8246977_GHewitt Police are crediting watchful neighbors for tips that eventually lead to breaking up what they say was a distribution point for meth.

Multiple emails were sent to law enforcement over the weekend about suspicious activity at the house at 228 Neely Rd, including license plate photos and a count of over 20 cars stopping at the house in two hours. Police watched the location and at around five this morning made a traffic stop on a car that had made a quick stop at the house.8246976_G

When the car was stopped on Old Temple Rd, officers found a quantity of meth in the car and the driver, Joseph Moreno, wearing a bulletproof vest and sporting a police baton. Officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence. At 11 am, with the assistance of Woodway PD’s SWAT team, officers made entry into the house and discovered three people inside. Just before officers entered, another vehicle was seen leaving and stopped. Jose Alverez was arrested for having meth and tampering with evidence. Melissa Huffman was arrested for having meth, and Jonathan Franco was arrested for possessing hydrocodone and xanax.

We will update this story as it develops.

http://www.kxxv.com/story/29484272/hewitt-police-credit-vigilant-neighbors-in-meth-bust

KINGMAN – A sweaty, yelling Kingman man was arrested June 26 after Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies stopped his vehicle in a parking lot.66547a

John Wesley Eaton, 31, was arrested for unlawful flight from law enforcement, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies.

Deputies said they stopped Eaton at 2:20 a.m. in a parking lot at the corner of Benton Street and Northern Avenue. Deputies observed Eaton was sweating profusely, with sweat dripping from his forehead and nose. Eaton also was panicking and yelling, said deputies.

Eaton put the car into gear and sped away, and deputies followed the vehicle. He pulled into a driveway in the 3500 block of Quail Lane, said deputies, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, said deputies. Eaton was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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A tip from a passer-by led Chemung County Sheriff’s Office to methamphetamine-making materials off Watercure Hill Road in the Town of Elmira.

The sheriff’s office was called to a pedestrian’s illegal dumping complaint at 1:23 p.m. Monday to a wooded area off the north shoulder of Watercure Hill Road, according to the sheriff’s office.B9317989809Z_1_20150706182019_000_GDVB9EDFO_1-0

Investigators determined the garbage bag contained meth-making materials and hazardous waste associated with the production of meth. There were approximately 11 containers similar to “Gatorade” bottles and soft drink bottles used to manufacture Meth in the “One Pot Method,” according to investigators.

They also found residual waste, chemicals and other lab equipment. The volume of evidence was significant and could have posed health and environmental concerns, investigators said.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with the investigation. Investigators ask anyone with information to all the Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 7373-2933.

http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/public-safety/2015/07/06/meth-making-materials-found-woods/29791311/

A Palmerston North man has been photographed by police cradling a methamphetamine pipe in his hands while he slept in a car.

Anthony Ronald Gabolinscy, 21, has a habit of being found in compromising situations by police, the Palmerston North District Court heard on Tuesday.

He was once found cycling through the middle of Palmerston North with a filleting knife down his pants, and has also been caught by police with other weapons and methamphetamine.

Defence lawyer Jacinda Younger said it was all part of Gabolinscy’s pattern of drug addiction.

He had the knife in his pants because he had drug debts and thought he needed to protect himself.

Police found him sleeping in his car, which was in his driveway but slightly outside his property, and they photographed him with the pipe.

Younger said that made pleading guilty an easy decision.

Judge Josephine Bouchier sentenced Gabolinscy to nine months’ imprisonment for possessing utensils, methamphetamine and weapons, as well as a breach of release conditions.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/70042003/meth-addict-caught-asleep-cradling-pipe

Jackson, SC – An Aiken County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy and investigators arrested two people on felony drug and weapon charges during a traffic stop in Jackson, South Carolina on Sunday.kight-ross

Sunday, around 11:35 am, the K-9 Deputy was patrolling in the area of Forman Road in Jackson and stopped a silver Lincoln for speeding and dark tinted windows, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Patricia Elizabeth Ross, 30, of Jackson, was driving the vehicle and could not produce any identification and neither could Bruce Edwin Kight, 57, of Jackson. Kight was the sole passenger in the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, the deputy’s investigation found that Kight had a warrant for Trafficking Methamphetamine and evidence of drug usage in the vehicle. During the search, the deputy found a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, a sum of cash exceeding $18,000, and 4 guns.meth-bustt4yet

Investigators were called to the scene where the drugs, guns, money, and the vehicle were seized. The suspects were taken to the Aiken County Detention Center and placed on hold until warrants could be issued.

Ross was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine 10-28 grams. As a result of this investigation, Kight was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine more than 400 grams, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. Kight was also booked on an existing warrant for Trafficking Methamphetamine.

http://wjbf.com/2015/07/06/methamphetamine-traffickers-arrested-by-k-9-handler-during-aiken-county-traffic-stop/

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico found 15 liters (four gallons) of liquid methamphetamine hidden in iced tea cans at a package delivery firm.

Photos of the seizure issued Monday show about 22 large cans of various flavors of supposed tea. But instead of tea, the cans contained a dark, liquid form of meth.

