Comments Off on $1 million Methamphetamine seized from 22-year-old Stephen James Harland, from Glen Eden, Auckland, while leaving Picton ferry terminal

Police have seized a stash of cash from a property in Auckland after more than $1 million of methamphetamine was found in a car leaving the Picton ferry terminal.

Three people have been arrested as part of the coordinated police operation, which included a raid on the Christchurch headquarters of the Rebels Motorcycle Club.

The drugs were destined for the South Island, police said.

Rebels Motorcycle Club members at the 2013 launch of Dr Jarrod Gilbert’s book Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand.

Detective Inspector Stu Graham, from OFCANZ, said members of the armed offenders squad stopped a car as it left the ferry terminal in Picton about 12.15am on Tuesday.1442292733591

A search of the vehicle revealed in excess of 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, estimated to be worth more than $1 million, Graham said.

The sole occupant, 22-year-old Stephen James Harland, from Glen Eden, Auckland, was charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply. Harland entered no plea when he appeared in Blenheim District Court on Tuesday morning. He was remanded in custody until Thursday.

Graham said police raided a home in the Auckland suburb of Greenlane on Tuesday morning in connection with the operation. A search of the property revealed a large quantity of cash and smaller amounts of methamphetamine.

A 29 year-old man was due to appear in Auckland District Court on Tuesday afternoon charged in relation to the supply of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.

A 34-year-old female had been summoned to appear in Auckland District Court on September 21 charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Police also raided the Christchurch headquarters of the Rebels Motorcycle Club in Vagues Rd, Papanui. Armed police remained at the property while a search was carried out by investigators.

A resident who lived near the gang pad said she heard police calling for the occupants to “come out with your hands up and no one will get hurt” about 1am Tuesday.

Another resident, who would not be named, said there were regular parties at the gang pad. He often heard loud motorcycles, but rarely saw patched members of the group.

The gang had not caused any trouble in the street, the resident said.

In 2011, it was announced the Rebels, which is one of Australia’s largest gangs, had moved into New Zealand. The bikie gang quickly spread throughout the country. Members previously frequented a pad in Racecourse Rd, Christchurch, but were forced out because of insurance issues.

It’s understood the Rebels’ two Christchurch-based chapters recently merged and there has been a change of leadership. The owner of the Vagues Rd property used by the bikie gang declined to comment.

Last year, patched Rebels member Andrew Michael Smith was found with 70g of methamphetamine, which had an estimated street value of $70,000, and $2258 cash in Woodend, North Canterbury.

He later admitted possessing methamphetamine for supply and was jailed for nearly three years.

Police have previously said there was a tendency for methamphetamine to be sourced from the North Island and brought south where prices were higher.

In October last year, Head Hunters gang member Michael Murray, 54, of Timaru, was arrested after 500 grams of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of about $500,000, was allegedly found inside a truck he was driving on State Highway 1, near Taupo.

The drugs were destined for the South Island, police said.

Comments Off on Pope County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatcher, Faline Yackel, 31, of Glenwood, Accused Of Selling Methamphetamine

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A dispatcher with the Pope County Sheriff’s Office is accused of selling 10 grams of methamphetamine.

Faline Yackel, 31, of Glenwood, was charged Monday with first-degree sale and possession of methamphetamine.

The West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force said she was a probationary employee who had worked in the 911 dispatch center for less than a year. She was fired Monday after appearing in court.

Methamphetamine is a significant problem in this country that our office is working diligently to combat,” Pope County Sheriff Tim Riley said in a statement. “Drug-related activity within our own ranks cannot, and will not, be tolerated.”

On Sept. 8, a confidential police informant met with Yackel at her home and purchased a VHS tape containing a methamphetamine baggie for $500, according to the criminal complaint.

Yackel’s brother, Brandon, had sent letters from the Faribault Prison telling the informant how to pay his sister.

Yackel told police she knew there was meth in the VHS tape when she gave it to the informant.

Officers arrested a Mexican woman Thursday after finding about seven pounds of meth concealed within her body at the Hidalgo International Bridge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the 25-year-old woman when she attempted to cross into the United States, according to an agency news release.

Officers referred the woman, who was driving a silver 2005 Chevy Malibu, to a secondary inspection after she presented them with her Mexican border crossing card.Cocainehidden

During the secondary inspection, officers discovered three packages of meth concealed within her body.

“These drug seizures our officers effected at our international bridges, although not substantial in quantity are very significant in that the concealment methods utilized are quite elaborate at times,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, according to the news release.

Officers arrested the woman after seizing the meth and vehicle. The woman was released into the custody of Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

Comments Off on Driver finds portable Methamphetamine lab in duffel bag along Highway 191 in Wisconsin

DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A duffel bag sitting along a southern Wisconsin highway led a passing driver to a startling discovery — a portable meth lab.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s office said the bag was discovered Friday afternoon along State Highway 191 east of Dodgeville.

WISC-TV reports the driver passing by stopped to look at the bag, thinking a car might have driven off the embankment. But the citizen found suspicious items inside and called the authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies closed off the highway as a team of state Department of Criminal Investigation inspected the bag. They confirmed it was a recently disposed methamphetamine lab.

The sheriff’s office reopened the stretch Highway 191 Saturday afternoon.

Comments Off on Pablo Lopez, 39, and Luis Alberto Lopez, 25, arrested with 18-wheeler full of crystal Methamphetamine (31.5 pounds) in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) – Agents arrested two men Sunday after stopping their 18-wheeler and finding it filled with crystal meth.

