Two people are under arrest after deputies found methamphetamine and meth-making equipment in tents near Pinecrest Elementary School in Lithia.

Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, whose last known address was  7820 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony,  armed trespassing on school property, armed trespassing on Hillsborough County property, manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, and unsafe storage of a firearm.

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Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, of 9012 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Lithia, was charged with trespassing.

At 9:48 a.m. today, Hillsborough County parks  deputies checked on a report of people living on park property at 7822 Lithia Pinecrest Road, just west of the school, according to the sheriff’s office.  The property is a wooded lot and is closed to the public.

Deputies found two tents and inside were ammunition, one loaded and one unloaded rifle, a loaded handgun and several products that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies removed the firearms and waited nearby.

About 11:35 a.m., Trinity Tucker drove onto the property with Michelle Kolvinsky, his  passenger, the sheriff’s office said.  Both entered the tents and upon exiting, were met by deputies.

Both were arrested,  and Tucker was  taken to Orient Road Jail, the sheriff’s office said. Tucker was found in possession of a concealed, loaded automatic handgun and methamphetamine.

Deputies believe he had been living on the property for four to six weeks.


Deputies find guns, meth-making supplies in tents near Lithia school

LITHIA – Deputies said they found two tents in a park near a Lithia school, and that those tents contained guns, ammunition and the materials used to make methamphetamine.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were investigating a complaint about people living in a closed park near Pinecrest Elementary School on Thursday when they discovered the tents shortly before 10 a.m.

The tents contained ammunition, a loaded rifle, an unloaded rifle, a loaded handgun and several products used to make meth, deputies said.  The deputies removed the firearms and set up surveillance.

At 11:35 p.m., Trinity Shane Tucker, 37, drove up in a pickup truck with Michelle Kolvinsky, 47, in the passenger seat, and the pair walked into the tents, deputies said.

When Tucker and Kolvinsky came back out, they were greeted by deputies.

Tucker was arrested and taken to Orient Road Jail on multiple drugs and weapons charges.  In addition, deputies said he had a concealed loaded weapon and methamphetamine on him at the time of the arrest.

Kolvinsky was trespassed from the property.

Deputies said they believe Tucker was living on the property for anywhere from four to six weeks.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Twenty-six young adults were arrested during a daylong  sweep focused on methamphetamine-related crimes in the East County,  authorities announced Wednesday.

The sweep, dubbed Operation Tip the Scale, has been conducted 15 times  in the past five years, but Wednesday’s arrests marked only the second time  offenders ages 18 to 24 were the focus, according to the county of San Diego  Methamphetamine Strike Force.

The focus was chosen in an effort to intervene early with offenders who  often turn to crime to support their drug addiction.

      “For us, that’s a critical population,” said Probation Director Jason  Druxman. “Younger offenders typically aren’t as far along down the road, in  terms of drug use, so they are more open to change.”

During the sweep, more than 100 officers from law enforcement agencies  and the Metropolitan Transit System patrolled known hot spots for drug-related  crimes in Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon and La Mesa, and the trolley line that  connects each of the communities. They also checked in on probationers and  parolees to see if they were in compliance with the terms of their release.

Of the 26 arrested, 10 were taken into custody on suspicion of felonies  and 16 were for misdemeanors, authorities said, noting two people were taken  directly to drug treatment facilities instead of jail.

This week’s arrest came just one day after the county released its  latest “Meth Report Card,” which found that 2012 was the second-worse for  meth-related deaths in the San Diego area since record keeping started in 1995.

The county said 217 meth-related deaths were recorded in 2012, second  only to 2005′s tally of 245. Numbers for last year are not yet available.

The county has set up a hotline for residents to report meth-related  crimes or to seek information about treatment options. The number is (877) No-2- Meth, or (877) 662-6384. Residents may also visit






RALEIGH — Wake County sheriff’s deputies made two arrests and seized 12 pounds of methamphetamine Wednesday afternoon, after stopping a car and searching it.

One of the two men arrested, Jose Angel Diaz, 23, initially was listed as living in Georgia, as have suspects arrested in two other highway meth busts by sheriff’s investigators, one last month that netted 24 pounds and one in October, when 51 pounds were seized.

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When booked, however, Diaz and Paul Manzanares Velazquez, 20, both were listed as living at 312 E. Cedar St. in Yadkinville.

Each was charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one count of conspiring with the other to traffic, arrest warrants said.

Velazquez also was charged with maintaining the 2004 Honda Odyssey that deputies stopped at Interstate 540 and Capital Boulevard about 5 p.m.

