SAN DIEGO — Seizures of methamphetamine soared at the U.S.-Mexico border during fiscal 2014, accelerating a trend that began several years ago as new laws that limited access to the drug’s chemical ingredients made it harder to manufacture it in the United States.She was passing through the Otay Mesa

Meth seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s San Diego field office accounted for nearly two-thirds — 63 percent — of all the meth seized at all ports of entry nationwide in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported Sunday.

Almost all of the meth consumed in the United States was once manufactured domestically, with San Diego as a known production hub.

But a crackdown in the United States on the precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug has pushed its manufacture south of the border, where drug cartels find it cheaper and easier to produce and smuggle over the border than cocaine from South America, the paper reported.

With the California border as their main smuggling route, “the Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge in San Diego.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California ports of entry from fiscal 2009 to 2014.

Agents find the drug, often in smaller quantities, strapped to pedestrians crossing the border, in gas tanks, mixed in with clothing or hidden in food cans emptied of their original contents. In some instances, smugglers are liquefying the drug and trying to conceal it as windshield-washer fluid.

Undercover agents are buying it in San Diego for about $3,500 a pound — about a third of the cost of a pound of cocaine — and prices have been decreasing since 2008, Hill said. He added that, unlike with cocaine, drug cartels can eliminate the middleman by directly overseeing meth manufacturing, and the smaller overhead means a cheaper street price in the United States.

Joe Garcia, interim special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, said much of the meth coming into San Diego is headed north. Los Angeles has emerged as an important hub for shipments headed elsewhere, he said.

“Our investigations take us through all corners of the country,” he said. “It’s going into Canada as well.”

Authorities in San Diego have seen the consequences of more meth coming across the border.

Emergency-room visits and deaths are up, as are the number of arrests for meth, said Angela Goldberg, coordinator for the Meth Strike Force, an effort by law enforcement and health officials in San Diego County to combat meth.

And drug prosecutions in San Diego County for meth jumped from eight in 2013 to 60 in 2014.

“It’s very hard to get past these drug cartels,” Goldberg said. “They’re very good at what they do.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Owners of homes that become drug labs will be responsible for cleaning up any hazardous chemicals inside, according to new legislation in Lorain.

City Council will consider taking aim at meth labs, houses or buildings where residents cook up doses of illegal methamphetamine.

The legislation would create a new city law regarding “clandestine drug laboratories.” It seeks to hold property owners responsible for environmental cleanup inside homes where the illegal drug-making takes place, said Leon Mason, director of Building, Housing and Planning for Lorain.

The meth labs may contain chemicals and residues that are harmful to people, especially children and adults of child-bearing age.

In 2013, Ohio had 1,010 labs, ranking fourth in the nation in the number of meth labs, meth dump sites and chemical dump sites, according to the legislation, which cited the U.S. Department of Justice.

The new law also would “provide notice to illegal drug manufacturers that these types of activities are not welcomed in our city — period,” Mason said in his cover letter to Council.

“In addition, our city’s law-abiding residents should not be subjected to view these tainted structures and the additional blight that results from the operation of clandestine drug labs/sites,” he said.

The city law would require police who find any meth or drug lab to notify appropriate city, child protection and public health authorities.

The law declares clandestine drug labs are public nuisances, and the city will post a “Do Not Occupy” notice on the houses.

The home owners immediately will vacate all residents and then have 90 days to show they have corrected any drug lab or property code violations, a cleanup was conducted and the property is safe for human occupancy.

The property owners will pay for all cleanup costs, according to the legislation. Property owners also must notify potential renters or buyers the house was the site of a known drug lab until the city’s chief building official removes a declaration of public nuisance from the home.

Property owners who do not comply with the orders to clean up the meth lab sites could face six months of jail time and fines up to $500, according to the legislation.

The new rules will have first reading when Lorain City Council meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Lorain City Hall, 200 W. Erie Ave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DALLAS — Josh Vazquez lives in the same far southeast Dallas home where he grew up. But he said the streets where he once rode his bike as a child are now too dangerous for his own two children to play.

“I fear for my life, and — at the same time — I had to stand my ground,” he said. “This is my house. This is my domain.”

Just around the corner from his house, four people were shot inside a home in the 2000 block of Ben Hur Street. Police said two people were found dead inside the house and a third died at the hospital. The fourth person was wounded.

