Comments Off on Czech porn star, Sona Muellerova, 26, who played a prisoner in one movie is sent to jail for eight months for real after being caught driving at 136mph while high on Methamphetamine
  • Sona Muellerova, 26, sent police on a 136 mph chase through Prague
  • She was arrested and when tested was found to be high on crystal meth
  • Adult performer has now been sentenced to eight months for DUI
  • Porn star had previously played a prisoner in one of her adult movies

A Czech porn star who played a prisoner in one of her films has been sent to jail for real after leading police on a 136 mph high-speed chase while high on crystal meth.

Sona Muellerova, who performs under the name Laura Crystal, ran off from a police station having been asked to hand in her license, and sped off through Prague earlier this year.

The 26-year-old has now been sentenced to eight months for driving under the influence of drugs and obstructing an officer in the performance of his duty.

Pic shows: Czech porn star Sona Muellerova was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase. A Czech porn star on meths was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague. Sona Muellerova, 25, who goes by the stage name of Laura Crystal had been asked to show up at her local police station after she had earlier been caught on camera driving whilst banned. But after turning up to hand in her licence, officers noticed her getting into a car after leaving the station and driving off. Jumping into their squad cars, the cops then gave chase as the blonde sped off. A police spokesman said: "At one point she was going at 220kph and officers called in other cars for support. "When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving licence. "When the officers explained that she had given them her driving licence just half an hour before she swore and when she was arrested she didn’t seem at all surprised." Muellerova was taken back to the police station where she was given a standard drug test. The police spokesman said: "She was heavily under the influence of meths and admitted she had taken the drug. "She has been charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of a narcotic, taking narcotics, obstructing the police and endangering the lives of others." If found guilty the porn star, who once appeared in an adult film called ‘A little Jailing Nailing’, is facing three years in jail. (ends)  

Porn star Sona Muellerova is arrested by police in Prague after leading officers on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital

Pic shows: Czech porn star Sona Muellerova in one of her films. A Czech porn star on meths was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague. Sona Muellerova, 25, who goes by the stage name of Laura Crystal had been asked to show up at her local police station after she had earlier been caught on camera driving whilst banned. But after turning up to hand in her licence, officers noticed her getting into a car after leaving the station and driving off. Jumping into their squad cars, the cops then gave chase as the blonde sped off. A police spokesman said: "At one point she was going at 220kph and officers called in other cars for support. "When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving licence. "When the officers explained that she had given them her driving licence just half an hour before she swore and when she was arrested she didn’t seem at all surprised." Muellerova was taken back to the police station where she was given a standard drug test. The police spokesman said: "She was heavily under the influence of meths and admitted she had taken the drug. "She has been charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of a narcotic, taking narcotics, obstructing the police and endangering the lives of others." If found guilty the porn star, who once appeared in an adult film called ‘A little Jailing Nailing’, is facing three years in jail. (ends)  

Life imitating porn: In one of her adult films, 25-year-old Muellerova played a woman who is jailed

Muellerova had been asked to attend her local police station after earlier being caught on CCTV driving whilst banned.

But although she turned up at the station, she allegedly changed her mind when spotted by police officers, and instead drove off.

Officers then jumped into their squad cars and gave chase as the 26-year-old sped off through the Czech capital.

The result was a high-speed chase, where the adult film performer reached speeds of up to 136 mph, before she was caught.

Pic shows: Czech porn star Sona Muellerova in one of her films. A Czech porn star on meths was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague. Sona Muellerova, 25, who goes by the stage name of Laura Crystal had been asked to show up at her local police station after she had earlier been caught on camera driving whilst banned. But after turning up to hand in her licence, officers noticed her getting into a car after leaving the station and driving off. Jumping into their squad cars, the cops then gave chase as the blonde sped off. A police spokesman said: "At one point she was going at 220kph and officers called in other cars for support. "When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving licence. "When the officers explained that she had given them her driving licence just half an hour before she swore and when she was arrested she didn’t seem at all surprised." Muellerova was taken back to the police station where she was given a standard drug test. The police spokesman said: "She was heavily under the influence of meths and admitted she had taken the drug. "She has been charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of a narcotic, taking narcotics, obstructing the police and endangering the lives of others." If found guilty the porn star, who once appeared in an adult film called ‘A little Jailing Nailing’, is facing three years in jail. (ends)  

The 25-year-old had been asked to attend her local police station to hand in her license after earlier being caught on camera driving whilst banned. Pictured is the porn star in one of her films

Pic shows: Czech porn star Sona Muellerova was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase. A Czech porn star on meths was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague. Sona Muellerova, 25, who goes by the stage name of Laura Crystal had been asked to show up at her local police station after she had earlier been caught on camera driving whilst banned. But after turning up to hand in her licence, officers noticed her getting into a car after leaving the station and driving off. Jumping into their squad cars, the cops then gave chase as the blonde sped off. A police spokesman said: "At one point she was going at 220kph and officers called in other cars for support. "When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving licence. "When the officers explained that she had given them her driving licence just half an hour before she swore and when she was arrested she didn’t seem at all surprised." Muellerova was taken back to the police station where she was given a standard drug test. The police spokesman said: "She was heavily under the influence of meths and admitted she had taken the drug. "She has been charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of a narcotic, taking narcotics, obstructing the police and endangering the lives of others." If found guilty the porn star, who once appeared in an adult film called ‘A little Jailing Nailing’, is facing three years in jail. (ends)  Pic shows: Czech porn star Sona Muellerova was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase. A Czech porn star on meths was arrested after leading police on a high speed car chase through the Czech capital Prague. Sona Muellerova, 25, who goes by the stage name of Laura Crystal had been asked to show up at her local police station after she had earlier been caught on camera driving whilst banned. But after turning up to hand in her licence, officers noticed her getting into a car after leaving the station and driving off. Jumping into their squad cars, the cops then gave chase as the blonde sped off. A police spokesman said: "At one point she was going at 220kph and officers called in other cars for support. "When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving licence. "When the officers explained that she had given them her driving licence just half an hour before she swore and when she was arrested she didn’t seem at all surprised." Muellerova was taken back to the police station where she was given a standard drug test. The police spokesman said: "She was heavily under the influence of meths and admitted she had taken the drug. "She has been charged with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of a narcotic, taking narcotics, obstructing the police and endangering the lives of others." If found guilty the porn star, who once appeared in an adult film called ‘A little Jailing Nailing’, is facing three years in jail. (ends)  

When Muellerova was tested by police from drugs after being arrested, it was found that she was high on crystal meth

After being arrested, Muellerova was taken to a police station where a test confirmed she was under the influence of crystal meth.

A police spokesman said: ‘At one point she was going at 136 mph and officers called in other cars for support.

‘When they eventually stopped her she gave a fake name, which is something she has often done, and said she had forgotten her driving license.

‘When the officers explained that she had given them her driving license just half an hour before, she cursed and when she was arrested, she didn’t seem at all surprised.’

‘She was heavily under the influence of crystal meth and admitted she had taken the drug.

The porn star had faced up to three years in jail but in the end was given eight months.








Comments Off on Colquitt County Jail nurse, Jennifer Gail Sanchez, 33, faces Methamphetamine drug charges

MOULTRIE — A Colquitt County Jail nurse was arrested on Friday after officers who searched her car based on an alert from a police dog found suspected drugs. Officers found suspected methamphetamine and marijuana in the vehicle as well as other contraband that is not allowed inside the facility, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Inv. Jerome Burgess said.5678c7a0a1618_image

Jennifer Gail Sanchez is employed by Colquitt Regional Medical Center and has worked at the jail providing medical care for inmates for more than a year.

“The canine hit on the car,” Burgess said. “It was a hard hit on the car, according to the canine (handler).”

The scent of the marijuana was sufficient for the less sensitive noses of humans to detect, he said.

Employees who park behind the facility’s guard line are subject to search at any time, Burgess said, but Sanchez also agreed to let officers look through the car.

“We found a package inside the vehicle that contained multiple illegal substances,” he said.

Police said the search turned up about a half ounce of suspected marijuana and one to two grams of suspected methamphetamine. Officers also located cigarette rolling papers, tobacco and cigarette lighters in the package.

Sanchez, 33, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent, possession of marijuana with intent and bringing contraband across guard lines.

Sanchez has been placed on unpaid leave pending the results of the investigation, a Colquitt Regional spokeswoman said on Monday.

Burgess said that the agency’s Drug Enforcement Team had received a tip that Sanchez was bringing contraband in to inmates. On Friday, after officers performed a sweep through the jail facilities checking inmate areas, they then checked all cars of employees parked at the time behind the jail guard line.

A dog also alerted to a second car during the investigation. A search turned up prescription medications in it for which the owner had valid prescriptions, Burgess said.

After finding the contraband the Sheriff’s Office turned the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The decision to call the state agency was made because nearly everyone at the jail is familiar with Sanchez.

“I thought it was a conflict for us to do our own investigation,” Burgess said. “We recognized — and talking to the administration they agreed — we should let an outside agency do the investigation because of the potential for conflict.”

The GBI has not finished its probe at this time.

“At the conclusion of the ongoing investigation it’s possible some more arrests will be made,” Burgess said.

Sanchez remained in jail as of midafternoon on Monday.




Comments Off on Pound of Methamphetamine found in Sarasota Sara Sea Resort hotel room lands Jennifer Heller and Yuri Stasiuk in jail

SARASOTA, Fla. — A routine drug bust led to the discovery of 473 grams of methamphetamine in a hotel room at the Sara Sea Resort in Sarasota.

According to a report issued by The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, suspect Yuri Stasiuk was 5678693abff44_imagearrested last Tuesday after Special Investigations Section Detectives found more than a pound of meth in his hotel room. He told detectives he was expecting a shipment that was being delivered to Jennifer Heller in Venice.

After conducting surveillance, detectives made an investigatory traffic stop on a truck Heller was riding in and a K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics. Heller was arrested for possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, and was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after Corrections Deputies detected a glass drug pipe in her body cavity on the SecurPASS RadPRO Virtual Scanner when she was being booked into jail.

The following day detectives contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service to find out if the package was delivered to Heller at her Tampa Avenue address. It was not, so personnel located the package and detectives brought it to the Tampa Field Office until an Inspector could get a federal search warrant on the package. When the search warrant was obtained and executed detectives found close to a pound of methamphetamine inside.

