Comments Off on Sarah Elizabeth Guillot, 27, of Hammond, admits smoking ‘tiny bump of Methamphetamine,’ leads East Baton Rouge Parish police on wild, high-speed chase across Baton Rouge

A Hammond woman suspected in a hit-and-run crash led officers on a careening, high-speed chase through East Baton Rouge Parish on Sunday night and was stopped only after driving over spikes laid in her path, a Louisiana State Police report says.dt_common_streams_StreamServergr

But even after Sarah Elizabeth Guillot’s SUV drove into a ditch, climbed out and had its tires shredded and flattened on westbound Interstate 10, the vehicle managed to strike at least two marked State Police vehicles as it crashed into a barrier, where Guillot was arrested while trying to burn troopers with her lit cigarette, says the report by Trooper 1st Class James McGehee, of Troop A.

Guillot’s silver Jeep Liberty SUV was suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run crash in Ascension Parish on Sunday night, prompting McGehee to pursue the vehicle once he spotted it in a parking lot at Airline Highway and Highland Road just before 9 p.m., the report says.

Guillot’s SUV had no license plate on it and didn’t yield to the trooper’s signals to pull over, according to the report.

Guillot, 27, accelerated quickly out of the parking lot onto the shoulder of southbound Airline Highway before speeding down that road at 80 mph, the report says. There’s a 45-mph limit along that stretch.

Guillot’s SUV nearly struck several other vehicles as it approached Ascension Parish and turned onto Old Perkins Road, where it ran a red light, almost hit another vehicle and fell into a ditch, the report says.

The SUV “almost crashed,” the statement says, but it clambered back onto the road and flew at speeds of 70 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the report.

Troopers were able to set up a spike strip along Old Perkins Road at the East Baton Rouge-Ascension Parish line, and the device punctured the SUV’s tires, the statement says.

Though the wheels “had begun to fail and shred and throw chunks and pieces of tires onto pursuing units,” the SUV, which had swerved down Highland Road and onto westbound I-10, accelerated again to 75 mph, swerving across all three lanes, the report said.

In an attempt to box in Guillot’s SUV, State Police vehicles surrounded it, but Guillot rammed the unit in front of her and later swerved left, striking another trooper’s vehicle, the report says.

Guillot’s SUV then veered into the center concrete barrier on I-10 just west of Siegen Lane, where Guillot was arrested, the report says.

Guillot told troopers she had failed to stop because she didn’t have auto insurance and was fearful after smoking “a tiny bump of meth,” according to the report.

She admitted to snorting heroin earlier in the day, “but, she claimed, that did not affect her,” McGehee wrote.

Guillot’s performance on a field sobriety test showed symptoms consistent with impairment, but she tested negative for alcohol, the report says. Guillot refused requests for a urine sample, according to the statement.

Guillot, who was smoking cigarettes and throwing them out the driver’s window throughout the chase, tried to burn troopers with her cigarette as she was brought out of her vehicle, the report says.

No one answered calls made to phone numbers associated with Guillot and her family members on Monday.

Guillot, 42131 Jefferson Drive, Hammond, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless operation, two counts of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated flight from an officer, turning violation, driving on a roadway laned for traffic, security required, license required, inspection violation and littering. She had not been assigned bail as of Monday afternoon, according to jail records.



Comments Off on Two women and two men arrested for intent to deliver Methamphetamine in Manitowoc

Manitowoc police officers made two separate traffic stops, resulting in two men and two women being arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

Officers stopped a vehicle in the 1700 block of Revere Dr. just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday.

A 24 year old woman was arrested for warrants, multiple drug offenses, and obstructing an officer.

Officers also investigated a driving complaint in the Walmart parking lot just after midnight Tuesday morning.

A 28 year old woman, a 29 year old man from Sheboygan, and a 30 year old man from Madison were also arrested for warrants, multiple drug offenses, and probation violation.

10.3 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and cash were found.

The four suspects are being held at the Manitowoc county jail.



Comments Off on Keondre Ridley, 21, arrested for trying to deliver Methamphetamine to High Desert State Prison inmate, Mustafa Kyles, 21

Indian Springs, NV (KTNV) – One woman is in custody and an inmate is facing possible further charges for attempting to deliver drugs during visiting hours at the High Desert State Prison.ridleykylesarrest_1456782164291_32820576_ver1_0_640_480

The Nevada Department of Corrections reported that on Feb. 21, 21-year-old Keondre Ridley arrived at the prison to visit 21-year-old Mustafa Kyles, who is serving 3 to 10 years for robbery and possession of stolen property. Corrections officials said Ridley had 27 grams of methamphetamine on her with the intent to transfer the drugs to Kyles during their visit.

Ridley was arrested by the Nevada Department of Corrections Inspector General’s Office and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for trafficking a Schedule 1 controlled substance and furnishing or attempting to furnish a controlled substance to a state prisoner. Her bail is set at $25,000.

