LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A husband and wife who were caught making meth at a home in Lockport were caught five months later making meth at a trailer in Tonawanda.

Thomas McCabe, 37, and Leah McCabe, 35, were arrested in December after deputies found a meth lab in their home on Saunders Settlement Road in Lockport. Officers say Leah gave them permission to search the home and they found the lab in the basement.

Five months later, warrants were issued for the McCabes when they failed to appear in court. Officers went to a trailer on Ritchie Avenue in Tonawanda to arrest the pair and inside they found another meth lab.

Both McCabes pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. They will be sentenced in January and face a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, or both.








ASHEBORO, N.C. —A man faces charges following the discovery of methamphetamine inside his home Wednesday, Asheboro police said.


Otoniel Recardo Reta, 44, was arrested after a search in the 200 block of West Presnell Street near White Oak Street.

Detectives found 1 pound of meth hidden in a wooden statue inside the home, police said. The estimated street value of the meth was $55,000, police said.

Reta was charged with trafficking in meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth and felony possession of meth. He was held under a $1 million secured bond in the Randolph County Jail.









It costs more than gold, and it’s causing major issues in the Billings area.

Whether it be burglaries, violent encounters or theft — methamphetamine-related crime is on the rise, according to the Billings Police Department and its Drug Task Force.

Methamphetamine has made a resurgence in the Billings area,” Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said. “We know that there is a large quantity moving through town to the Bakken, and we have our own problems here as well.”

He says recent shootings and violent crimes, such as the Michael Sample stabbing and Heights Sonic shooting, are directly related to meth use, and, “unequivocally,” St. John adds that at least 90 percent of the problems the force deals with are drug related, with the majority dealing with meth in particular

Sgt. Brian Korell of the Drug Task Force says they’ve seized ten pounds of meth so far this year — more than last year at this time. He says the drug is primarily coming from Mexico, and while a lot of the meth is passing through to the Bakken, it’s being sold right here in Billings, too. For perspective, one ounce sells for $200 in Mexico, but here, it sells for over $2,000, making it more expensive than gold.

Chief St. John says the meth problem is not going away, but the task force is very active, very productive, and targets mid-level and higher-up dealers.

With the safety levy vote approaching, St. John has talked about the crime uptick at community discussions. The levy would add more than a dozen officers over the next few years, allowing proactive programs like the task force to avoid downsizing.







A man is facing sentencing for carrying 18 pounds of crystal meth in a backpack that he knew would be sold in Hawaii.

Antonio Perez Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Honolulu. He previously pleaded guilty to charges that he was involved in a drug trafficking ring.

According to court documents, another man brought the meth in luggage when he flew from San Diego to Honolulu last year. Perez’s plea agreement says he met that man in a Waikiki hotel, where Perez loaded his backpack with 18 pounds of meth.

The agreement says Perez carried the backpack to a Waikiki apartment, where he hid the drugs in a clothes dryer.

Authorities estimate the Honolulu street value of 18 pounds of crystal meth to be $360,000.







A man in Mesa County, allegedly mixing driving and television, was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he was found in possession of methamphetamine, the county sheriff’s office said.20140918__GEORGE%20GONZALEZ%20MCSO%20PHOTO%20091814~p1_200

George Gonzalez, 30, of Grand Junction, faces charges relating to methamphetamine possession, drug paraphernalia possession, driving restraint and television visible to vehicle operator, the office said.

Deputies stopped Gonzalez after they saw him watching television on a “mobile device” as he attempted to drive, the office said.

Gonzalez is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.








FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) – A man headed back to his native Mexico has been arrested near Eloy after authorities found about two pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Anibal Ayala-Mascareno is being held on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale.

It was unclear Wednesday if he has a lawyer.

The car Ayala-Mascareno was driving was stopped on Interstate 10 outside the Eloy city limits.

Sheriff’s officials say Ayala-Mascareno consented to a search.

They the packages of methamphetamine were found under the rear passenger seat and Ayala-Mascareno also was carrying $3,600 in cash.

He later told authorities it was his third time transported narcotics into Arizona and he was taking the money back to Nogales, Sonora.









