CHOUTEAU, Okla. — People in one Mayes County town are shocked after police found a large meth lab nearby. Five people are now behind bars, thanks to an alert neighbor.

Police said they started investigating the home in January after a neighbor called police expressing concern about unusual activity. Police said the unusual activity was a meth lab operation that they believe was supplying much of the county.

“There’s kids on their bikes, playing basketball, there’s a swing set right over there,” neighbor Jaime Witt said.

Police say people in the same area were cooking meth.

“It’s kids and puppies, and then apparently a drug dealer locked in the middle, hiding in plain sight,” Witt said.

Chouteau Police arrested Stacy Wulff, Crystal Reeder, Jacie Mitschelen, Gabriel Carson and Timothy Mullens after they found four shake and bake meth labs, along with the drug, pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, scales and more.

Shake and bake meth labs are known for exploding, so police say what was going on inside the mobile home was endangering everyone else.

“People say often like, what they do in their own homes is their business. But, when you do something in your home that could make it blow up and your neighbors, it’s a little bit different,” Witt said.

“What if it blew up, all the chemicals?” neighbor Jared Kelly said.

All five people are being charged with possession of a dangerous substance, and manufacturing within 2,000 feet from a school.

Assistant Police Chief Michael Reese said it appears they were cooking meth inside the home every day.

Reese said there were many people involved and that they were buying boxes of Sudafed all over and bringing them to Stacy Wulff, the man police say ran the operation, and Wulff would cook the meth.

“We located different notebooks and stuff that led us to believe that this individual was a pretty big player in the Mayes County area,” Reese said.

 

 

 

 

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Attorney General Luther Strange said an Alabama Supreme Court ruling on Friday is groundbreaking in its conclusion that the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory (“meth lab”) in an apartment presented such a dire and immediate threat to public safety that law enforcement officers properly entered the apartment without delay to secure it so firefighters could go inside to contain the lab.

 

The opinion* involved the search of an apartment located in an area of Montgomery that is both heavily residential and heavily commercial. The Court agreed with the Attorney General’s argument that police officers properly entered the apartment without a warrant because the potential presence of a meth lab posed such a danger to them and to the public that they could not risk waiting to obtain a search warrant. This is the first case in which the Court has addressed the serious danger posed by meth labs and the need for law enforcement and emergency personnel to be able to react quickly to that danger in order to protect the community.

 

“Meth labs present a great danger both to people and to property. When confronted with a meth lab, police officers and firefighters must be able to react quickly in order to protect the public, as the officers and firefighters did in this case,” said Attorney General Strange. “I am pleased that the Court has now recognized that it is appropriate and necessary for public safety officers to act quickly when they are faced with such a serious public health hazard.”

On January 7, 2011, Montgomery police and firefighters responded to a call about a meth lab operating in an apartment at the Stonehenge Apartments in the Carmichael Road area. When the officers arrived at the complex, they could smell what they knew from their training and experience to be the odor of a meth lab. After they knocked on the apartment door and one of the two defendants opened it, the smell became even stronger. Officers then removed the two defendants – a man and a woman – and two small children who were in the apartment with them before having the entire building evacuated. After the officers cleared the apartment, firefighters went in to contain the lab. Once inside, they found an inactive meth lab packed inside a foam cooler. Both defendants were charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance based on this evidence.

The trial court granted the defendants’ motions to suppress the evidence seized during the search of the apartment. In its order, the trial court found that there were not sufficiently compelling reasons for the officers to enter the apartment without a search warrant. The State appealed, and the Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the trial court’s ruling. On appeal to the Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office argued that in light of the meth lab smell emanating from the apartment and the danger a meth lab poses, the officers and firefighters had a reasonable, good-faith belief that they could not risk waiting for a search warrant before they entered the apartment.

In its April 4 opinion, the Court discussed the dangers posed by meth labs, noting in particular that inhaling the odor of the chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process “has adverse health effects” and that there is a “high risk of explosion” associated with the methamphetamine manufacturing process. The Court then determined that “law-enforcement officers were justified in entering and searching the apartment because the officers, acting on probable cause and in good faith, reasonably believed from the totality of the circumstances that the nature of the manufacture of methamphetamine posed a risk of danger to them and the public.”

 

Attorney General Strange commended his Criminal Appeals Division, noting in particular Assistant Attorney General Michael G. Dean, who handled the case, and Assistant Attorney General P. David Bjurberg, chief of the appeals division.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Mexican man is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after authorities allegedly found $800,000 worth of meth hidden inside backseat of car.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 36-year-old Isaac Uriel Vela-Martinez on federal drug charges on Saturday afternoon.

