A DRUG user who pointed a loaded policeman’s pistol at his face and bit the officer’s arm has been jailed for at least 20 months.

Phillip Anthony Giancaspro was on a methamphetamine and methadone bender and had barely slept or eaten for 12 days when he was pulled over in a stolen car at Murray Bridge in January 2013.

District Court judge Jack Costello said Giancaspro, who was driving disqualified, ran from the police officer before becoming involved in a physical struggle.


“During the struggle you managed to remove the officer’s service pistol from his belt. You stood over him and pointed the (loaded) pistol at him,” Judge Costello said.

“The officer concerned states that he expected to see the flash of light of the pistol firing and thought he was about to be shot.”

The court heard the police officers endured months of sleeping problems and anxiety at waiting months to ensure he had not contracted any diseases from being bit twice on the arm during the struggle.

Giancaspro, 29, escaped the scene but was arrested when he handed himself into police hours later.

“At the time leading up to these offences you had consumed a combination of drugs which put you at risk of being agitated, aggressive and psychotic,” Judge Costello said.

“You may well have been in a psychotic state, experiencing hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.”

Judge Costello said Giancaspro had been using methamphetamine and methadone for about a month before the offending.

“As a result you had not slept much for some 10 to 12 days prior to these offences and were not eating. You had fallen out with your then partner and were stressed out about an upcoming court appearance,” he said.

Giancaspro wrote a letter apologising to the police officer and Judge Costello found he was “extremely contrite” over his actions.

“I also accept that this episode of offending is out of character and is probably explicable in terms of your drug use and abuse at that time,” he said.

“Police officers are there to serve and protect the community and it is essential that they are allowed to carry out their lawful duties without being subjected to the threat of death or serious harm.”

Judge Costello said he took into account Giancaspro’s guilty plea, contrition and relatively minor previous criminal record when setting a head sentence of four years.

He imposed a non-parole period of 20 months, meaning Giancaspro will be eligible for parole in September, with allowances for time already served.







The Jakarta Police have seized 14 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth Rp 28 billion (US$ 2.4 million) from two foreigners in Penjaringan, North Jakarta.

The foreigners were identified as YT, a Chinese, and TPJ, a Taiwanese. They succeeded in smuggling the crystal meth from outside the country by dividing the drugs into 14 plastic bags and hiding them inside iron tubes.

“These drug smugglers have fooled the airport authorities so they were able to emerge with the crystal meth,” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Dwi Priyatno said on Tuesday.

He said the arrest was the result of a long investigation and undercover buying. The two were arrested in an apartment.

“We could have saved the lives of at least 42,000 people based on the assumption that a man usually consumes 0.2 grams of meth,” he said.

The two were detained at the Jakarta Police detention center for further questioning.

A gram of crystal meth, locally known as shabu-shabu, is usually sold at Rp 1.5-Rp 2.5 million per gram on the street, depending on its quality. (dic)








(Albany, NY – April 28, 2014) The New York State Senate passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that would increase the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine. The growing use and manufacture of this illegal and highly addictive drug is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

Methamphetamine production is a threat to public health and safety, and its continued use and manufacture is alarming,” Senator Valesky said. “It makes sense to increase penalties for those caught making the drug, to deter production and to send a clear message that we are serious when we say this scourge is unacceptable in New York state.”

The legislation (S.3639) amends the penal law to increase the penalty:
· From a Class B felony to a Class A-1 felony for the unlawful
manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree;
· From a Class C felony to a Class B felony for the unlawful
manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree;
· From a Class D felony to a Class C felony for the unlawful
manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree;
· From a Class E felony to a Class D felony for possession of
methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree; and
· From a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony for possession of
methamphetamine manufacturing material in the second degree.

In addition to co-sponsoring this legislation, Senator Valesky sponsors a bill (S.4652) that makes it more difficult to purchase large quantities of methamphetamine precursor ingredients that can be found in medicines containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine available over the counter in retail establishments.







Not all meth look the same. The look, texture. Colour depend on the purity of the substance. The powder that’s most commonly seen on movies that are being snorted or burnt is the most impure and also the most affordable (Black et al. 2007). The said rate of purity of such kind is 10 percent. The crystal ones being sold, the solid substance, is the purest and most expensive kind and it’s also the most lethal effect in inducing violent acts among users (Topp et al. 2002). Some estimates that Crystal Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth is up to eight times more pure than the powdered ones (McKetin, McLaren &. Kelly 2005).

Clinical studies, experiments and even empirical studies have established the danger that methamphetamine posts to both users and non –users alike (Boles &. Miotto 2003. Friedman, Kramer &. Kreisher 1999. Merikangas et al. 1998. Tyner &. Fremouw 2008). The media regularly reports of crimes on local and national level that are related, directly or indirectly, to drugs. Reuters (2006) even reported that the continuous rise of violent-related crimes is directly related to the continuous rise in methamphetamine use.

Methamphetamine ingest viruses, toxins. Other stimulants that affects the body and mind that cause violence, psychosis, depression. Weakening of the physical body that leads to other problems (Darke et al. 2008. McKetin et al. 2006. Sommers, Baskin &. Baskin-Sommers 2006).

As per the Reuters report, violent crime includes murder, rape and robbery. In 2006, it increased by 3.7 percent in the first-half based on the report submitted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It stated that robberies are the most common of the violent crimes with 9.7 percent. This was more than a 5 percent increase from the 2005 rating with 2.5 percent which is the most significant increase in fifteen years.