Pablo Lopez, 39, and Luis Alberto Lopez, 25, were the two men agents with West Tennessee Violent Crime & Drug Task Force said drove the 18-wheeler into Shelby County.8789536_G8789537_G

Agents initially pulled the truck because it was speeding, but when a drug detection dog found 31.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside the trailer, they realized the stop was more serious.

The meth was found hidden among produce that was to be delivered to Indianola, Mississippi.

The drugs had an estimated street value of more than $700,000.

Both men were charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) – – Agents with the West Tennessee Violent Crime & Drug Task Force (WTDTF) arrested two Sacramento, California men after a traffic stop Sunday morning revealed the men were transporting crystal methamphetamine, said Tim Helldorfer, director of the WTDTF.

Pablo Lopez and Luis Alberto Lopez were arrested when WTDTF agent Eric Johnson (a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office) stopped their 18-wheeler for speeding on west bound I-40 in eastern Shelby County.

Pablo Lopez consented to a search of the 2012 Volvo tractor and the trailer.

Agents aided by a drug detection dog discovered approximately 31.5 lbs. of crystal methamphetamine inside the trailer.

The meth was heavily wrapped into 23 bundles and found hidden among a legitimate load of produce intended for delivery to Indianola, MS.

The drugs have an estimated street value of over $700,000.00. The drugs and the tractor-trailer were seized by WTDTF agents. Both Paul and Luis Lopez were arrested and charged with felony possession of crystal methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver.

The WTDTF includes more than 40 law enforcement officers assigned from various law enforcement agencies in three West Tennessee judicial districts. The judicial districts include the 28th Judicial District (Crockett, Gibson, and Haywood Counties), the 29th (Dyer and Lake Counties), and the 30th (Shelby County).

The Shelby County D.A.’s Office administers the task force.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine addiction tearing families apart in Caboolture, with children as young as 13 presenting to support agencies

CHILDREN as young as 13 are presenting at community outreach centers in Caboolture with methamphet­amine addictions.

Community workers say the problem is so bad locally, the drug is destroying generations of the same family, while community groups struggle with the sheer number of people seeking help.

Kim Reid, director of Kids Youth Community, a youth access center in Morayfield, said they were working with 22 young people who used the drug regularly and a similar number who used it recreationally. She said use of the drug had soared in the past 18 months.ba2c4802b645a4b8ef17af0c59a9ea03

“KYC is seeing young people as young as 13 experimenting, with the majority of young people 15 onwards,” Ms Reid said.

“Some young people are not using but have a parent or parents that are using, seeing the young people take on the role of running the household or caring for siblings.”

Ms Reid said Caboolture had no drug rehabilitation center.

WHOS Najara program manager Trevor Halliwell, one of Caboolture’s closest drug rehabilitation centers on the Sunshine Coast, said a survey taken in May showed 94 per cent of clients had taken methamphetamines before entering the program, the highest of all WHOS facilities across Australia.

“Many of those surveyed were ice users but they didn’t necessarily describe it as their drug of concern,” Mr Halliwell said.

“That is a symptom of methamphetamine. It sets up a run of denial.”

In an effort to tackle the problem, a working group was formed after agencies from across Moreton Bay met in March to discuss health and social concerns associated with growing methamphetamine use.

The group will now host a series of educational workshops and encourage community members to attend and consult on what action is needed.

The sessions will be held at:

  • Family drug support, Caboolture Hub, September 29
  • Families supporting an addicted person, Caboolture Hub, September 30
  • Call 5432 4360 for bookings and information.
  • More sessions to follow

IF YOU NEED HELP CONTACT: Metro North Hospital and Health Alcohol and Drug Service, 5433 8300. Qld ADIS 1800 177 833. KYC Morayfield 5432 4360

ST. LOUIS — The manufacture of methamphetamine is sharply down in certain Midwestern states that have had the most trouble with the drug over the years, but it remains as popular as ever with users due to an influx of cheap Mexican imports, according to experts.

Laws restricting the sale of an ingredient found in many cold medicines and key to making meth seem to have had their intended effect: The Drug Enforcement Administration doesn’t provide partial-year data on meth lab seizures, but drug fighters in several states that generally register the most meth lab busts say they’ve seen a startling decline.

Missouri is on pace for 40 percent fewer meth lab seizures this year than last, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol data. Oklahoma busts are on pace to drop 33 percent, while Tennessee’s are down 48 percent.

The steep decline doesn’t mean users are turning away from the highly addictive drug.

“What we’re hearing throughout the Midwest from our colleagues is they’re all seeing meth labs drop, but it’s critical to note that no state is saying meth use is down,” said Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. “It’s just that they’ve switched sources from cooking it to importing it.

Meth use and addiction are still epidemic,” he said.

The number of meth lab seizures nationwide peaked at nearly 24,000 in 2004. The problem got so bad that restrictions were placed on the sale of cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, which gets mixed with household products like lighter fluid or drain cleaner to make homemade meth. Those medications were placed behind the counter, with buying limits and tracking of sales.

By 2007, fewer than 7,000 meth labs were seized across the country. Makers and users responded by finding a way to make meth with fewer pills — a dangerous concoction typically mixed in a 2-liter soda bottle. This “one-pot” or “shake-and-bake” method led to more people making the drug and a corresponding spike in busts, with the national total back above 15,000 in 2010.

