A variety of illegal drugs are being used in Freeborn County, according to Sheriff Kurt Freitag. Local law enforcement and other professionals are working toward making that reality an issue of the past.

Methamphetamine remains the drug of choice, according to Freitag, because of its availability and cost.

Freitag said that methamphetamine poses special challenges for the community.

“We’ve all seen the destruction meth causes,” Freitag said. “All drugs are bad, but with meth people will do anything to make sure they have the next hit. It’s extremely addictive and people can be addicted to methamphetamine after a weekend of using it for the first time.”

He said methamphetamine is primarily being smoked but some people are shooting it up through needles. A vast majority of the methamphetamine in Freeborn County is originating from Mexico on Interstate 35, he said.

“If you have any interstate running through the county, drugs will be coming through as well,” Freitag said.

He said meth labs that used to be commonplace in Freeborn County have been taken over by illegal drug manufacturing in Mexico with higher purity levels. According to Freitag, methamphetamine has been an issue for Freeborn County for the last couple of decades. Heroin and synthetic marijuana use are also on the rise in Freeborn County, according to Freitag.

He said the illegal drugs that are prevalent in Freeborn County are ever-evolving. He said there are new types of drugs, including hybrid drugs, and the purity of drugs has also increased, leading to a greater risk of overdose and addiction.

For Freeborn County’s contribution to fighting drugs, the county will send a deputy to a drug interdiction school called “Desert Snow.” The department is going to dedicate a part of that deputy’s shift to patrol on the interstates to try to find illegal drugs through drug interdiction there.

Freitag said there is one full-time deputy from his department who is on the South Central Drug Investigation Unit.

“The members on the task force have no shortage of work,” he said. “They do a good job, and we’re proud of their accomplishments.”

To be more effective in drug investigations, Freitag said law enforcement across the board could use more personnel and funding, but he said the deputies do the best they can with the funding they have.

According to the Minnesota Department of Department Safety data on arrests made in Freeborn County for drug abuse, 178 drug abuse arrests were made in 2014. Nine were reported in the opium/cocaine category, four arrests were reported for synthetic drugs, 81 for marijuana, and 84 were for other drugs, including methamphetamine. Of the arrests, 112 were male and 66 were female.

In 2013, 165 narcotics arrests were made by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and Albert Lea Police Department combined. In 2012, 180 narcotics arrests were made by the two departments.

Albert Lea Police Department numbers for drug abuse have fluctuated over the last three years. Police made 108 drug abuse arrests in 2014. According to the data, three were in the category of opium/cocaine, etc., 64 were for marijuana and 41 were for other drugs. Other drugs includes methamphetamine. Sixty-eight were female, and 40 were female.

In 2013, 94 narcotics arrests were made by the department. In 2012, 106 narcotics arrests were made.

At the school level, Freeborn County students have decreased their use of drugs and alcohol and are less likely to use alcohol and drugs than the average school district in Minnesota, according to a Freeborn County Partners in Prevention survey. The PRIDE surveys that included 1,165 Freeborn County students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades showed the following:

  • 7.5 percent of students in the 2014-15 school year said they had tried cigarettes in the last 30 days, compared to 11.6 percent in 2012-13.
  • 12.7 percent reported they had tried alcohol in the last 30 days, compared to 16.1 percent in 2012-13.
  • 8.1 percent said they had tried marijuana in the last 30 days, compared to 11.2 percent in 2012-13.
  • 4.1 percent of students said they had tried prescription drugs in the last 30 days, compared to 5.8 percent in 2012-13.

“Keeping those numbers low is important, because there are health concerns that come with abuse,” said Lana Howe, facilitator for Freeborn County Partners in Prevention. “Even though our numbers are at a lower rate, there are still issues that we as a coalition are addressing.”

Howe stressed that addiction is a disease.

Howe said community prevention efforts may have played into the lower numbers, but she doesn’t have a definitive answer. The coalition aims to have the study done every other year.

Students listed many reasons for trying drugs or alcohol, including peer pressure, stress, depression, anxiety, being lonely, the desire to fit in, problems at home or body image.

For the next five years, Freeborn County Partners in Prevention will focus on prevention and continue working on decreasing drug use among students.

Howe said anyone in the community who wants to address the drug issues they are seeing is welcome to attend the Freeborn County Partners in Prevention meeting that takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Freeborn County Courthouse.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — A 67-year-old grandmother who got into the methamphetamine business to bolster her retirement account will be spending her golden years in prison.635781803098693517-resterhousemeth

Sandra Lee Resterhouse, a mother of four grown children, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

“I realize how detrimental my actions have been to the people of society,” Resterhouse wrote to U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker. “I see my own grandchildren were able to find drugs on the streets because of people like me.”

The Grand Rapids native was arrested in December. Two others also were charged in the conspiracy, which investigators say put up to 11 pounds of crystal methamphetamine on the streets of Muskegon County.

Resterhouse arranged to have methamphetamine sent to West Michigan from California using Federal Express. The government contends she arranged for the deliveries between February and October of last year.

“She has admitted that she became involved with the methamphetamine conspiracy because she became greedy and thought she could earn some fast money to use for retirement,” defense attorney Sharon Turek wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

The former dog groomer faced up to 20 years in prison, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked for leniency based on her cooperation. Resterhouse told the judge she’s “in the last foot of the yardstick of life.”

Resterhouse provided investigators information about her connections in California and identified people in Michigan who were trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine, court record show.

