Comments Off on Killen mother, Michelle E. Pettus, 38, arrested after suspected Methamphetamine lab found

FLORENCE — Authorities said information on the possibility of a methamphetamine lab at a Killen residence resulted in the arrest of one person on drug charges.

Officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office said Michelle E. Pettus, 38, 14038 56cdf66f9a7fa_imageLauderdale 33, Killen, is charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest was made by the sheriff’s department and the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force.

Reports indicate deputies acting on the information they had received went to the residence Tuesday night and located a “shake and bake one-pot” meth lab inside a car outside the residence. Drug agents said the lab had just finished cooking and the meth had been removed.

Inside the house, they found Pettus with meth in her possession as well as all of the ingredients needed to manufacture meth.

Authorities said her two children, both 13 or younger, were inside the residence where the drugs and paraphernalia were located.

Pettus was taken into custody following the search.

She is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bond totaling $32,500.



Comments Off on Emilee Kristen Meyer, 21, of Kansas City, wanted for possession of Methamphetamine

An arrest warrant was issued by Polk County Circuit Court last week for Emilee Kristen Meyer, 21, of Kansas City on a class C felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

According to the court file, Meyer is accused of possession of methamphetamine found during a search of her belongings while being processed at the Polk County Jail on Oct. 30 during an investigation of a purse snatching at Casey’s General Store in Bolivar in which she was allegedly involved. Prior charged have been filed against her for receiving stolen property.

The warrant carries a $7,500 bond, and a court date will be set when the defendant is in custody.



Comments Off on Kara Carpenter, 32, Robert Grice, 52, Christopher Conner, 44, Richard Russell, 46, and Bobby Bumgardner, 60, arrested after suspected Methamphetamine lab discovered in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested and charged five people Wednesday for their involvement in a meth lab found in the City.

Officers said on Wednesday, February 24 multiple units, including the CMPD SWAT Team, conducted a search warrant at a home in the 10000 block of Mount Holly Road.IMG_0210_1456366078119_892118_ver1_0

Upon arrival, police located and detained a group of people inside the residence and also located evidence of a meth lab.

Based on the evidence and information gathered on scene, detectives said they arrested and charged the following suspects:

  • Robert Grice, 52, is charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursor Chemicals with the intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep or Sell Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Christopher Conner, 44, is charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursor Chemicals with the intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Dwelling to Keep or Sell Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Kara Carpenter, 32, is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Richard Russell, 46, is charged with Possession of Marijuana.
  • Bobby Bumgardner, 60, was served with outstanding orders for arrest (no charges related to this incident).

Police said all five suspects have since been transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. They said the investigation is ongoing and there may be additional charges.

If anyone has additional information concerning this case, they’re asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600. You may also visit the Crime Stopper’s website. For additional information about this case, reference report number 2016-0224-1210-03.


Comments Off on Joseph McKee, 35, and John E. Hurst, 33, arrested in Methamphetamine lab bust at troubled Orange Park Rodeway Inn motel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A theft investigation led police to a working meth lab inside an Orange Park motel that is no stranger to crime.

Orange Park police said they came in contact with Joseph McKee, 35, early Thursday morning and say he was in possession of methamphetamine.nddhndf

Officers learned McKee was staying at the Rodeway Inn on Park Avenue with another man, 33-year-old John E. Hurst. Investigators then found Hurst in Room 182, along with an active meth lab.

Orange Park police then contacted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force as well as Orange Park Fire Rescue, which was called to help clean up the toxic chemicals.

Charges are pending against McKee and Hurst.

Rodeway Inn has seen its share of crime in the recent years.

According to the business’s attorney, the motel has been served with legal paperwork concerning the town or Orange Park’s attempt to force them to close.

In December 2015, the town’s Nuisance and Abatement Board voted to close the motel because of ongoing crime issues. The board determined the motel had not done enough to fix the crime problem after both sides previously agreed on a plan to improve the motel. The motel attorney also said the owner is paying $47,000 a month for improvements like the private security the town requested last fall.

The attorney for Rodeway Inn says they plan to file a counter suit and sue the town of Orange Park. The motel maintains the town’s Nuisance and Abatement Board has overstepped their legal authority and has harmed their business.

The motel is still open, despite Orange Park’s effort to shut it down.



Comments Off on Port Huron house fire caused by manufacturing of Methamphetamine

Port Huron Police Public Safety Director Michael Reaves said the manufacturing of methamphetamine caused a house fire Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters from Port Huron and Marysville responded to the home at the corner of 11th and Cedar streets about 3:45 p.m.635919284831648422-PTH0225-HOUSE-FIRE01

Reaves said a 27-year-old man who was in the house remains hospitalized. He said it is believed the man was cooking meth, which caused the fire.

