Comments Off on Stephanie Vannoy, 32, Marc Whitaker, 30, Brian Robards, 42, Christopher Geary, 33, and 37-year-old Jonda Munoz, 37, arrested for Methamphetamine and other charges after cell phone accidentally calls 911 in Madisonville, Kentucky

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY – Five people were arrested early Friday morning after a cell phone accidentally called 911.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says dispatchers could hear people discussing illegal drug activity during the phone call.

The call was tracked to 243B Morris Siks Road in Madisonville, Kentucky.

When deputies arrived, they found drug paraphernalia and the people inside the home tried to hide.

Methamphetamine was located along with needles.

Five people were arrested and charged.

30-year-old Marc Whitaker from Madisonville, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting contraband, giving an officer a false name, contempt of court, and flagrant non-support.

42-year-old Brian Robards of Madisonville, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

33-year-old Christopher Geary of Madisonville, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

37-year-old Jonda Munoz of Earlington, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

32-year-old Stephanie Vannoy of Earlington, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.



Comments Off on Manhattan Dentist, John Wolf, 59, Arrested on Methamphetamine Drug and Child Pornography Charges

John Wolf, a dentist in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, is well known in the neighborhood — not only for his popular, light-filled offices, but also for his AIDS activism. He studied the disease in dentistry school, according to his Google profile, and as a practicing dentist in the 1980s he brought, and won, a prominent lawsuit against a landlord who did not want him to treat patients with AIDS.

On Friday, federal authorities painted a darker picture of Dr. Wolf: They arrested him at his West Village residence on charges that he had done dental work for a drug dealer in exchange for methamphetamine, and that he possessed child pornography videos.DENTIST-web-master315

A criminal complaint prosecutors filed also states that he is H.I.V.-positive and that, according to an informer, he said he had punctured holes in condoms “in an intentional attempt to spread the H.I.V. to his sexual partners.”

Neighborhood residents and one of Dr. Wolf’s brothers, Robert Wolf, said they were shocked at the allegations. Even federal prosecutors referred in a memorandum to Dr. Wolf’s life having a “bizarre duality.”

Dr. Wolf, 59, moved to New York from Michigan decades ago, according to Robert Wolf, who was reached by phone on Friday. He attended college and dental school in the city, and lives with his husband in the West Village, his Google profile says. The partner has worked as an administrator at the dental practice, according to court papers. Dr. Wolf wrote in the Google profile about his love for bicycling, his Chihuahuas and singing. A video posted on his profile page that was filmed in 1985 shows him singing in a gay men’s chorus and discussing AIDS and homophobia.

Dr. Wolf appeared in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday. He is charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, and with possession and distribution of child pornography. Asked by Robert M. Levy, a federal magistrate judge, if he understood the charges in the complaint, Dr. Wolf said, “I think so.”

After searching Dr. Wolf’s home and office on Friday morning, federal agents found methamphetamine and a flash drive filled with 246 files, mostly child pornography, according to a memorandum filed by prosecutors. He admitted to possessing child pornography, “denied having sex with minors and indicated he was unwilling to discuss his drug use or distribution or whether he had drugged anyone unwillingly during sex,” according to the memorandum.

Dr. Wolf’s lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said after his client’s initial court appearance: “He was woken up at 5 o’clock in the morning, and woke up into a day where his life is going to be completely different. These are charges that are very hard to weather, and I think he’s understandably shaken.”

Federal authorities said they began looking at Dr. Wolf as part of a standard drug case.

“Drug investigations have taken us down dark roads before, but nothing darker than the office practices of Dr. Wolf,” James J. Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York division, said in a statement.

A drug dealer arrested at Kennedy International Airport in March told the authorities that he had been swapping methamphetamine for Dr. Wolf’s dentistry, according to a complaint filed by Aaron Spivack, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The dealer, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, is cooperating with the government in the hopes of leniency.

The dealer also said that Dr. Wolf had shown him videos “of infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults,” including images of infants and toddlers being raped by men, according to the complaint.

Dr. Wolf was arrested Friday at his apartment building on Charles Street in the West Village. Credit Andrew Renneisen for The New York Times21dentist-web1-master675

According to the dealer’s version in the complaint, Dr. Wolf also told him “that he was actively involved in underground sex parties at various locations in New York City, including in Brooklyn, where participants would engage in sexual intercourse with animals.”

In October and earlier this month, the dealer made recordings of Dr. Wolf for the government. In those, according to the complaint, the dentist discussed having sex with animals; said he continued to use and hand out drugs; said he continued to poke holes in condoms during sexual encounters; and discussed drugging an adult man with a “slam of K” before sexually assaulting him, referring, apparently, to ketamine, a drug used illegally as a hallucinogenic.

The drug dealer then offered to introduce Dr. Wolf to his “roommate,” saying that the roommate was interested in child pornography as well. The “roommate” was an undercover F.B.I. agent.

The three met at Dr. Wolf’s office in Chelsea. Last week, the undercover agent recorded Dr. Wolf saying he used the basement for sex parties. Dr. Wolf then plugged in a flash drive and showed the agent about 35 minutes of child pornography, the complaint said.

As recently as Thursday, according to the memorandum, the undercover agent recorded Dr. Wolf. In that recording, Dr. Wolf said he had given drugs to “willing and unwilling adults during drug-fueled sex parties,” said it would be “hot” if he and the agent abused children together, and talked about how they might arrange that, among other things.

Robert Risko, an artist who lives near Dr. Wolf’s office, said the office environment was “wacky,” and “loose, friendly, fun.”

“He has a huge clientele because people like him,” Mr. Risko said.