“That information and testimony has provided substantial assistance to federal investigators and the United States Attorney’s Office,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Heath Lynch wrote in asking for a reduced sentence.

“For her part, Ms. Resterhouse supplied the connections to drug traffickers in California,” Lynch wrote. “She used those connections to import packages of marijuana from California to Michigan for several years. More recently, Ms. Resterhouse began arranging for shipments of crystal methamphetamine into Michigan.”

Investigators in October intercepted Michigan-bound methamphetamine in California. They had it delivered here as planned and arrested the recipient.

After learning of the Michigan bust, Resterhouse embarked on a cross-country trip “with the apparent purpose of hiding from law enforcement,” court documents show.

She eventually returned to Michigan and was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.


MOUNT VERNON, Ind. — The girlfriend and co-defendant of Ricky House Jr. said Thursday that an Evansville woman they are accused of confining in their trailer home repeatedly asked to go home.

The testimony came during House’s trial in Posey Circuit Court on multiple charges of rape, confinement and kidnapping.

Kendra Tooley, 45, described herself as House’s girlfriend of five years. Defense attorney William Gooden called her asEVhouse_24121200_ver1_0_640_480 a witness. She testified for 45 minutes until Judge James Redwine ended the trial early for the day so he could attend to other court matters.

House, 38, and Tooley are accused of holding Joelle Lockwood, 31, against her will at a trailer in Stewartsville, Indiana, from July 10 to Sept. 6, 2014.

The ordeal only ended when Tooley’s ex-husband, Ronald Higgs, visited her at the trailer for two days. He testified Tuesday that he was surprised and concerned to see Lockwood there. He said that while House and Tooley were asleep, Lockwood whispered to him to get her out of there.

Lockwood testified Tuesday that House put a chloroform-soaked rag over her nose and mouth to make her unconscious. She said House repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her during that time, treated her like a slave and often forced her to stay in a wooden cage he built into a bedroom closet. Lockwood testified that Tooley participated in abusing her.

In testimony that will resume Friday, Tooley painted a more ambiguous picture of Lockwood’s time there and of her own role in the case. She said Lockwood was kept at the trailer during a methamphetaminefueled drug and sex binge, during which House treated both as slaves and emulated bondage scenes from pornographic videos he forced them to watch.

“We used meth pretty much every day,” Tooley said. Lockwood, however, testified Tuesday that she used meth only twice at the trailer.

Tooley also said, however, that Lockwood asked to go home at least four times while there — twice after seeing EVhouse2_24121501_ver1_0_640_480television news reports about her disappearance, and twice when the women were alone and House was gone.

Prosecutor Travis Clowers said he planned to cross examine Tooley about differences between her testimony Thursday and her previous statements to police. Tooley’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 5. She has received a grant of immunity preventing her testimony from being used against her at her trial. However, she could potentially be prosecuted for perjury, Clowers said, and her previous statements could be used at her trial.

Posey County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeremy Fortune testified Wednesday that investigators found a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition hidden under a bathtub set into the floor of the trailer. He said officers also found numerous ropes, ties, straps and restraints throughout the home, as well as drug paraphernalia and a class ring belonging to Lockwood.

Gooden repeatedly referred to Tooley’s relationship with House as “master and slave” while questioning her. She never refuted the description.joelle-lockwood-435

She said it was something the couple had been into since October 2013 but that “the chloroform was something new.”

Tooley said that Lockwood fought House and was crying when he used the chloroform. She said that he used the chloroform on her too.

Lockwood has testified that she woke up bound to a bed and blindfolded. Tooley said Tuesday that she was partially restrained next to Lockwood when she woke up.

Tooley said House went to Evansville on July 9 and returned with Lockwood and a gram of methamphetamine. She said Lockwood used drugs with them and drank vodka before House used the chloroform.

Lockwood testified that House raped her, and on Thursday Tooley told the jury that Lockwood seemed unconscious at that time.

House would have more meth delivered to the trailer or go out and get more when it ran out, Tooley said. She said the couple would lie to House’s mother about needing help with bills or expenses and use the money to buy drugs.

She said they would stay awake for days or even a week a time using meth.

She said Lockwood would be hidden in the bathroom when meth was delivered. During the time Lockwood was there, a Mount Vernon police officer served civil court papers and a Federal Express delivery was made, Tooley said, but both times they hid and kept quiet in the trailer even though House was not there.

Tooley said once, after Lockwood said she wanted to go home, that House told Lockwood not to worry because they were looking for her in Illinois. At other times, Tooley said she would tell Lockwood that she was “working on it” when she asked to leave.

Tooley said always followed House’s orders and that he would take his cell phone with him when he left, leaving them with no phone.

She said she only ever left home when House allowed it.

“I do what he says,” she said.


SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors don’t know why Komasquin Lopez put a gun to his wife’s head as they were driving and having a heated argument, then pulled the trigger and killed her.

But Salt Lake County deputy district attorney Langdon Fisher told jurors shortly before they began deliberating the case that the reason doesn’t matter.1599449

“Holding a loaded, ready-to-fire large handgun firmly against someone’s head while driving a large pickup is depraved indifference to human life,” Fisher said.

The jury ultimately agreed and returned a guilty verdict late Friday night. Lopez will be sentenced on Nov. 23.

Earlier Friday, Lopez’s defense lawyer, Andrea Garland, said her client never pulled the trigger. Rather, it was Shannon Lopez who took her own life.