No one else in the home was injured.

Reaves said the scene has been cleaned of hazardous materials.

Meth requires immediate action because of the hazardous chemicals used to create it. The production of the drug can result in explosions, fires and toxic fumes. Handling and storing the drug during an investigation requires specialized equipment and training.

Port Huron’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team reported investigating three meth labs, and seized $7,280 of crystal meth and $19,300 of meth in 2015.

The St. Clair County Sheriff Drug Task Force, which also works in the city of Port Huron, seized or purchased 527 grams of meth this past year, compared to 60 grams in 2014. Cocaine seizures also increased, from 275 grams in 2014, to 504 grams in 2015.


Effects of Methamphetamine Usage

  • Methamphetamine is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant.
  • In small doses, meth creates euphoria, paranoia, hyperthermia, decreased appetite and increased physical activity.
  • In larger doses, meth can lead to an increased heart rate, hypertension, convulsions, chest pain, stroke, renal failure, tremors and irreversible damage to the blood vessels in the brain.
  • Long-term usage could lead to paranoia, insomnia, hallucinations, severe dental problems, delusions of parasites or insects on the skin, violent tendencies.



Comments Off on Inside Methamphetamine – Addiction in Oneida County

UTICA, N.Y. – In New York, Oneida County had the highest number of incidents of methamphetamine related arrests in 2015.

According to NY State Police, last year Central New York had 349 meth busts. That’s almost one bust every day, and it’s increased 60 percent from the year before.

NYS Trooper Chad Chevrier, from CCSERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) said, “Meth is one of the most addictive drugs out there. It’s extremely powerful, and users only have to take a small amount to have a very long high.”

Chevrier says it’s because of what law enforcement refers to as the shake and bake or one-pot method. This method is making the drug even more accessible, and it’s making a huge impact on those who take the drug.

It’s a method where addicts mix dangerous, flammable chemicals inside soda bottles, causing a reaction needed to turn toxic ingredients into meth.

“The reason it’s so prevalent right now is you could have final product within an hour. It’s easy to conceal, it’s mobile, and it’s quick. You could put it in a backpack, walk down to the park and finish your cook. Or you could do a cook down in the park. You could go from store to hardware store, pick up your chemicals, or you could be driving down the road burping your bottle, doing a cook right to finished product in your car.”

But it’s also dangerous. “It creates a chemical, fire and environmental hazard, which is not only scary, it’s costly to clean up,” said Chevrier.

However danger is not something users are thinking about when they need the drug.

Former meth user and cook, Erin Gillespie said, “It was extremely easy. I watched how to make it three times. And then the fourth time I jumped in, learned how to make it. It came too naturally to me. I thought, I have nothing, I have nobody so let me make some money, and get high. And so, that’s what I did.”

After being arrested multiple times for cooking and using meth in Rome, Gillespie is in Willard Drug Treatment Facility, a state run Department of Corrections program.

“That drug was the worst drug I’ve ever done, but it gave me honestly the most amazing feeling I’ve ever felt in my life,” said Gillespie. “The drugs became everything to me. After so much time using them, I had to wake up to them, and I had to go to sleep to them. And throughout the whole day that’s all I did, focus on drugs, doing them, getting money to get more of them, and doing the same thing over and over and over.”

Gillespie is no different from many young women in this area. She grew up in a conservative home in Clayville, going to church, and riding horses on her parents’ farm. “I was in 4H, I was an honor roll student. I went to college for equine science and management, but I never finished,” said Gillespie shaking her head.

“I started smoking pot in high school. In my school, that’s what everybody did. We smoked weed and drank. And then once I got to college I started using cocaine and ecstasy. It wasn’t a far jump to meth,” said Gillespie.

Erin’s mother, Beverly Gillespie, shakes visibly when she talks about what her daughter once was.

“This drug took a little girl who was happy go lucky and rode horses and sang at the top of her lungs, and it made her into a ghost. She’s a shadow of who she used to be. She was not Erin anymore, and I couldn’t reach her anymore… I knew she was losing the battle,” said Beverly.

“Meth users could typically be up for days. It’s not uncommon for a week or two weeks with zero sleep. Until they flat out crash, and often they sleep for days,” said Chevrier.

After years of using and cooking, Gillespie was estranged from family members, including her seven-year-old son Evan, who now lives with Beverly. She says getting back to him keeps her on the straight and narrow.

“It breaks my heart every time I talk to my mother. I hear her voice, and she’s talking about meth to me. That breaks my heart. It’s like who was I, you know? What was I doing?” said Gillespie.

