(FRENCH LICK) – Two Orange County men were arrested on drug charges after police discovered meth labs at a French Lick home.

Frank Willyard and Brandon Necaise, both 37, were arrested on charges of dealing, manufacturing and possession of meth and possession of precursors. Both men are being held in the Orange County jail without bond.french%20lick%20bust-thumb-250xauto-3470

According to a new release from the French Lick Police Departments, officers from French Lick, the Paoli Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, served a warrant at a home in French Lick around noon on Thursday.

Inside the home they found a number of one-pot meth labs in the basement and also found meth and drug paraphernalia.

Outside the home officers found a trail going into the woods and followed it where they found a dump site containing multiple discarded one-pot meth labs and hazardous materials associated with making meth.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team was called to the scene to collect and secure the meth labs and discard of the toxic meth trash.

Child Protective Services personnel were also called to the scene because children were living in the home.

The news release reports the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Police urge county residents to report any suspicious activity that could be related to meth manufacturing. Warmer weather will bring with it the possibility that with an increase in walking, jogging or bike riding in rural areas, someone could come across a meth lab or trash left behind by those who have manufactured meth. Police remind local residents that the trash from outdoor meth labs contains chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive and acidic and that when mixed together, the chemicals are highly explosive. In addition, the fumes are toxic and can cause internal damage to organs.

Suspicious activity or materials should be reported to a local law enforcement agency.












INDORE: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB-Indore) foiled a bid by drug cartel to supply ‘Speed’ – an artificial stimulant – worth around Rs 7 crore to Malaysia and South East Asia with the arrest of two Tamil Nadu-based men from New Delhi-Trivandrum bound Kerala Express train from Itarsi railway station on Wednesday. Accused were in possession of about 25 kg of banned Ephedrine powder.

Arrested accused have been identified as Mohd Farooq, 37 and his cousin Mohd Fakruddin Ali, 25, both natives of Tamil Nadu. They had obtained Ephedrine powder from two women in New Delhi after paying Rs one lakh per kg. They had stashed the drug powder in their luggage in packets of washing powder, food supplements and other consumer products were on way to Chennai.

Acting on a tip-off, NCB team from MP & Chhattisgarh zonal unit, raided the train at Itarsi railway station and nabbed the two drug couriers along with the powder, superintendent at NCB-Indore unit Vishwa Vijay Singh told TOI on Friday.

Based on inputs by arrested men, two women from whom they obtained narcotic consignment were detained by NCB team in New Delhi’s upmarket New Defense Colony area.

NCB sources said, the two accused men have admitted that Ephedrine powder was to be taken to Chennai, where it would have fetched them Rs 1.5 lakh per kg by international drug cartel. At Chennai the powder was to be processed into 4 kg Methamphetamine (a central nervous system-CNS stimulant) at a clandestine laboratory.

Once processed into Methamphetamine it could have been smuggled into Malaysia and South East Asia, where it is popular as ‘Speed’, artificial stimulant used at rave parties, cafes, pubs, hotels, discos and resorts.

About 4 kg of Methamphetamine is worth Rs 7 crore.

According to NCB sources, primary investigations revealed possibility of the seized Ephedrine powder having been sourced from some pharmaceutical unit in Himachal Pradesh. It was delivered to the two New Delhi-based women at the Himachal-Haryana border recently.

Ephedrine is used by pharmaceutical industries for manufacturing nasal drops, cough and cold and weight loss medicines.












MISSOULA, Mont. – An Arlee Head Start School was shut down after officials found four spots of low levels of meth residue inside the building.

It started after a staff member found an unused glass pipe in the laundry room back in January and nobody knew how it got there. We’re told that 34 children attend the school.

A parent tells us that most of the children are staying home or are in daycare while a cleaning crew goes to work on the building.

We wanted to know what it takes to cleanup meth residue and how crews will make it safe for students to return to the school.

A specialist here in Missoula has done similar work.

Lee Yelin is the President and Owner of Water Rights Incorporated. He’s been doing meth decontamination work since 2005 and says business is booming.

“In the last six months, I have done more jobs than I have done the entire nine years prior,” said Yelin.

It’s a tough job, one that’s labor intensive requiring weeks even up to a month of work for one building.

“We have to apply a degreaser or an oxidizer to the wall, scrub it, rinse ,repeat several times,” said Yelin.

Here’s the cleanup process in a nutshell: Yelin has to submit a sampling plan to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) which contains how many samples he will take. That can be anywhere from 10 to 20 samples depending on the size of the property. The samples are then tested in a lab and results take a week. After getting the results and if the property needs work, Yelin submits a cleanup plan to the DEQ. Then the process takes place after it’s approved. After all cleaning is completed, a third party will come in to resample and make sure contaminants are gone.

“Remove all the doors, all the kitchen cabinets, all the bathroom cabinets wood trim, wood molding around the windows, any of those items. All appliances must be removed,” said Yelin.

The list goes on. Yelin points out, the work can also be dangerous and requires protective equipment.

“As cleaners, we can come in contact with the meth and can be contaminated ourselves through skin absorption,” said Yelin.

Yelin says it’s important because sometimes used needles could be in the area, a big risk for a blood born disease. The gear requires shoe coverings, gloves, a face respirator and eye protection.

“That’s one of our big hazards is protecting ourselves,” said Yelin.

It’s a job that is far beyond easy, as meth use is back on the rise.

To be clear, Yelin is not the one working on the school in Arlee.

