VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Volusia County deputy discovered chemicals and materials commonly associated with a methamphetamine lab under the back seat of a truck during a traffic stop.

Deputies said they pulled over the truck on Fleming Avenue near Ormond Beach because the tag lights were not lit.

Robert Ray

Robert Ray, 27, and an unidentified man and woman were located inside the truck. The unidentified couple told authorities they had just caught a ride with Ray but otherwise didn’t know him.

The truck was then searched after it was found that the truck had been reported stolen, according to a news release.

Officials said Ray told them he didn’t know the truck was stolen and that it was his normal work truck.

Ray, who is from Plant City, told investigators he had called in sick to work and took a road trip to the area to see the beach, the release said.

Deputies said they found suspicious bottles, hoses and chemicals that are commonly associated with the making of methamphetamine.

Ray was arrested on charged of grand theft of a motor vehicle and manufacture of meth.

 

 

 

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/334413/483/Meth-making-materials-discovered-in-truck

 

 

A Jasonville couple was arrested Thursday evening after meth lab trash was discovered along a county road in Sullivan County, along with paper correspondence that led Indiana State Police troopers to ask for a search warrant for the couple’s residence.

Jamie Earl Poe, 39, was booked into the Greene County Jail around 9 p.m., Peggy Sue Poe, 43, was booked in around 7:15 p.m.

Both are facing numerous preliminary charges involving drug manufacturing.

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Peggy Sue Poe

According to a press release issued by the ISP, mid-morning on Thursday, a Sullivan County highway employee discovered a large amount of trash at the intersection of County Roads 500N and 500E in Sullivan County. The employee believed a portion of the trash was related to methamphetamine production, so he contacted the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department who in turn requested assistance from the Indiana State Police.

 

ISP Trooper Brent Robinson began an investigation with the assistance of Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Snead and when they arrived on the scene of the dumped trash, they reported finding eight used one-pot methamphetamine labs that were not active, 11 former chemical reaction vessels and many precursors associated with the production of methamphetamine.

They also found the paper correspondence. They requested, and obtained, a search warrant that was issued Thursday out of Greene Superior Court.

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Jamie Earl Poe

The search warrant was executed at the Poe residence in Jasonville, located at 509 S. Washington St. at 4:40 p.m.

 

During the search, officers reported finding one active meth lab and various items from previously active meth labs, approximately one-half gram of methamphetamine, and a large amount of trash which they said indicated a substantial amount of methamphetamine was most likely produced in recent days.

The Poe’s 11-year-old daughter was at the residence when officers arrived. She was put into the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS).

Besides Trooper Robinson, the lead investigator, and GCSD Deputy Snead, other ISP troopers from both the Bloomington and Putnamville posts assisted in the investigation along with personnel from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and the Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office.

Both Poe’s were arrested and booked in on preliminary charges of: Possession of methamphetamine — a class D felony; possession/sale of precursors — a class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance — a class D felony; possession of paraphernalia — a class A misdemeanor; dealing methamphetamine — a class B felony; and dumping waste from controlled substances — a class D felony.

Both Poes are being held without bond pending an appearance in court.

 

 

 

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DRUG dealers have claimed the life of an innocent man who swallowed a massive  dose of the Class A drug crystal meth, thinking it was a health drink.

Romano Dias, 55, had been given a bottle of what appeared to be a fruit-based  drink as a treat by his daughter Katee, who had found it in a package delivered  to her home, an inquest was told.

He was taken ill immediately after drinking half a glass of the liquid and  died shortly afterwards.

Analysis by police showed that the bottle did not contain the drink on the  label but £34,000 of pure methamphetamine – otherwise known as crystal meth – a  drug rarely found on the streets of Cambridgeshire.

Detective Inspector Ian Simmons told the inquest in Huntingdon. “The £34,000  is a significant amount.

“I would say it is highly likely it was destined for a dealer.”

DI Simmons said: “It is unique, this is not an event that happens in  Cambridgeshire or elsewhere.”

He said that crystal meth was a drug police “rarely encounter” in  Cambridgeshire.

DI Simmons said Mr Dias, of Lone Tree Avenue, Impington, and his family had  not been connected with the drug in any way, adding: “This was a completely  unaccountable and unforseen chain of events.”

He said it was his professional opinion that the bottle had been part of a  plan to bring Class A drugs into the UK.

The package had been delivered up to three years ago and the wrappings had  been destroyed, limiting the police investigation.

Coroner William Morris said: “This is a dreadful case.”

He said he had been considering a verdict of unlawful killing, but there had  been no evidence that whoever put the drug in the bottle intended any harm to Mr  Dias or anyone else.

Mr Morris concluded that Mr Dias’ death had been accidental.

The inquest heard that the package had been left outside Katee Dias’ home in  London. It showed the correct address but the wrong name.

She took the parcel in, thinking someone would collect it and kept it for six  months before opening the package and finding the bottle. Much later she passed  it on to her father.

Mr Dias’ partner Debra Dulson said in a statement that he opened the bottle  and found a cork under the cap.

She said Mr Dias took a mouthful of the drink, said it tasted “awful” and  started complaining that his throat was burning.

He then said: “I am in trouble here. I am dying, I am dead.”

Pathologist Dr John Grant said the level of methamphetamine was well above  the lethal dose and that the drug had a number of effects, including causing  abnormal rhythms in the heart which could then stop.

 

 

 

 

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An odor of chemicals led Warsaw Police to the Shamrock Mobile Home Park in Warsaw at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday night and a meth lab was located.

