Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard by Irvine police investigating a call about a nude man wandering a nearby hiking trail, according to authorities.Marinovich%20Arrest

Marinovich, who once bore the nickname “Robo quarterback,” was booked on suspicion of trespassing; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana, Irvine police Commander Mike Hallinan said Monday.

Officers took the 47-year-old Dana Point resident into custody about 11 p.m. Friday.

“It is a tragic story. We found him hiding in a backyard. Someone else’s backyard. We responded to a caller stating there was a naked person on Venta Spur Trail,” Hallinan said.

The call came in about 9 p.m. and officers began scouring the neighborhood. They found Marinovich naked in a yard on Bluecoat, the commander said. “He was carrying the items in a brown bag,” Hallinan said.Marinovich%20Arrest%20Football

Marinovich has waged a very public struggle with drug addiction and has at times offered advice to others with similar issues. In recent years, the father of two has worked as an artist, painting public murals and other pieces.

Growing up in Orange County, Marinovich was a football standout at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and Capistrano Valley High, then went on to play for USC, where he led the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory in 1990. He was later drafted by the then-Los Angeles Raiders, but let go after two seasons.

In the late 1990s, he pleaded guilty to cultivating marijuana and illegally possessing prescription medications.

A brief career in arena football came to an end several months after he was arrested for heroin possession in 2000.

Marinovich was arrested for drug possession in 2005 and once again two years later.


IRVINE, Calif. — Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard in Southern

Irvine Police Cmdr. Mike Hallinan said Monday that Marinovich was arrested Friday night after a call saying a naked man was on a hiking trail near homes. The officers found him in a backyard holding a brown bag containing marijuana and a substance that appeared to be meth but police are awaiting lab results.

The 47-year-old Marinovich was a star quarterback at USC and the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1991, but drug problems drove him from the NFL after two seasons and he has had repeated run-ins with the law over drugs in the decades since.

Contact information for Marinovich or an attorney who could comment for him could not immediately be found.


KINGMAN — A Needles woman faces numerous drug charges after reporting a stolen car to a police officer.

A Mohave County grand jury indicted Deanna Marie Tucker, 49, Thursday on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of narcotic drugs for sale, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.

Tucker flagged down a police officer Aug. 9 near Rainbow Drive and Highway 95 to report a stolen car. The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana and searched the car she was in. She also turned over a container of marijuana to police, according to Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt.

Police also found heroin in a plastic baggie and methamphetamine all over the floorboard of the car.

Tucker also allegedly had meth hidden on her and tried to crush it up and destroy the drug as she sat in the back of the patrol car.

A search of the car revealed 11 grams of heroin and about 3.1 grams of meth, Fromelt said.



BULLHEAD CITY — An ill-timed stolen-vehicle report has landed a Needles woman behind bars.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Deanna Marie Tucker, 49, flagged down Bullhead City police officers near Rainbow Drive and Highway 95, department spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said.

Tucker wanted to report a vehicle stolen, Fromelt said.

In the vehicle she was in while making the report, officers reportedly could smell a strong odor of marijuana. Fromelt said Tucker then turned over a container of marijuana to officers.

Officers then asked for permission to search Tucker’s purse, Fromelt said, which was sitting on her lap.

When she turned over her purse, officers reportedly saw a clear plastic baggie between Tucker’s legs, containing a substance that appeared to be heroin.

Some drug paraphernalia and marijuana were also found in the vehicle, Fromelt said.

Tucker was then placed in a patrol vehicle, the backseat area of which officers later “saw had methamphetamine all over the floorboard,” Fromelt said.

“Tucker had meth concealed on her person and attempted to crush it up and destroy it with her hands and feet while in the back of the patrol car,” she said.

Paramedics took Tucker to the hospital under the suspicion she ingested some of the meth, Fromelt said.

A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up about 11 grams of heroin and about 3.1 grams of meth.

Once she was medically cleared, Tucker was booked on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, transportation for sale of a narcotic drug and tampering with physical evidence.

She was taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

Tucker was released Wednesday on her own recognizance. No information on a court date was immediately available.


OMAHA, Neb.Omaha police are searching for a suspected drug dealer who is accused of dealing methamphetamine. yrtjuyetyytue

Michael Cooley, 48, was caught four separate times last year with meth and cut-up, or imitation meth, according to court records.

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He was able to post bond, and has since disappeared.

Cooley is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Police need help finding him.

All tips go through a process in which the person supplying the information is given a code word and a number so he or she can’t be identified.

You can tip by calling 402-444-STOP, by using the mobile phone app “P3Tips,” or by emailing


NOGALES, AZ – On the evening of Oct. 14, 2015, a customs officer was working at an inbound traffic lane at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry when she heard a scuffle approximately 15 feet away, court records show.

The officer then heard a man shout that someone had punched him and stolen his bicycle.57b2523b51fec_image_

The assailant was subsequently detained when he tried to cross into the United States through the port while riding a bicycle. He was identified as Jorge Andres Tolano and taken into custody by Nogales Police Department officers.

After pleading guilty to a Class 5 felony count of robbery, Tolano, a 27-year-old Rio Rico resident, was sentenced Aug. 1 at Santa Cruz County Superior Court by Judge Anna Montoya-Paez to 1.5 years in prison, with credit for 194 days already served.

At the time of his detention, Tolano was reportedly sweating profusely and claiming that a Mexican cartel was after him to kill him. He also told a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer that the owner of the bicycle made hand gestures at him as if he were going to shoot him.

He told a probation officer a similar story during a pre-sentence interview on July 26, though this time he said the owner of the bicycle was making gestures as if he were going to hit Tolano, so he hit him first. When the bike owner started running toward Mexico, he said, he ran after him but then turned around and headed back toward the United States, grabbing the bicycle on the way.

According to his case file, Tolano denied using illegal drugs, yet tested positive for methamphetamine on the day he was arrested.



