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Nigeria has been tackling the problem of illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse with significant results over the years. Numerous spectacular drug seizures and high profile arrests have been recorded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) since inception. Cannabis which is popularly known as hemp or marijuana was the only locally produced drug in the country while other drugs like cocaine and 2016_5$largeimg19_May_2016_213639845heroin are smuggled into the country from producer nations. This situation is gradually changing following the recent discovery of several clandestine laboratories by the NDLEA.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2015 report, Africa continues to be used as a trans-shipment area for smuggling cocaine across the Atlantic into Europe. West Africa is equally fast becoming an established source of methamphetamine smuggled to East and South-East Asia via Southern Africa or Europe, with new trafficking routes linking previously unconnected regional methamphetamine markets. The rise in drug seizures by the NDLEA in the past two decades clearly underscores the desperation of Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) to pursue their selfish ambition to the detriment of the larger society.

In addition, it has power to investigate persons suspected to have dealings in drugs and other related matter in order to arrest, seize drug exhibits, trace and confiscate illicit drug proceeds. This way, drug barons are financially incapacitated to quit the criminal act. The discovery and closure of methamphetamine production laboratories in Nigeria by the anti-narcotic agency is both apt and commendable. It will strategically disrupt the planned shipment of methamphetamine out of the sub-region by enemies of the State.

Methamphetamine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is a white odourless, bitter tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Meth as it is commonly called is produced in clandestine laboratories using precursor chemicals. It is commonly inhaled, smoked and injected with adverse consequences on users.  Some long term effects of methamphetamine include psychosis, severe dental problem, hallucination, weight and memory loss as well as aggressive or violent behavior.

The search for clandestine laboratories in Nigeria can be traced to 2009 when significant seizures of methamphetamine leaving the country were made at the airports. This happened without corresponding inward seizures of methamphetamine into the country. Suspicion of possible local production also heightened following cases of precursor chemical diversion recorded by the Agency as well as a meth production recipe found on a Nigerian deportee from China.

Subsequently, the first methamphetamine clandestine laboratory was detected by the NDLEA in 2011 at Ojo, Lagos. The Agency through collaboration received two forensic experts from the United States who assisted in dismantling the laboratory. This led to capacity building programs for officers on how to detect, dismantle and suppress the proliferation of clandestine laboratories. These deliberate efforts by the NDLEA soon resulted in the discovery of more methamphetamine laboratories in the country.

Official statistics of the NDLEA shows that eleven methamphetamine laboratories have so far been detected between June 2011 and March 2016. The laboratories are concentrated in Lagos, South West and Anambra, South East States of Nigeria. They had five laboratories each while one was found in Delta State. The latest laboratory detected in March 2016, along Ibuzor Road Asaba, Delta State has been described by experts as a ‘super’ laboratory. This is because it has a whopping production capacity of between 3,000kgs and 4,000kgs of methamphetamine per production cycle.

Unlike the previous ten laboratories that can only produce between 20kgs to 50kgs per production cycle. One significant feature of the super laboratory is that it operates on chemical synthesis process which is also more technical and sophisticated. The arrest of four suspected Mexican drug lords and methamphetamine production experts further validates the large scope of the laboratory. Meanwhile, three Bolivians methamphetamine experts were also arrested by the NDLEA in a clandestine laboratory at satellite town, Lagos in 2012. This arrest of foreigners is a reflection of the desperation of local drug cartels in forming unwholesome alliances with North American drug cartels.

All nine accused persons, four Mexicans and five Nigerians have been arraigned by the NDLEA at the Federal High Court Asaba for their alleged roles in the super laboratory. They are Chief Chibi Aruh, William Ejike Agusi, Umolu Kosisochukwu, Izuchukwu Anieto and Anthony Ckukwemeka Umolu. Others are Mexicans, Cervantos Madrid Jose Bruno, Rivas Ruiz Pastiano, Castillo Barraza Cristobal and Partida Gonzalez Pedro.

It was gathered that at the time the laboratory was raided, methamphetamine production was in progress. Items recovered at the laboratory include 1.5kg of finished crystal methamphetamine and 750 liters of liquid methamphetamine.

There has been a phenomenal rise in the recruitment of unemployed youths as drug mules. Official figures of the NDLEA shows that about one hundred and sixty-two(162) suspected drug traffickers were apprehended at the nation’s airports with 982.424kgs almost a ton of methamphetamine between 2009 and March 2016. Mass production of the drug also has the tendency to increase the number of persons in prisons on drug related offences both within and outside the country.

Methamphetamine production poses a serious threat to humanity because of the toxic nature of chemicals used. The toxic waste generated pollutes the environment. About three to six pound of toxic waste is created for every one pound of methamphetamine.

This can contaminate the water table and affect plants and mankind within the production areas. A regular laboratory contains pyrophoric reagents capable of igniting spontaneously on exposure to air and carcinogenic chemicals having the potential to cause cancer.

Local consumption of methamphetamine is low today because it is more profitable to sell in Asia and Europe where prices are higher. This situation may be short-lived due to price volatility. Efforts must therefore be intensified in tracing more clandestine laboratories in the country.

NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) has assured Nigerians that the Agency is committed to the total dismantling of drug trafficking organisations. Abdallah vowed to trace and shut down all methamphetamine production laboratories in the country. The assurances given by the NDLEA boss is very encouraging considering his vast experience in security intelligence and the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari to eradicate illicit drugs from the country.

 

 Mr. Mitchell is the Head, Public Affairs National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

 

 

 

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Comments Off on April N. Hicks, 24, and Christopher L. Lawson, 29, of London, Arrested After Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of Methamphetamine, Syringe In Diaper Bag

LONDON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Two people were arrested after a traffic stop in which drug paraphernalia was discovered in a diaper bag.

Christopher L. Lawson, 29, and April N. Hicks, 24, of London were stopped for expired registration but ended up being arrested for more serious charges.10584199_G

Upon making contact with Lawson, the driver of the vehicle, it was determined that he had bought the vehicle a few weeks ago and had not transferred the title to his name. In addition, he didn’t have insurance on the vehicle and his license was suspended. Police noticed that Lawson had constricted pupils and a glazed over look in his eyes, and attempted to administer a standard field sobriety test on him.

Lawson then stated that he could not balance but did display impairment through an HGN test. He had white residue on his nostrils and admitted to snorting a Lortab earlier that day, as well as taking methamphetamine two days prior.

An infant was in the car.

Hicks, a passenger in the vehicle, had a bench warrant for her arrest. Hicks admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the traffic stop and had shot up methamphetamine three days ago. Police conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered Methamphetamine within Hicks’ diaper bag as well as a syringe.

The Department for Community Based Services were notified, removed the infant and released it to its grandmother.

