A 34-year-old Athens man and his teenage passenger were arrested early Saturday after the man’s car was stopped for a traffic violation and drugs were found in the vehicle and also concealed inside the passenger’s body, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Samantha Smith, 19, reportedly told police the driver, 34-year-old Brian Justin Tolbert, told her to hide two bags of drugs in her vagina prior to his car being pulled over, according to 15039167police.

The traffic stop was made at about 1:30 a.m. by an officer who saw Tolbert was driving a car that bore a license plate belonging to a different vehicle, police said. When speaking to the man, the officer saw plastic bags and a bullet on the vehicle’s floor, according to police, and it was subsequently learned Tolbert’s license was suspended.

When searching Tolbert, police said they found a bottle of pills, a bag of crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale and nearly $500 in small bills, police said.

Smith reportedly told police that when being pulled over by the officer, Tolbert gave her a bag of meth and a bag of clonazepam and told her to hide the drugs in her vagina. A female officer who arrived on the scene took Smith to the restroom of a nearby convenience store to observe her taking the drugs from her body, police said. The drugs in those bags was said by police to be “significantly more than just (for) personal consumption.”

Recovered from Smith’s purse and shoulder bag were more packages of meth and drug paraphernalia that included a spoon with residue, according to police.

Smith and Tolbert were each charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession of drug-related objects.

Tolbert was additionally charged with possession of prescription drugs not in their original container, possession of dangerous drugs, driving while license suspended, and affixing a license plate with intent to conceal or misrepresent identity.







LAWTON, MI — Two Lawton women, ages 26 and 41, may be facing drug charges after a search of a home in the 200 block of Morrill Street turned up components used in making methamphetamine.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics imagepng-16d805faf25247f5Unit executed a search warrant related to possible manufacturing of methamphetamine taking place at the house, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The women were not home when narcotics detectives, along with deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s office Uniform Response division, Animal Control division and officers from the Lawton Police Department, searched the residence. They found suspected meth oil from a one-pot meth lab reaction vessel, a HCL gas generator cap, and additional components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, authorities said.

No arrests have been made, the release said, but when the investigation is completed a report will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutors office for review of charges including Operating /Maintaining a Methamphetamine Lab; Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Drug House.







Two people were arrested in Lansford after a baby ingested methamphetamine from their illegal narcotics lab, police say.

Lansford police Sgt. Jack Soberick said officers were given a tip on Dec. 31 that Joseph M. Navarre, 43 and Melissa D. O07%20news%20OBRIEN’Brien, 22, both of 102 Spring Garden St., were concocting the drug from inside their home. Spring Garden Street is also known as Route 902.

As they began investigating the claim, court papers state, officers were told a seven-month-old child living at the home was admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Jan. 3, reportedly for ingesting a laundry detergent.

As it turned out medical testing showed the baby actually ingested meth, court papers said. Last police heard, Soberick said, they believed the child would recover.

The baby along with a two-year-old living in the home were turned over to Carbon County Children and Youth Services, police said.

Multiple pieces of evidence to support meth was being produced in the residence were found when borough police and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team searched it, according to court documents. Additionally, police said, a batch of the drug was being cooked when police were inside.07%20news%20NAVARRE

On a second floor rear bedroom, which was occupied and shared by Navarre and O’Brien, were several plastic bottles with vinyl tubing known to be a “gas generator” used in the manufacture of meth.

Among the other items found were melted plastic bottles with residue, bottle of drain opener, measuring cups with residue, fuel and plastic tubing.

Soberick said the lab was the first the clandestine lab team responded to in the eastern part of the state this year.

Navarre and O’Brien will both face operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacture of methamphetamine in a building where a child under 18 years old is present, possession of items used to make a controlled substance, all felonies, along with misdemeanors for child endangerment and reckless endangerment.

O’Brien was also charged with an additional count of child endangerment and three additional counts of reckless endangerment.

They were each held on $100,000 bail at Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, set by Magisterial District Judge Edward Lewis, Jim Thorpe, during their Wednesday arraignment.






CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. — A Chevrolet Blazer allegedly filled with materials used to make methamphetamine resulted in the arrest of two Cortland County residents on Jan. 6, according to New York State Police.5fcabf80-74e9-4c9b-8474-ac7c2be312f4-large16x9_pizap_com14526323731151

Police say 18-year-old Richard Stevens and 24-year-old Natalie Castor were stopped on Fisher Avenue last week in connection to a methamphetamine investigation by the Cortland County Drug Task Force.

