A West Monroe man was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on Sunday, accused of holding a woman in his home overnight Saturday.

Arrest documents for Guidence Delance Ward, 35, 419 Morris St., said he traveled to the home of 635929481675935037-Guidence-Wardthe victim and demanded she leave with him. After she refused, the suspect reportedly carried her out of the house, forced her into a pickup truck and drove her to his house.

The victim told officers she entered his home because she was afraid he would beat her if she resisted – the arrest affidavit notes the suspect had been accused of battery of the same victim in 2015.

Through the night, the victim attempted to leave the home, but the suspect would not let her according to the report.

Sunday morning the suspect allowed her to use the restroom, and the victim said she ran for the door upon exiting the bathroom.

The suspect reportedly struck the victim in the back of the head during a struggle, but she was able to leave the residence.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim was walking on Evergreen Street when the suspect approached on a bicycle and tried to hit her again.

A witness observed this encounter and flagged down an officer who located the suspect and placed him under arrest. A search of the suspect yielded a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine.

Ward was booked on charges of simple kidnapping, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, domestic abuse battery second offense and possession of schedule II methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

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Vestal police uncovered evidence of a methamphetamine lab in February after officers entered a Main Street residence with a search warrant, according to court records.1403113429007-MethBust

Stephanie R. Loori, 30, was arrested after officers searched her residence at 821 Main St., during the evening of Feb. 18, police said.

Court papers say investigators found various items typically used in making meth: plastic bottles and containers along with tubing, as well as a precursor of pseudoephedrine, reagents including ammonium nitrate, a lithium metal catalyst and a solvent of Coleman fuel.

Loori was charged with felony counts of third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine. She was arraigned in Vestal Town Court and is being held in the Broome County jail, to await further court proceedings.

 

 

 

 

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Prosecutors say the man at the center of a large-scale Springfield meth distribution ring was a high roller at a nearby casino.

Patrick Brigaudin, 54, is one of four men charged last week with conspiracy to distribute large amounts of drugs after authorities allegedly found 12 pounds of meth and 6 and a half pounds of heroin in his garage.635929656900331882-Brigaudin-mug

In court filings asking that Brigaudin be held without bond, federal prosecutors say Brigaudin is a flight risk because between January 2009 and April 2015 he put more than $10 million into slot machines at Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Oklahoma.

Court documents say he withdrew about $8.4 million from the slot machines.

Court documents say Brigaudin’s arrest Feb. 29 was the culmination of a two and a half year investigation that resulted in authorities seizing more than 50 pounds of meth. Documents say the investigation found that Brigaudin was a “large-scale methamphetamine distributor” in southwest Missouri

A criminal complaint used to charge Brigaudin and three other men with conspiracy to distribute meth and heroin says that on Feb. 29, authorities set up surveillance outside Brigaudin’s house at 1720 E. McDaniel St.

A Dodge pickup truck pulled into the open garage at Brigaudin’s house at about noon, and authorities quickly raided the property with a search warrant they had secured a few days earlier, according to the complaint.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Springfield Police Department, Homeland Security and the IRS entered the garage and found 12 pounds of meth and 6 and a half pounds of heroin in a secret compartment under the bed of the truck, according to the complaint.

Three other men who were allegedly at the scene that day with Brigaudin — Timothy Hall, 54, Adrian Ortiz-Corrales, 41, and Eduardo Diaz, 51 — have also been charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs. The defendants are all being held without bond, according to court records.

Court documents say Ortiz-Corrales traveled to Springfield at least three times since the start of the year for “drug-related business” with Brigaudin.

Ortiz-Corrales and Brigaudin allegedly went to Springfield banks and deposited large sums of cash in quantities just beneath what would trigger mandatory reporting requirements from the banks.

Diaz, court documents say, crossed the US-Mexico border at border control checkpoints at least nine times in the previous 10 months.

Narcotics investigators have told the News-Leader several times over the last few years that the bulk of the meth in Springfield is transported here from Mexico and southwestern parts of the United States.

Court documents made public so far don’t describe how the defendants in this case acquired the meth and heroin that was seized last week.

The complaint does, however, link the defendants to a 15-pound meth seizure in north Texas in March 2015. The meth in that case was reportedly from Mexico.

If convicted, all four defendants in this case face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to court documents.

 

 

 

 

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Investigators with the Tri-County Drug Task Force and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office have charged two individuals with drug trafficking violations in Jefferson County.

Anthony Dennis, 27 of Pine Bluff was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with possession with purpose web1_Dennis-Anthony-methamphetamine, possession of firearm by certain persons, along with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

The second man, James M. Jones Jr., 54, was arrested last week after a package containing more than 15 pounds of suspected marijuana was delivered to a house on East Second Avenue.

Dennis was charged following the receipt of a package containing a clear crystal rock-like substance known as crystal methamphetamine and “ice” that was shipped to a residence in the 2600 block of West 24th Avenue in Pine Bluff. The package was found to contain about 1-pound-1.1-ounces of methamphetamine.

Jefferson County sheriff’s investigators, along with Tri-County Drug Task Force investigators, web1_Jones-James-10-09-61_0intercepted and made a controlled delivery of the package. Dennis allegedly attempted to flee from the residence in a black Mercedes vehicle following the delivery, but was quickly apprehended. A search of the vehicle driven by Dennis revealed the discovery of a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol lying on the floorboard of the vehicle.

Following a control delivery of the package, investigators discovered an additional package containing about 1-pound-0.7-ounces of methamphetamine “ice” during a search of the residence.

Among the items taken as evidence were: a clear jar containing a dried green leafy vegetable matter believed to be marijuana, black digital scales, a KBI 9-mm pistol, Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol determined to have been reported stolen via the National Crime Information Center out of Lincoln County and a baggie containing a dried green leafy vegetable matter believed to be marijuana.

Dennis is currently being held at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 secure bond and no bond as a result of a parole bond.

Jones was arrested after a package containing the suspected marijuana was intercepted by Little Rock police, who contacted Jefferson County authorities.

An investigator made a controlled delivery of the suspected drugs and Jones was arrested when he picked up the package.

A $25,000 bond was set for Jones on probable cause of possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

The suspected drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry arrested a United States citizen March 6, after finding narcotics in his vehicle as he attempted to make entry to the United States, said a press release Monday.drugs_4

At approximately 2:20 p.m., the officers at Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a U.S. citizen as it arrived from Mexico. CBP officers retrieved 10 packages of methamphetamine concealed within the tire fenders of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 24.21 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $484,130.16.