Both Stasiuk and Heller were charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in Methamphetamine.




Comments Off on Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies: Chelsea Hylton, 27, of Livermore, arrested after Methamphetamine, drugs, machine gun and assault rifle found at Modesto Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel

MODESTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A woman was arrested Monday morning after deputies found drugs and guns during a search at a Modesto hotel room, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

Chelsea Hylton, 27, of Livermore was arrested for possession of assault weapons and was bookedHylton--Chelsea-jpg into the Tuolumne County Jail, deputies said.

Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at the Best Western Sonora Oaks Hotel on Hess Avenue, where they found Hylton’s companion, 47-year-old Gerald Lillard, who had possibly overdosed on methamphetamine, deputies said.

Lillard, of Modesto, told the ambulance crew that he had taken amphetamines, despite Hylton saying earlier that he did not take any drugs, according to investigators.

After receiving consent, deputies searched the hotel room and Hylton’s vehicle.

Deputies said they found hydrocodone pills, a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia and an AK-47 assault rifle in Hylton’s hotel room.Guns-found-12-21-2015-jpg

A machine gun and a large amount of money in an envelope were found in her vehicle, officers said.

Hylton posted the $60,000 bail and was released from custody later Monday.

Authorities said Lillard will possibly be charged at a later time.




Comments Off on Brandon Louis Chatagnier and Thomas Pierce Robinson arrested in Alexandria for Methamphetamine

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) – On December 17th deputies assigned to the Metro Division were assisting the United States Marshals Service Violent Offenders Task Force in locating a fugitive on an out of parish warrant.


Deputies and Task Force members went to a residence on West Circle Drive where they located the subject on the warrant.

As Task Force members were taking the subject into custody, deputies notice what appeared to be needles and suspected methamphetamine on the front seat of the vehicle that the fugitive traveled in.

Through further investigation, deputies located the operators of the vehicle, Brandon Louis Chatagnier and Thomas Pierce Robinson, also at the residence.

Chatagnier was found to have active warrants for contempt of court and was placed under arrest without incident.

Deputies established that both subjects had control of the vehicle and both subjects were charged for Possession CDS II with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputies located approximately 63 grams of methamphetamine worth approximately $7,000.

Chatagnier remains in jail on a $35,250 bond and Robinson was released on a $10,250 bond.



Comments Off on Brevard County child welfare manager, Cleopatra Price, 42, loses job over Methamphetamine and heroin trafficking drug arrest

A child-welfare case manager, charged with trafficking heroin and methamphetamine on the side, has been removed from her position, Florida Department of Children and Families officials confirmed today.

Cleopatra Price, 42, worked with Impower, a child-welfare organization that is subcontracted by Brevard Family Partnership to provide a range of services, from family counseling to adoption case reviews. Brevard Family Partnership is contracted out by the Department of Children and Families.

“She was a case worker and was working directly with families in some kind of capacity,” said Kristi Gray, DCF spokeswoman.

“This type of charge is absolutely unacceptable. These are people holding positions of trust. It is a disqualifying offense,” Gray said, adding that there is an appeals process that Price, who has not been convicted of the charges, can follow to fight for her job.

Price oversaw 17 cases involving children and families, including those seeking adoption and foster care, officials with Brevard Family Partnership reported to FLORIDA TODAY. Area officials with the non-635860331061489275-2015-00016434profit agency – which has helped hundreds of children find homes since its start 10 years ago – were also disturbed by the charges and are moving to ensure her cases are being handled by others.

“We are reviewing her cases. We’ll sit down and the case managers will go over all of her cases. Our overall concern is the children,” said Tracey Kinsley, spokeswoman for Brevard Family Partnership, an agency that oversees adoptions, foster care program and other social services for the state.

Price was removed from her $39,000 job after it was learned that Brevard County sheriff’s deputies carried out a search warrant of a home at 1354 Tarton Way in Central Brevard. The warrant was sworn out after a series of undercover drug buys involving heroin and cocaine involving Price, records show.

Price was charged with trafficking 56 grams of heroin, trafficking 30.5 grams of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. Some of the drugs were found in her dresser drawer along with her clothing, three stolen handguns, eight Oxycodone pills and marijuana, records show. Officials say Price initially moved from a position with Devereux, another non-profit child-welfare agency, to Impower, which has a $4.5 million contract with Brevard Family Partnership, in 2014,

She also underwent a background check. “Her background came back clean,” Kinsley said.

Also arrested was Raybean Phillips, described by sheriff’s investigators as her live-in boyfriend. Investigators said the pair used kitchen utensils to help package the drugs.

Phillips was charged with four counts of possession of a firearm, ammunition or electric weapon by a convicted felon, and two counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking illegal drugs. Both have January court dates on the charges.




Comments Off on Methamphetamine Bust: 34 Women and Men Arrested on Mescalero Apache Reservation

Twenty-one members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe are facing federal or tribal charges following an 18-month investigation into methamphetamine trafficking on the reservation.

The investigation, launched in May 2014, yielded criminal charges against a total of 34 individuals, including 13 non-Natives. Spearheaded by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the investigation initially targeted a drug trafficking organization led by a member of the tribe. It later expanded to include two other drug trafficking organizations that allegedly supplied methamphetamine for distribution on the reservation.

Eighteen defendants, including five members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, were charged in six indictments and a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Sixteen additional tribal members are charged in criminal complaints approved by the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court.

The charges come after a spike in violent crime “caused by users of methamphetamine,” U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez said during a press conference Monday. Methamphetamine has a “disproportionate devastating impact” on tribal communities, accounting for as much as 40 percent of violent crime on reservations.

The investigation, designated as part of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, was one of the first to utilize wiretaps in Indian country. More than 10 kilograms, or about 22 pounds, of methamphetamine was seized over the course of the investigation.

Drug-related crimes have taken a toll on this 720-square-mile reservation in south-central New Mexico, said Danny Breuninger, president of the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Located about two hours north of El Paso, Texas, and the Mexico border, the reservation supports a population of about 5,000 people.

“The feds are not disclosing the origin of the drugs, but I think it’s safe to say that more than likely they originated in Mexico,” Breuninger said. “Meth has been here for the last 10 years and it has gradually, progressively become worse, to the point where now it’s affecting quite a number of our young adults and teenagers.”

Breuninger said the reservation is plagued with instances of violent crime and suicide, as well as other health issues, including birth defects traced to women using meth while pregnant. He believes the federal investigation went into high gear following the brutal beating of a 13-year-old girl on the reservation several years ago.

“Two male subjects were high on meth,” he said. “The girl survived, but she’s still recovering from her injuries. That was the kind of catalyst that sent a strong message to federal officials that we have some very serious issues in respect to meth use among our young population.”

The reservation is reeling from the indictments – and the long-term effects of meth, Breuninger said. He said the drug has “poisoned and devastated” the tribe.

“I think the investigation and the arrests have been a wake-up call for a lot of our members,” he said. “But as far as the effects of the drugs, we’re like any other Indian nation today. We’re struggling to maintain our culture, language and identity, and this influence is coming in and attacking us.”

Meth is at the root of a “no-win” situation that is much bigger than the Mescalero reservation, Breuninger said.

“I look at other reservations across the country, and we’re all facing this as a group,” he said. “It’s in big cities, small towns and villages. Mescalero is certainly not immune.”

The tribal members indicted on federal drug charges of distribution of methamphetamine are Alvino L. Saenz, 49; Glen Joel Lester, 38; Wallace Rice Jr., 44; Lorenzo Y. Saenz, 51; and Rona Antone Morin, 44. Alvino Saenz and Lorenzo Saenz were arrested on December 11. Rice is in state custody on unrelated charges. Lester and Morin have not been arrested and are considered fugitives, according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Thirteen additional tribal members are charged in tribal court with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri Abernathy of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces, New Mexico, Branch Office is prosecuting the federal cases, and Mescalero Tribal Prosecutor Alta Braham is prosecuting the tribal cases. When reached by phone this week, Braham declined to comment on the case





Comments Off on Six women and men arrested following investigation into Methamphetamine supply to Gisborne

Six people have been arrested following an investigation into the supply of methamphetamine into the Gisborne area.

The six are expected appear in the Gisborne and North Shore District Courts on charges ranging from conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, to possession of the drug.

The drug investigation conducted by Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay Police has been running for a number of months and culminated in the arrests on Sunday night, police said.

Police searched three houses in Gisborne and one house in Wairoa.

Police said they found a “significant” amount of cash and methamphetamine.

The total quantity of the drugs and cash is still being collated.

Searches of the houses were continuing on Monday and police expected to find more items of interest.

Those arrested include males and females from Gisborne, Wairoa, Auckland and Manawatu.



Comments Off on Hughes County prosecutor Wendy Kloeppner: Methamphetamine causing 20 percent increase in crime case load in Pierre

The work load prosecuting serious crimes in Hughes County has increased 20 percent over last year and it’s nearly all because of methamphetamine, State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner told county commissioners Monday.

“Today I went into court and we had some arrests over the weekend and had file number 904, which means we have opened 150 more cases in Class 1 misdemeanors and felonies this year than last year,” she told the five-man commission at its regular meeting. “Our staff is beyond frustration and over-worked. I didn’t realize how low morale is and how bad the frustration is. And the year isn’t over yet. So in the next couple months I might be coming to you with a plan.”

Commissioners asked her what was behind the big increase.

“It’s just due to the methamphetamine,” she said. “That and the violence that comes with it, is why there are 150 more files that have come forward. It’s just crazy.”

Last year, her office handled 750 cases of Class 1 misdemeanors and felonies, she told the Capital Journal in the court house in Pierre.

Kloeppner met with the commission on a more immediate problem: asking for the commission’s approval to pay overtime to one employee or two employees to work more hours and to hire a temporary part-time employee to help fill in at 10 hours a week while an employee takes six weeks of maternity leave.

The commission quickly OK’d her plan but wanted more information about the meth crime boom.

“I keep hearing about the increase in felonies and meth cases,” Commissioner Tom Tveit told Kloeppner. “Is that transients or is it from people who are permanent residents here? Where is that coming from?”

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Kloeppner said. “Some have been residents here for years and are doing it. Some are new to town, they come and they say ‘It’s awesome,’ and they stay and bring their social problems with them.”

Tveit referred to his concern voiced a week ago to Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill at a downtown meeting about one probable effect for the county of the proposed new events and recreation center Pierre leaders plan to build by 2019. It’s projected to bring perhaps an additional 12,000 visitors a year to Pierre which likely would increase the number of DUIs and other crimes, Tveit said.

