meth9n-1-webKatherine Nicole Rees, a former Nevada beauty queen with a tainted history, is facing a string of meth-related charges in Las Vegas, according to authorities.

The 30-year-old has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy and selling a controlled substance.

Rees was stripped of her Miss Nevada USA crown in 2007, after a series of sexually explicit photographs surfaced of her simulating sex acts and baring her breasts.meth9n-2-web

The next year she was charged with resisting arrest during a Las Vegas traffic stop.

In court papers filed earlier this week, prosecutors said Rees had sold meth to someone identified only as “J,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Rees was carrying 5.3 grams of methamphetamine when she was arrested.

Casper police arrested a woman Tuesday after she was found swinging her infant child from its ankles while she was under the influence of methamphetamine.

Tiffany Nancy Mae Piper is charged with child endangerment with meth, possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance.559db5887dcf5_image

Piper, 24, had been living at the Self-Help Center’s Ivy House on Ash Street with her baby, who was born in 2014. Someone at the house called police about 2:30 a.m. to report Piper was “running around erratically” and “holding her baby by its ankles.”

The woman said Piper told her the baby’s head “was smashed in and cut open.” The woman believed Piper was hallucinating.

Piper told officers she was sleeping and had a bad dream and that when she woke, she believed it was real.

When asked by police, Piper denied ingesting any drugs. However, Piper gave police permission to search her room and they found meth and the pain killer Tramadol. Piper admitting to smoking the meth on Monday. She also admitted to smoking spice, or synthetic marijuana.

Piper’s sister took custody of the baby.

Authorities arrested a Salinas man Tuesday after a person reported receiving frantic text messages that her friend had been kidnapped.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, a person contacted police regarding text messages from an alleged victim saying that Steven Acosta was holding her against her will and that she was bleeding, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

The person reporting the incident also told authorities Acosta was wanted and using methamphetamine.

Several minutes later, the same person received a panicked phone call from the alleged victim who was in the Jack in the Box on South Main Street in Salinas and had locked herself in a bathroom to make the call.

Acosta was sitting on the front passenger seat of the victim’s vehicle and immediately ran away when deputies arrived, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He ran to a residence on Chestnut Street, forced his way in and hid from deputies.

Acosta was arrested after he was found hiding in a closet at the Chestnut Street residence.

Two methamphetamine pipes were found in Acosta’s clothing, and he was booked into Monterey County Jail on several charges.

Upon further investigation, deputies said they learned Acosta had demanded the victim drive him from his Greenfield residence to her Bay Area home so he could “hide out,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. Acosta was wanted on a warrant for parole violation.

The alleged victim tried to quickly drive away when Acosta got out of the vehicle momentarily, but he reportedly threw a rock at the left front window and shattered it, cutting the alleged victim.

Acosta then demanded a ride to Salinas. He appeared to fall asleep on the way, and the alleged victim retrieved her phone and sent texts to her friend for help.

EL PASO, TEXAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 2.4 pounds of methamphetamine July 2. The drugs were concealed in the shoes of a pedestrian border crosser.  8261822_G

“Attention to detail demonstrated by CBP officers led to this seizure,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director.

The seizure was made just before 3:00 p.m. when a CBP officer working at the Paso Del Norte port of entry noticed that a pedestrian approaching the inspection area appeared to wearing bulky shoes. The CBP officer notified a coworker who escorted the subject to the secondary inspection area. The man was asked to remove his shoes at which point he told the CBP officer that he was carrying an unknown type of contraband in the sneakers. CBP officers continued their exam and located one bundle in each shoe. The contents of the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.

CBP officers arrested the pedestrian, driver, 51-year-old Carlos Fierro of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

In the central mountains of Mexico lies the city of Culiacan. By rights it should be a sleepy backwater, a one-donkey rural nowheresville, but it is not.

Alongside manicured parks and pristine government buildings it boasts shopping malls, designer clothes shops, five star hotels, shi-shi restaurants and nightclubs.cegrab-20150708-220820-687-1-762x428

What makes Culiacan so different to other rural cities is that it is the home of one of the country’s most powerful and ruthless gangs, the Sinaloa Cartel. Where there are cartels, there is money – lots of it.

The Sinaloa deal exclusively in drugs, vast quantities of them.

It’s a multi-million dollar business that takes place under the nose of the country’s anti-narcotics units which patrol the ganglands of the city day and night.

In recent years the profitability of their business has soared.

