OAK HILL – Brandy Renee Jones, also known as Brandy Renee Dooley, age 30, is wanted for operating a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the Oak Hill area.8369859_G

She is described as a white female, approximately 5’4″, weighing approximately 140 pounds.

Jones was last known to reside in the Johnson Street area of Oak Hill, but her current whereabouts are unknown.

If anyone has any information concerning the possible location of Jones, they are asked to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at (304) 574-3590, the West Virginia State Police at (304) 256-6700 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867.8369863_G

You may also submit tips through the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.”

Any information received through Crime Stoppers that results in the location and arrest of Jones will make the caller eligible for a cash reward, and callers may submit information anonymously.

http://www.wvnstv.com/story/29601330/oak-hill-woman-wanted-for-making-meth

A security guard has resigned and federal drug agents are investigating after what appears to have been a meth lab explosion at a U.S. government building in Maryland, authorities said.

The explosion happened Saturday night on the main campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., NIST said. A security guard was treated at a hospital for injuries and resigned Sunday, the agency said.150723-nist_campus-sign_354bc5a8ee20e4ffd34be8d16bb1046e_nbcnews-ux-320-320

NIST, which is part of the Commerce Department, didn’t reveal the circumstances of the explosion, but it confirmed that the Drug Enforcement Administration was investigating.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland U.S. Commerce Department

Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks confirmed that police are looking into “the possibility that this was some sort of chemical reaction due to the manufacturing of drugs.”

NBC Washington quoted federal law enforcement sources as saying pseudoephedrine, drain opener and a recipe for making methamphetamine were found in the lab.

The disclosures rattled Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees NIST, who fired off a letter (PDF) on Tuesday to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker demanding a full report by next Wednesday.

“The fact that this explosion took place at a taxpayer-funded NIST facility, potentially endangering NIST employees, is of great concern,” Smith wrote. “I am troubled by the allegations that such dangerous and illicit activity went undetected at a federal research facility.”

He said he wants to ensure that researchers at federal laboratories are safe.

NIST, formerly the National Bureau of Standards, is the federal agency responsible for setting standards for precise measurement of just about everything, which are cataloged in more than 1,300 Standard Reference Materials publications.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dea-investigates-apparent-meth-lab-explosion-federal-science-facility-n397521

TOPPENISH, Wash. — A 30-year-old Hispanic man was arrested Wednesday night after police say a woman accused him of sexual assault.

Police say a 19-year-old woman came to the Toppenish Police Department Wednesday night and reported Onesimo Galindo-Morales, 30, pointed a gun at her and then sexually assaulted her Tuesday morning.

Court documents say the 19-year-old woman gave Galindo-Morales methamphetamine.

The 19-year-old woman said the two were driving around in Galindo-Morales’ car when the suspect became worried that police were around and he pulled over onto a back road. The woman says Galindo-Morales sexually assaulted her there.

She provided the police with a description of the suspect.

Police later found Galindo-Morales and he was arrested. The man was charged with First Degree Rape, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The 30-year-old is being held in Yakima county Jail. Police are still investigating.

http://www.kimatv.com/news/local/Toppenish-police-arrest-man-on-rape-charges-318304891.html

A Silver Creek woman remained in jail without bond Thursday after being accused of trafficking meth, according to Floyd County Jail reports.

According to reports:55b1ccd474f2f_image

Tanya Chassity Meeler, 37, of 133 Tom Bing Road, was stopped by police on Ga. 20 at the Ga. 1 Loop at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday for speeding. They found more than 28 grams of methamphetamine in a bag and a .38 Special revolver in the trunk of her car.

Meeler is charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during commission of crime. She is also charged with a misdemeanor count of speeding.

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/police_fire/woman-accused-of-trafficking-methamphetamine/article_823de0e6-31c4-11e5-bc38-bf211db020bd.html

GULFPORT, Mississippi — A Gulfport man who fled police and crashed into another motorist earlier this month had his charges upgraded this week after the wreck victim died in the hospital.

On July 8, the Gulfport Police Department arrested 36-year-old Jeremy Shane Fogleman on felony fleeing and eluding, possession of methamphetamines and no proof of insurance.18368083-large

Fogleman’s charges have been upgraded to felony fleeing and eluding causing death, felony fleeing and eluding causing injury, possession of methamphetamine and no proof of insurance.

On July 8 around midnight, a Gulfport patrol officer attempted a traffic stop for observed violations at 28th Street and Pass Road. Fogleman, who was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, accelerated to a high rate of speed and refused to stop.

The patrol officer deactivated his blue lights and chose not to pursue the vehicle.

Moments later, Fogleman’s Camaro was involved in a motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of Pass Road and 8th Avenue.

During the crash investigation, it was learned that Fogleman disregarded the red traffic signal on Pass Road and struck a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu that was northbound on 8th Avenue. The two vehicles then struck a 2011 Nissan Murano that was stationary in the westbound lane of Pass Road.