Investigators do not usually discuss drug investigations that lead to specific arrests, but many stem from an ongoing effort by a task force that combines federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers.

Federal authorities placed requests for both men, who are Mexican natives, to be held while officials look into their immigration status.

Each man was being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail for a court appearance Thursday.

UNIONTOWN, Ohio – The Summit County Drug Unit shut down a one-man meth operation next door to a triplex where six kids live.

51-year-old Robert Paul Bonanno was arrested Monday at 4519 South Arlington Road in Uniontown. Seven “one-pot” meth labs and various drug paraphernalia were taken out of the residence.

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His illegal drug manufacturing charge was bumped up to a felony because of the proximity to the neighboring kids.

Bond was set at $50,000. Bonanno was taken to the Summit County jail.

HILLSDALE — A Jackson woman was arraigned Tuesday in Hillsdale County District Court on multiple charges stemming from an arrest last week.
Janet Lynn Cole, 36, was charged with one count each of operating/maintaining a lab involving methamphetamine, possession of meth, felony firearms, carrying a concealed weapon and operating a moving vehicle without security.
Cole was arrested on Jan. 31 when officers found her to be in possession of numerous elements used in making meth. Officers found fuel, lye, batteries, fertilizer and a container used in making the drug. She was also in possession of a seven-inch blade and a 16-gauge shotgun.
Cole appeared via video conferencing from the Hillsdale County Jail and was arraigned by Judge Donald Sanderson, who set bond at $200,000 with 10 percent allowed. Cole asked to be released so that she could take care of her two children, but Sanderson denied that request, saying the issue can be revisited when she next appears in court. She told Sanderson there was no way she could come up with the bond money and the father of the children was not around. However, the judge would not lower the bond based on the severity of the charges.
She will be back in court on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. and was granted a court-appointed lawyer to defend her in the case. If convicted of the operating a lab charge, Cole faces up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities in Spokane, Wash. busted a 16-time convicted felon after he tried to bolt from police on a stolen bicycle.

Police spotted Alexander Stormy, 29, on the $3,500 bike and tried to pull him over for a traffic violation. That’s when the career criminal stepped on the pedals and tried to speed away.

But he didn’t get far. Cops caught up with the suspect only a block away and took him into custody.

Police allegedly found methamphetamine in Stormy’s backpack. He faces charges for possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.



Three women were in the Scott County Jail on Wednesday on felony conspiracy charges to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police did a drug search Monday of an apartment at 2218 Emerald Drive, Davenport, and arrested Buffy Marie Moss, 41, Kimberly Ann Sturms, 36, and Roxanne Marie Zagnoni, 56.

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Sturms and Zagnoni live at 2218 Emerald. Sturms is Zagnoni’s daughter, records state. Moss lives at 3108 Nobis Drive, Davenport.

All three women were being held in the Scott County Jail on $50,000 bonds.

Zagnoni told police she gives Sturms and Moss boxes of pseudoephedrine in exchange for methamphetamine, according to arrest affidavits.

Zagnoni had purchased pseudoephedrine 43 times from July 2012 to last month, affidavits state.

Sturms also purchased pseudoephedrine 53 times from April 2012 to last month, and Moss purchased pseudoephedrine 80 times from July 2011 to November 2013, affidavits state.

Moss previously was arrested and has a pending case for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine from a November traffic stop.

Sturms and Zagnoni both said Moss’ main source for methamphetamine is Mark McGaughy, 43, of Rock Island. He was arrested Monday and is in the Rock Island County Jail.

McGaughy is charged with aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Police found remnants of a methamphetamine lab in his basement, affidavits state.

PERU – A Peru couple face nine felony charges after state police found an active meth lab in their trailer Monday night.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers from the Indiana State Police Peru Post Meth Suppression Team, along with officers from the Peru Police Department, executed a search warrant on a trailer in the Woodland Hills Trailer Park, 2934 S. 300 W.

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During their search, officers say they found an active meth lab, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, meth, and items commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth.

Michael Turner, 53, faces felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, and maintaining a common nuisance.

He faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana under 30 grams, exceeding annual purchase limits of pseudoephedrine, and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia.

His wife, Debra Turner, 48, faces felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful sale/distribution of precursors.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of reckless possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and exceeding annual purchase limits of pseudoephedrine.

The couple was incarcerated at the Miami County jail.

The Indiana State Police encourages anyone with information about the possession, distribution or manufacturing of methamphetamine to call the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Information can be reported anonymously.



Three people were arrested after Fort Wayne police investigated a report of an active methamphetamine lab in a north-side motel.

