PEABODY — A Peabody man pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to make methamphetamine in a hotel room at the Holiday Inn in 2012, an effort that ended in an explosion and evacuation.

Joseph E. Penachio, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday afternoon to one count of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, under a plea agreement that saw prosecutors dropping two other counts.

Penachio, who had been free on bond, was put back into custody pending sentencing on May 30.

Police and firefighters were called to the Holiday Inn, which is located at the junction of Routes 1 and 128, on July 29, 2012.

Some 200 guests, including 25 children, and employees of the hotel were evacuated due to fumes coming from the room after the explosion.

Penachio was arrested last August following an investigation.



Two men who authorities say were taking a load of meth to Tunnel Hill have been arrested after a high-speed chase. One of the men struck a state trooper in the face at the end of the incident Wednesday afternoon.


The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information that Thomas Pickle, Jr. from LaFayette was distributing methamphetamine in the Whitfield County-North Georgia area. The Narcotics Unit obtained information that Pickle would be delivering a large amount of methamphetamine in Tunnel Hill.

The sheriff’s office and the Georgia State Patrol were conducting surveillance in the area around 4:30 p.m. and observed Pickle in the passenger seat of a Toyota pickup truck. The truck was being driven by a man later identified as James Sexton. As officers attempted to stop the truck, they fled at a high rate of speed. Officers chased the vehicle on Highway 201 from Tunnel Hill to Varnell. Pickle was observed throwing items out of the window during the chase.



A convicted sex offender out on bail for more than a dozen cattle cruelty charges now faces a felony drug charge for meth distribution.

Court records show Houston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 28-year-old William Robert Williamson Jr., and charged him with the distribution of meth from his Forrester Road home.


Deputies specifically charged Williams with distribution of a controlled substance on Jan. 28. He was released from custody at the Houston County Jail on Monday after posting $30,000 bail.

Agents with the agriculture division of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Williamson on Jan. 16 in connection to an animal cruelty investigation involving dead cattle.

Williamson faces 34 misdemeanor crimes in connection to the investigation. Investigators charged him with 17 counts of animal cruelty and 17 counts of failure to properly bury and burn animals.

Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez said the arrest was made after authorities responded to a complaint involving dead livestock. He said it appeared the livestock died from malnutrition. Gonzalez said authorities discovered around 200 head of cattle on the property, and about 17 were dead.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Carlisle said the dead livestock were found on Forrester Road near McCallister Road.

At the time of his arrest on Monday for alleged drug distribution Williamson was out on bail for not only the animal cruelty charges, but a violation of the sex offender registration charge filed against him last week.

He posted $50,000 bail on that charge last week.

Court records show Williamson to be a convicted sex offender.

According to the Alabama sex offender registry website, Williamson was convicted of the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl in Houston County in 2006. According to the sex offender website, Williamson listed his home in the 1100 block of Forrester Road in Houston County, and his place of employment as a laborer on property on McCallister Road.

Court records show Williamson listed his employer at Cobb Farms on McCallister Road.

Court records also show Williamson to be a convicted felon after pleading guilty to drug distribution in Houston County in 2006.



FAIRBORN— A fire breaks out in a Fairborn home and now that fire has turned into a possible meth lab investigation.     The fire started around 1:00 Thursday morning at a house on the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue.
Once the flames were out and the smoke cleared firefighters found several dangerous chemicals towards the back of this house.
When firefighters first arrived they saw flames and smoke shooting from the garage behind the house.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly, but as they went through the home they found materials that are consistant with making meth. Certified technicians were then called in.

Crews suited up in hazmat suits to defuse the chemicals and to make the area safe.
Police say everyone in the house got out in time and no one was hurt.

According to police, the garage, where this fire started is rented out as an apartment.     T

he owner of the home was still on the scene when firefighters arrived

Right now, police are not sure if she has anything to do with this possible meth lab or if it was the people renting the garage.
Police are still talking to her as this investigation continues.

Previous Coverage: FAIRBORN— Police discover a possible meth lab in Fairborn.
Crews were called to this home on Victoria Avenue near Parkwood Drive at around 1:00 Thursday morning on a reported fire.

The flames and smoke were coming from a garage behind the house, but once officers went inside the structure they found materials to make meth.

The garage is rented out as an apartment.

The owner was in the home at the time but was not hurt.

Right now, police are not sure if the homeowner has anything to do with the alleged meth lab or if it was the people living there.



OKLAHOMA CITY – A man living at a southwest OKC senior living center is busted for dealing meth out of the facility.

Police set a sting to catch him in the act. According to police, the 57-year-old man made several meth transactions with a confidential informant. That informant says the suspect sold meth out of his 4th floor apartment.


“Well I don’t like it at all of course,” said Terri Brown.