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Court records show that Vela-Martinez drove up from Mexico at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in a 2003 Toyota Tacoma with Tamaulipas license plates.

Vela-Martinez allegedly told customs officers that he was going shopping at the Walmart off South Jackson Road in McAllen but was sent to secondary inspection.

Authorities allegedly found 10 bundles with 24.71 pounds of methamphetamines worth $800,000 inside a hidden compartment in the backseat of his car.

Vela-Martinez allegedly told investigators that he was supposed to get paid $1,000 to drop off the car at the Walmart.

Court records show other people were supposed to pick up the car, take out the drugs and then leave the vehicle for him to go back to Mexico.

Vela-Martinez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby in McAllen on Monday morning but court information was not immediately available.

 

 

 

 

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BONO, AR (KAIT) – A Level 3 sex offender was arrested early Sunday morning after deputies investigating a rollover crash found meth, marijuana and a peep hole in his bedroom.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6, Craighead County deputies were called to a crash on County Road 319.

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The car’s owner, 35-year-old Jamie Lee Jones of Bono, claimed the car had been stolen.

Jones told deputies she had been asleep when her neighbor came to her home and told her the car was in a ditch. She said the friend then drove her to the accident scene.

When asked who else was at the home, Jones reportedly said her live-in boyfriend and her 11-year-old daughter.

According to the initial incident report, as Jones was describing what happened, Deputy Brandon Womack believed she was “being dishonest…and felt that she was possibly driving the vehicle or knew who was.”

Womack spoke with Sergeant Jason Allen, who was also at the scene, about the discrepancies.

Allen went to Jones’ home on County Road 337 where he reportedly found four children, ages 14-15, with injuries consistent with an auto accident.

The teens, including Jones’ 15-year-old daughter, claimed Jones let them use her vehicle to go to the Kum n’ Go in Bono to get a Redbox movie and to put air and gas in the car.

The 15-year-old driver said as they were returning to the house, the car hit a pothole and he lost control of the vehicle.

When confronted with the evidence, Deputy Womack reported Jones changed her story and said the kids had used the vehicle earlier in the day, but she had not let them use it at time the accident occurred.

Deputies found Jones’ live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Glenn Harold “Nathan” Crawford, in bed with the covers pulled up over him, “it appeared that Nathan was hiding,” the report stated.

Deputies learned that Crawford, a level 3 sex offender, was on active parole for a rape conviction. Deputies advised Crawford of his rights and asked to search the residence.

Crawford acknowledged he understood his rights, according to the report, and told deputies to “go ahead, look all you want, I don’t have anything.”

Upon entering Crawford’s bedroom Deputy Jeff Franks reported finding a baggie of marijuana on the night stand “in plain sight.”

Franks also stated he found a tube and an aluminum foil “boat” used to smoke meth. The piece of foil also had a “useable amount of methamphetamine on it,” Franks reported.

While searching Crawford’s bedroom Franks also reported finding a peephole covered with a small piece of duct tape.

The hole, according to the report, was drilled into the wall separating his bedroom and the home’s only useable bathroom shower.

After receiving permission to search Crawford’s cell phone, Sgt. Franks reportedly found a text message from Jones telling him to “hide the kids and go to bed.”

The text had apparently been sent while she was at the accident scene with Deputy Womack.

Jones was arrested on charges of obstructing governmental operations, filing a false police report, endangering the welfare of a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Crawford was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a parole violation.

He and Jones are being held at the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting their first court appearances.

One of the teens involved in the crash was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a serious cut to his leg.

According the Arkansas Crime Information Center, the state does not have a blanket law that states a sex offender cannot live with a child under a certain age, unless it is noted in a court order.

“If the parent that had guardianship over these children says that it’s okay for the sex offender to be in there, he is not breaking the law,” said Paula Stitz, manager of the sex offender registry for Arkansas.

Stitz said there are stipulations that limit a sex offender from living near an area where kids play or go to school.

“A sex offender who is a level three of a level four that’s been assessed by the state of Arkansas cannot live within 2,000 feet of their victim,” she said. “They cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school, daycare center, public park, youth center.”

If the offender is on probation or parole, there are separate stipulations that come into play.

“If the offender is on parole or probation or any kind of community supervision of that type there could be regulations through that program,” Stitz said.

