A couple held for immigration officials have admitted they were acting as drug couriers when they were found with 21.2 kilos of meth behind a Gulfport hotel.

Miguel Villalobos Chavez, 35, and Maria Martina Martinez Marcias, 33, accepted plea deals recently in U.S. District Court. They each pleaded guilty to a charge of interstate and foreign travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

That amount of meth weighs nearly 47 pounds.mug-maria-martina-martinez-marcias

They were arrested July 16 behind a hotel on U.S. 49 in Gulfport in an undercover sting operation, court papers show.

Marcias was serving as lookout while Chavez began to unload the meth from a vehicle, believing they were dealing with someone hired by a broker in Mexico.

Neither speaks English. An interpreter has been called to court to translate for them, records show.

They will be sentenced Feb. 22.

They each face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

They also face deportation.


Addiction services clinical nurse coordinator Darrell Evans says methamphetamine addiction represents the biggest change in the South Canterbury drug environment.

People seeking help for methamphetamine addiction has increased over the past several years.

Addiction services clinical nurse coordinator Darrell Evans said it represents the biggest change in the South Canterbury drug environment1480043222697

The number of people presenting for methamphetamine addiction has dropped in the past five months, despite the overall increase.

South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) staff said people presenting for treatment for methamphetamine addiction often had other substance addictions.

The number of people seeking help had risen to 20 to 30 people in the six months to June.

It was infrequent in the years before that, Evans said.

Information released under the Official Information Act shows up to 15 people had been sent to the residential programs for substance addictions out of the area as part of their treatment plan between December 2015 and June 2016.

SCDHB chief executive Nigel Trainor said these full-time, 24/7 detoxification residential programs operate in Blenheim, Christchurch and Dunedin for a more intensive rehabilitation.

“All people are referred through the Single Point of Entry of Mental Health and Addictions Services and assessed,” Trainor said.

More referrals were being made to the Mental Health and Addiction Services, “which indicates that the community are more aware of the services we can provide”, Trainor said.

Evans said people with methamphetamine addictions had the same residential programme as other addictions, but “the treatment program will be different to address their needs”.

“We’ve had number of people who are addicted to methamphetamine and have been prepared for residential programs, but they’ve withdrawn before they leave.”

It was difficult to monitor methamphetamine addictions as many of the people were not presenting “for meth alone … many were using other substances, including alcohol”.

Evans said alcohol remained a huge addiction as it was socially accepted and “there’s a lot of well-functioning people addicted to it”.

Getting people to give up the substance they enjoyed most still proved to be the biggest challenge to helping people with addictions, she said.

“A person has to be ready to change.”

Mental health and addiction services manager Maria Parish said waiting times for residential treatments could put a strain on people with addictions and their families.

“While we wait … we’re engaged in a comprehensive treatment program” with the person with an addiction, Parish said.

South Canterbury services addressed addiction as a package, instead of treating individual substance addictions, she said.

Overall, addiction numbers “may have increased slightly” because of greater community awareness.

Other drug and alcohol addiction service had also noticed an increase in people presenting for addiction.

Timaru Salvation Army Bridge Program coordinator Glenn Smith said the day drug and alcohol addiction program had been “always full” this year.

About 20 people attended each program, which was held four times a year, Smith said.

More family members were approaching the service to seek help for their loved ones and to educate themselves, he said.

Mental Health and Addictions Services can be accessed by phone 0800 277 997, walking into a Kensington Centre or via referral from GP’s or other agencies.







A man and a woman remained in jail without bond Thursday night after being arrested near the intersection of Booze Mountain Road and Park Avenue on felony methamphetamine charges, reports stated.5837bafbb852d-image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

William Harold Parris, 49, of 37 Ridgeview Drive, and April Dawn Lindsey, 39, of 172 Old Rockmart Road, both of Silver Creek, are also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.

Police stopped the car around 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for having a broken windshield and found meth, marijuana and a digital scale.

Parris is also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was cited for having a broken windshield.






Three Nigerian men have been charged after they allegedly tried to import more than $15 million worth of methamphetamine by hiding it in tins of glue.

The drug was found mixed in 180 tins of industrial glue that came in three shipments from Mexico in October, the Australian Federal Police says.

