The Methamphetamine problem persists

Posted: 22nd December 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

A day rarely goes by without news of methamphetamine manufacture and use, and its harmful impact on individuals, families and communities.

Former champion jockey Lisa Cropp could spend up to three years on the sidelines after acknowledging her long-term addiction to the drug.

A wealthy Auckland businessman who chained up a woman and forced her to perform sex acts has been jailed for 15 years on several charges, some resulting from his providing methamphetamine to underage girls in return for sexual services.

These incidents this month sully the good news in a statement from Prime Minister John Key, who was cheered by a progress report on the Methamphetamine Action Plan. The plan, launched in 2009, aimed to crack down on precursors, break supply chains, provide better treatment services for addicts, support families and communities, and strengthen leadership and accountability.

At the launch Key foreshadowed several new laws to give authorities more powers to break drug supply chains by attacking the gangs and criminal organizations that make, supply and distribute P.

But Key’s press statement more ominously says the retail price of methamphetamine has remained stable since 2011, there has been a slight increase in police detainees reporting that purity levels are increasing, and detainees say there has been an increase in availability from 2013 to 2014.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy in 2011 reported that vast expenditures on criminalization and repressive measures directed at producers, traffickers and consumers of illegal drugs had clearly failed to effectively curtail supply or consumption. It recommended “experimentation” with decriminalization and the regulation of drugs to undermine the power of organized crime while safeguarding public health and security.

That sort of advice discomforts politicians. But after a five-year crackdown on P in this country we at least should be questioning how the full force of the Government’s arsenal most effectively can be deployed.








Queensland police are campaigning for national laws to protect residents from the toxic side effects of clandestine drug laboratories.

The state is Australia’s methamphetamine production capital, according to police, with more than 600 undercover drug operations uncovered in homes, rental properties and businesses over the past two years.4995408-16x9-940x529

Detective Acting Inspector Geoff Marsh, from Queensland police state drug command, said the illicit substances were being cooked using makeshift equipment and a toxic cocktail of chemicals.

“They’re made of acids [and] they’re made of bases like a caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, acetone, peroxide – all the chemicals that you’d normally associate with industrial cleaning are utilised in the production of methamphetamine,” he said.

Cleaners have long recognized the potentially deadly effects of these chemicals, and many are becoming certified to clean a property after police have finalized their investigation.

Methamphetamine contamination can linger for years

Jenny Boymal, from cleaning education company Jena Dyco, said without remediation, methamphetamine contamination could linger for years.

“The by-products of this chemical reaction don’t occur in natural life, so there’s no reason to put those chemicals together for any other purpose,” she said.

It’s not OK to say ‘I have been cooking meth in this property – I’m going to paint the walls and she’ll be right’, because it won’t be fine.  Jenny Boymal, professional cleaner

“There’s not a lot known about the toxins in the property, but they get into the walls, they get into the ceilings – they get into everything and then they just keep leaching out of plasterboards.

“It’s not OK to say ‘I have been cooking meth in this property – I’m going to paint the walls and she’ll be right’, because it won’t be fine.”

Ms Boymal said every lab was different.

“We’ve had customers who have gone in to do remediation and have lost track of thought for five seconds and had very minor contamination wearing full-face respirator, full suit, and been very sick afterwards,” she said.

“And that’s walking into the property doing a quick assessment and walking out.

“Living in the property – you can’t even imagine the level of contamination.”

Laws need to force owners to make buildings safe

National Crime and Corruption guidelines and Queensland Health guidelines specify property owners should make their building safe for future tenants, but Detective Acting Inspector Marsh said that was not being enforced.

“They are only guidelines, it’s not legislation,” he said.

If you look at the statistics, we’ve had over 300 meth labs for the last four years in a row. It would be a naive person to suggest that there are no houses out there that are contaminated.  Detective Acting Inspector Geoff Marsh

“An owner of a property has an obligation to ensure that the priority is safe and secure and free of any of these hazards or toxic chemicals, but as to how many are doing it, I don’t have those statistics.”

He said there was no obligation to disclose information about past meth labs when a house goes on the market or is re-tenanted, meaning people could be living in contaminated properties.

“If you look at the statistics, we’ve had over 300 meth labs for the last four years in a row,” he said.

“It would be a naive person to suggest that there are no houses out there that are contaminated.”

Property owners were encouraged to submit a swab to Queensland Health for testing after a property had been cleaned to ensure it was no longer contaminated.

However, although there were more than 260 labs uncovered in Queensland this year, only 50 swab tests were submitted.

No laws relate to meth lab properties: REIQ

Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) chief executive officer Antonia Mercorella said the rules were not clear cut.