Samantha Cole, 23;  Brandon A. Gammons, 27; and Stephen R. Knott, 28, all were arrested on the same four charges: manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; and possession of methamphetamine. No addresses were given for those arrested other than the motel where the arrests occurred, The Travel Inn, 2712 W. Coliseum Blvd.

Police report that when they arrived at the motel at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday, they found what they described as an active meth lab inside a motel room. Due to the flammability of some of the chemicals involved in the lab, the Fort Wayne Fire Department was called to assist in case a fire ignited. As a safety precaution, police said, they evacuated several nearby motel rooms, and the occupants were forced to seek shelter in the lobby for approximately one hour until the lab was neutralized by the FWPD Meth Suppression Unit.

Fort Wayne Police report that this is the fifth methamphetamine lab the FWPD Meth Suppression Team has neutralized this year.



A woman wanted on multiple warrants in Napa County was arrested Tuesday in Vallejo after she allegedly tried to flee police officers who had come to arrest her at home, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Tasha Marie Adams, 36, was stopped as she allegedly tried to leave the residence on Cynthia Street, Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike said. The officers found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in her room, he said.

Adams was booked into the Napa County jail on the warrants and on suspicion of methamphetamine possession and fleeing from police, according to the Sheriff’s Office.




SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man was arrested Tuesday on felony child endangerment charges after being accused of exposing children to methamphetamine.

Guillermo Arana Solis, 28, faces two felony charges of child endangerment resulting in injury.

According to court documents, Solis lived with his girlfriend on the 100 block of Myrtle Street with five children ranging in age from 1 to 5 years old. Solis is the biological father of the youngest four children.

Between September and November 2013, Solis was investigated by the Department of Human Services for child endangerment. The investigation stemmed from physical injuries to his children, court documents said.

During the investigation, the children were taken to Mercy Medical Center’s Child Advocacy Center. Hair samples were collected for drug testing as part of the examination.

The youngest four children’s hair tested positive for both amphetamine and methamphetamine. Solis’ hair also was tested for drugs. He tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine at an “ingestion level,” the documents said.

Solis told a DHS worker he regularly uses marijuana and meth. He also said he would frequently visit another apartment to smoke meth while occasionally bringing his 2-year-old child with him. He also admitted to using meth while caring for his children, the documents said.

Solis is currently being held in the Woodbury County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.



LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people after finding two frozen alligators, an illegal fish and hundreds of grams of methamphetamine inside a central Florida home.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says they found numerous methamphetamine smoking devices and bags of the drug within the reach of twin 10-month-old babies.

The Ledger of Lakeland ( ) reports the twins’ parents face multiple charges, including negligent child abuse. A third person who was at the house was arrested.

Deputies found a living black bass, which was under size by state standards. Two alligators were in the freezer. The woman told them she was planning to stuff the gators.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of the twins. Their parents and the other man were taken to jail.



Police arrested six youths, aged from 19 to late 20s, for allegedly abusing  the drug Methamphetamine at a house in Luak Bay on Monday.

The arrest was made following a tip-off.

Miri deputy police chief Supt Stanley Jonathan Ringgit told The Borneo Post  yesterday that police are investigating the case under three different  sections.


“All six suspects will be investigated under Section 15 (1)(a) of the  Dangerous Drugs Act for abusing the drug Methamphetamine, while one of them will  also be investigated under Section 12 (2) of the same Act for possessing drugs,” he said.

Another suspect will also be investigated under Section 3 (1) of the Drug  Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983.



At approximately at 4:00pm, TPD Patrol officers went to 445 Appleyard Drive to check on the welfare of one of the residents.

Once on scene, officers located several suspicious items inside the apartment that could be associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In an abundance of caution, The Tallahassee Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team was called to secure the items and have a contracted outside agency dispose of them properly.

The items found were consistent with those materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Emergency crews evacuated an adjoining apartment unit during the incident and no injuries were reported at the scene.

During the investigation, TPD arrested a male, 22-year-old Cody Anderson, who had outstanding warrants for drug related charges.




A 28-year-old Cottonwood woman, Alicia Lachniet, was arrested Sunday on five counts of possession of a dangerous drug, and three counts of drug paraphernalia. She was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Cottonwood Police stopped the vehicle in the area of North Main and North 7th Street after observing numerous traffic violations.
During the stop, officers noticed that Lachniet showed signs of recent methamphetamine use. Lachniet denied any meth use but agreed to a search of her vehicle. Police found a little over 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe with residue, a syringe, and a baggie containing three Lorazepam.