Lawson was arrested and charged with no registration plates, no registration receipt, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravated circumstances) of the second offense, and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Hicks was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor, public intoxication of a controlled substance excluding alcohol, theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500, failure to issue insurance card, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Aaron Hudgins, of Kanawha County, convicted of beating, biting 17-month-old baby, faces years behind bars – also faces Methamphetamine charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County man will be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to charges connected to an incident where he allegedly beat and bit a 17 month old baby.

“The defendant is accused and recently plead guilty to abusing him and causing serious bodily injury which was a bite to his face and there was one on his arm hudgins-e1463593508518-300x219and he had some other injuries too,” said Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Maryclaire Akers.

Aaron Hudgins remains in the Western Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond.

“It was a pretty horrific set of circumstances,” she said.

Aaron Hudgins, who was the mother’s boyfriend, was watching the baby while her and a few others allegedly left the home to pick up more drugs, specifically methamphetamine.

“He was the only one that had access to the child,” Akers said. “There was one other person who was in a different room. I believe she was in the kitchen and everybody else — they had been doing drugs most of the night.”

Both were charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, which is part of a separate case, Akers said.

She said meth can alter a person’s way of thinking.

“It can make people very aggressive. It can make people hallucinate. It can make people do all kinds of things,” Akers said.

Hudgins pleaded guilty to child abuse causing serious bodily injury and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. He faces 2-10 years for the abuse charge and 1-15 years for the drug charge. The mother also faces 1-15 years for drug charges.

Hudgins remains in the Western Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond. He’ll be sentenced July 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

 

 

 

 

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Long County authorities believe they intercepted drugs and cellphones that two women were trying to get to prisoners at the Long State Prison.

A report from the Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Keldon McCrary made a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. March 18 near the prison. During the investigation he came to suspect the driver, Patricia McBee, 37, of Mershon was under the influence of some drug. He also reported seeing a pill bottle on the driver’s seat.

Sgt. David Horton, who came to assist with the stop, performed field sobriety tests on McBee.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper G. Walters also stopped to assist and led a K-9 as it sniffed the vehicle for drugs. Officers say they found a T-shirt knotted and long_contrabandwrapped around two bottles that held rolling papers, cellphones and chargers. They also found a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine in one of the phones.

The report said, “Department of Corrections investigators were notified due to the packaging of the contraband being consistent with the unlawful and concealed delivery of illicit products (drugs and cellphones) to inmates.”

September Nicole Cox, 29, of Blackshear, who was in the vehicle, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. McBee was charged with DUI.

As the investigation continued, officers learned Cox was on probation for an earlier felony methamphetamine conviction. Her probation officer was notified.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Former campus supervisor at Dean Morgan Junior High, Jon Patrick Freiberg, 53, faces manslaughter charges in death of Richard Serafin, 46, for putting Methamphetamine in his drink

A former campus supervisor at Dean Morgan Junior High has been charged with manslaughter based on allegations he caused a man’s death last year by putting methamphetamine in his drink, court documents show.

Authorities also allege Jon Patrick Freiberg sold meth to young men in Casper and once sold the drug during a school lunch break. Court documents do not 573ca792989c6_imageidentify the school, but Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Director Steve Woodson said it was Dean Morgan.

Freiberg worked for the Natrona County School District until Feb. 3, when he resigned, district spokesman Kelly Eastes said. Authorities had searched his car two days earlier and reported finding methamphetamine, court documents show.

Freiberg, 53, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter. Freiberg also entered not guilty pleas to multiple charges of possession and delivery of meth during his arraignment in Natrona County District Court.

Court documents allege Freiberg killed 46-year-old Richard Serafin in August after putting meth in a cup Serafin was drinking from at the Days Inn in Casper. The documents indicate Serafin consumed the drugs accidentally. Investigators spoke with multiple people who said Serafin never used drugs.

DCI agents interviewed young men who said they had gone to motel rooms with Freiberg to buy methamphetamine, according to the documents. The young men said Freiberg became sexually aggressive toward them, the documents state.

An autopsy revealed Serafin died of cardiac arrest due to acute stresses of methamphetamine intoxication, the documents state. Serafin had a heart condition that was apparently unknown at the time.

Police found Serafin’s body Aug. 28 inside a hot car parked outside the Days Inn, according to the documents. Investigators later spoke to a teenager who said he saw Freiberg carrying Serafin and putting him into the car. The 14-year-old told authorities Serafin needed help moving and appeared intoxicated.

A DCI agent reviewed text messages Freiberg had sent to another person, which stated a man Freiberg was with was overdosing, the documents state.

In January, an unnamed informant told DCI agents Freiberg wanted to sell him meth, according to the documents. Officials gave the informant money to buy drugs from Freiberg and put the man under audio and visual surveillance. When the man met Freiberg at the Natrona County Public Library to buy meth, Freiberg was heard saying he had put meth in a cup and Serafin had consumed it.

Freiberg also said Serafin did not use meth and had acted “very messed up,” the documents state. He said he did not call 911.

The informant told DCI that Freiberg offered to sell him meth during Freiberg’s lunch break at school on Feb. 1, according to the documents. Freiberg and the informant met at McDonald’s on F Street and Freiberg sold him meth, the documents state.

Officials searched Freiberg’s car that same day and found two baggies of meth, as well as prerecorded funds DCI agents had given the informant to purchase drugs, according to the documents.

Prosecutors filed charges against Freiberg on April 4.

Freiberg is being represented by public defender Jared Holbrook. Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen is prosecuting the case.

Involuntary manslaughter carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Freiberg is being held in the Natrona County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond. He appeared in court wearing orange jail scrubs. His hands and ankles were cuffed.

 

 

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A 53-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he caused another man’s death by putting methamphetamine in his drink.

Jon Freiberg of Casper pleaded not guilty Wednesday in District Court to one felony charge of involuntary manslaughter. He also pleaded not guilty to various other felony charges related to possession and delivery of a controlled substance.

Court documents say 46-year-old Richard Serafin died last August after Freiberg put meth in a cup Serafin was drinking from. The documents indicate Serafin consumed the drugs accidentally.

An autopsy report says Serafin died of cardiac arrest due to the stress of meth intoxication and other health issues.

Freiberg is being held in the Natrona County Detention Center.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Methamphetamine involved in fatal Naval Air Station Lemoore crash, killing driver, Anthony Castillo, 29, of Campbell, and his female passenger, Melissa Miller, 37, of San Jose

LEMOORE — An autopsy of the driver who crashed an SUV on March 31 into a parked F-18 fighter at Naval Air Station Lemoore, killing himself and a female passenger, revealed a heavy concentration of methamphetamine in his blood.

Anthony Castillo, 29, of Campbell was found to have a blood meth level of 4,686 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), according to a test performed by Microcorre Diagnostic Laboratory in Tulare.573b9b30ca75b_image

The test was part of a final autopsy report released by the Kings County Coroner’s Office.