Fogleman was found to be in possession of methamphetamines and was arrested.

American Medical Response transported the drivers of the Chevrolet Malibu and the Nissan Murano to area hospitals for treatment of injuries received during the crash. Fogleman was also transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

After booking and other procedures, Fogleman was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility to be held on $350,000 in bail, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

Fogleman was also given bail of $639 for no proof of insurance, which was set by the Gulfport Municipal Court.

During a follow up investigation, information was received that the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu was transported to a Mobile area hospital, where he later died as a result of injuries received during the crash.

Based on that information, Fogleman’s charges were upgraded to felony fleeing and eluding causing death, felony fleeing and eluding causing injury, possession of methamphetamine and no proof of insurance.

On Monday, the Gulfport Police Detective Division served Fogleman with the updated arrest warrants at the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility.

He was then given bail of $1.25 million, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray and $639 bail set by the Gulfport Municipal Court.

The investigation is ongoing.

http://www.gulflive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/07/gulfport_man_flees_police_with.html

JOANNA, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Laurens Sheriff’s Office said a group of children made an unusual discovery Friday night.

Sheriff Ricky Chastain said the kids discovered a dump site for meth lab materials in the woods near Manning Street in Joanna.8392741_G

Tammy Medlin said her nephews, ages 9, 7 and 5 discovered the dump site around 7 p.m. on a trail near their home while they were outside riding bicycles.

Medlin said she made the boys wash their hands and immediately called the police.

“People need to realize, you don’t just throw stuff in the woods,” Medlin said. “It could really hurt someone. Whoever did it needs to realize kids don’t know what that is and could get really hurt.”

Medlin said the children were OK and officials have been on scene for hours to clean up the materials.

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/29622292/sheriff-children-find-meth-dump-in-laurens-co-woods

Austin Police call 37-year-old Claudia Gonzalez a drug mule.Qbr3gNNJ

Tuesday morning officers allegedly found 20 lbs. of meth hidden inside an SUV driven by Gonzalez.

“They were placed inside PVC pipes then fed into false compartment in the gas tank of the vehicle,” said Lt. Frank Dixon.

Officers made the bust after stopping Gonzalez in the 4100 block of Interstate 35 for a traffic violation. Cops believe women make for ideal drug runners because they usually go unnoticed. Kyle walker, a former drug dealer, agrees.

“I have the look of an innocent white woman, put me in a car that’s a few years old, insurance, registration, everything legit I could run just about anything across the country,” said Walker.

Walker says she transported meth countless times without getting caught. Today the mother of two is in recovery.

“It’s very difficult to admit for two years I didn’t think about my children. It’s very painful,” added Walker.

Meth abuse is a big problem in Central Texas. The Council on Recovery estimates some 34% of its patients are addicted to meth.

“One thing specifically about meth is the euphoria that comes along with it’s pretty extreme and pretty wonderful but what happens is when people stop using it they go as deeply low,” said Director of Treatment Services Elizabeth Devine.

Tonight there’s 20 pounds less of it on the streets but cops admit there’s plenty of meth that’s coming into Austin undetected.

http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Former-Drug-Dealer-Sheds-Light-On-Austin-39-s-Meth-Problem-170795.shtml

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) – Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a homeless carpenter for allegedly creating a methamphetamine lab in apartments he was remodeling. The meth lab exploded, causing a fire and injuring the suspect, officer said.8367684_G

On Monday at 7:10 p.m., deputies and firefighters were called to a structure fire in the 6800 block of Main Street in Houma. Part of the apartment building was being remodeled.

The Bayou Cane Fire Department extinguished the fire without anyone being injured.

A deputy on scene found out the fire might be connected to a suspected meth lab. The deputy contacted the Terrebonne Parish narcotics task force.

Agents arrived on scene to investigate and recovered several items used to create crystal meth.

Officers contacted David Clement, 56, who was the carpenter remodeling the apartments. Clement admitted to manufacturing the meth lab when the building caught on fire, according to Sheriff Jerry Larpenter. Clement was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Agents arrested Clement, who is homeless, for creating / operating of clandestine lab and aggravated arson. Clement remains in the Terrebonne Parish Jail on a $25,000 bond.

http://www.fox8live.com/story/29599644/sheriff-homeless-mans-meth-lab-explodes-in-apartment-he-is-remodeling

Riley was 14 when his dad gave him a bag of methamphetamine and told him, “Here, have that. I don’t need it, I’ve had too much.”.

His drug use grew and he turned to crime to support the habit, eventually ending up in jail.

A survivor of the downward spiral into drug use, Riley – not his real name – has now told his story to a community forum in South Australia, tackling the rising use of ice.

Riley thinks his dad handed out the meth at home to stop he and his brothers from trying it on the streets.

“I think because he knew I’d seen a lot already and we were interested,” Riley said.

“I think he thought we would leave him, get on the meth and not come home.

