Comments Off on Ex-Fairfax mayor, Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 51, pleads guilty in Methamphetamine-for-sex sting

FAIRFAX, Va. — A former Virginia mayor pleaded guilty Monday to a felony drug distribution charge after local police arrested him in August for selling methamphetamine to undercover officers in exchange for group sex.

Ex-Fairfax mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 51, is to remain in custody until a June 9 sentencing hearing where he faces a maximum 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Silverthorne’s attorney, Brian Drummond, said he was shocked the court ruled to hold the former politician until June given that Silverthorne has no prior record of drug charges and that he was released after his arrest before the plea hearing. Prosecutors did not ask that Silverthorne be held until sentencing, he added.

Throughout the hearing, Silverthorne remained calm, answering the judge’s questions with brief responses.

Family, friends and co-workers were visibly shaken in the court room, one saying “Oh my, God,” after the judge issued the ruling.

“He’s not some cartel guy,” Mary Silverthorne, the former mayor’s sister-in-law, said fighting back tears. “He’s not what people might think of.” Silverthorne said she does not think her brother-in-law would have faced imprisonment until sentencing had he not been a public figure.

Police arrested the then-Fairfax mayor on Aug. 4 in an undercover sting at a Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Detectives first encountered Silverthorne on a website used for casual sexual encounters between men, prosecutors said Monday. After a few online exchanges in July, Silverthorne told detectives to text him and later set up a meeting to supply drugs in exchange for “a gang bang,” prosecutors said.

The detectives met Silverthorne in the hotel parking lot where they gave him $200 for methamphetamine. Silverthorne used $60 to pay back a debt he owed and purchased $140 worth of crystal meth from a supplier inside the hotel, prosecutors said. Police arrested Silverthorne when he returned to the parking lot.

Police also arrested two other men — Juan Jose Fernandez, 34, and Caustin Lee McLaughlin, 31 — on felony drug charges in the undercover operation.

Drummond said Silverthorne had no intention to profit off the encounter other than to use the drug. He added that it would have been futile to go to trial given the evidence against Silverthorne. No sentencing arrangement was reached in the plea agreement, but a misdemeanor drug-related charge was dropped.

With Virginia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, the judge could give Silverthorne seven months to a year and four months in prison, and the recommendation based on Silverthorne’s history and circumstances of the case could lead to only probation, Drummond said.

“When the judge sees what kind of person he really is, there’s a good possibility that she will sentence him within the guidelines,” he added.

A Fairfax native, Silverthorne won re-election for his third term as mayor in May 2016. He had served in the city council from 1990 to 2008 then returned for a year in 2011 before becoming mayor. He also worked as a substitute teacher in Fairfax County public schools.

However, 2015 marked a challenging year for the Virginia politician. Silverthorne battled cancer in his neck and faced financial troubles, ultimately losing his five-bedroom home to foreclosure.

During his time as mayor, Silverthorne sought to revamp local business regulations and promote economic development in the Washington suburb. His sister-in-law said that he worked to make his office more accessible to Fairfax citizens. He even offered to meet with constituents at a local Panera, she added.

“He loves Fairfax City more than anything,” she said. She noted the large group of people who have come to Silverthorne’s hearings as proof of his dedication to Fairfax. “Everybody loves him.”

Silverthorne announced his resignation less than a week after the arrest and has since worked at a hardware store in Bethesda, Md. Co-worker Chris Minich, Jr., who was present at Monday’s hearing, said Silverthorne makes his fellow employees and customers laugh at work.

“The second I met him I felt like I’d known him for a long time,” he said.–sex-sting/98579148/



Fairfax County Police arrest Fairfax City mayor, Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, for distributing Methamphetamine in exchange for casual sexual encounters with men

Comments Off on Heather Ann Atencio, 28, arrested after police allegedly find her to be in possession of Methamphetamine, heroin at Pocatello Winco

POCATELLO — A report about a shoplifter at a supermarket here resulted in a significant drug bust by police.

Heather Ann Atencio, 28, was arrested by police around 7 p.m. Friday at Winco after employees there reported that she was shoplifting from the store.

Police said when they searched Atencio they found her to be “in possession of 2.8 grams of heroin, 14.2 grams of methamphetamine, a scale, and numerous baggies consistent with packaging narcotics.”

Atencio has been booked into the Bannock County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug trafficking.
Comments Off on Needles mother, Stephanie Firestone, 41, arrested on suspicion of possessing Methamphetamine after allegedly biting 14-year-old son on chest

A Needles woman was arrested on suspicion of child abuse Saturday, March 11, after allegedly biting her son in a fight, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release.

Stephanie Firestone, 41, was also arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the news release states.

Deputies went to a home in the 2000 block of Casa Linda Street 5 p.m. Saturday after a report of a domestic disturbance. A 14-year-old boy told them he had been in a fight with his mother, the news release states.

The boy “sustained serious cuts on his face and a large bite mark on his chest requiring treatment by paramedics while at the scene,” the news release continues.

Firestone was found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the release stated. She was booked into the Colorado River Station Jail, where her bail was set at $100,000.


Comments Off on Previously Deported Alien, Jayor Haro-Lopez, 34, of Mexico, Brother, Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, Busted With 200 Pounds of Methamphetamine

A joint law enforcement task force arrested a previously deported criminal alien and his brother for allegedly transporting nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents teamed up with deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to arrest two brothers who were allegedly smuggling a large volume of methamphetamine, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials.

The task force attempted to arrested Jayor Haro-Lopez, 34, a Mexican national with a prior criminal history that includes prison time and at least two deportations, and his brother Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, after observing them loading a suspicious box into one of their vehicles. Officials listed the younger brother as a Phoenix resident. The made no mention of his citizenship, nationality, or immigration status.

Officers surveilling the two brothers followed them to a storage facility where they removed a large box and placed it into Jayro’s SUV. After following the two vehicles for several miles, officers attempted to stop both vehicles. Hernan stopped his vehicle, but Jayro fled from the law enforcement officers in his SUV.

During the pursuit, Jayro allegedly caused two traffic collisions. After the second crash, Jayro abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. Officers quickly caught up with the illegal alien and placed him in custody.