The seizure occurred in the northern city of Monterrey. One person was detained.

http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-seizes-liquid-meth-hidden-iced-tea-cans-022209322.html

Hong Kong womanA Hong Kong woman was arrested at an immigration control point last night as she attempted to smuggle two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a box of lychees, according to the Customs and Excise Department.

The alleged drug courier, 35, evaded detection on the mainland China side of the Lo Wu border crossing but was stopped on the Hong Kong side at about 6pm on Monday.

The woman was stopped and her luggage searched after she was seen acting suspiciously, according to a customs officer.

He said two packages of the drug, also known as Ice, with an estimated street value of HK$854,000 were found in a box of lychees she was carrying.

“The two packages were hidden under lychees inside the box,” the officer said.drugs were allegedly concealed

He believed the consignment was for local consumption. Officers are still trying to find out who the intended recipient of the drug was in Hong Kong.

The woman, who is unemployed, was escorted to her home in Mong Kok during a follow-up investigation, but no further seizures were made.

“Initial investigation showed she was paid HK$14,000 to smuggle the drug from Shenzhen to Hong Kong,” the officer said.

In the afternoon, the suspect was still being held for questioning at the headquarters of Hong Kong Customs in North Point and had not been charged.

It is the second similar drug-smuggling attempt at the same border checkpoint in a month.

On June 5, customs officers arrested a 29-year-old man and seized 710 grams of Ice at the immigration control point when he returned to Hong Kong from Shenzhen. The drug was concealed in a pressure cooker he was carrying.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

Figures show police and customs officers seized 152kg of methamphetamine in the first four months of this year, a 21 per cent increase from the same period last year.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1834128/drug-smuggler-held-hong-kong-border-had-2kg-crystal-meth

A Rochester-area man who authorities have identified as a member of the Hell’s Angels and whose criminal activity gives him ties to Genesee County entered a guilty plea in Federal District Court yesterday to being an accessory after the fact to an assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

Timothy M. Stone, 35, of Gates, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

Stone first made news locally as part of a five-man operation caught by deputies allegedly stealing scrap metal from Ed Arnold Scrap Processors in Corfu.

He is identified by authorities as an associate of James Henry McAuley Jr. (aka “Mitch”), reputedly a Hell’s Angels leader. McAuley was reportedly married to Donna L. Boon (aka Donna L. McAuley). Boon, of Batavia, was originally identified as a suspect in a meth ring headed by Donald G. Vanelli, reportedly a one-time president of the Road Agents Motorcycle Club. Vanelli is currently in federal prison as a result of his arrest in a joint FBI and Local Drug Task Force investigation into the meth trade in and around Batavia in July 2009.

Stone’s guilty plea stems from his participation in an assault at Spenders Bar, in Rochester, on May 31, 2006. A patron was assaulted with a baseball bat. Federal authorities say Stone was aware that Spenders had video surveillance equipment and that the assault was recorded and stored on a computer. In the early morning hours of June 2, 2006, Stone forcibly removed the hard drive and took it from the bar. He later destroyed the hard drive and baseball bat in order to hinder the police investigation.

In all, 10 members of the Hell’s Angels were indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for WNY. Members and associates were charged with a variety of crimes, including drug trafficking, racketeering and accessory offenses. To date, two other defendants – Richard E. Riedman and Paul Griffin – have been convicted of narcotics conspiracy charges. McAuley, Robert W. Moran Jr., and Gina Tata have charges pending stemming from the alleged assault at Spenders Bar.

Prosecution of the scrap metal heist was handled by federal authorities and the defendants were convicted.

http://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/rochester-man-with-criminal-ties-to-genesee-county-admits-to-federal-racketeering

SANDUSKY –  A Clyde couple was charged with possession of drug instruments and cultivating methamphetamine after a traffic stop in Sandusky last week, a police report says.B9317981500Z_1_20150706124551_000_G77B9B2OF_1-0

Ashley Walter, 27, and fiancee Andrew Spitzer, 29, face multiple felony charges after a search was conducted in which officers recovered plastic bags with residue. Walter admitted to officers that the residue was methamphetamine, according to the police report.

Officers also recovered metal boxes, plastic straws and needles containing residue in a search of a vehicle belonging to Walter.

According to the report, Walter admitted there were materials for a meth lab inside the vehicle, and investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation confirmed there was an active meth lab in the car.B9317981500Z_1_20150706124551_000_G77B9B2OG_1-0

“Due to the vehicle being in the vicinity of Adams Junior High, the charge (cultivating methamphetamine) was upgraded to a felony 1,” the report said.

In Ohio, the drug-free zone is considered to have a 1,000-foot perimeter.

The report says the vehicle, driven by Spitzer, was southbound on Hancock Street in Sandusky when it made several turns attempting to evade police before coming to a stop on East Adams Street.

Police identified the vehicle as registered in Walter’s name, with an active warrant for her arrest.

When officers approached the car, Walter and Spitzer were not in the vehicle and had entered a nearby library.

Both were stopped by an officer on duty at the library, and Walter was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.

The report said Spitzer continued reaching into his pocket when police stopped him. He consented to a search and the plastic bag with residue was found, the report said. He was also charged with possession of drugs, a felony, a misdemeanor count of possession of a drug instrument and a misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension.