Prosecuting such crimes is all on the county’s dime, yet the county won’t receive any of the added economic impact the proposed Center’s activities are expected to generate, including in more sales tax revenue.

“Is that a valid argument,” he asked Kloeppner and Sheriff Mike Leidholt.

“Is the events center going to mean a 10 or 15 percent bump in crime? No,” said Leidholt. “But the more people you have, the more problems. The meth problem is nearing an epidemic problem in central South Dakota.”

He said the number of county jail inmates from Hughes County crimes has gone from averaging 40 per day to averaging 60 per day “In a relatively short time. The meth is all over.”

Tveit told Kloeppner but also seemed to be making a public statement: “I just wanted to clarify that statement I made last week. I did not mean and never envisioned a huge influx of more (crime) cases.” But your request today is a case in point about how thin we are. And how much effect just a few more cases will have on our budgeting process.”

The commission has said for five months they gave critical budget issues because costs – especially health costs – continue rising steeply while the county’s hands are largely tied from finding new sources of revenue. For several years, the county has been spending down its reserve funds.

Commissioner Bill Abernathy, former police chief in Pierre, said he wanted to echo Tveit’s concern.

“If there is a basketball tournament ( at the proposed center) bringing just 1,500 people to town and we end up popping a few people on meth charges, Hughes County court charges them and we are the ones who are going to be paying the bill on the whole thing.”

Commissioners asked Kloeppner if the county’s public defenders also were seeing a similar increase in workload and Kloeppner said she was sure they were.

About 90 percent of the serious crime cases her office prosecutes involve defendants who qualify as indigent so the court appoints – and pays for – an attorney to defend them, Kloeppner told the Commission.

In a separate but not unrelated action on Monday, the commission rejected a revised public defender contract with Pierre attorney Robert Konrad.

At an earlier meeting, the commission had agreed to pay Konrad $50,000 a year for three years beginning next year, which is an increase of $5,000 a year from his current contract.

Commissioners said his revised language appeared to allow him to do less work for more pay and told County Manager Kevin Hipple to tell Konrad they reject his proposed revisions and he could accept the original new contract. Or other options would be explored to find defenders for indigent defendants, including offering the work to other attorneys, commissioners said.“This doesn’t include all the files we read and didn’t charge out. It’s just been a really tough year.”





Comments Off on Three Men Jailed for Drugging with Methamphetamine, Gang-Raping 21-Year-Old Casino Worker

Three men who confessed to drugging and gang-raping a 21-year-old casino worker in Poipet City in the early hours of Friday were charged by the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Sunday and sent to prison to await trial, officials said.

The three suspects, all unemployed drug addicts, were arrested by military police on Friday morning just hours after they took turns raping the woman in the border town’s derelict railway station, according to Prum Theng, director of the provincial military police’s judicial investigations department.

Mr. Theng said the victim was employed at the Holiday Palace casino in Poipet commune, and was walking home alone after her shift ended at about 3 a.m. when the men approached her on foot and forced her into the railway station, threatening to kill her if she screamed.

What happened next, he said, “was so cruel.”

“They forced the victim to use drugs [crystal methamphetamine] until she became intoxicated and raped her,” he said. “The suspects raped her one by one, then tore off her clothes so she could not run away.”

Locals who work near the railway station found the naked woman at about 6 a.m. and brought her a set of clothes before informing military police, who made short work of locating her attackers, according to Mr. Theng.

With a description of the men from the victim, he said, they tracked them down to a rented house in the area. Under questioning at the provincial military police headquarters, they all confessed to raping the woman, he added.

Mr. Theng said the men were questioned at the Banteay Meanchey court Sunday morning before being charged with aggravated rape and forcing someone to use an addictive substance, under the criminal code and the drug law, respectively.

Hin Sophal, director of the provincial prison, confirmed that the men were received Sunday morning. “They arrived at about 10:30 a.m and are now being kept in pretrial detention,” he said.



Comments Off on Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times

Karla Jacinto was lured from poverty in Mexico by a man who befriended her with sweets and a story

  • She spent four years being forced to have sex 30 times a day
  • She has told her story to the U.S. Congress to get changes in the law, and to the pope
  • She says: “You need to learn about what happened to me and take the blindfold off your eyes” sextraficking

DD:  Human sex trafficking and forced prostitution is huge industry and probably the most neglected and under reported by the media and and as result has the less public awareness of all major crimes.   It is believed by some law enforcement and human rights groups that it has surpassed the income produced by drugs for some of the smaller cartels in Mexico.  Borderland Beat has reported on this horrendous crime since our beginning.  There are too many of those stories to list them all here, but by using the search button on both the Main Page and the Forum page and typing “human sex trafficking” you will find them.  One of them in particular from 2012 will show you the enormity of this human rights issue.   In that story a Congresswoman is giving a report to the Mexican lower house of Congress in the fight to pass stronger laws in Mexico concerning this crime.  She is shown presenting a report prepared by a respected NGO that shows there are at least 800,000 sex trafficking cases in Mexico each year. Traffickers have always targeted  young girls, usually from small towns and villages, teenagers and younger because they are  vulnerable  .   But in this age of electronic social media (Face Book etc) they also lure desperate vulnerable older women into the “life” with a good story and promises of a wonderful life.  While most of us would find it hard to believe that a woman in her 30’s or 40s would become involved with a man they had only met on the internet and never in person, it happens more than we know.  Women who are victims of domestic violence or other abuses grasping for a straw    I know it happens because I have firsthand knowledge of it happening. The following tragic story is about a young girl named Karla who was forced into prostitution when she was 12 years old.  She is now 23 years old and has become a strong advocate against human trafficking.  The traffickers who target the children are, in my opinion, the lowest form of despicable criminal.  


 Mexico City (CNN)  Karla Jacinto is sitting in a serene garden. She looks at the ordinary sights of flowers and can hear people beyond the garden walls, walking and talking in Mexico City.

She looks straight into my eyes, her voice cracking slightly, as she tells me the number she wants me to remember — 43,200.  By her own estimate, 43,200 is the number of times she was raped after falling into the hands of human traffickers.  She says up to 30 men a day, seven days a week, for the best part of four years — 43,200.

Her story highlights the brutal realities of human trafficking in Mexico and the United States, an underworld that has destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of Mexican girls like Karla.

Human trafficking has become a trade so lucrative and prevalent, that it knows no borders and links towns in central Mexico with cities like Atlanta and New York.

U.S. and Mexican officials both point to a town in central Mexico that for years has been a major source of human trafficking rings and a place where victims are taken before being eventually forced into prostitution. The town is called Tenancingo. Even though it has a population of about 13,000 it has an oversized reputation when it comes to prostitution and pimping, says Susan Coppedge, who is now the U.S. State Department’s Ambassador at Large to Combat Human trafficking, and previously worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Atlanta.  “That’s what the town does. That is their industry,” Coppedge says. (DD: In one video a young pimp defended himself by saying “My father was a pimp, his father was a pimp, my uncle is pimp, and when I was 13 my father told me I was going to be a pimp and they started training me”.)  “And yet in smaller, rural communities the young girls don’t have any idea that this is what the town’s reputation is, so they are not suspicious of the men who come from there. They think they have got a great future with this person. They think they love and it is the same story of recruitment every time.”

“That’s what the town does. That is their industry,” Coppedge says. “And yet in smaller, rural communities the young girls don’t have any idea that this is what the town’s reputation is, so they are not suspicious of the men who come from there. They think they have got a great future with this person. They think they love and it is the same story of recruitment every time.”

Mistreated from the age of 5

Karla says she was abused for as long as she can remember and felt rejected by her mother. “I came from a dysfunctional family. I was sexually abused and mistreated from the age of 5 by a relative,’ she says.

When she was 12 she was targeted by a trafficker who lured her away using kind words and a fast car.

She says she was waiting for some friends near a subway station in Mexico City, when a little boy selling sweets came up to her, telling her somebody was sending her a piece of candy as a gift.

Five minutes later, Karla says, an older man was talking to her, telling her that he was a used car salesman.

The initial awkwardness disappeared as soon as the man started telling her that he was also abused as a boy. He was also very affectionate and quite a gentleman, she says. They exchanged phone numbers and when he called a week later, Karla says she got excited. He asked her to go on a trip to nearby Puebla with him and dazzled her by showing up driving a bright red Firebird Trans Am.

“When I saw the car I couldn’t believe it. I was very impressed by such a big car. It was exciting for me. He asked me to get in the car to go places,” she says.

‘Red flags’ were everywhere

 t didn’t take long for the man, who at 22 was 10 years older than Karla, to convince her to leave with him, especially after Karla’s mother didn’t open the door one night when she came home a little too late. “The following day I left with him. I lived with him for three months during which he treated me very well. He loved on me, he bought me clothes, gave me attention, bought me shoes, flowers, chocolates, everything was beautiful,” Karla says. But there were red flags everywhere also.

Karla says her boyfriend would leave her by herself for a week in their apartment. His cousins would show up with new girls every week. When she finally mustered the courage to ask what business they were in, he told her the truth. “They’re pimps,” he said. “A few days later he started telling me everything I had to do; the positions, how much I need to charge, the things I had to do with the client and for how long, how I was to treat them and how I had to talk to them so that they would give me more money,” Karla says.