The shipments, which were equivalent to around 180 liters of methamphetamine, had an estimated street value of $15.6 million, police say.

Further investigations led to police raids on three properties across Sydney on Thursday, in Auburn, Pendle Hill and Miranda, and the arrest of the trio, aged 41, 45 and 49.

Two of the men appeared before Sydney Central Local Court on Friday on a string of drug-related offences, while the third man will appear before court at a later date.





BILLINGS – Two drug dealers serving life terms in federal prison for trafficking meth in Billings had their sentences shortened by President Barack Obama, who granted clemency this week to 79 people.

Victor Robert Nava Sr., 70, who was sentenced in 2002 to two life terms for convictions on conspiracy and five other drug counts involving methamphetamine and painkillers, had his sentenced shortened to 22½ years with 10 years of supervised release, court records said.

And Lamar Webster, 48, who was from Hayward, Calif., and sentenced in 2009 to life for his conviction on conspiracy to traffic large amounts of meth in the Billings area, had his sentence reduced to 20 years, court records said.

In announcing the commuted sentences Tuesday, Obama said he had determined that the 79 people were serving “harsh” sentences under “outdated” laws.5836004ad0929-image

The adjustments were the latest of more than 1,000 Obama has issued during his presidency. All of the sentences he shortened on Tuesday were for drug-related, low-level offenses, the Associated Press reported.

Nava was 55 when now-retired Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom sentenced him to the mandatory life terms. The judge told Nava he could show him no compassion and said he had led his family in “a corrupt life of crime.”

The life terms were mandatory because of the quantity of drugs involved and Nava’s criminal record.

The federal Bureau of Prisons lists Nava as having a release date of July 16, 2020. He is incarcerated at the Bureau’s medical center in Springfield, Mo.

Retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Seykora, who prosecuted Nava, at sentencing called him “the Godfather” of a local drug network and “the scourge” of Billings.

Seykora said Nava controlled and directed as many as 20 people in his drug dealings and had co-conspirators steal items like food stamps so he could feed his family.

Nava denied ever having been involved in drugs with family members.

A jury convicted Nava of conspiracy and five other counts for activities that ran from 1997 to 1999. A search by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents of Nava’s home and two storage lockers found more than 3½ pounds of marijuana, 1½ pounds of meth, four guns, including one that had been stolen, and a pill bottle containing hydrocodone, morphine and codeine tablets.

Webster was 40 when now-retired U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sentenced him to a mandatory life sentence. A jury convicted him of conspiracy to distribute meth, possession with intent to distribute and money laundering charges. The conspiracy ran from 2003 to 2004 and led to convictions of a number of Billings residents, including some who testified against Webster.

Webster was held responsible for 16 pounds of meth and qualified for a life sentence because of previous drug convictions. He also was designated a career offender.

Webster is serving his sentence at a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.



Two men and a woman were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday after Wake County sheriff’s investigators stopped a pickup truck at Interstates 440 and 495.

Brian Lee Cooley, 40, of 206 Ackerman Road, near Garner; Raymond Edward Hull IV, 24, who told authorities he is from Wake Forest but has no permanent lara_rose_catesaddress; and Lara Rose Cates, 24, of 140 Longchamp Lane in Cary were arrested about 2 p.m., according to records.

All were charged with possession of methamphetamine precursor materials – pseudoephedrine medicine and lithium batteries – and with manufacturing meth.

Deputies did not charge that they had meth in the truck.

Arrest warrants that charged the trio with manufacturing the drug did not specify where investigators believed that had occurred. Warrants said all the offenses of which they were accused happened Tuesday.

Investigators also charged Cooley, Hull and Cates with possession of seven individual doses of heroin and misdemeanor possession of the prescription drug suboxone. That drug is used to treat opiate addiction.

All three were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and the warrants listed hypodermic needles, scales and packaging material.

Cooley was charged with using the 2006 Ford F-150 pickup to keep and sell heroin and methamphetamine.


Authorities said three people were arrested after 16 grams of meth and other drug paraphernalia was found in a Cullman home.21586476-mmmain

Agents found 16 grams of meth , 40 suboxone strips, eight syringes and other drug paraphernalia while executing a search warrant on a Cullman home on Nov. 22.

