LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Lanesville, Indiana, woman was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges after a search warrant uncovered methamphetamine and meth lab materials at her house, according to Indiana State Police.

7351137_GTroopers from the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section and Harrison County Probation Department visited 33-year-old Amanda Berkley’s home and got a search warrant. While searching her home, the officers found meth, drug paraphernalia and precursors to manufacturing meth.

Berkley’s children were taken and placed in the custody of a family member.

Berkley has been charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.


GREEN COVE SPRINGS | Three years after detective David White was killed and a second detective was wounded in a Clay County meth house raid, a woman who was at the house pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.Met_chasityprescottp

Chasity Elaine Prescott, 38, will be the second person to be sent to prison in the February 2012 shooting of White, 35, and detective Matthew Hanlin, who was with White at the front door of the Middleburg house when they were shot from inside.

Ryan Christopher Wilder, 33, was sentenced to consecutive life terms for the killings of White and Ted Tilley, another man who was at the meth house on Alligator Boulevard in Middleburg. Tilley was inside and pulled the trigger when the Clay narcotics team began to make entry, shooting the two detectives. Tilley was killed by other officers.

Though Tilley was the only shooter, Florida law allows charges to be filed against others who were committing a crime at the time of a homicide. Prescott was also charged with murder in Tilley’s death.

Before Prescott’s sentence was imposed by Circuit Judge Don H. Lester, White’s widow spoke to the judge.

“I should not now have a 3-year-old who can tell me other daddies come to school but his lives with Jesus,” Jennifer White said of the couple’s son.

Their two children won’t remember his voice, the fact that he had no temper, she told the court.

“They won’t remember their dad’s kind loving ways,” she said in a sometimes trembling voice. “But we were so blessed to know we were loved by him.”

Sitting at the defense table, Prescott periodically wiped tears away throughout the hearing.

White said while Prescott didn’t pull the trigger, “she was just as involved.”

Prescott declined to make a statement, her lawyer John Leombruno said.

Leombruno said Prescott will serve at least 85 percent of the sentence after subtracting almost three years already spent in jail.

“She will be in her 70s most likely when she gets out.”

The plea agreement dropped a charge of first-degree murder in White’s death, which would have meant a mandatory life sentence. Prescott was sentenced on eight counts, including attempted murder of other officers, the murder of Tilley, methamphetamine and other charges. All will run concurrent with the 50-year sentence imposed in White’s death.

“We’re relieved that one more portion of this case is resolved for the family as well as the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Rick Beseler said afterward.

Apart from death-penalty and life sentences, Prescott’s sentence was as stiff as Beseler could recall. “I personally can’t remember the last 50-year sentence someone got,” the sheriff said.

He said it sent a strong message of consequences faced by someone who attacks a police officer.

“This is about as severe as you can get,” he said.

Wilder, Prescott, Jennifer S. Alder, 41, and Prescott’s son Jerry F. Daniels, 19, were in the house where methamphetamine was being manufactured when the Clay County narcotics squad conducted the raid.

Alder and Daniels, who was a juvenile at the time of the shooting, are scheduled for trail later this year.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) –  A Little Rock attorney is accused of dropping a bag of meth onto a bank lobby floor for the second time in six years.

James Clouette is charged with possession of a controlled substance. He surrendered to authorities Wednesday.

Police say the 68-year-old dropped a small bag of meth on Onebanc’s floor in June. Bank employees notified authorities after finding the bag on the floor where Clouette had been standing before he left.

He also faced drug charge in 2009 after a bank customer found a plastic bag with meth on the floor in August 2008. Clouette was sentenced to two years of probation.

Calls to Clouette’s office phone resulted in a message that said the mailbox was full and wasn’t accepting new messages.


Meth at the Pharr InternationalU.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 43-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of $2,330,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine.

“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our cargo facility,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to detect anomalies within your work environment is how our officers are able to dig further and follow their inquisitive instinct, which usually produces positive results.”

On March 31, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a red 1989 Kenworth tractor/trailer driven by a male Mexican citizen who presented a commercial manifest for fresh cactus and squash. After referring the conveyance for a vehicle non-intrusive inspection, the shipment was sent to the secondary inspection dock for further examination. During the course of the inspection, officers discovered 138 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 166.45 pounds concealed within the produce shipment. CBP OFO seized the narcotics, tractor/trailer and the shipment.

CBP OFO arrested the driver and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.


A check into excess purchases of Sudafed and numerous anonymous complaints led the Greenwood Drug Enforcement Unit to 104 Foxcroft Drive in Greenwood on Thursday afternoon.David Howard Baumgardner, 51, of Greenwood, charged

The result was the arrest of David Howard Baumgardner, 51, on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine in an altered state and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste.

