We hear it too often, a meth bust, a fire caused by a mobile meth lab and other crimes committed by people, while under the influence of methamphetamine. So how big of a problem is it in Nebraska and where is the drug coming from?

The Western Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING) and Cooperative Operation for Drug Enforcement (CODE) said meth is in every county small or large, destroying the lives of anyone who touches it. “Methamphetamine is our most serious problem,” said CODE Task Force Coordinator Eric Rice.6799483_G

Meth has been impacting Nebraskans long before the fictional hit show Breaking Bad, which put the reality of the distribution and manufacturing of the drug in many people’s minds. WING Drug Task Force Commander Dana Korell said, “Although this show is a good drama, it doesn’t depict what’s happening here but labs like the ones in the show can be found south of the border.”

“A majority of the meth that we deal with is brought into the state of Nebraska by transporting organizations most of it is actually manufactured in Mexico then transported into the United States,” said Rice.

 “It’s 80, 85, 90 percent pure meth which is a change at one time 20–30 percent was about average but the stuff we are seeing lately is very high purity,” explained Korell.

Authorities say most meth comes into the state in cars. “It’s just people making road trips to wherever to pick it up and bring it back,” said Korell. But some will do whatever it takes to discreetly traffic the drug. “The informant said it is being smuggled into Nebraska inside women and so sure enough we worked on that taper and yea there was five ounces,” Korell added. WING Drug Task force covers 11 counties in western Nebraska.

CODE task force covers 22 counties in central Nebraska. In 2013, they seized 2,304 grams of methamphetamine, made 76 arrests for possession of methamphetamine, 20 arrests for trafficking/distribution, 22 of the arrests were Federal Indictments. Just a year later in 2014, they seized 14,148 grams of methamphetamine, made 84 arrests for possession of methamphetamine, 33 arrests for trafficking/distribution, 26 of the arrests were Federal Indictments.

Officials say cocaine at first was the drug of choice in Nebraska until meth took over. “Meth is a central nervous stimulant like cocaine, but meth last a lot longer,” explained Rice. “So if you buy a $100 worth of meth which is a gram, you will get a lot more dosage units and the substance will last you a lot longer for the same price.”

 Authority say where there is meth addicts’ crime likely follows. “We have a lot of shoplifting going on around here and I think the majority of it is to bring the property back to the store once you take it and get you cash to go get meth,” said Korell. Law enforcement added those getting their hands on the drug start as early as in their teens. “They really don’t care much about anything else, but meth it just consumes them.”












AMARILLO, TEXASThree separate drug busts in the Amarillo-area helped net nearly $2 million in methamphetamine, according to Amarillo police and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS.)

More than 48 pounds of meth were seized in total. The total street value was estimated at being more than $1,959,840, authorities said.CANAS,%20JOSE%20ANGEL

Leading up to one of the seizures, a DPS trooper stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima on a traffic violation on eastbound I-40 near Amarillo in Potter County. That was at about 6:50 p.m., Thursday.

During the traffic stop, DPS said the trooper discovered 10 bundles of methamphetamine in a box of cat litter. The meth weighed more than pounds, DPS said.

Forty-five-year-old Juan Carlos Duarte-Cordova and 41-year-old Ruth Griego, both of Phoenix, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance over 400 grams, a first degree felony.

DPS said the meth was allegedly being transported from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.

The second meth seizure happened as part of a search warrant at a southwest Amarillo home at about 2:30 a.m., Friday. The home was in the 8100-block of Shreveport Drive in the City View area of Amarillo.

Amarillo police, with the help of DPS, did the search and found about 38 gross pounds of methamphetamine. The meth was valued at being $1,032,840.

Drug paraphernalia and one handgun was also seized, police said.

Twenty-six-year-old Jose Angel Canas of Amarillo was arrested for Manufacture/Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 over 400 grams.

A third meth seizure happened Thursday morning at about 10 a.m. The Amarillo Police Department’s PACE unit was trying to locate 32-year-old Richard Tremaine Finch on a parole violation warrant.

An undercover officer was able to locate Finch at a motel in the 3200-block of Interstate 40 east. Police said Finch did not listen to commands but was eventually taken into custody.

Officers said they found a semi-automatic pistol in his waistband. In the motel room, narcotic paraphernalia was found. A search warrant was then written and executed on the room.

About 30 gross grams of meth were found, along with several loaded syringes, handgun ammunition and other narcotic paraphernalia. A total street value of the substances was not immediately released.

Finch was taken to the Potter County Correctional Center on a parole violation warrant, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon within weapons free zone, Man/Del of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 more than 4 grams less than 200 grams and Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia.












ATHENS, TN (WRCB) – An Athens woman was arrested after police found a meth lab inside of her lunch box.

Misty Sisk, 31, is facing several drug and paraphernalia charges.6784505_G

According to the arrest report, police were originally called to a home in the 300 block of Riddle St. on Wednesday to serve a warrant on Sisk’s boyfriend, Richard Brian Mason. Sisk answered the door and allowed officers to go inside.

She told police she had been sleeping in a back bedroom, where officers located a homemade meth pipe that was made out of a plastic bottle cap, a light bulb and a pen. Several pills and a snorting straw were found nearby.