Hillcrest Senior Center resident Terri Brown says this is something that just doesn’t happen at a senior living facility.

“I didn’t think he would do anything like that for one thing,” said Brown.

“This has always just been a good place and lots of good people live here and there’s just a bad apple there,” said Pat Heard, a friend of Terri.

According to police, officers gave the informant money to buy meth from Clifford Ray Putman in an undercover sting. The informant told police, Putman, who goes by the name “Junior”, normally has about an ounce of meth on him.

Within 10 minutes of the operation, police say the informant walked out with meth he says he purchased from “Junior.”

“I never would have suspected somebody that old selling meth, especially out of an assistant living center,” said Booker Douglass, who has a grandmother who lives in the senior center.

In a statement, Mark Gillett, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Housing Authority said, The Oklahoma City Housing Authority has a zero tolerance policy concerning drugs in public housing. When presented with evidence of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, the tenant is subject to 48 hour eviction. In the case of methamphetamine, if the tenant is convicted of the manufacture or sale, the tenant is banned from all public and assisted housing nationwide for life.”

“It’s sad, especially to put all of these people through something,” said Heard. “They don’t need the stress.”

In addition to meth, police also found $755 in cash in Putman’s apartment. Records show he does not have a history of drug crimes, but he’s been arrested several times for DUI. At last check, Putman has yet to be arrested in this case.

Police arrested two Berkeley Springs residents for operating a clandestine lab to manufacture methamphetamine in the basement of a house along Martinsburg Road on Tuesday night. West Virginia State Police discovered the lab shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, when they were called to the 2000 block of Martinsburg Road for a domestic dispute in progress.

Trooper Samuel Smith arrested Jeremy Adam McCumbee, 31, and Trista Lynn Courtney, 25, following questioning and a search of the home, which is owned by McCumbee’s mother. Both McCumbee and Courtney live in the home.


According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Trooper Smith was “familiar with McCumbee” from a previous arrest for public intoxication. At that time, McCumbee told police he was addicted to methamphetamine, Trooper Smith said in his report. Police indicated they had received information in the last several weeks that McCumbee was selling and using the drug.

When Trooper Smith questioned McCumbee about cooking methamphetamine in the residence, McCumbee told police he did have a clandestine lab, commonly known as a “shake and bake” lab, in the basement. He said Courtney had been present while he purchased the ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine at various locations in Berkeley Springs.

After receiving written consent to search the home, Trooper Smith and Sgt. L.A. Faircloth of the State Police Special Response Team located a black plastic container, which McCumbee described as being the “lab” in which he cooked meth. Both Sgt. Faircloth and Trooper Smith are certified to search and identify clandestine laboratories. Samples were removed from the black container for further testing, police said.

According to a statement from Courtney, taken by Cpl. V.E. Branham of the State Police, “she and McCumbee had been cooking methamphetamine for the past ‘couple’ months.”

Both McCumbee and Courtney are being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash-only bail. Their case in Magistrate Court has been assigned to Magistrate Greg Miller, but no hearing has been set in the case yet. Because the charge of operating a clandestine lab is a felony, the case will likely be moved to Morgan County Circuit Court. According to state law, the penalty for operating such a lab is 2-10 years in prison.

Labs are a hazard

Sgt. Faircloth confirmed that meth labs are considered sources of hazardous material, and said the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Morgan County Health Department were both notified of the discover of the lab on Martinsburg Road.

Because of the dangers of the method used to “cook” meth, the West Virginia DEP and police agencies have received special training to respond to calls involving labs. Homes and hotel rooms used as meth labs typically require specialized cleaning before they are considered safe to be inhabited, according to law enforcement officials.

A “shake and bake” lab is a one-pot method of making small amounts of crystallized methamphetamine – a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that is injected, smoked or snorted by users. Among the ingredients and supplies needed to operate the labs are pseudoephedrine, found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, plus camping fuel, lye, cold packs and other sources of ammonium nitrate, said Sgt. Faircloth.

West Virginia State Police seized more than 500 of the labs in southern West Virginia in 2013. Efforts to combat the labs have included attempts to reduce access to pseudoephedrine, which is necessary to make the drug.

“The growing use of the one‐pot method increases the danger to law enforcement and civilians from explosions, fires, and exposure to dangerous chemicals. The shake and bake method is extremely dangerous. Authorities suggest that individuals who find discarded bottles containing an unknown mixture, leave them alone. Do not open them or pick them up,” the WVDEP Hazardous Emergency Response team advises in a publication about the labs.



Canadian County deputies found 10 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a secret compartment built into a sport utility vehicle that wrecked on Interstate 40.

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Canadian County deputies arrested two Mexican citizens after finding 10 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle following a traffic accident on Interstate 40, authorities said Wednesday.