Castillo’s passenger, Melissa Miller, 37, of San Jose had a level of 431 nanograms per milliliter in her blood.

Microcorre toxicology experts couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

According to the International Association of Toxicologists, the blood meth level in Castillo’s case is in the upper range of what is considered toxic and would result in erratic driving. The toxic range is listed as anything between 200 ng/mL and 5,000 ng/mL.

An approximate range of 1,000 ng/mL to 1,500 ng/mL would be considered an overdose for a habitual user, according to Jeremiah Gilson, senior deputy Kings County coroner.

Gilson said the levels measured in Castillo are consistent with cases he’s seen in which individuals swallowed a large quantity of meth to hide evidence.

“He could have ingested a baggie of meth,” Gilson said. “That’s a possibility.”

Gilson said that for a new meth user, anything greater than 100 ng/mL would be considered toxic.

Capt. Monty Ashliman, NASL’s commanding officer, said last week that the Navy Criminal Investigative Service hasn’t finished its investigation into the crash.

John Tyler, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol office in Hanford, said being high on meth could help explain Castillo’s erratic behavior on March 31.

Shortly before midnight on March 30, Castillo was behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on the shoulder of Jackson Avenue with Miller in the passenger seat.

When a CHP officer pulled over behind the Jeep and turned his spotlights on, Castillo took off.

In the ensuing pursuit, Castillo drove onto NASL from Highway 198, got onto Reeves Boulevard, drove several miles, blew threw a checkpoint and ended up on the tarmac of NASL’s flight operations area, where he slammed the SUV into the rear horizontal stabilizer of a parked F-18.

Miller suffered sharp force trauma and died instantly when her head hit the stabilizer. Castillo struck the stabilizer in the chest/abdominal area, causing him severe injuries. He died at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno a few hours later.

Tyler said it’s possible Castillo may have been suffering from meth-induced psychosis at the time of the crash.

“I’ve known of situations where people hallucinate,” Tyler said.

“Judgment is out the door,” said Tyler, referring to Castillo’s meth level. “You’re probably having an out-of-body experience at that point. He was on a dose that could have been lethal.”

Tyler said Castillo was technically under arrest during his brief stay at the hospital and likely would have been charged with multiple offenses if he had survived — including driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

“Obviously, he didn’t make it,” Tyler said.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Michael Wayne Baker, 36, of Parsons, reportedly shot at motorist – arrested with Kayla Capilla, 32, who faces Methamphetamine charges

According to a news release, U.S. Marshal Jeff Holt announced Wednesday the capture of 36-year-old Michael Wayne Baker of Parsons, who was wanted for several charges including allegedly shooting at a motorist following him on a local highway.

The victims in the incident were reportedly attempting to write down the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle after it was noticed acting suspiciously.

Henderson County authorities issued warrants for Baker shortly after the incident on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, theft and vandalism, the release said. Marshals were contacted by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office after the warrants were issued and asked for assistance in locating Baker.

A joint investigation followed which included the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, along with Decatur and Perry counties. Marshals caught up Tuesday night with Baker at a residence on Rockhouse Road in Linden, the release said.

Baker reportedly attempted flee when authorities approached the residence but was taken into custody after a brief struggle. Also arrested at the residence was 32-year-old Kayla Capilla, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm after officials discovered 6.3 grams of ice (highly pure methamphetamine) and a handgun.

Both suspects were taken to the Perry County jail to await hearings on their charges.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on James Lee Roper, 43, of Richmond, with history of violence against women and Methamphetamine use, jailed indefinitely

A Richmond man with a history of violence against women, including an incident in which he terrorized his girlfriend and fired a shot, has been designated a dangerous offender and jailed indefinitely.

In December 2013, James Lee Roper, 43, pleaded guilty to a violent hostage-taking incident involving his girlfriend, who can be identified only by the initials B.B. due to a publication ban.5tu99pwmw8-4tuw8-4tm2w

Court heard that Roper met B.B., a prostitute, after reading an ad she had put on the Internet. Roper, who was unlawfully at large at the time for a prior offence, began using drugs with B.B.

While they were together, he committed two bank robberies to fuel his drug habit, with B.B. in the vehicle during one of the robberies.

On the day of the hostage-taking in June 2011, after several days of ingesting drugs, he had a pistol in his possession and his behavior was erratic and violent.

When B.B. tried to flee the Richmond apartment, screaming, “Help me,” he ran after her and dragged her back into the suite, punching her in the head.

A witness reported the incident and police soon arrived. An RCMP officer knocked loudly on the door, prompting Roper to open fire with his pistol.

Just before firing, he said: “Back off, copper, or you will never get out alive.”

A shot narrowly missed the police officer’s ear.

After a standoff of several hours, Roper surrendered to police.

In imposing sentence on Roper on Wednesday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman said he accepted that the accused had threatened to kill himself and that B.B. was terrified he meant to kill her before he took his own life.

The judge said Roper’s anger was largely fueled by his drug use, especially crystal methamphetamine.

The Crown argued that Roper, who had a lengthy criminal record including several incidents of violence against his female partners, had shown a pattern of repetitive and aggressive behavior.

A psychiatrist’s assessment found that Roper’s pattern of violence seemed to be escalating and that there was a high risk of violent reoffending against either an intimate partner or a stranger.

His lawyer accepted that Roper was dangerous and should be designated a dangerous offender, but argued that there was some hope for him and that he should receive a determinate sentence followed by a long-term supervision order.

The judge agreed there were signs of hope for Roper — including an emotional reconciliation with his mother following 20 years of separation — but decided that an indefinite sentence was mandatory given the circumstances.

“Mr. Roper, I know it’s not going to do much for you, but I wish you good luck,” said the judge after spending most of the day reading his ruling. B.B., who was present in court, refused to comment.

 

 

 

 

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Pawn Stars Chumlee, aka Austin Lee Russell, is not going to do serious jail time for the guns and drugs found in his home during a search, and the sexual assault charges have been dropped, according to court documents. Chumlee’s attorneys have been working on a plea deal to keep Chumlee out of jail, but it sounds like a judge has not yet made the deal official.CitMaQoWkAABKea

According to the Inquisitr, Chumlee was under investigation for a sexual assault when the police raided his home looking for evidence. Not only did the police take away bedding and other items they thought linked Chumlee to the assault, but they found guns and drugs that made it seem as if there were enough for distribution. In addition to marijuana, there was cocaine residue and Xanax in large supply.

TMZ is reporting that it seems that Chumlee got his money’s worth with his legal team because they have managed to avoid trial for now and strike a deal. The D.A. will be charging Chumlee with felony possession of a firearm and felony possession of a controlled substance, but the plea deal reached is a really good one, if a judge agrees.

