Twenty people involved in a major methamphetamine and heroin distribution ring have been indicted in one of the one of the largest racketeering cases ever in St. Tammany Parish, District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced Thursday (Oct. 13).st-tammany-heroin-at-largejpg-90f8180541590d8b

The drug ring, which called itself “Team We,” brought the drugs to the North Shore from other places and distributed them mostly on the eastern side of the parish, from Slidell to Bush, Montgomery said at a news conference on the steps of the parish courthouse in Covington.

The 45-count indictment, handed down Friday, charged 17 defendants with racketeering and includes an array of drug and other charges. Sixteen suspects are in custody, including three of whom are in jails outside of St. Tammany. Four remain at large, authorities said.

The breakup of the ring puts a “major dent” in the supply of heroin in the parish, Montgomery said. “This is an important day for St. Tammany Parish.”

The arrests and indictments were the result of a yearlong multi-agency investigation, including undercover work, by the FBI, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Slidell Police Department, Pearl River Police Department and the DA’s office. Montgomery and Sheriff Randy Smith praised the cooperation between local, parish and federal law enforcement agencies, with Smith saying, “This is what it takes to put drug dealers behind bars.”

The indictment said the organization was a major transporter of heroin and meth from at least June 1, 2015, through Sept. 1 of this year. Some of the members carried weapons and at times threatened or executed acts of violence, the DA’s office said.

One man, Randy Lee Lail, 35, of Pearl River, is accused of shooting fellow ring member Destiny Michelle Dill, 23, of Slidell, in the face on May 17 as she sat in a parked car in Pearl River, authorities said.  He was arrested the next day.

Lail, described in the indictment as a mid- to lower-level distributor or heroin and meth, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Dill, described by authorities as a low-level distributor of meth, heroin and marijuana, dated several members of the group and allegedly brokered drug deals. She is charged with racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

Two others were charged with accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder in connection with the shooting of Dill.

Montgomery called the use of drugs “a very, very serious problem” in the parish. He said there were three heroin related deaths in St. Tammany in 2009. So far this year, there have been 19 such deaths.

In addition to Lail and Dill, the following people were charged:

  • Timothy James Polk, 33, of Pearl River, accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder.
  • Marilyn Elizabeth McDonald, 40, of Slidell, accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder.
  • John Louis Blackledge Jr. 29, of Pearl River, aggravated assault on a police officer with a motor vehicle, five counts of resisting an officer with force of violence, aggravated flight from an officer, driving under a suspended or revoked license, DWI, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Andrew Scott Barron, 27, of Slidell, racketeering and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Alexis Marie Broussard, 23, of Slidell, who allegedly introduced members to a heroin supply source in the Hollygrove area of New Orleans. Broussard, who is still at large, is charged with racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Catlin Wayne Buckles, 24, of Bunnell, Fla., racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. He is still at large.
  • Kaylee N. Burns, 24, of Picayune, Miss., possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Justin Hunter Carnegie, 20, of Picayune, Miss., racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is still at large.
  • Sebastian Dominguez, 24, of Palm Coast, Fla., racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin,  conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, production and manufacturing marijuana, possession of Buprenorphine/Suboxone, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is still at large.
  • Adam J. Ellis, 22, of Slidell, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Jason M. Kosinski, 40, of Slidell, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Jessie Thomas Kosinski, 36, of Slidell, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.
  • Jonathan T. Lawrence, 29, also known as “Migo,” of Metairie. Authorities describe him as a heroin distributor for a drug trafficking organization called the “Zoo,” in the Hollygrove area of New Orleans. He is charged with racketeering and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
  • Dane Alan McReynolds, 25, of Pearl River, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, five counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Justin Lee Olivieri, 25, of Slidell, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of Buprenorphine/Suboxone, possession with intent to distribute MDMA and production and manufacturing of marijuana.
  • Tina Renee Stuprich, 29, of Slidell, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and making an improper turn.
  • Daniel Michael Younce, 26, of Slidell, racketeering, conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of heroin.

 

 

 

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/10/20_indicted_in_connection_with.html

 

STEVENS POINT – The amount of methamphetamine confiscated by police in central Wisconsin has sharply increased so far this year, a development that’s already worrying investigators trying to fight the spread of the drug.

The Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force seized 477 grams of methamphetamine — a little more than a pound — in the first six months of 2016. That is already more than nine times last year’s total of 51 grams.636118827719315269-spj-20161006-meth-01

Brian Noel, a detective at the Plover Police Department, couldn’t specifically explain the sudden prevalence of methamphetamine, but users have told him the drug is simply more available than other drugs in the region.

“It’s just all over the place,” Noel said. “It’s easy to find.”

Police have made a few arrests involving relatively large quantities of methamphetamine, but have also frequently come across smaller amounts held by users, Noel said. They’ve been finding the drug more often than heroin, which is typically a little bit more expensive than methamphetamine. The prices vary slightly depending on the dealer, but users can normally get a gram of methamphetamine for about $120, Noel said. The cost of heroin is usually about $200 to $250 a gram.

The Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force seized 229 grams of heroin in the first six months of 2016. That’s less than half the amount of methamphetamine seized in the same time period.

The Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force includes officers from seven sheriff’s offices, including Portage and Wood counties, and seven police departments, including Marshfield, Plover, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids. It doesn’t include the Wausau Police Department or the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office.

Noel is concerned by the rise of methamphetamine, especially considering the consequences for police officers — or anyone else, for that matter — who have to interact with people using the drug.

“(Meth users) always think they’re being followed,” he said. “They think people are after them and they need to protect themselves.”

It’s more common for police to find guns when they’re dealing with people selling or using methamphetamine than with other drugs, Noel said.

“I think they feel the need because of the paranoia,” he said.

An ‘easier path for meth’

Mike Slavin, a clinical supervisor at a residential treatment center in Stevens Point, estimated that about twice as many people have sought help for methamphetamine addiction at his facility so far this year compared with past years.

Heroin is still a more common addiction among patients at the facility, but it’s possible the prevalence of methamphetamine is at least partly a result of the spread of heroin, Slavin said.

“A lot of the stigma and fear of dealing heavy street drugs was taken care of around here by heroin,” he said. “It’s a much easier path for meth now.”

The two drugs are “very, very different,” Slavin said. People who use heroin normally feel lethargic and frequently struggle just to stay awake. People who use methamphetamine, though, usually feel extremely energized and often go days without sleeping, Slavin said.

“You’re going to take it to get more energy,” he said. “You’re going to take it to not eat so much. You’re going to take it for all these other reasons, but then you’re hooked.”