You want to be sure that you are not selling a property that would potentially result in someone falling ill or indeed some cases dying if someone were to move in and the proper remediation hadn’t occurred.  Antonia Mercorella, REIQ

“The law is not 100 per cent clear on this issue – there’s not a law that specifically relates to a property that has had a meth lab in it,” she said.

“Certainly our advice to real estate agents when they’re involved in selling a property that is stigmatized in some way … is that you should err on the side of caution and disclose it.

“Obviously you want to be sure that you are not selling a property that would potentially result in someone falling ill, or indeed in some cases dying, if someone were to move in and the proper remediation hadn’t occurred.”

But the push for regulation was growing from cleaners like Ms Boymal.

“Ideally every lab would be reported to the council, every council would ensure that no-one went into the property until it was remediated, and a hygienist had signed off on the property as being safe,” she said.

Detective Acting Inspector Marsh agreed.

“I think for the safety of anyone it makes common sense that we would have a process by which we can assure that the next tenant or people who move into a property, that that property is completely clean – and not just a visual clean, but clean of contamination and chemicals,” he said.









NANTICOKE — A woman has been hit with a string of charges after police said they found items to make methamphetamine inside her home.cheryl meth

According to police, Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31 of Apollo Circle in Nanticoke, was taken in to custody on Saturday.

Officers said Kemper’s 13-year-old son was in the apartment and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.








SHAH ALAM: The High Court here sentenced a maid from Thailand to death after finding her guilty as charged for trafficking in Methamphetamine weighing 2.81kg at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, last year (March 2013).p4%20short%20T_c1274132_141222_194

Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah sentenced Miss Duangchit Khonthokhonbari, 33, to death after the defense failed to raise reasonable doubts on the charge.

Duangchit was detained for trafficking in drugs at the arrival hall of the KLIA, at about 9am in March 2013.

The prosecution called nine witnesses during the trial while the defense brought in one witness to testify throughout the trial.

Prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nazir Amin Johari while the accused was represented by Chong Joo Tian.








WATERTOWN — City police charged Brandy A. Burnett, 38, of 537 Olive St., Apt. 5, with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance after she allegedly possessed several drug-making ingredients Friday.

Police said they found her with multiple chemical reagents associated with creating the drug on the 400 block of Factory Street. They also said she possessed a pill bottle containing a white powder that later tested as methamphetamine.

Charged at 10:45 a.m. Friday, she was held pending her arraignment in City Court.









john-duran-12172014SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A man accused of leaving his father to die in a Willamette Valley house fire has told investigators he was on a four-day methamphetamine binge, was convinced his father wanted to kill him, and started the fire.

The Marion County sheriff’s office released a probable cause affidavit Thursday in the case of 36-year-old John Anthony Duran, accused of manslaughter in the death early Wednesday of 81-year-old Candido Duran.

The Statesman Journal reports the younger Duran told investigators the fire began on a chair, he couldn’t put it out, and he fled. The sheriff’s office affidavit also says the son had second thoughts as he heard his father’s voice and turned back, but he couldn’t find his father in the smoke.jefferson-fatal-fire-12172014

John Duran made an initial court appearance Thursday and did not enter a plea. Neither of his lawyers was immediately reachable by phone for comment late Friday afternoon.









COLUMBIA– Two Columbia residents were arrested Friday afternoon after the Boone County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of a subject using methamphetamine in the presence of children.

Deputies found a small quantity of methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia on the 6000 block of South Katy St. in Columbia after starting an investigation and receiving a search warrant at 3 p.m. Friday.

Dorian R. Estes, 32, of Columbia was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Estes was out of jail on bond for a previous arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Casey L. Cheek, 29, of Columbia, who was visiting the residence during the time of the search warrant, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for traffic violations.

Estes was booked in the Boone County Jail on a $13,500 bond for endangering the welfare of a child and $9,000 bond for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Cheek was held on a $324 bond. Both were released after posting bond.






Four people were arrested Thursday after deputies shut down a meth lab situated inside a home near West Palm Beach, authorities said.fl-west-palm-meth-bust-20141219-001

And helping deputies piece their case together against two suspects were their purchases of over-the-counter decongestant in recent weeks.

Darrell Latora, 45, had been freed from jail in August after his arrest on drug manufacturing charges.

And deputies closely watched him and Pamela Klonowski, 41, after both bought Sudafed from pharmacies in West Palm Beach and Palm Springs.

Officials said the decongestant contains pseudoephedrine, a drug commonly used to make methamphetamine. And meth manufacturers typically rely on several people to buy pseudoephedrine, because federal laws ban people from buying more than nine grams of the drug within a 30-day span, deputies said.