The possession of methamphetamine and a prohibited knife earned a St. Thomas man a $700 fine in Sarnia court on Wednesday.

Nicholas Robert Schofield, 27, pleaded guilty to the July 14 possession of methamphetamine and the April 6 knife possession.

Court was told that on April 6 Schofield was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police in Petrolia. Schofield told the OPP officer he had the knife.

The folding knife had a four-inch blade that could be opened with a flick of the wrist, making it a prohibited weapon.

On July 14, Schofield was one of six people at a home raided by Sarnia police. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were in plain view.

A search found .2 grams of methamphetamine in Schofield’s pocket.

Given the type of drug, a $500 fine was warranted for a first-time offender like Schofield, said federal prosecutor Michael Robb.

No good ever came from anyone dabbling in the insidious drug that should be avoided like the plague, said Justice Mark Hornblower.

Health Canada lists insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia, severe tooth decay and brain damage as possible effects of long-term methamphetamine use.

Since his arrest, Schofield took steps to leave the drug behind, the court was told.

Fines for the two offences, totaling $700, were imposed by Hornblower, along with a year’s probation during which Schofield must take substance-abuse counseling.









FLINT, MI — Police dismantled another methamphetamine lab in Flint Thursday morning, Sept. 18, making it the third lab discovered by police in a week.


It’s not totally unbelievable, but highly uncommon that there would be three meth lab busts in one week, said Detective Sgt. P.J. Moore with the Flint Area Narcotics Group, a multi-jurisdictional task force operated by the Michigan State Police. Moore described the annual trend in meth lab discoveries as “sporadic” and “streaky.”

“While it’s not crazy to find three labs in a week, it is unusual,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an epidemic yet like it is on the west side of the state, but it is definitely an increasing problem.”


On the west and southwest parts of Michigan, it isn’t uncommon to bust a lab a day, Moore said, adding that a rise in meth use seems to be creeping across the state.

“I think as more people begin to use meth, they learn to cook for themselves, and then they teach their friends how to cook, and then those people show more people how to cook,” Moore said of the uptick in lab discoveries. “It also comes down to good, solid initial investigation and police work, as well as proactive patrol in high-crime areas. I hate to say it, but the police could just walk away (when they see indicators of a meth lab), but they diligently investigate every lead.”

Thursday’s discovery was a mobile meth lab, where three men were found driving around Flint, allegedly using the one-pot method to produce meth inside the car, Moore said.


A Michigan State Police trooper discovered the one-pots and meth cook components inside the cab of the car after pulling the driver over around 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Iowa Street and Oklahoma Avenue for a dangling license plate light. The trooper discovered that one man in the car had an outstanding warrant, and began searching the car, immediately locating an active one-pot lab on the backseat.

FANG was called to the scene, and discovered an additional one-pot inside a backpack in the trunk of the car that was still active, along with all the rest of the components for more cooks.

“Usually, they’re at least missing the pseudo(ephedrine), because it’s the hardest component to get their hands on,” Moore said. “But, they’ve got everything here for more cooks.”


All three people in the car were taken into custody and lodged at Flint City Lockup while police prepare charges for prosecutors to review.

This comes just a day after FANG’s last meth lab bust, making it the third bust in a week.

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Flint police took three people into custody after discovering a meth lab in the garage of their home the 2200 block of Torrance Street near Bennett Avenue in the city’s east side. Police seized remnants of one-pot-method meth cooks and unused materials from the home.

Last Thursday, Sept. 11, Flint police took three others into custody after dismantling a lab in the upstairs of a home in the 2200 block of Corunna Avenue near West Court Street. Remnants from at least nine methamphetamine cooks, as well as unused supplies, were seized by police during that raid.

Michigan currently ranks sixth in the nation for the number of reported meth labs, equipment seizures and dump sites, according to statistics from 2013 compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

In 2013, there were 11,573 incidents reported nationally, with 607 of those incidents occurring in Michigan, according to the report.

Over the last three years, the number of reported incidents in Michigan has increased while the overall number of incidents has declined nation-wide.