Robert Wolf, who lives in Tennessee, said he was “absolutely floored” by the accusations. He said he did not know of any drug or addiction problems in his brother’s past.

In court, Moira Kim Penza, an assistant United States attorney, cited the “safety of the community” and the “overwhelming evidence in this case” as she asked Judge Levy to hold Dr. Wolf without bail. The judge set a hearing for Tuesday to discuss bail.

At Dr. Wolf’s office on Friday morning, a man at the front desk said that Dr. Wolf was not in, but that two other dentists were still seeing patients. He declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the press.


Comments Off on Unlucky Methamphetamine smuggler, Jose Manuel Trevino, 18, of Houston – breaks down at border, asks Texas cop for help

Luck went from bad to worse one August day last year for a young Houston man named Jose Manuel Trevino who decide to break the law.

Trevino was 18 years old, out of work, and needed some money as he and his pregnant girlfriend were expecting a child. But now he is headed to federal prison for six years.meth-caught-maph

Court documents reveal his story, which at first is certainly like many others all along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trevino went for quick cash, by trying to drive a load of methamphetamine from Mexico to Houston, where the drug has become wildly popular.

He was no kingpin, but doing a quick job for some people in the drug business would likely pay well.

About 25 pounds of the meth were carefully wrapped into 44 bundles and hidden in secret compartments in the 1983 Chevy Blazer that smugglers gave him to drive.

But then the truck’s battery died at a South Texas gas station. Trevino waiting for awhile hoping it would somehow start, then asked another man sitting in a car there if he had jumper cables.

But the car was an unmarked police unit. And the driver was Lt. Clayton Cohea of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Cohea, who was on the job as part of a border security push, was in uniform as he climbed out and tried to help Trevino.

But Trevino’s increasing nervousness, along with mounting problems, such as the battery not even having water, didn’t help. A drug-sniffing dog solidified suspicions and Trevino’s once cover journey was over.

When Trevino was sentenced to prison Thursday he got some sympathy from U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez due to his age.

He will be 25 when he gets out.




Comments Off on Agents intercept crystal Methamphetamine worth $323K shipped in ceramic watermelons from Mexico to Cincinnati; Jorge Yobanis Garcia, 23, arrested

CINCINNATI – The regional narcotics unit and federal agents intercepted more than $323,000 worth of crystal meth shipped from Mexico in ceramic watermelons, the sheriff’s office announced Friday.WCPO_watermelon_1448057819289_27198014_ver1_0_640_480

Agents arrested Jorge Yobanis Garcia, 23, at his residence at 301 West North Bend Road in Carthage after he took possession of the parcel, officials said.

Officials said they believe Garcia is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Agents recovered a fictitious Ohio State Identification card, and he has an Atlanta, Georgia address on his Consular Identification Card.

The package contained approximately 4.7 pounds of crystal meth, also known as “ice.”WCPO_Jorge_Yobanis_Garcia_1448055298602_27191186_ver1_0_900_675

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Regional Narcotics Unit and Homeland Security Investigators made the bust.

Garcia is jailed at the Justice Center. He will be arraigned Saturday.



Comments Off on Buyer Beware: Utah homebuyers warned to test for Methamphetamine

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – when buying a home you have a lot to think about; is it in good condition, is it in a nice neighborhood, is it safe? There are plenty of tests to make sure it’s structurally sound, but here in Utah there’s another test potential homebuyers should do that many don’t know about – testing for methamphetamine. It’s not a requirement, but health experts and local realtors say it’s a really good idea. utah meth

David Barker thought he found the perfect home for his aging father. “It was the house across the street.” The house, on a quiet street in Brigham City, but the house had a past.

“It’s been a rental ever since we have lived here for the last 30 some years,” explained Barker.

The home inspection went well, and Barker was ready to buy, until his son asked him a very important question. “He said ‘well did you check it for meth?’ and I said no. He said, ‘well you better do that.'” Barker continued, “I contacted the state and they came up and did the test and got the report back and he said it was bad.”

Barker backed out of the deal and the seller was forced to clean the house of meth.

“It’s generally carpet, carpet pad, insulated duct work, dropped ceilings, anything porous we remove and any hard surfaces can be decontaminated,” said Mark Shepard. Shepard is the owner Apple Environmental, a Utah company certified to clean homes contaminated with methamphetamine.

Shepard says the number of homes that test positive for meth might surprise you. “Some numbers that we’ve heard of are one in ten homes are affected and rentals are anywhere from 60-80%.”

The Salt Lake County Health Department says in the last couple of years they’ve seen the numbers of homes that have tested positive for meth jump. Kerry Cramer, Supervisor of the Bureau of Sanitation and Safety explained, “This year we’ve had probably over 200 cases that we’ve got involved with and it’s sort of a record for us, in year’s past we’ve probably had 50 or 60.”

Not because there are more meth contaminated homes, but likely because the housing market has picked up and more people are testing. And that’s a good thing. “We strongly encourage buyers to do a meth test,” said Ryan Kirkham. Kirkham is the President of the Utah Association of Realtors. Kirkham says if a seller knows there’s methamphetamine contamination in their home they have a legal obligation to disclose it to a potential buyer, but they can’t disclose if they don’t know and that’s why Kirkham says it’s important for buyers to do the test themselves.

Kirkham said, “If you don’t test, yes there could be health implications, but if you don’t test and they go to sell the property later…if someone comes in 5 years and finds it, it doesn’t just go away and all the sudden they have a $20,000 bill to clean up the house, replace the carpet, repaint, redo the hardwood floors, redo the furnace and the ductwork.”