Police also noticed an unzipped lunchbox with clear tubing and coffee filters hanging out, which are items commonly used in manufacturing meth.

Inside the lunch box, police found coffee filters, a plastic bag filled with green ammonium nitrate, 1 lb. bag of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane, commonly used to cut meth), and paraphernalia including glass pipes, cut straws, razorblades and a burned bowl with residue.

Sisk was transported to the McMinn County Jail.












TRENTON – New charges were issued Friday against a local couple in connection with a meth lab bust earlier this week.

Christopher and Sylvia Taylor are charged with Possession with Intent to Make and Deliver Meth.  Christopher Taylor was previously charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon.METH-LAB-BUST-JONES-COUNTY-2-jpeg

Jones County officers responded to a domestic violence call at the couple’s home on Wednesday.  They say they uncovered a meth lab inside the home and a mobile meth lab inside a vehicle in the driveway.

Christopher Taylor is being held in the Jones County Jail.  Sylvia Taylor is in overflow custody in Onslow County.

Bond for each was set at $100,000












BATTLE CREEK, MI — Deputies are seeking drug and prostitution charges against several people after a methamphetamine bust in Calhoun County Thursday.

After an investigation into drug activity, deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office meth response team obtained a search warrant for a home in the 1300 block of Avenue A in Springfield, near Battle Creek. Police raided the home at about 11:30 p.m. and found “a quantity of controlled substances,” according to a news release.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant, as police seek new charges against him.

While raiding the home, investigators say they obtained information that led them to a hotel in the 4000 block of Beckley Road in Battle Creek, where they found several people in possession of drugs and engaging in prostitution.

A 39-year-old Battle Creek man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and arrest warrants are being requested for several other suspects, police say.











SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Kingsport woman Thursday, following a report of stolen medication.6788755_G

According to a SCSO news release, a woman told dispatchers that Amanda Fogarty, 21, had stolen her medication.

When deputies responded to the Claremont Road home, a Ford Taurus was in the driveway and the driver of the car got out of the vehicle and left the scene. Officers were unable to locate him.

Police made contact with Fogarty and following a search of the Claremont home, officers found a variety of items known to be used in a methamphetamine cook process.

According to the release, officers also found a “one-pot” cook bottle along with drug paraphernalia.

The investigation was handed over to the SCSO Vice and Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was called to the scene.

According to the release, the Meth Task Force truck could not be immediately deployed due to road conditions, and officers secured the scene until they arrived Friday morning.

Fogarty was arrested and charged with promotion of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was taken to the Sullivan County Correctional Facility, where she was being held on $9,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.












REDMOND, Ore. – Capping a year-long investigation of Redmond methamphetamine trafficking, police raided six homes in Redmond and Madras and made a traffic stop in Redmond over eight days, leading to 13 arrests, including a 17-year-old juvenile, and the placement of six children in state custody, officers said Friday.

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team detectives coordinated the execution of four search warrants around 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, assisted by Redmond and Oregon State Police, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations and Tactics (SOT) Team, Bend and Warm Springs police and the Central Oregon Emergency Response (CERT) team, said Oregon State Police Sgt. Dan Conner.

At 2956 SW Pumice Avenue, detectives found over a half-pound of meth, scales, packaging material, paraphernalia and three guns, Conner said.

Kevin Moreno, 20, of Redmond, was arrested at the home, as was a 17-year-old juvenile who was taken into protective custody.

The seized evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by two minor children, ages 9 and 11, and the state Department of Human Services was contacted and took the children into protective custody. Moreno also was charged with first-degree child neglect.

At 2530 SW 29th Street, detectives found a user amount of meth and paraphernalia and arrested Oscar Adame, 49, of Redmond, on a meth possession charge.

At 2534 SW 29th Street, detectives found a small amount of meth on a resident, Ulyses Santillan, 31, of Redmond, as well as drug paraphernalia, Conner said. They also found body armor at another raided home that belonged to Santillan.

The seized drug evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by a 1 ½-year-old living at the home, so the DHS took the child into protective custody. Santillan was arrested on charges of meth possession and felon in possession of body armor.

At 2536 SW 29th Street, detectives said they found over a quarter-pound of meth located throughout the residence, as well as scales, packaging material, paraphernalia, body armor and a firearm, Conner said. DHS was called in when the drug evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by an 11-year-old living at the home.

Four people were contacted at the home and arrested. A transient, Vera B. Hughes, 25, was charged with meth possession. Hilda Santos, 45, of Redmond, faces meth possession and delivery charges and first-degree child neglect.

Agustin Ayala Sixtos, 46, of Redmond, faces those charges as well as possession of a forged instrument and arrest on an outstanding warrant. Freddy Ayala, 24, of Redmond, was arrested on a probation violation detainer.

On Friday, Feb. 13, CODE Team detectives, assisted by Redmond police, acted on information from their investigation and stopped a vehicle driven by Victoria Santellano Rodriguez, 48, and occupied by Gustavo Bass, 31, both of Madras, near the intersection of Southwest 27th Street and Obsidian Lane in Redmond.

As a result of the traffic stop, the CODE Team seized about a quarter-pound of meth and both suspects were taken into custody on meth possession and delivery charges. Also, using the information obtained, CODE detectives raided the pair’s home at 23 NW Depot Road, Space 11 in Madras, seizing a small amount of suspected meth and some cash.