According to DEU superintendent Lt. Brandon Strickland, as DEU officials went to the home to question the suspect, they discovered “something outside to cause us to obtain a search warrant.”

After getting the warrant, a search inside the house found four one-pots that totaled 736 grams of meth and its byproduct.

Strickland said the suspect is a mult-itime offender.

“He isn’t a new customer,” Strickland said.

According to Strickland and a Sept. 15, 2011, story in the Index-Journal, the suspect suffered burns and other injuries when a suspected meth lab exploded in an outbuilding at his home. He was flown to Augusta Burn Center to be treated.

Also, according to a Dec. 9, 2011, Index-Journal story, the suspect was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines in Laurens County after a traffic stop.


Monday night started out bad for one Ozark County resident, and things just got worse from there. A motorcycle accident led to a man fleeing from officers and a drug bust of pure crystal meth, sheriff Darrin Reed said.

Ozark County deputies Tiffany Neill and Cecilia Clayton responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident on J Highway at 11:35 p.m. March 30 and found the driver uninjured but acting strange.551d467608935_image

“His speech was slurred, and he was just acting weird,” Reed said.

The officers asked the man if he had anything to drink that night, and he reportedly told them he had a few drinks a couple hours before. The officers continued to question the man, and during the middle of the conversation the man drove off, Reed said. Neill and Clayton were able to stop the subject and restrain him a short time later. The officers searched him and reportedly found bullets in his pocket and the package of methamphetamine. He was arrested and transported to the Ozark County Jail.

“I’m really proud of these two deputies,” Reed said Tuesday. “They were able to pull another drug dealer off the streets and make our county a little safer.”

Reed says he expects charges to be filed sometime this week.


A man convicted of driving a forklift under the influence of methamphetamine and causing a crash that killed two and injured two east of Santa Maria in 2013 was sentenced Thursday to 10 years and eight months in state prison.

551def4c5270e_preview-620Daniel Garcia Castillo was found guilty in February of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, as well as one count of DUI causing great bodily injury and one count of reckless driving causing serious bodily injury to more than one person for the crash that killed 16-year-old Adolfo Pozos Carrasco and his 49-year-old aunt, Casilda Diaz Pozos.

Castillo must serve 85 percent of his sentence.

Though Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Foley asked Superior Court Judge John McGregor for the maximum sentence of 14 years and eight months, he said after the verdict that he believes Castillo received a fair sentence.

“The defendant is a killer of two innocent people,” Foley said.

Foley said that the maximum sentence would show that the justice system works for everyone, saying that the victims are “powerless” in the community because they are Spanish-speaking and not well-connected.

Deputy Public Defender Sydney Bennett asked McGregor for a sentence of probation, stating that Castillo had not intended to cause the collision. McGregor said that lack of intent does not justify probation in such a case.

Adolfo Pozos Carrasco’s mother and sister, Celizeth Pozos Carrasco and Mahaythe Pozos Carrasco, suffered major injuries in the collision.

Celizeth Pozos Carrasco still suffers from her injuries.

The victims’ family members attended the hearing, but did not address the court, although they did submit victim impact statements.

“I feel horrible. I know I can’t do anything as a father to bring them back,” read a statement by Adolfo Pozos Carrasco’s father, Adolfo Pozos Sr.

The crash occurred when Castillo, driving a forklift back from his family’s shop in Santa Maria to the family farm nine miles away, turned the 12,000-pound Caterpillar forklift across a double yellow line on Philbric Road into the 1999 Honda Civic that Adolfo Pozos Carrasco was driving the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2013.

Though he denied using methamphetamine on the day of the collision during the trial, Castillo later admitted to doing so to the Santa Barbara County Probation Department.

Castillo has shown remorse for the incident, but Foley said that he did not do so during the trial.

“The defendant never took responsibility when it mattered,” he said.

Foley said that Castillo continued to lie about the collision and his methamphetamine use when he testified in the trial.

“He took the witness stand and said the accident was really caused because Adolfo Pozos was in the wrong lane,” Foley said.

Castillo was sentenced to six years for one count of vehicular manslaughter, two years for the other and eight months each for the lesser charges, with one eight-month sentence stayed. One year each was also added for the special circumstances of causing injury to more than one person and causing great bodily injury.

Castillo will also be required to pay at least $12,618.66 in restitution, Foley said. This amount could rise if the victims or family members make additional claims. He must pay it to the California Victim Compensation Fund and Government Claims Board to reimburse it for paying the family.

Castillo did not address the court, and letters written on his behalf were not read.


BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of 24 individuals who operated a major drug distribution ring and were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the  Eastern District of Texas.

