BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents executed three search warrants and arrested four suspects during raids on Port St. John Meth labs yesterday and today.

Brevard County Sheriff's Agents executed three search warrants and arrested four suspects during raids on Port St. John Meth labs yesterday and today. Arrested were 34-year-old Arron Bush on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Violation of Community Control and Tampering with Evidence; 29-year-old Matthew Arrington for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of a Methadone and Clonazapam; Kathy Ellison, 53, for Violation of Probation; and 38-year-old Jordan Goldberg who has a significant drug history in reference to Trafficking Amphetamines. (BCSO images)

Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents executed three search warrants and arrested four suspects during raids on Port St. John Meth labs yesterday and today. Arrested were 34-year-old Arron Bush on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Violation of Community Control and Tampering with Evidence; 29-year-old Matthew Arrington for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of a Methadone and Clonazapam; Kathy Ellison, 53, for Violation of Probation; and 38-year-old Jordan Goldberg who has a significant drug history in reference to Trafficking Amphetamines. (BCSO images)

Responding to a citizen’s tip to CRIMELINE, Sheriff’s Agents conducted a search warrant at 324 Booth Street in Port St. John and located over 400 grams of methamphetamine.

Agents arrested 34-year-old Arron Bush on charges of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Violation of Community Control and Tampering with Evidence.

According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Bush has a significant drug related criminal history that includes Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Bush was transported to the Brevard County Jail under a no bond status.

400 GRAMS OF METH & METHADONE CONFISCATED

Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents then executed a second search warrant at 5306 Yarmark Avenue in Port St. John, locating over 400 grams of methamphetamine and quantities of Methadone, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Agents arrested 29-year-old Matthew Arrington for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of a Methadone and Clonazapam, and Kathy Ellison, 53, was also arrested for Violation of Probation.

Both Arrington and Ellison were transported to the Brevard County Jail under a no bond status.

Also arrested was 38-year-old Jordan Goldberg who has a significant drug history in reference to Trafficking Amphetamines. Goldberg was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and is currently being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex on a $2,500.00 bond.

Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

Agents executed a third search warrant at 325 Iris, Port St. John, which led the the seizure of approximately 400 grams of methamphetamine. This investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information about possible methamphetamine labs is asked to call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit at 321-633-7162 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for reward for information leading to an arrest.

 

 

 

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A McDonald’s bag found inside an Illiniois man’s car contained more than 1,700 grams of methamphetamine, according to arrest warrants.

Police say they began following a Toyota that Steve A. Santamaria, 35, was driving on Court Drive because it was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic.

Steve A. Santamaria

Steve A. Santamaria

 

 

Santamaria slowed down and turned onto a dead end road after police started to follow him, according to warrants.

Officers allege Santamaria appeared nervous when they approached the car and gave officers a fake rental car agreement. Santamaria then consented to allow police to search his car.

Officers say the McDonald‘s bag contained 1,723 grams of methampethamine.

Officers charged Santamaria of 1009 Marion Drive, Shorewood, Ill., with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine. He was booked into Gaston County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

 

 

 

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 OROVILLE — Police reportedly found high explosives and methamphetamine Friday when they raided a marijuana garden east of Oroville.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a warrant on Wakefield Drive and found 2,500 feet of detonating cord, a high explosive used in military, mining and demolition operations.

They also found two grams of methamphetamine and several pipes, four firearms, marijuana packaged for sale, hashish, cannabis oil, hydrocodone and 48 marijuana plants.

James Wellman, 64, was arrested on suspicion of possessing explosives, manufacturing cannabis oil, possession of methamphetamine and prescription narcotics without a prescription, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of marijuana for sale.

Kristian Wilson, 41, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The Butte County Bomb Squad disposed of the detonating cord.

 

 

 

 

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Three people are facing charges after items used to make methamphetamine were found in a vehicle stopped Thursday night on Battleground Road.

A Spartanburg County Sheriff’s deputy conducting routine patrol on Highway 29 stopped a vehicle with an expired temporary tag, according to an incident report.

 

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The deputy noted in a report that after approaching the vehicle the three people inside acted suspiciously – avoiding eye contact, appeared nervous and one tried to push something under the seat with her right leg.

Three officers with Cowpens Police Department were called to the scene for back up.

After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the deputy and an officer found glass pipes with white residue on them, a burn spoon and several hypodermic needles, one contained blood from recent use, the report states.

A digital scale with white crystal-like residue was found, along with a package of coffee filters, lithium batteries, nasal decongestant, lighter fluid, bleach and a glass jar of illegal whiskey.

Robert Eugene Blackwell, 31, of 161 Cleveland St., Pacolet, has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, loitering to engage in drug activity and having an open container of liquor in a vehicle.

