A man who was apparently sleeping on a bench inside a Warsaw store for about six hours was found with items commonly used to make methamphetamine, Warsaw police said.

Police were called to the store, which was not identified, on Tuesday and reported finding two one-pot meth labs, a generator and more meth precursors when searching the suspect’s moped.


Gary Steven Kirkwood, of the 9300 block of North Koher Road East on the east side of Papakeechie Lake, was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail on an active parole warrant as well as charges of possession of precursors and manufacturing methamphetamine, the police said.






Georgia State Patrol located  suspected methamphetamine in a vehicle on Teat Road occupied by a Lindale man,  according to Floyd County Jail reports.
Mickey Bradford
Mickey Bradford
According  to the report:

Mickey Vernon  Bradford, 52, of 1286 Old Cedartown Road, was charged with felony possession of  suspected methamphetamine after an eyeglass case located in the vehicle he was  in Tuesday night contained a liquid substance that was suspected to be the  drug.

Bradford remained in jail  Wednesday afternoon on $10,100 bond.







Simpsonville police arrested eight people Tuesday on methamphetamine charges in an investigation named “Operation Block Party,” authorities said.

Simpsonville police Capt. Kevin Threlkeld said narcotics investigators received a tip about a meth operation in the city’s Woodside Mill area in February.

He said the arrests were made after detectives served a warrant on May 31 at 210 W. Curtis Street, where officers said they found a meth lab.

Threlkeld said two people were arrested when officers served the warrant, and the other arrests were made Tuesday.

Charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, according to warrants, were Dennis R. Penland Jr., 34, of 210 W. Curtis Street; Randy L. Cox Jr., 35, of 104 Beattie Street; George F. Dean, 35, of 507 Curtis Street; Johnny W. Parker, 53, 603 South Street; Travis R. Imbragulio, 32, of 321 College Street; Allie M. Taylor, 22, Joyle J. Eddleman, 25, and Selena L. Eddleman, 36, all of 211 Beattie Street.

All eight were being held Tuesday at the Greenville County Detention Center, according to jail records.







LOGAN — Members of the new Hocking County Sheriff’s Office Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle on Laurel Run Road for a traffic violation Monday night and found .3 grams of “ice” methamphetamine, which is reportedly the most powerful kind.

   Glass meth             

“Ice” methamphetamine was confiscated from a vehicle during a traffic stop on Laurel Run Road Monday night

“It’s associated with much larger, sophisticated drug operations associated with the Mexican cartel,” noted Hocking County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dave Valkinburg. “With meth like this, it’s done in more of a lab-type setting.”



Jeremy D. Brown, 36, of Coshocton, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse and transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

After making the initial traffic stop, deputies identified the driver as Jeremy D. Brown, 36, of Coshocton. When deputies asked Brown if he possessed anything illegal, Brown allegedly said he had a bag of meth, which was later identified as what is to be believed “ice,” a street term for meth.

HCSO K9 Emma performed a sniff of the vehicle Brown was driving and indicated there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. A search produced additional drug paraphernalia and small plastic baggies containing additional amounts of what is believed to be “ice.”

Evidence seized during the arrest will be submitted to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification Crime lab for scientific testing.

A second male occupant inside the vehicle also was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Fairfield County and transferred to their facility for incarceration.

“This was the first arrest SIU members were out working on their own after training with Fairfield County SCRAP members and they have already shown very good results,” said Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North. “I am expecting very good things to come from having deputies assigned to SIU, which in turn will benefit all of us in Hocking County.”







An extensive methamphetamine trafficking organization has been dealt a large blow with the indictment of eight individuals on federal drug conspiracy charges, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The indictment, returned under seal June 5, 2013, arose as a result of a two-year investigation culminating in arrests this morning.

“The illegal distribution of methamphetamine especially in the quantities involved in this case receive the fullest attention of the investigative efforts of our joint federal, state and local law enforcement partners.” said Magidson. “It will always be a priority to prosecute major drug trafficking within the Southern District of Texas.”

Among those arrested was Edmundo Reyes aka “Mundo” or “Bossman,” a 34-year-old from Spring who is facing six counts of drug possession and conspiracy. Four others were also taken into custody today — Gerardo Garcia, 34, Delfino Maldonado, 30, Christopher Mejia, 22, and Alexander Reyes, 30, all of Houston. These five made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Hanks just a short time ago, at which time the indictment was unsealed by order of the court.


Several arrested in large scale methamphetamine conspiracy

Edmundo Reyes


Charged and previously in custody are Jeremy Perkins, 32, of Louisiana, and Refugio Ibarra, 26, of Mexico. They are expected to be transferred into federal custody to make their initial appearances in the near future.

An eighth defendant, Salvador Izaguirre, 31, of Houston, is also charged but not as yet in custody. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 713-718-4800.