“So he wanted us to be at home in a safe environment sort of thing, but in a way, it could have been a control thing too.”

Another drug user who shared her story at the forum in the Riverland on Tuesday night was Lola – also not her real name.

She said she tried ice with her boyfriend when she was 18 and knew little about what she was taking.

“They told me it gives you a bit of a high and it makes you want to go, so I tried some,” she said.

“I went from being really ‘ugh’ to really happy.

“But after that it was something that really took over you. It drew me in.”

She said she quickly craved more of the drug.

“The bad thing was that as soon as you took it, it always made you feel like you were coming down but you weren’t, so you’d take more,” she said.

“It starts overtaking you completely. All I was thinking about was going to work so I could come home and have it again.”

Drug use became a way of life

The impact on the young ice users was profound.

Riley kept his construction job for a little while but meth eventually became a way of life.

I only did it on weekends at the start but it did slowly progress to during the week. When I started to come down I just wanted more. But when I came down I was really angry.

“I stayed in that mood until I got paid, and then I got my dad to buy me more. He bought me a whole heap of it, so I could sell a bit and make some money back.”

Riley turned to crime once his welfare payment proved inadequate to support his habit.

“After five years I didn’t save any money, I wanted to go back to school but I didn’t because I’d have to go and get on the drugs,” he said.

Riley started stealing and selling copper, but got caught and sent to jail.

It took several jail stints before he changed his life.

“I’d get out [of jail] and I’d go straight to the dealer’s house before I even got home,” he said.

Lost family discovered as addict seeks recovery

Riley’s mother and grandfather both died as a result of drug abuse, but he found out he had sisters he had never met and slowly started to turn his life around.

A rehabilitation course was a requirement of his sentence when he was in custody.

Riley was released four months ago, with support measures in place to stop him returning to drugs.

He said until he had done the course, he was unaware of how to seek help.

“I was just lost [but] did that course and I learned about making plans, setting goals, what my triggers are and I just learnt a heap of life skills,” he said.

Riley said he now realized the importance of staying away from his former group of friends in Adelaide, which is one reason he moved to the Riverland.

He now rents a property and for the first time in years has a job.

He is keen to study so he can work with, and help, other ice addicts.

Ice still triggers physical response, a year on

For Lola, even now the smell of ice triggers a physical response in her, more than a year since she stopped using it.

“When you’ve taken it, your body goes into overload, your leg shakes, you grind your teeth. You move your hands and lick your lips,” she recalled.

“Even now if I smell it I start licking my lips and grinding my teeth, it’s not good.”

Lola said part of the drug-taking allure was the weight she lost, but she then noticed her skin turning grey.

She said the drug was destroying her from the inside.

On one occasion she fell over while she was high, knocked herself out and nearly choked to death on her own vomit.

Lola was taken to hospital and, as the effects of the ice wore off, a feeling of shame took over.

“I remember lying in the bed and thinking I just want to get out of here,” she said.

“I realised I’d been doing it to myself, I had nothing horrible in my life, I had no reason to do it. I was finding excuses to do it.”

Lola made a clean break from other drug users she knew and moved from Darwin to the SA Riverland to be with her father.

A doctor now checks her regularly as her body recovers.

Lola warned others not to get drawn into taking ice.

“Don’t get pressured because it could be the difference between you being a person who is sick, and constantly wants ice, compared to being the person whose life takes off,” she said.

Riley said he knows the perfect place for ice.

“It’s crap, flush it down the toilet, it’ll ruin your life,” he said.

Children of users neglected, local domestic violence agency says

About 600 residents and community leaders turned out to Renmark’s Chaffey Theatre on Tuesday night to discuss ways to curb the ice problem.

Ele Wilde, from Riverland Domestic Violence Service, said children of ice users were being neglected, often missing out on basics like clothing.

“We’ve seen them come to our door and asking for food and that’s children who are really desperate,” she said.

“They even hide food because they know there might not be any for dinner.”

SA Police said use of the drug was snowballing in the state.

Detective Sergeant David Fahey, SA Drug and Organized Crime taskforce, said organized crime groups were increasingly using country locations to manufacture and control drugs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-22/ice-forum-riverland-addicts-share-stories/6639088

633x356WEST Africa is becoming an established route for the trafficking of methamphetamines to East and South Asia via South Africa or Europe, and East Africa is a key hub in heroin smuggling, the UN’s just-released World Drugs Report 2015 indicates.

In replies to the annual report questionnaires, Africa was a minor player in the world’s drug trade before 2002, with the UN’s Office on Drugs & Crime indicating that it was only mentioned sporadically as a transit region for heroin reaching Europe.

But since 2010, the continent has increased in prominence; among East African countries, Tanzania appears to be the most prominent going by number of mentions, although Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are also emerging as key transit hubs, says the report.dfSDSDFs

It’s possibly linked to the tourism industry at the Coast, and Italy in particular appears to be affected by this flow to a significant extent.