The treatment required for methamphetamine addicts doesn’t involve the physical withdrawal faced by heroin addicts, but the mental addiction to methamphetamine can still be overwhelming.

Meth addicts tend to be extremely anxious and often have trouble keeping a regular sleep schedule.

“You have to baby them at first,” Slavin said. “They’re really messed up.”

Fighting ‘an epidemic’

Plover Police Chief Dan Ault said the spread of methamphetamine won’t stop without aggressive enforcement by police.

“It’s an epidemic,” Ault said. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”

Arrests won’t solve the problem on their own but should have an impact on the lives of those involved with drugs, Noel said. Many people who get arrested take steps to get drug treatment, Noel said. Others don’t. But more than a few of the people Noel has arrested have later thanked him for steering them away from that lifestyle.

“Arresting people forces them to change their behavior,” he said.

Police need to work together to have an impact on the prevalence of the drug in the region, Ault said.

“It’s going to take the entire community — the entire state, for that matter — to be serious about it if we’re going to have an impact,” he said.

 

 

http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/story/news/2016/10/13/meth-all-over-place-central-wisconsin/91959988/

 

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio duo were sentenced to federal prison for their involvement in sex trafficking of a minor.sex-traffick_152751

United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr announced that 26-year-old Valentine Renko was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for sex trafficking of a minor.tghwegraegeteatge

Back in April of 2015, 30-year-old Karen Lee was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to her role in the sex trafficking of a minor scheme.

In December of 2015, Renko pleaded guilty to his charge and admitted that around July 1, 2015 he provided and smoked methamphetamine alongside Lee and the minor involved in the case.

Renko made contact with the victim through social media and had been reported missing to the Kirby Police Department.

Renko and Lee discussed and planned ways of soliciting the victim to adult males for sex.

Following the plan, the duo took sexually explicit photos of the child and encouraged the victim to solicit adult males using a social network website.

The victim engaged in sexual activity in exchange for U.S. currency and/or narcotics.

Renko and Lee have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the sex trafficking scheme involving a minor.

 

 

 

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/san-antonio-duo-sentenced-to-prison-for-child-sex-trafficking

 

 

San Antonio couple, 31–year-old Karen Lee and 25-year-old Valentin Renko arrested on charges of sex trafficking

A 28-year-old Boise woman accused of shoplifting at a local grocery store also had along with her several grams of black tar heroin, officials say.2111009d-147e-45b6-bade-c68b599dcd23-large16x9_jessicagarza

Boise Police says officers were called out to a grocery store near Fairview and Milwaukee Tuesday night for a report of shoplifting. BPD says the suspect, Jessica L. Garza, attempted to steal about $60 worth of groceries.

Garza, who had a felony warrant for failure to appear, also had meth on her person as well as in her vehicle in the parking lot, according to Boise PD.

The 28-year-old has been charged with felony drug trafficking, possession, failure to appear, paraphernalia and theft.

 

 

 

http://kboi2.com/news/local/boise-woman-caught-shoplifting-at-supermarket-had-meth-in-her-possession-bpd-says

 

West Monroe police arrested a West Monroe woman last week on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.57fc3529102f5_image

The automobile carrying the suspect was stopped because police had observed the automobile in a neighborhood where a man and woman were reported walking behind homes.

The driver, Shelia E. Taylor, 37, of 163 Barr Lane, West Monroe, told police she had “speed” and “rigs” in her purse, according to the arrest report.

Police found six grams of meth in two bags attached to Taylor’s purse as well as three packages of syringes throughout the automobile.

 

 

http://www.hannapub.com/ouachitacitizen/news/crime/west-monroe-woman-booked-on-meth-charge/article_4e228cd4-8f4d-11e6-ac3b-5f345f832482.html

 

ROCK HILL – York County drug agents on Tuesday busted a meth lab allegedly operated by a father and son across from Winthrop University.

Martin Leonard Zalucha, 50, and Nicholas Martin Zalucha, 28, were arrested Tuesday and placed in the Moss Justice Center on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of pjimagemethamphetamine, according to jail records. Each remained jailed Wednesday under $25,000 bond.

Agents busted the meth lab, which was being operated in a house on the 1000 block of Park Avenue Extension, according to Marvin Brown, commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit. Investigators had the home, which is converted into several apartments, under surveillance recently. Brown said there were multiple people at the home during the weekend.

Martin and Nicholas Zalucha had discarded three one-pot, or “shake and bake,” meth labs in the garbage bin outside the home, Brown said. They tried to neutralize some of the chemicals by dumping motor oil on the items.

The home, which is occupied by several tenants, is across Cherry Road from Winthrop University and located among several businesses. Hazmat crews responded to clean up the items and chemicals.

“That’s probably one of the worst places to have a meth lab,” Brown said. “You’ve got two restaurants, a third business, a school. It could have very easily exploded. The house could have burned down.”

http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/crime/article107677697.html

PRESCOTT – A 60-year-old Arizona man has been arrested on DUI and drug charges after allegedly rolling a truck on Iron Springs Road while under the influence of methamphetamine.truckoverturns_baysinger_tommy_l_age_60_t180

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office reported that the rollover occurred at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at mile-marker 5 on Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

“The driver of the truck, 60-year-old Tommy Baysinger from Arizona, had been injured and transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment,” the YCSO news release stated. “The preliminary investigation indicated Baysinger was driving too fast for the existing roadway, crossed over the centerline, and rolled the truck, which eventually came to rest on the driver’s side of the cab.”

The double-trailer load of hay then spun 180 degrees and also flipped. Crash investigators reportedly located truck_overturns_pic_web_t715methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia when it fell out of the driver’s door as the cab was righted. In addition, “Deputies found a small butane torch in the cab commonly used to aid in the smoking of methamphetamine with a glass pipe,” the release stated.

A YCSO supervisor with Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) certification conducted an investigation at the hospital, and the results reportedly indicated Baysinger was impaired by methamphetamine influence, according to the news release.

After Baysinger was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Camp Verde jail on charges that include: possess/use dangerous drugs; possess/use drug paraphernalia; and DUI drugs. He was in custody as of Wednesday morning, Oct. 12. Bond has not been set.

 

 

 

 

http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/oct/12/truck-tractor-overturns-iron-springs-road-driver-a/

 

Two depraved blackmailers threatened to rape a woman in front of her partner and force her into prostitution in a desperate hunt for drugs.

Crystal meth users Jioi Istok, 37, and Michal Cina, 30, made lurid horrific threats as they demanded £5,500 to buy drugs.