The 31-year-old driver from Fort Worth was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

“The officers’ experience and being able to utilize all available tools was demonstrated in this seizure,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “This is another example of our officers’ commitment and vigilance to the CBP mission.”

According to the press release, the Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

 

 

 

 

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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – Law enforcement authorities in North Dakota are accusing a woman of exposing her two young sons to methamphetamine.

Thirty-one-year-old Williston resident Lisa Enno has been charged with two counts of child endangerment.

Authorities in court records say Enno’s sons, ages 9 and 4 months, ”showed methamphetamine levels that were several times the cut-off limit.”

Enno is in custody at the Williams County Correctional Center. Her preliminary hearing on this case is scheduled for March 31.

Enno has four other ongoing cases involving charges of theft of property, facilitation of burglary and possession of a controlled substance. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Enno’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Mt. Juliet man is in custody after authorities caught him allegedly manufacturing meth in a McDonald’s parking lot.ZCCsdava

Patrick Decker, 41, was arrested by Mt. Juliet police and booked into the Wilson County jail on the charge of initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Officers searched the area and located a plastic bottle containing materials used for a one-pot meth lab in a trash cart near the mb,cjh,gjkMcDonald’s dumpster.

According to Mt. Juliet police, restaurant management notified officers that someone was possibly making meth by a dumpster at McDonald’s shortly after noon Sunday.

 

Decker was captured on video surveillance carrying the one-pot meth lab in the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

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Dubai: A jobless couple landed in custody after drug enforcement officers raided their hotel room where they allegedly had sex and possessed and consumed drugs.

The 34-year-old Pakistani man, A.A., and his 27-year-old Tajik girlfriend, M.S., were said to have been having sex outside marriage and consuming drugs before they woman stalled drug enforcement officers while her boyfriend tossed out the drugs from an open window in December.

Prosecutors accused A.A. of possessing different banned substances and providing some to M.S.

The couple was charged with consuming drugs and having consensual sex.

A.A. pleaded not guilty before the Dubai Court of First Instance and denied the accusation of providing drugs to M.S. to consume.

However, the suspects admitted that they consumed methamphetamine, heroin and codeine.

They also confessed that they had unmarried sex before presiding judge Urfan Omar.

According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said A.A. possessed 7.2gm of methamphetamine and 7.8gm of heroin and consumed morphine, methadone, codeine, methamphetamine and amphetamine. He was also accused of providing M.S. with heroin for free.

The latter consumed morphine and codeine, according to prosecutors.

A antinarcotics police lieutenant claimed to prosecutors that drug enforcement officers raided the suspects’ hotel room following an informant’s tip off.

“The informant alerted us that the couple possessed and had been consuming drugs in their room in the hotel in Naif. We obtained prosecutors’ warrant and headed to the hotel. When we knocked on the door, the woman answered from behind the locked door and she made us wait for five minutes until she opened it. She stalled us despite having informed her that we were police. We apprehended them instantly and when we searched them, we didn’t find any drugs. One of the corporals looked outside a window that had been left open, and spotted a nylon bag that had been thrown down on the street. I asked him to go and get the bag … after he got it, we discovered that the bag contained different kinds of drugs and mind-altering substances. Upon searching the room, we found eight methamphetamine pouches inside a drawer. The couple were taken into custody,” he testified to prosecutors.

Records said the suspects tested positive for drugs.

A ruling will be heard on March 17.

 

 

 

 

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A man dressed as a clown, who was allegedly smoking methamphetamine in a Waffle House restaurant, faces multiple drug charges.

The Waffle House clown incident occurred on Tuesday in the early morning hours in Athens, Georgia.CcvYvt2XIAAW787

Responding cops who had been called by a Waffle House worker found a bowl of meth at the counter which was left behind by the customer in the clown suit who had locked himself in the restaurant bathroom.

“It was the wee hours of Tuesday—far too late for any kid’s birthday party—and the circus wasn’t in town. So when a man wearing a clown suit walked into a Waffle House in downtown Athens, Georgia, it wasn’t as if he was the evening’s hired entertainment. No, [the suspect], in full funnyman regalia, landed on a stool at the front of the counter and started allegedly puffing a bowl full of meth, turning the greasy spoon into his personal drug den,” The Daily Beast explained.

A Waffle House employee unlocked the restroom door, and officers escorted the suspect, 25, back to where he had been sitting.

According to the police report, “he admitted ownership of the smoking bowl with marijuana residue inside it.” He also told cops that he was carrying a knife in his pants pocket.

Cops also allegedly found LSD wrapped in foil in his pocket. A search of his book bag, the police report indicates, revealed a digital scale, a jar of marijuana, a jar of mushrooms, a small keepsake with pot in it, and a small bag of white powder.

“It’s unclear from the report, however, if what Worthington was allegedly smoking was actually methamphetamine,” the Athens Patch noted.

It has yet to be determined why he was outfitted in the clown garb.

“It was slow that night. He was fully dressed as a clown. I couldn’t believe it. But you see some weird stuff in downtown Athens,” said a Waffle House worker, according to The Daily Beast.

Multiple media accounts identify the suspect as U.S. Army veteran and Gainesville, Georgia, resident Jacob Worthington, who served in Afghanistan. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Worthington was a member of the U.S. Army’s 310 Psychological Operations Company. He reportedly left military service in January of 2014.

Worthington faces three felony narcotics charges, and one misdemeanor count, according to The Smoking Gun. He was booked in the Clarke County Jail subject to bonds totaling $10,000 and was subsequently released by the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

Waffle House and meth were connected in another incident.

In an encounter at a Waffle House eatery elsewhere in the state of Georgia, a waitress stands accused of spiking her co-worker’s drink with meth.

The incident allegedly occurred back in late December, but the suspect was recently arrested after a six-week law enforcement investigation.

Based on surveillance video, cops apparently believe that the suspect allegedly took the victim’s drink into the bathroom (and returned it) without his knowledge, dumping drugs into the liquid in the process.

Founded in 1955 in the Atlanta area, and still headquartered there, the Waffle House always-open breakfast chain and purported cultural icon has more than 2,000 locations in 25 states, with a primary focus on the south.