Inside the 1997 Chevrolet Blazer they were driving, police found items typically used to make methamphetamine, including a pen tube, decongestant packaging pseudoephedrine hydrochloride caplets, instant cold packs, utility blades, isopropyl alcohol, gallon zipper baggies, soda bottle and other components. In addition, a glass container with approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine, according to New York State Police.

Stevens is currently being held at the Cortland County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.

Castor was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Cortlandville Court Jan. 25.







PERU – A 17-year-old boy and his mother are in jail after police say they discovered the two were selling meth.

Officers from the CLEAN Team said they observed the 17-year-old selling meth during a recent narcotics investigation.

Further investigation led to officers obtaining a search warrant for a residence on the 400 block of West Fifth Street, Peru. During a search of the residence, officers found meth and drug paraphernalia, police said.

As part of the investigation, the boy’s mother, Shelly Wright, was arrested for two counts of conspiracy to deal meth, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent.

The 17-year-old faces charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance.

That investigation led officers to a home on the 2800 block of North Knoll Drive, Macy, which is the residence of Caleb Steckel, 36. Steckel and Wright have an infant son together.

Officers were at the home at the request of investigators from the Indiana Department of Child Protective Services to check the welfare of the child.

While at the residence, officers found meth, marijuana, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Steckel was arrested on charges for possession of meth, possession of a scheduled II narcotic, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a separate investigation, Members of the CLEAN Team arrested Brandon Peters, 25, Peru, for possession of heroin and possession of a syringe.

Officers found heroin and a syringe when they responded to Peters’ home after he allegedly overdosed on heroin, police said. First responders were able to revive Peters. He was medically cleared at Dukes Hospital and then incarcerated in the Miami County jail.

In another investigation, officers from the CLEAN Team went to a residence on 500 block of East Main Street, Peru, to assist the Indiana Department of Child Protective Services with a home check.

While at the residence, officers observed syringes, meth and drug paraphernalia. Brandy Manley, 32, a resident of the home, was arrested on charges for possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a syringe, neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance.

In a separate investigation, officers developed probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Carl Brown, 31, Peru. Brown was served the warrant which alleged criminal charges for dealing meth and possession of meth.

The CLEAN Team is a task force of 11 law enforcement entities that have dedicated resources to fight narcotics in Fulton and Miami counties. CLEAN stands for Combined Law Enforcement Against Narcotics.

Law enforcement officers encourage anyone with information about the possession, distribution or manufacturing of narcotics to call their local law enforcement agency or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Information can be reported anonymously.







A former Harris County district judge who touted his experience as a recovering addict during his campaign has been arrested on drug charges, authorities said.

Kevin Fine, now practicing law in the San Antonio suburb of Boerne, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, authorities confirmed Monday.hthsrjryj5ry

Fine, 48, bought methamphetamine from an officer during an undercover operation by the Boerne Police Department, the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers, according to the Boerne department’s Facebook page.

After the alleged drug buy, Fine was taken into custody on Friday and booked into the Kendall County Jail on the felony narcotics charge.

On Monday, he could not be reached for comment.

Fine was elected to the Harris County’s 177th District Court in 2008 and served a single term before abruptly resigning in 2012.

He rode a motorcycle and had arms that were covered with tattoos. During his campaign, Fine said his own drug history would make him more able to “spot the phonies” on the bench.

Fine said he started drinking and smoking marijuana in his teens then graduated to harder drugs in college.

Even as a practicing attorney, Fine continued abusing alcohol and cocaine but said he was never high in court.

Fine said he got treatment after a co-worker in Lubbock confronted him over his drug abuse.

“I was out of cocaine. I was out of money. And the four horsemen of addiction – terror, bewilderment, frustration and despair – were on the way,” Fine said after his election.

He sparked controversy and made headlines in 2010 after he declared the state’s death penalty unconstitutional during a routine hearing.

Fine’s death penalty ruling was later reversed.







A registered sex offender pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Superior Court to having sex with an underage girl last year and supplying her with methamphetamine.

Tyler P. Judd, 32, of 512 W. Second St., Waitsburg, entered the guilty pleas to the charges of third-degree rape of a child and distribution of a controlled substance to a person under the age of 18.

He faces a standard-range prison term of five years and eight months to eight years and four months when he’s sentenced after a presentence investigation is completed.

In a plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending the low end of the range and agreed to drop two charges.

Police say that during an interview with Judd on Nov. 17, he admitted having had sex with the 15-year-old girl about 10 times at a Walla Walla residence and supplying her with methamphetamine they would use together.