Tribal officials continue to be tight-lipped about the details of their investigation at the school.

However, the deputy director of Head Start in Washington D.C. says they have been in contact with the Arlee Head Start Program and says that the tribe took immediate safety precautions.

For now, it’s unknown when the building will be open again.

Police are investigating who the pipe may have belonged to and all 10 staff members have volunteered to submit drug tests.












Police arrested a wanted parolee Friday night in northwest Fresno after he threatened and assaulted a female officer while high on meth.hIKba_AuSt_8

The incident began when a Northwest District patrol officer responded to calls at a shopping center near Herndon and Milburn avenues concerning a purse theft, Fresno police Sgt. Chris Serrano said. The officer approached a man in the area suspected of stealing the purse, who became increasingly confrontational. The officer called for emergency backup when she suspected the man was high on methamphetamines.

The suspect reached for an object tucked under his waistband and continued to threaten the officer, who use a stun gun on the man twice after he punched and grabbed her.

With the help of other officers, the suspect, 44, was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges. The officer was treated for minor injuries at Community Regional Medical Center.













FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —  Fresno police say a female officer is recovering after being attacked by a wanted parolee who was high on meth.

The officer first approached the suspect on Friday near Herndon and Milburn avenues in Northwest Fresno for a purse theft case. Investigators say the 6-foot-tall, 200-pound suspect told her, “This is not going down without you getting hurt.” He is accused of kicking and punching the officer until she managed to use her Taser on him and get him into handcuffs.

The 44-year-old suspect was booked into the Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges, including assault on a peace officer.













A Gabriola Island man saw multiple charges laid against him following a record methamphetamine seizure late in 2014.

According to RCMP, Gabriola resident Terence Meyer, 30, was arrested on the evening of Dec. 4, following report of an assault at the Gabriola Co-op gas station.

After search by police, Meyer was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. The investigation determined it to be 11 grams, a record for the largest single seizure of methamphetamine on Gabriola Island.

Meyer was held in custody and charged with multiple offenses related to the alleged assault, according to RCMP. He appeared in Nanaimo court and was released on bail with numerous conditions.

After his release, charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking were laid and an arrest warrant was issued.

On Feb. 13, police once again located Meyer at the Co-op gas station and arrested him. He was allegedly in violation of his bail conditions. He also was allegedly in possession of more methamphetamine. New charges of breaching conditions of his release and charges relating to drug possession are now being considered, according to RCMP.

Meyer again was held in custody, appeared in court and has since been released on bail.

If anyone has information about drug trafficking on Gabriola Island, please call Gabriola RCMP at 250-247-8333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.












Bond has been set at $10,000 cash for a Weston man accused of bringing a woman to Wausau from western Wisconsin with intention of offering her for sex in exchange for methamphetamine.bee-her1

Bee Her, 36, is charged with human trafficking, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, on Feb. 23 officers responded to the corner of Sternberg Avenue and Gordon Street in Weston for a woman reporting a man was going to kill her.

The woman said she had met the man, identified by her as Bee Her, in Hudson. The two reportedly came to Wausau where the woman was under the impression she would be Her’s businesses partner in a drug trafficking ring.

The woman told investigators once at the Schofield apartment six men showed up with methamphetamine which she believed Her would take as payment for allowing the men to have sex with her. The woman said Her escorted her to a bedroom and told her to relax. According to court documents the woman said the first man entered the room and noticed her cellphone and became upset, taking with him his methamphetamine. The woman said that’s when the other men also left the apartment. The woman said Her went into the bathroom and made a phone call reportedly telling someone to come back to the apartment because he did not know what she was doing on her cell phone.

The woman left the apartment while Her was in the bathroom. According to the incident report, the woman was hysterical when officers arrived. She told police she feared if she entered the apartment again she would be raped or killed.

The woman told police Her made statements to the other men that she [the alleged victim] had nobody that knew where she was and nobody cared about her. According to court documents, she said Her told the men she was not allowed to use her cellphone on the ride to Wausau and had not used it since.

Her was arrested approximately three hours later during a traffic stop.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks tells NewsChannel 7 the alleged victim is 18.

Her will return to court March 4 to learn if his case will head to trial.












MISHAWAKA — Two children were removed from a Mishawaka home and one man was arrested Thursday after police found a lab and other unsafe conditions inside the house.

Officers first responded about 7:40 p.m. Thursday to the home in the 500 block of Hendricks Street, near 6th Street, to check on a child’s welfare.

When police went inside, they found two children wearing coats and blankets, with the only heat coming from an oven with the door cracked open. Along with the meth lab, the officers found there was no food and no working plumbing.

Police contacted the Department of Child Services and took the children to a hospital to be treated for exposure. A 45-year-old man who was at the home was arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

The home is about two blocks from LaSalle Elementary School. The Tribune generally does not name suspects until charges have been filed.












NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man and woman were arrested Friday after they reportedly left the scene of a car accident to hide the bottle they were making methamphetamine in.kelsey-colvin

Police reported Tyler Mahacek, 28, and Kelsey Colvin, 21, were in a crash on Apache Trail in south Nashville on Tuesday.

During the crash investigation, one of the occupants of the car allegedly left the scene with a backpack to go to the restroom at a nearby Shell gas station.