The woman was taken into custody but denied any use of the items. She agreed to provide a urine test for officers to show she had none of the drugs in her system. Lachniet provided a sample, which tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and benzodiazepine. (Lorazepam).

Lanchniet was transported to the YCSO Jail.



WINCHESTER – Five were jailed Monday after an active methamphetamine lab was reportedly discovered in a Winchester home.

Arrested in the investigation were:

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- Shannon L. Mackey, 32, 421 Residence St., Winchester: preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of a syringe, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

- Carolyn R. Mackey, 28, 421 Residence St., Winchester: preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a legend drug, possession of a syringe, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, theft and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

- Brett A. Buck, 33, 421 Residence St., Winchester: preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of a syringe, possession of meth precursors and maintaining a common nuisance.

- Megan A. Eicher, 28, 421 Residence St., Winchester: preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of a syringe, possession of meth precursors and maintaining a common nuisance.

- Michael A. Malinowski, 49, 421 Residence St., Winchester: preliminarily charged with maintaining a common nuisance.

According to a media release from the Union City Police Department, officers on Monday afternoon responded to a report of a suspected shoplifter at Didier Hardware, 1355 Landsdowne Drive, Union City, when they made contact with the Mackeys , who were with their 4-year-old daughter. In their possession were several items commonly used in the manufacture and use of meth, including lye drain cleaner, tubing and hypodermic needles.

A search warrant was performed on the Mackey’s residence late Monday, where officers reportedly found an active meth lab in the basement and several other meth precursors. Prior to serving the search warrant, the Department of Child Services also took custody of the Mackeys’ daughter and 9-year-old son, according to the report.

The Union City and Winchester police departments, the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department each assisted at the scene Monday evening.



Two men were arrested in possession of 3.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, 178 suspected steroid pills, and a City of Carthage Water and Sewer Department trailer early Thursday, Jan. 30.

According to the report, at 12:15 a.m., Deputy Ronnie Endsley arrested Tramaine Lamar Davis, 32, for possession of controlled substance PG 1 between 4 grams and 200 grams, unlawfully carrying of a weapon, possession of a dangerous drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Endsley also arrested Jeremy Preston Hall, 27, for possession controlled substance PG 1 between 4 grams and 200 grams, possession of a dangerous drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Davis was released the same day on $75,000 bond for the methamphetamine, two $2,500 bonds for the unlawful weapon and possession of dangerous drug.

As of press time Tuesday, Hall was still in jail on $78,000 bond.

Chief Deputy John Depresca said Endsley initiated a traffic stop on Davis’ Ford F150 at Highway 59 North near County Road 303 after he saw a truck hauling a trailer without a license plate or lights.

Davis said he had permission to be using the trailer, Depresca said.

“We notified the City of Carthage and his boss, Willie Brooks, confirmed he did have permission to use the trailer, but it should have had a license plate attached to it.”

Davis consented to his vehicle being searched. That’s when officers found a Smith and Wesson revolver.

“Deputy Endsley also noticed a backpack in the truck bed between the tool box and bed,” Depresca said. “He asked who it belonged to and Mr. Davis said he didn’t know.”

Inside the backpack was 3.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, scales, and a false bottom Dr Pepper can, and 178 pills believe to be steroids, Depresca said.

Davis, who worked in the City’s Sewer and Water Department, was hired in the summer of 2012.

City Manager Brenda Samford declined to make a comment and referred further information request to Robert Underwood, city attorney.

However, Samford said only three departments, the police, fire department, and water plant, work 24 hours per day, and she indicated it was unusual for city property to be used by an employee at such a late hour.

City Attorney Robert Underwood said the Davis is suspended without pay until a full review of the investigation is completed.

Underwood said he wasn’t aware of any written policy regarding the after-hours use of city property.

“We’re looking into that right now,” Underwood said. “From what I understand he had permission from his supervisor. Hopefully we’ll know something in the next few days. There are some other things we’re looking at.”




Though San Diego is no longer considered the “math capital,” the drug continues  to be a huge problem in the region, health officials and county leaders said  Tuesday

Though the use of methamphetamine continues to pose a major  problem in San Diego, county health officials and leaders say the city is no  longer considered the “meth capital” of the United States, according to the  latest statistics.

“San Diego County may no longer be the meth capital, but meth  continues to take its deadly toll. The statistics are very disturbing,” County  of San Diego Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacobs said Tuesday during a  press conference outlining meth use in the region.