The last raid took place Thursday of this week, at 2727 Southwest Umatilla Court in Redmond, where the CODE Team, assisted by Redmond PD, seized a small amount of meth, packaging material and paraphernalia.

The drug evidence was found in areas that could be accessed by two children, ages 6 and 8, living in the home, so again DHS was called and took the children into protective custody, Conner said.

Micha L. Warren and Samuel Warren, both 28 and of Redmond, and Jose Alberto Garcia Bolanos, 33, also of Redmond, were contacted at the home at the time of the raid and arrested.

Warren is charged with meth possession and frequenting a place where drugs are used, kept or sold. Roman also was arrested on a frequenting charge, while Garcia Bolano is charged with meth possession, delivery of meth within 1,000 feet of a school and first-degree child neglect.












6782996_GMOORINGSPORT, LA (KSLA) – An alleged family drug operation lands a father, mother and their son in jail.  And narcotics agents credit a citizens tip for helping break the case.

Those agents with the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit arrested 61-year old Randy Colgin along with his 55-year old wife Beverly and 25-year old son Johnathan.  They’ve been booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on 1-count each of creation and operation of a clandestine laboratory.

Agents made the arrests on Tuesday, February 17, after searching a house in the 300-block of Greenwood Street in Mooringsport, a small village in northern Caddo Parish.6783025_G

“They had actually cooked before.  There wasn’t an actual meth lab there or any of the meth lab trash.  They found, agents found the items used to manufacture meth there,” said Lt. Carl Townley, the Caddo Drug Unit Commander.  Lt. Townley added that it appears the Colgin’s were getting ready to cook another batch.

“I’ve had a feeling for years,” said James Alexander.  He’s a retired Caddo Sheriff’s Office deputy who lives right next door to the alleged meth house.  In fact, Alexander said he was home when narcotics agents arrived on Tuesday.

Alexander recalled, “When all this come to a head the other night I was sitting here cleaning my bike and the ‘Jump Out Boys’ come here (laugh).  So, I figured that’s where they was going.”6782963_G

Alexander explained that agents first spoke outside with the husband and wife by their front gate.  From there, agents went into the home.  That’s where they reportedly spotted a computer.  On the screen they saw a recipe on how to make meth.

So, what exactly made the neighbor suspicious?  Alexander told us, “Different traffic in and out of there, you know.  And then, of course, a lot of times they get the pit bulls and stuff.  You think about that because a lot of times ppit bullsare involved in drug transactions.”

Lt. Townley described the Colgin’s meth operation as a “one pot shake-and-bake lab” which typically make enough meth for a few dozen doses.  He concluded that when it comes to meth the majority of users are also dealers, mostly just to keep their habit going.












An Anchorage grand jury has indicted a Kodiak man for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a release, the office said 55-year-old Teodoro Berdan of Kodiak was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth after he took a package containing 122 grams of the drug Feb. 7.

Berdan could face up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a Feb. 9 complaint, in mid-January a U.S. Postal Inspection Service official in the Lower 48 alerted Alaska postal inspectors to packages destined for a Kodiak address that had been discovered during the course of an investigation into a meth distribution operation between California and Guam.

Then on Feb. 5, that official provided Alaska inspectors with a tracking number for a package sent from California and addressed to Berdan, the complaint said.

A drug-sniffing dog from the Alaska State Troopers and the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit examined the package and indicated that drugs were inside.

After receiving a federal search warrant, investigators opened the package and found the meth in two layers of vacuum-sealed bags, the complaint said.

The meth was removed, except for a “representative sample,” and a tracking device installed in the package, which was then delivered the following day to Berdan’s home.

When the tracking device alerted law enforcement that the package had been opened, the complaint said, officers “rallied in front of the residence and announced their presence” and entered the house, eventually finding Berdan in a locked bedroom.

The complaint said that of the five people in the home at the time of their arrival, Berdan appeared to be the only person to have touched the package.

Further investigation of Berdan revealed he had $1,900 in various currencies in his wallet, the complaint states.

At the time of his arrest, officers also found “dime bags” — used to distribute the drug — and a digital scale, lighter, meth and its residue in a safe.












PROVO — A man and woman were arrested early Friday morning on drug charges after a Utah Highway Patrol officer stopped to provide assistance to a car parked in Provo Canyon in the Vivian Park area.54e774813adaa_preview-620

Brandy Jo Messersmith, 25, of Orem, and Christopher Alexander Timoko, 25, of Provo were arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after they were found parked in the car with blankets covering the windows.

When the officer began talking to the pair, he reported it became apparent they were under the influence of a stimulant, “which I suspected to be methamphetamine,” according to the arrest documents.

After questioning the woman, the officer learned the woman had been smoking spice earlier in the evening. A search of the vehicle also reportedly turned up a plastic bag of methamphetamine, a piece of aluminum foil rolled up as a makeshift pipe, a broken methamphetamine pipe, two new and unused methamphetamine pipes and a single Valium pill.54e7748163399_preview-620

Messersmith was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and six related misdemeanor charges. Timoko was booked on suspicion of one third-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and two related misdemeanor charges.