Deputies found Klonowski’s Chevrolet sedan parked about a mile away in the driveway of Latora’s home in the 4800 block of Canal Road.

Deputies said they noticed a “chemical odor” wafting from the home, a common sign of a meth house, leading deputies to check the house’s trash several days later.

In the trash, they found a stripped battery part, aluminum foil, a supermarket receipt for Sudafed, among other items commonly used to make meth.

The garbage, combined with the Sudafed purchases, led to an eventual search warrant, executed by the Sheriff’s SWAT team on Thursday.

But before deputies moved in, they noticed two men on bikes riding away from the home to a wooded area with bags.

Deputies followed them and said one of the men, Daniel Brown, 46, who has no fixed address, was trying to cover himself with branches. Found with Brown was Donald Hill, 51, of West Palm Beach, who had a red backpack with a portable stove, a container with a white powder, a mason jar with tubing and other items.

When the SWAT team entered the house, it was mostly empty because the homeowner evicted the residents. The homeowner had given them until 5 p.m. Thursday to vacate the premises.

The four were arrested Thursday. Klonowski, Latora, and Brown face amphetamine manufacture, drug production and drug possession charges. Hill faces synthetic narcotic manufacturing and drug paraphernalia possession charges,

Latora was held in lieu of $110,000 bail, Klonowski was held in lieu of $12,000 bail, Hill was held in lieu of $3,000 bail and Brown was held in lieu of $13,000 bail.








Eight operatives of a Mexican drug cartel were sentenced to U.S. federal prison for their role in running a Methamphetamine distribution ring in Atlanta, Georgia.

Court records don’t specify which drug cartel the group belonged to, but most of the members were Mexican nationals. The group often spoke with a Mexican drug trafficker identified in court documents as “El Licenciado”, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show.Screen-Shot-2014-12-20-at-11_05_39-AM

The case began in early 2012 when federal agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began looking into a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution network that had been set up by 40-year-old Candido “Primo” Ortuno Alvear. The agents set up a wiretapping operation in order to identify the members of the network and their operations. The group would get their supplies from Mexico and manufacture the methamphetamine in Atlanta which they would also distribute locally. During one of the raids federal agents not only seized drugs but also a handgun.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, all eight members of the cell plead guilty to drug conspiracy and other drug charges.

“These defendants thought that their drug trafficking operations would go unnoticed in Clayton County neighborhoods,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “They were wrong. Due to the outstanding efforts of DEA agents and their local law enforcement partners, these traffickers are off our streets and headed to federal prison.”

During a sentencing hearing, before U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg 40-year-old Candido “Primo” Ortuno Alvear the group’s de-facto leader received a sentence of 21 years and 10 months in prison. Victor “Pelon” Otruno Penaloza, Ortuno’s son and a lieutenant within the cartel cell was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison.

Other members of the group also received federal sentences.

  • Vicente “Chivo” Arana Galvan, 44, the brother in law of Ortuno Alvear was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison.
  • Tomas “Tomato” Sanchez, 27, Ortuno’s cousin and main distributor received a 12 years and seven months prison sentence.
  • Pablo Maldonado, 30, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
  • Octavio Cruz Alvar, 29, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison
  • Robert Dale Penland, 55, was sentenced to eight years and five months in prison.
  • Alonso “Chicola” Rivera, 31, will spend 10 years in prison.








NANTICOKE — Police say a woman calling 911 to report she’d overdosed on drugs Saturday led officers to a suspected meth lab in her Apollo Circle apartment.

Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31, of Nanticoke, told Luzerne County 911 Saturday afternoon she had taken too much “meth,” had a chemical burn on her arm, could see a blood clot moving in her arm and her 13-year-old son was experiencing shortness of breath, according to a criminal complaint.

Responding officers immediately noticed an odor of chemicals upon entering the residence, police say, and so removed both Kemper and her son from the apartment.

Police say the odor, which could be smelled from a “considerable distance,” was characteristic of the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, causing irritation of the eyes, skin and throat. In Kemper’s bedroom, the complaint says, police located two funnels with white residue, a measuring cup with residue, hypodermic needle caps, filter material and a 2-liter bottle containing white solids and other moist materials.

A state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team removed these materials from the apartment along with Coleman fuel, pseudoephedrine and other bi-products and precursor materials for methamphetamine, police say.

When questioned, Kemper allegedly told police she allowed her friend to cook meth in her apartment and also purchased some of the necessary materials in exchange for quantities of the finished product.

Kemper and her son were both transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Luzerne County Children and Youth Services were contacted and responded to the hospital.

According to the complaint, Kemper said at least three other people and her two children were present during the manufacturing process.

The complaint says Kemper was charged with possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine in a structure with a child under 18 present, five counts of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a single count of possession with intent to deliver and one count of endangering the welfare of children.

Court records indicate she was scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 p.m. before District Judge James M. Dixon, and was held at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.








LAWRENCEVILLE — Local and federal authorities arrested three people Thursday after allegedly finding 32 pounds of liquid methamphetamine inside a Lawrenceville home.  web1_1220_GDP_christy_nguyen_t670

Online records showed Carlos Urbano-Lopez, Elias Guadalupe Martinez and Christy Ai Nguyen were booked into the Gwinnett County jail around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, each charged with a single count of trafficking in methamphetamine.

The Gwinnett County Police Department was listed as the arresting agency for Urbano-Lopez, who is a Lawrenceville resident. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration was listed as the arresting agency for Martinez and Nguyen, who are both residents of Texas.

Few details were available regarding the case, but arrest warrants accused all three suspects of “knowingly taking possession of approximately 32 pounds of liquid methamphetamine” at an address on Cruse Road in Lawrenceville.


The minimum threshold for meth trafficking charges to be filed is 400 grams, which is less than one pound.

A DEA spokesman said Friday he could not comment on or provide details about the case because the investigation was ongoing. A Gwinnett County police spokesman also said that he had no information regarding the arrests.

All three suspects are being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.







SARASOTA — Detectives intercepted almost two pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $80,000 on the street, seized more than $5,300 in cash and made three arrests, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.1bGcLC_AuSt_69

Timothy Matthews, 46, on Thursday was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance (Dilaudid), possession of cannabis with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance (morphine) possession of a controlled substance (Clonazepam) and violation of probation.


Jack Courtney, 24, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.

Kayla Masek, 23, was charged with being principal to trafficking in methamphetamine and principal to possession of cannabis with intent to sell.

Detectives were able to make the interception on Thursday after learning a package of methamphetamine was being delivered to an unknown location in Venice, according to a news release. The delivery address was determined to be in the 400 block of Briarwood Road.

When detectives executed a search warrant at the home they located a package containing 457 grams of methamphetamine and 451 grams of cannabis, the report said. Detectives also found smaller quantities of methamphetamine and prescription medication in the house.


After learning there were more drugs at a storage facility in Sarasota, detectives seized an additional 361 grams of methamphetamine.

All three have been arrested multiple times in Sarasota County.

Courtney is on probation under the Department of Corrections for a battery conviction.

Matthews is a violent felony offender and was on probation under the Department of Corrections for a possession of a firearm and/or ammunition conviction.

This investigation is still ongoing and there are additional charges pending.






FAIRBANKS — A North Pole woman faces 11 criminal charges after she allegedly passed out in her car in front of Chena Hot Springs Gas on Monday morning.

Carey Lynn Benson, 39, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with license revoked or suspended, second-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree weapons misconduct, fourth-degree weapons misconduct, fifth-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, three counts of violating conditions of release and improper use of evidence of registration after the gas station clerk called troopers to report a woman passed out in a 1996 Monte Carlo.

Troopers found Benson asleep behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition but the engine off, according to charging documents. Troopers knocked on the window for more than two minutes, but Benson would not wake up. Troopers entered the vehicle to ensure Benson was not having a medical emergency. When she woke up, Benson said she didn’t know where she was or how she got there. Troopers found a pistol in a holster Benson wore on her calf. A second pistol was subsequently found in her possession.

Benson repeatedly fell asleep as she was being driven to jail, prompting troopers to pull over and check on her because she was slumped over. At one point, she woke up and didn’t know she was in a police car and did not understand why she was being arrested, according to charging documents.

The store clerk told troopers Benson drove into the parking lot between 5:05 and 5:10 a.m. The clerk said Benson drove in the wrong lane when pulling in and she never got out of the car. The clerk watched Benson through the glass and saw her head nodding before she passed out. The clerk called troopers about an hour after Benson arrived at the gas station.

A search of Benson’s car and belongings was conducted based on the fact that Benson was violating the conditions of release for several previous cases.

A metal box containing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana was found in Benson’s purse. Benson’s breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.00.

A drug recognition expert determined Benson was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and a central nervous system stimulant and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The vehicle registration tabs on Benson’s license plates were found to be for a 1997 green Dodge, not the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving.

Benson’s conditions of release stem from a previous drugs misconduct charge and a DUI.

The drugs in Benson’s purse were weighed and found to total 9.5 grams of heroin, 2 grams of methamphetamine and 7.5 grams of marijuana. A digital scale and more than 100 small plastic baggies were also found.






The city hopes to shut down a northwest Dallas dance club after 15 people were indicted last week on selling drugs there and two teenage patrons died from overdoses.

In their request for an injunction, city attorneys say those deaths sparked a five-month investigation at Jaguars all-nude club and Eternal Eden, an 18-and-up after-hours dance club inside the strip club.

“Undercover detectives found that Jaguars was actively marketing to the youngest possible club goers,” the city said in court documents filed Wednesday in Dallas County, “and deliberately promoting a club environment where illegal drugs were sold and used openly and blatantly throughout the night.”

The city wants Jaguars, off Stemmons Freeway and Royal Lane, classified as a “common nuisance” and closed for a year, the maximum time allowed under the state’s health and safety code.

On Monday, the city revoked Jaguars’ sexually oriented business license. The club’s owners and attorney have 10 days to appeal.

Attempts to reach Jaguars’ attorney, Roger Albright, were unsuccessful.

The city alleges that drugs sold at Jaguars and Eternal Eden have been linked to the deaths of two teenagers.

KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported in September that 19-year-old Brittany Nemeth of White Settlement overdosed on methamphetamine and ecstasy after a night out with friends at Jaguars. The city didn’t identify the other overdose victim.

Last week, a federal drug investigation linked to the club resulted in the indictment of 15 people, including 23-year-old Hunter Lee Foster, the boyfriend of missing Fort Worth woman Christina Morris.

City attorneys say undercover detectives “easily and routinely” bought cocaine, methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana and ecstasy 51 times since July at Jaguars.

Most of those arrested and indicted are in their late teens and 20s and were either “VIP customers or Jaguar employees,” according to the city’s complaint.

An injunction hearing is expected to take place early in the new year.









DOBSON, N.C. — The Surry County Sheriff’s Office found a methamphetamine lab in a home in the Copeland community.

When officers entered the home  located at 139 Coachlight Lane, they found three people cooking a batch of methamphetamine.meth-heads1

Brian Regn, 59, the homeowner, Jack Jackson Jr., 35, of Mount Airy, and Megan Barrier, 20, of Cana, Va., were arrested  while officers searched the home.

Officers found 1,176 grams of methamphetamine, chemicals used to produce the drug, plastic containers used for the cooking process, smoking devices and hypodermic needles.

All three face methamphetamine related charges. Regn and Jackson are being held on $750,000 bond and Barrier is being held on a $5,000 bond.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clandestine Lab Team was called in to assist with collecting evidence from the home.








SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is in custody following a methamphetamine bust in Surry County.methlady

Melissa Atkins Meredith, 39, of Dobson, faces several drug charges as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Surry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Meredith after an investigation into methamphetamine sales in the Dobson area.

Officers uncovered methamphetamine purchases from Meredith at her residence in the 100 block of King Fisher Way.

Prior to her arrest, narcotics officers searched Meredith’s residence and located a .22 caliber rifle, a small quantity of methamphetamine, various types of pills, digital scales, packaging material, smoking pipes and hypodermic needles.

Meredith was placed under a $150,000 secured bond.








Boise patrol officers noticed two vehicles suspiciously parked in a North End elementary school parking lot around 4 a.m. Wednesday and ended up arresting a 39-year-old Boise woman on methamphetamine and paraphernalia charges, police reported Thursday.1sNSWl_AuHeEm_36

Danielle A. Harrison, 39, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony meth possession charge and misdemeanor paraphernalia possession. She remained in jail Thursday evening.

When Boise Police officers checked on the suspicious vehicles early Wednesday, they saw two people outside of the vehicles, police said. As they approached, officers observed items commonly used to consume meth inside a vehicle that was later identified as Harrison’s. A police drug-detecting dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle and, upon searching the car, officers found a hypodermic needle with liquid inside that tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Investigators also found a hollowed-out pen and tinfoil allegedly used for smoking meth, as well as a plastic spoon allegedly used to inject meth.










KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A California man was indicted Thursday on a federal charge of transporting approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Armondo Medina Gomez, 29, North Hollywood, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

A criminal complaint filed in the case alleges that on Dec. 16, 2014, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped a 2004 Ford on Interstate 70 near mile post 198 in Russell County, Kan.

With the help of a dog trained to detect drugs, investigators found approximately 26 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire in the vehicle.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.








A wealthy businessman who chained up a woman in his “dungeon” and forced her to perform sex acts has been jailed for 15 years.

The 56-year-old was found guilty at trial of 15 sex and drug charges, some of which came from providing methamphetamine to underage girls in return for sexual services.

At Auckland District Court today, Judge Russell Collins jailed imposed the lengthy jail term along with a minimum non-parole period of eight years.

The judge said he was “far from convinced” about the defendant’s prospects of rehabilitation, who was deemed a high risk of reoffending by probation.

“I don’t see them as high at all. There’s no indication whatsoever of remorse,” Judge Collins said.

The man stood trial with a 20-year-old female co-accused who was also found guilty of four counts relating to providing the businessman with young girls for his sexual gratification.

The court heard how she would attract the drug-addicted teen victims to his plush inner-city apartment with the promise of methamphetamine.

“He used his position of authority, money and sense of entitlement to lead a hedonistic lifestyle, preying on young people who were living vulnerable lives in Auckland city,” Crown prosecutor Jo Murdoch said.

The most serious case saw a woman in her 20s picked up off the street by associates of the defendant.

She was taken back to his pad, into a “dungeon” where she was stripped naked and shackled to a “device” which left her incapable of resistance.

The victim was taken into a room where the defendant was forced to perform sex acts on him for what she told the jury felt like hours.

At one stage she begged him to rape her to get it over with.

“He degraded her further saying she looked beautiful when she cried,” Ms Murdoch said.

Judge Collins said her evidence during the trial was pivotal to the Crown’s case.

“Anyone who heard that testimony will never forget it,” he said.

“The more evidence she gave the more compelling it became.” The judge referred to the victim-impact statements provided to the court, the contents of which he called “predictable but disturbing”.

His lawyer Mark Ryan said his client had made a lot of progress on addressing his addiction issues since the offending.

“He’s a very astute businessman who fell from grace, like a number of people who have got involved in methamphetamine. He’s identified that and he wants to serve his sentence, do courses and then get back into the community and put something back into the community he’s taken from.” He asked the court to continue the man’s name suppression, which was granted by the judge until February.

The hearing was briefly interrupted by a woman in the public gallery who launched into an expletive-riddled rant at the judge and was removed from court.

The man’s co-defendant was due to be sentenced this afternoon but was delayed by the judge because of other outstanding charges.








SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – An investigation by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team has resulted in the arrest of eight people in Chatham County on methamphetamine related charges.

CNT agents conducted warrant searches early Wednesday morning and resulted in the arrest of eight of 10 wanted persons. Two home searches were also conducted, one on E. 38th Street and one on Sugar Mill Drive.6252130_G

Agents seized two inactive methamphetamine labs from the Sugar Mill Drive address and evidence related to previous manufacturing of methamphetamine cooks at the E. 38th Street. CNT agents also seized methamphetamine, firearms and one vehicle.

Jennifer “Chatham” Crawford, 34, Erik Hullum, 45, James Owens, 33, Christopher Spencer, 34, Melissa Velasquez, 44, Bobby Hughes, 35, Lauren Ginevan, 32 and Molly Crumpton-Pewett, all of Savannah, were arrested. CNT is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Zefani Moss, 33, Alexander Persons IV, 37. Both are wanted in connection to the investigation.

CNT believes Moss is currently in the Atlanta area and believes Persons IV to be in the Pensacola, FL area. Yesterday’s operation stems from an eight-month investigation into the organization. CNT began investigating several of the persons following information they were involved in the illegal distribution, sale, possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

On October 22, 2014, CNT executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1800 block of East 39th Street. During that search warrant, agents encountered several small children and one adult female and safely removed them. Agents found a methamphetamine lab that appeared to have been active recently and evidence that previous manufacturing had occurred inside the home.

The advanced laboratory included an air filtration system that expelled the toxic gases from the lab into the open air outside. Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, CNT determined the organization as a whole purchased or attempted to purchase well over 200 boxes of pseudoephedrine, the main precursor needed to manufacture methamphetamine.

In all, the organization obtained more than 480 grams of pseudoephedrine. Based on all information gathered, CNT determined the organization manufactured more than 436 grams of methamphetamine. That number does not include any of the methamphetamine or methamphetamine labs seized in Wednesday’s operation.

Police say they have been investigating this case since March, waiting for the right time to make their move. Wednesday they finally pulled the trigger, busting two Savannah homes where they believe people were cooking and selling meth.

Chatham-Savannah Counter narcotics team said there was evidence of methamphetamine lab at two Savannah homes. They arrested eight people including Melissa Valasquez and Christopher Spencer who lived at the home on Sugar Mill Drive. Investigators said Spencer was considered to be one of the cooks.

“But what a lot of people don’t understand is that these methamphetamine labs can essentially be condensed into the size of a two liter bottle,” said Gene Harley, CNT PIO.

Investigators say that’s exactly what they found inside outside of the house, bottles that had been thrown out in the yard.

“Any child could have walked up on it and started messing with it and could have been seriously injured or up to death as result of messing with a methamphetamine lab,” said Harley.

