Comments Off on Suspected Methamphetamine lab explosion in Connellsville sends 3 people to hospitals

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. – Three people were taken to hospitals early Sunday morning after a suspected meth lab explosion in Fayette County, officials said.

The explosion happened shortly before 3 a.m. at a duplex on South Carnegie Avenue in Connellsville.yjryjyjfjrtjr

The blast blew out a window to a second floor bedroom where a man a woman were. Broken glass and pieces of a mattress were seen on the street outside of the duplex.

Police said the man and woman suffered suspected chemical burns and were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital. A third person was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

“Catastrophic event. There was glass on the road. There was commotion inside. Our officers went inside, extracted people and began our investigation,” Connellsville police Cpl. Bryan Kendi said.



Comments Off on U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrest a French citizen and companions at the Los Angeles International Airport after finding Methamphetamine in underwear

Federal agents have arrested a man in Los Angeles for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly four pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his underwear.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the drugs were seized Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say the man, a French citizen, was trying to return to his home in French Polynesia when he was found to have packages of meth hidden in the areas of his groin and upper thigh.

The man’s companions were removed from a plane and their baggage searched.

Authorities say more meth was found in the carry-on luggage of a man and woman and in the lining of the woman’s underwear.

Both also were arrested.


Comments Off on Summer Stark, 28, of Carrollton, arrested after her own 8-month-old baby boy overdoses on Methamphetamine

A mother in Kentucky is facing charges after police say her 8-month-old child swallowed meth and overdosed, police said.

Summer Stark, 28, was arrested after the child was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on Friday after she ingested the drug at a residence in Carrollton, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.170613-mother-child-overdose-meth-feature

The 8-month-old boy and another child, a 10-year-old girl, were removed from the home by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, police said.

“There’s been stories throughout my travels in the state of children finding illicit substances and things of that nature, but not one 8 months of age that had to be hospitalized,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Josh Lawson told WLKY. “It’s in the home and it’s readily accessible for a child less than a year old to get access to. It’s pretty horrifying.”

Stark, who is charged with wanton endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, remains held at the Carroll County Detention Center, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

One of Stark’s neighbors said hearing the accusations was heart-breaking.

“I mean, how could anyone have that around little kids?” Rita Welch told WLKY. “This is a small town, so you hear about it everywhere. But for a little child? You hear [about] adults and teenagers, but a baby? Oh no. I just can’t believe it. It’s sad.”



Comments Off on Christopher Collins, 31, of Mountain Home, arrested for ‘sickening and scary’ sex crime against underage girl

A 31-year-old Mountain Home man faces multiple felonies after he allegedly stalked an underage girl in the Internet, went to her eastern Newton County home, snuck in and had sex with the girl, according to a news release from Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape.636329483655064006-Christopher-Collins

Christopher Collins was arrested on felony charges of sexual assault, residential burglary, internet stalking of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested June 10 and was released from the Newton County jail June 12 after posting an unspecified bond.

A woman housesitting in the eastern portion of Newton County called authorities there and reported she went into her niece’s bedroom around 5 a.m. and found a man naked in bed with the girl.

The woman said the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, fled the room through an open window upon seeing the aunt enter the room.

Newton County authorities contacted the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division and Grandma’s House Child Advocacy Center. Officials with those agencies joined the investigation and the girl was interviewed.

The girl told authorities she came into contact with Collins through Facebook Messenger. Collins then reportedly helped the girl join adult oriented sites. The pair exchanged messages and pictures, according to the news release.

During conversations, Collins reportedly scheduled a rendezvous with the girl at her home. He reportedly instructed her to leave her window open so he could access the residence.

After Collins was discovered in the girl’s room and fled, he later contacted the girl through Facebook Messenger. At that point, authorities had yet to identify Collins.

Investigators were given access to the alleged victim’s social media accounts and proceeded to set up a meeting with Collins, who thought he was corresponding with the victim.

Collins reportedly arrived at the agreed upon location, driving a vehicle that matched the description he’d given to the ‘girl’ and had items he promised to bring, in the vehicle with him.

Authorities conducting surveillance at the site said Collins arrived at 3 a.m. and was taken into custody.

“Reading the correspondence between the actual girl and Mr. Collins was both sickening and scary,” said Newton County investigator Glenn Wheeler. “The way he was able to convince her to leave her window unlocked so a 31-year-old man she had never met could sneak in and have sex with her is just unsettling. The potential of what could have happened to this young lady is wide open. Parents really need to be very aware of what their children are doing online.”

Sheriff Slape said the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Grove Township Constable also assisted in the case and that his office will request the assistance of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office as the investigation moves forward.

“This operation is a great example of agencies working together and having the dedication and patience to spend several late nights seeing this through,” the sheriff said. “It is also a message to sexual predators that law enforcement in Newton County is willing to put in the time and effort needed to stop them from preying on our kids.”

In Baxter County, Collins currently faces a felony possession of drug paraphernalia charge after a deputy reportedly found a light bulb used to smoke meth inside Collins’ car during a traffic stop.



Comments Off on Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies seize 600 pounds of Methamphetamine-laced lollipops

Police investigating a reported burglary have seized almost $1 million worth of methamphetamine-laced lollipops.


Six hundred pounds of the homemade candy-drug mixture melted into various shapes — including Batman and “Star Wars” figures — were discovered in a Houston home. Police said the drugs had a street value of almost $1 million.
A concerned neighbor called police Monday to report that a house was being burglarized. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a male and female removing the lollipops from the home, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
“They had so many narcotics in their vehicle they couldn’t close the back hatch of their car,” Lt. Ruben Diaz said during a press conference Tuesday.
Police believe the female suspect had at one time stayed in the home.
The seizure is the first of its kind for the area, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Cedrick Collier said.
The house was the place they manufactured the drug,” he said.
“It was evident they were making these in the kitchen.”
Diaz said the design of the lollipops had raised concerns that the drug is being marketed to children.
“It hits home and affects the entire community when someone is targeting children like this,” he said.
Comments Off on Methamphetamine in Minnesota requires an unrelenting, organized response

Methamphetamine has returned to Minnesota. No corner of the state is untouched.

The data regarding methamphetamine (meth) show increases that surpass the topmost levels reached in 2005 at the height of the last meth epidemic. To better meth_mainunderstand this resurgence, let’s flash back to 2005 when methamphetamine abuse was at its peak.

By 2005, Minnesota had endured five years of devastation attributed to meth production, distribution, abuse and addiction. Media outlets told gruesome stories of child abuse and neglect at the hands of meth-addicted parents. Makeshift meth labs wreaked havoc on the environment in rural and urban areas alike, while law enforcement agents scrambled to shut them down at risk of great bodily harm. Minnesota courts realized the consequences of meth addiction and production, as did our correctional and health-care systems. Minnesotans drove by billboards featuring people whose faces and teeth had become horrifically disfigured by meth addiction.

Meth addicts flocked into treatment centers in record numbers, as distraught families feared that there was no effective treatment for this special type of addiction. Communities, big and small, convened town hall meetings in church basements, high school gyms, and civic auditoriums.

Laws restricting the over-the-counter retail sale of products containing pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient used to make methamphetamines), were passed in Minnesota and 34 other states, before the federal law was passed in 2005, spearheaded by our then-Sen. Norm Coleman.

Relief was short-lived

That federal law, heralded as one of the most effective legislative responses to the drug abuse problem in this country, seemed to swiftly and significantly curtail both small, mom-and-pop meth labs and super labs. Multiple indicators of meth abuse and addiction precipitously declined. Gradually people breathed a sigh of relief.

