination at University Medical Center.

The warrant says in addition to providing a description of her attacker, which included a tattoo of a cross on his forehead, she told police she believed he was possibly a drug dealer who sold crystal meth to people at Armstrong Park. She also showed Det. Anya Coleman a screenshot of her attacker’s Facebook profile, listing his name “Swinga Justtohard.”

Omar Duplessis told authorities he gave a false confession because he had smoked high-grade marijuana before questioning.

Another officer, Det. Claudia Bruce, took a report of the second victim April 12. That victim told police she was raped in March at Armstrong Park. The victim gave Bruce the first and last name of her attacker: Jason Wiley, the warrant says. The physical description she gave matched that of the suspect in the January case, the warrant says. Moreover, the second victim also told police Wiley sold crystal meth.

Coleman, the detective in the January case, looked at a photo of Wiley from Bruce’s case to verify it was the same person in the “Swinga Justtohard” Facebook screenshot provided to Coleman by the January victim. He then obtained a warrant to test Wiley’s DNA.

The arrest warrant for the January rape, which Coleman obtained Wednesday, does not say what the results of the DNA testing showed, or if the results had returned.

Wiley appeared in magistrate court Friday after District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s Office asked for a stay-away order against the victim, a routine request in rape cases.

His attorney, public defender Tina Peng, objected to the stay-away order. She said her client didn’t know the identity of alleged victim from whom he was supposed to stay away. Peng also noted there was no DNA evidence in the case.



Comments Off on Edward Hill, 26, threw burning items from Concord apartment after failed ‘Methamphetamine cook’

Concord police said they arrested a city man Thursday after a methamphetamine cooking session went awry at his South Main Street apartment.

Witnesses said they spotted 26-year-old Edward Hill yelling and throwing burning items out of a second-floor window at 206 S. Main St. about 7 p.m., Lt. Tim O’Malley said.6891851dfac046cd92ee1838a79cff8e

Hill was charged with two felonies for the manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of Suboxone. He was also charged on a Concord warrant for receiving stolen jewelry, a misdemeanor.

O’Malley said when police responded to the apartment, they found a female resident sitting in a car with an assortment of chemicals in the trunk – including sodium hydroxide, a professional-strength drain cleaner and pseudoephedrine tablets – as well as Coleman fuel and Nalgene bottles. She told police that Hill had removed the stuff from the apartment and told her to put it in the car.

After police saw that assortment of items, which O’Malley called “precursor chemicals” for the manufacture of methamphetamine, “They kind of put that together pretty quick.”

“We notified the state police, who have a representative on the Clandestine laboratory team. He came down, did a cursory check and determined the full team needed to be mobilized,” O’Malley said.

The investigation went on until 3 a.m. Friday, he said. Hill was arraigned later that morning and ordered held on $15,000 cash bail at the Merrimack County jail, O’Malley said.

Among the several witnesses who spoke with police was a neighbor who said he observed smoke billowing from the apartment’s window. He broke into the apartment in an effort to save anyone who might be inside and found “several small plastic items burning and melting” that he assumed were drug paraphernalia, O’Malley wrote in a press release issued Friday.

The female resident of the apartment, who police didn’t name, said she and Hill had been away at the hardware store before they returned to find smoke coming from their apartment.

O’Malley said he expects more charges will be filed as a result of the incident.


CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man was hospitalized and later charged with arson and drug trafficking after the methamphetamine he was cooking in an Old Brooklyn attic exploded burning his legs and feet, according to court records.kevin-hufford-3083a69702f8a0d9

Kevin Hufford, 23, was indicted Wednesday and is charged with drug manufacturing, chemical possession with intent to manufacture drugs and drug possession in the incident.

Three others — Frank Hufford, 27, Bruce Laforce, 32, and Amanda Morgan, 32 — are also charged in the meth operation.

A neighbor in the same 4500 block of Burger Street called police June 2 after hearing an explosion coming from the attic. He said he also saw someone throw a blow torch out the upstairs window.

Kevin Hufford suffered severe burns to his legs and feet, prosecutors say, and was treated at MetroHealth before being booked into county jail.

Both Frank and Kevin Hufford, as well as Laforce, have criminal records in the county. Kevin Hufford was sentenced to a 180 day county jail sentence after violating probation in a 2013 breaking and entering case.meth-explosion-on-burger-street-8bf8b7d2b2f78183

Frank Hufford, of Oakwood Village, has twice been convicted on domestic violence charges and was convicted of drug possession in 2011.

Laforce was indicted earlier this month on a charge of meth possession and pleaded guilty in a 2011 burglary incident.

Amanda Morgan’s parents owns the house where prosecutors say the meth explosion took place, Joe Frolik, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said. She is charged with drug possession and permitting drug abuse.

The home was boarded up as a nuisance and will be cleaned, Frolik said.



SANTA MONICA (CN) – The founder of a Los Angeles addiction treatment center gave his clients drugs and alcohol and molested them, two women claim in a sexual battery lawsuit.

Stephanie Nicole Johnston and Jennifer Irick sued Christopher Bathum and Community Recovery Inc., on April 6 in Superior Court.