Violent Mexican Meth-Head Crosses Border On Stolen Bicycle


A Dallas man was sentenced last week to almost 20 years in prison after he tried to sell over 4 pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover officer and then drove his car into a lake while fleeing police.1471801201-6713cee9-ee27-42d7-9f88-0fbc328d94fe

Iran Zavala, 28, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

On June 29, 2015, Zavala agreed to sell 2 kilograms of meth for $32,000 to an undercover officer, court records show.

The officer, Zavala and his accomplice, 29-year-old Santiago Veliz, were to meet July 2 at a gas station on North Belt Line Road in Grand Prairie.

But before that, Zavala was pulled over by Grand Prairie police. He sped off in his Ford F-150 and threw the meth and a gun out the window as he drove, police said.

The police chase ended when Zavala drove his car into Mountain Creek Lake and crashed into a sailboat near a boat ramp.

Zavala is also charged with aggravated assault of a public servant after Grand Prairie police say he intentionally drove his pickup toward an officer trying to place spike strips on the road to deflate his tires.1471800040-download

The officer had not yet taken the spikes out of his trunk when he saw Zavala’s car swerve directly toward him at about 70 mph, police records show.

The officer jumped inside his squad car “to protect himself as best as he could,” according to the police report, and Zavala missed the car “by just a few feet.”

Zavala’s accomplice, who was also in the pickup, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in May and will be sentenced in October.

Veliz faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.


Police identified the suspect early Monday morning as 36-year-old Ricky Anderson of South Portland.

Anderson, who is being held without bail at Cumberland County Jail, has been charged with six counts — Class D domestic violence criminal threatening, Class D download%20_OP_5_CP__1471841843640_5720027_ver1_0criminal mischief, Class D obstructing the report of a crime, Class D domestic violence assault, Class B unlawful operation of a Methamphetamine laboratory and Class D unlawful possession of Methamphetamines.

According to police, South Portland PD officers responded to a domestic violence-related complaint at 497 Westbrook Street (Olde English Village) around 5:10 p.m. Sunday. Anderson’s girlfriend reported the incident, telling police she had been assaulted and threatened by her boyfriend, who was still inside the apartment. Police said she also indicated the presence of a mobile Methamphetamine lab inside.

When police arrived, the suspect refused to come to the door or answer his phone.

Due to the extreme toxicity and volatility of methamphetamine manufacturing, police said they responded heavily to secure the safety of other residents of the densely populated complex.

Law enforcement established a perimeter and evacuated the building. Upon double-checking each apartment to make sure it was unoccupied, police located and removed and elderly woman.

After several attempts to get Anderson to exit, police said members of the SWAT team entered and took the suspect into custody around 9:10 p.m. Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) Clandestine Lab Team subsequently aided in inspecting the apartment. Evidence of a meth lab was later recovered.

Residents of the apartment building were allowed to return at 10:30 p.m.

Agencies included in the peaceful conclusion: South Portland PD, Scarborough PD, Southern Maine Regional SWAT, South Portland FD, MDEA and Portland PD.

UPDATE – Police said they have a man in custody facing multiple charges.

Police said there were materials consistent with a meth lab in the apartment and are assessing those before letting resident back in.

The chief said police knew a gun was in the apartment, which required the serious response.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Police in South Portland responded to an “uncooperative” man in an apartment at the Olde English Village complex Sunday night.ryjrthzhzghh

The situation is still ongoing.

South Portland Fire Cpt. Robb Couture said they received a complaint around 5:20 p.m.

Police said one building in the entire complex was evacuated.

Hazmat and tactical teams, including the AmRad unit, showed up to assist with the incident.

The Red Bank Community Center was opened for 40-45 people who had been displaced by the incident.

“It will be a long night,” police told those waiting around. They also informed people who live in Building D of the complex that they may not be able to get into their apartments “for a while.”


TWO Asian men connected to the biggest methamphetamine haul seized by police in West Australian history have been jailed.

Jian Tat Ng, 22, and Chin Yeung Ng, 27, were among four men charged in Septemberdf4184d8e06848edb5968f39076b1acd last year after raids on a Canning Vale home and at an apartment and hotel room in Perth’s CBD uncovered 320 kg of the drug, worth an estimated $320 million.

The District Court of WA heard during sentencing on Monday that the pair were found with about 5 kg of high-purity methamphetamine and $385,000 in their Adelaide Terrace apartment.

When Chin came to Australia he had difficulty finding work in Sydney and Brisbane.

But in Melbourne, he met Jian and got a job handing out pamphlets for a brothel, and was approached to warehouse the drugs for HK $10,000, which he never received.

For a young man who wasn’t worldly, had intellectual limitations, wanted to send back b75fa51a426bc257f98ee68272fcd4c0money to his family and was worried about his ill mother, he was an obvious target for the drug syndicate, Judge Anthony Derrick said.

“The proposal that was put to you was too good to be true,” he said. “You were to some extent a pawn.” But he also planned to sell and use 42.2 grams of meth he separately stashed in Jian’s bedroom.

Judge Derrick told Chin that while he was not going to share in a huge profit, he nonetheless played a key role in the syndicate, acting as a “critical conduit” between suppliers and purchasers.

“You were playing an important role in disseminating methamphetamine into the community,” Judge Derrick said.

Jian, who lived in Malaysia before coming to Australia and had proceedings interpreted into Cantonese, derived no benefit from storing the drug, the court heard.

Chin was jailed for 12 years and will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

Judge Derrick noted Chin’s mother only had a few years left to live and it was unlikely he would ever see her again.

“This is tragic,” he said.

Jian was sentenced to two years and six months in jail, and will be eligible for parole after 15 months behind bars.

Two other men allegedly connected to the syndicate have pleaded not guilty and will stand trial.



MANILA — Killings by the police and vigilantes in the Philippines’ war on drugs have soared to nearly 1,800 in the seven weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office, the nation’s top police official told a Senate hearing on Monday.