Jamie Avila and Humberto Beltran-Flores crashed their 2000 Chevy Tahoe about 5:30 a.m. Sunday into the cable barriers on an icy I-40 at the 125 mile marker, Undersheriff Chris West said.

Deputies were suspicious after talking to the two men and asked a sheriff’s K-9 unit to meet them at the wrecker yard, where the vehicle was towed. The dog alerted to the car, and deputies obtained a search warrant.

They found a hidden compartment in the floor of the vehicle with 10 pounds of methamphetamine inside. Both Avila and Beltran-Flores have criminal records including drug sales and weapons violations. Beltran-Flores was previously deported and was banned from re-entering the country, West said.

Sheriff Randall Edwards said the drugs were headed to Bethany.

“Considering the load was 10 pounds, I’m sure a portion of them would have ended up here in Canadian County,” Edwards said. “I’m extremely proud of my deputies and appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

West said the U.S. attorney’s office has filed charges on both men, who are being held without bail.


Pounds Of Meth Discovered In SUV After Wreck On Icy Oklahoma Highway

CANADIAN COUNTY, Oklahoma –  The icy roads in Oklahoma over the weekend helped Oklahoma City Police nab two men trafficking pounds of methamphetamine through the state.

Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of an accident on the eastbound side of Interstate 40, near mile marker 125, at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. When deputies arrived they met the men, identified as Jamie Avila and Humberto Beltran-Flores, both Mexican nationals from Phoenix, Ariz.

The men told deputies they had lost control of their 2000 Chevy Tahoe on the icy highway, and crashed into the cable barriers. A wrecker was called to tow the vehicle away, but suspicious of the initial contact with the men, the deputies called in a K9 unit to meet them at the tow yard.

The K9 unit made a hit on the vehicle, indicating that drugs were stowed somewhere inside of the SUV. After a quick search, deputies located a hidden compartment built into the floor of the vehicle, and inside they found 10 pounds of meth, worth an estimated street value of $500,000.

After interviewing the suspects, it was learned that both men had extensive criminal histories, including narcotics sales and weapons. Investigators also learned that Beltran-Flores had previously been criminally deported from the US and banned from re-entry into the country.

“Unlike most interdictions we make, where the drugs are headed to other states, these drugs were headed to Bethany,” said Canadian County Sheriff, Randall Edwards.

“Considering the load was 10 pounds, I’m sure a portion of them would have ended up here in Canadian County. I’m extremely proud of my deputies and appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

Deputies and Homeland Security Investigators submitted the case to the US Attorney’s Office, and federal charges were filed on both men. Both remain in federal custody with no bond.



A 32-year-old Longmont woman  was arrested at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday after a domestic incident on the 100 block of Judson Street, police said.

The woman was accused of stabbing with scissors a male friend — not her boyfriend, she told police — during an argument that started because she didn’t bring home  any methamphetamine, police said.

Police said the 28-year-old man had a small puncture wound to the chest.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and domestic violence.

She also was wanted for violating the terms of her probation, police said.



Niagara — Several recent investigations into local meth labs show a rise in the production of methamphetamine in the area, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon.

Four recent arrests between Feb. 25 and March 4 show an “uptick” in methamphetamine manufacturing, Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. The sheriff’s office has seen a rise in production of the drug in the area over the last two years, he said.

A methamphetamine bust on Feb. 25 in the Falls led to the arrest of a suspect in the stabbing at Big Lots on South Transit Road on Feb. 23. A small amount of methamphetamine, as well as materials used to make the drug were also found, the sheriff’s office said. The Niagara County Drug Task Force worked with the Niagara Falls Police Department on the investigation.

On Friday, members of the Niagara County Drug Task Force were serving a parole warrant on a Gabriel Drive residence in Lockport when they came across a strong chemical odor inside the home. While searching the home, members of the task force came across a small amount of methamphetamine, several diminished one-pot meth cooks and items used in producing the drug. Naomi M. Matthews, 29, was arrested and charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Pedro J. Vlaquez, 29, was arrested on the parole warrant.

Also on Friday, around 9:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputy Raymond Needle said he went to the Walnut Street apartment of Matthew D. Bennett, 23, to serve an outstanding bench warrant on a disorderly conduct charge in the Town of Lockport. When Bennett answered the door, Needle informed Bennett that he was being arrested. Bennett asked to retrieve his shoes and coat, which Needle said he could do, as long as he accompanied him. When Needle entered the apartment, he recognized the smell of “coleman fuel” and recognized several items used in making methamphetamine, including a white powder substance and several hypodermic needles on the floor.

A search warrant was issued for the apartment, and several items tested positive for methamphetamine. A scale was also found, along with suspected heroin. Bennett was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Felony charges for Bennett are pending on the results of tests by the Niagara County Forensics Laboratory on the materials found in the apartment, Filicetti said.

