Tulsa police arrested a man late Sunday on allegations that he caused a wreck and was later found hauling nearly 60 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Cesar Alonzo Carrillo

Cesar Alonzo Carrillo, 39, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of methamphetamine trafficking, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road, jail records indicate.

The hit-and-run injury wreck occurred about 9 p.m. in the 10400 block of East Admiral Place, police said.

Witnesses interviewed by police at the scene said a man had been driving on the wrong side of the street when he crashed his 1999 GMC Yukon into another vehicle and continued driving, an arrest report says.

The man was also seen throwing two objects out the SUV’s window that were later found and determined to be 57 grams of methamphetamine, the report says.

Police apprehended Carrillo in the 11400 block of East Admiral Place.

He was being held in lieu of $111,100 bail.







Crystal methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant, is giving sleepless nights to anti-drug authorities in the city. The contraband, which was once sold on par with cocaine, is seeing a sharp rise in demand from young junkies, thanks to its easy availability and falling prices.

According to psychiatrists and enforcement officials, crystal meth drug abuse has increased by 80% in past three months.

Shrinks say about ten meth addicts approach them for treatment daily. Enforcement agencies have not been able to crack down on its trade as meth is classified as a Schedule 2 drug under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and its ingredients are legal and easily available.

Describing the worrying trend, clinical psychiatrist Harish Shetty said, “I am treating more crystal meth abuse cases than hash and weed addicts. It is rampantly available in the streets, mostly used by the youth. The drug produces the same effect as cocaine and the prices have come down in the last few months. What was available for Rs3,000 a gram is now available for as Rs800.”

Yusuf Matcheswalla, senior psychiatrist from JJ Hospital, said the substance can be easily prepared in a laboratory. “Among the youth, it is regarded as some wonder drug that enables them to cope and function. The use is excessive and the effect is damaging,” he said.

Emphasising curb on preparation and sale of meth, Dr Bharat Shah from Lilavati Hospital said he gets new cases every day. “It is a cheap drug whose effect is the same as cocaine or even worse. It will wreak havoc on the lives of youngsters,” said the psychiatrist. Meth is usually smoked in glass pipes or snorted.

The enforcement agencies say they can’t do much due to policy constraints. Himanshu Roy, chief of Anti Terrorism Squad, who has been keeping a tab on meth abuse, said, “We have sent a proposal to the Centre to include the drug in Schedule 1 of the NDPS Act. Once that is done, we can do major crackdowns.”

The officer said manufacturers, sellers and consumers of the drug operate with impunity as the law is not stringent. Since its ingredients are legal and available everywhere, there is no restriction in its preparation. Roy said, “All this is making it very popular. We have a gameplan which we will put in action once the law is amended.”

Life’s math gone awry

The odourless drug has a long-lasting euphoric effect on the user and has psychological impact that can make a person excited, aggressive and violent. The drug can also enable rapid weight loss and wreak havoc on one’s life over time. “Parents come to us after seeing the behaviour of the youth changing. The users become increasingly aggressive and lose the sense of responsibility. The sense of euphoria lasts more than 12 hours,” says Harish Shetty.






WAYNESBORO – The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a city man on a single count of drug distribution after officers caught him with an ounce of methamphetamine.


Officers charged Jose Estrada-Almanza, 23 years old, who was the target of an ongoing drug investigation, with one count of Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute.

Just after midnight on August 1, officers observed Estrada-Almanza walking in the 800 block of King Avenue. In his possession, he had an individual serving size box of Frosted Flakes from which he was eating. When the officers approached Estrada-Almanza, he tried to toss the cereal box in the air discreetly.

The officers recovered it and found the methamphetamine wrapped in plastic in the bottom of the box. Estrada-Almanza claimed it wasn’t his.

Estrada-Almanza is being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.







With the continual flux of alliances and rivalries, figuring out the power structures of the Mexican cartels can get just a bit confusing. We’re taking a look at the Mexico cartels, faction by faction, to see just what is happening right underneath our nation’s nose.


And now? Well, it’s Knights Templar Cartel’s turn under the microscope.

Drug Cartel: Knights Templar Cartel — Guard of Michoacán, or Los Caballeros Templarios Guardia Michoacana. Knights Templar is Mexican cartel composed of former members of the now-defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.

Location: Based in the Mexican state of Michoacán, with territory all over the state of Michoacán, Guerrero and Morelos.


