Methamphetamine Menace – Part I

Posted: 3rd November 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

Rachel is a meth addict.

She wouldn’t let us show her face because of a pending drug case in Lee County, but she can describe what hell looks and feels like.

“They call it running around with your foot nailed to the floor. You got all this energy and stuff, but your brain’s already fried,” recounts Rachel.

It destroys the body as well. “I watched a girl inject it into her neck,” says Rachel, “and get a sore this big and fluorescent green on her cheek.”

Common side effects include insomnia, palpitations, paranoia, and psychosis. Rachel recalls, “This one girl was so messed up she had her shoe and thought it was her cell phone.” 4524725_BG1

Meth mouth is a common condition brought on by the ingredients of meth and the lifestyle of meth addicts.

Rachel says, “After a few months, you’re tore up looking, your house is tore up looking, you can’t get to an appointment, you can’t do anything.”

The ugly aftermath of meth use makes you wonder why anyone would try the drug in the first place.

Rachel says, “I liked it because I was a really sad and lonely person, and had a lot of trauma throughout my life.”

Science offers some clues to the drug’s appeal. Methamphetamine releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain, the natural chemical the body releases to produce pleasure. One bump of crystal meth— either smoked, snorted, or injected– can create a stimulated euphoria for up to twelve hours. However, in the process, crystal meth rips havoc on the prefrontal lobe, causing permanent brain damage.

Captain Jerry Conner of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation says, “It produces depression, suicide, violence. The lack of sleep makes them dysfunctional. No good to society. No good to their families.”

In less than five years using meth, Rachel wrecked her marriage and split her five children apart.

“My biggest regret is what I’ve done to my children,” says Rachel. “I cannot imagine what they’re going to say to me now, whenever I get to talk to them.

“What do I tell them? ‘It’s going to be okay,'” asks Rachel. “I don’t know that it’s going to be okay. I told them it was going to be okay last time.”

Experts say that crystal meth is one of the most addictive street drugs and one of the hardest to treat. Addiction counselors report a relapse rate of 92%, worse than cocaine. Treatment options are limited here in the U.S. because most users don’t have health insurance.

Federal, state, and local agencies uncovered 385 meth labs in Alabama last year alone. Of course, that’s only the one’s they’ve found.








Crystal meth is growing in popularity in continental Europe with middle class drug users according to experts.

The drug gained renewed infamy due to hit TV series, Breaking Bad, which detailed the rise and fall of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who sets up a meth based drugs empire.

Usage of methamphetamine in Germany, for example, has risen by 51 per cent in a recent crime survey.Vilem Kurta, investigator of Bavaria police

The main source of the drug flooding Europe is the Czech Republic where it produces 95 per cent of all crystal meth consumed by the continent.

Fanda, a meth addict for two decades told Sky News of the drug’s changing image: ‘For instance here in Prague I know that it’s not only people on street, it’s also just normal people who work in office, in kitchens or on construction sites.

‘I know about 1,000 such people in the whole of the Czech Republic.’

While some have blamed the global economic crisis, Police authorities believe it is organised Vietnamese gangs based out of Prague that revolutionised the production and distribution of the drug.

Colonel Jackub Frydrych runs an anti-drug team in the Czech Republic and spoke of the growing epidemic: ‘There are booming markets, I will give you an example: in Japan there is a big mark up of about £435 on each gram of crystal meth.

‘From a profit perspective it is one of the most dynamic markets.’

Earlier this year Michael Hartmann, a German MP, admitted to taking crystal meth to improve his work performance.

The drug is not a newcomer to Europe, and Germany especially, as the Nazis distributed a form of it to soldiers to help them stay alert.




A CRIME spree that lasted two weeks and included at least eight victims, spread across seven towns, will reach a conclusion after the culprit pleaded guilty in Orange Local Court to 17 offenses.

Jason Golonski, of Phillip Street in Orange, is in jail after he was refused bail for the crimes which included the theft of five getaway vehicles and nine guns.

Director of Public Prosecutions solicitor Talitha Hennessy said on Thursday she would not seek a plea to the last offence, of supply or knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug, until a test revealed the strength of the alleged methamphetamine he had with him.

“I’m reluctant to proceed until we know the purity of the drug … it could be an indictable amount,” she said.

If the purity is strong, Golonski could face a significantly longer sentence in Orange District Court.