 “Bathum has created an illegal enterprise that engages in insurance and entitlement fraud, identity theft, drug dealing, false imprisonment, sexual assault and abuse, among other independently wrongful acts, to financially enrich Bathum and his associates and to feed Bathum’s depraved appetite for drugs and young women to sexually victimize,” Johnston and Irick say on the third page of the 28-page lawsuit.

Bathum did not respond to an emailed request for comment through the Community Recovery website. He did not respond to telephone requests for an interview.

The new lawsuit resembles a complaint filed in the same court in March, by former Bathum client and employee Roseann Stahl. Stahl claims in that she saw “proof” that Bathum and his company “were engaging in insurance fraud.” She said she was wrongfully fired after she discovered Bathum was taking drugs and having sex with clients.

Stahl, like Johnston and Irick, is represented by Alan Schimmel, with Schimmel & Parks, of Sherman Oaks. Both lawsuits refer to Community Recovery as CRLA.

In the new law complaint, Johnston and Irick say Bathum has “a history” of offering his services to vulnerable young women by persuading them that he can help them recover from alcohol or drug addiction.

 “Yet contrary to these representations, Bathum isolated and targeted plaintiffs and other women to prey on their addictions by using and supplying drugs around them, moving them around to isolated hotel rooms and remote locations, encouraging them to use drugs with him, and sexually molesting them when they were high and/or incapable of consent,” the complaint states.

Johnston and Irick both say Bathum gave them drugs and sexually preyed on them.

Johnston says Bathum took her and Irick to a hotel in April 2014, gave them alcohol and methamphetamine, “and then engaged in a drug-fueled threesome.”

Irick claims Bathum sexually groped her and demanded “sex and blow jobs” and she “believed she had no other option but to say yes.”

 “Bathum repeatedly told Irick that this was the first time he had ever sexually engaged with a client and that Irick couldn’t tell anyone because it would hurt his CRLA program, and jeopardize the sobriety of his clients. Bathum would tell Irick that if she told anyone what was happening, the ‘people staying at CRLA would be homeless and have nowhere to go, and their sobriety was up to Irick,'” according to the complaint.

She claims that more than once, “Bathum would have Irick take him home late, so that his wife would be gone and the nanny would have the kids, and Bathum would have sex with Irick in his home office.”

He also gave her money, allowed her sister to go to Community Recovery for Free, paid $700 for both of them to get tattoos and while they did so, “sat between the two women and exclaimed that he couldn’t wait to have to ‘sister sandwich,'” according to the complaint.

After leaving CRLA, Irick says, Blue Shield insurance contacted her and asked her “to give a statement about what she experienced as a client with Bathum.” She says in the lawsuit that she wrote and signed the statement, after which Bathum wrote her an email “promising her that if she recanted her statement, that he would give her money and allow her to get treatment for her addiction free of charge.”

According to the complaint, Bathum’s email said in part: “We could make this work out really well for everyone. I am about to sue Blue Shield for a lot of shit.” After asking her “to explain how you were coerced and scared [by a man not involved in this lawsuit] and said x and y because of that” the email cited in the lawsuit offers her “a regular stipend and work when you wanted it, either in Florida or out here. I’m pretty sure if done right the support — fair and truthful only of course — would be worth at least 10K plus treatment over some time. for each.”

Irick says she did send a statement recanting her allegations, as she was “desperate to get clean and sober,” after which Bathum sent her “emails with all CRLA staff cc’ed on the emails falsely claiming that Irick was trying to shake him down for money.”

The drug allegations resemble allegations from Stahl’s lawsuit. In it, she says she took Bathum’s electric car to be charged in February 2015, and that while doing so, she “found drug paraphernalia including straws, a torch, and empty drug containers in the vehicle. Plaintiff also noted that a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine was all over the car.” She says she “documented what she saw with the camera on her cell phone.”

Stahl sought damages and punitive damages for wrongful firing, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and Labor Code violations.

Johnston and Irick seek damages and punitive damages for sexual battery, fraud in the inducement, breach of contract, intentional tort, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Alan Schimmel with Schimmel & Parks in Sherman Oaks, did not respond to telephone requests for comment.



Comments Off on Brandon Thomas, 25, of Roanoke, admits to running prostitution business, trafficking Methamphetamine and drugs

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Roanoke man admitted Friday to running a prostitution business and trafficking drugs.

Brandon Thomas, 25, pleaded guilty to counts involving drug and sex trafficking, and a gun charge.

Thomas admitted that he ran a prostitution business involving several women out of hotels in Roanoke and Charlottesville. He posted advertisements on a website.

He also conspired with others to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, and periodically possessed firearms with his drug trafficking.

Prosecutors say he beat and threatened the women and took advantage of their drug addictions.

“These women were trapped by addiction and the violent nature of a man who preyed upon their vulnerabilities,” U.S. attorney John Fishwick Jr. said today. “We are proud of the work law enforcement did to bring this defendant to justice and hopefully bring these victims of sex-trafficking to a brighter future.”

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine; two counts of sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion; one count of conspiring to commit sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.


ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who conspired with others to distribute drugs and engage in sex-trafficking, pled guilty this afternoon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Brandon Scott Thomas, a.k.a. “Gambino,” age 25, of Roanoke, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, two counts of sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion, one count of conspiring to commit sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

“These women were trapped by addiction and the violent nature of a man who preyed upon their vulnerabilities,” United States John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “We are proud of the work law enforcement did to bring this defendant to justice and hopefully bring these victims of sex-trafficking to a brighter future.”

“Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes we investigate,” said Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Washington, D.C. field office. “Traffickers have no regard for human life, and they treat their victims as commodities. In this case, Thomas sold women just like he sold drugs. Today’s guilty plea ensures justice for his victims and makes southwest Virginia a safer place with one less trafficker on the streets.”

According to evidence presented at today’s and previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorneys Donald R. Wolthuis and Laura Day Rottenborn, Thomas conspired with others from at least July 2015 until his arrest in March 2016 to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs, and he periodically possessed firearms in connection with his drug trafficking.

In addition, Thomas admitted today that he ran a prostitution business involving multiple women that operated out of hotels in Roanoke and Charlottesville.  To promote the business, Thomas posted prostitution advertisements on the website, Thomas admitted that several of the women who worked for him engaged in prostitution as a result of Thomas’ fraud, force, and/or coercion.  Thomas admitted that he prostituted women identified as V1, V3, and V4 in Roanoke and elsewhere in the Western District of Virginia, and admitted that he beat and threatened to beat the women, and took advantage of their drug dependencies, to compel their prostitution services.

Thomas admitted that beginning in September 2015 and continuing through February 2016, he was physically abusive to V4 on a regular basis. He admitted to slapping, punching, and choking her. On at least one occasion, Thomas admitted he held a knife to the throat of V4. On a separate occasion, Thomas used a taser on V4 and also beat V4 while she was pregnant.  Many of these actions took place in front of other victims.

The investigation of the case was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Roanoke City Police Department, the Roanoke County Police Department, the Salem Police Department, and the Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorneys Donald R. Wolthuis and Laura Day Rottenborn prosecuted the case for the United States.


Comments Off on Shawn Paul Powell, 43, of Jamestown, jailed, accused of throwing bottle containing Methamphetamine ingredients from car in Meadville

A Jamestown man was jailed Thursday accused of throwing a bottle containing ingredients for making methamphetamine from a car into a yard in Meadville in May.

Shawn Paul Powell, 43, was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Sam Pendolino on charges of a second degree felony count of operating a methamphetamine lab, a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or 5764501e4c753_imagedeliver, a third degree count of depositing, storing or disposing of chemical waste, a felony count of possession of red phosphorous with intent to manufacture controlled substances, a third degree felony count of risking a catastrophe and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Meadville police filed charges for an incident on May 29 on Lord Street.

Police responded to a report on May 29 at approximately 4:26 p.m. that a bottle caught fire in a yard on Lord Street after being thrown from a vehicle, police report.

A witness at the scene told police that an occupant of a red Saturn Vue threw the bottle into the yard, drove a short distance, got out of the car, picked up the bottle and threw it out of the car into the yard a second time, police report.

Witnesses at the scene called 911 when the bottle caught fire, according to police.

Members of Meadville Central Fire Department recognized the bottle as a methamphetamine laboratory. The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab was contacted to collect the evidence.

Powell was identified as the man involved in the incident through a photo lineup, police report.

Powell was committed to the Crawford County jail in lieu of $70,000 monetary bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 22 in district court.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine-dealing gang members caught with guns and a rocket launcher in Coachella Valley raid

A group of methamphetamine-dealing gang members armed with rifles, shotguns and at least one rocket launcher was taken down in a pre-dawn operation Thursday morning in the Coachella Valley, officials said.

Participating in what was dubbed Operation Desert Impact, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement joined Desert Hot Springs police on a raid on several apartments and vehicles in the Coachella Valley while serving 22 arrest warrants on state and federal indictments about 5 a.m. Thursday.

The sweep was the culmination of a nine-month investigation that involved confidential informants wearing wires and around-the-clock surveillance of homes in Desert Hot Springs, court records show.

In a nod to Henry Lozano, a U.S. Marine killed by a gang member in the area in 2001, authorities announced the results of the sweep at the Henry Lozano Community Center in Desert Hot Springs.

On display on a table were rifles, handguns, shotguns and a rocket launcher. Indictments indicate the people arrested in the sweep had been dealing methamphetamine in the community for years.

One man, Donnie Darnel Dennis, 38, used his daughter as a drug courier between the two apartments where he kept the money and the drugs, according to a federal indictment.

Several convicted felons, including Julio “Spanky” Gomez, Angel “Lil Criminal” Carmona, Steven “Cubs” Gonzalez and Francisco “Toro” Figueroa, were accused of possessing guns illegally and distributing meth, officials said.

Five of those arrested face a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and maximum of life if convicted.

“Drug trafficking involving firearms continues to pose a tremendous danger to our communities,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker in a statement. “Several of these men were undeterred by prior state convictions, so now they must face federal charges and lengthy prison sentences.”

Immigration and housing authority officials were involved because of suspected immigration violations and defrauding of the public housing authority.