A joint drug operation in Henry County resulted in 94 felony and four misdemeanor state criminal charges being issued on 32 adults.

Indictments were issued Monday as a result of the drug operation; 17 of those indicted were arrested Thursday, according to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Fifteen people still are being sought under sealed indictments on 53 felonies and one misdemeanor, it stated.

The joint drug operation took place between October 2013 and May 2014 in known drug areas of the county, the release stated. Undercover drug purchases, search warrants and vehicle stops occurred in Bassett, Axton, Ridgeway, Collinsville and Spencer, according to the release.

The targets of the joint operation were individuals allegedly distributing cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as manufacturers of methamphetamine and marijuana, the release stated.

Quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals, marijuana and pharmaceutical pills were seized during this operation, the release said.

Assets connected to narcotics trafficking seized during the operation include 19 vehicles, three ATVs, electronics and U.S. currency, it added.












Phoenix murder suspect told police he had used meth for five days before attempting to disrobe a woman and force her into an apartment.


Phoenix police arrested a man in connection with an east Phoenix homicide that took place Tuesday night, and investigators believe the suspect is the same person who tried to disrobe a woman and force her into an apartment moments before the murder, according to police.

Stanley Brown, 21, told police he had been using methamphetamine for about five days before the crimes took place Tuesday night, according to a Phoenix police spokesman.

Police initially responded to an apartment near 48th Street and McDowell Road at about 8 p.m. Tuesday after a woman said a man walking through the neighborhood pointed a gun at her and demanded money, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The woman told the man that she didn’t have any money and he demanded she take her clothes off and tried to force her into an apartment, Crump said. The woman told police she fumbled with her keys and was able to let herself in the unit before the man followed her in, Crump said.

While police were investigating the attempted armed robbery, officers heard shots fired at an apartment unit around the corner, Crump said.

Police found Juan Guerava-Martinez, 21, dead inside his apartment and witnesses told investigators that they saw a gunman running north away from the scene. Witnesses told police that Martinez had been talking on his cell phone outside his apartment when he was shot. Martinez collapsed inside his apartment, Crump said.

Officers saw Brown running through an alley near 49th Street and Willetta Street and arrested him, Crump said. Investigators identified a Brown as a suspect in both cases and recovered a weapon, Crump said.








A former Montesano police chief had a busy day in court, after he was arrested Tuesday for the second time this year in Tacoma.

Ray Sowers attended his drug court hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was there because of January charges that he stole more than $1,500 in liquor from a grocery store.

At 1:30 p.m. the same day he pleaded not guilty to new accusations that he’s been trying to sell methamphetamine and heroin.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies searched the 51-year-old’s apartment Tuesday as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, according to charging papers.

They found 158 grams of suspected meth, 38.2 grams of heroin, a loaded 9mm handgun, crib notes and a digital gram scale, the court documents state.

Sowers allegedly told investigators he didn’t use the drugs, but admitted selling them.

As a convicted felon he cannot legally own the handgun, prosecutors said.

The search of the apartment left Sowers charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and bail set at $50,000.

Possessing controlled substances violates the rules of drug court, which means Sowers has a hearing Oct. 14 to determine whether he’s kicked out of the program.

His second-degree theft charge for the liquor incident would be dropped if he completed the drug court program successfully. People kicked out instead face sentencing, and prosecutors asking for the high end of the sentencing range for the crime.

Sowers ended a 26-year career in law enforcement in 2010, when he pleaded guilty to charges that he used department credit cards to buy $17,000 in home electronics and other items.

He was sentenced to six months in jail for that crime.

The public defender for Sowers, Joseph Evans, declined to comment on his behalf Thursday.








Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use, with a ground-breaking study finding a “convincing significant association” between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.

The Prahran Market Clinic study found almost 85 per cent of the HIV postive patients at its medical practice believed methamphetamine use was a significant cause for contracting HIV.

“This study showed a convincing significant association between methamphetamine use and recent HIV diagnoses in MSM [men who have sex with men] in Melbourne,” clinic director Dr Beng Eu said.

