Dubai: An employee has been jailed for five years for possessing methamphetamine and punching and kicking drug enforcement officers inside a hospital’s emergency ward where they arrested him.

The 59-year-old Korean employee, S.K., was said to have fiercely resisted a number of drug enforcement officers and repeatedly punched and kicked them when they tried to arrest him in the emergency ward during a sting operation in April.

Despite having entered a not guilty plea, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of resisting arrest, assaulting drug enforcement officers and possessing methamphetamine without any particular intent.

Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal ordered police wardens in courtroom three to immediately lock up S.K., who was out on bail until the ruling was delivered on Tuesday.

The accused will be deported following the completion of his imprisonment.

According to the charge sheet, drugs prosecutors accused the Korean of consuming methamphetamine, possessing the same substance for unknown purposes and resisting arrest and assaulting arresting officers.

The defendant contended before the court that drug enforcement officers were the ones who assaulted him at the time when they detained him in the hospital in Satwa.

He further claimed that he possessed methamphetamine for medical reasons.

An anti-narcotics police major testified that after they arrested a Filipino, who possessed and consumed methamphetamine, the latter informed them that he had obtained the banned substance from S.K.

“We ordered the Filipino to call the Korean and asked him for methamphetamine… we heard the conversation on the speakerphone. The Filipino and S.K. agreed to meet in the parking lot of the hospital in Satwa. A police squad was dispatched to the location to arrest the accused in a sting operation. S.K. came on foot and walked into the emergency ward… the drug enforcement officers went to arrest him after they identified themselves as policemen. The Korean resisted arrest ferociously. He punched and kicked everyone who tried to approach him. We restrained and arrested him after we outnumbered him. Some of the policemen were hit and injured… a sergeant had to be taken to hospital,” claimed the major.

When questioned by the arresting officers, according to prosecution records, S.K. admitted that a Chinese woman provided him with methamphetamine and he sold it to Filipinos.

“When he agreed with the Filipino to take the banned substance from him, S.K. did not set any price. At the time of his arrest, S.K. was the one who assaulted us and we did not beat him or coerce him to confess,” said the major.

Tuesday’s ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.





KEARNEY — A Kearney woman faces a methamphetamine distribution charge after a report that she left a child unattended.

Angel Poore, 38, is charged in Buffalo County Court with felony distribution of meth Friday in Kearney. She was contacted at about 8:30 p.m. following a report that a child had allegedly been left unattended in a parking lot in the 10 block of West 39th Street.546250368a108_image

Court records outline the case against her:

Police were called to the parking lot where they saw the unlocked car in the parking lot with its engine running and a crying 2-year-old child secured in his safety seat. Based on prior contacts, police knew Poore was the owner of the car and went inside the nearby store to locate her.

Police located Poore inside the store coming out of the men’s restroom. Inside the restroom, police found numerous small plastic bags and store merchandise packaging in the trash.

Poore then left the store and officers contacted her near the car. She and the child were placed into a police cruiser. A K-9 unit arrived at the scene. After the dog indicated drugs in the car, police seized a kit that allegedly contained three small bags with a white rock crystallized substance. The substance field tested positive for meth.

Many similar plastic bags and a digital scale were located in the car. Poore also allegedly had $330 in cash in her jeans pocket along with store merchandise.

Poore denied leaving the child unattended by saying a family member was with her in the car. Police were unable to locate that family member.

Poore was arrested and taken into custody, and the child was released to family members. In addition to being arrested on the drug allegation, she also was cited for child abuse and shoplifting.

Late this morning, Poore remained at the Buffalo County Jail on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. She must post $3,000 to be freed.

Poore is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

If convicted on the drug charge, and if she isn’t placed on probation, she faces one to 50 years in prison.





ATHENS (WATE) – An East Tennessee sheriff says he’s seeing more cases of crystal meth coming in from Mexico. That’s because while local deputies were busy shutting down homemade meth labs, traffickers continued to sneak in the drug.5711518_G

McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy told WATE 6 On Your Side the large number of meth labs made it harder to crack down on the people bringing in crystal meth from countries like Mexico. With fewer of those labs around, they can now focus their efforts on drug trafficking in the county.

Inez Fain, who lives in Athens, raises chickens for a living and learning about the drug problem is shattering her peace of mind. She worries that crystal meth from Mexico could take over McMinn County.

“I’ve got four granddaughters and I’d hate to see my granddaughters get hooked on that crap,” said Fain.

Sheriff’s deputies found a few bags worth of crystal meth from Mexico five weeks ago. Sheriff Guy said there’s been a shift toward people buying meth over making it at home. Part of the reason why it’s cheaper.

“It’s simpler. It’s simpler just to buy it already made than to have to make it yourself,” said Guy.

In the last four years, deputies have shut down about 100 meth labs.

“We sort of opened up a vacuum and some of our Mexican friends to the south of us saw there was a business opportunity there,” said Guy.

McMinn County Sheriff investigators said they’re dealing with crystal meth trafficking like they would marijuana or heroine by finding out where it’s being sold.

As for people in the area like Fain, she believes other neighbors need to help out the sheriff’s department to solve the drug problem.

“He’s good with the young people and good with the old, but he can’t do it all. The adults within their self and the city have got to step up and take their role,” said Fain.

The McMinn County Sheriff’s Department has identified about a dozen dealers in the county and it’s not just in one community. Guy said crystal meth is popping up in all kinds of neighborhoods.

According to a recent report, the number of meth labs seized has gone down by about 40 percent statewide.








BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A former Winston County sheriff’s deputy previously jailed on state charges now faces federal charges for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine.

Grady Keith Concord, 42, of Lynn, has agreed to plead guilty to one count each of extortion under color of official right, manufacturing methamphetamine, and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside.grady-keith-concordjpg-6c17800152ce996ag

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr. announced the charges Monday, after an information and plea agreement were filed in U.S. District Court.