Laws got even tougher. Oregon, Mississippi and some cities and counties in high-meth states began requiring a prescription to buy pills containing pseudoephedrine.

By last year, seizures had dropped to around 9,500, according to DEA statistics.

Seizing the opportunity provided by the tougher enforcement of homemade meth in the U.S., Mexican cartels have turned to an old recipe known as P2P that first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s, experts said. It uses the organic compound phenylacetone — banned in the U.S. but obtainable in Mexico, according to the DEA — rather than pseudoephedrine.

As a result, the purity of Mexican meth rose from 39 percent in 2007 to essentially 100 percent, Jim Shroba, special agent in charge of the DEA office in St. Louis, has said. Meanwhile, the price dropped by two-thirds.

Tennessee, which has often been No. 1 or No. 2 in seizures, is “seeing a significant influx in availability of Mexican meth,” said Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force.

Woodward said Oklahoma police commonly hear that users have accepted Mexican meth, once considered inferior to the homemade drug.

“And they don’t have to risk blowing up their lab or getting caught at a pharmacy,” he said.

For more than a decade in the early 2000s, Missouri was the national leader in meth lab seizures. But data from the Highway Patrol for the first six months of 2015 shows Missouri with 314 seizures, on pace for 628. That would be a big drop from the 1,045 seizures last year. Just three years ago, Missouri had more than 2,000 meth lab seizures.

Nearly a quarter of the seizures this year have been in Jefferson County, just south of St. Louis. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Chris Barker said his county is aggressively out to rid the labs because of the dangers they cause to children in homes where labs exist, to police, and to other innocent people exposed to them.

Labs aren’t declining everywhere. Indiana had 1,488 seizures last year and is on pace to see a nearly 4 percent increase in 2015, said Niki Crawford, Indiana’s meth suppression director. Michigan is on pace to equal the 860 it had last year, said Steve Spink, meth coordinator for the Michigan State Police.

Crawford said Indiana has been slower than neighboring states to adopt measures to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine.

“Pseudoephedrine is still easy to get ahold of, unfortunately,” Crawford said.

Comments Off on Jennifer E. Davis, 36, of Lewisville, charged in conspiracy to smuggleMethamphetamine drugs, cellphones and other items into the Henry County jail

NEW CASTLE — A Henry County woman faces 11 criminal charges — six of them felonies — over allegations she engaged in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs, cellphones and other items into the county jail.

Jennifer E. Davis, 36, of the 300 block of West Main Street in Lewisville, is charged with eight counts of trafficking with an inmate, along with possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.B9318820293Z_1_20150912132213_000_GN0BT97S6_1-0

According to police reports, when a vehicle was pulled over at Ind. 3 and Ind. 38 about 2 a.m. on Aug. 6, authorities found Davis, and items “prepared to be trafficked into a correctional facility.”

Included were a cellphone, cocaine, methamphetamine, a syringe, tobacco, phone cards, cigarette lighters and a prescription pain-killer.

A New Castle man found in the same vehicle, William Clapp, 44, faces the same 11 charges.

Authorities allege Davis communicated via text messages with Henry County jail inmates — who apparently had cellphones that had been smuggled into the jail — and conspired to throw the drugs and contraband onto the jail’s roof.

Investigators determined an air vent had been tampered with, apparently to give inmates access to the roof.

Davis in recent days received a Dec. 21 trial date in Henry Circuit Court 1. She is being held in the Henry County jail under a $5,050 cash bond

Comments Off on Brooke Sueann Floyd, 22, of Greenwood, guilty of Methamphetamine-fueled abandonment death of her 10-month-old son in the Ouachita Mountains

A Greenwood woman pleaded guilty Friday morning to manslaughter in the July 2014 death of her 10-month-old son in the Ouachita Mountains.

Brooke Sueann Floyd, 22, entered her plea during a pretrial hearing in Paris. She was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $1,000.resized_99263-floyd_brooke_15-20004_t300

Authorities have said they believe methamphetamine-induced hallucinations led Floyd to abandon her son, Harper Alexander Floyd, and her husband, Brian Floyd, 33, in the woods. She was not charged in her husband’s death.

“It’s just a tragic situation,” Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II said. “It was a very difficult case for myself and law enforcement and everyone involved. … I think but for drug abuse by both [Brooke] Floyd and Brian Floyd, this wouldn’t have happened.”

The terms of Brooke Floyd’s probation include her continuing mental-health counseling for one year.

“We thought we could beat the case, but you just don’t know,” said her attorney, Bill James of Little Rock. “It seemed like in the end, this was the best way for her to make sure that her life kept moving in a positive direction.”

Floyd, who is living in an apartment with a roommate, had been out on bond after pleading innocent by reason of mental disease or defect.

Last month, a judge found Floyd competent to stand trial after a mental-evaluation report showed that she did not show symptoms of mental disease or defect at the time of the events.

A jury trial was set for Floyd on Sept. 21-22 in Yell County Circuit Court in Danville.

“You never know what’s going to happen in a case like this,” James said. “You never know what the jury is going to do.

“We’ve got the emotion of a dead child. Our client has done very, very well since this has happened. She’s got herself clean and away from the problems that she had gotten into with her husband. She just wanted this opportunity to continue going forward in the way she was.”

A scratched, bruised and barefoot Brooke Floyd was found in a ditch in the Ouachita National Forest by U.S. Forest Service personnel on July 25, 2014, according to an affidavit signed by Yell County sheriff’s office Capt. John Foster Jr.

