An Alabama man remains behind bars after reportedly being found in possession of $20,000 worth of methamphetamine during an April 15 traffic stop on I-85 near Hamilton Mill Road in Buford.

Rafael Pineda, 28, was traveling northbound on I-85 when a Gwinnett County Police officer noticed Pineda’s 1998 BMW had window tint which appeared to be darker than what is allowed by law. The officer conducted a traffic stop and, upon looking in the passenger side window of Pineda’s vehicle, noticed freshly opened air fresheners, air fresheners still in their packaging and two cell phones.

During the course of speaking with the officer, Pineda reportedly said he had come from Alabama where he had worked on a roof.

In the report, the officer noted Pineda did not fit the description of “your normal roofer.”

“His hands appeared undamaged and smooth, his clothes appeared to be designer style and he had two earrings in his ears,” the officer wrote in the report. “I also noticed the vehicle had no tools, which is very uncommon for your average roofer.”

After determining Pineda did not have a valid driver’s license, the officer placed him under arrest for driving without a license.

Pineda advised he did not have anyone who could retrieve his vehicle, so the officer requested a wrecker for impound. During the impound inventory of the vehicle, the officer discovered a paper bag in the rear seat behind the driver’s seat. Inside the bag, the officer found another bag containing a crystal-like substance which later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

The officer read Pineda his Miranda rights and questioned him about the methamphetamine. Pineda allegedly admitted it was “ice” and that he had paid $20,000 for the 1.14 pounds of drugs. Pineda reportedly explained he needed the money for his family and sold the methamphetamine to provide for them. Upon further questioning, Pineda declined to provide additional information indicating “they” would kill him.

Pineda was booked into the jail on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine and driving without a license. He is also being detained on an immigration hold.

In one photo, an 8- or 9-year-old Synthia Varela is dressed in a Brownie uniform, a beret atop her head, hair braided neatly to the side.

Other photos from the same era show her at her dining room table, pondering homework; gleefully sitting inside a vintage toy pedal car; relaxing along a mountain lake in Switzerland; and standing among ruins in Jordan. The photos of this seemingly happy child were taken when Synthia was about the same age as her son, Omaree Varela at the time he died allegedly at the hands of his mother – now Synthia Varela-Casaus.


A  young Synthia Varela grew up in a middle-class family in the Northeast Heights with professional parents. The family lived overseas for a while and traveled extensively, affording Synthia and an older sister a larger world view.

As she got older, Synthia’s world shrank as her drug addictions grew. Last December, the 38-year-old mother of four was arrested for Omaree’s death and commented while being led away by police: “I was disciplining him and I kicked him the wrong way. It was an accident.”


The autopsy on Omaree, however, indicates the boy was savagely beaten. He had multiple injuries and his body bore signs of previous abuse.

In the months since his death, the Journal has learned that:

  • Omaree was born while his mother was in prison on drug trafficking charges;
  • Biological father Christopher Clewis, no stranger to the criminal justice system, claimed Synthia shut him out of the boy’s life;
  • Synthia’s current husband, Steve Casaus, recently arrested for drug possession, has a long criminal history and, according to a 911 recording, was verbally abusive toward Omaree;
  • The Children, Youth and Families Department, as well as the Albuquerque Police Department, missed opportunities to remove Omaree from, or prevent Omaree from returning to, his abusive home environment. CYFD has confirmed that there were nine referrals concerning Omaree or his family, but only two could be substantiated; and
  • Before Omaree was born, Synthia gave her father and stepmother custody of her much older first-born son who, in contrast to Omaree, led a normal and apparently happy life. He sports a tattoo that reads: “Truly Blessed.”

What went wrong?

Contemplating why Synthia – a once “very happy child” who was offered so many opportunities – chose a path in life that brought her to such a dark place is an exercise her stepmother says she has engaged in often since Omaree’s death. Part of the answer lies in “abandonment issues” Synthia has harbored since her father and biological mother divorced soon after Synthia was born in 1975, she says.

The father began raising the two girls with the help of his mother – the girls’ paternal grandmother. Synthia and her sister seldom saw their mother after that, she said.

The father and the girls’ now stepmother met in 1976 when they both worked as engineering technicians for the Army Corps of Engineers. They began dating about 1981, when Synthia was 6 and her sister was 11. They married in 1983, the same year their government jobs took them to Saudi Arabia.