The girl corroborated Judd’s account in a separate interview that day, saying she started having sex with Judd around August.

He was arrested and remains in the County Jail pending his sentencing.

Judd initially was also accused of communicating with the girl for immoral purposes, but that and an unrelated charge of methamphetamine delivery will be dismissed.

Officials say he delivered meth to a confidential informant on July 3 at a location that’s within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.

Records show that Judd committed child rape in 2003 and other crimes since 1999.






Two days after busting a suspect for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine, police were back at the same residence in a local trailer park and allegedly found more meth being made.

On Friday, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to Happy Valley Trailer Park, Lot 59, on Baker Road, regarding a suspicious backpack located at the residence. The backpack was located under a baby crib in the bedroom at the rear of the residence, a release from the Athens County Major Crimes Unit states.56951b84100f1_image

Deputies identified the items inside the backpack as items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and contacted the Athens County Major Crimes Unit.

According to a news release, agents with the MCU “recovered, neutralized and removed” a functioning one-pot methamphetamine lab. Other items located included filters, funnels and household cleaning products commonly used as part of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

“This lab was at one of its most flammable points during the methamphetamine making process,” at the time of neutralization, the release stated.

The backpack is estimated to have been hidden in the area since Wednesday, the night Benjamin Bellar was taken into custody at the residence.

From Wednesday to Friday, three children, ages 1 to 4, were living at the residence and had been playing in the room before the backpack was located, the release states.

Bellar remains in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs and abduction resulting from a Jan. 5 incident on Stagecoach Road alleging domestic violence.

Bellar is charged with abduction in relation to the alleged incident. According to a criminal complaint filed in municipal court, he is alleged to have restrained a 21-year-old woman and threatened to kill her before attempting to force her into a vehicle.

Before law enforcement arrived at the scene on Stagecoach Road, Bellar had reportedly fled. While interviewing witnesses the deputies were reportedly alerted to a bottle in the refrigerator which was allegedly a one pot methamphetamine lab, leading Bellar to be charged with illegal manufacture of drugs.

Bellar is alleged to have manufactured meth at the residence with a juvenile present, making the charge a first-degree felony. There were 12 juveniles ranging in age from five months to 17 years of age who lived at the residence according to Sheriff Rodney Smith.

On Jan. 6, law enforcement responded to Happy Valley Estates regarding Bellar’s whereabouts.

After multiple attempts to make contact with Bellar, Canine Ijo, Lt. Jason Kline and Deputy John Kulchar entered the residence. Ijo alerted in the back bedroom where Bellar was located.

Several verbal attempts were made for Bellar to show his hands and surrender from behind the bed or he would be bit by Ijo. Bellar reportedly did not comply and Ijo was deployed, ultimately biting the suspect.

Bellar is also under indictment for two fifth-degree felony charges of theft from a protected class from an unrelated incident.






The sudden death of a child sent a Nelson mother’s life spiraling out of control as she turned to methamphetamine to numb her grief and became a drug dealer for the Head Hunters gang.

Suman Eve Kumar, 31, had no criminal history before seeking “solace” in methamphetamine, also known as P, following the death of her youngest child in 2011 and the breakdown of a relationship.

Kumar, in her late 20s at the time, became heavily dependent on the class A drug and later fell in with the Head Hunters gang, fronting a lucrative commercial drug dealing operation with at least four employees, supplying methamphetamine and LSD in Nelson Bays.

Crown prosecutor Jackson Webber said Kumar’s offending was “really enthusiastic, almost 1452657483327cheerful commercial drug dealing”.

On Tuesday, Kumar appeared in the Nelson District Court via audio-visual link for sentencing on seven drugs charges, six of which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Kumar had pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine for supply, two counts of supplying and two counts of offering to supply methamphetamine, conspiring to deal methamphetamine and supplying LSD.

Judge Tony Zohrab sentenced her to three years and nine months’ imprisonment, giving her discounts for a guilty plea and the personal circumstances that led to her offending.

The court heard that Kumar started using methamphetamine after her child died from sudden infant death syndrome.

“She’d been doing really well right up to that tragic point when her young baby had died and things really went spiraling down after that,” defense lawyer Tony Bamford said.

Kumar was attracted to the opportunity of making money from methamphetamine and “effortlessly” slipped into drug dealing, Crown prosecutor Jackson Webber said.

She came to the attention of police in December, 2014.