Current Leaders: Servando Gomez Martinez, or “La Tuta,” who started the group, and Martínez’s partners in La Familia Cartel: Nazario Moreno González, José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, Enrique Plancarte Solís and Dionicio Loya Plancarte,


History: Knights Templar is an offshoot of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. What’s a bit unique about the Knights Templar is that the group is quite mysterious, in addition to being incredibly violent.

After the death of Nazario Moreno González, who was the leader of the La Familia Michoacana cartel, the other La Familia cartel leaders — Enrique Plancarte Solís and Servando Gómez Martínez — formed an offshoot of La Familia, which became Knights Templar.

The cartel is based on a cult-like regime, with leaders deciding that a religious discipline was a useful tool to keep members in line. And much like their original cartel group, the Knights claim to be helping the Michoacán community, despite their drug trafficking crimes — which include grisly murders and public displays of terror.

They even went so far as to announce their presence in a ceremonial way, in which the group hung more than 40 narcomanteles, or drug-cartel banners, across the state with a message promising security.

“Our commitment is to safeguard order, avoid robberies, kidnapping, extortion, and to shield the state from rival organizations,” the banners stated.

A week later, their first victim was hanged from an overpass, along with a note claiming that he was a kidnapper.

A number of times seized by officials lead investigators to believe that the group is much like a cult, with bizarre rituals, hooded tunics, metal helmets, and a Templar rule book.

Claiming that they draw inspiration from medieval Christian warriors, the Knights Templar consider their cartel’s murders to be honor killings, and are restricted to what they consider gentleman-like behavior.

In a strange twist, the Knights Templar cartel rounds up drug users and enrolls them in the organization’s rehabilitation centers, in which the process of treatment is closely monitored by the cartel leaders. The program also has a strong religious component.

According to the rules of the group, the Templars can not take drugs. However, they run one of the biggest methamphetamines traffic routes to the United States.

Following that secret society mentality, any disclosure of the inside activities of the Knights Templar will result in the death of the person and their whole family.

Power Structure: The Knights Templar have an initiation ritual that includes dressing up like knights from the Middle Ages and performing blood pacts. Religion, rules, and strict monitoring are used to keep members in line, as are gruesome acts of violence on rivals or those deemed worth of punishment.

The cartel indoctrinates its operatives to “fight and die” for “the cartel.” The cartel’s armed wing is called La Resistencia, and they have taken full control of the now-extinct La Familia Michoacana operations. The Templars do not shy away from violence; rather, they justify their killings based on honor.

Gulf Cartel

Jalisco New Generation Cartel
Los Zetas
Independent Civilian Vigilante and Militia groups
Sinaloa Cartel

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 A Grand Junction parole escapee named a person of interest in his mother’s death and disappearance was arrested last week after he lied to police about his identity and an officer discovered he was carrying drugs, court records show.

Daniel Stetzel, 31, a five-time convicted felon, was found by an officer after police were called about a suspicious man near the Blue Heron Boat Ramp in Grand Junction on July 28.


Stetzel told an officer his name was John Mauterer, which police quickly discovered was a lie, the papers say. The officer also found methamphetamine and a glass pipe in a bag Stetzel was carrying, police said.

Stetzel’s mother, 54-year-old Kathleen Stetzel, was found July 24 in the desert on federal land north of Grand Junction after having been reported missing in the days before, according to the Mesa County coroner.

Investigators from the county sheriff’s office immediately said they were searching for Daniel Stetzel for questioning in his mother’s death.

The coroner’s office has not said how Kathleen Stetzel died.


When arrested, Daniel Stetzel was found to be wanted on two felony warrants and was subsequently charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and criminal impersonation. He is being held at the Mesa County Jail in lieu of a total of $30,000 bail. Grand Junction police said sheriff’s detectives interviewed Stetzel before he was booked into the jail.










AN UNLIKELY team of amateur drug cooks, who tried and failed to set up a meth lab, have all walked from court with jail terms hanging over their heads.

Broke property investor Hugo Charles Fabre, self-proclaimed alcoholic grandma Sharon Elizabeth Lalor, repeat-offender Christopher Thomas Phillips and government office worker Rebecca Ruth Young, all pleaded guilty to producing dangerous drugs.

But the Hervey Bay District Court heard the four had found themselves on the wrong side of the law for different reasons.

Fabre and Phillips were remanded in custody and Lalor and Young released on conditional bail after police uncovered a live lab at a home in Boat Harbour Dr last year.