Jonathan Craig Wilson, 39, of Vinemont, Randy Eugene James, 41, of Cullman, and Justina Briann Guthery, 24 of Hanceville, were arrested Tuesday after the Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on Wilson’s resident.

During the search, agents discovered that Wilson had been hiding 16 grams of meth and 40 suboxone strips inside a black pouch. Agents also found eight syringes and other drug paraphernalia.cullman-meth-bust

Wilson was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson also had a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

James and Guthery was charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three were booked into Cullman County Detention Center with no bond.






MUNCIE, Ind. – A fire at a southside public housing complex led to a Muncie woman’s arrest on meth-related charges.

Julie Lee Medlen, 45, of the 3500 block of South Juniper Lane, was taken into custody after firefighters and police were called to a reported blaze in her apartment at the Earthstone Terrace housing complex.636155057742694868-jule-medlen

The fire, apparently quickly contained, was reported shortly after 2 p.m.

Authorities found what was believed to be part of a meth lab in the kitchen sink. Elsewhere in the apartment they found a plastic bag containing a “white powdery substance” determined to be meth, materials used to produce meth, and “old one-pot meth labs.”

Investigators believe a guest in the apartment was “cooking” meth when the fire broke out, prompting that person to flee.

When an officer encountered an “overwhelming chemical odor” after opening an outside storage closet, an Indiana State Police meth suppression team was called to the scene to remove potentially hazardous materials.

According to an arrest affidavit, Medlen admitted she had let others “make meth inside her apartment on several occasions,” and at times provided ingredients, including an allergy medication and, as recently as Monday, drain cleaner.

The Muncie woman – arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance – was being held in the Delaware County jail on Wednesday under a $15,000 bond.

Medlen was convicted of neglect of a dependent in Grant County in 2008.



HENDERSON, Ky. (11/23/16) — A report of a careless driver last night on Kentucky 425 resulted in the arrest of a Henderson woman for possession of meth.

According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop at 7:30 p.m. powell_arreston Christina M. Powell, 39, resulted in her being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs – first offense. A search of the vehicle revealed a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine, a glass pipe often associated with meth use and 15 dosage unites of a felony controlled substance. It was also discovered that Powell had a active Indiana warrant for manufacturing meth.

Kentucky State Police assisted at the scene.

Powell was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/ – first offense, possession of a controlled substance/meth, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess, possession of a controlled substance, careless driving and failure to produce an insurance card.






ST. GEORGE — A St. George woman was arrested Friday on a variety of drug-related charges after authorities found 17 grams of methamphetamine in her vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 15.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. Friday, Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle traveling 75 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. Authorities subsequently conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle along Interstate 15 at milepost 16 near Beaver Dam, Arizona.

Deputies spoke with the driver, who initially falsely provided authorities with her sister’s name, but was later identified by her driver’s license as 32-year-old Tiffany Terry Lacorti, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Trish Carter said in a statement.

During a consent search of Lacorti’s vehicle, deputies located numerous small plastic bags, a scale, three plastic bags containing approximately 17 grams of methamphetamine and two plastic bags containing narcotic pills, Carter said.

Lacorti was arrested and transported to the Mesquite Detention Center in Mesquite, Nevada.

She was booked on five felony charges for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with two misdemeanors for providing a false report to a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license.

Her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.



Traffic stop reveals 17 grams of meth in St. George woman’s vehicle


Is Addiction a Disease? Yes, and Much More

Posted: 24th November 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Many people see addiction . . . as a character flaw or a bad choice. They don’t recognize that addiction is in fact a chronic disease of the brain.” That statement by Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, reflects the current medical and scientific consensus about addiction. Murthy and others believe the language of moral choices only increases shame and decreases funding for more scientifically rigorous treatments. To make progress in saving lives, they argue, we need to change the way we think about addiction.

In fact, we need to recognize at least four dimensions in addiction: moral, social, biological, and spiritual. Addicts are moral agents, in community, with biology working against their spiritual goals. Biological science gives us insight into the particular ways an addict’s body makes a normal life that much harder to live. Public health can describe how a community and its institutions make recovery more accessible to people trapped in addiction. A moral framework helps us understand how addiction harms ourselves and the people we love, while also providing the basic routines of living free. Most importantly, spirituality helps us to understand God’s love for everyone (no matter how lost they are) and gives us the power to live healthy, whole lives.