His arraignment is set for Nov. 18 at the federal courthouse in Huntsville.

Richard S. Jaffe and Michael Whisonant Jr. are representing Concord.

“Keith deeply regrets becoming addicted to methamphetamine and further breaking the law to obtain the substance, rather than seeking medical treatment” Jaffe said. “Keith in no way blames anyone or anything but himself for violating his oath as a law enforcement officer, and embarrassing his department and his family. His agreement to plead guilty and accept full responsibility is a positive first step toward recovery.”

In June, Concord was arrested on a second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine charge in Winston County. He was fired from the sheriff’s department and has remained in jail with bond set at $500,000.

He was indicted on the state charge in August. Online court records do not indicate when his next court appearance will occur.

The information and plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court give this description of Concord’s actions:

In July 2013, Concord, who used methamphetamine, approached a woman who lived in Nauvoo and pressured her to make the drug for him. He arranged to supply pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth, in exchange for the finished product.

Until June 2014, Concord delivered pseudoephedrine to the woman’s home and picked up meth. He took decongestant pills containing pseudoephedrine from the sheriff’s office evidence room, and he and his wife also bought pills, the plea agreement states.

Concord disputes the woman’s claim that he threatened her with an arrest warrant unless she cooperated, but he concedes that because he was a sheriff’s deputy, she might have felt that she “had no choice but to accept his offer,” his plea agreement states.

Concord knew the woman had two sons who lived at the home, and that one of them was a minor.

As part of the plea agreement, Concord must surrender all law enforcement certifications and not seek future employment in law enforcement or custodial oversight.

He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the extortion count and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the count of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A sentence imposed for the manufacture of methamphetamine where minors reside or are present must be served consecutively with any other sentence imposed. The maximum penalty for that count is 20 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

The FBI, agents of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force assigned to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, and the Winston/Marion County District Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynn Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamarra Matthews Johnson is prosecuting the case.




According to reports from the FADE Drug Task Force, DEA, and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, three men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of $1 million of crystal methamphetamine confiscated by authorities on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Reports reveal that Jose Guzman, 41, of Grayson, Ky. Carlos Garza, 39, of Grayson, Ky. and Ariel Ceballos, 28, of Tucson, Ariz. were arrested in Rowan County, Ky. on Wednesday, and each charged with one count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Authorities said they believe that the type of methamphetamine found is thought to be produced in Mexican super labs.

Guzman, Garza, and Ceballos were transported to the Rowan County Jail.




Forrest County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a City of Hattiesburg accountant on drug charges.

Investigator Nick Calico said James Eugene Polk was arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine and manufacture of methamphetamine — both felonies — as well as a misdemeanor of disturbance of the family.

Calico said the 12th Judicial District’s Narcotics Unit was also involved in the arrest.

He declined to divulge any other information about the case, saying the investigation is ongoing.

City of Hattiesburg spokeswoman Chinika Hughes said Polk has been employed as an accountant with the city for the past four months. She said he still holds his job, despite his arrest.

Hughes said Polk’s duties involve handling money and dealing with budgets.

Polk was released from the Forrest County Jail Friday on $32,000 bond.



Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the components to a methamphetamine lab Friday morning during an unlikely circumstance.

Engaged in a high-speed car chase near County Road 1043, the deputies’ suspect, David Jeffery Miller, of Cullman discarded a black bag through his car’s window.546151c42cf43_image

After apprehending their suspect, deputies discovered that the contents of the bag were consistent with methamphetamine production.

“In the black bag, there were more articles for manufacturing,” Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said. “There were funnels, glass jars and meth residue.”

Miller, 32, has been charged with unlawful manufacturing, resisting arrest and attempting to elude officers.

The sheriff’s office responded to a call at 3:32 a.m. Friday after residents on County Road 1038 complained that Miller was making threats to them and firing a gun toward their homes.

After surveying the scene twice, the sheriff’s office obtained a description of Miller’s vehicle and subsequently attempted to halt him at a traffic stop.

The suspect, however, fled from police in what developed into a car chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The chase ended when Miller wrecked on County Road 1043 and took to the nearby woods to avoid officers.

Miller was detained in an effort led by Deputy Patrick Thompson.

“They did a outstanding job,” Bartlett said of the responding deputies. “We’re thankful no one was seriously hurt.”

Miller sustained minor injuries from the wreck.

Along with the meth lab components the suspect tried to dispose of, the deputies also discovered 14.5 grams of methamphetamines.

The sheriff’s office did not find a firearm on Miller or in his vehicle to explain the complaints of the residents on County Road 1038. Investigators said they did not discoverany damages to homes from the alleged gunfire.




In Australia, drugs, sex and HIV have long had an intimate relationship. Public concern and political attention is currently focused on the harms of methamphetamine use, the potent stimulant better known as, ice, tina or crystal meth.

In Victoria, recent media coverage of an ‘ice epidemic’ has been alarming.

Public health experts have argued that it is misleading to suggest we are in the midst of a widespread “ice epidemic”, across communities. Fact-checkers out there will find that, in fact, the evidence points in the opposite direction.viewpoint-ice

Over the last ten years it actually seems that the number of people who are using crystal meth has been mostly stable. The kick, however, is that there has been a massive increase in the purity and potency of crystal meth. The desired effects that users seek out may be much stronger than before, but so are the risks and potential harms.

Multiple surveys of drug use support what many of us know from experience or might guess. Gay men and those living with HIV are more likely than many others in the population to use most illicit drugs. Crystal meth use follows such a pattern. HIV positive gay men are more likely again to have used crystal meth, with about one in four reporting use.