That meth could have been there for years, there’s no way of knowing who exactly is responsible. Cramer said, “Meth dissolves or evaporates about as fast as table salt. So on the house you’re talking about it could have been contaminated 30 years ago and the stuff is still there. It just doesn’t go away by itself.”

During the 90s, the State of Utah was the number one meth producing state in the county. While there isn’t as many meth labs in the state anymore there are a lot of those former lab locations.

“Houses that were contaminated 10-15 years ago when this state was one of the leading producing states of Meth a lot of those homes are still out there and the only way to find them is to test,” warned Shepard.

The test only costs about $50 – $100 and it’s easy to do on your own. The state only allows for a tiny amount of methamphetamine, anything less than one microgram per 100 centimeters squared. So the house doesn’t have the be the location of a former meth lab to be unsafe, someone could have smoked meth in the house and contaminated it.

A lesson David Barker almost learned the hard way. “Had your son not said anything?” asked Kimberly Nelson. “I might have gotten stuck with it,” replied Barker.

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Comments Off on Hudsonville traffic stop nets 3½ pounds of crystal Methamphetamine; Kelli Nicole Drake, 31, of Dallas, arrested

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – A Texas woman pulled over in Hudsonville with 3 ½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine in her rental car has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

Kelli Nicole Drake, 31, was indicted this week for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.635836232003519829-drakemeth

In addition to the crystal methamphetamine, officers found nearly 11 ½ ounces of cocaine, court records show. The combined street value of both exceeds $180,000.

“These quantities far exceed user quantities; rather, they are distribution quantities,” Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jon Schafer wrote in a Sept. 17 criminal complaint. Schafer arrested Drake in Grand Rapids that same day.

Drake was driving a rented 2014 Nissan Maxima with a Vermont license plate when she was pulled over by Michigan State Police on Sept. 16.

A police drug dog was brought to the scene and indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, according to a search warrant affidavit in Grand Rapids District Court. The search warrant was for two cellphones Drake had with her at the time.

Police searched the trunk of the Nissan and found 3.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and nearly 11-½ ounces of cocaine, court documents show.

It is one of the largest crystal methamphetamine seizures in West Michigan in recent years.

The criminal complaint was filed Sept. 17, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office in October dropped the complaint so the government could continue its investigation. The indictment came nearly four weeks later.

Drake is free on an unsecured $50,000 bond. A condition of her release prohibits Drake from “engaging in any sovereign citizen or tax protester activity.”

Drake, who lists an address in Dallas, Texas and goes by the alias “Lady Jade,” is saddled with more than criminal charges. The federal government has launched forfeiture proceedings on $2,952 in cash found in her vehicle, court records show.



Comments Off on Byron Craig Hall, 33, of Hamilton, charged with injecting a teen girl with Methamphetamine and raping her over the course of five days, also accused of recording assault

HAMILTON — A Hamilton man charged with kidnapping, drugging and repeatedly raping a 17-year-old girl over several days in February is now charged with capturing some of the assaults on video.

Byron Craig Hall, 33, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse of children. The new charge was filed after investigators found three videos taken with the webcam on Hall’s laptop between Feb. 6 and 9 that 553a60c8a7441_imageincluded sexual content involving the girl.

Hall pleaded not guilty in March to felony aggravated kidnapping, sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, child criminal endangerment and two drug charges. District Judge Jeffrey Langton set his bail at $750,000. However, he is also being held without bond for violating his parole on an earlier drug lab conviction.

The girl told officers that she had invited Hall to her home on Feb. 6 after meeting him at a college orientation. She said she mentioned his former girlfriend, and Hall became extremely angry, pushed her onto the bed and choked her until she passed out.

She said he injected her with methamphetamine and raped her over the course of five days. The girl’s 8-month-old child also was in the apartment.

Hall and his father were later charged with tampering with evidence after Hall asked and his father destroyed drugs and paraphernalia that Hall had in the trunk of his car. Prosecutors say when Hall’s father visited him in jail, Hall was recorded asking his father to find his laptop and hide it from investigators. The father told officers he didn’t carry out his son’s instructions regarding the laptop, which was seized by investigators.

Hall’s trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 29, 2016.




Comments Off on Scott J. Bramhall, 50, of Cape Coral, made daughter buy Methamphetamine-making supplies

CAPE CORAL, FL – A man is in custody after detectives shut down a meth lab in a southeast Cape Coral home on Wednesday afternoon.

Cape Coral Police executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of Country Club Boulevard, just 500 feet from Wellington Academy Daycare, around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.635835414228602168-bramhall

One person was inside the home at the time. That person was detained in the driveway. According to the arrest report, the person told police “she had never witnessed her father actually cook the meth, but she knows when he does because it smells bad.”

She also told police that her father forces her to buy pseudoephedrine, and if she doesn’t buy it, her father threatens to throw her out and call animal control to take her dog away.

Inside the home, detectives located an operational meth lab — including equipment, chemicals and methamphetamine. Detectives collected evidence that included 24 ounces of methamphetamine.

Scott J. Bramhall, 50, was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail, according to the Cape Coral Police Department.

According to the report, Bramhall admitted to police that he was the one cooking meth in the house.  Bramhall was charged with possessing, manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.





A Cape Coral man confessed to police that he cooked methamphetamine in his County Club Boulevard home after his daughter advised them about his drug production, authorities say.

Scott Bramhall, 50, is facing felony charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, producing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a specific structure (Wellington Day Care is within 500 feet), and and possession of a structure to manufacture methamphetamine.

The charges were filed after Bramhall told the Cape Coral police narcotics unit that he was the one cooking the meth and that his daughter was not involved.

Police came to Bramhall’s home Wednesday with a search warrant. Bramhall’s daughter was detained at the home by police and gave officers a detailed explanation of her father’s activities.