Text messages captured from two of her mobile phones revealed her involvement in buying, selling and offering to sell methamphetamine.

In a series of text messages to an unknown number in February 2015, Kumar said she wanted to save up money to buy enough methamphetamine to “sink a ship”.

The person she was messaging said “we’re really getting into serious shit now”.

Kumar replied: “Yes but that’s because we r the best at this. U and i [sic].”

Police said the Head Hunters gang in Wellington was one of Kumar’s suppliers.

She employed at least four people to help with selling methamphetamine in Nelson Bays and paid them either in cash or discounted drugs. She used multiple bank accounts to store money and repay suppliers.

The Crown could not calculate how much methamphetamine Kumar had bought, sold, or conspired to buy and sell, but based on the text messages, an estimated total of at least $337,000-worth was reached.

In another set of text messages, Kumar said members of the Head Hunters were talking about her at “church”, a compulsory gang meeting in Wellington.

“They saying we r best in Nelson,” the message said. “They heard good things.” She said she felt “quite honored” to be talked about in such a way at the gang meeting.

Webber said the text messages showed Kumar’s offending amounted to “really enthusiastic, almost cheerful commercial drug dealing”.

“It’s not a desperate addict getting three points and selling two to fund her own use of it,” he said. “It’s well beyond that. It’s really evidence of an obvious intent to run a significant and profitable methamphetamine dealing business.”

Bamford said Kumar had shown “genuine remorse” for her offending which happened as a result of “quite unusual and exceptional circumstances”.

Judge Zohrab said Kumar and her associates had “undoubtedly caused significant harm within the Nelson Bays community”.

“It wasn’t a small scale operation by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.

“The impression one gains is that you were reveling in your role and you engaged in the whole process in enthusiastic fashion.”

He gave an order for the destruction of the drugs and related utensils.







A 69-year-old Villager reportedly found a bag of methamphetamine in a gutter this weekend on Bellavista Circle.

The Villager turned in the bag Monday at the Marion County Sheriff’s District Office on Mulberry Lane.

He had found a small red bag containing a smaller black plastic bag with white skulls printed on it. That bag contained a white crystalized substance believed to be methamphetamine.

The substance is to be destroyed.







OKLAHOMA CITY — A large-scale, Mexican-sourced methamphetamine manufacturing operation in Oklahoma City has been shut down.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says Homeland Security Investigations and bureau agents found 15.3 pounds of crystal meth during a traffic stop Jan 8.

A search warrant was executed on a nearby home, where agents discovered a large-scale meth manufacturing operation. Woodward says agents found several more pounds of crystal meth and canisters containing multiple pounds of liquid meth that was in the process of being converted.

The investigation netted 121 pounds of meth in either crystal or liquid form with an approximate street value of $1.5 million.

Woodward says three people living in the country illegally have been arrested in the case. He says more arrests are possible as the investigation continues.







VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. – Van Buren County Deputies arrived at a residence in the 6000 block of M-40 Highway to arrest a person with an outstanding two felony warrant.

The arrest happened Saturday night around 10:50 p.m.9619901_G

31-year-old Natalie Mansfield was being arrested for allegedly operating a meth lab and resisting a police officer.

When deputies arrived on scene, they did not receive a response from anyone inside but saw Mansfield looking from a window.

After forcing entry into the residence, Mansfield did not comply with the officers calls out.

Once located inside the home, Mansfield was taken into custody.

Officers say her 2-year-old son was taken into protective custody and turned over to relatives.







A Bartlesville woman is in custody for allegedly having meth and driving without a license. 38-year old Karianne Greenburg is charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving without a license.  An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop in Washington County.karianne-greenburg

According to a court affidavit, the trooper learned that Greenburg didn’t have a valid drivers license. The trooper searched the vehicle and found two bags of meth.  Court records indicate that Greenburg have felony convictions in Tulsa and Choctaw counties.  Greenburg’s next court date is January 22nd.  Bond was set at $25,000.








Debra Sheridan, a former animal shelter operator, will have her probation tightened after she was found to have been using methamphetamine.

Sheridan was found guilty in November of failing to get rabies vaccinations for 54 animals as well as a methamphetamine charge.D0012008867--58878

Her sentence included five years of probation and on her first drug test, 10 days after her sentencing, she was found with an unprescribed drug, Ritalin, in her system.

Sheridan’s attorney, Ivan Toney, said she admits to having used Ritalin after sentencing.

Sheridan said Monday she would likely have the drug in her system.