Whilst there can be a temptation by some to assume how and why crystal meth is used by gay men and those living with HIV, we must be careful in judging motivations and ‘taken-for-granted’ links. Like most human behavior, it’s not always simple to explain and deliver quick fixes.

For some parts of the wider community such drug use and activity is confronting and concerning. One question raised is whether the use of crystal meth can be held responsible as the cause of HIV transmissions. Certainly there is no doubt there is a strong relationship between HIV infections and the use of some illegal drugs and also legal drugs, like alcohol and Viagra.

The links between drugs and HIV are complex. The evidence is that many sexually adventurous men, including those who use crystal meth for sex, understand and anticipate health issues such as the risk of HIV transmission in condomless sex.

Focusing our concerns solely on crystal meth use misses key understandings of why and how pleasure seeking and risk taking happens.

Surely we can take a sex positive attitude and also build on the strong community history of providing relevant and realistic information, risk reduction strategies and supporting harm minimization? However, to get there we will need to have some frank and honest discussions.

The recent Victorian inquiry lends support for the key role community-based organizations have to act as trusted facilitators. Living Positive Victoria is well placed to lead such engagement and actions where we engage in drug use as a health issue, promoted through peer engagement and support.




Four members of a drug caravan were killed and four bags containing methamphetamine seized in a gun battle with border patrol police along the Thai-Myanmar border in Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao district on Tuesday morning.707750

A team from the 335th border patrol unit based in Chiang Dao spotted about 10 armed men carrying bags suspected to contain illegal drugs close to the border with Myanmar near Ban Denyakhad village in tambon Muang Na in Chiang Dao district on Tuesday morning.

The patrol signaled to men to stop for a search, but instead they opened fire on the security force.

A brief gunfight followed. Afterwards the patrol found four dead men, with their weapons and four bags containing methamphetamine pills. The number of pills had yet to be counted, officials said.




The war on drugs in Afghanistan is unlikely to be successful as the international forces withdraw local players lack a mechanism to address the problem of narcotics, Khuram Iqbal – Co-author of Pakistan Terrorism Ground Zero, told RT.

RT: A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective, and likely to get worse. Do you agree?afghanistan-drugs-trafficking-taliban_si

Khuram Iqbal: If your question is related to the drug production in Afghanistan, its impacts on Pakistan, I would say that the impact of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is [significant] in Pakistan. According to some estimates by the United Nations, Pakistan remains a transit as well as a destination country for far more than 30 per cent of the opium produced in Afghanistan. On the one hand, it has resulted in widespread drug abuse in Pakistani society, and on the other hand, it has created a very complicated and dangerous nexus between drug cartels and terrorist organizations which are operating from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. What we are witnessing in this region is that the groups of Pakistani Taliban are cooperating with drug cartels which are operating with them from Afghanistan to seek finance, and to protect their finances. Drug cartels and criminal syndicates are basically relying on terrorist organizations to ensure the security of their production facilities and their transit routes. And one alarming trend which has recently emerged in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region with regards to the drug cultivation is that there is a number of terrorist organizations which have sought a religious decree from their handpicked Islamic scholars which justify the production and trafficking of drugs to wage Jihad. So we can conclude that the problem of narcotics in Afghanistan is not only facilitating the organized criminality but it is also contributing to transnational terrorism.

RT: The US are withdrawing from Afghanistan leaving record high levels of drug trafficking there. This is just one of the consequences of the devastating war in the country. What legacy as a whole the Americans are leaving?

KI: The international forces are preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan. Once they withdraw all the fragile gains which have been made against the narcotics trade in Afghanistan are likely to dissolve. I am afraid that after the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan the narcotics trade in the country can potentially emerge as the financial lifeline of the global Jihad movement. So a war on drugs in Afghanistan is highly unlikely because firstly, the international forces are withdrawing from the region and, secondly, the regional players, the countries in the Southern and Central Asian region lack coordination, they lack a mechanism which can address the problem of narcotics in Afghanistan.

RT: Is the Afghan government capable of handling the situation on their own?

KI: I suspect not, because there have been a number of instances where high-profile Afghan officials have been found involved in poppy cultivation, they have been found involved in drug trafficking. One prominent example of such cases is the late brother of the former President Hamid Karzai who was involved in drug trafficking on a massive level. As soon as the international checking balance goes down in the coming year or so we will see more corrupt Afghan officials, we will see more Afghan tribal elite resorting to drug trafficking to meet their financial needs and run their fractional infighting.



KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Haunting communities across America for generations, methamphetamine maintains its position as a go-to drug for some of our country’s most chemically addicted drug users. It’s known for being extremely addictive, attacking the central nervous system and creating what some users describe as a euphoric high.

It’s not only the chemical effects on the brain that’s harming meth users. Simply making the drug is enough to take your life. The chemical mix used to make it can explode at any time, catching even the most experienced meth cookers off guard. Meth burns are just one more hazard of the drug destroying lives across West Michigan.

So-called meth labs in our own west Michigan communities don’t look like anything Walter White from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” would be caught dead in.

In fact, a modern day meth lab can consist of a plastic drinking bottle. When common products such as fertilizer and lithium strips are combined to make meth, the bottle can explode in an instant.

“If you talk to the burn centers, they know a lot of these people they are seeing are meth related incidents, but we are not getting notified of those,” Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Capt. David Boysen.

Capt. Boysen said that meth cookers will go to every extreme to hide their burns.

“I don’t know of any cases where they show up at the hospital and say,’Hey, I was cooking meth, and I got burned.’ Usually they always come up with some, ‘I was by a camp fire,’ or ‘You know, my Coleman stove blew up,” said Capt. Boysen.

“A lot of times, by the time the fire department gets there it’s a well-involved fire, and that puts a lot of people’s lives at risk,” said Capt. Boysen.