FARMINGTON, Mo. A southeastern Missouri man is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused of causing the methamphetamine-related death of his 8-month-old son.

The (Park Hills) Daily Journal reports 21-year-old James Belleville of Valles Mines in St. Francois County is charged with felony abuse of a child resulting in death.

The charge alleges that Belleville permitted infant Caleb Belleville to ingest methamphetamine. An autopsy determined the baby died last October of acute methamphetamine intoxication, although alcohol also was found in the child’s system.

The newspaper reports that Belleville told investigators on Tuesday that he had not used methamphetamine in several months, but he later admitted to using the drug in January.

Online court records don’t show whether Belleville has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.












  • 25E3FB4A00000578-2962524-image-a-26_1424485332829Jesus Isidor-Mendoza, 18, went missing October 22 in Tacoma
  • His body was found hacked up inside a duffel bag thrown into a ravine
  • Police say he was raped, drowned in a bucket, and then cut in half
  • Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Arthur Daves, 49, and Crystal Share Jackson, 30, have been charged with first-degree murder
  • Investigators say Isidor-Mendoza met the trio at a house the day he went missing and was killed in the garage

Two men and a woman have been arrested and charged over the alleged rape, murder and mutilation of a Washington state teenager, who had been missing for four months before his remains were found last week.

The body of Jesus Isidor-Mendoza, 18, had been cut in half and put inside a duffel bag, which was found at the bottom of a ravine behind a dilapidated house in Tacoma on February 8.

He was last seen leaving his mother’s house in Lakewood to go to college on October 22.

Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Arthur Daves, 49, and Crystal Share Jackson, 30, have now been charged in connection with the homicide,KVAL-TV reported.

Detectives suspect the death was meth-related.

‘This gruesome murder is a reminder of how violence the methamphetamine business can be,’ Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement, according to The New York Daily News.

Investigators believe that Isidor-Mendoza met the trio in the garage of Crystal Jackson’s house on the night of October 22.

Darrel Arthur Daves lived at the garage, and Wallace Jackson was also there.

The two men are accused of raping Isidor-Mendoza, before drowning his head in a laundry bucket.

Once he was dead, the two allegedly chopped the body in half, wrapped it in plastic and stored it in the garage.

However after two days the cadaver began to smell.

Wallace and Crystal Jackson – who are not related – are accused of putting the body inside a red duffel bag and throwing it down the ravine.

A local then found the remains after allegedly overhearing Wallace Jackson tell someone about how there was a dead body in the ravine, according to The Tacoma News Tribune.25E4156100000578-2962524-image-a-31_1424487123869

All three are now being held in Pierce County Jail.

They were initially placed on a 72-hour hold as detectives continue to investigate the murder.

Crystal Jackson allegedly confessed to police during questioning, having witnessed the rape and murder.














Missing Washington state teen was raped, drowned and dismembered: authorities 

The Washington teen whose body was found mutilated at the bottom of a ravine had been raped and then drowned, prosecutors said.

The decomposed and dismembered body of 19-year-old Jesus Isidor-Mendoza was discovered in a duffel bag in February, more than three months after his family reported him missing.

Tacoma detectives believe the homicide is related to the meth trade.

Three suspects, Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Daves, 49, and Crystal Jackson, 30, were arrested in connection with Isidor-Mendoza’s death. All face murder charges in Pierce County.

“This gruesome murder is a reminder of how violence the methamphetamine business can be,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement.

It’s believed Isidor-Mendoza met up with Wallace Jackson and Daves at Jackson’s garage the night of his death, on Oct. 22. The two men then raped the teen, drowned him in a bucket of water and chopped up his body, Crystal Jackson allegedly told authorities.


The duo wrapped the teen’s body in plastic, but after two days the garage began to smell.

Wallace and Crystal Jackson, who are not related, allegedly threw the bag containing Isidor-Mendoza’s body down the steep ravine before its discovery on Feb. 8.

The teen’s family suspected something was wrong when Isidor-Mendoza failed to show up for classes at Pierce College, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

A neighbor reportedly overheard Wallace Jackson speaking of a body in the ravine, went out to investigate and discovered his corpse before calling authorities.












Amie Carter, 31, was found naked and under the influence of ‘a heavy unknown substance’ after her debauched stroll down an Orlando street, according to a police report. Police said she masturbated in front of a car, climbed on top of it, stomped on the hood and threw a cell phone at another car.article-amie-carter-0217

Call it touch-and-go traffic.

A naked Florida woman stopped traffic on a residential street when she masturbated in front of a couple’s car and then threw a tantrum on top of the vehicle, police said.

Police responded to an intersection in Fairview Shores, on the northern outskirts of Orlando, Sunday night after reports of a naked woman walking in traffic, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

They found Amie Carter, 31, strutting in the street and wearing no clothes. She appeared to be “under of the influence (of) a heavy unknown substance” and “in an altered mental state,” according to a police report. Carter refused to be removed from the street and kicked her legs in the air when cops tried to subdue her.

Police later determined that Carter pleasured herself in front of a couple in a Lexus, then climbed on top of it, stomped on its hood and threw a cell phone at a car stopped behind it.

She caused about $1,500 in damage to the Lexus, WKMG reported.

She was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and exposure of sexual organs.













