A couple was arrested Thursday morning in the 800 block of Roy Beatty Lane after McLennan County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a raid on a home and found illegal drugs near their children’s toys, officials said. 54b84b4581b1b_image

Ashley Baker, 23, and Andrew Beck, 31, were taken to jail about 6:30 a.m. after officials found Xanax, more than five grams of methamphetamine, multiple vials of steroids, ammunition and several credit cards belonging to people from out of state, said McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Deputies also found scales and packaging that indicated methamphetamine distribution, McNamara said.

Baker and Beck were living with two small children — a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy — whose toys were within inches of the methamphetamine.

The two were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and endangering a child, with additional charges pending, including identity theft, McNamara said.

The two children were released to a family member but the case is being investigated by Child Protective Services, the sheriff added.

“It’s been a family affair for a long time,” McNamara said, referencing a 2002 incident in which Beck was arrested with his mother, Jan Whatley, whose age was not available Thursday, in connection with methamphetamine manufacturing.

Whatley was in the home during Thursday’s raid, McNamara said. She was not arrested.

“Any time these drug dealers expose their children to the drugs, it’s unforgivable,” he added.

The sheriff’s office’s organized crime unit began an investigation into Baker and Beck in 2014, McNamara said.

According to jail records, Baker and Beck were still waiting to be booked in to the McLennan County Jail late Thursday afternoon.












A traffic stop in Glendale on Wednesday led police to a motel room where a 34-year-old woman reportedly had narcotics and drug paraphernalia within reach of her two young children, police said.

Police stopped the driver, identified as Tom Back, 37, at 12:30 a.m. in a motel parking lot in the 1500 block of East Colorado Street for an equipment violation, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

He reportedly told police he was staying at the motel with his girlfriend and two children.

A consent search of his pick-up truck revealed a wallet with credit cards, two driver licenses and personal information — none of which were in Back’s name, Lightfoot said. Another wallet in Back’s possession had two credit cards that did not belong to him, she added.

Detectives tied one wallet to a man who reported on Jan. 9 that his car was broken into, and that his phone, wallet, gift cards, debit cards and other personal items had been stolen, Lightfoot said.

The woman, identified as Vanessa Velasco, was in the motel room with her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. A consent search of the room revealed six lighters, a bong with powdery residue in the pipe and small bags of suspected methamphetamine and concentrated cannabis, Lightfoot said.

Velasco was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine, while Back was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and possession of methamphetamine.

A friend of the suspects took custody of the children.












dt_common_streams_StreamServerrrrPORT ALLEN — A traffic stop by Louisiana State Police on Thursday led to the arrest of two men accused of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Troopers pulled over a 2015 Hyundai Veloster about 3:30 a.m. Thursday for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in West Baton Rouge Parish and discovered 9 pounds of methamphetamine in a child’s backpack in the trunk and approximately 4 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in a cooler, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said.

He said the driver consented to the search of the vehicle.6452784_G

The driver, Mariano Alis Ismael Vicente, 47, of Miami, and his passenger Ismael Bragin, 65, of Cartersville, Georgia, were arrested and booked into the West Baton Rouge jail.

Both men were booked on a charge of possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Vicente also was booked for improper lane usage.













PARKER — The parents of a Parker child have been arrested after their 5-month-old was hospitalized with a fractured arm and broken ribs, according to Parker Police Department documents.

Molly Elizabeth Bush, 38, and Eric Dewayne Smitherman, 26, have each been arrested and charged with child neglect and aggravated child abuse, respectively. Police intervened after an incident Monday, which ended with their 5-month-old child being taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, and the two subsequently were taken to the Bay County Jail, police reported.

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Smitherman was arrested Monday for allegedly shaking his 5-month-old to stop the child from crying. During the incident, the baby suffered a spiral fracture to the left arm and also sustained broken ribs, according to arrest reports.

Police said that as Smitherman shook the infant, Bush — the mother of the child — did not attempt to stop the alleged abuse. Bush also did not contact law enforcement before taking the child to the hospital, police said.

Police claimed Smitherman was under the influence of narcotics at the time, according to arrest reports. Bush told investigators she had sold Smitherman hydrocodone, and he previously had been under the influence of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Bush told police that Smitherman had been violent with her other children in the past, but those incidents also went unreported on her part.

On one occasion in January 2014, Smitherman was arrested on charges of battery on Bush while she was pregnant with the child. He also was charged with depriving a victim of communication with law enforcement when Bush attempted to call police during the incident. Dispatchers at the Panama City Police Department could hear a brief moment of the altercation before Smitherman snatched the phone from her against her will and hung up, court records indicated.

During his bond hearing Monday, Smitherman requested he be allowed to bond out because he needed to provide care for his elderly mother.