No identities were released.

It’s in an area Dallas police call “high risk,” and where officers take extra precautions.

A sign posted on the fence asks people not to trespass, litter or drink. It also lists a 10 p.m. curfew. But neighbors said there are often people coming and going at all times of the night and early morning.

As many as 10 people may have been inside the residence when the shootings took place, according to a man who said he was there. Police are still looking for suspects, and shared few details about what happened.

Neighbors had their own ideas.

“I don’t know,” speculated Peter Ware. “Drug deal gone bad?”

Meth. Methamphetamine,” Vazquez concluded. “That’s all you see around here.”

Both men said drugs have brought crime and violence to what used to be an ordinary working class neighborhood. The sound of gunfire is not unusual anymore.

“It’s just too close and too many,” said Ware. “Just about every night. And it’s high caliber weapons.”

Ware was out riding his bike in the neighborhood, the first time in a while. He said he mostly keeps to himself now.

Vazquez said his own home has been broken into three times. He added burglar bars to the front. He has a pit bull dog and a gun for protection. He calls police whenever he sees anything out of the ordinary.

“It’s horrible to have to live that way, but this is my roots. This is my house,” Vazquez said.

He would like to see more police presence in the neighborhood, but until then, he said he’ll continue to keep a close eye on his home and his surroundings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BECKLEY (WVVA)- Four people are behind bars after WV State Police say they found meth making materials in their car.

According to the criminal complaint troopers pulled over a Nissan Sedan for a routine traffic stop on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley, Friday night.

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The complaint states that once troopers approached the Sedan, they spotted several pre-used hypodermic needles in plain view.

After searching the car they found meth making materials in the trunk.

The complaint states that Cassidy Raines, Amy Cobbs, Candace Long and Scott Coffman are all facing methamphetamine charges.

The four are being held in Southern Regional jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MELBOURNE, Fla. — A Melbourne couple was arrested Saturday evening after police said they discovered a meth lab in a spare cottage it rented.

Investigators with the Melbourne Police Department and the Division of Children and Families responded to a substance-abuse complaint at the Rock Water Trailer Park at around 7:15 p.m.Brian_West_Leslee_West_Double_Mug

Once on scene, officers said they learned that Brian West, 29, and Leslee West, 26, rented a second cottage at the north Melbourne trailer park off Pineapple Avenue.

While trying to enter that unoccupied residence, police said they detected the odor of chemicals.

Narcotics investigators, who were called in, said they found materials “consistent with a meth operation.”

The lab was then dismantled and the chemicals were collected, officials said.

Both Wests were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Their two young children, ages 2 and 4, were placed in the custody of a relative following a DCF investigation.

The case remains under investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meth-Lab bust: Florida parents arrested in trainer park

Melbourne couple with two children had been operating a methamphetamine lab in Rocky Water Trailer Park when they were arrested Saturday night, police say..

Melbourne Police Commander V. Pryce said 26-year-old Leslee West and 29-year-old Brian West had two cottages in the trailer park — one for the couple and their 4-year-old and 2-year-old to reside in, and another for the operation.

“When officers attempted to enter the other cottage, they were met with a very strong odor of chemicals,” Pryce said.

Originally called to the property to investigate a complaint pertaining to substance abuse and an environmental hazard along with the Florida Department of Children and Families, they ensured that the chemicals were carted away and that the couple was arrested.

The suspects were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals and child neglect.

Their children are now with a family member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police have arrested a man after materials commonly used to make methamphetamine were found inside his home, Sunday.VB Meth labmeth-suspects

Emergency communications took a call about a possible meth operation in the 5000 block of Sancillio Drive around 2:40 a.m.

Officers evacuated the home after they found materials commonly used to make methamphetamine inside, according to James Cason, a public affairs officer with Virginia Beach Police.vb-meth-lab

Police then arrested 51-year-old Myron Wayne Hammond and charged him with two counts of manufacturing a controlled substance.

 

 

 

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police have arrested a man after materials commonly used to make methamphetamine were found inside his home, Sunday.

Emergency communications took a call about a possible meth operation in the 5000 block of Sancillio Drive around 2:40 a.m.

Officers evacuated the home after they found materials commonly used to make methamphetamine inside, according to James Cason, a public affairs officer with Virginia Beach Police.