Dr Eu said there was no other research like it in Australia, and the findings meant work urgently needed to be done to reverse the recent trend towards increased HIV rates.

“Australian clinicians managing MSM with and without HIV infection need to actively screen for methamphetamine use and counsel patients on the importance of reducing high-risk behaviors,” he said.

Dr Eu started the research after doctors at his clinic, which specializes in sexual health and addiction medication, began to see new HIV patients who were also using ice.

The study surveyed 211 gay men between 2011 and 2013, 65 of whom had HIV and 146 who did not. Of the HIV positive men, 84 per cent who had used ice in the past month prior to their diagnoses believed their use of the drug led to their infection.

“Most of the HIV-positive subjects who had used methamphetamine thought that their methamphetamine use was a significant cause,” Dr Eu said.

He said most of the infections would have happened through unprotected sex, with the drug’s effects boosting libido and stripping inhibitions leading to more risk-taking behavior.

HIV rates in Australia are at a 20-year high, with Kirby Institute data showing 1235 new cases were diagnosed last year. Victoria had the largest rise in cases, with 16 per cent more HIV notifications, with the Prahran Market Clinic diagnosing 20 per cent of the new cases.

It comes as data released on Thursday showed the nation was also experiencing its highest recorded rate of syphilis, and more Australians were dying of hepatitis C than ever.

“The increase in syphilis reported may also be associated with this [ice use] too, but we have not studied this,” Dr Eu said.

“Talking about this openly is the first step towards thinking about how to manage the problem.”

Victorian Aids Council chief executive Simon Ruth praised the Prahran clinic’s initiative and called for the state government to fund a research project that encompassed all of the high case-load clinics in Victoria.

“This is the sort of information we need to have information campaigns, and the government need to start funding health promotion campaigns,” Mr. Ruth said.

“This is from one clinic, it’s a relatively small number [of men] and I would be encouraging the government to fund a research project.”

Dr Eu will present his findings to the Penington Institute’s Australian Drugs Conference next month on methamphetamine use.








An Enid woman arrested Wednesday told the deputy who arrested her she uses meth because she is fat.


Lynette Rae Sampson, 54, was arrested following a traffic stop by a Garfield County Sheriff Office deputy.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said Sampson was stopped at 1:40 p.m. in the 200 block of South Grand for not wearing a seat belt.

As Sampson got out of her vehicle, Niles said she threw out a plastic bag that contained residue of methamphetamine.

The sheriff said the bag field tested positive for methamphetamine and will be sent to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

Niles said Sampson told the deputy who stopped her, “I just use meth because I’m fat.”

Sampson was arrested on a complaint of possession of CDS and issued a citation for failure to wear a seat belt.

Sampson arrested in July after telling police she believed her methamphetamine was lace with something and was free on $5,000 bond at the time of her arrest Tuesday.

Sampson was charged in July with felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

In that case, Sampson called the Enid Police Department and told a sergeant she had methamphetamine in a tin container on her kitchen counter.

An officer was sent to Sampson’s house and she told him she thought her drugs were laced with something. Sampson then showed the officer a tin containing meth and a hollowed-out light bulb that had been used as a pipe.








(KTVI) – No matter how often people are warned to be careful about what they post on social media, some just don`t get it.

And according to police, one such person appears to be Jennifer C. Harrington, 36, of Jefferson County.

Last week, the Franklin County narcotics unit got a tip from one of Harrington`s Facebook friends saying they had seen a video on her page allegedly showing a man making meth while Harrington assisted him off camera as she shot the minute-and-a-half long movie.

‘They were talking about the manufacturing of methamphetamine, they were using street slang terms we could actually hear the bottle being shaken in a one pot manufacturing process,’ said Franklin County narcotics officer, Sgt. Jason Grellner.

‘Some of the apparatus and chemicals we normally see in a meth lab could be seen in the video,’ she said.

After watching the video, officers went looking for Harrington at several addresses in Jefferson County and in Union, Missouri.

They did not find her right away, but along the way they found several other friends of hers and arrested them on suspicion of either using or making meth.

Police have yet to find the man in the video.

‘They said the people weren`t very happy that their friend had posted this video and was bringing this investigation down on all of them,’ Grellner said.