The reasons are twofold, firstly they are focusing on the production and export of methamphetamine or crystal meth, rather than cocaine and heroin, and secondly they have developed ways to produce the drug on an industrial scale.

The cartels generally, but the Sinaloa obsessively, maintain incredibly high levels of security. It’s why they have lasted and indeed thrived for so long.

After eight months of negotiation they agreed to allow us to see their meth production process and with it see a ‘super lab’ at work. It has never been allowed before.

Inside a heavily-guarded factory, men in overalls and wearing gloves and face masks mix together a series of chemicals into huge drums.

There is an instant reaction, sending clouds of foul smelling, toxic and highly explosive gas into the air.

They barely speak to avoid identification and they are wary of the chemicals.

They move back and forth as the ingredients react. The reaction process only takes 15 minutes or so but to get to the point where they have created the meth will take a few days.cegrab-20150708-184420-633-1-762x428

The reason why meth is so popular with the cartels is that it is completely synthetic and can be made cheaply at home.

The cartels control ports that allow them to bring in some of the most important ingredients in bulk from India and China. Their distribution network to markets in the United States, Europe and further afield have been in place for years.

But the ability to produce huge amounts of the drug marked something of a ‘narco revolution’ for the Mexican cartels.

They were so confident of the purity and quality of their meth that initially they used to include batches of the “product” with cocaine and marijuana shipments that had already been ordered – they sent it for free.

They were convinced the foreigners would be hooked; they were right.

The production of the drug is one aspect of the process but making money from it means preparation, packing and shipping.

The ‘super lab’ is made up of a number of different locations.

We crossed town to another secret building where we found 10 men in masks and gloves sitting around tables laden with crystal meth.cegrab-20150708-184357-633-1-762x428

For the next 48 hours they will pack the powder into tiny capsules before it is shipped abroad.

There is a quarter of a million pounds-worth of drugs on the table and the gang leader told me he can produce that amount once a week.

“We are making £12m a year profit and we are a medium-sized operation,” he told me.

“It all goes to the US because it sells for more, the product goes directly to the United States,” he said, adding that the value of the drugs increases nine times by the time they get to Europe.

“The majority of it is taken in trailers – that’s how they take it from here,” he said.

This huge, highly-organised business is not actually about making drugs, it is quite simply about making money.

Most experts who study the cartels believe it is unlikely that given their reach across society they will ever be beaten, well not any time soon.

“They become a form of an alternative justice system or alternative police and that is very worrying for the country,” Mexico-based British journalist and author Ioan Grillo told me.

“And that leads you to understand how the conflict has led to more than 84,000 cartel-related murders in the last seven years.

“Corruption is extremely bad to the point where you have police officers who are not simply turning a blind eye to organized crime, they’re full on assassins for organized crime, they are full on cartel members,” he said.

The Mexican authorities and the United States drug enforcement agencies are struggling to even remotely control the trafficking of drugs across Mexico’s borders.

Like a multinational company it is driven by the market. For now the demand is high. So the supply keeps coming.

8265007_GVERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) – Two Vernon Parish residents were arrested after methamphetamine and marijuana were found in a Leesville home Monday, authorities said.

Brittany Dowden, 26, of Leesville, was arrested on two counts of narcotics possession and ne count of drug paraphernalia possession, according to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.

The Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force went to investigate a complaint of possible drug activity at a Nolan Trace residence. There, they found Dowden, who was in possession of methamphetamines, marijuana and smoking devices.

She is being held in the parish jail on $11,715 bond.8265013_G

Agents also arrested Michael Hadnot after he was found with bags of methamphetamine and marijuana, Craft said. A warrants officer was arresting Hadnot on an outstanding bench warrant when he found the baggies and contacted narcotics agents.

Hadnot was arrested and charged with one count of methamphetamine possession, one count of marijuana possession and a bench warrant. His is being held on $11,357.50 bond.

A 31-year-old Portland woman accused of selling drugs from a hotel room where a 3-month-old baby was present has been indicted on drug and child neglect charges.

At the time of her arrest, Ophilia Marie Hill had absconded from her post-prison supervision stemming from a prior cocaine delivery conviction.ophiliahill31jpeg-4a2f8c68e0fc1eed

She was indicted Monday on charges of possession and delivery of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and child neglect. She’s to be arraigned Tuesday morning on the indictment.