He was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center at 1:30 a.m. Friday and his bond has been set at $6,200, according to online jail records.

Donna McCullough Castro, 37, of 110 Newtoncole Road in Rutherford, N.C., has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, loitering to engage in drug activity and having an open container of liquor in a vehicle. She was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center a little after 11 p.m. Thursday and her bond also is set at $6,200, according to online jail records.

Tonya Blackwell Harris, 39, of 645 Turkey Farm Road in Chesnee, has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and loitering to engage in drug activity. She was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center at 11 p.m. Thursday and her bond was set at $6,000, according to online jail records.

 

 

 

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A decade ago, Chippewa Valley law enforcement agencies sounded the alarm about what was then a new and troubling public safety threat: methamphetamine.

The illegal, highly addictive drug was spreading into west-central and northwestern Wisconsin like a disease, and police were doing everything they could to stop it from becoming an epidemic.

The all-out war on meth — including stepped-up enforcement, billboards, media campaigns, and outreach to schools and community groups — was remarkably successful.
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A recent tally of the West Central Drug Task Force’s records of undercover drug purchases shows that all but two of the 50 or so transactions since early June involved methamphetamine, says Eau Claire police Sgt. Andy Falk. One of the common street names for meth is crystal meth because of its crystallized nature

“Meth all but disappeared in our area from about 2007 to 2010,” said Eau Claire police Sgt. Andy Falk, supervisor of the West Central Drug Task Force.

That was the good news. The bad news, Falk said, is that the drug is coming back with a vengeance.

“Meth is as big again in Eau Claire as it’s ever been in our history,” he said.

The drug has followed the same pattern in St. Croix County, where meth also is making a strong comeback, despite being overshadowed by a tragic streak of 12 heroin overdose deaths in the past three years that has captured community attention.

“Meth is definitely rearing its ugly head again here,” said Hudson police Sgt. Geoff Willems of the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force.

Family ‘nightmare’

The warnings evoke painful memories for Sue Cherrier of Chippewa Falls. The retired Bloomer High School teacher’s 20-year-old son, Justin, committed suicide in June 2002 as a result of the paranoia that stemmed from his meth addiction.

Cherrier recalled how her family’s life spun out of control after Justin, a former altar boy, Cub Scout and sports-loving all-American boy, started using meth.

As a teenager, Justin started drinking and smoking pot before turning to meth and hanging out with a much rougher crowd. That led to bizarre, uncharacteristic behavior such as lashing out at family members, teachers and employers; taking off for Florida without informing his parents; and selling off belongings to raise money to fund his habit.

“Eventually, all of his possessions, all of his CDs, everything was gone. He sold it all,” Cherrier said, adding that he also sold two vehicles his parents gave him after he convinced them he was getting his act together.

Justin came home all beaten up a couple of times, including once right before his high school prom, and ultimately got into meth-related legal trouble and spent time in jail. He tried treatment twice, running away from the treatment center the second time, and was so paranoid that he continually talked about people spying on him or planning to shoot him.

“It happens so gradually that you don’t realize you’re in a crisis until it almost hits you in the face,” Cherrier said. “It was a nightmare for our family.”

As the problems escalated, Cherrier found herself afraid of her own son.

“I was scared to be alone with him, to tell you the truth,” she said. “He just wasn’t the little boy I raised anymore.”

Cherrier said her family’s story demonstrates the destructive power of meth and explains why she is so disturbed to hear that meth is making a comeback in west-central Wisconsin.

“It’s something you think about everyday,” Cherrier said. “It’s a pain that never goes away.”

Destructive drug

Meth’s potential to wreak havoc on both individuals and communities is a primary reason police are so determined to beat back its resurgence.

“We’re all in on the meth thing right now,” Falk said. “We’re spending a lot of our time and money on it.”

He noted that a recent tally of the West Central Drug Task Force’s records of undercover drug purchases shows that all but two of the 50 or so transactions since early June involved meth.

“It’s definitely what we’re busy with right now,” Falk said, explaining that officers make fighting meth such a high priority in part because of its propensity to drive users to commit collateral crimes such as scrap metal thefts, burglaries and home invasions.

Statewide, the number of meth cases submitted to the state crime lab for analysis rose 86 percent to 440 in 2012 and was on a similar pace in the first half of this year. Department of Justice statistics indicate 11 regional counties accounted for more than a third of the 2012 cases, with Barron County topping the list at 41. Total cases for other area counties were Buffalo, 3; Chippewa, 5; Clark, 8; Dunn, 25; Eau Claire, 14; Jackson, 3; Pierce, 18; Rusk, 20; St. Croix, 24; and Trempealeau, 3.