According to police charges the 41-year-old started his crime spree in Bathurst where he stole a Ford Laser on September 6 at about 5 pm.

He also stole a chainsaw from the same victim worth about $600.

In Nashdale, Golonski stole $1200 worth of frozen meat and a chainsaw, and from a separate property he stole nine firearms and ammunition.

He then appeared in Garland, near Lyndhurst a week later and stole a Toyota Kluger that enabled him to reach Orange on September 14 and 15 where he stole a black Holden Commodore utility and a motorbike.

On the same day he appeared in Lyndhurst where he stole $4000 worth of alcohol.

Golonski then made an appearance in Cowra where he stole a boat battery and was in the possession of methamphetamines, or ice.

It was in Cowra police allege he was supplying the drug.

Later on September 19 he broke into a couple’s home, while they were still inside, and stole their Toyota Prado.

In Grenfell on September 21, he broke into a home and stole some fishing rods and a tool box.

He stole and drove all of the vehicles while not having a license.

A fast track order has been issued for the test of the methamphetamines and Golonski will reappear in court in December where he will be committed for sentence in the Orange District Court.


A Sky News investigation has seen how Vietnamese gangs operating in the Czech Republic are fuelling a “concerning” increase in crystal meth use across continental Europe.

Abuse of methamphetamine in Germany has risen by 51% in the most recent crime survey and there is evidence more professionals are starting to take the drug, which is relatively cheap to produce and highly addictive.cegrab-20141103-040503-211-1-762x428

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) says that EU member states need to work on a proper response to the growth of the drug which “has the potential to cause significant harm”.

Sky News travelled to Prague, which is now the epicenter of the crystal meth industry, to try to find out why it’s the source of a staggering 95% of all batches consumed in Europe.

In the Czech Republic crystal meth is known as Pervitin, the brand name of the drug used by Adolf Hitler to keep his military alert.

When the Iron Curtain swept across the continent, the then Czechoslovakia became the centre of the Communist empire’s pharmaceutical industry, making the source material for crystal meth easily available.

At that time little was known about the damaging effects of crystal meth, which is relatively easy to “cook” from ephedrine-based cold remedies and is versatile in its use, as explained by Dr Jiri Prisl, who tries to wean addicts off the drug.

“You can swallow it, whether in powder or in dilution, so you can drink it, swallow it, sniff it, you can smoke it, you can inject it into your veins. In all possible ways,” he explains.

He said most white collar workers still prefer cocaine because crystal meth is seen as a socially inferior drug, but those who work in a mobile needle exchange in the centre of Prague told us that pattern is beginning to change.

Fanda, a homeless man who’s been addicted to the drug for nearly two decades, says he’s noticed the changing profile of crystal meth users.

“For instance here in Prague I know that it’s not only people on street. It’s also just normal people who work in office, in kitchens or on construction sites. I know about 1,000 such people in the whole of the Czech Republic,” he said.

In July 2014, a German MP Michael Hartmann admitted taking the drug to improve his work performance, while in affluent gay circles in London and Paris the drug, known as “Tina”, is commonplace among those looking to enhance sexual pleasure.

Researchers at the EMCDDA believe the global financial crisis could be partly to blame, but police say it is also down to a much more sophisticated production and distribution network run by Vietnamese gangs based in the Czech Republic.

Colonel Jackub Frydrych, who heads the team trying to disrupt the trade, said success in breaking up the triads’ traditional money-maker in counterfeit goods, led the gangs to look for other potential revenues.

They are looking at worldwide expansion, he said.

“There are booming markets. I will give you an example: in Japan there is a big mark up of about £435 on each gram of crystal meth.

“From a profit perspective it is one of the most dynamic markets.”

So the drug that started in kitchens of Czechoslovakia has now moved to the factory production line: six tons of the drug were seized in raids last year even though the number of raids fell.


Methamphetamine doesn’t discriminate. Like the cocaine and crack craze of the 1980s it’s the drug of choice by many in Benton and Washington counties. Most of the crystal meth is tracked in from Mexico with a purity level of 95% to 100%, according to Tommy Flowers, resident agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Flowers was one five panelists presenting at The State of Meth luncheon in Rogers on Friday (Oct. 31).

