While the news about the effectiveness of Hawaii drug treatment programs has been positive, there has been one disturbing trend: the percentage of adults 50 years and older that reported methamphetamine as their primary substance has nearly doubled in the past five years.

This is according to the state Dept. of Health’s newly published 2015 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services Report.9-11-crystal-meth-use

Over the past five years, more than half of the adults and adolescents who participated in a substance abuse treatment program and completed a six-month follow-up survey had remained clean, reporting no substance use in 30 days prior to the follow-up. The majority had managed their lives well without any arrests, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits since they had been discharged from the treatment programs.

In a six-month follow-up study in 2014, almost all adolescents were attending school and nearly 70 percent of adults were employed.

The report is being released to coincide with National Recovery Month, a nationwide recognition of various alcohol and drug treatment programs and initiatives focused on recovery efforts. This year’s theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal and Valuable!”

The state Dept. of Health commissioned University of Hawaii’s Center on the Family to conduct the extensive research and analysis to assess the alcohol and drug problem in our state.

The success of the recovery programs in Hawaii has largely been the result of collaboration. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Hawaii Department of Health remains the primary source of public funds for substance abuse prevention and treatment services in Hawaii.

Over the past five years, from 2010 to 2014, Hawaii invested an average of $17 million in state and federal funds each year to address alcohol and drug abuse. In 2014, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division provided funding for 24 agencies at 52 sites to provide treatment for adults, and 10 agencies at 107 sites to offer services for adolescents. In the five-year period, there was a 26 percent increase in sites for adolescents and a 16 percent increase in sites for adults.

“There is still much more work that needs to be done in our community in terms of prevention and treatment,” said Alan Johnson, chief executive officer of Hina Mauka, Hawaii’s largest alcohol and drug treatment program that has provided recovery treatment and ongoing support for adults, teens and families for more than 40 years.

“However, we have a stronger, more comprehensive system of care to address the needs of our community,” added Johnson, who also serves as chairman of the Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, which consists of about 20 treatment programs.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is now in the planning stages for transition and case management services as a next step in the treatment and recovery process to fill the community’s need. A request for proposal for these services will be issued in 2016 for services that begin 2017.


Young people addicted to crystal meth are more aggressive and impulsive, creating extra challenges for the Guelph outreach workers who are trying to help them, according to one agency in the city.hi-crystal-meth

Debbie Bentley-Lauzon is the executive director of Wyndham House, a short-term shelter and outreach centre that works with with youth, and she says that she has seen meth use rise over the past two years.

“Once a young person starts to use it, we do see changes in their behaviours, their aggressiveness, their impulsivity, as well as a lot of, from an agency perspective, a lot of theft and property damage because they’re just really focused on using meth, finding ways to purchase it and keeping that going,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

Guelph Police say meth seizure rates have swelled by 1500 per cent between 2012 and 2014 and youth outreach workers say that would coincide with the growing number of young people becoming hooked on the drug.

Meth is a problem in Guelph right now, as police work to stop the steady flow of the drug into the city and agencies such as Wyndham House work to help people who’ve become addicted to the drug.

Data on meth seizures from Guelph police show the city saw a rise of over 1500 per cent in the amount of meth seized by police in the city in just two years, from 2012 to 2014. That has coincided with growing use among younger people, and Lauzon-Bentley says she has seen meth addicts as young as 16 and 17 years old.

“I’m always shocked at how easy it is to get [crystal meth].” Debbie Bentley-Lauzon, executive director of Wyndham House in Guelph.

“Quite frankly, it can be very overwhelming for staff when you see that our aim is to provide a space where young people can take a breath out of the crisis of homelessness or whatever the immediate crisis is,” said Bentley-Lauzon. “Our aim to create that stable place for clients where they can envision that they have a bright future is made very difficult by the use of meth.”

She said Whyndham House has had to re-examine their training and expand the services and training they offer to staff, as well as bringing in outside addictions counselors to work with clients and provide staff education and training.

“We have seen some of our young female clients, in this community, become involved in sex work to finance their addictions. They recognize often that it’s very devastating to their future, but at the same time they’re really stuck in such a corner that they can’t see beyond that that’s really what they need to do, ” said Bentley-Lauzon.

“I think what is kind of an unacknowledged or a hidden secret is that at Wyndham House not all of our young people knocking on a shelter door come from homes where poverty is experienced. We have young people from every postal code and every income level,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

She encourages parents and community leaders to talk to kids early and to be open about the problem.

“I think it’s the idea that, maybe as a parent or as a community, if we don’t talk to them in advance, they won’t know about it and it’s not going to enter their world, but it is here and it is prevalent and I’m always shocked at how easy it is to get it,” said Bentley-Lauzon.


ANGOLA, Ind. (21Alive) — A Wednesday morning traffic stop in Angola led to the arrests of three people after a K-9 found a meth lab in the vehicle.

Police arrested Robert Phibbs and Casey Shuffstall on manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes, and maintaining a common nuisance.Phibbs+Shuffstall+and+combs+mugs

Mindy Combs was arrested on manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes and visiting a common nuisance.

Around 8:38 a.m., Angola Police K-9 named “Yogi” alerted officers, and after a search of the car, police found a meth lab, syringes, methamphetamine and other paraphernalia.

A small child was also in the car and was placed in the car of family members.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was served at a 600 E. Brad Street house in Angola, where officers found more methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.