Falk cautioned that Eau Claire and some other counties, to save time and money, submit only a small percentage of confiscated meth samples — those from contested cases.

The drug, which can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected, also carries a high health risk to children who live with meth users, exposing them to toxic chemicals and dangerous secondhand smoke, Falk said.

Meth abuse can have many negative health consequences including severe dental problems (known as “meth mouth”), anxiety, insomnia, increased blood pressure, stroke, extreme weight loss, convulsions, brain damage, delusions (such as the sensation of insects crawling under the skin) and even death, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The synthetic stimulant also carries the additional risk of keeping users awake for days at a time.

“They really spend a lot of the time they’re awake dreaming up ways to do more meth or committing crimes to get money to buy more meth,” Falk said. “Essentially, they have twice as much time as other people to get in trouble.”

Reinvented labs

Meth’s return to the region is marked by a key change: The drug, often concocted in mom-and-pop labs from chemicals including kerosene, lye, ephedrine from cold tablets, lithium from batteries and red phosphorus from the striker plates of matchbooks during its previous incarnation, is now mostly trafficked like other illegal drugs.

In one sense, that’s a positive development because the small meth labs involved serious environmental risks and significant manpower to clean up, but it also makes the new wave of suppliers harder to catch because they tend to be highly mobile, well-organized and tight-lipped, Falk said.

Most of the meth in west-central Wisconsin comes via the Twin Cities and is bought by people who pool their money and bring the drug back to their communities for personal use or for sale, said Special Agent Jeff Kostner, an Eau Claire-based meth expert with the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation.

Kostner speculated that the shrinking number of high-profile meth lab seizures by agents in hazardous-materials suits probably fueled the premature perception that the meth problem had been conquered.

And now a relatively new style of meth production, often called the “one-pot method,” threatens to revive the dangers of portable meth labs, albeit in a different form.

The method, which is exploding in southwestern Wisconsin and just beginning to make inroads in west-central Wisconsin, typically involves cooks mixing up various chemicals in a plastic bottle and making batches of meth totaling about an eighth of an ounce, Kostner said. It is also known as the “shake-and bake” or “one-time” method.

“We have run into it locally, but not much yet,” he said.

Last year in west-central Wisconsin law enforcement reported five one-pot lab recovery sites in Chippewa County, one in Eau Claire County and 52 in Clark County, according to Department of Justice statistics.

A major risk associated with one-pot labs is that the cooks often carelessly dispose of the potentially dangerous waste. The seemingly harmless plastic bottles could contain a toxic brew that has the potential to explode, ignite or emit poison gas when opened or combined with water, Kostner said, noting that law enforcement officers wear full face protection and flame retardant suits and gloves when dealing with one-pot waste.

“You definitely don’t want your children going out and opening one of these things because that could be very dangerous,” he said.

But whether meth is trafficked or brewed in a sports drink bottle in the bed of a pickup, it’s back and once again at the top of the local law enforcement agenda.

The reason for the comeback is unclear, although Falk theorized it is a combination of several factors: less police and media focus on the dire consequences of meth use, the end of long prison terms for key meth suppliers, and the normal ebb and flow in the popularity of various street drugs.

“For a while there, our message got out and meth became very unfashionable. People didn’t want it,” Falk said. “But now, unfortunately, it’s back in fashion.”

 

 

 

 

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Six people were arrested in the Bakersfield area after officers found about 40 pounds of meth during a drug bust.

On the morning of Tuesday, August 21, narcotics investigators from the KCSO Major Violator Unit ended a several week investigation with a traffic stop of three people suspected of being in possession of large amounts of meth.

With the assistance of the Kern County California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, The Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team, The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, and the KCSO Gang Suppression Section-Investigations unit, detectives conducted a traffic stop on two vehicles that were traveling together in the 6900 block of Longford Court in south Bakersfield.

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40 pounds of meth collected in drug bust

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40 pounds of meth collected in drug bust

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40 pounds of meth collected in drug bust

 

 

 

 

Officials said ten pounds of meth were found in a diaper box in the back seat of one of the vehicles.

The vehicle occupants were arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for possession of meth for sales, transportation of meth, and conspiracy.

Officials identified the vehicle occupants as identified as 45-year-old Pedro Ochoa-Monzon of Phoenix, 32-year-old, Cecil Hernandez of Avenal, and 23-year-old Elmar Ochoa-Hernandez of Los Angeles.

Immigration detainers were placed on Hernandez and Ochoa-Hernandez after they were determined to be illegal aliens by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Local law enforcement said the street value of the seized drugs is estimated at $363,200.

Later that same day, the Kern County Cal-MMET finished a second, unrelated undercover investigation in a south Bakersfield restaurant parking lot with the assistance of the KCSO MVU, KNET, GSS-I, and HIDTA.

