Children were found Tuesday living in the homes of two separate meth busts in Quincy.

The West Central Illinois Task Force conducted two meth raids Tuesday morning.  The first raid occurred at 1512 S. Eighth Street in Quincy.  The second bust took place at 5418 Town and Country Drive, just south of Quincy.
Arrested on Eighth Street were residents Rolland D. Luckett, 29, and Tatiana M. Robertson, 36.  Luckett and Robertson were both arrested for aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, meth related child endangerment, unlawful possession of meth manufacturing material, and unlawful possession of meth.


Luckett and Robertson were both transported to the Adams County Jail were they remain lodged.  The charges are aggravated due to a child found living in the residence where meth was being manufactured.  The child was in school at the time of the raid.
The second search warrant at 5418 Town and Country Drive resulted in the arrest of residents Corey D. Platt, 34, Brianna J. Platt, 26, and Kenneth M. Silman, 30.


Corey Platt, Brianna Platt, and Silman were all arrested for unlawful possession of meth. Corey Platt and Brianna Platt also were also arrested for unlawful possession of meth precursor.  Corey Platt, Brianna Platt, and Silman were all transported to the Adams County Jail were they remain lodged.

Two small children that were present in the home were turned over to family members.



Authorities this week arrested five people on drug charges and busted six methamphetamine labs in a raid through Colleton County.

According to a news release, the raid was conducted on Monday and Tuesday by officials with the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team, Criminal Investigations Division, Walterboro Public Safety, and the State Law Enforcement Division. Authorities located meth labs on State Street in Walterboro and on Cannon Road in Round O, the release said. A dump site was also found on Walterboro’s Keegan Drive.

Jason Edward Davidson

Jason Edward Davidson, 37, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste

Rodney Zeigler

Rodney Zeigler, 48, of State Street in Walterboro is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine

Thomas Greer McMillan

Thomas Greer McMillan, 41, of Hale Drive in Walterboro, is charged with third offense possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to violate drug laws

Nadia Baha Sami Tass

Nadia Baha Sami Tass, 35, of Poplar Street in Walterboro, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws

Ronald R. Juliano

Ronald R. Juliano, 47, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws

According to the release, the following people were charged in the raid:

Thomas Greer McMillan, 41, of Hale Drive in Walterboro, is charged with third offense possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Jason Edward Davidson, 37, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste.

Ronald R. Juliano, 47, of Cannon Road in Round O, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Nadia Baha Sami Tass, 35, of Poplar Street in Walterboro, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Rodney Zeigler, 48, of State Street in Walterboro is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

A Niland woman is accused of trying to smuggle methamphetamine hidden inside a body cavity at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday.

Around 5:45 a.m., U.S. citizen Victoria Kristine Correa, 37, approached the port’s pedestrian lane, and Customs and Border Protection detector dog alerted to her, according to the court complaint.


Correa admitted she had methamphetamine hidden inside her and removed two small packages containing .35 pounds of methamphetamine. It has an estimated street value of about $6,800.


Packages of methamphetamine were hidden in a woman’s body cavity at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday



Correa was read her rights and said she had smuggled methamphetamine into the U.S. on about 15 prior occasions and been paid $100 each time, according to the complaint.

She was arrested and booked into Imperial County jail. CBP seized the narcotics.



CALEXICO- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 9.46 pounds of methamphetamine, and a man was arrested at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday.

Around 7:30 p.m., Manuel Plascencia-Camarillo, 53, of Delhi approached the port driving a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup, according to the court complaint. Plascencia-Camarillo is a Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the U.S.


A CBP canine team alerted to the vehicle’s engine as the driver was waiting in line for inspection, and upon further examination, officers found two wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car batteries.

The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of about $182,000.

He was arrested and booked into Imperial County jail while CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.



A Rosebud woman was charged Tuesday with three felonies following her arrest Monday as lawmen were preparing to serve a search warrant at her residence.

Jamie Lynn Howell, 33, was jailed in Crawford County on a $35,000 cash or surety bond after allegedly attempting to flee a Dec. 9 traffic stop on Park Street near U.S. 50. Gasconade County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) had conducted a narcotics investigation at Howell’s residence in the 200 block of Liberty Lane in Rosebud after deputies late last week discovered methamphetamine laboratory waste near the mobile home.

According to Sheriff’s Capt. Chuck Howard, LANEG investigators secured a search warrant for the location and were preparing to execute it on Monday when a task force member observed Howell leaving the residence by vehicle.

Howard said the LANEG officer  made contact with Howell on Park Street.

“When the investigator approached the suspect and identified himself as a police officer, the female suspect attempted to flee the area in the vehicle,” Howard said in a report on the incident. “The investigator, who was standing at the driver’s window, was struck by the vehicle’s mirror.

“Fortunately the roadway was snow covered, preventing rapid acceleration and affording the officer an opportunity to reach in the vehicle and eventually get the suspect stopped. During this chain of events, the suspect attempted to destroy evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing by pouring a portion of a ‘one-pot’ meth lab on the roadway, at the arresting officer’s feet. The suspect was subsequently arrested as county deputies arrived on the scene to assist.”