If you get burned while making meth with others, don’t count on your buddies to stick around, Capt. Boysen said.

“People that are cooking with them will just show up at the hospital, you know, kick them out at the curb and take off, so we don’t get called. So there’s a lot of this stuff that we don’t know about.”

There was another apartment fire in Portage in January of 2013. Several tenants inside one of the units were charged with operating a meth lab after the fire left about 40 people without a place to live. The unit the fire started in was completely destroyed.

Due to patient privacy laws, the captain said that law enforcement isn’t notified about suspicious burns when people show up to area burn centers.

“There are very few people that have cooked meth for any length of time that don’t have some chemical burns somewhere on their body from this process,” he said.

Keep in mind that meth burns don’t require a flame. Chemical burns are dangerous from even just a small leak in plastic drinking bottles used to make the drug. The chemicals are caustic and when mixed and come in contact with skin will cause severe burns, Boysen said.

“One of our biggest concerns with this whole meth manufacturing and the fires involved is a lot of it takes place in multifamily residences, in apartment buildings,” said Boysen.

With law enforcement continuing to tackle meth addiction, burns from the drug are now serving as another reminder of the problems plaguing our communities.

“There is a lot of this stuff that goes on that we in law enforcement don’t even know it’s happening,” said Capt. Boysen. “When we know about it is when it gets so bad that the structure catches on fire: the house catches on fire, or they get incapacitated so bad that we respond to the scene and find the victim there.”

Another danger law enforcement wants to remind you about is that if you see bottles laying around outside with what appears to be dried salt or dirt inside, stay far away, as they can still spark up a flame. Instead, call police right away for proper disposal.





TULSA COUNTY, Okla. – Your home is typically your biggest know if a home for sale in Oklahoma was a meth

That makes it especially important to have access to all the information you need to make sure the home will be a safe place to live.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought this house would have been a meth lab,“ says Maria Gaytan about her house.METHCONTAMINATE2_20121113104005_640_480

Gaytan said she grew up poor, but worked while going to college to save the money for a down payment on her dream home. She was just 19 years old when she became a homeowner. Now she feels that dream is crushed.  “I feel like I’m in a nightmare you know, trying to wake up.”

After moving in she says a neighbor asked her fiancé if they knew about the home’s history.

“She said, ‘Did you guys know there was a meth lab here that exploded?’” During renovations Maria said she found and repaired a burned area along her master bathroom wall.

Fumes from cooking methamphetamine, or when a meth lab explodes, can contaminate almost any surface in a home. It can get into carpet, wallboards, furnishings, drapes and heating and air conditioning systems.   Maria said she often gets headaches in her house.  She added she had no idea meth manufacturing can cause eye, nose, skin, and lung irritation as well as cause dizziness, headaches and in rare cases death, if the chemical concentrations are high enough. Methamphetamine manufacture can involve many different chemicals depending on the method the person making the meth uses.

For Maria, the fact that her home really was a meth lab didn’t sink in until the 2NEWS Investigators told her it was on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry. We also pulled police and fire reports confirming meth was being made in the home. The fire report states: Fire resulted during the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

When law enforcement finds a meth lab it reports the location to the DEA. The DEA then puts that address on its Clandestine Drug Lab Registry. Maria said if she had known her home was on that list, “I wouldn’t have bought the house at all.”

DEA REGISTRY: There are 45 pages of addresses of homes in Oklahoma

We found locations spread all across the county. We then cross referenced the DEA’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry with Tulsa County Property sales for the past five years. At least 135 addresses showing up on both lists have changed hands.

If a home seller used a real estate agent and the seller knew meth had been made in the house, Oklahoma state law requires disclosure to prospective buyers. You can find that disclosure on line 30 of the State’s official real estate disclosure form. If the seller fails to properly disclose the information, the buyer does have the right to sue, but the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Act only gives them two years from the time of purchase to do so. A seller that discloses meth was made at the property can add information about whether and how the meth lab was cleaned up. But, they are not required to provide that extra information.

If the seller’s real estate agent knows the home was the site of a meth lab he/she must disclose that fact or risk losing his/her real estate license. However, the buyer’s real estate agent is not required to check to see if the home his client is about to buy is on the DEA’s Clandestine Drug Lab Registry.

Now here’s where things get complicated. If the home is sold as a For Sale By Owner, commonly called a FSBO, the owner is not required to disclose any information about its history unless the buyer asks for it. If a landlord is selling a property that has only been used as rental property, if someone is selling a house they inherited, or if a bank or the sheriff’s office is selling a foreclosure property, no disclosure is required at all.

“They will sign a disclaimer which puts the buyer on notice that they don’t know anything about the property,” said Rodger Erker, McGraw Realty’s Managing Broker and also a member of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission. “The buyer needs to be the detective.”

Maria bought her home in a For Sale by Owner deal and prior to her purchase it was a rental.

So what detective work does a buyer need to do whether working with a real estate agent or not?

— Check the DEA Clandestine Drug lab registry.

— If you suspect meth may have been manufactured in the home, you can have an environmental health inspection company test for meth residue.

This can be quite costly often running over $1,000 for a three-bedroom home and going much higher depending on how much of the property requires testing. Remediation can also cost tens of thousands of dollars especially if the clean-up requires tearing out walls, carpeting, insulation or replacement of heating and air conditioning systems.

— You also need to be aware that unlike Arkansas, Oklahoma law does not forbid people from living in homes where meth was made prior to the property being cleaned up. Since 2008, Arkansas posts all addresses of properties where meth labs are found and even maps those locations on its state website.

Arkansas prohibits anyone from living in those properties until they have been cleaned up by a certified methamphetamine contamination clean up contractor.



Local drug task force agents regularly bust low-level distributors of methamphetamine, but they’re limited in their ability to go after major suppliers.