Police then arrested 51-year-old Myron Wayne Hammond and charged him with two counts of manufacturing a controlled substance. Police also arrested 52-year-old Robert Thomas Grant and charged him with manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate drug control act.

 

 

 

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A Rome woman who allegedly had drugs in her purse was arrested at a Dean Avenue convenience store on Sunday, according to Floyd County Jail records.

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Rome police officers arrested Sheryl Elaine Kines, 47, of 2990 Callier Springs Road, around 1:20 p.m. at the Kwik Way, 1818 Dean Ave.

Officers said Kines was wanted on a felony probation violation.

She consented to be searched and two suspected Xanax pills were found in her purse. While being taken to jail, Kines told the officers she had methamphetamine in her shoe.

Officers charged Kines with felony probation violation, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

She remained jailed without bond late Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NICEVILLE – Two people were arrested for allegedly having the items to make methamphetamine in their possession.joanne-pimvat-earles-and-thomas-samuel-bright

Joanne Pimvat Earles, 37, of Crestview, and Thomas Samuel Bright, 32, of Crestview, were arrested on Dec. 13, according to the arrest reports. Niceville Police officers found that they had Drano, Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, pliers and plates in the back seat of the vehicle they were in.

They were each charged with possession of chemicals with the intent to unlawfully manufacture a controlled substance.

Earles was also charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

They are both scheduled to be in court on Jan. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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natosha-danielle-mccomasSHALIMAR – A 29-year-old Crestview woman allegedly admitted to dealing heroin after deputies found drugs in her purse during a traffic stop.

Natosha Danielle McComas was pulled over on Dec. 18 in Shalimar for going 57 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the arrest report. During the stop, the deputy, a K-9 handler, got a positive alert for the scent of narcotics from his K-9.

A search found one gram of heroin in McComas’ purse, as well as less than one gram of methamphetamine and a suspected meth smoking device, the report said. McComas allegedly admitted that the drugs belonged to her and that she was involved in selling heroin.

She said she had just sold a “40” to someone and admitted that she replenishes her heroin supply daily to sell to three people, according to the report.

She is charged with possession of heroin with the intent to sell or deliver, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her next scheduled court date is Feb. 17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Crawfordsville women were arrested Thursday afternoon on various drug charges during a traffic stop by Montgomery County deputies.

Ashley L. Harshman, 22, was driving near the intersection of Old State Road 55 and Oak Hill Road when a Montgomery County deputy pulled her over for speeding.

During the traffic stop, deputies found syringes and marijuana in Harshman and her passenger’s, Ashley M. Spencer, possession.

Deputies detained both suspects and later found methamphetamine on Spencer’s person at the Montgomery County Jail.

“Our deputies were paying attention to their surroundings and located illegal substances,” said Captain Jeremy Hughes of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “Any arrest that gets drugs off the street is a good arrest.”

Spencer, 29, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of a syringe. She was held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 surety/cash bond and posted bail at 12:41 a.m. Friday.

Harshman also has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a syringe. She is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAIRBURY, Neb.– One woman is behind bars after Fairbury police arrested her for multiple drug related charges.

The Fairbury Police Department said they arrested Emily Rae Irwin, 18, for alleged possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance (prescriptions), possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and fictitious plates.irwin-emily

Police said an officer was conducting traffic enforcement near the Fairbury City Park when he saw a yellow Ford Mustang with fictitious plates. The officer conducted a traffic stop near 9th and Maple St. and said Irwin showed signs of possible drug use.

Irwin denied officer requests to search the vehicle.

A K-9 Deputy with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office arrived and said the K-9 showed signs of drugs in the vehicle. After a search, authorities found 2.3 grams of meth, some marijuana, prescription pills belonging to someone else, syringes and several other drug related items in the car.

Authorities said Irwin is a transient in Fairbury.

Law enforcement arrested Irwin and transported her to the Jefferson County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry on the California-Mexico border reached unprecedented levels in fiscal 2014, as drug trafficking organizations strive to smuggle growing quantities of the low-cost Mexican-made product into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show 14,732 pounds of meth seized by the San Diego field office during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, accounting for 63 percent of the synthetic drug seized at all land, air and sea ports of entry nationwide.Border_Crossing_X-Ray_at_San_Ysidro-JD_r620x349

With the California border as their main smuggling route, “the Mexican cartels are flooding the U.S. marketplace with their cheap methamphetamine,” said Gary Hill, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge in San Diego.