The seven-count indictment alleges the eight men conspired with one another and others known and unknown from February 2009 through June 2013 to distribute methamphetamine. Reyes is charged in five additional substantive drug trafficking counts. Each of the remaining defendants is also charged in at least one additional substantive count of possessing with intent to distribute various quantities of methamphetamine.

In addition to the arrests today, agents and task force officers executed search warrants at four separate residences, which resulted in the seizure of eight vehicles, more than $30,000, approximately nine ounces of methamphetamine and multiple firearms. The seizures occurred pursuant to forfeiture warrants authorizing the recovery of property alleged to have been purchased with the proceeds of illegal narcotics sales.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, all defendants face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment as well as a $10 million fine. All substantive counts carry an equal or lesser possible sentence depending upon the amount of drugs involved.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division, Houston Police Department and the USMS. Assistant United States Attorneys Mark E. Donnelly and Tim S. Braley are prosecuting.


Law enforcement authorities are hoping information gleaned during a recent raid  on a methamphetamine lab will lead to the arrest of a group of individuals  believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries in Walker, Winston and  Fayette counties.

Walker County Sheriff’s Deputy Blair Huddleston said  the sheriff’s office received information about a possible burglary ring  following the June 19 arrests of seven people at a meth lab found at a home  located at 1192 Blackwell Loop in Jasper.

“I received a call from  Alabama Probation Officer Darryl Gurganus, who was conducting a home visit at  the residence on Blackwell Loop, and he said an individual in custody was in  possession of a large quanity of pseudoephedrine and two marijuana pipes, and  several unknown subjects inside the house,” Huddleston said. “When I arrived on  the scene and entered the residence I noticed there was a fog of cigarette smoke  covering up a chemical smell generally associated with the manufacturing of  methamphetamine, and during the search I also found several items in plain view  that indicated the presence of a meth lab.”

Huddleston immediately  contacted dispatch for an additional patrol unit to help in securing the  occupants in and outside the residence.

While clearing the residence,  Huddleston said he heard what sounded like a weapon being dropped down an air  conditioner duct coupled with a plastic thud.

“I noticed an individual in  a hallway who was attempting to re-install an air conditioner vent. I  immediately detained this subject and finished clearing the home without further  incident,” Huddleston said.

“When I returned to the residence to recover  the item or items placed in the return duct, I discovered a Beretta 9mm pistol  along with two unmarked plastic containers.”

Huddleston said containers  were filled with a substance that is consistent with a product used in  manufacturing meth, but it was red in color and smoking.

“In my  experience with the clandestine manufacturing process of methamphetamine, this  was a medley of damp rid and a liquid hydrochloric acid, also known as gas  generator,” Huddleston said. “We also discovered controlled substances, drug  paraphernalia and other meth lab components, guns and flat screen TVs of varying  sizes in every room of the house.”

The kitchen and garage became the  central focus of the search where multiple packs of lithium batteries were found  along with a mason jar that had a small amount of white substance in a solution,  which tested positive for methamphetamine.

After being reminded of their  miranda rights, all the subjects were asked if they had any knowledge of the  meth or the meth lab components, to which no one replied.
“They were all  arrested and transported to the Walker County Jail with the exception of one, a  teenager, who was transported to the Walker County Juvenile holding  facility,” Huddleston said. “After conducting interviews with several of the  subjects involved in the meth lab bust, we gleaned some information about a  group that had been formed and was allegedly involved in multiple burglaries in  Winston and Fayette counties. The main goal of the burglaries were firearms,  flat screen TVs, jewelry, and drugs.”

Huddleston obtained a search  warrant of the home where the meth lab was  discovered, and he and Patrol Deputy  Anthony Leach began to scour the woods were multiple stolen firearms were  reportedly being hidden.

“Approximately 30 minutes into our search we  located a Ruger 10/22 rifle with a serial number that came back stolen out of  Winston County,” Huddleston said.

“It was evident there were other  hiding spots in the tree line for firearms, but the weapons had apparently been  recovered.”

Authorities believe the stolen firearms may have been taken  to unknown locations in the city of Carbon Hill and finding that address is  under investigation.

“The exploits of this group in Walker County and the  surrounding counties is just now coming to light as this investigation  continues,” Huddleston said.







MUNCIE — Four local residents were arrested early Tuesday after active methamphetamine labs were reportedly discovered within a toilet and in the basement of a southeastside Muncie home.

Jailed on a preliminary charge of manufacturing meth — a Class A felony carrying a standard 30-year prison term — were:

•   Cordell Allen Foust, 41, 2100 Cottage Ave., New Castle;

•   Kendra Michelle Gibson, 32, 2001 E. 13th St., Muncie;

•   Chad Richard Koger, 35, 2001 E. 13th St., Muncie; and

•   Heather Dawn Silvers, 32, 1800 E. 26th St., Muncie

According to a probable cause affidavit, Muncie police officers late Monday were dispatched to Koger and Gibson’s residence at 2001 E. 13th St. after receiving an anonymous tip about a possible active meth lab in the home. When officers arrived, they reported smelling “a strong odor of a chemical smell coming from inside the residence.”