Kyle’s case will be referred to the Attorney General’s Office for review prior to filing further charges.

In 2015, High Desert State Prison seized more than 85 grams of controlled substances from visitors.



Comments Off on Micayla N. Cork, 21, of Black River Falls, on probation for drugs, busted with Methamphetamine

BLAIR, Wis. (WKBT) – A Black River Falls woman is facing several drug charges after she was busted in the city of Blair with methamphetamine.Micayla-Cork

As the result of an ongoing drug investigation, the Trempealeau Co. Sheriff’s Department arrested 21-year-old Micayla N. Cork.

Cork is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamines with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Bail Jumping and a probation violation.Cork-Meth

Deputies recovered approximately 15 grams of meth from Cork’s vehicle.

At the time of her arrest, the sheriff says Cork was on probation as of Feb. 22nd, 2016 and was also out on bond from Trempealeau Co. for Possession of Methamphetamines with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Bail Jumping.

Cork is currently being held in the Trempealeau Co. Jail.



Comments Off on Alberto Alejandro Martinez, 32, of Moses Lake, and Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, 31, of Royal City, arrested with 44 pounds of Methamphetamine and 25 pounds of cocaine worth millions during traffic stop in Multnomah County

An Oregon State Police trooper discovered nearly 70 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine during a traffic stop in Multnomah County.

The trooper pulled over a Dodge Caravan on Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction and spotted a handgun in the glove box.

The two men inside the van, Alberto Alejandro Martinez, 32, and Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, 31, were detained.

A search of the van turned up 44 pounds of meth and 25 pounds of cocaine, police said. Neither suspect had a permit to carry the gun.

The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $2.3 million.

Martinez, of Moses Lake, and Del Rio, of Royal City, were booked into the Multnomah County jail on suspicion of federal drug and gun charges.

The arrests happened Feb. 23 and were announced on Monday.

An investigation involving several Oregon state and federal agencies is ongoing.

Authorities say they have arrested five people on a Montana reservation in connection with a methamphetamine investigation in Washington state, the Associated Press reports. U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the people Tuesday on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. The DEA Seattle division worked with U.S. customs and Border Patrol and U.S. Marshals to conduct the raid. DEA officials say they can’t disclose the charges the suspects face because of the ongoing investigation.

State police say the case is one of the larger drug seizures in recent memory.





Comments Off on 14 Women and men arrested in ‘Operation Dream Catcher’ Methamphetamine bust in southern Texas

Fourteen people in southern Texas have been arrested on methamphetamine charges in four separate cases.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced the arrests Monday morning as part of Operation Dream Catcher.

Those taken into custody included:

  • Jorge Rojo-Villa, 32, of Pasadena
  • Maria Villa, 58, a Mexican national living in Houston
  • Pedro Rojo, 31, of Houston
  • Juan Cantarero, 49, of El Salvador
  • Fernando Pacheco Olivo, 33, a Mexican national living in Houston
  • Alimid Delatorre Garcia, 54, a Mexican national living in Katy
  • Feliberto Pineda Duarte, 36, a Mexican national living in Humble
  • Marco Antonio Aparicio-Santos, 44, of Houston
  • Jesus Ortiz-Flores aka “Alacran,” 26, of Mexico

Prosecutors said all the suspects have made their first appearances in federal court.

Rojo-Villa, Villa, Rojo and Cantarero are charged with conspiracy to and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Authorities said the case centered around the distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine in the Houston area.

In a separate criminal complaint, Olivo, Garcia and Duarte are charged with conspiracy to and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

The charges centered around the distribution of methamphetamine in the Houston area.

In the third case, Hernandez-Villegas, Aparicio-Santos and Ortiz-Flores are charged with conspiracy. They also face additional counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

All 14 defendants face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as possible $10 million fines.

Authorities also seized more than $2 million in cash, 279 pounds of methamphetamine, 206 pounds of cocaine and 138 pounds of heroin as part of the operation, officials said.

Operation Dream Catcher is the result of investigations conducted by the DEA, the Houston Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force, the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and IRS Criminal Investigation.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, police departments in Houston, Huntsville and Pasadena, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Texas Department of Public Safety, sheriff’s offices in Montgomery and Walker counties and the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care also assisted.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Magness and Arthur R. Jones are prosecuting the cases.



Comments Off on Benjamin Jenkins, 31, of Akron, accused of having 3 pounds of crystal Methamphetamine mailed to his sister-in-law’s home

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man is accused of having a three-pound package of crystal meth mailed to his sister-in-law’s home.

Benjamin Jenkins, 31, is charged with first-degree felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possessing the drug. He’s also accused of selling marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.benjamin-jenkins-3a8d2cc0149c23a1

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment in Summit County Common Pleas Court and posted $20,000 bond. His case was assigned to Judge Alison McCarty.

Akron drug detectives seized a three-pound package of crystal meth shipped to a home in the 1700 block of Cromwell Drive, according to court records.

The wholesale price for a pound of crystal methamphetamine in northeast Ohio is $11,000 to $16,400, according to Narcotic News.

Investigators watched as the package was delivered to a woman at the home. Officers followed the woman after she left her home and stopped her.

The woman told police her brother-in-law paid her $200 to accept the shipment. She said it was the third time she accepted a package for him, according to court records.

The woman showed police text messages from Jenkins about picking the package up later in the day. Officers went to Jenkins’ home and watched him. They sent a text message from the woman’s home confirming that Jenkins still planned to pick up the package.

They followed Jenkins the home on Cromwell and arrested him, court records say.

Akron police searched Jenkins’ home in the 1300 block of Hartford Drive and reported seizing $12,000 in drug money, five loaded guns, marijuana, prescription painkillers, a computer and seven cellphones, police said.

Jenkins’ wife, Kimberly Chandler, 30, was also charged with possessing and selling marijuana. She also pleaded not guilty.


Comments Off on Lauderdale County Drug Task Force is seeing more Methamphetamine “ICE” on the streets

Officials in the Shoals say they are seeing pure methamphetamine, better known as ICE, on the streets than ever before.

Tim Glover, the director of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force, says that ICE is the crystallized and smoke-able form of methamphetamine.56d4da1ed52f0_image

“If you had a cube of ice and busted it in your hand that’s exactly what it would look like,” said Glover as he describes what the drug ICE looks like.

Officials in the Shoals have been battling methamphetamine for years now, Glover says after laws were passed making it harder to get pseudoephedrine the “shake and bake” meth labs have started to become less but ICE is picking up.

“We’ve worked as many ICE cases in the first two months of this year as we did all of 2015,” said Glover.

Curtis Burns, the director of the Colbert County Drug Task Force says they are having the same problems with ICE.

Both Glover and Burns say ICE is being smuggled into the country at our boarders. Officials believe the drug is being made in Mexico at super meth labs.

“When the drug is already produced and smuggled in here that eliminates our opportunity to get them at other establishments,” said Glover. “All the dope were seeing right now is smuggled in through South Texas or Mexico.”

After ICE is smuggled into the US it is sent to big cities like Atlanta and others then makes it’s way here according to officials.

Glover does believe ICE is quickly becoming an epidemic. He says they are going to have to partner up with the DEA and ATF to be able to get ICE off the streets, because this is a multi state problem.

Both Glover and Burns say they’re officers are seeing more addicts having needles with them when they’re caught with ICE, which leads them to believe people are starting to shoot the drug up.



Comments Off on 45-year-old British man imports 500 g of Methamphetamine in 106 internally-concealed pellets into Australia

A British man has been arrested for allegedly importing half a kilogram of methamphetamine into Australia in the form of 106 internally-concealed pellets.

Australian Federal Police say the 45-year-old man was targeted for a baggage examination after arriving in Perth on a flight from Thailand on Saturday.1456788357434

He has been charged with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug and will face the Perth Magistrates Court.

Rod O’Donnell, Western Australia’s ABF Regional Commander said people who conceal drugs internally were risking their lives, as well as their liberty.

“If you conceal drugs internally you’re playing Russian Roulette with your life,” Commander O’Donnell said.

“ABF officers are alert to the range of ways people try to smuggle drugs into the country, including internally, and are dedicated to detecting those who try to evade detection at the border.”



Comments Off on Michael Dwayne Porter, 49, of Albuquerque, charged with sexual assault after he allegedly smoked Methamphetamine, had sex with and ‘pimped’ woman with Down syndrome and the mental capacity of a 10-year-old

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested an Albuquerque man Saturday night on charges he allegedly smoked meth, had sex with and “pimped out” a mentally disabled woman detectives estimated has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old.Albuquerque_man_charged_with_sexual_assault_after_he_allegedly_39pimped39_mentally_disabled_woman-syndImport-063702

49-year-old Michael Dwayne Porter faces two counts of criminal sexual penetration after he allegedly admitted to using drugs and having sex with the woman during an interview with detectives.

The woman first showed up to a BCSO substation Saturday to report Porter, who the woman had been living with for about a month after Porter’s ex-girlfriend went to jail, had “pimped” her out on several occasions.

Most recently, she and Porter had gone to another man’s house, during which time Porter secretly offered the man sex with the woman in exchange for meth. The criminal complaint for Porter’s arrest says the woman told detectives the man’s brother ended up getting “on top of her,” though the detective wrote the woman could not comprehensibly explain what had happen beyond that because of her limited mental and speech capacities.

The woman has Down Syndrome.

She told detectives she and Porter had known each other for about a year and that they had sex and smoked meth on multiple occasions.

Police interviewed Porter Saturday in what detectives described as an interview in which his story constantly changed. They say he was combative, but eventually admitted he had sex with her and smoked with her on multiple occasions.

He became too combative for detectives to continue the interview, according to the criminal complaint. But his admissions were enough to charge him with criminal sexual penetration.

He is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $50,000 cash or surety bond.



Comments Off on Thomas Harris, 43, of Barberton, accused of running Methamphetamine lab next to child’s room

BARBERTON, Ohio — A Barberton man is accused of running a methamphetamine lab next to a child’s room.

Thomas Harris, 43, is charged with first-degree felony meth making, police said. He is expected to make an appearance Monday in Barberton Municipal Court.19840733-large

Barberton police conducted a “knock and talk” with Harris and the occupants of the home in the 100 block of 2nd Street S.W. Officers were granted permission to search the home, police said.

Officers reported finding several items used to make meth in the garage. More meth-making items, and the drug itself, were found in a room next to a child’s bedroom, according to police.

Harris was arrested and booked into the city jail. The Summit County Drug Unit cleaned up the meth lab, police said.

The charge was enhanced to a first-degree felony because of the meth lab’s proximity to the children in the house, police said.



Comments Off on Brittany Pomerleau, 29, of Jay, Christina Stanford, 35, and her boyfriend, John Josey, 44, Arrested in Livermore Falls Methamphetamine Lab Bust

Officials say the lab was operating inside a mobile home on Fayette Road.

44-year-old John Josey and his 35-year-old girlfriend Christina Stanford were arrested late yesterday, charged with operating a meth lab.

Also arrested was 29-year-old Brittany Pomerleau of Jay.IMG_8433

We’re told agents returned to the scene today, where they spent several hours securing the home and seizing the drug and ingredients used to make it.

Those arrested are being held on 10-thousand-dollars bail.

We’re told DHHS was also notified because a teenager also lived at the mobile home.

We’re told that teen was not at home when drug agents arrived.

This is the 13th meth lab response this year,



Comments Off on Police reportedly find over 300 grams of Methamphetamine after east Tulsa pursuit; Tharon Aaron Woodard, 32, arrested

Police reportedly found over 300 grams of methamphetamine and a slew of other drugs after a short pursuit early Saturday in east Tulsa.

The chase began just after midnight near the area of 6900 East Easton Street when a Tulsa police officer reportedly saw a vehicle fail to signal a right turn, according to an arrest and booking report.

The officer followed the vehicle and attempted to pull it woodardover near 7100 East Haskell Street, but the vehicle continued westbound on East Easton Street. It reportedly weaved through the area of East Archer Street and stopped near the area of 4200 East First Street, according to an arrest and booking report.

Officers arrested Tharon Aaron Woodard, 32, at the scene on suspicion of eluding after a felony conviction, no insurance or security verification, no driver’s license and failure to signal a right turn, according to jail records.

Police searched Woodard’s vehicle and reportedly found a white, crystal-like substance on the driver’s seat that tested positive for methamphetamine, baggies of marijuana, loose prescription pills and LSD stored in aluminum foil, the report states.

After officers reviewed film of the chase, they searched the area of 5200 East Archer Street and reportedly found 336 grams of methamphetamine and located a black handgun a few blocks away, according to the report.

Those findings prompted officers to add possession of a controlled substance after a felony conviction, trafficking methamphetamine with a prior controlled substance felony conviction, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a felony conviction and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony after a felony conviction to Woodard’s arrest offenses, according to jail records.

Woodard is being held in Tulsa Jail in lieu of $106,600 bond, jail records indicate.

Woodard finished a five-year sentence Aug. 23 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a felony conviction and unlawful possession of a controlled drug after a felony conviction, according to Department of Corrections records. He was set to serve a suspended sentence for the similar 2012 felony convictions until Aug. 20, 2016.




Comments Off on East Tulsa Days Inn hotel clerk, four others busted for selling Methamphetamine and drugs
  • Officers learned a Days Inn clerk was selling drugs
  • Investigators say the clerk was selling crack cocaine, meth and weed
  • She was allegedly found with a small amount “definitely packaged for the intent to sell”, according to police
  • Three buyers and another suspected seller were caught before the clerk

A traffic stop sent four possible drug buyers and a dealer working out of an east Tulsa hotel to jail Monday morning.

Around 1:40 a.m., police pulled over a car on South Memorial Drive for a traffic violation.

Officers say the driver had eaten a bag of marijuana and was found with a syringe that possibly contained heroin.

The driver, Lucas Shoemaker, was arrested with passenger Eugene Deverges on drug-related charges.

After some investigation, officers learned the drugs were purchased at the Days Inn on South 79th.

At another traffic stop on East 71st , a driver identified as Allyson Gregory allegedly had pills with her and a bag of crystal meth hidden on her body.

She admitted to selling meth to customers at a nearby hotel.

Police spoke to the clerk and another person in the lobby, finding marijuana, meth and crack cocaine with them.

Police say that was when they arrested Rarue Caddy and Kasi Albert.



Comments Off on Fresno car accident leads to Methamphetamine bust; Jeremy Jameson, 46, and Samuel Jameson, 37, arrested

Fresno, Calif – A car accident in Northeast Fresno leads police to a large amount of meth.

Sunday afternoon, two men were involved in a car accident with another driver, near Highway 41 and Shaw Avenue in Fresno.

Police say the men paid the driver with counterfeit money, the driver then alerted police. Fresno Police pulled the suspect’s truck over, down Shaw Avenue near Cedar, and found what is believed to be between four and six ounces of meth in a bag. Police say the drugs needed to be weighed and analyzed, and thus were unsure of the street value.

Methamphetamine drives other crimes such as violent crimes, property crimes, auto theft,” Fresno Police Sgt. Tim Tietjen said. “So every bit that we take off streets, really does make an impact.”

The men were identified as 46-year-old Jeremy Jameson and 37-year-old Samuel Jameson.

Sgt. Tietjen said a search warrant was needed to search the rest of the truck, but pending that search, he expects to find more narcotics.

The pair face charges for drug sales and transportation and possession of counterfeit money.




Comments Off on Mississippi Patrolmen Seize 19 pounds of Methamphetamine; Laurie A. Davis, 22, of Del Valle, Texas and Daniel A. Jones, 29, of Austin, Texas, arrested

JACKSON, MS ( – Mississippi Highway Patrolmen seized about 19 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana, about one pound of cocaine and about 9.3 of heroin this meth

Members of the unit stopped a Volvo tractor-trailer truck Friday at 3:30 p.m. The vehicle was carrying passenger cars, and found illegal drugs in a 2007 BMW.

Officers seized the BMW and just over 200 dollars in cash.

The unit stopped another vehicle Saturday at about 8:30 a.m. and found crystal meth in a false compartment in the car.

Laurie A. Davis, 22, of Del Valle, Texas and Daniel A. Jones, 29, of Austin, Texas were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Officers also confiscated 725 dollars.

Both stops were made on I-20 East in Rankin County.



Ashland Police Battling Methamphetamine Problem

Posted: 29th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized
Comments Off on Ashland Police Battling Methamphetamine Problem

ASHLAND, WIMethamphetamine is a growing problem in Ashland, and with it, comes a rise in property crime.

“Property crimes are through the roof. People break into their own friend’s houses looking for money, looking for whatever they can steal just to get money to get the drug,” says Investigator Scott Moreland.

Users are breaking into cars, homes, and garages in search of their next fix.

“I’d like to recommend everyone lock their doors, lock their doors to their garages, lock your car inside your locked garage. It may sound very paranoid, but you just don’t know what you’re gonna come across walking in your alley at 3 o clock in the morning or who is looking in your windows,” said Jim Gregoire, Interim Police Chief for the Ashland Police Department.

In 2015, there were nearly 300 felony cases filed in Ashland- most related to drugs.

“In the last year we’ve done more search warrants than I can remember in any one year for the Ashland Police Department. It really takes a toll on the department and the resources for the department but it’s extremely important,” said Gregoire.

And Ashland Police say the drug knows no bounds

“It’s almost everybody. High school up to 60 year old people involved in the use and sale of meth,” said Moreland.

And they can’t tackle the problem alone

“I can tell you the police cannot arrest their way out, no one can arrest their way out of a meth problem. It has to be a community unified front through education, through treatment. I mean everyone has to be involved. When they say it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to get rid of methamphetamine,” said Gregoire.

If you suspect a drug house in your neighborhood, it’s best to call and give police a detailed description of the suspected activity at the home, and to keep track of relevant information including license plate numbers.

Authorities say the majority of meth found in Ashland is coming from the Duluth/Superior area and the Twin Cities.



Comments Off on Recovery from Methamphetamine possible, former addict shares story

HASTINGS, Neb. — It’s been 18 months since Hastings resident Tonya Hernandez has gotten high off meth, an accomplishment she’s now sharing with the community to help others fight their addictions to one of the state’s most prevalent drugs.

As Hernandez sat at home last week watching news of the state’s largest drug bust unfolding, she thought back to her days, hoping more people would turn away from the drug.12496361_440329462833177_5064521457579226783_o+Cropped

In recent years, methamphetamine has become one of the most popular drugs in the state, which led to the indictment of 60 people alone in the western and central part of Nebraska as well as northeastern Colorado.

“When they do get clean, it’s still a problem for them living in society because people still see them as an addict,” senior tech at the Bridge in Hastings Tina Winchell said.

For thousands fighting addiction like Tonya Hernandez, assimilating back into society isn’t easy since meth has taken so much from them when they were using.