“Shannon Lopez shot herself. And that’s terrible. And that’s tragic because she was a very well-loved woman. But that’s what happened,” she said. “Mr. Lopez didn’t shoot his wife while making a left-hand turn. Nobody does that.”

The murder case against Lopez went to the six-man, two-woman jury about 4:45 p.m. Friday. Hours later, they ultimately decided that Komasquin Lopez, 45, and not Shannon Lopez, 32, pulled the trigger that caused the fatal gunshot wound to Shannon Lopez’s head.

On Dec. 27, 2013, the two were both high on meth and having a heated argument. Shannon Lopez had allegedly threatened to leave her husband. After he picked up his wife from work and was driving home, the argument grew intense. As he made a left turn near 7200 S. State, there was a gunshot.

The jury was tasked with deciding whether to convict Lopez of murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide, or to acquit him.

Garland argued that at most, her client was negligent for not securing his guns and preventing his wife from having access to them.

But in his closing arguments on Friday, Fisher told jurors that negligent homicide “is not in the ballpark of the conduct we’re talking about.”

He said angry texts back and forth between the couple that day turned into an “anger-filled ride” in Lopez’s head that afternoon.

“The defendant became angry — so mad, mad, mad at Shannon that he pulled out that Glock from its spot … and he put it against her head to threaten her, just as he did with his ex-wife before.”

Lopez’s attorneys denied that Komasquin previously pointed a gun at his ex-wife.

Fisher said Shannon Lopez was not suicidal and would not spontaneously decide to throw away her life and abandon her children, one of whom has special-needs. Furthermore, a person committing suicide would not stick a gun directly in their ear, he argued.

“This is not someone who is poised to take a loaded firearm, thrust it against her head, forget about her children at home, and blow her head off,” Fisher argued. “Or stick it against her ear as some type of gesture.”

Both sides agreed that whoever pulled the trigger may not have intended to take such action, but may have only intended to intimidate or scare the other person.

“There’s a good chance she did not intend to kill herself,” Garland said, while also noting to the jury during her closing arguments, “No one has told you this was not a suicide.”

Komasquin Lopez took the witness stand himself on Friday and said he did not believe his wife intended to shoot herself.

“It was an accident,” he testified.

The woman had taken a large amount of methamphetamine that day, Garland said, making her actions unpredictable.

“Mrs. Lopez was on an astonishing amount of methamphetamine,” she said. “Nobody knows what she would do with that amount.”

Fisher noted that Komasquin Lopez had also used meth and his actions could also be unpredictable. But regardless, “This is not a case about drug possession. This is a murder case,” he said.

Furthermore, he said, Komasquin Lopez’s statements about what happened have been “inconsistently consistent.”

“He knew the truth,” Fisher said.

When Lopez “freaked out,” Fisher told jurors, it was because “he knew what he had just done.”

“His stories don’t make any sense,” he said. “Just because he panicked that does not mean it wasn’t him.”


CONYERS – Four people have been arrested for selling a large amount of methamphetamine while using a hotel room in Rockdale County as their base of operations.

Monica Eggers, 47, Amber Eggers, 30, Ronald Lee Haney, 30, and Harvey Lee Couch, 48, were arrested Friday, Sept. 11, around 11:30 p.m. following a two month investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO), says a spokesperson for the RCSO.0919methbustphoto

Couch, out of Kentucky, and Haney, out of Milner, Georgia, were spotted in the parking lot of the Country Inn and Suites, 1312 Old Covington Hwy, Conyers, speaking to an unknown male who was driving a Ford Grand Marquis. Couch, who was carrying a book bag, drove away with the male leaving Haney behind at the hotel.

The car was followed by deputies and subsequently stopped for a traffic violation on state route 138. A K-9 officer was brought in to inspect the vehicle and discovered meth in the book bag that was being carried by Couch.

Couch admitted that the book bag and its contents belonged to him, says the RCSO spokesperson. The male driver was allowed to leave without any citation.

Haney, Monica Eggers and Amber Eggers were arrested back at the Country Inn and Suites room where the quartet was staying. A search of the room found measuring scales, $7,215 in cash, and several grams of meth. A 9-millimeter handgun was also discovered being carried by Haney.

In total, the RCSO collected about 455 grams of meth from all four suspects. That’s about a one pound of meth, says the RCSO spokesperson.

Conyers residents Monica Eggers and Amber Eggers, who are mother and daughter, became prime targets of the meth investigation after the RCSO received a tip from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) about meth being distributed from Rockdale. An arrest suspect told NCSO about the mother and daughter selling meth.

The group of meth dealers was traveling from their motel room in Rockdale to a similar motel room in Newton County when conducting deals in that area.


Two men have been arrested after an investigation into a homeless camp by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team.

On Thursday, Savannah-Chatham police requested CNT agents search a wooded area behind McAlpin Square, said Sgt. Gene Harley, CNT spokesman.Camp%20F

The area is a known homeless camp.

Residents in the Winter Garden Community told police that people living in the camp may be using and manufacturing methamphetamine.

With the assistance of metro’s Precinct V Crime Suppression Unit, the camp was checked for evidence of making methamphetamine.

CNT agents found three separate locations that contained evidence consistent with manufacturing. All three locations were in the same general area behind the old SuperGoose Sports building at 3700 Wallin St. The locations consisted of two tents, a makeshift treehouse and three shopping carts.

CNT agents, specially trained in clandestine laboratories, collected all hazardous materials. No active labs were found.