Police were given permission to search the residence, according to documents, and “located a gas-type smoke coming form the back tank of the toilet” in a bathroom. They then determined an active one-pot meth lab “had been placed into the tank of the toilet.”

The Indiana State Police’s Meth Suppression squad was called to the scene to properly dismantle and dispose of the meth materials. They also reported finding a meth lab in the basement of the home, which “was still in active chemical state.”

When interviewed by detectives early Tuesday, Foust, Gibson, Koger and Silvers each allegedly admitted they were addicted to meth, but “denied any involvement in the manufacturing of methamphetamine” at the house.

All four subjects have had recent run-ins with the law, court records indicate.

Foust, a felon, has served prison time for recent convictions that include driving while intoxicated (twice), theft (twice), dealing in a controlled substance and forgery, according to Indiana Department of Corrections records. A theft charge is pending against him in Delaware Circuit Court 3.

Gibson on June 17 was convicted of criminal conversion in Muncie City Court and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and 50 hours of community service.

Koger, also a felon, was released from prison in 2008 after being convicted of armed robbery and burglary in Delaware County. Charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia are pending against him in Delaware Circuit Court 4.

Silvers, meanwhile, has recent convictions for criminal conversion (2010) and possession of marijuana (2011).

Foust, Gibson, Koger and Silvers were each being held Tuesday without bond at the Delaware County jail.







Metro Police busted a methamphetamine lab at a storage unit in Madison.
Police arrested Mark Martin, 53, after executing a search of a storage unit at 201 Williams Avenue yesterday. There, according to the affidavit, an active meth lab and small amounts of meth were located, along with numerous components used in the making of the drug.
Martin admits the storage unit is his and that he came to the unit on a daily basis, but he denies cooking meth. He is being held on $65,000 bond.Active Meth Lab Found in Madison Storage Unit.








ROSEVILLE, CA – Last week an officer pulled over a vehicle with expired registration tags in the 100 block of North Sunrise Avenue in Roseville, leading to the arrest of a man believed to be involved in identity theft.

On wednesday, just after 12 a.m., Roseville Police spotted a vehicle with expired registration tags. Upon initial contact, the officer realized that the driver may have been just a tad bit on the impaired side.

Officers performed a search of, 34-year-old, Keith Andrew Workman’s vehicle and found more than what the Concord resident was hoping for.

Officers discovered everything from stolen ID’s to forged checks, including methamphetamine and paraphernalia. #winning!

Officers were able to obtain a search warrant for Workman’s nearby hotel room, leading to more stolen documents and equipment used to forge driver’s licenses and checks.

The industrious 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, transporting methamphetamine, credit card fraud, and other related charges.








Twenty-two men and women accused of dealing methamphetamine and heroin in northwest North Dakota had their names made public Monday.

Assistant U.S Attorney Timothy Purdon announced Monday that a federal indictment against the 22 individuals was unsealed. The suspects are accused of running a drug ring in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation that supplied methamphetamine and heroin throughout the northwest part of the state.

The indictment was handed down March 26 but was not unsealed until until Monday. Purdon said the investigation — called Operation Winter’s End — was a multi-agency investigation that took months to complete.

“The charges filed as a result of Operation Winter’s End are a first step to address the increased organized drug distribution activities on the Fort Berthold Reservation and in northwestern North Dakota,” Purdon said. “This Indictment will help make both reservation and non-reservation communities in the Bakken oil patch stronger and safer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to an anti-organized crime strategy in the Bakken oil patch that is built on close cooperation between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. With the help of these law enforcement partners, we will continue to do everything we can to address the growing threat of organized crime in this area.”

Chris Warrener, special agent in charge with the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, said the agencies worked well together to find people responsible for bringing drugs into North Dakota.

“Today’s 22 defendant indictment of an ongoing investigation named Operation Winter’s End underscores the hard work and coordination of the FBI, BIA, various tribal law enforcement personnel of the Fort Berthold Reservation, along with the prosecutorial skills of the United States Attorney’s Office of North Dakota,” Warrener said. “This multi-jurisdictional investigation has struck a blow against a large national drug trafficking organization, which has plagued the good people of North Dakota.”

Mario RedLegs, Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent in charge, said it took all the law enforcement agencies to make the case against the suspects.

“Jurisdictional issues exist throughout Indian Country and working together with other federal, state and local agencies in a common goal is essential for Indian Country law enforcement,” RedLegs said. “This operation affirms to the people of Fort Berthold that we are watching vigilantly and ensuring that they do have a safe place to live.”

Those charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin include:

Horatio Lopez, a/k/a “Happy,” 33, Wasco, Calif.

Oscar Lopez, 28, Wasco, Calif.

Nathan David McKenzie, a/k/a/ Nate McKenzie, 33, Trenton

Jaelyn Faith Crows Breast, 21, New Town

Cassie Lynn Packineau, 22, New Town

Donald T. Rasmussen, 26, New Town

Kealoha Asaga Aulaumea, a/k/a “Sunga,” 21, New Town

Bonita June Casarez, 29, New Town

LaToya Christine Lone Bear, 31, Mandaree

Guy Curtis Slates, 58, New Town

Ashly June White, 27, New Town

Elizabeth Ann Rodriguez, a/k/a Elizabeth Lockwood, a/k/a Liz Rodriguez, 27, New Town

Sean Ray Conklin, 35, New Town

Connie Rae Azure, 38, New Town

Michael Jason Smith, 32, Evergreen, Colo.

Tomas David Hale, 20, New Town

Gary Ray Foote, Jr., a/k/a “Bear,” 20, New Town

Hailey Jo Deane, a/k/a Hailey Baker, 25, New Town

Avis Gean Finley, 47, New Town

Justin Lloyd Price, 24, New Town

Akaka Katrina Aulaumea, 24, New Town

Megan Darlene Overlie, 21, Minot

This investigation was a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Drug Enforcement Unit, assisted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Law Enforcement Services, the Three Affiliated Tribes Police Department, the Three Affiliated Tribes Criminal Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.









Somerville — Police arrested a Newton man and a Quincy woman June 27 after they were  reportedly found with 52 grams of methamphetamine during a vehicle stop. Darius  Moshfegh, 26, 877 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, was arrested on Tufts Street on  charges of no inspection sticker, possession of a drug to distribute,  miscellaneous equipment violation, methamphetamine trafficking and possessing a  class A substance.

Kristin Barnett, 23, 39 Pond St., Quincy, was arrested on Tufts Street on  warrants for reporting a false crime, assault and battery, attempt to commit a  crime (two counts), conspiracy, uttering a false check (two counts), possessing  a class A drug and intimidating a witness.

After reportedly observing Moshfegh drive by with an expired inspection  sticker and broken passenger-side mirror dangling by the door, police stopped  Moshfegh. Neither Moshfegh nor his passenger, Barnett, were wearing seatbelts,  according to the report. Moshfegh reportedly looked nervous while looking for  his license and Barnett reportedly gave a false name initially.

Police reportedly noticed a hypodermic needle on the passenger floor and  track marks all over Moshfegh’s and Barnett’s exposed skin. Police reportedly  told Moshfegh to hand over any drugs in the vehicle and there was a dog on the  way, at which point Moshfegh reportedly pulled a baseball-sized knotted clear  plastic baggie of orange-tinted crystals out of his pocket and handed it to  police. Several orange pills, a piece of an envelope with a green leafy  substance suspected to be marijuana and two clear knotted baggies of a brown  substance suspected to be heroin were reportedly found in Moshfegh’s other  pockets.









The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault that reportedly occurred at about 3 a.m. Saturday after four men took some methamphetamine in the back of a van in Loleta.

The sheriff’s office received a call at about 6:15 a.m. after one of the men showed up at Bear River Casino bleeding from the nose. The 31-year-old Eureka man reportedly told deputies that he’d taken methamphetamine with three other men in a van when one of the men started punching him in the face and took his black tote bag, wallet, jacket and sunglasses before dropping him off at the intersection of Singley Road and Brenard Street in Loleta.

The victim told deputies he walked to the casino to seek medical aid. According to a press release, the victim did not provide the deputy with a description of the suspects because he feared retaliation. He was treated and released by a local hospital and the sheriff’s office asks anyone with information regarding the case to call 445-7251 or the sheriff’s office crime tip line at 268-2539.






CALEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found three pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a guitar and seven pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle in separate incidents Sunday at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry.

This guitar was used to try and smuggle methamphetamine through the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday.

This guitar was used to try and smuggle methamphetamine through the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday



Around 1:30 a.m., a CBP officer referred Jose Alberto Valencia, 24, a U.S. citizen of Calexico who was carrying an acoustic guitar through the pedestrian lane for further examination.

Officers then found three wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the guitar. The combined weight of the drugs was three pounds with a street value of $36,000.

These packages of methamphetamine were found hidden in a guitar at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday

These packages of methamphetamine were found hidden in a guitar at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday

These packages of methamphetamine were found hidden in a vehicle at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday.

These packages of methamphetamine were found hidden in a vehicle at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry Sunday


Around 8:10 p.m., a CBP officer inspecting vehicles targeted a green 2003 Volkswagen Passat for inspection. Officers noticed that the driver, Emma Aculair, was nervous and referred the vehicle for further examination.

A canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the vehicle. Officers then found 10 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the car’s front and back frame rails. The drugs had a combined weight of seven pounds with an estimated street value of $84,000.

Aculair, a 33-year-old female U.S. citizen and resident of Indio, was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for further processing.