Four years of hell

It was the beginning of four years of hell. The first time she was forced to work as a prostitute she was taken to Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s largest cities. “I started at 10 a.m. and finished at midnight. We were in Guadalajara for a week. Do the math. Twenty per day for a week. Some karlatearsmen would laugh at me because I was crying. I had to close my eyes so that that I wouldn’t see what they were doing to me, so that I wouldn’t feel anything,” Karla says. There would be several other cities. She would be sent to brothels, roadside motels, streets known for prostitution and even homes. There were no holidays or days off, and after the first few days, she was made to see at least 30 customers a day, seven days a week. Karla tells how she was attacked by her trafficker after a john gave her a hickey. “He started beating me with a chain in all of my body. He punched me with his fists, he kicked me, pulled my hair, spit at me in the face, and that day was when he also burned me with the iron. I told him I wanted to leave and he was accusing me of falling in love with a customer. He told me I like being a whore.” And then came a child… One day, when she was working at a hotel known for prostitution, police showed up. They kicked out of all of the customers, Karla says, and shut down the hotel. She thought it was her lucky day — a police operation to rescue her and the other girls. Her relief turned quickly to horror when the officers, about 30 she says, took the girls to several rooms and started shooting video of them in compromising positions. The girls were told the videos would be sent to their families if they didn’t do everything they asked. “I thought they were disgusting. They knew we were minors. We were not even developed. We had sad faces. There were girls who were only 10 years old. There were girls who were crying. They told the officers they were minors and nobody paid attention,” Karla says. She was 13 years old at the time. In her nightmare world even a pregnancy was cause for horror not joy. Karla gave birth at 15 to a girl — a baby fathered by the pimp who would use the daughter to tighten the noose around her neck: if she didn’t fulfill his every wish, he would either harm or kill the baby. He took the baby away from her a month after the baby was born, and she was not allowed to see her again until the girl was more than a year old. Karla Jacinto was finally rescued in 2008 during an anti-trafficking operation in Mexico City. Her ordeal lasted four very long and tormenting years. She was still a minor, only 16, when it ended — but she has endured a lifetime of horror that will stay with her as long as she lives.

CNN independently verified portions of Karla’s story. We have spoken with the United Against Human Trafficking group she was referred to after being rescued, and to senior officials at Road to Home, a shelter where Karla lived for one year after her rescue. Due to the clandestine nature of the human trafficking business, corroborating everything Karla told us is not possible.

‘Take the blindfold off your eyes’

Karla is now 23 years old. She has become an outspoken advocate against human trafficking, telling her story at conferences and public events.

She told her story to Pope Francis in July at the Vatican. (DD for more details of her presentation to the  Pope click this Spanish  The Pope became so emotional after hearing her testimony that he wanted the above photo of her and another victim taken.with him to show his support for what they are doing to fight human trafficking)

She also told her story to the U.S. Congress in May.  The text of her testimony can be found here.karlacongress

Her testimony was used as evidence in support for H.R. 515 or Megan’s Law that mandates U.S. authorities share information pertaining to American child sex offenders when these convicts attempt to travel abroad.

Her message is that human trafficking and forced prostitution still happens and is a growing problem in our world.

Karla says: “These minors are being abducted, lured, and yanked away from their families. Don’t just listen to me. You need to learn about what happened to me and take the blindfold off your eyes.”

Doing nothing, she says, puts countless girls at risk of being trafficked for years and raped tens of thousands of times, just like she was.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have yet to gather for the 2016 legislative session, but already the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry has clashed with influential law enforcement organizations over a proposed law that would require a prescription to buy a common cold medicine also used to make methamphetamine.

Advocates, including county prosecutors, say something needs to be done to rollback Indiana’s dubious distinction as a leading state in yearly meth lab discoveries, and have previously tried — and failed — to make it the third state requiring residents to get a doctor’s prescription for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

This year, they have a powerful advocate in GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma, who has made passing the law a priority.

Here are some things to keep in mind:


Meth lab discoveries have dropped across much of the U.S. since a national peak in 2004. That trend has mostly skipped Indiana. State police report 1,242 meth lab “incidents” as of Oct. 31 of this year, only slightly below the 1,384 labs that federal officials reported for Indiana at the national peak.

A 2013 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office credited crafty meth makers for developing new cooking techniques, as well as the use of groups of straw buyers who fan out to purchase the needed quantities of cold medicine.

But unlike the image of ad hoc meth lab facilities popularized by TV shows like “Breaking Bad,” authorities say 93 percent of the labs discovered in 2015 were much smaller in scale, sometimes involving little more than a one-liter soda bottle

The law would certainly inconvenience consumers, said Jonathan Woodruff, an attorney for the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws. But decreasing access to cold medicine, he said, can’t hurt “because it makes it harder for people to buy it for illegal purposes.”


Opponents of the proposal say it is a dated solution to an evolving problem. Increasingly, authorities say, the meth trade is in the control of foreign drug cartels that can produce large quantities and have a vast distribution network.

“It’s less of an issue of what’s being purchased at the drugstore and more an issue of what is coming into the country,” said Alex Brill, a health care policy researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “The marketplace here in the U.S. for meth has definitely evolved over the last four years.”

Authorities concede that meth from Mexico is increasingly a problem, but they contend that tightly regulating the sale of cold medicine will free up the resources to focus on drug cartels.

“It won’t solve the meth-taking problem in our state, but we believe it will solve the meth-making problem,” said Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin, who serves an area with substantial meth use.


The proposal is running into a well-financed campaign from industry groups, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represent interests that stand to lose financially if the law is passed. Already, radio ads are airing across the state highlighting the inconvenience it would cause for consumers, as well as the cost, which could fall on government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Former state health Commissioner Richard Feldman says the popularity of meth presents a vexing challenge for law enforcement.

“But flooding the medical system and clogging it up with patients with a common cold? The added cost to government individuals and families is not justified,” said Feldman, who served under former Democratic Gov. Frank O’Bannon.


Critics and proponents both agree a prescription requirement will likely lead enterprising meth cooks to get their cold medicine in neighboring states, none of which have a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine.

“But the harder it makes it for them, the better,” said David Powell, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

That could lead to the creation of a black market, said Feldman, who is currently the director of Family Medicine Residency for St. Francis Health.

“What did prescription status do for opiates? Nothing. It’s the easiest drug to get on the street,” he said. “Why is it going to be any different for pseudoephedrine?”





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Research in practice no. 44

Madeleine Kapira, Susan Goldsmid & Alexandra Gannoni ISSN 1836-9111 Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, December 2015

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The Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC) Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program interviews police detainees at selected police stations and watch houses across Australia on a quarterly basis. The Adelaide watch house is one of the DUMA data collection sites. Detainees present at the Adelaide watch house during data collection are asked to complete an interviewer-assisted self-report survey on their use of alcohol and other drugs and their offending habits. Urine samples are also requested twice a year during data collection (Quarters 1 and 3). Urine samples are subjected to urinalysis at an independent toxicology laboratory to detect the presence of a number of licit and illicit drugs, including methamphetamine. Participation in the DUMA program is voluntary and confidential. Since the program commenced in 1999, 52,859 detainees have been interviewed and 37,774 urine samples have been collected nationally. The data presented in this report was collected during Quarter 1 (January-February) and Quarter 2 (April-May) of 2015 at the Adelaide watch house. In 2015, 239 police detainees were interviewed in Adelaide. They were, on average, 33 years of age. The majority of detainees interviewed were male (92%). Males are over-represented in the Australian detainee population.

What is methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant, as is cocaine. It hastens the messages from the user’s brain to their body, resulting in feelings of alertness, confidence, energy and wakefulness (ADF 2014). However, unlike cocaine, which has a half-life (the amount of time it takes for half of the dose consumed to be eliminated from the user’s body) of one to three hours, the half-life of methamphetamine is eight to 13 hours (Barr et al. 2006). For police, this means they will be required to manage the effects of intoxication and withdrawal experienced by users in custody over a much longer period of time. Adelaide police detainees have described the effect of methamphetamine: ‘When people are coming off it, they go “psycho”. Not a “safe” drug’ (Quarter 1, 2015).

Trends in methamphetamine use


Figure 1. Adelaide detainees who tested positive to methamphetamine, 2002–2015 (%)Source: AIC DUMA collection 2002–2015 [computer file]Ice (60%) was the most common form of methamphetamine Adelaide police detainees reported consuming on their last occasion of use (see Figure 2). A small proportion of users reported having consumed white rock (6%) or a liquid (4%) form of methamphetamine. Twenty-seven percent of detainees reported using some other form of methamphetamine such as wet paste. Note: Data from 2015 was taken from Quarters 1 and 2 only (January–June)Only methamphetamine users included in analysis


Health harms and methamphetamine

The Adelaide methamphetamine market

In 2015, Adelaide police detainees rated the availability of methamphetamine, on average, at eight on a 10-point scale (where 1 is extremely hard to get and 10 is readily available or overabundant). A detainee described this high level of availability: ‘Methamphetamine is everywhere in Adelaide. It’s huge’ (Quarter 2, 2015). Other detainees commented that the illicit drug market was saturated with methamphetamine. Comments included: ‘[It is a] flooded market at the moment’ and ‘Ice is flooding the market’ (Quarter 2, 2015).

Quality of methamphetamine

Price of methamphetamine

One detainee who reported the price had decreased stated: ‘[Dealers are] dropping prices in order to compete and by making it weaker or smaller quantities. Now $50 for a point’ (Quarter 2, 2015). Another detainee who was interviewed in June 2015 explained that the decrease in the price of methamphetamine was due to ice dealers trying to expand the market.

Minimizing risks during interactions with methamphetamine users

As an Adelaide police detainee interviewed in 2015 summed it up: ‘[Methamphetamine is] pretty bad, highly addictive. Ruining people’s lives’ (Quarter 1, 2015). Users of methamphetamine are at increased risk of contracting bloodborn diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C from sharing needles and risky sexual behaviors (Kaye & Darke 2000). Approximately 47 percent of methamphetamine users interviewed at the Adelaide watch house in 2015 reported having injected methamphetamine in the last 12 months. Therefore, police in contact with methamphetamine users are at increased risk of exposure to bloodborn diseases and need to take appropriate precautions to minimize this risk.

Methamphetamine is of national concern (ACC 2014), but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers? In real terms it means that frontline police are required, on an increasingly frequent basis, to engage with methamphetamine users. This presents a number of challenges to police. First, methamphetamine intoxication and withdrawal can impede an individual’s ability to follow police directions. Second, use is associated with behavioral and psychological disturbances, including aggression, which can increase the risk of harm for the police and members of the community. Third, the user is at increased risk of serious physical harms when in custody due to the effects of intoxication or withdrawal. Risks to the user may be exacerbated by physical exertion during interactions with police or due to use of restraint by police. Being armed with information about what methamphetamine is, the nature and extent of use of methamphetamine among Adelaide police detainees, and details of the Adelaide methamphetamine market can assist police to identify risks to themselves and others.

For more information about DUMA, or to access DUMA publications, please visit:

Methamphetamine is a derivative of amphetamine, differing only in the presence of an extra methyl group on the compound. Currently, methamphetamine is the most readily available form of amphetamine in Australia. Methamphetamine comes in various forms, with crystalline methamphetamine (also known as ice or crystal meth) being the most potent. In recent years, Australia has experienced a rise in the availability of ice. While debate still surrounds whether the number of methamphetamine users in the general population is increasing, it appears those who are using methamphetamine are using purer forms of the drug and are using methamphetamine more frequently (AIHW 2015). This is likely to increase the potential for the user, and those in contact with the user, to experience harms.