“It takes a while to get lab results,” he said.

William K. Ray, 26, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine by the Niagara County Drug Task Force on Tuesday. The investigation into Ray began in December after a bag holding methamphetamine oil and equipment used to make the drug was found in the Town of Hartland, the Sheriff’s Office said. Ray is being held without bail at the Niagara County Jail.

The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the problem and is asking that any suspicious activities be reported.



A  “sadist” took the powerful drug crystal meth and then took part in an “extreme, no limits” sex sesion with a man who was later found dead wearing only a pair of leather boots.

Kirk Thompson, 46, allegedly killed David Kochs, 43, after the pair took the powerful amphetamine and then embarked upon a an S&M sex session which ended in Kochs’s death from multiple serious injuries.


Kochs and Thompson made contact online where they agreed to meet up at Thompson’s flat in upmarket Jesmond, Newcastle.

Both men reportedly used class A drug crystal meth which can cause extremely hig levels of arousal, as well paranoia and aggression.

After Koch died Thompson reportedly slung a duvet over his corpse and then went back online where he met another man who came round to the flat for more sex.

The next day Thompson made a frantic phone call to his father asking him to come round to his flat. The older man phoned the emergency services.

Appearing in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court, former government vet Thompson wore a smart suit and waist jacket, as he listened to prosecuting QC Robert Smith describe him as a sadist

Smith said: “The evidence establishes the defendant clearly enjoyed inflicting pain on others and, in this instance, David Kochs.”

Warning the jury that the case was “very disturbing,” Mr Smith alleged Kochs was burned and cut and left with serious internal injuries. It was also claimed some stab wounds inflicted after he had died.

“It is sufficient to say at this stage it involved the use of knives and instruments to burn David Kochs in various areas of his body.

“The defendant told a police officer he had engaged in what he described as “extreme, no limits sex” with the man. He told the officer what he did was consensual.’

“The case you are to try over the next few weeks as the jury in this trial is an unusual one. It is also a very disturbing one. Some of the injuries are likely to have been done with the deceased’s agreement as part of sado-masochist sexual activity.”

Thompson denied manslaughter, unlawful wounding and assault. The case continues.



A New York state trooper today arrested a Binghamton resident in the Village  of Whitney Point for manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, as well as  driving while ability impaired, after the trooper found him asleep at the wheel  of a vehicle that had been driven into a snowbank.

Cody McNeilly was formally charged with unlawful manufacture of  methamphetamine in the 3rd degree, a class D felony; criminal possession of a  controlled substance 7th degree and driving while ability impaired by drugs,  both misdemeanors.

Authorities state that McNeilly was discovered sleeping at the wheel of a  running vehicle that was lodged in a snowbank on Collins Street in the Village  of Whitney Point. A search of the vehicle is said to have revealed items used in  the manufacture of methamphetamine as well as a small amount of  methamphetamine.

Members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team  (CNET) and the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT)  assisted with the investigation and processing of the lab components.

McNEILLY was arraigned in the Town of Triangle court and sent to the Broome  County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Narcotics investigators conducted two probation searches on March 4, officials said.

At the first location in the 2800 block of St. Mary’s Street, investigators found what appeared to be methamphetamine packaged for sales, narcotics paraphernalia, items indicative of narcotics sales and marijuana, officials said.

Investigators said they arrested 38-year-old Sylvia Garcia for being in possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and maintaining a residence for drug sales.

At the second location in the 100 block of Sequoia Avenue, investigators found several subjects after they had initially refused to open the door for them, officials said. Once inside, investigators located suspected methamphetamine, narcotics paraphernalia, and people that were under the influence of narcotics, officials said.

Investigators said they arrested 48-year-old Guadalupe Ramos for an outstanding warrant, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

Investigators said they also arrested 21-year-old Fernando Leal, 21-year-old Brittney Cox and 18-year-old Keith Post for being under the influence of a controlled substance. A juvenile was located in the house and was issued a citation for being in possession of paraphernalia and was released to a guardian, officials said.



Athens-Clarke County police arrested a University of Georgia employee Tuesday morning on drug possession charges, the second employee arrested on drug possession charges this week.

Police said in a report they saw a car pull into a driveway on Fowler Drive. Police saw two women inside, and the driver was identified later as Ashley Michelle Brooks, police said. Brooks is a building services worker at UGA.

Brooks and another passenger sat in the car parked in the driveway and turned off the headlights. After the two people did not get out of the car, an officer decided to walk up to the car to see what they were doing.

Police said when the officer left his car, he saw Brooks quickly lean to her right to start reaching for something. When the officer approached the car, Brooks shoved something in her purse, which the officer then told her to stop doing.