Walter is being held without bond while Spitzer’s bond was set at $27,500.

Walter and Spitzer will appear in Erie County Municipal Court at 10 a.m. July 8.

http://www.thenews-messenger.com/story/news/local/2015/07/06/couples-car-meth-lab-police-say/29772199/

Amarillo, TX – At about 4:20 p.m. yesterday, The Texas Department of Public Safety performed a traffic stop on I-40, bringing in more than 1 pound of methamphetamine valued at more than $87,000.

A DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a Mercedes Benz traveling east on I-40, for a traffic violation near Bushland in Potter County.

The driver was identified as Scott Cheney of Paramount, Calif. During the stop, the trooper found methamphetamine near the engine area.

Cheney was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance of more than 400 grams, a first-degree felony, and was booked into the Potter County Jail.

The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No one was home when Carter County deputies and Lighthorse police served a search warrant at a South Carter Road residence late Friday. But when the 33-year-old man who occupied the residence found out lawmen were at his house he agreed to come home. And he almost did, before changing his mind and trying to outrun officers in a field near the house.Matlack Smith

Sheriff Milton Anthony said the search warrant was obtained based on information gained during an investigation into allegations  was using the house to sell methamphetamine. The search warrant was executed about 11 p.m. Although Smith wasn’t home, the sheriff said “items of evidence” were seized.

And then the unusual happened.

“The owner of the home contacted Deputy Gus Handke (lead investigator), and advised him she had made contact with Smith and he told her he was willing to return to the house,” Anthony said. “Deputy Handke told her to tell him that was a good idea.”

While some of the lawmen waited at the house, others “staged down the road.” Anthony said about midnight a car approached pulling into a nearby driveway and then immediately backed out and attempted to flee. The car was stopped. Smith bailed out, backpack in hand, and tried to outrun officers in an open field. During the chase Smith abandoned the backpack. However, he was caught and the backback recovered.

The backpack contained 7 grams of a substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine, as well as scales and other items used to sell the drug. The sheriff said Smith also asked for a cigarette from a pack he claimed was his. He then changed his mind and denied the pack belonged to him when he realized even more methamphetamine, packaged for sale, was stashed inside.

Meanwhile a 37-year-old Mannsville woman, identified as Misty D. Matlack and a passenger in the car, was detained when it was discovered she had a used syringe in her pocket that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a container that held another 2 grams of the drug.

Smith was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Smith has a criminal history of drug convictions and also faces an outstanding arrest warrant issued in January when he failed to appear for sentencing after pleading guilty to a similar charge.

Matlack was jailed on a pending charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Anthony said no drugs were found on the driver of the car, who voluntarily appeared at the sheriff’s department and submitted to an interview. He was later released.

“Those who sell drugs don’t take time off for a holiday and neither do we,” Anthony said talking about the fact the investigation rolled into the July 4th holiday.

http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20150705/NEWS/150709904

Sending money by check might not be as safe as you think.

A group of people addicted to methamphetamine started an illegal check washing scam to bankroll their habit.

 U.S. Postal Inspector Troy Sabby says it’s a fairly simple crime, “You get a chemical, you put it in a little wash bin, you can put a check in there, and the hand written ink will come off, and you can therefore use that check and put whatever you want in there.”

Ten con-men were making checks out to fake names and producing phony ID’s.

 “These people were able to get a hold of blank temporary driver’s license copies – and so then they were able to put whatever information they needed on there and they were very good at it,” said Sabby.

Sabby says the many times the losses were personal when checks were sent as gifts.

 “There were checks that were going you know to nephews and to grandchildren for birthdays and you know they find out later that their grandchild didn’t get their check and you know what is that kid thinking on their birthday and It’s a very hard crime for the victims to wash what they did to them away.”

Postal Inspectors advise that you check your bank and credit card statements daily to make sure there are no erroneous charges.

http://www.texomashomepage.com/story/d/story/illegal-check-washing-scam/47901/l1POEEPhAk-uEO3ZqrAoYA

The Strip lures people in with its lights, exclusive clubs and extravagant shows, but underneath its beauty lies a darker world. It is a world known as Sin City, where addictions can run wild. Narcotics are plentiful in that atmosphere.

For many drug users, it starts with innocent curiosity, but in this 24-hour town known for its easy access to the excess, curiosity can lead to a lifetime struggle.drug_addictions_p_0

Nevada is the fourth-leading state for drug overdose mortality rates, with 20.7 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities, according to a 2013 report by Trust for America’s Health, a Washington, D.C.-based health policy organization.

The number of drug overdose deaths — a majority of which are from prescription drugs — in Nevada increased by 80 percent since 1999, when the rate was 11.5 per 100,000, the report stated.

“Addiction and alcoholism is in any neighborhood, everywhere and anywhere,” said Heather Frost, director of the Women & Children’s Campus at WestCare, a nonprofit that includes services from substance abuse to homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence, treatment and prevention and mental health programs.