An inspection of his vehicle revealed a large box containing nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine. Officers arrested the two men and seized the drugs and vehicles.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that immigration officials deported Jayro on at least two previous occasions. Border Patrol agents apprehended the Mexican national on at least three other occasions. A court sentenced him to prison after one of the incidents of illegally crossing the border and a second time for using a fraudulent document to cross the border illegally. The court sentenced him to two years in prison for that charge.

“It takes cooperation and coordination across agencies to keep our communities safe,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone. “MCSO is committed to working with our partners in law enforcement to make it tough for drug gangs to operate and endanger our communities. We’re pleased with a very successful outcome.”

“This case is a direct result of the ongoing collaborative efforts by HSI with its federal and local partners,” acting special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix Louie Garcia said in a written statement. “Drug smuggling poses both a security and a public safety concern in our communities. We’re continuing to use all of the resources and tools at our disposal to address these threats.”

The two men each face prison sentences of between five and ten years if convicted on the state drug charges. Jayro also faces charges of resisting arrest and fleeing law enforcement.






Comments Off on New Zealand’s drug habits: Methamphetamine used every day, cocaine and ecstasy at weekends in Auckland
While cocaine and ecstasy are popular on weekends, Auckland meth users appear to indulge every day of the week.

Using samples from the city’s wastewater treatment plants, researchers found “high levels of methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and methadone”, while cocaine and MDMA – the active ingredient in ecstasy – were “relatively rare”.

While meth consumption was high every day, ecstasy spiked at weekends. Cocaine also only showed up at weekends, but only in one of the two plants samples were taken from.

“An overall mean of 360 mg of methamphetamine and 60 mg of MDMA was estimated to have been consumed per day per 1000 people,” the study notes.

That’s almost half a kilogram of meth across Auckland, on average, every day.

Meth’s popularity during the week is “indicative of its addictive status and use as a stimulant in work activities”, the University of Queensland and Massey University researchers claim.

“Amphetamine and methamphetamine were detected fairly consistently across the days of the week, suggesting that use is not limited to late-night weekend partying.

“The stimulant properties of methamphetamine have long been known to have utility for a range of work activities which require long periods of stamina and concentration, including truck driving, construction, hospitality and housework.”

JHW-018, a banned synthetic cannabinoid found in former “legal high” products, was detected once. Ketamine (‘special K’) and mephedrone (‘meow meow’) weren’t detected at all.

The researchers note the low detection rate of MDMA suggests much of what’s sold on the streets as ‘ecstasy’ isn’t the real thing.

“Previous national drug surveys and drug monitoring studies have suggested higher levels of ‘ecstasy’ use and availability than cocaine in New Zealand, but these questions refer to the street term ‘ecstasy’ rather the specific chemical compound, MDMA, which is detected in the wastewater analysis,” the study reads.

“It is known that the global supply of MDMA was greatly disrupted after 2008, and this resulted in the use of a range of substitute compounds in ‘ecstasy’ such as methylone and methylethcathinone.”

Marijuana was not tested for in the study, due to budget constraints.

It’s the first time wastewater has been analysed for evidence of drug use in New Zealand, and follows similar research in North America, Asia and Australia. The samples were taken between May and July 2014.

The study was published on Monday in journal Drug and Alcohol Review.


Comments Off on Teenage victim of human trafficking‚ Methamphetamine and prostitution now trying to rebuild her life – ‘I have a lot of anger in me’

Ntokozo’s memories of how she became a victim of human trafficking‚ was weaned onto crystal meth and forced to sell her body in one of Rosettenville’s brothels sounds like something one would see in a movie.

She was just 15 years old when her life was turned upside down after she ran away from home following a fight with her mother.

She blames a former classmate for luring her into a prostitution ring where her Nigerian boyfriend was a pimp. The girl‚ Thando‚ 16‚ was a prostitute herself.

Visiting Ntokozo at her Sebokeng home on her birthday on Friday‚ the now 17-year-old girl described herself as a shadow of the person who she used to be.

“Besides the fact that I have a lot of anger in me right now‚ I am just fearless. Any challenge that comes my way‚ I feel I can handle‚” she says‚ pulling faces at her four-month-old daughter‚ who sat across from her.

On Monday‚ history will be made in the South Gauteng High Court when 30-year-old Eke Ugochukwu‚ whom she knew as Johnny‚ will be sentenced for sexual exploitation of a child‚ living from the earnings of sexual exploitation‚ accomplice to rape and contravening the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act.

The case is a first of its kind under the Act which came into effect on 9 August 2015. He was convicted last month.

Ntokozo hopes Johnny is locked away forever.

“I won’t forgive him. I can never forgive him‚ not even if he tried to apologise‚” she said.

Ntokozo says Thando became consumed by jealousy as she saw Johnny give affection to her. She left‚ leaving Ntokozo to fend for herself.

“After this‚ John started forcing me to go out and make money. He said he needed money for rent. For a week before that‚ he kept me in the house‚ where he pumped me day and night with crystal meth‚ teaching me how to smoke it. Soon‚ I was hooked‚” Ntokozo said.

She began seeing several clients a night and was paid “at least” R50 a time.

She ran away several weeks later to a nearby church where she found help.

Meanwhile‚ her grief-stricken mother‚ who worked as a hawker at a school close to her home‚ never stopped searching for her.

“I had heard she had left with Thando. I found Thando and asked her about my daughter. She confessed to leaving her in Rosettenville‚” said Ntokozo’s mother‚ Mbali.

Three times she went to Rosettenville‚ accompanied by Thando and the police.

“On one occasion‚ the police kicked down the door [to the brothel]. We found some thin girls there. Others looked sick but my daughter wasn’t there‚” said Mbali.

While Ntokozo has battled to resume a normal teenage life‚ she has big dreams.

Next year‚ she hopes to enroll into an FET college to study engineering.

Her mother‚ who is helping her raise the baby‚ said: “I would do anything to make things right in my daughter’s life. I may not have money but I want to see her happy‚ like other kids.”

– The names of the three women have been changed to protect their identity



Comments Off on Convicted Buchanan County child sex offender, Charles Wayne Sexton, 25, sentenced to 14 years on Methamphetamine, gun charges

A Buchanan County, Va. man on probation for child sex crimes has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on meth and gun charges.

Charles Wayne Sexton, 25, was sentenced to 67 years in prison with 53 years of that suspended for three counts of conspiracy to manufacture meth, two counts of being a violent felon in possession of a firearm, and a probation violation.