Both people arrested were transported to Imperial County jail, where they await arraignment while the drugs and vehicle were seized by CBP.







BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kern County sheriff deputies said they found nine pounds of methamphetamine hidden in fire extinguishers.

At about 12 p.m. Tuesday, deputies assigned to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit concluded a narcotics investigation at the Travelers Lodge Motel located 1011 Oak Street in Bakersfield.

As Deputies were attempting to make entry into a suspect’s motel room, officials said Luis Perez-Salinas, 32, ran out the back door, carrying a large bag containing clothing and three fire extinguishers.

Officials said Perez-Salinas was arrested by deputies who were waiting outside on that side of the room.  Perez-Salinas, from Guadalajara, Mexico, was booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession for sales of methamphetamine.

Deputies said they noticed that the fire extinguishers had been altered.

The writing on the label was in Spanish and indicated they were from Tijuana.

The gauges on the extinguishers showed they were fully charged.  In reality, they were not charged and each of them was stuffed almost completely full with Methamphetamine, officials said.

The extinguishers were brought to the Kern County Fire Department where they were cut open.

Each extinguisher contained a bag with approximately three pounds of methamphetamine, deputies said.  The Major Violators Unit was assisted in the case by Deputies and Officers from Cal-MMET, HIDTA, and KNET.







Daniel Houser is headed to state prison where his attorney hopes he can finally break his longtime addiction to drugs.

The 39-year-old pleaded guilty today to his role in causing a methamphetamine lab explosion and fire on March 8 that injured several people at his home at 1965 Greenleaf St. in Bethlehem.

Just a week ago at his preliminary hearing, Houser tried to exonerate his co-defendants, including 65-year-old Elaine Noone, his landlord, by saying they were unaware of his illicit activity in the quiet neighborhood. Today, Houser took responsibility for his actions, says his attorney Brian Monahan.

Houser was sentenced to 4½ to 11 years in state prison by Northampton County Judge F. P. Kimberly McFadden for his crimes.

“Danny wants to move on with his life,” Monahan said. “He understands that his drug addiction has caused him substantial problems. He can now can get through that and be on the way to recovery.”

Houser pleaded guilty to operating a meth lab, causing a catastrophe and reckless endangerment. He also made guilty pleas in older cases that had not been resolved, including a DUI and drug possession charge.

Monahan said his client wanted to address all the cases at once so he could begin building a new life.

The explosion that rocked the Greenleaf Street home in March happened only hours before a planned police raid on the residence. Authorities had been investigating a methamphetamine ring there and had Houser in their sights as one of the operators.

Monahan has said a complication with a chemical reaction in the meth-making process caused the fire and injured Houser. Six others, including two police officers, were also hurt.

Other co-defendants in the case, including Jeffrey Caulfield and Davina Bowler, have not made any pleas. Monahan said his client has made no agreements to make any testimony should the other cases go to trial, but added that Houser feels strongly about his role in the ordeal.

“Danny does have a conscience and to the extent that some of those people didn’t know what was going on … I think he’ll probably come forward,” Monahan said.

McFadden’s sentencing guidelines require Houser to serve a minimum of 4½ years behind bars before he’d be eligible for parole. He’s also been recommended to seek drug treatment programs available in state prison.







BAKER — Two people were arrested Monday night for manufacturing methamphetamine in a car, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s deputy noticed the car speeding on Keyser Mill Road shortly before 11 p.m. and pulled it over.


David Legos (left) and Teresa Phillips



Inside, the deputy found ingredients used in the “shake-and-bake” method to make meth as well as other drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Teresa Marie Phillips, 49 of Milligan, and David Gene Legros Jr., 33, of Baker, were arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Phillips also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.







Grundy County, Tenn., deputies have rounded up more than 40 people during a two-month investigation that netted nine suspected methamphetamine labs from one end of the county to the other.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Hodges said investigators in the probe that began in April used data on pseudoephedrine purchases that revealed an “extensive network of Smurfs,” the people who collect pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine for meth cooks to use to make the illegal drug.

The network spanned “all corners of the county” and included labs set up in “nice homes, run-down campers, and several out in the woods,” Hodges said.

Officials called the numbers of people involved in the small rural county “startling.”