Under Mr. Duterte, who campaigned on a pledge to rid the country of drug dealers, 712 suspects have been killed in police operations, National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said. Vigilante killings have totaled 1,067 during the same period, he said, although it was unclear how many were directly related to the illegal drug trade.23Philippines-web1-master768

The numbers represent a huge increase over those cited by the police last week, when they put the total at more than 800 since Mr. Duterte’s election on May 9. The new figures do not include killings that occurred between the election and his inauguration on June 30.

The police did not explain the sudden increase. Senators are expected to question them about the tally on Tuesday during a second day of joint hearings by the chamber’s committee on justice and human rights and the committee on public order and dangerous drugs.

Mr. Duterte is said to have incited the wave of killings with his vow to eradicate crime. He has said the police should “shoot to kill” when they encounter members of organized crime or suspects who violently resist arrest.

Human rights advocates have been horrified by the killings, but Mr. Duterte’s popularity has soared among a large segment of Filipinos weary of crime and enthusiastic about his pledge to rid the country of drug dealers.

Senator Leila de Lima, a longtime Duterte opponent who led the hearing on Monday, called on the government to end the killings.

“I strongly believe extrajudicial or extralegal killings, whether perpetrated by the state or by nonstate actors, must stop,” she said. “Blatant disregard for human life has to stop.”

Richard Javad Heydarian, who teaches political science at De La Salle University in Manila, said many members of the public were giving Mr. Duterte wide leeway to deliver on his promise to suppress the drug scourge within three to six months. Mr. Duterte’s “shock and awe” approach reflects not only his commitment to eradicating drugs, Mr. Heydarian said, but also extremely high public expectations.

“The more fundamental question at this point is, why the seemingly unprecedented support for the new president despite global criticism of his uncompromising approach?” he said. “I think it largely has to do with dissipated public trust in existing judicial institutions, a sense that the normal democratic processes are not coping with the magnitude of the crisis.”

In recent days, the president has lashed out at critics. On Sunday, he threatened to withdraw from the United Nations after two human rights experts from the world body urged the country to stop the killings. Mr. Duterte’s foreign minister later said the Philippines would not take that step.

Last week, Mr. Duterte sharply criticized Ms. de Lima, calling her immoral and accusing23Philippines-web4-master675 her of receiving money from drug dealers, a charge she emphatically denies.

On Monday, the senators heard from two women whose family members had been killed by the police.

Mary Rose Aquino, who testified wearing a bandanna, sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt so she could not be recognized, said her parents were found dead on June 20. Her father had been an informant for corrupt police officers who would raid dealers and take the drugs for themselves, she said. Sometimes the officers would smoke methamphetamine at their home, she said.

“I know who they are,” she told the senators. “I can recognize their faces, others by their names. My father was a police asset who informed police what houses to raid. They would then resell the drug.”

She said her parents had planned to get out of the drug trade, and she blamed the police for their deaths. She and her siblings have been hiding from the police since their parents died, she said, sobbing.

The senators also heard from Harra Kazuo, whose husband, Jaypee Bertes, and his father, Renato Bertes, were killed by the officers inside the Pasay City police station after they were arrested.

She told the committee that the police had been extorting money from her husband, a small-time drug peddler. She said he had been preparing to surrender to the police because he was afraid he would be killed. About 600,000 people suspected of being drug dealers or users have turned themselves in to escape being killed since the antidrug campaign began, the authorities have said.

Wearing large sunglasses and partly covering her face with a shawl, Ms. Kazuo told the senators that the police had beaten her husband and threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over his drugs, but that he had nothing to give them. The police strip-searched their 2-year-old daughter looking for drugs, she said. Renato Bertes arrived in the middle of the commotion, and the police beat him for insisting they show him a warrant, she said.

“If you want, we can shoot you all here,” Ms. Kazuo said one officer told them.

At the station, the police severely beat the two men, breaking her husband’s arm, according to a forensic report. The police said the two had tried to grab their guns and escape. Each man was shot three times.

Ms. Kazuo, who is seven months pregnant, said she had visited them at the station before their deaths and had seen that her husband was in poor condition. He asked for a doctor.

“He was leaning on the bars and had a hard time standing,” she said. “He had a difficult time speaking. That was the last time I saw them alive.”

After the hearing, Chief dela Rosa said he was surprised by the women’s testimony, which he said contradicted official reports. The Bertes case was rare, he said, because the two were killed inside a jail cell.

He said he would investigate Ms. Aquino’s account of police behavior.

“I will not tolerate this,” Chief dela Rosa said. “I myself will find these policemen.” But he said the campaign against drugs would not stop, because the police had orders from the president to eliminate drugs.

“The police now have the momentum,” he said.


An Eau Claire woman faces a criminal charge after police say she exposed her 7-year-old daughter to methamphetamine.
Melissa A. Stewart, 39, 5221 Glenbrooke Drive, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with a misdemeanor count of child neglect.Stewart-Melissa-082016-1

Stewart is free on $2,000 signature bond and returns to court Sept. 22. As a condition of bond, she cannot have contact with her daughter without the approval of the Eau Claire County Human Services Department.
According to the criminal complaint:
An Eau Claire police officer received a report July 13 from a child protective services worker that Stewart was using methamphetamine around her 7-year-old daughter.
The officer contacted Stewart at her residence, and she denied any illegal drug use.
The officer looked at Stewart’s arms and saw evidence of intravenous drug use.
The officer found a plastic bag with methamphetamine in Stewart’s bathroom.
Hair follicle tests from both Stewart and her daughter were positive for methamphetamine.
The girl’s grandmother told the officer she was concerned about Stewart’s drug use around the girl.
The girl once found a needle in her bedroom closet and brought it to her grandmother.
Tests conducted by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department showed the presence of methamphetamine in the 7-year-old girl’s bedroom dresser, bedroom ceiling and bedroom wall.


Tuscaloosa defense attorney John Fisher Jr. was arrested Friday and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, police say.