ADDICTION DESTROYS FAMILIES

Almost four years ago, Henderson resident Joe Engle came home to a hot house in the middle of July. He saw his son’s car in the driveway. It was around 1:30 p.m. when he noticed his dogs’ empty water bowls. He knew something was wrong.

After seven months of being clean, Joe’s oldest son, Reese, had died from a heroin overdose.

“It doesn’t matter where you live; addiction doesn’t discriminate, and it seems like it’s being more and more marketed towards suburbia,” Joe said. “If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would lock my son in the room, and I wouldn’t let him leave.”

Stimulants, including methamphetamines, are most commonly cited among primary drug treatment admissions in Nevada, according to the Nevada Control Update 2010 report.

Joe describes his son as an intense young man who was high on testosterone.

“He had a lot of girlfriends at a young age and was always on the move,” Joe said.

When Reese was in junior high school, things started to change. Little did Joe know that Reese and his younger brother Dylan began experimenting with painkillers.

“I’ve been drinking and smoking weed since I was 13,” Dylan said. “It was a natural progression for me to move along to something heavier like painkillers, but toward the end of my addiction, it became really expensive.”

Things quickly progressed.

Soon, there were constant fights inside the household. Joe’s sons had run-ins with the law, and money was always an issue.

Despite his son’s erratic behavior and trouble at school, Joe said he missed the initial signs that Reese had a problem.

“I may have dismissed it as puberty or written it off as stress,” Joe said. “I remember I had taken him to a halfway house, and he was 18 years old. He had his hoodie on, and his face was sunken, and he was pale. I remember distinctly asking myself, ‘How did my son turn into a junkie right in front of my eyes?’ ”

Despite knowing that his older brother died from a heroin overdose, Dylan switched to heroin because it was cheaper, and he enjoyed the “energy and enthusiasm” it created.

“I was so heavily addicted that my brother’s death didn’t faze me,” Dylan said. “I didn’t believe it could happen to me. Heroin took away all my worries and all of the fear that I had. It made me feel like the confident and outgoing person that I wanted to be. It was a euphoria.”

After Reese’s death, Joe started the There is No Hero in Heroin Las Vegas chapter to raise the curtain on the epidemic of heroin addiction. The nonprofit educates youths on the danger of drug use and provides scholarships for youths to get into sober living.

“There’s nobody who suffers more than the parent of a drug addict,” Joe said. “To watch somebody that you raised and sat up with when he was 4 years old and he had an asthma attack, and you spent the night in the hospital with him, and you sat there and patted his back all night long, and he looked up at you like you were his hero, and you couldn’t do anything wrong with him. To know that I don’t have any defense, that I cannot fix what’s wrong with him — that’s harder than anything that I had to go through myself.”

LAS VEGAS UNDERGROUND

Australia native and president of WestCare Alumni Nevada Barbara Starzynski said she began experimenting with drugs when she was 8 and stole cigarettes. At 13, she tried marijuana and ecstasy.

Almost 20 years later, Starzynski moved to Las Vegas because she craved adventure.

“In the beginning, it was difficult. I was without family and friends. I didn’t know this city, and in all honesty, the city is very challenging. The good and the bad of Las Vegas swept me up,” Starzynski said. “I was into a lot of different things — the party scene, the gang scene and the drug scene. That’s kind of where my addiction really took off.”

In 2008, after trying cocaine, she was introduced to methamphetamine through a club promoter at a nightclub.

That initial taste, which Starzynski describes as “an instant euphoria and a numbing feeling,” turned into a $200-a-day drug habit.

Methamphetamine is a poison. It consumes you from the inside out,” Starzynski said. “It swallowed me as an individual. It swallowed my soul. It destroyed me internally and made me into a criminal at times.”

Soon, her family stopped talking to her, and her physical appearance became depleted. At her lowest, she weighed 112 pounds. Her skin was colored with what she describes as “a gray kind of tinge,” and she did not eat or sleep for days at a time.

After giving birth to her daughter, Child Protective Services took her away.

“I wasn’t only addicted to drugs and alcohol, but I was addicted to the street life and the hustle and the game and the fast pace of Las Vegas,” Starzynski said. “As an addict, I used it to cover my feelings. It numbed me from depression and isolation.”

THE JOURNEY TOWARD RECOVERY

Dylan may have been one of the lucky ones.

Just last month, he said his 21-year-old friend died from a heroin overdose.

With support from family and willpower, Dylan went clean on May 24, 2012.

“Before I got clean, I spent a month and a half working and staying at my uncle’s house only to pick up heroin after work and go to my room and sit there alone,” Dylan said. “It was the most detached I’ve felt. It was that inner darkness that I felt sitting in that room that made me want to change.”

He soon moved into sober living and kept himself occupied.

It was then that he was able to grieve for his dead brother and escape the grip of his addiction.

“If parents think there’s a problem with their children using drugs or alcohol, then there probably is,” Joe said. “Take action, and don’t give up hope. While they’re breathing, there’s still hope.”

While Joe may question his sons’ paths in life, Dylan said that his drug dependency formed because of a void he felt he needed to fill.

“I came from a great family that raised me well and provided me with everything,” Dylan said. “There was no reason for me to become a drug addict. There was nothing my mom or dad could have done differently. It was just something inside my mind that felt off. I dealt with that my whole life until I found drugs and alcohol to fix that insecurity.”