Biology and the Brain

Our brains were created with neurotransmitters to help us enjoy the physical pleasures of life, adapt to stressful situations, and direct us to do what is necessary to maintain our bodies’ physical and mental health. Addictive substances (and, to a lesser degree, other addictions like pornography or gambling) pervert all of these basic brain functions, breaking the biological systems we depend on to think and choose as we ought.

It is important to differentiate between dependence and addiction. Dependence refers to the basic physiological need that some drugs create in our bodies when used over time, leading to measurable physical symptoms when the drugs are withdrawn. Dependence is almost negligible for certain drugs, but it can make complete withdrawal fatal for others. Such physical dependence on heroin and prescription painkillers creates severe withdrawal symptoms when a user tries to stop. (Some people with severe chronic pain—from cancer, for example—can be physiologically dependent on opioids but not addicted.) Some medications available for treating addiction work primarily by preventing these withdrawal symptoms.

The biochemical effects of addiction, as Timothy King’s story illustrates, tend to be more complex. The most obvious effect of many addictive substances is pleasure, but even that isn’t so simple: Drugs can overstimulate and alter the pathways that normally connect pleasure with healthy activities. Over time, the brain’s reward system becomes tied more exclusively to the drug of choice, decreasing an addict’s ability to experience natural pleasures while heightening the effect of the drug.

At the same time, the pleasure centers of the brain adapt so that using a drug is itself rarely euphoric anymore. Instead, the altered neurochemical reward pathways that once led to pleasure are instead fruitlessly stimulated over and over until other areas of the brain—such as systems linked to critical thinking and decision-making—are hijacked into supporting this never-ending cycle. Many drug addicts will describe the routine of using a needle as nearly as important as actually getting high, just as porn addicts will spend hours looking at pornography without masturbating. Both are fruitlessly reenacting the reward pathways that normally teach our brains to seek out good things, corrupting them so we merely anticipate and want instead of actually enjoy.

At the same time, drugs especially subject to abuse also tend to tamp down stress factors in the brain. When the drugs are no longer present, these neurochemicals are often released in greater volumes, heightening anxiety and creating another set of incentives to keep using. This makes the initial withdrawal that much harder, and makes addicts more likely to relapse in stressful situations.

Just like drinking nothing but soda will rot one’s teeth until one cannot even bite an apple, so using drugs will alter the physical and neurochemical structures of our brains until many of our personal resources for doing the right thing are impaired. Many of these biochemical alterations have been found to persist for months after an addict stops using. Addiction is not simply about “getting high.”

One of the most important (and controversial) treatments for opioid addiction is medication-assisted treatment—using methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone) to prevent physical withdrawal symptoms while addicts learn how to manage their lives without abusing drugs. At first, it may seem counterintuitive to use one powerful drug to treat addiction to another. Many people stigmatize the use of methadone or Suboxone as “just another kind of addiction.” However, in cases of addiction (versus dependence), these medications can be very useful.

Medication-assisted treatment, when used in conjunction with a rigorous treatment program, has been shown by many studies to help people stop abusing drugs and live healthy, functional lives. That does not mean it makes recovery easy. When I was practicing medicine in Baltimore, my patients often described craving heroin even when they were on a strong dose of Suboxone. I had to explain again and again that the drug would not necessarily prevent cravings. They had to do the work of recovery to retrain their brains and bodies to manage without abusing drugs. Still, these drugs are a powerful adjunct in some people’s recovery. They are not the right choice for everyone, but to extend my earlier dental metaphor, they are like a set of false teeth that makes good nutrition more accessible.

Public Health and Community

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream, has said that “the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety—it’s connection.” This is true, as long as we’re talking about a healthy community, not codependent connections with family and friends (some of whom may also be addicted). Connection and community are very important in overcoming addiction, but not always in the way that we might think.

An addict’s internal personal judgment and decision-making are corrupted, making other people necessary to reality-test the patterns of thought that would otherwise reinforce addiction. The church has an important opportunity here, not just in helping connect addicts in need with loving friendships but also in re-centering us in our basic human purpose of worship. Whether one walks in on Sunday morning five years sober or still a little intoxicated from Saturday night, our brains and bodies were created to worship God. It is by living in the typical patterns of life and worship that our bodies can be healed.