Comments Off on Two Additional South Dakota Women’s Prison Inmates, Cassandra Louise Bernard, 36, and Mary Frances Sierra, 27, Sentenced in Methamphetamine Case

PIERRE, S.D. –   Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that two additional inmates from the South Dakota Women’s Prison, who were charged in November 2015 for methamphetamine use, were sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge John Brown.  Cassandra Louise Bernard, 36, and Mary Frances Sierra, 27, were both sentenced.

Bernard, who pled guilty to Ingestion of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) on April 29, 2016, was sentenced to one year of custody consecutive to her current sentence of custody. She was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution for her drug testing.

Sierra, who also pled guilty to Ingestion of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) on April 29, 2016, was sentenced to one year of custody consecutive to her current sentence, court costs and restitution for her drug testing. Judge Brown noted at Sierra’s sentencing that her case was different from all of the previous seven meth inmate cases because Sierra already had a sentence from Minnehaha County that she needed to serve after her present custody. Judge Brown stated that Sierra not only had to serve out her present sentence at the South Dakota Women’s Prison, she had to serve another sentence from Minnehaha County that she had not started yet.  After serving that Minnehaha County custody sentence, she will then start serving her Hughes County sentence for Ingestion.  Because of this stacking of custody sentencing’s.  Judge Brown stated he would suspend ten months of today’s one-year sentence against Sierra.


Comments Off on Juana Eliza Garcia, 22, and Yesenia Barbosa Valdovinos, 21, both of Lehi, and Luis Carlos Barrios, 49, of Mesa, face felony charges in 7 pound Methamphetamine bust in Waseca

Three people were arrested in a methamphetamine bust in Waseca.

The South Central Drug Investigation Unit, state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Waseca Police Department cooperated on the bust, which occurred June 15. Agents arranged a drug buy of 6 pounds at $12,000 per pound, according to the criminal complaint.57648313db0a3_image57648313c6984_image

An undercover officer met with Luis Carlos Barrios, 49, of Mesa, Arizona, at a motel. Barrios called someone else to come. A car with two women came to the motel parking lot. Barrios told the women, Juana Eliza Garcia, 22, and Yesenia Barbosa Valdovinos, 21, both of Lehi, Utah, to follow them. The two cars drove to the rear of a business. Barrios took a backpack from the vehicle driven by Valdovinos and all three followed the undercover officer into the business. Barrios showed several packages of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the backpack.

Seven packages contained 7.44 pounds of methamphetamine, the unit found.

The three were all charged with first-degree drug sale and will have a first appearance in Waseca County District Court on June 21.

In another case, Rosendo Luna Jr., 19, of Waseca was charged with fifth-degree sale of marijuana. In a unit investigation, Luna sold 11.5 grams of marijuana for $120.

Luna’s first appearance in Waseca County District Court will be July 12.


Comments Off on 41-year-old Salvadorian man arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Calexico east port of entry with 119 pounds of Methamphetamine; Also wanted for rape

CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a man wanted for rape after they found 119 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the car he was driving.RIMS1

CBP officers say the driver, a 41-year-old Salvadorian man, drove up to the Calexico east port of entry in a red Ford F-150 truck. Officers say the man presented an identification card and a fake birth certificate. The officer noticed the man was nervous and sent him to secondary inspection for a more thorough revision. Officers used their imaging system and K-9 RIM3-300x189officer to search the car and found 24 packages of meth hidden inside the tires of the truck.

Officers say they then used their fingerprint system to figure out who the man was. The man turned out to be an undocumented immigrant wanted for rape in Pasco, Washington.RIM2-300x138

The man was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail where the awaits arraignment and extradition.

Officers say the meth could have sold for almost $900,000 in the streets.



Meth in the News – June 17, 2016

Posted: 17th June 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

When I started to write this Meth in the News column this week, I thought that I would once again explain why I ask for people who are using methamphetamine now – or have ever used meth – to contact me.

But I also thought that everyone knows why by now.

Then I heard something on a local radio station. They said that not everyone hears every segment that they do. They were discussing an exciting story about 9-11 in relation to the Ark-La-Tex that even I remembered hearing more than once. But they said that there were still some regular listeners who had never heard the segment.

I took that as a sign that this was a good time to tell you why I seek the input of current and former meth users.

You may also notice that I specifically ask for female users to contact me.

First, let me assure that I want to help everyone struggling with meth, men as well as women. If you want to share your story with me, I will not discriminate. I will be more than happy to listen.

But there are several reasons why I ask to hear from women.

Historically, at least until relatively recently, medical and scientific research focused on males only, unless it was research on a female-specific disease such as endometriosis. There were a variety of reasons for this, but the result was that many diseases were not studied in women for many years.

The same holds true for methamphetamine. Yes, this is starting to change now, but if you really dig into the medical and scientific research on meth, you will soon discover that the vast majority of this research has been conducted in men.

One very significant line of research is meth use in men who have sex with men (that is how the research is described in the medical and scientific literature). This research has been conducted because meth is often associated with sex. Meth tends to increase sexual arousal while decreasing inhibitions. Therefore, safe sex is often not practiced.

Doctors and scientists soon realized that the rate of HIV/AIDS was higher in men who have sex with men and who also use meth. Some research even suggested that meth makes it easier to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

So there has been a lot of research focusing on the effects of meth in men compared to research on its effects in women. But there are other reasons why I ask to hear from women.