The officer then asked the two women if they lived at the house where they were parked and, if not, what they were doing there. Brooks told the officer she had brought a man over to pick up his brother, police said.

After another officer arrived on the scene, the first officer started a video in the car. An officer approached Brooks and asked if he was going to find anything illegal in her purse. Police said she replied no and that she only had cigarettes.

The officer took her purse and noticed there was a pipe inside a small pocket. When the officer asked what the pipe was for, Brooks said she used it occasionally for methamphetamine, police said.

The officer then asked if Brooks was parked at the house to buy drugs, police said, and she said she was not. Instead, she just giving someone a ride.

Inside the wallet, the officer found an ID card, cash and a small orange ziploc bag with a small amount of crystal like substance, which Brooks said was meth, police said.

When more officers arrived to the scene, Brooks was taken to the back of the police car, while they searched her car. Police said officers found a pink spoon with white residue on it under the driver’s seat and a small purple bag in the backseat with a spoon, needle and Q-tips inside.

When the officers talked to the man who got the ride home from Brooks, he said that while she did give him a ride, she was supposed to leave afterward, police said.

The officers sent the substance in the orange bag to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for testing, and Brooks was placed under arrest for charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug related objects.

Brooks was booked at Clarke County Jail at 2:29 a.m. and was released into the custody of deputies at the Clarke Country Sheriff’s Office at 11:50 a.m.

ARVADA, Colorado — A suburban Denver man is accused of luring teenage girls into lives of prostitution with the promise of free methamphetamine.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that 35-year-old Joe Avalos has been charged with 17 counts of crimes including kidnapping, pandering of a child, pimping and sexual assault.

They say he operated a sex trafficking ring out of his Arvada home involving five female victims between the ages of 15 and 20. Avalos allegedly advertised the women and drove them to hotels in several metro Denver communities.

One of the victims, a 16-year-old girl, fled to Avalos while on the run from another accused sex-trafficker, Robert Gonzales, who was arrested and charged with similar crimes in October.

Avalos was being held in jail and no lawyers were listed for him in court records.



GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian man has been sent to the gallows by the High Court here for trafficking in more than 1.8kg of methamphetamine.

In reading out his judgement, Justice Zamani Abdul Rahim said the prosecution had managed to prove the case against Adhy Tedjajadi, 35, beyond reasonable doubt.

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Adhy, a computer programmer from Bandung, Indonesia, was found guilty of committing the offence at the Penang International Airport arrival hall at 5.40pm on Aug 15, 2012.

The offence under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Adhy’s wife, who was a defence witness in the case, was also present in the court.

DPP Siti Fatimah Talib prosecuted while Adhy was represented by lawyer Azura Alias.




GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Authorities say a drug bust in Mesa County has netted a large amount of methamphetamine.

On Tuesday night, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car that pulled into the North Avenue Wal-Mart.

Officials say two men inside the vehicle were found to be in possession of meth with a street value of about $5,500.

Benjamin Myers, 25, of Grand Junction and Jeffrey Rosenthal, 45, of Delta were taken into custody.  They are both facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.


OGDENSBURG — The Saturday arrest of a city man alleged to have been producing methamphetamine at his home is the third meth-related arrest in St. Lawrence County in the last three months.

“It is definitely a growing problem in our area that is very concerning to law enforcement, and should be to the general public as well,” city police Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said Tuesday.

City police arrested Mark A. Brossoit, 51, for allegedly possessing “numerous components” used in the manufacturing of meth. Mr. Wescott said more arrests are likely.

He said Mr. Brossoit allegedly had been manufacturing meth out of his 821 Main St. home and was under investigation for a few days before his arrest.

“His lab is what is considered a ‘one pot’ or ‘shake-and-bake’ lab,” Mr. Wescott said. “They are typically for personal use, and on average may produce about one to two grams. That is not to say that they may not share or sell what they are producing with other people.”

When investigators executed their search warrant at Mr. Brossoit’s residence, his lab allegedly had three “pots,” Mr. Wescott said. A “pot” is the size of a two-liter soda bottle, Mr. Wescott said.

The investigation was conducted by the city police department’s Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Unit, the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, which includes members of the county sheriff’s department, and the Gouverneur Police Department.

Additional arrests may be pending.

Mr. Brossoit was arraigned Sunday in City Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail.

His arrest follows the Jan. 27 arrest of Eric S. Lalonde, 29, of 4555 Route 812, Heuvelton, and the Feb. 26 arrest of David R. Woodward, 41, and Jordan M. Gleeson, 26, both of Heuvelton, and Terry P. Pitts, 37, of Lisbon.

Mr. Lalonde was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both felonies. The three men in the latter arrest were each charged with felony criminal possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.