Recovering addicts always require this basic level of community support, but many also need a more intensive regimen. Many small groups and churches have implemented an explicitly Christian 12-step program like Celebrate Recovery (though there is no robust evidence that 12-step programs, as popular as they are, are superior to other treatment programs like cognitive-behavioral therapy).

What is important is ensuring that some sort of treatment is widely available. Waiting lists for treatment programs are often months long, meaning that someone who decides they want to get better has to wait to get the help they need—often still using and occasionally dying of an overdose before they get into treatment. We cannot expect our national addiction problem to get better until treatment is better funded and more accessible, including making sure medication-assisted treatment is available to anyone who wants it.

Morality and Spirituality

Addiction and recovery also have moral and spiritual components, and it is useful to distinguish them. As Eve Tushnet says, “Selfishness and idolatry are moral categories, in which . . . the proper hierarchy of our loves is disrupted. That’s different from addiction as a misdirected expression of a spiritual longing, an attempt to feed a spiritual hunger.” All people—addicts in particular—are called to start with the gospel that satisfies our hunger, trusting in God’s love for us and repenting of our sin. Many people recover without trusting in Christ, yes, but those who are grasped by the gospel have a significant head start in sorting out the “hierarchy of our loves” as they untangle the particular ways in which sin has created strongholds in their lives.

One of those strongholds, undoubtedly, is the perverted biochemistry of addiction. Our reward pathways and pleasure centers didn’t simply evolve to help us eat and reproduce; they were created to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Addiction cripples our brain’s ability to mediate the moral and spiritual ends we were intended for, which means that in recovery, we don’t just obey and worship but work to regain the capacity to obey and worship.

Understanding addiction as a disease does not mean that prayer and moral discipline are any less potent or important in recovery. But it does underscore the ways that medication and therapy can be helpful, and helps us to appreciate just how difficult and costly recovery can be. The process of an addict recognizing their need for help, finding a treatment program, and walking through the recovery process (including relapses, which are very common) will usually take more time, energy, and money than one person with a broken brain can bear. Not everyone will need all of these different elements, but our current crisis demands that kind of holistic response.

Timothy King’s story in the December 2016 issue of CT reflects this complex interaction of body, mind, and soul. His doctors had to show him that the opioids were doing him more harm than good and acknowledge the role they had played in his addiction. They had to use their professional skills to develop a medical plan for dealing with his pain and his addiction that complemented the support from friends and family. But he also chose to get better, committed to the plan, and was willing to do the work necessary to confront the way that painkillers had changed his mind and body for the worse.

To help addicts heal, we have to bring all the forces available to us to bear—sometimes even to the extent of using medications like methadone and Suboxone. Loving people who have become trapped in biochemical bondage is not easy or cheap, but love never is. And when we use every possible resource God has given us to combat addiction, we also demonstrate the goodness and power of God, who seeks to transform us in every way—even the neurons in our brains.



Sheriff’s deputies completing a routine pat-down Monday morning on a woman being booked into the Pueblo County jail found six baggies of methamphetamine and a roll of money, authorities say,renee-pataska

Renee Pataska, 21, was being booked into the facility after being arrested at the Dennis Maes Judicial Center on a warrant for failure to comply. She was at the courthouse to attend a hearing.

The methamphetamine totaled nearly 30 grams and had a street value of approximately $2,800, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Pataska told deputies she was selling the drugs as a way to support her children, officials say.

In addition to the warrant, Pataska was booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.




Deputies find bags of meth on woman being booked into Pueblo jail, sheriff says


A woman was arrested in Bryan on Monday after police say they found a large amount of methamphetamine on her.

According to Bryan police, an officer pulled over a pickup Monday after noticing the vehicle’s registration had expired. The officer noted in his report that the driver, a man, was shaking nervously. The officer had the driver and his female passenger step out. Both consented to a search, and while nothing was found on the driver, police say Anna Marie Maldonado, 50, had a plastic bag containing methamphetamine in the pocket of her jeans. She was arrested.