Sexton was on probation for multiple counts of carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old child, child pornography and various larceny charges.

“While my office always takes drug cases, and particularly methamphetamine manufacturing cases, seriously, Mr. Sexton was of particular interest to me,” Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington said. “Mr. Sexton’s previous convictions were of a horrific nature, and he more than anyone should have been walking a straight and narrow path while on probation.  Instead, he chose to violate his probation by cooking meth and arming himself with a pistol.  I consider removing a violent sex offender from our community for the next 14 years to be a major win for Buchanan County.”


Comments Off on Crystal Federer, 27, of Sheboygan arrested – pregnant and charged with Methamphetamine possession

SHEBOYGAN — A 27-year-old pregnant Sheboygan woman has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after police received a phone call last week that she may have overdosed.

Crystal Federer was arrested on Friday, March 3 after detectives arrived at the Sheboygan home where she stayed periodically and found her with what they believed to be methamphetamine, as well as a used meth pipe. Testing later indicated the substance was meth, according to a criminal complaint.

Detectives also noted that Federer was about eight and a half months pregnant, and found an invitation to her baby shower in the bedroom.

If convicted of both counts, Federer faces nearly eight years in prison, due in part to a past marijuana offense.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine everywhere: Struggle to close down contaminated Burlington Sterling Motor Inn motel leads to new bill

OLYMPIA — The Burlington motel was so contaminated by methamphetamine that lab technicians that tested samples from the rooms thought their instruments weren’t correctly calibrated, says Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton.

Traces of meth were found on the carpet, walls, window sills, air-conditioning units and even light switches. Forty of the motel’s 42 rooms were significantly contaminated by meth, with one room testing 173 times over the state limit.

But current state law wasn’t enough to move the Sterling Motor Inn’s residents out and force a cleanup. Skagit County health officials also needed evidence that meth was being made in the motel — evidence authorities did not have.

“It was a horrible situation where local agencies tried to do a cleanup but couldn’t because of [state] laws,” said Rep. Dave Hayes, R- Camano Island.

Legislation proposed by Hayes, House Bill 1757, aims to change that by allowing counties to vacate and clean up drug-contaminated properties under the state Clandestine Drug Lab law without showing evidence of drug manufacturing.

The bill passed the House last week and is now in the Senate.

Only county health departments have the authority to close a property and require a cleanup if drug contamination is at a level that might harm people who live there, said Dave Gillford, program manager at the Office of Environmental Health and Safety within the Washington Department of Health.

The drug-manufacturing requirement became an obstacle for the city of Burlington, as city officials struggled to resolve long-running complaints with the Sterling Motor Inn, which had both short-term and longer-term residents.

“For the last 10 to 12 years, the motel has been giving us problems,” Sexton said. But it was only two years ago, after an increase in complaints, that the city decided to investigate the motel.

“We started to look more closely by monitoring the police response to the Sterling and we quickly realized it was getting a high frequency of responses,” Burlington City Administrator Bryan Harrison said.

In 2015 alone, city officials say, there were 180 police calls to the Sterling, while bigger hotels in the area get only about 10-12 a year.

“It wasn’t an uncommon place to find stolen cars, domestic violence and drug offenses,” Harrison said.

City officials said they met with the property owners and though the owners agreed to help, “nothing came of it,” Harrison said.

Joseph Bowen, an attorney representing the Sterling owners, told the Skagit Valley Herald in September that the owners had cooperated by installing security systems and calling 911 to report incidents of trespassing. He also said the city was blaming the motel for what is a broader neighborhood crime problem.

When contacted by The Seattle Times last week, Bowen said he no longer represented the motel’s owners. The owners have not responded to messages asking for comment.

The Burlington City Council voted last September to declare the property a blight to the neighborhood, the first step in condemning the Sterling. But condemnation can be a lengthy legal process, so instead the city offered to buy the motel.

The owners agreed, and as part of the purchase agreement the city conducted a feasibility review of the property that included tests for drug contamination.

That’s when they found the high levels of meth in the rooms. Theresa Borst, President of Bio Clean, the company that took the room samples, said the results were both shocking and “definitely unusual.”

Realizing the Sterling was dangerously contaminated, city officials contacted the county health department to close the property and begin a cleanup.

But Skagit Prosecuting Attorney Rich Weyrich stepped in, warning the county that the Clandestine Drug Lab law prohibited the county from closing the property unless there was evidence of a drug lab.

“The law dates back to the days when meth labs were pretty common in the area and hasn’t been changed since,” said Weyrich. “Because of the law our legal opinion was that there had to be some evidence of manufacturing [of meth] before we could go in.”

Without such evidence, the city looked for a way around the law — building- and fire- code regulations. The city found the Sterling in violation of such codes and in November officials posted notices advising residents not to enter the premises.

“We told them they should leave based on the code violations, but we also brought a county health official with us to tell them that we also found high levels of meth contamination,” said Harrison.

Harrison acknowledged that while there were serious fire- and building-code violations, the impetus for vacating the residents was “the meth contamination.”

“We felt compelled as a city to come in,” he said.

The city set up a shower station in one of the rooms that was clean enough to be occupied in order to help decontaminate the residents, said Harrison. The city also provided transportation for many of the residents to housing for up to 10 nights in a nearby hotel.

The Sterling owners voluntarily closed the motel in November after the city informed them of the legal liability posed by renting meth-contaminated rooms, Harrison said.

But the motel has yet to be cleaned up to below the state limit, Burlington City Council member Rick DeGloria said.

The Washington Department of Health has vacated the Sterling’s motel license, but the owners are appealing the revocation.



Comments Off on Kayla Odegard, 28, and Samuel Clark, 33, arrested on Methamphetamine and drug charges in Crawford County; 4 children, ages 3, 6, 9 and 11, at home with them

Two people arrested Monday in a drug investigation in Crawford County were arrested at home, their four children also at home at the time of the arrest.

Kayla Odegard, 28, and Samuel Clark, 33, were taken into custody on tentative charges of illegal possession and sale of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A search warrant was executed at their home on Highway B in the town of Utica, the result of a six-month investigation into narcotics dealing.

“Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement discovered the renters of the residence (Odegard and Clark) were involved in the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana, prescription medication and methamphetamine,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The couple’s children, ages 3, 6, 9 and 11, were home when the search warrant was executed and their parents were arrested.

The children were taken into custody by Crawford County Human Services and later placed with family.

Other agencies assisting at the scene were the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Vernon County Hazmat Response Unit, Soldiers Grove Fire Department, North Crawford Rescue, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations and the Wisconsin DNR.


Comments Off on Kidnapping report leads to discovery of Methamphetamine lab in Midland Ramada Inn hotel bathroom – Alyssa Adelle Romero, 19, Raymond Arthur Colvin, 30, and Jeffery Lee Fick, 36, arrested

A report of a kidnapping led officials to a meth lab in the bathroom of a Midland hotel room earlier this week, and three people were arrested on drug charges.

Alyssa Adelle Romero, 19, and Raymond Arthur Colvin, 30, both of Midland, face one count each of operating or maintaining a methamphetamine lab and delivery or manufacture of meth. Jeffery Lee Fick, 36, Auburn, is charged with one count of purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine.

Midland County District Court Judge Michael D. Carpenter arraigned the trio on Wednesday, setting bond at $150,000 cash or surety for Colvin, and at $100,000 each for Romero and Fick.

An affidavit filed in the cases states the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team was called to room 113 at the Ramada Inn, 1815 S. Saginaw Road, at 9 p.m. Tuesday. There, they found Midland Police conducting surveillance of the room due to a report of a possible kidnapping. They had detained two people who left the room, and BAYANET detectives located a third person inside.

Discovered in the room were numerous components necessary to produce methamphetamine. Inside the bathroom, officials found the drug being produced.

One suspect told detectives he watched the other two suspects producing methamphetamine. One also admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine to make meth.

The trio is set for a preliminary exam on March 28.

Operating or maintaining a methamphetamine lab and delivery or manufacture of meth are both felony charges punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.


Comments Off on Colter Charles Reistad, 24, of Deer Lodge, sentenced for crimes committed while on Methamphetamine

DEER LODGE — A man who spent 370 days in jail for crimes committed while under the influence of methamphetamine was sentenced in Deer Lodge district court this week.

Colter Charles Reistad, 24, of Deer Lodge could not pay the $25,000 bond and told Judge Ray Dayton a year is a long time to be incarcerated. He said his mind is clearer now and he realizes his need to get treatment for meth addiction.

Reistad was given a three-year deferred sentence for burglary with conditions that include getting a chemical dependence evaluation. For the misdemeanor charge of theft and two charges for criminal mischief, he was sentenced to six months in jail each with credit for time served. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and $275 in court fees.

Reistad pleaded guilty in March 2016 to burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of theft and two counts of criminal mischief. He admitted that on Feb. 20, 2016, he broke into the Powell County Ambulance training center where on-call EMTs were sleeping and took an EMT coat. He ransacked an EMT’s vehicle and a shed at the Deer Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center. He also admitted breaking into a bus camper where he broke windows, seats, and benches and ripped out wiring.


Comments Off on Gilbert Ramirez, 43, arrested after allegedly holding up bags of Methamphetamine in front of San Antonio officers
A man is facing charges after he allegedly pulled up next to a police officer’s car with methamphetamine.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers were sitting in an unmarked car in a mechanic shop parking lot, when 43-year-old Gilbert Ramirez and one other person pulled up and parked next to them.

The officers say when the suspects turned on the light in their car, Ramirez held up plastic bags that contained a white substance. That’s when the officers got out of their car. The officers said Ramirez told them he had a little bit of cream.

Ramirez is accused of having cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in his possession.


Comments Off on Woman, 26, arrested at the Highway 86 checkpoint after El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents find over 17 pounds of Methamphetamine hidden in back seat cushions

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine at the Highway 86 checkpoint Friday morning.

Agents said the 26-year-old woman was stopped at the checkpoint at about 10 a.m. A canine alerted agents to her car. Agents discovered five packages wrapped in plastic inside the back seat cushions of the car, according to a release.

The woman is a permanent resident of the United States, authorities said.

The packages tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed a total of 17.82 pounds. The narcotics are estimated to be worth $57,024 on the street.

“Drug smuggling organizations go to no end to further transportation of their illegal narcotics”, said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim.  “I commend our agents for their continued hard work to protect our country from these illegal dangerous drugs.”

The woman, the narcotics, and her car were all handed over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation.

Agents said El Centro Sector has seized more than 523.19 pounds of methamphetamine since Oct. 1, 2016.
Comments Off on $5.7 Million In Methamphetamine Seized In Northwoods, Central Wisconsin Busts – 19 women and men plead guilty

The results of a three-year investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement into the large scale trafficking of methamphetamine in central Wisconsin have been released .

U.S, Attorney John Vaudreuil, says 19 people have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Of these 19 defendants, 14 have been sentenced, with the remaining five set to be sentenced in the next 60 days. The sentences imposed total 158 years in federal prison. This conspiracy involved the trafficking of pure meth. The drug came from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and was distributed by an organized network of drug wholesalers and retailers in central Wisconsin. It was sold in Wausau, Merrill, Medford, and other communities.

Vaudreuil says the marketing plan of the organization was to flood these communities with inexpensive, pure, and plentiful methamphetamine, in an effort to create more addicts, and therefore more customers. The conspiracy operated from June 2013 to May 2016. In all, 127 pounds of meth were distributed by the members of this conspiracy. The methamphetamine had a street value of over $5.7 million dollars. The press release is below.


John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today the results of a three-year investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement into the large scale trafficking of methamphetamine in central Wisconsin.

To date, 19 people have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Of these 19 defendants, 14 have been sentenced, with the remaining five set to be sentenced in the next 60 days. The sentences imposed total 158 years in federal prison. This conspiracy involved the trafficking of pure methamphetamine (also known as “Ice” or “crystal meth”). The methamphetamine came from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It was distributed by an organized network of drug wholesalers and retailers in central Wisconsin.

The methamphetamine was sold in Wisconsin communities, both large and small, including Wausau, Merrill, Medford, Abbotsford, Owen, Athens, Eau Claire, and Osseo. The marketing plan of the organization was to flood these communities with inexpensive, pure, and plentiful methamphetamine, in an effort to create more addicts, and therefore more customers.

