CAPE CORAL – Debbie Boldon noticed something strange in the woods near her home Wednesday morning.

“It looked like it was on its side with the lid open and something around it, but I didn’t dare want to go over there,” Boldon said.

The discovery of suspected chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine brought out the Cape Coral Fire Department’s hazardous materials team Thursday afternoon.


Around 2:15 p.m. city workers discovered suspicious materials in the 300 block of El Dorado Blvd S and contacted Cape Coral police. When officers arrived, they in turn called for the Cape Coral Fire Department to investigate what appeared to be materials used in the production of methamphetamine.

Hazmat technicians entered the wooded area where a cooler and several items reportedly used in methamphetamine production were found. In addition, several chemicals including brake fluid, peroxide and lithium strips were observed.

Firefighters determined the materials to be stable, with no active chemical reaction or off-gassing of materials.

Off-gassing refers to the release of chemicals from various substances under normal conditions of temperature and pressure. Off-gassing can take a variety of forms, and is a concern for some people, since some of the chemicals released during the off-gassing process are potentially harmful.

Once the scene was deemed safe, it was turned over to police for their investigation.

“Just a few dollars of materials can create one of the most dangerous drugs that are out there today,” said Detective Sgt. Dana Coston of the Cape Coral Police Department.

The materials weren’t hidden at all. It appears someone dumped them in the woods and left them just about 15 feet from the nearest yard, which belongs to Boldon and her husband.

“That means I’m going to keep all my windows and doors locked real tight. You know, it’s real creepy that somebody’s just over there, so many feet away,” Boldon said.

The hazmat team did some tests and found out the materials were stable, meaning no meth was actually produced in the woods. Police believe someone might have made it somewhere else and just dumped the materials here.

“Even though it was deemed safe by hazmat technicians, it’s still being investigated by police as a possible crime,” said Michael Heeder, Cape Coral Fire Department.

At no time was there any threat to the area as the materials located were of small quantity and contained in the immediate area. Cape Coral Police is the lead investigating agency with the Cape Coral Fire Department assisting in a supporting role during the initial stage of the incident as to determining the volatility of the chemicals and the threat to life and health.




A seven-month-long investigation into a multi-county methamphetamine ring culminated in the arrest of 35 people Thursday from Caddo and Grady counties.

The District 6 District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force led an investigation, which began in May, into the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in Grady and Caddo counties, District Attorney Jason Hicks said. Charges were for the following types of crimes: distribution of methamphetamine; use of electronic devices to facilitate a drug transaction; conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; and possession of controlled dangerous substances.

Hicks said the task force was assisted in the investigation and apprehension by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Chickasha Police Department, Grady County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Anadarko Police Department, Chickasaw Lighthorse Police and the Caddo County Sheriff’s Office.

“I am very pleased with the investigation and the cooperation seen among multiple agencies,” Hicks said. “Without assistance from each of the agencies, operations such as this are very difficult to execute.”



Two female Dickson residents and a White Bluff man were arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly cooking methamphetamine at the Walnut Street Apartments in Dickson.

Candice Nicole Barnhill, 33, who lives at the 803 East Railroad Street apartment where local law enforcement officials say the meth was cooked, was arrested along with Candace Hedge, 25, and Nicholas Shane Dugan, 24.

Pictured are, from left, Candice Nicole Barnhill, Candace Hedge and Nicholas Shane Dugan, who were arrested Wednesday afternoon during an alleged methamphetamine-cooking bust at Walnut Street Apartments in Dickson.

Pictured are, from left, Candice Nicole Barnhill, Candace Hedge and Nicholas Shane Dugan, who were arrested Wednesday afternoon during an alleged methamphetamine-cooking bust at Walnut Street Apartments in Dickson



Hedge lives on Rickert St. in Dickson and Dugan resides on Glendale Road in White Bluff, according to county jail records.

All three were charged with “initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine.” Hedge was also charged with violation of probation.

A Dickson police detective said eight “shake-and-bake” meth-making plastic bottles were found in the apartment. Three apartment units were quarantined for the clean up process.




CORTLAND — Authorities say a drug suspect’s attempt to avoid being arrested ended when  he crashed his bicycle into the back of a police car parked along a central New  York street.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse  that deputies spotted 46-year-old Miles Parrotta of Cortland riding a bike on a  sidewalk in his hometown Tuesday.

When a deputy tried to stop him, Parrotta fled on his bike across four lanes  of traffic. Officials say his getaway attempt ended soon after when he crashed  into the back of a parked police car.

He was charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, failure to  comply with police and improper operation of a bicycle.

Parrotta is being held in the county jail without bail. It couldn’t be  determined if he had a lawyer.



DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (12/5/13) — Kentucky State Police along with the Dawson Springs Police Department rounded up four people on drug trafficking charges at 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

According to a KSP report, a joint investigation by the two agencies resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence at Bellmont Apartments in Dawson Springs.


A search at the home revealed methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana, digital scales, packaging material, a small amount of currency and drug paraphernalia used to ingest drugs.

Phillip K. Hawkins, 24, and Tori D. Hawkins, 20, of Dawson Springs were charged for trafficking in synthetic cannabinoid, possession of synthetic cannabinoid, possession of drug paraphernaliia, possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence.

Matthew D. Foe, 26, and Pamela T. Morris, 33, both of Dawson Springs, were charged for trafficking in synthetic cannabinoid, possession of synthetic cannabinoid, possession of drug paraphernaliia, possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine. Foe was also charged with tampering with physical evidence.

All are being lodged in the Hopkins County Detention Center.

To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, call KSP toll free at (800) DOPETIP. The hotline is answered 24/7.



A man has been arrested in Scott County after police say he rented a residence where methamphetamine had been manufactured without properly informing the rentors of the danger. William Dillion, 52, of Georgetown was arrested after he allowed his residence on Indian Creek to be rented out without giving written notice to the new rentors that methamphetamine had been “cooked” inside the residence, contaminating the home.

According to the Kentucky Revised Statutes, “any person who leases, rents or sells property that has been determined to be contaminated,” must give written notice to warn them of the danger. Property owners are also required to contact the health department to oversee the proper clean up of such properties.

Dillion was charged with the Lease/Rent/ Sale of Contaminated Meth Property Without Written Notice and lodged in the Scott County Jail.



For the second time in the past four months, former Birmingham Mayor Seth Chafetz has been arrested on a meth charge.

The 53-year-old Bloomfield Township resident was arraigned Nov. 22 in 43rd District Court in Hazel Park on a felony count of delivery or manufacturing of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $50,000 cash pending a pretrial hearing on Dec. 20.



According to Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, undercover officers with the Narcotics Enforcement Team were making a purchase of methamphetamine at the Home Depot parking lot on 12 Mile in Madison Heights on Nov. 20 when the arrest occurred.

Chafetz and William Michael Goddard, a 24-year-old resident of Wyandotte, were taken into custody. McCabe said the following narcotics were confiscated during the arrest:

•  263.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine, or roughly a half-pound.

•  189 grams of GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) – which has been referred to as a date rape drug.

McCabe said Chafetz was arraigned from a hospital bed at McLaren Hospital in Pontiac because he complained about chest pains. His attorney, Gabi Silver, declined to comment on the arrest.

“I’m not going to discuss a pending case,” she said Tuesday.

Goddard was arraigned on one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a 20-year felony. His bond was set at $25,000.

According to the Oakland County Jail inmate locator, both Chafetz and Goddard were still in custody as of 3 p.m. Thursday.

Previous arrest

Chafetz was out on bond related to a previous drug bust when this latest arrest occurred. In August, undercover NET officers arranged for the purchase of $100 worth of methamphetamine at his home on Hickory Bend Circle.

Following that purchase, police raided his house and confiscated 3.5 grams of meth, a gram of marijuana, numerous syringes and a small amount of cash. Other evidence collected at the scene was being analyzed to determine if the meth was cooked at the home.

Chafetz served on the Birmingham City Commission from 1999 to 2003, including one year as mayor in 2003. He was later elected to the Baldwin Public Library Board of Trustees from 2005-09.

Chafetz left Birmingham in 2009 and moved to Bloomfield Township. Professionally, he’s a private skating instructor who has coached some of the country’s top figures skaters.

Birmingham City Commissioner Tom McDaniel never served with Chafetz, but was aware of the recent arrest.

“He’s just digging the hole deeper and deeper,” McDaniel said Thursday.




ACWORTH — With three arrests and a raid on an Acworth “stash house” Monday  night, Cherokee County narcotics officers believe they have shaken up a possible  international drug trafficking ring run by at least one inmate in a Georgia  prison.

Acworth residents William Cuellar, 42, Tatjana Jaric, 21, and  Victor Martinez-Gonzales, 39, were arrested after a house on Elwin Ragsdale Way  was searched by agents with Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad and the  Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said CMANS Commander Phil  Price.

William Cuellar

William Cuellar
Tatjana Jaric

Tatjana Jaric
Victor Martinez-Gonzales

Victor Martinez-Gonzales
Angela Elezan Lovain

Angela Elezan Lovain
Richard Lee Long

Richard Lee Long

According to Price, the search also yielded 1.6 pounds of  methamphetamine, valued at $80,000 on the street, a sub-machine gun and almost  $64,000 in cash.

