Area authorities found three meth labs in a period of 12 hours. Two of the labs were found at a residence in McGee and another was found by a hunter in the woods.

Sheriff Dean Finch said that Friday evening, he received a report of drug activity at a residence located off Highway TT in the McGee area. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the SEMO Drug Task Force went to the location and conducted a “knock and talk” at approximately 8 p.m.

Meth Lab Arrests



“When the suspects came to the door, we smelled a strong chemical order,” Sheriff Finch said. “We were granted permission to search the residence.”

According to Finch, two active meth labs were found. One of the labs was located on a shelf; the second was found behind a chair in a corner.

Arrested were Shirley J. McCrackin, 23, of Marble Hill; Brandon Lee McIntyre, 32, of Gipsy; Dennis Ray McIntyre Jr., 33, of Gipsy, and Shawn Anthony Marty, 33, of Greenville. They are currently being held in the Wayne County Jail. Each of their bonds has been set at $34,500 cash-only.

Sheriff Finch said that a hunter found a meth lab Saturday while hunting at a location off County Road 403 south of Greenville. The lab was not active; however, all needed ingredients to manufacture methamphetamines were found at the location.


MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) – Officials confirm the house fire that sent a three-year-old to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was sparked by a meth lab Wednesday.

Crews arrived to the house in the 6400 block of Cheekwood Avenue in the afternoon to investigate.


A man at the home told police when he noticed the fire, he went to the attic to see what was burning. He told police he saw a jar of fuel and lithium metal on fire that he had used to cook meth earlier in the week.

His three-year-old daughter did not have any visible injuries, but she was sent to the hospital for observation.



Two were jailed Monday night after police say a methamphetamine lab and children were discovered in a New Castle home.

According to an Indiana State Police media release, the ISP Pendleton Post Meth Suppression Squad served a search warrant about 7 p.m. Monday at 133 Burgess Court, which had been the focus of a recent investigation.

While there, officers reportedly found a working meth lab.

 Arrested were Donald Keith Harrison, 46, and Kimberly Jean Caldwell, 28, who are preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of meth.

Caldwell also faces two additional preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent after officers found two children under the age of 10 were also in the home at the time, according to the release.

ISP was assisted at the scene by the Henry County Drug Task Force and the New Castle and Shirley police departments.

According to court records, Harrison, formerly of Walton, Ind., was convicted of theft in Cass County in 2011. Caldwell, meanwhile, does not appear to have any recent charges or convictions.

Harrison and Caldwell were being held Tuesday at the Henry County jail.


An outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation led to the arrest of the man on six additional charges after a methamphetamine lab was discovered at his Middleboro Road residence near Blanchester, said Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

Shannon McKinley, 44, was wanted on a warrant issued by the Wilmington Clinton County Municipal Court. Reinbolt said two Blanchester officers went to McKinley’s residence where they discovered drug paraphernalia and the methamphetamine lab.


Shannon McKinley
Shannon McKinley

“McKinley was arrested inside a bedroom, where drug paraphernalia was in plain view,” Reinbolt said.

Reinbolt said McKinley’s residence is in Warren County. After the drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine lab were discovered, police called in the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) which sent deputies to the scene.

Charges filed by the WCSO included illegal possession or manufacture of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; disrupting service, fifth-degree felony, and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, violating a protection order and probation violation.

McKinley was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail.


GROVETON, TX (KTRE) – Groveton Police officers arrested a couple after the man allegedly dunked a 3-year-old boy in a bathtub full of scalding water Saturday afternoon for “pooping in his diaper,” causing first- and second-degree burns to the child’s buttocks and genitals

The woman told police that she coming down from a meth high and was lying on the couch when she heard the sounds of a scuffle and running water from the other room. However, she didn’t get up to investigate.


Terrance Edwards (Source: Trinity Police Department)Kendra Murphy (Source: Trinity Police Department)

       Terrance Edwards                        Kendra Murphy



The Groveton Police Department arrested Terrance Edwards, 33, for injury to a child, which is a first-degree felony. Kendra Murphy, 25, was charged with failure to report a felony, which is a Class A misdemeanor. While Murphy has since posted bail and was released from jail Sunday, Edwards was still in jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to Groveton Police Chief John Raiford, an ambulance was dispatched out to an apartment complex in Devine Street at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday in reference to a child with severe burns on his buttocks and genitals.

Raiford said Officer Shane Sandifer worked with deputy from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office who went to the hospital to take the initial report, according to the arrest affidavit. While the TCSO deputy was there, he saw the burns on the boy’s rear end and privates. In addition, the 3-year-old boy had bruising all over his body and a swollen left eye.