According to Jacobs, as well as officials from the San Diego  County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), there were 217 meth-related  deaths in San Diego in 2012 – up from 140 in 2008. That marks a 55 percent  increase in local meth-related deaths.

Jacobs said the 2012 figure is the second highest since the  county’s Methamphetamine Strike Force – a group composed of approximately 70  local, state and federal organizations and agencies – first began tracking these  types of incidents in the mid-90s.

Still, today’s so-called “Meth Report Card” is better than it  was in 1996, when the County Board of Supervisors created the Meth Strike Force  to curb the large presence of meth labs operating out of the county.

“San Diego County had the dubious distinction of being the  meth capital [of the U.S.] and it was East County that was the hot spot,” Jacobs  recalled. “We have to continue to be vigilant.”

Joining Jacobs at Tuesday’s press conference were HHSA  director Nick Macchione, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis,  San Diego County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas and Eric Davis, a  recovery counselor and former meth user.

The group talked about indicators of the meth problem in San  Diego, including unintentional deaths, emergency room visits, treatment  admissions, arrests for possession and sales of meth and adult and juvenile  arrestees testing positive for meth.

While the county has implemented several programs to curb  meth use, the drug remains prevalent in San Diego.

DA Dumanis said law enforcement continues to fight the  battle against meth on a daily basis.

“Law enforcement’s commitment to the fight against meth  continues,” said Dumanis. “We will arrest and prosecute meth users and dealers.  Meth is a bad drug. It does bad things to your mind – it makes you violent. We  see it often in officer-involved shooting cases because [the suspect] acts in a  paranoid or bizarre way.”

Dumanis said 36 percent of adult arrestees in 2012 tested  positive for meth, compared to 24 percent in 2008.

“What this tells us, is that meth continues to be the drug  of choice for adults in San Diego, especially for people who are on probation,” Dumanis added.

On a positive note, the DA said the number of juvenile  arrestees who tested positive for meth dropped to 4 percent in 2012, down from  10 percent in 2008.

“Young people are not turning to meth at the same level as  adults,” she added.

While the number of meth labs in the county has drastically  dropped over the past decade, Jacobs said meth manufacturers are still finding  new ways to make and distribute the drug.

This includes smuggling liquid meth across the U.S.-Mexico  border, as well as using a potentially explosive meth manufacturing method  called “shake ‘n bake,” in which chemicals are mixed together in a 2-liter soda  bottle.

Jacobs urged anyone who suspects drug activity in their  community or anyone suffering from a meth addiction to call the Meth Hotline for  help at (877) 662-6384.

“Make no mistake, meth means death,” said Jacobs. “This  isn’t like something in a TV show like ‘Breaking Bad.’ Meth breaks lives.”

Health officials said the meth use numbers for 2013 have not  yet been released, but should be made public within the next few months.  Already, the HHSA confirms about 230 meth-related deaths in the county for 2013,  which comes out to about a 10 percent increase from the 2012 figure.




NILAND- Two suspected narcotics smugglers were arrested Tuesday morning after more than 13 pounds of methamphetamines were discovered in a vehicle at the Highway 111 checkpoint. The arrests occurred at 6 a.m. after U.S. Border Patrol agents referred a green 1995 Honda Accord driven by a 27-year-old U.S. citizen to secondary inspection.

The inspection revealed multiple individually wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden underneath the dashboard of the vehicle, according to a Border Patrol press release. The narcotics had a combined weight of 13.99 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $167,000.

Both the driver and passenger, a 47-year-old lawful permanent resident from Mexico, were taken into custody. The vehicle and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.




Officials predict number of meth labs found will increase this year

ROCK HILL — The ingredients were all there: gas,  Sudafed, Mason jars, coffee filters and lithium batteries.

Stored inside a room at Rock Hill’s Executive Inn on Monday night were the makings of a methamphetamine lab that authorities say was inactive. Along with the meth materials, police discovered more than 1 gram of meth stuffed in a couch cushion, heroin residue on a sink, hypodermic needles in a nightstand, parts to a rifle in a plastic bag and a stolen lawn mower in front of the bathroom.

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Police arrested Robert David Hawkins, 46, and Cynthia Snipes Burton, 32, both of Rock Hill, and Christopher Michael Watkins, 31, of Fort Mill, charging each with manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine in proximity to a school and possession of heroin, according to police documents.

The Executive Inn, which saw 86 police calls for service within the past six months, is less than a mile  from Sullivan Middle School.

On Tuesday, Watkins and Burton were being held at the York County Detention Center; Watkins on a $14,652 bond and Burton on a $14,000 bond. Hawkins, also charged with possession of methamphetamine and shoplifting a lawn mower, was still at the Rock Hill jail awaiting transport to the detention center. Bond for the shoplifting charge was set at $4,000.