Methamphetamine use has been associated with anxiety, mood disturbances, paranoia, visual or auditory hallucinations, delusions and psychosis (McKetin et al. 2013). Psychosis is a state where the mind loses contact with reality. These symptoms, and intoxication itself, can result in the user having difficulties with communication and interpersonal interactions (Sommers & Baskin-Sommers 2006). It is through the intensification of emotions, heightened arousal or difficulties communicating that the increased risk of violence or aggression may occur (Sommers & Baskin-Sommers 2006). Methamphetamine use is also associated with physical harms to the user such as elevated blood pressure, increased pulse, raised temperature, cardiac arrhythmias and myocardial ischemia (Henry-Edwards et al. 2003).

Methamphetamine use among Adelaide police detainees

In 2010–11, methamphetamine use increased among Adelaide police detainees. This increase has since plateaued at a level between 20 and 25 percent (see Figure 1). In 2015, 21 percent of Adelaide detainees tested positive to methamphetamine via urinalysis.

Note: Data from 2015 was from Quarter 1 only (January–March)

Forms of methamphetamine

Figure 2. Adelaide detainees by form of methamphetamine consumed on last occasion of use, 2015 (%)

Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding

Source: AIC DUMA collection 2015 [computer file]

Over one third of Adelaide police detainees (38%) who had used methamphetamine reported having overdosed, ‘over-amped’, or burnt out in the last 12 months. This suggests more than one in three users reported consuming a dangerous amount of methamphetamine or consuming methamphetamine over a prolonged period of time in the last 12 months.

Availability of methamphetamine

Based on police detainee reports, it appears this high level of availability is being maintained over time. In 2015, 75 percent of methamphetamine-using detainees reported availability had stayed the same in the three months prior to being interviewed by the DUMA program. Following this, eight percent claimed it was in fact easier to get, while only five percent stated it was harder to get.

On average, detainees in Adelaide rated the quality of methamphetamine at seven out of 10 (where 1 is extremely poor/impure quality and 10 is excellent purity). In 2015, 62 percent of detainees reported the quality of methamphetamine in Adelaide had stayed the same in the three months prior to interview. Following this, 11 percent of detainees stated the quality had actually increased. With regard to the quality of methamphetamine, Adelaide detainees have made comments such as the ‘quality of meth/ice fluctuates from dealer to dealer’ (Quarter 1, 2015) and that methamphetamine ‘[is] not cut anymore—so pure’ (Quarter 1, 2015).

Detainees were also asked whether the price of methamphetamine had changed recently. Half of the detainees interviewed (51%) reported the price of methamphetamine had stayed the same. This was followed by 15 percent of detainees who stated it had decreased, 10 percent who stated the price had become more expensive, and seven percent stated the price fluctuated.

In 2015, 41 percent of police detainees reported the number of sellers in the market had increased in the three months prior to being interviewed by the DUMA program. As more and more sellers enter the market, prices can be forced down due to competition, or enforcement swamping—a phenomenon where the risk of arrest is reduced when the number of sellers increases, as police have more targets to pursue (Caulkins & Reuter 2006; Moore et al. 2005). Other factors that can influence price include the quantity and quality of the methamphetamine.

In 2015, one in five police detainees (21%) at the Adelaide watch house who provided urine samples to the DUMA program tested positive to methamphetamine. This means frontline police and police working at the watch house are likely to be in regular contact with methamphetamine users. Identifying risks and implementing harm-minimization strategies can reduce the potential risk of harm for the police and the user.

The National Drug Strategy guidelines for police services suggest a number of strategies to reduce risks to the police, the community and the user associated with psychological and physical side effects of use. These include:

seeking a medical assessment for persons identified as intoxicated with a psychostimulant substance such as methamphetamine;

using minimal physical restraint to avoid increasing the user’s body temperature, which can lead to severe medical complications;

continuous calm and clear communication with the user, which may assist in de-escalating situations, and avoiding hostile language which may prompt or exacerbate aggression;

formalized, accurate assessments of the user when they are in custody to ensure any signs of psychostimulant toxicity are not overlooked; and

continued observation for six to eight hours while the user is in custody to ensure that if deterioration takes place, this is responded to immediately.The Australian Institute of Criminology would like to thank the South Australia Police for their ongoing support of the DUMA program, particularly the watch house staff and DUMA Steering Committee members. Without the commitment, support and assistance of the South Australia Police the program would not be possible. All URLs correct at September 2015.



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The bodies of eight men, with either throats slashed or having been beheaded, were discovered in El Ejido Colonia Morelos, of the municipality Cosolapa, Oaxaca, on the border of Oaxaca and Veracruz.

The victims were bound foot and hand with duct tape, blindfolded and were left in and around a gray SUV with Federal District license plates. There were no gunshot impacts on the bodies, indications are they were hacked to death at the bloody scene. All the men were clad only in underwear when found.

A narco cartulina was left at the scene, which reads;

This is what will happen to those who work with “El Chiquis”

El Chiquis is known as the name of the plaza chief of Cordoba, Orizaba and Tezonapa Veracruz.

Some reports say it was a message to Los Zetas.

The vicinity of the discovery has become known as a preferred dumping ground for bodies in recent weeks, it is suspected that the killings transpire on the Veracruz side of the border, where there has been an uptick in cartel violence in recent months in a Veracruz turf war.

In twenty seven days in November there were a total of 41 bodies reported dumped in the area.

Farm workers made the discovery, “Peasants who were to work in the vicinity of the hamlet Morelos (municipality) in Cosolapa, found the bodies and notified us ,” reported the deputy commander of the state police.



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Unbeknownst to the tourists who pass through, residents of the picturesque Pueblo Mágico of Creel in Mexico’s majestic Sierra Tarahumara live under the yoke of organized crime. They live under strict rules imposed by gunmen from the Sinaloa Cartel, one of which is never to speak publicly about the area’s insecurity. But in this article, part of an ongoing series entitled “Learning to Live with El Narco,” townspeople speak candidly about what life is really like in a cartel stronghold.

 Sicarios. Encapuchados. Trocas. Cuernos de chivo. Mariguana. Sembradíos.

Talk to Jennifer for 10 minutes and those narco-related words will fly out of her mouth. They mean, in order, narco hitmen or gunmen, hooded or masked men, pick-up trucks, machine guns, marijuana and pot crop.

Jennifer just turned 13.

But she needs these words to describe her daily life in Creel, a town in the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara in the northern state of Chihuahua. Creel is an official Pueblo Mágico, or “Magical Town,” meaning it receives government incentives to maintain its traditional character and culture to attract tourists.

It is also where, in 2008, members of a criminal organization burst into a party and killed 12 young people and a baby, and then warned the entire country that there would be more such massacres.


 Jennifer and Marta

Seated on an old sofa, Jennifer looks through dark, squinting eyes at her mother Marta, 40, who runs a small business.

“I don’t tell my mother anything anymore,” she starts her story with a mischievous smile, as though she were about to confess to drinking the last soda in the refrigerator when nobody was watching, “but at school I see narcos passing by every day.”

Jennifer notices the concerned expression of her mother, who remains silent.

“The sicarios go by the school openly, in their trocas, encapushados, with their cuernos de shivo,” Jennifer continues, pronouncing her ch’s as sh, in the Chihuahua style. “They even say hello to us, and I’ve even seen them greet the police who are standing in the door.”

Asked why sicarios would be at her school, Jennifer replies, “They’re looking for shavalos to take away. I imagine they want them so they could use them to sell their marijuana.”

Chavalos means kids. Jennifer delivers this disturbing assessment without the slightest hint that there’s anything strange about it.

They grow the marijuana here? she’s asked.

Jennifer nods yes, but then immediately modifies her answer.

“No, not here. Where there’s marijuana is in Cusárare” — a place 25 kilometers from Creel, famous for its waterfall. “I’ve heard that’s where the most marijuana is growing.”

“And who told you that?” Marta interrupts, her black eyes wide open as she scrutinizes her daughter’s face.

The girls smiles again, shrugging her shoulders. Then she says, as though it were the most obvious answer possible, “My friends at school told me.”


Luis and Tomás

Luis is 52. He’s not a teacher, but he works at an education center located somewhere between Creel and Guachochi, which are 152 kilometers apart. He knows what Jennifer was talking about.

“Look, it really has been horrible around here,” he says in a priestly murmur, both hands clutching the steering wheel tightly as he drives through the streets of Creel. “With all the gun battles, they’ve been finishing off people. That’s why they go around looking for 13- or 14-year-old kids to work for them.”

He clears his throat and goes on.

“The situation with the schoolchildren is serious, but a lot of times it’s voluntary,” Luis says. “They’re not kidnapped. The sicarios first check with the kids, and then talk with their parents, indigenous people. They offer work and support. And these people, lacking so much, accept it as something normal.”

Luis takes his foot off the gas pedal.

The day before, news was going around that a vehicle was patrolling downtown Creel, carrying armed men in military get-up, bullet-proof vests and hooded with their faces covered. And now, not much past dawn, a white troca with tinted glass was right in front of his car.

“This is exactly the time of year for harvesting the (drug) crops,” Luis says. “It’s a big mess because there are two different groups fighting for the turf.”
In March 2010, members of a criminal group arrived in Creel. The gunmen eventually took over the property of a local businessman after kidnapping him.

The white troca making the rounds belongs to what Luis calls “los shapos,” that is, sicarios in the service of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Their presence in the Tarahumara highlands “here around San Juanito and (El) Guarichi” is challenged by the rival La Línea, a cell of the Juárez Cartel.

Luis waits as the white pick-up moves ahead and out of view, commenting that the people in town consider life among such armed groups as “something normal.” In fact, he says, the Sinaloa gunmen are seen as the true ensurers of security in their communities, not the state police, whom the people are more afraid of than the criminals.

The shapos respect people,” Luis is convinced. “When there’s going to be some kind of confrontation, they go around in their trocas telling people to go back to their homes, that it’s not safe out in the street.”

But unlike Luis and others, Don Tomás, another resident, doesn’t feel protected by the Sinaloa sicarios. The fact that criminal convoys blatantly take to the streets of Creel makes him angry.