At the centre of the operation was Phillips, a convicted criminal and drug addict who despite being busted twice before for meth production in the past, decided to give it one more go.

Unfortunately for Young, a 30-year-old woman who was “a highly respected member of the community” with a stable government job, Phillips proved irresistible and the pair embarked on a relationship which would eventually see her providing money for the ingredients needed for the cook.

For Lalor, the lure of being paid “$100 per packet of pseudo” (pseudoephedrine) proved too tempting for someone who needed the cash to fuel a daily drinking habit.

Her criminal history was as troubling as the story of a woman who had survived the wrath of a barbaric partner, a bad car accident and had allowed her substance abuse to alienate her from family and lead her daughter to ban her from meeting her newborn grandson.

Then there was Fabre, who like Phillips, was a glutton for punishment and after losing nine investment properties and his marriage, decided a career in crime was his only option.

Justice Richard Jones noted while they only managed to produce a very small amount of methamphetamine, he described it as an “insidious drug” and public deterrent loomed large.

He took into account time served and allowed Fabre to be released under a supervision order.

Phillips, who had also been behind bars since the arrest, was jailed for two years but given immediate parole.

Lalor was jailed for three months but also allowed parole in the hope continued supervision would help her address her drinking problem

While her criminal history was in stark contrast to her co-accused and the recording of a conviction would likely result in her losing her job, Judge Jones said Young’s situation “was very much of your own making”. She was given a three-month suspended jail sentence.









A 39-year-old man wanted for stalking a Kool Smiles employee was arrested Friday night after he was reported outside a Hampton Inn, according to a Columbus police report.

Police reported Nicholas Darling was in possession of methamphetamine when he was arrested in the parking lot of the 7390 Bear Lane business around 10 p.m.

Officers did not specify the amount of meth Darling is accused of possessing.

On Wednesday, Kool Smiles representatives reported Darling for stalking an employee. Earlier reports listed an 8-year-old boy, 31-year-old man and 39-year-old woman. The nature of the stalking was not disclosed.

Darling was charged with possession of methamphetamines and aggravated stalking. He was taken to the Muscogee County Jail.



Dubai: A nurse has been jailed for life for possessing a tiny quantity of methamphetamine that was discovered in her underwear, which she intended to sell.

Officers seized the 0.53g of methamphetamine in the 34-year-old Filipina nurse’s, J.T., underwear during a sting operation. Her 33-year-old countryman employee, R.J., was also caught in possession of 0.46g of the same banned substance.

The Dubai Court of First Instance jailed J.T. and R.J. for life and fined each of them Dh100,000 for possessing methamphetamine for trading purposes.

The nurse and the employee denied possessing tiny quantities of methamphetamine for trading purposes.

J.T. had denied consuming methamphetamine and amphetamine.

“I did not posses any substance for trading purposes. I did not consume any banned material,” J.T. said in court.

R.J. entered a not guilty plea in court

The couple will be deported after serving their jail terms.

R.J. was cited admitting to prosecutors that he bought the methamphetamine from J.T.

Meanwhile, the nurse was quoted confessing to prosecutors that she got the methamphetamine from a person called Louis and then sold it to R.J. for Dh4,500.

A drug enforcement officer testified that an informant told them that R.J. was in possession of a mind-altering substance that he intended to sell for Dh2,500.

Sting operation

“We arranged with the informant to set an appointment with the defendant and we provided him with money to purchase the methamphetamine. We photocopied the money to use as evidence against the suspect in court. The informant met the defendant in front of a mall in Al Muraqqabat. Once the informant sealed the deal with R.J., police raided the location and arrested the Filipino employee as part of the sting operation. The police money was seized in his right hand. Upon confrontation, he immediately admitted that he sold the banned substance to the informant,” said the officer.

A policewoman testified that she arrested J.T. in Ajman in a sting operation.

“When I searched her, I found two plastic pouches that contained methamphetamine hidden in her underwear,” the policewoman told prosecutors.

The accused have appealed the ruling and are scheduled to appear before the Appeal Court later this month.









In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more than 12 million people in the United States have tried methamphetamine at least once.

Even that single exposure to the drug can be incredibly addictive because of the intense feelings of well-being it produces short-term; however, the drug has other consequences including impaired decision making, decreased need for sleep, hallucinations, and increased anxiety, aggression and violent behavior.