The U.S. Justice Department said the number of cases they handle that are related to the use or selling or both of methamphetamine also increased. The demographics of those involved in the case have also become more varied. There has been an increase in gang violence that are related to methamphetamine. However, the study doesn’t indicate any information on specific causes, background. Full analysis of the cases that’d’ve presented a more comprehensive understanding of the relation between methamphatamine use and how it affects or influences the commision of violent crimes (Reuters 2006).

All these studies, however rough it may seem, point to the extensive influence of methamphetamine to violence especially when the other studies from other countries compare the rise of methamphetamine use to the increase of violent countries (Logan, Walker &. Leukefeld 2001).

Australia’s Australian Bureau of Statistics or ABS (2006). Example, determined that men and women both fell victims of methamphetamine users. Of the total violence directed towards women, 6 percent were methamphetamine related. Of this 6 percent, 4.7 percent is physical violence and 1.6 involves sexual offence. On the other hand, of the violence committed towards men, 11 percent were methamphetamine related. This is dominated by physical violence with 10.4 percent and the rest is sexually related.

A National Perspective of the Impact of Methamphetamine

There is actually a world-wide increase in the use of methamphetamine and it’s been linked to many psychopathological effects that increase of aggressiveness and violent behaviour (Black et al. 2007. Tyner &. Fremouw 2008. Stretesky 2008. Wardlaw 1993). what’s surprising is the lack of any centralized data, study or analysis that’d comprehensively study and understand exactly how methamphetamine has affected the society in general. So far, there has been many psychological and physiological studies but no database exist that’d directly analyse how methamphetamine is factoring in the commision of violent crimes.

Methamphetmine is analysed and studied in isolation. The National Drug Intelligence Centre or NDIC (2011). Example, computed that possible expenses that the government incurred because methamphetamine amounts to more than $61 billion with the justice department incurring majority of the cost. They spent $56 Billion trying cases splitting the cost to human resources and operational cost. The rest of the $61 billion are divided among payments to victims, mortality costs, special drug programs and treatments. Other related medical bills.

However, it evident that they didn’t account for indirect expenses such as productivity loss of the victims, destruction to properties, health consequences to users and other people that may be affected by the production of meth. Others. Data of that nature are needed to fully compute the impact of the methamphetamine (Marshall et al. 2008). More importantly, there is no direct analysis of how many of the total violent crime committed in the United States are directly or indirectly related to methamphetamine or drugs in general. There are some records that could show how many of the suspects or victims were or are drug users but there is no conclusive study on whether the drug use played a part in the crime.

Police departments are wellequipped to gather the data and it could easily be a data that could closely cover a hundred percent of the population. However, there are only two states that studied the link, California and Washington (Dobkin and Nicosia, 2008. High Intensity Drug Trafficing Area, 2006). Other areas that are supposed to be used as entries to the United States by Methamphetamine makers from other countries don’t have the data (See figure 1).

An independent study by the National Drug Threat Surveyed (NDTS) in 2010 determined that methamphetamine is the drug that’s affected the most number of violent crimes in the US followed by Heroine. Most methamphetamine affected crimes cause considerable damage to property. However, the study was a survey. All surveys have a margin of error (NDIC 2011).

Another study by the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program (ADAM II) tracks the drug testing results of ten cities in the US and they’ve established what’s supposed to be a direct and definitive relation of methamphetamine and violent crimes in nine of ten cities. Their records indicate that 60 percent of the arrests in the ten cities were all drug related. Either the victim or the suspect was positive for methamphetamine.

Their study further revealed that there are also other States that experience a decline in the use of methamphetamine such as Washington (NDIC 2011). The National Centre for Education Statistics also conducted their own independent study that revealed high involvement of gangs connected to methamphetamine to 4,323 homicides in 2009 (FBI 2009) and an increase in public schools student involvement on drug related crimes. It increased by 21 percent between 2001 to 2007 (NCESISCS 2011).







 KILGORE, TX (KLTV) – A traffic stop by Kilgore police on Friday night resulted in an arrest.


Corporal Andre Phillips seized 10.1 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, packing materials, and syringes during the arrest.


Kilgore police say that the driver, Jeremy Dakota Murrieta, was arrested for driving with an invalid license. His previous convictions include misdemeanor and felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

Murrieta, 30, of Henderson, is being held in the Gregg County Jail with a bond of $50,500.







SEREMBAN: Bus drivers especially those driving express buses are turning to methamphetamine from cannabis (ganja) as it is longer lasting and easily concealed.

State Road Transport Department (RTD) director Saiful Azzri Hamzah said drivers took the drug to drive longer and do more trips.

“Bus drivers can drive for a lengthy period after taking methamphetamine. This is where the appeal is as they can do more trips.

“Subsequently, express bus drivers drive fast to pursue more trips. It must be curbed to avoid accidents,” he said after a joint ‘Ops Bas Express’ operation by RTD and the National Anti-Drug Agency at Terminal 1, here, last night.

He said 114 buses and 299 bus drivers were inspected during the operation from April 21 until last night. He said of 299 drivers inspected at Terminal 1, three, aged 30 to 45, would have their driving licences cancelled as they were found to be using methamphetamine.