“Tighter regulation over the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine over the past five years has limited the number of local labs cooking meth, but there is still anywhere from 50 pounds to 100 pounds of it moving around the region daily,” Flowers said, proclaiming it the drug of choice in the region today.methpanel2

He said the local street value of meth today is about $20,000 a pound, because it comes out of Mexico where it’s $6,000 a pound. The further from the border the more expensive it is.

Chad Brown, board member of the local drug task force, said the lucrative economics around distributing meth in addition to the powerful addiction of users mount a strong resistance, which is why so much effort is given to prevention. He said a 98% addiction rate of first time users is also an eye-opener because unlike other drugs, there are no casual meth users.

Michael Poore, superintendent of Bentonville Public Schools, was also a panelist at the Benton County Drug Task luncheon. Children enrolled in schools whose parents use meth or moms who used while pregnant require more services and suffer other learning challenges at an added cost to schools and ultimately taxpayers, he said.

A social worker recently informed him of a local kindergarden student whose parents used meth in the home. The child was neglected, dirty and troubled by the fights she witnessed between the parents. Poore said the five-year-old worried because her mom slept all the time and she liked it went her daddy went a way because the mom was happier.

Poore said local schools promote prevention and this week it paid off when a local middle school student found 70 pills in a ziplock bag hidden in a stack of chairs in her classroom.

“It could have been a catastrophe, but this child knew that wasn’t right and told an adult. The school is investigating the matter,” Poore said.

Doug Sarver, a minister of global missions at Cross Church and a panel member, said there is also a financial burden on the church and other nonprofits in the region because of the drug trade and abuse.

“In a sense, it’s a tax on the nonusers and productive circles of society,” he added.

Sarver shared a personal story of his own addiction to cocaine 30 years ago, a habit he said was $3,000 a week then, equal to about $100,000 now. He was introduced to drugs in the seventh grade, but managed to establish a professional career with fast-food chain Sonic as head of the regional advertising coop and a franchise owner.

“Just 25% of users are visible and on skid row, and 75% of meth users look like us in the room. They manage to hide their addiction like I did for a few years. But there is an impact on the society at large in the forms of higher work absenteeism and higher levels of work-related injuries,” Sarver said.

He said users also take a huge toll on their families, stealing from them to feed their growing habit. The one thing he knows for sure is that users can’t be rehabilitated until they themselves want it. For him it took six years to get there.

Many meth users won’t have six years, because the average life expectancy for heavy users is five years, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Kim Umber, secretary of the DFBC, said that stat proved to be true for her own daughter who died in 2006 from five years of meth abuse.

Benton County Prosecutor Elector Nathan Smith, also a panel member, said unlike other drugs, meth can alter the chemistry in the brain which can lead to acts of violence that the person would not have normally committed. Smith said there is no nook or cranny in this region where drugs can’t find a way in. His parents who live in a more affluent Bentonville neighborhood had an incident where five adults were found manufacturing meth in a $300,000 home. He said there also is a strong correlation between crimes and meth use, because the costs of using can run out of control after a while.

Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson, also a panel member, agreed with Smith. Simpson said the majority of all crimes have some connection to drug use.

“If not directly related, you don’t have to look far to find the connection. Many times it starts with shoplifting and car break-ins. We are seeing more ‘smash and grab’ car break-ins, which come in cycles. Nine out of ten times they commit these crimes hoping to get the money they need for their next hit,” Simpson said.

The local drug force spent the entire month of October presenting drug prevention programs to 4,000 middle-school children in the area. Formerly part of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce, the Benton County Drug Force has recently had to reinvent itself as an independent entity and advocacy group.

Past president Chad Brown explained that the federal funding expired which had provided the Rogers-Lowell Chamber the ability to operate the program for the past decade.

“We are working to grow our membership and have realigned with the Boys and Girls Clubs, where the real battle has to be fought. Teaching awareness is something we all can do,” Brown said.

Flowers said meth manufacturing is on the decline locally but use is still up.

Another issue Flowers worries will befall the region in the next year or so is a rise in heroin use, which is a growing problem on college campuses and in other southern cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham. He said the resurgence in heroin is coming from college kids and adults who have become addicted to prescription pain killers that they might have been prescribed or took from a parent’s medicine cabinets.