• Daniel Kilgore, 37, Monteagle, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Cecelia Nunley, 44, Monteagle, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• James Jenkins, 43, Monteagle, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Jeff Jenkins, 47, Monteagle, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Beatrice Nolan, 62, Tracy City, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• William Cannon, 48, Monteagle, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Chris King, 42, Beersheba, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Amanda King, 34, Altamont, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Justin Barks, 25, Beersheba, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Teesha Manley, 20, Tracy City, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Casey James, 33, Gruetli-Laager, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Cody Hill, 3, Tracy City, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Lee Anderson, 28, Tracy City, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Jammy Curtis, 37, South Pittsburg, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine

• Amanda Comer, 31, Altamont, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Joseph Wideman, 33, of Palmer, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Heather King, 34, Palmer, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Paul G. Curtis, 49, Coalmont, criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine

• John H. Hobbs, 27, Altamont, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing and initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Patrick Killian, 26, Beersheba, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Tiffany Allen, 37, Palmer, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Dale Callahan, 44, Palmer, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Shawn Allen, 40, Palmer, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Catherine McGee, 25, Tracy City, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing and initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine

• Nicholas Callahan, 22, Palmer, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Candice Gilliam, 23, Tracy City, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Zach Rymer, 26, Altamont, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, methamphetamine manufacturing

• Jessica Dockery, 23, Tracy City, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Donnie Nolan, 45, Palmer, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

• Jeremy Hill, 35, Tracy City, methamphetamine manufacturing, promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing

Source: Grundy County Sheriff’s Office



Officials said the investigation makes the case for recent efforts to curb pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine sales through local ordinances, referring to towns in neighboring Franklin County where ordinances have been passed to require a doctor’s prescription to get the drug.

12th Judicial District Attorney General Mike Taylor says the new rules in Franklin should help but might elicit a court challenge eventually.

“One thing’s for sure, if you don’t have ‘psuedo,’ you don’t have meth,” Taylor said last week.








Texas Department of Public Safety troopers seized nearly $200,000 of methamphetamine during a Monday evening traffic stop in Carson County, Trooper Christopher Ray said.

About 6:09 p.m., a trooper stopped a 2006 Ford Escape traveling east on Interstate 40 near Conway, Ray said. The trooper found five bundles of meth weighing more than 5 pounds hidden in a door panel.

Cassie Lynn Mercado, 33, of Phoenix, and Candida Odilia Romero, 32, of Avondale, Ariz., were arrested and charged with first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, Ray said. They were booked into the Carson County jail.

Troopers believe the meth was being transported from Phoenix to Oklahoma City, Ray said.









The dangers of manufacturing methamphetamine can remain long after the operation ends, possibly endangering unsuspecting residents who move into a dwelling where meth once was produced.

When meth is made, “some of the fumes produced as the chemicals react to each other” can affect “people in very serious ways” because they saturate flooring, walls and other porous materials, said Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry. “The fumes pose a primary” danger of injury, “and sometimes it’s permanent lung injuries.”

In addition, when law enforcement officers find a lab, they have no way of knowing if it was the first time the drug had been made there or if “it’s the 50th time,” he said. Making repeated batches of the drug could mean the walls and flooring are more saturated with the toxins.

Because there apparently is no standard practice for cleaning up the property so it can be occupied again, or who should pay for it, unsuspecting people could move into a residence and be put at risk, Perry said.

The issue is “about public safety,” he said, because a young family potentially could buy or rent property that once housed a meth lab. If the property was not cleaned up — or not cleaned up properly and inspected — the family could be at risk, he added.

The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and other agencies are “trying to come up with guidelines” for when a dwelling can be habitable again, Perry said. But “so far, I’m finding out that what is considered safe” before a property can be occupied “involves a substantial cleanup.”

Perry is raising alarms about the issue because it appears to be a growing problem in Henry County. Last week, he told the Henry County Board of Supervisors that five meth labs had been discovered in the county in the last nine weeks.

“This is a new harm, in a sense,” Perry said of the drug’s potential impact on the entire community.

Not only is meth a new harm, but it is an expensive one. At the supervisors’ meeting, Perry estimated the costs associated with only removing and disposing of the toxins at $2,500 — far less than the estimated $10,000 to $20,000 cost of making a property safe for residents.

Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith, who has dealt with the meth issue since he took office, said the costs of cleaning property in which meth labs are found are “left up to land owners. Obviously, the locality is not going to be responsible for (cleaning up) the part of the property that is damaged” by making meth.

The Henry County supervisors broached the idea of requiring property owners to pay for the cleanup. No action was taken.

Later in the same meeting, the supervisors gave Perry’s office an additional $5,000 from the board’s remaining 2013 contingency fund to help offset cleanup costs.

Legislators also are discussing solutions to the cleanup issue, Perry said.

One idea discussed by some legislators is permanently affixing a notice to a property’s deed that a meth lab was found on the property, Perry said, adding that he has mixed feelings about that.

A new owner could buy the property and gut it, replacing walls, flooring, fixtures and furnishings, Perry said. In that case, “is the property probably safe? Yes it is. Suppose that new owner then lives there for 20 years. Are those toxins (from making meth) gone? Yes, they are gone,” but the permanent notice remains attached to the property’s deed.

Perry also said on Tuesday that ensuring rentals that once housed a meth lab are cleaned may pose a different problem.

That is because localities do not issue certificate of occupancy permits on rental properties, according to Perry and Henry County Attorney George Lyle.

It is a difficult situation and there are no easy answers, Perry said.