The commander of the bi-county drug and gang task force (NET-5), Martin Horan, said the flow of methamphetamine is “like a leak in a dam. You can stand at the leak with a towel, or you can find the cause of the leak.”

Local law enforcement makes the local busts.

Investigators with NET-5 arrested two suspected distributors and seized $10,000 worth of methamphetamine last week, culminating a three-week investigation.

Oshauna Margaret Silva and Domingo Delgado Valasquez, both 39, were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine. Valasquez is believed to be undocumented and has an immigration hold. Horan said his team is looking into who supplied the meth.

But their resources to find and go after the sources are limited.

“We don’t have the manpower or money to chase the sources of who’s bringing it here,” Horan said.

And meth use is prevalent in Yuba-Sutter, even though local production drastically declined (due, in part, to regulation of medications containing pseudoephedrine). The drug is now supplied by distribution from major labs in Southern California and Mexico.

State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris earlier this year called the trafficking of methamphetamine a growing threat to the state.

The source of methamphetamine is ultimately Southern California or Mexico, Horan said, and they’ve approached other agencies to work together on the case, but “nobody else has indicated any interest in it.”

Prior to 2012, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agents could assist agencies like NET-5 by coordinating information with other regional agencies or by taking over the case and employing a statewide approach.

The bureau was closed in 2012 due to budget cuts.

Investigators’ choices now are to reach out to another local task force or to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We don’t get a high priority,” Horan said of the DEA.

Heavy meth use began in the area when Yuba County was a major supplier.

Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath said primary manufacturing points were deserts in Southern California and the hill areas in-between Yuba and Butte County.

As those shut down, gangs saw the business opportunities to start mega-labs and applied what they had done for years with cocaine and heroin.

Horan’s team will continue to try to cut down the local supply by busting distributors, but for now, they’re dependent on agencies near production sites to confront production of supply.

That fight recently got a boost in early October, when Harris announced that the DOJ will create an anti-methamphetamine team of special agents in L.A. funded by a $1 million federal grant. The team will coordinate with other existing DOJ task forces.




JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro Police Department arrested a woman who had a syringe and needle with meth inside.

According to a report, officers were called out to the 4000 block of Jessica Lane on Friday morning.

A witness said Lindsey Henley came home and went into the restroom where the witness saw her using a needle, according to an officer.

When officers arrived, they said they observed Henley trying to shove a needle and syringe into a water bottle.

Officers said the syringe and spoon which were collected had a cloudy substance in them.

When police first asked Henley what was in the syringe, she said she does not remember what it was and she was just scraping the bathroom floor to find something to shoot up with. When asked a second time, she said she thinks it was just candy, according to the report.

Officers said Henley seemed as if she was not in the right state of mind and looked lost and confused at times. This lead officers to believe that she was under the influence of a controlled substance and meth was the cloudy substance in the syringe.

Henley was transported to the Craighead County Detention Center and charged with felony drug paraphernalia according to a report.




Drug smuggling significantly increased during the past two years in Vietnam where local users now consume more than VND14 trillion (US$658 million) annually, the Ministry of Public Security reported.

Vietnam has more than 204,000 documented drug addicts, including 19,000 in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the localities with the highest number, the ministry said in a report released during a Saturday conference held in HCMC on the nation’s fight against transnational drug syndicates.


Between September 2012 and September 2014, relevant forces busted 39 cases of drug smuggling at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and arrested 30 people.

Police seized a total of 16kg of heroin, 15kg cocaine, 21kg methamphetamine and 72kg stimulant used to make methamphetamine during the two-year period.

According to the narcotics department, drug smuggling through airports has increased since 2012 and mostly involves African criminal gangs.

Drugs seizures at Vietnam’s airports mostly involved cocaine from South America, methamphetamines from the Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan) and heroin from the Golden Triangle (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar).

The kingpins mostly operate abroad and direct local mules via telephone or over the internet.

“We often arrest local drug mules, but we never catch the African criminals who mastermind the smuggling,” said a police source.

“Foreign and local criminals often conspire to smuggle drugs from Vietnam to Australia and Taiwan, causing difficulties for customs officials,” he said.

Dinh Ngoc Thang, deputy head of HCMC Customs Agency, said customs officials have mostly caught drug mules based on hunches and lack the training and resources to cope with more cunning criminals.

“Besides, there has not been sufficient coordination between airport security, customs and police,” he said.

Nguyen Phi Hung, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s investigative unit, said airport forces frequently detect drugs in the luggage and bodies of smugglers, but have also missed major consignments.

“The smuggling of 600 bricks of heroin out of Vietnam that ended up being caught by Taiwanese authorities is an example,” he said.

Hung said drug smuggling by sea is even more complicated than by air.

“In addition to proper training and resources, we need good officers because one rotten apple spoils the barrel.”






Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has intercepted laser printer cartridges full of methamphetamine and charged a woman with importing a controlled drug.

The cartridges were inspected at a Sydney air cargo facility where officers spotted a white powder. White toner cartridges being something of an oddity, the ACBPS looked out for more deliveries of similar items to the same person.

Another three boxes turned up and all were also found to contain meth.

Australia’s Federal Police then swung into action by arranging “a controlled delivery of the four boxes to an address in the Melbourne CBD.” That plan saw “a 27-year-old female Hong Kong national … arrested following her receipt and access of the packages.”


Methamphetamine in printer cartridges


Neither agency is saying just how much methamphetamine was in the cartridges, but there’s a chance this could be one to file under “gee, crims aren’t real smart” given the sometimes-exorbitant price of laser printer cartridges. The ones your correspondent needs are about AU$120 apiece and the printer needs four of them, a combined sum that’s enough to drive you to drink. If you can still afford it after paying for the toner.