On Friday, CNT returned to the homeless camp and arrested David James Harry, 28, and Charles Wayne Burroughs, 55, Harley said. Harry is from Pennsylvania where he is currently wanted for DUI and possession of a controlled substance. Burroughs appears to be a longtime homeless Savannah resident, Harley said.

Both men have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and are currently being held at the Chatham County jail. They are expected to be arraigned Monday.


Ashleigh Michelle Mims, 27, of Myrtle Court was arrested Thursday night at Howard Johnson Inn on West Broad Street after she returned to the motel after having been barred by an employee earlier in the day, Athens-Clarke County police said.

A bag of methamphetamine was found in her bra during a search at the Clarke County Jail, police said.

Mims was charged with possession of methamphetamine and criminal trespass.

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — Hunters in southwestern Michigan are being warned to watch for waste related to methamphetamine.

Cass County authorities say it’s unfortunate that meth makers dump their waste in rural areas. It could be drain cleaner, coffee filters, cold packs and bottles with plastic tubes sticking out from the lid.

Hunters are being told to call police and not touch anything.

Kids 16 and younger and certain people with disabilities are eligible to hunt for deer Saturday and Sunday in Michigan.








Have you been thinking about trying meth?

If so, there probably isn’t anything we can say to talk you out of it — and we doubt more photos of emaciated meth users with rotted teeth and cadaver-quality skin will do the trick, either.gerald_kimble_facebook_1

But maybe, just maybe, the story of Gerald Kimble will give you pause, since it involves a chainsaw, a weed wacker, muddy footprints, a terrified child, a pissed-off mom, yoga pants and an impressive level of meth-fueled jackassery.

At about 1 p.m. on May 5, Kimble, 49, broke into a home on the 100 block of North 12th Street in Colorado Springs — and he wasn’t exactly looking his best. He was reportedly covered with mud.

Inside, Kimble soon encountered a five-year-old boy, who was laying on a couch.

What to do? Shout at him, of course — which is what the Colorado Springs Gazette’s account says Kimble did.

Presumably, the noise alerted the child’s mom, who quickly dragged Kimble outside.

But Kimble wasn’t done. He grabbed the family’s weed wacker and chainsaw and proceeded to break into three more homes.

Kimble is said to have used the tools to startle residents in at least two of the other residences he entered. In addition, he also went shopping in a closet along the way, emerging clad in a T-shirt, a sweater and a pair of yoga pants.

It didn’t take members of the Colorado Springs Police Department long to find Kimble, since he was leaving muddy footprints every step of the way.

But he wasn’t done making trouble. After being transported to a local hospital, a police report cited by the Gazette reveals that Kimble “picked up a chair and twice hit a Colorado Springs police officer in the head with it.”

What inspired all this behavior? Well, Kimble is quoted as telling a nurse he’d used meth the day before.

Surprise, surprise.

This week, Kimble pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary in association with his spree, which providesgerald_kimble_mug_shot us with an opportunity to share his booking photos — a pair of shots that show him looking a lot older, rougher and thinner than the 2013 Facebook image seen above.

The meth weight-loss method at work again. Here are Kimble’s mugs.


A MANDURAH couple attacked each other as a result of a two day methamphetamine bender, it was heard in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

On Sunday May 25, the police prosecutor said police attended an address in Mandurah in response to reports of an altercation.

They found a man and his partner at the address.

Both of them had consumed methamphetamine for two days straight.

The police prosecutor said during the altercation the man, who won’t be named to protect the victims, wrapped his hands around his victim’s neck and pushed her to the ground.

She had blurred vision after the attack.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault in circumstances of aggravation.

The defense told the court the man was bruised, bitten and his partner injured his genitals during the altercation.

He spent five days in custody following the assault.

His lawyer said he is taking part in domestic violence and substance abuse counseling.

She said the man completed an electrical apprenticeship, but is currently unemployed and receiving government assistance.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards placed the man on a 12-month community based order, with program and supervision requirements. He will have to take part in urinalysis as part of the program.


Gang activity is at a consistent high in Midland-Odessa, according to a recent Texas Department of Public Safety report. The proliferating activity has inflated inmate populations in the Midland County jail, and has made the detention center a potential breeding ground for gang recruitment and networking, according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies have identified more than 5,600 gangs in Texas, and roughly 30 of those are 55fc97d01e6b7_imageactive in Midland County, according to Painter’s estimate. The most dangerous of those gangs include Tango Blast, Texas Syndicate, Texas Mexican Mafia and the Latin Kings; all originate from prisons and jails.

Identifying gang members in Midland County jail has become more difficult for jailers because gang members have obfuscated tattoo indicators. But “once we make the connection and we can positively identify them, we put them on a known gang list-and then we treat them a little differently,” Painter said.

Jailers monitor social habits of gang members and observe their contacts and social circles.

“You pay attention to who they’re talking to, where they’re going, if they’re going to a certain bunk to talk to someone every day, what group is in this corner, what group is in that corner. We have to watch closely for violent activity,” he said.

But the recruiting and networking between gangs and gang members are nearly impossible to prevent in a jail that has roughly 430 inmates. One situation occurred recently when one member hit another individual with a broom handle, causing a near riot.

“Officer called in for help, we went in, put people on the floor, separated some. We got the instigator locked down and I’m going to file charges on him — do the best that I can to put him away for more years than he’s got now,” Painter said. “There is something daily going on that we have to watch and pay attention to. We have to protect inmates from other inmates, primarily because of gang activity.”

But outside of the dense metropolitan areas where gang activity is usually expected, other West Texas cities have similar struggles.