Over the span of the conspiracy, this drug trafficking ring is alleged to have obtained over 150 kilograms of methamphetamine from numerous Mexican sources of supply for redistribution in Houston, Port Arthur, Texas, Southwest Louisiana, and other areas of the United States.  During the investigation, officers recovered numerous stolen automobiles and other valuable property, which investigators allege was acquired by members of the drug trafficking ring in exchange for methamphetamine.

On Mar. 5, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a four-count sealed indictment charging 24 individuals with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and using facilities of interstate commerce to facilitate the interstate distribution of illegal narcotics.  On Mar. 31, 2015, state and federal investigators began executing arrest warrants and at this time have successfully apprehended 21 defendants including:

1.John Nealy Holt, 44, Houston, Texas

2.Leslie Dianne Baron, 32, Houston, Texas

3.Christopher Dean Inman, 41, Houston, Texas

4.Eric Lazaro Castaneda, 38, Houston, Texas

5.Carlos Eduvijis Rosales, 38, Houston, Texas

6.Travis Alejandro Lyon, 34, Houston, Texas

7.Gilbert Gomez, 37, Baytown, Texas

8.Joshua Lee Lanman, 38, Jersey Village, Texas

9.Albert Cardenas, Jr., 23, Houston, Texas

10.Burton Paul Dupuy, 44, Shreveport, Louisiana

11.Amado Tobar, 44, Dallas, Texas

12.Joseph Louis Henning, 58, Houston, Texas

13.Luis Fernando Garcia, 23, Port Arthur, Texas

14.Gerardo Chavez, 38, Nederland, Texas

15.Michael Broughton, 39, Port Arthur, Texas

16.Shawn Key, 37, New Caney, Texas

17.Taber Price, 39, Humble, Texas

18.Britanny Danielle Beckham, 31, Hearne, Texas

19.Ricardo Cortes Lozano, 44, Baytown, Texas

20.Pablo Hernandez, 39, Houston, Texas

21.Thurman Clevenger, 51, Houston, Texas

The identities of the remaining at-large defendants shall remain under seal until they are apprehended by authorities.

Count One of the March 2015 indictment alleges that from 2011 to March 2015, John Nealy Holt, Leslie Dianne Baron, Christopher Dean Inman, Eric Lazaro Castaneda, Carlos Eduvijis Rosales, Travis Alejandro Lyon, Gilbert Gomez, Joshua Lee Lanman, Albert Cardenas, Jr., Amado Tobar, Joseph Louis Henning, Luis Fernando Garcia, Gerardo Chavez, Michael Broughton, Shawn Dewayne Key, Taber Shawn Price, Britanny Danielle Beckham, Ricardo Cortes Lozano, Pablo Hernandez, and Thurman Lee Clevenger, all conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere.

Counts Two and Three allege that on Sep. 10, 2014, John Nealy Holt, Leslie Dianne Baron, and Joshua Lee Lanman possessed numerous firearms during and in furtherance of the methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

Count Four alleges that on Aug. 21, 2014, John Nealy Holt and Burton Paul Dupuy used the mail and other facilities of interstate commerce to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine.

The defendants all face a maximum sentence ranging from 20 years to life in federal prison if convicted of the methamphetamine conspiracy charge.

This case is the result of an extensive two and a half year joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.  During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested over 38 individuals and have seized multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, kilogram quantities of drug laced hallucinogen “gummy” candies, 22 firearms, over 400 lbs. of ammunition, and recovered 17 stolen automobiles, 5 stolen motorcycles, 2 stolen trailers, and hundreds of antiques.

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Beaumont Resident Office, the Port Arthur Police Department, and the Houston Police Department, with assistance from the Fort Worth, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana DEA Resident Offices, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Harris, Montgomery, Waller, and Jefferson County (Texas) Sheriff’s Offices, Montgomery County Pct. 4 and Pct. 1 Constable’s Office, and the police departments of Baytown, Humble, Oak Ridge North, Port Neches, and Groves, Texas.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


State troopers have seized what is believed to be the largest amount of methamphetamine in state law enforcement history, Arkansas State Police announced on Thursday.Screen_Shot_2015-04-02_at_3_46_26_PM_t635

A state trooper on Monday noticed a tractor-trailer parked on the eastbound shoulder near Kerr Road and Interstate 40 and approached to check the driver’s well-being.

The driver gave the trooper permission to inspect the cargo trailer, where they discovered 276 pounds of methamphetamine in both liquid and crystal form, with an estimated street value of $10 million, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said in a news release.

The driver, 53-year-old Javier Leon-Garcia of Moreno, Calif., was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and is being held in Lonoke County jail without bail, Sadler said.


Wichita police take four kids under the age of 12 into protective custody after they say the children tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers say a sex offender was inside when they got to the home on the 2700 block of S. Bennett.