Narcotics detectives said they made contact with three people in two vehicles parked near each other in the parking lot.

Officers identified the three people as , identified as 47-year-old Milpitas resident, Diego Solis; 38-year-old San Jose resident, Sandro Solis; and 26-year-old Patricia Andrade of Porterville.

Deputies said they found about 22 pounds of meth, which was sealed in a large dog food bag and placed in the trunk of one of the cars.

All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for possession of meth for sales, transportation of meth, and conspiracy.

An immigration detainer was placed on Sandro Solis, who was determined to be an illegal alien by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

Cal-MMET and HIDTA capped the investigation with a search warrant at an apartment in the 900 block of Ohio Street in Porterville. The apartment was believed to be related to the drug trafficking operation, officials said.

During the search, investigators also found an active meth manufacturing and conversion lab as well as an additional seven pounds of meth and about eight gallons of meth solution, which can yield more finished meth product.

Detectives said HIDTA processed and dismantled the lab.

Additional charges of manufacturing methamphetamine will be requested with the District Attorney’s office for Sandro Solis and Patricia Andrade.

The street value of the meth is estimated at about $1,089,600, according to officials.

 

 

 

 

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PROVO— Narcotics officers said they busted a meth operation inside a Provo home full of children.

One of the suspects, grandfather Darwin Goode, told police after his arrest that he had to sell meth in order to feed his grandchildren, police said.

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“He was looking at it as a form of income to support the family,” said Lt. Phil Murphy of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force.

Officers found eight children under the age of 14 living in the home, along with drug paraphernalia and the potential of being exposed to dangerous drugs, police said. Officers said they seized scales, packaging and meth after serving a search warrant.

“A lot of children in the home where meth is being distributed makes it a sad situation where you have children in the home who can’t make the decision to be there, but they were there,” Murphy said.

Investigators said Goode has been involved in selling quantities of meth, and faces felony distribution charges. Goode’s wife and a daughter were also arrested, as well as another daughter who lives in the home. A next door neighbor and two men were also arrested. All seven face charges of meth possession and child endangerment.

“There are other options out there,” Murphy said. “This one is obviously not going to be productive for a family; an environment with children in the home has too many risks, too many dangers. It is sad someone feels like they have to earn a living by selling methamphetamine and putting children or grandchildren at risk.”

Police contacted the Division of Child and Family Services, and the children are now in protective custody.

 

 

 

 

 

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TAFT, Calif. – A Taft woman was arrested Sunday after she was caught with meth and heroin in her bra.

On August 18, at about 7 p.m., deputies with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic enforcement stop on a car with expired registration, officials said.

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Charlotte Ridenour was arrested Sunday after she was caught with meth and heroin in her bra

 

 

Deputies said the driver, identified as 48-year-old Charlotte Ridenour, was also driving on a suspended license.

Ridenour was then arrested.

Officials said Ridenour was searched by a female deputy. The deputy reportedly found two meth pipes, two plastic bags containing what was believed to be meth, and a third bad containing suspected heroin.

Ridenour was booked on charges of possession for sale of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance, expired registration and driving on a suspended license.

 

 

 

 

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A Gardendale man high on methamphetamine kicked in another man’s door  Wednesday with intent to commit assault, according to court  documents.

was arrested Wednesday and is being held on a  $50,000 bond for a first-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation with  intent to commit another felony.

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Wesley Gwyn Braggs II

 

 

Midland police officers responded to a disturbance at about 7:06 a.m.  Wednesday at the Midland Inn, 3302 W. Front St.

The officer contacted the alleged victim, who said Braggs had kicked in his  door. The officer met Braggs, who said he uses methamphetamine and last used a  couple days prior to the disturbance, according to the arrest affidavit.

Braggs said he kicked in the door to warn the man, who was his neighbor at  Midland Inn, that “Bam Bam” and “Knuckles” were after him and he needed to hide,  according to the affidavit.

Braggs also said “Bam Bam” and “Knuckles” told him to kill the man. He had a  screwdriver in his hand when he kicked the door in and told the man to come  outside, according to the affidavit.

A female friend of Braggs told the officer that he had used meth on Tuesday  and was coming down off of his high and had been hallucinating throughout the  night that “Bam Bam” and “Knuckles” were trying to hurt him.

The alleged victim said he did not know of any people that go by those names.  He said Braggs had been scratching and knocking on his door throughout the  night.