North Korea has long used illegal enterprises (drugs, counterfeiting, smuggling, espionage), run out of their embassies as a way to earn more foreign currency. This caused a growing number of countries to threaten a shutdown of the North Korean embassy they hosted and after the 1990s (a particularly desperate time for North Korea) a lot of the illegal activities were either shut down (like drug smuggling) or done a lot more discreetly (smuggling of non-drug items and distributing counterfeit American hundred dollar bills) to avoid losing these foreign embassies.

Despite that since 2000 illegal drugs have still been coming out of North Korea. The difference now is the government is not producing the drugs. While technically illegal the North Korean government sort of tolerated non-government manufacturing of methamphetamine, if only because the drug was so popular among so many North Koreans who had money. But that tolerance has turned into a problem with a growing number of methamphetamine producers exporting their product. Like the government, all North Koreans want more foreign currency. Most of these smugglers are being caught in China, where methamphetamine addiction has become a major problem. But it goes farther than that. In late 2013 five men were arrested in as they prepared to smuggle 100 kg (220 pounds) of 99 percent pure North Korean methamphetamine to the United States via Thailand. North Korea has long been a major supplier of methamphetamine in the region, but using Thailand as a jumping off point for methamphetamine smuggling into North America was new. Because of the U.S. connection Thailand extradited the five (who are British, Filipino, Taiwanese and Slovakian) to the United States for prosecution and, one presumes, intense interrogation.

Meanwhile there is a growing problem with North Koreans obtaining meth and becoming addicted. This is a serious problem because most of the people with enough money to support a drug habit are from the small ruling class and the growing number of market entrepreneurs. In the last few years the government has ordered the security forces to crack down on drug dealers. Peddling this stuff is very lucrative, as a gram of meth goes for over $250 on the street and it costs a lot less than that to get it from corrupt officials in the meth production operation. Addicts within the government are more prone to steal government assets, or even sell information to foreigners.

Tribal drug lords in northern Burma are the other big source of meth, which has become hugely popular in China and throughout East Asia. China wants to keep the Korean and Burmese meth out and is having more success on the heavily guarded North Korean border. This means non-government North Korean meth producers have to find another market and some have put more meth into circulation within North Korea. Thus the effort to establish an American connection.


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama – The arrest of a trio of men in western Jefferson County should put a dent, at least for a while, in the crystal meth market in Jefferson County, Sheriff Mike Hale said Wednesday.

The abuse of crystal meth, or ice, is on the rise in the county, the sheriff said, and starting to rival heroin. Lawmen said they hope they have slowed the trend, temporarily anyway. “It was a major hit that these ice folks took, Hale said. “It took a mid-level dealing enterprise out of the supply chain.”


Earlier Wednesday, sheriff’s officials announced arrests following a four-month investigation into methamphetamine trafficking.  The suspects, they said, were buying the illegal drugs from a dealer in Atlanta and bringing it back here to sell locally.

Those charged with drug trafficking are: David Leigh, 34, of Mulga; Bradley Gipson, 23, of Edgewater, and Matthew McGaha, 32, of Morris. McGaha has already bonded out of jail. Leigh and Gipson remain in lockup.

Sheriff’s officials said they launched their investigation in October 2013 based on information from residents in the community who complained about traffic in the area and possible criminal activity. On Feb. 28, 2014, deputies carried out a search warrant at Leigh’s home in the 4600 block of Birmingport Road. Inside they found 19 ounces of methamphetamine, heroin and GHB.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said methamphetamine is usually sold or used by the gram. The value of the seized meth is roughly $106,500. Authorities also confiscated 532 individual doses of heroin.

McGaha was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond. Gipson’s bond is set at $52,500 and Leigh’s bond is set at $152,000.

Hale said ice is on the rise in Jefferson County. “I can assure you, crystal meth is starting to take the place on the investigative front of being the drug of choice in our community,” he said. “While heroin is physically addictive, crystal meth has a real psychological addiction. My investigators tell me this is the new wave coming.”

Hale said investigators have identified the dealer in Atlanta, and the investigation is ongoing.  Leigh and Gibson, he said, were major players in the drug dealing community here.

“We believe it will take three to six months for someone to gain the trust of who is manufacturing the ice,” he said. “Distribution in Jefferson County will be disrupted for a while. The users, quite frankly, are going to have to go out of the county to buy crystal meth.”



For Florida authorities, it was a trifecta of sorts.

Sheriff’s deputies found meth in a man’s shorts, a woman’s bra and a baby’s  shoe during a New Year’s Eve bust in Port Charlotte.

Driver Manuel Angel Rolon, 20-year-old mom Dodie Allyson Albritton and  passenger Bret Alexander Rule were charged with trafficking in meth and put in  jail.