The lab was the fourth uncovered in York County this year, said Marvin Brown, commander for the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit. Officials last year dismantled 23 meth labs throughout the county – more than double the number they found in 2011 and 2012.

“I believe we’re in for another record year,” Brown said.

About 10 p.m. Monday, a police officer conducting a property check at the Executive Inn on North Anderson Road offered to help a woman in the parking lot find her daughter, whom she identified as Burton. After asking several hotel guests whether they knew Burton, the officer learned she was staying in a room with her boyfriend. Officers knocked on the door, and Christopher Watkins answered, inviting police inside when they announced they were looking for Burton, the report states. They found her lying on a bed.

A second man, identified as Robert Hawkins, was lying on a couch. Hawkins sat up and shoved his hand inside the couch cushion, the report states.  Burton gave police permission to search the room for drugs after an officer noted finding what he thought was heroin residue on the sink counter in the bathroom.

Police found hypodermic needles inside the nightstand. A county drug agent used a dog to sniff out a blue gym bag under a table; they found 6 ounces of ammonium nitrate, 1 gallon of ethanol, Sudafed, pill crushers , scales, Mason jars, coffee filters, lithium batteries and plastic tubes – all used in making meth, police say. Ammonium nitrate is an ingredient found in the cold and ice packs commonly used in meth production.

Watkins and Burton told authorities the gym bag belonged to Hawkins. Officers found more than 1 gram of meth in a baggie between the couch cushions. Police also found a plastic bag containing a rifle charging handle, a muzzle brake, a scope mount and a drill bit elsewhere in the room, and a “brand new” black-and-yellow Cub Cadet push lawn mower in front of the bathroom, the report states.

Hawkins told police that he paid $50 for the mower a man sold him a night earlier, the report states. Police called several hardware stores selling that brand of lawn mower, eventually reaching an employee at the Tractor Supply Company on Cross Pointe Drive. After police sent him a picture of the mower in the room, the employee confirmed that it was the same lawn mower stolen from an outdoor display of mowers at the store’s entrance.

Hawkins admitted to police that he took the mower and planned to sell it, the report states. He was charged with shoplifting, and cited for false information to police. The mower was returned to Tractor Supply Company.

Though the meth lab inside the motel was inactive, the three suspects having the materials to make meth is enough to charge them with manufacturing methamphetamine, which accuses anyone who “aids, abets, attempts, or conspires to” produce the drug, Brown said.

Lt. Max Dorsey with the State Law Enforcement Division said the state is “keeping a steady pace” when compared with how many labs were found by this time last year.

Monday’s lab is the second found in a York County motel this year, Brown said.

Location in a motel “sort of speaks to (the labs’) mobility,” Dorsey said. “People aren’t necessarily having to stay at home or stay stationary to cook this meth. Because of this mobility, because it’s so compact (and) these vessels are so small … you can virtually do it anywhere.”

“We’re finding them in hotels, motels, cars, boats, mopeds, ditches, in wooded areas and, of course, homes,” he said. “Hotels and motels get a lot of attention because that’s an area where innocent people are concentrated in one building. The activity by the people in one room is going to negatively affect everybody in that building.”

If someone were to tell you they could make you $1,000 on a $50 investment, most people would ask what the catch was or be very interested in finding out how someone could spend such little cash for such a high return.

It’s simple: manufacturing methamphetamine.

Glorified at times on television — especially in such programs as Breaking Bad — manufacturing methamphetamine has become a problem not just in Brown County but nationwide, although that secret has long been out in the open, just look around: signs of long-term meth use in people, such as the loss of teeth, scabs on the skin, and the “sunken in” look of the cheeks, are often visible. Meth will also damage your hair, nails, and other parts of your body.

Yet for a cooker of the illicit drug, all they see is dollar signs.

*“T” is a cooker. She explained to me how easy it is to come out with the products to make the drug and how it is not as sophisticated as what you might see on Breaking Bad. She uses a method known as “shake and bake” to yield the drug. Methamphetamine can be produced in a water bottle-sized container for around $50 and depending on the amount of pseudoephedrine you have, can yield hundreds of dollars in return.

The items used to make the drug come from around the house and are easily available and reasonably inexpensive. Coffee filters, lithium batteries, drain cleaner, lye and unfrozen ice packs cut open are just a few of the simple items needed to make the drug. A few items unfamiliar to most people would be Xylene and muriatic acid, which can easily be found in your everyday hardware store. The actual drug comes from turning pseudoephedrine into crystallized methamphetamine hcl.