“You want to ensure that unsuspecting residents are safe from the possible health hazards” in a place where methamphetamine was made, “but I think that is something that will be looked at a lot harder now, because no one wants the taxpayers to suffer” and have to pay for the intensive cleanups.

Since there are no guidelines, Perry suggested that if someone is looking at renting or buying a property, they should contact their local police department or sheriff’s office to find out if meth had been made there. “That may be an avenue” at least until guidelines are created, he added.


West Monroe Police arrested Jason T. Brunson, 30, of 180 Ballard St., Farmerville, Saturday on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the arrest affidavit, police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling north over the Thomas Road overpass with an inoperable headlight.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, police asked the front seat passenger, identified as Brunson, to exit the vehicle.

While searching the vehicle, police found a used syringe, a piece of tin foil containing suspected methamphetamine, and two straws containing suspected methamphetamine.

Brunson said the items belonged to him.

He was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond was $4,500.

The driver was issued a verbal warning for the headlight.





The manufacture of methamphetamine in the U.S. — and Bartow County — isn’t  happening in kitchens, garages, basements or seedy motel rooms. Instead, it is  increasingly coming from our neighbors to the south.

“Between 2 and 5  percent of the drugs that are here originate here,” Bartow-Cartersville Drug  Task Force Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said.

According to a report from  The Associated Press last week, the smuggling of meth across the U.S.-Mexico  border has increased in recent years, highlighted by San Diego’s San Ysidro port  of entry, which accounted for more than 40 percent of methamphetamine seizures  in 2012.
The AP reported inspectors seized 13,195 pounds of meth along  the border last year.
The report is a reflection of what Mayton said  occurs locally. “All of them come from our southern borders, so it directly  affects what happens here.”
Although credit has been given to the  domestic crackdown on labs and the chemicals used to manufacture the drug,  Mayton said the problem of running meth from Mexico is not a new  one.
“During my career, it has always been predominantly from our  southern borders. [The crackdown] hasn’t forced it to come from somewhere else.  It has forced them to find other means to get it here,” said the 22-year veteran  of law enforcement.
To get the product here, manufacturers bring it  through checkpoints, walk it across the border and ship it in.

“[They  bring drugs] directly through checkpoints,” Mayton said. “They walk it across in  isolated regions where there is no checkpoint. They have border sensors all up  and down the border, but they can alleviate those things and get around them.  They are walking it across, sending it in trains, sending it in cars, in  trucks.”

Once across the border, he added, the drugs are staged in the  Southwestern United States and distributed in bulk shipments across the  country.
Joe Garcia, assistant special agent in charge of ICE  investigations in San Diego, told The Associated Press that children are caught  several times a week with methamphetamine strapped to their bodies. They are  typically paid $50 to $200 for each trip, carrying 3 pounds on  average.
Drivers, who collect up to $2,000 per trip, conceal  methamphetamine in bumpers, batteries, radiators and almost any other crevice  imaginable. Packaging is smothered with mustard, baby powder and laundry  detergent to fool drug-sniffing dogs.
Crystals are increasingly dissolved  in water, especially during the last year, making the drug more difficult to  detect in giant X-ray scanners that inspectors order some motorists to drive  through. The water is later boiled and often mixed with acetone, a combustible  fluid used in paints that yields clear shards of methamphetamine favored by  users. The drug often remains in liquid form until reaching its final  distribution hub.
Although “miniscule amounts” of meth are made here, the  increase in production outside the border may be a simple matter of  economics.
“Why do you think it’s more costly? … It’s actually cheaper  to make it there,” Mayton explained. “They get bulk precursors there. The  oversight there is not what it is here. The regulations that are put on imports,  and even the regulations that are put on retail inventory is not that way there.  All that stuff is readily available there for them to make meth. Their law  enforcement presence, they have so much corruption in their law enforcement as  it is.
“It’s actually easier for them to make it there, bring it here.  The people they are sending it with are expendable. These are not important  people bringing it into our country; these are people that, if they get caught,  that’s the cost of doing business.”
On a cost-to-cost analysis, meth  presents a better return on investment than marijuana.

“I want to say  there is a better profit margin in meth because they are able to bring smaller  amounts and make more profits,” Mayton said. “… They have to send so much more  of the weed to make that kind of money, which they are making great money off  the weed, but they can send smaller amounts of the meth and make the same amount  of money for a larger amount of weed.”

And cost is a factor in fighting  the war on drugs.
“We have seen a reduction in the number of labs since  the legislation [monitoring the sale of] Sudafed. We were doing anywhere from 35  to 55 labs a year, and now we are doing maybe five a year. And we are OK with  that. I would rather chase the other side of that coin as the labs,” Mayton  said. “It’s so taxing on us locally. Used to, before sequestration and all these  budget constraints, the federal government would assist us in paying for the  disposal of those hazardous materials. Now, that falls right back on us, and our  money is tight just like everyone else’s.”
The solution, however, is not  an easy one.