The arrest affidavit does not state whether “Bam Bam” and “Knuckles” were  real people or hallucinations caused by Braggs’ drug use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two men have been indicted in California on charges that they were dealing methamphetamine after nearly 300 pounds of crystal was discovered at one of their homes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced 24-year-old Victor Torres-Romero of Ceres, Calif. and 32-year-old Luis Bartolo Madriz-Sandoval of Everett, Wash. were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

Authorities say they found 290 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and a dismantled meth conversion lab at Torres-Romero’s Northern California house in May after Madriz-Sandoval allegedly delivered the meth there.

Both men face charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute meth and possession and intent to distribute it.

If convicted, both men face 10 years to life in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

 

 

 

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BAKERSFIELD — Deputies arrested six people and confiscated over 40 pounds of methamphetamine on Tuesday during two major drug busts.

Bakersfield Law Enforcement Displays Seized Meth

The first, occurred in the morning of Aug. 21, when narcotics investigators from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit pulled over three subjects suspected of being in possession of large amounts of methamphetamine in the 6900 block of Longford Court in south Bakersfield. Deputies said that they discovered 10 pounds of suspected meth located in a diaper box in the back seat of one of the two vehicles the suspects were driving.

Taken into custody were: Pedro Ochoa-Monzon, 45, of Phoenix, Ariz., Cecil Hernandez, 32, of Avenal and 23-year-old Elmar Ochoa-Hernandez of Los Angeles.

All of the suspects were booked into the Kern County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sales, transportation of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

Immigration detainers were also placed on Hernandez and Ochoa-Hernandez after they were determined to be illegal aliens by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

The street value of the seized drugs is estimated at $363,200.00.

Later that same day, the Kern County Cal-MMET concluded a second, unrelated undercover investigation in a south Bakersfield restaurant parking lot where officers said they located approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine in a sealed bag of dog food in the trunk of a car.

Officers arrested 47-year-old Milpitas resident, Diego Solis, Sandro Solis, 38, of San Jose and  Patricia Andrade, 26, from Porterville.

All three  were booked into the Kern County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sales, transportation of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

According to police, an immigration detainer was placed on Sandro Solis, who was determined to be illegal.

Investigators later capped the bust with a search warrant at an apartment in the 900 block of Ohio Street in Porterville, where they found an active meth lab as well as an additional seven pounds of methamphetamine and approximately eight gallons of methamphetamine solution.

Additional charges of manufacturing methamphetamine will be requested with the District Attorney’s office for Sandro Solis and Patricia Andrade.

The street value of the methamphetamine is estimated at approximately $1,089,600.00.

 

 

 

 

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RUSSELLVILLE-Seven arrests for Manufacturing Meth were made by the Franklin County Drug Unit this week after tips were received from concerned citizens. Evidence was then found that led investigators to obtain search warrants for 1287 Hwy 89, Phil Campbell, AL 35581 and 223 Ford Rd., Phil Campbell, AL 35581.

The following people were arrested after search warrant executed at 1287 Hwy 89, Phil Campbell, AL:

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DAVID J. LEWIS …………. JAMIE RAY ABBOTT

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DANNY PAUL GLENN………. WENDY L. ABBOTT

The following people were arrested after search warrant executed at 223 Ford Road, Phil Campbell, AL:

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SHEILA RANDOLPH ….. CORY WAYNE GUIN …… TRACY JUSTIN GUIN

 

 

These additional three arrests were made for purchasing Pseudoephedrine and providing it to individuals to manufacture Meth:

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PATRICIA A ABBOTT ….. SHANNON HANEY …… CINDY JANE LEIDY

“In all of these cases, children under 10 were at the residences involved. It is sad and of serious concern that people continue to manufacture drugs with children present. We ask for continued support of the Sheriff’s Office from our citizens. Please call with any information you may have because as theses arrests show, it does make a difference.”, Sheriff Shannon Oliver.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Mountain View police dog named Zeus helped sniff out two pounds of methamphetamine on Wednesday hiding inside a secret car compartment.

Zeus was also part of a team who found cash and a handgun, all during a search of a home in San Jose.

K-9 Sniffs Out Meth in Secret Car Compartment

 

Lt. Chris Hsuing said $20,000 was recovered and three suspects arrested.

The search was conducted by the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two people are in jail for rape and meth charges in Meigs County, Ohio.

According to police, 39-year old Joseph Stewart was arrested Thursday and is charged with rape, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals used to manufacture meth.

Ohio couple arrested on drug charges in Meigs County
Ohio couple arrested on drug charges in Meigs County

 

Brenda Stewart, 43, was also arrested Thursday and is charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs and endangering children.

Police say deputies responded to 60 1/2 Cole Street in the Village of Middleport on an anonymous tip to the Meigs County Department of Jobs & Family Services concerning allegations of a methamphetamine lab and sexual abuse of a minor child.