Police say two people smoked methamphetamine while three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, slept nearby in their Webster home on March 16.

According to a criminal complaint filed last month in Rice County District Court:

Police were dispatched to 4015 Delano Ave. in Webster on March 16, 2014, because Andrew Allen Heidemann, 29, was reportedly out of control and breaking a vehicle window. The reporting party was concerned that Heidemann and Ashley Kay Juelfs, 25, had smoked meth the day before with three children in the home, according to the complaint.

An officer arrived to find that the reporting party had blocked Juelfs’ car in the driveway with the three children in it to prevent her from leaving with them. The officer also noted that Heidemann’s vehicle was in the driveway with a broken windshield. The reporting party, who was concerned that Heidemann had stolen some of her prescription medication, said she had arrived about 50 minutes prior to find Heidemann asleep and Juelfs with the children. Heidemann told her that Juelfs had smoked meth the night before in the home, which Juelfs admitted, according to the complaint.

Heidemann told police the reporting party was there because someone had stolen her prescription medication. He found it in the couch cushions and gave it back to her. He admitted smoking meth two nights earlier, and said he saw Juelfs smoke meth the next night in the house. He also admitted that the children were there when they smoked the meth. He said Juelfs, who lives at the residence with him, smoked the meth downstairs and the children were upstairs and that she bought the meth, according to the complaint.

Heidemann showed police an uncovered wooden box where the tinfoil and a plastic tube they had used to smoke the meth was located on top of a piano in the living room. The plastic tube field-tested positive for meth. He also showed the officer a plastic baggie containing meth residue in the kitchen garbage can, which had a removable lid and a garbage can in the laundry room with several tinfoil remnants with burn marks on them that they had used to smoke meth, according to the complaint.

Juelfs told police the she bought an $80 bag of meth in Faribault on Friday night and smoked some Friday night with Heidemann while the kids were upstairs sleeping and the rest last night with friends. She said she used the plastic tube and tin foil to smoke the meth and stored it in the wooden box on the counter or piano. An officer noted that Juelfs was anxious and her eyes and facial expressions were “twitchy,” according to the complaint.

Police noted that the 4-year-old could likely have climbed on the piano bench and accessed the meth and that both the 3- and 4-year-old would have been able to access the baggies containing meth residue in the kitchen trash can. The children were placed into emergency foster care, according to the complaint.

Heidemann is charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, a felony, and child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. If convicted of the most serious charge, he faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Juelfs is also charged with storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, a felony, and child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor.







Broken Arrow police arrested an Arkansas resident at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday after allegedly finding 585 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

The vehicle was originally stopped by police because it failed to signal a right turn when leaving the Luxury Inn at 1401 N. Elm Place in Broken Arrow.

Michael McBirney

The officer was reportedly about to give the suspect, Michael McBirney, 49, a verbal warning for a turn signal violation when another officer’s canine partner indicated the presence of drugs within the vehicle.

The two officers searched the vehicle and reportedly found 585 grams of methamphetamine separated between six packages. Police also found 38 grams of marijuana and a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, the report states.

During the arrest, the officer allegedly found a 3.6 grams of meth in McBirney’s boot and a marijuana smoking pipe in his pocket.

McBirney was booked on a complaint of aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine. He is being held on $26,500 bond.








Australia is facing a crystal meth pandemic, authorities warned Tuesday as they announced arrests and seizures over illicit drugs reached an all-time high last year.

SYDNEY: Australia is facing a crystal meth pandemic, authorities warned Tuesday as they announced arrests and seizures over illicit drugs reached an all-time high last year.

The government-run Australian Crime Commission (ACC) said in a report that the situation was “gravely serious”, with international cartels at the heart of the problem.

“National illicit drug seizures and arrests were at record or decade highs for nearly all drug types in this reporting period,” said ACC acting chief executive Paul Jevtovic.

“Illicit drug use in Australia, and the profits gained from it, is directly linked to transnational organised crime groups that are implicated in large-scale criminality and corruption overseas.”

During the financial year to July 2013, a record 101,749 arrests were made and there were 86,918 seizures of illicit drugs — a 66 per cent increase over the past decade.

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Police have previously said Australia’s wealth and the strength of the Australian dollar meant traffickers were pouring drugs into the country.

“Australians, for whatever reason, are prepared to pay a high price for illicit drugs, probably because they can,” ACC official Judy Lind told reporters.

“And in the last four or five year, international drug cartels have cottoned on to that.”

While cannabis continues to dominate the Australian market, the prevalence of cocaine and performance-enhancing drugs was also at record highs.

There was also a massive surge in the availability of ice — or crystal methylamphetamine — which is now second only to cannabis in popularity, with seizures up more than 300 per cent in a year.

Jevtovic said the issue was a “national concern”, with the drug linked to violent assaults as users can become highly aggressive, and compared it to the crack crisis that gripped the US in the 1980s and 1990s.

“With its relative accessibility, affordability and destructive side-effects, crystal methylamphetamine is emerging as a pandemic akin to the issue of ‘crack’ cocaine in the United States,” he said.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan agreed that the ice epidemic was becoming a major problem.

“Ice is a devastating, insidious drug. It affects everyone from users, their families, and their communities, and the authorities who deal with the users,” he said, adding that the report provided authorities with a robust picture of the illicit drug market.