Ashleigh Swarts, the children’s mother, says she doesn’t use drugs now, but has dealt with addiction in her past. Which is why she lets friends who have also had that struggle stay at her home, that’s how she thinks her kids were exposed to meth.Ashleigh Swarts

“My kids are not bad kids, they are good babies and they love me a lot,” the mother added.

Police and D.C.F came to the southwest Wichita neighborhood Tuesday night to take four kids out of a home.

Lt. James Espinoza says the children were 12, 7, 5 and 2-years old.

“They are my life, they are my everything so for them to be gone, you don’t know what to do,” the mother said.

She says she had no idea they were exposed to drugs, but admits she lets friends stay at her home who have struggled with addiction.

Two other adults were inside when police came to the home.

“You have someone that is out of prison here, you have someone who is out on parole here,” the mother said. “But when you look at the world, who are the people that need the most help to get back into society.”

Those people aren’t in her home anymore, but now she doesn’t know when or if she will get her kids back.home

“I understand the issue at hand and they want them to be safe and protected, but at the same token it is causing more problems emotionally because they are taken away from me,” the mother said. “I am not a bad mom, I just have my issues.”

One of the two other adults in the home at the time was a registered sex offender.

The mother says she doesn’t let that woman around her kids, she comes over to help her clean her home. But she says that woman just happened to be at the house when police came to take her kids.

Police made no arrest in the case, but the investigation remains active and charges could be filed.

Wichita police have taken four children into protective custody after they tested positive for methamphetamine, an official said Wednesday.

Also, a sex offender/parolee was at the home where the children were found, police Lt. James Espinoza said.

The children’s mother said Wednesday night that she never exposed her children to drugs nor allowed anyone to use drugs around them. She said she had stopped using drugs. She has invited friends into her home, she said. “I have a big heart, and I try to help too many people.”

It is the third time – but the first since she and her children have lived in Sedgwick County – that her children have been removed from her, the woman said. The first time was in 2008, then again in 2011, she said. She has lived at the home on South Bennett for about two years. Social workers visit her home once or twice a week, she said.

A court hearing is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the next step in her children’s custody, she said.

It is the second time her children have been tested for drugs, the woman said. The first time, she said, “they were clean.” The latest test, using hair follicles, was last week, she said.

The Eagle is not using her name to protect the identity of her children and because authorities are investigating whether the children are victims.

The removal is emotionally hard on her children, she said.

Earlier Wednesday, Espinoza, the police spokesman, gave this account: At around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wichita police and state workers – reacting to the fact that four children tested positive for meth – took the children into protective custody. The authorities went to the 2700 block of South Bennett, where the children were living.

The boys and girls, ages 2 to 12, were taken to a hospital for examination and remain in protective custody. They had no life-threatening conditions, he said.

Their parents, in their early 30s, are suspects in an ongoing investigation, Espinoza said.

Police also found a 24-year-old woman at the home, near Pawnee and Meridian, who is a sex offender and parolee, he said. Police will be checking with state officials to determine whether she violated conditions of her parole by being around the children, he said. The children’s mother said the parolee didn’t live at the home.

Also in the home was a 34-year-old man who told police he had recently been released from jail.


BILLINGS – A Billings woman was accused of punching a man in the face and breaking his eye socket Saturday.

Angela Renee Thompson, 39, appeared by video in Yellowstone County Justice Court from the Yellowstone County Detention Center on Tuesday.551c25b891a21_preview-699

An argument with a man claiming to be her boyfriend about money spent purchasing methamphetamine went south, court documents say.

Thompson punched the man, causing an orbital fracture and likely a broken nose, at her Zimmerman Trail residence. She told police that there had been a disturbance and that she did punch the man in the mouth. She said the man stole money from her, documents say.

Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set bond at $500 and ordered Thompson to appear in district court April 7. Thompson is charged with felony aggravated assault.


Police have arrested two women who investigators say were cooking methamphetamine inside a home in northwest Charlotte.elsiearmitage

Mellissa Armstrong, 45, and Elsie Armitage, 54 were both arrested Wednesday. Armstrong was charged with with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors for methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Armitage was charged with possession of methamphetamine and also served with several outstanding warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking out of Rutherford County, according to police.melissaarmstrong

Investigators began looking into the alleged operation in 2015, after receiving complaints about a house on Old Dowd road “that was believed to be involved in the sale of narcotics,” according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police news release.

On Wednesday, officers conducted a “knock and talk” on the home. A knock and talk is a police tactic where officers knock on a suspect’s door to talk to residents and try to obtain probable cause to obtain a search warrant.

Police said they seized meth from the home on Wednesday.