But Price said Thursday the three people arrested are  not the only ones involved in what he said was a huge operation run by at least  one Georgia inmate, and involving hundreds of pounds of drugs and millions of  dollars sent to Mexico.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, but I was a  little bit shocked,” Price said. “We’ve heard of things like this before, but  this is a really day-in, day-out business that was being conducted (by someone  in prison). This is a major operation for Cherokee and certainly one that we’re  not done with.”

According to Price, the inmate, or inmates, leading the  operation apparently received smuggled cellphones and used them to oversee the  operation, which Price believes has helped a large amount of methamphetamine go  in and out of the house in Acworth.

“We are comfortable in saying that  hundreds of pounds of meth have been distributed out of this house,” Price said. “This is a major operation.”

Price declined to name the inmate, or  inmates, at the helm of the ring, as did Gwendolyn Hogan, a Georgia Department  of Corrections spokeswoman.

“This is an active investigation,” Hogan said  in an email Thursday. “The department cannot release specific information  related to the inmate(s) involved and/or location of the facilities. The  Department of Corrections does not tolerate contraband and takes very seriously  its mission of protecting the public and running safe and secure  facilities.”

Although the trafficking ring was allegedly run by a Georgia  inmate, its reach may go much farther, Price said.

“There’s pieces and  parts of this really all over the Southeast,” Price said. “Our piece here in  Cherokee County is a relatively small piece of the puzzle.”

But with so  much methamphetamine reportedly coming out of one house in Acworth, Price said  Cherokee County’s piece of the puzzle is important.

The investigation  into the trafficking ring has been going for weeks with involvement from  agencies from around the state, including the Dalton Police Department, the  Murray County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI, the Department of Homeland Security and  Georgia State Patrol, according to Price.

Price said police began to  suspect Cherokee County was somehow involved in the ring when officers in Murray  County learned suspects being investigated there had been travelling to  Cherokee.

Then, on Sunday, investigators began to connect the dots when  two suspects were found driving with a large amount of methamphetamine by the  Dalton Police Department, Price said.

Dalton investigators said they  learned Sunday one of those suspects, Angela Elezan Lovain, 36, of Chatsworth,  was planning to travel from Cherokee County to Dalton with a stash of the drug.

Price said officers pulled Lovain over and searched her car, and found  an appliance box with 4.3 pounds of methamphetamine, worth $190,000 on the  street, hidden inside.

Officers arrested Lovain and charged her with  possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking in  methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, Price said. A passenger in  the car, Richard Lee Long, 51, of Chatsworth, was also charged with possession  of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine, Price added.

After  the two Dalton Police arrests, Price said investigators found out that the drugs  had come from the house on Elwin Ragsdale Way in Acworth.

“Once we found  out … Sunday, we setup around-the-clock surveillance on the house to see what  was going on and to be able to develop our own probable cause to do a search,” Price said.

By Monday night, Price said officers had enough probable  cause and knew what suspects they should be looking for, and  then executed a  search warrant.

Price said the three suspects arrested in Acworth weren’t  all at the house at the time of the search, but were captured later, as officers  knew where to find them.

The suspects arrested at the home, Cuellar,  Jaric and Martinez-Gonzales, were each charged with trafficking methamphetamine,  and Cuellar received an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a  convicted felon, Price said. They remain at the Cherokee County Adult Detention  Center without bond.

A man who lives near the house, and declined to be  named for fear of conflict with his neighbors, said the area normally sees  little crime, except for the suspected stash house.

“Usually, this is a  very peaceful neighborhood,” he said “The landlord doesn’t check the people out.  He doesn’t fix the place. Every time this guy rents to somebody it’s a  (criminal).”

But the neighbor hopes things will change soon.

On  Wednesday night, he saw a moving truck, he said.

LOGAN, Ohio – A man previously wanted on drug charges in Hocking County was taken into custody after he was found hiding in a closet of his parents’ Logan home on Wednesday.

According to Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North, deputies responded to the residence on East Front Street after receiving information that Lloyd Williams had been staying with his parents.


Williams was wanted for illegal assembly or possession of chemical weapons for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, illegal manufacturing of drugs, and tampering with evidence stemming from an incident on November 20 when deputies recovered materials used for making meth from his residence.

Deputies learned that Williams was in his parents’ home after hearing a noise coming from the upstairs of the home. Deputies reported that it sounded like something had fallen to the floor.

Williams was ordered by the deputies to come downstairs. Deputies entered into an upstairs rear bedroom after receiving no response. Williams was found hiding in a small closet.