She is sober now for the first time in nearly 15 years, thanks to the alternative Willard Rehab provided. Instead of prison, she was given the option to finish the program, dry out, and begin again.

The program is run like a military institution. You have to ask permission to use the bathroom, to speak, to move, something Gillespie appreciates.

“I haven’t had this kind of discipline and I haven’t been this sober in such a long time. I haven’t been able to see things clearly in a really long time,” said Gillespei. “So, I believe, for me there is hope.”

But for law enforcement recovery from meth is the exception, and Trooper Chevrier is taking this recovery with a degree of skepticism.

I have never met anybody in our area that has recovered from meth addiction,” said Chevrier.

A powerful statement from someone who’s been on the inside, and has known many addicts.




Comments Off on Dozens of women and men arrested in widespread Methamphetamine conspiracy throughout Central and Western Nebraska and Northeastern Colorado

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Sixty-three individuals were indicted for allegedly being involved in a massive methamphetamine conspiracy throughout Central and Western Nebraska and Northeastern Colorado, according to U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg.

Names and other information will be released at a news conference 10:30 a.m. Friday at the State Patrol Troop D office, 300 W. South River Road in North Platte.

“This is an incredible effort involving nearly 30 law enforcement agencies,” Gilg said. “The coordination and cooperation in this investigation is a tremendous tribute to the selfless dedication we see time and time again with our law enforcement agencies.”

The Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office was among 30 law enforcement agencies involved in a year-long operation involving the FBI, Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement Drug Task Force, Western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group and the Cenral Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force as well as Colorado enforcement authorities.



Comments Off on Carly Goodloe, 26, of Merritt Island, threatened to kill officer; Also arrested for possession of Methamphetamine

A Merritt Island woman was arrested and charged after police said she threatened to kill an officer.

Carly Goodloe, 26, was seen jaywalking back and forth across Taylor Avenue in Cape 635918134817391645-2016-00002550Canaveral, near the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Canaveral Precinct and Cape Canaveral Public Library on Monday afternoon. A deputy saw Goodloe obstructing traffic and went to give her a citation.

When asked for her ID by the officer, she refused at which point she was told by the officer she was under arrest. She resisted arrest by trying to pull away at first before head-butting and then swinging her arm at responding deputies.

Once they were able to secure her in handcuffs, the suspect kicked her legs, spun her body and yelled that police could not search her. She then attempted to spit at a deputy.

After a search was completed, police found methamphetamine in her pocket along with a needle and loaded syringe.

Police said Goodloe kept yelling and banging her head in the rear set of the patrol car as she was being transported with the suspect telling an officer, “When I see you out on the street, I’m going to (expletive) kill you.”

Goodloe faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, resisting an officer with violence/simple assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT, corruption by threat against a public servant and resisting an officer without violence.

She was booked into the Brevard County Jail on $10,000 bond.



Comments Off on Ashley Diane Cochran, 32, and John Daniel Martin, Jr., 50, Arrested for Over 100 Grams of Methamphetamine

(ABILENE, TX) – Two Abilene residents were arrested after the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office found over 100 grams of methamphetamine in their possession.

John Daniel Martin, Jr., 50, and Ashley Diane Cochran, 32, were arrested separately Monday evening after driving away from the same south Abilene motel.John Daniel Martin, Jr., 50, and Ashley Diane Cochran, 32,

Martin attempted to flee from police, eventually leading them on a foot chase down the 900 block of Lillius. He was caught and charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Evading Arrest, Reckless Driving, and Possession of Marijuana. He’s being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling over $150,000.

Cochran was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). She’s being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $90,000.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says the street value of the methamphetamine that was in their possession had a street value of around $10,000.



Comments Off on Road-rage report leads to weapons, Methamphetamine drug arrests of Brittani Potts, 27, and Michael S. Potts, 28, of Millville

VINELAND – A man who allegedly threatened a Buena driver with a handgun during a Valentine Day’s road rage incident has been arrested on weapons and drug charges.

The 21-year-old Buena resident alerted police about the incident and reportedly followed the vehicle to the area of Oak and Main roads, where police responded to arrest the driver, identified as Michael S. Potts, 28, of the 100 block of Tulip Road in Millville.

During a search, investigators said, they found a Ruger Blackhawk .357 handgun under the seat of the vehicle, owned by Brittani Potts. A further search turned up illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Brittani Potts, 27, of the 100 block of Tulip Road in Millville was not in the vehicle when the reported road rage incident unfolded, police said.

Michael Potts was charged with aggravated assault, two weapons offenses, unlawful possession of a handgun while possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public housing authority.

Potts was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, less than a half-ounce, with intent to distribute; one count each of possession of Adderall 30 mg, Adderall 20 mg, methamphetamine, methadone and marijuana under 50 grams; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was also wanted on a Millville Municipal Court warrant.