The Waffle House, including its often earthy or raucous, but usually friendly, atmosphere, is a guilty pleasure for fans from all walks of life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Adolescents in drug and alcohol treatment programs who reported taking methamphetamine doubled in the five years to 2014, research published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday found.

The study is based on surveys with 865 adolescents aged between 14 and 18 years who were in residential drug and alcohol treatment programs in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory between 2009 and 2014.i;h;i;hy;yip

Methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice” and “speed”, was the only drug to show an upward trend, with 10.8% of adolescents saying it was their greatest drug of concern in 2009 compared with 48.4% in 2014. Those who said they were using methamphetamine at the time of being admitted jumped from 28.8% in 2009 to 59.4% in 2014.

While the adolescents also recorded high levels of cannabis use (85.2%), tobacco use (72.7%), and alcohol use (64.1%), methamphetamine was the only drug to have shown a significant upward trend over time. Lead researcher on the study, Dr Sally Nathan from the University of NSW school of public health and community medicine, said the findings highlighted the need for greater funding to rehabilitation programs and support for adolescents after they left treatment so that they did not relapse.

Of the 321 adolescents who reported current methamphetamine use, those reporting inhaling smoke or vapor increased from 12.5% in to 85.5% by 2014.

“Different forms of methamphetamine were not recorded; however, ice is commonly inhaled, which suggests that the main form used by participants has changed,” the study said. It suggests both ice use and methamphetamine use generally is increasing.

Researchers found associations between methamphetamine use and number of places lived and enrolment in a special class at school, suggesting that young people who may have learning difficulties or unstable accommodation may be at a higher risk of methamphetamine use or that use may result in learning issues and unstable accommodation.

The study participants came from Ted Noffs Foundation residential drug and alcohol treatment programs. Drug and alcohol treatment program director, Mark Ferry, said it was clear the increase in use was also due to methamphetamine becoming more available as the price went down and its manufacture increased.

About 40% of methamphetamine patients were referred to the centers through the juvenile justice system and courts, he said.

“Parents are also very good at finding these services and referring their children to them,” Ferry said.

“The problem is, drugs are fun, at least at the beginning. But with methamphetamine the transition time between it not being a problem and it becoming a serious problem can be quite short. The other thing is after being drug free for a couple of weeks, eating properly and sleeping, they feel better and can go back to it.

“We need support for adolescents after they leave treatment.”

A separate study published in the same journal on Monday found methamphetamine residue in the wastewater of a coastal city in south-east Queensland at levels almost five times what they were in 2009, suggesting a corresponding increase in methamphetamine use.

Prof Wayne Hall, from the center for youth substance abuse research at the University of Queensland, and a team of researchers analyzed 498 wastewater samples drawn from a coastal metropolitan city in south-east Queensland between 2009 and 2015, and 712 samples from a major inland regional city between 2010 and 2015.

Levels in both areas increased significantly, 4.8 times in the metropolitan area between 2009 and 2015, and 3.4 times in the regional city between 2010 and 2015.

Hall said it was “very clear” that both methamphetamine and use of the more potent from, crystal methamphetamine [ice], were on the rise.

While the data from the study could not show whether methamphetamine consumption had increased because there were more new users, or because current users were consuming higher doses of a purer drug, data was emerging from other studies showing use was on the rise, he said.

“It’s exactly what you’d expect to find when you have a drug that is readily available and cheap,” he said.

The findings were also similar to wastewater findings from South Australia that detected increases in traces of the drug between 2010 and 2013, and consistent with increases in the purity of methamphetamine seized by police, arrests for methamphetamine use and supply, and the number of people seeking treatment for related problems, the study found.

 

 

 

 

 

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If you’ve been following the news in Montana at all recently, you know that methamphetamine use is once again a terrible problem.

Just last month, the Billings Gazette ran a story with a headline that said, “Meth possession spikes while other crimes stay steady.” The story quoted Police Chief Rich St. John, who said this about the near-record number of murders: “There’s a common denominator, and it’s usually methamphetamine.”ftjzrfryjzfjnx

A few weeks before that, the Gazette reported that the number of abuse and neglect cases dealt with by Montana courts had doubled between 2009 and 2015. Billings had the distinction of dealing with more than 500 such cases, the first time a single judicial district had topped the 500 mark.

“What we’re hearing from judges,” said Beth McLaughlin, the Montana Supreme Court administrator, “is most of the growth is related to an increase in methamphetamine and heroin.”

And just a few days before that, a Missoula television station reported that “meth-related crime in Missoula saw a sharp increase in 2015.”

That’s a lot of bad news, but the Montana Meth Project wants you to know it has some good news.

The MMP announced last week that it was inviting Montana filmmakers to create a 30-second anti-meth commercial, with the winner receiving a $20,000 prize and nationwide air time.

A story in the Helena Independent Record said the Montana Meth Project was looking for “impactful” commercials. It went on, obviously quoting from a press release: “Previous Meth Project commercials have influenced viewers through graphic, hard-hitting campaigns that followed young adults from first-time users to full-blown addicts as a means of educating people about the dangers of using methamphetamine.”

The Montana Meth Project has been flooding the state with relentless, ubiquitous multimedia advertising since 2005, with the result that we are now experiencing a meth epidemic that is placing unprecedented demands on law enforcement and social service agencies.

I suppose it’s irresistible, given all the money offered, but I would urge Montana filmmakers not to take part in this long-running charade. Don’t allow your good work to be used to advance the vanity project of a billionaire who doesn’t seem to care whether his efforts are having the slightest effect on anybody.

I am referring, of course, to Tom Siebel, the software mogul who evidently decided to launch his quixotic project because he owned a lot of land in Montana, and he saw that his adopted state was awash in meth. His thinking seems to have been that if he could throw millions at the problem in a small-population state and it really had an effect, he could then expand it elsewhere in the country.

The ad campaign certainly had an effect on the owners of newspapers, television stations and billboards, and as I reported in 2009, one San Francisco ad agency alone was paid more than $5 million by the Montana Meth Project between 2005 and 2007.

Based on questionable research commissioned by the project, and on cherry-picked statistics from legitimate studies, the Montana Meth Project consistently made extravagant claims about its success, even as critics pointed out that its real accomplishments were, at best, negligible.