A Child Protective Services investigator started question Murphy about what had happened, and authorities learned that a 2-year-old girl was involved as well, according to the arrest affidavit. The girl had bruises between her legs and all over her body.

According to the arrest affidavit, Murphy said in a written statement that every time her kids do something wrong, Edwards, her boyfriend, “whoops” them with a paddle, a belt, or his hand. She said that on Halloween night, she lay down with her kids to go to sleep. The affidavit said Edwards got home around 5.a.m. the next morning.

Murphy said that she fell asleep on the couch because she and Edwards had been smoking meth, and the kids were up eating candy, the affidavit stated. She said that he turned on the bath water because the 3-year-old boy had “pooped in his diaper.”

“Murphy stated that [Edwards] thought the water was not hot,” the affidavit stated.

The affidavit also stated that Murphy didn’t report the child’s injuries until a neighbor noticed the child walking strangely and called 911 at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday.

Raiford said the boy was taken to the Shriner’s Burn Center in Galveston for treatment of his burns. In addition to the burns from the hot water, the little boy also had a lacerated liver, internal bleeding, and cigarette burns on his body. Raiford said the 3-year-old boy was up and walking around, and that it appears that he is going to be OK.

The boy and his 2-year-old sister were released into the custody of their great-grandmother, Raiford said.

Raiford said the TCSO assisted his department with the case. The matter is still under investigation, and more criminal charges could be pending.



Several arrests were made and meth labs were found in Jackson County this week.

Now, in Ravenswood, police are growing increasingly concerned about how people are disposing of those labs and putting the public in danger.

Meth Lab Disposal

It’s the drug that continues to cause problems across the state.

“We’re having a lot of problems with what they call the shake and back meth labs,” Patrolman Thompson, of the Ravenswood Police Department, said.

Jackson County, particularly Ravenswood, has had a recent spike in meth arrests.
Thompson said last week, during a routine traffic stop, he arrested three men after finding a meth lab inside the car.

And this week, six meth labs were found in just three days.

But there’s a new trend with these labs. Police said cooks are pitching their meth-making materials into backpacks and leaving those bags out in the open.

“In the backpack, there were five shaker bottles, discarded lithium batteries that had been taken apart and stripped, lithium stripped from them, coffee filters,” Thompson said.

The backpacks full of drug-making materials are dangerous in more ways than one.
Police and people living in the area are worried for everyone’s safety, especially children.

“It’s very scary for the little kids who are walking to school,” Ann Kieffer of Ravenswood said. “I see a lot of smaller kids walking to school.”

Thompson said people living in the Ravenswood area should pay attention to their surroundings.

“If you see someone leaving a backpack or even a duffle bag out in the open and it seems suspicious or something just isn’t right, don’t hesitate to call police,” Thompson said.



JUDSON — A Nicollet County sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol was checking on a suspicious vehicle at a boat landing Sunday when he ran across what investigators suspect was a mobile methamphetamine lab.

Four people were arrested after Deputy Daniel Kanuch checked on a car that was parked at the Judson boat landing near the intersection of Judson Bottom Road and Nicollet County Road 23. Kanuch reported he checked the car because it was about 5:45 p.m. and after dark. When he shined his spotlight on the car, he saw four people inside who ducked.

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Shailyn Anne Petersen

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Kyle Robert Guyer

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Christopher Chapman Hacker

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Zachery James Leckey

Kanuch pulled up behind the car and noticed the trunk was slightly open. He then got out of his squad car to talk to the driver, later identified as 38-year-old Christopher Chapman Hacker of Nicollet, and reported smelling marijuana and other strong chemical odors when Hacker rolled down his window. There also were hypodermic needles, plastic bottles with hoses, jars with clear and bluish liquid, coffee filters and a digital scale in view inside the car, Kanuch reported.

Hacker and three other people were arrested: Zachery James Leckey, 25, of Windom; Kyle Robert Guyer, 20 of Nicollet; and Shailyn Anne Petersen, 23, of Madison Lake.

Kanuch also called for backup and asked a Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputy, who was a former drug task force agent, to check what was in the trunk and determine if it was a meth lab. That deputy arrived about a half hour later and called in Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force agents because he suspected there was an operating lab in the trunk of the car.

The agents wore suits to protect them from hazardous materials as they dismantled the lab, which was still in the process of producing meth, according to criminal complaints filed in Nicollet County District Court. A large number of items commonly used to produce methamphetamine, including lithium batteries and anhydrous ammonia stored in a liquid propane tank, were found in the car.

Leckey was sentenced to a year in prison in September 2012 for fifth-degree drug convictions in Jackson and Martin counties. He also served about three years in prison for a 2007 conviction in Lac Qui Parle County for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Hacker served about four years in prison for a 2004 conviction for a second-degree controlled substance crime in Lyon County.