With the recent crackdown by doctors prescribing these drugs, addicted users have sought out cheaper and more accessible highs by using heroin. Flowers said prescription pain killers cost about $1 per milligram and finding the supply is more difficult which creates the demand for heroin.

“Birmingham reported between 80 to 100 deaths last year from heroin overdoses,” Flowers said. “I see this as the next epidemic coming our way.”




A methamphetamine dealer has been jailed for three years and four months.

Police say John David Blaikie, 53, is the highest level dealer they have caught in a drug ring that has brought methamphetamine into Canterbury.

Blaikie was jailed when he appeared by video-link from the Auckland Court House for his sentencing in the Christchurch District Court today.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of supplying and attempting to supply methamphetamine. Two Ashburton co-offenders had earlier pleaded guilty. One received a term of home detention and the other – Raymond Donal Todd, 37 – was jailed for three years and 10 months on several other charges including for drugs.

Defense counsel Serina Bailey said Blaikie had been caught with 40g of methamphetamine but there had been no sign of cash or transaction records. She suggested he had been dealing in the drug to finance his own drug habit.

Judge Raoul Neave said the Christchurch police had begun investigating the source of methamphetamine arriving in the city in April 2013. That inquiry led to Blaikie who was using a woman to courier the drugs as well as bringing it south himself.

It made no difference whether the motivation was cash or other drugs. He also noted that Blaikie had drawn others into the offending though they had been “pretty willing participants”.

Jailing Blaikie, Judge Neave noted that he had struggled while in custody and on bail to cope with a knee injury which had needed two operations.

“The circumstances in which you received the injury confirm the circles in which you were moving,” he said.





A Rowan County man who worked for Catawba College has been charged in a California-to-North Carolina methamphetamine ring.

Authorities said, however, that no college staff members or students were involved in the alleged meth operation that led to the arrests of Robin Lee Guest and girlfriend Melanie Ann Pruitt last week.


The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said a three-month investigation ended with the arrest of Guest, 50, and Pruitt, 38, each of Salisbury. They lived at a North Park Drive home that is owned by Catawba College, and authorities said Guest worked in housekeeping at the school.

Investigators allege that Guest received packages of methamphetamine “ice” through the U.S. Postal Service from California and then distributed the drugs in the Salisbury area. The Sheriff’s Office said agents bought meth from Guest on July 17, July 26, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 9.

Guest was taken into custody Tuesday while working at the college, and Pruitt was arrested at the North Park Drive residence. Deputies said they found her hiding in a closet.

Guest was charged with four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine by sale and possession; three counts of possession of methamphetamine; three counts of sale of methamphetamine; five counts of maintaining a residence for keeping and selling controlled substances; and two counts of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. He was jailed under $250,000 bond.

Pruitt was charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Her bond was set at $21,000.

Deputies said they seized about 5 ounces of methamphetamine and $31,000 in the arrest of Guest.









Beijing police have reportedly arrested actor and model Hu Dong for using crystal methamphetamines.

Authorities confirmed on Saturday that they had detained an actor with the surname Hu for using drugs, reports

The 45-year-old Hu reportedly confessed that he had been using crystal methamphetamines, also know as crystal meth, and tested positive for the drug after he was taken in on October 16. The police would not reveal the full name of the detainee, who was later released.

The Chinese government has been cracking down on celebrities who use drugs in recent months. In October, Kai Ko was caught using drugs in his apartment and was given 14 days in detention. In September Chinese prosecutors ordered the arrest of Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan for allegedly allowing others to take drugs in his home in Beijing. And earlier this year, writer Chen Wanning, also known as Ning Caishen, was detained for methamphetamines.



Garland County Deputies arrested a Hot Springs woman Thursday for drug charges.

Dana Michelle Swims, 39, of 105 Tall Oaks Street in Hot Springs was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the sheriff’s report, Deputy Wharton was traveling westbound on Mountain Pine Road behind a green colored 2013 Jeep Wrangler when the Jeep turned left on Blacksnake Road and continue at a high rate of speed. Deputy Wharton then followed behind the suspect vehicle and verified the vehicle’s speed to be 44 mph on a 35 mph zone.

Deputy Wharton then conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle in the 1400 block of Blacksnake Road. Deputy Wharton made contact with the suspect, Dana M. Swims who was also the driver of the vehicle. During contact with the suspect, Deputy Wharton asked her several times if there was any contraband inside the vehicle. Swims advised that there was not any.