Istok and Cina went into the home of three strangers in Middlesbrough, Teesside and went on to make a series of demands.

The Teesside Gazette reports the men – who described themselves as Czech gypsies – were each jailed for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of blackmail.michal-cinajioi-istok

He said: “You asked them if they had any drugs.

“Their evidence was that they had none. It seems that that answer was not what you wanted to hear.”

He said the two men visited six times, bringing drugs into the house at least once to inject, intimidating the occupants into letting them stay.

The unwelcome visitors grew more aggressive and belligerent, shouted at the householders and searched the home.

Judge Phillips said: “They did not have the drugs that you wanted. They were too frightened to put up any resistance.

“The complainants were too scared to try to stop you from coming into the house, or to report your activities to the police.

“These people owed you nothing, but you saw them as a means of obtaining money,” said the judge.

“Their fear was palpable.”

He said Istok and Cina told two scared male residents they would take them into the woods and break the legs of one of them.

Their attentions turned to extracting money for drugs from the male victims, who were earning cash from working long hours in the run-up to Christmas last year.

Istok and Cina demanded £5,500 from the two men on December 28.

If they were not paid, they threatened that the woman in the home would be raped in front of her partner, taken away and forced to become a prostitute.

Finally, one of the male victims called police while pretending to phone a friend for money.

The pair denied blackmail but were convicted by a jury.

Both had criminal records, had never been jailed before and were deemed to pose a “high risk of harm”.

Married dad-of-two Istok was said to have “little or no victim empathy” while Cina showed no remorse, was still hostile to the victims and had violent, aggressive tendencies.

Passing sentence, Judge Phillips said the blackmail was premeditated with a “determination to instil fear” into the victims including an extremely vulnerable woman.

He added: “You travelled from Newcastle to their home to extort money from them.

“The three victims believed your threats and were terrified.

“It was readily apparent that they continue to be terrified of you. That is understandable.

“The victims had previously felt helpless and beyond the protection of the law.

“Blackmail is an offence that strikes terror into the hearts of its victims.”

He jailed Istok, of Kendal Place, and Cina, of Dalton Crescent, both Newcastle, for three-and-a-half years each with indefinite restraining orders not to contact the three victims.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/crystal-meth-blackmailers-threatened-rape-9035224

 

Laddonia, MO – A Laddonia woman was jailed in Audrain County following her arrest for methamphetamine.bobbi%20jo%20garfield%20aka%20bobbi%20jo%20cross_1476283677471_4236775_ver1_0_640_360

According to the East Central Drug Task Force, officers served a search warrant late Tuesday night in the 500 block of Elm Street in Laddonia. During the search, they arrested 39 year-old Bobbi Jo Garfield, who also goes by Bobbi Jo Cross, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you know of drug related activity in your area, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 

 

http://www.abc17news.com/news/audrain-county-woman-arrested-on-drug-charges/113212572

 

BATES COUNTY : On 10/09/2016 A Bates County Deputy was dispatched to Pumpin’ Petes in Rich Hill. The reporting party stated there was an adult female acting in a suspicious manner.

Once  on scene the Deputy observed the female in the store acting very strange, and appeared to be under the influence of Narcotics.

The female had also left a small juvenile child in her vehicle. The Deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and located a small amount of methamphetamine.

The adult female was arrested and  transported to the Bates County Corrections facility.

Charges Pending.

The juvenile child was placed into a safe environment.

 

 

 

Bates County Deputy Arrests Female in Rich Hill Methamphetamine Charges

 

CROWLEY, La. (KLFY)— Police are looking for a Crowley woman who admitted to owning meth found in a search of a home she has no proof of living in, authorities said.

Crowley Police said they are looking for Jaylon Anderson, 20.uiyukifkityr

Authorities said Anderson has warrants for possession with intent to distribute crystal meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release, agents with Crowley PD searched a residence with a warrant on June 16, in the “South Avenue G area” of the city.

Agents said upon entry into the residence they discovered a 12-year-old alone in the home.

A spokesperson with the Crowley PD said that agents also located several ounces of crystal meth during the search which they believed to belong to the male subject who lived at the house. The subject was at work at the time of the search.

Officers said Anderson came into the Police department later and gave a statement where she admitted that the crystal meth was hers. Police said there was no proof of her living at the residence.

A warrant was issued for Anderson but officials said attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful.

Police ask that if you know the whereabouts of Jaylon Anderson to please call either Crowley Police at 783-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 789-TIPS.

 

 

 

Crowley woman wanted, possession with intent to distribute meth

 

Brandye Lynn Hull, 25, of Irvona has been charged by the Pennsylvania State Police with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; conspiracy/manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; knowingly possess ephedrine; conspiracy/knowingly possess ephedrine; possession of red phosphorus, etc., with intent to manufacture controlled substance; conspiracy/possession of red phosphorus, etc., with intent to manufacture controlled substance; deposits, stores, disposes of chemical waste; conspiracy/deposits, stores, disposes of chemical waste; intentional possession of a controlled substance; use/possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of liquefied ammonia with intent to manufacture controlled substance; operating a methamphetamine lab; conspiracy/possession of liquefied ammonia with intent to manufacture controlled substance; and conspiracy/operating a methamphetamine lab.

 

 

Irvona Woman Waives Charges in Meth Lab Case

 

A Livingston woman was arrested Monday after a deputy allegedly found methamphetamine and needles in her purse.10-12%20dawn%20johnson%20mug

Dawn Michelle Johnson, 49, was charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

http://www.livingstonenterprise.com/content/woman-arrested-after-deputy-allegedly-finds-syringe-meth

 

ST. PAUL — A St. Paul police dog found nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine buried beneath some flowers on the property of a St. Paul home.

K-9 Officer Pat Murphy gives his partner Sarik a break to play fetch, at a small (unnamed) park near St. Paul's Holman Field, Wednesday, August 10, 2016. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

K-9 Officer Pat Murphy gives his partner Sarik a break to play fetch.

Two people were charged Tuesday with possessing the drugs and the intent to sell them.

Raul Mejia-Lopez, 40, and Adriana Aguilar Gonzalez, 27, each face two first-degree drug charges, filed in Ramsey County District Court: one count of possessing more than 50 grams methamphetamine and another of possessing more than 17 grams of meth with the intent to sell.

Police were searching the property of a home, where “a large shipment” of meth was expected, when a police dog named Sarik indicated that drugs were buried between the house and garage, according to the criminal complaint.

Sarik is the same St. Paul police dog who helped a lost three-year-old boy find his way home in August.