“T” said she cooks twice per week and that she yields around $900-$1000 worth of the drug in street value. Someone purchasing all of the pre-cursors to the drug can usually be spotted out at whatever store they choose to shop at, that is why according to “T” there is a whole network of people who buy items to get the drug made. She told The News Democrat she has anywhere from 15 to 20 people who purchase or steal items for her “cooking.” The hardest item to obtain in quantity is pseudoephedrine and is the only ingredient that requires ID to purchase.

In 2013, 25 people were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, up from 2012 where 17 people were arrested for manufacturing and the Sheriff’s Department has cracked down on producers of the drug. Each year more and more people are arrested on chargers and the Sheriff’s Department list the locations where methamphetamine has been founded being produced on their website.

Cookers like “T,” however are not afraid of going to jail. She said if she could work a job that would pay what cooking paid she would choose a different career path. Cookers are looking for a quick buck, those who use and cook want to get high to escape reality. Anyone can make the drug and it is getting harder to detect how it is made. For those who are experienced in “shake and bake” they may never get caught. No more need to intricate propane tanks and tubes to produce the drug.

Georgetown Chief Robert Freeland said the process is getting easier because the products are getting dirtier, but drug users only care about the end result. If someone sees someone buying the products to make meth and keying on those products, they will use other products to achieve the same results.

Meth is hard to locate and becoming easier to make. Cookers see the income potential rather than the residual effects it has on a community. Meth has been called the world’s most dangerous drug, but often times people do not realize that methamphetamine is a prescription drug in the United States under the trade name Desoxyn. Desoxy is used to treat ADHD and obesity but is not often prescribed because of the high potential of abuse.

It is a neurotoxin that changes the way the brain produces dopamine and serotonin. Both dopamine and serotonin are what makes humans feel good. Meth, both prescription and “shake and bake” increases the bodies production and long term abuse actually shuts down the bodies ability to produce them naturally.

Meth has a stronghold in many communities but law enforcement has stepped up efforts to try to track down those criminals who are producing the drug. The 25 people in 2013 and 17 people in 2012 may not seem like a lot, but in 2001 and 2002, only two were found manufacturing the drug by the Sheriff’s Department.

Efforts around the county continue to rid this drug from the streets.

*The name of this source has been changed to protect her anonymity.




TEGA CAY —  A North Carolina woman found undressing in the parking lot of Tega Cay’s Walmart was arrested on Friday after police found a plastic baggie of white powder in her jacket that she admitted was methamphetamine, authorities say.

At about 9:30 a.m., police were sent to the Walmart on Stonecrest Bouelvard after receiving calls about a possibly intoxicated woman sitting in a white Honda Accord removing her clothes, according to a report from the Tega Cay Police Department.

Police found the woman, identified as Christine Leigh Campbell, 25, of Monroe, N.C., sitting in the driver’s seat removing her shirt, panties and pants.

Campbell told the officer that she was undressing so she could “pop a cyst on her leg,” the report states. After confirming her identity, the officer placed a very-fidgety Campbell under arrest, charging her with public disorderly conduct because she undressed in public when she could have used Walmart’s restroom. While searching her, another officer found a baggie filled with white powder in one of her jacket pockets. When the officer asked Campbell what was inside the baggie, she told him it was meth.

Police additionally charged Campbell with possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities found two glass pipes inside of an eyeglass case in her car, the report states. She was taken to the York County Detention Center and later released on a more than $10,000 bond.

The Buchanan County Drug Strike Force says the methamphetamine use in Northwest Missouri is still at a high, despite pseudoephedrine tracking programs.

“It’s probably the No. 1 drug that we’re fighting out on the streets,” Drug Strike Force Capt. Mike Donaldson said.

The Pseudoephedrine Control Law was implemented in 2005. The law removed pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine and a key ingredient in meth, from pharmacy shelves and put them behind the counter. Customers were limited on the amount they could purchase.

“We had a signature log and you had to sign it and put your address down, Social Security number,” Rex Robinson with Rogers Pharmacy said. “We would provide it to law enforcement officials if they were looking for something and it was pretty cumbersome.”

But it was effective. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says meth labs busts dropped 40.5 percent in 2005, the year the law was put into place. But in 2010 Missouri switched from the paper tracking method to an electronic database; a move that law enforcement says makes it harder to identify meth manufacturers.

“The process now is if you purchase a product that has pseudoephedrine in it, you have to present your driver’s license, that is scanned into the program that the state is sponsoring and if there’s a problem they either approve or deny it,” Mr. Robinson said.