For starters, just read the Wikipedia page on the Montana Meth Project. It starts off on a positive note but then quite thoroughly lays bare all the B.S. upon which the project’s claims were built.

Worse yet, as I reported in 2014, is that the MMP simply refuses to acknowledge any research that contradicts Siebel’s unshakable belief in the efficacy of what he’s doing. My story was about research done by an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, who found that the MMP’s effects on meth use were “statistically indistinguishable from zero.”

This report was a follow-up to earlier research he’d done on the same subject. By the time he’d written the second study, he had abandoned his naïve belief that the MMP would be interested in his findings. He was simply ignored.

At least the MMP is not, as far as I can tell, receiving any public funding, as it did for several years. Its most recent tax-exempt filings, for 2014, listed total revenues as $261,887, all in the form of gifts, grants and contributions.

Of that, a little less than half went to the salary of the project’s director, Amy Rue, who was paid $127,610 that year.

The MMP isn’t even trying to make its case with new figures anymore. Its website lists numbers that were once questionable and are now laughable: since 2005, they say, adult meth use is down 72 percent and meth-related crimes are down 62 percent.

Tell that to the cops, the judges, the social workers.

I know a lot of people figure, what’s the harm? Let Siebel spend his money if he wants to. At the very least it raises awareness and maybe it’ll keep a few kids off meth.

But what if real efforts to reduce meth use have been hampered by the perception that Siebel was taking care of it for us, that there was nothing else we needed to do? Maybe ignoring all those experts who for years have been raising questions about the Montana Meth Project wasn’t a good idea.

Maybe filling the state with Reefer Madness-style slogans and crude paintings plastered on barns, silos, storefronts and billboards just made the state a little uglier, a little seedier, and didn’t do a damned thing to reduce meth use.

So all you filmmakers out there, please ignore this latest contest. Instead, how about this: Let’s see who can create the best 30-second commercial that says something positive, uplifting and inspirational, something that might give a young person hope, instead of another bombardment of grotesque images.

The first prize will be our thanks, and the knowledge that you perhaps will have accomplished more than the Montana Meth Project, with all its millions, has accomplished in the past 11 years.

 

 

 

 

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Where Is the 5K Run For Meth?

Posted: 7th March 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

I had a bit of an epiphany recently.  Or maybe this has been something that God has been working on in my heart for a while.

You know, we have the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is a wonderful fund raising and awareness event for breast cancer!

There is also an American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, a Healthy Heart Run Walk, an ALS Recovery Fund 10K Run & 5K, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K race, and even the My Twelve Month 10K Challenge for Crohn’s Disease. You get the idea!

But where is the fundraiser for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction – or the 5K Run for Meth?75843ed5-f47e-465b-a6ca-7dd95265b57e

I’m serious!

My point is that people struggling with drugs and alcohol, especially with meth, are often stigmatized by society – perhaps even considered not worthy of a 10K run. But my friends, they are people too – just as deserving of love as is anyone else.

I have talked to a lot of meth users over the past few years – not as their doctor or counselor but just as one human to another. And you know what – they don’t have rotten teeth. They don’t have scars all over their faces either. They look just like the girl next door – someone’s mother, sister, daughter, or the woman working at the store down the street. They are not monsters – they are just like you or me!

Surprisingly – to me anyway – if they had not told me, I would have never guessed that they ever had a problem with meth – or had ever even used the drug!

So when is our society going to treat drug addiction from the point of view of a disease, which it is in many ways? You see – as soon as someone starts using a drug or alcohol to excess, it begins to change them – their bodies, their minds, their attitudes – and they will not recover until they stop using the drug altogether.

Still not buying it?

What if we compare drug addiction to other major diseases in the United States?

The annual cost for heart disease and stroke in the United States is $249.2 billion (taken from the American Heart Association – 2015). The annual cost for cancer treatment is $88.7 billion (as presented by the American Cancer Society – 2011). The total for both is $337.9 billion.

However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the annual costs for illegal drugs is $193 billion, for alcohol, $224 billion, and for tobacco, $295 billion. The total is $712 billion, more than double the costs for heart disease and cancer combined.

Did you know that the 2016 budget for NIDA is $1.05 billion, with only $640 million allocated for research grants, while the budget for the National Cancer Institute is $5.21 billion and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is $2.99 billion?

Yet the United States spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 alone for the “War on Drugs.” Our priorities are all wrong.

People should not be put into prison for the simple possession of “illegal” drugs. No one goes to jail for the possession of tobacco or alcohol even though it is well known that those drugs kill more people each year than do all of the “illegal” drugs combined and cost Americans more than 2.5 times as much.

I hear what you are saying – the “drug addicts” chose to use that drug.

Maybe – and I’ll come back to this in a moment. But more often than not, life’s circumstances lead the user to try the drug in the first place. She may have started using drugs to take away something unpleasant – a process called negative reinforcement. She may have started using drugs to deal with stress and anxiety, especially PTSD. Or she may have been suffering from sadness and depression and started using drugs to “forget the troubles of life” for a while.

Drugs are never the answer, of course, but does a “bad” choice make drug users “bad” people? Should we shun them just because they made that wrong choice?

Absolutely not!

Also consider this. Many people start using drugs in their teens, when their brains and a real understanding of the consequences of their “bad” choices have not fully developed. And, tragically, many teens are first introduced to meth and other drugs by a family member or close family friend that they trust.

So they made a bad choice. Should they go to prison for it?

Well, let’s consider some other life choices.

What about the person with lung cancer? Do we arrest her because she made the “bad” choice to smoke cigarettes? Or do we try and find a cure for lung cancer?

What about diabetes? It is well known that obesity and lack of physical activity are two of the most common, preventable causes of Type 2 diabetes. Do we arrest people with Type 2 diabetes because they made the “bad” choice to eat too much sugary foods and not to get enough exercise? No, we try and find a cure for diabetes.

Heart disease can also be caused by correctable problems, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking. Do we arrest someone with heart disease because they made the “bad” choice to eat too much of an unhealthy diet and did not exercise enough? No, we try and find a cure for heart disease.

I realize that I am taking this to the extreme, but why should it be any different for people struggling with meth or pain pills or alcohol – people who also made a bad choice long ago?

Should people with Type 2 diabetes be put into prison for eating candy? Should people with hypertension be put into prison for eating fried foods?

Sounds silly doesn’t it?