 

 

 

 

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/crime/4135491-police-drug-dog-finds-9-pounds-meth-st-paul-yard

 

Authorities in Yankton say they are investigating an incident in which methamphetamine was brought in the state mental health hospital.

Yankton County Sheriff Jim Vlahakis said they received a call from the Human Services Center Tuesday at 4:35 p.m. about a patient who had been using methamphetamine.

The case is under investigation, Vlahakis said.

The Department of Social Services, which oversees the state hospital, declined to comment on the incident or say how the drug made it into the hospital.

An Argus Leader Media investigation earlier this year revealed a rise in patient violence against employees at the state-run hospital, which has struggled to hire and retain workers.

 

 

 

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2016/10/12/authorities-investigating-meth-state-mental-hospital/91964504/

 

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Twelve years after her meth addiction ended, Dee Wirth is in a new position at the same place where she started her recovery. Wirth is now the Director of West Care Nevada Women and Children’s Campus, a non-profit facility that helps mothers and children live together as they get through issues of substance abuse, mental health disorders, homelessness, domestic violence and other life events.cunf5ppvmaehjyk

Now, she lives by the motto that once helped her get sober.

“You don’t have to live like that anymore,” said Wirth.

Wirth said she was addicted to meth before she started the program. She didn’t come to the facility because she was trying to find a means to an end, like many she ended up there because she was forced by the courts. Wirth said it is fate and becoming the facility director was just part of her dream, once she realized she wanted to live a sober lifestyle.

Wirth has three children who lived with her while she was in the treatment facility. She was there with her two daughters and son for two years until she moved out and began a life on her own.

“It’s pretty much the same, you go through devastation and sorrow… and hopeless and misery,” said Wirth.

She and her children now live in their own home, often cooking dinner together and having family nights. But she said it isn’t that easy for everyone as she looks at photos that were taken during the time she called West Care home. Wirth said as her sober life continues she often sees other addicts who were in the facility at the same time as her still out on the streets in Las Vegas. Wirth said, from her experience over the years, hard drugs like Meth have become easier to get. She also said as times change, most users are able to stay closer to their drug dealers or those who manufacture the drugs depending on the type. She also said these types of drugs have become much more deadly than before.

“It is woven into the every part of what we do as drug addicts. I cannot be too far from the person who makes it, the person who sells it, and the person who manufactures it,” said Wirth.

But in Wirth’s eyes change is possible, especially with a motto to live by.

 

 

 

http://news3lv.com/news/local/12-years-after-meth-addition-woman-becomes-director-of-west-care-where-she-was-treated

 

 

CHIANG RAI — Rangers of the Pha Muang Force seized 80,000 methamphetamine pills following a clash with armed drug smugglers in Mae Chan district on Wednesday night, reports said.

The soldiers, from Rangers Company 3108 of Task Force 31, were patrolling the border with Myanmar on a tip-off a large quantity of drugs would be brought across the border to Ban Santisuk. They spotted around half a dozen armed men, some carrying backpacks, near the village.

When the rangers called for them to stop for a search, the men ran for cover and opened fire.  An exchange of shots followed for about 10 minutes, then the smugglers retreated into the dark.

The rangers scoured the area and found a discarded backpack with 80,000 methamphetamine pills in it.

 

 

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crime/1109408/80-000-meth-pills-seized-in-border-clash

 

By Ginger Thompson and Alejandra Xanic / ProPublica

It was a brazen attack. Some 60 gunmen linked to the brutal Zetas cartel descended on a quiet cluster of towns just south of the Mexican border in the spring of 2011 and launched a door-to-door extermination campaign that went on for weeks, leaving an untold number of people dead or missing. Yet in the five years since the slaughter in the northern allende_1Mexican state of Coahuila, the Mexican government has failed to fully investigate, much less address the needs of the victims and their families, according to a preliminary report released today by a panel of scholars and human rights investigators.
“It’s horrifying because it was all so blatant,” said Mariclaire Acosta, a veteran human rights investigator who advised the panel. “This wasn’t a hidden crime. It all happened out in the open, and not one government agency did anything to stop it.”
Such charges have become a disturbing echo in Mexico, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed by drug violence, either at the hands of traffickers or corrupt security forces, and the crippled — often complicit — justice system is incapable of pursuing those responsible. Sunday’s report suggests that Mexicans have begun to look for allende_2ways, at the very least, to get to the truth, rather than sitting idly and wait for justice from their government. They are increasingly calling for help from external experts, both at home and abroad, to oversee investigations into the most egregious crimes. And government leaders — who may or may not be committed to real reforms, but seem prickly about public opinion polls — are relenting.
Experts who worked on the report — led by scholars from the prestigious Colegio de Mexico and from an autonomous victims’ rights commission — said their focus was on providing answers that might help the affected families and communities heal. They issued numerous recommendations for ways to improve the way authorities treat the country’s untold numbers of victims. And they urged the government to apologize for leaving communities, like the allende_34ones in Coahuila, unprotected. “The victims, their relatives and society have the right to know what happened and to be treated with dignity,” the report said. “Until now, the term that best describes victim’s experiences is abandonment.”

Sunday’s report also draws links between the violence ravaging Mexico and the United States. Many of the rugged communities of ranchers and factory workers that were assaulted in 2011 in Coahuila are located less than an hour’s drive from the U.S. border. The attack was started when the leaders of the Zetas cartel discovered that they had been betrayed by their own operatives, and dispatched their henchmen to Allende and several neighboring communities to seek revenge against the traitors and anyone related to them. Numerous victims’ relatives fled for their lives across the border, as did some of the traffickers on the Zetas’ target list. American authorities have provided protection to a handful of the traffickers in exchange for their cooperation. But, according to the report, American authorities have so far refused to discuss what they know about the massacre.

“The opacity of the United States obstructs the truth,” the report found. It called the massacre an example of “bi-national criminal violence,” and added, that American authorities “hold important information for understanding what happened in Mexico.”
The examination of the so-called Allende massacre, named for the Coahuila town hit hardest by the violence, marks the first time that the government’s investigation of the killing has been opened to external scrutiny. Among the report’s most withering elements is its abbreviated chronology of government files showing for the first time in detail how much authorities knew about the extent of the bloodshed and how they did next to nothing to investigate it for three years. Once officials did investigate, the report said, they based their case almost entirely on uncorroborated imagescacsd4n1_tamps_72confessions by those accused of participating in the killing, along with statements by firefighters who responded to calls for help. Authorities said they have recovered some 68 pieces of teeth and bones from one of the killing sites, but it’s unclear whether they have ever attempted to identify the remains.
The report includes some details on the bargain rates for bribing local officials: In the years leading up to the killing, the Zetas paid off Allende’s entire municipal police force with just $3,600 a month, while a single trafficker operating there at the time boasted of earning $4 million every 10 days.