A naked woman stopped traffic Sunday night when she touched herself in front of one couple’s car and then climbed onto the hood, Orlando police said.

While atop the vehicle, Amie Carter, 31, stomped on the hood and threw a cellphone at car stopped behind the vehicle she was standing on, according to an arrest report.

Carter was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail.

She was charged with criminal mischief and exposure of sexual organs.

Officers responded to East Par Street and Formosa Avenue about 11:15 p.m. Sunday regarding a naked woman walking in traffic.

When police arrived, they saw Carter walking in the middle of Formosa Avenue. She wasn’t wearing any clothes, the report said.

“Carter appeared to be under the influence [of] a heavy unknown substance,” officers wrote in the report. “She appeared in an altered mental state, displaying extremely irrational and volatile behavior.”

Officers asked Carter to get out of the street, but she refused. She also resisted the officers who tried to remove her from the road “by pulling and kicking her legs in the air,” the report continued.

Once the wrestled Carter to the side of the road, they placed her in handcuffs and covered her in a blanket.












A Grass Valley man is behind bars after police said he gave his children’s 16-year-old baby sitter meth, and raped her.

Randolph Gorton, 35, was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with rape of a drugged victim, sexual assault of a person under 18 years of age, providing controlled substances to a minor and possession of narcotics for sale, according to the Grass Valley Police Department.promo248681453

“I have seen him a few times. Seen him, like, outside in the courtyard playing with his kids and everything,” said a neighbor of Gorton’s who wished to remain anonymous. “It was real shocking hearing all that, 16-year-old and all that.”

Police say the victim and her family know Gorton, and that she had baby sat his two toddler aged daughters in the past at his home.

Detectives said the victim was invited over to watch Gorton’s kids last week, but when she arrived his kids were not there.

“She went over that day, thinking she was going to baby sit. The subject then provided the juvenile with what we believe was methamphetamine,” said Sgt. Dan Kimbrough, a spokesperson for the Grass Valley Police Department.

After giving her the drug, Kimbrough said Gorton took advantage of the victim and raped her, although it’s still under investigation exactly how he gave her the drug.

Police began their investigation when the victim’s mother reported the attack at the main police station off Main Street in Grass Valley.

“I believe she was informed by a friend of the juvenile,” Kimbrough said.

The next day detectives arrested Gorton at a shopping center across Dorsey Drive from his apartment.

Gorton is now being held at the Nevada County Jail.












Lashanda Marie Schofield, 29, of 590 Pates Hill Road, was charged Wednesday afternoon with drug-related offenses and public intoxication after Greeneville police responded to a call about a woman “shaking the doors” of the Subway restaurant, at 2345 E. Andrew Johnson Highway.

Schofield was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell, possessing a controlled substance in a penal institution and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Subway had been closed for about an hour when Schofield showed up at the doorway.

“Employees told her she needed to leave because she was going to set off the alarm,” Officer Eric Davis said in a report.

Police found her standing outside the Subway “looking in at the restaurant,” the report said.

“After speaking with Schofield she was found to be hallucinating and she told officers she used meth earlier in the day,” the report said.

Schofield was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the Greene County Detention Center. Schofield was asked if she had any drugs on her, and she responded that she did not.

“(Schofield) said if she had any, she didn’t know about them,” the report said.

A search by corrections officers turned up 14 bags containing a total of one gram of methamphetamine. A syringe and a cut straw was also found, the report said.

Bond for Schofield was set at $61,300 pending a first scheduled General Sessions Court appearance on Friday.












Authorities say they found a meth lab after going to a home to investigate a domestic violence case.christopher-taylor1

Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath says around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday deputies went to the home on Guinea Town Road, west of Trenton.

They were going to arrest Christopher Taylor on assault charges when they noticed drug paraphernalia in the home.

Heath says Taylor’s wife told deputies he had threatened her life, and shot through the ceiling of the home the day before.

“The spouse came down and stated the husband made threats toward her life, and had fired his pistol in the residence into the ceiling,” says the sheriff.

Deputies asked for help from the SBI who found a meth lab inside the home and a mobile meth lab inside Taylor’s car.

The sheriff says the discovery of a meth lab was “not a big surprise.”

“They’re starting to pop up everywhere,” says Heath. “Especially in rural parts of the country.”

Right now, Taylor has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held under no bond. Heath says charges in connection with the meth lab discovery are expected after the investigation is complete.

Heath also noted that Taylor’s wife could be charged in connection with the discovery of the meth lab, too.












IDAHO FALLS — Law enforcement officials seized more than three pounds of methamphetamine and arrested three people on drug charges in two separate busts Tuesday. 54e4ffab692e1_image

The Idaho Falls-Bonneville County Joint Special Investigation Unit arrested Erica Caldera, 37, on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine after police discovered 1,360 grams of meth in her room at the Comfort Inn on South Colorado in Idaho Falls.

Idaho Falls police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said the arrest followed an investigation by the joint drug unit.

Caldera who is from Paris, Calif., was booked into the Bonneville County Jail just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Her arrest came just hours after county deputies arrested two Rigby men, accusing them both of drug trafficking after a routine traffic stop turned up several ounces of methamphetamine.