While searching the residence, deputies located a one pot reactionary vessel and white powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine, along with chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine.

Due to the volatile situation presented by the meth lab, deputies along with the Middleport Police Department evacuated the apartment complex displacing several occupants from the complex.

Deputies along with Department of Jobs & Family interviewed a minor female whom indicated forced sexual abuse by her step father.

After interviewing the minor child’s mother along with the step father, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred.

Both Joseph and Brenda Stewart appeared in Meigs County Court Thursday.

Both their bonds are set at $500,000.

They are both being held in the Middleport Jail.

 

 

 

 

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Methamphetamine is tightening its grip on Ohio as the number of seized meth labs continues to grow faster than ever in the state.  Compared to just five years ago, authorities have seen a 467 percent increase in the number of seized meth labs this year.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) tracks meth lab seizures by the federal fiscal year, which runs from October 1 through September 30.  Through June 24 of this year, police reported finding 635 labs, and they expect to find more by the end of the fiscal year.

 

Last year, officers revealed through a voluntary reporting process that they found 607 labs.  Summit County was considered to be the worst area for meth lab seizures in the state, where 191 labs were seized.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said that authorities are seeing a “continuous spike”, primarily because it is now easier for people to make the drug.  DeWine says, “We used to talk about ‘meth houses’, or places people would make this. Well, today, you can make it in a pop bottle.”

The number of meth labs in Ohio has fluctuated for some years. In 2005, there were 444.   In 2007, Ohio began to limit the amounts of the cold medication pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, that can be purchased at stores and pharmacies.  This seemed to at least temporarily reduce the number of meth labs in Ohio, and in 2008 authorities found just 112 labs.  However, the number tripled again the next year as meth lab operators found ways around the limitation, often recruiting several people to purchase the cold medicine from several different stores.  In 2009, the number tripled and the numbers have been steadily climbing ever since, with 607 labs found in 2012.

The increase in meth labs in the state appears to be directly related to the relative cheap cost of producing the drug, and the ease with which it can now be made.  Meth used to involve the use of red phosphorous, which left a noxious odor and destroyed the homes and bodies of those who manufactured it, but now it is much simpler.  Called the “shake and bake” method, meth cookers can now make meth in cars and out of the backs of trucks.  The old method used to take several hours, where as this method takes just 15 minutes to a half-hour to mix.  The new meth is mixed in 2-liter pop bottles, and once finished, the makers discard the containers and bottles along highways, leaving a chemical mess behind.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/21212

 

DENVER – Fifteen people linked to a Mexican cartel have been indicted by a grand jury for bringing liquid meth into Colorado inside factory-sealed water bottles with the liquid colored to look like flavored water or sports drinks.

“The importance of a factory seal is to protect it from oxygen to keep it from crystalizing,” Attorney General John Suthers explained during a Thursday briefing announcing the results of “Operation Thirst Quencher.”

The liquid inside the bottles were colored to mask the milky color of the meth, which were also transported inside the windshield washer fluid reservoirs of vehicles, Suthers said.

Bottle of liquid methMeth in bottle

Windshield reservior full of methCar full of meth

Meth processing

 

Photographs showed during the news conference included a 1.5 liter Be Light bottle that was seized on Feb. 5 at a border crossing in El Paso, Texas. Investigators allege it was being imported to Denver.

“The group used U.S. citizens to walk the bottles of meth across the border on a weekly basis,” Suthers said.

Barbara Roach, special agent-in-charge of the Denver division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said a pair of brothers living in Denver ran the organization. She identified them as Jose and Jesus Vargas-Gonzalez.

“The organization is linked to a powerful and very feared cartel called ‘The Knights Templar,'” she said. “The Knights Templar has aligned itself with probably one of the most powerful trafficking organizations, that’s the Sinaloa Cartel.”

On May 17, a traffic stop in Frisco, Calif. found six liters of liquid meth inside the windshield wiper fluid reservoir of a Chevrolet Tahoe. The drug in this case originated in Tijuana and was also allegedly being taken to Denver.

“Once the liquid meth was brought to Colorado, it was processed into crystalized meth by locally-based members of the enterprise,” Suthers explained.

Other provided photographs documented the search of a Denver home on July 2. Investigators found five pounds of the liquid drug, 1.5 pounds that had already been crystalized, $17,700 and a gun.

In that instance, the drug allegedly originated in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico and entered the United States through a border crossing in El Paso, Texas.

A DEA task force supervisor, Rob Saccone, said one gallon of the liquid could potentially yield four pounds of solid methamphetamine. Lab tests found the drug is approximately 90 percent pure.

“It’s certainly very powerful and folks at the street level may not know how pure the drug is that they’re ingesting,” he said.