Portland police watched her get dropped off with the baby at Chestnut Tree Inn on June 26, and observed several drug transactions at her hotel door. When police knocked on her hotel room door, she opened, carrying the baby, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officers could see drug paraphernalia in plain view in the hotel room, the affidavit said. They seized it, cash and packaging material from the room and took Hill into custody on a parole violation and new allegations.

During a search of Hill when booked into jail, a sheriff’s deputy found $485 in cash, crack cocaine and methamphetamine in Hill’s underwear, the affidavit said.

Hill is being held at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

She has 13 prior convictions, mostly for drug offenses.

Authorities are searching for a Thief River Falls man in connection with a May 26 fatal car crash that claimed the life of a friend.

A warrant has been issued for Scott Wayne Srnsky, 41, who is facing a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Jacob James Kasprowicz, 29, whose address was listed as Warren, Minn.Srnsky,%20Scott%20Wayne

Srnsky had been arrested June 30 in Grand Forks and booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center on a charge of driving under suspension/revocation. He posted bond and was released the same day, according to jail records.

A warrant was issued for Srnsky the following day in Pennington County, according to court documents.

When Srnsky was arrested in Grand Forks, he was wearing a cast. When officers asked why he had a cast, he responded, according to the complaint, that he “was injured in a crash when he was playing chicken with a friend, and his friend died.”

The criminal complaint alleges Srnsky was operating a vehicle in Pennington County while under the influence of methamphetamine when the head-on collision occurred on 190th Street Northeast near U.S. Highway 59, north of Thief River Falls.

The complaint states as Srnsky turned onto 190th Street, he accelerated his vehicle, which crossed the center line and struck the oncoming Kasprowicz vehicle head-on. Rescue techniques were used in attempts to save the lives of both drivers. However, Kasprowicz died at the scene.

A Minnesota State Patrol investigation, which included evaluations of black boxes located on both vehicles, revealed that Srnsky “accelerated at a high rate of RPMs” once he turned onto 190th Street Northeast.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report stated, through examination of a blood sample, that Srnsky was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash.

A felony conviction of criminal vehicular homicide carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The sheriff’s office requests that anyone with information about Snrsky’s whereabouts to call 911 or the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department at (218) 681-6161.

pete%20bighorseA Pawhuska man is in custody for allegedly having illegal drugs in a motel room.  30-year old Peter Alan Bighorse, Jr. is charged with possession of methamphetamine.  According to a court affidavit, Bartlesville police served a search warrant at Motel 8 where the suspect was staying.  Reportedly, officers searched the room and found inside the trash can a bag of meth.

Court records indicate that Bighorse is a four-time convicted felon out of Osage County.  Bighorse’s next court date is July 31st.  Bond was set at $50,000.

AMARILLO — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 40, yielding more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $1.5 million.

At approximately 9:07 p.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound on I-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.52e6d0e2771e4_image

The driver of the Suburban was identified as Miguel A. Abreu, 35, of Lawrenceville, Ga. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 16 bundles of methamphetamine in the rear quarter panel.

Abreu was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance over 400 grams, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Pamona, Calif., to Atlanta.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Law enforcement raid a home in the Village of Watkins Glen Tuesday morning and find evidence of an active meth lab. One man was arrested as a result of the investigation, and residents on Second Street are shocked that one of their neighbors was cooking meth on their quiet, residential street.

“No I would not of guessed there’s a meth lab 10 feet from my house,” Ryan McFarlane, a neighbor directly next to 117 E. Second Street, said. “My whole house could’ve gone up in flames. This is everything me and my wife own here in this little house, so it’s kind of scary.”Originaldww

From the outside, 117 E. Second Street looks like any other home with a beautiful garden out front, but when law enforcement served the warrant this morning to search the home they found plenty of evidence of an active meth lab.

“We had to respond with a full team response and basically come and remediate any hazards in the house that are posing a risk to neighbors and the property itself, take out any evidence that we use for prosecution,” Sgt. Nate Stobert, Team Leader of the NYSP CCERT team said.

“We’ve arrested one suspect at this time,” Watkins Glen Police Department Chief Thomas Strubel said. “Christopher Coy is a resident that lives in the apartment and he’s been arrested.”

These types of small meth labs in residential areas are becoming more and more common across the state.

“These new cooking methods are very easy for the common person to find out how to do it and and to obtain those materials needed,” Stobert said. “It’s no longer a big super lab, like you might see on Breaking Bad or other shows. These are things that a single person can do with household items.”