While in the officer’s patrol car, authorities say she began shifting around, which made the officer suspicious. A booking deputy at the jail performed a strip search and found more bags of methamphetamine in her pants and inside her bra, police say. A police report notes that during fingerprinting, officers found she had given a fictitious name.

Maldonado is charged with delivery of 15.6 grams of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, and giving false information, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines.





LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) – On October 24, 2016 a corporal with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office K9 Division attempted to pull over 26-year-old Brittany Tyson on 50th Street for a traffic violation.12528721_g

The corporal said initially, she refused to pull over and got onto the loop before eventually coming to a stop on the loop and Slide Road.

The corporal arrested Tyson and took her to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

According to court documents, Tyson was concealing .9 grams of methamphetamine in her bra and 47.9 grams of methamphetamine in her vagina.

The corporal told a sergeant at the Lubbock County Detention Center that Tyson had two cell phones, and based on the amount of meth and the lengths she took to conceal it, he believed she was actively trafficking meth.

Both of her cell phones were turned over to the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyson is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.






BARROW, AK Residents of Barrow took to the streets today to protest against drugs in their community after the arrest of several suspected drug sellers.


Protesters in Barrow as drug suspect is brought to court.

As one of the suspects was being taken to court for arraignment, protesters holding signs and chanting “no more drugs, no more meth” lined the streets.

In a press release Tuesday afternoon, the North Slope Borough Police Department said that throughout the weekend of November 18th, police executed multiple search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal sales of narcotics. The warrants lead to the seizure of more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine, .6 grams of heroin, more than $22,000 of U.S. currency, digital scales, pipes, packing materials and weapons, according to the release.

North Slope Borough Police say multiple suspects were arrested for charges ranging from misconduct involving a controlled substance to misconduct involving a weapon.

The police department said it encourages community members to report the illegal use or sale of drugs or alcohol in borough villages by calling the NSB Police hotline at 907-852-0314 or 1-800-478-3784.






LAREDO, Texas – Customs agents at Lincoln- Juarez Bridge arrested a 20-year-old woman attempting to smuggle $350,000 worth of drugs into the United States on Thursday.

With the help of a K-9 officer, officers seized 25 pounds of crystal crystal-meth-11-17-2016methamphetamine hidden in 10 packages found inside the woman’s 2004 Ford Mustang, officials said.

“CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Deputy Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.  “I commend our officers for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our mission.”

The woman was arrested and the case has been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.





Authorities: Woman caught attempting to smuggle $350K worth of meth into U.S.


SAN DIEGO (AP) – A man charged with using teens as young as 15 to smuggle vast amounts of methamphetamine into the U.S. has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Twenty-two-year-old Roberto Torres Jr. entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in San Diego. He’s facing 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Prosecutors say Torres acknowledged that he and others recruited dozens of youngsters from Imperial Valley high schools and elsewhere to run drugs from Mexico across the border.

Torres used Facebook to coordinate the scheme.

Four other people already pleaded guilty to taking part in the operation.



California Man Admits Using Teens For Cross-Border Meth Ring


Over 99 percent of all marijuana and methamphetamine seized at U.S. borders has come from Mexico, a colossal cache of 8.2 million pounds since 2012 and a demonstration of the efforts by drug cartels to feed America’s habit, one that is leading to increasing deaths, according to a new report.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizure figures show that in 2015, 99.8 percent of methamphetamine and 99.9 percent of marijuana seized in the U.S. came from the southern border. Another 61 percent of cocaine seizures were on the West Coast, mostly California, suggesting that Colombian drug cartels are looking for a new route in, according to a new report.

According to a new project from DrugAbuse.com, Border Patrol officers seized a staggering 1.5 million pounds of drugs last year. The report was provided to Secrets.730x420-e1cd7aa004762418cfce9cd62bb84ae6

The findings are likely to influence how President-elect Trump and his likely attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, address border issues. Both have addressed the drug scourge in America and blamed cartels south of the border for the problem.

The new interactive report shows where the drugs have been seized by the Border Patrol. It does not indicate where drugs delivers that eluded capture ended up.

However, it reveals that the Border Patrol has seen tremendous successes in sniffing out drugs.