Not only does methamphetamine alter brain and behavior, but it also can significantly increase heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. These systemic effects of the drug contribute to the significant increase in emergency room visits resulting from drug exposure. In fact, the number of emergency room visits as a result of methamphetamine exposure has increased to more than 100,000 per year, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In addition to the dangerous short-term effects, methamphetamine is especially harmful because it causes long-term damage to the brain and, in particular, to the cells in the brain that produce dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are important for feelings of reward, pleasure, control of mood and emotions, as well as memory. Damage to regions of the brain where these neurotransmitters are localized has been seen to last for up to two years in those addicted to the drug and can have a significant impact on their lives.

Working in the laboratory of Dr. Bryan Yamamoto in the Department of Neurosciences at The University of Toledo Medical Center, I worked to understand how methamphetamine causes this long-term brain damage with the goal of preventing it and helping the recovery of those exposed and addicted to the drug. The research team also looked beyond what the drug is doing in the brain to examine its effects on other organs of the body to better understand why it is so damaging.

One of the organs affected by methamphetamine is the liver, which is one of the most important organs in the body because it performs many diverse tasks including removing hazardous substances from the blood, helping the body store energy and nutrients from the food we eat, and making many of the proteins that our bodies need to function normally. Laboratory rodents exposed to methamphetamine showed damage to the liver, which prompted additional research to see if that liver damage also could contribute to the damage the drug was causing in the brain.

Liver damage from other causes, such as hepatitis or alcohol exposure, is well known to contribute to brain dysfunction. One way that liver dysfunction can contribute to brain damage is through the actions of ammonia, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism and is normally processed by a healthy liver and removed from the body. When ammonia is not excreted, its levels increase in the body and can damage the brain. Results of our research demonstrate that methamphetamine does indeed increase the levels of ammonia in the blood and brain.

Having confirmed that methamphetamine exposure causes liver damage and increases ammonia in the blood and brain, research continued to examine whether these increases in ammonia were actually contributing to the long-term brain damage produced by the drug. To do this, methamphetamine-induced increases in ammonia were prevented with the drug lactulose. When the increases in ammonia were blocked, the brain damage produced by methamphetamine was prevented.

These research results showed that the liver damage and increases in ammonia produced by methamphetamine play a significant role in the long-term brain damage produced by the drug. These findings are significant because they demonstrate that brain damage produced by methamphetamine might not only be due to its direct action on the brain, but also could cause damage by first acting on other organs. Methamphetamine-induced or pre-existing liver damage and increases in ammonia could represent new targets for the treatment of the long-term brain injury produced by the drug.

Laura Halpin is a medical student in her fourth year at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and recently earned her PhD in the college’s Biomedical Science Program. For more information, email laura.halpin@rockets.utoledo.edu or go to utoledo.edu/​med/​grad/​biomedical.


A joint operation between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and Victoria Police began on July 25.

ACBPS officers intercepted and x-rayed a consignment of 70 boxes of porcelain toilets from China at the Melbourne Container Examination Facility.

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Instead they concealed a total of 17 packages of a crystalline substance, later discovered through testing to be methamphetamine, a spokesperson from Customs told Lloyd’s List Australia.

Each package weighed approximately 3kg.
The Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) then took over the investigation.

It was alleged in court that boxes from the consignment containing the methamphetamine were moved to a Kings Park residence belonging to the 33-year-old man’s mother.

He was arrested at Southbank following the JOCTF investigation and may face life imprisonment.

ACBPS Victoria regional commander Don Smith said the detection by ACBPS officers has dealt a significant blow to the illicit drug market.

“Customs and Border Protection officers are alert to all kinds of drug concealment techniques and are committed to working with Federal and state law enforcement partners to disrupt this criminal activity,” Mr Smith said.

The JOCTF was established to target organised crime operating in Victoria.








SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – Investigators have arrested two women after DEA agents found a meth lab following a fire at a mobile home in Summerville.4372986_G

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Kristen Mains Jones and 49-year-old Lisa Bess on Wednesday and charged them with manufacturing methampetamine.

The arrests stems from an incident at a mobile home park on Red Oak Circle where firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a mobile home.

Fire officials say they contacted DEA as the fire seemed to be suspicious in nature.

The DEA executed a search warrant and found a 1-pot method meth lab.







Police in Queens stumbled upon a canine horror house this week when they found 20 viciously banged up pit bulls locked away in cages drenched in their own feces and urine.