Police were alerted to the odor from a caller and, upon investigation, found the source at Lot 89. Through an open window, officers observed the active one pot methamphetamine lab being tended to by Anthony J. Hackworth, 27.

Anthony J. Hackworth

Anthony J. Hackworth

Jessica J. England

Hackworth was arrested and charged with a Class B felony charge of dealing/delivering/manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth. He was booked on a $2,000 surety bond.

Also at the residence and taken into custody was Hackworth’s sister, Jessica J. England, 33, of Warsaw. She was charged with visiting a common nuisance involving dangerous drugs and held on a $350 cash bond.

The Indiana State Police clandestine lab team cleaned up the scene.

Warsaw Police were also assisted by Winona Lake Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Warsaw Police continue to diligently work to reduce the influence of this dangerous drug in our community by being aggressive toward the use, manufacture, and possession of methamphetamine. Warsaw drug tips can be called into the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9540.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.staceypageonline.com/2013/11/07/odor-leads-police-to-meth-lab/

 

State police are investigating a car fire that closed a stretch of road in northeastern Pennsylvania as a possible mobile meth lab.

Suspected Mobile Meth Lab Catches Fire

Kingston Township police Chief Jim Balavage said the fire broke out inside the moving car at around 10 a.m. Thursday. Balavage said a man and woman were trapped inside when a passerby helped free them. All three were taken to a hospital with what appeared to be chemical burns. The state police Clandestine Lab Response Team was summoned from Harrisburg because police said there was a concern about the safety of emergency responders.

 

 

 

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Suspected-Mobile-Meth-Lab-Catches-on-Fire-231033401.html

 

 

It’s just a padlock on a Clinton, Iowa, dumpster. But these days, it’s also a tool in the war on meth.

“It looks like they’ve been able to install this bar to be able to lock the dumpster,” said Kristin Huisenga, executive director of Gateway ImpACT Coalition in Clinton.

Dumpsters are becoming dump sites — trash cans for so-called “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” meth labs, which involve common containers like pop bottles that are loaded with toxic ingredients.

“They could have leaked, or there could be a vapor coming from the bottles,” Huisenga said. “If someone wants to open a dumpster, they could actually be overcome.”

As meth cases multiply around the region, this problem is getting worse.  That’s prompting a call for protection.

“We’re encouraging business owners or apartment complex owners even to put a lock on their dumpster,” she said.

Since January, Clinton County authorities have discovered some 18 meth lab locations and from those, they could also find dozens of one-pot labs.

“This is one of the things they would use in meth making,” Huisenga said.

Huisenga showed us everyday materials used in meth labs.  The meth-making items tossed into dumpsters that become expensive to clean up.  Just one meth lab can cost more than $3,000 to clean up.  Clinton County’s bill is topping $20,000 this year.

“Because these one-pot meth labs are so small now, I think we’re probably just scratching the surface,” Huisenga said.

When coming across any suspicious materials, Huisenga says you should be sure to leave the area and report it to authorities. That’s because meth-making can lead to explosions, fire and pollution.

The dumpster lock is a small investment that can prevent much more expensive problems. It’s a lock for the entire community.

 

 

 

http://wqad.com/2013/11/07/war-on-meth-heads-to-the-dumpster-in-clinton/

 

 

PHOENIX (AP) – A man has been arrested after authorities found up to 20 gallons of what appears to be methamphetamine in his Phoenix home.

The name of the 26-year-old man wasn’t immediately released Thursday.

Phoenix police say he was the only person living in the home.

 

He’s been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possession of illegal drugs for sale.

Police say the meth found in the house was in its refining phase to remove contaminates and make the drug more presentable, one of the last steps before sale.

The Maricopa County Drug Suppression Task Force is conducting the investigation into the meth lab.

 

 

 

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/23909775/up-to-20-gallons-of-meth-found-in-phoenix-home

 

 

ARVADA, Colo. – Cash and methamphetamine were allegedly the preferred methods of payment accepted by a Broomfield man accused of pimping a foster child for nearly three years.

Robert Felix Gonzales, 39, faces 15 counts for pimping the girl between 2011 and 2013, the District Attorney’s Office reported. The child was between the ages of 14 and 16 during that period.

Robert Felix Gonzales

 

Gonzales allegedly advertised the girl on Craigslist, giving her drugs and alcohol and forcing her to have sex with people she did not know in motel rooms. He allegedly accepted the payments of cash or meth.

The District Attorney reports that Arvada and Denver police were involved in investigating the case, as well as an FBI task force. As a result of their work, Gonzales is charged with trafficking in children, pandering of a child, two counts of a pattern of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, soliciting for child prostitution, procurement of a child, keeping a place of child prostitution, pimping of a child, inducement of child prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, harboring a minor and four counts of committing a violent crime.

Court records show Gonzales was a defendant in past domestic violence, escape, and forcible entry cases.

Gonzales is being held in the Jefferson County Detention Center on $500,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 5.

 

– Court documents cover several years of incidents –

The affidavit for Gonzales’ arrest contains several dated sections that begin in June of 2012, when it says the victim was reported as a runaway by her grandmother. The grandmother told Arvada police that the teen had lived with Gonzales during 2011 and “had been approved by social services.”

The grandmother also later told police Gonzales was introduced to the girl by a “foster parent and school counselor.”

The document says they visited Gonzales’ home but did not find the girl that day. Two days later, the document says the grandmother called again and Gonzales again denied knowing where the teenager was.