The first person to file a complaint about relatives who had gone missing in the attack was arrested a year later by municipal police and has never been seen again. The mayor of Allende at the time told authorities he was unaware of the killing until it was over, a claim that defies credulity for anyone who’s ever been to Allende — one of the houses that was destroyed during the attack sits across the street from the mayor’s. And the state attorney charged with investigating the killings was eventually removed from office for having provided protection to the cartel.

The report accuses the governor at the time of downplaying the extent of the damage. And, while it credits the current governor, Ruben Moreira, with implementing important law enforcement reforms, including creating a special unit to investigate disappearances, it says his handling of the Allende investigation shows “less interest in the truth and more in closing the matter,” by pushing victims’ relatives to accept that their loved ones are dead and move on.
“Their main concern is to collect incriminating statements,” the report said. “There is minimal investigation that validates the veracity or falsehood of what is said. That impedes precision in establishing the facts, assigning blame, and delivering justice and reparations.”
Sergio Aguayo, the lead author of the report and a widely respected human rights advocate, acknowledged in an interview that numerous important questions remain unanswered, particularly those relating to how much federal authorities were aware of the violence and what they did or did not do about it. The report also left open the key question of how many people are dead or missing, saying the government has information on 42 victims, while other “extended accounts” say there are as many as 300.
Aguayo said the panel’s work so far had focused largely on a review of the voluminous investigative files from the federal human rights commission, and the state prosecutor’s office in Coahuila. But he said he would seek access to more federal investigative files, and interviews with authorities at all levels of the government to produce a more complete report early next year.
It’s impossible to predict how much more authorities are willing to cooperate with Aguayo’s efforts.
Last year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, seeking to lift his dismal approval ratings, took the rare step of inviting an international panel of legal experts to examine the government’s investigation of the massacre of 43 students at a teachers college in the southern State of Guerrero. But the effort ended acrimoniously when the investigators contradicted the government’s version of events, and accused federal authorities of attempting to obstruct their work.
The work by Aguayo’s panel poses similar potential political pitfalls for Governor Moreira, of Coahuila. His brother, Humberto, was governor during the time that the Zetas occupied the northern part of the state. Humberto Moreira, once a close political ally of Peña, has dodged numerous accusations of corruption and money laundering since leaving Coahuila with a debt 100 times larger than when he took office.
To illustrate the balancing act in his efforts, Aguayo said that on the day that the current governor agreed to give him access to the Allende files, the former governor announced he was suing Aguayo for $500,000. Aguayo had previously written a column about the former governor, describing him as a “politician who stank of corruption.”
In addition to looking into the killings in Allende, the panel also examined the 2011 massacre of 72 Central American migrants in Tamaulipas, another border state located southeast of Coahuila. The panel’s findings there were similar.
“I truly believe we are living an emergency in some parts of Mexico,” Aguayo said.
 
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A Huntsville woman faces multiple drug charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 20 in Heflin.

Police Chief A.J. Benefield said Alexandria Leigh Terry, 27, was driving a 2003 Yukon Oct. 6 when she was stopped mcso16jbn006537near the 203 milemarker about 12 p.m.

An officer stopped the vehicle for multiple traffic violations, Benefield said. The officer saw Terry reaching into the dash, attempting to conceal something, according to reports. The officer found out it was marijuana.heflin-drugspng-7654d28af23a7c0b

A search uncovered more marijuana, methamphetamine, scales, a pipe and $1,509 in cash.

While at jail during processing, Benefield said Terry was found to be concealing methamphetamine in her bra.

 

 

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While patrolling La. Hwy. 143/Chapman Road area, the deputy noticed a grey pickup turn onto Chapman Road and then into the Rocky Branch Baptist Church parking lot where the vehicle’s lights were turned off.

When the deputy approached the truck, the driver, Ruby Moore, 55, of 136 White Road, exited the vehicle and pretended to be adjusting a rope in the bed of the truck. The deputy noticed the rope was not attached to anything and that Moore was acting suspicious.

The deputy asked for permission the search the truck and immediately found a methamphetamine pipe in the suspect’s pink wallet. Moore was placed under arrest.

The passenger in the pickup, Betty Moore, 51, of 154 White Road, then told the deputy that she had a glass pipe. A search of a purse revealed a brown leather container with 1 gram of field tested positive meth and the glass pipe. She also was placed under arrest.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the deputy recovered a prescription bottle containing four units of 70mg Vyvanse pills, a Schedule II narcotic. The bottle was prescribed on Oct. 5 and on the day of arrest on Oct. 7 there were only four units remaining from a 30 unit prescription.

After Ruby Moore was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center, prison guards recovered a small clear bog of suspected meth from her person, Gates said.

Ruby Moore was booked for possession of a Schedule II narcotic, possession of meth, introduction of narcotics into a penal facility and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her total bond was set at $5,250.

Betty Moore was booked for possession of a Schedule II narcotic, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $4,500.

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Suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and other items were found in a wrecked car after a police pursuit Sunday, according to the Fort Smith Police Department.

Fort Smith police officer Bradley Jones initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of North 11 Street and Grand Avenue on a black Honda Accord at about 6:10 a.m. Sunday for a broken windshield and no proof of insurance, a police report states. The vehicle pulled into the Valero gas station at 1116 Grand Ave. As Jones got out of his car and walked up to the vehicle, the vehicle sped off with a man behind the wheel.

As the man fled northbound on North 12th Street, Jones turned on his siren and followed him. The chase continued until the man made a hard turn on North I Street. When Jones arrived, he found the vehicle wrecked after it struck a chain link fence and a white wooden gazebo in the 900 block of North 12th Street. The vehicle was sitting sideways in the middle of the road, but the driver was no longer there.

Other officers arrived on scene and began searching the area, the report states. Jones looked through the car for and found a brown zipped bag containing 9.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 17.4 grams of suspected marijuana and six hydrocodone pills. Jones also found numerous check stubs and an EBT card featuring the name Michael Jackson.

The vehicle was then towed from the accident location, the report states, and Jones checked with the Valero gas station to try to get video evidence from the stop location.

 

 

 

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SPRINGVILLE — Utah Highway Patrol troopers made what is believed to be the biggest methamphetamine bust in state history Monday.

Troopers seized more than 230 pounds of meth after a traffic stop near Springville with an estimated wholesale value of $1.5 million and a street value of as much as 10 times that much. 26034578

About 3 p.m. Monday, investigators received a tip about a Ford F-150 that was possibly traveling through the area, said State Bureau of Investigations Capt. Tyler Kotter. A trooper spotted the vehicle and pulled it over when the driver made a signal violation while changing lanes, he said.

There were three people inside the vehicle.

“The trooper observed them to be very nervous and had inconsistent stories,” Kotter said.

A police K-9 was called to the scene and searched the truck. In the bed of the pickup, investigators found boxes and suitcases filled with meth, he said, in addition to steroids and $66,000 in cash.

“I’ve never heard of a larger load of methamphetamine in the state’s history,” he said.

Brennan Carter Tutt, 24, of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Kyle Carlson Taylor, 19, of Calgary, Canada; and Caicedo Ramirez Santiago, 20, of Calgary, Canada, were arrested for investigation of drug distribution. Late Tuesday afternoon, all three were charged in U.S. District Court with meth possession with intent to distribute.

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Taylor was the driver of the vehicle, the federal complaint states. The duffel bag with the money belonged to Tutt, according to prosecutors, although he denied having knowledge of the money.

“Each of the vehicle occupants denied their own knowledge of the methamphetamine, but state that they believed that others in the vehicle knew about the narcotics,” the charging documents state.

The three were scheduled to make initial appearances in federal court on Wednesday.

The street value of the massive drug bust wasn’t completely clear on Tuesday.

Several law enforcement sources the Deseret News talked to about methamphetamine pricing estimated that the wholesale value of meth is currently between $400 and $800 per ounce, making the 236 pounds that was seized worth between $1.5 million and $3 million. But once the meth is cut up and sold at the street level, it can generate, on average, five times that much, according to several law enforcers.

That would make the street value of Monday’s bust between $7.5 million and $15 million.

But law enforcers also said calculating a street value for methamphetamine is difficult because there are many variables, including where the meth comes from and the purity of the drug being sold, or how much the drug is “cut” with a harmless substance like baking soda to spread the supply out.

The investigation into where the drugs came from and where the three were going with the drugs was still ongoing Tuesday, according to Kotter. He described the three men as being uncooperative.

Monday’s bust comes on the heels of a drug bust in August by the Unified Police Department, which at the time was believed to be the largest in state history. Detectives pulled over a Nissan Altima on I-15 near 8500 South and seized 68 pounds of methamphetamine in a suitcase in the trunk, with an estimated street value of at least $2 million.

 

 

 

 

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead was point blank yesterday morning before the county commission saying a meth epidemic has gripped upper midwest.

Milstead says there’s no such thing as a low-risk drug addict.

The sheriff says much of the county’s violent crimes can be tied to drug abuse.  He says robberies, larcenies from cars, home invasions, burglaries and assaults are mostly the result of a growing meth epidemic.  Yet, the sheriff says, there are some who still insist there are low-risk drug offenders.234475d659da6942dc161dea4d04ba54

Milstead says guns are more common now with dealers and buyers, more felony assaults and more users struggling with addiction.

Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan presented the sobering statistics about opioid abuse to the county commission yesterday.

McGowan says nationally, over 120 people die daily as the result of a drug overdose.

McGowan says 35.5 million doses of opiates we prescribed to South Dakotans in 2014.  He says that’s enough to medicate every adult South Dakotan 24 hours a day for 14 straight days.

McGowan says when addicts can’t get painkillers they move on to heroin and meth.

The Minnehaha County Commission asked the sheriff and state’s attorney for a briefing on the growing drug problem.

 

 

 

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Narcos Are Dividing La Paz, BCS

Posted: 12th October 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat                                                                      From Zeta

 Business as usual for “El Simon” from inside CERESO”>Easily, agents/ authorities of the PGJE collected evidence of yet another event but are hampered by the inability to take down the culprits.

After three days without executions, after the transfer of Simon Guillermo Hernandez Pena aka “El Simon”, an alleged criminal from Sonora, two murders in La Paz gave authorities evidence of a purge among Cartels for the control of the drug dealing “Plaza” in the capitol of the state of BCS continues.acqui

“They have a division of three sectors, la Zona Centro, the Middle, and the Southside”, confirmed a police source to La Zeta. The truce lasted 72 hours. The morning of Sept.22, two people were apparently executed in the municipality of La Paz, one of them beheaded between Counsel and Independence Streets, in a workshop. Another man was thrown from an apartment complex between Allende and Rosales Streets. According to expert data, the victims had alcohol and drugs in their blood.

These events gave way to to statements by a police source, who confided in Zeta, “that we are still missing some from the purge among cartels in La Paz”. The apparent calm that was lived earlier in the week came from the transfer of six suspected drug dealers in the capital of Baja California Sur, including Simon Guillermo Hernandez Pena, ” El Simon”or ”The Gravedigger”, who operated from inside the CERESO prison in La Paz, in addition to its armed wing, Luis Fernando “El Guero Rufles”,  ”El Guayabo”, “The Danny”, ”The Ghost”, and Rolando Gonzalez Moreno, “El Compadron”, former leader of the North Zone plaza of the capital.

In three days we only received six or seven false calls regarding shootings or executions since the transfer of these extremely dangerous prisoners, according to the information that was sent by the higher security prison in Sonora, this stopped the wave of executions, injuries and kidnapping, although in the last few days we don’t have the data.

So far this month (Sept.) 22 people have lost their lives due to firearms, six after the transfer of the prisoners, and two more were in doubt as to the manner in which they died, between the 21st of Sept. Until the early morning hours of Sept.22.

According to a member of the Coordination Group of the State Public Security, it is known that “there was an arrangement between those who head the sale and distribution of drugs in La Paz, and now we can say that we have a division into three sectors or zones. With this division there is an expected truce, according to the source, in which there will be no participation by security forces, they will simply wait until a “determination of territory is reached “, he said. Security officials tell Zeta that recent execution victims must have known their assailants saying that they occurred inside homes. Reports received by this weekly publication reveal that the “cleanup” that occurred in recent weeks had much to do with “El Simon” operating from the CERESO prison, “they were killing their own people, those who did not want to pull for them, some of them saying they wanted to become independent, but what is certain is that they didn’t reach an agreement; such is the case of “El Chicho”, who was executed in Colonia El Fuente. This person controlled a group of drug dealers, which was gradually weeded out by the work of “El Rufles” gunmen on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel.”

As authorities ignore the distribution of drug sales in La Paz the criminals are dividing up the territories.