The children went along, a family adventure that allowed them to live in and experience another culture for a couple of years. Family life was good, and there were other excursions, including vacations to Jordan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Amsterdam, Italy, Hawaii, Singapore and Hong Kong.

“I think the girls appreciated it and understood how lucky they were to have those cultural experiences,” she said.

Synthia Varela, on a 1983 family vacation, visits the ruins at Jerash in Jordan. (Courtesy of the Varela family)

Synthia Varela sits at the kitchen table doing homework in Saudi Arabia in 1983. (courtesy of the Varela family)

Back in Albuquerque, the girls were raised as “not particularly strict” Catholics, but they did go to church regularly and attended public schools. Her stepmother said Synthia had always been a high-energy child with a willful and independent streak, “a rebellious nature” and a penchant for “questioning authority.”

In high school, those character traits led to “behavior problems.” Synthia got kicked out of Sandia High School, then La Cueva. At age 15, she ran away from home, was picked up by police, and placed in group homes in Albuquerque and Santa Rosa. “She fled those places, too, and eventually ended up in the juvenile detention center,” said her stepmother.

“My husband went to juvenile court all the time, trying to stay on top of it. Synthia wasn’t yet 18, and we wanted to get her into the right environment to get her help, but, by the time she was in the D-home, she was already pregnant.”

Synthia turned 18 in June 1993 and she was released from juvenile detention in October, just before her son was born.

Also by this time, Synthia had begun accumulating a lengthy list of arrests that over the years has come to include shoplifting, disorderly conduct, concealing identity, failure to appear in court, contempt of court, failure to comply with the conditions of her probation, aiding illegal activity, multiple arrests for prostitution, and a host of drug-related arrests for such things as possession, distribution and trafficking.

Not all the cases resulted in convictions and many were dismissed, but a printout of her Bernalillo County Person History Report, generated by the Metropolitan Detention Center, fills 28 pages.

Both Synthia’s father and older sister declined comment for this story.

Her public defender, Todd Farkas, said that his office hasn’t yet received all the information and evidence from the state and state agencies relating to the case against Synthia and the death of her son. “It’s important to remember that these are allegations only and she is innocent until proven guilty.”

He further said that “based on early investigation and background research,” he expects issues to emerge concerning “the physical facts of Omaree’s injury and death; serious mental and physical conditions affecting Synthia’s behavior; improper police extraction of a so-called ‘confession’ from a mentally and emotionally vulnerable woman”; and other matters and mitigating circumstances linked to his client’s case.

Drugs ruled

Her stepmother summed up the root cause of Synthia’s bad choices and destructive lifestyle in one word: “Meth.”

“It just ruined her life. She hung around meth dealers and pimps. That became her whole life. There were a few months when she’d get sober and we’d be in contact again, but then she’d go back to using meth and disappear.”

Shortly after her oldest son was born, Synthia began living with an Albuquerque man, Alan Waseta, also 18, and a known drug dealer, police said at the time.

In February 1994, officers raided the home while Synthia was preparing a bottle to feed her baby. According to newspaper stories and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s incident reports, as deputies entered the home’s front door, Waseta grabbed a briefcase, pushed Synthia out the back door with him, then exchanged gunfire with a deputy. Waseta was struck in the torso and fell on top of Synthia. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, had surgery and survived.

The briefcase contained money, drugs and a gun. Inside the home, officers found more drugs and weapons, including a submachine gun – and the uninjured baby.

Synthia was also taken to the hospital, where doctors examined her, and found she had numerous burns and other marks. She eventually conceded that Waseta abused her.

Waseta was later sentenced to one year in prison, five years on probation and ordered into a two-year residential drug treatment program.

The baby was immediately taken into CYFD custody. Fearful she would never see her son again, Synthia agreed to have the child placed in foster care with her father and stepmother until they could formally adopt him.

It was something Synthia came to regret for the rest of her life, said her stepmother. Synthia had three more children, Omaree being the oldest of that trio. Steve Casaus is not the father of any of the children, although he was married to Synthia and in prison at the time the two younger ones were born, the stepmother said.

“Synthia always regretted her decision to give up (her first-born child) and she hated us for it. Because of that, she was careful to never give up control of the other kids.”