According to an affidavit, police searched the restroom and found a “one pot” shake and bake lab used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The pot was still in the active process of making meth and its contents tested positively for methamphetamine.tyler-mahacek

Both Mahacek and Colvin were booked in to the Metro jail and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

Mahacek was additionally charged with driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. His bond was set at $60,000.












A Department of Public Safety (DPS) report states that Mexican drug cartels are among the “most significant” threats facing Texas. Mexican drug cartels continue to operate throughout Texas carrying out violent attacks throughout the state as well as controlling the flow of illegal aliens and drug trafficking, the report states.Cartel-Shootout-in-La-Joya

Texas’ top law enforcement agency places the spread of Mexican drug cartel operations across the state as one of the top current security threats. The meteoric rise to power of Mexican cartels is attributed to a porous border as well as the unending demand for drugs, commercial sex and forced labor, the agency wrote.

The stern warning came in a leaked report from DPS to state lawmakers requesting additional funding for the current border surge where hundreds of state troopers patrol the Rio Grande Valley. The request comes in response to an unprecedented spike in human smuggling and drug trafficking activity along the border. The report was first published by the Houston Chronicle.

As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the report addresses the operational presence of cartels throughout the state. It also addresses the issue of illegal aliens with ties to terrorist organizations who have made their way into the country and are working to smuggle in other potential terrorists.

“There is ample and compelling evidence that the Texas-Mexico border is not secure, and this lack of security undermines public safety and homeland security in every region of the state,” the report states. “Mexican cartels constitute the greatest organized crime threat to Texas … Mexican cartels control virtually all illegal smuggling activities through the U.S.-Mexico border and continue to supply most of the illicit drugs in the U.S. market.”

Some of the many violent acts carried out by drug cartels include multiple kidnappings across the nation where the criminal organization targets the relatives of individuals believed to have either stolen or lost a drug load, the report revealed.

Other criminal acts by cartel members in Texas that raise red flags for law enforcement include:

  • A May 2013 murder in Southlake where three cartel hitmen spent two years preparing the execution of a Mexican lawyer who represented members of the Gulf Cartel. To carry out the murder, the hitmen, two of whom were former Mexican, cops spent a long time tailing the individual and setting up a complex surveillance network of video cameras to track his movements. Breitbart Texas previously reported on the arrest of these cartel hitmen.
  • In July 2014, two Edinburg police officers were injured in a fierce firefight with a member of the Texas Syndicate. These gang members were working for the Gulf Cartel in the border town of La Joya. The officers had been trying to arrest the man in connection with the execution of a 19-year-old in relation to a drug deal gone bad. The teen had been shot in the back of the head. In addition to the report, Breitbart Texas also reported on that shootout.
  • In November 2013, members of the Gulf Cartel wearing vests with insignia from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office carried out a series of home invasions in Las Milpas. The cartel members passed themselves off as law enforcement as they burst in through the door holding residents at gunpoint and demanding cash and drugs. The gunmen made off with at least $100,000 in cash in one of those raids.
  • In June 2013, La Joya police rescued five illegal immigrants who had been kidnapped by a man claiming to be a cartel member. The man had been holding them for ransom.

Mexican cartel members have also taken advantage of the recent increase of illegal aliens trying to get to America who have arrived in their territory. In addition to making a profit by getting them into the country, cartel members are using them to tie up law enforcement by sending them as bait while drug smugglers are able to move narcotics with little problem, the report revealed.












EDMOND, Okla. — A Logan County mother and her 2-week-old baby are listed as missing and/or endangered, said Detective Greg Valencia of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicole Leann Kerschner, 26, used a fictitious name when giving birth to a male child Feb. 12 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, Valencia noted.54f0f5e61819b_image

“She has been seen in the Guthrie area as well as the area of S.W. 15th to S.W. 29th and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City,” Valencia said.

The hospital notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services when the infant tested positive for methamphetamines, Valencia continued.

“The female left Baptist Hospital with the child Feb. 15 prior to the child being placed in protective custody by DHS, Valencia stated.

Valencia said that the mother has since been seen in various locations within Oklahoma County and Logan County using methamphetamines and breastfeeding the child.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the child and female, please contact the Logan County Sheriff Office at 405-282-4100.












A Jackson County man arrested last month in Colorado on a slew of sex abuse charges stemming from the alleged abuse of a minor and the distribution of photos and video he recorded during the incidents was booked into the Jackson County Jail Thursday.Mullica-Darin-250x250

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, who is listed in court records as living in the 11000 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point, is held on $1 million bail. An indictment shows he is charged with 15 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, six counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, five counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, five counts of possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct in the first degree, and one count of unlawful delivery of Methamphetamine.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reported Mullica sexually abused a 17-year-old girl over several months in 2013 and 2014.

The indictment alleges the abuse began in mid-December of 2013 and continued through late May of 2014. Detectives allege Mullica gave methamphetamine to the victim, and that he filmed and photographed the encounters. Investigators suspect he shared the images and footage with others, online and in person.

Mullica was arrested Jan. 22 on a Jackson County fugitive warrant in Littleton, Colo. Court records show he has no previous criminal history in Oregon.

Mullica is scheduled to be arraigned on the case at 1:45 p.m. today in Judge David Hoppe’s courtroom at Jackson County Circuit Court, records show.








 Man charged with filming sexual abuse of a minor, Neighbors shocked by charges 


Medford, Ore. — A man lodged in the Jackson County Jail faces nearly three dozen felony, sexual abuse and pornography charges. His bail is set at $1,000,000.