In the fall of 2014, San Angelo police and DPS special agents executed two search warrants at private residences occupied by members of the Nazi Lowriders gang. Authorities seized hundreds of grams of methamphetamine and heroine, along with thousands of dollars in cash, stolen weapons and manufacturing paraphernalia, according to the DPS report.

Two years earlier in Lubbock, DPS agents and Lubbock authorities identified a number of ranking authorities of the Texas Syndicate gang who were arrested for trafficking in excess of 11 pounds of methamphetamines, along with amounts of heroine, marijuana and stolen weapons.

Also, in July 2014, 26 members of the Texas Syndicate, West Texas Tango and Crips gangs — responsible for various federal crimes — were arrested during a roundup operation.

In the Permian Basin, local, federal and state law enforcement agencies have assembled the joint Terrorism Task Force in order to mitigate gang proliferation as they war over methamphetamine trade. The task force meets semi-regularly.

“The police department has got their hands full, we’ve got our hands full, and the feds have got their hands full. We’re working on it all of the time,” Painter said.


The synthetic drug known as methamphetamine (meth) as steadily increased in the U.S., although domestic production has dropped significantly since one of the key ingredients became highly restricted in 2004. As a result, Mexican meth traffickers have seized upon the market opening and are flooding the U.S. Midwest with Mexican meth.

The drug is highly addictive and very dangerous, largely due to the fact it’s a crystalline cocktail made with extracts from things like brake cleaner, fertilizer, and battery acid.AP_12020909827-640x480

There is more than one method for making methamphetamine, but the most popular way involves the use of pseudoephedrine, a chemical found in cold medicines. Meth makers, or “cookers,” mix it with liquids like lighter fluid or drain cleaner to make a less-pure homemade version known as crank. As a result of the spike in meth lab discoveries by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2004, pseudoephedrine-containing medicines became highly restricted at drug stores.

According to a Fox News Latino report, meth lab seizures have dropped dramatically—particularly in the Midwest—in the last decade as a result. Missouri is on pace for 40 percent fewer meth lab seizures this year than last, Oklahoma busts are on pace to drop 33 percent, and Tennessee’s are down 48 percent.

However, U.S. law enforcement data indicates there has been no such drop in demand for methamphetamine. Mexican drug producers and traffickers have taken advantage of this opening in the American drug market, and for several years have been either smuggling the finished product across the border or are making it themselves in their own US-based meth labs. “It’s critical to note that no state is saying meth use is down,” said Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to Fox News Latino. “It’s just that they’ve switched sources from cooking it to importing it.”

While pseudoephedrine is also difficult to come by in Mexico, producers south of the border have resorted to an alternate method of “cooking” meth called P2P. It uses an organic compound called phenylacetone, which according to the DEA is banned in the U.S. but obtainable in Mexico. As a result, the purity of Mexican meth has skyrocketed since 2007 while simultaneously becoming 66 percent cheaper. Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Missouri are feeling the effects of the Mexican meth influx most strongly. However, the deadly drug can be found in cities and communities all across the country.

Sylvia Longmire is a border security expert and Contributing Editor for Breitbart Texas. You can read more about cross-border issues in her latest book, Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer.


A Montgomery man is behind bars after being accused of exposing his 13-year-old stepdaughter to methamphetamine and the chemicals used to manufacture it.

Trevor Johnson, 35, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of chemical endangerment of a child, jail 18772979-largerecords show. He is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on $30,000 bond.

The 13-year-old victim told police she constantly finds glass pipes and bent soda cans in their Green Oaks Drive home, which police say are known objects for smoking drugs.

The victim also allegedly told police that Johnson taught her the process of making meth, Johnson’s arrest warrant states.

Johnson is set to make his first court appearance on the charges today.


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Tahlequah police said one person was hospitalized after a meth lab explosion Thursday

  • Two people were detained
  • It happened around 2 p.m.
  • A neighbor called 911 to report the explosion.
  • Police are working to get a search warrant to investigate a truck outside of the home
  • Tahlequah police said two people were detained and one hospitalized after a meth lab exploded in a home Thursday.
  • Officials said a neighbor called in the explosion around 2 p.m.

Talequah Police are investigating what they believe to be a meth lab explosion at a house. We know a 41 year old man has 12039302_950046965068530_1358615450096085495_nbeen taken to a Tulsa hospital for serious burns and police have another 19 year old male in custody.

Investigators are searching the house and are working to get a warrant to search a truck parked in front of the house.Police believe the man injured may have been holding the item that exploded due to the severity of his burns.


A Palmyra man has been arrested on child pornography and related charges, including several for providing methamphetamine to a 13-year-old girl with whom he was having sex, according to Palmyra police.

Joel Hostetter, 37, of 961 E. Oak St., was arrested Thursday following an investigation that began on Monday after his wife came to borough police with suspicions that he was having sex with an under-aged girl. They included finding intimate photos and texts between the two on his cellphone, according to the criminal complaint.20150917_015649_joelhostetter

After hearing from Hostetter’s wife, police spoke with a man who told them Hostetter confided in him that he was having sex with someone young, and that he had previously noticed the girl on several occasions coming and going from the house during overnight hours, according to the criminal complaint.

Police obtained a search warrant and went to Hostetter’s home about 9 p.m. Wednesday, where they found him and the girl in his parked car. Police had actually discovered Hostetter in his car with the teen last week when an officer stopped it in the 900 block of East Oak Street at 2:24 a.m. after noticing the car’s rear window was fogged. Hostetter was shirtless and sweaty, but he and the girl denied any wrongdoing, according to the criminal complaint.