PUTNAM COUNTY (WISH) – Three people were arrested on Saturday night by Indiana State Police.



ISP Trooper Yan Dravigne pulled over a 1994 Dodge pickup for a defective license plate light on I-70 westbound near the 42 mile marker, near Cloverdale. After the trooper pulled the vehicle over he noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle a hidden compartment in the dashboard area yielded 10 grams of marijuana, a .38 caliber handgun and 9 ounces of crystal meth.

The value of the meth was estimated at $10,000 and the marijuana was less than $100.

Police arrested Brandon Ross, 32, of Rockville, Ind., Daniel Keller, 27, of Montezuma Ind. and Meghan Hambright, 23, of Terre Haute Ind. All three were arrested for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of a handgun without a license. Ross was also cited for driving without a valid license.

Hambright is also wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Vigo County.

The three were booked at the Putnam County jail.




Canadian County sheriff’s deputies at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 3 seized approximately 11 kilo-size bags of methamphetamine drugs with an estimated street value of $1.1 million.

The drugs were being transported in a vehicle that was loaded on a car hauler parked at the TA truck stop, at Morgan Road along Interstate 40 in eastern Canadian County.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered the drugs after they became suspicious of the vehicle due to registration violations and asked the truck driver for his consent to search it. After receiving consent from the truck driver the deputies climbed up to the second level of the car hauler where the vehicle was located and opened up the doors.

Once inside the vehicle, the deputies quickly observed that the back seats and doors had been tampered with, and located the drugs within just a few minutes.

The 11 large kilo size bags of meth were packaged in zip locked plastic bags and wrapped in saran wrap and clear packing tape. The bundles of drugs were stashed inside the front and rear seats as well as inside the doors of the vehicle.

In addition to the drugs being hidden, deputies detected a number of odor masking agents aimed at defeating drug sniffing dogs.

After questioning and determining the truck driver was completely clueless that he was transporting the drugs, Canadian County sheriff’s deputies – working with and commissioned through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force (DEA) – coordinated a controlled delivery of the vehicle and drugs to the intended party in Kansas City, Kan., in hopes of making an arrest of those responsible for the drugs being in Canadian County.

Three sheriff’s deputies/DEA Task Force agents under the direction of Canadian County Sheriff Randall R. Edwards followed the semi to Kansas City, Kan. where they met up with other DEA agents.

Working with the DEA, FBI and local authorities, sheriff’s deputies coordinated the delivery of the drugs with the driver of the semi. As a result of the delivery two suspects were immediately taken into custody in connection with the methamphetamines and interstate drug trafficking.

Warrants are expected to be issued for as many as a dozen or more other suspects involved with the drug operation.

“When I ran for office in 2008, I promised if elected, I would make every effort to eradicate the drug traffic and child predators in Canadian County, in order to do that sometimes we have to travel out of county and occasionally out of state to prosecute those who are responsible for those crimes against the citizens of Canadian County,” Sheriff Edwards said.

“I am proud that Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies hold state and federal commissions through various task forces that allow us to hold those who perpetrate crimes in Canadian County responsible for those crimes, regardless of where they are.”

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office works closely with the DEA, this operation was largely made possible because of the sheriff’s participation with the DEA’s Task Force officer program.

The methamphetamines were valued at just over $1 million, and both individuals were arraigned Nov. 5 before a U.S. federal judge on federal drug trafficking charges.






Lake County sheriff’s deputies, looking for a burglary suspect, said they found four people crammed into a 300-square-foot utility room on Thursday that served as housing and also contained a methamphetamine lab.

The suspected thief, Dylan Tolin, 23, was charged with burglary, theft and resisting deputies, while the other three people all face drug charges, according to arrest affidavits.



Two of these suspects, Kayli Dickerson and Timothy Babinec, told deputies they had been living for about a week in the carport utility room, which couldn’t measure more than 15 by 20 feet.

Dickerson, 21, Babinec, 25, and the third drug suspect, Anthony Decotis Jr., 27, all were charged with manufacturing meth, trafficking in meth and possessing drug paraphernalia. They remain in the Lake County jail in lieu on $51,000 bond each.

It’s not clear how deputies tracked down Tolin to a residence at 717 Marietta St. in Leesburg, but said when they arrived there at about 9:30 p.m., Decotis opened the door to the carport utility room. The Eustis resident later said he was only visiting the other people in the room.

Upon searching the room, deputies said they found “chemicals and tools utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” including ammonium nitrate, starter fluid, sulfuric acid, baggies and coffee filters. A small jar containing 200 grams of liquid meth was confiscated.

Dickerson told deputies she purchased pseudoephedrine — cold medicine used to manufacture meth — in the past week, according to her arrest affidavit.

Tolin, who lives in Fruitland Park, remains jailed in lieu of $7,500 bond.

All of the defendants are scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 1.





PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Provo Police are looking for the man allegedly responsible for making methamphetamine in a BYU contracted apartment complex.

‘How can you really know who you are living with?’ Provo Police are looking for the man

It is a bothersome question four college kids grappled with, until developing a strategy to find out.

“I didn’t really know what to expect…” said Brigham Young University student Nicholas Zarate. “It was a big shock—big surprise,” he said.

Zarate and his friends say they needed to investigate, after a roommate’s bedroom caught on fire.

“We went in there, and we checked the place out, and there was a lot of—just some weird things—some empty alcohol containers and some weird chemicals, and we weren’t really sure what had happened,” Zarate recalled.

The college students live at The Riviera apartment complex in Provo. They say their suspicious roommate is part of the Independent Study program at BYU and always seemed fairly normal.

“I didn’t really know him too well. He kind of kept to himself—king of locked his door—was in his room most of the time,” Zarate said.

After doing some research, the students realized they needed to stop whatever was going on inside that room. They reported the fire to The Riviera management team, who then notified Provo police.