Starzynski had her breaking point from methamphetamine after visiting her 6-week-old daughter at Child Haven.

“I picked her up from the foster mom, and she wouldn’t look at me, and she was having an anxiety attack,” Starzynski said. “She didn’t know who I was, and she didn’t recognize me as the familiar, safe person that I was supposed to be for her. I wanted to do anything not to have that happen again.”

Once at the Women & Children’s Campus at WestCare in the northwest valley, Starzynski learned that she was an addict —something with which she never associated herself.

“I was doing drugs; I never thought I had a problem,” she said.

She soon began receiving treatment.

“You never really overcome addiction. It’s a lifelong process,” Starzynski said. “An addiction is something greater than me. I’m that person where one drink isn’t enough, and one drug isn’t enough. It’s beyond me as an individual, and it’s something that has a hold on me that I have to be aware of.”

Frost said the key to success is honesty, willingness, openness and the ability to be extremely vulnerable. Alyson Martinez, deputy director at the Women & Children’s Campus at WestCare, added that the client has to want to change first and foremost.

Martinez said that, recently, WestCare officials saw a heroin wave, but last year, synthetics such as bath salts and synthetic marijuana were popular. Methamphetamine, prescription drugs and heroin are constantly an issue, she added.

“A person in recovery is never recovered,” Frost said. “That doesn’t mean they’re struggling their whole life. It just means they have a healthy respect for the disease they have. It takes sometimes going through the gates of hell to rise up into heaven.”

http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/community-organizations/filling-void-battling-drug-addiction-sin-city

A majority of respondents to the Lebanon Daily Record’s weekly poll said a multi-effort approach is the way to combat methamphetamine addiction in the area. 5599a2eb885aa_image

For the first time in 10 years, Missouri is not leading the list of states with most meth labs, instead ranking third, with 1,495 meth labs found in 2014. The 25 percent drop from the previous year’s total could be a result of changing enforcement tactics or new, more powerful drugs being imported from Mexico, according to realclearpolitics.com. Third is still very high atop the list of 50. So meth is still a major problem in the Show Me State.

The poll area residents took online last week asked what can be done in Lebanon and Laclede County to address the methamphetamine addiction problem in the area. The poll offered the following options:

  • More anti-drug education in the schools
  • Stronger law enforcement measures
  • More effective rehabilitation programs
  • A law regulating pseudo ephedrine sales
  • All of the above
  • A solution other than those listed
  • Nothing will help

A total of 274 people responded to the poll, and nearly 39 percent of all responders said all the above measures of more regulations, rehabilitation programs, stronger law enforcement and education in the school systems are the answers to mitigating the meth addiction issue in the area. The next two highest responses were stronger law enforcement measures at 19.3 percent and more effective rehab at 18.2 percent.

http://www.lebanondailyrecord.com/news/local/article_3718cbfe-235e-11e5-909d-eb6ae047ba25.html

EDMONDS, Wash. – A man suspected of burglarizing at least three homes while high on meth was captured Friday after a wild foot chase through an Edmonds neighborhood, police said.

The incident unfolded in the 18400 block of Homeview Drive when a homeowner called 911 to report that a bare-chested man had broken into his house, said Sgt. Shane Hawley of the150703_edmonds_burglary_660 Edmonds police. When confronted, the suspect ran out of the house without harming the homeowner or his family.

As the suspect continued to run around the area, other homeowners began calling 911 with sightings of the suspect. He then broke into a second home nearby and stole food, Hawley said.

Local police and Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies brought a K-9 police dog to the scene to track the suspect. Meanwhile, another homeowner in the area spotted the suspect on the roof of a house.

When officers arrived at that house, the suspect was already off the roof. The police dog then led officers to a large storage shed nearby, where the suspect was hiding in the loft with the doors barricaded.

The man refused to surrender and ended up fighting with officers. He was finally subdued and taken into custody with the assistance of the police dog and a Taser. He was evaluated by medics and taken to the hospital.

The stolen food was found inside the shed, and police determined that a third home had also been burglarized during the crime spree.

The suspect, later identified as a 30-year-old Bellevue man, admitted to being high on methamphetamine at the time of the burglaries, Hawley said.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of multiple counts of burglary.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Edmonds-police-Bare-chested-burglar-arrested-after-foot-chase-311599231.html

Authorities say they arrested a Rome woman Friday after items she had on her tested positive for meth5597699f6bd15_image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Bailey Anastasia Warren, 27, of 410 E. 19th St., is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.

Police found Warren with a needle and some cotton that had a substance on it. That substance later tested positive for meth.

Warren had no bond Friday night.

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/police_fire/positive-drug-test-leads-to-arrest-of-rome-woman/article_3012f2c6-220a-11e5-97e8-9b4339716013.html

Officers in the process of serving warrants on a Faust Street man on June 28 discovered he had an active methamphetamine lab “bubbling” in his vehicle.

