Ouachita Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested James K Hodges, 53, of 2004 Bailey St., on charges of possessing methamphetamine and resisting an officer on Friday.

A sheriff’s deputy approached Hodges after reportedly seeing him riding a bicycle without the required illumination devices or reflectors. The arrest affidavit describes Hodges as sweating profusely and acting nervously.

Two syringes and a metal tin container containing suspected methamphetamine were reportedly found in Hodges’ jacket. Hodges reportedly retrieved the tin container from the deputy, placed it in his mouth and attempted to flee, refusing to place his hands behind his back.

The deputy reportedly shouted several commands before stunning Hodges with his Taser.

Hodges was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center and charged with resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of CDS II.







Debra Davis, 55, was arrested near Mesa Grande and Wildwood on Jan. 3 at 12:13 p.m., for possession of methamphetamine.

According to the police report, Davis was seen walking across the street when deputy stopped and spoke to her. Davis did not possess any form of identification on her person.

Records indicated Davis was on felony probation out of Riverside County.

When a Yucaipa deputy conducted a pat-down search of the suspects person and recovered approximately 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe inside of her bra that she said belonged to her. Davis was arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.







JACKSON, Tenn. – Jackson Police said two people barricaded themselves inside their hotel room and lit a meth lab on fire, putting the other guests in danger.

Investigators said Randall Stewart and Andrea Carlton are facing multiple charges including aggravated arson and manufacturing Meth.

Police said they tracked the pair to the Old Hickory Inn for outstanding warrants and instead of answering the door, the pair lit the meth lab and other meth making materials on fire inside bathroom.

The pair are currently in jail awaiting arraignment.




Fugitive, woman arrested; meth lab discovered at hotel

State agents, with assistance from the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit, arrested a fugitive at a hotel in Jackson Friday night, according to a news release from the Metro Narcotics Unit.


On Friday, special agents with the Apprehension and Enforcement Unit of the Tennessee Department of Corrections told Metro Narcotics investigators that they had tracked wanted fugitive Randall Jay Stewart to room 235 of the Old Hickory Inn, at 1849 U.S. 45 Bypass. Authorities said Stewart was wanted on an outstanding parole violation warrant as well as warrants for two counts of methamphetamine manufacture and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

When the Apprehension and Enforcement agents tried to make contact with Stewart, authorities said, he barricaded the hotel room door and began trying to destroy a “shake and bake” meth lab by burning it in the bathroom along with other lab components and equipment.

When Metro Narcotics investigators arrived, smoke was coming from inside the room and the occupants were still refusing to answer the door. Because other rooms in the motel were occupied and the threat of structural fire was growing, the officers on the scene forced their way into the room and took Stewart into custody along with Andrea Brooke Carlton, who was staying there with him.

Authorities said they discovered and disposed of burnt remnants of the meth lab, and the hotel room was placed under quarantine in accordance with state guidelines. A small amount of marijuana was found in the burned items, Metro Narcotics officials said.

Stewart, 53, of Jackson, and Carlton, 24, of Bells, are being charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, aggravated arson, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. They are being held at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex, where they await arraignment in Madison County General Sessions Court.

Anyone with additional information about this case or any other drug activity may call the Metro Narcotics Unit at (731) 424-6485 or Crime Stoppers at (731) 424-8477.






At least 20 people have been arrested since police announced an operation to take down an alleged methamphetamine ring in Fort Collins a month ago, but details have largely been kept from the public.

Scott Albert Kordeliski, 56; Scott Isaac Blackwell, 43; and Brandee Rochelle Nove, 40, were booked into Larimer County Jail the past week on drug charges. At least 18 others have been arrested on similar charges after raids in early December netting more than 2¼ pounds of methamphetamine and more, according to the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force.

Steven Newton, Gerald Case, Dianna Renner


Kordeliski, who said he isn’t involved in any of the crimes, was arrested Tuesday on a Frontage Road on the edge of east Fort Collins. He was booked on charges of possessing both flunitrazepam — known as roofies — and the sedative ketamine, possessing a dangerous weapon and processing marijuana concentrate, according to Colorado court records.

“They’re just making stuff up,” Kordeliski said Friday. “I was taking my dogs for a walk, and they took almost 15 cars to arrest me.”

He said he had a .38 caliber handgun on him, but that he doesn’t have any previous convictions that would keep him from owning it. Kordeliski said he had no drugs on him, but that police raided his house in December.

His arrest affidavit wasn’t made available at Larimer County Justice Center this week despite numerous requests, and court records in other associated cases have been sealed by the court. Commander Greg Yeager with the drug task force confirmed by email the three latest arrests and said police are waiting to release more information about the operation until more people have been arrested.

“All the arrest warrants are out there, so we are just trying to get them in custody before they have the opportunity to flee,” he said in an email.

An initial news release sent Dec. 7 described the seizure of contraband including meth, $30,000, 11 firearms, heroin, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana as police began arresting suspects that day.

Kordeliski, who works as a plumber, declined to comment further on what he knows about the allegations but said his wife, Deborah Kordeliski, 54, was “roped into something” after the raid last month. She was also among those arrested in the operation.

“It’s a mess, yeah, but I had nothing to do with it,” Scott Kordeliski said. “I’m self-employed, and this is going to jeopardize me big time.”