On July 20, 2012, officers visited Gonzales again and also spoke with a woman whose identity is redacted from the document. Four days later, the woman called police to admit she hadn’t been truthful and that the teenager had actually been hidden in the basement behind a false wall, the affidavit says. She also allegedly provided photographs of Gonzales and the victim hugging and kissing.

When officers went to the home on July 25, 2012, the document says they found the girl in a basement crawl space but Gonzales denied any relationship with the teen.

During another meeting between officers and Gonzales, he again denied having a relationship with the girl but admitted to speaking with her and helping her with food and other needs.

Another incident involving Gonzales was also referenced in the affidavit. It was described as a felony menacing case on Jan. 1, 2013.

Gonzales reported that he had fled from another man who pointed a gun at him after Gonzales was called to an address in Westminster by an “ex-foster child.” While speaking with an officer, Gonzales’ phone rang several times and the officer eventually told him to answer the call.

According to the document, the officer heard the caller tell Gonzales “she had been shot and lost the baby. Gonzales asked ‘What baby’ to which [name redacted] stated, ‘It has your DNA all over it.'”

Gonzales pleaded guilty to harboring a minor on May 20, 2013. He was sentenced to three years of probation and one year of jail time, but the jail time was suspended.

 

– Alleged victim speaks with police –

The affidavit says the girl was first interviewed at Arvada Police Headquarters on Sept. 6, 2013, and the affidavit summarizes that meeting.

The teen allegedly told police her relationship with Gonzales developed in 2011. She said it became physical in October of that year and she also described several times and places where Gonzales allegedly got her alcohol or drugs.

She told officers she was in love with Gonzales and believed he felt the same way, the affidavit says. But the relationship changed, she said, when “Gonzales began staying in motels and drinking and then Gonzales was having other men join their sexual encounters.”

The document states the victim told officers Gonzales was going on Craigslist [to advertise] and she felt uncomfortable because of the pressure she felt. Later, she told officers that some of the postings included naked pictures of her.

She told the officers Gonzales liked using Motel 6’s but also used hotels called, “No Tell Motel,” “Triangle T,” and a “Howard Johnson.”

The victim “stated she and Gonzales had sex every time they went to a hotel,” the affidavit says.

She also answered questions about when she ran away, when Gonzales allegedly began using methamphetamine, the time she was found in the crawl space and sexual encounters with men in hotels. The document says the teenager described times Gonzales bartered for methamphetamine and cash.

In subsequent interview, the affidavit says the girl told officers Gonzales often used the drugs he obtained in the transactions. The “Johns” were often drug dealers, she told the interviewing officers.

The teenager reluctantly estimated there were at least 30 Johns, the affidavit states. She said that Gonzales assaulted her if she tried to refuse and that he participated in approximately one-quarter of the sex acts.

One day, the teenager told officers, she decided she “didn’t want to do it anymore.” Sober for several days, she jumped from Gonzales’ moving Mitsubishi in Denver on July 22, 2013.

She went on to describe feeling afraid and just wanted to get out of the car. Although the officers documented some descriptions the teenager provided about Gonzales’ violence, they also wrote that she did not answer when asked if he ever used threats to keep her from leaving or telling others.

Other interviews followed and during one, a detective noted the teenager had a new tattoo of a Chinese symbol. The affidavit indicates she told the detective it meant “eternity.”

 

 

 

 

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A prosecutor told a jury that a Turlock mother murdered her 2-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy by leaving her in a room without giving her water or food for nearly three days, knowing her actions could have grave results.

“This is a child who starved to death,” Deputy District Attorney John R. Mayne told a jury. “This is a horror movie.”

A jury on Thursday afternoon found defendant Brandy Lee Rose Devine guilty of second-degree murder in the July 2012 death of her daughter, Stephanie Torres. The jury of six women and six men deliberated for about an hour before they returned to the courtroom with a verdict.

Devine Brandy

 

Devine also was found guilty of committing willful cruelty to a child with an enhancement of inflicting great bodily injury on the child, along with a misdemeanor charge of using methamphetamine. The defendant told authorities she smoked meth with an unknown man in her home while Stephanie remained alone in the room that weekend.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves scheduled Devine to return to court Dec.13 for her sentencing hearing. The defendant will remain in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail, where she has been held since her arrest shortly after Stephanie was found dead in her crib.

Before the jury started deliberations, the attorneys gave their closing arguments Thursday.

Marcus Mumford, Devine’s defense attorney, told the jury he wasn’t contesting the child cruelty and meth use charges. But he said his client didn’t know at the time that not feeding her child or giving her water would result in Stephanie’s death.

While Devine acted irresponsibly, Mumford said, her conduct was criminally negligent but not murder.

“I’m asking you not to commit two injustices by convicting Ms. Devine of murder,” the defense attorney told the jury.

Mayne and Deputy District Attorney Merrill Holt prosecuted the case against Devine. They were seeking a guilty verdict on all counts, including the second-degree murder charge.

“If this case makes you angry, maybe it should,” Mayne told the jury. “Murdering a child in this fashion is monstrous.”

But he also asked the jurors to base their decision on the evidence, not their anger.

Pathologist Eugene Carpenter testified in the trial that Stephanie died from dehydration and malnourishment. He has said Stephanie had not been fed or given anything to drink for several days before she was found dead.

He said she had been dead a day or two before she was discovered in the crib about 12:30p.m. July16, 2012, at her family’s duplex in the 1100 block of North Denair Avenue in Turlock.