Robert Lee Kearse IV , 34, 388 Faust St., was charged with possession/manufacturing of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Dilon Malcolm Padgett, 21, of 219 Apache Road, Bamberg, who was with Kearse, was charged with possession/manufacturing of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two men were arrested when officers went to serve warrants on Kearse related to a June 1 incident after spotting him in a vehicle with Padgett on June 28.

The warrants stemmed from an incident in the parking lot of the New China restaurant when officers had approached Kearse after seeing him driving erratically and then parking in a manner as to take up multiple spaces. He was compliant but fidgeting and “tweaking” as officers questioned him about his involvement with methamphetamines, the report states. Kearse admitted he had recently smoked some meth and had some in his possession, the report states.

A search of the vehicle turned up meth, Xanax and drug paraphernalia, according to police. There were three juveniles in the vehicle with the man during the June 1 incident. Warrants were sought at that time.

On June 28, officers approached Kearse in the Bi-Lo parking lot to serve the warrants. While being placed under arrest, he told officers that he had a “bottle” in the vehicle, the report states. Due to their meth training, officers understood that “bottle” meant a pot lab which, if active, could explode, the report states.

Donning protective gear, officers searched the vehicle and located an active lab in the process of bubbling and “cooking” behind the front passenger seat, the report states. Additional drug paraphernalia was located in the vehicle, according to police.

http://thetandd.com/news/two-arrested-after-police-find-active-meth-lab-in-vehicle/article_9181ef87-96b9-5a2d-b2ce-58a96018e5a4.html

VERNON – Police seized what they describe as a mobile meth lab Thursday after getting a call about an “over-due” party.

On Thursday, shortly before 1 p.m., troopers were called to the area of I-84 west bound on the exit 67 ramp to locate a red Ford Transit van being operated by an “over-due” party. Police said the van’s driver, Sheng Clevenger, had not arrived at his destination and was considered missing along with his passenger, a 17 year old girl.meth-labasadada

The troopers quickly found the red van parked in the McDonald’s parking lot, off of I-84 exit 67. Police went up to the van and talked with the Clevenger and the girl and noticed a large amount of chemicals in the van.

The troopers recognized that the chemicals were used with the production of Methamphetamine, and that the van may be a mobile Meth Lab. Troopers immediately evacuated and the area and contacted the Connecticut State Police North Central Narcotics Detectives, Vernon Fire Department, DEEP HAZMAT Team, and the DEA. The Vernon Police Department and the East Central Narcotics Team were also on scene.

State Police North Central Narcotics Detectives and Special Agents from the DEA took the Meth Lab apart and seized a number items as evidence. The hazardous waste and explosive chemicals and materials were seized by DEEP HAZMAT. They also seized a facsimile handgun.

Clevenger and the girl were taken into custody. Police contacted the girl’s family and the Department of Children and Families and took her to the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center.

Clevenger, 24, of Salisbury, North Carolina, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Drug Factory, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Weapons in a Motor vehicle, and Reckless Endangerment.

He was held on $500,000 bond and will be arraigned in Rockville Superior Court on Monday.

The girl was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Drug Factory, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Weapons in a Motor vehicle, and Reckless Endangerment and will appear in juvenile court.

http://foxct.com/2015/07/03/state-police-seize-mobile-meth-lab-in-vernon-arrest-man-and-teenage-girl/

A Central Point man and former Klamath County jail deputy arrested in February on more than 30 sex-crime charges was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to 13 of them.

Darin Lee Mullica, 41, had sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl over several months in 2013 and 2014 and made video and photos of the encounters, according to a 32-count indictment filed Jan. 21. Darin Lee MullicaInvestigators also believe Mullica had given the girl methamphetamine, the indictment states. Mullica was arrested by authorities in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 22 on a Jackson County warrant and had been held on $1 million bail. Sheriff’s investigators said they believed Mullica had shared some of the images with other people in person and online.

Mullica unsuccessfully attempted to have evidence seized by investigators under a search warrant thrown out, and had planned to present an affirmative defense to the charges at trial, saying he didn’t know the girl was a minor and was thus unaware he was producing sexually explicit images of a child.

Mullica pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse, four counts of first-degree encouragement of child sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree possession of material depicting the sexually explicit misconduct of a child and delivery of methamphetamine. Other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement.

Judge Kelly Ravassipour sentenced Mullica to a total of 84 months in state custody. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender.

Under his plea, Mullica will be eligible for sentence reductions and alternatives and may receive credit for time already served. He avoided a potential Measure 11 sentence of 70 months in prison without parole or early release consideration.

The Herald and News in Klamath Falls reported in 2001 that Mullica, a former corrections deputy in Klamath County, had been arrested on charges of official misconduct and coercion for allegedly pressuring two female inmates into having sex with him. In 2002, he was convicted of two counts of first-degree official misconduct and sentenced to 30 days in jail and 48 months’ probation. He was later named a defendant in a lawsuit brought by one of the inmates against the county, which was later dismissed. State records show Mullica’s law enforcement certification was revoked in 2002.

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MAHOMET — Shanna Biggs was in her mobile home in Candlewood Estates early Friday evening when she heard a loud boom.

She and her mother, Debbie Bathe, assumed someone in their large mobile home park, on the east edge of town, was setting off fireworks again.