Yet the significant declines were relatively short-lived. Meth made in Mexico gradually replenished the supply. Starting in 2009, the indicators quietly began to rise again and now surpass those 2005 peak levels. Again methamphetamine casts its looming shadow across Minnesota and America.

What’s different now? With this wave of methamphetamine abuse and addiction there are fewer meth labs. We are also in the midst of a burgeoning opioid epidemic, an onslaught of increasingly deadly synthetic drugs, and the illicit sale of counterfeit pills. In terms of our mostly widely used illegal drug, marijuana smoking among adolescents exceeds cigarette smoking, and more Americans than ever (60 percent) favor its legalization.

Meth is plentiful; use is widespread

What remains the same is that the methamphetamine supply is plentiful and its use is widespread. Confiscations of meth by law enforcement are again breaking records. Once again Minnesota treatment centers are filled with meth addicts seeking help. And yes, meth addiction is treatable.

People take drugs to feel good or feel better. It is that straightforward. The likelihood of any individual developing addiction is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some prefer stimulant drugs like methamphetamine, while others prefer depressant drugs like opioids and alcohol.

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that changes the structure and function of the brain and is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Yet unlike other chronic diseases with behavioral components, such as diabetes, hypertension or asthma, most addiction goes untreated, thereby threatening the public safety and damaging individuals, families and entire communities.

Headlines disappeared; meth stayed

Let this resurgence of methamphetamine serve as a reminder that even though a certain drug disappears from the headlines, it does not disappear from our streets. Meth is a long-acting stimulant drug that heightens alertness and suppresses appetite. The lure of these effects has not diminished over time, nor has the desire of people to feel good or feel better.

The illegal drug business is ruthless and profitable, organized and unrelenting. It is always seeking new customers.

We need to be equally unrelenting and organized in our prevention, law enforcement and treatment responses. When it comes to effectively curbing drug abuse, it’s everyone’s business.

Carol Falkowski is the CEO of Drug Abuse Dialogues, a training and consultation business. She is the former director of the alcohol and drug abuse division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, former director of research communications at Hazelden, and has been part of nationwide drug abuse epidemiology network since 1986. Her most recent report is Drug Abuse Trends in the Twin Cities [PDF].


Comments Off on Methamphetamine surpasses heroin as most seized drug in Madison County

While heroin and other opioids continue to draw headlines and the attention of political figures, methamphetamine has made a comeback in Madison County.

Mexican drug cartels are sending a flood of methamphetamine into the United States, 53d826f576bb1.imageMadison County Drug Task Force Commander Robert Mott told the fiscal court Tuesday.

The large volume and high quality of the Mexican meth has lowered prices and led to the decline of crude, local meth labs, Mott said.

In 2016, law enforcement in Madison County seized four meth labs, only one in 2015 and none so far in 2017, according to figures Mott presented. A few years earlier, seizure of four local meth labs a month was not uncommon, he said.

Meth stats

In 2015, 232 grams of meth were seized in Madison County, but almost seven times that amount, 1,563 grams, was taken in 2016.

In the first three months of 2017, the amount was 537 grams. If that rate continues, meth seizures in Madison County could reach 2,150 grams by year’s end.

Heroin stats

While meth was multiplying in 2016, heroin was declining. While 1,053 grams of heroin were seized locally in 2015, the number fell to 794 the following year.

However, heroin appears to be making a comeback in 2017. In the first quarter, 442 grams were seized. At that rate, the number could total nearly 1,770 by year’s end.

Heroin remains the leading cause of drug overdoses and overdose deaths, Mott added.

Other stats

Oxycodone seizures totaled 4,711 pills in 2015, fell to 943 in 2016 but had reached 1,633 at the end of March 2017, as it also appeared to be making a comeback. If that trend continues, 2017’s total could reach 6,532.

The tide appeared to have turned in the battle against prescription pills in 2016, but was showing an uptick in 2017.

While 3,209 were seized in 2015, that number fell to 367 the following year. In the first quarter of 2017, however, 165 were seized. If the next three quarters follow suit, the total would be 660.

Cash seizures totaled $695,221 in 2015 and $30,940 the following year. They were up to $98,334 in the first quarter of 2017.

Firearm seizures totaled 112 in 2015, fell to 30 in 2015, but like other seizures, increased in the first quarter of 2017. The 23 seized in this year’s first three months would reach 92 by Dec. 31, if the trend continues.

Focus on importers

The task force focuses its efforts on organizations that import drugs into the community, not street-level dealers, Mott explained.

However, that may frustrate those who report suspected dealers and want immediate action, he acknowledged.

In some cases, police informants may make multiple purchases of drugs from a street-level dealer and not make an arrest for months because they hope to build a case against those in that dealer’s supplier chain.

The task force made 109 arrests in 2015, 102 in 2017, and 34 in the first quarter of 2017.

When interstate traffickers are caught, their cases usually are prosecuted in federal court, Mott added. Such arrests may escape local attention because suspects often are turned over to federal authorities who may try them in cities as far away as Chicago, Detroit or Atlanta.

The task force has successfully prosecuted large-scale dealers under a federal statute that called for sentences of 20 years to life for suppliers of drugs that can be tied to an overdose death, Mott noted.

The task force opened 123 cases in 2015, with a jump to 179 in 2016. For the first quarter of 2017, new cases totaled 33.

Effort is local, state, federal

Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle said he and former sheriff Jerry Combs were blamed when funding for the previous county drug task force ended. However, with the help of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a new federal grant was secured in 2014 for a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

One requirement of the current grant is involvement of federal as well as state and local agencies in the task force, Coyle explained.

In addition to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which contributes two detectives, Richmond Police Department, two detectives; Berea Police Department, one detective; and the Kentucky State Police, the task force includes agents of the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm Agency and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

“The drug epidemic has changed us all,” Coyle said, not just law enforcement. He compared law enforcement’s effort to fighting a forest fire, specifically comparing it to the 2016 forest fire that destroyed much of downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The sheriff said 85 percent of local crime, including thefts, can be traced to the drug epidemic. He called it the worst wave of criminal activity in his four decades as a law officer.

The stress has contributed to the high rate of turnover in all local law enforcement agencies, Coyle added. His office has lost five deputies in the past six months, but has been able to replace them.

Two deputies left to join the state Department of Criminal Justice Training, one joined the Eastern Kentucky University police force and two joined the KSP.

His deputies stepped up to work longer hours while three fellow deputies were on leave for heart procedures, the sheriff added.

Both Coyle and Mott said they initially opposed the needle/syringe exchange the Madison County Health Department will begin operating next month. However, they were persuaded it may help prevent the spread of chronic disease and reduce the chances of law officers being pricked by a suspect’s hidden, dirty needle.




Comments Off on Los Angeles Methamphetamine Crisis Escalates Alongside Opioid-Heroin Epidemic

LOS ANGELES (CN) – The RV tearing through the Arizona desert in the opening to “Breaking Bad” introduced us to television anti-hero Walter White, a cancer-ridden school teacher transformed by the end of the series into a mostly heartless meth cook and criminal kingpin.

The image of actor Bryan Cranston’s character touting a pistol and dressed in white undies and a bright green dress shirt has endured, along with the concept of the mobile meth lab embodied in his Fleetwood Bounder – even as domestic production of real-life meth has become increasingly anachronistic.

“Folks, they see the show ‘Breaking Bad,’ and they still have this vision in their head that there’s meth labs all over the U.S., and they’re pretty rare,” said investigative journalist Scott Thomas Anderson in a phone interview. Anderson has written extensively about meth addiction, including the book “Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime Is Eating at the Heart of Rural America.”