Brittani Potts was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public housing authority, possession of methamphetamine, less than a half-ounce, with the intent to distribute, possession of Adderall 30 mg, Adderall 20 mg, methamphetamine, methadone and marijuana under 50 grams; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Michael Potts was held in lieu of $75,000 bail. Bail for Brittani Potts was set at $25,000.



Comments Off on Jessica L. McSweeney, 30, and David B. Morrison, 35, of Canton, jailed for manufacturing Methamphetamine in presence of two-year old toddler

CANTON — A Canton man and woman were jailed Tuesday for manufacturing methamphetamine with a two-year old child in the residence, according to St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies.

David B. Morrison, 35, and Jessica L. McSweeney, 30, were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine, second-degree criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child.

Deputies were called to 5780 U.S. Highway 11 to assist the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services on a home visit.

Following investigation deputies said they discovered numerous items indicative to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Deputies said that a two-year old child was present when they arrived at the home.

A family court order of protection was in effect prohibiting both subjects from endangering the welfare, health and safety of the child, police said.

Morrison and McSweeney were arraigned by Judge Sharpe in Madrid court.

Morrison was remanded to St. Lawrence County Jail on $1,000 bail or $2,500 bond and McSweeney was remanded to St. Lawrence County jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.

Deputies were assisted on scene by the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Team (CCERT).



Comments Off on Samantha Kaye Thomas, 21, of Buna, busted with 41 grams of Methamphetamine

A 21-year-old Buna woman was arrested during a traffic stop Monday after handing over more than 40 grams of methamphetamine and a scale, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.kltfioltul

Samantha Kaye Thomas was stopped at about 4 p.m. in her white Chevrolet pick-up truck after she drove on the shoulder of Texas 62 and failed to signal at Texas 12 in Mauriceville, Detective Chad Hogan said.

Investigators said that Thomas seemed “extremely nervous,” according to Hogan.

When asked, Thomas admitted to possessing drugs and handed over approximately 41 grams of meth and a digital scale.

Thomas was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Orange County Jail.

Her bond was set at $15,000.



Comments Off on Over 100 women and men charged in Middle Tennessee’s largest Methamphetamine bust

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Over 100 people were indicted in what’s being called the largest methamphetamine investigation in the history of Middle Tennessee.

A massive raid was conducted early Monday morning as state and federal agents arrested some of those named in the indictment here in Tennessee, but the investigation spans four states.wergwegwW

The defendants are accused of conspiracy to sell meth over 300 grams of meth, which is a felony.

At the time of this report, 75 of 100 accused are now behind bars. During their arrests, 10 guns were seized as well as 928 rounds of ammo, cell phones and drugs.

“I’m just so excited we are able to make a dent on this we are working so hard. It is good to finally serve the warrants on the people that are involved,” said DTF Director Brian Beasley.

The results of this investigation doesn’t include the a previous 8-month investigation that led to the seizure of 73 firearms, 13 pounds of meth, and over $250,000 in cash.



Comments Off on Jonathan W. Waldron, 29, of Bangor, accused of operating Methamphetamine lab from garage

A Bangor man is charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory in a detached garage on his property, borough police said.

Jonathan W. Waldron, 29, of the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, allegedly was operating the lab when local police and the Pennsylvania State Police’s Clandestine Laboratory team raided it at 1:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 2015.

According to court records, police initially were searching the home for someone who had escaped from Bangor police.

The 26-year-old allegedly stole $43 in loose change from a home on New Street.

During the raid, police said, investigators seized evidence consistent with producing methamphetamine. Police said equipment used to manufacture the drug was in plain view of officers.

Police charged Waldron on Tuesday after conducting additional forensic testing and interviews, they said. He is charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory and possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

Waldron was arraigned on Monday before District Judge David Tidd at the Northampton County Booking Center. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $35,000 bail.



Comments Off on Dangerous Methamphetamine Manufacturing Method Discovered in Fort Dodge Residence; Thomas Evensizer, 41, Arrested

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Webster County authorities ended a months-long narcotic investigation Tuesday at a multi-residence home in Fort Dodge.

The Webster County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Tuesday at 406 South 17th St. related to an investigation that individuals in the residence were using the “One Pot” cooking method to manufacturing methamphetamine. Fort Dodge police say authorities were also investigating illegal distribution of the drug.

During the search, officers used extreme caution and protective equipment due to the dangers involved in “One Pot” manufacturing. Officers seized several manufacturing items, a quantity of controlled substance, unlabeled prescription drugs and several items used in illegal distribution of methamphetamine, according to police.