Petersen was scheduled to go to trial next week for misdemeanor charges of being in possession of synthetic marijuana and an illegal weapon, such as brass knuckles or a switchblade knife. She was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Monday but didn’t attend because she was in jail. She pleaded guilty to the weapons charge Tuesday and was sentenced to 25 days in jail.

Bail was set at $175,000 for Hacker and $75,000 for the others during court appearances Tuesday.



A Gering man and his former daughter-in-law face charges after being arrested with methamphetamine.

Brad Benavides Sr., 48, and Chatty Benavides, alias Chatty Maxwell, 38, were both arrested on Tuesday after Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group (WING) investigators searched their home in the 800 block of Country Club Road.




A WING investigator had arranged for an informant to make a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Brad Benavides on Oct. 30, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Scotts Bluff County Court. Brad Benavides allegedly sold 3.6 grams of methamphetamine to the informant at his apartment. He also sold another 3.6 grams of methamphetamine to the informant on a second occasion. The date of that exchange was not listed in the court affidavit.

WING investigators obtained a search warrant for Benavides’ home and searched the home on Tuesday, Nov. 5. According to the arrest affidavit, officers located an additional 15 to 20 grams of methamphetamine inside the Benavides’ home, divided into individual packages for sale.

Chatty Benavides was also arrested. Investigators made contact with Chatty Benavides inside the home and searched the woman’s purse. Inside the purse, investigators found 3 grams of methamphetamine, less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Brad Benavides’ has been charged with possession of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, a Class ID felony, and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, a Class II felony. He faces up to fifty years imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of three years imprisonment if convicted on the Class ID felony.

Chatty Benavides has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class II felony, and possession of marijuana, an infraction. She faces up to fifty years imprisonment if convicted on the Class II felony charge.

Both Brad Benavides Sr. and Chatty Benavides remained jailed in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center as of press time.



Gering couple nabbed in WING meth bust

A Gering Couple is facing felony drug charges following a series of controlled methamphetamine purchases.

48-year-old Brad Benavides and 38-year-old Chatty (Maxwell) Benavides were arrested yesterday after a week-long investigation by the WING Drug Task Force.

Court documents say that on October 30th, a cooperating individual purchased 3.6 grams of methamphetamine from Brad Benavides at his apartment on Country Club Road.

On a second occasion, that same CI made a second controlled purchase, for the same amount of methamphetamine.

Yesterday, a search warrant was executed at that apartment, and investigators found a pill bottle with approximately 15-20 grams of individually bagged methamphetamine. Also located was a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Brad Benavides was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

During the search, investigators contacted Chatty Benavides about a purse- which she stated belonged to her. During the search investigators found approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia.

Chatty (Maxwell) Benavides was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled substance (methamphetamine).



PEKIN, Ind. (WHAS11) — While serving arrest warrants in Pekin, Indiana, police got a surprise.

Inside the home, officers reportedly found multiple working meth labs.

The officers then proceeded to arrest six people.


Albert Hardin, 23, was arrested at another residence in Pekin and was charged with aiding in manufacturing of methamphetamine

Clayton Rogers, 46, of Floyd County, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, dealing, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of precursor

Cody Rogers, 18, of Washington County, was charged with aiding in manufacturing of meth and dealing

Zackery Rogers, 18, of Washington County, was charged with aiding in manufacturing of meth and dealing

Jennie Kemp faces battery charges

Jerry White was arrested at the scene and was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine



Clayton Rogers, 46, of Floyd County, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of meth, dealing, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of precursor.

Cody and Zackery Rogers, 18, of Washington County, was charged with aiding in manufacturing of meth and dealing.

Jerry White was arrested at the scene and was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Albert Hardin, 23, was arrested at another residence in Pekin and was charged with aiding in manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Jennie Kemp, 19, was arrested for battery.

Indiana police said the investigation is ongoing and further charges and arrests are pending.



RALEIGH, N.C. – Two men have been arrested and now face methamphetamine-related charges after being stopped for a window tint violation in Wake County Monday evening.

A Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Russell Carmona and his passenger Felipe Gomez at approximately 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2013 for a window tint violation. During the investigation, the smell of marijuana was detected from inside the car and a drug team was called to the scene to investigate.

Russell Carmona was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession and other charges.

Russell Carmona was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession and other charges


Dogs sniffed the car and detected narcotics inside. Deputies searched the car and found 47 soda bottles in the backseat that were filled with a liquid that tested positive for liquid methamphetamine. The bottles weighed approximately 81 pounds with an estimated street value of $10 million.