MUNCIE — A Muncie woman already facing a felony charge tied to a 2014 killing was arrested this week on a methamphetamine-related charge.B9316824534Z_1_20150401161406_000_GKQACU12T_1-0

Kasondra D. Elsworth, 30, was arrested late Tuesday after a traffic stop at Eighth Street and Perkins Avenue. City police said they found meth in the Muncie woman’s possession.

Preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony — carrying a maximum 30-month-old prison sentence — Elsworth was being held in the Delaware County jail on Tuesday under a $10,000 bond.

Elsworth was charged last May with assisting a criminal. She was accused of trying to help Joshua Michael Haskins avoid arrest after he fatally shot Gary Barbour Jr., 29, outside a southside apartment.

Her trial on that charge is set for May 18 in Delaware Circuit Court 2.

Haskins, 26, in March was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.


EMINENCE, Mo. –  A woman is unconscious after being shot in the head at close range at her home near Winona early Wednesday.  Her husband is charged with trying to kill her after they argued while high on methamphetamine about whether she could leave the house to meet a friend about midnight.   Children were in the home at the time of the shooting.WILLIAMS--JIMMY

Jimmy D. Williams, 53, is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.   He’s in the Shannon County jail with no bond.  Mandy Williams is in a hospital.

The Shannon County Sheriff’s Department learned about the shooting about 12:30 a.m.  The Williamses’ home is about five miles south of Winona.   Winona police officers helped sheriff’s deputies at the scene. The probable cause statement against Williams says he told a deputy that he argued with his wife after she “had been talking on her cell phone to a guy . . . and was making plans on leaving.”  Mandy Williams was trying to get another man in the home, Brian Rossell, to give her a ride to meet her friend.   Rossell told the deputy that Mandy Williams said she wanted to go meet a woman, not a man.

Williams told the deputy, according to the probable cause statement, that he thought his wife was going to leave through a window.  He said he thought he heard someone outside, so he loaded a rifle and went outside and shot in the air to scare off the intruder.

When Williams went back in the house, he loaded his .45-caliber pistol.  He told the deputy that he went in the bedroom and the pistol accidentally fired, hitting Mandy Williams in the head, according to the probable cause statement.

Rossell told the deputy that the shooting was not accidental.  He said, according to the probable cause statement, that he saw Williams raise the pistol and shoot his wife.

The deputy found a Ruger .45-caliber revolver under the bed.  He wrote that it “was covered in blood and had only been loaded in one chamber.  The only primer on the cylinder had been spent.  None of the other chambers had been loaded.  That was found in Jimmy’s bedroom, beside the bed.”

Rossell told investigators that the Williamses had been getting high all evening on meth.   After he heard them arguing, Rossell said, Mandy asked him for a ride.   He said Jimmy accused her “talking to a guy on her phone.  She stated that it was a female friend, not a guy.”

Rossell said Mandy went to the bedroom to lie down “in an attempt to calm everything down,” according to the probable cause statement.   Jimmy went outside and fired his rifle, while Rossell said “sat down in the living room with the children while they were playing video games.”

Jimmy returned to the house, went in the bedroom, and came out carrying his pistol.  Rossell said he told Jimmy to calm down before someone got hurt.  He said Jimmy then “walked down the hallway, opened the door to Mandy’s room, and raised the pistol and shot Mandy.”

Rossell said Jimmy started screaming after the gun fired.  He said he tried to keep the children out of the hallway but they ran by him and saw Mandy lying on the bed.  The probable cause statement doesn’t tell the ages of the children or their relationship to the couple.

Williams could face a prison sentence up to 30 years (life) if he’s convicted of first-degree assault, plus three years or more for armed criminal action.


TYLER, Texas — Federal authorities have announced the indictments of 27 individuals after a lengthy investigation of a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

A U.S. Attorney’s statement Wednesday says the 27 were charged in a sealed March 14 indictment with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute the drug.

Each of the 27, if convicted, would face 10 years to life in federal prison. Two of the 27 also are charged with being criminal aliens in the country illegally and four with firearms violations.

The indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Tyler says the defendants conspired to distribute at least 3½ pounds of the drug in the Jacksonville and Cherokee County areas, beginning last July.

During the investigation, federal agents made about 40 controlled buys of more than $65,000 worth of meth.


It started Monday evening as a simple stop by Portland police for a traffic infraction. It ended with a triumphant drug-sniffing dog posed in the bed of the pickup truck above bags of methamphetamine and heroin valued by police at $1.3 million.17409234-small

Police pulled over the pickup at 5 p.m. at Southeast 93rd Avenue and Sunnybrook Boulevard.

17409238-smallThe pickup carried three people: the driver, 29-year-old Juan Hernandez-Sanchez; a passenger, 36-year-old Jorge Luis Canela-Perez; and Hernandez-Sanchez’s 9-year-old daughter, police said.