Howell was removed from the vehicle and taken to jail. A search of  auto revealed a “one-pot” meth lab and other drug paraphernalia. It was later towed from the scene.

“The LANEG officer suffered only a minor injury and did not seek medical attention but the potential for serious physical injury was obvious,” said Howard.

Deputies and LANEG officers went to the Liberty Lane address and completed the investigation by executing the search warrant. Discovered in the residence were suspected crystal methamphetamine (ice), suspected powdered methamphetamine, components believed to be used in the production of methamphetamine, and assorted suspected drug paraphernalia.

Warrants were issued Tuesday against Howell alleging the class B felony attempt to manufacture/distribute/deliver a controlled substance, the class C felony possession of a controlled substance, the class D felony resisting arrest/detention/or stop, and a class A misdemeanor for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

“Howell has a history of history of resisting and assaulting law enforcement officers,” Howard reported. “She was not cooperative during this incident.”





SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – A woman was arrested and charged with making methamphetamine after investigators found a mobile meth lab during a traffic stop.

According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a vehicle on Tuesday and found an active “one pot” shake and bake laboratory inside.

Lindy Christie Pistone, 36, was in the passenger seat of the vehicle.


Deputies say they found  numerous stolen IDs in Pistone’s pocketbook, which they believe were being used by Pistone in a scheme to obtain pseudoephedrine. This is the primary ingredient in the methamphetamine manufacturing.

Pistone was charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, three counts of possession of precursor chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine, and one court of possession of drug paraphernalia used to manufacture a controlled substance.

Pistone was intially placed under a $75,000 secured bond.

After Rowan deputies and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Clandestine Laboratory Response Team processed the laboratory on Wednesday, it was determined that the laboratory had a substantial quantity of methamphetamine in liquid form, totaling 150-millileters.

Investigators also found additional finished methamphetamine.

Pistone was charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, transportation and manufacturing, and one count of felonious possession of methamphetamine.

An additional bond of $25,000 was added to the original bond, which now totals $100,000.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the issue of identity theft will be thoroughly investigated and additional charges are possible.



Sheriff: Woman used stolen IDs to skirt meth laws

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Cabarrus County woman on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Lindy Christie Pistone, 36, of Concord, was arrested Tuesday after a “one-pot” meth lab was found inside the vehicle, of which she was an occupant, during a traffic stop on Highway 29 near Salisbury.

Aside from the “shake and bake” meth lab, authorities report finding assorted items used to manufacture the drug. The Sheriff’s Office says 150-milliliters of liquid meth was found in the lab, an amount they say is “substantial”. Additionally, an undisclosed amount of finished methamphetamine was found in the vehicle.

When searching Pistone’s purse, deputies say they found numerous stolen identifications, which they say Pistone used to skirt the laws in place limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine– a primary ingredient used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

“The issue of identity theft will be thoroughly investigated”, the Sheriff’s Office says, and additional charges against Pistone are possible.

For now, Pistone is charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, three counts of possession of precursor chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia used to manufacture a controlled substance.

Wednesday afternoon, authorities filed additional charges against Pistone. They are: three counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, transportation and manufacturing and one count of felonious possession of methamphetamine.

She was booked in to the Rowan County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond. When the additional charges were filed, another $25,000 was added to Pistone’s bond.

Authorities say Lindy is the ex-wife of Tiger Tom Pistone’s grandson.



CHARLESTON, SC – On December 9 and 10 law enforcement agencies from Dorchester, Colleton and Berkeley Counties organized a methamphetamine Blitz initiative.
Participating in the initiative were Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort County, Charleston County, Colleton County and the Summerville Police Department.  SLED and the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force also assisted these agencies.
The operation was to identify locations where meth was being manufactured with the participating counties.


Marsha Linn, Patrick Lynch and Stacey Gibson are charged with manufacturing meth..  Gibson is also charged with distribution of meth

Tuesday afternoon police arrested two additional suspects in connection with another meth lab uncovered on Frankie Lane just off Royale Road.


David Rabon (left) and John Delieesseline (right)

Joshua Rockwood and Kari Curtis were both arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.


Deborah Hardee, Marshall Hardee, Brandon Hardee and Kelsey Holladay are charged with manufacturing meth


Robert Radcliff, John Childs Jr. and Melissa Highley are charged with manufacture and possession of meth


Pictured clockwise from left to right: Jason Davidson, Nadia Tass. Ronald Juliano, Thomas McMillan and Rodney Zeigler



The following locations are where meth labs were seized and suspects arrested:
1010 Harrison Rd Ladson – Meth Lab Marsha Linn, Patrick Lynch and Stacey Gibson are charged with manufacturing meth..  Gibson is also charged with distribution of meth.
128- A Wendy Way Ladson – Meth Lab David Rabon and David Tromnetta charged with manufacturing meth and meth waste disposal.
402 Rose Lane – Possession of meth John Delieesseline is charged with possession of methamphetamine.
153 Cannan Road – Meth Lab No charges have been filed in this case.
264 Cheyenne Road – Meth Lab Deborah Hardee, Marshall Hardee, Brandon Hardee and Kelsey Holladay are charged with manufacturing meth.
114 Chausse Blvd. Summerville – Meth Lab Robert Radcliff is charged with manufacture and possession of meth.
131 Webaster Street – Meth Lab John Childs Jr. and Melissa Highley are charged with manufacture and possession of meth.