Nearby neighbors were asked to leave during the search for safety, as an active methamphetamine cook may have been going on inside the apartment.

Police say 41-year-old Thomas Evensizer was arrested at the scene for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Several other people inside the apartment were taken into custody but have since been released, according to police.

The Fort Dodge Fire Department and Webster County Animal Control aided the Webster County Drug Task Force in the search Tuesday.



Comments Off on Murder charge for Heather Dawn Elam, 25, of Salmon, in 6-month-old baby daughter’s death; Mother gave baby lethal dose of Methamphetamine

SALMON — A 25-year old Salmon woman is facing a first-degree murder charge stemming from the illegal drug overdose death of her six-month-old baby, Lemhi County Prosecutor Bruce Withers said Monday.

Heather Dawn Elam is accused of administering a lethal dose of methamphetamine to her daughter last January, Withers said in a statement. He added he would not be seeking the death penalty in the case.837794_web1_Heather-Dawn-Elam-_-116544

Elam, who is currently imprisoned in Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center after pleading guilty in September to a felony drug possession charge, is alleged to have “willfully, unlawfully, deliberately, with premeditation and with malice aforethought, kill and murder” her baby by giving her a fatal dose of poison, or meth, according to the criminal complaint filed by Withers.

If convicted of the charge, Elam could face a sentence ranging from 10 years to life.

It was not clear on Monday if Elam has retained an attorney. She could not immediately be reached for comment.

Elam on the afternoon of Jan. 14, 2015 dialed 911 and told Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers her baby daughter was unresponsive, according to a sworn statement by Matt Wall, an Idaho State Police detective. First responders who arrived at the residence in Salmon performed resuscitation efforts on the child, who was described by an emergency medical technician as “warm and limp and flaccid” and whose pupils were “fixed and dilated,” according to the affidavit.


The infant was in full arrest just after 1 p.m. when she arrived at Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, Wall said.

An emergency room doctor and staff were told by Elam that she had put the baby down for a nap at 11 that morning but the doctor said it was apparent that the child “had not been breathing or conscious for a long time,” according to the affidavit.

A medical examiner in March told the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office that he had found a lethal dose of methamphetamine in the infant’s blood. In April, a lab that had tested the baby’s bottle as well as a bottle of a children’s cold medicine — both of which had been found near the infant’s crib — found the items tested positive for methamphetamine, as did the baby’s blood and urine, Wall said.

A forensic pathologist in May confirmed, based on the baby’s stomach contents, that the child had been given meth by mouth. In July, the pathologist issued an autopsy report that determined acute methamphetamine toxicity caused the child’s death, Wall said.

Medical experts also determined that findings of cough suppressant in baby’s stomach contents “may have played a role in her death” but the effect of that drug was likely minor compared to the dose of meth that had been administered to the girl three or four hours before she died, according to the affidavit.

Investigators in June learned from a friend of Elam’s that Elam had been in possession of meth the evening before her daughter died of the overdose, Wall said. They also found Elam was alone with the baby between 9 a.m. and noon the day of her death “and was the only person that could have given (the child) a lethal dose of methamphetamine.”

Elam is expected this week to be arraigned on the charge before 7th Judicial District Magistrate Judge Stephen J. Clark.




Comments Off on Page County jail inmate, Jessica Lee, 25, from Council Bluffs, dies from Methamphetamine poisoning

CLARINDA, Iowa —Autopsy results have revealed a Council Bluffs woman who was found unresponsive in her jail cell died from meth poisoning, and a further investigation uncovered a recorded phone call in which she told another person she was dying.LEE_JESSICA-225x300

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Monday that 25-year-old Jessica Lee was found unresponsive in the Page County jail cell on Dec. 1. She was transported to an Omaha hospital, where she died the next day.

An autopsy determined the cause of death was acute methamphetamine toxicity. Officials later discovered that just before Lee was found unresponsive she had placed a recorded call to someone saying she was dying.

She admitted during the call to sneaking the meth into jail inside her vagina. Nobody notified officials about her condition.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is looking into the Des. 1st, 2015 death of a female inmate at the Page County Jail. Officials say on November 19th, 2015, 25-year old Jessica Lee, of Council Bluffs, was arrested and booked into the Page County Jail for Possession of controlled substance (PCS), Possession of Paraphernalia, Providing False Information and Interference with Official Acts.

On the evening of December 1st, 2015, jailers at the Page County Jail found Lee unresponsive in her cell. Emergency personnel were called and provided medical aid. She was transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. Lee died Dec. 2nd at the UNMC.  An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny on December 3rd, 2015. The cause and manner of death was acute methamphetamine toxicity.  No foul play is suspected in this case.