In my opinion, drug addiction, whether it is meth or even another drug, is especially difficult for women.

We are all aware that a woman can become pregnant, whether intentional or not. And when she becomes a mother, she also becomes responsible for her child. In an ideal world, the father would share in the care of the child that he shares with the mother.

But we also know the reality. In far too many cases, the mother becomes the primary caregiver for her baby. What if this mother is also struggling with meth or other drugs? Who is going to take care of her baby if mom is on a three-day meth binge?

Who makes sure that her baby is fed? Who gives her a bath? When she is older, who helps her with her homework and gets her ready for school? Too often the child depends solely on her mother.

So I do this, in part, for the children.

Meth is often used as a means to survive. A mother can take care of her children and work a full-time job and become “supermom” if she can just find the energy. Many people unwittingly fall into the clutches of meth because they initially turned to this insidious chemical as an energy boost.

Methamphetamine also produces intense pleasure. This makes meth dangerous to women and men alike. It involves the neurotransmitter (the brain chemical) called dopamine. Dopamine is released in the brain in response to all pleasant and enjoyable activities.

Good food increases dopamine. Sex increases dopamine. Nicotine and alcohol also increase dopamine.

However, meth increases dopamine 10 times more than food or sex, and three to five times more than other drugs such as morphine or even cocaine.

But like most things, too much of a good thing can have unexpected consequences. Sometimes I think that God planned it that way.

So while at first meth can produce intense pleasure that is often sexual in nature, continued meth use can be detrimental to the dopamine system. The meth user begins to “need” more and more meth to get the pleasure she is seeking.

Eventually dopamine becomes depleted in the brain, and she needs to use meth just to feel “normal” again. The intense pleasure has vanished – and she becomes trapped.

If a man “introduces” (that’s a word often used) a woman to meth, sometimes he can gain control over her. Men are typically bigger and physically stronger than women to begin with, and if a man is the source for meth, women will often do anything to get more meth.

I have talked to men as well as women. I have often heard of instances where a man was able to convince women to do literally anything that he wished or demanded – all for just another shot of meth. They’ve shared their stories with me – this happens more than you realize.

I have heard of so many cases where women ended up as prostitutes or in other forms of sex trafficking after becoming addicted to meth.

Sex trafficking is a real and growing problem in the United States – even here in the Ark-La-Tex – and meth is often a contributing factor.

I have also heard, primarily from women, about how slamming meth (injecting it into a vein) is different from smoking or snorting the drug. That is why I specifically ask for women with experience slamming meth to contact me.

In fact, this week (ending June 17, 2016), I am presenting some of what I have learned at an international scientific conference focused on drug and alcohol addiction.

I am curious to find out if others have learned what I have. My guess is that they have not because most people in this business do not take the time to actually listen to the people that they are trying to help.

I have asked some of the women I have talked to if they had ever discussed many of the things that we talked about with their counselors. They almost always say no.

When I ask why not, they tell me that they were never asked.

In my opinion, that’s just tragic. I want to make a difference and change things. Women matter to me – people matter to me! And like I always say, if I can just help one person, then it has all been worth it.

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

Comments Off on 3 children in house at time of Methamphetamine bust in Citrus Country; Tiffany Klass, 33 of Inverness and Casey Koppang, 37, arrested

CITRUS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – An early morning drug bust at an Inverness house yielded two arrests, according to Citrus Country Sheriff’s Office. Three children were in the house at the time of the arrests.

According to the CCSO post on their Facebook page, detectives with the Tactical Impact Unit, Community Crimes Unit, and Patrol Units served a search warrant at 9734 East jhmtyjdtyjdjdGranada Court in Inverness early Thursday morning. They had been investigating the home for more than a year verifying its link to methamphetamine manufacturing.

When they served the warrant and searched the house they found liquid meth, several items used to manufacture meth, and paraphernalia used to smoke the drug. The amount of the liquid located is enough to warrant a 7-year minimum mandatory sentence, according to CCSO.

Deputies said that three children were in the house this morning, but they were not in the home when meth was being manufactured. Citrus deputies notified the Department of Children and Families.

Deputies arrested Tiffany Klass, 33 of Inverness and Casey Koppang, 37. According to CCSO, the two were buying pseudoephedrine from multiple locations in the area. Detectives said that Klaas would use other people’s driver’s license to get more pseudoephedrine.

“I’m very proud of the persistence displayed by the detectives working this case,” Sgt. Ed Blair of the Tactical Impact Unit said. “Because of their hard work and determination, two of the top meth cooks in the county are facing 7 years in prison.”

Koppang was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemical, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Klaas went to jail on charges of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemical, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Deputies didn’t specify the ages of the children who were in the house.


Comments Off on 6-year-old boy burned after finding precursors for Methamphetamine lab in backpack, father, Chris Pueschel, of Faith, says

FAITH, N.C. — A father said that he is angry at the person who dumped meth-making materials that burned his 6-year-old son.;eguj3tgu395u[3

Stephen Pueschel, 6, found a backpack in his yard Thursday. He didn’t realize it contained the precursors of a meth lab. He suffered burns on his eye and face.