The reality is that homegrown meth labs have gone the way of the cable subscriptions and DVD box sets that were popular when “Breaking Bad” debuted almost a decade ago.

But that doesn’t mean meth production has dwindled. According to Drug Enforcement Administration officials, the Sinaloa Cartel is the leading player in a poly-drug trade that has largely shifted south of the border. Cartels produce and distribute massive quantities of meth into the U.S. through a route that starts in Southern California, moves northwards and then hooks to the east and into the heartland.

But while the nation and the media focus on the worsening threat of opioids and heroin, some law enforcement officials in Southern California see methamphetamine as a greater threat.

At a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting in May, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the opioid and heroin crises gripping eastern and northwestern cities had touched Los Angeles but that he was more concerned about meth.

Methamphetamine is something that exacerbates folks that have mental illness issues, and it’s a combination that I think is something that we address every day,” Beck said. “It’s a very cheap, very long-lasting, very cumulative effect drug. It’s one that can have a hugely detrimental impact to somebody that deals with mental health issues. I think that it all ties into what we see and impacts what the department has to deal with.”

The LAPD exposed those impacts in its Use of Force Year-End Review for 2016.  A toxicology analysis of suspects in officer-involved shootings revealed that nine out of ten people who died had tested positive for methamphetamine. The partial 2016 percentage represented a six-point increase compared to the four out of nine decedents who had tested positive for methamphetamine in 2015, the report states.

During an interview in City Hall, Police Commission President Matthew Johnson said that while he did not believe that methamphetamine was an issue unique to LA, officials had seen a “huge spike” in its use.

“It is definitely a crisis. It’s something that we’re very concerned about. It is the drug of the day, unfortunately. Drugs and crimes have gone together forever, and unfortunately the police are not equipped to deal with the underlying issues of drug abuse. The police end up having to deal with the consequences of drug abuse,” Johnson said.

In the 1990s, cartels gained a foothold in Los Angeles and the surrounding counties of San Bernardino and Riverside, with the rise of Inland Empire “super labs” capable of producing up to 50 pounds of meth at a time. Alongside them, so-called “mom-and-pop” labs thrived and fueled users, according to a DEA intelligence official who asked not to be named.

But the drug’s current stranglehold on Southern California can be linked to a well-intentioned law that stymied domestic meth production.

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act, enacted in 2006, regulated over-the-counter sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, legal asthma and sinus medications that are also the key ingredients in a meth maker’s cookbook. The new rules included daily limits on purchases and other regulations that tracked sales at drug stores to ensure compliance. When it became harder to obtain precursor chemicals through over-the-counter products like Sudafed, the law squeezed domestic production and cartels stepped in to fill the void, experts say.

That’s when many of the homegrown labs went out of business and production shifted to Mexico.

Dr. Ralph Weisheit of the Criminal Justice department at Illinois State University said the law was effective but allowed the cartels to corner the market on a product that is easier to produce than plant-based drugs such as heroin, marijuana or cocaine, which are vulnerable to changes in weather.

“It’s not that lawmakers are stupid,” Weisheit said in a phone interview. “It’s not always easy to see how this new problem would pop up. But when you’re talking about drugs, you’re talking about two things working in concert. One is the business, the fact that it is enormously lucrative. But on the other hand, you have people who become incredibly dependent on them, and when you have those two things working together, you’ve got a market force.”

In the process, Mexican drug cartels infected rural America’s bloodstream, says Anderson. The journalist talked to hundreds of meth users and did not remember one who believed their drugs were homegrown.

“That law gave the Mexican drug cartels a financial stake in rural America that they really didn’t have before. It opened up a huge new market to them because it created this vacuum by knocking out all these domestic mom-and-pop meth cooks,” Anderson said. “These criminal organizations that had marketing veins all through urban America for 25, 30 years, they now were expanding those marketing veins into very rural, very remote areas that they never had any business in before.”

Before meth is loaded into hidden compartments in SUVs and shipped to Ohio or Montana, however, drugs are consolidated in Los Angeles, a trans-shipment hub for meth.

Just this month, the Justice Department announced that it charged 22 Sinaloa Cartel associates in Los Angeles as part of a two-year federal investigation. Prosecutors said that the associates had stored drugs in stash houses across the San Gabriel Valley and then distributed the narcotics across the United States. Proceeds were then sent back to the cartel in Mexico.  As part of the takedown, authorities seized drugs with a street value of $6 million, including almost 290 pounds of methamphetamine, 280 pounds of cocaine, 30 pounds of heroin and 81 pounds of marijuana. They also seized 33 firearms, three vehicles with hidden compartments and $1.3 million in cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in LA said.

At the retail level, the prison gang the Mexican Mafia controls the flow of narcotics to a group of street gangs that have banded together under what is known as the Sureños alliance, according to the DEA intelligence official. Before arriving in the Los Angeles area, the cartels smuggle drugs into the U.S. using cartel-affiliated transportation companies and drug mules.

Seizures along the United States-Mexico border have swelled in recent years. In the DEA’s National Drug Assessment Summary published late last year, the agency said it had seized 16,283 kg (35,898 lbs.) of the drug in 2015, compared to 4,024 kg (8,871 lbs.) five years before. Sixty-eight percent of methamphetamine seizures in the calendar year 2015 happened in California, according to the summary.

Dealers sell the drug – which has become cheaper and remains highly potent – to users in its crystal form, under the street name “ice.” Wholesale prices of the drug are between $1,800 and $3,500 a pound. Ten years ago, meth would have sold for between $8,000 and $10,000 per pound, DEA spokesman Timothy Massino said.

Potency is in excess of 90 percent, the agency says, which means even a very small amount of meth will affect the user.

Psychiatrist Jeremy Martinez, director at the Matrix Institute for Addiction in Los Angeles, said he has seen an increase in methamphetamine users in emergency rooms, and “waves” or “surges” of meth use in different parts of the city, including Venice Beach and Skid Row. Matrix’s Mid-City clinic was seeing more meth users, too, he added.

A “traditional user base” in the Los Angeles area, combined with the city and surrounding area’s status as a distribution hub could explain more encounters with law enforcement, said the DEA official.

But Martinez suggested that meth users are more likely to encounter police officers than heroin or opioid users. Meth is a stimulant, while opioids and heroin are downers.

“I think it just comes to the attention of law enforcement more than other drugs because of the nature of what happens when you’re on a stimulant,” Martinez said in a phone interview. “When someone’s taking an opioid, they get slow and tired and tend to stay at home. Whereas when somebody’s high on methamphetamine, they’re more likely to be out on the street causing trouble.”

Martinez said meth users could appear mentally ill. They may experience drug-induced psychosis that includes delusions revolving around law enforcement. A user might believe that the FBI is following him. Martinez believes it is important for law enforcement to educate officers on how to handle people who appear to be mentally ill and get them proper treatment.

“It’s hard to tease out in some situations who’s a mental illness patient and who’s a substance abuse patient. So, I think that’s one of the big challenges,” Martinez said.

From his experience watching meth users, Anderson said those addicted to the drug might go three or four days without sleeping. Meth-induced psychosis is more likely if a user injects the drug or smokes it, he said.

“They’ve been putting nothing but Diet Coke and meth into their bodies for hours and hours on end, and some of them that are in that state do lose touch with reality and are experiencing various forms of hallucinations,” Anderson said. “They can be dangerous, and they can draw a lot of attention from the public in terms of folks calling the police.”

Chief Beck said other forces could be at play. He pinned some of the blame on the current malaise created after Californians passed Proposition 47 to reduce crowding in state prisons.