“Weren’t you also supposed to be caring for your child?” Circuit Judge Shane Vann replied.

Smitherman is being held without bond after violating his probation from the January 2014 incident. He was given a bond of $50,000 for the charge of aggravated child abuse.

Bush was arrested on charges of child neglect. Her bond was set at $15,000.












ANTUNEZ, Mexico — Cooking crystal meth has four main risks, says Bernardo, who makes the drug in makeshift labs near this western Mexican farming town.

You can get busted, a rival gang can kill you for the product, you can inhale toxic fumes, or you can blow yourself up.

Still, it is the best way that Bernardo, a scrawny 41-year-old deportee from California with jailhouse tattoos, sees of making a living.meth_2015_01_13

“How the fuck else are we going to get by?” Bernardo asks, speaking in an accented English he learned on California’s streets and in its prisons. He asked to use only his first name because police could arrest him. “I might get a job picking tomatoes now and again but meth is the only way here to make some real money.”

Bernardo is one of thousands of meth cooks for hire who have helped drive Mexican production of the hyper stimulant to unseen levels.

In fiscal year 2014, the United States Border Patrol seized a record 3,771 pounds of meth at the Mexican border, more than double the 1,838 pounds it seized in 2011.

Border Patrol agents nab the drugs from smugglers trying to sneak between the ports of entry. Meanwhile, customs officials seize even more meth at border bridges. Last year in the San Diego section of the border alone, customs agents took a whopping 14,732 pounds of meth.

All together, the US seized 34,840 pounds of methamphetamine at the Mexican border. That’s more than 17 tons — equal to the combined weight of about seven midsize SUVs.

Mexican traffickers have achieved this booming meth production by adapting their labs, switching recipes, and finding new sources of precursor ingredients, GlobalPost found in interviews with traffickers, drug agents and in government reports.

The smugglers feed “tweekers,” as meth users are known, across the US. They take the stimulant to party, to work long hours, or to feed their addiction. The drug can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally. Long-term users risk permanent damage to their lungs, kidneys or brains. They may also suffer from “meth mouth” — rampant tooth decay and severe gum disease.

It is big money, though. In California — one of the largest markets — each pound of meth sells for $9,000 to $10,000, a spokesman for the Customs and Border Patrol said. In some other parts of the country it’s worth double that.

Dealers break the meth down to sell it in $25, $50 or $100 packages to users. In total, Americans spend between $6 billion and $22 billion on meth every year, according to a White House report.

Profits for meth are higher than most other drugs because the ingredients to make it are so cheap, including chemicals used in flu medicine.

“These guys get ingredients worth $65 and turn them into drugs worth $18,000 or more,” Mike Vigil, former head of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, says of meth producers. “That wealth turns into power. It allows the cartels to buy sophisticated weapons. It gives them an opportunity to expand their distribution tentacles. It allows them to buy political favors through corruption.”

It also drives violence. The war between rival Mexican drug cartels and the security forces is estimated to have left more than 80,000 dead since 2006, including many bystanders.

Biker gangs and others used to produce most American meth in small labs inside the United States, often in bathtubs. But the 2005 Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act heavily regulated precursors, effectively smashing this industry.

Mexican cartels filled the gap, stepping in to build super labs in Pacific states such as Sinaloa and here in Michoacan. However, as Mexican police and soldiers busted these vast operations, cartels adapted their methods, Bernardo explains.

As well as running some big labs, the crime syndicates now often cook meth — known here as “hielo” (ice) — in clusters of small labs scattered over hills and valleys. Traffickers with capital buy raw ingredients in bulk, then subcontract producers like Bernardo to do the dirty work.

Bernardo says he earns $1,000 dollars for each kilogram of meth he cooks up. When he gets a commission, he heads to the hills and sets up a temporary lab with plastic barrels and generators. The finished product — which looks like flaky white, blue or pink crystals — is packed into plastic Tupperware-style boxes.

“I try and work fast to get out of there as quickly as possible,” Bernardo says.

“Somebody might come and steal your shit. Or soldiers might find you. Or the shit could blow up in your face.”

A native of this farming town, Bernardo first learned to cook meth when he lived in San Bernardino, California before he was arrested and served seven years in prison. When he returned home in 2011, he worked for the Knights Templar drug cartel, which controlled Michoacan state.

However, a vigilante movement pushed the Templars out of the Antunez last year. The authorities later deputized many of those vigilantes into a new rural police force.

Since the Templars have gone, many cooks have returned to making meth, Bernardo says. They now work for a new web of traffickers, including some former Templars and others with links to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Michoacan has seen a recent surge in violence as scattered groups of traffickers, vigilantes and rural police fight each other and the federal security forces. One firefight near the town of Ruana caught on video in December left 11 dead. More gunfights erupted in nearby Apatzingan this month.