“This is the harsh reality that we live with here,” Don Tomás says. “These organized crime guys are now part of the landscape of Creel and of the Sierra. That worries us. It scares us. We keep wondering if the authorities are going to do something about it, but the answer appears to be no.”

Luis, for his part, relates how the Sinaloa Cartel members established a series of rules that they communicated to Creel residents via word of mouth. Teachers, for example, must display on their car windows a union decal so they can be easily identified as teachers.

Also, residents shouldn’t travel by night, especially to San Juanito, 30 kilometers from Creel, where the rival cartel sets up roadblocks at sunset. The local press reported in September that a group of 80 Canadian and German tourists was attacked in that town.

Nor are they to go to any of the various communities scattered around the Guachochi area, where, according to Luis, “all of this is burning the hottest.”

“They have a rule,” Luis says of the Sinaloa sicarios, “which is don’t get out on the highway too early or too late.”

He says he’s used to seeing the sicarios on the highway, and that he doesn’t live with fear, just with caution. He follows their rules, and shuts himself inside his home after 6 in the afternoon.

“As along as it doesn’t affect your business or your job, there’s no problem with that,” Luis says.



Speaking slowly and melodiously with a resigned smile, Doña Sara tells how the business people of Creel often have no other choice than to tell tourists, especially the Canadians and Germans passing through town with their backpacks, that “all is fine here.”

“Comments about insecurity are kept to a minimum here,” she says. “If a tourist asks about it, you don’t tell the whole truth. You say that all is calm. In other words, the comments are always positive so as not to scare the tourists.”

Sara understands, however, that many of the shopkeepers are facing a dilemma, caught between registering complaints about the security situation and saying nothing in order to protect their business income, which depends on tourists.

“They’re in a double-bind,” is how Sara puts it. “On the one hand, if they speak out about what is happening, that could affect tourism. On the other, if they stay silent, they are in a sense contributing to bad government, being the same as those who say that everything is fine here even though that’s not true.”

Sara’s recommendation is for residents and townspeople to avoid exposing themselves to risk, but at the same time to try not to succumb to fear.

That’s a difficult assignment, but Doña Sara is convinced that it’s the right course of action.

“We cannot let fear of the narcos paralyze us, or stop us from going out and enjoying this beautiful land,” she says, her gaze turning to a huge carpeted hill that seems to spring from the heart of the fertile Sierra Tarahumara




Comments Off on Censor or die: The death of Mexican news in the age of drug cartels

REYNOSA, Mexico — As deadline descended on El Mañana’s newsroom and reporters rushed to file their stories, someone in the employ of a local drug cartel called with a demand from his crime boss.

The caller was a journalist for another newspaper, known here as an enlace, or “link” to the cartel. The compromised journalist barked out the order: Publish an article saying the mayor in Matamoros had not paid the cartel $2 million a month in protection fees, as an El Mañana front-page story had alleged the day before.

“They want us to say he’s not guilty,” the editor who took the call told his colleagues during the episode in late October. Knowing glances passed between them as a visiting Washington Post reporter looked on.

They all knew that defiance carried a high price.

The enlaces are part of the deeply institutionalized system of cartel censorship imposed on media outlets in northeastern Mexico abutting the border of Texas. How it works is an open secret in newsrooms here but not among readers. They are unaware of the life-and-death decisions editors make every day not to anger different local cartel commanders, each of whom has his own media philosophy.


Submitting to cartel demands is the only way to survive, said Hildebrando “Brando” Deandar Ayala, 39, editor in chief of El Mañana, one of the oldest and largest newspapers in the region with a print circulation of 30,000. “You do it or you die, and nobody wants to die,” he said. “Autocensura — self-censorship — that’s our shield.”

Readers get angry when they don’t get the news they need, he said. Resentment against El Mañana grew so strong two years ago that reporters took the logos off their cars and stopped carrying their identification on assignments.

“The readers hate us sometimes,” Deandar said. “But they don’t know the real risks we go through.”

Mexico has long been a deadly place for reporters. Some 88 journalists have been slain in the last two decades, according to Article 19, a worldwide advocacy group that promotes press freedom.

The risks have been especially high for El Mañana because its circulation area is bounded to the west by the birthplace of the Zetas criminal network in Nuevo Laredo and to the east by the Gulf crime syndicate’s home base in Matamoros.

In February, the last time El Mañana defied a cartel’s censorship rules, an editor in its Matamoros bureau was dragged outside, stuffed in a van and beaten as his abductors drove around threatening him with death.

“Next time, we’ll kill you!” one yelled before pushing him out of the vehicle.

Four El Mañana journalists have been killed in the past 10 years. Others survived assassination attempts, kidnappings, and grenade and machine-gun attacks on their offices. Deandar has been shot, kidnapped and had his home set on fire, he said.

Hildebrando “Brando” Deandar Ayala, editor in chief of El Mañana, center, checks in with different departments at the newspaper’s office in Reynosa, Mexico, on Oct. 29.


The worst assaults began in 2004, when an editor in Nuevo Laredo was stabbed to death. Two years later, gunmen broke into the bureau there, detonated a grenade and sprayed machine gunfire, leaving one employee paralyzed.  Afterward, bulletproof glass and electronic security keys were installed at its three offices, where the blinds are always drawn.

In March 2010, when the Gulf cartel defeated the Zetas for control of Reynosa, it took revenge on three El Mañana reporters whom the Zetas had forced to watch one of its mass executions.

The cartel called the three Reynosa reporters and told them, “ ‘either you come in or we’ll pick you up,’ ” an editor there at the time recalled. They surrendered to the cartel and were never heard from again. Their presumed slayings were never reported by El Mañana, editors said, because that’s what the Gulf commander demanded. The enlace passed word that the killings were a one-time message to the Zetas, not a tactic the cartel intended to repeat against the newspaper.

Twice in 2012, gunmen from the Zetas shot up the offices of the Nuevo Laredo bureau. Not long after, El Mañana announced it would no longer print cartel news in its Nuevo Laredo edition. Articles about Nuevo Laredo crime sometimes appear in other editions, but without a byline or names in the story.


Five of nine bodies are shown hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas state, in the early morning of May 4, 2012. The bodies showed signs of beating and torture.


North America’s ISIS

 The cartels’ tactics resemble those most Americans would associate with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. The display of multiple beheaded corpses and bodies hanging from bridges are a regular occurrence. Hundreds of young people have disappeared. Mass graves are commonplace.

The comparison with terrorist groups 7,300 miles away frustrates journalists here. They watch the endless international coverage of Middle East violence yet know that the terrorism just across the U.S. border is largely ignored by the American media.

Mexico’s 2014 murder rate of 13 per 100,000 is twice as high as Afghanistan’s.

“We have a war here, and we’re doing war reporting,” said Ildefonso “Poncho” Ortiz, a deeply sourced reporter for Breitbart News Network’s Cartel Chronicles, one of the only American outlets to track cartel maneuvers. “Sometimes AP [the Associated Press wire service] will pick up a story, but other than that, it never leaves the valley.”

The three largest U.S. newspapers nearby — the Brownsville Herald, the Monitor in McAllen, Tex., and the Laredo Morning Times — forbid their reporters from crossing to report because it’s too dangerous, according to the editors at the newspapers.

Pervasive corruption abets the violence. The local police forces have been disbanded and replaced by the army and federal police in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which includes Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa.

A car bomb killed the Nuevo Laredo mayor one week after he was sworn in. The new Matamoros mayor survived an ambush in March. Cartels install surveillance cameras throughout their cities and employ lookouts with cellphones to keep watch. U.S. Border Patrol officers are regularly indicted for cooperating with organized crime.

“Tamaulipas is a black hole when it comes to information,” said Aaron Nelsen, a reporter based in McAllen for the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s so hard to get anyone to talk about it,” even elected U.S. officials.

A cartel media director

El Mañana’s circulation area includes major U.S. border cities; its online editions are read as far north as San Antonio and Houston.

It is a third-generation family enterprise, founded in 1924 as an anti-establishment voice. Over most of its 91 years, its formidable enemies were corrupt politicians and their hand-picked prosecutors.

The newspaper now maintains a working relationship with the local governments, as evidenced by the government advertising it receives. Withholding state advertising dollars is a common and effective economic hammer used against media outlets whose investigations upset the status quo.

“When it’s not the politicians against us, it’s the drug dealers,” said Heriberto Deandar, 78, who co-owns El Mañana with his brother, Brando’s father. “He who is not afraid has no courage.”

Brando was raised in Reynosa but moved to McAllen in 2007 for safety reasons. He commutes to work. Asked why he doesn’t find a safer job, he said simply, “It’s in my blood. I cannot leave.”

During a recent visit to the town, the eerie atmosphere was inescapable.

Reynosa’s wide boulevards were nearly empty. Heavily armed soldiers patrolled in black masks to protect their identities from cartels resentful of the army’s two-year occupation.

Military helicopters whooped periodically overhead, racing to shootouts or hunting suspects. At dusk, hundreds of cars streamed slowly across the international bridge to McAllen, where an increasing number of well-to-do Mexicans have moved their families to safety.

The Metros faction of the Gulf cartel controls much of civic life and all contraband — drugs, sex slaves, immigrant smuggling, fuel, stolen vehicles — in or moving through Reynosa, said journalists and media experts here. Its commander, whose parents are from Reynosa, has a more liberal view of the media than his counterparts in the other two cities.

He seems to care about his image, too, they said, as evidenced by the “narcobanners” that appeared on city bridges in November.

“This is to make it clear that I am a narcotrafficker, not a terrorist like you’ve been saying in the media,” the cartel boss declared in one handwritten sheet-sized banner. “Investigate and check your facts. Crime has lessened since I took charge.”

In Matamoros, though, the commander of the cartel’s Ciclones faction tolerates no coverage. In Nuevo Laredo, the Zetas have a commander of finance, assassinations, logistics, stolen vehicles and fuel, weapons, prostitution, immigrant smuggling — and media.

The Zetas media director, a clean-cut, 30-something man described by one person who knows him as “a pretty friendly guy,” calls enlaces and beat reporters at El Mañana and other media outlets every day to tell them what stories the cartel wants published or censored. One day it’s a story critical of new government limits on imported cars; the next it’s a birthday party in the social pages featuring a cartel boss’s daughter. Sometimes the media director provides photos and video for an article.

“It’s a common conversation every day,” one reporter said.