A Cape Coral police report said the daughter told officers that while she never witnessed her father cooking meth she knows when he does because the house smells bad and she saw bottles used to cook meth laying around the house.

Police asked her about her history of purchasing pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter medicine used in meth production, and she told them that her father forced her to buy the medicine by threatening her with eviction and getting rid of her dog.

Police found the following items used in meth production at the house: four bottles of Coleman fuel, four bottles of Muriatic acid, a glass cup with white residue that tested positive for meth, a glass cup with liquid that tested positive for meth, gas mask, three cook bottles with sludge in them that tested positive for meth, a cooler containing cold packs, two bottles of lye and plastic tubing.

Detectives also collected as evidence 24 ounces of methamphetamine.

Bramhall confirmed to police that he uses the items listed to cook meth.

Bramhall is scheduled for a hearing Dec. 21. He remains in jail on $70,000 bond.




37-year-old Crystal Noell Suttlemyre of 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (November 18) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver f71c3383fcb11eb303282bc99a9d5d80_XLmethamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Suttlemyre was taken into custody without incident shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday on the 100 block of 4th Street Drive S.W. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (November 19) in Newton.



Comments Off on Eileen Aimee Clark, 26, who said she smoked Methamphetamine to relive pregnancy cramps, behind bars in Rockhampton for Methamphetamine trafficking

A WOMAN who said she smoked cannabis and methamphetamine to relive pregnancy cramps appeared in a court in Rockhampton yesterday.

The Supreme Court at Rockhampton heard Eileen Aimee Clark was involved in a “well established” drug trafficking operation.

Clark, 26, pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug and possessing utensils used in smoking a dangerous drug after police intercepted her during a covert drug trafficking operation in Gladstone.

She was sentenced to three years jail, with a parole eligibility date in April 2017.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker told the court the 26-year-old told police she was responsible for a bowl of cannabis and a pipe which her partner was charged for during a search of a hotel room in April this year. She told police she smoked the cannabis and used the pipe to smoke speed to relieve pregnancy cramps.

“She is unwilling to disassociate herself from drug culture,” Ms Baker said. “She has an expanding criminal history and there is a plethora of evidence that this defendant is a user.”

The court heard Clark previously sent 1900 text messages to a methamphetamine supplier, making contact on a daily or twice-daily basis during a two-and-a-half month trafficking period between March and June last year.

The court heard Clark sent and received text messages relating to collecting drug debts, supplying drugs and tips on how to make methamphetamine “more saleable”.

Ms Baker said Clarke had a $3000 to $5000 rolling debt with the supplier and was owed a total of $6000 “on tick” by 13 customers.

She told the court Clark usually purchased one gram of methamphetamine for between $750 and $800 except purchased 18g for $9000 on one occasion in June.

“Her business was well-established, it was not novice,” Ms Clark said.

Defense lawyer Marie Willie said Clark purchased up to $300 worth of methamphetamine a day for personal use during the trafficking period.

“It was not purely for financial gain, it was also by way of supporting her own habit,” Ms Willie said.

Justice Duncan McMeekin told Clark she had a “disturbing” criminal history.

“What you have done is evil, you have helped to spread this drug in the community,” Mr McMeekin said. “It gives judges like myself not the slightest pleasure to put young people in jail.”



Comments Off on Tracie Sparks McMahan, 40, of Asheville, faces Methamphetamine charges

ASHEVILLE — A city woman is facing charges related to meth.

Tracie Sparks McMahan, 40, of the first block of Alabama Avenue, was charged Thursday with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell/manufacture/deliver, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to warrants at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office.

She is accused of possessing 0.2 grams of methamphetamine, two sets of digital scales, a glass pipe, and multiple plastic baggies on Thursday, according to warrants.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

McMahan was being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $15,000 secured bond.

In other arrests on file Friday:

William Robert Boyd, 31, of Davidson County, was charged by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, according to warrants.

Boyd is accused of possessing cocaine and methamphetamine on Friday, warrants state. He is also accused of having a .38-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Boyd was being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $25,000 secured bond.



Comments Off on Chandra L. McCourt, 46, accused of making Methampehtamine in Town of Lockport

LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport woman was being held Thursday without bail on felony charges, accused of making methamphetamine in her house at 6538 Wicks Road.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the New York State Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at the house just after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Chandra L. McCourt, 46, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony. She was remanded without bail to Niagara County Jail. A return court date in the Town of Lockport was set for Wednesday.

The warrant was based on a four-month long investigation of methamphetamine manufacturing in the Town of Lockport, along with complaints from the public.

Because of the volatile nature of the by products used to manufacture methamphetamine, the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said this is the fifth methamphetamine case that the Niagara County Drug Task Force has investigated in this past year that has resulted in a warrant execution.




Comments Off on Tiffany Postalwait, 25, Michael Romel, 19, Jeffrey Flint, 49, Jeremiah Billups, 29, and Michael Craig, 32, Arrested in Lewis County Methamphetamine Bust

Five Weston residents were arrested after a drug bust in Lewis County Thursday.

Michael Romel, 19, Tiffany Postalwait, 25, Jeffrey Flint, 49, Jeremiah Billups, 29, and Michael Craig, 32, were all arrested on methamphetamine charges.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Street Crimes and Drug Unit, performed controlled buys on the individuals.9290093_G

“One of the individuals arrested from this organization was a major supplier of crystal methamphetamine in both Harrison and Lewis counties, supplying lower-level dealers in the Clarksburg and Weston areas,” said Harrison County Chief Deputy Jeff McAtee. “These arrests are a major step in the right direction in stopping this dangerous drug.”