They don’t believe any children lived at the home on Sugar Mill Drive, but they do think children may have been exposed at the other house they raided on Wednesday.

Investigators said it’s much harder for the average person to detect meth labs these days because they are nearly odorless. So make sure you and your children know what to look for.

“Most of the time the labeling on the bottle has been striped and you’ll what’s almost like a grit type material inside the bottle with clear liquid in it,” said Harley.








IMAGINE being so high you stabbed someone and didn’t remember doing it.

Nathan Arnott doesn’t have to imagine it, he lived it. For two years of his life, the Rockhampton father danced with the devil by living a life of drug abuse, violence and crime.9-2621364-rok171214iceguy1_fct679x509x196_0_t620

Like many other Australians, Nathan was led astray at a young age and introduced to crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice.

“I grew up in one of the worst parts of Brisbane and I started doing ice when I was about 17, just every now and then,” Nathan said.

“My mate was doing it and I tried it and just got hooked. After a while I was doing it full time, 24/7. I’d go on four to five day binges and then sleep for two days.”

Nathan said after he was hooked, there was nothing he wasn’t prepared to do to get his hands on more of the addictive drug.

“With ice, I went through hell and back. I’ve played with every devil you can imagine,” Nathan said.

“I did ice for a good two years and in that time I was stealing cars and boats, breaking into houses and shops.

“I used to get into fights and I’m not like that sober. I’m a calm, laid-back person. I stabbed a guy one night and was so high I don’t recall doing it. I saw people get shot and stabbed and die in front of me.

“I went to court so many times I racked up $3500 worth of fines and ended up being on parole for two-and-a-half years.”

But after claiming to witness a mate murder someone in front of him while high, Nathan said he knew he had to break free from the chains of ice holding him down.

“The breaking point for me was when I was out with mates one night high and a fight broke out and one of my mates bludgeoned a guy in the head with a hammer and killed him. He went to jail for life,” he said.

“I went home and just told my dad everything and he said ‘That’s it, we’re moving’.

“My dad was a big support; he took me out of the crowd. I sat down and had family members crying in my arms telling me they didn’t want me to end up dead or in jail.

“I walked away from it. I moved up to Rocky with my dad and was in lockdown in my aunty’s house. I told myself I was never going to touch it again. It was a real self battle. I wasn’t allowed to leave the house or go anywhere.”

While he has been clean for nearly seven years now, Nathan said ice still haunts him and has devastated his family in the worst way.

“Two years ago my brother was stabbed nine times and murdered over a $50 ice debt,” Nathan said.

“We were introduced to ice at around the same time… I tried to get him to move with me but he said he couldn’t and he stayed in Brisbane. Realistically, he met the fate that was meant for me.

“I’ve lost mates through drug addiction. Some have over-dosed on ecstasy, other have passed away in car accidents from driving stoned. I’ve lost nine mates from drug use so far.”

With his drug abuse days well behind him now, Nathan said he was grateful for the second chance at life he was granted by reaching out for help.

“It gets hard sometimes and I sit back and realize what I’ve gone through and what I’ve got now. I could have ended up in a jail cell or lying dead next to my brother,” he said.

“I think of myself as a success story now. I have a full-time job and I’m about to relocate to Townsville to continue it. I have a wonderful fiancé who I’ve been with for four years and a beautiful daughter. Having her was a battle in itself as she was born three months early weighing just 994 g.

“At the moment I’m going through training so I can go to schools and speak to kids about drugs. I want to get the word out there that the help is there.”








MIDKIFF, W.Va. — A Lincoln County woman faces multiple charges after deputies said they found methamphetamine residue, pills and animal feces covering three floors of the home where the woman and her children sleep.zkUusL28

Jessica Dawn Gray, 42, of Midkiff is charged with child neglect resulting in risk of injury, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a felony, operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and obstructing an officer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Lincoln County Magistrate Court.

Deputies said they went to a home along Court Side in Midkiff on Monday after they got a tip about children living in extremely rough conditions. Deputies said they noticed a strong odor coming from inside the home. The complaint said Gray gave deputies permission to search her home, and said she had no idea what the smell was.

Deputies said they found animal feces in the living room, kitchen and bedroom where Gray and her two children sleep. Deputies also found a trash bag with materials inside that are used to manufacture methamphetamine, including bottles with tubing, cotton balls and various plates all containing meth residue, the complaint said. They also found a Gatorade bottle along with a coffee filter that also had meth residue on it.

Gray is being held is Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.