Asked by the probation violation hearing officer, Mark Simmons, if she would test positive for methamphetamine, Sheridan said “I don’t think so, but I’m not sure.”

Toney said it is common for people on probation to have similar violations, such as testing positive for drugs, especially on their first check-in.

He said Sheridan recognizes the seriousness of the probation and is scheduled to enter a drug-treatment program later this month.

Sheridan didn’t speak much during the short hearing at an administrative building attached to the Anderson County Detention Center.

She told Simmons that she was the primary caretaker for her father and that she had started drugs as a teen but had gone decades without using.

Simmons said he would keep Sheridan out of jail and would instead give her more intensive probation conditions for the violation.

Sheridan will now have to be on an active GPS monitoring system and will have more frequent drug testing and check-ins with her probation officer.

Toney said Sheridan was fortunate.

“I feel it’s an enormous break, this is a wake-up call,” he said.

The charges against Sheridan stem from a March 2015 welfare check at her shelter, Golden S Rescue. Sixty dogs and cats were seized from the shelter and she was charged with mistreatment of animals. She was found not guilty of mistreatment and guilty of failing to get rabies vaccinations.

The 2015 charges were the third time Sheridan was accused of mistreating animals or failing to get rabies shots. Anderson County has kept Sheridan’s animals after several of the accusations, costing $400,000 for the animals’ care.

Sheridan is not allowed to operate an animal rescue during her probation.








BROWNWOOD, Texas – Police say a woman accused of stealing more than $100 of items from the Brownwood Walmart left behind her purse – and baggies of meth.

According to the Brownwood Police Department, 23-year-old Destinee Hood was arrested Sunday afternoon after Walmart employees confronted her for allegedly taking items totaling $111.68.destinee-hood-arrested-jpg

That’s when, police say, she ran out of the store, forgetting her purse with several meth baggies inside.

Police also say they found a glass pipe with burned residue inside. The report said that’s when Walmart’s Theft Prevention Unit approached her and she ran across the store and made her way outside before being nabbed by law enforcement.

The police report also stated that employees were watching Hood after she allegedly stole a heater from the display area and attempted to refund it.

When police brought her to jail, they found two illegal prescription drugs on her, the report said.

Hood faces a number of charges, including the possession of a controlled substance; resisting arrest and theft.

Her bond was set at $17,500, according to the Brown County Jail.

Jail records showed she was arrested on Jan. 2 for an assault with bodily injury charge, but bonded out.







GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said a man and woman from California were arrested after they were caught using and selling drugs out of two rooms at a hotel on Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.CalifDuo

Police said Nicole Moraga, 33, and Hector Ramirez-Avila, 35, both of California, were charged with importing methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators found more than 3.5 ounces of suspected meth and large amounts of cash, which led them to believe the duo was selling drugs.

Western Colorado Drug Task Force assumed the investigation, according to a press release.







On Friday, January 8, at approximately 1:53 a.m., La Porte emergency crews responded to a house fire on the 1400 block of Scott Street.

The home was engulfed in flames when police arrived.

The female resident told police she’d let a male acquaintance spend the night because he was homeless.

During the night, she reportedly saw him carrying her daughter’s burning mattress into the bathroom, where he attempted to put out the flames.

Police say the two children who reside in the home were not present at the time of the fire and had spent the night at the home of another family member.

According to the La Porte Police Department, an investigation indicated that materials used to manufacture methamphetamine were present inside the home, and that meth was being made inside a plastic bottle when the mattress caught fire.

No serious injuries were reported, and the case remains under investigation.







PARDEEVILLE, Wis. – Two children were found living in a home where authorities found a meth lab last week, according to a release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they used a search warrant to enter a Pardeeville home on Wednesday in connection with an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine.Aaron-Lytle-jpg

An active one-pot methamphetamine lab was discovered in the home, according to deputies. They also found Suboxone, methamphetamine, chemicals and materials for manufacturing the drug.

The children were turned over to their mother.

A meth lab disposal team from Chicago cleaned up the hazardous materials and chemicals.

Aaron Lytle, 32, of Pardeeville, was arrested on suspicion of possession of materials for manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing methamphetamine, felony neglecting a child and on a probation violation.







Authorities in Oklahoma say a teacher has been accused of buying methamphetamine from a student who apparently sold the drugs to him.

Nathan Cato, 41, was charged Friday with possession of controlled substance in presence of a minor and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after authorities said he 5693ec01e4268_imageadmitted to having methamphetamine on the school grounds at Haileyville Public School in Hartshorne, a small town about 100 miles south of Tulsa.