Romel is charged with one count of delivery of synthetic marijuana, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Postalwait is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Flint is charged with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Billups is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Craig is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine an two counts of conspiracy.

Deputies also recovered a 9 mm handgun and $1000 cash during the operation.

“Some of the individuals arrested in this operation have been on our radar for upwards of a year,” said Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy. “This drug bust will certainly have a positive impact in curbing drug distribution in our community. I’m extremely thankful that no one was injured in this operation. All too often are we coming across firearms and other weapons when conducting high risk operations like this one.”





Comments Off on Brittany Thompson-Sherrill, 28, of Corbin, and Ashley Medley, 28, of London, among four charged with trafficking crystal Methamphetamine

A Corbin woman was one of four people arrested on drug trafficking charges when Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies discovered an unspecified amount of methamphetamine in their vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Thompson-Sherrill is facing charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine and second-degree fleeing or evading police – on foot.

According to Sheriff John Root, Detective Jason Back was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on 28-year-old Jonathan Segraves of London on Slate Lick Road approximately one mile north of London.

“Detective Back observed (Segraves) along with three other occupants leave a known drug location in the vehicle, and attempted to stop the vehicle when it fled the scene and was located nearby,” Root stated. “At that point, two of the subjects fled on foot and following a foot chase, both individuals were apprehended.”

Root stated Thompson-Sherrill was one of the two individuals who attempted to run from the scene.

Also arrested were:

  • Roy Higgins, 38, of London, whom Root said was driving the vehicle. Higgins was charged first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – second offense – methamphetamine and first-degree fleeing or evading police.

Root stated that Higgins was in the allegedly in the process of delivering methamphetamine to sell to a fifth subject.

  • Segraves was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, second-degree fleeing or evading police – on foot, and tampering with physical evidence.

According to Root, Segraves allegedly ingested approximately one-half of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine that he was conspiring with the other in the vehicle to deliver and sell to a fifth subject.

Segraves was taking by ambulance to St. Joseph London hospital for treatment.

Segraves was also charged on the warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous charge of first-degree possession of a methamphetamine.

  • Ashley Medley, 28, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

Root stated that Medley knew Segraves was wanted on outstanding felony warrants.

Laurel County Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department’s public affairs officer, said through cooperation of the suspects and statements from other individuals, deputies confirmed the four suspects had the methamphetamine in their possession and what they intended to do with it.”

“Even the guy who ingested it, admitted to it,” Acciardo said.

Bond for each of the individuals has been set at $10,000 cash.





Comments Off on Paige Lebel, 22, Kristen St. Claire, 33, Marvin Mungcal, 41, Ernesto Go, 33, and Long Trinh, 18, arrested on suspicion of identity theft, Methamphetamine- and drug-related crimes at Hilton Hotel in Glendale

Five people were arrested this week after they were caught manufacturing fraudulent credit cards at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale, police

A hotel employee called police Monday evening after one suspect, Marvin Mungcal, 41, allegedly attempted to pay for two hotel rooms with two credit cards that appeared to be fraudulent, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

When officers entered the first room, they reportedly saw re-encoded credit cards scattered throughout room and methamphetamine in plain sight.

Four others — identified as Paige Lebel, 22, Ernesto Go, 33, Long Trinh, 18, and Kristen St. Claire, 33 — were reportedly staying in the two rooms.

Between the two rooms, police found methamphetamine, pills and drug paraphernalia, along with numerous re-encoded credit cards, stolen checks, personal documents belonging to other people and equipment for manufacturing credit cards, Lightfoot said.

The five suspects were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and drug-related crimes.





Comments Off on Hunters should watch out for Methamphetamine labs in Lafayette County woods

Deer hunters concentrating on finding that big buck in the woods should also be on the lookout for methamphetamine labs, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office says.

Two different meth labs were found in wooded areas in the county the past two weeks, prompting Sheriff Reg Gill to issue a public safety notice.564cb43370171_image

“As hunters take to the woods this weekend, we want to make sure the public is aware that they should use caution should they come upon (meth lab) materials,” Gill said.

The materials include plastic bottles containing a white- or pink-colored sludge, fuel cans, cans of lye or drain cleaner, batteries that appear to have been taken apart, and plastic containers with small hoses sticking out of the top.

“Should anyone come upon these types of items, or detect a strong chemical odor, please avoid the area and contact law enforcement immediately,” Gill said.

The materials can be volatile and fumes from the materials can cause lung damage.

The sheriff also advises hunters who encounter people around meth labs to keep a wide berth.

“Do not confront them,” Gill said. “Subjects under the influence of methamphetamine can be highly unpredictable, paranoid and volatile.”




Comments Off on Shaina Hughes, 18, of Resaca Georgia, Arrested For Felony Murder In Alleged Sex-For-Methamphetamine Slaying of Peyton Hogan, 21, in Hamilton County

Shaina Hughes, 18, has been brought back to Hamilton County to face felony murder charges after she allegedly lured the victim, Peyton Hogan, 21, to a home in the 400 block of Frazier Drive.

She and Quincy Goodine, 19, were arrested earlier at Resaca, Ga.article_312864

When officers arrived at the scene of the slaying, they found the victim lying in the street in front of the home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He died of this injury after being transported to Erlanger Hospital.

During an investigation, the defendant said that she was in the basement when the victim was shot and she identified Goodine as the one responsible for the shooting.



CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – One of two suspects wanted in connection to last Friday’s homicide is now behind bars in Hamilton County.

Shaina Hughes, 18, of Resaca Georgia signed a waiver of extradition in Gordon County Georgia and was immediately transported back to Chattanooga where she faces one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

She was arrested in Gordon County Georgia for a probation violation out of Chattooga County Georgia.