A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Rolon’s SUV a couple of  hours before midnight on Dec. 31 after he was seen driving erratically.

After finding Rolon’s registration was for a different car and that his  license had been suspended three times, deputies made a more startling  discovery.

Authorities found a plastic baggie with white powder and nearly $800 in  Rolon’s shorts pocket. Tests would confirm the powder was methamphetamine,  according to reports.

Authorities then recovered a white plastic baggie sticking out of the top of  Albritton’s bra. And during a search of the SUV, deputies found nearly two grams  of meth in one of the baby’s shoes, which was hidden in Albritton’s purse. The  purse was within reach of the infant, according to Fox 4 in Florida.


The third suspect, Rule, was seen by deputies trying to hide meth under his  right thigh while sitting next to the child in the SUV, according to  reports.

Rolon and Albritton were additionally charged with child neglect. Rolon was  also charged with driving a suspended license.

The baby’s father took custody of the child, authorities said.



A drugged-out Florida couple was arrested Friday after abandoning their three  young children in woods near a Punta Gorda RV park, cops said.

Michael and Sarah Butcher, both 30, drove to the Water’s Edge resort on  Florida’s Gulf Coast on Friday and started yelling, banging on doors and “acting  strange,” residents told WZVN-TV.

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The park’s security guard called the cops on the raucous couple after they  refused to leave the private park.

“He was high, he was on something, that’s for sure,” the security guard told the TV station.

Responding officers found meth and syringes inside the couple’s red truck and  booked them on drug charges.

At the jail, cops found more meth in Michael Butcher’s pocket, according to WZVN.

And then, the station received a call from another cop who found three kids,  aged 10, 8 and 6, “very dirty, hungry and cold” in the woods near the RV park, the station reports.

The wandering youngsters, who had walked for two miles before they were  found, said their parents were named Michael and Sarah.

it’s unclear how long they’d been abandoned.

The Butchers each face child neglect without great harm and loitering or  prowling, while Michael Butcher faces additional drug charges.

The family of five was reportedly living in the truck, which cops found  jammed with old food and dirty syringes.

The kids have been taken into custody by the state while the parents remain  in Charlotte County Jail.

“That’s terrible that these young children have to put up with a couple of  parents that are that neglectful of them,” one neighbor told the TV station.



The number one crime prosecuted by Linn County in 2013 was no surprise for District Attorney Doug Marteeny.


Once again, methamphetamine possession was at the top of the list, with 494 separate charges.

“I think you’ll find that statewide, probably in every prosecutor’s office, that’s the same,” Marteeny said.

Meth possession frequently is tied to more serious crimes, as well, Marteeny said, adding that’s true of intoxicants in general.

“You take away mind-altering substances and my caseload will go way down,” he said.

As if to prove his point, the number one misdemeanor in Linn County for 2013 was driving under the influence of intoxicants, with 428 cases.

(The Linn County District Attorney’s Office statistics don’t include many misdemeanors that are handled by municipal courts in Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home.)

Prosecutions for meth possession and DUII, though at the top of the charts, were actually down slightly from 2012, according to Linn County District Attorney’s Office data.

The most serious crime to make the top 10 list of felonies for 2013 was first-degree sex abuse, with 129 separate charges.

“The fact that sex abuse I is in the top 10 bothers me very much. Sexual abuse of children is a problem that plagues our society much more than people realize,” Marteeny said.

The average age of first-degree sex abuse victims in Linn County in 2013 was 9 years old.

Marteeny added that one in four girls is the victim of a sex crime, and one in six boys is, as well, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Regardless of age, “These take a toll on victims. … And there are a lot of victims who have to work really hard to deal with the emotional burden that comes with these evil, evil crimes,” Marteeny said.

First-degree sex abuse, first-degree theft and first-degree burglary  generally  rank near the top 5 of felony crime prosecutions, Marteeny said.

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle surged into third place in 2013, with 170 cases. That was up from fifth in 2012, when 110 such cases were prosecuted.

Albany Police Department and other agencies reported an uptick in stolen cars last year.

In other trends from 2013, heroin possession climbed two spots to number seven.

Marteeny said that heroin has replaced prescription medication possession in the list of top 10 felony crimes for Linn County.

“(Drug users) are graduating to heroin is what I think is happening,” Marteeny said.

In previous interviews, detectives said heroin is easier to acquire and cheaper than prescription opiates.

“When I first started prosecuting, I might get one or two heroin cases a year,” Marteeny said.

At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a caller reported a man with a pickup truck was possibly stealing items in the back of a business in the 1000 block of Atlas Peak Road, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies spotted the pickup truck at 7-Eleven near Silverado Trail and Clark Street, Capt. Doug Pike said.