But meth makers still find a loophole.

“They’re not making the purchases themselves … they’re just using more people,” Mr. Donaldson said. “What it’s hard to do is connect one individual and all the other individuals that they’re using to purchase the pseudoephedrine with them.

“Now if we can make that connection, then we can track that through the log and then we can start to add up how much that individual is getting.”

Though meth manufacturers have found a way around the system, Mr. Donaldson says tracking has reduced the number of meth labs in Northwest Missouri.

However, the drug is finding another way in.

“The only explanation I can come up with is that we’re receiving more of the imported stuff through the drug trafficking organizations,” he said.

A not-so-simple 2 liter bottle found by a woman on Hip Pocket Road late Sunday morning led to a hazardous material team collecting the bottle and other ingredients found in the street that may have been used to produce methamphetamine drugs, Peachtree City police said.

The woman found the trash on the northern section of the road inside a bag at about 11:20 a.m., police said. After picking it up, she noticed a suspicious substance inside the bottle and called 911, police said.

Officers who responded determined the material could be extremely hazardous, said Lt. Mark Brown of the Peachtree City Police Department.

Because of the hazardous nature of such materials, a special remediation agent was used to remove the items, police said.

An investigation into the origin of the suspicious material is ongoing, police said.



It was a case that District Attorney Scott McKee hoped would send a message to those that ingest methamphetamine, and late last Wednesday afternoon, after an hour and a half of deliberation, a Henderson County jury of 10 women and 2 men found Lola Amelia Thompson guilty of Assault on an Emergency Service Personnel. Thompson, who is 38 years old and formerly of Kemp, had been indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury for punching an ER Nurse at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. The charge is a Third Degree Felony and carries a punishment of up to 10 years incarceration. The verdict came at the conclusion of a three day trial in Judge Dan Moore’s 173rd Judicial District Court.


Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.

Over the course of the two day trial, the jury was presented with evidence of events taking place while ETMC staff attempted to care for Thompson. On July 25, 2012 Thompson was taken to the emergency room by family members after she had become severely intoxicated and attempted to cut herself. Eye witness testimony detailed a struggle to get Thompson medical attention that she needed but did not want. A family member drove Thompson from her home where evidence showed that she had ingested a gallon of whiskey, taken a large number of prescription pills, smoked marijuana, and had consumed amphetamines/ methamphetamine. Thompson then cut her forearm and was in need of sutures

When an attempt was made by a family member to unload Thompson just outside the ETMC Emergency Room at the breezeway she instantly became combative and violent. Thompson then head-butted a family member, breaking his nose. Multiple witnesses presented by the District Attorney’s Office stated that they could actually hear a loud popping noise when the man’s nose was broken by Thompson. At that time video surveillance and testimony presented to the jury described a dangerous situation as Emergency Room Personnel attempted to aid Thompson. She continued her violent rampage and then targeted the hospital’s staff. Thompson struck an ETMC Emergency Room Charge Nurse in the face 4-5 times with a closed fist. Ben Bailey, also a member of the ER staff, had to pull Thompson off of the nurse who was there attempting to provide medical care to Thompson.

Sgt. Jason McEntire and Officer Dustin Cook arrived on scene and attempted to detain Thompson. It ultimately took three officers to restrain Thompson who continued to punch, kick, and scream. Thompson would later have to be sedated by medical personnel so that she could be treated and cleared to leave the hospital. An emergency room physician testified at trial that it took nearly three times the normal amount of sedation required for an average person to get Thompson to a treatable state.

“I really appreciate the hard work of our lawyers in prosecuting this case”. Said 1st Assistant District Attorney Mark Hall. “My daughter is a registered nurse, and she and her husband are expecting what will be our first grandchild. I know from experience the hard work, dedication and long hours nurses put in treating their patients, and often consoling their families. Doctors, nurses and other medical providers should not have their own safety and well being put at risk while carrying out those tasks, and I commend the jury for standing up for them by rendering their verdict in this case.”

District Attorney Scott McKee said that as a community we can’t let people hide behind their methamphetamine addictions as an excuse to hurt others. “Assistant DA Weiner asked the jury to stand up and protect those that care for us and the jury responded with a swift verdict.” McKee stated that we were very blessed to have ETMC in our community. “As District Attorney I’ll do everything in my power to protect our medical professionals from people who ingest methamphetamine and other substances and take out aggression on those that try to help them.”

A sentencing hearing has been set for March 18, 2014 at 9:00am in the 173d Judicial District Court.