The law turned six drug and theft crimes into misdemeanors, which Beck said has stripped courts of the ability to force offenders into drug treatment programs.

“That’s a huge issue and it’s affected policing across California. There’s really no police agency that hasn’t seen an increase, and I think a lot of it is because we lose our ability to force addicts into treatment,” Beck said at the May 9 meeting at LAPD headquarters.

A user referred to a drug court for treatment has to be facing a felony conviction, and under court supervision, Martinez said. Because misdemeanor crimes are not eligible, he said the courts were limited in their power to enforce treatment. He has seen offenders addicted to drugs who were resistant to the treatment center’s drug court program, but then reaped the benefits of a prolonged period of sobriety and saw improvements in their lives.

“Now that Prop 47 has reduced the severity of any of these substance-possession crimes, it really ties the legal hands of the ability to mandate treatment,” he said.

In the 2016 National Drug Assessment Summary survey, 31.8 percent of responding agencies stated that methamphetamine is the greatest drug threat in their jurisdictions.

“The majority of responses, 34 percent, indicate that methamphetamine is the drug that most contributes to violent crime,” the summary states.

The threat was even more pronounced in the southwest region of the country, including Southern California. Seventy-one percent of respondents in the area rated meth as the greatest drug threat.

Anderson said he believes that meth is behind incidents involving violence, burglary rings, and identity theft. His neighborhood and law enforcement contacts would likely say that methamphetamine rather than opioids is the “main driver” for violent crime, he said.

“I don’t know if existentially this is an issue where our nation can only focus on one drug crisis at a time, but the meth crisis in America hasn’t gone away and hasn’t got any better just because a new crisis has risen up with heroin and opiates,” he added.


Comments Off on Kaara Broesch, 32, of Evansville, sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes against child – says she had a Methamphetamine problem

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – An Evansville woman has been sentenced in a sex crimes case that started in January.

Officials with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office say 32-year-old Kaara Broesch was sentenced to 30 years in prison.14126257_G

Police say the victim, who is under the age of 14, was interviewed at Holly’s House. They say Broesch admitted she forced the girl to perform sex acts with Frederick Rogers while being video taped.

The police report says the victim was also forced to watch Rogers and Broesch have sex, and watch other pornographic videos.

Police say Broesch told them she did it because she has a meth problem, and was scared of Rogers.

Officers say Rogers denied the claims at first, but then confessed.

Rogers’ case is still pending.


Kaara R. Broesch, 32, and Fredrick U. Rogers, 41, of Evansville, accused of sex crimes against preteen girl

Comments Off on Eva Villarreal, 36, and Juan Robert Garza, 37, from Salem, charged with attempted murder, kidnapping of woman

A Salem couple is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly driving a woman to the countryside, cutting her, strangling her, hitting her on the head with a flashlight, attempting to tie her up with zip ties and throwing her in a car trunk.636328954778914891-55175

Eva Villarreal, 36, and Juan Robert Garza, 37, were charged with attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

In an affidavit for arrest warrant filed in Marion County, the victim gave the following account of the attack:

The evening of May 10, Garza picked up the victim at her friend’s house to give her a ride home. The victim told Marion County detectives that Villareal and Garza were married, and she had known them since middle school.

Garza did not take the woman home. Instead, he drove out to the countryside, ignoring her pleas to stop and let her out.

As his car neared Lardon Road NE and 82nd NE east of Salem, Garza stopped and Villarreal sat up from where she was hiding in the back seat.

Garza shoved his forearm at the victim’s neck and Villarreal began hitting the woman in the face. Garza dragged her from the car and continued to strangle her.

Garza then told Villarreal to grab some zip ties. The pair tried to restrain her hands then attempted to put her in the trunk of the car.

During the attack, Garza repeatedly hit her in the head with a flashlight. When she pushed her arm or leg up to stop the trunk from closing, Garza would strike her again with the flashlight.

The woman also said at one point, Garza tried to stab her. Trying to stop him, she grabbed the knife and cut her thumb.

She told the detective she could not breathe and felt like she was dying.

As Villarreal began driving away, the woman broke out of the trunk and staggered to a nearby home. The occupants of the home called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was taken to Salem Health hospital, where she later met with a Marion County detective.

The detective noted that the woman had several cuts and bruises, including a cut on her forehead that required stitches, bruising around her eyes, marks around her throat and bleeding in both of her eyes consistent with hemorrhaging.

A warrant was issued for Villarreal’s arrest on May 12, and she was taken into custody on Sunday. Garza was arrested by police in Provo police officers in Utah on May 23. He is currently being held at the Utah County jail.

Villarreal was also arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle on May 19.

Previously, she was arrested on methamphetamine possession and firearm charges in 2013, delivery of methamphetamine in 2011 and delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a child in 2009.

Garza was convicted of delivery of methamphetamine, methamphetamine possession and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon in 2010.

At her arraignment Monday, Villarreal was deemed to be a danger to the public and a flight risk and was denied bail. Her next hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on June 21.



Comments Off on The Utah Highway Patrol seized 316 pounds of Methamphetamine in past 6 months

MURRAY — The Utah Highway Patrol says it has seized 316 pounds of meth over the past six months during highway traffic stops — a 31 percent increase from last year.

“Over the last two years, we’ve seen a huge increase in methamphetamine, not only coming into Utah, but also being transported through the state of Utah,” UHP Sgt. Steve Salas said Monday.26229649

“We’re just in a geographical location where we’re seizing a lot of meth that’s going to the East Coast.”

Salas added that the amount of meth seized last year was also significantly higher than previous years. Officers seized more than 100 pounds of meth between January and July of 2016.

“Not only do we have a huge number of the population that is using methamphetamine, but we have three major interstates that originate out of Southern and Northern California where a lot of methamphetamine is being transported through our state,” Salas said.

An estimated 24.6 million Americans age 12 and older used illicit drugs during a recent month, according to a 2013 study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Salas said currently the price of meth is cheap near the border and parts of California, and dealers can potentially double or triple their profit if the drugs are transported to the Midwest and East Coast.

Nearly 1,643 pounds of marijuana was also seized so far this year, along with 6 pounds of heroin and 15 pounds of cocaine.

“Our plan is just to continue doing what we’re doing — traffic enforcement,” Salas continued. “We recognize the indicators of criminal behavior, and we’re going to pursue those legally. We’re going to deploy the dogs when we get the chance, and if we can seize it, we’re going to.”

The amount of heroin seized this year decreased by 60 percent, though Salas said heroin is still out there, just not being intercepted on highways.

“There’s usually not large quantities that are being moved in a vehicle,” he said.

The department has also seized 12 guns during traffic stops. Most were confiscated along with narcotics inside the vehicle.

“Over the last two years, we have seen a huge increase in guns that are primarily being seized with narcotics during traffic stops,” the sergeant said.

Canine units are strategically placed along three major Utah highways — I-70, I-80 and I-15 — to help during suspicious traffic stops.

“They’re priceless to us,” said Sgt. Jimmy Banks, UHP’s canine coordinator. “To be able to help us, to be able to get those drugs off the street, is priceless.”

UHP is currently training two new canines, Gus and Chapo. Both are 18 months old and started their training a month ago.



Comments Off on Feds charge 5, including a mother and daughter from Phoenix, two brothers and a third man in Omaha, for over 35 pounds of Methamphetamine headed up I-80 near Lincoln

A mother and daughter from Phoenix, two brothers and a third man in Omaha face federal charges in connection with the 35 pounds of meth found in a traffic stop near Lincoln last week.

Blanca Avila De Vega and Melissa Vega, Alejandro Buendia-Ramirez, Carlos Alberto Valquier and Alfredo Valquier appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday on criminal complaints accusing them each of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

In an affidavit for their arrests, Andrew Vincik, a special agent with Homeland Security, said based on his training and experience he believes they were all members of a significant meth-trafficking and money-laundering organization based in Mexico.

“Based on the large quantities involved, I conclude that this organization has done this many times before, as most drug-trafficking organizations increase volume only when comfortable with their couriers and distributors,” he said.

Vincik said the scheme also showed a level of sophistication.

It started with a Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputy stopping a rented SUV on Interstate 80 on the morning of June 7.

Avila De Vega, 43, and her 18-year-old daughter, Melissa Vega, ended up arrested after a search turned up 35 one-pound bags of crystal meth hidden in suitcases in the cargo area.

The drugs have a street value of $1.5 million.

Investigators came to believe 15 pounds of the meth was headed for Omaha, and that Avila De Vega had transported meth from Phoenix to Omaha several times since the spring of 2016, according to court records.

Vincik said Avila De Vega and Vega agreed to continue on to Omaha as scheduled in an attempt to do a controlled delivery with drug investigators watching.

He said Buendia-Ramirez was arrested leaving a hotel room along L Street in Omaha after exchanging $92,500 for what he thought was 15 pounds of meth, but was mostly sham.

Vincik said officials also arrested Carlos Alberto Valquier, who had been paid $500 to drive Buendia-Ramirez there, as well as his brother, Alfredo Valquier, at a rental house in Omaha near Interstate 80 used to stash drugs and drug money.

A search of the house turned up $19,000.

The rest of the meth was to be taken to Minneapolis, according to court records.


Comments Off on Mark Steven, once addicted to ‘chemical god’ Methamphetamine, helping others break away

or more than a decade, Mark Steven injected methamphetamine into his veins several times a day.

His slide into addiction started in the early 1990s when an algal bloom outbreak wiped out a successful oyster exporting business in Kerikeri, Northland. 1497358807904

His marriage ended. He turned to alcohol and cannabis.

Steven’s dual recovery treatment addresses addiction and mental health problems. He discovered the therapy while behind bars.

Several stints in rehab followed until a drink driving charge threatened to put him in jail. Prison would prove the “turning point”, but it was a long way off yet.

During yet another rehab program, Steven met a woman who later introduced him to hard drugs.

At first it was speed – until methamphetamine, or P, became the drug of choice.

Meth gave Steven an intense feeling of euphoria, which would last up to 18 hours before hitting a plateau – and crashing.

Psychosis, rage and despair came quickly, driving him to find his next hit.

“I had found my chemical god.”

Within a year he had spent all his money. He turned to crime including stealing, burglary and drug dealing.

He started using opiates to manage the effects of meth.

“I stayed stuck in that horrible world for a long time.”

Treatment programs, including four years on methadone, did not address mental health issues that led him to addiction in the first place, Steven said.

While coming off methadone, Steven quit taking meth and embarked on a professional counselling diploma with the New Zealand Institute of Counselling in Auckland.

He moved to Christchurch for a new start and began counselling, but a relapse into alcohol addiction landed him in prison.

That was in 2013, when he was caught driving the wrong way along a one-way section of Cambridge Tce with his lights off.

“I ended up with my ninth drink driving conviction and in jail – completely embarrassed as an addiction counsellor.”

He spent eight months in prison for the offence. Behind bars, he found a drug recovery model used widely in the US, which recognized people with drug dependency often battled mental health disorders at the same time as addiction.

Known as dual diagnosis and treatment, it was a revelation. Steven applied it to his own situation.

Since his release Steven has been sober. He finished with methadone four-and-a-half years ago and has not touched P for seven years.

Now 56, he runs a not-for-profit counselling and addiction recovery service for methamphetamine addicts, which he set up in 2014. The Dual Recovery Network is based at The Loft in Eastgate Mall.

But his stable, healthy life has come at great personal cost – and after a drawn out cycle of recovery and relapse.

“It’s a miracle to think of where I’ve come from, to get through that, to be where I am now, with the damage I’ve done to my brain.

“You can recover, you can do this … we have to manage our illnesses, our mental health, addictions. It’s a dual process.”

“We’re not bad people. We do some bad things, but it doesn’t define us.”







Comments Off on Thai police seize 1.2 million Methamphetamine tablets

BANGKOK — Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.

The Narcotic Suppression Bureau displayed 1.21 million methamphetamine tablets and 17 kilograms (37.4 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine it seized as it made arrests in four separate cases.

The biggest seizure came last Thursday at a police checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok. Police said the arrested men admitted transporting 910,000 tablets destined for the southern Thai provinces of Songklha and Hat Yai.

Other drug seizures took place at a mall in Bangkok and in the provinces of Lampang and Chiang Rai in Thailand’s north, which borders Myanmar, where most methamphetamine seized in Thailand originates.

Thailand has struggled for almost two decades against a tide of methamphetamine fueling crime and addiction on a huge scale. In 2003, then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra launched a “War on Drugs” that led to an estimated 2,800 extrajudicial killings for which he was criticized by human rights advocates.

Thai authorities usually make several methamphetamine seizures a year of a million or more tablets, but the drug continues to enter from areas of Myanmar over which its government has little control, and via Laos. In a high-profile case in January, Thai police arrested a Laotian man they described as a major drug kingpin with alleged ties to Thai celebrities.


Comments Off on U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suggests US military to fight Mexican drug cartels

Could the U.S. military be deployed in the fight against Mexican drug cartels?

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suggests that cooperative military action between the U.S. and Mexico governments may be necessary to combat Mexican transnational drug cartels. Basic Training

“Where crime and kidnapping becomes almost routine and the corruption that goes hand and hand with billions of dollars of illegal narcotic trafficking resources combined with vicious violent transnational criminal cartels has done enormous damage to Mexico and enormous damage to America,” Cruz said, in an interview with Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas.

“What can we do about it? One of the things I think we should explore very seriously is something along the lines of what we did in Colombia: Plan Colombia. Where President George W. Bush worked with President [Alvaro] Uribe to target the cartels and take them out. It was treated less as a law enforcement matter than as a military matter. Where our military went into Colombia and helped destroy the cartels.”

Still, Sen. Cruz made sure to stress: “It did so on the invitation of the Colombian government. Look, we should not engage in a military action in Mexico without the active cooperation of the duly elected government there.”

Plan Colombia was a comprehensive, long-term assistance package passed in 1999 in coordination with the Colombian government, designed to rescue what was, at the time, a failing state from collapse. Terror from drug cartels and the militant Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and corrupt and unreliable government officials contributed to widespread political instability in the South American country.

Nearly 20 years and $8 billion later, the limited support of the U.S. military in conjunction with other aid has led to a successful restoration of peace in Columbia.

A similar agreement with Mexico may restore law and order to the border.


Comments Off on Woman details how her stepfather injected her and her friend daily with Methamphetamine when they were young 12-13-year-old girls

A Napier man is on trial for a raft of charges, including injecting methamphetamine into his stepdaughter and her friend when they were aged 12-13.

A court has heard a young woman describe how her father forcibly administered methamphetamine to her and a friend when they were 12 and 13.

The man, in his 40s, who cannot be named, is on trial facing a raft of charges in the Napier District Court.

His alleged offending occurred in 2003-05 and 2013-15, and involved three victims: his son, his stepdaughter and a friend of hers.

Opening the Crown case, prosecutor Jo Rielly told the jury they would hear how the man mistreated his children and how he involved his stepdaughter in an out-of-control lifestyle of gambling and drug use, and that he sexually assaulted and raped her.