Because of the increase in meth labs, there’s also been a spike in the number of dump sites being found across the Twin Tiers. Law enforcement says you need to be on the lookout for hazardous materials in garbage bags especially if they’re alongside rural roads.

“If you happen to see that it’s got that coleman fuel, it’s got those cold packs, it’s got 2 liter bottles or Gatorade bottles with white sludge in the bottom, that’s really indicative of methamphetamine production and that is hazardous waste,” Stobert said. “So we have to get it out of there and render it safe.”

Methamphetamine is not going away without all the communities help, it’s an epidemic in our area as we’ve seen over the last few years, we just need to be forever vigilant,” Strubel said.

Local law enforcement is encouraging everyone to keep their eyes, ears, and noses open and to report any suspicious activity. If you think you’ve found materials that were used to make meth, you need to call and report it immediately. Do not try to dispose of hazardous materials yourself.

A husband and wife, as well as their son and a business partner, are currently on trial in Aceh for smuggling 14.4 kg of methamphetamines from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Accoding to Detik, Ramli and Nina, a husband and wife who live in Gampong Jawa in the Idi Rayeuk district of East Aceh, flew to Penang on February 1. After nine days of waiting, Ramli and Nina met with a man at a gas station in the city of Jeti Penang and received the methamphetamines, worth billions of rupiah in the Indonesian market.

The couple then arranged for their son, Muzakir and Ramli’s brother Jamil to transport the meth back to Indonesia by sea. Their business partner, Herman, arranged for a ship and they departed for Aceh on February 11.

But on the way the ship broke down around Pelabuhan Jeti in Malaysia, close to Kualo Jambo. The group then made their way to Terminal Panton Labu, where Herman and Muzakir were meant to take a rented minibus to deliver the meth home, while Ramli and Nina returned separately.

But the bus Herman and Muzakir took was stopped by North Aceh police in Tanah Jambo Aye, leading to a high speed chase in which the bus rammed two police motorcycles. Later they hit a civilian riding his motorcycle and, in a panic, got out of the car. Police quickly caught up to them and arrested the pair without further resistance.

When the car was searched all police found at first were boxes of tea packets. But they quickly realized tea packets were filled with narcotics. They were then taken to the police station, where the whole story was revealed. Ramli and Nina were tracked down and arrested soon after.

Because of their crimes and the suspicion that they are part of an international drug syndicate, the prosecutor in their case has demanded that Ramli, Nina, Muzakir and Herman all receive the death penalty.

SANTA FE  — An Edgewood man was booked into the Santa Fe County jail on Friday on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor after police say he enticed two 14-year-old females to come to his house for alcohol and illegal drugs and had sex with one of them.JamesNuanes

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in First Judicial District Court, the Edgewood Police Department received an anonymous tip that  James Nuanes, 31, invited two underage females to go to his Edgewood home, where he told them there was a party and alcohol, on June 18. They were given illegal drugs and alcohol once at the home.

At some point in the evening, Nuanes approached one of the females and “grabbed her by the arm and took her into his room,” the affidavit states. The affidavit says that the two engaged in sexual intercourse on two separate occasions.

The two minors also drove with Nuanes to the Smith’s grocery store in Edgewood that night, where Nuanes was confronted by Edgewood police after purchasing alcohol, according to the affidavit.

Police seized several pieces of electronic equipment from the home that were believed to have video or photographic evidence of sexual activities with minors as well as two bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Nuanes is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.

559aca0db286b_imageBEAUFORT — A Newport pair were arrested and charged over the weekend for allegedly trafficking Methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription medication following an undercover operation.

Linda Diane Curtis, 48, 201 Anna Wink Road, is charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, four counts of selling and four counts of delivering Methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II, percocet, and selling and delivering II, percocet, controlled substance and one count of selling and delivering marijuana. She was released from jail the same day under a $150,000 bond.

Robert Earl Cox Jr., 58, also of 201 Anna Wink Road, is charged with six counts of trafficking Methamphetamine, eight counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver 559ac9c87d4c8_imageMethamphetamine and selling and delivering Methamphetamine, three counts each of intent to sell and deliver schedule II, percocet, and selling and delivering schedule II, percocet, controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two counts of selling and delivering marijuana and ten counts of maintaining a dwelling to store or sell a controlled substance. He remains in jail under a $1 million bond.

Both had their first court appearance today.