But our focus should be on treatment, not incarceration. If a fraction of the $15 billion for the “War on Drugs” had been wisely spent on research, we might have an effective treatment for drug addiction by now.

Am I saying that it is OK to use drugs? Of course not. Even alcohol, when not used in moderation, can lead to alcoholism and a host of physical, mental and emotional problems.

What I am saying is that it is time to really acknowledge that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease and to start treating the people suffering from addiction as patients, not inmates!

 

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at meth.doc55@gmail.com. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

 

GLENS FALLS – Police were worried they might find a crystal methamphetamine manufacturing operation inside 16 Fifth St. when they searched it Wednesday.

They didn’t find any indication meth was being cooked there, but they did find a lot of money and marijuana, as well as at least one bizarre video that will result in a sexual misconduct charge against one of the residents of the home, authorities said.56d7778165b92_image

The video appears to show suspect 36-year-old Gene R. Warner wearing women’s clothes and having sexual contact with a dog, police said. In a press release issued Wednesday, State Police referenced the discovery of “indecent sexual material” found on “electronic devices” but did not elaborate.

Authorities said Thursday that a misdemeanor sexual misconduct charge will be filed along with the felony weapons and drug charges that Warner and his housemate, James F. Barber, were hit with Wednesday.

The cash, found in bundles of bills, was seized by police and counted Thursday. The cash in the vehicle and home totaled $87,312, police said.56d7778074b7c_image

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop of a 2013 BMW sedan that Warner was driving on Luzerne Road in Queensbury at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Troopers stopped the car after they saw it pull into the West Glens Falls fire station parking lot and watched a woman get out of it and run off. The car did not have a front license plate and had illegally tinted windows, police said.

Police said they found Warner to have a loaded, unregistered handgun, bags of cash, nearly 1 1/2 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine. He also was believed to be driving under the influence of drugs.

The seizure led to a search of a room that he rented at the Days Inn motel off Exit 18 of the Northway, where an additional 6 1/2 pounds of pot and an illegal stun gun were discovered.

A search of the Fifth Street home where Warner had been living led to the discovery of a 7.62 mm rifle, the cash, more than a pound of additional marijuana and at least one bestiality video.

Warner faces three felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon or firearm, a felony marijuana possession charge, a misdemeanor driving while ability impaired by drugs charge and numerous other misdemeanor and traffic charges.

Barber, 42, faces one felony count each of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana.

Both men have prior felony convictions that preclude them from possessing guns. They were sent to Warren County Jail after arraignment.

Police have seized the cash, and Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said authorities will look into whether the BMW can be forfeited as well.

The dog was with a relative of Warner’s and authorities were trying to find it Thursday for a physical examination, police said.

“We’re aware of it and are trying to locate the dog,” Warren County SPCA President Jim Fitzgerald said.

Police didn’t file charges for the dog videos, in part because they had to research what section of law they fall under. But under state law, having sex with an animal is only a misdemeanor. If the dog was injured, it could result in felony animal cruelty charges, Fitzgerald said.

Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino, whose agency assisted State Police with the case, said the men had only lived in the home for a short period of time. Police were familiar with both of them, as both have extensive criminal records, but Casertino said there were no complaints of any problems in the months they have lived at the home.

Property records show the home is owned by Lucy Alamia of Cossayuna.

 

 

 

 

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BILLINGS – A Hardin man convicted at trial of fatally shooting a man in downtown Billing was sentenced Thursday to more than a century in prison.

The sentencing hearing for Jonathon Martinez, 29, was held at the Yellowstone County Courthouse before Judge Mary Jane Knisely.10022327_G

Knisely sentenced Martinez to 130 years to the Montana State Prison.

Martinez was convicted in December 2015 of deliberate homicide with a weapons enhancement for the 2014 death of David Vallie.

A separate burglary conviction resulted in 20 years of the sentence ordered Thursday.

The first person to take the stand at the sentencing hearing was the victim’s sister.

“Regardless of my brother’s life style, he was a good person. That’s how I knew him. Always handing out things to people on the street. He cared a lot about his kids,” said Kathy Vallie.

Vallie said her brother would always lend an ear to anyone who had trouble in life.

“Jonathon, I know you had a rough upbringing, but if you’d known my brother you two could’ve been friends,” said Vallie. “Because you two had the same upbringing.”

The mother of one of Vallie’s children, Tania Murnion, testified about the difficulty of explaining the death to her 7-year-old child.

“David was a good man,” said Murnion. “We weren’t together when this happened but he was funny, kind-hearted and a good father.”

Murnion said the last memory her son will have of his father is seeing him in the casket.

Laura McKee, a probation and parole official, testified about Martinez’ previous time in prison of 8 years. McKee said Martinez was accepted into the Boot Camp Program in September 2009, about two years after he arrived at the prison.

McKee said he was terminated from the program because he failed to admit his illegal activities, which is a requirement.

Martinez was placed back in the prison, paroled in 2012 and placed in a pre-release program in Missoula.

Martinez was paroled to Billings in July 2013, McKee said.

Just one month after he arrived in Billings, Martinez began breaching his parole terms.

Martinez even altered his urine samples that he was required to submit.

The defendant’s aunt, Sid Martinez, gave a statement to the court.

She said it was amazing how parallel Martinez and Vallie’s lives were.

“Please know that we are terribly disappointed in his actions, but we don’t love him any less,” said Sid Martinez. “But it’s drug use on the behalf of both parties that brought us here today.”

She said Martinez’ mother is also a methamphetamine addict and his father was not around.

“The problem was not the love we offered, but it was not enough,” she said. “He longed for his mother, like any child.”

Sid Martinez said her nephew often was left without a home as a child and would wonder as a teenager and adult whether his next home would have an expiration date.

“When he pulled that trigger and then left, that’s what he’s done his whole life,” said Sid Martinez.

In an emotional conclusion, the woman said her nephew went to prison as a boy and came out a young man without any guidance.

Family of both the victim and defendant were crying during the testimony.

“I do believe the system has failed,” she said. “Jonathon, I want you to know that no matter what you do I will always love you.”

Inez, another aunt of Martinez, then took the stand.

Meth is the devil,” she said. “I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you.”

Inez went on to say that hurt people hurt people and that she wished she could have done more.

Martinez has a daughter and Inez said she wants to break the vicious cycle of drug use with his daughter.