According to Chattanooga police, Hughes and Quincy Goodine, 19, are suspects in the murder of Peyton Hogan 21, of Chattanooga.

Hogan died in an ambulance while being transported to the hospital.

It happened Friday morning inside a home in the 400 block of Frazier Drive.

According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses told police, Hughes and Goodine were responsible for killing Hogan.

Hughes told investigators she was in the basement when Hogan was shot. She also told police she heard the gunshot and looked up to see Goodine holding a gun.

According to Hughes, Hogan was not armed nor was he a threat when he was shot.

When investigators talked to other witnesses, they got a slightly conflicting statement.

A witness told police, Hughes was actually upstairs when the shooting occurred. The witness also stated that Hughes lured Hogan to the house to exchange sex for drugs and money. According to the arrest affidavit, Hogan used Facebook to communicate with Hogan.

A second witness told police, Hughes and Goodine attempted to rob Hogan in the basement. According to the second witness, Goodine hid behind the stairs of the basement then told Hogan to give him “everything he had.” The second witness later stated to police that Goodine was reportedly armed with a .25 automatic pistol and shot Hogan once. The second witness also told police that Goodine and Hughes lured Hogan over to the house to exchange sex for 1.3 grams of Methamphetamine.

During a search of the house, police recovered .25 shell casing as well as a .25 automatic pistol that was reportedly hidden in the basement. Police also recovered illegal narcotics.

At some point, after the shooting, Goodine and Hughes left Tennessee and were later picked up by authorities in Gordon County Georgia.

Goodine remains in the Gordon County jail for an obstruction. It’s unclear if he has signed a waiver of extradition.

A judge set Hughes’s bond at $1-million.

Her next court date is November 24.





The incessant ringing of the doorbell woke Matt Mcallister just before 4 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor pounded on the door. Call 911, she pleaded. Someone’s been shot.

And then she ran away.

Mcallister, a former firefighter, followed her up the street to a white house at 412 Frazier Drive where he found 21-year-old Peyton Hogan flat on his back, pressed close against the back tire of a pickup truck, feet pointed toward the driver’s side door, shot in the chest.

“The guy was alive when I got there,” Mcallister said. “He was quiet.”

Stay with me, Mcallister told Hogan. Police arrived a minute later, maybe less, pouring in from both sides of the street. Mcallister heard them ask Hogan if he knew who shot him.

But he couldn’t hear the man’s response.

Hogan died shortly after at a local hospital. His death is the 27th homicide in Chattanooga so far this year — tying the number of homicides in all of 2014. This year’s homicide count includes the six men who died during the unprecedented July 16 attack.

As of Nov. 4, there had been 112 shootings in Chattanooga this year, compared to 105 in 2014 and 109 by November 2013.

Mcallister said the woman who knocked on his door lives at the home where the shooting happened, but could not identify her by name. She ran for help, pounding on doors, because her cellphone was broken and she didn’t have a land-line phone, he said.

She told Mcallister she heard the gunshot outside and that two people fled the scene on foot. Police said Friday they believe Hogan knew someone who lived in the house, but they did not give details about the relationship.

Late Friday night, police said they had issued warrants for two suspects in the case — 19-year-old Quincy Goodine and 18-year-old Shaina Hughes. They are both wanted on charges of felony murder and especially aggravated murder and are currently being held in Georgia on unrelated charges.

Officers have been called to 412 Frazier Drive 12 times since December 2014, records show, for everything from burglar alarms to an assault to a call of a disorder with a weapon.

Neighbors said that while the police have visited that home before, the neighborhood doesn’t see much violence.

“I’ve lived here for 27 years,” said neighbor Sherilyn Johnson. “It’s a quiet neighborhood. It’s quiet. Something just happened up there.”

On Facebook, Hogan posted photos of himself driving the truck, a dark-colored Dodge pickup, with the American and Confederate flags flying in the bed.

About five hours after the shooting, police investigators were still combing through that truck outside the home where Hogan was shot. The Confederate flag was gone; only the American flag still flew.

A pair of empty brown boots sat beside the driver’s side door.



Comments Off on DUI Suspect, Lisa Carol Weems, Tried To Sneak Methamphetamine Into The Greene County Detention Center Hidden In Her “Vaginal Area”

Church Hill woman faces numerous charges after allegedly attempting to sneak methamphetamine into the Greene County Detention Center.

Warrants filed at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department show Lisa Carol Weems faces charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, introduction of contraband into a detention center, driving on a revoked license, violation of the implied consent law and driving under the influence.

She is jailed at the Greene County Detention Center under $63,000 bond pending a Friday court appearance.

The warrants indicate that Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Vince Mullins recognized Weems following a previous encounter and knew her license was revoked. During a traffic stop, he observed that Weems had slurred speech, dilated pupils and had trouble keeping her eyes open.

She reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and refused a blood test.

According to the warrants, during a search at the jail, a “large quantity” of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine was discovered wrapped in plastic and concealed in Weems’ vaginal area.

She is due in Greene County General Sessions Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.



Comments Off on Eau Claire Police release map of Eau Claire Methamphetamine incidents

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire police created a methamphetamine map, showing where the most meth activity happens in the city.

The Methamphetamine Response Committee shared the map as part of a new campaign called #morethanMeth.9283162_G

The image highlights meth related incidents in Eau Claire within the last 15 months. The police department said the map mirrors Eau Claire’s crime map, and police point to a connection between meth use and other issues, like burglary and child abuse.

The Eau Claire Police Department said two-thirds of their meth cases start with a call because of another crime.