Children as collateral damage

As her drug addiction ebbed and flowed, she would agree to place the kids with family or friends acting as guardians. If the guardians got too attached or attempted to make the placement more permanent, “she would rush in and reclaim the kids” – something she learned she had a legal right to do.

“When he was 5, Omaree lived with Synthia’s older sister for about seven months. The cops came in the middle of the night and took him out of his bed. Synthia wanted him back. Her whole thing was control. Later, she did the same thing to that Essie woman.”

Essie Sotelo was an older woman who had befriended Synthia, and began taking care of Omaree and, later, his younger sister when Synthia failed to return home for extended periods of time and care for the kids herself. In September 2009, CYFD’s Protective Services Division recommended that Sotelo remain as guardian of the two kids. Synthia subsequently gave Sotelo a letter granting her permission to take the children to Phoenix, where they were going to live with Sotelo and her daughter, Shana Smith.

In March 2011, two months after they moved to Phoenix, a CYFD caseworker contacted Sotelo and said Synthia wanted her children back and they were to be returned to a CYFD office in Albuquerque. The family complied.

Over the years, Synthia would periodically show up on the doorstep of her father’s and stepmother’s home asking for money, “or she’d go to the neighbors’ homes and make up stories about how she needed money for daycare, and promising them that me and her dad would pay them back later,” said the stepmother. Synthia usually came without Omaree or his siblings and was deceptive about where the children were. “She was a pathological liar. It was just constant.”

The stepmother said she only recently got to see Synthia’s two younger children for the first time. After Omaree’s death, they were removed from the home where they lived with their mother and Steve Casaus, and are currently in CYFD custody.

Casaus got out of prison in 2010, where he had been incarcerated on a multitude of charges, including drug trafficking and possession, and transfer of stolen vehicles.

While trafficking in drugs was part of their criminal history, the stepmother said she can’t recall that Synthia or Casaus ever held a job. The family did, however, get some public assistance, the stepmother said. Synthia had gotten Omaree qualified for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, and the family received food stamps and were on other programs, though she wasn’t sure what those were.

“So he (Casaus) gets out (of prison) and all of a sudden they’re one big happy family,” the stepmother said. “That’s when they rented that house on Comanche” – the house where Omaree Varela was found cold and unresponsive by police after allegedly being stomped to death by his mother.

“Do you know what it’s like to sit in a funeral home making burial arrangements for a 9-year-old child? It’s the most horrible thing we’ve ever had to do. I think about it all the time. I wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning asking myself, ‘How the hell did this happen?’ ”



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Despite telling people he’d rather “shoot it out” with law enforcement than return to jail, an armed Steve Casaus was arrested Monday and charged with a host of violations — some of which may result in federal prosecution.
Casaus, 41, is the stepfather of Omaree Varela, the 9-year-old boy who was allegedly kicked to death by his mother last December, and who was caught during a recorded 911 emergency call last June directing an abusive and obscenity-laden verbal tirade against the child.
At the time of his arrest on Monday, Casaus had an active felony warrant for a probation violation. A convicted felon, he also had in his possession a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a quantity of methamphetamine and $17,000 cash, according to Albuquerque Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez.
APD narcotics detectives received information that Casaus was selling methamphetamine, was armed and had told several people that he would “shoot it out” with officers before returning to jail.
APD set up an undercover purchase that resulted in his arrest at 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Juan Tabo and Menaul NE.
Also responding to the scene were agents from Homeland Security Investigations. Agency spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said the arrest was part of a “border enforcement security task force investigation.” She could not provide further details.
Casaus was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center and booked for being in possession of a controlled substance, and for the outstanding warrant for failure to comply with the terms of his probation stemming from a drug arrest in March.
Casaus remained in jail Tuesday on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.
Martinez said the case will be forwarded to the US Attorney’s Office for review and possible federal prosecution.
In addition, a police case against Casaus in connection with the death of Omaree Varela has been submitted by APD investigators to the District Attorney’s Office in Bernalillo County. That case is currently under review, DA Office spokeswoman Kayla Anderson said Tuesday.



Gregory Livingston, 31, and Stalatus Grundy, 42, both of Texarkana Ark were arrested in Foreman after Arkansas State Police and South Central Drug Task Force officers were working in Foreman for the purpose of purchasing methamphetamine.

According to the report, Livingston and Grundy allegedly delivered one ounce of methamphetamine to a cooperating individual in Foreman.