Mercedes Martinez, a cousin of the defendant, said she was very close with Martinez.

“Jonathon’s upbringing is something that’s hard for me to bring up,” the woman wrote. “Jonathon was thrown into a world of drugs and chaos at a young age and it consumed him.”

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito asked for 100 years for the deliberate homicide charge and an additional 10 years for the weapons enhancement conviction.

On an earlier conviction of burglary, Twito said he was asking for 20 years because Martinez is a persistent felony offender.

“We can sit and blame meth for all of this, but that’s not what makes Mr. Martinez a violent offender. It’s the fact that he reacts with violence,” said Twito. “He was a danger to this community in 2006. He was an incredible danger.”

Twito said the corrections system didn’t fail Martinez, rather he failed every opportunity that he was given.

“Judge, I’m asking you to do the hardest thing a judge has to do. Put him away so he can never be out in this community again.”

Twito said the claim that the shooting was an accident is an “absolute farce.”

“Since 18, he’s been nothing but a terror,” said Twito.

Twito said Martinez worked to scare witnesses so he could avoid responsibility.

Another indication of Martinez’ personality was a media photo of Vallie’s dead body that Martinez downloaded to his phone and set as a background, said Twito.

“That was a trophy,” said Twito. “That’s the kind of person he is, judge.”

The defense asked for 60 years for the homicide charge, five years for the weapons enhancement, and five years for the burglary, all to run consecutive.

“Sentencing young people to prison has a negative rehabilitation impact,” said Martinez’ defense attorney. “They’re surrounded by people who aren’t good influences. It hardens you.”

Martinez declined to speak at the sentencing hearing.

Knisely took a 15-minute recess to consider Martinez’ sentence.

 “I don’t think anyone was ready for methamphetamine to hit Billings the way it did when it hit Billings,” said Knisely.

Knisely then noted the vast amount of time spent tracking Martinez’ phone, whereabouts, movements, and communications.

“Your wall of fame – your screen saver, yet another crash,” said Knisely. “You tattooed it on your arm. The root of all evil, you tattooed guns, you tattooed grenades on your arm.”

Knisely said that Martinez’ poor performance in rehabilitation and failure to comply with orders far outweighs his bad childhood.

Knisely said Martinez shot Vallie just 12 days after he was released from prison.

Martinez’s burglary conviction stemmed from a case where he beat a man with a stick for $300.

Knisely recounted Martinez’ testimony that if he had wanted to kill Vallie, he would have shot him more than once.

 

 

 

 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A former Northern California real estate mogul secretly recorded himself having sex and then sold the tapes to porn websites, three women claim in state court.Michael_Lyons_mug

The lawsuits filed this week accuse former Lyon Real Estate CEO Michael Lyon of disguising video cameras inside his Sacramento-area home and taping “private sexual behavior” with plaintiffs Mary, April and Elizabeth Doe.

Lyon, 60, admitted to taping prostitutes and pled guilty to four counts of electronic eavesdropping in 2011. He was later sued by a group of former nannies and family friends, eventually settling with them for $2.5 million.

The former head of his father’s real estate empire and Boy Scout troop leader, Lyon has routinely been sued in Sacramento Superior Court since his confession in 2011, including Tuesday’s filings.

He was arrested again in October 2014 after Sacramento County probation officers found methamphetamine and other drugs inside his master bedroom. He was booked on 16 new felony charges including electronic eavesdropping, and the case is still active.

The plaintiffs in the latest civil lawsuits say they first learned of the videotaping allegations when they were contacted by law enforcement in January 2015.

“Lyon attempted to and did watch and capture visual images of plaintiff while plaintiff was engaged in private sexual behavior,” Elizabeth Doe’s complaint states. “This despicable conduct constitutes malice, fraud and oppression.”

The women are suing Lyon for invasion of privacy and fraud, and are asking for punitive damages. Their attorneys at Gavrilov & Brooks of Sacramento declined to comment on the lawsuit.

 

 

 

 

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ITHACA, N.Y. — Two Ithaca police officers were treated and released from the hospital after they were exposed to noxious fumes coming from a methamphetamine lab during a drug raid Friday morning, according to the Ithaca Police Department.b02b6589-387e-4cb9-986f-47c934a78382-large16x9_pizap_com14572092941991

Investigators say the officers were working with the SWAT team and Special Investigative Unit to secure the area at a 213 South Titus Avenue apartment when they spotted the alleged lab.

While two officers were taken to Cayuga Medical Center and released after being “decontaminated,” the remaining officers raided the apartment where they found over 4-ounces of methamphetamine in addition to the lab.

Aaron M. Gaetano, 33, and Christina E. Oxley, 38, were arrested at the scene and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The South Titus lab was not the only raid that morning. Investigators also raided an apartment at 117 West Buffalo Street where they arrested 41-year-old Juan J. Breton after allegedly finding crack cocaine, heroin, weighing scales and packaging materials consistent with drug sales, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

Breton was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police say the raids were not related. All three suspects are currently being held without bail.

 

 

 

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UNION Parish — Union Parish sheriff’s deputy received a call about a women standing on the side of La. Hwy. 2 near Farmerville who appeared to be upset.

When deputies arrived at the scene about 5 p.m. Wednesday they found Tonya Jonett Edgar, 39, of 536 Stewart Rd., Farmerville. When deputies checked on her background, they learned that Edgar was wanted on a warrant from Ouachita Parish for non-support.

She was read her Miranda rights and placed under arrest, Sheriff Dusty Gates said. The bag she was carrying was checked and found inside were three small bags of suspected methamphetamine and other clear plastic bags with suspected meth residue.

Edgar told deputies that the substance was not hers and that it belonged to her boyfriend.

She was booked into the parish detention center for possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a fugitive from justice. Bond on the new charges was set at $2,750. There is no bond on the fugitive warrant.

 

 

 

 

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A Texarkana, Ark., man whose wife died after he allegedly ran over her with his truck in the pre-dawn hours Thursday appeared before a Miller County judge Friday morning.