Deputies ordered Williams out but he refused. A Taser was deployed, striking Williams. He eventually complied and was placed under arrest.

In addition to the drug charges, Williams was also charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant from Chillicothe for theft.

He was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville.



CLEBURNE (AP) - An off-duty Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has been charged with possessing methamphetamine.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday announced the arrest of Jimmy Jay Gillman of Cleburne on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. DPS has suspended Gillman pending the outcome of an internal investigation.


Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Jones says Gillman was arrested Tuesday night after being under surveillance and observed taking possession of meth. The 47-year-old Gillman was arrested while in the front yard of his residence. Gillman’s girlfriend was in the home but released after the property was searched.

Sheriff’s officials had no details on an attorney for Gillman, whose bond was set at $100,000.

Cleburne is 25 miles south of Fort Worth.





OCALA – A 40-year-old woman was arrested early Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine while being treated at a local hospital.

While working at Ocala Regional Medical Center on a special detail, Ocala Police Department officer Eric Reese was notified that a woman being treated at the facility was in possession of meth.

Michelle Lynn Cook had come to the hospital about leg pain and had claimed she had been on a drug binge for a week by shooting up with meth, according to OPD reports.

The officer went to Cook’s room and, with her permission, a hospital official removed four syringes from her purse, one of which had a small amount of clear liquid in it that tested positive for meth.

Cook was arrested and charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. She was booked at the Marion County Jail at 3:36 a.m. Wednesday, where she was being held in lieu of $5,550 bond.

Methamphetamine has again become a  major concern for Barron County drug enforcement officials, heroin is gaining
ground and “25I,” a drug like LSD, has appeared on the scene.  Barron County led the list of 11 counties in west central
Wisconsin that saw a resurgence in meth cases in 2012. Of the total 440 cases reported statewide to the Department of Justice that year, more than a third  came from those 11 counties, with Barron County topping the list with 41 cases. Dunn, St. Croix, Rusk and Pierce followed in that order.

The powdery white stimulant that can cause insomnia, mood disturbances, violent behavior and severe dental problems hit the county with a vengeance in the mid-2000s. Aggressive enforcement on every level, and legislation that took products containing ephedrine-a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine-off drugstore shelves and behind counters eventually turned the tide.

The rise in meth cases is partly because the crackdown only hampered the local manufacturing of methamphetamine, said Barron County Sheriff’s Department detective Jason Hagen.

“The majority of meth in the U.S. was and is still coming into the U.S. via the U.S/Mexico border,” he said. The resurgence of meth is mainly due to supply and demand, said Hagen. “Mexican drug trafficking organizations are getting more resourceful at finding ways to get their product across the border.”

With respect to the local situation, Hagen said there seems to be a younger generation of people who are getting into the drug.

“And we are seeing many of the same repeat offenders, many of whom are still on probation supervision for their prior offenses,” he said. Hagen said that in Barron County in the mid-2000s aggressive investigation and prosecution was the main reason for the decline.

“The United States Attorney’s Office in Madison played a huge role in this,” said Hagen. “They really stepped up to the plate and prosecuted several of our cases on the federal level.

“When we started taking some of our local, larger meth dealers off the street, and they were getting 10-, 15- and 20-year federal
prison sentences, it made a huge impact on the influx of meth,” Hagen said. “I think it became a drug that just wasn’t worth the risk for many to get involved in dealing.”

Slippery slope 

Most of Hagen’s time is now going toward meth enforcement and prescription pill cases, which are also on the rise. “I fear
that prescription pill abusers will turn to heroin, and it is not far from becoming an issue here,” he said, explaining that prescription narcotics are opioids, like heroin.

“Other jurisdictions have reported that prescription pill abusers who doctor shop and are unsuccessful at obtaining
prescription narcotics have sought out heroin instead,” said Hagen.

Heroin is primarily seen on the Maple Plain reservation, and LSD is almost nonexistent, he said. The drug 25I-NBOMe, similar to LSD, known in slang as “25I,” has popped up in Barron County on a couple of occasions, Hagen said.

The drug is cheaper than LSD. Like LSD, it can cause out-of-control thinking, insomnia and paranoia. It can be applied to sheets of
blotter paper and small portions placed under the tongue, similar to LSD.

OSWEGOPolice arrested three people after finding several one-pot methamphetamine laboratories in an apartment on Syracuse Avenue in Oswego.

37 year-old Frederick Carvey III and 32 year-old Zechariah Morrison face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, both felonies.  Carvey was also arrested for a bench warrant out of Oswego County Drug Court.  23 year-old Brittaney Perkins is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.


At around 9:15 Wednesday morning, Oswego City Police responded to information that a possible meth lab was operating out of 196 Syracuse Avenue.  Police spoke with the residents there and found further evidence of the lab.