Guinea-Bissau has gained notoriety as a narco-state, in which drug cartels have bought off politicians and virtually taken over state institutions, funding elections and using Bissau airport as a transit hub, with impunity.

1450x800w

There’s also data to suggest there may be pockets of emerging cocaine use in Africa, related to the rise in trafficking through the continent and increased affluence.

However, addicts in Africa are the least likely to access treatment or rehabilitation, the report says. About 1 in 18 problem drug users are receiving treatment in Africa (primarily for cannabis use), compared with one in five problem drug users receiving treatment in Western and Central Europe, one in four in Oceania, and one in three in North America.

The report indicates that traffickers are evolving their routes in ways unique to the type of drug being smuggled.

1450x800h

Synthetic drugs, which include ecstasy, amphetamine, and methamphetamine, are believed to be produced all around the world, and significant increases in seizures over the past five years indicate new routes are being created to connect regional markets.

“West Africa in particular appears to have become an established source of methamphetamine trafficked to East and Southeast Asia via South Africa or Europe,” the report indicates.

Major producers of opiates (or narcotics derived from the poppy plant, such as opium, morphine, and heroine) include Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos, Mexico, and Colombia.

Afghan opiates are generally smuggled to Europe on the “Balkan route’’ through neighboring Iran and overland to Turkey, a major transit point. Or they move north via central Asia to Russia, south through Pakistan, and onward to southern and eastern Asia.

New seizures made in Armenia and Georgia, countries never featured on the Balkan route, indicate that trafficking networks are experimenting with new trajectories, the ODC said.

The world’s three major suppliers of cocaine are Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. Cocaine usually flows north from the Andean countries to the U.S. and Canada and across the Atlantic to Europe via the Caribbean or Africa. Cocaine traffickers increasingly transport large quantities via sea, accounting for about 60% of the total quantities seized in 2013, according to the report.

http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-06-26-maps-africas-breaking-bad-is-increasingly-a-transit-hub-for-meth-heroin-and-cocaine

Customs has stopped up to $246 million of methamphetamine from reaching New Zealand streets in six months. Another $7.5 million destined for here was also seized in Hong Kong.

Statistics to the end of June show Customs made 1660 separate drug seizures this year. Methamphetamine or its precursors made up the bulk volume – just over half a ton.1437527068775

Customs made 63 methamphetamine seizures adding to 141kg and 15L, and 189 seizures of precursors adding to 369kg. This amount of crystal methamphetamine can be worth up to $141 million in street value, and the precursors could have produced up to $105 million more.

Customs Manager Border Operations Shane Panettiere says some of Customs seizures reached record levels last summer. This year, Customs has already seized almost double that amount of methamphetamine, and precursors are continuing to pour in at a steady rate.

“It’s not uncommon for Customs to intercept several kilograms of methamphetamine or precursors in each seizure, sometimes on a daily basis. A major shift in precursors over the last 18 months is the import of ephedrine instead of pseudoephedrine,” Mr Panettiere says.

“Criminals keep trying inventive ways to smuggle drugs, but Customs also continually updates its targeting and examination techniques to keep up with the changing environment.”

Customs Manager Investigations Maurice O’Brien says Customs has made numerous arrests relating to drug importation offences in the first six months of the year.

“Customs is actively working with local and international agencies to target and stop drugs, disrupt and dismantle the international supply chains, and identify and pursue all those involved – wherever they may be.

“An example of this is that in addition to local border seizures, Hong Kong Customs has also seized about 7.5 kg of methamphetamine destined for New Zealand. This shows how closely we’re working to target the drugs trade between both countries, and we’ll continue to do so.”

Of the 1660 seizures, the remaining 1408 seizures included class c analogues – mimic or synthetic drugs (312 seizures), cannabis and its products (256 seizures), prescription medicines (228 seizures) MDMA or ecstasy (157 seizures) and controlled medicines (152 seizures).

Most of these ‘high-frequency, low quantity’ drugs were seized through mail or air cargo, suggesting they were bought online through illegal websites such as Silk Road.

http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/stories/Pages/Customs-stops-$246m-worth-of-meth-22072015.aspx

Dothan police investigators recently arrested a woman, charging her with trafficking nearly 2 ounces of methamphetamine55ad1dbbb907f_image

Narcotics investigators with the Dothan Police Department arrested Manon Folkes, 33, of East Saunders Road, on Friday and charged her with felony trafficking a controlled substance.

According to Dothan Police Lt. Mark Nelms, narcotics investigators charged Folkes after finding her in possession of nearly 2 ounces of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.55ad1e03d5367_image

Police seized the drugs and made the arrest during a traffic stop performed by police in the 3300 block of West Main Street on Friday.

Folkes was taken to the Houston County Jail and held on $50,000 bail.