The gruesome discovery was made at 11pm Wednesday night when officers entered the St. Albans home of Keisha Hall, 33, and her boyfriend Addison Holder, 44, as part of an ongoing investigation related to dog-fighting, cops said.


After they walked into the house at 117-30 196 street, officers found themselves surrounded by blood-spattered walls, makeshift wooden treadmills, and other various dog training equipment.

The tightly cramped pit bulls were found inside of small cages covered with cuts and grisly injuries consistent with dog fighting, according to police.

In addition, cops discovered loads of syringes, steroids, crystal meth, and pills upon entering the canine horror house.

The despicable duo has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, owning and keeping an animal to fight, unauthorized profession, and the torture and refusal to feed an animal.








Was Your Home a Meth Lab?

Posted: 4th August 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)– There are local home in Waynesboro, Staunton, and other Valley communities featured on the ‘HouseCreep’ website.


For example, if you search ‘Waynesboro, Virginia’, one home on West Main Street will pop up. The description on the site says police found chemicals or other items which indicate the presence of either clandestine drug labs or dumpsites, in 2007. In other words, this home could have housed a meth lab at one point. There are thousands of reports like this on this site for good reason.

“Generally most people do want to know what the past history of a house has been,” said Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

Agents say if the information is accurate, it could also serve as a factor in negotiations. It appears, some buyers may be able to live with a few ghosts–if the price is right.









UPDATE: The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office reports the third suspect has been taken into custody. 18-year-old Gerardo Mendoza Sanchez of Phoenix, Arizona is charged with dealing meth (Level 2). Sheriff Dave Wedding confirms investigators are still looking for a maroon four-door Honda with an Arizona license plate. Residents are asked to call 911 if they see it.

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UPDATE: The Drug Enforcement Administration and Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force have confiscated 14 pounds of crystal meth in a major narcotics bust.

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In a joint operation, authorities have charged 21-year-old Leonal Beltran of Nogales, Mexico with dealing meth (Level 2) and resisting law enforcement (Class B misdemeanor) and 60-year-old Eriberto Ortego of Phoenix, Arizona with deal meth (Level 2).

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says deputies are still searching for a third possible suspect. He’s described as a Hispanic male at 5’9″ and weighs about 180 pounds. Deputies say he was last seen at Hillsdale Rd. and Old State Rd. wearing a white t-shirt or blue Aeropostale t-shirt and khaki shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Sheriff Wedding confirms investigators are still looking for a maroon four-door Honda with an Arizona license plate. Residents are asked to call 911 if they see it.

PREVIOUS: The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help tonight in tracking down a car possibly connected to a narcotics investigation.

Sheriff Dave Wedding tells Eyewitness News deputies were called out to Highway 41 and I-64 for suspicious circumstances involving a commercial vehicle and two passenger cars. We’re told the driver of the commercial vehicle has been detained.

Sheriff Wedding says deputies tried to pull over one of the passenger cars as it headed south on Highway 41 near Hillsdale Rd., but it fled into a subdivision. Two people inside the car got out and ran. Deputies were able to locate one of them and take him into custody. The other is still on the loose.

Tonight, the sheriff’s office is asking folks to keep an eye out for a maroon Honda with an Arizona license plate. We’re told it could have 2 to 3 passengers inside it. Sheriff Wedding says if you see that car, call 911.

None of the suspects are believed to be from Indiana.








A dark “hell” of methamphetamine addiction and mental illness claimed William Campbell, but his family feels their hands were tied as they watched his life ebb away.

“He was a really happy, loving young man, from a loving professional family. There was nothing to give us any indication this hell was going to happen,” mum Liz Campbell says.

She has shared her son’s story in the hope of garnering political interest in the thorny issue of involuntary committal – supported by lobby group Pipe Down, which launched this week.


Campbell, who grew up in Paremata, Porirua, began using marijuana to calm his social anxiety. He found love, and was able to ditch the drug.

But once the relationship fizzled, he began experimenting with harder drugs.

“By the end of that year, the William we knew had gone,” his mother says. “He was a different person. He was no longer particularly cognitively smart, he was paranoid, obsessive, depressed.”

He became a Christian, but his piety grew “obsessive” and fed a dark drug-fuelled paranoia, his mother says.

Police called in mental health assessors – but Campbell did not meet the criteria for compulsory rehab. “He said to me, ‘I know what to say to those people’ – he was very articulate.