Lucas Connor McCarley, 34, was allegedly driving around with a woman when McCarley’s wife, 030416mccarleymurder014581679981_t1070_h3e5ac724741fb77646b23ddd9336e1906de3b9b9Casey McCarley, 35, pulled her car in front of his 2000 GMC Sierra truck on Miller County Road 22 at about 1 a.m. Thursday, according to a probable cause affidavit used to create the following account. The woman who was riding as a passenger in Lucas McCarley’s truck told investigators he was forced to stop his truck after his wife pulled out in front of him. The witness said Casey McCarley stepped out of her car and began walking toward the pickup when Lucas McCarley attempted to drive away.

Investigators believe his truck struck Casey McCarley, killing her at the scene.

When Miller County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found her dead in the middle of Miller County 22, a blue tarp covering her body. In a cup holder in the front of Lucas McCarley’s truck, deputies noticed a glass pipe used to smoke meth. Next to the pipe was a silver metal wallet that contained suspected methamphetamine and prescription pills.

An Arkansas State Police investigator who interviewed Lucas McCarley at the Miller County jail shortly after Casey McCarley’s death, suspected he was under the influence of methamphetamine.

“His reactions were exaggerated and he appeared overly nervous,” the affidavit states.

McCarley allegedly refused to submit a blood or urine specimen at a state trooper’s request.

Lucas McCarley is facing felony charges of negligent homicide; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated-second offense, and refusing to submit a breath, urine, or blood specimen. Miller County District Judge Wren Autrey set McCarley’s bail on the felonies at $150,000 and at roughly $2,000 for the misdemeanors.

When Autrey asked if he intends to hire his own lawyer, Lucas McCarley said he doesn’t know.

“I haven’t been able to talk to anybody yet,” he said.

Autrey appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent McCarley, though he told the accused he can hire his own lawyer at any time. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell said she expects to file a motion to revoke a 60-month probation Lucas McCarley began serving June 14, 2014, in Miller County for theft of property. Judges are not required to set bail for defendants being held in jail on a motion to revoke probation.

Autrey scheduled Lucas McCarley to appear in circuit court for a pretrial hearing on the felony cases later this month. Autrey scheduled Lucas McCarley to appear before him in district court on the misdemeanor charges May 2.

 

 

 

 

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“We’re number 1!” Words typically associated with a victory celebration carry a more dubious distinction in Indiana.

The KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book shows that in 2014, Indiana logged the highest number of methamphetamine incidents nationwide. Those include active labs, dumpsites, or when police seize meth-making equipment or ingredients.B9321203556Z_1_20160304140456_000_GMSDLED8B_1-0

Children are often caught in the middle. Recently, a 16-year-old Muncie girl reportedly suffered severe burns from a meth mishap in her home. And data shows more than 350 children were found in meth labs in 2014.

“Quite often, we’re uprooting those young people with just the clothes on their back because when we find meth labs, we find the associated toxic environment that goes with the making of meth,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum.

A survey found 13.4 percent of Hoosier children have lived with someone who had a substance problem. The national rate is 10.7 percent. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports a parent with a substance use disorder is three times more likely to abuse their child.

Indiana’s Department of Child Services reports a 70 percent increase statewide in the number of drug-related cases. The drug problem is affecting children in cities, suburbs and rural communities such as Scott County. The KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that from 2011 to 2014, Scott County’s number of neglect cases rose 116 percent and physical abuse cases jumped 142 percent.

Michelle Korty of Prevent Child Abuse Scott County says at least 90 percent of abuse and neglect cases there are drug related. She says some parents are so fixated on drugs that “very little of their time, energy, and resources is left to focus on providing the safe, nurturing environment and for meeting the basic needs of their children.”

Traumatic stress experts say children may blame themselves for those problems and feel rejected when left alone for long periods of time. They’re more likely to experience anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and struggle to form adult relationships.

Republican State Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis introduced several proposals on drug enforcement and treatment. He says the conversation needs to change. “We’ve always thought of it as a character issue. I always say drug addiction is a disease not a character flaw.”

John Wernert with Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration says state officials “understand these are chronically relapsing diseases” that “may take several rounds of detoxification.”

Meanwhile, some Hoosier children will continue to suffer. Indiana law requires everyone to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Calling the state’s toll-free child abuse hotline at 1-800-800-5556 may be one way to ensure that the health, safety and future of some of Indiana’s most vulnerable children becomes priority number one.

 

 

 

 

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Drug smugglers are getting creative.

In addition to hiding large quantities of illegal drugs, such as heroin, inside the suspension systems on tour buses, traffickers are disguising liquid methamphetamine as beer.Meth_Trafficking1_1

It’s just one of the many innovative ways drug smugglers move large quantities of illegal drugs into the metro Atlanta area.

“It’s all up to the ingenuity of the creator and how they want to get their drugs from point A to point B,” said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Charles Chapeau.

Chapeau showed Channel 2 two tour buses that had been used to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into Georgia and smuggle cash back to the Mexican border.

Often, passengers were riding on the buses, unaware that they contained drugs.

The drug interdiction unit of the Georgia State Patrol recently seized a shipment of liquid meth packaged in Corona beer bottles.Meth_Trafficking2_1

In one bus, the drugs were packed into suspension bars behind the wheel drums. In the other bus, a secret compartment was created under center aisle.

“There’s access to a false compartment in the floor,” Chapeau said. “It held 15 to 20 kilos.”

The Georgia State Patrol has nabbed many tractor-trailers transporting drugs on the interstate. One seized by officer had a secret compartment built under the sleeping compartment.

“I’d say a little over a million dollars was found in this one,” Chapeau said.

Last year, the Georgia State Patrol seized more than $36 million in drugs, cash and vehicles.Meth_Trafficking3_1

Trained dogs are effective in sniffing out contraband, but it usually comes down to officers outsmarting the smugglers.

“It’s an ongoing battle,” Chapeau said. “As they get creative, it’s just a matter of keeping up.”

 

 

 

 

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Seventeen pounds of methamphetamine and more than $26,000 were seized on Friday during a traffic stop near Mapleton.

A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper stopped an eastbound vehicle on I-94 near Mapleton for speeding. The trooper searched the vehicle and found the drugs and money.

The methamphetamine had a street value of more than $340,000.

Thirty-four-year-old Francisco Torrez of Palmdale, Calif., was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

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A new report suggests Mexico’s role in the production and trafficking of methamphetamine to the United States continues to grow, a reflection of how criminal groups throughout Latin America are diversifying their criminal portfolios to respond to market demands.16-3-3_MexicanMethMakers

According to a report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent body tasked with monitoring the United Nations drug accords, Mexican authorities seized over 19 tons of methamphetamine in 2014, a 34 percent increase from the previous year. Authorities also discovered 131 methamphetamine laboratories, most of which were located in the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, and Sinaloa.