Deputy Wharton then asked the suspect if she would consent to a search of the vehicle, and she stated that he could search the vehicle.

During the search, Deputy Wharton observed a blue colored Tommy Hilfiger brand women’s bag. Inside the bag, Deputy Wharton located two syringes, one snorting straw, two baggies containing with a combined weight of 0.5 grams of field tested positive methamphetamine and a fishing license belonging to Dana Swims.

Deputy Wharton asked the suspect if she knew where the wallet came from and she stated that it was supposed to be at her house. Deputy Wharton then asked her about the illegal items inside and she stated that it was not hers.  Deputy Wharton told the suspect that she would need someone to come get the vehicle.

The suspect called her husband, Robert Keith Swims. During this time sheriff’s deputies overheard Swims telling her husband, “The cops pulled me over.”   “They found my wallet,” and “It had my stuff in it.”

The suspect was then taken to the Detention Center for processing.





BENTON COUNTY — Members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), local law enforcement, public schools, local churches and prosecutors office gathered for the Benton County Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention Luncheon Friday.Members of the Drug Enforcement

Here’s a look at 8 things discussed at the meeting, according to the Rogers Police Department:


  1. Most of the meth seen by police in Northwest Arkansas is “high grade meth” and imported from other countries. (MEXICO)
  2. Current laws in Arkansas have reduced the numbers of small time meth producers.
  3. One pound of meth has a street value of as much as $16,000-20,000.
  4. More than 50 lbs of meth moves through Northwest Arkansas each day.
  5. The DEA says heroin & prescription drug abuse are on the rise in our area.
  6. The THC level in marijuana is increasing.
  7. A pound of marijuana can sell for $5,000-6,000.
  8. Heroin use is on the rise locally. Law enforcement agencies say it could be our next epidemic.







A 29-year-old Harper County man was sentenced Friday to 21.5 years in prison on rape and meth distribution convictions, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Reese Adam Young of Anthony was given the 258-month term by District Judge Larry T. Solomon. Schmidt said a jury in July found Young guilty of rape; he subsequently pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance in August.

Young committed the crimes in 2013, Schmidt said.




A Pike County man was arrested Thursday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

of 658 County Road 1117, was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Thursday after deputies seized a meth lab at his residence in the Shellhorn Community.

Deputies seized three bottles containing meth oil, two other bottles containing a white past-like substance tentatively identified as ephedrine, and a cold-pack – all of which are consistent with a one-pot cook method for meth, according to a press release issued by Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.

Drug paraphernalia also was confiscated in the raid.

The release said deputies made the arrest based on information received Thursday, which led to the discovery of the lab.

Little is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, first degree, and domestic violence, third degree. He was being held on the Pike County Jail.




Two people are charged, after the explosion of a suspected methamphetamine lab in Newton County Thursday evening.

Newton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chris Jennings, said a camper trailer exploded just before 8 p.m. in the 8600 block of Trout Farm Road, near Tipton Ford.

“We were informed a meth lab had blown up,” said Jennings. “We found (more than) two pounds of marijuana.”

Jennings said the discovery of the pot provided reason to obtain a search warrant and the subsequent search of the property turned up 3.1 grams of ice (a type of methamphetamine), weapons and bulletproof vests and $10,550 cash was also seized.

He said the trailer was destroyed in the explosion and following blaze. Jennings said a vehicle was seen leaving the property shortly after the fire.

“The lab may have left before we got there, or it was destroyed in the fire,” he said.

Jennings reported that both Melvin Degraw, 51, and Chrystal Martin, 39, are each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Both are held in the Newton County Jail on $100,000 bond.




SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A mental competency evaluation was ordered Friday for a woman who was allegedly on drugs when she drove into a group of cyclists on Fiesta Island, critically injuring one rider.theresaowens

Theresa Owens, 49, was arrested after the Aug. 12 accident and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday, but Owens’ attorney expressed doubt regarding her mental competency and requested an examination by a court-appointed psychiatrist.

A judge is expected to rule on the mental competency issue on Dec. 22.

At Owens’ arraignment in August, Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said the defendant drove the wrong way on a one-way road about 6:30 p.m., plowing into a group of 16-20 cyclists, hitting 10 of the riders head-on.

Owens got out of her car and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, screaming and acting erratically, according to witnesses.