Undercover agents are purchasing meth in San Diego for $3,500 a pound, versus about $11,800 for a pound of cocaine, Hill said. “We have seen the trend of the price of meth decreasing tremendously since 2008.”

Methamphetamine, a highly addictive synthetic drug, once was primarily produced in the United States, and San Diego was infamous as its manufacturing capital. But with a U.S. law enforcement crackdown on the precursor chemicals used to make meth, the drug is now largely produced in Mexico.

The DEA estimates that 90 percent of the meth consumed in the United States is manufactured in labs south of the border.

Mexican cartels are finding it far less expensive to produce meth in Mexico than importing cocaine from South America, Hill said. “The overhead is tremendous for cocaine,” while for meth, “the overhead is minimal. They oversee the manufacturing. There is no middleman.”

Hill said that production is largely controlled by the Sinaloa cartel and Knights Templar, groups that also control the smuggling routes on the California border, offering a theory as to why such as large proportion of the seizures would be coming through ports of entry such as San Ysidro, Otay and Calexico.

“That’s our supposition,” Hill said. “They control the gateway at San Diego and they seem to be the ones who are most involved in manufacturing the methamphetamine, so it kind of goes hand-in-hand.”

While San Diego has remained a transit center, much of the drug that makes it into the country is headed for distribution hubs farther north, according to Joe Garcia, interim special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego.

“Los Angeles has become a huge transshipment point,” Garcia said, with the drug ending up in a wide range of locations. “Our investigations take us through all corners of the country, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, North Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, Montana. It’s going into Canada as well.”

Garcia dates the upward trend in meth seizures on the California border to 2009. “What we noticed first was an increase in smuggling among teens. Initially it was marijuana, then there was a shift to hard narcotics, where meth was the main hard narcotic being smuggled.”

CBP figures show a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California ports of entry from fiscal 2009 to 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COOKEVILLE — A Wilder resident was arrested at a Cookeville hotel on New Year’s Eve after police discovered a gram of methamphetamine that allegedly belong to him in the toilet tank of a hotel room he was sharing with several friends.

Jesse Harold Cooper, of Sandy Road in Wilder, was charged with the manufacture, distribution and sale of a controlled substance in the incident that happened around 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Cookeville Police Officer Charles Teeters said in a report of the incident that he and several other officers had gone to the hotel with the intention of locating a “wanted party.”

Officer Teeters says in the report that he knocked on the hotel room door, and a male voice from inside asked who was there.

The officer said he responded by saying it was the police, and a male inside the room pulled back the curtain, looked out and said, “It really is the police.”

Officer Teeters in his report says, “I was able to look through a 6- to 8-inch opening in the blinds and observed a male wearing a red sweatshirt entering the bathroom.”

That male was later identified as Cooper.

The same male subject who had pulled back the curtain and looked out the window opened the door, and Officer Teeters said that, in addition to that male subject and Cooper, there were two other males and a female present in the hotel room.

“Concerned that the male that entered the bathroom may be armed, I went to the open bathroom door and encountered Jesse Cooper (wearing the red sweatshirt) coming from behind the shower curtain,” Officer Teeters’ report says.

“Jesse Cooper was very animated, proclaiming his innocence and asking why he was being harassed,” the officer’s report continues.

At that point, Teeters said he explained that the police had received a tip that a “wanted party” was at that location, and he asked to verify Jesse Cooper’s identity.

“I asked Jesse for his identification, and he stated that he did not have any. I asked Jesse for his Social Security number, and he stated he didn’t know it,” the officer’s report says.

Another officer asked the group who had rented the room, and the male who answered the door told them that it was his room but that it had been paid for by someone else.

That officer then asked the male subject for consent to search the room, and the male subject gave verbal consent to search, Officer Teeters report says.

“Officer [Daniel] Trivette went to the bathroom where I located Jesse Cooper and began his search,” the report continues.

He “returned and advised that he recovered a cellophane bag containing suspected meth from the tank portion of the toilet. Two syringes were located in this tank as well,” Officer Teeters says in his report.

Apparently, the methamphetamine in the cellophane bag was further divided into 11 smaller baggies, the contents of which collectively weighed about a gram.

“Believing that Jesse Cooper had placed the contraband in the tank, I placed him in handcuffs,” the officer’s report says.