The conspiracy operated from June 2013 to May 2016. During this time, methamphetamine was brought into Wisconsin from Minnesota on a weekly basis, averaging one pound per week. Demand exploded in late 2015 and early 2016, and the trafficking increased to two to three pounds per week. In all, over 58 kilograms (or 127 pounds) of methamphetamine were distributed by the members of this conspiracy. The methamphetamine had a street value of over $5.7 million dollars.

The 19 defendants charged included Joe Kujawa, the source of supply in Minneapolis, and David Vance-Bryan and Mike Kjonaas, Kujawa’s drivers who transported the methamphetamine from Minnesota to Wisconsin. Also charged were Kyle Quintana, Anthony Rogers, Jacob Loose, Paul Rasmussen and Patrick Keenan — Kujawa’s main wholesalers in Wisconsin. Their customers, who were second-level distributors, were also charged — Karen Zais, Andy Nelson, Jaimie Pankow, Chris Schmeltzer, Matt Drake, Ryan Thomas, and Jonas Ellwart. Street-level distributors were also charged — Danny Graap, Josh Graap and Christina Abbott. This was the second federal felony drug conviction for methamphetamine distribution for Joe Kujawa, Paul Rasmussen, and Chris Schmeltzer.

All 19 defendants pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and were sentenced before U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson in Madison. At the respective sentencing hearings, Judge Peterson repeated some common themes. First, even though all of the defendants were drug addicts, Judge Peterson noted that their addictions did not “alleviate them from responsibility” for their crimes. The Judge explained that methamphetamine addiction did not take away their ability to choose to become drug dealers, and they all chose to become high-level wholesalers and dealers of large amounts of methamphetamine for profit. Second, Judge Peterson stressed that the sentences were designed, in part, to send a message to the communities impacted by this crime

Judge Peterson explicitly stated that these defendants “did a horrible thing” and “inflicted serious damage” on these communities; that it was “nothing short of a plague that took advantage of people who were addicts;” and that these defendants “took advantage of other people’s diseases” to make a profit. Judge Peterson said that his sentences were intended to reflect “the sense of outrage and condemnation” for the harm caused to the affected communities. In sentencing Jacob Loose on January 9, Judge Peterson commented that Loose was a “dangerous person who is capable of violence and I don’t see this getting better.” The Judge added, “This is a crime with a very, very dangerous drug. You are a different category of offender. You dealt vast quantities that were spread over a large part of Wisconsin. You played a significant role in a big deal drug conspiracy.”

In sentencing Chris Schmeltzer on February 9, Judge Peterson told Schmeltzer he needed to impose the 72-month sentence because, “I have to protect the public and provide adequate punishment. You are not evil, but I want everyone to know the court takes this crime seriously and it will punish everyone involved. The community should know you did not get the mandatory minimum. You are a repeat offender and you did this while you were on supervision.”

In sentencing Joe Kujawa on March 3, Judge Peterson told Kujawa he was responsible for distributing over 58 kilograms of methamphetamine, which translated to 2.3 million individual doses. The judge noted there were only 166,000 people living in Lincoln and Marathon counties combined, and that Kujawa’s actions had an enormous impact because of his marketing plan in those communities. The judge found that Kujawa took “the meth market to a new level in Lincoln County and Merrill.”

In sentencing Anthony Rogers on March 7, Judge Peterson stated that Rogers “stepped up to the big leagues in drug dealing,” and that Rogers “made a difference by flooding the meth market with cheap meth.” The judge also told Rogers “you were good at it and you had a big impact on others.”

Finally, in sentencing Patrick Keenan on March 8, Judge Peterson told Keenan that Keenan’s “code of silence” by not “snitching” on his co-defendants, and by having them listen to the song “Duck Tape” was part of a “perverted and destructive ideology.” The judge noted that such conduct allows criminal acts to continue and “the idea this is somehow honorable is incorrect.” Judge Peterson also explained to Keenan that Keenan was not there because of the prosecutor, or the police, or the pharmaceutical industry, but because of what Keenan did. The judge said, “You stepped up and embraced the role of being a drug dealer. You are being punished because of that. You made addicts worse in your community. You degraded that community by flooding the market with cheap meth.”

The charges against these defendants are the result of an investigation conducted by the Wausau office of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; the Wausau office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Special Investigations Unit; the Wausau Police Department; and IRS Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber.



Comments Off on Rampant Methamphetamine use puts strain on Australian hospital system

SYDNEY, March 10 (Xinhua) — Up to 150,000 emergency visits to Australian hospitals in the last year were attributed to users of the dangerous drug methamphetamine, a study has found.

As the abuse of the drug, commonly known as ice, in the state of Victoria continues to spiral out of control, research has revealed telling figures of the pressure placed on hospitals and medical facilities by ice users.

The ice has had devastating impacts on many individuals and communities across the country, particularly in the state of Victoria where local governments have implemented many campaigns, Geelong’s “Our Town’s ICE Fight” among the most notable.

A study by the Monash University in Victoria has found the growing crisis is placing large pressure on staff and services at emergency and psychiatric hospitals, increasing costs in the process.

“Methamphetamine use adds between 29,700 and 151,800 additional emergency department visits in one year,” the report says.

Due to the drug users’ reckless approach to their health care, researchers believe the growth in these visits has coincided with fewer visits to GPs and counselors due to the immediate and psychedelic impacts the drug can have.

The study, in conjunction with the University of New South Wales, Curtin University in Western Australia and the University of Newcastle, highlights the need to consider how services are provided and spread to deal with future incidents.

With many cases of violent and aggressive patients attacking hospital staff, and a struggle to prevent countless users re-lapsing, researches have advised continuous rehab and larger out-patient support systems are necessary to avoid further costly acute emergency medical events.


Comments Off on Ex Methamphetamine addict, Maarametua Williams, tells of addiction and recovery

Maarametua Williams stood in an Auckland bank, pointed a semi-automatic gun at the customers and told them they would die if they moved.

She was wasted – high on methamphetamine – and prepared to kill for her addiction.

While her boyfriend took cash from the tellers, the 26-year-old held the elevator – the pair’s only escape route – and made sure nobody got in or out.

Twelve years later, she’s amazed no-one died that day.