As to how Lee was able to possess and ultimately overdose while in custody, it was discovered that hours before Lee was found unresponsive, she had placed a recorded call to someone outside the jail stating she was dying. Lee admitted to the person she called that she had smuggled meth into the jail inside a body cavity. Neither Lee nor the person she called contacted anyone at the Page County Jail to notify them of Lee’s statements or condition.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner continue to investigate the case.


Comments Off on 3.8 pounds of Methamphetamine brought to Harrison County in spare tire; Melissa Roxanne Brewer, 49, and Mark Hanks, 38, arrested

GULFPORT — A couple suspected of bringing more than 3.8 pounds of meth to South Mississippi since December have been arrested at a Gulfport motel, where the meth had been delivered in a spare tire, a criminal complaint said.BI_bilo_0223_melissa%20roxann

Mark Hanks, 38, and Melissa Roxanne Brewer, 49, are each held without bond on suspicion of drug trafficking.

They were arrested after state and federal agents allegedly found them with 554 grams of meth and $10,140 in suspected drug money at the Motel 6 on U.S. 49 in Gulfport.

After their arrests, Hanks said he and Brewer had used a spare tire to hide the meth and it wasn’t their first time to bring meth to Harrison County, a Homeland Security Investigations agent said in his sworn statement.

A confidential informant had gone to a motel room Feb. 11 to buy an ounce of meth and notified a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent there was a large amount of meth in the room, the HSI agent said.

Hanks and Brewer reportedly were walking to Brewer’s Nissan Altima when agents ordered the couple to the ground. Brewer was lying on top of an ounce of meth and Hanks had a small container of marijuana, the agent said. The meth reportedly seized included several smaller packages ready to sell.

Agents reported they seized meth and cash from the room and found a spare tire with a large cut in Brewer’s vehicle.

Hanks allegedly told agents he had come to Mississippi in December with 24 ounces of meth, which Brewer reportedly sold to people in Picayune.

Hanks said Brewer had picked him up Feb. 9 in Texas and they arrived in Gulfport the next day with 37.5 ounces of meth, the agent said.

Both were denied bond Friday in U.S. District Court.

They each tested positive for illegal drug use, Hanks has “a substantial criminal history” and Brewer has an escape conviction and is wanted on a probation warrant by the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo wrote in detention orders.

Gargiulo ordered a grand jury review of the allegations.

The couple’s hometowns were not immediately available Monday.




Comments Off on 2 pounds of Methamphetamine seized after major drug bust in Jackson County; Alice Hardin and Anthony Olinger, both of Grant, arrested

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – Two people are in jail after one of Jackson County’s largest drug seizures ever.

Anthony Olinger and Alice Hardin, both of Grant, face a laundry list of charges including drug possession and trafficking.

Hardin also faces a fugitive from justice warrant from another state. Both remain in the Jackson County Jail at this hour.

Ounces is the term used for trafficking but pounds of both meth and marijuana were found.

Law enforcement credits the public for helping get the drugs off the street.

“I got my own tip line. If you pray that something will be exposed it will,” said neighbor Lisa Batchelor.

What was going on inside a Cobb Street home in Woodville was exposed over the weekend after drug agents found two pounds of methamphetamine, nearly two pounds of marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills, as well as guns and cash.

“This is substantial for us. We don’t normally get pounds of methamphetamine so this is substantial for our area,” said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Neighbors said they have had a feeling something was not going on right at the home.

“I told my boys just don’t go over there. Don’t associate or anything because I just had that gut feeling that’s what was going on,” said Batchelor.

Sheriff’s officials credit a public alert and emailing in tips about the house that finally led to the search warrant being executed Friday night.

“If you don’t want to call and give your name to us for information just if you’ll email it to us on the tip line. It’s anonymous and we will check into it,” said Chief Harnen.

A third person was arrested on drug paraphernalia charges and was released on a $1,000 bond.

Chief Harnen expects more arrests to come as the investigation continues.



Comments Off on Woman, 33, suspected of smuggling 26.67 pounds of Methamphetamine busted by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a woman suspected of drug smuggling after they discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rear bumper of her vehicle on Sunday at the Highway 86 checkpoint.2-22-bordermeth-jpg

The 33-year-old woman was stopped at about 9 p.m. after she approached the checkpoint while driving a white 2003 Chevrolet Cadillac CTS.

According to the release, a Border Patrol detection canine alerted agents to the vehicle, and after searching, agents discovered 21 vacuum sealed bundles of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s rear bumper.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 26.67 pounds with an estimated street value of $266,700.

“This seizure is an example of the great work of the men and women of the El Centro Sector,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. “Our community is a safer place because of the great work these brave men and women carry out daily.”

The woman, a United States citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation, agents said in the release.