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, was arrested on January 22, 2015, in Littleton, Colorado, on a Jackson County fugitive warrant. He was transferred to the Jackson County Jail, arriving February 26th.

Mullica was indicted on a total of 32 charges: Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (15 counts); Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct (six counts); Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (five counts); Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the First Degree (five counts); and, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine to a Minor.

Detectives say Mullica sexually abused a 17-year-old female over a period of several months in 2013 and 2014. During that time, Mullica provided methamphetamine to the victim and created photographs and videos of the sexual abuse. Investigators believe Mullica shared some of the images with others, both in person and online.

Detectives ask anyone with additional information about the case to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 774-6800.

Information can also be sent by email to cid@jacksoncounty.org.


Gold Hill, Ore — A Gold Hill man is charged with nearly three dozen felonies involving a sexual relationship with a minor.

Neighbors describe Darin Lee Mullica as respectful but also as no stranger to suspicious activity.

That dark side was revealed to the tune of nearly three dozen felony sexual abuse and pornography charges involving a 17-year-old girl.

“Sometimes it’s easy not to see what happens right under your nose,” said neighbor Brian Reynolds.

Reynolds saw the Sheriff’s Deputies the first time they came knocking at his Gold Hill neighbor’s door.

“The cops were here, they arrested him, then they let him go,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds’ former neighbor, Darin Lee Mullica, skipped town. On January 22nd he was found in Littleton, Colorado and arrested on a Jackson County fugitive warrant. Charged with nearly three dozen felony charges for sexual abuse and child pornography.

“We’re very kind of surprised of the charges,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds says he had no idea about the extent of the sexual abuse, but did have his suspicions about Mullica. As Mullica sits in Jackson County jail, Reynolds says he’s happy to have one less neighbor for the time being.

“I don’t feel sorry for him, sorry, don’t feel sorry for him, not one bit,” said Reynolds.

Detectives handling the case weren’t able to speak on camera but did ask that anyone with information call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as there may be more victims out there.












A 34-year-old man was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years in prison for child molesting, to be served after he completes an additional 10 years for dealing methamphetamine.fagan

Richard D. Fagan, of the 1900 block of Hoagland Avenue, pleaded guilty this month to a charge of child molesting, a Class A felony, one of 10 charges against him. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, the additional charges, which included child molesting, vicarious sexual gratification and intimidation, were dismissed Friday by Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull.

Gull sentenced him to a total of 23 years in prison on the child molesting charge, but ordered three years suspended and to be served on probation. She ordered the sentence to be served after a 10-year-sentence on a methamphetamine-dealing case.

The sexual abuse came to light when the children were placed in foster care and started therapy, according to court documents.

Those disclosures led to an investigation, and during a forensic interview, the children said their mother did drugs and “nasty stuff” and that Fagan did “very nasty stuff,” often in the presence of their mother.

Not only did Fagan molest the children, he also forced the children to perform sex acts on their mother as well as each other, according to court documents.

One of the children said that the abuse began when she was 5 years old and that Fagan told her not to tell anyone or they were all going to jail, according to court documents.












Mexico captured one of the country’s most-wanted drug lords on Friday, who had terrorised the western state of Michoacan as head of the Knights Templar cartel.

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez was arrested in Morelia, Michoacan’s capital, without a shot being fired, according to reports.


 Federal police show off Servando “La Tuta” Gomez,” leader of the Knights Templar cartel, as he sits inside helicopter at the Attorney General’s Office hangar in Mexico City

The 49-year-old former schoolteacher was the prime target of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacan. Last year, police mounted a massive manhunt for Gomez in the mountains of Michoacan with help from a “rural defence” force comprised of former vigilantes who took up arms against the Knights Templar.

A police spokesman said the arrest followed months of intelligence work in the region.

The cartel had ruled over much of Michoacan state, controlling politics, agriculture and mining through tactics including murder and extortion. It trafficked methamphetamines to the United States, and also made a living by tapping Michoacan’s iron ore mines and exporting the metal to China.

The arrest marks a victory for Mr Peña Nieto as he grapples with falling approval ratings and public outrage over his handling of the situation in Guerrero state, where 43 students were allegedly killed by a gang in league with local police.


 Gomez is escorted to the police helicopter

Attorney general Jesus Murillo, under fire for months over his handling of that investigation, will soon step down, a senior government official told Reuters news agency on Friday.

Gomez’s arrest came a year after police captured the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The leader of the Zetas gang, Miguel Angel Trevino, was detained in July 2013.

Gomez, also known as “El Profe” for his teaching career, appeared in several television interviews and videos uploaded on the internet, defending his Knights Templar as a “necessary evil”.

“Our only function is to help the people, preserve our state, and preserve our country from people causing terror,” Gomez said in a video posted online in 2012, sitting in front of images of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and other revolutionary icons.

Mexican drug lord Servando "La Tuta" Gomez speaks as he tapes messages in Michoacan

Mexican drug lord Servando “La Tuta” Gomez speaks in a taped message

A father of at least seven, Gomez is wanted by the United States for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking. The Justice Department said he is also implicated in the 2009 murder of 12 Mexican federal police officers.

Mexican authorities had placed a bounty of 30 million pesos (£1.3 million) on his head.


 Relatives hold pictures of missing students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos, during a demonstration demanding the government find them, in Chilpancingo












Two men are in the Clay County jail after authorities seized nine pounds of methamphetamine.