A law enforcement affidavit alleges Cato purchased an “8-ball” of the drug from a student.

Authorities were called by school superintendent Roger Hemphill as soon as Hemphill learned of an allegation of possible misconduct.

“…(A) student came into (Hemphill’s) office and informed him that he/she needed to talk with him,” wrote Kevin Fox of the District 18 Drug Task Force in an affidavit. “During their conversation, the student informed Mr. Hemphill that he/she had sold Mr. Cato an 8-ball of methamphetamine.”

The affidavit states Hemphill contacted Haileyville Police Chief David Johnston, who in turn contacted the drug task force. Fox writes in the affidavit that he interviewed Cato at the school in Hemphill’s office and Cato at first denied the allegations.

But, as the interview progressed, Fox said Cato admitted more.

“Mr. Cato then stated that he had asked to purchase methamphetamine from a student, but the purchase was not successful,” Fox wrote. “Mr. Cato was informed that if there was methamphetamine inside his classroom that we would locate it. Mr. Cato was informed that he needed to tell us if there were any drugs inside his classroom, so that no students could possibly come in contact with it or take them.”

Fox said it was then that Cato told the investigators that methamphetamine could be found “in a trailer in the Ag building.”

Fox said Cato led law enforcement officials to the drugs.

Cato was arrested Thursday and bonded out of the Pittsburg County Justice Center on $5,000 bail, according to jail records.

There is no indication on whether the student has been charged with any crimes.







GRAND JUNCTION, MI — A deputy who stopped to help a motorist stranded by a flat tire on County Road 384 near County Road 388 Monday ended up arresting him when the car turned out to be carrying marijuana and the components of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The incident led to four other arrests as well.

The deputy stopped at shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 to assist the 40-year-old man whose car was stuck in the middle of the roadway, and noticed a bag of marijuana, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

He then located several items used in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine and arrested the driver for a second offense of driving while his license was suspended, possession of marijuana and operating and maintaining a meth lab.

Deputies then contacted the registered owner of the vehicle at his home in the 200 block of Pine Street in the village of Breedsville, and again noticed marijuana in plain view. When they asked the owner for consent to search the residence and the home owner refused, they obtained a search warrant.

A search of the home revealed two active one-pot meth labs, components used to manufacture methamphetamine, marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia.

A 25-year-old woman inside the home was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest and she was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on the warrant only.

Also arrested were a 40-year-old Bangor man, a 42-year-old Breedsville man, and two 31-year-old male Paw Paw men.

The report will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review, the news release said, with possible charges to include Operating and Maintaining a Meth Lab, Possession of Marijuana, Driving While License Suspended-2nd or Subsequent Offense, Operating and Maintaining a Meth Lab, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Operating a Drug House.








An Arizona man who was high on meth set his bed on fire because he believed people were trying to kill him.

Ben Moreno told police he thought his life was under threat in his Scottsdale apartment early Saturday.article-meth-1-0111

Court documents revealed that the 36-year-old deliberately set his bed comforter on fire in a panic because he didn’t have a phone to call for help, according to AZ Family.

Moreno reportedly told investigating officers that he had taken meth earlier in the week. Firefighters discovered that the blaze had spread to the rest of his bedroom and was pouring out of the window.

The court document stated that “the fire was in real danger of spreading to the rest of the apartment building if it had not been put out by the fire department.”

Terrified neighbors claim Moreno had been making threats, shouting that he would burn the apartment block down and smashed his window with a rock.

Fire officials say they saw the suspect running down the street before he was taken into custody.

Moreno was booked on one count of arson, and his bond was set at $10,000.







Methamphetamine associated with crime trends

Posted: 12th January 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

TWIN FALLS, Id. (KMVT / KSVT) The city of Twin Falls, similar to other cities across the nation, sees methamphetamine related to numerous crimes.

According to the Idaho Meth Project, the majority of U.S. Counties report that meth is their most serious drug problem – more than cocaine and marijuana combined.

Methamphetamine is easier and cheaper to manufacture outside of the country and then import into the United States.

That’s why meth from Mexico has created such a low cost and readily available supply to communities in Idaho.

“80 percent of the supply of meth in the United States comes from Mexican drug cartels and over 50 percent of Idaho’s prisoners say they are there in some way related to meth. Whether it’s direct meth related charges or they were committing crime because they were on meth,” said Jarred Aslett, Idaho Meth Project.

The meth related crimes come in waves, related to the meth being shipped in and then distributed.