“It’s the devil. It takes peoples’ lives. It ruins peoples’ lives,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez didn’t have an easy life. Not only does she tell NBC Nebraska she was raped, but the death of grandmother at age 13 hit her hard, causing her to turn to meth to get rid of the pain she was feeling.

“I didn’t have to feel the trauma, the loss of my grandmother,” Hernandez said. “And then I was raped, so I went through a lot of things through my life. Drugs seemed like the number one drug to cover up all the things I was feeling.”

Her addiction then grew, largely due to meth’s accessibility. According to White House officials, it’s one of the most abused drugs in the state. Winchell added about 50 percent of the women that come into the Bridge in Hastings have been or are addicted to meth upon arrival into the rehabilitation center.

“There’s a lot more of it going on in the communities than people think,” Winchell said. “Honestly, I could probably walk out this door right now and within 15 minutes score meth. I mean it’s just that prevalent.”

IN 2004, Hernandez went to a women’s prison in York after getting caught with meth, which resulted in her losing custody of her son and daughter.

“I went into labor early because of the drugs, so the hospital had contacted social services, of course. I was at home smoking some dope, and they came along and arrested me and took my son and my daughter. And I was in prison for 18 months,” Hernandez said.

However, it wasn’t until Hernandez was serving a five-year sentence in a federal penitentiary in 2006 that she decided she needed to turn her life around.

“It took me to think, ‘I don’t want to go back to prison. I don’t want to lose my family or kids or my relationship that I have. I want to be there. I want to be a part of their lives. I want to be not on drugs. This has got to stop somewhere,’ and it did. It just clicked, and that was it,” Hernandez said.

As Hernandez stood in front of the judge, she tells NBC Nebraska she asked to go into treatment. Once she started treatment at a facility in Columbus, she knew she was serious about no longer being on drugs.

Three jail sentences and more than 20 years later, Hernandez has custody of her now 17-year-old son and is celebrating 18 months of sobriety.

“I’m the proudest son on this earth. I’m proud she’s come this far. She’s stopped using. She’s clean. She’s doing good for herself,” Tonya’s son Nicholas Wright said. “All those years she hasn’t been around, I want to get all those years back with her.”

Hernandez has a total of five children, four of which are with their biological father. However, Wright was in the custody of Hernandez’s parents, making it easy for her to be able to keep in touch with Wright in some way. Unfortunately, she has not had contact with her other four children.

It has been a difficult journey for Hernandez, but it’s one she doesn’t regret. To her, her meth addiction is what makes her who she is now, but she wants others to know of the drug’s dangers as the D.E.A. said meth affects every Nebraskan community.

“Do you want to end up dead? Do you want to end up in prison for the rest of your life? Do you want to lose your children? Do you lose your relationships with your family, your loved ones? Because I know I wouldn’t,” Hernandez said.

Next month, Wright will celebrate his 18th birthday, but he plans on staying with his mother. He aims to build the relationship he never had with her.

Hernandez said she will continue her path to success, looking to help whoever she can to overcome their addictions to drugs.

However, Hernandez and those at the Bridge said recovery isn’t possible without the help of the support of many.

The Bridge is a women’s rehabilitation center in Hastings, offering a six to 18 month program to help women with substance abuse.







Comments Off on Jessica L. Lundy, 24, Kelli R. Larkins, 41, and Johnny Blaine Moore, 42, charged after active Methamphetamine lab found at Kingsport apartment

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Kingsport Police Department officers arrested three people Friday morning after an active methamphetamine lab was found inside an apartment on Oak Street in Kingsport.meth lab found at Kingsport apartment

According to a KPD news release, officers responded to a report of possible drug activity at Maple Oaks Apartments and made contact with Kelli R. Larkins, 41, who reportedly lied and said no one else was in the apartment.

Officers then saw other people moving inside the apartment and Larkins then consented to a search.

Jessica L. Lundy, 24, stepped into the hallway and then they located Johnny Blaine Moore, 42, who had been hiding in a bedroom closet.

A warrant check revealed that Lundy was wanted out of Hawkins County for violation of probation and Moore was wanted out of Hawkins County for a failure to appear on a prior dangerous drug charge.

A search also revealed an active meth lab inside the apartment and KPD’s Vice and Narcotics Unit was called to the scene to investigate.

The Meth Task Force and the Kingsport Fire Department also responded to the scene to help collect evidence and to decontaminate the officers, the suspects and the crime scene.

Larkins, Lundy and Moore were taken to the Kingsport Justice Center and all three were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Larkins was additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used, stored, sold or manufactured.

Lundy and Moore were also held on pre-existing arrest warrants.

All were being held in the Kingsport City Jail pending their arraignments.