When authorities first located her, she told officers that she had left her son with her husband in the forest so she could seek help because people were chasing her family, according to the affidavit.

A ground and air search by the Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other law enforcement agencies for her husband and son followed.

Later, she said she and her husband had taken methamphetamine and been hallucinating and fighting, the affidavit stated. The truck the family was riding in had gotten stuck in the forest, and she decided to walk out for help.

The bodies of Harper and Brian Floyd were found about one-tenth of a mile apart four days later in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains.

Preliminary autopsy results released after Harper’s body was found indicated his cause of death was “exposure and abandonment.”

Brian Floyd also died of exposure, Tatum said.

Comments Off on Amanda Joy Potter, 27, of Alliance, and 2 others arrested for Methamphetamine and heroin as deadly overdoses spur sheriff action in Pamlico County

BAYBORO | Three Pamlico County residents have been arrested on drug trafficking charges as a result of sheriff’s investigations of six drug overdoses in the past two weeks that have left three people dead.

According to Lt. Scott Houston of the Pamlico Sheriff’s Department, the first of the overdoses involved a man who was found unresponsive in his car on Aug. 26. He survived, he added.

Lt. Houston noted that the three arrests were not directly related to the overdoses.

He added that pure heroin is being brought into the county from an unknown source in New Bern, and that Pamlico and New Bern law enforcement agencies are working to track the source down.

“Investigators conducted interviews and collected evidence from each scene,” according to a Pamlico County sheriff’s news release. As a result, several suspected heroin and methamphetamine dealers were identified and, on Thursday, three were arrested.

Amanda Joy Potter, 27, of Alliance, was charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possess/distribute methamphetamine precursors, possess drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

According to Houston, investigators determined that she had been supplying raw materials for a methamphetamine lab at 373 Hidden Lane, Merritt, that was broken up in a July 28 raid.

She was placed in the Pamlico County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Nagi Abdo Alhaji Ali, 52, of Bayboro, was arrested after investigators made a controlled purchase of prescription medication from Ali’s Seven Eleven store in Vandemere. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

John Pernell Harrison, 29, of Oriental, was arrested after investigators allegedly purchased suspected heroin from him in Stonewall. He is charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Sheriff Chris Davis stated, “I made a promise to the citizens of this county that I would do everything possible to rid this county of dangerous drugs and I intend to keep my promise.”

A man and woman were arrested Saturday afternoon after police found a potential methamphetamine lab in a Lone Tree hotel.

Lone Tree police responded to the Extended Stay America hotel at 8752 Yosemite Street at 10:40 a.m. on a report of a “possible” meth lab, according to a City of Lone Tree news release.

The two people arrested have not been identified.

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, the Lone Tree Police Department and the Douglas County Impact unit remain on scene, the release said.

The incident is under investigation and additional details were not released.

Comments Off on Rodrigo Vallejo Mora, son of Mexican ex-governor, Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, convicted of covering for Caballeros Templarios drug cartel

Rodrigo Vallejo Mora, son of a former governor of the western Mexican state of Michoacan, has been convicted of covering for a drug gang and sentenced to 11 months and seven days in prison, the top administrative body of Mexico’s judiciary said in a statement.

A federal court in this capital handed down the sentence against Vallejo Mora, son of former Gov. Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, for failing to provide information in an organized crime investigation, the Federal Judiciary Council said Friday.

He also did not provide information that could have helped investigators pursue members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, specifically top leader Servando Gomez Martinez, alias “La Tuta,” the statement read.

It said Vallejo Mora committed the crime on Aug. 1, 2014, when he was questioned as a witness by the federal Attorney General’s Office’s special unit for the investigation of terrorism and weapons stockpiling and trafficking.

The defendant was arrested in July 2014 after he was seen in a video talking to Gomez Martinez, who was captured in February. Vallejo Mora had been released on bail pending trial.

The ex-governor’s son could face additional charges after appearing in a second video with La Tuta that surfaced this year.

The Caballeros Templarios cartel, an offshoot of the Familia Michoacana criminal organization, came to public attention in December 2010.

Besides its drug-trafficking activities, it also runs kidnapping and extortion rackets and engages in illegal mining, among other crimes.

Comments Off on Amber Jay Sandhu, of West Fargo, accused of bringing Methamphetamine to Cass County Jail in baby’s sock while five months pregnant

FARGO – An expectant West Fargo mother faces felony drug possession charges after deputies bringing her into the Cass County Jail found her with methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia wrapped in a baby’s sock.

Charging documents filed Thursday in the Cass County District Court case against Amber Jay Sandhu state that Sandhu was picked up by a Cass County deputy July 28 on an unrelated warrant for a court-ordered examination.

As she was being brought to the jail in preparation for going the the State Hospital in Jamestown, Sandhu asked to go to the restroom, documents state. The deputy searched her purse.

In an interior pocket, Deputy Tom Hall found a plastic bag full of methamphetamines and a clear meth pipe with residue tucked in next to it, wrapped in an infant’s sock.

Sandhu then informed deputies she was five months pregnant, court documents state.

Jail officials forwarded her case to Cass County Child Protective Services.

She is charged with one count of Class C possession of methamphetamines and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Her first court appearance has not yet been set.

Comments Off on Former Aynor teacher of the year, Robert Dean Johnson, 51, of Galivants Ferry, arrested after receiving Methamphetamine sent via mail

A former Horry County Teacher of the Year is free on $5,000 bail following an arrest on a drug charge that stemmed from a package sent to him through the mail that contained methamphetamine, according to authorities.