The Meth Response Committee said there were less than 20 meth related arrests in Eau Claire in all of 2012, but this year there have already been 100 arrests.

Experts said meth use is on the rise in northwestern Wisconsin because of geography. They said it is being trafficked into Eau Claire through the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. Officers said moving meth made prices one-third of what they used to be 10 years ago.

“Eau Claire is still a safe community,” Eau Claire Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus said. “The stakeholders that are working together and our other partners, we have a better understanding of what is causing the issues of crime and other social issues, and in Eau Claire’s case, it is methamphetamine.”

Nov. 30 is nationally recognized as Meth Awareness Day, and it will be highlighted locally with a news conference in Eau Claire as a part of the #morethanMeth campaign.




Comments Off on Kathleen Bower, Michael Sockriter, and Joseph Kinney Jr. arrested on Methamphetamine charges in Berwick

BERWICK — Three borough residents were arrested on methamphetamine charges Tuesday afternoon following an ongoing investigation between state and local law enforcement.Bower

Michael Sockriter, Kathleen Bower and Joseph Kinney Jr. were taken into custody after a search of 1119 Fifth Avenue in Berwick. They allegedly produced chemicals and tools consistent with clandestine meth labs. Police seized these items as evidence.

State police Clandestine Laboratory Emergency Response Team assisted at the crime scene.

The three suspects were apprehended a short distance from the residence, police said.

Sockriter was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of pre-cursor chemicals, risking catastrophe, criminal conspiracy and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste.

Bower was charged with institutional vandalism and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste. Police said Bower intentionally damaged property inside the police department while in custody.

Kinney was charged with possession of precursor chemicals.



Comments Off on Parents, Henry Kleeves, 51, and Kristi Kleeves, 36, and stepdaughter, Heaven McQueen, 18, arrested while enroute to trade Methamphetamine for heroin in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man and his wife were arrested in Walker this month, along with an 18-year-old stepdaughter, after police conducted a traffic stop and allegedly found their vehicle’s truck full of methamphetamine-making components.

Henry Kleeves, 51, Kristi Kleeves, 36, and Heaven McQueen, 18 are charged with 19222339-largeoperating/maintaining a meth lab and delivery/manufacture of meth. Both charges are potential 20-year felonies.

For Henry and Kristi, the potential penalty is higher. Both could face double the maximum 20-year sentence on each of the charges due to their habitual offender status, court records show. Henry was convicted of possessing meth in 2004 and Kristi was convicted of using cocaine in 2002. Kristi also has several convictions related to bad checks in 2012.

Police initially came into contact with the Kleeves family when conducting a traffic stop on Nov. 4 just south of the Flowerland store on Alpine Avenue. During that stop, Walker officers found the vehicle contained needles, pills, packaging and a scale. The officers also found a single gram of meth inside a cigarette box, court records show.

In the trunk was a bag containing drain opener, lye, lithium batteries, tubing and Coleman fuel — materials typically used in the manufacturing of meth.19222337-large

According to a police statement for the arrests of the three, Henry admitted to cooking meth with the components in the bag while at home in Chase, Michigan the day prior. Kristi and McQueen both admitted to buying pseudo-ephedrine pills and other materials for Henry to use, according to the statement contained in court records.

Kristi allegedly told police she provided Henry with materials so he could make meth for her own use and to trade for heroin she could use. According to the statement, McQueen told police she also “stole things” and bought other meth components from the store for Henry to use.

All three have waived probable cause hearings in Walker and will now face a judge in Kent County Circuit Court. Kristi has bonded out of the Kent County Jail but Henry and McQueen remained there Wednesday, Nov. 18.

A judge ordered that if McQueen is released, she could leave only with her grandmother.




Comments Off on The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency responds to 45th Methamphetamine lab this year, this time in Wells

WELLS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched a house and camper in Wells for a suspected meth lab. This suspected bust brings the total for the year to 45.

“I’ve worked here for 30 years, and this is only the second one in this town that I’ve known about,” Wells Police Chief Jo-Ann Putnam said.635833631187815182-METH--WELLS-11-15

Putnam said MDEA agents found items that are consistent with making methamphetamine in a trailer and pickup truck in the driveway.

She said she’s concerned this suspected meth lab was in a populated area, but what’s most concerning is that several kids live in the house and the camper. They range in age from six months to 10 years old.

“That’s just beyond me,” Putnam said. “Why would you want your children in that? Don’t you want something better for them?”

She said we’re seeing more of these types of busts because people are more aware of the signs of meth production.

“I don’t know if we’ll exactly see more of them, but the ones that are here are being discovered and being taken care of,” she said.

The suspected lab was discovered Monday night at a home on 859 Post Rd. in Wells, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, Steve McCausland.

The Wells Police Department and the Wells Fire Department assisted state police, along with state chemists and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Agency.

No arrests have been made.



Comments Off on Katherine Pearl Dryer, 27, of Bolivar, charged with possession of Methamphetamine

A Bolivar woman was arrested and charged in Polk County Circuit Court for class C felony possession of a controlled substance.

According to the court report, Katherine Pearl Dryer, 27, of Bolivar is accused of possession of methamphetamine found on her person during the execution of a search warrant Nov. 4 in the 4800 block of South 82nd Road. Other items found during the search were a .45 caliber pistol that was reported stolen out of Clay County in 2012, marijuana found in a bedroom safe and a glass pipe.

She is free on $10,000 bond and is due in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.



Comments Off on Marty Glen Taylor, 41, of DeKalb County, arrested after five pounds of Methamphetamine seized

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – On Monday, drug task force agents with DeKalb and Marshall County as well as DeKalb Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man for trafficking in illegal drugs.