Detectives from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and the Morehead City Police Department charged the suspects on July 3 after the execution of a warrant at the residence. Assisting in the arrests were the Pine Knoll Shores and Maysville police departments K-9 units.

Detectives also seized six grams of methamphetamine, seven grams of marijuana, prescription medications and $4,751 in cash.

Sheriff’s office and Morehead City drug detectives had previously conducted a series of undercover controlled drug purchases from the suspects, netting trafficking levels of methamphetamine in addition to pills and marijuana.

Mr. Cox is currently awaiting trial in Craven County on charges of trafficking methamphetamine.

BOOMER, W.Va. – A video shot by a neighbor and posted to Facebook shows a disoriented mother who State Police said was arrested because she was high on drugs and left her child unattended.

The woman, Ashley Marie Laner, 26, of Boomer is charged with child neglect resulting in risk of injury, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fayette County Magistrate Court.

In the video, the neighbor who shot the footage, Temirri Foster, can be heard calling 911 and then trying to talk to Laner, telling the woman she found her child sitting in feces on a set of steps.

West Virginia State Police said a trooper responded about 5:40 p.m. to investigate a 16-month-old toddler roaming around and the mother passed out on Boomer Hill Road in Boomer. When the officer arrived at the scene and made contact with Laner, she said that she and her boyfriend were having relationship issues and she had relapsed, consumed meth and then passed out.

The trooper said he contacted Foster, the neighbor who found the toddler unattended and Laner passed out. Foster told the officer she discovered the toddler screaming and she attempted to located the mother at a residence on Boomer Hill Road. She told the trooper she could not find Laner, and the toddler had a dirty diaper with what appeared to be dried blood on it. Foster told State Police she fed the toddler and found Laner passed out in her vehicle with needles and she contacted 911. She said Laner could barely walk and staggered around.

State Police said Laner told a trooper she had consumed meth with her boyfriend for about 48 hours. She also said she had consumed benzodiazepine while she was on meth.

Child Protective Services was contacted, and the child was allowed to be placed in the temporary custody of the boyfriend’s mother.

Laner was transported to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – Nacogdoches County authorities reported spending Monday morning chasing down a naked man high on meth which he received from his mother.8243838_G

Pct. 4 Constable David Stone said he received a call at 10:16 a.m. of a naked man running in and out of the woods along County Road 475.

When deputies arrived, Stone said the man resisted arrest and even chased a citizen in the area. He said they had to use a Taser to subdue him.

“I was going to visit a friend. When I turned down the road, I observed a naked body in front of me walking down the road,” said Nathan Alders, a witness. “He made a dash for me and tried to get a hold of me.”

Stone said deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office came to the scene to assist. He said the man, identified as Oreen Rogers, 31, of Arizona, said he was high on meth which his mother gave to him.8243842_G

“I knew something was wrong with him,” Alders said.

Stone said he admitted to being out of control and shedding his clothes and talking to God. Deputies found marijuana in his clothes along the road.

Stone said sheriff’s deputies went back to the home Rogers was staying and found seven-tenths of a gram of meth in the home. They arrested Rogers’ mother, Sherrina Sanchez, 52, of Lufkin, on a charge of state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance.

Rogers is charged with misdemeanor offenses of resisting arrest, public intoxication, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.

“It’s not normal in Etoile to see someone walking down the middle of the road with their clothes off,” Alders said.

8246977_GHewitt Police are crediting watchful neighbors for tips that eventually lead to breaking up what they say was a distribution point for meth.

Multiple emails were sent to law enforcement over the weekend about suspicious activity at the house at 228 Neely Rd, including license plate photos and a count of over 20 cars stopping at the house in two hours. Police watched the location and at around five this morning made a traffic stop on a car that had made a quick stop at the house.8246976_G

When the car was stopped on Old Temple Rd, officers found a quantity of meth in the car and the driver, Joseph Moreno, wearing a bulletproof vest and sporting a police baton. Officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence. At 11 am, with the assistance of Woodway PD’s SWAT team, officers made entry into the house and discovered three people inside. Just before officers entered, another vehicle was seen leaving and stopped. Jose Alverez was arrested for having meth and tampering with evidence. Melissa Huffman was arrested for having meth, and Jonathan Franco was arrested for possessing hydrocodone and xanax.

We will update this story as it develops.