According to data provided by a member of Public Security Coordination Group, Narciso Cota “El Chicho”was executed on August 29 on Circuito Bledales near the corner of Del Rio riding in a recent model Toyota Corolla, while living he worked with the former Governor of BCS, Marco Covarrubias Villasenor. ”El Chicho” was identified as being in charge of a criminal cell of drug dealers and distributors. After the forced removal of “El Simon”, along with his gunmen, from the control of the distribution of narcotics, they reached a presumable truce between leaders of these cells in La Paz, nevertheless, it is an uncertain future. “They have stopped infighting as of now, but this will most certainly not last”, the source said. As far as the actions of security factions, “at least as far as the Attorney General goes what they tell you is uncertain, they work as they are able, but no one does anything that could generate more instability, our own vice attorney general of Special Investigations does not delve into seizures or investigations, anti-kidnapping actions or murders. The COE ( Commission of Special Investigations) are not going to lead in this situation and the Ministry is on another track” warned the Coordination Group member, pointing to the lack of leadership and /or the desire to stop the wave of violence and thus remain passive.

It is worth mentioning that in order to open an investigation, one would have to make an anonymous complaint, that which would have to be made through an inmate at CERESO, who told us that there were many graves to be discovered, he told us that he belonged to ”El Simon”s gang, in which operated “El Guero Rufles”, I am talking many, he revealed. According to estimates he was talking between 18 to 25 clandestine graves, some near Kilometer 10 near the highway to Los Planes and also in the drainage between La Fuente and Tabachines, only five miles inland from where five clandestine graves were found in 2013 attributed to Simon Guillermo Hernandez Pena, “El Simon” aka “The Gravedigger”. Personnel of the Expert Services were seen working for an entire week in the area, nevertheless, “The rains did not stop us from working, but we couldn’t find traces of the bodies they told us about, nor traces of fat and blood. The search was suspended because there were no findings from the anonymous tip.

Violent acts are still expected in the capital city now that “the Southside, controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel was defeated, including their own security forces, all the power was given to the “Northside”, the Cartel Tijuana New Generation or (CTNG), and we also know that “El Mayo” Zambada was involved, we have always know that “Los Mayitos” were operating, but these strategic alliances were made here, unfortunately, including their among their own security forces”, citing a police source.

In the Municipality of Comondu, there are grudges between cells of the Sinaloa Cartel, led by Juan Murillo Avendano, “El Tomatito Cherry” (the Cherry Tomatoe), and by parts of the Cartel Jalisco/ Tijuana New Generation led by Ruben Omar Castanon Nicolat, “El Chocolate”,who is also allied with a group known as “The Palapas”. “El Murcielago”(The Bat) was executed in Comondu in a dispute over the plaza. However, a military source added that the intelligence investigation highlighted “an unidentified hidden character, but according to the data received from the PGR it could be that Miguel Angel Vega Ramirez, “El Gordo Vega” could be behind all of this operation. The source added that “El Tomatito” is in hiding in Sinaloa, which could be due to the detention by federal forces in Zapopan , Jalisco of Martin Gaudencio Avendano Ojeda, an operator of “El Mayo” Zambada. This gives us reason to think the attempts against Los Cheyos outside of the Auto Zone Store, the burning of the businesses and the ranch owned by Murillo Avendano in the Santo Domingo Valley is about a strategy to take control of the plaza”.

According to the military source this could bring in a leader of the criminal group Los Damaso aimed at creating a feud between the two groups, in which both sides have been recently quiet, but to create instability could bring a new war to La Paz, such as the one that happened with the arrival of a third group in July of 2014. The plaza was divided into The North with the cell “Compadron”, while The South went to “Los Pepillos” but it was Los Damaso who destabilized the distribution of territories, using the recognized strategy of this group. “It is precisely this strategy, seeking to destabilize the control they have and then subdivide to advance control.”

If we look into the cell of “Gorda Vega”, what will happen is exactly what happened here in La Paz.

War is now being declared between Los Tomateros and Los Cheyos, including on social networks, some members of the association mention him , “El Gordo”, but immediately some come out against defending him , saying that Los Tomateros are in charge and vice versa, including mentioning the attack and burning on the ranch of Los Avedanos, en route to Puerto San Carlos, west of Ciudad Constitution, burning cattle and everything that was found.

They placed mantas (left signs) against “El Tomatito “, Murrillo Avendano and killed several thoroughbred horses that were hidden on a ranch in Villa Morelos, located near the exit to Ciudad Constitution and claim that these attacks were planned by “El Gordo Vega” and they had committed these crimes. On social threads such as Zeta and other publications it was thought that they were opposing Los Tomateros or Los Cheyos; but left a  justification open for trying to deter the coming war from an opposing point of view.

Here are interventions: Nathanel Ramirez, “If Los Cheyos believe wrongly that if they bring war with Los Tomateros and it is not like that, then the attack at the AutoZone came from their own people, a mediocre faction, one of which was put in charge from their own organization to keep the Plaza and take out this patron “El Chayo”.

Paramedics that live and work in BCS, attending to every call from the wounded to the dead of each criminal cell say: Los Cheyos think they are warring with Los Tomateros but it is not like that. The attack that happened at the AutoZone came from their own people led by a criminal who wanted the Plaza for himself and was trying to get rid of “El Cheyo”.

Alberto Collins: ” Hahaha, They are fools (assholes), it makes me smile/laugh that they seem so ready”.

Everything indicates that since the capture and release of Miguel Angel Vega Ramirez from the CERESO in La Paz, he has had the ambition of total control of the Municipality of Comondu, which was identified by military sources as the prime location on the criminal map, that being Ciudad Insurgentes. Plus, they say the fight is ongoing and they are being directed to recover La Plaza completely. The situation originated from the events that occurred on August 31st at Kilometer 210 and 500 and Pedro Maria Anaya, Colonia Renero, on the highway betweem Ciudad Constitution and Ciudad Insurgentes, outside of the AutoZone store, where the main target ”El Cheyo” was wounded and also killed was 25 year old ”El Murcielago”, Rafael Arroyo Acosta, who was in a grey Kia presumably the hitman who was hired to murder “Goro Vega”.

This was the information given to Miguel Angel Vega, that a presumed betrayal occurred within his own group “Los Cheyos”and that warranted a counterattack against the rivals with the hitman being the only casualty. A military source added that a kidnapping also took place and the whereabouts of the victim, Juan Lopez “Juan Palapas” was unknown.