Carmona was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, maintaining controlled substance in a vehicle and was also served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Gomez attempted to flee the scene on foot during the arrest which resulted in non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to WakeMed and was charged with trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and resisting, obstructing and delaying a public official. Authorities first reported Gomez’s name as Brayn Acosta, but later determined Gomez had given them a fake name.

Both Carmona and Gomez are being held in Wake County Jail. Carmona under $500,000 bond and Acosta under $1 million bond.


 47 Bottles of Meth Found In Car: North Carolina Deputies Make Strange Discovery During Traffic Stop

Authorities found 47 one-liter soda bottles filled with an estimated $10 million worth of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday in North Carolina, WRAL reported.


 Two men have been arrested and face charges of drug trafficking after authorities found 47 bottles of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine in their car



A Wake County deputy stopped the car on a highway on a window tint violation and noticed the smell of marijuana, according to police. After an investigation that included a drug-sniffing dog, the narcotics were discovered by a K-9 team. The 47 soda bottles contained a liquid that tested positive for meth.

Russell Stanley Lagos-Carmona, the driver, was charged with “trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and maintaining a controlled substance in a vehicle,” according to WRAL.

He was also served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear and was being held in Wake County Jail on Wednesday under a $500,000 bond.

The only passenger in the car, Brayan Sanchez Acosta, 33, of Albertson, attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended. Acosta, who also goes by the name Felipe Renteria-Gomez, was treated for minor injuries he sustained while fleeing authorities.

He was then charged with “trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and resisting, obstructing and delaying a public official.” As of Wednesday, he was being held under a $1 million bond.

The incident comes after similar meth-related arrests were made last month, also in Wake County. Deputies found 51 pounds of meth in a 2008 Honda that was pulled over for speeding, ABC11 reported.

The car’s three occupants were arrested and charged with drug trafficking; the meth discovered amounted to more than $6.5 million in street value, authorities said.



Wake deputies say meth seizure worth $10 million

RALEIGH — A car that was pulled over on U.S. 264 in Knightdale on Monday for having improperly tinted windows contained 81 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth more than $10 million, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies stopped a Dodge Charger on eastbound U.S. 264 on Monday afternoon because they thought its windows appeared to be tinted darker than state law allows, said sheriff’s spokesman Capt. James Stevens.

After deputies said they smelled marijuana inside the car, a drug-sniffing dog was brought to the scene and indicated an odor of narcotics, giving authorities cause to search the car, Stevens said Wednesday.



In the back seat of the Charger, deputies found 47 1-liter plastic soda bottles filled with what tests showed was methamphetamine, Stevens said.

The driver of the car, Russell Stanley Lagos-Carmona, and a passenger, Felipe Renteria Gomez, were charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and with conspiring to traffic in the drug. Lagos-Carmona, 20, was charged with maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling drugs.

Gomez, 33, also was charged with resisting an officer. Stevens said Gomez tried to flee from officers and was hurt by the time officials got him into custody, so he was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment. He was formally charged after he was released.

Gomez was being held for federal immigration authorities after a computer check indicated he twice entered the U.S. illegally.

Gomez and Lagos-Carmona are from Albertson in Duplin County.

Lagos-Carmona was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail after a first court appearance Tuesday. Gomez was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending a court appearance Wednesday.

The Knightdale arrest came less than a month after drug investigators charged three people with having 51 pounds of methamphetamine in a car that deputies stopped on Interstate 40 in Cary.

Moises Orduno, 34, of Houston, Sandra Danissa Hernandez, 22, of Norcross, Ga., and Amall Judeth Murillo, 21, of Gwinnett, Ga., were charged Oct. 11 with trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic in it.

In that case, deputies said they had stopped the car for speeding.


Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Headland woman on Monday and charged her with making meth in connection to the recent discovery of a “clandestine” meth lab.

Court records show investigators arrested Carolyn Julia Zornes, 49, of Center Church Road, and charged her with felony first-degree manufacturing meth.

Carolyn Julia Zornes

Carolyn Julia Zornes



Records show investigators charged Zornes after finding a “clandestine” meth lab on Center Church on Oct. 25.

Zornes was taken to the Houston County Jail and held on $175,000 bail.

Records show Zornes was one of a group of five people arrested in connection to a meth lab found on Center Church Road. Investigators also arrested 44-year-old Morgan Larry Snellgrove II and 29-year-old Jeremiah Joseph Thomas on meth making charges.

Investigators also arrested 41-year-old Jennifer Michelle Sheffield on a felony chemical endangerment charge in connection to the alleged exposure of a 2-year-old child to meth. Deputies also charged James Ray Shelley with the unlawful possession of a controlled substance.



