INDIANAPOLIS — A new report from Indiana State Police says the state’s police agencies seized more than 1,800 methamphetamine labs last year.

The report released Friday says the number of meth labs raided by Indiana police agencies has grown for seven straight years despite the passage and strengthening of state laws restricting sales on cold medicine used to make meth.

The number of meth labs seized by Indiana police agencies had dropped to 803 in 2006, but has risen every year since.

The new report says the vast majority of homemade meth is made in volatile “one-pot” concoctions mixed in soda bottles, rather than in backwoods labs.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says most of the meth sold in the United States is made in so-called “superlabs,” most often in Mexico.



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators dismantled meth lab found at a DeKalb County hotel Saturday night.   Channel 2 Action News was at the scene as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations began their investigation. Our crews watched them, armed with search warrant, go inside and investigate the meth lab.


The owner of the Lodge on Buford Hotel only meant to evict a tenant who hadn’t paid his bill, but he found himself calling Chamblee police.

“When the officer got here, the tenant had actually left. He went inside with the owner of facility and found all the components of a methamphetamine laboratory,” said GBI agent W. Joseph Chesnut.


Soon after, the GBI arrived.

“We secured a search warrant, the DeKalb County fire department went in with their hazardous material crew, they took air quality readings to ensure the air quality was safe for the people on that floor,” Chesnut said.

Chesnut said it was the second meth lab they’ve been called to in the past week and a half in metro Atlanta.

“Nobody has asked me if I wanted drugs. So I’m a little surprised to hear that, but I guess you’re going to get that at all these kind of places,” said hotel guest Chris Mercer.

Mercer, who moved to the hotel with his family a few months ago, said the sudden arrival of police and firefighters was unexpected.

Channel 2 tried to contact Lodge’s general manager, Bill Carr, but he wasn’t available. But we were told that the GM, who has managed at the hotel for 30 years, referred all questions to authorities.

“As long as you keep to yourself around these places, nobody tends to bother you too much,” Mercer said.

The GBI said meth labs are volatile and can be very dangerous.

Investigators are still looking for the man who leased the apartment and ran before police arrived.

An incredible snapshot of Mexico’s present situation – one that will be looked at for decades to make sense of Mexican culture and society

AFTER LOOKING THROUGH his book, Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit, photographer David Rochkind wants the reader to feel they have seen something “violent and heavy”.

That seems to run counter to his decision not to photograph the bloody violence he encountered over two-and-a-half years living in Mexico, studying the people consumed by a terrifying drugs war.


Family members mourn at a funeral for two sisters that were killed at a birthday party massacre with 13 other victims in Ciudad Juarez

“I didn’t want it to feel anonymous, or that it could be a photo taken in any location of conflict in the world,” he told in an interview this week.

His objective became the reality. Looking through the online exhibition, which is just a small sample of the work, the viewer feels like they have been invited into other people’s lives. A terrifying peephole into real existence, not a televised version of war in a far-off land.


Rochkind’s project began with an initial four-week long visit to Mexico in 2007 but soon grew to a 30-month venture.

“There wasn’t any set end-date,” he explained. “I was going to finish when I had told the story I wanted to tell. I wanted to make sure I did that in terms of geographic and thematic diversity.”

The 33-year-old, originally from Detroit in the US, said he wanted to tell Mexico’s story – not one that was just focused on the violence and the border.

“Violence is a big part of that story but I wanted to look at what Mexico is – and how the conflict has affected her people and her culture.”

He did this by touching on a raft of subjects, including lack of opportunities, poor social welfare systems and the growing power of drug cartels.


A view of the border that divides Nogales, Arizona at left and Nogales, Sonora at right. Tunnels used to transport drugs and people have routinely been found between homes on the border. So far, there has been little violent spillover into the US, but recently US citizens have been killed with more frequency in Mexico. In March 2010, two US Consulate workers were gunned down in Ciudad Juarez.

“I think the conflict and the violence is now at the forefront of everyone’s mind,” Rochkind continued. “It has changed the daily routines of people living in cities where there is violence…but even in places which are relatively untouched, the outlook of residents was changed.”

There was also a shift in how potential migrants looked at the journey across the US border. The American Dream has become a little less tangible for many as the risks in front of them have been heightened by kidnappings and killings on the trains.


Migrants riding a train in Mexico.


A man who had just been returned to Mexico after trying to illegally enter the US stands across the border at a Mexican customs and immigration office in Nogales, Sonora.

“The balance of risk versus reward is now different,” explains Rochkind. “The idea has changed. Before, America was also wrapped up the idea of falling off a train or getting lost in the dessert. Where once these dangers were, now there are genuine threats of murder as outside forces take advantage of impunity.”

Rochkind knows these fears because he tried not to lose sight of the real story in Mexico – the people.