“He came running towards us screaming,” father Chris Pueschel said.

The boy felt stings on his face and chest. He thought he had been stung by bees. Investigators said he was burned by sulphuric acid.

Chris Pueschel didn’t realize what happened to his son, until he saw the container that fell out of the bag.

He believes the same chemical also burned the grass in the area where his son found the bag.

“I was scared,” the father said. “I was frightened.”

The boy is OK and has returned home after spending time in the hospital.

Stephen’s parents asked the same question that sheriff’s investigators are still asking: “Who left that bag here?”

“Come forward,” Chris Pueschel said. “Be honest. If you can’t be honest about it, then they will find you.”

Officials said the parents are not suspects, and they are still searching for the people responsible.


Comments Off on Kenneth Wayne Jones, 41, of Roundup, charged with rape of girl for two years, starting when she was 14, while he used Methamphetamine

BILLINGS – A Roundup man with an alleged methamphetamine addiction is accused of raping a teenage girl over the course of several years.

Kenneth Wayne Jones, 41, is charged with a felony sex crime for the rape of a girl for two years starting when she was 14.10768096_G

Jones was set to make his initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Monday.

According to court documents, the girl disclosed the abuse to a Billings Clinic nurse on Thursday.

Jones had actually taken the girl and her mother to the hospital for the visit and was waiting outside for them.

A police officer was called to the hospital, where the girl disclosed a history of sexual abuse by Jones that she believed started when he began using methamphetamine.

She stated that when Jones was using the drug, his behavior changed and he would sexually abuse her.

The victim told authorities that Jones raped her at several residences, including ones in Roundup, Billings, and Arkansas.

She stated that when she tried to prevent the abuse, Jones would physically harm her.

Jones had left the hospital at that point, but the victim’s mother advised police that there was a GPS unit in the vehicle that they could track.

Authorities located the vehicle near Laurel, but Jones was not with the vehicle.

The detective was later advised that Jones made contact with the victim and her mother at a gas station in Downtown Billings.

The girl and her mother screamed for help and an onlooker contact police.

Authorities arrested Jones as he attempted to get away in a friend’s vehicle, according to court documents.

Jones was interviewed at City Hall, where he denied having sexual intercourse with the girl.

Investigators asked Jones why he circled the hospital for nearly eight hours before abandoning the vehicle miles away and later tracking the girl down, but he did not provide a sensible explanation.

During a sexual assault nurse examination to collect DNA evidence from Jones, he attempted to flee and it took two officers to constrain him.

As he was being handcuffed, officers heard Jones say he did not want to go through the process of being charged with a sexual offense again.

Jones was arrested and is now being held at the Yellowstone County jail.


Comments Off on Misty L. Jones, 29, of Van Buren, and Kimberly D. McMichael, 23, of Fort Smith, arrested with parolee, Steven D. King, 35, also of Fort Smith, at Fort Smith Motel 6 on Methamphetamine drug complaints

A parolee and two women face felony charges after police allegedly found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a parole search at a motel room.

Misty L. Jones, 29, of Van Buren was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as on a felony warrant, according to a police report.










Jones was being held Thursday in the Sebastian County Detention Center in lieu of a $13,000 bond, a deputy said.

Kimberly D. McMichael, 23, of Fort Smith was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

McMichael was being held Thursday in the Detention Center in lieu of a $3,000 bond, the deputy said.

Steven D. King, 35, also of Fort Smith, was arrested on a felony warrant for parole violation and on misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear and failure to pay a fine, and on suspicion of misdemeanor violation of a protection order and obstruction of governmental operations, according to the report.

King was being held Thursday in the Detention Center without bond, the deputy said.

About 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Smith police were dispatched to Motel 6, 6001 Rogers Ave., regarding a harassment complaint. An female employee at the motel told police King had checked in under a false name and that she had a restraining order against him. The restraining order was verified. King initially pretended to be his brother, according to the report.

King is a parolee. His parole officer was contacted and confirmed the man was in King, and not the brother, according to the report.

A parole search of the motel room was conducted. As police entered the room, they were greeted by Jones who told them McMichael was in the bathroom. An officer heard a loud clink come from the bathroom, opened the door and found McMichael had tried to flush a loaded syringe with 20cc of methamphetamine down the toilet, according to the report.

Police stated in the report it appeared as though McMichael had injected methamphetamine prior to their arrival.

After a further search, police found additional used syringes, a spoon with meth residue and a cotton filter, the report states.

When police ran Jones’s name in a criminal database, they were alerted that she had a felony warrant out for her arrest.


Comments Off on Infant daughter tested positive for Methamphetamine; Parents, Jamie Wade and James Trebtoske, St Cloud, charged with child endangerment

Two St. Cloud parents face charges after their infant child tested positive for meth, according to court documents filed in Stearns County District Court.

James Trebtoske and Jamie Wade face child endangerment charges after their daughter tested positive for meth last November.

According to criminal complaints, police had been investigating Trebtoske and Wade since December. The complaint said the parents brought their daughter into the emergency room at St. Cloud Hospital on Nov. 11 because she had been crying uncontrollably. The complaint said the child tested positive for methamphetamine at the hospital.