The driver, William Paul Steen, 43, of Napa, was on probation with search and seizure terms, Pike said. Steen allegedly had a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe, he said.

Steen was arrested and booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, narcotics paraphernalia possession and a probation violation, Pike said.



WALPOLE – As drugs in Massachusetts continue to dominate the public safety discussion, a Walpole detective got out ahead of a potential issue at a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) training on methamphetamine labs.

As depicted in the award winning AMC show Breaking Bad set in New Mexico, methamphetamine labs are mostly a reality in the southwest, Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael said. However, with the drug he called highly addictive creeping into the northeast, Walpole sent narcotics detective Timothy Sullivan to a clandestine labs training in case methamphetamines become an area issue.

Methamphetamines– called meth for short- is a stimulant powder that can be made into pill or rock form. It is a schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. Because it is relatively easy to make, people produce meth in pop-up labs, called clandestine labs, which can be dangerous to the neighborhoods around them, Carmichael said.

Meth labs are known for sudden explosions and toxic fumes.

Sullivan attended the week-long training with fellow Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime (NORPAC) taskforce detective Chris Connolly in Quantico, Virginia, to learn how to properly deal with clandestine labs. Put on a team of New England responders, Sullivan was trained on how to spot potential labs and take them down, Carmichael said.

“We’re concerned with it, we want to be prepared to deal with it if we start to see a clandestine lab pop up,” Carmichael said. “You can make it in your kitchen, its very dangerous and people get hurt. There’s a serious public health and safety concern there. If someone were to set up this kind of lab in their home or in their camper, we want to be sure we have someone who’s trained. “

Called clandestine labs because they are hidden in plain sight, Carmichael said they are commonly found in homes, rented storage spaces, apartments and campers.

Currently, the drug is not popular in the northeast, Carmichael said. Its prevalence in the Southwestern United States sparked the premise of the show Breaking Bad, which chronicles a teacher-turned-meth maker who produces a purer product than ever seen before in various homemade labs, including his notorious camper.

Because opioids like heroin are the biggest drug threat in the northeast right now, the training was mostly preventative, Carmichael said. The potential for a shift in meth popularity, however, is what spurred Sullivan’s involvement.

“Not a lot of people in this area are trained in it because we don’t have a serious issue with crystal meth yet, but it has popped up around here,” Carmichael said. “We see it, it’s admittedly not to the level of the opiates in Massachusetts. It’s here and it’s a very addictive drug that has kind of plagued other parts of the country.”

In Walpole, the DEA, state police and NORPAC apprehended a car filled with 10 kilos of crystal meth imported from California in 2012, Carmichael said. Aside from one other bust in East Walpole, Carmichael said the town has not really had problems with the drug. Police have never discovered a clandestine lab in Walpole, he said.

Sullivan’s training will be deployed throughout the northeast if necessary, and not just locally, Carmichael said. Working with other detectives from the region, Sullivan will be part of a team designated to finding labs and destroying them safely throughout the six New England states. Along with Connolly, the two were the only detectives from Massachusetts to be accepted to the training.

“We’re very happy that Detective Sullivan went,” Carmichael said. “It’s more of a cautionary approach, we want to be prepared if we come across this.”

ARGOS, Ind. — Heroin and Methamphetamine are two drugs becoming a growing problem in cities across Michiana. Last Friday, an employee at an Argos gas station found meth in an unusual and surprising place—a candy box at her convenience store.

“It’s destroying everybody. It’s destroying families, children, friends,” says Founder of Northern Indiana Meth and Heroin Watch Linda Clevenger.

Clevenger is talking about drugs.

Specifically meth, that an employee at an Argos BP says was found wedged between some big league chewing gum.

Police told a local radio station it was actually found on the floor.

But the employee told ABC57 it was in a gum box on a shelf where anyone—even a kid—could grab it.

Clevenger says either way it’s disturbing.

“It really upsets me because that could have been a child.”

It’s the reason why she created a Facebook page to fight drug use in her community.

“We’re seeing things happen in the community that we never thought was going to happen in Marshall County or in Plymouth,” she says.

The site posts mug shots of alleged meth cooks and dealers. It also accepts tips from residents.

“Our main mission is actually cleaning up our neighborhoods and letting people know what to look for in their neighborhoods,” Clevenger explains.

And Argos Police say they are happy to have her help.

“The more eyes that are out there and the more eyes that are watching, the more tips they’ll get and the more they’ll be able to take care of the problem,” says Clevenger.

A problem that is showing up in places many never thought it would, the candy aisle at convenience stores.

“If we have to fight it this way we will fight it this way and take care of the problem sooner or later. We may never clean it up but it won’t be as bad as it is now.”

We are told the investigation into how it got on that candy shelf has now been turned over to Indiana State Police.