Mumford argued that Devine was screaming and crying moments after discovering her child in the crib. He said his client was distraught and in a state of shock. She only told a Turlock police detective later that she knew her actions were dangerous, Mumford said, because the detective was playing on her emotions and sadness during questioning.

Stephanie was prematurely born at 29 weeks and had suffered complications that resulted from a lack of oxygen to the brain. The premature birth resulted in her chronic medical conditions.

The cerebral palsy forced Stephanie to undergo regular occupational therapy to improve her delayed motor skills. She also required a nightly dose of medication.

The prosecutor argued that Devine missed appointments for her daughter’s therapy sessions, and she left her inside a closed room for an entire weekend without giving her food, water and medication. Devine told the detective that she was feeling too ill to check on Stephanie and assumed her 6-year-old daughter would feed and look in on her younger sister.

Devine said she got up to use the bathroom several times that weekend, but she never stopped to check on Stephanie, who was in the nearby room.

“Stephanie is a few feet away, dying,” Mayne argued. The prosecutor also told the jury there was plenty of formula for Stephanie in the home, and she fed her other three children that weekend, including her infant son.

The prosecutor said these were all signs Devine knew of the dangers, but did nothing for Stephanie.

“She put that child in the room to die,” Mayne argued. “She just didn’t care, or she executed her child.”

Even though Stephanie was nearing her third birthday, her body appeared the size of a 1- or 2-year-old in her autopsy, according to the pathologist. He testified that the child weighed about 13 pounds and her eyes were soft and her skin was like red dough, both signs of a lack of water. He said her abdomen was caved in so much that her spine was almost visible.

The prosecutor told the jury there’s “no justice” for Stephanie, who should be a 4-year-old child, playing with her sisters. He said there was no reason for her to die.

“Stephanie Torres’ mother murdered her,” Mayne argued. “That is the reality.”

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A truck smoking and two men trying to stomp out a fire lead a police officer to meth lab Thursday morning.

Members of the Ravenswood Police Department were responding to an unrelated call in the area of Harpold and Ritchie when they noticed two men trying to put the fire out, according to a post on the Department’s Facebook Page.

When the officer went to check things out he discovered that there were items consistent with making meth.

Jason Nuzum was arrested and charged with operating a clandestine lab and exposing children to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Charles “Chuck” Staats was charged with operating a clandestine lab.  Amanda “Amy” Nuzum was charged with exposing children to methamphetamine.

Jason Nuzum’s Bond was set at $500,000. Bond for the other two arrested was set at $250,000.

According to the Ravenswood Police Chief, who signed the social media post, special measures were taken to ensure the safety of the children involved.

The Chief says the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department helped with the arrests.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

 

 

 

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MARTINEZ — A woman who killed her boyfriend’s housemate in El Sobrante last year during a methamphetamine-fueled “exorcism” was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison.

El Sobrante resident Karla Kuhl, 36, smothered 68-year-old Patricia Medeiros with a pillow on June 5, 2012, while chanting Biblical verses and prayers. Afterward, she said that she “had to perform an exorcism to release the evil spirit from within Patricia” and went to a church, where she stripped naked and doused herself with holy water, said Contra Costa County deputy district attorney Simon OConnell.

Kuhl on Thursday pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and waived half of her credits for the jail time she’s served since she was charged with murder in July 2012.

The District Attorney’s Office offered her a plea deal because of uncertainty whether it could prove murder given the limited force that Kuhl applied to the frail Medeiros and the bizarre circumstances surrounding the case, OConnell said.

“She appeared to have lacked an expressed intent to kill the victim based on the fact that she was in a meth-induced state of psychosis believing that she was performing an exorcism,” OConnell said.

Kuhl smoked a heavy amount of methamphetamine in her boyfriend’s room before the killing. She was in the living room with Medeiros when the boyfriend and another housemate heard the two women arguing, followed by muffled sounds coming from Medeiros and chants about “releasing demons” from Kuhl.

After the boyfriend left his room to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, he found Medeiros’ body on the living room couch covered in a blanket, a kitchen chair, the Bible and a religious object thought to be the Virgin Mary, OConnell said. Kuhl had also propped a cross on the frame of her boyfriend’s door before returning to tell him about the “exorcism” and fleeing to the church, OConnell said.

“I think of how my aunt felt as she was fighting for her life. My heart feels broken and confused,” said the victim’s nephew, Don Severn, who has known Kuhl and her family for 15 years. “I hope you seek some help because the excuses that you gave, in my mind, are just not right.”

 

 

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24477817/el-sobrante-woman-sentenced-methamphetamine-fueled-exorcism-killing

 

 

A 65-year-old woman was arrested after more than 30-pounds of methamphetamine was found in her vehicle when she went through the I-8 checkpoint in Pine Valley on Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol said.

The 28 bundles of methamphetamine that were found in the suspects vehicle

A K-9 team alerted Border Patrol agents when the woman went through the checkpoint at 7:14 a.m on Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol said. When the vehicle, a 2006 Ford Taurus, was searched the drugs were discovered in a hidden compartment built into the rear seat. The compartment held a black bag filled with 28 bundles of methamphetamine, according to a press release from the U.S. Border Patrol.

The bundles weighed 30.56 pounds and had an estimated street value of $458,000, according to the press release.

The case was turned over to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force for further investigation.

http://www.sandiego6.com/story/senior-arrested-with-458-000-worth-of-meth-20131107

A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said.