Authorities went to a home on County Road 482 in the Painter community to execute a search warrant and during the search, they found five pounds of pure ice 9270786_Gmethamphetamine with a street value worth $205,500, two long guns, one pistol and $8, 077 in cash.

It’s the largest single find of crystal meth found in DeKalb County.

41-year-old Marty Glen Taylor is jailed on charges of trafficking methamphetamine.

WAFF 48 has learned how local drug dealers are teaming up with Mexican drug cartels and are working to make one pot meth labs a thing of the past.

A huge find for drug agents in DeKalb County from a tip that originated in Marshall County.

“We gathered some information that there was a large stash of controlled substance, methamphetamine, located across the line in DeKalb County,” says Marshall County Assistant District Attorney Chris Able.

That led to a warrant and a search at the home on County Road 482 in the Painter Community that uncovered approximate five pounds of ICE.

“This is the largest amount of pure crystal meth that we have gotten at one location,” says DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Sheriff Harris says in the last 17 days they’ve seized close to 10 pounds of the drug as Mexican cartels set up stash houses.

Harris says they’ll literally run families out of their bedrooms in places like Kilpatrick as they distribute drugs.9270787_G

“You go on to work. You send your kids to school. You say anything we will kill your family in Mexico. They have that much power,” says Harris.

But Monday’s discovery, Harris says, will have a cartel leader upset from items seized.

“We’ve got several thousand dollars of their meth, and their money, and their guns, and their Mustang Cobra,” says Sheriff Harris.

Taylor is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bond to be set.

“So far this month the DeKalb County Drug Task Force has made five trafficking cases with a net worth of $12,000, seized approximately 7 pounds of Ice methamphetamine with a street value of $317,800 and have recovered several stolen items,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.



Comments Off on 10 percent of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives – 75 percent report not receiving any form of treatment

A survey of American adults revealed that drug use disorder is common, co-occurs with a range of mental health disorders and often goes untreated. The study, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that about 4 percent of Americans met the criteria for drug use disorder in the past year and about 10 percent have had drug use disorder at some time in their lives.

“Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use.”

George F. Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director

“Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director. “Given these numbers, and other recent findings about the prevalence and under-treatment of alcohol use disorder in the U.S., it is vitally important that we continue our efforts to understand the underlying causes of drug and alcohol addiction, their relationship to other psychiatric conditions and the most effective forms of treatment.”

A diagnosis of drug use disorder is based on a list of symptoms including craving, withdrawal, lack of control, and negative effects on personal and professional responsibilities. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) no longer uses the terms abuse and dependence. Instead, DSM-5 uses a single disorder which is rated by severity (mild, moderate, and severe) depending on the number of symptoms met. Individuals must meet at least two of 11 symptoms to be diagnosed with a drug use disorder.

This includes the problematic use of amphetamines, marijuana, club drugs (e.g., ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine), cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, non-heroin opioids (e.g., oxycodone, morphine), sedatives/tranquilizers, and solvents/inhalants. Face-to-face interviews were conducted to diagnose drug use disorder, as well as alcohol use disorder, nicotine use disorder, and various personality disorders.

The study, based on NIAAA’s National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC-III), found that drug use disorder was more common among men, white and Native American individuals, and those who are single or no longer married. Younger individuals and those with lower income and education levels were also at greater risk. Regional differences were found as well, with those living in the 13 Western-most states in the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) more likely to have drug use disorder during their lives.

The study was led by Dr. Bridget Grant, Ph.D., Ph.D., (doctorates in psychology and epidemiology), of the NIAAA Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry. Dr. Grant’s lab conducts NESARC, a series of national epidemiological surveys that evaluate alcohol use, drug use and related psychiatric conditions. More than 36,000 people were evaluated using DSM-5 criteria. The study currently appears online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry.

Similar to past research, the present study showed that people with drug use disorder were significantly more likely to have a broad range of psychiatric disorders, including mood, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and personality disorders. Individuals with drug use disorder in the past year were 1.3 times as likely to experience clinical depression, 1.6 times as likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 1.8 times as likely to have borderline personality disorder, when compared to people without drug use disorder. Drug use disorder was also linked to both alcohol and nicotine use disorder, with a three-fold increase in risk.

“The prevalence and complexity of drug use disorders revealed in this study coupled with the lack of treatment speak to the urgent need for health care professionals to be trained in proper techniques to identify, assess, diagnose, and treat substance use disorders among patients in their practice,” said Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which contributed funding to the study.

Based on the results of the study, the majority of people with drug use disorder never receive any form of treatment. About 14 percent of people who had drug use disorder in the past year and about 25 percent of people who had ever had drug use disorder received care. Even among people with moderate-to-severe drug use disorder, less than 20 percent of those with past-year drug use disorder and less than one-third of those with lifetime drug use disorder received treatment.

Treatment rates for alcohol use disorder are similarly low. Earlier this year, Dr. Grant’s group found that nearly one-third of adults in the United States have alcohol use disorder at some time in their lives, but only about 20 percent receive treatment.

The authors note that low treatment rates for drug use disorder may reflect skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment, as well as insufficient resources, lack of knowledge among health care providers and barriers related to stigma. They note the need to destigmatize drug use disorder and educate the public about recent advances in evidence-based treatment and how to access help.

About the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary U.S. agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems. NIAAA funds the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) to determine the effects of problematic alcohol use on the developing adolescent brain and examine brain characteristics that predict alcohol use disorder. NIAAA also disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences. Additional alcohol research information and publications are available at

About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy and improve practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to (link sends e-mail). Online ordering is available at NIDA’s media guide can be found at, and its easy-to-read website can be found at

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