“The information released today is as encouraging as it is challenging. Law enforcement is making significant inroads in the fight against illicit drugs. We’re detecting more criminals and disrupting more illicit drugs before they hit the streets,” said Keenan.

“But there is much more work to be done and this report also provides critical evidence so that decision makers and law enforcement officers can develop further strategies to undermine the business models of organised crime and combat the threat of illicit drugs.”







A Lebanon mom allegedly told officers she was allowing her boyfriend to make methamphetamine in her home, so she could “get high for free.”

Following the Sunday night investigation at a New Buffalo road apartment, where methamphetamine was allegedly being produced in a home occupied by a young child, three people face felony charges.


The Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has charged Ruben J. Moreno Jr., 36, of Lebanon, Chelsea L. Heaston, 24, of Lebanon and Shane Michael Hare, 24, of Springfield, each with a class A felony of attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and a class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.


All three are being held in the Laclede County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond each.







Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports a woman was arrested Thursday morning after an anonymous complaint was brought to light about a possible narcotics violation inside the home. Reports said when deputies arrived at the location, a strong chemical smell emanated from the home and they were suspicious of a Methamphetamine lab upon arrival.


Reports said Adriana Marie Loftus, 31, Pace was found lying on her back behind her home beside a tricycle when a deputy found her. According to the reports, Loftus attacked the deputy when he told her why he was called to her house. Deputies report during the attack, as the deputy was attempting to call for help, Loftus ripped his radio microphone from his shirt and threw it into the grass behind her where the deputy couldn’t communicate. She also threw punches to the deputy’s face and chest area, even though he repeatedly told her to stop. Reports said the attack became even more aggressive so the deputy defended himself by blocking redirecting punches with his flashlight and called aloud for help. Another deputy came from the south and helped subdue Loftus. Deputies report of having to use the taser because of Loftus’ inability to be subdued. Reports said emergency medical services were called for Loftus since she had a laceration from the attack. Reports said Loftus did not lose consciousness.

According to deputies, when asked why she originally attacked the deputy, she said she felt as if the deputy were attacking her by saying the possible production of Methamphetamine was taking place inside her home. She told the deputy she had two children inside the home. Reports said she told deputies she had anger issues. Deputies report Methamphetamine was found inside the home. Due to the fact children were in residence Department of Children and Family Services were called. Reports said she received two stitches at Santa Rosa Medical Center and was arrested and taken to the county jail. Reports list Loftus’ charges as battery, cruelty toward child, resisting officer, obstruct police, drugs-possess x2 and drug equip-possess. Loftus bail was set at $81,000.







A Lexington woman who had methamphetamine in her bra and a Rock Hill man with marijuana in his pants pocket were arrested this weekend after police officers on bike patrol noticed an illegally parked Ford Mustang, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Kristen Nicole FoutzChristopher Ryan Mullis

Kristen Nicole Foutz, 32, and Christopher Ryan Mullis, 26, were arrested on Saturday evening on drug charges while sitting in a car on Chestnut Street. Police approached their car and asked them if they had anything illegal inside.

Officers recovered 7 grams of marijuana in Mullis’ front jeans pocket and 0.7 grams of meth in Foutz’ bra. According to the report, Foutz requested a female officer to perform her pat-down. Marijuana cigarettes were also found in the car’s center console.

Both Foutz and Mullis have prior drug convictions.

Mullis has a prior conviction for marijuana possession in 2010 and Mullis has two previous convictions for methampethamine in 2004 and 2006.








HAWKEYE | Three people have been arrested and a fourth is wanted in connection with an investigation into methamphetamine sales in Fayette County.


On Monday, Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies issued a search warrant at 331 Pearl St. in Hawkeye after a two-week investigation on the sale and possession of methamphetamine.

Arrested were Ashley L. Rochford, 30, of Hawkeye, Kimberly S. Eckhardt, 46, of Arlington, and Daniel R. Guyer, 57, of Arlington, all for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

An arrest warrant was issued for a Andrew N. Marcussen, 49, of West Union, for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.Conspiracy is a Class C felony, with a punishment upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison.


Deputies said Rochford and Marcussen will also be charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia as a result of the search.


This investigation remains open. Deputies said more charges and another person could be charged later.








Chancey Paul Hankins, 20 of Carterville, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping along with numerous drug and traffic violations. Reports said that Hankins told jail officers that he had swallowed 5 grams of Methamphetamine before he was arrested on Sunday. He was taken to Cartersville Medical Center where he was cleared medically and then transported back to the Bartow County Jail.

Hankins is charged with kidnapping, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, obstruction, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude, false imprisonment and driving on a suspended drivers license.




A man wanted on active warrants for kidnapping and other charges is now in custody.

According to Cartersville Police reports, 20-year old Chancey Paul Hankins was found lying on the couch at a residence on High Moon Street in Carterville just after 11 a.m. Sunday.
Once at the jail, Hankins told jailers he had swallowed 5 grams of Methamphetamine before he was arrested.
He was taken to Cartersville Medical Center where he was cleared medically and then transported back to the Bartow County Jail.
In addition to the kidnapping warrant, Hankins was also wanted on warrants for theft by recieving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, obstruction, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude, false imprisonment and driving on a suspended drivers license.

Police in South Burlington said a Milton man was under the influence of drugs when he drove his car in to The Edge Sport and Fitness Sunday night.