Pablo Camarena-Aguilar and Nestor Orlando Camarena were stopped by a Minnesota State Patrol officer on Wednesday just outside of Moorhead.

The State Patrol says a trooper could smell marijuana, and called for a drug dog. Officials say the dog helped discover the meth. The meth has an estimated cost of about $400,000 dollars.

The men are each facing charges that include first-degree possession with intent to distribute. Bond is set for each man at $300,000.












Rapid City police are investigating a methamphetamine bust, which lead to the arrest of 11 Rapid City citizens.

It happened around 8 p.m. Friday night, starting with a simple traffic stop. All six occupants of the stopped vehicle were found to be in possession of methamphetamine or items containing the drug.

While investigating this incident, officers also responded to a room at M-Star Hotel, leading to five more arrests.

Two juveniles were arrested and nine adults were taken to jail. Police arrested Michael Jurisch, 59, Ronald Knode, 26, Dalana Klug, 25, Presila Lofton, 22, Jeffrey Styles, 27, Jason McDow, 32, Dezmond Two Hearts, 18, Bobby Goodman, 57, and Corrine Abourezk, 38.












A report highlighting cases related to substance abuse in Alaska in 2014 was released by the Department of Public Safety Friday.

The Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit’s 2014 annual drug report covered arrests and seizures of items ranging from alcohol and prescription medication to heroin and meth labs.

Over $28 million worth of drugs — in street value — were seized in 2014 by federal, local and state law enforcement agencies. The Anchorage Police Department alone was responsible for more than $6 million worth of drug seizures, followed by the Juneau Police Department, with a total street value amount of more than $5.7 million.

According to the report, there has been a significant increase in cases involving heroin in the state, in both rural and urban areas. In 2012, only 4.93 pounds of heroin were seized by Alaska law enforcement, compared to 2013′s 55.12 pounds and 2014′s 22.42 pounds of heroin. The report noted that much of the state’s heroin import is brought in via the U.S. Postal Service and “body carries.”

The State Medical Examiner’s office has also stated “a significant number of deaths where heroin and other opiates are listed as the cause” have occurred.

Methamphetamine-related cases also showed a notable increase of roughly 19 percent since 2013, according to the report, despite a crackdown on users and labs alike by law enforcement agencies. The report pointed to 2006 legislation regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in making methamphetamine — as the cause of success on law enforcement’s part to locate and seize methamphetamine labs in the state. Despite that, a disturbing trend began to emerge, the report says.

“Although we have witnessed a decrease in the number of methamphetamine labs since 2006, SDEU has some concern of the recent popularity of a new method in producing methamphetamine known as the ‘One Pot’ or ‘Shake and Bake’ method,” the report stated. “As this method begins to gain in popularity within Alaska, it will increase the danger to all citizens of Alaska from explosions, fires, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. All of the labs encountered by the SDEU in 2013 employed the ‘One Pot’ method.”

No labs were seized by law enforcement in 2014, according to the report.

Also mentioned in the report was the continuance of large numbers of prescription medication being abused, particularly oxycodone and hydrocodone. Deaths from prescription drug overdose made up a larger portion of deaths ”in all of the United States than heroin and cocaine combined.” Investigations into such cases revealed that many times, the medication was illegally obtained.

The full report is available on the Department of Public Safety’s website.














A woman received a few extra charges Tuesday after Coweta County authorities arrested her for violating her parole and found she was carrying a variety of narcotics in a body cavity.

About 7 p.m., Coweta County authorities went to America’s Best Family Inn to find a man who had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Although authorities didn’t find the man at the hotel, they did find his girlfriend, Kathryn Michelle Lunsford, 32, who also had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole and had rented a room under the name of Shelley Byrom.

Authorities met with Lunsford, and took her into custody, Yarbrough said, and because her parole was related to a drug case, they asked her if she had any narcotics in her possession or in the room.

Lunsford said she did, and she had some on the bed and hidden on her person. According to Yarbrough, authorities waited for a female deputy to arrive, who found five individual baggies that contained suspected methamphetamine and oxycodone and xanax pills inside a body cavity. Investigators also found a few needles filled with suspected methamphetamine lying on the bed, and more than 50 small plastic baggies, commonly used for distributing narcotics, in the room.

Because of this, Lunsford was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and violation of parole, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail.












HOUSING SCENE: Watch out for ‘Meth houses’

Posted: 27th February 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Evelyn Johnson felt something was off from the get-go. For starters, the Elkhart, Ind., real estate agent tried to schedule an appointment three times before she and her clients were actually able to get inside the house listed for sale.

But that wasn’t all. The place “had a big handmade sign in the yard listing five or six people’s names, saying to stay off the property or they would be prosecuted,” Johnson recalls. Turns out, they were the names of the ex-wife and children, who “had repeatedly broken in and taken things that did not belong to them.”

Still, her buyers loved the place and wrote an offer that was above the asking price. But the seller refused to respond. So a few weeks later, Johnson and the listing agent went to the owners’ divorce proceedings, where the judge ordered the sale as part of the couple’s breakup.

There were other clues that something wasn’t right. At the hearing, Johnson says, the husband was visibly shaking. “There was no part of him that was still. His head, his arms, his voice. Everything.”

Then there was a conversation with a neighbor, who reported that the wife and her kids were into drugs. “They were very bad children,” Johnson was told. The neighbor said they were “always in trouble” and had been to “kid-prison.”