“We’ve been hearing them the last three days,” she said.

But when Biggs, who set out to visit a friend, rounded the street corner and saw her co-worker’s home, she suspected more than fireworks. Fire trucks were parked outside, and the glass in a northeast window of the home was blown out.

Soon the word on the street was a suspected methamphetamine lab had exploded.

“It’s more surprising than anything,” said Biggs, who works with James Payne, one of the people staying at the home.

One man remained hospitalized Saturday following what police say was a meth lab explosion at the trailer, at 362 Logan St.

Jerrad Ryan, whose age and address weren’t available, is being treated for burns at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, according to Champaign County sheriff’s Deputy J.R. Meeker. Ryan’s condition was not available on Saturday.

Sheriff’s investigators continue to investigate the explosion, Meeker said. He added no arrests have been made yet.

The explosion occurred at 5:44 p.m. It blew out a bedroom window on the northeast side of the trailer, which sits across from the park’s swimming pool and community building. It also blew the bedroom door off of its hinges and into the hall.

The Cornbelt Fire Protection District had set up fans to ventilate the trailer, Meeker said.

“There was no active fire at the residence,” he added.

When deputies arrived, they saw a broken window and glass fragments lying in the yard and Logan Street, Meeker said. They also saw torch marks on the siding underneath the window.

“Based on preliminary statements, it was determined it was a small meth lab explosion in that room,” he said.

Meeker said James and Casey Payne were at the residence when the explosion occurred.

“They said they were staying at the residence, which belonged to Casey’s parents who were out of town,” he said. The couple also said they allowed Ryan to come over, and “he cooked meth.”

Meeker said Ryan — whom his department isn’t familiar with — was at large when deputies arrived. However, while a deputy was speaking to a 911 dispatcher, officials at Carle Hospital in Urbana called the communications center to say Ryan had been treated there for burns to the arm, and was being loaded into a helicopter to be taken to the burn unit in Springfield.

After getting permission from the homeowners, deputies searched the trailer to make sure there were no other active meth labs or dangerous components lying around, Meeker said. They also took photographs and surveyed the scene. That’s when they noticed the bedroom door lying in the hall. They also found burned plastic bottles lying in the window sill.

“It appeared that the meth lab was a one-pot cooking or shake-and-bake method,” Meeker said. “They’re just putting all of the ingredients in one container.”

Bob Sisney — who lives a couple of trailers down on Logan Street — said he and a friend were outside working on his sidewalk and landscaping when they heard glass shattering.

“My friend thought it was someone … throwing glass in the Dumpster,” he said, pointing to the garbage bins next to the community building. “I said, ‘No, it’s too close for the Dumpster. I thought it had to be a wreck or something.”

When the men looked up, they saw smoke pouring out of the neighbor’s window, and the wind was carrying it their way.

“I noticed a really foul smell. It didn’t smell like wood burning,” said Sisney, who immediately was concerned for two small children who were at the house. Police said they weren’t inside at the time.

“Then I saw this dude running out of the house as hard as he could,” Sisney continued, adding the man was wearing jeans cut-off shorts and no shirt. “He ran to his van out in the street. He took off tearing down the road like a bat out of hell. (The van) had Indiana plates, so we assumed he was high-tailing it back to Indiana.”

Sisney said then, a woman came out of the trailer, grabbed a garden hose and “started to put out whatever was there.” He said police cars, as well as a crowd of curiosity-seekers, remained on the scene when he went to bed that night.

Sisney and Bathe both said they were surprised to learn about the suspected meth lab.

“It’s a trailer park. There are going to be trailer park people living here,” said Sisney, who has lived there for several years. He said he waves to the older couple who own the home where the explosion occurred, even though he doesn’t know their names.

“But there’s usually not any kind of trouble, at least that I’m aware of,” he said.

He pointed out that Holly Cassano was murdered in her mobile home in the park 5 1/2 years ago, but that was before he moved in. The 22-year-old’s stabbing death remains unsolved.

Candlewood is a very nice place to live,” added Bathe, who has lived there two years. She said it’s full of families, and the owners keep the place up. “It’s like a little town. We’ve never felt unsafe.”

Biggs said she works with James Payne at the Caseys on Prairie View Road, where she’s an assistant manager.

“They’re good people,” she said.

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Officers were sent to Wal-Mart, 2900 S. 9th, where they met a 42-year-old woman who said she was shopping at the store when she was accosted by an unknown man at knifepoint.

The woman told police the man started leading her to a restroom, but she pulled away and screamed. The man then punched her on the side of the face and started leaving Wal-Mart.

A store manager confronted the man and he threatened the manager with the knife. He was seen leaving the area in a white Ford Crown Victoria.

An officer later located a vehicle matching that description in the 1300 block of Crescent. Officers were able to locate the man in a residence in the 1300 block of Crescent and arrested him at 9:44 a.m.

Police have identified the man as Jerrid Logan, 31, of Delphos, Kansas. They say he had methamphetamine in his possession.

Logan was arrested and police are requesting he be charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, battery and possession of methamphetamine.

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Drug sniffing dogs can be helpful for police patrols, which turned out to be the case when a traffic stop in Shawnee resulted in the discovery of more than 3.5 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, police said.