PUEBLO, Colo. – A mother accused of trying to choke her seven-week-old son to death told police she took meth hours before.

Savannah Jacobs, 28, appeared in court Thursday and waived her right to hear the charges against her.

Magistrate Kelle Thomas said it appears Jacobs is suffering from some mental health issues.Savannah-Jacobs-Mugshot-jpg

According to Jacobs’ arrest affidavit, she told police the night before the incident she “ate a small chunk of methamphetamine” and three hours before that “she did a line of meth.”

When she woke up Tuesday morning, Jacobs told police she started to hear voices saying she had forgotten someone’s birthday. She told police, “I hurt my child. I almost tried to kill him.”

Police received a call at 7:36 a.m. Tuesday, but the caller hung up. When dispatch called back, Jacobs answered and said she had just called 911 and said, “I need to call and tell I just tried to kill my son.”

Jacobs told police her son was sleeping when she placed her hands around the baby’s neck.

Noel Baros, a prevention coordinator at the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, said other parents can learn something from Jacobs’ case.

“Having a new child or even being a mom with a toddler or older kid is always a life-changing event,” Baros said. “It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed in situations while taking care of your children.”

In Jacobs’ case, police said her son didn’t suffer any serious injuries. But child advocates say there are signs to watch for if you suspect abuse.

“If the child is not wanting to go with the parent or they’re lashing out at school — those are usually signs that will start in at the beginning,” Baros said.

Jacobs faces several charges including attempted second-degree murder and child abuse.

A statewide campaign launched by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year aims to get more people to report child abuse. Most of the people who report suspected child abuse are mandated by the state to do so.

“I just think people don’t realize that they can call if they’re not a mandated reporter or more or less they don’t want to be the one to be like, ‘oh you reported me,'” Baros said.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to report abuse.

Additionally, if you know someone who needs help dealing with a mental health issue, there is a crisis hot line number they can call at 844-493-8255 (TALK).


COLUMBUS, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2015) – It started as a simple check on some travelers who ran out of gas and ended with three people in jail on methamphetamine charges.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Columbus Police Department stopped to check on three people who were Ashley Georgestranded after their van ran out of gas on I-65 near mile marker 62.

They spoke to Alexander Piano Jr., 45, Indianapolis, who told police the van ran out of fuel a few miles south from their current location. Officers said Piano looked extremely nervous when they talked to him and noticed he was carrying a handgun.

He informed officers he didn’t have a permit for the firearm; police took him into custody.

Police also found Billy S. Patterson, 32, Indianapolis, and Ashley George, 28, a small bag of methamphetamineBeech Grove, inside the vehicle. While officers talked to them, a police K-9 indicated there were drugs inside. A search turned up a small bag of methamphetamine, syringes, electronic scales, a shotgun and a small safe.

After getting a search warrant, police opened the safe, where they found 2.3 pounds of meth valued at more than $100,000.

Piano, Patterson and George were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine. Piano also faced a charge of possessing a handgun without a permit.


A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing, delivering and possession of several controlled substances after investigators found six different types of narcotics in an apartment on Weber Road Thursday.865293

Tawanya Rabb was arrested after an investigation into neighbors’ complaints of drug dealing at an apartment in the 5200 block of Weber. The Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics Vice Investigations Division served the warrant about 12:15 p.m.

Investigators seized 0.4 ounces of crack cocaine, 0.25 ounces of methamphetamine, 9830100.34 ounces of Alprazolam, 0.048 ounces of acetaminophen/hydrocodone, 0.33 ounces of hydrocodone and 0.14 ounces of Tramadol, according to news release.

Rabb is charged with manufacturing and intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Her bail is set at $41,000.


UNION Parish — Two out-of-state residents were arrested by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents Tuesday Night.

Agents booked John R. Devaul, 44, of Virginia, and Gloria A. Gilmore, 44, of Wyoming into the Union Parish Detention Center.

They were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond has been set.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the agents were on State Line Road north of Marion and observed a vehicle parked in the northbound lane.

Because there is a lot of logging operations in that area and logging equipment, the agents made contact with the couple.

A resulting search of the vehicle turned up one ounce of meth.


The Williamson County Sheriff’s office interdiction team is hard at work busting drug runners along Central Texas’ stretch of I-35.

“We’ve had a banner year in the last 12 months, actually probably in the past two years,” said Captain Mike Gleason. “Our loads have consisted of 20 plus gallons of meth oil, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana,” he says of the drugs they’ve seized, that also includes “12-20 pounds of methamphetamine, it’s a lot.”

I-35 has also been called the “Cartel Corridor.” It runs from near the Southern tip of Texas to Canada’s border. In Texas, it’s one of many State Highways The Department of Public Safety is responsible for patrolling, highways that some say have become dangerous.

“I am not insinuating, I know that it’s a fact in Central Texas that people are dying because our Troopers are no longer here locally,” said Bill Gravell. He is Williamson County’s Precinct 4 Justice of The Peace. He is one of 4 J.P.’s in the county who certify deaths, including those at vehicle crash scenes.

As our FOX 7 investigation revealed, according to three different internal DPS highway reports, there’s been a dramatic rise in crash fatalities on State Highways over the past two years. In Central Texas, they’re up 71%. But, records show speeding tickets in the area are down, by 50%. The internal crash reports also show the border region is one of the only areas in Texas where crashes are down, 33.8% in 2 years.