All of the details have not been released, but Chumlee will serve no jail time for either felony but will spend time on probation. As for the sexual assault, there was not enough evidence to charge Chumlee.

The Lawyer Herald says that Rick Harrison says that after all of the legal drama is behind him, Chumlee could be back on Pawn Stars, and if he isn’t facing jail time, Chumlee could be back with the Harrisons sooner rather than later. Though Chumlee was facing a trial, a plea agreement could save him from going before a judge.

In the last week, Chumlee has reactivated his social media accounts, and things were seeming to get back to normal. The only caveat was that Chumlee did not engage in any conversation about his legal troubles or the pending trial. The total haul from Chumlee’s house was reportedly 12 guns, marijuana and 17 bars of methamphetamine and Xanax.

Rick Harrison, the head of the pawn shop featured on Pawn Stars, claimed to want to do anything he could to help Chumlee get through this crisis and back on the History Channel hit show. Harrison claimed that Chumlee was innocent, and as long as he cleared his name, he would be back on Pawn Stars.

The Las Vegas NBC affiliate says that is sounds as if Chumlee will avoid any time in jail or prison as along as he keeps his nose clean during his probation period, at which time the felonies will become misdemeanors.

Chumlee’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, shared that after an in depth investigation, there was not sufficient evidence against Chumlee to charge him with the sexual assault that started his legal troubles.

A judge still needs to sign off on this deal that was struck today, but it sounds as if Chumlee got very lucky.

The details in the Chumlee plea deal are still being hashed out at this time.

 

 

 

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WOLF POINT, Montana, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Delberta Seminole Eagleman is raising six grandchildren by herself, their own mothers lost to drugs and violence on Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

When the softly-spoken 67-year-old member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe looks around, she says, she sees grandmothers holding the battered community together.

“They are the foundation, they are the ones there for the families,” she said. “Without the grandmothers, there wouldn’t be that stability for the grandchildren.”

Grandparents have long raised grandchildren in Native American communities, helping when parents leave the reservation to find work or passing on traditional culture to the new generation.

Ancestors of the Assiniboine and Sioux Indians who live on Fort Peck in northern Montana, and the Northern Cheyenne in southeastern Montana, once roamed America’s northern plains hunting immense herds of bison.

The tribes were moved onto reservations in the late 19th century after decades of war with the U.S. government, a series of devastating epidemics traced to contact with white settlers and the near extermination of the bison.

Native Americans today have a higher rate of grandparent caregiving than any other group in the nation, according to U.S. Census data.

The vast majority of those are grandmothers, according to research by the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB).

Grandmothers are stepping in as caregivers under dire circumstances – to keep their grandchildren out of foster care when their parents are drug abusers or in prison, said Joanne Dunn, executive director of NAICOB, a training and education center.

“It’s not so much in the traditional sense as it is an urgency to save your family,” she said.

Abuse of crystal methamphetamine, a powerful, addictive stimulant, has reached grave proportions among young adults on Indian reservations, according to authorities.

The fallout contributes to cases of violence and child neglect, experts say. Four out of five Indian families involved in child welfare programs are believed to have issues with drugs or alcohol abuse, another longtime plague of native communities, according to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).

Native American grandmothers live in the wake of the so-called boarding school era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when more than 100,000 Indian children were taken from their homes and families to be assimilated into white culture.

The children suffered rampant sexual and physical abuse and were exploited as free labor, and many died from mistreatment and disease, according to Amnesty International.

In fear of losing grandchildren to foster care these days, grandmothers often keep their family troubles secret, Dunn said.

“They care for them themselves. They don’t report it to anybody. They don’t even ask for help or welfare or anything because they don’t want anyone to know.

“And they are in so much pain,” she added.

She recounted a wrenching telephone conversation with a Native American grandmother caring for a young grandson and granddaughter.

“She said she cries herself to sleep at night because she didn’t know where their parents were. She had no idea,” Dunn said.

‘NEVER CAME BACK’

Eagleman, who lives in the tiny town of Wolf Point, tells a similar story of two of her adult daughters.

One is in prison for a violent crime, while the other is a drug user who “left one day and never came back,” she said.

“Their kids stay with me,” said the grandmother, who makes beaded jewelry to bring in money. “They know there’s safety and protection.”

In her care are 4-year-old Shawnee, two 7-year-old girls and three boys, the eldest 18 years old.

Eagleman said she wants to organize grandmothers on Fort Peck to stand up and fight the scourges that have left young children parentless.

She helped rally grandmothers when she lived on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, in the town of Lame Deer, Montana, about 250 miles (400 km)to the south, before moving to Wolf Point last year.

Wearing traditional beadwork and scarves covering their heads and shoulders the way their ancestors did, the grandmothers marched twice through town to support one another and raise awareness of drug abuse and violence on the reservation, she said.

“We decided we’re not going to take that. We’re going to stand up,” she said.

At one gathering, in 2012, the women recited ancient prayers, sang sacred songs and held ceremonies inside sweat lodges, dome huts built to hold steam, at night, she said.

Grandmothers need to learn to show tough love toward their children and use tribal courts to order them into rehabilitation programs, Eagleman said.

Margaret Behan, a grandmother in Lame Deer, is a former member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, an alliance that promotes ancestral prayer and healing to address environmental issues, violence and poverty.

The Council helped to organize the 2012 gathering in Lame Deer.

“On the reservation, … the norm is grandmothers are raising grandchildren,” Behan said. “They should not be.”

 

 

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If you want the truth, hold your nose. Sewage monitored to track drug use in Adelaide, Australia, has revealed that methamphetamine use doubled in four years.

Reliable data on illegal drug use is difficult to obtain, because users often don’t know what exactly they have taken, or how much. But sewage doesn’t lie, and 6jurtus[089ue=-aanalysing its chemical components is a cheap way to find out what’s really going on.

Cobus Gerber of the University of South Australia and colleagues studied the chemical components in sewage at four treatment plants in Adelaide between 2011 and 2015. The data gave a detailed picture of the recreational habits of the city’s 1.2 million residents.

They found that MDMA and ecstasy use peaks in December’s summer party season, while cannabis use drops in February – presumably as users await the next harvest. Illegal stimulants are used more at the weekends, while cocaine is most concentrated in the wastewater of affluent areas.

The opioid oxycodone is also on the rise, in line with prescription dispensing data. “The consistent increase in oxycodone is of concern, owing to its high abuse potential,” says Gerber.

Unlike weekend stimulants, there seems to be no clear pattern to explain when people take newer types of psychoactive substances, like mephedrone, which is also known as miaow miaow.

The researchers determined the drug levels by processing raw sewage samples and analysing them with a standard chemistry technique, mass spectrometry. “It’s not as bad as you think, says Gerber.”It’s like doctors with blood – you get used to it.”