It’s up to local police to monitor offenders who are registered in the area.

“Every 30 days we do a follow up with people on the registration list,” said Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd. “Verify where they are living, verify their address, things like that.”

 

 

 

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As states struggle to clamp down on a growing meth epidemic, they’re turning to a tactic commonly used to target sex offenders: name and shame.

The latest state to go this route, Indiana, passed a law last month which would require the government to list the locations of busted meth labs on an online registry. It’s a bid to shame not only the drug makers but also property owners and landlords.

The new law, which goes into effect July 1, will give owners six months to clean up their methamphetamine mess. If they fail to do so, their properties will be placed on the online list.

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“It’s one central site that everyone can get access to,” state Sen. Randy Head, a Republican, told FoxNews.com. “What we are trying to do is provide an incentive for owners to get their homes cleaned up.”

Head, who helped pass the Indiana legislation, says not only will it expose meth makers in a neighborhood but it also lets potential homeowners and renters know if the property they are considering was once a drug den.

“It’s dangerous to live (where meth was manufactured),” Head said. “The poison from meth labs stays in the drywall. You can’t just go wash it out. This forces the property to be cleaned.”

Contaminated homes pose health hazards, particularly to children, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. For every pound of meth produced, up to seven pounds of chemical waste is left behind. Molecules from the drug can cling to walls, floors and carpets.

Indiana is the country’s new meth lab capital in terms of seizures. In 2013, the state led the nation with more than 1,700 busts. Indiana bumped last year’s leader, Missouri, to third in the nation. Tennessee ranked second, with Ohio and Illinois taking the fourth and fifth spots.

Indiana, though, is just the latest state outing meth houses through online databases. Idaho, Alaska, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington all list addresses of homes, apartments, motel rooms and, in some cases, cars that have been used to cook meth.

Head says not only will the new law expose people who aren’t decontaminating makeshift labs, but it also calls out neighborhoods and areas that house meth labs.

Once on the list, properties will only be eligible for removal 90 days after they are cleaned and declared habitable. The new law also transfers control of the reporting website to the state police from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The CJI technically had the authority to create an online registry but has never received funding from the state. The Indiana State Police, which already has a database of meth lab seizures, is now in the process of transferring the material online.

Indiana State Police First Sgt. Niki Crawford, commander of the methamphetamine suppression section of the Indiana State Police, calls the new law “a public safety tool.”

According to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, it’s illegal in 12 states for people to live in a former meth house before decontamination. Fourteen states require owners to disclose whether the property was used for drug production.

In 2006, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would post locations in each state that contained meth labs or dumpsites so people would know if there were drug houses in their neighborhood. However, the list was plagued with inconsistencies and lacked updates. Instead, states started opting to come up with their own solutions to combat the growing problem.

 

 

 

 

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A 35-year-old Morgan City woman wanted on a warrant for shoplifting was arrested and charged with operating a meth lab in the presence of children said police.

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Saturday morning, police were called to a house in reference to alleged drug activity on Fifth Street. Officers arrived and located an alleged clandestine lab used to make methamphetamine. Narcotics detectives called to the scene to investigate located Tessa Pilgrim and two children, ages 1-year-old and 3-years-old, in the residence. Narcotics detectives secured the scene and investigated the lab, which was in the process of producing meth, according to police. Several syringes containing suspected methampetamine were also located. A crew was summoned to the scene to clean up the hazardous materials.

According to police, Pilgrim was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for the Morgan City Police Department for failing to appear in court on a shoplifting charge. Investigators transported the children to a medical facility to be evaluated due to the hazardous environment and later released to relatives. Tessa Pilgrim was arrested and transported to the Morgan City Police Department where she was booked and incarcerated on the following charges: Create/Operate a Clandestine Lab for the Unlawful Manufacture of CDS; Possession of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Illegal Use of Controlled Drug in the Presence of Persons under the age of 17, Warrant: Failure to Appear-Shoplifting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A 72-year-old is facing multiple drug charges, including attempting to sell methamphetamine near a school.

Glenn Manning, 72, Clay Center, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on March 31 in the Clay County District Court and was bound over on possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within a thousand feet of a school, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Manning is set for arraignment on May 15.

A jury found Clayton Smith, 54, Longford, guilty of felony possession of a firearm after a trial on Tuesday, April 1. Sentencing is set for Aug. 1.