“When the troopers are not on the road, people don’t obey the laws, when they’re not obeying the laws, people die,” Gravell says.

And he adds, “They have made a decision at the Capitol to shift all of our assets to South Texas, and here in Central Texas in the past year, it’s cost us an additional 85 lives on the highway.”

But, state highways aren’t the only Texas roads the DPS has been tasked to protect. During our 3-month long FOX 7 uncovered a contract between TXDot and the DPS. It required troopers to patrol the 49 miles of SH130 that runs through Central Texas. In late July. FOX 7 got a copy of the contract from TXDot through an open records request. It began in 2006, and it paid the DPS $6.7 million dollars over 5 years to employ 13 full-time troopers, 11 hired to cover the 49 mile Central Texas stretch of SH130.

“It wasn’t unusual at all to have 8-10 troopers here in our community everyday patrolling our streets and today a great day is if we can have 2 or 3,” says Gravell.

The contract expired in 2011. FOX 7 asked TXDot why it wasn’t renewed. Agency spokesperson Nick Wade told FOX on the record that TXDot was looking to cut costs and had proposed a lower amount but the DPS didn’t accept the new offer.

But in a written statement emailed later in the day on August 7th, TXDot backtracked saying quote “TXDot chose not to extend the contract in an effort to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.” We asked about the discrepancy, Wade said the agency never made an offer, they only proposed the scope of work. When the DPS told them how much it would cost, TXDot chose not to renew. FOX 7 immediately filed an open records request for those proposals but we have yet to receive them.

“Consequently SH130 & 45 doesn’t have a unit working them specifically,” says Judy Hobbs. She’s served Williamson County as a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 for more than 3 decades.

In 2014, TXDot did hire the Williamson County Constable’s office to go after habitual toll runners on the same 49 mile stretch of SH130. County records show Constables terminated the 5 year contract earlier this year after catching only 1 repeat offender, leaving no law enforcement agencies contractually obligated to cover that stretch of SH130.

“We go out there on the tollways and we work out there because you are trying to prevent, you are trying to prevent that 150/140 mile an hour collision,” says Captain Gleason. He runs the Williamson County Sheriff’s office traffic unit. Like other local agencies, his deputies are not required to work the tollway but do so anyway.

“When it’s quiet on the radio and there’s nothing going on, then they’ll venture out there and go looking for mules,” Gleason says of his deputies. That’s because, he adds Mexican drug cartels use the Tollway now instead of I-35. They, too, have noticed less law enforcement on there gives them more freedom to operate.

“Basically you can now mitigate travelling through San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, just every city along Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown and then drop in right to Dallas,” Gleason says of the thruway SH130 has created. “So you’ve defeated all interdiction units working that IH-35 by getting on a toll road that basically has no one on it,”

Alleged mules took SH130 in late July, sending Williamson County deputies on a wild chase. “Once they made it to 45,” says Gleason, “the suspects start throwing cell phones, guns, a half pound of methamphetamine out the window.”

The driver was caught but the passenger took off. Dozens of officers from several agencies were called in for the pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody hours later. “It sets a more dangerous tone because of the people you are dealing with,” Gleason says of the drug runners. “The people that deal large numbers of narcotics, such as the mules that come out of the border area, they all normally all have cartel ties to them.”

But being at the border is State Law Enforcement’s main priority, as DPS director Colonel Steve McCraw has testified on record. A directive ordered in June 2014 by then Governor Rick Perry. “They weren’t hired to be border patrol agents,” Bill Gravell says.

But that depends on who you ask. During the 2015 legislative session Governor Greg Abbott signed HB11, a bill that gives DPS roughly eight hundred million dollars to secure the border, including adding 250 troopers to the South Texas region by 2017. Supporters included Republican State Representatives and Senators from Williamson County.

“My motivation is simple,” says Gravell. A former pastor who is also a Republican is firm that his frustration isn’t political. “I am tired of getting up in the middle of the night and going to fatality accidents and seeing more dead people,” he says

And he’s worried he will see many more, “I would call on our Governor to really reconsider the deployment to South Texas of our DPS Troopers, let’s bring our men and women back home.”

FOX7 reached out to Governor Abbott’s office, they did not respond to our request for comment.

We also reached out to the Department of Public Safety for initial investigation into crashes on Williamson County Highways. They declined an interview but did send a statement,

“DPS was specifically directed by state leaders to begin the border surge in June 2014 to combat drug and human smuggling along the border.

Subsequently, DPS informed state leaders that the rotation of troopers from all across the state to the area of operation on the border was creating patrol gaps in other areas of the state. The Texas Legislature and Leadership responded by authorizing 250 additional trooper positions to be permanently stationed in the border area by August 2017.

It is important to note that all area law enforcement agencies play a role in reducing crashes in a given area, as does driver behavior. History has shown that most wrecks are preventable, so it is critical that all drivers pay close attention while driving and adhere to traffic laws at all times.

There is no evidence to suggest that border rotations played a role in the crashes you outlined.”


A new book proves a long-discussed rumor that Hitler’s Nazi soldiers were addicted to Pervitin, a pill form of crystal meth.

Adolf Hitler was intoxicated with drugs—nearly all of them. Throughout his reign of terror, he shot up anything from steroids to heroin before sending Nazis 35 million pills of meth—on one occasion alone.