Johnson recommended that her clients test the house for methamphetamine, an illegal, highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the brain and central nervous system. If it is present in a house, it can leach into practically everything. The contaminants found in meth can result in numerous health problems, including respiratory irritation, skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness, according to authorities in Oklahoma. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality says that “high exposures, even for a short time, can cause death or severe lung damage.”

When the test on the Indiana house came back positive, the offer was withdrawn.

It’s a good thing the deal failed to go through, too, because cleaning up a meth-tainted house can cost thousands. Even though the drug wasn’t manufactured in the house, “just” smoked in both the boys’ bedrooms, the next owners will face a monumental task.

Though the preponderance of houses where meth has been manufactured or smoked are in the Midwest, they can be found everywhere. Worse, some law enforcement agents believe they find only about one in 10 labs. And even though a house may have been continually cleaned, that doesn’t get rid of the contamination, which will affect every corner of the property.

Under some circumstances, the house may have to be stripped to its bones. Walls will have to be removed down to the studs, flooring will have to come up, ceilings will have to come down, the HVAC system and its vents must be cleaned, and insulation and light fixtures must go. There’s also a chance that at least part of the plumbing will have to be replaced, because waste products poured down the drain or into toilets can collect in the traps and give off fumes.

Despite the devastating impact of meth contamination, only about half of states require owners and their agents to disclose known meth exposure in homes for sale.

Law or not, though, agents have a duty to disclose this information, says Lesley Walker, an associate counsel with the National Association of Realtors. “If (agents) are aware that a property has been used for a meth lab or that marijuana has been grown in the house,” Walker says, “that would be considered a material fact and they would need to disclose.”

Once disclosed, moreover, it would have to be disclosed every time the house is resold. So if you buy a meth house, clean it and live in it for a few years, then go to re-sell, the presence of meth would have to be revealed to your potential buyers — even though it had been removed and you had no problems.

But not all agents play by the rules. Nick Ratliff of the Cypress Residential Group in Lexington, Key., ran into that problem recently. He represented an investor who wanted to purchase a rental property where a previous tenant had been busted for selling meth. Even though his state has rules requiring disclosure, the listing agent felt no such duty because the unit had been cleaned and the seller had never lived in the property.

Sometimes, though, the seller is the one who refuses to disclose. In that case, it’s up to realty professionals to step up. Prabhjit Singh with NAAAM Real Estate in Rockville, Md., did just that recently, by refusing to list a meth house because the seller balked at disclosing — even though the cops had raided the place and the seller’s teenage son was arrested.

“It was very clear to me that this was a material fact, as there would be health issues for whomever would own the home,” the Maryland agent says.












CROCKER, Mo. – In a small house on Eastside Street, investigators made a heartbreaking find.

“The best way I can describe it is it was just unsafe and unsanitary for the kids.  Very unsafe and very unsanitary is about all we can release right now,” said Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel.

Four little kids, who are ages 1, 2, 6, and 8 years old, were found living in disgusting conditions.   It was what tipped-off police about this situation that’s just as sad.

A local hospital had called authorities about a mother, Rachel Valenicia, who gave birth to a baby.  That newborn tested positive for methamphetamine.

Her other kids were all at home, which was being lived in by Jeremy White, 38.

Chief Twitchel said, once investigators got there, the four kids were placed in Children’s Division custody, Also, the newborn infant was taken away from the mother (per state law when a mother tests positive for illegal drugs).  Unfortunately, this was not the first time officer have come to this house to check on the well being and safety of these children.

“Even though I am a police officer, I am a father too,” Twitchel said. “And, you never want to see children hurt like that or children in  any other condition like that. So it kind of pulls your heartstrings quite a bit.”

White was arrested and charged with eight felony counts.  That includes (for each child found in the home) a count of child abuse, and a count of endangering the welfare of a child.  Rachel Valencia was slapped with the exact same criminal charges.

“If you are not taking care of your child, and you are not feeding your child, and making sure your child is safe and in a good environment, [then] you could face charges.












PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say an inattentive woman wearing headphones and eating taquitos survived being run over by a train locomotive after ignoring its horn as well as bells and flashing lights at nearby crossing signals.

Sgt. Trent Crump says the woman was struck Thursday as she walked on railroad tracks near an intersection of three major streets.

He says the woman was struck by the first of two engines and fell between the rails but escaped being hit by the wheels.

Crump said the woman was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where methamphetamine was found in her possession. Her identity was not released.

Crump says that the engine’s horn and the crossing signals were tested and working properly and that the woman’s “inattention” apparently caused the crash.












A 30-year-old Perth woman has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of trying to bring more than a kilogram of methamphetamine into Western Australia.

Leanne Margaret Renton was arrested at the Perth domestic airport on Thursday afternoon after arriving on a flight from Sydney.

The Perth Magistrates Court was told a search of her hand luggage found five vacuum-sealed bags containing 1.1 kilograms of a crystallized substance which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The court also heard Ms Renton had only travelled to Sydney the day before with $4,500 cash in her purse and carry-on luggage.

She was not required to plead to a charge of trafficking in a marketable quantity of methamphetamine, which carries a maximum jail term of 25 years.

Ms Renton was not represented by a lawyer and applied for bail so she could get legal advice.

Commonwealth prosecutors opposed the application, saying Ms Renton was a flight risk and the charge against her may be upgraded to trafficking in a commercial amount of the drug.