“During several years, the control of Apatzingan was in the hands of the Templars, and now there are several groups with their own interests trying to push in,” said Alfredo Castillo, the federal government’s security commissioner for Michoacan.

Soldiers have busted two meth labs in Ruana in recent months. Security forces have also raided labs in Michoacan capital Morelia and neighboring Mexico State. The operations were in residences and warehouses, and in cities as well as in the countryside.

Mexican traffickers import the raw ingredients — or precursors — into Pacific ports such as Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacan. Back in 2007, Mexican security forces busted record quantities of a precursor called pseudoephedrine, much coming from China.

However, after Mexico cracked down on pseudoephedrine, the traffickers have switched to other ingredients.

Forensic profiling on meth smuggled through Mexico into the US in 2013 shows that 90 percent of it used a recipe with an ingredient called phenyl-2-propanone, or P2P, according to a report by the International Narcotics Control Board.

Officials have seized P2P as far afield as Australia, Slovenia, Nicaragua and the Philippines, the report notes. In 2013, the Philippines police arrested three alleged Mexican cartel members with a stash of meth.

The Knights Templar — who portray themselves as righteous warriors, named after an order of monks from the Crusades — had banned sales of meth inside Michoacan’s own towns. However, since they have been pushed out, Bernardo says some people are selling it locally, which also adds a boost to his production.

Bernardo says he occasionally gets high on his own supply himself, getting the rush of energy and euphoria provided by amphetamines. But he says he has taken it for several years and never developed a serious addiction.

“I sometimes take it when I am cooking, because I have to stay awake for a long time and be alert,” he says. “Maybe some people have problems with it. But for me, it’s just a chemical. It is up to you if you want to take it or not.”












KEARNEY, Neb. — A Gibbon man suffered severe burns to his lower body Tuesday night after his pickup erupted into a fireball in a south Kearney parking lot.

Jason Warta, 44, was burned when the 1994 Chevrolet S10 pickup he was sitting in caught fire while it was parked on the north side of a Perkins restaurant at 602 Second Ave. A Kearney Volunteer Fire Department report lists the cause of the fire as a portable methamphetamine lab.

Firefighters were called to the parking lot at 11:15 p.m. People at the Perkins reported seeing someone fleeing the area of the pickup, Police Chief Dan Lynch said.

Forty-five minutes after the fire call, the 911 center received a report of an injured person at Prairie View Apartments at 211 E. Eighth St. When officers arrived, they located Warta. He was taken to Good Samaritan then transferred to the burn unit at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln where he was in fair condition Wednesday.












There are new concerns surrounding a former meth house in Middleburg after a neighbor called Action News to investigate whether it’s being cleaned up properly.

Nearly three years ago, a Clay County deputy was killed at a home on Alligator Boulevard while investigating a possible meth lab.middleburg_meth

The home now has a new owner, who is fixing it up to eventually sell it.

One neighbor was concerned after he saw people inside without protective gear. We went to a local expert who says it takes days to properly clean a former meth house.

“These chemicals, they’re very corrosive. What happens, it could really agitate somebody’s physical skin by two, the fumes could really deteriorate your insides if you’re exposed to it in a long amount of time,” said Luis Luquin, general manager for Servpro.

The homeowner said so far, crews have just been removing clutter from inside the house and fixing up the exterior.

He is waiting on test results to come back to see if toxins are present in the home.











CONYERS — After witnessing what they believed to be a drug transaction, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two people – one who was found with nearly 50 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine in his house and the other who had allowed her 2-year-old niece to play with a can that contained around 8 grams of methamphetamine.

Sometime around 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, investigators saw two vehicles pull up next to one another at the Citgo gas station at Sigman and Irwin Bridge roads and then saw occupants in the cars conduct an apparent sale of drugs.

The two vehicles then left the area, traveling in different directions. Deputies pulled over one of the drivers at the Hop-In Texaco station at Sigman Road and Old Covington Highway, while the other driver was pulled over heading east on Interstate 20.

During the traffic stop on I-20, deputies arrested 23-year-old Africa Anoree Maldonado of 12641 Brown Bridge Road in Covington for the drug transaction. While searching the car, they discovered that the 2-year-old child in the backseat was playing with a Jumex can that had a lid on it but contained a bag with 7.9 grams of methamphetamine, according to Cpl. Michael Camp with the RCSO.

Maldonado was then charged with reckless conduct, cruelty to children, and sale of methamphetamine, because investigators believe she purchased the drugs with the intent of selling them later, Camp said.