The fact, long discussed in Nazi lore, has resurfaced with new details in a book out Thursday by German writer Norman Ohler titled Der Totale Rausch (The Total Rush). Ohler, an award-winning novelist and screenplay writer, spent years sifting through German and U.S. records to uncover more details about the Fuhrer’s drug-induced genocide, which led to the death of six million Jews.

To keep up with Hitler’s fast-paced killing machine, Nazis relied on what was essentially a pill form of crystal meth, called Pervitin. Synthesized by a chemist in Berlin and marketed for alertness, the drug was initially sold over the counter in pharmacies across Europe. Just one pill, says Ohler, gave the Nazis the alertness they needed to remain awake for hours.

A major report in Der Spiegel from 2005 initially told the story of how the drug was initially introduced to the German military force (Wehrmacht) after a military doctor’s experimentation of it on 90 college students led him to the conclusion that it would “help win the war.” Less than six months later, millions of the pills were flown to the front lines and handed out to the Nazis before invasions.

Overtime the habit turned to an addiction, as evidence in letters from the time. In November of 1939, one Nazi in Poland sent a letter to his family with a note that read: “It’s tough out here…Today I’m writing you mainly to ask for some Pervitin.” Six months later, he wrote again: “Perhaps you could get me some more Pervitin so that I can have a backup supply?” Then two months later: “If at all possible, please send me some more Pervitin.”

Ohler says the drug was used specifically for Blitzkreigs, including the invasion of Sudetenland, Poland, and France. The Nazis found Pervitin effective at keeping them awake for “days at a time,” allowing them to hike as many as 36 miles in a day.

Thanks, in part, to the ease with which they could obtain it, the Nazis believed it to be just “like coffee.”

Their use of the drug was no secret, at least in the beginning. Ohler found British press at the time glorifying the drug as a “miracle pill.” While use of the drug began to diminish once it was outlawed in 1941, Ohler spoke with one general who said it continued much longer.

It’s unclear whether or not Hitler used meth, but Ohler suggests he didn’t use Pervitin. If so, it was one of the few things he didn’t try. Based on the personal notes from Hitler’s own physician, Dr. Theodor Morrell, Hitler was “ceaselessly” injected with doping agents, dubious hormones, and hard drugs. By the time of his last offensive in the winter of 1944, Hitler had “long known no more sober days.”

Meth undoubtedly played a role in the Nazi’s ruthless and murderous rampage, at first flooding their brains with serotonin and dopamine, then later (when it began to wear off) sending them into fits of severe irritability, anger, and rage. Hitler’s use of heroin could have done even more damage. Entering his bloodstream near-instantly, the drug would have delivered him a rush of euphoria before spiraling him into a bleary-eyed state of delirium. But when the drug’s effects wore off it would give way to profuse sweating, severe agitation, and uncontrollable anger.

Both drugs cause significant long-term damage—specifically neurological. Continued use of meth can lead to mental deficiencies, aggressive behavior, and psychosis. Chronic use of heroin has been shown to deteriorate the brain, impairing decision-making and fueling irrational responses to stress.

But while other armed forces have been known for using drugs, it’s Hitler’s rampant drug use that Ohler says shocked him the most—an addiction that he says led him to “maintain his delusion until the end.”


A Salem man has been charged with several sex abuse crimes, as well as drug delivery crimes, after police say he delivered and administered heroin and methamphetamine to a girl under the age of 18, and raped and sodomized her.635774923389514304-635769531691641352-marion-mugs-016

Charles Raymond Allen Kline, 34, was formally charged September 4 with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and two counts of application of a controlled substance to a minor.

Court documents indicate the alleged abuse took place in Marion County between August 21, 2015 and Aug. 23, 2015. According to the documents, the victim could not consent to the sexual intercourse by reason of “physical helplessness.”

At Kline’s arraignment, Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett ordered bail be set at $1 million. Kline is set to appear for a plea hearing at the Marion County Courthouse Annex at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15.


Among many scary things about the drug ice or methamphetamine, the scariest might be the way it makes users crazily violent.

So what’s going on in the mind of someone “crazed” on ice? The experts wish they knew for sure, but it’s hard to study the brains of people in a highly agitated ice-induced state.

Scientists doesn’t know exactly how drugs act on brain chemicals.

The full effects vary between individuals, and may be as complex as the brain itself.

The best knowledge so far:

▪ Ice stimulates the release of the release of two neurotransmitters or brain chemicals: dopamine and noradrenaline. These lead to intoxication similar to being drunk, making people feel excited, alert and euphoric but also, potentially, hyper-aroused, anxious and irritable.

▪ Depending on the dose, the effect can last between four and 12 hours, although it can take up to two days for the drug to leave the body completely.

▪ Noradrenaline increases the “fight or flight” reaction, which can make people respond aggressively if they feel threatened. They can also experience heightened strength, stamina and confidence, so other people feel more threatened by them.

▪ In some people – seemingly those who have heightened sensitivity to dopamine – ice causes psychosis.

▪ Agitation levels in ice-induced psychosis seem to be higher than in “normal” psychosis but otherwise the symptoms are indistinguishable.

▪ Common symptoms of psychosis are paranoia such as feeling as if you are being picked on or your mind is being read, and hallucinations such as smelling things that aren’t there or feeling you have bugs under your skin.

▪ The proportion of people who experience psychosis from ice use is unknown, although it is more common among long-term, heavy users. People with a family history of psychosis appear to be genetically predisposed to ice-use psychosis, although this is not yet certain.