Officers spoke with Wade, who said she had used methamphetamine in the past, but had not been using the drug recently, according to the complaint. Wade told officers that Trebtoske had been using methamphetamine at the time.

The complaint said when officers spoke to Trebtoske, he said both he and Wade used the drug in their basement on Nov. 11. He also said he was unsure of where the child was at that time.

The two were formally summoned last Friday, according to the complaint. They are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1.



Comments Off on Tosha Danielle Kidd, 25, of Covington and Jeffery Sean Kidd, 24, of Monticello, sister and brother team, charged with kidnapping woman and Methamphetamine possession

COVINGTON – A brother and sister are facing drug and kidnapping charges after woman said they held her against her will in a home in Covington.

According to reports, deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office entered a home on Woodfield Road on June 1 with a search warrant. Inside they found three people. One of the three, a female, said she was being held against her will by the other two, identified as Jeffery Sean Kidd, 24, of Monticello, and Tosha Danielle Kidd, 25, of Covington. The two are brother and sister. A search of the home also found quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Jeffery Kidd was arrested and charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Tosha Kidd was arrested and charged with kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana. When Kidd was searched at the Newton County Jail, more meth was found on her, and the charge of crossing the guard line with methamphetamine was added, according to reports.



Comments Off on Methamphetamine and a 3-foot alligator found in Ada drug bust; Branden Ashley Rowell, 34, arrested

ADA, Okla. — An Ada man was arrested with 2 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine and a 3 1/2 foot long alligator.Meth+Gator+6-13-16

Branden Ashley Rowell, 34, was arrested this past Thursday by the District 22 Drug Task Force out of Pontotoc County. Rowell is still in jail on a $1 million bond.

A court affidavit states Rowell sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer a few days before his arrest.

The drugs, a pistol, and the alligator were all found inside the building Rowell was renting on A Street in Ada.

Game wardens took the alligator.


Comments Off on Fort Campbell High School baseball coach, Lance Loeffler, 41, admits to selling Methamphetamine for ‘some extra cash’

After its baseball coach opted to take the Walter White route, Fort Campbell High School, a small school for military children straddling the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, will most likely soon have an opening for head coach of its program.

Lance Loeffler, a 41-year-old substitute teacher at Fort Campbell Middle School and head coach of the Fort Campbell High School baseball team in Clarksville, Tenn., was caught at a traffic stop June 9 with multiple guns, crystal methamphetamine and heroin in his LOEFFLER-LANCE-Drugs-Sche_II-Cocaine-Weapon-Poss_-Commission-of-Dangerous-Felony-Bond-61000-1067x740possession. According to the Tennessean, a local police warrant states that Loeffler “had been selling crystal methamphetamine to make some extra cash.” Neither Fort Campbell High School officials or Loeffler could be reached by phone Thursday afternoon.

The Clarksville Police Department initially noticed Loeffler when he arrived at a house known among the department for drug trafficking activity. When the police pulled over Loeffler for not wearing a seatbelt while operating his truck, they were turned on to the drug paraphernalia by a female passenger, Samantha Clark, who the police had earlier seen enter and exit the suspicious house while Loeffler sat in his truck.

According to the warrant, police discovered a black case with apple bags, a pipe, a bag of heroin, two bags of crystal meth, a straw and spoon in the central console. Police also found two digital scales, six pistols and a rifle in the car. Loeffler told police the heroin was a gift and that he had been selling the crystal meth “to make some extra cash.” Loeffler’s LinkedIn profile lists his sole past job as the U.S. Army, backing up part of the account of a local mother who spoke with the Tennessean, claiming Loeffler served as a pilot before being shot down in Iraq and medically retired.

The CDC reports heroin use has doubled among young adults in the United States in the past 10 years prompting some city governments to declare it an epidemic, while the country underwent a 200,000-person spike in meth users from 2010 to 2013, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In April, a Washington, Va., high school instructor and coach of Halston High School’s volleyball and softball teams, was caught with scales and methamphetamine in her car during a random vehicle search, according to WJHL. Last August, a math teacher at a local middle school and volunteer football coach at local high schools, was busted with methamphetamine, per Oregon Live. Going back to 2012 and 2013, a KATV report reveals a pair of Arkansas teachers and girl’s basketball coaches at Maumelle High School were arrested after police separately discovered them to be in possession of crystal meth. Per CBS 8, a similar instance took place in San Diego in 2012 when a baseball and football coach at Mission Bay High School was pulled over for the same offense.

Loeffler was charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale and possession of a firearm during a felony and had his bond set at $61,000. He has since been booked into the Montgomery County jail.


Comments Off on Barbara Cheatham, 38, of Cotton Valley, arrested on Methamphetamine charges

A traffic infraction led to the arrest of a Cotton Valley woman who reportedly had a small amount of methamphetamine in her purse.

Minden Police Capt. Julie Harmon says the traffic stop was conducted Sunday at the intersection of Homer Road and Highway 531 for proper equipment required.Barbara-Cheatham-3-3-13-78-240x300

“She was acting nervously, and she advised that she had meth inside a coin purse,” she said.