KINGMAN – A sweaty, yelling Kingman man was arrested June 26 after Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies stopped his vehicle in a parking lot.66547a

John Wesley Eaton, 31, was arrested for unlawful flight from law enforcement, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies.

Deputies said they stopped Eaton at 2:20 a.m. in a parking lot at the corner of Benton Street and Northern Avenue. Deputies observed Eaton was sweating profusely, with sweat dripping from his forehead and nose. Eaton also was panicking and yelling, said deputies.

Eaton put the car into gear and sped away, and deputies followed the vehicle. He pulled into a driveway in the 3500 block of Quail Lane, said deputies, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, said deputies. Eaton was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

A tip from a passer-by led Chemung County Sheriff’s Office to methamphetamine-making materials off Watercure Hill Road in the Town of Elmira.

The sheriff’s office was called to a pedestrian’s illegal dumping complaint at 1:23 p.m. Monday to a wooded area off the north shoulder of Watercure Hill Road, according to the sheriff’s office.B9317989809Z_1_20150706182019_000_GDVB9EDFO_1-0

Investigators determined the garbage bag contained meth-making materials and hazardous waste associated with the production of meth. There were approximately 11 containers similar to “Gatorade” bottles and soft drink bottles used to manufacture Meth in the “One Pot Method,” according to investigators.

They also found residual waste, chemicals and other lab equipment. The volume of evidence was significant and could have posed health and environmental concerns, investigators said.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with the investigation. Investigators ask anyone with information to all the Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 7373-2933.

A Palmerston North man has been photographed by police cradling a methamphetamine pipe in his hands while he slept in a car.

Anthony Ronald Gabolinscy, 21, has a habit of being found in compromising situations by police, the Palmerston North District Court heard on Tuesday.

He was once found cycling through the middle of Palmerston North with a filleting knife down his pants, and has also been caught by police with other weapons and methamphetamine.

Defence lawyer Jacinda Younger said it was all part of Gabolinscy’s pattern of drug addiction.

He had the knife in his pants because he had drug debts and thought he needed to protect himself.

Police found him sleeping in his car, which was in his driveway but slightly outside his property, and they photographed him with the pipe.

Younger said that made pleading guilty an easy decision.

Judge Josephine Bouchier sentenced Gabolinscy to nine months’ imprisonment for possessing utensils, methamphetamine and weapons, as well as a breach of release conditions.

Jackson, SC – An Aiken County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy and investigators arrested two people on felony drug and weapon charges during a traffic stop in Jackson, South Carolina on Sunday.kight-ross

Sunday, around 11:35 am, the K-9 Deputy was patrolling in the area of Forman Road in Jackson and stopped a silver Lincoln for speeding and dark tinted windows, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Patricia Elizabeth Ross, 30, of Jackson, was driving the vehicle and could not produce any identification and neither could Bruce Edwin Kight, 57, of Jackson. Kight was the sole passenger in the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, the deputy’s investigation found that Kight had a warrant for Trafficking Methamphetamine and evidence of drug usage in the vehicle. During the search, the deputy found a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, a sum of cash exceeding $18,000, and 4 guns.meth-bustt4yet

Investigators were called to the scene where the drugs, guns, money, and the vehicle were seized. The suspects were taken to the Aiken County Detention Center and placed on hold until warrants could be issued.

Ross was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine 10-28 grams. As a result of this investigation, Kight was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine more than 400 grams, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. Kight was also booked on an existing warrant for Trafficking Methamphetamine.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico found 15 liters (four gallons) of liquid methamphetamine hidden in iced tea cans at a package delivery firm.

Photos of the seizure issued Monday show about 22 large cans of various flavors of supposed tea. But instead of tea, the cans contained a dark, liquid form of meth.

The seizure occurred in the northern city of Monterrey. One person was detained.

Hong Kong womanA Hong Kong woman was arrested at an immigration control point last night as she attempted to smuggle two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a box of lychees, according to the Customs and Excise Department.

The alleged drug courier, 35, evaded detection on the mainland China side of the Lo Wu border crossing but was stopped on the Hong Kong side at about 6pm on Monday.

The woman was stopped and her luggage searched after she was seen acting suspiciously, according to a customs officer.

He said two packages of the drug, also known as Ice, with an estimated street value of HK$854,000 were found in a box of lychees she was carrying.

“The two packages were hidden under lychees inside the box,” the officer said.drugs were allegedly concealed

He believed the consignment was for local consumption. Officers are still trying to find out who the intended recipient of the drug was in Hong Kong.