Shawnee Police Sgt. Dan Shumaker said Sgt. Jon Goss was working traffic interdiction on Interstate 40 when he stopped a vehicle near U.S. 177 for a tag violation and other improper equipment.

“Sgt. Goss observed the occupants were acting very nervous and moving a lot in the vehicle,” he said.

Goss, a K-9 handler, conducted a K-9 sweep of the vehicle with the help of his K-9 partner, Rambo, who alerted on the vehicle.

As a result, police found digital scales and two packages of a liquid substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, Shumaker said.

“The total amount of methamphetamine substance recovered was over 3.5 pounds,” he said.

Arrested at the scene on complaints of aggravated trafficking were Kenneth Vigus, 34, Joshua Law, 33, and Kristina Armijo, 29, all from the Oklahoma City area, Shumaker said.

All three remained jailed Friday night, with Vigus held on a $50,000 bond and the other two held on $25,000 bond, jail records show.

Formal charges have not been filed.

The Shawnee Police Department has several K-9 officers.

“The use of K-9 teams can save hours of time for police officers conducting searches quickly and effectively,” Goss said.

http://www.news-star.com/article/20150703/NEWS/150709916

Teenage Methamphetamine Use

Posted: 4th July 2015 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth use among teens has been declining in the last decade, according to data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study (YRBS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2009 teen meth use was only about a third of what it was in 2001 for both 10th graders and 12th graders. Despite the reduction in prevalence in certain sectors of the teenage population, crystal meth has become the most dangerous drug problem of small town America. Kids between 12 and 14 that live in smaller, rural towns are 104% more likely to use meth than those who live in larger cities.

Methamphetamine, also known as speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal, or glass, is an extremely addictive stimulant.  Meth is made up of a white, colorless, bitter-tasting powder that adversely affects the central nervous system, sometimes permanently damaging and depleting the dopamine and serotonin nerve terminals in the brain. Meth is often snorted, ingested orally, injected and smoked.  A meth user will often describe a feeling of having a “flash” or “rush” effect (a feeling of euphoria) after administering the stimulant.

Signs and symptoms of meth use may include: agitation, aggression, confusion, euphoria, or paranoia, as well as a reduced appetite, weight loss, memory loss, disturbed sleep, and quickened breathing. Unintended side effects include addiction; anorexia; convulsions and hyperthermia, which can lead to death; damage to brain cells and neurons; irregular heartbeat, respiratory problems, and stroke. Meth is extremely addictive, and signs of addiction include a marked increase in secrecy, inability to maintain attention, and changes in attitudes toward money and spending habits.

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EVERETT — Police believe a man on meth and driving a stolen SUV caused a five-car crash Tuesday that sent three people to the hospital.

The collision occurred shortly after noon at Olivia Park Road and Evergreen Way.

The driver of a stolen Ford Explorer allegedly blew through a red light, causing the crash. He ran from the scene. The Ford Explorer had been stolen in Spokane over the weekend.

While police were investigating, a man reported that his rental car had been stolen from a Best Western hotel nearby.

The man told police he heard the collision and went to check on the condition of the people involved. In his haste, he left his rented Ford Focus running and it was stolen.

Police found the Focus on a dead-end street near a dog park north of 100th Street SW off 18th Avenue W.

A police dog was used to track the suspect who was arrested just east of Airport Road along Kasch Park Road. He allegedly was carrying a backpack stolen from the Focus.

The accident sent three people to the hospital. One suffered a serious neck injury. The other two had minor injuries, according to a police report.

The suspect, 26, is from Alaska. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing a stolen vehicle and three counts of hit and run.

Police found a meth pipe with burned residue in the stolen Explorer.

When he was arrested, the suspect was described in a police report as being “in an extremely agitated state, screaming, sweating, unable to hold still, jittery in his movements and slurring his speech.”

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150701/NEWS01/150709924

A woman was arrested in St. Augustine for manufacturing meth and cruelty toward a child after a 15-year-old was found in the house that held a suspected meth operation.

The house has been designated unsafe meaning no one is allowed inside because of dangers from the suspected meth lab.Brandy_Crane

Deputies said they found cooking materials that tested positive for meth in the bathtub and under the sink.

Brandy Crane, 38, was arrested for manufacturing meth, possessing meth and cruelty toward a child.

“It’s kind of scary that it’s right next door,” Chelsea Sugart said. “Just myself being a parent, I would never put my child in danger like that.”

Shugart said she saw a worker from the Department of Children and Families and law enforcement surrounding the home during the meth operation bust and spoke with a deputy to find out what happened.

“I said, ‘Is there something I should be concerned about because I live right next door with my two kids,’ and he said it was a suspected meth lab going on,” Shugart said.

Deputies discovered the suspected meth operation after checking on the welfare of a 15-year-old girl in the house after an allegation was made that the teen was in danger.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said the meth operation was known was one pot, meaning it was the smallest and cheapest way to produce the meth.

DCF said the 15-year-old was given medical check-ups and was put into the custody of her father and is now safe.

DCF is continuing to investigate the incident.

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