Comments Off on Demietrius Daniel, 21, of Jamestown, pleads guilty to two gross sexual imposition charges with a 15-year-old girl to avoid Methamphetamine and other charges

A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of child endangerment in Southeast District Court in Jamestown.55dcd4563fb01_image

Demietrius Daniel, 21, Jamestown, pleaded guilty to two Class A and one Class C felony charges in exchange for Stutsman County Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Naumann dropping two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one a Class A misdemeanor and the other a Class B misdemeanor, one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle and one count of DUI/actual physical control, both Class A misdemeanors.

Daniel will be sentenced at 9 a.m. May 3 in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Judge John Greenwood set Daniel’s bail at $3,000 cash. Russell Myher, Daniel’s attorney, had asked Greenwood to lower Daniel’s bail to a lesser amount because he cannot come up with $3,000. Naumann said she had concerns about lowering the bail amount because Daniel has not shown up for court dates in past cases and not stayed in contact with court personnel when instructed to do so.

According to court documents, Maj. Jason Falk with the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office went to visit a house at 3255 89th Ave. SE on Aug. 3 based on a report he received from a family member of Carrie Thu, 19, who was staying at the house along with Daniel, Irene Daniel, 38, and Dustin Meadows. Falk said he visited the house because a family member was concerned for Thu’s safety. A 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl and two infants were in the home when Falk stopped by the house.

The two infants were taken into custody by Stutsman County Social Services because Demietrius Daniel and Meadows had exposed the infants to methamphetamine smoke and marijuana smoke, according to court documents.

Meadows pleaded guilty to endangerment of a child on Dec. 18 in Southeast District Court. He is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence at the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck.

Demietrius Daniel and Thu were charged with gross sexual imposition on Aug. 25. Daniel and Thu allegedly had sexual contact with the 15-year-old girl in March 2015, according to court documents. Daniel also had sex with the minor girl two years earlier, according court documents.

Thu pleaded guilty in January to child neglect, a Class C felony, and is currently serving time in the Stutsman County Correctional Center.

Thu is scheduled to appear for a jury trial at 9 a.m. March 21 on the gross sexual imposition charge, a Class A felony. She will have a separate trial at 9 a.m. March 23 on the endangerment of a child charge, a Class C felony.

The maximum penalty for a Class A felony is 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a Class C felony is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


Comments Off on Search warrant uncovers Methamphetamine in Lake Geneva home; Michael R. Koerner, age 29, arrested

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. – A search warrant was executed at 1134 Williams Street in the City of Lake Geneva for the manufacture of methamphetamine Thursday evening.

House resident Michael R. Koerner, age 29, was arrested from his home and confined in the Walworth County Jail.

He is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine precursor materials, waste and paraphernalia.

On Friday, the methamphetamine precursors, waste and paraphernalia were removed from the residence.

According to a release, a hazardous materials cleanup is currently underway at the residence as well.



Comments Off on Unresponsive Indiana man, Richard Graham, 42, from Pekin, wanted on warrants, located in crawl space with Methamphetamine

SALEM, Ind. (February 27, 2016) – An Indiana man wanted on warrants was found unresponsive in a crawl space under a home with meth and other drugs.jsrjrjhsrrhrn

On Friday evening, the Indiana State Police received information that Richard Graham, 42, from Pekin, Indiana, was present at 103 Cherry Street in Salem. Graham had multiple active warrants for his arrest.

When police arrived at the home, they found Graham hiding in a crawl space under the home; he was unresponsive and was removed from under the house. EMS personnel arrived on the scene and took Graham to Saint Vincent Hospital in Salem.

During a search of the crawl space, police found approximately 8.3 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and synthetic drugs.

After being released from the Saint Vincent Hospital, Graham was charged and sent to the Washington County Jail for possession of methamphetamine; possession of paraphernalia with a prior; maintaining a common nuisance; resisting law enforcement and possession of a synthetic drug. The warrants were also served for failure to appear, two counts; auto theft and theft.




Comments Off on Methamphetamine distribution evolves as the drug becomes increasingly popular in Nebraska

SCOTTSBLUFF – Meth distribution in southwest Nebraska continues to be a growing problem. With more and more users being addicted, demand is at an all-time high and money continues to be a motivator for dealers.

“That substance is so terribly addictive that people will just abandon everything for it, families, personal hygiene, relationships, it doesn’t matter,” said Dana Korrell, Supervisor for the Wing Drug Task Force.

According to the Wing Drug Task Force methamphetamine hit the central part of the U.S. in the 1990’s and ever since then, it’s been a fight against methamphetamine for the past 20 years. Korrell says it’s unlikely meth is being cooked in the area and it’s most likely coming out of the country because of the impressive purity rate.

“I started working on dope in 1988, so from 1988 to the mid 1990’s it was all cocaine and the meth, if we did find meth or did purchase some was junk. It was still methamphetamine but it was very low purity. Mid 1990’s, 1995, 1996, 1997 we started seeing quarter pound quantities, started buying quarter pound quantities in central Nebraska and this stuff was 90% pure,” said Korrell.