Stephanie Cannizzo, 22, Clay Center, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on April 2 and was bound over on possession of a controlled substance. She is set for an arraignment on April 10.

District Magistrate Judge Bill Malcolm bound over Tracy Holmes, 41, Kackley, on conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit criminal use of financial card and conspiracy to commit felony theft after a preliminary hearing on April 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Deputies discover a half pound of methamphetamine inside a package delivered to a Rochester address.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Fernando Garcia-Davila Jr. was arrested Friday afternoon for his connection to the delivery to an apartment at 1525 Fourth Avenue Southeast.

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The U.S. Postal Inspection Service identified the suspicious package at their processing center and alerted the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force, who conducted a controlled delivery.

According to the criminal complaint, the meth was wrapped inside some children’s clothing in the package. A search of Garcia-Davila’s residence turned up two more bags containing a meth-like substance and more than $1,500 in currency.

Garcia-Davila faces 1st degree felony drug-sale charges. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison or up to a $1 million fine.

 

 

 

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Three King residents are facing drug charges in connection to a busted meth lab for the second time in six months. A Rural Hall resident, Alexis Elizabeth Peacock, is also facing charges as a result of the April 2 raid.

Christina Lynn Cook, 40, of 145 Helsabeck Road, King, is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine. She has not been granted bond.
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Richard Lee Swain, 39, of 145 Helsabeck Road, King, is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a drug residence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has not been granted bond.

Michael Gray Swain, 32, of 145 Helsabeck Road, King, is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond.

Peacock, 20, of 709 Heatherton Lane, Rural Hall, is charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursors and is being held on a $75,000 secure bond.
Officials with the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office said the arrests came after a search warrant was executed at 145 Helsabeck Road which resulted in the discovery of evidence of a meth lab and the seizure of over 300 grams of methamphetamine.

The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the King Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Christina Cook, Richard Swain and Michael Swain were all out on bond from a prior arrest for a meth lab found in Stokes County at the same address.

Sheriff Marshall stated, “This is the second time we have dealt with this location and the same individuals in just less than six months. We will not give up on enforcing the law with drug manufacturers and drug dealers.”

 

 

 

 

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Four individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with a continuing and ongoing methamphetamine investigation in the region.

Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler said those arrested are 20-year-old Cody L. Laue of Beecher City, 18-year-old Tera L. Devoe of Shumway, 38-year-old Stacey M. Beccue of Altamont and 23-year-old Nathaniel S. Sparks of Beecher City.

 

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Cody Laue and Tera Devoe are both charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. Both are charged with participating in the manufacture of more than 900 grams of a substance containing meth in the residence of a person more than 60 years of age who is incapable of adequately providing for his own health and personal care. Laue and Devoe are also each charged with simple participation in methamphetamine manufacturing in an amount greater than 900 grams. Both charges are Class X felony allegations, punishable by not less than 15 and not more than 60 years in prison.

Stacey Beccue and Nathaniel Sparks are charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine in that each reportedly possessed less than five grams of a substance containing meth. The possession count is a Class 3 felony, punishable by two to five years in prison although probation is an option.

The four individuals were arrested following the seizure of materials from a residence at 3803 East 2000th Avenue in rural Shumway. Kibler said the arrests were a direct result of “diligent preliminary work and the execution of a search warrant by Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday.” For safety and for cleanup reasons, Kibler said the deputies were assisted by Illinois State Police troopers and the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team.

Kibler said, “This county’s investigation of meth production has been ongoing. This work by law enforcement is far-reaching in scope, and this work will continue.”

In court Monday, Judge Kimberly Koester set bond for Laue and Devoe at $200,000 each, and set the bond for Beccue and Sparks at $25,000 each. Devoe and Sparks are next due in court on April 15; Laue and Beccue on April 16.

 

 

 

 

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After receiving a tip that a Napa resident had removed his parole-issued ankle monitoring bracelet and was wanted by the state parole board, Napa police officers arrested the 21-year-old on suspicion of violating parole and possessing a small amount of methamphetamine.

When officers arrived to a residence in the 100 block of Casswall Street — Allex Joseph Aultman’s last known address — they reportedly found him to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested him on suspicion of a felony parole violation for removing his ankle bracelet and two counts of drug possession. Police did not say how he managed to remove the monitoring device.

Aultman was booked into county jail on $15,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

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After receiving reports on Sunday of an unoccupied motor home parked at the end of Myrtle Avenue, Napa police officers used a stun gun and arrested the vehicle’s owner, who they said was on parole and carrying a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.