Police then closed off Syracuse Ave. between South Division Street and Lawrence Street to car and pedestrian traffic and secured the residence.  The Oswego County Fire Department was called to decontaminate the residents and protect against possible fires or explosions.

Police said a search warrant was obtained through the Oswego City Court.  The search revealed several one-pot or “Shake and Bake” meth labs and associated materials.  More than 10 ounces of methamphetamine oil were also found.

Carvey and Morrison are being held in jail pending arraignment in Oswego City Court.  Perkins was issued an appearance ticket for January 2 and turned over to Fulton City Police for an outstanding bench warrant.




Investigation is continuing into a “shake and bake” meth lab, the remnants of which were found Wednesday at a Tuscarawas County Water and Sewer District pump station in Lawrence Township.
A “shake and bake” meth lab consists primarily of plastic soft drink bottles and is used as a quick way to cook a batch of methamphetamine, according to Detective Scott Ballentine of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department.
Ballentine, who also is a detective with the Multi-County Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force, was contacted after a water and sewer district employee notified deputies that he had found “a lot of trash” at a pump station off N. Orchard Road NE, and took the items in a trash bag to the sheriff’s department.
Ballentine said the materials were all cleaned up from the site and have been disposed of. He said there currently are no suspects, but added that investigation is continuing.

CLOVER — A child tested positive for methamphetamine Tuesday after drug agents removed three children from a home where three adults are accused of manufacturing a meth lab in Clover – the 19th lab uncovered in York County this year.


York County Sheriff’s deputies, drug agents, Clover Police and emergency management officials were conducting a narcotics investigation at 822 Deep Hollow Court when they found Shealee Henigar, 24, Stephanie Summitt, 21, and David Lee Ray, 29, making meth while three children – ages 3, 2 and 9 months old – were nearby, according to a report from the county’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit. All three suspects have been charged with three counts of manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child.

Agents received a tip and at about 4 p.m. Tuesday went to the house, where they found the adults using a one-pot lab to produce methamphetamine, an addictive street drug that can be manufactured with many household cleaning and fuel products, said Lt. Mike Ligon, drug unit commander for York and Clover.

Henigar and Summitt, who were at the home at the time, were arrested. Warrants have been issued for Ray, who remains at large. Ray and Henigar, Ligon said, are parents to the children.

Agents seized .1 gram of meth, two meth pipes, marijuana seeds, a notepad, cell phones, flash drives and an unidentified white powder from the home, the report states.

The three children underwent the decontamination process, Ligon said.

The York County office of the Department of Social Services took custody of the children and took them to Piedmont Medical Center to be tested for exposure to meth, the report states. The 3-year-old child was positive, he said.





A 53 year-old Sturgis man remains in the intensive care unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo after being seriously burned late Monday in a methamphetamine lab explosion.
Sturgis police and fire personnel were called to a home in the 200 block of North Centerville Road around 8 p.m. Monday to find the man in a shower with second- and third-degree burns over a large portion of his body.
Police said a one-pot meth lab the man was holding exploded in the basement of a home, causing him to catch fire. He was taken to Sturgis Hospital, then airlifted to the Kalamazoo facility.A second person at the home fled prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, police said.
The case is being reviewed by the St. Joseph County prosecutor.

Harriett and Palmo Simmons have lived on Jadwin Street in Springfield Township for almost three years, and the neighborhood has always been pretty quiet.

Until Wednesday night, that is.


A methamphetamine lab exploded on the 8300 block of Jadwin Wednesday night, sparking a blaze that caused significant damage to the home, just four or five houses down from the Simmons.

“This is unbelievable,” Palmo Simmons said. “I never thought nothing like this (would ever happen.)”

Asst. chief of Springfield Township police Rob Browder said that when crews arrived on scene at about 6:30 p.m., one man came running out of the house. According to emergency dispatchers, he was covered in chemicals.

The man then told officers of the meth lab inside.

The man was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

“No one else was in the home,” Browder said. “The home was searched by fire personnel.”

Almost three hours later, smoke was still coming from the house. The fire was extinguished, but several crews remained on scene at 8:30 p.m.

“At this point we do have a cleanup team that specializes in this type of incident on the scene here to begin their work,” Browder said.

Officers had to shut down several road surrounding the scene to protect passers by from the chemicals. Browder said Compton Road and Galbraith Road will both remained closed to traffic beginning at Vine Street for two to four more hours.

Initial visual inspections indicated that no surrounding homes were damaged in the blast. Residents who live nearby will be allowed back in their homes, despite the streets being blocked.

Four police officers, two fire officers and one paramedic were also transported to area hospitals to be examined and decontaminated.