Tuscaloosa police say Fisher, 48, and Christopher Shane Rushing, 42, of Northport, were found in possession of two active “one-pot” meth labs on Friday.20954761-mmmain

Agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force seized 369 grams of meth oil during the investigation, according to police.

The investigation began when agents were informed that a suspect dropped off a backpack containing items believed to be components of a methamphetamine lab to an unreleased location.

Agents observed a second man arrive at the location and then exit carrying the backpack.

This second man was followed by police to an office located in the 1600 block of Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, police said.

Fisher’s law office is located at 1609 Greensboro Avenue, according to the law office website.

There officers continued to conduct surveillance and saw the first suspect arrive at the office and later walk out carrying the same backpack.

Both suspects, Fisher and Rushing, were then taken into custody by officers.

During a search of one of the suspect’s vehicles, agents found an active “one-pot” meth lab.

Fisher was released from jail after posting $250,000 bond. Rushing remains in jail on $250,000 bond.


CIRCLEVILLE – Three people were arrested Friday after employees at a local motel discovered the remnants of a possible methamphetamine cook.

Tabitha Munson, 37, and Jesse James Day, 21, both of Circleville, are charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, a third-degree felony. Dustin Reed, 32, also was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

According to Deputy Chief Robert Chapman, officers from the Circleville Police Department responded to the Budget Host Inn on U.S. Route 23 on a report of smoke coming from a dumpster.

Upon arrival, a motel employee reported they removed a plastic grocery bag from the dumpster that contained two plastic bottles emitting smoke and chemical fumes.

The Circleville Fire Department responded to the scene, Chapman said, and the items were found to be contraband believed to be the remnants of a possible meth cook.

The investigation led to the arrest of Munson and Day on the drug charges.

Reed, who was implicated in the meth operation, was stopped by officers near the scene and found to be in possession of a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

All three suspects were taken to the Pickaway County Jail, Chapman said.


JAMESTOWN, N.Y.Thirty-three pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana seized Thursday from inside a Jamestown home is, according to police, the largest drug bust in Chautauqua County history.

Juan Pacheco, 34, of Main Street in Jamestown could face between 8 and 20 years behind bars if rhkw4[-yhi[4-4yconvicted, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

“If anybody believes these drugs were just destined for Jamestown, we don’t have the population to sustain that weight, so he is definitely an upper-level dealer who is providing drugs outside the City of Jamestown,” said Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings.

Police said the drugs have a street value of $2.4 million.

Nearly $140,000 in cash was also recovered.


While the number of heroin-related arrests in San Juan County has grown in the past three years, meth is still more prevalent in northwest New Mexico

FARMINGTON — Local public health officials are fighting a growing opiate epidemic as lawmakers in Congress debate how to fund the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, a bipartisan bill passed in July that would strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery efforts nationwide.

The U.S. saw a four-fold increase in heroin-related overdose deaths between 2002 and 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Mexico has the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country, second only to West Virginia, the CDC states, and 61 percent of those deaths resulted from an opiate, which includes heroin.

A rise in heroin use has paralleled an increase in the prescribing of opiate medication to treat chronic pain, which the CDC says is contributing to the current epidemic.

Though the number of heroin-related arrests in San Juan County has grown in the past three years, methamphetamine remains the drug of choice in northwest New Mexico. And the meth problem appears to have significantly worsened in the past three years. Officials say opioid treatment efforts can be expanded to deal with other substance addictions.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, spoke with reporters Tuesday in a media conference call about the need for federal funding to address opiate addiction, a “serious issue that is tearing apart the fabric of our communities.”

In May, Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which would authorize the expenditure of $1.2 billion over the next two years to combat heroin and prescription pill abuse.

The bill was co-sponsored by 90 Democratic House members, but it died in a subcommittee not long after it was introduced.

Luján said Tuesday that congressional Republicans have stymied efforts to secure funding for the issue. Republicans have said funding should be addressed in the appropriations process.

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, said in an emailed statement that signing the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, or CARA, into law was significant for states such as New Mexico.

“For too long, drug abuse has plagued our communities, and it is time to put forward solutions that can help people affected by addiction,” Pearce said. “The bill passed by the House, Senate, and signed into law ensures Americans struggling with drug abuse have access to important resources in their local communities.”

Pearce did not answer questions on how Congress would fund the bill.

“For every one dollar you invest in effective addiction treatment, it pays itself back seven times in the savings to society, in reduced health care costs and the cost of repeated incarceration.”

San Juan County reported 111 overdose deaths from 2010 to 2014, a rate of about 18.2 deaths per 100,000 residents. New Mexico reported 2,464 overdose deaths in that same period, a rate of 24.3 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Sgt. Kevin Burns of the Region II Narcotics Task Force provided statistics that indicate the number of meth arrests more than doubled between 2013 to 2015, from 143 cases to 310 cases in 2015.

So far, there have been 157 meth arrests in 2016.

Meanwhile, the agency has reported only 110 heroin cases in the past three years.

Dr. Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, joined Luján in Tuesday’s media conference call.

Botticelli said that although funding from CARA would be focused on opiate treatment, the funding would expand the nation’s rehabilitation infrastructure and improve awareness of the need for treatment, which would also help in meth treatment.

“I have been doing this work for a very long time, and I want to make sure that we are treating the spectrum of drug issues,” Botticelli said.

Burns said the sharp increase in meth arrests was due in part to a significant drop in the price of the illicit stimulant, which is increasingly manufactured in Mexico and smuggled into the United States.

“Right now, you can get a pound for $3,000 to $5,000,” Burns said. “Five years ago, it was nearly double that.”

Burns cautioned that the arrest numbers reflect only the individuals who are caught, and heroin use is a growing problem.

Dr. Eric Ketcham of the San Juan Regional Medical Center has said he became aware of the opiate epidemic in 2009 when the hospital’s emergency room began to see an increase in the number of opiate-dependent patients requesting narcotics.

In March, he became the medical director of New Mexico Treatment Services, a Farmington-based methadone and buprenorphine clinic.