Deputies who pulled over the other driver, 35-year-old Mario Antonio Rodriguez-Herrera, at the Texaco gas station, obtained a search warrant for his home at 1643 Ridgeview Drive in Conyers. Once there, they recovered 26 grams of cocaine, 23 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of cash, the RCSO reported. Rodriguez-Herrera was charged with sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.















ANDERSON, SC – Working with tips given to the Anderson Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, search warrants were served last week at two Anderson County locations resulting in 13 arrests.6443856_G




The first search warrants were served on January 4 a house on Haynie Mill Road in Belton.

In a press release, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says 2 grams of methamphetamine and a small-caliber handgun were found and confiscated at the residence.

Six subjects were arrested and all were charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.

Those six are:

  • Carley Deann Austin, a 20-year-old white female from Anderson.
  • Alyssa T. Evatt-Loftis, a 19-year-old white female from Belton.
  • Amy Michelle Brewer, a 35-year-old white female from Anderson.
  • Nathan Blake Kelley, a 21-year-old white male from Belton.
  • Adam Marc Stone, a 25-year-old white male from Anderson.
  • Jesse Lee Williams, a 24-year-old white male from Belton.

Deputies located a Bobby E. Morgan, a 47-year-old white male from Anderson at the residence. Upon further investigation, deputies found that Morgan was wanted by the Anderson City Police. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

Two days later on Jan. 6, a second warrant was served at a home on Riley Street in Honea Path.

During the search, investigators located a meth lab and 29 grams of produced methamphetamine, said Lt. Sheila Cole with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Two young children were found at the residence and was removed by the Department of Social Services and placed with relatives.

This search resulted in 6 arrests:

  • Kayla Renee Campbell, a 31-year-old white female from Honea Path, is charged with Manufacturing, Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine.
  • Christopher Allen Bridges, a 29-year-old white male from Belton is charged with Trafficking and Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine.
  • Mitchell Scott Hipp, a 25-year-old white male from Donald’s is charged with Possession and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

The following individuals are charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine:

  • Marla Gail Kerce, a 47-year-old white female from Belton.
  • Eric Bruce Richey, a 30-year-old white male from Honea Path.
  • Mickie William Broadus Fleming, Jr., a 39-year-old white male from Honea Path.

















“We appreciate the tips we receive from our citizens regarding drug misuse since these crimes tend to lead to other more violent types of criminal activity. As such, this investigation is still on-going and additional charges may be pending.” said Sheriff John Skipper in a press release.












DeKALB – Six people were arrested on various drug charges after police said two of them sold marijuana to an undercover officer this week.8j09liwo0f85stmn50rh1emw8e3kpnm

Police said Andrew Brown, 27, of the first block of Jennifer Lane in DeKalb and Cody Landwehr, 21, of the 100 block of Oak Drive in DeKalb, were arrested Tuesday after they sold drugs to the officer in a shopping plaza at 817 W. Lincoln Highway, court records show.

A search revealed that Landwehr had marijuana wax, a digital scale and $4,387 in cash, according to court records.

Landwehr was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brown later told police he also had methamphetamine in a hotel room at Red Roof Inn in DeKalb.

Police searched the room, where they found about a gram of meth and more than a pound of marijuana on the same day, records show.

“We had recently gotten the information, and we initiated an investigation right away,” DeKalb police Cmdr. John Petragallo said.

Brown was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Police also arrested four people who were in the room:

  • James G. Clucas, 26, of the 400 block of South 9th Street, DeKalb was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Katie MacAdam, 26, of the 100 block of Nina Street, Cortland, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Gerald Cook, 34, of the 800 block of Lacas Street, DeKalb, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
  • Daniel Clayton, 48, of the 800 block of Crane Drive in DeKalb, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All six are being held in DeKalb County Jail unable to post 10 percent of their bond amounts, which range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Brown, Clucas, Cook, Landwehr and MacAdam are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Clayton is due in court Thursday.












LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A man accused of beating, and threatening his girlfriend and abusing their 11-month-old son was arrested Monday in a home covered in animal feces, police said.EKCmHCgn

Police said Manuel Tellez-Edmond pointed a loaded handgun at his 21-year-old girlfriend and threatened to kill her Saturday.

The victim was so afraid of Tellez-Edmond that she didn’t report the incident until she went to work Monday.

The man’s mother, who lives in the same home on the 400 block of Picacho Avenue, also feared her son.

Police said Tellez-Edmond, 18, refused to allow his son or his girlfriend to bathe, and the 11-month-old had only been bathed four times in his life and wasn’t taken to see a physician as needed.

Tellez-Edmond was known to have firearms and use meth, so a SWAT team was called to the home to serve an arrest warrant, police said.

After 5 p.m., Tellez-Edmond was arrested without incident.