“There were eight people, the gun held 12 bullets and I would absolutely have shot someone.

“All I could think of was the money. Anyone that moved at me would die.”

The couple were no professionals – they had caught a bus to the foreign exchange company and they caught a taxi away from it.

Time to make some noise: Dennis Makalio, mobster, parent, grandfather and anti-meth campaigner.

The $250,000 Williams got from the robbery was gone in months, spent on meth, gifts and good times.

Williams was sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated robbery but the real punishment wasn’t the jail time.

“CYFs [Child, Youth and Family] took my daughter when I went to jail. I had just got her back and it broke my heart to lose her again.”


It wasn’t the first time Williams had lost her daughter and it wasn’t the first, or even second, time she had been to prison.

First incarcerated at 19, for conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, she knew how the system worked.

“It was scary going in for the first time but when I was older it was fine.”

Drugs were easy to get inside but rehabilitation and education were scarce, she said.

Methamphetamine (P) was currency in jail and Williams had to be staunch to demand her share. “If I found out you had gear and [had] not shared it with me you were taken out.

“Status was everything, I had to hot water people [tip a bucket of hot water over another inmate]. I’ve stabbed up people, there was a lot of fights.

“My numbers grew and people liked what I stood for. In the end I ran Arohata Prison from 2008 to 2011.”


Tell them they can do anything: Andrew Hopgood says broken children become meth addicts.

Broken children turn into drug addicts, according to Williams, and she was broken when she was five years old.

She was molested by a family member and only one person believed her, she says. “I just thought I was worth nothing to have someone do that to me.”

Raised by her grandparents, she was a happy child, “always smiling”, until the sexual abuse began.

“That’s the thing about addicts, we’ve all got something going on inside us that needs to be treated.

“That’s how you make an addict, by hurting them when they’re little.”


By the time an 18-year-old Williams took her first puff of methamphetamine she was an old hand when it came to drugs.

As a 14-year-old she was kicked out of college for selling drugs and, by 16 she was working as a prostitute.

“I wasn’t an addict then, I was helping out my family with the money.”

Marijuana, LSD and speed were the drugs of choice then but whispers of a new, better drug had begun.

Faster, easier money lured the teenager to Auckland and it was there a boyfriend introduced her to meth, she loved it from the first hit.

Dennis Makalio has seen what methamphetamine can do and he’s had enough.

“From that first puff I knew that was it. It was better than everything else all rolled up together.”

It was the beginning of an addiction that cost her everything.

Williams split with her boyfriend after their daughter was taken into care as an infant and began to run with a newer, dangerous crowd.

“What did I lose? What didn’t I lose? I lost everything I loved.

“I lost my kid, respect, my own family, my own dignity and the love of my life.”


As soon as Williams was freed from jail in 2011 she went straight back to her old life.

Her child was lost and her relationship was over but she still had meth, even though the cost of her addiction was rising.

“P comes with a price and it’s not just the money. It’s the bashings, the paranoia and the crime too.”

She sold the drug to fund an addiction that had become so normal to her she carried a pipe as casually as others carried cigarettes.

Money came easy, trips around the country to buy and sell the drug were common, violence was ever-present.

Her family gave up – she still owes her father thousands of dollars.


Williams’ 16-year addiction to meth is over.

She knows exactly how many months she’s been clean  but she’s not telling – it’s complicated and the fear of losing her two younger children hangs over her like a cloud.

In the end it was her daughter’s father – now clean – who put her on the path to rehabilitation.

“He told me I was repeating history and that I’d lose my other kids like we lost our daughter.

“If I didn’t stop dealing or using I was going to lose my other two. It came down to who was worth more and the kids won.”

To hear the advice coming from the person who had introduced her to the drug was a wake-up call, she says.

“I wouldn’t have taken it from anyone else.”


When Williams quit, she did it herself, cold turkey.

After six failed attempts at rehab she knew the ropes and something was different – she was ready.

“That’s the thing, until you’re ready there’s no point because it’s not going to work.”

This time she took herself away from Wellington to stay with family, and she stopped using.

“I just slept for three weeks. I only woke up for food before I would go straight back to bed. It was brutal.

“I never got sick because I never injected it, I just smoked it.”

One of the hardest things about recovery is the addiction follows you. Williams found escaping her old crowd almost as tough as escaping the drug.

“Coming back to my town was hard because people still think you’re using or selling.”

A cousin has had to stand guard against those who would tempt her, she said.


Williams was clean but struggling to stay that way when she first met Liz Makalio and her team.

Makalio, a social worker at Wesley Community Action’s Waitangirua branch in Porirua, had created a methamphetamine “walk-in day”, born out of frustration at the lack of support provided by government agencies.

Spearheaded by her gang member husband Dennis, and a group of ex-addicts, the group dished out real life advice to people affected by meth.

Members, who call themselves “People against P Pull”, meet on a Monday and a Facebook page allows those who can’t make it in person to ask for advice and offer support.

More than 40 addicts had found help since the group started three months ago, she said.

Williams credits the group with helping her to keep clean.

“The difference is that these people are like me. They’ve struggled and they know what it’s like.

“I couldn’t believe they would come and pick me up to take me to a meeting. I couldn’t believe someone would care that much about me.”


Sobriety hasn’t been a bed of roses for Williams.

The threat of losing her two children is constant, she’s been tested twice by CYFs – both times she’s been clean.

The easy money that came with dealing and crime has gone and now she struggles to pay the bills.

​Trips to the park and playing with the children fill the days.She now helps co-ordinate the  walk-in days and gives advice to people who come looking.

She plans to become a social worker – and “the best mum in the world”.

“I used to think I was worth nothing but I was gifted with another two children so obviously somebody up there thinks I’m worth it.”

Changing perceptions of people who would judge her for her past is tough but Williams says she’s never been scared of a fight.

“I always thought I wasn’t worth anything and it isn’t until now that I know I’m worth everything.

“I want to be known for my recovery, not my addiction.”


Andrew Hopgood says Williams’ story is a common one.

“Eighty-five per cent of my clients have had trauma in their lives and it’s come from their childhood or family.”

The former addict-turned-counsellor spent seven years working with people trying to quit methamphetamine and he says they had one thing in common.

“People who are disconnected, not shown enough love or feel inferior is what makes a meth addict.”