The federal government is counting on the fear in its 30-second TV ad “Ice Destroys Lives”, which shows a well-dressed young man breaking free from police in a hospital; corridor and wreaking havoc among patients, staff and passers-by.

The real-life stories are no less frightening.

To take a recent sample:

▪ Billy Nicholls, former Hawthorn and Richmond footballer of “exemplary” character, is sentenced to 11 years’ jail after shooting two men in the leg in separate incidents while in an ice-induced psychosis.

▪ Police investigate the ice usage of John Torney, 31, charged with murdering his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter after her body is discovered in the roof cavity of their house in Mildura, Victoria, with evidence of a blunt force injury.

▪ A 35-year-old man with a history of ice use is charged with stabbing his mother and seven-year-old nephew to death outside their home in Lalor Park in Sydney’s west.

Lawyers and judges are warning that newly addicted people, not previously known to the criminal justice system, are increasingly being charged with highly violent crimes on their first offences: armed robberies, aggravated burglaries, serious assaults and sex offences.

Professor Michael Farrell, director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, says he would love to know what proportion of ice users experience psychosis. .

“Initially we thought it was dose related, that when you take a lot, you go mad.”

But it turns out to be more complex than that. One of ice’s unusual attributes is that, in contrast to some other drugs, the brains of long-term users become more rather than less sensitized to it, so that smaller doses can have bigger effects.

“It’s important not to be too simplistic about these chemicals in the brain,” Professor Farrell said.

The “incredibly complex connections” between all the different brain parts are not well understood, but overactivity in one part of the brain can lead to underactivity in another part.

The combination of paranoia and hyper-arousal can add up to violence, he said.

“Basically, when you are in this psychotic state because of these chemical imbalances, you are under the influence of delusions,” Professor Farrell said.

Without referring to any specific cases, he said: “You have diminished responsibility because you are completely deluded.”

Support is available for those who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; beyondblue 1300 224 636.


Erica Gilbert, 24, of Oak Crest Lane in Gilmanton, was arrested at 3:40 p.m. on July 25, 2015, on a felony possession of controlled drugs charge and a bench warrant. An officer on patrol on Pleasant Street saw a woman who appeared to be 20150955f0cd4e54db9passed out in front of the Irving gas station slumped over. Since the weather was hot, the officer drove over to make sure she was OK. The woman, Gilbert, woke up and reportedly told the officer that she had been released from Concord Hospital earlier and was waiting for a ride. She stood up and was allegedly unsteady on her feet. A check yielded a bench warrant out of Laconia District Court for nonappearance in court from July 1, 2015, so she was arrested. During a search of a bag, the officer allegedly found five used hypodermic needles, a bottle cap, four spoons with residue, an Altoids case with numerous small baggies, and two strings in the form of a lasso. Gilbert allegedly admitted that the needles were used for methamphetamine, according to the report.


URBANA — A Kentucky woman found inside an apparent rolling methamphetamine lab is due back in court in November.

Lisa M. Amedick, 43, of Columbia, Ken., was charged Tuesday in Champaign County with unlawful possession of methamphetamine materials in connection with her arrest Monday night in Urbana.0910_loca_Lisa_Amedick

A Champaign County sheriff’s deputy’s report said a deputy ran a check of the license plates of a car driven by a man who was with Amedick on South Cottage Grove Avenue at Illinois Street about 8:45 p.m.

When the plates came back as stolen, the deputy pulled the car over. Amedick, who was in the passenger seat, said the vehicle was hers but said she couldn’t provide insurance or registration for it. She told the deputy she had bought the vehicle in Minnesota but was coming in to town with it from Missouri.

The man with Amedick gave the deputy a different account of how they came to be in Urbana and where they were headed, prompting the deputy to call for more help.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car so deputies searched it. They found less than a tenth of a gram of white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine but also found coffee filters, gas cans modified to hold anhydrous ammonia, a section of garden hose, drain cleaner, Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, funnels, tubing and glassware, all items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Deputies also found ledgers containing the names of stores the couple had visited in different states.

The man with Amedick ran from deputies before they could get him under arrest. A warrant has been issued for him.

Judge John Kennedy set Amedick’s bond on the Class 2 felony charge at $3,000 and told her to be back in court Nov. 3.

If convicted, she faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.


8761189_G8761192_GLAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Two women were arrested after authorities found a “one-pot” meth lab at a local motel, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said in a news release.

Drug paraphernalia and marijuana were also found in the motel room where Ashley N. Spearing, 29, and Dawn L. Robinson, 31, were staying, Myers said.

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force responded to the motel on Martin Luther King Highway after being contacted by a U.S. Marshall’s Task Force, which found an inactive meth lab while serving a warrant, Myers said. The meth lab was longer releasing any hazardous chemicals.

Spearing and Robinson were booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of operation or creation of a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson was also charged with marijuana possession. Their bonds are pending.


An Iron Range woman has admitted that she brought in a hitman to kill her boyfriend in 2014, and told authorities she’s coming forward now because she can’t live with the guilt.

Second-degree murder charges were filed Tuesday against Janessa Lynn Peters, 21, of Eveleth in the death of Harley Joseph Jacka in April 2014.Peters,%20Janessa

According to the criminal complaint, Peters confessed to authorities in an interview in the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth on Aug. 24. She was in jail at the time on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

Peters appeared Wednesday in the Virginia courthouse on both the murder and meth charges. Assistant County Attorney Karl Sundquist said Wednesday that he couldn’t comment on whether Peters offered money in exchange for the murder.