According to Capt. Jeff Troendly, officers arrived on Myrtle Avenue at about 4 p.m. and found an empty motor home parked at the end of the street. Police said they recognized the motor home as belonging to Tracy Wayne Fowler — a 48-year-old Napa resident who allegedly ran from Napa officers Saturday night during a separate incident. When police initially knocked on the trailer door, no one answered.

As they were preparing to leave Myrtle Avenue, near California Boulevard, police said they spotted Fowler walking back to the illegally parked vehicle. But as they approached him, Fowler fled into the backyard of a nearby residence, police said.

When officers entered the yard, Fowler allegedly jumped the fence into another yard and began struggling with another Napa officer who was searching for him. Eventually, the officer involved in the physical confrontation with Fowler used his Taser gun, subduing Fowler, Troendly said.

Police searched Fowler and reportedly found a wrapper they suspected of containing methamphetamine in his pants pocket. He was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, possessing drugs, violating parole and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Fowler was booked into Napa County jail on $10,000 bail.

 

 

 

 

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New Zealand Police welcome the government’s announcement of $1.1 million in funding to establish a new Police Attaché role in Guangdong Province, Southern China.

The Police Attaché will play an integral role in the government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan which was launched in 2009 to combat the use of methamphetamine (P) in New Zealand.

Assistant Police Commissioner Malcolm Burgess said the grant will fund the Guangdong based position for the next two years.

“The new Police Attaché will help law enforcement agencies in both countries stem the tide of illegal narcotics and precursor chemicals coming from China into New Zealand,” Mr Burgess said.

“It is going to be a huge asset to have an operational staff member on the ground in the part of China where a substantial amount of the drugs originate from.”

The new Guangdong based attaché will report to the New Zealand Police liaison officer at the New Zealand embassy in Beijing.

Mr Burgess said that the Beijing based role has been very successful and Police are looking forward to increasing their presence in China.

“The Chinese authorities have been extremely receptive to working together to fight the illegal drug trade,” Mr Burgess said.

“Their cooperation has been instrumental in several recent operations including the termination of Operation Ghost in December which netted the largest haul of ContacNT ever seized in New Zealand.”

Thirty-eight people were arrested during Operation Ghost for offences including importing, supplying and conspiracy to supply ContacNT and methamphetamine.

The 18-month operation yielded 594kg of methamphetamine precursors, several grams of methamphetamine, $1.2 million in cash and assets worth more than $20 million.

 

 

 

 

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A Quincy couple was lodged in the Adams County Jail after law enforcement officials say they cooked methamphetamine in a home where a teenager resided.

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Agents with the West Central Illinois Task Force executed a search warrant Monday afternoon at 2705 Oak and allegedly found a shake and bake methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

James E. White, 44, and Jill D. Lewis, 45, were arrested for aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, unlawful possession of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine waste and methamphetamine related child endangerment.

The Task Force reported that the 16-year-old living in the residence was removed.

Assisting were the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, the Quincy Police Department, the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team and the Department of Children and Family Services.

 

 

 

 

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Two men on a one-man moped caught West Lafayette police’s attention, prompting a traffic stop at Covington and Kent streets about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Jesse L. Simpson, 23, of Lafayette was the driver , and police found lithium batteries, lye, drain cleaner and cold packs — items needed to make methamphetamine, West Lafayette police Capt. Gary Sparger said.

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Officer Travis Morgan, who made the traffic stop, also learned that the duo had just left a nearby pharmacy, where they attempted to buy pseudoephedrine, another ingredient used to make the illegal drug.

The second man on the moped told police that Simpson wanted him to go with him to West Lafayette to buy pseudoephedrine, Sparger said. The second man was not arrested.

Simpson was arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of precursors to methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

On Monday afternoon, he remained incarcerated at the Tippecanoe County Jail.

 

 

 

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A high-ranking Hialeah official inserted a glass pipe in his rectum shortly before he was arrested on drug charges in December in Fort Lauderdale, according to police records.

Carlos López, 45, who at the time was the city’s purchasing director, was arrested on Dec. 29 for using methamphetamine while driving through downtown Fort Lauderdale.

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“López appeared visually shaken and sweating. López’s face was flushed from an apparent rise in body temperature and pupils were dilated,” said the arrest report, signed by an office identified as R. Goderstad. “As López searched for his license I observed involuntary muscle spasms in López’s face as well as slurred repetitive speech. These symptoms are consistent with being under the influence of methamphetamine.”