When the pair were found on Wednesday, they were told to get out of the car and were searched. Police found two glass pipes and a plastic bag containing what was later determined to be methamphetamine. Also found in the car was a bag of marijuana.

Police also confiscated Hostetter’s cellphone and found more than 100 photos and videos of him engaging in sex acts with the girl.

When interviewed, the girl, who is now 14, said she began having sex with Hostetter this summer when she was still 13. She said the pair engaged in intercourse and oral sex more than 100 times, usually in Hostetter’s car, which he parked on back roads in the area, according to the criminal complaint.

When questioned by police, Hostetter admitted to having sex with the girl, but told them it began about a year ago. He also told police that he was addicted to methamphetamine and either snorts or smokes it about four times a day. He admitted giving methamphetamine and marijuana to the girl approximately five times each.

Hostetter was charged with 21 counts of production of child pornography, 114 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of corruption of minors/unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of statutory sexual assault, four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of aggravated indecent assault; two counts of indecent assault, indecent exposure, possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of marijuana; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Capello and is being held in Lebanon County Correctional Facility on $250,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 25.


Medford, Ore. — Nearly four pounds of meth are off the street after a drug bust on Wednesday.Madge-arrest-238x300

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team (MADGE) served a search warrant on 45-year-old Felix Estrada-Arredondo at the 3000 block of Little Applegate road near Jacksonville.

According to a press release MADGE seized four pounds of meth as well as scales packaging and drug records.

Estrada-Arredondo is now in Jackson County Jail on more than 1-million dollars bail.


During a seven-month long investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives, working with the Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA, Task Force detectives, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Tampa Office, the Florida Attorney General’s Office of State Wide Prosecution, and the State Attorney’s Office of the 10th Judicial Circuit, arrested 11 suspects, seized 65 pounds of Methamphetamine, seized $15,390 in US currency, seized two vehicles, and seven firearms all in connection to a Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization.numero-uno-320x194

“Simply put, Meth is the most destructive illegal drug on the streets in central Florida. It ruins lives, destroys families, and drives up property crime. In order to make money without having an honest job, these drug traffickers are ruining the lives of hundreds of people.” – Sheriff Grady Judd

During the spring of 2015, PCSO detectives received information about a drug trafficking organization operating in central Florida with ties to Mexico. Detectives learned large amounts of methamphetamine were being moved from Mexico to the United States, often through Houston Texas and Atlanta Georgia, and then to central Florida, with trafficking amounts being supplied to customers of the organization in Polk County.

As the investigation progressed, 45-year-old Guadalupe Aguirre, DOB 03/10/1970, 816 Indian Bluff, Winter Haven, was identified as head of the illegal trafficking organization here in Florida. Detectives learned Aguirre would receive meth shipments directly from Mexico, then employed several other people to distribute the drugs. Those people were:

Cruz Vergara-Cavillo DOB 5/3/78, 1236 Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Palmetto

Jfelix Hilario-Escobar, DOB 08/14/1955, 2415 Hutchins Road, Lot 67, Fort Meade

Melanie Bengoa-Torres DOB 9/19/1995, 12101 Sterling University Lane, Orlando

Aguirre also used couriers and sold directly to customers.

In early July 2015, Central Florida HIDTA detectives and DEA agents seized 20 pounds of meth from a Bradenton residence. The drug was disguised as commercially packaged Mexican candy with pieces individually wrapped in the form of colorful suckers and hard candy pieces. Detectives and agents arrested 41-year-old Jesus Casteyano-Andrade (aka Castellano-Andrade), DOB 01/01/1974. Casteyano was charged with Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams of Methamphetamine by the US Attorney’s Office, Middle District. Andrade was a courier for the organization. (This case made Bradenton news on July 9, 2015.)

Also during July, detectives learned two subjects, 26-year-old Marcos Acuna, DOB 8/9/1989, 3601 Baker Dairy Road, Haines City, and 23-year-old Gelacio Albarran, DOB 01/02/1992, also, of 3601 Baker Dairy Road, were scheduled to transport 2.5 pounds of meth, supplied by Vergara-Cavillo. Detectives were able to intercept the shipment in Haines City and arrested Acuna and Albarran. Acuna was charged with Possession of a Structure/Vehicle for Drug Use, DWLSR, Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Albarran was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.

In Sumter County, on August 14, 2015, Florida Highway Patrol Officers intercepted 2.5 pounds of meth from a courier, Mirna DeCastillo, DOB 10/13/1964, 6854 Windfaire Drive, Norcross, Georgia, as she traveled from Atlanta to central Florida. DeCastillo was charged with Own/Rent Structure-Vehicle for Drug Use, Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Conspiracy to Traffic over 200 Grams, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device, and booked into the Sumter County jail.

Soon after DeCastillo’s arrest, detectives learned a residence in Lake Wales was operating as a “stash house” for the organization. On August 19th, detectives executed a search warrant at the residence where 25.5 pounds of meth was discovered. When detectives arrived, a young child was located in the residence. Detectives arrested 27-year-old Gilberto Cuevas Hernandez, and 31-year-old Rachel Rodriguez.

Detectives learned Hernandez’s role in the organization was that of “cook.” Hernandez was converting the drug from liquid methamphetamine into crystal form. The child present during the search of the residence, along with two other children, had been present when the “cooking” process was being done. The children were between seven and 10 years of age. Hernandez was charged with Trafficking in Amphetamine over 200 grams, four counts of Negligent Child Abuse without Bodily Harm, and Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Rodriguez was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Negligent Child Abuse. They were booked into the Polk County Jail. (Per FL State Statute 119, the address or any information which may identify the child victims is confidential.)