Robert Dean Johnson, 51, of Galivants Ferry was charged Tuesday with first-offense manufacturing, distribution or possession with intent to distribute crank or crack cocaine, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He was released Thursday on bail.9-9-15%20Robert%20Dean%20Johnson

Johnson was named Aynor High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012, five years after he was hired by the school district as a substitute teacher.

Johnson began teaching at Aynor High School in 2009 as a career and technology teacher, Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Harding said. He is on administrative leave with pay until an administrative review is complete.

The police report and arrest affidavit show that Horry County police worked with the U.S. Postal Service to investigate a suspicious package that arrived Tuesday at the Aynor Post Office.

An Horry County police dog alerted to the package that drugs were inside and a postal inspector obtained a federal search warrant, according to the report. Inside, officers found a bag of crystal substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Johnson came to the Post Office to pick up the package and officers confronted him, according to the report. Johnson told officers the package was his and he knew it contained drugs.

Comments Off on Jose J. Piedra, 26, of Stockton, arrested, 26 pounds of Methamphetamine seized in Merced County traffic stop

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Stockton man who was driving a vehicle with about 26 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in a hidden compartment, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Jose J. Piedra, 26, was booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility on Thursday on Piedrasuspicion of possession of more than 25 pounds of a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance and concealing a controlled substance, all felonies, according to booking records.

Piedra remained in custody Friday with bond set at $270,000.

Officer Moises Onsurez said the driver of a 2012 Jeep Liberty was stopped for speeding on Highway 99, between Chowchilla and Merced, about 2 p.m. Thursday.

“The officer approached the vehicle and smelled the odor of burned marijuana,” Onsurez said.

A law enforcement canine was brought to the scene and alerted investigators to an area in the back of the vehicle. Officers found about 26 pounds of suspected methamphetamine in numerous plastic bags.

Onsurez said it was unclear where Piedra was coming from, but noted that he lives in Stockton and was heading north toward that city when he was stopped.

Comments Off on 2 Weiner City Council members arrested in same week, 42-year-old Timothy Jessup Hewitt for Methamphetamine possession

WEINER, Ark. (AP) – Two members of Weiner’s city council have been arrested in separate incidents this week.

An incident report says Poinsett County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute at a home Tuesday. The report says 34-year-old council member Reagan Bodeker was arrested after her husband called police and said he was holding onto her to prevent her from retrieving a handgun and shooting him. Bodeker has been charged with terroristic threatening and third-degree domestic battery.

Authorities say 42-year-old council member Timothy Jessup Hewitt was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday when officers found methamphetamine and prescription narcotics in his possession. Hewitt was charged with possession of less than 2 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

Hewitt posted a $2,000 bond.

It was not immediately clear if Bodeker or Hewitt has an attorney.

Mayor Todd Bartholomew declined to comment on the incidents to the Jonesboro Sun.

Comments Off on Morgan Gear, 26, of Sarnia, was caught with 91 grams of Methamphetamine worth $13,600

A man carrying $13,600 worth of the stimulant methamphetamine who fought with a police officer was jailed for two years in Sarnia court.

Morgan Gear, 26, of Sarnia previously pleaded guilty to the Jan. 18 possession of methamphetamine for trafficking, assaulting a police officer and violating a court-ordered drug ban, but sentencing was delayed until Thursday.1337854066825_ORIGINAL

Court was told that at 2 a.m. on Jan. 18 a Sarnia police officer spotted a taxi at a residence known for drug activity. Gear, who the police officer knew was under custody-release conditions, was approached by the officer.

Gear ran from the officer but was grabbed. During the ensuing struggle, Gear was tasered three times.

A subsequent search found the shell of a computer device stuffed with 13 bags of methamphetamine weighing a total of 91 grams. The shell also contained a weight to create the impression it was a legitimate device.

Gear, who was under a court-ordered drug ban, also had $465 in cash.

Gear had been addicted to methamphetamine and had turned to selling it to feed his habit, said defence lawyer Robert McFadden.

Since his arrest, Gear has made an 180-degree turn to get on the right track, including ongoing substance abuse treatment, said McFadden, who sought leniency in the jail time to be levied.

Gear’s criminal record includes a June 2014 charge of methamphetamine possession.

Given the positive changes indicated in a pre-sentence report, penitentiary time of two-and-a-half to three years was not being sought for the “very serious” matter, said federal prosecutor Michael Robb.

A sentence of two years less a day was suggested by Robb to keep Gear from penitentiary time that starts at two years.

Courts hear tragic stories regarding drug abuse every day and a significant jail sentence is required due to the harm done to the community by Gear, said Justice Deborah Austin.

“I just want to say I am sorry to the community for the harm I’ve done,” said Gear.

Gear’s jail time includes the equivalent of 66 days of pre-sentence custody and will be followed by a year’s probation when he must take substance abuse counselling while staying away from drugs.

Austin recommended Gear serve the sentence at a facility equipped for drug-abuse treatment.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine use among older Hawaii adults nearly doubles

While the news about the effectiveness of Hawaii drug treatment programs has been positive, there has been one disturbing trend: the percentage of adults 50 years and older that reported methamphetamine as their primary substance has nearly doubled in the past five years.

This is according to the state Dept. of Health’s newly published 2015 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services Report.9-11-crystal-meth-use

Over the past five years, more than half of the adults and adolescents who participated in a substance abuse treatment program and completed a six-month follow-up survey had remained clean, reporting no substance use in 30 days prior to the follow-up. The majority had managed their lives well without any arrests, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits since they had been discharged from the treatment programs.

In a six-month follow-up study in 2014, almost all adolescents were attending school and nearly 70 percent of adults were employed.

The report is being released to coincide with National Recovery Month, a nationwide recognition of various alcohol and drug treatment programs and initiatives focused on recovery efforts. This year’s theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal and Valuable!”

The state Dept. of Health commissioned University of Hawaii’s Center on the Family to conduct the extensive research and analysis to assess the alcohol and drug problem in our state.

The success of the recovery programs in Hawaii has largely been the result of collaboration. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Hawaii Department of Health remains the primary source of public funds for substance abuse prevention and treatment services in Hawaii.

Over the past five years, from 2010 to 2014, Hawaii invested an average of $17 million in state and federal funds each year to address alcohol and drug abuse. In 2014, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division provided funding for 24 agencies at 52 sites to provide treatment for adults, and 10 agencies at 107 sites to offer services for adolescents. In the five-year period, there was a 26 percent increase in sites for adolescents and a 16 percent increase in sites for adults.

“There is still much more work that needs to be done in our community in terms of prevention and treatment,” said Alan Johnson, chief executive officer of Hina Mauka, Hawaii’s largest alcohol and drug treatment program that has provided recovery treatment and ongoing support for adults, teens and families for more than 40 years.

“However, we have a stronger, more comprehensive system of care to address the needs of our community,” added Johnson, who also serves as chairman of the Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, which consists of about 20 treatment programs.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is now in the planning stages for transition and case management services as a next step in the treatment and recovery process to fill the community’s need. A request for proposal for these services will be issued in 2016 for services that begin 2017.

Comments Off on Guelph teens on crystal Methamphetamine more aggressive, impulsive, say youth workers

Young people addicted to crystal meth are more aggressive and impulsive, creating extra challenges for the Guelph outreach workers who are trying to help them, according to one agency in the city.hi-crystal-meth

Debbie Bentley-Lauzon is the executive director of Wyndham House, a short-term shelter and outreach centre that works with with youth, and she says that she has seen meth use rise over the past two years.

“Once a young person starts to use it, we do see changes in their behaviours, their aggressiveness, their impulsivity, as well as a lot of, from an agency perspective, a lot of theft and property damage because they’re just really focused on using meth, finding ways to purchase it and keeping that going,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

Guelph Police say meth seizure rates have swelled by 1500 per cent between 2012 and 2014 and youth outreach workers say that would coincide with the growing number of young people becoming hooked on the drug.

Meth is a problem in Guelph right now, as police work to stop the steady flow of the drug into the city and agencies such as Wyndham House work to help people who’ve become addicted to the drug.

Data on meth seizures from Guelph police show the city saw a rise of over 1500 per cent in the amount of meth seized by police in the city in just two years, from 2012 to 2014. That has coincided with growing use among younger people, and Lauzon-Bentley says she has seen meth addicts as young as 16 and 17 years old.

“I’m always shocked at how easy it is to get [crystal meth].” Debbie Bentley-Lauzon, executive director of Wyndham House in Guelph.

“Quite frankly, it can be very overwhelming for staff when you see that our aim is to provide a space where young people can take a breath out of the crisis of homelessness or whatever the immediate crisis is,” said Bentley-Lauzon. “Our aim to create that stable place for clients where they can envision that they have a bright future is made very difficult by the use of meth.”

She said Whyndham House has had to re-examine their training and expand the services and training they offer to staff, as well as bringing in outside addictions counselors to work with clients and provide staff education and training.

“We have seen some of our young female clients, in this community, become involved in sex work to finance their addictions. They recognize often that it’s very devastating to their future, but at the same time they’re really stuck in such a corner that they can’t see beyond that that’s really what they need to do, ” said Bentley-Lauzon.

“I think what is kind of an unacknowledged or a hidden secret is that at Wyndham House not all of our young people knocking on a shelter door come from homes where poverty is experienced. We have young people from every postal code and every income level,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

She encourages parents and community leaders to talk to kids early and to be open about the problem.

“I think it’s the idea that, maybe as a parent or as a community, if we don’t talk to them in advance, they won’t know about it and it’s not going to enter their world, but it is here and it is prevalent and I’m always shocked at how easy it is to get it,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

Comments Off on Traffic stop nets Mindy Combs, Casey Shuffstall, and Robert Phibbs for Methamphetamine lab in Angola

ANGOLA, Ind. (21Alive) — A Wednesday morning traffic stop in Angola led to the arrests of three people after a K-9 found a meth lab in the vehicle.

Police arrested Robert Phibbs and Casey Shuffstall on manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes, and maintaining a common nuisance.Phibbs+Shuffstall+and+combs+mugs

Mindy Combs was arrested on manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes and visiting a common nuisance.

Around 8:38 a.m., Angola Police K-9 named “Yogi” alerted officers, and after a search of the car, police found a meth lab, syringes, methamphetamine and other paraphernalia.

A small child was also in the car and was placed in the car of family members.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was served at a 600 E. Brad Street house in Angola, where officers found more methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.–326297481.html

Comments Off on Mother, Savannah Jacobs, 28, of Pueblo, accused of choking her seven-week-old son, took Methamphetamine hours before

PUEBLO, Colo. – A mother accused of trying to choke her seven-week-old son to death told police she took meth hours before.

Savannah Jacobs, 28, appeared in court Thursday and waived her right to hear the charges against her.

Magistrate Kelle Thomas said it appears Jacobs is suffering from some mental health issues.Savannah-Jacobs-Mugshot-jpg

According to Jacobs’ arrest affidavit, she told police the night before the incident she “ate a small chunk of methamphetamine” and three hours before that “she did a line of meth.”

When she woke up Tuesday morning, Jacobs told police she started to hear voices saying she had forgotten someone’s birthday. She told police, “I hurt my child. I almost tried to kill him.”

Police received a call at 7:36 a.m. Tuesday, but the caller hung up. When dispatch called back, Jacobs answered and said she had just called 911 and said, “I need to call and tell I just tried to kill my son.”

Jacobs told police her son was sleeping when she placed her hands around the baby’s neck.

Noel Baros, a prevention coordinator at the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, said other parents can learn something from Jacobs’ case.

“Having a new child or even being a mom with a toddler or older kid is always a life-changing event,” Baros said. “It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed in situations while taking care of your children.”

In Jacobs’ case, police said her son didn’t suffer any serious injuries. But child advocates say there are signs to watch for if you suspect abuse.

“If the child is not wanting to go with the parent or they’re lashing out at school — those are usually signs that will start in at the beginning,” Baros said.

Jacobs faces several charges including attempted second-degree murder and child abuse.

A statewide campaign launched by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year aims to get more people to report child abuse. Most of the people who report suspected child abuse are mandated by the state to do so.

“I just think people don’t realize that they can call if they’re not a mandated reporter or more or less they don’t want to be the one to be like, ‘oh you reported me,'” Baros said.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to report abuse.

Additionally, if you know someone who needs help dealing with a mental health issue, there is a crisis hot line number they can call at 844-493-8255 (TALK).

Comments Off on Out-of-fuel van in Bartholomew County leads to discovery of $100,000 in Methamphetamine, arrests of Ashley George, 28, Beech Grove, Alexander Piano Jr., 45, and Billy S. Patterson, 32, both from Indianapolis

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2015) – It started as a simple check on some travelers who ran out of gas and ended with three people in jail on methamphetamine charges.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Columbus Police Department stopped to check on three people who were Ashley Georgestranded after their van ran out of gas on I-65 near mile marker 62.

They spoke to Alexander Piano Jr., 45, Indianapolis, who told police the van ran out of fuel a few miles south from their current location. Officers said Piano looked extremely nervous when they talked to him and noticed he was carrying a handgun.

He informed officers he didn’t have a permit for the firearm; police took him into custody.

Police also found Billy S. Patterson, 32, Indianapolis, and Ashley George, 28, a small bag of methamphetamineBeech Grove, inside the vehicle. While officers talked to them, a police K-9 indicated there were drugs inside. A search turned up a small bag of methamphetamine, syringes, electronic scales, a shotgun and a small safe.

After getting a search warrant, police opened the safe, where they found 2.3 pounds of meth valued at more than $100,000.

Piano, Patterson and George were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine. Piano also faced a charge of possessing a handgun without a permit.

Comments Off on Corpus Christi Police seize Methamphetamine, drugs, arrest Tawanya Rabb, 30

A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing, delivering and possession of several controlled substances after investigators found six different types of narcotics in an apartment on Weber Road Thursday.865293

Tawanya Rabb was arrested after an investigation into neighbors’ complaints of drug dealing at an apartment in the 5200 block of Weber. The Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics Vice Investigations Division served the warrant about 12:15 p.m.

Investigators seized 0.4 ounces of crack cocaine, 0.25 ounces of methamphetamine, 9830100.34 ounces of Alprazolam, 0.048 ounces of acetaminophen/hydrocodone, 0.33 ounces of hydrocodone and 0.14 ounces of Tramadol, according to news release.

Rabb is charged with manufacturing and intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Her bail is set at $41,000.

Comments Off on Gloria A. Gilmore, 44, of Wyoming, and John R. Devaul, 44, of Virginia, Arrested at Louisiana State Line for Methamphetamine Charges

UNION Parish — Two out-of-state residents were arrested by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents Tuesday Night.

Agents booked John R. Devaul, 44, of Virginia, and Gloria A. Gilmore, 44, of Wyoming into the Union Parish Detention Center.

They were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond has been set.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the agents were on State Line Road north of Marion and observed a vehicle parked in the northbound lane.

Because there is a lot of logging operations in that area and logging equipment, the agents made contact with the couple.

A resulting search of the vehicle turned up one ounce of meth.

Comments Off on The New Mexican Drug Cartel Corridor Through Central texas

The Williamson County Sheriff’s office interdiction team is hard at work busting drug runners along Central Texas’ stretch of I-35.

“We’ve had a banner year in the last 12 months, actually probably in the past two years,” said Captain Mike Gleason. “Our loads have consisted of 20 plus gallons of meth oil, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana,” he says of the drugs they’ve seized, that also includes “12-20 pounds of methamphetamine, it’s a lot.”

I-35 has also been called the “Cartel Corridor.” It runs from near the Southern tip of Texas to Canada’s border. In Texas, it’s one of many State Highways The Department of Public Safety is responsible for patrolling, highways that some say have become dangerous.

“I am not insinuating, I know that it’s a fact in Central Texas that people are dying because our Troopers are no longer here locally,” said Bill Gravell. He is Williamson County’s Precinct 4 Justice of The Peace. He is one of 4 J.P.’s in the county who certify deaths, including those at vehicle crash scenes.