Officer Teeters says he advised Cooper of his Miranda rights and that Cooper responded that he understood.

However, the officer’s report continues, Cooper “disavowed any knowledge of the recovered methamphetamine and could not explain why he was found in the bathroom.”

The other parties present in the hotel room denied that the recovered methamphetamine belonged to any of them.

A field test of the sample yielded a positive reaction for the presence of methamphetamine, according to Officer Teeter’s report.

“One of the needles appeared to have been used, so another field test was conducted with negative results,” his report continues.

Cooper was transported to the Putnam County Justice Center and charged, but he has since been released on bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BRYAN — One person was injured when fire broke out overnight in a duplex residence where methamphetamine was being cooked, authorities said.

The person with “serious” injuries was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, while six other people escaped the house at 304 Center St. without injury.

The statement from the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force identified none of those involved, citing an on-going investigation. It also was not stated whether any of those who fled the fire resided at the duplex’s adjoining residence.

Bryan firefighters were sent to the house shortly before midnight Friday. The task force said preliminary investigation revealed a cooking vessel used to make methamphetamine failed during what is commonly known as the “one pot shake-and-bake” process, causing the fire.

Numerous chemicals and apparatus used to make methamphetamine were removed from the dwelling by task force representatives and members of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office and Bryan Police Department.

The Red Cross provided housing assistance for those displaced by the fire. No damage estimate was released.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In November, a 51-year-old man who lives off Stinsonville Road in Macon said he met a recovering meth addict as she was walking down the street. The woman, 34, had nowhere to live. The man, according to a Bibb sheriff’s report, said she could stay at his place.

In mid-November, he went out of town but let the woman continue living there.

When he returned a week or so later, two of his TVs, some computer gear and a stereo were gone. Also missing was what an incident report described as a gold “1963 George Washington Bedspread” with 24-karat gold trim worth $10,000. “He stated that he did have the appraisal paperwork,” the report said. The homeowner took the woman to stay at a motel.

A deputy later spoke to the woman. She said she had no idea who took the guy’s stuff.

The deputy talked to a fellow in her motel room. He denied going to the man’s house.

According to the report, he said he “knew it was bad news.”

He said the recovering addict was a prostitute and that the homeowner was “a frequent customer,” adding that when you “put crackheads and prostitutes together you are looking for trouble.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Lemoore woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying she was interrogated while naked by a male police officer in Kings County Jail after a strip search turned up methamphetamine inside her bra.

A Kings County sheriff’s official says the incident never happened.

According to the lawsuit, Jessica M. Blanco was stopped by Lemoore police officer Kevin Cosper for a motor vehicle registration violation around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2013. While searching Blanco, the suit says, Cosper found “a controlled substance.” The suit, filed Dec. 18 in U.S. District Court in Fresno, does not specify the controlled substance, but Blanco’s attorney said in an interview it was Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, which had been prescribed to Blanco but which was not in its prescription bottle.

Blanco — who was on probation at the time for a drug-related offense — was arrested by Cosper, who is one of the defendants in the lawsuit. On the way to the Kings County Jail, the suit says, Cosper interrogated Blanco, who invoked her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

After reaching the jail, Blanco was turned over to Maribel Mixon, a female Kings County deputy sheriff, for processing. As part of the processing, Mixon made a routine strip search of Blanco. Initially, the suit says, the search was conducted away from male law enforcement personnel.

During the strip search, Mixon — who is also named as a defendant — discovered methamphetamine as Blanco removed her bra. By then, Blanco was completely naked. After finding the drug, Mixon called for Cosper. The suit says Cosper responded “so he could interrogate (Blanco), while unclothed, in an attempt to gain futher incriminating information from her. … His actions were designed to shock and humiliate her, in an effort to coerce her into giving incriminating statements — which she had previously refused to provide — and to retaliate against her for prior refusing to submit to his earlier interrogation.”

“This is a serious violation of our client’s rights,” said Visalia attorney Marguerite Melo, who is representing Blanco. “She’s in an entirely vulnerable position. They both ganged up on my client.”

The lawsuit says the actions were a violation of both Lemoore’s and Kings County’s policies regarding cross-gender strip searches of prisoners and interrogation of detainees while naked. Lemoore and Kings County are also named as defendants.