Magistrate Michael Wheeler denied bail saying the charges were serious and a jail term was inevitable if Ms Renton was convicted.

She is due back in court next month.












MARQUETTEMeth has become more prevalent across the Upper Peninsula over the past few years.

Last year the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or UPSET, responded to 51 meth labs. There were also 59 meth cases in Marquette County that were brought to court in 2014 compared to 2009’s three cases. The drastic jump is the result of the ‘One Pot Method.’meth%20part%20two

“People went from buying meth from someone who manufactures it to being addicted to meth and manufacturing it on their own or manufacturing it with other people,” said Marquette county Prosecutor Matt Wiese. “That’s typically what we see now.”

It’s cheap and easily made with household items like fuel, fertilizers, and batteries, but the key ingredient is ephedrine commonly found in cold medicines. Currently the state is using tracking logs for the amounts of Sudafed being purchased at pharmacies. It hasn’t reduced meth usage, but it’s made it easier to investigate.

“We do know that the states that have made ephedrine a prescription drug they’ve had a drastic drop off in methamphetamine manufacture,” said Wiese. “That’s what we’ve asked the legislature to do. They didn’t do it, we’ll go back and ask them again.”

While we wait for stricter regulations on ephedrine, meth labs are costing thousands to clean up. UPSET does receive some federal funding. Otherwise site could cost up to $12,000 for private companies to clean up.

“By having UPSET around that number probably gets knocked down to a quarter, and the unfortunate part is half way through the year that grant is going to run out,” said Det. Lt. Tim Scholander of UPSET. “Then, it’s going to fall back on UPSET or it’s going to fall back onto the agencies that put an officer on UPSET.”

The grant pays for officers overtime, but funding ruins out half way through the year. It costs $180,000 to operate UPSET and around $40,000 to clean up meth sites per year.












JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro couple was arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs after a Craighead County sheriff’s deputy said he found $8,500 worth of meth hidden in the grille of their SUV.6835906_G

Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, while patrolling Highway 226 near Cash, Deputy Brandon Womack reported seeing a Suzuki Grand Vitara cross the center line several times.

Believing the driver might be impaired, Womack stopped the vehicle.

The driver, later identified as Jessica Ann Bolin, 34, of Jonesboro, told Womack she and Robert Bryan Holt, 42, also of Jonesboro were returning from Bald Knob and that “she was having trouble seeing at night,” according to the incident report.

Bolin also reportedly told the deputy her driver’s license was suspended and Holt could not see well at night to drive.

While waiting for Bolin and Holt to retrieve their identification and insurance papers, Womack stated he “noticed the driver to be shaking uncontrollably to the point that she was dropping numerous credit cards and other documents.”

Upon seeing this, the deputy ran the couple’s names through dispatch and learned that both had criminal histories, including “numerous narcotic-related arrests,” the report stated.

At that time Womack took Bolin and Holt into custody and patted each of them down. During the search Womack reportedly found a plastic baggie containing a small amount of methamphetamine inside Bolin’s pocket.6835911_G

Knowing that Holt was on parole, Womack asked if he had a pass from his parole officer to travel out of the county. Holt said he did not have one and had not attempted to get one, the report stated.

After receiving consent from Bolin, Womack then searched the car and reported finding “numerous cell phones, a box of plastic bags, rubber bands and electrical tape.”

Womack then retrieved his K9 partner, Renko, to conduct an exterior search of the SUV.

Upon reaching the front of the vehicle, Womack stated “Renko showed a great amount of interest in the grille area.”

After the canine gave a final alert, the deputy raised the hood and found a black bag wedged between the battery and the firewall. Inside the bag he found numerous plastic bags containing 85 grams of suspected methamphetamine valued at $8,500, the report stated.

Womack took both suspects to the Craighead County Detention Center where they were both charged with possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, greater than 10 grams but less than 200 grams; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bolin was also charged with driving on a suspended license and careless driving.

Holt was charged with a parole violation.

During questioning at the jail, Bolin reportedly told Womack she and Holt were returning from Batesville where they had purchased the suspected methamphetamine.












A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars.

In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, another Somalia-based group once funded by Osama bin Laden. Another undocumented immigrant arrested crossing the border was on multiple U.S. terrorism watch lists, the report says.

According to the report, one member of al-Shabab, apprehended in June 2014, told authorities he had been trained for an April 2014 suicide attack in Mogadishu. He said he escaped and reported the planned attack to African Union troops, who were able to stop the attack. The FBI believed another undocumented immigrant was an al-Shabab member who helped smuggle several potentially dangerous terrorists into the U.S.

Authorities also apprehended immigrants who said they were members of terrorist organizations in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Department of Public Safety said the report, first published by the Houston Chronicle, was not meant for public distribution.

“[T]hat report was inappropriately obtained and [the Chronicle was] not authorized to possess or post the law enforcement sensitive document,” department press secretary Tom Vinger said in an e-mail.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not respond to requests for comment.

The department said it had come into contact in recent years with “special interest aliens,” who come from countries with known ties to terrorists or where terrorist groups thrive. Those arrested include Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans and Pakistanis. In all, immigrants from 35 countries in Asia and the Middle East have been arrested over the past few years in the Rio Grande Valley.

The department says there is no known intelligence that specifically links undocumented immigrants to terrorism plots, but the authors warn it’s almost certain that foreign terrorist organizations know of the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico.