“The advantage is that it’s almost instantaneous, so it tells you what is happening across the whole population right now,” says Gerber. “That’s better than asking people what drugs they took a week ago, then collating the data and producing a report a year later.”

Detecting disease

The technique, which has previously been used in Europe, could also become valuable for monitoring a population’s health and rates of disease.

Jochen Mueller of the University of Queensland is part of a team that has begun looking for compounds in wastewater that could indicate the prevalence of various diseases, such as diabetes, in real time. He says he is also interested in using sewage to assess how much fruit and vegetables a city’s population is eating.

This kind of research has previously met with some from people who are worried about the government monitoring their lifestyles and health. But Mueller says the aim is to improve public health. “Individuals are completely de-identified,” he says. “We’re not trying to catch anybody out.”

Journal reference: Science of the Total Environment, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.183

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Comments Off on Randy Lee Parkerson, 40, who killed transgender woman, Zoraida Reyes, 28, convicted in oral sex-related choking death in Anaheim – blames Methamphetamine

A 40-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder in the oral sex-related choking death of a transgender woman whose body was found behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim two years ago.

Randy Lee Parkerson, an unemployed methamphetamine user, routinely met

Randy Lee Parkerson, 38, of Anaheim.

Randy Lee Parkerson, 38, of Anaheim.

men and transgender people online and got together with them in person for sex, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy.

The defendant met 28-year-old Zoraida Reyes online, and picked her up in Santa Ana on June 10, 2014, the prosecutor said.

They negotiated oral sex for $10 in his car, which led to another sex act which involved choking to deprive the recipient of oxygen to heighten sexual pleasure, McGreevy said.

Afterward, he noticed Reyes wasn’t moving, saw blood on her face and pushed her further down in the backseat before driving to a motel, where he dragged the body into the car’s trunk, McGreevy said.

Parkerson drove around the Southland looking for a place to get rid of the body, which was in his trunk for two days, the prosecutor said. He eventually dumped the victim at 201 N. State College Blvd. in a Dairy Queen lot, where she was found on June 12, McGreevy said.

Investigators matched DNA on the victim to Parkerson, whose DNA was collected after a DUI conviction, and by testing a beer can the defendant discarded while he was under surveillance, McGreevy said. He was arrested in October 2014.

Records on Parkerson’s smart phone show he searched for information on second-degree murder, manslaughter and “how bad is it in prison,” McGreevy said.

Parkerson, who is scheduled to be sentenced June 24, faces 15 years to life in prison. Jurors deliberated for about an hour and 15 minutes before returning the verdict.

The cause of Reyes’ death was asphyxiation, and a coroner told investigators that it would take two to six minutes to choke a victim to death, the prosecutor said.

Parkerson’s attorney, Sara Nakada, said her client “never intended to kill” Reyes, calling it a “tragic accident.”

“The furthest thing from Randy Parkerson’s mind was killing Zoraida Reyes,” Nakada said. “What was on his mind was oral sex.”

Parkerson started smoking methamphetamine in June 2014, prompting him to seek out sexual encounters with “strangers in motel rooms, his home and even in his car,” Nakada said.

“The drugs made him more sexual and sexually curious,” Nakada said.

During sex with Reyes, Parkerson touched her arm a few times and eased off as he was concerned about her choking, Nakada said. However, Reyes said, “No, no, I like it. Keep going,” the defense attorney said.

When Parkerson saw the blood on Reyes’ face from a nose bleed, he “panicked,” Nakada said.

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SANTA ANA – A man accused of killing a transgender woman told police he accidentally strangled her during a sexual encounter in the backseat of his car, according to testimony Wednesday.

Randy Lee Parkerson, 39, is charged with one count of felony murder in the death of 28-year-old transgender activist Zoraida Reyes, whose body was found behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim on June 12, 2014.

In a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott A. Steiner found sufficient evidence to continue with Parkerson’s trial. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

Anaheim police arrested Parkerson in October. On the stand, Detective Julissa Trapp said Parkerson began to open up in a six-hour interview when he told her details of the killing.

“As we started to discuss what had happened, he was crying,” Trapp testified.

The detective said Parkerson, a drug addict, told her he doesn’t consider himself bisexual, but said he prefers sexual encounters with men when he’s high on methamphetamine.

Parkerson said he was clean for years but went on a major meth binge after he lost his long-time job last June. He’d been up for days on drugs when he met Reyes on a website and agreed to pay her for sex, according to testimony.

The two met in an area of Santa Ana and began having sex in the backseat of his car. During the encounter, Parkerson told police he wrapped his forearm around Reyes’ neck and began choking her. He said he stopped at one point but Reyes told him to keep going.

“He told you Zoraida wanted him to continue with the arm around her neck?” asked Deputy Public Defender Sara Nakada.

“Yes,” Trapp replied.

The encounter was “quick and intense,” he said, lasting about 10 minutes. Afterward, Parkerson told police he went to the front of his car to get his clothes and asked Reyes, “Are we good?”

When he didn’t hear a response, Parkerson said he checked on Reyes and realized she was dead.

Parkerson panicked and drove to Diamond Bar and Temecula looking for a place to hide the body before he eventually dumped Reyes behind a Dairy Queen on North State College Boulevard.

Trapp said Parkerson has expressed remorse for his actions and wrote a letter of apology to the victim’s family.

Reyes was a Santa Ana resident who immigrated from Mexico with her family at age 12. She was active in local and national groups advocating for the rights of transgender people and undocumented immigrants.

Deputy District Attorney Stephen McGreevy said there is no evidence that the case was a hate crime.

Parkerson is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again July 8.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Amy LeAnn Bell, 27, of Rome, found walking down the middle of Old Dalton Road, charged with Methamphetamine possession

A Rome woman remained in the Floyd County Jail on Tuesday without bond after her arrest with drugs on Old Dalton Road.573b7af8cadde_image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Amy LeAnn Bell, 27, of 101 Calhoun Ave., was picked up Monday night between 9:30 and 10 p.m. after a passerby called authorities to report a woman walking down the middle of Old Dalton Road near Emerald Oaks Way.

Police found a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine on Bell.

She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor for possession of drug-related objects.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Martin Morris, 53, of Round Rock, high on Methamphetamine, held puppies out window of moving car

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS – An Austin man was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly held a puppy out the window of a moving vehicle and was in possession of methamphetamine.

According to an arrest affidavit, Round Rock police stopped Martin Morris, 53, outside a Round Rock Walmart around 10 a.m. Sunday after officers were dispatched for a person “driving around holding puppies out of a window” in Martin%20Morris_1463518000612_2337449_ver1_0front of the nearby PetSmart. Police stopped and spoke with Morris, who told officers he was trying to sell the puppies. Officers observed several puppies in the vehicle, and informed him of “more traditional” methods, the affidavit said.