Accused nabbed after cops spot suspicious early morning activity near local gas station.

Two Calgary women have been busted for meth trafficking after police noticed an early morning drug deal going down at a local gas station.

Innisfail RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk said RCMP members, who were filling up their vehicle at the local Fas Gas outlet shortly after 2 a.m. on Oct. 31, noticed what they believed was a drug transaction between the two females in a rental vehicle and two males on foot.

“The vehicle looked suspicious to them. They drove away and parked in a position where they could watch what they believed was going to happen,” said Matechuk. “They basically did great police work, keeping their eyes open.”

He said the vehicle, occupied by two Calgary women, was stopped immediately after the transaction. Matechuk said the driver was detained for trafficking. The two men on foot fled the scene, he said.

“They had to make a choice, either the two males that bought or the vehicle. They chose the vehicle,” said Matechuk.

He said a search of the vehicle located 32 and a half grams of meth, five grams of crack cocaine, oxycodone pills and other drug paraphernalia, break-in tools, knives and a large amount of cash. Police also found bear spray, police baton, pellet pistol, window punch, drug packaging, knife, stolen prepaid Visa card, and a counterfeit $50 bill.

Police estimate the street value of 32 and a half grams of methamphetamine is about $2,000.

“We see a lot of it. It is relatively common all over Alberta. It is not unique to Innisfail,” said Matechuk of methamphetamine. “Historically, Drayton Valley is really bad, as well as Edson, Whitecourt and Hinton. There is a fair bit around. We see a lot of it. Innisfail is no different than in any other community. It is here.”

Reinbow Horel, of Calgary, has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public, possession of currency not exceeding $5,000 knowing that it was obtained by the commission of an offence, possessing counterfeit money, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing proceeds of property, and possession of break and enter tools.

Stacey Halvorson, of Calgary, has been charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts of failing to comply with the conditions of an undertaking.

Both were remanded in custody following a bail hearing on Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, RCMP made another drug bust last week following a call about a residential break and enter in progress.

Matechuk said RCMP received a call that a man, possibly under the influence of drugs, was seen going to the back of a house on 49 Street.

When police arrived they found a man in a backyard shed that had been broken into.

He was holding a screwdriver and about to use cocaine when RCMP officers arrested him, said Matechuk.

He said police seized a small amount of cocaine, small baggies suspected for the use of trafficking and scales.

James Muraro, 44, of Calgary, has been charged with possession of break-in tools and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.



Canton woman was arrested in Columbus this weekend after officers say they discovered crystal meth in her vehicle.

Joanne Pitts

Joanne Pitts

Joanne Pitts, 30, of Canton, was arrested Sunday and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and driving under the influence after officers with the Columbus Police Department received a 911 call about a woman who was slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of 5th Street South and 7th Avenue South. When officers arrived on scene they discovered Pitts’ vehicle stopped in the middle of the road with the engine running. According to a press release issued by the department, officers smelled “an odor of an intoxicating beverage” on Pitts. A search of Pitts and the vehicle produced two small bags of what appeared to be marijuana and “small clear rocks,” according to the release.

 Pitts was arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. She was released on a $9,207 bond for the three charges.



Cost of Methamphetamine

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Meth takes a personal toll on those who use it, but also costs the rest of us money as well.

David Rudisel used meth for about 10 years. It cost him his home, his job and his family. He was eventually arrested by Terre Haute police for his meth use and got into a treatment program.
Sargent Joe Watts is a 28 year veteran of the Indiana State Police. He says meth burst onto the scene in 2000 and is nothing like he’s ever seen.
Currently, there are 1841 inmates in Indiana prisons for meth related offenses. It costs $52.20 per day, per inmate to house them. In a year, it costs more than $35 million taxpayer dollars to take care of those 1841 inmates.
According to ISP, only 4% to 6% of meth users ever get off the drug.
David Rudisel has been clean for more than a year. He says he has a good job and has reunited with his family.

Methamphetamine In Montana

Posted: November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

GREAT FALLS – In 2012, Great Falls police made 34 meth-related arrests; so far in 2013, there have been 43.

According to the Montana State Crime Lab, 25 grams of meth were seized in Cascade County in 2011, and that number increased last year to 31 grams.

In the last year the Russell Country Drug Task Force has busted five meth labs in Cascade County, and what they’ve seen are small organizations of people finding ways to make their own meth discreetly.


Sgt. Chris Hickman of the Russell Country Drug Task Force noted, “We’ve seen time after time even in Great Falls groups that are organized in terms of how they go about acquiring these products and these precursors to cook…you can get a pretty good system going where you can manufacture and it’s going to be small amounts.”

The supply and demand of the drug continues to fluctuate with the economy, but as drug prices rise, people have taken to making the substance themselves.