“The true solution is to shut down our borders … With the  immigration issues that are coming up, we’ve got to secure that southern  border,” Mayton said. “They’re still going to get it in here, but we will see a  significant reduction in the amount of drugs that are coming across if we shut  the border down. “Now, is that unrealistic and Utopian in nature?  Probably so. But I think we could do a better job than we are doing securing our  borders.”





A 59-year-old Tumwater man with an extensive criminal record was ordered held on suspicion of vehicular assault Monday after crashing his pickup into a motorcycle Friday on Capitol Boulevard.

The suspect was high on methamphetamine when he crashed, court papers state. Richard Dilberg was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.

 The crash seriously injured the motorcycle driver and its female passenger, court papers state. The motorcycle driver suffered neck and chest injuries, including broken ribs. The passenger suffered a compound leg fracture, facial injuries and a broken arm.

The woman riding on the motorcycle was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the collision.

“We’re very fortunate that no one died,” Thurston County deputy prosecuting attorney Christy Peters said during the hearing Monday.

Dilberg’s red pickup was attempting to make a left turn onto Israel Road about 4:30 p.m. Friday when it crossed Capitol Boulevard against the traffic signal and drove into oncoming traffic, Tumwater police detective Jen Kolb said.

According to court papers:

A Tumwater police officer arrested Dilberg at the nearby 7-11 store, where he exhibited signs of intoxication. The officer learned that Dilberg had dug a hole in some flower beds outside the 7-11 and buried something there. The officer found a marijuana cigarette in the flower bed.

Dilberg did not suffer serious injuries, but had a blood draw at Providence St. Peter Hospital to test for impairment. He admitted he had smoked marijuana and methamphetamine about an hour prior to the collision.

Dilberg was being held Monday on suspicion of two counts of vehicular assault, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

He has prior arrests for auto theft, possession of stolen property, shoplifting, hit and run, driving under the influence, theft, aggravated assault and other crimes.

Said Peters during Monday’s court hearing: “He’s been committing felonies in this state since 1975.”

Colleton County Sheriff’s Office personnel arriving at a Cannon Road home to serve a search warrant reportedly walked into a working methamphetamine lab.

Members of the sheriff’s office Special Response Team and SWAT were sent to the home at 3717 Cannon Road in Round O armed with a warrant obtained after narcotics agents located evidence that indicated the presence of a lab.






The search of the property resulted in the discover of a moderate-sized “one pot” that was in the process of cooking methamphetamine.

Officers backed out of the home and contact the regional office of the Drug Enforcement Agency to have a meth disposal team dispatched to the home.

When the agents arrived and entered the home the reported found a unreported quantity of methamphetamine, a second active “one-pot” lab and a cache of chemicals, bi-products and lab equipment.

While the DEA agents were rendering the meth lab site safe sheriff’s office personnel called Colleton County Fire-Rescue’s hazmat team to the residence to handle the decontamination of the two suspects.

A short decontamination line was established in the yard next to the residence and firefighters dressed in protective gear used a make-shift shower to remove possible poisonous materials from the suspects.

After they were decontaminated the two suspects were given Tyvex suits to wear to the detention center.

The resident of the home, Stacy Lynn Gibson, 35 and Frank Smith Jr., 44, of Ridgeville, were each arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamines and manufacturing of methamphetamines.







U.S. Border Patrol agents on Sunday seized 17 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $160,000 at the Interstate 19  checkpoint north of Tubac.

A canine team from the Nogales Border Patrol Station was alerted to suspected narcotics in a vehicle, prompting a secondary investigation, according to a press release.

Drugs confiscated

Agents found the methamphetamine concealed in both rear wheel wells. The two suspected smugglers were Mexican nationals.

Also Sunday, agents working at the State Route 80 checkpoint seized 150 bricks of marijuana concealed in boxes of masonry tiles. The marijuana weighed 150 pounds and had an estimated value of $75,000.

On Saturday morning, agents working at the State Route 191 checkpoint discovered two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle two illegal immigrants in the trunk of their vehicle, according to agents.





SEPANG: An Indian national was arrested for smuggling RM1.8mil worth of drugs by hiding them in iPad covers.

Claiming to be a salesman, the man, 31, had landed around 1am on June 25 at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) from Kolkata, India, when he was stopped by Customs officers.



A scan of his luggage showed that the man had hidden packets of methamphetamine in the lining of 29 iPad covers.

A total of 9.55kg of methamphetamine worth RM1.8mil was seized.

KL International Airport (KLIA) Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said the man had been remanded for 10 days to facilitate investigations.

Another large bust took place when customs officers at the KLIA Pos Laju centre detected a parcel containing methamphetamine on Saturday.

“The parcel was marked to contain 40 packets of coconut milk powder but 19 of them had drugs with a total value of RM1.25mil,” he said.

He added that they were tracking the smugglers behind the parcel.