Methods of getting methamphetamine across the border are also ever changing. The drug is now able to be transported in liquid form making it easy to sneak in bottles. Methamphetamine continues to trickle into various parts of The Panhandle, Korrell says the task force has found about a pound in Chadron, seized over two pounds in Scottsbluff and had purchased 3 ounces in Bridgeport.



Comments Off on Colleen Maky, 40, of Trumbull County, accused of cooking Methamphetamine

JOHNSTON TWP., Ohio – A Trumbull County woman is facing multiple drug charges.

40 year-old Colleen Maky was arrested Friday at a home on the 7 thousand block of Ridge Road in Johnson Township.9983406_G

Maky had an outstanding warrant from Niles Municipal Court. Officials say she is known to cook methamphetamine

Members of the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Meth Response Team conducted a search at the home where they found methamphetamine, scales and packing materials.

Lab team members removed the hazardous materials.

Maky is being charged with trafficking drugs, manufacturing and possession.



Comments Off on “Monster” drug bust in Nebraska fills busses with Methamphetamine dealer suspects

The first of 60 suspected meth dealers appeared in federal court in Omaha Friday following their arrest in a “groundbreaking” series of police raids in western Nebraska and Colorado.gaw4twtgaqt

The list of those arrested, including 4 on state level charges, were made public at a press conference in North Platte Friday morning. The U.S. Attorney of the Nebraska District, Deb Gilg, referred to those taken into custody as “a ‘Who’s Who’ of major meth dealers in western Nebraska,” likely supplied by drug cartels based in Mexico.

As of Friday afternoon, seven people were still at large.

While there are no indications of a local presence of cartel representatives, and there was no large-scale coordination of controlling regional drug trafficking, law enforcement officials involved in the investigation say the arrests succeeded in smashing individual meth dealer groups in a number of communities.

“Let’s think of it as an octopus,” Gilg said. “We cut off some tentacles.”

One investigator referred to the operation as a “monster” involving law enforcement agencies from 22 Nebraska counties, Colorado law enforcement, and federal agencies. The Omaha office of the FBI coordinated the sweep.

The day before the raids more than 100 law enforcement officers gathered in a North Platte National Guard armory for a briefing on the mass raid. Teams of local and federal officers were deployed to locations across the region and arrests began at exactly the same time to reduce the chance those being pursued would warn one another.

Colonel Bradley Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said he had “never, never seen a roundup run so smoothly.”

All arrests were made without incident. On the state’s south central border, residents of Blue Hill, in Webster County (population 915), told a reporter from NTV a local auto detailing shop was raided by FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies.

Suspects were brought to local jails for processing before being turned over to U.S. Marshalls for transport to Omaha for preliminary hearings in Federal District Court. So many individuals were arrested at least one bus had to be used to make the trip.

While spread across a nearly 200-mile-wide area, nearly a third of those charged were concentrated in the North Platte area. Several were well known to local law enforcement with many previous drug-related arrests.

North Platte Police Chief Mike Swain told reporters his department began to see a growing problem with drug trafficking in the community several years ago and reached out to other agencies for assistance. Putting these suspects in jail, he said, “certainly impacted the safety of the citizens of North Platte” for the better.

Suspects have addresses in North Platte, Scottsbluff, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington and Gibbon.

While only a small amount of meth was found in the possession on the day of their arrest, Gilg cautioned that should not be seen as an indication of the volume of drugs these suspects are accused of moving through the region, calling it only “a snapshot on a single day.”

Over the past year investigators, using informants and confidential methods, were able to track the meth deliveries through four states as they made their way north from the Mexican production facilities into Colorado and Nebraska.

Col. Bradley Rice, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said these arrests should be “a warning” to those dealing in drugs.

Most of those arrested are charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, reflecting that evidence would show they are dealers of 50 grams or more when they dealt with undercover officers.

Penalties range from 5 to 40 years in prison and fines that can reach into the millions of dollars.

“You have to understand we are talking about pounds and pounds and pounds of meth that these people were moving,” said the law enforcement officer, speaking anonymously because they did not have authorization to speak publicly.

The logistics of the operation were epic.

Sources involved in aspects of the investigation confirmed to NET News the arrests are an outgrowth of an operation nicknamed “Mexican Seafood” stretching back to 2012 when two individuals arrested for selling marijuana provided information about methamphetamine dealers in western Nebraska and northeast Colorado. A series of previous arrests stretching over the last three years brought on even more leads culminating in the police sweep this week.

While all of those arrested will still face trial and are presumed innocent until found guilty, Gilg estimated more than 90 percent of the drug cases originating from a federal grand jury in the Omaha District have ended in guilty verdicts or plea agreements.

Asked whether there will be a long-term impact on drug sales in the state, Col. Rice told reporters these arrests “should be a warning to anyone who tries to come in and take their place.”