GOLDEN VALLEY — A Phoenix woman has been arrested after she reportedly brought small children along as she tried to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into a Golden Valley prison.

Authorities say Ana Maria Cabezas, 20, was caught passing contraband to an inmate during a Saturday visit to the Arizona State Prison, 4626 English Drive.

Ana Maria Cabezas



Spokeswoman Trish Carter of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the contraband was confiscated and weighed about 40 grams.

The contraband, Carter said, included four plastic bags containing a dark brown substance, 11 plastic bags containing a brown powdery substance, 10 bags containing a dark brown substance, a plastic bag containing a black stick substance, 13 smaller plastic bags with black spades and a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance.

Prison officials detained Cabezas, who had two children, ages 1 and 3, Carter said.

A field test reportedly showed that some of the contraband was meth and heroin, she said.

Cabezas was booked on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transporting dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transporting narcotic drugs for sale, promoting prison contraband, conveying contraband to a prisoner and two counts of involving a minor in a drug offense, all felonies.

She was taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

The children were released to Child Protective Services. Carter said the children have the same last name as the suspect, but did not have exact details on their relationship.

Cabezas was being held on $20,000 bond and awaiting a Friday appearance in Kingman Justice Court, Carter said Tuesday.



Have you seen the ads from The Meth Project? According to the program’s website, the organization’s goal is to “communicate the risks of Meth use.” Risks Amanda Enyart took for many years.

She still remembers being offered the drug for the first time in 2003. “I just didn’t realize what the effect that meth was really going to have on my life, when I said yeah,” she says. The effect was devastating. At the time she was a single mother of two: a three year old girl and a baby boy.


She says she used meth as an escape from what seemed like unbearable problems. “I always searched for that high,” she says. She says she kept the cooks from making meth in front of her kids for years until she hit rock bottom around Christmas of 2006. “The whole time I was using, I never let anybody make it around my home or my children, and in the last two weeks everything I never did, I did.”

Amanda remembers driving her kids to daycare on January 2, 2007. “I dropped them off and I said, ‘I’ll see you guys later.’ I didn’t see them for almost six months,” she says.

DCS took the kids away and an ISP trooper took Amanda to jail. She eventually went down state, where she served a little over three months in prison. That’s when she vowed to change her life. “I was not going back. I knew that I was going to do whatever I had to do, ” she says. “I had no clue what that was going to be at the time, but I knew I did not want that lifestyle.”

The solution was a lot of hard work. She went to the YWCA, had great counselors, and even contacted the trooper who arrested her to say thanks. Now she and that same trooper travel to schools together to warn kids about the dangers of drugs. “I feel like I have a story that could save somebody’s life,” she says. “I don’t do this for me. I do this for somebody that needs to hear it.”

She knows what it’s like to feel trapped, like she couldn’t walk away from her drug problem. That is why she set up a program at the Marshall County jail. She uses a webcam to talk to female inmates about breaking free from addiction. “The progress they’re making is amazing,” she says.

Amanda is making tremendous progress as well. She’s had a steady job for about five years, got married in 2011, and is now a busy mom raising her two children. She’s enjoying every minute of her new journey. “I didn’t become an addict overnight. I didn’t destroy my life overnight. It takes every day. One day at a time for me to build up who I am today.”



DECATUR, AL (WAFF) – Police arrested a man early Wednesday morning after finding two meth labs in a truck behind a dentist office in Decatur. 

Police responded a dentist’s office on Johnston Street around 1:40 a.m. after getting a call about a possible burglary.

Decatur police discovered a meth lab in a truck behind a dentist office.

Decatur police discovered a meth lab in a truck behind a dentist office



Inside the truck, officers found two one-pot labs and a gun that investigators said had been reported stolen in Moulton.

Officers arrested Rodney Clayton Jones and charged him with manufacturing and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. A HAZMAT team was called out to decontaminate Jones.

Officers said charges are pending in connection with the gun found.



LENOIR, N.C. — The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 40-year-old Lenoir woman who’s accused of manufacturing methamphetamine from her home.

On Monday, narcotic officers with the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit served a search warrant upon the residence of 40-year-old Rachel Colvard Brooks.

Brooks’ home, located in the 3500 block of Brook Street in Lenoir, was found to contain nine “one-pot” or “shake and bake” meth labs in the basement.

'Shake & bake' lab lands Lenoir woman behind bars

Rachel Colvard Brooks

Authorities say Brooks’ lab was capable of producing large amounts of finished methamphetamine.

Ice Agents investigated Brooks for several weeks after receiving information that she was manufacturing the drug inside her home. A search of the NPLEX (National Precursor Log Exchange) system showed Brooks had made numerous purchases of Ephedrine-based products.