“When the police got out there, they found what appeared to be a meth lab…” said Lt. Brandon Post, with the Provo Police Dept. “Since the DEA is the only agency in this region that’s certified to clean up these labs, we contacted them…” he said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration quickly quarantined the apartment. Tenants left quickly, abandoning their clothes, furniture, and even dirty dishes. Now, they say they have had enough.

“We called the police officers, and they let us just come in and clear all of our stuff out, because they moved us to a new apartment, and so right now, we’re just vacating and moving all of our stuff over,” Zarate said, Saturday evening.

The students say moving will take a few days, and while they admit there is ‘no place’ like their previous home, they say they are glad to move on.

The suspect left the apartment complex right after extinguishing the fire. The man’s roommates say he has yet to come back, and police are still looking for him.

Police say if there is probable cause, they could potentially charge the suspect with ‘manufacture of methamphetamine,’ which is a felony charge.





FLORENCE — An investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Lauderdale County has resulted in the arrests of five people on felony charges and the seizure of three active meth labs in less than 24 hours, authorities said.

“We found one lab in a residence early Thursday morning and then two inside an apartment in Cherry Hill Homes later Thursday afternoon,” said Tim Glover, director of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force Unit.

Glover said the discovery of the meth labs were the result of an ongoing investigation by the drug unit. He said six people were arrested, five were charged with felonies, including:

  • Timothy L. Adams, 44, 6330 Lauderdale 57, Waterloo, first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Stephen L. Irons, 37, 1035 Lauderdale 6, Florence, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance (methamphetamine);
  • Robert R. Holland, 27, 431 B Cherry Hill Homes, Florence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine;
  • Ronnie L. Holland, 29, 20131 Lauderdale 8, Florence, trafficking methamphetamine; and
  • Steven D. Minton, 36, 313 Trade St., Florence, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine.

Investigators said a 26-year-old woman from Cypress Inn, Tennessee, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Glover said Adams, Irons and the Tennessee woman were arrested when agents searched a residence in the 1700 block of Alabama 20 near Central Heights around 3 a.m. Thursday.

“There were eight people inside the residence when the agents went in and found the active lab,” Glover said.

He said Ice, a crystal form of meth, was found at the residence.

“With so many people there, it indicates they were selling some of the meth to get enough money to buy what was needed to keep making the cooks,” Glover said.

A tip of a possible meth cook and information developed by the Florence Police Housing Authority Unit led to the arrests Thursday afternoon.

Glover said agents found the two active methamphetamine labs at the residence plus some meth that had already been made as well as items needed in the manufacturing process.

“They weren’t just cooking for themselves, they were moving some of the meth they made,” Glover said.

He said all of the labs were the one-pot, shake-and-bake labs that are usually in plastic soft drink bottles.

“It’s good to get these people off the street for the time being,” Glover said.

All of the suspects are being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center. Robert Holland is being held on bail of $28,500. His brother Ronnie Holland’s bail is $25,500; Minton is being held on bail of $25,500; Adams is being held on bail of $26,000; and Irons’ bond is $16,000.



An area man Bellevue police charged with illegally manufacturing of drugs a little more than two weeks ago was arrested again of Friday on drug charges.11072014_MethLab_0007_B

Michael Highlander, 31, was once again arrested on allegations he was manufacturing methamphetamine.

This time is was Sandusky Police who made the arrest Friday evening at the Value Inn Motel on Cleveland Road, said Det. Rob Bess.

Sandusky police charged Highlander with illegal manufacturing of drugs and illegal possession of drugs, both felony charges. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

It was on Oct. 22 that Highlander, along with three others, were arrested by Bellevue Police during a raid of a meth lab on Hamilton Street. They were booked into the Sandusky County jail in the early hours of Oct. 23 on charges of illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs,

Highlander was released from the Sandusky County jail four days later on Oct. 27, according to booking records from that department.

Calls to the Bellevue Municipal Court after hours were not answered. Nor were calls to the Sandusky County Common Pleas Court. Attempts on Friday evening to contact Bellevue Police Detective Marc Linder were unsuccessful. The status of the Bellevue case is unknown.

It was 12 days after Highlander’s release that Sandusky Police Friday afternoon received a phone call from a concerned citizen that Highlander was at the Value Inn Motel and was once again manufacturing the illegal drug, Bess said.11072014_MethLab_0003_B

Police acted quickly because of the volatile nature of the drugs used in making meth and the contamination that results.

Sandusky Police found him in Room 109, Bess said. They also found ingredients that appeared to be those used in cooking methamphetamine.

Do to the volatile nature of the chemicals Sandusky police quickly left the room and closed the door.

They ordered the evacuation of about 15 guests in about 6 rooms.

Sandusky fire stood by and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called to gather the material found in the room and make a determination if these are the ingredients used to make meth.

BCI&I removed the product and also found meth in a cooler that was in the room.

Highlander had been at the hotel for a couple days, the hotel clerk said before declining to comment further.






POMONA ( — Four Pomona residents were in custody Saturday after being found in possession of methamphetamine in a hotel room.

According to the Pomona Police Department, officers were sent to the Lemon Tree Motel located in the 1700 block of Gillette Road just before 10:30 p.m. Friday for report of a suspect selling narcotics.

Once on scene, officers found Cristian Devis, 35, inside of room 115 with Edwin Blando, 29, Paige Guevara, 23, and 30-year-old Freda Aspelund.

A preliminary investigation revealed about four ounces of methamphetamine, as well as other items used to package and sell methamphetamine, authorities explained.

Devis was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine for sale along with outstanding warrants.

Police said the three others were found to not be involved in the sale; however, they were in violation of other criminal ordinances.