He also said it could be worth $10,000 or more per pound in Colorado. The street value could increase if it was transported from Colorado to the east coast.

Suthers said 11 of the individuals indicted as a result of the seven-month operation are currently in custody in the Denver area. The remaining four are still wanted.

Fourteen of the defendants face two counts of racketeering. Suthers explained that they face sentences of up to 24 years in prison for each count.

Suthers also alleged that, in one instance, two kilograms of cocaine were concealed in the oil pan of a Jeep by the same trafficking group.

The Attorney General’s office provided this partial list of the indicted suspects:

-Josue Castenada

-Joshua Cooke

-Rodolzo Lewis

-Mario Munoz

-Gustavo Ramirez

-Jesus Patricia Salas-Lucero

-Harland Schug

-Ana Rosa Vargas-Hernandez

-Jose Antonio Vargas-Gonzalez

-Jose Manual Cantano-Acosta

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/front-range/denver/liquid-meth-brought-into-colorado-through-sealed-bottles-made-to-look-like-sports-drinks

New drug charges are pending against one of four people arrested in connection with a suspected meth lab inside a Bethlehem home rocked by an explosion and fire earlier this year, according to court records.

Jeffrey Caulfield, 29, of the 400 block of Old Forge Drive in Bath, was arraigned today before District Judge James Narlesky on felony counts alleging he sold methamphetamine twice since January, including on the day before the March 8 fire at the home at 1965 Greenleaf St. in northeast Bethlehem.

Caulfield was also scheduled today for formal arraignment in Northampton County Court on charges including five felonies accusing him of a role in the alleged meth lab in Bethlehem.

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A Bethlehem police officer leads Jeffrey Caulfield into court earlier this year for his arraignment on methamphetamine charges

Caulfield has been free on 10 percent of $50,000 bail on the Greenleaf Street charges. Narlesky released him on $1,500 unsecured bail today on the new counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs and delivery of drugs.

Caulfield is newly accused of selling meth at 4:44 p.m. Jan. 31 and 10:05 a.m. March 7. On March 7, authorities observed him exiting the Greenleaf Street home, driving directly to a planned meeting, selling meth, and then driving back and entering the home, according to court records.

Seven people, including two police officers, were injured in the Greenleaf Street explosion and fire, which occurred hours before a planned police raid. Also charged in connection with the alleged meth lab there were Daniel Houser, 39, who lived in the home; homeowner Elaine Noone, 65; and Davina Bowler, 39. Houser has said in court he was the only one cooking meth there.

Caulfield’s attorney, James Heidecker Jr., said earlier his client may have been seen coming and going from the Greenleaf Street home, but there was no evidence he made the drug. Heidecker was not immediately available for comment today.

 

 

 

 

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/08/bethlehem_meth_lab_suspect_cha.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

 

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Tuesday the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served two marijuana related search warrants in the Garberville area.

The first search warrant was served on a 40 acre parcel of property located off the 3200 block of Perry Meadow Road in Briceland at about 10 a.m. Officers located an outdoor marijuana garden on the property. Officers seized 599 marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2 foot to 3 feet. Officers located methamphetamine, cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms in the residence.

Officers located an AR-15 type, .223 caliber assault rifle with two high capacity magazines, a 12 gauge shotgun and a .45 caliber handgun. Officers located $40,000 dollars in cash in the residence that was seized for possible asset forfeiture.

Officers arrested two suspects located on the property, who were identified as Jesus Guillermo Grass Martinez age 35 and Juan Canas age 23. Martinez was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, possession and possession for sales of methamphetamine possession of cocaine, possession and possession for sales of psilocybin mushrooms and for being armed in the commission of a felony. Martinez’s bail was set at $125,000 dollars.

Canas was arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana. Canas also had an immigration hold placed on him for being in the United States illegally. A third suspect identified as Carrie Watcher-Martinez age 40, who is Jesus Martinez wife, was cited and released at the scene for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

The second search warrant was served in the 9000 block of Wilder Ridge Road Ettersburg at about 2:30 p.m. This property was under the control of Jesus Martinez. Officers located 195 outdoor marijuana plants growing on the property that ranged in size from 5 foot to 8 feet. There were no suspects located on the property.

This case remains under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

If anyone wants to report drug related activity they can contact Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095.

 

 

 

 

http://www.times-standard.com/breakingnews/ci_23919091/meth-cocaine-and-rifles-found-garberville-marijuana-bust

 

BEAUMONT, Texas — Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a criminal enterprise that orchestrated a killing and distributed methamphetamine in East Texas.

Vicki Stark-Fitts of the Liberty County town of Hull admitted Thursday to multiple racketeering charges. Authorities say she was associated with a gang called SWS, an acronym that often stands for Separate White State.