Equipment, precursor chemicals, approximately a quarter-ounce of powdered-meth, cash and drug paraphernalia was seized from Brooks’ home in the raid.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Team disposed of more than 2000 milliliters of meth oil waste, which officials say indicates the lab had been producing a large quantity of finished product.

Brooks was booked in to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond on the charges of felonious manufacturing methamphetamine, felonious possession of methamphetamine and felonious maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.–bake-lab-lands-Lenoir-woman-behind-bars-230683631.html



Sheriff: Woman was using Rx drugs to make Methamphetamine at home

LENOIR, NC (WBTV) – Investigators in Caldwell County say a Lenoir woman was using Ephedrine to make methamphedamine in her home.

Rachel Colvard Brooks, 40, of Lenoir, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to store a controlled substance, according to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

Rachel Brooks (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)
Rachel Brooks
The two week investigation began when Ice Agents received confidential information that Brooks was manufacturing methamphetamine from her residence.

Agents conducted a search of the NPLEX (National Precursor Log Exchange) system which reflected Brooks had made numerous purchases of Ephedrine based products.

A search of the home was conducted and nine separate “one pot” or “shake and bake” type meth labs and equipment were found and seized from the basement of the home, according to the release.

The labs were capable of producing large amounts of finished product.

Agents also took numerous precursor chemicals, approximately a ¼ ounce of powder methamphetamine, cash, and other drug paraphernalia items from the home.

Over 2,000 milliliters of meth oil waste was disposed of by the NCSBI Clandestine Team, indicating the labs had been producing a lot of finished product.

Brooks was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000.


BENTON, AR - A local man has been arrested after police find him hiding inside a secret escape hatch he built under his mobile home.

It happened Monday, sending Joey Harrington, 43, to jail on a string of charges.

Police say detectives with the Benton Police Department Special Investigative Unit (SIU) in conjunction with the SWAT team executed a search warrant at Bailey’s Trailer Park on N. Summit Road. The warrant was in relation to a month-long investigation of Harrington for the alleged delivery of illegal narcotics (methamphetamine).

Joey Harrington and Julie Harrington, of Benton


When officers first arrived, they met Julie Harrington, 40, but couldn’t find Mr. Harrington. They soon figured out he was hiding in the hatch located in the floor of the home. Police say he had built an elaborate tunnel system under the house and officers had to climb into it to arrest him. Despite resisting arrest, Harrington was taken into custody soon after.

He is charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Unauthorized Use of Another Person’s Property to Facilitate a Crime, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct. Police say he also had an active felony warrant from Saline County for back child support payments.

Julie Harrington was charged with Hindering Apprehension for actions taken to conceal the man’s location.



Narcotics officers arrested former Shreveport mayoral candidate Ward Elmo Bryant Jr. and another man Monday after a monthlong investigation.

 Ward Elmo Bryant Jr.

Ward Elmo Bryant Jr.


The arrests follow a drug bust at Bryant’s business on Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport. Bryant is charged with possession of more than 28 grams of Schedule II drugs. The 58-year-old architect unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1998. 

Ricky Polo, 51, also arrested Monday, is charged with possession of Schedule II drugs with the intent to distribute them.


Ricky Polo



Louisiana state police started investigating Bryant about a month ago.

During the investigation, a Bossier task force agent reportedly bought 48 grams of suspected methamphetamine from Bryant at his business. 

On Monday, agents from Caddo and Bossier reported seizing a handgun, 59 hydrocodone pills, 198.8 grams of marijuana and 247 grams of methamphetamine during the bust at the business.



YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Police say crystal meth trafficking and drug abuse is on the rise. When it comes to crime, police say 80 percent of all property crimes committed involve a meth user, stealing anything of value, to sell for a quick fix.

In our special report, 13 On Your Side Reporter Jonathan Athens shoes how meth is tied to local crime and one man’s story on trying to kick the addictive drug.

Most folks are well aware meth is a serious problem even though they don’t necessarily see the impact up close. We present this report to you told mainly in the words of the people who have to live with the consequences every day.


“It took away,” said former meth user Rodney H. “All I experienced with meth was loss. I had envisioned a better life for myself than that.”

Rodney has been clean and sober for 15 years now.

He doesn’t want us to show his face on camera but he did want to share with viewers what it took to get on the road to recover.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office estimates meth and other drugs fuel approximately 80 percent of all property crimes.

Ben Horberg teaches social work at Northern Arizona University, and he is a counselor.

“People choose to use drugs because they are suffering,” Horberg said.

But there’s another reason meth and other drugs are a major problem in Yuma County.