Jacka’s body was found on April 29, 2014, in an apartment at 207 Fifth St. in Virginia. An autopsy found he had been stabbed 15 times in the head, face, neck and chest. Four knives were found at the scene.

Anthony James Isham was arrested in Duluth days later in connection with the death of Jacka, 28. Two other persons of interest in the case, Bartholamy Jake Drift and John Edward Isham, already were in custody on unrelated charges.

But according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Peters, it was Peters who told Drift that she had been in a relationship with Jacka and wanted to get out.

According to the complaint, last month Peters told investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Virginia Police Department that she asked Drift to get rid of Jacka at a party on April 27, 2014. Peters told investigators that Drift agreed to do it and that she brought Jacka to the party with the intent of having him killed there.

Peters said she went back to the apartment the next day, looked in the window and saw blood on the floor. She then met with Drift who confirmed he had killed Jacka.

According to the complaint, Peters also told investigators she could “just about guarantee that it was John Isham and Anthony Isham who assisted in the stabbing.”

When asked why she was confessing more than a year after the murder, Peters allegedly told authorities that “she just can’t live with herself anymore.”

“She contacted them” to come to the jail and hear her confession, Sundquist told the News Tribune. Peters’ next court appearance on the murder charge is set for Sept. 21.

Peters is being held in custody with bail set at $1 million. She was charged by a warrant issued by State District Judge Gary Paglaiccetti, and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charge.

John Edward Isham, 39, has accumulated a lengthy rap sheet, including a murder conviction in 1992. He’s been charged and convicted of numerous assaults, a handful of thefts and a series of DWIs, among other cases, mostly in St. Louis County.

A trial date has been set for Nov. 10 for Anthony Isham, Sundquist said. Trials are expected later for Drift and John Isham. All three remain in custody on second degree murder charges.

Sundquist said he couldn’t comment on whether first degree charges might be sought against any of the four suspects. A grand jury indictment is necessary to seek first degree charges.


A Methamphetamine lab was raided at 407 1/2 Main Street in Delavan by Walworth County Drug Unit and Delavan Police Department.

Inside the apartment, Deputies located signs of methamphetamine manufacturing. The Deputies vented the apartments, and removed themselves from the apartment and waited for DEA Clandestine Lab Team to respond along with the City of Delavan Fire Department for decon and possible fire suppression. The DEA processed the lab location and then cleared along with the Delavan Fire Department.

Danial J.Carpenter, age 30, Delavan, was arrested on two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, possession of Methamphetamine waste, Manufacture of Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine paraphernalia charges.

Also arrested and confined in the Walworth County Jail was Jennifer Volp from Delavan on possession of Methamphetamine waste, manufacturing Methamphetamine, and possession of Methamphetamine paraphernalia charges.

Paul Schmitt will have charges forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and possession of THC charges.


A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest of two men and the shutdown of a methamphetamine lab being operated inside a home, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

Narcotics officers were able to stop the operation as a batch of the illegal and toxic drug was being made, Ravenell said.55f0acd4edc8e_image55f0acd530cb2_image

“It’s calls from concerned community members such as this one that helps us make the county safer,” the sheriff said. “We appreciate and encourage anyone who sees illegal activity such as this to call us immediately. This meth lab closure is the result of your calling.”

Richard Fleener, 46, of the residence, and Timothy Lee Crummie, 25, of Hickory Hill Road, Orangeburg, were both charged with disposal of meth waste.

Fleener was also charged with first-offense manufacturing meth. Crummie was charged with second-offense manufacturing meth.

A narcotics team member asked the court Wednesday to deny bond on Crummie, citing an apparent disregard for the well-being of the 80-year-old home owner, the public and the environment. The officer added that Crummie is out on probation for manufacturing meth as he now faces a new charge.

“That tells me right there, he’s not going to stop,” the officer told the court.

Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus denied bond, ordering Crummie from the courtroom when he began to balk.

Fleener’s bond hearing was postponed until Thursday morning.

OCSO narcotics teams were notified by the concerned citizen just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. The caller said a meth lab was in operation off Cordova Road at a Lyons Road residence. The teams mobilized and converged on the residence at 851 Lyons Road where they immediately made contact with the homeowner, an 80-year-old resident who was moved to safety.

Officers asked one of two men inside the home where his bedroom was located. The man pointed it out but said the other subject was the meth cooker, according to an incident report.

Multiple containers of chemicals known to make methamphetamine were located inside and around the residence, the report said.

At one point, the Orangeburg County officers called for a State Law Enforcement Division team to assist in cleaning up the volatile chemicals.

“This stuff is simply dangerous,” Ravenell said. “It is harmful not only physically, but explosive and a danger for the environment.”


Crystal meth is replacing crack cocaine as the cheap street drug of choice in Waterloo Region and Guelph, figures from both police forces show.

Between 2012 and 2014, the amount of meth seized by Guelph police increased over 1500 per cent while the amount of cocaine and crack cocaine dropped over 90 per cent over the same time. In fact, until last month, Guelph was looking at a year without any crack seizures at all, but officials did seize a mere 0.13 of gram as of August 27.methamphetamineefwefwfe

“It’s a profit-motivated crime and they’re dealing poison to our kids.” – Det. Sgt. Ben Bair, head of Guelph police’s drug unit

In Waterloo Region, drug use is following a similar pattern although the numbers aren’t quite as stark as in Guelph. The region saw a 200 per cent increase in meth seized between 2013 and 2014 and a 75 per cent decrease in crack over the same time.

Why meth is replacing crack

But why is meth replacing crack? Economics is part of the answer, according to Det. Sgt. Ben Bair, the head of the Guelph Police’s drug unit. Bair said they began to notice about three years ago that lots of cocaine suppliers were starting to sell meth too.

Guelph police have seen a stunning increase in crystal meth seizures over the past four years. Information is current to August, 27, 2015. (Note: police counted cocaine and crack cocaine seizures as one for 2012 -2014, but separated the two for statistical purposes in 2015) (Data from Guelph police)

“Most of our local suppliers aren’t making it locally, at least not in Guelph, but they don’t have to import it from other countries such as Central America where much of the cocaine comes from,” said Bair. “It takes out a middle man which means that somebody along the way is making higher profits than they were with cocaine. So it’s a cheap thing to buy, it provides high profits and it’s highly addictive.”

Police caution however that the seizure numbers don’t necessarily tell the whole story. When drug squads focus on a specific drug, arrests and seizures will naturally go up. Bair cautions that stunning increase in Guelph is at least partly due to police getting a better handle on the situation and making more arrests.

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“It takes some time for the police to recognize that the drug has switched, then develop information on the new drug and its processes and start making arrests and seizures. So the problem was probably actually even larger than that and we’ve started to catch up to it now,” said Bair.

Still, there’s no disputing that meth is replacing crack on the streets in the area, especially in Guelph.

Who is using meth

At least some of the drug users are people who would otherwise be using crack, but switched to meth.

“Certainly, with methamphetamine, it is cheaper, it’s easier to get, it doesn’t come from a source country, it is something that can be made in someone’s kitchen. It’s very easily accessible,” said Shirley Hilton, a staff sergeant in the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s drug branch.

Waterloo Region drug seizures

Waterloo Regional police have seen meth use soar while crack use drops, based on amounts of drugs seized. (Data from Waterloo Regional Police)

But that accessibility and the fact that meth doesn’t carry the same stigma as crack does, means that young people are particularly vulnerable.

“One of the effects of methamphetamine that seems to be promoted by traffickers is that it keeps women thin. That seems to be part of the draw to young females,” said Bair, who says he sees kids as young as 15 who are addicted.

“Many of these young females that become addicted to methamphetamine get targeted…by human traffickers,” said Bair, who explained the girls may be given the drugs in order become addicted and then forced into prostitution. Guelph police have made several arrests related to human trafficking in the past year.

Bair has harsh words for the meth dealers who target young people.

“It’s a profit-motivated crime and they’re dealing poison to our kids and often irreparably wrecking the lives of those that become addicted to this drug,” said Bair.


POLICE have seized 321 kg of crystal methamphetamine and $1.4 million in cash — the largest seizure of the drug ice in WA history.

Four Hong Kong nationals — two aged just 18 and 19 — have been charged over the massive drug haul.

The drug seizure has an estimated street value of $321 million.53dc27021764f05da655b1613f6797e6

Three of the men are in Australia unlawfully and only one of them has a visitor visa, said police.

A car was pulled over in Willetton on Tuesday resulting in the arrest of an 18-year-old and a raid on a Canning Vale home.

Detective First Class Constable Rebecca Brandham with part of the 321 kg methamphetamine and $1.4 million cash seizure.

WA Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Michelle Fyfe revealed officers discovered 316 kg of ice individually wrapped in 1 kg Chinese tea packaging, and hidden in ten suitcases and a sports bag.

The search led police to an Adelaide Terrace apartment and a Hay Street hotel room in Perth’s CBD where officers allegedly uncovered more drugs and cash.

In total, the street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be more than $321 million, making it the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in WA history.

Mrs Fyfe said this investigation had stopped an alarming quantity of crystal methamphetamine from reaching WA’s streets.

“The harmful impacts of this drug are well documented and a seizure of this size is further evidence of the crystal methamphetamine problem in WA,” she said.78ace96d4b68e40309b9eaede9d647fb

“WA Police and its partner agencies are committed to tackling the supply of this drug. This seizure demonstrates the effectiveness of close working relationships between law enforcement agencies.”

A joint investigation between WA Police and the Australian Crime Commission uncovered a State record seizure of more than 321 kg of methamphetamine and $1.4 million in cash.

Two more men, aged 21 and 26, have subsequently been charged with similar drug and cash offenses.

All four men appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and are now in custody.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Fyfe said the massive seizure of methamphetamine was part of a joint WA Police and Australian Crime Commission operation.

Mrs Fyfe said the drugs would have resulted in 3.2 million “hits’’ of ice if the drug haul had made it onto Perth streets with a potential street value of $321 million.

She praised WA Police and the Australian Crime Commission.

The men have all appeared in court and been remanded in custody.

Earlier Thursday, Liberal candidate for Canning Andrew Hastie said he wants the WA Government to double the mandatory jail sentence for people who endanger children during the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Under the proposal, an adult who harms a child during the manufacture of ice would be handed two years behind bars.

The former SAS captain also called for a fresh look at whether a mandatory jail term should be applied for a first offence if an adult is caught selling ice to a child.