But Robert Thayer, an assistant sheriff with Kings County, defended his deputy and said the entire incident is bogus.

“We have looked into these allegations and it’s ludicrous,” he said. “It did not happen. Our deputy did not invite a male officer into a strip search area to interrogate a naked inmate.”

In addition to the Blanco incident, the lawsuit claims that both Kings County and Lemoore have “engaged in a pattern or practice” of failing to follow the established rules on both strip searches and interrogating prisoners while they are unclothed.

The suit says the actions violated Blanco’s First Amendment right to privacy, her Fourth Amendment rights on unreasonable search and seizure and her Eighth Amendment rights probibiting cruel and unusual punishment.

Blanco’s criminal case has already been resolved. She pleaded no contest to methamphetamine possession and was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in a residential treatment program, Melo said. She is currently serving that sentence.

Melo and fellow attorney John Sarsfield are seeking at least $1 million in general damages and at least $1 million in punitive damages, as well as additional money for Blanco’s “mental anguish and emotional distress.”

Lemoore officials declined to comment.

The initial hearing in the case has been set for March 24 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unfortunately for gay British porn star Bruno Knight (whose real name is Philip Gizzie – but let’s continue along with the porn name, shall we?), smuggling drugs is not as easy as the movies make it out to be or on Breaking Bad. It’s being reported that the male XXX star was arrested and sentenced to two years in a federal prison because he was caught smuggling some crystal meth through LAX. Where was it? Well, come on –– let’s just say it was in some seriously NSFW areas that Knight has shown in his many sex films. Cool?bruno-knight

CBS Los Angeles is reporting that the NSFW performer was caught with a half-pound of meth in his body while being searched at Los Angeles International Airport. He apparently “inserted three large objects containing methamphetamine” into his body. The star then passed two of the items at LAX after being searched and the last one over at Centinela Hospital.

Via an affidavit, Knight was holding 226 grams of meth in his body, which is just under a half a pound.

In the end, the actor couldn’t help but apologize, not only to the American people but also to our country. Honestly, he really said, “I am sorry to you and your country,” to Judge Manual Real. Well … thanks, Knight?BWrsYiJIYAA0Yth

For those who don’t know, smuggling drugs is an incredible serious offense in the US, which is seen through Knight’s two-year sentence for under a pound. Looks like Walter White had good reason to run from authorities, huh?

Readers, are you familiar with Knight’s work? CBS notes that in one of his many gay porn flicks, named Security Control, he played a “an airport security guard who searches another porn actor’s body for drugs.” Hmm, how interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mstarz.com/articles/46359/20150102/gay-porn-star-bruno-knight-smuggles-meth-through-lax-xxx-nsfw-sex-performer-sentenced-two-years-prison-drug-trafficking-photos.htm

 

A Florida couple has been arrested after they were reportedly found locked in a college campus’ closet for two days — but deputies say they likely could have escaped at any time.Amber Campbell, 25,

Amber Campbell, 25, and John Arwood, 31, were rescued Tuesday from inside Daytona State College, which is closed for the holidays, after Arwood eventually phoned 911 for help, WFTV reported.

Curiously, when the door was finally opened investigators reported smelling meth inside.

They also described having no trouble getting into or out of the closet themselves.

Both were booked on charges of trespassing.

When asked what they were doing inside the closet, the couple reportedly told police that they were hiding after being chased on campus by unknown suspects.John Arwood, 31,

Jailhouse records show that this was Campbell’s second booking in Volusia County following charges in 2013 for aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, escape, resisting an officer with violence, and giving a false name upon being arrested.

It was Arwood’s fourth time, however, following multiple arrests for driving with a suspended license among other charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-couple-arrested-locked-closet-days-article-1.2061494

 

 

 

 

 

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –  It’s a ranking Indiana isn’t proud of.  In 2013, it had more meth incidents than any other in state in the U.S. The 2014 stats, so far, have it staged to repeat as the nation’s meth capital, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

That’s why a state lawmaker is proposing a new bill aimed at getting rid of that title. Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) hopes to further restrict the amount of pseudoephedrine Hoosiers can buy over the counter. It’s a common decongestant and a main ingredient used the make meth.

Smaltz’s bill would allow customers to purchase 9.6 grams of the ingredient per year over the counter. That’s significantly less than what’s currently allowed by state law.

To put things into perspective Indiana customers can currently buy two, 30-count boxes of 12-hour Claritin D in a month under current Indiana law without a prescription. But under the new bill, they would only be able to buy two and a half boxes of it in a year.

“Oregon, Mississippi, and Missouri have all implemented some variety of pseudoephedrine prescription,” Smaltz said. “In all three of those states, they’ve seen dramatic decreases in the amount of one pot labs discovered.”

But the Indiana Retail Council opposes the bill. It’s president, Grant Monohan, said it would inconvenience too many customers and raise health care costs by forcing more people to get prescriptions.

“The overwhelming majority of our customers in our stores who purchase these products are purchasing them for a legitimate reason, and they ought to be able to continue to do that,” Monohan said.

Sgt. Bob Burgess with the Indiana State Police supports Smaltz’s bill. He said Indiana is currently suffering from a meth epidemic, and that calls for desperate measures.

“Anything towards the restriction of pseudoephedrine is a good thing from a law enforcement standpoint,” Burgess said.

Smaltz’ bill would also create stricter charges for dealing and possessing meth, especially around children. He hopes to introduce it in a couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://wane.com/2015/01/02/new-bill-aims-to-curb-meth-epidemic-in-indiana/

 

Sioux City, Iowa (ABC9 News) According to court documents, 45-year-old David Winne plead not guilty on one count of indecent contact with a child.David Winne

Winne is accused of touching his eight-year-old granddaughter over her clothes while she was sitting on his lap at his home last year. A complaint in the case says Winne also asked the girl to touch herself.

Court documents say Winne told authorities he did not remember the incident, because he is an alcoholic and a long time user of methamphetamine. Police say the victim has since suffered from severe emotional distress due to the incident.

According to court documents Winne told police that he didn’t remember the incident, but advised them that he is an alcoholic and long time user of methamphetamine. Police say the victim has since suffered from severe emotional distress due to the incident.

Winne is charged with indecent contact with a child, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. He’s being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scottsbluff Police seized 160 grams of methamphetamine and more than a two pounds marijuana during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.

Francisco Camacho Jr., 29, has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, a Class III felony; and possession of a methamphetamine, a Class IB felony. He was arraigned on the charges Friday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Scottsbluff Police stopped a vehicle with its headlight out at about 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 1200 block of Tenth Avenue. The officer made contact with Camacho and he reported he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The officer asked Camacho to exit the vehicle. He searched Camacho, finding a quantity of a green leafy substance in the front breast pocket of a shirt Camacho was wearing.

A second officer arrived on scene and Camacho’s vehicle was searched. The officer allegedly found a plastic bag with a white-crystal like substance inside the vehicle’s driver door panel. Officers arrested Camacho and continued a search of the vehicle.

In the additional search, officers located a large plastic bag with a crystal-like substance underneath the front center seat console and two large plastic bags with a green leafy substance inside a plastic tub in the truck bed of the vehicle. Officers also found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

As a result of the search, officers seized marijuana, weighing more than two pounds, and 160 grams of methamphetamine.

If convicted of the charges, Camacho faces a sentence of 20 years to life on the methamphetamine charge. He could receive possible imprisonment of one to 20 years imprisonment, a $25,000 fine, or both on the marijuana charge.

He is being held on a $500,000 bond, with a 10-percent provision. He is next scheduled to appear in Scotts Bluff County Court for a Jan. 16 preliminary hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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McAlester police say an early morning traffic stop led to a woman’s arrest on suspicion of possessing at least 10 bags of methamphetamine and digital scales.

Bree Osburn, 18, of McAlester, is charged with two drug-related felonies — possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substance.

McAlester officer Richard Bedford wrote in an affidavit he was patrolling in the area of Wyandotte Avenue and 3rd Street at 1 am. Monday when he noticed a white Nissan Maxima with a headlight out. He stopped the vehicle and said he smelled marijuana when he approached the car.

“I then asked…if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and explained that I could smell a strong odor,” Bedford wrote.

Bedford said a young woman was driving the car. Osburn was in the front passenger seat and a 16-year-old girl was in the back seat. He started to investigate further when the officer said Osburn volunteered she possessed marijuana.

“Bree stated that she would be honest and that she had some baggies in her bra,” Bedford’s report states.

Those baggies were believed to contain marijuana, including synthetic marijuana. Another officer, Matthew Miller, arrived at the scene and Bree told officers a pipe was also in the car “in a crayon box (on) the floorboard of her side.”