A 30-year-old Carson City woman was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony charges related to a burglary in which jewelry was stolen and allegedly sold to a pawn shop, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Bexy Barbara Mora was arrested Tuesday, 2:12 p.m. in the 200 block of South Carson Meadows. She faces felonies charges of two counts possession of stolen property, one count obtaining money under false pretenses, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. She’s being held on $73,632 bail.

Victoria Julia Mora, 37, was also arrested on felony charges of parole violation and possession of methamphetamine. There was also a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She’s being held without bail on the parole violation charge and $3,632 on the drug charges.

According to the arrest report, officers made contact with the suspects at the Carson Meadows residence after locating a vehicle that was believed to be involved with a burglary case detectives had been working on.

The women gave officers consent to search the residence. Officers found a small amount of methamphetamine and meth pipes with residue. The detective on the case concluded his investigation and charged Bexy Mora with the stolen property crimes related to a burglary and pawning the property and the drug charges. Both were taken to jail.








JACKSON— The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) has been busy lately as more and more active meth labs are being discovered around the county.

The sheriff’s office reported Wednesday morning it had responded to five methamphetamine labs in four days that had to be neutralized and disposed of. 5491f4edcf7f3_image

It all began on Saturday, Dec. 13, when a call came in at 1:16 p.m. from a male at 217 Cambrian Ave. in Jackson. The man said that as he and his wife were cleaning up trash along their fence-line, they came across a yellow bag that started smoking when they picked it up.

When a deputy arrived on scene, the homeowners said they carried the bag approximately 50 yards to put on a pile of trash they planned to burn. Because it appeared to be smoking, however, they decided to look online for a possible explanation, and realized it could be a meth lab.

Upon inspection, the deputy quickly determined the bag contained two one-pot meth labs that had to be neutralized and disposed of. The Jackson Fire Department and Jackson County EMS were also on scene. There are currently no suspects in this case.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 14, at approximately 5 p.m., a deputy responded to a call from the Wellston Police Department which had came across what it suspected were two, one pot meth labs in an old burned out home on North Wisconsin Avenue.

Those two working meth labs had to be neutralized and removed from the scene. The Wellston Fire Department was also on scene with the deputy, along with the Wellston Police Department. At this time there are no suspects in this case either.

On Monday, Dec. 15, at approximately 5:30 p.m., deputies executed a search warrant at 1098 Phillip Kuhn Road in Oak Hill. At that residence law enforcement officers discovered two active one pot meth labs and two inactive one pot meth labs in a garage. A gas generator was also sitting nearby, as were glass jars, pliers, lithium strips, Coleman fuel, and other items associated with the manufacture of meth.

Arrested at the scene was Darold Adkins, 29. He was charged with the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony.

Adkins is currently incarcerated in the Jackson County Correctional Facility, and other charges are pending.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, at approximately 8:07 a.m., deputies went to serve a felony warrant on David Canter, 27, of 473 South Gallia St. in Oak Hill. He had warrants for failure to pay child support and failure to appear.5491f4ed9364e_image

Deputies found that Canter was in the garage of the residence, but he refused to open the door and come out. Law enforcement eventually gained entry to the garage. According to reports, Canter was hiding inside a car, covered with a blanket. Some time went by, but Canter finally climbed out of the car and was arrested.

Law enforcement then found two black bags full of the chemicals and tubing used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Canter was taken into custody on his warrants, and has several other charges pending. He is currently incarcerated at JCCF.

The final incident also occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in Vinton County. Members of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office discovered a five-gallon bucket with meth making ingredients inside it on Clarion Road. The JCSO was notified and responded to neutralize and/or dispose of the ingredients, which included lithium batteries, glass jars, liquid fire, and other ingredients.

Again, there are no suspects in this case, at this time.

In three of these instances, a JCSO methamphetamine technician had to suit up and put on the air packs to be able to neutralize the potentially explosive materials.








Three area residents were arrested Tuesday for operating a methamphetamine lab.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 15, the newly activated West Central Illinois Special Response Team, which is composed of members of the Canton Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at 207 S. First, Apartment 1, in Canton.Cari Ann Johnson

The search yielded an active methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine product and precursors to continue the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Arrested at the scene were Cari Ann Johnson, 32, whose last known address was Cuba, and Matthew A. Boughan, 31, of 207 S. First, Apartment 1, Canton.

Both were arrested for aggravated unlawful participation of manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

Also arrested was Ezekial J. Barker, 30, of 207 S. First, Apartment 1, Canton, following a traffic stop while he was attempting to leave the scene.

Barker was arrested for possession of methamphetamine precursors and participation in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

All three are in the Fulton County jail awaiting their first court appearance.

The search was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Canton Police Department, the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force, the ISP Methamphetamine Response Team, the Fulton County States Attorney, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the West Central Illinois Special Response Team.