After the delivery was made the subjects were stopped and arrested by officers with the Arkansas State Police and Little River County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of arrest Officers seized $1735 dollars from the suspects which included the $1300 which was used to purchase the methamphetamine.

Both Livingston and Grundy were charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine and a$50,000 bond was set on each suspect.

On Tuesday, April 8, both suspects appeared in Little River County Circuit Court for a first appearance.

Both suspects are still incarcerated at this time.



GOLDSBORO, N.C.Deputies arrested a Newton Grove woman following an investigation into the illegal manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the Goldsboro/Wayne County area.


31-year-old Wanda Larue Long is charged with 7 counts of Possess / Distribute Methamphetamine Precursor.

Long is accused of purchasing pseudoephedrine and using it to manufacture methamphetamine.

She was arrested and placed in the Wayne County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.



City de-addiction centre registers first female meth addicts; parts of Kothrud, Kalyani Nagar, Shivaji Nagar and Aundh have caught the attention of the narco dept

I was bored with brown sugar. It made me drowsy. I wanted to be perked up and concentrate on my studies better,” said 18-year-old Heeba (name changed), a girl from Mumbai’s upmarket neighbourhood of Versova. Today, completely wasted, anorexic, dark circles under her eyes and mumbling broken sentences, she is one of the first female addicts of methamphetamine to surface in Pune’s de-addiction centres. “I took to meth (methamphetamine) eight months ago.

Heeba and Ameera at the de-addiction centre on Tuesday

Unlike brown sugar, meth helped me concentrate on my studies, kept me alert, happy and increased my thinking ability. Before I knew it I was an addict. I spent between Rs 50,000 and Rs 60,000 a month on procuring the drug, with it costing Rs 2,500 a gram,” Heeba added. But the abuse cost her far heavier than the money she was expending.

“On days I could not access meth, the reality of my health confronted me. I started skipping meals, living off fruit juices that helped to energise me,” she recalled. Methamphetamine, clearly, the new substance in town, has been making its presence felt only in the past one year with a trickling in of addicts at the detoxification centres, most of them male.

Heeba, who regularly comes to the city, came to Practical Life Skills Mental Health and Rehab Centre at Pashan, accompanied by her fellow addict Ameera (name changed), another resident of Andheri. In fact, it was Ameera who introduced Heeba to meth. “I started doing meth nine months ago after breaking up with my fiance, who along with his family had duped my parents of Rs 2.5 crore.

Unable to cope with my depression I took to drugs and moved to meth. It made me euphoric,” Ameera explained. With her parents never questioning her spending habits she was spending Rs 1 lakh a month on the drug. Alarmed with Heeba’s deteriorating health her parents sat her down for a talk. Convinced she needed help, she turned to Ameera and coaxed her to join in with her detox efforts.

Ameera’s parents were informed too. Soon, on the advice of their Pune friends, they landed at Pashan. Heeba and Ameera used to largely source their supply of meth from agents lurking in nooks and crannies of Millat Nagar but when in Pune their friends at Koregaon Park were not short on supply. The two insist that the friends too procured the substance from Mumbai.

But Sunil Tambe, police inspector (PI), anti-narcotics cell of Pune police’ crime branch, confirms that white powder that is snorted by addicts is doing the rounds in the city too. “We received a circular just six months ago from the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai, mentioning a new drug becoming popular with the youth. This was methamphetamine.

We are yet to seize the drug in the city but have identified pockets in Kothrud, Kalyani Nagar, Patil Estate of Shivaji Nagar and Aundh for surveillance and are looking to spring surprise raids,” Tambe told Mirror. “Methamphetamine is a drug that stimulates one’s central nervous system. It is popularly referred to as speed and is very akin to cocaine. Its severe adverse effects (SAE) include anorexia and dermatological complications.

Also overdose can lead to cardiac arrest,” informed Indrajit Deshmukh, project head at the Pashan Centre. It also leads to insomnia, psychological aberrations such as paranoia, hallucination and hyperactivity. “In the last five years that we have been around we have not had any cases,” said Prafulla Mohite, the project coordinator at Nishigandh, the women’s wing of Muktangan. She, however, added that Muktangan’s experience with meth-addicts has also been limited to a few in the past year.