Ketcham said the clinic currently treats 75 patients, about three-fourths of whom primarily used heroin before treatment. He said the majority of patients first used opiate medication, but then developed a habit and turned to heroin, which is cheaper and more easily accessible.

“Many of our patients have been dependent on opiates for years,” he said. “Some started right away with heroin. Many started very young, when they were teenagers, and it was provided by friends and family members.”

Ketcham said several people admitted into the clinic since it opened two years ago have managed to quit opiates, and many more have managed to maintain stable home environments and find work while in rehabilitation.

“Once our patients are in treatment, they are back in school, they are back to work, they are not committing crimes, and they are healing with their families,” Ketcham said. “It really is amazing.”

Brian Goodlett is program director of the treatment center, which also has offices in Albuquerque, Española and Santa Fe.

He said he sees more patients in San Juan County who use meth in combination with heroin, but otherwise addiction affects the community in the same way.

“The thing that I always point out to people: we have this preconceived notion of what an opiate addict looks like, but the truth is the disease of addiction does not discriminate,” Goodlett said. “I have seen people from all walks of life, all incomes.”

Both men said meth addiction was more difficult to treat than heroin. Unlike heroin, there is no drug replacement, like methadone or bupenorphine, that patients can receive while in treatment.

Goodlett and Ketcham both said they supported federal funding for CARA. Ketcham said the cost of treatment medication is high, and many patients do not have access to adequate care.

New Mexico Treatment Services is the only methadone clinic in San Juan County, and buprenorphine must be administered by a trained physician.

“For every one dollar you invest in effective addiction treatment, it pays itself back seven times in the savings to society, in reduced health care costs and the cost of repeated incarceration,” Ketcham said.

New Mexico Treatment Services is located at 607 E. Apache St. Individuals seeking treatment can contact the clinic’s hotline 24 hours a day at 505-360-6032.


A Bryan woman police say had methamphetamine hidden in her vaginal area” and a Bryan man are facing drug charges after they were arrested Thursday.57b7e2bc18423.image

According to the Brazos County Constable’s Office, a deputy was patrolling the 2600 block of Barnes Road on the suspicion drug sales were being conducted out of a home. He noticed 31-year-old Ricky Ruiz Jr. and Mariana Villanueva, 29, leave the home and get into a car. The constable ran the license plate and found Villanueva had a warrant. Authorities say the couple was pulled over and Villanueva gave the deputy permission to search her car. Officials say 3.3 grams of methamphetamine were found between the front seats, as well as multiple cellphones and a digital scale. Officials say Villanueva told the deputy she had drugs in her bra and handed him Ecstasy pills and more methamphetamine.

Upon being booked in the Brazos County Detention Center, a female officer who strip searched Villanueva noticed she was trying to conceal a plastic bag in her vaginal area,” a police report states; the bag had 5.5 grams of meth.

Ruiz is charged with manufacturing/delivery of more than a gram of methamphetamine, as well as driving without a license, a misdemeanor. Bond is set for him at $12,000.

Villanueva is charged with manufacturing/delivery of over four grams of methamphetamine; manufacturing/delivery of more than a gram of ecstasy; bringing a prohibited substance into a jail; tampering with evidence and theft of property valued at less than $500. Bond is set for her at $47,000.


(CNN) – It was a scary scene in Binghamton early Friday morning. Police arrested 32-year-old William Haight for what started off as a warrant, but quickly realized his backpack contained hazardous materials.

They were then forced to shut down the street when they determined he was operating a mobile meth lab, which they feared could explode.u67e5uertuyu

Steve Cornwell, Broome County District Attorney said, “It can be flammable, poisonous, many different ways and now people are able to carry that with them and it’s a very difficult thing.

Steve Ward is an investigator for the District Attorney’s office, and a former Binghamton Police Officer of 21 years. He says while the meth problem is fairly new, its long term effects within the county are just as dangerous as any other illegal drug.

Steve Ward, Broome County Investigator said, “It affects everybody. It’s not just the person that’s addicted to it. It’s not just the drug dealer. It’s not just your normal doctor. It effects everybody.”

District Attorney Steve Cornwell says the cleanup and resources it takes to take down a mobile meth lab can be very costly.

Steve Cornwell: “It’s very, very expensive and time consuming and it’s dangerous to people in the area so it’s an ongoing problem but the police to a great job of detecting. What you’re seeing is the police doing a good job detecting the people with the mobile meth labs.”

Investigators say when it comes to cracking down on meth labs within the county, it all starts with preparation and the right type of training.

Steve Ward: “It’s very important to get all the knowledge and training you can possibly get from other departments or other agencies that have seen it. We’re all a team, whether we’re in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, whatever, so it’s important that together.”

Ward says the county will be investing in even more meth lab take down training within the next few weeks.



Mobile meth lab found in backpack bust


Officers also found documents listing inmates’ names and addresses, how many grams of meth were on each card and a chart listing street and prison values for the drug, a probable-cause affidavit said.

YAKIMA — A 37-year-old Grandview man is accused of mailing postcards and letters soaked in methamphetamine to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

The man was initially arrested Wednesday at his Sunnyside-Mabton Road home after refusing to submit to a random drug test as part of his parole, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Authorities found two handguns, including one reported stolen in Prosser, an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine; and several postcards similar to the ones prison officials said had been sent to inmates in the Walla Walla facility that were laced with meth, the affidavit said.

One of the cards tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
Officers also found documents listing inmates’ names and addresses, how many grams of meth were on each card and a chart listing street and prison values for the drug, the affidavit said.

Detectives said the drug sales were providing money for a street gang, as well as boosting its control of the drug trade at the prison.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday in Yakima County Superior Court, Judge Richard Bartheld ordered the man held in lieu of $200,000 bail on suspicion of unlawful firearms possession, possessing a stolen firearm, manufacturing meth, possessing the drug with the intent to sell it, introducing contraband into a prison and reckless endangerment.