In Colleton County six methamphetamine labs were located, some of which were meth waste dump sites.

Five people were arrested and charged as follows:

  1. Thomas Greer McMillan of #110 Hale Dr. Walterboro, SC was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Offense and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.
  2. Jason Edward Davidson of #623 Cannon Rd. Round O, SC was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Improper Disposal of Methamphetamine Waste.
  3. Ronald R. Juliano of #623 Cannon Rd. Round O, SC was charged with Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.
  4. Nadia Baha Sami Tass of #402 Poplar St. Walterboro, SC was charged with Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.
  5. Rodney Zeigler of #208 State St. Walterboro, SC. was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and also had outstanding arrest warrants.

Police discovered Methamphetamine Labs at the following adresses in Colleton County:

  1. 208 State St. Walterboro, SC
  2. 623 Cannon Rd. Round O,SC
  1. 1643 Keegan Dr. Walterboro, SC



SIOUX FALLS, SD – There is a reason why Melody Walters said her life fell apart.

“I hit a bottom that I didn’t even know was possible.  Meth took everything from me,” Walters said.


Walters spent three years hooked on the drug before she was caught by law enforcement.  It took a toll on her relationships with her sons and other family members.

“When I got to Keystone (Treatment Center), I was spiritually, emotionally, financially bankrupt in every way.  I didn’t even have a driver’s license,” Walters said.

As we are finding out, Walters’s struggles are not rare in Sioux Falls.  Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan said investigators are dealing with more meth in the area.  According to McGowan, police seized nearly 450 grams of meth in 2011.  In 2012 that number quadrupled to nearly 1,900 grams.

“It’s kind of the perfect storm.  We have the cross section of the two interstates and we have drugs going east and west and north and south,” McGowan said.

McGowan added recent laws have made it easier to put meth users who want help into treatment while prosecuting high-level drug dealers.

“We know that the large quantities of meth that we see still come up from Mexico, and certainly make their way to South Dakota,” McGowan said.

“Some people you can look at and you’ll never know,” Walters said.

Walters has been clean for two-and-a-half years now.  She uses her experience to help others who struggle with meth addiction by counseling them through Keystone Treatment.

“We become addicted to the dance of addiction. There’s just things you have to let go of, and you have to grieve those things,” Walters said.

For Walters, her addiction does not outweigh her life now.  She said she has eight reasons, her grandchildren, to keep living clean.

“I want them to have, to be able to depend on.  I want to be the Grandma,” Walters said.



PLYMOUTH — Three people were arrested Tuesday after state drug agents and local police took down a suspected methamphetamine lab in a West Main Street apartment building.

State Deputy Attorney General Tim Doherty said drug agents working with police in Kingston and Plymouth served a search warrant at apartment 304 at 104 W. Main St. at about 2:30 p.m., allegedly finding ingredients used to cook meth.

Members of the state police Clandestine Lab Response Team wearing HazMat suits were seen entering and leaving the apartment building. The suspects, two women and a man, were washed down in a decontamination tent set up behind the building.

Doherty, who was on-scene, said decontamination is standard procedure in these cases. He said the suspects were then taken to Kingston police headquarters for processing.

“We’ve been getting information for the last two weeks and, during the course of that investigation, we were able to learn through confidential sources that they were manufacturing methamphetamine in the apartment,” Doherty said.

Authorities would not release the names of those arrested until they had been formally arraigned, and they were still being processed late Tuesday night at the police station. Doherty said it was likely they would be held overnight and arraigned today.

After they were evacuated, other residents of the apartment building were directed across Main Street to Plymouth Fire Co. No. 1, where the American Red Cross was providing burgers and beverages.

“Right now, we just opened a comfort station, someplace where they can get warmth and food,” said Red Cross volunteer Mina Hontz.

Inside the fire station, a woman who confirmed she is one of the property managers of the apartment building said 26 tenants lived in the building. She and other residents in the firehouse declined to be interviewed.

Outside, building resident Cherie Nelson, 27, said she was “very, very mad” when she learned what happened.

“I have a 5-year-old kid who goes in and out of the apartment,” Nelson said, adding she had “no clue” where she was going to stay. She said she just moved in two days earlier and had paid her security deposit and first month’s rent.

Nelson said she was told the entire building would be condemned.

“I woke up this morning and couldn’t breathe. Me and my fiancee were wondering what the hell was going on,” said Nelson, who is asthmatic. “Then this afternoon, the police showed up.”

Michele Luton, who resides with her fiancee and 6-year-old daughter in an apartment one floor below the suspected lab, said the suspects have lived there about a month.