►► We are yet to seize the drug in the city but have identified pockets for surveillance and are looking to spring surprise raids

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich (April 22, 2014) – Officers from several law enforcement agencies say 13 suspected ‘one-pot’ meth labs were found in a garage in Comstock Township following a Tuesday morning raid.

According to a release, deputies obtained a search warrant for a home in the 4200 block of North 26th Street after receiving information of possible meth production.

Deputies were assisted by Portage Public Safety, Kalamazoo Township Police and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers during the search.

Multiple byproducts of meth production were also found during the search, according to officials.

Deputies say charges are going to be submitted to the Prosecutor’s office for a Kalamazoo resident once the investigation is completed. The person’s name hasn’t been released.


Four children — all age 15 or younger — have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services after Moore County Sheriff’s investigators found them in a home where methamphetamine was being manufactured, according to a release from sheriff’s office.


On April 21, detectives from the sheriff’s office narcotics unit arrested Steven Lee Summers, 39, and Deborah Kay Summers, 44, both of 245 Lakeview Lane, Cameron. Both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, 3 counts of possession of methamphetamine precursors, 3 counts felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possess with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine, maintain a place to keep/manufacture controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of Schedule II (Oxycodone) and four counts of child abuse.

Steven Summers was also charged with 3 counts of exceeding or attempting to exceed Federal Pseudoephedrine Compliance Laws.

Deborah Summers was also charged with 8 counts of exceeding or attempting to exceed Federal Pseudoephedrine Compliance Laws.

Steven Summers received a $75,000 secured bond and was placed in the Moore County Detention Center.

Deborah Summers received a $105,000 secured bond and was placed in the Moore County Detention Center.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation in which detectives went to 245 Lakeview Lane, Cameron with arrest warrants on two individuals for exceeding or attempting to exceed the Federal Pseudoephedrine Compliance Law. While Detectives were at the residence Detectives observed items to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the news release.

Moore County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and discovered the individuals had been manufacturing methamphetamine inside the residence.

During the investigation it was determined that four children, from one year of age to 15 years of age, were in the residence with the individuals during the times Methamphetamine was being manufactured. The children were not related to the individuals who were arrested. Currently the children are in the care of Moore County Department of Social Services.

Agents from the North Carolina State Bureau Investigation Clandestine Lab Unit, NCSBI Fayetteville Field Division, Moore County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Response Team, Moore County Emergency Medical Services, Cranes Creek Fire Department and Moore County Department of Social Service assisted in the investigation and search.

During the investigation Officers seized items to manufacture methamphetamine, a small amount of methamphetamine, one Oxycodone prescription pill (schedule II controlled substance) and items of drug paraphernalia.



A 28-year-old man who moved to the Rogue Valley almost two months ago allegedly to sell methamphetamine locally faces drug charges after a police raid at his White City house netted nearly $120,000 worth of methamphetamine, authorities said.

Victor Galvan-Solorio was taken down after a nearly two month investigation during a Friday raid at his house on the 8000 block of Division Road, where 6 pounds of methamphetamine was seized, police said.

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“This individual set up shop in town to deal these drugs in the Rogue Valley,” said Lt. Kevin Walruff, who oversees the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team investigating the case.

“Normally, when we see this amount of methamphetamine, it’s passing through,” Walruff said. “This is a significant amount for in this valley.”

Galvan-Solorio was arraigned this afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of possession, manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ravassipour set his bail at $1 million and ordered Galvan-Solorio back in court for a preliminary hearing April 28.

Galvan-Solorio remained held today to the Jackson County Jail, where he has been since Friday’s arrest.

Galvan-Solorio showed up on MADGE’s radar screen about 1 1/2 months ago, Walruff said. Their subsequent investigation led to the serving of Friday’s search warrant, he said.

Also seized were $30,000 cash and police found scales and packaging at the residence, according to MADGE.

Methamphetamine is selling on the street in the Rogue Valley for $18,000 to $20,000 per pound, Walruff said.

Also at the scene were two cars that contained traps for hiding drugs during transport, Walruff said. The traps, which he declined to describe, were rendered inoperable but the vehicles were not seized, he said.

Galvan-Solorio was from the Southern California area and the methamphetamine traveled into Oregon from California, but its exact origin was not yet known, Walruff said.

MADGE detectives are still running down leads developed from the search, Walruff said.

Federal customs and Homeland Security Investigations joined MADGE detectives in Friday’s raid.

Deputies with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department apprehended two alleged meth cooks after they fled during a meth lab raid on Monday, according to law enforcement officials.

Michael Duane Smith, 23, of Logtown Road in Dayton, and William Dean Langston, 24, of Ann Street in Dayton, were both apprehended Monday after deputies received a call about possible drug activity at a vacant lot in the Morgantown area.

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“We did receive information on suspicious activity at a vacant property,” RCSD Deputy Charlie Jenkins said. “When officers arrived, [Smith and Langston] ran out of the back of an outbuilding on the property.”

After deputies gave chase, Jenkins said Smith was apprehended almost immediately after attempting to flee into some nearby woods. However, Langston was not apprehended until nearly 10 minutes later.

Jenkins said Langston was arrested after he exited the woods and was found on property near the vacant lot.

“[Langston] stated he was scared and that’s why he ran,” Jenkins said.

After searching the two suspects as well as the outbuilding, deputies found an active meth lab and called officials with the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force to assist with cleanup.

“The meth lab was dismantled, and the hazardous materials were disposed of,” Jenkins said.

Smith was charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading arrest.

Langston was charged with criminal trespassing, promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading arrest.

Both Smith and Langston were booked into the Rhea County Jail, where bond was set at $75,000 for both of the men, according to jail records.

They were still incarcerated as of press time Tuesday.



A Washington man was found allegedly carrying $15,000 worth of methamphetamine in a backpack aboard the Southeast Alaska ferry system on Monday morning.

Charging documents said that Alaska State Troopers got a call around 6:45 a.m. Monday from the Alaska Marine Highway System regarding “suspected drug activity” involving Kenneth R. Bradley of Washington state and his traveling companion aboard the M/V Kennecott heading from Bellingham, Wash., to Ketchikan.


Troopers found that Bradley, 49, had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest for a 1996 reckless endangerment charge in Anchorage. When the ferry reached the Ketchikan terminal, troopers boarded the ship and arrested him.

Just before his arrest, Bradley tried to discard a glass “crack pipe,” which was located where he had been standing moments before, the charges said. Bradley allegedly admitted the pipe was his, and said he had been smoking crack cocaine prior to boarding the ferry. A test of the pipe came back positive for cocaine, according to the charging documents.

Bradley carried two black backpacks aboard the ferry. He told troopers that they belonged to his traveling companion and he just had clothing in the bags, while his companion said the bags belonged to Bradley. A K-9 sniffed the backpacks and indicated there were controlled substances inside, so troopers obtained a search warrant for the bags.

Inside one of the bags, troopers found a cellophane-wrapped ball hidden among socks and clothes. Inside the ball was a bag containing more than two ounces of a substance identified as methamphetamine, along with 32 small plastic baggies, each containing suspected meth. Troopers weighed four of the baggies and found each contained a third of a gram of the suspected drug. The total estimated value of all the seized drugs was $15,000, according to the charging documents.

Bradley was charged with two felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance, and faces an arraignment in Ketchikan.

Bradley has 20 Oregon felony convictions between 1997 and 2004, a felony warrant out for his arrest in California for “dangerous drugs” in 2007, a felony conviction in Washington for controlled substances in 2008, and 24 misdemeanor convictions in Alaska between 1983 and 1994, the charging documents said.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police discovered illegal drugs inside a Goodlettsville motel room following reports of drug activity in the area.


Police executed a search warrant on a room at America’s Best Value Inn on Rivergate Parkway. They found meth in several forms, including inside a hypodermic needle, as well as four bags of marijuana.

Three people were arrested, including one woman during a traffic stop. Names were not immediately known.




A St. George woman was charged with second-degree felony child endangerment on accusations that she used meth while pregnant.

In charges filed Monday, police wrote that the woman, 24, delivered the baby last week after 39 weeks of pregnancy.

“Being that her child was only 39 weeks gestational age, it was surmised that the use of methamphetamine caused [the woman] to go into labor,” police wrote.

The baby was delivered by emergency C-section due to medical problems.

The mother admitted to medical staff and police that she is addicted to methamphetamine and used the drug while pregnant, according to charges.

Police did not discuss the health of the baby. Blood was drawn from the mother and the baby and may be tested for drug levels.

Dallas police arrested a man and woman on drug charges Sunday after a traffic stop in Pleasant Grove turned up methamphetamine.

Blake Long, 26, and Megan Archer, 25, were pulled over around 3:30 p.m. in the 6000 block of Hollis Avenue for not having a front license plate, police reports said.


Officers searched Long’s 2000 gold Saturn after finding a baggie containing what appeared to be meth in the front pocket of his pants, according to a police report.

“These aren’t my pants,” he told police, records show.

Officers also found three large baggies of meth in a Manzanita Sol bottle, along with multiple empty baggies and a scale.

Long and Archer were charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and were being held in the Dallas County Jail. Long’s bail was set at $100,000, while Archer’s is pending.




A Dodge County couple who told police they were trying to escape from Fremont because the town was sinking into the earth pleaded guilty to meth charges Monday in Dodge County District Court.

Robert Radin, 26, and Rochelle Radin, 28, both of Fremont pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.

Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass told the court that around 3:45 a.m. March 15 a deputy with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on a routine patrol near Old Highway 275 and Morningside Road observed a purple Mustang parked for a period of time in the middle of a gas station parking lot. Glass said the deputy noticed there were two adults and two children in the vehicle when he went to check on the welfare of the occupants.

When the deputy made contact with the driver, later identified as Robert Radin, Radin told the deputy he was trying to get his family out of Fremont because it was going to sink into the earth.

When the deputy took Radin to a cruiser, his wife, Rochelle Radin gave authorities a metal dish containing meth. The couple later admitted they used meth between March 14 and 15.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered in each of the defendants’ cases, and, pending their application to drug court, a sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 23.





An Aiken man said he found bags containing materials to make methamphetamine near the back of his home, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to a home on the 100 block of Missy Lane at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to a sheriff’s report. The homeowner told them he found a backpack and a duffel bag “with products in them to make drugs.”

The homeowner said the bags belonged to a male suspect, who has been living with his daughter in a shed at the back of the home, police said. The two suspects have reportedly been seen in a wooded area near the back of the home late at night and early in the morning.

The case has been turned over to narcotics investigators.



MACY — A narcotics investigation led to the recent arrest of a Fulton County woman on several drug charges.


Shelly Maness, 35, Macy, was arrested on two felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of an illegal drug lab and possession of marijuana over 30 grams, according to the arresting agency, the Fulton County Sheriff Department.

The sheriff department’s investigation led to a search warrant for Maness’ property in the 6000 block of Old U.S. 31 in Macy. During the search, police say, officers found components and ingredients used to manufacture meth, including a tank of anhydrous ammonia. They also reported finding meth and marijuana plants.

She is being held in the Fulton County Jail on $10,000 bail. Other arrests are expected as a result of this investigation, according to police. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit assisted with the investigation.



— Two people were arrested on Easter Sunday after the deputies with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous complaint about a possible meth lab near Cassatt.

Narcotics officers discovered a meth lab in an outbuilding adjacent to a home on West Drive, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.


Sheriff Matthews said Debra Page Grooms, 44, and Lloyd Otis Sams, 40, who had just been evicted from the residence, were arrested when they returned during the search.

“In addition to the meth lab in the building, deputies discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab in their vehicle,” Sheriff Matthews said.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, offials from the cleanup company said the toxic waste produced from this operation may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in the state. Initial estimates for the cost of this single cleanup is between $10,000-$12,000.

“This is the sixth meth lab seized this year in Kershaw County,” Sheriff Matthews said. “Methamphetamine and methamphetamine manufacturing is a growing problem in our state and country. We will be relentless in addressing this crime before it gets out of control.”

Grooms and Sams, who have previously been arrested on narcotics violations, are being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

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Methamphetamine Lab Leaves Large Cleanup Bill

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) – Deputies arrested two suspects after the discovery of a methamphetamine lab over the weekend.

Officers say they got a complaint call Sunday about a possible meth lab on West Drive near the town of Cassatt. When they arrived, officers say they found the lab off to the side of the home.

As they were investigating, officers say 44-year-old Debra Page Grooms and 40-year-old Lloyd Otis Sams came by the home, then tried to drive off. Officers arrested the two, and discovered that they’d been evicted from the home recently.

Investigators say they found a mobile meth lab in their car.

Sheriff Jim Matthews says the cleanup company hired to remove the lab says that the costs for this particular lab may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in the state. Matthews says it’s estimated it will cost between $10-12,000 to clean up the site.