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/crime_court/dothan-woman-charged-with-trafficking-nearly-ounces-of-meth/article_c28b53b8-2ef9-11e5-9406-3f412744b4dc.html

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Ten people were charged in conspiracy to distribute meth after two “illegal aliens” incarcerated in Georgia prisons reportedly used contraband cell phones to direct at least eight people in the distribution of methamphetamine across four northeast Alabama counties.

A press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said that eight people face a federal indictment that states they conspired to traffic 50 or more grams of methamphetamine in Cleburne, Etowah, Marshall and DeKalb counties from Dec. 2013 through May of 2015.etowah-meth-arrest-2

“There are others and they are also going to be targeted through the investigative abilities of the Safe Streets Task Force,” he continued.

“The conspiracy charged here was responsible for supplying the intensely addictive and debilitating drug, methamphetamine, in northeast Alabama for at least two years,” Vance said. “Thanks to the many law enforcement agencies that joined together to identify the participants in this organization, including two who were giving orders from within Georgia state prisons, we were able to shut off this illegal supply network. This case exemplifies the mission of the OCDETF Program,” she said.

The release lists the following as being charged in the June indictment:

Jose Rolando Arroyo Balcazar, 36, his sister, Juanna Balcazar, 28, of Boaz, Yesnia Montufar Martinez, 28, Miguel Manriquez, 38, Allee Thomas Walker, 37, Anthony Paul Lee, 36, Bernube Perez, 22, and Rafael Jose Castillo Morales, 27, of Chattanooga, Tenn., with the 2013-2015 conspiracy. Melissa Nicasio, 28, also of Chattanooga, is charged with one count of conspiring with Morales between March and April this year to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Etowah and DeKalb Counties.

Reportedly, a ninth individual faces a separate distribution count in the indictment. The 10th defendant, Thomas Watson Smith, 39, of Rome, Ga. was charged this April with one count of possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of meth in August 2014 in Cherokee County according to the press release.. Smith plead guilty June 30, and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 14.

According to the press release, Jose and Juanna Balcazar and Manriquez are Mexican nationals illegally in the United States. Morales is allegedly a Honduran national in the country illegally. Jose Balcazar is currently serving a 30-year sentence in a Georgia state prison for a 2007 methamphetamine trafficking conviction according to the press release, and Manriquez is serving a life sentence in another Georgia prison for a 2003 murder conviction.

“Directing drug transactions from prison through the use of cellphones, that are contraband brought into the prison system, is something that both the Department of Corrections and the FBI are dedicated to addressing,” Stanton said.

The press release states:

Jose Balcazar and Manriquez communicated with each other and with people outside the prison system to carry on the methamphetamine trafficking operation in northeast Alabama, according to testimony last week in federal court in Huntsville during a detention hearing for Morales. Morales, who was living in Chattanooga, was ordered into custody pending trial.

http://wiat.com/2015/07/20/two-men-in-georgia-prisons-use-cell-phones-to-organize-meth-trafficking/

Federal authorities charged two Amarillo men Monday with drug trafficking after investigators found 85 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in the gas tank of a Chevrolet Blazer.14575346

Damian Eric Alcala, 37, and Richard Madrigal, 42, were charged Monday in Amarillo’s U.S. District Court with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.

According to court records, DEA agents received information that a Green Chevrolet Blazer with Mexican license plates would be traveling from El Paso to Amarillo with at least 15 gallons of methamphetamine inside the vehicle’s gas tank.

State, federal and Amarillo officers conducted a surveillance operation Friday at a residence in the 2100 block of South Houston Street where Alcala resides. About 1:45 p.m. Friday, agents observed a white Toyota Camry and a green Blazer arrive at the residence. Alcala was driving the Toyota and Madrigal was driving the Blazer, according to the complaint. A few minutes later, the two men left in the Toyota and later returned to the residence.14575349

Madrigal then left in the Toyota and Alcala remained in the front yard of the home. At 3:33 p.m., Amarillo SWAT officers arrived to secure the home and Alcala fled the residence on foot, and SWAT officers arrested him.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers followed Madrigal in the Blazer and returned him to the residence after observing him commit several traffic violations, according to the complaint.

Agents then obtained a federal search warrant for the residence, and located more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine in plastic containers. Officers transported the Blazer to another location to search it, and found the liquid methamphetamine solution in the gas tank.

The men made a court appearance Monday and will remain in federal custody pending further hearings in the case.

http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2015-07-20/men-charged-trafficking-85-pounds-liquid-meth

Four members of a methamphetamine operation busted recently said they had traded around 10 kilos of the drug before being arrested with 5.2 kilos.meth_FOCV

Police in Quang Nam Province are questioning the 30-something members including one from the nearby Thua Thien-Hue Province and two from Hanoi.

They said it is possibly the biggest meth ring they ever busted and it also had connections in China.

In November 2014, they arrested the first member with 370 grams of meth and 37 grams of heroin in his body.

But the suspect kept mum until police in Thua Thien-Hue Province nearby arrested his partner two months later.