Inside the home, authorities found 15 pets, animal feces and urine throughout the home, 5.8 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia used to distribute meth, two airsoft guns, two handguns and two rifles, police said.

The home did not have any means of heating water and electricity was only functional in a portion of the residence, police said.

The animals, which were mostly dogs, were taken to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley.

Tellez –Edmond was charged with two counts of aggravated battery against a household member and one count each of kidnapping, intentional child abuse, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bond.













A 60-year-old Coon Rapids man has been charged with methamphetamine possession after police say he called to report there might be dead people in his house.

Dale Allen Oakland has been charged with second-degree controlled substance. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a maximum of $500,000 in fines if convicted.mugshot_1

Authorities say Oakland called police on Dec. 17 to report that there could have been dead bodies in his home. Coon Rapids officers say Oakland answered the door when they arrived armed with a large Samurai sword, a 12-inch knife and a long wooden stick with a spear fastened to it.

KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/1KFoWUL ) reports Oakland eventually put the weapons down and the officers searched his home. A criminal complaint alleges police found nearly 16 grams of meth.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Oakland has an attorney.












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Coon Rapids, MN (KSTP) – A Coon Rapids man has been charged with a second-degree controlled substance crime after an incident last month where he reported there were dead bodies in a vehicle across the street.

Coon Rapids officers were called at 2:09 p.m. to the 11700 block of Olive Street Northwest on Dec. 17. The caller said the suspect said there were possibly dead people in his home. When officers arrived, they say they found a man armed with a large Samurai sword, a 12-inch knife and a long wooden stick with a spear fastened to it.

The man slammed the door shut and said through the closed door that there were dead bodies in a vehicle across the street, according to the criminal complaint.

Before officers decided to force entry into his home, the man put down all of his weapons and walked outside. Officers arrested the man and identified him as 60-year-old Dale Allen Oakland.

During a search, officers said they found a metal container with 11 grams of methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.

Detectives with the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force then obtained a search warrant and say they found a baggie with about 5.7 grams of meth. Oakland admitted to police that the meth was his, the complaint said.

Oakland has been charged with a second-degree controlled substance crime. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.












OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Tuesday’s bust put a dent in a much bigger problem happening in the metro. It’s hard to imagine but federal agents say it is true and Omaha is a hub for selling meth.

KMTV was the first to report in November, that Omaha has become a major spot for meth distribution. Tuesday, we learned local dealers tied to a drug cartel were arrested in areas like Midtown and South Omaha.

In November DEA Assistant Special Agent Mike Sanders said, “Omaha has definitely become a more important part in the distribution network.”

Tuesday he followed up saying this:

“That’s how we made the connection from Omaha, Nebraska to the Sinoloa area of Mexico.”

Standing among more than a dozen crime fighting agencies Sanders described how Omaha is connected to a major drug cartel in Mexico and how our guys took part of it down.

“We’ve gone up the chain here. I think we’ve dismantled an entire organization from low level, to mid level to high level and then to the source supplier.”

For the last 18 months federal, state and local law enforcement has dedicated an entire operation on trafficking meth in the metro. What they found might shock you.

“We made a dent in this particular connection, now the task is to see what other connections are out there and to go after them.”

Omaha drug dealers are selling meth. That may be no surprise, but where it’s coming from is.

Investigators said meth being distributed around the metro is coming from the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. That’s exactly what the DEA told KMTV two months ago.

“Well we’ve got two major interstates that run through here. So it makes sense. A lot of the meth that we’re seeing here, the far majority of it is produced and transported and distributed by the Sinaloa Cartel.”

Authorities have arrested and charged 20 people so far. 11 people this week. A group of four has also been arrested for conspiracy, possession and delivery of meth.

The DEA says meth is still a very large threat in the area and that’s why this operation and investigation is still open.

Authorities seized more than $35,000 and 13 pounds of meth in this bust.












KERRVILLE, TX – Along with its Hill Country neighbors, Kerr County has been hit hard by the nation’s meth epidemic, according to Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer.371

“All the agencies decided they’d had enough,” Hierholzer said.

In response, the sheriff said his agency and law enforcement in Kendall and Comal Counties, New Braunfels and Fredericksburg took part in a joint operation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last Thursday, seven persons were arrested in the Hill Country on federal charges. But Hierholzer said Kerr County had the most arrests last week, five individuals facing state charges including possession and delivery of methamphetamines.

He said nearly a pound of meth was seized along with more than 20 assault weapons, rifles and handguns. The sheriff said two more were taken into custody Monday in separate arrests.

Hierholzer said meth labs are now rare in the Hill Country. With marijuana now legal in parts of the U.S. the sheriff said Mexican drug cartels are trying to make up for lost profits by pushing meth across a porous border.