Among others arrested in connection with the operation are Kelli Ann Chiavelli, 32; Timothy J. Ditzler, 43; Diana Renner-Hagerty, 49; Gerald Case, 40; Jennifer Barella, 29; Tyrone Faught, 41; Juliana Sanchez, 31; Fernando Pena, 31; Crystal Burkhart, 37; James Quintana, 37; Luke Hayden, 38; Mark Miller, 40; Luis Negrete, 25; Derek Rios, 27; Crystal Duncan, 34; Arthur Borrego, 32; and Steven Newton, 51, according to the drug task force.

Agencies in the task force include Fort Collins Police Services, Loveland Police Department and Colorado Adult Parole.







Fox Valley – In the wake of the discovery of a meth lab in a Fond du Lac home earlier this week, authorities say it’s a sign of a growing issue.

When Fond du Lac police officers went to a Lincoln Avenue home on Wednesday to help a neighboring agency in the arrest of a wanted man, they never expected to find a meth lab.

“It sounded like it was very active,” says Assistant Chief Steve Klein from the Fond du Lac Police Department. “They were in the process of actually cooking up a batch just prior to the officers getting there.”

While not something officers come across on a regular basis, we’re told at-home manufacturing of meth is on the rise in northeast Wisconsin.

Brad Dunlap from the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit says, “I believe in 2011 we had four meth labs. 2012, we had five. And then last year we had six, so a gradual increase in the number of meth labs we’ve seen in the area.”

The increase in the number of labs being discovered is connected to an increase in use of methamphetamine, which we’re told is tied to the rampant abuse of heroin locally. Brad Dunlap says higher quality, more refined meth called “ice” or “glass” is being imported into the area from the southwestern part of the US and Mexico. And more labs like the one found in Fond du Lac home are popping up too.

Says Dunlap, “The meth labs that we’re seeing in the area these are usually people who are addicted to the drug themselves. And this is the cheapest way that they can find to obtain the drugs to make it themselves.”

And while authorities continue to combat the problem, they ask citizens to be aware of what’s going on in their neighborhoods, because operations like the one discovered this week, due to the chemicals being mixed in an uncontrolled setting, are extremely dangerous and volatile.







PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve seized six pounds of methamphetamine and arrested two men in an undercover operation in west Phoenix.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Miguel Vasquez-Gastelum and Horacio Sanchez each face a felony charge of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

Both men are also being held for Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Authorities say investigators received a tip that drug buys were taking place Thursday night near 27th Avenue and Camelback Road.

Narcotics detectives say the seized methamphetamine is worth more than $75,000.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his office plans to have another operation to arrest people involved in street level drug violations across metropolitan Phoenix.







Methamphetamine production remains high throughout Tennessee despite the use of a database that tracks pseudoephedrine purchases, according to a report issued Friday by the state comptroller’s Offices of Education Research and Accountability.

Meth labs are still a significant issue,” said Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force.

The report, requested by state lawmakers, comes just days before the General Assembly will convene. It could provide additional ammunition for legislators who want to move forward on a proposed bill that would require a prescription for pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in some cold and allergy medicines that meth cooks use to make the illegal stimulant.


To date, 18 Tennessee municipalities have passed ordinances requiring a prescription for products with pseudoephedrine, according to the report. But the ordinances were made moot in December after the state attorney general’s office ruled they were at odds with state law.

The 23-page report released Friday states that the impact of the ordinances is unclear because there wasn’t enough data available. However, some members of law enforcement, including Farmer, counted fewer lab seizures — from seven to eight per day before the ordinances to four to five a day.

In Franklin County, Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young noted that after city leaders adopted a prescription ordinance, lab seizures in the first six months of the year fell from 14 to seven, year over year.

Statewide, even though lab seizures fell by 7 percent for 2013, Tennessee still ranked second in the nation after Indiana, Farmer said, citing preliminary figures for 2013.

In 2013, a total of 1,685 labs were seized, which generated 21,000 pounds of meth drug waste, according to figures.

Farmer is hopeful the bill may pass now that more information is available in the report.

“Any objective information that can help our legislators make an informed decision is good,” he said.

In Southeast Tennessee, Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth has supported a prescription requirement, saying the number of labs would decrease if it was harder for meth cooks to get pseudoephedrine.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents the interests of companies that manufacture and market over-the-counter drugs, claimed that levels of lab seizures correlate to efforts of law enforcement — not to the amount of pseudoephedrine sold, according to the report.

Critics of returning pseudoephedrine to a prescription include local lawmakers, who staged a news conference in November with Consumer Healthcare Products as part of an anti-smurfing campaign. Smurfing is when someone purchases pseudoephedrine for a meth cook.

Lawmakers stated they would vote down any bill that requires a prescription for the drug.

Rep. Eric Watson R-Cleveland, who is seeking to unseat Ruth for the sheriff’s position, said requiring a prescription would make it difficult for law-abiding people to get cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

Farmer said the database, the National Precursor Log Exchange, shows only about 700,000 state residents purchased pseudoephedrine.

“Eighty-five percent of Tennesseans don’t even buy these products. They’re not even affected,” he said.

In the meantime, federal funding used to clean up meth labs has dried up, according to the report. The state’s federal funds earmarked for cleanups are mostly exhausted this fiscal year. The state is now depending on $1 million saved from last year for those efforts.

“One of the things that helped us was those lab numbers went down … and DEA picked up a lot of our costs,” Farmer said.

However, it’s possible smaller agencies will be affected by the federal funds drying up. Members of law enforcement have to undergo specialized training to collect evidence at meth labs.

“What we’re afraid of and what we’ve seen, is that if they don’t have the resources … they may not be as aggressive,” Farmer said. “Ultimately, they’re going to do it. They’re going to do their job. They’ll just have to eat their costs. It’s kind of like any budget. Don’t be out there looking for it.”