Statements from the second suspect led police to arrest the third in March this year while she was hiding at a hotel in Hanoi.

The woman revealed the fourth suspect Do Chi Dung in Hanoi, allegedly the supplier who was arrested with 5.2 kilograms of meth.

Police said the amount of meth could have earned the gang hundreds of thousands of dollars.meth1_zheh

It is very likely they will face death penalties.

Vietnam drug laws, some of the toughest in the world, established that those convicted of trafficking more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilos of methamphetamine face death penalties.

Producing or selling 100 g of heroin or 300 g of other drugs are also capital crimes.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/vietnam-probes-gang-after-members-arrested-with-52-kilos-of-meth-49188.html

PAINTSVILLE, KY – According to a news release from Johnson County Sheriff’s office, on Wednesday, July 15, deputies arrested two men in a Days Inn parking lot on meth charges in Paintsville, KY.

Deputies say they received a tip about two suspects, 28 year-old Mathew Joseph and 37 year-old Shawn Meade. Both Joseph and Meade were said to be under the influence, and one of the men not wearing any clothes. Deputies searched their vehicle and found a white powder substance believed to be Methamphetamine along with a hypodermic syringe.

Both men were arrested on charges of felony possession of Methamphetamine, public intoxication controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joseph was additionally charged with indecent exposure.

http://www.wowktv.com/story/29581851/naked-kentucky-man-and-friend-arrested-on-drug-charges-in-paintsville-ky

Police arrested a woman Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Riverside last week.

Lisa Marie Brown, 40, of Riverside, was booked on suspicion of hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Brown is suspected of driving the brown 1997 Toyota 4Runner that killed Donald Thomas Smith, 48, of Moreno Valley as he walked on the shoulder of Alessandro Boulevard, west of Meridian Way, on July 15, police Sgt. Cliff Mason said.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6 p.m. crash.

Officers later found the unoccupied 4Runner with front-end damage at a gated housing complex at 200 E. Alessandro Blvd., Mason said.

Brown was arrested Sunday at a home in the 53000 block of Idyllbrook Drive in Idyllwild. Also arrested was Frank Gutierrez, 66, of Idyllwild, on suspicion of possessing a stolen firearm and methamphetamine, Mason said.

http://www.pe.com/articles/brown-773803-arrested-riverside.html

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  A toddler was left unattended in a suspected meth house in a Gainesville mobile home park, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.Meth-house

The 2-year-old child was taken to the pediatric emergency room at Shands Gainesville as a precaution because of exposure to chemicals used in the manufacturing of meth, which were found in the home, deputies said.

An ACSO deputy responded to 734 Queens Road in the Hidden Oaks mobile home park because of reports of a disturbance. The deputy found the door of the mobile home open and a 2-year-old child left unattended.

After several shouts by the deputy, the child’s grandmother emerged from the back of the mobile home. According to the deputy, the grandmother appeared disoriented and said she didn’t know she was the only adult in the home to watch the child.

The child’s mother, 41-year-old Teresa Cannon, arrived shortly after and also appeared disoriented, according to the deputy.

Neither Cannon nor the grandmother knew anything about the reported disturbance.

While checking the property for anyone else who might have been involved in the disturbance, the deputy saw a partially opened trash bag that had cursory materials for the manufacturing of meth.

At that point, he contacted detectives and advised what he had seen. The area was secured and a safety perimeter was set up. Some neighbors had to be evacuated for their safety, deputies said.

Detectives responded to the scene and obtained a search warrant, and a trafficking amount of meth was recovered by the Clandestine Lab Response Team.

Cannon was arrested and charged with trafficking in amphetamines and sale of methamphetamine.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/deputies-child-left-unattended-in-meth-house/34252960

The arrest on Monday came in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. That’s where, according to police in Huntington, West Virginia, three people from Kentucky were found sitting in an SUV filled with garbage — and three-year-old toddler.

But there was something else in the vehicle that left police even more shocked that the trio had a child in the car with them — all of the materials needed to produce the dangerous drug, methamphetamine.Child-neglect-car-meth-lab-665x385

In fact, the SUV itself was a rolling meth lab, police said. Crime scene technicians found that the lab was “active.”

Kristyn Porter (pictured, above center) and Subrina Wright (pictured, above right), both of Kentucky and both 27-years-old, were busted at the scene along with another 27-year-old from the state, Daniel Barker, who police said was arrested on a fugitive charge in addition to the litany of other charges facing the sorry trio — charges that include child neglect, exposing a child to methamphetamine, and various charges relating to the manufacture of the drug.

The three suspects admitted to officers that they all used methamphetamine, but amazingly claimed that they had no idea the SUV contained an actual meth lab. They are now being held on $250,000 bond.

Police did not identify the toddler, or how the child is related to any or all of the three adults arrested. The trio was busted after a Wal-Mart store detective reported a suspicious car, a gray Dodge Durango, just hanging around the parking lot.