Authorities said there were two children in the house who had access to where the guns and drugs were found, the affidavit said.

Court records show that the man was on parole after serving a 13-month sentence for second-degree assault.


A Jefferson man was sentenced Friday to seven years and three months in prison for starting a fire that set a duplex ablaze and killed his 81-year-old father.

John Anthony Duran’s sentencing came one week after he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, reckless burning and three counts of reckless endangerment for his role in the early morning fire that killed Candido Duran and displaced three other people.B9316987859Z.1_20150415151859_000_G7QAGURJU.1-0

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, John Duran, 38, told investigators he was on a four-day methamphetamine binge when a chair in his room caught fire, eventually burning the entire house down. He was arrested on manslaughter charges shortly after the December 2014 fire, and later indicted on murder and arson charges, which were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

At his sentencing Friday, one year was at stake.

His guilty plea petition stipulated that John Duran would be sentenced to six years and three months for the manslaughter charge. The sentences for the three counts of reckless endangerment would run concurrent with his manslaughter sentence, but the prosecution and defense battled over whether the one-year sentence for reckless burning would be tacked onto his prison term.

John Duran, handcuffed and dressed in a suit, declined to formally address the court, stating that his family advised him not to due to media presence.

“My words have been twisted up to this point,” he said, adding that his father died a hero.

During their arguments, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner and Duran’s defense attorney Theodore Coran, along with family members, presented starkly different portrayals of John Duran and the fire that killed his father.

“Manslaughter in the second-degree accurately describes what happened that night,” defense attorney Coran said, adding that Duran offered to plead guilty to help resolve the case.

He praised the Duran family for finding the courage to forgive their brother, and attributed the fire and death to John Duran’s lack of courage.635544144794400263-JeffersonFire8524

In a moment of methamphetamine-induced psychosis, John Duran behaved recklessly, he said.

“In that moment, he failed himself and ultimately his father,” Coran said. “He deprived the family of a man who still had a lot of life left in him.”

Candido Duran’s daughter, Rosa Duran-Perez, said he was so alive, a father of 10 who baled his own hay and was proud of passing a driving exam into his 80s.

“He was so wise and strong for a man his age,” she said.

Friends and Duran family members filled one side of the courtroom. They came to support John Duran and ask for leniency during his sentencing.

AMHERST, N.Y. — An 18-year-old is accused of creating a meth lab in a culvert that runs under the Walmart parking lot on Sheridan Drive.peter-miller-0819jpg

Peter Miller, who police said used to live in Amherst, is charged with unlawful manufacturing of meth.

Police discovered the operation Aug. 8.

Bail was set at $5,000. He’s due back in Amherst Town Court on Sept. 7.


ODESSA, TX (KWES) – Odessa police assisted other agencies in an investigation that resulted in four arrests on drug and firearms charges.

On Thursday morning, Odessa police were called out to the 1900 block of North Hancock Ave. to assist the U.S. Marshals Service and Ector County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to locate a wanted fugitive.11421936_G

As a result of the search warrant, officers found three men and one woman in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, three loaded handguns as well as drug paraphernalia.

According to police, further investigation revealed that three of the four were convicted felons and were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Ariel Lujan, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Lujan was also arrested on a federal parole violation warrant.

Shatori Miera, 22, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana as well as possession of a controlled substance.

Mark Garza, 30, was arrested charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and a federal parole violation warrant.

Javier Medina, 37, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

All four are also facing possible federal charges.

The Odessa Police Department said if you want to send a drug-related tip, you can do so anonymously on the Odessa Police Department website. You can also monitor drug activity in your area by visiting RAIDS Online.


CALHOUN COUNTY, FL (WTXL) – The Calhoun-Liberty Task Force said they have shut down a meth trafficking organization that was distributing pounds of crystal meth into Calhoun, Liberty and Jackson Counties.

The organization was being run by Altha resident, John Stephen Fleck. They said that Fleck was distributing out of a home on Evans Street in Altha. The task force also said that the investigation led to the arrest of Fleck’s supply source and multiple partners in crime. 57b765f83dfdc.image

57b7660463c63.imageIllegal narcotics, along with assets made from the illegal sales, have been seized. According to the task force, several warrants have been issued with more to come.

A total of 14 people were charged in connection with the organization.

The task force was assisted by the Jackson County Drug Task Force, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the DEA.

Warrants were issued for the following individuals: 

  • Amanda McClendon, 37, of Marianna, FL: sell of controlled substance (methamphetamine)
  • Gregory Hartzell, 44, Blountstown, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Jodi Johnson, 39, Altha, FL: conspiracy to purchase meth and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • John M. West, 41, Altha, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Traci M. Huff, 41, Altha, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Lynn M. Kearce, 21, Blounstown, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • William H. Booth, 39, Hosford, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Patty J. Duncan, 38, Grand Ridge, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Michael A. Barnes, 38, Cottondale, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Delia S. Coxwell, 24, Bristol, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.
  • Shasta M. Crews, 40, Tallahassee, FL: conspiracy to purchase methamphetamine and unlawful use of two-way communication device.


MADISON COUNTY, Ala.– “Unprecedented” and “historic”. Those were the words the Madison and Morgan County drug task force used to describe their most recent drug bust. The STAC unit said this methamphetamine bust is a big victory in the fight against a continuing problem for the community.

The Madison-Morgan County drug task force is aggressively getting more drugs off the street. They arrested Ernesto Bustos in connection to the bust.

“This past Wednesday we executed a search warrant at 6200 block of Rime Village. We arrested Mr. Bustos, and subsequently this led us also to a storage facility on Drake avenue,” said STAC Deputy Commander Sgt. Jerry King.rgh3orh3pq

In that storage unit they found 6.8 pounds of “ice”, a type of methamphetamine that they’ve had a constant issue with as it grows in popularity in the community.