The coin purse was inside her purse, which was inside the truck, Harmon said. Officers located clear, plastic baggies containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.

Police arrested Barbara Cheatham, 38, of the 300 block of Walker Lane in Cotton Valley for possession of Schedule II CDS (methamphetamine) and cited for proper equipment required.

She was transported to police headquarters and then transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.


Comments Off on Tracey Jean Lamb, of Huntsville, accused of taking Methamphetamine into Limestone County Jail

ATHENS — A woman arrested on a burglary warrant is accused of bringing methamphetamine into the Limestone County Jail when she was booked in Sunday evening, authorities said.

Tracey Jean Lamb, 2930 Drake Ave., Huntsville, is charged with third-degree burglary, 575f33ec41ca2_imagepossession of a controlled substance, second-degree promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lamb had two straws that contained meth powder inside her purse when she was taken to jail, sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young said.

When deputies picked up Lamb from Madison police custody on the warrant they asked her if she had anything illegal in her possession, but she failed to mention the drug and straws, Young said.

Lamb was being held with bail set at $11,000.


Comments Off on U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents arrest Derek VanDoren, 33, of Rockland, for Methamphetamine trafficking; Claim he has ties to Mexican Mafia

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 33-year-old Rockland man could face up to life in prison after federal prosecutors say he was involved in drug trafficking with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

Derek VanDoren was arrested Tuesday in Rockland by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He made his initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland on charges of conspiracy to engage in racketeering, conspiracy to traffic in drugs, and possession with intent to distribute drugs.

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Derek Vandoren

The racketeering charge is the most serious one and carries a maximum prison sentence of life and a fine of $250,000.

VanDoren was one of 51 people indicted in October by a federal grand jury in the District of Central California. The indictments were sealed until the defendants were located and apprehended.

Despite its name, the Mexican Mafia, according to the indictment, is an American criminal organization that “operates from within the California state prison system, the federal prison system, and the streets and suburbs of large cities throughout southern California,” according to the indictment.

The Mexican Mafia has grown so strong that it now controls Hispanic gangs in California, according to the indictment.

The document states that the 51 defendants were members and associates of one of those gangs known as Canta Ranas, or singing frogs, that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering, identity theft and crimes of violence including murder.

The prosecutors say a member of the Mexican Mafia, who is in a state prison, has overseen the operations of Canta Ranas since the 1980s. Canta Ranas has about 140 members.

VanDoren’s role in the operation was to sell methamphetamine in Southern California, according to the indictment. The 150-page indictment points out that in May 2013, he asked to get some meth from other members in order to sell it. Shortly after getting some meth from another member, he was stopped by police but was not arrested. The vehicle was towed with 26 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside.

The indictment does not indicate whether police ever found the drugs in the van, but it states that the gang ordered VanDoren to pay for the drugs that were lost. Eventually, the indictment alleges, VanDoren left for Maine and told his supplier that he would earn money from fishing to repay him.

But then VanDoren was arrested in Maine in November 2014 and sentenced in May 2015 to two years in jail with all but six months suspended for selling methamphetamine in the Rockland area. He was dealing the drugs with another person from the Brunswick Rooms. Police at the time said that VanDoren was getting the meth sent to him from California.

VanDoren will be held in jail until a June 21 detention hearing is held on the federal charge.



Comments Off on 9 pounds of Methamphetamine found during Oklahoma City traffic stop; Rick Davis and Jayshon Clay arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY —Police said they found 9 pounds of meth in a car thanks to a special team of officers.

To put it into perspective, an ounce of meth is about the size of an apple. So 9 pounds fpsfivjSigvSGJ[Wlooks like about 150 apples.

An officer with central Oklahoma metro interdiction team pulled the people over. Officers said inside the white Nissan Altima, they found 9.5 pounds of crystal meth in four bundles, along with 70 grams of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags.

“In street value, I mean, that’s over $10,000 worth of methamphetamine,” said Sgt. Ashley Peters, assistant public information officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Rick Davis and Jayshon Clay were arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

While police said it wasn’t their largest bust of crystal meth, it was still enough to merit more than just a possession charge.

Davis and Clay were both from California and are currently sitting in the Oklahoma County Jail.



Comments Off on 50 pounds of Methamphetamine seized at Nogales border crossing; 45-year-old female Mexican national from Obregon, Sonora, turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations

Border Patrol agents seized about 50 pounds of methamphetamine Saturday after a vehicle was stopped while attempting to smuggle the drugs into the U.S. through Nogales, officials said.636014437861383657-06132016-TFO-NOG-23kg-meth1-1-

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry stopped the vehicle of a woman identified as a officials said.

They began a search of her Mitsubishi SUV that uncovered multiple packages of the drug valued at $153,000, according to a Monday press release from Customs and Border Protection.

The drugs were found hidden in a space between the engine and seating, officials said. Authorities seized the vehicle, and the suspect was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez said the seizure was a victory in his department’s efforts to restrict drug trafficking at the border.

“Our CBP officers have always produced effective results when it comes to (intercepting) illegal contraband,” Ramirez said. “They have and will continue to make it difficult for criminal organizations to smuggle drugs through our ports of entry.”