“We heard a lot of activity upstairs, a lot of noise. It would start about 11 p.m. and go on until 5 or 6 a.m. — vacuuming, pounding, drilling. We thought we heard what sounded like a machine,” Luton said.

Lee Jones, Luton’s fiance, said he woke up to find state agents with the Special Operations Group in tactical gear with automatic weapons in his bedroom. Luton’s best friend had let them into the apartment. They told him to clear out.

“It’s crazy, it really is,” Luton said. “I think they should do better background checks on people before they rent them apartments. It’s like there’s no safe place to live around here. That’s why we’re moving out of Pennsylvania.”

Jones said he lived in Patton, Columbia County, for a time, and 15 people there died of heroin overdoses in a month’s time. “I thought I would get away from this out in the sticks, but it’s everywhere.”

Doherty said 62 meth labs have been shut down in the last 2½ years in the counties of Luzerne, Columbia and Lackawanna by the AG’s office and state police. “We’ll keep moving forward, and when we find more labs, we’ll shut them down,” he said.



Sevier County sheriff’s deputies made a meth bust Monday night at an apartment on Smoky Crossing Way.

They arrested four suspects. Deputies say the four were cooking meth in someone’s apartment who was traveling out of state.

They face charges for making meth, felony vandalism, and aggravated burglary.




TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 16 individuals have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

On Dec. 10, 2013, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals named in a federal indictment returned by a grand jury on Nov. 20, 2013.  The indictment charges the following individuals with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana in the Eastern District of Texas:


Antonio Cortez Gonzales, 34, of Tyler,

Monica Hensley, 35, of Longview,

Guillermo Ortiz-Pineda, 38, of Houston,

Juan Gutierrez Mojica, 43, of Tyler,

Miriam Reyes, 41, of Houston,

Juvencio Duque, 53, of Dallas,

Mauricio Orrostieta Rodriguez, 40, of Tyler,

Alejandro Hernandez, 46, of Irving,

Ivan Sanchez, 21, of Tyler,

Esteban Avellaneda Munoz, 19, of Tyler,

Jonhyayala, 34, of Tyler,

Jesus Botello, 34, of Tyler,

Guadalupe Cuarenta, 48, of Tyler,

Sergio Mojica, 30, of Tyler,

Luis Garcia-Aguirre, 32, of Tyler, and

Ireri Pineda, xx, of Tyler.


The defendants will appear today in federal court for initial appearances.  If convicted, the defendants face from 10 years to life in federal prison.

This case is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) joint investigation.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

In August 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tyler Task Force, in conjunction with multiple law enforcement agencies, initiated an OCDETF investigation into a crystal methamphetamine trafficking organization based in the East Texas area with direct ties to Mexico.  The organization also distributes cocaine and marijuana.  This 16 month investigation involved extensive surveillance and innovative investigative techniques.  Several sources of supply for crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana were identified during the course of the investigation.  To date, law enforcement officials have seized multiple pounds of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.  Officers have also seized more than $158,000 cash, multiple weapons, vehicles, and real property.

“Today’s enforcement operations are indicative of the DEA’s commitment to rid our communities of drug trafficking organizations determined to profit on the backs of addiction,” said the DEA Dallas Division’s Special Agent in Charge Daniel R. Salter.  “Citizens in East Texas can rest assured that the DEA and our law enforcement partners are determined to ensure that Tyler and its surrounding communities remain safe and a great place to live.  The success of this investigation is an outstanding example of our law enforcement community’s resolve and determination.”

The DEA Task Force in Tyler includes officers from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Police Department, Kilgore Police Department, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, as well as DEA Special Agents.

Other agencies assisting in the joint investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Department of Public Safety (DPS), Kilgore Police Department, Longview Police Department, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.



Calexico, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry Wednesday discovered approximately $580,000 worth of hard narcotics concealed inside hidden compartments built into the wheels of a vehicle.

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Dec. 4, CBP officers encountered a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SUV, driven by a 56-year-old male Mexican citizen, and referred the driver and vehicle for a more in-depth examination.

During an intensive inspection that included an alert from a CBP detector dog and use of the port’s imaging system, officers discovered 22 wrapped packages of methamphetamine and a single package of heroin concealed inside metal compartments built into all four wheels of the vehicle.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was 29 pounds and the heroin weighed of almost three pounds, with estimated street values of $556,000, and $24,000, respectively.

The driver, a resident of Thousand Palms, California, was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further processing.

The subject was transported to the Imperial County Jail for arraignment.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the driver to initiate removal from the United States at the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.




The West Central Illinois Task Force conducted two meth raids Tuesday morning, resulting in five arrests.

The Adams County Sheriffs Office Special Response Team was utilized to execute search warrants at both locations.