“Unfortunately, it’s so addictive and there are so many people addicted to it, it’s driving our burglaries, thefts, forgeries,” the sheriff said.

He said up to 80 percent of crime in Kerr County is drug-related, and 70 percent of that can be blamed on meth.

The sheriff said his agency has even encountered freestanding so-called “sober houses” for drug addicts that he compares to crack houses.

He said, “We have to take these people off the streets and that’s what we’re going to do.”












A 24-year-old woman was arrested Monday on accusations of felony possession of methamphetamine.

Jessica Jamie Kleeman was arrested in the 5100 block of Lincoln Road West, according to an affidavit filed in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. She had been arrested last Thursday on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia. Her probation officer said she had admitted to ingesting meth that same day.

Officers said they searched Kleeman and located a black leather bag containing several syringes, cotton, a spoon and a Mentos brand gum container, according to court documents. Inside the container was a pair of tweezers and small plastic bag with white powder inside. The powder tested positive for meth.













For the third time this year, Bexar County authorities have arrested former NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson.

After testing positive for methamphetamine and allegedly cutting off his court-ordered GPS monitor, former San Antonio Spurs guard Alvin Robertson was back in jail this week — the second time in as many months.

Robertson, 48, a San Antonio resident who played with the Spurs from 1984 to 1989, was arrested Friday night. He has been awaiting trial since February on a first-degree felony sex trafficking of a minor charge.

Earlier Friday, state District Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner ordered that his bail be increased from $150,000 to $200,000 after a Bexar County Pretrial Services bond officer raised allegations that he met with a co-defendant and has ignored a no-contact order regarding an alleged adult victim.

The alleged victim “stated he calls her to come to his house to bring him beer, which she admits to doing,” bond officer Rose De Los Santos wrote in a letter to the court. Robertson “has also mentioned that he has contact with the (woman), but that the calls and visits are initiated by (her).

“She stated she no longer wants to proceed prosecuting the defendant because of their personal history together; she just doesn’t approve of his activities with the child victim in his charges.”

If Robertson is released from jail on the increased bail, he will be restricted to full house arrest, the judge decided. He already wears an ankle monitor.

Defense attorney Jimmy Parks Jr. said Friday that he was surprised by the order. He hadn’t been aware of the allegations, he said, adding that they must be the result of a misunderstanding.

“We’re going to do everything we can to get it worked out,” he said. “It just surprises me because he’s been working so well, trying to be a productive member of society.”

Authorities have alleged, among other things, that Robertson was one of seven people who forced a 14-year-old into prostitution in Corpus Christi and San Antonio last year. He was arrested on the charge in February while in Bentonville, Ark., for a basketball clinic.

He was rearrested so his bail could be increased less than a month later, after prosecutors said two women complained he was threatening them, one of whom said he was blaming her for his legal problems.

Friday’s warrant for increased bail came exactly one month after the judge had loosened bail restrictions, allowing Robertson to leave his home for work purposes as long as he got permission from Pretrial Services and wasn’t around children.

Full house arrest violated his presumption of innocence, his attorney previously argued in court documents.

“This is precluding him from gainful employment and causing a financial hardship for the defendant as well as his children,” Parks wrote. “The defendant is in jeopardy of losing his home because he is confined to his house and not able to work.”

First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said Friday that prosecutors were not involved in seeking the bail increase. With the exception of domestic violence cases, it is unusual for defendants to have continued contact with people who have lodged allegations against them, he said.

“Most people understand once they are under indictment to leave well enough alone,” he said.












The Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit continues to send a loud message to those manufacturing methamphetamines in Greenwood County, busting the fourth meth lab in a week Tuesday.32751a

According to DEU officials, agents began an investigation at 215 Briggs Avenue Tuesday morning that led to a search warrant for the residence. Agents returned to the residence just before 3 p.m. with the search warrant and discovered at least two active “one-pot” meth labs in a bedroom containing bunk beds and children’s clothing. Agents immediately contacted the Greenwood Fire Department’s HAZMAT team to make the scene safe.

According to officials, a search of the residence turned up nine of the one-pot labs, including the two discovered in the bedroom. Agents seized various ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamines and over 1,600 grams of methamphetamine byproduct.

Three people were arrested at the residence. David S. Mooney, 43, Karen Mooney, 39, and David F. Mooney, 66, have all been charged with trafficking methamphetamines and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste in connection with the incident.

DEU took down three meth labs on three consecutive days last week, seizing nearly 1,500 grams of methamphetamine and methamphetamine byproduct in those three raids.












Imperial, California – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrest a street gang member, a suspected narcotics smuggler, and seized more than two pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend.

The first incident occurred on Saturday, at approximately 7:00 a.m., when El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a known street gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.