Rielly said the man had effectively been the girl’s father, having been in a relationship with her mother from when she was an infant.

“She actually grew up thinking he was her biological father until partway through her childhood … She knew him as her dad, thought of him as her dad, and loved him like a dad,” Rielly said.

The man had been “inappropriate, abusive and violent” towards the girl and her half-brother when they were children.

He exposed them and involved them in an adult lifestyle and, if they did not do as he wished, they were verbally and physically abused.

In 2003 and 2005 the man was living in a Napier flat with two more of his children, aged under 5, and their mother.

His son and stepdaughter also moved in with him. The stepdaughter’s friend, then 13, also lived there for a while.

Rielly said he would get them to hide and recover drugs as he ordered. His son, who was 10-12 at the time, would be made to stand guard at the property “sometimes for hours on end”.

The man discussed drugs and sexual matters with the children, and carried out sexual acts with the stepdaughter’s friend, Rielly said.

“He forced [his son] to assist him in administering methamphetamine to [his stepdaughter] and [her friend].”

The first time was allegedly on New Year’s Day 2004. From then on, they were given meth regularly, always injected into their arms or hands, she said.

Both girls became quickly addicted.

The stepdaughter told the jury she had always thought of the man as her father, and she had never willingly taken drugs.

She described how he would hold her arm to inject the drug, and said it was being administered to her on a daily basis.

“He said we had an expensive habit. He said it was costing $3000 a week.”

The children were told not to talk to police, and not to let anyone know what was going on.

“They were frightened, but they were also very confused, because they continued to love him as their father,” Rielly said.

The man was in prison from 2005 to 2013. Further offending, including rape, is alleged to have occurred against his stepdaughter between 2013 and 2015, when he went back to prison on unrelated convictions.

The three complainants went to police in 2015.

The man faces 17 charges: two charges of wilfully ill-treating a child, two of administering methamphetamine, eight of injuring with intent to injure and others of rape, attempted sexual violation, indecent assault, assault with intent to injure and supplying methamphetamine.

The trial, before judge Raoul Neave, is expected to last 3-4 days.






Comments Off on 33-year-old Port Huron woman hides Methamphetamine, drugs, needles in her children’s clothing before police seize $6K in drugs from her home

A 33-year-old Port Huron woman was arrested earlier this month after attempting to hide methamphetamine, heroin, needles and pills in her children’s clothing at her home, police said.

At about 9:30 a.m. June 2, the St. Clair County Drug Task Force seized $3,200 worth of heroin, $2,600 worth of analogue pills and Suboxone strips, methamphetamine and marijuana from a home in the 1100 block of Rawlins Street, Sheriff Tim Donnellon said in a news release. Also seized in the raid were computer tablets, laptop computers, cell phones, cash, drug paraphernalia, packaging material and scales.

Two children, both younger than age 10, were at their father’s home at the time of the raid, police said. Authorities contacted the St. Clair County Department of Health and Human Services, which will investigate the children’s safety.

The search was conducted as part of an investigation into the sales of heroin in Port Huron. The woman and her 29-year-old boyfriend, of Port Huron, were arrested at the home and lodged at the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center. They are expected to face charges including possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver analogue drugs, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug house, habitual offender and child endangerment.

Port Huron Police Road Patrol assisted at the scene of the raid.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine still a problem that needs our attention

Southwest Missouri, like many other places, is dealing with the so-called opioid crisis. The dangers of prescription drugs and worse, heroin, have captured much of our attention when it comes to substance abuse. Meanwhile, the number of methamphetamine lab discoveries has plummeted.

These factors can have the effect of making meth seem like part of our past, but not our present.

Thomas Gounley’s series on Bob Paillet, the man who reinvented meth, showed how Paillet changed the method of production decades ago and how that, in turn, changed southwest Missouri.

In recent years, police have explained the drop in meth labs with the rise in meth imported from Mexico and elsewhere.

Lt. Eric Reece, the commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Special Investigations Section, said the crackdown on pseudoephedrine, followed by the influx of cheaper, better meth from across the border, changed the face of meth in our community.

It did not, however, make the problem go away. Meth use continues to be a major problem for our region.

From a criminal standpoint, dangerous labs have been replaced by dangerous dealers.

“Now we’re dealing with people more willing to protect their product,” Reece said. “We see that across the board. Gun violence has increased as people are more willing to protect what they have.”

Reece said meth and heroin are the two biggest drug issues Springfield police deal with. And meth carries an additional danger.

“The difference between meth and heroin is that someone who’s high on heroin is pretty much asleep. It knocks them out,” Reece said. “Meth does the opposite. It speeds them up, makes them paranoid and hyper, kind of unstable. That’s just what it does to people, whether they’re committing crimes or just not making good choices.”

Reece and his colleagues deal with the criminal aspect, but what can the rest of us do? Reece’s suggestion was to find ways to get people clean.

The law enforcement mantra of “see something, say something,” applies in a different way in this instance, he said.

“That analogy still applies to civilians involved in the drug world,” he said. “If you see someone dealing with addiction, say something to them, get them into counseling.”

He said the county’s drug court attempts to help people once they’re already in the criminal justice system, but those in the medical field can sometimes get people help before the justice system is needed.

“The fewer people we have end up as addicts, the better,” he said. “Whether it’s drug court or the medical field, people need professional help.”

There are organizations, like Burrell Behavioral Health and Preferred Family Healthcare, that help with addiction. But there are hurdles for people to get help.

David Stoecker is the education and advocacy outreach coordinator for Missouri Recovery Network, and he’s seen addiction from many angles.

“I’ve lived 24 years with an active substance use disorder,” he said. “I turned 21 in prison, and the only good thing about prison was that I got my GED.”

Stoecker went on to obtain multiple degrees, including a master’s, and went to work helping others recover, with Carol Jones, the Greene County treatment court and the nonprofit he started — Better Life in Recovery.

He said there are folks who are hesitant to get help, and those who face challenges even when they want to recover.

“Cost plays a huge role. Lack of access is another,” he said. “If I have somebody who is pregnant and an IV user, she probably qualifies for Medicaid and I can get her into treatment tomorrow. If someone’s not an IV user and male, or even if it’s a male who is an IV user, it can take me weeks to get them into treatment.”

He said there are people trying to detox themselves, but there are no detox beds available.

“I know people who will say they’re suicidal so they can get a bed and have detox time,” Stoecker said.

Beyond that, those with substance abuse disorders can fear the stigma that comes with self-identifying as an addict.

He said he wishes more people would educate themselves about the disease of addiction so they could be more compassionate and supportive.

He’s tried to create supportive communities, like the Springfield Recovery Community Center where they put on events and have other things to do for people in recovery.

It’s especially difficult with meth, he said, because the drug releases so much dopamine that it destroys the dopamine receptors in the brain.

“Even when someone gets sober, it takes them even longer for the brain to rebuild dopamine receptors,” he said. “So for 12-18 months, they can’t feel happy like somebody who hasn’t used. They know that all they have to do is use (meth) to get that feeling back.”

While the opioid crisis gets the headlines, and a lot of the public funding right now, we can’t ignore meth.

“It’s not that meth has gone away,” Stoecker said. “It’s that heroin kills a lot more people. It’s the death toll that’s getting all the publicity, and we’re ignoring some of the other drugs. They’re still there, and they’re just as big.”

Meth might be gone from the headlines, but it’s very present — especially for anyone who’s had a personal experience themselves or through a neighbor or family member.

While the specifics of each case may be different, there’s a common theme — meth destroys lives.