An elderly man accused of importing up to $6 million worth of methamphetamine into Perth from Asia was a victim of online scammers, a court has heard.

Jayakody Vengadaselam, 75, is on trial in the West Australian Supreme Court accused of importing 2.2kg of methamphetamine, which was hidden in the lining of a suitcase he brought to Perth in July last year.

The jury heard during closing submissions on Thursday that the suitcase was given to him in Shanghai by a stranger on behalf of a man he believed was going to invest in his company in Singapore.

The drugs had a purity close to 80 per cent and were estimated to be worth between $1.2 million and $6 million.

Prosecutor Alan Troy said when Vengadaselam checked the suitcase, he found clothes for women and children inside.

Mr Troy said there was no suggestion Vengadaselam had put the drugs in the suitcase or that he had touched them at all.

But he said Vengadaselam, who was well educated, should have had some awareness and had acted recklessly by taking possession of the suitcase.

“He played a vital role,” Mr Troy said.

Defense lawyer John Prior told the jury his client maintained he did not know about the drugs and was a “soft target” for email fraudsters who “groomed” him because of his age and good character.

“He was scammed, he was duped. He’s the fish, the fisherman have never been caught,” he said.

Mr Prior said customs officers did not feel any lumps on the suitcase or see anything suspicious but found the drugs using sophisticated equipment.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations later on Thursday.


ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. —Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Simpsonville man who they say led them on a 100 mph chase on a stolen motorcycle in Anderson County.

A deputy patrolling the Highway 20-Anderson Highway area just before 2 a.m. Tuesday saw a white Yamaha motorcycle headed toward Williamston. The deputy said the motorcyclist was driving recklessly.Mortimer-JPG

The deputy followed the motorcycle, and when he checked the license number, he found out that the motorcycle was reported stolen from Simpsonville.

The deputy turned on his lights and siren and tried to stop the motorcycle, but the motorcyclist fled at speeds of about 100 mph. The motorcycle then turned onto Green Street in Williamston and stopped.

The deputy ordered the rider, later identified as Jason Robert Mortimore, 34, of Simpsonville, off the motorcycle.

Deputies said a cigarette box containing a crystal-like substance was found in Mortimore’s pocket. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Mortimore also possessed a screwdriver, which he had been using to start the motorcycle, deputies said.

Simpsonville City Police Department was notified that the motorcycle had been recovered. The Yamaha, which deputies said had a strong odor of spray paint, was taken into evidence and towed for processing.

Mortimore was taken to the Anderson County Detention Center, where he was held pending a bond hearing.

He has been charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.


Authorities said an anonymous tip led to a Selma woman’s arrest early Tuesday on meth-related charges.

Amber Danielle Stellwag, 36, was taken into custody about 3:15 a.m. after Delaware County sheriff’s deputies went to an B9318767305Z_1_20150908161912_000_GFKBS48K6_1-0address in the 7400 block of East Piccadilly Lane. They allegedly found her outside, carrying a plastic bucket that in turn contained various materials used in meth production.

Deputies said Stellwag, of the 1100 block of East Delaware County Road 200-N, was also found to be in possession of a plastic bag that contained meth.

She was preliminarily charged with dealing in meth, dealing in a controlled substance, possession of precursors and reckless possession of paraphernalia. She was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $47,500 bond.


Two Crouse residents were arrested on drug charges after Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies said they found a meth lab in a vehicle Sunday night.McMahan,%20Linda%20Kay

Patrol deputies responded to the 4500 block of Crouse Road, after a homeowner reported finding drug paraphernalia. In a burn pile behind the house, deputies found needles, tubing and other items used to make methamphetamine.

Deputies secured the scene and went to a home in the 3500 block of Oakdale Lane in Crouse, after learning one of the suspects might be there.

Deputies came across a person in a small truck outside the home, searched the truck and found what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab, which was later verified as a lab by other investigators.Martin,%20Bobby%20Ray

Bobby Ray Martin, 31, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and was jailed without bond pending a court appearance.

Linda Kay McMahan, 64, was charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. She was jailed on a $20,000 bail.


FERNLEY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, a man and woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing and trafficking methamphetamine.Lyon on suspicion of possessing, trafficking

Authorities released the information via social media on Tuesday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said Tabitha Reid (pictured left) and Cody Moschetti (pictured right) were arrested in Fernley for possession to sell and trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of over 30 grams of methamphetamine on Monday, Sept. 7.

Authorities said bail for Tabitha Reid is set at $112,500 and bail for Cody Moschetti is set at $112,615.


Two female bus passengers were arrested recently after they tried smuggling narcotics through a local international bridge, according to records filed in a Laredo federal court.

Alma Delia Villarreal-Gomez and Cindy Lozano attempted to smuggle 41 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth $820,000, states a criminal complaint.

Each woman expected a payment of $4,500 for smuggling the narcotics, according to Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

On Aug. 23, Villarreal-Gomez and Lozano arrived on a commercial bus at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Villarreal-Gomez and Lozano to secondary inspection.

CBP said one of its K-9s alerted officers to the odor of contraband emitting from the luggage belonging to Villarreal-Gomez and Lozano.

CBP officers said they discovered in the luggage three bottles containing a combined 41 pounds of liquid methamphetamine.

In post-arrest interviews, both women allegedly admitted to picking up a package in Queretaro, Mexico, and were to deliver it in Austin.