On September 1, 2015, detectives executed a search warrant at Hilario-Escobar’s Fort Meade residence where a pound of meth and $15,390 in cash was located. Escobar was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device.

Detectives learned Escobar was expecting a delivery and detectives were able to intercept Guadalupe Aguirre as he was traveling to Fort Meade to make the transaction. Detectives discovered 13.5 pounds of meth concealed in a blue five gallon bucket in the bed of Aguirre’s truck. Aguirre was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Conspiracy to Traffic over 200 Grams, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device.

On September 16, 2015, detectives arrested Cruz Bergara-Cavillo DOB 5/3/78 – 1236 Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Palmetto, charging him with Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Conspiracy to Traffic over 200 Grams, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device.

Also arrested were:

Melanie Bengoa-Torres DOB 9/19/1995 – 12101 Sterling University Lane, Orlando, charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Conspiracy to Traffic over 200 Grams, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device.

Dustin Scott Pineda DOB 12/21/1990 – 3309 Rooks Road, Davenport, charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Conspiracy to Traffic over 200 Grams, and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device. Pineda is an associate of Bengoa-Torres.

Additional information:

Aguirre is a resident alien and receives federal assistance and is unemployed – he has been in the Polk County jail three times previously. His previous criminal arrests include DWLSR, two separate DUI arrests, Conceal Firearm, and Disorderly Intoxication. Detectives located four rifles and two handguns at Aguirre’s residence.

Vergara-Cavillo is in the US illegally and is unemployed. He has one prior arrest; No Valid Driver License.

Hilario-Escobar is in the US illegally and is unemployed.

Bengoa-Torres is unemployed.

Caseyano is in the US illegally and is unemployed – he has six previous felony charges of Aggravated Battery with Motor Vehicle, and four misdemeanors arrest charges. His arrests were not in Polk County.

Acuna is in the US illegally and is unemployed.

Albarran is in the US illegally and is unemployed.

Morales-DeCastillo is in the US illegally and is unemployed.

Hernandez is in the US illegally and is unemployed. Detectives located a rifle at this residence.

Rodriguez receives federal assistance and is unemployed. She has been in the Polk County jail four times previously. Her arrest charges include Operating a Vehicle without a License, False info to LEO, Larceny, Grand Theft Auto, Petit Theft, and VOP.

Pineda is unemployed. He has been in the Polk County jail five times previously. His arrest charges include Criminal Mischief, Resisting LEO, Disorderly Intoxication, Possession of Hydrocodone (2 counts), and multiple drug related arrests to include Felony Possession of Cannabis, and Possession with Intent to Sell, DUI, Disorderly Conduct, and DWLSR.

*The street value of 65 pounds of meth is approximately $5,000,00


A 34-year-old Mexicali resident was arrested after attempting to smuggle about $37,000 worth of narcotics stuffed into energy bars through the Calexico east port of entry at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.meth bars

Manuel Alberto Ortiz-Morales, as identified by county Sheriff’s Office arrest records, was arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt, the press release stated.

Ortiz-Morales, a legal resident of the United States, had intended to cross into the U.S. via the port’s pedestrian lane carrying a cooler, but was referred to secondary inspection after officers noticed the man looked nervous.

After running the cooler through the port’s imaging system, officers noticed anomalies within the 30 energy bars contained within the cooler.

Upon further inspection, the energy bars were discovered to contain one pound of cocaine and almost three pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated street value of $15,000 and $21,000, respectively, the press release stated.

Ortiz-Morales was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing and later booked into the Imperial County jail.


Former Gerald city police officer Chadwick A. Hopkins, 24, of Belle, and Franklin D. Gaut II, 28, of Owensville, have been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, following their arrest Aug. 26 in Belle.

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon reported that he responded to a call at 1511 Osage Road 738 at the Belle VFW Hall,55f9972104991_image 55f9974488400_imagewhere Belle police officer Shawn Suydam had secured the area in response to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Dixon alleged he had prior law enforcement intelligence involving narcotics distribution activity with both men. After speaking with Hopkins and Gaut, both whom allegedly appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, Dixon said he requested Deputy Patrick Boatman conduct a free-air sniff with K-9 Joey. The dog alerted on the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, Dixon and Boatman located two loaded syringes and a glass pipe (all of which field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine), a black box containing a very large amount of small baggies used to package narcotics for sales and distribution, two round plastic containers used to hold quantities of narcotics with residue, and a digital scale.

Dixon noted the key to the box was located on Hopkins’ key ring. The sheriff also located a small digital scale in the floor board. Several handguns were found in the vehicle.

According to Dixon, Hopkins and Gaut acknowledged having used the glass pipe to ingest methamphetamine and had smoked meth recently. Hopkins admitted to selling methamphetamine to make a “quick buck” because he and his girlfriend had a small child at home and he needed money to provide for her since his girlfriend had kicked him out.

Gaut stated he also had been selling methamphetamine and that he had put meth inside of the syringes for him and Hopkins to use that night to get high together. Judge Robert D. Schollmeyer set bond at $25,000 each. Both men have since posted bond and have been released pending court appearances.

Hopkins resigned from the Gerald police force earlier this year.

A Gerald police officer, who was not named in a prior story, resigned following a drug screening test that yielded a positive result for methamphetamine.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville mother is behind bars Wednesday after police said they found her doing drugs in her car with her 1-year-old daughter on her lap behind a Social Security office.