“This is the most significant one time seizure for this unit to date, as far as methamphetamine goes. So far to this year we’re up to already 10 kilos which is again unprecedented for what we’ve seen here in this area,” said Sgt. King.

Special Operations Captain Mike Izzo said “ice” is a highly addictive drug, and fatal to children. Taking that much of it off the streets, Izzo says, makes a big difference.

“Where this pendulum is swinging is these stimulants become popular, especially among our youth, and taking this large amount of drugs off the street is very significant,” he said.

King added that Bustos played a significant role in a drug organization’s selling of meth.

This week’s bust is the culmination of a months-long investigation, and is still ongoing.



STAC Unit seizes largest amount of methamphetamine in agency’s history


LANCASTER – Fewer area meth labs sounds good, but not if locals are being ousted by cartels.

Major Crimes Unit Commander Dennis Lowe said an issue that’s been a year in the making is resulting in fewer methamphetamine labs in Fairfield and Hocking counties.

Meth labs put people at risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals and fires. Making meth creates harmful fumes and highly explosive chemicals, according to a report from the USDA. A working meth lab is just as dangerous as an abandoned one, in danger of combusting at the slightest provocation.1403892567003-Presto-graphic-Meth

Meth lab numbers in the area are down significantly from just a year ago, but there is an increased demand locally for meth. Lowe is seeing more and more crystal meth coming from Mexican cartels. The meth that the cartels bring in is higher quality than most domestic products, Lowe said.

Lowe said in the last 12 months, all of the meth MCU has seized has come from cartel sources.

About a year ago, it was common for cartels to ship up kilos of meth to be given away “just to get folks interested,” Lowe said. Though the “freebies” are not handed out nearly as often now, Lowe said that it was an effective marketing strategy to encourage use of the purer product. It’s also often cheaper than heroin and cocaine.

Between that and an increase in what Lowe calls poly-drug use, cartels are booming despite losing some profits after the legalization of marijuana in several states. In the past, Lowe said drug users were usually mutually exclusive with little to no crossover. Now, there’s more crossover between meth and heroin users.

Meth produces neurotoxins in the brain, eliminating some of its functions. Meth can cause strokes, respiratory problems, heart attacks and more. And though Lowe said overdoses on meth are not as common as heroin, two of the reported 16 fatal drug overdoses in Fairfield County in 2015 were caused by methamphetamine.

Those bringing international drugs into the area “don’t necessarily put the same value on human life” as community members, Lowe said.

Within the last few months, Lowe said at least 75 percent of MCU’s interactions involving meth also involve firearms.

“That’s a pretty common occurrence now,” Lowe said. “We’re doing our best to combat this in Fairfield County.”

The weapons are either seized during raids, brandished during arrests or recovered during the execution of search warrants. Generally, the firearms are stolen and traded to drug traffickers as payment.

Lowe even suspects within the next year, fentanyl will be favored over its weaker opiate cousin heroin. This increases the need for law enforcement to carry Narcan, a brand of naloxone.

Lowe said after a recent opiate summit in Circleville with U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers that even departments that haven’t carried Narcan before should with fentanyl’s increasing popularity in the area.

Fentanyl is a highly potent and often sold as heroin because it is more profitable. Fentanyl can be absorbed through skin or inhaled, which means it can be harmful to law enforcement personnel who come in contact with it.

Between meth and fentanyl-laced heroin, Lowe said the cartels are booming.


Meth in the News – August 19, 2016

Posted: 19th August 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

The topics for this week’s Meth in the News column are quite varied, and as is often the case, also have an international flare.

First of all, the North Koreans are at it again.

I have several posts on my website, and I may have also mentioned North Korean meth production in past columns. If you really look, you will soon discover that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name for North Korea) has had a hand in the production of narcotics for many years.

How can that be, you might ask! Well, how do you think that Kim Jong-un is able to finance the development of the rockets and missiles that he has used to try and intimidate the free world? It’s not from selling corn and rice!

In the past, methamphetamine production in North Korea was overseen by Bureau 39 (or was it Office 39 or Room 39?). Anyway, Bureau 39 is a secretive component of the Kim regime that is said by some to add up to $1 billion each year to Pyongyang’s (the capital of North Korea) illicit economy via the sale of narcotics, counterfeit currency, knockoff pharmaceuticals and cigarettes, among other things.

Most of the meth produced in North Korea makes its way to China, although Chinese officials are reluctant to confirm that China has a meth problem. It does, by the way.

Some sources claim that Bureau 39 got out of the meth business a few years ago for a variety of reasons. But the slack was subsequently picked up by Asian crime rings that were able to seamlessly move large shipments of meth into northeastern China via regular trade routes.

Defectors from North Korea suggest that 80 percent of the residents of some towns have used meth. That’s a rather high number, but it may not be all that unrealistic.

You see, earlier this year, Kim Jong-un decided that he would thumb his nose at the world for the economic sanctions put onto North Korea for testing nuclear weapons by authorizing the construction of a 70-floor skyscraper in Pyongyang with more than 60 apartment blocks.

To get these projects done according to Kim’s unrealistic schedule – reported by some to be as rapid as another floor framed every 14 hours – hundreds of thousands of “citizens” have been coerced into working on them.

Phil Robertson, Asia director for Human Rights Watch, has suggested that this practice resembles forced labor.

According to Mr. Robertson, “It is a throwback to the Second World War when governments regularly resorted to forcing labor of their citizens.”

Some even claim that project managers are under so much pressure to finish the job on time that they have resorted to openly providing workers with a methamphetamine-based drug in the hopes that it will “speed up” construction.

This claim was attributed to a construction source in Pyongyang by Radio Free Asia earlier this month and was reported by several news outlets in Great Brittan.

If these claims are proven true, they will lead to even more international condemnation of the draconian Kim regime. Not only will meth have been used to fund the various projects, it will have been fed to what are no better than “slave laborers” to ensure that the projects were completed on time.

Closer to home in the United States, people also continue to do dumb things with or on meth.