Police said they noticed “several symptoms consistent with illegal drug use, specifically stimulants.” Morris initially told police he last used methamphetamine four months ago, but later admitted to injecting himself with methamphetamine the day before.

The affidavit also stated Morris initially told police he did not have any drugs on him or in his car. He then stated the possibility of a syringe in the center console. Morris then retrieved the syringe and turned it over to police. Police conducted a presumptive test on the substance in the syringe, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Morris was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance – penalty group 1. Online records at the Williamson County Jail state he is being held on $75,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The man accused of killing a father in front of his daughter this past weekend had been addicted to methamphetamine, according to police.

Salvador Ramirez was killed early Sunday at his trailer, where he was living with his wife Danielle Ramirez and their children. About three weeks ago, they had efr2,-k0u24invited suspect Mario Espinoza and his girlfriend to stay with them until they could find an apartment. Espinoza had been released from prison in California two months before.

In the arrest report for Espinoza, he had struggled with addiction to meth for years and became paranoid when he used the drug. He had also bought a revolver handgun for protection, even though he was prohibited as a convicted felon.

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Between 1 and 2 a.m. Sunday, police said Espinoza did some meth with an associate at the trailer. He then became “extremely paranoid and believed someone was going to kill him” and then armed himself with the gun, according to the arrest report.

Police said that everyone was trying to calm Espinoza down but eventually he shot Ramirez and his wife Danielle. He kept trying to shoot, however, the gun was empty so he grabbed a knife from the kitchen.

According to the arrest report, a struggle ensued between Danielle and Espinoza, where he attempted to stab her. He eventually dropped the knife and then ran outside and armed himself with a shovel.

However, police said once Espinoza saw people outside, he fled with the shovel and gave up when confronted by police. According to the arrest report, Espinoza stated he was guilty and “was prepared to return to prison.”

According to police records, Espinoza is a three-time registered felon — domestic violence battery in Nevada in 2010, attempted home invasion in Nevada in 2006 and evading a police officer in California in 2003.

For Saturday’s shooting and stabbing, Espinoza was arrested for murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

A vigil was held Tuesday evening for Salvador Ramirez.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Laura Serrano, 31, of Strathmore, arrested on Methamphetamine sales charges

STRATHMORE — Laura Serrano, 31, was arrested Saturday in Strathmore on methamphetamine charges, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 19200 block of Road 244 and contacted Serrano, who was driving, at about 12:40 a.m. A search of the vehicle revealed “a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine,” according to a press release.

Serrano was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, and transportation of methamphetamine for sales.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Michael Allen Webb. 43, of Stone County, ‘I like to freak the ladies with it,’ referring to Methamphetamine, document says

GULFPORT — A man found with meth after he checked out of a Gulfport hotel told officers he keeps meth on hand because, “I like to freak the ladies with it,” a court document said.

Michael Allen Webb. 43, is held for federal marshals on a criminal complaint that alleges he’s a meth distributor.BI_bilo_0518_michael%20allen%20

Webb is on parole for two drug convictions in Stone County.

Narcotics agents who pulled him over in a traffic stop Saturday have said he had 192 grams of meth, paraphernalia and two loaded 40-caliber handguns.

The paraphernalia reportedly included a digital scale and a bubbler — a small smoking pipe that uses water — and a small glass smoking pipe.

Webb told drug and firearm task force agents he had been using the bubbler to smoke meth and said he had just bought1/4 pound of meth for $1,800 the day before, the complaint said.

When asked his intentions for the meth, Webb allegedly said, “I’m going to say it is for personal consumption. I like to freak the ladies with it.”

Weekly drug plan

Webb gave details of his meth distribution, according to the complaint: He said he buys an “8 ball,” about 3.5 grams of meth, once a week, and said he distributes one or two ounces a week when he has that amount and people want to buy it.

Webb also said he had obtained the guns from people who owed him money, and admitted he’s a felon on parole, the complaint said.

His flat-time release from parole is set for Aug. 8, 2017, the state prison website shows. Flat time means he must serve the full term of his parole.

Was under surveillance

His arrest came after a Harrison County narcotics investigator received a tip that a woman and a man had a large amount of meth at the EconoLodge Inn & Suites on U.S. 49 in Gulfport, but they would be checking out of the hotel Saturday morning, the complaint said.

Drug and firearm task force agents set up surveillance and said they saw Webb put bags in a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck and a Mustang, and objects in the truck’s exterior toolbox.

Surveillance continued on the highway, the complaint said, as officers saw the truck speeding, changing lanes without signalling and leaving the road. A Harrison County deputy stopped Webb on U.S. 49 in Saucier.

The court document makes no other mention of the woman or her car.

Bond denied

Magistrate Judge Robert Walker on Tuesday ordered Webb held with no bond. He found probable cause to believe Webb has committed a crime punishable by 10 or more years in prison.

Webb was convicted of possession of precursor chemicals used to make meth in 2005 and possession of meth in 2009. His probation was revoked in 2011 and 2013, Walker wrote.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Kimberlie Dailey, 29, of George County, impaired by Methamphetamine at time of crash that killed three people

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) – A 29-year-old George County woman is due in court in June on charges she was impaired by drugs when she was involved in a deadly collision in 2015. That’s according to court records.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1V8V3CV) Kimberlie Dailey is set for arraignment June 30 on three counts of felony DUI causing death.

Records say Dailey was under the influence of methamphetamine when her pickup truck veered out of her lane and hit a car head-on May 13, 2015, killing three people.

Dailey suffered minor injuries. She remains in the George County jail on a $1 million bond.

 

 

 

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MISSOULA –The days of homemade methamphetamine from car trunks and plastic bottles have dwindled, but Montana’s appetite for Mexican methamphetamine continues to grow.

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office dealt with between 50 and 100 methamphetamine cases in the early 2000s, according to Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst.

She said most of it was manufactured by local dealers, and by 2007, the number of meth cases tanked to almost zero due to law enforcement efforts and the Montana Meth Project, whose graphic ad campaigns target first-time teen meth use.

The Drug Enforcement Agency in Montana attributes the current resurgence to super labs in Mexico. The product is cheap, pure, and coming in large amounts, according to Joe Kirkland, resident agent in charge at the DEA who oversees Missoula’s High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

“Most of the meth that we’re seeing in Montana, it’s all coming out of Mexico. Very high purity, since 2007 prices for buyers have dropped continuously, and then the quality of the methamphetamine, or the purity, has doubled,” he said.

Kirkland said they used to see 40 or 50 percent meth pure, and within the last few years, 98 to 100 percent pure. He says the quantity of meth flowing into the Treasure state is also growing.

“Whenever you have a highway system that runs through your community, and we’re seeing methamphetamine come from LA, Vegas, Washington, Arizona, and where we used to see people bringing up four, five, six ounces of meth, now we have people bringing up seven, eight, nine, 10 pounds of meth,” he said.