When meth first hits the community, law enforcement typically sees erratic behavior by those users which can lead to criminal incidents.

“It tends to follow burglaries or thefts as people run out of money to purchase more meth they will turn to stealing to get money to purchase more methamphetamine and then after we see that distribution run out then it’s a little more quiet in the community,” said City of Twin Falls Public Information Officer, Josh Palmer.

In December, Maldonado Farias was driving from Texas to Seattle with nearly five pounds of methamphetamine.

An Idaho State Police Trooper discovered the drugs and Farias charged in Jerome with trafficking meth.

Law enforcement also works with other agencies and rehabilitation services to try to reduce the number of methamphetamine use and related crimes.

The Idaho Meth Project is a large scale prevention project which began in 2008.

“The goal is to get the information out to teens and spread the true dangers of the drug so they know what it’s all about and to not even try it once, that’s our message not even once,” said Aslett.

Meth use in Idaho has led to increased crime, larger jail and prison populations, and is directly related to domestic violence and child abuse.

As Idaho Meth Project’s message states, it is advised to not even try it once.







January 11, 2016 by Jack Murphy for Sofrep Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, was recaptured following an intense firefight between Mexican Marines and Chapo’s goons in Sinaloa, Mexico, last Friday. Although Mexican officials claimed that the entire operation to recapture El Chapo after he escaped from prison for the second time was planned and executed by Mexico, multiple sources report to SOFREP that American law enforcement officers and JSOC operators were involved in the mission.

The operation, dubbed “Black Swan” by the Mexican government, was actually targeting Chapo’s lead sicario (assassin) but came across the cartel leader by chance. The Mexican Marines stormed the house, and in the ensuing firefight five cartel gunmen were killed and six were injured. One Marine was also injured. During the firefight, Chapo escaped through a series of tunnels and then tried to flee in a stolen vehicle. 160109ElChapo01-1000x646

Federal agents caught sight of him and arrested him on the spot. According to one account, the arresting agents had not even been aware of the larger mission being carried out in the area by Mexican Marines. Arresting Chapo was simply a chance encounter, a stroke of good luck. Rumors of American special operations personnel roaming around the badlands of Mexico have been floating around for well over a decade at this point, but the idea of bearded, ball cap- and Oakley-wearing American soldiers south of the border has been more fiction than fact. JSOC maintained a small analysis cell in Mexico, but the Mexican government has been extremely wary of an American military presence on the ground. Much of this has to do with fears of neocolonialism, as well as Latin American machismo—insecurity over the fact that Mexico cannot manage its own internal affairs.

While America’s so-called “war on drugs” is perhaps at an all-time low socially and politically, with our focus on the Middle East, the capture of El Chapo is still a tactical win for the United States, even if it only gets us incrementally closer to securing the rule of law in Mexico.

In the lead for the capture were the Mexican Marines, who are the go-to preferred force for counter-drug cartel operations in a country where public officials are often hopelessly corrupt. It is interesting to see how, around 2006 or 2007, the Mexican Marines suddenly became very effective at direct-action (DA) raids. Such raids were responsible for capturing and killing high-value targets (HVTs), causing speculation that the Marines were receiving a little help from their North American neighbors. America has also leveraged its significant signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities to help the Mexican authorities track down drug cartel leaders.

In regards to the latest El Chapo capture, SOFREP has been told that it was actually the U.S. Marshals who had an important role in tracking down the drug lord. Also on the ground was the U.S. Army’s elite counterterrorism unit, Delta Force. Operators from Delta served as tactical advisors but did not directly participate in the operation.

This type of arrangement is hardly unprecedented, as Delta also worked in the shadows during the search for, and eventual killing of, Pablo Escabar in Colombia. They’ve also served in advisory capacities during hostage-rescue missions in places as diverse as Sudan and Peru. Delta Force has also remained behind the scenes in the capture of other HVTs, from Manuel Noriega in Panama during the 1989 invasion, to the killing of Uday and Qusay Hussein in Iraq in 2003. Also worth noting is the unit’s role in tracking down and arresting Bosnian war criminals in the 1990s.

Although Delta had some level of involvement in the operation, their presence is probably less interesting than many would assume.  Law enforcement agencies often request the presence of Delta operators as advisors to sensitive operations.  These operators are often there putting in face time to appease the request of a federal agency, but may have little if any actual participation in the planning and execution of events.  Such was the case when Delta was asked to consult on the Waco stand-off between the ATF, FBI, and the Branch Davidians in 1993.  Law enforcement agencies are said to regard the presence of a JSOC operator as a sort of lucky talisman.