“We are part of a pipeline of drugs that come up from Mexico, so we have a high impact on our community because of exposure to the substance,” he said.

Shutting down meth labs and busting dealers only goes so far.

Horberg says attitudes and how some people perceive meth needs to change.

Meth has gained a mystique and a stigma that makes it harder for people to disclose or talk about meth.

Meth no longer has a grip on Rodney.

In the years since he has been clean, he has dedicated himself to helping others get on the road to recover.

And if you ask him what it takes to get there, this is what he’ll tell you.

“Make a decision to stop using. See, because it begins with that, without that decision, nothing else happens.”

Border Patrol agents tell us the amount of meth seized in the Yuma Sector alone has increased eightfold since 2009.

If you or someone you know needs help, call narcotics anonymous at the number listed on your screen.



BOAZ, Alabama — A Boaz woman is in the Marshall County Jail on $1 million bond after she told police she used methamphetamine just prior to the birth of her child, who later died.

Boaz Police Chief Scott Farish said in a news release that police and fire rescue workers reported Sunday to a call on Dundee Road regarding an unresponsive child. An investigation revealed that the mother, Cassie Davis, 26, had just given birth to the child prior to the arrival of medics.

Farish said the mother told police she had been using methamphetamine prior to giving birth.

Both the child and the mother were transported to Marshall Medical Center South for treatment. The child was later pronounced dead. Davis was arrested upon her release from the hospital.

Farish said the child will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensics for an autopsy.



A Pescadero ranch hand prosecutors say was under the influence of crystal methamphetamine when he tried separately drowning a 9-week-old puppy and its owner inside the 67-year-old woman’s home was charged yesterday with five felonies.

In his first court appearance since being arrested Sunday, Jorge Ruiz-Martinez, 23, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of residential burglary, physical elder abuse, false imprisonment, methamphetamine possession and animal cruelty. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of being under the influence.

  Jorge Ruiz-Martinez

Ruiz-Martinez asked for a court-appointed attorney and did not waive his right to a speedy prosecution so he returns to court Nov. 18 for a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, he remains in custody on $100,000 bail and a no-bail hold.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ruiz-Martinez after responding to a call from the woman he allegedly attacked. The woman reported that she found a man, later identified as Ruiz-Martinez, inside her home trying to force water down her dog’s throat from a water bottle. She freed the choking dog, Heidi, and put her in another room. She pushed the man out of the house and called her son but Ruiz-Martinez threw two rocks through the sliding glass door, entered and put the woman in a choke hold, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He reportedly dragged her to the kitchen sink, held her jaw open and poured water in her mouth six times before she was freed, Wagstaffe said.

The woman’s son arrived at the home and called 911. Deputies found him in a field about 30 feet away. They also say he had crystal methamphetamine and was also under the influence of a controlled substance.

The woman had some bruising at her neck and the puppy was treated at the Peninsula Humane Society.



A Nogalian and two Rico Ricans were among five people arrested in separate smuggling attempts during a recent three-day period at local ports of entry.

The busts netted nearly $1.4 million in hard drugs and came at all three local ports.
Meth 1A 38-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to enter the United States through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry with more than nine pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the fenders of his Nissan sedanMeth 2

A 40-year-old Rio Rico woman allegedly had nearly 38 pounds of meth hidden in her Chevy sedan

Meth 3

More than a pound of meth was seized from a Nogales woman at the Morley pedestrian gate who attempted to conceal the drugs within her clothing

The largest seizure involved a 40-year-old Rio Rico woman, who was taken into custody at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Friday after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug dog alerted to nearly 38 pounds of meth, worth more than $586,000, in her Chevrolet sedan.

That same day, at the same port, a 33-year-old Rio Rico man was arrested after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in his Volkswagen sedan. CBP officers later removed nearly 22 pounds of cocaine, valued at almost $200,000, from the vehicle’s fuel tank.

Also on Friday, a 38-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to enter the United States through the DeConcini Port of Entry with more than 9 pounds of meth stashed in the fenders of his Nissan sedan. The drugs, valued at nearly $146,000, were also detected by a CBP dog.

A 34-year-old Nogales woman was arrested on Thursday when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Morley Pedestrian Gate with more than a pound of meth valued in excess of $17,000. The drugs were hidden under here spandex clothing, CBP said.

On Saturday morning, a 42-year-old male Mexican national was arrested after officers found more than 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $427,000, hidden throughout a Buick sedan he was driving through the DeConcini port.

The suspects, whose names were not released, were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.

“The hard work and dedication of our CBP officers is evident in the number and types of seizures we are seeing,” said Guadalupe Ramirez, CBP’s port director in Nogales. “Continued vigilance remains our priority.”