Border Patrol agents arrested the 27-year-old Mexican national as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico, approximately one mile west of the downtown Calexico port of entry.

The man, later identified as Cesar Lopez-Gutierrez, was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station where it was revealed he was a member of the “Drifters” criminal street gang.  Agents also discovered that Lopez has an extensive criminal record, including aggravated felonies and a history of immigration violations.

The gang member was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge in September, 2014.

The man is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for re-entry into the United States after being ordered removed.

The second incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m., When El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station referred a commercial passenger bus to the secondary area of inspection of the Highway 86 checkpoint near Salton City.

Upon further investigation Border Patrol agents discovered two packages of methamphetamine tapped to the thigh area of a 25-year-old Mexican national male passenger.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 2.2 pounds with an estimated street value of about $22,000.

The man and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration agents for further investigation.











6435103_GHOBBS, N.M. – Almost 150 grams of methamphetamine were found in a Hobbs home.

The Lea County Drug Task Force received a tip that illegal drugs were being sold out of a home on Mescalero Street.

When police went to search the house, they found 146 grams of methamphetamine.

41-year-old Karen Diaz-Cheatham was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

34-year-old Jeremy Morales was also arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.












On January 12, 2015, after a seven-month long investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force detectives arrested eight suspects charging them with multiple drug related charges.Meth-Suspects

Those arrested were:

  1. Julio Sesor Cendejas, DOB 10/14/1981, 213 N. 10th Street, Davenport. Cendejas was charged with Armed Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 28 Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell, Own/Rent Vehicle to Traffic Drugs, And Possession of Paraphernalia. Cendajas’ criminal arrest history includes one previous felony charge and seven previous misdemeanor charges.
  2. Jennifer Leighann Gilliam, DOB 04/10/1987, also of 213 N. 10th Street, Davenport. Gilliam was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance (3 counts), Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription (3 counts), Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony and Child Neglect.  Gilliam’s criminal arrest history includes one previous felony charge and one misdemeanor charge.
  3. Kendall Lee Gilliam, DOB 12/07/1961, also of 213 N. 10th Street, Davenport. K. Gilliam was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia. K Gilliam has no prior arrest history.
  4. Edward Alan Ricks, DOB 07/08/1983, 689 Avenue L S.E., Winter Haven. Ricks Was Charged With Armed Trafficking In Methamphetamine Over 28 Grams, Rent Structure To Traffic Methamphetamine, Possession Of Firearm By Convicted Felon, And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.  Ricks’ criminal arrest history includes 20 felony charges, 19 misdemeanor charges, one unknown level charge and one failure to appear.  Ricks has been in state custody three times and has been in the Polk County Jail 20 times.
  5. Jason Taylor, DOB 07/21/1982, (At Large). Taylor was charged with Violation of Community Control Reference Possession of Methamphetamine, DWLSR- Felony, and Felony Fleeing to Elude.  Taylor’s criminal arrest history includes 23 felony charges, 37 misdemeanor charges, and six failures to appear.  Taylor has been in state custody twice and has been in the Polk County Jail 15 times.
  6. Vanessa Gayle Turner, DOB 07/13/1989, 5718 Lagestrum Lane, Polk City. Turner was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Turner has one previous felony charge.
  7. Becky Yates, DOB 08/17/1979, 1401 N.W. 37th Street, Winter Haven, Yates was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, And Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Yates’ criminal arrest history includes 8 felony charges, 10 misdemeanor charges, two unknown level charges, and four failures to appear.  Yates has been in state custody once and the Polk County Jail 3 times.
  8. Benigno Calvillo, DOB 12/23/1987, (At Large- Frostproof). Calvillo was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine over 200 Grams, Own Rent Structure to Traffic Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer without Violence.  Calvillo’s criminal arrest history includes 3 felony charges, and 3 misdemeanor. Calvillo has been in the Polk County Jail 3 times.

In May 2014, HIDTA detectives received information confirming Candelas was selling trafficking amounts of methamphetamine in Polk County.  During the investigation additional suspects were identified as associates of Candelas and his criminal activity.

Ultimately 2 search warrants were executed at two addresses and a total of 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine was recovered.  In addition, detectives seized $14,831 in US currency, three handguns, a 2006 Honda Motorcycle, and a 2004 Polaris four-wheeler.

The search warrants were executed at Candelas’ residence in Davenport, and at Ricks’ residence in Winter Haven.

All subjects were booked into the Polk County Jail without incident.












A Van Buren man charged with rape in March pleaded the charge down to second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus 15 years suspended in Crawford County Circuit Court Monday.