Sgt. Jeff Edwards with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s office, said Francisco Vega, 39, and Anastacio Pacheco-Luna, 55, both from Rigby, were taken into custody and more than 157 grams of methamphetamine were confiscated following a traffic stop on Highway 20 near Johns Hole Bridge.

Edwards said during the traffic stop, the deputy asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. The driver said no and gave consent to a search of the vehicle.


A city officer with a K9 detected the meth during the search about 10:40 a.m.

When the suspects were booked into the county jail, Pacheco-Luna also had a smaller bag of methamphetamine, about .86 grams, on his person.

Meth is a problem and it continues to be a problem in the county,” Edwards said.

The city of Idaho Falls reports one or two felony meth busts per week.

Edwards said while law enforcement statewide is seeing a resurgence of heroin-related arrests, meth is holding its top spot.

“It’s definitely something that we want to get off the street,” Edwards said.

Last year, Bonneville County seized 19 pounds of meth during a single arrest.













Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle set bail at $1 million Thursday for a man accused of holding a woman against her will, beating her with a baseball bat and sexually assaulting her for more than a week earlier this month.Cromwell-19618-13-480x357

Terrance Devon Cromwell, a 41-year-old former funeral home employee also known by authorities as “Body Snatcher,” faces charges of rape, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, first-degree domestic battery and second-degree terroristic threatening. Police arrested him Feb. 13 after a 39-year-old woman showed up at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary with six broken ribs, a collapsed lung and bruises across her body.

The woman told detectives her injuries came at the hands of Cromwell, whom she had been dating for about two weeks, according to a court affidavit.

Before his arrest, Cromwell had been free on bond in two separate criminal cases.

He was charged in November with sexual indecency with a child, a case in which another man, Akym Lamaar Avery, 39, faces a charge of second-degree sexual assault.

Cromwell was arrested in March 2013 on three charges of aggravated assault after his 64-year-old mother was pistol-whipped during an argument at her Little Rock home.

In Cromwell’s latest arrest, he’s accused of holding a woman at his home at 9223 Meadow Lane from Feb. 1-9. The woman told investigators that she and Cromwell smoked methamphetamine and had consensual sex the first day, but he threatened to kill her if she left and began beating her, according to the affidavit.

The beatings continued over the next week, with Cromwell purportedly striking the woman with a baseball bat on at least one occasion and choking her on others. When the woman complained of pain in her ribs during sex, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Cromwell told her to stop crying and “quit being a wimp” or he would beat her again, the affidavit states.

The woman told police she continued to smoke meth with Cromwell to “escape the situation.”

Cromwell also forced the woman to attend a court appearance Feb. 9, according to the affidavit. Court records show that Cromwell was in Circuit Judge Leon Johnson’s courtroom that day to face multiple charges of failure to appear.

His mother, Jeannie Cromwell, drove the two to court. She dropped the woman off at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary afterward, later telling police the woman had asked for help and to be taken to a doctor.

Police interviewed the woman and arrested Cromwell four days later.

Cromwell has a criminal record spanning more than 12 years.

He was found guilty of domestic battery in 2010, 2007 and 2003, the earliest conviction including one count of aggravated assault. He was also convicted of drug-related offenses in 2007.

His first two convictions led to five-year prison sentences that were shortened by parole.

For his third, Cromwell received credit for time served in jail, and former Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey sentenced him to six years of probation and anger management classes.

Accusations of domestic abuse against Cromwell go back even further. Court records show the first of several petitions for order of protection against him was filed in 1998.

Police said Cromwell’s ex-girlfriend shot him in 2005. He was seen running from his home in his underwear, bleeding from a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, according to reports.

Officers responded to the scene after a motorist swerved to avoid Cromwell, crashed into a ditch, then called 911.

The ex-girlfriend was charged with first-degree battery.

Cromwell was being held in the Pulaski County jail late Thursday.














A Bowling Green man arrested in connection with the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the history of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Jason Dean Borden, 44, testified in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green that he could not afford an attorney. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl then appointed one for him.54e5ff281078c_image

Borden is accused of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

He was arrested Feb. 13 after an investigation by the drug task force and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Law enforcement and a “cooperating defendant” agreed to make a controlled delivery of about 11/2 pounds of crystal meth to a person the cooperating defendant identified as “J.D.,” according to a criminal complaint.

After making two phone calls to “J.D” – later identified as Borden – that were monitored by law enforcement, the drug delivery was planned to occur in the parking lot of Wendy’s on Duntov Way.

Borden pulled into the parking lot in a Dodge truck about 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and parked next to the cooperating defendant, who entered the front passenger seat of Borden’s truck and handed him the package, the complaint said.

When the package was delivered to Borden, drug task force and ATF agents approached the truck and arrested Borden.

A patdown search revealed Borden was wearing a shoulder holster that did not contain a firearm, and Borden initially told ATF Special Agent David Hayes that he must have left his gun at home, Hayes said in his complaint.

Agents recovered the package of crystal meth, $3,600 in cash, digital scales and a loaded .32 caliber revolver that was found in the driver’s door panel, according to the complaint.

During an interview with police, Borden said he was president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and had been forced to sell meth for the past three or four months.