Layton is a city of approximately 70,000 people located in Davis County, Utah. On Monday, August 8, 2016, a Layton Police sergeant stopped at a local Subway restaurant for lunch, and he ordered a lemonade drink with his food.

As he was driving away, he noticed that his drink “tasted funny” as though it contained foreign chemicals. The sergeant also had trouble breaking properly at a red light and knew something was amiss, so he drove to the Layton Police Station.

Other officers there could tell that he was obviously impaired, so they rushed him to a nearby hospital. There the drink was found to test positive for methamphetamine and THC.

The police were able to obtain surveillance footage from the Subway restaurant, and they subsequently arrested Tanis Lloyd Ukena, 18, on charges of surreptitious administration of a substance, which is a second-degree felony.

Layton Police Sergeant Clint Bobrowski told reporters, “The suspect [Ukena] was seen taking the sergeant’s order, filling his drink. The suspect left the sergeant’s drink on the counter and left the picture frame. In the video you can see him returning with something in his hand and then leaning over the sergeant’s drink for an unusual amount of time. The suspect then provided the sergeant with the drink.”

Mr. Ukena “denied putting anything into the drink,” according to reports from the Davis County jail.

Didn’t anyone tell him that there were surveillance cameras in the restaurant?

Surprisingly, this case is not all that unusual. It just so happens that on August 10, Jose Daniel Calvillorios, 42, of Redwood City, Calif., pled not guilty to putting methamphetamine in a co-worker’s Snapple drink at the Torres Auto Repair Shop in San Mateo County.

Mr. Calvillorios is accused of slipping the meth into the victim’s drink to “help him relax” and have “longer-lasting sex” on Monday, August 8, the same day that Mr. Ukena was accused of poisoning the police sergeant in Layton, Utah.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told reporters that the felony poisoning charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.

Happily, both victims made a full recovery. A 22-month-old baby girl in Phoenix was not so lucky.

According to reports from the Phoenix police, Natalie Renee Russell, 30, found her young daughter, Adalynn, unresponsive and not breathing. Apparently, a bottle of liquid methadone was left within reach of Ms. Russell’s three children, and Ms. Russell found the bottle empty next to Adalynn.

Methadone is an opioid, like heroin, morphine or oxycodone. Overdoses with each of these opioids can be treated in the emergency room with the antidote, naloxone (Narcan).

But instead of taking little Adalynn to the emergency room or seeking medical attention, Ms. Russell looked for answers on the Internet.

A witness told the police that Ms. Russell then did the unthinkable – she gave her baby daughter methamphetamine to “treat” the suspected overdose on methadone. I guess that she just happened to have some meth lying around in case of an emergency!

The baby girl was pronounced dead the next day by the Phoenix Fire Department.

I’m a pharmacologist, and I know better. But I even looked and tried to find somewhere on the Internet where it is suggested that meth is an appropriate treatment for an opioid overdose, but I could not find anything like that anywhere.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that an autopsy showed that the baby girl was found to have “toxic levels of methadone and methamphetamine in her body.”

On July 26, Ms. Russell was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse in the death of little Adalynn.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) had previously investigated at least four allegations of neglect involving Adalynn and her two siblings. Unfortunately for Adalynn, DCS was never able to substantiate any of the claims. With her death, however, DCS finally took custody of Ms. Russell’s two other children. Thank God!

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

Law enforcement from several agencies in Deschutes County arrested two Portland residents Wednesday and cited two others, one of whom is from Bend, after a sex-trafficking investigation, according to the Bend Police Department.

The investigation also resulted in local and state officials, members of the Deschutes thedhetdhethazerCounty Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Response Team, getting help for a 19-year-old Portland woman who had been forced into prostitution at age 13, according to a news release issued Thursday evening.

The law enforcement agencies — Bend, Redmond and Sunriver police departments, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police — were not responding to a complaint, per se, but pro-actively targeting human trafficking throughout the city of Bend, the release stated. Police wanted to locate people promoting prostitution, human and child-sex trafficking.

During the investigation, several suspects were contacted at hotels in and around Bend. The number of hotels and their locations were not released.

Police arrested Rennell Buen, 23, on suspicion of promoting prostitution and possession of methamphetamine, and a woman whom police did not identify on suspicion of prostitution and an out of county warrant for DUII. Buen was being held in the Deschutes County jail Thursday evening, according to jail records.

Patrick A. Spear, 52, of Bend, and an unidentified Portland woman were cited on suspicion of soliciting prostitution and prostitution, respectively, and released, according to the news release.

Police did not identify the women, said Lt. Clint Burleigh, because they could be victims, or survivors, of sex trafficking who became involved the activity through coercion or other factors.


SHERRILL, N.Y. – According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, two people in the City of Sherrill are accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A joint investigation with the City of Sherrill Police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s sherrill+methOffice Narcotics Unit revealed that Erin M. Clark, 30, and John C. Barlow, 43, who reside on Prospect Street in Sherrill, were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine from their apartment, according to authorities.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. Thursday, officials say a search of the home revealed several hazardous materials used for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine were located as well as finished product of methamphetamine.

Also during the investigation, authorities say they discovered that items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were thrown into a dumpster close to the apartment in an attempt to avoid being caught with the materials. New York State Police CCERT was contacted and responded to the scene and secured several hazardous materials from both the apartment and the dumpster.

Also during this investigation a seven-year-old child was found living at the apartment. Oneida County Child Protective was notified and responded to the scene and removed the child and placed them with family members for the time being.

Additional charges are pending at this time.

Both defendants were arraigned in City of Sherrill Court and sent to Oneida County Jail on $10,000 cash/bond.


Erin M. Clark: 1-count endangering welfare of child under the age of 17 a Class A-Misdemeanor1- count unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine 3rd. a Class D-Felony John C.

Barlow: 1-count endangering welfare of child under the age of 17 a Class A-Misdemeanor1-count unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine 3rd. a Class D-Felony1-count unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material a Class E-Felony