In the course of the officers’ interaction with the three, they decided to call for a narcotics-sniffing police dog. A Drugs and Vice Division officer arrived at the intersection with his canine, Nikko. Nikko then alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in a full-size aluminum tool box in the bed of the truck.17409221-mmmain

Officers searched the tool box and found a hidden compartment, which contained about 27 pounds of methamphetamine. They said the cache represented about 2.45 million doses of meth and 181,000 doses of heroin, with a combined value of more than $1.3 million.

Police arrested the two adults and placed Hernandez-Sanchez’s daughter into protective custody. Both men were charged with distribution and possession of methamphetamine and heroin and booked into the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Portland police said they were assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force.


WATERTOWN — Two people face drug charges after police found them allegedly making methamphetamine in a parked car at the Midtown Towers parking lot at 142 Mechanic St.wqrgfqqgfwgqr

Sarah E. McDonald, 27, of 28174 Joyner Road, Theresa, and a homeless man, Lewis A. Queensbury, 34, were each charged on Tuesday with third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A city police officer patrolling the area noticed the parked car and knew its owner did not live in the seniors high-rise apartment building, so he stopped to see what was going on, police said.

When the officer looked inside the car window, he saw Ms. McDonald sitting in the driver’s seat and using a syringe to shoot up some meth, police said. Officers allegedly found a variety of items used in making the drug inside the car, including an air pump, tubing, a glass jar, coffee filters, muriatic acid and ephedrine.

The two were in the process of making meth, officers said. Police said they also noticed what seemed to be burn marks on the man’s face, hands and fingers that they believe occurred previously in another meth-making incident.

Both were taken to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, where she was held on no bail and he was kept on $10,000 bail.

Those two arrests follow two men also being charged with manufacturing of meth and drug possession after police discovered equipment used in the drug-making process and a small quantity of heroin and the controlled substances Alprazolam and Tramadol.

Those arrests were the result of a traffic stop in the 200 block of East Lynde Street on Monday.


REDDING, California – Nearly two years after the allegations surfaced, a 52-year-old Redding man was ordered today to stand trial on felony charges of allegedly drugging and sodomizing a teenager in 2013.LUDLAM_jpg_1427909383405_15965794_ver1_0_640_480

Authorities arrested Michael Allen Ludlam on Feb. 9 on those charges as well as with furnishing the teen methamphetamine.

Superior Court Judge William Gallagher ordered Ludlam to stand trial following preliminary hearing closing arguments, but said prosecutors may have a tough time proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

That’s because, he said, the teen, who is said to be serving a prison sentence for assault in an unrelated case, has made a number of inconsistent and contradictory statements.

“This may be a very heavy lift at trial,” Gallagher said.

Ludlam, who is set to begin standing trial May 12, is accused of drugging and sodomizing the boy in 2013 when he was 17, according to the criminal complaint and a Redding Police Department investigative report.

Ludlam told police he barely knows the teen, now 19, and said the allegations are “ridiculous,” according to the 2013 police report.

The allegations came to light in April of that year when a police officer interviewed the teen while the teen was in Shasta County Juvenile Hall for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.

According to the subsequent police report, the boy told the officer he had been sexually molested by two people, including Ludlam, on separate occasions.

Charges against that other man have not been filed.

Ludlam again adamantly denied molesting the boy when a Redding police investigator interviewed him on April 25, 2013 after a probation search at Ludlam’s home resulted in his arrest after police said they found methamphetamine.

“Why would he say something (obscenity) stupid?” he asked.

He did say, however, the teen had tried to buy methamphetamine from him, but he refused to do so, which made the boy mad, the police report said.

Still, police said the teen was able to provide detailed information about Ludlam as well as details about his home that Ludlam said the boy had visited once.

Police said in the investigative report, however, that Ludlam repeatedly changed portions of his story, and that the interview ended when he said he needed an attorney.


SAFFORD — A woman who had her friend pick up a drug test kit from Walmart early Tuesday morning had some items of hers tested by the police instead and ended up with a free ride to jail.

Chalise Gracie Moreno, 22, of Safford, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail on a warrant and charges of possession of a narcotic drug (heroin), possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moreno also received a charge of unlawful flight from law enforcement for failing to pull over when an officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Moreno’s passenger, Dawnyea Monique Luna, 25, of Clifton, was arrested and booked into the jail on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Luna is already currently being prosecuted for possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a Safford Police report, an officer first noticed the pair when Luna sprang from Moreno’s car and into the Walmart at 755 S. 20th Ave. a little after midnight. The officer noticed Moreno kept her vehicle running during Luna’s time in the store and believed a theft might transpire.