Top row, from left: Kenneth Silman, Corey Platt, Brianna Platt. Bottom row: Tatiana Robertson, Rolland Luckett

The first raid occurred at 1512 S. Eighth in Quincy. Arrested were residents Rolland D. Luckett, 29, and Tatiana M. Robertson, 36. Both Luckett and Robertson are being held in the Adams County Jail on suspicion of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, methamphetamine-related child endangerment, unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Master Sgt. Patrick Frazier of the West Central Illinois Task Force said charges are elevated to aggravated on Luckett and Robertson due to a child living in the residence where meth allegedly was being manufactured. Frazier said the child was in school at the time of the raid.

The second search warrant, issued for 5418 Town and Country Drive, resulted in the arrest of residents .  All three suspects were arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Corey Platt and Brianna Platt also were arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor. All three were taken to the Adams County Jail were they remain held.  Two small children that were present in the home were turned over to family members.

The West Central Illinois Task Force was assisted in the warrants by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, the Quincy Police Department, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team.



KEARNEY — A January trial date has been set for a Kearney man accused of injuring a girl left in his care so severely that she had shaken-baby syndrome.


Trey Tickle, 23, is charged in Buffalo County District Court with four counts of felony child abuse sometime between Nov. 24, 2012, and Jan. 4, 2013, and with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine.

The first two counts accuse Tickle of subjecting the child to physical abuse, while the second two counts accuse him of child abuse by exposing the child to a meth environment.

Tickle has denied the allegations.

The child’s mother, Brittney Schlund, 22, of Kearney was convicted of felony child abuse in the same incident for placing the child and another child in a situation that endangered them. In exchange for her plea in that case, Schlund has agreed to testify against Tickle.

Court records say on Jan. 4, the 4-month-old infant was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital with seizure-like symptoms, vomiting and lethargy. Tests showed there was fluid around her brain, and the girl was transported to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

In Omaha, the infant showed significant bleeding between the brain and skull, and a doctor determined her injuries were consistent with abusive head trauma, or shaken-baby syndrome. The child also tested positive for ingestion of and exposure to meth.

The girl’s 1½-year-old brother also tested positive for exposure to meth and cannabis.

The children were placed into the care and custody of the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Omaha doctors also determined the girl had an area of her brain that had sustained a previous injury. It showed in an old chronic area of bleeding between the brain and skull.

The girl had been admitted to Good Sam in early December 2012 for vomiting.

Tickle and Schlund were interviewed, and the investigation revealed the girl may have fallen out of her swing on Dec. 31, 2012. Neither Tickle nor Schlund told doctors about the incident until they were questioned in Omaha.

A subsequent interview with Tickle determined the girl’s injuries allegedly happened between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 31 while Tickle was alone with the child. The girl allegedly fell from the swing while Tickle was vacuuming.

Tickle’s meth possession charge stems from a November probation check by a Kearney Police Department officer and a state probation employee at Tickle and Schlund’s home. During the search, a glass pipe with a white residue was allegedly found on a nightstand in their bedroom.

Late this morning, Tickle remained in custody at the Buffalo County Jail on a $15,000 cash bond.

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A large-scale crackdown on white supremacist gangs led to 40 indictments in the Portland area last week, federal and local police announced Monday.Operation White Christmas turned up 74 guns, 8 pounds of Methamphetamine, $50,000 in cash and 40 people facing charges in federal court.

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said 20 arrests took place over the weekend, though several of the people indicted last week were already in state custody.

Search warrants were served across the area as part of the investigation, and one such warrant at an apartment complex near 109th Avenue and Burnside led to several items seized and 11 people arrested.

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Marshall said they face various charges related to gun and drug possession, as well as meth dealing.

In a show-and-tell news conference Monday, federal authorities displayed the dozens of guns seized in the case. Items seized in search warrants over the weekend also included bicycles and expensive stringed instruments like violins and cellos. Those instruments were stolen from a store in Washington state.

In addition to drugs, weapons and theft allegations, authorities said there was evidence of attempted kidnapping of witnesses.

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton said the weekend raids were the culmination of a six-month investigation.






(Lander) – Two Las Vegas, Nevada residents were arrested for possession of  a controlled substance after a traffic stop outside Lander Saturday night.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says Victor Nunez, 29, was arrested for  misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine while Vicky Nunez, 20, was arrested  for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Vicky Nunez was also charged with interference for allegedly lying about  her identity for over two hours.
They were stopped because the vehicle they were driving had been reported  overdue by the rental car company that owns it.

A Christiansburg woman faces numerous drug charges  after police responded to a call that she was passed out in her car at a  convenience store on Roanoke Street.

Christiansburg police officers responded to the call  at the Shell Station in the 2300 block of Roanoke Street at 3:14 a.m.  Monday.


Upon search of the vehicle, items that appeared to  be consistent with manufacturing of methamphetamine were located,  according to a release issued by Christiansburg town police spokeswoman  Becky Wilburn.

Cheryl Lynn Caldwell, 35, was charged with   four  counts of felony possession of schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance; one  count of misdemeanor possession of schedule 3 controlled substance; one  felony count of sell, give or distribute 227 grams or more of  methamphetamine; one count of misdemeanor possession of controlled  paraphernalia; felony assault on a law enforcement officer; misdemeanor  driving under the influence of drugs; and misdemeanor refusal to submit  to a blood/breath test.