Jennifer Harrington was finally arrested not on a drug charge, but for an outstanding parole violation.  Ironically, she was picked up as she arrived to meet with her parole officer.

None of the others arrested can be charged with drug crimes until lab results come back from the Missouri Highway Patrol.








Law enforcement agencies have many tools at their disposal to fight crime.

Now, add Facebook to that arsenal.

Members of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit acted on an email tip last week and went to the Facebook page of a woman who had posted a video of people in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.

“Yep, that’s meth-making components,” Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner commented after viewing the woman’s Facebook page.

That posting eventually led to the arrest of suspects at a home in Union where meth-making equipment and paraphernalia were seized last Thursday.

The case was based on information developed by Officer Nathan Pinter and Detective Leon Burton with the task force, Grellner said.

Investigators learned the woman, identified as Jennifer Harrington, 36, was wanted on a probation violation charge and believed she was living in Jefferson County.

“We contacted our counterparts in Jefferson County who began searching for her,” Grellner told The Missourian.

The woman was not located there, but in the process of searching for her, investigators arrested several other people on drug charges, Grellner said.

Harrington was arrested later on the warrant.

Grellner said once she was in custody, narcotics officers went to a home on Washington Avenue in Union where they arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of manufacturing meth. Burton said the male suspect was getting ready to cook meth and investigators seized a one-pot lab, chemicals and components and a number of pseudoephedrine pills, the vital ingredient needed to cook meth.

Burton said a 49-year-old woman who was at the home at the time was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Evidence seized in the case will be analyzed at the Missouri Highway Patrol lab before a decision is made on issuing charges.

The name of the man arrested was not released because he has not been charged.

Grellner said the man told investigators that he had family members and friends purchase pseudoephedrine from pharmacies in St. Louis. He also was buying the drug from a source in St. Louis.

Harrington had been free on parole after serving part of a seven-year concurrent sentence for drug trafficking and stealing a credit card, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.







Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) — The Boundary Waters Drug Task Force has arrested several suspected dealers following numerous investigations over the past several months.

Nine people have been charged in northern St. Louis County District Courts on drug–related charges:

  • Martell Kinard, 32–years–old, of Eveleth, and Alicia Cooper, 21–years–old, of Eveleth have both been charged for the seizure of seven ounces of heroin (street value of $40,000). Kinard faces charges of possession of heroin with intent to sell and 2nd degree sale of heroin. Cooper was charged with 1st degree sale of heroin.
  • Tara Waldvogel, 27–years–old, of Keewatin has been charged with 1st degree sale of methamphetamine.
  • Stephanie Stand, 35–years–old, of Calumet has been charged with 1st degree sale of methamphetamine.
  • Suzann Zidich, 31–years–old, of Hibbing has been charged with two felony counts of 5th degree possession of methamphetamine, and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.
  • Justin Stauffer, 32–years–old, has been charged with obstructing the legal process with force or violence. He was also wanted for a warrant at time of arrest.
  • Teelyn Minkel, 21–years–old, of Hibbing was cited for misdemeanor obstructing the legal process.
  • Brooke Jensen, 17–years–old, of Hibbing has been charged with 2nd degree sale of methamphetamine in a public housing zone.
  • Aaron Olson, 29–years–old, of Hibbing has been charged with 5th degree possession of methamphetamine.

All of the above arrests were a result of the Boundary Waters Drug Task Force’s investigations.







A Parker County grand jury earlier this month indicted a woman whose 2-year-old son reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine in May 2013.   541900b7a38be_image

Delena Rochelle Pool, 39, has been charged with 2nd degree felony abandoning or endangering a child.

Pool admitted to smoking methamphetamine on weekends while the child was in her residence when CPS responded to a complaint of neglectful supervision in April 2013, according to court records.

Pool reportedly agreed to a safety plan with CPS requiring a family member to supervise contact between the mother and toddler. However, CPS reportedly discovered during an unannounced home visit in May 2013 that the mother and child were not supervised overnight and the boy was removed.