White City, Ore — A White City man is behind bars after the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement team and US immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations served a search warrant at a home in the 8000 block of Division Road on April 18th for narcotics trafficking.

Upon searching the home and vehicles, authorities say they found 6 pounds of methamphetamine as well as over $30,000 in cash. Police say scales and packaging were also found on the premises at the time of the search.

28 year old resident is in Jackson County Jail on the following charges.

Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine

Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine

Galvan-Solorio’s bail is set at $1,010,000.

Police say the bust was part of a two month long investigation.





A Nacogdoches couple was arrested in a traffic stop on Saturday where deputies seized 16 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

After receiving reports of drug activity in the area, deputies noticed a vehicle driving with no headlights on CR 104 at about 1:00 a.m. Authorities then pulled the vehicle over.

Deputies noticed the car’s two passengers were acting suspicious and nervous. At this time, deputies searched the vehicle, which led to the discovery of methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills.

Billy Mccarta, 40, and Wendy Cline, 34, both of Nacogdoches, were taken into custody at the scene and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. Both were charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

Deputies also reported searching a home the previous night on the same county road. During this investigation, Lisa Lintz, 48, of Nacogdoches, was found to be in possession of two grams of meth. She was charged with delivery of a controlled substance.




Three Ohio County residents were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and in prescription pain medication Friday after an investigation by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department.

According to department, Brandon L. Elms, 35, Cebert C. Baize, 27 and Brittany M. Baize, 28, all of Hartford, were charged at late Friday with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Elms was also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, while Cebert Baize and Brittany Baize were also charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine.



FALFURRIAS, Texas — Some fake red fire extinguishers have yielded more than $2.7 million worth of methamphetamine at a South Texas border checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials late Monday announced details of the bust at the Falfurrias (fal-FYOO’-ree-uhs) checkpoint on U.S. 281.

Authorities using a drug-sniffing dog were led to the tool box of a pickup truck. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered nearly 86 pounds of methamphetamine in four containers that look like fire extinguishers.

Investigators did not immediately provide further details on Friday’s drug bust.



A suspect who required medical attention while he was in the custody of Long Beach police died after going into medical distress at a local hospital.

According to Long Beach Police Department, 43-year-old Rolando Sanchez died Tuesday, April 15, five days after he was arrested on April 10 for possession of methamphetamines in the area of 25th Street and Baltic Avenue. Sanchez was booked in Long Beach City Jail and was awaiting arraignment when jail staff making rounds noticed him acting abnormally.

“Although awake, he was unresponsive to questions about his behavior,” a press release about the incident states. “A nurse was called in to assess his condition and a decision was made to have paramedics transport him to the hospital for further evaluation.”

At the hospital, Sanchez went into medical distress for unknown reasons and after being released from custody, his treatment was continued by hospital staff. Sanchez died last Tuesday night around 10PM.

Because he was still in jail when his medical issues began, Sanchez’s passing is being considered an in-custody death and investigations by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the Long Beach Police Department’s Homicide Detail are underway.



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 41-year-old woman spent part of her Easter Sunday behind bars after police say she tried to make a buck moving drugs.

According to a criminal complaint, Brenda Kimes agreed to deal more than 2 pounds of crystal meth offered up by an undercover state cop.


State police stormed in soon after and arrested Kimes for drug trafficking.

Two months ago, online court records show Kimes was arrested on other drug charges.

She’s being held at MDC on a $10,000 bond.



A 31-year-old man was arrested at an Aptos motel Friday after two days earlier eluding officers attempting to serve a Gang Task Force warrant, police said.

Iran Perez, an area transient, was arrested Friday at the Rio Sands Hotel on various weapon and drug charges, along with being a felon in possession of firearms, said the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Gang and Narcotics Task Force.


Members of the task force, assisted by the Santa Cruz Police Department Emergency Services Unit, attempted on Wednesday to detain Perez for the search warrant on the 800 block of Capitola Avenue, police said.

Perez escaped detention, however two handguns and methamphetamine were located in his belongings, police said.

GTF officers eventually tracked the fugitive to a room at the Rio Sands where he was arrested without incident and in possession of more controlled substances, police said.

This arrest marks the third gun seizure in 2014 by the Gang Task Force, according to law enforcement.