Miller inspected the vehicle and didn’t just find a pipe. He also discovered 52 baggies, digital scales, 9 baggies of varying sizes containing a crystal like residue, a large glass smoking device with white residue, a small glass smoking device with a white residue, a mutli-colored glass smoking device containing a burnt green leafy susbtance, a straw with white residue, and other items.

Osburn was placed under arrest and a check revealed Osburn also had an outstanding traffic warrant. Osburn was transported to the Pittsburg County Justice Center where police said Osburn told the officer “she wanted me to know something before she was searched. She then stated that she possibly had a small baggie containing methamphetamine in her bra.”

A female detention staffer eventually retrieved a a small baggie containing a crystal substance from Osburn during booking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.mcalesternews.com/news/mcalester-teen-charged-with-distributing-meth/article_34a9f3ac-9114-11e4-b456-9b942951fd8a.html

 

dt_common_streams_StreamServer53DENVER — A man who allegedly had explosives and materials to produce methamphetamine at a campsite southeast of Salida in May 2013 has been charged with federal crimes.

Randal C. Phipps was brought Monday to U.S. District Court in Denver and advised that he is charged with having three “destructive devices” and with having them while he was a user of controlled substances. He was kept in custody at least until a court hearing on Friday.

The federal charges stem from evidence found last year at the campsite, on Bureau of Land Management land.

Phipps’ campsite was dismantled by BLM Ranger Steve Cunningham and Chaffee County Deputy Sheriff Martin Johnson, assisted by Salida firefighter Ron Parks, the sheriff’s office announced in May 2013. Johnson and Parks wore full protective gear because methamphetamine-making materials can be toxic and dangerous.

The Colorado Springs Regional Bomb Squad disarmed the improvised explosive devices, the sheriff’s office stated at that time.

Phipps, 33, was charged in May 2013 in Chaffee County District Court on drug and contraband charges, but fled while on bail. He was a fugitive until Nov. 20 of this year when he was arrested in Albany County, Wyo., and turned over to U.S. marshals on the more recent charges in Denver.

Phipps was a Chaffee jail inmate on unrelated charges last year when the state drug and contraband charges were filed. Jail staff alleged they found methamphetamine when they searched him.

A court affidavit written by a sheriff’s officer stated that Phipps then told the jail staff about having explosives and a makeshift meth lab at the campsite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.chieftain.com/news/region/3202067-120/charges-phipps-campsite-court

 

A man and woman were being held without bail Friday after they allegedly were seen with syringes and drugs at a west Salt Lake City restaurant.

Salt Lake City police detectives said the 44-year-old male ex-con and his 27-year-old female companion were arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Friday at the Denny’s Restaurant, 2025 S. 900 West.

Officers allegedly not only found the needles seen by restaurant staff in a bag the woman had on her lap, but recovered methamphetamine, heroin, scales and packaging believed intended for distribution from the man’s vehicle in the parking lot.

The man was being held on an Adult Probation and Parole order, as well as suspicion of second-degree felony possession of methamphetamine. The woman was booked on suspicion of second-degree possession of heroin and methamphetamine counts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Augusta woman who shot her boyfriend just before Christmas did so to save herself from another beating, her attorney told the judge Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

The judge granted a $25,000 bond for Lauren K. Weldon, 27, who faces charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Sheriff investigators called to the Flintwood Drive home on Dec. 21 found Robert Shipley, 35, with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers also found 117 grams of methamphetamine on the dining room table.

Weldon had visible injuries consistent with her account of being beaten with fist and a belt, but a witness who was waiting outside for Shipley told officers she heard the couple arguing and then a gunshot.

Defense attorney Jacque Hawk said Shipley is a known drug dealer with a history of abusing women. Hawk applied for an order of protection for Weldon in April because of the domestic violence, but Shipley convinced Weldon she would be arrested if she attended the hearing. The petition was dismissed in August.

The day of the shooting Shipley had been high on methamphetamine for days, Hawk said. When he started beating Weldon, she grabbed the gun and fired at Shipley who is twice her size, Hawk said.

Shipley has recovered from the gunshot. He is in jail facing charges of trafficking methamphetamine, theft by receiving stolen property and weapon violations. Shipley was previously convicted of trafficking methamphetamine in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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