A minor female told Van Buren police she went to borrow a cigarette from Terry Leroy Tindle, 39, who was staying in an outbuilding behind his parents’ home when he started acting “stranger than she had ever seen him,” according to a police report.

Tindle then told her they were going to have sex, locked the door to the building from the inside, used towels and sheets to cover cracks so no one could see in the building and then ordered her to strip, according to the report.

The girl told investigators she stripped because she was afraid Tindle was going to hurt her, but as soon as she was nude, her mother and aunt started banging on the door to the outbuilding.

The girl’s mother told police it took Tindle a long time to unlock the door, and he fled once the door was opened.

Inside she and her sister found the girl behind a sheet, completely nude, according to the report.

Later that same day, police located Tindle passed out on a couch in the outbuilding, where they also recovered drug paraphernalia and took him into custody, according to the report.

Tindle denied attempting to rape the girl, but admitted to providing her and another minor female with methamphetamine, according to the report.

Second-degree sexual assault is normally punishable by a maximum 20 years in prison, but Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune said Tindle faced up to 30 years because he was deemed a habitual offender.

Tindle has prior felony convictions in Crawford County for fourth-degree sexual assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, false imprisonment, breaking and entering, residential burglary and theft of property.












HOMER — Cortland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Heather J. Naylor, of Cortland, for unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.Heather%20J%20%20Naylor

On Wednesday, Jan. 7 officers responded to 5065 State Route 11 in the town of Homer for a possible meth lab complaint.

Officers found commonly used materials for making methamphetamine along with used laboratory equipment inside a bedroom being rented by Naylor.

Deputies received a search warrant and found through further investigation and with the assistance of New York State Police CCSERT, Homer Fire Department, and TLC, that Heather Naylor owned the property and components located inside the bedroom.

Naylor was arraigned on Friday, Jan. 9 and held on a $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond. Police say she will be returning to court in the Town of Homer Court on Tuesday, Jan. 20.












A Downsville mother of two young daughters has been arrested on drug-related charges including the use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.

Samantha Holmes, 33, of 4812 Louisiana Hwy. 552, was booked Saturday into the Union Parish Detention Center on possession of marijuana (second offense) and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies.

In addition, she was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia (second offense) and two counts of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of juveniles. Bond had not been set Monday.

The investigation started when Holmes called deputies stating that her former husband had taken one of their daughters without permission. The ex-husband returned the child when called and told deputies and Child Protection Services that he just wanted his daughters safe.

It was reported to deputies that Holmes had possibly been using narcotics so deputies gained permission to search her bedroom. Deputies recovered one glass pipe with meth residue, one gram of suspected crystal meth, and a partly smoked marijuana cigarette.

The children were turned over to a grandfather.












Tahlequah police officers say a woman who stored her methamphetamine and paraphernalia inside a tin box that originally contained Juicy Fruit chewing gum was arrested late Thursday night.

Officer Cory Keele stopped 38-year-old Gwendalynn Dee Tyon near Hillcrest and Fourth Street at around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Keele said he began to question Tyon about the travel plans of she and her passengers, but a man inside the sport utility vehicle began to talk over Tyon.

“Tyon would not look me in the eye during this conversation and kept smoking a cigarette she had,” Keele wrote in his arrest affidavit.

Keele later confirmed that arrest warrants were in place for Tyon out of Delaware and Cherokee counties, so Tyon was taken into custody.

When Keele was given permission to search the SUV by its owner, he discovered a purse tucked beneath the driver’s seat. Inside the purse was an identification belonging to Tyon, along with a metal tin labeled “Juicy Fruit.”

That container had a glass pipe with a white residue, two straws that had been cut, and a piece of paper folded up to conceal a bag of white, crystal-like substance. Tyon allegedly claimed ownership of the items and was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for driving while revoked, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia.












Nine people—eight Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman—were on Monday charged with drug trafficking for allegedly distributing crystal methamphetamine out of a church in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, officials said.

The nine were arrested Thursday at separate locations in Meanchey and Chamkar Mon districts in a sting by undercover anti-drug police, who arranged to buy 200 grams of methamphetamine from them, said Yin Panharith, acting chief of an Interior Ministry anti-drug bureau.

“They took the drugs from a church near Wat Sansamkosal in Meanchey district’s Boeng Tompun commune any time someone ordered the drugs,” he said, adding that police seized a total of 802.44 grams of the narcotic during the operation.

Mr. Panharith claimed the ringleader of the trafficking operation —who was not apprehended—was the deputy head of the church, whose name he could not provide.

“The ringleader went to Burma to get more drugs a day before the arrests,” he said.

The other nine were charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday, according to deputy prosecutor Keo Socheat.

“I charged them with drug trafficking,” he said. Mr. Panharith said the suspects were being held at the Interior Ministry.