“This is just a precautionary measure to make sure they weren’t exposed to any of the chemicals used to make the methamphetamine,” Browder said.

It is too early in the investigation to discuss charges for the man involved, he said.

Harriett Simmons was in her basement and didn’t hear the explosion, but came up when she saw all the emergency crew’s lights.

“I could see the flames from my porch, and all I could say was, ‘Please Lord, no bodies,'” she said. “It sends chills, it really does.”

Both floors of the house where the explosion occurred sustained significant damage, Browder said, although an exact cost estimate is not yet known.

MURFREESBORO — The Murfreesboro Police Department confirmed as methamphetamine lab was found Wednesday morning behind a fast food restaurant on Old Fort Parkway.

An employee at the Zaxby’s on Old Fort discovered the mobile meth lab inside a backpack.

“MPD Meth Task Force officers rendered the mobile lab safe and disposed of the lab with the assistance of the Tennessee Meth Task Force,” Public Information Officer Kyle Evans said.

Evans said investigators suspect the backpack and its contents were abandoned in the restaurant’s parking lot after the drugs were made.

There are no suspects at this time.



BERTRAM, Texas (KXAN) – Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.


The raid was carried out on two properties with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Texas Department of Public Safety and several local outlets. More than 8,000 rounds of ammunition and $10,000 in cash were seized along with two ounces of methamphetamine officials said.

“The searched properties were the residences of Jimmy Don Hardin and Glen Alexander, who were among those arrested,” DPS said in a news release. “During the past six months, (investigators) identified Hardin and associates as suspects in the alleged distribution of methamphetamine in Williamson, Burnet, Llano, Travis, Bell, Blanco, Lampasas, and Bastrop counties.

Agents also identified nearly 70 individuals either directly selling or using methamphetamine allegedly purchased from Hardin and associates, DPS added. Those arrested were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

The Burnet County Sheriff’s office told KXAN early Wednesday that an active investigation was under way on Farm to Market 243 North in Bertram.

Participating agencies in the operation included the Burnet County District Attorney’s Office, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Police Department, Cedar Park Police Department, Bertram Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Neighbors told KXAN they heard what sounded like explosions around 6 a.m. that woke them from sleep and that they saw cars and officers from several law enforcement agencies near East Moeller Street and North Grange Street. The scene is about two blocks away from Bertram Elementary School.

In late November, DPS agents working with the Burnet County District Attorney’s Office prepared two search warrants for methamphetamine and 24 arrest warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity, the state agency said.

Those arrested in the raids were:

Jimmy Don Hardin, 42, of Bertram
Amy Jo Borseth, 40, of Bertram
Timothy Steven Blackard, 44, of Bertram
Glen Winston Alexander, 70, Bertram
Abel Cardoso, 52, of Dallas
Guillermo Reyna, 55, of Bastrop
Kimberly Ann Weston, 38, of Burnet
Elizabeth Hope Burch, 48, of Llano
Gary Randall Holland, 36, of Bertram
Nichole Alexander Hernandez, 32, of Liberty Hill
Edward Dwaine Holder, 50, of Liberty Hill
Christopher Castillo, 41, of Burnet
Cheyloh Jesse James Mather, 33, of Liberty Hill
Bonnie Hardin Raines, 64, of Llano
Joy Ashley Perez, 28, of Liberty Hill

Two people were arrested Tuesday after an alleged attempt to manufacture methamphetamine in May went up in flames.

Forty-two-year-old Dawn M. Royea, of Auburn, and 44-year-old Daniel M. Van Luven, of Moravia, were picked up on indictment warrants Tuesday on charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.


Each was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminal manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of precursors to methamphetamine, all felonies.

The two were also charged with first-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

The indictment warrants were issued by the Cayuga County Court earlier this week following a positive test for methamphetamine from evidence found from a prior incident in May, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Police said it was around 4:55 a.m. on May 9 when the Auburn Fire Department responded to a reported grease fire at the Brogan Manor Apartments on Olympia Avenue in Auburn. Firefighters discovered Royea and Van Luven with severe burns in Royea’s apartment, A16 Brogan Manor Apts.

Police said children were present in the apartment where the incident occurred, but they were unharmed.

The two claimed they had sustained the burns from a grease fire started from cooking chicken wings, police said. Responders grew suspicious of the claims partly due to the lack of physical evidence of a fire at the scene.

“The male subject said ‘Oh, I took the pan and threw it off into the woods,'” said Capt. David Delfavero of the APD.

The two were transported to Upstate University Hospital to treat their injuries. On the heels of the suspicious reports, the fire department called in police investigators to inspect if there was any evidence of criminal activity.