The boy’s foster parents reported that the child slept for 12 hours after his removal and then took a 3-hour nap the following day.

Several days after the boy’s removal, the boy’s hair was drug tested and showed positive for methamphetamine at the high end of “low” or “recreational” use, according to Weatherford police.

CPS removed Pool’s three older children in 2006 after Pool tested positive for methamphetamine use and missed an important medical appointment for one of her children, according to court records. A family member was reportedly caring for the older children when CPS investigated the 2013 incident.

Pool, arrested in March, was released three days later on $40,000 bond, according to jail records.









A 40-year-old Phoenix man was arrested on the 1900 block of East Apache Boulevard on suspicion of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.The man was contacted in an apartment complex as he was walking away from a room where there was already an investigation, police reported.

When the man was contacted by police the officer asked how he was doing and the man said, “I’m trippin’,” and he was very fidgety and could not stop moving his hands, according to the report.

The man was asked by police how much methamphetamine he had on him at the moment and the man said, “It could be a little or more than a little. I don’t really know,” police reported.

The man was asked what pocket he had put the methamphetamine in, and the man said, “It should be up front in a baggy. You can grab it,” according to the report.

The man was searched and the methamphetamine was located in the left front pants pocket, police reported.

Several baggies inside of a larger baggie were found and the larger baggie contained several empty dime baggies and five dime baggies with meth inside, according to the report.

The man told officers he had used methamphetamine for several years and admitted that he is addicted to meth, according to the report.

The man first said he found the baggies of methamphetamine by a dumpster but then said he had purchased the five baggies of meth for $50 from a man at a liquor store down the street, police reported.

The man was arrested and transported to Tempe City Jail, where he was booked and released, according to the report.








Officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have prevented a 38-year-old man from smuggling drugs to South Africa.

The arrest and drug seizure took place at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the outward screening of Arik Air passengers to South Africa.

The drug was concealed in a false compartment of the suspect’s luggage.

The NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Hamza Umar, gave the name of the suspect as Darlugar Ufondu Steven.

According to Umar, “a 38-year-old man, Dalugar Ufondu Steven was apprehended on his way to South Africa. He was found in possession of 1.535kg of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine”.

The suspect who claims to be an assistant coach in an amateur football club in South Africa said he was under immense financial pressure.

“I am married with a child and have lived in South Africa for about a decade. I have worked very hard to attain financial freedom but have nothing in return. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I was under financial pressure to cope with peers. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking as a way of making quick money. They promised to pay me 6,000 dollars to take the bag containing the drugs to South Africa”, the suspect declared.

Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade called on members of the public to support drug control efforts saying:“We have made remarkable improvement in our counter-narcotic efforts. The Agency is prepared to detect hidden drugs and prosecute the drug barons. Members of the public should avoid drug trafficking and report suspected cases to the Agency”.

Giade said the suspect will soon be charged to court.








U.S. agents say they have seized 15 kilograms of cocaine and nine of methamphetamine they believe was destined for B.C. drug traffickers.$500,000 in drugs seized near U.S.-Canada border

Homeland Security agents were tipped that the drugs were hidden at the Grandview Business Centre in Ferndale, Washington.

The drugs have an estimated U.S. street value of $550,000 and a considerably higher Canadian value of $1 million.

The cocaine was marked with the word VITO.

No arrests have been made.

Homeland Security is asking anyone with information on the case to contact HSI’s tip line at 1-866-347-2423 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada).








(MITCHELL) – A Mitchell couple was arrested for organizing meth-making operations at their home.

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Lawrence County Police arrested 32-year-old Christine Blackburn and 37-year-old James Blackburn on a warrant for aiding, inducing or causing dealing in meth, neglect of a dependent, possession of meth, and maintaining a common nuisance.

James Blackburn is also facing a charge of unlawful sale of a precursor.

According to a probable cause affidavit, around July 17, officers watched people purchase meth precursors at Wal-Mart.

A male tried to buy pseudoephedrine, but his ID did not meet Wal-Mart’s requirements. He then met another male and two women at the store, one being Christine Blackburn.

One of the men bought sulfuric acid, and the four left the store and went to CVS/pharmacy.