When Luna returned to the vehicle, the officer followed the pair as they traveled south than east, eventually ending up eastbound on Lonestar Road. At that point, the officer received information that Moreno had an active warrant and attempted to make a traffic stop. Moreno failed to yield, however, and continued east even though the officer had his lights and siren activated.

Moreno eventually turned onto Montierth Lane and pulled over at a residence in the 2500 block. Multiple officers than ordered the occupants out of the vehicle at gunpoint and took them into custody.

An officer soon located a Marlboro cigarette pack that contained aluminum foil with burnt drug residue and cut straws with drug residue. The items were claimed by Luna, who said she had recently relapsed into using heroin again, according to the police report.

An officer also located a piece of tissue paper on the floor of the car that had a plastic baggie with methamphetamine in it and a piece of aluminum foil with some black tar heroin inside. Moreno claimed the items and said she originally hid the tissue paper in her bra and didn’t know how it fell to the floor, according to the police report. She also advised that the pair had gone to Wal-Mart to purchase a drug test kit and that she didn’t initially pull over for the officer because she knew she had a warrant and didn’t want to go back to jail.

Both suspects were than booked into the jail without further incident.



An Alford woman is facing multiple charges after law enforcement find what officers are calling a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, March 30, deputies responded to a disturbance on Elizabeth Lane in Alford.

On arrival, deputies made contact with 40-year-old Aurora Deotona Cutchins and, while attempting to contact with the other party involved in the disturbance, saw several pieces of drug paraphernalia and items consistent with the attempted manufacture of methamphetamine: used hypodermic needles; butane fuel; charcoal lighter fluid; several plastic bottles containing “bi-layer” liquids; coffee filters; and disassembled “Instant Cold Packs.” The items, officials say, were in Cutchins’ bedroom, in plain view.

After the “shake and bake” method methamphetamine lab was located, the residence was evacuated and investigators with the Jackson County Drug Task Force responded to dismantle the clandestine lab.

Cutchins was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await her first appearance in court on the charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Cutchins’ bond was set at $17,500.


NEW ENGLAND — Seven more women have been charged with possession of methamphetamine inside the women’s prison here.

The latest charges, resulting from an investigation in February, come less than a year after correctional officers at the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center discovered five different woman on methamphetamine last August.

In the new cases, one defendant — 20-year-old Luckee Enget — is alleged to have arrived at the center Feb. 2 while already on methamphetamine, two days before the seven women tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Deputy Warden Vicki Urlacher’s affidavits in Hettinger County Court. Enget also tested positive for THC.

All the women except Enget have since pleaded guilty, according to the affidavits. Their initial appearances are scheduled for Thursday.

Warden Rachelle Juntunen said previously that 22-year-old Chelsea Nelson is believed to have smuggled in the drugs when she arrived at the prison and supplied them to the four other women last summer.

Juntunen said it has been years since the prison saw these charges, but that might not mean it’s been years since prisoners were on drugs.

“Contraband, does it get into the facilities? Yes,” she said. “It’s just a matter of catching it.”

The latest set of charges is still under investigation, Juntunen said, but officials believe that, like last time, “it was smuggled in with a new arrival within a body cavity.”

She said the prison is looking at its procedures in light of the cases.

The other women charged in the latest sweep are Shantell LaFountaine, 27; Kayla Payne, 31; Tamara Clapper, 23; Phyllis Kraft, 21; Amanda Morin, 28; and Kayla Wright, 22.

The Class B felony charges carry a maximum of 10 years (more) in prison.


SMARTSVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —A woman who was promised a free tattoo by a man she met on Facebook was later raped and held against her will for several days inside a Smartsville home, officials said on Tuesday.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said Jason Brakebill friended the victim on Facebook and later made arrangements to meet her March 23.

After accepting his offer, Brakebill drove the victim to a home in the 8100 block of Eureka Lane. While there, Brakebill is suspected of drugging the victim with methamphetamine and Klonopin, deputies said.

Unconscious, the victim was sexually assaulted and forced to stay inside the home for four days, the sheriff’s department said.

It was not until Brakebill passed out that the victim was able to get help, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

On Tuesday, neighbors reacted with shock and disbelief.

“It’s very crazy,” said neighbor Crystal Sotelo. “It’s just shocking to me. I never expected something like that to happen right here.”

“Anything is possible nowadays,” said neighbor Judy Erion. “This is scary stuff, because it’s in our neighborhood. This is bad.”

Following his arrest, officials said that Brakebill denied the allegations, stating that the sex was consensual.

Brakebill is being held at the Yuba County Jail on felony charges related to rape and false imprisonment. His bail is set at $300,000.


Methamphetamine Affects Pets Too

Posted: 1st April 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Indiana leads the nation in meth lab busts. As dangerous as these homes can be for people, pets found in meth labs can also suffer some serious consequences.