This brand of meth is highly addictive, Kirkland said. The type of Meth user has also morphed according to Sgt. Ed McLean of the Missoula Police Department who heads up the Missoula HIDTA task force.

“We have seen statistical jump in methamphetamine use across the board. With that jump, the number of drug endangered child cases being referred over has also increased. The alarming part of it is you have parents who the safety and well-being of their child is supposed to be front and foremost, before anything else, yet they end up smoking methamphetamine and they’re exposing their child,” he said.

Nikki Grossberg is the Region 5 administrator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Child and Family Services division.

“We’re also seeing kind of that normal person next door who is also using meth now, where historically maybe they were using alcohol, but now it’s meth, and we often see that both parents are using it, not just one,” she said.

Judge John Larson resides over Missoula’s family drug treatment court.

“It affects the number of cases we’re dealing with in the child abuse and neglect system. It also bleeds over into our criminal cases, because many of those people do have criminal cases, for possession of drugs. We’re seeing family law cases where parents have methamphetamine. It’s not just criminals who use methamphetamine,” said Larson

According to Larson, these parents would be in prison and in the abuse and neglect system if they weren’t participating in Missoula’s family treatment court. The court works with advocates and treatment programs to keep the parents in the community.

The Montana Department of Corrections treatment programs deal with a back log in the number of spots open for treatment programs. Larson said meth has a high relapse rate, even if users have been clean for over a year.

The men’s Nexus treatment program in Lewistown has 85 beds available for its 270-day program, followed by nine months in a pre-release center. The Elkhorn treatment program in Boulder for women has a similar set-up.

Larson said a county adjoining Missoula County — which he would not name — has over 33% of their babies born drug-affected. The cost of rehabilitating one of these babies is close to $1 million, he said.

“Any other term for that would be an epidemic, a plague, its not just increased used, its assault on our whole public health,” Larson said.

Larson suggests more emphasis on treatment programs as a potential solution to this problem.

“Currently, we are just on a very steep spike in cases. Not only on the reports that we’re investigating, but the number of cases that we’re filing on and involving removing children from homes and involving the court system in,” said Grossberg.

According to the DPHHS April statistics, the number of kids in foster care increased continually from 1,746 in 2011 to 2,775 in 2015. As of March this year, 3,126 kids are in foster care — the most every recorded by Child and Family Services. This increase correlates directly with the jump in drug cases, said Pabst.

“A significant number of our reports are regarding physical neglect. And physical neglect comes in all forms, but we currently are seeing a significant increase in Meth use, drug use, prescription drug use across the board, that really takes the parents priority away from parenting,” said Grossberg.

In 2010, there were 230 children in foster care due to meth use by parents. That number has more than quadrupled in six years — this year is 1, 049 children are in foster care due to meth use by the parents.

For all types of substance abuse cases overall, in 2010, there were 851 in foster care due to drug use by parents. That number currently is 1,774, according to the Montana DPHHS.

Grossberg said drug use causes absence in parents from their kids, physically or emotionally, which has a long term impact on a child’s development. Roughly 50 % of kids taken from their parents never live with them again, according to Grossberg.

Ideally, treatment programs aim to have children living with their biological parents. If that is not possible, officials want to guarantee permanency by placing the child with a relative, she said.

The Montana Supreme Court toured the state this year talking about reasons why people have difficulty accessing the court system.

Chief Justice Mike McGrath says the increase in child abuse cases is affecting everyone. Because child abuse and neglect cases jump to the top of the docket, lower priority legal issues wait a long time for their cases to be resolved, he said.

“In Missoula County, since 2010, the number of child abuse and neglect cases has tripled. And they’re serious cases. They tend to be the kind of cases that take a lot of time in the courts, so, as a result of that, other cases that don’t have as high a priority, because they don’t involve young children, tend to be delayed, tend to be part of a back log,” said McGrath.

He said the state’s high court is asking the legislature next year to add an additional judge in Missoula County and five statewide to handle the increase in workload. McGrath said decreased access to the court system can trigger problems in various areas.

“Just that alone in terms of economic development in communities, access to the courts is very important. On the other side, families, family law cases and the children are waiting for custody disputes and if you can’t get your case heard in a timely manner, then families tend to disintegrate, they have all kinds of problems, because they can’t get their cases resolved. That’s the problem with having crowded courts. People have to wait and there are severe consequences economically and personally to having to wait too long,” McGrath said.

However, the Montana district courts judicial workload study from 2015 suggests Missoula County could use two or three more judges, and the State of Montana could use a total of 21.

From top to bottom, methamphetamine has struck a blow to Montana’s public health. The professionals we talked with suggested increasing treatment programs and establishing drug courts as a big part of the solution to prevent child abuse.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Major Methamphetamine Ring Target of Texarkana Raid

TEXARKANA, Ark. – More than one dozen suspects have been picked up in a drug raid.

A news release issued Tuesday stated that 18 people had been taken into custody and investigators were looking for eight others.

The investigation and raid involved the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, the therthuio;hjwpaFederal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal’s Service, Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD), Texarkana Texas Police Department, Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, Texas Department of Public Safety, and state and federal prosecutors.

The release stated that the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force has spent the last eight months investigating a “large scale methamphetamine distribution syndicate involving narcotics trafficking and distribution in the areas of Texarkana and Miller County, Arkansas.” The release continued, “As a result of the investigation, 26 people were identified as taking part in the syndicate’s activities and officials within the investigation secured arrest warrants for the these participants.”

Criminal charges in this case range from Delivery of a Controlled Substance to weapons charges. Some charges will be enhanced as the sale of controlled substances was located near schools, churches, and city parks, the release stated.

In a joint statement, TAPD Police Chief Bob Harrison and Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall said, “This case is an example of how law enforcement can work together in making a significate impact in the community. When law enforcement officers from all levels of government dedicate their efforts towards a common goal, a greater disruption in the distribution and use of illicit narcotics can be achieved.”

 “The Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is proud to be a part of this investigation and the undercover work of the officers. This is an excellent example of how monies seized in illegal drug activities can be used to fund investigations like this in furtherance of the fight against drugs for the betterment of our community,” added Stephanie Potter Black, the Prosecuting Attorney for the Arkansas 8th Judicial South District, which includes Miller County.

“Today’s arrests are the result of effective coordination with law enforcement entities who partner together to disrupt and dismantle drug networks that threaten our neighborhoods,” said Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Little Rock.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on 900 times more Methamphetamine sezied in Johnson City between 2014 and 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Johnson City police are seeing a dramatic rise in some types of illegal drugs they are seizing.