As our FOX 7 investigation revealed, according to three different internal DPS highway reports, there’s been a dramatic rise in crash fatalities on State Highways over the past two years. In Central Texas, they’re up 71%. But, records show speeding tickets in the area are down, by 50%. The internal crash reports also show the border region is one of the only areas in Texas where crashes are down, 33.8% in 2 years.

“When the troopers are not on the road, people don’t obey the laws, when they’re not obeying the laws, people die,” Gravell says.

And he adds, “They have made a decision at the Capitol to shift all of our assets to South Texas, and here in Central Texas in the past year, it’s cost us an additional 85 lives on the highway.”

But, state highways aren’t the only Texas roads the DPS has been tasked to protect. During our 3-month long FOX 7 uncovered a contract between TXDot and the DPS. It required troopers to patrol the 49 miles of SH130 that runs through Central Texas. In late July. FOX 7 got a copy of the contract from TXDot through an open records request. It began in 2006, and it paid the DPS $6.7 million dollars over 5 years to employ 13 full-time troopers, 11 hired to cover the 49 mile Central Texas stretch of SH130.

“It wasn’t unusual at all to have 8-10 troopers here in our community everyday patrolling our streets and today a great day is if we can have 2 or 3,” says Gravell.

The contract expired in 2011. FOX 7 asked TXDot why it wasn’t renewed. Agency spokesperson Nick Wade told FOX on the record that TXDot was looking to cut costs and had proposed a lower amount but the DPS didn’t accept the new offer.

But in a written statement emailed later in the day on August 7th, TXDot backtracked saying quote “TXDot chose not to extend the contract in an effort to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.” We asked about the discrepancy, Wade said the agency never made an offer, they only proposed the scope of work. When the DPS told them how much it would cost, TXDot chose not to renew. FOX 7 immediately filed an open records request for those proposals but we have yet to receive them.

“Consequently SH130 & 45 doesn’t have a unit working them specifically,” says Judy Hobbs. She’s served Williamson County as a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 for more than 3 decades.

In 2014, TXDot did hire the Williamson County Constable’s office to go after habitual toll runners on the same 49 mile stretch of SH130. County records show Constables terminated the 5 year contract earlier this year after catching only 1 repeat offender, leaving no law enforcement agencies contractually obligated to cover that stretch of SH130.

“We go out there on the tollways and we work out there because you are trying to prevent, you are trying to prevent that 150/140 mile an hour collision,” says Captain Gleason. He runs the Williamson County Sheriff’s office traffic unit. Like other local agencies, his deputies are not required to work the tollway but do so anyway.

“When it’s quiet on the radio and there’s nothing going on, then they’ll venture out there and go looking for mules,” Gleason says of his deputies. That’s because, he adds Mexican drug cartels use the Tollway now instead of I-35. They, too, have noticed less law enforcement on there gives them more freedom to operate.

“Basically you can now mitigate travelling through San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, just every city along Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown and then drop in right to Dallas,” Gleason says of the thruway SH130 has created. “So you’ve defeated all interdiction units working that IH-35 by getting on a toll road that basically has no one on it,”

Alleged mules took SH130 in late July, sending Williamson County deputies on a wild chase. “Once they made it to 45,” says Gleason, “the suspects start throwing cell phones, guns, a half pound of methamphetamine out the window.”

The driver was caught but the passenger took off. Dozens of officers from several agencies were called in for the pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody hours later. “It sets a more dangerous tone because of the people you are dealing with,” Gleason says of the drug runners. “The people that deal large numbers of narcotics, such as the mules that come out of the border area, they all normally all have cartel ties to them.”

But being at the border is State Law Enforcement’s main priority, as DPS director Colonel Steve McCraw has testified on record. A directive ordered in June 2014 by then Governor Rick Perry. “They weren’t hired to be border patrol agents,” Bill Gravell says.

But that depends on who you ask. During the 2015 legislative session Governor Greg Abbott signed HB11, a bill that gives DPS roughly eight hundred million dollars to secure the border, including adding 250 troopers to the South Texas region by 2017. Supporters included Republican State Representatives and Senators from Williamson County.

“My motivation is simple,” says Gravell. A former pastor who is also a Republican is firm that his frustration isn’t political. “I am tired of getting up in the middle of the night and going to fatality accidents and seeing more dead people,” he says

And he’s worried he will see many more, “I would call on our Governor to really reconsider the deployment to South Texas of our DPS Troopers, let’s bring our men and women back home.”

FOX7 reached out to Governor Abbott’s office, they did not respond to our request for comment.

We also reached out to the Department of Public Safety for initial investigation into crashes on Williamson County Highways. They declined an interview but did send a statement,

“DPS was specifically directed by state leaders to begin the border surge in June 2014 to combat drug and human smuggling along the border.

Subsequently, DPS informed state leaders that the rotation of troopers from all across the state to the area of operation on the border was creating patrol gaps in other areas of the state. The Texas Legislature and Leadership responded by authorizing 250 additional trooper positions to be permanently stationed in the border area by August 2017.

It is important to note that all area law enforcement agencies play a role in reducing crashes in a given area, as does driver behavior. History has shown that most wrecks are preventable, so it is critical that all drivers pay close attention while driving and adhere to traffic laws at all times.

There is no evidence to suggest that border rotations played a role in the crashes you outlined.”