In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 meth labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

There also were three poker machines seized and a stolen vehicle was recovered during this blitz, according to Deputy Drew Pinciaro, Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

There were 89 law enforcement and medical/hazmat personnel broken into 13 different teams, who participated in this two day event, he said.

There also were two children taken into emergency protective custody and placed into the care of the Department of Social Services, he said.

Donnie Laverne Cox. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Donnie Laverne Cox, 41, of 108 Westfield Ave., Greer, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste; manufacuter or distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

William Anthony Alewine. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

William Anthony Alewine, 41, of 115 Pack Road, Pelzer, is charged with manufacturer, distribution of methamphetamine, according to a warrant.

Steven Dale Pepper. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Steven Dale Pepper, 41, of 175 Owens Road, Piedmont , is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Kimberly Kay Hughes. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Kimberly K. Hughes, 43, of 175 Owens Road, Piedmont, is charged with manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base and with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste, according to warrants.

Monica Bowers. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Monica Dawn Bowers, 30, of 108 Talley Court, Simpsonville, is charged with manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to a warrant.

Tony Alvin Chappell. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Tony Alvin Chappell, 47, of 108 Talley Court, Simpsonville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and possession of less than one gram of meth or cocaine base, manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine and possession, conceal, sell or dispose of stolen vehicle, according to warrants.

Ryan Mercer Brissey. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Ryan Mercer Brissey, 41, of Lt. #1 565 E. Darby Road, Greer, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Veronica Faith Fischer. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Vernica Faith Fischer, 35, of 309 Howell Road, Greenville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Robin Daniel Bass. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Robin Daniel Bass, 23, of 1521 Davenport Road, Simpsonville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Janet Lee Sergent. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Janet Lee Sergent, 47, of 1521 Davenport Road, Simpsonville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Bethany Anne Dunat Mahaffey. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Bethaney Anne Dunat-Mahaffey, 44, of 1023, Jonesville Road, Simpsonville, is charged with manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to a warrant.

Patricia Anne Koon. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Patricia Anne Koon, 53, of 1023 Jonesville Road, Simpsonville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Lee Ann Ramsey. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Lee Ann Ramsey, 37, of 4 Lucille Drive, Greenville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Martha Annette Freeman. A 14 people have been arrested in a two-day, two county, multi-agency meth lab investigation that culminated with 10 labs being identified and seized, authorities said. In Greenville County, 28 locations were checked and 10 Meth Labs were identified and seized, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Martha Annette Freeman, 52, of 4 Lucille Drive, Greenville, is charged with disposal or assisting disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacture, distribution of methamphetamine, according to warrants.

 

 

 

 

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A man and woman were in Carteret County Jail Thursday after detectives found meth labs at the couple’s Newport home and in the woods, according to a release by Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Chelsea Lewis, left, and Christopher Byrd were arrested Tuesday in connection with operating two methamphetamine labs in Carteret County

Christopher Lee Byrd, 27, and Chelsea Rae Lewis, 23 — both of 134 Croatan Drive — were arrested Tuesday on charges filed by Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Byrd is charged with manufacturing meth; possession of meth precursors; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Byrd had outstanding drug warrants in Onslow County in connection with trafficking meth, according to the release.

Lewis was charged with possession of meth precursors.

Carteret detectives learned of “the couple’s illegal activities” and went to their home, which housed an active meth lab, according to the release.

“After detectives interviewed Byrd and Lewis, an additional meth lab was located in a wooded area off of Lake Road,” according to the release. N.C. State Bureau of Investigation agents also responded and they seized, processed, and recovered chemicals and precursors from both sites locations and took the “dangerous items to a disposal facility.”

Byrd’s bond was set at $600,000.

Lewis’ secured bond was set at $100,000.

Both have had first appearances in court.

 

 

 

 

 

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ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — A Beckham County jury has convicted an Elk City man of killing his mother.

KECO reports that the jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday before finding 26-year-old Aaron Stigleman guilty in the February shooting death of 56-year-old Karen Stigleman.

Aaron Stigleman testified Thursday that he had been using methamphetamine at the time of the shooting.

The jury recommended a life without parole prison term. Formal sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 4.

 

 

 

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BANGKOK — Seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills reached record highs in East and Southeast Asia in 2012, with Myanmar retaining its status as a major supplier of the illicit drugs, the United Nations said Friday.

In its annual report on amphetamine-type stimulants in the region, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said that methamphetamines were the primary or secondary drug of choice in 13 of the 15 Asia-Pacific countries surveyed.

A total of 227 million methamphetamine pills were seized in the region last year — a 59 percent increase from 142 million a year earlier, the report said. It marked a more than seven-fold increase from 2008.

Many of the pills were seized in China (102.2 million), followed by Thailand (95.3 million) and Myanmar (18.2 million), the UNODC report said. In Thailand, the haul was nearly double the amount seized in 2011 and the second-largest ever recorded.

“Methamphetamine remains the top illicit drug threat in East and Southeast Asia,” said the report, covering a region that includes China and South Korea to Southeast Asia and Australia. “Seizures of methamphetamine in both pill and crystalline forms reached record highs there in 2012.”

The 11.6 tons of crystal meth seized across the region was the highest in a decade and a 12 percent increase from the year before. It included record hauls in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Brunei.

“Myanmar remains the primary source of methamphetamine pills found in the region,” said the report, adding Myanmar continues to be “a major source” of the region’s crystal meth, opium and heroin. Myanmar is also the world’s second-largest producer of opium, after Afghanistan, accounting for about 10 percent of global production.

The upsurge comes despite Myanmar’s progress toward democratic reform since 2011, when the long-ruling military junta ceded power. The country’s drug-producing hub is in eastern Shan State, a remote region near China and Thailand, where ethnic rebels have waged wars for decades and the government still has little control.

Myanmar’s neighbors are its main markets. Up to 90 percent of the crystal meth seized last year in Thailand — and an estimated 90 percent of meth pills seized in China — came from Myanmar, the report said.

China is also the destination for most of Myanmar’s heroin, the report said. Myanmar’s cultivation of illegal opium increased for a sixth consecutive year in 2012. It rose by 17 percent to 51,000 hectares (126,000 acres), up from about 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) in 2011.

Trafficking of amphetamines is dominated by regional syndicates, but organized crime gangs from Africa and Iran have continued to smuggle such drugs into the region, the agency said.

The report said there was a resurgence of ecstasy use in several Asian countries, with the number of ecstasy pills seized in 2012 more than tripling to 5.4 million pills, compared to 1.6 million in 2011.

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YORK — Eva Morris, mother to an 8-month-old daughter, thought the funky smell in her York neighborhood was a busted sewer line.

She learned Wednesday afternoon that she lived three doors from what police say is the 15th active methamphetamine lab discovered in York County this year. Police say they found five people cooking 400 grams of the addictive street drug in a “heavy” Gatorade bottle in a house, with about a dozen other inactive one-pot meth labs packed in gym and duffel bags.

York County drug agents on the scene of a meth lab reported on Hudson Street in York. Investigators could smell the chemicals from the outside

Five people were arrested after a meth lab bust in York

Drug agents confiscated these items after busting a meth lab Wednesday in York

BAILEY

KEITH DOVER

MICHAEL DOVER

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Police filed 20 charges total against Destiny Nicole Varnadore, 20; Christopher Lynn McCrary, 34; Christopher Shane Bailey, 31; and brothers, Michael Dwaine Dover, 23 and Keith Lee Dover, 21, charging them with one count each of trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine within proximity to a school and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

At about 11 a.m., agents with the York County Mulitjurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit were called to 30 Hudson St. after receiving complaints about a strong, pungent odor in the neighborhood that smelled like chemicals, said Marvin Brown, unit commander. Officials swarmed the neighborhood, right off South Congress Street and just across from the White Oak Manor nursing home, knocking on neighbors’ doors.

When they approached 30 Hudson St., officials were able to smell from the street scents consistent with a meth lab, Brown said. Once they knocked on the door, the odor of meth cooking, and its associated fumes, wafted in the air.

Most one-pot meth labs, the simplest way to cook meth, carry a pungent odor that smells like cat urine, Brown said.

One-pot meth labs, which take shape in Gatorade bottles or 2-liter soda bottles, are condensed meth labs that are more mobile than their predecessors, officials have said. Users fill the bottles with chemicals that react on their own and produce the meth in its liquid form. The manufacturers then use another container with salt and acid to solidify the drug into a compound they drain through a filter to produce the finished product.

On Wednesday, police detained all five people in the house, lining them outside while investigators obtained a search warrant, donned hazmat suits and chemical-resistant rubber boots and began sifting through the house and trash can to confiscate common household items used to cook meth, including lighter fluid, a face mask and a Mason jar, Brown said.

Neighbors were asked to stay inside their homes as a precaution as officials waited for a privately contracted cleaning crew to arrive and purge the house of chemicals.

Inside, investigators found the active one-pot meth lab in a small bottle, said Mike Channell, emergency management coordinator with York County’s Office of Emergency Management.

Officials also found several inactive labs, bottles encrusted with meth “byproduct,” in the house that Brown said indicates the suspects had been cooking meth “for quite some time now.” Both Keith Dover and Bailey had 2 grams of cooked meth in their pockets, Brown said.

The five suspects were all escorted from the house in handcuffs and loaded into York Police cars and a York County sheriff’s car. Before they were arrested, the suspects underwent a “dry decontamination” under a yellow tent. The dry decontamination process requires officials to strip the suspects of the clothes they were wearing at the time of arrest. They were then given orange prison jumpsuits to wear.

York firefighters were on standby in case a “wet decontamination,” or a shower with a water hose, was necessary to rid their bodies of the chemicals. The hazmat team determines what level of decontamination is needed once they enter a lab site and evaluate how many labs are active and possibly diffuse dangerous chemicals in the air, Channell said. Officials opted to perform a dry contamination since there was only one active lab.

Three doors down, Eva Morris cradled her daughter, peeking out her window occasionally while police swarmed her street.

“It’s scary knowing they could have blown up,” she said. “I don’t know anything about meth. I just know it can blow up.”

Morris, 29, said she did not know the neighbors living in the house with the lab. Oftentimes, she and her husband detected a “sewer smell” when they walked outside. They thought it was a busted sewer line.

“We were trying to figure out what it was,” she said.

Now, she knows.

“You don’t really know what anybody’s doing,” she said. “What kind of neighborhood is my baby living in?”

Dolly Ivey, 75, said she has lived in the neighborhood for nearly five years, but said for the past several months, she did not want to sit on her porch.

The neighbors two doors down, all “young people,” spent their time outside, “cussing and hollering.”

“I don’t like to hear cussing and filthy talk,” she said. “I just stayed in my house.”

There were murmurs among neighbors that the group at 30 Hudson St. might have been selling drugs because of the number of cars always parked at the house, Ivey said. Meth did not immediately come to mind.

“It’s been wild…down here, but nothing like this,” she said. “We never know…we never know what’s going on beside us.”

First in York city this year

The bust on Hudson Street was the first reported lab found in the city of York this year. Active meth labs this year have been found in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Clover, with the most being reported in Rock Hill.

Officials have noted an increase in the number of labs found this year compared to previous years. Officials dismantled 10 total labs last year, and 10 in 2011.

Twenty-seven people have been arrested and charged this year in connection with meth labs, Brown said. Though Wednesday’s lab was the 15th active lab discovered in the county, Brown said officials have come upon at least twice as many this year after receiving complaints about chemical smells or possible meth activity.

But those labs, he said, were generally inactive, or there was not enough evidence to build a case. Brown said officials found three inactive labs on a recent Friday and one inactive lab on Tuesday.

Just because the active labs could not be found “doesn’t mean they weren’t there,” he said.

 
 
 
 
 

COWLITZ COUNTY, WA (KPTV) – A man is facing a drug charge after Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies say he placed a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in a courthouse X-ray machine.

It happened Tuesday morning at as Steven Campbell, 51, entered the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice Security Checkpoint, deputies said.

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According to investigators, Campbell placed the contents of his pockets in a tray so it could be scanned.

The deputy operating the scanner saw Campbell place a 3-inch clear glass pipe with brown residue in the tray, covering it with a piece of paper, deputies said.

The deputy placed Campbell under arrest.

The residue in the pipe tested positive for methamphetamine, investigators told FOX 12.

After being advised of his Miranda Rights, Campbell said he brought the pipe to the courthouse to turn it in, deputies said.

Campbell was coming to the courthouse for a hearing for a prior drug charge and obstructing an officer.

Authorities took Campbell to the jail and booked him on a new possession of methamphetamine charge.

 

 

 

 

 

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Caruthersville Police were led on a motorcycle chase that ended with the discovery of drugs.

According to Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones, officers attempted to stop a red motorcycle at Laurant Ave. and West 15th Street around 4:15 Tuesday afternoon for no visible registration.

Jones said the driver did not stop and led police on a chase. The chase ended on the 1100 block of Adams Ave. when the driver left the road and crashed.

The suspect was found to be in possession of a backpack which contained a methamphetamine lab.

The unnamed suspect was taken to the Pemiscot County Jail to await formal charges of manufacturing meth and felony resisting arrest along with multiple traffic violations.

 

 

 

 

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STONE COUNTY, AR — Several law enforcement agencies arrested 18 people on 38 charges Wednesday after a 9-month undercover investigation.

According to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), “Operation Ice Pick,” an investigation targeting suspects accused of dealing crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” began in March 2013.

Officers began executing arrest warrants at daybreak Tuesday, landing 18 suspects behind bars, but SCSO says they expect more arrests as the investigation continues.

Stone County Deputies, Mountain View Police, Arkansas State Police, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Mountain Home Police Department, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Parole and Probation assisted in the arrests.

The following suspects were arrested for these respective charges:

John Matthew Ogle – 31 – of Mountain View, charged with 3 counts of delivery of crystal methamphetamine, maintaining drug premises, possession of crystal meth with purpose to deliver

Robert L Avey – 49 – of Timbo was charged with 5 counts of delivery of crystal meth.

Andrea Sutterfield – 44 – of Timbo was charged with 1 count of delivery of crystal meth.

Michele Pacheco – 52 – of Alco was charged with 1 count of delivery of crystal meth.

Stanley Trammell – 50 – of Alco was charged with 2 counts of delivery of crystal meth.

William Hocutt – 52 – of Newnata, Ar was charged with 1 count of delivery of crystal meth.

Thomas G Morrison – 30 – of Mountain View, was charged with 1 count of delivery of crystal meth, 2 count maintain drug premises, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Jonathan Pitts – 24 – of Mountain View, charged with 2 counts of delivery of crystal meth and probation violations.

Cody Sweat – 23 – of Mountain View, charged with delivery of crystal meth and probation violations.

Tina Harris – 40 – of Mountain View, charged with 2 count of delivery of crystal meth.

David Richard Fritz – 37 – of Mountain View, charged with 2 counts of delivery of crystal meth and possession of crystal meth.

Jessica Rowland Burns – 35 – of Mountain View, charged with 1 count of delivery of crystal meth.

Christopher Briscoe – 36 – of Mountain View, charged with 1 count possession of drug paraphernalia.

Crystal Shipman – 30 – of Mountain View, charged with Parole Violation.

James L. Keen – 40 – of Mountain View, charged with 2 counts of delivery of meth, and possession of crystal meth with the purpose to deliver.

Cori Morgan – 38 – of Fox, charged with 3 counts of possession of schedule 2 narcotic with purpose to deliver.

Jessica McDougal – 28 – of Quitman, charged with possession of crystal meth over 2 grams.

Jesse Brem – 25 – of Mountain View, charged with one count of forgery 2nd degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Area authorities found three meth labs in a period of 12 hours. Two of the labs were found at a residence in McGee and another was found by a hunter in the woods.

Sheriff Dean Finch said that Friday evening, he received a report of drug activity at a residence located off Highway TT in the McGee area. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the SEMO Drug Task Force went to the location and conducted a “knock and talk” at approximately 8 p.m.

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“When the suspects came to the door, we smelled a strong chemical order,” Sheriff Finch said. “We were granted permission to search the residence.”

According to Finch, two active meth labs were found. One of the labs was located on a shelf; the second was found behind a chair in a corner.

Arrested were Shirley J. McCrackin, 23, of Marble Hill; Brandon Lee McIntyre, 32, of Gipsy; Dennis Ray McIntyre Jr., 33, of Gipsy, and Shawn Anthony Marty, 33, of Greenville. They are currently being held in the Wayne County Jail. Each of their bonds has been set at $34,500 cash-only.

Sheriff Finch said that a hunter found a meth lab Saturday while hunting at a location off County Road 403 south of Greenville. The lab was not active; however, all needed ingredients to manufacture methamphetamines were found at the location.

 

 

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MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) – Officials confirm the house fire that sent a three-year-old to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was sparked by a meth lab Wednesday.

Crews arrived to the house in the 6400 block of Cheekwood Avenue in the afternoon to investigate.

 
 

A man at the home told police when he noticed the fire, he went to the attic to see what was burning. He told police he saw a jar of fuel and lithium metal on fire that he had used to cook meth earlier in the week.

His three-year-old daughter did not have any visible injuries, but she was sent to the hospital for observation.

 

 

 

 

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Two were jailed Monday night after police say a methamphetamine lab and children were discovered in a New Castle home.

According to an Indiana State Police media release, the ISP Pendleton Post Meth Suppression Squad served a search warrant about 7 p.m. Monday at 133 Burgess Court, which had been the focus of a recent investigation.

While there, officers reportedly found a working meth lab.

 Arrested were Donald Keith Harrison, 46, and Kimberly Jean Caldwell, 28, who are preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of meth.

Caldwell also faces two additional preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent after officers found two children under the age of 10 were also in the home at the time, according to the release.

ISP was assisted at the scene by the Henry County Drug Task Force and the New Castle and Shirley police departments.

According to court records, Harrison, formerly of Walton, Ind., was convicted of theft in Cass County in 2011. Caldwell, meanwhile, does not appear to have any recent charges or convictions.

Harrison and Caldwell were being held Tuesday at the Henry County jail.

 

 

 

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An outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation led to the arrest of the man on six additional charges after a methamphetamine lab was discovered at his Middleboro Road residence near Blanchester, said Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

Shannon McKinley, 44, was wanted on a warrant issued by the Wilmington Clinton County Municipal Court. Reinbolt said two Blanchester officers went to McKinley’s residence where they discovered drug paraphernalia and the methamphetamine lab.

 

Shannon McKinley
Shannon McKinley
 



“McKinley was arrested inside a bedroom, where drug paraphernalia was in plain view,” Reinbolt said.

Reinbolt said McKinley’s residence is in Warren County. After the drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine lab were discovered, police called in the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) which sent deputies to the scene.

Charges filed by the WCSO included illegal possession or manufacture of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; disrupting service, fifth-degree felony, and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, violating a protection order and probation violation.

McKinley was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail.


 

 

 

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GROVETON, TX (KTRE) – Groveton Police officers arrested a couple after the man allegedly dunked a 3-year-old boy in a bathtub full of scalding water Saturday afternoon for “pooping in his diaper,” causing first- and second-degree burns to the child’s buttocks and genitals

The woman told police that she coming down from a meth high and was lying on the couch when she heard the sounds of a scuffle and running water from the other room. However, she didn’t get up to investigate.

 

Terrance Edwards (Source: Trinity Police Department)Kendra Murphy (Source: Trinity Police Department)

       Terrance Edwards                        Kendra Murphy

 

 

The Groveton Police Department arrested Terrance Edwards, 33, for injury to a child, which is a first-degree felony. Kendra Murphy, 25, was charged with failure to report a felony, which is a Class A misdemeanor. While Murphy has since posted bail and was released from jail Sunday, Edwards was still in jail as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to Groveton Police Chief John Raiford, an ambulance was dispatched out to an apartment complex in Devine Street at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday in reference to a child with severe burns on his buttocks and genitals.

Raiford said Officer Shane Sandifer worked with deputy from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office who went to the hospital to take the initial report, according to the arrest affidavit. While the TCSO deputy was there, he saw the burns on the boy’s rear end and privates. In addition, the 3-year-old boy had bruising all over his body and a swollen left eye.

A Child Protective Services investigator started question Murphy about what had happened, and authorities learned that a 2-year-old girl was involved as well, according to the arrest affidavit. The girl had bruises between her legs and all over her body.

According to the arrest affidavit, Murphy said in a written statement that every time her kids do something wrong, Edwards, her boyfriend, “whoops” them with a paddle, a belt, or his hand. She said that on Halloween night, she lay down with her kids to go to sleep. The affidavit said Edwards got home around 5.a.m. the next morning.

Murphy said that she fell asleep on the couch because she and Edwards had been smoking meth, and the kids were up eating candy, the affidavit stated. She said that he turned on the bath water because the 3-year-old boy had “pooped in his diaper.”

“Murphy stated that [Edwards] thought the water was not hot,” the affidavit stated.

The affidavit also stated that Murphy didn’t report the child’s injuries until a neighbor noticed the child walking strangely and called 911 at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday.

Raiford said the boy was taken to the Shriner’s Burn Center in Galveston for treatment of his burns. In addition to the burns from the hot water, the little boy also had a lacerated liver, internal bleeding, and cigarette burns on his body. Raiford said the 3-year-old boy was up and walking around, and that it appears that he is going to be OK.

The boy and his 2-year-old sister were released into the custody of their great-grandmother, Raiford said.

Raiford said the TCSO assisted his department with the case. The matter is still under investigation, and more criminal charges could be pending.

 

 

 

 

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