“What we were seeing was a person who had become a monster.

“He was not someone we knew at all – and this is before the P.”

The family offered private rehab, but their sense of helplessness grew when he would not go. “Every time we tried to get him to get help, he became more hostile.”

Eventually Campbell moved out and found a partner who introduced him to methamphetamine. That was when he became psychotic, his mother says.

“We had ‘The helicopters are following me’, and ‘People with guns are after me’.”

When his meth supply dried up, he came home. But within weeks, he threatened to hurt his mother – the tipping point that got him committed.

“They saw he was a danger to himself, but also that he was psychotic and willing to attack me.”

In hospital, he made one suicide attempt and told his parents that he would try again.

“We talked to him for a long time and we listened. He was happy, he was clear, he was there. He said ‘I’ve decided, I definitely will kill myself the first opportunity I have.’

“It was the first time we had been completely and utterly certain that he was going to do it.”

He was due to be discharged the following week, so his anxious parents rang the hospital, giving warning. The next day, in August 2011, aged 26, he left on unaccompanied leave and ended his life. His mother told her story supported by Pipe Down’s David Collinge, a Wellington advertising man who took out a full-page newspaper ad this week, in a call to arms for families of people suffering from the effects of methamphetamine.

Collinge said he was motivated to act from the experience of watching three families “ripped apart by this bloody awful drug”.

He wants a law change to improve the involuntary committal process for people suffering from the effects of substance addiction.

“I watched my friends desperately try to intervene – to build that fence at the top of the cliff to save these people from themselves.

“In all three instances it wasn’t possible to do – literally impossible to build that fence.

“So they had to fall at the bottom where there is a hearse, or a police van, or an ambulance.”








SOUTH ROXANA, Ill. (AP) — A coroner says a southwestern Illinois woman whose body was found slumped in a rental van in February died of exposure to the cold.

Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn says that while methamphetamine and other drugs contributed to 42-year-old Frances Ragan’s death, the East Alton woman succumbed to hypothermia.

Authorities have said Ragan was found dead Feb. 8 in a rental van on a South Roxana store’s parking lot.

Four southwestern Illinois men later were charged with methamphetamine-related counts. Authorities allege those defendants manufactured and dealt meth, and that Ragan partook in it.







CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Dubuque man involved in an attempt to make methamphetamine that set fire to his apartment has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the northern district of Iowa says 47-year-old Donald Sheldon was sentenced earlier this week after pleading guilty in April to attempting to manufacture and aiding and abetting the manufacture of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

Court documents say Sheldon allowed Joshuah Tiesman to use his apartment to make meth. The meth lab exploded, starting a fire in the apartment building that caused damage to the apartment building and an adjoining building.

Tiesman is currently serving 8 years in federal prison for his involvement in the methamphetamine cook and fire.








SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Minnehaha County is starting a random drug-testing program for methamphetamine users.

The program is similar to the 24/7 sobriety program, which uses twice-daily breath tests for most participants as a bond of sentencing condition. It targets repeat drunken driving offenders or probationers who struggle with alcohol addiction.

The meth program is called HOPE. It is designed to help those people who might not qualify for existing drug programs, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported.

“This is a program for everybody else,” Judge Larry Long said.

People could be ordered into the HOPE program for theft or domestic violence charges as well, as long as it’s clear that drug addiction is driving the criminal behavior, Long said.

“The idea behind it is that if you can get someone off the drugs, they’ll stop burglarizing the pharmacy, he’ll quit beating his wife, or he’ll quit forging checks or whatever else they’re doing to feed their addiction,” he said.

Participants are required to call in every morning to find out whether they’ll be tested for drugs that day. If the caller is late checking in, misses a test on a scheduled day or tests positive, he or she will immediately go to jail and appear before a judge the following day.

The program has already been tested in a rural setting in Walworth County, where Judge Scott Myren said he’s seen success.

Walworth County started with 18 participants and discharged three people. One was sent to the South Dakota State Penitentiary for repeated failures, but other participants stayed clean, with occasional relapses, Myren said.

“Most of them are people I would have immediately have sent to prison, if not for this program,” the judge said.

One benefit is that the HOPE program helps him determine how much treatment an offender needs to change his or her behavior, Myren said.

“It’s helped to determine which ones are capable of changing on their own and which ones are actually addicts who can’t,” he said. “It lets us target our resources where they’re most needed.”