The defendant was taken to a hospital, where a baggie of methamphetamine was found in a body cavity, the prosecutor said.

One of the riders who was struck, 43-year-old Juan Carlos Vinolo, has permanent paralysis from the waist down and also suffered a collapsed lung and lost a kidney, Coto said.


CENTENNIAL, Colo. – A Littleton man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for stabbing his mother to death while high on methamphetamine.

Arapahoe County District Judge Gerald J. Rafferty sentenced 33-year-old Darin Allen Ninneman to state prison on Thursday after the defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Aug. 7.DarinNinneman_1414714569526_9393663_ver1_0_640_480

District Attorney George Brauchler said the meth-fueled murder “highlights yet another danger of drugs in our community.”

“Drugs do not make anyone smarter, more productive, more attractive, or happier. Here, drugs caused one man to become a mother-murdering meth addict who can best serve his community by his absence from it in prison,” Brauchler said.

Prosecutors said the brutal killing happened on the afternoon of May 5, 2012 when Ninneman went to see his mother, Lorri Denice Ninneman, 52, at her friend’s Littleton home.

A rehabilitation program has kicked him out a couple of weeks earlier and Darin Ninneman was living as a transient. Ninneman wanted drugs, sparking and argument between he and his mother, prosecutors said.

Neighbors said they heard a continuous thudding noise coming from the home and then Lorri Ninneman screamed for help.

Friends and neighbors ran to her aid.

They found the mother on the floor, bleeding from stab wounds, authorities said. Fearing for their safety, they yelled at Darin Ninneman to leave.

As his mother lay bleeding to death on the floor, Darin Ninneman initially said he needed to get his iPad before leaving. But he eventually fled the scene, police said.

Littleton police officers arrived shortly after they were called at 6 p.m. and found the victim on the living room floor. She had been stabbed with an 8-inch fishing knife. The mother was rushed to Littleton Hospital where she died from 29 stab wounds and an additional 38 “sharp-force injuries.”

Officers searching the neighborhood found Darin Ninneman walking near the victim’s home with blood on his hands and arms, the front of his jeans and blood splatters on his face. Without any direction from the officers, he put hands straight up in the air and got down on the ground, police said.

As officers arrested Ninneman, he began making “spontaneous statements and sang for minutes,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement. “In his jail cell, he sat quietly staring at the walls and then begin humming and stomping his foot loudly. He proceeded to stay silent and then shout ‘stop!’ while rambling and rocking back and forth.”

Evidence showed Ninneman was high on methamphetamine at the time of the murder, prosecutors said.

“The violence that this defendant displayed on May 5, 2012 clearly showed that he is a danger to the community when he is not incarcerated,” said Deputy District Attorney Anne Kelly, who prosecuted the case. “Though he had multiple chances to rehabilitate himself outside of prison, the defendant now has no other option than to do it there.”

Prosecutor Elizabeth Oldham said, “Our thanks go out to the Littleton Police Department, not only for their thorough investigation, but for their diligence in pursuing this defendant when he was at-large and a risk to the community. While today’s ruling won’t bring Lorrie Ninneman back to her loved ones, we’re hopeful that they are able to find justice in the conviction and sentence.”



Even Scotty couldn’t beam someone out of this mess.

Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols was briefly stopped at LAX Friday, after meth fell out of her traveling companion’s suitcase, TMZ reports.ap921793367254

The actress, whom Trekies know as Lt. Uhura from the 1960s TV series, was reportedly at the American Airlines terminal with a male companion in his 20s, when his suitcase fell, opened and a bag of drugs popped out.

The suitcase in question reportedly had Nichols’ name and tags on it, but law enforcement determined she was unaware the meth was there. Her companion was arrested for drug possession and Nichols was allowed to continue on to her flight.

Nichols’ rep declined to comment, but reportedly told TMZ the male companion is the actress’ assistant. The rep denied drugs were involved, saying police found an e-cigarette.

At 81, Nichols still appears at Star Trek conventions around the country. In addition to starring in six Star Trek films and three seasons of the series, her more recent credits include role on NBC’s Heroes and the upcoming indie feature The White Orchid.

Zoe Saldana plays Uhura in the current big screen reboot of the Star Trek franchise.




An Edmonton druggie busted for making a pipe bomb he claimed was to help a friend blow up a beaver that had killed his dog was handed a two-month jail term Friday.