Guevara and Apelund were arrested for possession of paraphernalia. Blano was arrested for illegal possession of access cards information present during narcotic use, along with outstanding warrants.





The nation’s Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.WireAP_3696968d89aa47cc83a2025f9c0a7908_16x9_992

Meth lab busts and seizures are down 40 percent or more in states that traditionally lead the country in the undesirable category, narcotics experts told The Associated Press.

Enforcement actions and stricter laws are partly responsible, but the meth now coming through Mexican cartel pipelines is so cheap and pure that it is supplanting meth made in homes or soda bottles inside cars. The cartels have even expanded their meth reach to rural areas and small towns.

“The great news is that meth from Mexico doesn’t explode, doesn’t burn down your house and your neighbor’s home, doesn’t contaminate your property, doesn’t kill children the way meth labs have done here in the U.S. for decades,” said Jason Grellner, the chief narcotics officer in Franklin County, Missouri.

Meth lab seizures peaked nationally in 2004, when nearly 24,000 labs were seized. The Drug Enforcement Administration reported 11,573 seizures last year (the most recent available), up 363 from 2012.

Grellner’s county has often topped 100 meth lab seizures in a year, but have only had about a dozen this year. Statistics provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol show 558 meth lab seizures occurred statewide for the first six months of 2014, putting Missouri on pace for 1,116. That would be a 34 percent drop from the 1,496 meth lab seizures in 2013, and only a little over half in 2012.

The decline is more pronounced in other high-meth states.

In Tennessee, lab seizures are down 40 percent this year, said Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force. Oklahoma had 160 meth lab seizures through September and is on pace for 213 — about half last year’s seizure total, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said.

One only needs to go to the morgue to know that, despite fewer lab busts, the meth problem isn’t going away.

In Oklahoma, which tracks meth-related deaths, 167 died of meth overdoses last year — up from 140 in 2012 and 108 in 2011, Woodward said. Figures for 2014 weren’t available. “I don’t think meth use has ever been higher in the state of Oklahoma,” he said.

The Mexican cartels have long controlled the market for illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Meth was trickier. For years, many U.S. users have chosen to make their own, first in homemade labs that often caught fire or ruined houses. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s website lists thousands of homes contaminated by meth.

When federal and state lawmakers began implementing laws limiting the sale of key meth ingredient pseudoephedrine in the mid-2000s, it became difficult to obtain enough for large batches. Users turned to “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” methods — mixing a couple of cold pills with household chemicals such as lighter fluid or drain cleaner in a 2-liter soda bottle.

Meanwhile, Mexican cartels have upped their meth-making, turning to an old recipe known as P2P that first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s. It uses the organic compound phenylacetone — banned in the U.S. but obtainable in Mexico, according to the DEA — rather than pseudoephedrine.

Chemists in Mexico have refined the process to the point where the meth is both potent and cheap. The purity of Mexican meth increased from 39 percent in 2007 to essentially 100 percent today, said Jim Shroba, special agent in charge for the DEA’s St. Louis office. The price over that same period has fallen sharply, from $290 per pure gram to around $100 per pure gram.

Marijuana is by far the most seized drug in the United States, with DEA statistics showing 268,000 kilograms seized in 2013. That compares to 22,500 kilograms of cocaine, 3,990 kilograms of meth and 965 kilograms of heroin.

Shroba and other experts say there are other reasons, too, why meth seizures are down. Two states — Oregon and Mississippi — now require a prescription to buy pills containing pseudoephedrine. And federal law requires strict monitoring and limits on pseudoephedrine purchases.

At first, the Mexican meth was aimed mainly at big cities and suburbs. Indiana’s meth suppression commander Niki Crawford said it is increasingly showing up in her state’s mid-sized cities — Evansville, Terre Haute and Kokomo.

The imported drug has even reached rural areas. Woodward cited recent large-scale busts of distribution rings in communities like Lindsay (population 3,000) and Okmulgee (population 12,000). And Shroba said huge seizures of Mexican meth have occurred in rural areas of western Nebraska and Iowa.

“If they’re smoking weed or doing heroin in small-town America, there’s going to be a market for methamphetamine, too,” Shroba said.

Woodward said the reduction in meth labs has “wonderful collateral benefits,” meaning narcotics officers can turn attention to stopping trafficking.

“We all know that if we get a handle on meth labs, we will still have meth addicts who will work very hard to get their drug,” Crawford said. “This is where the Mexican cartel meth will fill the void.”





Two Athens women were arrested Thursday after the Athens Major Crimes Unit allegedly discovered evidence of the manufacturing of and trafficking of methamphetamine at an Elliotsville Road residence.

A search warrant was executed Thursday afternoon at 9031 Elliotsville Rd. in Athens in which multiple items related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine was allegedly discovered, including meth and a one-pot meth lab.

Two people were detained at the home, one of whom was Shannon M. Dickens, 35. Dickens, a resident of the home, was found to have two active warrants for her arrest, one from Athens County on a misdemeanor contempt of court charge and the other from Frank County on a fifth-degree felony charge of forgery.

Dickens was transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, according to a news release from the Athens Major Crimes Unit. The other person found in the home may face charges later but has yet to be charged so the name has not been released.

The primary suspect, Tina M. Phelps, however, allegedly fled the home. The release states that Dickens and the other resident of the home as well as neighbors indicated that Phelps, 38, was suspected as being the primary cook in the manufacturing of the methamphetamine operation.

According to the release, Phelps was located within hours by deputies with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office. She was arrested on an unrelated warrant for allegedly failing to report to jail after a fourth-degree felony conviction of illegal processing of drug documents.

Phelps too was transported to the regional jail and was charged with a second-degree felony of manufacturing methamphetamine. Additional charges could face Phelps, Dickens and the other resident of the Elliotsville Road home should the case be presented to a grand jury.