Springfield and the other communities of southwest Missouri should continue to put an emphasis on helping addicts recover while law enforcement officials work on pushing meth out of the region.

That could mean finding more bed space for those who want to get clean, generally expanding access to health care or simply changing the conversation to realize part of the solution is to lend a caring, helpful hand to those who need it.

This region has a well-known history with methamphetamine and a lesser-known present problem with the drug.

Our collective work in addressing meth addiction could provide this community with a healthier future.

This editorial is the view of the News-Leader Editorial Board.

Allen Jones, President

Cheryl Whitsitt, News Director

Stephen Herzog, Engagement Editor




Comments Off on Abundant use of crystal Methamphetamine pollutes the city

The drug epidemic in Pakistan is becoming more a problem than it ever was, as the number of drug users is on the rise in the country. Opium, cocaine, marijuana, hashish were already in common use, but now crystal meth, that is considered as one of the most harmful drugs in the world, is also becoming a common commodity for the drug addicts to use. The great danger that the Pakistani society confronts in regards to this issue is that the institutions that are responsible for curbing drug use in the country are failing in controlling the rise in drug addicts in the society. Police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) have all failed in their task to end drug use in the country.

According to the Police, the use of crystal meth is increasing in Lahore and Islamabad, and that the youth which was addicted to cocaine are now shifting to the more dangerous, crystal meth. It is said that crystal meth is the mother of all drugs. Crystal meth that is prepared with various chemicals, is detrimental for health. It is used mostly in dance parties in Lahore. However, now the situation has become more precarious as the hub of crystal meth users has shifted to educational institutions.

500 grams of pure crystal meth is being sold at a price of 5 thousand to 10 thousand rupees. The unique quality of this drug is that it does not have any odour, so it can be used anywhere, at anytime. It is mostly being smuggled to Pakistan from Afghanistan. As of now, there are many factories where crystal meth is being prepared.

While talking about meth, Dr Shahid said that the youth has shifted its intake of drugs, from cocaine to crystal meth which is more dangerous. Crystal meth has the ability to cause weight loss as well. Even the fake packets of crystal meth cost around 1 to 2 thousand rupees. However, impure crystal meth is more fatal and detrimental. According to a source, crystal meth is smuggled in large quantities from Afghanistan, Iran and China. The students that return from China are more prone to crystal meth. Crystal meth is prepared through salt and sugar mixed with other chemicals in an intricately designed experiment. After this procedure, crystal meth takes the shape of small cubes. Also, because it is of cubic shape, it is called ice.

Some addicts use injections for the intake of this drug. It is also consumed by smoking by filling up a cigarette with meth. It is also mixed in water or alcohol which was initially used as a rat poison in 1993, when German researchers first experimented it on rats. Afterwards, Germans started using it to protect themselves from extreme cold. German law enforcement agencies started crackdown of cocaine and after recovering a heavy amount burnt it.

In the 1960s it became famous in America as tablets. It was used by truck drivers, patrol officers and sportsmen to enhance their focus on their tasks. 1970s saw the invention of meth injections. In Afghanistan, American and NATO forces used it during war against the Soviet Russia. Nowadays, it is widely used by students and sex workers.

Social worker Rashid Butt, has said that in Pakistan heroine and hashish injections, samad bond, paint, spirit, inhaler drugs and oxygen shots were being used previously; however, meth has inflicted the final blow. Many among the youth due to unemployment and financial pressures resort to the intake of different drugs.

Law enforcement agencies and the government must come up with better policies to fight this menace. When Pakistan Today tried to contact regarding the issue, ANF spokesperson, Imran, he did not attend the call.



by Clint Decker

Recently, I was troubled as I watched a TV news story on the opioid drug problem. What I learned did not leave me. I thought about all the people I have reached out to in the 24 years I have been a Minister. Faces crossed my mind of many who were drug users. My eyes began to see how wide spread the drug issue is.

What I have learned is a major drug problem around the world has become the number one drug problem in my community, methamphetamine.

Ten years ago the largest drug bust in history took place when law enforcement seized $207 million dollars in cash in a meth raid. And six years ago worldwide seizers of meth increased by 73%. Additionally, the U.S. Sentencing Commission said that meth has produced more offenses than any other drug in 27 states.

The abuse of meth is at pandemic proportions. The other day someone asked me, “Why do people start using meth?” According to one article, the drug seems attractive on the surface by the good feelings it brings.

Users feel an instant euphoria, followed by a long high, then feel more energy, extreme confidence, and strong sexual desires. There are many more reasons users are lured in.

It is one of the most dangerous street drugs because it sucks you in then destroys you. It is like a deadly parasite that takes your health, family, livelihood and gives nothing back.  It attacks you physically, rotting your teeth and can collapse your jaw.

Due to hallucinations of a crank bug on your skin, you scar yourself marring your appearance. It not only causes you to be a physical danger to yourself, but to everyone around you.

Every user has a heart problem, not from a medical standpoint but a spiritual one. It is deeper than drugs and something we all have in common. The Scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick . . .” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Their heart problem is expressed through drugs, but yours might be shown through sexual immorality or unforgiveness.  Is there a solution to this?  Yes!  Jesus!

Jesus can heal, restore and forgive the sin and brokenness in the heart. He died and rose again from the dead to show us the power He has and what He can do. Let us bring the power of Jesus to every meth addict.

Where do we start? Prayer. Let the meth affected communities call out to Jesus on behalf of their precious sons and daughters. Let grandparents and parents cry out to Jesus for their kids.  Let users themselves look to Jesus for deliverance.

Together, let us say “Enough!” Let’s rise up and fall down on our knees. Let us bring the power of heaven to earth and see Jesus transform meth users into beautiful sons and daughters of a loving and mighty God.

Clint Decker is President & Evangelist with Great Awakenings, Inc. Since 1990, he has reached over 2.5 million people with his message of hope. Contact him at or call toll free 877-433-3220.


Comments Off on A 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, who just happened to be in labor, busted with 53 pounds of Methamphetamine in car at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint in Alton City

ALTON CITY, Calif. –  are suspected of trying to smuggle $170,464 worth of methamphetamine on Thursday night. The man drove up to the checkpoint at about 6 p.m. 6-9 bordermeth1_1497038883617_7060723_ver1.0_640_360

A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the man’s car and that’s when a secondary inspection was made. Agents found 50 packages of methamphetamine concealed in packages in hidden compartments in the floor of the sedan, according to a news release.

The narcotics weighed 53.27 pounds and are estimated to be worth $170,464 on the street, agents said.

The man is a legal permanent resident and he was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation. The woman was taken to a nearby medical facility due to having labor pains.

According to the Border Patrol’s release, since fiscal year 2017, which started Oct. 1, 2016, El Centro Sector has seized more than 820 pounds of methamphetamine.

Comments Off on Miguel Bravo-Farias, Rogelio Xochitl-Amparan, and Hector Terrazas Arrested Thursday After 20 pound Methamphetamine Buy Bust in Amarillo

Yesterday three people were arrested after undercover officers successfully bought 20 pounds of meth.

There were two operations going on. In the first, two men were arrested, then they found more evidence that led them to arrest the third man.meth_1497033577727_22572848_ver1.0_640_360

Miguel Bravo-Farias and Hector Terrazas were arrested after an agent reached out to them over the phone trying to buy the illegal drugs. The suspects met the agents at a Denny’s, showing him a box full of five plastic bags of meth.

Two other agents, were close by, watching a home on the 6700 block of North East 19th Avenue. That’s when agents saw Rogelio Xochitl-Amparan leaving the home.