Mackenzie Richard, 29, was also banned from possessing weapons for 10 years after pleading guilty in Provincial Court to one count of making explosives and one count of possessing a controlled substance.1297625032994_ORIGINAL

Crown prosecutor Kristen Logan told court that city police began following a grey Cadillac after the lone male driver made an abrupt turn into an alley off of 112 Avenue about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 2.

Officers moved in after seeing the man park the car by a home and then flee the scene and discovered there was a six-inch cylindrical device that was taped and had a fuse sticking out of it in the rear of the vehicle, said Logan.

The officers nabbed Richard after a police dog found him hiding in a nearby yard. He was searched and police found $150 worth of crystal meth, said Logan, adding he also admitted that he had made the pipe bomb.

The city police bomb squad responded and detonated the device, which sent the enclosed nails and screws through an adjacent nearby garage door and into the ceiling.

Defence lawyer Douglas Holman told court that Richard had forgotten the pipe bomb was in the back seat after earlier making several of them at a friend’s acreage.

“A beaver had killed his friend’s dog and they were building the bombs to destroy the dam,” said Holman, adding his client has a methamphetamine addiction problem.

Richard’s sentence was deemed time served based on the 61 days he has already spent in pre-trial custody.





Salton City, California – Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a backpack stored in the rear of the vehicle.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a family of five in a white 2014 Dodge Journey at the Highway 86 checkpoint located near Salton City. The vehicle occupants included a male driver and a female passenger, both Mexican citizens, and their three children ages 3, 6, and 13, who are United States citizens.

After a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle, agents referred the driver to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. The agents subsequently discovered a backpack stored in the rear of the vehicle containing packages of methamphetamine.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 22.2 pounds with an estimated street value of about $220,000.

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




SPRINGDALE, AR (KNWA) – A truck driver is behind bars after drug task force agents say he transported four pounds of methamphetamine from California to Northwest Arkansas.
Agents say they have been investigating several people in Northwest Arkansas recently for trafficking and selling meth. According to investigators, a confidential informant notified them that approximately four pounds of meth was going to be transported by Jacob Burkhalter and a relative from California to Northwest Arkansas.

Thursday, investigators learned the meth had arrived in the area. At a truck stop in Springdale, detectives say they watched Burkhalter and the relative hand over two large bags to two other people. Then, agents say, all four got into a car and left the truck stop.

Once agents pulled the car over, they say they found the meth inside the bags, and determined Burkhalter drove the semi-truck carrying the drugs to Arkansas. He faces a charge of trafficking methamphetamine.



While taking out the trash, a firefighter discovered what appeared to be a discarded methamphetamine lab behind Engine House 2, 601 Harrison Avenue.

A yellow backpack was found inside the fire station’s trash bin with a one-pot meth lab inside, including tubing, a bottle of lye and sulfuric acid, according to a police report.

The Major Crimes Unit was called to the station and collected the lab, the report stated



On Thursday October 30, 2014, Isaiah Zoar Marin, 21, was charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Jacob Andrew Crockett, 19. Marin is accused of using a “long knife or sword” to kill Crockett. Police report the victim had what appeared to be multiple deep slash and stab wounds and the “head was mostly severed from his body.”836fc63c51621fe3e3d00fac4e0f255e

According to a court affidavit, Marin is described as a “religious zealot” and “heavy methamphetamine and drug user.” The victim, Crockett, was Marin’s brother’s roommate and the son of an Oklahoma state trooper.

It’s reported that on Wednesday afternoon, police received a 911 call from Marin, saying he had just killed someone and was “rambling about sacrificing and magic.” Capt. Randy Dickerson, with the Police Department, said the motive for the grisly murder is still unclear, but that Marin admitted to fantasizing about killing “four or five” people.

Though Capt. Dickerson says the case is not related to recent beheadings by Islamic extremists and had no religious implications, Crockett’s brother told police Marin is a “heavy drug user”.

“Marin’s Facebook page features many posts , with the latest public post being on Aug. 8 of this year. The post reads:” (Thanks to “

Tried to take on a demon and God had to help me through the tough parts. Got to be careful with my words and pay closer attention to my emotions. Need to figure out how to keep on speaking .

Marin was arraigned at the Payne County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon. His bond was denied. A preliminary hearing conference is set for December 1, 2014.