López declined to comment on the case Monday. The arrest report says he was taken to a hospital to have the pipe removed.

The arrest in Fort Lauderdale is not López’s first incident since he began working for the city of Hialeah in April 1997. In October 2005 he was suspended for nearly a month, also for drug use. At that time he agreed to enter a drug program, according to his record at the city’s Department of Human Resources.

In November 1997, according to that same record, López was suspended for 30 days, but no reason was given. A year later he was suspended for two days.

Mayor Carlos Hernández did not respond to a request for an interview with el Nuevo Herald to explain whether he knew López’s record before promoting him in September 2011 to director of the Purchasing Department.

Arnie Alonso, Hernández’s chief of staff, said Monday that the city of Hialeah had taken “appropriate management measures” in López’s case and that they were awaiting court procedures in the Fort Lauderdale case.

The Fort Lauderdale arrest report says Officer Goderstad saw López’s 2008 Hyundai driving slowly on Northwest Fourth Avenue when several men approached the vehicle. The men ran away when they saw the patrol car. López then accelerated to 50 mph in a residential zone where the speed limit is 25. Goderstad stopped him.

Goderstad’s report said he suspected López was under the influence of drugs and called a canine unit. A unit officer found a small metal container with methamphetamine.

During the inspection, Goderstad noticed that López had his pants unbuttoned and asked him if he was hiding something, the report said. López initially denied it.

The canine officer “began speaking with López at which time López admitted to have a methamphetamine glass pipe inside his anal cavity,” the police report said. “López then stated he placed it in his rectum as he was being pulled over so I wouldn’t find it if I searched his vehicle.”

A couple of weeks after the arrest, López was transferred from purchasing director to a leadership post in Public Works.

In the middle of February, when an el Nuevo Herald reporter asked Hernández the reasons for the transfer, the mayor said it was part of a restructuring.

However, documents signed in early February reveal that López signed a “Last Chance” agreement because of the arrest in Fort Lauderdale.

A spokesman for the Broward state attorney’s office said there is a hearing in López’s case scheduled for May 7.

 

 

 

 

 

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VICKSBURG — A woman visiting the Warren County Jail is now in the jail herself.

Sheriff Martin Pace says 24-year-old Marissa Ann Morehead-Greco, of Vicksburg, went to the jail for a visit Friday.

WLBT-TV reports officials noticed she allegedly left a package in a restroom. When it was examined, they found one gram of crystal meth, four hypodermic syringes, cigarettes and $45 in cash inside.

Morehead-Greco was booked with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within a correctional facility. She was already out on bond for a grand larceny charge, and also faces two other felony charges.

 

 

 

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PARMA, Ohio — Police in Parma closed a stretch of Snow Road Monday morning while they investigated a possible meth lab inside a vehicle.

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Both the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for a time between Woolman Court and Chevrolet Boulevard but have since reopened.

The car was pulled over around 3 a.m. Monday but other information was not released.

 

 

 

 

http://fox8.com/2014/04/07/parma-road-closed-due-to-possible-mobile-meth-lab/

 

Police discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab near the Green Street parking garage Sunday after testing bottles filled with hazardous chemicals.

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Ithaca police arrived on scene at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday near the 200 block of East Green Street and discovered approximately six bottles of an unknown chemical, which Lee LaBuff, assistant fire chief for the Ithaca Fire Department, said could be reactive. Upon arrival on the scene, responders tentatively assumed that the bottles were related to the production of meth, LaBuff added.

At approximately 6 p.m., state and local police were on scene alongside the IFD. Technicians were able to confirm that the substance was methamphetamine, according to an IFD press release. An outside private company disposed of the substances.

While firefighters were on standby, LaBuff said the situation was “stable” and that the public was in no immediate danger. He added that responders “treat every situation as a serious hazard” when arriving on the scene.

http://cornellsun.com/blog/2014/04/06/police-investigate-chemicals-potentially-related-to-meth/

Indiana Conservation Officers arrested 25-year-old Heather Geier Saturday Night.

Conservation officers say they noticed Geier’s truck parked in the northern part of the Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Area in northwestern Warrick County.

When they rolled up, officers say Geier tried to run into some nearby woods.

In her truck, authorities say they found all the materials used to make meth.