Caldwell was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail on Monday, according to the release.

Christiansburg’s investigation was assisted by members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Cleanup of contaminated materials was completed by a private company.





Amarillo police arrested a 35-year-old man on drug charges after serving a search warrant last week at a Interstate 40 motel.

About 2:50 p.m. Friday, narcotics unit officers searched Room 104 at the Quality Inn Amarillo East, 1515 E. Interstate 40, and seized about 11 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Alvin Earl Ewing of Amarillo was arrested and booked into the Potter County Detention Center on charges of manufacture/delivery  of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

The street value of the seized methamphetamine is approximately $1,100, police said.





Winnipeg police arrested four suspects and seized methamphetamine worth $90,000 in a drug investigation.

Police carried out a traffic stop on Dec. 7 shortly before 6 p.m. in the area of Thames Avenue and Watt Street.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old boy, 39-year-old man and 30-year-old female.

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Police then carried out a search of two residences in the 500 block of Chalmers Avenue and arrested a 21-year-old woman.

Inside the homes, police seized methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $90,000, along with $7,500 worth of marijuana, two sawed-off rifles, two assault rifles, a shotgun, several hundred rounds of ammunition, throwing knives and other weapons.

Police said the four people arrested face charges for multiple drug and weapons offences.

Investigators continue to look for a fifth suspect.

A Butte man was in jail Monday for allegedly fleeing the scene of a minor car accident Friday and dropping small bags of methamphetamine before he was apprehended.

Steven Douglas Shipe, 43, was being jailed on several complaints, including felony possession with intent to distribute and misdemeanor obstructing justice and failing to quickly report an accident. Bond was set at $27,340.

Police say Shipe was driving a white pickup truck when he rear-ended another car at the corner of Broadway and Montana streets around 4 p.m. Friday.

Shipe ran from the scene and was found by police walking in the area of Park and Washington streets. Police found small bags of meth on the ground near the site he was arrested.

Other complaints cited were careless driving, failure to identify one’s self and vehicle, no liability insurance and driving while suspended or revoked – all misdemeanor offenses if charged.




HUNDREDS of charges have been laid against four men and two women in a year-long drug trafficking investigation involving South Australian and the Northern Territory.

The investigation focused on the alleged trafficking of large quantities of illicit substances, including methamphetamine and cannabis.

Police have also seized a number of vehicles, including a Harley Davidson motorbike, and a quantity of drugs.

The six arrested included:

A 29-year-old man from Port Augusta has been charged with engaging in a police pursuit, possession of methamphetamine for sale and 103 counts of trafficking a controlled drug, namely cannabis and methamphetamines. He will appear again in court next month.

A 28-year-old man from Port Augusta has been charged with participating in a criminal organisation, 301 counts of trafficking in cannabis and 11 counts of trafficking in methamphetamines.

A 28-year-old woman from Stirling North has been charged with participating in a criminal organisation, 301 counts of trafficking in cannabis and 11 counts of trafficking in methamphetamines.

A 41-year-old man from Stirling North has been charged with participating in a criminal organisation, 301 counts of trafficking in cannabis and 11 counts of trafficking in methamphetamines.

A 51-year-old woman from Stirling North has been charged with participating in a criminal organisation, 301 counts of trafficking in cannabis and 11 counts of trafficking in methamphetamines.

A 24-year-old man from Port Augusta who was charged with 11 counts of trafficking in cannabis.

Stirling North is a small town 7km east of Port Augusta.

Police will allege the drug trafficking involved a wide range of places including Adelaide suburbs, the state’s mid-north, Port Augusta and Darwin.

The accused all appeared in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on Friday and were remanded in custody.

One man will appear in court again on next month, while the other five were remanded to appear again this Friday.

The police investigation is continuing and police urge anyone with further information to come forward.



HAZARD—Two people in Perry County were charged with possession of crystal meth after local police responded to a tip about a possible meth lab at their residence.

Lt. Paul Campbell, with the Hazard Police Department, along with Patrolman Bradley Couch, responded to the tip Friday night that the residence of 216 Willow Lane in the Lothair community of Hazard were in possession of methamphetamine and were possibly producing it as well.

“We conducted a knock-and-talk,” Campbell explained, at which time the officers were permitted to enter the residence and conduct a search. “During a search we located the crystal meth that was originally called in on.”

Christopher Fields, 46, of Viper, and Maudie Smith, 34, of Hazard, were arrested on one count each first-degree possession of a controlled substance, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. Fields was also charged with one count menacing.





A Friday morning police raid on a southwest Medford home netted almost 6 pounds of methamphetamine in the single largest seizure from a drug house in MADGE’s four-year history, authorities said.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team investigators also arrested a 35-year-old suspected illegal alien who police believe was selling methamphetamine locally for at least the past two months.


“This was the largest that MADGE has ever done,” said Lt. Kevin Walruff, MADGE’s commander. “And this wasn’t drugs traveling through. They were destined to be sold here in the Rogue Valley.”