This is the second Oklahoma beheading in 2014. In September of this year a woman was attacked with a knife and beheaded by a former co-worker who had been fired from a the suburban Oklahoma City food processing plant where she worked.




Alexandria narcotics agents discovered three pounds of crystal methamphetamine and two ounces of marijuana when they served three search warrants at locations in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Monroe Street Friday morning. The street value of the of the narcotics is estimated at $162,200. Three firearms were also recovered.tedrickt_love

Tedrick T. Love, 37, was arrested and charged with CDS II possession with intent to distribute, CDS I possession with intent to distribute and illegal possession of a weapon with drugs. Love has been booked 29 times in the Rapides Parish jail. He was on probation for a felony narcotics conviction at the time of this arrest.




LEE COUNTY, GA — Three more people have been arrested who police say have connections to Amanda Mason, who was indicted in September for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

The Lee County Narcotics agency arrested 31-year-old Tracie Coston, 32-year-old Jason Jordan and 32-year-old Justin Vinson were picked up at a residence in the 300 block of CrCoston%20Tracie%20Lyneekside Drive Thursday night.

Police say they got a tip from a concerned citizen about a possible methamphetamine lab at the residence. Contact was made with Vinson, who police say had a warrant out of Cook County.






Upon further investigation, police say they found that the three were preparing to manufacture methamphetamine with all the necessary tools and chemicals being seized from the residence.

Coston faces one charge of manufacturing methamphetamine while Jordan and Vinson both face one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and sale of methamphetamine.

Lee County Sheriff’s officials say that the investigation continues and that at least one more warrant will be taken for an accomplice.




NYDN – [Suspected meth dealer] Edward Henderson ultimately ended up being betrayed by his best friend soon after bolting from his Prattville, Ala. home when the city’s drug enforcement unit pulled up with a search warrant, police said.

The suspected meth head managed to run out the backdoor and down a 25-foot ravine where officers temporarily managed to lose him.fetch30n-1-web-480x559

“The dog, later identified as Bo, looked at one of the investigators and the investigator pointed at Henderson and said go get him. Bo without hesitation went down the ravine trailed by two Drug Enforcement Investigators,” the police department said in a release.

Upon exiting the brush Bo tipped them off to some tall grass he was now hiding in, all by the swoosh of his tail. There with him they found Henderson lying flat on the ground.

“Bo was rewarded with dog biscuits from our K-9 Sergeant,” the Prattville Police Department said.




Federal authorities on Friday charged an Arizona man with drug trafficking charges after a state trooper found more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine during a Carson County traffic stop.

About 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety stopped Francisco Josue Beltran, 21, of Glendale, Ariz., on a speeding violation in Conway along Interstate 40. At the time, Beltran was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40, the DPS said.

According to a federal agent’s affidavit, the trooper talked to Beltran, who said he was traveling to Oklahoma City to visit his brother, but Beltran was unable to provide his brother’s address or his telephone number.

The trooper further quizzed Beltran, noticed his hand was shaking and asked if he was transporting methamphetamine.

The trooper then asked to search the 2004 Jeep that Beltran was driving, and Beltran agreed to the search.

Beltran then followed two troopers to the DPS office in Panhandle.

During the search in Panhandle, troopers found 23 bundles of methamphetamine wrapped in black electrical tape and cellophane, according to the agent’s affidavit. The methamphetamine was valued at more than $871,000, the DPS said.

Beltran was charged Friday with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and was ordered held without bond until a federal court hearing scheduled for next week.

According to federal court records, the Jeep was registered to Beltran, who purchased it in Mesa, Ariz., in August.

According to Department of Homeland Security records, Beltran drove the Jeep into the United States from Mexico via a California port of entry on Oct. 15.

Beltran was transporting the methamphetamine from Phoenix to Oklahoma City, according to information from the DPS.

Beltran remained in Randall County jail on Friday, according to county jail records.




Texas DPS trooper seizes more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine

The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a traffic stop Thursday on Interstate 40, yielding over 24 pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $871,000, according to a DPS news release.

At about 7:37 p.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Jeep traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Jeep was identified as Franscisco Jouse Beltran, 21, of Glendale, Ariz. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 23 bundles of methamphetamine in the rear bumper.

Beltran was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.