 “Since 2012, the number of traffickers apprehended at U.S. borders has steadily increased from 364,768 to nearly 500,000 in 2014,” said the report. Drug amounts seized at the border from 2012 to 2015 include:
  •  8.2 million lbs. of marijuana.
  • 32,600 lbs. of cocaine.
  • 34,000 ounces of heroin.
  • 17,600 lbs. of methamphetamine.

Still, despite the record-high seizures, drug deaths have also surged in the U.S.

According to the DrugAbuse.com report:

Increased drug trafficking in the U.S. has led to an epidemic level of overdoses, surpassing car accidents and firearms as the leading cause of injury and death among Americans. Drug abuse is ending too many lives, too soon.

According to data from the DEA, the number of drug overdoses has climbed more than 50% in the last decade. Death and injury can be traced back to drug-related violence, overdoses from illicit drug use, accidental deaths as a result of drug abuse and injury or death related to smuggling.

While the production of some drugs takes place within our borders, foreign drug trade into the U.S. is largely responsible for the number of dead or injured. Drug abuse has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and the government allots billions of dollars each year to counter the growing epidemic.








Three people were arrested Saturday after police said they used counterfeit bills used in movies at various businesses in Abilene and possessed methamphetamine.iouoguo

Brandi Mullany, 29, Sean McNamara, 33, and Brian Guilliams, 26, all face one count of engaging in organized criminal activity and meth possession. They remain in the Taylor County Jail, with bail set at $15,000 apiece.

The three are believed to have used the fake currency in at least 25 transactions, police say.

Police say they were arrested at a south Abilene hotel where they had been staying. They found $1,200 in movie money and several items reportedly purchased with the fake currency.

Police say the bills were mostly higher denominations and had “For Motion Picture Use Only” written on them.

Anyone who comes into contact with the bills is asked to call the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331.






ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 27-year-old woman was charged with producing methamphetamine and possession of the drug after St. Johns County deputies responding to a welfare check at a home6u46uw4yywqetgffg on Pacetti Road just south of State Road 16 discovered a meth lab.

This bust happened around 1 a.m. at a home set off the road behind some trees. After the Sheriff’s Office clandestine law enforcement team confirmed the presence of meth in the house, Nicole Branson was decontaminated by firefighters and booked into the St. Johns County jail.

Branson faces second- and third-degree felonies. Bond was set at $35,000.







ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. – A toddler and an infant were found Monday inside a St. Augustine Beach motel room being used as a meth lab, according to authorities.

Brian K Gibson, 39, and Jessica L. Gibson, 28, who are homeless, have been charged with production and possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug dwelling and child neglect, deputies said.6u46uw4yywqetgff

The Gibsons have two other children who were not at the motel Monday. All four children are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Brian Gibson’s bond was set at $51,000 and Jessica Gibson’s bond was set at $31,000 at a first appearance hearing Tuesday morning in St. Johns County. Their arraignment date has not been set.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said a witness saw the toddler Monday walking alone in the parking lot of the Americas Best Value Inn on A1A South about 10:40 a.m. and took the child to the office.

The clerk called St. Augustine Beach police, and the officers who responded found meth lab materials inside the room and called the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine lab team, deputies said.

After suiting up, the meth lab team confirmed evidence of precursor meth materials inside the room that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

A man staying in the room below where the meth lab was found said he was upset to learn about the illegal activity because he was staying at the motel with his wife and two children and he’s concerned something could have happened to his family.

“I actually know that meth labs can have issues with regards to their flammability as well as the chemicals being hazardous to your health, so that really upset me so, of course,” Alan Light said. “I went to the lobby and asked to be moved out of that room because it was directly above us.”

According to police, the rest of the rooms at the motel are safe to stay in. The level of contamination in the room with the meth lab will determine when officials can reopen that room.






TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – A Twin Falls woman is being held on a $250,000 bond for allegedly selling methamphetamine.

Kimberly Dawn Taylor, 31, of Twin Falls, was arraigned in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court Monday on three felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.6u46uw4yywqetgf

In May, and two times in June, police and a confidential informant allegedly conducted controlled buys of methamphetamine from Taylor in Twin Falls and in Filer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The controlled buys totally about 4.2 gross grams weight. The third controlled buy was allegedly conducted in the presence of a 12-year-old girl, according to court documents.