Manuel Gastelum-Ferro was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of unlawful possession, manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. He remained Monday in the Jackson County Jail without bail while his immigration status was reviewed, jail records show.

His case was scheduled to be presented today to a Jackson County grand jury, Walruff said.

MADGE investigators two months ago developed information that Gastelum-Ferro was selling methamphetamine, Walruff said. Investigators believe Castelum-Ferro, who has ties to Southern California, moved to Medford recently and had been renting a house in the 1300 block of Andrew Drive, Walruff said.

MADGE officers got a search warrant and, along with immigration agents, raided the house Friday morning and hit the mother lode — 5.91 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the residence and vehicles.

“We knew he had a fair amount, but we initially didn’t think it would be that large,” Walruff said.

Since its inception in 2010, MADGE agents in the past have intercepted as much as 65 pounds of methamphetamine heading up Interstate 5, but no single seizure as large as Friday’s from someone based here, Walruff said.

Investigators believe the methamphetamine originated in Southern California, but “we’re still trying to determine who the source of that supply was,” he said.

Also seized from the residence were scales and packaging material, police said.

No other local arrests were expected, Walruff said.



MATTOON (JG-TC) — Two people were arrested after a methamphetamine-related fire at a Mattoon apartment early Saturday.

One of the suspects, Derek R. Miller, 24, was making the drug and had a glass jar on the stove at 2200 S. 17th Place No. 5 when the jar broke, causing a small fire, Mattoon police Deputy Chief Jason Taylor said. He said Miller extinguished the fire, which caused minor damage in the apartment’s kitchen.

Taylor said police went to the location about 5 a.m. Saturday after Miller exited the apartment and neighbors observed him acting upset.

Another resident of the apartment, Elani D. Orsborn, 21, wasn’t home at the time but was also arrested on suspicion of allowing property to be used for drug manufacture. Taylor said police suspect that she knew Miller was making methamphetamine and that she also provided some ingredients for the operation.

Orsborn had a 4-month-old child with her and the child is now in the care of relatives, Taylor said.




A 29-year-old woman with a toddler is busted inside a run-down camper. Two 20-something brothers are caught in a family cabin deep in the Maine woods. A 32-year-old woman in a mobile home tries to run when agents show up.

Firefighters and drug agents work at the scene of a confirmed methamphetamine lab in Oakfield in April, one of a record-breaking 19 found in Maine so far this year. Police charged Crystal Hitchcock, 29, with trafficking in meth and endangering the welfare of a child.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team processes a confirmed meth lab in Owls Head in November. A 40-year-old woman and three men in their 20s were arrested and charged with manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine

She doesn’t get far.

Still more people are discovered allegedly cooking meth in their cars, while others are catching themselves on fire.

The state has seen it all this year.

A special unit called the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team has responded to 19 confirmed methamphetamine labs so far in 2013, more than the past two years combined.

In 2009, the special team responded to one meth lab.

Police point to the recent ease of setting up a lab as a major reason — the “one-pot” method takes only a plastic soda bottle and over-the-counter finds such as lithium batteries and lye.

The trend in one-pots is making the drug for personal use, not so much for sale, but there’s still a steep cost for taxpayers: The MDEA has spent up to $15,000 to respond and clean up each lab.

Police say it’s also very easy for something to go wrong for “cookers” or bystanders.

So far, none of the 2013 labs has been found in the Twin Cities or western Maine, but Lewiston MDEA supervisor Matt Cashman has responded to each one in other parts of the state. He’s the lab team’s site safety officer.

“Different chemicals are used in making these things, none of which are good,” Cashman said. “We’ve got multiple concerns. With these one-pots, a lot of the time the disposal (method) is throwing it in a dumpster somewhere, which could potentially light off. You could throw it in a ditch, a fire could start there. Or potentially you could have some bottle-picker pick up a meth lab.”

Out in the field

The state started tracking the team’s meth lab responses in 2005. Up until 2011, the figures bobbed between one and six per year. That seemed to correlate with the era of the multi-step meth-making process, said lab team supervisor Sgt. Lowell “Chip” Woodman.

“We call it the red phosphorus method, the red P method. Then you have the Birch method or the Nazi method,” he said.

Under any name, it took several steps, more material and a several-hour “cooking” commitment to make one large batch.

The trend across the country over the past two years, he said, has been for a leaner process: one bottle to contain the reaction and 15 to 20 minutes of “cook” time. The result is enough for one or two doses.

“Today’s meth cooker/chemist is nothing more than a person who’s making enough to use,” Woodman said. “We’re not seeing a person who is manufacturing it to sell. The flip side of that is it doesn’t make any difference; the hazardous waste is still the hazardous waste, whether it’s from a person who just manufactured three grams of meth versus a person who manufactured an ounce of meth.”

Ingredients, or “precursors,” are readily available at hardware stores and pharmacies.

“They put all the precursors into one container and start the reactions going,” Woodman said. “It’s the simplest thing in the world to make; the problem is, they’re highly volatile.”