The woman, who is unemployed, was escorted to her home in Mong Kok during a follow-up investigation, but no further seizures were made.

“Initial investigation showed she was paid HK$14,000 to smuggle the drug from Shenzhen to Hong Kong,” the officer said.

In the afternoon, the suspect was still being held for questioning at the headquarters of Hong Kong Customs in North Point and had not been charged.

It is the second similar drug-smuggling attempt at the same border checkpoint in a month.

On June 5, customs officers arrested a 29-year-old man and seized 710 grams of Ice at the immigration control point when he returned to Hong Kong from Shenzhen. The drug was concealed in a pressure cooker he was carrying.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

Figures show police and customs officers seized 152kg of methamphetamine in the first four months of this year, a 21 per cent increase from the same period last year.

A Rochester-area man who authorities have identified as a member of the Hell’s Angels and whose criminal activity gives him ties to Genesee County entered a guilty plea in Federal District Court yesterday to being an accessory after the fact to an assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

Timothy M. Stone, 35, of Gates, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

Stone first made news locally as part of a five-man operation caught by deputies allegedly stealing scrap metal from Ed Arnold Scrap Processors in Corfu.

He is identified by authorities as an associate of James Henry McAuley Jr. (aka “Mitch”), reputedly a Hell’s Angels leader. McAuley was reportedly married to Donna L. Boon (aka Donna L. McAuley). Boon, of Batavia, was originally identified as a suspect in a meth ring headed by Donald G. Vanelli, reportedly a one-time president of the Road Agents Motorcycle Club. Vanelli is currently in federal prison as a result of his arrest in a joint FBI and Local Drug Task Force investigation into the meth trade in and around Batavia in July 2009.

Stone’s guilty plea stems from his participation in an assault at Spenders Bar, in Rochester, on May 31, 2006. A patron was assaulted with a baseball bat. Federal authorities say Stone was aware that Spenders had video surveillance equipment and that the assault was recorded and stored on a computer. In the early morning hours of June 2, 2006, Stone forcibly removed the hard drive and took it from the bar. He later destroyed the hard drive and baseball bat in order to hinder the police investigation.

In all, 10 members of the Hell’s Angels were indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for WNY. Members and associates were charged with a variety of crimes, including drug trafficking, racketeering and accessory offenses. To date, two other defendants – Richard E. Riedman and Paul Griffin – have been convicted of narcotics conspiracy charges. McAuley, Robert W. Moran Jr., and Gina Tata have charges pending stemming from the alleged assault at Spenders Bar.

Prosecution of the scrap metal heist was handled by federal authorities and the defendants were convicted.

SANDUSKY –  A Clyde couple was charged with possession of drug instruments and cultivating methamphetamine after a traffic stop in Sandusky last week, a police report says.B9317981500Z_1_20150706124551_000_G77B9B2OF_1-0

Ashley Walter, 27, and fiancee Andrew Spitzer, 29, face multiple felony charges after a search was conducted in which officers recovered plastic bags with residue. Walter admitted to officers that the residue was methamphetamine, according to the police report.

Officers also recovered metal boxes, plastic straws and needles containing residue in a search of a vehicle belonging to Walter.

According to the report, Walter admitted there were materials for a meth lab inside the vehicle, and investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation confirmed there was an active meth lab in the car.B9317981500Z_1_20150706124551_000_G77B9B2OG_1-0

“Due to the vehicle being in the vicinity of Adams Junior High, the charge (cultivating methamphetamine) was upgraded to a felony 1,” the report said.

In Ohio, the drug-free zone is considered to have a 1,000-foot perimeter.

The report says the vehicle, driven by Spitzer, was southbound on Hancock Street in Sandusky when it made several turns attempting to evade police before coming to a stop on East Adams Street.

Police identified the vehicle as registered in Walter’s name, with an active warrant for her arrest.

When officers approached the car, Walter and Spitzer were not in the vehicle and had entered a nearby library.

Both were stopped by an officer on duty at the library, and Walter was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.

The report said Spitzer continued reaching into his pocket when police stopped him. He consented to a search and the plastic bag with residue was found, the report said. He was also charged with possession of drugs, a felony, a misdemeanor count of possession of a drug instrument and a misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension.

Walter is being held without bond while Spitzer’s bond was set at $27,500.

Walter and Spitzer will appear in Erie County Municipal Court at 10 a.m. July 8.