The “instant hit”  of methamphetamine gives people confidence and energy, which is how they get hooked, he says.

It was a sense of belonging that made broken people turn to drugs.

“How do you make a meth addict? I can tell you how you stop people from becoming drug addicts.

“We need no violence in our homes, no drinking, no drug use and to tell our children they can be anything they want.”

The old saying that addicts needed to hit rock bottom before they could be helped was true but help had to come quickly.

“The best thing you can do is take them away and put them somewhere with the right support.”

A lack of detox and live-in rehabilitation centres limits options for addicts seeking help, he says.

“Maara’s going to be fine, she’s destined for something special.”


Dennis Makalio is a man on a mission and he won’t stop until people listen.

“Stop meth and you stop crime, domestic violence, and suicide.

“All those things have advertisements and education around them but there’s nothing about methamphetamine.

“Where’s the billboards for meth?”

Porirua born and bred, the senior Mongrel Mob member says he’s seen the damage wreaked by the drug since it first hit Wellington in the early 2000s.

“It’s an issue that hasn’t been addressed for two and a half decades and no political parties are talking about it.

“We need education to stop people putting the pipe in their mouths and we don’t want to wait another 30 years.”

Alternative detox and rehab programmes had their funding cut even though they worked, he says.

Makalio and the “Porirua P Pull” team have their sights set on their very own detox and rehabilitation centre and the grandfather spends his days lobbying national and local agencies for help.

The work in Waitangirua succeeds because it is a support group run by people who have experienced what the drug can do, he says.

“If I die what’s going to stop my mokos from doing it?



Comments Off on Lynn Martinez, 36, of Cheyenne, Charged With Smuggling Methamphetamine into the Laramie County Jail Hidden in Her Vagina

A 36-year-old Cheyenne woman is facing felony drug charges for allegedly smuggling methamphetamine into the Laramie County Jail.

According to court documents, Cheyenne police pulled Lynn Martinez over shortly before midnight on February 25 after they observed her driving a stolen pickup out of Kimball County, Nebraska.

Police found meth and a pipe inside Martinez’s pants pocket. They also discovered 2.4 grams of meth, 0.9 grams of marijuana, numerous pills, a digital scale, baggies, 10.2 grams of marijuana mixed with cocoa powder and a .40 caliber, semi-automatic pistol in the pickup.

Police say they advised Martinez that it would be a felony if she had any drugs on her while at jail and she said she understood on numerous occasions.

While at jail, deputies located two small baggies of meth in Martinez’s bra and panties.

The next morning, a deputy spotted a bag containing 17.9 grams of meth on the bed inside Martinez’s cell.

Deputies say Martinez admitted to having meth in her cell and stated it was hers. She said she brought the meth into the jail inside her vagina and had planned on flushing it, but fell asleep before she had the chance.

Martinez said she knew she should have given the meth to deputies when she first arrived at the jail, but she was addicted and didn’t want to give it up.

Martinez was charged with taking a controlled substance into a penal institution and felony possession of methamphetamine. She’s also charged with two counts of misdemeanor drug possession.

Martinez’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 10 in Laramie County Circuit Court. She could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted on all four counts.

Comments Off on Felicia Farruggia, 29, of Concord, demanded that Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, inject her with Methamphetamine while in labor with her son

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman in labor demanded a friend inject her with heroin and methamphetamine before firefighters arrived at their home and she gave birth while entering an ambulance, New Hampshire police said Wednesday.

Police in Concord arrested Felicia Farruggia, 29, of Concord, this week, about six months after her son was born. He is in state custody.

Police also arrested Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, who is accused of giving Farruggia the drugs. They’re charged with felony reckless conduct. Frenette also faces a misdemeanor count on the same offense.

“This case is just, honestly, absolutely appalling in my mind,” Lieutenant Sean Ford said. “No one died, but the risk to that child and to the mother. … This stuff is just getting out of control.”

Both women were arraigned from jail on Wednesday; bail was set at $25,000 for Frenette and $15,000 for Farruggia. It wasn’t immediately known whether they had attorneys; the public defender’s office in Concord said it had no record that the cases were assigned.

Police say Frenette used an unsanitary syringe to try to inject Farruggia at least once before she was successful. After that, Farruggia’s boyfriend called 911. Shortly afterward, firefighters arrived, and Farruggia gave birth while entering the ambulance.

A police affidavit said while at the hospital, the baby was in stable condition but was breathing rapidly, something that could have been caused by a number of conditions. His urine was positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. His mother’s urine was positive for those drugs and benzodiazepine.

According to the affidavit, Farruggia said she started having contractions, went to the bathroom and lay on the floor. She asked Frenette to come in, as she was screaming and crying and said, “I can’t do this,” referring to the labor pain. She said Frenette had heroin and told her “it would take the edge off.” She said she didn’t stop Frenette from injecting her.

But Frenette told police that when she went into the bathroom, she saw Farruggia trying to inject herself, essentially “mutilating herself with the needle,” which broke. Frenette said she took a used needle provided by someone else and “shot out probably more than half” of the substance inside it before injecting the rest into Farruggia. She said the ambulance was called after that.

Frenette told police she acknowledged that what she did was wrong, but believed that Farruggia would have injected herself with more of the drug, believed to be heroin, if she hadn’t intervened. Frenette also said she herself was likely high on methamphetamine.

Both women have criminal records; Farruggia also has been involved in “guardianship of a minor” cases, an individual parenting petition and a custody petition, going back to 2005.

A spokesman for the state Health Department, which oversees the Division of Children Youth and Families, said that in order to protect client confidentiality, he could not confirm whether the agency is involved in a case.


Comments Off on Charles Orville O’Mary Jr., 36, of Duluth, charged for letting his teen ‘hot rail’ Methamphetamine

A Duluth man will spend three years on probation and 165 days in jail for failing to step in when he saw his child using meth.

Charles Orville O’Mary Jr., 36, pleaded no contest Feb. 27 in Douglas County Circuit Court to child neglect resulting in bodily harm and felony theft. In addition to the probation sentence, a three-year prison sentence, followed by three years of extended supervision, was imposed and stayed. One count of misdemeanor theft was dismissed but read in for sentencing. O’Mary was ordered to have no contact with the victims, pay $6,000 restitution and submit to random urinalysis.