Stark-Fitts and three others were named in a federal indictment returned Aug. 7. The other three have each pleaded guilty to murder. The indictment targeted members of SWS and also the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

Prosecutors say the four conspired to kill a fellow SWS member who earlier had shot an ABT associate. The member was killed to prevent retaliation against SWS by ABT.

Stark-Fitts faces life in prison.

 

 

 

 

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/ccdc74bb7bd84d6abf852db24365bcf4/TX–Meth-Ring-East-Texas

 

Two people were arrested in Meigs County, after deputies received an anonymous tip concerning an alleged meth lab and sex abuse of a minor, according to a news release from the Meigs County Sherrif.

of Middleport was arrested and charged with first degree rape, illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals used to manufacture meth.

Deputies, along with officials from the Department of Jobs and Family, said they interviewed a minor female whom indicated forced sexual abuse by her stepfather.

After interviewing the child’s mother, it was determined sexual abuse had occurred.

While searching the residence, deputies said they found meth-making equipment, which tested positive for methamphetamine. Due to the volatile nature of the situation, the apartment complex was evacuated.

Brenda Stewart, 43, was also arrested and was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs and endangering children.

Both were arraigned in Meigs County Court and taken to Middleport jail, with bond set at $500,000 each.

Middleport police and fire department and Athens County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in neutralizing the chemical

 

 

 

 

http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/130822_18509.shtml

 

Investigators arrested four people earlier this week and accused them of manfacturing and selling methamphetamine, according to the Opelika Police Department.

A news release sent out by the department states that on Tuesday, investigators served a search warrant at 1306 West Point Parkway in Opelika and found a number of items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Investigators also found several syringes, a digital scale and a several firearms, the release states.

Officers arrested Alyssa Jessica Johnson, 23, of Auburn; Brittany Nichole Parker, 24, of West Point, Ga.; Dennis Wayne Caldwell, 48, of Opelika; and Patrick Lavon Sims, 21, of Valley.

Parker was charged with drug trafficking. The other three were charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance and drug trafficking.

All four suspects are being held in the Lee County Detention Facility. Palmer is being held on a $50,000 bond The other three, on $150,000 bond.

 

 

 

http://www.oanow.com/news/crime_courts/article_4179d8d4-0b52-11e3-a5aa-0019bb30f31a.html

 

The Idaho State Police conducted a traffic stop on eastbound I-84 at milepost 28, west of American Falls, and arrested , California for the possession of ¼ pound of methamphetamine.  The street value of the drug was $4,000.00.

Dehart was arrested on trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without privileges.

Dehart is currently being held in Power County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/Idaho-State-Police-arrest-man-with-14-pound-of-methamphetamine-on-I-84-220734031.html

 

A New Braunfels woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly possessing methamphetamines.  Officers were called to the 400 block of North Business 35 at the Riverside Lodge for reports of a disturbance between 3 roommates.

 

Two male roommates were apparently in the process of evicting the 3rd roommate, a female, and when officers arrived they discovered drug paraphernalia in her purse, which led them to search her other personal belongings, leading to a usable amount of what appeared to be methamphetamines.

 

The substance later field tested positive for meth, and 31-year old Lanette Fagan of New Braunfels was arrested and taken to the Comal County Jail.  Bond was set at 78-hundred dollars and at last check she remained in custody.

 

 

 

 

http://kgnb.am/news/nbpd-arrest-dwi-suspect-and-methamphetamine-possession-suspect

 

 

 

A 39-year-old cyclist was arrested Saturday afternoon near the Napa County Library after police found two baggies of suspected methamphetamine stashed inside the tubing frame of his bike, police said.

Mark Allen Harris, a transient, was stopped at 5 p.m. for failing to stop at a stop sign in the 500 block of Coombs Street, police said. Harris was on probation with search and seizure terms. Officers found two baggies with .2 grams and .1 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Harris was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance, police said.

 

 

 

 

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/police-man-had-methamphetamine-stashed-in-bike-tubing/article_b0fc7692-0b54-11e3-bd25-001a4bcf887a.html

 

 

Officials in Clermont County say they may have found a meth lab after responding to a fire at an apartment complex in Union Township.

Crews were called to Yarrabee Terrrace about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night after a report of a fire. They were able to get the fire out quickly. Investigators then found possible chemicals involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine in a dumpster. Tests are now being run to confirm that.

Some people in the apartment building had to be evacuated until the scene could be deemed safe. The man who lives in the apartment where the fire started left the area. Police are now looking for him.

 

 

 

 

http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/possible-meth-lab-found-after-fire-clermont-county-1393.shtml