“It is important to note that an unsecure border is a vulnerability that can be exploited by criminals of all kinds,” Vinger said. “And it would be naive to rule out the possibility that any criminal organizations around the world, including terrorists, would not look for opportunities to take advantage of security gaps along our country’s international border.”

Even without the threat of foreign terrorists making their way across the border, Texas law enforcement officials say seven of the eight major Mexican drug cartels operate throughout Texas.

Those cartels have sent assassins as far north as the Dallas-Fort Worth area to commit murders, and the drug trade is thriving. The cartels are also branching into sex trafficking, which can present a lower risk and yield a higher profit than the drug trade, the report says. Law enforcement officials have uncovered major trafficking rings operating in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and several east coast cities.

Almost all human smuggling rings have ties to the Mexican drug cartels, the report found, and in many cases undocumented immigrants are kept locked in small, confined spaces where they go days without food or water. Law enforcement officials found one “stash house” in the Houston area crammed with 115 illegal immigrants.

The report says the Gulf, Zeta, Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have the most prominent footprints in Texas. Officials are also worried about the growing influence of MS-13, the Salvadoran gang that originated in Los Angeles.

The cartels have been “effective in corrupting U.S. law enforcement officials at all levels,” the DPS report says.

But the surge of Texas DPS officers, National Guard troops and other law enforcement officials, ordered by then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) last June, has worked to stem last year’s flood of undocumented immigrants crossing into the Rio Grande Valley.

Border officials apprehended 313,000 immigrants in FY 2014, nearly three times the number caught in FY 2011. In recent months, that number has diminished significantly. The report said the number of arrests per week had fallen from a high of about 6,000 to around 2,000.

The surge has also led to the seizure of more than $1.8 billion worth of cartel drugs, or about 150 tons of marijuana, 588 pounds of cocaine and 320 pounds of methamphetamines. Cartels have shifted marijuana trafficking west, from McAllen to the small towns of Escobares and Roma.

The cartels are sending scouts to watch U.S. border patrol officers, and they believe the Texas border surge will end soon, once the money runs out, according to intelligence collected by the Department of Public Safety.

It is not without costs. DPS said the state and National Guard have spent more than $102 million deploying troops and officers and bolstering surveillance capabilities. The state has already installed 1,224 surveillance cameras along the border, and another 4,000 cameras will be installed in the coming months.

Fully securing the border would require the constant presence of an incredible number of troops — as many as 76,000, the report found. This summer, the surge sent about 1,000 National Guard soldiers to the border.












A recent increase in methamphetamine seizures at the border suggests that Mexican cartels are seeking to meet demand with meth-making ingredients more difficult to obtain in the U.S., the top drug-enforcement official in Arizona said Wednesday.

In the last two years, Arizona has seen a 40 percent increase in meth seizures, with about 5,500 pounds seized last year, according to Douglas Coleman, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge for Phoenix.

Most of that methamphetamine came from Mexico, he said.

“We see very little that’s actually manufactured here,” Coleman said. “Those labs that we do have here, which are eight or nine a year, produce minimal amounts. So that is the stuff that’s coming across the border.”

Comparing Arizona to another major access point for drug trafficking, the DEA reported 5,124 pounds of meth seized last year in San Diego, which used to be a main production hub for meth.

Only marijuana is trafficked more than meth in Arizona, Coleman said.

The federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 restricted over-the-counter sales of products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, all used in the production of methamphetamine.

The number of meth labs in Arizona has dropped dramatically since, with the DEA reporting five clandestine meth lab incidents fiscal 2014 versus 133 in calendar 2005.

The drop-off in domestic production hasn’t reduced demand for meth in Arizona or the rest of the country, however. And cartels in Mexico, particularly the Sinaloa Cartel, which controls most of the meth production in Mexico, are meeting that demand by sending more of the drug across the border, Coleman said.

Meth-related statistics
Number of clandestine meth lab incidents in Arizona:
• 133 in calendar year 2005
• 14 in fiscal year 2013
• Five in fiscal year 2014

Amount of meth seized at the border in Arizona since the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act:
• 389 pounds in 2005
• Roughly 5,500 pounds in 2014


“If the domestic labs weren’t operating, then the Mexican labs began to pick up,” he said.

The price of meth has also decreased significantly as well. Coleman said the DEA can find the drug for as low as $3,000 per pound, a price he deemed “dirt cheap,” down from $8,000 per pound five years ago.

Tony Vidale, a program manager at the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission’s Drug, Gang and Violent Crime program, said drug seizures are a good sign of drug trafficking taking place in the state. Task forces his agency works with have seen a steady increase in meth-related investigations since 2010, including 1,517 meth-related arrests in the 2014 fiscal year, he said.

“The increase in investigations tells us that drug task force officers are coming across the drug more often in the community, and it is drawing their attention enough to trigger investigations,” he said.

The increase has also resulted in an increase in the number of people sentenced to prison on charges related to meth. Vidale said that during fiscal 2014 methamphetamine was the most common primary drug among those sentenced to prison.

Vidale said that the numbers his agency has collected point to Arizona still having a significant problem with meth.

“The amount in the community and the number of people involved with meth has been increasing over time,” he said. “As a result, an increasing number of individuals are being prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for drug crime involving meth.”

Coleman said that since Mexico does not have the same kind of controls that the U.S. has on the precursor chemicals, production there has been able to increase drastically.

“The super labs, the 100-plus pound labs, have increased significantly in Mexico in the past 10 years,” he said.