According to police, deputies got a call about a car that looked suspicious behind the office located on Bonneval Road and an officer was dispatched to check it out.Jill-Louise-Waffle

When the officer arrived he noticed a gray Pontiac Vibe with 33-year-old Jill Louise Waffle seated in the driver seat with her 1-year-old daughter on her lap and the car running and the windows rolled up.

The officer said when he approached the car he also noticed a small pipe on the front seat with smoke still coming from it.

Officials said that the officer had the woman roll down her window while asking her for her driver’s license but was confronted with such a strong smell of smoke from the pipe that he asked Waffle to step out of the car.

After asking Waffle if she was smoking crack the officer said that she said no, but said that there was meth in the pipe, the officer said.

When asked if she was smoking meth in front of her daughter Waffle broke down in tears and said yes, that she was a drug addict who had fallen off the wagon and was doing drugs while waiting for her boyfriend, who was in the Social Security office, police said.

While the officer was searching Waffle he found meth and needles, both secured and unsecured, in her purse that the toddler could have stuck herself if she had gotten inside the bag.

Waffle was arrested and charged with intent to purchase methamphetamine, child abuse, DUI accompanied by a minor and driving with a suspended license.


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — David Mallory Shelton, 28, and Megan Dee Hall, 36, both of Anniston, were arrested drugpurchaseby Cherokee County Police after purchasing crystal meth from an undercover officer.

Cherokee County Police made the arrest after the two texted the wrong number and made arrangements to purchase illegal drugs.

According to police, Shelton and Hall didn’t know they were communicating with the wrong person until they were taken into custody.


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Concerned neighbors phoned for help from police after they say a Jamestown man attempted to burn the evidence left behind from methamphetamine production.

Police in Jamestown say they sprung into action on Tuesday when they received the call. They investigated two trash cans kyle-moorethat Kyle Moore allegedly set on fire, then searched his apartment after learning they had waste products from meth production inside.

Inside Moore’s apartment, police say they found additional materials used in the production of methamphetamine, prompting Moore’s arrest.

Moore stands charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine — both felony charges. He’ll return to court at a later date.

Police thanked the public for their vigilance and said anybody with a tip can always call it in to (716) 483-8477.


HOBBS, N.M. – A Hobbs woman, who was recently arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, was busted with a whole lot more methamphetamine.

Authorities raided 41-year-old Karen Diaz-Cheatham’s home on Tuesday.

Police say they found more than 550 grams of methamphetamine.8813574_G

The street value of the drugs was over $50,000.

The report says authorities also seized three guns.

Earlier this month, an undercover agent met up with Diaz-Cheatham and bought some methamphetamine from her.

A warrant was later issued for her.

She turned herself in but bonded out on that charge.


An Edinburgh woman was arrested after she fought with officers and tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Police said Rhonda Chandler, 36, was pacing back and forth and talking to the sky while getting fuel at a gas station at 7 p.m. Tuesday on West Main Cross Street in Edinburgh. An officer noticed the gas pump was still connected to Chandler’s car when she got into the vehicle and called to her to stop, according to the police report.

The officer said Chandler was talking fast, making jerky movements and told a story about being mugged, but then said she made it up. She told the officer she had used methamphetamine that day. Her 7-year-old son was in the car, the officer’s report said.

The officer asked emergency workers to check Chandler, but she wouldn’t cooperate. She climbed onto the roof of the car and threatened to take more pills from a bottle she was holding. The officer was able to get the pill bottle and get Chandler off the vehicle, the report said. The officer also found synthetic marijuana in the car, the report said.

Chandler was arrested on charges of resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and neglect of a dependent.

She was taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital, where she continued to yell while being evaluated. She tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

Chandler, of 615 W. River Road, was later taken to the Johnson County jail and held on $8,400 bond.


A 38-year-old Slovak man driving a car with one of the largest stashes of Cirrus cold pills used to make methamphetamine was caught in the Olomouc region when his VW Passat crashed Sept. 15.

He is suspected of being high on methamphetamine at the time and faces two to 10 years in prison for unauthorized production and other handling of narcotic and psychotropic substances and poisons.meth-driver

He was driving away from Olomouc at 8:55 a.m. when he hit the guardrail of a bridge in the village of Mladeč na Litovelsku.

Police responding to the accident asked him for identity documents, which he declined to provide, claiming to have left them at home.

The police found his behavior to be suspicious and called in customs inspectors from Olomouc to search the vehicle.

Due to his suspicious behavior summoned to cooperate Olomouc customs officers, who crashed the vehicle checked. In his trunk, then found a black plastic bag with about 100 kilograms of tablets later found by expert forensic experts to be Cirrus, a pseudoephedrine tablet sold over the counter in Poland but controlled in the CzechRepublic.

In total there were 263,394 tablets containing pseudoephedrine, which is an ingredient in methamphetamine, also called Pervitin in the CzechRepublic.

According to the current exchange rate, the value of the drug found in the amount of Kč 1.853 million. Of the amount found in the vehicle could produce more than 93,000 doses of methamphetamine weighing 0.2 grams, a police report stated. When turned into meth the value would have been Kč 18.65 million.

The accused man said that he traveled from Poland to Slovakia. He underwent a screening test for the presence of addictive substances. The result confirmed the presence of methamphetamine.

He them voluntarily turned over a small plastic bag with a white crystalline substance and three unidentified pills.