Two years ago, Tulsa, Okla., police attempted to film that chemical reaction in progress. In the 17-second clip, two officers are demonstrating how dangerous mixing the materials can be when the bottle accidentally blows up in their hands. Woodman uses the video in presentations.

“It’s pretty impressive,” he said. “It can go very wrong. We’re hearing more and more often that people are getting burned or they’re having one burn up on them or catch fire.”

For police this year, that’s frequently been a tip-off. Word is out to fire departments and hospital emergency rooms to pass along inexplicable fires or burns.

Woodman said they’ve also discovered the labs through informants, surveillance and checks on a statewide database that tracks individuals’ cold-medicine buys.

By law, Maine consumers are limited to purchasing no more than three grams in a day of the specific drugs labeled “precursor” ingredients, like the decongestant pseudoephedrine, and no more than nine grams in a month. Pharmacists flag attempts to purchase more.

“We don’t just go in and start pulling people’s names randomly,” Woodman said. “We have to have a reason.”

Eleven of the 19 labs this year have been in Aroostook County. The rest are spread throughout the state, in cities including Bath, Bangor and Saco. Four of the 19 labs have been in vehicles: in essence, mobile meth labs. Three were in open fields. Eight have been single-family homes, three multi-unit apartment buildings and one site a hotel and parking lot.

Though there is some overlap, pockets of the state seem to have drugs of choice, either stimulants or opioids, according to MDEA Director Roy McKinney. That partly explains all of the activity in The County.

Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant, is stepping in as a “bath-salts” substitute as that becomes harder to get. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World says meth, which is commonly smoked, “creates a false sense of happiness and well-being . . . then begins to systematically destroy the body.” A user can become dependent after the first try.

‘So unpredictable’

Dozens of people may respond to the scene of a confirmed meth lab: local police, fire and ambulance services, MDEA lab team members, a Department of Health and Human Services chemist and, often, two specially trained Department of Environmental Protection staffers.

“This isn’t a case of, ‘OK, we can send two officers to handle it,'” McKinney said.

For every MDEA officer in the lab’s “hot zone,” there’s one other person suited up and ready to come to his or her aid. Costs rack up through overtime and equipment. Each protective thermal suit, for example, costs $1,000.

“We can usually get three wears out of it,” he said. Then, the suit’s no good.

McKinney doesn’t have a budget for meth lab responses; it comes out of other projects. “At some point, that money is going to run out.”

On scene, each agent has a role, Cashman said. Some specialize in decontamination; others take samples that help in the prosecution.

“These things are so unpredictable,” he said. “We worry about explosive gases, explosive chemicals. We’re constantly checking and monitoring air quality and explosive levels in the labs.”

DEP workers pack the material for transit and eventual disposal, often out of state.

“It’s not super toxic, but some of the corrosive materials are reactive materials such as lithium,” said Peter Blanchard, director of the DEP’s Division of Response Services. “You just want to make sure you’re not going to cause a fire hazard or an exposure hazard for a burn.

“Down the road, if these materials were left in an uncontrolled manner, you could have an exposure from an unwitting child,” he said. Or, improperly dumped, “that could have an adverse impact on surface water or pets outside.”

Between staff time, equipment and disposal fees, the DEP has spent between $700 and $2,000 per response.

None of the men could guess what 2014 will bring. Given 2013’s numbers, they’re worried.

“Nineteen. In some states, they’re going to laugh at you; they’re responding to hundreds,” McKinney said. “(But) we’re concerned that the numbers will continue to rise and with that is the cost.”

Cashman said they’ve been busy trying to educate first responders on what to look for during a call, for safety’s sake.

“I don’t want them to go in for somebody with a medical call for an ambulance service and step on a one-pot and touch that one-pot off,” he said.

New Hampshire is averaging one confirmed meth lab per week, Cashman said. Given that number, Maine and its western counties bordering New Hampshire likely have more going on than they’re uncovering, he said.

“It’s easily done in small groups of people,” he said. “You teach a friend who teaches a friend who teaches a friend. All the items you need are extremely accessible without having to stand on a street corner and do some shady deal.”

History of meth

  • 1919: A Japanese pharmacologist develops methamphetamine to treat fatigue.
  • World World II: The drug is tested on Allied pilots, hoping to keep them alert on long flights. It doesn’t work; they get irritable and aggressive.
  • 1950s: Meth is sold in pill form under nicknames like “pep pills” and “bennies,” purported to treat weight loss, narcolepsy and sinus inflammation.
  • 1960s: San Francisco doctors prescribe meth to heroin addicts.
  • 1970: Congress passes the Controlled Substances Act, regulates meth and starts talking about its dangers.
  • 1990s: Advances in cooking make meth four to six times more potent. Pockets of the U.S. start to see use rise, particularly in rural locations.
  • 1996: Congress passes the Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act. Anyone buying large supplies of precursor chemicals used to produce meth must prove the purchase is legitimate. Sellers can also be held responsible.
  • 2000: Meth is more popular than crack, cocaine and heroin in the Northwest and West. Doctors still occasionally prescribe it.

SOURCE: Vermont Department of Health