“Borden stated he had received pound quantities of methamphetamine during the past three or four months on several different occasions and he stated he thought he was receiving two pounds of crystal methamphetamine on this date,” Hayes said in the complaint. “Borden stated he was a major source in Bowling Green for crystal methamphetamine and that he also sold supplied crystal methamphetamine to three other surrounding counties.”

Borden told authorities that he occasionally used the drug and admitted having multiple prior felony convictions and to being on probation at the time of his arrest.

He also claimed possession of the drugs, money and gun but told police that the firearm was an inoperable antique that had belonged to his grandfather.

Following another search, police seized the shoulder holster and a half-ounce of crystal meth from Borden, the complaint said.

Hayes tested the firearm Tuesday and found it to function as designed, according to the criminal complaint.

Federal court records show a criminal history for Borden dating back several years, with convictions in 1996 in Warren and Barren counties for theft by deception, more convictions for theft by deception in Logan and Christian counties in 1997 and convictions in 2008 in Warren County for theft by unlawful taking and fraudulent use of credit cards.

Borden is scheduled to return to federal court Friday for a preliminary hearing, in which Brennenstuhl will decide whether the case will be presented to a federal grand jury. A detention hearing will also be held Friday.












54e5f1ed39458_imageDothan police recently arrested two people, charging them with making meth after police discovered the ingredients for a meth lab at a local motel.

Dothan Police Lt. Mark Nelms confirmed that police arrested John Louis Williams, 34, of Newton, and Katherine Paramore Mauldin, 31, of Pinckard , and charged both with felony first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance.

Records show police charged the two with making meth after police discovered a “clandestine” meth lab at 3145 Ross Clark Circle, which, according to the Internet, is the address for the Adams Inn.

Nelms said police arrested the two for allegedly being in possession of the items used to manufacture meth. Nelms said the charges stemmed from patrol officers responding to the motel room while looking for a person who was wanted by authorities in Dale County.54e5f1af2d89f_image

Williams and Mauldin were taken to the Houston County Jail and each held on $100,000 bail.












A man assaulted a Fresno police officer late Wednesday night, continuing to fight even after being shocked repeatedly with a Taser, authorities said.l1Wyb_AuHeEm_8

The suspect, Andrew Esparza, 25, of Fresno, was on felony probation for domestic violence when officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of a probation violation, police Sgt. Brian Valles said.

Esparza allegedly punched one officer in the face, then pushed him away and fled on foot. Officers caught up with Esparza in the 1000 block of North Parkway Drive and shocked him with the Taser, but Esparza fought twice through the effects of the device, even grabbing it at one point, Valles said.

Esparza was finally arrested when additional officers arrived.

Officers found methamphetamine on Esparza’s person and he allegedly admitted to smoking meth shortly before police attempted to arrest him, Valles said.

Esparza was treated at Community Regional Medical Center and booked into Fresno County Jail. One of the officers was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during the struggle.














AMARILLO – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Thursday on Interstate 40, yielding over 10 pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $927,000.02-21%20TEXAS%20DPS

At approximately 6:51 p.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Nissan Altima passenger car traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Amarillo in Potter County.

The occupants of the Altima were identified as Juan Carlos Duarte-Cordova, 45, and Ruth Griego, 41, both of Phoenix. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 10 bundles of methamphetamine in a box of cat litter.

Duarte-Cordova and Griego were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance over 400 grams, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Potter County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Phoenix, to Oklahoma City.












A Salinas man accused of killing his father Monday has already served six years in prison for shooting his step-father in 2005.

Matthew Roberts was being held Wednesday at the Monterey County Jail on $1.5 million bail, said Monterey County Sheriff’s Cmdr. John Thornburg. Roberts’ father, 70-year-old Jerry Roberts, was found dead about 9 p.m. Monday in his house on the 700 block of Inglewood Street in Salinas.

Neighbors recalled Jerry Roberts as a “calm man” who liked to garden and maintain his house. Most had less information about the younger Roberts who only visited on occasion.

Salinas Police Sgt. James Arensdorf declined to comment on the cause of Jerry Roberts’ death. Investigators are still unsure when he died, Arensorf said.

“We are still actively investigating,” he said.

Prosecutor Ed Hazel said Wednesday Matthew Roberts has yet to be officially charged with his father’s death.

Matthew Roberts was convicted in 2006 of attempted murder and assault with a firearm with enhancements for using a gun. The victim, Monterey County Sheriff’s Detective Larry Bryant and Matthew Roberts’ step-father, called for probation and rehabilitation for his step-son.

However, Judge Terrance Duncan said he had to protect society from Matthew Roberts, a perpetual methamphetamine addict.

“He was a drug addict for a long time,” Duncan said during sentencing. “It got worse and worse until it resulted in this tragedy. I think society expects that he be treated like any other drug-crazed person who shot somebody.”

Matthew Roberts, then 25, hadn’t slept for five days before shooting Bryant at their house in Prunedale, said Thomas Worthington, his attorney, during sentencing. He also suffered delusions, including the belief that monkeys were falling out of his ears, while intoxicated by methamphetamine, amphetamines and opiates.