“With all the stories I do, I’m always reminded and surprised of how the subjects are just regular people. You can lose sight of that from afar, especially the way we cover these issues in newspapers and on television. We can forget that they are just like you and me.

“Then you go to a funeral, ride on a train and – it sounds cliché – but you reminded that we are all the same.”


Family members grieve during the wake of a 14-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Ciudad Juarez.

Asked how he was trusted by the families he shot, he says:

In photography, 5 per cent is taking the picture; 95 per cent is getting in the position to take that picture.

He adds that he did use ‘fixers’ (journalists who knew the cities) – usually for safety reasons – but, often, the images came after particular families became comfortable enough for him to use his camera.

He also noted that if he spent long enough on a particular issue, he could find the right location to shoot.


A prostitute undresses for a client in a short-term love motel in Nogales, Sonora, where she entertains both Mexican and American customers.

The photographer, who was on a brief trip to the US before returning to Haiti where he now lives, says he put a lot of thought into what images to include in the book.

“I thought a lot about pictures like that (referencing the image below of the strip club). I didn’t want to use them for gratuitous purposes but they do highlight issues that I wanted to bring up. The cartels are branching out – into prostitution, rings, sex trafficking and strip clubs. These images show that.

“That image – taken in a strip club where the women work as strippers and prostitutes – to me, looked like they were all high. It shows the lack of authority and the culture of impunity – that you can do whatever you want.”


That impunity of the cartels can lead to a life of fear for those in positions of so-called authority.

Police men often wear masks – not only when they are being photographed – but in everyday life.

“They don’t want people to know who they are or who there family is,” explained Rochkind. “In one instance, there was a firefight between some police force and a cartel. Someone on the official side was killed and his name was published in a newspaper. A few days later, his whole family was killed.”

Law enforcement and military are “very aware of the potential risks”.


In February 2013, a human rights watchdog estimated that about 60,000 people had been killed between 2006 and 2012 in drug-related violence.

Human Rights Watch criticised security forces within the country.

Rochkind recalls: “The cartels in Mexico are ruthless, meting out an awesome brutality where heads are rolled into crowded discos and dismembered bodies are abandoned on busy streets.”

The following is a sample of his work, in his own words and images:

Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit is a project about the social costs and consequences of Mexico’s violent drug war. It frames the violence as a symptom, as opposed to the problem, and one of a variety of symptoms that will haunt the country for generations.
This country is in the midst of a ‘conflict’ in every sense of the word, and when documenting this conflict it is important not to reduce what is happening to a series of nearly anonymous images of carnage that could be happening anywhere.
I am not creating a story about violence that happens to be set in Mexico, but rather a story about Mexico’s present situation, offering a snapshot of a time that will be referred to for decades as people look for answers to make sense of Mexican society. I want each image to convey a sense of Mexico, her color, and her culture.
The wounds of this war bleed into every corner of the country, staining the very fabric of Mexican life with violence, death and fear. The psychology of the country is also changing, as people become accustomed to horror and distrust, weakening an already fragile democracy. I am most fascinated by the space between what Mexico has always been and what this carnage is creating.  The heat of the conflict is melting two worlds together, making a singular Mexico defined as much by violence and tension as by history and culture.


Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua is at the center of Mexico’s drug violence, with more than 3,000 drug related murders in just two years. President Calderon has sent thousands of soldiers to the city to try to stem the violence. Here, soldiers search young men for drugs, weapons or signs of drug use in downtown Ciudad Juarez.


During his time in Mexico, Rochkind visited a small prison in the hills of Nogales, “a pretty grim place” which held about a dozen people in several cells for short periods of time. There, he photographed a man arrested for drug possession.


A young boy sits on a couch with a neighbour high in the hills of Nogales, Sonora. He and his family had been sleeping outside ever since their tin and cardboard shack burned to the ground two weeks before. Even before the accident, the family had no water or electricity and their only source of income was selling scavenged trash.


A young man wearing a style of shirt and hat associated with Mexico’s Narco Culture argues with a traffic police during a routine drunk driving check point.


Members of a Nortena band sit in their tour bus after performing in Mexico City. Many Nortena groups sing corridos, or ballads, that tell a story. Some of these are narcocorridos, ballads that tell the stories of famous drug dealers.  There has been a wave of killings of musicians that sing narcocorridos.


A woman shoots heroin in front of her boyfriend and a child she is babysitting in a small shack where she lives in Tijuana, Mexico.




MANILA, Philippines (AP)  Philippine police arrested four men and seized 1.3 billion pesos ($30 million) worth of methamphetamine on Friday in the second large drug bust in Manila in 10 days.

The men were in a van loaded with six wooden crates containing 272 kilograms (598 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine when they were intercepted by police, said Senior Superintendent Bartolome Tobias, head of the Philippine National Police anti-illegal drugs task force. The arrests followed a tip from an informant.