Minnehaha County will begin with 20 participants, but could add as many as needed, Long said.









CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. — Cortland County sheriff’s deputies used a “stop stick” to apprehend four suspects who were fleeing Tompkins County with mobile meth labs, police said.

At 2:16 a.m. Saturday, Tompkins County sheriff’s deputies called Cortland County sheriff’s deputies for help stopping a vehicle driving along Route 392 into Virgil, which is in Cortland County.

As the vehicle escaped police, its occupants threw items out the windows. One item struck the front grill of a Tompkins County police car, causing minor damage.

Cortland County deputies set up a “stop stick” at the intersection of Route 11, where the vehicle was headed.

As the vehicle drove over the stop stick, the tires deflated and it left the road, coming to rest at a small tree in the front yard of a home on Hoxie Gorge Road in Cortlandville.

An occupant of the vehicle immediately got out and ran. Police tracked him down on Interstate 81 east of the crash soon after he fled. Three other occupants were apprehended where the vehicle crashed.

One of them was injured by the air bag deployment and was treated on scene by TLC Ambulance for cuts on the face.

Officers collected the objects the occupants threw out the windows and determined they were “one pots,” devices used to make methamphetamine. Two devices were found along Route 392 between Owego Hill Road and Virgil. More items were found inside the vehicle.

Clean-up crews were called to stabilize the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.

All four suspects are being held by Tompkins County Sheriff’s deputies. Cortland County sheriff’s investigators are withholding the names of the suspects until pending arrests are made and the investigation is complete.

Deputies expect to charged the suspects with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory equipment, a felony, and other charges.








RICHLAND, Mo. (July 31, 2014) — A Richland woman, Cristie L. Heath, 35, was among more than a dozen people arrested this week in Laclede County on drug-related charges as part of an ongoing investigation announced today by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Heath has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and her bond has been set at $25,000.

According to state troopers, “Over the course of approximately 12 months, overt and covert operatives with LANEG and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were able to conduct a series of narcotic investigations involving the possession, distribution/sales of methamphetamine, marijuana, morphine, and prescription medications” involving “nearly 13 loosely affiliated individuals in and around Laclede County. Warrants for each defendant (multiple counts on many) were obtained through the Laclede County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prior to this mass arrest operation.”

Others arrested, along with their charges and bond amounts, were:

  • Bradley T. Barker, 31, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana; bond $25,000
  • John Graybill, 60, Lebanon, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; bond $50,000.
  • Leonard M. Couch, 55, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $50,000.
  • Natisha L. Dame, 35, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $50,000.
  • James M. Terry, 50, Lebanon, felony warrant for possession of morphine and possession of a controlled substance (morphine), misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; bond $25,000.
  • Jennifer A. Hentschel, 48, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Kevin R. Bennett, 52, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Tami J. Richardson, 40, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Shannon Behre, 36, Lebanon, possession of methamphetamine; bond $25,000.
  • Michael L. Tindle, 32, Branson, possession of morphine and maintaining a public nuisance; bond $50,000.

More arrests may be coming. According to troopers, “this operation is active and arrest teams are still seeking others who have been indicted.”

During the course of the drug round-up, officers also arrested the following three individuals from Lebanon as a result of a traffic stop:

  • Stacy L. Dismang, 41, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug precursors, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, careless and imprudent driving, no valid driver’s license, failed to register a motor vehicle and no vehicle insurance.
  • Kelly L. Vandergrift, 35, felony possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felony possession of drug precursors, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony resisting arrest by fleeing.
  • Donald R. Spradling, 30, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug precursors, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and felony resisting arrest by fleeing.

Other agencies assisting included the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department and Lebanon Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, or LANEG.







FARGO, North Dakota — One of two sisters from Minnesota accused of dealing large quantities of methamphetamine in North Dakota says she will also plead guilty in the case.

Jennifer and Jacqueline Weiss, of Zimmerman, Minnesota, are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth. Jacqueline Weiss pleaded guilty in May.

The attorney for Jennifer Weiss filed notice earlier this week that she wants to change her plea to guilty. A plea hearing has not been set.

Authorities say the sisters were arrested Dec. 13 after travelling to Grand Forks to make a drug deal. Police say they found 420 grams of meth in 15 baggies that were hidden in an electric heater one of the women brought into a hotel.








A Madison man who received probation last year for possessing child pornography and methamphetamine was re-sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison after repeated violations of his probation.