Geier faces several meth-related charges and remains in the Warrick County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.tristatehomepage.com/story/d/story/women-arrested-in-wildlife-area-on-meth-releated-c/27648/VIBFrol4vU6gSXLh5WcQng

 

ST. ALBANS, VT– Police uncover two active meth labs under one roof in St. Albans.

Saturday evening, police evacuated more than a dozen residents from this apartment complex on Lake Street.

A strong smell of burning plastic led police to a bathroom in one of the apartments which also had significant fire damage.

There they found a one pot active meth lab, and after further investigating, another active meth lab in the closet.

A bomb squad and HAZ Mat team carefully dismantled the labs with a robot on Sunday.

“They are testing all the materials and anything that is hazordous materials that we are extracting from there has to go in that yellow bin on the ground over there and it has to be disposed of properly,” said St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor.

Late Sunday afternoon, residents were allow back to their homes once crews determine the area to be safe.

Police have identified possible suspects, but so far no one has been arrested.

 

 

 

http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/story/d/story/police-uncover-two-active-meth-labs-under-one-roof/16239/TkjZBRVUwEarnjGJFP4S5w

 

 

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) – Firefighters say a fire in an apartment building in St. Albans, Vt., resulted from a meth lab.

Firefighters responded to the fire at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was in the bathroom.

The building was evacuated and the street was closed to traffic. No one was hurt.

Police say they have identified suspects in connection with the meth manufacturing, but no arrests have been made.

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/7/firefighters-meth-lab-caused-apartment-fire/

 

 

 

 

MCGREGOR (April 7, 2014) A McGregor man was arrested last week after police found marijuana-laced chocolate bars and methamphetamine at his home.

Eric Coleman, 37, was booked into the McLennan County Jail last Thursday charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance but posted a $20,000 bond and was released, jail records showed.

Coleman was arrested after McGregor police were sent to an address in the city on a disturbance call and when there noticed a strong odor of burning marijuana.

Police summoned a drug dog from Woodway police, which quickly alerted for the presence of narcotics.

McGregor police obtained a search warrant for the house and a car and during a search located marijuana, methamphetamine, “Dabba” chocolate bars, which are laced with THC, a package of “Juice” which also is laced with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, firearms and $1,000 in cash.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/McGregor-Police-Make-Candy-Bar-Drug-Arrest-254171891.html

 

WATERLOO | A Waterloo man has been sentenced to prison for selling methamphetamine from his taco stand.

Judge Linda Reade sentenced Martin Villalobos, age unavailable, to nine years in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to distribution of meth in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

Authorities allege Villalobos sold meth from his stand on La Porte Road in August 2012 and outside his home in November 2012. Court records said informants working with investigators received meth hidden inside a green pepper and bread when they made purchases from Villalobos.

Most of the monitored transactions were for about 27 grams of meth for a cost of $2,000. Tests showed the meth was 84 to 97 percent pure, according to court records.

Officers with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations searched his home and the taco stand and found additional meth, records state. He was indicted by a federal grand jury later that month and pleaded guilty in January.

 

 

 

 

http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/taco-stand-operator-sentenced-for-meth/article_e3449d00-8156-5b3b-af65-e9187a8e698b.html

 

Two Watsonville men, 58 and 49, and a transient, 39, were arrested Friday for allegedly selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer from the Santa Cruz County Narcotics Task Force.

In response to citizen complaints of drug dealing throughout Santa Cruz, police said an undercover officer went to various city spots to attempt to find dealers of controlled substances, namely meth, heroin or cocaine.

Within minutes of the operation launch, the undercover officer contacted a homeless man on the Pacific Garden Mall who facilitated a meth buy from Terry Spann, 49 of Watsonville, police said.

The officer met Spann on the foot bridge leading from Felker Street to the Gateway Plaza, where Spann was arrested for allegedly carrying some 18 grams of meth, police said.

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The transient “middle man” was later identified as a probationer, and a warrant will be sought for his arrest, according to authorities.

Also arrested with Spann was Thomas Kehler, 58 of Watsonville, for suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sales, police said.

In a separate deal later that day, the undercover officer “bought” meth from a transient, later identified as Eric Cash, 39, in the CVS parking lot on Front Street. Cash was subsequently arrested, police said.

Spann, Kehler and Cash were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for suspicion of possession of controlled substances with the intent to sell, according to law enforcement.

 

 

 

 

http://santacruz.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/undercover-narc-sting-nabs-2-suspected-meth-dealers-friday-in-santa-cruz