There one of the men bought some cold medicine, but the other man returned it after discovering it did not contain pseudoephedrine.

The four then went across the street to Walgreens and purchased pseudoephedrine.

All four then got into a vehicle that was driven by Christine Blackburn. According to police, Christine has a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a warrant.

Police stopped the vehicle.

During that traffic stop, one of the men told police Christine that the other man in the vehicle gave him money to make the pseudoephedrine. Officers recovered the sulfuric acid and pseudoephedrine from the vehicle.

The other man then told police he bought the sulfuric acid for someone else who was going to make meth with James Blackburn at the Blackburns’ home in the 1300 block of Lawrenceport Main. He told police the men had made meth at the house a few days before being stopped.

The man told police he was to receive a fourth of a gram of meth for purchasing the sulfuric acid.

Officers armed with a consent to search affidavit then went to the Blackburns’ home.

There they found several items used to make a one-pot meth lab, one-pot reaction pots, metal ammo cans, Roebic drain cleaner which contained sodium hydroxide, empty instant cold packs that contain ammonium nitrate, 26 ounces of salt, lithium batteries, two glass plates that field-tested positive for meth, digital scales and coffee filters.

James Blackburn told police he threw a grinder into a well behind the home, and the grinder was used to grind pseudoephedrine.

He told police another person had made the meth at an abandoned home next to his.

He also admitted that both he and his wife were meth users and that the drug had been made in the house while the couple’s children slept.

He also confessed that they purchased the items to make more meth.








INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 17, 2014) – Methamphetamine, the scourge of rural Indiana over the last decade, is on the run thanks to tougher state laws and a nationwide computer system that allows investigators and retailers to track the purchases of cold medicines needed to make the drug.


Now Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detectives are being trained to track down the buyers of pseudoephedrine.

Investigators gathered at the IMPD Training Academy to learn how to use the NPLEx computer system which monitors the sale of the ingredient that is as essential to cold medicine as it is to making meth.

“It’s a system that will allow you to track purchases of pseudoephedrine in real time and allow you to block purchases at point of sale,” said Detective Scott Kendall of the Aurburn (Ala.) Police Department who was brought to Indianapolis to train IMPD officers. “Now with the NPLEx system it’s all centrally located into one database. I can pull up and see everything right in front of me at one time and it definitely makes it easier to track it.

“I can put it in the system and I can immediately look and say, ‘Hey, they been buying ‘x’ amount of pseudoephedrine or they haven’t been buying,’ and right there I can kind of weed out if it’s a legitimate complaint or not.”

Though new to Indianapolis, access to the NPLEx system has succeeded in blocking the sales of nearly 200,000 boxes of cold medicines to suspicious buyers since the start of 2012.

Tougher state laws and pharmacy restrictions have also cut down on the sales of pseudoephedrine, a precursor to meth.

“It allows me to get a heads up and interdict some of these purchases at the point of sale,” said Kendall. “If it’s an illegal purchase, it automatically gets blocked at the pharmacy which prevents the person from getting the precursor which is the pseudoephedrine. If they do make a purchase and I get an alert I can use that information to try to stop them before they actually get to the point of where they manufacture methamphetamine.”

Kendall said that stopping the sale and blocking the production of the drug alleviates future clean up, contamination and exposure problems associated with meth labs.








By Sheldon Whitehouse, Rob Portman

This month marks the 25th anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and over the last 25 years, we have taken important steps to help the millions of Americans who struggle with addiction.

Many states and municipalities have established drug courts that help nonviolent drug offenders get treatment and avoid jail time. Local police departments are equipping officers with naloxone, which can be used to immediately treat individuals suffering from an opiate overdose. And communities are increasingly recognizing addiction as a disease, treatable with a combination of medication and behavioral health counseling

These are important and commendable efforts. But more and more of our fellow citizens are falling victim to the scourge of addiction — particularly from heroin, prescription pain medications and other opiates. Also, more and more, the stigma of addiction is abating, and the premise of recovery is more accepted.