Reporters have learned to consult him on nearly everything, one media expert said. Even a car crash isn’t a simple car crash. “You have to call somebody to make sure you can write about it,” one journalist said, because it might actually not be an accident but a purposeful vehicular homicide organized by the cartel.

Critical coverage of local politicians is also forbidden.

The three cartel commanders’ differing media philosophies force El Mañana to produce three distinctly different editions. “If you want to find out what’s happening in Nuevo Laredo or Matamoros, you read El Mañana de Reynosa,” Deandar said.

For example, when Mexican troops captured the leader of the Matamoros faction in October, known as “Ciclón 7,” El Mañana did not print a word about it in its Matamoros edition. But in Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo, it was banner news.

With Ciclón 7 gone, Deandar said, “we are waiting to see who is the next chief, so we’ll know the rules.”


Mechanics of self-censorship

 After hearing the enlace’s demand to exonerate the allegedly corrupt mayor in Matamoros, the editor on duty rubbed his head trying to contain himself.   “First they tell us what not to publish, now they are telling us what to publish!” he yelled before heading upstairs to his office.

He dialed the editor in Matamoros who had passed the enlace’s message to Reynosa, put the phone on speaker mode and upped the volume so the whole room could hear.   Enlaces pass instructions via phone calls, text messages, apps and in personal meetings. They often communicate cartel demands to crime reporters who show up at the scene of shootouts, blockades, car bombs and executions. Sometimes a cartel member will run into crime reporters at the scene. “They’ll say, ‘Get the hell out of here! We’ll kill you!’ And we have to go,” one reporter said.

 Three minutes into the conversation with the Matamoros editor, the senior editor began raising his voice about the enlace. “Give me his name and number!” he shouted. “And tell him you’re not going to take any more messages! No more! Tell him if you take any more messages, I’m going to fire you!” He hung up, waved around the piece of paper with the enlace’s name and phone number on it and then stood up. It was getting dark. Time to leave for a safer city. The front-page story that upset the cartel was a reprinted interview with the new mayor of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar, an anti-corruption crusader. The interview was conducted by the national Excelsior newspaper. In it, she accused her predecessor of paying the Gulf cartel more than $2 million a month in protection fees from public works funds and towing fees. El Mañana’s editors felt safe publishing the interview in all editions because it seemed like a political corruption story, not one about the cartel. The cartel demand that followed was to run an interview with the former mayor quoting him as saying he was innocent of the allegations. But the former mayor had not requested an interview. As he left the building, the duty editor said he planned to call the former mayor on the way home. Speeding through Reynosa’s back roads in the dark, he called the former mayor, who said he had not requested an interview and did not know the cartel had demanded one on his behalf. It was time for a decision. “If you want an interview, we can do it in our office or over the phone,” the editor said. If it’s in the office, “we will need a photo of the interview; if it’s over the phone, we’ll have to record it. Either way, we need to show it was real,” not something made up by the cartel. We won’t publish it right away, the editor added, so the cartel won’t think it can tell the newspaper what to print. The interview ran three days later, in all editions, including Matamoros, where it mattered most to the cartel. But there was no byline, not even in the Reynosa edition. Instead, it read simply, El Mañana/Staff.

A photo shows a notice attributed to an organized crime gang that was left next to the decapitated body of Maria Elizabeth Macias, the 39-year-old chief editor of the newspaper Primera Hora who was found in Nuevo Laredo. The message was signed “ZZZZ,” normally associated with the Zetas drug gang.

Social media steps up

Several years ago, shopkeepers, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, local government workers and students began to fill the void in local news with social-media coverage. It took the cartels a while to understand what was happening on anonymous Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. Once they did, retribution followed. On Sept. 26, 2011, the decapitated body of a female blogger was left at the Christopher Columbus monument in Nuevo Laredo. Next to her corpse were two keyboards and a handwritten warning, signed “ZZZZ.” But social-media crime reporting has only grown in the four years since. It includes real-time maps of shootout locations, slayings and kidnappings as well as endless cellphone videos of crimes in progress. During the Post reporter’s visit in October, alerts and bulletins about news that went unreported by El Mañana were rife on social media: Oct 17, 2:39 p.m. @MichaelNike8: Near the exit to San Fernando, tires burning to distract the authorities   Oct 21, 1:50 p.m. @SSPTAM: Avoid the area between Reynosa and Monterrey. Authorities are responding (to a situation)

  Nov. 3: @Codigo Rojo [Code Red]: Yesterday, federal agents captured 3 men and a female commander of Toro [the local cartel commander in Reynosa] and seized 3 new trucks and around 20 guns, including 5 or 6 guns covered in gold and diamonds; This photo shows what was taken out of just one of the trucks.


Also trending on Twitter the same week was the one-year anniversary of the killing of @Miut3.


@Miut3 was a prolific citizen crime reporter. She tweeted the location of shootouts, explosions, carjackings and the identities of disappeared people. On Oct. 15, 2014, her anonymous account was hacked. Soon afterward, she became unreachable.

A tweet from the account of Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio seen in a screenshot, which has been modified by The Washington Post to protect the identity of other Twitter users and with respect to Rubio’s family.

Her followers frantically refreshed their Twitter feeds trying to find her. The next morning, at 5:04 a.m., a tweet from her account appeared: “Friends and family, my real name is Maria Del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, I’m a doctor and today, my life has come to an end.”


Minutes later, two photos appeared on her account. One showed Fuentes Rubio in distress. “Close your accounts, don’t risk your families the way I did,” her account read. “I ask you all for forgiveness.”


The second photo showed what appeared to be her bloodied face and corpse on the ground. No one has been arrested.

An opening


In February, a few months after Fuentes Rubio was killed, the two factions of the Gulf cartel in northeastern Mexico went to war again. The chaos provided El Mañana with the kind of journalistic opening it hadn’t had in 15 years.


With the cartel preoccupied, El Mañana became the newspaper it might otherwise be had circumstances been different. The entire newsroom deployed to cover the battles. Dramatic photos, detailed articles and screaming headlines won Mexico’s attention.


Readers in Reynosa finally got the full story of what was happening around them:


Day One: “Border in Shock,” “Shoot-Outs and Roadblocks . . . ”

Day Two: “Border Under Siege: Marines Attacked, Three Armed Men Killed, Soldiers Wounded”“We were all excited in the newsroom,” said a longtime senior editor who shepherded the coverage. “It was an adrenaline rush.”

“No other newspaper in the state” provided such detailed coverage. “They were all afraid,” he said, nodding toward Deandar. “We have a courageous boss.”

This was such big news, Deandar said he thought at the time, that he wanted to share it even with readers in Matamoros despite the standing cartel news blackout there. To be cautious, there would be no bylines and no names of cartel members.

The cartels would not approve, cautioned Enrique Juarez, his Matamoros editor.

Just after midnight, the red printing press in Reynosa rolled out Day Three’s edition. “Nine Dead in Fighting: Third Day Siege in Urban Areas and Roads.” Delivery trucks dashed to their distribution hubs.

By 3 a.m., El Mañana employees discovered that the truck carrying the newspapers for Matamoros had vanished. Deandar rallied a posse; they found the vehicle at noon in an abandoned field, still full of newspapers. He ordered the papers be delivered to Matamoros, where they hit the streets an hour later.

Juarez, up in his second-floor office, got threatening phone calls right away.

At 4 p.m., as deadline loomed, someone called from the lobby asking him to come down. He found a knife and braced himself. Armed men burst in. One picked up a big jug of water and threw it at him, causing him to drop the knife.

“We’re going to break you!” one yelled, as they dragged him away. They stuffed him into a van, beat him about the head and back, and shoved him onto the pavement an hour or so later.

A story about Juarez’s abduction and a photo of him at his desk, with the assaulting water jug, ran on Day Four next to the headline, “30 Dead Already, Mayor Suffers Grenade Attack, US Consul Suspends Operations”

It did not appear in the Matamoros edition. Juarez and his family left the city. He no longer works in Matamoros.

Rosario Carmona, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill School of Journalism, where Priest holds the Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism; Alexander Quiñones, a graduate student there; and Post researcher Julie Tate contributed to this report.






Comments Off on Bullitt Central High School math teacher, Kristan Smith, 33, charged with possession of Methamphetamine

BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) – Students celebrated their last day of school Friday for winter break but it wasn’t all fun and games for one Bullitt County teacher.

Bullitt Central High teacher Kristan Smith was arrested and charged early Saturday morning after possessing methamphetamine.9494620_G

Details of her arrest remain unclear but officials with Bullitt County Detention Center say she was “signed out” sometime Saturday. Her bond was set at $5,000 and did not pay at the time of her release. Officials tell WHAS-TV she will not have to pay the bond as long as she attends scheduled court dates.

According to BCPS attorney Eric Farris, Smith has been employed with the district since 2014 but spent 7 years before with Emenince Independent Schools.

Farris says the superintendent is investigating the matter and will make a determination on any further action.

He says the district conducts background checks and Smith had no prior criminal history as of June 2014.

Bullitt County returns to school on January 4.

There’s no word on Smith’s next arraignment.


Comments Off on Patricia Henry, 28, and Levi Perrine, 22, Arrested, 3 Children Removed From Mt. Vernon Home Where Methamphetamine Labs Were Found

Two Mt. Vernon residents were arrested Thursday night on meth related charges after Mt. Vernon Police were asked to investigate a suspicious odors complaint from an anonymous caller.

22-year-old Levi Perrine and 28-year-old Patricia Henry were arrested for meth related child endangerment, manufacture of meth over 900 grams, unlawful disposal of meth waste, possession of meth manufacturing materials/chemicals, possession of meth, and possession of drug equipment. Perrine was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections. 11045473_10153618483360813_3538101210813572135_n-225x300

After patrolmen confirmed the smell, the Mt. Vernon Police/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics unit were called to the scene along with a Hazardous Materials Unit from the Mt. Vernon Fire Department.

A search warrant was obtained. Methamphetamine, multiple meth labs, chemicals used in the production of meth, and discarded items from previous lab productions were allegedly found.  The State Police Methamphetamine Response Team responded to clean up the residents.

Three children who were in the home were removed from the residence and taken to a local hospital for a medical checkup. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services responded.



Comments Off on Amber Harper, 37, of Fort Smith, Arrested On Suspicion Of Conspiring To Deliver Methamphetamine

A woman was arrested on a felony charge after, Fort Smith police said, she bought methamphetamine for several men then admitted the purchase to police when she called to report one of the men had a gun.