In addition, seizures of methamphetamine at the US border have “increased by a factor of three since 2009,” the report states. In response, the smuggling methods of Mexican criminal groups are becoming more sophisticated in order to avoid detection. Methamphetamine is increasingly being diluted in a liquid solvent, making the drug harder to detect, according to the INCB.

The INCB report underscores the adaptability and flexibility of criminal groups in Mexico to respond to shifts in consumer drug markets. Criminal groups have long relied on the production of illicit drugs such as cocaine and marijuana to supply the large and lucrative US consumer market. But cocaine consumption in the United States has fallen by as much as 50 percent, and the loosening of US marijuana laws is believed to be driving down demand for marijuana grown south of the border.

In response to these changes, Mexican criminal groups have increased their role in the methamphetamine trade in recent years to offset some of the losses from declining cocaine usage in the United States. Drug trafficking groups have also shifted some cultivation over from marijuana to poppy crops in order to meet the surging US demand for heroin.

Meanwhile, there are signs that criminal groups in other parts of Latin America are taking advantage of the rise in synthetic drug consumption throughout much of the region. Last year authorities in Colombia busted what could be the first large-scale, international synthetic drug trafficking ring, even as synthetic drug production has grown in countries like Argentina and Guatemala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evelyn Robinson was unresponsive when she was brought into AnMed Health Medical Center last month, according to a coroner’s notes. She had just turned 69.

The Honea Path woman spent time in the intensive care unit, remaining in the hospital for several days, according to investigators. But she didn’t get better.

Tommy Ray Robinson Jr.

Tommy Ray Robinson Jr.

She was transferred to hospice care, and by 9 p.m. on Feb. 22, she was dead.

Her body had already been sent to a funeral home when Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore got a call about her case the next day.

Shore and Honea Path police are still investigating what happened to her.

On Wednesday, her son, 52-year-old Tommy Robinson Jr., woke up in jail. He stands accused of causing his mother’s death by intentionally exposing her to methamphetamine.

Her granddaughter, Kayla Robinson, spoke briefly with the Independent Mail late Wednesday evening, saying that some of the information that has been made public about her family “is a lie.” She insisted that her grandmother died of pneumonia, and that others would be charged in her death.

According to police report, a woman notified Honea Path police about Evelyn Robinson, and said that the elderly woman’s medication had been laced with methamphetamine. Police asked the woman how she knew that, and she told them that Robinson’s grandchildren told her and that Robinson had tested positive for meth.

Shore confirmed Wednesday that hospital tests revealed Evelyn Robinson did test positive for methamphetamine. He is still awaiting additional toxicology test results from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

“I’m confident that illegal drugs were in this woman’s system and they contributed to her death,” Shore said Wednesday.

Honea Path Police Chief David King said Tommy Robinson Jr. was his mother’s primary caregiver before she was taken into AnMed.

“We know that she had some medical issues and was relying on her family for help,” he said.

King said his department is also in the early stages of investigating Robinson Jr. on another matter related to his mother. There are allegations, King said, that several thousand dollars are missing from Evelyn Robinson’s bank accounts. Robinson Jr. has not been charged with financial crimes.

He is charged with abusing or neglecting a vulnerable adult in a manner that resulted in death. He also faces multiple drug charges and a weapons charge. He was arrested late Tuesday after officers surrounded his Honea Path home. On Wednesday night, Judge James Wesley White set his bail at $165,000.

Robinson Jr. kept his head bowed during his entire hearing, which was held via closed circuit television as he stood in the county jail.

He uttered just two words when the judge asked him if he wanted to say anything.

“No sir,” he replied.

Then a guard led him away to his cell.

 

 

 

 

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DANFORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A woman from Danforth was arrested for operating a meth lab that started a fire and destroyed her apartment building, according to a public information officer.

Firefighters responded to a fire at 11 Doc Day Lane on Monday morning. Firefighters discovered the meth lab in a closet in an apartment occupied by 43-year-old Lynette Terry, also known as Lynette Gray.

DANFORTH, Maine -- A woman has been charged in connection with a fire that destroyed an apartment building in Danforth Feb. 29. Maine State Police|

Firefighters say the fire was started by the meth lab in Terry’s apartment. Ingredients used to make methamphetamine are highly flammable, according to investigators.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agents charged Terry with unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab. Fire Marshals plan to consult with the District Attorney’s office on whether Terry will also be charged with arson.IMG_1278_1456954465433_699617_ver1_0

Another occupant of the apartment, Tyrone Rollins, 28, was also arrested on Monday for two outstanding warrants.

Terry and Rollins had left the apartment building when the fire broke out, but were arrested when they returned to the scene.

Both Terry and Rollins were taken to the Washington County Jail.

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Two people were charged Wednesday with felony child abuse after an infant they were watching tested positive for meth, according to court records.

Betty Jo Beagley, 31, of Salt Lake City, and Jonathan William Hayes, 30, of Magna, were each charged in 3rd District Court with child abuse, a second-degree felony. Hayes was also charged with drug possession with prior convictions, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

On Feb. 26, Beagley asked her sister if she could watch her 11-month-old daughter for a while. The sister said she frequently tends the baby girl because both Beagley and Hayes “use methamphetamine and heroin by injecting and smoking it,” according to charging documents.

About 30 minutes after picking up the girl from the InTowne Suites, 48 W. 3300 South, the sister noticed that the baby’s “pupils were pinpoint, her eyes kept rolling back in her head, she was not breathing well and she was acting strangely, the charges state.

The sister took the baby to Granger Medical Center where the infant tested positive for drugs and was transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital. The girl was found to have meth, morphine and buprenorphine in her system, the charges state.

Both Beagley and Hayes suggested to police that the baby may have ingested pills or drugs by crawling around on the floor and finding items left by the previous renters, court records state. Hayes also said the baby would have tested positive for meth “just from him smoking drugs in the bathroom,” the charges state.

An updated condition on the baby was not immediately available Wednesday.

Hayes was convicted on felony drug-related charges in November. A warrant was issued for his arrest in January when he failed to show up for sentencing, according to court records.

 

 

 

 

 

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