“Each gram of drug the police are able to remove from our communities is already something because we are able to reduce the amount of drugs poisoning our people,” said Arturo Cacdac, chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

He said one of the four suspects was a bulk supplier of drugs for street dealers and had been under surveillance for two months. The man, however, denied knowing the crates contained drugs and said he was paid 70,000 pesos ($1,530) to bring the boxes to nearby Cavite province.

Last week, the National Bureau of Investigation arrested four Canadian men suspected of trafficking drugs from Mexico in separate raids on posh condominiums. Agents recovered 100 million pesos ($2.2 million pesos) worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, which is similar to Ecstasy.

Tobias said police are investigating an “unholy alliance” between Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and Chinese drug syndicates operating in the Philippines.

“We have to move fast to nip this partnership in the bud,” he said.

It was not immediately clear if Friday’s seizure was related to last week’s arrests.

Last year, Philippine authorities seized a record 4.6 billion pesos ($101.5 million) worth of crystal methamphetamine, seven times more than the combined amount over the previous four years, according Cacdac.

Another 5.3 billion pesos ($116.9 million) worth of other drugs and drug-making materials also were seized in 2013. More than 8,600 people, including 73 foreigners, were arrested on suspicion of drug possession and trafficking.



POLK COUNTY, Ore. – Four people have been arrested for their roles in what police said was a scheme to trade food stamps for meth.

On Wednesday, police arrested Randall Moore and charged him with possession of methamphetamine. Police said that while he was being processed, they found five Oregon Trail cards that didn’t belong to him.


As they investigated further, police found evidence that Moore was trading money and drugs for the Oregon Trail cards.  One man, Alex Melcher, was charged with unlawfully obtaining and disposing of assistance on Thursday.

Police then got a search warrant and served it at Moore’s house. They added more charges for Moore, and arrested two more people: William Moore and Shellie Utley.’

Randall Moore is in jail on five counts of unlawful possession of a person ID device, unlawfully obtaining and disposing of supplemental nutrition assistance and several counts related to possessing various drugs.

William Moore was arrested during the search warrant for interfering with police and tampering with evidence.

Utley was charged with several counts of drug possession, including methamphetamine.



PATERSON — A 27-year-old city man led sheriff’s officers on a car chase before he crashed into a building and was captured Thursday, authorities said.

Officers were on patrol around 5:15 p.m. near Marshall and Mary streets when a 2000 Volkswagen ran a stop sign and almost hit their marked sheriff’s cruiser, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik. A pursuit ensued after officers tried to stop the car.

The driver, Daquann L. Barnes, crashed into a building at 82 Marshall Street where he ran from the car, but was grabbed by Sheriff’s Officer Chris Schiavo on Mill Street, Berdnik said. A passenger in the Volkswagen managed to escape and was not identified.

Barnes was found with .6 ounces of crystal meth, a loaded Ruger P95 9mm handgun and $2,925, according to the sheriff. He faces charges including drug possession, possession with the intent to distribute drugs, possession of a defaced firearm and numerous traffic violations.

Authorities said there were no injuries in the crash and the incident remained under investigation.




Bryan Adams snatched his son, 11, from the home of his estranged wife and dragged him into the woods, say cops. He displayed ‘abnormal strength’ at the time of his arrest and had to be punched five times in the face to be stopped, officers stated.

demon25n-2-web Bryan Adams, who reportedly has a problem with methamphetamine and other drugs, took his 11-year-old son into the woods and told him he was possessed by a demon and needed to be punished.

A Florida dad high on crystal meth dragged his “demon” son into the woods so he could perform an exorcism on him, police said.

Bryan Adams allegedly broke into his estranged wife’s home and snatched his pajama-wearing 11-year-old boy from his bed at 3 a.m. last Thursday.

Marching him down to nearby woods, he reportedly screamed in the youngster’s face: “You are the demon, you are the demon. I know what I must do with you.”

Luckily, the 31-year-old’s former partner heard the commotion and dialed 911.

hurricane-francesThe frightening episode in which a father took his son for an exorcism took place in the Okeechobee region of Florida.

Okeechobee County police arrived and a K9 soon found the pair hiding on the ground in thick vegetation.

Cops grabbed the boy, who was unhurt, but Adams bolted into the wet underbrush.

Officers caught up with the alleged exorcist, who started punching a deputy in the chest while repeatedly hollering, “I have to stop the demons. I have to do it.”

Showing what was later described as “an abnormal strength,” he then smacked the police dog as he was being tasered on the ground.

Adams was only stopped after Deputy Mark Margerum punched him in the face five times.

Arrested and facing charges of child abuse, resisting arrest and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, Adams is now being held at Okeechobee County jail on $170,000 bond.