Comments Off on La Crosse County DA reports Methamphetamine as No. 1 drug in area

LA CROSSE, WI. – Although heroin has been making headlines lately, the said methamphetamine is currently the number one drug in the area.

Last year the DA prosecuted 220 meth cases, as opposed to 77 heroin cases. District Attorney Tim Gruenke says it all has to do with supply and demand.

“”There has been more meth coming into the community that people can buy at a cheaper price than heroin,” said Gruenke. “Part of it is drug users, if one drug isn’t available and isn’t cheap, they turn to another one.”

Gruenke said there’s an ebb and flow to what drug is most prevalent.

“For a while heroin was really big,” he said. “Then meth became cheaper and more available so people started turning to meth, so right now the No. 1 drug we’re seeing is meth, but it’s gone up and down over the years.”

Despite meth’s popularity on the streets, overdoses from heroin tend to be more common in the emergency room.

“We probably see more people seeking medical care for heroin or opiate overdose,” said emergency medicine physician LeighAnn Gooden.

Those who seek medical attention for heroin overdose have very different symptoms than those doing meth.

“We get patients that are just dropped off and they’re unconscious and not breathing,” said Gooden. “As far as methamphetamine, it’s kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum. They can have a rapid heartbeat, they can be agitated, they can have hallucinations, they can be difficult to deal with and they’re very anxious, and we typically have to give them medications and supportive care to help calm them down.”

While the drugs may have different effects on the body, the Gruenke said they have similar effects on the community.

“The illegal drug trade brings a lot of the same problems,” he said. “It usually follows drugs that some weapons come in, fights between people that are dealing and people that are addicted start turning to crime to supply their habit, burglaries, robberies, thefts and things like that.”

When it comes to getting drugs off the street, Gruenke said it will take a large effort from the whole community.

“All we can keep doing is continue prosecuting people, but that’s really not enough and usually only occurs after the fact,” he said. “As a community I think we need to keep our community strong, our neighborhoods strong, our police response strong, but also our health response strong. The only way we’re going to beat this is having everybody pull together.”

Goodsen agrees that it’s a large problem to tackle, and said the community must work on helping those suffering from addiction.

“I think you’re always going to have addiction with human nature,” said Goodsen. “So I think as long as we have the services available, addiction treatment and addiction counseling, I think that’s going to be our biggest ally in reducing the overdoses and abuse.”



Comments Off on Seven-month-old baby girl tests positive for Methamphetamine after parents, Jennifer Edwards and Kevin Manson, ‘exposed her to drug’

The parents of a seven-month baby have been charged after their child tested positive for methamphetamine.

Baby Tamara Manson is recovering in hospital and in the care of officials in the state of Arkansas.

Kevin Manson and Jennifer Edwards have been arrested and stand accused of exposing an infant to the drug and endangering the welfare of a child.Kevin-Manson-and-Jennifer-Edwards-main

Family relative Stacy Watkins said: “It don’t surprise me, but it makes me sick to my stomach.”

Saline County Deputies were raiding the couple’s home Friday morning after an infant was taken to the hospital, where she tested positive for having meth in her system.

“I’m happy the child is safe, and hopefully doing better but for any baby to away from their parent, I wouldn’t want that,” Watkins said.” I wish they would get clean for her.

“We’re very concerned about the well-being of that baby,” Lt. Jeff Silk, Saline County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities are officially charging the little girl’s parents with Introducing and Controlled Substance to Another Person and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

“I don’t care who you are, a police man of 20 or 30 years, it doesn’t make a difference,” Lt. Silk said. “It still pulls at your heart strings when you see young innocent victims like this.”

“Children don’t need to be around it, ” Watkins said. “Babies are innocent.”

The Saline County family is now asking all of Arkansas to pray for little Tamara.

“It would be devastating,” Watkins said. “It’d be devastating if she didn’t’ make it.”



Comments Off on Bungling drug dealer, Lee Steven Clark, 42, caught red-handed after being overpowered by fumes as he tried to make crystal Methamphetamine in his kitchen

A bungling drug dealer was caught red-handed after being overpowered by fumes as he tried to make crystal meth in his kitchen.

Officers arrived to find Lee Steven Clark struggling to open the window of his home as white smoke billowed from the property.tgqe4hq4ah4e

Leeds Crown Court heard Clark was in the process of producing the highly addictive drug methamphetamine.

The kitchen of the flat, on Maybush Court, Aggbrigg, Wakefield, was filled with items often used for the so-called ‘Shake and Bake’ method of producing the Class A drugs.

Materials included sulphuric acid, batteries, bottles, 
tubs, drain cleaner, tablets, 
face masks and rubber gloves.