While the conflict continues in La Paz and Comondu, in Los Cabos a fight for control of that Plaza is coming, after the fall of Guadalupe Acosta Lopez, “El Javier/”El Javi, in Culiacan where he was executed on the way to the house of friends. “A shuffle is to be expected,” says an expert on Public Safety, now that the controlling interests in Cabo San Lucas belong to the cells of the South Zone of the  State. Burning the business of Avendano Murillo in La Candelaria on the afternoon of Sept.21 near the tourist destination of CSL was a result of the conflict between cells in Comondu. We know that it was a brutal armed confrontation, a white Toyota Tacoma was found with multiple bullet impacts in the hood, the windows and windshield shattered by bullets, rear tires punctured and bloodstained. An investigation was launched by Security Agents of the three levels of government plus Armed Forces and Forensic Services to secure the evidence.

At the site, two rifles were found, along with a pistol and the belongings of the people traveling in the vehicle, such as bags, tennis shoes, cellphones and keys which could lead to clarification of the events. Moments later, nearby at dusk, two wounded people were found and transported to the General Hospital in CSL with grave injuries. Two ambulances from the IMR ( International Medical Response) were necessary for the intervention in addition to a heavy security presence which included Military, Ministerial Police and Municipal officers. The PGR ( Attorney General of the State) announced that the two people were identified as Oscar Ivan, 22 and Pastor de Jesus, 29, both from Culiacan, Sinaloa.

According to investigations, only two people were officially recognized but witnesses who saw the vehicle saw at least three more. In addition to finding the bullet ridden vehicle and the two victims, the Military forces also located a clandestine airstrip nearby which had signs of use by aircraft, indicating that the group of alleged drug dealers were headed to that point for a transfer of either narcotics and /or guns. At the close of information given to this publication (Zeta) we only received statements such as :

“Right now we have no more information on this brutal event but we will send more as the week and the investigation continues. It should be noted that this struggle has just begun and although we were expecting a succession, everything points to a restructuring, surely they will be armed and looking for a breaking point, now there is this and we can only keep working in a coordinated manner here in Los Cabos.”said the police source.

These kind of armed events have been recorded not only in Los Cabos, but on Aug.28th an armed commando kidnapped Hilario Vargas Espinoza, 64 yrs old, brother of  journalist Hermilinda Vargas, director of The Colectivo Pericue online publication and his friend Jose Flores Mendez. According to the facts related to Zeta, Vargas and two of his friends were found on a sprawling property in the Santa Rosa neighborhood San Jose del Cabo, in the Municipality of Los Cabos, when a armed commando of five or six men entered the property, beat and threw to the ground a young helper, keeping him face down on the ground so he was unable to see the faces of kidnappers.  They brutally beat Jose Flores trying to get to Hilario Vargas and take him away, then amid the fighting and shoving the armed men boarded the two vehicles and the young man was left on the ground where he was beaten and the only thing he knew was the two men were taken in an unknown direction. His family said that it was as if they, the armed men, had made him swallow dirt and all we know is that the authorities are trying to find the two missing men.

Hermelinda Vargas has expressed her feelings of desperation over the disappearance of her brother through FaceBook, where she has received much support from her followers and they have united in the search. The journalist has asked the captors to respect the physical integrity of her brother. “My brother was deprived of his freedom late yesterday afternoon by unknown persons that arrived on the property in Santa Rosa. All of the family has united along with friends for the search. The facts are known to the authorities. I ask the citizens if they know anything or know of his whereabouts to please call 066, the Emergency Number, including any of the men that took him. We thank you for your cooperation.”  The Vargas family has notified authorities, made an official report, and are working directly with investigators to find both men and although a faith driven hunch gives them reason  for hope, the investigation has not yet yielded the expected results.

At the close of this addition, both Hilario Vargas and Jose Flores remain missing, including no contact from their captors. “I know that you are a good brother. Your life is worth more than any material value. We want you back soon. Your family misses you, loves you and awaits you. We will continue our search for you.”

Specialists in Organized Crime have told this publication that from a sociological point of view, “Violence is here to stay, not only on the streets, but in the consciousness of us all, this could cause a resurgence of events, gradually raise the tone and in the worst case scenario, criminals will be engaged at stealing everything.”

At the end of September there had been 31 executions in La Paz, BCS.

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Two months after Utah police dragged his name through the mud, accusing the teen of drugging an officer while preparing his food at Subway, police are now saying there were no drugs in the officer’s drink.

So the Layton police officer apparently drugged himself.

Not that they have even released his name.tanis-ukena

But they were sure to release Tanis Lloyd Ukena’s name as well as his mugshot after arresting the 18-year-old man on August 8 in a story that quickly went viral, charging him with a felony, accusing him of lacing the cop’s drink with marijuana and methamphetamine.

And almost every single commenter took the word of police without ever thinking why would a teenager waste his drugs on a cop, not to mention how is it even possible to lace a drink with pot without it being obvious?

Also, not only does ingested marijuana take about 45 minutes to take effect, methamphetamine produces completely different effects than the paralyzing effects the officer was reporting, being unable to find the gas pedal after taking three sips of the drink.

Even a cursory look through the young man’s Facebook page indicates he is a church-going Mormon who excels in school and is obsessed with sports – and never once expressed any negative sentiment towards officers.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Layton police sent out a press released earlier today saying that further laboratory tests were “unable to confirm that contaminates were in the officer’s drink,” which contradicts earlier reports that they found “the presence of a foreign substance in the officer’s drink.”

However, their initial tests were done on what is known as an ios scanner, which as we reported back in August, is highly unreliable when attempting to detect marijuana and methamphetamine.

Police also said at the time that they had obtained surveillance video showing Ukena taking an “unusual amount of time” preparing the cop’s drink, but they never released that video, which was also an early indicator that they had flimsy evidence.

The initial articles on his arrest generated calls from commenters that Ukena needs to be executed because how dare him try to drug a uniformed hero?

His lawyer also said he received “death threats and nasty letters” from the cop-loving populace.

But now that it turns out it was all a lie, what is going to happen to the officer who had to be hospitalized because he was under the influence of drugs while on duty?

Or did they even test his blood to see if he was drugged? If so, it was never reported to the media, which is another indicator they were grasping for straws.

As for now, the public has the right to know the officer’s name to know to never trust a word that comes out of his mouth.

But all police can say at this time is: “The Department would also like to express our appreciation for the patience of Tanis and his family during this investigation.”

UPDATE:

According to the Associated Press, Layton police said “it’s a mystery why the officer felt impaired that day. They don’t suspect the officer took drugs, is a drug addict or tried to frame Ukena.”

While still refusing to release his name, they confirmed he is still employed with the department.

And it is still unclear if they even tested his blood to see if he was drugged.

 

 

Utah Police Drop Charges Against Teen Accused of Drugging Cop After Lab Reports Find No Drugs in Drink (Updated)