The good news is that it is now unlikely that Chapo will be escaping from prison a third time as the Mexican government is signaling that he will be extradited to the United States to face prosecution.  When the black Chinook comes for Chapo, we will know that he will finally face the justice that he has long evaded.


Did Delta Force help capture El Chapo? US role yet to be detailed. The secretive history of U.S. manhunts in Latin America

Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post

Nearly 24 years ago, the United States deployed a small, secretive force to hunt for a drug kingpin whose merchandise had flooded U.S. markets. Pablo Escobar’s cartel was believed to smuggle in at least 80 percent of the cocaine in the United States, and was responsible for a wave of murders in Colombia that stretched back 15 years.DeltaForce-772x562

For more than a year, the U.S. military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) rotated teams into Colombia from the Army’s elite Delta Force and the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Developmental Group, commonly known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team 6, according to the book “Relentless Strike,” a lengthy history of JSOC published last year by journalist Sean Naylor. The U.S. Special Operations troops were supposed to be limited to training Colombia’s elite military forces, but found ways to accompany them on missions.

On Dec. 2, 1993, Escobar was finally discovered through phone surveillance, and killed in a raid. Rumors have long persisted that a member of Delta force killed him, but retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, a longtime Delta operator, denied that was the case in his 2008 book, “Never Surrender.”

The operation bears consideration as the United States seeks the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a billionaire drug lord who was captured Friday by Mexican marines in the coastal city of Los Mochis, near Baja California. An expansive article by the actor Sean Penn published by Rolling Stone magazine suggested that El Chapo knew that Mexican authorities and officials with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were closing in, drawing on a secret visit Penn said he had with the kingpin in the mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico.

DEA officials said in a tweet that the capture of El Chapo is “further evidence of our two countries’ resolve to ensure justice is served for families who have been plagued by his ruthless acts.”

“The DEA and Mexico have a strong partnership and we will continue to support Mexico in its efforts to improve security for its citizens,” the agency added. “We will continue to work together to respond to the evolving threats posed by transnational criminal organizations.”

The U.S. government has not detailed how it assisted in the capture of El Chapo. But a report by the online magazine SOFREP suggested that Delta Force operators and U.S. law enforcement officials were involved in the mission. The report, which includes bloody photos said to be taken after a firefight with El Chapo’s forces, said that Delta troops served as tactical advisers but did not participate directly in the mission, citing multiple anonymous sources.

The SOFREP cite is run by former Special Operations troops, and has been known to break some stories. In one example, they identified former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill as the veteran who had anonymously described the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a 2013 article published by Esquire magazine. O’Neill later identified himself in an interview with The Washington Post.

SOFREP’s new report on El Chapo could not not be confirmed on Monday, but involvement of the U.S. military in Latin America has long been a source of intrigue.

In another example, Delta Force, Army Ranger units and other Special Operations forces led the 1989 hunt for Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian leader who also had a long history of shipping cocaine to the United States. Operation Just Cause was approved by President George H.W. Bush in late 1989, and took only a few weeks, with Noriega turning himself over to U.S. troops on Jan. 3, 1990, according to an Army history of the operation.

Noriega was known to wear red underpants. According to the books by both Naylor and Boykin, a pair ended up in a display case at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the home of both SOC and Delta.









FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A woman is facing DUI charges after a fiery crash in central Fresno.

Cell phone picture shows the wreckage on Highway 180 near Highway 41 Sunday morning.1153890_300x169

Officers say the woman was driving a Mercedes at about 80 miles per hour when she lost control and hit the center divide. She made it out of the car before it burst into flames, but was taken to the hospital for injuries she suffered in the crash.

Investigators believe she was under the influence of methamphetamine and heroin.

No one else was hurt.







Two people were arrested in San Bernardino after allegedly using a toddler’s “sippy” cup as a meth pipe while the child was nearby, authorities said.

A sheriff’s deputy initially went to a home in the 3000 block of Harrison Street on Thursday to serve a felony arrest warrant, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.ergergeRGQ

The deputy found a man and a woman smoking methamphetamine while a 2-year-old was in an adjoining room, said Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrested Ronald Clayton Steel, 31, and Laticia Rose Williamson, 35, on suspicion of child endangerment and drug use. Steele was also arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Both were being held on $100,000 bail each, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The 2-year-old child was temporarily taken into protective custody before being released to the child’s grandmother, Bachman said.

It was unclear if Steele or Williamson had an attorney.