Officers canvassed the apartment complex and questioned witnesses. Police said one witness heard a man screaming “it’s on fire” in the housing complex’s courtyard.

Another witness reported to seeing Royea on fire, rolling around on the ground and screaming. Police said the witness reportedly helped Royea and the two managed to put the fire out on her clothes.

After further investigation, police found two 2-liter bottles in a wooded area near the complex with evidence of methamphetamine.

“Looked like the bottles were being used for the one-pot method of cooking methamphetamine,” Delfavero said.

The narcotics unit of APD worked in a joint investigation with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s office and the state Department of Environmental Conservation during the case.

The bottles were sent to a state facility to test for the illegal substance, police said, and results were positive. With the test results in hand, the matter was put before a grand jury and the indictment warrants were subsequently issued.

Van Luven was arrested at his Moravia apartment, 6247 Lacey Rd. Apt. 5, late Tuesday night. He was remanded to Cayuga County Jail pending arraignment.

Royea is an inmate at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. She was sentenced on Oct. 22 in Cayuga County Court to 1 to 3 years in prison for drunk driving.

The Auburn woman was arraigned at Cayuga County Court Tuesday morning and remanded back to the custody of the correctional facility.



FARGO – A Horace woman is charged with felony drug possession after an officer responding to a car crash discovered the woman bleeding from her vagina, a result of what turned out to be a broken methamphetamine pipe.


Jeana Marie Smart, 26, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court documents filed with the case state that Officer Michael Benton was called Sunday to a rear-end crash in the 3500 block of Main Avenue.

Smart had allegedly hit another car that had slowed down for westbound traffic.

Smart also had an unrelated warrant out on drug and drug paraphernalia charges, and Benton arrested her.

As the pair left the squad car, the police report states Benton noticed blood where Smart sat. Smart said she was menstruating.

The report states blood continued dripping down her legs and onto the jail floor inside the booking area.

A search allegedly revealed a broken glass meth or crack pipe and a capped syringe within Smart’s vagina.

She was taken to Essentia Health’s emergency room, where medical staff removed additional broken glass.

Her bail was set at $2,000.





Police found a man eating rocks and talking about methamphetamine while he was with two children in a park near a Des Moines school, officials said.

Lincoln High School students saw Michael David Sutton, 35, of Des Moines, in MacRae Park around 1:30 p.m. Monday, police reports show. They told a school resource officer that Sutton, who was with two children, was eating rocks and talking about meth.

Officers reportedly found Sutton standing in the road, eating something off the ground.

The officer pulled up next to Sutton and asked what he was eating, authorities said.

“Rocks,” Sutton reportedly responded.

The officer asked Sutton if he thought it was odd to be eating rocks, police reports show.

Well, they are small rocks,” Sutton said, according to police reports.

Sutton said he was leaving, got into a car with the two boys, ages 4 and 5, and began to drive away, authorities said. The car didn’t have working brake lights, and officers pulled Sutton over.

They found a meth pipe in his pocket, and Sutton admitted to using meth the night before. He said he could still feel the effects.

Sutton was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of child endangerment, two counts of failing to secure a child, failure to have a valid license or insurance, operating a non-registered vehicle and having an improper rear lamp.

He remained jailed Tuesday night.

The boys were taken to their mother.

A CRYSTAL meth or ice epidemic is building on Australia’s doorstep and experts are warning it could bring with it a surge in drug availability here and a rise in HIV cases.

More than 4,400 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 94 million pills were seized in South East Asia in recent years, while the number of ecstasy pills captured tripled to 5.5 million.

A report by the Australian National Council on Drugs has found a significant ice and methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution hub emerge in South East Asia.

“Myanmar remains noted as the major manufacturer of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) in the Southeast Asia region and the testing of ATS pills seized in Thailand suggests that up to 12 large-scale manufacturing operations are located in the Golden Triangle area, where Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand meet,” the report says.

In 1999 there were approximately 300 clandestine laboratories in Southeast Asia, however, by 2009 this number had risen to almost 700.

A new trend that sees Asian users of drugs like ice and other methamphetamines switch from smoking them to injecting them is causing concern it will result in burgeoning HIV cases in the region.

“This poses a risk for Australia and we’re worried about ice being bought in from these countries,” says Professor Robert Ali the chair of the Asia-Pacific Drugs and Development Issues Committee (APDDIC).

“There is now a significant manufacturing and distribution hub in the Asian region and concerns of the risk of a blowout in HIV among drug users,” he says.

Risk to Australia ... An illegal methamphetamine laboratory. Picture: Supplied

Risk to Australia … An illegal methamphetamine laboratory


National surveillance indicates in China 11 per cent of all ATS users inject the drug, in Cambodia, 12 per cent inject, in Thailand, 9 per cent are injectors and in Bangkok almost half of lifetime injectors report injecting methamphetamines.

The highest use of the drugs occurs in the Philippines where 10 per cent of the population has used them.

In Australia amphetamine type stimulants are used by 3.4 per cent of the population and around 18 per cent of users inject them.

Globally the use of methamphetamines now exceeds heroin and cocaine combined and it is the second most used drug in the world after cannabis.

The ballooning availability of these drugs in our neighbourhood presents a serious HIV risk for Australians travelling overseas who use sex workers in these countries.

Many of the female sex workers in this region report injecting behaviour which is associated with HIV transmission, the report finds.

A key problem in controlling the growing use of the substances is that most of the drug treatment and needle exchange programs in South East Asia are focused on heroin use.

The legality of the distribution of needles and syringes is unclear and criminal penalties discourage users from seeking support and health services.

Developing a rapid response to the use of these drugs is important to restrict their social and health harms says Australian National Council on Drugs chairman Dr John Herron.




WATSONVILLE — A 32-year-old Watsonville man was arrested Sunday after he led the California Highway Patrol and Gilroy police on separate motorcycle chases.

Aldo Ponce Gonzalez was riding a 2011 Suzuki motorcycle south on Highway 1 near Mar Monte Avenue about 4:30 p.m. when a CHP motorcycle officer spotted him speeding, said CHP officer Brad Sadek.

Gonzalez’s speed topped 100 mph and the officer followed him to the Airport Boulevard off-ramp, Sadek said. Gonzalez allegedly threw a loaded revolver onto the road, ran from the motorcycle and scaled a chain-link fence to escape. The gun was recovered and the motorcycle was impounded, Sadek said.

The next night about 10:30 p.m., a Gilroy police officer tried to stop Gonzalez on another motorcycle near Santa Teresa Boulevard and Longmeadow Drive, said Gilroy police Sgt. Pedro Espinoza.

Gonzalez eventually crashed. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine, felony evading, possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest and a parole violation, said Espinoza.

Gonzalez in being held in the Santa Clara County Jail without bail on Tuesday, according to jail records.



Jamie Wolfe is a recovering meth addict. “You want to talk about identity theft? Meth steals your identity. It turns you into someone you don’t know,” said Jamie.

She started using drugs like marijuana and alcohol in middle school, then moved on to cocaine, and then meth.

“My husband was a cook. So, um, bought pills. Just whatever I had to do. It cost me a job that I loved, my family. My husband is in prison. My son is in prison. I’m on probation,” she told me.

Jamie is going on a year of drug recovery at the Home of Grace – which is a rehabilitation facility for women. Stacy King has been in rehab for 10 weeks.

“Depending on what method you use, in some ways it’s just as easy as baking a cake,” Stacy described, about making meth.

She started using meth at 13. Now she’s 25. “I had an older boyfriend. Buying pills. We would steal and take things to the scrap metal yard or stuff like that to get the ingredients to get more,” Stacy said.

Both women were eventually arrested, but after being released, found it hard to stay clean. So their next step was the Home of Grace. About 70 women are currently seeking help at the facility. This year celebrates its 40th anniversary, helping over 25 thousand women get rehabilitated from drugs. The executive director says the average age of women seeking treatment is getting younger. The majority are in their 20’s when it used to be an average age of 50, and more women than ever before are being treated for meth.

“I really thought crack was the worst thing I’d ever dealt with, but crystal meth has out done it,” said Doris Littleton.

“It (Meth), along with crack cocaine, and pharmaceuticals are our main challenges right now,” said Mobile Sheriff Sam Cochran.

Sheriff Cochran says one reason meth is so prevalent is because of how easy it is to manufacture it, and that’s why stricter laws on purchasing pseudoephedrine are so important.

“Convicted drug dealers and drug users are not able to purchase Pseudoephedrine.  Everyone is limited to just two purchases per month,” the sheriff said.

“That’s for one person. Imagine the cooks having 10 to 15 people going to buy Pseudoephed. It’s just too simple,” said Stacy.

Both women say they are grateful to be on the road to recovery, and are looking to a higher power to see them through.

“I couldn’t do it on my own and I don’t think no one can. You have to give it to God. It’s in his strength. That’s the only way I could beat this,” said Jamie.

Sheriff Cochran says since the restriction on pseudoephedrine has been in place, overall sales have been down. Meantime, the Home of Grace thrives on donations from the community. A 12 week program cost on average 42 hundred dollars, but only 1 out of 20 women who come to the facility can actually pay. No one is turned away – which truly makes it a labor of love.