Court records show Matthew Roberts has twice since pleaded no contest to other violent crimes. He was charged two months apart in the cases — in May 2013 and July 2013. Both charges were requested by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

In November 2013, Matthew Roberts pleaded no contest in both cases and was convicted of assault causing great bodily injury and allegations of a prior strike under California’s Three Strikes law, a prior felony conviction and a prior prison commitment.

He was then sentenced to a year in jail, but earned credit for 381 days already served.

At the same time, he was sentenced to three years’ probation for battery on a peace officer with a prior strike, a prior felony and a prior prison commitment in the secondary case.

Wednesday afternoon on Inglewood Street was serene — a stark contrast from Monday night, said Jason, a neighbor who declined to give his last name.

“I got stopped by the Police Department,” he said. “They were running at me with a flashlight like I was a criminal. It was crazy. They shut down the whole street.”

Jason said his family has lived on Inglewood Street for two years. He wasn’t sure how long Jerry Roberts lived on the block. Although he liked Jerry Roberts, Jason said he and the younger Roberts, whom he called “a mean person,” had tangled on one occasion.

“We got into it once,” Jason said. “He yelled at me for no reason.”

Previous to police activity Monday in his neighborhood, Jason said he hadn’t seen Jerry Roberts for one or two weeks, which was odd because the older man liked to work outside.

Maria Ceballos and Angel Hernandez Ceballos, who lived several doors down from Jerry Roberts, said they didn’t know the 70-year-old man very well. Hernandez Ceballos recalled overhearing Matthew Roberts tell police he had brass knuckles in a trailer on the property before his arrest.

Juan Rios, a 17-year-old Everett Alvarez High School Student, echoed Jason’s comments, noting Jerry Roberts frequently resodded and mowed his lawn.

By all accounts, Jerry Roberts lived alone. Matthew Roberts visited with more frequency closer to his father’s death, Rios said.

“He was there a couple of months,” Rios said. “He would take his dad’s car. I would see him when I came home from school.”

Rios offered a few details from the days leading up to the discovery of Jerry Roberts’ body. On Monday, before Matthew Roberts was arrested, Rios said his sister saw the younger Roberts talking with another man outside the house.

Sunday, Rios said he heard sawing emanating from the Roberts’ garage.

“It was really loud for like an hour,” Rios said. “I guess he was planning something with the wood.”












RANGOON — Chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine with a market value of more than 600 million kyats (US$582,000) were seized by authorities at the Shan State border town of Tachilek, the township police anti-drug squad announced on Wednesday.Chemical-seizure_jpg_pagespeed_ce_njYlbCDxa2

A routine patrol on Monday evening by local police and militia troops uncovered 164 bags of a controlled substance together weighing a total of 8,150 kilograms, hidden in bushes on the banks of the Mekong River near Pala village on the Thai-Burma border. Their owner is still at large.

“The seizure is the largest amount so far this year,” said Aung Kyaw Soe, a member of the township anti-drug squad. “The chemicals are used in making methamphetamine tablets. For the time being, we still don’t know the owner, but we are taking measures to find and arrest him.”

Authorities have ramped up anti-drug campaigns on the Thai-Burma border in the last year. In July 2014, the Tachileik Township anti-drug squad seized more than US$2.3 million worth of opium along with several automatic weapons during the search of a pickup truck passing through Pankaw village.

While there have been frequent seizures of illicit drugs and weapons, observers have criticized a relative lack of arrests and convictions in connection with trafficking seizures.

Burma is Southeast Asia’s largest producer of synthetic drugs. An Aug. 2014 statement by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned that the escalation of drug-related crime in Burma could undermine the country’s future development and stability.

Despite the Burmese government’s commitment to fight illicit drugs in cooperation with international agencies, the UNODC said that drug trafficking remained rife within the Golden Triangle region on the border of Thailand, Laos and Burma.












TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – In the past two months a Terre Haute man has been arrested by the same Indiana State Police Trooper, both cases involving a short pursuit.

During a routine patrol Tuesday night, an Indiana State Police Trooper found a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a Terre Haute motel.

Just after 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, a stolen red 1989 Cadillac was seen in the parking lot of a motel located at Highway US 41 and Margaret Avenue. The ISP Trooper stopped the vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot.

Randal Utterback, 57 of Terre Haute, was found to not have a valid driver’s license, he did not have a vehicle registration or ownership paperwork and there was also an open alcoholic container in the vehicle. When the Trooper asked Utterback to get out of the vehicle he refused and drove away trying the leave the parking lot. The Cadillac got stuck in a snowdrift and Utterback fled on foot towards Interstate 70.

After a brief pursuit, Utterback was caught in a wooded tree line near the north side of I-70.

During their investigation, it was found Utterback had $3,215 on him and documents possibly related to illegal activity. Utterback was arrested and taken to the Vigo County Jail on possible charges of habitual traffic violator, resisting law enforcement – use of a vehicle and theft.

Back on Jan. 21 just after 3 p.m., the same ISP Trooper along with another were investigating an outdoor altercation at 2315 South Center Street in Terre Haute. The two Troopers saw a male, who was later identified as Utterback, run from the yard and discard a black bag. After a short pursuit, Troopers were able to get both Utterback and the black bag.

Utterback had $4,388 in cash, approximately 4.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 7.5 grams of suspected marijuana, a syringe and other drug paraphernalia.

At that time Utterback was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement.