LAKEPORT – The service of a search warrant by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force on Tuesday, resulted in one arrest and the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana and a firearm, which was reported stolen.

On Tuesday narcotics detectives secured a search warrant for a home and property on the 1100 block of 11th Street in Lakeport. At approximately 5:16 p.m. detectives served the warrant.

During a search of the home, narcotics detectives reportedly located and seized approximately 36 grams of methamphetamine in the bedroom occupied by Katherine Eve Johnson, 33, of Lakeport.

The methamphetamine was allegedly concealed inside a purse, which was sitting on a shelf in the bedroom closet. Detectives reported that inside the purse was a digital scale, several small plastic bags and a spoon and on the same shelf, was a Heckler & Koch .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was loaded.

Central Dispatch conducted a record check on the firearm and discovered that it was reported stolen by the Santa Ana Police Department. Narcotics detectives also reportedly located two digital pound scales and a large plastic tub containing 5.2 ounces of processed marijuana in the same bedroom occupied by Johnson. The stolen firearm, processed marijuana and scales were seized as evidence.

In the backyard detectives reportedly located and eradicated 26 marijuana plants. The plants were allegedly concealed by an 8-foot black plastic fence. A search of Johnson’s vehicle reportedly produced another 7.6 grams of methamphetamine, which was in an eyeglass case in the center console.

The reported estimated street value of the methamphetamine was $4,300.

Johnson was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed and possession of known stolen property. She was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.

Anyone with information that can assist the task force with this effort is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at 263-3663.



Smoke it, inject it or snort it. Any way you ingest methamphetamine, it’s still a fast-acting drug known for its visually horrifying and life-altering effects.

And now the destructive drug is on the rise in Missoula County.

Following a spike of individuals charged with felony possession, distribution and sale of methamphetamine in 2007, meth-related crimes in the county dropped in 2008 by 42 percent and again by 19 percent in 2009. For the next two years, the numbers remained relatively constant, until 2012, when meth-related felony charges jumped by 30 percent.

Missoula Detective Sgt. Ed McLean said 2013 is on course to surpass 2012 in the number of meth-related charges.

McLean is a supervising officer on the Missoula Drug Task Force – a drug-fighting cooperative that boasts representatives of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and the Missoula Police Department.

He was only authorized to release the percentage increases and not the actual numbers that the force collects from the cooperating organizations.


McLean has hard lines etched into his face and speaks candidly, albeit off the record, about drug busts that have taken an emotional toll on his well-being. He has seen people lose their families because of meth and interviewed addicts so far gone they look “like an infection.”

The increase is obviously disturbing to him, but he doesn’t see an obvious explanation – the why.

“There is no concrete reason. There’s none. You are dealing with an illicit substance that everyone knows is bad for you,” McLean said.

He said that many people charged with meth distribution, sale or possession claim that economic hard times have forced them into the profession of drug dealing.

But those defenses offered to him by people facing felony charges related to methamphetamine aren’t viable excuses, in McLean’s opinion.

Meth use, as well as other drug use, boils down to a supply and demand issue.

McLean said the economic growth and job explosion in the Bakken oil fields and Missoula’s location along the Interstate 90 corridor – connecting Spokane to Montana – are two factors to take into consideration when examining the increase.

“There’s an increased demand in the Northwest for methamphetamine that’s infectious,” he said. “When you end up having shipments coming through, it increases the supply in our area.”

The source of the drug is coming directly from Washington or California – but he won’t point to Mexico as the original source.

But for McLean, that’s really beside the point.

“As long as you have demand for it, somebody, somewhere is going to make it,” McLean said.


Last week, a woman found in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia set fire to a bathroom in the emergency room at St. Patrick Hospital.


She said she was trying to kill herself.

According to court documents, the woman, Rachel Thompson, was driving through Missoula County on Interstate 90 with her boyfriend Frederick Slack. The two Washington natives were on their way to a wedding in Las Vegas, but ended up in Justice Court and then the Missoula County jail instead.

Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech told Thompson that she had a terrible drug problem before setting a six-figure bail.

The woman was in hysterics.

Brian Yowell is a public defender who represents a fair number of individuals facing meth-related charges.

“That drug just makes you do it,” Yowell explained. “It’s like rocket-power cocaine.”

When he started in the office nine years ago, meth use was more prevalent because the federal government hadn’t made restrictions on the substances used to make methamphetamines – like some over-the-counter cold medications.

But Yowell said a crackdown on meth labs, as well as the federal regulation that now forces consumers to show identification before purchasing some cold medications, have really curbed the drug’s sphere of influence.

Education and advertising about the adverse side effects of the drug have also helped.

The 2012 numbers haven’t hit the 2007 “danger point,” McLean said.

But why the increase in 2012? Yowell suggests the success of smuggling from meth labs south of the border as a possible explanation.

“They don’t stamp ‘made in Mexico’ on their product,” Yowell points out. “But the Washington labs have to get their supply from somewhere.”

As for Yowell’s clients, they aren’t sure where the drug comes from.

Many of Yowell’s clients facing meth charges are in denial that they have a problem and aren’t able to understand the gravity of their situation. They optimistically believe the judge will release them, while their families and lives fall apart.

“You are in the eye of the storm when you are consuming,” Yowell explained. “You can’t see swirling walls of disaster all around you.”

“It’s scary and the commercials don’t exaggerate it,” he added.


There’s a silver-lining in McLean’s numbers.

He said the percentage of juveniles facing meth charges isn’t increasing – a fact that McLean attributes to the Montana Meth Project’s in-your-face advertising and educational programs that give young people solid knowledge they can base their decisions on later in life.

He presents seminars to high schools where he displays grotesque photos of meth addicts – a tactic that is usually more effective than describing the neurological and physiological effects.

“I had one case where I was dealing with a young mother with a 3.7 GPA at the University of Montana, who starts using methamphetamine and the subsequent decline in behavior resulted in the loss of her child (to Child Protective Services),” he said.

“I don’t feel she would have made those decisions had she had a good knowledge base and realized what the consequences would have been of partying up with methamphetamine,” he added.



An assault in the county Friday morning just outside of Bonne Terre led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab near a school in city limits.

The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a charge of second-degree assault. The Bonne Terre Police Department is seeking charges related to possession of the methamphetamine lab, first-degree methamphetamine trafficking, and manufacture of methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school. 

According to the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 7 a.m. Friday deputies were dispatched to an assault on Stormy Lane. They discovered a male victim with lacerations to the forehead and back of his head. The injuries appeared to have been made by a blunt object. He was transported to a St. Louis area hospital for treatment.

At 7:20 a.m. Bonne Terre Police responded to a disturbance call of a male and female fighting at the corner of M.C. Black and Route K. Officers discovered a male and a female hiding behind a shed and they were detained.

During the ensuing investigation, Bonne Terre Cpl. Stan Jaco located a portable drug lab in a bag the suspects had with them. Members of the Mineral Area Drug Task Force responded to the scene to dismantle and investigate the portable lab. The task force determined there was enough of the drug to qualify for a trafficking charge.

Both suspects are in the St. Francois County Jail. Charges could be filed next week.



A Lake Elsinore man who was allegedly found Thursday with guns, ammunition and illegal drugs, has been arrested.

Robert Lee Hansen, 61, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of illegal narcotics while armed with a firearm, and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to a report from Sgt. David Cardoza of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station.

“There have been previous complaints to Riverside County Code Enforcement about illegal activity, narcotic activity, and illegal dumping in the area,” the report stated.

The deputy questioned the travel trailer driver, which turned out to be Hansen.

“During the course of the contact, the driver … exhibited the symptoms of narcotic use. The driver was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, two firearms, and live ammunition during a consent search of his travel trailer,” Cardoza’s report continued.

Jail records show Hansen remains in custody at Southwest Detention Center in lieu of $25,000. He is due to appear in court Sept. 24.

According to jail records, at least one of the firearms in Hansen’s possession was loaded. Based on jail records, it appears Hansen’s weapons were registered to him.



A Wichita man was arrested on smuggling charges Thursday evening after customs and border patrol agents in El Paso, Texas seized just under two pounds of meth from his vehicle.

It happened just after 7 p.m. Thursday while officers were performing an enforcement sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the Bridge of the Americas.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted authorities to a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe that was entering the U.S. from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release.

Officers scanned the vehicle and “spotted anomalies” in the rocker panel area of the SUV, where they found five methamphetamine-filled bundles with a total weight of 1.9 pounds.

Burt Allen Smith, 27, of Wichita was arrested on federal smuggling charges and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“The important work that CBP performs at the port of entry helps keep this nation safe and secure,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats.”

Further information about the case was not released.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Smith was incarcerated from November of 2006 until July of 2011 for drug and forgery convictions.

Meth labs, whether large or small, are dangerous. Chemicals used in making meth are dangerous, the process of making meth is dangerous, and the waste left behind is dangerous.
Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant typically made in “laboratories” from common materials, many of which are readily available to the maker. Recipes for the substance and step-by-step instructions can be found on the Internet, making it possible that a meth lab could be located in nearly any neighborhood in any city, any rural setting, or even campers and fish houses.
Meth can be made in a variety of ways. It can  be “cooked,” shaken in a plastic bottle with less heat exposure – the “Shake and Bake” method, or steeped as in the “Nazi” method.

Many of the ingredients used in making methamphetamine are toxic, flammable, or explosive, making it dangerous for the maker and anyone nearby, especially children who may be exposed to chemicals used during the process.
“I don’t think you need a degree in chemistry (to make meth),” said Valley City Police Chief Thompson. “If you’re brave enough to follow the directions you find on the Internet, just about anybody can do it. The problem is, the chemicals involved in this are so dangerous that if you make a mistake, or if you read the directions wrong, or if you understand the directions wrong or the directions are wrong, you can easily blow yourself up.”
Most methamphetamine that finds its way into the local area originates in either Mexico or Canada where ingredients are more readily available than in the U.S. where state and federal regulations have made purchasing pseudoephedrine – a key meth ingredient – difficult.
In fact, earlier this month, police in Ontario, Canada seized more than $40 million in methamphetamine, including 120 kilograms of pure meth – enough to make four million pills, 110,483 meth pills, and 14 kilograms of meth powder waiting to be pressed into pills, in and around Toronto, according to CBC News, Toronto.
And the quality of meth coming into the area is very high quality, unlike earlier when meth was likely to contain impurities.
Obtaining enough ingredients locally to make the drug for personal use is easier, according to Thompson.
And while it’s not likely to find meth mega-labs in and around Valley City, Thompson doesn’t discount the possibility of finding smaller labs, though he’s not heard of any thus far during a little over a year in the community.
Meth labs, even small ones, leave tattletale signs, most notably an odor. According to Thompson, “cooking” meth produces a strong, unique chemical odor, similar to the smell of cat urine. The odor is unmistakable and “once you’ve smelled it you never forget it,” said Thompson.
Inside the meth lab a visitor may notice a yellow haze that clings to walls, ceilings and virtually every surface.
Other signs to look for include strange ventilation – including open windows on cold days; unusual trash like empty cold tablet packages, lithium batteries that have been torn apart, used coffee filters with colored stains or powdery residue; empty chemical or solvent containers; empty soda bottles with holes in the top or with tubes coming from the top; or plastic or rubber hoses, duct tape, rubber gloves or respiratory masks.
Because of the toxicity and volatility of meth during the production process, police who encounter a meth lab must call haz-mat teams. Firefighters who encounter meth lab fires can do nothing without haz-mat assistance.
If a building containing a meth lab goes undetected, it can remain dangerous for years after the lab is gone. According to the U.S. Department of Health, unsuspecting residents of former meth houses could develop a cough, a rash or headache from exposure to methamphetamine residue.
Anyone who suspects a meth lab should call police, said Thompson. His department will take every precaution to protect the safety of the informant, he added.




Nogales, Ariz. - A Mexican national was arrested Friday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 34 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

 click for hi-res CBP officers located and seized meth that was hidden within the smuggling vehicle's tires.
CBP officers located and seized meth that was hidden within the smuggling vehicle’s tires.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 57-year-old man for an additional inspection of his Chevrolet truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the rear and spare tires, officers removed 22 packages of meth worth more than $536,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.




CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Police said they found pills, meth and knives in a Cedar Rapids woman’s car after a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

A Cedar Rapids police officer pulled over 22-year-old Alisha Cryder at 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Second Street SW. Police learned Cryder was driving with a suspended license. Her license plates and insurance card were expired, police said.

After arresting Cryder for driving while suspended, police searched her vehicle. Police said they found numerous prescription drugs in separated bags, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials. Officers also found several knives in the vehicle that exceeded the legal blade length.

Cryder was taken to the Linn County Jail and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, Iowa drug tax stamp violation, carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended license and various driving infractions.



ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Police say they have been responding to more reports of clandestine methamphetamine labs.

State police say they found more than 100 meth labs last year, double the number the year before.

So far in 2013, troopers have been called to 93 clandestine labs or incidents and they’re looking for the public’s help in dealing with the growing problem.

Trooper Jennifer Fleishman, a state police spokeswoman, says police are typically finding “one-pot meth labs,” unlike the larger-scale operations depicted on the cable television show “Breaking Bad.”



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – UPDATE:  The body found at the apartment has been identified as that of of Birmingham.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case can call the Birmingham Police Department (205) 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.

ORIGINAL: Police response to reports of a gunshot resulted in the discovery of a dead body at an apartment and a meth lab in Birmingham on Friday morning.

Officers with the Birmingham Police Department responded to an apartment after neighbors reported hearing a gunshot.

Upon arrival, officers found a body inside the apartment and noticed an aroma commonly associated with meth.

A HazMat team was called to the scene and confirmed that the smell was meth.

Four officers were sent to the hospital for protocol reasons.

Police are working to clear the scene of danger.

The body has been removed from the apartment but it has not been identified, according to Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department.

There are currently no suspects at this time.

Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country is manufactured in “superlabs” here or, usually, in Mexico. But the drug is also easily made in small clandestine laboratories, with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold medications. To curb production of methamphetamine, Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2005, which requires that pharmacies and other retail stores keep logs of purchases of products containing pseudoephedrine and limits the amount of those products an individual can purchase per day. A few States have even made pseudoephedrine available only with a prescription. Mexico has also tightened its restrictions on this and other methamphetamine precursor chemicals. But manufacturers adapt to these restrictions via small- or large-scale “smurfing” operations: obtaining pseudoephedrine from multiple sources, below the legal thresholds, using multiple false identifications. Manufacturers in Mexico are also increasingly using a different production process (called P2P, from the precursor chemical phenyl-2-propanone) that does not require pseudoephedrine.

Methamphetamine production also involves a number of other easily obtained chemicals that are hazardous, such as acetone, anhydrous ammonia (fertilizer), ether, red phosphorus, and lithium. Toxicity from these chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab has been shut down, causing a wide range of damaging effects to health. Because of these dangers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided guidance on cleanup and remediation of methamphetamine labs.



Methamphetamine use can lead to dangerously elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and decaying gums, a local physician who treats users said on Thursday.

Waynesboro police and the Virginia State Police raided a suspected meth lab on Sherwood Avenue on Tuesday, charging two people with manufacturing meth. Suspects Jesse Hamilton Balin, 23, and April Bradley Riddle, 38, both of Waynesboro, are to appear via video hookup in Waynesboro District Court for an advisement hearing this morning, according to the Waynesboro Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

Meth medical

Cleanup continues at the Sherwood Avenue property where police busted a suspected meth lab on Tuesday


Items seized from the house were taken to a state laboratory in Roanoke for testing. The lab is reported to be the city’s third meth lab discovered this year.

Drug causes medical issues

Dr. Asher Brand, an emergency room physician at Augusta Health and the medical director for the Central Shenandoah EMS Council, said an overdose of meth  can cause “super high blood pressure, seizures and sudden cardiac arrest.” He said overuse of the drug can trigger a dangerous rhythm in a person’s heart.

The dental issues are caused partially by the neglect of dental hygiene, Brand said. “People start neglecting themselves. All of their gums decay in part because of neglect,” he added, saying the drug also constricts blood flow to the teeth.

While meth leads to an increased awareness and alertness, it also causes users to “become anorexic,” Brand said. “It (the drug) makes you not want to eat,” he said.

Brand sees patients monthly in the Augusta Health ER for meth use. He said there are outpatient treatment options and some psychiatric options. “There are also treatment facilities for the wealthy,” he said. Cuts in state funding have limited the options in that venue, he said.

Crystal Myers, the clinical manager for Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s outpatient behavioral health program, said the treatment for meth use can be intensive.

She calls the drug one of the most addictive substances. Dealing with the addiction through counseling and education can take a short or a long time, Myers said.

“People are at different stages,” she said. “It (treatment) can be short-term or it could take years.” Myers said there are documented cases of people relapsing to meth use seven times.

Myers advises family members to be on the lookout for symptoms. She said one issue with meth use is denial by the addicted person. It may take a trauma to get the person’s attention. “Sometimes it takes negative consequences such as loss of a job, a relationship,” she said.

Virginia legislators are well aware of the lack of state funding for drug addiction, according to a Shenandoah Valley senator.

Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has both chaired a commission on substance abuse and patroned a study by the Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on addiction treatment. Hanger said the state money for treatment is not enough. He said the potential expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program could offer more funding for addiction treatment.

Brand said one of the major complications with drugs purchased or manufactured illegally is the composition. “You do not have the slightest idea what is in there,” Brand said.

There is one legal meth product, Desoxyn, Brand said. This product is marketed in 5-milligram tablets and is used to treat obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Chatham-Kent police have issued a warning to anyone who is involved with the  purchase or use of drugs such as ecstasy and speed.

Police say they have recently investigated incidents involving members of  the community, specifically young people, purchasing what they believe is MDMA  (ecstasy), only to realize the drug they bought is in fact Methamphetamine  (speed).

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Officers say both drugs are synthetically produced and the buyer/user will  never know what ingredients are in the drug. Past seizures of ecstasy found meth  as an ingredient, MDMA, caffeine and other carcinogens.

Police are trying to get the message out to youths that synthetically  produced drugs come in various forms such as pills, capsules, crystalized powder  and may look similar in appearance.

They warn these drugs are extremely dangerous and there is no way of knowing  what combination of ingredients they contain and it could prove to be  deadly.




A Muskogee man allegedly injected methamphetamine in front of a police officer Thursday and is in jail on a drug possession complaint.

Justin Higgins, 22, was suspected of shoplifting at the Family Dollar at 2400 W. Okmulgee St., said Muskogee police.

Justin Higgins

Officer Michele Ogden said as she approached the store at about 2:45 p.m. a man ran and got into a red sport utility vehicle.

“There’s an employee standing (outside) smoking a cigarette,” Ogden said. “And he points at him.”

Higgins was sitting on the driver’s with his back to Ogden and appeared to be reaching into the passenger seat, she said.

Ogden said she told Higgins to turn around and grabbed his arm. Higgins turned around with a medical syringe in his hand, stabbed it into his arm and injected himself, Ogden said.

The officer had her gun out and ordered Higgins out of the vehicle. Higgins allegedly said he injected himself with methamphetamine to cover for his girlfriend, Ogden said.

Higgins was arrested on a complaint of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, drug paraphernalia possession and several warrants in Muskogee County.

Higgins is being held on $10,000 bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility

The girlfriend was suspected of shoplifting as well, but Ogden said nothing was found on her.



Two Valley men have been found guilty of conspiring to distribute narcotics in prison, federal prosecutors say.

Roman Borquez, 46, of Peoria, and Ralph Moreno, 52, of Phoenix, were convicted of offenses including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona on Friday.

Roman Borquez



Borquez was also found guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin, the statement said.

Prosecutors said evidence at the trial showed Borquez, a member of a Mexican prison gang, conspired with others in Arizona to send him narcotics while serving time in a federal prison in Safford.

Borquez’s associates sent him heroin contained in two greeting cards that were intercepted at the prison, authorities said.

Evidence also showed that Borquez also arranged for the sale of methamphetamine with a Hawaii-based drug dealer.

A Phoenix-based FBI violent street gang task force comprised of federal and state investigators infiltrated Borquez’s drug trafficking organization, where they seized three pounds of methamphetamine, authorities said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office statement did not name Moreno’s role in the drug trafficking organization. But the statement said a search of Moreno’s home produced an AR-15 rifle, a .40 caliber handgun, a small amount of marijuana and over $75,000 in cash. Prior felony convictions for drug trafficking prohibited Moreno from possessing either weapon.

The case was tried before U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn O. Silver over two weeks earlier this month.

The two men face maximum penalties of up to life in prison, more than $10,000,000 in fines, or both, authorities said.

Silver is scheduled to sentence the pair on Dec. 16.



Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds on Sept. 16 reported that seven persons have been charged in connection with an investigation of methamphetamine and heroin offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Edmonds reported the arrests of the following persons:

Ty W. Dalton of 115 Kohler St. in Anna, who has been charged with one count of conspiracy: unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class 1 felony; one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class 2 felony; one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony; and two counts of methamphetamine related child endangerment, both Class 2 felonies.

Jeanne L. Dalton, also known as Jeanne L. Rowan, 42, of 115 Kohler St. in Anna, who has been charged with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, both Class 1 felonies; one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony; two counts of methamphetamine related child endangerment, both Class 2 felonies; and two counts of unlawful use of property in violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, both Class 2 felonies.

Jenny D. Spurlock, 30, of Jonesboro, who has been charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Meagan L. Miller, 20, of 390 Nimmo Rd. in rural Dongola, who has been charged with one count of conspiracy: unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class 1 felony; and 10 counts of unlawful purchase of methamphetamine precursor, all Class 4 felonies.

Chance C. Chapman, 18, of 190 Pine Tree Ln. in rural Cobden, who has been charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Larry D. Ledbetter, 27, of 4390 State Forest Rd. in rural Wolf Lake, who has been charged with one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony.

Frankie L. Fowler, 20, of 116 Casper Church Rd. in rural Anna, who has been charged with one count of methamphetamine delivery, a Class 2 felony; and one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony.

Charges were filed following a four-month-long investigation of alleged methamphetamine and heroin activity at a residence at 115 Kohler St. in Anna. The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

On Aug. 16, Union County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant and arrested Ty Dalton, Jeanne Dalton and Frankie Fowler at the 115 Kohler St. residence.

Each of the seven defendants subsequently were indicted by a Union County grand jury.

Each of those who were arrested were being held on $100,000 bond at the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro.

The residence at 115 Kohler St. and two vehicles also were seized as part of the investigation and forfeiture actions filed by the Union County state’s attorney’s office are pending in Union County Circuit Court in Jonesboro.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Murphysboro Police Department, the Anna Police Department, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Union County animal control assisted in execution of the Aug. 16 search warrant.



WILDOMAR – A 22-year-old woman already on probation was facing possible new criminal charges today after her arrest in Wildomar on suspicion of heroin and methamphetamine possession.

A deputy on patrol in a marked vehicle stopped the driver of silver Honda Civic in a shopping center in the 23800 block of Clinton Keith Road around 5 p.m. Monday and discovered that the woman, 22-year-old Megan Elizabeth Donovan of Lake Elsinore, was on probation for drug-related offenses, said Sgt. David Cardoza of the Riverside County sheriff’s Lake Elsinore Station.

The sheriff’s department did not immediately say what prompted the deputy to make the stop.

What is believed to be methamphetamine was found inside the car and Donovan was placed under arrest and taken to the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta for booking, Cardoza said.

“While being processed into the correctional facility, jail staff members discovered heroin and multiple prescription pills concealed on the subject’s person,” he said.

Donovan was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, heroin and schedule IV narcotic medication as well as a probation violation, Cardoza said.

WILDOMAR – On Monday, September 16, 2013, at approximately 5:00 PM, an officer on patrol in a marked vehicle was driving through a shopping center in the 23800 block of Clinton Keith Road when contact was made with the driver of a silver Honda Civic.

The driver of the vehicle was on county probation for narcotic-related offenses with search terms. The vehicle was searched, and methamphetamine was located in the Honda Civic.

The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine, and was transported to the Southwest Detention Center. While being processed into the correctional facility, jail staff members discovered heroin, and multiple prescription pills concealed on the suspect’s person.

The suspect, Megan Elizabeth Donovan, 22 years old, and a resident of the city of Lake Elsinore was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and schedule IV narcotic medication, and violation of probation.

Anyone having further knowledge or information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-245-3300, or after hours at (951) 776-1099.

BEAUMONT, Texas – Three Vidor, Texas residents have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges related to their association with a “white’s only” criminal enterprise that engaged in methamphetamine distribution and murder , announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Vicki Stark-Fitts, 49, of Hull, Texas, participated in the operation and management of the “SWS” gang.

Vicki Stark-Fitts, 49, of Hull, Texas, participated in the operation and management of the “SWS” gang


Juanette Marie Cunningham, a/k/a Netty, 46, Michael Taylor Word, 45, and Erica Nicole Parrott, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Sep. 18, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

Five other defendants, Craig Pipps, a/k/a Lone Wolf, 40, of Vidor, Mikell Allen Cunningham, a/k/a Mikey, 28, of Vidor, Ricky Allen Nichols, 54, of Vidor, Cassi Diane Hetzel, 37, of Silsbee, Texas and Mack Langston Warner, 33, of Silsbee, pleaded guilty to the same charge earlier this week.

The eight were named along with four others in a seven-count superseding indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 7, 2013. According to the indictment, Pipps, Kenny Don Stanley, 25, of Vidor, Tanner Lynn Bourque, a/k/a Two Shoes, a/k/a Hitman, 33, of Vidor, Kristopher Leigh Guidry, a/k/a Hollywood, 28, of Vidor, and Vicki Stark-Fitts, 49, of Hull, Texas, participated in the operation and management of the “SWS” gang.

According to the indictment, the SWS is a race-based organization operating inside and outside of jails and prisons in Texas and elsewhere. SWS was founded during the 1990s by inmates within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. SWS is also known as “Solid Wood Soldiers” and “Separate White State.”

Although the founders established SWS for protection of white inmates and advancement of white supremacy and white separatism, SWS expanded its objectives to include illegal activities for profit, including trafficking methamphetamine and firearms. SWS protects its power, territory, and profits through intimidation and violence, including assaults, robbery, and murder.

According to information presented in court, Pipps used his position as president of SWS to encourage SWS members and associates to enrich SWS through criminal activity including the distribution of methamphetamine. In August 2010, Pipps and Guidry agreed that Guidry, Bourque and other SWS members would raise money for Pipps and SWS through criminal activities including the sale of methamphetamine.

The stated goal of the conspiracy was to raise $30,000 so that Pipps and SWS could purchase real property for a “separatist community.” Under the agreement, Pipps was to receive control of the funds upon his impending release from federal prison.

From September 2010 to January 2011, members manufactured “shake and bake” methamphetamine for distribution in the Orange County area of Texas. In February 2011, Bourque, Guidry and other SWS members became closely associated with Stark-Fitts, who supplied them with crystal methamphetamine and firearms.

Crystal methamphetamine is a purer form of methamphetamine that is imported from Mexico. According to information presented in court, on Mar. 14, 2011, Stanley, Bourque, Guidrey and Stark-Fitts murdered James Lee Sedtal, a/k/a Lil Bit, in connection with the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The eight defendants pleading guilty this week face up to 40 years in federal prison. Earlier this summer, Stanley, Bourque, and Guidry pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering. In connection with their guilty pleas, Bourque, Guidry, and Stanley admitted that they sought to maintain and increase their position within SWS by murdering Sedtal. Bourque, Guidry, and Stanley face a punishment of life imprisonment. Stark-Fitts pleaded guilty to a racketeering violation and faces up to life in federal prison. Sentencing dates have not been set.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Time Machine Initiative. Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The case is being investigated by the ATF, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, DEA, Texas Rangers, Department of Public Safety CID, Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Beaumont Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.



TRINITY, AL (WAFF) – Five people are in jail after a meth bust in Morgan County.

It happened at the Heritage Estate Trailer Park off Gordon Terry Parkway in Trinity, Wednesday night.

According to Sheriff Ana Franklin, authorities received calls from neighborhood residents, complaining about traffic at the mobile homes, an abundance of trash, along with odd smells. The complaints led to a several months-long investigation.

Source: Morgan Co. Sheriff's Office
The arrests were made at the Heritage Estate Trailer Park in Trinity.

The arrests were made at the Heritage Estate Trailer Park in Trinity

Wednesday night, deputies arrested five people after searching three mobile homes. The suspects had to be decontaminated before they were transported to jail.

Authorities arrested Mary Louise Amerson, Lisa Compton, James Reeves, and James Sieglock. All were charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, trafficking meth, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also arrested Randy Teague and charged him with illegal purchase or attempt to purchase pseudoephedrine.

Sheriff Franklin said that authorities have been making more drug arrests over the last year and that they’ve seen other crime rates, like burglaries, go down.

“Our goal is to deter other crimes and if that means that we have to arrest folks and have them in jail with me so that they’re not out, committing other crimes, that’s exactly what we’re going to continue to do,” said Franklin.

Sheriff Franklin said they’re still looking for a few more people and more arrests could be on the way.



SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – Police and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are searching for Amanda Sue Garrison, 31, of Springfield Twp., in connection to a meth lab explosion that left one man severely burned and endangered her three children.

On Saturday, police officers responded to a Gowanda Avenue residence for a report of a suspected methamphetamine lab.


Police found that there was, in fact, an active lab and that it had caught fire the night before. Garrison reportedly took a man from the home who had been burned in the fire to the hospital, leaving her three minor children inside the contaminated residence alone.

The children received a medical evaluation at a local hospital and have been put into protective custody.

Warrants have been issued for Amanda Sue Garrison for illegal assembly of chemicals, endangering children and tampering with evidence.

It is believed that she has left the area to avoid arrest.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Amanda Sue Garrison are encouraged to contact The Springfield Township Police Department at (330) 784-1609 or The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED.



CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. – What would you do if you come across meth? That is what local and state law enforcement are asking citizens and other officers.

The Crockett County Sheriff’s Department went to Nashville to teach 40 other law enforcement how to detect meth labs while also being safe.

Investigator Jordan Spraggins taught the event in Nashville and said just harmless household items mixed together place law enforcement and civilian life in danger.


“Meth is a big problem,” He said. “We’re seeing it out on the roads and out on the streets and it makes it dangerous for people exercising and things,” he said.

That is why Crockett County Deputies and other officers from around the state came together Thursday to instruct law enforcement and civilians what to do if they come across a meth lab. Most Jackson residents said they would not know what to do.

“I’ve heard things about if you see bottles or bags hanging from trees you have to be careful,” Bob Ford said. “That’s the extent of my knowledge.”

Andrea Hazlehurst said she thinks the deputies effort is a great step for Tennessee.

“As prevalent as it is I think people need to know what they are coming across!” she said.

Investigator Jordan Spraggins said the meeting went over how to each officers to identify meth labs, signs of meth use and how to keep everyone safe while cleaning one up.

“The education we’re providing will teach them what to expect with a meth lab and maybe help save a life,” he said.

As shake and bake meth labs get more popular Investigator Spraggins said more people are likely to come in contact with meth contaminated objects. He added, look for holes in bottles, tubing, powdery residue and strong odors. He says all are strong indicators of previous meth.

“I know [meth] makes you at higher risk for cancer and affects your immune system you cant fight off sickness as good,” he said.

The Tennessee Drug Task Force Projects the states meth problem will increase from last year, but in Crockett County they said their meth problem is actually decreasing. Investigator Spraggins said it was due to law enforcement efforts like Thursday.

“Us going to classes with other officers allows us to figure out what’s going on there and if it might come here. Just makes the state more safe all the way around.”

The Crockett County Sheriff’s Department said if you are unsure what something is do not touch it. They said it is best to call law enforcement to handle the dangerous chemicals.



PORTER HILL Okla_ A suspicious house fire in northern Comanche County is under investigation Thursday night.

They’re looking into whether it was sparked by a meth lab. Crews were called to a vacant house west of Porter Hill late Wednesday night. When they got there, the house was engulfed with flames and took close to an hour to put out before the sheriff’s department was able to go in and search for evidence.


The sheriff’s department did take down a meth lab that was in a garage, but it was not connected to the house. 7News spoke to Elgin Fire Chief Mike Baker, who said it has not been ruled out as the cause of the fire.

“The call came out around 11:00, and they told us on the call that it was a possible lab,” Baker said. “So, we were careful going in and had our stuff on. We got there, and it was fully engulfed. We still had to put it out because of the surrounding exposures.”

The investigation into the cause of the fire is now being handled by the state’s fire marshal, and that report has not been completed yet. Baker believes he has a good idea what the report will say.

“We found a propane tank, a cooker, a pot, and a gasoline generator,” Baker said. “So, we pointed the finger to there, because that is where the fire was hottest and where it had started.”

Baker said the way the pots, cooker, and tanks were hooked up and altered were consistent with a meth lab, as opposed to a squatter simply trying to cook food.

Baker and the Elgin Fire Department have been to the house multiple times, which also confirms his belief that a meth lab was the cause of the fire.

“Given the kind of trouble we have had there before, the residence was overgrown,” Baker said. “This fire department alone has been called there a few times to help the sheriff’s department, because we have the equipment to put on for a suspected lab.”

The sheriff’s department did have to go back to the house Thursday to confiscate some guns, but they said it was only for safety reasons, since the house is vacant and open.

A Porter Hill firefighter was taken to the hospital after having seizures. She has been released and is doing fine.



MYRTLE BEACH,SC (WMBF) – Emergency teams from the Grand Strand and North Carolina teamed up in training to storm a meth lab at a fire station in Myrtle Beach.

 One fire official on the scene said the reason behind the 40 hour program is to get ahead of the curve when it comes to busting and disposing of meth labs.

Today crews stormed an old container care filled with meth making materials. While they used fake guns and a mock meth lab, officers said this training is as close as they will get to handling the real thing.

“We wanted to seize the opportunity to bring this information back to the team make sure we can support them with all of our capabilities,” said Lt. Dennis Picard with the City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department.

Picard said this week’s training course gives fire crews the tactical experience they would not have otherwise.

“In the classroom setting they’ve allowed us to see what both sides of the house do so if we understand what the tactical teams are doing that will enable us to help them with the chemical mitigation part of it,” added Picard.

Jake Kelton teaches the training course. He said unlike a gunman holding a weapon, someone holding meth making materials presents a more unpredictable problem for first responders.

“The one pots which are the most explosive, most likely to catch fire, and are the most popular in the Us,” added Kelton. “These guys are seeing these in your community already so it’s not a far cry that they’ll do an entry on of these days and there’s going to be a one pot cooking.”

This type of training course can save taxpayers money, because local emergency districts and departments will no longer have to contract an independent company to dispose of a meth lab.



BELLAIRE – The contents of a mobile meth lab were found at 4711 Noble St. in Bellaire Thursday.

According to Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk, he received a call around 11 a.m., stating that there was a suspicious looking cooler in the weeds at the back of the house. When the neighbor, who made the call opened the cooler, he found the components used to make crystal meth.

The contents of the cooler included a white jug that contained acid, tubing, batteries along with Coleman’s oil and several other items.


Pictured is the cooler and contents that were identified as a mobile meth lab. The DEA was called in to dispose of the contents. The cooler was found by a portable basketball hoop where kids often play


“I knew what it was as soon as I seen it and contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a couple members of the Belmont County Drug Task Force,” said Kovalyk. “The DEA is sending a decontamination team down to dispose of the components … The decontamination team arrived at approximately 4 p.m. and they were able to clear out around 5 p.m.”

The neighbors in the surrounding houses were unaware that the cooler was there. The house sits near a portable basketball court where kids play. Fortunately, school was in session and none of the kids were hurt.

“We are seeing more and more of this portable operations all over the tri-state area,” Kovalyk.

Kovalyk, because of short staffing, was the only officer on duty during the time and was at the scene a total of six hours.



SUNSET HILLS • A motel guest cutting up batteries outside his room stirred the suspicions of a Sunset Hills police officer, who uncovered a meth lab at the EconoLodge early today.

The officer, overcome by fumes, was taken to a hospital after complaining of being lightheaded. And all of the remaining motel guests in the entire east wing of the motel were evacuated by police and firefighters for about three hours early Thursday until the mobile meth lab was removed.

A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of drug manufacturing.

Sunset Hills Police Chief William LeGrand gave this account:

Police were called to the motel at 3730 South Lindbergh Boulevard for a domestic quarrel in one of the rooms. The officer arrested a man shortly before midnight Wednesday and brought him to the police station. The officer then decided to return to the motel to interview the victim once more.

While walking to the victim’s room, on the second-floor of the motel, the officer saw a man sitting outside his hotel room cutting up batteries. 

“The officer asked him what he was doing and, at the same time, noticed the door ajar and some fumes or vapors coming out of the door,” LeGrand said. “The officer pushed the door open and a larger cloud of vapors came out.”

The man cutting the batteries had been cooking methamphetamine in his room, police say.

“He was apparently trying to do this with the shake-and-bake method,” LeGrand said, referring to the mobile method of making the drug. “But he forgot some ingredient and, because of that, he decided to heat some of this mixture in the microwave.”

The police officer, complaining of lightheadedness, was taken to a hospital. He was treated and released and is expected to be okay, the chief said.

The guests who were evacauted from the hotel after midnight were allowed to return to their rooms at about 3 a.m. after the county’s drug unit removed the materials.

LeGrand said police are called to that motel from time to time for disturbanes “but not routinely for that kind of thing,” he said of meth production.

He said the man won’t be charged with the drug case until tests come back from the lab confirming the material was meth. In the meantime, police plan to turn the man over to another jurisdiction, which had wanted the man on unrelated minor charges.