According to witnesses, the man and two women repeatedly entered the store, shoplifting items that could be used to operate their makeshift meth lab.

Made famous by the popular TV show Breaking Bad, in which a struggling high school chemistry teacher begins producing his own brand of potent methamphetamine, the drug can produce a rush of euphoria when consumed, but is known for its extreme dangers to the health of its regular users.

Not only does the drug cause premature aging and other often horrifying physical damage, prolonged use also destroys the very areas of the brain that it is meant to excite — the pleasure centers.

But what was more relevant for the Virginia case, the act of producing methamphetamine itself is literally playing with fire, dangerous not only to the adults engaged in the illegal manufacture of the drug but to the children who, sadly, are all too often found living in homes that double as meth labs.

Not only are the dangers of hazardous chemical exposure, fire, and explosion ever-present in the makeshift laboratories where the drug is manufactured by — unlike on the hit TV series — people with little if any training or qualification in the handling of hazardous material, but according to a government report, children who live in or around meth labs “are at increased risk for severe neglect and are more likely to be physically and sexually abused by members of their own family and known individuals at the site.”

Police did not say if the neglected child found in the mobile meth lab had been subject to any such physical or sexual abuse, but the toddler was transported to a nearby hospital for observation and decontamination due to methamphetamine exposure.

http://www.inquisitr.com/2264306/child-neglect-walmart/

CASEYVILLE  —  Illinois State Police is assisting Caseyville Police with a possible meth lab, State Police said.

Crews are working at First Western Inn in Caseyville, 8787 Sasak Place, said State Police Sgt. J. Miller.

Officers responded at 9:30 a.m. to the hotel just north of I-64 to assist the French Village Fire Department.

There were suspicious fumes, Caseyville Police Chief Frank Moore said.

Yellow caution tape was used to cordon off a second floor room, which had its door open, at the First Western.

“We’ve backed off,” Moore said. “Bottom-line, safety first.”

State police is on the scene and took over the investigation, Moore said.

Moore added one person is in custody and what charges the person might face will depend on the investigation.

Two police officers were taken to the hospital out of precaution, but are in good condition, Moore said.

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article27859288.html

The week before training camps open is always a perilous week for NFL players and the law. Even for former players, apparently.

According to Gavin Lesnick of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, former Broncos and Patriots running back Cedric Cobbs was arrested and jailed over the weekend on charges of first-degree promoting prostitution.cd05oddlnmnhy2mwmjrlzwqzntjhm2viytq1y2vly2yzocznpthjy2exytgwzdvhzwnlzdaxzte5ogvmnmzlzdk4ogmz

The 34-year-old Cobbs was booked on the misdemeanor charge after he reportedly drove a woman to a cheap hotel, where she had arranged to have sex in exchange for money with a person who was actually an undercover officer. Cobbs was arrested while sitting in the car waiting for her.

Police also found a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in the vehicle’s console as well as another pipe, prescription pills and meth in the woman’s purse.

Cobbs was indicted in October on federal prescription pain pill dealing charges, after being arrested in September 2013 for attempting to purchase pain medication with a fraudulent prescription.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/20/former-patriots-broncos-back-arrested-on-prostitution-charges/

INDIGENOUS women are loading themselves up with the drug ice to get the “superhuman strength” needed to withstand domestic violence.

The shocking evidence, gathered by the Australian Crime Commission, comes as Federal Parliament is being urged to back wider workplace drug testing.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine, which is separate to the Prime Minster’s ice taskforce, has received disturbing evidence from government departments and agencies.

It has raised concerns about the drug in indigenous communities as anecdotal evidence emerges that remote communities are getting ice from fly-in fly-out mine workers.

A submission by the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police, Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, Immigration and Border Protection portfolio noted “the (indigenous) women also preferred the high from ice over alcohol because they could pass a police breathalyzer test, and feel that they are more capable of responding to attempts of domestic violence from their partners’’.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick will urge his counterparts at the Council of Australian Government on Wednesday and Thursday to consider strategies for indigenous communities and at-risk industries.

“Tony’s Tradies”, a term used by the Prime Minister to sell his small business plan and its benefits to construction workers, have been identified as significant users of ice.

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction has found tradespeople and unskilled workers had the highest prevalence of working under the influence of ­illicit drugs.

A Queensland Government working paper to be given to COAG will urge a uniformed response be taken by the states, including one training model for frontline workers treating the highly charged and often violent drug users.

The growing threat of crystal methamphetamine use has exposed law enforcement, health and business groups to new threats.

Mr Dick said he had been “shocked” by the way ice was affecting Queensland.

“Ice is impacting across the state, from Cape York to Cunnamulla to the Gold Coast,” Mr Dick said.

“Emergency departments and paramedics are on the front line dealing daily with the impacts of this drug.

”This is a community-wide problem and will only be solved by a community-wide response. I am determined that Queensland Health will play its part.’’