Finding pets in a meth home isn’t unusual. In fact, officers find animals in nearly 50% of all labs they bust.

Sgt. Joe Watts, with the Indiana State Police explained, “If the animals are outside and they’re not in the lab environment, we will release those animals to family members. If a lab is located in the home or in a garage or an out building and the animals are in there, then we’ll release those pets to the humane society.”

That’s exactly what happened to Iva. Iva was rescued from a meth home in January with two other dogs.

Fred Strohm, with the Terre Haute Humane Society said “Two of them had chemical burns on their bodies, presumably from the meth fumes.”

Physically, Iva was okay. But the dogs were agitated after being ripped from their homes.

“One of them was so wound up that he actually busted out of the kennel that we put him in,” said Strohm.

And unfortunately, one of the dogs was so aggressive, she had to be put down.

“That may have been a side effect of the chemicals,” said Strohm. “We don’t always know what they’re going to do, how they’re going to react.”

Iva and the other dog, Buddy, were much luckier.

“Iva, when she got in here and we got to know her, she was the sweetest dog,” he said.

And if Iva was the sweetheart, Buddy was the goofball.

Strohm said, “He actually had a little plastic hammer that he would carry around all the time. That was his toy, that was his thing. It was always in his mouth every time you saw him.”

Buddy has since found his forever home. Iva is still at the humane society. But the shelter says her situation could have been much worse.

“She was in a bad situation where she was exposed to those chemicals and could have become addicted at minimum… Now she’s here. We’ve got her fully vetted. She’s ready for adoption and could go to her forever home,” said Strohm.

Meth home pets can also face other road blocks besides health issues. They might be considered evidence in a case. The animals can’t be put up for adoption, until the courts say so.


LANCASTER –  A husband and wife are in custody after the Lancaster Police Special Response Team and Major Crimes Unit raided a home, uncovering a significant meth lab operation on South Broad Street Tuesday morning.

The Major Crimes unit confiscated 12 one-pot meth labs, including one active vessel from the couple’s home at 898 S. Broad St.

“It was pretty extensive,” said Major Crimes Unit Commander Eric Brown. “There were one-pot vessels, assorted chemicals and product.”

A combination of liquid and solid meth product was found in the home, Brown said. What was more concerning than the amount of product and chemicals, he said, was that there was an active meth lab when officers arrived.

“When you have an active (meth lab) and you have a tactical team entering, there’s lots of hazards with those,” he said. “(They could) knock it down, or kick it on accident …”

The chemicals combined to create meth are unstable, Brown explained, which can result in explosions or flash fires if the vessel isn’t handled properly.

The couple is in custody at the Fairfield County Jail, but they have not yet been charged with a crime. Brown said he expected investigators to file charges soon, but they had not been filed by press time.

The amount of meth found also was not available. Brown said investigators still need to weigh each product to determine the quantity they confiscated from the home.

He said there were many complaints surrounding the couple’s property about alleged drug activity. He said they were thankful officers had raided the home.

“We had a lot of neighbors come out and thank us for helping them,” he said.

While there were no children at the home at the time of the raid, there are two children who were living at the residence. Brown said investigators are working with Fairfield County Child Protective Services to find them a place to stay.


ANDERSON, California – A man who officers say was likely under the influence of methamphetamine attacked a woman and her neighbor’s home late Monday, according to the Anderson Police Department.

Officers at about 10:51 p.m. went to the 2100 block of Knobcone Avenue, off Pinon Avenue west of Highway 273 and just north of the Shasta Outlets, for a report that a man had thrown a rock through a front window of a home was trying to climb inside.Ault--Phillip

Police located  in the front yard of the home. He displayed symptoms of being under the influence of meth and refused orders from police to get on the ground and show his hands, Anderson police officer Tyler Finch said.

Officers hit Ault twice with a stun gun and were able to arrest him after a brief struggle, according to police.

Police interviewed witnesses and learned Ault followed a woman from the Tower Mart gas station just off 273 to her home and punched her in the face when she told him to leave, Finch said. The woman ran to a neighbor’s home but not before Ault punched her again and threatened to kill her, police said.

Neighbors let the woman inside their home and locked the door. Ault began yelling and claimed the house was now his and his mother’s mansion before throwing a brick through the window, Finch said.

A man inside the home stabbed Ault in the arm with a knife to defend himself and his family as Ault tried to enter through the window, police said. Ault retreated the home’s front yard before other neighbors cornered him and police arrived, Finch said.

Police took Ault to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries before booking him into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats, residential burglary, vandalism, assault and resisting arrest.

The woman Ault is accused of attacking received minor injuries but didn’t require medical attention, police said.