Final lab results were returned in July and confirmed methamphetamine was purchased.

On Monday, Taylor was also appointed a public defender. Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 2 at 8:15 a.m. before Judge Thomas Kershaw at the Twin Falls County Courthouse.






A Wellford woman has been charged with child neglect after investigators said her two children tested positive for methamphetamine.6u46uw4yywqetg

Angela Galmiche, 33, of 180 Dodd St., was charged Sunday after two children tested positive for meth on Oct. 26, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrants state.

Galmiche and her children, a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old, took drug tests because Galmiche was charged with possession of meth in July, according to an incident report.

The results came back on Nov. 8 and showed the children tested positive, the report states.

The Department of Social Services put the children in the care of their maternal grandmother.

Galmiche remained in the Spartanburg County jail on $5,000 bond Monday afternoon.






Cathleen Namanda Harvis, 20, was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop allegedly yielded the discovery of a large amount of narcotics and prescription medication. She had been wanted for questioning since May, when 19-year-old Kimberlee Moon reported she had been beaten and left on a Dothan, Alabama, dirt road. Harvis was being held at the Bay County Jail on a combined bond of $71,000, court records stated.6u46uw4yywqet

PANAMA CITY — A Bay County woman has been arrested months after she was accused of forcing a local woman at gunpoint to Alabama, where she was attacked over owed money, according to arrest reports.

Cathleen Namanda Harvis, 20, was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop allegedly yielded the discovery of a large amount of narcotics and prescription medication. She had been wanted for questioning since May, when 19-year-old Kimberlee Moon reported she had been beaten and left on a Dothan, Alabama, dirt road. Harvis was being held at the Bay County Jail on a combined bond of $71,000, court records stated.

She could not be reached for comment Monday.

Harvis faces charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the previous incident and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and trafficking in oxycodone, which were filed as a result of a traffic stop last Thursday. At the time of her arrest, Harvis had an outstanding warrant from the May incident.

According to Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports, Harvis and Moon were at the Coconut Grove Motel, 9725 Front Beach Road, before they left to pick up Harvis’ gun from her home. They left there and went to another residence to pick up drug money owed to Harvis, BCSO reported.

“Harvis then told Moon that she was driving her to Dothan due to Moon owing money to one of Harvis’ friends,” officers wrote. “Moon told her no, and Moon states that Harvis pulled the gun on her and told her that she was going.”

Moon told officers she feared for her life and could not leave because the child locks were engaged. Moon also said that several times during the trip Harvis struck her with the gun, BCSO reported.

Once in Dothan, Harvis allegedly let Moon out of the vehicle, and the woman, who was not identified, and a third woman, to whom the alleged victim owed money, beat her up before Moon was abandoned on a dirt road.

Harvis flew under radar until last Thursday, officers reported, when she was a passenger in a car subjected to a traffic stop. Officers reported finding a plastic bag between her feet, in which they discovered 7 grams of methamphetamine and 88 oxycodone pills. Harvis was arrested and taken to the Bay County Jail.






HANFORD — Two people arrested on narcotics charges Monday morning allegedly tried to discard needles and drugs while deputies drove them to jail, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 11:43 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the Holiday Lodge, located in the 8700 block of East Lacey Boulevard for a report of a man and a woman arguing. The sheriff’s office said the 583347046feda_imagecouple, who had allegedly been drinking, drove off in a white Jeep Cherokee before deputies arrived.

Deputies later found the Jeep parked in front of a vacant house in the 400 block of Miller Street. The sheriff’s office said Lance Skillman, 48, and Anna Sanderson, 30, were inside the vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

According to the sheriff’s office, a search of the Jeep revealed a loaded syringe under the driver’s seat and some methamphetamine in the driver-side door. Skillman and Sanderson were arrested and transported to the Kings County Jail.

The sheriff’s office said Skillman dumped more methamphetamine in the backseat of a deputy’s patrol vehicle. Sanderson reportedly discarded several used syringes in a second deputy’s vehicle. Deputies reportedly found more methamphetamine in Skillman’s shoe when he was searched at the jail.

Skillman was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, being under the influence of a controlled substance and bringing a controlled substance into the jail. His bail was set at $41,000.

Sanderson was booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of hypodermic needles and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $20,000.