Amber Harper, 37, of Fort Smith was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. According to the Fort Smith Police Department, Harper called Fort Smith Police shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Valero, 1116 Grand Ave., and told them a man she rode there with had a gun in his possession.

Police said that when officers arrived at the Valero, Harper told them earlier in the evening she went to a residence and bought methamphetamine for several men and returned to Knight’s Inn motel, 3810 Towson Ave., when the men became upset with her because they paid too much for the amount of meth received.

According to police, Harper said one of the men showed her his gun, and they were going to return to the residence where the drugs were purchased but made a pit-stop at Valero, where she called police. Officers then arrested Harper.

The men left the gas station and returned to Knights Inn, where they were stopped during a routine traffic stop by other officers, acting on a description of their vehicle provided by Harper, according to the Police Department. Harper was taken to the location where the vehicle was stopped in an attempt to identify the man who had a gun in his possession.

Two men were inside the vehicle, but Harper said neither was the man who had the gun, according to the Police Department.

Harper was subsequently taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center, where she was later released on a signature bond, according to the detention center













Comments Off on Sheena Elizabeth Liddy, 27, of Seneca, and Andrea Johnson, 47, of Liberty, arrested after child exposed to Methamphetamine

PICKENS COUNTY – A Pickens County woman and an Oconee County woman were charged with unlawful neglect of a child after an investigation revealed that a child in their care had been exposed to methamphetamine, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.web1_PCSOSheenaElizabethLiddy

Sheena Elizabeth Liddy, 27, of 720 Knox Road in Seneca, and Andrea Johnson, 47, of 411 Pine Thicket Road in Liberty, turned themselves in on Dec. 9 and were released the following day on $15,000 personal recognizance bonds.

According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office:

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Department of Social Services, launched an investigation Nov. 10 intoweb1_PCSOAndreaJohnson the allegation that a child under the age of 5 had been exposed to Methamphetamine.

Results of that investigation revealed that the child tested positive for methamphetamine along with his two primary caregivers. The exposure is believed to have occurred at a residence in Liberty.

The Department of Social Services is overseeing the placement and care of the child in another home away from the two women.



Comments Off on Michelle L. Adams, 47, and Daniel J. Ruth, 51, of Laurelville, arrested on Methamphetamine drug-related charges

LAURELVILLE – A Laurelville couple has been arrested and charged after members of the Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit and a detective from the Major Crimes Unit located an active methamphetamine lab at their residence on Thursday.

Daniel J. Ruth, 51, and Michelle L. Adams, 47, both of Union Road in Laurelville, were charged with illegal 56741d56ad7e6_imagemanufacture of drugs, a felony of the third-degree; illegal assembly of chemicals, F-3; and possession of drugs, F-5.

The arrests came after detectives received a tip of an active methamphetamine lab at the residence. While speaking with the couple, detectives allegedly observed several items of drug paraphernalia and suspected drugs in sight.

The couple gave detectives permission to search the residence where they reportedly found methamphetamine and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. They also located in a burn pit 56741cdea6038_imageoutside additional burned containers of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Ruth and Adams appeared in Hocking County Municipal Court Thursday afternoon for an arraignment and imposed a $75,000 cash or surety bond; is to have no drugs or alcohol; and must wear at GPS monitoring system at their cost.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the couple on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 9:15 a.m.



Comments Off on High-speed chase in Kent County leads to crash, discovery of Methamphetamine lab

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — A routine traffic stop led to a high-speed chase and the discovery of a meth lab in Kent County.

It started around 9:55 a.m. on Saturday. Kent County sheriff’s deputies say the man was pulled over near the Comfort Suites on Dodge Street in Comstock Park. The officer on scene reported that the man was possibly car crashed and rolled overimpaired and had damage to his vehicle.

Shortly after the traffic stop, the man took off, running several red lights and driving at a high rate of speed before crashing his car on I-196 at Market Avenue.

Authorities then discovered a meth lab inside the car.


The suspect was taken into custody.


Comments Off on Four St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies evaluated after finding active Methamphetamine lab in shoplifter’s vehicle

St AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Four deputies were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after they found an active meth lab and $1,700 worth of stolen merchandise in an accused shoplifter’s vehicle.

The area surrounding the Wal-Mart on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine was closed as crews broke down the meth making materials and decontaminated the suspect.SJC_METH_LAB_SHOPLIFTER

Deputies arrived at the store expecting to arrest a shoplifter.

When they searched the suspect’s white Mazda SUV for the stolen merchandise, they found the a bucket in the cab.

Deputies opened the bucket and discovered it was a mobile meth lab. Those deputies that were exposed to the chemicals were evaluated at a hospital.

A special hazard operation team from St. Johns County Fire Rescue dismantled the meth cooking device and the suspect was taken to jail.

Deputies said the SUV and all of its contents will be towed and stored until it is decontaminated by the legal owner of the vehicle, which is not the suspect.





Comments Off on Relief from drug dealing, Methamphetamine labs, violence

Delaware County leads the state, again, in meth lab arrests; almost 200 to date.

All too often we see a couple who get arrested at their home while actively cooking meth in the house. At the arrest the couple’s three children go to relatives or into foster care. The children have no clothes, no toys, no school supplies — nothing; all the children’s belongings are sealed in the contaminated house. In 2015 to date, 278 Indiana children have been exposed in their homes to the harmful side effects of meth cooking.

These numbers are shameful. The domestic manufacturing of meth poses an intolerable threat to children, public safety workers, the environment, and our already strained community resources.

Contaminated homes and burn victims from meth lab explosions; pharmacy employees and patrons terrorized by a robbery; drive-by shootings that shatter the calm of a neighborhood – Hoosiers too often encounter these wrongs due to the scourge that drug dealing and manufacturing of drugs perpetrates on our community. Indiana’s prosecutors are looking for a new way to fight back against dealers and to help those whose lives methamphetamine abuse and heroin use are harming.

With the current surge in violent crime associated with drug abuse and dealing, along with the problems associated with meth manufacturing, Prosecutors are asking the Indiana Legislature to consider two proposals:

  • A new crime of aggravated drug dealing that will increase penalties for repeat dealers and dealers who sell drugs under heinous circumstances, such as in the presence of children, or in possession of a gun, or resulting in the death of another person.
  • A new measure that would require the drug pseudoephedrine to be dispensed via prescription, which has the support of many other organizations such as Indiana police chiefs, mayors, community pharmacies, drug enforcement officers and firefighters.

Indiana prosecutors believe that the current drug dealing penalties are too weak. Drug abuse is driving up violent crime in Indiana and ruining lives. We need enhanced penalties to fight this alarming trend.

Unquestionably, our children are the innocent victims in these situations. The Indiana Department of Child Services saw a 26 percent increase in abuse and neglect reports over the past year, many of which are directly related to drug abuse.  Also troubling, Indiana leads the nation in pharmacy robberies, which exposes employees and bystanders to unnecessary risks.  We can prevent this with stiffer penalties.

Indiana and Delaware County have another dubious distinction – they are number one in the United States for meth labs. The dangers to innocent people exposed to deadly meth-making chemicals cannot be over emphasized. Meth labs are essentially unexploded bombs. Since 2013 Indiana law enforcement agencies have rescued 1,104 children from meth labs’ poisonous environments.

Pseudoephedrine is the one ingredient essential to the meth-making process. Currently, there are hundreds of non-pseudoephedrine cold and sinus over-the-counter drugs available to the public, of which pseudoephedrine is just one.

I consistently hear, when speaking to groups, the concern of having to go to a doctor for pseudoephedrine if it is made available only by prescription. Many people believe the drug they purchase contains pseudoephedrine when it actually does not. If you are currently buying a cold or sinus medication off of the shelf, and you are not asking the pharmacist for your cold/sinus medicine and showing an ID, the drug does not contain pseudoephedrine. The solution offered by prosecutors would not impact those currently buying cold and sinus remedy products off of the shelf.

Indiana prosecutors know that putting a stop to meth-making will not stop meth addictions, but it will put a halt to meth lab explosions and prevent children from being exposed to the harmful chemicals that are present.

The ripple effect of violence attached to drug dealing and manufacturing is virtually endless. We are asking the Indiana Legislature to give prosecutors the tools to protect Hoosiers and their children against this epidemic meth and heroin problem. If you agree, please ask your legislator to stand with Indiana prosecutors on this important issue. If you need further information, or speakers, concerning these important issues please call the Delaware County Prosecutor’s office.


Jeffrey Arnold is Delaware County prosecutor.


Comments Off on 25 years for Everett D. Allen, 44, of Waynesboro, who sexually abused young girl in 1990s, got her hooked on Methamphetamine

STAUNTON – A Waynesboro man who sexually molested a young girl in the 1990s was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday.

Everett D. Allen, 44, pleaded guilty to forcible sodomy in June.635860268154519210-ALLEN-EVERETT-DANIEL

Corey Smith, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Augusta County, said Allen began molesting the girl in 1998 when she was 11 years old, and said the abuse took place for several years.

“He would have oral sex and regular sex,” Smith said.

A second charge of rape was not prosecuted.

Allen, a former neighbor of the victim, molested her at his home, her residence, his job site and in his truck, Smith said.

The defendant also was accused of getting the victim hooked on methamphetamine while she was a high school student.

“He introduced her to cigarettes, marijuana and then meth,” Smith said.

The case against Allen began in October 2014 when the victim’s boyfriend reported she’d been molested as a child.

The woman, 27, was interviewed at the Valley Children’s Advocacy Center in Staunton. An investigator from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office then met with Allen in prison and questioned him about the allegations, the sheriff’s office said. During questioning, Allen confessed to molesting the woman when she was younger. Authorities charged him in February.

In Augusta County Circuit Court on Thursday, Public Defender Peter Boatner said Allen suffered from “severe mental illness” as a child and lived in a burned out home where his mother cooked outside. Boatner said social workers removed Allen from the home at the age of 11, and said he was briefly placed in a children’s mental health facility before going into foster care. While in foster care, Boatner said Allen was sexually abused and also did cocaine and meth before he was 14.

Boatner said Allen didn’t receive proper mental health treatment until he was incarcerated. Allen was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in Waynesboro in 2007 and sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, court records show. In 2012 he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender.

At the sentencing hearing Thursday, Smith asked for a life sentence while Boatner requested 10 years behind bars. Circuit Judge Victor V. Ludwig sentenced Allen to 50 years in prison with 25 suspended, giving him 25 years to serve.