According to Chief Mark Sirois, in 2014, his officers seized around 420 grams of crack cocaine. In 2015, that number nearly doubled to more than 777 grams.meth-jpg

They also saw an increase in powder cocaine, marijuana and illegal prescription drugs.

But the biggest jump was in methamphetamine. In 2014, the department seized 2 grams. In 2015, officers seized nearly 1,830 grams.

“Part of it has been an uptick in the more addictive form of meth which is known as ICE and that can contribute to overdoses and put people’s lives at risk,” Chief Sirois said. “And that’s a great concern to us.”

Chief Sirois said they have seen a drop in heroin usage. But they are aware of the statewide rise in Fentanyl, a synthetic drug often paired with heroin.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Illinois State Police Troopers find 44 pounds of Methamphetamine during traffic stop on Stevenson Expressway – Francisco J. Navarro Montez, 37, of Columbus, charged

WOODRIDGE (Sun-Times Media Wire) – An estimated $4 million worth of methamphetamine was seized following a traffic stop on the Stevenson Expressway in the western suburbs Monday afternoon.

Francisco J. Navarro Montez, 37, of Columbus, Ohio, was charged with possession of methamphetamine after 44 pounds of the drug was found in his truck after he was stopped for speeding on I-55 at Lemont Road near Woodridge, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

An ISP trooper pulled over a grey pickup for speeding at 2:45 p.m. and requested a K-9 unit. The dog alerted to the scent of drugs and the meth was found in the tailgate of the truck, police said.

The estimated street value was $4 million.

Navarro Montes was transported to the DuPage County Jail, where he was being held on a $15,000 bond, police said.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Rebecca Jean Frankforter, 32, of Helena, accused of assaulting police, faces 10 felony charges, including Methamphetamine possession

A Helena woman faces 10 felony charges, including five counts of assault on a peace officer, for allegedly biting, kicking and scratching several officers, causing injury.

Rebecca Jean Frankforter is in jail on the five assault charges alongside felony counts of robbery, criminal possession with intent to distribute (methamphetamine) and three charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.10576107_G

Police said all three patrol officers and two detention officers at the jail suffered injuries at the hand of Frankforter. One of the officers was treated at the hospital and released. The extent of injuries was not made known.

The charges stem from an incident that began with a reported shoplifting at Wal-Mart. A police officer called to the scene on Prospect Avenue confronted the suspect, Frankforter, outside of the store and asked her about the stolen items.

“Inside the store the defendant assaulted me by punching and biting me, causing me injury while attempting to steal from the store,” the arresting officer wrote in court documents.

After other officers arrived at the store, Frankforter proceeded to bite, kick and scratch them, the documents allege. Once at the jail, she is accused of attacking detention officers.

The robbery charge stems from the allegations Frankforter injured the officer during an attempted theft.

Authorities found Frankforter in possession of six syringes, methamphetamine, clonazepam, diazepam and lorazepam, court documents state.

 

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(HELENA) A Helena woman is charged with ten felonies following a violent weekend encounter with Helena Police Officers.

Rebecca Jean Frankforter is accused of stealing items from Wal-Mart on Saturday, May 14.

When officers attempted to arrest her, she allegedly punched and bit one officer.

She is accused of kicking a second officer, biting two more officers and scratched a fifth officer.

When she arrived at the Lewis and Clark County Jail, investigators allegedly found six syringes in her possession.

According to charging documents, Frankforter had methamphetamine, clonazepam, diazepam and lorazepam in her possession at the time of her arrest.

In total Frankforter faces five counts of assault on a police officer which carries a maximum of 20 years in the state prison for each count, and 40 years in prison for a count of robbery.

She also faces a life sentence for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and three counts of possession of dangerous drugs, with maximum sentences of 20 years in prison for of those counts each.

Bond for the 32-year old has been set at $50,000.

 

 

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Comments Off on Tulsa police identify suspect, a Methamphetamine dealer named Jason Anthony, 40, and victim, Michael Fisher, 42, in fatal south Tulsa apartment shooting

Tulsa police on Monday identified the victim of a fatal shooting at a south Tulsa apartment complex on Saturday.

Michael Fisher, 42, was a resident of the Woodland Hills Apartments, although his fatal shooting occurred in another resident’s apartment, Sgt. Dave Walker said. It appears that Fisher had allowed the suspect, whom police identified as 40-year-old Jason Anthony, to stay at his anthonyssapartment, Walker said.

Police allege that Anthony, known as “Shaky,” is a drug dealer, and that the shootings stemmed from a dispute over stolen drugs or money.

Fisher was killed just after 4 p.m. Saturday at the complex, located in the 8600 block of East 67th Street.

The apartment where the shooting occurred is rented to a woman, Walker said, and several women were present at the time. A woman in her mid-20s was shot in the neck. She is expected to live and has been interviewed by police, Walker said.rgio3uqtgmq3gpq

Prosecutors filed charges, including first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, first-degree burglary and two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm against Anthony on Monday, according to court documents.

One of the women at the apartment told police that Anthony had two active methamphetamine labs, a .22-caliber revolver and a sawed-off shotgun in the apartment where he was staying, according to a search warrant affidavit that was filed Monday. Police searched the apartment Monday looking for firearms, ammunition, cellphones, methamphetamine and meth-lab components, among other items, according to the warrant.

Anthony is described as white with reddish-brown hair and a full beard, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 240 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red basketball shorts.

“We believe he is armed and dangerous at this time and are actively seeking to locate” Anthony, Walker said in a news release.

Anyone with information regarding Anthony’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-2677 or the homicide tip line at 918-798-8477 or email homicide@cityoftulsa.org.

The shooting was the city’s 21st homicide this year, Walker said.

 

 

 

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A Northland man high on methamphetamine raped a 3-year-old girl.

His offending only came to light after a doctor confirmed the young child had contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

The man was invited to stay in the girl’s home but repaid the family’s kindness by raping the girl, Judge Duncan Harvey said.

“As rapes go, this is one of the most serious I have ever seen,” Judge Harvey said during sentencing in the Whangarei District Court last week.

He was sentenced to nine years and nine months’ jail and given a minimum non-parole period of five years.

“There’s no other way to describe this better than heart-breaking. Your actions have done so much harm. Only time will tell how much damage has been done.”

The man was given name suppression after the family feared naming him would identify the child.

In a pre-sentence report the man said he had been “amped up on meth and couldn’t remember anything” when he raped the girl.

“Given her age there was nothing she could have possibly done to resist you. You raped this little girl when you knew you had an STD and you just didn’t care,” Judge Harvey said.

“You were in the home as a guest, out of the kindness of her parents and this is what you do.”

A police summary stated the young girl had been living in a Whangarei home when the man moved in. The offending came to light last year when the girl was taken to a doctor and tests were done confirming she had gonorrhea.

A urine sample from the man confirmed he had the same sexually transmitted disease.

 

 

 

 

 

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