Officers responded to the scene at 8:50 p.m. Sunday on Eastwood Drive in South Burlington. They say a Toyota Scion driven by Alec Stephens II, 46, of Milton hit a building.


Stephens showed signs of drug impairment, police said. He was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation and a Drug Recognition Expert from the Vermont State Police determined Stephens showed signs of drug intoxication.

Police also said they found more than 3 grams of a white powder in Stephens’ socks. The powder tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Stephens arrested for suspicion of DUI and possession of methamphetamine. He was jailed at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

Company president Mike Feitelberg said the Edge’s Eastwood Drive facility was closed completely Monday morning, and it has since been reopened with the exception of the pool.

“There was damage to the pool pumps and we, as a result, have had the pool shut down until it can be repaired,” Feitelberg said. “The exterior wall has to be repaired over the next few days.”







San Luis, Arizona – A 30-year-old, Phoenix-area man was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Juan Carlos Maduena-Penaloza, of Tolleson, for an inspection of his Ford truck. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 20 packages of crystal methamphetamine from the gas tank. The drugs, worth nearly $324,000, and vehicle were seized. Maduena was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.









DeKALB – The cleanup process for the apartment where DeKalb police said they found an active methamphetamine lab remains murky, but officials have allowed the tenant in the apartment downstairs to return to his home.

Police said they found a working meth lab Friday at 418 N. Eleventh St. after they knocked on the door as part of an ongoing investigation sparked by the meth lab discovered in October at Travel Inn in DeKalb.

The building was evacuated from about 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday while local firefighters and the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team removed the lab without incident, authorities said.

Michael J. Dumiak, 30; Malgorzata M. Dutkowska, 25, and Jennifer Simpson, 32, were charged with aggravated participation in the production of methamphetamine, participation in the production of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing. Police said Dumiak and Dutkowska were living together in apartment No. 3 upstairs, while Simpson was living in apartment No. 1.

The three are due in court today. Dumiak’s bond was set at $500,000, while Dutkowska’s and Simpson’s bonds are $200,000 each.

David Johnson, who lives in the downstairs apartment, went to a friend’s house for a few hours while the scene was cleared. He said he returned about 11 p.m. Friday night and hasn’t had any interruptions to his regular routine since then.

“No, I’m not really concerned,” Johnson said of living in the building. “I asked if anything seeped into my apartment and they told me ‘no.’ I believe them.”

The apartment that housed the alleged meth lab was deemed uninhabitable and will remain that way until it is cleaned, although officials said they are not sure how long that process might take. Police believe the lab was not operated for long in the apartment, police Sgt. Steve Lekkas said.

DeKalb Public Works Director T.J. Moore said the property owner, Richard Burke of Genoa, is responsible for the cleanup. On Monday, Moore was not sure what city agency would be responsible for clearing the apartment to be inhabited again.

“We’re still investigating the process and will be in touch with the property owner,” Moore said.

Burke could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

The Illinois Department of Public Health suggests hiring an environmental cleanup company with expertise in hazardous material waste removal and cleanup before anyone enters the building without protective equipment. Building materials and furniture could have absorbed contaminants and continue to release chemicals, according to the agency.

Other than suggesting methods of cleanup, the state does not have a policy regarding sampling former meth labs or ensuring the cleanup is completed, Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold said. The state also does not have a policy requiring a property owner to notify potential tenants of a past meth lab if the property is being rented.

“The bottom line is the only time someone needs to disclose there is a meth lab is when it’s sold,” Arnold said.

Moore said he was not aware of any local ordinance requiring a property owner to disclose a former meth lab to a tenant.







The Otero County Sheriff’s Office and the Otero County Narcotics Enforcement Unit on Thursday confiscated more than two ounces of suspected methamphetamine and other drugs after serving a search warrant at an Alamogordo residence.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House said the sheriff’s office detective division obtained a search warrant for a residence on the 3200 block of Fayne Lane.

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According to Otero County Magistrate Court records obtained by the Daily News, Craig Ochoa, 52, is charged with one count of second-degree felony trafficking of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was ordered held at the Otero County Detention Center on a $21,000 no-10 percent bond, House said.

Also charged in connection with the search warrant is Neil Ochoa, 54, after police allegedly found numerous prescription drugs and cocaine during the search.

House said Neil Ochoa allegedly tried to hide the drugs as police were searching the residence.

Neil Ochoa is charged with six counts of fourth-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, one count of fourth-degree felony tampering with evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

Neil Ochoa was ordered held on a $31,000 no-10 percent bond, House said.

He said the deputies found Craig, Neil and a woman standing in front of the residence when they arrived to serve the warrant.

House said once inside, the deputies found more than 2.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine broken down into numerous packages and numerous items of paraphernalia, including bongs, pipes and baggies.

“The suspected methamphetamine was field tested and did test positive for the properties of methamphetamine,” he said.

He said Craig Ochoa admitted that he was the sole occupant of the house where the sheriff’s office allegedly found the drugs.

House said the amount of suspected methamphetamine found was “significant.”

The United States Border Patrol assisted in the investigation.







Shreveport (KMSS) — The Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit busted multiple for allegedly involved with a meth house last week.

Four people were arrested during the execution of a search warrant on Keysburg Court in the Norris Ferry Landing subdivision on April 23, said Sheriff Steve Prator and Police Chief Willie Shaw.



Agents recovered 29 grams of suspected meth from Trenton Belgar, the homeowner. The 45-year-old was charged with possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute.

While on the scene, three people arrived at the home to purchase suspected meth. Jacob Trosclair, Leslie Robertson and Jackie Watson were all taken into custody.


At the time of their arrests, Trosclair was in possession of suspected meth, while Robertson and Watson were in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a handgun and a muzzle loader rifle, said authorities.

Trosclair, 23, of Shreveport, was arrested for attempted possession of meth and possession of meth. Robertson, 37, and Watson, 43, both of Texarkana, Texas, were arrested for attempted possession of meth, possession of marijuana and illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS.

All were booked into Caddo Correctional Center.










4 arrested on drug charges in southeast Shreveport

CADDO PARISH, La, – Four people were arrested on drug charges after a search warrant was executed on Keysburg Court in Norris Ferry Landing subdivision this past week, said Sheriff Steve Prator and Police Chief Willie Shaw.

On April 23, agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit recovered approximately 29 grams of suspected meth from Trenton Belgard, the homeowner at 10501 Keysburg Court. Belgard, 45, was arrested for possession of schedule II (meth) with intent to distribute.

While on the scene, three people arrived at the residence to purchase suspected meth. Jacob Trosclair, Leslie Robertson, and Jackie Watson were all taken into custody.

At the time of their arrests, Trosclair was in possession of suspected meth, while Robertson and Watson were in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a handgun, and a muzzle loader rifle.

Trosclair, 23, of the 8000 block of Amy Hewes Drive, was arrested for attempted possession of schedule II (meth) and possession of schedule II (meth). Robertson, 37, of the 2900 block of Millard Street, and Watson, 43, of Texarkana, Texas, were both arrested for attempted possession of schedule II (meth), possession of schedule I (marijuana), and illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS.

All were booked into Caddo Correctional Center.








EAST PALATKA, Fla.About a dozen people are without a place to stay after a fire broke out at a motel in East Palatka Sunday night, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Putnam County Fire Rescue responded to the Siesta Motel on South U.S. Hwy. 17 around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Billie Jo Pyles said she had been living at the motel with her husband for about a year to help ends meet and and now they lost everything.

She also said about a dozen other people call the motel home and were affected by the fire.

“We were downstairs and I heard an alarm… I smelled something funny so I went outside and seen smoke,” said Pyles. “I ran in the room and my husband was sleeping. I screamed at him to get up. I grabbed the bird while I tried to grab the dogs. I have three dogs. One I got out of the house quick, the other wouldn’t come out, one got under the bed. We finally got all mine out.”

Pyles also went back into the motel to help get her neighbors and their pets out.

“My neighbor, she wasn’t home, she was at work with her husband. Their two dogs were in their room so I broke in their room and got their dogs out. I ran to the next room and got the old man out. I got everybody up here and was calling 911 in the middle of all this. We got them all here and the room was on fire there,” said Pyles.

Pyles said she’s complained several times about the drug activity at the motel and said what she smelled during the fire was all to familiar.

“I know I’ve complained about the drugs and the stuff that goes on here. I’ve smelled meth here before. Police have come because of the meth smell before,” said Pyles.

The cause of the fire is unknown at the time and the State Fire Marshal is investigating.


Pyles said her room was directly below the room where, she believes, the fire started. She said she’s devastated that she has lost everything.

“Everything I own is gone. It’s damaged, nothing left. All my clothes. I saved my husband’s, thank God, he has to work in about an hour. But all mine is gone,” said Pyles. “We lost one cat. A cat died and my bird of 28 years died. Everybody else survived.”

Pyles said the bird belonged to her son who passed when he was 21 years old. she said the bird was all she had left to remember him by.

Although she is devastated for everything she lost in the fire, she said she is glad everyone made it out safe. She said 16 people were currently staying at the motel.

“The owner came after it was put out. He did refund part of our money, what we haven’t used, he did refund that and he’s helping that way. I don’t know what’s going to happen next for him either because they have to tear this whole place down,” said Pyles.

Although Pyles said her future is unknown right now, she is just thankful to be alive.

“I’m very thankful I was able to wake my husband up because he’s not one to wake up. Everybody got up easy for me, so that’s a good thing. I’m thankful to God for that one. He never gives us more than we can handle so we’ll be okay,” said Pyles.

Pyles said the Red Cross is assisting the victims of the fire. She said the organization has helped her find a place to stay for three days.







Last summer, police officers encountered a suspect whose head swelled up, who stripped off layers of clothes, laid down on the ground and tried to bite officers when he was eventually handcuffed. This person was apparently under the influence of one of the synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts.

Methamphetamine has been identified as the prevalent hard drug in Klamath Falls, and the most dangerous statewide, but other narcotics are on the rise.

Disturbing new trends indicate cocaine and heroin usage is up, while meth itself might be deadlier than ever as dealers are cutting it with other substances to increase their profit margins.

Bath salts had a brief period of activity in the area last year, according to Detective Jack Daniel, Klamath Falls Police Department. That seems to have died down as of 2014, mostly because users have become aware of the extreme effects of the synthetic drugs.

However, the danger remains that meth dealers are mixing in a little of bath salts, which look similar, in the baggies they sell and trade to users. Daniel said bath salts can heighten meth’s effects, which makes some users come back. Or the addition can lead to extreme psychosis and violent behavior, after which users will swear off the stuff altogether.

“What we’ve heard, and presumed, based upon these encounters with people, is that bath salts are being mixed in with methamphetamine,” Daniel said.

“[Dealers will] get a higher weight on the methamphetamine when they sell it, [users will] get a similar reaction from … it will get you high in some way, shape or form.”

Bath salt blends

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the family of substances known on the street as bath salts may be manufactured in China and India, then packaged for wholesale in Eastern Europe. The products are typically marketed as legal household items, though Daniel said the chemical composition of the bath salt blends are constantly changing to stay ahead of DEA classification and regulation.

He noted meth users do not often know their fix is being tampered with.

“Often times they won’t know that they’re buying that blend. They’re getting cheated out of a small amount of meth,” Daniel said. “I’ve talked to people that have used, and after they’re psychosis is over, they’ve said ‘I’m down, I think they blended it with bath salts, I think they’re trying to kill me … I’m done.’ ”

“I haven’t heard a whole lot about bath salts lately, and again that may be cause of the effects it’s having,” he added.

A new gateway

According to Daniel, cocaine has replaced marijuana as the gateway drug to harder substances.

“Cocaine is becoming more prevalent here, it seems to be a more socially accepted party drug,” he said.

“Marijuana used to be the gateway drug, but now it’s so prevalent that cocaine and prescription drugs are turning into the gateway drugs for harder drugs like methamphetamine and heroin.”

Data released this week from the Office of the Oregon State Medical Examiner shows cocaine deaths are down in 2013, with only 12 reported statewide. Ten years ago, 53 deaths in Oregon were attributed to cocaine.

No cocaine related deaths were reported in Klamath County last year.

Heroin use rising

While cocaine might be the new gateway for some, Daniel said prescription drug abuse seems to be leading to increased rates of heroin abuse and heroin deaths.

No deaths in Klamath County were pinned to heroin in 2013, but statewide 111 instances were documented.

“The trend is going to heroin use, and that’s stemming from prescription drug abuse from oxycodone and other opiates. Younger people will get hooked on those opiates and begin abusing them. Once they came to the point they can’t afford the opiate anymore, they will turn to heroin,” Daniel said.

Heroin can be particularly dangerous because the manufacturing process is unique from supplier to supplier, Daniel said. The situation is further complicated because every dealer splits up what they sell differently, diluting (or not) at different rates.

A similarly sized pinhead-sized portion of the drug can contain 25 percent opiate, or 100 percent. Daniel said the user might never know the difference before it is too late.

“It’s very easy to overdose on because of the manufacture process. There’s no consistency in the dosage size.”








High on ice, a 19-year-old man who led police on a chase through several Maitland suburbs shortly after ­midnight on Friday was eventually stopped with the use of road spikes.

Police stopped Matthew James Ryan, of Largs Avenue, Largs, in Kurri Kurri about 12.20am on Saturday.

As the officer got out of his vehicle, Ryan’s Holden sedan sped off and continued to accelerate well in excess of the sign-posted 50km/h.

He reached speeds of 96km/h through streets as the pursuit con­tinued through Heddon Greta and into Maitland.

It was about this time police were notified that Ryan contacted triple-0 and told the operator he was on the drug ice and was nervous about police pursuing him.

He said he had two passengers in the car, who were later identified as being a 15- and 16-year-old girl.

Ryan drove through a red light at the intersection of Ken Tubman Drive and High Street, and was followed to Largs where he drove through several streets and crossed onto the wrong side of the road when turning corners.

He eventually drove over road spikes police had laid on Paterson Road.

The car tyres began to disintegrate along High Street, where Ryan stopped the car.

Police discovered Ryan had never held a driver’s licence and had previously been convicted of unlicensed driving.

Ryan was refused bail in Maitland Local Court on Saturday and returned to court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to four charges of driving never licensed, reckless driving, police pursuit and possession of a prohibited weapon.

During a brief mention of the matter, Ryan’s solicitor said his client’s offences stemmed from an ice addiction.

“His quite horrendous prior record commenced only in 2012 – the year when he fell in love with a drug called ice,” said Ryan’s solicitor, who did not make an application for bail on behalf of his client.

Ryan also pleaded guilty to an ­unrelated break and enter offence.

The matters were adjourned to June 16 when it is expected he will be sentenced.







POLICE have had a 64 per cent increase in people charged for methamphetamine-related crimes on the North-West Coast, compared to last year.

Statewide four times the amount of methamphetamines had been seized compared to 2013, Western Drug Investigation Service’s Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Woolley said yesterday.

“In relation to the North-West Coast, we’ve had an increase of eight per cent of methyl amphetamine-based products,” Detective Woolley said.

A drug raid in Devonport last year recovered 30 grams of methyl amphetamine along with two guns.

Detective Woolley said the North-West Coast had fewer drug seizures than other Tasmanian cities, but more people had been charged.

“The increase is due to some very successful targeted drug operations that have been conducted by the Western Drug Investigation Services, and there’s been an obvious increase in usage of that type of drug,” he said.

“This year we’ve targeted major suppliers in relation to that drug and have been very successful.”

Detective Woolley said mailing, shipping and air were the three most common means of smuggling methyl amphetamine into the state.

He said the cost of the drug saw an increase in its popularity.

“It’s easier for the supplier to make or buy,” he said.

“There’s a market for it and that’s why it’s easy to pick up.”

Pseudoephedrine, found in some over-the-counter cold and flu tablets, is a precursor ingredient used in making methamphetamine.

“When we go to do searches if we find lots of glass items in a house, or cough and flu tablets in bulk, we start to get worried and that makes us suspicious,” Detective Woolley said.









KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Meth is being blamed for a big disturbance at a West Michigan apartment building.

Residents in the building called police after hearing an explosion. Soon after, meth was discovered.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were called out to the apartment building on Alamo Hills Drive around 2 a.m. Residents thought there was a fire after they heard a loud explosion and saw smoke.

Officers say there was no fire, but they did find one pot of meth in the basement. Investigators tell Newschannel 3, no actual meth-making operation was found in the building. They also believe the disturbance was caused by bottle rockets.

This is all still being investigated. Police tell Newschannel 3 no arrests have been made at this time.
Police discover meth in Kalamazoo apartment building







As statistics in Madison County indicate, the impact of the illicit drug methamphetamine has devastated the community. In 2012, the county was labeled with a dubious distinction: No. 1 in the state for meth labs discovered and No. 2 in the country. Those numbers dropped in 2013, but the county still remained in the top seven in Indiana.

The numbers reflect a meth epidemic, as well as a commitment by prosecutors and law enforcement to battle the drug.

Neighborhoods with rundown or abandoned houses invite transient tenants to run illicit drug rings and produce dangerous substances like meth.

Because of the explosive probabilities that accompany cooking meth, property owners and insurance companies have no choice but to account for the dangers. Housing values fall, while insurance rates rise.

Meanwhile, a segment of the population dealing with addiction and legal issues creates an economic drain on a county already depressed for decades since the exodus of General Motors.

Local police and prosecutors believe they’re making a difference, and meth arrest numbers have dipped in recent months. After leading the state in lab seizures in 2012, Madison County’s number of lab busts dropped 36 percent in 2013.

According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration statistics, Indiana was No. 3, behind only Missouri and Tennessee in labs seized in 2012. While not every state has released 2013 numbers, Indiana figures to be near the top again, having more than 1,800 dismantled labs. The number has gone up every year since 2006, even as national meth arrest numbers have trended down.

To find meth labs, police officers rely heavily on tips from citizens and businesses. But thanks to legislation passed in the last decade, police have also benefited from a much-needed high-tech assist.

In 2011, then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill requiring the state to participate in an e-tracking program for pseudoephedrine, typically used for the common cold. The law limited individual purchases of pseudoephedrine to 3.6 grams a day and 7.2 grams every 30 day.

If someone tries to purchase more than the designated amount, the sale is blocked, and at many stores, will be reported to the National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx. Officers can access NPLEX’s website and see who has had purchases blocked. This often leads to the discovery of meth labs.

The system isn’t perfect. There are ways to make meth without using pseudoephedrine. But detectives say the tracking system has helped.


Devoting so many resources to one problem is costly, preventing law enforcement from tackling other issues. Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings conservatively estimates that local court costs of meth cases amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Additionally, there’s the cost of cleaning up a home lab. A DTF detective estimated the average clean-up cost at $1,500 a lab.

Nicole Crawford, commander of the state police’s meth team, said the special equipment — breathing apparatus, chemical suits and other items — required to dismantle meth labs costs the state about $400,000 a year.

But the concerns aren’t limited to property damage

.County and state officials said that, more than anything, children of meth-using parents or guardians face acute neglect, with psychological implications.

“[Meth] is pervasive here,”said Beth Dickerson, case manager supervisor of Madison County’s Department of Child Services. Dickerson said meth takes precedence over everything else in a user’s life. Children of abusers might go days without proper supervision, living in the world of toxic meth labs and the litany of medical problems they can cause.

Additionally, one of the common side-effects of meth use is heightened sexual drive, which creates an increased possibility of sexual abuse of children, perpetrated by family, friends or complete strangers. Exposure to such a drug culture can lead to problems at school, as well as generational mental health issues.

“It’s a traumatic experience, too, when children have to be removed from one of these labs,” Dickerson said. “If it’s been manufactured in the home, there’s almost always contamination on the walls.

“In these cases, the child is immediately taken from their parents, transported to the hospital by ambulance, blood tested and showered at the hospital.

“They can’t take anything with them because the house is toxic. So if they have a favorite stuffed animal or their Playstation, if it’s a teen, they have to leave it behind.

”ISP meth team detective Nate Raney remembers working a case several years ago in Putnam County and finding meth in a child’s crib. Another time, in 2013, he helped dismantle a lab in a house where a woman in her 80s used an oxygen tank.

“All of us on the meth team have kids, and I think that’s one of the reasons they wanted us,” Raney said. “Does it make us mad? Yes.

“But I think you could ask any of these parents, they don’t want their kids there. But the power of the drug is so strong, they can’t say no. It’s like meth takes your soul.

”Despite such disheartening anecdotes, authorities believe the tide may be changing in the war on meth.

“The best resources we have are other people’s eyes and their willingness. I can check the databases all day, but we’re pretty powerless without the public’s help,” Raney said.

Report meth use To report suspected meth manufacturing or use, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or text INDYCS+message to CRIMES. Tips can be made anonymously. More information can be found at http://www.meth.in.gov. –