Ai Group wants more workplace drug testing, to help minimizing the incidence and frequency of ice use.

It also wants enforcement authorities to provide workplace liaison services and dedicated hotlines for employers and employees impacted by ice.

The joint Government submission to the inquiry said: “Broader use of waste water analysis may serve to augment existing methods of data collection and provide a comprehensive national picture on the rates of methamphetamine use.’’

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/ice-crisis-taskforce-indigenous-women-take-drug-to-withstand-abuse/story-fntwpug1-1227448235432

MOULTON — A domestic incident that started in Lauderdale County has resulted in the arrest of a Lawrence County man, his wife, and his father on manufacturing methamphetamine charges, authorities said.

Robert G. Oliver, 23, 164 Lawrence 316, Trinity; his wife, Cassie Michaele Oliver, 27, same address; and his father, Robert Oliver 48, 6723 Lauderdale 94, Killen; are each charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and chemical endangerment of a child, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said.55a9c57aa3d30_image

Dennis Sharp, director of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, said the arrest came after agents were notified by members of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force concerning Oliver’s possible involvement in manufacturing meth.

Sharp said agents searched the residence and found 38 used homemade gas generators. Drug agents said the gas generators are made by mixing liquid drain cleaner and salt. The gas the mixture gives off is used to solidify the liquid meth from a one-pot cook.

“They had no regard for safety,” Sharp said of the couple. “There were three of the homemade generators laying on the front porch in plain view when we drove up. And some of them still had gas in them, and they can be volatile.55a9c579cc235_image

“Plus, there were used syringes laying everywhere, and other items and paraphernalia all over the house.”

Lauderdale County Drug agents said they were called to Lauderdale 94 after Killen police received a call about a couple walking down the road arguing and fighting, and carrying a child.

Drug agents said the couple admitted to police they had been using meth.

“The Lauderdale agents also found out that they had been buying a lot of pseudoephedrine (the key ingredient in the manufacturing of meth),” Sharp said.

Lauderdale County agents reported finding evidence of meth cooks at Robert Oliver’s house in Killen. They also reported they uncovered information that Robert Oliver had been purchasing pseudoephedrine for his son and daughter-in-law.

Mitchell said after his agents searched Oliver’s East Lawrence residence, they contact the Lawrence County Department of Human Resources because of the conditions the child was living in.

“They were putting the child’s health at risk,” Mitchell said.

He said agents found meth-related items in the child’s car seat inside the residence.

“There’s no telling what that child had been exposed to before the arrest was made,” Sharp said.

“Working together with other agencies get good results,” said Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Richard Richey. “Just because someone lives in Lauderdale County doesn’t mean they’re not selling it somewhere else. They’re mobile, and they’re going to go wherever to sell their drugs, or get what they need to make it.”

http://www.timesdaily.com/news/crime/domestic-situation-leads-to-meth-arrests/article_a5d74785-0d05-5019-8a7f-de3903cc84da.html

A search of a woman’s purse yielded a small amount of meth, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Chris Taylor of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Kimberly Tyanne McCool, 46, of Styles Cove Road in Old Fort, with felony possession of methamphetamine.55a96696db1a4_image

Deputies responded to a dispute at a residence on Tice Drive at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. They learned that two females had just left the house and were walking toward Sugar Hill Road.

Capt. Ricky Crisp located the two women and talked with them. A subsequent search of McCool’s purse yielded .61 gram of methamphetamine.

She was taken into custody in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/woman-charged-with-possession-of-meth/article_c7b15f38-2cc2-11e5-bd80-3baf6199b521.html

Kaylarae Lynn McDonough, 24, of St. Paul is facing felony drug charges in Washington County District Court this week.

She made an initial appearance in court on July 16, on third-degree possession of 3 or more grams of methamphetamine.

According to complaint:

McDonough and another defendant were allegedly concealing and staging more than $400 of merchandise at Wal-Mart in Woodbury. They arranged items multiple times in a shopping cart while cognizant of store customers and employees and out of the view of store surveillance cameras and employees. The cart was left in the sporting goods section, covered, and the two suspects exited to a waiting van driven by a third person.

The officer observed furtive movements in the back of the vehicle.

When stopped by officers, McDonough provided a receipt for $411.64 for items in the staged cart.

She reached into her purse for a wallet and exposed cash and small, plastic baggies of meth in her purse. The controlled substances in her purse weighed 4.74 grams.

The severity of the charges — third degree — relates to possessing multiple mixtures of drugs weighing a total of 3 grams or more. She has a criminal history, and warrants out for her arrest at the time of the incident in Woodbury.

McDonough was previously trespassed from Wal-Mart in Inver Grove Heights, as well as all other Wal-Mart stores.

http://www.woodburybulletin.com/news/crime-and-courts/3799212-wal-mart-shopper-conceals-goods-then-accidentally-shows-meth-officer