We believe the time is ripe for a comprehensive approach to prevent addiction in those at risk; to reserve punishment for those who truly deserve it; to give hope to those who have lost it; and to further destigmatize the brave path from addiction to recovery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from car accidents — an average of 110 people per day. In Rhode Island, more than 100 people have died from drug overdoses already this year. In Ohio, the state’s Department of Health estimates that five people die every day from a drug overdose.

These are our husbands and wives, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors.  They are all too often veterans, women and adolescents. And right now the assistance available to them is woefully insufficient. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, approximately 22.7 million Americans needed treatment for substance use in 2013, but only 2.5 million received it.

We can do better. That’s why today we are introducing the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014. From prevention efforts to law enforcement strategies, to addressing overdoses and expanding evidence-based treatment, to supporting those who are in recovery — we want to help communities pursue all of these proven strategies, not just one or two.

Our bill would expand efforts to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and to promote treatment and recovery. It would expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction by providing evidence-based treatment proven to reduce recidivism. And it would encourage states to support recovery for, and remove harmful barriers to, individuals walking the brave but thorny path from addiction to recovery. This comprehensive approach gets law enforcement and public health communities on the same page, to stop and reverse current trends.

We believe this will make a real difference both for victims of addiction and for American communities. Getting clean and staying clean enables former addicts to contribute to our economy and our society in ways they might not otherwise; and reducing drug abuse can help us all feel safer on our streets, behind the wheel and in our homes. Those are goals we can all support.


Whitehouse is Rhode Island’s junior senator, serving since 2007. He sits on the Budget, Environment and Public Works, and Judiciary committees. Portman is Ohio’s junior senator, serving since 2011. He sits on the Budget, Finance, Energy and Natural Resources, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees.







BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — A Bullhead City man facing a murder charge in the slaying of his friend’s 8-year-old daughter was getting high on methamphetamine before the child was reported missing and later found buried in a shallow grave, according to police records released Tuesday.


Justin Rector, 26, told detectives he had been smoking meth throughout the day in his mother’s upstairs bedroom, according to an affidavit establishing probable cause for the search of the girl’s home. Rector had been staying in a two-story duplex where Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella lived with her mother, Tania Grogan.

Bella went missing after police say she was playing hide and seek with Rector late Sept. 1. Her body was found strangled Sept. 3 about a half mile from her home. Bullhead City police said they found Rector’s shoeprints where she had been buried and that a witness spotted a man who matched Rector’s description in that area.

Police initially arrested Rector Sept. 2 and accused him of shoplifting. Police said he admitted to stealing a change of clothes from a nearby Wal-Mart.

Rector is being held without bond in the Mohave County jail awaiting arraignment Friday on charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a dead body.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled Monday that reporters will not be allowed to take pictures or make video recordings during Rector’s legal proceedings.








A Benton woman was tentatively charged with two felonies Tuesday afternoon after a search warrant executed at her residence uncovered a meth lab, Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley said.

Patricia A. McLain, 54, is in the Lafayette County Jail on tentative charges of possession and distribution of methamphetamine, Pedley said. A significant amount of methamphetamine was recovered, he added.

An investigation at a location in Iowa County by the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force connected the involvement of McLain and led to the execution of the search warrant by members of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office and the multi-county drug task force, Pedley said.

Iowa County K-9 “Rosko” was a tremendous help in the investigation at both the Iowa County and Benton sites, Pedley added.






— A California man and his fiancee have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska.

The Ketchikan Daily News (http://bit.ly/1ARnUgG ) reports 52-year-old William Riggs and 55-year-old Lisa Soares were searched and taken into custody Sunday as they got off an Alaska state ferry. Both are from Winton, California.

Prosecutors say they were found with 52.7 grams of methamphetamine, worth $21,000 to $26,000 in the southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan.

Soares and Riggs boarded a ferry in Bellingham, Washington. Police in Ketchikan were waiting for them with a search warrant.

Police say they found small plastic bags containing methamphetamine in Soares’ purse and bags, along with a digital scale, empty bags and used meth pipes. Officers found more small bags in Riggs’ truck.

They were arraigned Monday, with bail set at $50,000.