Other people were also in the property at the time of the incident, on April 17, 2014.

Mr Nassiri said one of the men told officers that they had been trying to make ‘Bubble Hash’.

The prosecutor said it was clear that attempts were being made to produce methamphetamine.

He added: “Had he been successful, he would have produced five grams.

“Clearly he wasn’t and it seems that everything went wrong.”

Officers searched the rest of the property and found bags of amphetamine worth £7,600.

Clark, 42, pleaded guilty to attempting to produce a class A drug and possessing a class B drug with intent to supply. He was jailed for 18 months.

The court heard Clark had previous offences for burglary, handling stolen goods and breaching court orders.

John Dunning, mitigating, said Clark had a long-standing addiction to drugs.

He said Clark had agreed to store the amphetamine on behalf of someone else.





Comments Off on Tenants in Murray furious after health department closes four apartment units due to Methamphetamine contamination

MURRAY, Utah — A Murray mom says she’s furious with a property owner who rented her an apartment last month, as this week health officials told them they had to vacate due to unsafe levels of methamphetamine.

Jennifer Ellis had just moved out of their three bedroom home, and she said money was tight when it appeared they caught a break: an apartment that, while not pretty, seemed like a good temporary fit.

Now that apartment, located in the area of 5900 South and 185 West, is locked up and a sign from the Salt Lake County Health Department indicates it is closed to entry after meth readings were found to be above save levels. Random swabs in various locations in the 5-unit complex found levels of methamphetamine ranging from 1.8 to 132 times the acceptable safe level.

“I’m very mad, they said that the levels were so high that people should be sick,” Ellis said.

From a nearby Motel 6, Ellis said her husband and two daughters were caught off guard after moving in just weeks ago and then suddenly being given only 24 hours to move out.

“Like animals, they kicked us out, they were just waiting, like, ‘get out, get out, get out’,” she said.

Ellis said they didn’t even have time to collect all of their belongings, and she claims their landlord refuses to return their $800 deposit or even a portion of the $700 a month rent.

“This place, eight months ago, got busted, for crack,” tenant Darleen Lydel said.

Out of the five apartments in the complex, only one passed the test for acceptable levels, meaning residents in four units are displaced and will have to find somewhere else to go.

SWAT personnel raided the complex last July in a drug bust, and that unit may have contaminated the others through air ducts. Lydel said Ellis couldn’t have known about the problems.

Health Department personnel said after such raids, the landlord is generally told to get the units tested for contamination. Residents claim the landlord neglected to get that test performed until now, and only did so at this time because he is trying to sell the property.

Lydel claims the complex is bad news and says the owner may be the worst part. She claims they’ve tried calling him but can’t get a hold of him.

Lydel said they think the owner should at least refund the deposit, and a portion of their rent, but that’s not what he allegedly told Ellis on Friday.

“The owner just said, ‘good luck,’” Ellis said.

Pam Davenport with the Salt Lake Valley Health Department confirmed that residents had been displaced due to contamination from a meth lab operating in the complex previously.

Davenport said their office gave residents a list of social service agencies to contact for help finding a place to stay. Ellis claims the one phone number they were given hasn’t proved helpful, as so far their call has not been returned.



Comments Off on Fasha Jade Deans, 27, charged with 3 counts of selling Methamphetamine in Cullman

Following a series of undercover buys staged by the Cullman Police Department, a Cullman woman has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of methamphetamine distribution.

Fasha Jade Deans, 27, was arrested Wednesday at the Cullman County Detention Center as she was attempting to bond out of jail on an unrelated charge.56c7f6c638061_image

After obtaining warrants based on their undercover work, police charged Deans with three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, each a Class B felony.

The three charges carry a combined bond of $90,000. Police said Deans was able to post bail on Thursday.

Cullman police investigator Chris Thomason said city investigators had made contact with Deans on three separate occasions, cultivating evidence by posing as customers seeking to purchase methamphetamine from her.

“We made two of those buys in the county; the other we conducted inside the city limits,” said Thomason. “At the time we arrested her, she was already in jail and attempting to bond out. We were able to work up warrants on the distribution charges and go ahead and serve her at that time.”

Cullman Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said effecting the bust required significant man-hours.

“I appreciate the time that our investigators put into this case,” said Green. “We have two of the best narcotics investigators working in the state of Alabama, and I’m happy that the time they put into cultivating the evidence paid off with this arrest.”

Thomason described Deans as an alleged “low- to mid-level” dealer.

“We believe, based on her associates and the kind of people she hangs out with, that she is a local, low- to mid-level dealer,” he said. “She does appear to have some ties to other locations beside Cullman, but we were able to apprehend her based on evidence we developed in connection with her activities in this area.”