According to the criminal complaint:

O’Mary saw the teen snort a line of meth off a piece of glass — a method the teen called “hot railing” — in a Superior garage in May 2015 and did nothing to stop it. The teen’s mother contacted police when she found out about the incident, expressing concern because the teen hadn’t slept in two days. During an emergency room visit, the teen tested positive for meth but otherwise checked out fine.

The theft charge is related to a boat and trailer that O’Mary took from a Billings Park residence in May of 2015, according to the complaint. He sold the trailer and boat motor to a Duluth man, and witnesses told police he sunk the boat in the St. Louis River.


Comments Off on Former Gatlinburg officer, David Goins, 36, indicted on charges of distributing Methamphetamine while on duty; Girlfriend, Savannah Ford, 28, also arrested

A former Gatlinburg police officer has been indicted on charges of distributing methamphetamine while on duty, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

His girlfriend also was indicted.

A Sevier County grand jury returned indictments last week charging David Goins, 36, with one count of official misconduct, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of sale and delivery of Schedule II drugs in a drug-free school zone, according to a TBI news release Wednesday.

The TBI, along with local authorities, launched an investigation in April 2016 at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn in response to allegations of illegal drug activity involving Goins, who was a Gatlinburg Police Department officer at the time.

“During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that while on duty, Goins was distributing methamphetamine,” the release states. “The investigation further revealed that he was also alerting other drug traffickers to law enforcement activity in the Gatlinburg area.”

Goins resigned from the department in July.

In October, undercover agents purchased meth from Goins and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Savannah Ford, in a public park, according to the news release.

Goins was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Sevier County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Ford, who already was in custody on unrelated charges, was served with an indictment charging her with one count of sale, one count of criminal conspiracy and delivery of Schedule II drugs in a drug-free school zone. Her bond was set at $25,000.


Comments Off on Chemical odor leads Cortland County Sheriff’s deputies to Methamphetamine lab inside a Cortland Motel room in Cortlandville, arrest of 5 women and men

A chemical odor led Cortland County Sheriff’s deputies to uncover a meth lab inside a motel room early Tuesday. Five people were taken into custody.

Deputies were called to the Cortland Motel on Route 11 in Cortlandville around 12:30 a.m., after a person reported suspicious activity and a chemical smell from one of the rooms, according to sheriff’s Lt. Todd Caufield.

One of the motel room’s five occupants greeted deputies at the door and it was determined the smell’s source was from the manufacture of methamphetamine, Caufield said. Components used to cook meth were also found in the room, he said.

Neighboring rooms in the motel — deputies did not say how many people were staying there — were evacuated as a precaution while members of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team handled cleanup of hazardous meth-related materials and evidence.

The investigation shut down the motel for about 11 hours, Caufield said. After evidence was gathered, he said, the five occupants were charged with various crimes.

Ryan Nolan, 30, of Cortland; Sherry Cummings, 26, of Dryden; Michael Hutchings, 34, of Cortland; Dana Perreault, 26, of Cortland and Natalie Castor, 26, of Homer, were charged with felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Together, they also face misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree conspiracy.

Cummings and Hutchings were also charged with misdemeanor criminal impersonation counts, for allegedly giving deputies false names. Hutchings also faces misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In addition, Perreault faces a hypodermic instrument misdemeanor charge. Castor also faces misdemeanor drug possession and criminal use of drug paraphernalia counts.

The five defendants were sent to the Cortland County jail, to await further court proceedings.


Comments Off on Six women and men arrested during Methamphetamine bust at Madison County home littered with syringes

ANDERSON, Ind. – Six people were arrested Tuesday morning in what Madison County authorities are calling one of their largest methamphetamine investigations.

Police say they served a search warrant and found around $3,000 worth of meth, two handguns and nearly 100 syringes scattered around a home in the 1200 block of Norwood Place around 5:30 a.m.

Ryan K. Troub, 35, was charged with dealing methamphetamine while armed, maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of syringe.

Robert J. Ryle, 42, was charged with dealing methamphetamine while armed.

Shannon E. Stone, 33, Jasmine N. Wheeler, 18, Christopher Moore, 31, and Bobby E. Brumfield, 53, were charged with visiting a common nuisance.

Anderson Police Chief Tony Watters says he gives a lot of credit to residents in the neighborhood who called the department to complain of frequent traffic.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the arrests or the case is asked to call the Drug Task Force public line at 765-648-6796.


Comments Off on Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office: Months-long investigation leads to confiscation of 90 kilos of Methamphetamine and arrest of Jayro Haro-Lopez, 34, and Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says two men have been arrested, and 90 kilos of meth have been seized, after a multi-agency investigation that lasted several months.

MCSO said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, the Office of Air and Marine, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mesa Police Department all worked together in the investigation.

MCSO says 34-year-old Jayro Haro-Lopez was under surveillance for distribution of methamphetamine imported from Mexico. On Tuesday, he and his brother, 28-year-old Hernan Haro-Lopez, were seen pulling a box from a Phoenix storage locker and putting it into a vehicle.

The two brothers then reportedly left in separate vehicles with the box in Jayro’s vehicle. Shortly after, deputies tried to pull over both brothers. Hernan stopped, but Jayro attempted to evade authorities.

Jayro allegedly caused two separate crashes during the incident before running on foot. After a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody.

MCSO said both have been charged with possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and unlawful flight from law enforcement. Jayro is believed to be in the United States illegally.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab explosion puts Timothy Atherton, 48, of Mt. Union, in hospital

One man has been hospitalized due to chemical burns he suffered in a methamphetamine lab explosion, according to police.

A warrant was also obtained for Timothy Atherton’s arrest, state police at Lewistown said in a release.

Atherton, 48, of Mt. Union, told police Tuesday he was involved in an explosion when he poured paint thinner in a toilet at 16 Hubble St., Wayne Township in Mifflin County.

Police observed a broken out window at the building and saw items inside “consistent with (the) manufacturing of methamphetamine.” The state police Clandestine Lab team responded to investigate the building after a search warrant was issued. Police said the team recovered and disposed of items that would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Atherton will be charged with felony manufacturing, delivery or possession, felony operating a methamphetamine lab, felony deposits, stores, disposes chemical waste and felony risking catastrophe, according to court dockets.