With help from the Amarillo Police Department, he was pulled over and arrested for a vehicle registration violation.

When agents returned and secured Terrazas’ home, they found multiple containers, glasses and what they call crystal-like residue they think is meth.

During an interview with Bravo-Farias, he admitted to agents, the men used Terrazas’ home as a lab for turning meth from a liquid to a crystal substance.

Bravo-Farias says they take the money they make from selling the meth to a home on Austin Street where they keep it up until they make a trip back to Mexico, where part of their business is run from.

Charges were filed in federal court today. They’re facing charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute.


Comments Off on Search for missing 14-year-old Brownwood boy leads to two arrests, including the boy, and Michael Tabler, 30, on Methamphetamine charges

A report of a missing 14-year-old Brownwood boy Wednesday led police to a local hotel, where police located — and arrested — the boy on a drug charge, as well as an Austin man on multiple charges.
Michael Tabler, 30, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of identifying information, child endangerment and possession of a dangerous drug, jail records state. Tabler is free on bonds totaling $26,000.

The investigation begins
According to a report by officer Bryan Greenrock:
Greenrock was dispatched Wednesday night to the hotel in the 100 block of Market Place Boulevard, where the missing boy was believed to be located.
Greenrock met with the boy’s parents at the hotel, where the boy’s mother said her son had been missing since that morning. The woman said one of the boy’s friends had sent her a video of her son in a black car, and the video showed the car’s license plate.
The woman began looking for the car, saw it at the hotel and contacted law enforcement.

Officer speaks with the boy and Michael Tabler
As Greenrock spoke with the boy’s parents, the boy entered the hotel lobby and refused to answer his parents’ inquiries. A hotel employee told Greenrock the room number of the owner of the black car.
The employee said she’d seen the boy enter the room with an older male, identified as Tabler. The boy told the employee Tabler was his brother, but the boy does not have a brother, Greenrock was told.

Entering the room
Greenrock went to Tabler’s room and prepared to knock on the door, and heard a television playing. When Greenrock knocked on the door, the television’s sound went away and the door opened on its own.
Greenrock announced himself as a police officer and received no response, and called for assistance from Cpl. Brandon Johnson. Greenrock and Johnson entered the room, and Johnson saw methamphetamine on a coffee table in the living room area.
Greenrock and Johnson entered the bedroom portion of the room, where they located Tabler on the bed, appearing to be sleeping. The officers saw a glass pipe with what appeared to be methamphetamine residue on the bed, as well as syringes with apparent methamphetamine in other locations.

Questioning Tabler and the boy
The officers woke up Tabler, who said the boy had called him, said he’d been kicked out of his parents’ home and asked Tabler to take him back to Austin. Tabler denied knowledge of the methamphetamine and said it wasn’t in the room when he fell asleep.
The boy’s mother told Greenrock she was waiting in the lobby with her son when she saw him send a text to a friend stating a stolen credit card had been used to rent the hotel room.
Greenrock spoke with the boy, who said he’d been in the room for about an hour before entering the lobby. Greenrock arrested the boy for possession of a controlled substance.

Additional evidence seized
As Greenrock gathered Tabler’s belongings, Greenrock searched Tabler’s backpack and found a syringe with a dark substance, believed to possibly be heroin. Greenrock also found a pill bottle with tablets and a prescription label with another name.
Johnson saw bag with a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine on the floor of Tabler’s car. The officers searched the car and found a pipe in the true with what appeared to be methamphetamine, as well as several Texas identification cards, credit cards and pills.

Sheet in the doorway
The boy told Greenlock all the methamphetamine in the room belonged to Tabler. The boy said Tabler had put a sheet on the door separating the living room from the bedroom so the boy would not be able to see Tabler use methamphetamine.
When asked about methamphetamine in the living room, the boy would not answer. The officers processed the boy and released him to the juvenile detention center.


Comments Off on Hezbollah Operatives, Ali Kourani, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Lebanon, and Samer El Debek of Dearborn, Michigan, Arrested for Planning Attacks Against United States and Israeli Targets

Two men were arrested earlier this month for planning attacks against Israeli and American targets, including New York City’s JFK International Airport, on behalf of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The Justice Department announced the arrests of Ali Kourani, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Lebanon, and Samer El Debek of Dearborn, Michigan, for terrorist activities on behalf of Islamic Jihad Organization, which is affiliated with Hezbollah.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, both men are accused of “providing, attempting, and conspiring to provide material support to Hezbollah,” as well as “receiving and conspiring to receive military-type training from Hezbollah.”FeaturedImage_2017-06-09_081853_YouTube_Hezbollah_Arrests

Both stand accused of being recruited by Hezbollah and receiving “military-style training, including in the use of weapons like rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns for use in support of the group’s terrorist mission.”

El Debek is accused of traveling to Panama on behalf of Hezbollah and scouting out the U.S. and Israeli embassies there, as well as assessing the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and of ships traveling through the waterway. Kourani is accused of seeking potential targets “including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City.”

The statement explained that the “Islamic Jihad Organization (‘IJO’) which is also known as the External Security Organization and ‘910,’ is a component of Hezbollah responsible for the planning and coordination of intelligence, counterintelligence, and terrorist activities on behalf of Hezbollah outside of Lebanon.”

A 2012 Hezbollah terror attack that targeted a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, killing six and injuring 32, was carried out by IJO. Authorities around the world have broken up other IJO terror attempts, the statement noted, including via “the arrest of an IJO operative surveilling Israeli targets in Cyprus in 2012, the seizure of bomb-making precursor chemicals in Thailand in 2012, including chemicals manufactured by a medical devices company based in Guangzhou, China (‘Guangzhou Company-1′), and a similar seizure of chemicals manufactured by Guangzhou Company-1 in Cyprus in May 2015 in connection with the arrest of another IJO operative.”

According to the Times, Kourani gave a number of interviews to the FBI this year and last. Over the course of these interviews, he said that because of family connections to the terror group, he had been allowed to attend a Hezbollah training camp when he was 16.

Kourani told the FBI that he was recruited in 2008 by Hezbollah and had a handler named Fadi. Fadi told Kourani to obtain U.S. citizenship, which he did in 2009. Kourani said that he had scouted a government site that had both FBI offices and an Army National Guard center in Manhattan. He also surveilled a Secret Service office in Brooklyn.

Kourani told the FBI that he had sent Fadi extensive information about the security procedures at JFK airport. He was instructed to develop sources from whom he could acquire weapons necessary for future operations against the U.S.

In 2007, an attempted Iran-led terror attack targeting the fuel tanks at JFK airport was thwarted and four men, including a baggage handler, were arrested.

In October of last year, three men were arrested for laundering a half-million dollars of Colombian drug money for Hezbollah in Miami banks.


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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Drugs and cash were seized and three people were arrested in Martin County during a traffic stop Thursday night.MARTIN+COUNTY+DRUGS2

According to court records, an officer requested a K9 unit to respond to the traffic stop after observing suspicious behavior a little after 7 p.m. on Firehouse Lane in Warfield.

The complaint says a passenger from Columbus, Melissa Louise McCoy, admitted to inserting a controlled substance into a body cavity while they were being pulled over.

The complaint says she produced the substance and gave it to an officer, and it was believed to be 5.5 grams of meth.

Digital scales, needles, and more than $1,000 in cash were also seized, according to the sheriff’s department.

Three people in the car were arrested and are facing multiple charges, including 1st degree trafficking in a controlled substance: Lacy Pack, from Columbus, Jordan D. Stamperd, from Crum, and McCoy.

The arresting officer was Jamie Kidd.–427364713.html