David P. Talbot, 35, was arrested in February, about a year into his probation, for rules violations that included possessing child and adult pornography, sending pictures of his genitals and “sexting” with another man, propositioning people for sex, repeatedly having sexual contact with others without his agent’s permission and using methamphetamine, according to a revocation summary by the state Department of Corrections.

His probation was revoked and Talbot was sentenced Thursday by Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara to 12 years in prison and 12 years of extended supervision on each of seven counts of possessing child pornography, to be served concurrently, on top of three years that he began serving automatically after his probation was revoked on an additional child pornography conviction.

In addition, Talbot received a one-year prison sentence for possession of methamphetamine, for which he had also originally received probation.

The combined 24-year sentences on six of the child pornography convictions is a year shy of the maximum sentence for that charge under state law.

Talbot was originally charged in 2011 after a man reported to police that he had been sexually assaulted at Talbot’s apartment. The alleged assault was never charged, but police found child pornography on Talbot’s computer along with methamphetamine.

According to the DOC report:

In February, authorities searched Talbot’s apartment after it was reported to police that Talbot had sexually explicit material and was getting wireless Internet access from a neighbor. Computer equipment was seized and searches turned up pornography and evidence that Talbot had been having sexually explicit chats with others.

In an interview with police, Talbot also admitted using methamphetamine and searching for child pornography with sex partners.












A package containing several pounds of crystal methamphetamine was picked up at a Tulsa post office Friday morning, and its recipient was delivered to jail.

A postal inspector intercepted the package Thursday and, upon obtaining a federal search warrant, discovered 5.6 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in it, according to an arrest report for Scotty Wayne Harjo. sq100-453e00301b3073c9c9bc330f61517b4c

Harjo, 30, of Tulsa is one of two people who walked into the post office at 5313 E. Independence St. about 8:25 a.m. Friday and picked up the package, according to the report. They then got into a vehicle, but before they left authorities spoke with the driver, identified in the arrest report as Harjo.

Harjo admitted knowing that the package likely contained drugs, according to the arrest report. He also told authorities he was to be paid $500 for picking it up, the report says.

Harjo was booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of trafficking methamphetamine with a prior controlled-drug conviction. His bail was set at $100,000.

He was convicted in September 2006 of unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to Tulsa County District Court records.









MEXICO, MO — Three Mexico residents were arrested after a drug raid led officers to methamphetamine, synthetic cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Thursday afternoon, the East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 900 block of Carrico Street in Mexico.


34-year-old Kimberly McCurdy was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 35-year-old Michael S. Toney was arrested for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 33-year-old Shevon M. Jackson was arrested for possession of synthetic canniboids and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.








OREM — Orem police arrested a 37-year-old woman on Thursday afternoon after receiving a report from Orem Community Hospital about a possible abuse situation concerning a 3-year-old female who tested positive for methamphetamine.


The initial call from the hospital to dispatch came in at 2 a.m. on Thursday, according to police.

“We were told that Michelle Barrett brought her 3-year-old daughter into the hospital and said that the child had hit her head while playing on a trampoline,” Orem Department of Public Safety Lt. Craig Martinez said.

“The staff performed a blood draw to determine what was wrong with the child. They were going to do a CAT scan as well. The blood draw tested positive for methamphetamine.”

Martinez said Barrett became disruptive and was asked to leave the examination room. When hospital staff obtained the results of the blood test, they contacted police. The doctor told police the child showed signs of methamphetamine impairment and that Barrett did as well.

Martinez said when police arrived, Barrett had left the hospital. Orem detectives were called, as well as the Division of Child and Family Services. The child was transported to another local hospital, and Martinez said hospital security was told to contact Orem DPS if Barrett showed up.

“The mother showed up and police went and took her to the office for an interview,” Martinez said. “She was interviewed and booked into the Utah County Jail.”

The police report stated that during the interview, Barrett admitted to using methamphetamine the previous night. She also told police her 3-year-old daughter was in the same house during that time.

Barrett also stated to police there was methamphetamine lying on her bed and that she was concerned her daughter had possibly ingested the drug, but she wasn’t sure.

Police reported a search warrant was obtained to gather blood from Barrett. Barrett admitted to police she used methamphetamine within the previous 24 hours and that she regularly injects and smokes methamphetamine.

Martinez said the child’s condition is unknown at this time.

Barrett was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine by consumption and endangerment of a child.







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